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Blanchefort A Djimsa, Anupam Abraham, Gretchen G Mafi, Deborah L VanOverbeke, Ranjith Ramanathan
Premature browning is a condition wherein ground beef exhibits a well-done appearance before reaching the USDA recommended internal cooked meat temperature of 71.1 °C; however, the mechanism is unclear. The objectives of this study were: (1) to determine the effects of packaging and temperature on metmyoglobin reducing activity (MRA) of cooked ground beef patties and (2) to assess the effects of temperature and pH on thermal stability of NADH-dependent reductase, lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), and oxymyoglobin (OxyMb) in-vitro...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Food Science
Neha Sahni, Rajoshi Chaudhuri, John M Hickey, Prakash Manikwar, Ajit D'Souza, Andrew Metters, Sangeeta B Joshi, C Russell Middaugh, David B Volkin
This study describes the physicochemical characterization, stabilization and formulation design of SM4-AC, an acrylodan labeled glucose/galactose binding protein for use in a continuous glucose monitoring device. The physical stability profile of SM4-AC as a function of pH and temperature was monitored using a combination of biophysical techniques and the resulting physical stability profile was visualized using an empirical phase diagram. Forced degradation chemical stability studies (Asn deamidation, Met oxidation) of SM4-AC were performed using a combination of capillary isoelectric focusing (cIEF), peptide mapping and reversed phase high performance liquid chromatography (RP-HPLC)...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Shalini Rajput, Lok P Singh, Charles U Pittman, Dinesh Mohan
Superparamagnetic maghemite (γ-Fe2O3) nanoparticles of controllable morphology were successfully synthesized using a flame spray pyrolysis (FSP) technique. Their physico-chemical properties, size, morphology, and surface chemistries were determined using X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), selected area electron diffraction patterns (SAED), SEM-EDX, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and pHZPC(6.3). Elemental contents before and after adsorption were identified using energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence (ED-XRF), energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX) and elemental mapping...
November 27, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Yang Yang, Yong-Xia Zhang, Meng Liu, Soheila J Maleki, Ming-Li Zhang, Qingmei Liu, Min-Jie Cao, Wen-Jin Su, Guang-Ming Liu
Triosephosphate isomerase (TIM) is a key enzyme in glycolysis and has been identified as an allergen in saltwater products. In this study, TIM with the molecular mass of 28 kDa was purified from the freshwater crayfish (Procambarus clarkii) muscle. A 90-kDa protein showed IgG/IgE cross-reactivity with TIM was purified and identified as filamin C (FLN c), which is an actin-binding proteins. TIM showed similar thermal and pH stability while better digestion resistant compared with FLN c. Result of surface plasmon resonance (SPR) experiment demonstrated the infinity of anti-TIM polyclonal antibody (pAb) to both TIM and FLN c...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Ebrahim Sharifpour, Hedayat Haddadi, Mehrorang Ghaedi
Present study is devoted on the efficient application of Sn (O, S)-NPs -AC for simultaneous sonicated accelerated adsorption of some dyes from single and multi-components systems. Sn (O, S) nanoparticles characterization by FESEM, EDX, EDX mapping and XRD revel its nano size structure with high purity of good crystallinity. Present adsorbent due to its nano spherical shape particles with approximate diameter of 40-60nm seems to be highly effective in this regard. The effects of five variables viz. pH (3.5-9...
May 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
Meisam Hasheminejad, Yimin Fang, Meng Li, Yingyan Jiang, Wei Wang, Hong-Yuan Chen
Bipolar electrochemistry is based on the gradient distribution of free-electron density along an electrically isolated electrode, which causes a positive electrode potential at one end and a negative potential at the other, allowing for wide applications in analytical chemistry and materials science. To take full advantage of its wireless and high-throughput features, various types of optical probes, such as pH indicators and fluorescence and electrochemiluminescence reagents, have often been used to indirectly monitor the interfacial electron transfer through chromogenic or fluorogenic reactions...
January 9, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
Rachelle E Beattie, Wyatt Henke, Conor Davis, M Abdul Mottaleb, James H Campbell, L Rex McAliley
The Tri-State Mining District of Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma was the site of large-scale mining operations primarily for lead and zinc until the mid-1950s. Although mining across the area has ceased, high concentrations of heavy metals remain in the region's soil and water systems. The town of Picher, Ottawa County, OK, lies within this district and was included in the Tar Creek Superfund Site by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1980 due to extensive contamination. To elucidate the extent of heavy-metal contamination, a soil-chemistry survey of the town of Picher was conducted...
