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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350221/assessing-the-social-and-environmental-costs-of-institution-nitrogen-footprints
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Jana E Compton, Allison M Leach, Elizabeth A Castner, James N Galloway
This article estimates the damage costs associated with the institutional nitrogen (N) footprint and explores how this information could be used to create more sustainable institutions. Potential damages associated with the release of nitrogen oxides (NOx), ammonia (NH3), and nitrous oxide (N2O) to air and release of nitrogen to water were estimated using existing values and a cost per unit of nitrogen approach. These damage cost values were then applied to two universities. Annual potential damage costs to human health, agriculture, and natural ecosystems associated with the N footprint of institutions were $11...
April 1, 2017: Sustainability (New Rochelle)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342234/stability-indicating-hplc-and-hptlc-methods-for-determination-of-agomelatine-and-its-degradation-products
#2
Maha M Abdelrahman, Ibrahim A Naguib, Mohamed R El Ghobashy, Nesma A Ali
Two accurate, sensitive and highly selective stability-indicating methods are developed and validated for simultaneous determination of Agomelatine (AGM) and its forced degradation products (Deg I and II). The first method is High-Performance Liquid Chromatography for separation and quantitation of AGM, Deg I and II on a C18 column (250 mm × 4.6 mm, 5 μm p.s) in isocratic mode by using a binary mixture of Potassium dihydrogen phosphate (0.05 M, pH adjusted to 2.9 with orthophosphoric acid): acetonitrile (60:40, v/v) at a flow rate of 2 mL/min...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Chromatographic Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339611/mechanism-of-1-4-dioxane-microbial-degradation-revealed-by-16s-rrna-and-metatranscriptomic-analyses
#3
Xiangyu Guan, Fei Liu, Jing Wang, Caoxiang Li, Xiaoxuan Zheng
1,4-Dioxane (dioxane), a probable human carcinogen, often exists in industrial wastewater and domestic sewage. In this study, we applied 16S rRNA and metatranscriptomic methods to analyze the dioxane biodegradation mechanism by activated sludge. Tetrahydrofuran (THF) was added as an essential co-metabolite to promote the degradation of dioxane. We found the dioxane removal ratio increased with increasing THF concentrations. When the THF concentration increased from 60.0 to 200.0 mg/L, the dioxane degradation rate was stable...
January 2018: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338928/immunoproteomic-identification-of-antigenic-candidate-campylobacter-jejuni-and-human-peripheral-nerve-proteins-involved-in-guillain-barr%C3%A3-syndrome
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Aida Loshaj-Shala, Mara Colzani, Katerina Brezovska, Ana Poceva Panovska, Ljubica Suturkova, Giangiacomo Beretta
Immunoproteomics is become a potent methodology used for identifying immunoreactive proteins. In this study, an immunoproteomic approach based on 2-dimensional gel electrophoresis (2D-PAGE) and immunoblotting combined with high resolution mass spectrometry (MS) was used to identify immunoreactive proteins that might be involved in mechanisms of Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) development, regardless of their potential reciprocal molecular mimicry. Proteins isolated from C. jejuni and human peripheral nerve tissue (HPN) were separated with 2D SDS-PAGE and subjected to western blotting using serum samples from GBS patients...
January 9, 2018: Journal of Neuroimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329783/comparative-genome-based-cis-elements-analysis-in-the-5-upstream-and-3-downstream-region-of-cell-wall-invertase-and-phenylalanine-ammonia-lyase-in-nicotiana-benthamiana
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S A Sheshadri, M J Nishanth, N Harita, P Brindha, S Bindu
Plant secondary metabolites are widely used in human disease treatment; though primary metabolism provides precursors for secondary metabolism, not much has been studied to unravel the link connecting both the processes. Most common form of gene regulation interconnecting diverse metabolism occurs at the transcriptional and/or posttranscriptional level mediated by regulatory cis-elements. The present study aims at understanding the common cis-elements network connecting the major primary metabolic enzyme, cell wall invertase (CWIN) and secondary metabolism genes in Nicotiana benthamiana (N...
