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Tamara Babcock, Regine Gries, John Borden, Luis Palmero, Analía Mattiacci, Maité Masciocchi, Juan Corley, Gerhard Gries
The German yellowjacket, Vespula germanica F., and common yellowjacket, Vespula vulgaris L. (Hymenoptera: Vespidae), are pests of significant economic, environmental, and medical importance in many countries. There is a need for the development and improvement of attractive baits that can be deployed in traps to capture and kill these wasps in areas where they are a problem. Yellowjackets are known to feed on fermenting fruit, but this resource is seldom considered as a bait due to its ephemeral nature and its potential attractiveness to nontarget species...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Insect Science
Ayman Alzu'bi, Susan J Lindsay, Lauren F Harkin, Jack McIntyre, Steven N Lisgo, Gavin J Clowry
In human telencephalon at 8-12 postconceptional weeks, ribonucleic acid quantitative sequencing and immunohistochemistry revealed cortical chicken ovalbumin upstream promotor-transcription factor 1 (COUP-TFI) expression in a high ventro-posterior to low anterior gradient except for raised immunoreactivity in the anterior ventral pallium. Unlike in mouse, COUP-TFI and SP8 were extensively co-expressed in dorsal sensory neocortex and dorsal hippocampus whereas COUPTFI/COUPTFII co-expression defined ventral temporal cortex and ventral hippocampus...
October 1, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
Yuyao Zhang, Huan Li
During anaerobic digestion, low-organic-content sludge sometimes is used as feedstock, resulting in deteriorated digestion performance. The operational experience of conventional anaerobic digestion cannot be applied to this situation. To investigate the feature of low-organic-content sludge digestion and explain its intrinsic mechanism, batch experiments were conducted using designed feedstock having volatile solids (VS) contents that were 30-64% of total solids (TS). The results showed that the accumulative biogas yield declined proportionally from 173...
September 18, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Giulia Gigliarelli, Claudia Zadra, Lina Cossignani, Ramon Enrique Robles Zepeda, Luisa Alondra Rascón-Valenzuela, Carlos Arturo Velázquez-Contreras, Maria Carla Marcotullio
Two new lignans, namely 7-O-podophyllotoxinyl butyrate (1) and dihydroclusin 9-acetate (2), were isolated from the dichloromethane fraction of a methanol extract of Bursera microphylla (Burseraceae), along with eight known lignans (3-10). Their structures were determined by means of comprehensive spectroscopic analysis. Lignans 2-6 were tested for their anti-proliferative activity on the cancer cell lines LS180, A549 and HeLa, and on a non-cancer cell line, ARPE-19. Only compounds 4 and 5 showed an interesting activity on HeLa cells...
September 18, 2017: Natural Product Research
Jian Ding, Hongzhen Luo, Fang Xie, Hao Wang, Meng Xu, Zhongping Shi
The techniques for enhancing butanol production in ABE fermentation by Clostridium acetobutylicum generally focus on adding electron carrier to strengthen NADH synthesis, repressing hydrogenase by aerating CO, supplementing butyrate, etc. However, those methods suffer from the problems of total solvent decrease, high purification cost, using expensive supplemental substances, etc. In this study, we added small amount of electron receptors (Na2SO4/CaSO4, 2g/L) into ABE fermentation broth: to alter electron/proton distributions in the intracellular electron transport shuttle system, directing more electron/proton pairs into NADH synthesis route; to stimulate intracellular accumulation of those amino acids favorable for cells survival/butanol synthesis...
September 5, 2017: Bioresource Technology
Rasha A Al Wakeel, Mustafa Shukry, Ahmed Abdel Azeez, Shawky Mahmoud, Michel Fahmy Saad
High ambient temperature adversely influences poultry production. In the present study, gamma amino butyric acid (GABA) supplementation was used to alleviate the adverse changes due to heat stress (HS) in a broiler chicken strain (Ross 308). At 21 days of age, the birds were divided into four groups of 13. Two groups were housed under normal room temperature, one group was given orally 0.2 ml 0.9% physiological saline (CN) daily, the other group received 0.2 ml of 0.5% GABA solution orally (GN). A third group was exposed to environmental HS (33 ± 1 °C lasting for 2 weeks) + physiological saline (CH) and a fourth group was exposed to HS + GABA supplementation (GH)...
September 15, 2017: Stress: the International Journal on the Biology of Stress
Fengxue Xin, Weiliang Dong, Yujia Jiang, Jiangfeng Ma, Wenming Zhang, Hao Wu, Min Zhang, Min Jiang
Butanol is an important bulk chemical and has been regarded as an advanced biofuel. Large-scale production of butanol has been applied for more than 100 years, but its production through acetone-butanol-ethanol (ABE) fermentation process by solventogenic Clostridium species is still not economically viable due to the low butanol titer and yield caused by the toxicity of butanol and a by-product, such as acetone. Renewed interest in biobutanol as a biofuel has spurred technological advances to strain modification and fermentation process design...
