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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925436/the-chemical-route-to-a-co2-neutral-world
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Johan Martens, Annemie Bogaerts, Norbert De Kimpe, Pierre Jacobs, Guy Marin, Korneel Rabaey, Mark Saeys, Sebastian Verhelst
The excessive CO2 emissions in the atmosphere from anthropogenic activity can be divided into point sources and diffuse sources. The capture of CO2 from flue gases of large industrial installations and its conversion to fuels and chemicals with fast catalytic processes seems technically possible. Some emerging technologies are already being demonstrated on an industrial scale. Others are still being tested on a laboratory or pilot scale. These emerging technologies can be implemented in a time-window ranging from 5 to 20 years...
December 7, 2016: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924781/development-of-sns2-rgo-nanosheet-composite-for-cost-effective-aqueous-hybrid-supercapacitors
#2
Himani Chauhan, Manoj K Singh, Praveen Kumar, Safir Ahmad Hashmi, Sasanka Deka
The development of low cost supercapacitor cells with unique capacitive properties is essential for many domestic and industrial purposes. Here we report the first ever application of SnS2-reduced graphene oxide (SnS2/RGO) layered nanocomposite as a superior electrode material for symmetric aqueous hybrid supercapacitors. We synthesized SnS2/RGO nanocomposite comprised of nanosheets of SnS2 and graphene oxide via a one-pot hydrothermal approach. in situ as-synthesized SnS2/RGO is devised for the first time to give high specific capacitance 500 Fg(-1), energy density 16...
January 13, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924314/homogenous-electrocatalytic-oxygen-reduction-rates-correlate-with-reaction-overpotential-in-acidic-organic-solutions
#3
Michael L Pegis, Bradley A McKeown, Neeraj Kumar, Kai Lang, Derek J Wasylenko, X Peter Zhang, Simone Raugei, James M Mayer
Improved electrocatalysts for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) are critical for the advancement of fuel cell technologies. Herein, we report a series of 11 soluble iron porphyrin ORR electrocatalysts that possess turnover frequencies (TOFs) from 3 s(-1) to an unprecedented value of 2.2 × 10(6) s(-1). These TOFs correlate with the ORR overpotential, which can be modulated by changing the E1/2 of the catalyst using different ancillary ligands, by changing the solvent and solution acidity, and by changing the catalyst's protonation state...
November 23, 2016: ACS Central Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924262/mass-spectrometric-analysis-of-protein-ligand-interactions
#4
Kentaro Ishii, Masanori Noda, Susumu Uchiyama
The interactions of small molecules with proteins (protein-ligand interactions) mediate various biological phenomena including signal transduction and protein transcription and translation. Synthetic compounds such as drugs can also bind to target proteins, leading to the inhibition of protein-ligand interactions. These interactions typically accompany association-dissociation equilibrium according to the free energy difference between free and bound states; therefore, the quantitative biophysical analysis of the interactions, which uncovers the stoichiometry and dissociation constant, is important for understanding biological reactions as well as for rational drug development...
2016: Biophysics and Physicobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923137/advanced-electron-holography-techniques-for-in-situ-observation-of-solid-state-lithium-ion-conductors
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Tsukasa Hirayama, Yuka Aizawa, Kazuo Yamamoto, Takeshi Sato, Hidekazu Murata, Ryuji Yoshida, Craig A J Fisher, Takehisa Kato, Yasutoshi Iriyama
Advanced techniques for overcoming problems encountered during in situ electron holography experiments in which a voltage is applied to an ionic conductor are reported. The three major problems encountered were 1) electric-field leakage from the specimen and its effect on phase images, 2) high electron conductivity of damage layers formed by the focused ion beam method, and 3) chemical reaction of the specimen with air. The first problem was overcome by comparing experimental phase distributions with simulated images in which three-dimensional leakage fields were taken into account, the second by removing the damage layers using a low-energy narrow Ar ion beam, and the third by developing an air-tight biasing specimen holder...
November 29, 2016: Ultramicroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922824/impaired-energy-metabolism-of-senescent-muscle-satellite-cells-is-associated-with-oxidative-modifications-of-glycolytic-enzymes
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Martín A Baraibar, Janek Hyzewicz, Adelina Rogowska-Wrzesinska, Anne-Laure Bulteau, Carina Prip-Buus, Gillian Butler-Browne, Bertrand Friguet
Accumulation of oxidized proteins is a hallmark of cellular and organismal aging. Adult muscle stem cell (or satellite cell) replication and differentiation is compromised with age contributing to sarcopenia. However, the molecular events related to satellite cell dysfunction during aging are not completely understood. In the present study we have addressed the potential impact of oxidatively modified proteins on the altered metabolism of senescent human satellite cells. By using a modified proteomics analysis we have found that proteins involved in protein quality control and glycolytic enzymes are the main targets of oxidation (carbonylation) and modification with advanced glycation/lipid peroxidation end products during the replicative senescence of satellite cells...
