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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822290/freeze-dryable-lipid-vesicles-with-size-tunability-and-high-encapsulation-efficiency-prepared-by-the-multiple-emulsification-solvent-evaporation-method
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Akihiko Suzuki, Takashi Kuroiwa, Kaname Horikoshi, Akihiko Kanazawa, Sosaku Ichikawa
We investigated the extent of potential applicability of our recently developed method for preparing lipid vesicles [T. Kuroiwa et al., J. Am. Oil Chem. Soc., 93 (2016) 421], designated as the multiple emulsification-solvent evaporation method, with the intention of controlling the vesicle diameter and achieving high entrapment efficiency for water-soluble compounds. Using this method, the diameter of lipid vesicles could be varied by selecting the methods for preparing the primary water-in-oil emulsion, which contained water droplets as templates for the internal water phases of lipid vesicles...
August 1, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819805/diversity-and-evolution-of-leaf-anatomical-characters-in-taxaceae-s-l-fluorescence-microscopy-reveals-new-delimitating-characters
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Christoph Elpe, Patrick Knopf, Thomas Stützel, Christian Schulz
Taxaceae s.l. comprise six genera (including Cephalotaxus) and about 35 species; The present study aims to give new insights into the evolution of this family, especially into the phylogenetic position of Cephalotaxus. Moreover, only little is known about comparative leaf anatomy of this family and this study aims to expose and interpret the diversity and evolution of leaf anatomical characters and to assess their applicability to identify taxa at the generic and species level. A detailed phylogeny was reconstructed, using both maximum likelihood and Bayesian inference, with a combined dataset of four molecular markers from the plastid and nuclear genomes...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Plant Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818367/metabolic-features-involved-in-drought-stress-tolerance-mechanisms-in-peanut-nodules-and-their-contribution-to-biological-nitrogen-fixation
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Ana Laura Furlan, Eliana Bianucci, Stella Castro, Karl-Josef Dietz
Legumes belong to the most important crops worldwide. They increase soil fertility due their ability to establish symbiotic associations with soil microorganisms, known as rhizobia, capable of fixing nitrogen from the atmosphere. However, they are frequently exposed to abiotic stress conditions in particular drought. Such adverse conditions impair the biological nitrogen fixation (BNF) and depend largely on the legume. Therefore, two peanut cultivars with contrasting tolerance to drought, namely the more tolerant EC-98 and the sensitive Granoleico, were investigated to elucidate the relative contribution of BNF to the tolerance to drought...
October 2017: Plant Science: An International Journal of Experimental Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811190/how-to-quench-your-thirst-the-effect-of-water-based-products-varying-in-temperature-and-texture-flavour-and-sugar-content-on-thirst
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L van Belzen, E M Postma, S Boesveldt
The sensation of thirst plays an important role in the consumption of water or other fluids to rehydrate the body in order to keep bodily functions working properly. An increase in saliva secretion, wetting the mouth by ingestion of liquids, and cooling and sour components in products can alleviate this sensation already before absorption of fluids by the body. This study aimed to investigate the thirst-quenching ability of water-based products differing in temperature and texture (cold solids and cool liquids), flavour (flavoured and non-flavoured) and sugar content in two consecutive experiments...
August 12, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808008/mathematical-model-reveals-role-of-nucleotide-signaling-in-airway-surface-liquid-homeostasis-and-its-dysregulation-in-cystic-fibrosis
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Conner I Sandefur, Richard C Boucher, Timothy C Elston
Mucociliary clearance is composed of three components (i.e., mucin secretion, airway surface hydration, and ciliary-activity) which function coordinately to clear inhaled microbes and other foreign particles from airway surfaces. Airway surface hydration is maintained by water fluxes driven predominantly by active chloride and sodium ion transport. The ion channels that mediate electrogenic ion transport are regulated by extracellular purinergic signals that signal through G protein-coupled receptors. These purinoreceptors and the signaling pathways they activate have been identified as possible therapeutic targets for treating lung disease...