September 14, 2017: Critical Reviews in Biotechnology
Atsuko Ueki, Kazushi Goto, Yoshimi Ohtaki, Nobuo Kaku, Katsuji Ueki
A strictly anaerobic bacterial strain (SH021T) was isolated from a methanogenic reactor. Cells were Gram-stain-positive, motile, straight or slightly curved rods. The optimum temperature for growth was 35 °C, and the optimum pH was 6.1-7.7. The strain was asaccharolytic and utilized amino acids as growth substrates. The strain produced acetate and propionate from l-alanine and l-serine, and propionate and butyrate from l-threonine. Branched-chain amino acids (l-isoleucine, l-leucine and l-valine) were utilized weakly, and isovalerate or isobutyrate was produced...
September 14, 2017: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
Juliana S da Silva, Karina G Ribeiro, Odilon G Pereira, Hilário C Mantovani, Paulo R Cecon, Rosana C Pereira, Janaina de L Silva
The nutritive value and fermentation quality of palisadegrass (Brachiaria brizantha cv. Xaraes) and stylo (Stylosanthes capitata × S. macrocephala cv. Campo Grande) mixed silages were evaluated. The experiment was analyzed in a factorial scheme (5 × 2) in a completely randomized design using increasing levels of stylo (0, 25, 50, 75 and 100% on a fresh matter basis) on palisadegrass silages, with and without microbial inoculants (MI). With the increased ratio of stylo in mixed silages, dry matter (DM), crude protein (CP), acid detergent fiber (ADF), and lignin content increased in silages...
September 14, 2017: Animal Science Journal, Nihon Chikusan Gakkaihō
Annelies Geirnaert, Marta Calatayud, Charlotte Grootaert, Debby Laukens, Sarah Devriese, Guy Smagghe, Martine De Vos, Nico Boon, Tom Van de Wiele
The management of the dysbiosed gut microbiota in inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) is gaining more attention as a novel target to control this disease. Probiotic treatment with butyrate-producing bacteria has therapeutic potential since these bacteria are depleted in IBD patients and butyrate has beneficial effects on epithelial barrier function and overall gut health. However, studies assessing the effect of probiotic supplementation on microbe-microbe and host-microbe interactions are rare. In this study, butyrate-producing bacteria (three mono-species and one multispecies mix) were supplemented to the fecal microbial communities of ten Crohn's disease (CD) patients in an in vitro system simulating the mucus- and lumen-associated microbiota...
September 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
Sachi Tanaka, Kana Yamamoto, Chisato Hamajima, Fuka Takahashi, Kazuki Yamada, Kanon Furuya, Yutaka Uyeno
We aimed to investigate the effects of feeding fermented Brassica rapa L. on ecological and immunological changes in the mouse gut using in vitro cultivation tests and in vivo experiments in normal mice. In the preliminary in vitro study, two B. rapa L. products from different fermentation periods (one d [SF] or six months [LF]) were evaluated along with non-fermented vegetables (NF). Among the components of each product, the insoluble fraction resulted in the most prominent change such as a relative increase in butyrate production during a cultivation inoculated with mouse cecum contents...
September 12, 2017: Microbes and Environments
Lu Zou, Xiaoyan Li, Nan Wu, Pengyu Jia, Chunting Liu, Dalin Jia
Increased free fatty acids in cardiomyocytes induce myocardial lipotoxic injury, but the underlying mechanisms are not well understood. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to explore the role of the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress‑mediated apoptosis pathway in palmitate (PA)‑induced cardiomyocyte lipotoxicity. H9c2 cells were treated with various doses (100, 200 and 400 µM) of PA to mimic cardiomyocyte lipotoxicity in vitro. Oil Red O staining was used to determine the accumulation of intracellular lipids...
August 31, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
Shinyoung Park, Muhammad Yasin, Jiyeong Jeong, Minseok Cha, Hyunsoo Kang, Nulee Jang, In-Geol Choi, In Seop Chang
The acetate-assisted cultivation of Eubacterium limosum KIST612 was found to provide a way for enhancing cell mass, the carbon monoxide (CO) consumption rate, and butyrate production using CO as an electron and energy source. Cell growth (146%), μmax (121%), and CO consumption rates (151%) increased significantly upon the addition of 30mM acetate to microbial cultures. The main product of CO fermentation by E. limosum KIST612 shifted from acetate to butyrate in the presence of acetate, and 5.72mM butyrate was produced at the end of the reaction...
August 24, 2017: Bioresource Technology
Huibin Chen, Sheng Chang
This study investigated the biological hydrolysis performance at 35°C (BH35), 42°C (BH42), and 55°C (BH55) and the effect of temperatures on microbial communities of the hydrolyzed sludge. The results showed that the suspended solid reduction, volatile fatty acids (VFA) production, and biogas production increased with the BH temperatures. VFAs produced in the sludge BH included acetic acid, propionic acid, isobutyric acid, butyric acid, and isovaleric acid with the fractions of acetic acid increased with BH temperatures...
