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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332293/measurement-of-cyclic-gmp-during-plant-hypersensitive-disease-resistance-response
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Jian Chen, Diana Bellin, Elodie Vandelle
Cyclic guanosine-3',5'-monophosphate (cGMP) is recognized as an important second messenger in plants, mediating intracellular signal in important physiological processes, including the hypersensitive disease resistance response induced by avirulent pathogens. In this context, the analysis of cGMP levels in infected plants requires an accurate and specific detection method allowing its quantification. Here, we describe an assay based on the Alphascreen technology, developed for animal cells and further adapted and optimized for the detection of cGMP in plants...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332284/measurement-of-hypersensitive-cell-death-triggered-by-avirulent-bacterial-pathogens-in-arabidopsis
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Zahra Imanifard, Elodie Vandelle, Diana Bellin
The hypersensitive response is one of the most powerful and complex defense reactions to survive to pathogen attacks during an incompatible plant-pathogen interaction. Local programmed cell death accompanies the hypersensitive response at the site of infection to prevent pathogen growth and spread. A precise quantitative assessment of this form of programmed cell death is essential to unravel the genetic and molecular mechanisms underlying the process. Here, we first describe the optimization of a Trypan Blue staining protocol for quantitatively measuring the HR-cell death in Arabidopsis...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332217/a-novel-glucuronoyl-esterase-from-aspergillus-fumigatus-the-role-of-conserved-lys-residue-in-the-preference-for-4-o-methyl-glucuronoyl-esters
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Hung Hiep Huynh, Nozomi Ishii, Ichiro Matsuo, Manabu Arioka
Cellulose in plant cell walls is mainly covered by hemicellulose and lignin, and thus efficient removal of these components is thought to be a key step in the optimal utilization of lignocellulose. The recently discovered carbohydrate esterase (CE) 15 family of glucuronoyl esterases (GEs) which cleave the linkages between the free carboxyl group of D-glucuronic acid in hemicellulose and the benzyl groups in lignin residues could contribute to this process. Herein, we report the identification, functional expression, and enzymatic characterization of a GE, AfGE, from the filamentous fungus Aspergillus fumigatus...
January 14, 2018: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332131/assessment-of-human-corneas-prior-to-transplantation-using-high-resolution-two-photon-imaging
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Ana Batista, Hans Georg Breunig, Aisada König, Andreas Schindele, Tobias Hager, Berthold Seitz, António Miguel Morgado, Karsten König
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of using two-photon imaging (TPI) to assess the condition of human corneas for transplantation. Methods: Human corneas were imaged after different storage times: short-term (STS), medium-term (MTS), and long-term (LTS) storage. A high-resolution, custom-built 5-dimensional multiphoton microscope with 12-fs pulsed laser excitation was used for image acquisition. Results: Optical discrimination between different corneal layers and sublayers based on their morphologic characteristics revealed by two-photon autofluorescence (AF) is possible...
January 1, 2018: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332124/optimal-audiovisual-integration-in-the-ventriloquism-effect-but-pervasive-deficits-in-unisensory-spatial-localization-in-amblyopia
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Michael D Richards, Herbert C Goltz, Agnes M F Wong
Purpose: Classically understood as a deficit in spatial vision, amblyopia is increasingly recognized to also impair audiovisual multisensory processing. Studies to date, however, have not determined whether the audiovisual abnormalities reflect a failure of multisensory integration, or an optimal strategy in the face of unisensory impairment. We use the ventriloquism effect and the maximum-likelihood estimation (MLE) model of optimal integration to investigate integration of audiovisual spatial information in amblyopia...
