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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534819/ginsenoside-rb2-alleviates-hepatic-lipid-accumulation-by-restoring-autophagy-via-induction-of-sirt1-and-activation-of-ampk
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Qi Huang, Ting Wang, Liu Yang, He-Yao Wang
Although Panax ginseng is a famous traditional Chinese medicine and has been widely used to treat a variety of metabolic diseases including hyperglycemia, hyperlipidemia, and hepatosteatosis, the effective mediators and molecular mechanisms remain largely unknown. In this study we found that ginsenoside Rb2, one of the major ginsenosides in Panax ginseng, was able to prevent hepatic lipid accumulation through autophagy induction both in vivo and in vitro. Treatment of male db/db mice with Rb2 significantly improved glucose tolerance, decreased hepatic lipid accumulation, and restored hepatic autophagy...
May 19, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532620/real-time-monitoring-of-methane-oxidation-in-a-simulated-landfill-cover-soil-and-miseq-pyrosequencing-analysis-of-the-related-bacterial-community-structure
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Zhilin Xing, Tiantao Zhao, Yanhui Gao, Zhi He, Lijie Zhang, Xuya Peng, Liyan Song
Real-time CH4 oxidation in a landfill cover soil was studied using automated gas sampling that determined biogas (CH4 and CO2) and O2 concentrations at various depths in a simulated landfill cover soil (SLCS) column reactor. The real-time monitoring system obtained more than 10,000 biogas (CH4 and CO2) and O2 data points covering 32 steady states of CH4 oxidation with 32 different CH4 fluxes (0.2-125mol·m(-2)·d(-1)). The kinetics of CH4 oxidation at different depths (0-20cm, 20-40cm, and 40-60cm) of SLCS were well fit by a CH4-O2 dual-substrate model based on 32 values (averaged, n=5-15) of equilibrated CH4 concentrations...
May 19, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531184/bacarena-individual-based-metabolic-modeling-of-heterogeneous-microbes-in-complex-communities
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Eugen Bauer, Johannes Zimmermann, Federico Baldini, Ines Thiele, Christoph Kaleta
Recent advances focusing on the metabolic interactions within and between cellular populations have emphasized the importance of microbial communities for human health. Constraint-based modeling, with flux balance analysis in particular, has been established as a key approach for studying microbial metabolism, whereas individual-based modeling has been commonly used to study complex dynamics between interacting organisms. In this study, we combine both techniques into the R package BacArena (https://cran.r-project...
May 22, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530276/focus-a-metaheuristic-algorithm-for-computing-knockouts-from-genome-scale-models-for-strain-optimization
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Sarma Mutturi
Although handful tools are available for constraint-based flux analysis to generate knockout strains, most of these are either based on bilevel-MIP or its modifications. However, metaheuristic approaches that are known for their flexibility and scalability have been less studied. Moreover, in the existing tools, sectioning of search space to find optimal knocks has not been considered. Herein, a novel computational procedure, termed as FOCuS (Flower-pOllination coupled Clonal Selection algorithm), was developed to find the optimal reaction knockouts from a metabolic network to maximize the production of specific metabolites...
May 22, 2017: Molecular BioSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528309/maintenance-of-claudin-3-expression-and-the-barrier-functions-of-intercellular-junctions-in-parotid-acinar-cells-via-the-inhibition-of-src-signaling
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Megumi Yokoyama, Takanori Narita, Hajime Sakurai, Osamu Katsumata-Kato, Hiroshi Sugiya, Junko Fujita-Yoshigaki
OBJECTIVES: Salivary acinar and duct cells show different expression patterns of claudins, which may reflect their different functions. To study the role of claudins in saliva secretion, we examined alterations in the expression patterns of cell adhesion molecules in parotid glands of γ-irradiated rats and analyzed the influence of those changes on intercellular barrier function using primary cultures of parotid acinar cells. DESIGN: Rats were γ-irradiated with doses of 5, 15 or 20Gy, and expression levels of cell adhesion molecules were examined by immunoblotting analysis...
