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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812892/designer-extracts-as-tools-to-balance-estrogenic-and-chemopreventive-activities-of-botanicals-for-women-s-health
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Birgit M Dietz, Shao-Nong Chen, René F Ramos Alvarenga, Huali Dong, Dejan Nikolić, Martin Biendl, Richard B van Breemen, Judy L Bolton, Guido F Pauli
Botanical dietary supplements contain multiple bioactive compounds that target numerous biological pathways. The lack of uniform standardization requirements is one reason that inconsistent clinical effects are reported frequently. The multifaceted biological interactions of active principles can be disentangled by a coupled pharmacological/phytochemical approach using specialized ("knock-out") extracts. This is demonstrated for hops, a botanical for menopausal symptom management. Employing targeted, adsorbent-free countercurrent separation, Humulus lupulus extracts were designed for pre- and postmenopausal women by containing various amounts of the phytoestrogen 8-prenylnaringenin (8-PN) and the chemopreventive constituent xanthohumol (XH)...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Natural Products
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812362/nitrogen-doped-porous-graphdiyne-a-highly-efficient-metal-free-electrocatalyst-for-oxygen-reduction-reaction
#2
Qing Lv, Wenyan Si, Ze Yang, Ning Wang, Zeyi Tu, Yuanping Yi, Changshui Huang, Li Jiang, Mingjia Zhang, Jianjiang He, Yun-Ze Long
Metal-free catalysts for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) are the desired materials for low-cost proton exchange membrane fuel cells. Graphdiyne (GDY), a novel type of 2D carbon allotrope, is featured by sp and sp2 hybridized carbon, different from the other existed carbon materials. Thus nitrogen (N) can be doped in new styles by substituting sp hybridized carbon atoms, effective for ORR, which has been displayed in this study using both experimental and theorical technologies. The N doped GDY was synthesized with pyridine and NH3 as N sources, successively, expressing similar electrocatalytic activity at potential above 0...
August 16, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812279/the-effects-of-li-nb-ratio-on-the-preparation-and-photocatalytic-performance-of-li-nb-o-compounds
#3
Haifa Zhai, Hairui Liu, Hongjing Li, Liuyang Zheng, Chunjie Hu, Zhao Wang, Jingjing Qi, Jien Yang
The effects of Li/Nb ratio on the preparation of Li-Nb-O compounds by a hydrothermal method were studied deeply. Li/Nb ratio has a great impact on the formation of LiNbO3; the ratio smaller than 3:1 is beneficial to the formation of LiNbO3, while larger than 3:1, forms no LiNbO3 at all and the morphology and chemical bond of Nb2O5 raw material are totally modified by Li ions. The reason can be attributed to the large content of LiOH, which is beneficial to form Li3NbO4 not LiNbO3, and also, even if LiNbO3 particle locally forms, it is easily dissolved in LiOH solution with strong alkalinity...
August 15, 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812195/design-and-evaluation-of-a-compact-photocatalytic-reactor-for-water-treatment
#4
Marko Kete, Olena Pliekhova, Lev Matoh, Urška Lavrenčič Štangar
A compact reactor for photocatalytic oxidation and photocatalytic ozonation water treatment was developed and evaluated by using four model pollutants. Additionally, combinations of pollutants were evaluated. Specially produced Al2O3 porous reticulated monolith foams served as TiO2 carriers, offering a high surface area support. UV lamps were placed in the interior to achieve reduced dimensions of the reactor (12 cm in diameter × 20 cm in height). Despite its small size, the overall photocatalytic cleaning capacity was substantial...
August 15, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812194/amorphous-silica-promoted-lysine-dimerization-a-thermodynamic-prediction
#5
Norio Kitadai, Kumiko Nishiuchi, Akari Nishii, Keisuke Fukushi
It has long been suggested that mineral surfaces played a crucial role in the abiotic polymerization of amino acids that preceded the origin of life. Nevertheless, it remains unclear where the prebiotic process took place on the primitive Earth, because the amino acid-mineral interaction and its dependence on environmental conditions have yet to be understood adequately. Here we examined experimentally the adsorption of L-lysine (Lys) and its dimer (LysLys) on amorphous silica over a wide range of pH, ionic strength, adsorbate concentration, and the solid/water ratio, and determined the reaction stoichiometries and the equilibrium constants based on the extended triple-layer model (ETLM)...
