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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822331/evidence-of-low-dose-effects-of-the-antidepressant-fluoxetine-and-the-fungicide-prochloraz-on-the-behavior-of-the-keystone-freshwater-invertebrate-gammarus-pulex
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N De Castro-Català, I Muñoz, J L Riera, A T Ford
In recent years, behavior-related endpoints have been proposed as rapid and reliable ecotoxicological tools for risk assessment. In particular, the use of detritivores to test the toxicity of pollutants through feeding is currently becoming a well-known method. Experiments combining feeding with other behavioral endpoints can provide relevant information about direct and indirect toxicological effects of chemicals. We carried out a feeding experiment with the shredder Gammarus pulex in order to detect indirect (through leaf conditioning) and direct effects (through water exposure) of two pollutants at environmentally relevant concentrations: the fungicide prochloraz (6 μg/L) and the antidepressant fluoxetine (100 ng/L)...
August 16, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822300/drinking-water-to-reduce-alcohol-craving-a-randomized-controlled-study-on-the-impact-of-ghrelin-in-mediating-the-effects-of-forced-water-intake-in-alcohol-addiction
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Anne Koopmann, Katharina Lippmann, Rilana Schuster, Iris Reinhard, Patrick Bach, Georg Weil, Marcella Rietschel, Stephanie H Witt, Klaus Wiedemann, Falk Kiefer
BACKGROUND: Recent data suggest that ghrelin is involved in the pathophysiology of alcohol use disorders, affecting alcohol self-administration and craving. Gastric ghrelin secretion is reduced by stomach distension. We now tested the hypothesis whether the clinically well-known effects of high-volume water intake on craving reduction in alcoholism is mediated by acute changes in ghrelin secretion. METHODS: In this randomized human laboratory study, we included 23 alcohol-dependent male inpatient subjects who underwent alcohol cue exposure...
August 5, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822292/nanoparticles-assemblies-on-demand-controlled-aggregation-of-ag-0-mediated-by-modified-peptoid-sequences
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Hagar Tigger-Zaborov, Galia Maayan
Assemblies of metal nanoparticles (NPs) have been broadly used for the construction of materials with distinct spectroscopic properties towards sensing applications. On the other hand, well-dispersed NPs are exploit for applications in catalysis and medicine. Biopolymers or biomimetic oligomers can serve both as efficient stabilizers of NPs and as useful aggregation mediators that can lead to assemblies with unique properties. Controlling aggregation processes, however, is still challenging and often relies on trial and error rather than on defined thumb rules...
August 12, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822215/family-emergency-plan-and-preparedness-among-medical-practitioners-in-zaria-nigeria
#4
Jerry Godfrey Makama, Istifanus Anekoson Joshua, Elizabeth Jerry Makama
BACKGROUND: There has been an increase in the incidence of disasters in many parts of the world. Similarly, Nigeria has witnessed a recent increase of man-made disaster events such as plane crash, fire incidents, flood, and building collapse, including bomb blast orchestrated by terrorists that often create emergency situations. Therefore, the aim of the study was to evaluate family emergency plan and preparedness among medical practitioners in Zaria. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional descriptive study (May-July, 2013) of medical practitioners in Zaria, Nigeria...
January 2017: American Journal of Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822206/prevalence-and-molecular-characterisation-of-schistosoma-haematobium-among-primary-school-children-in-kebbi-state-nigeria
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Shuaibu Umar, Saadatu Haruna Shinkafi, Shuaibu Abdullahi Hudu, Vasanthakumari Neela, Kumar Suresh, Syafinaz Amin Nordin, Osman Malina
Schistosomiasis is the major source of morbidity in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. It is estimated that 207 million people are infected, of which 97% are in Africa. The aim of this study was the determining of prevalence as well as the phylogeny of S. haematobium among school children in Argungu Emirate, Kebbi State Nigeria. A total of 325 urine samples was collected from school children between 7 to 14 years. S. heamatobium eggs was examined under dissecting microscope and DNA was extracted from urine sample and COX1 gene was amplified by nested PCR...
