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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320100/drosophila-melanogaster-a-potential-model-organism-for-identification-of-pharmacological-properties-of-plants-plant-derived-components
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Komal Panchal, Anand K Tiwari
Plants/plant-derived components have been used from ancient times to treat/cure several human diseases. Plants and their parts possess several chemical components that play the vital role in the improvement of human health and their life expectancy. Allopathic medicines have been playing a key role in the treatment of several diseases. Though allopathic medicines provide fast relief, long time consumption cause serious health concerns such as hyperallergic reactions, liver damage, etc. So, the study of medicinal plants which rarely cause any side effect is very important to mankind...
March 18, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320023/-update-opipramol
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Maximilian Gahr, Christoph Hiemke, Bernhard J Connemann
Opipramol was developed in the 1960s as an antidepressant and has chemical similarities with tricyclic antidepressants. Pharmacodynamic properties with absent reuptake inhibition of serotonin and noradrenaline and agonism at sigma receptors distinguish opipramol from tricyclics. Furthermore, antidepressive effects are smaller than the anxiolytic ones. The mechanism of action of opipramol is currently not sufficiently understood. Agonistic effects at sigma receptors have been linked with therapeutic effects...
March 2017: Fortschritte der Neurologie-Psychiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319887/physico-chemical-and-genotoxicity-analysis-of-guaribas-river-water-in-the-northeast-brazil
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João Marcelo de Castro E Sousa, Ana Paula Peron, Felipe Cavalcanti Carneiro da Silva, Ellifran Bezerra de Siqueira Dantas, Ataíde de Macedo Vieira Lima, Victor Alves de Oliveira, Leomá Albuquerque Matos, Márcia Fernanda Correia Jardim Paz, Marcus Vinicius Oliveira Barros de Alencar, Muhammad Torequl Islam, Ana Amélia de Carvalho Melo-Cavalcante, Cláudia Costa Bonecker, Horácio Ferreira Júlio
River pollution in Brazil is significant. This study aimed to evaluate the physico-chemical and genotoxic profiles of the Guaribas river water, located in Northeast Brazil (State of Piauí, Brazil). The study conducted during the dry and wet seasons to understand the frequency of pollution throughout the year. Genotoxicity analysis was done with the blood of Oreochromis niloticus by using the comet assay. Water samples were collected from upstream, within and downstream the city Picos. The results suggest a significant (p < 0...
March 3, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319869/biofilm-inhibition-formation-of-clinical-strains-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-mutans-photocatalytic-activity-of-azo-dye-and-gc-ms-analysis-of-leaves-of-lagerstroemia-speciosa
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V Sai Saraswathi, Neethu Kamarudheen, K V Bhaskara Rao, K Santhakumar
The investigation was conducted to analyse the bioactive compounds from the leaf extracts of L. speciosa by GC-MS. The extracts were screened for antibacterial and antibiofilm activities against potential clinical strains. The bioactive compounds from the leaves of L. speciosa were extracted by soxhlet continuous extraction method and their chemical composition was analysed by Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectroscopy (GC-MS). The antibacterial activity was evaluated against clinical strain like Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, P...
March 9, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319856/systems-biology-solutions-for-biochemical-production-challenges
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Anne Sofie Lærke Hansen, Rebecca M Lennen, Nikolaus Sonnenschein, Markus J Herrgård
There is an urgent need to significantly accelerate the development of microbial cell factories to produce fuels and chemicals from renewable feedstocks in order to facilitate the transition to a biobased society. Methods commonly used within the field of systems biology including omics characterization, genome-scale metabolic modeling, and adaptive laboratory evolution can be readily deployed in metabolic engineering projects. However, high performance strains usually carry tens of genetic modifications and need to operate in challenging environmental conditions...
March 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319854/extremely-thermophilic-energy-metabolisms-biotechnological-prospects
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Christopher T Straub, Benjamin M Zeldes, Gerrit J Schut, Michael Ww Adams, Robert M Kelly
New strategies for metabolic engineering of extremely thermophilic microorganisms to produce bio-based fuels and chemicals could leverage pathways and physiological features resident in extreme thermophiles for improved outcomes. Furthermore, very recent advances in genetic tools for these microorganisms make it possible for them to serve as metabolic engineering hosts. Beyond providing a higher temperature alternative to mesophilic platforms, exploitation of strategic metabolic characteristics of high temperature microorganisms grants new opportunities for biotechnological products...
March 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319851/-31-p-dephased-13-c-detected-redor-for-nmr-crystallography-at-natural-isotopic-abundance
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Alexander I Greenwood, Mary C Clay, Chad M Rienstra
Typically, the process of NMR-based structure determination relies on accurately measuring a large number of internuclear distances to serve as restraints for simulated annealing calculations. In solids, the rotational-echo double-resonance (REDOR) experiment is a widely used approach to determine heteronuclear dipolar couplings corresponding to distances usually in the range of 1.5-8Å. A challenge in the interpretation of REDOR data is the degeneracy of symmetric subunits in an oligomer or equivalent molecules in a crystal lattice, which produce REDOR trajectories that depend explicitly on two or more distances instead of one...
