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Hwankyu Lee
Polyelectrolyte bilayers, which consist of poly-l-lysine (PLL) and hyaluronic acid (HA) were simulated with lipid membranes at different temperatures and ion concentrations. Starting with the sequential deposition of PLL and HA above the membrane surface, PLL and HA become completely mixed, leading to the formation of stable bilayers. PLL/HA bilayers are thicker at higher salt concentration because of weakened electrostatic interactions between PLLs and membrane lipids, in agreement with experiments. This salt effect decreases as PLL size increases...
September 23, 2016: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
Liang Li, Jin-Yu Zhao, Hui-Xia Chen, Hui-Dong Ju, Meng An, Zhen Xu, Lu-Ping Zhang
The cinnamon flounder Pseudorhombus cinnamoneus is a frequently consumed marine fish in China. However, the occurrence of ascaridoid larvae in P. cinnamoneus remains unclear. In the present study, a total of 85 P. cinnamoneus caught from the Yellow Sea (off Shidao, 36°52'57″N, 122°26'42″E) in 2011, which is located between mainland China and the Korean Peninsula, was investigated for ascaridoid larval infection. Four ascaridoid larval types, including Anisakis type I of Berland (1961), Hysterothylacium type of Smith (1983), Hysterothylacium type HL of Guo et al...
October 14, 2016: International Journal of Food Microbiology
Laureano M Alarcón, M de Los Angeles Frías, Marcela A Morini, M Belén Sierra, Gustavo A Appignanesi, E Anibal Disalvo
We employ molecular dynamics simulations to study the hydration properties of Dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC) bilayers, both in the gel and the liquid crystalline states. We show that while the tight hydration centers (PO and CO moieties) are significantly hydrated in both phases, the gel-fluid transition involves significant changes at the second hydration shell, particularly at the buried region between the hydrocarbon tails. Thus, while almost no buried water population exists in the gel state below the carbonyls, this hydrophobic region becomes partially water accesible in the liquid crystalline state...
October 2016: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
Samseh Abdullah Noradilah, Ii Li Lee, Tengku Shahrul Anuar, Fatmah Md Salleh, Siti Nor Azreen Abdul Manap, Noor Shazleen Husnie Mohd Mohtar, Syed Muhamad Azrul, Wan Omar Abdullah, Norhayati Moktar
In the tropics, there are too few studies on isolation of Blastocystis sp. subtypes from water sources; in addition, there is also an absence of reported studies on the occurrence of Blastocystis sp. subtypes in water during different seasons. Therefore, this study was aimed to determine the occurrence of Blastocystis sp. subtypes in river water and other water sources that drained aboriginal vicinity of highly endemic intestinal parasitic infections during wet and dry seasons. Water samples were collected from six sampling points of Sungai Krau (K1-K6) and a point at Sungai Lompat (K7) and other water sources around the aboriginal villages...
2016: PeerJ
Vicente de Paulo R da Silva, Sonaly D de Oliveira, Célia C Braga, José Ivaldo B Brito, Francisco de Assis S de Sousa, Romildo M de Holanda, João Hugo B C Campos, Enio P de Souza, Armando César R Braga, Rafaela S Rodrigues Almeida, Lincoln E de Araújo
Virtual water trade is often considered a solution for restricted water availability in many regions of the world. Brazil is the world leader in the production and export of various agricultural and livestock products. The country is either a strong net importer or a strong net exporter of these products. The objective of this study is to determine the volume of virtual water contained in agricultural and livestock products imported/exported by Brazil from 1997 to 2012, and to define the water self-sufficiency index of agricultural and livestock products in Brazil...
October 16, 2016: Journal of Environmental Management
Chaudhari Archana Somabhai, Ruma Raghuvanshi, G Nareshkumar
AIMS: To assess protective efficacy of genetically modified Escherichia coli Nissle 1917 (EcN) on metabolic effects induced by chronic consumption of dietary fructose. MATERIALS AND METHODS: EcN was genetically modified with fructose dehydrogenase (fdh) gene for conversion of fructose to 5-keto-D-fructose and mannitol-2-dehydrogenase (mtlK) gene for conversion to mannitol, a prebiotic. Charles foster rats weighing 150-200 g were fed with 20% fructose in drinking water for two months...
