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A Ochocka, A Pasztaleniec
Herein, we report the response of indices based on phytoplankton and zooplankton and their combination to different nutrient concentrations in lakes. The study was carried out in ten lakes in northeastern Poland. Integrated samples were collected from the epilimnion during the summer of 2012-2013. Secchi disk visibility (SD), total phosphorus (TP), total nitrogen (TN), and chlorophyll a were used as proxies for eutrophication. We calculated 16 plankton indices: two phytoplankton indices, six crustacean indices, five rotiferan indices, two zooplankton diversity indices, and one combined phytoplankton and zooplankton index...
November 2016: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
Thomas Hanna, Jacob A Akoh
Renal hyperparathyroidism (RHPT) is a common complication of renal failure and it is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. The aim of this study was to determine the patient characteristics which might predict persistent or recurrent hyperparathyroidism after surgery and to assess the long-term effect of unsuccessful surgery. This is a retrospective study of all chronic kidney disease patients who required a total parathyroidectomy (TP) because of failed medical management from January 1999 to December 2014...
September 2016: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
Wenwen Wang, Yanqin Yang, Zhewen Xiong, Jiamin Kong, Xinlu Fu, Feihai Shen, Zhiying Huang
Triptolide (TP), a diterpene triepoxide, is a major active component of Tripterygium wilfordii extracts, which are prepared as tablets and has been used clinically for the treatment of inflammation and autoimmune disorders. However, TP's therapeutic potential is limited by severe adverse effects. In a previous study, we reported that TP induced mitochondria dependent apoptosis in cardiomyocytes. Glycogen synthase kinase-3β (GSK-3β) is a multifunctional serine/threonine kinase that plays important roles in the necrosis and apoptosis of cardiomyocytes...
October 14, 2016: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
Ting Zhang, Xuan Ban, Xuelei Wang, Xiaobin Cai, Enhua Li, Zhi Wang, Chao Yang, Qing Zhang, Xiaorong Lu
A two-dimensional (2D) water quality model was established to determine the response of water quality variables and submerged aquatic vegetation biomass to load reduction from watershed inflows and enclosure aquaculture in Honghu Lake in China. Results showed that the total nitrogen (TN) and total phosphorus (TP) loads from upstream discharge were the major external loads in the lake, accounting for 70% and 63% of the total loads, respectively. Scenario simulation results indicated that 93.2% of the lake area in summer (August) and 89...
October 14, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
Ashu Rastogi, Anish Bhattacharya, Mahesh Prakash, Sarika Sharma, Bhagwant R Mittal, Niranjan Khandelwal, Anil Bhansali
OBJECTIVE: Diabetic foot osteomyelitis (DFO) is difficult to diagnose in the presence of Charcot's neuroarthropathy (CN) and bone biopsy is not always possible. We aimed to assess the efficacy of PET/computed tomography using F-fluoride (F-fluoride PET/CT) and fluorine-18-fluorodeoxyglucose-labeled autologous leukocytes (F-FDG-LL PET/CT) in comparison with contrast-enhanced MRI (CEMRI) for the detection of DFO. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Thirty-two patients with chronic CN and foot ulcer suspected of having DFO were prospectively evaluated...
October 4, 2016: Nuclear Medicine Communications
Lin-Lin Yuan, Ming Zhang, Xing Yan, Yan-Wei Bian, Shou-Min Zhen, Yue-Ming Yan
Drought stress is a major abiotic stress affecting plant growth and development. In this study, we performed the first dynamic phosphoproteome analysis of Brachypodium distachyon L. seedling leaves under drought stress for different times. A total of 4924 phosphopeptides, contained 6362 phosphosites belonging to 2748 phosphoproteins. Rigorous standards were imposed to screen 484 phosphorylation sites, representing 442 unique phosphoproteins. Comparative analyses revealed significant changes in phosphorylation levels at 0, 6, and 24 h under drought stress...
October 17, 2016: Scientific Reports
Yi Zhenga, Lanlan Hu, Ning Ding, Ping Liu, Cheng Yao, Huanxin Zhang
The physicochemical and structural characteristics of octenyl succinate (OS)-starch prepared from ginkgo starch were investigated. The degree of substitution (DS) and reaction efficiency of 1.5 and 3.0% OSA-modified starch were 0.0065, 77.9% and 0.0172, 70.4%, respectively. OSA modification caused a reduction in glucose yield but no significant changes in the z-root mean square radius of gyration (Rz), even though the weight-average molar weight (Mw) and molecular density (ρ) were reduced. Two newabsorption bands (1725 and 1570cm(-1)) were observed for OS-starch...
