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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324320/tailoring-the-properties-of-mpeg-plla-nanoparticles-for-better-encapsulation-and-tuned-release-of-the-hydrophilic-anticancer-drug
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Sachin S Surwase, Neha M Munot, Bhaskar B Idage, Susheela B Idage
Gemcitabine is used as a first-line drug for treating many solid tumours. However, it suffers from a major drawback of strong side effects and short plasma half-life because of degradation by enzyme when administered intravenously. Polyesters and copolyesters are the most widely used and preferred class of biodegradable polymer. In the present work, efforts have been made to prepare poly(ethylene glycol) monomethoxy ether-poly(L-lactide) (mPEG-PLLA), a biodegradable amphiphilic copolymer with a view to improve the entrapment and tuned release of hydrophilic drug gemcitabine...
March 21, 2017: Drug Delivery and Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323432/electronic-structures-and-oh-induced-atmospheric-degradation-of-cf3nsf2-a-potential-green-dielectric-replacement-for-sf6
#2
Lin Cheng, Xiaojuan Yu, Kun Zhao, Hua Hou, Baoshan Wang
Electronic structures of Trifluoromethyl imionosulfur difluoride (CF3NSF2) and degradation mechanisms by hydroxyl radical have been investigated using density functional theory (M06-2X), the complete basis set quadratic CBS-Q, and the explicitly correlated coupled-cluster methods [CCSD(T)-F12]. The d-function augmented Correlation-consistent basis sets including triple- and quadruple- were employed for the sulfur-containing species. It was found that CF3NSF2 exists as two conformations connected by the internal rotation of CF3 around the central NS bond...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319855/microbial-bioreporters-of-trace-explosives
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REVIEW
Benjamin Shemer, Ori Koshet, Sharon Yagur-Kroll, Shimshon Belkin
Since its introduction as an explosive in the late 19th century, 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT), along with other explosive compounds, has left numerous environmental marks. One of these is widespread soil and water pollution by trace explosives in military proving grounds, manufacturing facilities, or actual battlefields. Another dramatic impact is that exerted by the millions of landmines and other explosive devices buried in large parts of the world, causing extensive loss of life, injuries, and economical damage...
March 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318699/significance-of-metabolites-in-the-environmental-risk-assessment-of-pharmaceuticals-consumed-by-human
#4
Eun Jeong Han, Dong Soo Lee
The purpose of this study is to demonstrate the significance of metabolites to the ERA of human pharmaceuticals. The predicted exposure concentrations (PECs) in surface water were estimated for a total of 24 selected active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and their metabolites using a life cycle based emission estimation model combined with a multimedia fate model with Monte-Carlo calculations. With the eco-toxicity data, the hazard quotients (HQs) of the metabolites were compared with those of individual parents alone...
March 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318693/the-influence-of-dual-substrate-layer-extensive-green-roofs-on-rainwater-runoff-quantity-and-quality
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Xiaoou Wang, Yimei Tian, Xinhua Zhao
This study investigates the ability of dual-substrate-layer extensive green roofs to retain rainwater and reduce pollutant leaching. The substrates in dual-substrate-layer green roofs consist of an upper organic nutrition layer for plant growth and a lower inorganic adsorption layer for water retention and pollutant reduction. One traditional single-substrate-layer extensive green roof was built for comparison with dual-substrate-layer green roofs. During the experimental period, dual-substrate-layer green roofs supported better natural vegetation growth, with coverage exceeding 90%, while the coverage in single-substrate-layer green roof was over 80%...
March 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317844/subtle-effects-of-environmental-stress-observed-in-the-early-life-stages-of-the-common-frog-rana-temporaria
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Rebecca Strong, Francis L Martin, Kevin C Jones, Richard F Shore, Crispin J Halsall
Worldwide amphibian populations are declining due to habitat loss, disease and pollution. Vulnerability to environmental contaminants such as pesticides will be dependent on the species, the sensitivity of the ontogenic life stage and hence the timing of exposure and the exposure pathway. Herein we investigated the biochemical tissue 'fingerprint' in spawn and early-stage tadpoles of the Common frog, Rana temporaria, using attenuated total reflection-Fourier-transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) spectroscopy with the objective of observing differences in the biochemical constituents of the respective amphibian tissues due to varying water quality in urban and agricultural ponds...
