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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527323/revealing-the-ability-of-a-novel-polysaccharide-bioflocculant-in-bioremediation-of-heavy-metals-sensed-in-a-vibrio-bioluminescence-reporter-assay
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Arya Sajayan, G Seghal Kiran, S Priyadharshini, Navya Poulose, Joseph Selvin
A bioflocculant-producing bacterial strain, designated MSI021, was isolated from the marine sponge Dendrilla nigra and demonstrated 94% flocculation activity in a kaolin clay suspension. MSI021 was identified as Bacillus cereus based on phylogenetic affiliation and biochemical characteristics. The purified extra-cellular bioflocculant was chemically elucidated as a polysaccharide molecule. The polysaccharide bioflocculant was stable under both acidic and alkaline conditions (pH 2.0-10.0) and temperatures up to 100 °C...
May 17, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527301/exploration-of-dietary-patterns-and-alcohol-consumption-in-pregnant-women-in-the-uk-a-mixed-methods-study
#2
Victoria Coathup, Lesley Smith, Mary Boulton
BACKGROUND: fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders is a term used to describe a range of physical, cognitive and behavioural deficits in the offspring of women who drank alcohol during pregnancy. A growing body of evidence suggests alcohol consumption in the presence of poor maternal nutrition may increase the risk of harm to the developing fetus. OBJECTIVE: to investigate relationships between maternal dietary patterns and alcohol consumption, and explore which factors influence women's decisions about what to eat and drink during pregnancy...
April 27, 2017: Midwifery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526787/development-of-multi-well-plate-methods-using-pure-cultures-of-methanogens-to-identify-new-inhibitors-for-suppressing-ruminant-methane-emissions
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M R Weimar, J Cheung, D Dey, C McSweeney, M Morrison, Y Kobayashi, W B Whitman, V Carbone, L R Schofield, R S Ronimus, G M Cook
Hydrogenotrophic methanogens typically require strictly anaerobic culturing conditions in glass tubes with overpressures of H2 and CO2 that are both time-consuming and costly. To increase the throughput for screening chemical compound libraries, 96-well microtiter plate methods for the growth of a marine (environmental) methanogen Methanococcus maripaludis strain S2 and the rumen methanogen Methanobrevibacter species AbM4 were developed. A number of key parameters (inoculum size, reducing agents for media preparation, duration of assay, inhibitor solvents and culture volume) were optimised to achieve robust and reproducible growth in a high-throughput microtiter plate format...
May 19, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526497/mixed-species-biofilms-of-fusobacterium-necrophorum-and-porphyromonas-levii-impair-the-oxidative-response-of-bovine-neutrophils-in-vitro
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Joey S Lockhart, Andre G Buret, Howard Ceri, Douglas G Storey, Stefanie J Anderson, Douglas W Morck
Biofilms composed of anaerobic bacteria can result in persistent infections and chronic inflammation. Host immune cells have difficulties clearing biofilm-related infections and this can result in tissue damage. Neutrophils are a vital component of the innate immune system and help clear biofilms. The comparative neutrophilic response to biofilms versus planktonic bacteria remains incompletely understood, particularly in the context of mixed infections. The objective of this study was to generate mixed species anaerobic bacterial biofilms composed of two opportunistic pathogens, Fusobacterium necrophorum and Porphyromonas levii, and evaluate neutrophil responses to extracellular fractions from both biofilms and planktonic cell co-cultures of the same bacteria...
May 16, 2017: Anaerobe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526407/sirtuin-inhibition-leads-to-autophagy-and-apoptosis-in-porcine-preimplantation-blastocysts
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Min Gyeong Kim, Duk Hyoun Kim, Hye Ran Lee, Jun Sung Lee, Su Jin Jin, Hoon Taek Lee
Sirtuins are nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide dependent class III histone deacetylase proteins that play a crucial role in several cellular processes, including DNA repair, apoptosis, and lifespan. Previous studies have shown that sirtuin inhibition leads to embryonic developmental arrest and oxidative stress in porcine and murine. However, sirtuin-mediated mechanisms have not been examined in porcine preimplantation blastocysts. We therefore investigated the relationship between sirtuins and autophagy. Embryos were cultured with 100 μM sirtinol (SIRT1/2 inhibitor) in NCSU-23 media after in vitro fertilization...
