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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813428/soil-features-in-rookeries-of-antarctic-penguins-reveal-sea-to-land-biotransport-of-chemical-pollutants
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Anna C Santamans, Rafael Boluda, Antonio Picazo, Carlos Gil, Joaquín Ramos-Miras, Pablo Tejedo, Luis R Pertierra, Javier Benayas, Antonio Camacho
The main soil physical-chemical features, the concentrations of a set of pollutants, and the soil microbiota linked to penguin rookeries have been studied in 10 selected sites located at the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula (Maritime Antarctica). This study aims to test the hypothesis that biotransport by penguins increases the concentration of pollutants, especially heavy metals, in Antarctic soils, and alters its microbiota. Our results show that penguins do transport certain chemical elements and thus cause accumulation in land areas through their excreta...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813158/continuous-flow-synthesis-of-morpholines-and-oxazepanes-with-silicon-amine-protocol-slap-reagents-and-lewis-acid-facilitated-photoredox-catalysis
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Moritz K Jackl, Luca Legnani, Bill Morandi, Jeffrey W Bode
Photocatalytic coupling of aldehydes and silicon amine protocol (SLAP) reagents enables the simple, scalable synthesis of substituted morpholines, oxazepanes, thiomorpholines, and thiazepanes under continuous flow conditions. Key to the success of this process is the combination of an inexpensive organic photocatalyst (TPP) and a Lewis acid additive, which form an amine radical cation that is easily reduced to complete the catalytic cycle. Di- and trisubstituted SLAP reagents are formed in one step by an iron-catalyzed aminoetherification of olefins...
August 16, 2017: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813097/avian-communities-in-the-amazonian-cangas-vegetation-biogeographic-affinities-components-of-beta-diversity-and-conservation
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Sérgio H Borges, Marcos P D Santos, Leonardo M S Soares, Antonita S DA Silva
The Amazonian cangas is a vegetation type distributed as patches of open vegetation embedded in a matrix of tropical forest and that grows over iron-rich soils in the Serra dos Carajás region. To characterize cangas avifauna, we surveyed birds in eight patches varying from 43 to 1,366 hectares. Cangas avifauna has compositional affinities with savannas widespread throughout the Amazon and other biomes, and we estimate that more than 200 bird species occurs in this habitat. Species composition was relatively homogeneous, and the similarity among cangas patches was the dominant component of the beta-diversity...
August 14, 2017: Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812671/sulfate-radicals-enable-a-non-enzymatic-krebs-cycle-precursor
#4
Markus A Keller, Domen Kampjut, Stuart A Harrison, Markus Ralser
The evolutionary origins of the Krebs cycle (tricarboxylic acid cycle) are not currently clear. Despite the existence of a simple non-enzymatic Krebs cycle catalyst being dismissed only a few years ago as 'an appeal to magic', citrate and other intermediates have since been discovered on a carbonaceous meteorite and do interconvert non-enzymatically. To identify a metabolism-like non-enzymatic Krebs cycle catalyst, we used combinatorial, quantitative high-throughput metabolomics to systematically screen iron and sulfate compounds in a reaction mixture that orients on the typical components of Archaean sediment...
March 13, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812358/bioinspired-active-stealth-magneto-nanomicelles-for-theranostics-combining-efficient-mri-and-enhanced-drug-delivery
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Kai-Long Zhang, Jie Zhou, Hong Zhou, Ying Wu, Rui Liu, Li-Li Wang, Wei-Wen Lin, Guoming Huang, Huang-Hao Yang
The mononuclear phagocyte system (MPS), with key roles in recognition and clearance of foreign particles, is a major constraint to nanoparticle-based delivery systems. The desire to improve the delivery efficiency has prompted the search for stealthy long-circulating nanoplatforms. Herein, we design an antiphagocytic delivery system with "active" stealth behavior for cancer theranostics combining efficient MRI and enhanced drug delivery. We modify self-peptide, a synthetic peptide for active immunomodulation, to biodegradable poly (lactide-glycolide)-poly (ethylene glycol) (PLGA-PEG), then utilize the self-assembly properties of PLGA-PEG to form nanomicelles that encapsulating iron oxide (IO) nanoparticles and anticancer drug paclitaxel (PTX)...
