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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214446/development-of-algae-bacteria-granular-consortia-in-photo-sequencing-batch-reactor
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Lin Liu, Hongyong Fan, Yuhong Liu, Chaoxiang Liu, Xu Huang
The development and properties of algae-bacteria granular consortia, which cultivated with the algae (Chlorella and Scenedesmus) and aerobic granules, was investigated in this experiment. The results indicated that the granular consortia could be successfully developed by selection pressure control, and the algal biomass and extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) concentration in the consortia showed notable correlation with the operating parameters of reactor. The maximum specific removal rates of total nitrogen and phosphate were obtained from the granular consortia with the highest algal biomass, yet the correlation between the fatty acid methyl esters yield and the algal biomass in the consortia was not markedly observed...
February 10, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214421/effects-of-molecular-size-fraction-of-dom-on-photodegradation-of-aqueous-methylmercury
#2
Moon-Kyung Kim, A-Young Won, Kyung-Duk Zoh
This study investigated the photodegradation kinetics of MeHg in the presence of various size fractions of dissolved organic matter (DOM) with MW < 3.5 kDa, 3.5 < MW < 10 kDa, and MW > 10 kDa. The DOM fraction with MW < 3.5 kDa was most effective in MeHg photodegradation. Increasing UV intensity resulted in the increase of photodegradation rate of the MeHg in all size of DOM fractions. Higher rates of MeHg degradation was observed at higher pH. For the portion of MW < 3.5 kDa, the photodegradation rate of MeHg increased with increasing DOM concentration, indicating that radicals such as singlet oxygen ((1)O2) radicals can be effectively produced by DOM...
February 6, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213514/peripheral-membrane-interactions-boost-the-engagement-by-an-anti-hiv-1-broadly-neutralizing-antibody
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Edurne Rujas, José M M Caaveiro, Sara Insausti, Miguel García-Porras, Kouhei Tsumoto, José L Nieva
The 4E10 antibody displays an extreme breadth of HIV-1 neutralization and therefore constitutes a suitable model system for structure- guided vaccine design and immunotherapeutics against AIDS. In this regard, the relevance of auto- reactivity with membrane lipids for the biological function of this antibody is still a subject of controversy. To address this dispute, herein we have compared the membrane-partitioning ability of the 4E10 antibody and several of its variants, which were mutated at the region of the paratope surface in contact with the membrane-interface...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213298/electroplating-sludge-derived-zinc-ferrite-catalyst-for-the-efficient-photo-fenton-degradation-of-dye
#4
Zhenbang Cao, Jia Zhang, Jizhi Zhou, Xiuxiu Ruan, Dan Chen, Jianyong Liu, Qiang Liu, Guangren Qian
A zinc-dominant ferrite catalyst for efficient degradation of organic dye was prepared by the calcination of electroplating sludge (ES). Characterizations indicated that zinc ferrite (ZnFe2O4) coexisted with Fe2O3 structure was the predominant phase in the calcined electroplating sludge (CES). CES displayed a high decolorization ratio (88.3%) of methylene blue (MB) in the presence of H2O2 combined with UV irradiation. The high efficiency could be ascribed to the photocatalytic process induced by ZnFe2O4 and the photo-Fenton dye degradation by ferrous content, and a small amount of Al and Mg in the sludge might also contribute to the catalysis...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213283/pyrrolo-3-2-6-7-cyclohepta-1-2-b-pyridines-with-potent-photo-antiproliferative-activity
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Virginia Spanò, Daniele Giallombardo, Vincenzo Cilibrasi, Barbara Parrino, Anna Carbone, Alessandra Montalbano, Ilaria Frasson, Alessia Salvador, Sara N Richter, Filippo Doria, Mauro Freccero, Stella Cascioferro, Patrizia Diana, Girolamo Cirrincione, Paola Barraja
Pyrrolo[3',2':6,7]cyclohepta[1,2-b]pyridines were synthesized as a new class of tricyclic system in which the pyridine ring is annelated to a cycloheptapyrrole scaffold, with the aim of obtaining new photosensitizing agents with improved antiproliferative activity and lower undesired toxic effects. A versatile synthetic pathway was approached, which allowed the isolation of derivatives of the title ring system with a good substitution pattern on the pyrrole moiety. Photobiological studies revealed that the majority of the new compounds showed a potent cytotoxic effect upon photoactivation with light of the proper wavelength, especially when decorated with a 2-ethoxycabonyl group and a N-benzyl substituted moiety, with EC50 values reaching the submicromolar level...
