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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149234/calcium-dependent-hydrolysis-of-supported-planar-lipids-was-triggered-by-honey-bee-venom-phospholipase-a2-with-the-right-orientation-at-the-interface
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Siqi Kai, Xu Li, Bolin Li, Xiaofeng Han, Xiaolin Lu
Hydrolysis of planar phospholipids catalyzed by honey bee venom phospholipase A2 (bvPLA2) was studied. Experiments demonstrated that Ca(2+) ions mediated between the lipids and bvPLA2, induced reorientation of bvPLA2, and activated hydrolysis. One of the hydrolysis products, fatty acids, was desorbed, and the other one, lysophospholipids, self-organized at the interface.
November 17, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147977/are-isomeric-alkenes-used-in-species-recognition-among-neo-tropical-stingless-bees-melipona-spp
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Stephen J Martin, Sue Shemilt, Cândida B da S Lima, Carlos A L de Carvalho
Our understanding of the role of cuticular hydrocarbons (CHC) in recognition is based largely on temperate ant species and honey bees. The stingless bees remain relatively poorly studied, despite being the largest group of eusocial bees, comprising more than 400 species in some 60 genera. The Meliponini and Apini diverged between 80-130 Myr B.P. so the evolutionary trajectories that shaped the chemical communication systems in ants, honeybees and stingless bees may be very different. The aim of this study was to study if a unique species CHC signal existed in Neotropical stingless bees, as has been shown for many temperate species, and what compounds are involved...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Chemical Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147780/the-effect-of-removing-numerically-dominant-non-native-honey-bees-on-seed-set-of-a-native-plant
#3
Annika J Nabors, Henry J Cen, Keng-Lou J Hung, Joshua R Kohn, David A Holway
Pollination services are compromised by habitat destruction, land-use intensification, pesticides, and introduced species. How pollination services respond to such stressors depends on the capacity of pollinator assemblages to function in the face of environmental disruption. Here, we quantify how pollination services provided to a native plant change upon removal of the non-native, western honey bee (Apis mellifera)-a numerically dominant floral visitor in the native bee-rich ecosystems of southern California...
November 16, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146350/emerging-approach-for-analytical-characterization-and-geographical-classification-of-moroccan-and-french-honeys-by-means-of-a-voltammetric-electronic-tongue
#4
Nadia El Alami El Hassani, Khalid Tahri, Eduard Llobet, Benachir Bouchikhi, Abdelhamid Errachid, Nadia Zine, Nezha El Bari
Moroccan and French honeys from different geographical areas were classified and characterized by applying a voltammetric electronic tongue (VE-tongue) coupled to analytical methods. The studied parameters include color intensity, free lactonic and total acidity, proteins, phenols, hydroxymethylfurfural content (HMF), sucrose, reducing and total sugars. The geographical classification of different honeys was developed through three-pattern recognition techniques: principal component analysis (PCA), support vector machines (SVMs) and hierarchical cluster analysis (HCA)...
March 15, 2018: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145627/bacterial-communities-associated-with-the-ectoparasitic-mites-varroa-destructor-and-tropilaelaps-mercedesae-of-honey-bees-apis-mellifera
#5
Chonthicha Pakwan, Martin Kaltenpoth, Benjamin Weiss, Panuwan Chantawannakul, Guo Jun, Terd Disayathanoowat
Varroa and Tropilaelaps mites have been reported as serious ectoparasites of honey bees (Apis mellifera). In this study, bacterial communities associated with Varroa destructor and Tropilaelaps mercedesae from Northern Thailand were determined, using both culture-dependent and culture-independent approaches. Adult female mites were collected from apiaries in Chiang Mai and Lampang provinces. Culturable bacteria were isolated from individual mites. On average, we observed approximately 1340 and 1140 CFU/mite in Varroa and Tropilaelaps, respectively...
