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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637252/wheat-seed-weight-and-quality-differ-temporally-in-sensitivity-to-warm-or-cool-conditions-during-seed-development-and-maturation
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M Nasehzadeh, R H Ellis
Background and aims: Short periods of extreme temperature may affect wheat ( Triticum aestivum ) seed weight, but also quality. Temporal sensitivity to extreme temperature during seed development and maturation was investigated. Methods: Plants of 'Tybalt' grown at ambient temperature were moved to growth cabinets at 29/20 °C or 34/20 °C (2010), or 15/10 °C or 34/20 °C (2011), for successive 7-d periods from 7 DAA (days after anthesis) onwards, and also 7-65 DAA in 2011...
June 15, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637174/effect-of-prenatal-exposure-to-waterpipe-tobacco-smoke-on-learning-and-memory-of-adult-offspring-rats
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Nour Al-Sawalha, Karem Alzoubi, Omar Khabour, Weam Alyacoub, Yehya Almahmmod, Thomas Eissenberg
Introduction: Waterpipe tobacco smoking has increased in prevalence worldwide, including among pregnant women. In this study, we investigated the effect of prenatal maternal waterpipe tobacco smoke (WTS) exposure during different stages of pregnancy on learning and memory of adult offspring rats. Methods: Pregnant rats received either fresh air or mainstream WTS (two hours daily) during early, mid, late, or whole gestational period. Male offspring rats were followed through 20 weeks...
June 20, 2017: Nicotine & Tobacco Research: Official Journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637160/energy-producing-electro-flocculation-for-harvest-of-dunaliella-salina
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Qing Liu, Meng Zhang, Tao Lv, Hongjun Chen, Anthony Okonkwo Chika, Changli Xiang, Minxue Guo, Minghui Wu, Jianjun Li, Lishan Jia
In this study, an efficient electro-flocculation process for Dunaliella salina with energy production by aluminum-air battery has been successfully applied. The formed aluminum hydroxide hydrates during discharging of battery were positively charged, which have a great potential for microalgae flocculation. The precipitation of aluminum hydroxide hydrates by algae also could improve the performance of aluminum-air battery. The harvesting efficiency could reach 97% in 20mins with energy production of 0.11kWh/kg...
June 1, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637148/pure-tone-hearing-profiles-in-children-with-otitis-media-with-effusion
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Ting Cai, Bradley McPherson, Caiwei Li, Feng Yang
INTRODUCTION: Otitis media with effusion (OME) is a common middle ear disease in children. The associated conductive hearing loss is a major concern for hearing health professionals. The aim of the present study was to describe the configuration of pure tone audiograms of children with OME and to design a statistical stratification algorithm to facilitate hearing loss profiling in children with OME. METHODS: School age children with OME were recruited. Bone and air conduction thresholds were obtained using standard procedures...
February 25, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636977/long-term-trend-of-o3-in-a-mega-city-shanghai-china-characteristics-causes-and-interactions-with-precursors
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Wei Gao, Xuexi Tie, Jianming Xu, Rujin Huang, Xiaoqing Mao, Guangqiang Zhou, Luyu Chang
In recent years, ozone (O3) is often the major pollutant during summertime in China. In order to better understand this problem, a long-term measurement of ozone (from 2006 to 2015) and its precursors (NOx and VOCs) as well as the photochemical parameter (UV radiation) in a mega city of China (Shanghai) is analyzed. The focus of this study is to investigate the trend of O3 and the causes of the O3 trend in large cities in China. In order to understand the relationship between the O3 precursors and O3 formation, two distinguished different sites of measurements are selected in the study, including an urbanization site (XJH-Xujiahui) and a remote site (DT-Dongtan)...
