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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226463/cardiac-katp-channel-modulation-by-16hz-magnetic-fields-a-theoretical-study
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Yuval Aharonovich, Mickey Scheinowitz, Sharon Zlochiver, Yuval Aharonovich, Mickey Scheinowitz, Sharon Zlochiver, Yuval Aharonovich, Sharon Zlochiver, Mickey Scheinowitz
Heart exposure to 16Hz magnetic fields (MFs) was shown to be cardio-protective for diseased hearts; still, the mechanism of this effect is unknown. We hypothesize that a possible one mechanism is an increased trans-membrane KATP channel open probability due to modulation of the degree of dissociation between K(+) ions, having a resonance frequency of 16Hz, and the channel selectivity filter. The Fan-Makielski Markovian KATP channel model was adopted, and the MF bio-effect was manifested by modulating the open probability of the channel using the predictive MF bio-effect parameter based on Binhi's quantum mechanics model...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223183/four-distinct-types-of-e-c-1-2-1-30-enzymes-can-catalyze-the-reduction-of-carboxylic-acids-to-aldehydes
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Holly Stolterfoht, Daniel Schwendenwein, Christoph W Sensen, Florian Rudroff, Margit Winkler
Increasing demand for chemicals from renewable resources calls for the development of new biotechnological methods for the reduction of oxidized bio-based compounds. Enzymatic carboxylate reduction is highly selective, both in terms of chemo- and product selectivity, but not many carboxylate reductase enzymes (CARs) have been identified on the sequence level to date. Thus far, their phylogeny is unexplored and very little is known about their structure-function-relationship. CARs minimally contain an adenylation domain, a phosphopantetheinylation domain and a reductase domain...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221928/rapid-identification-of-shiga-toxin-producing-escherichia-coli-o-serogroups-from-fresh-produce-and-raw-milk-enrichment-cultures-by-luminex-bead-based-suspension-array
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Julie A Kase, Anna Maounounen-Laasri, Andrew Lin
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Bacteriological Analytical Manual (BAM) Chapter 4a describes a Luminex microbead-based suspension array used to screen colonies for 11 clinically relevant Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) serogroups: O26, O45, O91, O103, O104, O111, O113, O121, O128, O145, and O157. We evaluated the usefulness of this method to identify STEC-positive enrichment samples before agar plating. Twelve E. coli strains were added to three types of fresh produce (bagged baby spinach, alfalfa sprouts, and cilantro) at levels near the detection limit of the test...
September 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216368/in-vitro-and-in-vivo-cysticidal-activity-of-extracts-and-isolated-flavanone-from-the-bark-of-prunus-serotina-a-bio-guided-study
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Francisca Palomares-Alonso, Irma Susana Rojas-Tomé, Guadalupe Palencia Hernández, María Adelina Jiménez-Arellanes, Martha Lydia Macías-Rubalcava, Angélica González-Maciel, Andrea Ramos-Morales, Rosalba Santiago-Reyes, Nelly Castro, Iliana González-Hernández, Yadira Rufino-González, Helgi Jung-Cook
Currently, neurocysticercosis treatment involves two drugs: albendazole and praziquantel; however, their efficacy is suboptimal and new cysticidal drugs are needed. The present paper reports the cysticidal activity of extracts of the bark from Prunus serotina against Taenia crassiceps cysts and the isolation and identification of the main components of the most active extract. Results showed that all extracts displayed in vitro cysticidal activity (EC50=17.9-88.5μg/mL), being the methanolic the most active and selective...