March 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315699/the-neglected-functions-of-intrinsically-disordered-proteins-and-the-origin-of-life
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REVIEW
Laurent Jaeken
The example of gelatine shows that extended proteins behave quite differently than globular ones: with water they form a gel. Historically the colloid view of protoplasm was discredited in favour of membrane-(pump)-theory (MPT), but unjustified. In his association-induction hypothesis Ling demonstrates that MPT is full of contradictions and that the colloid view has to be re-considered. In that case IDP's play a crucial role in this. What Ling calls the 'living state' consists of the unitary protoplasmic structure from which it was experimentally demonstrated that it can survive and keep Na(+) and K(+) concentrations without a delineating membrane...
March 15, 2017: Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315374/glp-1-analogue-cjc-1131-prevents-amyloid-%C3%AE-protein-induced-impirments-of-spatial-memory-and-synaptic-plasticity-in-rats
#8
Sheng-Xiao Zhang, Hong-Yan Cai, Xiao-Wen Ma, Li Yuan, Jun Zhang, Zhao-Jun Wang, Yu-Feng Li, Jin-Shun Qi
Although amyloid β protein (Aβ) has been recognized as one of the main pathological characteristics in the brain of Alzheimer's disease (AD), the effective strategies against Aβ neurotoxicity are still deficient up to now. Glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1), a natural gut hormone, was found to be effective in modulating insulin signaling and neural protection, but short half-life limited its clinical application in AD treatment. CJC-1131, a newly designed GLP-1 analogue with very longer half-life, has shown good effectiveness in the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM)...
March 14, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304134/a-modified-eco-efficiency-framework-and-methodology-for-advancing-the-state-of-practice-of-sustainability-analysis-as-applied-to-green-infrastructure
#9
Santosh R Ghimire, John M Johnston
We propose a modified eco-efficiency (EE) framework and novel sustainability analysis methodology for green infrastructure (GI) practices used in water resource management. GI practices such as rainwater harvesting (RWH), rain gardens, porous pavements, and green roofs are emerging as viable strategies for climate change adaptation. The modified framework includes four economic, 11 environmental, and three social indicators. Using six indicators from the framework, at least one from each dimension of sustainability, we demonstrate the methodology to analyze RWH designs...
March 17, 2017: Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303594/the-analysis-of-the-different-functions-of-starch-phosphorylating-enzymes-during-the-development-of-arabidopsis-thaliana-plants-discloses-an-unexpected-role-for-the-cytosolic-isoform-gwd2
#10
Claudia Pirone, Libero Gurrieri, Ivan Gaiba, Alessio Adamiano, Francesco Valle, Paolo Trost, Francesca Sparla
The genome of Arabidopsis thaliana encodes three glucan, water dikinases. Glucan, water dikinase 1 (GWD1; EC 2.7.9.4) and phosphoglucan, water dikinase (PWD; EC 2.7.9.5) are chloroplastic enzymes, while glucan, water dikinase 2 (GWD2) is cytosolic. Both GWDs and PWD catalyze the addition of phosphate groups to amylopectin chains at the surface of starch granules, changing its physicochemical properties. As a result, GWD1 and PWD have a positive effect on transitory starch degradation at night. Because of its cytosolic localization, GWD2 does not have the same effect...
March 17, 2017: Physiologia Plantarum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303369/clinical-aspects-of-changes-in-water-and-sodium-homeostasis-in-the-elderly
#11
REVIEW
Christian A Koch, Tibor Fulop
The population of elderly individuals is increasing worldwide. With aging, various hormonal and kidney changes occur, both affecting water homeostasis. Aging is a risk factor for chronic kidney disease (CKD) and many features of CKD are reproduced in the aging kidney. Dehydration and hyperosmolarity can be triggered by diminished thirst perception in this population. Elderly with dementia are especially susceptible to abnormalities of their electrolyte and body water homeostasis and should be (re-)assessed for polypharmacy...
