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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454068/biochar-based-water-treatment-systems-as-a-potential-low-cost-and-sustainable-technology-for-clean-water-provision
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REVIEW
Willis Gwenzi, Nhamo Chaukura, Chicgoua Noubactep, Fungai N D Mukome
Approximately 600 million people lack access to safe drinking water, hence achieving Sustainable Development Goal 6 (Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030) calls for rapid translation of recent research into practical and frugal solutions within the remaining 13 years. Biochars, with excellent capacity to remove several contaminants from aqueous solutions, constitute an untapped technology for drinking water treatment. Biochar water treatment has several potential merits compared to existing low-cost methods (i...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453252/polymer-inclusion-membranes-with-condensed-phase-membrane-introduction-mass-spectrometry-cp-mims-improved-analytical-response-time-and-sensitivity
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Gregory W Vandergrift, Erik T Krogh, Chris G Gill
Condensed phase membrane introduction mass spectrometry (CP-MIMS) is an online, in situ analysis technique for low volatility analytes. Analytes diffuse through a hollow fibre membrane, where they are then dissolved by a liquid (condensed) acceptor phase flowing through the membrane lumen. Permeating analytes are entrained to an atmospheric pressure ionization source for subsequent measurement by a mass spectrometer. Larger analytes, with inherently lower diffusivities, suffer from lengthy response times and lower sensitivity, limiting the use of CP-MIMS for their online, real time measurement...
April 28, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448929/microbial-use-of-low-molecular-weight-dom-in-filtered-and-unfiltered-freshwater-role-of-ultra-small-microorganisms-and-implications-for-water-quality-monitoring
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F L Brailsford, H C Glanville, M R Marshall, P N Golyshin, P J Johnes, C A Yates, A T Owen, D L Jones
Dissolved organic matter (DOM) plays a central role in regulating productivity and nutrient cycling in freshwaters. It is therefore vital that we can representatively sample and preserve DOM in freshwaters for subsequent analysis. Here we investigated the effect of filtration, temperature (5 and 25°C) and acidification (HCl) on the persistence of low molecular weight (MW) dissolved organic carbon (DOC), nitrogen (DON) and orthophosphate in oligotrophic and eutrophic freshwater environments. Our results showed the rapid loss of isotopically-labelled glucose and amino acids from both filtered (0...
April 24, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447987/live-cell-imaging-and-3d-analysis-of-angiotensin-receptor-type-1a-trafficking-in-transfected-human-embryonic-kidney-cells-using-confocal-microscopy
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Parnika Kadam, Ryan McAllister, Jeffrey S Urbach, Kathryn Sandberg, Susette C Mueller
Live-cell imaging is used to simultaneously capture time-lapse images of angiotensin type 1a receptors (AT1aR) and intracellular compartments in transfected human embryonic kidney-293 (HEK) cells following stimulation with angiotensin II (Ang II). HEK cells are transiently transfected with plasmid DNA containing AT1aR tagged with enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP). Lysosomes are identified with a red fluorescent dye. Live-cell images are captured on a laser scanning confocal microscope after Ang II stimulation and analyzed by software in three dimensions (3D, voxels) over time...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447639/frequency-of-extreme-sahelian-storms-tripled-since-1982-in-satellite-observations
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Christopher M Taylor, Danijel Belušić, Françoise Guichard, Douglas J Parker, Théo Vischel, Olivier Bock, Phil P Harris, Serge Janicot, Cornelia Klein, Gérémy Panthou
The hydrological cycle is expected to intensify under global warming, with studies reporting more frequent extreme rain events in many regions of the world, and predicting increases in future flood frequency. Such early, predominantly mid-latitude observations are essential because of shortcomings within climate models in their depiction of convective rainfall. A globally important group of intense storms-mesoscale convective systems (MCSs)-poses a particular challenge, because they organize dynamically on spatial scales that cannot be resolved by conventional climate models...
