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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432947/pretreatment-of-eucalyptus-in-biphasic-system-for-furfural-production-and-accelerated-enzymatic-hydrolysis
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Xiudong Zhang, Yuanyuan Bai, Xuefei Cao, Runcang Sun
Herein, an efficient biphasic pretreatment process was developed to improve the production of furfural (FF) and glucose from Eucalyptus. The influence of formic acid and NaCl on FF production from xylose in water and various biphasic systems was investigated. Results showed that the addition of formic acid and NaCl significantly promoted the FF yield, and the biphasic system of MIBK (methyl isobutyl ketone)/water exhibited the best performance for FF production. Then the Eucalyptus was pretreated in the MIBK/water system, and a maximum FF yield of 82...
April 7, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432935/accelerometry-based-assessment-and-detection-of-early-signs-of-balance-deficits
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Heidi Similä, Milla Immonen, Miikka Ermes
Falls are the cause for more than half of the injury-related hospitalizations among older people. Accurate assessment of individuals' fall risk could enable targeted interventions to reduce the risk. This paper presents a novel method for using wearable accelerometers to detect early signs of deficits in balance from gait. Gait acceleration data were analyzed from 35 healthy female participants (73.86±5.40 years). The data were collected with waist-mounted accelerometer and the participants performed three supervised balance tests: Berg Balance Scale (BBS), Timed-Up-and-Go (TUG) and 4m walk...
April 13, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432900/lysophosphatidic-acid-induces-expression-of-genes-in-human-oral-keratinocytes-involved-in-wound-healing
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Hong Huynh Thorlakson, Stian Andre Engen, Olav Schreurs, Karl Schenck, Inger Johanne Schytte Blix
OBJECTIVE: Epithelial cells participate in wound healing by covering wounds, but also as important mediators of wound healing processes. Topical application of the phospholipid growth factor lysophosphatidic acid (LPA) accelerates dermal wound healing and we hypothesized that LPA can play a role in human oral wound healing through its effects on human oral keratinocytes (HOK). DESIGN: HOK were isolated from gingival biopsies and exposed to LPA. The LPA receptor profile, signal transduction pathways, gene expression and secretion of selected cytokines were analyzed...
April 13, 2017: Archives of Oral Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432879/seasonal-variation-and-health-risk-assessment-of-organochlorine-compounds-in-urban-soils-of-novi-sad-serbia
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Biljana D Škrbić, Vesna Marinković, Igor Antić, Anita Petrović Gegić
The aim of this paper was to determine spatial and seasonal variation of 6 indicator polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and 18 organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) in urban soils of Novi Sad, Serbia. Sixty surface soil samples were collected during both winter and summer season, from different types of locations: schools, recreational areas, residential and industrial zones. Samples were treated using the method of accelerated solvent extraction, which allows simultaneous extraction and clean up of PCBs and OCPs...
April 15, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432821/addition-of-hydrogen-peroxide-to-groundwater-with-natural-iron-induces-water-disinfection-by-photo-fenton-at-circumneutral-ph-and-other-photochemical-events
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Héctor Mario Gutiérrez-Zapata, John Jairo Alvear-Daza, Julián Andrés Rengifo-Herrera, Janeth Sanabria
Samples of natural groundwater (with low turbidity, neutral pH and 0.3 mg L(-1) iron concentration) inoculated with Escherichia coli K-12, were exposed to simulated solar light both in the presence and absence 10 mg L(-1) of H2 O2. Results demonstrated that the viability of E. coli (by DVC-FISH) was grounded to zero after 360 min of irradiation. This abatement could be caused by the oxidative stress induced by •OH radicals or another photo-induced reactive oxygen species. Two 2(3) factorial experimental designs enabled the evaluation of the effects of chemical factors on the inactivation of E...
April 22, 2017: Photochemistry and Photobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432806/rapid-acceptance-testing-of-modern-linac-using-on-board-mv-and-kv-imaging-systems
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Sridhar Yaddanapudi, Bin Cai, Taylor Harry, Steven Dolly, Baozhou Sun, Hua Li, Keith Stinson, Camille Noel, Lakshmi Santanam, Todd Pawlicki, Sasa Mutic, S Murty Goddu
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to develop a novel process for using on-board MV and kV Electronic Portal Imaging Devices (EPIDs) to perform linac acceptance testing (AT) for two reasons: 1) to standardize the assessment of new equipment performance, and 2) to reduce the time to clinical use while reducing physicist workload. METHODS AND MATERIALS: In this study, Varian TrueBeam linacs equipped with amorphous silicon based EPID (aS1000) were used. The conventional set of AT tests and tolerances were used as a baseline guide...
