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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333574/unique-metabolic-activation-of-adipose-tissue-macrophages-in-obesity-promotes-inflammatory-responses
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Lily Boutens, Guido J Hooiveld, Sourabh Dhingra, Robert A Cramer, Mihai G Netea, Rinke Stienstra
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: Recent studies have identified intracellular metabolism as a fundamental determinant of macrophage function. In obesity, proinflammatory macrophages accumulate in adipose tissue and trigger chronic low-grade inflammation, that promotes the development of systemic insulin resistance, yet changes in their intracellular energy metabolism are currently unknown. We therefore set out to study metabolic signatures of adipose tissue macrophages (ATMs) in lean and obese conditions...
January 14, 2018: Diabetologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330710/glycogen-production-in-marine-cyanobacterial-strain-synechococcus-sp-nkbg-15041c
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Amr Badary, Shouhei Takamatsu, Mitsuharu Nakajima, Stefano Ferri, Peter Lindblad, Koji Sode
An important feature offered by marine cyanobacterial strains over freshwater strains is the capacity to grow in seawater, replacing the need for often-limited freshwater. However, there are only limited numbers of marine cyanobacteria that are available for genetic manipulation and bioprocess applications. The marine unicellular cyanobacteria Synechococcus sp. strain NKBG 15041c (NKBG15041c) has been extensively studied. Recombinant DNA technologies are available for this strain, and its genomic information has been elucidated...
January 12, 2018: Marine Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330693/the-enhanced-biomass-and-lipid-accumulation-in-coccomyxa-subellipsoidea-with-an-integrated-treatment-strategy-initiated-by-brewery-effluent-and-phytohormones
#3
Tingting Liu, Fei Luo, Zhenyao Wang, Yuqin Li
Brewery effluent (BE) as an appreciable and sustainable resource presented new possibilities in low-cost algal biomass production, whereas the relatively low essential macronutrients hindered extensive applications as growth medium for microalgae cultivation. The objective of this study was to investigate the feasibility of an integrated treatment strategy initiated by BE coupling phytohormones in augmenting biomass and lipid accumulation in Coccomyxa subellipsoidea. Results revealed that BE coupling synthetic 1-naphthaleneacetic acid (NAA) accomplished the favorable lipid productivity of 481...
January 12, 2018: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330538/flux-of-the-biogenic-volatiles-isoprene-and-dimethyl-sulfide-from-an-oligotrophic-lake
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Michael Steinke, Bettina Hodapp, Rameez Subhan, Thomas G Bell, Dominik Martin-Creuzburg
Biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOCs) affect atmospheric chemistry, climate and regional air quality in terrestrial and marine atmospheres. Although isoprene is a major BVOC produced in vascular plants, and marine phototrophs release dimethyl sulfide (DMS), lakes have been widely ignored for their production. Here we demonstrate that oligotrophic Lake Constance, a model for north temperate deep lakes, emits both volatiles to the atmosphere. Depth profiles indicated that highest concentrations of isoprene and DMS were associated with the chlorophyll maximum, suggesting that their production is closely linked to phototrophic processes...
January 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330425/formation-and-dynamics-of-a-solar-eruptive-flux-tube
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Satoshi Inoue, Kanya Kusano, Jörg Büchner, Jan Skála
Solar eruptions are well-known drivers of extreme space weather, which can greatly disturb the Earth's magnetosphere and ionosphere. The triggering process and initial dynamics of these eruptions are still an area of intense study. Here we perform a magnetohydrodynamic simulation taking into account the observed photospheric magnetic field to reveal the dynamics of a solar eruption in a real magnetic environment. In our simulation, we confirmed that tether-cutting reconnection occurring locally above the polarity inversion line creates a twisted flux tube, which is lifted into a toroidal unstable area where it loses equilibrium, destroying the force-free state, and driving the eruption...
January 12, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330068/engineering-of-hydroxymandelate-synthases-and-the-aromatic-amino-pathway-enables-de-novo-biosynthesis-of-mandelic-and-4-hydroxymandelic-acid-with-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
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Mara Reifenrath, Eckhard Boles
Mandelic acid (MA) and 4-hydroxymandelic acid (HMA) are valuable specialty chemicals used as precursors for flavors as well as for cosmetic and pharmaceutical purposes. Today they are mainly synthesized chemically. Their synthesis through microbial fermentation would allow for environmentally sustainable production. In this work, we engineered the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae for high-level production of MA and HMA. Expressing the hydroxymandelate synthase from Amycolatopsis orientalis in a yeast wild type strain resulted in the production of 119mg/L HMA from glucose...
