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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651218/urban-water-metabolism-indicators-derived-from-a-water-mass-balance-bridging-the-gap-between-visions-and-performance-assessment-of-urban-water-resource-management
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M A Renouf, S Serrao-Neumann, S J Kenway, E A Morgan, D Low Choy
Improving resource management in urban areas has been enshrined in visions for achieving sustainable urban areas, but to date it has been difficult to quantify performance indicators to help identify more sustainable outcomes, especially for water resources. In this work, we advance quantitative indicators for what we refer to as the 'metabolic' features of urban water management: those related to resource efficiency (for water and also water-related energy and nutrients), supply internalisation, urban hydrological performance, sustainable extraction, and recognition of the diverse functions of water...
May 29, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650465/mcu-dependent-mitochondrial-ca-2-inhibits-nad-sirt3-sod2-pathway-to-promote-ros-production-and-metastasis-of-hcc-cells
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T Ren, H Zhang, J Wang, J Zhu, M Jin, Y Wu, X Guo, L Ji, Q Huang, H Zhang, H Yang, J Xing
Mitochondrial Ca(2+) signaling, which is strongly dependent on the mitochondrial Ca(2+) uniporter (MCU) complex, has a series of key roles in physiopathological processes, including energy metabolism, reactive oxygen species (ROS) production and cell apoptosis. However, a mechanistic understanding of how the mitochondrial Ca(2+) signaling is remodeled and its functional roles remains greatly limited in cancers, especially in hepatocellular carcinoma. Here we demonstrated that the MCU complex was dysregulated in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cells and significantly correlated with metastasis and poor prognosis of HCC patients...
June 26, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650143/coupled-carbonization-strategy-towards-advanced-hard-carbon-for-high-energy-sodium-ion-battery
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Huimin Zhang, Hai Ming, Wenfeng Zhang, Gaoping Cao, Yusheng Yang
Sodium-ion batteries (SIBs) are expected to be a promising commercial alternative to lithium-ion batteries for grid electricity storage due to their potential low cost in the near future. Up to the present, the anode material still remains a great challenge for the application of SIBs, especially at room temperature. The graphite has an obvious limitation to store larger radius sodium ions (Na+) in comparison with lithium ions (Li+), while the hard carbon with large interlayer distance can demonstrate a relatively high storage capability and durable cycle life...
June 26, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649021/k-edge-eliminated-material-decomposition-method-for-dual-energy-x-ray-ct
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Tiao Zhao, Liang Li, Zhiqiang Chen
In medical dual-energy CT, projection-domain decomposition is typically used to process the acquired two projection datasets. However, when a high atomic-number contrast-agent is introduced, its K-edge discontinuity challenges this method. In this work, we take advantage of the fact that the contrast agent and its solvent are known in advance and propose to first decompose the attenuation coefficient functions of the contrast agent and its solvent to estimate the attenuation contribution of the K-shell photoelectric...
June 17, 2017: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648629/single-molecule-fret-studies-of-ion-channels
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Boris Martinac
Different types of fluorescence spectroscopy approaches have over the last two decades become important techniques in studies of ion channel structure and dynamics. Many fluorescence methods have been used to examine a huge variety of ion channels. Any fluorescence study of ion channels requires the presence of fluorophores, which may be intrinsic to the channel protein, attached either extrinsically to the protein, or be simply located nearby the channel to monitor local conditions such as for many of the ion-sensitive dyes...
June 22, 2017: Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648096/nad-h-and-nadp-h-redox-couples-and-cellular-energy-metabolism
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Wusheng Xiao, Rui-Sheng Wang, Diane E Handy, Joseph Loscalzo
SIGNIFICANCE: The NAD+/NADH and NADP+/NADPH redox couples are essential for maintaining cellular redox homeostasis and for modulating numerous biological events, including cellular metabolism. Deficiency or imbalance of these two redox couples has been associated with many pathological disorders. Recent Advances: Newly-identified biosynthetic enzymes and newly-developed genetically encoded biosensors enable us to understand better how cells maintain compartmentalized NAD(H) and NADP(H) pools...
