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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821188/panmixia-and-limited-interspecific-introgression-in-coyotes-canis-latrans-from-west-virginia-and-virginia-usa
#1
Justin H Bohling, Lauren L Mastro, Jennifer R Adams, Eric M Gese, Sheldon F Owen, Lisette P Waits
The expansion of coyotes (Canis latrans) into the eastern United States has had major consequences for ecological communities and wildlife managers. Despite this, there has been little investigation of the genetics of coyotes across much of this region, especially outside of the northeast. Understanding patterns of genetic structure and interspecific introgression would provide insights into the colonization history of the species, its response to the modern environment, and interactions with other canids. We examined the genetic characteristics of 121 coyotes from the mid-Atlantic states of West Virginia and Virginia by genotyping 17 polymorphic nuclear DNA microsatellite loci...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821187/genetic-dissection-of-seedling-stage-salinity-tolerance-in-rice-using-introgression-lines-of-a-salt-tolerant-landrace-nona-bokra
#2
Venkata Ramana Rao Puram, John Ontoy, Steven Linscombe, Prasanta K Subudhi
Salinity is an important abiotic stress affecting rice production worldwide. Development of salt tolerant varieties is the most feasible approach for improving rice productivity in salt affected soils. In rice, seedling stage salinity tolerance is crucial for better crop establishment. Quantitative trait loci (QTL) mapping using introgression lines (ILs) is useful for identification and simultaneous transfer of desirable alleles into elite genetic background. In the present study, 138 ILs derived from the cross between a high yielding elite salt susceptible japonica rice cultivar Jupiter and a salt tolerant indica landrace Nona Bokra were evaluated for salt tolerance at seedling stage in a hydroponics experiment and were genotyped using 126 simple sequence repeat markers...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821161/britannin-induces-apoptosis-through-akt-foxo1-pathway-in-human-pancreatic-cancer-cells
#3
Marzieh Moeinifard, Zuhair Mohammad Hassan, Faranak Fallahian, Maryam Hamzeloo-Moghadam, Mohammad Taghikhani
Induction of apoptosis in cancerous cells is considered as a promising treatment option for cancer therapy. The present study was designed to evaluate the anticancer properties of Britannin and its possible mechanisms of action in human pancreatic cancer cells. Apoptosis induction by Britannin was confirmed by annexin V-FITC/PI staining, Hoechst 33258 staining and caspase-3 activity assay in both AsPC-1 and Panc-1 cells. Additionally, by using western blot and Real-time PCR, we observed that Britannin induced apoptosis by decreasing the expression of BCL-2 and increasing the expression of BAX...
August 14, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821159/inhibition-of-dna-pk-enhances-chemosensitivity-of-b-cell-precursor-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-cells-to-doxorubicin
#4
Fatemeh Alikarami, Majid Safa, Mohammad Faranoush, Parisa Hayat, Ahmad Kazemi
DNA damage repair pathways greatly affect the response to genotoxic drugs in cancer cells, so inhibition of such pathways could be a potentially useful strategy to enhance chemosensitivity. DNA-dependent protein kinase (DNA-PK) plays a crucial role in the repair of DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) that are probably one of the most detrimental types of DNA damage. It has been shown that DNA-PK is highly expressed in B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia (BCP-ALL) cells. Less well appreciated was the effect of DNA-PK inhibition on sensitivity of BCP-ALL cells to DNA-damaging agents...
