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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547324/ecotoxicity-and-fate-of-a-silver-nanomaterial-in-an-outdoor-lysimeter-study
#1
Karsten Schlich, Martin Hoppe, Marco Kraas, Elke Fries, Kerstin Hund-Rinke
Sewage sludge is repeatedly applied as fertilizer on farmland due to its high nutrient content. This may lead to a significant increase of silver nanomaterials (AgNM) in soil over years. Therefore, our aim was to investigate the ecotoxicity and fate of AgNM under environmentally relevant conditions in outdoor lysimeters over 25 months. Two AgNM concentrations (1.7 and 8.0 mg/kg dry matter soil) were applied via sewage sludge into soil. In subsamples of the soil, incubated under laboratory conditions for 180 days, the comparability of outdoor and laboratory results regarding ecotoxicity was determined...
May 25, 2017: Ecotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545130/responses-of-absolute-and-specific-enzyme-activity-to-consecutive-application-of-composted-sewage-sludge-in-a-fluventic-ustochrept
#2
Xiao Liu, Kangli Guo, Lin Huang, Zhengyu Ji, Huimin Jiang, Hu Li, Jianfeng Zhang
Composted sewage sludge (CS) is considered a rich source of soil nutrients and significantly affects the physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of soil, but its effect on specific enzyme activity in soil is disregarded. The present experiment examined the absolute and specific enzyme activity of the enzymes involved in carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus cycles, the diversity of soil microbial functions, and soil community composition in a Fluventic Ustochrept under a maize-wheat rotation system in North China during 2012-2015...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535609/synthesis-of-%C3%AE-galactooligosaccharide-using-bifidobacterial-%C3%AE-galactosidase-purified-from-recombinant-escherichia-coli
#3
So Young Oh, So Youn Youn, Myung Soo Park, Hyoung Geun Kim, Nam In Baek, Zhi Peng Li, Geun Eog Ji
Galactooligosaccharides (GOS) are known to be selectively utilized by Bifidobacterium, which can bring about healthy changes of the composition of intestinal microflora. In this study, β-GOS are synthesized using bifidobacterial β-galactosidase(G1) purified from recombinant E. coli with a high GOS yield and with high productivity and enhanced bifidogenic activity. The purified recombinant G1 showed maximum production of β-GOS at pH 8.5 and 45°C. A matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) analysis of the major peaks of the produced β-GOS showed MW of 527 and 689, indicating the synthesis of β-GOS at degrees of polymerization (DP) of 3 and DP4, respectively...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535200/the-draft-genome-of-blunt-snout-bream-megalobrama-amblycephala-reveals-the-development-of-intermuscular-bone-and-adaptation-to-herbivorous-diet
#4
Han Liu, Chunhai Chen, Zexia Gao, Jiumeng Min, Yongming Gu, Jianbo Jian, Xiewu Jiang, Huimin Cai, Ingo Ebersberger, Meng Xu, Xinhui Zhang, Jianwei Chen, Wei Luo, Boxiang Chen, Junhui Chen, Hong Liu, Jiang Li, Ruifang Lai, Mingzhou Bai, Jin Wei, Shaokui Yi, Huanling Wang, Xiaojuan Cao, Xiaoyun Zhou, Yuhua Zhao, Kaijian Wei, Ruibin Yang, Bingnan Liu, Shancen Zhao, Xiaodong Fang, Manfred Schartl, Xueqiao Qian, Weimin Wang
Background: The blunt snout bream, Megalobrama amblycephala , is the economically most important cyprinid fish species. As an herbivore, it can be grown by eco-friendly and resource-conserving aquaculture. However, the large number of intermuscular bones in the trunk musculature is adverse to fish meat processing and consumption. Results: As a first towards optimizing this aquatic livestock, we present a 1.116-Gb draft genome of M. amblycephala , with 779.54 Mb anchored on 24 linkage groups...
May 23, 2017: GigaScience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530150/the-roles-of-bile-acids-and-applications-of-microencapsulation-technology-in-treating-type-1-diabetes-mellitus
#5
Louise Woodhams, Hani Al-Salami
Type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) is an autoimmune disease characterized by the loss of glycemic control. Recent studies have shown significant inflammation and disturbed bile acid homeostasis, associated with T1DM. Bile acids are endogenously produced as a result of cholesterol catabolism in the liver and solely metabolized by gut microflora. This review investigates their potential oral delivery in T1DM using targeted delivery and encapsulation technologies. A sensitive and selective search was carried out using different search engines and databases...