August 14, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807662/a-preliminary-study-of-osmotic-dehydration-in-zebrafish-embryos-implications-for-vitrification-and-ultra-fast-laser-warming
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Michelle H Connolly, Estefania Paredes, Peter Mazur
To date, traditional cryopreservation techniques have not been amenable to zebrafish (Danio rerio) embryos, due in part to their large yolky eggs, which have a low surface to volume ratio and limited permeability to water and cryoprotectants. However, recent vitrification and ultra-rapid warming studies in mice have demonstrated successful preservation by dehydrating 85% or more of their total water content. We hypothesized that this approach may help overcome the barriers to embryo cryopresrvation among D...
August 11, 2017: Cryobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806075/reversible-on-off-switching-of-a-single-molecule-magnet-via-a-crystal-to-crystal-chemical-transformation
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Dong-Qing Wu, Dong Shao, Xiao-Qin Wei, Fu-Xing Shen, Le Shi, David Kempe, Yuan-Zhu Zhang, Kim R Dunbar, Xin-Yi Wang
Dynamic molecular crystals are of great interest due to their potential applications. Herein we report the reversible on-off switching of single-molecule magnet (SMM) behavior in a [Mo(CN)7](4-) based molecular compound. Upon dehydration and rehydration, the trinuclear Mn2Mo molecule [Mn(L)(H2O)]2[Mo(CN)7]·2H2O (1) undergoes reversible crystal-to-crystal transformation to a hexanuclear Mn4Mo2 compound [Mn(L)(H2O)]2[Mn(L)]2[Mo(CN)7]2 (2). This structural transformation involves the breaking and reforming of coordination bonds which leads to significant changes in the color and magnetic properties...
August 14, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806049/electrolytes-oral-electrolyte-solutions
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Lisa Harris
Oral electrolyte solutions are used widely for rehydration in diarrheal illness and to maintain hydration during vigorous exercise. In diarrheal illness, an oral rehydration solution (ORS) typically is preferred over intravenous fluids except for patients with severe dehydration. The preferred ORS is one similar to the glucose-containing reduced osmolarity World Health Organization ORS. There also are polymer-based solutions that use rice or wheat as the source of carbohydrates but these are not widely recommended...
August 2017: FP Essentials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806046/electrolytes-sodium-disorders
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Michael M Braun, Megan Mahowald
Sodium disorders (ie, hyponatremia, hypernatremia) are common electrolyte disturbances in clinical medicine and are associated with increased rates of morbidity and mortality. Etiologies of hyponatremia are classified into four categories. The first is pseudohyponatremia, in which the sodium level is low due to hyperproteinemia, hyperlipidemia, or hyperglycemia. The other three categories are based on overall patient fluid status and include hypovolemic (commonly due to fluid loss), hypervolemic (commonly due to fluid retention from heart failure, cirrhosis, or renal failure), and euvolemic (most often because of syndrome of inappropriate secretion of antidiuretic hormone)...
August 2017: FP Essentials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800167/a-functional-imaging-study-of-germinating-oilseed-rape-seed
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Eberhard Munz, Hardy Rolletschek, Steffen Oeltze-Jafra, Johannes Fuchs, André Guendel, Thomas Neuberger, Stefan Ortleb, Peter M Jakob, Ljudmilla Borisjuk
Germination, the process whereby a dry, quiescent seed springs to life, has been a focus of plant biologist for many years, yet the early events following water uptake, during which metabolism of the embryo is restarted, remain enigmatic. Here, the nature of the cues required for this restarting in oilseed rape (Brassica napus) seed has been investigated. A holistic in vivo approach was designed to display the link between the entry and allocation of water, metabolic events and structural changes occurring during germination...