February 7, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213189/is-heart-rate-variability-hrv-an-adequate-tool-for-evaluating-human-emotions-a-focus-on-the-use-of-the-international-affective-picture-system-iaps
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Kwang-Ho Choi, Junbeom Kim, O Sang Kwon, Min Ji Kim, Yeon Hee Ryu, Ji-Eun Park
Because human emotion varies greatly among individuals and is a qualitative factor, measuring it with any degree of accuracy is very difficult. Heart rate variability (HRV), which is used in evaluations of the autonomic nervous system (ANS), is used to evaluate human emotions. This study examines the validity of HRV as a tool to evaluate emotions using the International Affective Picture System (IAPS). For experimentation, five photos were selected for each of the categories of "happy," "unhappy", and "neutral" from among the images provided by the IAPS...
February 11, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213175/quantitative-analysis-of-mycosporine-like-amino-acids-in-marine-algae-by-capillary-electrophoresis-with-diode-array-detection
#7
Anja Hartmann, Adele Murauer, Markus Ganzera
Marine species have evolved a variety of physical or chemical strategies to diminish damage from elevated environmental ultraviolet radiation. Mycosporine-like amino acids, a group of widely distributed small water soluble compounds, are biologically relevant because of their photo-protective potential. In addition, presumed antioxidant and skin protective strategies raise the interest for possible medicinal and cosmetic applications. In this study the first CE method for the quantification of mycosporine-like amino acids in marine species is presented...
February 4, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212485/efficient-upconverting-multiferroic-core-shell-photocatalysts-visible-to-near-infrared-photon-harvesting
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Jianming Zhang, Yue Huang, Lei Jin, Federico Rosei, Fiorenzo Vetrone, Jerome P Claverie
We report the two-step synthesis of a core@shell nanohybrid material for visible-to-near-infrared (NIR) photocatalysis. The core is constituted of NaGdF4:Er(3+), Yb(3+) upconverting nanoparticles (UCNPs). A bismuth ferrite (BFO) shell is assembled around the UCNPs via a hydrothermal process. The photocatalytic degradation assays of organic compounds of methylene orange and 4-chlorophenol reveal that core@shell nanostructures possess remarkably enhanced reaction activity under visible and NIR irradiation, compared to the BFO powder alone and the BFO-UCNP mixture...
February 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212098/a-2-5-mw-ch-50-mcps-10-analog-channel-adaptively-biased-read-out-front-end-ic-with-low-intrinsic-timing-resolution-for-single-photon-time-of-flight-pet-applications-with-time-dependent-noise-analysis-in-90-nm-cmos
#9
Hugo Cruz, Hong-Yi Huang, Ching-Hsing Luo, Shuenn-Yuh Lee
This paper presents a 10-channel time-of-flight application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) for positron emission tomography in a 90 nm standard CMOS process. To overcome variations in channel-to-channel timing resolution caused by mismatch and process variations, adaptive biases and a digital-to-analog converter (DAC) are utilized. The main contributions of this work are as follows. First, multistage architectures reduce the total power consumption, and detection bandwidths of analog preamplifiers and comparators are increased to 1 and 1...
February 13, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211933/enhanced-bone-tissue-regeneration-using-a-3d-printed-microstructure-incorporated-with-a-hybrid-nano-hydrogel
#10
Dong Nyoung Heo, Nathan J Castro, Se-Jun Lee, Hanaul Noh, Wei Zhu, Lijie Grace Zhang
Three-dimensional (3D) functional constructs with biomimetic mechanical and chemical properties are ideal for various regenerative medicine applications. These properties of 3D fabricated constructs mainly depend on the intrinsic characteristics of the materials and fabrication method. In this respect, the current use of hydrogels for musculoskeletal tissue repair is not ideal due to the lack of suitable mechanical properties, as well as the high biomimetic requirement for success. To overcome this limitation, we developed a novel functionalized hydrogel with bioactive gold nanoparticles (GNPs), reinforcing a 3D printed microstructure via fused deposition modeling (FDM) for bone tissue regeneration...
