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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918434/improved-dna-purification-with-quality-assurance-for-evaluation-of-the-microbial-genetic-content-of-constructed-wetlands
#1
Wenda Huang, Jingjing Guo, Ran Tao, Ying Man, Yunv Dai, Yang Yang
Efficient isolation of target DNA is a crucial first step of DNA-based metagenomic analyses of environmental samples. Insufficient quantity and purity of DNA isolated using commercial kits result in missing genetic information, especially for large-diameter substrates in constructed wetlands (CWs). Here, we addressed this problem by devising a cost-effective calcium chloride lysozyme-sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) method (CCLS), with key improvements in the steps of humic acid removal and cell lysis. The buffer comprising Tris, EDTA, Na2O2P7 and PVPP (TENP), and skim milk, could reduce adsorption between microorganisms and substrates, and calcium chloride precipitated and removed over 94% of humic acid...
September 16, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917231/portion-controlled-ready-to-eat-meal-replacement-is-associated-with-short-term-weight-loss-a-randomised-controlled-trial
#2
Rebecca Kuriyan, Deepa P Lokesh, Ninoshka D'Souza, Divya J Priscilla, Chandni Halcyon Peris, Sumithra Selvam, Anura V Kurpad
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Strategies to prevent and treat overweight/obesity are urgently needed. This study assessed the effect of a short-term intake of ready-to-eat cereal on body weight and waist circumference of overweight/obese individuals in comparison to a control group. METHODS AND STUDY DESIGN: A randomized, controlled 2-arm trial was carried out on 101 overweight/obese (Body Mass Index - 29.2±2.4 kg/m2) females aged 18 to 44 years, at St. John's Medical College Hospital...
2017: Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914790/ancient-living-organisms-escaping-from-or-imprisoned-in-the-vents
#3
REVIEW
J Baz Jackson
We have recently criticised the natural pH gradient hypothesis which purports to explain how the difference in pH between fluid issuing from ancient alkali vents and the more acidic Hadean ocean could have driven molecular machines that catalyse reactions that are useful in prebiotic and autotrophic chemistry. In this article, we temporarily suspend our earlier criticism while we consider difficulties for primitive organisms to have managed their energy supply and to have left the vents and become free-living...
September 15, 2017: Life
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912106/vascular-activation-of-k-channels-and-na-k-atpase-activity-of-estrogen-deficient-female-rats
#4
Rogério Faustino Ribeiro, Jonaina Fiorim, Vinicius Bermond Marques, Karoline de Sousa Ronconi, Tatiani Botelho, Marcella D Grando, Lusiane M Bendhack, Dalton Valentim Vassallo, Ivanita Stefanon
The goal of the present study was to evaluate vascular potassium channels and Na(+)-K(+)-ATPase activity in estrogen deficient female rats. Female rats that underwent ovariectomy were assigned to receive daily treatment with placebo (OVX) or estrogen replacement (OVX+E2, 1mg/kg, once a week, i.m.). Aortic rings were used to examine the involvement of K(+) channels and Na(+)-K(+)-ATPase in vascular reactivity. Acetylcholine (ACh)-induced relaxation was analyzed in the presence of L-NAME (100μM) and K(+) channels blockers: tetraethylammonium (TEA, 5mM), 4-aminopyridine (4-AP, 5mM), iberiotoxin (IbTX, 30nM), apamin (0...
September 11, 2017: Vascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904414/identification-of-arsenic-resistance-genes-from-marine-sediment-metagenome
#5
Nar Singh Chauhan, Sonam Nain, Rakesh Sharma
A metagenomic library of sea sediment metagenome containing 245,000 recombinant clones representing ~ 2.45 Gb of sea sediment microbial DNA was constructed. Two unique arsenic resistance clones, A7 and A12, were identified by selection on sodium arsenite containing medium. Clone A7 showed a six-fold higher resistance to arsenate [As(V)], a three-fold higher resistance to arsenite [As(III)] and significantly increased resistance to antimony [Sb(III)], while clone A12 showed increased resistance only to sodium arsenite and not to the other two metalloids...
