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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641403/a-molasses-habitat-derived-fungus-aspergillus-tubingensis-xg21-with-high-%C3%AE-fructofuranosidase-activity-and-its-potential-use-for-fructooligosaccharides-production
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Yijia Xie, Huanxia Zhou, Caixia Liu, Jing Zhang, Ning Li, Zhanli Zhao, Guoyong Sun, Yaohua Zhong
The industrial microorganisms used for fructooligosaccharides (FOS) synthesis are generally fermented with sucrose as carbon source to induce the production of β-fructofuranosidase (FFase) having transfructosylation activity. Consequently, isolation of novel FFase producers from a sucrose-enriched biotope would help improve FOS productivity and reduce the process cost. Here, three fungi isolated from a unique sugarcane molasses habitat were found to possess FFase activity and one of them, XG21, exhibited a high capacity to synthesize FOS...
December 2017: AMB Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641400/cytosolic-delivery-of-sirna-by-ultra-high-affinity-dsrna-binding-proteins
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Nicole J Yang, Monique J Kauke, Fangdi Sun, Lucy F Yang, Katie F Maass, Michael W Traxlmayr, Yao Yu, Yingda Xu, Robert S Langer, Daniel G Anderson, K Dane Wittrup
Protein-based methods of siRNA delivery are capable of uniquely specific targeting, but are limited by technical challenges such as low potency or poor biophysical properties. Here, we engineered a series of ultra-high affinity siRNA binders based on the viral protein p19 and developed them into siRNA carriers targeted to the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR). Combined in trans with a previously described endosome-disrupting agent composed of the pore-forming protein Perfringolysin O (PFO), potent silencing was achieved in vitro with no detectable cytotoxicity...
June 21, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641321/identifying-and-acting-on-potentially-inappropriate-care-inadequacy-of-current-hospital-coding-for-this-task
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P David Cooper, David R Smart
INTRODUCTION: Recent Australian attempts to facilitate disinvestment in healthcare, by identifying instances of 'inappropriate' care from large Government datasets, are subject to significant methodological flaws. Amongst other criticisms has been the fact that the Government datasets utilized for this purpose correlate poorly with datasets collected by relevant professional bodies. Government data derive from official hospital coding, collected retrospectively by clerical personnel, whilst professional body data derive from unit-specific databases, collected contemporaneously with care by clinical personnel...
June 2017: Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine: the Journal of the South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641299/monocyte-subsets-are-differentially-lost-from-the-circulation-during-acute-inflammation-induced-by-human-experimental-endotoxemia
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Tamar Tak, Roger van Groenendael, Peter Pickkers, Leo Koenderman
Three human monocyte subsets are recognized with different functions in the immune system: CD14++/CD16- classical monocytes (CM), CD14++/CD16+ intermediate monocytes (IM) and CD14+/CD16++ non-classical monocytes (NCM). Increased IM and NCM percentages have been reported under inflammatory conditions, yet little is known about monocyte subsets at the onset of inflammation. The human endotoxemia model is uniquely capable of studying the first phases of acute inflammation induced by intravenous injection of 2 ng/kg bodyweight lipopolysaccharide (LPS) into healthy volunteers...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Innate Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641088/application-of-zeolite-hydrous-zirconia-composite-as-a-novel-sediment-capping-material-to-immobilize-phosphorus
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Yi Fan, Yiwen Li, Deyi Wu, Chunjie Li, Hainan Kong
A unique sediment-capping agent consisting of a zeolite/hydrous zirconia composite (ZHZ) was developed and tested for P-immobilization in the overlying water and sediment cores from a freshwater pond. In the ZHZ, NaP1 zeolite was covered with hydrous zirconia, which existed as an amorphous phase. Experimental results in pond water indicated that ZHZ could efficiently remove soluble reactive phosphorus. The 28-day sediment incubation experiments showed that capping sediment with ZHZ resulted in a more efficient, rapid and sustained decrease in P concentration when compared with the traditional alum treatment method...
