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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161675/a-comparison-of-two-digestion-methods-for-assessing-heavy-metals-level-in-urban-soils-influenced-by-mining-and-industrial-activities
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Khaled A M Alsaleh, Helmut Meuser, Adel R A Usman, Mohammad I Al-Wabel, Abdullah S Al-Farraj
A comparison between two digestion methods of hot plate Hossner (total-total) and USEPA method 3051 (total-recoverable) was carried out to suggest a proper method for determining nine heavy metals (Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Fe, Mn, Ni, Pb and Zn) content of three urban soils affected by mining (Mahd AD'Dahab) or industrial activities (Riyadh and Jubail) at Saudi Arabia. The results showed no significant differences between two digestion methods for Cd, Cu, Pb and Zn in soils affected by mining and for Cr, Cu, Pb and Zn in soils affected by industrial activities...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161661/chlorogenic-acid-prevents-diabetic-nephropathy-by-inhibiting-oxidative-stress-and-inflammation-through-modulation-of-the-nrf2-ho-1-and-nf-%C3%A4-b-pathways
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Liping Bao, Jushuang Li, Dongqing Zha, Lian Zhang, Ping Gao, Tao Yao, Xiaoyan Wu
Oxidative and inflammatory damage have been suggested to play important roles in the pathogenesis of diabetic nephropathy (DN). Chlorogenic acid (CGA) is one of the most abundant polyphenols and has known immunoprotective, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. In the present study, animal experiments were designed to examine the protective effects of CGA in DN, and cellular experiments were designed to explore the underlying mechanisms. CGA significantly attenuated diabetic renal damage based on histological pathology and molecular biological methods...
November 18, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161647/simple-synthesis-of-self-supported-hierarchical-aupd-alloyed-nanowire-networks-for-boosting-electrocatalytic-activity-toward-formic-acid-oxidation
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Tao Yuan, Hong-Yan Chen, Xiaohong Ma, Jiu-Ju Feng, Pei-Xin Yuan, Ai-Jun Wang
Herein, self-supported hierarchical AuPd alloyed interconnected nanowire networks (AuPd NCNs) were fabricated by a one-pot co-reduction method. Theophylline was acted as the capping and structure-directing agents. The product was mainly characterized by a series of techniques such as transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The hierarchical nanostructures had the enlarged electrochemically active surface area (EASA), and the enhanced catalytic activity toward formic acid oxidation reaction (FAOR) and strengthened poisoning tolerance for poisoning CO-like intermediates by cyclic voltammetry and chronoamperometry, which outperformed commercial Pd black catalyst...
November 6, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161583/chrysin-sources-beneficial-pharmacological-activities-and-molecular-mechanism-of-action
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Renuka Mani, Vijayakumar Natesan
In recent years, public and scientific interest in plant flavonoids has tremendously increased because of their postulated health benefits. This review was mainly focuses on the flavone chrysin (5,7-dihydroxyflavone), which occurs naturally in many plants, honey, and propolis. A number of in vitro and in vivo studies have revealed the therapeutic effects of chrysin against various diseases. In general, chrysin exhibits many biological activities and pharmacological effects, including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticancer, and antiviral activities...
November 18, 2017: Phytochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161503/hierarchical-mesoporous-nio-mno2-pani-core-shell-microspheres-highly-efficient-and-stable-bifunctional-electrocatalysts-for-oxygen-evolution-and-reduction-reactions
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Junkai He, Mingchao Wang, Wenbo Wang, Ran Miao, Wei Zhong, Sheng-Yu Chen, Shannon Poges, Tahereh Jafari, Wenqiao Song, Jiachen Liu, Steven L Suib
We report on the new facile synthesis of mesoporous NiO/MnO2 in one-step by modifying inverse micelle templated UCT (University of Connecticut) methods. The catalyst shows excellent electrocatalytic activity and stability for both the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) and the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) in alkaline media after further coating with polyaniline. For electrochemical performance, the optimized catalyst exhibits a potential gap, ΔE, of 0.75 V to achieve a current of 10 mA cm-2 for the OER and -3 mA cm-2 for the ORR in 0...
