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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549306/pretreatment-of-corn-stover-by-solid-acid-for-d-lactic-acid-fermentation
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Xiqing Wang, Gang Wang, Xiaoxiao Yu, Huan Chen, Yang Sun, Guang Chen
Solid acid is a new acid that is safe and green, which has been widely used in the fields of acid pickling. In this study, we adopted solid acid to pretreat corn stover and used the pretreated corn stover in the fermentation of d-lactic acid. Finally, we obtained optimal conditions for the pretreatment of corn stover by solid acid: digestion temperature of 120°C, digestion time of 80min, and solid acid concentration of 1.5%. Then adding cellulase of 30FPU/g, the conversion rate of glucose reached 71.06% after enzymatic hydrolysis for 72h...
April 27, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549252/alkaline-and-oxidative-pretreatments-for-the-anaerobic-digestion-of-cow-manure-and-maize-straw-factors-influencing-the-process-and-preliminary-economic-viability-of-an-industrial-application
#2
Juan Luis Ramos-Suárez, Daniel Gómez, Leticia Regueiro, Andrea Baeza, Felipe Hansen
This paper studies the application of calcium oxide (CaO), peracetic acid (PAA) and a combination of both in order to reduce lignin content and increase biogas potential of cow manure and maize straw. Changes in organic matter were mainly affected by the type of reagent use and the dosage, with minimum influence of exposure time and dilution. Changes in pH may limit the application of chemicals. Increase in biogas production with a combination of CaO and PAA, and separate application of PAA and CaO was 156...
May 12, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549240/dietary-salecan-reverts-partially-the-metabolic-gene-expressions-and-nmr-based-metabolomic-profiles-from-high-fat-diet-induced-obese-rats
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Qi Sun, Minghui Li, Xiao Yang, Xi Xu, Junsong Wang, Jianfa Zhang
Previous studies suggest that dietary salecan (a water-soluble β-glucan) effectively reduces high-fat-diet-induced adiposity through disturbing bile-acid-promoted emulsification in mice. However, the effects of salecan on metabolic genes and metabolites involved in lipid accumulation are mostly unknown. Here, we confirmed that dietary 3% and 6% salecan for 4 weeks markedly decreased fat accumulation in liver and adipose tissue in high-fat-diet rats, displaying a decrease in mRNA levels of SREBP1-C, FAS, SCD1 and ACC1 involved in de novo lipogenesis and a reduction of levels of GPAT1, DGAT1 and DGAT2 related to triglyceride synthesis...
May 5, 2017: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549205/genetic-divergence-among-corn-hybrids-and-combining-ability-for-agronomic-and-bromatological-traits-of-silage
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E Gralak, M V Faria, A S T Figueiredo, D A Rizzardi, M Neumann, M C Mendes, C A Scapim, S Galbeiro
We assessed the impact of genetic divergence and the ability to combine corn hybrids used for the production of silage on the agronomic and bromatological traits of silage quality. We evaluated 18 corn hybrids used as genitors in a circulant diallel scheme in which each genitor hybrid participated in 9 hybrid combinations, and evaluated 100 treatments [18 genitor hybrids, 81 diallelic hybrids, and a commercial check hybrid (DKB330)] in a triple lattice 10 x 10 experimental design in two environments in Brazil...
May 25, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549196/effects-of-enterococcus-faecium-slb-120-on-growth-performance-blood-parameters-relative-organ-weight-breast-muscle-meat-quality-excreta-microbiota-shedding-and-noxious-gas-emission-in-broilers
#5
R X Lan, S I Lee, I H Kim
This 5-week study was conducted to determine the effects of Enterococcus faecium (SLB 120) on growth performance, blood parameters, relative organ weight, breast muscle meat quality, excreta microbiota shedding, and noxious gas emission in broilers. A total of 816 one-day-old male broilers were allocated to 4 groups with 12 replications (17 broilers/pen) according to body weight (43.2 ± 0.32 g). Dietary treatment groups were: (1) CON, basal diet, (2) T1, CON + 0.05% E. faecium, (3) T2, CON + 0.10% E. faecium, (4) T3, CON + 0...
