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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777936/fast-synthesis-of-porous-copper-nanoclusters-for-fluorescence-detection-of-iron-ions-in-water-samples
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Yihong Huang, Hanqiang Zhang, Xiaofen Xu, Jiangcong Zhou, Fenfen Lu, Zhusen Zhang, Zhibiao Hu, Jiangshui Luo
Copper nanoclusters (Cu NCs) have attracted great research interest in recent years owing to its unique physical, electrical and optical properties. Macromolecules have been widely used as templates to synthesize fluorescent Cu NCs. In this study, a simple method for synthesis of albumin chicken egg capped porous copper nanoclusters (p-Cu NCs) was developed for the first time. The obtained p-Cu NCs exhibited intense emission and excitation peaks at 280 nm and 340 nm, respectively. Besides, the p-Cu NCs fluorescence probe could be quenched by Fe3+ ions in aqueous solutions...
May 9, 2018: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777336/first-morphological-and-molecular-analysis-of-eucoleus-boehmi-like-eggs-in-dogs-from-argentina
#2
Carla Mariela Lavallén, Romina Sandra Petrigh, Martín Horacio Fugassa, Guillermo María Denegri, Marcela Cecilia Dopchiz
The canid parasites Eucoleus aerophilus (syn. Capillaria aerophila) and Eucoleus boehmi (syn. Capillaria boehmi) parasitize the lower and the upper respiratory tract, respectively. Reports and descriptions of these nematodes are scarce in Argentina, possibly due to misdiagnosis of morphologically similar trichuroids eggs, and the lack of knowledge about the species of Eucoleus in this geographical area. Scanning electron microscopy is a useful tool for identification of E. boehmi eggs based on the characteristics of the shell structure which differentiate between species...
May 18, 2018: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776677/myotropic-activity-of-allatostatins-in-tenebrionid-beetles
#3
Jan Lubawy, Paweł Marciniak, Mariola Kuczer, Grzegorz Rosiński
Neuropeptides control the functioning of the nervous system of insects, and they are the most diverse signalling molecules in terms of structure and function. Allatostatins are pleiotropic neuropeptides that are considered potent myoinhibitors of muscle contractions in insects. We investigated the effects caused by three distinct allatostatins, Dippu-AST1 (LYDFGL-NH2 from Diploptera punctata), Grybi-MIP1 (GWQDLNGGW-NH2 from Gryllus bimaculatus) and Trica-ASTC (pESRYRQCYFNPISCF-OH from Tribolium castaneum) on contractile activity of the myocardium, oviduct and hindgut of two tenebrionid beetles, Tenebrio molitor and Zophobas atratus...
May 9, 2018: Neuropeptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776615/a-new-and-efficient-culture-method-for-porcine-bone-marrow-derived-m1-and-m2-polarized-macrophages
#4
Jiye Gao, Maaike R Scheenstra, Albert van Dijk, Edwin J A Veldhuizen, Henk P Haagsman
BACKGROUND: Macrophages play an important role in the innate immune system as part of the mononuclear phagocyte system (MPS). They have a pro-inflammatory signature (M1-polarized macrophages) or anti-inflammatory signature (M2-polarized macrophages) based on expression of surface receptors and secretion of cytokines. However, very little is known about the culture of macrophages from pigs and more specific about the M1 and M2 polarization in vitro. METHODS: Porcine monocytes or mononuclear bone marrow cells were used to culture M1- and M2-polarized macrophages in the presence of GM-CSF and M-CSF, respectively...
June 2018: Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776592/response-to-metals-treatment-of-fra1-a-member-of-the-ap-1-transcription-factor-family-in-p-lividus-sea-urchin-embryos
#5
Roberta Russo, Rosa Bonaventura, Marco Chiaramonte, Caterina Costa, Valeria Matranga, Francesca Zito
Lithium (Li), Nickel (Ni), and Zinc (Zn) are metals normally present in the seawater, although they can have adverse effects on the marine ecosystem at high concentrations by interfering with many biological processes. These metals are toxic for sea urchin embryos, affecting their morphology and developmental pathways. In particular, they perturb differently the correct organization of the embryonic axes (animal-vegetal, dorso-ventral): Li is a vegetalizing agent and Ni disrupts the dorso-ventral axis, while Zn has an animalizing effect...
