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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325916/proanthocyanidin-polymeric-tannins-from-stryphnodendron-adstringens-are-effective-against-fluconazole-resistant-candida-spp-and-treat-vaginal-candidiasis
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Aline Luiza Duarte de Freitas, Vanessa Kaplum, Diego Conrado Pereira Rossi, Leandro Buffoni Roque da Silva, Márcia de Souza Carvalho Melhem, Carlos Pelleschi Taborda, João Carlos Palazzo de Mello, Celso Vataru Nakamura, Kelly Ishida
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: The stem bark of Stryphnodendron adstringens (Mart.) Coville is popularly used as anti-inflammatory, astringent and in the treatment of wounds and vaginal infections. Several pharmacological activities have been scientifically proven by "in vitro" and "in vivo" experimental assays for antibacterial, antiviral, antiprotozoan, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. AIM OF THE STUDY: We investigated whether proanthocyanidin polymeric tannins from the Stryphnodendron adstringens steam bark with antifungal activity against Candida albicans in vitro are also active against planktonic and biofilm cells of Candida non-albicans (CNA, including fluconazole-resistant isolates) and are capable of controlling Candida vaginitis in vivo...
January 8, 2018: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322058/gas-chromatography-gc-mass-analysis-and-bioactivity-of-essential-oil-from-aerial-parts-of-ferulago-trifida-antimicrobial-antioxidant-ache-inhibitory-general-toxicity-mtt-assay-and-larvicidal-activities
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Saeed Tavakoli, Hassan Vatandoost, Reza Zeidabadinezhad, Reza Hajiaghaee, Abbas Hadjiakhoondi, Mohammad Reza Abai, Narguess Yassa
Background: We aimed to investigate different biological properties of aerial parts essential oil of Ferulago trifida Boiss and larvicidal activity of its volatile oils from all parts of plant. Methods: Essential oil was prepared by steam distillation and analyzed by Gas chromatography and GC/Mass. Antioxidant, antimicrobial, cytotoxic effects and AChE inhibitory of the oil were investigated using DPPH, disk diffusion method, MTT assay and Ellman methods. Larvicidal activity of F...
September 2017: Journal of Arthropod-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29300307/chemical-composition-and-bioactivity-of-essential-oil-from-blepharocalyx-salicifolius
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Fabiana Barcelos Furtado, Bruna Cristina Borges, Thaise Lara Teixeira, Hans Garcia Garces, Luiz Domingues de Almeida Junior, Fernanda Cristina Bérgamo Alves, Claudio Vieira da Silva, Ary Fernandes Junior
Natural products represent a source of biologically active molecules that have an important role in drug discovery. The aromatic plant Blepharocalyx salicifolius has a diverse chemical constitution but the biological activities of its essential oils have not been thoroughly investigated. The aims of this paper were to evaluate in vitro cytotoxic, antifungal and antibacterial activities of an essential oil from leaves of B. salicifolius and to identify its main chemical constituents. The essential oil was extracted by steam distillation, chemical composition was determined by gas chromatography/mass spectrometry, and biological activities were performed by a microdilution broth method...
January 4, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29298510/structural-activity-relationship-of-ginsenosides-from-steamed-ginseng-in-the-treatment-of-erectile-dysfunction
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Ang Ying, Qing-Tao Yu, Li Guo, Wen-Song Zhang, Jin-Feng Liu, Yun Li, Hong Song, Ping Li, Lian-Wen Qi, Ya-Zhong Ge, E-Hu Liu, Qun Liu
Ginseng has been reported to have diverse pharmacological effects. One of the therapeutic claims for ginseng is to enhance sexual function. Ginsenosides are considered as the major active constituents. A steaming process can alter the ginsenoside profile of ginseng products. The structure-function relationship of ginsenosides in the treatment of erectile dysfunction (ED) has not been investigated yet. In this work, 15 different processed ginsengs are produced by steaming, and 13 major ginsensosides are quantified by liquid chromatography with UV detection, including Rg1, Re, Rf, Rb1, Rc, Rb2, Rf, Rk3, Rh4, 20S-Rg3, 20R-Rg3, Rk1, and Rg5...
