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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926961/effects-of-metal-ions-temperature-and-a-denaturant-on-the-oxidative-folding-pathways-of-bovine-%C3%AE-lactalbumin
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Reina Shinozaki, Michio Iwaoka
Bovine α-lactalbumin (αLA) has four disulfide (SS) bonds in the native form (N). On the oxidative folding pathways of this protein, two specific SS folding intermediates, i.e., (61-77, 73-91) and des[6-120], which have two and three native SS bonds, respectively, accumulate predominantly in the presence of Ca(2+). In this study, we reinvestigated the pathways using a water-soluble cyclic selenoxide reagent, trans-3,4-dihydroxyselenolane oxide (DHS(ox)), as a strong and quantitative oxidant to oxidize the fully reduced form (R)...
September 16, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926942/the-semi-synthetic-peptide-lin-sb056-1-in-combination-with-edta-exerts-strong-antimicrobial-and-antibiofilm-activity-against-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-in-conditions-mimicking-cystic-fibrosis-sputum
#2
Giuseppantonio Maisetta, Lucia Grassi, Semih Esin, Ilaria Serra, Mariano A Scorciapino, Andrea C Rinaldi, Giovanna Batoni
Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a major cause of chronic lung infections in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients. The ability of the bacterium to form biofilms and the presence of a thick and stagnant mucus in the airways of CF patients largely contribute to antibiotic therapy failure and demand for new antimicrobial agents able to act in the CF environment. The present study investigated the anti-P. aeruginosa activity of lin-SB056-1, a recently described semi-synthetic antimicrobial peptide, used alone and in combination with the cation chelator ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA)...
September 16, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925588/evaluation-of-the-effect-of-four-final-irrigation-protocols-on-root-canal-dentin-components-by-polarized-light-microscopy-and-scanning-electron-microscopy
#3
Flávia Emi Razera Baldasso, Luana Roleto Cardoso, Vinicius Duval da Silva, Renata Dornelles Morgental, Patrícia Maria Poli Kopper
The present study aimed to evaluate the effects of four endodontic chelating agents, followed by 2.5% sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl), as final irrigation regimens on organic and inorganic components of human root dentin. Sixty mandibular incisors were prepared and randomly divided into six groups (n = 10): QMiX, 1% peracetic acid (PA), 17% EDTA, 10% citric acid (CA), 2.5% NaOCl (solution control) and distilled water (DW-negative control). After irrigation with the chelating agents, a final flush was performed with 2...
September 19, 2017: Microscopy Research and Technique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924583/screening-for-primary-aldosteronism-using-the-newly-developed-ids-isys%C3%A2-automated-assay-system
#4
P M O'Shea, T P Griffin, G A Browne, N Gallagher, J J Brady, M C Dennedy, M Bell, D Wall, M Fitzgibbon
BACKGROUND: The recommended approach to screening for primary aldosteronism (PA) in at-risk populations is to determine the ratio of aldosterone concentration (serum (SAC)/plasma (PAC)) to renin measured in plasma as activity (PRA) or concentration (DRC). However, lack of assay standardisation mandates the need for method-specific decision thresholds and clinical validation in the local population. AIM: The study objective was to establish method-specific aldosterone: renin ratio (ARR) cut-offs for PA in men and women using the IDS-iSYS® assay system (IDS plc)...
April 2017: Pract Lab Med
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923707/insemination-extender-supplementation-with-bestatin-and-edta-has-no-effect-on-rabbit-reproductive-performance
#5
L Casares-Crespo, P Fernández-Serrano, J S Vicente, E Mocé, C Castellini, A M Stabile, M P Viudes-de-Castro
The addition of aminopeptidase inhibitors (AMIs) to rabbit semen extenders could be a solution to decrease the hormone degradation (GnRH) by the aminopeptidases existing in the seminal plasma. Therefore, the quantity of GnRH needed to induce ovulation in doe would be comparable with the amount administered intramuscularly (i.m.). This study was conducted to evaluate the effects of two AMIs (bestatin and EDTA) on rabbit semen quality parameters, β nerve growth factor (β-NGF) degradation and reproductive performance after artificial insemination...
