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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793204/influence-of-isolated-bacterial-strains-on-the-in-situ-biodegradation-of-endosulfan-and-the-reduction-of-endosulfan-contaminated-soil-toxicity
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Lingfen Kong, Yu Zhang, Lusheng Zhu, Jinhua Wang, Jun Wang, Zhongkun Du, Cheng Zhang
The recently discovered endosulfan-degrading bacterial strains Pusillimonas sp. JW2 and Bordetella petrii NS were isolated from endosulfan-polluted water and soil environments. The optimal conditions for the growth and biodegradation activity of the strains JW2 and NS were studied in detail. In addition, the ability of the strains JW2 and NS to biodegrade endosulfan in soils during in situ bioremediation experiments was investigated. At a concentration of 2 mg of endosulfan per kilogram of soil, both JW2 and NS had positive effects on the degradation of endosulfan; JW2 degraded 100% and 91...
May 21, 2018: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793157/energy-dissipation-in-quasi-linear-viscoelastic-tissues-cells-and-extracellular-matrix
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Behzad Babaei, A J Velasquez-Mao, Kenneth M Pryse, William B McConnaughey, Elliot L Elson, Guy M Genin
Characterizing how a tissue's constituents give rise to its viscoelasticity is important for uncovering how hidden timescales underlie multiscale biomechanics. These constituents are viscoelastic in nature, and their mechanics must typically be assessed from the uniaxial behavior of a tissue. Confounding the challenge is that tissue viscoelasticity is typically associated with nonlinear elastic responses. Here, we experimentally assessed how fibroblasts and extracellular matrix (ECM) within engineered tissue constructs give rise to the nonlinear viscoelastic responses of a tissue...
May 21, 2018: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793156/mechanical-properties-of-the-human-scalp-in-tension
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Lisa Falland-Cheung, Mario Scholze, Pamela F Lozano, Benjamin Ondruschka, Darryl C Tong, Paul A Brunton, J Neil Waddell, Niels Hammer
Mechanical properties of the human scalp have not been investigated to a great extent with limited information available. The purpose of this study was to provide new baseline material data for human scalp tissue of various ages, which can be applied to experimental and constitutive models, such as in the area of impact biomechanics. This study used specimens from the left and right temporal, fronto-parietal and occipital regions of the human scalp. It investigated the tensile behavior of scalp tissue using tissues harvested from unfixed, fresh cadavers...
May 17, 2018: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793119/bioaugmentation-potential-of-a-newly-isolated-strain-sphingomonas-sp-njust37-for-the-treatment-of-wastewater-containing-highly-toxic-and-recalcitrant-tricyclazole
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Haobo Wu, Jinyou Shen, Xinbai Jiang, Xiaodong Liu, Xiuyun Sun, Jiansheng Li, Weiqing Han, Yang Mu, Lianjun Wang
In order to develop an effective bioaugmentation strategy for the removal of highly toxic and recalcitrant tricyclazole from wastewater, a tricyclazole degrading strain was firstly successfully isolated and identified as Sphingomonas sp. NJUST37. In batch reactors, 100 mg L-1 tricyclazole could be completely removed within 102 h, which was accompanied by significant biomass increase, TOC and COD removal, as well as toxicity reduction. Chromatography analysis and density functional theory simulation indicated that monooxygenation occurred firstly, followed by triazole ring cleavage, decyanation reaction, hydration reaction, deamination, dihydroxylation and final mineralization reaction...