August 16, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812245/association-of-elements-with-schizophrenia-and-intervention-of-selenium-supplements
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Zhe Li, Yumei Liu, Xia Li, Wen Ju, Guanrui Wu, Xiaomei Yang, Xiaofeng Fu, Xibao Gao
The purpose of this study is to explore more trace elements (zinc, potassium, copper, iron, boron, manganese, selenium, chromium and cadmium elements) in addition to calcium, magnesium, lead and arsenic in the sera of patients with schizophrenia and the general population in China and to determine the effect of selenium on schizophrenia patients. Participants were collected from the Pingyin County Mental Health Hospital and Pingyin County. A t test was used to analyse the differences between schizophrenia patients and healthy subjects, and element content differences in gender...
August 15, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812238/women-s-progress-for-men-s-gain-gender-specific-changes-in-the-return-to-education-as-measured-by-family-standard-of-living-1990-to-2009-2011
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ChangHwan Kim, Arthur Sakamoto
This study investigates gender-specific changes in the total financial return to education among persons of prime working ages (35-44 years) using U.S. Census data from 1990 and 2000, and the 2009-2011 American Community Survey. We define the total financial return to education as the family standard of living as measured by family income adjusted for family size. Our results indicate that women experienced significant progress in educational attainment and labor market outcomes over this time period. Ironically, married women's progress in education and personal earnings has led to greater improvement in the family standard of living for married men than for women themselves...
August 15, 2017: Demography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812189/nutrient-intake-of-swiss-toddlers
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Thomas A Brunner, Luca Casetti, Petra Haueter, Pascal Müller, Andreas Nydegger, Johannes Spalinger
PURPOSE: During the first years of life, food preferences are shaped that might last throughout a person's entire life affecting his/her health in the long term. However, knowledge on early feeding habits is still limited for toddlers. Therefore, the goal of the present study was to: (1) assess toddlers' nutrient intake; (2) compare the findings to past studies as well as to national feeding recommendations and (3) identify major food sources for energy and macronutrients. METHODS: A food survey using a 4-day diary was conducted...
August 10, 2017: European Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812125/recombinant-expression-and-biochemical-characterization-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-3fe-4s-ferredoxin-rv1786
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Yun Lu, Feng Qiao, Yue Li, Xiao-Hong Sang, Cong-Ran Li, Jian-Dong Jiang, Xin-Yi Yang, Xue-Fu You
Ferredoxins are iron-sulfur protein that mediate electron transfer in cytochrome P450 mono-oxygenase (CYP)-related catalytic reactions in a wide variety of organisms. Rv1786 is a putative ferredoxin, encoded by a gene located downstream of the gene encoding CYP143A1 in the Mycobacterium tuberculosis genome. However, the structure and function of Rv1786 have remained unclear. Here, the recombinant Mtb Rv1786 was expressed, purified as a His-tagged form and characterized with [3Fe-4S] clusters as its cofactors using a series of measurements including SDS-PAGE, western blot, UV/Visible, MALDI-TOF/TOF-MS, and electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopic analysis...
August 15, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812085/high-tc-superconducting-phases-in-organic-molecular-intercalated-iron-selenides-synthesis-and-crystal-structures
#10
Shifeng Jin, Xiao Fan, Xiaozhi Wu, Ruijin Sun, Hui Wu, Qingzhen Huang, Chenlong Shi, Xuekui Xi, Zhilin Li, Xiaolong Chen
Hybrid iron-based superconductors were synthesized by sonochemical insertion of organic molecules into FeSe layers. High quality of the samples first enabled reliable phase identifications and three structure types were discovered. Structure determination based on neutron data further facilitated the understanding of their structural stability, doping levels and temperature driven structural transitions.
August 16, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812007/erratum-to-a-comprehensive-literatures-update-of-clinical-researches-of-superparamagnetic-resonance-iron-oxide-nanoparticles-for-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Yì Xiáng J Wáng, Jean-Marc Idée
[This corrects the article DOI: 10.21037/qims.2017.02.09.].
