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Nicotine and some related alkaloids in tobacco and tobacco wastes are harmful to health and the environment, and a major environmental requirement is to remove them from tobacco and tobacco wastes. In this study, an isolated strain, S16, identified as Pseudomonas putida biotype A, was used to investigate nicotine degradation. Possible intermediates were(More)
Within the mammalian testis, specialized tight junctions between somatic Sertoli cells create basal and apical polarity within the cells, restrict movement of molecules between cells, and separate the seminiferous epithelium into basal and adluminal compartments. These tight junctions form the basis of the blood-testis barrier, a structure whose function(More)
A new technology for 6-hydroxy-3-succinoyl-pyridine (HSP) production from (S)-nicotine in tobacco waste by whole cells of a Pseudomonas sp. has been developed. When deionized water was used in the transformation reaction as a medium and the initial pH value of reaction mixture was adjusted to 7.0, 1.45 g/L HSP was produced from 3 g/L of nicotine in 5 h with(More)
In this experiment, sensitivity to female facial attractiveness was examined by comparing event-related potentials (ERPs) in response to attractive and unattractive female faces within a study-test paradigm. Fourteen heterosexual participants (age range 18-24 years, mean age 21.67 years) were required to judge 84 attractive and 84 unattractive face images(More)
Previous event-related potential (ERP) and brain imaging studies have suggested observer responses to others’ pain are modulated by various bottom-up and top-down factors, including emotional primes. However, the temporal dynamics underlying the impact of emotional primes on responses to others’ pain remains poorly understood. In the present study, we(More)
Society's drive toward ever faster socio-technical systems 1-3 , means that there is an urgent need to understand the threat from 'black swan' extreme events that might emerge 4-19. On 6 May 2010, it took just five minutes for a spontaneous mix of human and machine interactions in the global trading cyberspace to generate an unprecedented system-wide Flash(More)
Testosterone and inflammation have been linked to the development of common age-associated diseases affecting the prostate gland including prostate cancer, prostatitis, and benign prostatic hypertrophy. We hypothesized that testosterone regulates components of prostate tight junctions which serve as a barrier to inflammation, thus providing a connection(More)
The nature of interactions between observing pain in others (other-pain) and subjective pain perception (self-pain) has been debated. To test whether other-pain and self-pain primes increase or decrease responsiveness to complementary self-pain or other-pain targets, two ERP studies were conducted. In Study 1, twenty participants (10 women, 10 men) were(More)
BACKGROUND Asian lotus (Nelumbo nucifera Gaertn.) is the national flower of India, Vietnam, and one of the top ten traditional Chinese flowers. Although lotus is highly valued for its ornamental, economic and cultural uses, genomic information, particularly the expressed sequence based (genic) markers is limited. High-throughput transcriptome sequencing(More)
OBJECTIVE To analyze the biodiversity of halotolerant and halophilic bacteria the bacteria in saline-alkaline soils in Songnen Plain, we isolated and purified bacteria samples in the area. METHODS Halotolerant and halophilic bacteria were isolated from the enriched cultures of the saline-alkline soil samples through the traditional culture method, and 16S(More)