August 15, 2017: Origins of Life and Evolution of the Biosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812170/a-novel-approach-to-utilize-icariin-as-icariin-derived-ecm-on-small-intestinal-submucosa-scaffold-for-bone-repair
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Mei Li, Chi Zhang, Yi Zhong, Jiyuan Zhao
Icariin (Ic) has been demonstrated as a potent osteoinductive compound for bone tissue engineering. However, toxic side effects of the drug and poor biocompatibility of drug delivery systems (DDSs) still limit its application for bone repair in the clinic. To overcome these disadvantages and utilize the osteoinductivity of Ic, we developed a novel method to utilize Ic as an Ic-derived osteoinductive extracellular matrix (ECM) on small intestinal submucosa (SIS) (Ic-ECM-SIS). The generated Ic-ECM-SIS scaffolds, as a natural construct, exhibited much better biocompatibility (including cell adhesion, cell survival and cell proliferation) than Ic-SIS scaffolds generated by traditional DDSs...
August 15, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812020/pretreatment-serum-cystatin-c-levels-predict-renal-function-but-not-tumor-characteristics-in-patients-with-prostate-neoplasia
#7
Feilong Yang, Dawei Li, Yu Di, Yongzhen Zhang, Yuanwei Zang, Juchao Ren, Lei Yan, Zunlin Zhou, Hainan Liu, Zhonghua Xu
To evaluate the role of Cystatin C (Cys-C) in tumorigenesis and progression of prostate cancer (PCa), we retrospectively collected the clinical information from the records of 492 benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), 48 prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia (PIN), and 173 PCa patients, whose disease was newly diagnosed and histologically confirmed. Pretreatment serum Cys-C levels were compared across the various groups and then analyzed to identify relationships, if any, with clinical and pathological characteristics of the PCa patient group...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811708/involvement-of-crf2-signaling-in-enterocyte-differentiation
#8
Benjamin Ducarouge, Marjolaine Pelissier-Rota, Rebecca Powell, Alain Buisson, Bruno Bonaz, Muriel Jacquier-Sarlin
AIM: To determine the role of corticotropin releasing factor receptor (CRF2) in epithelial permeability and enterocyte cell differentiation. METHODS: For this purpose, we used rat Sprague Dawley and various colon carcinoma cell lines (SW620, HCT8R, HT-29 and Caco-2 cell lines). Expression of CRF2 protein was analyzed by fluorescent immunolabeling in normal rat colon and then by western blot in dissociated colonic epithelial cells and in the lysates of colon carcinoma cell lines or during the early differentiation of HT-29 cells (ten first days)...
July 28, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811611/the-antibacterial-and-antifungal-activity-of-six-essential-oils-and-their-cyto-genotoxicity-to-human-hel-12469-cells
#9
Andrea Puškárová, Mária Bučková, Lucia Kraková, Domenico Pangallo, Katarína Kozics
Six essential oils (from oregano, thyme, clove, lavender, clary sage, and arborvitae) exhibited different antibacterial and antifungal properties. Antimicrobial activity was shown against pathogenic (Escherichia coli, Salmonella typhimurium, Yersinia enterocolitica, Staphylococcus aureus, Listeria monocytogenes, and Enterococcus faecalis) and environmental bacteria (Bacillus cereus, Arthrobacter protophormiae, Pseudomonas fragi) and fungi (Chaetomium globosum, Penicillium chrysogenum, Cladosporium cladosporoides, Alternaria alternata, and Aspergillus fumigatus)...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811593/prognostic-value-of-routine-laboratory-variables-in-prediction-of-breast-cancer-recurrence
#10
Zhu Zhu, Ling Li, Zhong Ye, Tong Fu, Ye Du, Aiping Shi, Di Wu, Ke Li, Yifan Zhu, Chun Wang, Zhimin Fan
The prognostic value of routine laboratory variables in breast cancer has been largely overlooked. Based on laboratory tests commonly performed in clinical practice, we aimed to develop a new model to predict disease free survival (DFS) after surgical removal of primary breast cancer. In a cohort of 1,596 breast cancer patients, we analyzed the associations of 33 laboratory variables with patient DFS. Based on 3 significant laboratory variables (hemoglobin, alkaline phosphatase, and international normalized ratio), together with important demographic and clinical variables, we developed a prognostic model, achieving the area under the curve of 0...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811518/anomalous-in-situ-activation-of-carbon-supported-ni2p-nanoparticles-for-oxygen-evolving-electrocatalysis-in-alkaline-media