January 3, 2018: American Journal of Chinese Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29282974/a-new-efficient-and-reliable-air-electrode-material-for-proton-conducting-reversible-solid-oxide-cells
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Daoming Huan, Nai Shi, Lu Zhang, Wenzhou Tan, Yun Xie, Wanhua Wang, Changrong Xia, Ranran Peng, Yalin Lu
Driven by the demand to minimize fluctuation in common renewable energies, reversible solid oxide cells (RSOCs) have drawn increasing attention for that they can operate either as fuel cells to produce electricity or as electrolysis cells to store electricity. Unfortunately, development of proton-conducting RSOCs (P-RSOCs) faces a major challenge of poor reliability due to the high content of steam involved in air electrode reactions, which could seriously decay air electrode materials' lifetime. In this work, a very stable and efficient air electrode, SrEu2Fe1...
December 28, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146345/effect-of-high-pressure-processing-on-colour-phytochemical-contents-and-antioxidant-activities-of-purple-waxy-corn-zea-mays-l-var-ceratina-kernels
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Kawinchaya Saikaew, Kamol Lertrat, Mutita Meenune, Ratchada Tangwongchai
High-pressure processing (HPP) at 250-700 MPa for 30-45 min affects the colour parameters, phytochemical contents and antioxidant activities of purple waxy corn kernels (p < 0.05). The higher pressure-level, the lower L(∗), a(∗), b(∗), C(∗) and h(o) (p < 0.05). However, pressure-treated kernels at 700 MPa showed a similar colour profile to steam-treated kernels. HPP caused a loss in the total phenolic, flavonoid, and anthocyanin contents and antioxidant activities. The pressure-treated kernels had a higher phytochemical content than the steam-treated kernels...
March 15, 2018: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121067/high-yields-of-hydrogen-production-from-methanol-steam-reforming-with-a-cross-u-type-reactor
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Shubin Zhang, Yufeng Zhang, Junyu Chen, Xuelin Zhang, Xiaowei Liu
This paper presents a numerical and experimental study on the performance of a methanol steam reformer integrated with a hydrogen/air combustion reactor for hydrogen production. A CFD-based 3D model with mass and momentum transport and temperature characteristics is established. The simulation results show that better performance is achieved in the cross-U type reactor compared to either a tubular reactor or a parallel-U type reactor because of more effective heat transfer characteristics. Furthermore, Cu-based micro reformers of both cross-U and parallel-U type reactors are designed, fabricated and tested for experimental validation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29100872/bioaccesibility-of-cylindrospermopsin-from-cooked-fish-muscle-after-the-application-of-an-in-vitro-digestion-model-and-its-bioavailability
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Sara Maisanaba, Federica Saladino, Guillermina Font, Ángeles Jos, Ana M Cameán, Giuseppe Meca
Humans can be exposed to cyanotoxins through the ingestion of contaminated water, food or beverages. In the present work, the bioaccesibility of Cylindrospermopsin (CYN), one of the most relevant cyanotoxins, was evaluated in a pure CYN solution and cooked CYN-contaminated fish muscles (20 μg/mL). An in vitro digestion model including the salivar, gastric, duodenal and colonic phases was performed, being each fraction analyzed by HPLC-MS-MS to evaluate CYN degradation. Moreover, Caco-2/TC7 cells were exposed to the digested duodenal and colonic phases to elucidate the final bioavailability of CYN in an approximation to the real human exposure scenario...
October 31, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29082481/physical-pretreatment-methods-for-improving-microalgae-anaerobic-biodegradability
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Olivia Córdova, Fabiana Passos, Rolando Chamy
Microalgae may be a potential feedstock for biogas production through anaerobic digestion. However, this process is limited by the hydrolytic stage, due to the complex and resistant microalgae cell wall components. This fact hinders biomass conversion into biogas, demanding the application of pretreatment techniques for inducing cell damage and/or lysis and organic matter solubilisation. In this study, sonication, thermal, ultrasound, homogeneizer, hydrothermal and steam explosion pretreatments were evaluated in different conditions for comparing their effects on anaerobic digestion performance in batch reactors...