January 1, 2018: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332052/when-art-meets-gardens-does-it-enhance-the-benefits-the-nancy-hypothesis-of-care-for-persons-with-alzheimer-s-disease
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Thérèse Rivasseau Jonveaux, Reinhard Fescharek
The creation of healing gardens for persons with Alzheimer's disease and related diseases (ADRD) offers vast potential. They can play a role in the scaffolding of cognitive disorders, emotional stress, sensory processing, sense of harmony, and appeasement. These effects are achieved through a distributed interplay of psychological functions with the immediate environment and local culture on the one hand, and dialogue on the other. The garden, a natural canvas created by man, shares with art the ability to foster an esthetic sense for which the perception can be measured by functional neurological imaging exploration...
2018: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332049/free-heme-and-amyloid-%C3%AE-a-fatal-liaison-in-alzheimer-s-disease
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Elisabeth Chiziane, Henriette Telemann, Martin Krueger, Juliane Adler, Jürgen Arnhold, A Alia, Jörg Flemmig
While the etiology of Alzheimer's disease (AD) is still unknown, an increased formation of amyloid-β (Aβ) peptide and oxidative processes are major pathological mechanism of the disease. The interaction of Aβ with free heme leads to the formation of peroxidase-active Aβ-heme complexes. However, enzyme-kinetic data and systematic mutational studies are still missing. These aspects were addressed in this study to evaluate the role of Aβ-heme complexes in AD. The enzyme-kinetic measurements showed peroxidase-specific pH- and H2O2-dependencies...
2018: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331901/an-ultrasensitive-detection-of-mirna-155-in-breast-cancer-via-direct-hybridization-assay-using-two-dimensional-molybdenum-disulfide-field-effect-transistor-biosensor
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Samira Mansouri Majd, Abdollah Salimi, Foad Ghasemi
MicroRNAs (miRNAs), critical biomarkers of acute and chronic diseases, play key regulatory roles in many biological processes. As a result, robust assay platforms to enable an accurate and efficient detection of low-level miRNAs in complex biological samples are of great significance. In this work, a label-free and direct hybridization assay using molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) field-effect transistor (FET) biosensor has been developed for ultrasensitive detection of miRNA-155 as a breast cancer biomarker in human serum and cell-line samples...
January 6, 2018: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331835/integrating-priority-areas-and-ecological-corridors-into-national-network-for-conservation-planning-in-china
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Jie Liang, Xinyue He, Guangming Zeng, Minzhou Zhong, Xiang Gao, Xin Li, Xiaodong Li, Haipeng Wu, Chunting Feng, Wenle Xing, Yilong Fang, Dan Mo
Considering that urban expansion and increase of human activities represent important threats to biodiversity and ecological processes in short and long term, developing protected area (PA) network with high connectivity is considered as a valuable conservation strategy. However, conservation planning associated with the large-scale network in China involves important information loopholes about the land cover and landscape connectivity. In this paper, we made an integrative analysis for the identification of conservation priority areas and least-cost ecological corridors (ECs) in order to promote a more representative, connected and efficient ecological PA network for this country...
January 11, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331797/application-of-polyacrylamide-gel-as-a-new-membrane-in-electromembrane-extraction-for-the-quantification-of-basic-drugs-in-breast-milk-and-wastewater-samples
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Sakine Asadi, Hadi Tabani, Saeed Nojavan
Introducing new membranes with green chemistry approach seems to be a great challenge for the development of a practical method in separation science. In this regard, for the first time, polyacrylamide gel as a new membrane in electromembrane extraction (EME) was used for the extraction of three model basic drugs (pseudoephedrine (PSE), lidocaine (LID), and propranolol (PRO)), followed by HPLC-UV. In comparison with conventional EME, in this method neither organic solvent nor carrier agents were used for extraction of mentioned drugs...
January 9, 2018: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331682/post-mortem-tryptase-cut-off-level-for-anaphylactic-death
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R Tse, C X Wong, K Kesha, J Garland, Y Tran, S Anne, H Elstub, A D Cala, C Palmiere, K L Patchett
Serum mast cell tryptase is used to support the diagnosis of anaphylaxis. The recommended clinical cut-off for total tryptase (<11.4μg/L) appears unsuitable in the post mortem setting due to largely unknown processes which result in significantly elevated levels in these samples. Consequently there is no widely accepted tryptase cut-off level for diagnosing an anaphylactic death. This 5-year retrospective study compared total tryptase levels in post mortem femoral blood in anaphylactic deaths and control...
