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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679940/nmr-based-metabolic-toxicity-of-low-level-hg-exposure-to-earthworms
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Ronggui Tang, Changfeng Ding, Fei Dang, Yibing Ma, Junsong Wang, Taolin Zhang, Xingxiang Wang
Mercury is a globally distributed toxicant to aquatic animals and mammals. However, the potential risks of environmental relevant mercury in terrestrial systems remain largely unclear. The metabolic profiles of the earthworm Eisenia fetida after exposure to soil contaminated with mercury at 0.77 ± 0.09 mg/kg for 2 weeks were investigated using a two-dimensional nuclear magnetic resonance-based (1 H-13 C NMR) metabolomics approach. The results revealed that traditional endpoints (e.g., mortality and weight loss) did not differ significantly after exposure...
April 18, 2018: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679935/the-role-of-adsorbate-size-on-adsorption-of-ne-and-xe-on-graphite
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Luisa Prasetyo, Quang K Loi, Shiliang Johnathan Tan, D D Do, D Nicholson
We have carried out an extensive grand canonical Monte Carlo simulation to investigate the adsorption of neon and xenon on graphite. The adsorbate collision diameters of neon and xenon are smaller and greater respectively, than the commensurate graphite lattice spacing λ=3×3R300 of 0.426 nm. Simulated isotherms and isosteric heats were obtained using a graphite model that has been shown to describe successfully the adsorbate transitions for krypton, methane and nitrogen by Prasetyo et al. (2017), which have collision diameters close to λ...
April 10, 2018: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679868/impact-of-hydrochar-on-rice-paddy-ch-4-and-n-2-o-emissions-a-comparative-study-with-pyrochar
#3
Beibei Zhou, Yanfang Feng, Yueman Wang, Linzhang Yang, Lihong Xue, Baoshan Xing
Hydrothermal carbonization (HTC) thermally converts wet biomasses to carbon materials, dramatically reducing energy use for drying and improving solid product yield compared to pyrolysis process. However, researches regarding agricultural usage of hydrochar (HC) are limited. In the present study, the influence of HC amendment on CH4 and N2 O emissions, as well as global warming potential (GWP) and greenhouse gas intensity (GHGI) were investigated. Additionally, pyrochar (PC) treatments as well as two char-free control treatments with (CKU) or without (CK) N fertilizer were also included for comparison...
April 12, 2018: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679832/natural-revegetation-of-a-semiarid-habitat-alters-taxonomic-and-functional-diversity-of-soil-microbial-communities
#4
Yanqing Guo, Xiaotian Chen, Yuanyuan Wu, Lu Zhang, Jimin Cheng, Gehong Wei, Yanbing Lin
Revegetation of degraded lands has a profound impact on the maintenance and stability of ecosystem processes. However, the impacts of this land use change on functional diversity of soil microbial communities are poorly understood. Here, using 16S rRNA gene amplicon and shotgun metagenomic sequencing, we compared the taxonomic and functional communities of soil microbiome, and analyzed the effects of plant diversity and soil chemical properties, in a chronosequence of restored ex-farmland that had been naturally revegetated to grassland over periods of 5, 15 and 30years with adjacent farmland, on the Loess Plateau, China...
April 18, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679822/advanced-strategies-to-improve-nitrification-process-in-sequencing-batch-reactors-a-review
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Francisco Jaramillo, Marcos Orchard, Carlos Muñoz, Mauricio Zamorano, Christian Antileo
The optimization of biological nitrogen removal (BNR) in sequencing batch reactors has become the aim of researchers worldwide in order to increase efficiency and reduce energy and operating costs. This research has focused on the nitrification phase as the limiting reaction rate of BNR. This paper analyzes different strategies and discusses different tools such as: factors for achieving partial nitrification, real-time control and monitoring for detecting characteristic patterns of nitrification/denitrification as end-points, use of modeling based on activated sludge models, and the use of data-driven modeling for estimating variables that cannot be easily measured experimentally or online...
