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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531851/comparative-life-cycle-assessment-study-on-environmental-impact-of-oil-production-from-micro-algae-and-terrestrial-oilseed-crops
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S Jez, D Spinelli, A Fierro, A Dibenedetto, M Aresta, E Busi, R Basosi
In this study the LCA methodology is applied in order to satisfy two goals: i) to evaluate the hot spots in site-specific production chain of biodiesel from terrestrial and micro-algae feedstock; ii) to compare quantitatively, utilizing primary data, the impacts of the first generation in respect to the third generation bio-fuels. Results show that micro-algae are neither competitive yet with traditional oil crops nor with fossil fuel. The use of renewable technologies as photovoltaics and biogas self production might increase the competitiveness of micro-algae oil...
May 10, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531811/synthesis-of-novel-indole-derivatives-as-promising-dna-binding-agents-and-evaluation-of-antitumor-and-antitopoisomerase-i-activities
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Elizabeth Almeida Lafayette, Sinara Mônica Vitalino de Almeida, Renata Virginia Cavalcanti Santos, Jamerson Ferreira de Oliveira, Cezar Augusto da Cruz Amorim, Rosali Maria Ferreira da Silva, Maira Galdino da Rocha Pitta, Ivan da Rocha Pitta, Ricardo Olimpio de Moura, Luiz Bezerra de Carvalho Júnior, Moacyr Jesus Barreto de Melo Rêgo, Maria do Carmo Alves de Lima
Molecules bearing indole nucleus present diverse biological properties such as antitumor and anti-inflammatory activities that can be associated both to DNA and protein interactions. This study focused on the synthesis of new indole derivatives with thiazolidines and imidazolidine rings condensed as side chains as well as the evaluation of their ability to interact with the DNA and antitumor and topoisomerase inhibition activities. All derivatives were successfully synthesized and their structures were elucidated by mass spectrometry (MS), infrared (IR), spectroscopy (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR, COSY (1)H-(1)H and HSQC (1)H-(13)C...
May 4, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531110/multifaceted-health-benefits-of-mangifera-indica-l-mango-the-inestimable-value-of-orchards-recently-planted-in-sicilian-rural-areas
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Marianna Lauricella, Sonia Emanuele, Giuseppe Calvaruso, Michela Giuliano, Antonella D'Anneo
Historically, Mangifera indica L. cultivations have been widely planted in tropical areas of India, Africa, Asia, and Central America. However, at least 20 years ago its spreading allowed the development of some cultivars in Sicily, an island to the south of Italy, where the favourable subtropical climate and adapted soils represent the perfect field to create new sources of production for the Sicilian agricultural supply chain. Currently, cultivations of Kensington Pride, Keitt, Glenn, Maya, and Tommy Atkins varieties are active in Sicily and their products meet the requirements of local and European markets...
May 20, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530587/trace-elements-in-raw-milk-of-buffaloes-bubalus-bubalis-from-campania-italy
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Mauro Esposito, Oto Miedico, Stefania Cavallo, Roberta Pellicanò, Guido Rosato, Loredana Baldi, A Eugenio Chiaravalle
The profile of 18 trace elements was traced in 68 milk samples collected from buffalo farms in the territory known as the "Land of Fires" in the Campania region (Italy). This area has been polluted by the illegal dumping in fields of industrial or domestic waste, wich is sometimes then burned spreading toxic contaminants. Milk from buffaloes raised on rural farms might be a good indicator of environmental contamination risk in the human food chain. Trace element analysis in milk was performed using mass spectrometry...
October 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530545/synthesis-and-biological-evaluation-of-curcumin-nitroxide-based-molecular-hybrids-as-antioxidant-and-anti-proliferative-agents
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Balázs Bognár, Muthulakshmi Kuppusamy, Esha Madan, Tamás Kálai, Mária Balog, József Jekő, Periannan Kuppusamy, Kálmán Hideg
BACKGROUND: Natural products and their derivatives are widely used to treat cancer and other diseases associated with ROS- and RNS-induced damages. METHODS: A series of paramagnetic modified curcumin analogues and 3,5-diarylidene-piperidones (DAP) have been designed, synthesized, and characterized on their anti-proliferative and antioxidant activity. RESULTS: Biological characterization of the new compounds supported the earlier results that incorporation of a nitroxide moiety or its precursor into curcumin or diarylidenylpiperidone (DAP) scaffolds resulted in anti-proliferative effect toward cancerous cell-lines in case of aryl hydroxy and/or methoxy substituent containing derivatives suggesting their potential for targeted therapeutic applications...
