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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646776/characterizing-the-pahs-in-surface-waters-and-snow-in-the-athabasca-region-implications-for-identifying-hydrological-pathways-of-atmospheric-deposition
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S J Birks, S Cho, E Taylor, Y Yi, J J Gibson
The composition of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons present in snow and surface waters in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region (AOSR) was characterized in order to identify major contributors to the organics detected in rivers and lakes in the region. PAH concentrations, measured by three monitoring programs in 2011, were used to compare the PAH compositions of snow and surface waters across the AOSR. The 2011 dataset includes total (dissolved+particulate) concentrations of thirty-four parent and alkylated PAH compounds in 105 snow, 272 river, and 3 lake samples...
June 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646749/mutually-facilitated-co-transport-of-two-different-viruses-through-reactive-porous-media
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Shuang Xu, Ramesh Attinti, Elizabeth Adams, Jie Wei, Kalmia Kniel, Jie Zhuang, Yan Jin
In this study, we quantified transport and retention behaviors of a human pathogenic virus (Adenovirus 41, abbreviated as Ad-41) and a model bacteriophage (ϕX174) through metal oxide-removed and goethite-coated sand under saturated flow conditions. Two sets of bench scale column experiments were conducted: transport of each type of viruses alone and co-transport of both viruses. All experiments were conducted at pH 7.5 using 2 mM artificial ground water (AGW) buffer as background solution. Experimental results revealed that goethite-coated sand (i...
June 18, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646720/nanoporous-gold-based-microbial-biosensor-for-direct-determination-of-sulfide
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Zhuang Liu, Hanyue Ma, Huihui Sun, Rui Gao, Honglei Liu, Xia Wang, Ping Xu, Luying Xun
Environmental pollution caused by sulfide compounds has become a major problem for public health. Hence, there is an urgent need to explore a sensitive, selective, and simple sulfide detection method for environmental monitoring and protection. Here, a novel microbial biosensor was developed using recombinant Escherichia coli BL21 (E. coli BL21) expressing sulfide:quinone oxidoreductase (SQR) for sulfide detection. As an important enzyme involved in the initial step of sulfide metabolism, SQR oxidizes sulfides to polysulfides and transfers electrons to the electron transport chain...
June 20, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646717/comprehending-the-multiple-values-of-green-infrastructure-valuing-nature-based-solutions-for-urban-water-management-from-multiple-perspectives
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T C Wild, J Henneberry, L Gill
The valuation of urban water management practices and associated nature-based solutions (NBS) is highly contested, and is becoming increasingly important to cities seeking to increase their resilience to climate change whilst at the same time facing budgetary pressures. Different conceptions of 'values' exist, each being accompanied by a set of potential measures ranging from calculative practices (closely linked to established market valuation techniques) - through to holistic assessments that seek to address wider concerns of sustainability...
June 21, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646714/synthetic-cathinones-and-stereochemistry-s-enantiomer-of-mephedrone-reduces-anxiety-and-depressant-like-effects-in-cocaine-or-mdpv-abstinent-rats
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Helene L Philogene-Khalid, Callum Hicks, Allen B Reitz, Lee-Yuan Liu-Chen, Scott M Rawls
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The neuropharmacological profile of the synthetic cathinone mephedrone (MEPH) is influenced by stereochemistry. Both MEPH enantiomers are monoamine transporter substrates, but R-MEPH is primarily responsible for rewarding effects of MEPH as it produces greater locomotor activation and intracranial self-stimulation than S-MEPH. S-MEPH is a 50-fold more potent 5-HT releaser than R-MEPH and does not place preference in rats. MEPH is also structurally similar to the cathinone derivative bupropion, an antidepressant and smoking cessation medication, suggesting MEPH has therapeutic and addictive properties...
June 13, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646701/use-of-sglt2-inhibitors-for-diabetes-and-risk-of-infection-analysis-using-general-practice-records-from-the-nps-medicinewise-medicineinsight-program
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Svetla Gadzhanova, Nicole Pratt, Elizabet Roughead
AIMS: To explore the feasibility of MedicineInsight data to support risk management plan evaluation, focusing on sodium glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors for type 2 diabetes. METHODS: A retrospective study using de-identified electronic general practitioner records. Patients who initiated SGLT2 inhibitor between 1 Jan 2012 to 1 Sep 2015 were compared to patients who initiated dipeptidyl peptidase 4 (DPP-4) inhibitors. The two cohorts were followed-up for six months...
June 15, 2017: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646549/inhibition-of-jnk-signaling-mediates-ppar%C3%AE-dependent-protection-against-intrahepatic-cholestasis-by-fenofibrate
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Manyun Dai, Julin Yang, Minzhu Xie, Jiao Lin, Min Luo, Huiying Hua, Gangming Xu, Hante Lin, Danjun Song, Yuqing Cheng, Bin Guo, Jinshun Zhao, Frank J Gonzalez, Aiming Liu
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Fenofibrate, a PPARα agonist, is the most widely prescribed drug for the treatment of hyperlipidemia. Although fibrate drugs were reported to be beneficial for cholestasis, the underlying mechanism has not been determined. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: Wild-type mice and Pparα-null mice were orally pretreated with fenofibrate for three days, following which ANIT was administered to induce cholestasis. The potent experimental PPARα agonist WY14643 was used to validate the role of PPARα, and the JNK inhibitor SP600125 was employed to explore the role of the JNK pathway in cholestatic liver injury...