May 16, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526169/the-second-victim-a-review
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REVIEW
B Coughlan, D Powell, M F Higgins
Amongst the lay and media population there is a perception that pregnancy, labour and delivery is always physiological, morbidity and mortality should be "never events" and that error is the only cause of adverse events. Those working in maternity care know that it is an imperfect art, where adverse outcomes and errors will occur. When errors do occur, there is a domino effect with three groups being involved - the patient (first victim), the staff (second victims) and the organization (third victims). If the perceived expectation of patients on all clinicians is that of perfection, then clinicians may suffer the consequences of adverse outcomes in isolation and silence...
June 2017: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525654/molecular-detection-by-analysis-of-the-16s-rrna-gene-of-fecal-coliform-bacteria-from-the-two-korean-apodemus-species-apodemus-agrarius-and-a-peninsulae
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M M Rahman, K B Yoon, S J Lim, M G Jeon, H J Kim, H Y Kim, J Y Cho, H M Chae, Y C Park
Wild mouse feces can disseminate zoonotic microorganisms throughout a farm, which is a great threat to human health and can lead to economic loss through contaminated agricultural produce. To assess the microbial communities, especially fecal coliform bacteria, we used two methods. First, we isolated bacterial colonies onto the common media LB (lactose broth) agar, TSA (tryptic soy agar), and MRS (de Man, Rogosa, and Sharpe) agar, and then randomly select colonies from each plate and stocked them to the mother plate for genomic DNA isolation...
May 18, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524241/fabrication-techniques-enabling-ultrathin-nanostructured-membranes-for-separations
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REVIEW
Marcela Mireles Ramirez, Thomas R Gaborski
The fabrication of nanostructured materials is an area of continuous improvement and innovative techniques that fulfill the demand of many fields of research and development. The continuously decreasing size of the smallest patternable feature has expanded the catalog of methods enabling the fabrication of nanostructured materials. Several of these nanofabrication techniques have sprouted from applications requiring nanoporous membranes such as molecular separations, cell culture, and plasmonics. This review summarizes methods that successfully produce through-pores in ultrathin films exhibiting an approximate pore size to thickness ratio of one, which has been shown to be beneficial due to high permeability and improved separation potential...
May 19, 2017: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523073/improved-axenic-hydroponic-whole-plant-propagation-for-rapid-production-of-roots-as-transformation-target-tissue
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Kyle Benzle, Katrina Cornish
BACKGROUND: Plant roots are used as an efficient target tissue for plant transformation assays. In root propagable species transformed roots are able to regenerate into whole plants without the addition of exogenous hormones, thus avoiding somaclonal variation associated with many plant transformation protocols. Plants grown in soil or soilless solid medium have roots that tend to be extremely delicate and are difficult to sterilize in advance of plant transformation experiments. Axenic tissue culture plants grown on semi-solid media are slow to produce large amounts of biomass compared to plants grown in solution-based media...
