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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911377/hybrid-cut-an-improved-sectioning-method-for-recalcitrant-plant-tissue-samples
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Tien-Kuan Chen, Hui-Ting Yang, Su-Chiung Fang, Yi-Chen Lien, Ting-Ting Yang, Swee-Suak Ko
Maintaining plant section integrity is essential for studying detailed anatomical structures at the cellular, tissue, or even organ level. However, some plant cells have rigid cell walls, tough fibers and crystals (calcium oxalate, silica, etc.), and high water content that often disrupt tissue integrity during plant tissue sectioning. This study establishes a simple Hybrid-Cut tissue sectioning method. This protocol modifies a paraffin-based sectioning technique and improves the integrity of tissue sections from different plants...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904915/studies-using-a-porcine-model-what-insights-into-human-calcium-oxalate-stone-formation-mechanisms-has-this-model-facilitated
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REVIEW
Kristina L Penniston, Sutchin R Patel, Denise J Schwahn, Stephen Y Nakada
Animal models are useful in the study of many human diseases. Our current understanding of the biological, physiological, and biochemical aspects of hyperoxaluria and calcium oxalate urolithiasis has been greatly informed by studies using animals. Recently, limitations in the extrapolation to humans of research results derived from laboratory rodents have been identified. The use in biomedical research of a variety of organisms, including large animals, is increasingly encouraged. The purpose of this article is to review the use of pigs in biomedical and stone research, to provide a rationale for using pigs in metabolic stone research, and to describe our 8-year experience in developing a porcine platform for studying hyperoxaluria and calcium oxalate urolithiasis...
November 30, 2016: Urolithiasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900406/what-does-the-crystallography-of-stones-tell-us-about-their-formation
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REVIEW
Peter Rez
The mineral phase makes up most of the mass of a kidney stone. Minerals all come in the form of crystals that are regular arrangements of atoms or molecular groupings at the atomic scale, bounded macroscopically by well-defined crystal faces. Pathologic nephroliths are a polycrystalline aggregate of submicron crystals. Organic macromolecules clearly have an important role in either promoting or preventing aggregation and in altering the morphology of individual submicron crystals by influencing the surface energies of different faces...
November 29, 2016: Urolithiasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900384/3d-oxalato-bridged-lanthanide-iii-mofs-with-magnetocaloric-magnetic-and-photoluminescence-properties
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Muhammad Nadeem Akhtar, Yan-Cong Chen, Murad A AlDamen, Ming-Liang Tong
Four isostructural 3D lanthanide(iii) metal-organic frameworks with the general formula (H6edte)0.5[Ln(III)(ox)2(H2O)] (Ln = Gd (1), Tb (2), Dy (3) and Ho (4); H4edte = N,N,N',N'-tetrakis(2-hydroxyethyl)ethylenediamine) and ox = oxalate have been synthesized from oxalate. These compounds were characterized using single-crystal X-ray diffraction, FTIR and TGA/DTG. The magnetic investigation has been performed for 1-4 and the results reveal that a Gd(iii) containing MOF has the highest magnetic density and exhibits a larger cryogenic magnetocaloric effect (ΔSm = 35...
November 30, 2016: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898455/clinical-implications-of-the-microbiome-in-urinary-tract-diseases
#5
Andreas Hiergeist, André Gessner
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this review is to outline and evaluate the most recent literature on the role of the microbiome in urinary tract diseases. RECENT FINDINGS: High throughput molecular DNA sequencing of bacterial 16S rRNA genes enabled the analysis of complex microbial communities inhabiting the human urinary tract. Several recent studies have identified bacterial taxa of the urinary microbiome to impact urinary tract diseases including interstitial cystitis, urgency urinary incontinence or calcium oxalate stone formation...
