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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821209/cued-memory-reactivation-during-sws-abolishes-the-beneficial-effect-of-sleep-on-abstraction
#1
Nora Hennies, Matthew A Lambon Ralph, Simon J Durrant, James N Cousins, Penelope A Lewis
Study Objectives: Extracting regularities from stimuli in our environment and generalizing these to new situations are fundamental processes in human cognition. Sleep has been shown to enhance these processes, possibly by facilitating reactivation-triggered memory reorganization. Here, we assessed whether cued reactivation during slow wave sleep (SWS) promotes the beneficial effect of sleep on abstraction of statistical regularities. Methods: We used an auditory statistical learning task, in which the benefit of sleep has been firmly established...
August 1, 2017: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821188/panmixia-and-limited-interspecific-introgression-in-coyotes-canis-latrans-from-west-virginia-and-virginia-usa
#2
Justin H Bohling, Lauren L Mastro, Jennifer R Adams, Eric M Gese, Sheldon F Owen, Lisette P Waits
The expansion of coyotes (Canis latrans) into the eastern United States has had major consequences for ecological communities and wildlife managers. Despite this, there has been little investigation of the genetics of coyotes across much of this region, especially outside of the northeast. Understanding patterns of genetic structure and interspecific introgression would provide insights into the colonization history of the species, its response to the modern environment, and interactions with other canids. We examined the genetic characteristics of 121 coyotes from the mid-Atlantic states of West Virginia and Virginia by genotyping 17 polymorphic nuclear DNA microsatellite loci...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821186/molecular-population-genetics-of-the-northern-elephant-seal-mirounga-angustirostris
#3
Alicia Abadía-Cardoso, Nelson B Freimer, Kristy Deiner, John Carlos Garza
The northern elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris, was heavily hunted and declared extinct in the 19th century. However, a colony remained on remote Guadalupe Island, Mexico and the species has since repopulated most of its historical distribution. Here, we present a comprehensive evaluation of genetic variation in the species. First, we assess the effect of the demographic bottleneck on microsatellite variability and compare it with that found in other pinnipeds, demonstrating levels of variation similar to that in species that continue to be threatened with extinction...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821185/phylogeography-and-ecological-niche-modeling-of-the-desert-iguana-dipsosaurus-dorsalis-baird-girard-1852-in-the-baja-california-peninsula
#4
Tania Valdivia-Carrillo, Francisco J García-De León, Ma Carmen Blázquez, Carina Gutiérrez-Flores, Patricia González Zamorano
Understanding the factors that explain the patterns of genetic structure or phylogeographic breaks at an intraspecific level is key to inferring the mechanisms of population differentiation in its early stages. These topics have been well studied in the Baja California region, with vicariance and the dispersal ability of individuals being the prevailing hypothesis for phylogeographic breaks. In this study, we evaluated the phylogeographic patterns in the desert iguana (Dipsosaurus dorsalis), a species with a recent history in the region and spatial variation in life history traits...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821183/improvement-of-the-threespine-stickleback-genome-using-a-hi-c-based-proximity-guided-assembly
#5
Catherine L Peichel, Shawn T Sullivan, Ivan Liachko, Michael A White
Scaffolding genomes into complete chromosome assemblies remains challenging even with the rapidly increasing sequence coverage generated by current next-generation sequence technologies. Even with scaffolding information, many genome assemblies remain incomplete. The genome of the threespine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus), a fish model system in evolutionary genetics and genomics, is not completely assembled despite scaffolding with high-density linkage maps. Here, we first test the ability of a Hi-C based proximity-guided assembly (PGA) to perform a de novo genome assembly from relatively short contigs...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821164/cape-gooseberry-physalis-peruviana-juice-as-a-modulator-agent-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma-linked-apoptosis-and-cell-cycle-arrest
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Hanaa A Hassan, Hanaa M Serag, Makwan S Qadir, Mohamed Fawzy Ramadan
BACKGROUND: Cape gooseberry (Physalis peruviana) fruit is highly nutritious with high content of health-promoting compounds including minerals, phenolic compounds, as well as vitamins A and C. Physalis peruviana fruits were used as mutagenic, antispasmodic, anticoagulant, and antileucemis agents. OBJECTIVE: The objective of the present work was to study the role of cape gooseberry juice (CG) as a natural modulator agent for adverse aspects associated with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)...
