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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438005/comparative-studies-on-the-quality-factors-of-whispering-gallery-modes-and-hybrid-plasmon-photon-modes
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Ping Gu, Jiawei Chen, Mingjie Wan, Zhuo Chen, Zhenlin Wang
We theoretically and experimentally investigate the multipolar hybrid plasmon-photon modes supported by a dielectric-metal core-shell resonator consisting of a dielectric core wrapped by a thin silver shell and the whispering-gallery modes in its pure dielectric counterpart (the dielectric sphere with the same size). We theoretically demonstrate that in a certain wavelength range the achievable maximum Q-factors of hybrid modes could be either larger or smaller than that of whispering-gallery modes, depending on the size of the resonator...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433551/in-vitro-investigation-of-metabolic-profiling-of-newly-developed-topoisomerase-inhibitors-ethyl-fluorescein-hydrazones-etflhs-in-rlms-by-lc-ms-ms
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Adnan A Kadi, Nasser S Al-Shakliah, Wencui Yin, A F M Motiur Rahman
Metabolic profiling of newly reported five topoisomerase inhibitors namely ethyl fluorescein hydrazones (EtFLHs) were studied in rat liver microsomes (RLMs) and the data were acquired in a liquid chromatography (LC) ion trap mass spectrometry. Hydroxyl group containing EtFLHs derivatives (1-3) were bio-transformed into hydrolyzed, mono-hydroxylated and hydrolyzed together with mono-hydroxylated metabolites. On the other hand, nitro and methoxy groups containing EtFLHs derivatives (4-5) were bio-transformed into hydrolyzed, hydrolyzed together with mono-hydroxylated and azo-reductive metabolites in the presence of NADPH...
April 6, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433178/preparation-and-characterization-of-biodegradable-nanocomposites-derived-from-carboxymethyl-cellulose-and-hydroxyapatite
#3
K Azzaoui, E Mejdoubi, A Lamhamdi, S Jodeh, O Hamed, M Berrabah, S Jerdioui, R Salghi, N Akartasse, A Errich, Á Ríos, M Zougagh
Development of a cost-effective technology for extraction and quantification of carcinogenic and toxic organic materials which are widely used in the industry are critical to humans. Membrane technology received much attention and has already been widely used in this area. In this work, we offer a newly developed bio-based nanocomposite membrane for removal of bisphenol-A (BPA) from water. Three natural components hydroxyapatite (HAp), carboxymethyl cellulose and lysine as a diluent were used for making the bio-based membrane...
July 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433149/fabrication-and-evaluation-of-thermosensitive-chitosan-collagen-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-glycerophosphate-hydrogels-for-tissue-regeneration
#4
Qifeng Dang, Kai Liu, Zhenzhen Zhang, Chengsheng Liu, Xi Liu, Ying Xin, Xiaoyu Cheng, Tao Xu, Dongsu Cha, Bing Fan
Thermosensitive hydrogels whose physiological properties are similar to extracellular matrix have been extensively used for tissue regeneration. Polysaccharides and proteins, as biocompatible substrates similar to bio-macromolecules that could be recognized by human body, are two preferred polymers for fabrication of such hydrogels. A series of novel thermosensitive hydrogels (CS-ASC-HGs) containing chitosan (CS) and acid-soluble collagen (ASC) were thus prepared, in the presence of α, β-glycerophosphate, to mimic extracellular microenvironment for tissue regeneration...
July 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432102/two-distinct-%C3%AE-l-arabinofuranosidases-in-caldicellulosiruptor-species-drive-degradation-of-arabinose-based-polysaccharides
#5
Md Abu Saleh, Wen-Jie Han, Ming Lu, Bing Wang, Huayue Li, Robert M Kelly, Fu-Li Li
Species in the extremely thermophilic genus Caldicellulosiruptor can degrade unpretreated plant biomass through the action of multi-modular glycoside hydrolases. To date, most focus with these bacteria has been on hydrolysis of glucans and xylans, while biodegradation mechanism for arabinose-based polysaccharides remains unclear. Here, putative α-L-arabinofuranosidases (AbFs) were identified in Caldicellulosiruptor species by homology to less thermophilic versions of these enzymes. From this screen, an extracellular XynF was determined to be a key factor in hydrolyzing α-1,2-, α-1,3-, and α-1,5-L-arabinofuranosyl residues of arabinose-based polysaccharides...
