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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538841/-nutritional-traffic-light-system-for-processed-foods-qualitative-study-of-awareness-understanding-attitudes-and-practices-in-ecuador
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Wilma B Freire, William F Waters, Gabriela Rivas-Mariño
Objectives.: To analyze awareness, understanding, attitudes, and practices related to the nutritional traffic light system (NTLS) on processed food packaging in Ecuador. Materials and methods.: 21 discussions were held in focus groups (FG) in populations of various sizes in the coastal, mountainous, and eastern regions. Nine interviews were conducted with key informants (KI) representing large, medium, and small enterprises producing or selling processed foods. Results...
January 2017: Revista Peruana de Medicina Experimental y Salud Pública
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538680/diazonium-salt-based-surface-enhanced-raman-spectroscopy-nanosensor-detection-and-quantitation-of-aromatic-hydrocarbons-in-water-samples
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Inga Tijunelyte, Stéphanie Betelu, Jonathan Moreau, Ioannis Ignatiadis, Catherine Berho, Nathalie Lidgi-Guigui, Erwann Guénin, Catalina David, Sébastien Vergnole, Emmanuel Rinnert, Marc Lamy de la Chapelle
Here, we present a surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) nanosensor for environmental pollutants detection. This study was conducted on three polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs): benzo[a]pyrene (BaP), fluoranthene (FL), and naphthalene (NAP). SERS substrates were chemically functionalized using 4-dodecyl benzenediazonium-tetrafluoroborate and SERS analyses were conducted to detect the pollutants alone and in mixtures. Compounds were first measured in water-methanol (9:1 volume ratio) samples. Investigation on solutions containing concentrations ranging from 10(-6) g L(-1) to 10(-3) g L(-1) provided data to plot calibration curves and to determine the performance of the sensor...
May 24, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538181/malate-and-aspartate-increase-l-arginine-and-nitric-oxide-and-attenuate-hypertension
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Entai Hou, Na Sun, Fuchang Zhang, Chenyang Zhao, Kristie Usa, Mingyu Liang, Zhongmin Tian
Fumarase catalyzes the interconversion of fumarate and L-malate in the tricarboxylic acid cycle. The Dahl salt-sensitive (SS) rat, a model of salt-sensitive hypertension, exhibits fumarase insufficiencies. To investigate the mechanism mediating the effect of fumarase-related metabolites on hypertension, we considered the pathway in which L-malate can be converted to oxaloacetate, aspartate, argininosuccinate, and L-arginine, the substrate of nitric oxide (NO) synthase. The levels of aspartate, citrulline, L-arginine, and NO were significantly decreased in the kidneys of SS rats compared to salt-insensitive consomic SS...
May 23, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535667/involvement-of-a-gr2a-expressing-drosophila-pharyngeal-gustatory-receptor-neuron-in-regulation-of-aversion-to-high-salt-foods
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Haein Kim, Yong Taek Jeong, Min Sung Choi, Jaekyun Choi, Seok Jun Moon, Jae Young Kwon
Regulation of feeding is essential for animal survival. The pharyngeal sense organs can act as a second checkpoint of food quality, due to their position between external taste organs such as the labellum which initially assess food quality, and the digestive tract. Growing evidence provides support that the pharyngeal sensory neurons regulate feeding, but much is still unknown. We found that a pair of gustatory receptor neurons in the LSO, a Drosophila adult pharyngeal organ which expresses four gustatory receptors, is involved in feeding inhibition in response to high concentrations of sodium ions...
May 2, 2017: Molecules and Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535592/stream-salinization-and-fungal-mediated-leaf-decomposition-a-microcosm-study
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Cristina Canhoto, Sara Simões, Ana Lúcia Gonçalves, Lúcia Guilhermino, Felix Bärlocher
Salinization is of major global concern due to its effect on stream biota, and ecosystem functions and services. In small streams, litter decomposition is a key ecosystem-level process driven by decomposers, mainly fungi (aquatic hyphomycetes), which link litter and invertebrates. Here we assessed the effects of an environmentally relevant range of salt additions (0, 2, 4, 8, 16gL(-1) NaCl) on (1) fungal growth and species-specific reproductive output and (2) fungal mediated-decomposition of Quercus robur leaves...
