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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724263/mutagenesis-and-characterization-of-a-bacillus-amyloliquefaciens-strain-for-cinnamomum-camphora-seed-kernel-oil-extraction-by-aqueous-enzymatic-method
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Cheng Zeng, Rongbin Zhao, Maomao Ma, Zheling Zeng, Deming Gong
The purpose of the present study was to increase the proteinase activity of the strain NCU116 by combining ultraviolet irradiation and N-methyl-N'-nitro-N-nitroso guanidine treatment, in order to enhance the efficiency of Cinnamomum camphora seed kernel oil (CCSKO) extraction by aqueous enzymatic method (AEM). The mutated strain, designated as NCU116-1, was screened out by the ratio of hydrolytic zone diameter to colony diameter on skim milk plate. The proteinase activity (9116.1 U/ml) of NCU116-1 was increased by 31...
December 2017: AMB Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724254/effects-of-calcium-on-the-performance-bacterial-population-and-microbial-metabolism-of-a-denitrifying-phosphorus-removal-system
#2
Hongliang Dai, Yifeng Wu, Lihong Peng, Zheqin Dai, Xiang Li, Xiwu Lu
A sequencing batch reactor was operated to study the effects of influent Ca(2+) on the efficiency, bacterial population, and microbial metabolism of denitrifying phosphorus removal system. Results showed that high Ca(2+) loading (≥80mg/L) significantly inhibited the performance of simultaneous nitrogen and phosphorus removal. The abundance of phosphorus removal-related organisms (Dechloromonas and Candidatus Accumulibacter) decreased with increasing Ca(2+) concentration from 20 to 140mg/L, while the abundance of glycogen-accumulating organisms and other bacteria increased...
July 8, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724226/application-of-a-crustacean-bioassay-to-evaluate-a-multi-contaminated-metal-pah-pcb-harbor-sediment-before-and-after-electrokinetic-remediation-using-eco-friendly-enhancing-agents
#3
Y Tian, C Boulangé-Lecomte, A Benamar, N Giusti-Petrucciani, A Duflot, S Olivier, C Frederick, J Forget-Leray, F Portet-Koltalo
Electrokinetic (EK) remediation can be a suitable technology for treating contaminated dredged harbor sediment, stored on terrestrial disposal sites. Citric acid (CA) and biosurfactants (rhamnolipids and saponin) were chosen as enhancing agents for simultaneous metal (Cd, Cr, Cu, Pb, Zn) and PAH/PCB removal by EK because of their potential low toxicity with a view to site restoration. Three EK runs were performed using a periodic voltage (1Vcm(-1)) and various concentrations of agents. The best combination of CA (0...
July 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724217/chondroprotective-and-anti-nociceptive-effects-of-caffeoylquinic-acid-in-osteoarthritis-by-downregulating-catabolic-activity-and-oxidative-damage-in-chondrocytes
#4
Luping Liu, Yongmei Li
We evaluated the chondroprotective and anti-nociceptive effects of caffeoylquinic acid (CA) in a rat osteoarthritis (OA) model. Monosodium iodoacetate was injected intra-articularly in the rats to produce OA. The rats were divided into three groups: control, OA group, which received vehicle, and the CA-treated group, which received CA (50mg/kg, p.o.) for 14days. At the end of the protocol, pain was estimated by observing the paw withdrawal threshold and latency. Degeneration of cartilage was assessed through histomorphological and microscopical examination of joints...
July 14, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724092/can-biochar-covers-reduce-emissions-from-manure-lagoons-while-capturing-nutrients
#5
Brian Dougherty, Myles Gray, Mark G Johnson, Markus Kleber
The unique physical and chemical properties of biochars make them promising materials for odor, gas, and nutrient sorption. Floating covers made from organic materials (biocovers) are one option for reducing odor and gas emissions from livestock manure lagoons. This study evaluated the potential of floating biochar covers to reduce odor and gas emissions while simultaneously sorbing nutrients from liquid dairy manure. This new approach has the potential to mitigate multiple environmental problems. Two biochars were tested: one made via gasification of Douglas fir chips at 650°C (FC650), and the other made from a mixture of Douglas fir [ (Mirb...
