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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28941401/effect-based-assessment-of-toxicity-removal-during-wastewater-treatment
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Pia Välitalo, Riccardo Massei, Ilse Heiskanen, Peter Behnisch, Werner Brack, Andrew J Tindall, David Du Pasquier, Eberhard Küster, Anna Mikola, Tobias Schulze, Markus Sillanpää
Wastewaters contain complex mixtures of chemicals, which can cause adverse toxic effects in the receiving environment. In the present study, the toxicity removal during wastewater treatment at seven municipal wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) was investigated using an effect-based approach. A battery of eight bioassays was applied comprising of cytotoxicity, genotoxicity, endocrine disruption and fish embryo toxicity assays. Human cell-based CALUX assays, transgenic larval models and the fish embryo toxicity test were particularly sensitive to WWTP effluents...
September 7, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938465/serum-insulin-bioassay-reflects-insulin-sensitivity-and-requirements-in-type-1-diabetes
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Joseph A M J L Janssen, Gemma Llauradó, Aimee J Varewijck, Per-Henrik Groop, Carol Forsblom, Sonia Fernández-Veledo, Elisabeth S R van den Dungen, Joan Vendrell, Leo J Hofland, Hannele Yki-Järvinen
Background: Insulin resistance could increase insulin requirements in type 1 diabetes (TD1). Current insulin immunoassays do not detect insulin analogues. Kinase Insulin Receptor Activation (KIRA) bioassays specific for human insulin receptor isoforms A and B (IR-A and IR-B) permit assessment of all circulating insulin bioactivity. We studied whether IR-A and IR-B KIRA assays are related to direct measures of insulin sensitivity or insulin doses in TD1. Methods: We evaluated 31 adult patients with TD1 (age 45...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937158/bioactivity-guided-isolation-of-neuritogenic-triterpenoids-from-the-leaves-of-ilex-latifolia-thunb
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Xueli Cao, Yu Liu, Jing Li, Lan Xiang, Hiroyuki Osada, Jianhua Qi
Ilex latifolia Thunb is a traditional Chinese tea and herbal medicine. In this study, one new triterpene saponin (1) and six known triterpenoids (2-7) were isolated from the methanol extract of I. latifolia using a PC12 cell bioassay system. The structures and stereochemistry of these compounds were elucidated using spectroscopic methods and chemical derivatization. This new triterpene saponin (1) was characterized as an ursolic type acid with a 19α-hydroxyl and a trisaccharide moiety at C-3. Compound 1 significantly promoted the neurite outgrowth in PC12 cells by 52% at 10 μM, whereas compounds 2-7 showed less neuritogenic activity...
September 22, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936609/a-hierarchical-testing-strategy-for-micropollutants-in-drinking-water-regarding-their-potential-endocrine-disrupting-effects-towards-health-related-indicator-values
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Jochen Kuckelkorn, Regine Redelstein, Timon Heide, Jennifer Kunze, Sibylle Maletz, Petra Waldmann, Tamara Grummt, Thomas-Benjamin Seiler, Henner Hollert
In Germany, micropollutants that (may) occur in drinking water are assessed by means of the health-related indicator value (HRIV concept), developed by the German Federal Environment Agency. This concept offers five threshold values (≤ 0.01 to ≤ 3 μg l(-1)) depending on availability and completeness of data regarding genotoxicity, neurotoxicity, and germ cell-damaging potential. However, the HRIV concept is yet lacking integration of endocrine disruptors as one of the most prominent toxicological concerns in water bodies, including drinking water...
September 21, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934155/anti-inflammatory-phenolic-metabolites-from-the-edible-fungus-phellinus-baumii-in-lps-stimulated-raw264-7-cells
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Seulah Lee, Dahae Lee, Tae Su Jang, Ki Sung Kang, Joo-Won Nam, Hae-Jeung Lee, Ki Hyun Kim
The edible fungus Phellinus baumii Pilat (Hymenochaetaceae) has been used in Korean traditional medicines for strengthening health and prolonging life. An extract of the fruiting bodies of P. baumii was subjected to bioassay-guided fractionation based on its anti-inflammatory effects in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-stimulated RAW264.7 cells. The resulting fractions were chemically investigated, leading to isolation of three phenolic compounds (1-3), a sesquiterpene (4), two steroids (5-6), a fatty acid (7), and a cerebroside (8)...
