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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742344/insights-into-the-molybdenum-copper-heterometallic-cluster-assembly-in-the-orange-protein-probing-intermolecular-interactions-with-an-artificial-metal-binding-atcun-tag
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Biplab K Maiti, Rui M Almeida, Luisa B Maia, Isabel Moura, José J G Moura
Orange protein (ORP) is a small bacterial protein, of unknown function, that contains a unique molybdenum/copper heterometallic cluster, [S2Mo(VI)S2Cu(I)S2Mo(VI)S2](3-) (Mo/Cu), non-covalently bound. The native cluster can be reconstituted in a protein-assisted mode by the addition of Cu(II) plus tetrathiomolybdate to apo-ORP under controlled conditions. In the work described herein, we artificially inserted the ATCUN ("amino terminus Cu and Ni") motif in the Desulfovibrio gigas ORP (Ala1Ser2His3 followed by the native amino acid residues; modified protein abbreviated as ORP*) to increase our understanding of the Mo/Cu cluster assembly in ORP...
July 25, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740247/inactivation-mechanism-of-escherichia-coli-induced-by-slightly-acidic-electrolyzed-water
#2
Zhangying Ye, Shuo Wang, Tao Chen, Weishan Gao, Songming Zhu, Jinsong He, Zhiying Han
Foodborne disease outbreak caused by food microbiological contamination is a serious public health problem. Slightly acidic electrolyzed water (SAEW), a new ultra-high effect and wide-spectrum disinfectant that is colourless, odourless, and harmless to humans and the environment, is directly used on food surfaces in Japan and America. However, the underlying inactivation mechanism remains unknown. In this study, biochemical and cellular changes were observed to investigate the bactericidal mechanism of SAEW against Escherichia coli (E...
July 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733164/the-role-of-oxysterol-binding-protein-and-its-related-proteins-in-cancer
#3
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Ximing Du, Nigel Turner, Hongyuan Yang
Oxysterol-binding protein (OSBP) and its related proteins (ORPs) constitute a large, evolutionarily conserved family of lipid-binding proteins that are associated with a wide range of cellular activities. The core function of OSBP/ORPs appears to be moving lipids between cellular membranes in a non-vesicular manner. Recent studies have unveiled a novel, counter-transport mechanism of cellular lipid transfer mediated by OSBP/ORPs at the membrane contact sites that involves phosphatidylinositol 4-phosphate. Importantly, the OSBP/ORPs family has also been implicated in cell signalling pathways and cancer development...
July 18, 2017: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731563/improving-fructose-utilization-and-butanol-production-by-clostridium-acetobutylicum-via-extracellular-redox-potential-regulation-and-intracellular-metabolite-analysis
#4
Li-Jie Chen, You-Duo Wu, Chuang Xue, Feng-Wu Bai
Jerusalem artichoke (JA) can grow well in marginal lands with high biomass yield, and thus is a potential energy crop for biorefinery. The major biomass of JA is from tubers, which contain inulin that can be easily hydrolyzed into a mixture of fructose and glucose, but fructose utilization for producing butanol as an advanced biofuel is poor compared to glucose-based ABE fermentation by Clostridium acetobutylicum. In this article, the impact of extracellular redox potential (ORP) on the process was studied using a mixture of fructose and glucose to simulate the hydrolysate of JA tubers...
July 21, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728109/zero-valent-aluminum-for-reductive-removal-of-aqueous-pollutants-over-a-wide-ph-range-performance-and-mechanism-especially-at-near-neutral-ph
#5
Shiying Yang, Di Zheng, Tengfei Ren, Yixuan Zhang, Jia Xin
Zero-valent aluminum (ZVAl) draws much attention due to its strong reducibility. However, under neutral pH conditions, the reduction ability of ZVAl for pollutant removal has still been suspected because of the formed compact surface film of Al-(hydr)oxide. In this study, unmodified ZVAl was employed to reductively remove aqueous pollutants over a wide pH range, and its performance and mechanism, especially at near-neutral pH, were systematically studied for the first time. Results demonstrated that ZVAl had a wide range of pH applicability from 2 to 12, even in neutral environment...