May 15, 2017: Archives of Oral Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527413/monochromatic-green-light-induces-an-aberrant-accumulation-of-geranylgeranyled-chlorophylls-in-plants
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Zuzana Materová, Roman Sobotka, Barbora Zdvihalová, Michal Oravec, Jakub Nezval, Václav Karlický, Daniel Vrábl, Michal Štroch, Vladimír Špunda
Light quality is an important environmental factor affecting the biosynthesis of photosynthetic pigments whose production seems to be affected not only quantitatively but also qualitatively. In this work, we set out to identify unusual pigment detected in leaves of barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) and explain its presence in plants grown under monochromatic green light (GL; 500-590 nm). The chromatographic analysis (HPLC-DAD) revealed that a peak belonging to this unknown pigment is eluted between chlorophyll (Chl) a and b...
May 6, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526789/a-novel-iron-dependent-enzyme-that-catalyzes-the-initial-step-in-the-biodegradation-of-n-nitroglycine-by-variovorax-sp-strain-js1663
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Kristina M Mahan, Hangping Zheng, Tekle T Fida, Ronald J Parry, David E Graham, Jim C Spain
Nitramines are key constituents of most of the explosives in current use and consequently contaminate soil and groundwater at many military facilities around the world. Toxicity from nitramine contamination poses a health risk to plants and animals, thus understanding how nitramines are biodegraded is critical to environmental remediation. The biodegradation of synthetic nitramine compounds such as hexahydro-1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5- triazine (RDX) has been studied for decades, but little is known about the catabolism of naturally produced nitramine compounds...
May 19, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526196/use-of-a-numerical-simulation-approach-to-improve-the-estimation-of-air-water-exchange-fluxes-of-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons-in-a-coastal-zone
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I-Chien Lai, Chon-Lin Lee, Fung-Chi Ko, Ju-Chieh Lin, Hu-Ching Huang, Ruei-Feng Shiu
The air-water exchange is important for determining the transport, fate, and chemical loading of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the atmosphere and in aquatic systems. Investigations of PAH air-water exchange are mostly based on observational data obtained using complicated field sampling processes. This study proposes a new approach to improve the estimation of long-term PAH air-water exchange fluxes by using a multivariate regression model to simulate hourly gaseous PAH concentrations. Model performance analysis and the benefits from this approach indicate its effectiveness at improving the flux estimations and at decreasing the field sampling difficulty...
May 16, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522458/a-key-role-for-apoplastic-h2o2-in-norway-spruce-phenolic-metabolism
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Teresa Laitinen, Kris Morreel, Nicolas Delhomme, Adrien Gauthier, Bastian Schiffthaler, Kaloian Nickolov, Günter Brader, Kean-Jin Lim, Teemu H Teeri, Nathaniel R Street, Wout A Boerjan, Anna Karkonen
Apoplastic events such as monolignol oxidation and lignin polymerization are difficult to study in intact trees. To investigate the role of apoplastic H2O2 in gymnosperm phenolic metabolism, an extracellular lignin-forming cell culture of Norway spruce (Picea abies) was used as a research model. Scavenging of apoplastic H2O2 by KI repressed lignin formation, in line with peroxidases activating monolignols for lignin polymerization. Time course analyses coupled to candidate substrate product pair network propagation revealed differential accumulation of low-molecular-weight phenolics, including (glycosylated) oligolignols, (glycosylated) flavonoids and proanthocyanidins, in lignin-forming and H2O2-scavenging cultures, and supported that monolignols are oxidatively coupled not only in the cell wall, but also in the cytoplasm where they are coupled to other monolignols and proanthocyanidins...
