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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646803/effects-of-balneotherapy-on-serum-levels-of-shingosine-1-phosphate-in-patients-with-osteoarthritis
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Esra Aycan Ustyol, Fatih Karaarslan, Seldag Bekpinar, Kagan Ozkuk, Nergis Erdogan
Context • Balneotherapy is one of the most commonly used nonpharmacological interventions for osteoarthritis (OA), but its mechanism of action in relieving pain and stiffness and in improving physical function is not well understood. Studies have found that therapy provokes a series of neuroendocrinal reactions with anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects. Sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P), a bioactive lipid, has been implicated as an important mediator in the maintenance of physiological processes (eg, vascular barrier integrity) and in pathophysiologic processes such as inflammatory conditions...
June 23, 2017: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646688/solar-radiation-and-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-in-japan
#2
Daisuke Onozuka, Akihito Hagihara
BACKGROUND: Although several studies have estimated the effects of temperature on mortality and morbidity, little is known regarding the burden of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) attributable to solar radiation. METHODS: We obtained data for all cases of OHCA and meteorological data reported between 2011 and 2014 in 3 Japanese prefectures: Hokkaido, Ibaraki, and Fukuoka. We first examined the relationship between daily solar radiation and OHCA risk for each prefecture using time-varying distributed lag non-linear models and then pooled the results in a multivariate random-effects meta-analysis...
June 21, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646668/%C3%AE-galactosidase-from-aspergillus-lacticoffeatus-a-promising-biocatalyst-for-the-synthesis-of-novel-prebiotics
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Beatriz B Cardoso, Sara C Silvério, Luís Abrunhosa, José A Teixeira, Lígia R Rodrigues
β-galactosidase (EC 3.2.1.23) are interesting enzymes able to catalyze lactose hydrolysis and transfer reactions to produce lactose-based prebiotics with potential application in the pharmaceutical and food industry. In this work, Aspergillus lacticoffeatus is described, for the first time, as an effective β-galactosidase producer. The extracellular enzyme production was evaluated in synthetic and alternative media containing cheese whey and corn steep liquor. Although β-galactosidase production occurred in all media (expect for the one composed solely by cheese whey), the highest enzymatic activity values (460U/mL) were obtained for the synthetic medium...
June 16, 2017: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646622/dormancy-cycles-in-buried-seeds-of-three-perennial-xyris-xyridaceae-species-from-the-brazilian-campo-rupestre
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T G S Oliveira, I P Diamantino, Q S Garcia
Seed dormancy cycles are an important mechanism for avoiding germination under unfavorable periods for seedling establishment. This mechanism has been scarcely studied in tropical species. Here, we studied three tropical and perennial species of Xyris, X. asperula, X. subsetigera and X. trachyphylla, to investigate in situ longevity and the existence of seasonal seed dormancy cycles. Seeds of three species of Xyris were buried in their natural habitat with samples exhumed bimonthly for 18 months. Germination of exhumed seeds was assessed under a 12h-photoperiod over a broad range of temperatures...
June 24, 2017: Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646608/fluid-filling-of-the-digestive-tract-for-improved-proton-resonance-frequency-shift-based-mr-thermometry-in-the-pancreas
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Cyril J Ferrer, Lambertus W Bartels, Marijn van Stralen, Baudouin Denis de Senneville, Chrit T W Moonen, Clemens Bos
PURPOSE: To demonstrate that fluid filling of the digestive tract improves the performance of respiratory motion-compensated proton resonance frequency shift (PRFS)-based magnetic resonance (MR) thermometry in the pancreas. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In seven volunteers (without heating), we evaluated PRFS thermometry in the pancreas with and without filling of the surrounding digestive tract. All data acquisition was performed at 1.5T, then all datasets were analyzed and compared with three different PRFS respiratory motion-compensated thermometry methods: gating, multibaseline, and referenceless...
