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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793181/exogenously-applied-spermidine-alleviates-photosynthetic-inhibition-under-drought-stress-in-maize-zea-mays-l-seedlings-associated-with-changes-in-endogenous-polyamines-and-phytohormones
#1
Lijie Li, Wanrong Gu, Jing Li, Congfeng Li, Tenglong Xie, Danyang Qu, Yao Meng, Caifeng Li, Shi Wei
Drought stress (DS) is a major environmental factor limiting plant growth and crop productivity worldwide. It has been established that exogenous spermidine (Spd) stimulates plant tolerance to DS. The effects of exogenous Spd on plant growth, photosynthetic performance, and chloroplast ultrastructure as well as changes in endogenous polyamines (PAs) and phytohormones were investigate in DS-resistant (Xianyu 335) and DS-sensitive (Fenghe 1) maize seedlings under well-watered and DS treatments. Exogenous Spd alleviated the stress-induced reduction in growth, photosynthetic pigment content, photosynthesis rate (Pn ) and photochemical quenching (qP ) parameters, including the maximum photochemistry efficiency of photosystem II (PSII) (Fv /Fm ), PSII operating efficiency (ФPSII), and qP coefficient...
May 15, 2018: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793133/an-ultrasensitive-and-selective-electrochemical-aptasensor-based-on-rgo-mwcnts-chitosan-carbon-quantum-dot-for-the-detection-of-lysozyme
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Behzad Rezaei, Hamid Reza Jamei, Ali Asghar Ensafi
An aptamer-based method is described for the electrochemical determination of lysozyme. A glassy carbon electrode was modified with a nanocomposite composed of reduced graphene oxide (rGO), multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs), chitosan (CS), and a synthesized carbon quantum dot (CQD) from CS. The composition of the nanocomposite (rGO-MWCNT/CS/CQD) warrants a high surface-to-volume ratio, high conductivity, high stability, and great electrocatalytic activity. This nanocomposite provides a suitable site for better immobilization of aptamers due to the existence of many amino and carboxyl functional groups, and remaining oxygen-related defects properties in rGO...
May 9, 2018: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793128/convolutional-neural-networks-for-seizure-prediction-using-intracranial-and-scalp-electroencephalogram
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Nhan Duy Truong, Anh Duy Nguyen, Levin Kuhlmann, Mohammad Reza Bonyadi, Jiawei Yang, Samuel Ippolito, Omid Kavehei
Seizure prediction has attracted growing attention as one of the most challenging predictive data analysis efforts to improve the life of patients with drug-resistant epilepsy and tonic seizures. Many outstanding studies have reported great results in providing sensible indirect (warning systems) or direct (interactive neural stimulation) control over refractory seizures, some of which achieved high performance. However, to achieve high sensitivity and a low false prediction rate, many of these studies relied on handcraft feature extraction and/or tailored feature extraction, which is performed for each patient independently...
May 7, 2018: Neural Networks: the Official Journal of the International Neural Network Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793114/soil-types-influence-the-fate-of-antibiotic-resistant-bacteria-and-antibiotic-resistance-genes-following-the-land-application-of-sludge-composts
#4
Junya Zhang, Qianwen Sui, Juan Tong, Hui Zhong, Yawei Wang, Meixue Chen, Yuansong Wei
Sewage sludge was generally considered a significant reservoir of antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) and could enter agricultural systems as fertilizer after composting. Soil types and the discrepancy of sludge composts could have influenced the fate of antibiotic-resistant bacteria (ARB) following the land application of sludge composts, which deserved to be clarified. Thus, the fate of ARB and ARGs following the land application of three types of sludge composts (A, B, and C) to three different soils (red soil, loess, and black soil) was investigated...
May 21, 2018: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793094/effects-of-chronic-antipsychotic-drug-exposure-on-the-expression-of-translocator-protein-and-inflammatory-markers-in-rat-adipose-tissue
#5
Anita Calevro, Marie-Caroline Cotel, Sridhar Natesan, Michel Modo, Anthony C Vernon, Valeria Mondelli
The precise effect of antipsychotic drugs on either central or peripheral inflammation remains unclear. An important issue in this debate is to what extent the known peripheral metabolic effects of antipsychotics, including increased adiposity, may contribute to increased inflammation. Adipose tissue is known to contribute to the development of systemic inflammation, which can eventually lead to insulin resistance and metabolic dysregulation. As a first step to address this question, we evaluated whether chronic exposure to clinically comparable doses of haloperidol or olanzapine resulted in the immune activation of rat adipose tissue...