August 14, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821147/uv-crosslinkable-and-thermo-responsive-chitosan-hybrid-hydrogel-for-nir-triggered-localized-on-demand-drug-delivery
#5
Lei Wang, Baoqiang Li, Feng Xu, Zheheng Xu, Daqing Wei, Yujie Feng, Yaming Wang, Dechang Jia, Yu Zhou
Innovative drug delivery technologies based on smart hydrogels for localized on-demand drug delivery had aroused great interest. To acquire smart UV-crosslinkable chitosan hydrogel for NIR-triggered localized on-demanded drug release, a novel UV-crosslinkable and thermo-responsive chitosan was first designed and synthesized by grafting with poly N-isopropylacrylamide, acetylation of methacryloyl groups and embedding with photothermal carbon. The UV-crosslinkable unit (methacryloyl groups) endowed chitosan with gelation via UV irradiation...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821134/graphene-cyclodextrin-based-nanocomposite-hydrogel-with-enhanced-strength-and-thermo-responsive-ability
#6
Pang Zhu, Yonghong Deng, Chaoyang Wang
Dual crosslinked system has been proved to be an efficient method to obtain tough and high strength hydrogels. Herein, we synthesized a novel graphene oxide/p(acrylamide-co-poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate)/α-cyclodextrin (GO/P(AM-co-PEGMA)/CD) physical dual crosslinked hydrogel via copolymerization of AM and PEGMA in the α-CD/GO solution. The polymer main chains adsorb onto the GO surface resulting in the first crosslinked system and multiple hydrogen bonds between α-CDs that thread on the PEGMA side chains establish the second crosslinked system...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821131/carboxymethyl-cellulose-production-from-sugarcane-bagasse-with-steam-explosion-pulping-experimental-modeling-and-optimization
#7
Loghman Golbaghi, Mehrdad Khamforoush, Tahmasb Hatami
The sugarcane bagasse was used for producing carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) and obtaining high-molecular-mass hemicellulose as co-product. To this end, the steam explosion process was employed. It was found that the optimum operating conditions are the temperature of 187.15°C, NaOH/bagasse ratio of 39% (w/w), and retention time (RT) of 10min. Next, the obtained cellulose in the optimized condition was extracted and purified, and it was subsequently converted to CMC according to Williamson etherification technique...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821119/tailoring-of-temperature-and-ph-responsive-cotton-fabric-with-antimicrobial-activity-effect-of-the-concentration-of-a-bio-barrier-forming-agent
#8
Danaja Štular, Ivan Jerman, Barbara Simončič, Brigita Tomšič
A stimuli-responsive cotton fabric was designed using temperature and pH-responsive poly-N-isopropylacrylamide (poly-NiPAAm) and chitosan (PNCS) microgel as a carrier of antimicrobially active 3-(trimethoxysilyl)-propyldimethyloctadecyl ammonium chloride (Si-QAC), which forms a bio-barrier on the fibre surface. The influence of Si-QAC on the moisture management and thermoregulation abilities of the PNCS microgel was investigated. Using a pad-dry cure method, Si-QAC was applied to a 100% cotton fabric model in concentrations ranging from 0...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821114/preparation-and-characterization-of-a-composite-biomaterial-including-starch-micro-nano-particles-loaded-chitosan-gel
#9
Dorsa Dehghan Baniani, Reza Bagheri, Atefeh Solouk
Thermosensitive Chitosan hydrogels which can be injected into defects with minimally invasive approach were prepared. Also starch micro/nano particles were synthesized via water-in-oil (W/O) miniemulsion technique. The starch particles were incorporated into the chitosan hydrogel to prepare injectable thermosensitive hydrogel composites. Tube inverting method, compression tests, swelling studies, XRD, SEM, OM, DLS, UV-vis spectroscopy were used for investigations. Results revealed that increasing crosslinker and surfactant contents and stirring rate leads to particle size reduction...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821113/fabrication-of-thermo-responsive-cotton-fabrics-using-poly-vinyl-caprolactam-co-hydroxyethyl-acrylamide-copolymer
#10
Min Xiao, Edurne González, Alexis Martell Monterroza, Margaret Frey
