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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823069/current-status-of-cattle-production-system-in-nyagatare-district-rwanda
#1
Eugene Mazimpaka, Francis Mbuza, Tukei Michael, Eugene N Gatari, E M Bukenya, Okwee-Acai James
A study was conducted to characterize the cattle production systems in Nyagatare District, Eastern Province of Rwanda using pre-tested questionnaires, interviews with key informants as well as focus group discussions in a period of 2 months. The respondents were selected by multi-stage sampling at sector and cell levels. Based on the procedure of Krejcie and Morgan (Educational and Psychological Measurement 30:607-610, 1970) to determine the overall sample size, the result indicated that the majority (98.3%) of farms were privately owned by large families of five to seven members, and most farmers (53...
August 19, 2017: Tropical Animal Health and Production
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821549/phosphate-catalyzed-hydrogen-peroxide-formation-from-agar-gellan-and-%C3%AE%C2%BA-carrageenan-and-recovery-of-microorganisms-cultivability-by-catalase-and-pyruvate
#2
Kosei Kawasaki, Yoichi Kamagata
Previously, we reported that when agar is autoclaved with phosphate buffer, H2O2 is formed in the resulting medium (PT) and the colony count on the medium inoculated with environmental samples becomes much lower than that on a medium in which agar and phosphate are autoclaved separately (PS) (Appl Environ Microbiol 80:7659-7666). However, the physicochemical mechanisms underlying this observation remain largely unknown. Here, we determined the factors affecting H2O2 formation in agar. The H2O2 formation was pH-dependent: H2O2 was formed at high concentrations in alkaline or neutral phosphate buffer, but not in acidic one...
August 18, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821386/serum-and-follicular-fluid-testosterone-concentrations-do-not-correlate-questioning-the-impact-of-androgen-supplementation-on-the-follicular-endocrine-milieu
#3
Michael von Wolff, Petra Stute, Markus Eisenhut, Ulrich Marti, Norman Bitterlich, Nick A Bersinger
Basic research into a possible link between serum and follicular fluid androgen concentrations to detemine whether androgen supplementation in low responders affects follicular endocrine milieu is still lacking. Ninety-seven women (aged 28-43 years) undergoing one natural IVF cycle without any hormone stimulation were analysed. Serum and follicular fluid were collected at the time of follicle aspiration, and the concentrations of LH, total testosterone, oestradiol, dehydroepiandrosterone and anti-Mullerian hormone (AMH) were determined...
August 2, 2017: Reproductive Biomedicine Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821087/in-vivo-antihyperlipidemic-and-antioxidant-activity-of-porphyran-in-hyperlipidemic-mice
#4
Xiaomei Wang, Weida Li, Li Xiao, Chundong Liu, Huimin Qi, Zhongshan Zhang
The hypolipidemic and antioxidant effects of porphyran from the red algae Porphyra haitanensis as a dietary supplement were evaluated in mice. The levels of serum TC, TG and LDL-C in MP group increased significantly (p<0.05 or p<0.01) by 28.5%, 29.4% and 33.5% compared with the model group. These significant rises were accompanied by significant declines of plasma HDL-C by 21.6% compared with the model group. In addition, the liver content of malondialdehyde significantly decreased, while the superoxide dismutase, catalase, glutathione peroxidase activities significantly increased...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819559/growth-inhibitory-efficacy-of-natural-products-in-a-model-for-triple-negative-molecular-subtype-of-clinical-breast-cancer
#5
Nitin Telang
Global gene expression profiling identifies predictive and prognostic biomarkers and rationalizes breast cancer subtype-targeted treatment. The Anthracyclin/Taxol and survival pathway specific small molecular inhibitors, constitute current treatment options. These options are associated with acquired tumor resistance and emergence of drug-resistant cancer stem cells. Dietary supplements and constitutive bioactive phytochemicals with relatively low systemic toxicity may provide testable alternatives for current therapy...