February 28, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319838/graphene-oxide-quantum-dot-sensitized-porous-titanium-dioxide-microsphere-visible-light-driven-photocatalyst-based-on-energy-band-engineering
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Yu Zhang, Fuyuan Qi, Ying Li, Xin Zhou, Hongfeng Sun, Wei Zhang, Daliang Liu, Xi-Ming Song
We report a novel graphene oxide quantum dot (GOQD)-sensitized porous TiO2 microsphere for efficient photoelectric conversion. Electro-chemical analysis along with the Mott-Schottky equation reveals conductivity type and energy band structure of the two semiconductors. Based on their energy band structures, visible light-induced electrons can transfer from the p-type GOQD to the n-type TiO2. Enhanced photocurrent and photocatalytic activity in visible light further confirm the enhanced separation of electrons and holes in the nanocomposite...
March 11, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319819/childhood-cancer-in-small-geographical-areas-and-proximity-to-air-polluting-industries
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Juan A Ortega-García, Fernando A López-Hernández, Alberto Cárceles-Álvarez, José L Fuster-Soler, Diana I Sotomayor, Rebeca Ramis
AIM: Pediatric cancer has been associated with exposure to certain environmental carcinogens. The purpose of this work is to analyse the relationship between environmental pollution and pediatric cancer risk. METHOD: We analysed all incidences of pediatric cancer (<15) diagnosed in a Spanish region during the period 1998-2015. The place of residence of each patient and the exact geographical coordinates of main industrial facilities was codified in order to analyse the spatial distribution of cases of cancer in relation to industrial areas...
March 16, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319812/exploring-sequence-space-harnessing-chemical-and-biological-diversity-towards-new-peptide-leads
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REVIEW
Richard Obexer, Louise J Walport, Hiroaki Suga
From their early roots in natural products, peptides now represent an expanding class of novel drugs. Their modular structures make them ideal candidates for pooled library screening approaches. Key technologies for library generation and screening, such as SICLOPPS, phage display and mRNA display, give unparalleled access to tight binding peptides. Through combination with genetic code reprogramming and chemical modifications, access to more natural product-like libraries, spanning non-canonical peptide space, is readily achievable...
March 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319808/identifying-regulatory-posttranslational-modifications-of-pd-l1-a-focus-on-monoubiquitinaton
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Henrick Horita, Andy Law, Soonjin Hong, Kim Middleton
A set of high-affinity, high-specificity posttranslational modification (PTM) enrichment tools was developed to generate an unbiased snapshot of four key PTM profiles (tyrosine phosphorylation, acetylation, ubiquitination, and SUMOylation 2/3) for the clinically important protein programmed cell death ligand 1 (PD-L1). The results showed that epidermal growth factor (EGF) treatment induced tyrosine phosphorylation, acetylation, and ubiquitination of PD-L1. Further characterization of EGF-induced PD-L1 ubiquitination revealed a significant increase in mono- and multiubiquitination of PD-L1 that occurred on glycosylated PD-L1...
March 16, 2017: Neoplasia: An International Journal for Oncology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319782/synthesis-and-antiplasmodial-activity-of-novel-indoleamide-derivatives-bearing-sulfonamide-and-triazole-pharmacophores
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N Devender, Sarika Gunjan, Renu Tripathi, Rama Pati Tripathi
Due to the recent reports of growing parasite resistance to artemisinins and other antimalarial drugs, development of new antimalarial chemotypes is an urgent priority. Here in, we report a novel series of adamantyl/cycloheptyl indoleamide derivatives bearing sulfonamide and triazole pharmacophores adopting different chemical modifications and evaluated them for antiplasmodial activity in vitro. Among all the indoleamides, compounds 22, 24, 26 and 30 with sulfonamide pharmacophore showed promising activity with IC50 of 1...
March 8, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319766/sequential-ultrasound-and-low-temperature-thermal-pretreatment-process-optimization-and-influence-on-sewage-sludge-solubilization-enzyme-activity-and-anaerobic-digestion
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Patricio Neumann, Zenón González, Gladys Vidal
The influence of sequential ultrasound and low-temperature (55°C) thermal pretreatment on sewage sludge solubilization, enzyme activity and anaerobic digestion was assessed. The pretreatment led to significant increases of 427-1030% and 230-674% in the soluble concentrations of carbohydrates and proteins, respectively, and 1.6-4.3 times higher enzymatic activities in the soluble phase of the sludge. Optimal conditions for chemical oxygen demand solubilization were determined at 59.3kg/L total solids (TS) concentration, 30,500kJ/kg TS specific energy and 13h thermal treatment time using response surface methodology...
