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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915369/at-line-validation-of-a-process-analytical-technology-approach-for-quality-control-of-melamine-urea-formaldehyde-resin-in-composite-wood-panel-production-using-near-infrared-spectroscopy
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Roger Meder, Wolfgang Stahl, Paul Warburton, Sam Woolley, Scott Earnshaw, Klaus Haselhofer, Ken van Langenberg, Nick Ebdon, Roger Mulder
The reactivity of melamine-urea-formaldehyde resins is of key importance in the manufacture of engineered wood products such as medium density fibreboard (MDF) and other wood composite products. Often the MDF manufacturing plant has little available information on the resin reactivity other than details of the resin specification at the time of batch manufacture, which often occurs off-site at a third-party resin plant. Often too, fresh resin on delivery at the MDF plant is mixed with variable volume of aged resin in storage tanks, thereby rendering any specification of the fresh resin batch obsolete...
December 3, 2016: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915188/combined-cluster-and-discriminant-analysis-an-efficient-chemometric-approach-in-diesel-fuel-characterization
#2
Márton Novák, Dóra Palya, Zsolt Bodai, Zoltán Nyiri, Norbert Magyar, József Kovács, Zsuzsanna Eke
Combined cluster and discriminant analysis (CCDA) as a chemometric tool in compound specific isotope analysis of diesel fuels was studied. The stable carbon isotope ratios (δ(13)C) of n-alkanes in diesel fuel can be used to characterize or differentiate diesels originating from different sources. We investigated 25 diesel fuel samples representing 20 different brands. The samples were collected from 25 different service stations in 11 European countries over a 2 year period. The n-alkane fraction of diesel fuels was separated using solid-state urea clathrate formation combined with silica gel fractionation...
November 23, 2016: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914710/higher-net-acid-excretion-is-associated-with-a-lower-risk-of-kidney-disease-progression-in-patients-with%C3%A2-diabetes
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Julia J Scialla, John Asplin, Mirela Dobre, Alex R Chang, James Lash, Chi-Yuan Hsu, Radhakrishna R Kallem, L Lee Hamm, Harold I Feldman, Jing Chen, Lawrence J Appel, Cheryl A M Anderson, Myles Wolf
Higher diet-dependent nonvolatile acid load is associated with faster chronic kidney disease (CKD) progression, but most studies have used estimated acid load or measured only components of the gold standard, net acid excretion (NAE). Here we measured NAE as the sum of urine ammonium and titratable acidity in 24-hour urines from a random subset of 980 participants in the Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort (CRIC) Study. In multivariable models accounting for demographics, comorbidity and kidney function, higher NAE was significantly associated with lower serum bicarbonate (0...
November 30, 2016: Kidney International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914709/podocyte-specific-chemokine-c-c-motif-receptor-2%C3%A2-overexpression-mediates-diabetic-renal-injury-in%C3%A2-mice
#4
Hanning You, Ting Gao, Wesley M Raup-Konsavage, Timothy K Cooper, Sarah K Bronson, W Brian Reeves, Alaa S Awad
Inflammation is a central pathophysiologic mechanism that contributes to diabetes mellitus and diabetic nephropathy. Recently, we showed that macrophages directly contribute to diabetic renal injury and that pharmacological blockade or genetic deficiency of chemokine (C-C motif) receptor 2 (CCR2) confers kidney protection in diabetic nephropathy. However, the direct role of CCR2 in kidney-derived cells such as podocytes in diabetic nephropathy remains unclear. To study this, we developed a transgenic mouse model expressing CCR2 specifically in podocytes (Tg[NPHS2-Ccr2]) on a nephropathy-prone (DBA/2J) and CCR2-deficient (Ccr2(-/-)) background with heterozygous Ccr2(+/-) littermate controls...
November 30, 2016: Kidney International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914708/generation-and-phenotypic-analysis-of-mice-lacking-all-urea-transporters
#5
Tao Jiang, Yingjie Li, Anita T Layton, Weiling Wang, Yi Sun, Min Li, Hong Zhou, Baoxue Yang
Urea transporters (UT) are a family of transmembrane urea-selective channel proteins expressed in multiple tissues and play an important role in the urine concentrating mechanism of the mammalian kidney. UT inhibitors have diuretic activity and could be developed as novel diuretics. To determine if functional deficiency of all UTs in all tissues causes physiological abnormality, we established a novel mouse model in which all UTs were knocked out by deleting an 87 kb of DNA fragment containing most parts of Slc14a1 and Slc14a2 genes...
