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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437580/differential-gene-expression-in-narrow-and-broad-headed-european-glass-eels-anguilla-anguilla-points-to-a-transcriptomic-link-of-head-shape-dimorphism-with-growth-rate-and-chemotaxis
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J De Meyer, G E Maes, R P Dirks, D Adriaens
One of the major challenges in evolutionary biology is to understand the mechanisms underlying morphological dimorphism and plasticity, including the genomic basis of traits and links to ecology. At the yellow eel stage of the European eel (Anguilla anguilla), two morphotypes are found: broad- and narrow-heads. This dimorphism has been linked to dietary differences, with broad-heads feeding on harder, larger prey than narrow-heads. However, recent research showed that both morphotypes could be distinguished at the glass eel stage, the non-feeding predecessor of the yellow eel stage, implying that non-dietary factors play a role in the development of this head shape dimorphism...
April 24, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437263/a-randomised-trial-to-evaluate-preoperative-oral-carbohydrate-administration-on-insulin-resistance-in-off-pump-coronary-artery-bypass-patients
#2
Bora Lee, Sarah Soh, Jae-Kwang Shim, Ha Y Kim, Hyelin Lee, Young-Lan Kwak
BACKGROUND: In fasting cardiac surgery patients, preoperative carbohydrate (CHO) drink intake attenuated insulin resistance and improved cardiac metabolism, although its beneficial effects were not evident after cardiac surgery possibly due to cardiopulmonary bypass-related extreme systemic inflammation. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to evaluate whether preoperative CHO intake affected insulin resistance and free-fatty acid (FFA) concentrations in off-pump coronary revascularisation...
April 21, 2017: European Journal of Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436674/general-dialdehyde-click-chemistry-for-amine-bioconjugation
#3
Sina Elahipanah, Paul J O'Brien, Dmitry Rogozhnikov, Muhammad N Yousaf
The development of methods for conjugating a range of molecules to primary amine functional groups has revolutionized the fields of chemistry, biology, and material science. The primary amine is a key functional group and one of the most important nucleophiles and bases used in all of synthetic chemistry. Therefore, tremendous interest in the synthesis of molecules containing primary amines and strategies to devise chemical reactions to react with primary amines has been at the core of chemical research. In particular, primary amines are a ubiquitous functional group found in biological systems as free amino acids, as key side chain lysines in proteins, and in signaling molecules and metabolites and are also present in many natural product classes...
April 24, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436161/dispersive-liquid-liquid-microextraction-as-an-effective-pre-analytical-step-for-the-determination-of-estradiol-in-human-urine
#4
Elena Kupcová, Katarína Reiffová
In this work, a fast and effective dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction was developed for the isolation and pre-concentration of free 17β-estradiol, the main human estrogen, from real human urine samples. To optimize the extraction technique, few important parameters such as type and volume of extraction and dispersive solvents, centrifugation conditions, effect of salt addition, and extraction time were studied. Optimal conditions were obtained when injecting 600 μL mixture of tetrachloromethane as extraction solvent and ethanol as dispersive solvent (1:5; v/v) into 2 mL of urine containing 8% NaCl and following centrifugation at 10 000 rpm, thus reaching enrichment factor 28 and extraction recovery 98% for estradiol...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Separation Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435879/fast-moving-soft-electronic-fish
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Tiefeng Li, Guorui Li, Yiming Liang, Tingyu Cheng, Jing Dai, Xuxu Yang, Bangyuan Liu, Zedong Zeng, Zhilong Huang, Yingwu Luo, Tao Xie, Wei Yang
Soft robots driven by stimuli-responsive materials have unique advantages over conventional rigid robots, especially in their high adaptability for field exploration and seamless interaction with humans. The grand challenge lies in achieving self-powered soft robots with high mobility, environmental tolerance, and long endurance. We are able to advance a soft electronic fish with a fully integrated onboard system for power and remote control. Without any motor, the fish is driven solely by a soft electroactive structure made of dielectric elastomer and ionically conductive hydrogel...