June 2017: Therapeutic Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529603/risk-factors-for-cervical-intraepithelial-neoplasia-and-cervical-cancer-in-chinese-women-large-study-in-jiexiu-shanxi-province-china
#6
Zhilian Wang, Jintao Wang, Jinrong Fan, Weihong Zhao, Xin Yang, Lingmei Wu, Dongyan Li, Ling Ding, Wei Wang, Junjie Xu, Michelle Stram, Chengquan Zhao, Min Hao
We aimed to investigate the risk factors for cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) in Jiexiu, Shanxi Province, China. Twenty thousand eligible married women (age: 18-65 years) were administered with a questionnaire on potential risk factors for CIN and underwent liquid based Pap test. All women with abnormal cytological results underwent colposcopy with biopsy. Based on the biopsy pathology results, women were then assigned to either study group (with CIN) or control group (negative for histological results and volunteered to participate in the follow up study)...
2017: Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529040/pre-treatment-technologies-for-dark-fermentative-hydrogen-production-current-advances-and-future-directions
#7
Razieh Rafieenia, Maria Cristina Lavagnolo, Alberto Pivato
Hydrogen is regarded as a clean and non-carbon fuel and it has a higher energy content compared to carbon fuels. Dark fermentative hydrogen production from organic wastes is the most promising technology for commercialization among chemical and biological methods. Using mixed microflora is favored in terms of easier process control and substrate conversion efficiencies instead of pure cultures. However, mixed cultures should be first pre-treated in order to select sporulating hydrogen producing bacteria and suppress non-spore forming hydrogen consumers...
May 18, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528483/fossil-record-of-ephedra-in-the-lower-cretaceous-aptian-argentina
#8
Gabriela G Puebla, Ari Iglesias, María A Gómez, Mercedes B Prámparo
Fossil plants from the Lower Cretaceous (upper Aptian) of the La Cantera Formation, Argentina, are described. The fossils studied represent a leafy shooting system with several orders of articulated and striated axes and attached leaves with unequivocal ephedroid affinity. We also found associated remains of ovulate cones with four whorls of sterile bracts, which contain two female reproductive units (FRU). Ovulate cone characters fit well within the genus Ephedra. Special characters in the ovulate cones including an outer seed envelope with two types of trichomes, allowed us to consider our remains as a new Ephedra species...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Plant Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526864/a-broad-spectrum-bactericidal-lipopeptide-with-anti-biofilm-properties
#9
Ohad Meir, Fadia Zaknoon, Uri Cogan, Amram Mor
Previous studies of the oligoacyllysyl (OAK) series acyl-lysyl-lysyl-aminoacyl-lysine-amide, suggested their utility towards generating robust linear lipopeptide-like alternatives to antibiotics, although to date, none exhibited potent broad-spectrum bactericidal activity. To follow up on this premise, we produced a new analog (C14KKc12K) and investigated its properties in various media. Mechanistic studies suggest that C14KKc12K uses a non-specific membrane-disruptive mode of action for rapidly reducing viability of Gram-negative bacteria (GNB) similarly to polymyxin B (PMB), a cyclic lipopeptide used as last resort antibiotic...
May 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521169/heterotrophic-ammonia-and-nitrate-bio-removal-over-nitrite-hanbon-performance-and-microflora
#10
Wei Li, Zhao-Yang Cai, Zi-Jun Duo, Yao-Feng Lu, Ke-Xin Gao, Ghulam Abbas, Meng Zhang, Ping Zheng
A novel Heterotrophic Ammonia and Nitrate Bio-removal Over Nitrite (Hanbon) process, combining Short Nitrate Reduction (SNR) with Anaerobic Ammonia Oxidation (Anammox), was developed in a lab-scale continuous up-flow reactor. The substrate effects were investigated to characterize the performance of Hanbon process, and the corresponding microflora information was also revealed. Our results showed that the optimal substrate ratio of NH4(+)-N:NO3(-)-N:COD for the Hanbon process was 0.65:1:2.2. The volumetric nitrogen removal rate was up to 9...
