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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102496/oil-exploration-activities-assessment-of-hazardous-impacts-on-golden-silk-cultivation
#1
Gitumani Devi, Arundhuti Devi, K G Bhattacharyya
Aliphatic-aromatic hydrocarbons and heavy metals (Cd, Cu, Co, Cr, Ni, Pb and Zn) were estimated in soil and leaf samples of Machilus bombycina (host plant of Antheraea assama silkworm) plantation along with atmospheric benzene, toluene and xylene (BTX) concentration near the oil exploration region of upper Assam, India, during the pre-monsoon and post-monsoon periods in six different sites. The results revealed higher aliphatic-aromatic hydrocarbons (ranging from 26.55 to 59.42 mg kg(-1)) and heavy metal contaminations in all the six soil sampling sites during the pre-monsoon period while the trend was the opposite for the plant leaves...
February 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102354/a-signature-of-renal-stress-resistance-induced-by-short-term-dietary-restriction-fasting-and-protein-restriction
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F Jongbloed, T C Saat, M Verweij, C Payan-Gomez, J H J Hoeijmakers, S van den Engel, C T van Oostrom, G Ambagtsheer, S Imholz, J L A Pennings, H van Steeg, J N M IJzermans, M E T Dollé, R W F de Bruin
During kidney transplantation, ischemia-reperfusion injury (IRI) induces oxidative stress. Short-term preoperative 30% dietary restriction (DR) and 3-day fasting protect against renal IRI. We investigated the contribution of macronutrients to this protection on both phenotypical and transcriptional levels. Male C57BL/6 mice were fed control food ad libitum, underwent two weeks of 30%DR, 3-day fasting, or received a protein-, carbohydrate- or fat-free diet for various periods of time. After completion of each diet, renal gene expression was investigated using microarrays...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102075/molecular-features-of-humic-acids-and-fulvic-acids-from-contrasting-environments
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Judith Schellekens, Peter Buurman, Karsten Kalbitz, Andre van Zomeren, Pablo Vidal-Torrado, Chiara Cerli, Rob N J Comans
Insight in the molecular structure of humic acid (HA) and fulvic acid (FA) can contribute to identify relationships between their molecular properties, and further our quantitative abilities to model important organic matter functions such as metal complexation and association with mineral surfaces. Pyrolysis gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (Py-GC-MS) is used to compare the molecular composition of HA and FA. A systematic comparison was obtained by using samples from different environmental sources, including solid and aqueous samples from both natural and waste sources...
January 19, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102028/the-involvement-of-msmk-in-pathogenesis-of-the-streptococcus-suis-serotype-2
#4
Mei-Fang Tan, Wan-Quan Liu, Chun-Yan Zhang, Ting Gao, Lin-Lin Zheng, De-Xin Qiu, Lu Li, Rui Zhou
Streptococcus suis serotype 2 (SS2) is an important swine and human pathogen that causes global economic and public health problems. Virulent S. suis strains successfully maintain high bacterial concentrations in host blood and rapidly adapt to challenging environments within hosts. Successful survival in hosts is a major factor influencing the pathogenesis of SS2. We have previously identified that SS2 colonization in mouse brain is possibly affected by the ATPase, MsmK of carbohydrate ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporters because of carbohydrate utilization...
