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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612304/cardiovascular-effects-and-fatality-may-differ-according-to-the-formulation-of-glyphosate-salt-herbicide
#1
Jeong Mi Moon, Byeong Jo Chun, Yong Soo Cho, Sung Do Lee, Young Joon Hong, Min Ho Shin, Eu Jene Jung, Hyun Ho Ryu
This study aimed to compare adverse cardiovascular events and fatalities and to identify the risk factors for fatalities associated with the glyphosate salt herbicide formulation. Additionally, we examined whether glyphosate ammonium salt herbicides increased serum ammonia levels. One hundred forty-seven patients were divided into an ammonium group (glyphosate ammonium salt herbicide) and an isopropylamine (IPA) group (glyphosate IPA salt herbicide) according to the type of glyphosate salt formulation ingested...
June 13, 2017: Cardiovascular Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600910/dried-human-skin-fibroblasts-as-a-new-substratum-for-functional-culture-of-hepatic-cells
#2
Agnieszka Wencel, Karolina Ewa Zakrzewska, Anna Samluk, Bartłomiej Henryk Noszczyk, Dorota Genowefa Pijanowska, Krzysztof Dariusz Pluta
The primary hepatocytes culture is still one of the main challenges in toxicology studies in the drug discovery process, development of in vitro models to study liver function, and cell-based therapies. Isolated hepatocytes display a rapid decline in viability and liver-specific functions including albumin production, conversion of ammonia to urea, and activity of the drug metabolizing enzymes. A number of methods have been developed in order to maintain hepatocytes in their highly differentiated state in vitro...
2017: Acta Biochimica Polonica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28582755/ultra-sensitive-and-selective-nh3-room-temperature-gas-sensing-induced-by-manganese-doped-titanium-dioxide-nanoparticles
#3
Zamaswazi P Tshabalala, Katekani Shingange, Franscious R Cummings, Odireleng M Ntwaeaborwa, Gugu H Mhlongo, David E Motaung
The study of the fabrication of ultra-high sensitive and selective room temperature ammonia (NH3) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) gas sensors remains an important scientific challenge in the gas sensing field. This is motivated by their harmful impact on the human health and environment. Therefore, herein, we report for the first time on the gas sensing properties of TiO2 nanoparticles doped with various concentrations of manganese (Mn) (1.0, 1.5, 2.0, 2.5 and 3.0mol.% presented as S1, S2, S3, S4 and S5, respectively), synthesized using hydrothermal method...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28569248/effect-of-foliar-application-of-salicylic-acid-hydrogen-peroxide-and-a-xyloglucan-oligosaccharide-on-capsiate-content-and-gene-expression-associatedwith-capsinoids-synthesis-in-capsicum-annuum-l
#4
A Y Zunun-Perez, T Guevara-Figueroa, S N Jimenez-Garcia, A A Feregrino-Perez, F Gautier, R G Guevara-Gonzalez
Capsinoids are non-pungent analogues of capsaicinoids in pepper (Capsicum spp). The absence of pungency, in addition to their biological activities similar to that of capsaicinoids such as anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxidant properties, makes capsinoids an excellent option for increasing use in human and animal nutrition, as well as health and pharmaceutical industries. There are only few sources of pepper producing capsinoids, and one of them (accession 509-45-1), Capsicum annuum L., is a potential source for increasing capsinoids content using strategies as controlled elicitation during plant production in the greenhouse...
June 2017: Journal of Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538732/cps1-maintains-pyrimidine-pools-and-dna-synthesis-in-kras-lkb1-mutant-lung-cancer-cells
#5
Jiyeon Kim, Zeping Hu, Ling Cai, Kailong Li, Eunhee Choi, Brandon Faubert, Divya Bezwada, Jaime Rodriguez-Canales, Pamela Villalobos, Yu-Fen Lin, Min Ni, Kenneth E Huffman, Luc Girard, Lauren A Byers, Keziban Unsal-Kacmaz, Christopher G Peña, John V Heymach, Els Wauters, Johan Vansteenkiste, Diego H Castrillon, Benjamin P C Chen, Ignacio Wistuba, Diether Lambrechts, Jian Xu, John D Minna, Ralph J DeBerardinis
Metabolic reprogramming by oncogenic signals promotes cancer initiation and progression. The oncogene KRAS and tumour suppressor STK11, which encodes the kinase LKB1, regulate metabolism and are frequently mutated in non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Concurrent occurrence of oncogenic KRAS and loss of LKB1 (KL) in cells specifies aggressive oncological behaviour. Here we show that human KL cells and tumours share metabolomic signatures of perturbed nitrogen handling. KL cells express the urea cycle enzyme carbamoyl phosphate synthetase-1 (CPS1), which produces carbamoyl phosphate in the mitochondria from ammonia and bicarbonate, initiating nitrogen disposal...
