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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319819/childhood-cancer-in-small-geographical-areas-and-proximity-to-air-polluting-industries
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Juan A Ortega-García, Fernando A López-Hernández, Alberto Cárceles-Álvarez, José L Fuster-Soler, Diana I Sotomayor, Rebeca Ramis
AIM: Pediatric cancer has been associated with exposure to certain environmental carcinogens. The purpose of this work is to analyse the relationship between environmental pollution and pediatric cancer risk. METHOD: We analysed all incidences of pediatric cancer (<15) diagnosed in a Spanish region during the period 1998-2015. The place of residence of each patient and the exact geographical coordinates of main industrial facilities was codified in order to analyse the spatial distribution of cases of cancer in relation to industrial areas...
March 16, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319773/potential-of-water-washing-of-rape-straw-on-thermal-properties-and-interactions-during-co-combustion-with-bituminous-coal
#2
Qiulin Ma, Lujia Han, Guangqun Huang
The aim of this work was to study the thermal properties and interactions during co-combustion of rape straw (RS) before and after water-washing with bituminous coal. A series of experiments was conducted to investigate the properties and interactions during co-combustion of RS with bituminous coal (at 10, 20, 40 and 60% RS). The feasibility and potential of water-washing as an RS pre-treatment was also explored. Reactivity and the amount of heat released followed a quadratic trend, while changes to the degree of interactions between the fuels conformed to a cosine curve...
March 7, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319767/potential-for-thermochemical-conversion-of-biomass-residues-from-the-integrated-sugar-ethanol-process-fate-of-ash-and-ash-forming-elements
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Meheretu Jaleta Dirbeba, Anders Brink, Nikolai DeMartini, Maria Zevenhoven, Mikko Hupa
In this work, potential for thermochemical conversion of biomass residues from an integrated sugar-ethanol process and the fate of ash and ash-forming elements in the process are presented. Ash, ash-forming elements, and energy flows in the process were determined using mass balances and analyses of eight different biomass samples for ash contents, elemental compositions, and heating values. The results show that the ash content increases from the sugarcane to the final residue, vinasse. The cane straw, which is left in the field, contains one-third of the energy and 25% of the K and Cl while the vinasse contains 2% of the energy and 40% of the K and Cl in the cane...
March 6, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319760/improved-prediction-of-higher-heating-value-of-biomass-using-an-artificial-neural-network-model-based-on-proximate-analysis
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Harun Uzun, Zeynep Yıldız, Jillian L Goldfarb, Selim Ceylan
As biomass becomes more integrated into our energy feedstocks, the ability to predict its combustion enthalpies from routine data such as carbon, ash, and moisture content enables rapid decisions about utilization. The present work constructs a novel artificial neural network model with a 3-3-1 tangent sigmoid architecture to predict biomasses' higher heating values from only their proximate analyses, requiring minimal specificity as compared to models based on elemental composition. The model presented has a considerably higher correlation coefficient (0...
March 9, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319615/dual-light-control-of-nanomachines-that-integrate-motor-and-modulator-subunits
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Justin T Foy, Quan Li, Antoine Goujon, Jean-Rémy Colard-Itté, Gad Fuks, Emilie Moulin, Olivier Schiffmann, Damien Dattler, Daniel P Funeriu, Nicolas Giuseppone
A current challenge in the field of artificial molecular machines is the synthesis and implementation of systems that can produce useful work when fuelled with a constant source of external energy. The first experimental achievements of this kind consisted of machines with continuous unidirectional rotations and translations that make use of 'Brownian ratchets' to bias random motions. An intrinsic limitation of such designs is that an inversion of directionality requires heavy chemical modifications in the structure of the actuating motor part...