September 9, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922597/core-shell-silver-nanoparticles-in-endodontic-disinfection-solutions-enable-long-term-antimicrobial-effect-on-oral-biofilms
#6
Elif Ertem Bekdemir, Beatrice Gutt, Flavia Zuber, Sergio Allegri, Benjamin Le Ouay, Selma Mefti, Kitty Formentin, Francesco Stellacci, Qun Ren
To achieve effective long-term disinfection of the root canals, we synthesized core-shell silver nanoparticles (AgNPs@SiO2) and used them to develop two irrigation solutions containing sodium phytate (SP) and ethylene glycol-bis(β-aminoethyl ether)-N,N,N',N'-tetraacetic acid (EGTA), respectively. Ex vivo studies with instrumented root canals revealed that the developed irrigation solutions can effectively remove the smear layer from the dentinal surfaces. Further in vitro experiments with single and multi-species biofilms demonstrated for the first time that AgNPs@SiO2 based irrigation solutions possess excellent antimicrobial activities for at least 7 days, whereas the bare AgNPs lose the activity almost immediately and do not show any antibacterial activity after 2 days...
September 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921878/simplifying-sampling-for-african-swine-fever-surveillance-assessment-of-antibody-and-pathogen-detection-from-blood-swabs
#7
J Carlson, L Zani, T Schwaiger, I Nurmoja, A Viltrop, A Vilem, M Beer, S Blome
African swine fever (ASF) is a notifiable disease with serious socio-economic consequences that has been present in wild boar in the Baltic States and Poland since 2014. An introduction of ASF is usually accompanied by increased mortality, making fallen wild boar and hunted animals with signs of disease the main target for early warning and passive surveillance. It is difficult, however, to encourage hunters and foresters to report and take samples from these cases. A pragmatic and easy sampling approach with quick-drying swabs could facilitate this...
September 17, 2017: Transboundary and Emerging Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920803/assessment-of-a-lancet-and-swab-blood-sampling-technique-for-surveillance-of-elephant-endotheliotropic-herpesvirus-infection
#8
Javier Lopez, L do Vet M Sc, Jonathan Haycock, Andrew Mckenzie, Katharina Seilern-Moy, Akbar Dastjerdi
Lancing a finger elicits minimal pain in humans and is applied routinely to obtain small volumes of blood for clinical diagnostics. A modified lancet bleeding method and several blood sampling matrices were evaluated in this study for the purpose of routine elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus (EEHV) surveillance in Asian elephants (Elephas maximus). The procedure enabled weekly sampling from elephants as young as 9 mo of age. The blood sampling matrices were evaluated for their sensitivity measuring β-actin, tumor necrosis factor α, and/or EEHV-1 by quantitative polymerase chain reaction assays...
September 2017: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920468/annals-express-macrocomplexes-and-discordant-high-sensitivity-cardiac-troponin-concentrations
#9
Pete Kavsak, Chantele Roy, Paul Malinowski, Ching-Tong Mark, Terry Scott, Lorna Clark, Shana Lamers, Craig Ainsworth
BACKGROUND: Analytical comparisons between different high-sensitivity cardiac troponin (hs-cTn) assays are important for reassurance of results performed with different methodologies and to identify potential interferences or confounders to result interpretation. Our objective in the present study was to compare Beckman Coulter's latest hs-cTnI assay to Abbott's hs-cTnI assay and to assess agreement between results. METHODS: Two hundred EDTA plasma samples that had clinically reported hs-cTnI results from the Abbott ARCHITECTi2000 that spanned the analytical range were stored (median=4h), re-centrifuged and retested for hs-cTnI on the Abbott ARCHITECTi1000 and Beckman Coulter Access2 analyzers...
January 1, 2017: Annals of Clinical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918966/reactive-oxygen-species-and-associated-reactivity-of-peroxymonosulfate-activated-by-soluble-iron-species
#10
Richard J Watts, Miao Yu, Amy L Teel
The activation of peroxymonosulfate by iron (II), iron (III), and iron (III)-EDTA for in situ chemical oxidation (ISCO) was compared using nitrobenzene as a hydroxyl radical probe, anisole as a hydroxyl radical+sulfate radical probe, and hexachloroethane as a reductant+nucleophile probe. In addition, activated peroxymonosulfate was investigated for the treatment of the model groundwater contaminants perchloroethylene (PCE) and trichloroethylene (TCE). The relative activities of hydroxyl radical and sulfate radical in the degradation of the probe compounds and PCE and TCE were isolated using the radical scavengers tert-butanol and isopropanol...