April 18, 2018: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679690/reduced-body-weight-or-increased-muscle-quality-which-is-more-important-for-improving-physical-function-following-exercise-and-weight-loss-in-overweight-and-obese-older-women
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Chad R Straight, Alison C Berg, Rachelle A Reed, Mary Ann Johnson, Ellen M Evans
The purpose of this study was to examine the relative contributions of changes in muscle quality and body composition to changes in lower-extremity physical function (LEPF) following a 6-month exercise and weight loss intervention in overweight and obese older women. Thirty-eight overweight and obese (BMI = 30.0 ± 4.4 kg/m2 ) older (age = 69.3 ± 4.1 y) women completed 6 months of multicomponent exercise (cardiorespiratory, resistance, balance and flexibility training) and weight loss (hypocaloric diet that reduced energy intake by ~500 kcal/d)...
April 18, 2018: Experimental Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679689/bovine-serum-albumin-binding-study-to-erlotinib-using-surface-plasmon-resonance-and-molecular-docking-methods
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Parvin Taghipour, Mostafa Zakariazadeh, Maryam Sharifi, Jafar Ezzati Nazhad Dolatabadi, Abolfazl Barzegar
Bovine serum albumin (BSA) is the most abundant protein in the blood circulation and it is commonly used for drug delivery in blood. Therefore, we aim to study BSA interaction with erlotinib as an anticancer drug using surface plasmon resonance (SPR) and molecular modeling methods under physiological conditions (pH = 7.4). BSA immobilized on carboxymethyl dextran hydrogel Au chip (CMD) after activation with N-hydroxysuccinimide and N-ethyl-N-(3-diethylaminopropyl) carbodiimide and then the erlotinib binding to BSA at different concentrations was evaluated...
April 9, 2018: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679660/effects-of-aerobic-training-resistance-training-or-both-on-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-in-adolescents-with-obesity-the-hearty-randomized-controlled-trial
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Gary S Goldfield, Glen P Kenny, Denis Prud'Homme, Martin Holcik, Angela S Alberga, Margaret Fahnestock, Jameason D Cameron, Steve Doucette, Stasia Hadjiyannakis, Heather Tulloch, Mark S Tremblay, Jeremy Walsh, Eva Guerin, Katie E Gunnell, Amedeo D'Angiulli, Ronald J Sigal
Brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is a protein that plays a critical role in modulating cognition in animals and humans. Aerobic exercise often increases BDNF in adults, but effects of this exercise modality and others among adolescents remain uncertain. This study examined the effects of aerobic training, resistance training, and combined training on resting serum BDNF levels in adolescents with overweight and obesity. After a 4-week pre-randomization treatment, 304 post-pubertal, adolescents with overweight or obesity (70% females) aged 14-18 years were randomized to one of four groups for 22 weeks: aerobic training (N = 75), resistance training (N = 78), combined aerobic and resistance training (N = 75), or non-exercising control (N = 76)...
April 18, 2018: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679630/high-irisin-levels-are-associated-with-better-glycemic-control-and-bone-health-in-children-with-type-1-diabetes
#9
Maria Felicia Faienza, Giacomina Brunetti, Lorenzo Sanesi, Graziana Colaianni, Monica Celi, Laura Piacente, Gabriele D'Amato, Ernestina Schipani, Silvia Colucci, Maria Grano
AIM: Irisin is a new peptide produced mainly by the skeletal muscle playing an important role both in glucose/energy homeostasis and bone metabolism. Childhood type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) is associated with decreased bone mass. We aimed to evaluate irisin levels in TD1M children and their correlation with bone metabolism and glycaemic control. METHODS: Ninety-six T1DM subjects (12.2 ± 4 years), 56 on multiple daily injections (MDI), 40 on continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion (CSII), and 34 controls were included in the study...
April 18, 2018: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679511/light-availability-impacts-structure-and-function-of-phototrophic-stream-biofilms-across-domains-and-trophic-levels
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Mia M Bengtsson, Karoline Wagner, Clarissa Schwab, Tim Urich, Tom J Battin
Phototrophic biofilms are ubiquitous in freshwater and marine environments where they are critical for biogeochemical cycling, food webs and in industrial applications. In streams, phototrophic biofilms dominate benthic microbial life and harbor an immense prokaryotic and eukaryotic microbial biodiversity with biotic interactions across domains and trophic levels. Here, we examine how community structure and function of these biofilms respond to varying light availability, as the crucial energy source for phototrophic biofilms...
