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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340362/studies-on-neutron-spectrum-characterization-for-the-pneumatic-fast-transfer-system-pfts-of-kamini-reactor
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G V S Ashok Kumar, Sujoy Sen, E Radha, J S Brahmaji Rao, R Acharya, R Kumar, C R Venkatasubramani, A V R Reddy, M Joseph
Characterization of neutron energy spectrum along with the determination of sub-cadmium to epithermal neutron flux ratio (f) and the epithermal neutron flux shape factor (α) has been carried out at pneumatic fast transfer system (PFTS) of KAMINI reactor. The facility has been extensively used for the neutron activation analysis (NAA) studies using both k0-NAA and relative method. This paper describes the multi-foil activation method to determine the reaction rates followed by the generation of computed guess spectrum to unfold the neutron spectrum using least square minimization approach...
March 11, 2017: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335680/ampk-knockdown-in-placental-labyrinthine-progenitor-cells-results-in-restriction-of-critical-energy-resources-and-terminal-differentiation-failure
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Christopher A Waker, Renee E Albers, Richard L Pye, Savannah R Doliboa, Christopher N Wyatt, Thomas L Brown, Debra Ann Mayes
Placental abnormalities can cause Pregnancy-Associated Disorders including preeclampsia, intrauterine growth restriction, and placental insufficiency that result in complications for both the mother and fetus. Trophoblast cells within the labyrinthine layer of the placenta facilitate the exchange of nutrients, gases, and waste between mother and fetus; therefore, the development of this cell layer is critical for fetal development. As trophoblast cells differentiate, it is assumed their metabolism changes with their energy requirements...
March 23, 2017: Stem Cells and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335577/gc-ms-metabolomic-analysis-to-reveal-the-metabolites-and-biological-pathways-involved-in-the-developmental-stages-and-tissue-response-of-panax-ginseng
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Jia Liu, Yang Liu, Yu Wang, Ann Abozeid, Yuan-Gang Zu, Xiao-Ning Zhang, Zhong-Hua Tang
Ginsenosides, the major compounds present in ginseng, are known to have numerous physiological and pharmacological effects. The physiological processes, enzymes and genes involved in ginsenoside synthesis in P. ginseng have been well characterized. However, relatively little information is known about the dynamic metabolic changes that occur during ginsenoside accumulation in ginseng. To explore this topic, we isolated metabolites from different tissues at different growth stages, and identified and characterized them by using gas chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry (GC-MS)...
March 21, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335279/a-novel-polyvinylidene-fluoride-tree-like-nanofiber-membrane-for-microfiltration
#4
Zongjie Li, Weimin Kang, Huihui Zhao, Min Hu, Na Wei, Jiuan Qiu, Bowen Cheng
A novel polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) tree-like nanofiber membrane (PVDF-TLNM) was fabricated by adding tetrabutylammonium chloride (TBAC) into a PVDF spinning solution via one-step electrospinning. The structure of the prepared membranes was characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and pore size analysis, and the hydrophilic property and microfiltration performance were also evaluated. The results showed that the tree-like nanofiber was composed of trunk fibers and branch fibers with diameters of 100-500 nm and 5-100 nm, respectively...
August 19, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334697/constraint-based-stoichiometric-modelling-from-single-organisms-to-microbial-communities
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Willi Gottstein, Brett G Olivier, Frank J Bruggeman, Bas Teusink
Microbial communities are ubiquitously found in Nature and have direct implications for the environment, human health and biotechnology. The species composition and overall function of microbial communities are largely shaped by metabolic interactions such as competition for resources and cross-feeding. Although considerable scientific progress has been made towards mapping and modelling species-level metabolism, elucidating the metabolic exchanges between microorganisms and steering the community dynamics remain an enormous scientific challenge...
November 2016: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334215/systematic-inference-of-functional-phosphorylation-events-in-yeast-metabolism
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Yu Chen, Yonghong Wang, Jens Nielsen
Motivation: Protein phosphorylation is a post-translational modification that affects proteins by changing their structure and conformation in a rapid and reversible way, and it is an important mechanism for metabolic regulation in cells. Phosphoproteomics enables high-throughput identification of phosphorylation events on metabolic enzymes, but identifying functional phosphorylation events still requires more detailed biochemical characterization. Therefore, development of computational methods for investigating unknown functions of a large number of phosphorylation events identified by phosphoproteomics has received increased attention...
March 2, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334160/aqua-duct-a-ligands-tracking-tool
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Tomasz Magdziarz, Karolina Mitusinska, Sandra Goldowska, Alicja Pluciennik, Michal Stolarczyk, Magdalena Lugowska, Artur Góra
Motivation: The identification and tracking of molecules which enter active site cavity requires screening the positions of thousands of single molecules along several thousand molecular dynamic steps. To fill the existing gap between tools searching for tunnels and pathways and advanced tools employed for accelerated water flux investigations, we have developed AQUA-DUCT. Results: AQUA-DUCT is an easy-to-use tool that facilitates analysis of the behaviour of molecules that penetrate any selected region in a protein...