September 8, 2017: Journal of Contaminant Hydrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918434/improved-dna-purification-with-quality-assurance-for-evaluation-of-the-microbial-genetic-content-of-constructed-wetlands
#11
Wenda Huang, Jingjing Guo, Ran Tao, Ying Man, Yunv Dai, Yang Yang
Efficient isolation of target DNA is a crucial first step of DNA-based metagenomic analyses of environmental samples. Insufficient quantity and purity of DNA isolated using commercial kits result in missing genetic information, especially for large-diameter substrates in constructed wetlands (CWs). Here, we addressed this problem by devising a cost-effective calcium chloride lysozyme-sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) method (CCLS), with key improvements in the steps of humic acid removal and cell lysis. The buffer comprising Tris, EDTA, Na2O2P7 and PVPP (TENP), and skim milk, could reduce adsorption between microorganisms and substrates, and calcium chloride precipitated and removed over 94% of humic acid...
September 16, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915846/impact-of-heat-treatment-on-antigen-detection-in-sera-of-angiostrongylus-vasorum-infected-dogs
#12
Nina Gillis-Germitsch, Manuela Schnyder
BACKGROUND: In the last decade serological tests for detection of circulating Angiostrongylus vasorum antigen and specific antibodies have been developed and adopted for individual diagnosis and epidemiological studies in dogs. Although confirmed positive at necropsy, antigen detection was not possible in single experimentally, as well as naturally infected dogs, possibly due to immune complex formation. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of heat treatment on detection of A...
September 16, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915574/comparative-study-of-whole-genome-amplification-and-next-generation-sequencing-performance-of-single-cancer-cells
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Anna Babayan, Malik Alawi, Michael Gormley, Volkmar Müller, Harriet Wikman, Ryan P McMullin, Denis A Smirnov, Weimin Li, Maria Geffken, Klaus Pantel, Simon A Joosse
BACKGROUND: Whole genome amplification (WGA) is required for single cell genotyping. Effectiveness of currently available WGA technologies in combination with next generation sequencing (NGS) and material preservation is still elusive. RESULTS: In respect to the accuracy of SNP/mutation, indel, and copy number aberrations (CNA) calling, the HiSeq2000 platform outperformed IonProton in all aspects. Furthermore, more accurate SNP/mutation and indel calling was demonstrated using single tumor cells obtained from EDTA-collected blood in respect to CellSave-preserved blood, whereas CNA analysis in our study was not detectably affected by fixation...
August 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914438/antihypercholesterolemic-antioxidant-and-renal-protective-effects-of-mengkudu-rubiaceae-fruit-in-nephropathy-induced-albino-rats
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U S Mahadeva Rao, C Shanmuga Sundaram
OBJECTIVE: To assess the modulatory impact of alcoholic extract of fruit of Mengkudu (AEFM, Morinda citrifolia L., Rubiaceae) on renal oxido-lipidemic stress in hypercholesterolemic albino rats. METHODS: Twenty-four male albino rats were randomly divided into four groups with six rats in each group: group I as control, group II fed with hypercholesterolemic diet (HCD) for 45 days (4% cholesterol and 1% cholic acid), Group III rats fed with HCD for 45 days + AEFM (300 mg/kg body weight/day orally) for last 30 days and group IV normal rats fed AEFM alone...
September 15, 2017: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912942/efficacy-of-sodium-hypochlorite-activated-with-laser-in-intracanal-smear-layer-removal-an-sem-study
#15
Shahriar Shahriari, Shahin Kasraei, Ghodratollah Roshanaei, Hamed Karkeabadi, Hossein Davanloo
Introduction: The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the different concentrations of sodium hypochlorite activated with laser in removing of the smear layer in the apical, middle, and coronal segments of root canal walls by scanning electron microscopy analysis. Methods: Sixty single-rooted human mandibular teeth were decoronated to a standardized length. The samples were prepared by using Race rotary system to size 40, 0.04 taper and divided into 4 equal groups (n = 15). Group 1, irrigated with EDTA 17% and 5...
