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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427101/tanshinol-alleviates-osteoporosis-and-myopathy-in-glucocorticoid-treated-rats
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Guanghua Chen, Xinle Zhang, Han Lin, Guizhi Huang, Yahui Chen, Liao Cui
Tanshinol is a major water-soluble active component of Salvia miltiorrhiza. In this study, we aimed to investigate whether tanshinol has potential therapeutic effects against glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis and glucocorticoid-induced myopathy. Ninety-six female Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly assigned to five groups: a control group, a model group, and three model groups treated with 25 or 50 mg/kg of tanshinol, or calcitriol. All model groups received prednisone acetate for 90 days to induce glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis...
April 20, 2017: Planta Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426226/brain-uptake-of-bioactive-flavones-in-scutellariae-radix-and-its-relationship-to-anxiolytic-effect-in-mice
#2
Sophia Yui Kau Fong, Chenrui Li, Yiu Cheong Ho, Rui Li, Qian Wang, Yin Cheong Wong, Hong Xue, Zhong Zuo
Scutellariae Radix (SR) and its bioactive flavones elicit a variety of effects in the brain. However, the brain uptake of individual SR flavones and its relationship to the elicited effects after SR administration remain unknown. Moreover, previous studies seldom measured pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic outcomes simultaneously. In the current study, the brain uptake of six major SR flavones and the anxiolytic behavior following oral administration of a SR extract at two clinically relevant doses (600 and 1200 mg/kg twice daily) were simultaneously investigated in mice (n=18 per group)...
April 20, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426196/chiral-inorganic-nanostructures
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Wei Ma, Liguang Xu, André F de Moura, Xiaoling Wu, Hua Kuang, Chuanlai Xu, Nicholas A Kotov
The field of chiral inorganic nanostructures is rapidly expanding. It started from the observation of strong circular dichroism during the synthesis of simple nanoparticles (NPs) and their assemblies mediated by biomolecules and expanded to sophisticated synthetic protocols involving nanostructures from metals, semiconductors, ceramics, and nanocarbons. Besides the well-established chirality transfer from bioorganic molecules, other methods to impart handedness to nanoscale matter specific to inorganic materials were discovered, including three-dimentional lithography, multiphoton chirality transfer, polarization effects in nanoscale assemblies, and others...
April 20, 2017: Chemical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426035/hierarchical-bioi-nanostructures-supported-on-a-metal-organic-framework-as-efficient-photocatalysts-for-degradation-of-organic-pollutants-in-water
#4
M Jahurul Islam, Hyun Kook Kim, D Amaranatha Reddy, Yujin Kim, Rory Ma, Heehyun Baek, Joonghan Kim, Tae Kyu Kim
Semiconductor-based photocatalysis is a green method for the removal of toxic organic pollutants by decomposition into harmless products. However, traditional single-component semiconductors are unable to reach high degradation efficiencies due to excessive photo charge carrier recombination. The use of hybrid nanocomposite photocatalysts is a promising strategy for overcoming this problem by reducing recombination as well as ensuring that large amounts of solar energy are harvested. Herein, a novel visible-light-active hybrid nanocomposite, BiOI/MIL-88B(Fe), was successfully synthesized through a simple precipitation method...
April 20, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425955/homomorphic-filtering-for-improving-time-synchronization-in-wireless-networks
#5
José María Castillo-Secilla, José Manuel Palomares, Fernando León, Joaquín Olivares
Wireless sensor networks are used to sample the environment in a distributed way. Therefore, it is mandatory for all of the measurements to be tightly synchronized in order to guarantee that every sensor is sampling the environment at the exact same instant of time. The synchronization drift gets bigger in environments suffering from temperature variations. Thus, this work is focused on improving time synchronization under deployments with temperature variations. The working hypothesis demonstrated in this work is that the clock skew of two nodes (the ratio of the real frequencies of the oscillators) is composed of a multiplicative combination of two main components: the clock skew due to the variations between the cut of the crystal of each oscillator and the clock skew due to the different temperatures affecting the nodes...