May 2017: Journal of Environmental Quality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723663/a-network-meta-analysis-on-the-efficacy-of-targeted-agents-in-combination-with-chemotherapy-for-treatment-of-advanced-metastatic-triple-negative-breast-cancer
#6
Long Ge, Yan Tang, Qiu-Ning Zhang, Jin-Hui Tian, Xiao-Hu Wang, Dawid Pieper, Bei Pan, Lun Li, Juan Ling, Zhi-Tong Bing, Ke-Hu Yang
OBJECTIVE: Our network meta-analysis aimed to determine the assistant efficacy of targeted therapy in combined with chemotherapy for advanced/metastatic triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC). RESULTS: A total of 15 randomized controlled trials (RCTs), involving 2,410 patients, met our inclusion criteria. Eight targeted agents involving 11 treatment arms were included. The methodological quality of included RCTs was acceptable. The results of direct comparisons showed that progression-free survival (PFS) was significantly longer with bevacizumab+chemotherapy when compared to chemotherapy alone (hazard ratio [HR] = 0...
July 8, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723641/serum-ca19-9-as-a-marker-of-circulating-tumor-cells-in-first-reflux-blood-of-colorectal-cancer-patients
#7
Jia-Xing Zhao, Li-Ren Liu, Xiao-Yu Yang, Fang Liu, Zhong-Guo Zhang
Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) are used for metastasis surveillance in cancer patients, but low detection rates limit their use in colorectal cancer (CRC). We investigated the distribution of CTCs in peripheral and portal blood of CRC patients, and analyzed the relationship between serum tumor CEA/CA19-9 markers and CTCs blood levels. CTC levels detected in first reflux/portal vein blood were higher than in peripheral blood, and liver reduced CTCs amount. CTCs-positive patients had increased serum CEA and CA 19-9 levels, and the CEA and CA 19-9 levels correlated with the CTCs levels...
July 1, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723474/introducing-the-twitter-impact-factor-an-objective-measure-of-urology-s-academic-impact-on-twitter
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Diana Cardona-Grau, Igor Sorokin, Gabriel Leinwand, Charles Welliver
BACKGROUND: Social media use in academia and urology is rising. Specifically, individual journals now have Twitter accounts (Twitter Inc, San Francisco, CA, USA) and regularly tweet academic content. OBJECTIVE: To present and evaluate the Twitter impact factor (TIF), a novel means of measuring a journal's academic influence in the realm of social media. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS: Journal Citation Reports (JCR; Thomson Reuters, New York, NY, USA) for 2014 was queried for urologic academic journals...
October 2016: European Urology Focus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723387/sigma-1-receptor-activation-modifies-intracellular-calcium-exchange-in-the-g93a-hsod1-als-model
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Vedrana Tadić, Ayse Malci, Nadine Goldhammer, Beatrice Stubendorff, Saikata Sengupta, Tino Prell, Silke Keiner, Jingyu Liu, Madlen Guenther, Christiane Frahm, Otto W Witte, Julian Grosskreutz
Aberrations in intracellular calcium (Ca(2+)) have been well established within amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a severe motor neuron disease. Intracellular Ca(2+) concentration is controlled in part through the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) mitochondria Ca(2+) cycle (ERMCC). The ER supplies Ca(2+) to the mitochondria at close contacts between the two organelles, i.e. the mitochondria-associated ER membranes (MAMs). The Sigma 1 receptor (Sig1R) is enriched at MAMs, where it acts as an inter-organelle signalling modulator...
July 16, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723208/the-triple-roles-of-glutathione-for-a-dna-cleaving-dnazyme-and-development-of-a-fluorescent-glutathione-cu-2-dependent-dnazyme-sensor-for-detection-of-cu-2-in-drinking-water
#10
Shijin Wang, Chengcheng Liu, Guiying Li, Yongjie Sheng, Yanhong Sun, Hongyue Rui, Jin Zhang, Jiacui Xu, Dazhi Jiang
Pistol-like DNAzyme (PLDz) is an oxidative DNA-cleaving catalytic DNA with ascorbic acid as cofactor. Herein, glutathione was induced into the reaction system to maintain reduced ascorbic acid levels for higher efficient cleavage. However, data indicated that glutathione played triple roles in PLDz-catalyzed reactions. Glutathione alone had no effect on PLDz, and showed inhibitory effect on ascorbic acid-induced PLDz catalysis, but exhibited stimulating effect on Cu(2+)-promoted self-cleavage of PLDz. Further analysis of the effect of glutathione/Cu(2+) on PLDz indicated that H2O2 played a key role in PLDz catalysis...