June 12, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641046/exploring-the-health-needs-of-aging-lgbt-adults-in-the-cape-fear-region-of-north-carolina
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Noell L Rowan, Kelsey Beyer
This study explored issues of culturally sensitive health care practice and needs among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender aging adults in coastal North Carolina. Survey data from 2013 to 2015 were analyzed using frequencies and logistic regression on concerns with culturally sensitive health needs for the LGBT aging adult population. Results indicated that the largest problem was a history of being verbally harassed (n = 115; 51.57%) and a need for more culturally sensitive health care provisions. A large majority of participants requested an improvement in offering of LGBT specific social activities (n = 149), recreational activities (n = 116), and art and cultural activities (n = 112)...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641039/an-empirical-investigation-of-campus-demographics-and-reported-rapes
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Jacquelyn D Wiersma-Mosley, Kristen N Jozkowski, Taylor Martinez
OBJECTIVE: Rape on college campuses continues to be a pervasive public health issue with approximately 11% of women experiencing rape while in college. As such, it is important to examine factors unique to college campuses that influence the occurrences of rape. METHODS: Using data from 1,423 four-year universities (public and private with at least 1,000 students) from the Office of Education and the Clery Act (2014), we examined institutional risk factors, such as tuition, liquor violations, Greek-life, athletic programs, institution type (public vs...
June 22, 2017: Journal of American College Health: J of ACH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641022/a-randomized-single-dose-parallel-study-on-enhancement-of-nitric-oxide-in-serum-and-saliva-with-the-use-of-natural-sports-supplement-in-healthy-adults
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Joby Jacob, Sreeraj Gopi, Chandradhara Divya
Sports supplements that stimulate the production of nitric oxide (NO) are widely promoted agents in the sports nutrition domain, and nitric oxide plays an important role to enhance the cardiovascular and physical fitness of the sports participants. The purpose of the study is to investigate whether oral intake of a sports nutritional supplement (Fitnox) is able to increase nitrate (NO3(-)) and nitrite (NO2(-)) levels in blood serum and saliva of healthy adults. Fitnox is a unique blend of Kaempferia parviflora methoxy flavones, pomegranate peel polyphenols, and Moringa oleifera leaf saponins...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Dietary Supplements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641011/exploiting-one-dimensional-exciton-phonon-coupling-for-tunable-and-efficient-single-photon-generation-with-a-carbon-nanotube
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Adrien Jeantet, Yannick Chassagneux, Théo Claude, Philippe Roussignol, Jean-Sébastien Lauret, Jakob Reichel, Christophe Voisin
Condensed-matter emitters offer enriched cavity quantum electrodynamical effects due to the coupling to external degrees of freedom. In the case of carbon nanotubes a very peculiar coupling between localized excitons and the one-dimensional acoustic phonon modes can be achieved, which gives rise to pronounced phonon wings in the luminescence spectrum. By coupling an individual nanotube to a tunable optical micro-cavity, we show that this peculiar exciton-phonon coupling is a valuable resource to enlarge the tuning range of the single-photon source while keeping an excellent exciton-photon coupling efficiency and spectral purity...
