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Kartick Lal Bhowmik, Animesh Debnath, Ranendu Kumar Nath, Biswajit Saha
This study reports adsorptive removal of Cr(VI) by magnetic manganese ferrite and manganese oxide nano-particles (MnF-MO-NPs) composite from aqueous media. The X-ray diffraction pattern of MnF-MO-NPs revealed a polycrystalline nature with nanoscale crystallite size. The prepared adsorbent with high Brunauer-Emmett-Teller specific surface area of 100.62 m2/g and saturation magnetization of 30.12 emu/g exhibited maximum Cr(VI) removal at solution pH 2.0 and was easily separated from water under an external magnetic field...
December 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
Xu-Xiang Liu, Yahong Li, Yibing Zhu, Juanjuan Zhang, Xiaoru Li, Junqing Zhang, Kefu Zhao, Mingxia Hu, Guoyou Qin, Xi-Ling Wang
Influenza seasonality study is critical for policy-makers to choose an optimal time for influenza vaccination campaign, especially for subtropical regions where influenza seasonality and periodicity are unclear. In this study, we explored the seasonality and periodicity of influenza in Hefei, China during 2010 to 2015 using five proxies originated from three data sources of clinical surveillance of influenza-like illness (ILI), laboratory surveillance of influenza and death registration of pneumonia and influenza...
December 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
Yang Zhou, Xiaojie Wang, Tiantian Cao, Jinshan Xu, Dejuan Wang, Diego Restrepo, Anan Li
Insulin is an important peptide hormone that regulates food intake and olfactory function. While a multitude of studies investigated the effect of insulin in the olfactory bulb and olfactory epithelium, research on how it modulates higher olfactory centers is lacking. Here we investigate how insulin modulates neural activity of pyramidal neurons in the anterior piriform cortex, a key olfactory signal processing center that plays important roles in odor perception, preference learning, and odor pattern separation...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
Liru Lin, Wei Zhuang, Yongxiang Huang
Due to the nonlinear interaction between different flow patterns, for instance, ocean current, meso-scale eddies, waves, etc, the movement of ocean is extremely complex, where a multiscale statistics is then relevant. In this work, a high time-resolution velocity with a time step 15 minutes obtained by the Lagrangian drifter deployed in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM) from July 2012 to October 2012 is considered. The measured Lagrangian velocity correlation function shows a strong daily cycle due to the diurnal tidal cycle...
December 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
Matthew J Bogard, Kerri Finlay, Marley J Waiser, Vijay P Tumber, Derek B Donald, Emma Wiik, Gavin L Simpson, Paul A Del Giorgio, Peter R Leavitt
Hardwater lakes are common in human-dominated regions of the world and often experience pollution due to agricultural and urban effluent inputs of inorganic and organic nitrogen (N). Although these lakes are landscape hotspots for CO2 exchange and food web carbon (C) cycling, the effect of N enrichment on hardwater lake food web functioning and C cycling patterns remains unclear. Specifically, it is unknown if different eutrophication scenarios (e.g., modest non point vs. extreme point sources) yield consistent effects on auto- and heterotrophic C cycling, or how biotic responses interact with the inorganic C system to shape responses of air-water CO2 exchange...
2017: PloS One
Álvaro Rodriguez-Rodriguez, Esther Rebollar, Tiberio A Ezquerra, Marta Castillejo, Jose Vicente Garcia-Ramos, Mari Cruz García-Gutiérrez
In this work we report a broad scenario for the patterning of semiconducting polymers by laser-induced periodic surface structures (LIPSS). Based on the LIPSS formation in the semicrystalline poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT), we have extended the LIPSS fabrication to an essentially amorphous semiconducting polymer like poly[N-90-heptadecanyl-2,7-carbazole-alt-5,5-(40,70-di-2-thienyl-20,10,30 benzothiadiazole)] (PCDTBT). This polymer shows a good quality and well-ordered nanostructures not only at the 532 nm laser wavelength, as in the case of P3HT, but also at 266 nm providing gratings with smaller pitch...
December 12, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Josefin Sundh, Joakim Åberg, Mikael Hasselgren, Scott Montgomery, Björn Ställberg, Karin Lisspers, Christer Janson
Introduction: The aim was to investigate how the pattern of pharmacological treatment in Swedish patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) has changed over a decade, and to identify factors associated with treatment. Methods: Data on patient characteristics and pharmacological treatment were collected using questionnaires from two separate cohorts of randomly selected primary and secondary care patients with a doctor's diagnosis of COPD in central Sweden, in 2005 (n = 1111) and 2014 (n = 1329)...
