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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341260/essential-oils-improved-weight-gain-growth-and-feed-efficiency-of-young-dairy-calves-fed-18-or-20-crude-protein-starter-diets
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M Kazemi-Bonchenari, R Falahati, M Poorhamdollah, S R Heidari, A Pezeshki
The objective was to evaluate interactions between starter protein (180 vs. 200 g/kg, DM basis) and a mixture of essential oils (EOs; containing thymol, eugenol, vanillin, limonene and guaiacol) on growth, metabolic and ruminal functions of Holstein dairy calves. In a completely randomized 2 × 2 factorial design, 48 calves, 3 days old (averaging BW 42.7 ± 1.9 kg), were allocated into groups fed the following diets: (i) 180 g/kg CP with no EO (180P-NEO); (ii) 180 g/kg CP with EO (180P-EO); (iii) 200 g/kg CP with no EO (200P-NEO); and (iv) 200 g/kg CP with EO (200P-EO)...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338189/three-phase-morphology-evolution-in-sequentially-solution-processed-polymer-photodetector-toward-low-dark-current-and-high-photodetectivity
#2
Hanyu Wang, Shen Xing, Yifan Zheng, Jaemin Kong, Junsheng Yu, André D Taylor
Sequentially solution-processed polymer photodetectors (SSP PPDs) based on poly(3-hexylthiophene-2,5-diyl) (P3HT)/[6,6]-phenyl C71-butyric acid methyl ester (PC71BM) are fabricated by depositing the top layers of PC71BM from an appropriate cosolvent of 2-chlorophenol (2-CP)/o-dichlorobenzene (ODCB) onto the predeposited bottom layers of P3HT. By adjusting the ratio of 2-CP/ODCB in the top PC71BM layers, the resulting SSP PPD shows a decreased dark current and an increased photocurrent, leading to a maximum detectivity of 1...
January 17, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338174/solution-processable-zno-carbon-quantum-dots-electron-extraction-layer-for-highly-efficient-polymer-solar-cells
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Ruqin Zhang, Min Zhao, Zhongqiang Wang, Zongtao Wang, Bo Zhao, Yanqin Miao, Yingjuan Zhou, Hua Wang, Yuying Hao, Guo Chen, Furong Zhu
In this work, we report the effort to develop high efficiency inverted polymer solar cells (PSCs) by applying a solution processable bilayer ZnO/carbon quantum dots (C-QDs) electron extraction layer (EEL). It is shownthat the use of the bilayerEEL helps to suppress the exciton quenching by passivating the ZnO surface defects in the EEL, leading to an enhanced exciton dissociation, reduced charge recombinationand more efficient charge extraction probability, and thereby achieving high power conversion efficiency (PCE)...
January 17, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338008/interactions-between-species-introduce-spurious-associations-in-microbiome-studies
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Rajita Menon, Vivek Ramanan, Kirill S Korolev
Microbiota contribute to many dimensions of host phenotype, including disease. To link specific microbes to specific phenotypes, microbiome-wide association studies compare microbial abundances between two groups of samples. Abundance differences, however, reflect not only direct associations with the phenotype, but also indirect effects due to microbial interactions. We found that microbial interactions could easily generate a large number of spurious associations that provide no mechanistic insight. Using techniques from statistical physics, we developed a method to remove indirect associations and applied it to the largest dataset on pediatric inflammatory bowel disease...
January 16, 2018: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336266/design-synthesis-evaluation-and-computational-studies-of-nipecotic-acid-acetonaphthone-hybrids-as-potential-antiepileptic-agents
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Ankit Seth, Piyoosh A Sharma, Avanish Tripathi, Priyanka K Choubey, Pavan Srivastava, Prabhash N Tripathi, Sushant Kumar Shrivastava
BACKGROUND: Nipecotic acid is considered to be one of the most potent inhibitors of neuronal and glial γ- aminobutyric acid (GABA) uptake in vitro. However nipecotic acid does not readily cross the blood-brain barrier (BBB) following peripheral administration, owing to its hydrophilic nature. OBJECTIVE: A series of substituted acetonaphthones tethered nipecotic acid derivatives were designed and synthesized with an aim to improve the lipophilicity and the blood-brain barrier (BBB) permeation...
