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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335318/a-label-free-and-sensitive-fluorescent-qualitative-assay-for-bisphenol-a-based-on-rolling-circle-amplification-exonuclease-iii-combined-cascade-amplification
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Xia Li, Juan Song, Qing-Wang Xue, Fu-Heng You, Xia Lu, Yan-Cong Kong, Shu-Yi Ma, Wei Jiang, Chen-Zhong Li
Bisphenol A (BPA) detection in drinking water and food packaging materials has attracted much attention since the discovery that BPA can interfere with normal physiological processes and cause adverse health effects. Here, we constructed a label-free aptamer fluorescent assay for selective and sensitive detection of BPA based on the rolling circle amplification (RCA)/Exonuclease III (Exo III)-combined cascade amplification strategy. First, the duplex DNA probe (RP) with anti-BPA aptamer and trigger sequence was designed for BPA recognition and signal amplification...
October 21, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333066/phosphorus-removal-from-aqueous-solution-using-a-novel-granular-material-developed-from-building-waste
#2
Shengjiong Yang, Pengkang Jin, Xiaochang C Wang, Qionghua Zhang, Xiaotian Chen
In this study, a granular material (GM) developed from building waste was used for phosphate removal from phosphorus-containing wastewater. Batch experiments were executed to investigate the phosphate removal capacity of this material. The mechanism of removal proved to be a chemical precipitation process. The characteristics of the material and resulting precipitates, the kinetics of the precipitation and Ca(2+) liberation processes, and the effects of dosage and pH were investigated. The phosphate precipitation and Ca(2+) liberation processes were both well described by a pseudo-second-order kinetic model...
March 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331956/enzyme-assisted-supercritical-fluid-extraction-an-alternative-and-green-technology-for-non-extractable-polyphenols
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Muhammad Mushtaq, Bushra Sultana, Sumia Akram, Farooq Anwar, Ahmad Adnan, Syed S H Rizvi
This contribution proposes an enzyme-assisted eco-friendly process for the extraction of non-extractable polyphenols (NEPPs) from black tea leftover (BTLO), an underutilized tea waste. BTLO hydrolyzed with various enzyme formulations was extracted using supercritical carbon dioxide and ethanol as co-solvent (SC-CO2 + EtOH). A conventional solvent extraction (CSE) was performed using EtOH + H2O (80:20, v/v) for comparison purposes. The results revealed that hydrolysis of BTLO with 2.9% (w/w) kemzyme at 45 °C and pH 5...
March 22, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330982/response-to-why-medical-professionals-have-no-moral-claim-to-conscientious-objection-accommodation-in-liberal-democracies-by-schuklenk-and-smalling
#4
Richard John Lyus
Bioethicists commenting on conscientious objection and abortion should consider the empirical data on abortion providers. Abortion providers do not fall neatly into groups of providers and objectors, and ambivalence is a key theme in their experience. Practical details of abortion services further upset the dichotomy. These empirical facts are important because they demonstrate that the way the issue is described in analytical bioethics does not reflect reality. Addressing conscientious objection as a barrier to patient access requires engaging with those who provide the service and those who are able to but do not...