June 22, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641008/hypoxia-induced-changes-in-the-fibroblast-secretome-exosome-and-whole-cell-proteome-using-cultured-cardiac-derived-cells-isolated-from-neonatal-mice
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Jake Cosme, Hongbo Guo, Sina Hadipour-Lakmehsari, Andrew Emili, Anthony O Gramolini
Cardiac fibroblasts (CF) represent a major subpopulation of cells in the developing and adult heart. Cardiomyocyte (CM) and CF intercellular communication occurs through paracrine interactions and modulate myocyte development and stress response. Detailed proteomic analysis of the CF secretome in normal and stressed conditions may offer insights into the role of CF in heart development and disease. Primary neonatal mouse CF were isolated and cultured for 24h in 21% (normoxic) or 2% (hypoxic) O2. Conditioned media was separated to obtain EXO and EXO-depleted secretome fractions...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Proteome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640936/preparation-single-molecule-manipulation-and-energy-transfer-investigation-of-a-polyfluorene-graft-dna-polymer
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Mikael Madsen, Rasmus S Christensen, Abhichart Krissanaprasit, Mette R Bakke, Camilla F Riber, Karina S Nielsen, Alexander Zelikin, Kurt Vesterager Gothelf
Conjugated polymers have been intensively studied due to their unique optical and electronic properties combined with their physical flexibility and scalable bottom up synthesis. While the bulk qualities of conjugated polymers have been extensively utilized in research and industry, the ability to handle and manipulate conjugated polymers at the nanoscale lacks significantly behind. Here we extend the toolbox for controlled manipulation of conjugated polymers through the synthesis of a polyfluorene-DNA graft type polymer (poly(F-DNA))...
June 22, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640878/genetic-loci-associated-with-coronary-artery-disease-harbor-evidence-of-selection-and-antagonistic-pleiotropy
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Sean G Byars, Qin Qin Huang, Lesley-Ann Gray, Andrew Bakshi, Samuli Ripatti, Gad Abraham, Stephen C Stearns, Michael Inouye
Traditional genome-wide scans for positive selection have mainly uncovered selective sweeps associated with monogenic traits. While selection on quantitative traits is much more common, very few signals have been detected because of their polygenic nature. We searched for positive selection signals underlying coronary artery disease (CAD) in worldwide populations, using novel approaches to quantify relationships between polygenic selection signals and CAD genetic risk. We identified new candidate adaptive loci that appear to have been directly modified by disease pressures given their significant associations with CAD genetic risk...
June 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640849/motility-in-blastogregarines-apicomplexa-native-and-drug-induced-organisation-of-siedleckia-nematoides-cytoskeletal-elements
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Andrea Valigurová, Naděžda Vaškovicová, Andrei Diakin, Gita G Paskerova, Timur G Simdyanov, Magdaléna Kováčiková
Recent studies on motility of Apicomplexa concur with the so-called glideosome concept applied for apicomplexan zoites, describing a unique mechanism of substrate-dependent gliding motility facilitated by a conserved form of actomyosin motor and subpellicular microtubules. In contrast, the gregarines and blastogregarines exhibit different modes and mechanisms of motility, correlating with diverse modifications of their cortex. This study focuses on the motility and cytoskeleton of the blastogregarine Siedleckia nematoides Caullery et Mesnil, 1898 parasitising the polychaete Scoloplos cf...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640821/noise-reduction-in-single-time-frame-optical-dna-maps
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Paola C Torche, Vilhelm Müller, Fredrik Westerlund, Tobias Ambjörnsson
In optical DNA mapping technologies sequence-specific intensity variations (DNA barcodes) along stretched and stained DNA molecules are produced. These "fingerprints" of the underlying DNA sequence have a resolution of the order one kilobasepairs and the stretching of the DNA molecules are performed by surface adsorption or nano-channel setups. A post-processing challenge for nano-channel based methods, due to local and global random movement of the DNA molecule during imaging, is how to align different time frames in order to produce reproducible time-averaged DNA barcodes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640808/transmembrane-helical-interactions-in-the-cftr-channel-pore
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Jhuma Das, Andrei A Aleksandrov, Liying Cui, Lihua He, John R Riordan, Nikolay V Dokholyan
Mutations in the Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Conductance Regulator (CFTR) gene affect CFTR protein biogenesis or its function as a chloride channel, resulting in dysregulation of epithelial fluid transport in the lung, pancreas and other organs in cystic fibrosis (CF). Development of pharmaceutical strategies to treat CF requires understanding of the mechanisms underlying channel function. However, incomplete 3D structural information on the unique ABC ion channel, CFTR, hinders elucidation of its functional mechanism and correction of cystic fibrosis causing mutants...
