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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438983/light-dependent-expression-of-a-na-h-exchanger-3-like-transporter-in-the-ctenidium-of-the-giant-clam-tridacna-squamosa-can-be-related-to-increased-h-excretion-during-light-enhanced-calcification
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Kum C Hiong, Anh H Cao-Pham, Celine Y L Choo, Mel V Boo, Wai P Wong, Shit F Chew, Yuen K Ip
Na(+)/H(+) exchangers (NHEs) regulate intracellular pH and ionic balance by mediating H(+) efflux in exchange for Na(+) uptake in a 1:1 stoichiometry. This study aimed to obtain from the ctenidium of the giant clam Tridacna squamosa (TS) the complete cDNA sequence of a NHE3-like transporter (TSNHE3), and to determine the effect of light exposure on its mRNA expression level and protein abundance therein. The coding sequence of TSNHE3 comprised 2886 bp, encoding 961 amino acids with an estimated molecular mass of 105...
April 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436827/reductive-precipitation-of-sulfate-and-soluble-fe-iii-by-desulfovibrio-vulgaris-electron-donor-regulates-intracellular-electron-flow-and-nano-fes-crystallization
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Chen Zhou, Yun Zhou, Bruce E Rittmann
Fully understanding the metabolism of SRB provides fundamental guidelines for allowing the microorganisms to provide more beneficial services in water treatment and resource recovery. The electron-transfer pathway of sulfate respiration by Desulfovibrio vulgaris is well studied, but still partly unresolved. Here we provide deeper insight by comprehensively monitoring metabolite changes during D. vulgaris metabolism with two electron donors, lactate and pyruvate, in presence or absence of citrate-chelated soluble Fe(III) as an additional competing electron acceptor...
April 19, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432932/surveillance-of-vittaforma-corneae-in-hot-springs-by-a-small-volume-procedure
#3
Jung-Sheng Chen, Tsui-Kang Hsu, Bing-Mu Hsu, Tung-Yi Huang, Yu-Li Huang, Men-Fang Shaio, Dar-Der Ji
Vittaforma corneae is an obligate intracellular fungus and can cause human ocular microsporidiosis. Although accumulating reports of V. corneae causing keratoconjunctivitis in both healthy and immunocompromised persons have been published, little is known about the organism's occurrence in aquatic environments. Limitations in detection sensitivity have meant a large sampling volume is required to detect the pathogen up to now, which is problematic. A recent study in Taiwan has shown that some individuals suffering from microsporidial keratitis (MK) were infected after exposure to the pathogen at a hot spring...
April 19, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431535/ion-and-water-binding-sites-inside-an-occluded-hourglass-pore-of-a-trimeric-intracellular-cation-tric-channel
#4
Xiaomin Ou, Jianli Guo, Longfei Wang, Hanting Yang, Xiuying Liu, Jianyuan Sun, Zhenfeng Liu
BACKGROUND: Trimeric intracellular cation (TRIC) channels are crucial for Ca(2+) handling in eukaryotes and are involved in K(+) uptake in prokaryotes. Recent studies on the representative members of eukaryotic and prokaryotic TRIC channels demonstrated that they form homotrimeric units with the ion-conducting pores contained within each individual monomer. RESULTS: Here we report detailed insights into the ion- and water-binding sites inside the pore of a TRIC channel from Sulfolobus solfataricus (SsTRIC)...
April 22, 2017: BMC Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431349/impacts-of-environmental-factors-on-arsenate-biotransformation-and-release-in-microcystis-aeruginosa-using-the-taguchi-experimental-design-approach
#5
Zhenhong Wang, Zhuanxi Luo, Changzhou Yan, Baoshan Xing
Very limited information is available on how and to what extent environmental factors influence arsenic (As) biotransformation and release in freshwater algae. These factors include concentrations of arsenate (As(V)), dissolved inorganic nitrogen (N), phosphate (P), and ambient pH. This study conducted a series of experiments using Taguchi methods to determine optimum conditions for As biotransformation. We assessed principal effective factors of As(V), N, P, and pH and determined that As biotransformation and release actuate at 10...