2017: Plant Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522974/low-dose-paclitaxel-inhibits-tumor-cell-growth-by-regulating-glutaminolysis-in-colorectal-carcinoma-cells
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Chaoxiang Lv, Hao Qu, Wanyun Zhu, Kaixiang Xu, Anyong Xu, Baoyu Jia, Yubo Qing, Honghui Li, Hong-Jiang Wei, Hong-Ye Zhao
Paclitaxel (PTX) is a natural alkaloid isolated from the bark of a tree, Taxus brevifolia, and is currently used to treat a variety of tumors. Recently, it has been found that low-dose PTX is a promising treatment for some cancers, presenting few side effects. However, antitumor mechanisms of low-dose PTX (<1 nM) have rarely been illuminated. Here we report a new antitumor mechanism of low-dose PTX in colorectal carcinoma cells. We treated colorectal carcinoma HCT116 cells with PTX at 0.1 and 0.3 nM for 0, 1, 2, or 3 days, and found that low-dose PTX inhibits cell growth without altering cell morphology and cell cycle...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521417/introduction-of-plasmids-into-gastric-cancer-cells-by-endoscopic-ultrasound
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Minoru Tomizawa, Fuminobu Shinozaki, Yasufumi Motoyoshi, Takao Sugiyama, Shigenori Yamamoto, Naoki Ishige
Short hairpin RNA of frizzled-2 (shRNA-Fz2) suppresses the cell proliferation of gastric cancer cells. Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) is considered a suitable method for the introduction of therapeutic plasmids into cells, since the device enables the access and real-time monitoring of gastric cancer tissues. In the present study, plasmids were introduced into cells by sonoporation, as evidenced by the production of H2O2. The production of H2O2 was measured by absorbance of a potassium-starch solution irradiated with EUS...
May 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515713/energy-efficiency-and-productivity-enhancement-of-microbial-electrosynthesis-of-acetate
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Edward V LaBelle, Harold D May
It was hypothesized that a lack of acetogenic biomass (biocatalyst) at the cathode of a microbial electrosynthesis system, due to electron and nutrient limitations, has prevented further improvement in acetate productivity and efficiency. In order to increase the biomass at the cathode and thereby performance, a bioelectrochemical system with this acetogenic community was operated under galvanostatic control and continuous media flow through a reticulated vitreous carbon (RVC) foam cathode. The combination of galvanostatic control and the high surface area cathode reduced the electron limitation and the continuous flow overcame the nutrient limitation while avoiding the accumulation of products and potential inhibitors...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514938/characterization-and-standardization-of-cultured-cardiac-fibroblasts-for-ex-vivo-models-of-heart-fibrosis-and-heart-ischemia
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Yue Zhou, Arthur Mark Richards, Peipei Wang
A full understanding of cardiac fibroblast (cFB) biology is essential to study the adverse cardiac remodeling and recovery of myocardium infarction. However, compared to cardiac myocytes, cFB are less well-characterized. Important questions including the variability introduced by cell age (neonatal vs. adult), culture conditions (passage, plate coating and culture medium), and responses to stimuli (e.g. hypoxia and drug treatments) have not been well addressed and standardization of techniques is lacking. This variability invites inconsistency and the confounding of study conclusions...
May 17, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part C, Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513562/effects-of-growth-media-on-the-diversity-of-culturable-fungi-from-lichens
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Lucia Muggia, Theodora Kopun, Martin Grube
Microscopic and molecular studies suggest that lichen symbioses contain a plethora of associated fungi. These are potential producers of novel bioactive compounds, but strains isolated on standard media usually represent only a minor subset of these fungi. By using various in vitro growth conditions we are able to modulate and extend the fraction of culturable lichen-associated fungi. We observed that the presence of iron, glucose, magnesium and potassium in growth media is essential for the successful isolation of members from different taxonomic groups...
May 17, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512490/in-vitro-cytotoxicity-of-a-new-nano-root-canal-sealer-on-human-gingival-fibroblasts
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Maryam Javidi, Parisa Dastmalchi, Mina Zarei, Maryam Shayani Rad, Ahmad Ghorbani
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this in vitro study was to evaluate the cytotoxicity of a new nano zinc-oxide eugenol (NZOE) sealer on human gingival fibroblasts (HGFs) compared with Pulpdent (micro-sized ZOE sealer) and AH-26 (resin-based sealer). METHODS AND MATERIALS: The Pulpdent, AH-26, and NZOE sealers were prepared and exposed to cell culture media immediately after setting, and 24 h and one week after setting. Then, the primary cultured HGFs were incubated for 24 h with different dilutions (1:1 to 1:32) of each sealer extract...