October 30, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29067006/a-multispecies-fungal-biofilm-approach-to-enhance-the-celluloyltic-efficiency-of-membrane-reactors-for-consolidated-bioprocessing-of-plant-biomass
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Charilaos Xiros, Michael H Studer
The constraints and advantages in cellulolytic enzymes production by fungal biofilms for a consolidated bioconversion process were investigated during this study. The biofilm cultivations were carried out in reactors designed for consolidated bioprocessing Multispecies Biofilm Membrane reactors, (MBM) where an aerobic fungal biofilm produces the lignocellulolytic enzymes while a fermenting microorganism forms the fermentation product at anaerobic conditions. It was shown that although mycelial growth was limited in the MBM reactors compared to submerged cultivations, the secretion of cellulolytic enzymes per cell dry weight was higher...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28954188/detailed-analysis-of-wheat-straw-node-and-internode-for-their-prospective-efficient-utilization
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Seyed Hamidreza Ghaffar, Mizi Fan, Yonghui Zhou, Omar Abo Madyan
In order to efficiently utilize wheat straw, the systematic examination of their cell wall components, chemical structures, morphology, and relation to the physicochemical and mechanical properties is necessary. Detailing of node and internode signifies their different features and characteristics which can ultimately lead to their separated processing for enhanced efficiency and higher value-added biorefinery. In this study, distinct variations were found among characteristics of node and internode, inner and outer surface...
October 5, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930249/anti-inflammatory-antioxidant-antibiotic-and-cytotoxic-activities-of-tanacetum-vulgare-l-essential-oil-and-its-constituents
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Héloïse Coté, Marie-Anne Boucher, André Pichette, Jean Legault
Background:Tanacetum vulgare L. (Asteraceae) is a perennial herb that has been used to treat multiple ailments. Regional variability of the chemical composition of T. vulgare essential oils is well-known. Despite these regional chemotypes, most relevant studies did not analyze the complete chemical composition of the T. vulgare essential oil and its constituents in relation to their biological activities. Here, we assess the anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial, and cytotoxic activities of T. vulgare collected from northern Quebec (Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean), Canada...
May 25, 2017: Medicines (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919926/sustaining-fermentation-in-high-gravity-ethanol-production-by-feeding-yeast-to-a-temperature-profiled-multifeed-simultaneous-saccharification-and-co-fermentation-of-wheat-straw
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Johan O Westman, Ruifei Wang, Vera Novy, Carl Johan Franzén
BACKGROUND: Considerable progress is being made in ethanol production from lignocellulosic feedstocks by fermentation, but negative effects of inhibitors on fermenting microorganisms are still challenging. Feeding preadapted cells has shown positive effects by sustaining fermentation in high-gravity simultaneous saccharification and co-fermentation (SSCF). Loss of cell viability has been reported in several SSCF studies on different substrates and seems to be the main reason for the declining ethanol production toward the end of the process...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919336/staphylococcus-aureus-dry-surface-biofilms-are-more-resistant-to-heat-treatment-than-traditional-hydrated-biofilms
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A Almatroudi, S Tahir, H Hu, D Chowdhury, I B Gosbell, S O Jensen, G S Whiteley, A K Deva, T Glasbey, K Vickery
BACKGROUND: The importance of biofilms to clinical practice is being increasingly realised. Biofilm tolerance to antibiotics is well described but limited work has been conducted on the efficacy of heat disinfection and sterilization against biofilms. AIM: To test the susceptibility of planktonic, hydrated biofilm and dry-surface biofilm forms of Staphylococcus aureus, to dry heat and wet heat treatments. METHODS: S. aureus was grown as both hydrated biofilm and dry-surface biofilm in the CDC biofilm generator...
September 14, 2017: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906501/impact-of-cleaning-procedures-on-adhesion-of-living-cells-to-three-abutment-materials
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Christian Mehl, Matthias Kern, Anna Zimmermann, Sönke Harder, Steven Huth, Christine Selhuber-Unkel
PURPOSE: To test the adhesion properties of live gingival fibroblasts to three different implant abutment materials after five different cleaning procedures. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Highly polished discs of lithium disilicate (LS), zirconium dioxide (Zr), and titanium alloy (Ti) were fabricated. The specimens were cleaned by one of five different methods: steam (S), argon plasma (AP), ultrasound and disinfection (UD), ultrasound and sterilization in an autoclave (UA), or photofunctionalization with high-intensity ultraviolet light (PF)...