April 18, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429887/effects-of-aluminium-on-long-term-memory-in-rats-and-on-sirt1-mediating-the-transcription-of-creb-dependent-gene-in-hippocampus
#6
Dongying Yan, Cuihong Jin, Yang Cao, Lulu Wang, Xiaobo Lu, Jinghua Yang, Shengwen Wu, Yuan Cai
Epidemiological investigations have shown that aluminium (Al) is an important neurotoxicant which can be absorbed by organisms via various routes. Previous studies have confirmed that exposure to Al could cause neurodegenerative diseases, decline CREB phosphorylation and then down-regulate the transcription and protein expression of its target genes including BDNF. However, recent studies revealed that CREB activation alone was far from enough to activate the expression of long-term memory (LTM) related genes; there might be other regulatory factors involved in this process...
April 21, 2017: Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429319/biochemistry-and-physiology-of-heavy-metal-resistance-and-accumulation-in-euglena
#7
Rafael Moreno-Sánchez, Sara Rodríguez-Enríquez, Ricardo Jasso-Chávez, Emma Saavedra, Jorge D García-García
Free-living microorganisms may become suitable models for removal of heavy metals from polluted water bodies, sediments, and soils by using and enhancing their metal accumulating abilities. The available research data indicate that protists of the genus Euglena are a highly promising group of microorganisms to be used in bio-remediation of heavy metal-polluted aerobic and anaerobic acidic aquatic environments. This chapter analyzes the variety of biochemical mechanisms evolved in E. gracilis to resist, accumulate and remove heavy metals from the environment, being the most relevant those involving (1) adsorption to the external cell pellicle; (2) intracellular binding by glutathione and glutathione polymers, and their further compartmentalization as heavy metal-complexes into chloroplasts and mitochondria; (3) polyphosphate biosynthesis; and (4) secretion of organic acids...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429114/physical-and-chemical-characteristics-of-the-longissimus-dorsi-from-swine-reared-in-climate-controlled-and-uncontrolled-environments
#8
Juliana Lolli Malagoli de Mello, Mariana Piatto Berton, Rita de Cassia Dourado, Aline Giampietro-Ganeco, Rodrigo Alves de Souza, Fábio Borba Ferrari, Pedro Alves de Souza, Hirasilva Borba
The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of ambient temperature on the physical and chemical characteristics of the longissimus dorsi muscle by comparing the quality of meat from pigs reared in a controlled and in an uncontrolled environment, the latter provided with a shallow pool. Twenty castrated male pigs of the Topigs line were randomly allotted to two treatments: a controlled environment, with constant temperature (22 °C) and relative humidity (70%); and an uncontrolled environment in a conventional shed for rearing pigs equipped with a shallow pool, where pigs were subject to climatic variations...
April 20, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426217/phosphorus-depletion-as-a-green-alternative-to-biocides-for-controlling-biodegradation-of-metalworking-fluids
#9
Yaldah Azimi, Ian P Thompson
Metalworking fluids (MWFs) are used as lubricants and coolants in the manufacturing operations. Their biodeterioration, whilst in-operation, is a widespread problem leading to poor performance and worker health issues. Adding biocides, though effective in reducing microbial growth, leads to the production of more recalcitrant wastewaters that are difficult to dispose or recycle on-site. Increasing environmental concerns have led to robust legislation for reducing/eliminating the use of toxic biocides in MWFs, stimulating a growing interest in the development/application of alternative biological preservation strategies...
April 20, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424665/ca-similichlamydia-in-epitheliocystis-co-infection-of-gilthead-seabream-gills-unique-morphological-features-of-a-deep-branching-chlamydial-family
#10
Helena M B Seth-Smith, Pantelis Katharios, Nancy Dourala, José M Mateos, Alexander G J Fehr, Lisbeth Nufer, Maja Ruetten, Maricruz Guevara Soto, Lloyd Vaughan
The Planctomycetes-Verrucomicrobia-Chlamydiae (PVC) bacterial superphylum constitutes a broad range of organisms with an intriguing array of ultrastructural morphologies, including intracellular membranes and compartments and their corresponding complex genomes encoding these forms. The phylum Chlamydiae are all obligate intracellular bacteria and, although much is already known of their genomes from various families and how these regulate the various morphological forms, we know remarkably little about what is likely the deepest rooting clade of this phylum, which has only been found to contain pathogens of marine and fresh water vertebrates...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419961/evidence-towards-the-involvement-of-nitric-oxide-in-drought-tolerance-of-sugarcane
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Neidiquele M Silveira, John T Hancock, Lucas Frungillo, Eleni Siasou, Fernanda C C Marcos, Ione Salgado, Eduardo C Machado, Rafael V Ribeiro
Exogenous supply of nitric oxide (NO) increases drought tolerance in sugarcane plants. However, little is known about the role of NO produced by plants under water deficit. The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that drought-tolerance in sugarcane is associated with NO production and metabolism, with the more drought-tolerant genotype presenting higher NO accumulation in plant tissues. The sugarcane genotypes IACSP95-5000 (drought-tolerant) and IACSP97-7065 (drought-sensitive) were submitted to water deficit by adding polyethylene glycol (PEG-8000) in nutrient solution to reduce the osmotic potential to -0...