January 15, 2018: Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335876/hydrogen-metabolic-patterns-driven-by-clostridium-streptococcus-community-shifts-in-a-continuous-stirred-tank-reactor
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Rodolfo Palomo-Briones, Eric Trably, Nguyen Esmeralda López-Lozano, Lourdes B Celis, Hugo Oscar Méndez-Acosta, Nicolas Bernet, Elías Razo-Flores
The hydrogen (H2) production efficiency in dark fermentation systems is strongly dependent on the occurrence of metabolic pathways derived from the selection of microbial species that either consume molecular H2 or outcompete hydrogenogenic bacteria for the organic substrate. In this study, the effect of organic loading rate (OLR) on the H2 production performance, the metabolic pathways, and the microbial community composition in a continuous system was evaluated. Two bacterial genera, Clostridium and Streptococcus, were dominant in the microbial community depending on the OLR applied...
January 15, 2018: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335181/enhancing-the-photovoltaic-performance-of-bulk-heterojunction-polymer-solar-cells-by-adding-rhodamine-b-laser-dye-as-co-sensitizer
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Sholeh Kazemifard, Leila Naji, Faramarz Afshar Taromi
Ternary blend (TB) strategy has been considered as an effective method to enhance the photovoltaic performance of bulk heterojunction (BHJ) polymer solar cells (PSCs). Here, we report on TB-based PSCs containing two donor materials; poly-3-hexylthiophene (P3HT) and Rhodamine B (RhB) laser organic dye, and [6,6]-phenyl C61 butyric acid methyl ester (PC61BM) as an acceptor. The influence of RhB weight percentage and injection volume was extensively studied. To gain insight into the influences of RhB on the photovoltaic performance of PSCs, physicochemical and optical properties of TBs were compared with those of BHJ binary blend as a standard...
January 5, 2018: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334803/in-vitro-fermentation-of-gum-acacia-impact-on-the-faecal-microbiota
#8
Sehad Alarifi, Alan Bell, Gemma Walton
Interest in the consumption of gum acacia (GA) has been associated with beneficial health effects, which may be mediated in part by prebiotic activity. Two doses of GA and fructooligosaccharide (FOS) (1 and 2%) were tested for their efficacy over 48 h in pH- and temperature-controlled anaerobic batch cultures inoculated with human faeces. Samples were taken after 0, 5, 10, 24 and 48 h of fermentation. The selective effects of GA (increases in Bifidobacterium spp. and Lactobacillus spp.) were similar to those of the known prebiotic FOS...
January 16, 2018: International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333043/picroside-i-and-picroside-ii-from-tissue-cultures-of-picrorhiza-kurroa
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Yamjala Ganeshkumar, Ajmera Ramarao, Ciddi Veeresham
Background: Picrorhiza kurroa (PK) belongs to Scrophulariaceae family and is a representative endemic, medicinal herb, widely distributed throughout the higher altitudes of alpine Himalayas from west to east, between 3000 and 4500 m above mean sea level. Objective: The objective of the present study is to assess the production of picroside I and picroside II from tissue cultures of PK. Materials and Methods: Auxiliary shoot tips of PK were incubated in Murashige and Skoog medium supplemented with indole-3-butyric acid and kinetin phytohormones...
December 2017: Pharmacognosy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332811/manufacture-and-application-of-ruo2-solid-state-metal-oxide-ph-sensor-to-common-beverages
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W Lonsdale, M Wajrak, K Alameh
A new reproducible solid-state metal-oxide pH sensor for beverage quality monitoring is developed and characterised. The working electrode of the developed pH sensor is based on the use of laser-etched sputter-deposited RuO2 on Al2O3 substrate, modified with thin layers of sputter-deposited Ta2O5 and drop-cast Nafion for minimisation of redox interference. The reference electrode is manufactured by further modifying a working electrode with a porous polyvinyl butyral layer loaded with fumed SiO2. The developed pH sensor shows excellent performance when applied to a selection of beverage samples, with a measured accuracy within 0...