November 13, 2017: Computational Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29305505/a-unique-autothermal-thermophilic-aerobic-digestion-process-showing-dynamic-transition-of-physicochemical-and-bacterial-characteristics-from-mesophilic-to-theromophilic-phases
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Yukihiro Tashiro, Kosuke Kanda, Yuya Asakura, Toshihiko Kii, Huijun Cheng, Pramod Poudel, Yuki Okugawa, Kosuke Tashiro, Kenji Sakai
A unique autothermal thermophilic aerobic digestion (ATAD) process has been used to convert human excreta to liquid fertilizer in Japan. This study investigated the physicochemical and bacterial community characteristic changes during the full-scale ATAD process operated for approximately 3 weeks in 2 different years. After initiating simultaneous aeration and mixing using an air-inducing circulator (aerator), the temperature autothermally increased rapidly in the first 1-2 d with exhaustive oxygen consumption, leading to a drastic decrease and gradual increase in oxidation-reduction potential in the first 2 d, which reached > 50°C in the middle 4-6 d and remained steady in the final phase...
January 5, 2018: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29291105/nanostructured-carbon-electrode-modified-with-n-doped-graphene-quantum-dots-chitosan-nanocomposite-a-sensitive-electrochemical-dopamine-sensor
#7
Sami Ben Aoun
A highly selective and sensitive dopamine electrochemical sensor based on nitrogen-doped graphene quantum dots-chitosan nanocomposite-modified nanostructured screen printed carbon electrode is presented, for the first time. Graphene quantum dots were prepared via microwave-assisted hydrothermal reaction of glucose, and nitrogen doping was realized by introducing ammonia in the reaction mixture. Chitosan incorporation played a significant role towards the selectivity of the prepared sensor by hindering the ascorbic acid interference and enlarging the peak potential separation between dopamine and uric acid...
November 2017: Royal Society Open Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29278642/maternal-phenylketonuria-syndrome-studies-in-mice-suggest-a-potential-approach-to-a-continuing-problem
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William L Zeile, Helen C McCune, Donald G Musson, Brian O'Donnell, Charles A O'Neill, Laurie S Tsuruda, Roberto T Zori, Philip J Laipis
BACKGROUND: Untreated Phenylketonuria (PKU), one of the most common human genetic disorders, usually results in mental retardation. While a protein-restricted artificial diet can prevent retardation, dietary compliance in adults is often poor. In pregnant PKU women, noncompliance can result in maternal PKU syndrome, where high phenylalanine (Phe) levels cause severe fetal complications. Enzyme substitution therapy using phenylalanine ammonia lyase (PAL) corrects PKU in BTBR phenylalanine hydroxylase (Pahenu2) mutant mice, suggesting a potential for maternal PKU syndrome treatment in humans...
December 21, 2017: Pediatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241534/integrating-extracellular-flux-measurements-and-genome-scale-modeling-reveals-differences-between-brown-and-white-adipocytes
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Alfred K Ramirez, Matthew D Lynes, Farnaz Shamsi, Ruidan Xue, Yu-Hua Tseng, C Ronald Kahn, Simon Kasif, Jonathan M Dreyfuss
White adipocytes are specialized for energy storage, whereas brown adipocytes are specialized for energy expenditure. Explicating this difference can help identify therapeutic targets for obesity. A common tool to assess metabolic differences between such cells is the Seahorse Extracellular Flux (XF) Analyzer, which measures oxygen consumption and media acidification in the presence of different substrates and perturbagens. Here, we integrate the Analyzer's metabolic profile from human white and brown adipocytes with a genome-scale metabolic model to predict flux differences across the metabolic map...
December 12, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241094/adhesion-of-human-monocytes-to-oxygen-and-nitrogen-containing-plasma-polymers-effect-of-surface-chemistry-and-protein-adsorption
#10
Sara Babaei, Natalie Fekete, Corinne A Hoesli, Pierre-Luc Girard-Lauriault
The interactions between monocytes and biomaterials can potentially be modulated by controlling the chemical and structural surface properties of biomaterials. The objective of this study was to determine the effect of plasma-deposited functional organic coatings on monocyte adhesion and differentiation into macrophages. Organic coatings with varying oxygen and nitrogen concentration were prepared by low-pressure plasma co-polymerization of binary gas mixtures combining a hydrocarbon (butadiene/ethylene) and a heteroatom-containing gas (carbon dioxide/ammonia) to deposit either oxygen or nitrogen-containing coatings...
