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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651382/assignment-of-sigma-factors-of-rna-polymerase-to-promoters-in-corynebacterium-glutamicum
#1
Hana Dostálová, Jiří Holátko, Tobias Busche, Lenka Rucká, Andrey Rapoport, Petr Halada, Jan Nešvera, Jörn Kalinowski, Miroslav Pátek
Corynebacterium glutamicum is an important industrial producer of various amino acids and other metabolites. The C. glutamicum genome encodes seven sigma subunits (factors) of RNA polymerase: the primary sigma factor SigA (σ(A)), the primary-like σ(B) and five alternative sigma factors (σ(C), σ(D), σ(E), σ(H) and σ(M)). We have developed in vitro and in vivo methods to assign particular sigma factors to individual promoters of different classes. In vitro transcription assays and measurements of promoter activity using the overexpression of a single sigma factor gene and the transcriptional fusion of the promoter to the gfpuv reporter gene enabled us to reliably define the sigma factor dependency of promoters...
December 2017: AMB Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651380/utilization-of-acid-pre-treated-coconut-dregs-as-a-substrate-for-production-of-detergent-compatible-lipase-by-bacillus-stratosphericus
#2
Nur Bainun Mohd Zin, Busyra Mohamad Yusof, Siti Nurbaya Oslan, Helmi Wasoh, Joo Shun Tan, Arbakariya B Ariff, Murni Halim
In recent years, many efforts have been directed to explore the methods to reduce the production costs of industrial lipase by improving the yield and the use of low-cost agricultural wastes. Coconut dregs, which is a lignocellulosic by-product from coconut oil and milk processing plants, is rich in cellulose (36%) and crude fat (9%). A newly isolated Bacillus stratosphericus has been demonstrated to perform cellulose hydrolysis on coconut dregs producing fermentable sugars. The highest extracellular lipase activity of 140 U/mL has been achieved in submerged fermentation with acid pre-treated coconut dregs...
December 2017: AMB Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651205/understanding-size-dependent-properties-of-biocl-nanosheets-and-exploring-more-catalysis
#3
Benxia Li, Liangzhi Shao, Baoshan Zhang, Renshan Wang, Mei Zhu, Xiaowei Gu
Investigating the dependence of the catalysis on the size and structure of materials is of great significance for exploiting catalysts with characteristics of high activity, low cost, and new property. Non-precious metal catalysts bear high hope to meet the increasing demands of industrial applications in a cost-effective and environmentally friendly way. In this work, we take size-controlled BiOCl nanosheets as examples, which are synthesized via a hydrothermal method by changing the reaction conditions. The BiOCl nanosheets were characterized in details to understand their size-property relationships, and were found to exhibit a series of thickness-dependent physicochemical properties, including specific surface area, light absorption, and the separation efficiency of photo-generated charge carriers...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651091/loggerhead-sea-turtles-caretta-caretta-a-target-species-for-monitoring-litter-ingested-by-marine-organisms-in-the-mediterranean-sea
#4
Marco Matiddi, Sandra Hochsheid, Andrea Camedda, Matteo Baini, Cristiano Cocumelli, Fabrizio Serena, Paolo Tomassetti, Andrea Travaglini, Stefano Marra, Tommaso Campani, Francesco Scholl, Cecilia Mancusi, Ezio Amato, Paolo Briguglio, Fulvio Maffucci, Maria Cristina Fossi, Flegra Bentivegna, Giuseppe Andrea de Lucia
Marine litter is any persistent, manufactured or processed solid material discarded, disposed of or abandoned in the marine and coastal environment. Ingestion of marine litter can have lethal and sub-lethal effects on wildlife that accidentally ingests it, and sea turtles are particularly susceptible to this threat. The European Commission drafted the 2008/56/EC Marine Strategy Framework Directive with the aim to achieve a Good Environmental Status (GES), and the loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta, Linnaeus 1758) was selected for monitoring the amount and composition of litter ingested by marine animals...