April 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433142/enhanced-degradation-of-chitosan-by-applying-plasma-treatment-in-combination-with-oxidizing-agents-for-potential-use-as-an-anticancer-agent
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Chayanaphat Chokradjaroen, Ratana Rujiravanit, Anyarat Watthanaphanit, Sewan Theeramunkong, Nagahiro Saito, Kazuko Yamashita, Ryuichi Arakawa
Solution plasma (SP) treatment in combination with oxidizing agents, i.e., hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), potassium persulfate (K2S2O8) and sodium nitrite (NaNO2) were adopted to chitosan degradation in order to achieve fast degradation rate, low chemicals used and high yield of low-molecular-weight chitosan and chitooligosaccharide (COS). Among the studied oxidizing agents, H2O2 was found to be the best choice in terms of appreciable molecular weight reduction without major change in chemical structure of the degraded products of chitosan...
July 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429831/one-step-fabrication-of-monolithic-electrodes-comprising-co9s8-particles-supported-on-cobalt-foam-for-efficient-and-durable-oxygen-evolution-reaction
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Dehua Xiong, Qingqing Zhang, Sitaramanjaneya Mouli Thalluri, Junyuan Xu, Wei Li, Xiuli Fu, Lifeng Liu
We report a very easy and cost-effective approach to the fabrication of monolithic Co9S8 water oxidation electrodes (Co@Co9S8), which is fabricated by one-step hydrothermal treatment of commercially available cobalt foam in the presence of thiourea. The morphology, crystal structure, microstructure, and composition of as-fabricated Co@Co9S8 electrodes are examined using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscope (TEM), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and their electrochemical properties are investigated by cyclic voltammetry (CV), chronopotentiometry (CP), chronoamperometry (CA), and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS)...
April 21, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429586/bubble-mediated-ultrasensitive-multiplex-detection-of-metal-ions-in-three-dimensional-dna-nanostructure-encoded-microchannels
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Xiangmeng Qu, Fan Yang, Hong Chen, Jiang Li, Hongbo Zhang, Guo-Jun Zhang, Li Li, Lihua Wang, Shiping Song, Yang Tian, Hao Pei
The development of rapid and sensitive point-of-test devices for the on-site monitoring of heavy-metal contamination has great scientific and technological importance. However, developing fast, inexpensive, and sensitive microarray sensors to achieve such goal remains challenging. In this work, we present a DNA nanostructured microarray (DNM) with tubular three-dimensional (3D) sensing surface and ordered nanotopography. This microarray enables enhanced molecular interaction toward the rapid and sensitive multiplex detection of heavy-metal ions...
April 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428822/in-muro-deacetylation-of-xylan-affects-lignin-properties-and-improves-saccharification-of-aspen-wood
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Prashant Mohan-Anupama Pawar, Marta Derba-Maceluch, Sun-Li Chong, Madhavi Latha Gandla, Shamrat Shafiul Bashar, Tobias Sparrman, Patrik Ahvenainen, Mattias Hedenström, Merve Özparpucu, Markus Rüggeberg, Ritva Serimaa, Martin Lawoko, Maija Tenkanen, Leif J Jönsson, Ewa J Mellerowicz
BACKGROUND: Lignocellulose from fast growing hardwood species is a preferred source of polysaccharides for advanced biofuels and "green" chemicals. However, the extensive acetylation of hardwood xylan hinders lignocellulose saccharification by obstructing enzymatic xylan hydrolysis and causing inhibitory acetic acid concentrations during microbial sugar fermentation. To optimize lignocellulose for cost-effective saccharification and biofuel production, an acetyl xylan esterase AnAXE1 from Aspergillus niger was introduced into aspen and targeted to cell walls...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428696/gamma-amino-butyric-acid-attenuates-brain-oxidative-damage-associated-with-insulin-alteration-in-streptozotocin-treated-rats
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N A Eltahawy, H N Saada, A S Hammad
The aim of the current study was to evaluate the role of γ-amino butyric acid (GABA) in insulin disturbance and hyperglycemia associated with brain oxidative damage in streptozotocin-treated rats. Streptozotocin (STZ) was administered to male albino rats as a single intraperitoneal dose (60 mg/kg body weight). GABA (200 mg/Kg body weight/day) was administered daily via gavages during 3 weeks to STZ-treated-rats. Male albino rats Sprague-Dawley (10 ± 2 weeks old; 120 ± 10 g body weight) were divided into 4 groups of 6 rats and treated in parallel...
