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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914260/the-extent-of-fermentative-transformation-of-phenolic-compounds-in-the-bioanode-controls-exoelectrogenic-activity-in-a-microbial-electrolysis-cell
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Xiaofei Zeng, Maya A Collins, Abhijeet P Borole, Spyros G Pavlostathis
Phenolic compounds in hydrolysate/pyrolysate and wastewater streams produced during the pretreatment of lignocellulosic biomass for biofuel production present a significant challenge in downstream processes. Bioelectrochemical systems are increasingly recognized as an alternative technology to handle biomass-derived streams and to promote water reuse in biofuel production. Thus, a thorough understanding of the fate of phenolic compounds in bioanodes is urgently needed. The present study investigated the biotransformation of three structurally similar phenolic compounds (syringic acid, SA; vanillic acid, VA; 4-hydroxybenzoic acid, HBA), and their individual contribution to exoelectrogenesis in a microbial electrolysis cell (MEC) bioanode...
November 27, 2016: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913846/potent-mutagenicity-of-some-non-planar-tri-and-tetrachlorinated-biphenyls-in-mammalian-cells-human-cyp2e1-being-a-major-activating-enzyme
#2
Yungang Liu, Keqi Hu, Hansi Jia, Guifang Jin, Hansruedi Glatt, Hao Jiang
Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) have been classified as human carcinogens. Mutagenicity of lower chlorinated biphenyls as well as activation of transcription factors by some other congeners may contribute to the carcinogenicity of PCBs. Recently, we reported that human CYP2E1 activates mono- and dichlorobiphenyls to mutagens. However, mutagenicity of other PCBs and the involvement of other CYPs remained unknown. In this study, Chinese hamster V79-derived cell lines genetically engineered for expression of individual human CYP enzymes and a human hepatocyte (L-02) line endogenously expressing various CYPs were used to determine the activities of several tri- and tetrachlorobiphenyls to induce micronuclei and gene mutations...
December 2, 2016: Archives of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913771/safety-assessment-of-methyl-glucose-polyethers-and-esters-as-used-in-cosmetics
#3
Wilbur Johnson, Bart Heldreth, Wilma F Bergfeld, Donald V Belsito, Ronald A Hill, Curtis D Klaassen, Daniel C Liebler, James G Marks, Ronald C Shank, Thomas J Slaga, Paul W Snyder, F Alan Andersen
The Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel (Panel) reviewed the safety of methyl glucose polyethers and esters which function in cosmetics as skin/hair-conditioning agents, surfactants, or viscosity increasing agents. The esters included in this assessment are mono-, di-, or tricarboxyester substituted methyl glucosides, and the polyethers are mixtures of various chain lengths. The Panel reviewed available animal and clinical data, including the molecular weights, log Kows, and other properties in making its determination of safety on these ingredients...
November 2016: International Journal of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912165/biomarker-analysis-of-american-toad-anaxyrus-americanus-and-grey-tree-frog-hyla-versicolor-tadpoles-following-exposure-to-atrazine
#4
Marcía N Snyder, W Matthew Henderson, Donna A Glinski, S Thomas Purucker
The objective of the current study was to use a biomarker-based approach to investigate the influence of atrazine exposure on American toad (Anaxyrus americanus) and grey tree frog (Hyla versicolor) tadpoles. Atrazine is one of the most frequently detected herbicides in environmental matrices throughout the United States. In surface waters, it has been found at concentrations from 0.04-2859μg/L and thus presents a likely exposure scenario for non-target species such as amphibians. Studies have examined the effect of atrazine on the metamorphic parameters of amphibians, however, the data are often contradictory...
November 21, 2016: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910718/substituting-poly-and-mono-unsaturated-fat-for-dietary-carbohydrate-reduces-hyperinsulinemia-in-women-with-polycystic-ovary-syndrome
#5
Dalia Perelman, Nicole Coghlan, Cindy Lamendola, Susan Carter, Fahim Abbasi, Tracey McLaughlin
OBJECTIVE: Hyperinsulinemia is a prevalent feature of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), contributing to metabolic and reproductive manifestations of the syndrome. Weight loss reduces hyperinsulinemia but weight regain is the norm, thus preventing long-term benefits. In the absence of weight loss, replacement of dietary carbohydrate (CHO) with mono/polyunsaturated fat reduces ambient insulin concentrations in non-PCOS subjects. The current study evaluated whether this dietary intervention could ameliorate hyperinsulinemia in women with PCOS...