April 21, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426422/morphological-re-description-of-electrotaenia-malapteruri-cestoda-proteocephalidae-and-dujardinnascaris-malapteruri-nematoda-heterocheilidae-infecting-the-electric-catfish-malapterurus-electricus-and-heavy-metal-accumulation-in-host-and-parasites-in-relation
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Rewaida Abdel-Gaber, Fathy Abdel-Ghaffar, Mohamed Abdallah Shazly, Kareem Morsy, Saleh Al Quraishy, Sanna Mohamed, Heinz Mehlhorn
Parasites are one of the most serious limiting factors in aquaculture. The Electric catfish Malapterurus electricus was subjected to study the prevalence and mean intensity of parasitic infections throughout the whole year of 2015. Heavy metals accumulation in host fish and parasites were determined in relation to water quality and sediments of two different sites of Lake Manzala (Manzala and Bahr El-Baqar), Egypt. A total of 100 specimens of Electric catfish were collected and examined for the presence of helminth parasites...
June 1, 2017: Acta Parasitologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423872/potential-antioxidant-and-lipid-peroxidation-inhibition-of-phyllanthus-acidus-leaf-extract-in-minced-pork
#7
Tuyen Thi Kim Nguyen, Chamroon Laosinwattana, Montinee Teerarak, Komkhae Pilasombut
Objective: This study was to investigate the effect of extraction solvents on antioxidant bio-active compounds as well as potential antioxidant and lipid peroxidation inhibition of Phyllanthus acidus leaf extract in minced pork. Methods: The effect of various solvent systems of water, 25%, 50%, 75% (v/v) ethanol in water and absolute ethanol on the extraction crude yield, total phenolic content, total flavonoid content and in vitro antioxidant activities of P. acidus leaves was determined...
April 19, 2017: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420109/comparison-of-biogenic-amines-and-mycotoxins-in-alfalfa-and-red-clover-fodder-depending-on-additives
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Jiri Skladanka, Vojtech Adam, Ondrej Zitka, Veronika Mlejnkova, Libor Kalhotka, Pavel Horky, Klara Konecna, Lucia Hodulikova, Daniela Knotova, Marie Balabanova, Petr Slama, Petr Skarpa
In the production of fermented feed, each crop can be contaminated with a variety of microorganisms that may produce natural pollutants. Biogenic amines, mycotoxins, and undesirable organic acids can decrease health feed safety. The aim of this study was to compare the counts of microorganisms, levels of biogenic amines, and the mycotoxins in forage legumes, and also to compare the occurrence of microorganisms and levels of mycotoxins in green fodder and subsequently produced silage and the influence of additives on the content of natural harmful substances in silage...
April 14, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419727/endotoxin-testing-of-a-wound-debridement-device-containing-medicinal-lucilia-sericata-larvae
#9
Samantha Pickles, David Pritchard
Alimentary products of medicinal Lucilia sericata larvae are studied to determine their mechanisms of action, particularly in the contexts of wound debridement and disinfection. Furthermore, the larvae can be applied to patients in contained medical devices (such as the BioBag; BioMonde). Here, we tested the materials and larval content of the most commonly used debridement device (the "BB-50") to explore the possibility that endotoxins may be contributing to the bio-activity of the product, given that endotoxins are potent stimulants of cellular activation...
April 17, 2017: Wound Repair and Regeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418108/metabolic-characterization-and-transformation-of-the-non-dairy-lactococcus-lactis-strain-kf147-for-production-of-ethanol-from-xylose
#10
Kia Vest Petersen, Jianming Liu, Jun Chen, Jan Martinussen, Peter Ruhdal Jensen, Christian Solem
The non-dairy lactic acid bacterium Lactococcus lactis KF147 can utilize xylose as the sole energy source. To assess whether KF147 could serve as a platform organism for converting second generation sugars into useful chemicals, we characterized growth and product formation for KF147 when grown on xylose. In a defined medium KF147 was found to co-metabolize xylose and arginine, resulting in bi-phasic growth. Especially at low xylose concentrations, arginine significantly improved growth rate. To facilitate further studies of the xylose metabolism, we eliminated arginine catabolism by deleting the arcA gene encoding the arginine deiminase...
