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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821152/the-common-lavender-lavandula-angustifolia-mill-pectic-polysaccharides-modulate-phagocytic-leukocytes-and-intestinal-peyer-s-patch-cells
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Yordan N Georgiev, Berit S Paulsen, Hiroaki Kiyohara, Milan Ciz, Manol H Ognyanov, Ondrej Vasicek, Frode Rise, Petko N Denev, Haruki Yamada, Antonin Lojek, Vesselin Kussovski, Hilde Barsett, Albert I Krastanov, Irina Z Yanakieva, Maria G Kratchanova
Two pectic (chPS-L1, chPS-L2) and one polyphenolic (chPP-L) fractions were obtained from lavender flowers after boiling water extraction, exhaustive removing of alcohol-soluble molecules and SEC. chPS-L1 (52.4kDa) contains mainly low-acetylated and high-methoxylated homogalacturonans (HG), and smaller rhamnogalacturonan (RG) I backbone fragments rich in 1,3,5-branched arabinan and arabinogalactan (AG) II side chains. chPS-L2 (21.8kDa) contains predominantly similarly esterified HG, followed by RGI with AGII structures and RGII...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821149/solution-blow-spun-nanocomposites-of-poly-lactic-acid-cellulose-nanocrystals-from-eucalyptus-kraft-pulp
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Delne Domingos da Silva Parize, Juliano Elvis de Oliveira, Tina Williams, Delilah Wood, Roberto de Jesús Avena-Bustillos, Artur Piotr Klamczynski, Gregory Melvin Glenn, José Manoel Marconcini, Luiz Henrique Capparelli Mattoso
Cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) were extracted from Eucalyptus kraft pulp by sulfuric acid hydrolysis, and esterified with maleic anhydride (CNCMA). The incorporation of sulfate ester groups on the cellulose surface resulted in higher stability of the nanoparticles in aqueous suspensions and lower thermal stability. Then, PLA/CNC and PLA/CNCMA nanocomposites were successfully obtained by solution blow spinning (SBS) using dimethyl carbonate (DMC) as solvent. CNC and CNCMA indicated to be acting both as nucleating agents or growth inhibitors of PLA crystal and tends to favor the formation of PLA crystals of higher stability...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821062/cell-wall-polysaccharides-from-pulp-and-peel-of-cubiu-a-pectin-rich-fruit
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Cristiane Colodel, Rosane Maria das Graças Bagatin, Talita Maria Tavares, Carmen Lúcia de Oliveira Petkowicz
To investigate the polysaccharides of cubiu (Solanum sessiliflorum D.) fruits, pulp and peel were subjected to sequential extractions using different solvents, giving rise to pectins heterogeneous with respect to their structural characteristics, xylan, arabinogalactoxyloglucans and glucomannans. Chemical, physicochemical and spectroscopic analyses were used to characterize the polysaccharides obtained. Pectins with uronic acid content of commercial grade were obtained from the peel of cubiu fruits using water (25°C and 100°C) and EDTA and from its pulp using water (100°C)...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821039/processes-involving-selective-precipitation-for-the-recovery-of-purified-pectins-from-mango-peel
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Andreas Nagel, Carina Winkler, Reinhold Carle, Hans-Ulrich Endress, Christine Rentschler, Sybille Neidhart
Three methods for the recovery of purified pectins from directly dried mango peel were developed, using selective precipitation of mango pectin in propan-2-ol (IPA) of adequate volume concentrations for purification. Yields, composition, macromolecular and gelling properties of the resultant pectins were compared. Effluent analyses proved postextractive removal of fruit exudate arabinogalactans. The recovery processes involved (A) washing of raw-pectin powder in IPA of defined volume concentration, (B) fractional alcoholic precipitation of dissolved raw pectin, or (C) selective pectin precipitation from the hot-acid extract of mango peel in adequately diluted IPA...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821036/chitinosanase-a-fungal-chitosan-hydrolyzing-enzyme-with-a-new-and-unusually-specific-cleavage-pattern
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Markus Kohlhoff, Anna Niehues, Jasper Wattjes, Julie Bénéteau, Stefan Cord-Landwehr, Nour Eddine El Gueddari, Frank Bernard, Gustavo R Rivera-Rodriguez, Bruno M Moerschbacher