January 9, 2018: Metabolic Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329657/the-development-and-trial-of-an-unmanned-aerial-system-for-the-measurement-of-methane-flux-from-landfill-and-greenhouse-gas-emission-hotspots
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Grant Allen, Peter Hollingsworth, Khristopher Kabbabe, Joseph R Pitt, Mohammed I Mead, Samuel Illingworth, Gareth Roberts, Mark Bourn, Dudley E Shallcross, Carl J Percival
This paper describes the development of a new sampling and measurement method to infer methane flux using proxy measurements of CO2 concentration and wind data recorded by Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). The flux method described and trialed here is appropriate to the spatial scale of landfill sites and analogous greenhouse gas emission hotspots, making it an important new method for low-cost and rapid case study quantification of fluxes from currently uncertain (but highly important) greenhouse gas sources...
January 9, 2018: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328693/coevolution-maintains-diversity-in-the-stochastic-kill-the-winner-model
#8
Chi Xue, Nigel Goldenfeld
The "kill the winner" hypothesis is an attempt to address the problem of diversity in biology. It argues that host-specific predators control the population of each prey, preventing a winner from emerging and thus maintaining the coexistence of all species in the system. We develop a stochastic model for the kill the winner paradigm and show that the stable coexistence state of the deterministic kill the winner model is destroyed by demographic stochasticity, through a cascade of extinction events. We formulate an individual-level stochastic model in which predator-prey coevolution promotes the high diversity of the ecosystem by generating a persistent population flux of species...
December 29, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327288/expression-of-pfkfb3-and-ki67-in-lung-adenocarcinomas-and-targeting-pfkfb3-as-a-therapeutic-strategy
#9
Xiaoli Li, Jian Liu, Li Qian, Honggang Ke, Chan Yao, Wei Tian, Yifei Liu, Jianguo Zhang
Phosphofructokinase-2/fructose-2, 6-bisphosphatase 3 (PFKFB3) catalyzes the synthesis of F2,6BP, which is an allosteric activator of 6-phosphofructo-1-kinase (PFK-1): the rate-limiting enzyme of glycolysis. During tumorigenesis, PFKFB3 increases glycolysis, angiogenesis, and tumor progression. In this study, our aim was to investigate the significance of PFKFB3 and Ki67 in human lung adenocarcinomas and to target PFKFB3 as a therapeutic strategy. In this study, we determined the expression levels of PFKFB3 mRNA and proteins in cancerous and normal lung adenocarcinomas by quantitative reverse transcription PCR (qRT-PCR), Western blot analysis, and tissue microarray immunohistochemistry analysis, respectively...
January 11, 2018: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326007/direct-recovery-of-boiler-residue-by-combustion-synthesis
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Homan Nourbaghaee, Ahmad Ghaderi Hamidi, Mahdi Pourabdoli
Boiler residue (BR) of thermal power plants is one of the important secondary sources for vanadium production. In this research, the aluminothermic self-propagating high-temperature synthesis (SHS) was used for recovering the transition metals of BR for the first time. The effects of extra aluminum as reducing agent and flux to aluminum ratio (CaO/Al) were studied and the efficiency of recovery and presence of impurities were measured. Aluminothermic reduction of vanadium and other metals was carried out successfully by SHS without any foreign heat source...
January 8, 2018: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325863/future-high-flux-assays-on-pathogenic-virulent-and-toxic-genetics-from-various-pathogens
#11
REVIEW
Yanmei Li, Caiying Bai, Ling Yang, Jie Fu, Muxia Yan, Dingqiang Chen, Li Zhang
Toxins, encoding by virulence factors, are significant cause of food-borne illnesses and death in the worldwide. Loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) is one of the widely used methodologies because of the high sensitivity, specificity and rapidity. Nowadays, LAMP has been regarded as an innovative gene amplification technology and emerged as an alternative to PCR-based methodologies in identification of the pathogenic virulent and toxic genetics. The high sensitivity of LAMP enables detection of the pathogens in sample materials even without time consuming and sample preparation...