May 5, 2018: Marine Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776407/comparative-genomics-of-the-miniature-wasp-and-pest-control-agent-trichogramma-pretiosum
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Amelia R I Lindsey, Yogeshwar D Kelkar, Xin Wu, Dan Sun, Ellen O Martinson, Zhichao Yan, Paul F Rugman-Jones, Daniel S T Hughes, Shwetha C Murali, Jiaxin Qu, Shannon Dugan, Sandra L Lee, Hsu Chao, Huyen Dinh, Yi Han, Harsha Vardhan Doddapaneni, Kim C Worley, Donna M Muzny, Gongyin Ye, Richard A Gibbs, Stephen Richards, Soojin V Yi, Richard Stouthamer, John H Werren
BACKGROUND: Trichogrammatids are minute parasitoid wasps that develop within other insect eggs. They are less than half a millimeter long, smaller than some protozoans. The Trichogrammatidae are one of the earliest branching families of Chalcidoidea: a diverse superfamily of approximately half a million species of parasitoid wasps, proposed to have evolved from a miniaturized ancestor. Trichogramma are frequently used in agriculture, released as biological control agents against major moth and butterfly pests...
May 18, 2018: BMC Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776365/nutrient-intake-disparities-in-the-us-modeling-the-effect-of-food-substitutions
#7
Zach Conrad, LuAnn K Johnson, James N Roemmich, WenYen Juan, Lisa Jahns
BACKGROUND: Diet quality among federal food assistance program participants remains low, and little research has assessed the diet quality of food insecure non-participants. Further research is needed to assess the extent to which food substitutions can improve the nutritional status of these vulnerable populations. Substituting egg dishes for other commonly consumed dishes at certain eating occasions may be an effective strategy for improving the daily nutrient intake among these groups...
May 17, 2018: Nutrition Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776340/the-developmental-transcriptomes-of-two-sea-biscuit-species-with-differing-larval-types
#8
Anne Frances Armstrong, Richard K Grosberg
BACKGROUND: Larval developmental patterns are extremely varied both between and within phyla, however the genetic mechanisms leading to this diversification are poorly understood. We assembled and compared the developmental transcriptomes for two sea biscuit species (Echinodermata: Echinoidea) with differing patterns of larval development, to provide a resource for investigating the evolution of alternate life cycles. One species (Clypeaster subdepressus) develops via an obligately feeding larva which metamorphoses 3-4 weeks after fertilization; the other (Clypeaster rosaceus) develops via a rare, intermediate larval type-facultative feeding- and can develop through metamorphosis entirely based on egg provisioning in under one week...
May 18, 2018: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775928/tributyltin-impaired-reproductive-success-in-female-zebrafish-through-disrupting-oogenesis-reproductive-behaviors-and-serotonin-synthesis
#9
Wei-Yang Xiao, Ying-Wen Li, Qi-Liang Chen, Zhi-Hao Liu
Tributyltin (TBT), an organotin acting as aromatase (Cyp19a1) inhibitor, has been found to disrupt gametogenesis and reproductive behaviors in several fish species. However, few studies addressing the mechanisms underlying the impaired gametogenesis and reproduction have been reported. In this study, female adults of zebrafish (Danio rerio) were continuously exposed to two nominal concentrations of TBT (100 and 500 ng/L, actual concentrations: 90.8 ± 1.3 ng/L and 470.3 ± 2.7 ng/L, respectively) for 28 days...
May 12, 2018: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775925/exposure-to-tris-1-3-dichloro-2-propyl-phosphate-for-two-generations-decreases-fecundity-of-zebrafish-at-environmentally-relevant-concentrations
#10
Yongkang Zhang, Meng Li, Shuying Li, Qiangwei Wang, Guonian Zhu, Guanyong Su, Robert J Letcher, Chunsheng Liu
Previous studies reported that exposure to environmentally relevant concentrations of TDCIPP significantly decreased the number of cumulative eggs in zebrafish, but effects on the quantity of eggs and sperms remained unknown. Therefore, in this study, effects of TDCIPP on yolk diameter, surface morphology of eggs, sperm density and total motility were evaluated. First generation (F0) zebrafish larvae (Danio rerio) were exposed to 0, 50, 500 or 5000 ng/L tris(1,3-dichloro-2-propyl) phosphate (TDCIPP) from 14 days post fertilization (dpf) to 120 dpf...
May 14, 2018: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775716/ovalbumin-as-a-carrier-to-significantly-enhance-the-aqueous-solubility-and-photostability-of-curcumin-interaction-and-binding-mechanism-study
#11
Yujia Liu, Yanxue Cai, Danyang Ying, Yinlian Fu, Yahong Xiong, Xueyi Le
Egg ovalbumin (OVA) as a macromolecular carrier has the potential to improve the solubility and stability of insolubility bioactive molecules, however, their binding behavior and the mechanism is still ambiguous. In this work, the curcumin was selected as the target to study the interaction and binding mechanism between curcumin and OVA by thermodynamic titration technique in combination with molecular dynamic simulation. The results suggested that the binding included two steps: first, curcumin molecule entered into the hydrophobic pocket of OVA by hydrophobic interaction; and second the interaction was enhanced via hydrogen bonds, resulting in static fluorescence quenching and secondary structural change of OVA...
