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A C Ruiz-Fernández, V Carnero-Bravo, J A Sanchez-Cabeza, L H Pérez-Bernal, O A Amaya-Monterrosa, S Bojórquez-Sánchez, P G López-Mendoza, J G Cardoso-Mohedano, R B Dunbar, D A Mucciarone, A J Marmolejo-Rodríguez
Coastal vegetated habitats can be important sinks of organic carbon (Corg ) and mitigate global warming by sequestering significant quantities of atmospheric CO2 and storing sedimentary Corg for long periods, although their Corg burial and storage capacity may be affected by on-going sea level rise and human intervention. Geochemical data from published210 Pb-dated sediment cores, collected from low-energy microtidal coastal wetlands in El Salvador (Jiquilisco Bay) and in Mexico (Salada Lagoon; Estero de Urias Lagoon; Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve) were revisited to assess temporal changes (within the last 100years) of Corg concentrations, storage and burial rates in tropical salt marshes under the influence of sea level rise and contrasting anthropization degree...
March 13, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
Axel de Zélicourt, Lukas Synek, Maged M Saad, Hanin Alzubaidy, Rewaa Jalal, Yakun Xie, Cristina Andrés-Barrao, Eleonora Rolli, Florence Guerard, Kiruthiga G Mariappan, Ihsanullah Daur, Jean Colcombet, Moussa Benhamed, Thomas Depaepe, Dominique Van Der Straeten, Heribert Hirt
Several plant species require microbial associations for survival under different biotic and abiotic stresses. In this study, we show that Enterobacter sp. SA187, a desert plant endophytic bacterium, enhances yield of the crop plant alfalfa under field conditions as well as growth of the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana in vitro, revealing a high potential of SA187 as a biological solution for improving crop production. Studying the SA187 interaction with Arabidopsis, we uncovered a number of mechanisms related to the beneficial association of SA187 with plants...
March 19, 2018: PLoS Genetics
Aykut Erbaş, Monica Olvera de la Cruz, John F Marko
We study unbinding of multivalent cationic ligands from oppositely charged polymeric binding sites sparsely grafted on a flat neutral substrate. Our molecular dynamics simulations are suggested by single-molecule studies of protein-DNA interactions. We consider univalent salt concentrations spanning roughly a 1000-fold range, together with various concentrations of excess ligands in solution. To reveal the ionic effects on unbinding kinetics of spontaneous and facilitated dissociation mechanisms, we treat electrostatic interactions both at a Debye-Hückel (DH) (or implicit ions, i...
February 2018: Physical Review. E
Hamid Reza Rajabi, Fatemeh Karimi, Hossein Kazemdehdashti, Leila Kavoshi
In this research, a sono-assisted chemical precipitation method was developed for a quick and efficient water-based synthesis of zinc sulfide (ZnS) quantum dots (QDs), in room temperature. ZnS QDs as pure and doped with some transition metal ions (such as Cu2+ , Mn2+ , Ag+ ) were prepared in the presence of l-cysteine, as capping agent. In comparison with the previous conventional methods, applying the ultrasonic irradiation provides a significant decrease in the reaction time. In comparison with previous reported conventional chemical QD synthesis methods, the required time for a complete synthesis in the presence of ultrasonic irradiations was significantly reduced to a period as short as 15 min, in a temperature of 40 °C...
February 22, 2018: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
Marco Helbich, Derek de Beurs, Mei-Po Kwan, Rory C O'Connor, Peter P Groenewegen
Background: Natural outdoor environments, such as green spaces (ie, grass, forests, or parks), blue spaces (ie, visible bodies of fresh or salt water), and coastal proximity, have been increasingly shown to promote mental health. However, little is known about how and the extent to which these natural environments are associated with suicide mortality. Our aim was to investigate whether the availability of green space and blue space within people's living environments and living next to the coast are protective against suicide mortality...
March 2018: Lancet. Planetary Health
Filippo Giacomo Carrozzo, Maria Cristina De Sanctis, Andrea Raponi, Eleonora Ammannito, Julie Castillo-Rogez, Bethany L Ehlmann, Simone Marchi, Nathaniel Stein, Mauro Ciarniello, Federico Tosi, Fabrizio Capaccioni, Maria Teresa Capria, Sergio Fonte, Michelangelo Formisano, Alessandro Frigeri, Marco Giardino, Andrea Longobardo, Gianfranco Magni, Ernesto Palomba, Francesca Zambon, Carol A Raymond, Christopher T Russell
Different carbonates have been detected on Ceres, and their abundance and spatial distribution have been mapped using a visible and infrared mapping spectrometer (VIR), the Dawn imaging spectrometer. Carbonates are abundant and ubiquitous across the surface, but variations in the strength and position of infrared spectral absorptions indicate variations in the composition and amount of these minerals. Mg-Ca carbonates are detected all over the surface, but localized areas show Na carbonates, such as natrite (Na2 CO3 ) and hydrated Na carbonates (for example, Na2 CO3 ·H2 O)...