April 26, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447465/transferrin-dressed-virus-like-ternary-nanoparticles-with-aggregation-induced-emission-for-targeted-delivery-and-rapid-cytosolic-release-of-sirna
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Tingbin Zhang, Weisheng Guo, Chunqiu Zhang, Jing Yu, Jing Xu, Shuyi Li, Jian-Hua Tian, Paul C Wang, Jinfeng Xing, Xing-Jie Liang
Viruses have evolved to be outstandingly efficient at gene delivery, but their use as vectors is limited by safety risks. Inspired by the structure of viruses, we constructed a virus-mimicking vector (denoted as TR4@siRNA@Tf NCs) with virus-like architecture and infection properties. Composed of a hydrophilic peptide, an AIEgen and a lipophilic tail, TR4 imitates the viral capsid and endows the vector with aggregation-induced emission (AIE) properties as well as efficient siRNA compaction. The outer glycoprotein transferrin (Tf) mimics the viral envelope protein, and endows the vector with reduced cytotoxicity as well as enhanced targeting capability...
April 27, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446568/lis1-regulates-germinal-center-b-cell-antigen-acquisition-and-affinity-maturation
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Jingjing Chen, Zhenming Cai, Le Zhang, Yuye Yin, Xufeng Chen, Chao Chen, Yang Zhang, Sulan Zhai, Xuehui Long, Xiaolong Liu, Xiaoming Wang
The germinal center (GC) is the site where activated B cells undergo rapid expansions, somatic hypermutation, and affinity maturation. Affinity maturation is a process of Ag-driven selection. The amount of Ag acquired and displayed by GC B cells determines whether it can be positively selected, and therefore Ag acquisition has to be tightly regulated to ensure the efficient affinity maturation. Cell expansion provides sufficient quantity of GC B cells and Abs, whereas affinity maturation improves the quality of Abs...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445812/portable-aptamer-biosensor-of-platelet-derived-growth-factor-bb-using-a-personal-glucose-meter-with-triply-amplified
#8
Lu Hong, Fu Zhou, Dongmin Shi, Xiaojun Zhang, Guangfeng Wang
Sensitive and rapid detection of platelet-derived growth factor BB (PDGF-BB), a cancer-related protein, could help early diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis of cancers. Although some methods have been developed to detect PDGF-BB, few can provide quantitative results using an affordable and portable device that is suitable for home use or field application. In this work, we report the first use of a portable kind of personal glucose meter (PGM) combining a catalytic and molecular beacon (CAMB) system with a cation exchange reaction (CX reaction) for ultrasensitive PDGF-BB assay...
April 19, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445045/intermediates-and-reactivity-in-iron-catalyzed-cross-couplings-of-alkynyl-grignards-with-alkyl-halides
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Jared L Kneebone, William W Brennessel, Michael L Neidig
Iron-catalyzed cross-coupling reactions using alkynyl nucleophiles represent an attractive approach for the incorporation of alkynyl moieties into organic molecules. In the present study, a multi-technique approach combining inorganic spectroscopic methods, inorganic synthesis, and reaction studies is applied to iron-SciOPP catalyzed alkynyl-alkyl cross-couplings, providing the first detailed insight into the effects of variation from sp(2) to sp nucleophiles on iron speciation and reactivity. Reaction studies demonstrate that reaction of FeBr2(SciOPP) with 1 equiv (triisopropylsilyl)ethynylmagnesium bromide (TIPS-CC-MgBr) leads to a distribution of mono-, bis-, and tris-alkynylated iron(II)-SciOPP species due to rapid alkynyl ligand redistribution...
