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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821209/cued-memory-reactivation-during-sws-abolishes-the-beneficial-effect-of-sleep-on-abstraction
#1
Nora Hennies, Matthew A Lambon Ralph, Simon J Durrant, James N Cousins, Penelope A Lewis
Study Objectives: Extracting regularities from stimuli in our environment and generalizing these to new situations are fundamental processes in human cognition. Sleep has been shown to enhance these processes, possibly by facilitating reactivation-triggered memory reorganization. Here, we assessed whether cued reactivation during slow wave sleep (SWS) promotes the beneficial effect of sleep on abstraction of statistical regularities. Methods: We used an auditory statistical learning task, in which the benefit of sleep has been firmly established...
August 1, 2017: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821187/genetic-dissection-of-seedling-stage-salinity-tolerance-in-rice-using-introgression-lines-of-a-salt-tolerant-landrace-nona-bokra
#2
Venkata Ramana Rao Puram, John Ontoy, Steven Linscombe, Prasanta K Subudhi
Salinity is an important abiotic stress affecting rice production worldwide. Development of salt tolerant varieties is the most feasible approach for improving rice productivity in salt affected soils. In rice, seedling stage salinity tolerance is crucial for better crop establishment. Quantitative trait loci (QTL) mapping using introgression lines (ILs) is useful for identification and simultaneous transfer of desirable alleles into elite genetic background. In the present study, 138 ILs derived from the cross between a high yielding elite salt susceptible japonica rice cultivar Jupiter and a salt tolerant indica landrace Nona Bokra were evaluated for salt tolerance at seedling stage in a hydroponics experiment and were genotyped using 126 simple sequence repeat markers...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821185/phylogeography-and-ecological-niche-modeling-of-the-desert-iguana-dipsosaurus-dorsalis-baird-girard-1852-in-the-baja-california-peninsula
#3
Tania Valdivia-Carrillo, Francisco J García-De León, Ma Carmen Blázquez, Carina Gutiérrez-Flores, Patricia González Zamorano
Understanding the factors that explain the patterns of genetic structure or phylogeographic breaks at an intraspecific level is key to inferring the mechanisms of population differentiation in its early stages. These topics have been well studied in the Baja California region, with vicariance and the dispersal ability of individuals being the prevailing hypothesis for phylogeographic breaks. In this study, we evaluated the phylogeographic patterns in the desert iguana (Dipsosaurus dorsalis), a species with a recent history in the region and spatial variation in life history traits...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821165/mirna-21-has-effects-to-protect-kidney-injury-induced-by-sepsis
#4
Dian Fu, Jie Dong, Ping Li, Chaopeng Tang, Wen Cheng, Zhenyu Xu, Wenquan Zhou, Jingping Ge, Chen Xia, Zhengyu Zhang
To investigate the miRNA-21 over-expression in the acute kidney injury induced by sepsis, we developed a sepsis induced in vitro model by lip polysaccharide (LPS) and in vovo model by cecal ligation and puncture (CLP) surgery. LPS or CLP surgery induced kidney cell apoptosis increasing. However, the kidney injury indexes of miRNA groups which were transfected with miRNA-21 were significantly suppressed. In further study, the relative proteins expressions were evaluated to explain the miRNA-21 mechanism to improve sepsis induced kidney cell apoptosis...
August 14, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821162/oral-administration-of-thymoquinone-mitigates-the-effect-of-cisplatin-on-brush-border-membrane-enzymes-energy-metabolism-and-antioxidant-system-in-rat-intestine
#5
Faaiza Shahid, Zeba Farooqui, Subuhi Abidi, Iqbal Parwez, Farah Khan
Cisplatin (CP) is a widely used chemotherapeutic agent that elicits severe gastrointestinal toxicity. Nigella sativa, a member of family Ranunculaceae, is one of the most revered medicinal plant known for its numerous health benefits. Thymoquinone (TQ), a major bioactive component derived from the volatile oil of Nigella sativa seeds, has been shown to improve gastrointestinal functions in animal models of acute gastric/intestinal injury. In view of this, the aim of the present study was to investigate the protective effect of TQ on CP induced toxicity in rat intestine and to elucidate the mechanism underlying these effects...