January 19, 2017: MicrobiologyOpen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101951/rigidity-and-flexibility-in-the-tetrasaccharide-linker-of-proteoglycans-from-atomic-resolution-molecular-simulation
#5
Cathy Ng, Padmavathy Nandha Premnath, Olgun Guvench
Proteoglycans (PGs) are covalent conjugates between protein and carbohydrate (glycosaminoglycans). Certain classes of glycosaminoglycans such as chondroitin sulfate/dermatan sulfate and heparan sulfate utilize a specific tetrasaccharide linker for attachment to the protein component: GlcAβ1-3Galβ1-3Galβ1-4Xylβ1-O-Ser. Toward understanding the conformational preferences of this linker, the present work used all-atom explicit-solvent molecular dynamics (MD) simulations combined with Adaptive Biasing Force (ABF) sampling to determine high-resolution, high-precision conformational free energy maps ΔG(φ, ψ) for each glycosidic linkage between constituent disaccharides, including the variant where GlcA is substituted with IdoA...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Computational Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101704/molecular-cloning-and-gene-protein-expression-of-fat-cd36-from-grass-carp-ctenopharyngodon-idella-and-the-regulation-of-its-expression-by-dietary-energy
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Juan Tian, Wei Liu, Weihua Gao, Fan Wu, Lijuan Yu, Xing Lu, Chang-Geng Yang, Ming Jiang, Hua Wen
Fatty acid translocase/cluster of differentiation 36 (FAT/CD36) functions as a membrane long-chain fatty acid transporter in various tissues in land animals. Not much is known about the CD36 molecule in teleost fish. Therefore, we studied CD36 in grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella, ciCD36). The full-length complementary DNA sequence of ciCD36 was 1976 bp, with an ORF of 468 amino acids, which had high sequence similarity to the CD36 of common carp. The messenger RNA (mRNA) expression of ciCD36 was high in the intestine, heart, liver, visceral tissue, and brain, but absent in the kidney...
January 18, 2017: Fish Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100888/%C3%AE-hydroxybutyrate-levels-in-serum-and-cerebrospinal-fluid-under-ketone-body-metabolism-in-rats
#7
Xiaomeng Wang, Qi Liu, Jian Zhou, Xiuhua Wu, Qingan Zhu
A high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet (KD) or calorie restriction in the form of every-other-day fasting (EODF) results in ketone body metabolism with an increasing β-hydroxybutyrate (βOHB) level. Previous studies have supported that a KD and EODF have a neuroprotective effect. However, the βOHB levels in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) resulting from a KD and EODF remain unknown. The aim of this study was to detect βOHB levels in rats fed a KD, EODF diet, and every-other-day ketogenic diet (EODKD) and to compare the serum βOHB level with the CSF βOHB level...
January 19, 2017: Experimental Animals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100512/postexercise-repletion-of-muscle-energy-stores-with-fructose-or-glucose-in-mixed-meals
#8
Robin Rosset, Virgile Lecoultre, Léonie Egli, Jérémy Cros, Ayse Sila Dokumaci, Karin Zwygart, Chris Boesch, Roland Kreis, Philippe Schneiter, Luc Tappy
BACKGROUND: Postexercise nutrition is paramount to the restoration of muscle energy stores by providing carbohydrate and fat as precursors of glycogen and intramyocellular lipid (IMCL) synthesis. Compared with glucose, fructose ingestion results in lower postprandial glucose and higher lactate and triglyceride concentrations. We hypothesized that these differences in substrate concentration would be associated with a different partition of energy stored as IMCLs or glycogen postexercise...
January 18, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100316/optimizing-nutrition-of-the-preterm-infant
#9
William W Jr Hay
The goal of nutrition of the preterm infant is to meet the growth rate of the healthy fetus of the same gestational age and to produce the same body composition of the healthy fetus in terms of organ growth, tissue components, and cell number and structure. Nutritional quantity and quality are fundamental for normal growth and development of preterm infants, including neurodevelopmental outcomes. Failure to provide the necessary amounts of all of the essential nutrients has produced not only growth failure, but also increased morbidity and less than optimal neurodevelopment...
January 2017: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100311/the-evaluation-of-three-different-bottles-in-bactec-9240-automated-blood-culture-system-and-direct-identification-of-candida-species-to-shorten-the-turnaround-time-of-blood-culture
#10
Egemen Gokbolat, Yasemin Oz, Selma Metintas
Candida spp. are the most common causes of fungemia. Rapid and accurate diagnostic methods are very important for appropriate management of candidemia. At present, blood culture is the essential diagnostic test despite it has a long detection time and low sensitivity rate. We aimed to investigate the ways to shorten the turnaround time from blood culture collection to final identification in candidemia. Sixty clinical bloodstream isolates of Candida were included and the Plus Aerobic/F, Peds Plus/F and Mycosis IC/F (MICF) bottles were used with BACTEC 9240 blood culture instrument...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100296/rouxiella-badensis-sp-nov-and-rouxiella-silvae-sp-nov-isolated-from-peat-bog-soil-in-germany-and-emendation-of-the-genus-description
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Anne LE Fleche-Mateos, Johannes H Kugler, Silla H Hansen, Christoph Syldatk, Rudolf Hausmann, Fabienne Lomprez, Mathias Vandenbogaert, Jean-Claude Manuguerra, Patrick A D Grimont
Four bacterial strains isolated from peat bog soil or swampy meadow in Baden-Württemberg (Germany) and found to have rrs sequences close to that of Rouxiella chamberiensis were compared to this species by multi-locus sequence analysis and phenotypic tests. The four strains constituted two discrete groups (referred to as Baden and Silva groups) belonging to the genus Rouxiella. These groups differed in the ability to grow at 37°C, reduce nitrate into nitrite, and produce acid from several carbohydrates. Two new species are therefore proposed, Rouxiella badensis sp...