March 20, 2017: Nature Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319385/structural-and-electronic-properties-of-transition-metal-oxides-attached-to-a-single-walled-cnt-as-a-lithium-ion-battery-electrode-a-first-principles-study
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Liew Weng Tack, Mohd Asyadi Azam, Raja Noor Amalina Raja Seman
Single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) and metal oxides (MOs), such as manganese (IV) oxide (MnO2), cobalt (II, III) oxide (Co3O4), and nickel (II) oxide (NiO) hybrid structures, have received great attention because of their promising application in lithium-ion batteries (LIBs). As electrode materials for LIBs, the structure of SWCNT/MOs provides high power density, good electrical conductivity, and excellent cyclic stability. In this work, first-principles calculations were used to investigate the structural and electronic properties of MOs attached to (5, 5) SWCNT and Li-ion adsorption to SWCNT/ metal oxide composites as electrode materials in LIBs...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319295/cytosine-radical-cation-a-gas-phase-study-combining-irmpd-spectroscopy-uv-pd-spectroscopy-ion-molecule-reactions-and-theoretical-calculations
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Michael Lesslie, John T Lawler, Andy Dang, Joseph A Korn, Daniel Bim, Vincent Steinmetz, Philippe Maitre, Frantisek Turecek, Victor Ryzhov
The radical cation of cytosine (Cyt*+) was generated via dissociative oxidation from a ternary Cu(II) complex in the gas phase. The radical cation was characterized by infrared multiple photon dissociation (IRMPD) spectroscopy in the fingerprint region, UV-VIS photodissociation (UV-PD), ion-molecule reactions, and theoretical calculations (density functional theory and ab initio). The IRMPD experimental spectrum has diagnostic bands for two enol/amino and two keto/amino tautomers of Cyt*+, that were calculated to be among the lowest-energy isomers in concert with a previous work (J...
March 20, 2017: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319223/kinetics-and-heterogeneity-of-energy-transfer-from-light-harvesting-complex-ii-to-photosystem-i-in-the-supercomplex-isolated-from-arabidopsis
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Stefano Santabarbara, Tania Tibiletti, William Remelli, Stefano Caffarri
State transitions are a phenomenon that maintains the excitation balance between photosystem II (PSII) and photosystem I (PSI-LHCI) by controlling their relative absorption cross-sections. Under light conditions exciting PSII preferentially, a trimeric LHCII antenna moves from PSII to PSI-LHCI to form the PSI-LHCI-LHCII supercomplex. In this work, the excited state dynamics in the PSI-LHCI and PSI-LHCI-LHCII supercomplexes isolated from Arabidopsis have been investigated by picosecond time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy...
March 20, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319140/role-of-muscle-il-6-in-gender-specific-metabolism-in-mice
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Amalia Molinero, Antonio Fernandez-Perez, Aina Mogas, Mercedes Giralt, Gemma Comes, Olaya Fernandez-Gayol, Mario Vallejo, Juan Hidalgo
The aim of the present work was to further explore the physiological roles of muscle-derived IL-6. Adult-floxed and conditional skeletal muscle IL-6 knock out male and female mice were used to study energy expenditure (indirect calorimetry at rest and during treadmill exercise, and body temperature cycle during the light phase) and energy intake (response to fast/refeeding). We also evaluated the responses to leptin and the activity of the insulin signalling pathway in skeletal muscle and liver by phosphorylation of Akt at Ser 473...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319031/evaluation-of-the-water-equivalence-of-plastic-materials-in-low-and-high-energy-clinical-proton-beams
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Ana Lourenco, David Shipley, Nigel Wellock, Russell Thomas, Hugo Bouchard, Andrzej Kacperek, Francesco Fracchiolla, Stefano Lorentini, Marco Schwarz, Niall MacDougall, Gary Royle, Hugo Palmans
The aim of this work was to evaluate the water-equivalence of new trial plastics designed specifically for light-ion beam dosimetry as well as commercially available plastics in clinical proton beams. The water-equivalence of materials was tested by computing a plastic-to-water conversion factor, <i>H</i><sub><i>pl</i>,w</sub>. Trial materials were characterized experimentally in 60 MeV and 226 MeV un-modulated proton beams and the results were compared with Monte Carlo simulations using the FLUKA code...