June 18, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636808/diversity-and-abundance-of-human-pathogenic-fungi-associated-with-pigeon-feces-in-urban-environments
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Won Dong Lee, Jonathan J Fong, John A Eimes, Young Woon Lim
Pathogenic fungi are a growing health concern worldwide, particularly in large, densely populated cities. The dramatic upsurge of pigeon populations in cities has been implicated in the increased incidence of invasive fungal infections. In the current study, we used a culture-independent, high-throughput sequencing approach to describe the diversity of clinically relevant fungi (CRF) associated with pigeon feces and map the relative abundance of CRF across Seoul, Korea. In addition, we tested whether certain geographical, sociological, and meteorological factors were significantly associated with the diversity and relative abundance of CRF...
June 21, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636805/a-hybrid-phantom-system-for-patient-skin-and-organ-dosimetry-in-fluoroscopically-guided-interventions
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David Borrego, Daniel Siragusa, Stephen Balter, Wesley E Bolch
To investigate calibrations for improved estimates of skin dose and to develop software for computing absorbed organ doses for fluoroscopically guided interventions (FGIs) with the use of radiation dose structured reports (RDSR) and the UF/NCI family of hybrid computational phantoms METHODS AND MATERIALS: Institutional review board approval was obtained for this retrospective study in which ten RDSRs were selected for their high cumulative reference air kerma values. Skin doses were computed using the University of Florida's rapid in-clinic peak skin dose algorithm (or UF-RIPSA)...
June 21, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636780/nanoelectrical-and-nanoelectrochemical-imaging-of-pt-p-si-and-pt-p-si-electrodes
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Jingjing Jiang, Zhuangqun Huang, Chengxiang Xiang, Rakesh Poddar, Hans-Joachim Lewerenz, Kimberly M Papadantonakis, Nathan Lewis, Bruce Brunschwig
The interfacial properties of electrolessly deposited Pt nanoparticles (Pt-NP) on p-Si and p+-Si electrodes have been resolved on the nanometer scale using a combination of scanning probe methods. Atomic-force microscopy (AFM) showed highly dispersed Pt nanoparticles. Conductive AFM measurements showed that only about half of the particles exhibited measurable contact currents, with a factor of 10^3 difference in current. Local current-voltage measurements revealed a rectifying junction with a resistance of ≥ 10 MΩ at the Pt-NP/p-Si interface, while Pt-NP/p+-Si samples formed an Ohmic junction with a local resistance of ≥ 1 MΩ...
June 21, 2017: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636731/correlation-among-external-auditory-canal-anomaly-temporal-bone-malformation-and-hearing-levels-in-patients-with-microtia
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Kun Chen, Liu Liu, Runjie Shi, Peihua Wang, Dong Chen, Hua Xiao
We conducted a retrospective study to evaluate the relationship between external auditory canal (EAC) anomaly, temporal bone abnormality, and hearing levels using objective scoring systems in Chinese patients with microtia. The study population consisted of 106 ears of 94 Chinese patients (67 male and 27 female) aged 5 to 45 years (mean: 12.6) with microtia. The EAC abnormalities were classified into 4 types according to Schuknecht's criteria: type A, type B, type C, and type D. Developmental anomalies of the temporal bone were evaluated by Jahrsdoerfer computed tomography (CT) scoring system using high-resolution CT scans of the temporal bone...
June 2017: Ear, Nose, & Throat Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636594/surface-tension-prevails-over-solute-effect-in-organic-influenced-cloud-droplet-activation
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Jurgita Ovadnevaite, Andreas Zuend, Ari Laaksonen, Kevin J Sanchez, Greg Roberts, Darius Ceburnis, Stefano Decesari, Matteo Rinaldi, Natasha Hodas, Maria Cristina Facchini, John H Seinfeld, Colin O' Dowd
The spontaneous growth of cloud condensation nuclei (CCN) into cloud droplets under supersaturated water vapour conditions is described by classic Köhler theory. This spontaneous activation of CCN depends on the interplay between the Raoult effect, whereby activation potential increases with decreasing water activity or increasing solute concentration, and the Kelvin effect, whereby activation potential decreases with decreasing droplet size or increases with decreasing surface tension, which is sensitive to surfactants...