May 19, 2018: Bioresource Technology
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
#5
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/29793056/high-myristic-acid-content-in-the-cyanobacterium-cyanothece-sp-pcc-8801-results-from-substrate-specificity-of-lysophosphatidic-acid-acyltransferase
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Masakazu Saito, Kaichiro Endo, Koichi Kobayashi, Mai Watanabe, Masahiko Ikeuchi, Akio Murakami, Norio Murata, Hajime Wada
Analysis of fatty acids from the cyanobacterium Cyanothece sp. PCC 8801 revealed that this species contained high levels of myristic acid (14:0) and linoleic acid in its glycerolipids, with minor contributions from palmitic acid (16:0), stearic acid, and oleic acid. The level of 14:0 relative to total fatty acids reached nearly 50%. This 14:0 fatty acid was esterified primarily to the sn-2 position of the glycerol moiety of glycerolipids. This characteristic is unique because, in most of the cyanobacterial strains, the sn-2 position is esterified exclusively with C16 fatty acids, generally 16:0...
May 21, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
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/29792991/codon-adaptation-biases-among-sylvatic-and-urban-genotypes-of-dengue-virus-type-2
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Marielton Dos Passos Cunha, Ayda Susana Ortiz-Baez, Caio César de Melo Freire, Paolo Marinho de Andrade Zanotto
Dengue virus (DENV) emerged from the sylvatic environment and colonized urban settings, being sustained in a human-Aedes-human transmission chain, mainly by the bites of females of the anthropophilic species Aedes aegypti. Herein, we sought evidence for fine-tuning in viral codon usage, possibly due to viral adaptation to human transmission. We compared the codon adaptation of DENV serotype 2 (DENV-2) genotypes from urban and sylvatic habitats and tried to correlate the findings with key evolutionary determinants...
May 21, 2018: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792990/identification-of-group-a-rotaviruses-from-zambian-fruit-bats-provides-evidence-for-long-distance-dispersal-events-in-africa
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Michihito Sasaki, Masahiro Kajihara, Katendi Changula, Akina Mori-Kajihara, Hirohito Ogawa, Bernard M Hang'ombe, Aaron S Mweene, Martin Simuunza, Reiko Yoshida, Michael Carr, Yasuko Orba, Ayato Takada, Hirofumi Sawa
Group A rotavirus (RVA) is a major cause of diarrhea in children worldwide. Although RVA infects many animals, little is known about RVA in bats. The present study investigated the genetic diversity of RVA in Zambian bats. We identified RVA from two straw-colored fruit bats (Eidolon helvum) and an Egyptian fruit bat (Rousettus aegyptiacus), and analyzed the genome sequences of these strains. Genome segments of the RVA strains from Zambian E. helvum showed 97%-99% nucleotide sequence identity with those of other RVA strains from E...
May 21, 2018: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792941/in-situ-analysis-of-grain-rotation-and-lattice-strain-within-a-magnesium-polycrystal-based-on-synchrotron-polychromatic-x-ray-diffraction-technique-i-prior-to-twin
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Li Li, Yuanzhi Wu, Jie Wu
Hexagonal-close-packed structure aggregates exhibit complicated deformation behaviors, involving different slips and twinning. Synchrotron polychromatic X-ray microdiffraction (micro-XRD) was utilized to study in situ an extruded Mg-3Al-1Zn strip subjected to uniaxial tension. The evolution of grain rotation and lattice strain was analyzed under the load levels from 12 to 73 MPa. The micro-XRD data was used to map an area of 396 × 200 μm within the region of interest. The experimental set-up and X-ray diffraction microscopy in two dimensions allow the morphology, orientation and strain of the target grain to be determined at the submicron size...
May 17, 2018: Micron: the International Research and Review Journal for Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792931/engineering-the-production-of-dipicolinic-acid-in-e-coli
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Maria K McClintock, Grant W Fahnhorst, Thomas R Hoye, Kechun Zhang
Dicarboxylic acids, such as the phthalic acids and their derivatives, are monomeric components in several important polyesters and polyamides. In most cases, these compounds are derived from fossil fuels and are not easily biodegradable. Dipicolinic acid (DPA) is a biologically derived aromatic di-acid that has a similar structure to isophthalic acid. Furthermore, DPA has been shown to make polyesters, is readily biodegradable, and is non-toxic. DPA is naturally produced by Bacillus and Clostridium species during sporulation and can comprise up to 15% of the dry weight...