November 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161499/polymerization-of-well-aligned-organic-nanowires-on-a-ferromagnetic-rare-earth-surface-alloy
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Mikel Abadía, Maxim Ilyn, Ignacio Piquero-Zulaica, Pierluigi Gargiani, Celia Rogero, Jose Enrique Ortega, Jens Brede
The high reactivity of magnetic substrate toward molecular overlayers has so far inhibited the realization of more sophisticated on-surface reactions thereby depriving these interfaces of a significant class of chemically tailored organics such as graphene nanoribbons, oligonuclear spin-chains, and metal-organic networks. Here, we present a multi-technique characterization of the polymerization of 4,4″-dibromo-p-terphenyl precursors into ordered poly (p-phenylene) arrays on top of the bi-metallic GdAu$_2$ surface alloy...
November 21, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161464/increased-efficiency-of-targeted-mutagenesis-by-crispr-cas9-in-plants-using-heat-stress
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Chantal Le Blanc, Fei Zhang, Josefina Mendez, Yamile Lozano, Krishna Chatpar, Vivian Irish, Yannick Jacob
The CRISPR/Cas9 system has greatly improved our ability to engineer targeted mutations in eukaryotic genomes. While CRISPR/Cas9 appears to work universally, the efficiency of targeted mutagenesis and the adverse generation of off-target mutations vary greatly between different organisms. In this study, we report that Arabidopsis plants subjected to heat stress at 37°C show much higher frequencies of CRISPR-induced mutations compared to plants grown continuously at the standard temperature (22°C). Using quantitative assays relying on GFP reporter genes, we found that targeted mutagenesis by CRISPR/Cas9 in Arabidopsis is increased by ~5-fold in somatic tissues and up to 100-fold in the germline upon heat treatment...
November 21, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161412/fluid-dynamics-in-heart-development-effects-of-hematocrit-and-trabeculation
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Nicholas A Battista, Andrea N Lane, Jiandong Liu, Laura A Miller
Recent in vivo experiments have illustrated the importance of understanding the haemodynamics of heart morphogenesis. In particular, ventricular trabeculation is governed by a delicate interaction between haemodynamic forces, myocardial activity, and morphogen gradients, all of which are coupled to genetic regulatory networks. The underlying haemodynamics at the stage of development in which the trabeculae form is particularly complex, given the balance between inertial and viscous forces. Small perturbations in the geometry, scale, and steadiness of the flow can lead to changes in the overall flow structures and chemical morphogen gradients, including the local direction of flow, the transport of morphogens, and the formation of vortices...
November 16, 2017: Mathematical Medicine and Biology: a Journal of the IMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161306/comparison-of-methods-for-determining-the-effectiveness-of-antibacterial-functionalized-textiles
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Hajo Haase, Lisa Jordan, Laura Keitel, Claudia Keil, Boris Mahltig
Antimicrobial functionalization of textiles is important for various applications, such as protection of textile materials from decomposition, generation of more effective wound dressings, and the prevention of infections or malodors resulting from bacterial growth. In order to test the efficacy of new products, their antibacterial activity needs to be evaluated. At present, several different procedures are being used for this purpose, hindering comparisons among different studies. The present paper compares five of these assays using a sample panel of different textiles functionalized with copper (Cu) and silver (Ag) as antibacterial agents, and discusses the suitability of these methods for different analytical requirements...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161301/detection-and-quantification-of-dengue-virus-using-a-novel-biosensor-system-based-on-dengue-ns3-protease-activity
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Ming-Shu Hsieh, Mei-Yu Chen, Chun-Hsiang Hsieh, Chien-Hsiung Pan, Guann-Yi Yu, Hsin-Wei Chen
BACKGROUND: The traditional methods, plaque assays and immuno-focus assays, used to titrate infectious dengue virus (DENV) particles are time consuming and labor intensive. Here, we developed a DENV protease activity detection system (DENPADS) to visualize DENV infection in cells based on dengue protease activity. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Dengue NS3 protease cleaves NS4B-NS5. BHK-21 cells stably expressing the sensor module comprising DENV-2 NS4 and the 10 amino-terminal amino acids of NS5 (N10NS5) fused with the SV40 nuclear localization signal (NLS) and Cre recombinase (Cre), were generated...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161273/enrichment-of-colorectal-cancer-associations-in-functional-regions-insight-for-using-epigenomics-data-in-the-analysis-of-whole-genome-sequence-imputed-gwas-data