April 26, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444807/rkip-lessons-of-a-better-way-for-%C3%AE-adrenergic-receptor-activation-in-the-heart
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Kristina Lorenz, Marsha Rich Rosner, Theresa Brand, Joachim P Schmitt
Stimulation of β-adrenergic receptors (βAR) provides the most efficient physiological mechanism to enhance contraction and relaxation of the heart. Activation of βAR allows rapid enhancement of myocardial function in order to fuel the muscles for running and fighting in a fight-or-flight response. Likewise, βAR get activated during cardiovascular disease in an attempt to counteract the restrictions of cardiac output. However, long-term stimulation of βAR increases the likelihood of cardiac arrhythmias, adverse ventricular remodelling, decline of cardiac performance and premature death, thereby limiting the use of βAR agonists in the treatment of heart failure...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443837/real-time-plasmonic-qpcr-how-fast-is-ultra-fast-30-cycles-in-54-seconds
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Philip J R Roche, Mohamed Najih, Seung S Lee, Lenore K Beitel, Matthew L Carnevale, Miltiadis Paliouras, Andrew G Kirk, Mark A Trifiro
Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) is a critical tool for biological research investigators but recently it also has been making a significant impact in clinical, veterinary and agricultural applications. Plasmonic PCR, which employs the very efficient heat transfer of optically irradiated metallic nanoparticles, is a simple and powerful methodology to drive PCR reactions. The scalability of next generation plasmonic PCR technology will introduce various forms of PCR applications ranging from small footprint portable point of care diagnostic devices to large footprint central laboratory multiplexing devices...
April 26, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440715/gnrh-agonist-triggering-for-final-oocyte-maturation-in-gnrh-antagonist-ivf-cycles-induces-decreased-lh-pulse-rate-and-amplitude-in-early-luteal-phase-a-possible-luteolysis-mechanism
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Samer Tannus, Yechiel Burke, Christopher R McCartney, Shahar Kol
The use of GnRH agonist to trigger final oocyte maturation in GnRH-antagonist in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycles has been shown to significantly reduce or even eliminate the risk of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) by inducing rapid luteolysis early in the luteal phase. The exact mechanism of this early luteolysis is still widely unknown. Since luteinizing hormone (LH) has a major role in corpus luteum support, we sought to explore the pattern of LH secretion early in the luteal phase. Ten high risk patients for developing OHSS and triggered with GnRH agonist were included...
April 25, 2017: Gynecological Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440615/monolith-supported-amine-functionalized-mg2-dobpdc-adsorbents-for-co2-capture
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Lalit A Darunte, Yuri Terada, Christopher R Murdock, Krista S Walton, David S Sholl, Christopher W Jones
The potential of using an amine-functionalized MOF, mmen-M2(dobpdc) (M = Mg, Mn), supported on a structured monolith contactor for CO2 capture from simulated flue gas is explored. The stability of the unsupported MOF powders under humid conditions is explored using nitrogen physisorption and X-ray diffraction analysis before and after exposure to humidity. Based on its superior stability to humidity, mmen-Mg2(dobpdc) is selected for further growth on a honeycomb cordierite monolith that is washcoated with α-alumina...
April 25, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440573/glycated-albumin-is-stable-in-plasma-when-exposed-to-common-laboratory-conditions-and-comparable-when-drawn-from-venous-or-capillary-sites
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Andrew N Reynolds, Michelle Harper, Bernard J Venn, Jim Mann
BACKGROUND: Circulating glycated albumin is a marker of blood glucose reflecting the previous 2 weeks. However, the effects of storage conditions and draw site on glycated albumin values are not fully understood. METHODS: Fifteen plasma samples from people with type 2 diabetes were assessed during repeated freeze-thaw rounds for 10 cycles. A further 15 samples were stored at 4°C and assessed over 3 days. Another 40 samples drawn concurrently from capillary and venous sites had their glycated albumin content compared...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440014/biomass-derived-n-doped-porous-carbon-supported-single-fe-atoms-as-superior-electrocatalysts-for-oxygen-reduction
#15
Zhengping Zhang, Xinjin Gao, Meiling Dou, Jing Ji, Feng Wang
Exploring sustainable and high-performance electrocatalysts for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) is the crucial issue for the large-scale application of fuel cell technology. A new strategy is demonstrated to utilize the biomass resource for the synthesis of N-doped hierarchically porous carbon supported single-atomic Fe (SA-Fe/NHPC) electrocatalyst toward the ORR. Based on the confinement effect of porous carbon and high-coordination natural iron source, SA-Fe/NHPC, derived from the hemin-adsorbed bio-porphyra-carbon by rapid heat-treatment up to 800 °C, presents the atomic dispersion of Fe atoms in the N-doped porous carbon...