December 31, 2016: Chemosphere
Erica Tirloni, Simone Stella, Cristian Bernardi, Vittorio Maria Moretti, Carla Bersani, Patrizia Cattaneo
This study aimed to evaluate the shelf life of sliced cooked liver mortadella packaged in MAP (70-85% N2, 15-30% CO2) and stored in refrigeration (4°C) or slight thermal abuse (8°C) for up to 49 days (declared best before date 45 days). The proximate composition, aw nitrites and NaCl content were determined at T0. Weekly, samples were submitted to microbiological [total viable count (TVC), lactic acid bacteria (LAB), Enterobacteriaceae, Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas spp., coagulase positive staphylococci, sulphite reducing clostridia, yeasts and moulds, Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella spp...
September 20, 2016: Italian Journal of Food Safety
Rayner González-Prendes, Raquel Quintanilla, Angela Cánovas, Arianna Manunza, Tainã Figueiredo Cardoso, Jordi Jordana, José Luis Noguera, Ramona N Pena, Marcel Amills
Meat quality traits have an increasing importance in the pig industry because of their strong impact on consumer acceptance. Herewith, we have combined phenotypic and microarray expression data to map loci with potential effects on five meat quality traits recorded in the longissimus dorsi (LD) and gluteus medius (GM) muscles of 350 Duroc pigs, i.e. pH at 24 hours post-mortem (pH24), electric conductivity (CE) and muscle redness (a*), lightness (L*) and yellowness (b*). We have found significant genome-wide associations for CE of LD on SSC4 (~104 Mb), SSC5 (~15 Mb) and SSC13 (~137 Mb), while several additional regions were significantly associated with meat quality traits at the chromosome-wide level...
January 5, 2017: Scientific Reports
Michael Götting, Mario Schwarzer, Alexander Gerber, Doris Klingelhöfer, David A Groneberg
Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is characterized by the increase of the mean pulmonary arterial pressure in the lung circulation. Despite the large number of experimental and clinical studies conducted on pulmonary hypertension, there is no comprehensive work that analyzed the global research activity on PH so far. We retrieved the bibliometric data of the publications on pulmonary hypertension for two periods from the Web of science database. Here, we set the first investigation period from 1900 to 2007 (t1) due to the cited half life of articles and the relating difficulties to interpret the citation parameters...
2017: PloS One
Jing Wang, Sarah R MacEwan, Ashutosh Chilkoti
Understanding the intracellular distribution and trafficking of nanoparticle drug carriers is necessary to elucidate their mechanisms of drug delivery and is helpful in the rational design of novel nanoparticle drug delivery systems. The traditional immunofluorescence method to study intracellular distribution of nanoparticles using organelle-specific antibodies is laborious and subject to artifacts. As an alternative, we developed a new method that exploits ratiometric fluorescence imaging of a pH-sensitive Lysosensor dye to visualize and quantify the spatial distribution of nanoparticles in the endosomes and lysosomes of live cells...
January 3, 2017: Nano Letters
Pedro Lima Cardoso, Barbara Dymerska, Beáta Bachratá, Florian Ph S Fischmeister, Nina Mahr, Eva Matt, Siegfried Trattnig, Roland Beisteiner, Simon Daniel Robinson
Presurgical planning with fMRI benefits from increased reliability and the possibility to reduce measurement time introduced by using ultra-high field. Echo-planar imaging suffers, however, from geometric distortions which scale with field strength and potentially give rise to clinically significant displacement of functional activation. We evaluate the effectiveness of a dynamic distortion correction (DDC) method based on unmodified single-echo EPI in the context of simulated presurgical planning fMRI at 7T and compare it with static distortion correction (SDC)...
December 24, 2016: NeuroImage
Martin Munz, Angelo Bella, Santanu Ray, Nia C Bell, Alexander G Shard, Caterina Minelli
Engineered peptides capable of binding to silica have been used to provide contrast in chemical force microscopy and tested for their capacity to selectively capture silica nanoparticles (NPs). Gold coated atomic force microscopy (AFM) microcantilevers with integrated tips and colloidal probes were functionalized with engineered peptides through a thiol group of a terminal cysteine which was linked via a glycine trimer to a 12-mer binding sequence. The functionalized probes demonstrated a significantly increased binding force on silicon oxide areas of a gold-patterned silicon wafer, whereas plain gold probes, and those functionalized with a random permutation of the silica binding peptide motif or an all-histidine sequence displayed similar adhesion forces to gold and silicon oxide...