April 18, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417964/light-patterned-current-generation-in-a-droplet-bilayer-array
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Vanessa Restrepo Schild, Michael J Booth, Stuart J Box, Sam N Olof, Kozhinjampara R Mahendran, Hagan Bayley
We have created a 4 × 4 droplet bilayer array comprising light-activatable aqueous droplet bio-pixels. Aqueous droplets containing bacteriorhodopsin (bR), a light-driven proton pump, were arranged on a common hydrogel surface in lipid-containing oil. A separate lipid bilayer formed at the interface between each droplet and the hydrogel; each bilayer then incorporated bR. Electrodes in each droplet simultaneously measured the light-driven proton-pumping activities of each bio-pixel. The 4 × 4 array derived by this bottom-up synthetic biology approach can detect grey-scale images and patterns of light moving across the device, which are transduced as electrical current generated in each bio-pixel...
April 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415883/electrosteric-stealth-rivastigmine-loaded-liposomes-for-brain-targeting-preparation-characterization-ex-vivo-bio-distribution-and-in-vivo-pharmacokinetic-studies
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Sara Nageeb El-Helaly, Ahmed Abd Elbary, Mohamed A Kassem, Mohamed A El-Nabarawi
Being one of the highly effective drugs in treatment of Alzheimer's disease, Rivastigmine brain targeting is highly demandable, therefore liposomal dispersion of Rivastigmine was prepared containing 2 mol% PEG-DSPE added to Lecithin, Didecyldimethyl ammonium bromide (DDAB), Tween 80 in 1:0.02:0.25 molar ratio. A major challenge during the preparation of liposomes is maintaining a stable formulation, therefore the aim of our study was to increase liposomal stability by addition of DDAB to give an electrostatic stability and PEG-DSPE to increase stability by steric hindrance, yielding what we called an electrosteric stealth (ESS) liposomes...
November 2017: Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414137/novel-dabigatran-etexilate-hemisuccinate-loaded-polycap-physicochemical-characterisation-and-in-vivo-evaluation-in-beagle-dogs
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Jung Hyun Cho, Jin Cheul Kim, Hyung-Seo Kim, Dong Shik Kim, Kyeong Soo Kim, Yong Il Kim, Chul Soon Yong, Jong Oh Kim, Yu Seok Youn, Kyung Taek Oh, Jong Soo Woo, Han-Gon Choi
The purpose of this study was to develop a novel dabigatran etexilate hemisuccinate (DEH) salt-loaded polycap with bioequivalence to the dabigatran etexilate mesylate (DEM)-loaded commercial product. DEH prepared with dabigatran etexilate base (DE) and succinic acid was less hygroscopic but less soluble than DEM. Numerous micronized DEHs and DEH-loaded solid dispersions were prepared employing the spiral jet-milling and spray-drying techniques, respectively. Among the formulations prepared, a micronized DEH prepared with the injection air at 1...
April 13, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412156/tyrosine-oxidation-and-nitration-in-transmembrane-peptides-is-connected-to-lipid-peroxidation
#14
Silvina Bartesaghminni, Daniel Herrera, Débora M Martinez, Ariel Petruk, Verónica Demicheli, Madia Trujillo, Marcelo A Martí, Darío A Estrín, Rafael Radi
Tyrosine nitration is an oxidative post-translational modification that can occur in proteins associated to hydrophobic bio-structures such as membranes and lipoproteins. In this work, we have studied tyrosine nitration in membranes using a model system consisting of phosphatidylcholine liposomes with pre-incorporated tyrosine-containing 23 amino acid transmembrane peptides. Tyrosine residues were located at positions 4, 8 or 12 of the amino terminal, resulting in different depths in the bilayer. Tyrosine nitration was accomplished by exposure to peroxynitrite and a peroxyl radical donor or hemin in the presence of nitrite...
April 13, 2017: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411873/-survey-adaptation-for-bio-behavioural-surveillance-of-hiv-in-chilean-female-sex-workers
#15
Bielka Carvajal, Valeria Stuardo, José Manuel Manríquez, Julieta Belmar, Cinta Folch
OBJECTIVE: To adapt a behavioural questionnaire for second-generation HIV/AIDS surveillance in female sex workers (FSWs) in the Metropolitan Region, Chile. METHODS: Qualitative study of instruments validation. A Spanish instrument adapted in Catalonia was validated through a translation and back-translation of the original version. The content validity was determined through a modified Delphi method, via FSW and HIV experts representing community, political and institutional levels...
