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Aashish Kumar Sharma, R P Agrawal, J K Sharma, Ritvik Agrawal, Surendra Kumar, Kunal Thackar, Kailash Chandra Saini
OBJECTIVE: Vitamin D deficiency may be responsible for endothelial dysfunction which in turn affects the onset and progression of vascular disease including coronary artery disease and its risk factor, directly or indirectly through various mechanisms. This study was undertaken to find out association between vitamin D and endothelial dilatation of brachial artery, which may help to suggest possible underlying mechanisms and may be of clinical importance in planning preventive and therapeutic strategies...
July 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Cornelia U Welte, Olivia Rasigraf, Annika Vaksmaa, Wouter Versantvoort, Arslan Arshad, Huub J M Op den Camp, Mike S M Jetten, Claudia Lüke, Joachim Reimann
Microbial methane oxidation is an important process to reduce the emission of the greenhouse gas methane. Anaerobic microorganisms couple the oxidation of methane to the reduction of sulfate, nitrate and nitrite, and possibly oxidized iron and manganese minerals. In this article, we review the recent finding of the intriguing nitrate- and nitrite-dependent anaerobic oxidation of methane (AOM). Nitrate-dependent AOM is catalyzed by anaerobic archaea belonging to the ANME-2d clade closely related to Methanosarcina methanogens...
October 18, 2016: Environmental Microbiology Reports
Amineh Aghabali, Sharon Jun, Marilyn M Olmstead, Alan L Balch
The photochemical reaction of piperazine with C70 produces a mono adduct (N(CH2CH2)2NC70) in high yield (67%) and three bis-adducts. These adducts combine with Lewis acids to form crystalline aggregates suitable for X-ray diffraction. The structure of (N(CH2CH2)2NC70) was determined from the adduct that formed by reaction of N(CH2CH2)2NC70 with I2. Crystals of polymeric {Rh2(O2CCF3)4N(CH2CH2)2NC70}n*nC6H6 from reaction of the mono adduct with Rh2(O2CCF3)4 contain a sinusoidal strand of alternating molecules of N(CH2CH2)2NC70 and Rh2(O2CCF3)4 connected through Rh-N bonds...
October 17, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
Maike A Seiler, Detlef Jensen, Udo Neist, Ursula K Deister, Franz Schmitz
BACKGROUND: Perchlorate salts are relatively stable, soluble in water, and migrate into groundwater sources. Groundwater is an essential source for drinking water suppliers. Perchlorate bears health risks as it is identified to impair normal thyroid function by interfering with iodine uptake by the thyroid gland. The development of a sensitive analytical method for the determination of perchlorate is therefore of the highest interest or public health. Ion chromatography is a sensitive method suitable for perchlorate determinations...
2016: Environmental Sciences Europe
A J Mitchell, N L Mills, D E Newby, N L M Cruden
AIMS: To determine the reproducibility of flow-mediated dilation (FMD) and nitrate-mediated dilation (NMD) in the assessment of radial artery vasomotor function, and to examine the effect of transradial catheterisation on radial artery injury and recovery. METHODS: Radial artery FMD and NMD were examined in 20 volunteers and 20 patients on four occasions (two visits at least 24 hours apart, with two assessments at each visit). In a further 10 patients, radial artery FMD was assessed in the catheterised arm prior to, at 24 hours and 3 months following cardiac catheterisation...
2016: Open Heart
Jianzhong Ma, Chengzhu Zhu, Jun Lu, Tao Wang, Shuheng Hu, Tianhu Chen
The photochemical reaction between biphenyl (Bp) and N(III) under irradiation at 365 nm UV light was investigated. The results showed that Bp conversion efficiency was strongly influenced by N (III) concentration, Bp initial concentration and pH. Species-specific rate constants determined by reaction of Bp with H2ONO(+) (k1), HONO (k2) and NO2(-) (k3) were k1 = (0.058 ± 0.005 L mol(-1) s(-1)), k2 = (0.12 ± 0.06 L mol(-1) s(-1)) and k3 = (0.0019 ± 0.0003 L mol(-1) s(-1)), respectively...
October 14, 2016: Chemosphere
Nikolaos Th Skoulikidis, Leonidas Vardakas, Yorgos Amaxidis, Panagiotis Michalopoulos
Desiccation and re-flooding processes play a key role on hydrological features of non-perennial rivers. This study addresses the effects of these processes on the aquatic quality and unravels underlying biogeochemical processes of an intermittent river reach in southern Greece containing a spring-fed pool. Combined spatio-temporal sampling for physicochemical parameters, major ions and nutrients and high frequency automatic monitoring during a hydrological year (2010-2011) indicate that during the dry period, solute variation was controlled by "concentration" processes (i...