April 2017: Journal of Medical Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330856/-my-friend-who-bought-it-for-me-she-has-had-an-abortion-before-the-influence-of-ghanaian-women-s-social-networks-in-determining-the-pathway-to-induced-abortion
#5
Sarah D Rominski, Jody R Lori, Emmanuel Sk Morhe
BACKGROUND: Even given the liberal abortion law in Ghana, abortion complications are a large contributor to maternal morbidity and mortality. This study sought to understand why young women seeking an abortion in a legally enabling environment chose to do this outside the formal healthcare system. METHODS: Women being treated for complications arising from a self-induced abortion as well as for elective abortions at three hospitals in Ghana were interviewed. Community-based focus groups were held with women as well as men, separately...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330208/purification-and-characterization-of-%C3%AE-mannanase-from-aspergillus-terreus-and-its-applicability-in-depolymerization-of-mannans-and-saccharification-of-lignocellulosic-biomass
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Hemant Soni, Hemant Kumar Rawat, Brett I Pletschke, Naveen Kango
Aspergillus terreus FBCC 1369 was grown in solid-state culture under statistically optimized conditions. β-Mannanase was purified to apparent homogeneity by ultrafiltration, anion exchange and gel filtration chromatography. A purification factor of 10.3-fold was achieved, with the purified enzyme exhibiting specific activity of 53 U/mg protein. The purified β-mannanase was optimally active at pH 7.0 and 70 °C and displayed stability over a broad pH range of 4.0-8.0 and a 30 min half-life at 80 °C. The molecular weight of β-mannanase was calculated as ~49 kDa by SDS-PAGE...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329912/structural-and-mechanistic-insights-into-homocysteine-degradation-by-a-mutant-of-methionine-%C3%AE-lyase-based-on-substrate-assisted-catalysis
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Dan Sato, Tomoo Shiba, Shunsuke Yunoto, Kazuo Furutani, Mitsuki Fukumoto, Daizou Kudou, Takashi Tamura, Kenji Inagaki, Shigeharu Harada
Methionine γ-lyse (MGL) catalyzes the α, γ-elimination of l-methionine and its derivatives as well as the α, β-elimination of l-cysteine and its derivatives to produce α-keto acids, volatile thiols, and ammonia. The reaction mechanism of MGL has been characterized by enzymological studies using several site-directed mutants. The Pseudomonas putida MGL C116H mutant showed drastically reduced degradation activity toward methionine while retaining activity toward homocysteine. To understand the underlying mechanism and to discern the subtle differences between these substrates, we analyzed the crystal structures of the reaction intermediates...
March 22, 2017: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329477/second-degree-burn-to-mustard-powder
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Danielle M Tartar, Victoria R Sharon
Mustard seeds and powder are commonly used inhomeopathic and traditional medicines, in whichthey are believed to have both anti-microbial andanti-inflammatory properties. They are thereforeutilized in the treatment of conditions ranging fromarthritis to respiratory congestion. Herein, we presenta patient with a second degree burn who usedmustard powder in the form of a mustard plasterto treat chest congestion. She experienced seconddegree burn wounds to the lower neck and chest, andrecovery with complete re-epithelialization followingtopical silver sulfadiazine, liberal emollient therapy,and triamcinolone ointment...
January 15, 2017: Dermatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328385/a-qualitative-study-exploring-women-s-journeys-to-becoming-smokers-in-the-social-context-of-urban-india
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Aarti Nagarkar, Devashri Salvi
In India, the prevalence of smoking among women is increasing, and the reasons behind this are unclear. We aimed to study the factors leading to initiation and maintenance of the smoking habit in women in Pune, India. Twenty-seven urban women-smokers, ranging from 21 to 60 years of age (31.96 ± 10.70 years), were interviewed from September 2015 to February 2016. The in-depth interviews consisted of questions on pre-decided categories, viz., initiation, motivation to continue smoking, and risk perception...
March 22, 2017: Women & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328252/liberal-entity-extraction-rapid-construction-of-fine-grained-entity-typing-systems
#10
Lifu Huang, Jonathan May, Xiaoman Pan, Heng Ji, Xiang Ren, Jiawei Han, Lin Zhao, James A Hendler
The ability of automatically recognizing and typing entities in natural language without prior knowledge (e.g., predefined entity types) is a major challenge in processing such data. Most existing entity typing systems are limited to certain domains, genres, and languages. In this article, we propose a novel unsupervised entity-typing framework by combining symbolic and distributional semantics. We start from learning three types of representations for each entity mention: general semantic representation, specific context representation, and knowledge representation based on knowledge bases...
