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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110257/acidification-with-nitric-acid-improves-chemical-characteristics-and-reduces-phytotoxicity-of-alkaline-chars
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Fernando Fornes, Rosa Maria Belda
Charred organic matter is recently receiving attention for its potential use as soilless growth medium. However, depending on its origin and on the manufacturing technology, it can result toxic for plants. This fact implies that a detoxifying treatment ought to be devised in order to reclaim char in this way. We have studied three materials which combine these factors: two pyrolyzed biochars, one from forest waste (BCH-FW) and another from olive mill waste (BCH-OMW), and one hydrothermally carbonized hydrochar from forest waste (HYD-FW)...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110163/evaluation-of-remediation-techniques-in-soils-affected-by-residual-contamination-with-heavy-metals-and-arsenic
#2
M García-Carmona, A Romero-Freire, M Sierra Aragón, F J Martínez Garzón, F J Martín Peinado
Residual soil pollution from the Aznalcóllar mine spill is still a problem in some parts of the affected area, today converted in the Guadiamar Green Corridor. Dispersed spots of polluted soils, identified by the absence of vegetation, are characterized by soil acid pH and high concentrations of As, Pb, Cu and Zn. Ex situ remediation techniques were performed with unrecovered soil samples. Landfarming, Composting and Biopiles techniques were tested in order to immobilize pollutants, to improve soil properties and to promote vegetation recovery...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109948/design-and-synthesis-of-novel-tetrandrine-derivatives-as-potential-anti-tumor-agents-against-human-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Junjie Lan, Ning Wang, Lan Huang, Yazhou Liu, Xiaopan Ma, Huayong Lou, Chao Chen, Yibin Feng, Weidong Pan
Tetrandrine, a lead anti-tumor compound with a bis-benzyltetrahydroisoquinoline skeleton isolated from medicinal plant Stephania tetrandra. In order to obtain active anti-tumor agents and evaluate their structure-activity relationships, a series of novel tetrandrine derivatives were designed and synthesized in this study. Their anti-tumor activities against human hepatocellular carcinoma cell lines (HMCC97L and PLC/PRF/5) were also evaluated. The bioassay results showed that the derivatives exhibited moderate to strong inhibition against the two cell lines...
January 7, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109788/microbial-hydroxylation-and-glycosylation-of-pentacyclic-triterpenes-as-inhibitors-on-tissue-factor-procoagulant-activity
#4
Wei-Wei Wang, Shao-Hua Xu, Ya-Zheng Zhao, Chao Zhang, Yuan-Yuan Zhang, Bo-Yang Yu, Jian Zhang
To discover new inhibitors on tissue factor procoagulant activity, 20 pentacyclic triterpenes were semi-synthetized through microbial transformation and assayed on the model of human THP-1 cells stimulated by lipopolysaccharide. In the biotransformation two types of reactions were observed, regio-selective hydroxylation and glycosylation. The bioassay results showed that most of tested compounds were significant effective on this model and two of the biotransformation products 23-hydroxy-28-O-β-d-glucopyranosyl betulinic acid (3d) and 28-O-β-d-glucopyranosyl oleanic acid (1a) exhibited most potential activities with the IC50 values of 0...
December 29, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108247/design-synthesis-and-bioactivities-of-novel-oxadiazole-substituted-pyrazole-oximes
#5
Hong Dai, Jia Chen, Gang Li, Shushan Ge, Yujun Shi, Yuan Fang, Yong Ling
A series of novel pyrazole oxime derivatives containing a substituted oxadiazole group were designed and synthesized. The bioassay results indicated that some title compounds displayed good acaricidal and insecticidal activities against Tetranychus cinnabarinus, Aphis medicaginis, Oriental armyworm, and Nilaparvata lugens. Especially, compounds 7a, 7b, and 7c had 80%, 90%, and 90% insecticidal activities against A. medicaginis at 20μg/mL, respectively. Interestingly, some of the designed compounds displayed wonderful fungicidal activities in vivo against cucumber Pseudoperonospora cubensis...
