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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214907/a-pilot-study-of-bacterial-regrowth-in-water-pipelines
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Laura Mancini, Stefania Marcheggiani, Cinzia Grasso, Cristina Romanelli, Antonio Mistretta, Marina Marranzano
Bacterial regrowth in water distribution systems results in deterioration of bacteriological quality of drinking water, as well as accelerated corrosion of the pipelines. The aim of the present study was to analyze the phenomena of colonization and bacterial regrowth in source water and in the water distribution systems of three distribution networks in the province of Catania (Sicily, Italy). The BART™ (Biological Activity Reaction Test) method was used, which is also capable of determining the potential aggressiveness of microbial species in water...
November 2016: Igiene e Sanità Pubblica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213662/desulfobulbus-aggregans-sp-nov-a-novel-sulfate-reducing-bacterium-isolated-from-marine-sediment-from-the-gulf-of-gabes
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Hanen Kharrat, Fatma Karray, Manon Bartoli, Wajdi Ben Hnia, Najla Mhiri, Marie-Laure Fardeau, Feten Bennour, Lotfi Kamoun, Didier Alazard, Sami Sayadi
Three sulfate-reducing bacterial strains designated SM40(T), SM41, and SM43 were isolated from marine sediment in the region of Skhira located in the Gulf of Gabes (Tunisia). These strains grew in anaerobic media with phosphogypsum as a sulfate source and sodium lactate as an electron and carbon source. One of them, strain SM40(T), was characterized by phenotypic and phylogenetic methods. Cells were ovoid, Gram-stain-negative and non-motile. The temperature limits for growth were 10 and 55 °C with an optimum at 35 °C and the pH range was 6...
February 17, 2017: Current Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213434/malaria-during-pregnancy
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Michal Fried, Patrick E Duffy
One hundred and twenty-five million women in malaria-endemic areas become pregnant each year (see Dellicour et al. PLoS Med7: e1000221 [2010]) and require protection from infection to avoid disease and death for themselves and their offspring. Chloroquine prophylaxis was once a safe approach to prevention but has been abandoned because of drug-resistant parasites, and intermittent presumptive treatment with sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine, which is currently used to protect pregnant women throughout Africa, is rapidly losing its benefits for the same reason...
February 17, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212514/removal-mechanism-of-selenite-by-fe3o4-precipitated-mesoporous-magnetic-carbon-microspheres
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Jianwei Lu, Fenglian Fu, Zecong Ding, Na Li, Bing Tang
A mesoporous composite of magnetic carbon microspheres (MCMSs) was synthesized via introducing Fe3O4 nanoscale particles to the surface of carbon microspheres (CMSs) by coprecipitation. Scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy showed the Fe3O4 nanoscale particles were dispersedly immobilized on the surface of CMSs. The MCMSs demonstrated effective removal of selenite (Se(IV)) from wastewater. MCMSs showed the regular pattern where the lower pH value, the lower residual Se(IV) concentration...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210252/compositions-and-abundances-of-sulfate-reducing-and-sulfur-oxidizing-microorganisms-in-water-flooded-petroleum-reservoirs-with-different-temperatures-in-china
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Huimei Tian, Peike Gao, Zhaohui Chen, Yanshu Li, Yan Li, Yansen Wang, Jiefang Zhou, Guoqiang Li, Ting Ma
Sulfate-reducing bacteria (SRB) have been studied extensively in the petroleum industry due to their role in corrosion, but very little is known about sulfur-oxidizing bacteria (SOB), which drive the oxidization of sulfur-compounds produced by the activity of SRB in petroleum reservoirs. Here, we surveyed the community structure, diversity and abundance of SRB and SOB simultaneously based on 16S rRNA, dsrB and soxB gene sequencing, and quantitative PCR analyses, respectively in petroleum reservoirs with different physicochemical properties...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209442/the-maturation-state-of-the-auditory-nerve-and-brainstem-in-rats-exposed-to-lead-acetate-and-supplemented-with-ferrous-sulfate
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Fernanda Zucki, Thais C Morata, Josilene L Duarte, Maria Cecília F Ferreira, Manoel H Salgado, Kátia F Alvarenga
INTRODUCTION: The literature has reported the association between lead and auditory effects, based on clinical and experimental studies. However, there is no consensus regarding the effects of lead in the auditory system, or its correlation with the concentration of the metal in the blood. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the maturation state of the auditory system, specifically the auditory nerve and brainstem, in rats exposed to lead acetate and supplemented with ferrous sulfate...