December 2, 2016: Gynecological Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910518/aerogel-cherenkov-detector-for-characterizing-the-intense-flash-x-ray-source-cygnus-spectrum
#6
Y Kim, H W Herrmann, A M McEvoy, C S Young, C Hamilton, D D Schwellenbach, R M Malone, M I Kaufman, A S Smith
An aerogel Cherenkov detector is proposed to measure the X-ray energy spectrum from the Cygnus-intense flash X-ray source operated at the Nevada National Security Site. An array of aerogels set at a variety of thresholds between 1 and 3 MeV will be adequate to map out the bremsstrahlung X-ray production of the Cygnus, where the maximum energy of the spectrum is normally around 2.5 MeV. In addition to the Cherenkov radiation from aerogels, one possible competing light-production mechanism is optical transition radiation (OTR), which may be significant in aerogels due to the large number of transitions from SiO2 clusters to vacuum voids...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910182/catalyst-free-polyhydroboration-of-dodecaborate-yields-highly-photoluminescent-ionic-polyarylated-clusters
#7
Mark W Lee
The incorporation of polyhedral boranes into novel photoluminescent materials is an area with increasing interest. While the neutral carboranes have been widely investigated for this purpose, the dodecaborate ion has received much less attention. Herein we report a significant expansion to the scope of substitution reactions for the dodecaborate ion, whereby this cluster was observed to react directly with a wide range of arenes in a step-wise and controlled manner. In the products of these reactions, the dodecaborate ion serves as a core upon which up to nine mono- or polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon ligands are exohedrally bonded...
December 2, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909745/dechlorination-of-three-tetrachlorobenzene-isomers-by-contaminated-harbor-sludge-derived-enrichment-cultures-follows-thermodynamically-favorable-reactions
#8
Yue Lu, Javier Ramiro-Garcia, Pieter Vandermeeren, Steffi Herrmann, Danuta Cichocka, Dirk Springael, Siavash Atashgahi, Hauke Smidt
Dechlorination patterns of three tetrachlorobenzene isomers, 1,2,3,4-, 1,2,3,5-, and 1,2,4,5-TeCB, were studied in anoxic microcosms derived from contaminated harbor sludge. The removal of doubly, singly, and un-flanked chlorine atoms was noted in 1,2,3,4- and 1,2,3,5-TeCB fed microcosms, whereas only singly flanked chlorine was removed in 1,2,4,5-TeCB microcosms. The thermodynamically more favorable reactions were selectively followed by the enriched cultures with di- and/or mono-chlorobenzene as the main end products of the reductive dechlorination of all three isomers...
December 1, 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908776/3-geranyl-mono-substituted-chalcone-xanthoangelovl-induces-apoptosis-in-human-leukemia-k562%C3%A2-cells-via-activation-of-mitochondrial-pathway
#9
Yuou Teng, Lixin Wang, Huan Liu, Yuan Yuan, Qian Zhang, Meng Wu, Luyao Wang, Haomeng Wang, Zhen Liu, Peng Yu
3'-Geranyl-mono-substituted chalcone Xanthoangelol (1b), a chalcone derivative, was previously reported to show selective cytotoxicity against human chronic myelogenous leukemia K562 cells with a half-maximal inhibitory concentration (IC50) of 3.98 μM. In the present study, we investigated the molecular mechanism underlying the cytotoxicity of 1b in K562 cells. Treatment with compound 1b caused K562 cells to adopt a typical apoptotic morphology. Flow cytometric analysis also confirmed the presence of an apoptotic cell population following treatment of Annexin-V-FITC and propidium iodide (PI) double-labeled K562 cells with 1b...
November 28, 2016: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908259/a-novel-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry-method-for-the-estimation-of-bilirubin-glucuronides-and-its-application-to-in-vitro-enzyme-assays
#10
Siva Prasad Putluru, Murali Krishna Matta, Deepak Ahire, Murali Subramanian, Michael Sinz, Sandhya Mandlekar
Bilirubin is a toxic waste product of metabolism, eliminated mainly through UGT1A1 mediated conjugation to mono- and di-glucuronides. Due to the potentially low Km value of bilirubin glucuronidation, the quantitative sensitivity obtained with most UV/visible light detection methods are not sufficient to accurately calculate UGT1A1 enzyme kinetics and inhibition properties of new chemical entities at low bilirubin concentrations. In addition, bilirubin, as well as its metabolites, are unstable during sample preparation and bioanalysis...