June 24, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646570/inactivation-of-bacillus-spores-in-wash-waters-using-dilute-chlorine-bleach-solutions-at-different-temperatures-and-ph-levels
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Vicente J Gallardo, Donald A Schupp, John L Heckman, E Radha Krishnan, Eugene W Rice
Inactivation of Bacillus globigii spores in wash water was studied to simulate chlorine inactivation of Bacillus anthracis spores in water generated in during biological clean ups. Eight waters were studied, with six containing detergent. Chlorine levels were approximately 3,000 mg/L. Results across different waters showed decreasing inactivation with increasing pH. Inactivation did not appear to be influenced by chemical oxygen demand, suspended solids, turbidity, or dissolved solids. Inactivation efficacy was expressed as the time calculated to yield 6 log10 inactivation at 3,000 mg NaOCl/L...
June 23, 2017: Water Environment Research: a Research Publication of the Water Environment Federation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646477/a-double-quadratic-model-for-predicting-vibrio-species-in-water-environments-of-japan
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Hidemasa Izumiya, Masato Furukawa, Kikuyo Ogata, Junko Isobe, Setsu Watanabe, Mari Sasaki, Kazuya Ichinose, Eiji Arakawa, Masatomo Morita, Ichiro Kurane, Makoto Ohnishi
Vibrio spp. are natural inhabitants of marine and estuarine environments. Vibrio cholerae, Vibrio parahaemolyticus, and Vibrio vulnificus are the major infectious agents for humans. Their densities are affected by environmental factors such as water temperature and salinity. The detailed contribution of each factor still remains to be elucidated. Here we conducted multi-coastal study in a 21-month period to examine relationships between environmental factors and V. cholerae, V. parahaemolyticus and V. vulnificus densities in sea surface water in eight coastal sites of four prefectures in Japan...
June 23, 2017: Archives of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646435/eco-friendly-synthesis-of-silver-nanoparticles-using-green-algae-caulerpa-serrulata-reaction-optimization-catalytic-and-antibacterial-activities
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Eman F Aboelfetoh, Rania A El-Shenody, Mohamed M Ghobara
Stable colloidal silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) were synthesized using Caulerpa serrulata (green marine algae) aqueous extract as an efficient reducing and stabilizing agent. This method is considered to be a sustainable alternate to the more complicated chemical procedures. To achieve the optimization synthesis of AgNPs, several effects such as extract concentration, contact time, pH values, and temperature were examined. The synthesized AgNPs were characterized by UV-Vis spectroscopy, FT-IR, XRD, and HR-TEM...
July 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646418/in-vivo-nmr-as-a-tool-for-probing-molecular-structure-and-dynamics-in-intact-chlamydomonas-reinhardtii-cells
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Fatemeh Azadi-Chegeni, Christo Schiphorst, Anjali Pandit
We report the application of NMR dynamic spectral editing for probing the structure and dynamics of molecular constituents in fresh, intact cells and in freshly prepared thylakoid membranes of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii (Cr.) green algae. For isotope labeling, wild-type Cr. cells were grown on (13)C acetate-enriched minimal medium. 1D (13)C J-coupling based and dipolar-based MAS NMR spectra were applied to distinguish (13)C resonances of different molecular components. 1D spectra were recorded over a physiological temperature range, and whole-cell spectra were compared to those taken from thylakoid membranes, evaluating their composition and dynamics...
June 23, 2017: Photosynthesis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646398/the-timing-of-bud-break-in-warming-conditions-variation-among-seven-sympatric-conifer-species-from-eastern-canada
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Sergio Rossi, Nathalie Isabel
Phenological changes are expected with the ongoing global warming, which could create mismatches in the growth patterns among sympatric species or create synchrony with insect herbivores. In this study, we performed a comparative assessment of the timings of bud break among seven conifer species of Eastern Canada by evaluating seedling development in growth chambers under different temperatures (16, 20 and 24 °C). Bud break occurred earliest in Larix laricina, while Pinus strobus and Pinus resinosa had the latest...
