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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717173/liquid-phase-sequence-capture-and-targeted-re-sequencing-revealed-novel-polymorphisms-in-tomato-genes-belonging-to-the-mep-carotenoid-pathway
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Irma Terracciano, Concita Cantarella, Carlo Fasano, Teodoro Cardi, Giuseppe Mennella, Nunzio D'Agostino
Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.) plants are characterized by having a variety of fruit colours that reflect the composition and accumulation of diverse carotenoids in the berries. Carotenoids are extensively studied for their health-promoting effects and this explains the great attention these pigments received by breeders and researchers worldwide. In this work we applied Agilent's SureSelect liquid-phase sequence capture and Illumina targeted re-sequencing of 34 tomato genes belonging to the methylerythritol phosphate (MEP) carotenoid pathway on a panel of 48 genotypes which differ for carotenoid content calculated as the sum of β-carotene, cis- and trans-lycopene...
July 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716028/antiplasmodial-potential-and-quantification-of-aloin-and-aloe-emodin-in-aloe-vera-collected-from-different-climatic-regions-of-india
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Sandeep Kumar, Manila Yadav, Amita Yadav, Pooja Rohilla, Jaya Parkash Yadav
BACKGROUND: In this study, Aloe vera samples were collected from different climatic regions of India. Quantitative HPTLC (high performance thin layer chromatography) analysis of important anthraquinones aloin and aloe-emodin and antiplasmodial activity of crude aqueous extracts was done to estimate the effects of these constituents on antiplasmodial potential of the plant. METHODS: HPTLC system equipped with a sample applicator Linomat V with CAMAG sample syringe, twin rough plate development chamber (20 x 10 cm), TLC Scanner 3 and integration software WINCATS 1...
July 17, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714926/a-protein-diet-score-including-plant-and-animal-protein-investigating-the-association-with-hba1c-and-egfr-the-preview-project
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Grith Møller, Diewertje Sluik, Christian Ritz, Vera Mikkilä, Olli T Raitakari, Nina Hutri-Kähönen, Lars O Dragsted, Thomas M Larsen, Sally D Poppitt, Marta P Silvestre, Edith J M Feskens, Jennie Brand-Miller, Anne Raben
Higher-protein diets have been advocated for body-weight regulation for the past few decades. However, the potential health risks of these diets are still uncertain. We aimed to develop a protein score based on the quantity and source of protein, and to examine the association of the score with glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c) and estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR). Analyses were based on three population studies included in the PREVIEW project (PREVention of diabetes through lifestyle Intervention and population studies in Europe and around the World): NQplus, Lifelines, and the Young Finns Study...
July 17, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709077/phytonanotherapy-for-management-of-diabetes-using-green-synthesis-nanoparticles
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K Anand, C Tiloke, Pragalathan Naidoo, A A Chuturgoon
The world has a rich diversity of indigenous medicinal plants. The World Health Organization (WHO) gives high priority to eco-friendly, non-hazardous and cost effective healthcare such as the use of medicinal plants to treat various illnesses, including Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), tuberculosis (TB), diabetes mellitus (DM), malaria, and cancer. In developing countries, a high proportion of the population tends to use complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) together with conventional prescription drugs...
June 27, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708298/the-ecotoxicity-of-zinc-and-zinc-containing-substances-in-soil-consideration-for-metal-moiety-approaches-and-organo-metal-complexes
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Ellyn Ritchie, Patrick Boyd, Annamaria Lawson-Halasz, Jalal Hawari, Stacey Saucier, Richard Scroggins, Juliska Princz
Within Canada, screening-level assessments for chemical substances are required in order to determine whether the substances pose a risk to human health and/or the environment, and as appropriate, risk management strategies. In response to the volume of metal and metal-containing substances, process efficiencies were introduced using a metal moiety approach, wherein substances that contain a common metal moiety are assessed simultaneously as a group, wherein the moiety of concern would consist of the metal ion...