March 2017: Big Data
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328081/btk-inhibition-is-a-potent-approach-to-block-ige-mediated-histamine-release-in-human-basophils
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Dubravka Smiljkovic, Katharina Blatt, Gabriele Stefanzl, Yulia Dorofeeva, Cathrin Skrabs, Margarete Focke-Tejkl, Wolfgang R Sperr, Ulrich Jaeger, Rudolf Valenta, Peter Valent
BACKGROUND: Recent data suggest that Bruton's tyrosine kinase (BTK) is an emerging therapeutic target in IgE receptor (IgER) cross-linked basophils. METHODS: We examined the effects of four BTK inhibitors (ibrutinib, dasatinib, AVL-292, CNX-774) on IgE-dependent activation and histamine release in blood basophils obtained from allergic patients (n=11) and non-allergic donors (n=5). In addition, we examined the effects of these drugs on the growth of the human basophil cell line KU812 and the human mast cell line HMC-1...
March 22, 2017: Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325957/heat-shock-protein-hsp27-secretion-by-ovarian-cancer-cells-is-linked-to-intracellular-expression-levels-occurs-independently-of-the-endoplasmic-reticulum-pathway-and-hsp27-s-phosphorylation-status-and-is-mediated-by-exosome-liberation
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Matthias B Stope, Gerd Klinkmann, Karoline Diesing, Dominique Koensgen, Martin Burchardt, Alexander Mustea
The heat shock protein HSP27 has been correlated in ovarian cancer (OC) patients with aggressiveness and chemoresistance and, therefore, represents a promising potential biomarker for OC diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment response. Notably, secretion of soluble HSP27 has been described by a few cell types and may take place as well in OC cells. Therefore, we studied HSP27 secretion mechanisms under diverse cellular conditions in an OC cell model system. Secretion of HSP27 was characterized after overexpression of HSP27 by transfected plasmids and after heat shock...
2017: Disease Markers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325028/tracking-intrinsic-connectivity-brain-network-features-during-successive-pseudo-resting-states-and-interoceptive-task-fmri
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Behnaz Jarrahi, Dante Mantini
Advanced multivariate analyses of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data based on blood oxygen level-dependent (BOLD) contras have revealed that the human brain organizes its activities into multiple intrinsic connectivity networks (ICNs). Several fMRI studies have evaluated the modulations of these networks during different cognitive or emotional tasks using blind source separation techniques particularly the independent component analysis (ICA). In this exploratory study, we applied ICA methodology to examine ICN modulations under different interoceptive conditions...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323995/renin-phenotypes-characterize-vascular-disease-autonomous-aldosteronism-and-mineralocorticoid-receptor-activity
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Gregory L Hundemer, Rene Baudrand, Jenifer M Brown, Gary Curhan, Gordon H Williams, Anand Vaidya
Context: Mild cases of autonomous aldosterone secretion may go unrecognized using current diagnostic criteria for primary aldosteronism (PA). Objective: To investigate whether the inability to stimulate renin serves as a biomarker for unrecognized autonomous aldosterone secretion and mineralocorticoid receptor (MR) activation. Participants: 663 normotensive and mildly hypertensive participants, who were confirmed to not have PA using current guideline criteria and were on no antihypertensive medications...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322253/ubiquitylation-of-p62-sequestosome1-activates-its-autophagy-receptor-function-and-controls-selective-autophagy-upon-ubiquitin-stress
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Hong Peng, Jiao Yang, Guangyi Li, Qing You, Wen Han, Tianrang Li, Daming Gao, Xiaoduo Xie, Byung-Hoon Lee, Juan Du, Jian Hou, Tao Zhang, Hai Rao, Ying Huang, Qinrun Li, Rong Zeng, Lijian Hui, Hongyan Wang, Qin Xia, Xuemin Zhang, Yongning He, Masaaki Komatsu, Ivan Dikic, Daniel Finley, Ronggui Hu
Alterations in cellular ubiquitin (Ub) homeostasis, known as Ub stress, feature and affect cellular responses in multiple conditions, yet the underlying mechanisms are incompletely understood. Here we report that autophagy receptor p62/sequestosome-1 interacts with E2 Ub conjugating enzymes, UBE2D2 and UBE2D3. Endogenous p62 undergoes E2-dependent ubiquitylation during upregulation of Ub homeostasis, a condition termed as Ub(+) stress, that is intrinsic to Ub overexpression, heat shock or prolonged proteasomal inhibition by bortezomib, a chemotherapeutic drug...