April 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331845/effect-of-levetiracetam-on-extracellular-amino-acid-levels-in-the-dorsal-hippocampus-of-rats-with-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
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Pichardo Macías Luz Adriana, Ramírez Mendiola Blanca Alcira, Contreras García Itzel Jatziri, Zamudio Hernández Sergio Roberto, Chávez Pacheco Juan Luis, Sánchez Huerta Karla Berenice, Mendoza Torreblanca Julieta Griselda
Levetiracetam (LEV) is an anticonvulsant drug with a unique mechanism of action that is not completely understood. However, its activity profile may involve effects on excitatory and/or inhibitory neurotransmission since the primary target of LEV, synaptic vesicle protein 2A, is ubiquitously expressed in all types of synaptic vesicles. Therefore, the objective of the present study was to explore the effect of LEV (300 mg/kg/day for one week, administered via osmotic mini-pumps) on neurotransmitter release and its probable selective effect on extracellular gamma-amino butyric acid (GABA), glutamate (Glu), aspartate (Asp), glutamine (Gln), taurine (Tau) and glycine (Gly) concentrations (using in vivo microdialysis under basal and high-K+ conditions) in the dorsal hippocampus (DH), a region that undergoes major synaptic changes during epilepsy...
January 5, 2018: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331526/valerate-production-by-megasphaera-elsdenii-isolated-from-pig-feces
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Shota Yoshikawa, Ryosuke Araoka, Yu Kajihara, Toshiyuki Ito, Hirokuni Miyamoto, Hiroaki Kodama
Megasphaera elsdenii is able to produce several short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs), such as acetate, propionate, butyrate, and valerate. These SCFAs serve as an energy source for host animals and play an important role in gut health. In this study, M. elsdenii was isolated from pig feces that had been collected from two farms located in distinct areas of Japan. These M. elsdenii isolates were genotyped, and 7 representative strains were selected. When these 7 strains and M. elsdenii JCM 1772T were cultured with lactate for 24 h, all 7 strains produced valerate as a predominant SCFA...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331466/high-grain-diets-supplemented-with-phytogenic-compounds-or-autolyzed-yeast-modulate-ruminal-bacterial-community-and-fermentation-in-dry-cows
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V Neubauer, R Petri, E Humer, I Kröger, E Mann, N Reisinger, M Wagner, Q Zebeli
The feeding of concentrate-rich diets may lead to microbial imbalances and dysfermentation in the rumen. The main objective of this study was to determine the effects of supplementing phytogenic compounds (PHY) or autolyzed yeast (AY) on rumen fermentation and microbial abundance in cows intermittently fed concentrate-rich diets. The experiment was carried out as an incomplete 3 × 4 Latin square design, with 8 nonlactating rumen-fistulated Holstein-Friesian cows. The cows were randomly assigned to a concentrate diet that was either not supplemented (CON), or supplemented with PHY or AY...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331105/dietary-factors-modulate-colonic-tumorigenesis-through-the-interaction-of-gut-microbiota-and-host-chloride-channels
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Yong Zhang, Chao Kang, Xiao-Lan Wang, Min Zhou, Meng-Ting Chen, Xiao-Hui Zhu, Kai Liu, Bin Wang, Qian-Yong Zhang, Jun-Dong Zhu, Man-Tian Mi
SCOPE: In recent decades, the association between diet, gut microbiota and the risk of colorectal cancer (CRC) has been established. Gut microbiota and associated metabolites, such as bile acids and butyrate, are now known to play a key role in CRC development. The aim of this study was to identify the progression to CRC is influenced by cholic acid, sodium butyrate, a high-fat diet or different dose of dihydromyricetin (DMY) interacted with gut microbiota. METHODS AND RESULTS: An AOM/DSS (azoxymethan/dextran sodium sulfate) model was established to study the gut microbiota compsition before and after tumor formation during colitis-induced tumorigenesis...
January 13, 2018: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330648/cloning-expression-and-characterization-of-the-esterase-estut1-from-ureibacillus-thermosphaericus-which-belongs-to-a-new-lipase-family-xviii
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Yuliya V Samoylova, Ksenia N Sorokina, Margarita V Romanenko, Valentin N Parmon
A new esterase gene from thermophilic bacteria Ureibacillus thermosphaericus was cloned into the pET32b vector and expressed in Escherichia coli BL21(DE3). Alignment of the estUT1 amino acid sequence revealed the presence of a novel canonical pentapeptide (GVSLG) and 41-47% identity to the closest family of the bacterial lipases XIII. Thus the esterase estUT1 from U. thermosphaericus was assigned as a member of the novel family XVIII. It also showed a strong activity toward short-chain esters (C2-C8), with the highest activity for C2...
