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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915467/the-physics-of-pollinator-attraction
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Edwige Moyroud, Beverley J Glover
Contents 1 I. 1 II. 1 III. 3 IV. 4 V. 4 4 References 5 SUMMARY: This Tansley Insight focuses on recent advances in our understanding of how flowers manipulate physical forces to attract animal pollinators and ensure reproductive success. Research has traditionally explored the role of chemical pigments and volatile organic compounds as cues for pollinators, but recent reports have demonstrated the importance of physical and structural means of pollinator attraction. Here we explore the role of petal microstructure in influencing floral light capture and optics, analysing colour, gloss and polarization effects...
December 4, 2016: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914366/rapid-and-low-cost-biosensor-for-the-detection-of-staphylococcus-aureus
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Ghadeer A R Y Suaifan, Sahar Alhogail, Mohammed Zourob
Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) is one of the most common etiological agents in hospital-acquired infections and food-borne illness. S. aureus toxins and virulence proteases often circulate in host blood vessels leading to life-threatening diseases. Standard identification approaches include bacterial culturing method, which takes several days. Other nucleic acid-based methods were expensive and required trained personnel. To surmount these limitations, a paper-based biosensor was developed. The sensing mechanism was based on the proteolytic activity of S...
November 21, 2016: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913565/a-24-year-old-male-with-a-painful-and-cold-lower-extremity
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Eric A Robinson, Zain I Khalpey, Rajesh Janardhanan
CLINICAL INTRODUCTION: A 24-year-old male presented to the emergency department with intense pain in his right lower extremity. He has a medical history significant for systemic lupus erythematosus and antiphospholipid syndrome. He also had four prior episodes of deep venous thromboses on rivaroxaban. The patient stated that early in the morning, he started to feel intense pain that started from his knee and progressed to his calf, with associated numbness and paraesthesia. On physical examination, the limb felt cold with absent right popliteal and dorsalis pedis pulses...
December 2, 2016: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912736/citrus-junos-tanaka-peel-ameliorates-hepatic-lipid-accumulation-in-hepg2-cells-and-in-mice-fed-a-high-cholesterol-diet
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Eun Ju Shin, Jae Ho Park, Mi Jeong Sung, Min-Yu Chung, Jin-Taek Hwang
BACKGROUND: Citrus junos Tanaka (yuja), a yellow-coloured citrus fruit has traditionally been consumed in Korea, Japan, and China and has been found effective in preventing certain diseases. However, the inhibitory effect of yuja on hepatic lipid accumulation has not been clearly elucidated thus far. METHODS: The inhibitory effect of yuja on hepatic lipid accumulation was investigated in both cell culture and mouse models. We investigated the inhibitory effect of ethanol extract of yuja peel (YE) using HepG2 cells...
December 3, 2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912189/genotoxicity-assessment-of-pulp-and-paper-mill-effluent-before-and-after-bacterial-degradation-using-allium-cepa-test
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Izharul Haq, Sharad Kumar, Abhay Raj, Mohtashim Lohani, G N V Satyanarayana
A lignin peroxidases-producing Serratia liquefaciens was used for bioremediation of pulp and paper (P&P) mill effluent. The treatment led to reduction of chemical oxygen demand (COD), colour, lignin and phenolic content by 84%, 72%, 61% and 95%, respectively. The effluent detoxification was studied by genotoxicity assays using Allium cepa L. (onion) root tip cells. Genotoxicity studies included measuring mitotic index (MI), chromosomal aberrations (CA) and nuclear abnormalities (NA) in root tip cells following treatment with 25, 50, 75 and 100% (v/v) of effluent...
November 29, 2016: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911078/laboratory-grown-subaerial-biofilms-on-granite-application-to-the-study-of-bioreceptivity
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Daniel Vázquez-Nion, Benita Silva, Federica Troiano, Beatriz Prieto
Simulated environmental colonisation of granite was induced under laboratory conditions in order to develop an experimental protocol for studying bioreceptivity. The experimental set-up proved suitable for producing subaerial biofilms by inoculating granite blocks with planktonic multi-species phototrophic cultures derived from natural biofilms. The ability of four different cultures to form biofilms was monitored over a three-month growth period via colour measurements, quantification of photosynthetic pigments and EPS, and CLSM observations...
December 2, 2016: Biofouling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910199/reverse-phase-compatible-tlc-bioautography-for-detection-of-tyrosinase-inhibitors
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Paula García, I Ayelen Ramallo, Ricardo L E Furlan
INTRODUCTION: Reverse phase chromatography and bioautographic assays are key tools for natural product bioguided isolation; however, their direct coupling has not been fully achieved. OBJECTIVES: To develop a bioautographic assay to detect tyrosinase inhibitors present in complex matrices sorbed on reverse phase (RP) TLC-plates that can be used for bioguided isolation of bioactive compounds. METHODS: Enzyme gel entrapment with an amphiphilic copolymer was used for assay development...