June 23, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646380/isolation-selection-and-biological-characterization-research-of-highly-effective-electricigens-from-mfcs-for-phenol-degradation
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Guo Wei, Du Xia, Wang Li-Li, Yan Hong
The microbial fuel cells (MFCs) are recognized to be highly effective for the biodegradation of phenol. For isolating the phenol-degrading bacteria, the sample containing 500 mg/L phenol was collected from the MFCs. The strain (WL027) was identified basing on the 16S rRNA gene analysis and phylogenetic analysis as Bacillus cereus. The effects of pH, temperature, concentrations of phenol, heavy metal ions, and salt on the growth of strain as well as the degradation of phenol have been carefully studied. The WL027-strain exhibited favorable tolerance for the metal cations including Cr(2+), Co(2+), Pb(2+), and Cu(2+) with the concentration of 0...
June 23, 2017: Folia Microbiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646315/chilling-tolerance-in-three-tomato-transgenic-lines-overexpressing-cbf3-gene-controlled-by-a-stress-inducible-promoter
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Sabir Hussain Shah, Shaukat Ali, Abdul Ahad Qureshi, Muhammad Amir Zia, Jalal-Ud -Din, Ghulam Muhammad Ali
Plants integrate and monitor low temperature signals to cope with the continual variations in their environment. Arabidopsis thaliana cold responsive-element binding factor 3 (AtCBF3) plays its role in various cellular activities by modulating multiple genes induced under chilling stress. In this work, AtCBF3 transcription was remarkably induced following chilling stress. AtCBF3-overexpressors namely AtCBF3-Rio Grande, AtCBF3-Moneymaker, and AtCBF3-Roma showed defensible response to various levels of chilling stress, while their isogenic wild type plants indicated hypersensitive response to chilling stress...
June 23, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646305/the-effect-of-hydrodynamic-and-thermodynamic-factors-and-the-addition-of-citric-acid-on-the-precipitation-of-calcium-oxalate-dihydrate
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Anamarija Šter, Silvija Šafranko, Katarina Bilić, Berislav Marković, Damir Kralj
This paper reports on the investigation of experimental conditions relevant for spontaneous precipitation of significant amount of pure calcium oxalate dihydrate (COD). For this purpose, the hydrodynamic and thermodynamic parameters, such as mode of agitation, temperature, supersaturation and concentration of additives (citrate ions), have been studied. The results show that in the model systems, without the citrate addition and applied mechanical stirring, calcium oxalate monohydrate (COM) was observed as dominant modification after 20 min of aging, while the magnetic stirring resulted in a formation of a mixture of COM and calcium oxalate trihydrate (COT), regardless of the temperature applied...
June 23, 2017: Urolithiasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646288/extremophilic-proteases-as-novel-and-efficient-tools-in-short-peptide-synthesis
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Aneta M Białkowska, Krzysztof Morawski, Tomasz Florczak
The objective of this review is to outline the crucial role that peptides play in various sectors, including medicine. Different ways of producing these compounds are discussed with an emphasis on the benefits offered by industrial enzyme biotechnology. This paper describes mechanisms of peptide bond formation using a range of proteases with different active site structures. Importantly, these enzymes may be further improved chemically and/or genetically to make them better suited for their various applications and process conditions...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646233/identifying-community-thresholds-for-lotic-benthic-diatoms-in-response-to-human-disturbance
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Tao Tang, Ting Tang, Lu Tan, Yuan Gu, Wanxiang Jiang, Qinghua Cai
Although human disturbance indirectly influences lotic assemblages through modifying physical and chemical conditions, identifying thresholds of human disturbance would provide direct evidence for preventing anthropogenic degradation of biological conditions. In the present study, we used data obtained from tributaries of the Three Gorges Reservoir in China to detect effects of human disturbance on streams and to identify disturbance thresholds for benthic diatoms. Diatom species composition was significantly affected by three in-stream stressors including TP, TN and pH...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646229/amplified-surface-temperature-response-of-cold-deep-lakes-to-inter-annual-air-temperature-variability