June 23, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651077/rhizopus-oryzae-ancient-microbial-resource-with-importance-in-modern-food-industry
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Liliana Londoño-Hernández, Cristina Ramírez-Toro, Héctor A Ruiz, Juan A Ascacio-Valdés, Miguel A Aguilar-Gonzalez, Raúl Rodríguez-Herrera, Cristóbal N Aguilar
Filamentous fungi are microorganisms widely known for their diverse biochemical features. Fungi can efficiently invade a wide variety of substrates under operational conditions producing numerous bioproducts of interest, such as enzymes, organic acids, aromatic compounds and colorants. An additional interesting characteristic of some fungi is their safety classification for different uses, which guarantees that the bioproducts obtained from them do not contain any toxic component deleterious to humans. Rhizopus oryzae is among this group of fungi and is classified as a GRAS filamentous fungus, commonly used for production of some oriental traditional foods...
June 15, 2017: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651076/application-of-water-assisted-ultraviolet-light-in-combination-of-chlorine-and-hydrogen-peroxide-to-inactivate-salmonella-on-fresh-produce
#6
Shuanghuan Guo, Runze Huang, Haiqiang Chen
With the demand for fresh produce increases in recent decades, concerns for microbiological safety of fresh produce are also raised. To identify effective ultraviolet (UV) light treatment for fresh produce decontamination, we first determined the effect of three forms of UV treatment, dry UV (samples were treated by UV directly), wet UV (samples were dipped in water briefly and then exposed to UV), and water-assisted UV (samples were treated by UV while being immersed in agitated water) on inactivation of Salmonella inoculated on tomatoes and fresh-cut lettuce...
June 19, 2017: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651048/nutritional-and-metabolic-characteristics-of-brassica-carinata-coproducts-from-biofuel-processing-in-dairy-cows
#7
Yajing Ban, Nazir Ahmad Khan, Peiqiang Yu
The increased utilization of Brassica carinata in the biofuel industry in Canada has resulted in the large scale production of coproducts that can be potentially exploited as alternative protein ingredient in dairy ration. The objectives of this study were to investigate the nutritive value of carinata presscake and meal for dairy cows in terms of (1) nutrient and anti-nutrient composition; (2) rumen degradation kinetics of organic matter (OM), crude protein (CP) and neutral detergent fiber; (3) hourly effective degradation ratio and potential N to energy synchronization; (4) intestinal digestion of rumen undegraded protein (RUP); and (5) total metabolizable protein (MP) supply to the small intestine...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650874/lean-daily-management-exploring-the-effectiveness-in-reducing-product-returns-and-overnight-shipment-occurrences-in-a-materials-management-department
#8
Savanah Hopkins, Marcea Walter, Sandra Collins
Lean Daily Management (LDM) is a performance improvement process used by health care organizations to reduce waste and increase value. Designed to transform health care professionals into organizational problem solvers, LDM tools have been used throughout the health care industry, but full integration of this performance improvement initiative has largely evaded health care organizations. To demonstrate the effectiveness of LDM, research was conducted to evaluate the costs associated with product returns and overnighted products as monitored by a materials management department, which found that these were specific areas where excessive resources were frequently used...
June 23, 2017: Health Care Manager
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650832/committee-based-active-learning-for-surrogate-assisted-particle-swarm-optimization-of-expensive-problems
#9
Handing Wang, Yaochu Jin, John Doherty
Function evaluations (FEs) of many real-world optimization problems are time or resource consuming, posing a serious challenge to the application of evolutionary algorithms (EAs) to solve these problems. To address this challenge, the research on surrogate-assisted EAs has attracted increasing attention from both academia and industry over the past decades. However, most existing surrogate-assisted EAs (SAEAs) either still require thousands of expensive FEs to obtain acceptable solutions, or are only applied to very low-dimensional problems...