December 2, 2016: Phytochemical Analysis: PCA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906138/larvicidal-activity-of-green-synthesized-silver-nanoparticles-using-excoecaria-agallocha-l-euphorbiaceae-leaf-extract-against-aedes-aegypti
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Vundru Anil Kumar, Kandru Ammani, Rajkumari Jobina, Paramanandham Parasuraman, Busi Siddhardha
Green synthesis of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) using plant extracts has been achieved by eco-friendly reducing and capping agents. The present study was conducted to evaluate the larvicidal efficacies of AgNPs synthesized using aqueous leaf extracts of Excoecaria agallocha against dengue vector, Aedes aegypti. The 3(rd) and 4(th) instar larvae of A. aegypti were exposed to various concentrations of aqueous extracts of E. agallocha, synthesized AgNPs and also crude solvent extracts (methanol and chloroform) for 24 h...
December 2016: IET Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905879/transcriptome-profiling-in-the-damselfly-ischnura-elegans-identifies-genes-with-sex-biased-expression
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Pallavi Chauhan, Maren Wellenreuther, Bengt Hansson
BACKGROUND: Sexual dimorphism occurs widely across the animal kingdom and has profound effects on evolutionary trajectories. Here, we investigate sex-specific gene expression in Ischnura elegans (Odonata: dragonflies and damselflies), a species with pronounced sexual differences including a female-limited colour polymorphism with two female-like gynochrome morphs and one male-mimicking, androchrome morph. Whole-organism transcriptome profiling and sex-biased gene expression analysis was conducted on adults of both sexes (pooling all females as well as separating the three morphs) to gain insights into genes and pathways potentially associated with sexual development and sexual conflict...
December 1, 2016: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905612/bulky-4-6-disubstituted-tetraphenylethene-naphthalimide-dyad-synthesis-copolymerization-stimuli-responsive-fluorescence-and-cellular-imaging
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Qiong-Xin Hua, Bo Xin, Jun-Xia Liu, Ling-Xi Zhao, Zu-Jing Xiong, Tao Chen, Ze-Qiang Chen, Chong Li, Wen-Liang Gong, Zhen-Li Huang, Ming-Qiang Zhu
We report the design and synthesis of a tetraphenylethene substituted with naphthalimide at the 4, 6 positions, named NI-2TPE. NI-2TPE exhibits strong solvent-dependent emission properties with combined ICT and AIE characteristics in THF-H2O systems. This probe was used directly on test papers to distinguish normal organic solvents using their emission colours under UV light based on its AIE and ICT nature. Thanks to the vinyl group in NI-2TPE, we synthesized a copolymer of NIPAM and NI-2TPE, termed P(NIPAM-co-NI-2TPE)...
December 1, 2016: Faraday Discussions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904914/testicular-infarction-in-a-patient-with-spinal-cord-injury-with-epididymitis-a-case-report
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Po-Cheng Hsu, William J Huang, Shih-Fong Huang
: O-bjective: To describe a case of epididymitis-related testicular infarction in a patient with spinal cord injury. CASE REPORT: A 22-year-old man with a traumatic spinal cord injury (American Spinal Injury Association Impairment Scale A; neurological level, C4) developed epididymitis during hospitalization. He presented with spiking fever, autonomic dysreflexia, and increased spasticity. Physical examination revealed a rapidly progressive, firm swelling of the right hemiscrotum; however, the patient had no subjective complaint of pain owing to a loss of sensation...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904413/influence-of-yellow-light-emitting-diodes-at-590-nm-on-storage-of-apple-tomato-and-bell-pepper-fruit
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Doris Kokalj, Janez Hribar, Blaž Cigić, Emil Zlatić, Lea Demšar, Lovro Sinkovič, Helena Šircelj, Grega Bizjak, Rajko Vidrih
The objective of this study is to investigate the effects of irradiation from light-emitting diodes (LEDs) on several fruits during storage. To improve storage and increase the contents of some bioactive compounds, apple, tomato and red bell pepper fruits were exposed to yellow light emitted from the diodes at 590 nm. The contents of ascorbic acid, total phenolics, total flavonoids and several pigments were investigated, along with the antioxidant potential. The colour parameters (L*, a* and b*) and firmness of the fruit were also determined...
June 2016: Food Technology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904409/morphological-characterization-and-chemical-composition%C3%A2-of-fruits-of-the-traditional-croatian-chestnut-variety%C3%A2-lovran-marron
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Igor Poljak, Nada Vahčić, Milica Gačić, Marilena Idžojtić
'Lovran Marron' is the only known traditional Croatian variety of the sweet chestnut. The objective of this study is to specify qualitative and quantitative morphological characteristics and to analyze the chemical composition of the 'Lovran Marron' fruits as well as to compare them to Marušnjak fruits (trees from the 'Lovran Marron' seed) and fruits from the local natural sweet chestnut population. Seven morphological characteristics were measured: fruit mass, height, width and thickness, scar length and width, and the length of the longest intrusion of the seed coat into the kernel...