September 2017: Biomedical Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818751/nutritional-modulation-of-intestinal-drug-metabolizing-cytochrome-p450-by-butyrate-of-different-origin-in-chicken
#6
Anna Kulcsár, Gábor Mátis, Andor Molnár, Janka Petrilla, László Wágner, Hedvig Fébel, Ferenc Husvéth, Károly Dublecz, Zsuzsanna Neogrády
Intestinal cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes play key role in the first pass metabolism of orally ingested xenobiotics, providing a primary metabolic barrier, being of special importance in maintaining animal health and production. This study was aimed to investigate how intestinal drug-metabolizing CYPs can be modulated by nutritional factors in broiler chicken. We investigated the effects of the natural growth promoter (n-)butyrate of different origin (feed supplementation of protected or non-protected forms and/or inducing caecal microbial production by supporting higher level of dietary non-starch polysaccharides [NSP]) on the activity of duodenal CYPs...
August 1, 2017: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818532/myricetin-solid-lipid-nanoparticles-stability-assurance-from-system-preparation-to-site-of-action
#7
Dina M Gaber, Noha Nafee, Osama Y Abdallah
Myricetin - a natural flavonoid - has attracted a great interest due to its antioxidant and free-radical scavenging potential. However, its physicochemical instability critically impairs its dosage form design, evaluation and administration. In an attempt to protect from degradation, MYR was encapsulated into Gelucire-based solid lipid nanoparticles (SLNs). The impact of medium pH, processing temperature and different additives on the drug degradation either in free or nanoencapsulated form was assessed. MYR stability was further monitored in essential biorelevant fluids...
August 14, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817721/stable-isotopes-in-tissues-discriminate-the-diet-of-free-living-wild-boar-from-different-areas-of-central-italy
#8
Giuseppe Russo, Pier Paolo Danieli, Riccardo Primi, Andrea Amici, Marco Lauteri
The use of isotopic signatures in animal tissues provides information on the environment where they are living and, notably, on their diet. Carbon and, whenever possible, nitrogen stable isotope analyses were performed in animal hairs, muscles and fat. Particularly, we analyzed both carbon and nitrogen isotopic compositions (δ13C and δ15N) on wild boar samples across three different areas of central Italy (Latium region): Tyrrhenian Coast (TC), Maremma (MA) and Central Plains (CP). The agricultural habits of these areas imply that, in winter, no crops are available for wild boars, which feed mainly on acorns and natural feeds (tubers, earthworms etc...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817690/resveratrol-and-caloric-restriction-prevent-hepatic-steatosis-by-regulating-sirt1-autophagy-pathway-and-alleviating-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-in-high-fat-diet-fed-rats
#9
Shibin Ding, Jinjin Jiang, Guofu Zhang, Yongjun Bu, Guanghui Zhang, Xiangmei Zhao
BACKGROUND: Studies have demonstrated that resveratrol (a natural polyphenol) and caloric restriction activate Sirtuin-1 (SIRT1) and induce autophagy. Furthermore, autophagy is induced by the SIRT1-FoxO signaling pathway and was recently shown to be a critical protective mechanism against non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) development. We aimed to compare the effects of resveratrol and caloric restriction on hepatic lipid metabolism and elucidate the mechanism by which resveratrol supplementation and caloric restriction alleviate hepatosteatosis by examining the molecular interplay between SIRT1 and autophagy...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810517/argan-oil-reduces-oxidative-stress-genetic-damage-and-emperipolesis-in-rats-treated-with-acrylamide
#10
Zülal Atlı Şekeroğlu, Birsen Aydın, Vedat Şekeroğlu
Acrylamide (AA), a well-known toxicant, is present in high-temperature-processed foods in heated foods. Argan oil (AO), a natural vegetable oil, is receiving increasing attention due to its powerful biological properties. However, limited information is available about its effects in lymphoid organs and bone marrow. The aim of this study is to investigate the effects of AO on hematological parameters, 8-hydroxydeoxyguanosine (8-OHdG), thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARs), protein carbonyl (PCO), glutathione (GSH), myeloperoxidase (MPO) levels, the formation of micronucleus (MN) and megakaryocytic emperipolesis (ME) against AA-induced toxicity in rats...