May 22, 2017: Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530393/structural-factors-that-alter-the-redox-potential-of-quinones-in-cyanobacterial-and-plant-photosystem-i
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Keisuke Kawashima, Hiroshi Ishikita
Using the cyanobacterial and plant photosystem I (PSI) crystal structures and by considering the protonation states of all titratable residues, redox potentials (Em) of the two phylloquinones--A1A and A1B--were calculated. The calculated Em values were Em(A1A) = -773 mV and Em(A1B) = -818 mV for the plant PSI structure and Em(A1A) = -612 mV and Em(A1B) = -719 mV for the cyanobacterial PSI structure. Our analysis of the PSI crystal structures suggested that the side-chain orientations of Lys-B542 and Gln-B678 in the cyanobacterial crystal structure differ from these side-chain orientations in the plant crystal structure...
May 22, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530285/one-step-formulation-of-nonionic-surfactant-bicelles-nsbs-by-a-double-tailed-polyglycerol-type-nonionic-surfactant
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Kenji Aramaki, Chikahiro Iwata, Jitendra Mata, Tetsuya Maehara, Daisuke Aburano, Yuichi Sakanishi, Kyuhei Kitao
Bicelles are generally formed by phospholipid-based systems and are useful for various applications, such as nanocarriers or membrane protein crystallization. The same disc-like assemblies, nonionic surfactant bicelles (NSBs), can also be formed using nonionic amphiphiles, but this has not been reported extensively. We report a novel NSB system that employs the double-tailed nonionic amphiphile, polyglyceryl dialkyl ether (C12CmGn), which has two alkyl chains and a polyglyceryl group. A symmetric-tail molecule, C12C12G13...
May 22, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529617/combined-detection-of-plasma-zic1-hoxd10-and-runx3-methylation-is-a-promising-strategy-for-early-detection-of-gastric-cancer-and-precancerous-lesions
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Zhenghua Lin, Mengzhao Luo, Xueqing Chen, Xingkang He, Yun Qian, Sanchuan Lai, Jianmin Si, Shujie Chen
We try to explore the value of aberrant DNA methylation of several cancer-related genes in plasma as non-invasive biomarkers for gastric cancer (GC) and precancerous lesions. By using methylation-specific polymerase chain reaction assay we determined the methylation status of three selected genes ZIC1, HOXD10 and RUNX3 in blood samples from patients with GC and precancerous lesions. We discovered that the methylation rate of ZIC1, HOXD10 and RUNX3 increased significantly in the progression of gastric carcinogenesis...
2017: Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529609/is-pretreatment-epstein-barr-virus-dna-still-associated-with-6-year-survival-outcomes-in-locoregionally-advanced-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma
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Ya-Nan Jin, Ji-Jin Yao, Fan Zhang, Si-Yang Wang, Wang-Jian Zhang, Guan-Qun Zhou, Zhen-Yu Qi, Ying Sun
Purpose: The objective of this study was to confirm the association between pretreatment Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) DNA (pre-DNA) load and survival outcomes after long-term follow-up in patients with locoregionally advanced nasopharyngeal carcinoma (LA-NPC). Materials and Methods: Between November 2009 and February 2012, a total of 1036 patients with LA-NPC were enrolled. There were 762 patients in stage III and 274 in stage IVA-B. All patients were treated with radical radiotherapy with or without chemotherapy, and pre-DNA concentrations were quantified by a polymerase chain reaction assay...
2017: Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529597/dysregulation-of-mir-638-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-and-its-clinical-significance
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Jiwen Cheng, Yanke Chen, Pu Zhao, Na Li, Jianwen Lu, Jianhui Li, Zhengwen Liu, Yi Lv, Chen Huang
MicroRNAs (miRNAs/miRs) have been identified as important post-transcriptional regulators in healthy liver physiology and liver diseases. However, the clinical significance of miR-638 in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) remains unclear. The aim of the present study was to investigate the status of miR-638 expression in HCC and to determine its clinical significance. The expression of miR-638 was evaluated in 60 HCC tissues samples and HCC SMMC-7721, HepG2 and Hep3B cell lines using reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction...