March 16, 2017: Reviews in Endocrine & Metabolic Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303181/seasonal-home-range-dynamics-and-sex-differences-in-habitat-use-in-a-threatened-coastal-marsh-bird
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Jaan R Kolts, Susan B McRae
A comprehensive understanding of spatiotemporal ecology is needed to develop conservation strategies for declining species. The king rail (Rallus elegans) is a secretive marsh bird whose range historically extended across the eastern United States. Inland migratory populations have been greatly reduced with most remaining populations inhabiting the coastal margins. Our objectives were to determine the migratory status of breeding king rails on the mid-Atlantic coast and to characterize home range size, seasonal patterns of movement, and habitat use...
February 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302868/oxidative-ecology-of-paternal-care-in-wild-smallmouth-bass-micropterus-dolomieu
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Laura K Elmer, Constance M O'Connor, David P Philipp, Glen Van Der Kraak, Kathleen M Gilmour, William G Willmore, Brandon L Barthel, Steven J Cooke
Physiologically, oxidative stress is considered a homeostatic imbalance between reactive oxygen species production and absorption. From an ecological perspective, oxidative stress may serve as an important constraint to life history traits such as lifespan, reproduction, and the immune system, and is gaining interest as a potential mechanism underlying life history trade-offs. Of late, there has been much interest in understanding the role of oxidative stress in the ecology of wild animals, particularly during challenging periods such as reproduction...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301978/is-photodynamic-therapy-a-relevant-therapeutic-option-in-refractory-benign-familial-pemphigus-hailey-hailey-disease-a-series-of-8-patients
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M Alsahli, A Debu, C Girard, D Bessis, A Du Thanh, B Guillot, O Dereure
INTRODUCTION/BACKGROUND: Treatment of benign familial pemphigus or Hailey-Hailey disease (HHD), a rare inherited condition associated with a significant impairment of quality of life, is often challenging and disappointing with frequent relapses and infectious complications. Topical photodynamic therapy (PDT) may offer new perspectives in this difficult setting Material and methods: Eight patients with long-lasting HHD lesions refractory to multiple treatments were treated on at least one involved site with PDT using methyl-amino levulinate with a standardized protocol of 3 sessions of irradiation separated by 3-week intervals...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Dermatological Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300504/food-processing-by-high-hydrostatic-pressure
#15
Kazutaka Yamamoto
High hydrostatic pressure (HHP) process, as a nonthermal process, can be used to inactivate microbes while minimizing chemical reactions in food. In this regard, a HHP level of 100 MPa (986.9 atm/1019.7 kgf/cm(2)) and more is applied to food. Conventional thermal process damages food components relating color, flavor, and nutrition via enhanced chemical reactions. However, HHP process minimizes the damages and inactivates microbes toward processing high quality safe foods. The first commercial HHP-processed foods were launched in 1990 as fruit products such as jams, and then some other products have been commercialized: retort rice products (enhanced water impregnation), cooked hams and sausages (shelf life extension), soy sauce with minimized salt (short-time fermentation owing to enhanced enzymatic reactions), and beverages (shelf life extension)...