June 2017: Indian Journal of Clinical Biochemistry: IJCB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428209/myelin-detection-using-rapid-quantitative-mr-imaging-correlated-to-macroscopically-registered-luxol-fast-blue-stained-brain-specimens
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J B M Warntjes, A Persson, J Berge, W Zech
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Myelin detection is of great value in monitoring diseases such as multiple sclerosis and dementia. However, most MR imaging methods to measure myelin are challenging for routine clinical use. Recently, a novel method was published, in which the presence of myelin is inferred by using its effect on the intra- and extracellular water relaxation rates and proton density, observable by rapid quantitative MR imaging. The purpose of this work was to validate this method further on the brains of 12 fresh, intact cadavers...
April 20, 2017: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427680/numerical-modelling-of-ultrasonic-waves-in-a-bubbly-newtonian-liquid-using-a-high-order-acoustic-cavitation-model
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G S Bruno Lebon, I Tzanakis, G Djambazov, K Pericleous, D G Eskin
To address difficulties in treating large volumes of liquid metal with ultrasound, a fundamental study of acoustic cavitation in liquid aluminium, expressed in an experimentally validated numerical model, is presented in this paper. To improve the understanding of the cavitation process, a non-linear acoustic model is validated against reference water pressure measurements from acoustic waves produced by an immersed horn. A high-order method is used to discretize the wave equation in both space and time. These discretized equations are coupled to the Rayleigh-Plesset equation using two different time scales to couple the bubble and flow scales, resulting in a stable, fast, and reasonably accurate method for the prediction of acoustic pressures in cavitating liquids...
July 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427403/preoperative-carbohydrate-load-and-intraoperatively-infused-omega-3-polyunsaturated-fatty-acids-positively-impact-nosocomial-morbidity-after-coronary-artery-bypass-grafting-a-double-blind-controlled-randomized-trial
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Gibran Roder Feguri, Paulo Ruiz Lúcio de Lima, Danilo de Cerqueira Borges, Laura Ramos Toledo, Larissa Nadaf Batista, Thaís Carvalho E Silva, Neuber José Segri, José Eduardo de Aguilar-Nascimento
BACKGROUND: A strategy of limited preoperative fasting, with carbohydrate (CHO) loading and intraoperative infusion of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (ω-3 PUFA), has seldom been tried in cardiovascular surgery. Brief fasting, followed by CHO intake 2 h before anesthesia, may improve recovery from CABG procedures and lower perioperative vasoactive drug requirements. Infusion of ω-3 PUFA may reduce occurrences of postoperative atrial fibrillation (POAF) and shorten hospital stays...
April 20, 2017: Nutrition Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425700/reaction-of-the-tricyanoborate-dianion-b-cn-3-2-with-hgcl2
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Eduard Bernhardt, Vera Bernhardt-Pitchougina, Carsten Jenne
The very reactive [B(CN)3](2-) dianion has a strongly nucleophilic boron atom and can be used for the synthesis of tricyanoborates, which otherwise are difficult to access. Herein the reaction of this anion with HgCl2 is reported. The main product is the anionic mercury complex [Hg(B(CN)3)2](2-). Heteronuclear NMR spectroscopic experiments shows that the reaction proceeds via the intermediate [ClHgB(CN)3](2-). Even though [Hg(B(CN)3)2](2-) is the main product, it is difficult to obtain it in pure form, because it slowly decomposes in the presence of water and air to [(NC)HgB(CN)3](-)...
April 20, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424229/tension-activated-channels-in-the-mechanism-of-osmotic-fitness-in-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
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Uğur Çetiner, Ian Rowe, Anthony Schams, Christina Mayhew, Deanna Rubin, Andriy Anishkin, Sergei Sukharev
Pseudomonas aeruginosa (PA) is an opportunistic pathogen with an exceptional ability to adapt to a range of environments. Part of its adaptive potential is the ability to survive drastic osmolarity changes. Upon a sudden dilution of external medium, such as during exposure to rain, bacteria evade mechanical rupture by engaging tension-activated channels that act as osmolyte release valves. In this study, we compare fast osmotic permeability responses in suspensions of wild-type PA and Escherichia coli (EC) strains in stopped-flow experiments and provide electrophysiological descriptions of osmotic-release channels in PA...
