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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778896/formation-and-transformation-of-calcium-phosphate-phases-under-biologically-relevant-conditions-experiments-and-modelling
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Agnese Carino, Christian Ludwig, Antonio Cervellino, Elisabeth Müller, Andrea Testino
The experimental data on calcium phosphates formation were collected in dilute solution at constant pH (7.40) and temperature (37.0 °C) at different levels of ionic strength (IS). The evolution of the solid phase formation is described in detail using a thermodynamic-kinetic model. The thermodynamic model takes into account all relevant chemical species as well as Posner's clusters; the kinetic model, based on the discretized population balance approach, accounts for the solid formation from solution. The experimental data are consistent with an initial formation of dicalcium phosphate dihydrate (DCPD, brushite), which dominates the nucleation rate, and its rapid transformation into octacalcium phosphate (OCP) or hydroxyapatite (HA), which dominates the growth rate...
May 17, 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778802/controlling-the-selectivity-to-chemicals-from-catalytic-depolymerization-of-kraft-lignin-with-in-situ-h-2
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Ligang Luo, Jing Yang, Guodong Yao, Fangming Jin
Catalytic depolymerization of kraft lignin was successfully carried out in isopropanol/water mixture system over Rh/La2 O3 /CeO2 -ZrO2 catalyst at 373 °C for 2 h with Fe as reductant. The selectivity of in-situ H2 was increasing from 67 wt% to 98 wt% by changing the proportion of isopropanol and water with metal Fe. A one-to-one correspondence was established between liquid products distribution and H2 . It was an efficient method for predicting the composition of the liquid oil by H2 selectivity detection or converting kraft lignin to desirable liquid products optionally, which administered to reduce the dependence on the specific catalysts...
March 15, 2018: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778675/groundwater-contamination-and-land-drainage-induce-divergent-responses-in-boreal-spring-ecosystems
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Kaisa Lehosmaa, Jussi Jyväsjärvi, Jari Ilmonen, Pekka M Rossi, Lauri Paasivirta, Timo Muotka
Degradation of freshwater ecosystems has engendered legislative mandates for the protection and management of surface waters while groundwater-dependent ecosystems (GDEs) have received much less attention. This is so despite biodiversity and functioning of GDEs are currently threatened by several anthropogenic stressors, particularly intensified land use and groundwater contamination. We assessed the impacts of land drainage (increased input of dissolved organic carbon, DOC, from peatland drainage) and impaired groundwater chemical quality (NO3 - -N enrichment from agricultural or urban land use) on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in 20 southern Finnish cold-water springs using several taxonomic and functional measures...
May 17, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778509/longitudinal-observations-using-simultaneous-fmri-multiple-channel-electrophysiology-recording-and-chemical-microiontophoresis-in-the-rat-brain
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Saul Jaime, Jose E Cavazos, Yihong Yang, Hanbing Lu
BACKGROUND: fMRI blood oxygenation level-dependent (BOLD) signal has been widely used as a surrogate for neural activity. However, interpreting differences in BOLD fMRI based on underlying neuronal activity remains a challenge. Concurrent rsMRI data collection and electrophysiological recording in combination with microiontophoretically injected modulatory chemicals allows for improved understanding of the relationship between resting state BOLD and neuronal activity. NEW METHODS: Simultaneous fMRI, multi-channel intracortical electrophysiology and focal pharmacological manipulation data to be acquired longitudinally in rats for up to 2 months...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778477/the-effects-of-microfluidization-on-the-physical-microbial-chemical-and-coagulation-properties-of-milk
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A J Bucci, D L Van Hekken, M H Tunick, J A Renye, P M Tomasula
This work examines the use of mild heat treatments in conjunction with 2-pass microfluidization to generate cheese milk for potential use in soft cheeses, such as Queso Fresco. Raw, thermized, and high temperature, short time pasteurized milk samples, standardized to the 3% (wt/wt) fat content used in cheesemaking, were processed at 4 inlet temperature and pressure conditions: 42°C/75 MPa, 42°C/125 MPa, 54°C/125 MPa, and 54°C/170 MPa. Processing-induced changes in the physical, chemical, and microbial properties resulting from the intense pressure, shear, and cavitation that milk experiences as it is microfluidized were compared with nonmicrofluidized controls...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778226/imbalanced-nutrient-regimes-increase-prymnesium-parvum-resilience-to-herbicide-exposure
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Stacie L Flood, JoAnn M Burkholder
The toxigenic haptophyte Prymnesium parvum is a mixotrophic phytoplankter with an extensive historic record of forming nearly monospecific, high-biomass, ecosystem-disrupting blooms, and it has been responsible for major fish kills in brackish waters and aquaculture facilities in many regions of the world. Little is known about how this species responds to commonly occurring environmental contaminants, or how nutrient (nitrogen, phosphorus) pollution may interact with environmentally relevant pesticide exposures to affect this harmful algal species...