November 24, 2016: Current Opinion in Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898315/single-step-single-organism-bioethanol-production-and-bioconversion-of-lignocellulose-waste-materials-by-phlebioid-fungal-species
#6
Hans Mattila, Jaana Kuuskeri, Taina Lundell
Ethanol production from non-pretreated lignocellulose was carried out in a consolidated bioprocess with wood-decay fungi of phlebioid Polyporales. Ethanol production was attempted on glucose, spruce wood sawdust and waste core board. Substantial quantities of ethanol were achieved, and isolate Phlebia radiata 0043 produced 5.9g/L of ethanol reaching the yield of 10.4% ethanol from core board lignocellulose substrate. Acidic initial culture conditions (pH 3) induced ethanol fermentation compared to the more neutral environment...
November 22, 2016: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890545/organic-acid-anions-an-effective-defensive-weapon-for-plants-against-aluminum-toxicity-and-phosphorus-deficiency-in-acidic-soils
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REVIEW
Zhi Chang Chen, Hong Liao
Aluminum (Al) toxicity and phosphorous (P) deficiency are two major limiting factors for plant growth on acidic soils. Thus, the physiological mechanisms for Al tolerance and P acquisition have been intensively studied. A commonly observed trait is that plants have developed the ability to utilize organic acid anions (OAs; mainly malate, citrate and oxalate) to combat Al toxicity and P deficiency. OAs secreted by roots into the rhizosphere can externally chelate Al(3+) and mobilize phosphate (Pi), while OAs synthesized in the cell can internally sequester Al(3+) into the vacuole and release free Pi for metabolism...
November 11, 2016: Journal of Genetics and Genomics, Yi Chuan Xue Bao
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889417/dietary-zinc-and-incident-calcium-kidney-stones-in-adolescence
#8
Gregory E Tasian, Michelle E Ross, Lihai Song, Robert W Grundmeier, James Massey, Michelle R Denburg, Lawrence Copelovitch, Steven Warner, Thomas Chi, David W Killilea, Marshall L Stoller, Susan L Furth
PURPOSE: To determine the association between dietary zinc intake and incident calcium kidney stones and examine the relationship between dietary zinc intake and urinary zinc excretion among adolescents. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This study was a nested case-control study conducted within a large pediatric healthcare system. Three 24-hour dietary recalls and spot urine chemistries were obtained for 30 participants aged 12-18 years with a first idiopathic calcium-based kidney stone and 30 healthy controls, matched on age, sex, race, and month of enrollment...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888536/ascorbate-degradation-in-tomato-leads-to-accumulation-of-oxalate-threonate-and-oxalyl-threonate
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Vincent Truffault, Stephen C Fry, Rebecca G Stevens, Hélène Gautier
Ascorbate content in plants is controlled by its synthesis from carbohydrates, recycling of the oxidized forms and degradation. Of these pathways, ascorbate degradation is the least studied and represents a lack of knowledge which could impair improvement of ascorbate content in fruits and vegetables as degradation is non-reversible and leads to a depletion of the ascorbate pool. The present study revealed the nature of degradation products using [(14) C]ascorbate labelling in tomato, a model plant for fleshy fruits; oxalate and threonate are accumulated in leaves, as is oxalyl threonate...
November 26, 2016: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882491/influence-of-phosphorous-fertilization-on-copper-phytoextraction-and-antioxidant-defenses-in-castor-bean-ricinus-communis-l
#10
Guoyong Huang, Muhammad Shahid Rizwan, Chao Ren, Guangguang Guo, Qingling Fu, Jun Zhu, Hongqing Hu
Application of fertilizers to supply appropriate nutrients has become an essential agricultural strategy for enhancing the efficiency of phytoremediation in heavy metal contaminated soils. The present study was conducted to investigate the beneficial effects of three types of phosphate fertilizers (i.e., oxalic acid-activated phosphate rock (APR), Ca(H2PO4)2, and NaH2PO4) in the range of 0-600 mg P kg(-1) soil, on castor bean growth, antioxidants [antioxidative enzymes and glutathione (GSH)], and Cu uptake...
