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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343362/climate-controls-over-ecosystem-metabolism-insights-from-a-fifteen-year-inductive-artificial-neural-network-synthesis-for-a-subalpine-forest
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Loren P Albert, Trevor F Keenan, Sean P Burns, Travis E Huxman, Russell K Monson
Eddy covariance (EC) datasets have provided insight into climate determinants of net ecosystem productivity (NEP) and evapotranspiration (ET) in natural ecosystems for decades, but most EC studies were published in serial fashion such that one study's result became the following study's hypothesis. This approach reflects the hypothetico-deductive process by focusing on previously derived hypotheses. A synthesis of this type of sequential inference reiterates subjective biases and may amplify past assumptions about the role, and relative importance, of controls over ecosystem metabolism...
March 25, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343137/synthesis-of-novel-muramic-acid-derivatives-and-their-interaction-with-lysozyme-action-of-lysozyme-revisited
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Manas Jana, Anirban Ghosh, Abhishek Santra, Rajiv Kumar Kar, Anup Kumar Misra, Anirban Bhunia
HYPOTHESIS: The interaction of lysozyme with the N-acetylmuramic acid (NAM) and N-acetylglucosamine (NAG) unit of peptidoglycan (PGN) polymer of the bacterial cell wall is of immense importance to understand the mechanism of lysozyme on PGN. EXPERIMENTS: The synthesis of three novel NAM derivatives containing fused oxazinone ring to the NAM moiety has been achieved. The synthesized compounds were evaluated for their potential as a glycomimetic acceptor of lysozyme using different biophysical and computational methods such as (1)H NMR, STD NMR, DOSY and Molecular docking...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343135/monodisperse-ag-pd-core-shell-nanoparticles-assembled-on-reduced-graphene-oxide-as-highly-efficient-catalysts-for-the-transfer-hydrogenation-of-nitroarenes
#3
Önder Metin, Hasan Can, Kıvılcım Şendil, Mehmet Serdar Gültekin
Addressed herein is a facile seed-mediated synthesis of Ag/Pd core/shell nanoparticles (NPs) and their assembly on reduced graphene oxide (rGO) to catalyze the transfer hydrogenation of nitroarenes to anilines using ammonia borane (AB) as a hydrogen donor under ambient conditions. Monodisperse Ag/Pd core/shell NPs with controllable Pd shell-thickness were synthesized by the means of thermal decomposition of palladium(II) bromide over as-prepared Ag NPs in the mixture of oleylamine and oleic acid at 220°C. As-synthesized Ag/Pd core/shell NPs were characterized by TEM, HR-TEM, XRD, XPS, UV-Vis spectroscopy and ICP-MS and then they were assembled on reduced graphene oxide (rGO)...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343131/synthesis-of-mesoporous-poly-melamine-formaldehyde-particles-by-inverse-emulsion-polymerization
#4
Dana Schwarz, Jens Weber
Mesoporous poly(melamine-formaldehyde) (MF) particles with surface areas of up to 200m(2)g(-1) were synthesized by an inverse emulsion polymerization using dodecane and Span80® as continuous phase. The finer details of the shape control (using emulsion techniques) and the porosity control (using silica nanoparticles as hard-template) are discussed. The impact of phase-separation processes on the observable porosity of the 20-200µm sized spherical particles is analysed by gas sorption methods and electron microscopy...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343103/pd-au-carbon-dots-nanocomposite-facile-synthesis-and-application-as-an-ultrasensitive-electrochemical-biosensor-for-determination-of-colitoxin-dna-in-human-serum
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Qitong Huang, Xiaofeng Lin, Jie-Ji Zhu, Qing-Xiao Tong
In this study, a green and fast method was developed to synthesize high-yield carbon dots (CDs) via one-pot microwave treatment of banana peels without using any other surface passivation agents. Then the as-prepared CDs was used as the reducing agent and stabilizer to synthesize a Pd-Au@CDs nanocomposite by a simple sequential reduction strategy. Finally, Pd-Au@CDs nanocomposite modified glassy carbon electrode (Pd-Au@CDs/GCE) was obtained as a biosensor for target DNA after being immobilized a single-stranded probe DNA by a carboxyl ammonia condensation reaction...