May 18, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520776/proteomic-analysis-of-tea-plants-camellia-sinensis-with-purple-young-shoots-during-leaf-development
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Qiongqiong Zhou, Zhidan Chen, Jinwook Lee, Xinghui Li, Weijiang Sun
Tea products made from purple leaves are highly preferred by consumers due to the health benefits. This study developed a proteome reference map related to color changes during leaf growth in tea (Camellia sinensis) plant with purple young shoots using two-dimensional electrophoresis (2-DE). Forty-six differentially expressed proteins were detected in the gel and successfully identified by using MALDI-TOF/TOF-MS. The pronounced changes in the proteomic profile between tender purple leaves (TPL) and mature green leaves (MGL) included: 1) the lower activity of proteins associated with CO2 assimilation, energy metabolism and photo flux efficiency and higher content of anthocyanins in TPL than those in MGL may protect tender leaves against photo-damage; 2) the higher abundance of chalcone synthase (CHS), chalcone isomerase (CHI) and flavonol synthase (FLS) likely contributes to the synthesis of anthocyanins, catechins and flavonols in TPL tissues; 3) higher abundance of stress response proteins, such as glutathione S-transferases (GST) and phospholipid hydroperoxide glutathione peroxidase (PHGPx), could enhance the tolerance of TPL tissues to adverse condition in; and 4) the increased abundance of proteins related to protein synthesis, nucleic acids and cell wall proteins should be beneficial for the proliferation and expansion of leaf cell in TPL tissues...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520433/toward-a-rigorous-definition-of-a-strength-of-any-interaction-between-bader-s-atomic-basins
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Ivan V Ananyev, Valentina A Karnoukhova, Artem O Dmitrienko, Konstantin A Lyssenko
Strength of interaction between Bader's atomic basins, enclosed by zero-flux surfaces of electron distribution, was proposed to be a measure of elastic deformation of an interaction. The set containing 53 atomic aggregate and covering all range of interaction strength (from van-der-Waals interactions to triple covalent bonds) was calculated by DFT and perturbation theory methods. Further analysis was performed to seek correlations between various local quantities based on electron density and effective force constants of stretching diatomic vibrations...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515906/measurement-accuracy-of-total-cell-volume-by-automated-dialyzer-reprocessing-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Chatchai Kreepala, Aroonchai Sangpanich, Phirudee Boonchoo, Warit Rungsrithananon
INTRODUCTION: Dialyzer reprocessing machines have replaced human labor in preparing re-usable dialyzers. It also made the process of total cell volume (TCV) measurement become faster. Nevertheless, there has been a lack of data on efficacy of weight evaluation on TCV by machine compared to volume evaluation by the conventional method. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of TCV measurement performed by Kidney-Kleen(®) reprocessing machine, produced by MEDITOP Company in Thailand, compared to that of the conventional method...
June 2017: Annals of Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515881/effect-of-bursaphelenchus-xylophilus-infection-on-leaf-photosynthetic-characteristics-and-resource-use-efficiency-of-pinus-massoniana
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Ruihe Gao, Zhuang Wang, Juan Shi, Youqing Luo
Pine wilt disease (PWD) is considered as the most destructive forest-invasive alien species in China. We measured gas exchange parameters and foliar carbon isotope ratios (δ(13)C) of different infection phases of Masson pine in order to investigate the effect of Bursaphelenchus xylophilus infection on photosynthetic responses and resource-use efficiency. The results showed that net photosynthetic rate (Pn), transpiration rate (T), stomatal conductance (gs), and internal CO 2 concentrations (Ci) decreased in the infested trees at photosynthetic photon flux density (PPFD) levels from 0 to 2,000 μmol m(-2) s(-1) compared with controls...
May 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515456/metabolomic-analysis-shows-differential-hepatic-effects-of-t2-and-t3-in-rats-after-short-term-feeding-with-high-fat-diet
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Liliana F Iannucci, Federica Cioffi, Rosalba Senese, Fernando Goglia, Antonia Lanni, Paul M Yen, Rohit A Sinha
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a major health problem worldwide, and is often associated with lipotoxic injury, defective mitochondrial function, and insulin resistance. Thyroid hormones (THs) are important regulators of hepatic lipid metabolism. Among the THs, diiodothyronine (T2) and triiodothyronine (T3) have shown promising results in lowering hepatic fat content in various models of NAFLD. In this study, we used a targeted metabolomics approach to investigate the differential effects of T2 and T3 on the early metabolic adaptation in the livers of rats fed high fat diet (HFD), a period when hepatosteatosis is reversible...
May 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515149/pyruvate-kinase-inhibits-proliferation-during-postnatal-cerebellar-neurogenesis-and-suppresses-medulloblastoma-formation
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Katherine Tech, Andrey P Tikunov, Hamza Farooq, A Sorana Morrissy, Jessica Meidinger, Taylor Fish, Sarah C Green, Hedi Liu, Yisu Li, Andrew J Mungall, Richard A Moore, Yussanne Ma, Steven Jm Jones, Marco A Marra, Matthew G Vander Heiden, Michael D Taylor, Jeffrey MacDonald, Timothy R Gershon
Aerobic glycolysis supports proliferation through unresolved mechanisms. We have previously shown that aerobic glycolysis is required for the regulated proliferation of cerebellar granule neuron progenitors (CGNPs), and for the growth of CGNP-derived medulloblastoma. Blocking the initiation of glycolysis via deletion of Hexokinase-2 (Hk2) disrupts CGNP proliferation and restricts medulloblastoma growth. Here, we assessed whether disrupting Pyruvate kinase-M (Pkm), an enzyme that acts in the terminal steps of glycolysis, would alter CGNP metabolism, proliferation and tumorigenesis...
