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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434198/eukaryotic-diversity-in-late-pleistocene-marine-sediments-around-a-shallow-methane-hydrate-deposit-in-the-japan-sea
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M Kouduka, A S Tanabe, S Yamamoto, K Yanagawa, Y Nakamura, F Akiba, H Tomaru, H Toju, Y Suzuki
Marine sediments contain eukaryotic DNA deposited from overlying water columns. However, a large proportion of deposited eukaryotic DNA is aerobically biodegraded in shallow marine sediments. Cold seep sediments are often anaerobic near the sediment-water interface, so eukaryotic DNA in such sediments is expected to be preserved. We investigated deeply buried marine sediments in the Japan Sea, where a methane hydrate deposit is associated with cold seeps. Quantitative PCR analysis revealed the reproducible recovery of eukaryotic DNA in marine sediments at depths up to 31...
April 23, 2017: Geobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433944/evaluation-of-vaccinal-effectiveness-of-preparations-containing-membrane-antigens-of-leishmania-l-amazonensis-in-experimental-cutaneous-leishmaniasis-model
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João G Ribeiro, Amália S Ferreira, Sharon R A Macedo, Norton R D L P Rossi, Mayara C P da Silva, Rosane N M Guerra, Neuza B de Barros, Roberto Nicolete
American tegumentary leishmaniasis (ATL) is considered a neglected disease, for which an effective vaccine or an efficient diagnosis is not yet available and whose chemotherapeutic arsenal is threatened by the emergence of resistance by etiological agents such as Leishmania amazonensis. ATL is endemic in poor countries and has a high incidence in Brazil. Vaccines developed from native parasite fractions have led to the identification of defined antigenic subunits and the development of vaccine adjuvant technology...
April 20, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433936/sustained-viral-gene-delivery-from-a-micro-fibrous-elastomeric-cardiac-patch-to-the-ischemic-rat-heart
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Xinzhu Gu, Yasumoto Matsumura, Ying Tang, Souvik Roy, Richard Hoff, Bing Wang, William R Wagner
Biodegradable and elastomeric patches have been applied to the surface of infarcted hearts as temporary mechanical supports to effectively alter adverse left ventricular remodeling processes. In this report, recombinant adeno-associated virus (AAV), known for its persistent transgene expression and low pathogenicity, was incorporated into elastomeric polyester urethane urea (PEUU) and polyester ether urethane urea (PEEUU) and processed by electrospinning into two formats (solid fibers and core-sheath fibers) designed to influence the controlled release behavior...
April 14, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433913/simultaneous-partial-nitrification-and-2-fluorophenol-biodegradation-with-aerobic-granular-biomass-reactor-performance-and-microbial-communities
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Carlos Ramos, Catarina L Amorim, Daniela P Mesquita, Eugénio C Ferreira, Julián Carrera, Paula M L Castro
An aerobic granular bioreactor was operated for over 4months, treating a synthetic wastewater with a high ammonium content (100mgNL(-1)). The inoculum was collected from a bioreactor performing simultaneous partial nitrification and aromatic compounds biodegradation. From day-56 onwards, 2-fluorophenol (2-FP) (12.4mgL(-1)) was added to the feeding wastewater and the system was bioaugmented with a 2-FP degrading bacteria (Rhodococcus sp. FP1). By the end of operation, complete 2-FP biodegradation and partial nitrification were simultaneously achieved...
March 30, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433904/biodegradation-of-naproxen-by-freshwater-algae-cymbella-sp-and-scenedesmus-quadricauda-and-the-comparative-toxicity
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Tengda Ding, Kunde Lin, Bo Yang, Mengting Yang, Juying Li, Wenying Li, Jay Gan
Naproxen is one of the most prevalent pharmaceuticals and of great environment concern. Information about bioremediation of naproxen by algae remains limited and no study has been reported on the degradation mechanism and the toxicity of NPX on algae. In this study, both Cymbella sp. and Scenedesmus quadricauda showed complete growth inhibition (100%) at 100mgL(-1) within 24h. Biochemical characteristics including chlorophyll a, carotenoid contents and enzyme activities for these two microalgae were affected by NPX at relatively high concentrations after 4d of exposure...