July 6, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726302/a-multicenter-study-to-evaluate-oxidative-stress-by-oxidation-reduction-potential-a-reliable-and-reproducible-method
#6
A Agarwal, M Arafa, R Chandrakumar, A Majzoub, S AlSaid, H Elbardisi
Seminal oxidative stress (OS) is well-known to affect male fertility status. The discrepancy in OS measurement has hindered its clinical use as a quality indicator for semen. Some tests measured single markers of oxidants or reductants, leading to lack of standardization of results. Oxidation-reduction potential (ORP) is a better representative for OS as it provides an overall measure of the activity of both oxidants and reductants. ORP assessment by MiOXSYS has been introduced as a measure of OS with high specificity in differentiating fertile from infertile semen samples...
July 20, 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712032/copper-stressed-anaerobic-fermentation-biogas-properties-process-stability-biodegradation-and-enzyme-responses
#7
He Hao, Yonglan Tian, Huayong Zhang, Yang Chai
The effect of copper (added as CuCl2) on the anaerobic co-digestion of Phragmites straw and cow dung was studied in pilot experiments by investigating the biogas properties, process stability, substrate degradation and enzyme activities at different stages of mesophilic fermentation. The results showed that 30 and 100 mg/L Cu(2+) addition increased the cumulative biogas yields by up to 43.62 and 20.77% respectively, and brought forward the daily biogas yield peak, while 500 mg/L Cu(2+) addition inhibited biogas production...
July 15, 2017: Biodegradation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693554/patient-driven-care-in-the-management-of-prostate-cancer-analysis-of-the-united-states-military-healthcare-system
#8
Muhammad Ali Chaudhary, Jeffrey J Leow, Matthew Mossanen, Ritam Chowdhury, Wei Jiang, Peter A Learn, Joel S Weissman, Steven L Chang
BACKGROUND: Patient preferences are assumed to impact healthcare resource utilization, especially treatment options. There is limited data exploring this phenomenon. We sought to identify factors associated with patients transferring care for prostatectomy, from military to civilian facilities, and the receipt of minimally invasive radical prostatectomy (MIRP). METHODS: Retrospective review of 2006-2010 TRICARE data identified men diagnosed with prostate cancer (ICD-9 185) receiving open radical prostatectomy (ORP; ICD-9: 60...
July 11, 2017: BMC Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28672211/analysis-of-the-functional-gene-structure-and-metabolic-potential-of-microbial-community-in-high-arsenic-groundwater
#9
Ping Li, Zhou Jiang, Yanhong Wang, Ye Deng, Joy D Van Nostrand, Tong Yuan, Han Liu, Dazhun Wei, Jizhong Zhou
Microbial functional potential in high arsenic (As) groundwater ecosystems remains largely unknown. In this study, the microbial community functional composition of nineteen groundwater samples was investigated using a functional gene array (GeoChip 5.0). Samples were divided into low and high As groups based on the clustering analysis of geochemical parameters and microbial functional structures. The results showed that As related genes (arsC, arrA), sulfate related genes (dsrA and dsrB), nitrogen cycling related genes (ureC, amoA, and hzo) and methanogen genes (mcrA, hdrB) in groundwater samples were correlated with As, SO4(2-), NH4(+) or CH4 concentrations, respectively...
June 21, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649298/neuroimaging-the-traumatized-self-fmri-reveals-altered-response-in-cortical-midline-structures-and-occipital-cortex-during-visual-and-verbal-self-and-other-referential-processing-in-women-with-ptsd
#10
Paul Frewen, Elizabeth Thornley, Daniela Rabellino, Ruth Lanius
Background: Changes to the diagnostic criteria for PTSD in DSM-5 reflect an increased emphasis on negative cognition referring to self and other, including self-blame, and related pervasive negative affective states including for self-conscious emotions such as guilt and shame. Objective: Investigate the neural correlates of valenced self-referential processing (SRP) and other-referential processing (ORP) in persons with PTSD. Method: We compared response to the Visual-Verbal Self-Other Referential Processing Task in an fMRI study of women with (n = 20) versus without (n = 24) PTSD primarily relating to childhood and interpersonal trauma histories using statistical parametric mapping and group independent component analysis...
