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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156609/green-routes-for-the-production-of-enantiopure-benzylisoquinoline-alkaloids
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REVIEW
Francesca Ghirga, Alessandra Bonamore, Lorenzo Calisti, Ilaria D'Acquarica, Mattia Mori, Bruno Botta, Alberto Boffi, Alberto Macone
Benzylisoquinoline alkaloids (BIAs) are among the most important plant secondary metabolites, in that they include a number of biologically active substances widely employed as pharmaceuticals. Isolation of BIAs from their natural sources is an expensive and time-consuming procedure as they accumulate in very low levels in plant. Moreover, total synthesis is challenging due to the presence of stereogenic centers. In view of these considerations, green and scalable methods for BIA synthesis using fully enzymatic approaches are getting more and more attention...
November 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156589/genome-wide-development-of-microrna-based-ssr-markers-in-medicago-truncatula-with-their-transferability-analysis-and-utilization-in-related-legume-species
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Xueyang Min, Zhengshe Zhang, Yisong Liu, Xingyi Wei, Zhipeng Liu, Yanrong Wang, Wenxian Liu
Microsatellite (simple sequence repeats, SSRs) marker is one of the most widely used markers in marker-assisted breeding. As one type of functional markers, MicroRNA-based SSR (miRNA-SSR) markers have been exploited mainly in animals, but the development and characterization of miRNA-SSR markers in plants are still limited. In the present study, miRNA-SSR markers for Medicago truncatula (M. truncatula) were developed and their cross-species transferability in six leguminous species was evaluated. A total of 169 primer pairs were successfully designed from 130 M...
November 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156395/validation-of-a-multi-phase-plant-wide-model-for-the-description-of-the-aeration-process-in-a-wwtp
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I Lizarralde, T Fernández-Arévalo, S Beltrán, E Ayesa, P Grau
This paper introduces a new mathematical model built under the PC-PWM methodology to describe the aeration process in a full-scale WWTP. This methodology enables a systematic and rigorous incorporation of chemical and physico-chemical transformations into biochemical process models, particularly for the description of liquid-gas transfer to describe the aeration process. The mathematical model constructed is able to reproduce biological COD and nitrogen removal, liquid-gas transfer and chemical reactions. The capability of the model to describe the liquid-gas mass transfer has been tested by comparing simulated and experimental results in a full-scale WWTP...
October 30, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156282/pesticides-in-agricultural-headwater-streams-in-southwestern-germany-and-effects-on-macroinvertebrate-populations
#4
Gero Weber, Nicole Christmann, Ann-Cathrin Thiery, Dieter Martens, Jochen Kubiniok
Pesticides are a major burden for stream ecosystems in the central European cultivated landscape. The objective of the present study was to investigate the applicability of ecological indicator methods in relation to toxicity of pesticides under the specific hydro-morphological conditions in small water bodies. Thus, an association of toxicity evaluating methods with different ecological indicators was to be attempted. Based on three random samples taken within the 2016 vegetation period, 23 headwater areas in the Saarland were investigated to test for pesticides and their metabolites...
November 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156276/formation-and-degradation-of-n-oxide-venlafaxine-during-ozonation-and-biological-post-treatment
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Ines Zucker, Hadas Mamane, Alon Riani, Igal Gozlan, Dror Avisar
While ozonation is considered an efficient treatment to eliminate trace organic compounds (TrOCs) from secondary wastewater effluents, the presence and persistence of transformation products (TPs) resulting from ozonation of TrOCs is a major concern that should be assessed prior to effluent discharge to the environment. Venlafaxine (VLX), an environmentally relevant tertiary amine-containing TrOC, was chosen as the model for this study. TP analysis confirmed that the lone electron pair of the non-protonated amine are the predominant site of oxidant attack, and therefore strongly affected by pH value and VLX speciation...