May 2018: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778187/sensitivity-of-african-swine-fever-virus-asfv-to-heat-alkalinity-and-peroxide-treatment-in-presence-or-absence-of-porcine-plasma
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I D Kalmar, A B Cay, M Tignon
African swine fever virus (ASFV) is a highly resistant viraemic virus with devastating socio-economic impact. Its present epidemiology in Eastern Europe and Russia warrants increased biosecurity measures in Western Europe. This includes proactive precautions on traffic of pork products within and between areas that are officially free from ASF. Namely, delayed notification of clinical signs or introduction of a low-virulent strain in ASF-free areas could result in presence of ASFV in veterinary inspected pork and pork by-products...
June 2018: Veterinary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778172/nanoencapsulation-of-hexavalent-chromium-with-nanoscale-zero-valent-iron-high-resolution-chemical-mapping-of-the-passivation-layer
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Xiao-Yue Huang, Lan Ling, Wei-Xian Zhang
Solid phase reactions of Cr(VI) with Fe(0) were investigated with spherical-aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy (Cs-STEM) integrated with X-ray energy-dispersive spectroscopy (XEDS). Near-atomic resolution elemental mappings of Cr(VI)-Fe(0) reactions were acquired. Experimental results show that rate and extent of Cr(VI) encapsulation are strongly dependent on the initial concentration of Cr(VI) in solution. Low Cr loading in nZVI (<1.0wt%) promotes the electrochemical oxidation and continuous corrosion of nZVI while high Cr loading (>1...
May 2018: Journal of Environmental Sciences (China)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778164/monitoring-of-943-organic-micropollutants-in-wastewater-from-municipal-wastewater-treatment-plants-with-secondary-and-advanced-treatment-processes
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Juan Wang, Zhe Tian, Yingbin Huo, Min Yang, Xingcan Zheng, Yu Zhang
To perform a systematic survey on the occurrence and removal of micropollutants during municipal wastewater treatment, 943 semi-volatile organic chemicals in 32 wastewater samples including influents of secondary treatments, secondary effluents and final effluents (effluents of advanced treatments), which were collected from seven full-scale municipal wastewater treatment plants (MWTPs) in China, were examined by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) coupled with an automated identification and quantification system with a database (AIQS-DB)...
May 2018: Journal of Environmental Sciences (China)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778162/mass-spectral-chemical-fingerprints-reveal-the-molecular-dependence-of-exhaust-particulate-matters-on-engine-speeds
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Yi Li, Hua Zhang, Zongshan Zhao, Yong Tian, Kun Liu, Feifan Jie, Liang Zhu, Huanwen Chen
Particulate matters (PMs) emitted by automobile exhaust contribute to a significant fraction of the global PMs. Extractive atmospheric pressure chemical ionization mass spectrometry (EAPCI-MS) was developed to explore the molecular dependence of PMs collected from exhaust gases produced at different vehicle engine speeds. The mass spectral fingerprints of the organic compounds embedded in differentially sized PMs (e.g., 0.22-0.45, 0.45-1.00, 1.00-2.00, 2.00-3.00, 3.00-5.00, and 5.00-10.00μm) generated at different engine speeds (e...
May 2018: Journal of Environmental Sciences (China)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778146/performance-and-mechanism-of-cr-vi-removal-by-zero-valent-iron-loaded-onto-expanded-graphite
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Congbin Xu, Wenjie Yang, Weijiang Liu, Hongliang Sun, Chunlei Jiao, Ai-Jun Lin
Zero-valent iron (ZVI) was loaded on expanded graphite (EG) to produce a composite material (EG-ZVI) for efficient removal of hexavalent chromium (Cr(VI)). EG and EG-ZVI were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) analysis. EG-ZVI had a high specific surface area and contained sub-micron sized particles of zero-valent iron. Batch experiments were employed to evaluate the Cr(VI) removal performance...
May 2018: Journal of Environmental Sciences (China)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777813/polyphenolic-polysaccharide-conjugates-from-flowers-and-fruits-of-single-seeded-hawthorn-crataegus-monogyna-jacq-chemical-profiles-and-mechanisms-of-anticoagulant-activity
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Izabela Pawlaczyk-Graja
The polyphenolic-polysaccharide conjugates were isolated from flowers and fruits of medicinal plant Crataegus monogyna Jacq. (Lindm.) by the alkaline extraction, followed by neutralization, partitioning with organic solvents and dialysis against water. The isolates from flowers as well as from fruits were homogenous macromolecular compounds, with a molecular weight over 760 × 103  g/mol and 970 × 103  g/mol, respectively, what was assessed in HPGPC analysis. Both products were characterized spectrophotometrically, and by GLC-MS, FT-IR and NMR techniques...
May 16, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777157/transient-metal-centered-states-mediate-isomerization-of-a-photochromic-ruthenium-sulfoxide-complex
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Amy A Cordones, Jae Hyuk Lee, Kiryong Hong, Hana Cho, Komal Garg, Martial Boggio-Pasqua, Jeffrey J Rack, Nils Huse, Robert W Schoenlein, Tae Kyu Kim
Ultrafast isomerization reactions underpin many processes in (bio)chemical systems and molecular materials. Understanding the coupled evolution of atomic and molecular structure during isomerization is paramount for control and rational design in molecular science. Here we report transient X-ray absorption studies of the photo-induced linkage isomerization of a Ru-based photochromic molecule. X-ray spectra reveal the spin and valence charge of the Ru atom and provide experimental evidence that metal-centered excited states mediate isomerization...