August 14, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821158/synthesis-characterization-bioactivity-and-potential-application-of-phenolic-acid-grafted-chitosan-a-review
#7
REVIEW
Jun Liu, Huimin Pu, Shuang Liu, Juan Kan, Changhai Jin
In recent years, increasing attention has been paid to the grafting of phenolic acid onto chitosan in order to enhance the bioactivity and widen the application of chitosan. Here, we present a comprehensive overview on the recent advances of phenolic acid grafted chitosan (phenolic acid-g-chitosan) in many aspects, including the synthetic method, structural characterization, biological activity, physicochemical property and potential application. In general, four kinds of techniques including carbodiimide based coupling, enzyme catalyzed grafting, free radical mediated grafting and electrochemical methods are frequently used for the synthesis of phenolic acid-g-chitosan...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821157/in-situ-formation-of-injectable-and-porous-heparin-based-hydrogel
#8
Meeichyn Goh, Younghee Kim, Kihak Gwon, Kiyoon Min, YoungMin Hwang, Giyoong Tae
In this study, by combining photopolymerization and particle leaching technique, in situ formation of porous hydrogel with pore interconnectivity was demonstrated in vivo upon subcutaneous injection into the back of mice as well as in vitro. A precursor solution containing thiolated heparin, PEG-diacrylate (PEG-DA), and gelatin microparticles (GMPs) as a fast dissolving porogen were photopolymerized by visible-light-initiated thiol-ene reaction with eosin Y (EY) as a photo initiator and triethanolamine (TEOA) as a co-initiator...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821155/simultaneous-influence-of-pectin-and-xyloglucan-on-structure-and-mechanical-properties-of-bacterial-cellulose-composites
#9
Monika Szymańska-Chargot, Monika Chylińska, Justyna Cybulska, Arkadiusz Kozioł, Piotr M Pieczywek, Artur Zdunek
The impact of the matrix polysaccharides on the cellulose microfibrils structure as well as on the mechanical properties of cell walls still remains an open question. Therefore, the aim of investigations was to determine the simultaneous influence of (i) different concentrations of pectins with constant concentration of xyloglucan, and (ii) different concentrations of xyloglucan with constant concentration of pectins on cellulose structure. Composites of bacterial cellulose (BC) produced by Komagataeibacter xylinus are considered to mimic natural plant cell walls...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821152/the-common-lavender-lavandula-angustifolia-mill-pectic-polysaccharides-modulate-phagocytic-leukocytes-and-intestinal-peyer-s-patch-cells
#10
Yordan N Georgiev, Berit S Paulsen, Hiroaki Kiyohara, Milan Ciz, Manol H Ognyanov, Ondrej Vasicek, Frode Rise, Petko N Denev, Haruki Yamada, Antonin Lojek, Vesselin Kussovski, Hilde Barsett, Albert I Krastanov, Irina Z Yanakieva, Maria G Kratchanova
Two pectic (chPS-L1, chPS-L2) and one polyphenolic (chPP-L) fractions were obtained from lavender flowers after boiling water extraction, exhaustive removing of alcohol-soluble molecules and SEC. chPS-L1 (52.4kDa) contains mainly low-acetylated and high-methoxylated homogalacturonans (HG), and smaller rhamnogalacturonan (RG) I backbone fragments rich in 1,3,5-branched arabinan and arabinogalactan (AG) II side chains. chPS-L2 (21.8kDa) contains predominantly similarly esterified HG, followed by RGI with AGII structures and RGII...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821151/flexibility-of-backbone-fibrils-in-%C3%AE-chitin-crystals-with-different-degree-of-acetylation
#11
Zechuan Yu, Denvid Lau
Acetyl groups are backbone outreaches that enhance inter-fibril connection in chitin and chitosan fibril bundle. Removal of acetyl groups affects flexibility of chitosan fibril bundle, thereby affecting mechanical strength of chitosan-based products. Understandings of relationship between degree of acetylation and flexibility of chitin fibril bundle conduce to optimization of synthetic chitin materials. Here, the relationship is examined by performing molecular dynamics simulations. Coiling of chitin and chitosan fibril bundle with different degree of acetylation is observed and flexibility of fibrils is measured...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821148/a-pectic-polysaccharide-from-ligusticum-chuanxiong-promotes-intestine-antioxidant-defense-in-aged-mice