March 2, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333921/bioenergetics-based-modeling-of-plasmodium-falciparum-metabolism-reveals-its-essential-genes-nutritional-requirements-and-thermodynamic-bottlenecks
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Anush Chiappino-Pepe, Stepan Tymoshenko, Meriç Ataman, Dominique Soldati-Favre, Vassily Hatzimanikatis
Novel antimalarial therapies are urgently needed for the fight against drug-resistant parasites. The metabolism of malaria parasites in infected cells is an attractive source of drug targets but is rather complex. Computational methods can handle this complexity and allow integrative analyses of cell metabolism. In this study, we present a genome-scale metabolic model (iPfa) of the deadliest malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum, and its thermodynamics-based flux analysis (TFA). Using previous absolute concentration data of the intraerythrocytic parasite, we applied TFA to iPfa and predicted up to 63 essential genes and 26 essential pairs of genes...
March 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331950/how-do-elevated-co2-and-nitrogen-addition-affect-functional-microbial-community-involved-in-greenhouse-gas-flux-in-salt-marsh-system
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Seung-Hoon Lee, Patrick J Megonigal, Hojeong Kang
Salt marshes are unique ecosystem of which a microbial community is expected to be affected by global climate change. In this study, by using T-RFLP analysis, quantitative PCR, and pyrosequencing, we comprehensively analyzed the microbial community structure responding to elevated CO2 (eCO2) and N addition in a salt marsh ecosystem subjected to CO2 manipulation and N addition for about 3 years. We focused on the genes of microbes relevant to N-cycling (denitrification and nitrification), CH4-flux (methanogens and methanotrophs), and S-cycling (sulfate reduction) considering that they are key functional groups involved in the nutrient cycle of salt marsh system...
March 22, 2017: Microbial Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328850/measurement-of-exhaled-nitric-oxide-concentration-in-patients-with-obstructive-sleep-apnea-a-meta-analysis
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Dongmei Zhang, Jinmei Luo, Yixian Qiao, Yi Xiao, Rong Huang, Xu Zhong
BACKGROUND: Exhaled nitric oxide (eNO) has been proposed as a noninvasive measure of airway inflammation. However, its value in patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is still controversial. The authors aim to assess the difference in eNO levels between patients with OSA and controls by a meta-analysis. METHODS: A systematic search was performed in the PubMed, EMBASE, the Cochrane Library, and MEDLINE databases to collect relevant studies published from 1996 to 2016...
March 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328234/quantification-of-basal-insulin-peglispro-and-human-insulin-in-adipose-tissue-interstitial-fluid-by-open-flow-microperfusion
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Katrin Tiffner, Beate Boulgaropoulos, Christian Höfferer, Thomas Birngruber, Niels Porksen, Helle Linnebjerg, Parag Garhyan, Eric Chen Quin Lam, Mary Pat Knadler, Thomas R Pieber, Frank Sinner
BACKGROUND: Restoration of the physiologic hepatic-to-peripheral insulin gradient may be achieved by either portal vein administration or altering insulin structure to increase hepatic specificity or restrict peripheral access. Basal insulin peglispro (BIL) is a novel, PEGylated basal insulin with a flat pharmacokinetic and glucodynamic profile and altered hepatic-to-peripheral action gradient. We hypothesized reduced BIL exposure in peripheral tissues explains the latter, and in this study assessed the adipose tissue interstitial fluid (ISF) concentrations of BIL compared with human insulin (HI)...
March 22, 2017: Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326127/detecting-peatland-drains-with-object-based-image-analysis-and-geoeye-1-imagery
#12
J Connolly, N M Holden
BACKGROUND: Peatlands play an important role in the global carbon cycle. They provide important ecosystem services including carbon sequestration and storage. Drainage disturbs peatland ecosystem services. Mapping drains is difficult and expensive and their spatial extent is, in many cases, unknown. An object based image analysis (OBIA) was performed on a very high resolution satellite image (Geoeye-1) to extract information about drain location and extent on a blanket peatland in Ireland...
December 2017: Carbon Balance and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325918/robust-analysis-of-fluxes-in-genome-scale-metabolic-pathways
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Michael MacGillivray, Amy Ko, Emily Gruber, Miranda Sawyer, Eivind Almaas, Allen Holder
Constraint-based optimization, such as flux balance analysis (FBA), has become a standard systems-biology computational method to study cellular metabolisms that are assumed to be in a steady state of optimal growth. The methods are based on optimization while assuming (i) equilibrium of a linear system of ordinary differential equations, and (ii) deterministic data. However, the steady-state assumption is biologically imperfect, and several key stoichiometric coefficients are experimentally inferred from situations of inherent variation...
March 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325849/phospholipase-d%C3%AE-enhances-diacylglycerol-flux-into-triacylglycerol
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Wenyu Yang, Geliang Wang, Jia Li, Philip David Bates, Xuemin Wang, Douglas K Allen
Plant seeds are the primary source of triacylglycerols (TAG) for food, feed, fuel, and industrial applications. As TAG is produced from diacylglycerol (DAG) successful engineering strategies to enhance TAG levels have focused on the conversion of DAG to TAG. However, the production of TAG can be limited by flux through the enzymatic reactions that supply DAG. In this study, two Arabidopsis phospholipase Dζ genes (AtPLDζ1 and AtPLDζ2) were co-expressed in Camelina sativa to test whether the conversion of phosphatidylcholine (PC) to DAG impacts TAG levels in seeds...