March 24, 2017: ACS Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723081/fluorescent-molecular-probes-for-detection-of-one-electron-oxidants-photochemically-generated-by-dissolved-organic-matter
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Vivian S Lin, Matthew Grandbois, Kristopher McNeill
We report a dual probe system based on 4'-substituted biphenyl-2-carboxylic acids (BPAs) for analysis of photooxidants generated by dissolved organic matter. The BPA probes are converted to the corresponding benzocoumarins (BZCs) at different rates depending on the mechanism of oxidation; thus, two probes used simultaneously can differentiate strong triplet excited state sensitizers from hydroxylating species such as hydroxyl radical (•OH) present in dissolved organic matter (DOM). Comparison of the ratios of BZC-CH3 and BZC-CF3 product formation using model photooxidants such as NaNO2, a •OH precursor, and model triplet sensitizer lumichrome gave a range of 2 to 250...
July 19, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723078/covalency-competition-in-the-quadruple-perovskite-cdcu3fe4o12
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Ikuya Yamada, Akihiko Takamatsu, Naoaki Hayashi, Hidekazu Ikeno
Cadmium ions (Cd(2+)) are similar to calcium ions (Ca(2+)) in size, whereas the Cd(2+) ions tend to form covalent bonds with the neighboring anions because of the high electronegativity. The covalent Cd-O bonds affect other metal-oxygen bonds, inducing drastic changes in crystal structures and electronic states. Herein, we demonstrate high-pressure synthesis, crystal structure, and properties of a new quadruple perovskite CdCu3Fe4O12. This compound exhibits an electronic phase transition accompanying a charge disproportionation of Fe ions without charge ordering below ∼200 K, unlike charge-disproportionation transition with rock-salt-type charge ordering for CaCu3Fe4O12...
July 19, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722753/fruit-quality-of-sweet-pepper-as-affected-by-foliar-ca-applications-to-mitigate-the-supply-of-saline-water-under-a-climate-change-scenario
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María Carmen Piñero, Margarita Pérez-Jiménez, Josefa López-Marín, Francisco M Del Amor
BACKGROUND: Sweet pepper fruit quality disorders have been related mainly to an unbalanced nutrient supply and non-optimal growth conditions. Increases in the atmospheric CO2 concentration ([CO2 ]) have been associated with a reduction of transpiration, which can affect calcium (Ca) uptake as it is linked closely to water uptake. We investigated whether foliar application of Ca can counterbalance the effects of saline water and elevated [CO2 ]. RESULTS: High CO2 favored generative growth instead of vegetative growth...
July 19, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722586/continuous-excretion-of-leptospira-borgpetersenii-ballum-in-mice-assessed-by-viability-quantitative-polymerase-chain-reaction
#14
Marie-Estelle Soupé-Gilbert, Emilie Bierque, Sophie Geroult, Magali Teurlai, Cyrille Goarant
Rodents are the main reservoir animals of leptospirosis. In this study, we characterized and quantified the urinary excretion dynamics of Leptospira by Mus musculus infected with 2 × 10(8) virulent Leptospira borgpetersenii serogroup Ballum. Each micturition was collected separately in metabolic cages, at 12 time points from 7 to 117 days post-infection (dpi). We detected Leptospira in all urine samples collected (up to 8 per time point per mouse) proving that Leptospira excretion is continuous with ca. 90% live L...
July 17, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722484/consumer-perceptions-of-the-safety-of-ready-to-eat-foods-in-retail-food-store-settings
#15
Katrina Levine, Mary Yavelak, John B Luchansky, Anna C S Porto-Fett, Benjamin Chapman
To better understand how consumers perceive food safety risks in retail food store settings, a survey was administered to 1,041 nationally representative participants who evaluated possible food safety risks depicted in selected photographs and self-reported their perceptions, attitudes, and behaviors. Participants were shown 12 photographs taken at retail stores portraying either commonly perceived or actual food safety contributing factors, such as cross-contamination, product and equipment temperatures, worker hygiene, and/or store sanitation practices...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722430/multi-amplified-sensing-of-microrna-by-a-small-dna-fragment-driven-enzymatic-cascade-reaction
#16
Eunjung Kim, Philip D Howes, Spencer W Crowder, Molly M Stevens
Combining technological developments such as nanomaterials, DNA nanotechnology, and functional enzymes has great potential to facilitate next generation high performance molecular diagnostic systems. In this work, we describe a microRNA (miRNA) detection assay that combines target recycling and isothermal amplification in an elegantly designed enzyme-mediated cascade reaction. Target recycling is driven by the action of duplex-specific nuclease (DSN), resulting in highly amplified translation of input miRNA to short output DNA fragments...