November 14, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143692/non-pharmacological-interventions-for-lewy-body-dementia-a-systematic-review
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Michael H Connors, Lena Quinto, Ian McKeith, Henry Brodaty, Louise Allan, Claire Bamford, Alan Thomas, John-Paul Taylor, John T O'Brien
Lewy body dementia (consisting of dementia with Lewy bodies and Parkinson's disease dementia) is a common neurodegenerative disease characterised by visual hallucinations, fluctuating attention, motor disturbances, falls, and sensitivity to antipsychotics. This combination of features presents challenges for pharmacological management. Given this, we sought to review evidence for non-pharmacological interventions with patients with Lewy body dementia and their carers. Bibliographic databases were searched using a wide range of search terms and no restrictions were placed on study design, language, or clinical setting...
November 16, 2017: Psychological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143171/neonicotinoid-insecticides-in-pollen-honey-and-adult-bees-in-colonies-of-the-european-honey-bee-apis-mellifera-l-in-egypt
#7
Garry Codling, Yahya Al Naggar, John P Giesy, Albert J Robertson
Honeybee losses have been attributed to multiple stressors and factors including the neonicotinoid insecticides (NIs). Much of the study of hive contamination has been focused upon temperate regions such as Europe, Canada and the United States. This study looks for the first time at honey, pollen and bees collected from across the Nile Delta in Egypt in both the spring and summer planting season of 2013. There is limited information upon the frequency of use of NIs in Egypt but the ratio of positive identification and concentrations of NIs are comparable to other regions...
November 15, 2017: Ecotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141565/radio-modulatory-potential-ofcaffeic-acid-phenethyl-ester-a-therapeutic-perspective
#8
Km Anjaly, Ashu Tiku
Use of natural agents is an upcoming area of research in cancer biology. Caffeic acid phenethyl ester has received great attention because of its therapeutic potential in various conditions including cancer. It is an active/abundant component of propolis. Propolis is a honey bee hive product produced by bees using their enzyme-rich digestive secretions on resinous mix, bee wax and pollen from plants. It is used to protect the beehive against bacteria and other infections.Although a lot of work has been done on chemotherapeutic aspects of CAPE, its role as a radiomodulator is yet to be delineated...
November 13, 2017: Anti-cancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138626/efficient-method-for-the-rapid-purification-of-nosema-ceranae-spores
#9
Dong-Jun Kim, Hwi-Geon Yun, In-Hui Kim, Won-Seok Gwak, Soo-Dong Woo
Nosema ceranae is an obligate intracellular fungal parasite that causes mortality in honey bees and enhances the susceptibility of honey bees to other pathogens. Efficient purification of Nosema spores from the midgut of infected honey bees is very important because Nosema is non-culturable and only seasonably available. To achieve a higher yield of spores from honey bees, in this study, we considered that the initial release of spores from the midgut tissues was the most critical step. The use of 2 mm beads along with enzymatic treatment with collagenase and trypsin enhanced the homogenization of tissues and the yield of released spores by approximately 2...
September 2017: Mycobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138237/natural-variation-in-ser1-and-ena6-underlie-condition-specific-growth-defects-in-saccharomyces%C3%A2-cerevisiae
#10
Amy Sirr, Adrian C Scott, Gareth A Cromie, Catherine L Ludlow, Vida Ahyong, Trey S Morgan, Teresa Gilbert, Aimée M Dudley
Despite their ubiquitous use in laboratory strains, naturally occurring loss-of-function mutations in genes encoding core metabolic enzymes are relatively rare in wild isolates of Saccharomyces cerevisiae Here, we identify a naturally occurring serine auxotrophy in a sake brewing strain from Japan. Through a cross with a honey wine (white tecc) brewing strain from Ethiopia, we map the minimal medium growth defect to SER1, which encodes 3-phosphoserine aminotransferase and is orthologous to the human disease gene, PSAT1 To investigate the impact of this polymorphism under conditions of abundant external nutrients, we examine growth in rich medium alone or with additional stresses, including the drugs caffeine and rapamycin and relatively high concentrations of copper, salt, and ethanol...