September 21, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934001/imazethapyr-persistence-in-sandy-loam-detected-using-white-mustard-bioassay
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Katarina Jovanović-Radovanov
Field experiments were conducted during two years at Srem region to investigate the influence of meteorological conditions, time and rate of application on soil persistence of imazethapyr in sandy loam type of soil. Imazethapyr was applied PRE- and POST-EM and in both cases in three application rates: 80, 120 and 160 g a.i./ha. Soil samples were collected from the day of herbicide application in predetermined intervals up to one year after application and residual concentrations were determined with a white mustard root bioassay...
September 21, 2017: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part. B, Pesticides, Food Contaminants, and Agricultural Wastes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932837/enhanced-anodic-electrochemiluminescence-of-cdte-quantum-dots-based-on-electrocatalytic-oxidation-of-a-co-reactant-by-dendrimer-encapsulated-pt-nanoparticles-and-its-application-for-sandwiched-immunoassays
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Lu-Lu Ren, Hao Dong, Ting-Ting Han, Yun Chen, Shou-Nian Ding
Herein, we synthesized Pt dendrimer-encapsulated nanoparticles (Pt DENs) using amine-terminated sixth-generation polyamidoamine dendrimers. The enhanced and stable anodic electrochemiluminescence (ECL) of 3-mercaptopropionic acid-capped CdTe quantum dots (QDs) in a tripropylamine solution was achieved owing to Pt DENs. The reason may be that Pt DENs exhibit high catalytic electrochemical oxidation in the presence of tripropylamine and excellent conductive property. Inspired by this, Pt DENs were conjugated with Fe3O4@SiO2 nanoparticles and served as nano-carriers...
September 21, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931663/targeting-fatty-acid-amide-hydrolase-as-a-therapeutic-strategy-for-antitussive-therapy
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Michael A Wortley, John J Adcock, Eric D Dubuis, Sarah A Maher, Sara J Bonvini, Isabelle Delescluse, Ross Kinloch, Gordon McMurray, Christelle Perros-Huguet, Marianthi Papakosta, Mark A Birrell, Maria G Belvisi
Cough is the most common reason to visit a primary care physician, yet it remains an unmet medical need. Fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH) is an enzyme that breaks down endocannabinoids, and inhibition of FAAH produces analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects. Cannabinoids inhibit vagal sensory nerve activation and the cough reflex, so it was hypothesised that FAAH inhibition would produce antitussive activity via elevation of endocannabinoids.Primary vagal ganglia neurons, tissue bioassay, in vivo electrophysiology and a conscious guinea pig cough model were utilised to investigate a role for fatty acid amides in modulating sensory nerve activation in vagal afferents...
September 2017: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930269/chemical-composition-antifungal-and-antioxidant-activities-of-hedyosmum-brasiliense-mart-ex-miq-chloranthaceae-essential-oils
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Cynthia Murakami, Inês Cordeiro, Marcus Tullius Scotti, Paulo Roberto H Moreno, Maria Cláudia M Young
Background: Hedyosmum brasiliense Mart. ex Miq. (Chloranthaceae) is a dioecious shrub popularly used in Brazil to treat foot fungi and rheumatism. This work investigated the chemical composition, antifungal, and antioxidant activities of flowers and leaves of H. brasiliense essential oils; Methods: H. brasiliense male and female flowers and leaves were collected at Ilha do Cardoso (São Paulo) and the essential oils were extracted by hydrodistillation and analyzed by GC/MS and their similarity compared by Principal Component Analysis...
July 17, 2017: Medicines (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928090/investigation-of-antidiabetic-potential-of-phyllanthus-niruri-l-using-assays-for-%C3%AE-glucosidase-muscle-glucose-transport-liver-glucose-production-and-adipogenesis
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Maliheh Najari Beidokhti, Mia Vesterholm Andersen, Hoda M Eid, Mayra Luz Sanchez Villavicencio, Dan Staerk, Pierre S Haddad, Anna K Jäger
Phyllanthus niruri is used in herbal medicine for treatment of diabetes. The objective of this study was to investigate the antidiabetic potential of P. niruri, using assays for α-glucosidase, muscle glucose transport, liver glucose production and adipogenesis. α-Glucosidase inhibitory activity was performed on aqueous and ethanolic extract of aerial parts of P. niruri. The aqueous and ethanolic extract of P. niruri showed α-glucosidase inhibitory activity with IC50 values of 3.7 ± 1.1 and 6.3 ± 4...
