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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091542/on-line-ammonia-sensor-and-invisible-security-ink-by-fluorescent-zwitterionic-spirocyclic-meisenheimer-complex
#1
Tanmay Das, Apurba Pramanik, Debasish Haldar
Ammonia is not only a highly important gas for civilization but also contribute significantly for climate change and human health hazard. Highly sensitive ammonia sensor has been developed from a fluorescent zwitterionic spirocyclic Meisenheimer complex. Moreover, formation of this Meisenheimer complex can also be utilized for selective as well as naked eye instant detection of nitro aromatic explosive picric acid. The presence of a quaternary nitrogen atom directly attached to the spiro carbon is the unique feature of this Meisenheimer complex...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079174/alleviating-liver-failure-conditions-using-an-integrated-hybrid-cryogel-based-cellular-bioreactor-as-a-bioartificial-liver-support
#2
Apeksha Damania, Mohsin Hassan, Nana Shirakigawa, Hiroshi Mizumoto, Anupam Kumar, Shiv K Sarin, Hiroyuki Ijima, Masamichi Kamihira, Ashok Kumar
Conventionally, some bioartificial liver devices are used with separate plasmapheresis unit to separate out plasma from whole blood and adsorbent column to detoxify plasma before it passes through a hepatocytes-laden bioreactor. We aim to develop a hybrid bioreactor that integrates the separate modules in one compact design improving the efficacy of the cryogel based bioreactor as a bioartificial liver support. A plasma separation membrane and an activated carbon cloth are placed over a HepG2-loaded cryogel scaffold in a three-chambered bioreactor design...
January 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069286/hepatic-encephalopathy
#3
REVIEW
Adam G Gow
This article reviews hepatic encephalopathy (HE) in companion animals. Clinical signs and categories of hepatic disease likely to cause HE are discussed. Ammonia has a key role in pathogenesis and current concepts in body ammonia metabolism are reviewed. Inflammation and manganese accumulation are also thought to be important in pathogenesis. Treatment of HE in acute and chronic cases is discussed along with the rationale for current treatment recommendations. Potential avenues for new treatments and human treatments, which may be transferable to companion animals, are reviewed...
January 6, 2017: Veterinary Clinics of North America. Small Animal Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063905/trichloroethylene-induced-formic-aciduria-in-the-male-c57-bl-6-mouse
#4
Edward A Lock, Paul Keane, Philip H Rowe, John R Foster, Daniel Antoine, Christopher M Morris
1, 1, 2-Trichloroethylene (TCE) is of environmental concern, due to evaporation while handling, chemical processing and leakage from chemical waste sites, leading to its contamination of ground water and air. For several decades there has been issues about possible long term health effects of TCE but recently the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and the US Environmental Protection Agency classified TCE as a human carcinogen. Links having been established between occupational exposures and kidney cancer and possible links to non-Hodgkin lymphoma and liver cancer, but there is more still more to learn...
January 4, 2017: Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056490/knockout-of-the-primary-sclerosing-cholangitis-risk-gene-fut2-causes-liver-disease-in-mice
#5
Luca Maroni, Simon D Hohenester, Stan F J van de Graaf, Dagmar Tolenaars, Krijn van Lienden, Joanne Verheij, Marco Marzioni, Tom H Karlsen, Ronald P J Oude Elferink, Ulrich Beuers
: The etiopathogenesis of primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) is unknown. Genetic variants of fucosyltransferase 2 (FUT2) have been identified in genome-wide association studies as risk factor for PSC. We investigated the role of Fut2 in murine liver pathophysiology by studying Fut2(-/-) mice. Fut2(-/-) mice were viable and fertile, had lower body weight than wild type (wt) littermates and grey fur, as described earlier. Half of the Fut2(-/-) mice showed serum bile salt levels 40 times higher than wt (Fut2(-/-)(high) ), whereas the remainder were normocholanemic (Fut2(-/-)(low) )...