#11
Young-Hoon Chung, Injoon Jang, Jue-Hyuk Jang, Hyun S Park, Hyung Chul Ham, Jong Hyun Jang, Yong-Kul Lee, Sung Jong Yoo
Electrochemical water splitting is one of the most promising systems by which to store energy produced from sustainable sources, such as solar and wind energy. Designing robust and stable electrocatalysts is urgently needed because of the relatively sluggish kinetics of the anodic reaction, i.e. the oxygen evolution reaction (OER). In this study, we investigate the anomalous in situ activation behaviour of carbon-supported Ni2P nanoparticles (Ni2P/C) during OER catalysis in alkaline media. The activated Ni2P/C shows an exceptionally high activity and stability under OER conditions in which the overpotential needed to achieve 10 mA cm(-2) was reduced from approximately 350 mV to approximately 300 mV after 8,000 cyclic voltammetric scans...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810860/tartrate-resistant-acid-phosphate-as-biomarker-of-bone-turnover-over-the-lifespan-and-different-physiologic-stages-in-sheep
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José A Camassa, Camila C Diogo, João P A Bordelo, Marília de A Bonelli, Carlos A Viegas, Jorge T Azevedo, Nuno Dourado, Isabel R Dias
BACKGROUND: Currently, the best resources for assessment of bone tissue using imaging techniques are expensive and available in few medical facilities, thus serum or urinary bone turnover biomarkers could be useful as early indicators of prognosis. However, there is a wide range of variability in bone turnover markers due to several factors, such as different ages and metabolic stages, thus it is important to have as much data published on the subject as possible. The aim of this study was therefore to generate a reference range for alkaline phosphatase (ALP) and tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase (TRAP) and validate the already published data...
August 15, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810614/evolution-of-correlation-between-helicobacter-pylori-infection-and-autoimmune-liver-disease
#13
Xin-Guo Peng, Yu-Yuan Li, Hui-Ting Chen, Yan Zhou, Jian-Guo Ma, Hong-Min Yin
The present study was planned to evaluate correlation between Helicobacter pylori (HP) infection and autoimmune liver disease (AILD). A total of 60 patients diagnosed with AILD in Affiliated Hospital of Binzhou Medical College were continuously enrolled in the present study. HP infection was detected by 13C-urea breath test. The levels of anti-myeloperoxidase were tested by ELISA. The positive rate of anti-nuclear antibody (ANA), anti-mitochondrial antibody (AMA), anti-smooth muscle antibody (SMA) and anti-neutrophil cytoplasm antibody (ANCA) were tested by indirect immunofluorescence...
August 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810570/research-on-the-function-and-related-mechanism-of-p27-gene-in-the-intervertebral-disc-degeneration-of-mice
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Xiao Liu, Deguo Wang, Zhengzheng Zhang, Fenghui Zhu, Aiming Yao, Jiwei Tian, Dengshun Miao
This study aims to investigate the function and related mechanism of P27 gene in intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration of mice. X-ray, immunohistochemical staining, and alkaline phosphatase (ALP) histochemical staining were used to analyze the phenotypic difference of the intervertebral discs of 4-week-old mice with P27 gene knockout (P27(-/-)) and wild-type (WT) mice in the same brood. Protein in the intervertebral disc was extracted and western blot analysis was employed to detect the changes in the expression of related molecules in the Shh-signal pathways, including Shh, Patched, Smoothened and Gli2...
August 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810226/rapid-removal-of-organic-pollutants-by-activation-sulfite-with-ferrate
#15
Jing Zhang, Liang Zhu, Zhenyu Shi, Ying Gao
With the addition of sulfite, almost complete removal of seven out of eight tested contaminants, i.e. benzotriazole, phenol, ciprofloxacin, methyl blue, rhodamine B, methyl orange and sulfamethoxazole, was observed in 30 s except for sulfamethoxazole at pH 9.0, while Fe(VI) alone only resulted in less than 6% removal. In this study, the mechanism of sulfite/Fe(VI) process was explored for the first time. Firstly, sulfite attacks Fe(VI) via a 1-e(-) transfer forming the primary sulfite radical (SO3(-)), then SO3(-) reacts rapidly with oxygen in a diffusion controlled rate to form a much more reactive peroxyl radical SO5(-), which further reacts with HSO3(-) and produces SO4(-)...