March 22, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343050/photocatalytic-efficiency-of-fe2o3-tio2-for-the-degradation-of-typical-dyes-in-textile-industries-effects-of-calcination-temperature-and-uv-assisted-thermal-synthesis
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Mohsen Nasirian, Ciro Fernando Bustillo-Lecompte, Mehrab Mehrvar
The inadequate management practices in industrial textile effluents have a considerable negative impact on the environment and human health due to the indiscriminate release of dyes. Photocatalysis is one of the diverse advance oxidation processes (AOPs) and titanium dioxide (TiO2) is recognized for its high oxidation and reduction power. A composite photocatalyst of Fe2O3/TiO2 is synthesized using different mass ratios of Fe:TiO2 to improve its photoactivity. The composite photocatalyst is calcined at 300-900 °C...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342969/structural-and-genetic-characterization-of-the-o-antigen-of-enterobacter-cloacae-c5529-related-to-the-o-antigen-of-e-%C3%A2-cloacae-g3054
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Runhua Han, Andrei V Perepelov, Yuanyuan Wang, Andrei V Filatov, Min Wang, Alexander S Shashkov, Lei Wang, Yuriy A Knirel
On mild acid degradation of the lipopolysaccharide of Enterobacter cloacae C5529, the O-polysaccharide chain was cleaved at the linkages of 5,7-diacetamido-3,5,7,9-tetradeoxy-l-glycero-l-manno-non-2-ulosonic acid (di-N-acetylpseudaminic acid, Psep5Ac7Ac). The resultant oligosaccharide and an alkali-treated lipopolysaccharide were studied by sugar analysis along with (1)H and (13)C NMR spectroscopy, and the following structure of the tetrasaccharide repeating unit of the O-polysaccharide was established: →4)-β-Psep5Ac7Ac-(2 → 3)-β-d-Galp-(1 → 6)-β-d-Galf-(1 → 3)-α-d-Galp-(1→ It differs from a structurally related O-polysaccharide of E...
February 28, 2017: Carbohydrate Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342964/establishing-a-novel-biosynthetic-pathway-for-the-production-of-3-4-dihydroxybutyric-acid-from-xylose-in-escherichia-coli
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Jia Wang, Xiaolin Shen, Rachit Jain, Jian Wang, Qipeng Yuan, Yajun Yan
3-Hydroxy-γ-butyrolactone (3HBL) is an attractive building block owing to its broad applications in pharmaceutical industry. Currently, 3HBL is commercially produced by chemical routes using petro-derived carbohydrates, which involves hazardous materials and harsh processing conditions. Only one biosynthetic pathway has been reported for synthesis of 3HBL and its hydrolyzed form 3,4-dihydroxybutyric acid (3,4-DHBA) using glucose and glycolic acid as the substrates and coenzyme A as the activator, which involves multiple steps (>10 steps) and suffers from low productivity and yield...
March 23, 2017: Metabolic Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342963/new-insights-into-cellular-cholesterol-acquisition-promoter-analysis-of-human-hmgcr-and-sqle-two-key-control-enzymes-in-cholesterol-synthesis
#9
Vicky Howe, Laura J Sharpe, Anika V Prabhu, Andrew J Brown
BACKGROUND: The two control points of cholesterol synthesis, 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-coenzyme A reductase (HMGCR) and squalene monooxygenase (SQLE) are known targets of the transcription factor sterol-regulatory element binding protein-2 (SREBP-2). Yet the location of the sterol-regulatory elements (SREs) and cofactor binding sites, nuclear factor-Y (NF-Y) and specificity protein 1 (Sp1), have not been satisfactorily mapped in the human SQLE promoter, or at all in the human HMGCR promoter...
March 22, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342939/recent-synthetic-and-medicinal-perspectives-of-dihydropyrimidinones-a-review
#10
REVIEW
Ramandeep Kaur, Sandeep Chaudhary, Kapil Kumar, Manish K Gupta, Ravindra K Rawal
Dihydropyrimidines are the most important heterocyclic ring systems which play an important role in the synthesis of DNA and RNA. Synthetically they were synthesized using Multi-component reactions like Biginelli reaction and Hantzschdihydropyridine. In the past decades, such Biginelli type dihydropyrimidones have received a considerable amount of attention due to the interesting pharmacological properties associated with this heterocyclic scaffold. In this review, we highlight recent developments in this area, with a focus on the DHPMs, recently developed as anti-inflammatory, anti-HIV, anti-tubercular, antifungal anticancer, antibacterial, antifilarial, antihyperglycemic, antihypertensive, analgesic, anti-convulsant, antioxidant, anti-TRPA1, anti-SARS, and anti-cancer activity and α1a binding affinity...