June 24, 2017: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647693/recognition-investigation-and-management-of-mitochondrial-disease
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REVIEW
James E Davison, Shamima Rahman
Mitochondria are dynamic organelles present in virtually all human cells that are needed for a multitude of cellular functions, including energy production, control of cell apoptosis and numerous biochemical catabolic and synthetic pathways that are critical for cellular health. Primary mitochondrial disorders are a group of greater than 200 single gene defects arising from two genomes (nuclear and mitochondrial) leading to mitochondrial dysfunction, and are associated with extremely heterogeneous phenotypes...
June 24, 2017: Archives of Disease in Childhood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647306/complete-genome-sequence-of-a-phthalic-acid-esters-degrading-mycobacterium-sp-yc-rl4
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Lei Ren, Shuanghu Fan, Junhuan Wang, Nahurira Ruth, Cheng Qiao, Yang Jia, Yanchun Yan
Mycobacterium sp. YC-RL4 is capable of utilizing a broad range of phthalic acid esters (PAEs) as sole source of carbon and energy for growth. The preliminary studies demonstrated its high degrading efficiency and good performance during the bioprocess with environmental samples. Here, we present the complete genome of Mycobacterium sp. YC-RL4, which consists of one circular chromosome (5,801,417bp) and one plasmid (252,568bp). The genomic analysis and gene annotation were performed and many potential genes responsible for the biodegradation of PAEs were identified from the genome...
June 3, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Microbiology: [publication of the Brazilian Society for Microbiology]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646759/free-standing-graphene-vanadium-oxide-composite-as-binder-free-electrode-for-asymmetrical-supercapacitor
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Lingjuan Deng, Yihong Gao, Zhanying Ma, Guang Fan
Preparation of free-standing electrode materials with three-dimensional network architecture has emerged as an effective strategy for acquiring advanced portable and wearable power sources. Herein, graphene/vanadium oxide (GR/V2O5) free-standing monolith composite has been prepared via a simple hydrothermal process. Flexible GR sheets acted as binder to connect the belt-like V2O5 for assembling three-dimensional network architecture. The obtained GR/V2O5 composite can be reshaped into GR/V2O5 flexible film which exhibits more compact structure by ultrasonication and vacuum filtration...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646222/effects-of-chemical-alternation-on-damage-accumulation-in-concentrated-solid-solution-alloys
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Mohammad W Ullah, Haizhou Xue, Gihan Velisa, Ke Jin, Hongbin Bei, William J Weber, Yanwen Zhang
Single-phase concentrated solid-solution alloys (SP-CSAs) have recently gained unprecedented attention due to their promising properties. To understand effects of alloying elements on irradiation-induced defect production, recombination and evolution, an integrated study of ion irradiation, ion beam analysis and atomistic simulations are carried out on a unique set of model crystals with increasing chemical complexity, from pure Ni to Ni80Fe20, Ni50Fe50, and Ni80Cr20 binaries, and to a more complex Ni40Fe40Cr20 alloy...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645852/g0s2-a-small-giant-controller-of-lipolysis-and-adipose-liver-fatty-acid-flux
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REVIEW
Xiaodong Zhang, Bradlee L Heckmann, Latoya E Campbell, Jun Liu
The discovery of adipose triglyceride lipase (ATGL) and its coactivator comparative gene identification-58 (CGI-58) provided a major paradigm shift in the understanding of intracellular lipolysis in both adipocytes and nonadipocyte cells. The subsequent discovery of G0/G1 switch gene 2 (G0S2) as a potent endogenous inhibitor of ATGL revealed a unique mechanism governing lipolysis and fatty acid (FA) availability. G0S2 is highly conserved in vertebrates, and exhibits cyclical expression pattern between adipose tissue and liver that is critical to lipid flux and energy homeostasis in these two tissues...