April 20, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425483/a-genome-wide-association-study-identifies-six-novel-risk-loci-for-primary-biliary-cholangitis
#6
Fang Qiu, Ruqi Tang, Xianbo Zuo, Xingjuan Shi, Yiran Wei, Xiaodong Zheng, Yaping Dai, Yuhua Gong, Lan Wang, Ping Xu, Xiang Zhu, Jian Wu, Chongxu Han, Yueqiu Gao, Kui Zhang, Yuzhang Jiang, Jianbo Zhou, Youlin Shao, Zhigang Hu, Ye Tian, Haiyan Zhang, Na Dai, Lei Liu, Xudong Wu, Weifeng Zhao, Xiaomin Zhang, Zhidong Zang, Jinshan Nie, Weihao Sun, Yi Zhao, Yuan Mao, Po Jiang, Hualiang Ji, Qing Dong, Junming Li, Zhenzhong Li, Xinli Bai, Li Li, Maosong Lin, Ming Dong, Jinxin Li, Ping Zhu, Chan Wang, Yanqiu Zhang, Peng Jiang, Yujue Wang, Rohil Jawed, Jing Xu, Yu Zhang, Qixia Wang, Yue Yang, Fan Yang, Min Lian, Xiang Jiang, Xiao Xiao, Yanmei Li, Jingyuan Fang, Dekai Qiu, Zhen Zhu, Hong Qiu, Jianqiong Zhang, Wenyan Tian, Sufang Chen, Ling Jiang, Bing Ji, Ping Li, Guochang Chen, Tianxue Wu, Yan Sun, Jianjiang Yu, Huijun Tang, Michun He, Min Xia, Hao Pei, Lihua Huang, Zhuye Qing, Jianfang Wu, Qinghai Huang, Junhai Han, Wei Xie, Zhongsheng Sun, Jian Guo, Gengsheng He, M Eric Gershwin, Zhexiong Lian, Xiang Liu, Michael F Seldin, Xiangdong Liu, Weichang Chen, Xiong Ma
Primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) is an autoimmune liver disease with a strong hereditary component. Here, we report a genome-wide association study that included 1,122 PBC cases and 4,036 controls of Han Chinese descent, with subsequent replication in a separate cohort of 907 PBC cases and 2,127 controls. Our results show genome-wide association of 14 PBC risk loci including previously identified 6p21 (HLA-DRA and DPB1), 17q12 (ORMDL3), 3q13.33 (CD80), 2q32.3 (STAT1/STAT4), 3q25.33 (IL12A), 4q24 (NF-κB) and 22q13...
April 20, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422383/liquid-and-subcritical-fluid-chromatographic-enantioseparation-of-n-%C3%AE-fmoc-proteinogenic-amino-acids-on-quinidine-based-zwitterionic-and-anion-exchanger-type-chiral-stationary-phases-a-comparative-study
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Gyula Lajkó, Nóra Grecsó, Gábor Tóth, Ferenc Fülöp, Wolfgang Lindner, István Ilisz, Antal Péter
Stereoselective high-performance liquid chromatographic and subcritical fluid chromatographic separations of 19 N(α) -Fmoc proteinogenic amino acid enantiomers were carried out by using Quinidine-based zwitterionic and anion-exchanger-type chiral stationary phases Chiralpak ZWIX(-) and QD-AX. For optimization of retention and enantioselectivity, the ratio of bulk solvent components (MeOH/MeCN, H2 O/MeOH, or CO2 /MeOH) and the nature and concentration of the acid and base additives (counter- and co-ions) were systematically varied...
April 19, 2017: Chirality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421039/population-structure-of-sclerotinia-subarctica-and-sclerotinia-sclerotiorum-in-england-scotland-and-norway
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John P Clarkson, Rachel J Warmington, Peter G Walley, Matthew Denton-Giles, Martin J Barbetti, Guro Brodal, Berit Nordskog
Sclerotinia species are important fungal pathogens of a wide range of crops and wild host plants. While the biology and population structure of Sclerotinia sclerotiorum has been well-studied, little information is available for the related species S. subarctica. In this study, Sclerotinia isolates were collected from different crop plants and the wild host Ranuculus ficaria (meadow buttercup) in England, Scotland, and Norway to determine the incidence of Sclerotinia subarctica and examine the population structure of this pathogen for the first time...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420530/rapid-determination-of-the-various-native-forms-of-vitamin-b6-and-b2-in-cow-s-milk-using-ultra-high-performance-liquid-chromatography
#9
A Schmidt, M G Schreiner, H K Mayer
As the formation of pyridoxal phosphate, the active cofactor of vitamin B6, is dependent on riboflavin 5-phosphate, we propose a fast and simple ultra-high performance liquid chromatography method for the simultaneous determination of the native B6 vitamers pyridoxal, pyridoxine, pyridoxamine, their mono phosphorus esters and 4-pyridoxic acid as well as vitamin B2 as riboflavin and its phosphorus ester riboflavin 5-phosphate in milk. Separation was achieved under 6.0min by reversed-phase and pH gradient elution...
