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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107711/the-influence-of-dissolved-si-on-ni-precipitate-formation-at-the-kaolinite-water-interface-kinetics-drs-and-exafs-analysis
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Xiaoli Tan, Ge Liu, Huiyang Mei, Ming Fang, Xuemei Ren, Changlun Chen
Unraveling the formation process of Ni precipitates at molecular scale is important for understanding the fate and mobility of Ni species in the real environment. Dissolved Si presents in the natural environment ubiquitously, which can alter Ni sorption as well as incorporation into neoformed precipitates. Batch experiments show that the dissolved Si leads to a rapid increase in the Ni sorption rate and interferes with the formation of Ni precipitates. The results of diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) and extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectroscopy analyses suggest that the nucleation of a (Ni,Al) phyllosilicate phase involves a kaolinite-like local structure...
January 16, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107044/quercetin-attenuates-cell-survival-inflammation-and-angiogenesis-via-modulation-of-akt-signaling-in-murine-t-cell-lymphoma
#2
Akhilendra Kumar Maurya, Manjula Vinayak
AKT signaling is important to maintaining normal physiology. Hyperactivation of AKT signaling is frequent in cancer, which maintains a high oxidative state in a tumor microenvironment that is needed for tumor adaptation. Therefore, antioxidants are proposed to exhibit anticancer properties by interfering with the tumor microenvironment. Quercetin is an ubiquitous bioactive antioxidant rich in vegetables and beverages. The present study aimed to analyze cancer preventive property of quercetin in ascite cells of Dalton's lymphoma-bearing mice...
January 20, 2017: Nutrition and Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106994/enzymatic-halogenation-and-dehalogenation-reactions-pervasive-and-mechanistically-diverse
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Vinayak Agarwal, Zachary D Miles, Jaclyn M Winter, Alessandra S Eustáquio, Abrahim A El Gamal, Bradley S Moore
Naturally produced halogenated compounds are ubiquitous across all domains of life where they perform a multitude of biological functions and adopt a diversity of chemical structures. Accordingly, a diverse collection of enzyme catalysts to install and remove halogens from organic scaffolds has evolved in nature. Accounting for the different chemical properties of the four halogen atoms (fluorine, chlorine, bromine, and iodine) and the diversity and chemical reactivity of their organic substrates, enzymes performing biosynthetic and degradative halogenation chemistry utilize numerous mechanistic strategies involving oxidation, reduction, and substitution...
January 20, 2017: Chemical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106990/bioconcentration-and-biotransformation-of-amitriptyline-in-gilt-head-bream
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Haizea Ziarrusta, Leire Mijangos, Urtzi Izagirre, Merle M Plassmann, Jonathan P Benskin, Eneritz Anakabe, Maitane Olivares, Olatz Zuloaga
Extensive global use of the serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor Amitriptyline (AMI) for treatment of depression has led to its ubiquitous occurrence in the aquatic environment. To assess AMI bioconcentration factors, tissue distribution, and metabolite formation in fish, we exposed gilt-head bream (Spaurus aurata) to AMI in seawater for 7 days at two concentrations (0.2 µg/L and 10 µg/L). Day 7 proportional bioconcentration factors (BCFs) ranged from 6 (10 µg/L dose, muscle) to 127 (0.2 µg/L dose, brain) and were consistently larger at the low dose level...
January 20, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106957/the-influence-of-habitat-heterogeneity-and-latitude-on-gamma-diversity-of-the-nearctic-simuliidae-a-ubiquitous-group-of-stream-dwelling-insects
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John W McCreadie, Rachel H Williams, Sam Stutsman, Debra S Finn, Peter H Adler
Among the most prominent, large-scale patterns of species richness are the increases in richness with decreasing latitude and with increasing habitat heterogeneity. Using the stream-dwelling larval and pupal stages of North American black flies (Diptera: Simuliidae), we address three broad questions about species richness: (i) Does a significant latitude-richness relationship exist? (ii) How does habitat heterogeneity influence gamma diversity? (iii) What is the sign (positive or negative) of the latitude-richness and the heterogeneity-richness relationships? We found no evidence that habitat heterogeneity influences gamma diversity...