February 16, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216101/genome-sequence-of-methanobacterium-congolense-strain-buetzberg-a-hydrogenotrophic-methanogenic-archaeon-isolated-from-a-mesophilic-industrial-scale-biogas-plant-utilizing-bio-waste
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Gonzalo Torres Tejerizo, Yong Sung Kim, Irena Maus, Daniel Wibberg, Anika Winkler, Sandra Off, Alfred Pühler, Paul Scherer, Andreas Schlüter
Methanogenic Archaea are of importance at the end of the anaerobic digestion (AD) chain for biomass conversion. They finally produce methane, the end-product of AD. Among this group of microorganisms, members of the genus Methanobacterium are ubiquitously present in anaerobic habitats, such as bioreactors. The genome of a novel methanogenic archaeon, namely Methanobacterium congolense Buetzberg, originally isolated from a mesophilic biogas plant, was completely sequenced to analyze putative adaptive genome features conferring competitiveness of this isolate within the biogas reactor environment...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211875/a-hyaluronan-hydrogel-scaffold-based-xeno-free-culture-system-for-ex-vivo-expansion-of-human-corneal-epithelial-stem-cells
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D Chen, Y Qu, X Hua, L Zhang, Z Liu, S C Pflugfelder, D-Q Li
PurposeTo develop a hyaluronan hydrogel scaffold-based xeno-free culture system for ex vivo cultivation of human corneal epithelial stem cells (CESCs).Patients and MethodsCESCs were cultivated from donor limbal explants on the HyStem-C Hydrogel bio-scaffold in 12-well plates for 3 weeks. Group A used the traditional supplemented hormonal epidermal medium (SHEM) and group B used the defined SHEM (without fetal bovine serum and toxin A, adding 20% serum replacement). The growth and morphology of the cultured cells were assessed by phase contrast microscope...
February 17, 2017: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206737/bio-inspired-hierarchically-structured-surfaces-for-efficient-capture-and-release-of-circulating-tumor-cells
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Xiao-Qiu Dou, Ping Li, Siyu Jiang, Haider Bayat, Holger Schönherr
The development of novel bio-inspired surfaces with hierarchical micro- and nanoscale topographic structures for efficient capture and release of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) is reported. The capture of CTCs, facilitated by surface-immobilized epithelial cell adhesion molecule antibodies (anti-EpCAM), was shown to be significantly enhanced in novel three-dimensional hierarchically structured surfaces that were fabricated by replicating the natural micro- and nanostructures of rose petals. Under static conditions, these hierarchical capture substrates exhibited up to 6 times higher cell capture ability at concentrations of 100 cells mL-1 in contrast to flat anti-EpCAM-functionalized polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) surfaces...
February 16, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205580/accelerated-biodegradation-of-silk-sutures-through-matrix-metalloproteinase-activation-by-incorporating-4-hexylresorcinol
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You-Young Jo, HaeYong Kweon, Dae-Won Kim, Min-Keun Kim, Seong-Gon Kim, Jwa-Young Kim, Weon-Sik Chae, Sam-Pyo Hong, Young-Hwan Park, Si Young Lee, Je-Yong Choi
Silk suture material is primarily composed of silk fibroin and regarded as a non-resorbable material. It is slowly degraded by proteolysis when it is implanted into the body. 4-Hexylresorcinol (4HR) is a well-known antiseptic. In this study, the biodegradability of 4HR-incorporated silk sutures were compared to that of untreated silk sutures and polyglactin 910 sutures, a commercially available resorbable suture. 4HR-incorporated silk sutures exhibited anti-microbial properties. Matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) can digest a wide spectrum of proteins...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203276/a-biorefinery-scheme-to-fractionate-bamboo-into-high-grade-dissolving-pulp-and-ethanol
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Zhaoyang Yuan, Yangbing Wen, Nuwan Sella Kapu, Rodger Beatson, D Mark Martinez
BACKGROUND: Bamboo is a highly abundant source of biomass which is underutilized despite having a chemical composition and fiber structure similar as wood. The main challenge for the industrial processing of bamboo is the high level of silica, which forms water-insoluble precipitates negetively affecting the process systems. A cost-competitive and eco-friendly scheme for the production of high-purity dissolving grade pulp from bamboo not only requires a process for silica removal, but also needs to fully utilize all of the materials dissolved in the process which includes lignin, and cellulosic and hemicellulosic sugars as well as the silica...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202024/who-cone-bio-assays-of-classical-and-new-generation-long-lasting-insecticidal-nets-call-for-innovative-insecticides-targeting-the-knock-down-resistance-mechanism-in-benin
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Marius Allossogbe, Virgile Gnanguenon, Boulais Yovogan, Bruno Akinro, Rodrigue Anagonou, Fiacre Agossa, André Houtoukpe, Germain Gil Padonou, Martin Akogbeto
BACKGROUND: To increase the effectiveness of insecticide-treated nets (ITN) in areas of high resistance, new long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) called new-generation nets have been developed. These nets are treated with the piperonyl butoxide (PBO) synergist which inhibit the action of detoxification enzymes. The effectiveness of the new-generation nets has been proven in some studies, but their specific effect on mosquitoes carrying detoxification enzymes and those carrying both detoxification enzymes and the knock-down resistance gene in Benin is not well known...