November 14, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137797/fabrication-of-g-c3n4-nio-heterostructured-nanocomposite-modified-glassy-carbon-electrode-for-quercetin-biosensor
#11
S Selvarajan, A Suganthi, M Rajarajan
Herein, we report a one-pot synthesis of structurally uniform and electrochemically active graphitic carbon nitride/nickel oxide (g-C3N4/NiO) nanocomposite and an investigation on the electrocatalytic oxidation of quercetin (QR). The synthesized g-C3N4/NiO nanocomposite has uniform surface distribution, which was characterized with scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Moreover, the composition of synthesized g-C3N4/NiO nanocomposite was characterized by UV-vis-spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR spectra), BET, SEM and HRTEM...
March 2018: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136902/nitrone-formation-a-new-strategy-for-the-derivatization-of-aldehydes-and-its-application-on-the-determination-of-furfurals-in-foods-by-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-with-fluorescence-detection
#12
Ao Zhang, Zhaobing Guan, Hongwei Cai, Yiyong Huang, Yawei Lin, Xiaosong Hu
A nitrone formation method using a novel fluorescent reagent 4-hydroxylaminopropyl-7-methoxylcoumarin (HAMC) has been developed and applied for the determination of furfurals in foods using high performance liquid chromatography with fluorescence detection (HPLC-FLD). Furfurals samples were derivatized by HAMC in aqueous condition at room temperature in less than 30min and were subjected to direct HPLC-FLD analysis without extra purification or extraction. Compared with other conventional methods, nitrone formation method produced single chromatographic peak for each analyte, leading to simpler chromatograms and enhancing the overall sensitivity...
February 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136844/physicochemical-characterization-of-lavandula-spp-honey-with-ft-raman-spectroscopy
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Ofélia Anjos, António J A Santos, Vasco Paixão, Letícia M Estevinho
This study aimed to evaluate the potential of FT-Raman spectroscopy in the prediction of the chemical composition of Lavandula spp. monofloral honey. Partial Least Squares (PLS) regression models were performed for the quantitative estimation and the results were correlated with those obtained using reference methods. Good calibration models were obtained for electrical conductivity, ash, total acidity, pH, reducing sugars, hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF), proline, diastase index, apparent sucrose, total flavonoids content and total phenol content...
February 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136789/application-of-pseudo-template-molecularly-imprinted-polymers-by-atom-transfer-radical-polymerization-to-the-solid-phase-extraction-of-pyrethroids
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Ming Zhang, Juan He, Yanzheng Shen, Weiye He, Yuanyuan Li, Dongxin Zhao, Shusheng Zhang
A polymer-based adsorption medium with molecular recognition ability for homologs of pyrethroids was prepared by atom transfer radical polymer iration using a fragment imprinting technique. Phenyl ether-biphenyl eutectic was utilized as a pseudo-template molecule, and the adsorption medium prepared was evaluated by solid-phase extraction and gas chromatography. Selectivity of the medium for pyrethroids was evaluated using it as solid phase extraction packing by Gas Chromatography. The results demonstrated that the absorption amount of bifenthrin, fenpropathrin, permethrin, cypermethrin, fenvalerate, Dursban and pentachloronitrobenzene for molecularly imprinted polymers were 2...
February 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136552/development-and-validation-of-modified-quechers-method-coupled-with-lc-ms-ms-for-simultaneous-determination-of-cymiazole-fipronil-coumaphos-fluvalinate-amitraz-and-its-metabolite-in-various-types-of-honey-and-royal-jelly
#15
Weijia Zheng, Jin-A Park, A M Abd El-Aty, Seong-Kwan Kim, Sang-Hyun Cho, Jeong-Min Choi, Hee Yi, Soo-Min Cho, Amer Ramadan, Ji Hoon Jeong, Jae-Han Shim, Ho-Chul Shin
Over the past few decades, honey products have been polluted by different contaminants, such as pesticides, which are widely applied in agriculture. In this work, a modified EN - quick, easy, cheap, effective, rugged, and safe (QuEChERS) extraction method was developed for the simultaneous quantification of pesticide residues, including cymiazole, fipronil, coumaphos, fluvalinate, amitraz, and its metabolite 2,4-dimethylaniline (2,4-DMA), in four types of honey (acacia, wild, chestnut, and manuka) and royal jelly...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134493/lethal-and-sub-lethal-effects-of-select-macrocyclic-lactones-insecticides-on-forager-worker-honey-bees-under-laboratory-experimental-conditions
#16
Gamal A M Abdu-Allah, Barry R Pittendrigh
Selective insecticide application is one important strategy for more precisely targeting harmful insects while avoiding or mitigating collateral damage to beneficial insects like honey bees. Recently, macrocyclic lactone-class insecticides have been introduced into the market place as selective bio-insecticides for controlling many arthropod pests, but how to target this selectivity only to harmful insects has yet to be achieved. In this study, the authors investigated the acute toxicity of fourmacrocyclic lactone insecticides (commercialized as abamectin, emamectin benzoate, spinetoram, and spinosad) both topically and through feeding studies with adult forager honey bees...