January 16, 2017: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100014/mg-2-improves-the-thermotolerance-of-probiotic-lactobacillus-rhamnosus-gg-lactobacillus-casei-zhang-and-lactobacillus-plantarum-p-8
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Yi Yang, Song Huang, Juan Wang, Gwénaël Jan, Romain Jeantet, Xiao Dong Chen
Food related carbohydrates and proteins are often used as thermoprotectant for probiotic lactobacilli during industrial production and processing. However, the effect of inorganic salts is rarely reported. Magnesium is the second-most abundant cation in bacteria, and commonly found in various foods. Mg(2+) homeostasis is important in Salmonella and has been reported to play a critical role in their thermotolerance. However, Mg(2+) role in thermotolerance of other bacteria, in particular probiotic bacteria, still remains a hypothesis...
January 18, 2017: Letters in Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099090/nutritional-evaluation-bioaccumulation-and-toxicological-assessment-of-heavy-metals-in-edible-fruits-of-ficussurforssk-moraceae
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Olumuyiwa O O Ogunlaja, Roshila Moodley, Himansu Baijnath, Sreekantha B Jonnalagadda
Ficussur (Moraceae) is an indigenous medicinal plant with a wide distribution in Africa. In this study, the nutritional potential fruit of this indigenous plant to meet domestic food demands and reduce food insecurity in KwaZulu-Natal. South Africa, was investigated. The proximate composition and concentrations of metals in the edible fruits collected from eight different sites in KwaZulu-Natal were determined to assess for nutritional value and the concentrations of metals in the growth soil was determined to evaluate the impact of soil quality on elemental uptake...
February 2017: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part. B, Pesticides, Food Contaminants, and Agricultural Wastes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099035/-let-the-algorithm-do-the-work-reduction-of-hypoglycemia-using-sensor-augmented-pump-therapy-with-predictive-insulin-suspension-smartguard-in-pediatric-type-1-diabetes-patients
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Torben Biester, Olga Kordonouri, Martin Holder, Kerstin Remus, Dorothee Kieninger-Baum, Tanja Wadien, Thomas Danne
BACKGROUND: A sensor-augmented insulin pump (SAP) using the MiniMed(®) 640G system with SmartGuard™ technology allows an automatic stop of insulin delivery based on prediction of low glucose levels. Since pediatric patients are particularly prone to hypoglycemia, this device may offer additional protection beyond conventional sensor-augmented therapy. METHODS: This prospective, pediatric multicenter user evaluation assessed 6 weeks of SAP with SmartGuard (threshold setting for hypoglycemia: 70 mg/dL) compared to a preceding period of 2 weeks with SAP only...
January 18, 2017: Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098847/polish-yellow-sweet-clover-melilotus-officinalis-l-honey-chromatographic-fingerprints-and-chemical-markers
#15
Izabela Jasicka-Misiak, Ewa Makowicz, Natalia Stanek
A case study of Polish Melilotus officinalis honey was presented for the first time. Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) (after steam distillation, Soxhlet extraction, ultrasonic solvent extraction, and solid phase extraction (SPE)) and targeted high performance liquid chromatography with a photodiode array detector (HPLC-PAD) were applied to determine the characteristic components of honey. While ubiquitous in most honeys, carbohydrates, terpene derivatives, and phenylacetic acid dominated in the Soxhlet extracts (25...