November 23, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882414/systemic-endothelial-function-measured-by-flow-mediated-dilation-is-impaired-in-patients-with-urolithiasis
#11
Esin Yencilek, Hakan Sarı, Faruk Yencilek, Ezgi Yeşil, Hasan Aydın
Some in vitro and animal studies have shown endothelial dysfunction in hyperoxaluria models indicating its role in pathogenesis of urolithiasis and relation to CVD. The aim of this study was to investigate endothelial function in patients with urolithiasis in relation to urinary stone risk factors and metabolic parameters. A total of 120 subjects without any known CVD (60 with urolithiasis and 60 healthy subjects) were included into study. Fasting blood and 24-h urine samples were collected to study metabolic parameters (glucose and lipids) and urine stone risk factors (oxalate, citrate, uric acid, and calcium, pH)...
November 23, 2016: Urolithiasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876212/alteration-in-oxidative-nitrosative-imbalance-histochemical-expression-of-osteopontin-and-antiurolithiatic-efficacy-of-xanthium-strumarium-l-in-ethylene-glycol-induced-urolithiasis
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Padma Nibash Panigrahi, Sahadeb Dey, Monalisa Sahoo, Shyam Sundar Choudhary, Sumit Mahajan
Xanthium strumarium has traditionally been used in the treatment of urolitiasis especially by the rural people in India, but its antiurolithiatic efficacy was not explored scientifically till now. Therefore, the present study was designed to validate the ethnic practice scientifically, and explore the possible antiurolithiatic effect to rationalize its medicinal use. Urolitiasis was induced in hyperoxaluric rat model by giving 0.75% ethylene glycol (EG) for 28days along with 1% ammonium chloride (AC) for first 14days...
November 18, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875079/comparison-of-body-condition-score-and-urinalysis-variables-between-dogs-with-and-without-calcium-oxalate-uroliths
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Stephanie M Kennedy, Jody P Lulich, Michelle G Ritt, Eva Furrow
OBJECTIVE To compare body condition score (BCS) and urinalysis variables between dogs with and without calcium oxalate (CaOx) uroliths. DESIGN Case-control study. ANIMALS 46 Miniature Schnauzers, 16 Bichons Frises, and 6 Shih Tzus. PROCEDURES Medical records were reviewed for Miniature Schnauzers, Bichons Frises, and Shih Tzus that were examined between January 2001 and November 2014 for another urolithiasis study or for a urolith removal procedure. Dogs with CaOx uroliths were classified as cases. Dogs without a history of urinary tract disease and with no evidence of radiopaque uroliths on abdominal radiographs were classified as controls...
December 1, 2016: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870936/photochemical-transformation-of-zearalenone-in-aqueous-solutions-under-simulated-solar-irradiation-kinetics-and-influence-of-water-constituents
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Elissandro S Emídio, Vânia Calisto, Mary Rosa R de Marchi, Valdemar I Esteves
The presence of estrogenic mycotoxins, such as zearalenone (ZEN), in surface waters is an emerging environmental issue. Little is known about its phototransformation behavior, which may influence its environmental fate. In this context, the phototransformation of ZEN was investigated in pure water, river water and estuarine water using simulated sunlight irradiation. Kinetic studies revealed that two concomitant processes contribute to the fate of ZEN under solar irradiation: photoisomerization and photodegradation...
November 18, 2016: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870600/a-laccase-gene-sh-lac-is-involved-in-the-growth-and-melanin-biosynthesis-of-scleromitrula-shiraiana
#15
Zhiyuan Lǚ, Xin Kang, Zhonghuai Xiang, Ningjia He
Scleromitrula shiraiana causes the popcorn disease in mulberry trees resulting in severe economic losses. Previous studies have shown that melanin may play a vital role in establishing the pathogenicity of fungi. In the present study, we identified the melanin produced in S. shiraiana belongs to DHN melanin by GC-MS, and cloned the laccase Sh-lac, a potential DHN melanin biosynthesis gene from S. shiraiana. We obtained two stable Sh-lac silenced transformants using RNAi, ilac-4 and 8 to elucidate the DHN melanin biosynthetic pathway in S...