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Stephanie A Bien, Paul L Auer, Tabitha A Harrison, Conghui Qu, Charles M Connolly, Peyton G Greenside, Sai Chen, Sonja I Berndt, Stéphane Bézieau, Hyun M Kang, Jeroen Huyghe, Hermann Brenner, Graham Casey, Andrew T Chan, John L Hopper, Barbara L Banbury, Jenny Chang-Claude, Stephen J Chanock, Robert W Haile, Michael Hoffmeister, Christian Fuchsberger, Mark A Jenkins, Suzanne M Leal, Mathieu Lemire, Polly A Newcomb, Steven Gallinger, John D Potter, Robert E Schoen, Martha L Slattery, Joshua D Smith, Loic Le Marchand, Emily White, Brent W Zanke, Goncalo R Abeçasis, Christopher S Carlson, Ulrike Peters, Deborah A Nickerson, Anshul Kundaje, Li Hsu
BACKGROUND: The evaluation of less frequent genetic variants and their effect on complex disease pose new challenges for genomic research. To investigate whether epigenetic data can be used to inform aggregate rare-variant association methods (RVAM), we assessed whether variants more significantly associated with colorectal cancer (CRC) were preferentially located in non-coding regulatory regions, and whether enrichment was specific to colorectal tissues. METHODS: Active regulatory elements (ARE) were mapped using data from 127 tissues and cell-types from NIH Roadmap Epigenomics and Encyclopedia of DNA Elements (ENCODE) projects...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161267/sugar-industry-sponsorship-of-germ-free-rodent-studies-linking-sucrose-to-hyperlipidemia-and-cancer-an-historical-analysis-of-internal-documents
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Cristin E Kearns, Dorie Apollonio, Stanton A Glantz
In 1965, the Sugar Research Foundation (SRF) secretly funded a review in the New England Journal of Medicine that discounted evidence linking sucrose consumption to blood lipid levels and hence coronary heart disease (CHD). SRF subsequently funded animal research to evaluate sucrose's CHD risks. The objective of this study was to examine the planning, funding, and internal evaluation of an SRF-funded research project titled "Project 259: Dietary Carbohydrate and Blood Lipids in Germ-Free Rats," led by Dr. W...
November 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161240/rapid-nodal-staging-of-head-and-neck-cancer-surgical-specimens-with-flow-cytometric-analysis
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Valtteri Häyry, Åsa Kågedal, Eric Hjalmarsson, Pedro Farrajota Neves da Silva, Cecilia Drakskog, Gregori Margolin, Susanna Kumlien Georén, Eva Munck-Wikland, Ola Winqvist, Lars Olaf Cardell
BACKGROUND: Detection of metastatic spread of head and neck cancer to cervical lymph nodes is essential for optimal design of therapy. Undetected metastases lead to mortality, which can be prevented by better detection methods. METHODS: We analysed 41 lymph nodes from 19 patients with oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC). Each lymph node was divided in two, one half processed for histopathology and the other half dissociated into single-cell suspension, stained for the carcinoma cell markers cytokeratin 5/8 (CK5/8), epithelial cell adhesion molecule (EpCAM) and epithelial mucin (MUC-1), and analysed with flow cytometry...
November 21, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161153/protective-effects-of-agomelatine-on-testicular-damage-caused-by-bortezomib
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N Akaras, T Bal, H Atilay, J Selli, M B Halici
Bortezomib is a chemotherapeutic agent used to treat several cancers; however, it exhibits severe side effects in testicular tissue. We investigated the use of agomelatine to prevent testicular tissue damage caused by bortezomib. We used 36 male Sprague-Dawley rats divided randomly into six equal groups: group 1, no treatment control; group 2, agomelatine treatment only; group 3, bortezomib treatment only for 48 h; group 4, bortezomib + agomelatine treatment for 48 h; group 5, bortezomib treatment only for 72 h; and group 6, bortezomib + agomelatine treatment for 72 h...
November 21, 2017: Biotechnic & Histochemistry: Official Publication of the Biological Stain Commission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161049/on-the-empirical-analysis-of-optical-kerr-effect-spectra-a-case-for-constraint
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John S Bender, John T Fourkas, Benoit Coasne
Ultrafast optical Kerr effect (OKE) spectroscopy is a widely used method for studying the depolarized, Raman-active intermolecular dynamics of liquids. Through appropriate manipulation of OKE data, it is possible to determine the reduced spectral density (RSD), which is the Bose-Einstein-corrected, low-frequency Raman spectrum with the contribution of diffusive reorientation removed. OKE RSDs for van der Waals liquids can often be fit well to an empirical function that is the sum of a Bucaro-Litovitz function and an antisymmetrized Gaussian (AG)...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161033/carbon-quantum-dots-grafted-antifouling-membranes-for-osmotic-power-generation-via-pressure-retarded-osmosis-process
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Die Ling Zhao, Subhabrata Das, Tai-Shung Chung
Osmotic power generated by pressure-retarded osmosis (PRO) has attracted global attention as a clean, abundant and renewable energy resource. However, the substrates of PRO membranes are particularly prone to fouling because of their direct contact with various foulants in raw water. This leads to a significant decline in power density and impedes the commercialization of PRO technology. In this work, a facile surface modification method has been developed to obtain a new type of nanoparticle functionalized antifouling PRO membranes...