January 23, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Otorhinolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208588/depicting-binding-mediated-translocation-of-hiv-1-tat-peptides-in-living-cells-with-nanoscale-pens-of-tat-conjugated-quantum-dots
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Chien Y Lin, Jung Y Huang, Leu-Wei Lo
Cell-penetrating peptides (CPPs) can translocate across cell membranes, and thus have great potential for the cellular delivery of macromolecular cargoes. However, the mechanism of this cellular uptake process is not yet fully understood. In this study, a time-lapse single-particle light-sheet microscopy technique was implemented to obtain a parallel visualization of the translocating process of individual human immunodeficiency virus 1 (HIV-1) transactivator of transcription (Tat) peptide conjugated quantum dots (TatP-QDs) in complex cellular terrains...
February 10, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207286/lc-ms-ms-simultaneous-analysis-of-allopregnanolone-epiallopregnanolone-pregnanolone-dehydroepiandrosterone-and-dehydroepiandrosterone-3-sulfate-in-human-plasma
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Luana Lionetto, Fernando De Andrés, Matilde Capi, Martina Curto, Donata Sabato, Maurizio Simmaco, Paola Bossù, Eleonora Sacchinelli, Maria Donata Orfei, Federica Piras, Nerisa Banaj, Gianfranco Spalletta
AIM: Several neuropsychopharmacological properties have been attributed to the 3α-reduced pregnane steroids, allopregnanolone and pregnanolone, as well as to dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate because of their ability to modulate γ-aminobutyric acid (GABAA) receptors in the CNS. In order to understand better their role in several mechanisms in CNS, a new methodology is proposed to monitor these compounds in human plasma. Methodology & results: The analytes were first derivatized with 2-hydrazinopyridine and extracted from plasma using SPE...
February 16, 2017: Bioanalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203226/microbial-anti-inflammatory-molecule-mam-from-faecalibacterium-prausnitzii-shows-a-protective-effect-on-dnbs-and-dss-induced-colitis-model-in-mice-through-inhibition-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathway
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Natalia M Breyner, Cristophe Michon, Cassiana S de Sousa, Priscilla B Vilas Boas, Florian Chain, Vasco A Azevedo, Philippe Langella, Jean M Chatel
Faecalibacterium prausnitzii and its supernatant showed protective effects in different chemically-induced colitis models in mice. Recently, we described 7 peptides found in the F. prausnitzii supernatant, all belonging to a protein called Microbial Anti-inflammatory Molecule (MAM). These peptides were able to inhibit NF-κB pathway in vitro and showed anti-inflammatory properties in vivo in a DiNitroBenzene Sulfate (DNBS)-induced colitis model. In this current proof we tested MAM effect on NF-κB pathway in vivo, using a transgenic model of mice producing luciferase under the control of NF-κB promoter...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202335/purification-and-characterization-of-a-milk-clotting-aspartic-protease-from-withania-coagulans-fruit
#10
Mahmoud Salehi, Mahmoud Reza Aghamaali, Reza H Sajedi, S Mohsen Asghari, Eisa Jorjani
Withania coagulans fruit has traditionally been used as milk coagulant. The present study reports the purification and characterization of an aspartic protease from W. coagulans fruit. The enzyme was purified via fractional ammonium sulfate precipitation and cation exchange chromatography. SDS-PAGE analysis revealed the presence of a monomeric protein with molecular weight of 31kDa. Proteolytic activity (PA) of the protease was evaluated using casein, and the milk-clotting activity (MCA) was analyzed by skim milk...
February 12, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202241/geochemical-and-mineralogical-characterization-of-sulfur-and-iron-in-coal-waste-rock-elk-valley-british-columbia-canada
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Joseph Essilfie-Dughan, M Jim Hendry, James J Dynes, Yongfeng Hu, Ashis Biswas, S Lee Barbour, S Day
Exposure of coal waste rock to atmospheric oxygen can result in the oxidation of sulfide minerals and the release of sulfate (SO4(2-)) and associated trace elements (e.g., Se, As, Cd, and Zn) to groundwaters and surface waters. Similarly, reduced iron minerals such as siderite, ankerite, and the sulfide, pyrite, present in the waste rock can also undergo oxidation, resulting in the formation of iron oxyhydroxides that can adsorb trace elements released from the oxidation of the sulfide minerals. Characterization and quantification of the distribution of sulfide and iron minerals, their oxidation products, as well as leaching rates are critical to assessing present-day and future impacts of SO4(2-) and associated trace elements on receiving waters...