May 19, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535256/epigenetic-and-genetic-contributions-to-adaptation-in-chlamydomonas
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Ilkka Kronholm, Andrew Bassett, David Baulcombe, Sinéad Collins
Epigenetic modifications, such as DNA methylation or histone modifications, can be transmitted between cellular or organismal generations. However, there are no experiments measuring their role in adaptation, so here we use experimental evolution to investigate how epigenetic variation can contribute to adaptation. We manipulated DNA methylation and histone acetylation in the unicellular green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii both genetically and chemically to change the amount of epigenetic variation generated or transmitted in adapting populations in three different environments (salt stress, phosphate starvation, and high CO2) for two hundred asexual generations...
May 23, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535065/silica-polymerization-from-supersaturated-dilute-aqueous-solutions-in-the-presence-of-alkaline-earth-salts
#7
Marina Kley, Andreas Kempter, Volodymyr Boyko, Klaus Huber
The early stages of silica polymerization in aqueous solution proceeds according to a mechanism based on three steps: nucleation, particle growth and agglomeration of the particles. Application of time-resolved static and dynamic light scattering as a powerful in-situ technique in combination with spectrophotometric analysis of the monomer consumption based on the molybdenum blue method was carried out to further investigate this 3-step process. Experiments were carried out at four different initial silicic acid contents covering a range between 350 ppm and 750 ppm in the presence of either 10 mM NaCl or 5 mM of a mixture of CaCl2 and MgCl2...
May 23, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534410/a-facile-methodology-for-the-development-of-printable-and-flexible-all-solid-state-rechargeable-battery
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Bibekananda De, Amit Yadav, Salman Khan, Kamal K Kar
Development of the printable and flexible energy storage device is one of the most promising technologies for wearable electronics in textile industry. The present work design a printable and flexible all solid state rechargeable battery for wearable electronic in textile application. Copper coated carbon fiber is used to make polyethylene oxide (PEO) based polymer nanocomposite for flexible and conductive current collector layer. Lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) and titanium dioxide (TiO2) are utilized to prepare cathode and anode layer, respectively with PEO and carbon black composites...
May 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534284/transparent-bactericidal-zno-nanocoatings
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S K Evstropiev, K V Dukelskii, A V Karavaeva, V N Vasilyev, E V Kolobkova, N V Nikonorov, K S Evstropyev
Thin bactericidal ZnO coatings prepared with the polymer-salt method are shown to be highly transparent in the visible. The spectral measurements and XRD analysis data show that coatings prepared are formed by ZnO nanoparticles ~ 10 nm in size. The coatings demonstrate the bactericidal effect against the gram-positive Staphylococcus aureus ATCC 209P and gram-negative Escherichia coli ATCC 25922 bacteria both under the natural light and in the darkness.