May 16, 2018: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793092/a-combined-ftir-and-dsc-study-on-the-bilayer-stabilising-effect-of-electrostatic-interactions-in-ion-paired-lipids
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Maximilian Schmid, Christian Wölk, Julia Giselbrecht, K L Andrew Chan, Richard D Harvey
Investigating lipid ion pair formation is important for understanding the mechanisms of lipid-mediated drug resistance in bacteria. In this study we have used the charged amphiphiles dipalmitoylphosphatidylglycerol (DPPG) and dihexadecyldimethylammonium bromide (DHDAB), as a model to evaluate the formation of ion pairs by a combined Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) analysis. FTIR was employed to study the environment of the DPPC headgroup phosphate and lipid/surfactant alkane chains, in vesicles formed by the two amphiphiles mixed in various molar ratios...
May 17, 2018: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793059/longitudinal-surveillance-of-drug-resistance-in-plasmodium-falciparum-isolates-from-the-china-myanmar-border-reveals-persistent-circulation-of-multidrug-resistant-parasites
#7
Yao Bai, Jiaqi Zhang, Jinting Geng, Shiling Xu, Shuang Deng, Weilin Zeng, Zenglei Wang, Huguette Gaelle Ngassa Mbenda, Jie Zhang, Na Li, Yanrui Wu, Cuiying Li, Huae Liu, Yonghua Ruan, Yaming Cao, Zhaoqing Yang, Liwang Cui
Multidrug-resistant Plasmodium falciparum in the Greater Mekong Subregion of Southeast Asia is a major threat to malaria elimination and requires close surveillance. In this study, we collected 107 longitudinal clinical samples of P. falciparum in 2007-2012 from the malaria hypoendemic region of the China-Myanmar border and measured their in vitro susceptibilities to 10 antimalarial drugs. Overall, parasites had significantly different IC50 values to all the drugs tested as compared to the reference 3D7 strain...
May 21, 2018: International Journal for Parasitology, Drugs and Drug Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793058/the-transcription-factor-skn-1-and-detoxification-gene-ugt-22-alter-albendazole-efficacy-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Pauline Fontaine, Keith Choe
Parasitic nematodes infect over 1/4 th of the human population and are a major burden on livestock and crop production. Benzimidazole class anthelmintics are widely used to treat infections, but resistance is a widespread problem. Mutation of genes encoding the benzimidazole target β-tubulin is a well-established mechanism of resistance, but recent evidence suggests that metabolism of the drugs may also occur. Our objective was to investigate contributions of the detoxification-response transcription factor SKN-1 to anthelmintic drug resistance using C...
April 25, 2018: International Journal for Parasitology, Drugs and Drug Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793051/promising-antileishmanial-activity-of-novel-imidazole-antifungal-drug-luliconazole-against-leishmania-major-in-vitro-and-in-silico-studies
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Azar Shokri, Mahdi Abastabar, Masoud Keighobadi, Saeed Emami, Mahdi Fakhar, Saeed Hosseini Teshnizi, Koichi Makimura, Ali Rezaei-Matehkolaei, Hassan Mirzaei
OBJECTIVES: Pentavalent antimonials have been used for the treatment of leishmaniasis for more than 70 years; however their toxicity limits their benefits. Unfortunately, the efficacy of the first line drugs has been decreased and resistance seems to be noticeable. Luliconazole is a new azole with unique effects on fungi which has not been tested on Leishmania parasites yet. METHODS: In the present study, we evaluated cytotoxicity and anti-leishmanial activities of Luliconazole on promastigotes and intracellular amastigotes of Leishmania major (L...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793048/dna-methylation-differences-at-the-glucocorticoid-receptor-gene-in-depression-are-related-to-functional-alterations-in-hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal-axis-activity-and-to-early-life-emotional-abuse
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Chloё Farrell, Kelly Doolin, Niamh O' Leary, Chaitra Jairaj, Darren Roddy, Leonardo Tozzi, Derek Morris, Andrew Harkin, Thomas Frodl, Zsófia Nemoda, Moshe Szyf, Linda Booij, Veronica O'Keane
Depression is associated with alterations in hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis activity. A proposed mechanism to explain these alterations are changes in DNA methylation levels, secondary to early life adversity (ELA), at stress-related genes. Two gene regions that have been implicated in the literature, the glucocorticoid receptor gene (NR3C1) exon 1F and the FKBP5 gene intron 7 were examined in 67 individuals (33 depressed patients and 34 controls). We investigated whether cortisol concentrations, evaluated in 25 depressed patients and 20 controls, and measures of ELA were associated with the degree of methylation at these candidate gene regions...