January 20, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106880/discovery-of-anaerobic-lithoheterotrophic-haloarchaea-ubiquitous-in-hypersaline-habitats
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Dimitry Y Sorokin, Enzo Messina, Francesco Smedile, Pawel Roman, Jaap S Sinninghe Damsté, Sergio Ciordia, Maria Carmen Mena, Manuel Ferrer, Peter N Golyshin, Ilya V Kublanov, Nazar I Samarov, Stepan V Toshchakov, Violetta La Cono, Michail M Yakimov
Hypersaline anoxic habitats harbour numerous novel uncultured archaea whose metabolic and ecological roles remain to be elucidated. Until recently, it was believed that energy generation via dissimilatory reduction of sulfur compounds is not functional at salt saturation conditions. Recent discovery of the strictly anaerobic acetotrophic Halanaeroarchaeum compels to change both this assumption and the traditional view on haloarchaea as aerobic heterotrophs. Here we report on isolation and characterization of a novel group of strictly anaerobic lithoheterotrophic haloarchaea, which we propose to classify as a new genus Halodesulfurarchaeum...
January 20, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106838/molecular-characterization-of-voltage-gated-sodium-channels-and-their-relations-with-paralytic-shellfish-toxin-bioaccumulation-in-the-pacific-oyster-crassostrea-gigas
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Floriane Boullot, Justine Castrec, Adeline Bidault, Natanael Dantas, Laura Payton, Mickael Perrigault, Damien Tran, Zouher Amzil, Pierre Boudry, Philippe Soudant, Hélène Hégaret, Caroline Fabioux
Paralytic shellfish toxins (PST) bind to voltage-gated sodium channels (Nav) and block conduction of action potential in excitable cells. This study aimed to (i) characterize Nav sequences in Crassostrea gigas and (ii) investigate a putative relation between Nav and PST-bioaccumulation in oysters. The phylogenetic analysis highlighted two types of Nav in C. gigas: a Nav1 (CgNav1) and a Nav2 (CgNav2) with sequence properties of sodium-selective and sodium/calcium-selective channels, respectively. Three alternative splice transcripts of CgNav1 named A, B and C, were characterized...
January 19, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106311/potential-applications-of-non-thermal-plasmas-against-biofilm-associated-microorganisms-in-vitro
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Pradeep Puligundla, Chulkyoon Mok
Biofilms as complex microbial communities attached to surfaces are posing several challenges in different sectors, ranging from food and healthcare to desalination and power generation. Biofilms survive in hostile environments due to a distinct physiology and behavior in comparison to their planktonic counterparts. They are ubiquitous, resilient, and difficult to eradicate due to their resistant phenotype. Several chemical-based cleaning and disinfection regimens are conventionally used against biofilm-dwelling microorganisms in vitro...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106301/uxt-is-a-lox-pp-interacting-protein-that-modulates-estrogen-receptor-alpha-activity-in-breast-cancer-cells
#9
Nuria Sánchez-Morgan, Kathrin H Kirsch, Philip C Trackman, Gail E Sonenshein
The lysyl oxidase proenzyme propeptide region (LOX-PP) is a tumor suppressor protein whose mechanism of action is not completely understood. Here, the Ubiquitously eXpressed Transcript (UXT) was identified in a yeast two-hybrid assay with LOX-PP as bait and confirmed as a novel LOX-PP associating protein. UXT, a prefoldin-like protein, is ubiquitous in human and mouse. Since UXT modulates androgen receptor transcriptional activity in prostate cancer, we studied its role in breast cancer. Breast tumors and derived cell lines overexpressed UXT...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106169/inhibition-of-nucks-facilitates-corneal-recovery-following-alkali-burn
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Ming-Wai Poon, Dan Jiang, Peng Qin, Yuelin Zhang, Beiying Qiu, Sumit Chanda, Vinay Tergaonkar, Qing Li, Ian Y Wong, Zhendong Yu, Hung-Fat Tse, David S H Wong, Qizhou Lian
Corneal wound healing involves a complex cascade of cytokine-controlled cellular events, including inflammatory and angiogenesis responses that are regulated by transcriptional chromatin remodeling. Nuclear Ubiquitous Casein and cyclin-dependent Kinase Substrate (NUCKS) is a key chromatin modifier and transcriptional regulator of metabolic signaling. In this study, we investigated the role of NUCKS in corneal wound healing by comparing its effects on corneal alkali burn in NUCKS knockout (NKO) and NUCKS wild-type (NWT) mice...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105564/occurrence-and-fate-of-pesticides-in-the-argentine-stretch-of-the-paraguay-paran%C3%A3-basin