June 1, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538654/a-monitoring-system-for-laying-hens-that-uses-a-detection-sensor-based-on-infrared-technology-and-image-pattern-recognition
#6
Mauro Zaninelli, Veronica Redaelli, Fabio Luzi, Valentino Bontempo, Vittorio Dell'Orto, Giovanni Savoini
In Italy, organic egg production farms use free-range housing systems with a big outdoor area and a flock of no more than 500 hens. With additional devices and/or farming procedures, the whole flock could be forced to stay in the outdoor area for a limited time of the day. As a consequence, ozone treatments of housing areas could be performed in order to reduce the levels of atmospheric ammonia and bacterial load without risks, due by its toxicity, both for hens and workers. However, an automatic monitoring system, and a sensor able to detect the presence of animals, would be necessary...
May 24, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531961/challenges-in-photocatalytic-reduction-of-nitrate-as-a-water-treatment-technology
#7
Heather O'Neal Tugaoen, Sergi Garcia-Segura, Kiril Hristovski, Paul Westerhoff
Management of ubiquitous nitrate contamination in drinking water sources is a major engineering challenge due to its negative impacts from eutrophication to immediate risk to human health. Several water treatment technologies exist to manage nitrate pollution in water sources. However, the most widely used technologies are phase separation treatments. In this context, nanoscale photocatalysis emerges as a highly promising transformative technology capable of reducing nitrate to innocuous nitrogen with noticeable selectivity...
December 1, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526785/effects-of-arginine-on-growth-virulence-gene-expression-and-stress-tolerance-by-streptococcus-mutans
#8
Brinta Chakraborty, Robert A Burne
Streptococcus mutans is a common constituent of oral biofilms and a primary etiologic agent of human dental caries. The bacteria associated with dental caries have a potent ability to produce organic acids from dietary carbohydrates and to grow and metabolize in acidic conditions. In contrast, many commensal bacteria produce ammonia through the arginine deiminase system (ADS), which moderates the pH of oral biofilms. Arginine metabolism by the ADS is a significant deterrent to the initiation and progression of dental caries...
May 19, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509546/growth-of-nitrosococcus-related-ammonia-oxidizing-bacteria-coincides-with-extremely-low-ph-values-in-wastewater-with-high-ammonia-content
#9
Alexandra Fumasoli, Helmut Bürgmann, David G Weissbrodt, George F Wells, Karin Beck, Joachim Mohn, Eberhard Morgenroth, Kai M Udert
Ammonia oxidation decreases the pH in wastewaters where alkalinity is limited relative to total ammonia. The activity of ammonia oxidizing bacteria (AOB), however, typically decreases with pH and often ceases completely in slightly acidic wastewaters. Nevertheless, nitrification at low pH has been reported in reactors treating human urine, but it has been unclear which organisms are involved. In this study, we followed the population dynamics of ammonia oxidizing organisms and reactor performance in synthetic fully hydrolyzed urine as the pH decreased over time in response to a decrease in the loading rate...