2016: PloS One
Masakazu Asahara, Masahiro Koizumi, Thomas E Macrini, Suzanne J Hand, Michael Archer
The modern platypus, Ornithorhynchus anatinus, has an eye structure similar to aquatic mammals; however, platypuses also have a "sixth sense" associated with the bill electro- and mechanoreception that they use without opening their eyes underwater. We hypothesize that Ornithorhynchus and the Miocene taxon Obdurodon have different sensory capacities, which may have resulted from differences in foraging behavior. To estimate differences in foraging, sensory systems, and anatomical divergence between these monotremes, we compared their skull morphologies...
October 2016: Science Advances
Nicole Bandow, Franz-Georg Simon
BACKGROUND: An Annex XV restriction dossier for cadmium in artists' paints was submitted by an EU member state to the European Chemicals Agency ECHA. By cleaning, used brushes under the tap cadmium can enter the food chain via waste water treatment and subsequent agricultural application of the sewage sludge. It was estimated that 110 kg Cd per year is spread on agricultural land via this exposure route. Other sources of Cd amount to almost 120 tons per year. RESULTS: The mobility of Cd from pigments was studied in a field-like scenario by leaching experiments using soil samples amended with sewage sludge and spiked with Cd pigments in percolation columns...
2016: Environmental Sciences Europe
Hua Yao, Xuwen Li, Ying Liu, Qian Wu, Yongri Jin
BACKGROUND: Rare ginsenosides in Panax quinquefolius L. have strong bioactivities. The fact that it is hard to obtain large amounts of rare ginsenosides seriously restricts further research on these compounds. An easy, fast, and efficient method to obtain different kinds of rare ginsenosides simultaneously and to quantify each one precisely is urgently needed. METHODS: Microwave-assisted extraction (MAE) was used to extract nine kinds of rare ginsenosides from P...
October 2016: Journal of Ginseng Research
Jeffrey P Johnson, William F Hunt
Bioretention cells (BRCs) are an increasingly popular Stormwater Control Measure used to mitigate the hydrologic and water quality impacts of urbanization. Previous BRC research has demonstrated a strong capacity for pollutant removal; however, long-term sequestration of pollutants within soil media can elevate concentrations to levels fostering environmental and human health risks. Soil media samples were collected from an 11 year-old BRC in Charlotte, NC, and analyzed for the accumulation and spatial distribution of zinc, copper, and phosphorus...
October 10, 2016: Journal of Environmental Management
Jeniffer V Quijada, Nicholas Daniel Schmitt, Joseph P Salisbury, Jared R Auclair, Jeffrey Neil Agar
Stable isotope labeling techniques for quantitative top-down proteomics face unique challenges. These include unpre-dictable mass shifts following isotope labeling, which impedes analysis of unknown proteins and complex mixtures; and exponen-tially greater susceptibility to incomplete isotope incorporation, manifesting as broadening of labeled intact protein peaks. Like pop-ular bottom-up isotope labeling techniques, most top-down labeling methods are restricted to defined media/feed as well as amino acid auxotrophic organisms...
October 15, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
S Ollier, F Beaudoin, N Vanacker, P Lacasse
When cows are unable to consume enough feed to support milk production, they often fall into severe negative energy balance. This leads to a weakened immune system and increases their susceptibility to infectious diseases. Reducing the milk production of cows subjected to acute nutritional stress decreases their energy deficit. The aim of this study was to compare the effects on metabolism and immune function of reducing milk production using quinagolide (a prolactin-release inhibitor) or dexamethasone in feed-restricted cows...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Dairy Science
Puja Dudeja, Apoorva Sindhu, Pooja Shankar, Tukaram Gadekar
INTRODUCTION: Reproductive health of adolescent girls is crucial as it determines the health of future generations. School girls when experiencing menarche find themselves in a setting without water, toilets or a supportive female teacher to explain the changes happening in their body. An important concern for adolescent girls is to have adequate, correct knowledge along with facilities and the cultural environment to manage menstruation hygienically and with dignity. Hence, the present study was done to assess knowledge and practices about menstruation in adolescent school girls of an urban slum...