December 4, 2016: Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922730/anchoring-nitrogen-doped-tio2-nanocrystals-on-nitrogen-doped-3d-graphene-frameworks-for-enhanced-lithium-storage
#7
Yan Yu, Xiaowu Liu, Zhenzhong Yang, Lin Gu
An advanced architecture design of nitrogen doped TiO2 anchored on nitrogen doped 3D graphene frameworks composites (denoted as N-TiO2/N-3D GFs) have been fabricated by a facile template process and further NH3 treatment. The 3D graphene framework allows the electrolyte penetrate into the inverse opal structure and possess high electronic conductivity. The intimate contact between the N-TiO2 and the graphene suppresses the growth and aggregation of TiO2 nanoparticles during heating process, leading to decreased Li+ diffusion length...
December 6, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922209/unconventional-pretreatment-of-lignocellulose-with-low-temperature-plasma
#8
Jens Vanneste, Thijs Ennaert, Annick Vanhulsel, Bert F Sels
Lignocellulose represents a potential supply of sustainable feedstock for the production of biofuels and chemicals. There is, however, an important cost and efficiency challenge associated with the conversion of such lignocellulosics. Since its structure is complex and not prone to undergo chemical reactions very easily, chemical and mechanical pretreatments are usually necessary in order to be able to refine them into the compositional building blocks (carbohydrates and lignin), from which value-added platform molecules such as glucose, ethylene glycol, 5-hydroxymethylfurfural, levulinic acid, etc...
December 6, 2016: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922059/protein-self-assembly-onto-nanodots-leads-to-formation-of-conductive-bio-based-hybrids
#9
Xiao Hu, Chenbo Dong, Rigu Su, Quan Xu, Cerasela Zoica Dinu
The next generation of nanowires that could advance the integration of functional nanosystems into synthetic applications from photocatalysis to optical devices need to demonstrate increased ability to promote electron transfer at their interfaces while ensuring optimum quantum confinement. Herein we used the biological recognition and the self-assembly properties of tubulin, a protein involved in building the filaments of cellular microtubules, to create stable, free standing and conductive sulfur-doped carbon nanodots-based conductive bio-hybrids...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921437/-adaptation-of-adipose-tissue-to-weight-reduction-energy-restricted-diet-in-obese-individuals
#10
Vladimír Štich
Obesity is associated with a number of metabolic disorders that lead to the development of type 2 diabetes, hyperlipidemia and ultimately cardiovascular diseases. An important role in the pathogenesis of metabolic disorders accompanying obesity is probably played by the alterations of adipose tissue characteristics: metabolic, endocrine and immune functions. The key component of obesity treatment, the weight-reduction energy-restricted diet, leads not only to the reduction of weight (specifically fat mass), but also to correction of obesity accompanying metabolic disorders...
2016: Vnitr̆ní Lékar̆ství
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920437/developing-a-scalable-artificial-photosynthesis-technology-through-nanomaterials-by-design
#11
Nathan S Lewis
An artificial photosynthetic system that directly produces fuels from sunlight could provide an approach to scalable energy storage and a technology for the carbon-neutral production of high-energy-density transportation fuels. A variety of designs are currently being explored to create a viable artificial photosynthetic system, and the most technologically advanced systems are based on semiconducting photoelectrodes. Here, I discuss the development of an approach that is based on an architecture, first conceived around a decade ago, that combines arrays of semiconducting microwires with flexible polymeric membranes...
December 6, 2016: Nature Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920427/mixing-of-quantum-states-a-new-route-to-creating-optical-activity
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Anvar S Baimuratov, Nikita V Tepliakov, Yurii K Gun'ko, Alexander V Baranov, Anatoly V Fedorov, Ivan D Rukhlenko
The ability to induce optical activity in nanoparticles and dynamically control its strength is of great practical importance due to potential applications in various areas, including biochemistry, toxicology, and pharmaceutical science. Here we propose a new method of creating optical activity in originally achiral quantum nanostructures based on the mixing of their energy states of different parities. The mixing can be achieved by selective excitation of specific states or via perturbing all the states in a controllable fashion...
December 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919334/ionizing-radiation-induced-cataracts-recent-biological-and-mechanistic-developments-and-perspectives-for-future-research
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Elizabeth A Ainsbury, Stephen Barnard, Scott Bright, Claudia Dalke, Miguel Jarrin, Sarah Kunze, Rick Tanner, Joseph R Dynlacht, Roy A Quinlan, Jochen Graw, Munira Kadhim, Nobuyuki Hamada
The lens of the eye has long been considered as a radiosensitive tissue, but recent research has suggested that the radiosensitivity is even greater than previously thought. The 2012 recommendation of the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) to substantially reduce the annual occupational equivalent dose limit for the ocular lens has now been adopted in the European Union and is under consideration around the rest of the world. However, ICRP clearly states that the recommendations are chiefly based on epidemiological evidence because there are a very small number of studies that provide explicit biological, mechanistic evidence at doses <2Gy...
October 2016: Mutation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918772/energy-based-facial-rejuvenation-advances-in-diagnosis-and-treatment
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Christopher J Britt, Benjamin Marcus
Importance: The market for nonsurgical, energy-based facial rejuvenation techniques has increased exponentially since lasers were first used for skin rejuvenation in 1983. Advances in this area have led to a wide range of products that require the modern facial plastic surgeon to have a large repertoire of knowledge. Objective: To serve as a guide for current trends in the development of technology, applications, and outcomes of laser and laser-related technology over the past 5 years...