April 19, 2017: Journal of General Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423423/invertebrates-fungal-biomass-and-leaf-breakdown-in-pools-and-riffles-of-neotropical-streams
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Renato Tavares Martins, Lidimara Souza da Silveira, Marcos Pereira Lopes, Roberto Gama Alves
We evaluated fungal biomass (as ergosterol concentration) and invertebrate colonization during leaf breakdown of Picramnia sellowii Planch. (Picramniaceae) in pools and riffles of three low-order forested streams in southeastern Brazil. We hypothesized that leaf breakdown will be higher in riffles due to the high physical fragmentation and fungal activity. The experiment was carried out during the dry season of 2012, using 108 litter bags, each containing 3 ± 0.05 g of air-dried leaves. After 7, 15, 30, 60, 90, and 120 d of incubation, six litter bags (riffle = 3 and pool = 3) were removed from each stream...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423078/characterization-and-bioactivities-of-a-novel-polysaccharide-obtained-from-gracilariopsis-lemaneiformis
#17
Chen-Shan Shi, Ya-Xin Sang, Gui-Qing Sun, Tian-Ye Li, Zheng-Si Gong, Xiang-Hong Wang
Gracilariopsis lemaneiformis is a type of red alga that contains seaweed polysaccharide agar. In this study, a novel non-agar seaweed polysaccharide fraction named GCP (short of crude polysaccharide obtained from Gracilariopsis lemaneiformis) was isolated from Gracilariopsis lemaneiformis. Structural analysis showed that GCP shows triple helical chain conformation when dissolved in water and has many branches and long side chains. Also, 1→3 linkage is the major linkage and the sugar structures are galactopyranose configurations linked by β-type glycosidic linkages...
January 2017: Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422569/preparation-of-a-novel-antibacterial-chitosan-poly-ethylene-glycol-cryogel-silver-nanoparticles-composites
#18
Xueqing Zou, Pengpeng Deng, Changjiang Zhou, Yulin Hou, Rongsheng Chen, Liang Feng, Liqiong Liao
Cryogel was synthesized through cryogelation of methacrylated carboxymethyl chitosan (mCMC) and poly(ethylene glycol) diacrylate (PEGDA) precursors by photopolymerization. Due to its excellent properties, such as fast swelling behavior, inter-connective porous structure, high water absorbing capacity, especially the presence of abundant carboxylmethyl groups on its backbone, the cryogel not only favored the absorption of silver ions but also was proved to be a good matrix for the incorporation of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) by in situ chemical reduction...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Biomaterials Science. Polymer Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422482/organosilica-nanoparticles-with-an-intrinsic-secondary-amine-an-efficient-and-reusable-adsorbent-for-dyes
#19
Fang Chen, Eric Zhao, Taeho Kim, Junxin Wang, Ghanim Hableel, Philip James Thomas Reardon, Soundaram J Ananthakrishnan, Tianyu Wang, Santiago J Arconada-Alvarez, Jonathan C Knowles, Jesse V Jokerst
Nanomaterials are promising tools in water remediation due to their large surface area and unique properties compared to bulky materials. We synthesized an organosilica nanoparticle (OSNP) and tuned its composition for anionic dye removal. The adsorption mechanisms are electrostatic attraction and hydrogen bonding between the amine on OSNP and the dye, and the surface charge of the OSNP can be tuned to adsorb either anionic or cationic dyes. Using phenol red as a model dye, we studied the effect of the amine group, pH, ionic strength, time, dye concentration, and nanomaterial mass on the adsorption...
April 19, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421317/effect-of-oral-carbohydrate-with-amino-acid-solution-on-serum-oxidative-anti-oxidative-status-in-healthy-volunteers
#20
Yasuo M Tsutsumi, Takuro Oyama, Nami Kakuta, Yousuke T Horikawa, Katsuyoshi Kume, Yoko Sakai, Rie Tsutsumi, Katsuya Tanaka
The aim of this work was to investigate the effect of oral carbohydrate with amino acid [oral nutritional supplement (ONS)] solution on oxidative stress in healthy persons. Fourteen healthy volunteers were segregated into control and ONS groups. Volunteers in the ONS group ingested 250 ml of Arginaid Water (Nestle Japan, Tokyo, Japan) in the evening before the experiment and at 7:00 am on the day of the experiment. Volunteers in the control group fasted after dinner and drank only water until 7:00 am on the day of the experiment...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Anesthesia
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