November 30, 2016: Kidney International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914528/food-advanced-glycation-end-products-aggravate-the-diabetic-vascular-complications-via-modulating-the-ages-rage-pathway
#6
Xing Lv, Gao-Hong Lv, Guo-Ying Dai, Hong-Mei Sun, Hui-Qin Xu
The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of high-advanced glycation end products (AGEs) diet on diabetic vascular complications. The Streptozocin (STZ)-induced diabetic mice were fed with high-AGEs diet. Diabetic characteristics, indicators of renal and cardiovascular functions, and pathohistology of pancreas, heart and renal were evaluated. AGEs/RAGE/ROS pathway parameters were determined. During the experiments, the diabetic mice exhibited typical characteristics including weight loss, polydipsia, polyphagia, polyuria, high-blood glucose, and low-serum insulin levels...
November 2016: Chinese Journal of Natural Medicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914345/biopolymer-matrix-for-nano-encapsulation-of-urease-a-model-protein-and-its-application-in-urea-detection
#7
Abhishek Saxena, Arpita Bhattacharya, Satish Kumar, Irving R Epstein, Rachana Sahney
Alginate microparticles and nanoparticles crosslinked with Ca(+2) ions are frequently employed in biomedical applications. Here we use microemulsion polymerization to prepare alginate nanoparticles (nanogels) using different crosslinking ions (Ca(+2), Sr(+2), Ba(+2)) to encapsulate a model protein, urease enzyme (jackbeans). With alginate concentrations of 0.2wt% in the aqueous phase, emulsion droplets showed good stability and narrow, monomodal distributions with radii ∼65±10nm. The size of the nanogel varies with the crosslinking cation and its affinity for the mannuronate and guluronate units in the linear alginate chain...
November 9, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914126/effects-of-platelet-rich-plasma-on-kidney-regeneration-in-gentamicin-induced-nephrotoxicity
#8
Abbas Moghadam, Tahereh Talaei Khozani, Afsaneh Mafi, Mohammad Reza Namavar, Farzaneh Dehghani
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) as a source of growth factors may induce tissue repairing and improve fibrosis. This study aimed to assess the effects of PRP on kidney regeneration and fibrosis in gentamicin (GM)-induced nephrotoxicity rat model by stereological study. Thirty-two male rats were selected. Nephrotoxicity was induced in animals by administration of GM (80 mg/kg/daily, intraperitoneally [IP], 8 day) and animals were treated by PRP (100 μL, intra-cortical injection using surgical microscopy, single dose)...
January 2017: Journal of Korean Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913198/argininosuccinate-synthetase-1-ass1-is-a-common-metabolic-marker-of-chemosensitivity-for-targeted-arginine-and-glutamine-starvation-therapy
#9
Yan Long, Wen-Bin Tsai, Dajuan Wang, David H Hawke, Niramol Savaraj, Lynn G Feun, Mien-Chie Hung, Helen H W Chen, Macus Tien Kuo
Argininosuccinate synthetase 1 (ASS1) is the rate-limiting enzyme that catalyzes the biosynthesis of arginine (Arg). Many malignant human tumors are auxotrophic for Arg because ASS1 is silenced. ASS1 has been established as a sensor of Arg auxotrophic response and a chemosensitivity marker for Arg starvation therapy. Here, we report that ASS1 is also a sensor for glutamine (Gln)-deprivation response, and that upregulation of ASS1 expression is associated with resistance to Gln-starvation treatments. Knockdown of ASS1 expression resulted in increased sensitivity to both Arg- and Gln-starvation, whereas increased ASS1 expression by ectopic transfection is associated with resistance to both Arg- and Gln-starvation...
November 29, 2016: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913181/squarate-based-carbocyclic-nucleosides-syntheses-computational-analyses-and-anticancer-antiviral-evaluation
#10
Meijun Lu, Qing-Bin Lu, John F Honek
Squaric acid and its derivatives are versatile synthons and have demonstrated applications in medicinal chemistry, notably as non-classical bioisosteric replacements for functional groups such as carboxylic acids, alpha-amino acids, urea, guanidine, peptide bonds and phosphate/pyrophosphate linkages. Surprisingly, no reports have appeared concerning its possible application as a nucleobase substitute in nucleosides. A preliminary investigation of such an application is reported herein. 3-Amino-4-((1R,4S)-4-(hydroxymethyl)cyclopent-2-en-1-yl)amino-cyclobut-3-ene-1,2-dione, 3-((1R,4S)-4-(hydroxymethyl)cyclopent-2-en-1-yl)amino-4-methoxycyclobut-3-ene-1,2-dione, and 3-hydroxy-4-((1R,4S)-4-(hydroxymethyl)cyclopent-2-en-1-yl)amino-cyclobut-3-ene-1,2-dione sodium salt were synthesized...