A thermo-responsive polymer with hydrophilic to hydrophobic transition behavior, poly(vinyl caprolactam-co-hydroxyethyl acrylamide) P(VCL-co-HEAA), was prepared by copolymerization of vinyl caprolactam and N-hydroxyethyl acrylamide via free radical solution polymerization. The resulting copolymer was characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), (1)H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), gel permeation chromatography (GPC), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA)...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821085/dissolution-mechanism-of-cellulose-in-quaternary-ammonium-hydroxide-revisiting-through-molecular-interactions
#11
Chao Zhong, Fang Cheng, Yingkui Zhu, Zhen Gao, Honghua Jia, Ping Wei
Quaternary ammonium hydroxide (QAH) solution has been used to dissolve cellulose and made great progress in recent years. While, its cellulose dissolution mechanism is still in unclear. Here, series of QAH with varied cationic alkyl chains were chosen for the investigation. The solubility of cellulose in QAH was measured, which allowed us to study the effect of cationic structure on cellulose dissolution. Also, the Kamlet-Taft parameters as well as 1D and 2D NMR analyses of QAH-cellulose/cellobiose system were measured...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821083/vapor-sensing-with-color-tunable-multilayered-coatings-of-cellulose-nanocrystals
#12
Yu Zhao, Guizhi Gao, Dagang Liu, Donglin Tian, Yinyan Zhu, Yu Chang
Colloidal cellulose nanocrystals were LBL deposited to form firmly-stacked optical coatings in which the nanorods regulated their head-to-tail association and aligned in the axial-centrifuged direction. The periodically transition from blue to orange of reflected colors was tunable via deposition layer adjustment. While the sensing coating was exposed to vapors of NH3(.)H2O, H2O, HCl and HAc, respectively, the color variation in the response process was irreversible at room temperature and highly dependent on vapor diffusion and chemical interface interaction...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821071/on-the-use-of-ion-crosslinked-nanocellulose-hydrogels-for-wound-healing-solutions-physicochemical-properties-and-application-oriented-biocompatibility-studies
#13
Alex Basu, Jonas Lindh, Eva Ålander, Maria Strømme, Natalia Ferraz
Calcium ion-crosslinked nanofibrillated cellulose (NFC) hydrogels were investigated as potential materials for wound healing dressings. The physicochemical properties of the hydrogels were examined by rheology and water retention tests. Skin cells and monocytes were selected for application-oriented biocompatibility studies. The NFC hydrogels presented entangled fibrous networks and solid-like behavior. Water retention tests showed the material´s potential to maintain a suitable moist environment for different type of wounds...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821043/effect-of-moderate-electric-fields-in-the-properties-of-starch-and-chitosan-films-reinforced-with-microcrystalline-cellulose
#14
Caroline C S Coelho, Miguel A Cerqueira, Ricardo N Pereira, Lorenzo M Pastrana, Otniel Freitas-Silva, António A Vicente, Lourdes M C Cabral, José A Teixeira
Microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) can provide improved properties when the aim is the development of biodegradable packaging materials. In this work the physicochemical properties of polysaccharide-based films (chitosan and starch) with the incorporation of MCC and the application of moderate electric field (MEF) and ultrasonic bath (UB) as treatments, were evaluated. For each treatment, the thickness, moisture content, solubility, water vapor permeability, contact angle, mechanical properties, along with its color and opacity were determined...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821038/the-inhibition-of-lps-induced-inflammation-in-raw264-7-macrophages-via-the-pi3k-akt-pathway-by-highly-n-acetylated-chitooligosaccharide
#15
Qingsong Xu, Meisi Liu, Qishun Liu, Wenxia Wang, Yuguang Du, Heng Yin
Chitooligosaccharide (COS) has been shown to regulate many biological functions, such as antimicrobial effect and antitumor activity. In the present study, highly N-acetylated chitooligosaccharide (NACOS) was prepared by N-acetylation of COS, and the anti-inflammatory activity of NACOS in macrophages were evaluated. The results indicated NACOS significantly suppressed the LPS-induced pro-inflammatory cytokines interleukin-6 (IL-6) and tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) expression. Furthermore, the increased levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and nitric oxide (NO) were repressed by NACOS in a dose dependent manner...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821024/optimization-of-dextran-production-by-weissella-cibaria-nitcsk4-using-response-surface-methodology-genetic-algorithm-based-technology