November 13, 2017: Ecotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133661/the-sting-of-a-honey-bee-an-unusual-subconjunctival-foreign-body
#17
Sushank A Bhalerao, Prabhakar Singh, Padmaja Kumari Rani, Varsha Rathi
Ocular foreign bodies (FBs) are often encountered in clinical practices. However, there are cases in which the presence of the FB is difficult to diagnose based on mere history taking and/or clinical examination. We herein present a case of unusual subconjunctival foreign body in the form of the sting of a honey bee in a 63-year-old farmer. This was removed from the superior forniceal subconjunctival space in toto with forceps under a microscope in the operation theater. This case emphasizes the need to elicit a complete history and a careful ocular examination with double eversion of the eyelid to avoid missing any foreign body lodged in the fornices and subconjunctival space in patients who complained of foreign body sensation...
November 2017: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133226/the-effect-of-dietary-neonicotinoid-pesticides-on-non-flight-thermogenesis-in-worker-bumble-bees-bombus-terrestris
#18
Robert Potts, Rebecca M Clarke, Sophie E Oldfield, Lisa K Wood, Natalie Hempel de Ibarra, James E Cresswell
For bumble bees (genus Bombus), the capacity for non-flight thermogenesis is essential for two fundamental processes undertaken by adult workers, namely recovery from torpor after chilling and brood incubation. Farmland bees can be widely exposed to dietary residues of neurotoxic neonicotinoid insecticides that appear in the nectar and pollen of treated bee-attractive crops, which may harm them. An earlier study shows that dietary neonicotinoids cause complex alterations to thermoregulation in honey bees, but their effects on the thermogenic capabilities of individual bumble bees has been untested previously...
November 10, 2017: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128800/beneficial-roles-of-honey-polyphenols-against-some-human-degenerative-diseases-a-review
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Md Sakib Hossen, Md Yousuf Ali, M H A Jahurul, Mohamed M Abdel-Daim, Siew Hua Gan, Md Ibrahim Khalil
Honey contains many active constituents and antioxidants such as polyphenols. Polyphenols are phytochemicals, a generic term for the several thousand plant-based molecules with antioxidant properties. Many in vitro studies in human cell cultures as well as many animal studies confirm the protective effect of polyphenols on a number of diseases such as cardiovascular diseases (CVD), diabetes, cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, pulmonary diseases, liver diseases and so on. Nevertheless, it is challenging to identify the specific biological mechanism underlying individual polyphenols and to determine how polyphenols impact human health...
July 4, 2017: Pharmacological Reports: PR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128713/non-enzymatic-electrochemical-detection-of-glucose-with-a-disposable-paper-based-sensor-using-a-cobalt-phthalocyanine-ionic-liquid-graphene-composite
#20
Sudkate Chaiyo, Eda Mehmeti, Weena Siangproh, Thai Long Hoang, Hai Phong Nguyen, Orawon Chailapakul, Kurt Kalcher
We introduce for the first time a paper-based analytical device (PAD) for the non-enzymatic detection of glucose by modifying a screen-printed carbon electrode with cobalt phthalocyanine, graphene and an ionic liquid (CoPc/G/IL/SPCE). The modifying composite was characterized by UV-visible spectroscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The disposable devices show excellent conductivity and fast electron transfer kinetics...
November 9, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
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