April 8, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433879/sulfamethoxazole-degradation-in-anaerobic-sulfate-reducing-bacteria-sludge-system
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Yanyan Jia, Samir Kumar Khanal, Huiqun Zhang, Guang-Hao Chen, Hui Lu
Sulfamethoxazole (SMX) is one of the most commonly used antibiotics. SMX degradation in sulfate-reducing bacteria (SRB) sludge systems has not been reported so far. This research investigated the SMX degradation using SRB sludge in a sulfate-reducing up-flow sludge bed reactor. Moreover, the mechanisms and kinetics of SMX removal were also investigated using SRB sludge via a series of batch experiments. The results showed that SMX removal was characterized by a rapid sorption onto SRB sludge, and desorption from SRB sludge to aqueous phase until achieving equilibrium, and then followed by slow biodegradation...
April 17, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433180/novel-carboxymethyl-cellulose-polyvinyl-alcohol-blend-films-stabilized-by-pickering-emulsion-incorporation-method
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Hadi Fasihi, Mohammad Fazilati, Mahdi Hashemi, Nooshin Noshirvani
The aim of this study was to investigate the possibility of increasing the antimicrobial and antioxidant properties of biodegradable active films stabilized via Pickering emulsions. The blend films were prepared from carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) and polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), emulsified with oleic acid (OL) and incorporated with rosemary essential oil (REO). Formation of Pickering emulsion was confirmed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), optical microscopy, mean droplet size and emulsion stability. Morphological, optical, physical, mechanical, thermal, antifungal and antioxidant properties of the films incorporated with different concentrations of REO (0...
July 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433178/preparation-and-characterization-of-biodegradable-nanocomposites-derived-from-carboxymethyl-cellulose-and-hydroxyapatite
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K Azzaoui, E Mejdoubi, A Lamhamdi, S Jodeh, O Hamed, M Berrabah, S Jerdioui, R Salghi, N Akartasse, A Errich, Á Ríos, M Zougagh
Development of a cost-effective technology for extraction and quantification of carcinogenic and toxic organic materials which are widely used in the industry are critical to humans. Membrane technology received much attention and has already been widely used in this area. In this work, we offer a newly developed bio-based nanocomposite membrane for removal of bisphenol-A (BPA) from water. Three natural components hydroxyapatite (HAp), carboxymethyl cellulose and lysine as a diluent were used for making the bio-based membrane...
July 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433152/biodegradable-blends-of-urea-plasticized-thermoplastic-starch-utps-and-poly-%C3%AE%C2%B5-caprolactone-pcl-morphological-rheological-thermal-and-mechanical-properties
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Ana Carolina Correa, Vitor Brait Carmona, José Alexandre Simão, Luiz Henrique Capparelli Mattoso, José Manoel Marconcini
Biodegradable blends of urea plasticized thermoplastic starch (UTPS) and poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) were prepared in a co-rotating twin screw extruder. The UTPS and PCL content varied in a range of 25wt%. The materials were characterized by capillary rheometry, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), termogravimetry (TGA), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and tensile tests. Capillary rheometry showed better interaction between UTPS and PCL at 110°C than at 130°C. SEM showed immiscibility of all blends and good dispersion of UTPS in PCL matrix up to 50wt%...
July 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432952/removal-of-antibiotics-from-piggery-wastewater-by-biological-aerated-filter-system-treatment-efficiency-and-biodegradation-kinetics
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Jun Chen, You-Sheng Liu, Jin-Na Zhang, Yong-Qiang Yang, Li-Xin Hu, Yuan-Yuan Yang, Jian-Liang Zhao, Fan-Rong Chen, Guang-Guo Ying
This study aimed to investigate the removal efficiency and mechanism for antibiotics in swine wastewater by a biological aerated filter system (BAF system) in combination with laboratory aerobic and anaerobic incubation experiments. Nine antibiotics including sulfamonomethoxine, sulfachloropyridazine, sulfamethazine, trimethoprim, norfloxacin, ofloxacin, lincomycin, leucomycin and oxytetracycline were detected in the wastewater with concentrations up to 192,000ng/L. The results from this pilot study showed efficient removals (>82%) of the conventional wastewater pollutants (BOD5, COD, TN and NH3-N) and the detected nine antibiotics by the BAF system...