#16
J Kanimozhi, I Ganesh Moorthy, R Sivashankar, V Sivasubramanian
The most influencing factor on dextran production by Weissella cibaria NITCSK4 were screened using Plackett Burman design at 95% confidence limit with higher value of co-efficient of determination (R(2)) 99.58%. The combined effects of significant factors, namely, sucrose, temperature, dipotassium hydrogen phosphate (K2HPO4) and yeast extract were studied and optimized using Response Surface Methodology (RSM). The input parameters of non-linear models predicted by RSM were subsequently optimized using the genetic algorithm (GA) for obtaining a maximum dextran yield...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821015/extracting-replicable-associations-across-multiple-studies-empirical-bayes-algorithms-for-controlling-the-false-discovery-rate
#17
David Amar, Ron Shamir, Daniel Yekutieli
In almost every field in genomics, large-scale biomedical datasets are used to report associations. Extracting associations that recur across multiple studies while controlling the false discovery rate is a fundamental challenge. Here, we propose a new method to allow joint analysis of multiple studies. Given a set of p-values obtained from each study, the goal is to identify associations that recur in at least k > 1 studies while controlling the false discovery rate. We propose several new algorithms that differ in how the study dependencies are modeled, and compare them and extant methods under various simulated scenarios...
August 18, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821013/rictor-positively-regulates-b-cell-receptor-signaling-by-modulating-actin-reorganization-via-ezrin
#18
Lu Huang, Yongjie Zhang, Chenguang Xu, Xiaomei Gu, Linlin Niu, Jinzhi Wang, Xiaoyu Sun, Xiaoming Bai, Xingtian Xuan, Qubei Li, Chunwei Shi, Bing Yu, Heather Miller, Gangyi Yang, Lisa S Westerberg, Wanli Liu, Wenxia Song, Xiaodong Zhao, Chaohong Liu
As the central hub of the metabolism machinery, the mammalian target of rapamycin complex 2 (mTORC2) has been well studied in lymphocytes. As an obligatory component of mTORC2, the role of Rictor in T cells is well established. However, the role of Rictor in B cells still remains elusive. Rictor is involved in B cell development, especially the peripheral development. However, the role of Rictor on B cell receptor (BCR) signaling as well as the underlying cellular and molecular mechanism is still unknown. This study used B cell-specfic Rictor knockout (KO) mice to investigate how Rictor regulates BCR signaling...
August 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821012/multidomain-analyses-of-a-longitudinal-human-microbiome-intestinal-cleanout-perturbation-experiment
#19
Julia Fukuyama, Laurie Rumker, Kris Sankaran, Pratheepa Jeganathan, Les Dethlefsen, David A Relman, Susan P Holmes
Our work focuses on the stability, resilience, and response to perturbation of the bacterial communities in the human gut. Informative flash flood-like disturbances that eliminate most gastrointestinal biomass can be induced using a clinically-relevant iso-osmotic agent. We designed and executed such a disturbance in human volunteers using a dense longitudinal sampling scheme extending before and after induced diarrhea. This experiment has enabled a careful multidomain analysis of a controlled perturbation of the human gut microbiota with a new level of resolution...
August 18, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820999/absorption-tissue-distribution-metabolism-and-elimination-of-decabrominated-diphenyl-ether-bde-209-in-rats-after-multi-dose-oral-exposure
#20
Xiu-Bo Mi, Lian-Jun Bao, Chen-Chou Wu, Charles S Wong, Eddy Y Zeng
Human and ecological risks of BDE-209 have drawn much attention, particularly with growing e-waste recycling activities in developing countries. To further address the issue of BDE-209 biotransformation, a laboratory-controlled study was conducted. Female Sprague-Dawley rats were dosed orally by gavage at a daily dose of 1 mg kg(-1) body weight for 7 d and a depuration period of 22 d, to characterize absorption, distribution, metabolism, and elimination dynamics of BDE-209 during multi-dose exposures simulating short-term oral exposure of e-waste workers...
August 13, 2017: Chemosphere
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