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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820431/high-throughput-screening-assay-for-laccase-engineering-toward-lignosulfonate-valorization
#1
David Rodríguez-Escribano, Felipe de Salas, Isabel Pardo, Susana Camarero
Lignin valorization is a pending issue for the integrated conversion of lignocellulose in consumer goods. Lignosulfonates (LS) are the main technical lignins commercialized today. However, their molecular weight should be enlarged to meet application requirements as additives or dispersing agents. Oxidation of lignosulfonates with fungal oxidoreductases, such as laccases, can increase the molecular weight of lignosulfonates by the cross-linking of lignin phenols. To advance in this direction, we describe here the development of a high-throughput screening (HTS) assay for the directed evolution of laccases, with lignosulfonate as substrate and the Folin-Ciocalteau reagent (FCR), to detect the decrease in phenolic content produced upon polymerization of lignosulfonate by the enzyme...
August 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819697/mechanistic-understanding-of-crystal-violet-dye-sorption-by-woody-biochar-implications-for-wastewater-treatment
#2
Awanthi Wathukarage, Indika Herath, M C M Iqbal, Meththika Vithanage
Dye-based industries, particularly small and medium scale, discharge their effluents into waterways without treatment due to cost considerations. We investigated the use of biochars produced from the woody tree Gliricidia sepium at 300 °C (GBC300) and 500 °C (GBC500) in the laboratory and at 700 °C from a dendro bioenergy industry (GBC700), to evaluate their potential for sorption of crystal violet (CV) dye. Experiments were conducted to assess the effect of pH reaction time and CV loading on the adsorption process...
August 17, 2017: Environmental Geochemistry and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818801/development-and-validation-of-a-reliable-method-for-thiopurine-methyltransferase-tpmt-enzyme-activity-in-human-whole-blood-by-lc-ms-ms-an-application-for-phenotypic-and-genotypic-correlations
#3
Supaporn Wiwattanakul, Santirhat Prommas, Nuttawut Jenjirattithigarn, Siwalee Santon, Apichaya Puangpetch, Samart Pakakasama, Usanarat Anurathapan, Chonlaphat Sukasem
A liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method was developed for the determination of thiopurine methyltransferase (TPMT) activity in human whole blood lysate, based on conversion of 6-mercaptopurine (6-MP) by TPMT to 6-methylmercaptopurine (6-MMP) using S-adenosyl-l-methionine (SAM) as the methyl donor. This method was improved from the previous laborious method for washing of red cell lysate preparation to develop whole blood EDTA lysate. In addition, the TPMT incubation was optimized and the chromatography was performed in a short runtime of 7min on a C18-column by detection via triple quadrupole mass spectrometry...
August 4, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818756/interactions-between-aluminium-iron-and-silicon-in-cucumber-sativus-l-grown-under-acidic-conditions
#4
Nikolai P Bityutskii, Kirill L Yakkonen, Anastasiya I Petrova, Alexey L Shavarda
Aluminium (Al) is one of the major stressors for plants in acidic soils, negatively affecting plant growth and nutrient balances. Significant efforts have been undertaken to understand mechanisms of Al tolerance in plants. However, little is known of the relevance of iron (Fe) and silicon (Si) nutrition under Al stress conditions. The objectives of this study were to determine whether effects induced by Fe and Si are of importance for limitation of Al moving via xylem in plants (Cucumis sativus L.). Cucumber plants (cv...
August 4, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818638/association-of-the-hemoglobin-a1c-variability-and-the-incidence-of-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-and-arterial-hypertension
#5
Jun Gu, Yu-Qi Fan, Jun-Feng Zhang, Chang-Qian Wang
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to investigate the association between variability in hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) and left ventricular (LV) diastolic function and incidence of symptomatic heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and arterial hypertension. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was conducted on eligible patients with T2DM and hypertension and without clinical signs or symptoms of heart failure in our hospital medical record database...
August 14, 2017: Hellenic Journal of Cardiology: HJC, Hellēnikē Kardiologikē Epitheōrēsē
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817795/hippocampal-dentate-mossy-cells-improve-their-cv-and-trk-into-the-limelight
#6
Aaron D Milstein, Ivan Soltesz
The impact of dentate mossy cells on hippocampal activity remained uncertain despite a long history of investigation. In this issue of Neuron, Hashimotodani et al. (2017) discover a presynaptically expressed form of long-term potentiation at mossy cell outputs, shedding light on their mysterious function.