2017: European Clinical Respiratory Journal
Tanja Wernle, Torgeir Waaga, Maria Mørreaunet, Alessandro Treves, May-Britt Moser, Edvard I Moser
Natural environments are represented by local maps of grid cells and place cells that are stitched together. The manner by which transitions between map fragments are generated is unknown. We recorded grid cells while rats were trained in two rectangular compartments, A and B (each 1 m × 2 m), separated by a wall. Once distinct grid maps were established in each environment, we removed the partition and allowed the rat to explore the merged environment (2 m × 2 m). The grid patterns were largely retained along the distal walls of the box...
December 11, 2017: Nature Neuroscience
Qifang Geng, Lin Sun, Peihua Zhang, Zhongsheng Wang, Yingxiong Qiu, Hong Liu, Chunlan Lian
Detecting how historical and contemporary factors contribute to genetic divergence and genetic structure is a central question in ecology and evolution. We examine this question by intergrating population genetics with ecological niche modelling of Litsea auriculata (Lauraceae), which is endangered and native to east China. Geographical and environmental factors including climatic fluctuations since the last glacial maximum (LGM) have also contribute to population demography and patterns of genetic structure...
December 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
Alexander M O'Brien
Biederman's contemporary theory of basic visual object recognition (Recognition-by-Components) is based on structural descriptions of objects and presumes 36 visual primitives (geons) people can discriminate, but there has been no empirical test of the actual use of these 36 geons to visually distinguish objects. In this study, we tested for the actual use of these geons in basic visual discrimination by comparing object discrimination performance patterns (when distinguishing varied stimuli) of an acquired prosopagnosia patient (LB) and healthy control participants...
January 1, 2017: Perceptual and Motor Skills
Joanne DiFrancisco-Donoghue, Min-Kyung Jung, Adena Leder
Introduction: One cause for low blood pressure (BP) in Parkinson's disease (PD) is denervation of the sympathetic nervous system and reduced levels of norepinephrine. Nicotine increases heart rate and BP acutely by causing sympathetic stimulation. The absorption rate of nicotine gum is relatively quick and is absorbed at a constant rate. Our objective was to evaluate how nicotine gum affects acute low BP in PD. Methods: Ten subjects (age 69.3±8.8) completed this double blind, placebo controlled, cross-over design trial using nicotine gum (4 mg) and placebo gum on two separate days...
December 1, 2017: Nicotine & Tobacco Research: Official Journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
Katharina Jovic, Mark G Sterken, Jacopo Grilli, Roel P J Bevers, Miriam Rodriguez, Joost A G Riksen, Stefano Allesina, Jan E Kammenga, L Basten Snoek
There is considerable insight into pathways and genes associated with heat-stress conditions. Most genes involved in stress response have been identified using mutant screens or gene knockdowns. Yet, there is limited understanding of the temporal dynamics of global gene expression in stressful environments. Here, we studied global gene expression profiles during 12 hours of heat stress in the nematode C. elegans. Using a high-resolution time series of increasing stress exposures, we found a distinct shift in gene expression patterns between 3-4 hours into the stress response, separating an initially highly dynamic phase from a later relatively stagnant phase...
2017: PloS One
Xinzhen Wang, Lina Guo, Liping Gao, Xingxing Shi, Xuecheng Zhao, Xiubing Ma, Tao Xia, Yunsheng Wang
Early spring buds of the Camellia sinensis variety Shuchazao were separated into two parts, including the shoot tip (ST) and non-expanded young leaves (YL). Then, the synthesis and accumulation of catechins in the two parts were assessed by HPLC, DMACA staining, qRT-PCR and in situ hybridization. HPLC showed that EGCG and ECG amounts in YL were increased significantly by 74.0% and 71.8%, respectively. The results of DMACA staining indicated that catechins in buds accumulated mainly in mesophyll cells and bud shaft of YL...