April 22, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432761/protein-s-sulfhydration-by-hydrogen-sulfide-in-cardiovascular-system
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Guoliang Meng, Shuang Zhao, Liping Xie, Yi Han, Yong Ji
Hydrogen sulfide (H2 S), independent on any specific transporters, plays a number of biological effects on cardiovascular systems. However, the detailed mechanism of H2 S is not yet clear until now. Recently, a novel post-translational modification induced by H2 S, named S-sulfhydration, has been proposed. S-sulfhydration is a chemical modification on specific cysteine residues of target proteins by H2 S. There are several methods for S-sulfhydration detection, such as modified biotin switch assay, maleimide assay with fluorescent thiol modifying regents, tag-switch method and mass spectrometry...
April 22, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432654/laser-desorption-ionization-mass-spectrometric-imaging-of-endogenous-lipids-from-rat-brain-tissue-implanted-with-silver-nanoparticles
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Ludovic Muller, Kathrine Baldwin, Damon C Barbacci, Shelley N Jackson, Aurélie Roux, Carey D Balaban, Bruce E Brinson, Michael I McCully, Ernest K Lewis, J Albert Schultz, Amina S Woods
Mass spectrometry imaging (MSI) of tissue implanted with silver nanoparticulate (AgNP) matrix generates reproducible imaging of lipids in rodent models of disease and injury. Gas-phase production and acceleration of size-selected 8 nm AgNP is followed by controlled ion beam rastering and soft landing implantation of 500 eV AgNP into tissue. Focused 337 nm laser desorption produces high quality images for most lipid classes in rat brain tissue (in positive mode: galactoceramides, diacylglycerols, ceramides, phosphatidylcholines, cholesteryl ester, and cholesterol, and in negative ion mode: phosphatidylethanolamides, sulfatides, phosphatidylinositol, and sphingomyelins)...
April 21, 2017: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432625/synthesis-of-magnetic-cofe2o4-ordered-mesoporous-carbon-nanocomposites-and-application-in-fenton-like-oxidation-of-rhodamine-b
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Jing Deng, Yi-Jing Chen, Yu-An Lu, Xiao-Yan Ma, Shan-Fang Feng, Naiyun Gao, Jun Li
CoFe2O4/ordered mesoporous carbon (OMC) nanocomposites were synthesized and tested as heterogeneous peroxymonosulfate (PMS) activator for the removal of rhodamine B. Characterization confirmed that CoFe2O4 nanoparticles were tightly bonded to OMC, and the hybrid catalyst possessed high surface area, pore volume, and superparamagnetism. Oxidation experiments demonstrated that CoFe2O4/OMC nanocomposites displayed favorable catalytic activity in PMS solution and rhodamine B degradation could be well described by pseudo-first-order kinetic model...
April 21, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432608/fpgasw-accelerating-large-scale-smith-waterman-sequence-alignment-application-with-backtracking-on-fpga-linear-systolic-array
#10
Xia Fei, Zou Dan, Lu Lina, Man Xin, Zhang Chunlei
The Smith-Waterman (SW) algorithm based on dynamic programming is a well-known classical method for high precision sequence matching and has become the gold standard to evaluate sequence alignment software. In this paper, we propose fine-grained parallelized SW algorithms using affine gap penalty and implement a parallel computing structures to accelerating the SW with backtracking on FPGA platform. We analysis the dynamic parallel computing features of anti-diagonal elements and storage expansion problem resulting from backtracking stage, and propose a series of optimization strategies to eliminate data dependency, reduce storage requirements, and overlap memory access latency...
