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Lipeng Gu, Bin Huang, Chaochao Lai, Zhixiang Xu, Huan He, Xuejun Pan
Dissolved organic matter (DOM) is shown to act as an electron shuttle mediator which enhances the microbial degradation of steroid estrogens in natural water. Batch studies were conducted with 17β‑estradiol (E2), quinone-reducing bacteria, DOM, and Fe(III) as a terminal electron acceptor. The results show that anthraquinone‑2‑disulfonate (AQS) approximately doubles the microbial degradation of E2 by DOM alone. The effect decreases sharply at AQS concentrations above 1.0mmol·L-1 . Over three oxidation-reduction cycles, the electron-shuttling ability of AQS and the E2 biodegradation rate decreased step by step...
March 11, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
Louise Djapgne, Subrata Panja, Luke Brewer, Jonathan Gans, Maureen A Kane, Sarah A Woodson, Amanda G Oglesby-Sherrouse
Pseudomonas aeruginosa is an opportunistic Gram-negative pathogen that requires iron for growth and virulence. In low iron conditions, P. aeruginosa transcribes two highly identical (95%) small regulatory RNAs (sRNAs), PrrF1 and PrrF2, which are required for virulence in acute murine lung infection models. The PrrF sRNAs promote the production of 2-akly-4(1 H )-quinolone metabolites (AQs) that mediate a range of biological activities, including quorum sensing and polymicrobial interactions. Here we show that the PrrF1 and PrrF2 sRNAs promote AQ production by redundantly inhibiting translation of antR , which encodes a transcriptional activator of the anthranilate degradation genes...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Bacteriology
Carla Fernandes, Manuela Veríssimo, Ligia Monteiro, Marta Antunes, Brian E Vaughn, António J Santos
Recent empirical studies reporting sex differences in attachment relationships have prompted investigators to consider why and under what conditions such results might be observed. This study was designed to explore possibilities of identifying sex differences in the organization of attachment-relevant behavior during early childhood. Observations of 119 children (59 boys) with their mothers and (separately) with their fathers were completed and children were described using the AQS. Results indicated that girls and boys did not differ with respect to global attachment security but at more specific level analyses revealed differences between parents that reflected differences in the behaviors of girls vs...
February 5, 2018: Infant Behavior & Development
Gati Krushna Panigrahi, Neeraj Verma, Nivedita Singh, Somya Asthana, Shailendra K Gupta, Anurag Tripathi, Mukul Das
Consumption of Cassia occidentalis (CO) seeds has been associated with the hepatomyoencephalopathy (HME) in children. Recently, we have characterized the toxic anthraquinones (AQs) such as Emodin, Rhein, Aloe-emodin, Chrysophanol and Physcion in CO seeds and detected these moieties in the bio fluids of CO poisoning cases. As AQs were detected in the serum of HME patients, their interaction with key biomolecules including protein, DNA and glutathione (GSH) is imperative. In this regard, we have previously reported the interaction of these AQs with serum albumin protein and their subsequent biological effects...
2018: Toxicology Reports
Christian Dualé, Gaétan Breysse, Bruno Pereira
OBJECTIVES: Research on labour pain currently uses standard scores such as numerical scales as clinical outcomes, but no clear guidelines for such assessment have appeared since a review published in 1998. We wished to describe and estimate the quality of the methods used to assess and analyse such outcomes, in a systematic review of 215 comparative studies published since then, in 27 influential journals. METHODS: In addition to a complete description, we created for each study a composite "analysis quality score" (AQS) based on the methods of both measurement of pain/analgesia, and statistical analysis...
January 9, 2018: Clinical Journal of Pain
Melanie T Kungl, Ina Bovenschen, Gottfried Spangler
When being placed into more benign environments like foster care, children from adverse rearing backgrounds are capable of forming attachment relationships to new caregivers within the first year of placement, while certain problematic social behaviors appear to be more persistent. Assuming that early averse experiences shape neural circuits underlying social behavior, neurophysiological studies on individual differences in early social-information processing have great informative value. More precisely, ERP studies have repeatedly shown face processing to be sensitive to experience especially regarding the caregiving background...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
Matthew P Fletcher, Stephen P Diggle, Miguel Cámara, Paul Williams
2-Alkyl-4-quinolones (AQs) such as 2-heptyl-3-hydroxy-4-quinolone (PQS) and 2-heptyl-4-hydroxyquinoline (HHQ) are quorum-sensing signal molecules. Here we describe two methods for AQ detection and quantification that employ thin-layer chromatography (TLC) and microtiter plate assays in combination with a lux-based Pseudomonas aeruginosa AQ biosensor strain. For TLC detection, organic solvent extracts of bacterial cells or spent culture supernatants are chromatographed on TLC plates, which are then dried and overlaid with the AQ biosensor...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Simon Hellemans, Denis Fournier, Robert Hanus, Yves Roisin
In termite species with asexual queen succession (AQS), parthenogenetically produced immatures mostly differentiate into secondary queens, called "neotenics." In order to elucidate the ontogenetic origin of neotenics in Cavitermes tuberosus (Termitidae: Termitinae), a neotropical termite with AQS, we investigated developmental pathways of offspring according to their sex and genetic origin using both morphometric and genetic tools. The caste system of C. tuberosus follows the classical pathway of Termitidae...