November 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156265/occurrence-and-fate-of-most-prescribed-antibiotics-in-different-water-environments-of-tehran-iran
#6
Roya Mirzaei, Masud Yunesian, Simin Nasseri, Mitra Gholami, Esfandiyar Jalilzadeh, Shahram Shoeibi, Alireza Mesdaghinia
The presence of most prescribed antibiotic compounds from four therapeutic classes (β-lactam, cephalosporins, macrolides, fluoroquinolones) were studied at two full-scale WWTPs, two rivers, thirteen groundwater resources, and five water treatment plants in Tehran. Analytical methodology was based on high performance liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry after solid-phase extraction. Samples were collected at 33 sample locations on three sampling periods over four months from June to August 2016. None of the target antibiotics were detected in groundwater resources and water treatment plants, while seven out of nine target antibiotics were analyzed in two studied river waters as well as the influent and effluent of wastewater treatment plants at concentrations ranging from <LOQ to 926...
November 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155489/priming-of-cowpea-volatile-emissions-with-defense-inducers-enhances-the-plant-s-attractiveness-to-parasitoids-when-attacked-by-caterpillars
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Islam S Sobhy, Toby J A Bruce, Ted C J Turlings
BACKGROUND: The manipulation of herbivore-induced volatile organic compounds (HI-VOCs) via the application of the inducers BTH [benzo (1,2,3) thiadiazole-7-carbothioic acid S-methyl ester] and Laminarin [β-1,3-glucan] is known to enhance the attractiveness of caterpillar-damaged cotton and maize plants to parasitoids. To test if this is also the case for legumes, we treated cowpea with these inducers and studied the effects on HI-VOC emissions and the attraction of three generalist endoparasitoids...
November 20, 2017: Pest Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155274/polysaccharides-from-the-south-african-medicinal-plant-artemisia-afra-structure-and-activity-studies
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Paula Marie Braünlich, Kari Tvete Inngjerdingen, Marit Inngjerdingen, Quinton Johnson, Berit Smestad Paulsen, Wilfred Mabusela
Artemisia afra (Jacq. Ex. Willd), is an indigenous plant in South Africa and other parts of the African continent, where it is used as traditional medicine mostly for respiratory conditions. The objective of this study was to investigate the structural features of the polysaccharides from the leaves of this plant, as well as the biological activities of the polysaccharide fractions against the complement assay. Leaves of Artemisia afra were extracted sequentially with organic solvents (dichloromethane and methanol), 50% aqueous ethanol, and water at 50 and 100°C respectively...
November 15, 2017: Fitoterapia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154940/ebulin-rp-a-novel-member-of-the-ebulin-gene-family-with-low-cytotoxicity-as-a-result-of-deficient-sugar-binding-domains
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Rosario Iglesias, J Miguel Ferreras, Antimo Di Maro, Lucía Citores
BACKGROUND: Sambucus ebulus is a rich source of ribosome-inactivating proteins (RIPs) and RIP-related lectins generated from multiple genes. These proteins differ in their structure, enzymatic activity and sugar binding specificity. METHODS: We have purified and characterized ebulin-RP from S. ebulus leaves and determined the amino acid sequence by cDNA cloning. Cytotoxicity was studied in a variety of cancer cells and a comparative study of the ability of ebulin-RP to bind sugars using "in vitro" and "in silico" approaches was performed...
November 15, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154906/increase-in-taxonomic-assignment-efficiency-of-viral-reads-in-metagenomic-studies
#10
S François, D Filloux, M Frayssinet, P Roumagnac, D P Martin, M Ogliastro, R Froissart
Metagenomics studies have revolutionized the field of biology by revealing the presence of many previously unisolated and uncultured micro-organisms. However, one of the main problems encountered in metagenomic studies is the high percentage of sequences that cannot be assigned taxonomically using commonly used similarity-based approaches (e.g. BLAST or HMM). These unassigned sequences are allegorically called « dark matter » in the metagenomic literature and are often referred to as being derived from new or unknown organisms...