November 24, 2016: Drug Metabolism Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907854/raman-spectroscopy-and-capillary-zone-electrophoresis-for-the-analysis-of-degradation-processes-in-commercial-effervescent-tablets-containing-acetylsalicylic-acid-and-ascorbic-acid
#11
Sabine Neuberger, Kevin Jooß, Dirk Flottmann, Gerhard Scriba, Christian Neusüß
In order to ensure the stability of pharmaceutical products appropriate manufacturing and storage conditions are required. In general, the degradation of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and subsequent formation of degradation products affect the pharmaceutical quality. Thus, a fast and effective detection and characterization of these substances is mandatory. Here, the applicability of Raman spectroscopy and CZE for the characterization of the degradation of effervescent tablets containing acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) and ascorbic acid (AA) was evaluated...
November 15, 2016: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907809/does-exposure-to-phthalates-influence-thyroid-function-and-growth-hormone-homeostasis-the-taiwan-environmental-survey-for-toxicants-test-2013
#12
Han-Bin Huang, Wen-Harn Pan, Jung-Wei Chang, Hung-Che Chiang, Yue Leon Guo, Jouni J K Jaakkola, Po-Chin Huang
BACKGROUND: Previous epidemiologic and toxicological studies provide some inconsistent evidence that exposure to phthalates may affect thyroid function and growth hormone homeostasis. OBJECTIVE: To assess the relations between exposure to phthalates and indicators of thyroid function and growth hormone homeostasis disturbances both among adults and minors. METHODS: We conducted a population-based cross-sectional study of 279 Taiwanese adults (≥18 years old) and 79 minors (<18 years old) in 2013...
November 28, 2016: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906995/assessment-of-the-world-health-organization-s-hiv-drug-resistance-early-warning-indicators-in-main-and-decentralized-outreach-antiretroviral-therapy-sites-in-namibia
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Nicholus Mutenda, Alexandra Bukowski, Anne-Marie Nitschke, Tuli Nakanyala, Ndapewa Hamunime, Tadesse Mekonen, Francina Tjituka, Greatjoy Mazibuko, Samson Mwinga, David Mabirizi, Evans Sagwa, Rosalia Indongo, Natalie Dean, Michael R Jordan, Steven Y Hong
BACKGROUND: The World Health Organization (WHO) early warning indicators (EWIs) of HIV drug resistance (HIVDR) assess factors at individual ART sites that are known to create situations favourable to the emergence of HIVDR. METHODS: In 2014, the Namibia HIV care and treatment program abstracted the following adult and pediatric EWIs from all public ART sites (50 main sites and 143 outreach sites): On-time pill pick-up, Retention in care, Pharmacy stock-outs, Dispensing practices, and Viral load suppression...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906545/temperature-dependent-inotropic-and-lusitropic-indices-based-on-half-logistic-time-constants-for-four-segmental-phases-in-isovolumic-left-ventricular-pressure-time-curve-in-excised-cross-circulated-canine-heart
#14
Ju Mizuno, Satoshi Mohri, Takeshi Yokoyama, Mikiya Otsuji, Hideko Arita, Kazuo Hanaoka
Varying temperature affects cardiac systolic and diastolic function and the left ventricular (LV) pressure-time curve (PTC) waveform that includes information about LV inotropism and lusitropism. Our proposed half-logistic (h-L) time constants obtained by fitting using h-L functions for four segmental phases (Phases I-IV) in the isovolumic LV PTC are more useful indices for estimating LV inotropism and lusitropism during contraction and relaxation periods than the mono-exponential (m-E) time constants at normal temperature...
September 5, 2016: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906325/surface-enhanced-raman-scattering-for-2-d-wse-sub-2-sub-hybridized-with-functionalized-gold-nanoparticles
#15
Jun Young Kim, Jeongyong Kim, Jinsoo Joo
Two-dimensional (2-D) transition metal dichalcogenides, such as MoS<sub>2</sub>, WSe<sub>2</sub>, and WS<sub>2</sub>, are promising materials for application in field effect transistors, optoelectronics, and sensing devices. In this study, 2-D WSe<sub>2</sub> samples with various numbers of layers were hybridized with functionalized gold nanoparticles (Au-NPs) to achieve surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS). The nanoscale Raman and photoluminescence spectra of the WSe<sub>2</sub> layers and WSe<sub>2</sub>/Au-NP hybrids were measured using a high-resolution laser confocal microscope...