April 12, 2017: Gaceta Sanitaria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407927/using-bio-dispersive-solution-of-chitosan-for-green-dispersive-liquid-liquid-microextraction-of-trace-amounts-of-cu-ii-in-edible-oils-prior-to-analysis-by-icp-oes
#16
Nunticha Limchoowong, Phitchan Sricharoen, Suchila Techawongstien, Saksit Chanthai
A green approach using chitosan solution as a novel bio-dispersive agent for the dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction (DLLME) of trace amounts of Cu(II) in edible oils is presented. An emulsion was formed by mixing the oil sample with 300µL of 0.25% (w/v) chitosan solution containing 200µL of 6molL(-1) HCl. Deionized water was used to induce emulsion breaking without centrifugation. The centrifuged Cu(II) extract was collected and analyzed using an inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectrometer...
September 1, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405911/a-new-biopesticide-from-a-local-bacillus-thuringiensis-var-tenebrionis-xd3-against-alder-leaf-beetle-coleoptera-chrysomelidae
#17
Ardahan Eski, İsmail Demir, Kazım Sezen, Zihni Demirbağ
Use of chemical pesticides in agriculture harms humans, non-target organisms and environments, and causes increase resistance against chemicals. In order to develop an effective bio-pesticide against coleopterans, particularly against Agelastica alni (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) which is one of the serious pests of alder leaf and hazelnut, we tested the insecticidal effect of 21 Bacillus isolates against the larvae and adults of the pest. Bacillus thuringiensis var. tenebrionis-Xd3 (Btt-Xd3) showed the highest insecticidal effect based on screening tests...
May 2017: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401676/regulation-of-solvent-tolerance-in-pseudomonas-putida-s12-mediated-by-mobile-elements
#18
Rohola Hosseini, Jannis Kuepper, Sebastian Koebbing, Lars M Blank, Nick Wierckx, Johannes H de Winde
Organic solvent-tolerant bacteria are outstanding and versatile hosts for the bio-based production of a broad range of generally toxic aromatic compounds. The energetically costly solvent tolerance mechanisms are subject to multiple levels of regulation, involving among other mobile genetic elements. The genome of the solvent-tolerant Pseudomonas putida S12 contains many such mobile elements that play a major role in the regulation and adaptation to various stress conditions, including the regulation of expression of the solvent efflux pump SrpABC...
April 11, 2017: Microbial Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399854/improved-n-butanol-production-via-co-expression-of-membrane-targeted-tilapia-metallothionein-and-the-clostridial-metabolic-pathway-in-escherichia-coli
#19
Wei-Chih Chin, Kuo-Hsing Lin, Chun-Chi Liu, Kenji Tsuge, Chieh-Chen Huang
BACKGROUND: N-Butanol has favorable characteristics for use as either an alternative fuel or platform chemical. Bio-based n-butanol production using microbes is an emerging technology that requires further development. Although bio-industrial microbes such as Escherichia coli have been engineered to produce n-butanol, reactive oxygen species (ROS)-mediated toxicity may limit productivity. Previously, we show that outer-membrane-targeted tilapia metallothionein (OmpC-TMT) is more effective as an ROS scavenger than human and mouse metallothioneins to reduce oxidative stress in the host cell...
April 11, 2017: BMC Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397935/beyond-buckling-humidity-independent-measurement-of-the-mechanical-properties-of-green-nanobiocomposite-films
#20
Urooj Gill, Travis Sutherland, Sebastian Himbert, Yujie Zhu, Maikel C Rheinstädter, Emily D Cranston, Jose M Moran-Mirabal
Precise knowledge of the mechanical properties of emerging nanomaterials and nanocomposites is crucial to match their performance with suitable applications. While methods to characterize mechanical properties exist, they are limited by instrument sensitivity and sample requirements. For bio-based nanomaterials this challenge is exacerbated by the extreme dependence of mechanical properties on humidity. This work presents an alternative approach, based on polymer shrinking-induced wrinkling mechanics, to determine the elastic modulus of nanobiocomposite films in a humidity-independent manner...
April 11, 2017: Nanoscale
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