April 9, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420529/separation-of-antibody-monomer-dimer-mixtures-by-frontal-analysis
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Jason M Reck, Timothy M Pabst, Alan K Hunter, Giorgio Carta
The removal of aggregates, particularly soluble dimers, from monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) remains a persistent challenge in downstream processing. In this work, we have examined the separation of an antibody monomer from its dimer on the cation exchange resin Nuvia HR-S (Bio-Rad Laboratories) using frontal analysis. In this process, a mixture of monomer and dimer is continuously fed to the column under conditions where the mixture is favorably bound, resulting in two breakthrough fronts whose monomer and dimer compositions are determined by the multi-component equilibrium and kinetics of the system...
April 10, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420153/health-related-quality-of-life-of-the-general-german-population-in-2015-results-from-the-eq-5d-5l
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Manuel B Huber, Julia Felix, Martin Vogelmann, Reiner Leidl
The EQ-5D-5L is a widely used generic instrument to measure health-related quality of life. This study evaluates health perception in a representative sample of the general German population from 2015. To compare results over time, a component analysis technique was used that separates changes in the description and valuation of health states. The whole sample and also subgroups, stratified by sociodemographic parameters as well as disease affliction, were analyzed. In total, 2040 questionnaires (48.4% male, mean age 47...
April 16, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420117/metabolomic-profiling-of-the-synergistic-effects-of-melittin-in-combination-with-cisplatin-on-ovarian-cancer-cells
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Sanad Alonezi, Jonans Tusiimire, Jennifer Wallace, Mark J Dufton, John A Parkinson, Louise C Young, Carol J Clements, Jin-Kyu Park, Jong-Woon Jeon, Valerie A Ferro, David G Watson
Melittin, the main peptide present in bee venom, has been proposed as having potential for anticancer therapy; the addition of melittin to cisplatin, a first line treatment for ovarian cancer, may increase the therapeutic response in cancer treatment via synergy, resulting in improved tolerability, reduced relapse, and decreased drug resistance. Thus, this study was designed to compare the metabolomic effects of melittin in combination with cisplatin in cisplatin-sensitive (A2780) and resistant (A2780CR) ovarian cancer cells...
April 14, 2017: Metabolites
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420092/analysis-of-sub-lethal-toxicity-of-perfluorooctane-sulfonate-pfos-to-daphnia-magna-using-%C3%A2-h-nuclear-magnetic-resonance-based-metabolomics
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Martha N Kariuki, Edward G Nagato, Brian P Lankadurai, André J Simpson, Myrna J Simpson
¹H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)-based metabolomics was used to characterize the response of Daphnia magna after sub-lethal exposure to perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), a commonly found environmental pollutant in freshwater ecosystems. Principal component analysis (PCA) scores plots showed significant separation in the exposed samples relative to the controls. Partial least squares (PLS) regression analysis revealed a strong linear correlation between the overall metabolic response and PFOS exposure concentration...
April 14, 2017: Metabolites
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419724/a-reversed-photosynthesis-like-process-for-light-triggered-co2-capture-release-and-conversion
#14
Yapei Wang, Dingguan Wang, Shenglong Liao, Shiming Zhang
Materials for CO2 capture have been extensively exploited for climate governance and gaseous separation. However, their regeneration is facing the problems of high energy cost and secondary CO2 contamination. Herein, a reversed photosynthesis-like process is proposed, which absorbs CO2 in darkness while releases CO2 under light illumination. The process is likely supplementary to natural photosynthesis of plants which on the contrary release CO2 in nights. Remarkably, the material used in this work is able to capture 9...