May 15, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775541/molecular-characterization-and-bioactivity-of-coumarin-derivatives-from-the-fruits-of-cucumis-bisexualis
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Qin-Ge Ma, Rong-Rui Wei, Ming Yang, Xiao-Ying Huang, Fang Wang, Zhi-Pei Sang, Wen-Min Liu, Qing Yu
Cucumis bisexualis (Cucurbitaceae) is known as "mapao egg" or "muskmelon egg", which has been widely used as a wild melon in Chinese folk. Nine new coumarin derivatives (1-9), named 7-hydroxy-3-(4',6'-dihydroxy-5'-isopropyl-3'',3''-dimethyl-2H-chromen)-6-prenyl-2H-chromen-2-one (1), 7-hydroxy-3-(5'-prenyl-3'',3''-dimethyl-2H-chromen)-6-prenyl-2H-chromen-2-one (2), 3-(6'-hydroxy-5'-prenyl-3'',3''-dimethyl-2H-chromen)-6-prenyl-2H-chromen-2-one (3), 3-(5'-ethyl-3'',3''-dimethyl-2H-chromen)-6-prenyl-2H-chromen-2-one (4), 3-(4',6'-dihydroxy-5'-dimethylallyl-3'',3''-dimethyl-2H-chromen)-6-prenyl-2H-chromen-2-one (5), 3-[4',6'-dihydroxy-5'-(2-propenyl)-3'',3''-dimethyl-2H-chromen]-14,15-dimethyl-pyrano-chromen-2-one (6), 3-(6'-dihydroxy-5'-isopropanol-3'',3''-dimethyl-2H-chromen)-14,15-dimethyl-pyrano-chromen-2-one (7), 3-(5'-isopentenol-3'',3''-dimethyl-2H-chromen)-14,15-dimethyl-pyrano-chromen-2-one (8), 3-(4',6'-dihydroxy-5'-prenyl-3'',3''-dimethyl-2H-chromen)-14,15-dimethyl-pyrano-chromen-2-one (9), together with twelve known compounds (10-21), were isolated and identified by spectroscopic analysis and references from the active site (EtOAc soluble fraction) of the fruits of C...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775427/determination-of-fipronil-and-its-metabolites-in-chicken-egg-muscle-and-cake-by-a-modified-quechers-method-coupled-with-lc-ms-ms
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Qiaozhen Guo, Shan Zhao, Jing Zhang, Kailun Qi, Zhenxia Du, Bing Shao
An easy-to-use method for determining the levels of fipronil and its metabolites (fipronil-desulfinyl, fipronil-sulfone and fipronil-sulfide) in chicken egg, muscle and cake was developed and validated using a modified quick, easy, cheap, effective, rugged, and safe (QuEChERS) approach coupled with liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) analysis. The samples were extracted using acetonitrile, salted out with sodium chloride at -20 °C, and then purified by combined PSA and C18 phases and anhydrous magnesium sulfate...
May 18, 2018: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part A, Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure & Risk Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774951/protein-kinase-c%C3%AE-pkc%C3%AE-involved-in-the-regulation-of-pakt1-ser473-on-the-release-of-mouse-oocytes-from-diplotene-arrest
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Lingling Liu, Sen Li, Hanwen Li, Dahai Yu, Chunyu Li, Gensong Li, Yu Cao, Chen Feng, Xin Deng
Defects in meiotic maturation may lead to chromosome segregation errors and genomic instability. Previous reports indicated that protein kinase C delta (PKCδ) may interact with microtubule organizing center-associated protein to play a role on meiotic spindle organization of mammalian oocytes. In this study, we explored the potential role of protein kinase B alpha (PKBα/Akt1), PKCδ, and their relationship on meiotic maturation of mouse oocytes. We examined the expression and localization of pAkt1 (Ser473) and/or pPKCδ (Thr505) under the treatment of SH-6 or Sotrastaurin...