November 21, 2016: Phytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27866845/untargeted-serum-metabolomics-reveals-fu-zhu-jiang-tang-tablet-and-its-optimal-combination-improve-an-impaired-glucose-and-lipid-metabolism-in-type-ii-diabetic-rats
#16
Yi Tao, Xi Chen, Hao Cai, Weidong Li, Baochang Cai, Chuan Chai, Liuqing Di, Liyun Shi, Lihong Hu
Fu-Zhu-Jiang-Tang tablet, a six-herb preparation, was proved to show beneficial effects on type II diabetes patients in clinical. This study aims to optimize the component proportion of the six-herb preparation and explore the serum metabolic signatures of type II diabetes rats after treatment with Fu-Zhu-Jiang-Tang tablet and its optimal combination. The component proportion of the preparation was optimized using uniform experimental design and machine learning techniques. Untargeted GC-MS metabolomic experiments were carried out with serum samples from model group and treatment groups...
November 13, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27866505/ultrastructural-localization-of-intracellular-calcium-during-spermatogenesis-of-sterlet-acipenser-ruthenus
#17
Amin Golpour, Martin Pšenička, Hamid Niksirat
Calcium regulates many intracellular events such as growth and differentiation during different stages of gamete development. The aim of this study was to localize and quantify the intracellular distribution of calcium during different developmental stages of spermatogenesis in sterlet, Acipenser ruthenus, using a combined oxalate-pyroantimonate technique. The distribution of calcium was described in spermatogonium, spermatocyte, spermatid, and spermatozoon stages. In the spermatogonium and spermatocyte, calcium deposits were mainly localized in the nucleus and cytoplasm...
November 21, 2016: Microscopy and Microanalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27864113/chenopodium-album-linn-leaves-prevent-ethylene-glycol-induced-urolithiasis-in-rats
#18
Indu Sikarwar, Yadu Nandan Dey, Manish M Wanjari, Ajay Sharma, Sudesh N Gaidhani, Ankush D Jadhav
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: The leaves of Chenopodium album Linn. are traditionally used for correction of kidney diseases and urinary stones. The present work investigated the effect of methanolic and aqueous extracts of leaves of Chenopodium album on experimentally induced urolithiasis in rats to substantiate its traditional use as antilithiatic agent. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The leaf extract was standardized by HPLC. Urolithiasis was induced in rats by administration 0...
November 15, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859114/on-the-dual-nature-of-lichen-induced-rock-surface-weathering-in-contrasting-micro-environments
#19
Joana Marques, João Gonçalves, Cláudia Oliveira, Sergio E Favero-Longo, Graciela Paz-Bermúdez, Rubim Almeida, Beatriz Prieto
Contradictory evidence from biogeomorphological studies has increased the debate on the extent of lichen contribution to differential rock surface weathering in both natural and cultural settings. This study, undertaken in Côa Valley Archaeological Park, aimed at evaluating the effect of rock surface orientation on the weathering ability of dominant lichens. Hyphal penetration and oxalate formation at the lichen-rock interface were evaluated as proxies of physical and chemical weathering, respectively. A new protocol of pixel-based supervised image classification for the analysis of periodic acid-Schiff stained cross-sections of colonized schist revealed that hyphal spread of individual species was not influenced by surface orientation...
October 2016: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27855331/phenanthrene-degradation-in-soil-by-ozonation-effect-of-morphological-and-physicochemical-properties
#20
J Rodriguez, A García, T Poznyak, I Chairez
The aim of this study was to characterize the ozone reaction with phenanthrene adsorbed in two types of soils (sand and agricultural). The effect of soil physicochemical properties (texture, bulk density, particle density, porosity, elemental composition, permeability, surface area and pore volume) on the phenanthrene decomposition was evaluated. Commercial sand has a uniform morphology (spherical) with a particle size range between 0.178 and 0.150 mm in diameter, regular elemental composition SiO2, specific density of 1701...
November 14, 2016: Chemosphere
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