February 12, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198083/syntrophobacteraceae-affiliated-species-are-major-propionate-degrading-sulfate-reducers-in-paddy-soil
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Pengfei Liu, Ralf Conrad
Methane is an important greenhouse gas and propionate is next to acetate the main intermediate (average 23%) of the carbon flow to CH4 in paddy fields. Sulfate (e.g., gypsum) application can reduce CH4 emissions up to 70%. However, the effect of gypsum application on propionate degradation and the microbial communities involved are not well understood. Therefore, we studied propionate-dependent sulfate reduction in anoxic microcosms of paddy soils from Italy and the Philippines, combining 16S rRNA and dissimilatory sulfite reductase (dsrB) gene profiling and co-occurrence network analysis...
February 15, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197141/metabolomic-and-metagenomic-analysis-of-two-crude-oil-production-pipelines-experiencing-differential-rates-of-corrosion
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Vincent Bonifay, Boris Wawrik, Jan Sunner, Emily C Snodgrass, Egemen Aydin, Kathleen E Duncan, Amy V Callaghan, Athenia Oldham, Turid Liengen, Iwona Beech
Corrosion processes in two North Sea oil production pipelines were studied by analyzing pig envelope samples via metagenomic and metabolomic techniques. Both production systems have similar physico-chemical properties and injection waters are treated with nitrate, but one pipeline experiences severe corrosion and the other does not. Early and late pigging material was collected to gain insight into the potential causes for differential corrosion rates. Metabolites were extracted and analyzed via ultra-high performance liquid chromatography/high-resolution mass spectrometry with electrospray ionization (ESI) in both positive and negative ion modes...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194672/assessment-of-the-effects-of-orally-administered-ferrous-sulfate-on-oncopeltus-fasciatus-heteroptera-lygaeidae
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Amparo Ferrero, Amparo Torreblanca, María Dolores Garcerá
Iron is an essential nutrient needed for multiple biological processes, but it is also an effective pro-oxidant in its reduced form. Environmental sources of iron toxic species include reduced soils from rice plantations, polluted natural areas from metal industry waste, or iron oxides used in soil bioremediation. Few studies have been conducted to assess the toxicity of iron species in insects. The present work aims to assess the oxidative stress effects of ferrous sulfate administered in drinking water after acute exposure (96 h) to adults of the insect model Oncopeltus fasciatus (Dallas)...
February 13, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194046/morinda-citrifolia-noni-fruit-juice-reduces-inflammatory-cytokines-expression-and-contributes-to-the-maintenance-of-intestinal-mucosal-integrity-in-dss-experimental-colitis
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Beatriz Coutinho de Sousa, Juliana Reis Machado, Marcos Vinicius da Silva, Thiago Alvares da Costa, Javier Emilio Lazo-Chica, Thatiane do Prado Degasperi, Virmondes Rodrigues Junior, Helioswilton Sales-Campos, Elizabeth Uber Bucek, Carlo José Freire Oliveira
Morinda citrifolia L. (noni) has been shown to treat different disorders. However, data concerning its role in the treatment of intestinal inflammation still require clarification. In the current study, we investigated the effects of noni fruit juice (NFJ) in the treatment of C57BL/6 mice, which were continuously exposed to dextran sulfate sodium (DSS) for 9 consecutive days. NFJ consumption had no impact on the reduction of the clinical signs of the disease or on weight loss. Nonetheless, when a dilution of 1 : 10 was used, the intestinal architecture of the mice was preserved, accompanied by a reduction in the inflammatory infiltrate...