#12
Chao Huang, Xiyue Cao, Xingfu Chen, Yuping Fu, Yingguo Zhu, Zhengli Chen, Qihui Luo, Lixia Li, Xu Song, Renyong Jia, Zhongqiong Yin, Bin Feng, Yuanfeng Zou
The extensive prospects of polysaccharides in medicine and pharmaceuticals have elicited much interest. Ligusticum chuanxiong polysaccharides, previously extracted as neutral polysaccharides, exhibit antioxidant, anticancer, andantibacterial capacities in vitro. Here we show one pectic polysaccharide extracted from rhizome of L. chuanxiong(LCP-II-I). Structural analysis indicated its long homogalacturonan region is interrupted by rhamnogalacturonan type I, with arabinan and arabinogalactan type I as side chains...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821144/extraction-purification-and-structural-characterization-of-a-galactoglucomannan-from-the-gabiroba-fruit-campomanesia-xanthocarpa-berg-myrtaceae-family
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Shayla Fernanda Barbieri, Andrea Caroline Ruthes, Carmen Lúcia de Oliveira Petkowicz, Rossana Catie Bueno de Godoy, Guilherme Lanzi Sassaki, Arquimedes Paixão Santana Filho, Joana Léa Meira Silveira
In this study, we isolated and structurally characterized, for the first time, a galactoglucomannan (GGM) from the pulp of gabiroba, a Myrtaceae family species. The HPSEC-MALLS-RI analysis showed a homogeneous polysaccharide with molar mass of 25,340gmol(-1). The monosaccharide composition showed that the GGM consisted of Man:Glc:Gal in a molar ratio of 1:1:0.6. Methylation and 1D and 2D NMR analyses suggested that the main chain of the GGM consisted of β-d-Glcp and β-d-Manp units (1→4)-linked. The α-d-Galp substitutions occur mainly at O-6 position of β-d-Manp units...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821143/nmr-spectroscopic-structural-characterization-of-a-water-soluble-%C3%AE-1%C3%A2-3-1%C3%A2-6-glucan-from-aureobasidium-pullulans
#14
Hiroyuki Kono, Nobuhiro Kondo, Katsuki Hirabayashi, Makoto Ogata, Kazuhide Totani, Shinya Ikematsu, Mitsumasa Osada
An unambiguous structural characterization of the water-soluble Aureobasidium pullulans β-(1→3, 1→6)-glucan is yet to be achieved, although this β-(1→3, 1→6)-glucan is expected to exhibit excellent biofunctional properties. Thus, we herein report the elucidation of the primary structure of the A. pullulans β-(1→3, 1→6)-glucan using nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, followed by comparison of the obtained structure with that of schizophyllan (SPG). Structural characterization of the A. pullulans β-(1→3, 1→6)-glucan revealed that the structural units are a β-(1→3)-d-glucan backbone with four β-(1→6)-d-glucosyl side branching units every six residues...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821142/manufacture-of-requeij%C3%A3-o-cremoso-processed-cheese-with-galactooligosaccharide
#15
P C Belsito, M V S Ferreira, L P Cappato, R N Cavalcanti, V A S Vidal, T C Pimentel, E A Esmerino, C F Balthazar, R P C Neto, M I B Tavares, P B Zacarchenco, M Q Freitas, M C Silva, R S L Raices, G M Pastore, M A R Pollonio, A G Cruz
The addition of galactooligosaccharide, (GOS, 0, 1.5, 3 or 4g/100g) on the quality parameters of requeijão cremoso was investigated. Chemical characteristics (pH, moisture, fat and protein), color (L*, a*, b*), water mobility by TD- nuclear magnetic resonance, rheology (flow curve and oscillatory tests), microstructure and sensory acceptance (consumer test) were evaluated. The addition of GOS provided a denser and compact structure and reduced number and size of fat globules. Increased GOS level (3 and 4g/100g) improved the softness and spreadability (decrease of G', G″ and apparent viscosity and an increase of tan δ and melting index) and impacted positively on the aroma and taste of the requeijão cremoso...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821136/discovery-of-enzymatically-depolymerized-heparins-capable-of-treating-bleomycin-induced-pulmonary-injury-and-fibrosis-in-mice
#16
Yishu Yan, Shanshan Du, Yang Ji, Nan Su, Yi Wang, Xiang Mei, Wenming Zhu, Dong He, Yuan Lu, Chong Zhang, Xin-Hui Xing