August 16, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817580/criticality-predicts-maximum-irregularity-in-recurrent-networks-of-excitatory-nodes
#7
Yahya Karimipanah, Zhengyu Ma, Ralf Wessel
A rigorous understanding of brain dynamics and function requires a conceptual bridge between multiple levels of organization, including neural spiking and network-level population activity. Mounting evidence suggests that neural networks of cerebral cortex operate at a critical regime, which is defined as a transition point between two phases of short lasting and chaotic activity. However, despite the fact that criticality brings about certain functional advantages for information processing, its supporting evidence is still far from conclusive, as it has been mostly based on power law scaling of size and durations of cascades of activity...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817196/technical-note-quantitative-analysis-of-ivim-diffusion-mri-using-total-variation-and-huber-penalty-function
#8
Esha Baidya Kayal, Devasenathipathy Kandasamy, Kedar Khare, Jayendra Tiru Alampally, Sameer Bakhshi, Raju Sharma, Amit Mehndiratta
PURPOSE: Quantitative analysis in Intra-voxel Incoherent Motion (IVIM) imaging commonly uses voxel-wise estimation of the bi-exponential model, which might not be reliable for clinical interpretation. Improving model fitting performance and qualitative and quantitative parametric estimation, two novel methodologies are proposed here. METHODS: Five IVIM analyses methodologies: i) Bi-Exponential (BE) model, ii) Segmented BE method with 2-parameter fitting (BEseg-2), iii) Segmented BE method with 1-parameter fitting (BEseg-1), iv) BE with adaptive Total Variation Penalty function (BE+TV) and v) BE with adaptive Huber Penalty function (BE+HPF) were evaluated...
August 17, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816504/validity-and-reliability-of-the-3-min-all-out-running-test-to-measure-critical-velocity-in-hot-environments
#9
Yu-Hsuan Kuo, Ching-Feng Cheng, Wei-Chieh Hsu, Del P Wong
This study's aim was to investigate the test-retest reliability of the 3-min all-out running test (3MRT) in hot environments. Twelve male sprinters (age 21.2 ± 1.8 years; height 1.78 ± 0.01 m; weight 71.0 ± 1.6 kg; [Formula: see text] 55.0 ± 1.0 mL kg(-1) min(-1)) performed an incremental exercise test in a laboratory, during which the first and second ventilatory thresholds (VT1 and VT2) and [Formula: see text] were determined. In addition, they performed two 3MRTs on an outdoor track in a hot environment, during which the critical velocity (CV) and anaerobic capacity (D') were estimated...
August 17, 2017: Research in Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816385/contrasting-physiological-responses-to-future-ocean-acidification-among-arctic-copepod-populations
#10
Peter Thor, Allison Bailey, Sam Dupont, Piero Calosi, Janne E Søreide, Pierre De Wit, Ella Guscelli, Lea Loubet-Sartrou, Ida Marie Deichmann, Martin M Candee, Camilla Svensen, Andrew L King, Richard G J Bellerby
Widespread ocean acidification (OA) is modifying the chemistry of the global ocean, and the Arctic is recognised as the region where the changes will progress at the fastest rate. Moreover, Arctic species show lower capacity for cellular homeostasis and acid-base regulation rendering them particularly vulnerable to OA. In the present study, we found physiological differences in OA response across geographically separated populations of the keystone Arctic copepod Calanus glacialis. In copepodite stage CIV, measured reaction norms of ingestion rate and metabolic rate showed severe reductions in ingestion and increased metabolic expenses in two populations from Svalbard (Kongsfjord and Billefjord) whereas no effects were observed in a population from the Disko Bay, West Greenland...