May 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529511/characterization-of-cd4-t-cell-epitopes-of-infliximab-and-rituximab-identified-from-healthy-donors
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Moustafa Hamze, Sylvain Meunier, Anette Karle, Abdelaziz Gdoura, Amélie Goudet, Natacha Szely, Marc Pallardy, Franck Carbonnel, Sebastian Spindeldreher, Xavier Mariette, Corinne Miceli-Richard, Bernard Maillère
The chimeric antibodies anti-CD20 rituximab (Rtx) and anti-TNFα infliximab (Ifx) induce antidrug antibodies (ADAs) in many patients with inflammatory diseases. Because of the key role of CD4 T lymphocytes in the initiation of antibody responses, we localized the CD4 T cell epitopes of Rtx and Ifx. With the perspective to anticipate immunogenicity of therapeutic antibodies, identification of the CD4 T cell epitopes was performed using cells collected in healthy donors. Nine T cell epitopes were identified in the variable chains of both antibodies by deriving CD4 T cell lines raised against either Rtx or Ifx...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529147/norursodeoxycholic-acid-improves-cholestasis-in-primary-sclerosing-cholangitis
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Peter Fickert, Gideon M Hirschfield, Gerald Denk, Hanns-Ulrich Marschall, Istvan Altorjay, Martti Färkkilä, Christoph Schramm, Ulrich Spengler, Roger Chapman, Annika Bergquist, Erik Schrumpf, Frederik Nevens, Palak Trivedi, Florian P Reiter, Istvan Tornai, Emina Halilbasic, Roland Greinwald, Markus Pröls, Michael P Manns, Michael Trauner
Primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) represents a devastating bile duct disease lacking effective medical therapy. 24-norursodeoxycholic acid (norUDCA) is a side chain-shortened C23 homologue of UDCA and has shown potent anti-cholestatic, anti-inflammatory and anti-fibrotic properties in a preclinical PSC mouse model. AIM: To evaluate the safety and efficacy of 3 doses of oral norUDCA (500mg/d, 1000mg/d or 1500 mg/d) compared with placebo in PSC in a RCT including 38centers from 12European countries...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528339/molecular-diagnosis-of-tubercular-lymphadenopathy-from-fine-needle-aspirates-in-pediatric-patients
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Vivek Gupta, Arvind Bhake
OBJECTIVES: The diagnosis of peripheral tubercular lymphadenopathy (TBLN) in pediatric patients is often a challenge because features evident on fine-needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) or tissue biopsy can be deceptive for the reason that they result from an immunological response. This study aimed to evaluate polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex (MTBC) in pediatric patients under clinical suspicion for TBLN and to assess its role in the evaluation of cases cytodiagnosed as reactive lymphoid hyperplasia...
May 20, 2017: Acta Cytologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528285/comparison-of-the-pharmacological-and-biological-properties-of-hpma-copolymer-pirarubicin-conjugates-a-single-chain-copolymer-conjugate-and-its-biodegradable-tandem-diblock-copolymer-conjugate
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Tomas Etrych, Kenji Tsukigawa, Hideaki Nakamura, Petr Chytil, Jun Fang, Karel Ulbrich, Masaki Otagiri, Hiroshi Maeda
In this study, we compared the enhanced permeability and retention (EPR) effect, toxicity, and therapeutic effect of the conjugate of the linear polymer poly(N-(2-hydroxypropyl)methacrylamide) (HPMA) with pirarubicin with an Mw below the renal threshold (39g/mol) (named LINEAR) and the disulfide-linked tandem-polymeric dimer of the poly(HPMA)-pirarubicin conjugate with an Mw above the renal threshold (93g/mol) (named DIBLOCK). The DIBLOCK conjugate, which was susceptible to reductive degradation, showed both a better EPR effect (tumor delivery) (2...
May 17, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528265/synthesis-radiolabeling-and-preclinical-evaluation-of-a-11-c-gmom-derivative-as-pet-radiotracer-for-the-ion-channel-of-the-n-methyl-d-aspartate-receptor
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Pieter J Klein, Robert C Schuit, Athanasios Metaxas, Johannes Am Christiaans, Esther Kooijman, Adriaan A Lammertsma, Bart Nm van Berckel, Albert D Windhorst
INTRODUCTION: Presently available PET ligands for the NMDAr ion channel generally suffer from fast metabolism. The purpose of this study was to develop a metabolically more stable ligand for the NMDAr ion channel, taking [(11)C]GMOM ([(11)C]1) as the lead compound. METHODS: [(11)C]1, its fluoralkyl analogue [(18)F]PK209 ([(18)F]2) and the newly synthesized fluorovinyloxy analogue [(11)C]7b were evaluated ex vivo in male Wistar rats for metabolic stability. In addition, [(11)C]7b was subjected to a biodistribution study and its affinity (Ki) and lipophilicity (logD7...