July 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533787/genome-wide-analysis-of-gene-expression-provides-new-insights-into-cold-responses-in-thellungiella-salsuginea
#10
Jiangshan Wang, Quan Zhang, Feng Cui, Lei Hou, Shuzhen Zhao, Han Xia, Jingjing Qiu, Tingting Li, Ye Zhang, Xingjun Wang, Chuanzhi Zhao
Low temperature is one of the major environmental stresses that affects plant growth and development, and leads to decrease in crop yield and quality. Thellungiella salsuginea (salt cress) exhibits high tolerance to chilling, is an appropriate model to investigate the molecular mechanisms of cold tolerance. Here, we compared transcription changes in the roots and leaves of T. salsuginea under cold stress using RNA-seq. We identified 2,782 and 1,430 differentially expressed genes (DEGs) in leaves and roots upon cold treatment, respectively...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533568/leveraging-geotagged-twitter-data-to-examine-neighborhood-happiness-diet-and-physical-activity
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Quynh C Nguyen, Suraj Kath, Hsien-Wen Meng, Dapeng Li, Ken Robert Smith, James A VanDerslice, Ming Wen, Feifei Li
OBJECTIVES: Using publicly available, geotagged Twitter data, we created neighborhood indicators for happiness, food and physical activity for three large counties: Salt Lake, San Francisco and New York. METHODS: We utilize 2.8 million tweets collected between February-August 2015 in our analysis. Geo-coordinates of where tweets were sent allow us to spatially join them to 2010 census tract locations. We implemented quality control checks and tested associations between Twitter-derived variables and sociodemographic characteristics...
August 2016: Applied Geography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533492/anti-tumor-activity-of-anthrax-toxin-variants-that-form-a-functional-translocation-pore-by-intermolecular-complementation
#12
Shihui Liu, Qian Ma, Rasem Fattah, Thomas H Bugge, Stephen H Leppla
Anthrax lethal toxin is a typical A-B type protein toxin secreted by Bacillus anthracis. Lethal factor (LF) is the catalytic A-subunit, a metalloprotease having MEKs as targets. LF relies on the cell-binding B-subunit, protective antigen (PA), to gain entry into the cytosol of target cells. PA binds to cell surface toxin receptors and is activated by furin protease to form an LF-binding-competent oligomer-PA pre-pore, which converts to a functional protein-conductive pore in the acidic endocytic vesicles, allowing translocation of LF into the cytosol...
May 9, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532942/robot-assisted-simulated-cataract-surgery
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Tristan Bourcier, Jimmy Chammas, Pierre-Henri Becmeur, Arnaud Sauer, David Gaucher, Philippe Liverneaux, Jacques Marescaux, Didier Mutter
PURPOSE: To evaluate the feasibility of robot-assisted simulated cataract surgery. SETTING: Institut de Recherche Contre les Cancers de l'Appareil Digestif, European Institute of Telesurgery, and Strasbourg University Hospital, Strasbourg, France. DESIGN: Experimental study. METHODS: Cataract surgeries were performed on a Kitaro cataract wet-lab training system simultaneously using the Da Vinci Xi robotic surgical system and the Whitestar Signature phacoemulsification system...
April 2017: Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531951/identifying-and-quantifying-geochemical-and-mixing-processes-in-the-matanza-riachuelo-aquifer-system-argentina
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S Armengol, M Manzano, S A Bea, S Martínez
The Matanza-Riachuelo River Basin, in the Northeast of the Buenos Aires Province, is one of the most industrialized and populated region in Argentina and it is worldwide known for its alarming environmental degradation. In order to prevent further damages, the aquifer system, which consists of two overlaid aquifers, is being monitored from 2008 by the river basin authority, Autoridad de la Cuenca Matanza-Riachuelo. The groundwater chemical baseline has been established in a previous paper (Zabala et al., 2016), and this one is devoted to the identification of the main physical and hydrogeochemical processes that control groundwater chemistry and its areal distribution...
May 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531853/methane-production-in-an-anaerobic-osmotic-membrane-bioreactor-using-forward-osmosis-effect-of-reverse-salt-flux
#15
Sheng Li, Youngjin Kim, Sherub Phuntsho, Laura Chekli, Ho Kyong Shon, TorOve Leiknes, Noreddine Ghaffour
This study investigated the impact of reverse salt flux (RSF) on microbe community and bio-methane production in a simulated fertilizer driven FO-AnMBR system using KCl, KNO3 and KH2PO4 as draw solutes. Results showed that KH2PO4 exhibited the lowest RSF in terms of molar concentration 19.1mM/(m(2).h), while for KCl and KNO3 it was 32.2 and 120.8mM/(m(2).h), respectively. Interestingly, bio-methane production displayed an opposite order with KH2PO4, followed by KCl and KNO3. Pyrosequencing results revealed the presence of different bacterial communities among the tested fertilizers...