November 14, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154846/effect-of-piper-betle-on-giardia-intestinalis-infection-in-vivo
#11
Radka Pecková, Karel Doležal, Bohumil Sak, Dana Květoňová, Martin Kváč, Wisnu Nurcahyo, Ivona Foitová
Piper betle has been used as a medicinal plant in traditional medical systems throughout South and South East Asia. Experimental studies have revealed its wide and diverse biological and pharmacological effects. In this study, antigiardial activity of Piper betle was tested using experimental infections of Giardia intestinalis, the most common cause of protozoal diarrhoea worldwide, in Mongolian gerbils. Plants were extracted in water, methanol and methanol:tetrahydrofuran. Gerbils were treated for ten days intragastrically twice a day, with the dose of 40 mg of the extract per 100 g of body weight...
November 14, 2017: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153877/slowly-biodegradable-organic-compounds-impact-the-biostability-of-non-chlorinated-drinking-water-produced-from-surface-water
#12
W A M Hijnen, R Schurer, J A Bahlman, H A M Ketelaars, R Italiaander, A van der Wal, P W J J van der Wielen
It is possible to distribute drinking water without a disinfectant residual when the treated water is biologically stable. The objective of this study was to determine the impact of easily and slowly biodegradable compounds on the biostability of the drinking water at three full-scale production plants which use the same surface water, and on the regrowth conditions in the related distribution systems. Easily biodegradable compounds in the drinking water were determined with AOC-P17/Nox during 2012-2015. Slowly biodegradable organic compounds measured as particulate and/or high-molecular organic carbon (PHMOC), were monitored at the inlet and after the different treatment stages of the three treatments during the same period...
November 6, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153875/the-role-of-operating-parameters-and-oxidative-damage-mechanisms-of-advanced-chemical-oxidation-processes-in-the-combat-against-antibiotic-resistant-bacteria-and-resistance-genes-present-in-urban-wastewater
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REVIEW
I Michael-Kordatou, P Karaolia, D Fatta-Kassinos
An upsurge in the study of antibiotic resistance in the environment has been observed in the last decade. Nowadays, it is becoming increasingly clear that urban wastewater is a key source of antibiotic resistance determinants, i.e. antibiotic-resistant bacteria and antibiotic resistance genes (ARB&ARGs). Urban wastewater reuse has arisen as an important component of water resources management in the European Union and worldwide to address prolonged water scarcity issues. Especially, biological wastewater treatment processes (i...
October 27, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153402/phylogenetics-and-phylogenomics-of-rust-fungi
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M Catherine Aime, Alistair R McTaggart, Stephen J Mondo, Sébastien Duplessis
Rust fungi (Pucciniales) are the most speciose and the most complex group of plant pathogens. Historically, rust taxonomy was largely influenced by host and phenotypic characters, which are potentially plastic. Molecular systematic studies suggest that the extant diversity of this group was largely shaped by host jumps and subsequent shifts. However, it has been challenging to reconstruct the evolutionary history for the order, especially at deeper (family-level) nodes. Phylogenomics offer a potentially powerful tool to reconstruct the Pucciniales tree of life, although researchers working at this vanguard still face unprecedented challenges working with nonculturable organisms that possess some of the largest and most repetitive genomes now known in kingdom fungi...
2017: Advances in Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153257/pseudomonas-silesiensis-sp-nov-strain-a3-t-isolated-from-a-biological-pesticide-sewage-treatment-plant-and-analysis-of-the-complete-genome-sequence
#15
Michał A Kaminski, Ewa M Furmanczyk, Adam Sobczak, Andrzej Dziembowski, Leszek Lipinski
Microorganisms classified in to the Pseudomonas genus are a ubiquitous bacteria inhabiting variety of environmental niches and have been isolated from soil, sediment, water and different parts of higher organisms (plants and animals). Members of this genus are known for their metabolic versatility and are able to utilize different chemical compounds as a source of carbon, nitrogen or phosphorus, which makes them an interesting microorganism for bioremediation or bio-transformation. Moreover, Pseudomonas sp...
