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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353361/liming-induces-carbon-dioxide-co2-emission-in-psb-inoculated-alkaline-soil-supplemented-with-different-phosphorus-sources
#1
Muhammad Adnan, Zahir Shah, Muhammad Sharif, Hidayatur Rahman
Agricultural land is a major sink of global organic carbon (C). Its suitable management is crucial for improving C sequestration and reducing soil CO2 emission. Incubation experiments were performed to assess the impact of phosphate solubilizing bacterial (PSB) inoculation (inoculated and uninoculated) and soil calcification (4.78, 10, 15, and 20% crushed CaCO3) with phosphorus (P) sources [single superphosphate (SSP), rock phosphate (RP), farm yard manure (FYM), and poultry manure (PM)] in experiment 1 and with various rates of PM (4, 8, and 12 kg ha-1) in experiment 2 on cumulative soil respiration...
January 20, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353307/characterization-of-an-%C3%AE-agarase-from-thalassomonas-sp-ld5-and-its-hydrolysate
#2
Weibin Zhang, Jingnan Xu, Dan Liu, Huan Liu, Xinzhi Lu, Wengong Yu
It has been a long time since the first α-agarase was discovered. However, only two α-agarases have been cloned and partially characterized so far and the study of α-agarases has lagged far behind that of β-agarases. Here, we report an α-agarase, AgaD, cloned from marine bacterium Thalassomonas sp. LD5. Its cDNA consists of 4401 bp, encoding a protein of 1466 amino acids. Based on amino acid similarity, AgaD is classified into glycoside hydrolase (GH) family GH96. The recombinant enzyme gave a molecular weight of about 180 kDa on SDS-PAGE and 360 kDa on Native-PAGE indicating it acted as a dimer...
January 20, 2018: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352945/silylation-and-characterization-of-microcrystalline-cellulose-isolated-from-indonesian-native-oil-palm-empty-fruit-bunch
#3
Septi Pujiasih, Kurnia, Abu Masykur, Triana Kusumaningsih, Ozi Adi Saputra
Silylation of microcrystalline cellulose (MCC), isolated from Indonesian native oil palm empty fruit bunch (OPEFB), using aminosilane compound synthesized through aminolysis of 3-glycidoxypropyltrimethoxysilane (GPTMS) with ethylenediamine (EDA) has been conducted in this study. Generally, there are three steps performed to isolate MCC before silylation process, i.e. bleaching, alkaline treatment and acid hydrolysis. All products resulted from bleaching, alkaline and acid hydrolysis treatments were characterized using Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy...
March 15, 2018: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352904/structural-properties-and-in-vitro-digestibility-of-edible-and-ph-sensitive-films-made-from-guinea-arrowroot-starch-and-wastes-from-wine-manufacture
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Tomy J Gutiérrez, Clémence Herniou-Julien, Kelvia Álvarez, Vera A Alvarez
A non-conventional starch obtained from guinea arrowroot tubers (Calathea allouia) grown in the Amazon was used as a polymeric matrix for the development of edible films. The films were manufactured by blending/thermo molding and plasticized with glycerol. Agro-industrial wastes from wine manufacture (grape waste flour and grape waste extract) were used as natural fillers of the thermoplastic starch (TPS) matrices. The results showed that the natural fillers caused cross-linking in the TPS matrix. This led to the production of films with higher resistant starch (RS) content, especially RS type 4 (RS4), although the DSC results showed that the films developed also contained RS type 3 (RS3)...
March 15, 2018: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352903/isolation-fine-structure-and-morphology-studies-of-galactomannan-from-endosperm-of-gleditsia-japonica-var-delavayi
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Mingzhe Sun, Yumeng Li, Tianxin Wang, Yanwei Sun, Xiyuan Xu, Zesheng Zhang
The water-soluble polysaccharides extracted from endosperm of Gleditsia japonica var. delavayi seeds (EGSP) were identified as galactomannan having the M/G ratio of 2.54-2.66 and a weight average molecular weight (Mw) of 1913 kDa. The molecular structure of EGSP was determined by periodate oxidation, Smith degradation, methylation, FTIR and NMR spectroscopy. The main chain is composed of β-1,4-d-mannopyranose and the branches composed of single α-1-d-galactopyranose. We had also established a model to speculate the fine structure of galactomannan molecules and given preliminary results...