August 17, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815938/optimization-of-recombinant-%C3%AE-glucuronidase-hydrolysis-and-quantification-of-eight-urinary-cannabinoids-and-metabolites-by-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry
#11
Cristina Sempio, Karl B Scheidweiler, Allan J Barnes, Marilyn A Huestis
Prolonged urinary cannabinoid excretion in chronic frequent cannabis users confounds identification of recent cannabis intake that may be important in treatment, workplace, clinical, and forensic testing programs. In addition, differentiation of synthetic Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) intake from cannabis plant products might be an important interpretive issue. THC, 11-hydroxy-THC (11-OH-THC) and 11-nor-9-carboxy-THC (THCCOOH) urine concentrations were evaluated during previous controlled cannabis administration studies following tandem alkaline/E...
June 14, 2017: Drug Testing and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815568/gliptin-therapy-reduces-hepatic-and-myocardial-fat-in-type-2-diabetic-patients-gliptins-and-cardiometabolic-risk
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Lana Kosi-Trebotic, Jürgen Harreiter, Marek Chmelik, Anita Thomas, Ivica Just-Kukurova, Siegfried Trattnig, Alexandra Kautzky-Willer
AIMS: Increased hepatic and cardiac fat are common in patients with Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and associated with greater risk of liver fibrosis and cardiovascular (CV) events. Sex-specific differences of Dipeptidyl peptidase-four (DPP-4) inhibitor effects on hepatic (HCL) and myocardial fat content (MYCL) have not been evaluated yet. METHODS: 41 T2DM patients received a gliptin add-on therapy when not reaching HbA1c goals under metformin monotherapy. They underwent cardiac and liver magnetic resonance tomography and spectroscopy before and 6 months after therapy initiation...
August 16, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815414/comparison-of-image-quality-between-step-and-shoot-and-continuous-bed-motion-techniques-in-whole-body-18-f-fluorodeoxyglucose-positron-emission-tomography-with-the-same-acquisition-duration
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Shozo Yamashita, Haruki Yamamoto, Tetsu Nakaichi, Tatsuya Yoneyama, Kunihiko Yokoyama
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to compare the qualities of whole-body positron emission tomography (PET) images acquired by the step-and-shoot (SS) and continuous bed motion (CBM) techniques with approximately the same acquisition duration, through phantom and clinical studies. METHODS: A body phantom with 10-37 mm spheres was filled with (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) solution at a sphere-to-background radioactivity ratio of 4:1 and acquired by both techniques. Reconstructed images were evaluated by visual assessment, percentages of contrast (%Q H) and background variability (%N) in accordance with the Japanese guideline for oncology FDG-PET/computed tomography (CT)...
August 16, 2017: Annals of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815368/proteomics-analysis-identified-a-drt-protein-involved-in-arsenic-resistance-in-populus
#14
Yanli Liu, Rebecca Njeri Damaris, Pingfang Yang
A DRT protein was identified and proved to be involved in the poplar arsenic resistance through comparative proteomics analysis between arsenic sensitive and resistant cultivars. Arsenic pollution in soil has been a serious problem all over the world. It is very important to dissect plants arsenic stress-response mechanisms in phytoremediation. In this study, arsenate-tolerant Populus deltoides cv. 'zhonglin 2025' and arsenate-sensitive Populus × euramericana cv. 'I-45/51' were screened from 10 poplar varieties...
August 16, 2017: Plant Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815132/precision-diagnosis-of-melanoma-and-other-skin-lesions-from-digital-images
#15
Abhishek Bhattacharya, Albert Young, Andrew Wong, Simone Stalling, Maria Wei, Dexter Hadley
Melanoma will affect an estimated 73,000 new cases this year and result in 9,000 deaths, yet precise diagnosis remains a serious problem. Without early detection and preventative care, melanoma can quickly spread to become fatal (Stage IV 5-year survival rate is 20-10%) from a once localized skin lesion (Stage IA 5- year survival rate is 97%). There is no biomarker for melanoma in clinical use, and the current diagnostic criteria for skin lesions remains subjective and imprecise. Accurate diagnosis of melanoma relies on a histopathologic gold standard; thus, aggressive excision of melanocytic skin lesions has been the mainstay of treatment...