August 14, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821161/britannin-induces-apoptosis-through-akt-foxo1-pathway-in-human-pancreatic-cancer-cells
#6
Marzieh Moeinifard, Zuhair Mohammad Hassan, Faranak Fallahian, Maryam Hamzeloo-Moghadam, Mohammad Taghikhani
Induction of apoptosis in cancerous cells is considered as a promising treatment option for cancer therapy. The present study was designed to evaluate the anticancer properties of Britannin and its possible mechanisms of action in human pancreatic cancer cells. Apoptosis induction by Britannin was confirmed by annexin V-FITC/PI staining, Hoechst 33258 staining and caspase-3 activity assay in both AsPC-1 and Panc-1 cells. Additionally, by using western blot and Real-time PCR, we observed that Britannin induced apoptosis by decreasing the expression of BCL-2 and increasing the expression of BAX...
August 14, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821160/leuconostoc-mesenteroides-derived-anticancer-pharmaceuticals-hinder-inflammation-and-cell-survival-in-colon-cancer-cells-by-modulating-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-akt-pten-mapk-pathways
#7
Sepideh Zununi Vahed, Abolfazl Barzegari, Yalda Rahbar Saadat, Ali Goreyshi, Yadollah Omidi
Promising results from different studies on the effect of probiotics in cancer prevention and therapy have so far been reported. However, the molecular mechanism of the interaction of probiotics with cancer cells is yet to be fully understood. In the present study, Leuconostoc mesenteroides was isolated from traditional dairy products, and its probiotic characteristics were determined. HT-29 cells were treated with conditioned-medium of designated bacteria and the cell apoptosis was studied at cellular and molecular level using DAPI staining, flow cytometry, DNA ladder assays, and real-time quantitative-PCR (q-PCR)...
August 14, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821155/simultaneous-influence-of-pectin-and-xyloglucan-on-structure-and-mechanical-properties-of-bacterial-cellulose-composites
#8
Monika Szymańska-Chargot, Monika Chylińska, Justyna Cybulska, Arkadiusz Kozioł, Piotr M Pieczywek, Artur Zdunek
The impact of the matrix polysaccharides on the cellulose microfibrils structure as well as on the mechanical properties of cell walls still remains an open question. Therefore, the aim of investigations was to determine the simultaneous influence of (i) different concentrations of pectins with constant concentration of xyloglucan, and (ii) different concentrations of xyloglucan with constant concentration of pectins on cellulose structure. Composites of bacterial cellulose (BC) produced by Komagataeibacter xylinus are considered to mimic natural plant cell walls...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821151/flexibility-of-backbone-fibrils-in-%C3%AE-chitin-crystals-with-different-degree-of-acetylation
#9
Zechuan Yu, Denvid Lau
Acetyl groups are backbone outreaches that enhance inter-fibril connection in chitin and chitosan fibril bundle. Removal of acetyl groups affects flexibility of chitosan fibril bundle, thereby affecting mechanical strength of chitosan-based products. Understandings of relationship between degree of acetylation and flexibility of chitin fibril bundle conduce to optimization of synthetic chitin materials. Here, the relationship is examined by performing molecular dynamics simulations. Coiling of chitin and chitosan fibril bundle with different degree of acetylation is observed and flexibility of fibrils is measured...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821146/evaluation-of-carboxymethyl-moringa-gum-as-nanometric-carrier
#10
Rimpy, Abhishek, Munish Ahuja
In the present study, carboxymethylation of Moringa oleifera gum was carried out by reacting with monochloroacetic acid. Modified gum was characterised employing Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and Rheology study. The carboxymethyl modification of moringa gum was found to increase its degree of crystallinity, reduce viscosity and swelling, increase the surface roughness and render its more anionic. The interaction between carboxymethyl moringa gum and chitosan was optimised by 2-factor, 3-level central composite experimental design to prepare polyelectrolyte nanoparticle using ofloxacin, as a model drug...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821145/utilization-of-cotton-waste-for-regenerated-cellulose-fibres-influence-of-degree-of-polymerization-on-mechanical-properties