December 1, 2016: JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917177/progress-on-optimizing-miscanthus-biomass-production-for-the-european-bioeconomy-results-of-the-eu-fp7-project-optimisc
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Iris Lewandowski, John Clifton-Brown, Luisa M Trindade, Gerard C van der Linden, Kai-Uwe Schwarz, Karl Müller-Sämann, Alexander Anisimov, C-L Chen, Oene Dolstra, Iain S Donnison, Kerrie Farrar, Simon Fonteyne, Graham Harding, Astley Hastings, Laurie M Huxley, Yasir Iqbal, Nikolay Khokhlov, Andreas Kiesel, Peter Lootens, Heike Meyer, Michal Mos, Hilde Muylle, Chris Nunn, Mensure Özgüven, Isabel Roldán-Ruiz, Heinrich Schüle, Ivan Tarakanov, Tim van der Weijde, Moritz Wagner, Qingguo Xi, Olena Kalinina
This paper describes the complete findings of the EU-funded research project OPTIMISC, which investigated methods to optimize the production and use of miscanthus biomass. Miscanthus bioenergy and bioproduct chains were investigated by trialing 15 diverse germplasm types in a range of climatic and soil environments across central Europe, Ukraine, Russia, and China. The abiotic stress tolerances of a wider panel of 100 germplasm types to drought, salinity, and low temperatures were measured in the laboratory and a field trial in Belgium...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917138/neural-elements-for-predictive-coding
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REVIEW
Stewart Shipp
Predictive coding theories of sensory brain function interpret the hierarchical construction of the cerebral cortex as a Bayesian, generative model capable of predicting the sensory data consistent with any given percept. Predictions are fed backward in the hierarchy and reciprocated by prediction error in the forward direction, acting to modify the representation of the outside world at increasing levels of abstraction, and so to optimize the nature of perception over a series of iterations. This accounts for many 'illusory' instances of perception where what is seen (heard, etc...
2016: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916803/advances-in-lipidomics-for-cancer-biomarkers-discovery
#17
REVIEW
Francesca Perrotti, Consuelo Rosa, Ilaria Cicalini, Paolo Sacchetta, Piero Del Boccio, Domenico Genovesi, Damiana Pieragostino
Lipids play critical functions in cellular survival, proliferation, interaction and death, since they are involved in chemical-energy storage, cellular signaling, cell membranes, and cell-cell interactions. These cellular processes are strongly related to carcinogenesis pathways, particularly to transformation, progression, and metastasis, suggesting the bioactive lipids are mediators of a number of oncogenic processes. The current review gives a synopsis of a lipidomic approach in tumor characterization; we provide an overview on potential lipid biomarkers in the oncology field and on the principal lipidomic methodologies applied...
November 28, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916294/high-expression-of-phgdh-predicts-poor-prognosis-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
#18
Jinhong Zhu, Jianqun Ma, Xudong Wang, Tianjiao Ma, Shu Zhang, Wei Wang, Xiaoyu Zhou, Jiahai Shi
Tumors have exceptionally high demands for energy and anabolism because of their rapid growth. The de novo serine synthesis pathway initiated by phosphoglycerate dehydrogenase (PHGDH) has been recognized as a hallmark of metabolic adaption in carcinogenesis. The oncogenic role and prognostic value of PHGDH have been investigated in multiple cancer types, including breast cancer, melanoma, cervical cancer, and colon cancer. Due to the importance of PHGDH in cancer, we attempted to determine the clinical significance of PHGDH in 319 patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)...
December 2016: Translational Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915495/placental-respiratory-chain-complex-activities-in-high-risk-pregnancies
#19
Mojtaba Beyramzadeh, Zeliha Gunnur Dikmen, Nergiz K Erturk, Zafer Selcuk Tuncer, Filiz Akbiyik
OBJECTIVES: Mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation is the key energy source for placental functions and fetal growth. The purpose of this study was to investigate the function of placenta in high risk pregnancies by measuring mitochondrial respiratory chain complex (RCC) activities, and to evaluate the correlation between double test risk ratio and RCC activities. METHODS: The placenta samples were collected from 50 pregnant women. The controls consisted of 20 normal uncomplicated pregnancies and the study group (n = 30) consisted of preeclampsia (PE), intrauterin growth restriction (IUGR), advanced maternal age (AMA), twins and preterm deliveries...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915214/recent-advances-in-expanding-the-coverage-of-the-lipidome
#20
REVIEW
Sergey Tumanov, Jurre J Kamphorst
The lipidome comprises a large array of molecules with diverse physicochemical properties. Lipids are structural components of cells, act as a source of energy, and function as signaling mediators. Alterations in lipid metabolism are involved in the onset and progression of a variety of diseases, including metabolic syndrome and cancer. Because of this, interest in lipidomics, the comprehensive characterization of the lipidome by mass spectrometry, has intensified in recent years. However, obtaining a truly complete overview of all lipids in a sample has remained very challenging due to their enormous structural diversity...
December 1, 2016: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
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