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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346705/performance-of-a-polymer-coated-silicon-microarray-for-simultaneous-detection-of-food-allergen-specific-ige-and-igg4
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Steven Sievers, Marina Cretich, Paola Gagni, Birgit Ahrens, Galina Grishina, Hugh Sampson, Bodo Niggemann, Marcella Chiari, Kirsten Beyer
BACKGROUND: Microarray-based component-resolved diagnostics (CRD) has become an accepted tool to detect allergen specific IgE-sensitization towards hundreds of allergens in parallel from one drop of serum. Nevertheless specificity and sensitivity as well as a simultaneous detection of allergen specific IgG4, as a potential parameter for tolerance development, remain to be optimized. OBJECTIVE: We applied the recently introduced silicon chip coated with a functional polymer named copoly(DMA-NAS-MAPS) to the simultaneous detection of food allergen specific IgE and IgG4, and compared it with ImmunoCAP and ImmunoCAP ISAC...
March 27, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Allergy: Journal of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341174/insights-into-the-mechanism-of-how-morin-suppresses-amyloid-fibrillation-of-hen-egg-white-lysozyme
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Xiaoying Chong, Luchen Sun, Yonghui Sun, Lin Chang, Alan K Chang, Xian Lu, Xuejie Zhou, Junqing Liu, Bing Zhang, Gary W Jones, Jianwei He
This communication describes the inhibitory effect of Morin on the fibrillation of Hen Egg White Lysozyme (HEWL), a generic amyloid-forming model protein. This effect was dose-dependent and stronger than other small molecules we have tested previously. Spectrofluorometric and computational studies support a model suggesting that Morin inhibits amyloid fibril formation of HEWL by binding to the aggregation prone cleft region of the β-domain of HEWL, thereby stabilizing the molecule in its native-like state...
March 21, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295836/profiling-n-glycans-of-the-egg-jelly-coat-of-the-sea-urchin-paracentrotus-lividus-by-maldi-tof-mass-spectrometry-and-capillary-liquid-chromatography-electrospray-ionization-ion-trap-tandem-mass-spectrometry-systems
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Umut Şahar, Remziye Deveci
Sea urchin eggs are surrounded by a carbohydrate-rich layer, termed the jelly coat, that consists of polysaccharides and glycoproteins. In the present study, we describe two mass spectrometric strategies to characterize the N-glycosylation of the Paracentrotus lividus egg jelly coat, which has an alecithal-type extracellular matrix like mammalian eggs. Egg jelly was isolated, lyophilized, and dialysed, followed by peptide N-glycosidase F (PNGase-F) treatment to release N-glycans from their protein chain. These N-glycans were then derivatized by permethylation reaction, and analysed by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) and capillary liquid chromatography electrospray ionization-ion trap tandem mass spectroscopy (CapLC ESI-Ion trap-MS/MS)...
March 10, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28247910/persistence-of-an-egg-mass-polymorphism-in-ambystoma-maculatum-differential-performance-under-high-and-low-nutrients
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Matthew R Pintar, William J Resetarits
Polymorphisms play critical roles in allowing organisms to adapt to novel environments while enabling ecological speciation under divergent selection. Ambystoma maculatum, the spotted salamander, exhibits a unique polymorphism in the structure and appearance of its egg masses with two common morphs, white and clear. Amphibian egg jelly layers mediate interactions between embryos and the environment and are more responsive to ecological pressures of natural selection than other egg coat components. The A. maculatum egg mass polymorphism was hypothesized to be adaptive with regard to varying dissolved nutrient levels in ponds...
March 1, 2017: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237403/marine-gametes-in-a-changing-ocean-impacts-of-climate-change-stressors-on-fecundity-and-the-egg
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Shawna A Foo, Maria Byrne
In marine invertebrates, the environmental history of the mother can influence fecundity and egg size. Acclimation of females in climate change stressors, increased temperature and low pH, results in a decrease in egg number and size in many taxa, with the exception of cephalopods, where eggs increase in size. With respect to spawned eggs, near future levels of ocean acidification can interfere with the egg's block to polyspermy and intracellular pH. Reduction of the extracellular egg jelly coat seen in low pH conditions has implications for impaired egg function and fertilization...