January 5, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047621/su-f-i-31-reproducibility-of-an-automatic-exposure-control-technique-in-the-low-dose-ct-scan-of-cardiac-pet-ct-exams
#6
M Park, D Rosica, V Agarwal, M Di Carli, S Dorbala
PURPOSE: Two separate low-dose CT scans are usually performed for attenuation correction of rest and stress N-13 ammonia PET/CT myocardial perfusion imaging (PET/CT). We utilize an automatic exposure control (AEC) technique to reduce CT radiation dose while maintaining perfusion image quality. Our goal is to assess the reproducibility of displayed CT dose index (CTDI) on same-day repeat CT scans (CT1 and CT2). METHODS: Retrospectively, we reviewed CT images of PET/CT studies performed on the same day...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28030927/fogging-low-concentrated-organic-acid-in-a-fattening-pig-unit-effect-on-animal-health-and-microclimate
#7
Heiko Stein, Jochen Schulz, Nicole Kemper, Alexander Tichy, Ines Krauss, Christian Knecht, Isabel Hennig-Pauka
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVE: In intensive pig production aerial contaminates are potential hazards for the health of animals and humans. In this study, the effect of fogging a low concentrated tartaric acid solution on pigs' health, environmental and hygiene parameters were evaluated in an inhabited fattening unit. MATERIALS AND METHOD: Pigs were housed in separate units (control group n=109 and experimental group n=110). During the whole fattening period, twice a week at 48 hour intervals, a 0...
23, 2016: Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine: AAEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018295/combined-whole-cell-high-throughput-functional-screening-for-identification-of-new-nicotinamidases-pyrazinamidases-in-metagenomic-polygenomic-libraries
#8
Rubén Zapata-Pérez, Antonio G García-Saura, Mohamed Jebbar, Peter N Golyshin, Álvaro Sánchez-Ferrer
Nicotinamidases catalyze the hydrolysis of the amide bond in nicotinamide (NAM) to produce ammonia and nicotinic acid (NA). These enzymes are an essential component of the NAD(+) salvage pathway and are implicated in the viability of several pathogenic organisms. Its absence in humans makes them a promising drug target. In addition, although they are key analytical biocatalysts for screening modulators in relevant biomedical enzymes, such as sirtuins and poly-ADP-ribosyltransferases, no commercial sources are available...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27994578/comparative-in-silico-analysis-of-butyrate-production-pathways-in-gut-commensals-and-pathogens
#9
Swadha Anand, Harrisham Kaur, Sharmila S Mande
Biosynthesis of butyrate by commensal bacteria plays a crucial role in maintenance of human gut health while dysbiosis in gut microbiome has been linked to several enteric disorders. Contrastingly, butyrate shows cytotoxic effects in patients with oral diseases like periodontal infections and oral cancer. In addition to these host associations, few syntrophic bacteria couple butyrate degradation with sulfate reduction and methane production. Thus, it becomes imperative to understand the distribution of butyrate metabolism pathways and delineate differences in substrate utilization between pathogens and commensals...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27989579/plasma-palmitoylethanolamide-pea-as-a-potential-biomarker-for-impaired-coronary-function
#10
Alessandra Quercioli, Federico Carbone, Aldo Bonaventura, Luca Liberale, Zoltan Pataky, Aurélien Thomas, Sébastien Lenglet, Estelle Lauer, Alain Golay, Franco Dallegri, Vincenzo Di Marzo, Thomas H Schindler, Fabrizio Montecucco
BACKGROUND: Among endocannabinoid (EC)-related mediators, Oleoyl-ethanolamide (OEA) and Palmitoyl-ethanolamide (PEA), two endogenous PPARα agonists with lipolytic and anti-inflammatory action, respectively, are being actively investigated. Here, we assessed the potential association between plasma levels of PEA and OEA and coronary function in a cohort including normal, overweight, obese, and morbidly obese (MOB) individuals. METHODS: Myocardial perfusion and endothelium-related myocardial blood flow (MBF) responses to cold pressor test (CPT) and during pharmacological vasodilation with dipyridamole were measured with (13)N-ammonia positron emission tomography/computed tomography...