June 2016: Food Technology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904399/identification-of-alleles-of-puroindoline-genes-and-their-effect-on-wheat-triticum-aestivum-l-grain-texture
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Mária Presinszká, Klára Štiasna, Tomáš Vyhnánek, Václav Trojan, Eva Mrkvicová, Luděk Hřivna, Ladislav Havel
Grain hardness is one of the most important quality characteristics of wheat (Triticum aestivum L.). It is a significant property of wheat grains and relates to milling quality and end product quality. Grain hardness is caused by the presence of puroindoline genes (Pina and Pinb). A collection of 25 genotypes of wheat with unusual grain colour (blue aleurone, purple and white pericarp, yellow endosperm) was studied by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for the diversity within Pina and Pinb (alleles: Pina-D1a, Pina-D1b, Pinb-D1a, Pinb- -D1b, Pinb-D1c and Pinb-D1d)...
March 2016: Food Technology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904396/moisture-sensitivity-optical-mechanical-and-structural-properties-of-whey-protein-based-edible-films-incorporated-with-rapeseed-oil
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Sabina Galus, Justyna Kadzińska
The objective of this work is to study the effect of the rapeseed oil content on the physical properties of whey protein emulsion films. For this purpose, whey protein films with the addition of 0, 1, 2 and 3% of rapeseed oil, and glycerol as a plasticizer were obtained by the casting method. Film-forming emulsions were evaluated and compared using light scattering granulometry. The Sauter mean diameters (d32) of lipid droplets in film-forming solutions showed an increasing trend when increasing the oil volume fractions...
March 2016: Food Technology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904392/the-effect-of-oat-fibre-powder-particle-size-on-the-physical-properties-of-wheat-bread-rolls
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Marcin Kurek, Jarosław Wyrwisz, Monika Piwińska, Agnieszka Wierzbicka
In response to the growing interest of modern society in functional food products, this study attempts to develop a bakery product with high dietary fibre content added in the form of an oat fibre powder. Oat fibre powder with particle sizes of 75 µm (OFP1) and 150 µm (OFP2) was used, substituting 4, 8, 12, 16 and 20% of the flour. The physical properties of the dough and the final bakery products were then measured. Results indicated that dough with added fibre had higher elasticity than the control group...
March 2016: Food Technology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902764/movement-patterns-home-range-size-and-habitat-selection-of-an-endangered-resource-tracking-species-the-black-throated-finch-poephila-cincta-cincta
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Juliana Rechetelo, Anthony Grice, April Elizabeth Reside, Britta Denise Hardesty, James Moloney
Understanding movement patterns and home range of species is paramount in ecology; it is particularly important for threatened taxa as it can provide valuable information for conservation management. To address this knowledge gap for a range-restricted endangered bird, we estimated home range size, daily movement patterns and habitat use of a granivorous subspecies in northeast Australia, the black-throated finch (Poephila cincta cincta; BTF) using radio-tracking and re-sighting of colour banded birds. Little is known about basic aspects of its ecology including movement patterns and home range sizes...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902721/facial-indicators-of-positive-emotions-in-rats
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Kathryn Finlayson, Jessica Frances Lampe, Sara Hintze, Hanno Würbel, Luca Melotti
Until recently, research in animal welfare science has mainly focused on negative experiences like pain and suffering, often neglecting the importance of assessing and promoting positive experiences. In rodents, specific facial expressions have been found to occur in situations thought to induce negatively valenced emotional states (e.g., pain, aggression and fear), but none have yet been identified for positive states. Thus, this study aimed to investigate if facial expressions indicative of positive emotional state are exhibited in rats...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902315/nocardioides-cavernae-sp-nov-a-novel-actinobacterium-isolated-from-a-karst-cave
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Ming-Xian Han, Bao-Zhu Fang, Ye Tian, Wan-Qin Zhang, Jian-Yu Jiao, Lan Liu, Zi-Tong Zhang, Min Xiao, Da-Qiao Wei, Wen-Jun Li
A novel actinobacterial strain, designated YIM A1136T, was isolated from a soil sample collected from a karst cave in Xingyi county, Guizhou province, south-western China. Taxonomic position of the strain was investigated using a polyphasic approach. Cells of the strain were aerobic, Gram-staining-positive and rod-shaped. Colonies of strain were circular, convex, opaque and yellowish white in colour. On the basis of 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis, strain YIM A1136T is most closely related to the type strains of Nocardioides ganghwensis JC2055T (98...
November 21, 2016: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902299/chryseobacterium-nepalense-sp-nov-isolated-from-oil-contaminated-soil
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Dhiraj Kumar Chaudhary, Jaisoo Kim
During the study of hydrocarbon-degrading bacteria in the oil-contaminated soil of Biratnagar, Morang, Nepal, a yellow-coloured, Gram-staining negative, aerobic, non-motile, and rod shaped bacterium, designated strain C-5-3T, was isolated. This strain was taxonomically characterized by a polyphasic approach. Based on the 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis, strain C-5-3T belongs to the genus Chryseobacterium and is closely related to 'Chryseobacterium profundimaris' DY46 (98.19% sequence similarity), Chryseobacterium takakiae AG1-2T (98...
November 21, 2016: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
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