March 15, 2018: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352869/positively-charged-gold-nanoparticles-capped-with-folate-quaternary-chitosan-synthesis-cytotoxicity-and-uptake-by-cancer-cells
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Hui-Ju Yen, Yen-An Young, Tsung-Neng Tsai, Kuang-Ming Cheng, Xin-An Chen, Ying-Chuan Chen, Cheng-Cheung Chen, Jenn-Jong Young, Po-da Hong
In this study, we synthesized various quaternary chitosan derivatives and used them to stabilize gold nanoparticles (AuNPs). These chitosan derivatives comprised N-(2-hydroxy)propyl-3-trimethylammonium chitosan chloride (HTCC), folate-HTCC, galactosyl-HTCC, and their fluorescein isothiocyanate-conjugated derivatives. Various positively surface-charged AuNPs were prepared under alkaline conditions using glucose as a reducing agent in the presence of the HTCC derivatives (HTCCs). The effects of the concentration of NaOH, glucose, and HTCCs on the particles size, zeta potential, and stability were studied in detail...
March 1, 2018: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351869/allosteric-kissing-complex-based-electrochemical-biosensor-for-sensitive-regenerative-and-versatile-detection-of-proteins
#7
Mingsha Zhao, Shanshan Zhang, Zhiqiang Chen, Changzhi Zhao, Li Wang, Shufeng Liu
Herein, an allosteric kissing complex-based electrochemical biosensor was ingeniously proposed for the simple, sensitive, regenerative and versatile detection of proteins. Two hairpins (Hp1 and Hp2) were designed and the Hp1 was immobilized on the electrode surface, which could form a kissing complex with Hp2 through the apical loop-loop or kissing interaction of the RNA-RNA base sequences. The Hp2 possesses the appended single-stranded tails on each end, which hybridize with the recognition element-conjugated DNA strands to construct a protein responsive switch of Hp2 scaffold...
January 9, 2018: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351732/nutrient-depletion-and-tor-inhibition-induce-18s-and-25s-ribosomal-rnas-resistant-to-a-5-phosphate-dependent-exonuclease-in-candida-albicans-and-other-yeasts
#8
Jacob Fleischmann, Miguel A Rocha
BACKGROUND: Messenger RNA (mRNA) represents a small percentage of RNAs in a cell, with ribosomal RNA (rRNA) making up the bulk of it. To isolate mRNA from eukaryotes, typically poly-A selection is carried out. Recently, a 5´-phosphate-dependent, 5´→3´ processive exonuclease called Terminator has become available. It will digest only RNA that has a 5´-monophosphate end and therefore it is very useful to eliminate most of rRNAs in cell. RESULTS: We have found that in the pathogenic yeast Candida albicans, while 18S and 25S components isolated from yeast in robust growth phase are easily eliminated by Terminator, those isolated from cells in the nutritionally diminished stationary phase, become resistant to digestion by this enzyme...
January 19, 2018: BMC Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351251/compatibility-with-panax-notoginseng-and-rehmannia-glutinosa-alleviates-the-hepatotoxicity-and-nephrotoxicity-of-tripterygium-wilfordii-via-modulating-the-pharmacokinetics-of-triptolide
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Qichun Zhang, Yiqun Li, Mengzhu Liu, Jinao Duan, Xueping Zhou, Huaxu Zhu
Tripterygium wilfordii (TW) and the representative active component triptolide show positive therapeutic effect on the autoimmune disorders and simultaneously ineluctable hepatotoxicity and nephrotoxicity. Combinational application of Panax notoginseng (PN) and Rehmannia glutinosa (RG) weakens the toxicity of TW according the clinical application of traditional Chinese medicine. This article was aimed at the mechanism of decreasing toxicity of TW by the combinational application of PN and RG. Biochemical and pathohistological analysis were utilized to assess the toxicity on liver and kidney in rats administrated with TW, TW-PN, TW-RG and TW-PN-RG for 3 and 7 days...