Heparin has recently been shown to slow down idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) process and improve survival of patients in some cases. To improve the anti-IPF function while minimizing their side effects, we developed heparin libraries with different structures depolymerized by single or combined heparinases, and systematically screened the efficacy of the different heparins for treatment of Bleomycin-induced pulmonary injury and fibrosis using mice model. Then we characterized the structural properties of the components capable of treating pulmonary injury and fibrosis by use of chip-based amide hydrophilic interaction chromatography (HILIC)-fourier transform (FT)-ESI-MS, polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE), and high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC)...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821133/single-helix-in-v-type-starch-carrier-determines-the-encapsulation-capacity-of-ethylene
#17
Linfan Shi, Xiong Fu, Qiang Huang, Bin Zhang
V-type starch carriers with different single helix contents were prepared using alcoholic-alkaline treatment followed by ethanol precipitation. Ethylene gas was entrapped into V-type starch carriers using a solid encapsulation method. The morphological and structural properties of inclusion complexes (ICs) were characterized using scanning electron and light microscopy, X-ray diffractometry, (13)C solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and Raman spectroscopy. Aqueous ethanol treatment resulted in swelling and aggregation of starch granules, and B-type diffraction reflections were either reduced or completely lost with evolution of V-type pattern...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821129/characterization-and-anticoagulant-activity-of-a-fucosylated-chondroitin-sulfate-with-unusually-procoagulant-effect-from-sea-cucumber
#18
Mohamed Ben Mansour, Rafik Balti, Véronique Ollivier, Hichem Ben Jannet, Frédéric Chaubet, Raoui Mounir Maaroufi
The fucosylated chondroitin sulfate (FuCS) was isolated from the sea cucumber Holothuria polii body wall and then purified by anion exchange chromatography and the structure was characterized by FT-IR and NMR spectroscopy. Anticoagulant activity was measured in plasma by classical anticoagulation tests and the thrombin generation was assessed by calibrated automated thrombography. The results showed that the FuCS obtained at a yield of 4.66% possesses high sulfate content 43% and an average molecular mass of 45...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821127/a-comparative-study-on-cellulose-nanocrystals-extracted-from-bleached-cotton-and-flax-and-used-for-casting-films-with-glycerol-and-sorbitol-plasticisers
#19
Emilia Csiszár, Sebestyén Nagy
Cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) were released from bleached cotton and flax by a sulphuric acid hydrolysis with about 40 and 34% yield, respectively. The rod-like cotton-CNC particles were slightly longer and wider and had a less pronounced aggregation ability in aqueous suspension than the flax-CNC ones. Films were cast from the CNC suspensions with sorbitol and glycerol plasticisers. The concept behind this research was to explore how the plasticisers - with similar structure but different molecular weight - and their concentrations affect the perceptible and measured properties of CNC films...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821126/anticoagulant-and-antithrombotic-effects-of-chemically-sulfated-fucogalactan-and-citrus-pectin
#20
Yony Román, Helyn P de Oliveira Barddal, Marcello Iacomini, Guilherme L Sassaki, Thales R Cipriani
Citrus pectin (CP14) from Citrus sinensis, and a fucogalactan (E) and a glucan (G16) from Agaricus bisporus were isolated and structurally characterized. CP14 was constituted by (1→4)-linked α-d-GalpA units, E was composed by a (1→6)-linked α-d-Galp main-chain, partially substituted at O-2 by non-reducing end-units of α-l-Fucp or α-d-Galp, and partially methylated at O-3, whereas G16 was composed of (1→6)-linked β-d-Glcp units. The polysaccharides were sulfated giving rise to CP14S, ESL and G16S...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
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