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Rasike De Silva, Nolene Byrne
Cotton accounts for 30% of total fibre production worldwide with over 50% of cotton being used for apparel. In the process from cotton bud to finished textile product many steps are required, and significant cotton waste is generated. Typically only 30% of pre consumer cotton is recycled. Here we use cotton waste lint to produce regenerated cellulose fibres (RCF). We find the RCF from waste cotton lint had increased mechanical properties compared to RCF produced from wood pulp. We show that this is likely linked to the higher degree of polymerization (DP) of waste cotton lint...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821141/designed-biocompatible-nano-inhibitor-based-on-poly-%C3%AE-cyclodextrin-ester-for-reduction-of-the-dehp-migration-from-plasticized-pvc
#12
Ahmad Raeisi, Khalil Faghihi, Meisam Shabanian
The easy migration of di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) from the plasticized PVC (P-PVC) poses a serious threat to human health and the ecosystems. Thus, its control migration from the P-PVC products is very important. In this work, a poly(β-cyclodextrin-ester) network (β-CDP) was synthesized via reaction of β-cyclodextrin with 3,3',4,4'-benzophenone tetracarboxylic dianhydride. As a potential inhibitor for reduction of the DEHP migration, the β-CDP was grafted to Fe3O4 nanoparticles. Poly(β-cyclodextrin-ester) functionalized Fe3O4 nanoparticles (MNP-CDP) has been used in PVC/DEHP system as a reactive nano-inhibitor to reduce DEHP migration...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821139/charge-functionalized-and-mechanically-durable-composite-cryogels-from-q-nfc-and-cs-for-highly-selective-removal-of-anionic-dyes
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Yufei Chen, Jing Ru, Biyao Geng, Haiying Wang, Congcong Tong, Chungui Du, Shengchun Wu, Hongzhi Liu
A composite cryogel was prepared from quaternized nanofibrillated cellulose (Q-NFC) and chitosan (CS) through a combination of freeze-drying and cross-linking with epichlorohydrin. The specific surface area of the composite cryogel was approximately two times that of Q-NFC cryogel. And the composite cryogel exhibited superior adsorption properties of anionic dyes than either the Q-NFC or CS cryogel controls. The adsorption isotherm well fitted the Langmuir model with the maximum theoretical adsorption capacity up to 473...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821135/exploring-pullulan-poly-vinyl-alcohol-interpenetrating-network-microspheres-as-controlled-release-drug-delivery-device
#14
Saundray Raj Soni, Animesh Ghosh
In the present study, interpenetrating polymeric network (IPN) microsphere was prepared using glutaraldehyde assisted water-in-oil emulsion crosslinking method for controlled delivery of pirfenidone, the only chemical entity approved by US FDA for the treatment of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF). In our study, the natural biopolymer pullulan was harnessed in combination with synthetic polymer PVA for drug delivery applications. The prepared microspheres were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, solid state (13)C nuclear magnetic resonance and field emission scanning electron microscopy...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821128/biomimetic-composite-scaffolds-based-on-surface-modification-of-polydopamine-on-electrospun-poly-lactic-acid-cellulose-nanofibrils
#15
Zhangqiang Yang, Junhui Si, Zhixiang Cui, Jianhua Ye, Xiaofeng Wang, Qianting Wang, Kaiping Peng, Wenzhe Chen, Shia-Chung Chen
An appropriate surface chemical property is crucial in tissue engineering scaffolds, which promotes cell attachment and proliferation. A biomimetic composite scaffold with a polydopamine (PDA) coating layer on electrospun poly(lactic acid) (PLA)/cellulose nanofibrils (CNF) composite nanofiber was developed in this study. PLA/CNF composite nanofibers were fabricated and then coated via treatment with a dopamine solution. The PDA coating layer was successfully formed on the surface of the PLA/CNF composite nanofiber by using a simple, environment-friendly, and effective procedure...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821123/interfacial-modification-on-polyhydroxyalkanoates-starch-blend-by-grafting-%C3%A2-in-situ