August 10, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810224/simultaneous-leaching-of-arsenite-arsenate-selenite-and-selenate-and-their-migration-in-tunnel-excavated-sedimentary-rocks-i-column-experiments-under-intermittent-and-unsaturated-flow
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Carlito Baltazar Tabelin, Ryosuke Sasaki, Toshifumi Igarashi, Ilhwan Park, Shuichi Tamoto, Takahiko Arima, Mayumi Ito, Naoki Hiroyoshi
Rocks excavated in tunnel construction projects for roads and railways throughout Japan often leached out hazardous trace elements like arsenic (As) and selenium (Se) upon their exposure to the environment. In nature, the various oxyanionic species of As and Se not only coexist but also exhibit contrasting adsorption-desorption behaviors, so speciation is a crucial factor in their migration through natural geologic media. In this study, the leaching and transport of arsenite (As(III)), arsenate (As(V)), selenite (Se(IV)) and selenate (Se(VI)) in four tunnel-excavated rocks from the Cretaceous-Paleocene Yezo forearc basin were investigated using laboratory column experiments supplemented by batch leaching experiments...
July 28, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809420/rapid-identification-of-%C3%AE-glucosidase-inhibitors-from-dioscorea-opposita-thunb-peel-extract-by-enzyme-functionalized-fe3o4-magnetic-nanoparticles-coupled-with-hplc-ms-ms
#12
Songsong Zhang, Dandan Wu, Huan Li, Jinhua Zhu, Weiping Hu, Minghua Lu, Xiuhua Liu
Dioscorea opposita Thunb, commonly known as "yam" that has a long dietary therapy history for diabetes, is widely consumed as a botanical dietary supplement and widely cultivated in China. In this work, a method for rapid screening of α-glucosidase inhibitors from Dioscorea opposita Thunb peel extract was developed using α-glucosidase functionalized magnetic nanoparticles (αG-MNPs) as a solid phase extraction absorbent in combination with high performance liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (HPLC-MS)...
August 15, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807875/bioactive-isoflavones-from-pueraria-lobata-root-and-starch-different-extraction-techniques-and-carbonic-anhydrase-inhibition
#13
Andrei Mocan, Simone Carradori, Marcello Locatelli, Daniela Secci, Stefania Cesa, Adriano Mollica, Simona Riga, Andrea Angeli, Claudiu T Supuran, Christian Celia, Luisa Di Marzio
Kudzu, the dried root of an important edible plant (Pueraria lobata), is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for the important nutritional value strictly related to its isoflavone derivatives. These compounds characterize the quality of kudzu contained in different preparations, as pharmaceutical ingredient as well as dietary/food supplement (e.g. starch). The optimization of the isoflavones recovery, monitored by HPLC-PDA, through different innovative and conventional extraction techniques, e.g. microwave-assisted, ultrasound-assisted and conventional extraction, represented a suitable challenge in food industry and natural products evaluation...
August 11, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806986/antihyperlipidaemic-and-hepatoprotective-activities-of-acidic-and-enzymatic-hydrolysis-exopolysaccharides-from-pleurotus-eryngii-si-04
#14
Chen Zhang, Juan Li, Jing Wang, Xingling Song, Jianjun Zhang, Shang Wu, Chunlong Hu, Zhiyuan Gong, Le Jia
BACKGROUND: Hyperlipidaemia is the major risk factor contributing to the development and progression of atherosclerosis, fatty liver and cerebrovascular disease. Pleurotus eryngii (P. eryngii) is rich in biologically active components, especially polysaccharides that exhibit various biological activities, including reducing blood lipids. In the present study, three novel polysaccharide types, including exopolysaccharides (EPS), enzymatic EPS (EEPS) and acidic EPS (AEPS) were isolated, and the hypolipidaemic and hepatoprotective effects were investigated to better understand possible hypolipidaemic mechanisms and their hepatoprotective effects...