The biological activities of partially acetylated chitosan oligosaccharides (paCOS) depend on their degree of polymerization (DP), fraction of acetylation (FA), and potentially their pattern of acetylation (PA). Therefore, analyzing structure-function relationships require fully defined paCOS, but these are currently unavailable. A promising approach for obtaining at least partially defined paCOS is using chitosanolytic enzymes. Here we purified and characterized a novel chitosan-hydrolyzing enzyme from the fungus Alternaria alternata possessing an absolute cleavage specificity, yielding fully defined paCOS...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820990/relative-importance-of-humic-and-fulvic-acid-on-ros-generation-dissolution-and-toxicity-of-sulfide-nanoparticles
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Enxiang Shang, Yang Li, Junfeng Niu, Yijing Zhou, Tianyu Wang, John Charles Crittenden
In this study, the effect of natural organic matter (NOM) composition (humic acid (HA) or fulvic acid (FA)) on dissolution, reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation, and toxicity of sulfide nanoparticles (NPs) was investigated under UV irradiation. NOM acted as a UV filter or antioxidant, decreasing ROS (O2(-), OH, and (1)O2) generation by WS2 and MoS2 NPs. The higher light-absorbing fractions of HA in NP/HA mixtures and the faster reaction rate of HA with ROS resulted in higher inhibition effect of HA than FA on O2(-) and OH generation by WS2 and MoS2 NPs...
August 3, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820989/permanganate-bisulfite-pm-bs-conditioning-horizontal-electro-dewatering-hed-of-activated-sludge-effect-of-reactive-mn-iii-species
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Xinxin Guo, Yili Wang, Dongsheng Wang
A novel activated sludge (AS) conditioning method through permanganate/bisulfate (PM/BS) process was proposed. The method involved a new conditioner of reactive Mn(III) intermediate. Moreover, a Mn(III) conditioning-horizontal electro-dewatering (Mn(III) C-HED) process was established to improve AS dewatering performance. Underlying mechanisms were unraveled by investigating changes in physicochemical characteristics, scanning electron microscope (SEM) morphology, and transformation of water and organic matters...
August 11, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820984/identification-of-m-tuberculosis-antigens-in-the-sera-of-tuberculosis-patients-using-biomimetic-affinity-chromatography-in-conjunction-with-esi-cid-ms-ms
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Guorong Ma, Jinting Pan, Jincheng Han, Lina Gao, Shulin Zhang, Rongxiu Li
The profiling of abnormally-expressed proteins in host cells using mass spectrometry (MS) analysis is a classical approach for screening disease-associated biomarkers in clinical diagnosis. However, few pathogen-specific antigens can currently be detected in serum using this proteomic approach, since these are very low-abundant proteins that are easily masked by host high-abundant proteins. Identification of pathogen-specific antigens in the sera of tuberculosis patients is crucial for the clinical diagnosis of this infectious disease, especially in immune-compromised patients...
July 31, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820980/isotope-fractionation-in-phase-transfer-processes-under-thermodynamic-and-kinetic-control-implications-for-diffusive-fractionation-in-aqueous-solution
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Frank-Dieter Kopinke, Anett Georgi, Ulf Roland
Diffusive isotope fractionation of organic compounds in aqueous solution was investigated by means of liquid-liquid and liquid-gas partitioning experiments under kinetic control. The two-film model was used to describe phase-transfer kinetics. It assumes the diffusion of solutes across a stagnant water boundary layer as the rate-controlling step. For all investigated solutes (benzene-D0 and -D6, toluene-D0, -D5, and -D8, cyclohexane-D0 and -D12), there was no significant observable fractionation effect between nondeuterated and perdeuterated isotopologues, resulting in a ratio of diffusion coefficients Dlight: Dheavy=1...
August 15, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820979/data-driven-analysis-of-nutrient-inputs-and-transfers-through-nested-catchments
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Lea Levi, Vladimir Cvetkovic, Georgia Destouni
A data-driven screening methodology is developed for estimating nutrient input and retention-delivery in catchments with measured water discharges and nutrient concentrations along the river network. The methodology is applied to the Sava River Catchment (SRC), a major transboundary catchment in southeast Europe, with seven monitoring stations along the main river, defining seven nested catchments and seven incremental subcatchments that are analysed and compared in this study. For the relatively large nested catchments (>40,000km(2)), characteristic regional values emerge for nutrient input per unit area of around 30T/yr/km(2) for dissolved inorganic nitrogen (DIN) and 2T/yr/km(2) for total phosphorus (TP)...