#16
Pengwu Xu, Qingtao Zeng, Ying Cao, Piming Ma, Weifu Dong, Mingqing Chen
The interfacial adhesion between polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) and native starch is poor. To improve the interfacial adhesion, PHAs were in-situ grafted onto starch using dicumyl peroxide (DCP) as a free radical initiator. The grafting reaction was carefully characterized and confirmed by gel analysis and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR). The gel yield of the PHAs/starch/DCP blend increased with the DCP concentration up to 2wt%. Meanwhile, obvious plastic deformation (stretched fibrils) was observed at the interface in the PHAs/starch/DCP blend in comparison with complete interfacial debonding in the PHAs/starch physical blend...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821120/enhanced-permeability-and-antifouling-performance-of-cellulose-acetate-ultrafiltration-membrane-assisted-by-l-dopa-functionalized-halloysite-nanotubes
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Keguang Mu, Dalun Zhang, Ziqiang Shao, Dujian Qin, Yalong Wang, Shuo Wang
l-Dopa functionalized halloysite nanotubes (HNTs) were prepared by the self-polymerization of l-dopa in the weak alkaline condition. Then different contents of l-dopa coated HNTs (LPDHNTs) were blended into cellulose acetate to prepare enhanced performance ultrafiltration membranes via the phase inversion method. The HNTs and LPDHNTs were characterized by FTIR, XPS, and TEM anysis. And the membranes morphologies, separation performance, antifouling performance, mechanical properties and hydrophilicity were also investigated...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821114/preparation-and-characterization-of-a-composite-biomaterial-including-starch-micro-nano-particles-loaded-chitosan-gel
#18
Dorsa Dehghan Baniani, Reza Bagheri, Atefeh Solouk
Thermosensitive Chitosan hydrogels which can be injected into defects with minimally invasive approach were prepared. Also starch micro/nano particles were synthesized via water-in-oil (W/O) miniemulsion technique. The starch particles were incorporated into the chitosan hydrogel to prepare injectable thermosensitive hydrogel composites. Tube inverting method, compression tests, swelling studies, XRD, SEM, OM, DLS, UV-vis spectroscopy were used for investigations. Results revealed that increasing crosslinker and surfactant contents and stirring rate leads to particle size reduction...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821112/electrospun-hypromellose-based-hydrophilic-composites-for-rapid-dissolution-of-poorly-water-soluble-drug
#19
Qing Wang, Deng-Guang Yu, Ling-Ling Zhang, Xin-Kuan Liu, Yang-Chao Deng, Min Zhao
Hypromellose (HPMC)-based hydrophilic composites (HCs) used for rapid dissolution of ferulic acid (FA) were investigated. Electrospun and casting HCs were prepared from a solution containing HPMC, FA, and polyethylene glycol. Ethanol was used as sheath fluid during coaxial processes, and the effects of its flow rates on the Taylor cone and straight fluid jet were investigated. The morphology, component state, hydrophilicity, and drug dissolution rate of the HCs were characterized. Results demonstrated that all HCs were amorphous materials, and their components were compatible...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821111/a-facile-sodium-alginate-based-approach-to-improve-the-mechanical-properties-of-recycled-fibers
#20
Yuan-Yuan Bai, Yan-Hao Lei, Xiao-Jun Shen, Jing Luo, Chun-Li Yao, Run-Cang Sun
The application of recycled fibers is steadily increasing in various paper products recently. It is necessary to improve the mechanical properties of paper products made from these fibers. An eco-friendly polymeric additive, sodium alginate (SA), was prepared from waste seaweeds and developed as functional additives. The properties of SA were characterized by proton nuclear magnetic resonance, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, thermal gravity analysis, gel permeation chromatography, and compared with the commercial SA...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
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