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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340358/lysosomal-rupture-induced-by-structurally-distinct-chitosans-either-promotes-a-type-1-ifn-response-or-activates-the-inflammasome-in-macrophages
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David Fong, Pascal Grégoire-Gélinas, Alexandre P Cheng, Tal Mezheritsky, Marc Lavertu, Sachiko Sato, Caroline D Hoemann
Chitosan is a family of glucosamine and N-acetyl glucosamine polysaccharides with poorly understood immune modulating properties. Here, functional U937 macrophage responses were analyzed in response to a novel library of twenty chitosans with controlled degree of deacetylation (DDA, 60-98%), molecular weight (1 to >100 kDa), and acetylation pattern (block vs. random). Specific chitosan preparations (10 or 190 kDa 80% block DDA and 3, 5, or 10 kDa 98% DDA) either induced macrophages to release CXCL10 and IL-1ra at 5-50 μg/mL, or activated the inflammasome to release IL-1β and PGE2 at 50-150 μg/mL...
March 15, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340292/combined-spiroergometry-and-31-p-mrs-of-human-calf-muscle-during-high-intensity-exercise
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K Moll, A Gussew, C Hein, N Stutzig, J R Reichenbach
Simultaneous measurements of pulmonary oxygen consumption (VO2 ), carbon dioxide exhalation (VCO2 ) and phosphorus magnetic resonance spectroscopy ((31) P-MRS) are valuable in physiological studies to evaluate muscle metabolism during specific loads. Therefore, the aim of this study was to adapt a commercially available spirometric device to enable measurements of VO2 and VCO2 whilst simultaneously performing (31) P-MRS at 3 T. Volunteers performed intense plantar flexion of their right calf muscle inside the MR scanner against a pneumatic MR-compatible pedal ergometer...
March 24, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337153/defense-responses-to-short-term-hypoxia-and-seawater-acidification-in-the-thick-shell-mussel-mytilus-coruscus
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Yanming Sui, Yimeng Liu, Xin Zhao, Sam Dupont, Menghong Hu, Fangli Wu, Xizhi Huang, Jiale Li, Weiqun Lu, Youji Wang
The rising anthropogenic atmospheric CO2 results in the reduction of seawater pH, namely ocean acidification (OA). In East China Sea, the largest coastal hypoxic zone was observed in the world. This region is also strongly impacted by ocean acidification as receiving much nutrient from Changjiang and Qiantangjiang, and organisms can experience great short-term natural variability of DO and pH in this area. In order to evaluate the defense responses of marine mussels under this scenario, the thick shell mussel Mytilus coruscus were exposed to three pH/pCO2 levels (7...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336926/alleviation-of-mercury-toxicity-to-a-marine-copepod-under-multigenerational-exposure-by-ocean-acidification
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Yan Li, Wen-Xiong Wang, Minghua Wang
Ocean acidification (OA) may potentially modify the responses of aquatic organisms to other environmental stressors including metals. In this study, we investigated the effects of near-future OA (pCO2 1000 μatm) and mercury (Hg) on the development and reproduction of marine copepod Tigriopus japonicus under multigenerational life-cycle exposure. Metal accumulation as well as seven life history traits (survival rate, sex ratio, developmental time from nauplius to copepodite, developmental time from nauplius to adult, number of clutches, number of nauplii/clutch and fecundity) was quantified for each generation...
March 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333153/a-novel-inhibitor-idpp-interferes-with-entry-and-egress-of-hcv-by-targeting-glycoprotein-e1-in-a-genotype-specific-manner
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Myungeun Lee, Jaewon Yang, Eunji Jo, Ji-Young Lee, Hee-Young Kim, Ralf Bartenschlager, Eui-Cheol Shin, Yong-Soo Bae, Marc P Windisch
Despite recent advances in curing chronic hepatitis C (CHC), the high economic burden to therapy, viral drug resistance, difficult to treat hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotypes and patient groups are still of concern. To address this unmet medical needs, we devised strategies to identify novel viral interventions through target-free high-throughput screening of small molecules utilizing a phenotypic-based HCV infection assay. Thereby, a very potent (EC50 46 ± 26 pM) iminodipyridinopyrimidine (IDPP) drug candidate was selected, and confirmed in primary human hepatocytes (EC50 0...