May 18, 2018: Cell Biochemistry and Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774855/molecular-diagnosis-of-taenia-saginata-tapeworm-infection-in-2-schoolchildren-myanmar
#15
Eun Jeong Won, Bong-Kwang Jung, Hyemi Song, Mi-Seon Kim, Hyun-Seung Kim, Keon Hoon Lee, Min-Jae Kim, Myung Geun Shin, Jong Hee Shin, Soon-Pal Suh, Sung-Jong Hong, Woon-Mok Sohn, Thi Thi Htoon, Htay Htay Tin, Jong-Yil Chai
Taenia saginata is the most common human tapeworm worldwide but has been unknown in Myanmar. In 2017, fecal examination in Yangon, Myanmar, revealed eggs of Taenia species in 2 children from a monastic school. Several proglottids expelled after medication with praziquantel were morphologically and molecularly confirmed to be T. saginata tapeworms.
June 2018: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774427/largely-flat-latitudinal-life-history-clines-in-the-dung-fly-sepsis-fulgens-across-europe-diptera-sepsidae
#16
Jeannine Roy, Wolf U Blanckenhorn, Patrick T Rohner
Clinal variation in body size and related life history traits is common and has stimulated the postulation of several eco-geographical rules. Whereas some clinal patterns are clearly adaptive, the causes of others remain obscure. We investigated intra-specific body size, development time and female fecundity (egg size and number) clines across 13 European populations of the dung fly Sepsis fulgens spanning 20° latitude from southern Italy to Estonia in a genetic common garden approach. Despite very short generation times (ca...
May 17, 2018: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774289/high-prevalence-of-intestinal-worms-in-children-up-to-5-years-of-age-in-huaphan-province-lao-people-s-democratic-republic-pdr
#17
Naphavanh Nanthavong, Antony P Black, Phonepadith Khattignavong, Lavy Lorphachan, Keooudomphone Vilivong, Sylvie Goossens, Yves Buisson, Fabrice Quet, Claude P Muller, Satoshi Nakamura
Background: The prevalence of soil-transmitted helminth infection is high in Lao People's Democratic Republic (PDR), reaching 62% among school-children. However, this prevalence presents wide regional variations, due to differences in healthcare access and environmental factors. Curiously, there are few studies on helminth infections in pre-school children - an age group targeted by the national de-worming campaign. Therefore, a preliminary study was conducted in a remote region of Huaphan Province, North Laos, to determine the prevalence of helminth infections in pre-school children...
August 2017: Parasite Epidemiology and Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774285/molecular-prevalence-of-babesia-bigemina-in-rhipicephalus-microplus-ticks-infesting-cross-bred-cattle-of-punjab-india
#18
S A Bhat, N K Singh, H Singh, S S Rath
Babesiosis is an economically important tick-borne apicomplexan protozoan disease of cattle in tropical and subtropical regions. In the present study, Rhipicephalus microplus engorged female ticks were collected from 135 apparently healthy cattle from different agro-climatic zones of Punjab, India, to investigate the carrier status of Babesia bigemina infection in vector tick by using microscopy and PCR based assays. PCR when applied on DNA extracted from the egg masses harvested from ticks showed 1.48% (2/135) samples as positive, whereas 4...
August 2017: Parasite Epidemiology and Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773790/crispr-cas9-mediated-gene-targeting-in-arabidopsis-using-sequential-transformation
#19
Daisuke Miki, Wenxin Zhang, Wenjie Zeng, Zhengyan Feng, Jian-Kang Zhu
Homologous recombination-based gene targeting is a powerful tool for precise genome modification and has been widely used in organisms ranging from yeast to higher organisms such as Drosophila and mouse. However, gene targeting in higher plants, including the most widely used model plant Arabidopsis thaliana, remains challenging. Here we report a sequential transformation method for gene targeting in Arabidopsis. We find that parental lines expressing the bacterial endonuclease Cas9 from the egg cell- and early embryo-specific DD45 gene promoter can improve the frequency of single-guide RNA-targeted gene knock-ins and sequence replacements via homologous recombination at several endogenous sites in the Arabidopsis genome...
May 17, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773232/risk-factors-associated-with-strongylid-egg-count-prevalence-and-abundance-in-the-united-states-equine-population
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M K Nielsen, M A Branan, A M Wiedenheft, R Digianantonio, J A Scare, J L Bellaw, L P Garber, C A Kopral, A M Phillippi-Taylor, J L Traub-Dargatz
Equine strongyle parasites are considered ubiquitous in grazing equids across the world, and cyathostomin parasites are known pathogens causing well-described disease complexes in horses. Decades of intensive anthelmintic treatments have led to anthelmintic resistance in cyathostomins, and current recommendations are to lower treatment intensity and base control strategies on fecal egg count surveillance. Little is known about risk factors associated with strongyle parasite egg shedding patterns in the United States equine population, as the most recent national survey was conducted 20 years ago...
May 14, 2018: Veterinary Parasitology
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