April 8, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416441/glechoma-hederacea-extracts-attenuate-cholestatic-liver-injury-in-a-bile-duct-ligated-rat-model
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Ya-Yu Wang, Shih-Yi Lin, Wen-Ying Chen, Su-Lan Liao, Chih-Cheng Wu, Pin-Ho Pan, Su-Tze Chou, Chun-Jung Chen
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: In traditional Chinese medicine, Glechoma hederacea is frequently prescribed to patients with cholelithiasis, dropsy, abscess, diabetes, inflammation, and jaundice. Polyphenolic compounds are main bioactive components of Glechoma hederacea. AIM OF THE STUDY: This study was aimed to investigate the hepatoprotective potential of hot water extract of Glechoma hederacea against cholestatic liver injury in rats. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Cholestatic liver injury was produced by ligating common bile ducts in Sprague-Dawley rats...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415506/the-bactericidal-mechanism-of-action-against-staphylococcus-aureus-for-ago-nanoparticles
#13
Wenning Shen, Pin Li, Hui Feng, Yanfeng Ge, Zheng Liu, Lajun Feng
To identify the mechanistic effects of AgO nanoparticles on Gram-positive bacteria, S. aureus cells suspended in phosphate buffer solution (PBS) and deionized water were separately treated using AgO nanoparticles at different concentrations. The phase composition changes of the bactericide after killing S. aureus and the cellular responses of S. aureus to AgO were characterized by X-ray diffraction, atomic absorption spectrophotometer, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and energy dispersive spectroscopy...
June 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415434/design-and-development-of-a-hybrid-bioartificial-water-induced-shape-memory-polymeric-material-as-an-integral-component-for-the-anastomosis-of-human-hollow-organs
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Siriana Paonessa, Niccoletta Barbani, Elisa Cibrario Rocchietti, Claudia Giachino, Caterina Cristallini
A large number of pathologies require the resection of the bowel and anastomoses to rejoin the two remaining stumps to regain lumen patency. Various materials have been used to rejoin one bowel end to the other such as catgut, stainless steel, and absorbable sutures. The present method for anastomosis surgery uses an entero-entero anastomosis (EEA) circular stapler with only a staple line. This method can have some drawbacks, such as intracellular fluid leakage and local inflammations. The aim of this study is to design and develop a novel bioartificial polymer with a ring shape made of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and gelatin (80/20 ratio (w/w)) loaded both directly with acetylsalicylic acid and with nanoparticles incorporating the same drug to reduce local inflammation even for a prolonged period of time...
June 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411692/quantitation-of-camellianin-a-in-hepg2-cells-using-a-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-electrospray-ionization-tandem-mass-spectrometric-method
#15
Qian-Qian Chen, Hai-Ling Xi, Cai-Yun Wang, Feng-Guo Xu, Wei Zhang
The present study was designed to develop a sensitive and selective high performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometric method for the determination of Camellianin A in HepG2 cells. The extraction of Camellianin A was achieved using 15% trichloroacetic acid and then separated on a C18 column interfaced with a triple quadrupole tandem mass spectrometer in multiple reaction monitoring mode. The mobile phase was consisted of methanol-water (0.1% formic acid) (55 : 45, V/V). The total run time was 5...