June 2017: Quantitative Imaging in Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811946/are-all-mutations-the-same-a-rare-case-report-of-coexisting-mutually-exclusive-kras-and-braf-mutations-in-a-patient-with-metastatic-colon-adenocarcinoma
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Anusha Vittal, Akshay Middinti, Anup Kasi Loknath Kumar
29-year-old Hispanic woman presented to the clinic with complaints of abdominal pain, nausea, fatigue, and constipation. Laboratory tests indicated the presence of iron deficiency anemia and transaminitis. Imaging evaluation revealed marked hepatomegaly with multiple hepatic metastases and pelvic lymphadenopathy. Biopsy of the hepatic lesions showed adenocarcinoma positive for pan-cytokeratin, CMA5.2, villin, and CDX2. She was positive for tumor markers CA 19-9, CA-125, and CEA. Upon further evaluation, she was found to have colorectal cancer positive for KRAS and BRAF mutations...
2017: Case Reports in Oncological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811932/two-novel-direct-spio-labels-and-in%C3%A2-vivo-mri-detection-of-labeled-cells-after-acute-myocardial-infarct
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Riikka M Korpi, Kirsi Alestalo, Timo Ruuska, Eveliina Lammentausta, Ronald Borra, Fredrik Yannopoulos, Siri Lehtonen, Jarkko T Korpi, Elisa Lappi-Blanco, Vesa Anttila, Petri Lehenkari, Tatu Juvonen, Roberto Blanco Sequieros
BACKGROUND: Acute myocardial infarction (AMI) is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Cellular decay due hypoxia requires rapid and validated methods for possible therapeutic cell transplantation. PURPOSE: To develop direct and rapid superparamagnetic iron oxide (SPIO) cell label for a large-animal model and to assess in vivo cell targeting by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in an experimental AMI model. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Bone marrow mononuclear cells (BMMNCs) were labeled with SPIO particles using two novel direct labeling methods (rotating incubation method and electroporation)...
August 2017: Acta Radiologica Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811866/preliminary-data-on-the-interaction-between-some-biometals-and-oxidative-stress-status-in-mild-cognitive-impairment-and-alzheimer-s-disease-patients
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Ioana-Miruna Balmuș, Stefan-Adrian Strungaru, Alin Ciobica, Mircea-Nicusor Nicoara, Romeo Dobrin, Gabriel Plavan, Cristinel Ștefănescu
Increased interest regarding the biometal mechanisms of action and the pathways in which they have regulatory roles was lately observed. Particularly, it was shown that biometal homeostasis dysregulation may lead to neurodegeneration including Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson disease, or prion protein disease, since important molecular signaling mechanisms in brain functions implicate both oxidative stress and redox active biometals. Oxidative stress could be a result of a breakdown in metal-ion homeostasis which leads to abnormal metal protein chelation...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811809/peppered-and-rare-gastric-and-duodenal-pseudomelanosis-a-case-series
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Sami Samiullah, Hadi Bhurgri, Arooj Babar, Fatima Samad, Moaz M Choudhary, Michael Demyen
Upper Gastrointestinal (GI) pseudomelanosis is an uncommon entity characterized by endoscopic visualization of speckled dark mucosal pigmentation. While described in the rectum and colon, 'melanosis' or more aptly 'pseudomelanosis' is rare in the duodenum and exceedingly rare in the stomach. Five cases of pseudomelanosis were encountered at our department. Four females and one male were diagnosed, with a mean age of 70 years. All patients exhibited duodenal pseudomelanosis, with one demonstrating gastric antral pseudomelanosis as well...