October 13, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
Jillian L Theobald, Rachel Spoelhof, Erin M Pallasch, Mark B Mycyk
Methemoglobinemia can result from ingestion of nitrite- or nitrate-containing foods. Here, we report a case where an adolescent girl and her father developed clinically significant methemoglobinemia after ingestion of "homemade" beef jerky prepared with sodium nitrate salt purchased at a local grocery store. Both had palpitations, dyspnea, and visible mucosal cyanosis. The daughter had a methemoglobin level of 44.2% and the father's methemoglobin level was 34.2%. Prompt recognition of methemoglobinemia is important for initiating antidotal therapy with methylene blue...
September 30, 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
Joanna Majerczak, Marcin Grandys, Krzysztof Duda, Agnieszka Zakrzewska, Aneta Balcerczyk, Leszek Kolodziejski, Dorota Szymoniak-Chochol, Ryszard T Smolenski, Grzegorz Bartosz, Stefan Chlopicki, Jerzy A Zoladz
In this study we have evaluated the effect of 20-weeks of moderate-intensity endurance training (ET) on the endothelial glycocalyx layer integrity in relation to the training-induced changes in antioxidant defence. Eleven healthy young, untrained men performed an incremental cycling exercise until exhaustion before and after 20 weeks of ET. Endurance training consisted of 40- minute sessions, mainly of moderate-intensity (∼50% of VO2max ), performed 4 times per week. Venous blood samples were taken at rest and at the end of the maximal exercise test...
October 17, 2016: Experimental Physiology
Xiang Liu, Quan Wang, Zhiming Qi, Jiangang Han, Lanhai Li
In the last decade, an increasing number of studies have reported that soil nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions can be reduced by adding biochar. However, the effect of biochar amendment on soil N2O emissions during freeze-thaw cycle (FTC) is still unknown. In this laboratory study, biochar (0%, 2% and 4%, w/w) was added into a cultivated sandy loam soil and then treated with 15 times of FTC (each FTC consisted of freeze at -5/-10 °C for 24 h and thaw at 5/10 °C for 24 h), to test whether biochar can mitigate soil N2O emissions during FTC, and estimate the relationships between N2O emissions and soil inorganic nitrogen contents/microbial biomass content/enzyme activities...
October 17, 2016: Scientific Reports
John Vinson, Terrence Jach, Matthias Müller, Rainer Unterumsberger, Burkhard Beckhoff
It has been previously shown that two effects cause dramatic changes in the x-ray absorption and emission spectra from the N K edge of the insulating crystal ammonium nitrate. First, vibrational disorder causes major changes in the absorption spectrum, originating not only from the thermal population of phonons, but, significantly, from zero-point motion as well. Second, the anomalously large broadening (~ 4 eV) of the emission originating from nitrate σ states is due to unusually short lifetimes of quasiparticles in an otherwise extremely narrow band...
July 15, 2016: Physical Review. B
Miao Ai, Zhiyun Du, Siqi Zhu, Hongjuan Geng, Xu Zhang, Qing Cai, Xiaoping Yang
OBJECTIVE: The object is to find a functional one-dimensional nanofibrous filler for composite resin, which is able to provide both efficient reinforcement and high antibacterial activity. METHODS: Hydroxyapatite (HA) nanowires were synthesized via hydrothermal technique using calcium oleate as the precursor. Polydopamine (PDA)-coated HA (HA-PDA) nanowires were prepared by soaking HA nanowires in dopamine (DA) aqueous solution. Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs)-laden HA (HA-PDA-Ag) nanowires were prepared via reduction reaction by adding silver nitrate and glucose into HA-PDA suspensions in DI water...
October 10, 2016: Dental Materials: Official Publication of the Academy of Dental Materials
Andrés Felipe Cartagena, Luís Antonio Esmerino, Rogerio Polak-Junior, Sibelli Olivieri Parreiras, Milton Domingos Michél, Paulo Vitor Farago, Nara Hellen Campanha
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to develop a new oral drug delivery system by incorporating polymeric miconazole nitrate (MN) microparticles on an experimental antifungal denture adhesive (DA). METHODS: Spray drying Eudragit L-100 (E) and Gantrez MS-955 (G) MN-microparticles were incorporated in DA. DAE1, DAG1, DAEG1, DAE2, DAG2, DAEG2 groups were obtained from the combination of polymers used in MN-microparticles (E, G and EG) and concentration of MN into DA (1, for 1% and 2, for 2%)...
October 10, 2016: Dental Materials: Official Publication of the Academy of Dental Materials
Min Zhou, Liping Qiao, Shuhui Zhu, Li Li, Shengrong Lou, Hongli Wang, Qian Wang, Shikang Tao, Cheng Huang, Changhong Chen
In this work, a one-year observation focusing on high time resolution characteristics of components in fine particles was conducted at an urban site in Shanghai. Contributions of different components on visibility impairment were also studied. Our research indicates that the major components of PM2.5 in Shanghai are water-soluble inorganic ions and carbonaceous aerosol, accounting for about 60% and 30% respectively. Higher concentrations of sulfate (SO4(2-)) and organic carbon (OC) in PM2.5 occurred in fall and summer, while higher concentrations of nitrate (NO3(-)) were observed in winter and spring...