May 26, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548870/vacuolar-digestion-of-entire-damaged-chloroplasts-in-arabidopsis-thaliana-is-accomplished-by-chlorophagy
#6
Masanori Izumi, Sakuya Nakamura
In yeast and mammals, selective vacuolar delivery and degradation of whole mitochondria, or mitophagy, represents an important quality control system and is achieved by a cargo recognition mechanism enabling selective elimination of dysfunctional mitochondria. As photosynthetic organelles that need light for energy production, plant chloroplasts accumulate sunlight-induced damage. Plants have evolved multiple mechanisms to avoid, relieve, or repair chloroplast photodamage. Our recent study showed that vacuolar degradation of entire chloroplasts, termed chlorophagy, is induced to degrade chloroplasts that are collapsed due to photodamage...
May 26, 2017: Autophagy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548677/destabilization-of-human-insulin-fibrils-by-peptides-of-fruit-bromelain-derived-from-ananas-comosus-pineapple
#7
Sromona Das, Debasish Bhattacharyya
Deposition of insulin aggregates in human body leads to dysfunctioning of several organs. Effectiveness of fruit bromelain from pineapple in prevention of insulin aggregate was investigated. Proteolyses of bromelain was done as par human digestive system and the pool of small peptides was separated from larger peptides and proteins. Under conditions of growth of insulin aggregates from its monomers, this pool of peptides restricted the reaction upto formation of oligomers of limited size. These peptides also destabilized preformed insulin aggregates to oligomers...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547997/effect-of-purine-nucleosides-on-growth-performance-gut-morphology-digestive-enzymes-serum-profile-and-immune-response-in-broiler-chickens
#8
A Daneshmand, H Kermanshahi, M Danesh Mesgaran, A J King, S A Ibrahim
1. This study was conducted to evaluate the effects of purine nucleosides on performance, gut morphology, intestinal enzymes and immunity functions in broiler chickens from 0 to 21 d of age. 2. A total of 360 1-d-old male chickens (Cobb 500) were randomly assigned to 4 treatments with 6 replications. Experimental diets consisted of a control without any additives and diets containing 0.1% pure adenosine, 0.1% pure guanosine and 0.1% equal aliquots of pure adenosine and guanosine. Two birds per cage (12 birds per treatment) were killed on d 11 and 21 in order to obtain serum samples for lipid profile, jejunal samples for morphology and mucosal immunity, digestive enzymes for epithelial maturation, and bursa and spleen samples for relative weight of immune organs to live body weight...
May 26, 2017: British Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547827/digital-dissection-of-the-model-organism-xenopus-laevis-using-contrast-enhanced-computed-tomography
#9
Laura B Porro, Christopher T Richards
The African clawed frog, Xenopus laevis, is one of the most widely used model organisms in biological research. However, the most recent anatomical description of X. laevis was produced nearly a century ago. Compared with other anurans, pipid frogs - including X. laevis - exhibit numerous unusual morphological features; thus, anatomical descriptions of more 'typical' frogs do not detail many aspects of X. laevis skeletal and soft-tissue morphology. The relatively new method of using iodine-based agents to stain soft tissues prior to high-resolution X-ray imaging has several advantages over gross dissection, such as enabling dissection of very small and fragile specimens, and preserving the three-dimensional topology of anatomical structures...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547657/compartmentalized-expression-patterns-of-pancreatic-and-gastric-related-genes-in-the-alimentary-canal-of-the-ascidian-ciona-intestinalis-evolutionary-insights-into-the-functional-regionality-of-the-gastrointestinal-tract-in-olfactores
#10
Satoshi Nakayama, Michio Ogasawara
Many heterotrophic animals have a one-way alimentary canal that is essential for their nutrition and sequential steps of the digestive system, namely ingestion, digestion, absorption and elimination, are widely shared among bilaterians. Morphological, functional and molecular knowledge of the alimentary canal has been obtained in particular from mammalian research but the shared features and evolution of these aspects of the highly diverged alimentary canal in the animal kingdom are still unclear. We therefore investigate spatial gene expression patterns of pancreatic- and gastric-related molecules of ascidians (a sister group of vertebrates) with special reference to the functional regionality of the gastrointestinal tract...