June 23, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646536/spectrum-of-mutations-in-cystinuria-patients-presenting-with-prenatal-hyperechoic-colon
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Isabelle Tostivint, Nicolas Royer, Mireille Nicolas, Agnes Bourillon, Isabelle Czerkiewicz, Pierre-Hadrien Becker, Françoise Muller, Jean-François Benoist
Cystinuria is a heterogeneous, rare but important cause of inherited kidney stone disease due to mutations in two genes: SLC3A1 and SLC7A9. Antenatal hyperechoic colon has been reported in some patients as a non-pathological consequence of the intestinal transport defect. We report 83 patients affected by cystinuria: 44 presented prenatally with a hyperechoic colon (HEC group) and 39 with a classical postnatal form (CC group). SLC3A1 and SLC7A9 were sequenced. All patients were fully genotyped, and the relationship between the genotype and clinical features was analyzed...
June 24, 2017: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646516/tofacitinib-restores-the-inhibition-of-reverse-cholesterol-transport-induced-by-inflammation-understanding-the-lipid-paradox-associated-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
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S Pérez-Baos, J I Barrasa, P Gratal, A Larrañaga-Vera, I Prieto-Potin, G Herrero-Beaumont, R Largo
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Patients with active rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have increased cardiovascular mortality, paradoxically associated with reduced circulating lipid levels. The Janus kinase (Jak) inhibitor tofacitinib ameliorates systemic and joint inflammation in RA with a concomitant increase in serum lipids. We analyzed the effect of tofacitinib on the lipid profile of hyperlipidemic rabbits with chronic arthritis (CA) and on the regulation of reverse cholesterol transport (RCT) during chronic inflammation...
June 23, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646491/sickle-cells-produce-functional-immune-modulators-and-cytotoxics
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Chiao-Wang Sun, Li-Chen Wu, Peter L Knopick, David S Bradley, Tim Townes, David S Terman
Sickle erythrocytes' (SSRBCs) unique physical adaptation to hypoxic conditions renders them able to home to hypoxic tumor niches in vivo, shut down tumor blood flow and induce tumoricidal responses. SSRBCs are also useful vehicles for transport of encapsulated drugs and oncolytic virus into hypoxic tumors with enhanced anti-tumor effects. In search of additional modes for arming sickle cells with cytotoxics, we turned to a lentiviral β-globin vector with optimized Locus Control Region/β-globin coding region/promoter/enhancers...
June 24, 2017: American Journal of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646469/the-cathinones-mdpv-and-%C3%AE-pvp-elicit-different-behavioral-and-molecular-effects-following-acute-exposure
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Giuseppe Giannotti, Isabella Canazza, Lucia Caffino, Sabrine Bilel, Andrea Ossato, Fabio Fumagalli, Matteo Marti
Since the mid-to-late 2000s, synthetic cathinones have gained popularity among drug users due to their psychostimulant effects greater than those produced by cocaine and amphetamine. Among them, 3,4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) and 1-phenyl-2-(pyrrolidin-1-yl)pentan-1-one (α-PVP) are ones of the most popular cathinones available in the clandestine market as "bath salts" or "fertilizers." Pre-clinical studies indicate that MDPV and α-PVP induced psychomotor stimulation, affected thermoregulation, and promoted reinforcing properties in rodents...
June 23, 2017: Neurotoxicity Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646353/creb1-regulates-glucose-transport-of-glioma-cell-line-u87-by-targeting-glut1
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Jiaying Chen, Can Zhang, Yang Mi, Fuxue Chen, Dongshu Du
Glioma is stemmed from the glial cells in the brain, which is accounted for about 45% of all intracranial tumors. The characteristic of glioma is invasive growth, as well as there is no obvious boundary between normal brain tissue and glioma tissue, so it is difficult to resect completely with worst prognosis. The metabolism of glioma is following the Warburg effect. Previous researches have shown that GLUT1, as a glucose transporter carrier, affected the Warburg effect, but the molecular mechanism is not very clear...
June 23, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646312/silicon-and-rhizophagus-irregularis-potential-candidates-for-ameliorating-negative-impacts-of-arsenate-and-arsenite-stress-on-growth-nutrient-acquisition-and-productivity-in-cajanus-cajan-l-millsp-genotypes
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Neera Garg, Lakita Kashyap
Arsenic (As) gets accumulated in plants via phosphorous transporters and water channels and interferes with nutrient and water uptake, adversely affecting growth and productivity. Although, Si and AM have been reported to combat arsenic stress, their comparative and interactive roles in ameliorating As V and As III toxicities have not been reported. Study evaluated effects of Si and Rhizophagus irregularis on growth, As uptake and yield under arsenate and arsenite stress in two pigeonpea genotypes (metal tolerant-Pusa 2002 and metal sensitive-Pusa 991)...