August 14, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805934/fragility-of-epidermis-acne-and-post-procedure-lesional-skin
#15
G Fabbrocini, A B Rossi, M-D Thouvenin, C Peraud, V Mengeaud, A Bacquey, M Saint Aroman
'Fragile skin', or skin with lower resistance to aggressors, can be broadly classified into four causal categories: constitutional (age-dependent or associated with specific vulnerable locations on the body, e.g. eyelids), pathological (related to disease), circumstantial (related to environmental or internal factors, e.g. stress) and iatrogenic (caused by medical interventions or treatments). In this supplement, we focus on the fourth category, the iatrogenic origin of fragile skin and the role that dermo-cosmetics can have in restoring the natural protective function of the skin following treatments for skin diseases and medical interventions...
September 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805193/optics-of-plasmon-exciton-nanomaterials
#16
Maxim Sukharev, Abraham Nitzan
This review provides a brief introduction to the physics of coupled exciton-plasmon systems, the theoretical description and experimental manifestation of such phenomena, followed by an account of the state-of-the-art methodology for the numerical simulations of such phenomena and supplemented by a number of FORTRAN codes, by which the interested reader can introduce himself/herself to the practice of such simulations. Applications to CW light scattering as well as transient response and relaxation are described...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805101/effect-of-size-and-shape-on-toxicity-of-zinc-oxide-zno-nanomaterials-in-human-peripheral-blood-lymphocytes
#17
Shalini D, Senthilkumar S, Rajaguru P
The multi-industrial applications of zinc oxide nanomaterials (ZnO NMs) lead to increasing exposure to humans. Though the ZnO nanoparticles toxicity had been evaluated previously, toxicity of other forms of ZnO nanomaterials has not been evaluated. In this study, cytotoxicity and genotoxicity of four different types of ZnO NMs were evaluated using human peripheral blood lymphocytes (HPBL). In addition, the effect of anti-oxidants on ZnO NMs induced toxicity was also evaluated. Our results suggest that, size and shape of the nanomaterials have profound effects on their toxicity...
August 13, 2017: Toxicology Mechanisms and Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804712/virtual-and-actual-humanoid-robot-control-with-four-class-motor-imagery-based-optical-brain-computer-interface
#18
Alyssa M Batula, Youngmoo E Kim, Hasan Ayaz
Motor-imagery tasks are a popular input method for controlling brain-computer interfaces (BCIs), partially due to their similarities to naturally produced motor signals. The use of functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) in BCIs is still emerging and has shown potential as a supplement or replacement for electroencephalography. However, studies often use only two or three motor-imagery tasks, limiting the number of available commands. In this work, we present the results of the first four-class motor-imagery-based online fNIRS-BCI for robot control...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804001/production-of-trans-and-conjugated-fatty-acids-in-dairy-ruminants-and-their-putative-effects-on-human-health-a-review
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Anne Ferlay, Laurence Bernard, Annabelle Meynadier, Corinne Malpuech-Brugère
Consumption of milk and dairy products is important in Western industrialised countries. Fat content is an important constituent contributing to the nutritional quality of milk and dairy products. In order to improve the health of consumers, there is high interest in improving their fatty acid (FA) composition, which depends principally on rumen and mammary metabolism. This paper reviews the lipid metabolism in ruminants, with a particular focus on the production of trans and conjugated linoleic acids (CLA) and conjugated linolenic acids (CLnA) in the rumen...
August 10, 2017: Biochimie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803126/fed-batch-production-of-vanillin-by-bacillus-aryabhattai-ba03
#20
Alicia Paz, David Outeiriño, Ricardo Pinheiro de Souza Oliveira, José Manuel Domínguez
Bacillus aryabhattai BA03, a strain isolated in our laboratory, has interesting properties related to the production of natural aromas and flavors. Specifically, we have found that it was able to produce vanillin from ferulic acid (FA). Furthermore, this strain produces high amounts of 4-vinylguaiacol in only 14h, this being the only intermediate metabolite observed in the process. FA is an inexpensive feedstock for the production of natural value-added compounds when extracted from lignocellulosic wastes. In this study, we optimized the operational conditions (temperature, pH and agitation), medium composition and bioconversion technology (batch or fed-batch) to produce vanillin...
August 9, 2017: New Biotechnology
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