August 15, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820968/reduced-activin-receptor-like-kinase-1-activity-promotes-cardiac-fibrosis-in-heart-failure
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Kevin J Morine, Xiaoying Qiao, Vikram Paruchuri, Mark J Aronovitz, Emily E Mackey, Lyanne Buiten, Jonathan Levine, Keshan Ughreja, Prerna Nepali, Robert M Blanton, S Paul Oh, Richard H Karas, Navin K Kapur
INTRODUCTION: Activin receptor-like kinase 1 (ALK1) mediates signaling via the transforming growth factor beta-1 (TGFβ1), a pro-fibrogenic cytokine. No studies have defined a role for ALK1 in heart failure. HYPOTHESIS: We tested the hypothesis that reduced ALK1 expression promotes maladaptive cardiac remodeling in heart failure. METHODS AND RESULTS: In patients with advanced heart failure referred for left ventricular (LV) assist device implantation, LV Alk1 mRNA and protein levels were lower than control LV obtained from patients without heart failure...
July 18, 2017: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820933/surface-chemistry-of-la0-99sr0-01nbo4-d-and-its-implication-for-proton-conduction
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Cheng Li, Stevin S Pramana, Na Ni, John A Kilner, Stephen J Skinner
Acceptor doped LaNbO4 is a promising electrolyte material for proton conducting fuel cell (PCFC) applications. As charge transfer processes govern device performance, the outermost surface of acceptor doped LaNbO4 will play an important role in determining the overall cell performance. However, the surface composition is poorly characterized, and the understanding of its impact on the proton exchange process is rudimentary. In this work, the surface chemistry of 1 at% Sr doped LaNbO4 (La0.99Sr0.01NbO4-d, denoted as LSNO) proton conductor is characterized using LEIS and SIMS...
August 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820904/parametric-studies-of-metabolic-cooperativity-in-escherichia-coli-colonies-strain-and-geometric-confinement-effects
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Joseph R Peterson, John A Cole, Zaida Luthey-Schulten
Characterizing the complex spatial and temporal interactions among cells in a biological system (i.e. bacterial colony, microbiome, tissue, etc.) remains a challenge. Metabolic cooperativity in these systems can arise due to the subtle interplay between microenvironmental conditions and the cells' regulatory machinery, often involving cascades of intra- and extracellular signalling molecules. In the simplest of cases, as demonstrated in a recent study of the model organism Escherichia coli, metabolic cross-feeding can arise in monoclonal colonies of bacteria driven merely by spatial heterogeneity in the availability of growth substrates; namely, acetate, glucose and oxygen...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820895/identification-of-leishmania-donovani-antigen-in-circulating-immune-complexes-of-visceral-leishmaniasis-subjects-for-diagnosis
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Fauzia Jamal, Pushkar Shivam, Sarita Kumari, Manish Kumar Singh, Abul Hasan Sardar, Pushpanjali, Selvasankar Murugesan, Shyam Narayan, Anil Kumar Gupta, Krishna Pandey, V N R Das, Vahab Ali, Sanjiva Bimal, Pradeep Das, Shubhankar K Singh
The unreliability of most of the existing antibody-based diagnostic kits to discriminate between active and treated VL cases, relapse situation and reinfection are a major hurdle in controlling the cases of Kala-azar in an endemic area. An antigen targeted diagnostic approaches can be an attractive strategy to overcome these problems. Hence, this study was focused on identifying the Leishmania antigens, lies in circulating immune complex (CICs), can be used for diagnostic as well as prognostic purposes. The present study was conducted on peripheral blood samples of 115 human subjects, based on isolation of CICs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820864/diffusion-kurtosis-imaging-and-pathology-in-spinal-cord-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-in-rabbits-a-case-control-study
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Daowei Li, Xiaoming Wang
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to evaluate the application of diffusion kurtosis imaging (DKI) in spinal cord ischemia/reperfusion (SCI/R) injury and to explore its association with pathology. MATERIAL AND METHODS Japanese male long-eared rabbits were chosen and divided into 7 groups (8 rabbits in each group): control group (C group), sham-operation control group (S group), and 5 experimental groups (E-2 h group, E-24 h group, E-48 h group, E-7 d group, and E-14 d group). Tarlov scoring and immunohistochemical staining were used to assess hindlimb motor function and observe the expression of glial fiber acidic protein (GFAP), respectively...