March 2017: Chinese Journal of Natural Medicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409388/diethylcarbamazine-attenuates-the-expression-of-pro-fibrogenic-markers-and-hepatic-stellate-cells-activation-in-carbon-tetrachloride-induced-liver-fibrosis
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Maria Eduarda Rocha de França, Sura Wanessa Santos Rocha, Wilma Helena Oliveira, Laise Aline Santos, Anne Gabrielle Vasconcelos de Oliveira, Karla Patrícia Sousa Barbosa, Ana Karolina Santana Nunes, Gabriel Barros Rodrigues, Deniele Bezerra Lós, Christina Alves Peixoto
BACKGROUND AND AIM: While diethylcarbamazine citrate (DEC) displays important anti-inflammatory effects in experimental models of liver injury, the mechanisms of its action remain poorly understood. The aim of the present study was to investigate the fibrolytic potential of DEC. METHODS: Mice receive two injections of carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) per week for 8 weeks. DEC 50 mg/kg body weight was administered through drinking water during the last 12 days of liver injury...
April 13, 2017: Inflammopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407799/seroprevalence-of-a-new-bacterium-simkania-negevensis-in-renal-transplant-recipients-and-in-hemodialysis-patients
#17
Andrea Angeletti, Roberta Biondi, Giuseppe Battaglino, Eleonora Cremonini, Giorgia Comai, Irene Capelli, Gabriele Donati, Roberto Cevenini, Manuela Donati, Gaetano La Manna
BACKGROUND: Simkania negevensis is an obligate intracellular bacterium belonging to the family Simkaniaceae in the Chlamydiales order. It is considered an ubiquitous microorganism and aquatic environments may be involved as a source of infection for humans. It was just isolated in samples from domestic water supplies and from mains water supplies, like spa water or swimming pool water, confirming its ability to resist to the common chlorination treatments. Evidence indicates a possible role of the microorganism in respiratory tract infections, in gastroenteric disorders and in the pathogenesis of cardiovascular disease, furthermore it has hypothesized that it could play a role in lung transplant rejection...
April 13, 2017: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401733/effects-of-metals-cadmium-and-chromium-alone-and-in-combination-on-the-liver-and-kidney-tissue-of-male-spraque-dawley-rats-an-ultrastructural-and-electron-energy-loss-spectroscopy-investigation
#18
Chantelle Venter, Hester Magdalena Oberholzer, Franscious Riccardo Cummings, Megan Jean Bester
Heavy metal pollution has increased in the last decades. Water sources are contaminated and human exposure is often long term exposure to variable amounts of different metals. In this study, male Sprague-Dawley rats were exposed via oral gavage for 28 days to cadmium (Cd) and chromium (Cr), alone and in combination at concentrations 1000 times the human World Health Organization's acceptable water limits. Rat equivalent dosages were used. Blood markers of liver and kidney function were measured, changes to cellular morphology was determined with transmission electron microscopy and the intracellular metal localisation was determined with the electron energy-loss spectroscopy and energy filtered transmission electron microscopy analysis...
April 12, 2017: Microscopy Research and Technique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401535/nano-hydroxyapatite-blasted-titanium-surface-affects-pre-osteoblast-morphology-by-modulating-critical-intracellular-pathways
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Fábio Bezerra, Marcel R Ferreira, Giselle N Fontes, Célio da Costa Fernandes, Denise C Andia, Nilson C Cruz, Rodrigo A da Silva, Willian F Zambuzzi
Since intracellular signalling pathways are proposed to predict the quality of cell-surface relationship, this study addressed pre-osteoblast behaviour in response to nano hydroxyapatite (HA)-blasted titanium (Ti) surface by exploring critical intracellular pathways and pre-osteoblast morphological change. Physicochemical properties were evaluated by atomic force microscopy and wettability considering water contact angle of three differently texturized Ti surfaces: Machined (Mac), Dual acid-etching (DAE) and nano hydroxyapatite-blasted (nHA)...
April 12, 2017: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392900/cadmium-chloride-treatment-of-rats-significantly-impairs-membrane-integrity-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells-via-electrolyte-imbalance-and-lipid-peroxidation-a-possible-explanation-of-cd-related-osteoporosis
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Mohammad Husein Abnosi, Someyeh Golami
OBJECTIVES: Bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) play an important role in bone health. Cadmium causes osteoporosis, but the exact mechanisms of its effect on MSCs are not known. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Rats were treated with cadmium chloride (40 mg/l) in drinking water for six weeks, and then the biochemical and morphological studies on MSCs were carried out as a cellular backup for osteoblasts. Viability and proliferation properties of the cells were evaluated using MTT assay, trypan blue, population doubling number, and colony forming assay...
March 2017: Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
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