October 13, 2016: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Ramona Sturm, David Heftrig, Katharina Mörs, Nils Wagner, Kerstin Kontradowitz, Katrin Jurida, Ingo Marzi, Borna Relja
OBJECTIVE: Phagocytizing leukocytes (granulocytes and monocytes) play a fundamental role in immunological defense against pathogens and clearance of cellular debris after tissue injury due to trauma. According to the "two-hit hypothesis", phagocytes become primed due to/after trauma. Subsequently, a secondary stimulus may lead to their exaggerated response. This immune dysfunction can result in serious infectious complications, also depending on trauma injury pattern. Here, we investigated the phagocytizing capacity of leukocytes, and its correlation to trauma injury pattern...
September 29, 2016: Immunobiology
Shu-Jing Yu, Rong Jiang, Ying Z Mazzu, Cai-Bing Wei, Zong-Liang Sun, Yu-Zhen Zhang, Lian-Di Zhou, Qi-Hui Zhang
Drug-induced liver injury (DILI) is the most common cause of acute liver failure. Disruption of the Th17/Treg balance can lead to hepatic inflammation, which causes the main symptoms of DILI. Here we investigate the protective mechanisms of (-)-Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) on triptolide (TP)-induced DILI that shows the Th17/Treg imbalance. Pretreatment with EGCG (5[Formula: see text]mg/kg) for 10 days before TP (0.5[Formula: see text]mg/kg) administration in mice significantly reduced the increased alanine aminotransferase (ALT) level ([Formula: see text]) induced by TP treatment...
2016: American Journal of Chinese Medicine
J Luo, L Y Shen, H G Lei, K P Zhu, Y Z Jiang, L Bai, M Z Li, G Q Tang, X W Li, S H Zhang, L Zhu
BACKGROUND: The objective of this study was to evaluate the correlations among muscle concentration of three glycometabolic-related hormones (insulin, epinephrine and glucagon), muscle glycolysis and meat quality in representative muscles of either glycolytic or oxidative types. Moreover, the relative glycometabolic-related gene expression was measured. One Western crossbreed DLY (Duroc × (Landrace × Yorkshire)), one crossbreed with half-Chinese native-pig origin DL (Duroc × LiangShan) and one pure Chinese native pig TP (Tibetan pig) were used in this study...
October 15, 2016: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
Sebastian T Soukup, Dennis R Müller, Anne Kurrat, Patrick Diel, Sabine E Kulling
Genistein and daidzein are the main isoflavones in soy. Their potential beneficial or adverse effects in males like the prevention of prostate cancer or the impact on reproductive functions are controversially discussed. Major determinants of their bioactivity are the absorption and biotransformation of isoflavones. In this study, we focused on the influence of testosterone on plasma availability and phase II metabolism of isoflavones. Male Wistar rats, receiving an isoflavones rich diet, were randomized into three groups: Two groups were orchiectomized (ORX) at postnatal day (PND) 80 and treated for 11 days with testosterone propionate (TP) (ORX TP group) or a vehicle (ORX group) after a 7 days lasting hormonal decline...
October 14, 2016: Archives of Toxicology
Gerald Matisoff, Sue B Watson, Jay Guo, Anna Duewiger, Rebecca Steely
Severe algal blooms in Lake Winnipeg since the late 1990s have been attributed to increased watershed nutrient loading, much of which is associated with suspended particles. Within-lake transport and fate of this nutrient fraction and the importance of internal loading via resuspension, however, are unknown. We measured radioisotopes ((7)Be, (210)Pb, (137)Cs), metal and nutrient contents of suspended solids in major tributaries and lake-water, in sediment traps and in bottom sediments to estimate sediment resuspension and mass accumulation rates using two models...
October 10, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
Luke McKenzie, Igor Sazanovich, Elizabeth Baggaley, Mickaële Bonneau, Véronique Guerchais, Gareth Williams, Julia Weinstein, Helen E Bryant
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) uses photosensitizers (PS) which only become cytotoxic upon light-irradiation. Transition metal complexes are highly promising PS due to long excited state lifetimes, and photostability. However, these complexes usually absorb higher-energy UV/Visible light, whilst the optimal tissue transparency is in the lower-energy NIR region. Two-photon excitation (TPE) can overcome this dichotomy, with simultaneous absorption of two lower-energy NIR-photons populating the same PS-active excited state as one higher-energy photon...