June 22, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650732/air-hand-wipe-and-surface-wipe-sampling-for-bisphenol-a-bpa-among-workers-in-industries-that-manufacture-and-use-bpa-in-the-united-states
#10
Cynthia J Hines, Matthew V Jackson, Annette L Christianson, John C Clark, James E Arnold, Jack R Pretty, James A Deddens
For decades, bisphenol A (BPA) has been used in making polycarbonate, epoxy, and phenolic resins and certain investment casting waxes, yet published exposure data are lacking for U.S. manufacturing workers. In 2013-2014, BPA air and hand exposures were quantified for 78 workers at six U.S. companies making BPA or BPA-based products. Exposure measures included an inhalable-fraction personal air sample on each of two consecutive work days (n = 146), pre- and end-shift hand wipe samples on the second day (n = 74 each), and surface wipe samples (n = 88)...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650725/exposure-to-benzene-in-a-pooled-analysis-of-petroleum-industry-case-control-studies
#11
D C Glass, A R Schnatter, G Tang, T W Armstrong, L Rushton
Cases of lymphohematopoietic cancer from three petroleum industry cohorts, matched to controls from the respective cohort, were pooled into single study. Average benzene exposure was quantitatively estimated in ppm for each job based on measured data from the relevant country, adjusted for the specific time period, site and job exposure characteristics and the certainty of the exposure estimate scored. The probability of dermal exposure and of peak exposure was also assessed. Before risk was examined, an exposure estimate comparison and rationalisation exercise was performed across the studies to ensure accuracy and consistency of approach...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650715/transfer-of-bacteriophage-ms2-and-fluorescein-from-n95-filtering-facepiece-respirators-to-hands-measuring-fomite-potential
#12
Tyler M Brady, Amanda L Strauch, Claudia M Almaguer, George Niezgoda, Ronald E Shaffer, Patrick L Yorio, Edward M Fisher
Contact transmission of pathogens from personal protective equipment is a concern within the healthcare industry. During public health emergency outbreaks, resources become constrained and the reuse of personal protective equipment, such as N95 filtering facepiece respirators, may be needed. This study was designed to characterize the transfer of bacteriophage MS2 and fluorescein between filtering facepiece respirators and the wearer's hands during three simulated use scenarios. Filtering facepiece respirators were contaminated with MS2 and fluorescein in droplets or droplet nuclei...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650652/droplet-sliding-on-an-inclined-substrate-with-a-topographical-defect
#13
Joonsik Park, Satish Kumar
Pinning and depinning of droplets on heterogeneous substrates are widely seen in nature and need to be carefully controlled in industrial processes such as substrate cleaning and spray coating. In this work, a two-dimensional droplet sliding on an inclined substrate with a topographical defect is studied with a thin-film evolution equation. Using results from time-dependent finite-difference calculations, we focus our discussion on the dynamic interactions between the sliding droplet and the topographical defect...
June 26, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650626/selenium-sequestration-in-a-cationic-layered-rare-earth-hydroxide-a-combined-batch-experiments-and-exafs-investigation
#14
Lin Zhu, Linjuan Zhang, Jie Li, Duo Zhang, Lanhua Chen, Daopeng Sheng, Shitong Yang, Chengliang Xiao, Jianqiang Wang, Zhifang Chai, Thomas E Albrecht-Schmitt, Shuao Wang
Selenium is of great concern owing to its acutely toxic characteristic at elevated dosage and the long-term radiotoxicity of 79Se. The contents of selenium in industrial wastewater, agricultural runoff, and drinking water have to be constrained to a value of 10 μg/L as the maximum concentration limit. We reported here the selenium uptake using a structurally well-defined cationic layered rare earth hydroxide, Y2(OH)5Cl•1.5H2O. The sorption kinetics, isotherms, selectivity, and desorption of selenite and selenate on Y2(OH)5Cl•1...
June 26, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650607/self-diffusion-driven-ultrafast-detection-of-ppm-level-nitro-aromatic-pollutants-in-aqueous-media-using-a-hydrophilic-fluorescent-paper-sensor
#15
Wei Lu, Jiawei Zhang, Youju Huang, Patrick Theato, Qing Huang, Tao Chen
Development of fluorescent film probes for toxic nitro aromatic compound pollutants (NACs) such as 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT) in real water samples implies broad applications in environmental and industrial safety control. Despite many recent advances, there are still some difficult challenges facing this area, e.g., the restricted sensitivity and long response time caused by hindered and slow diffusion of aqueous NACs samples inside a dense, solid film. Hence, we report herein a robust fluorescent paper sensor with improved sensing abilities, which is prepared by absorbing hydrophilic pyrene-functionalized polymer uniformly into cellulose-based filter papers...