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M A Etchegoyen, A E Ronco, P Almada, M Abelando, D J Marino
The Argentine stretch of the del Plata basin crosses regions devoted to extensive and intensive agriculture mostly with chemical pest control. The utilization of pesticides in the region has increased 900% in the last two decades associated with the introduction of biotech crops and direct-seeding techniques. Our objective was to study the occurrence, concentration, and fate of pesticides in surface water and bottom sediments of the principal tributaries and main watercourse of the Paraguay-Paraná River. We sampled 22 sites in the distal positions of the main affluents and main watercourse of the Paraná and report here results from two monitoring campaigns (2010-2012)...
February 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105239/rack1-promotes-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cell-survival-via-cbr1-by-suppressing-tnf-%C3%AE-induced-ros-generation
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Silei Zhou, Huanling Cao, Yawei Zhao, Xinying Li, Jiyan Zhang, Chunmei Hou, Yuanfang Ma, Qingyang Wang
It has been reported that intracellular accumulation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) has a significant role in tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α-induced cell apoptosis and necrosis; however, the key molecules regulating ROS generation remain to be elucidated. The present study reports that knockdown of endogenous receptor for activated C kinase 1 (RACK1) increases the intracellular ROS level following TNF-α or H2O2 stimulation in human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cells, leading to promotion of cell death...
December 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104284/-fabry-disease
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F Stephan, R Haber
Fabry disease, also known as Anderson-Fabry disease or angiokeratoma corporis diffusum universale, is an X-linked recessive form of sphingolipidosis caused by total or partial deficiency of the lysosomal hydrolase, alpha-galactosidase A. From the youngest age, it results in a gradual ubiquitous build-up of glycosphingolipids that are not degraded by the missing enzyme. Cutaneous, neurological, nephrologic, cardiac, gastrointestinal, ophthalmological, respiratory, cochleovestibular and haematological involvement are responsible for increased mortality and significant impairment of quality of life in subjects affected by the disease...
January 16, 2017: Annales de Dermatologie et de Vénéréologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103540/a-generative-approach-to-chinese-shanshui-painting
#14
Weili Shi
The Shan Shui in the World project recreated Manhattan, New York, in the style of traditional Chinese shanshui paintings by using a generative algorithm to transform its buildings into mountains. This project revisits the ideas implicit in Chinese literati paintings of shan shui: the relationship between urban life and people's yearning for nature and between social responsibility and spiritual purity. Shan Shui in the World was made possible by the growing ubiquitousness of data and the development of data visualization techniques, especially generative art...
January 2017: IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103409/zea-mays-fe-deficiency-related-4-zmfdr4-functions-as-an-iron-transporter-in-the-plastids-of-monocots
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Xiu-Yue Zhang, Xi Zhang, Qi Zhang, Xiao-Xi Pan, Luo-Chen Yan, Xiao-Juan Ma, Wei-Zhong Zhao, Xiao-Ting Qi, Li-Ping Yin
Iron (Fe)-homeostasis in the plastids is closely associated with Fe transport proteins that prevent Fe from occurring in its toxic free ionic forms. However, the number of known protein families related to Fe transport in the plastids (about 5) and the function of iron in non-green plastids is limited. In the present study, we report the functional characterization of Zea mays Fe deficiency-related 4 (ZmFDR4), which was isolated from a differentially expressed clone of a cDNA library of Fe deficiency-induced maize roots...