November 23, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913058/effect-of-urea-on-protein-ligand-association
#11
Lora Stepanian, Ikbae Son, Tigran V Chalikian
We combine experimental and theoretical approaches to investigate the influence of a cosolvent on a ligand-protein association event. We apply fluorescence measurements to determining the affinity of the inhibitor tri-N-acetylglucosamine [(GlcNAc)3] for lysozyme at urea concentrations ranging from 0 to 8M. Notwithstanding that, at room temperature and neutral pH, lysozyme retains its native conformation up to the solubility limit of urea, the affinity of (GlcNAc)3 for the protein steadily decreases as the concentration of urea increases...
November 25, 2016: Biophysical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912887/nephroprotective-effects-of-%C3%AE-bisabolol-against-ischemic-reperfusion-acute-kidney-injury
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Tiago Lima Sampaio, Ramon Róseo Paula Pessoa Bezerra de Menezes, Marcus Felipe Bezerra da Costa, Gdayllon Cavalcante Meneses, Mauren Cristina Villalta Arrieta, Adriano José Maia Chaves Filho, Glayciane Bezerra de Morais, Alexandre Braga Libório, Renata Sousa Alves, Janaína Serra Azul Monteiro Evangelista, Alice Maria Costa Martins
BACKGROUND: Ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) in kidney is commonly related to acute kidney injury (AKI), essentially through oxidative stress. (-)-α-Bisabolol is a sesquiterpene isolated from the essential oil of a variety of plants, including chamomile, which has important antioxidant activity. STUDY DESIGN: This study intends to evaluate the nephroprotective activity of (-)-α-bisabolol (Bis) in both in vivo and in vitro models of kidney I/R. METHODS: Male Wistar rats were submitted to right nephrectomy, followed by ischemia by clamping of the renal artery in the left kidney for 60min...
December 15, 2016: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911379/rapid-acquisition-of-3d-images-using-high-resolution-episcopic-microscopy
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Haochuan Zhang, JunGang Huang, Xin Liu, Ping Zhu, Zhongrong Li, Xue Li
High-resolution episcopic microscopic (HREM) technology enables rapid acquisition of high-resolution digital volumetric and three-dimensional (3D) morphometric data. Here, we describe the detailed protocol to image the entire mouse embryo. The protocol consists of four major sections: sample preparation, embedding, image acquisition and finally, 3D visualization. The technology requires specimens to be stained with a fluorescent dye, which can be problematic for large or dense specimens. To overcome this limitation, we have improved the existing protocol to enhance tissue penetration of the dye by pretreating the specimen with a solution containing urea and sodium dodecyl sulfate...
November 21, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910779/amelioration-of-doxorubicin-induced-cardiac-and-renal-toxicity-by-oxycarotenoid-lutein-and-its-mechanism-of-action
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Edakkadath Raghavan Sindhu, Thattaruparambil Raveendran Nithya, Ponnamparambil Purushothaman Binitha, Ramadasan Kuttan
We set out to determine the effect of oxycarotenoid lutein on reducing cardiac and renal toxicity induced by doxorubicin (DXR). We started with oral administration in rats of lutein for 15 d before administering DXR (30 mg/kg body weight, intraperitoneally, in a single dose). Animals in all groups were sacrificed 24 h after DXR administration. Serum markers of cardiac injury lactate dehydrogenase, creatine phosphokinase, serum glutamate oxaloacetate transaminase, and serum glutamate pyruvate transaminase increased drastically after DXR but decreased after lutein treatment (p < 0...
2016: Journal of Environmental Pathology, Toxicology and Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909865/apocynin-alleviates-renal-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-through-regulating-the-level-of-zinc-and-metallothionen
#15
Bo Hu, Yuhong Wu, Fei Tong, Jie Liu, Xiaohua Shen, Ruilin Shen, Guangtao Xu
The purpose of this research was to evaluate the protective effects of apocynin on renal ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury (RI/RI) in rats. Rats preconditioned with apocynin were subjected to renal I/R. Zinc levels in serum and renal tissues, blood urea nitrogen (BUN), and serum creatinine (Scr) were detected. We further measured the activity of superoxide dismutase (SOD); the content of malondialdehyde (MDA), IL-4, IL-6, IL-10, and TNF-α; and the expression of metallothionein (MT) in the renal tissues. Results indicated that the levels of MDA, IL-4, IL-6, IL-10, TNF-α, and MT in the kidney tissue and serum BUN and Scr levels in RI/RI group were significantly higher than those in sham-operated group, while the levels of serum Zn and kidney Zn and SOD were reduced in RI/RI group...