January 8, 2018: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325154/growth-and-carbon-balance-are-differently-regulated-by-tree-and-shoot-fruiting-contexts-an-integrative-study-on-apple-genotypes-with-contrasted-bearing-patterns
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Benoît Pallas, Sylvie Bluy, Jérôme Ngao, Sébastien Martinez, Anne Clément-Vidal, Jean-Jacques Kelner, Evelyne Costes
In plants, carbon source-sink relationships are assumed to affect their reproductive effort. In fruit trees, carbon source-sink relationships are likely to be involved in their fruiting behavior. In apple, a large variability in fruiting behaviors exists, from regular to biennial, which has been related to the within-tree synchronization vs desynchronization of floral induction in buds. In this study, we analyzed if carbon assimilation, availability and fluxes as well as shoot growth differ in apple genotypes with contrasted behaviors...
January 9, 2018: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324678/immobilization-of-enzymes-on-a-phospholipid-bionically-modified-polysulfone-gradient-pore-membrane-for-the-enhanced-performance-of-enzymatic-membrane-bioreactors
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Yizong Guo, Xueyan Zhu, Fei Fang, Xiao Hong, Huimin Wu, Dajing Chen, Xiaojun Huang
Enzymatic membrane bioreactors (EMBRs), with synergistic catalysis-separation performance, have increasingly been used for practical applications. Generally, the membrane properties, particularly the pore structures and interface interactions, have a significant impact on the catalytic efficiency of the EMBR. Therefore, a biomimetic interface based on a phospholipid assembled onto a polysulfone hollow-fiber membrane with perfect radial gradient pores (RGM-PSF) has been prepared in this work to construct a highly efficient and stable EMBR...
January 11, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320743/a-p300-and-sirt1-regulated-acetylation-switch-of-c-ebp%C3%AE-controls-mitochondrial-function
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Mohamad A Zaini, Christine Müller, Tristan V de Jong, Tobias Ackermann, Götz Hartleben, Gertrud Kortman, Karl-Heinz Gührs, Fabrizia Fusetti, Oliver H Krämer, Victor Guryev, Cornelis F Calkhoven
Cellular metabolism is a tightly controlled process in which the cell adapts fluxes through metabolic pathways in response to changes in nutrient supply. Among the transcription factors that regulate gene expression and thereby cause changes in cellular metabolism is the basic leucine-zipper (bZIP) transcription factor CCAAT/enhancer-binding protein alpha (C/EBPα). Protein lysine acetylation is a key post-translational modification (PTM) that integrates cellular metabolic cues with other physiological processes...
January 9, 2018: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317677/isolation-and-characterization-of-key-genes-that-promote-flavonoid-accumulation-in-purple-leaf-tea-camellia-sinensis-l
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Xiujuan He, Xuecheng Zhao, Liping Gao, Xingxing Shi, Xinlong Dai, Yajun Liu, Tao Xia, Yunsheng Wang
There were several high concentrations of flavonoid components in tea leaves that present health benefits. A novel purple-leaf tea variety, 'Mooma1', was obtained from the natural hybrid population of Longjing 43 variety. The buds and young leaves of 'Mooma1' were displayed in bright red. HPLC and LC-MS analysis showed that anthocyanins and O-Glycosylated flavonols were remarkably accumulated in the leaves of 'Mooma1', while the total amount of catechins in purple-leaf leaves was slightly decreased compared with the control...
January 9, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317653/guiding-of-relativistic-electron-beams-in-dense-matter-by-laser-driven-magnetostatic-fields
#16
M Bailly-Grandvaux, J J Santos, C Bellei, P Forestier-Colleoni, S Fujioka, L Giuffrida, J J Honrubia, D Batani, R Bouillaud, M Chevrot, J E Cross, R Crowston, S Dorard, J-L Dubois, M Ehret, G Gregori, S Hulin, S Kojima, E Loyez, J-R Marquès, A Morace, Ph Nicolaï, M Roth, S Sakata, G Schaumann, F Serres, J Servel, V T Tikhonchuk, N Woolsey, Z Zhang
Intense lasers interacting with dense targets accelerate relativistic electron beams, which transport part of the laser energy into the target depth. However, the overall laser-to-target energy coupling efficiency is impaired by the large divergence of the electron beam, intrinsic to the laser-plasma interaction. Here we demonstrate that an efficient guiding of MeV electrons with about 30 MA current in solid matter is obtained by imposing a laser-driven longitudinal magnetostatic field of 600 T. In the magnetized conditions the transported energy density and the peak background electron temperature at the 60-μm-thick target's rear surface rise by about a factor of five, as unfolded from benchmarked simulations...