February 15, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198918/artificial-diet-for-laboratory-rearing-of-condylorrhiza-vestigialis-guen%C3%A3-e-1854-lep-crambidae
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Lucas S Campos, Aloisio Coelho, José Roberto P Parra
The Brazilian Poplar Moth, Condylorrhiza vestigialis (Guenée), compromises the wood productivity of poplar trees (Populus sp.), mainly affecting the matchstick industry in southern Brazil. Considering the lack of information on rearing techniques for this insect, the objective of this study was to develop an artificial diet to rear C. vestigialis with biological characteristics similar to the wild insects. A properly diet will enable bio-ecological studies and biological control programs using the baculovirus Condylorrhiza vestigialis multiple nucleopolyhedrovirus (CvMNPV)...
February 9, 2017: Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194937/encapsulating-therapeutic-proteins-with-polyzwitterions-for-lower-macrophage-non-specific-uptake-and-longer-circulation-time
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Xiaopei Zhang, Wei Chen, Xinyuan Zhu, Yunfeng Lu
Numerous efforts have been made to promote the efficiency of protein delivery through tuning the protein surface properties such as grafting polymers on protein surface, but limited successes have been achieved and their great clinical expectation has not yet been realized. The main reason is that proteins are readily recognized as foreign materials under physiological conditions due to the genetic distance between species, leading to rapid decrease in activity and clearance by mononuclear phagocyte system (MPS)...
February 14, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192987/distinct-dual-c-cl-isotope-fractionation-patterns-during-anaerobic-biodegradation-of-1-2-dichloroethane-potential-to-characterize-microbial-degradation-in-the-field
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Jordi Palau, Rong Yu, Siti Hatijah Mortan, Orfan Shouakar-Stash, Mònica Rosell, David L Freedman, Chiara Sbarbati, Stephanie Fiorenza, Ramon Aravena, Ernest Marco-Urrea, Martin Elsner, Albert Soler, Daniel Hunkeler
This study investigates for the first time dual C-Cl isotope fractionation during anaerobic biodegradation of 1,2-dichloroethane (1,2-DCA) via dihaloelimination by Dehalococcoides and Dehalogenimonas-containing enrichment cultures. Isotopic fractionation of 1,2-DCA (ε_bulk^C and ε_bulk^Cl) for Dehalococcoides (-33.0±0.4‰ and -5.1±0.1‰) and Dehalogenimonas-containing microcosms (-23±2‰ and -12.0±0.8‰) resulted in distinctly different dual element C-Cl isotope correlations (Λ = Δδ13C/Δδ37Cl ≈ ε_bulk^C / ε_bulk^Cl), 6...
February 14, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188985/3d-ssf-a-bio-inspired-approach-for-dynamic-multi-subject-clustering-of-white-matter-tracts
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A Chekir, S Hassas, M Descoteaux, M Côté, E Garyfallidis, F Oulebsir-Boumghar
There is growing interest in the study of white matter (WM) variation across subjects, and in particular the analysis of specific WM bundles, to better understand brain development and aging, as well as to improve early detection of some diseases. Several WM multi-subject clustering methods have been proposed to study WM bundles. These methods aim to overcome the complexity of the problem, which includes the huge size of the WM tractography datasets generated from multiple subjects, the existence of various streamlines with different positions, lengths and geometric forms, as well as the presence of outliers...