November 2017: Evolution & Development
Eric Omori Omwenga, Andreas Hensel, Susana Pereira, Alfred Anakalo Shitandi, Francisco M Goycoolea
Productions of various bacterial traits like production of virulence factors (e.g. toxins, enzymes), biofilm formation, luminescence among others, have been known to be controlled by quorum sensing (QS), a process that is dependent on chemical signals or autoinducers (AIs). Bacteria known to rely on such AIs are known to be virulent and tend to be resistant against various antimicrobial agents. Therefore, strategies aimed at the inhibition of QS pathways, are regarded as potential novel therapies in managing bacterial virulence hence reducing their ability to induce infections in humans...
2017: PloS One
Daoyuan Zheng, Mingzhen Zhang, Guangjiu Zhao
Time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) and atoms in molecules (AIM) theory are combined to study the photoinduced excited state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT) dynamics for eight anthraquinones (AQs) derivatives in solution. The calculated absorption and emission spectra are consistent with the available experimental data, verifying the suitability of the theory selected. The systems with the excited-state exothermic proton transfer, such as 1-HAQ, 1,5-DHAQ and TFAQ, emit completely from transfer structure (T), while the reactions for those without ESIPT including 1,4-DHAQ and AAAQ appear to be endothermic...
October 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
Pei Liu, Hongwei Wei, Jinhua Chang, Guangxin Miao, Xigang Liu, Zhongsi Li, Liyan Liu, Xiangrong Zhang, Cuizhe Liu
Rhubarb is commonly used to treat constipation in China and anthraquinones (AQs) are the active components present in rhubarb. However, an increasing number of studies have reported that AQs induce nephrotoxicity. In the present study, rhubarb total free anthraquinones (RTFA) oral colon-specific drug delivery granules (RTFA-OCDD-GN) were prepared to determine whether RTFA-OCDD-GN could reduce the nephrotoxicity that occurs when AQs produce purgative efficacy. RTFA-OCDD-GN were prepared using pH-enzyme double-layer coating technology and the cumulative release rate of RTFA in RTFA-OCDD-GN was assessed...
October 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Yan Zhang, Jinhua Li, Jing Bai, Linsen Li, Ligang Xia, Shuai Chen, Baoxue Zhou
A dramatic enhancement of organics degradation and electricity generation has been achieved in a wastewater fuel cell (WFC) system via strengthening superoxide radical with radical chain reaction by using a novel 3D anthraquinone/polypyrrole modified graphite felt (AQS/PPy-GF) cathode. The AQS/PPy-GF was synthesized by one-pot electrochemical polymerization method and used to in-situ generate superoxide radical by reducing oxygen under self-imposed electric field. Results showed that methyl orange (MO) were effectively degraded in AQS/PPy-GF/Fe(2+) system with a high apparent rate constant (0...
November 15, 2017: Water Research
Xinhua Tang, How Yong Ng
In this study, anthraquinone-2-sulfonate (AQS), a redox mediator, was covalently bound to conductive polypyrrole hydrogel (CPH) via electrochemical reduction of the in-situ-generated AQS diazonium salts. The porous structure and hydrophilic surface of this CPH/AQS anode enhanced biofilm formation while the AQS bound on the CPH/AQS anode worked as a redox mediator. The CPH/AQS bioanode reduced the charge transfer resistance from 28.3Ω to 4.1Ω while increased the maximum power density from 762±37mW/m(2) to 1919±69mW/m(2), compared with the bare anode...