January 12, 2018: Extremophiles: Life Under Extreme Conditions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330424/metagenomic-and-metabolomic-analyses-unveil-dysbiosis-of-gut-microbiota-in-chronic-heart-failure-patients
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Xiao Cui, Lei Ye, Jing Li, Ling Jin, Wenjie Wang, Shuangyue Li, Minghui Bao, Shouling Wu, Lifeng Li, Bin Geng, Xin Zhou, Jian Zhang, Jun Cai
Previous studies suggested a possible gut microbiota dysbiosis in chronic heart failure (CHF). However, direct evidence was lacking. In this study, we investigated the composition and metabolic patterns of gut microbiota in CHF patients to provide direct evidence and comprehensive understanding of gut microbiota dysbiosis in CHF. We enrolled 53 CHF patients and 41 controls. Metagenomic analyses of faecal samples and metabolomic analyses of faecal and plasma samples were then performed. We found that the composition of gut microbiota in CHF was significantly different from controls...
January 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329775/recent-advances-and-strategies-in-process-and-strain-engineering-for-the-production-of-butyric-acid-by-microbial-fermentation
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Hongzhen Luo, Rongling Yang, Yuping Zhao, Zhaoyu Wang, Zheng Liu, Mengyu Huang, Qingwei Zeng
Butyric acid is an important platform chemical, which is widely used in the fields of food, pharmaceutical, energy, etc. Microbial fermentation as an alternative approach for butyric acid production is attracting great attention as it is an environmentally friendly bioprocessing. However, traditional fermentative butyric acid production is still not economically competitive compared to chemical synthesis route, due to the low titer, low productivity, and high production cost. Therefore, reduction of butyric acid production cost by utilization of alternative inexpensive feedstock, and improvement of butyric acid production and productivity has become an important target...
January 3, 2018: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328786/connections-between-metabolism-and-epigenetics-in-programming-cellular-differentiation
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Danielle A Chisolm, Amy S Weinmann
Researchers are intensifying efforts to understand the mechanisms by which changes in metabolic states influence differentiation programs. An emerging objective is to define how fluctuations in metabolites influence the epigenetic states that contribute to differentiation programs. This is because metabolites such as S-adenosylmethionine, acetyl-CoA, α-ketoglutarate, 2-hydroxyglutarate, and butyrate are donors, substrates, cofactors, and antagonists for the activities of epigenetic-modifying complexes and for epigenetic modifications...
January 12, 2018: Annual Review of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327584/gama-aminobutyric-acid-enriched-rice-bran-diet-attenuates-insulin-resistance-and-balances-energy-expenditure-via-modification-of-gut-microbiota-and-scfas
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Xu Si, Wenting Shang, Zhongkai Zhou, Guanghou Shui, Sin Man Lam, Christopher L Blanchard, Padraig Strappe
In this study, gama-aminobutyric acid (GABA) enriched rice bran (ERB) was supplemented to obese rats to investigate the attenuation of metabolic syndromes induced by high-fat diet. ERB-containing diet stimulated butyrate and propionate production by promoting Anaerostipes, Anaerostipes sp. and associated synthesizing enzymes. This altered SCFA distribution further enhanced circulatory levels of leptin and glucagon-like peptide-1, controlling food intake by down-regulating orexigenic factors. Together with the enhanced fatty acid β-oxidation highlighted by Prkaa2, Ppara, Scd1 expression via AMPK signaling pathway and Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease pathway, energy expenditure was positively modulated...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326212/complete-genome-sequence-of-thermoanaerobacterium-sp-strain-rbiitd-a-butyrate-and-butanol-producing-thermophile
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Ranjita Biswas, Marcel Huntemann, Alicia Clum, Manoj Pillay, Krishnaveni Palaniappan, Neha Varghese, Natalia Mikhailova, Dimitrios Stamatis, T B K Reddy, Chris Daum, Nicole Shapiro, Natalia Ivanova, Nikos C Kyrpides, Tanja Woyke, Adam M Guss
Thermoanaerobacterium sp. strain RBIITD was isolated from contaminated rich growth medium at 55°C in an anaerobic chamber. It primarily produces butyrate as a fermentation product from plant biomass-derived sugars. The whole-genome sequence of the strain is 3.4 Mbp, with 3,444 genes and 32.48% GC content.
January 11, 2018: Genome Announcements
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