December 6, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29237731/naked-mole-rat-acid-sensing-ion-channel-3-forms-nonfunctional-homomers-but-functional-heteromers
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Laura-Nadine Schuhmacher, Gerard Callejo, Shyam Srivats, Ewan St John Smith
Acid-sensing ion channels (ASICs) form both homotrimeric and heterotrimeric ion channels that are activated by extracellular protons and are involved in a wide range of physiological and pathophysiological processes, including pain and anxiety. ASIC proteins can form both homotrimeric and heterotrimeric ion channels. The ASIC3 subunit has been shown to be of particular importance in the peripheral nervous system with pharmacological and genetic manipulations demonstrating a role in pain. Naked mole-rats, despite having functional ASICs, are insensitive to acid as a noxious stimulus and show diminished avoidance of acidic fumes, ammonia and carbon dioxide...
December 13, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29229845/brain-urea-increase-is-an-early-huntington-s-disease-pathogenic-event-observed-in-a-prodromal-transgenic-sheep-model-and-hd-cases
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Renee R Handley, Suzanne J Reid, Rudiger Brauning, Paul Maclean, Emily R Mears, Imche Fourie, Stefano Patassini, Garth J S Cooper, Skye R Rudiger, Clive J McLaughlan, Paul J Verma, James F Gusella, Marcy E MacDonald, Henry J Waldvogel, C Simon Bawden, Richard L M Faull, Russell G Snell
The neurodegenerative disorder Huntington's disease (HD) is typically characterized by extensive loss of striatal neurons and the midlife onset of debilitating and progressive chorea, dementia, and psychological disturbance. HD is caused by a CAG repeat expansion in the Huntingtin (HTT) gene, translating to an elongated glutamine tract in the huntingtin protein. The pathogenic mechanism resulting in cell dysfunction and death beyond the causative mutation is not well defined. To further delineate the early molecular events in HD, we performed RNA-sequencing (RNA-seq) on striatal tissue from a cohort of 5-y-old OVT73-line sheep expressing a human CAG-expansion HTT cDNA transgene...
December 26, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29216295/alpha-1-antichymotrypsin-is-involved-in-astrocyte-injury-in-concert-with-arginine-vasopressin-during-the-development-of-acute-hepatic-encephalopathy
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Jonghyuk Park, Takahiro Masaki, Yoshihiro Mezaki, Hiroshi Yokoyama, Mariko Nakamura, Haruka Maehashi, Takahiko J Fujimi, Sabine S Gouraud, Keisuke Nagatsuma, Madoka Nakagomi, Naofumi Kimura, Tomokazu Matsuura
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: We developed a bio-artificial liver (BAL) using a radial-flow bioreactor and rescued mini-pig models with lethal acute liver failure (ALF). The point of the rescue is the recovery from hepatic encephalopathy (HE). HE on ALF has sometimes resulted in brain death following brain edema with astrocyte swelling. Several factors, including ammonia and glutamine, have been reported to induce astrocyte swelling and injury. However, many clinicians believe that there are any other factors involved in the development of HE...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29202841/the-response-of-canine-faecal-microbiota-to-increased-dietary-protein-is-influenced-by-body-condition
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Jia Xu, Adronie Verbrugghe, Marta Lourenço, An Cools, Daisy J X Liu, Tom Van de Wiele, Massimo Marzorati, Venessa Eeckhaut, Filip Van Immerseel, Lynn Vanhaecke, Miguel Campos, Myriam Hesta
BACKGROUND: High protein diets shift the faecal microbiota into a more unfavourable composition in obese humans. In lean dogs, higher protein consumption is accompanied with increased production of putrefactive fermentation products, whereas obese dogs have a different gut microbiota compared to lean dogs. Still, the impact of high dietary protein on gut microbiota in obese dogs remains unclear. The aim of this study was to investigate faecal microbial changes in lean and obese dogs in response to two different levels of dietary protein...
December 4, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29202267/decrease-in-male-mouse-fertility-by-hydrogen-sulfide-and-or-ammonia-can-be-inheritable
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Weidong Zhang, Yong Zhao, Pengfei Zhang, Yanan Hao, Shuai Yu, Lingjiang Min, Lan Li, Dongxue Ma, Liang Chen, Bao Yi, Xiangfang Tang, Qingshi Meng, Lei Liu, Shukun Wang, Wei Shen, Hongfu Zhang
Numerous epidemiological studies suggest that air pollutants cause a decline in the quality of human spermatozoa and thus a reduction in fertility. However, the exact cause of infertility remains unknown. Air pollution gases, such as NH3 and H2S are either free or bound to airborne particular materials (PM) and are abundant and reactive. The aim of this current investigation was to explore the impacts of NH3 and/or H2S on male fertility and the underlying mechanisms. Male mouse exposed to H2S and/or NH3 and after two generations were used to evaluate the impacts on fertility...