January 27, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186709/in-vitro-evaluation-of-the-biological-compatibility-and-antibacterial-activity-of-a-bone-substitute-material-consisting-of-silver-doped-hydroxyapatite-and-bio-oss-%C3%A2
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Jingjue Gong, Lei Yang, Qi He, Ting Jiao
This study evaluated biological compatibility and antibacterial activity of a bone substitute material consisting of silver-doped hydroxyapatite (AgHA) and Bio-Oss(®) with different mixture ratios in vitro and investigated its antibacterial mechanism. AgHA was synthesized by a chemical precipitation method. After characterization, AgHA was mixed with Bio-Oss(®) at three ratios: 1:1, 1:2, and 1:4 by weight. Then, Porphyromonas gingivalis (Pg) and Fusobacterium nucleatum (Fn) were used to test the antibacterial activity of the mixture...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183649/biological-and-mechanical-evaluation-of-a-bio-hybrid-scaffold-for-autologous-valve-tissue-engineering
#16
S Jahnavi, U Saravanan, N Arthi, G S Bhuvaneshwar, T V Kumary, S Rajan, R S Verma
Major challenge in heart valve tissue engineering for paediatric patients is the development of an autologous valve with regenerative capacity. Hybrid tissue engineering approach is recently gaining popularity to design scaffolds with desired biological and mechanical properties that can remodel post implantation. In this study, we fabricated aligned nanofibrous Bio-Hybrid scaffold made of decellularized bovine pericardium: polycaprolactone-chitosan with optimized polymer thickness to yield the desired biological and mechanical properties...
April 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181430/ellipsoidal-colloids-with-a-controlled-surface-roughness-via-bio-inspired-surface-engineering-building-blocks-for-liquid-marbles-and-superhydrophobic-surfaces
#17
Pengjiao Zhang, Lu Yang, Qiang Li, Songhai Wu, Shaoyi Jia, Zhanyong Li, Zhenkun Zhang, Linqi Shi
Understanding the important role of the surface roughness of nano-/colloidal particles and harnessing them for practical applications need novel strategies to control the particles' surface topology. Although there are many examples of spherical particles with a specific surface roughness, non-spherical ones with similar surface features are rare. The current work report a one-step, straightforward and bio-inspired surface engineering strategy to prepare ellipsoidal particles with a controlled surface roughness...
February 9, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178203/male-psyllids-differentially-learn-in-the-context-of-copulation
#18
Dara G Stockton, Xavier Martini, Lukasz L Stelinski
In the Asian citrus psyllid, Diaphorina citri Kuwayama, stimulatory cuticular hydrocarbons act as sex pheromone attractants. Male psyllids locate aggregations of females using those olfactory cues, as well as vibrational communication on the plant surface. Although previous research has indicated that learning plays a role in modulating female reproductive behaviors in psyllids, it is unknown whether males similarly use learning to increase the likelihood of copulatory success. We used an olfactometer-based bio-assay to study the effects of experience on male response to female odor...
February 7, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178074/a-common-pro-nociceptive-pain-modulation-profile-typifying-subgroups-of-chronic-pelvic-pain-syndromes-is-interrelated-with-enhanced-clinical-pain
#19
Grinberg Keren, Granot Michal, Lowenstein Lior, Abramov Liora, Weissman-Fogel Irit
Provoked vestibulodynia (PVD) and painful bladder syndrome (PBS), subgroups of chronic pelvic pain syndromes (CPPS), are considered to share common bio-physiological peripheral mechanisms. In addition, indications of a pro-nociceptive pain profile co-existing with psychological vulnerability suggests common dysfunctional pain processing and pain modulation in these two subgroups of CPPS. We therefore aimed at comparing the pain profile and psychological traits of PVD and PBS patients to see whether the pain profile contributes to inter-subject variability of clinical pain symptoms...
February 7, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176286/aptamer-combined-with-fluorescent-silica-nanoparticles-for-detection-of-hepatoma-cells
#20
Zixi Hu, Juntao Tan, Zongqiang Lai, Rong Zheng, Jianhong Zhong, Yiwei Wang, Xiaoxue Li, Nuo Yang, Jieping Li, Wei Yang, Yong Huang, Yongxiang Zhao, Xiaoling Lu
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to develop a simple, effective method to label hepatoma cells with aptamers and then detect them using fluorescent silica nanoparticles (FSNPs). METHOD: Streptavidin was conjugated to carboxyl-modified fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC)-doped silica nanoparticles which were prepared by the reverse microemulsion method. The resulting streptavidin-conjugated fluorescent silica nanoparticles (SA-FSNPs) were mixed with hepatoma cells that had been labeled with biotin-conjugated aptamer TLS11a (Bio-TLS11a)...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
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