March 2018: Science Advances
Takeshi Takamatsu, Marouane Baslam, Takuya Inomata, Kazusato Oikawa, Kimiko Itoh, Takayuki Ohnishi, Tetsu Kinoshita, Toshiaki Mitsui
Chloroplasts, which perform photosynthesis, are one of the most important organelles in green plants and algae. Chloroplasts maintain an independent genome that includes important genes encoding their photosynthetic machinery and various housekeeping functions. Owing to its non-recombinant nature, low mutation rates, and uniparental inheritance, the chloroplast genome (plastome) can give insights into plant evolution and ecology and in the development of biotechnological and breeding applications. However, efficient methods to obtain high-quality chloroplast DNA (cpDNA) are currently not available, impeding powerful sequencing and further functional genomics research...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
Britta Eklund, Burkard Watermann
A handheld XRF-analyzer specially calibrated for measurements of metals on plastic boat hulls has been used on leisure boats in Denmark (DK), Finland (FI), and Germany (DE). The results on tin and copper are presented as μg metal/cm2 . Tin is a proxy for the occurrence of organotin compounds on the boat. Two or three sites were visited in each country and between 25 and 90 boats were measured at each site. Every boat was measured at six to eight places, and the results are presented both as mean and median values...
March 12, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Chiara Tuccilli, Enke Baldini, Elia Truppa, Bruno D'Auria, Domenico De Quattro, Giovanni Cacciola, Tommaso Aceti, Giovanni Cirillo, Antonio Faiola, Patrizia Indigeno, Lorella D'Aliesio, Fiorella Gazzellone, Marco Bononi, Eleonora D'Armiento, Giovanni Carbotta, Daniele Pironi, Antonio Catania, Salvatore Sorrenti, Salvatore Ulisse
OBJECTIVE: The World Health Organization, the United Nations Children's Fund, and the International Council for the Control of Iodine Deficiency Disorders recommend a median urinary iodine concentration (UIC) in pregnant women between 150 µg/L and 249 µg/L. In the present study, we evaluated whether in the urban area of Cassino (central Italy), after a national salt iodination program (30 mg/kg) was introduced in 2005, the increased demand of iodine during pregnancy was satisfied...
November 27, 2017: Nutrition
Marília Gonçalves Cattelan, Yara Paula de Oliveira Nishiyama, Tânia Maria Vinturim Gonçalves, Alexandre Rodrigo Coelho
There is a broad research interest in the search for alternatives to chemical additives for use as natural food preservatives. Although many natural compounds have biological in vitro properties evidenced, in situ studies are still scarce. This study evaluated the effect of oregano essential oil (OEO) and salt (NaCl) concentrations against Escherichia coli (ATCC 8739), in salad dressing, using the response surface methodology. The experiment included a 22 central composite rotatable design (CCRD) in a total of 11 formulations of salad dressings...
August 2018: Food Microbiology
Wim Geeraerts, Vasileios Pothakos, Luc De Vuyst, Frédéric Leroy
Sliced cooked poultry products are susceptible to bacterial spoilage, notwithstanding their storage under modified-atmosphere packaging (MAP) in the cold chain. Although the prevailing bacterial communities are known to be mostly consisting of lactic acid bacteria (LAB), more information is needed about the potential variation in species diversity within national markets. In the present study, a total of 42 different samples of sliced cooked poultry products were collected in the Belgian retail and their bacterial communities were analysed at expiration date...
August 2018: Food Microbiology
C Berthin, P Sibilia, J Martins-Hericher, A Donzeau, L Martin
BACKGROUND: Non-classical congenital adrenal hyperplasia (NC-CAH) is a recessive autosomal disease caused by a deficiency of adrenal steroidogenesis enzymes. It must be distinguished from classical CAH, either simple virilising or salt-wasting, diagnosed during the neonatal period and responsible for potentially lethal disorders of sexual differentiation. NC-CAH presents a simpler and less specific clinical picture. Herein, we present two cases comprising twin girls consulting for diffuse hypertrichosis...
March 7, 2018: Annales de Dermatologie et de Vénéréologie
Alyne Marem, Debora N Okamoto, Lilian C G Oliveira, Diego M Ruiz, Roberto A Paggi, Marcia Y Kondo, Iuri E Gouvea, Maria A Juliano, Rosana E de Castro, Luiz Juliano, Marcelo Y Icimoto
Nep (Natrialba magadii extracellular protease) is a halolysin-like peptidase secreted by the haloalkaliphilic archaeon Natrialba magadii. Many extracellular proteases have been characterized from archaea to bacteria as adapted to hypersaline environments retaining function and stability until 4.0 M NaCl. As observed in other secreted halolysins, this stability can be related to the presence of a C-terminal extension (CTE) sequence. In the present work, we compared the biochemical properties of recombinant Nep protease with the truncated form at the 134 amino acids CTE (Nep∆CTE), that was more active in 4 M NaCl than the non-truncated wild type enzyme...