April 16, 2017: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419269/dual-genotype-diffuse-low-grade-glioma-is-it-really-time-to-abandon-oligoastrocytoma-as-a-distinct-entity
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Valeria Barresi, Simona Lionti, Laura Valori, Giovanna Gallina, Maria Caffo, Sabrina Rossi
We report a unique case of dual-genotype oligoastrocytoma characterized by IDH2 gene mutation. The tumor was resected from the temporal lobe of a 25-year-old man. At histological examination with hematoxylin and eosin stain, it showed distinct oligodendroglial and astrocytic areas. The former retained alpha-thalassaemia/mental retardation X-linked (ATRX) immuno-expression and had absent staining for p53, while the latter had ATRX loss and p53 over-expression. Molecular analyses were separately assessed in the 2 tumor components...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419002/skeletal-muscle-remodeling-interconnections-between-stem-cells-and-protein-turnover
#16
Nicholas A Burd, Michael De Lisio
Nutrition and exercise are important components of a healthy lifestyle to improve rates of hypertrophic and non-hypertrophic skeletal muscle remodeling. We provide evidence to support the hypothesis that muscle stem cells and protein turnover are collaborative, not separate, mechanisms supporting muscle remodeling by facilitating protein, nuclear, and cellular turnover in response to the ingestion of protein dense foods and exercise.
April 17, 2017: Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418667/colloid-facilitated-plutonium-transport-in-fractured-tuffaceous-rock
#17
Andrew Wolfsberg, Zhenxue Dai, Lin Zhu, Paul W Reimus, Ting Xiao, Stuart Doug Ware
Colloids have the potential to enhance mobility of strongly sorbing radionuclide contaminants in groundwater at underground nuclear test sites. This study presents an experimental and numerical investigation of colloid-facilitated plutonium transport in fractured porous media for identifying plutonium reactive transport processes. The transport parameters for dispersion, diffusion, sorption, and filtration are estimated with inverse modeling for minimizing the least squares objective function of multi-component concentration data from multiple transport experiments with the Shuffled Complex Evolution Metropolis (SCEM)...
April 18, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418442/network-analysis-and-percolation-transition-in-hydrogen-bonded-clusters-nitric-acid-and-water-extracted-by-tributyl-phosphate
#18
Michael J Servis, David T Wu, Jenifer C Braley
Extraction of polar molecules by amphiphilic species results in a complex variety of clusters whose topologies and energetics control phase behavior and efficiency of liquid-liquid separations. A computational approach including quantum mechanical vibrational frequency calculations and molecular dynamics simulation with intermolecular network theory is used to provide a robust assessment of extractant and polar solute association through hydrogen bonding in the tributyl phosphate (TBP)/HNO3/H2O/dodecane system for the first time...
April 18, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418178/unfolded-protein-response-activation-compensates-er-associated-degradation-deficiency-in-arabidopsis
#19
Qingliang Li, Hai Wei, Lijing Liu, Xiaoyuan Yang, Xiansheng Zhang, Qi Xie
Abiotic stresses often disrupt protein folding and induce endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress. There is a sophisticated ER quality control (ERQC) system to mitigate the effects of malfunctioning proteins and maintain ER homeostasis. The accumulation of misfolded proteins in the ER activates the unfolded protein response (UPR) to enhance ER protein folding and the degradation of misfolded proteins mediate by ER-associated degradation (ERAD). That ERQC reduces abiotic stress damage has been well studied in mammals and yeast...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417373/a-rapid-procedure-for-the-purification-of-8-aminopyrene-trisulfonate-apts-labeled-glycans-for-capillary-electrophoresis-ce-based-enzyme-assays
#20
Hayden J Danyluk, Leona K Shum, Wesley F Zandberg
Purified glycan standards are required for glycan arrays, characterizing substrate specificities of glycan-active enzymes, and to serve as retention-time or mobility standards for various separation techniques. This chapter describes a method for the rapid separation, and subsequent desalting, of glycans labeled with the highly fluorescent fluorophore 8-aminopyrene 1,3,6-trisulfonate (APTS). By using fluorophore-assisted carbohydrate electrophoresis (FACE) on polyacrylamide gels, which utilizes equipment readily available in most molecular biology laboratories, many APTS-labeled glycans can be simultaneously resolved...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
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