November 2017: Bioresource Technology
Mohd Abul Kalam, Aws Alshamsan
Tacrolimus (TAC)-loaded Ploy-lactide-co-glycolide nanoparticles (PLGA-NPs) was developed by emulsification-diffusion method for topical ocular delivery in certain ocular conditions where therapeutic level of immunomodulator into eyes is required for sufficient duration. So, we optimized TAC-loaded PLGA-NPs with higher TAC payload. The mean particle-size and its distribution, polydispersity, zeta-potentials, morphology, drug encapsulation and loading capacity of NPs were analyzed. Transcorneal permeation through excised rabbit cornea revealed instant and controlled permeation of TAC from TAC-aqueous suspension (TAC-AqS) and from PLGA-NPs, respectively...
October 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Laura A McGuinn, Cavin Ward-Caviness, Lucas M Neas, Alexandra Schneider, Qian Di, Alexandra Chudnovsky, Joel Schwartz, Petros Koutrakis, Armistead G Russell, Val Garcia, William E Kraus, Elizabeth R Hauser, Wayne Cascio, David Diaz-Sanchez, Robert B Devlin
BACKGROUND: Adverse cardiovascular events have been linked with PM2.5 exposure obtained primarily from air quality monitors, which rarely co-locate with participant residences. Modeled PM2.5 predictions at finer resolution may more accurately predict residential exposure; however few studies have compared results across different exposure assessment methods. METHODS: We utilized a cohort of 5679 patients who had undergone a cardiac catheterization between 2002-2009 and resided in NC...
November 2017: Environmental Research
Renato Sonchini Gonçalves, Expedito Leite Silva, Noboru Hioka, Celso Vataru Nakamura, Marcos Luciano Bruschi, Wilker Caetano
Different from works described in the literature, which use expansive analytical methods to separation of anthraquinones derivatives (AQs), this communication reported a simple and inexpensive methodology to get them. In this way, the expensive commercial AQs: Chrysophanol, physcione and emodine were extracted from plant material (Rhamnus frangula L.) and isolated by classical column chromatography technique under optimised binary mobile phase gradients (CHCl3 : AcOEt(a), a = 1 to 5%) in excellent yields.
February 2018: Natural Product Research
Li-Long Jiang, Dong-Sheng Zhao, Ya-Xi Fan, Qiong Yu, Ping Li, Hui-Jun Li
Polygoni Multiflori Radix (PMR) has been commonly used as a tonic in China for centuries. PMR-associated hepatotoxicity has been drawing increasingly more attention in recent years in parallel with its wide utilization. Anthraquinones (AQs) are recognized as the main hepatotoxic components in PMR. However, the exact underlying mechanism of AQs poisoning is still not fully understood. Herein, we proposed a hypothesis that metabolic activation of AQs such as emodin was involved in PMR-induced liver injury, AQs followed to generate the electrophilic reactive metabolites and subsequently formed covalent adduct with cellular nucleophiles in the liver to exert hepatotoxicity...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Juliana Marioni, Roger Bresolí-Obach, Montserrat Agut, Laura R Comini, José L Cabrera, María G Paraje, Santi Nonell, Susana C Núñez Montoya
The photoprocesses involved in the photo-induced Candida tropicalis biofilm reduction by two natural anthraquinones (AQs), rubiadin (1) and rubiadin-1-methyl ether (2), were examined. Production of singlet oxygen (1O2) and of superoxide radical anion (O2•-) was studied. Although it was not possible to detect the triplet state absorption of any AQs in biofilms, observation of 1O2 phosphorescence incubated with deuterated Phosphate Buffer Solution, indicated that this species is actually formed in biofilms...
2017: PloS One
Espen J Folmo, Sigmund W Karterud, Kjetil Bremer, Kristoffer L Walther, Elfrida H Kvarstein, Geir A F Pedersen
Few group psychotherapy studies focus on therapists' interventions, and instruments that can measure group psychotherapy treatment fidelity are scarce. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the reliability of the Mentalization-based Group Therapy Adherence and Quality Scale (MBT-G-AQS), which is a 19-item scale developed to measure adherence and quality in mentalization-based group therapy (MBT-G). Eight MBT groups and eight psychodynamic groups (a total of 16 videotaped therapy sessions) were rated independently by five raters...
August 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Psychology
Felizitas C Wermter, Nico Mitschke, Christian Bock, Wolfgang Dreher
OBJECTIVES: Temperature dependent chemical shifts of important brain metabolites measured by localised1 H MRS were investigated to test how the use of incorrect prior knowledge on chemical shifts impairs the quantification of metabolite concentrations. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Phantom measurements on solutions containing 11 metabolites were performed on a 7 T scanner between 1 and 43 °C. The temperature dependence of the chemical shift differences was fitted by a linear model...
December 2017: Magma
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