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Heba M Ismail, Athanasios Didangelos, Tonia L Vincent, Jeremy Saklatvala
Objectives Mechanical injury to cartilage predisposes to osteoarthritis (OA). Wounding the articular cartilage surface causes rapid activation of MAP kinases and NFκB mimicking the response to inflammatory cytokines. Here, we identify the upstream signalling mechanisms involved. Methods Cartilage was injured by dissecting it from the articular surface of porcine metacarpophalangeal joints (MCP) or by avulsing murine proximal femoral epiphyses. Protein phosphorylation was assayed by Western blotting of cartilage lysates...
October 21, 2016: Arthritis & Rheumatology
Abdul Akbar, Ananya Kuanar, Raj K Joshi, I S Sandeep, Sujata Mohanty, Pradeep K Naik, Antaryami Mishra, Sanghamitra Nayak
The drug yielding potential of turmeric (Curcuma longa L.) is largely due to the presence of phyto-constituent 'curcumin.' Curcumin has been found to possess a myriad of therapeutic activities ranging from anti-inflammatory to neuroprotective. Lack of requisite high curcumin containing genotypes and variation in the curcumin content of turmeric at different agro climatic regions are the major stumbling blocks in commercial production of turmeric. Curcumin content of turmeric is greatly influenced by environmental factors...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
Mingkai Qu, Weidong Li, Chuanrong Zhang, Biao Huang, Yongcun Zhao
To effectively understand the availability of soil nitrogen and assist in soil nitrogen control at the regional scale, it is essential to understand the accurate spatial distribution patterns of the three soil nitrogen parameters [i.e., total nitrogen (TN), available nitrogen (AN) and nitrogen availability ratio (NAR)] and explore the spatially varying influences of major impact factors on soil AN. Land use affects the spatial distributions of soil TN, AN and NAR (i.e., AN/TN). To explore the effects of different land use types and improve mapping accuracy, residual kriging with land use information and ordinary kriging (without land use information) were compared based on the sample data of soil TN and AN in Hanchuan county, China...
October 20, 2016: Environmental Science. Processes & Impacts
R Jiménez-Ballesta, F J García-Navarro, S Bravo, J A Amorós, C Pérez-de-Los-Reyes, M Mejías
Contamination of aquatic systems with potentially toxic trace elements (PTEs) is a major problem throughout the world. The National Park Tablas de Daimiel (NPTD) is considered to make up one of the two most important wetlands in the Biosphere Reserve called "Wet Spot." Since PTEs are good indicator of the prevailing environmental conditions and possible contamination, soil samples collected from 43 sites were analyzed in order to investigate the levels and its distribution of these elements, in the inundated floodplain area of the NPTD wetland...
October 14, 2016: Environmental Geochemistry and Health
Nicolas Coudray, Sean L Seyler, Ralph Lasala, Zhening Zhang, Kathy M Clark, Mark E Dumont, Alexis Rohou, Oliver Beckstein, David L Stokes
Bor1p is a secondary transporter in yeast that is responsible for boron transport. Bor1p belongs to the SLC4 family which controls bicarbonate exchange and pH regulation in animals as well as borate uptake in plants. The SLC4 family is more distantly related to members of the Amino acid-Polyamine-organoCation (APC) superfamily, which includes well studied transporters such as LeuT, Mhp1, AdiC, vSGLT, UraA, SLC26Dg. Their mechanism generally involves relative movements of two domains: a core domain that binds substrate and a gate domain that in many cases mediates dimerization...
October 7, 2016: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
Nicholas Drachman, Stephen Kadlecek, Mehrdad Pourfathi, Yi Xin, Harilla Profka, Rahim Rizi
PURPOSE: To optimize the production of hyperpolarized (13) C-bicarbonate from the decarboxylation of hyperpolarized [1-(13) C]pyruvate and use it to image pH in the lungs and heart of rats with acute lung injury. METHODS: Two forms of catalysis are compared calorimetrically to maximize the rate of decarboxylation and rapidly produce hyperpolarized bicarbonate from pyruvate while minimizing signal loss. Rats are injured using an acute lung injury model combining ventilator-induced lung injury and acid aspiration...
October 7, 2016: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
Xian Zhang, Siyuan She, Weiling Dong, Jiaojiao Niu, Yunhua Xiao, Yili Liang, Xueduan Liu, Xiaoxia Zhang, Fenliang Fan, Huaqun Yin
Members of the Acidithiobacillus genus are widely found in extreme environments characterized by low pH and high concentrations of toxic substances, thus it is necessary to identify the cellular mechanisms needed to cope with these harsh conditions. Pan-genome analysis of ten bacteria belonging to the genus Acidithiobacillus suggested the existence of core genome, most of which were assigned to the metabolism-associated genes. Additionally, the unique genes of Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans were much less than those of other species...