May 8, 2017: Nuclear Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528095/structural-and-mechanical-properties-of-organogels-role-of-oil-and-gelator-molecular-structure
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Miguel A Cerqueira, Luiz H Fasolin, Carolina S F Picone, Lorenzo M Pastrana, Rosiane L Cunha, António A Vicente
This work aims at evaluating the influence of oil and gelator structure on organogels' properties through rheological measurements, polarized microscopy and small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). Four different food-grade gelators (glyceryl tristearate - GT; sorbitan tristearate - ST; sorbitan monostearate - SM and glyceryl monostearate - GM) were tested in medium-chain triglyceride and high oleic sunflower (MCT and LCT, respectively) oil phases. Organogels were prepared by mixing the oil phase and gelator at different concentrations (5, 10, 15, 20 and 25%) at 80°C during 30min...
June 2017: Food Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527990/%C3%AE-irradiation-of-oat-grain-effect-on-physico-chemical-structural-thermal-and-antioxidant-properties-of-extracted-starch
#17
Rumaisa Mukhtar, Asima Shah, Naira Noor, Adil Gani, Idrees Ahmed Wani, F A Masoodi
Three different varieties of oat grains, Sabzaar, SKO-20, SKO-90 maintained at the moisture level of 12% were γ-irradiated at four different dosage levels- 5, 10, 15, & 20 KGy. Starch was extracted and its physicochemical, structural, thermal, and antioxidant properties were studied. Amongst the physico-chemical properties, syneresis, solubility index, swelling index and light transmittance values showed a varied significance from their native counterparts. Irradiation also had an effect on RVA profiles which exhibited a decrease in peak, trough, final and set back viscosities whereas the pasting temperatures showed a significant (P ≤ 0...
May 17, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527949/microproteome-of-dentoalveolar-tissues
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Cristiane R Salmon, Ana Paula O Giorgetti, Adriana F Paes Leme, Romênia R Domingues, Tamara N Kolli, Brian L Foster, Francisco H Nociti
Proteomic analysis of extracellular matrices (ECM) of dentoalveolar tissues can provide insights into developmental, pathological, and reparative processes. However, targeted dissection of mineralized tissues, dental cementum (DC), alveolar bone (AB), and dentin (DE), presents technical difficulties. We demonstrate an approach combining EDTA decalcification and laser capture microdissection (LCM), followed by liquid chromatography coupled to tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS), to analyze proteome profiles of these tissues...
May 17, 2017: Bone
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527469/molecular-adsorption-at-electrolyte-%C3%AE-al2o3-interface-of-aluminum-electrolytic-capacitor-revealed-by-sum-frequency-vibrational-spectroscopy
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Ming Jia, Xiaoyu Hu, Jin Liu, Yexiang Liu, Liang Ai
The operating voltage of an aluminum electrolytic capacitor is determined by the breakdown voltage (Ub) of the Al2O3 anode. Ub is related to the molecular adsorption at the Al2O3/electrolyte interface. Therefore, we have employed sum-frequency vibrational spectroscopy (SFVS) to study the adsorption states of a simple electrolyte, ethylene glycol (EG) solution with ammonium adipate, on an α-Al2O3 surface. In an acidic electrolyte (pH < 6), the Al2O3 surface is positively charged. The observed SFVS spectra show that long chain molecules poly ethylene glycol and ethylene glycol adipate adopt a "lying" orientation at the interface...
May 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527457/role-of-quantum-coherence-in-shaping-the-line-shape-of-an-exciton-interacting-with-a-spatially-and-temporally-correlated-bath
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Rajesh Dutta, Kaushik Bagchi, Biman Bagchi
Kubo's fluctuation theory of line shape forms the backbone of our understanding of optical and vibrational line shapes, through such concepts as static heterogeneity and motional narrowing. However, the theory does not properly address the effects of quantum coherences on optical line shape, especially in extended systems where a large number of eigenstates are present. In this work, we study the line shape of an exciton in a one-dimensional lattice consisting of regularly placed and equally separated optical two level systems...
May 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
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