September 2017: International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28875170/photoinduced-nanobubble-driven-superfast-diffusion-of-nanoparticles-imaged-by-4d-electron-microscopy
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Xuewen Fu, Bin Chen, Jau Tang, Ahmed H Zewail
Dynamics of active or propulsive Brownian particles in nonequilibrium status have recently attracted great interest in many fields including artificial micro/nanoscopic motors and biological entities. Understanding of their dynamics can provide insight into the statistical properties of physical and biological systems far from equilibrium. We report the translational dynamics of photon-activated gold nanoparticles (NPs) in water imaged by liquid-cell four-dimensional electron microscopy (4D-EM) with high spatiotemporal resolution...
August 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28852423/single-cell-oil-production-by-trichosporon-cutaneum-from-steam-exploded-corn-stover-and-its-upgradation-for-production-of-long-chain-%C3%AE-%C3%AF-dicarboxylic-acids
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Chen Zhao, Hao Fang, Shaolin Chen
BACKGROUND: Single cell oil (SCO) production from lignocelluloses by oleaginous microorganisms is still high in production cost, making the subsequent production of biofuels inviable economically in such an era of low oil prices. Therefore, how to upgrade the final products of lignocellulose-based bioprocess to more valuable ones is becoming a more and more important issue. RESULTS: Differently sourced cellulases were compared in the enzymatic hydrolysis of the steam-exploded corn stover (SECS) and the cellulase from the mixed culture of Trichoderma reesei and Aspergillus niger was found to have the highest enzymatic hydrolysis yield 86...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28758425/new-triterpenoid-saponins-from-the-steaming-treated-roots-of-panax-notoginseng
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Cheng-Zhen Gu, Yi-Jun Qiao, Dong Wang, Hong-Tao Zhu, Chong-Ren Yang, Min Xu, Ying-Jun Zhang
Further phytochemical investigation of the steaming treated roots of Panax notoginseng (Araliaceae) led to the identification of two new dammarane-type triterpenoid saponins, notoginsenoside SP20 (1) and SP21 (2). In addition, a pair of new phenolic glycosides (3a and 3b) was also isolated together with two known compounds. Their structures were elucidated by HRESIMS, 1D- and 2D-NMR spectra. Compounds 1 and 2 showed no in vitro cytotoxicity against five human cancer cell lines (HL-60, SMMC-7712, A-549, MCF-9 and SW480)...
July 31, 2017: Natural Product Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702081/limitation-of-cellulose-accessibility-and-unproductive-binding-of-cellulases-by-pretreated-sugarcane-bagasse-lignin
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Germano Siqueira, Valdeir Arantes, Jack N Saddler, André Ferraz, Adriane M F Milagres
BACKGROUND: The effectiveness of the enzymatic hydrolysis of cellulose in plant cell wall is strongly influenced by the access of enzymes to cellulose, which is at least in part limited by the presence of lignin. Although physicochemical treatments preceding the enzymatic catalysis significantly overcome this recalcitrance, the residual lignin can still play a role in the process. Lignin is suggested to act as a barrier, hindering cellulose and limiting the access of the enzymes. It can also unspecifically bind cellulases, reducing the amount of enzymes available to act on cellulose...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701863/inhibition-of-hypoxia-induced-cyclooxygenase-2-by-korean-red-ginseng-is-dependent-on-peroxisome-proliferator-activated-receptor%C3%A2-gamma
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Heewon Song, Young Joo Lee
BACKGROUND: Korean Red Ginseng (KRG) is a traditional herbal medicine made by steaming and drying fresh ginseng. It strengthens the endocrine and immune systems to ameliorate various inflammatory responses. The cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2)/prostaglandin E2 pathway has important implications for inflammation responses and tumorigenesis. Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPARγ) is a transcription factor that regulates not only adipogenesis and lipid homeostasis, but also angiogenesis and inflammatory responses...
July 2017: Journal of Ginseng Research
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