2017: Mediators of Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193542/sulfated-hyaluronic-acid-hydrogels-with-retarded-degradation-and-enhanced-growth-factor-retention-promote-hmsc-chondrogenesis-and-articular-cartilage-integrity-with-reduced-hypertrophy
#16
Qian Feng, Sien Lin, Kunyu Zhang, Chaoqun Dong, Tianyi Wu, Heqin Huang, Xiaohui Yan, Li Zhang, Gang Li, Liming Bian
: Recently, hyaluronic acid (HA) hydrogels have been extensively researched for delivering cells and drugs to repair damaged tissues, particularly articular cartilage. However, the in vivo degradation of HA is fast, thus limiting the clinical translation of HA hydrogels. Furthermore, HA cannot bind proteins with high affinity because of the lack of negatively charged sulfate groups. In this study, we conjugated sulfate groups to HA. These sulfated HA exhibit significantly slower degradation by hyaluronidase compared to the wild type HA...
February 10, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193514/microrna-301a-promotes-intestinal-inflammation-and-colitis-associated-cancer-development-by-inhibiting-btg1
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Chong He, Tianming Yu, Yan Shi, Caiyun Ma, Wenjing Yang, Leilei Fang, Mingming Sun, Wei Wu, Fei Xiao, Feifan Guo, Minhu Chen, Hong Yang, Jiaming Qian, Yingzi Cong, Zhanju Liu
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Intestinal tissues from patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and colorectal cancer have increased expression of microRNA-301a (MIR301A), compared to tissues from patients without IBD. We studied the mechanisms of MIR301A in progression of IBD in human tissues and mice. METHODS: We isolated intestinal epithelial cells (IECs) from colon biopsy samples of 153 patients with different stages of IBD activity, 6 patients with colitis-associated cancer (CAC), and 35 healthy individuals (controls), enrolled in the study in Shanghai, China...
February 10, 2017: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192138/isolation-biochemical-characterization-and-antibiofilm-effect-of-a-lectin-from-the-marine-sponge-aplysina-lactuca
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Rômulo Farias Carneiro, Paulo Henrique Pinheiro de Lima Jr, Renata Pinheiro Chaves, Rafael Pereira, Anna Luísa Pereira, Mayron Alves de Vasconcelos, Ulisses Pinheiro, Edson Holanda Teixeira, Celso Shiniti Nagano, Alexandre Holanda Sampaio
A new lectin was isolated from the marine sponge Aplysina lactuca (ALL) by combining ammonium sulfate precipitation and affinity chromatography on guar gum matrix. ALL showed affinity for the disaccharides α-lactose, β-lactose and lactulose (Ka=12.5, 31.9 and 145.5M(-1), respectively), as well as the glycoprotein porcine stomach mucin. Its hemagglutinating activity was stable in neutral acid pH values and temperatures below 60°C. ALL is a dimeric protein formed by two covalently linked polypeptide chains...
February 10, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188801/astragalus-polysaccharides-protect-against-dextran-sulfate-sodium-induced-colitis-by-inhibiting-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BA%C3%B0-activation
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Jun Lv, Yahong Zhang, Zhiqiang Tian, Fang Liu, Ying Shi, Yao Liu, Peiyuan Xia
Astragalus polysaccharide (APS) is a bioactive extract of Astragalus membranaceus (AM), which possess a wide range of medicinal benefits, including anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative, anti-tumor and anti-diabetic effects. The present work evaluated the therapeutic effect of APS and its potential mechanisms in a mouse model of dextran sulfate sodium (DSS)-induced colitis. The APS treatment led to significant improvements in colitis disease activity index (DAI) and histological scores, as well as significantly increased weight and colon length in mice as compared to the control group...
February 7, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187348/ferrous-iron-peroxymonosulfate-oxidation-as-a-pretreatment-for-ceramic-ultrafiltration-membrane-control-of-natural-organic-matter-fouling-and-degradation-of-atrazine
#20
Xiaoxiang Cheng, Heng Liang, An Ding, Xiaobin Tang, Bin Liu, Xuewu Zhu, Zhendong Gan, Daoji Wu, Guibai Li
Ferrous iron/peroxymonosulfate (Fe(II)/PMS) oxidation was employed as a pretreatment method for ultrafiltration process to control membrane fouling caused by natural organic matter, including humic acid (HA), sodium alginate (SA), bovine serum albumin (BSA), and their mixture (HA-SA-BSA). To evaluate the mechanism of fouling mitigation, the effects of Fe(II)/PMS pretreatment on the characteristics of feed water were examined. The degradation of atrazine (ATZ) was also investigated and the species of generated radicals were preliminarily determined...
February 1, 2017: Water Research
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