2017: AMIA Summits on Translational Science Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814492/influence-of-arterial-stiffness-on-cardiovascular-outcome-in-patients-without-high-blood-pressure
#16
Keishi Ichikawa, Satoru Sakuragi, Takahiro Nishihara, Masahiro Tsuji, Atsushi Mori, Fumi Yokohama, Tadashi Wada, Daiji Hasegawa, Kenji Kawamoto, Machiko Tanakaya, Yusuke Katayama, Hiroshi Ito
OBJECTIVE: Although blood pressure (BP) is a major determinant of arterial stiffness, whether high pulse wave velocity (PWV) adversely influences cardiac parameters and cardiovascular (CV) outcome in patients without high BP remains unclear. METHODS: Outpatients without high BP (n=320), defined as systolic BP ≥140 mm Hg, were enrolled in this retrospective study. At baseline, all patients underwent echocardiography and multidetector CT to determine the coronary artery calcification (CAC) score...
August 16, 2017: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813447/the-use-of-high-throughput-small-rna-sequencing-reveals-differentially-expressed-micrornas-in-response-to-aster-yellows-phytoplasma-infection-in-vitis-vinifera-cv-chardonnay
#17
Marius C Snyman, Marie-Chrystine Solofoharivelo, Rose Souza-Richards, Dirk Stephan, Shane Murray, Johan T Burger
Phytoplasmas are cell wall-less plant pathogenic bacteria responsible for major crop losses throughout the world. In grapevine they cause grapevine yellows, a detrimental disease associated with a variety of symptoms. The high economic impact of this disease has sparked considerable interest among researchers to understand molecular mechanisms related to pathogenesis. Increasing evidence exist that a class of small non-coding endogenous RNAs, known as microRNAs (miRNAs), play an important role in post-transcriptional gene regulation during plant development and responses to biotic and abiotic stresses...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813101/forage-potential-of-native-ecotypes-of-paspalum-notatum-and-p-guenoarum
#18
Marcelo G Steiner, Miguel Dall'agnol, Carlos Nabinger, Simone M Scheffer-Basso, Roberto L Weiler, Carine Simioni, Maria Teresa Schifino-Wittmann, Éder A M DA Motta
The Paspalum genus includes several species that are important for livestock in Rio Grande do Sul, such as P. notatum and P. guenoarum, typical of native pastures of the Pampa biome. The aim of this study was to investigate forage production and chemical composition of four ecotypes of these species in relation to the cv. 'Pensacola' (P. notatum). Ecotypes of P. guenoarum (Azulão and Baio) and P. notatum (André da Rocha and Bagual) and the cv. 'Pensacola' were evaluated for two years, during which four cuts/year were made...
August 14, 2017: Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812943/tear-osmolarity-is-sensitive-to-exercise-induced-fluid-loss-but-is-not-associated-with-common-hydration-measures-in-a-field-setting
#19
Justin J Holland, Michelle Ray, Christopher Irwin, Tina L Skinner, Michael Leveritt, Ben Desbrow
This investigation (i) examined changes in tear osmolarity in response to fluid loss that occurs with exercise in a field setting, and (ii) compared tear osmolarity with common field and laboratory hydration measures.  Sixty-three participants [age 27.8 ± 8.4 years, body mass 72.15 ± 10.61 kg] completed a self-paced 10 km run outside on a predetermined course. Body mass, tear fluid, venous blood and urine samples were collected immediately before and after exercise.  Significant (p < 0.001) reductions in body mass (1...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811478/reduced-and-unstratified-crust-in-cv-chondrite-parent-body
#20
Clément Ganino, Guy Libourel
Early Solar System planetesimal thermal models predict the heating of the chondritic protolith and the preservation of a chondritic crust on differentiated parent bodies. Petrological and geochemical analyses of chondrites have suggested that secondary alteration phases formed at low temperatures (<300 °C) by fluid-rock interaction where reduced and oxidized Vigarano type Carbonaceous (CV) chondrites witness different physicochemical conditions. From a thermodynamical survey of Ca-Fe-rich secondary phases in CV3 chondrites including silica activity (aSiO2), here we show that the classical distinction between reduced and oxidized chondrites is no longer valid and that their Ca-Fe-rich secondary phases formed in similar reduced conditions near the iron-magnetite redox buffer at low aSiO2 (log(aSiO2) <-1) and moderate temperature (210-610 °C)...
August 15, 2017: Nature Communications
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