January 19, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350757/hepatoprotective-effects-of-sophoricoside-against-fructose-induced-liver-injury-via-regulating-lipid-metabolism-oxidation-and-inflammation-in-mice
#10
Wenfeng Li, Yalong Lu
The dried fruit of Sophora japonica L. is a traditional Chinese herb tea rich in sophoricoside that is an isoflavone glycoside. The aim of current study was to investigate the hepatic protective effect of sophoricoside in high fructose (HF) diet fed mice. Healthy male mice were fed 30% fructose water and treated 80 and 160 mg/kg·bw sophoricoside continuously for 8 wk. Our data showed that administration of sophoricoside at 80 and 160 mg/kg·bw observably decreased the body weight and liver weight in HF-fed mice...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350756/cytocompatibility-of-biodentine-and-iroot-fs-with-human-periodontal-ligament-cells-an-in-vitro-study
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T Luo, J Liu, Y Sun, Y Shen, L Zou
AIM: To evaluate the cytocompatibility of Biodentine and iRoot FS with human periodontal ligament cells (hPDLCs). METHODOLOGY: hPDLCs were characterized by flow cytometry and immunocytochemical analysis. hPDLC adhesion was assessed by scanning electron microscopy at day 3; proliferation by live/dead assay at day 1, 3 and 7; and osteogenic differentiation by alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity staining, ALP quantification analysis and qRT-PCR at day 7 and 14. Data were analysed with ANOVA and independent sample t-tests with SPSS 21...
January 19, 2018: International Endodontic Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350718/energy-efficient-electrolytic-hydrogen-production-assisted-by-coupling-urea-oxidation-with-a-ph-gradient-concentration-cell
#12
Genxiang Wang, Junxiang Chen, Yan Li, Jingchun Jia, Pingwei Cai, Zhenhai Wen
An unprecedented asymmetric-electrolyte electrolyzer is proposed using an acidic cathode for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) and an alkaline anode for the urea oxidation reaction (UOR), which significantly decreases the electrical energy required for electrolytic hydrogen production.
January 19, 2018: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350673/glyphosate-ingestion-causing-multiple-organ-failure-a-near-fatal-case-report
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Edoardo Picetti, Michela Generali, Francesca Mensi, Giampaolo Neri, Roberta Damia, Giuseppe Lippi, Gianfranco Cervellin
A 55 years old man self-presented to our Emergency Department (ED) reporting an attempted suicide by cutting the left forearm veins and ingesting approximately 200 mL of an herbicide (Myrtos®, containing 36% of glyphosate as isopropylamine salt). Laboratory tests showed metabolic acidosis. Hydration with normal saline and alkalinization with sodium bicarbonate was started according to suggestion of the poison control center, since an antidote was unavailable. Cardiorespiratory condition gradually worsened, so that non-invasive positive pressure ventilation (NIPPV) was applied and infusion of fluids was established...
January 16, 2018: Acta Bio-medica: Atenei Parmensis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350343/syringic-acid-a-phenolic-acid-promotes-osteoblast-differentiation-by-stimulation-of-runx2-expression-and-targeting-of-smad7-by-mir-21-in-mouse-mesenchymal-stem-cells
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B Arumugam, K Balagangadharan, N Selvamurugan
Syringic acid (SA), a phenolic acid, has been used in Chinese and Indian medicine for treating diabetes but its role in osteogenesis has not yet been investigated. In the present study, at the molecular and cellular levels, we evaluated the effects of SA on osteoblast differentiation. At the cellular level, there was increased alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity and calcium deposition by SA treatment in mouse mesenchymal stem cells (mMSCs). At the molecular level, SA treatment of these cells stimulated expression of Runx2, a bone transcription factor, and of osteoblast differentiation marker genes such as ALP, type I collagen, and osteocalcin...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Cell Communication and Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349907/accelerated-hydrogen-evolution-kinetics-on-nife-layered-double-hydroxide-electrocatalysts-by-tailoring-water-dissociation-active-sites
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Guangbo Chen, Tao Wang, Jian Zhang, Pan Liu, Hanjun Sun, Xiaodong Zhuang, Mingwei Chen, Xinliang Feng
Owing to its earth abundance, low kinetic overpotential, and superior stability, NiFe-layered double hydroxide (NiFe-LDH) has emerged as a promising electrocatalyst for catalyzing water splitting, especially oxygen evolution reaction (OER), in alkaline solutions. Unfortunately, as a result of extremely sluggish water dissociation kinetics (Volmer step), hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) activity of the NiFe-LDH is rather poor in alkaline environment. Here a novel strategy is demonstrated for substantially accelerating the hydrogen evolution kinetics of the NiFe-LDH by partially substituting Fe atoms with Ru...