2017: European Journal of Psychotraumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643403/unusual-internal-electron-transfer-in-conjugated-radical-polymers
#11
Fei Li, Danielle Gore, Shaoyang Wang, Jodie Lutkenhaus
Nitroxide-containing organic radical polymers (ORPs) have captured attention for their high power and fast redox kinetics. Yet a major challenge is the polymer's aliphatic backbone, resulting in a low electronic conductivity. Recent attempts that replace the aliphatic backbone with a conjugated one have not met with success. The reason for this is not understood until now. We examine a family of polythiophenes bearing nitroxide radical groups, showing that while both species are electrochemically active, there exists an internal electron transfer mechanism that interferes with stabilization of the polymer's fully oxidized form...
June 23, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601438/the-impact-of-increased-oxygen-conditions-on-heavy-metal-flocculation-in-the-sefidrud-estuary
#12
Abdolreza Karbassi, Ali Marefat
Similar to natural filters, estuaries are capable of removing considerable amounts of heavy metal from rivers that flow into saline water environments by turning the metal into flocs. The research objective was to investigate the self-purification potential of estuaries in removal of metal by flocculation processes. Hence, flocculation of metal was studied experimentally in 5 aquaria with varying salinity levels. Subsequently, experiment was repeated while dissolved oxygen increased. Results indicated that at higher dissolved oxygen, the flocculation rates of Mn, Ni, and Pb increased by 9%, 20%, and 26%, respectively...
June 7, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598985/optimized-double-digest-genotyping-by-sequencing-ddgbs-method-with-high-density-snp-markers-and-high-genotyping-accuracy-for-chickens
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Yuzhe Wang, Xuemin Cao, Yiqiang Zhao, Jing Fei, Xiaoxiang Hu, Ning Li
High-density single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) markers are crucial to improve the resolution and accuracy of genome-wide association study (GWAS) and genomic selection (GS). Numerous approaches, including whole genome sequencing, genome sampling sequencing, and SNP chips are able to discover or genotype markers at different densities and costs. Achieving an optimal balance between sequencing resolution and budgets, especially in large-scale population genetics research, constitutes a major challenge. Here, we performed improved double-enzyme digestion genotyping by sequencing (ddGBS) on chicken...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578132/effect-of-electro-activated-aqueous-solutions-nisin-and-moderate-heat-treatment-on-the-inactivation-of-clostridium-sporogenes-pa-3679-spores-in-green-beans-puree-and-whole-green-beans
#14
Omar El Jaam, Ismail Fliss, Mohammed Aïder
In this work, the synergistic effect of electro-activated solutions (EAS) of potassium acetate and potassium citrate, nisin and moderate heat treatment to inactivate C. sporogenes PA 3679 spores was evaluated in green beans puree and whole green beans. Electro-activated solutions (EAS) of potassium acetate and potassium citrate were generated under 400 mA during 60 min. They were characterized by an oxidation-reduction potential (ORP) and pH values ranged from +300 to +1090 mV and 2.8 to 3.67, respectively...
May 31, 2017: Anaerobe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28577037/metabolic-impact-of-rapamycin-sirolimus-and-b-estradiol-using-mouse-embryonic-fibroblasts-as-a-model-for-lymphangioleiomyomatosis
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Katherine M Marsh, David Schipper, Alice S Ferng, Kitsie Johnson, Julia Fisher, Shannon Knapp, Destiny Dicken, Zain Khalpey
INTRODUCTION: Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM) is a rare, progressive cystic lung disease that predominantly affects women of childbearing age. Exogenous rapamycin (sirolimus) has been shown to improve clinical outcomes and was recently approved to treat LAM, whereas estrogen (E2) is implicated in disease progression. No consistent metabolic model currently exists for LAM, therefore wild-type mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEF +/+) and TSC2 knockout cells (MEF -/-) were used in this study as a model for LAM...