September 26, 2016: Systematic and Applied Microbiology
Gen Yan, Tao Zhang, Zhuozhi Dai, Meizhi Yi, Yanlong Jia, Tingting Nie, Handi Zhang, Gang Xiao, Renhua Wu
PURPOSE: We developed a novel magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technique based on chemical exchange saturation transfer (CEST) for GABA imaging and investigated the concentration-dependent CEST effect ofGABA in a rat model of brain tumor with blood-brain barrier (BBB) disruption. MATERIALS AND METHODS: All MRI studies were performed using a 7.0-T Agilent MRI scanner. Z-spectra for GABA were acquired at 7.0 T, 37°C, and a pH of 7.0 using varying B1 amplitudes. CEST images of phantoms with different concentrations of GABA solutions (pH, 7...
2016: PloS One
Elma Jahic, Amela Sofic, Azra Husic Selimovic
MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study was of prospective-retrospective character. It was carried out at the AKH in Vienna (Austria), where 100 patients with focal liver lesions were included in the study. All patients underwent the routine MR sequences on appliances 1,5 and 3T (Siemens, Germany): T1, T2, HASTE, VIBE, and a DWI with three b values (b 50, b 300 b 600 s / mm(2)) and ADC map with ROI (regions of interest). The numerical value of ADC map was calculated, where n = 100 liver lesions, by two independent radiologists...
July 16, 2016: Acta Informatica Medica: AIM
E Ammannito, M C DeSanctis, M Ciarniello, A Frigeri, F G Carrozzo, J-Ph Combe, B L Ehlmann, S Marchi, H Y McSween, A Raponi, M J Toplis, F Tosi, J C Castillo-Rogez, F Capaccioni, M T Capria, S Fonte, M Giardino, R Jaumann, A Longobardo, S P Joy, G Magni, T B McCord, L A McFadden, E Palomba, C M Pieters, C A Polanskey, M D Rayman, C A Raymond, P M Schenk, F Zambon, C T Russell
The dwarf planet Ceres is known to host phyllosilicate minerals at its surface, but their distribution and origin have not previously been determined. We used the spectrometer onboard the Dawn spacecraft to map their spatial distribution on the basis of diagnostic absorption features in the visible and near-infrared spectral range (0.25 to 5.0 micrometers). We found that magnesium- and ammonium-bearing minerals are ubiquitous across the surface. Variations in the strength of the absorption features are spatially correlated and indicate considerable variability in the relative abundance of the phyllosilicates, although their composition is fairly uniform...
September 2, 2016: Science
Hadis Derikvandi, Alireza Nezamzadeh-Ejhieh
Mechanically ball-mill prepared clinoptilolite nanoparticles (NC) were used for increasing photocatalytic activity of NiO and ZnO as alone and binary systems. The semiconductors were supported onto the zeolite during calcination of Ni(II)-Zn(II)-exchanged NC at different calcinations temperatures. XRD, FTIR, SEM-EDX, X-ray mapping, DRS, TEM and BET techniques were used for characterization of the samples. The calcined catalysts at 400°C for 4h showed the best photocatalytic activity for metronidazole (MNZ) in aqueous solution...
September 23, 2016: Journal of Hazardous Materials
Anna Bagnato, Laura Rosanò
Metastatization is a complex multistep process requiring fine-tuned regulated cytoskeleton re-modeling, mediated by the cross-talk of actin with interacting partners, such as the Rho GTPases. Our expanding knowledge of invadopodia, small invasive membrane protrusions composed of a core of F-actin, actin regulators and actin-binding proteins, and hotspots for secretion of extracellular matrix (ECM) proteinases, contributes to clarify critical steps of the metastatic program. Growth factor receptors and their intermediate signaling molecules, along with matrix adhesion and rigidity, pH and hypoxia, act as drivers of cytoskeleton changes and invadopodia formation...
October 3, 2016: Small GTPases
Marianna D Eddy, Jonathan Grainger, Phillip J Holcomb, John D E Gabrieli
The development of neurocognitive mechanisms in single word reading was studied in children ages 8-10 years using ERPs combined with priming manipulations aimed at dissociating orthographic and phonological processes. Transposed-letter (TL) priming (barin-BRAIN vs. bosin-BRAIN) was used to assess orthographic processing, and pseudohomophone (PH) priming (brane-BRAIN vs. brant-BRAIN) was used to assess phonological processing. Children showed TL and PH priming effects on both the N250 and N400 ERP components, and the magnitude of TL priming correlated positively with reading ability, with better readers showing larger TL priming effects...
