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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092743/stable-isotope-composition-of-mercury-forms-in-flue-gases-from-a-typical-coal-fired-power-plant-inner-mongolia-northern-china
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Shunlin Tang, Chaohui Feng, Xinbin Feng, Jianming Zhu, Ruoyu Sun, Huipeng Fan, Lina Wang, Ruiyang Li, Tonghua Mao, Ting Zhou
Mercury forms emitted from coal combustion via air pollution control devices are speculated to carry different Hg isotope signatures. Yet, their Hg isotope composition is still not reported. Here, we present the first onsite Hg isotope data for gaseous elemental Hg (GEM) and gaseous oxidized Hg (GOM) of flue gases from a typical lignite-fired power plant (CFPP). Significant mass dependent fractionation (MDF) and insignificant mass independent fractionation (MIF) are observed between feed coal and coal combustion products...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088182/overexpression-of-wheat-ferritin-gene-tafer-5b-enhances-tolerance-to-heat-stress-and-other-abiotic-stresses-associated-with-the-ros-scavenging
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Xinshan Zang, Xiaoli Geng, Fei Wang, Zhenshan Liu, Liyuan Zhang, Yue Zhao, Xuejun Tian, Zhongfu Ni, Yingyin Yao, Mingming Xin, Zhaorong Hu, Qixin Sun, Huiru Peng
BACKGROUND: The yield of wheat (Triticum aestivum L.), an important crop, is adversely affected by heat stress in many regions of the world. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying thermotolerance are largely unknown. RESULTS: A novel ferritin gene, TaFER, was identified from our previous heat stress-responsive transcriptome analysis of a heat-tolerant wheat cultivar (TAM107). TaFER was mapped to chromosome 5B and named TaFER-5B. Expression pattern analysis revealed that TaFER-5B was induced by heat, polyethylene glycol (PEG), H2O2 and Fe-ethylenediaminedi(o-hydroxyphenylacetic) acid (Fe-EDDHA)...
January 14, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088104/biofabrication-of-size-controllable-silver-nanoparticles-a-green-approach
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Sireesh Babu Maddinedi, Badal Kumar Mandal, Swetha Kameswari Maddili
A facile biosynthetic approach for the size controllable production of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) using the leaf extract of Cinnamomum tsoi as reducing and capping agent is developed. The polyphenolic functionalities present in the extract are essentially responsible for the synthesis and stabilization of AgNPs. The size and morphology of the AgNPs were effectively tuned by changing the volume of the extract. The availability of oxidized polyphenols play key role in tuning the size and morphology of the prepared NPs...
January 7, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087355/generation-of-quercetin-cellulose-acetate-phthalate-systems-for-delivery-by-supercritical-antisolvent-process
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I García-Casas, A Montes, C Pereyra, E J Martínez de la Ossa
Supercritical antisolvent process (SAS) has been used to precipitate microparticles of quercetin, a plant pigment found in many foods and used for medical treatments, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries, together with nanoparticles of cellulose acetate phthalate (CAP), a polymer quite frequently used in drug delivery. Previously, precipitation of nanoparticles of CAP by the same process was studied at different conditions of pressure, temperature, CO2and solution flow rates, nozzle diameter and initial concentration of the solution...
January 10, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081458/multistage-bioassociation-of-uranium-onto-an-extremely-halophilic-archaeon-revealed-by-a-unique-combination-of-spectroscopic-and-microscopic-techniques
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Miriam Bader, Katharina Müller, Harald Foerstendorf, Björn Drobot, Matthias Schmidt, Niculina Musat, Juliet S Swanson, Donald T Reed, Thorsten Stumpf, Andrea Cherkouk
The interactions of two extremely halophilic archaea with uranium were investigated at high ionic strength as a function of time, pH and uranium concentration. Halobacterium noricense DSM-15987 and Halobacterium sp. putatively noricense, isolated from the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant repository, were used for these investigations. The kinetics of U(VI) bioassociation with both strains showed an atypical multistage behavior, meaning that after an initial phase of U(VI) sorption, an unexpected interim period of U(VI) release was observed, followed by a slow reassociation of uranium with the cells...