September 16, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927626/digestibility-of-starches-isolated-from-stem-and-root-tubers-of-arracacha-cassava-cush-cush-yam-potato-and-taro
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Mighay Lovera, Elevina Pérez, Alexander Laurentin
Digestibility of arracacha, cassava, cush-cush yam, potato and taro starches was evaluated. In vitro (potentially-available starch and total resistant starch) and in vivo digestibility in the rice weevil (Sitophilus oryzae) bioassay (survival, weight variation, α-amylase like activity [ALA], and uric acid excretion [UAE] as biomarkers) were estimated. In in vitro assays, all starches presented high resistant starch content (14-56%, dry basis), except for cassava starch. In in vivo assays, cush-cush yam and potato starches promoted higher ALA (>3 times) and UAE (>4 times) compare to a reference diet (cornstarch), in agreement to their low digestibility...
November 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926816/phycoremediation-of-landfill-leachate-with-the-chlorophyte-chlamydomonas-sp-sw15arl-and-evaluation-of-toxicity-pre-and-post-treatment
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Andrea Paskuliakova, Ted McGowan, Steve Tonry, Nicolas Touzet
Landfill leachate treatment is an ongoing challenge in the wastewater management of existing sanitary landfill sites due to the complex nature of leachates and their heavy pollutant load. There is a continuous interest in treatment biotechnologies with expected added benefits for resource recovery; microalgal bioremediation is seen as promising in this regard. Toxicity reduction of landfill leachate subsequent to phycoremediation was investigated in this study. The treatment eventuated from the growth of the ammonia tolerant microalgal strain Chlamydomonas sp...
September 15, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925554/monitoring-of-sesamia-nonagrioides-resistance-to-mon%C3%A2-810-maize-in-the-european-union-lessons-from-a-long-term-harmonized-plan
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Gema P Farinós, Pedro Hernández-Crespo, Félix Ortego, Pedro Castañera
BACKGROUND: MON 810 maize, which expresses the insecticidal protein Cry1Ab, is a highly effective method to control Sesamia nonagrioides (Lefèbvre), a key maize pest in Mediterranean countries. Monitoring programs to assess the potential development of resistance of target pests to Bt maize are mandatory in the European Union (EU). Here we report the results of the S. nonagrioides resistance monitoring plan implemented for MON 810 maize in the EU between 2004-2015 and reassess the different components of this long-term harmonized plan...
September 19, 2017: Pest Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925548/a-bifunctional-catalase-peroxidase-makatg1-contributes-to-virulence-of-metarhizium-acridum-by-overcoming-oxidative-stress-on-the-host-insect-cuticle
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Guohong Li, Anni Fan, Guoxiong Peng, Nemat O Keyhani, Jiankang Xin, Yueqing Cao, Yuxian Xia
Microbial pathogens are exposed to damaging reactive oxygen species (ROS) produced from a variety of sources including chemical reactions due to exposure to stress (UV, heat) or by hosts as a defense response. Here we demonstrate that a bifunctional catalase-peroxidase, MakatG1, in the locust-specific fungal pathogen, Metarhizium acridum, functions as a ROS detoxification mechanism during host cuticle penetration. MakatG1 expression was highly induced during on-cuticle appressoria development as compared to vegetative (mycelia) growth or during in vivo growth in the insect hemocoel...
September 19, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925291/isolation-of-a-novel-compound-mimo2-from-the-methanolic-extract-of-moringa-oleifera-leaves-protective-effects-against-vanadium-induced-cytotoxity
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Olumayowa O Igado, Jan Glaser, Mario Ramos-Tirado, Ezgi Eylül Bankoğlu, Foluso A Atiba, Ulrike Holzgrabe, Helga Stopper, James O Olopade
Moringa oleifera is reported to be a miracle plant, with positive effects on practically every system in the animal body. The methanolic extract of Moringa oleifera leaves was fractionated using liquid-liquid fractionation, column chromatography and preparative high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). Bioassay guided fractionation using Ferric Reducing Antioxidant Power (FRAP) was used to determine the fraction with the highest antioxidative power. Chemical structure was elucidated with nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy...