November 28, 2016: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905582/regarding-the-torsional-flexibility-of-the-dihydrolipoic-acid-s-pharmacophore-1-3-propanedithiol
#16
Annalisa Vigorito, Camilla Calabrese, Ettore Paltanin, Sonia Melandri, Assimo Maris
The conformational space of antioxidant dihydrolipoic acid has been explored through the investigation of its pharmacophore, 1,3-propanedithiol. Five of the possible 25 non-equivalent isomers (namely: gGGg', gGGg, g'AGg, gAGg and g'AGg') were observed in the 59.6-74.4 GHz frequency region using free-jet absorption rotational spectroscopy. Furthermore, for three of them, the (34)S mono-substituted isotopologues were also detected in natural abundance. Theoretical simulations show that the balance of steric and electronic intramolecular interactions arises on a shallow conformational potential energy surface and suggest that in polar solvents the flexibility of the dithiol chain is greater than that in the isolated phase...
December 1, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905210/erythrocyte-fatty-acid-composition-does-not-influence-levels-of-free-bioavailable-and-total-25-hydroxy-vitamin-d
#17
Martin Carlsson, Ingela Nilsson, Lars Brudin, Siv-Ping Von, Pär Wanby
In vitro, mono- and polyunsaturated fatty acids (FAs) may decrease the binding affinity of vitamin D metabolites for vitamin D-binding protein, which in turn may influence their bioavailability. FAs incorporated as phospholipids in erythrocyte (ery-) cell membranes reflect dietary intake. The purpose of this study was to investigate ery-FA composition in relation to markers for vitamin D. In healthy females (age 22.6 ± 2.0 years) total 25(OH)D was measured by LC-MS/MS (n = 78), free 25(OH)D with ELISA (n = 64 of 78), and bioavailable 25(OH)D was calculated...
December 1, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Clinical and Laboratory Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905019/multi-disciplinary-concurrent-management-of-recurrent-hepatocellular-therapy-is-superior-to-sequential-therapy
#18
Tyler D Fields, Prejesh Philips, Charles R Scoggins, Cliff Tatum, Lawrence Kelly, Kelly M McMasters, Robert C G Martin
BACKGROUND: Recurrent hepatocellular carcinoma after a patient's initial therapy, whether it is transplantation, resection, or ablation, remains a challenging clinical problem. Since recurrence occurs in 70% of all initially treated disease within 5 years, optimal management to treat this recurrence is needed. Currently, a bias exists toward mono-therapy (i.e., ablation alone, hepatic arterial therapy alone, or sorafenib therapy alone) instead of concurrent sequential therapy-as is common in other primary and metastatic disease to the liver...
November 30, 2016: World Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904410/involvement-of-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-and-%C3%AE-tocopherol-isomers-from%C3%A2-pumpkin-cucurbita-pepo-l-seed-oil-or-oil-mixtures-in%C3%A2-the-biphasic-dpph%C3%AB-disappearance-kinetics
#19
Dalibor Broznić, Gordana Čanadi Jurešić, Čedomila Milin
The antioxidant activity of three types of pumpkin seed oil or oil mixtures (cold- -pressed, produced from roasted seed paste and salad) produced in the northern part of Croatia and the kinetics of their behaviour as free radical scavengers were investigated using DPPH˙. In addition, the involvement of oil tocopherol isomers (α-, γ- and δ-) in different steps of DPPH˙ disappearance and their impact on the rate of reaction were analysed. The kinetics of DPPH˙ disappearance is a two-step process. In the first step, rapid disappearance of DPPH˙ occurs during the first 11 min of the reaction, depending on the oil type, followed by a slower decline in the second step...
June 2016: Food Technology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904094/design-and-synthesis-of-functional-molecules-based-on-complexation-and-their-biological-applications
#20
Yosuke Hisamatsu
 In this review, we introduce the development of supermolecules, host-guest complexes, and metal complexes formed from the combination of non-covalent interactions and/or coordination bonds, as well as their biological applications. An adenine selective host molecule 1 provides a correctly oriented array of complementary hydrogen bonding sites for the adenine nucleobase. Furthermore, the new DDAA (D: hydrogen bond donor, A: hydrogen bond acceptor) module 4 and ADDA module 7 have been developed as quadruple hydrogen-bonding modules...
2016: Yakugaku Zasshi: Journal of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan
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