January 19, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349741/degradation-behavior-of-triclosan-by-co-exposure-to-chlorine-dioxide-and-uv-irradiation-influencing-factors-and-toxicity-changes
#16
Qing-Song Li, Hui-Wen Cai, Guo-Xin Li, Guo-Yuan Chen, Xiao-Yan Ma, Wen-Long He
This study investigated the transformation of triclosan (TCS) following co-exposure to UV irradiation and ClO2. Special attention was given to understand the influencing of water quality parameters and toxicity changes during the co-exposure process. The results show that the co-exposure process prompted TCS elimination quickly and effectively, with more than 99% of TCS degraded under the experimental conditions. The molar yield ratios of 2,4-dichlorophenol/TCS (2,4-DCP/TCS) were calculated to be 35.81-74.49%; however, the by-product of 2,8-dichlorodibenzop-dioxin (2,8-Cl2DD) was not detected...
January 18, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349676/environment-friendly-synthesis-of-trace-element-zn-sr-and-f-codoping-hydroxyapatite-with-non-cytotoxicity-and-improved-osteoblast-proliferation-and-differentiation
#17
Shengjie Xiao, Ming Wang, Liping Wang, Yingchun Zhu
Hydroxyapatite (HAp, Ca10[PO4]6[OH]2) doped with numerous trace elements possesses sensational biochemical effects in natural bones. To study the biochemical function of Zn, Sr, and F elements, a series of neoteric HAp biomaterials with Zn, Sr, and F concentrations close to natural bones are firstly synthesized by one-pot hydrothermal method. These materials are characterized through powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), and scanning electron microscope (SEM). All the synthesized materials are HAp phase...
January 18, 2018: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349632/growth-performance-and-protective-effect-of-vitamin-e-on-oxidative-stress-pufferfish-takifugu-obscurus-following-by-ammonia-stress
#18
Chang-Hong Cheng, Zhi-Xun Guo, An-Li Wang
This study was conducted to determine the effects of vitamin E on growth performance, biochemical parameters, and antioxidant capacity of pufferfish (Takifugu obscurus) exposed to ammonia stress. The experimental basal diets supplemented with vitamin E at the rates of 2.31 (control), 21.84, 40.23, 83.64, 158.93, and 311.64 mg kg-1 dry weight were fed to fish for 60 days. After the feeding trial, the fish were exposed to 100 mg L-1 ammonia-nitrogen for 48 h. The results shown that the vitamin E group significantly improved weight gain, specific growth rate, and the expression levels of growth hormone receptors and insulin-like growth factor...
January 18, 2018: Fish Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349625/enhancement-of-the-thermal-and-alkaline-ph-stability-of-escherichia-coli-lysine-decarboxylase-for-efficient-cadaverine-production
#19
Fengyu Kou, Jing Zhao, Jiao Liu, Cunmin Sun, Yanmei Guo, Zijian Tan, Feng Cheng, Zhimin Li, Ping Zheng, Jibin Sun
OBJECTIVE: To enhance the thermal and alkaline pH stability of the lysine decarboxylase from Escherichia coli (CadA) by engineering the decameric interface and explore its potential for industrial applications. RESULTS: The mutant T88S was designed for improved structural stability by computational analysis. The optimal pH and temperature of T88S were 7.0 and 55 °C (5.5 and 50 °C for wild-type). T88S showed higher thermostability with a 2.9-fold increase in the half-life at 70 °C (from 11 to 32 min) and increased melting temperature (from 76 to 78 °C)...
January 18, 2018: Biotechnology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348870/n%C3%AE%C2%B5-carboxymethyl-lysine-promotes-calcium-deposition-in-vsmcs-via-intracellular-oxidative-stress-induced-pdk4-activation-and-alters-glucose-metabolism
#20
Wen-Qi Ma, Xi-Qiong Han, Ying Wang, Xin Wang, Yi Zhu, Nai-Feng Liu
Diabetes and vascular calcification are intrinsically linked. We previously reported that advanced glycation end products (AGEs) accelerate calcium deposition in vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) via excessive oxidative stress. However, the underlying mechanism remains poorly understood. Pyruvate dehydrogenase kinase 4 (PDK4) is an important mitochondrial matrix enzyme in cellular energy metabolism. Since hyperactivation of PDK4 has been reported in calcified vessels and in patients with diabetes mellitus, inhibition of PDK4 expression may be a strategy for the prevention of diabetic vascular calcification...
December 22, 2017: Oncotarget
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