December 1, 2016: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909052/spontaneous-unfolding-refolding-of-fibronectin-type-iii-domains-assayed-by-thiol-exchange-thermodynamic-stability-correlates-with-rates-of-unfolding-rather-than-folding
#16
Riddhi Shah, Tomoo Ohashi, Harold P Erickson, Terrence G Oas
Globular proteins are not permanently folded, but spontaneously unfold and refold on time scales that can span orders of magnitudes for different proteins. A long-standing debate in the protein-folding field is whether unfolding rates or folding rates correlate to the stability of a protein. In the present study we have determined the unfolding and folding kinetics of ten FNIII domains. FNIII domains are one of the most common protein folds, and are present in 2% of animal proteins. FNIII domains are ideal for this study because they have an identical 7-strand beta sandwich structure, but they vary widely in sequence and thermodynamic stability...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908384/dna-replication-after-mutagenic-treatment-in-hordeum-vulgare
#17
Jolanta Kwasniewska, Arita Kus, Monika Swoboda, Agnieszka Braszewska-Zalewska
The temporal and spatial properties of DNA replication in plants related to DNA damage and mutagenesis is poorly understood. Experiments were carried out to explore the relationships between DNA replication, chromatin structure and DNA damage in nuclei from barley root tips. We quantitavely analysed the topological organisation of replication foci using pulse EdU labelling during the S phase and its relationship with the DNA damage induced by mutagenic treatment with maleic hydrazide (MH), nitroso-N-methyl-urea (MNU) and gamma ray...
December 2016: Mutation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907068/investigating-the-influence-of-mos2-nanosheets-on-e-coli-from-metabolomics-level
#18
Na Wu, Yadong Yu, Tao Li, Xiaojun Ji, Ling Jiang, Jiajun Zong, He Huang
Molybdenum disulfide, a type of two-dimensional layered material with unique properties, has been widely used in many fields. However, an exact understanding of its toxicity remains elusive, let alone its effects on the environmental microbial community. In this study, we utilized metabolomics technology to explore the effects of different concentrations of molybdenum disulfide nanosheets on Escherichia coli for the first time. The results showed that with increasing concentration of molybdenum disulfide nanosheets, the survival rate of Escherichia coli was decreased and the release of lactic dehydrogenase was increased...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907055/effect-of-glu12-his89-interaction-on-dynamic-structures-in-hiv-1-p17-matrix-protein-elucidated-by-nmr
#19
Yuta Konagaya, Rina Miyakawa, Masumi Sato, Akimasa Matsugami, Satoru Watanabe, Fumiaki Hayashi, Takanori Kigawa, Chiaki Nishimura
To test the existence of the salt bridge and stability of the HIV-1 p17 matrix protein, an E12A (mutated at helix 1) was established to abolish possible electrostatic interactions. The chemical shift perturbation from the comparison between wild type and E12A suggested the existence of an electrostatic interaction in wild type between E12 and H89 (located in helix 4). Unexpectedly, the studies using urea denaturation indicated that the E12A substitution slightly stabilized the protein. The dynamic structure of E12A was examined under physiological conditions by both amide proton exchange and relaxation studies...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906983/tithonia-diversifolia-as-a-supplementary-feed-for-dairy-cows
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Rafael Sandin Ribeiro, Stephanie Amelia Terry, João Paulo Sacramento, Sylvia Rocha E Silveira, Cláudia Braga Pereira Bento, Elsa Fernandes da Silva, Hilário Cuquetto Mantovani, Marco Antônio Sundfeld da Gama, Luiz Gustavo Ribeiro Pereira, Thierry Ribeiro Tomich, Rogério Martins Maurício, Alexandre Vieira Chaves
The objective of this study was to examine the effects of Tithonia diversifolia as a supplementary forage on dairy cow performance and methane production. Nine lactating Holstein × Zebu dairy cows (519 ± 53.3 kg of body weight and 66 ± 13.3 d in milk) were paired by milk yield (21.3 ± 2.34 kg/d) and body weight and randomly assigned to three dietary treatments in a Latin square design with 21-d experimental periods (14 d for diet adaptation and 7 d for measurements and sample collection). The dietary treatments included the control diet consisting of fresh sugar cane plus concentrate (44:56, % of diet DM), and two treatment diets containing different levels of fresh T...
2016: PloS One
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