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R Iestyn Woolway, Christopher J Merchant
Summer lake surface water temperatures (LSWTs) have previously been shown to respond more rapidly to climatic warming compared to local summer surface air temperatures (SATs). In a global-scale analysis, we explore the factors underpinning the observation of an amplified response of summer LSWT to SAT variability using 20 years of satellite-derived temperatures from 144 lakes. We demonstrate that the degree of amplification in inter-annual summer LSWT is variable, and is greater for cold lakes (e.g. high latitude and high altitude), which are characterised by a short warming season, and deep lakes, that exhibit long correlation timescales of temperature anomalies due to increased thermal inertia...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646183/differences-in-nature-of-electrical-conductions-among-bi4ti3o12-based-ferroelectric-polycrystalline-ceramics
#17
Changbai Long, Qi Chang, Huiqing Fan
Bismuth titanate Bi4Ti3O12 (BiT), was one of the most promising lead-free high-temperature piezoelectric materials, due to high Curie temperature (675 °C) and large spontaneous polarization (50 µC/cm(2)); however, extensive studies had revealed that high leakage conductivity interferes with the poling process, hindering its practical applications. In this paper, an electrically insulating property was achieved by a low level Nb donor substitution to suppress a high level of holes associated with high oxygen vacancy concentration...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646176/enhanced-atomic-desorption-of-209-and-210-francium-from-organic-coating
#18
Steinn Agustsson, Giovanni Bianchi, Roberto Calabrese, Lorenzo Corradi, Antonio Dainelli, Alen Khanbekyan, Carmela Marinelli, Emilio Mariotti, Luca Marmugi, Leonardo Ricci, Leonardo Stiaccini, Luca Tomassetti, Andrea Vanella
Controlled atomic desorption from organic Poly-DiMethylSiloxane coating is demonstrated for improving the loading efficiency of (209,210)Fr magneto-optical traps. A three times increase in the cold atoms population is obtained with contact-less pulsed light-induced desorption, applied to different isotopes, either bosonic or fermionic, of Francium. A six times increase of (210)Fr population is obtained with a desorption mechanism based on direct charge transfer from a triboelectric probe to the adatom-organic coating complex...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646157/current-induced-resistive-state-in-fe-se-te-superconducting-nanostrips
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Ciro Nappi, Carlo Camerlingo, Emanuele Enrico, Emilio Bellingeri, Valeria Braccini, Carlo Ferdeghini, Ettore Sarnelli
We study the current-voltage characteristics of Fe(Se,Te) thin films deposited on CaF2 substrates in form of nanostrips (width w ~ λ, λ the London penetration length). In view of a possible application of these materials to superconductive electronics and micro-electronics we focus on transport properties in small magnetic field, the one generated by the bias current. From the characteristics taken at different temperatures we derive estimates for the pinning potential U and the pinning potential range δ for the magnetic flux lines (vortices)...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646153/giant-rashba-effect-at-the-topological-surface-of-prge-revealing-antiferromagnetic-spintronics
#20
Soma Banik, Pranab Kumar Das, Azzedine Bendounan, Ivana Vobornik, A Arya, Nathan Beaulieu, Jun Fujii, A Thamizhavel, P U Sastry, A K Sinha, D M Phase, S K Deb
Rashba spin-orbit splitting in the magnetic materials opens up a new perspective in the field of spintronics. Here, we report a giant Rashba spin-orbit splitting on the PrGe [010] surface in the paramagnetic phase with Rashba coefficient α R  = 5 eVÅ. We find that α R can be tuned in this system as a function of temperature at different magnetic phases. Rashba type spin polarized surface states originates due to the strong hybridization between Pr 4f states with the conduction electrons. Significant changes observed in the spin polarized surface states across the magnetic transitions are due to the competition between Dzyaloshinsky-Moriya interaction and exchange interaction present in this system...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
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