September 27, 2016: Psychophysiology
Linlin Ma, Fan Yang, Simon Vu, Jie Zheng
TRPV1 is a polymodal nociceptor for diverse physical and chemical stimuli that interact with different parts of the channel protein. Recent cryo-EM studies revealed detailed channel structures, opening the door for mapping structural elements mediating activation by each stimulus. Towards this goal, here we have combined unstructured peptide-insertion screening (UPS) with electrophysiological and fluorescence recordings to explore structural and functional roles of the intracellular regions of TRPV1 in mediating various activation stimuli...
September 26, 2016: Scientific Reports
Yu Kakimoto, Masayuki Tanaka, Hiroshi Kamiguchi, Eriko Ochiai, Motoki Osawa
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small non-coding RNAs responsible for fine-tuning of gene expression at post-transcriptional level. The alterations in miRNA expression levels profoundly affect human health and often lead to the development of severe diseases. Currently, high throughput analyses, such as microarray and deep sequencing, are performed in order to identify miRNA biomarkers, using archival patient tissue samples. MiRNAs are more robust than longer RNAs, and resistant to extreme temperatures, pH, and formalin-fixed paraffin-embedding (FFPE) process...
2016: PloS One
Shanshan Liu, Ye Tao, Lixia Yu, Peilin Zhuang, Qinghui Zhi, Yan Zhou, Huancai Lin
Streptococcus mutans (S. mutans) is the major clinical pathogen responsible for dental caries. Its acid tolerance has been identified as a significant virulence factor for its survival and cariogenicity in acidic conditions. Small RNAs (sRNAs) are recognized as key regulators of virulence and stress adaptation. Here, we constructed three libraries of sRNAs with small size exposed to acidic conditions for the first time, followed by verification using qRT-PCR. The levels of two sRNAs and target genes predicted to be bioinformatically related to acid tolerance were further evaluated under different acid stress conditions (pH 7...
2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
D Deus, C Kehrenberg, D Schaudien, G Klein, C Krischek
Nano-silver is used in consumer products due to its antibacterial properties. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of a nano-silver-coated film on the quality of turkey meat during vacuum-sealed and modified atmosphere packaging up to 12 days of storage. In the first part of the experiment, turkey breasts were packaged using either vacuum packaging or modified atmosphere packages (MAPs) and contained films with or without a nano-silver coating (control film). Parameters such as pH, electrical conductivity, color (lightness L*, redness a*), myoglobin redox forms, thiobarbituric acid-reactive substances (TBARS), biogenic amines (BAs), total viable bacterial counts, Pseudomonas species counts, and Enterobacteriaceae species counts were evaluated on storage days 4, 8, and 12...
September 19, 2016: Poultry Science
Laura Sola, Francesco Damin, Paola Gagni, Roberto Consonni, Marcella Chiari
In this paper, we report on the postpolymerization modification (PPM) of a polymer to introduce new functionalities that enable click chemistry reactions for microarray applications. The parent polymer, named copoly(DMA-NAS-MAPS), is composed of N,N-dimethylacrylamide (DMA), a monomer that self-adsorbs onto different materials through weak interactions such as hydrogen bonding or van der Waals forces, 3-(trimethoxysilyl)propyl methacrylate (MAPS) that strengthens the stability of the coating through the formation of covalent bonds with siloxane groups on the surface to be coated, and N-acryloyloxysuccinimide (NAS), an active ester group, highly reactive toward nucleophiles, which enables bioprobe immobilization...
October 11, 2016: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Junhui Li, Renata Alves de Toledo, Hojae Shim
This study aimed to evaluate the effects of some major parameters on the cometabolic removal of cis-1,2-dichloroethylene (cis-DCE) and trichloroethylene (TCE), mixed with benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylenes, by an indigenous bacterial isolate Pseudomonas plecoglossicida. Such statistical methodologies as hierarchical cluster analysis heat map and principal component analysis were applied to better evaluate the effects of major parameters (soil pH, temperature, moisture, and cis-DCE/TCE concentrations) on the biological process...
September 9, 2016: Journal of Hazardous Materials
Concetta Maria Messina, Gioacchino Bono, Rosaria Arena, Mariano Randazzo, Simona Manuguerra, Andrea Santulli
Quality and shelf-life of whole and filleted Coryphaena hippurus, stored with modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) and natural antioxidants from halophytes (HAL), were investigated. Fillets were divided into control, simply sealed in trays; MAP, preserved by modified atmosphere (45% CO2, 50% N2, 5% O2); and MAP-HAL, pretreated with antioxidants and preserved by MAP. Whole and filleted fish were stored at -1 ± 0.5°C for 18 days. The quality of the samples was analyzed at the time of packaging and after 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, and 18 days...
September 2016: Food Science & Nutrition
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