June 21, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636528/three-dimensional-reconstruction-of-energy-stores-for-jumping-in-planthoppers-and-froghoppers-from-confocal-laser-scanning-microscopy
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Igor Siwanowicz, Malcolm Burrows
Jumping in planthopper and froghopper insects is propelled by a catapult-like mechanism requiring mechanical storage of energy and its quick release to accelerate the hind legs rapidly. To understand the functional biomechanics involved in these challenging movements, the internal skeleton, tendons and muscles involved were reconstructed in 3-D from confocal scans in unprecedented detail. Energy to power jumping was generated by slow contractions of hind leg depressor muscles and then stored by bending specialised elements of the thoracic skeleton that are composites of the rubbery protein resilin sandwiched between layers of harder cuticle with air-filled tunnels reducing mass...
June 21, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636412/comparative-chemical-and-biological-studies-of-leaves-and-pollens-of-phoenix-canariensis-hort-ex-chabaud
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Mohamed S Hifnawy, Amr Mk Mahrous, Amany A Sleem, Rehab Ms Ashour
AIM:  Phoenix canariensis hort. ex Chabaud is one of the most important palm plants. In spite of that, it has not been extensively investigated from a phytochemical or a biological perspective. MATERIALS & METHODS: Air-dried powdered leaves and pollen grains of the plant were extracted using 70% ethanol. The residues were fractionated with different solvents of increasing polarity. Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, hepatoprotective, anti-hyperglycemic activities were determined using adult male albino rats of wistar strain...
June 21, 2017: Future Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636406/protective-effect-of-intravitreal-administration-of-exosomes-derived-from-mesenchymal-stem-cells-on-retinal-ischemia
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Elad Moisseiev, Johnathon D Anderson, Sharon Oltjen, Mayank Goswami, Robert J Zawadzki, Jan A Nolta, Susanna S Park
PURPOSE: Exosomes derived from human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) cultured under hypoxic conditions contain proteins and growth factors that promote angiogenesis. This study investigated the effect of intravitreal administration of these exosomes on retinal ischemia using a murine model. METHODS: Oxygen-induced retinopathy (OIR) was induced by exposing one-week-old male C57BL/6J mice to 5 days of 75% hyperoxic conditioning, and returning to room air. After hyperoxic conditioning, the right eye of each mouse was injected intravitreally with 1 µl saline or exosomes derived from hMSCs and compared to control mice of the same age raised in room air without OIR injected intravitreally with saline...
June 21, 2017: Current Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636391/copper-catalyzed-direct-nitration-on-aryl-c-h-bonds-by-concomitant-azidation-oxidation-with-tms-azide-and-tbhp-under-aerobic-conditions
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Botla Vinayak, Malapaka Chandrasekharam
An unprecedented copper-catalyzed in situ azidation-oxidation for the nitration of anilides and sulfonamides has been developed by direct CAr-H functionalization. This novel and efficient nitration protocol is achieved employing TMSN3 and TBHP without the exclusion of air or moisture. The synthetic applications of the 2-nitroanilides have been explored.
June 21, 2017: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636383/gene-expression-profiling-in-human-lung-cells-exposed-to-isoprene-derived-secondary-organic-aerosol
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Ying-Hsuan Lin, Maiko Arashiro, Phillip W Clapp, Tianqu Cui, Kenneth G Sexton, William Vizuete, Avram Gold, Ilona Jaspers, Rebecca C Fry, Jason Douglas Surratt
Secondary organic aerosol (SOA) derived from the photochemical oxidation of isoprene contributes a substantial mass fraction to atmospheric fine particulate matter (PM2.5). The formation of isoprene SOA is influenced largely by anthropogenic emissions through multiphase chemistry of its multi-generational oxidation products. Considering the abundance of isoprene SOA in the troposphere, understanding mechanisms of adverse health effects through inhalation exposure is critical to mitigating its potential impact on public health...