July 19, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810187/histochemical-and-immunohistochemical-examination-of-odontoblasts-petroblasts-in-petrodentine-formation-of-lungfish
#16
Shunya Oka, Ichiro Sasagawa, Mikio Ishiyama
OBJECTIVE: Petrodentine, the core of the lungfish tooth plate, is a well-mineralized tissue similar to mammalian enamel and analogous to enameloid in fish teeth. Petrodentine is formed solely by petroblasts, which are specialized odontoblasts, whereas enameloid is a composite tissue produced by both odontoblasts and dental epithelial cells. To clarify the details of petrodentine formation, petroblasts were investigated using histochemical and immunohistochemical techniques. METHODS: Extant lungfish (Lepidosiren paradoxa) were used in this study...
August 3, 2017: Archives of Oral Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809819/tamra-tamra-fluorescence-quenching-systems-for-the-activity-assay-of-alkaline-phosphatase
#17
Akio Shiba, Emiko Kinoshita-Kikuta, Eiji Kinoshita, Tohru Koike
We introduce two types of fluorescence-quenching assay for alkaline phosphatases (APs) by using a carboxytetramethyl-rhodamine (TAMRA)-labeled phosphate-binding tag molecule (TAMRA-Phos-tag). In the first assay, TAMRA-labeled O-phosphorylethanolamine (TAMRA-PEA) was used as an artificial AP-substrate. TAMRA-Phos-tag specifically captured TAMRA-PEA to form a 1:1 complex at pH 7.4; the intensity of the fluorescence peak of the complex at 580 nm (λex = 523 nm) was significantly reduced to 32% of the average value for the two individual components as a result of the mutual approach of the TAMRA moieties...
August 15, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809621/cardiovascular-risk-factors-and-mortality-in-children-with-chronic-kidney-disease
#18
Abdullahi Mudi, Caroline Dickens, Cecil Levy, Daynia Ballot
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular disease (CVD) begins early in children with chronic kidney disease (CKD), and its progression is determined by the presence of single or multiple cardiovascular risk factors (CVRFs). OBJECTIVE: To determine the prevalence of CVRFs in children with CKD and their association with mortality in children on chronic dialysis. METHODS: This comparative cross-sectional study recruited children aged 5 - 18 years with all stages of CKD...
July 28, 2017: South African Medical Journal, Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809556/radical-chemistry-and-structural-relationships-of-ppcp-degradation-by-uv-chlorine-treatment-in-simulated-drinking-water
#19
Kaiheng Guo, Zihao Wu, Chii Shang, Bo Yao, Shaodong Hou, Xin Yang, Weihua Song, Jingyun Fang
The UV/chlorine process is an emerging advanced oxidation process (AOP) used for the degradation of micropollutants. However, the radical chemistry of this AOP is largely unknown for the degradation of numerous structurally diverse micropollutants in water matrices of varying quality. These issues were addressed by grouping 34 pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) according to the radical chemistry of their degradation in the UV/chlorine process at practical PPCP concentrations (1 μg L-1) and in different water matrices...
August 15, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808791/consumption-of-extra-virgin-olive-oil-improves-body-composition-and-blood-pressure-in-women-with-excess-body-fat-a-randomized-double-blinded-placebo-controlled-clinical-trial
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Flávia Galvão Cândido, Flávia Xavier Valente, Laís Emilia da Silva, Olívia Gonçalves Leão Coelho, Maria do Carmo Gouveia Peluzio, Rita de Cássia Gonçalves Alfenas
PURPOSE: Despite the fact that extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) is widely used in obese individuals to treat cardiovascular diseases, the role of EVOO on weight/fat reduction remains unclear. We investigated the effects of energy-restricted diet containing EVOO on body composition and metabolic disruptions related to obesity. METHODS: This is a randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled clinical trial in which 41 adult women with excess body fat (mean ± SD 27...
August 14, 2017: European Journal of Nutrition
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