December 13, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27951498/a-prediction-model-of-ammonia-emission-from-a-fattening-pig-room-based-on-the-indoor-concentration-using-adaptive-neuro-fuzzy-inference-system
#11
Qiuju Xie, Ji-Qin Ni, Zhongbin Su
Ammonia (NH3) is considered one of the significant pollutions contributor to indoor air quality and odor gas emission from swine house because of the negative impact on the health of pigs, the workers and local environment. Prediction models could provide a reasonable way for pig industries and environment regulatory to determine environment control strategies and give an effective method to evaluate the air quality. The adaptive neuro fuzzy inference system (ANFIS) simulates human's vague thinking manner to solve the ambiguity and nonlinear problems which are difficult to be processed by conventional mathematics...
March 5, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27941636/a-portable-array-type-optical-fiber-sensing-instrument-for-real-time-gas-detection
#12
San-Shan Hung, Hsing-Cheng Chang, I-Nan Chang
A novel optical fiber array-type of sensing instrument with temperature compensation for real-time detection was developed to measure oxygen, carbon dioxide, and ammonia simultaneously. The proposed instrument is multi-sensing array integrated with real-time measurement module for portable applications. The sensing optical fibers were etched and polished before coating to increase sensitivities. The ammonia and temperature sensors were each composed of a dye-coated single-mode fiber with constructing a fiber Bragg grating and a long-period filter grating for detecting light intensity...
December 8, 2016: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27935835/robust-extracellular-ph-modulation-by-candida-albicans-during-growth-in-carboxylic-acids
#13
Heather A Danhof, Slavena Vylkova, Elisa M Vesely, Amy E Ford, Manuel Gonzalez-Garay, Michael C Lorenz
: The opportunistic fungal pathogen Candida albicans thrives within diverse niches in the mammalian host. Among the adaptations that underlie this fitness is an ability to utilize a wide array of nutrients, especially sources of carbon that are disfavored by many other fungi; this contributes to its ability to survive interactions with the phagocytes that serve as key barriers against disseminated infections. We have reported that C. albicans generates ammonia as a byproduct of amino acid catabolism to neutralize the acidic phagolysosome and promote hyphal morphogenesis in a manner dependent on the Stp2 transcription factor...
November 15, 2016: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27935524/urinary-potassium-excretion-renal-ammoniagenesis-and-risk-of-graft-failure-and-mortality-in-renal-transplant-recipients
#14
Michele F Eisenga, Lyanne M Kieneker, Sabita S Soedamah-Muthu, Else van den Berg, Petronella E Deetman, Gerjan J Navis, Reinold Ob Gans, Carlo Ajm Gaillard, Stephan Jl Bakker, Michel M Joosten
BACKGROUND: Renal transplant recipients (RTRs) have commonly been urged to limit their potassium intake during renal insufficiency and may adhere to this principle after transplantation. Importantly, in experimental animal models, low dietary potassium intake induces kidney injury through stimulation of ammoniagenesis. In humans, low potassium intake is an established risk factor for high blood pressure. OBJECTIVE: We hypothesized that low 24-h urinary potassium excretion [UKV; urinary potassium concentration × volume], the gold standard for assessment of dietary potassium intake, represents a risk factor for graft failure and mortality in RTRs...
December 2016: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27934655/safety-and-tolerability-of-leucine-supplementation-in-elderly-men
#15
REVIEW
Rajavel Elango, Betina Rasmussen, Kenneth Madden
Leucine, a branched-chain amino acid, has been shown to stimulate muscle protein synthesis and has been suggested to play a role in the prevention of age-related muscle atrophy (sarcopenia). Although leucine supplementation may be beneficial, the efficacious dose of leucine is unknown. Before conducting studies with increased doses of leucine, the Tolerable Upper Intake Level (UL) for leucine needs to be determined. The objective of this review is to describe 2 current studies to determine the UL for leucine in young and elderly men...
December 2016: Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27934654/efficacy-and-safety-of-leucine-supplementation-in-the-elderly
#16
REVIEW
Michael S Borack, Elena Volpi
Leucine supplementation has grown in popularity due to the discovery of its anabolic effects on cell signaling and protein synthesis in muscle. The current recommendation is a minimum intake of 55 mg ⋅ kg(-1)(.) d(-1) Leucine acutely stimulates skeletal muscle anabolism and can overcome the anabolic resistance of aging. The value of chronic leucine ingestion for muscle growth is still unclear. Most of the research into leucine consumption has focused on efficacy. To our knowledge, very few studies have sought to determine the maximum safe level of intake...