July 14, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704448/rnai-based-reverse-genetics-in-the-chelicerate-model-tetranychus-urticae-a-comparative-analysis-of-five-methods-for-gene-silencing
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Takeshi Suzuki, Maria Andreia Nunes, María Urizarna España, Hooman Hosseinzadeh Namin, Pengyu Jin, Nicolas Bensoussan, Vladimir Zhurov, Tawhid Rahman, Rebecca De Clercq, Pierre Hilson, Vojislava Grbic, Miodrag Grbic
RNA interference (RNAi) can be used for the protection against agricultural pests through the silencing of genes required for pest fitness. To assess the potential of RNAi approaches in the two-spotted spider mite, Tetranychus urticae, we compared 5 methods for the delivery of double-stranded RNA (dsRNA). These methods include mite feeding on either (i) leaves floating on a dsRNA solution, (ii) dsRNA-expressing plants, (iii) artificial diet supplemented with dsRNA, or (iv) dsRNA-coated leaves, and (v) mite soaking in a dsRNA solution...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700973/fit-for-purpose-wastewater-treatment-testing-to-implementation-of-decision-support-tool-ii
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Gyan Chhipi-Shrestha, Kasun Hewage, Rehan Sadiq
This paper is the second in a series of two papers. In Paper I, a decision support tool (DST), FitWater, was developed for evaluating the potential of wastewater treatment (WWT) trains for various water reuse applications. In the present paper, the proposed DST has been tested and implemented. FitWater has been tested with several existing WWT plants in Canada and the USA, demonstrating FitWater's effectiveness in estimating life cycle cost (LCC), health risk, and energy use. FitWater has also been implemented in a newly planned neighbourhood in the Okanagan Valley (BC, Canada) by developing 12 alternative WWT trains for water reuse in lawn and public parks irrigation...
July 9, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700609/organic-farming-enhances-soil-microbial-abundance-and-activity-a-meta-analysis-and-meta-regression
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Martina Lori, Sarah Symnaczik, Paul Mäder, Gerlinde De Deyn, Andreas Gattinger
Population growth and climate change challenge our food and farming systems and provide arguments for an increased intensification of agriculture. A promising option is eco-functional intensification through organic farming, an approach based on using and enhancing internal natural resources and processes to secure and improve agricultural productivity, while minimizing negative environmental impacts. In this concept an active soil microbiota plays an important role for various soil based ecosystem services such as nutrient cycling, erosion control and pest and disease regulation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700433/data-set-for-the-reporting-of-carcinomas-of-the-cervix-recommendations-from-the-international-collaboration-on-cancer-reporting-iccr
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W Glenn McCluggage, Meagan J Judge, Isabel Alvarado-Cabrero, Máire A Duggan, Lars-Christian Horn, Pei Hui, Jaume Ordi, Christopher N Otis, Kay J Park, Marie Plante, Colin J R Stewart, Edwin K Wiredu, Brian Rous, Lynn Hirschowitz
A comprehensive pathologic report is essential for optimal patient management, cancer staging and prognostication. In many countries, proforma reports are used but the content of these is variable. The International Collaboration on Cancer Reporting is an alliance formed by the Royal Colleges of Pathologists of Australasia and the United Kingdom, the College of American Pathologists, the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer and the European Society of Pathology, for the purpose of developing standardized, evidence-based reporting data sets for each cancer site...
July 11, 2017: International Journal of Gynecological Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699118/fractionation-of-trace-elements-and-human-health-risk-of-submicron-particulate-matter-pm1-collected-in-the-surroundings-of-coking-plants
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Elwira Zajusz-Zubek, Tomasz Radko, Anna Mainka
Samples of PM1 were collected in the surroundings of coking plants located in southern Poland. Chemical fractionation provided information on the contents of trace elements As, Cd, Co, Cr, Hg, Mn, Ni, Pb, Sb and Se in all mobile (F1-F3) and not mobile (F4) fractions of PM1 in the vicinity of large sources of emissions related to energochemical processing of coal during the summer. The determined enrichment factors indicate the influence of anthropogenic sources on the concentration of the examined elements contained in PM1 in the areas subjected to investigation...