2017: Journal of Lasers in Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910365/acute-effects-of-strength-exercises-and-effects-of-regular-strength-training-on-cell-free-dna-concentrations-in-blood-plasma
#16
Suzan Tug, Anna-Katharina Tross, Patrick Hegen, Elmo Wanja Immanuel Neuberger, Susanne Helmig, Wolfgang Schöllhorn, Perikles Simon
Creatine kinase (CK) is a marker for muscle cell damage with limited potential as marker for training load in strength training. Recent exercise studies identified cell free DNA (cfDNA) as a marker for aseptic inflammation and cell damage. Here we overserved in a pilot study the acute effects during strength exercise and chronic effects of regular strength training on cfDNA concentrations over a period of four weeks in three training groups applying conservation training (CT) at 60% of the 1 repetition maximum, high intensity-low repetition training (HT) at 90% of the 1 repetition maximum and differential training (DT) at 60% of the 1 repetition maximum...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906528/real-time-activity-assays-of-%C3%AE-lactamases-in-living-bacterial-cells-application-to-the-inhibition-of-antibiotic-resistant-e-coli-strains
#17
Ying Ge, Ya-Jun Zhou, Ke-Wu Yang, Yi-Lin Zhang, Yang Xiang, Yue-Juan Zhang
The emergence of antibiotic resistance caused by β-lactamases, including serine β-lactamases (SβLs) and metallo-β-lactamases (MβLs), is a global public health threat. L1, a B3 subclass MβL, hydrolyzes almost all of known β-lactam antibiotics. We report a simple and straightforward UV-Vis approach for real-time activity assays of β-lactamases inside living bacterial cells, and this method has been exemplified by choosing antibiotics, L1 enzyme, Escherichia coli expressing L1 (L1 E. coli), Escherichia coli expressing extended-spectrum β-lactamases (ESBL-E...
September 14, 2017: Molecular BioSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900080/-dynamics-of-line-1-retrotransposon-methylation-levels-in-circulating-dna-from-lung-cancer-patients-undergoing-antitumor-therapy
#18
A A Ponomaryova, N V Cherdyntseva, A A Bondar, A Y Dobrodeev, A A Zavyalov, S A Tuzikov, V V Vlassov, E L Choinzonov, P P Laktionov, E Y Rykova
Malignant cell transformation is accompanied with abnormal DNA methylation, such as the hypermethylation of certain gene promoters and hypomethylation of retrotransposons. In particular, the hypomethylation of the human-specific family of LINE-1 retrotransposons was observed in lung cancer tissues. It is also known that the circulating DNA (cirDNA) of blood plasma and cell-surface-bound circulating DNA (csb-cirDNA) of cancer patients accumulate tumor-specific aberrantly methylated DNA fragments, which are currently considered to be valuable cancer markers...
July 2017: Molekuliarnaia Biologiia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899793/comprehensive-assessment-for-serum-treatment-for-single-antigen-test-for-detection-of-hla-antibodies
#19
Xiaohai Zhang, Nancy L Reinsmoen
The single antigen test is widely used in the field of transplantation to determine the specificity of HLA antibodies. It will be beneficial to standardize the procedure of the single antigen test among HLA laboratories. It is not uncommon that single antigen testing on native sera fails to detect antibodies with very high concentrations. It has been shown that cleavage products of activated complement components may mask strongly binding antibodies in single antigen testing. To overcome inhibition by the activated complement products, sera are pretreated with ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA), dithiothreitol (DTT), or heat inactivation before single antigen testing...
September 9, 2017: Human Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899351/association-of-plasma-potassium-with-mortality-and-end-stage-kidney-disease-in-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease-under-nephrologist-care-the-nephrotest-study
#20
Sandra Wagner, Marie Metzger, Martin Flamant, Pascal Houillier, Jean-Philippe Haymann, François Vrtovsnik, Eric Thervet, Jean-Jacques Boffa, Ziad A Massy, Bénédicte Stengel, Patrick Rossignol
BACKGROUND: Low and high blood potassium levels are common and were both associated with poor outcomes in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Whether such relationships may be altered in CKD patients receiving optimized nephrologist care is unknown. METHODS: NephroTest is a hospital-based prospective cohort study that enrolled 2078 nondialysis patients (mean age: 59 ± 15 years, 66% men) in CKD stages 1 to 5 who underwent repeated extensive renal tests including plasma potassium (PK) and glomerular filtration rate (GFR) measured (mGFR) by (51)Cr-EDTA renal clearance...
September 12, 2017: BMC Nephrology
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