March 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333108/the-biology-of-pichia-membranifaciens-killer-toxins
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Ignacio Belda, Javier Ruiz, Alejandro Alonso, Domingo Marquina, Antonio Santos
The killer phenomenon is defined as the ability of some yeast to secrete toxins that are lethal to other sensitive yeasts and filamentous fungi. Since the discovery of strains of Saccharomyces cerevisiae capable of secreting killer toxins, much information has been gained regarding killer toxins and this fact has substantially contributed knowledge on fundamental aspects of cell biology and yeast genetics. The killer phenomenon has been studied in Pichia membranifaciens for several years, during which two toxins have been described...
March 23, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333045/the-manureecomine-pilot-installation-advanced-integration-of-technologies-for-the-management-of-organics-and-nutrients-in-livestock-waste
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Cristina Pintucci, Marta Carballa, Sam Varga, Jimena Sarli, Lai Peng, Johannes Bousek, Chiara Pedizzi, Maël Ruscalleda, Elena Tarragó, Delphine Prat, Giovanni Colica, Merijn Picavet, Joop Colsen, Oscar Benito, Marilos Balaguer, Sebastià Puig, Juan M Lema, Jesús Colprim, Werner Fuchs, Siegfried E Vlaeminck
Manure represents an exquisite mining opportunity for nutrient recovery (nitrogen and phosphorus), and for their reuse as renewable fertilisers. The ManureEcoMine proposes an integrated approach of technologies, operated in a pilot-scale installation treating swine manure (83.7%) and Ecofrit(®) (16.3%), a mix of vegetable residues. Thermophilic anaerobic digestion was performed for 150 days, the final organic loading rate was 4.6 kgCOD m(-3) d(-1), with a biogas production rate of 1.4 Nm(3) m(-3) d(-1). The digester was coupled to an ammonia side-stream stripping column and a scrubbing unit for free ammonia inhibition reduction in the digester, and nitrogen recovery as ammonium sulphate...
March 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332558/multiple-h-sensors-mediate-the-extracellular-acidification-induced-ca-2-i-elevation-in-cultured-rat-ventricular-cardiomyocytes
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Yuan-Lang Hu, Xue Mi, Chao Huang, Hui-Fang Wang, Jian-Ren Song, Qing Shu, Lan Ni, Jian-Guo Chen, Fang Wang, Zhuang-Li Hu
Acidosis has been known to cause "Ca(2+) transients", however, the mechanism is still uncertain. Here, we demonstrated that multiple H(+) sensors, such as ASICs, TRPV1 and proton-sensing G protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) are involved in extracellular acidification-induced intracellular calcium ([Ca(2+)]i) elevation. By using calcium imaging measures, we observed that both ASIC and TRPV1 channels inhibitors suppressed the [Ca(2+)]i elevation induced by extracellular acidosis in cultured rat cardiac myocytes...
March 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331584/sensitivity-of-sea-urchin-fertilization-to-ph-varies-across-a-natural-ph-mosaic
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Lydia Kapsenberg, Daniel K Okamoto, Jessica M Dutton, Gretchen E Hofmann
In the coastal ocean, temporal fluctuations in pH vary dramatically across biogeographic ranges. How such spatial differences in pH variability regimes might shape ocean acidification resistance in marine species remains unknown. We assessed the pH sensitivity of the sea urchin Strongylocentrotus purpuratus in the context of ocean pH variability. Using unique male-female pairs, originating from three sites with similar mean pH but different variability and frequency of low pH (pHT ≤ 7.8) exposures, fertilization was tested across a range of pH (pHT 7...
March 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325596/the-influence-of-fertiliser-and-pesticide-emissions-model-on-life-cycle-assessment-of-agricultural-products-the-case-of-danish-and-italian-barley
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Ximena C Schmidt Rivera, Jacopo Bacenetti, Alessandra Fusi, Monia Niero
Barley is an ancient crop and a great source of nutrients. It is the third largest agricultural commodity produced in Denmark and represents a relevant crop in Italy too. Due to the increasing customers awareness of sustainability issues, it has become essential to evaluate the environmental impact and the use of resources in food production and distribution systems. However, especially in agriculture, difficulties are encountered when emissions from fertilisers and pesticides need to be modelled, due to a variety of modelling options and their dependency on the availability of site-specific information...