December 23, 2016: Biointerphases
Diana Figueiredo de Santana Aquino, Cleide Adriane Signor Tirloni, Sara Emília Lima Tolouei Menegati, Claudia Andrea Lima Cardoso, Silvia Cristina Heredia Vieira, Maria do Carmo Vieira, Ana María Simonet, Francisco Antonio Macías, Arquimedes Gasparotto
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Although Alibertia edulis (L.C. Rich.) A.C. Rich decoction is used in Brazilian folk medicine due to its possible antihypertensive effect, this species has never been critically investigated as a hypotensive drug. So, the aim of this study was to evaluate the possible hypotensive and antihypertensive effects of the oral administration of Alibertia edulis aqueous extract (AEAE) in normotensive and hypertensive rats, and evaluate its inter-relation with a possible diuretic activity...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Zipei Zhang, Fang Chen, Ruojie Zhang, Zeyuan Deng, David Julian McClements
Oral delivery of lipase is important for individuals with exocrine pancreatic insufficiency; however, lipase loses activity when exposed to the highly acidic gastric environment. In this study, pancreatic lipase was encapsulated in hydrogel beads fabricated from alginate (gel former), calcium chloride (cross-linker), and magnesium hydroxide (buffer). Fluorescence confocal microscopy imaging was used to map the pH microclimate within the hydrogel beads under simulated gastrointestinal tract (GIT) conditions...
December 28, 2016: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Clara I Mata, Bertrand Fabre, Maarten L A T M Hertog, Harriet T Parsons, Michael J Deery, Kathryn S Lilley, Bart M Nicolaï
Since the genome of Solanum lycopersicum L. was published in 2012, some studies have explored its proteome although with a limited depth. In this work, we present an extended characterization of the proteome of the tomato pericarp at its ripe red stage. Fractionation of tryptic peptides generated from pericarp proteins by off-line high-pH reverse-phase phase chromatography in combination with LC-MS/MS analysis on a Fisher Scientific Q Exactive and a Sciex Triple-TOF 6600 resulted in the identification of 8588 proteins with a 1% FDR both at the peptide and protein levels...
January 2017: Proteomics
Nuno Durães, Iuliu Bobos, Eduardo Ferreira da Silva
Acid mine waters (AMW) collected during high- and low-flow water conditions from the Lousal, Aljustrel, and São Domingos mining areas (Iberian Pyrite Belt) were physicochemically analyzed. Speciation calculation using PHREEQC code confirms the predominance of Me(n+) and Me-SO4 species in AMW samples. Higher concentration of sulfate species (Me-SO4) than free ion species (Me(n+), i.e., Al, Fe, and Pb) were found, whereas opposite behavior is verified for Mg, Cu, and Zn. A high mobility of Zn than Cu and Pb was identified...
December 12, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Hadis Derikvandi, Alireza Nezamzadeh-Ejhieh
In the present work, coupled and supported NiS and ZnS onto the mechanically prepared clinoptilolite nanoparticles (NC) was prepared and characterized by XRD, FTIR, SEM-EDX, X-ray mapping, DRS, BET, cyclic voltammetry (CV) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) techniques. The obtained catalysts were used in photodegradation of metronidazole (MZ). The mole ratio of NiS/ZnS affects the degradation activity of the obtained catalysts so the best activity was obtained for the NZ4-NC (NiS1.0-ZnS5.2/NC, containing 1...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Chao Cai, Paul N Williams, Hong Li, William Davison, Tian-Jiao Wei, Jun Luo, Yong-Guan Zhu, Hao Zhang
Nitrate (NO3-N), the main plant/microbial nitrogen source, has a fast turnover in soil driven by species transformation (nitrification/denitrification) and phyto/microbiota assimilation. The technique of diffusive gradients in thin films (DGT) is capable of a robust, low disturbance measurement of NO3-N but has not been implemented due to the absence of a binding layer suitable for deployment in soils. In this study, a new styrene divinylbenzene-based absorbent with amine functional groups (SIR-100-HP) was cast into an agarose gel support...
December 23, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Rui Tian, Stephan Heiden, Wan A M Osman, Julie K Ardley, Euan K James, Margaret M Gollagher, Ravi Tiwari, Rekha Seshadri, Nikos C Kyrpides, Wayne G Reeve
Most Ensifer strains are comparatively acid sensitive, compromising their persistence in low pH soils. In the acid-tolerant strain Ensifer medicae WSM419, the acid-activated expression of lpiA is essential for enhancing survival in lethal acidic conditions. Here we characterise a multi-step phosphorelay signal transduction pathway consisting of TcsA, TcrA, FsrR, RpoN and its cognate enhancer-binding protein EbpA, which is required for the induction of lpiA and the downstream acvB gene. The fsrR, tcrA, tcsA and rpoN genes were constitutively expressed, whereas lpiA and acvB were strongly acid-induced...
December 9, 2016: Molecular Microbiology
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