May 8, 2018: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793044/isolation-of-ferritin-and-its-interaction-with-bmnpv-in-the-silkworm-bombyx-mori
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Dong-Qiong Fei, Hai-Zhong Yu, Jia-Ping Xu, Shang-Zhi Zhang, Jie Wang, Bing Li, Li-Ang Yang, Pei Hu, Xin Xu, Kang Zhao, Toufeeq Shahzad
Ferritin is a ubiquitous iron storage protein that plays an important role in host defence against pathogen infections. In the present study, native ferritin was isolated from the hemolymph of Bombyx mori using native-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (native-PAGE) and sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE). The results revealed that ferritin consisted of two subunits, designated as BmFerHCH and BmFerLCH. Previously integrated previous transcriptome and iTRAQ data showed that the two subunits were down-regulated in resistant silkworm strain BC9 and there was no obvious change in the expression levels of the subunits in susceptible silkworm strain P50 after BmNPV infection...
May 9, 2018: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793040/quinones-and-nitroaromatic-compounds-as-subversive-substrates-of-staphylococcus-aureus-flavohemoglobin
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Myriam Moussaoui, Lina Misevičienė, Žilvinas Anusevičius, Audronė Marozienė, Florence Lederer, Laura Baciou, Narimantas Čėnas
In microorganisms, flavohemoglobins (FHbs) containing FAD and heme (Fe3+ , metHb) convert NO. into nitrate at the expense of NADH and O2 . FHbs contribute to bacterial resistance to nitrosative stress. Therefore, inhibition of FHbs functions may decrease the pathogen virulence. We report here a kinetic study of the reduction of quinones and nitroaromatic compounds by S. aureus FHb. We show that this enzyme rapidly reduces quinones and nitroaromatic compounds in a mixed single- and two-electron pathway. The reactivity of nitroaromatics increased upon an increase in their single-electron reduction potential (E1 7 ), whereas the reactivity of quinones poorly depended on their E1 7 with a strong preference for a 2-hydroxy-1,4-naphthoquinone structure...
May 21, 2018: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793039/antimicrobial-resistance-in-the-context-of-the-syrian-conflict-drivers-before-and-after-the-onset-of-conflict-and-key-recommendations
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Aula Abbara, Timothy M Rawson, Nabil Karah, Wael El-Amin, James Hatcher, Bachir Tajaldin, Osman Dar, Omar Dewachi, Ghassan Abu Sitta, Bernt Eric Uhlin, Annie Sparrow
Current evidence describing antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in the context of the Syrian conflict is of poor quality and sparse in nature. In this paper we explore and report the major drivers of AMR that were present in Syria pre-conflict and those that have emerged since its onset in March 2011. Drivers which existed before the conflict included a lack of enforcement of existing legislation to regulate over the counter antibiotics and notification of communicable diseases. This contributed to a number of drivers of AMR after the onset of conflict which were also compounded by the exodus of trained staff, the increase in overcrowding and unsanitary conditions, the increase in injuries and economic sanctions limiting the availability of required laboratory medical materials and equipment...
May 21, 2018: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792971/impact-of-active-surveillance-and-infection-control-measures-on-carbapenem-resistant-gram-negative-bacterial-colonization-and-infections-in-intensive-care
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T Karampatakis, K Tsergouli, E Iosifidis, C Antachopoulos, A Karapanagiotou, A Karyoti, N Gritsi-Gerogianni, A Tsakris, E Roilides
BACKGROUND: Carbapenem-resistant Gram-negative bacteria (CRGNB) infections constitute a global threat for critically ill patients and the outcome of their hospitalization. Early identification of CRGNB through rectal surveillance cultures and routine infection control measures including contact precautions, use of appropriate disinfectants, staff education on cleaning, and hand hygiene may reduce the dissemination of CRGNB. AIM: To assess the impact of enhanced infection control measures on CRGNB infections in a nine-bed polyvalent intensive care unit in a tertiary level hospital in an endemic area...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792958/impact-of-cooking-conditions-on-the-properties-of-rice-combined-temperature-and-cooking-time
#15
Meng He, Chen Qiu, Zhanghua Liao, Zhongquan Sui, Harold Corke
Changes in the properties of cooked rice under various cooking conditions were investigated. Waxy, low-, and high-amylose rice were subjected to treatment with different cooking temperatures (50, 70, 90 °C) for different cooking times (15, 30, 45 min). The results showed that cooking greatly increased the swelling behavior of waxy rice but decreased the swelling behavior and amylose leaching of low- and high-amylose rice. As the cooking temperature increased, rapidly digestible starch increased significantly for all rice products, whereas slowly digestible starch and resistant starch had a certain degree of reduction...