May 21, 2018: Metabolic Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792930/functional-genomics-for-the-oleaginous-yeast-yarrowia-lipolytica
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Kurt Patterson, James Yu, Jenny Landberg, Ivan Chang, Farbod Shavarebi, Virginia Bilanchone, Suzanne Sandmeyer
Oleaginous yeasts are valuable systems for biosustainable production of hydrocarbon-based chemicals. Yarrowia lipolytica is one of the best characterized of these yeast with respect to genome annotation and flux analysis of metabolic processes. Nonetheless, progress is hampered by a dearth of genome-wide tools enabling functional genomics. In order to remedy this deficiency, we developed a library of Y. lipolytica insertion mutants via transposon mutagenesis. The Hermes DNA transposon was expressed to achieve saturation mutagenesis of the genome...
May 21, 2018: Metabolic Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792886/t-grasp-a-targeted-grasp-for-assessing-neuronal-connectivity
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Harold K Shearin, Casey D Quinn, Robert D Mackin, Ian S Macdonald, R Steven Stowers
BACKGROUND: Understanding how behaviors are generated by neural circuits requires knowledge of the synaptic connections between the composite neurons. Methods for mapping synaptic connections, such as electron microscopy and paired recordings, are labor intensive and alternative methods are thus desirable. NEW METHOD: Development of a targeted GFP Reconstitution Across Synaptic Partners(GRASP) method, t-GRASP, for assessing neural connectivity is described. RESULTS: Numerous different pre-synaptic and post-synaptic/dendritic proteins were tested for enhancing the specificity of GRASP signal to synaptic regions...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792875/modelling-the-skip-and-resurgence-of-japanese-encephalitis-epidemics-in-hong-kong
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Shi Zhao, Yijun Lou, Alice P Y Chiu, Daihai He
Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) is a zoonotic mosquito-borne virus, persisting in pigs, Ardeid birds and Culex mosquitoes. It is endemic to China and Southeastern Asia. The case-fatality ratio (CFR) or the rate of permanent psychiatric sequelae is 30% among symptomatic patients. There were no reported local JEV human cases between 2006 to 2010 in Hong Kong, but it was followed by a resurgence of cases from 2011 to 2017. The mechanism behind this "skip-and-resurgence" patterns is unclear. This work aims to reveal the mechanism behind the "skip-and-resurgence" patterns using mathematical modelling and likelihood-based inference techniques...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792779/association-of-colistin-resistant-kpc-clonal-strains-with-subsequent-infections-and-colonization-and-biofilm-production
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Melina Lorraine Ferreira, Bruna Fuga Araújo, Iara Rossi Gonçalves, Sabrina Royer, Paola Amaral Campos, Luiz Gustavo Machado, Deivid William Fonseca Batistão, Cristiane Silveira Brito, Paulo P Gontijo-Filho, Rosineide Marques Ribas
Carbapenemase-producing organisms are pandemic and a significant threat to public health. We investigated the clonal relatedness of colistin-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae strains producing KPC-type carbapenemase (KPC-KP) causing subsequent infections or colonization. Moreover, we aimed to gain insight into the ability of biofilm production in K. pneumoniae strains producing carbapenemase. Twenty-two consecutive KPC-KP and one KPC-negative strain was identified from an adult intensive care unit in Brazil. Seventy-five percent of isolates that harbored the blaKPC gene exhibited genetic relatedness by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis, and none presented the plasmid-mediated mcr-1 and blaNDM genes...
May 24, 2018: Microbial Drug Resistance: MDR: Mechanisms, Epidemiology, and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792681/protein-based-electronic-skin-akin-to-biological-tissues
#16
Minsik Jo, Kyungtaek Min, Biswajit Roy, Sookyoung Kim, Sangmin Lee, Ji-Yong Park, Sunghwan Kim
Human skin provides an interface that transduces external stimuli into electrical signals for communication with the brain. There has been considerable effort to produce soft, flexible, and stretchable electronic skin (E-skin) devices. However, common polymers cannot imitate human skin perfectly due to their poor biocompatibility, biofunctionality, and permeability to many chemicals and biomolecules. Herein, we report on highly flexible, stretchable, conformal, molecule-permeable, and skin-adhering E-skins that combine a metallic nanowire (NW) network and silk protein hydrogel...