October 2016: Journal of Environmental Sciences (China)
Ximena Zottig, Mathieu Laporte Wolwertz, Makan Golizeh, Leanne Ohlund, Lekha Sleno, Steve Bourgault
Light chain amyloidosis (AL) originates from the deposition of immunoglobulin light chains (LCs) as amyloid fibrils in the extracellular space of vital organs. Although non-enzymatic post-translational modifications (PTMs) have been shown to contribute to protein misfolding diseases, little is known about their contributions to LC amyloidogenicity. In this study, we investigated the effects of three oxidative PTMs, carbonylation by hydroxynonenal (HNE), oxidation and nitration, on the structure, thermodynamic stability and self-assembly propensity of a LC variable domain from the λ6 germline, Wil...
October 11, 2016: Biophysical Chemistry
Lilong Yan, Xiaolei Zhang, Guoxin Hao, Yihan Guo, Yuan Ren, Liangbin Yu, Xuefei Bao, Ying Zhang
To explicitly understand the function of extracellular polymeric substances in the treatment of ammonium-nitrogen-rich wastewater using aerobic granular sludge, the three forms of nitrogen (ammonium, nitrite and nitrate nitrogen) contained in tightly and loosely bound extracellular polymeric substances were analyzed. The three forms of nitrogen were monitored in the tightly and loosely bound extracellular polymeric substances in aerobic granular sludge after adsorption. The ammonium nitrogen contained in the extracellular polymeric substances was distributed in both the tightly and loosely bound forms and decreased gradually as the aeration time increased...
October 7, 2016: Bioresource Technology
Jung Ah Choi, Dong-Yeon Kim, Yeong Hwan Seo, Jong-In Han
In this study, Chlorella sorokiniana was successfully cultivated in the recycled medium whose nitrogen was supplied directly from the coagulant, Fe(NO3)3. With a dosage of 0.80g/L, harvesting efficiency of 95% could be achieved. What is more, this amount of nitrate in the coagulant was enough to fully support the growth of C. sorokiniana during the 8day cultivation period, almost as much as the initial nitrogen content in the BG11 culture medium. Other nutrients had to be supplemented, however, with at least 50% amount as in the BG11 recipe...
September 30, 2016: Bioresource Technology
Priscila de Souza, Karla Lorena Guarido, Karin Scheschowitsch, Luísa Mota da Silva, Maria Fernanda Werner, Jamil Assreuy, José Eduardo da Silva-Santos
We investigated long-lasting changes in endothelial and vascular function in adult rat survivors of severe sepsis induced by cecal ligation and puncture (CLP) model. For this, male Wistar rats (200-350g) had their cecum punctured once (non-transfixing hole) with a 14-gauge needle. Performed in this way, a mortality rate around 30% was achieved in the first 72h. The survivors, together with age-matched control rats (not subjected to CLP), were maintained in our holding room for 60 days (S60 group) and had the descending thoracic aorta processed for functional, histological, biochemical or molecular analyses...
September 30, 2016: Redox Biology
Stephen J Bailey, Jamie R Blackwell, Lee J Wylie, Terezia Holland, Paul G Winyard, Andrew M Jones
Dietary supplementation with inorganic nitrate (NO3(-)) has been reported to improve cardiovascular health indices in healthy adults. Cigarette smoking increases circulating thiocyanate (SCN(-)), which has been suggested to competitively inhibit salivary nitrate (NO3(-)) uptake, a rate-limiting step in dietary NO3(-) metabolism. Therefore, this study tested the hypothesis that dietary NO3(-) supplementation would be less effective at increasing the circulating plasma nitrite ([NO2(-)]) and lowering blood pressure in smokers (S) compared to non-smokers (NS)...
October 12, 2016: Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry
D F Dubeibe, M C Caldas-Bussiere, V L Maciel, W V Sampaio, C R Quirino, P B D Gonçalves, M P De Cesaro, M R Faes, C S Paes de Carvalho
Nitric oxide (NO) is identified as a signaling molecule involved in many cellular or physiological functions, including meiotic maturation of cattle oocytes. This study aimed to evaluate the effect of supplementation of culture medium with the L-arginine (L-arg, NO synthesis precursor) in nuclear maturation of oocytes, concentrations of nitrate/nitrite, progesterone (P4), and 17β-estradiol (E2) in the culture medium; and the cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP) and cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) intracellular concentrations in the cumulus-oocyte complexes (COCs) during the first hours of maturation in the presence of hemisections (HSs) of the follicular wall (control -ve)...
September 17, 2016: Theriogenology
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