February 17, 2017: Marine Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222834/acute-and-chronic-outcomes-of-gas-bubble-disease-in-a-colony-of-african-clawed-frogs-xenopus-laevis
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Julia Y Tsai, Stephen A Felt, Donna M Bouley, Sherril L Green
Gas-bubble disease occurs in aquatic species that are exposed to water that is supersaturated with gases. In February 2007, municipal water supersaturated with gas was inadvertently pumped into the vivarium's aquatic housing systems and affected approximately 450 adult female Xenopus laevis. The inflow of supersaturated water was stopped immediately, the holding tanks aggressively aerated, and all experimental manipulations and feeding ceased. Within the first 6 h after the event, morbidity approached 90%, and mortality reached 3...
February 1, 2017: Comparative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213538/colonization-and-transmission-of-the-gut-microbiota-of-the-burying-beetle-nicrophorus-vespilloides-through-development
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Yin Wang, Daniel E Rozen
Carrion beetles in the genus Nicrophorus rear their offspring on decomposing carcasses where larvae are exposed to a diverse community of decomposer bacteria. Parents coat the carcass with antimicrobial secretions prior to egg hatch (defined as Pre-Hatch care) and also feed regurgitated food, and potentially bacteria, to larvae throughout development (defined as Full care). Here we partition the roles of pre- and post-hatch parental care in the transmission and persistence of culturable symbiotic bacteria to larvae...
February 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199121/smart-contact-lenses-with-graphene-coating-for-electromagnetic-interference-shielding-and-dehydration-protection
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Sangkyu Lee, Insu Jo, Sangmin Kang, Bongchul Jang, Joonhee Moon, Jong Bo Park, Soochang Lee, Sichul Rho, Youngsoo Kim, Byung Hee Hong
Recently, smart contact lenses with electronic circuits have been proposed for various sensor and display applications where the use of flexible and biologically stable electrode materials is essential. Graphene is an atomically thin carbon material with a two-dimensional hexagonal lattice that shows outstanding electrical and mechanical properties as well as excellent biocompatibility. In addition, graphene is capable of protecting eyes from electromagnectic (EM) waves that may cause eye diseases such as cataracts...
February 21, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28114360/extracellular-ca2-is-required-for-fertilization-in-the-african-clawed-frog-xenopus-laevis
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Katherine L Wozniak, Brianna L Mayfield, Alexis M Duray, Maiwase Tembo, David O Beleny, Marc A Napolitano, Monica L Sauer, Bennett W Wisner, Anne E Carlson
BACKGROUND: The necessity of extracellular Ca2+ for fertilization and early embryonic development in the African clawed frog, Xenopus laevis, is controversial. Ca2+ entry into X. laevis sperm is reportedly required for the acrosome reaction, yet fertilization and embryonic development have been documented to occur in high concentrations of the Ca2+ chelator BAPTA. Here we sought to resolve this controversy. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDING: Using the appearance of cleavage furrows as an indicator of embryonic development, we found that X...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109029/reproductive-performance-of-breeder-quails-fed-diets-supplemented-with-l-cysteine-coated-iron-oxide-nanoparticles
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H Mohammadi, A Farzinpour, A Vaziry
The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of L-cysteine-coated iron oxide nanoparticles on reproductive performance in breeder quails. The five treatment diets consisted of (i) negative control diet not supplemented with iron, (ii) positive control diet supplemented with 60 mg/kg of Fe3 O4 and (iii) experimental diets supplemented with 0.6, 6 and 60 mg/kg of L-cysteine-coated iron oxide nanoparticles. A total of 100 seven-day-old quail chicks were weighed and randomly placed to five groups of five replicate cages...