October 14, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
Peizhu Tan, Huan Liang, Junhui Nie, Yan Diao, Qi He, Baoyu Hou, Tingting Zhao, Hui Huang, Yanze Li, Xu Gao, Lingyun Zhou, Ying Liu
BACKGROUND: Alcoholic fatty liver disease (AFLD) defines an important stage in the progression of alcoholic liver disease (ALD), which is a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. OBJECTIVE: To establish a mouse model of AFLD. METHODS: Male C57BL/6 mice were divided into the following two groups: (i) a control group, which was allowed free access to food and water and (ii) an alcohol-treated group, which was administered a 15% (v/v) alcohol solution instead of water...
October 14, 2016: American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Dariusz Nowak, Michał Gośliński, Artur Szwengiel
BACKGROUND: A diet rich in fruit, vegetables and juices is associated with health benefit and reduced risk of certain civilization diseases. Antioxidant properties depend mainly on the total content of polyphenols and their composition. The aim of this study was to perform a multidimensional comparative analysis of phenolic compounds of organic juices with high antioxidant capacity (chokeberry, elderberry, cranberry, pomegranate). RESULTS: All the analyzed juices were a rich source of phenolic compounds...
October 14, 2016: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
Hisayuki Komaki, Akira Hosoyama, Natsuko Ichikawa, Yasuhiro Igarashi
Here, we report the draft genome sequence of Bacillus subtilis TP-B0611, which produces the isocoumarin-type compounds bacilosarcin and amicoumacin. The genome encodes three nonribosomal peptide synthetase (NRPS) gene clusters and one hybrid polyketide synthase (PKS)/NRPS gene cluster. The hybrid PKS/NRPS gene cluster was identified to be responsible for the biosynthesis of bacilosarcins and amicoumacins.
October 13, 2016: Genome Announcements
Yan-Yang Xu, Yang Qiu, Hui Ren, Dong-Hu Ju, Hong-Lei Jia
Aronia melanocarpa berries are abundant in polyphenolic compounds. After juice production, the pomace of pressed berries still contains a substantial amount of polyphenolic compounds. For efficient utilization of Aronia melanocarpa berries and the enhancement of polyphenolic compounds yields in Aronia melanocarpa pomace (AMP), total phenolics (TP) and total flavonoids (TF) from AMP were extracted, using ultrasound-assisted aqueous two-phase system (UAE-ATPS) extraction method. Firstly, the influences of ammonium sulfate concentration, ethanol-water ratio, ultrasonic time and ultrasonic power on TP and TF yields were investigated...
October 13, 2016: Preparative Biochemistry & Biotechnology
C Emi Fergus, Andrew O Finley, Patricia A Soranno, Tyler Wagner
The nutrient-water color paradigm is a framework to characterize lake trophic status by relating lake primary productivity to both nutrients and water color, the colored component of dissolved organic carbon. Total phosphorus (TP), a limiting nutrient, and water color, a strong light attenuator, influence lake chlorophyll a concentrations (CHL). But, these relationships have been shown in previous studies to be highly variable, which may be related to differences in lake and catchment geomorphology, the forms of nutrients and carbon entering the system, and lake community composition...
2016: PloS One
Kazunobu Asano, Zhiliang Wu, Piyarat Srinontong, Takahide Ikeda, Isao Nagano, Hirokuyi Morita, Yoichi Maekawa
Infectious microorganisms often modify host immunity to escape from immune elimination. Trichinella is a unique nematode of the helminth family, which parasitize the inside of host muscle cells without robust eliminative reactions. There are two main species in genus Trichinella, encapsulated (T. spiralis(Ts), T. britovi) and non-encapsulated (T. pseudospiralis(Tp)). It has already been established that Trichinella infection affects host immune responses in several experimental immune diseases in animal models; however, most of those studies were done using Ts infection...
October 10, 2016: Infection and Immunity
Noura E Attia
AIM: This study was designed to evaluate the cardiac biomarkers and ultrasonography in prediction and early diagnosis of traumatic pericarditis (TP) in Egyptian buffaloes. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total number of 47 buffaloes were included in the study and divided into two groups: Healthy (n=10) and diseased groups (n=37). Diseased buffaloes were admitted to the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Zagazig University, Egypt, with a history of anorexia, sudden, and severe reduction of milk production with no response to a previous medical treatment some animals had edema at the dewlap and congestion of the jugulars...
September 2016: Veterinary World
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