September 2017: Indian Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28888805/hydrothermal-carbonization-of-food-waste-for-nutrient-recovery-and-reuse
#6
Ifeolu Idowu, Liang Li, Joseph R V Flora, Perry J Pellechia, Samuel A Darko, Kyoung S Ro, Nicole D Berge
Food waste represents a rather large and currently underutilized source of potentially available and reusable nutrients. Laboratory-scale experiments evaluating the hydrothermal carbonization of food wastes collected from restaurants were conducted to understand how changes in feedstock composition and carbonization process conditions influence primary and secondary nutrient fate. Results from this work indicate that at all evaluated reaction times and temperatures, the majority of nitrogen, calcium, and magnesium remain integrated within the solid-phase, while the majority of potassium and sodium reside in the liquid-phase...
September 6, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28888169/green-synthesis-of-si-incorporated-hydroxyapatite-using-sodium-metasilicate-as-silicon-precursor-and-in-vitro-antibiotic-release-studies
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P Abinaya Sindu, Elayaraja Kolanthai, R V Suganthi, K Thanigai Arul, E Manikandan, Luiz H Catalani, S Narayana Kalkura
The aim of the current study is to synthesize nanosized silicon incorporated HAp (Si-HAP) using sodium metasilicate as the silicon source. The sol-gel derived samples were further subjected to microwave irradiation. Incorporation of Si into HAp did not alter the HAp phase, as confirmed by the X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD). Moreover, variation in the lattice parameters of the Si-incorporated HAp indicates that Si is substituted into the HAp lattice. The decrease in the intensity of the peaks attributed to hydroxyl groups, which appeared in the FTIR and Raman spectra of Si-HAp, further confirms the Si substitution in HAp lattices...
August 24, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28880078/the-role-of-disulfide-bond-replacements-in-analogues-of-the-tarantula-toxin-protx-ii-and-their-effects-on-inhibition-of-the-voltage-gated-sodium-ion-channel-nav1-7
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Zoë V F Wright, Stephen McCarthy, Rachael Dickman, Francis E Reyes, Silvia Sanchez-Martinez, Adam Cryar, Ian Kilford, Adrian Hall, Andrew K Takle, Maya Topf, Tamir Gonen, Konstantinos Thalassinos, Alethea B Tabor
Spider venom toxins, such as Protoxin-II (ProTx-II), have recently received much attention as selective Nav1.7 channel blockers, with potential to be developed as leads for the treatment of chronic nocioceptive pain. ProTx-II is a 30-amino acid peptide with three disulfide bonds that has been reported to adopt a well-defined inhibitory cystine knot (ICK) scaffold structure. Potential drawbacks with such peptides include poor pharmacodynamics and potential scrambling of the disulfide bonds in vivo. In order to address these issues, in the present study we report the solid-phase synthesis of lanthionine-bridged analogues of ProTx-II, in which one of the three disulfide bridges is replaced with a thioether linkage, and evaluate the biological properties of these analogues...
September 7, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28866974/the-plasma-lyte-148-v-saline-plus-study-protocol-a-multicentre-randomised-controlled-trial-of-the-effect-of-intensive-care-fluid-therapy-on-mortality
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Naomi E Hammond, Rinaldo Bellomo, Martin Gallagher, David Gattas, Parisa Glass, Diane Mackle, Sharon Micallef, John Myburgh, Manoj Saxena, Colman Taylor, Paul Young, Simon Finfer
BACKGROUND: 0.9% sodium chloride (saline) is the most commonly administered resuscitation fluid on a global basis but emerging evidence suggests that its high chloride content may have important adverse effects. OBJECTIVE: To describe the study protocol for the Plasma- Lyte 148 v Saline study, which will test the hypothesis that in critically ill adult patients the use of Plasma-Lyte 148 (a buffered crystalloid solution) for fluid therapy results in different 90-day all-cause mortality when compared with saline...
September 2017: Critical Care and Resuscitation: Journal of the Australasian Academy of Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28864828/-severe-atypical-ketoacidosis-due-to-sglt2-inhibitor-therapy-two-case-reports
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T G K Breuer, K Kampmann, A Wutzler, C Steinfort, W Uhl, W E Schmidt, J J Meier
Two female patients were admitted due to ketoacidosis. Serum glucose was moderately elevated. The patients exhibited abdominal and neurologic symptoms. Treatment consisted of metformin, insulin glargin and empagliflozin, as well as glimepiride, insulin detemir and empagliflozin, respectively. Treatment with intravenous fluid replacement, insulin, glucose, potassium and buffer solution led to a normalisation of pH and serum glucose levels. Our report describes two cases of atypical ketoacidosis with moderately elevated serum glucose during sodium-glucose co-transporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitor therapy...