April 21, 2017: Interdisciplinary Sciences, Computational Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432560/executive-function-and-life-space-mobility-in-old-age
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Taina Poranen-Clark, Mikaela B von Bonsdorff, Merja Rantakokko, Erja Portegijs, Johanna Eronen, Markku Kauppinen, Johan G Eriksson, Taina Rantanen, Anne Viljanen
BACKGROUND: Life-space assessment incorporates all movements in terms of the distance from home, the frequency of movement and the need of assistance for movement. Executive function (EF) is an important higher order cognitive ability that controls and guides people's goal-directed actions. We examined the cross-sectional and longitudinal associations between EF and life-space mobility, and investigated if perceived walking difficulties, lower extremity performance, and transportation difficulties explain the association...
April 21, 2017: Aging Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432538/superoxide-generated-in-the-chloroplast-stroma-causes-photoinhibition-of-photosystem-i-in-the-shade-establishing-tree-species-psychotria-henryi
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Wei Huang, Ying-Jie Yang, Jiao-Lin Zhang, Hong Hu, Shi-Bao Zhang
Our previous studies indicated that high light induced significant photoinhibition of photosystem I (PSI) in the shade-establishing tree species Psychotria henryi. However, the underlying mechanism has not been fully clarified. In the present study, in order to investigate the mechanism of PSI photoinhibition in P. henryi, we treated detached leaves with constant high light in the presence of methyl viologen (MV) or a soluble α-tocopherol analog, 2,2,5,7,8-pentamethyl-6-chromanol (PMC). We found that MV significantly depressed photochemical quantum yields in PSI and PSII when compared to PMC...
April 21, 2017: Photosynthesis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432521/intermittent-food-restriction-initiated-late-in-life-prolongs-lifespan-and-retards-the-onset-of-age-related-markers-in-the-annual-fish-nothobranchius-guentheri
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Xia Wang, Xiaoyuan Du, Yang Zhou, Su Wang, Feng Su, Shicui Zhang
Two of the most studied and widely accepted conjectures on possible aging mechanisms are the oxidative stress hypothesis and the insulin/insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) signaling (IIS) pathway. Intermittent fasting (IF) is known to modulate aging and to prolong lifespan in a variety of organisms, but the mechanisms are still under debate. In this study, we first demonstrated that late-onset two consecutive days a week fasting, a form of IF, termed intermittent food restriction (IFR), exhibited a time-dependent effect, and long-term late-onset IFR extended the mean lifespan and maximum lifespan by approximately 3...
April 21, 2017: Biogerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432292/created-mangrove-wetlands-store-belowground-carbon-and-surface-elevation-change-enables-them-to-adjust-to-sea-level-rise
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Ken W Krauss, Nicole Cormier, Michael J Osland, Matthew L Kirwan, Camille L Stagg, Janet A Nestlerode, Marc J Russell, Andrew S From, Amanda C Spivak, Darrin D Dantin, James E Harvey, Alejandro E Almario
Mangrove wetlands provide ecosystem services for millions of people, most prominently by providing storm protection, food and fodder. Mangrove wetlands are also valuable ecosystems for promoting carbon (C) sequestration and storage. However, loss of mangrove wetlands and these ecosystem services are a global concern, prompting the restoration and creation of mangrove wetlands as a potential solution. Here, we investigate soil surface elevation change, and its components, in created mangrove wetlands over a 25 year developmental gradient...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432149/cd73-on-t-cells-orchestrates-cardiac-wound-healing-after-myocardial-infarction-by-purinergic-metabolic-reprogramming
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Nadine Borg, Christina Alter, Nicole Görldt, Christoph Jacoby, Zhaoping Ding, Bodo Steckel, Christine Quast, Florian Bönner, Daniela Friebe, Sebastian Temme, Ulrich Flögel, Jürgen Schrader
Background -T-cells are required for proper healing after myocardial infarction. The mechanism of their beneficial action, however, is unknown. The pro-inflammatory "danger signal" adenosine triphosphate (ATP), released from damaged cells, is degraded by the ectonucleotidases CD39 and CD73 to the anti-inflammatory mediator adenosine. Here, we investigate the contribution of CD73-derived adenosine produced by T-cells to cardiac remodeling after ischemia/reperfusion and define its mechanism of action. Methods -Myocardial ischemia (50 min /reperfusion) was induced in global CD73(-/-) and CD4-CD73(-/-) mice...