November 21, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161011/the-design-of-plasmodium-vivax-hypoxanthine-guanine-phosphoribosyltransferase-inhibitors-as-potential-antimalarial-therapeutics
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Dianne T Keough, Dominik Rejman, Radek Pohl, Eva Zborníková, Dana Hockova, Tristan Croll, Michael D Edstein, Geoff W Birrell, Marina Chavchich, Lieve M J Naesens, Gregory K Pierens, Ian M Brereton, Luke W Guddat
Plasmodium falciparum (Pf) and Plasmodium vivax (Pv) are the foremost causative agents of malaria. Due to the development of resistance to current antimalarial medications, new drugs for this parasitic disease need to be discovered. The activity of hypoxanthine-guanine-[xanthine]-phosphoribosyltransferase, HG[X]PRT, is reported to be essential for the growth of both of these parasites, making it an excellent target for antimalarial drug discovery. Here, we have used rational structure-based methods to design an inhibitor, [3R,4R]-4-guanin-9-yl-3-((S)-2-hydroxy-2-phosphonoethyl)oxy-1-N-(phosphonopropionyl)pyrrolidine, of PvHGPRT and PfHGXPRT which has Ki values of 8 nM and 7 nM, respectively for these two enzymes...
November 21, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161010/emerging-approaches-for-spatiotemporal-control-of-targeted-genome-with-inducible-crispr-cas9
#18
Yuta Nihongaki, Takahiro Otabe, Moritoshi Sato
The breakthrough CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats)-Cas9 (CRISPR-associated protein 9) nuclease has revolutionized our ability in genome engineering. Although Cas9 is already a powerful tool for simple and efficient target endogenous gene manipulation, further engineering of Cas9 will improve the performance of Cas9, such as gene-editing efficiency and accuracy in vivo, and expand the application possibility of this Cas9 technology. The emerging inducible Cas9 methods, which can control the activity of Cas9 using an external stimulus such as chemicals and light, have the potential to provide spatiotemporal gene manipulation in user-defined cell population at a specific time and improve the accuracy of Cas9-mediated genome editing...
November 21, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160932/on-the-use-of-polyelectrolytes-and-polymediators-in-organic-electrosynthesis
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Benjamin Schille, Niels Ole Giltzau, Robert Francke
Although organic electrosynthesis is generally considered to be a green method, the necessity for excess amounts of supporting electrolyte constitutes a severe drawback. Furthermore, the employment of redox mediators represents an additional separation problem. In this context, we have explored the applicability of soluble polyelectrolytes and polymediators using the TEMPO-mediated transformation of alcohols to carbonyl compounds as test reaction. Catalyst benchmarking based on CV studies indicates that the redox-active polymer can compete with molecularly defined TEMPO species...
November 21, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160857/synergistic-effects-of-danshen-salvia-miltiorrhizae-radix-et-rhizoma-and-sanqi-notoginseng-radix-et-rhizoma-combination-in-angiogenesis-behavior-in-eahy-926-cells
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Xian Zhou, Valentina Razmovski-Naumovski, Antony Kam, Dennis Chang, Chunguang Li, Alan Bensoussan, Kelvin Chan
Background: This study investigated the combination effects of the Danshen and Sanqi herb pair on angiogenesis in vitro. Methods: Nine combination ratios of Danshen-Sanqi extracts (DS-SQ) were screened for their angiogenic effects in the human vascular endothelial EAhy 926 cell line via cell proliferation, cell migration and tube formation activities against the damage to the cells exerted by DL-homocysteine (Hcy) and adenosine (Ado). The type of interaction (synergistic, antagonistic, additive) between Danshen and Sanqi was analyzed using combination index (CI) and isobologram models...
November 21, 2017: Medicines (Basel, Switzerland)
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