September 1, 2017: Der Internist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28855292/extracellular-h-fluxes-from-tiger-salamander-m%C3%A3-ller-glial-cells-measured-using-self-referencing-h-selective-microelectrodes
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Matthew A Kreitzer, David Swygart, Meredith Osborn, Blair Skinner, Chad Heer, Ryan Kaufman, Bethany Williams, Lexi Shepherd, Hannah Caringal, Michael Gongwer, Boriana K Tchernookova, Robert Paul Malchow
Self-referencing H+-selective electrodes were used to measure extracellular H+ fluxes from Müller (glial) cells isolated from the tiger salamander retina. A novel chamber enabled stable recordings using H+-selective microelectrodes in a self-referencing format using bicarbonate-based buffer solutions. A small basal H+ flux was observed from the end-foot region of quiescent cells bathed in 24 mM bicarbonate-based solutions, and increasing extracellular potassium induced a dose-dependent increase in H+ flux...
August 30, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28844518/usefulness-of-sodium-bicarbonate-for-the-prevention-of-contrast-induced-nephropathy-in-patients-undergoing-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy
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Pau Alonso, Jorge Sanz, Ana García-Orts, Samuel Reina, Sonia Jiménez, Joaquín Osca, Oscar Cano, Ana Andrés, María José Sancho-Tello, Luis Martínez
The use of contrast media during cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) devices implantation is associated with the risk of contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN). The aim of this study was to evaluate the possible beneficial role of periprocedural intravenous volume expansion with isotonic saline and sodium bicarbonate solution in patients who undergo CRT implantation. Eligible patients were randomly assigned in a 1:1 ratio to receive hydration plus one-sixth molar sodium bicarbonate (study group) or not (control group)...
August 1, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28844335/sacubitril-valsartan-an-important-piece-in-the-therapeutic-puzzle-of-heart-failure
#13
REVIEW
Pedro Marques da Silva, Carlos Aguiar
Sacubitril/valsartan (LCZ696), a supramolecular sodium salt complex of the neprilysin inhibitor prodrug sacubitril and the angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB) valsartan, was recently approved in the EU and the USA for the treatment of chronic heart failure (HF) with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) (NYHA class II-IV). Inhibition of chronically activated neurohormonal pathways (the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system [RAAS] and sympathetic nervous system [SNS]) is central to the treatment of chronic HFrEF. Furthermore, enhancement of the natriuretic peptide (NP) system, with favorable cardiovascular (CV) and renal effects in HF, is a desirable therapeutic goal to complement RAAS and SNS blockade...
August 23, 2017: Portuguese Journal of Cardiology: An Official Journal of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28833727/viking-helmet-corroles-activating-inert-oxidometal-corroles
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Peter Schweyen, Kai Brandhorst, Martin Hoffmann, Benedikt Wolfram, Marc-Kevin Zaretzke, Martin Bröring
Chemically inert oxidometal(V) corrols of Molybdenum and Rhenium undergo clean ligand exchange reactions upon the action of SiCl4. The resulting dichlorido complexes show trigonal prismatic coordination of the metal ion with the chlorine atoms residing in a cis configuration, and were studied by optical and resonance spectroscopy as well as DFT calculations. In situ reactivity studies with carbon nucleophiles indicate high reactivity for chlorine replacement. Treatment with sodium cyclopentadienide paves the way to robust molybdenum corrolocene half-sandwich complexes...
August 18, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28831801/kinetically-trapped-liquid-state-conformers-of-a-sodiated-model-peptide-observed-in-the-gas-phase
#15
Markus Schneider, Chiara Masellis, Thomas Rizzo, Carsten Baldauf
We investigate the peptide AcPheAla5LysH(+), a model system for studying helix formation in the gas phase, in order to fully understand the forces that stabilize the helical structure. In particular, we address the question of whether the local fixation of the positive charge at the peptide's C-terminus is a prerequisite for forming helices by replacing the protonated C-terminal Lys residue by Ala and a sodium cation. The combination of gas-phase vibrational spectroscopy of cryogenically cooled ions with molecular simulations based on density-functional theory (DFT) allows for detailed structure elucidation...