December 31, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107464/seed-detection-and-discrimination-by-ground-beetles-coleoptera-carabidae-are-associated-with-olfactory-cues
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Sharavari S Kulkarni, Lloyd M Dosdall, John R Spence, Christian J Willenborg
Olfactory ability is an element of fitness in many animals, guiding choices among alternatives such as mating partners or food. Ground beetles (Coleoptera; Carabidae), exhibit preferences for prey, and some species are well-known weed seed predators. We used olfactometer-based bioassays to determine if olfactory stimuli are associated with detection of Brassica napus L., Sinapis arvensis L., and Thlaspi arvense L. seeds by ground beetles characteristic of agroecosystems, and whether behavioural responses to seed odors depended on seed physiological state (imbibed or unimbibed)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106916/a-bayesian-analysis-of-quantal-bioassay-experiments-incorporating-historical-controls-via-bayes-factors
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Luis G León Novelo, Andrew Womack, Hongxiao Zhu, Xiaowei Wu
This paper addresses model-based Bayesian inference in the analysis of data arising from bioassay experiments. In such experiments, increasing doses of a chemical substance are given to treatment groups (usually rats or mice) for a fixed period of time (usually 2 years). The goal of such an experiment is to determine whether an increased dosage of the chemical is associated with increased probability of an adverse effect (usually presence of adenoma or carcinoma). The data consists of dosage, survival time, and the occurrence of the adverse event for each unit in the study...
January 20, 2017: Statistics in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106093/insecticidal-toxicities-of-carvacrol-and-thymol-derived-from-thymus-vulgaris-lin-against-pochazia-shantungensis-chou-lu-newly-recorded-pest
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Jun-Hwan Park, Ye-Jin Jeon, Chi-Hoon Lee, Namhyun Chung, Hoi-Seon Lee
The insecticidal toxicities of five essential oils against Pochazia shantungensis adults and nymphs, newly recorded pests, were evaluated. The LC50 values of Thymus vulgaris, Ruta graveolens, Citrus aurantium, Leptospermum petersonii and Achillea millefolium oils were recorded as 57.48, 84.44, 92.58, 113.26 and 125.78 mg/L, respectively, against P. shantungensis nymphs using the leaf dipping bioassay, and 75.80, 109.86, 113.26, 145.06 and 153.74 mg/L, respectively, against P. shantungensis adults using the spray bioassay method...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105823/digital-bioassays-theory-applications-and-perspectives
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Yi Zhang, Hiroyuki Noji
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 3, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103863/pharmacological-profile-of-the-aerial-parts-of-rubus-ulmifolius-schott
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Niaz Ali, Mohammad Shaoib, Syed Wadood Ali Shah, Ismail Shah, Muhammad Shuaib
BACKGROUND: As aerial parts of Rubus ulmifolius contains phytochemicals like flavonoids and tannins. And whereas flavonoids and tannins have antioxidant and antipyretic activity, hence, current work is carried out to screen crude methanolic extract of aerial parts of Rubus ulmifolius (Ru.Cr) and crude flavonoids rich extract of Rubus ulmifolius (Ru.F) for possible antioxidant and antipyretic activity. Ru.Cr and Ru.F are also tested for brine shrimps lethality bioassay. Ru.F is tested for the first time for possible antioxidant and antipyretic activity...
January 19, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103751/3d-bioprinting-towards-the-era-of-manufacturing-human-organs-as-spare-parts-for-healthcare-and-medicine
#11
Tanveer Ahmad Mir, Makoto Nakamura
3D printing technology has been used in industrial worlds for decades. 3D bioprinting has recently received an increasing attention across the globe among researchers, academicians, students and even the ordinary people. This emerging technique has a great potential to engineer highly organized functional bioconstructs with complex geometries and tailored components for engineering bio-artificial tissues/organs for widespread applications, including transplantation, therapeutic investigation, drug development, bioassay and disease modelling...