June 5, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482456/antibiotic-resistance-genes-in-municipal-wastewater-treatment-systems-and-receiving-waters-in-arctic-canada
#10
Kara D Neudorf, Yan Nan Huang, Colin M Ragush, Christopher K Yost, Rob C Jamieson, Lisbeth Truelstrup Hansen
Domestic wastewater discharges may adversely impact arctic ecosystems and local indigenous people, who rely on being able to hunt and harvest food from their local environment. Therefore, there is a need to develop efficient wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs), which can be operated in remote communities under extreme climatic conditions. WWTPs have been identified as reservoirs of antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs). The objective of this work was to quantify the presence of nine different ARG markers (int1, sul1, sul2, tet(O), erm(B), mecA, blaCTX-M, blaTEM, and qnr(S)) in two passive systems (waste stabilization ponds [WSPs]) and one mechanical filtration plant operating in two smaller and one large community, respectively, in Nunavut, Canada...
November 15, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456476/the-acute-effect-of-cannabis-on-plasma-liver-and-brain-ammonia-dynamics-a-translational-study
#11
Osama A Abulseoud, Maria Laura Zuccoli, Lifeng Zhang, Allan Barnes, Marilyn A Huestis, Da-Ting Lin
Recent reports of ammonia released during cannabis smoking raise concerns about putative neurotoxic effects. Cannabis (54mg) was administered in a double-blind, placebo-controlled design to healthy cannabis users (n=15) either orally, or through smoking (6.9%THC cigarette) or inhalation of vaporized cannabis (Volcano®). Serial assay of plasma ammonia concentrations at 0, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 15, 30, and 90min from onset of cannabis administration showed significant time (P=0.016), and treatment (P=0.0004) effects with robust differences between placebo and edible at 30 (P=0...
April 26, 2017: European Neuropsychopharmacology: the Journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28452787/nutrient-recovery-from-airplane-wastewater-composition-treatment-and-ecotoxicological-assay
#12
Jorge Luiz da Paixão Filho, Adriano Luiz Tonetti, Martha Tavanielli Guimarães, Dailto Silva
For the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games, Brazil has expanded its airport infrastructure. This will lead to an increase in wastewater generation from aircrafts. This wastewater is traditionally taken from the aircrafts and disposed in the public sewage collection system. However, this residual water may have a different composition than the usual sanitary sewage. Therefore, it is important to study an alternative to treat this kind of wastewater. Thus, the objective of this study was to characterize and analyze the treatment of wastewater from airplane toilets through chemical precipitation for the removal of ammonia in the form of struvite...
April 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28451719/dual-mode-immunoassay-based-on-shape-code-and-infrared-absorption-fingerprint-signals-of-silica-nanorods
#13
Pengfei Zhao, Ran Ni, Kexin Wang, Xia Hong, Yadan Ding, Tie Cong, Junping Liu, Huiying Zhao
Silica nanorods were synthesized through a simple one-pot emulsion-droplet-based growth method, in which tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS) was used as the silica source, ammonia as the catalyst, and polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) as the structure-directing agent and stabilizer. By controlling hydrolysis and condensation in the reaction process, we regulated the aspect ratios and the infrared (IR) absorption fingerprint signals (the transverse optical and the longitudinal optical phonon modes) of the silica nanorods...
April 28, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448847/lactic-acid-fermentation-of-human-urine-to-improve-its-fertilizing-value-and-reduce-odour-emissions
#14
N Andreev, M Ronteltap, B Boincean, M Wernli, E Zubcov, N Bagrin, N Borodin, P N L Lens
During storage of urine, urea is biologically decomposed to ammonia, which can be lost through volatilization and in turn causes significant unpleasant smell. In response, lactic acid fermentation of urine is a cost-effective technique to decrease nitrogen volatilization and reduce odour emissions. Fresh urine (pH = 5.2-5.3 and NH4(+)-N = 1.2-1.3 g L(-1)) was lacto-fermented for 36 days in closed glass jars with a lactic acid bacterial inoculum from sauerkraut juice and compared to untreated, stored urine...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448631/biofortification-se-does-it-increase-the-content-of-phenolic-compounds-in-virgin-olive-oil-voo
#15
Roberto D'Amato, Primo Proietti, Andrea Onofri, Luca Regni, Sonia Esposto, Maurizio Servili, Daniela Businelli, Roberto Selvaggini