September 6, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28825641/two-in-one-biointerfaces-antimicrobial-and-bioactive-nanoporous-gallium-titanate-layers-for-titanium-implants
#16
Seiji Yamaguchi, Shekhar Nath, Yoko Sugawara, Kamini Divakarla, Theerthankar Das, Jim Manos, Wojciech Chrzanowski, Tomiharu Matsushita, Tadashi Kokubo
The inhibitory effect of gallium (Ga) ions on bone resorption and their superior microbial activity are attractive and sought-after features for the vast majority of implantable devices, in particular for implants used for hard tissue. In our work, for the first time, Ga ions were successfully incorporated into the surface of titanium metal (Ti) by simple and cost-effective chemical and heat treatments. Ti samples were initially treated in NaOH solution to produce a nanostructured sodium hydrogen titanate layer approximately 1 μm thick...
August 20, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823130/use-of-alternative-curing-salts-for-processing-salamis
#17
Dong-Gyun Yim, Ku-Young Chung, Cheorun Jo, Ki-Chang Nam
Objective: This study was performed to determine effects of different curing salts on the quality of salamis and to assess feasibility of using NaCl-alternative salts. Methods: Various types of curing salts (KCl or MgCl2) as well as NaCl (sun-dried or refined) were incorporated for processing of salamis. The proximate composition, fatty acids, nucleotide-related compounds, and free amino acids of the salamis were analyzed during 40 days of ripening. Results: The substitution of NaCl by KCl caused higher fat and ash content, but lower moisture content of the salami after 20 days of ripening (p<0...
August 16, 2017: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819809/effect-of-synthetic-and-natural-derived-novel-endodontic-irrigant-solutions-on-mechanical-properties-of-human-dentin
#18
Doglas Cecchin, Vitória Soares Giaretta, Bérove Granella Cadorin, Matheus Albino Souza, Cristina de Mattos Pimenta Vidal, Ana Paula Farina
This study aimed to evaluate the effects of different synthetic and natural-derived root canal irrigants (6% sodium hypochlorite [NaOCl], 6% calcium hypochlorite [Ca(OCl)2] and 6.5% grape seed extract [GSE]) on dentin mechanical properties (flexural strength, ultimate tensile strength [UTS] and fracture resistance). Rectangular-shaped beams and hourglass-shaped sections obtained from mid-coronal and root dentin were treated with 6% NaOCl, 6% Ca(OCl)2 or 6.5% GSE for 30 min. The irrigant solutions were replaced every 5 min...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797942/high-calcium-fly-ash-geopolymer-stabilized-lateritic-soil-and-granulated-blast-furnace-slag-blends-as-a-pavement-base-material
#19
Itthikorn Phummiphan, Suksun Horpibulsuk, Runglawan Rachan, Arul Arulrajah, Shui-Long Shen, Prinya Chindaprasirt
Granulated Blast Furnace Slag (GBFS) was used as a replacement material in marginal lateritic soil (LS) while class C Fly Ash (FA) was used as a precursor for the geopolymerization process to develop a low-carbon pavement base material at ambient temperature. Unconfined Compression Strength (UCS) tests were performed to investigate the strength development of geopolymer stabilized LS/GBFS blends. Scanning Electron Microscopy and X-ray Diffraction analysis were undertaken to examine the role of the various influencing factors on UCS development...
July 31, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28773861/experimental-study-on-full-scale-beams-made-by-reinforced-alkali-activated-concrete-undergoing-flexure
#20
Linda Monfardini, Fausto Minelli
Alkali Activated Concrete (AAC) is an alternative kind of concrete that uses fly ash as a total replacement of Portland cement. Fly ash combined with alkaline solution and cured at high temperature reacts to form a binder. Four point bending tests on two full scale beams made with AAC are described in this paper. Companion small material specimens were also casted with the aim of properly characterizing this new tailored material. The beam's length was 5000 mm and the cross section was 200 mm × 300 mm. The AAC consisted of fly ash, water, sand 0-4 mm and coarse aggregate 6-10 mm; and the alkaline solution consisted of sodium hydroxide mixed with sodium silicate...
August 30, 2016: Materials
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