March 18, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325311/improved-fluorescent-labeling-of-chitin-oligomers-chitinolytic-properties-of-acidic-mammalian-chitinase-under-somatic-tissue-ph-conditions
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Satoshi Wakita, Masahiro Kimura, Naoki Kato, Akinori Kashimura, Shunsuke Kobayashi, Naoto Kanayama, Misa Ohno, Shotaro Honda, Masayoshi Sakaguchi, Yasusato Sugahara, Peter O Bauer, Fumitaka Oyama
Acidic mammalian chitinase (AMCase) has been implicated in various pathophysiological conditions including asthma, allergic inflammation and food processing. AMCase is most active at pH 2.0, and its activity gradually decreases to up to pH 8. Here we analyzed chitin degradation by AMCase in weak acidic to neutral conditions by fluorophore-assisted carbohydrate electrophoresis established originally for oligosaccharides analysis. We found that specific fragments with slower-than-expected mobility as defined by chitin oligosaccharide markers were generated at pH 5...
May 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325173/patterns-and-processes-influencing-helminth-parasites-of-arctic-coastal-communities-during-climate-change
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K V Galaktionov
This review analyses the scarce available data on biodiversity and transmission of helminths in Arctic coastal ecosystems and the potential impact of climate changes on them. The focus is on the helminths of seabirds, dominant parasites in coastal ecosystems. Their fauna in the Arctic is depauperate because of the lack of suitable intermediate hosts and unfavourable conditions for species with free-living larvae. An increasing proportion of crustaceans in the diet of Arctic seabirds would result in a higher infection intensity of cestodes and acanthocephalans, and may also promote the infection of seabirds with non-specific helminths...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Helminthology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323211/metabolic-pathway-of-4-pyridone-3-carboxamide-1%C3%AE-d-ribonucleoside-and-its-effects-on-cellular-energetics
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Iwona Pelikant-Malecka, Ewa Kaniewska-Bednarczuk, Sylwia Szrok, Alicja Sielicka, Maciej Śledziński, Czesława Orlewska, Ryszard T Smolenski, Ewa M Słomińska
4-Pirydone-3-carboxamide-1β-D-ribonucleoside (4PYR) is an endogenous nucleoside that could be converted to triphosphates, diphosphates, monophosphates and an analogue of NAD - 4PYRAD. Elevated level of these compounds were observed in chronic renal failure, cancer and active HIV infection. However, little is known about the effect on cell functionality and the metabolic pathways. This study tested effects of 4PYR in different cell types on nucleotide and energy metabolism and clarified enzymes that are involved in conversions of 4PYR...
March 17, 2017: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323066/development-of-an-economical-autonomous-phstat-system-for-culturing-phytoplankton-under-steady-state-or-dynamic-conditions
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Rachel L Golda, Mark D Golda, Jacqueline A Hayes, Tawnya D Peterson, Joseph A Needoba
Laboratory investigations of physiological processes in phytoplankton require precise control of experimental conditions. Chemostats customized to control and maintain stable pH levels (pHstats) are ideally suited for investigations of the effects of pH on phytoplankton physiology, for example in context of ocean acidification. Here we designed and constructed a simple, flexible pHstat system and demonstrated its operational capabilities under laboratory culture conditions. In particular, the system is useful for simulating natural cyclic pH variability within aquatic ecosystems, such as diel fluctuations that result from metabolic activity or tidal mixing in estuaries...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Microbiological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322358/inhibitory-effects-of-nitrite-on-acid-%C3%A2-production-in-dental-plaque-in-children
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Yuji Yamamoto, Jumpei Washio, Koichi Shimizu, Koei Igarashi, Nobuhiro Takahashi
PURPOSE: To assess the inhibitory effects of nitrite on plaque acidogenicity and its relationship with caries experience. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Plaque (2 μl) was collected from 76 children (age 5.8 = 2.6 years, dmft = 2.9 = 3.5, DMTF = 0.6 = 1.4) and mixed with nitrite solution (final concentration = 0.63 mM) or distilled water (control). The initial pH (pH-0) of each sample was measured using a portable pH meter. The samples were incubated for 10 min, then their pH (pH-1) was measured again...