December 28, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331411/tailoring-cyanobacterial-cell-factory-for-improved-industrial-properties
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Guodong Luan, Xuefeng Lu
Photosynthetic biomanufacturing provides a promising solution for sustainable production of biofuels and biochemicals. Cyanobacteria are among the most promising microbial platforms for the construction of photosynthetic cell factories. Metabolic engineering of cyanobacteria has enabled effective photosynthetic synthesis of diverse natural or non-natural metabolites, while commercialization of photosynthetic biomanufacturing is usually restricted by process and economic feasibilities. In actual outdoor conditions, active cell growth and product synthesis is restricted to narrow light exposure windows of the day-night cycles and is threatened by diverse physical, chemical, and biological environmental stresses...
January 10, 2018: Biotechnology Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330912/high-capacity-protein-a-affinity-chromatography-for-the-fast-quantification-of-antibodies-two-wavelength-detection-expands-linear-range
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Peter Satzer, Alois Jungbauer
The high-throughput analysis of antibodies from processes can be enhanced when the linear range is expanded and sample preparation is kept to a minimum. We developed a fast chromatography method based on a hexameric variant of Staphylococcal protein A immobilized on Toyopearl matrix, TSK 5 PW using two wavelengths. A protocol with 5 min runtime and a single-wavelength detection at 280 nm yielded an upper limit of quantification of 2.10 mg/mL and a lower limit of quantification of 0.06 mg/mL. The optimized method with a runtime of 2 min and two-wavelength detection at 280 and 300 nm allowed us to span a valid concentration range of 0...
January 13, 2018: Journal of Separation Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330134/a-supplementary-functional-connectivity-microstate-attached-to-the-default-mode-network-in-depression-revealed-by-resting-state-magnetoencephalography
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Siqi Zhang, Shui Tian, Mohammad Ridwan Chattun, Hao Tang, Rui Yan, Kun Bi, Zhijian Yao, Qing Lu
Default mode network (DMN) has discernable involvement in the representation of negative, self-referential information in depression. Both increased and decreased resting-state functional connectivity between the anterior and posterior DMN have been observed in depression. These conflicting connectivity differences necessitated further exploration of the resting-state DMN dysfunction in depression. Hence, we investigated the time-varying dynamic interactions within the DMN via functional connectivity microstates in a sub-second level...
January 9, 2018: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330127/present-drug-likeness-filters-in-medicinal-chemistry-during-the-hit-and-lead-optimization-process-how-far-can-they-be-simplified
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REVIEW
Serge Mignani, João Rodrigues, Helena Tomas, Rachid Jalal, Parvinder Pal Singh, Jean-Pierre Majoral, Ram A Vishwakarma
During the past decade, decreasing the attrition rate of drug development candidates reaching the market has become one of the major challenges in pharmaceutical research and drug development (R&D). To facilitate the decision-making process, and to increase the probability of rapidly finding and developing high-quality compounds, a variety of multiparametric guidelines, also known as rules and ligand efficiency (LE) metrics, have been developed. However, what are the 'best' descriptors and how far can we simplify these drug-likeness prediction tools in terms of the numerous, complex properties that they relate to?...