December 2016: Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27934092/photoprompted-hot-electrons-from-bulk-cross-linked-graphene-materials-and-their-efficient-catalysis-for-atmospheric-ammonia-synthesis
#17
Yanhong Lu, Yang Yang, Tengfei Zhang, Zhen Ge, Huicong Chang, Peishuang Xiao, Yuanyuan Xie, Lei Hua, Qingyun Li, Haiyang Li, Bo Ma, Naijia Guan, Yanfeng Ma, Yongsheng Chen
Ammonia synthesis is the single most important chemical process in industry and has used the successful heterogeneous Haber-Bosch catalyst for over 100 years and requires processing under both high temperature (300-500 °C) and pressure (200-300 atm); thus, it has huge energy costs accounting for about 1-3% of human's energy consumption. Therefore, there has been a long and vigorous exploration to find a milder alternative process. Here, we demonstrate that by using an iron- and graphene-based catalyst, Fe@3DGraphene, hot (ejected) electrons from this composite catalyst induced by visible light in a wide range of wavelength up to red could efficiently facilitate the activation of N2 and generate ammonia with H2 directly at ambient pressure using light (including simulated sun light) illumination directly...
November 22, 2016: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909741/the-role-of-epigenetic-modifiers-in-extended-cultures-of-functional-hepatocyte-like-cells-derived-from-human-neonatal-mesenchymal-stem-cells
#18
M Cipriano, J C Correia, S P Camões, N G Oliveira, P Cruz, H Cruz, M Castro, J L Ruas, J M Santos, J P Miranda
The development of predictive in vitro stem cell-derived hepatic models for toxicological drug screening is an increasingly important topic. Herein, umbilical cord tissue-derived mesenchymal stem cells (hnMSCs) underwent hepatic differentiation using an optimized three-step core protocol of 24 days that mimicked liver embryogenesis with further exposure to epigenetic markers, namely the histone deacetylase inhibitor trichostatin A (TSA), the cytidine analogue 5-azacytidine (5-AZA) and dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO)...
December 1, 2016: Archives of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908241/molecular-cloning-biochemical-characterization-and-antitumor-properties-of-a-novel-l-asparaginase-from-synechococcus-elongatus-pcc6803
#19
R Kebeish, A El-Sayed, H Fahmy, A Abdel-Ghany
L-asparaginase (EC 3.5.1.1), which catalyzes the deamidation of L-asparagine to L-aspartic acid and ammonia, has been widely used as a key therapeutic tool in the treatment of tumors. The current commercially available L-asparaginases, produced from bacteria, have signs of toxicity and hypersensitivity reactions during the course of tumor therapy. Therefore, searching for L-asparaginases with unique biochemical properties and fewer adverse effects was the objective of this work. In this study, cyanobacterial strain Synechococcus elongatus PCC6803 was found as a novel source of L-asparaginase...
October 2016: Biochemistry. Biokhimii︠a︡
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898047/inhibition-of-urease-by-disulfiram-an-fda-approved-thiol-reagent-used-in-humans
#20
Ángel Gabriel Díaz-Sánchez, Emilio Alvarez-Parrilla, Alejandro Martínez-Martínez, Luis Aguirre-Reyes, Jesica Aline Orozpe-Olvera, Miguel Armando Ramos-Soto, José Alberto Núñez-Gastélum, Bonifacio Alvarado-Tenorio, Laura Alejandra de la Rosa
Urease is a nickel-dependent amidohydrolase that catalyses the decomposition of urea into carbamate and ammonia, a reaction that constitutes an important source of nitrogen for bacteria, fungi and plants. It is recognized as a potential antimicrobial target with an impact on medicine, agriculture, and the environment. The list of possible urease inhibitors is continuously increasing, with a special interest in those that interact with and block the flexible active site flap. We show that disulfiram inhibits urease in Citrullus vulgaris (CVU), following a non-competitive mechanism, and may be one of this kind of inhibitors...
November 26, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
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