June 20, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645684/detection-and-quantification-of-223-ra-uptake-in-bone-metastases-of-patients-with-castration-resistant-prostate-carcinoma-with-the-aim-of-determining-the-absorbed-dose-in-the-metastases
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P Mínguez, A Gómez de Iturriaga, I L Fernández, E Rodeño
PURPOSES: To obtain the necessary acquisition and calibration parameters in order to evaluate the possibility of detecting and quantifying (223)Ra uptake in bone metastases of patients treated for castration resistant prostate carcinoma. Furthermore, in the cases in which the activity can be quantified, to determine the absorbed dose. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Acquisitions from a Petri dish filled with (223)Ra were performed in the gamma camera. Monte Carlo simulations were also performed to study the partial volume effect...
June 20, 2017: Revista Española de Medicina Nuclear e Imagen Molecular
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644899/new-insights-in-dehydration-stress-behavior-of-two-maize-hybrids-using-advanced-distributed-reactivity-model-drm-responses-to-the-impact-of-24-epibrassinolide
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Hadi Waisi, Bojan Janković, Marija Janković, Bogdan Nikolić, Ivica Dimkić, Blažo Lalević, Vera Raičević
Proposed distributed reactivity model of dehydration for seedling parts of two various maize hybrids (ZP434, ZP704) was established. Dehydration stresses were induced thermally, which is also accompanied by response of hybrids to heat stress. It was found that an increased value of activation energy counterparts within radicle dehydration of ZP434, with a high concentration of 24-epibrassinolide (24-EBL) at elevated operating temperatures, probably causes activation of diffusion mechanisms in cutin network and may increases likelihood of formation of free volumes, large enough to accommodate diffusing molecule...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644444/energy-and-carbon-metabolisms-in-a-deep-terrestrial-subsurface-fluid-microbial-community
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Lily Momper, Sean P Jungbluth, Michael D Lee, Jan P Amend
The terrestrial deep subsurface is a huge repository of microbial biomass, but in relation to its size and physical heterogeneity, few sites have been investigated in detail. Here, we applied a culture-independent metagenomic approach to characterize the microbial community composition in deep (1500 meters below surface) terrestrial fluids. Samples were collected from a former gold mine in Lead, South Dakota, USA, now Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF). We reconstructed 74 genomes from metagenomes (MAGs), enabling the identification of common metabolic pathways...
June 23, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643934/comprehensive-insights-into-the-thermal-stability-biodegradability-and-combustion-chemistry-of-pyrrolidinium-based-ionic-liquids
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Gebrekidan Gebreselassie Eshetu, Sangsik Jeong, Pascal Pandard, Amandine Lecocq, Guy Marlair, Stefano Passerini
The use of ionic liquids (ILs) as advanced electrolytes components in electrochemical energy storage devices is one of the most appealing and emerging options. However, though ILs are hailed as safer and eco-friendly electrolytes, overcoming the limitations imposed by the highly volatile/combustible carbonate based electrolytes, the full scale and precise appraisal of their overall safety levels under abuse conditions still need to be fully addressed. With the aim of providing the entreated level of information on the thermal and chemical stabilities as well as actual fire hazards, we embarked on a detailed investigation of the short - and long - term thermal stabilities, bio-degradability and combustion behaviour of various pyrrolidinium ([Pyr1A] +)-based ILs, enlisting different alkyl chain lengths, [Pyr1A] + (A=3-10), counter-anions ([TFSI]-/[FSI]-/[BETI]-), cations (Pyr14+/Pyr12O1+) and the effect of doping with Li salts (e...