April 21, 2018: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679350/alleviation-mechanisms-of-selenium-on-cadmium-spiked-in-chicken-ovarian-tissue-perspectives-from-autophagy-and-energy-metabolism
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Shuang Wang, Zhe Xu, Hang Yin, Yahong Min, Shu Li
Cadmium (Cd) is a kind of toxic heavy metal and it can cause damage to organs and tissues. Selenium (Se) can antagonize some metal element toxicity including Cd. The present study was designed to investigate Cd-induced damage to chicken ovary by autophagy and the protective mechanism of Se on Cd-induced damage. Administration of Cd for 12 weeks led to energy metabolism disorder of the chicken ovarian tissues, which resulted in autophagy. In addition, the mRNA expression of glucose-related genes including hexokinase II (HK2), pyruvate kinase (PK), pyruvate dehydrogenase complex (PDHX), and succinate dehydrogenase (SDH) and the activities of ATPase, including Na+ -K+ -ATPase, Ca2+ -ATPase, Mg2+ -ATPase, were all downregulated remarkably compared with the control...
April 21, 2018: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679249/lc-ms-ms-based-metabolome-analysis-of-biochemical-pathways-altered-by-food-limitation-in-larvae-of-ivory-shell-babylonia-areolata
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Jingqiang Fu, Minghui Shen, Yawei Shen, Wengang Lü, Miaoqin Huang, Xuan Luo, Jinjin Yu, Caihuan Ke, Weiwei You
Ivory shell, Babylonia areolata, is one of the commercially important mariculture species in China and South East Asia. Survival varies in the artificial hatching and larval rearing of B. areolata. Food deprivation may be involved in rearing mortality, and so, a better understanding of how larvae respond and adjust to starvation is needed. In this study, the metabolite profiles of newly hatched larvae with yolk (I), larvae with yolk exhaustion (II), larvae suffering 24 h starvation after yolk exhaustion (III), and larvae fed with exogenous nutrients after yolk exhaustion (IV) were analyzed by LC-MS/MS...
April 20, 2018: Marine Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679036/micro-thermocouple-on-nano-membrane-thermometer-for-nanoscale-measurements
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Armandas Balčytis, Meguya Ryu, Saulius Juodkazis, Junko Morikawa
A thermocouple of Au-Ni with only 2.5-μm-wide electrodes on a 30-nm-thick Si3 N4 membrane was fabricated by a simple low-resolution electron beam lithography and lift off procedure. The thermocouple is shown to be sensitive to heat generated by laser as well as an electron beam. Nano-thin membrane was used to reach a high spatial resolution of energy deposition and to realise a heat source of sub-1 μm diameter. This was achieved due to a limited generation of secondary electrons, which increase a lateral energy deposition...
April 20, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29678957/a-new-role-for-extracellular-vesicles-how-small-vesicles-can-feed-tumors-big-appetite
#14
Ikrame Lazar, Emily Clement, Camille Attane, Catherine Muller, Laurence Nieto
Cancer cells must adapt their metabolism in order to meet the energy requirements for cell proliferation, survival in nutrient-deprived environments and dissemination. In particular, fatty acid metabolism is emerging as a critical process for tumors. Fatty acid metabolism can be modulated through intrinsic changes in gene expression or signaling between tumor cells, but also in response to signals from the surrounding microenvironment. Among these signals, extracellular vesicles could play an important role in fatty acid metabolism remodeling...
April 20, 2018: Journal of Lipid Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29678915/-ralstonia-eutropha-s-poly-3-hydroxybutyrate-phb-polymerase-phac1-and-phb-depolymerase-phaza1-are-phosphorylated-in-vivo
#15
Janina R Jüngert, Cameron Patterson, Dieter Jendrossek
In this study, we screened PHB synthase PhaC1 and PHB depolymerase PhaZa1 of Ralstonia eutropha for the presence of phosphorylated residues during the PHB accumulation and PHB degradation phase. Thr373 of PHB synthase PhaC1 was phosphorylated in the stationary growth phase but was not modified in the exponential and PHB accumulation phases. Ser35 of PHB depolymerase PhaZa1 was identified in phosphorylated form both in the exponential and in the stationary growth phase. Additional phosphosites were identified for both proteins in sample-dependent forms...