August 2017: Lung
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549725/understanding-the-hydrologic-control-of-n-cycle-effect-of-water-filled-pore-space-on-heterotrophic-nitrification-denitrification-and-dissimilatory-nitrate-reduction-to-ammonium-mechanisms-in-unsaturated-soils
#16
C Mekala, Indumathi M Nambi
Irrigation practice will be effective if it supplies optimal water and nutrients to crops and act as a filter for contaminants leaching to ground water. There is always a scope for improving the fertilizer use efficiency and scheduling of wastewater irrigation if the fate and transport of nutrients particularly nitrogenous compounds in the soil are well understood. In the present study, nitrogen transport experiments for two different agricultural soils are performed under varying saturation 33, 57, 78% water filled pore space for sandy soil 1 and 52, 81 and 96% for loam soil 2...
July 2017: Journal of Contaminant Hydrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499617/community-based-outcomes-of-open-versus-robot-assisted-radical-prostatectomy
#17
Annika Herlemann, Janet E Cowan, Peter R Carroll, Matthew R Cooperberg
BACKGROUND: Identifying the optimal surgical approach for patients with localized prostate cancer (PCa) managed in the community setting remains controversial due to the lack of robust, prospective data. OBJECTIVE: To assess surgical outcomes and changes in urinary and sexual quality of life (QOL) over time in patients undergoing radical prostatectomy (RP). DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS: Our study included patients enrolled in Cancer of the Prostate Strategic Urologic Research Endeavor (CaPSURE), a large, prospective, mostly community-based, nationwide PCa registry, who underwent RP between 2004 and 2016...
May 9, 2017: European Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28474871/effects-of-hydrogen-rich-water-on-prolonged-intermittent-exercise
#18
Alessandro DA Ponte, Nicola Giovanelli, Daniele Nigris, Stefano Lazzer
BACKGROUND: Recent studies showed a positive effect of Hydrogen Rich Water (HRW) intake on acid-basic homeostasis at rest. We investigated 2-weeks of HRW intake on repeated sprint performance and acid-base status during prolonged intermittent cycling exercise. METHODS: In a cross over single-blind protocol, eight trained male cyclists (age [mean ± SD] 41±7 years, body mass 72.3±4.4 kg, height 1.77±0.04 m, maximal oxygen uptake [V̇ O2max] 52.6±4.4 ml·kg-1·min-1) were provided daily with 2 liters of placebo normal water (PLA, pH 7...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441553/determination-of-critical-operational-conditions-favoring-sulfide-production-from-domestic-wastewater-treated-by-a-sulfur-utilizing-denitrification-process
#19
L Ghorbel, L Coudert, Y Gilbert, G Mercier, J F Blais
The aim of this study was to determine the critical operational conditions leading to the generation of sulfide in a domestic wastewater treated by a sulfur-utilizing denitrification process. The influence of various important parameters on the reduction of the sulfates present in denitrified domestic wastewaters to sulfide was studied. Experiments were carried out in batch mode with denitrified domestic wastewaters containing various amounts of both organic matter and sulfates. Preliminary results showed that aqueous sulfide was generated for DOC and sulfate contents higher than 56 mg/L and 371 mg/L, respectively, while DOC and sulfate contents of 77 mg/L and 412 mg/L, respectively, were required to allow the release of gaseous H2S...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425193/health-related-quality-of-life-outcomes-from-a-contemporary-prostate-cancer-registry-in-a-large-diverse-population
#20
Gary W Chien, Jeff M Slezak, Teresa N Harrison, Howard Jung, Joy S Gelfond, Chengyi Zheng, Edward Wu, Richard Contreras, Ronald K Loo, Steven J Jacobsen
OBJECTIVE: To assess the health-related quality of life (HRQoL) of patients with prostate cancer up to 24 months after treatment in a contemporary large diverse population. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients with newly diagnosed prostate cancer from March 2011 to January 2014 in our healthcare system were included. The Expanded Prostate Cancer Index Composite (EPIC-26) questionnaire was administered before treatment, and at 1, 3, 6, 12, 18, and 24 months after treatment up to November 2014 for all methods of treatment...
April 19, 2017: BJU International
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