May 10, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531837/possible-developments-for-ex-situ-phytoremediation-of-contaminated-sediments-in-tropical-and-subtropical-regions-review
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Marco Pittarello, Jader Galba Busato, Paolo Carletti, Leonardo Barros Dobbss
The growing problem of remediation of contaminated sediments dredged from harbor channels needs to be resolved by a cost effective and sustainable technology. Phytoremediation, by ex situ remediation plants, seems to have the potential to replace traditional methods in case of moderately contaminated sediments. On the other side, the need to mix sediments with soil and/or sand to allow an easier establishment of most employed species causes an increase of the volume of the processed substrate up to 30%. Moreover the majority of phytoremediating species are natives of temperate climate belt...
April 22, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531353/comprehensive-thermodynamic-profiling-for-the-binding-of-a-g-quadruplex-selective-indoloquinoline
#17
Andrea Funke, Klaus Weisz
Binding of a positively charged indoloquinoline derivative to a G-quadruplex formed by the G-rich promoter element of the c-MYC oncogene was subjected to a rigorous isothermal calorimetric analysis. Binding of the indoloquinoline is primarily enthalpy-driven but is also promoted by a favorable entropy term. Both binding enthalpy ΔH° and binding entropy ΔS° exhibit a noticeable temperature dependence with almost complete enthalpy-entropy compensation as a result of a negative change in heat capacity ΔCp°...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531232/changes-in-primary-healthcare-providers-attitudes-and-counseling-behaviors-related-to-dietary-sodium-reduction-docstyles-2010-and-2015
#18
Zerleen S Quader, Mary E Cogswell, Jing Fang, Sallyann M Coleman King, Robert K Merritt
High blood pressure is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease. The 2013 ACC/AHA Lifestyle Management Guideline recommends counseling pre-hypertensive and hypertensive patients to reduce sodium intake. Population sodium reduction efforts have been introduced in recent years, and dietary guidelines continued to emphasize sodium reduction in 2010 and 2015. The objective of this analysis was to determine changes in primary health care providers' sodium-reduction attitudes and counseling between 2010 and 2015...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531096/the-lys-asp-tyr-triad-within-the-mite-allergen-der-p-1-propeptide-is-a-critical-structural-element-for-the-ph-dependent-initiation-of-the-protease-maturation
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Andy Chevigné, Vincenzo Campizi, Martyna Szpakowska, David Bourry, Marie-Eve Dumez, José C Martins, André Matagne, Moreno Galleni, Alain Jacquet
The major house dust mite allergen, Der p 1, is a papain-like cysteine protease expressed as an inactive precursor, proDer p 1, carrying an N-terminal propeptide with a unique structure. The maturation of the zymogen into an enzymatically-active form of Der p 1 is a multistep autocatalytic process initiated under acidic conditions through conformational changes of the propeptide, leading to the loss of its inhibitory ability and its subsequent gradual cleavage. The aims of this study were to characterize the residues present in the Der p 1 propeptide involved in the initiation of the zymogen maturation process, but also to assess the impact of acidic pH on the propeptide structure, the activity of Der p 1 and the fate of the propeptide...
May 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530720/collective-dehydration-of-ions-in-nano-pores
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M P Heuberger, Z Zachariah, N D Spencer, R M Espinosa-Marzal
Hydrated ions can enter nanometre pores that are smaller than the hydrated ion diameter - the associated dehydration mechanism is still poorly understood. Using an adjustable model slit pore between negatively charged mica surfaces, we have followed the dehydration of highly confined Na(+) counter-ions as a function of salt concentration. We applied external load to the slit pore and resolved the induced sub-nanometre film-thickness transitions, in order to gain information about any structural elements present...
May 22, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
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