March 20, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318906/analysis-of-molecular-mechanisms-of-atp-synthesis-from-the-standpoint-of-the-principle-of-electrical-neutrality
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REVIEW
Sunil Nath
Theories of biological energy coupling in oxidative phosphorylation (OX PHOS) and photophosphorylation (PHOTO PHOS) are reviewed and applied to ATP synthesis by an experimental system containing purified ATP synthase reconstituted into liposomes. The theories are critically evaluated from the standpoint of the principle of electrical neutrality. It is shown that the obligatory requirement to maintain overall electroneutrality of bulk aqueous phases imposes strong constraints on possible theories of energy coupling and molecular mechanisms of ATP synthesis...
March 8, 2017: Biophysical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318266/pd-nanoparticles-coupled-to-wo2-72-nanorods-for-enhanced-electrochemical-oxidation-of-formic-acid
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Zheng Xi, Daniel P Erdosy, Adriana Mendoza-Garcia, Paul N Duchesne, Junrui Li, Michelle Muzzio, Qing Li, Peng Zhang, Shouheng Sun
We synthesize a new type of hybrid Pd/WO2.72 structure with 5 nm Pd nanoparticles (NPs) anchored on 50 x 5 nm WO2.72 nanorods (NRs). The strong Pd-WO2.72 coupling results in the lattice expansion of Pd from 0.23 nm to 0.27 nm and the decrease of Pd surface electron density. As a result, the Pd/WO2.72 shows much enhanced catalysis towards electrochemical oxidation of formic acid in 0.1 M HClO4 - it has a mass activity of ~1600 mA/mgPd in a broad potential range of 0.4-0.85 V (vs. RHE) and shows no obvious activity loss after a 12 h chronoamperometry test at 0...
March 20, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318252/molecular-dynamics-in-mixed-solvents-reveals-protein-ligand-interactions-improves-docking-and-allows-accurate-binding-free-energy-predictions
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Juan Pablo Arcon, Lucas A Alfredo Defelipe, Carlos Pablo Modenutti, Elias Daniel Lopez, Daniel Alvarez-Garcia, Xavier Barril, Adrian Gustavo Turjanski, Marcelo A Marti
One of the most important biological processes at the molecular level is the formation of protein-ligand complexes. Therefore, determining their structure and underlying key interactions is of paramount relevance and has direct applications in drug development. Due to its low cost relative to its experimental sibling, Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations in the presence of different solvent probes mimicking specific type of interactions have been increasingly used to analyze protein binding sites and reveal protein-ligand interaction hot spots...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318251/molecular-simulation-studies-on-the-binding-selectivity-of-type-i-inhibitors-in-the-complexes-with-ros1-versus-alk
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Yuanxin Tian, Yonghuan Yu, Yudong Shen, Hua Wan, Shan Chang, Tingting Zhang, Shanhe Wan, Jiajie Zhang
ROS1 and ALK are promising targets of anti-cancer drugs for non small cell lung cancer. Since they have 49% amide acid sequence homology in the kinases domain and 77% identity at the ATP binding area, some ALK inhibitors also showed some significant responses for ROS1 in the clinical trial, such as the type-I binding inhibitor crizotinib and PF-06463922. As a newly therapeutic target, selective ROS1 inhibitor is relative rarely. Moreover, the molecular basis for the selectivity of ROS1 versus ALK still remains unclear...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318219/structural-exfoliation-of-layered-cathode-under-high-voltage-and-its-suppression-by-interface-film-derived-from-electrolyte-additive
#15
Yunmin Zhu, Xueyi Luo, Huozhen Zhi, Xuerui Yang, Lidan Xing, Youhao Liao, Mengqing Xu, Weishan Li
Layered cathodes for lithium-ion battery, including LiCo1-x-yNixMnyO2 and xLi2MnO3·(1-x) LiMO2 (M=Mn, Ni and Co), are attractive for large scale applications such as electric vehicles, because they can deliver additional specific capacity when the end of charge voltage is improved to over 4.2 V. However, operation under a high voltage might cause capacity decaying of layered cathodes during cycling. The failure mechanisms that have been given, up to date, include the electrolyte oxidation decomposition, the Ni, Co or Mn ion dissolution and the phase transformation...