March 19, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342855/regulation-of-reproduction-via-tight-control-of-gonadotropin-hormone-levels
#11
Djurdjica Coss
Mammalian reproduction is controlled by the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis. GnRH from the hypothalamus regulates synthesis and secretion of gonadotropins, LH and FSH, which then control steroidogenesis and gametogenesis. In females, serum LH and FSH levels exhibit rhythmic changes throughout the menstrual or estrous cycle that are correlated with pulse frequency of GnRH. Lack of gonadotropins leads to infertility or amenorrhea. Dysfunctions in the tightly controlled ratio due to levels slightly outside the normal range occur in a larger number of women and are correlated with polycystic ovaries and premature ovarian failure...
March 22, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342744/synthesis-and-anti-cancer-activity-of-chiral-tetrahydropyrazolo-1-5-a-pyridine-fused-steroids
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Susana M M Lopes, Emanuel P Sousa, Luísa Barreira, Cátia Marques, Maria João Rodrigues, Teresa M V D Pinho E Melo
Regio- and stereoselective synthesis of novel chiral 4,5,6,7-tetrahydropyrazolo[1,5-a]pyridine-fused steroids via [8π+2π] cycloaddition of diazafulvenium methides with steroidal scaffolds is reported. The biological evaluation of the new family of hexacyclic steroids as anti-cancer agents was also carried out. Hexacyclic steroids bearing a benzyl group at C-22, derived from 16-dehydropregnenolone and 16-dehydroprogesterone, show considerable cytotoxicity against EL4 (murine T-lymphoma) in contrast with the corresponding C-22-unsubstituted derivatives showing low cytotoxicity...
March 22, 2017: Steroids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342692/novel-pyrazolo-1-5-a-pyridines-as-orally-active-ep1-receptor-antagonists-synthesis-structure-activity-relationship-studies-and-biological-evaluation
#13
Kentaro Umei, Yosuke Nishigaya, Atsushi Kondo, Kazuya Tatani, Nobuyuki Tanaka, Yasushi Kohno, Shigeki Seto
Novel pyrazolo[1,5-a]pyridine derivatives were designed, synthesized and evaluated as orally active EP1 antagonists for the treatment of overactive bladder. Matched molecular pair analysis (MMPA) allowed the design of a new series of pyrazolo[1,5-a]pyridine derivatives 4-6. Structure-activity relationships (SAR) studies of 4-6 were performed, leading to identification of the nanomolar-level EP1 antagonist 4c, which exhibited good pharmacological effect through intraduodenal (id) administration in a 17-phenyltrinor prostaglandin E2-induced bladder contraction model in rats...
March 14, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342661/climate-change-and-human-infectious-diseases-a-synthesis-of-research-findings-from-global-and-spatio-temporal-perspectives
#14
Lu Liang, Peng Gong
The life cycles and transmission of most infectious agents are inextricably linked with climate. In spite of a growing level of interest and progress in determining climate change effects on infectious disease, the debate on the potential health outcomes remains polarizing, which is partly attributable to the varying effects of climate change, different types of pathogen-host systems, and spatio-temporal scales. We summarize the published evidence and show that over the past few decades, the reported negative or uncertain responses of infectious diseases to climate change has been growing...
March 22, 2017: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342618/a-realist-synthesis-of-social-connectivity-interventions-during-transition-to-parenthood-the-value-of-relationships
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Claudine T Bennett, Judy L Buchan, Nicole Letourneau, Stuart G Shanker, Anne Fenwick, Brenda Smith-Chant, Cyndi Gilmer
BACKGROUND: Social connections are important during the transition to parenthood. A wide body of literature suggests that these connections enhance health and contribute to wellbeing. In the case of parents and families, social connections can influence child development. Nurses and public health agencies are in a unique position to advocate for resources and approaches to enhance social connectivity for parents during this important life transition. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this review was to identify the universal social connectivity interventions that work, and the conditions that foster social connections for parents and enhance child development...