October 14, 2016: International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health
Emilio A Herrera, Francisca Cifuentes-Zúñiga, Esteban Figueroa, Cristian Villanueva, Cherie Hernández, René Alegría, Viviana Arroyo, Estefania Peñaloza, Marcelo Farías, Ricardo Uauy, Paola Casanello, Bernardo J Krause
In humans, intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) is associated with vascular dysfunction, oxidative stress and signs of endothelial programming in umbilical vessels. We aimed to determine the effects of maternal antioxidant treatment with N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) on fetal endothelial function and eNOS programming in IUGR guinea pigs. IUGR was induced by implanting ameroid constrictors on uterine arteries of pregnant guinea pigs at mid gestation, receiving half of the sows NAC in the drinking water (from day 34 until term)...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Physiology
Jeremy W Gordon, Eugene Milshteyn, Irene Marco-Rius, Michael Ohliger, Daniel B Vigneron, Peder E Z Larson
PURPOSE: The purpose of this work was to explore the impact of slice profile effects on apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) mapping of hyperpolarized (HP) substrates. METHODS: Slice profile effects were simulated using a Gaussian radiofrequency (RF) pulse with a variety of flip angle schedules and b-value ordering schemes. A long T1 water phantom was used to validate the simulation results, and ADC mapping of HP [(13) C,(15) N2 ]urea was performed on the murine liver to assess these effects in vivo...
October 13, 2016: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
Richard Q Loi, Kelly M Leyden, Akshara Balachandra, Vedang Uttarwar, Donald J Hagler, Brianna M Paul, Anders M Dale, Nathan S White, Carrie R McDonald
OBJECTIVE: Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) has become a popular tool for delineating the location and extent of white matter injury in temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE). However, DTI yields nonspecific measures that are confounded by changes occurring within both the intracellular and extracellular environments. This study investigated whether an advanced diffusion method, restriction spectrum imaging (RSI) could provide a more robust measure of white matter injury in TLE relative to DTI due to RSI's ability to separate intraaxonal diffusion (i...
October 13, 2016: Epilepsia
Benjamin W Noffke, Qiqi Li, Krishnan Raghavachari, Liang-Shi Li
Nitrogen-doped graphitic carbon materials have been extensively studied as potential replacements for Pt-based electrocatalysts for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). However, little is known about the catalytic mechanisms, including the parameters that determine the selectivity of the reaction. By comparing theoretical calculations of the ORR selectivity at a well-defined graphene nanostructure with experimental results, we propose a model based on interfacial solvation to explain the observed preference for the four-electron pathway in alkaline electrolytes...
October 13, 2016: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Michael Alonzo, Jamon Van Den Hoek, Nabil Ahmed
The socio-ecological impacts of large scale resource extraction are frequently underreported in underdeveloped regions. The open-pit Grasberg mine in Papua, Indonesia, is one of the world's largest copper and gold extraction operations. Grasberg mine tailings are discharged into the lowland Ajkwa River deposition area (ADA) leading to forest inundation and degradation of water bodies critical to indigenous peoples. The extent of the changes and temporal linkages with mining activities are difficult to establish given restricted access to the region and persistent cloud cover...
October 11, 2016: Scientific Reports
Hee Jeong Yoon, Su Ryon Shin, Jae Min Cha, Soo-Hong Lee, Jin-Hoi Kim, Jeong Tae Do, Hyuk Song, Hojae Bae
Gelatin methacryloyl (GelMA) is a versatile biomaterial that has been used in various biomedical fields. Thus far, however, GelMA is mostly obtained from mammalian sources, which are associated with a risk of transmission of diseases, such as mad cow disease, as well as certain religious restrictions. In this study, we synthesized GelMA using fish-derived gelatin by a conventional GelMA synthesis method, and evaluated its physical properties and cell responses. The lower melting point of fish gelatin compared to porcine gelatin allowed larger-scale synthesis of GelMA and enabled hydrogel fabrication at room temperature...
2016: PloS One
Catarina Guise, Margarida M Fernandes, Sudhir Pathak, Walter Schneider, Raul Fangueiro
Current brain imaging methods largely fail to provide detailed information about the location and severity of axonal injuries, and do not anticipate recovery of the patients with traumatic brain injury. High-Definition Fiber Tractography appears as a novel imaging modality based on water motion in the brain that allows for direct visualization and quantification of the degree of axons damage, thus predicting the functional deficits due to traumatic axonal injury and loss of cortical projections. This neuroimaging modality still faces major challenges because it lacks a "gold standard" for the technique validation and respective quality control...
October 10, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
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