Extra-Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) is a fundamental component of the Mediterranean diet and it may contain several anti-oxidant substances, such as phenols. Previous research has shown that this food may be enriched in phenols by spraying a sodium-selenate solution (100 mg L-1 Se) onto the crop canopy before flowering. The aim of this research was to evaluate the effect of this Se-fertilization before flowering (cv. Leccino) on the phenolic profile of EVOOs, and test to what extent such effects depend on the weather pattern, as observed in two contrasting experimental seasons (2013 and 2014)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448530/response-of-npt2a-knockout-mice-to-dietary-calcium-and-phosphorus
#16
Yuwen Li, Daniel Caballero, Julian Ponsetto, Alyssa Chen, Chuanlong Zhu, Jun Guo, Marie Demay, Harald Jüppner, Clemens Bergwitz
Mutations in the renal sodium-dependent phosphate co-transporters NPT2a and NPT2c have been reported in patients with renal stone disease and nephrocalcinosis, but the relative contribution of genotype, dietary calcium and phosphate to the formation of renal mineral deposits is unclear. We previously reported that renal calcium phosphate deposits persist and/or reappear in older Npt2a-/- mice supplemented with phosphate despite resolution of hypercalciuria while no deposits are seen in wild-type (WT) mice on the same diet...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445822/identification-of-the-inactivating-factors-and-mechanisms-exerted-on-ms2-coliphage-in-concentrated-synthetic-urine
#17
Wakana Oishi, Daisuke Sano, Loic Decrey, Syunsuke Kadoya, Tamar Kohn, Naoyuki Funamizu
Volume reduction (condensation) is a key for the practical usage of human urine as a fertilizer because it enables the saving of storage space and the reduction of transportation cost. However, concentrated urine may carry infectious disease risks resulting from human pathogens frequently present in excreta, though the survival of pathogens in concentrated urine is not well understood. In this study, the inactivation of MS2 coliphage, a surrogate for single-stranded RNA human enteric viruses, in concentrated synthetic urine was investigated...
November 15, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420743/cancer-cell-metabolism-the-essential-role-of-the-nonessential-amino-acid-glutamine
#18
REVIEW
Ji Zhang, Natalya N Pavlova, Craig B Thompson
Biochemistry textbooks and cell culture experiments seem to be telling us two different things about the significance of external glutamine supply for mammalian cell growth and proliferation. Despite the fact that glutamine is a nonessential amino acid that can be synthesized by cells from glucose-derived carbons and amino acid-derived ammonia, most mammalian cells in tissue culture cannot proliferate or even survive in an environment that does not contain millimolar levels of glutamine. Not only are the levels of glutamine in standard tissue culture media at least ten-fold higher than other amino acids, but glutamine is also the most abundant amino acid in the human bloodstream, where it is assiduously maintained at approximately 0...
May 15, 2017: EMBO Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411465/simultaneous-and-multi-point-measurement-of-ammonia-emanating-from-human-skin-surface-for-the-estimation-of-whole-body-dermal-emission-rate
#19
Shota Furukawa, Yoshika Sekine, Keita Kimura, Kazuo Umezawa, Satomi Asai, Hayato Miyachi
Ammonia is one of the members of odor gases and a possible source of odor in indoor environment. However, little has been known on the actual emission rate of ammonia from the human skin surface. Then, this study aimed to estimate the whole-body dermal emission rate of ammonia by simultaneous and multi-point measurement of emission fluxes of ammonia employing a passive flux sampler - ion chromatography system. Firstly, the emission fluxes of ammonia were non-invasively measured for ten volunteers at 13 sampling positions set in 13 anatomical regions classified by Kurazumi et al...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409915/nitrogen-and-phosphorus-harvesting-from-human-urine-using-a-stripping-absorption-and-precipitation-process
#20
Surendra K Pradhan, Anna Mikola, Riku Vahala
Human urine contains significant amounts of N (nitrogen) and P (phosphorus); therefore it has been successfully used as fertilizer in different crops. But the use of urine as fertilizer has several constraints, such as, the high cost of transportation, an unpleasant smell, the risk of pathogens, and pharmaceutical residue. A combined and improved N stripping and P precipitation technique is used in this study. In this technique, Ca(OH)2 is used to increase the pH of urine which converts ammonium into ammonia gas and precipitate P as Ca-P compound...
May 2, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
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