February 17, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211923/electrical-and-photocatalytic-properties-of-boron-doped-zno-nanostructure-grown-on-pet-ito-flexible-substrates-by-hydrothermal-method
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Wei Wang, Taotao Ai, Qi Yu
Boron-doped zinc oxide sheet-spheres were synthesized on PET-ITO flexible substrates using a hydrothermal method at 90 °C for 5 h. The results of X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy indicated that the B atoms were successfully doped into the ZnO lattice, the incorporation of B led to an increase in the lattice constant of ZnO and a change in its internal stress. The growth mechanism of pure ZnO nanorods and B-doped ZnO sheet-spheres was specifically investigated. The as-prepared BZO/PET-ITO heterojunction possessed obvious rectification properties and its positive turn-on voltage was 0...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211891/experimental-observation-of-spatially-resolved-photo-luminescence-intensity-distribution-in-dual-mode-upconverting-nanorod-bundles
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Pawan Kumar, Satbir Singh, V N Singh, Nidhi Singh, R K Gupta, Bipin Kumar Gupta
A novel method for demonstration of photoluminescence intensity distribution in upconverting nanorod bundles using confocal microscopy is reported. Herein, a strategy for the synthesis of highly luminescent dual mode upconverting/downshift Y1.94O3:Ho(3+)0.02/Yb(3+)0.04 nanorod bundles by a facile hydrothermal route has been introduced. These luminescent nanorod bundles exhibit strong green emission at 549 nm upon excitations at 449 nm and 980 nm with quantum efficiencies of ~6.3% and ~1.1%, respectively...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211490/corrigendum-photo-initiated-chemical-vapour-deposition-to-increase-polymer-hydrophobicity
#13
Ariane Bérard, Gregory S Patience, Gérald Chouinard, Jason R Tavares
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February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211065/the-synthesis-of-weak-acidic-type-hybrid-monolith-via-thiol-ene-click-chemistry-and-its-application-in-hydrophilic-interaction-chromatography
#14
Jiao Zeng, Shengquan Liu, Menglin Wang, Shouzhuo Yao, Yingzhuang Chen
In this work, a porous structure and good permeability monolithic column was polymerized in UV transparent fused-silica capillaries via photo-initiated thiol-ene click polymerization of 2, 4, 6, 8-tetravinyl-2, 4, 6, 8- tetramethylcyclotetrasiloxane (TMTVS), pentaerythritol tetra(3-mercaptopropionate) (PETMP), itaconic acid, respectively, in the presence of porogenic solvents (tetrahydrofuran and methanol) and a initiator (2, 2-dimethoxy-2-phenylacetophenone) (DMPA) within 30 min. The physical properties of this monolith were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy and nitrogen adsorption/desorption measurements...
February 17, 2017: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211058/a-feasibility-study-of-a-hybrid-breast-immobilization-system-for-early-breast-cancer-in-proton-beam-therapy
#15
Takeshi Arimura, Takashi Ogino, Takashi Yoshiura, Mitsugi Matsuyama, Naoaki Kondo, Hideki Miyazaki, Akari Sakuragi, Takayuki Ohara, Etsuyo Ogo, Yoshio Hishikawa
PURPOSE: We aimed to develop a new breast-immobilizing system for proton beam therapy (PBT) of early breast cancer (EBC) that would provide the optimum breast shape during the treatment as well as increased fixation reliability by reducing the influence of respiratory movement. METHODS: The breast-immobilizing system (HyBIS; Hybrid Breast-Immobilizing System) consists of a whole body immobilization system (WBIS), position converting device (to change patient position), photo scanning system, breast cup (made using a three-dimensional printer), breast cup fitting apparatus, breast cup holding device (to ensure the breast remains lifted in the supine position), and dedicated stretcher fixed to the WBIS (to carry the patient)...