May 17, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512330/direct-evaluation-of-influence-of-electron-damage-on-the-subcell-performance-in-triple-junction-solar-cells-using-photoluminescence-decays
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David M Tex, Tetsuya Nakamura, Mitsuru Imaizumi, Takeshi Ohshima, Yoshihiko Kanemitsu
Tandem solar cells are suited for space applications due to their high performance, but also have to be designed in such a way to minimize influence of degradation by the high energy particle flux in space. The analysis of the subcell performance is crucial to understand the device physics and achieve optimized designs of tandem solar cells. Here, the radiation-induced damage of inverted grown InGaP/GaAs/InGaAs triple-junction solar cells for various electron fluences are characterized using conventional current-voltage (I-V) measurements and time-resolved photoluminescence (PL)...
May 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512019/novel-inulin-based-mucoadhesive-micelles-loaded-with-corticosteroids-as-potential-transcorneal-permeation-enhancers
#17
Giulia Di Prima, Silvia Saladino, Flavia Bongiovì, Giorgia Adamo, Giulio Ghersi, Giovanna Pitarresi, Gaetano Giammona
In this work a new copolymer of inulin (INU) derivatized with ethylendiamine (EDA) and retinoic acid (RA), named INU-EDA-RA, was synthetized, characterized and employed to produce micelles as carriers for topical administration of corticosteroids for the potential treatment of diseases of posterior eye segment. Spectroscopic analysis confirmed a molar derivatization degree of 11.30 and 4.30 % in EDA and RA, respectively. INU-EDA-RA micelles are capable of strong mucoadhesive interactions which result time-independent and stable over time but concentration depending...
May 13, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511646/emergence-of-microbial-diversity-due-to-cross-feeding-interactions-in-a-spatial-model-of-gut-microbial-metabolism
#18
Milan J A van Hoek, Roeland M H Merks
BACKGROUND: The human gut contains approximately 10(14) bacteria, belonging to hundreds of different species. Together, these microbial species form a complex food web that can break down nutrient sources that our own digestive enzymes cannot handle, including complex polysaccharides, producing short chain fatty acids and additional metabolites, e.g., vitamin K. Microbial diversity is important for colonic health: Changes in the composition of the microbiota have been associated with inflammatory bowel disease, diabetes, obesity and Crohn's disease, and make the microbiota more vulnerable to infestation by harmful species, e...
May 16, 2017: BMC Systems Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505891/modelling-sediment-fluxes-in-the-danube-river-basin-with-swat
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Olga Vigiak, Anna Malagó, Fayçal Bouraoui, Matthias Vanmaercke, Florin Obreja, Jean Poesen, Helmut Habersack, János Fehér, Samo Grošelj
Sediment management is of prior concern in the Danube Basin for provision of economic and environmental services. This study aimed at assessing current (1995-2009) sediment fluxes of the Danube Basin with SWAT model and identifying sediment budget knowledge gaps. After hydrologic calibration, hillslope gross erosion and sediment yields were broadly calibrated using ancillary data (measurements in plots and small catchments, and national and European erosion maps). Mean annual sediment concentrations (SSC) from 269 gauging stations (2968 station-year entries; median 19mg/L, interquartile range IQR 10-36mg/L) were used for calibrating in-stream sediments...
May 11, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505887/emission-and-distribution-of-phosphine-in-paddy-fields-and-its-relationship-with-greenhouse-gases
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Weiyi Chen, Xiaojun Niu, Shaorong An, Hong Sheng, Zhenghua Tang, Zhiquan Yang, Xiaohong Gu
Phosphine (PH3), as a gaseous phosphide, plays an important role in the phosphorus cycle in ecosystems. In this study, the emission and distribution of phosphine, carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) in paddy fields were investigated to speculate the future potential impacts of enhanced greenhouse effect on phosphorus cycle involved in phosphine by the method of Pearson correlation analysis and multiple linear regression analysis. During the whole period of rice growth, there was a significant positive correlation between CO2 emission flux and PH3 emission flux (r=0...
May 11, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
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