January 9, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317206/exendin-4-impairs-the-autophagic-flux-to-induce-apoptosis-in-pancreatic-acinar-ar42j-cells-by-down-regulating-lamp-2
#17
Zhiqiang Li, Shaihong Zhu, Lihua Huang, Mingming Shang, Can Yu, Hongwei Zhu, Duo Han, Hui Huang, Xiao Yu, Xia Li
This study aimed to explore the mechanism of impaired autophagy flux induced by exendin-4 and its role on cell apoptosis in pancreatic AR42J cells. The AR42J cells were treated with various concentration of exendin-4 for several time points to assess its cytotoxicity by MTT assay. Then the AR42J cells were treated by 10pM exendin-4 for 72 h, the cell death was analyzed by flow cytometry and caspase-3 level was examined by Western blot with or without the pretreatment of z-VAD-fmk to testify whether exendin-4 induces the cell apoptosis...
January 6, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316921/insights-into-metabolic-osmoadaptation-of-the-ectoines-producer-bacterium-chromohalobacter-salexigens-through-a-high-quality-genome-scale-metabolic-model
#18
Francine Piubeli, Manuel Salvador, Montserrat Argandoña, Joaquín J Nieto, Vicente Bernal, Jose M Pastor, Manuel Cánovas, Carmen Vargas
BACKGROUND: The halophilic bacterium Chromohalobacter salexigens is a natural producer of ectoines, compatible solutes with current and potential biotechnological applications. As production of ectoines is an osmoregulated process that draws away TCA intermediates, bacterial metabolism needs to be adapted to cope with salinity changes. To explore and use C. salexigens as cell factory for ectoine(s) production, a comprehensive knowledge at the systems level of its metabolism is essential...
January 9, 2018: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316114/on-the-prevalence-and-dynamics-of-inverted-trophic-pyramids-and-otherwise-top-heavy-communities
#19
REVIEW
Douglas J McCauley, Gabriel Gellner, Neo D Martinez, Richard J Williams, Stuart A Sandin, Fiorenza Micheli, Peter J Mumby, Kevin S McCann
Classically, biomass partitioning across trophic levels was thought to add up to a pyramidal distribution. Numerous exceptions have, however, been noted including complete pyramidal inversions. Elevated levels of biomass top-heaviness (i.e. high consumer/resource biomass ratios) have been reported from Arctic tundra communities to Brazilian phytotelmata, and in species assemblages as diverse as those dominated by sharks and ants. We highlight two major pathways for creating top-heaviness, via: (1) endogenous channels that enhance energy transfer across trophic boundaries within a community and (2) exogenous pathways that transfer energy into communities from across spatial and temporal boundaries...
January 9, 2018: Ecology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315857/engineered-transport-in-microporous-materials-and-membranes-for-clean-energy-technologies
#20
REVIEW
Changyi Li, Stephen M Meckler, Zachary P Smith, Jonathan E Bachman, Lorenzo Maserati, Jeffrey R Long, Brett A Helms
Many forward-looking clean-energy technologies hinge on the development of scalable and efficient membrane-based separations. Ongoing investment in the basic research of microporous materials is beginning to pay dividends in membrane technology maturation. Specifically, improvements in membrane selectivity, permeability, and durability are being leveraged for more efficient carbon capture, desalination, and energy storage, and the market adoption of membranes in those areas appears to be on the horizon. Herein, an overview of the microporous materials chemistry driving advanced membrane development, the clean-energy separations employing them, and the theoretical underpinnings tying membrane performance to membrane structure across multiple length scales is provided...
January 8, 2018: Advanced Materials
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