2017: Annals of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822066/do-evolutionary-changes-in-astrocytes-contribute-to-the-computational-power-of-the-hominid-brain
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Nancy Ann Oberheim Bush, Maiken Nedergaard
It is now well accepted that astrocytes are essential in all major nervous system functions of the rodent brain, including neurotransmission, energy metabolism, modulation of blood flow, ion and water homeostasis, and, indeed, higher cognitive functions, although the contribution of astrocytes in cognition is still in early stages of study. Here we review the most current research findings on human astrocytes, including their structure, molecular characterization, and functional properties. We also highlight novel tools that have been established for translational approaches to the comparative study of astrocytes from humans and experimental animals...
August 19, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821876/transcriptomic-biochemical-and-physio-anatomical-investigations-shed-more-light-on-responses-to-drought-stress-in-two-contrasting-sesame-genotypes
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Komivi Dossa, Donghua Li, Linhai Wang, Xiaomin Zheng, Aili Liu, Jingyin Yu, Xin Wei, Rong Zhou, Daniel Fonceka, Diaga Diouf, Boshou Liao, Ndiaga Cissé, Xiurong Zhang
Sesame is an important oilseed crop with a high oil quality. It is prone to drought stress in the arid and semi-arid areas where it is widely grown. This study aims to decipher the response of tolerant (DT) and sensitive (DS) genotypes to progressive drought based on transcriptome, biochemical and physio-anatomical characterizations. Results indicated that under severe stress, DT relied on a well-functioning taproot while DS displayed a disintegrated root due to collapsed cortical cells. This was attributed to a higher accumulation of osmoprotectants and strong activity of antioxidant enzymes especially peroxidases in DT...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821866/detection-of-magnetized-quark-nuggets-a-candidate-for-dark-matter
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J Pace VanDevender, Aaron P VanDevender, T Sloan, Criss Swaim, Peter Wilson, Robert G Schmitt, Rinat Zakirov, Josh Blum, James L Cross, Niall McGinley
Quark nuggets are theoretical objects composed of approximately equal numbers of up, down, and strange quarks and are also called strangelets and nuclearites. They have been proposed as a candidate for dark matter, which constitutes ~85% of the universe's mass and which has been a mystery for decades. Previous efforts to detect quark nuggets assumed that the nuclear-density core interacts directly with the surrounding matter so the stopping power is minimal. Tatsumi found that quark nuggets could well exist as a ferromagnetic liquid with a ~10(12)-T magnetic field...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821801/experimental-study-of-rheological-properties-and-oil-displacement-efficiency-in-oilfields-for-a-synthetic-hydrophobically-modified-polymer
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Pengcheng Liu, Zhenbao Mu, Chao Wang, Yanling Wang
In a previous study, we developed a synthetic hydrophobically modified hydroxyethyl cellulose (HEC) using bromododecane (BD), which we denote as BD-HMHEC. In this work, we continually investigate the rheological properties and its oil displacement efficiency in PuTao well area in Daqing oilfields, China. Results show that BD-HMHEC solution has good viscosification, thermal-resistance, salt-tolerance, shear resistance, and acid/alkali resistance. The storage modulus (G') and the loose modulus (G") of the BD-HMHEC solutions increase significantly with increasing BD-HMHEC concentration, and the solution becomes viscoelastic at a sufficiently high BD-HMHEC concentration...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821791/determination-of-phenols-isomers-in-water-by-novel-nanosilica-polydimethylsiloxane-coated-stirring-bar-combined-with-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-fourier-transform-infrared-spectroscopy
#10
Bei Zheng, Wentao Li, Lin Liu, Xin Wang, Chen Chen, Zhiyong Yu, Hongyan Li
A novel nanosilica/polydimethylsiloxane (SiO2/PDMS) coated stirring bar was adopted in the sorption extraction (SBSE) of phenols in water, and the high performance liquid chromatography-fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (HPLC-FTIR) was subsequently used to determination of phenol concentration. The SiO2/PDMS coating was prepared by sol-gel method and characterized with respect to morphology and specific surface area. The results of field-emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM) and N2 adsorption-desorption as well as phenol adsorption experiments denoted that SiO2/PDMS has larger surface area and better adsorption capacity than commercial PDMS...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821779/a-clean-and-facile-synthesis-strategy-of-mos2-nanosheets-grown-on-multi-wall-cnts-for-enhanced-hydrogen-evolution-reaction-performance