March 7, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Carolina Díaz-Cárdenas, Angela Cantillo, Laura Yinneth Rojas, Tito Sandoval, Susana Fiorentino, Jorge Robles, Freddy A Ramos, María Mercedes Zambrano, Sandra Baena
The original version of this article (Diaz-Cardenas et al. 2017) unfortunately contained a mistake in Fig. 1. The pie chart of Fig. 1 should explain the distribution of the relative abundance of the Bacteria and Archaea strains isolated at Zipaquirá salt mine: Proteobacteria 39%; Actinobacteria 9%, Bacteroidetes 1%, Archaea 3% and Firmicutes 48% instead of NOMBRE DE CATEGORIA [PORCENTAJE]. The corrected Fig. 1 and caption are given below.
March 9, 2018: AMB Express
Rebeca Caldeira Machado Berger, Acaris Benetti, Adriana Castello Costa Girardi, Ludimila Forechi, Rafaella Martins de Oliveira, Paula Frizera Vassallo, José Geraldo Mill
BACKGROUND: High sodium intake contributes to the pathogenesis of hypertension and adversely affects cardiac function. Conversely, sodium reduction is associated with a blood pressure decrease and improved cardiovascular function. However, the mechanisms that underlie the cardiac effects induced by salt intake in hypertension have not been fully elucidated. Ca2+ handling is critical for efficient myocardial function; thus, we aimed to investigate the long-term effects of diets with different salt contents on cardiac function and Ca2+ handling proteins in spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRs)...
March 5, 2018: American Journal of Hypertension
Maurizio Francesco Brivio, Andrea Toscano, Simone Maria De Pasquale, Andrea De Lerma Barbaro, Stefano Giovannardi, Giovanna Finzi, Maristella Mastore
BACKGROUND: Steinernema carpocapsae is a nematocomplex widely used as alternative to chemicals for the biological control of insect pests; this nematode is symbiotically associated with the bacteria Xenorhabdus nematophila and both contribute to the host death. Architecture and functions of structures and molecular components of the surface of nematodes and their symbionts bacteria are integral to the early interactions with their hosts; thus, we assessed the role of protein pools isolated from the surface of S...
March 8, 2018: Pest Management Science
Daniel Lemogoum, William Ngatchou, Claude Bika Lele, Cecile Okalla, Marc Leeman, Jean-Paul Degaute, Philippe van de Borne
BACKGROUND: High salt intake increases blood pressure (BP) and hypertension risk. This study aimed to examine association of urinary sodium excretion with BP and hypertension correlates among Cameroonian pygmies under hunter-gatherer subsistence mode and Bantus, living in urban area under unhealthy behavioral habits. METHODS: In this cross-sectional cluster sampling study, we randomly enrolled rural pygmies living in Lolodorf and urban Bantus living in Douala. The World Health Organization steps questionnaire was used to collect socio-demographic and lifestyle data...
March 7, 2018: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
Jae-Kyeong Choi, Heonki Kim, Hobin Kwon, Michael D Annable
The effect of groundwater viscosity control on the performance of surfactant-enhanced air sparging (SEAS) was investigated using 1- and 2-dimensional (1-D and 2-D) bench-scale physical models. The viscosity of groundwater was controlled by a thickener, sodium carboxymethylcellulose (SCMC), while an anionic surfactant, sodium dodecylbenzene sulfonate (SDBS), was used to control the surface tension of groundwater. When resident DI water was displaced with a SCMC solution (500 mg/L), a SDBS solution (200 mg/L), and a solution with both SCMC (500 mg/L) and SDBS (200 mg/L), the air saturation for sand-packed columns achieved by air sparging increased by 9...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Contaminant Hydrology
Adaris M Lopez-Marzo, Raquel Hoyos-de-la-Torre, Eva Baldrich
Gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) have been exploited as signal-producing tags in electrochemical biosensors. However, the electro-chemical detection of AuNPs is currently performed using corrosive acid solutions, which may raise health and environmental concerns. Here, oxidant salts, and specifically the environmentally friendly and occupational safe NaNO3/NaCl mixture, have been evaluated for the first time as potential alternatives to the acid solutions traditionally used for AuNPs electrooxidation. In addition, a new strategy to improve the sensitivity of the biosensor through PEG-based ligand exchange to produce less compact and easier to oxidize AuNPs immunoconjugates is presented too...
March 2, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
Kanza Benomar, Stéphanie Espiard, Camille Loyer, Arnaud Jannin, Marie-Christine Vantyghem
Natriuretic peptides are a group of hormones including atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP), brain natriuretic peptide (BNP), C type (CNP), urodilatin and guanilyn. ANP (half-life: 2-4 min), is secreted by the atrium, BNP (half-life: 20 min) by the ventricle, CNP by the vascular endothelium, urodilatin by the kidney and guanylin by the intestine. These natriuretic peptides prevent water and salt retention through renal action, vasodilatation and hormonal inhibition of aldosterone, vasopressin and cortisol. These peptides also have a recently demonstrated metabolic effect through an increase of lipolysis, thermogenesis, beta cell proliferation and muscular sensitivity to insulin...
February 26, 2018: La Presse Médicale
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