April 2017: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298906/the-biodiversity-of-the-microbiota-producing-heat-resistant-enzymes-responsible-for-spoilage-in-processed-bovine-milk-and-dairy-products
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REVIEW
Solimar G Machado, François Baglinière, Sophie Marchand, Els Van Coillie, Maria C D Vanetti, Jan De Block, Marc Heyndrickx
Raw bovine milk is highly nutritious as well as pH-neutral, providing the ideal conditions for microbial growth. The microbiota of raw milk is diverse and originates from several sources of contamination including the external udder surface, milking equipment, air, water, feed, grass, feces, and soil. Many bacterial and fungal species can be found in raw milk. The autochthonous microbiota of raw milk immediately after milking generally comprises lactic acid bacteria such as Lactococcus, Lactobacillus, Streptococcus, and Leuconostoc species, which are technologically important for the dairy industry, although they do occasionally cause spoilage of dairy products...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298263/a-proof-of-principle-simulation-for-closed-loop-control-based-on-preexisting-experimental-thalamic-dbs-enhanced-instrumental-learning
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Ching-Fu Wang, Shih-Hung Yang, Sheng-Huang Lin, Po-Chuan Chen, Yu-Chun Lo, Han-Chi Pan, Hsin-Yi Lai, Lun-De Liao, Hui-Ching Lin, Hsu-Yan Chen, Wei-Chen Huang, Wun-Jhu Huang, You-Yin Chen
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) has been applied as an effective therapy for treating Parkinson's disease or essential tremor. Several open-loop DBS control strategies have been developed for clinical experiments, but they are limited by short battery life and inefficient therapy. Therefore, many closed-loop DBS control systems have been designed to tackle these problems by automatically adjusting the stimulation parameters via feedback from neural signals, which has been reported to reduce the power consumption...
February 24, 2017: Brain Stimulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293969/teduglutide-for-treatment-of-adult-patients-with-short-bowel-syndrome
#18
Lore Billiauws, Julie Bataille, Vanessa Boehm, Olivier Corcos, Francisca Joly
The European Society for Clinical Nutrition has published recommendations on the "definition and classification of intestinal failure (IF)". Two criteria must be present: a "decreased absorption of macronutrients and/or water and electrolytes due to a loss of gut function" and the "need for parenteral support". Home parenteral support (HPS) is the primary treatment for chronic IF but is associated with complications. Areas covered: The principal cause of chronic IF is short bowel syndrome (SBS). The aim of treatment is to maximize intestinal absorption and reduce or eliminate the need for HPS to achieve the best possible quality of life...
March 15, 2017: Expert Opinion on Biological Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292934/maltotriose-conjugation-to-a-chlorin-derivative-enhances-the-antitumor-effects-of-photodynamic-therapy-in-peritoneal-dissemination-of-pancreatic-cancer
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Akihisa Kato, Hiromi Kataoka, Shigenobu Yano, Kazuki Hayashi, Noriyuki Hayashi, Mamoru Tanaka, Itaru Naitoh, Tesshin Ban, Katsuyuki Miyabe, Hiromu Kondo, Michihiro Yoshida, Yasuaki Fujita, Yasuki Hori, Makoto Natsume, Takashi Murakami, Atsushi Narumi, Akihiro Nomoto, Aya Naiki-Ito, Satoru Takahashi, Takashi Joh
Peritoneal dissemination is a major clinical issue associated with dismal prognosis and poor quality of life for patients with pancreatic cancer; however, no effective treatment strategies have been established. Herein, we evaluated the effects of photodynamic therapy (PDT) with maltotriose-conjugated chlorin (Mal3-chlorin) in culture and in a peritoneal disseminated mice model of pancreatic cancer. The Mal3-chlorin was prepared as a water-soluble chlorin derivative conjugated with four Mal3 molecules to improve cancer selectivity...
March 14, 2017: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292737/in-vivo-metabolism-of-organophosphate-flame-retardants-and-distribution-of-their-main-metabolites-in-adult-zebrafish
#20
Guowei Wang, Hanyan Chen, Zhongkun Du, Jianhua Li, Zunyao Wang, Shixiang Gao
Understanding the metabolism of chemicals as well as the distribution and depuration of their main metabolites in tissues are essential for evaluating their fate and potential toxicity in vivo. Herein, we investigated the metabolism of six typical organophosphate (OP) flame retardants (tripropyl phosphate (TPRP), tri-n-butyl phosphate (TNBP), tris(2-butoxyethyl) phosphate (TBOEP), tris(2-chloroethyl) phosphate (TCEP), tris(1,3-dichloro-2-propyl) phosphate (TDCIPP) and tri-p-cresyl phosphate (p-TCP)) in adult zebrafish in laboratory at three levels (0, 1/150 LC50 (environmentally relevant level), and 1/30 LC50 per OP analog)...
March 11, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
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