April 9, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432949/dominance-of-candidate-saccharibacteria-in-a-membrane-bioreactor-treating-medium-age-landfill-leachate-effects-of-organic-load-on-microbial-communities-hydrolytic-potential-and-extracellular-polymeric-substances
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Nikolaos Remmas, Paraschos Melidis, Ioanna Zerva, Jon Bent Kristoffersen, Sofia Nikolaki, George Tsiamis, Spyridon Ntougias
A membrane bioreactor (MBR), accomplishing high nitrogen removal efficiencies, was evaluated under various landfill leachate concentrations (50, 75 and 100% v/v). Proteinous and carbohydrate extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) and soluble microbial product (SMP) were strongly correlated (p<0.01) with organic load, salinity and NH4(+)-N. Exceptionally high β-glucosidase activities (6700-10,100Ug(-1)) were determined during MBR operation with 50% v/v leachate, as a result of the low organic carbon availability that extendedly induced β-glucosidases to breakdown the least biodegradable organic fraction...
April 10, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432615/fabrication-physicochemical-characterization-and-performance-evaluation-of-biodegradable-polymeric-microneedle-patch-system-for-enhanced-transcutaneous-flux-of-high-molecular-weight-therapeutics
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Viral Shah, Bijaya Krushna Choudhury
A revolutionary paradigm shift is being observed currently, towards the use of therapeutic biologics for disease management. The present research was focused on designing an efficient dosage form for transdermal delivery of α-choriogonadotropin (high molecular weight biologic), through biodegradable polymeric microneedles. Polyvinylpyrrolidone-based biodegradable microneedle arrays loaded with high molecular weight polypeptide, α-choriogonadotropin, were fabricated for its systemic delivery via transdermal route...
April 21, 2017: AAPS PharmSciTech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432531/effectiveness-of-nanoencapsulated-methotrexate-against-osteosarcoma-cells-in-vitro-cytotoxicity-under-dynamic-conditions
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O Mitxelena-Iribarren, C L Hisey, M Errazquin-Irigoyen, Y González-Fernández, E Imbuluzqueta, M Mujika, M J Blanco-Prieto, S Arana
Cancer is a leading cause of mortality in the world, with osteosarcoma being one of the most common types among children between 1 and 14 years old. Current treatments including preoperative chemotherapy, surgery and postoperative chemotherapy produce several side effects with limited effectiveness. The use of lipid nanoparticles as biodegradable shells for controlled drug delivery shows promise as a more effective and targeted tumor treatment. However, in vitro validation of these vehicles is limited due to fluid stagnation in current techniques, in which nanoparticles sediment onto the bottom of the wells killing the cells by asphyxiation...
June 2017: Biomedical Microdevices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432102/two-distinct-%C3%AE-l-arabinofuranosidases-in-caldicellulosiruptor-species-drive-degradation-of-arabinose-based-polysaccharides
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Md Abu Saleh, Wen-Jie Han, Ming Lu, Bing Wang, Huayue Li, Robert M Kelly, Fu-Li Li
Species in the extremely thermophilic genus Caldicellulosiruptor can degrade unpretreated plant biomass through the action of multi-modular glycoside hydrolases. To date, most focus with these bacteria has been on hydrolysis of glucans and xylans, while biodegradation mechanism for arabinose-based polysaccharides remains unclear. Here, putative α-L-arabinofuranosidases (AbFs) were identified in Caldicellulosiruptor species by homology to less thermophilic versions of these enzymes. From this screen, an extracellular XynF was determined to be a key factor in hydrolyzing α-1,2-, α-1,3-, and α-1,5-L-arabinofuranosyl residues of arabinose-based polysaccharides...
April 21, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431803/reutilization-of-discarded-biomass-for-preparing-functional-polymer-materials
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Jianfeng Wang, Wenzhen Qian, Yufeng He, Yubing Xiong, Pengfei Song, Rong-Min Wang
Biomass is abundant and recyclable on the earth, which has been assigned numerous roles to human beings. However, over the past decades, accompanying with the rapid expansion of man-made materials, such as alloy, plastic, synthetic rubber and fiber, a great number of natural materials had been neglected and abandoned, such as straw, which cause a waste of resource and environmental pollution. In this review, based on introducing sources of discarded biomass, the main composition and polymer chains in discarded biomass materials, the traditional treatment and novel approach for reutilization of discarded biomass were summarized...