April 25, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439397/transcriptomic-analysis-of-maternally-provisioned-cues-for-phenotypic-plasticity-in-the-annual-killifish-austrofundulus-limnaeus
#16
Amie L Romney, Jason E Podrabsky
BACKGROUND: Genotype and environment can interact during development to produce novel adaptive traits that support life in extreme conditions. The development of the annual killifish Austrofundulus limnaeus is unique among vertebrates because the embryos have distinct cell movements that separate epiboly from axis formation during early development, can enter into a state of metabolic dormancy known as diapause and can survive extreme environmental conditions. The ability to enter into diapause can be maternally programmed, with young females producing embryos that do not enter into diapause...
2017: EvoDevo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439394/seasonal-variation-in-effects-of-herbivory-on-foliar-nitrogen-of-a-threatened-conifer
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Robert N Schaeffer, Nicole E Soltis, Jennifer L Martin, Aden L Brown, Sara Gómez, Evan L Preisser, Colin M Orians
Invasive herbivores can dramatically impact the nitrogen (N) economy of native hosts. In deciduous species, most N is stored in stem tissues, while in evergreen conifer species N is stored in needles, making them potentially more vulnerable to herbivory. In eastern forests of the USA, the long-lived, foundational conifer eastern hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) is under the threat of extirpation by the invasive hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA: Adelges tsugae). We assessed the impact of HWA infestation on the patterns of seasonal foliar N availability in hemlock planted in a deciduous forest understory...
March 2017: AoB Plants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439181/perspective-hope-for-health-equity
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EDITORIAL
George Rust
Times like these test the soul. We are now working for health equity in a time of overt, aggressive opposition. Yet, hope in the face of overwhelming obstacles is the force that has driven most of the world's progress toward equity and justice. Operationalizing real-world hope requires an affirmative vision, an expectation of success, broad coalitions taking action cohesively, and frequent measures of collective impact to drive rapid-cycle improvement.
2017: Ethnicity & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437821/-rapid-cycling-in-bipolar-disorders-symptoms-%C3%A2-background%C3%A2-and-treatment-recommendations
#19
Stephan Köhler, Eva Friedel, Thomas Stamm
Rapid cycling bipolar disorder is encountered frequently in clinical practice with a lifetime prevalence of up to 31 %. Besides its association with greater illness severity, increased suicide and comorbidity rates, rapid cycling bipolar disorder has been closely associated with a longer and more complicated course of disease and inadequate treatment response compared to non-rapid cycling bipolar disorder. However rapid cycling does not serve as a stable characteristic of bipolar disorder, though its prevalence increases with illness duration...
April 2017: Fortschritte der Neurologie-Psychiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437774/bacterial-community-dynamics-and-functional-variation-during-the-long-term-decomposition-of-cyanobacterial-blooms-in-vitro
#20
Limei Shi, Yaxin Huang, Min Zhang, Yang Yu, Yaping Lu, Fanxiang Kong
Cyanobacterial blooms drastically influence carbon and nutrient cycling in eutrophic freshwater lakes. To understand the mineralization process of cyanobacteria-derived particulate organic matter (CyanPOM), the aerobic degradation of cyanobacterial blooms dominated by Microcystis sp. was investigated over a 95-day microcosm experiment. Approximately 91%, 95% and 83% of the initial particulate organic carbon (POC), particulate organic nitrogen (PON), and particulate organic phosphorus (POP) were decomposed, respectively...
April 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
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