April 2017: Applied Nursing Research: ANR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342608/production-of-reuterin-in-a-fermented-milk-product-by-lactobacillus-reuteri-inhibition-of-pathogens-spoilage-microorganisms-and-lactic-acid-bacteria
#16
Y Ortiz-Rivera, R Sánchez-Vega, N Gutiérrez-Méndez, J León-Félix, C Acosta-Muñiz, D R Sepulveda
We assessed the antimicrobial activity of reuterin produced in vitro in glycerol aqueous solutions in situ by Lactobacillus reuteri ATCC 53608 as part of a fermented milk product against starter (Lactobacillus delbrueckii ssp. bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus), spoilage (Penicillium expansum), pathogenic (Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella enterica ssp. enterica, and Listeria monocytogenes), and pathogen surrogate (Escherichia coli DH5α) microorganisms. We also assayed the influence of cold storage (28 d at 4°C) and reuterin on the color and rheology of the fermented milk product...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342451/tert-promoter-mutations-in-telomere-biology
#17
REVIEW
Barbara Heidenreich, Rajiv Kumar
Telomere repeats at chromosomal ends, critical to genome integrity, are maintained through an elaborate network of proteins and pathways. Shelterin complex proteins shield telomeres from induction of DNA damage response to overcome end protection problem. A specialized ribonucleic protein, telomerase, maintains telomere homeostasis through repeat addition to counter intrinsic shortcomings of DNA replication that leads to gradual sequence shortening in successive mitoses. The biogenesis and recruitment of telomerase composed of telomerase reverse transcriptase (TERT) subunit and an RNA component, takes place through the intricate machinery that involves an elaborate number of molecules...
January 2017: Mutation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342428/revealing-the-influence-of-glucocorticoid-treatment-on-the-excretion-of-anabolic-androgenic-steroids-in-horses-through-in-vitro-digestive-simulations-and-an-in-vivo-case-study
#18
Anneleen Decloedt, Sander Damen, Lynn Vanhaecke
Anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS) are strictly forbidden in equine sports because of their stimulating effect on muscle growth and performance. Nevertheless, low levels of AAS have been found in some horses, untreated with AAS. Glucocorticoids (GC), used as an anti-inflammatory therapy and structurally related to AAS, might play a role in this phenomenon. In order to unravel this possible correlation the influence of glucocorticoid treatment on the excretion of AAS was studied both in vivo and in vitro. In vivo effects were investigated by analysing urine samples collected from a gelding treated with betamethasone...
February 24, 2017: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342399/design-synthesis-and-biological-evaluation-of-pegylated-xenopus-glucagon-like-peptide-1-derivatives-as-long-acting-hypoglycemic-agents
#19
Jing Han, Yiyun Wang, Qinghua Meng, Guangchao Li, Fangmin Huang, Su Wu, Yingying Fei, Feng Zhou, Junjie Fu
In order to develop novel long-acting GLP-1 derivatives, a peptide hybrid (1a) from human GLP-1 and Xenopus GLP-1 discovered in our previous research was selected as the lead compound. Exendin-4 inspired modification resulted in peptide 1b with enhanced glucose-lowering activity. Cysteine mutated 1b derivatives with reserved bioactivity were further site-specifically connected with mPEG2000-MAL to provide conjugates 3a-h, among which 3d and 3e were found to have significantly improved hypoglycemic activity and insulinotropic ability than GLP-1...
March 18, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342398/novel-phosphonate-analogs-of-sulforaphane-synthesis-in%C3%A2-vitro-and-in%C3%A2-vivo-anticancer-activity
#20
Mateusz Psurski, Łukasz Janczewski, Marta Świtalska, Anna Gajda, Tomasz M Goszczyński, Józef Oleksyszyn, Joanna Wietrzyk, Tadeusz Gajda
A library of over forty, novel, structurally diverse phosphonate analogs of sulforaphane (P-ITCs) were designed, synthesized and fully characterized. All compounds were evaluated for antiproliferative activity in vitro on Lovo and LoVo/DX colon cancer cell lines. All compounds exhibited high antiproliferative activity, comparable or higher to the activity of naturally occurring benzyl isothiocyanate and sulforaphane. Assessment of the mechanisms of action of selected compounds revealed their potential as inducers of G2/M cell cycle arrest and apoptosis...
March 18, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
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