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Jiamu Cao, Jing Zhou, Yufeng Zhang, Xiaowei Liu
Unique hybrid nanostructure, which consists of multi-wall carbon nanotube (MWCNT) stems and MoS2 nanosheet (NS) leaves, are prepared by a hydrothermal method. The fabricated material can be potentially used as an electrocatalyst for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER). To our knowledge, as the reaction medium, water is firstly utilized to the synthesis of the 1T phase MoS2 NSs which uniformly grow on the carbon-based materials. As a result, a nanohybrid catalyst with excellent HER electrocatalytic properties, which included an onset potential of as low as 50 mV, a Tafel slope of 43 mV dec(-1), and remarkable cycling stability, is produced...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821771/thermal-acclimation-mitigates-cold-induced-paracellular-leak-from-the-drosophila-gut
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Heath A MacMillan, Gil Y Yerushalmi, Sima Jonusaite, Scott P Kelly, Andrew Donini
Chill susceptible insects suffer tissue damage and die at low temperatures. The mechanisms that cause chilling injury are not well understood but a growing body of evidence suggests that a cold-induced loss of ion and water homeostasis leads to hemolymph hyperkalemia that depolarizes cells, leading to cell death. The apparent root of this cascade is the net leak of osmolytes down their concentration gradients in the cold. Many insects, however, are capable of adjusting their thermal physiology, and cold-acclimated Drosophila can maintain homeostasis and avoid injury better than warm-acclimated flies...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821569/elevated-temperature-and-acclimation-time-affect-metabolic-performance-in-the-heavily-exploited-nile-perch-of-lake-victoria
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Elizabeth A Nyboer, Lauren J Chapman
Increasing water temperatures due to anthropogenic climate change are predicted to negatively impact the aerobic metabolic performance of aquatic ectotherms. Specifically, it has been hypothesized that thermal increases result in reductions in aerobic scope (AS), which lead to decreases in energy available for essential fitness and performance functions. Consequences of warming are anticipated to be especially severe for warm-adapted tropical species as they are thought to have narrow thermal windows and limited plasticity for coping with elevated temperatures...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821549/phosphate-catalyzed-hydrogen-peroxide-formation-from-agar-gellan-and-%C3%AE%C2%BA-carrageenan-and-recovery-of-microorganisms-cultivability-by-catalase-and-pyruvate
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Kosei Kawasaki, Yoichi Kamagata
Previously, we reported that when agar is autoclaved with phosphate buffer, H2O2 is formed in the resulting medium (PT) and the colony count on the medium inoculated with environmental samples becomes much lower than that on a medium in which agar and phosphate are autoclaved separately (PS) (Appl Environ Microbiol 80:7659-7666). However, the physicochemical mechanisms underlying this observation remain largely unknown. Here, we determined the factors affecting H2O2 formation in agar. The H2O2 formation was pH-dependent: H2O2 was formed at high concentrations in alkaline or neutral phosphate buffer, but not in acidic one...
August 18, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821179/pungency-evaluation-of-hydroxyl-sanshool-compounds-after-dissolution-in-taste-carriers-per-time-related-characteristics
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Lulu Zhang, Bolin Shi, Houyin Wang, Lei Zhao, Zhongxiu Chen
This study was conducted to investigate the sensory characteristics and temporal migration of hydroxyl-sanshool compounds at slight and moderate concentrations after dissolution in ethanol-water, saccharose, NaCl, and MSG via 2-AFC, time intensity (TI) and temporal dominance of sensations (TDS) methods. The pungency detection threshold (DT) was suppressed in saccharose while NaCl and MSG solutions showed no effect on pungency DT. The area under the curve (AUC) of pungency increased in NaCl and MSG solutions and decreased significantly in saccharose solution...