May 24, 2018: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792591/comprehensive-evolutionary-and-phylogenetic-analysis-of-hepacivirus-n-hnv
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M S da Silva, D M Junqueira, L F Baumbach, S P Cibulski, A C S Mósena, M N Weber, S Silveira, G M de Moraes, R D Maia, V C S Coimbra, C W Canal
Hepaciviruses (HVs) have been detected in several domestic and wild animals and present high genetic diversity. The actual classification divides the genus Hepacivirus into 14 species (A-N), according to their phylogenetic relationships, including the bovine hepacivirus [Hepacivirus N (HNV)]. In this study, we confirmed HNV circulation in Brazil and sequenced the whole genome of two strains. Based on the current classification of HCV, which is divided into genotypes and subtypes, we analysed all available bovine hepacivirus sequences in the GenBank database and proposed an HNV classification...
May 24, 2018: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792590/altererythrobacter-flavus-sp-nov-isolated-from-mangrove-sediment
#18
Hui Ma, Hao Ren, Lingfeng Huang, Yuanrong Luo
A Gram-negative, aerobic, non-motile, rod-shaped bacterium, designated MS1-4T , was isolated from mangrove sediment of the Jiulong River Estuary, Fujian Province, China. The isolate formed yellow colonies on ZB 2216E agar. Optimal growth was observed at pH 6.0, at 34 °C and in the presence of 4 % (w/v) NaCl. Strain MS1-4T shared highest 16S rRNA gene sequence similarity of 97.7 % with Altererythrobacter mangrovi C9-11T , followed by Altererythrobacter ishigakiensis JPCCMB0017T (97.2 %). Phylogenetic analysis indicated that strain MS1-4T formed a clade with A...
May 24, 2018: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792588/candida-kantuleensis-sp-nov-a-d-xylose-fermenting-yeast-species-isolated-from-peat-in-a-tropical-peat-swamp-forest
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Sukanya Nitiyon, Pannida Khunnamwong, Noppon Lertwattanasakul, Savitree Limtong
Three strains (DMKU-XE11T , DMKU-XE15 and DMKU-XE20) representing a single novel anamorphic and d-xylose-fermenting yeast species were obtained from three peat samples collected from Khan Thulee peat swamp forest in Surat Thani province, Thailand. The strains differed from each other by one to two nucleotide substitutions in the sequences of the D1/D2 region of the large subunit (LSU) rRNA gene and zero to one nucleotide substitution in the internal transcribed spacer (ITS) region. Phylogenetic analysis based on the combined sequences of the ITS and the D1/D2 regions showed that the three strains represented a single Candida species that was distinct from the other related species in the Lodderomyces/Candida albicans clade...
May 24, 2018: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792562/combined-effects-and-cross-interactions-of-different-antibiotics-and-polypeptides-in-salmonella-bredeney
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Xiangyu Ju, Mengjiao Zhu, Jinzhi Han, Zhaoxin Lu, Haizhen Zhao, Xiaomei Bie
Salmonella spp. are health-threatening foodborne pathogens. The increasingly common spread of antibiotic-resistant Salmonella spp. is a major public healthcare issue worldwide. In this study, we wished to explore (1) antibiotic or polypeptide combinations to inhibit multidrug-resistant Salmonella bredeney and (2) the regulation of cross-resistance and collateral sensitivity of antibiotics and polypeptides. We undertook a study to select antibiotic combinations. Then, we promoted drug-resistant strains of S...
May 24, 2018: Microbial Drug Resistance: MDR: Mechanisms, Epidemiology, and Disease
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