January 19, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part B, Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103255/mitigating-diseases-transmitted-by-aedes-mosquitoes-a-cluster-randomised-trial-of-permethrin-impregnated-school-uniforms
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Pattamaporn Kittayapong, Phanthip Olanratmanee, Pongsri Maskhao, Peter Byass, James Logan, Yesim Tozan, Valérie Louis, Duane J Gubler, Annelies Wilder-Smith
BACKGROUND: Viral diseases transmitted via Aedes mosquitoes are on the rise, such as Zika, dengue, and chikungunya. Novel tools to mitigate Aedes mosquitoes-transmitted diseases are urgently needed. We tested whether commercially insecticide-impregnated school uniforms can reduce dengue incidence in school children. METHODS: We designed a cluster-randomised controlled trial in Thailand. The primary endpoint was laboratory-confirmed dengue infections. Secondary endpoints were school absenteeism; and impregnated uniforms' 1-hour knock-down and 24 hour mosquito mortality as measured by standardised WHOPES bioassay cone tests at baseline and after repeated washing...
January 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101940/chronic-nasal-exposure-to-nanoparticulate-tio2-causes-pulmonary-tumorigenesis-in-male-mice
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Fashui Hong, Li Ji, Yingjun Zhou, Ling Wang
Chronic inhalation bioassays in rodents are used to assess pulmonary carcinogenicity for purposes of hazard identification and potentially for risk characterization. Numerous studies have been confirmed that exposure to titanium dioxide nanoparticles (TiO2 NPs) may result in chronic pulmonary inflammation in both mice and rats. However, very few studies have focused on the pulmonary tumorigenesis. In this study, to examine whether chronic TiO2 NP exposure induce tumorigenesis in the lung, forty mice (each group) were nasally exposed to 1...
January 19, 2017: Environmental Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098463/absolute-configuration-of-native-oligomeric-proanthocyanidins-with-dentin-biomodification-potency
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Joo-Won Nam, Rasika S Phansalkar, David C Lankin, James B McAlpine, Ariene A Leme-Kraus, Cristina M P Vidal, Li-She Gan, Ana Bedran-Russo, Shao-Nong Chen, Guido F Pauli
The structurally complex oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPACs) are promising biomimetic agents, capable of strengthening the macromolecular backbone of teeth via intermolecular and intermicrofibrillar cross-linking. This study establishes analytical methods capable of determining the absolute configuration of the catechin-type monomeric units of underivatized OPACs. This preserves the capacity of their biological evaluation, aimed at understanding the inevitably stereospecific interactions between the OPACs and dentin collagen...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098179/a-salivary-ef-hand-calcium-binding-protein-of-the-brown-planthopper-nilaparvata-lugens-functions-as-an-effector-for-defense-responses-in-rice
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Wenfeng Ye, Haixin Yu, Yukun Jian, Jiamei Zeng, Rui Ji, Hongdan Chen, Yonggen Lou
The brown planthopper (BPH), Nilaparvata lugens (Stål) (Hemiptera: Delphacidae), a major pest of rice in Asia, is able to successfully puncture sieve tubes in rice with its piercing stylet and then to ingest phloem sap. How BPH manages to continuously feed on rice remains unclear. Here, we cloned the gene NlSEF1, which is highly expressed in the salivary glands of BPH. The NlSEF1 protein has EF-hand Ca(2+)-binding activity and can be secreted into rice plants when BPH feed. Infestation of rice by BPH nymphs whose NlSEF1 was knocked down elicited higher levels of Ca(2+) and H2O2 but not jasmonic acid, jasmonoyl-isoleucine (JA-Ile) and SA in rice than did infestation by control nymphs; Consistently, wounding plus the recombination protein NlSEF1 suppressed the production of H2O2 in rice...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096314/exposure-to-recycled-uranium-contaminants-in-gaseous-diffusion-plants
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Jeri L Anderson, A Iulian Apostoaei, James H Yiin, Chih-Yu Tseng
As part of an ongoing study of health effects in a pooled cohort of gaseous diffusion plant workers, organ dose from internal exposure to uranium was evaluated. Due to the introduction of recycled uranium into the plants, there was also potential for exposure to radiologically significant levels of (99)Tc, (237)Np and (238,239)Pu. In the evaluation of dose response, these radionuclide exposures could confound the effect of internal uranium. Using urine bioassay data for study subjects reported in facility records, intakes and absorbed dose to bone surface, red bone marrow and kidneys were estimated as these organs were associated with a priori outcomes of interest...