April 18, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431786/-ligninolytic-enzyme-production-by-white-rot-fungi-during-paraquat-herbicide-degradation
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Reyna L Camacho-Morales, José Luis Gerardo-Gerardo, Karina Guillén Navarro, José E Sánchez
Paraquat is a widely used herbicide in agriculture. Its inappropriate use and wide distribution represents a serious pollution problem for soil and water. White rot fungi are capable of degrading pollutants having a similar structure to that of lignin, such as paraquat. This study evaluated the degradation effect of paraquat on the production of ligninolytic enzymes by white rot fungi isolated from the South of Mexico. Six fungal strains showed tolerance to the herbicide in solid culture. Three of the six evaluated strains showed levels of degradation of 32, 26 and 47% (Polyporus tricholoma, Cilindrobasidium laeve and Deconica citrispora, respectively) after twelve days of cultivation in the presence of the xenobiotic...
April 18, 2017: Revista Argentina de Microbiología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431314/effect-of-metals-on-microcystin-abundance-and-environmental-fate
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Guofei Dai, Ningyan Peng, Jiayou Zhong, Ping Yang, Binchun Zou, Hui Chen, Qian Lou, Yuanyuan Fang, Wei Zhang
Metals can react with microcystin (MC), which is released from cyanobacterial blooms through various mechanisms; these reactions may mitigate the environmental and health risks of MCs but may also cause harm to aquatic ecosystems and humans. Several studies were conducted, including laboratory tests, ecological simulations, and a field investigation of Poyang Lake. The laboratory studies showed that Fe(3+), Cu(2+), and Pb(2+) stimulated MC photodegradation under high light intensity at the water-sediment interface, which reduced the MC accumulation in the sediment...
April 18, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430448/structural-and-rheological-properties-of-temperature-responsive-amphiphilic-triblock-copolymers-in-aqueous-media
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Josefine Eilsø Nielsen, Kaizheng Zhu, Sverre Arne Sande, Lubomír Kováčik, Dušan Cmarko, Kenneth Dahl Knudsen, Bo Nyström
Thermoresponsive amphiphilic biodegradable block copolymers of the type poly(-caprolactone-co-lactide)-poly(ethylene glycol)-poly(-caprolactone-co-lactide) (PCLA-PEGm-PCLA) have great potential for various biomedical applications. In the present study, we have surveyed the effects of PEG-spacer length (m=1000 and 1500), temperature, and polymer concentration on the self-assembling process to form supramolecular structures in aqueous solutions of the PCLA-PEGm-PCLA copolymer. This copolymer has a lower critical solution temperature, and the cloud point depends on both concentration and PEG-length...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428315/improved-high-quality-draft-genome-sequence-and-annotation-of-burkholderia-contaminans-lmg-23361-t
#19
Ji Young Jung, Youngbeom Ahn, Ohgew Kweon, John J LiPuma, David Hussong, Bernard S Marasa, Carl E Cerniglia
Burkholderia contaminans LMG 23361 is the type strain of the species isolated from the milk of a dairy sheep with mastitis. Some pharmaceutical products contain disinfectants such as benzalkonium chloride (BZK) and previously we reported that B. contaminans LMG 23361(T) possesses the ability to inactivate BZK with high biodegradation rates. Here, we report an improved high-quality draft genome sequence of this strain.
April 20, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428290/draft-genome-sequence-of-acinetobacter-johnsonii-c6-an-environmental-isolate-engaging-in-interspecific-metabolic-interactions
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Rolf Sommer Kaas, Hanne Mordhorst, Pimlapas Leekitcharoenphon, Jacob Dyring Jensen, Janus A J Haagensen, Søren Molin, Sünje Johanna Pamp
Acinetobacter johnsonii C6 originates from creosote-polluted groundwater and performs ecological and evolutionary interactions with Pseudomonas putida in biofilms. The draft genome of A. johnsonii C6 is 3.7 Mbp and was shaped by mobile genetic elements. It reveals genes facilitating the biodegradation of aromatic hydrocarbons and resistance to antimicrobials and metals.
April 20, 2017: Genome Announcements
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