February 16, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209409/interplay-between-river-dynamics-and-international-borders-the-hirmand-river-between-iran-and-afghanistan
#16
Saleh Yousefi, Saskia Keesstra, Hamid Reza Pourghasemi, Nicola Surian, Somayeh Mirzaee
Fluvial dynamics in riverine borders can play an important role in political relationships between countries. Rivers move and evolve under the influence of natural processes and external drivers (e.g. land use change in river catchments). The Hirmand River is an important riverine border between Iran and Afghanistan. The present study shows the evolution and lateral shifting of the Hirmand River along the international border (25.6km) over a period of 6 decades (1955-2015). Seven data series of aerial photos, topographic maps and Landsat images were used to analyze land cover and channel changes in the study reach...
February 13, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208094/a-simple-strategy-to-refine-cu2o-photocatalytic-capacity-for-refractory-pollutants-removal-roles-of-oxygen-reduction-and-fe-ii-chemistry
#17
Ai-Yong Zhang, Yuan-Yi He, Tan Lin, Nai-Hui Huang, Qiao Xu, Jing-Wei Feng
Visible-light-driven photocatalysis is a promising technology for advanced water treatment, but it usually exhibits a low efficiency. Cu2O is a low-cost semiconductor with narrow band gap, high absorption coefficient and suitable conduction band, but suffers from low charge mobility, poor quantum yield and weak catalytic performance. Herein, the Cu2O catalytic capacity for refractory pollutants degradation is drastically improved by a simple and effective strategy. By virtue of the synergistic effects between photocatalysis and Fenton, a novel and efficient photocatalysis-driven Fenton system, PFC, is originally proposed and experimentally validated using Cu2O/Nano-C hybrids...
January 29, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207419/both-genome-and-cytosol-dynamics-change-in-e-coli-challenged-with-sublethal-rifampicin
#18
Michal Wlodarski, Bianca Raciti, Jurij Kotar, Marco Cosentino Lagomarsino, Gillian M Fraser, Pietro Cicuta
While the action of many antimicrobial drugs is well understood at the molecular level, a systems-level physiological response to antibiotics remains largely unexplored. This work considers fluctuation dynamics of both the chromosome and cytosol in Escherichia coli, and their response to sublethal treatments of a clinically important antibiotic, rifampicin. We precisely quantify the changes in dynamics of chromosomal loci and cytosolic aggregates (a rheovirus nonstructural protein known as μNS-GFP), measuring short time-scale displacements across several hours of drug exposure...
February 16, 2017: Physical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207255/supramolecular-complexation-of-carbon-nanostructures-by-crown-ethers
#19
Luis Moreira, Beatriz M Illescas, Nazario Martín
Since its discovery, crown ethers as well as the most recent carbon nanostructures, namely fullerenes, carbon nanotubes and graphene, have received a lot of attention from the chemical community. As a proof, these innovative chemical structures have gathered three Nobel Prizes in 1987, 1996 and 2010 corresponding to crown ethers, fullerenes and graphene, respectively. Merging these singular chemical structures has provided a wealth number of unprecedented supramolecular assemblies with new geometrical and electronic properties whose more representative examples have been presented in this synopsis organized according to the different nature of the carbon nanostructures...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206764/host-guest-chemistry-at-integrated-porous-space-formed-by-molecular-self-assembly-at-liquid-solid-interfaces
#20
Kohei Iritani, Kazukuni Tahara, Steven De Feyter, Yoshito Tobe
Host-guest chemistry in two-dimensional space, that is physisorbed monolayers of a single atom or a single molecular thickness on surfaces, has become a subject of intense current interest because of perspectives for various applications in molecular-scale electronics, selective sensors, and tailored catalysis. Scanning tunneling microscopy, with which we can visualize molecules in actual space, has been used as a powerful tool. For more than a decade, we have been investigating the self-assembly of a series of triangle-shaped molecules with a phenylene-ethynylene macrocycle, called dehydrobenzo[12]annulenes (DBAs), substituted by six flexible alkyl chains, forming hexagonal porous 2D molecular networks via van der Waals interactions between interdigitated alkyl chains at the interface of organic solvent and graphite...
February 16, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
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