December 27, 2016: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081289/transgenic-cotton-expressing-cry10aa-toxin-confers-high-resistance-to-the-cotton-boll-weevil
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Thuanne Pires Ribeiro, Fabricio Barbosa Monteiro Arraes, Isabela Tristan Lourenço-Tessutti, Marilia Santos Silva, Maria Eugênia Lisei-de-Sá, Wagner Alexandre Lucena, Leonardo Lima Pepino Macedo, Janaina Nascimento Lima, Regina Maria Santos Amorim, Sinara Artico, Márcio Alves-Ferreira, Maria Cristina Mattar Silva, Maria Fatima Grossi-de-Sa
Genetically modified (GM) cotton events that effectively control cotton boll weevil (CBW), which is the most destructive cotton insect pest in South America, are reported here for the first time. This work presents the successful development of new GM cotton with high resistance to CBW conferred by Cry10Aa toxin, a protein encoded by entomopathogenic Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) gene. The plant transformation vector harbouring cry10Aa gene driven by the cotton ubiquitination-related promoter uceA1.7 was introduced into a Brazilian cotton cultivar by biolistic transformation...
January 12, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077425/metastasis-suppressor-nm23-limits-oxidative-stress-in-mammals-by-preventing-activation-of-stress-activated-protein-kinases-jnks-through-its-nucleoside-diphosphate-kinase-activity
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Evelyne Peuchant, Marie-Lise Bats, Isabelle Moranvillier, Michel Lepoivre, Jérôme Guitton, Dominique Wendum, Marie-Lise Lacombe, François Moreau-Gaudry, Mathieu Boissan, Sandrine Dabernat
NME1 (nonmetastatic expressed 1) gene, which encodes nucleoside diphosphate kinase (NDPK) A [also known as nonmetastatic clone 23 (NM23)-H1 in human and NM23-M1 in mouse], is a suppressor of metastasis, but several lines of evidence-mostly from plants-also implicate it in the regulation of the oxidative stress response. Here, our aim was to investigate the physiologic relevance of NDPK A with respect to the oxidative stress response in mammals and to study its molecular basis. NME1 knockout mice died sooner, suffered greater hepatocyte injury, and had lower superoxide dismutase activity than did wild-type (WT) mice in response to paraquat-induced acute oxidative stress...
January 11, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076691/removal-of-copper-from-aqueous-solutions-by-rhizofiltration-using-genetically-modified-hairy-roots-expressing-a-bacterial-cu-binding-protein
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Patricia Pérez-Palacios, Elizabeth Agostini, Sabrina G Ibáñez, Melina A Talano, Ignacio D Rodríguez-Llorente, Miguel A Caviedes, Eloísa Pajuelo
The aim of this work was developing a biotechnological tool to hyperaccumulate high copper (Cu) concentrations from wastewaters. Transgenic tobacco hairy roots were obtained by expressing, either the wild type version of the gene copC from Pseudomonas fluorescens in the cytoplasm of plant cells (CuHR), or a modified version targeted to the vacuole (CuHR-V). Control hairy roots transformed with the empty vector (HR) were also generated. The roots were incubated in the presence of solutions containing Cu (from 1 to 50 mM)...
January 11, 2017: Environmental Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075391/aac-as-a-potential-target-gene-to-control-verticillium-dahliae
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Xiaofeng Su, Latifur Rehman, Huiming Guo, Xiaokang Li, Rui Zhang, Hongmei Cheng
Verticillium dahliae invades the roots of host plants and causes vascular wilt, which seriously diminishes the yield of cotton and other important crops. The protein AAC (ADP, ATP carrier) is responsible for transferring ATP from the mitochondria into the cytoplasm. When V. dahliae protoplasts were transformed with short interfering RNAs (siRNAs) targeting the VdAAC gene, fungal growth and sporulation were significantly inhibited. To further confirm a role for VdAAC in fungal development, we generated knockout mutants (ΔVdACC)...