March 20, 2017: Oral Health & Preventive Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321903/spin-lock-imaging-of-exogenous-exchange-based-contrast-agents-to-assess-tissue-ph
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Zhongliang Zu, Hua Li, Xiaoyu Jiang, John C Gore
PURPOSE: Some X-ray contrast agents contain exchangeable protons that give rise to exchange-based effects on MRI, including chemical exchange saturation transfer (CEST). However, CEST has poor specificity to explicit exchange parameters. Spin-lock sequences at high field are also sensitive to chemical exchange. Here, we evaluate whether spin-locking techniques can detect the contrast agent iohexol in vivo after intravenous administration, and their potential for measuring changes in tissue pH...
March 20, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320963/conformational-dynamics-and-role-of-the-acidic-pocket-in-asic-ph-dependent-gating
#17
Sabrina Vullo, Gaetano Bonifacio, Sophie Roy, Niklaus Johner, Simon Bernèche, Stephan Kellenberger
Acid-sensing ion channels (ASICs) are proton-activated Na(+) channels expressed in the nervous system, where they are involved in learning, fear behaviors, neurodegeneration, and pain sensation. In this work, we study the role in pH sensing of two regions of the ectodomain enriched in acidic residues: the acidic pocket, which faces the outside of the protein and is the binding site of several animal toxins, and the palm, a central channel domain. Using voltage clamp fluorometry, we find that the acidic pocket undergoes conformational changes during both activation and desensitization...
March 20, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320620/effect-of-fe-0-addition-on-volatile-fatty-acids-evolution-on-anaerobic-digestion-at-high-organic-loading-rates
#18
Xin Kong, Shuyao Yu, Shuang Xu, Wen Fang, Jianguo Liu, Huan Li
Excessive acidification frequently occurs in the anaerobic digestion of the organic fraction of municipal solid waste (OFMSW) at high organic loading rates (OLR), due to the accumulation of non-acetic volatile fatty acids (VFA). In this study, the performance of Fe(0) in enhancing various VFA production and metabolism was investigated. The butyric acid concentration in a high OLR reactor with Fe(0) addition decreased from 7200 to 0mg/L after a short lag phase, and the total VFA (TVFA) concentration also decreased substantially...
March 17, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319329/extracellular-acidosis-and-very-low-na-inhibit-nbcn1-and-nhe1-mediated-net-acid-extrusion-from-mouse-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells
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Lisbeth Bonde, Ebbe Boedtkjer
AIM: The electroneutral Na(+) ,HCO3(-) -cotransporter NBCn1 and Na(+) /H(+) -exchanger NHE1 regulate acid-base balance in vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) and modify artery function and structure. Pathological conditions-notably ischemia-can dramatically perturb intracellular (i) and extracellular (o) pH and [Na(+) ]. We examined effects of low [Na(+) ]o and pHo on NBCn1 and NHE1 activity in VSMCs of small arteries. METHODS: We measured pHi by 2',7'-bis-(2-carboxyethyl)-5-(and-6)-carboxyfluorescein-based fluorescence microscopy of mouse mesenteric arteries and induced intracellular acidification by NH4(+) -prepulse technique...
March 20, 2017: Acta Physiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318581/characterization-of-the-chemical-structures-and-physical-properties-of-exopolysaccharides-produced-by-various-streptococcus-thermophilus-strains
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U Pachekrepapol, J A Lucey, Y Gong, R Naran, P Azadi
Exopolysaccharides (EPS) produced by some lactic acid bacteria are often used by the dairy industry to improve the rheological and physical properties of yogurt, but the relationship between their structure and functional effect is still unclear. The EPS from different species, or different strains from the same species, may differ in terms of molar mass, repeating unit structure, and EPS yield during fermentation of milk. This study aimed to characterize the detailed properties of EPS produced from 7 strains of Streptococcus thermophilus, which is one of the key cultures used for yogurt manufacture...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
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