June 22, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640782/perioperative-venous-thromboembolism-a-review
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Ronald J Gordon, Frederick W Lombard
Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a significant problem in the perioperative period, increasing patient morbidity, mortality, and health care costs. It is also considered the most preventable of the major postoperative complications. Despite widespread adoption of prophylaxis guidelines, it appears that morbidity from the disease has not substantially changed within the past 2 decades. It is becoming clear that current prophylaxis efforts are not sufficient. Using more potent anticoagulants may decrease the incidence of VTE, but increase the risk for bleeding and infection...
June 20, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640741/an-endophytic-fusarium-sp-isolated-from-monarda-citriodora-produces-the-industrially-important-plant-like-volatile-organic-compound-hexanal
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Meenu Katoch, Kushal Bindu, Shipra Phull, M K Verma
An endophytic fungus, MC_25L, has been isolated from the leaves of MonardacitriodoraCerv. ex Lag., a medicinal and aromatic herb from the northwestern Himalayas. It produces a fruity fragrance while growing on potato dextrose agar, suggesting that it is producing volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The endophyte inhibited the growth of plant pathogens such asSclerotiniasp. and Aspergillusflavus by virtue of VOCs. Identification of MC_25L based on morphological and microscopic features, as well as ITS-based rDNA sequence analysis, revealed that it is a Fusariumsp...
June 22, 2017: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640671/regulation-of-a-muralytic-enzyme-encoding-gene-by-two-non-coding-rnas
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Renée J St-Onge, Marie A Elliot
Non-coding regulatory RNAs fine-tune gene expression post-transcriptionally. In the streptomycetes, rpfA - encoding a muralytic enzyme required for establishing and exiting dormancy - is flanked by non-coding regulatory RNA elements both upstream (riboswitch) and downstream [antisense small RNA (sRNA)]. In Streptomyces coelicolor, the upstream riboswitch decreases rpfA transcript abundance in response to the second messenger cyclic di-AMP, itself involved in cell wall metabolism and dormancy. There is, however, no obvious expression platform associated with this riboswitch and consequently, its mechanism of action is entirely unknown...
June 22, 2017: RNA Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640636/cross-reactive-synbody-affinity-ligands-for-capturing-diverse-noroviruses
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Nidhi Gupta, John C Lainson, Paul E Belcher, Luhui Shen, Hugh S Mason, Stephen Albert Johnston, Chris W Diehnelt
Noroviruses are the most common cause of acute gastroenteritis in the developed world. Noroviruses are a diverse group of nonenveloped RNA viruses that are continuously evolving. This leads to the rise of immunologically distinct strains of the same genotype on a frequent basis. This diversity presents a unique challenge for detection and tracking of new strains, with the continuous need for new norovirus affinity ligands. Our group developed a family of bivalent synbody affinity ligands using a virus-like particle (VLP) from the 2006 GII...
June 22, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640611/lattice-hydride-mechanism-in-electrocatalytic-co2%C3%A2-reduction-by-structurally-precise-copper-hydride-nanoclusters
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Qing Tang, Yongjin Lee, Dai-Ying Li, Woojun Choi, C W Liu, Dongil Lee, De-En Jiang
Copper electrocatalysts can reduce CO2 to hydrocarbons at high overpotentials. However, mechanistic understanding of CO2 reduction on nanostructured Cu catalysts has been lacking. Herein we show that the structurally precise ligand-protected Cu-hydride nanoclusters, such as Cu32H20L12 (L is a dithiophosphate ligand), offer unique selectivity for electrocatalytic CO2 reduction at low overpotentials. Our density functional theory (DFT) calculations predict that the presence of the negatively charged hydrides in the copper cluster plays a critical role in determining the selectivity of the reduction product, yielding HCOOH over CO with a lower overpotential...
June 22, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
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