August 18, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820861/association-of-poultry-processing-industry-exposures-with-reports-of-occupational-finger-amputations-results-of-an-analysis-of-osha-severe-injury-report-sir-data
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Remington L Nevin, Jon Bernt, Michael Hodgson
OBJECTIVE: This analysis was conducted to identify industry exposures strongly associated with reports of finger amputation. METHODS: Reports of severe occupational injuries in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Severe Injury Report (SIR) database were analyzed in relation to U.S. Census Bureau industry employment data. Industries with significantly elevated reporting odds ratios (RORs) and relative reporting risks (RRRs) were identified. Multiple population association measures including population attributable fraction (PAF) were calculated by industry...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820729/head-phantoms-for-electroencephalography-and-transcranial-electric-stimulation-a-skull-material-study
#17
Alexander Hunold, Daniel Strohmeier, Patrique Fiedler, Jens Haueisen
Physical head phantoms allow the assessment of source reconstruction procedures in electroencephalography and electrical stimulation profiles during transcranial electric stimulation. Volume conduction in the head is strongly influenced by the skull, which represents the main conductivity barrier. Realistic modeling of its characteristics is thus important for phantom development. In the present study, we proposed plastic clay as a material for modeling the skull in phantoms. We analyzed five clay types varying in granularity and fractions of fire clay, each with firing temperatures from 550°C to 950°C...
August 18, 2017: Biomedizinische Technik. Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820593/structure-of-dynamic-taxol-stabilized-and-gmppcp-stabilized-microtubule
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Avi Ginsburg, Asaf Shemesh, Abigail Millgram, Raviv Dharan, Yael Levi-Kalisman, Israel Ringel, Uri Raviv
Microtubule (MT) is made of αβ-tubulin heterodimers that dynamically assemble into a hollow nanotube composed of straight protofilaments. MT dynamics is facilitated by hydrolysis of guanosine-5'-triphosphate (GTP) and can be inhibited by either anticancer agents like taxol or by the non-hydrolyzable GTP analogues like GMPPCP. Using high-resolution synchrotron X-ray scattering, we have measured and analyzed the scattering curves from solutions of dynamic MT (in other words, in the presence of excess GTP and free of dynamic-inhibiting agents) and examined the effect of two MT stabilizers: taxol and GMPPCP...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820549/qishenyiqi-dripping-pill-improves-heart-failure-by-up-regulation-of-%C3%AE-2-adrenergic-receptor-expression
#19
Junfeng Sun, Hua Qian, Xiaoguang Li, Xianling Tang
BACKGROUND: QishenYiqi Dripping Pill (QYDP) is a Chinese herbal medicine that originally was used for the treatment of coronary artery disease. Recently, QYDP was used as a complementary treatment for heart failure (HF) in China. METHODS: An HF rat model was used to clarify the possible therapeutic effects of QYDP on HF. The HF rats were allocated to two groups, HF and HF+QYDP, while normal rats served as a negative control. Cardiac functions were evaluated echocardiographically and hemodynamically...
March 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820540/endoscopic-port-access-surgery-for-late-orthotopic-cardiac-transplantation-atrioventricular-valve-disease
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Johan van der Merwe, Filip Casselman, Bernard Stockman, Yvette Vermeulen, Ivan Degrieck, Frank Van Praet
BACKGROUND: The study aim was to present details of the perioperative and long-term outcomes of redo-endoscopic port access surgery (REPAS) for late atrioventricular valve disease (AVVD) in orthotopic cardiac transplant (OCT) patients. METHODS: Between February 2004 and October 2015, REPAS was performed for late AVVD in seven consecutive OCT patients (mean age 57.9 ± 17.2 years; EuroSCORE II 21.2 ± 14.7%) at the authors' institution. The mean OCT-REPAS time interval was 7...
March 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
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