January 20, 2017: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063183/symbiotic-bacteria-associated-with-a-bobtail-squid-reproductive-system-are-detectable-in-the-environment-and-stable-in-the-host-and-in-eggs-throughout-development
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Allison H Kerwin, Spencer V Nyholm
Female Hawaiian bobtail squid, Euprymna scolopes, have an accessory nidamental gland (ANG) housing a bacterial consortium that is hypothesized to be environmentally transmitted and to function in the protection of eggs from fouling and infection. The composition, stability, and variability of the ANG and egg jelly coat (JC) communities were characterized and compared to the bacterial community composition of the surrounding environment using Illumina sequencing and transmission electron microscopy. The ANG bacterial community was conserved throughout hosts collected from the wild and was not affected by maintaining animals in the laboratory...
January 7, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043567/detection-of-mycobacterium-avium-subsp-paratuberculosis-in-cattle-by-using-indirect-absorbed-elisa-enzyme-linked-immunosorbent-assay-system-and-culture-in-alborz-province-iran
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Hedyeh Teymouri, Nader Mosavari, Hadi Poor Taghi
OBJECTIVE/BACKGROUND: Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis is a slow growing, Gram-positive, and acid-fast bacillus. It is the causative agent of the chronic enteritis disease of ruminants called Johne's disease. Most of the infected animals are young. However, most clinical cases belong to adult cattle aged 3-5years. Due to a prolonged incubation period, identification of subclinically infected animals is one of the most crucial problems in Johne's disease. The aim of this study was to detect M...
December 2016: International Journal of Mycobacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28007977/genomic-basis-of-adaptive-evolution-the-survival-of-amur-ide-leuciscus-waleckii-in-an-extremely-alkaline-environment
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Jian Xu, Jiong-Tang Li, Yanliang Jiang, Wenzhu Peng, Zongli Yao, Baohua Chen, Likun Jiang, Jingyan Feng, Peifeng Ji, Guiming Liu, Zhanjiang Liu, Ruyu Tai, Chuanju Dong, Xiaoqing Sun, Zi-Xia Zhao, Yan Zhang, Jian Wang, Shangqi Li, Yunfeng Zhao, Jiuhui Yang, Xiaowen Sun, Peng Xu
The Amur ide (Leuciscus waleckii) is a cyprinid fish that is widely distributed in Northeast Asia. The Lake Dali Nur population inhabits one of the most extreme aquatic environments on Earth, with an alkalinity up to 50 mmol/L (pH 9.6), thus providing an exceptional model with which to characterize the mechanisms of genomic evolution underlying adaptation to extreme environments. Here, we developed the reference genome assembly for L. waleckii from Lake Dali Nur. Intriguingly, we identified unusual expanded long terminal repeats (LTRs) with higher nucleotide substitution rates than in many other teleosts, suggesting their more recent insertion into the L...
October 20, 2016: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28002933/effects-of-different-methionine-sources-on-production-and-reproduction-performance-egg-quality-and-serum-biochemical-indices-of-broiler-breeders
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Xue Xiao, Yongxia Wang, Weilong Liu, Tingting Ju, Xiuan Zhan
The study was conducted to evaluate the effects of different methionine (Met) sources on production performance, reproduction performance, egg quality and serum biochemical indices in broiler breeders. After receiving a basal diet (containing 0.25% Met) for a 2-wk pretreatment period, a total of 360 39-wk-old Lingnan yellow broiler breeders were randomly allocated to four treatments with six replicates each (15 birds per replicate). Breeders were fed with basal diets (control) or diets supplemented with DL-methionine (DLM), DL-2-hydroxy-4-methylthio butytric calcium (MHA-Ca) and coated DL-Met (CME) respectively (containing 0...