March 9, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319759/removal-of-hydrogen-sulfide-generated-during-anaerobic-treatment-of-sulfate-laden-wastewater-using-biochar-evaluation-of-efficiency-and-mechanisms
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Jarupat Kanjanarong, Balendu S Giri, Deb P Jaisi, Fernanda R Oliveira, Piyarat Boonsawang, Sumate Chaiprapat, R S Singh, Avula Balakrishna, Samir Kumar Khanal
Removal of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) from biogas was investigated in a biochar column integrated with a bench-scale continuous-stirred tank reactor (CSTR) treating sulfate-laden wastewater. Synthetic wastewater containing sulfate concentrations of 200-2000mg SO4(2-)/L was used as substrate, and the CSTR was operated at an organic loading rate of 1.5g chemical oxygen demand (COD)/L·day and a hydraulic retention time (HRT) of 20days. The biochar was able to remove about 98.0 (±1.2)% of H2S for the ranges of concentrations from 105-1020ppmv, especially at high moisture content (80-85%)...
March 4, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319747/integration-of-in-silico-methods-and-computational-systems-biology-to-explore-endocrine-disrupting-chemical-binding-with-nuclear-hormone-receptors
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P Ruiz, A Sack, M Wampole, S Bobst, M Vracko
Thousands of potential endocrine-disrupting chemicals present difficult regulatory challenges. Endocrine-disrupting chemicals can interfere with several nuclear hormone receptors associated with a variety of adverse health effects. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) has released its reviews of Tier 1 screening assay results for a set of pesticides in the Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program (EDSP), and recently, the Collaborative Estrogen Receptor Activity Prediction Project (CERAPP) data...
March 9, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319746/predicting-biphasic-responses-in-binary-mixtures-pelargonic-acid-versus-glyphosate
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Regina G Belz, Hans-Peter Piepho
Predicting hormesis in mixtures is challenging, but essential considering that chemical exposures often occur in mixtures and at low doses. This study investigated mixture effects with two herbicides prone to induce hormesis and to interact, namely pelargonic acid versus glyphosate. Five independent mixture experiments were conducted in vitro to assess effects on root growth of lettuce. Mixture effects on the dose were analyzed using classical joint-action models in terms of deviation from the reference model of concentration addition...
March 13, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319743/crude-oil-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons-removal-via-clay-microbe-oil-interactions-effect-of-acid-activated-clay-minerals
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Uzochukwu C Ugochukwu, Claire I Fialips
Acid treatment of clay minerals is known to modify their properties such as increase their surface area and surface acidity, making them suitable as catalysts in many chemical processes. However, the role of these surface properties during biodegradation processes of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) is only known for mild acid (0.5 M Hydrochloric acid) treated clays. Four different clay minerals were used for this study: a montmorillonite, a saponite, a palygorskite and a kaolinite. They were treated with 3 M hydrochloric acid to produce acid activated clay minerals...
March 9, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319665/synthesis-of-four-disulfide-insulin-analogs-via-sequential-disulfide-bond-formation
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Fangzhou Wu, John P Mayer, Vasily G Gelfanov, Fa Liu, Richard D DiMarchi
Naturally-occurring, multiple cysteine-containing peptides are a structurally unique class of compounds with a wide range of therapeutic and diagnostic applications. The development of reliable, and precise chemical methods for their preparation is of paramount importance to facilitate exploration of their utility. We report an efficient approach based on stepwise, sequentially directed disulfide bond formation, exemplified here by the synthesis of four-disulfide bond containing insulin analogs. The cysteine protections consisted of tert-butylthiol (StBu), thiol-trimethoxyphenyl (STmp), trityl (Trt), 4-methoxytrityl (Mmt), S-acetamidomethyl (Acm) and tert-butyl (tBu)...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319663/2h-ws2-quantum-dots-produced-by-modulating-the-dimension-and-phase-of-1t-nanosheets-for-antibody-free-optical-sensing-of-neurotransmitters
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Man-Jin Kim, Su-Ji Jeon, Tae Woog Kang, Jong-Min Ju, DaBin Yim, Hye-In Kim, Jung Hyun Park, Jong-Ho Kim
Modulating the dimensions and phases of transition metal dichalcogenides is of great interest to enhance their intrinsic properties or to create new physicochemical properties. Herein, we report an effective approach to synthesize 2H-WS2 quantum dots (QDs) via the dimension and phase engineering of 1T-WS2 nanosheets. The solvothermal reaction of chemically-exfoliated 1T-WS2 nanosheets in N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP) under an N2 atmosphere induced their chopping and phase transition at lower temperature to produce 2H-WS2 QDs with a high quantum yield (5...
March 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319644/the-retinal-relaxing-factor-update-on-an-enigmatic-regulator-of-the-retinal-circulation
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Laura Vanden Daele, Charlotte Boydens, Bart Pauwels, Johan Van de Voorde
The retinal circulation is regulated by different local factors and might include the retinal relaxing factor (RRF). This factor is found to be continuously released by the retina and relaxes smooth muscle cells. This review describes the current knowledge about the RRF. Despite many research efforts, the cellular source, identity, mechanism, and physiological role of the RRF remain largely unknown. Thus far, it seems that the RRF is a hydrophilic, thermostable, diffusible chemical messenger, which characteristics do not correspond with most well-known endogenous vasorelaxants...
March 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
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