June 23, 2017: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643832/metasurface-integrated-high-energy-efficient-and-high-linearly-polarized-ingan-gan-light-emitting-diode
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Miao Wang, Fuyang Xu, Yu Lin, Bing Cao, Linghua Chen, Chinhua Wang, Jianfeng Wang, Ke Xu
We proposed and demonstrated an integrated high energy efficient and high linearly polarized InGaN/GaN green LED grown on (0001) oriented sapphire with combined metasurface polarizing converter and polarizer system. It is different from those conventional polarized light emissions generated with plasmonic metallic grating in which at least 50% high energy loss occurs inherently due to high reflection of the transverse electric (TE) component of an electric field. A reflecting metasurface, with a two dimensional elliptic metal cylinder array (EMCA) that functions as a half-wave plate, was integrated at the bottom of a LED such that the back-reflected TE component, that is otherwise lost by a dielectric/metal bi-layered wire grids (DMBiWG) polarizer on the top emitting surface of the LED, can be converted to desired transverse magnetic (TM) polarized emission after reflecting from the metasurface...
June 23, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643452/emerging-nanotechnology-and-advanced-materials-for-cancer-radiation-therapy
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REVIEW
Guosheng Song, Liang Cheng, Yu Chao, Kai Yang, Zhuang Liu
Radiation therapy (RT) including external beam radiotherapy (EBRT) and internal radioisotope therapy (RIT) has been widely used for clinical cancer treatment. However, owing to the low radiation absorption of tumors, high doses of ionizing radiations are often needed during RT, leading to severe damages to normal tissues adjacent to tumors. Meanwhile, the RT efficacies are limited by different mechanisms, among which the tumor hypoxia-associated radiation resistance is a well-known one, as there exists hypoxia inside most solid tumors while oxygen is essential to enhance radiation-induced DNA damages...
June 23, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643032/fall-from-heights-does-height-really-matter
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G Alizo, J D Sciarretta, S Gibson, K Muertos, A Romano, J Davis, A Pepe
INTRODUCTION: Fall from heights is high energy injuries and constitutes a fraction of all fall-related trauma evaluations while bearing an increase in morbidity and mortality. We hypothesize that despite advancements in trauma care, the overall survivability has not improved in this subset of trauma patients. METHODS: All adult trauma patients treated after sustaining a fall from heights during a 40-month period were retrospectively reviewed. Admission demographics, clinical data, fall height (ft), injury patterns, ISS, GCS, length of stay, and mortality were reviewed...
June 22, 2017: European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery: Official Publication of the European Trauma Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642195/how-lipid-droplets-tag-along-glycerolipid-synthetic-enzymes-and-lipid-storage
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REVIEW
Huan Wang, Michael V Airola, Karen Reue
Triacylglycerols (TAG) serve as the predominant form of energy storage in mammalian cells, and TAG synthesis influences conditions such as obesity, fatty liver, and insulin resistance. In most tissues, the glycerol 3-phosphate pathway enzymes are responsible for TAG synthesis, and the regulation and function of these enzymes is therefore important for metabolic homeostasis. Here we review the sites and regulation of glycerol-3-phosphate acyltransferase (GPAT), acylglycerol-3-phosphate acyltransferase (AGPAT), lipin/phosphatidic acid phosphatase (PAP), and diacylglycerol acyltransferase (DGAT) enzyme action...
June 19, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641411/development-of-an-lc-hrms-metabolomics-method-with-high-specificity-for-metabolite-identification-using-all-ion-fragmentation-aif-acquisition
#20
Shama Naz, Hector Gallart-Ayala, Stacey Reinke, Caroline Mathon, Richard Blankley, Romanas Chaleckis, Craig Edward Wheelock
High-resolution mass spectrometry (HRMS)-based metabolomics approaches have made significant advances. However, metabolite identification is still a major challenge and significant bottleneck in translating metabolomics data into biological context. In the current study, a liquid chromatography (LC)-HRMS metabolomics method was developed using an all ion fragmentation (AIF) acquisition approach. In order to increase the specificity in metabolite annotation, four criteria were considered: i) accurate mass (AM), ii) retention time (RT), iii) MS/MS spectrum, and iv) product/precursor ion intensity ratios...
June 22, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
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