May 21, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792947/trail-attenuates-sulforaphane-mediated-nrf2-and-sustains-ros-generation-leading-to-apoptosis-of-trail-resistant-human-bladder-cancer-cells
#16
Cheng-Yun Jin, Ilandarage Menu Neelaka Molagoda, Wisurumuni Arachchilage Hasitha Maduranga Karunarathne, Sang-Hyuck Kang, Cheol Park, Gi-Young Kim, Yung Hyun Choi
Tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis inducing ligand (TRAIL) can preferentially initiate apoptosis in malignant cells with minimal toxicity to normal cells. Unfortunately, many human cancer cells are refractory to TRAIL-induced apoptosis through many unknown mechanisms. Here, we report that TRAIL resistance can be reversed in human bladder cancer cell lines by treatment with sulforaphane (SFN), a well-known chemopreventive isothiocyanate in various cruciferous vegetables. Combined treatment with SFN and TRAIL (SFN/TRAIL) significantly induced apoptosis concomitant with activation of caspases, loss of mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP), Bid truncation, and induction of death receptor 5...
May 21, 2018: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792945/cross-linking-by-epichlorohydrin-and-diepoxybutane-correlates-with-cytotoxicity-and-leads-to-apoptosis-in-human-leukemia-hl-60-cells
#17
Phuong M Le, Vanesa L Silvestri, Samuel C Redstone, Jordanne B Dunn, Julie T Millard
The bifunctional alkylating agents epichlorohydrin (ECH) and diepoxybutane (DEB) have been linked to increased cancer risks in industrial workers. These compounds react with DNA and proteins, leading to genotoxic effects. We used the comet assay to monitor formation of cross-links in HL-60 cells treated with ECH, DEB, and the structurally related anti-cancer drug mechlorethamine (HN2). We report a time- and dose-dependent cytotoxicity that correlated with cross-linking activity, following the order HN2 > DEB > ECH...
May 21, 2018: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792923/high-throughput-sequencing-identifies-chilling-responsive-genes-in-sweetpotato-ipomoea-batatas-lam-during-storage
#18
Zeyi Xie, Zhilin Zhou, Hongmin Li, Jingjing Yu, Jiaojiao Jiang, Zhonghou Tang, Daifu Ma, Baohong Zhang, Yonghua Han, Zongyun Li
Sweetpotato (Ipomoea batatas L.) is a globally important economic food crop. It belongs to Convolvulaceae family and origins in the tropics; however, sweetpotato is sensitive to cold stress during storage. In this study, we performed transcriptome sequencing to investigate the sweetpotato response to chilling stress during storage. A total of 110,110 unigenes were generated via high-throughput sequencing. Differentially expressed genes (DEGs) analysis showed that 18,681 genes were up-regulated and 21,983 genes were down-regulated in low temperature condition...
May 21, 2018: Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792865/aspirin-restores-abt-737-mediated-apoptosis-in-human-renal-carcinoma-cells
#19
Yen-Chuan Ou, Jian-Ri Li, Jiaan-Der Wang, Wen-Ying Chen, Yu-Hsiang Kuan, Ching-Ping Yang, Su-Lan Liao, Hsi-Chi Lu, Chun-Jung Chen
Aspirin is a novel chemopreventive agent against malignancy. However, outcomes of aspirin monotherapy of renal cell carcinoma (RCC) are inconsistent across studies. ABT-737, an BH3 mimetic inhibitor, is also a promising antitumor drug. Cancer cells including those from RCC, that have high levels of Mcl-1, are refractory to ABT-737-induced apoptosis. We here investigated how aspirin treatment modulates the ABT-737-induced apoptosis. Using the in vitro model of human 786-O cells, we showed that aspirin had sensitized cells to ABT-737 induced apoptosis...
May 21, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792857/tgf-%C3%AE-plays-a-vital-role-in-triple-negative-breast-cancer-tnbc-drug-resistance-through-regulating-stemness-emt-and-apoptosis
#20
Xiaodan Xu, Lu Zhang, Xiaogang He, Ping Zhang, Caihong Sun, Xiaojun Xu, Yaojuan Lu, Feifei Li
Triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) is the most malignant subtype of breast cancer in which the cell surface lacks usual targets for drug to exhibit its effects. Epirubicin (Epi) is widely used for TNBC, but a substantial number of patients develop Epi resistance that is usually associated with poor prognosis. Transforming growth factor (TGF-β) is a multifunctional cytokine. In recent study, it appears that TGF-β influences the cancer stem cell population, thus, the drug resistance of cancer may also be affected...
May 21, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
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