January 16, 2017: Radiation Protection Dosimetry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095897/efficacy-of-permanet%C3%A2-3-0-and-permanet%C3%A2-2-0-nets-against-laboratory-reared-and-wild-anopheles-gambiae-sensu-lato-populations-in-northern-tanzania
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Eliningaya J Kweka, Lucile J Lyaruu, Aneth M Mahande
BACKGROUND: Mosquitoes have developed resistance against pyrethroids, the only class of insecticides approved for use on long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs). The present study sought to evaluate the efficacy of the pyrethroid synergist PermaNet® 3.0 LLIN versus the pyrethroid-only PermaNet® 2.0 LLIN, in an East African hut design in Lower Moshi, northern Tanzania. In this setting, resistance to pyrethroid insecticides has been identified in Anopheles gambiae mosquitoes. METHODS: Standard World Health Organization bioefficacy evaluations were conducted in both laboratory and experimental huts...
January 18, 2017: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095873/physical-integrity-and-residual-bio-efficacy-of-used-llins-in-three-cities-of-the-south-west-region-of-cameroon-4%C3%A2-years-after-the-first-national-mass-distribution-campaign
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Stravensky T Boussougou-Sambe, Parfait Awono-Ambene, Geraud C T Tasse, Josiane Etang, Jerome A Binyang, Lynda D Nouage, Gaston Wamba, Peter Enyong, Eric B Fokam
BACKGROUND: Long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) are effective tools at reducing malaria transmission. In Cameroon, following the first national mass distribution campaign in 2011, there has been no follow up on the efficacy of LLINs distributed. The aim of this report is to assess the physical integrity and insecticidal potency of LLINs distributed in three cities with contrasting socio economic status (SES) and to evaluate the use and care for bed nets owned by individuals. METHODS: The study was conducted in Limbe, Tiko and Buea three localities in the Fako division of the South West Region of Cameroon...
January 17, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095253/lichen-microalgae-are-sensitive-to-environmental-concentrations-of-atrazine
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Helena Moreno Traba, Noelia Domínguez-Morueco, Eva Barreno, Myriam Catalá
The identification of new organisms for environmental toxicology bioassays is currently a priority, since these tools are strongly limited by the ecological relevance of taxa used to study global change. Lichens are sensitive bioindicators of air quality and their microalgae are an untapped source for new low-cost miniaturized bioassays with ecological importance. In order to increase the availability of a wider range of taxa for bioassays, the sensitivity of two symbiotic lichen microalgae, Asterochloris erici and Trebouxia sp...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part. B, Pesticides, Food Contaminants, and Agricultural Wastes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095184/ecotoxicological-effects-of-larvicide-used-in-the-control-of-aedes-aegypti-on-nontarget-organisms-redefining-the-use-of-pyriproxyfen
#20
Vanessa Santana Vieira Santos, Evelyn Siqueira Caixeta, Edimar Olegário de Campos Júnior, Boscolli Barbosa Pereira
The continued widespread use of larvicides in Aedes aegypti control programs is still a necessary strategy, since there are no apparent efficient vaccines against arboviruses. However, chemical approaches may affect nontarget organisms and produce detrimental effects to environmental health. Therefore, the aim of this study was to conduct toxicity testing for pyriproxyfen at different concentrations using Daphnia magna and Artemia salina as model organisms to evaluate the ecotoxicological parameters. This study describes the toxicological effects of pyriproxyfen on both microcrustaceans, which are widely used in bioassays because of their sensitivity to changes in hydrosphere...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part A
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