September 1, 2017: Chemical Senses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821089/preparation-and-evaluation-of-chitosan-alginate-porous-microspheres-bletilla-striata-polysaccharide-composite-hemostatic-sponges
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Chao Wang, Wenfeng Luo, Puwang Li, Sidong Li, Ziming Yang, Zhang Hu, Yangyang Liu, Ningjian Ao
We prepared a novel hemostatic material using chitosan (CS), alginate, and Bletilla striata, which showed good biocompatibility and hemostatic properties. Alginate-calcium porous microspheres (Alg) were prepared by emulsification/cross-linking methods, and Bletilla striata polysaccharide (Bsp) was extracted from the tubers by water extraction and alcohol precipitation. To improve the water absorption and accelerate the blood coagulation, Alg and Bsp were mixed with chitosan solution to form CS/Alg and CS/Alg/Bsp composite sponges by lyophilization...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821074/dope-dyeing-of-lyocell-fiber-with-nmmo-based-carbon-black-dispersion
#17
Liping Zhang, Weize Sun, Dan Xu, Min Li, Christiana Agbo, Shaohai Fu
NMMO-based carbon black (CB) dispersion was prepared and its properties as well as its compatibility with lyocell spinning solution were further investigated. Modified lignosulfonate (SP) was verified to be the preeminent dispersant for the preparation of NMMO-based CB dispersion with mass ratio of SP to CB 20% and water to NMMO 13%. The compatibility of NMMO-based CB dispersion with lyocell spinning solution had close relation with dispersant structure and CB content. Mass ratio of CB to cellulose affects the mechanical properties, color strength and crystallinity of lyocell fiber...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821043/effect-of-moderate-electric-fields-in-the-properties-of-starch-and-chitosan-films-reinforced-with-microcrystalline-cellulose
#18
Caroline C S Coelho, Miguel A Cerqueira, Ricardo N Pereira, Lorenzo M Pastrana, Otniel Freitas-Silva, António A Vicente, Lourdes M C Cabral, José A Teixeira
Microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) can provide improved properties when the aim is the development of biodegradable packaging materials. In this work the physicochemical properties of polysaccharide-based films (chitosan and starch) with the incorporation of MCC and the application of moderate electric field (MEF) and ultrasonic bath (UB) as treatments, were evaluated. For each treatment, the thickness, moisture content, solubility, water vapor permeability, contact angle, mechanical properties, along with its color and opacity were determined...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820997/nh2fe3o4-sio2-supported-peroxidase-catalyzed-h2o2-for-degradation-of-endocrine-disrupter-from-aqueous-solution-roles-of-active-radicals-and-noms
#19
Jing Ai, Weijun Zhang, Guiying Liao, Hua Xia, Dongsheng Wang
In this work, magnetic Fe3O4 was utilized to immobilize horseradish peroxidase (IM-HRP) in order to improve its stability and reusability by crosslinking method process with glutaraldehyde. The physicochemical properties of NH2Fe3O4@SiO2 and IM-HRP were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), Thermo-gravimetric Analysis (TGA) and Transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The thermal stability of immobilized-HRP was considerably improved in comparison with free counterpart...
August 13, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820993/changing-profiles-of-bound-water-content-and-distribution-in-the-activated-sludge-treatment-by-nacl-addition-and-ph-modification
#20
Dong-Qin He, Ying-Jie Zhang, Chuan-Shu He, Han-Qing Yu
Currently the dewatering of activated sludge from wastewater treatment plants is a problem not well solved. Extracellular polymeric substances (EPS), including loosely bound EPS (LB-EPS) and tightly bound EPS (TB-EPS), are highly hydrated biopolymers and play important roles in sludge dewatering. In the present work, two types of treatments, i.e., salt addition and pH modification, were proposed to evaluate the effects of bound water content and its distribution on the dewatering performance of activated sludge...
August 10, 2017: Chemosphere
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