November 30, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29192783/mesodomain-and-protein-associated-solvent-phases-with-temperature-tunable-200-265-k-dynamics-surround-ethanolamine-ammonia-lyase-in-globally-polycrystalline-aqueous-solution-containing-dimethyl-sulfoxide
#16
Benjamen Nforneh, Kurt Warncke
Electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy of the spin probe, TEMPOL, is used to resolve solvent phases that surround the ethanolamine ammonia-lyase (EAL) protein from Salmonella typhimurium at low temperature (T) in frozen, globally polycrystalline aqueous solution and to report on the T dependence of their detectably rigid and fluid states. EAL plays a role in human gut microbiome-based disease conditions, and physicochemical studies provide insight into protein structure and mechanism, toward potential therapeutics...
December 1, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163445/in-silico-analysis-of-putrefaction-pathways-in-bacteria-and-its-implication-in-colorectal-cancer
#17
Harrisham Kaur, Chandrani Das, Sharmila S Mande
Fermentation of undigested proteins in human gastrointestinal tract (gut) by the resident microbiota, a process called bacterial putrefaction, can sometimes disrupt the gut homeostasis. In this process, essential amino acids (e.g., histidine, tryptophan, etc.) that are required by the host may be utilized by the gut microbes. In addition, some of the products of putrefaction, like ammonia, putrescine, cresol, indole, phenol, etc., have been implicated in the disease pathogenesis of colorectal cancer (CRC). We have investigated bacterial putrefaction pathways that are known to be associated with such metabolites...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159315/l-arginine-biosensors-a-comprehensive-review
#18
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Neelam Verma, Ashish Kumar Singh, Minni Singh
Arginine has been considered as the most potent nutraceutics discovered ever, due to its powerful healing property, and it's been known to scientists as the Miracle Molecule. Arginine detection in fermented food products is necessary because, high level of arginine in foods forms ethyl carbamate (EC) during the fermentation process. Therefore, L-arginine detection in fermented food products is very important as a control measure for quality of fermented foods, food supplements and beverages including wine. In clinical analysis arginine detection is important due to their enormous inherent versatility in various metabolic pathways, topmost in the synthesis of Nitric oxide (NO) and tumor growth...
December 2017: Biochemistry and Biophysics Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146341/oxidation-and-nitrosation-of-meat-proteins-under-gastro-intestinal-conditions-consequences-in-terms-of-nutritional-and-health-values-of-meat
#19
Diane de La Pomélie, Véronique Santé-Lhoutellier, Thierry Sayd, Philippe Gatellier
The chemical changes (oxidation/nitrosation) of meat proteins during digestion lead to a decrease in their nutritional value. Moreover, oxidized and nitrosated amino acids are suspected to promote various human pathologies. To investigate the mechanisms and the kinetics of these endogenous protein modifications, we used a dynamic artificial digestive system (DIDGI®) that mimics the physicochemical conditions of digestion. The combined effect of meat cooking and endogenous addition of ascorbate and nitrite was evaluated on protein oxidation (by measuring carbonyl groups), protein nitrosation (by measuring nitrosamines), and proteolysis...
March 15, 2018: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136895/reactive-low-temperature-plasma-ionization-mass-spectrometry-for-the-determination-of-organic-uv-filters-in-personal-care-products
#20
Xuelu Ding, Stefanie Gerbig, Bernhard Spengler, Sabine Schulz
Organic UV filters in personal care products (PCPs) have been persistently reported as a potential threat to human health. In order to guarantee consumers(') safety, the dose of these compounds in PCPs needs to be monitored. Here, a methodology based on reactive low temperature plasma ionization (LTP) mass spectrometry (MS) has been developed for the determination of common organic UV filters in PCPs including benzophenone-3, ethylhexyl dimethyl p-aminobenzoic acid, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, 4-methylbenzylidene camphor, octocrylene, and ethylhexyl salicylate...
February 1, 2018: Talanta
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