March 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318064/mos2-celgard-separator-as-efficient-polysulfide-barrier-for-long-life-lithium-sulfur-batteries
#16
Zahid Ali Ghazi, Xiao He, Abdul Muqsit Khattak, Niaz Ali Khan, Bin Liang, Azhar Iqbal, Jinxin Wang, Haksong Sin, Lianshan Li, Zhiyong Tang
A high lithium conductive MoS2 /Celgard composite separator is reported as efficient polysulfides barrier in Li-S batteries. Significantly, thanks to the high density of lithium ions on MoS2 surface, this composite separator shows high lithium conductivity, fast lithium diffusion, and facile lithium transference. When used in Li-S batteries, the separator is proven to be highly efficient for depressing polysulfides shuttle, leading to high and long cycle stability. With 65% of sulfur loading, the device with MoS2 /Celgard separator delivers an initial capacity of 808 mAh g(-1) and a substantial capacity of 401 mAh g(-1) after 600 cycles, corresponding to only 0...
March 20, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317958/the-collective-behavior-of-spring-like-motifs-tethered-to-a-dna-origami-nanostructure
#17
E-C Schöneweiß, B Saccà
Dynamic DNA nanotechnology relies on the integration of small switchable motifs at suitable positions of DNA nanostructures, thus enabling the manipulation of matter with nanometer spatial accuracy in a trigger-dependent fashion. Typical examples of such motifs are hairpins, whose elongation into duplexes can be used to perform long-range, translational movements. In this work, we used temperature-dependent FRET spectroscopy to determine the thermal stabilities of distinct sets of hairpins integrated into the central seam of a DNA origami structure...
March 20, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317480/novel-insights-into-complex-cardiovascular-pathologies-using-4d-flow-analysis-by-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-imaging
#18
Adam James Lewandowski, Betty Raman, Rajarshi Banerjee, Matteo Milanesi
BACKGROUND: It is essential that we are able to assess variations in blood flow in order to fully understand cardiovascular function in disease pathologies and for identification of individuals at long-term risk of cardiovascular disease development. Qualitative and quantitative assessments of blood flow by imaging modalities have been limited, and much of the accurate quantification has relied on invasive measures. METHODS: This review discusses how four-dimensional velocity cardiovascular magnetic resonance (4D flow CMR) offers increasing potential for the non-invasive assessment of blood flow in the heart and major blood vessels such as the aorta...
March 17, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317377/3d-printed-ultratough-hydrogel-structures-with-titin-like-domains
#19
Fengbo Zhu, Libo Cheng, Zhi Jian Wang, Wei Hong, Zi Liang Wu, Jun Yin, Jin Qian, Qiang Zheng
Titin is composed of repeated modular domains which unfold and dissipate energy upon loading. Here we employed such molecular-level paradigm to fabricate macroscopic ultratough hydrogel structures with titin-like domains, enabled by three-dimensional printing with multiple nozzles. Under stretch, the relatively thin and weak gel fibers in the printed structures break first and the hidden lengths postpone the failure of the main structures, mimicking the toughening principle in titin. These titin-like folded domains have been incorporated into a synthetic spider-web, which shows significantly enhanced extensibility and toughness...
March 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317371/high-performance-near-infrared-luminescent-solar-concentrators
#20
Raquel Rondão, Ana Frias, Sandra Correia, Lianshe Fu, Verónica de Zea Bermudez, Paulo André, Rute A S Ferreira, Luis D Carlos
Luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs) appear as candidates to enhance the performance of photovoltaic (PV) cells and contribute to reduce the size of PV systems, decreasing, therefore, the amount of material needed, and thus the cost associated with energy conversion. One way to maximize the devices performance is to explore near infrared (NIR)-emitting centers, resonant with the maximum optical response of the most common Si-based PV cells. Nevertheless, very few examples in the literature demonstrate the feasibility of fabricating LSCs emitting in the NIR region...
March 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
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