April 21, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432148/systolic-blood-pressure-trajectory-frailty-and-all-cause-mortality-over-80-years-of-age-cohort-study-using-electronic-health-records
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Rathi Ravindrarajah, Nisha C Hazra, Shota Hamada, Judith Charlton, Stephen H D Jackson, Alex Dregan, Martin C Gulliford
Background -Clinical trials show benefit from lowering systolic blood pressure in people aged ≥80 years but non-randomised epidemiological studies suggest lower systolic blood pressure may be associated with higher mortality. This study aimed to evaluate associations of SBP with all-cause mortality by frailty category over 80 years of age and to evaluate SBP trajectories before death. Methods -A population-based cohort study was conducted using electronic health records of 144,403 participants aged 80 and older registered with family practices in the United Kingdom from 2001 to 2014...
April 21, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432124/regulation-of-neurite-morphogenesis-by-interaction-between-r7-regulator-of-g-protein-signaling-complexes-and-g-protein-subunit-g%C3%AE-13
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Stephanie L Scherer, Matthew D Cain, Stanley M Kanai, Kevin M Kaltenbronn, Kendall J Blumer
The R7 regulator of G protein signaling family (R7-RGS) critically regulates nervous system development and function. Mice lacking all R7-RGS subtypes exhibit diverse neurological phenotypes, and humans bearing mutations in the retinal R7-RGS isoform RGS9-1 have vision deficits. Although each R7-RGS subtype forms heterotrimeric complexes with Gβ5 and R7-RGS binding protein (R7BP) that regulate G protein-coupled receptor signaling by accelerating deactivation of Gi/o α-subunits, several neurological phenotypes of R7-RGS knockout mice are not readily explained by dysregulated Gi/o signaling...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431554/a-need-to-accelerate-health-research-productivity-in-an-african-university-the-case-of-makerere-university-college-of-health-sciences
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Damalie Nakanjako, Dickens Akena, Dan K Kaye, James Tumwine, Elialilia Okello, Annettee Nakimuli, Andrew Kambugu, Hazel McCullough, Harriet Mayanja-Kizza, Moses R Kamya, Nelson K Sewankambo
BACKGROUND: In the last decade, Makerere University College of Health Sciences (MakCHS) has taken strides in research and training to improve healthcare through collaborative training and research programs. However, there is limited data on the trends of MakCHS faculty contributions to research and on faculty growth to take leading roles in health research. This paper reviews MakCHS faculty research publications over 15.5 years and outlines possible strategies to enhance faculty research outputs...
April 21, 2017: Health Research Policy and Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431454/da-9701-improves-colonic-transit-time-and-symptoms-in-patients-with-functional-constipation-a-prospective-study
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Su Young Kim, Hyun Sun Woo, Sung Han Choi, Dong Kyun Park, Kwang An Kwon, Jun-Won Chung, Yoon Jae Kim, Jung Ho Kim, Su Ji Kim, Kyoung Oh Kim
BACKGROUND AND AIM: DA-9701, a newly developed prokinetic agent formulated with Pharbitis Semen and Corydalis Tuber, has been shown to effectively treat functional dyspepsia. Recently, it has also been suspected to improve gastrointestinal motor function. The aims of this study were to assess the effect of DA-9701 on colonic transit time (CTT) and symptoms of functional constipation. METHODS: We prospectively enrolled 33 patients with functional constipation based on the Rome III criteria...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431400/local-delivery-of-hmgb1-in-gelatin-sponge-scaffolds-combined-with-mesenchymal-stem-cell-sheets-to-accelerate-fracture-healing
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Deting Xue, Wei Zhang, Erman Chen, Xiang Gao, Ling Liu, Chenyi Ye, Yanbin Tan, Zhijun Pan, Hang Li
Fracture nonunion and delayed union continue to pose challenges for orthopedic surgeons. In the present study, we combined HMGB1 gelatin sponges with MSC sheets to promote bone healing after surgical treatment of rat tibial fractures. The HMGB1 gelatin sponge scaffolds supported the expansion of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) and promoted the osteogenic differentiation of MSCs and MSC sheets. Lentiviral vectors were then used to overexpress HMGB1 in MSCs. The results indicated that HMGB1 promotes the osteogenic differentiation of MSCs through the STAT3 pathway...
April 6, 2017: Oncotarget
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