January 10, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073965/spread-of-mcr-1-carrying-enterobacteriaceae-in-sewage-water-from-spain
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C M Ovejero, J F Delgado-Blas, W Calero-Caceres, M Muniesa, B Gonzalez-Zorn
OBJECTIVES: The mobile colistin resistance gene mcr-1 has been identified worldwide in human and animal sources, while its occurrence in the environment is still largely unknown. The aim of this study was to investigate the presence of mcr-1-harbouring Enterobacteriaceae in water samples obtained from rivers and waste water treatment plants in the area of Barcelona, Spain. METHODS: The presence of mcr-1 was detected by PCR. Bacterial identification was performed via MALDI-TOF MS...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070655/synthetic-introns-help-identify-sequences-in-the-5-utr-intron-of-the-glycine-max-polyubiquitin-gmubi-promoter-that-give-increased-promoter-activity
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Trudi N L Grant, Carola M De La Torre, Ning Zhang, John J Finer
Specific sequences within the leader intron of a soybean polyubiquitin gene stimulated gene expression when placed either within a synthetic intron or upstream of a core promoter. The intron in the 5' untranslated region of the soybean polyubiquitin promoter, Gmubi, seems to contribute to the high activity of this promoter. To identify the stimulatory sequences within the intron, ten different sequential intronic sequences of 40 nt were isolated, cloned as tetrameric repeats and placed upstream of a minimal cauliflower mosaic virus 35S (35S) core promoter, which was used to control expression of the green fluorescent protein...
January 9, 2017: Planta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070610/automated-tetraploid-genotype-calling-by-hierarchical-clustering
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Cari A Schmitz Carley, Joseph J Coombs, David S Douches, Paul C Bethke, Jiwan P Palta, Richard G Novy, Jeffrey B Endelman
New software to make tetraploid genotype calls from SNP array data was developed, which uses hierarchical clustering and multiple F1 populations to calibrate the relationship between signal intensity and allele dosage. SNP arrays are transforming breeding and genetics research for autotetraploids. To fully utilize these arrays, the relationship between signal intensity and allele dosage must be calibrated for each marker. We developed an improved computational method to automate this process, which is provided as the R package ClusterCall...
January 9, 2017: TAG. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. Theoretische und Angewandte Genetik
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069822/transcriptional-activation-of-virulence-genes-of-rhizobium-etli
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Luyao Wang, Benoît Lacroix, Jianhua Guo, Vitaly Citovsky
Recently, Rhizobium etli has emerged, in addition to Agrobacterium spp., as a prokaryotic species that encodes a functional machinery for DNA transfer to plant cells. To understand this R. etli-mediated genetic transformation, it would be useful to define how its vir genes respond to the host plants. Here, we explored the transcriptional activation of the vir genes contained on the R. etli p42a plasmid. Using a reporter construct harboring lacZ under the control of the R. etli virE promoter, we showed that the signal phenolic molecule acetosyringone (AS) induced R...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068644/mitigating-17%C3%AE-ethynylestradiol-water-contamination-through-binding-and-photosensitization-by-dissolved-humic-substances
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Dong Ren, Bin Huang, Benqin Yang, Xuejun Pan, Dionysios D Dionysiou
Photodegradation is an important abiotic pathway transforming organic pollutants in natural waters. Humic substances (HS), including humic and fulvic acids, are capable of accelerating the photodegradation of steroid estrogens. However, how the photodegradtion of the emerging pollutants influenced by HS is not clear. Thus, we studied the roles and mechanisms of HS in inducing the photodegradation of 17α-ethynylestradiol (EE2). HS generally induces EE2 photodegradation through binding and reactive species generation...
January 3, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064439/eugenol-specialty-chemical-production-in-transgenic-poplar-populus-tremula-%C3%A3-p-alba-field-trials
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Da Lu, Xianghe Yuan, Sung-Jin Kim, Joaquim V Marques, P Pawan Chakravarthy, Syed G A Moinuddin, Randi Luchterhand, Barri Herman, Laurence B Davin, Norman G Lewis
A foundational study assessed effects of biochemical pathway introduction into poplar to produce eugenol, chavicol, p-anol, isoeugenol, and their sequestered storage products, from potentially available substrates, coniferyl and p-coumaryl alcohols. At the onset, it was unknown whether significant carbon flux to monolignols vs other phenylpropanoid (acetate) pathway metabolites would be kinetically favored. Various transgenic poplar lines generated eugenol and chavicol glucosides in ca. 0.45% (~0.35 and ~0...