January 27, 2017: ACS Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722428/bsa-sugar-conjugates-as-ideal-building-blocks-for-spr-based-glycan-biosensors
#17
Shun Tao, Tian-Wei Jia, Yang Yang, Li-Qiang Chu
Controlled immobilization of sugar probes is of key importance for the development of glycan biosensors. To this end, a series of BSA-sugar conjugates with different numbers of mannose units are prepared via the squaric acid-mediated coupling reaction. The conjugates can absorb directly on gold substrate without any derivation reactions, thus providing a simple and effective method for the construction of SPR-based glycan biosensors. SPR measurements show that the BSA-mannose conjugate with 11 mannoses exhibit the highest affinity to the lectin concanavalin A with a limit of detection of ca...
January 27, 2017: ACS Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722423/generation-of-a-cgmp-indicator-with-an-expanded-dynamic-range-by-optimization-of-amino-acid-linkers-between-a-fluorescent-protein-and-pde5%C3%AE
#18
Shogo Matsuda, Kazuki Harada, Motoki Ito, Mai Takizawa, Devina Wongso, Takashi Tsuboi, Tetsuya Kitaguchi
Here we describe the development of a single fluorescent protein (FP)-based cGMP indicator, Green cGull, based on the cGMP binding domain from mouse phosphodiesterase 5α. The dynamic range of Green cGull was enhanced to a 7.5-fold fluorescence change upon cGMP binding by optimization of the amino acid linkers between the cGMP binding domain and FP. Green cGull has excitation and emission peaks at 498 and 522 nm, respectively, and specifically responds to cGMP in a dose-dependent manner. Live cell imaging analysis revealed that addition of a nitric oxide (NO) donor induced different cGMP kinetics and was cell-type dependent...
January 27, 2017: ACS Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722332/functionalized-acupuncture-needle-as-surface-enhanced-resonance-raman-spectroscopy-sensor-for-rapid-and-sensitive-detection-of-dopamine-in-serum-and-cerebrospinal-fluid
#19
Liangbao Yang, Pan Li, Binbin Zhou, Xiaomin Cao, Xianghu Tang, Ling Hu, Jinhuai Liu
It is challenging to develop a robust sensor for simple and rapid operation and sensitive detection of neurotransmitter in complex specimen. In the present work, the ferric-citrate-functionalized Au nanoparticles [Au NPs/CA-Fe(III)] is utilized to develop a facile sensor based on Surface-enhanced Resonance Raman spectroscopy (SERRS) for sensitive detection of dopamine (DA). The sensor is prepared by decorating acupuncture needle with Au NPs, which enables the sufficient SERS enhancement. CA-Fe(III) structure was highly sensitive and selective to DA with formation of CA-Fe(III)-DA resonant structure, indicating the advantages of capturing, carrying and separating DA molecules from complicated samples with simple operation...
July 19, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722259/l-ornithine-and-l-lysine-stimulate-gastrointestinal-motility-via-transient-receptor-potential-vanilloid-1
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Junya Nakato, Yee Yin Ho, Ryo Omae, Takafumi Mizushige, Kunitoshi Uchida, Makoto Tominaga, Minji Kim, Tsuyoshi Goto, Nobuyuki Takahashi, Teruo Kawada, Saori Akiduki, Ryuhei Kanamoto, Kousaku Ohinata
SCOPE: The gastrointestinal (GI) tract senses and responds to intraluminal nutrients and these interactions often affect GI functions. We found that, among basic amino acids, L-ornithine (Orn) and L-lysine (Lys) stimulated but L-arginine (Arg) suppressed GI motility after oral administration (24 mmol/kg) in mice (Orn and Lys, 14.3 and 26.4% promotion; Arg, 7.7% suppression). We investigated the mechanism of the action of Orn and Lys on GI motility. METHODS AND RESULTS: Orn-induced promotion of small intestinal transit was significantly inhibited (P<0...
July 18, 2017: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
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