March 21, 2017: Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319299/manganese-catalyzed-n-formylation-of-amines-by-methanol-liberating-h2-a-catalytic-and-mechanistic-study
#16
Subrata Chakraborty, Urs Gellrich, Yael Diskin-Posner, Gregory Leitus, Liat Avram, David Milstein
The first example of a base metal (manganese) catalyzed acceptorless dehydrogenative coupling of methanol and amines to form formamides is reported herein. The novel pincer complex (iPr-PN(H) P)Mn(H)(CO)2 catalyzes the reaction under mild conditions in the absence of any additives, bases, or hydrogen acceptors. Mechanistic insight based on the observation of an intermediate and DFT calculations is also provided.
March 20, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318470/predicting-posttraumatic-stress-symptom-prevalence-and-local-distribution-after-an-earthquake-with-scarce-data
#17
Francisca Dussaillant, Mauricio Apablaza
BACKGROUND: After a major earthquake, the assignment of scarce mental health emergency personnel to different geographic areas is crucial to the effective management of the crisis. The scarce information that is available in the aftermath of a disaster may be valuable in helping predict where are the populations that are in most need. OBJECTIVE: The objectives of this study were to derive algorithms to predict posttraumatic stress (PTS) symptom prevalence and local distribution after an earthquake and to test whether there are algorithms that require few input data and are still reasonably predictive...
March 20, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315810/trappings-of-femininity-a-test-of-the-beauty-as-currency-hypothesis-in-shaping-college-women-s-gender-activism
#18
Rachel M Calogero, Tracy L Tylka, Lois C Donnelly, Amber McGetrick, Andrea Medrano Leger
This study investigated whether believing beauty is a primary currency for women operates as an antecedent force in the relation between self-objectification and gender activism. Ninety-four ethnically diverse women attending a small liberal arts college in the southeastern United States completed the study questionnaires online for course credit. Preliminary results demonstrated beauty as currency belief, self-objectification, and support for the gender status quo were negatively associated with gender activism...
March 15, 2017: Body Image
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314957/lipoteichoic-acids-from-staphylococcus-aureus-stimulate-proliferation-of-human-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-cells-in-vitro
#19
Katja Hattar, Christian P Reinert, Ulf Sibelius, Mira Y Gökyildirim, Florentine S B Subtil, Jochen Wilhelm, Bastian Eul, Gabriele Dahlem, Friedrich Grimminger, Werner Seeger, Ulrich Grandel
Pulmonary infections are frequent complications in lung cancer and may worsen its outcome and survival. Inflammatory mediators are suspected to promote tumor growth in non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Hence, bacterial pathogens may affect lung cancer growth by activation of inflammatory signalling. Against this background, we investigated the effect of purified lipoteichoic acids (LTA) of Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) on cellular proliferation and liberation of interleukin (IL)-8 in the NSCLC cell lines A549 and H226...
March 17, 2017: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314768/pseudomonas-aeruginosa-infection-liberates-transmissible-cytotoxic-prion-amyloids
#20
Ron Balczon, K Adam Morrow, Chun Zhou, Bradley Edmonds, Mikhail Alexeyev, Jean-Francois Pittet, Brant M Wagener, Stephen A Moser, Silas Leavesley, Xiangming Zha, Dara W Frank, Troy Stevens
Patients who recover from pneumonia subsequently have elevated rates of death after hospital discharge as a result of secondary organ damage, the causes of which are unknown. We used the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a common cause of hospital-acquired pneumonia, as a model for investigating this phenomenon. We show that infection of pulmonary endothelial cells by P. aeruginosa induces production and release of a cytotoxic amyloid molecule with prion characteristics, including resistance to various nucleases and proteases...
March 17, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
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