May 13, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516971/salivary-biomarkers-and-proteomics-future-diagnostic-and-clinical-utilities
#11
M Castagnola, E Scarano, G C Passali, I Messana, T Cabras, F Iavarone, G Di Cintio, A Fiorita, E De Corso, G Paludetti
Saliva testing is a non-invasive and inexpensive test that can serve as a source of information useful for diagnosis of disease. As we enter the era of genomic technologies and -omic research, collection of saliva has increased. Recent proteomic platforms have analysed the human salivary proteome and characterised about 3000 differentially expressed proteins and peptides: in saliva, more than 90% of proteins in weight are derived from the secretion of three couples of "major" glands; all the other components are derived from minor glands, gingival crevicular fluid, mucosal exudates and oral microflora...
April 2017: Acta Otorhinolaryngologica Italica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514886/physiological-effects-of-prebiotics-and-its-role-in-prevention-of-necrotizing-enterocolitis-in-preterm-neonates
#12
Bhawan Deep Garg, Haribalakrishna Balasubramanian, Nandkishor S Kabra
Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) is one of the most serious gastrointestinal emergencies in very low birth weight (VLBW) preterm neonates, affecting 7% to 14% of these neonates. Due to seriousness of disease, prevention of NEC is the most important goal. Current evidence from systematic review and meta-analysis revealed probiotics are the most promising intervention in reduction of the incidence of NEC in VLBW neonates. As per the evidence, prebiotics modulate the composition of human intestine microflora to the benefit of the host by suppression of colonization of harmful microorganism and/or the stimulation of bifidobacterial growth, decreased stool viscosity, reduced gastrointestinal transit time and better feed tolerance...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514366/-applicability-of-antibacterial-agents-in-chronic-tonsillitis-treatment
#13
T Yu Vladimirova, L A Barishevskaya, A V Lyamin, O V Kondratenko, A K Velikanov
The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the effectiveness of nitrofuranes applied for the treatment of chronic tonsillitis. A total of 92 subjects divided into three cohorts were involved in this study. Cohort 1 included 43 patients presenting with decompensated chronic tonsillitis and having pathogens in palatine tonsil lacunae. Cohort 2 was comprised of 13 patients with compensated chronic tonsillitis having pathogenic microflora of the same localization, while Cohort 3 was composed of 36 patients resembling those of cohort 1 in terms of clinical presentation, pathogen composition, and microbial spectrum...
2017: Vestnik Otorinolaringologii
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513564/tetrodotoxin-producing-bacteria-detection-distribution-and-migration-of-the-toxin-in-aquatic-systems
#14
REVIEW
Timur Yu Magarlamov, Daria I Melnikova, Alexey V Chernyshev
This review is devoted to the marine bacterial producers of tetrodotoxin (TTX), a potent non-protein neuroparalytic toxin. In addition to the issues of the ecology and distribution of TTX-producing bacteria, this review examines issues relating to toxin migration from bacteria to TTX-bearing animals. It is shown that the mechanism of TTX extraction from toxin-producing bacteria to the environment occur through cell death, passive/active toxin excretion, or spore germination of spore-forming bacteria. Data on TTX microdistribution in toxic organs of TTX-bearing animals indicate toxin migration from the digestive system to target organs through the transport system of the organism...
May 17, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513457/bacteriocins-from-lactic-acid-bacteria-as-an-alternative-to-antibiotics
#15
Aleksandra Ołdak, Dorota Zielińska
Bacteriocins are ribosomally synthesized, proteinaceous substances that inhibit the growth of closely related species through numerous mechanisms. The classification system used in this review divided bacteriocins into four sub-groups based on their size. Currently, there is extensive research focused on bacteriocins and their usage as a food preservative. The increasing incidence of multidrug resistant bacterial pathogens is one of the most pressing medical problems in recent years. Recently, the potential clinical application of LAB (Lactic Acid Bacteria) bacteriocin has been the subject of investigations by many scientists...