August 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698523/assessing-the-potential-of-land-use-modification-to-mitigate-ambient-no%C3%A2-and-its-consequences-for-respiratory-health
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Meenakshi Rao, Linda A George, Vivek Shandas, Todd N Rosenstiel
Understanding how local land use and land cover (LULC) shapes intra-urban concentrations of atmospheric pollutants-and thus human health-is a key component in designing healthier cities. Here, NO₂ is modeled based on spatially dense summer and winter NO₂ observations in Portland-Hillsboro-Vancouver (USA), and the spatial variation of NO₂ with LULC investigated using random forest, an ensemble data learning technique. The NO2 random forest model, together with BenMAP, is further used to develop a better understanding of the relationship among LULC, ambient NO₂ and respiratory health...
July 10, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694178/medicinal-plants-used-in-the-treatment-of-tuberculosis-ethnobotanical-and-ethnopharmacological-approaches
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Javad Sharifi-Rad, Bahare Salehi, Zorica Z Stojanović-Radić, Patrick Valere Tsouh Fokou, Marzieh Sharifi-Rad, Gail B Mahady, Majid Sharifi-Rad, Mohammad-Reza Masjedi, Temitope O Lawal, Seyed Abdulmajid Ayatollahi, Javid Masjedi, Razieh Sharifi-Rad, William N Setzer, Mehdi Sharifi-Rad, Farzad Kobarfard, Atta-Ur Rahman, Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary, Athar Ata, Marcello Iriti
Tuberculosis is a highly infectious disease declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization, with approximately one third of the world's population being latently infected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Tuberculosis treatment consists in an intensive phase and a continuation phase. Unfortunately, the appearance of multi drug-resistant tuberculosis, mainly due to low adherence to prescribed therapies or inefficient healthcare structures, requires at least 20months of treatment with second-line, more toxic and less efficient drugs, i...
July 8, 2017: Biotechnology Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693595/biochemical-characterization-and-1-h-nmr-based-metabolomics-revealed-melicope-lunu-ankenda-leaf-extract-a-potent-anti-diabetic-agent-in-rats
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Mizher Hezam Al-Zuaidy, Muhammad Waseem Mumtaz, Azizah Abdul Hamid, Amin Ismail, Suhaila Mohamed, Ahmad Faizal Abdul Razis
BACKGROUND: Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is a metabolic disorder characterized by continuous hyperglycemia associated with insulin resistance and /or reduced insulin secretion. There is an emerging trend regarding the use of medicinal plants for the treatment of diabetes mellitus. Melicope lunu-ankenda (ML) is one of the Melicope species belonging to the family Rutaceae. In traditional medicines, its leaves and flowers are known to exhibit prodigious health benefits. The present study aimed at investigating anti-diabetic effect of Melicope lunu-ankenda (ML) leaves extract...
July 10, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692008/use-of-the-psychomotor-vigilance-test-in-fitness-for-work-assessments
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Steven Lerman, Daniel Mollicone, Sara Coats
OBJECTIVE: The objective of the pilot program was to evaluate the utility of the psychomotor vigilance test (PVT) in aiding clinicians in making fitness for work determinations. METHODS: A 10-minute PVT was incorporated into fitness for work examinations by occupational health staff at two integrated refining/petrochemical plants. Based on all evidence from the clinical examination, including PVT results, clinicians made their fitness for work determination. RESULTS: Employees who were determined to be fit for work had significantly fewer PVT errors than did employees determined to be unfit for work or fit for work with limitations, with t(98) = -14...
July 6, 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689610/characteristics-of-americans-choosing-vegetarian-and-vegan-diets-for-health-reasons
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Holger Cramer, Christian S Kessler, Tobias Sundberg, Matthew J Leach, Dania Schumann, Jon Adams, Romy Lauche
OBJECTIVE: Examine the prevalence, patterns, and associated factors of using a vegetarian or vegan diet for health reasons in the US general population. DESIGN: Cross-sectional data from the 2012 National Health Interview Survey. PARTICIPANTS: Nationally representative sample (N = 34,525). VARIABLES MEASURED: Prevalence of ever use and 12-month use of vegetarian or vegan diet for health reasons, patterns of use, and sociodemographic and health-related factor associated with use...