June 26, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650559/the-antibacterial-activity-and-modes-of-li-f-type-antimicrobial-peptides-against-bacillus-cereus-in-vitro
#16
Jinzhi Han, Shengming Zhao, Zhi Ma, Ling Gao, Hongxia Liu, Umair Muhammad, Zhaoxin Lu, Fengxia Lv, Xiaomei Bie
AIMS: LI-Fs are a family of highly potent cyclic lipodepsipeptide antibiotics with a broad antimicrobial spectrum (Gram-positive bacteria and fungi). In this study, LI-F type antimicrobial peptides (AMP-jsa9) composing of LI-F03a, LI-F03b, LI-F04a, LI-F04b, and LI-F05b were isolated from Paenibacillus polymyxa JSA-9. To better understand the antimicrobial mechanism of AMP-jsa9, the potency and action(s) of AMP-jsa9 against B. cereus were examined. METHODS AND RESULTS: Flow cytometry, confocal laser microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and atomic force microscopy (AFM) observation, as well as determination of peptidoglycan and cell wall associated protein, and other methods were used...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650491/tunable-and-selective-hydrogenation-of-furfural-to-furfuryl-alcohol-and-cyclopentanone-over-pt-supported-on-biomass-derived-porous-heteroatom-doped-carbon
#17
Xiuyun Liu, Bo Zhang, Benhua Fei, Xiufang Chen, Junyi Zhang, Xindong Mu
The search for and exploitation of efficient catalytic systems for selective conversion of furfural into various high value-added chemicals remains a huge challenge for green synthesis in the chemical industry. Here, novel Pt nanoparticles supported on bamboo shoot-derived porous heteroatom doped carbon materials were designed as highly active catalysts for controlled hydrogenation of furfural in aqueous media. The porous heteroatom doped carbon supported Pt catalysts were endowed with a large surface area with a hierarchical porous structure, a high content of nitrogen and oxygen functionalities, a high dispersion of the Pt nanoparticles, good water dispersibility and reaction stability...
June 26, 2017: Faraday Discussions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650336/design-and-content-determination-of-genhuang-dispersible-tablet-herbal-formulation
#18
Rui-Hua Xin, Ge Liang, Ji-Fang Zheng
The aim of the present study was to optimize the shaping technology of the traditional herbal formula Genhuang dispersible tablets, and also establish a method for content determination. The optimal formulation of Genhuang dispersible tablets was determined based on the results of single factor test and orthogonal design test. The disintegration was used as the main study indicator. The proportion of each adjuvant in the optimal formulation consisted of 40% MCC as bulking agent, 15% PVPP and 7% L-HPC as disintegrant, ethanol as adhesive, CSD as lubricant, preparing the dispersible tablets with wet granulation...
March 2017: Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650251/managed-care-peer-led-teaching-an-innovative-learning-approach-outside-the-college-of-pharmacy-core-curriculum
#19
SyHui Tang, Julia Smith, Wilson Lau, Isaac Tse, Christine Tan, Ryan Cotten, Amy Pittenger
BACKGROUND: Managed care pharmacy is a growing field, but there are still limited educational opportunities available in pharmacy school core curricula. Students often seek self-directed learning opportunities to further explore the field. OBJECTIVES: To (a) evaluate practicality and effectiveness of a student-designed managed care pharmacy elective and (b) determine emerging best practices for design and sustainability of peer-led, self-directed courses. METHODS: A managed care elective course was designed as a student, peer-led course during the 2012-2013 school year at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy...
July 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650140/dual-physically-crosslinked-nanocomposite-hydrogels-reinforced-by-tunicate-cellulose-nanocrystals-with-high-toughness-and-good-self-recoverability
#20
Tiantian Zhang, Tao Zuo, Danning Hu, Chunyu Chang
The weak mechanical properties of hydrogels usually limited their application in biomedical and industrial fields. Herein, we reported a nanocomposite network of poly (acrylic acid-co-acrylamide) (PAAAM) sequentially crosslinked by quaternized tunicate cellulose nanocrystals (Q-TCNCs) and Fe3+. Q-TCNCs acted as both interfacial compatible reinforcements and cross-linkers in the nanocomposite hydrogels to form loose crosslinking, whereas compact crosslinking was built by ionic coordination between Fe3+ and -COO- of PAAAM...
June 26, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
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