May 5, 2017: Postȩpy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512464/insights-into-the-mechanism-of-proliferation-on-the-special-microbes-mediated-by-phenolic-acids-in-the-radix-pseudostellariae-rhizosphere-under-continuous-monoculture-regimes
#16
Hongmiao Wu, Junjian Xu, Juanying Wang, Xianjin Qin, Linkun Wu, Zhicheng Li, Sheng Lin, Weiwei Lin, Quan Zhu, Muhammad U Khan, Wenxiong Lin
As potent allelochemicals, phenolic acids are believed to be associated with replanting disease and cause microflora shift and structural disorder in the rhizosphere soil of continuously monocultured Radix pseudostellariae. The transcriptome sequencing was used to reveal the mechanisms underlying the differential response of pathogenic bacterium Kosakonia sacchari and beneficial bacterium Bacillus pumilus on their interactions with phenolic acids, the main allelochemicals in root exudates of R. pseudostellariae in the monoculture system...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508168/distinct-histone-modifications-modulate-defb1-expression-in-human-vaginal-keratinocytes-in-response-to-lactobacillus-spp
#17
Jaehyouk Lee, Ara Jang, Jin Wook Kim, Jun Hyun Han, Byung Hee Chun, Hye Su Jung, Che Ok Jeon, Soon Chul Myung
Vaginal commensal lactobacilli are considered to contribute significantly to the control of vaginal microbiota by competing with other microflora for adherence to the vaginal epithelium and by producing antimicrobial compounds. However, the molecular mechanisms of symbiotic prokaryotic-eukaryotic communication in the vaginal ecosystem remain poorly understood. Here, we showed that both DNA methylation and histone modifications were associated with expression of the DEFB1 gene, which encodes the antimicrobial peptide human β-defensin-1, in vaginal keratinocyte VK2/E6E7 cells...
May 15, 2017: Probiotics and Antimicrobial Proteins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504142/prebiotic-efficacy-and-mechanism-of-inulin-combined-with-inulin-degrading-lactobacillus-paracasei-i321-in-competition-with-salmonella
#18
Pochanart Kanjan, Tipparat Hongpattarakere
Inulin efficacy was proven for raising anti-Salmonella activity of the inulin-degrading Lactobacillus paracasei I321 (infant isolate) through the mechanisms of antibacterial secretion and competitive adhesion. Inulin significantly promoted competitive adhesion of L. paracasei I321 against many Gram-negative foodborne pathogenic bacteria. Salmonella Typhimurium SA2093 was completely suppressed under highly competitive niche of fecal microflora when inulin, L. paracasei I321, and their synbiotic combination were applied...
August 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502874/aerobic-vaginitis-no-longer-a-stranger
#19
Gilbert G G Donders, Gert Bellen, Svitrigaile Grinceviciene, Kateryna Ruban, Pedro Vieira-Baptista
Aerobic vaginitis (AV) is the name given in 2002 to a vaginal infectious entity which was not recognized as such before. It is characterized by abnormal (dysbiotic) vaginal microflora containing aerobic, enteric bacteria, variable levels of vaginal inflammation and deficient epithelial maturation. Although AV and bacterial vaginosis (BV) share some characteristics, such as a diminished number or absence of lactobacilli, increased discharge (fishy smelling in BV, while in severe forms of AV, a foul, rather rotten smell may be present) and increased pH (often more pronounced in AV), there are also striking differences between the two...
May 11, 2017: Research in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502780/biodegradation-of-endocrine-disruptors-in-urban-wastewater-using-pleurotus-ostreatus-bioreactor
#20
Zdena Křesinová, Lucie Linhartová, Alena Filipová, Martin Ezechiáš, Pavel Mašín, Tomáš Cajthaml
The white rot fungus Pleurotus ostreatus HK 35, which is also an edible industrial mushroom commonly cultivated in farms, was tested in the degradation of typical representatives of endocrine disrupters (EDCs; bisphenol A, estrone, 17β-estradiol, estriol, 17α-ethinylestradiol, triclosan and 4-n-nonylphenol); its degradation efficiency under model laboratory conditions was greater than 90% within 12 days and better than that of another published strain P. ostreatus 3004. A spent mushroom substrate from a local farm was tested for its applicability in various batch and trickle-bed reactors in degrading EDCs in model fortified and real communal wastewater...
May 11, 2017: New Biotechnology
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