May 2017: Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811791/differentiation-of-beta-thalassemia-trait-from-iron-deficiency-anemia-by-hematological-indices
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Tahir Jameel, Mukhtiar Baig, Ijaz Ahmed, Muhammad Barakat Hussain, Motlag Bin Doghaim Alkhamaly
OBJECTIVE: We aimed at finding out reliable parameter in the differentiation of iron deficiency anemia (IDA) and beta-thalassemia trait (β-TT) in the adult population subjected to Saudi Arabian Premarital Screening Program. METHODS: A total of 620 adults (age range 21-36 years) reported during February 2012 to November 2012. Tests for serum iron and ferritin were carried out in individuals showing low hemoglobin (Hb). All the selected subjects' samples were subjected to blood morphology, comparison of MCV, RBC count...
May 2017: Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811697/role-of-iron-and-copper-in-the-pathogenesis-of-parkinson-s-disease
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Mohit Kumar Gangania, Jyoti Batra, Suman Kushwaha, Rachna Agarwal
Parkinson's disease (PD) is an old age disorder of basal ganglia which involves oligomerization of α-synuclein protein and formation of intercellular inclusions known as "Lewy bodies" in substantia nigra and caudate nuclei in brain which is progressive in nature. It is second most prevalent neurodegenerative disorder characterized by tremor at rest, muscle rigidity, slowness of movement (bradykinesia, akinesia), and changes in posture (instability). Both excess and deficiency in levels of transition metals (especially iron, copper) can be detrimental to the central nervous system...
July 2017: Indian Journal of Clinical Biochemistry: IJCB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811695/pai-1-study-in-thalassemia-major-patients-receiving-multiple-blood-transfusion
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Ashwini Kumar, H S Batra, Mithu Banerjee, S Bandyopadhyay, T K Saha, Pratibha Misra, Vivek Ambade
Thalassemia is a congenital hemolytic disease which is treated by repeated blood transfusion. Chronic iron overload is currently considered to be the primary cause of mortality in β-thalassemia, mainly due to the induction of left-sided cardiac failure. Iron overload results from a number of mechanisms associated with the disease itself. In addition to chronic iron overload thalassemic patients are more prone for procoagulant status which in turn lead to clinical thrombotic events. The hypercoagulable state in thalassemia is due to multiple elements, a combination of which is often the drive behind a clinical thromboembolic events...
July 2017: Indian Journal of Clinical Biochemistry: IJCB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811642/octahedron-iron-oxide-nanocrystals-prohibited-clostridium-difficile-spore-germination-and-attenuated-local-and-systemic-inflammation
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Wei-Ting Lee, Ya-Na Wu, Yi-Hsuan Chen, Shang-Rung Wu, Tsai-Miao Shih, Tsung-Ju Li, Li-Xing Yang, Chen-Sheng Yeh, Pei-Jane Tsai, Dar-Bin Shieh
Clinical management of Clostridium difficile infection is still far from satisfactory as bacterial spores are resistant to many chemical agents and physical treatments. Certain types of nanoparticles have been demonstrated to exhibit anti-microbial efficacy even in multi-drug resistance bacteria. However, most of these studies failed to show biocompatibility to the mammalian host cells and no study has revealed in vivo efficacy in C. difficile infection animal models. The spores treated with 500 µg/mL Fe3-δO4 nanoparticles for 20 minutes, 64% of the spores were inhibited from transforming into vegetative cells, which was close to the results of the sodium hypochlorite-treated positive control...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811607/localized-iron-accumulation-precedes-nucleation-and-growth-of-magnetite-crystals-in-magnetotactic-bacteria
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Jacques Werckmann, Jefferson Cypriano, Christopher T Lefèvre, Kassiogé Dembelé, Ovidiu Ersen, Dennis A Bazylinski, Ulysses Lins, Marcos Farina
Many magnetotactic bacteria (MTB) biomineralize magnetite crystals that nucleate and grow inside intracellular membranous vesicles that originate from invaginations of the cytoplasmic membrane. The crystals together with their surrounding membranes are referred to magnetosomes. Magnetosome magnetite crystals nucleate and grow using iron transported inside the vesicle by specific proteins. Here we address the question: can iron transported inside MTB for the production of magnetite crystals be spatially mapped using electron microscopy? Cultured and uncultured MTB from brackish and freshwater lagoons were studied using analytical transmission electron microscopy in an attempt to answer this question...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
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