September 19, 2017: Drug and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923344/transient-effects-following-peak-exposures-towards-pesticides-an-explanation-for-the-unresponsiveness-of-in-situ-measured-functional-variables
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Jochen P Zubrod, Rebecca Bundschuh, Dominic Englert, Markus Rohrberg, Matthias V Wieczorek, Nikita Bakanov, Ralf Schulz, Mirco Bundschuh
Invertebrate-mediated leaf litter decomposition is frequently used to assess stress-related implications in stream ecosystem integrity. In situ measures such as the mass loss from leaf bags or the feeding of caged invertebrates deployed for days or weeks may, however, fail to detect transient effects due to recovery or compensatory mechanisms. We assessed the relevance of transient effects using the peak exposure towards an insecticide (i.e., etofenprox) as a model scenario at three levels of complexity. These were 1) the assessment of the decomposition realised by invertebrate communities in stream mesocosms over 21 days via leaf bags, 2) 7-days lasting in situ bioassays quantifying the leaf consumption of Gammarus fossarum, and 3) a laboratory experiment determining the daily feeding rate of the same species over 7 days...
September 15, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922646/synthesis-spectral-characterization-and-computed-optical-analysis-of-potent-triazole-based-compounds
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Sajjad H Sumrra, Fazila Mushtaq, Muhammad Khalid, Muhammad Asam Raza, Muhammad Faizan Nazar, Bakhat Ali, Ataualpa A C Braga
Biologically active triazole Schiff base ligand (L) and metal complexes [Fe(II), Co(II), Ni(II), Cu(II) and Zn(II)] are reported herein. The ligand acted as tridentate and coordinated towards metallic ions via azomethine-N, triazolic-N moiety and deprotonated-O of phenyl substituents in an octahedral manner. These compounds were characterized by physical, spectral and analytical analysis. The synthesized ligand and metal complexes were screened for antibacterial pathogens against Chromohalobacter salexigens, Chromohalobacter israelensi, Halomonas halofila and Halomonas salina, antifungal bioassay against Aspergillus niger and Aspergellus flavin, antioxidant (DPPH, phosphomolybdate) and also for enzyme inhibition [butyrylcholinesterase (BChE) and acetylcholinesterase (AChE)] studies...
September 13, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922386/new-carboxamide-derivatives-bearing-benzenesulphonamide-as-a-selective-cox-ii-inhibitor-design-synthesis-and-structure-activity-relationship
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David Izuchukwu Ugwu, Uchechukwu Chris Okoro, Hilal Ahmad
Sixteen new carboxamide derivatives bearing substituted benzenesulphonamide moiety (7a-p) were synthesized by boric acid mediated amidation of appropriate benzenesulphonamide with 2-amino-4-picoline and tested for anti-inflammatory activity. One compound 7c showed more potent anti-inflammatory activity than celecoxib at 3 h in carrageenan-induced rat paw edema bioassay. Compounds 7g and 7k also showed good anti-inflammatory activity comparable to celecoxib. Compound 7c appeared selectivity index (COX-2/COX-1) better than celecoxib...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920566/field-evolved-resistance-to-%C3%AE-cyhalothrin-in-the-lady-beetle-eriopis-connexa
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P M G Costa, J B Torres, V M Rondelli, R Lira
Natural enemies are exposed to insecticide sprays for herbivorous species and may evolve field resistance to insecticides. Natural enemies selected for resistance in the field, however, are welcome for pest control. The susceptibility of 20 populations of Eriopis connexa from various crop ecosystems to λ-cyhalothrin was tested. Three bioassays were conducted: (i) topical treatment with lethal dose (LD)50 previously determined for populations considered standard for susceptibility (LD50S) and for resistance (LD50R) to λ-cyhalothrin at technical grade; (ii) dose-mortality assay to calculate the LD for populations exhibiting significant survival to the LD50R; and (iii) determination of survival when exposed to dried residues at field rates...
September 18, 2017: Bulletin of Entomological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920455/a-new-4-arylflavan-from-the-pericarps-of-horsfieldia-motleyi-displaying-dual-inhibition-against-%C3%AE-glucosidase-and-free-radicals
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Rico Ramadhan, Irawan Wijaya Kusuma, Rudianto Amirta, Wisuttaya Worawalai, Preecha Phuwapraisirisan
In search for effective antidiabetic agents that simultaneously inhibit α-glucosidase and scavenge free radicals, Horsfieldia motleyi showed promising bioactivity according to the proposed criteria. Bioassay-guided isolation of pericarp extract yielded a new 4-arylflavan named myristinin G (6), whose gross structure and absolute configuration were verified by 2D NMR and electronic circular dichorism (ECD). Myristinin G (6) concomitantly inhibited α-glucosidases (IC50 107.0 and 126.9 μM) and free radicals (SC50 54...
September 18, 2017: Natural Product Research
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