May 25, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547539/cultivation-of-scenedesmus-dimorphus-using-anaerobic-digestate-as-a-nutrient-medium
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Husam A Abu Hajar, R Guy Riefler, Ben J Stuart
In this study, the microalga Scenedesmus dimorphus was cultivated phototrophically using unsterilized anaerobic digestate as a nutrient medium. A bench-scale experiment was conducted by inoculating the microalga S. dimorphus with 0.05-10% dilutions of the anaerobic digestate supernatant. It was found that 1.25-2.5% dilutions, which is equivalent to 50-100 mg N/L total nitrogen concentrations and 6-12 mg P/L total phosphorus concentrations, provided sufficient nutrients to maximize the growth rate along with achieving high concentrations of algal biomass...
May 25, 2017: Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547183/performance-evaluation-of-a-high-pressure-microwave-assisted-flow-digestion-system-for-juice-and-milk-sample-preparation
#12
Thiago L Marques, Helmar Wiltsche, Joaquim A Nóbrega, Monika Winkler, Günter Knapp
Acid digestion is usually required for metal determination in food samples. However, this step is usually performed in batch mode which is time consuming, labor intensive, and may lead to sample contamination. Flow digestion can overcome these limitations. In this work, the performance of a high-pressure microwave-assisted flow digestion system with a large volume reactor was evaluated for liquid samples high in sugar and fat (fruit juice and milk). The digestions were carried out in a coiled perfluoroalkoxy (PFA) tube reactor (13...
May 26, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546964/application-of-the-initial-rate-method-in-anaerobic-digestion-of-kitchen-waste
#13
Lei Feng, Yuan Gao, Wei Kou, Xianming Lang, Yiwei Liu, Rundong Li, Meiling Yu, Lijie Shao, Xiaoming Wang
This article proposes a methane production approach through sequenced anaerobic digestion of kitchen waste, determines the hydrolysis constants and reaction orders at both low total solid (TS) concentrations and high TS concentrations using the initial rate method, and examines the population growth model and first-order hydrolysis model. The findings indicate that the first-order hydrolysis model better reflects the kinetic process of gas production. During the experiment, all the influential factors of anaerobic fermentation retained their optimal values...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546825/efficient-isolation-of-magnolia-protoplasts-and-the-application-to-subcellular-localization-of-mdehsf1
#14
Yamei Shen, Dong Meng, Kim McGrouther, Junhong Zhang, Lailiang Cheng
BACKGROUND: Magnolia is a woody ornamental plant, which is widely used in urban landscaping. However, its lengthy juvenile period and recalcitrance to regeneration impedes functional characterization of its genes. RESULTS: We developed an efficient protoplast isolation and transient expression system for Magnolia denudata × Magnolia acuminata 'Yellow River'. The highest yield of protoplasts was obtained from young leaves digested in 3% Cellulase R10, 0.8% Macerozyme R10, 0...
2017: Plant Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546787/pepsinogen-c-expression-regulation-and-its-relationship-with-cancer
#15
REVIEW
Shixuan Shen, Jingyi Jiang, Yuan Yuan
Pepsinogen C (PGC) belongs to the aspartic protease family and is secreted by gastric chief cells. PGC could be activated to pepsin C and digests polypeptides and amino acids, but as a zymogen PGC's functions is unclear. In normal physiological conditions, PGC is initially detected in the late embryonic stage and is mainly expressed in gastric mucosa. The in situ expression of PGC in gastric mucosa is decreased considerably in the process of superficial gastritis → atrophic gastritis → gastric cancer (GC), proving that PGC is a comparatively ideal negative marker of GC...