April 20, 2018: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29678721/acute-tissue-reactions-inner-segment-pathology-and-effects-of-the-antioxidant-%C3%AE-1-microglobulin-in-an-in-vitro-model-of-retinal-detachment
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Fredrik Ghosh, Bo Åkerström, Jesper Bergwik, Hodan Abdshill, Lina Gefors, Linnéa Taylor
The purpose of this study was to explore acute tissue reactions, ultrastructural photoreceptor morphology with emphasis on inner segments, and the effect of antioxidant treatment in an in vitro model of rhegmatogenous retinal detachment (RRD). A previously described method of RRD simulation was used with adult retinal porcine explants kept free-floating in culture medium with or without treatment with the radical scavenger α1 -microglobulin (A1M). Explants were examined at 5 time points from 1 to 24 h using transmission electron microscopy as well as quantitative real-time PCR (RT-PCR) to quantify gene expression of the cell stress marker heat shock protein 70 (Hsp70) and oxidative stress marker heme oxygenase (HO-1)...
April 17, 2018: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29678717/a-tandem-mass-tag-tmt-proteomic-analysis-during-the-early-phase-of-experimental-pancreatitis-reveals-new-insights-in-the-disease-pathogenesis
#17
Violeta García-Hernández, Carmen Sánchez-Bernal, Domitille Schvartz, José J Calvo, Jean-Charles Sanchez, Jesús Sánchez-Yagüe
Changes in the protein expression occurring within the initiation phase of acute pancreatitis (AP) might be vital in the development of this complex disease. However, the exact mechanisms involved in the onset of AP remains elusive and most of our knowledge about the pathobiology of AP comes from animal models. We performed in a rat pancreatitic model a high-throughput shotgun proteomic profiling of the soluble and whole membrane fractions from the pancreas during the early phase of cerulein (Cer)-induced AP...
April 17, 2018: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29678696/sarcopenic-obesity-revisited-insights-from-the-mr-and-ms-os-cohort
#18
Jean Woo, Jason Leung
OBJECTIVES: Following the concept of a metabolic load-capacity model, we propose the use of appendicular skeletal muscle mass (ASM) to total body fat (TBF) ratio in predicting 4-year physical limitations, physical performance measures, 6-year incident diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, and 12-year mortality. DESIGN: Cross-sectional and prospective cohort study. SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: 4000 men and women aged 65 years and older living in the community...
April 17, 2018: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29678606/ketogenic-diet-high-intensity-interval-training-hiit-and-memory-training-in-the-treatment-of-mild-cognitive-impairment-a-case-study
#19
Kaitlyn Dahlgren, Kelly J Gibas
Alzheimer's disease (AD) deaths have increased by 89% since 2000. This alarming trajectory of neurological disease highlights the failure of current best practice. Deteriorating brain fuel supply is the nemesis of intact neurological health. Cerebral hypo-metabolism associated with AD occurs years before onset. Both the ketogenic diet and calorie restriction (fasting) lead to a compensatory rise in ketones to improve energy deficits in the brain derived from cerebral insulin resistance. Two forms of ketone bodies, β-hydroxybutyrate and acetoacetate, fuel the brain during starvation, fasting and strenuous exercise...
April 11, 2018: Diabetes & Metabolic Syndrome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29678599/increasing-water-intake-influences-hunger-and-food-preference-but-does-not-reliably-suppress-energy-intake-in-adults
#20
Naomi J McKay, Ilona V Belous, Jennifer L Temple
Increasing water intake is often purported to reduce energy intake, and is recommended as a weight loss strategy. The few experimental studies that have been conducted to verify these claims have examined the impact of a single pre-load of water before a meal. Although correlational data indicate a relationship between hydration, energy intake, and weight status, there is very little experimental research in this area. The current studies examined the hypothesis that elevated hydration, through increased water intake, would suppress energy intake...
April 17, 2018: Physiology & Behavior
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