March 21, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325049/antibody-subclass-detection-using-graphene-nanopore
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Amir Barati Farimani, Mohammad Heiranian, Kyoungmin Min, Narayana R Aluru
Solid-state nanopores are promising for label free protein detection. The large thickness, ranging from several tens of nanometers to micrometers and larger, of solid-state nanopores prohibits atomic scale scanning or interrogation of proteins. Here, a single-atom thick graphene nanopore is shown to be highly capable of sensing and discriminating between different subclasses of IgG antibodies despite their minor and subtle variation in atomic structure. Extensive molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, rigorous statistical analysis with a total aggregate simulation time of 2...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324711/fire-hazard-reduction-of-hollow-glass-microspheres-in-thermoplastic-polyurethane-composites
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Chuanmei Jiao, Hongzhi Wang, Shaoxiang Li, Xilei Chen
Nowadays, reducing the fire hazard of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) is an important research direction in the fields of fire safety materials. In this article, hollow glass microsphere (HGM) was used to reduce the fire hazard of TPU in combustion process. The fire characteristics including smoke and heat production of TPU composites were evaluated using smoke density test (SDT) and cone calorimeter test (CCT). And the thermal decomposition and flammable properties were further studied using thermogravimetric analysis/infrared spectrometry (TG-IR) and limiting oxygen index (LOI), etc...
February 24, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323016/identifying-the-shared-metabolic-objectives-of-glycerol-bioconversion-in-klebsiella-pneumoniae-under-different-culture-conditions
#17
Gongxian Xu, Caixia Li
This paper addresses the problem of identifying the shared metabolic objectives of glycerol bioconversion in Klebsiella pneumoniae for production of 1,3-propanediol (1,3-PD) under different culture conditions. To achieve this goal, we propose a multi-level programming model. This model includes three optimization problems, where the constraint region of the first level problem is implicitly determined by the other two optimization problems. The optimized objectives of the first and second level problems are to minimize the set of fluxes that are of major importance to glycerol metabolism and the difference between the observed fluxes and those computed by the model, respectively...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322977/assessment-of-penetration-potential-of-ph-responsive-double-walled-biodegradable-nanogels-coated-with-eucalyptus-oil-for-the-controlled-delivery-of-5-fluorouracil-in-vitro-and-ex-vivo-studies
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Prashant Sahu, Sushil K Kashaw, Sanyog Jain, Samaresh Sau, Arun K Iyer
Penetration enhancers coated biodegradable polymeric nanogels loaded with cytotoxic drugs applied via the topical route, can be a promising strategy for improving the chemotherapeutic efficiency of skin cancers. The major objective of proposed research was to investigate the in vitro and ex vivo chemotherapeutic potential of double walled PLGA-chitosan biodegradable nanogel entrapped with 5-fluororuacil (5-FU) coated with eucalyptus oil, topically applied onto the skin. 5-FU was first entrapped in PLGA core by solvent evaporation technique followed by coating with cationic chitosan for ionic interaction with anionic skin cancer cell membrane...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319438/systemic-deregulation-of-autophagy-upon-loss-of-als-and-ftd-linked-c9orf72
#19
Yon Ji, Janet Ugolino, Nathan Ryan Brady, Anne Hamacher-Brady, Jiou Wang
A genetic mutation in the C9orf72 gene causes the most common forms of neurodegenerative diseases amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD). The C9orf72 protein, predicted to be a DENN-family protein, is reduced in ALS and FTD, but its functions remain poorly understood. Using a 3110043O21Rik/C9orf72 knockout mouse model, as well as cellular analysis, we have found that loss of C9orf72 causes alterations in the signaling states of central autophagy regulators. In particular, C9orf72 depletion leads to reduced activity of MTOR, a negative regulator of macroautophagy/autophagy, and concomitantly increased TFEB levels and nuclear translocation...
March 20, 2017: Autophagy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318691/evaluation-of-simulated-dredging-to-control-internal-phosphorus-release-from-sediments-focused-on-phosphorus-transfer-and-resupply-across-the-sediment-water-interface
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Juhua Yu, Shiming Ding, Jicheng Zhong, Chengxin Fan, Qiuwen Chen, Hongbin Yin, Lei Zhang, Yinlong Zhang
Sediment dredging is an effective restoration method to control the internal phosphorus (P) loading of eutrophic lakes. However, the core question is that the real mechanism of dredging responsible for sediment internal P release still remains unclear. In this study, we investigated the P exchange across the sediment-water interface (SWI) and the internal P resupply ability from the sediments after dredging. The study is based on a one-year field simulation study in Lake Taihu, China, using a Rhizon soil moisture sampler, high-resolution dialysis (HR-Peeper), ZrO-Chelex diffusive gradients in thin film (ZrO-Chelex DGT), and P fractionation and adsorption isotherm techniques...
March 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
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