December 11, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Alexander V Postnikov, Ilia V Uvarov, Nikita V Penkov, Vitaly B Svetovoy
Nanobubbles in liquids are mysterious gaseous objects with exceptional stability. They promise a wide range of applications, but their production is not well controlled and localized. Alternating polarity electrolysis of water is a tool that can control the production of bulk nanobubbles in space and time without generating larger bubbles. Using the schlieren technique, the detailed three-dimensional structure of a dense cloud of nanobubbles above the electrodes is visualized. It is demonstrated that the thermal effects produce a different schlieren pattern and have different dynamics...
December 11, 2017: Nanoscale
Anila B Elliott, Amy Lewandowski Holley, Alexandra C Ross, Amy O Soleta, Jeffrey L Koh
BACKGROUND: Research describing the experience of youth with autism spectrum disorders in the perioperative setting is limited. This study compared youth with autism spectrum disorder to typically developing children in the perioperative setting and examined group differences in: child anxiety, parent anxiety, premedication patterns, induction compliance, and changes in behavior postprocedure. METHODS: Participants were 60 youth (32 with autism spectrum disorder, 28 typically developing) of ages 2-19 years undergoing outpatient surgery and their parents...
December 10, 2017: Paediatric Anaesthesia
A A Karamanlidis, T Skrbinšek, M de Gabriel Hernando, L Krambokoukis, V Munoz-Fuentes, Z Bailey, C Nowak, A V Stronen
Understanding the mechanisms and patterns involved in population recoveries is challenging and important in shaping conservation strategies. We used a recovering rear-edge population of brown bears at their southernmost European range in Greece as a case study (2007-2010) to explore the recovery genetics at a species' distribution edge. We used 17 microsatellite and a mitochondrial markers to evaluate genetic structure, estimate effective population size and genetic diversity, and infer gene flow between the identified subpopulations...
December 11, 2017: Heredity
Michael San Jose, Camiel Doorenweerd, Luc Leblanc, Norman Barr, Scott Geib, Daniel Rubinoff
Molecular and morphological research often suggest conflicting results. Selective pressure on certain morphologies can confound understanding of evolutionary relationships. Dacini is one of the most diverse tribes of tephritid flies and contains many economically important pest species. Their black and yellow patterned body markings are presumed to act as wasp mimicry, and the characters separating species and groups are limited and in some cases phenotypically plastic. The traditional taxonomy of the tribe is controversial because groupings are based on unique combinations of morphological characters without the use of cladistic methods, though recent phylogenetic and taxonomic analyses have resulted in significant changes to their taxonomy...
December 7, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
Qing Ye, Xin Hong, Zhiyong Wang, Zhenzhen Qin, Chao Li, Yichao Lai, Fei Xu
The purpose of this study was to investigate the joint associations of dietary pattern and television viewing with risk factors of CVD among urban adults in China. A community-based cross-sectional study was conducted among urban adults in Nanjing, China. Five dietary patterns were identified based on a FFQ. Television time was obtained from a standard questionnaire and further classified into two categories (≤7, >7 h/week). Multiple logistic regression was used to calculate the OR and 95 % CI for the separate and joint associations of dietary patterns and television viewing with CVD risk factors...
December 11, 2017: British Journal of Nutrition
Steffen A Schweizer, Carmen Hoeschen, Steffen Schlüter, Ingrid Kögel-Knabner, Carsten W Mueller
Global change contributes to the retreat of glaciers at unprecedented rates. The deglaciation facilitates biogeochemical processes on glacial deposits with initiating soil formation as an important driver of evolving ecosystems. The underlying mechanisms of soil formation and the association of soil organic matter (SOM) with mineral particles remain unclear, although further insights are critical to understand carbon sequestration in soils. We investigated the microspatial arrangement of SOM coatings at intact soil microaggregate structures during various stages of ecosystem development from 15 to >700 years after deglaciation in the proglacial environment of the Damma glacier (Switzerland)...
December 9, 2017: Global Change Biology
Edward J Golob, Jörg Lewald, Stephan Getzmann, Jeffrey R Mock
Speech recognition starts with representations of basic acoustic perceptual features and ends by categorizing the sound based on long-term memory for word meaning. However, little is known about whether the reverse pattern of lexical influences on basic perception can occur. We tested for a lexical influence on auditory spatial perception by having subjects make spatial judgments of number stimuli. Four experiments used pointing or left/right 2-alternative forced choice tasks to examine perceptual judgments of sound location as a function of digit magnitude (1-9)...
December 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
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