January 19, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103163/the-prevalence-of-biofilms-in-chronic-wounds-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-published-data
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M Malone, T Bjarnsholt, A J McBain, G A James, P Stoodley, D Leaper, M Tachi, G Schultz, T Swanson, R D Wolcott
The presence of biofilms in chronic non-healing wounds, has been identified through in vitro model and in vivo animal data. However, human chronic wound studies are under-represented and generally report low sample sizes. For this reason we sought to ascertain the prevalence of biofilms in human chronic wounds by undertaking a systematic review and meta-analysis. Our initial search identified 554 studies from the literature databases (Cochrane Library, Embase, Medline). After removal of duplicates, and those not meeting the requirements of inclusion, nine studies involving 185 chronic wounds met the inclusion criteria...
January 2, 2017: Journal of Wound Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102304/local-melatonin-application-induces-cold-tolerance-in-distant-organs-of-citrullus-lanatus-l-via-long-distance-transport
#17
Hao Li, Jingjing Chang, Junxian Zheng, Yuchuan Dong, Qiyan Liu, Xiaozhen Yang, Chunhua Wei, Yong Zhang, Jianxiang Ma, Xian Zhang
Melatonin is a ubiquitous chemical substance that regulates plant growth and responses to stress. Several recent studies show that exogenous melatonin confers cold tolerance to plants; however, the underlying mechanisms remain largely unknown. Here, we report that melatonin application at optimal dose, either on the leaves or the roots, not only induced cold stress tolerance in the site of application, but also systemically induced cold tolerance in untreated distant parts. Foliar or rhizospheric treatment with melatonin increased the melatonin levels in untreated roots or leaves, respectively, under both normal and cold stress conditions, whereas rhizospheric melatonin treatment increased the melatonin exudation rates from the xylem...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101858/coiled-coil-design-updated-and-upgraded
#18
Derek N Woolfson
α-Helical coiled coils are ubiquitous protein-folding and protein-interaction domains in which two or more α-helical chains come together to form bundles. Through a combination of bioinformatics analysis of many thousands of natural coiled-coil sequences and structures, plus empirical protein engineering and design studies, there is now a deep understanding of the sequence-to-structure relationships for this class of protein architecture. This has led to considerable success in rational design and what might be termed in biro de novo design of simple coiled coils, which include homo- and hetero-meric parallel dimers, trimers and tetramers...
2017: Sub-cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101852/synthesis-of-carbonates-from-alcohols-and-co2
#19
REVIEW
Nicole Kindermann, Tharun Jose, Arjan W Kleij
Alcohols are ubiquitous compounds in nature that offer modular building blocks for synthetic chemistry. Here we discuss the most recent development of different classes of alcohols and their coupling chemistry with carbon dioxide as to afford linear and cyclic carbonates, the challenges associated with their formation, and the potential of this chemistry to revive a waste carbon feed stock.
February 2017: Topics in Current Chemistry (Journal)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101636/a-slow-opportunist-physiological-and-growth-responses-of-an-obligate-understory-plant-to-patch-cut-harvesting
#20
Jennifer L Chandler
Understory light environments change rapidly following timber harvest, and while many understory species utilize and benefit from the additional light, this response is not ubiquitous in shade-obligate species. I examined the effects of patch cut timber harvest on the physiology and growth of an obligate forest understory species to determine if disturbances via timber harvest are physiological stressors or whether such disturbances provide physiological benefits and growth increases in understory species. Forest canopy structure, along with photosynthesis, respiration, water use efficiency, stomatal conductance, and growth rates of American ginseng were quantified one summer before and two summers after patch cut timber harvest...
January 19, 2017: Oecologia
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