August 11, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795570/rapid-and-scalable-preparation-of-bacterial-lysates-for-cell-free-gene-expression
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Andriy Didovyk, Taishi Tonooka, Lev Tsimring, Jeff Hasty
Cell-free gene expression systems are emerging as an important platform for a diverse range of synthetic biology and biotechnology applications, including production of robust field-ready biosensors. Here, we combine programmed cellular autolysis with a freeze-thaw or freeze-dry cycle to create a practical, reproducible, and a labor- and cost-effective approach for rapid production of bacterial lysates for cell-free gene expression. Using this method, robust and highly active bacterial cell lysates can be produced without specialized equipment at a wide range of scales, making cell-free gene expression easily and broadly accessible...
August 10, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793989/early-enteral-tube-feeding-in-optimizing-treatment-of-hyperemesis-gravidarum-the-maternal-and-offspring-outcomes-after-treatment-of-hyperemesis-by-refeeding-mother-randomized-controlled-trial
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Iris J Grooten, Marjette H Koot, Joris Am van der Post, Joke Mj Bais, Carrie Ris-Stalpers, Christiana Naaktgeboren, Henk A Bremer, David P van der Ham, Wieteke M Heidema, Anjoke Huisjes, Gunilla Kleiverda, Simone Kuppens, Judith Oeh van Laar, Josje Langenveld, Flip van der Made, Mariëlle G van Pampus, Dimitri Papatsonis, Marie-José Pelinck, Paula J Pernet, Leonie van Rheenen, Robbert J Rijnders, Hubertina Cj Scheepers, Tatjana E Vogelvang, Ben W Mol, Tessa J Roseboom, Rebecca C Painter
Background: Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) leads to dehydration, poor nutritional intake, and weight loss. HG has been associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes such as low birth weight. Information about the potential effectiveness of treatments for HG is limited.Objective: We hypothesized that in women with HG, early enteral tube feeding in addition to standard care improves birth weight.Design: We performed a multicenter, open-label randomized controlled trial [Maternal and Offspring outcomes after Treatment of HyperEmesis by Refeeding (MOTHER)] in 19 hospitals in the Netherlands...
August 9, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793281/photosynthetic-limitation-and-mechanisms-of-photoprotection-under-drought-and-recovery-of-calotropis-procera-an-evergreen-c3-from-arid-regions
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Rebeca Rivas, Gabriella Frosi, Diego G Ramos, Silvia Pereira, Ana M Benko-Iseppon, Mauro G Santos
Calotropis procera is a C3 plant native from arid environmental zones. It is an evergreen, shrubby, non-woody plant with intense photosynthetic metabolism during the dry season. We measured photosynthetic parameters and leaf biochemical traits, such as gas exchange, photochemical parameters, A/Ci analysis, organic solutes, and antioxidant enzymes under controlled conditions in potted plants during drought stress, and following recovery conditions to obtain a better insight in the drought stress responses of C...
July 31, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790328/desiccation-tolerance-in-bryophytes-the-dehydration-and-rehydration-transcriptomes-in-the-desiccation-tolerant-bryophyte-bryum-argenteum
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Bei Gao, Xiaoshuang Li, Daoyuan Zhang, Yuqing Liang, Honglan Yang, Moxian Chen, Yuanming Zhang, Jianhua Zhang, Andrew J Wood
The desiccation tolerant bryophyte Bryum argenteum is an important component of desert biological soil crusts (BSCs) and is emerging as a model system for studying vegetative desiccation tolerance. Here we present and analyze the hydration-dehydration-rehydration transcriptomes in B. argenteum to establish a desiccation-tolerance transcriptomic atlas. B. argenteum gametophores representing five different hydration stages (hydrated (H0), dehydrated for 2 h (D2), 24 h (D24), then rehydrated for 2 h (R2) and 48 h (R48)), were sampled for transcriptome analyses...
August 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783428/apex-predators-rockshelters-and-zoonoses-in-the-patagonian-holocene
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Martin Fugassa, Romina Petrigh
Carnivorous mammals are a trophic guild with an important role in the dissemination of parasite infective stages (larvae, eggs, cysts, and oocysts). In the present study, new samples of coprolites attributed to carnivorous mammals, obtained from two archaeological caves, were analyzed for the presence of parasites, with the aim to increase the knowledge about parasites in rockshelters that could have spread to humans and other mammals. To this purpose, fragments of 3 coprolites from Cerro Casa de Piedra, cave 5 (CCP5) and cave 7 (CCP7) were examined...