June 21, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636366/oxygenation-via-c-h-c-c-bond-activation-with-molecular-oxygen
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Yu-Feng Liang, Ning Jiao
The selective oxidation of organic molecules is a fundamentally important component of modern synthetic chemistry. In the past decades, direct oxidative C-H and C-C bond functionalization has proved to be one of the most efficient and straightforward methods to synthesize complex products from simple and readily available starting materials. Among these oxidative processes, the use of molecular oxygen as a green and sustainable oxidant has attracted considerable attention because of its highly atom-economical, abundant, and environmentally friendly characteristics...
June 21, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636330/water-in-ionic-liquid-lubricants-friend-and-foe
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Oscar Y Fajardo, Fernando Bresme, Alexei A Kornyshev, Michael Urbakh
To a greater or lesser extent, most room temperature ionic liquids (RTILs) absorb water from humid air. Penetration of water into the lubricating nanoscale film may affect its equilibrium structure and dynamic properties and thus influence the ability of RTILs as lubricants to reduce friction between solid surfaces. Here we investigate the impact of hydration on lubrication using non-equilibrium molecular dynamics simulations. Water adsorption changes both the ionic liquid molecules orientation and the slip conditions at the solid-liquid interfaces, resulting in a reduced resistance against squeezing-out of the lubricant by an external load...
June 21, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636318/inverse-photonic-glasses-by-packing-bi-disperse-hollow-microspheres-with-uniform-cores
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Seung-Hyun Kim, Sofia Magkiriadou, Do Kyung Rhee, Doo Sung Lee, Pil J Yoo, Vinothan N Manoharan, Gi-Ra Yi
A major fabrication challenge is producing disordered photonic materials with angle-independent structural red color. Theoretical work has shown that such color can be produced by fabricating inverse photonic glasses with monodisperse, non-touching voids in a silica matrix. Here we demonstrate a route toward such materials and show that they have angle-independent red color. We first synthesize monodisperse hollow silica particles with precisely controlled shell thickness, then make glassy colloidal structures by mixing two types of hollow particles with the same core size and different shell thicknesses...
June 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636035/development-of-air-stable-hydrogen-evolution-catalysts
#19
Biswajit Mondal, Abhishek Dey
Obtaining abundant pure hydrogen by reduction of water has an important implication in the development of clean and renewable energy. Hence research focused on the development of non-noble metal based facile and energy efficient catalysts for proton reduction is on the rise. However, for practical utilization, it is necessary that these complexes function unabated in the presence of atmospheric oxygen and other common contaminants in abundant water sources. There has been very little activity towards the development of oxygen-tolerant hydrogen producing catalysts...
June 21, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635673/toxicity-of-naphthalene-and-benzene-on-tribollium-castaneum-herbst
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Nerlis Pajaro-Castro, Karina Caballero-Gallardo, Jesus Olivero-Verbel
Naphthalene and benzene are widely-used volatile organic compounds. The aim of this research was to examine the toxicological effects of naphthalene and benzene against Tribolium castaneum as an animal model. Adult insects were exposed to these aromatic compounds to assess mortality after 4-48 h of exposure. The lethal concentration 50 (LC50) for naphthalene, naphthalin, and benzene were 63.6 µL/L, 20.0 µL/L, and 115.9 µL/L in air, respectively. Real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) analysis revealed expression changes in genes related to oxidative stress and metabolism [Glutathione S-Transferase (Gst), and Cytochrome P450 6BQ8 (Cyp6bq8)]; reproduction and metamorphosis [Hormone receptor in 39-like protein (Hr39), Ecdysone receptor: (Ecr), and Chitin synthase 2 (Chs2)]; and neurotransmission [Histamine-gated chloride channel 2 (Hiscl2)] in insects exposed for 4 h to 70...
June 21, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
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