2017: Iranian Endodontic Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512075/public-trust-in-vaccination-an-analytical-framework
#16
Vijayaprasad Gopichandran
While vaccination is one of the most successful public health interventions, there has always been a parallel movement against vaccines. Apart from scientific factors, the uptake of vaccinations is influenced by historical, political, sociocultural and economic factors. In India, the health system is struggling with logistical weaknesses in taking vaccination to the remotest corners; while on the other hand, some people in places where vaccination is available resist it. Unwillingness to be vaccinated is a growing problem in the developed world...
April 2017: Indian Journal of Medical Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512001/low-dose-inflammatory-potential-of-silica-particles-in-human-derived-thp-1-macrophage-cell-culture-studies-mechanism-and-effects-of-particle-size-and-iron
#17
Premshekharan Gayatri, Hongqiao Zhang, Kennedy Nguyen, Henry Jay Forman, Valerie Jean Leppert
Silica and iron are major constituents in ambient particulate matter, and iron is a common impurity in many engineered nanomaterials. The purpose of this work was to determine the pro-inflammatory and other biological effects and mechanism of particle size and iron presence under low dose, non-cytotoxic conditions that are likely to approximate actual exposure levels, in contrast with higher dose studies in which cytotoxicity occurs. Specifically, human-derived THP-1 macrophages were exposed to 1 μg/ml of pristine and iron-coated 50 nm and 2 μm engineered silica nanoparticles...
May 13, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511996/comparative-characteristics-of-spermatozoa-harvested-and-cryopreserved-in-culture-and-cryoprotectant-media-with-or-without-donor-serum-proteins
#18
Ghofraan A Ata'Allah, Noor Azmi Mat Adenan, Nuguelis Razali, Kannappan Palaniappan, Rosliza Saad, Siti Khadijah Idris, Krishnan Kanniah, Jaffar Ali
The objectives of this study is to evaluate the efficacy of protein-free media in the preparation, holding and crypreservation of spermatazoa for use in ART. Normozoospermic semen samples (N=71) were used to compare the effects of media on the survival and quality of spermatozoa when washed and cultured with different media with and without added proteins at 4°C, 15°C, 22°C and 37°C for 0, 4-7 and 24h. Survival and quality of spermatozoa were assessed after freeze-thaw with synthetic cryoprotectant with and without proteins...
May 13, 2017: Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511995/live-full-term-mouse-pups-from-oocytes-grown-and-matured-in-vitro-with-serum-substitutes
#19
Hideyuki H Motohashi, Ryoma Taniguchi, Junpei Sakamoto, Tadashi Sankai, Hidemi Kada
For in vitro growth and maturation of mouse oocytes (IVG-IVM), serum is added to media up to and including the stage of oocyte maturation; this subsequently supports oocytes through fertilization and early embryo development. However, problems may occur with sera, such as batch differences and issues of biosafety. The purpose of the present study was to determine the capacity for fertilization and pre- and post-implantation development of oocytes that underwent IVG-IVM with a serum substitute. Oocyte-granulosa cell complexes from preantral follicles were cultured in medium with either fetal bovine serum (FBS), Serum Substitute Supplement™ (SSS), or Knockout™ Serum Replacement (KSR) for 10days, and were then allowed to mature for 17 h...
May 13, 2017: Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511380/fungal-profile-of-vulvovaginal-candidiasis-in-a-tertiary-care-hospital
#20
Krishnapriya Kalaiarasan, Rakesh Singh, Latha Chaturvedula
INTRODUCTION: Vulvovaginal Candidiasis (VVC) is a common medical health problem of adult women. It is most commonly caused by Candida albicans. But there is a change in fungal profile. Sabouraud's Dextrose Agar (SDA) is the most common culture medium used where mixed fungal infection may be missed. It can be detected easily by using chromogenic culture medium. AIM: To know the fungal profile of vulvovaginal candidiasis using Candida CHROMagar and antifungal susceptibility pattern in patients attending tertiary care hospital...
March 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
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