May 18, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777051/cd36-initiates-the-secretory-phenotype-during-the-establishment-of-cellular-senescence
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Mengyang Chong, Tao Yin, Rui Chen, Handan Xiang, Lifeng Yuan, Yi Ding, Christopher C Pan, Zhen Tang, Peter B Alexander, Yinjun Jia, Qi-Jing Li, Xiao-Fan Wang
Cellular senescence is a unique cell fate characterized by stable proliferative arrest and the extensive production and secretion of various inflammatory proteins, a phenomenon known as the senescence-associated secretory phenotype (SASP). The molecular mechanisms responsible for generating a SASP in response to senescent stimuli remain largely obscure. Here, using unbiased gene expression profiling, we discover that the scavenger receptor CD36 is rapidly upregulated in multiple cell types in response to replicative, oncogenic, and chemical senescent stimuli...
May 18, 2018: EMBO Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776925/unravelling-the-reduction-pathway-as-alternative-metabolic-route-to-hydroxycinnamate-decarboxylation-in-lactobacillus-plantarum
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Laura Santamaría, Inés Reverón, Félix López de Felipe, Blanca de Las Rivas, Rosario Muñoz
Lactobacillus plantarum is the lactic acid bacterial species most frequently found in plant-food fermentations where hydroxycinnamic acids are abundant. L. plantarum efficiently decarboxylates these compounds, and also reduces them, yielding substituted phenylpropionic acids. Although the reduction step is known to be induced by a hydroxycinnamic acid, the enzymatic machinery responsible for this reduction pathway has not been yet identified and characterized. A previous study on the transcriptomic response of L...
May 18, 2018: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776721/process-water-properties-from-hydrothermal-carbonization-of-chemical-sludge-from-a-pulp-and-board-mill
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Mikko Mäkelä, Julia Forsberg, Christer Söderberg, Sylvia H Larsson, Olli Dahl
Hydrothermal carbonization (HTC) can be used to break down sludge structure and generate carbonaceous hydrochar suitable for solid fuel or value-added material applications. The separation of char and the reaction medium however generates a filtrate, which needs to treated before potential discharge. Thus, this work determined filtrate properties based on HTC temperature and sludge moisture content and estimated the discharge emissions and the potential increase in analyte loads to an industrial wastewater treatment plant based on derived regression models...
May 15, 2018: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776179/geometric-evolution-of-complex-networks-with-degree-correlations
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Charles Murphy, Antoine Allard, Edward Laurence, Guillaume St-Onge, Louis J Dubé
We present a general class of geometric network growth mechanisms by homogeneous attachment in which the links created at a given time t are distributed homogeneously between a new node and the existing nodes selected uniformly. This is achieved by creating links between nodes uniformly distributed in a homogeneous metric space according to a Fermi-Dirac connection probability with inverse temperature β and general time-dependent chemical potential μ(t). The chemical potential limits the spatial extent of newly created links...
March 2018: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776138/discretization-dependent-model-for-weakly-connected-excitable-media
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Pedro André Arroyo, Sergio Alonso, Rodrigo Weber Dos Santos
Pattern formation has been widely observed in extended chemical and biological processes. Although the biochemical systems are highly heterogeneous, homogenized continuum approaches formed by partial differential equations have been employed frequently. Such approaches are usually justified by the difference of scales between the heterogeneities and the characteristic spatial size of the patterns. Under different conditions, for example, under weak coupling, discrete models are more adequate. However, discrete models may be less manageable, for instance, in terms of numerical implementation and mesh generation, than the associated continuum models...
March 2018: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776098/effect-of-multiplicative-noise-on-stationary-stochastic-process
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A V Kargovsky, A Yu Chikishev, O A Chichigina
An open system that can be analyzed using the Langevin equation with multiplicative noise is considered. The stationary state of the system results from a balance of deterministic damping and random pumping simulated as noise with controlled periodicity. The dependence of statistical moments of the variable that characterizes the system on parameters of the problem is studied. A nontrivial decrease in the mean value of the main variable with an increase in noise stochasticity is revealed. Applications of the results in several physical, chemical, biological, and technical problems of natural and humanitarian sciences are discussed...
March 2018: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776055/optimal-methylation-noise-for-best-chemotactic-performance-of-e-coli
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Subrata Dev, Sakuntala Chatterjee
In response to a concentration gradient of chemoattractant, E. coli bacterium modulates the rotational bias of flagellar motors which control its run-and-tumble motion, to migrate towards regions of high chemoattractant concentration. Presence of stochastic noise in the biochemical pathway of the cell has important consequences on the switching mechanism of motor bias, which in turn affects the runs and tumbles of the cell in a significant way. We model the intracellular reaction network in terms of coupled time evolution of three stochastic variables-kinase activity, methylation level, and CheY-P protein level-and study the effect of methylation noise on the chemotactic performance of the cell...
March 2018: Physical Review. E
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