2017: Cancer Cell International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545903/potential-of-fecal-waste-for-the-production-of-biomethane-bioethanol-and-biodiesel
#16
Mohamed A Gomaa, Raeid M M Abed
Fecal waste is an environmental burden that requires proper disposal, which ultimately becomes also an economic burden. Because fecal waste is nutrient-rich and contains a diverse methanogenic community, it has been utilized to produce biomethane via anaerobic digestion. Carbohydrates and lipids in fecal waste could reach up to 50% of the dry weight, which also suggests a potential as a feedstock for bioethanol and biodiesel production. We measured biomethane production from fecal waste of cows, chickens, goats and humans and compared the microbial community composition before and after anaerobic digestion...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545215/fertilizer-performance-of-liquid-fraction-of-digestate-as-synthetic-nitrogen-substitute-in-silage-maize-cultivation-for-three-consecutive-years
#17
I Sigurnjak, C Vaneeckhaute, E Michels, B Ryckaert, G Ghekiere, F M G Tack, E Meers
Following changes over recent years in fertilizer legislative framework throughout Europe, phosphorus (P) is taking over the role of being the limiting factor in fertilizer application rate of animal manure. This results in less placement area for spreading animal manure. As a consequence, more expensive and energy demanding synthetic fertilizers are required to meet crop nutrient requirements despite existing manure surpluses. Anaerobic digestion followed by mechanical separation of raw digestate, results in liquid fraction (LF) of digestate, a product poor in P but rich in nitrogen (N) and potassium (K)...
May 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545045/differences-in-speb-protease-activity-among-group-a-streptococci-associated-with-superficial-invasive-and-autoimmune-disease
#18
Anhphan T Ly, John P Noto, Odaelys L Walwyn, Robert R Tanz, Stanford T Shulman, William Kabat, Debra E Bessen
The secreted cysteine proteinase SpeB is an important virulence factor of group A streptococci (GAS), whereby SpeB activity varies widely among strains. To establish the degree to which SpeB activity correlates with disease, GAS organisms were recovered from patients with pharyngitis, impetigo, invasive disease or acute rheumatic fever (ARF), and selected for analysis using rigorous sampling criteria; >300 GAS isolates were tested for SpeB activity by casein digestion assays, and each GAS isolate was scored as a SpeB-producer or non-producer...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544938/sex-steroids-and-metabolic-responses-in-mussels-mytilus-galloprovincialis-exposed-to-drospirenone
#19
Tiziana Cappello, Denise Fernandes, Maria Maisano, Andrea Casano, Marta Bonastre, Maria João Bebianno, Angela Mauceri, Salvatore Fasulo, Cinta Porte
Drospirenone (DRO) is a synthetic progestin derived from 17α-spironolactone with a pharmacological mechanism of action similar to progesterone. Despite its wide use as pharmaceutical and consequent continuous release into the aquatic environment, DRO effects have been poorly investigated on aquatic biota. In order to unravel the toxicity mechanisms of DRO, mussels Mytilus galloprovincialis were exposed for 7 days to different concentrations of DRO, namely 20ng/L (Low; L), 200ng/L (Medium; M), 2000ng/L (High; H) and 10μg/L (Super High; SH) nominal doses...
May 22, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544760/a-novel-pattern-of-yolk-processing-in-developing-snake-eggs-colubridae-lampropeltini-and-its-functional-and-evolutionary-implications
#20
Kathryn G Powers, Daniel G Blackburn
Early amniotic vertebrates evolved large-yolked eggs that permitted production of well-developed, terrestrial hatchlings. This reproductive pattern required new mechanisms for cellularizing the yolk and mobilizing it for embryonic use. In birds, cells that line the yolk sac cavity phagocytose and digest the yolk material, a pattern that is commonly assumed to be universal among oviparous amniotes. However, recent evidence challenges the assumption that all squamate reptiles conform to the avian developmental pattern...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Experimental Zoology. Part B, Molecular and Developmental Evolution
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