December 17, 2016: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27982574/an-environmentally-benign-antimicrobial-coating-based-on-a-protein-supramolecular-assembly
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Jin Gu, Yajuan Su, Peng Liu, Peng Li, Peng Yang
The use of antimicrobial materials, for example, silver nanoparticles, has been a cause for concern because they often exert an adverse effect on environmental and safety during their preparation and use. In this study, we report a class of green antimicrobial coating based on a supramolecular assembly of a protein extracted from daily food, without the addition of any other hazardous agents. It is found that a self-assembled nanofilm by mere hen egg white lysozyme has durable in vitro and in vivo broad-spectrum antimicrobial efficacy against Gram-positive/negative and fungi...
December 23, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27976499/imidacloprid-seed-treatments-affect-individual-ant-behavior-and-community-structure-but-not-egg-predation-pest-abundance-or-soybean-yield
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Hannah J Penn, Andrew M Dale
BACKGROUND: Neonicotinoid seed treatments are under scrutiny because of their variable efficacy against crop pests and for their potential negative impacts on non-target organisms. Ants provide important biocontrol services in agroecosystems and can be indicators of ecosystem health. This study tested for effects of exposure to imidacloprid plus fungicide or fungicide treated seeds on individual ant survival, locomotion and foraging capabilities, and on field ant community structure, pest abundance, ant predation, and yield...
December 15, 2016: Pest Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886653/waffle-production-influence-of-baking-plate-material-on-sticking-of-waffles
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Regina Huber, Georg Kalss, Regine Schoenlechner
Background of this study was to understand the factors that contribute to sticking of fresh egg waffles on baking plates. The aim of this study was to investigate the sticking (adhesion) behavior of waffles on 4 different baking plate materials (ductile iron, grey iron, low alloyed steel, and steel with titanium nitrite coating) at different baking parameters (temperature and time) and application of 3 different release agents (different fat compositions). Baking plates from ductile and grey iron showed lower release properties of waffles than the 2 steel baking plates...
January 2017: Journal of Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27855494/chitosan-coated-plga-nanoparticles-of-bevacizumab-as-novel-drug-delivery-to-target-retina-optimization-characterization-and-in-vitro-toxicity-evaluation
#18
Jayamanti Pandit, Yasmin Sultana, Mohd Aqil
In several ocular diseases, the vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) level has been found to be upregulated. Bevacizumab, an anti-VEGF drug, is the most commonly used off level drug for these conditions. Delivery of drug to the posterior site is desired for the effective management of these diseases. The present study was to develop and optimize the chitosan (CS)-coated poly(lactide-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) nanoparticles (NPs) of bevacizumab for sustained and effective delivery to posterior ocular tissues...
November 18, 2016: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27853913/differences-in-pregnancy-outcomes-in-donor-egg-frozen-embryo-transfer-fet-cycles-following-preimplantation-genetic-screening-pgs-a-single-center-retrospective-study
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Alison Coates, Brandon J Bankowski, Allen Kung, Darren K Griffin, Santiago Munne
PURPOSE: This study aims to test the hypothesis, in a single-center retrospective analysis, that live birth rates are significantly different when utilizing preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) compared to not utilizing PGS in frozen-thawed embryo transfers in our patients that use eggs from young, anonymous donors. The question therefore arises of whether PGS is an appropriate intervention for donor egg cycles. METHODS: Live birth rates per cycle and live birth rates per embryo transferred after 398 frozen embryo transfer (FET) cycles were examined from patients who elected to have PGS compared to those who did not...
January 2017: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27848912/auxin-production-in-the-endosperm-drives-seed-coat-development-in-arabidopsis
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Duarte D Figueiredo, Rita A Batista, Pawel J Roszak, Lars Hennig, Claudia Köhler
In flowering plants, seed development is initiated by the fusion of the maternal egg and central cells with two paternal sperm cells, leading to the formation of embryo and endosperm, respectively. The fertilization products are surrounded by the maternally derived seed coat, whose development prior to fertilization is blocked by epigenetic regulators belonging to the Polycomb Group (PcG) protein family. Here we show that fertilization of the central cell results in the production of auxin and most likely its export to the maternal tissues, which drives seed coat development by removing PcG function...
November 16, 2016: ELife
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