January 15, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098426/dapagliflozin-in-patients-with-type-1-diabetes-a-post-hoc-analysis-of-the-effect-of-insulin-dose-adjustments-on-24-hour-continuously-monitored-mean-glucose-and-fasting-beta-hydroxybutyrate-levels-from-a-phase-iia-pilot-study
#16
Robert R Henry, Paresh Dandona, Jeremy Pettus, Sunder Mudaliar, John Xu, Lars Hansen
AIMS: To investigate the effects of total daily insulin dose (TDD) reductions on 24-hour continuously monitored mean glucose and fasting beta-hydroxybutyrate (a marker for diabetic ketosis/ketoacidosis [DKA]) using patient-level data from a 14-day, pilot study of dapagliflozin in type 1 diabetes. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Exploratory correlation analysis was performed post-hoc to determine the relationship between change in TDD and a) 24-hour mean glucose (by continuous glucose monitoring) and b) fasting beta-hydroxybutyrate, in 70 patients with type 1 diabetes receiving insulin and dapagliflozin (1-, 2...
January 18, 2017: Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098353/the-role-of-various-peroxisome-proliferator-activated-receptors-and-their-ligands-in-clinical-practice
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Giuseppe Derosa, Amirhossein Sahebkar, Pamela Maffioli
Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPARs) are ligand-activated transcription factors involved in several physiological processes including modulation of cellular differentiation, development, metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and tumorigenesis. The aim of this review is to examine how different PPAR ligands act, and discuss their use in clinical practice. PPAR ligands have a lot of effects and applications in clinical practice. Some PPAR ligands such as fibrates (PPAR-α ligands) are currently used for the treatment of dyslipidemia, while pioglitazone and rosiglitazone (PPAR-γ ligands) are anti-diabetic and insulin-sensitizing agents...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098350/endogenous-circadian-rhythms-in-pigment-composition-induce-changes-in-photochemical-efficiency-in-plant-canopies
#18
José Ignacio García-Plazaola, Beatriz Fernández-Marín, Juan Pedro Ferrio, Josu G Alday, Günter Hoch, Damien Landais, Alexandru Milcu, David T Tissue, Jordi Voltas, Arthur Gessler, Jacques Roy, Víctor Resco de Dios
There is increasing evidence that the circadian clock is a significant driver of photosynthesis that becomes apparent when environmental cues are experimentally held constant. We studied whether the composition of photosynthetic pigments is under circadian regulation, and whether pigment oscillations lead to rhythmic changes in photochemical efficiency. To address these questions, canopies of bean and cotton were maintained, after an entrainment phase, under constant (light or darkness) conditions for 30-48 h...
January 18, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098142/carbon-translocation-from-a-plant-to-an-insect-pathogenic-endophytic-fungus
#19
Scott W Behie, Camila C Moreira, Irina Sementchoukova, Larissa Barelli, Paul M Zelisko, Michael J Bidochka
Metarhizium robertsii is a common soil fungus that occupies a specialized ecological niche as an endophyte and an insect pathogen. Previously, we showed that the endophytic capability and insect pathogenicity of Metarhizium are coupled to provide an active method of insect-derived nitrogen transfer to a host plant via fungal mycelia. We speculated that in exchange for this insect-derived nitrogen, the plant would provide photosynthate to the fungus. By using (13)CO2, we show the incorporation of (13)C into photosynthate and the subsequent translocation of (13)C into fungal-specific carbohydrates (trehalose and chitin) in the root/endophyte complex...
January 18, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097692/structural-role-of-a-conserved-active-site-cis-proline-in-the-thermotoga-maritima-acetyl-esterase-from-the-carbohydrate-esterase-family-7
#20
Mrityunjay K Singh, Narayanan Manoj
A conserved cis proline residue located in the active site of Thermotoga maritima acetyl esterase (TmAcE) from the carbohydrate esterase family 7 (CE7) has been substituted by alanine. The residue was known to play a crucial role in determining the catalytic properties of the enzyme. To elucidate the structural role of the residue, the crystal structure of the Pro228Ala variant (TmAcEP228A ) was determined at 2.1 Å resolution. The replacement does not affect the overall secondary, tertiary and quaternary structures and moderately decreases the thermal stability...
January 18, 2017: Proteins
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