January 8, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064392/chemical-composition-structural-properties-and-source-apportionment-of-organic-macromolecules-in-atmospheric-pm10-in-a-coastal-city-of-southeast-china
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Yanting Chen, Wenjiao Du, Jinsheng Chen, Youwei Hong, Jinping Zhao, Lingling Xu, Hang Xiao
Particulate matter (PM10) associated with the fractions of organic macromolecules, including humic acid (HA), kerogen + black carbon (KB), and black carbon (BC), was determined during summer and winter at urban and suburban sites in a coastal city of southeast China. The organic macromolecules were characterized by elemental analysis (EA), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), and their sources were identified by using stable carbon/nitrogen isotope (δ(13)C/δ(15)N) and the Hybrid Single Particle Lagrangian Integrated Trajectory (HYSPLIT) Model...
January 7, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064121/characterization-of-fusarium-graminearum-isolates-recovered-from-wheat-samples-from-argentina-by-fourier-transform-infrared-spectroscopy-phenotypic-diversity-and-detection-of-specific-markers-of-aggressiveness
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Cecilia B Fígoli, Rodrigo Rojo, Laura A Gasoni, Gisele Kikot, Mariana Leguizamón, Raúl R Gamba, Alejandra Bosch, Teresa M Alconada
Fusarium graminearum is the primary causal agent of Fusarium head blight of wheat in Argentina. This disease affects crop yields and grain quality also reducing the wheat end-use, and causing mycotoxin contamination. The aim of this work was to analyze the phenotypic characteristics associated with phenotypic diversity and aggressiveness of 34 F. graminearum sensu stricto isolates recovered from Argentinean fields in the 2008 growing season using the Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) dried film technology. We applied this technique also to search for spectral specific markers associated with aggressiveness...
December 28, 2016: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063652/molecular-and-carbon-isotopic-characterization-of-an-anaerobic-stable-enrichment-culture-containing-dehalobacterium-sp-during-dichloromethane-fermentation
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Alba Trueba-Santiso, Eloi Parladé, Mònica Rosell, Marc Lliros, Siti Hatijah Mortan, Maira Martínez-Alonso, Nuria Gaju, Lucía Martín-González, Teresa Vicent, Ernest Marco-Urrea
: Biodegradation of dichloromethane (DCM) under reducing conditions is of major concern due to its widespread detection in contaminated groundwaters. Here, we report an anaerobic enrichment culture derived from a membrane bioreactor operating in an industrial wastewater treatment plant, capable of fermenting DCM and the brominated analogue dibromomethane (DBM). Comparative analysis of bacterial 16S rDNA-DGGE profiles from fresh liquid medium inoculated with single colonies picked from serial dilution-to-extinction agar vials showed that cultures degrading DCM contained a predominant band belonging to Dehalobacterium, however this band was absent in cultures unable to degrade DCM...
January 4, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063296/biodegradation-of-the-artificial-sweetener-acesulfame-in-biological-wastewater-treatment-and-sandfilters
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Sandro Castronovo, Arne Wick, Marco Scheurer, Karsten Nödler, Manoj Schulz, Thomas A Ternes
A considerable removal of the artificial sweetener acesulfame (ACE) was observed during activated sludge processes at 13 wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) as well as in a full-scale sand filter of a water works. A long-term sampling campaign over a period of almost two years revealed that ACE removal in WWTPs can be highly variable over time. Nitrifying/denitrifying sequencing batch reactors (SBR) as well as aerobic batch experiments with activated sludge and filter sand from a water works confirmed that both activated sludge as well as filter sand can efficiently remove ACE and that the removal can be attributed to biologically mediated degradation processes...
November 17, 2016: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062974/heterologous-synthesis-of-geranyllinalool-a-diterpenol-plant-product-in-the-cyanobacterium-synechocystis
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Cinzia Formighieri, Anastasios Melis
Cyanobacteria are industrially robust photosynthetic microorganisms that can be genetically programmed to synthesize commodity products for domestic and industrial consumption. In the present work, Synechocystis was endowed with the synthesis of the plant secondary metabolite geranyllinalool, a diterpene alcohol of commercial interest. Total average yields of 360 μg of geranyllinalool per gram of dry cell weight were obtained in the course of a 48-h cultivation period. Geranyllinalool was primarily sequestered inside the transformant cells, corresponding to 60-70% of the total heterologous product, instead of being entirely exuded, as the case is with shorter heterologous terpene hydrocarbons...
January 6, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
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