August 24, 2017: Bioresource Technology
Cristina Müller, Renáta Farkas, Francesca Borgna, Raffaella M Schmid, Martina Benešová, Roger Schibli
The development of (radio)pharmaceuticals with favorable pharmacokinetic profiles is crucial for allowing the optimization of the imaging or therapeutic potential and the minimization of undesired side effects. The aim of this study was, therefore, to evaluate and compare three different plasma protein binders (PPB-01, PPB-02, and PPB-03) that are potentially useful in combination with (radio)pharmaceuticals to enhance their half-life in the blood. The entities were functionalized with a 1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclododecane-1,4,7,10-tetraacetic acid (DOTA) chelator via a l-lysine and β-alanine linker moiety using solid-phase peptide chemistry and labeled with (177)Lu (T1/2 = 6...
September 12, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
Meike Kespohl, Niyati Vachharajani, Maik Luu, Hani Harb, Sabine Pautz, Svenja Wolff, Nina Sillner, Alesia Walker, Philippe Schmitt-Kopplin, Thomas Boettger, Harald Renz, Stefan Offermanns, Ulrich Steinhoff, Alexander Visekruna
Short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs), which are generated by the bacterial fermentation of dietary fibers, promote expansion of regulatory T cells (Tregs). Potential therapeutic value of SCFAs has been recently highlighted in the experimental models of T cell-mediated autoimmunity and allergic inflammation. These studies suggest that physiological intestinal concentrations of SCFAs within the millimolar range are crucial for dampening inflammation-mediated processes. Here, we describe opposing effects of SCFAs on T cell-mediated immune responses...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
Leon Zheng, Caleb J Kelly, Kayla D Battista, Rachel Schaefer, Jordi M Lanis, Erica E Alexeev, Ruth X Wang, Joseph C Onyiah, Douglas J Kominsky, Sean P Colgan
Commensal interactions between the enteric microbiota and distal intestine play important roles in regulating human health. Short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs), such as butyrate, produced through anaerobic microbial metabolism represent a major energy source for the host colonic epithelium and enhance epithelial barrier function through unclear mechanisms. Separate studies revealed that the epithelial anti-inflammatory IL-10 receptor α subunit (IL-10RA) is also important for barrier formation. Based on these findings, we examined if SCFAs promote epithelial barrier through IL-10RA-dependent mechanisms...
September 11, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Brian P Brennan, Roee Admon, Chris Perriello, Erin M LaFlamme, Alison J Athey, Diego A Pizzagalli, James I Hudson, Harrison G Pope, J Eric Jensen
Little is known about the acute effects of antidepressant treatments on brain glutamate and gamma-amino-butyric acid (GABA) levels, and their association with clinical response. Using proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy ((1)H-MRS) we examined longitudinally the effects of citalopram on glutamine/glutamate ratios and GABA levels in the pregenual anterior cingulate cortex (pgACC) of individuals with major depressive disorder (MDD). We acquired (1)H-MRS scans at baseline and at days 3, 7, and 42 of citalopram treatment in nineteen unmedicated individuals with MDD...
September 1, 2017: Psychiatry Research
Dong Li, Lin Chen, Xiaofeng Liu, Zili Mei, Haiwei Ren, Qin Cao, Zhiying Yan
In order to elucidate the instability mechanism, screen early warning indicators, and propose control measures, the mesophilic digestion of vegetable waste (VW) was carried out at organic loading rates (OLR) of 0.5, 1.0, and 1.5g volatile solid (VS)/(Ld). The process parameters, including biogas components, volatile fatty acids (VFA), ammonia, pH, total alkalinity (TA), bicarbonate alkalinity (BA), and intermediate alkalinity (IA), were monitored every day. Digestion was inhibited at OLR of 1.5gVS/(Ld). The primary causes of instability are a high sugar and negligible ammonia content, in addition to the feed without effluent recirculation, which led to BA loss...
July 21, 2017: Bioresource Technology
Miaomiao Zhou, Jun Zhou, Ming Tan, Juan Du, Binghua Yan, Jonathan W C Wong, Yang Zhang
In this study, the effect of reduced hydrogen partial pressure (PH2) on the generation of carboxylic acids from acidogenic fermentation of glucose was investigated. Three strategies were applied to reduce PH2: headspace removal (T1), CO2 sparging (T2) and H2:CO2 (80:20) sparging (T3). Results showed that the production of carboxylic acids in T1-T3 were 10.21, 11.64 and 12.71g/L, respectively, which were 1.04, 1.19 and 1.30-fold of that in the control (T4). The composition of carboxylic acids changed significantly in T3 with enhancement of homoacetogenesis, as more acetate and butyrate were produced comparing to the control...
August 30, 2017: Bioresource Technology
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