November 3, 2017: Systematic and Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152789/automatic-differential-analysis-of-nmr-experiments-in-complex-samples
#16
Laure Margueritte, Petar Markov, Lionel Chiron, Jean-Philippe Starck, Catherine Vonthron-Sã nà Cheau, Mã Lanie Bourjot, Marc-Andrà Delsuc
Liquid state NMR is a powerful tool for the analysis of complex mixtures of unknown molecules. This capacity has been used in many analytical approaches: metabolomics, identification of active compounds in natural extracts, characterization of species, and such studies require the acquisition of many diverse NMR measurements on series of samples. While acquisition can easily be performed automatically, the number of NMR experiments involved in these studies increases very rapidly and this data avalanche requires to resort to automatic processing and analysis...
November 20, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry: MRC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152635/profiling-polyphenol-composition-by-hplc-dad-esi-msn-and-the-antibacterial-activity-of-infusion-preparations-obtained-from-four-medicinal-plants
#17
Borhane E C Ziani, Lillian Barros, Ali Z Boumehira, Khaldoun Bachari, Sandrina A Heleno, Maria Jose Alves, Isabel C F R Ferreira
The infusions of Thymus pallescens Noë, Saccocalyx satureioides Coss. et Dur., Ptychotis verticillata Briq. and Limoniastrum guyonianum Boiss. have been used as medicinal remedies for many diseases in Algerian folk medicine. These species have also been well documented as rich sources of phytochemicals, such as phenolic compounds with wide diversified chemical structures, which exhibit far-ranging biological activities. Thus, the phenolic compound profile of the aqueous extracts, obtained by infusing, of the mentioned species was obtained by HPLC-DAD-ESI/MS, and their antibacterial activity was evaluated against clinical isolates...
November 20, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152632/a-combination-of-quercetin-and-resveratrol-reduces-obesity-in-high-fat-diet-fed-rats-by-modulation-of-gut-microbiota
#18
Le Zhao, Qi Zhang, Weini Ma, Feng Tian, Hongyi Shen, Mingmei Zhou
Resveratrol and quercetin, widely found in foods and vegetables, are plant polyphenols reported to have a wide range of biological activities. Despite their limited bioavailabilities, both resveratrol and quercetin are known to exhibit anti-inflammation and anti-obesity effects. We hypothesized that gut microbiota may be a potential target for resveratrol and quercetin to prevent the development of obesity. The aim of this research was to confirm whether a combination of quercetin and resveratrol (CQR) could restore the gut microbiota dysbiosis induced by a high-fat diet (HFD)...
November 20, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152379/interplay-of-neuronal-and-non-neuronal-genes-regulates-intestinal-daf-16-mediated-immune-response-during-fusarium-infection-of-caenorhabditis-elegans
#19
Papri Nag, Pooja Rani Aggarwal, Sudip Ghosh, Kanika Narula, Rajul Tayal, Nidhi Maheshwari, Niranjan Chakraborty, Subhra Chakraborty
Although precisely controlled innate immune response is governed by conserved cellular events in phylogenetically diverse hosts, the underlying molecular mechanisms by which this process is regulated against a multi-host pathogen remain unknown. Fusarium oxysporum is a model multi-host pathogen, known to be associated with neuronal stress in humans and vascular wilt in plants. The interaction between innate immune and neuronal pathways is the basis of many diverse biological responses. How these processes are coordinated in response to fungal disease is not well understood...
2017: Cell Death Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152180/varying-congruence-among-spatial-patterns-of-vascular-plants-and-vertebrates-based-on-habitat-groups
#20
Haigen Xu, Yun Cao, Mingchang Cao, Jun Wu, Yi Wu, Zhifang Le, Peng Cui, Jiaqi Li, Fangzhou Ma, Li Liu, Feilong Hu, Mengmeng Chen, Wenjun Tong
Proxies are adopted to represent biodiversity patterns due to inadequate information for all taxa. Despite the wide use of proxies, their efficacy remains unclear. Previous analyses focused on overall species richness for fewer groups, affecting the generality and depth of inference. Biological taxa often exhibit very different habitat preferences. Habitat groupings may be an appropriate approach to advancing the study of richness patterns. Diverse geographical patterns of species richness and their potential mechanisms were then examined for habitat groups...
November 2017: Ecology and Evolution
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