August 7, 2017: Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780108/the-effect-of-bleaching-agents-on-the-degradation-of-vitamins-and-carotenoids-in-spray-dried-whey-protein-concentrate
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M A Stout, C W Park, M A Drake
Previous research has shown that bleaching affects flavor and functionality of whey proteins. The role of different bleaching agents on vitamin and carotenoid degradation is unknown. The objective of this study was to determine the effects of bleaching whey with traditional annatto (norbixin) by hydrogen peroxide (HP), benzoyl peroxide (BP), or native lactoperoxidase (LP) on vitamin and carotenoid degradation in spray-dried whey protein concentrate 80% protein (WPC80). An alternative colorant was also evaluated...
August 2, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28772113/structural-integrity-and-developmental-potential-of-spermatozoa-following-microwave-assisted-drying-in-the-domestic-cat-model
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Jennifer L Patrick, Gloria D Elliott, Pierre Comizzoli
Characterizing the resilience of mammalian cells to non-physiological conditions is necessary to develop preservation and long-term storage strategies at low or ambient temperatures. Using the domestic cat model, the objective of the study was to characterize structural integrity (morphology and DNA damage) as well as functional properties (sperm aster formation and embryo formation after sperm injection) of spermatozoa after microwave-assisted drying to a moisture content compatible with storage in a glassy state at supra-zero temperatures...
July 26, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768951/characterization-and-evaluation-of-skin-permeation-of-tocopheryl-phosphoric-acid-loaded-phospholipid-nanoparticles
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Tomonobu Uchino, Yasunori Miyazaki, Ako Fujii, Yoshiyuki Kagawa
 Tocopheryl phosphoric acid (TPA, a hydrophilic vitamin E derivative) loaded liposome and glycerin containing phospholipid nanoparticles (GPLNP) were prepared using the film rehydration and extrusion method. Nanoparticle formulations were evaluated for size, zeta potential, and in vitro permeation across hairless mouse skin, and (31)P NMR spectral analysis was performed. The prepared formulations were stable for 2 weeks, and their mean nanoparticle size varied between 90 and 140 nm. Although glycerin did not affect the particle size of the empty (no TPA) system, TPA-loading resulted in the reduction of particle size and conferred a negative charge...
2017: Yakugaku Zasshi: Journal of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765673/laser-biostimulation-effects-on-invertebral-disks-histological-evidence-on-intra-observer-samples-retrospective-double-blind-study
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Alfonso Tramontana, Roberto Sorge, Juan Carlos Miangolarra Page
Background and aims: The intervertebral disk degeneration is a pathological process determined by a decrease of mucopolysaccharides in the nucleus pulposus with the consequent dehydration and degeneration of the elastic fibers in the annulus fibrosus of the disk. The laser is a therapeutic tool that has, on the treated tissues, biostimulation effects with an increase of oxidative phosphorylation and production of ATP with an acceleration of the mucopolysaccharides synthesis with a consequent rehydration, biostimulation and production of new elastic fibers...
December 30, 2016: Laser Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28764931/acinetobacter-pittii-maintains-its-ability-to-form-biofilms-on-inanimate-surfaces-after-long-term-desiccation
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Zaloa Bravo, Itziar Chapartegui-González, María Lázaro-Díez, José Ramos-Vivas
BACKGROUND: The survival of pathogenic microorganisms in the health care environment has a major role in nosocomial infections. Among the responsible mechanisms that could allow nosocomial pathogens to persist with these stress conditions are their ability to resist desiccation and to form biofilms. AIM: To investigate the survival behaviour of Acinetobacter pittii isolates on inert surfaces and saline microcosms. METHODS: Five A. pittii clinical strains were spotted over white lab coat fragments, glass and plastic surfaces, or inoculated into sterile saline and monitored at room temperature over a period of 43 days...
July 29, 2017: Journal of Hospital Infection
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