July 2017: Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679727/exposure-to-the-leaf-litter-microbiome-of-healthy-adults-protects-seedlings-from-pathogen-damage
#16
Natalie Christian, Edward Allen Herre, Luis C Mejia, Keith Clay
It is increasingly recognized that microbiota affect host health and physiology. However, it is unclear what factors shape microbiome community assembly in nature, and how microbiome assembly can be manipulated to improve host health. All plant leaves host foliar endophytic fungi, which make up a diverse, environmentally acquired fungal microbiota. Here, we experimentally manipulated assembly of the cacao tree (Theobroma cacao) fungal microbiome in nature and tested the effect of assembly outcome on host health...
July 12, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28677760/in%C3%A2-vitro-anticancer-effects-of-two-novel-phenanthroindolizidine-alkaloid-compounds-on-human-colon-and-liver-cancer-cells
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Jingjing Liu, Yu He, Dan Zhang, Ying Cai, Chenggang Zhang, Peng Zhang, Hongxia Zhu, Ningzhi Xu, Shufang Liang
Malignant cancer is one of the most serious diseases threatening the health of human beings. Natural plant alkaloids exhibit multiple biological functions, including inhibition of cell proliferation, and may have potential anticancer activity. However, most natural alkaloids may not be suitable for human therapies owing to instability, poor dissolubility and potential side effects. To improve their anticancer activity and drug effect, the present study aimed to develop new alkaloid derivatives, the phenanthroindolizidine alkaloid compounds, and evaluated their potential antitumor effects on human cancer cells in vitro...
June 29, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676206/manganese-testing-under-a-clean-air-act-test-rule-and-the-application-of-resultant-data-in-risk-assessments
#18
Darcie Smith, George M Woodall, Annie M Jarabek, William K Boyes
In the 1990's, the proposed use of methylcyclopentadienyl manganese tricarbonyl (MMT) as an octane-enhancing gasoline fuel additive led to concerns for potential public health consequences from exposure to manganese (Mn) combustion products in automotive exhaust. After a series of regulatory/legal actions and negotiations, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued under Clean Air Act (CAA) section 211(b) an Alternative Tier 2 Test Rule that required development of scientific information intended to help resolve uncertainties in exposure or health risk estimates associated with MMT use...
July 1, 2017: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28671575/a-satellite-based-imaging-instrumentation-concept-for-hyperspectral-thermal-remote-sensing
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Thomas Udelhoven, Martin Schlerf, Karl Segl, Kaniska Mallick, Christian Bossung, Rebecca Retzlaff, Gilles Rock, Peter Fischer, Andreas Müller, Tobias Storch, Andreas Eisele, Dennis Weise, Werner Hupfer, Thiemo Knigge
This paper describes the concept of the hyperspectral Earth-observing thermal infrared (TIR) satellite mission HiTeSEM (High-resolution Temperature and Spectral Emissivity Mapping). The scientific goal is to measure specific key variables from the biosphere, hydrosphere, pedosphere, and geosphere related to two global problems of significant societal relevance: food security and human health. The key variables comprise land and sea surface radiation temperature and emissivity, surface moisture, thermal inertia, evapotranspiration, soil minerals and grain size components, soil organic carbon, plant physiological variables, and heat fluxes...
July 1, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669109/perception-of-candomble-practitioners-about-herbal-medicine-and-health-promotion-in-cear%C3%A3-brazil
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Alexandre P Braga, Francisca Ilnar de Sousa, Geraldo Bezerra da Silva Junior, Marilyn Kay Nations, Adriana Rolim Campos Barros, Rosendo Freitas de Amorim
Candomble, a Brazilian religion of African origin that worships Orishas, promotes "healing" assistance during its worship rituals using therapy with plants and beliefs. From its ancestry tradition, the respect and beware with nature are expressed. Therefore, the aim of this study is to investigate the perception of ethnoecology and health promotion among Candomble practitioners from a Candomble temple in the state of Ceará, Brazil. The ethnography was designed to allow greater immersion into the current mystique...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Religion and Health
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