June 23, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646205/comparative-nanouplc-ms-e-analysis-between-magainin-i-susceptible-and-resistant-escherichia-coli-strains
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Marlon H Cardoso, Keyla C de Almeida, Elizabete de S Cândido, André M Murad, Simoni C Dias, Octávio L Franco
In recent years the antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) have been prospected and designed as new alternatives to conventional antibiotics. Indeed, AMPs have presented great potential toward pathogenic bacterial strains by means of complex mechanisms of action. However, reports have increasingly emerged regarding the mechanisms by which bacteria resist AMP administration. In this context, we performed a comparative proteomic study by using the total bacterial lysate of magainin I-susceptible and -resistant E. coli strains...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646163/aldosterone-modulates-the-association-between-ncc-and-enac
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Brandi M Wynne, Abinash C Mistry, Otor Al-Khalili, Rickta Mallick, Franziska Theilig, Douglas C Eaton, Robert S Hoover
Distal sodium transport is a final step in the regulation of blood pressure. As such, understanding how the two main sodium transport proteins, the thiazide-sensitive sodium chloride cotransporter (NCC) and the epithelial sodium channel (ENaC), are regulated is paramount. Both are expressed in the late distal nephron; however, no evidence has suggested that these two sodium transport proteins interact. Recently, we established that these two sodium transport proteins functionally interact in the second part of the distal nephron (DCT2)...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646157/current-induced-resistive-state-in-fe-se-te-superconducting-nanostrips
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Ciro Nappi, Carlo Camerlingo, Emanuele Enrico, Emilio Bellingeri, Valeria Braccini, Carlo Ferdeghini, Ettore Sarnelli
We study the current-voltage characteristics of Fe(Se,Te) thin films deposited on CaF2 substrates in form of nanostrips (width w ~ λ, λ the London penetration length). In view of a possible application of these materials to superconductive electronics and micro-electronics we focus on transport properties in small magnetic field, the one generated by the bias current. From the characteristics taken at different temperatures we derive estimates for the pinning potential U and the pinning potential range δ for the magnetic flux lines (vortices)...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646126/how-a-helix-imposes-palmitoylation-of-a-membrane-protein-what-one-can-learn-from-ncx
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Daniel Khananshvili
Palmitoylation is a critical post-translational modification that anchors proteins to, and regulates transport across, the lipid bilayer. Palmitoylation enzymes have been assumed to select their substrates based on a protein's primary sequence, but a consensus sequence has been slow to emerge. A study of the sodium/calcium exchanger now suggests that secondary structure may hold the key to understanding the determinants of this modification.
June 23, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646115/genome-analysis-of-endomicrobium-proavitum-suggests-loss-and-gain-of-relevant-functions-during-the-evolution-of-intracellular-symbionts
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Hao Zheng, Carsten Dietrich, Andreas Brune
Bacterial endosymbionts of eukaryotes show progressive genome erosion, but detailed investigations of the evolutionary processes involved in the transition to an intracellular lifestyle are generally hampered by the lack of extant free-living lineages. Here, we characterize the genome of the recently isolated, free-living Endomicrobium proavitum, the second member of the Elusimicrobia phylum brought into pure culture, and compare it to the closely related "Candidatus Endomicrobium trichonymphae" strain Rs-D17, a previously described but uncultured endosymbiont of termite gut flagellates...
June 23, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646114/staphylococcus-aureus-strain-newman-photoinactivation-and-cellular-response-to-sunlight-exposure
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Jill S McClary, Lauren M Sassoubre, Alexandria B Boehm
Sunlight influences microbial water quality of surface waters. Previous studies have investigated photoinactivation mechanisms and cellular photostress responses of fecal indicator bacteria (FIB), including Escherichia coli and enterococci, but further work is needed to characterize photostress responses of bacterial pathogens. Here we investigate the photoinactivation of Staphylococcus aureus (strain Newman), a pigmented, waterborne pathogen of emerging concern. We measured photodecay using standard culture-based assays and cellular membrane integrity; and investigated photostress response by measuring the relative number of mRNA transcripts of select oxidative stress, DNA repair, and metabolism genes...
June 23, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646111/a-bacillus-paralicheniformis-iron-containing-urease-reduces-urea-concentrations-in-rice-wine
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Qingtao Liu, Yuqi Chen, Minglai Yuan, Guocheng Du, Jian Chen, Zhen Kang
Urease, as a nickel-containing metalloenzyme, was the first enzyme to be crystallized, and it has a prominent position in the history of biochemistry. In the present study, we identified a nickel urease gene cluster, ureABCEFGDH, from Bacillus paralicheniformis ATCC 9945a and characterized it in Escherichia coli Enzymatic assays demonstrate that this oxygen-stable urease is also an iron-containing acid urease. UreH heterologous expression assays suggest that this accessory protein is involved in transmembrane transportation of nickel and iron ions...
June 23, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
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