January 9, 2018: Drug Discovery Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329886/solid-phase-extraction-of-chlorophenols-in-seawater-using-a-magnetic-ionic-liquid-molecularly-imprinted-polymer-with-incorporated-silicon-dioxide-as-a-sorbent
#16
Wanwan Ma, Kyung Ho Row
A type of magnetic ionic liquid based molecularly imprinted polymer coated on SiO2 (Fe3O4@SiO2@IL-MIPs) was prepared with 1-vinyl-3-ethylimidazole ionic liquid as functional monomer, and 1,4-butane-3,3'-bis-1-ethylimidazole ionic liquid as cross linker, 4-Chlorophenol as template was successfully applied as a selective adsorbent for selective extraction of 5 chlorophenols in seawater samples by using the magnetic solid-phase extraction (MSPE) method. 11 types of Fe3O4@SiO2@IL-MIPs were synthesized and investigated for their different compositions of functional monomer (such as [C2min][Br], [C2min][BF4], [C2min][PF6], acrylamide, methacrylic acid and 4-vinyl pyridine) and cross-linker (such as [C4min2][Br], [C4min2][BF4], [C4min2][PF6], divinylbenzene, and ethylene glycol dimethacrylate), respectively...
January 6, 2018: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329842/optimization-of-microwave-assisted-extraction-of-morus-nigra-l-fruits-maximizing-tyrosinase-inhibitory-activity-with-isolation-of-bioactive-constituents
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Halil Koyu, Aslihan Kazan, Serdar Demir, Mehmet Zeki Haznedaroglu, Ozlem Yesil-Celiktas
Morus nigra L. is a beneficial food due to rich phenolic components. While aiming higher yields for bioactive constituents, reduction in terms of raw material, solvent, time and energy gained more importance to provide a sustainable life for human and nature. Microwave assisted extraction (MAE) of Morus nigra fruits was optimized in order to elicit process parameters maximizing bioactive metabolites and tyrosinase inhibitory activity. Spectrophotometry and UPLC-DAD-ESI-MS/MS systems were utilized for quantitative analysis of total phenol, flavonoid and anthocyanin contents...
May 15, 2018: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329810/facile-microencapsulation-of-olive-oil-in-porous-starch-granules-fabrication-characterization-and-oxidative-stability
#18
Miao Lei, Fang-Cheng Jiang, Jie Cai, Si Hu, Rui Zhou, Gang Liu, Yue-Hui Wang, Hai-Bo Wang, Jing-Ren He, Xin-Gao Xiong
In this study, starch with porous structures derived from purple sweet potato was prepared and used as a food-grade polymer for the microencapsulation of olive oil. The optimal reaction conditions for preparing porous starch were determined to improve its adsorption capacity as effective microcapsule-wall materials. Olive oil was then impregnated in microspheres, and loading ratio was optimized by investigating the restrictive factors, including the mass ratio of olive oil to porous starch, as well as the embedding temperature and time...
January 9, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329710/hydride-generation-coupled-with-thioglycolic-acid-coated-gold-nanoparticles-as-simple-and-sensitive-headspace-colorimetric-assay-for-visual-detection-of-sb-iii
#19
Tesfaye Tolessa, Zhi-Qiang Tan, Jing-Fu Liu
Antimony (Sb) is a toxic element which causes different health problems including cardiac problems and lung cancer in humans, and its levels in surface water can be noticeably increased to 100 μg/L typically in the proximity of anthropogenic sources. Thus, besides instrumental techniques, it is of great significance to develop a simple, sensitive and selective analytical method for direct analysis of Sb(III) at trace level without the need of any expensive and/or complicated instrumentations and sample preparation processes...
April 3, 2018: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329135/clinician-perceptions-of-the-importance-of-the-components-of-hospital-discharge-care-for-children
#20
Kevin Blaine, Jayne Rogers, Margaret R OʼNeill, Sarah McBride, Jennifer Faerber, Chris Feudtner, Jay G Berry
BACKGROUND: Discharging hospitalized children involves several different components, but their relative value is unknown. We assessed which discharge components are perceived as most and least important by clinicians. METHODS: March and June of 2014, we conducted an online discrete choice experiment (DCE) among national societies representing 704 nursing, physician, case management, and social work professionals from 46 states. The DCE consisted of 14 discharge care components randomly presented two at a time for a total of 28 choice tasks...
April 11, 2017: Journal for Healthcare Quality: Official Publication of the National Association for Healthcare Quality
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