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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930461/effect-of-a-swelling-agent-on-the-performance-of-ni-porous-silica-catalyst-for-ch4-co2-reforming
#1
Mohamad Hassan Amin, Putla Sudarsanam, Matthew R Field, Jim Patel, Suresh K Bhargava
Hierarchical porous materials are of great interest in various industrial applications because of their potential to overcome the mass transport limitations typically encountered for single-mode porous materials. This report describes the synthesis of a hierarchical tri-modal porous silica-based material using a 7.5 molar ratio of a relatively inexpensive non-ionic surfactant template, tri-block copolymer P123, EO20PO70EO20. The pore size distribution curve shows the presence of three types of pores with average diameters of ~8, 25 and 89 nm...
September 20, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929943/formal-alternative-transportation-options-for-older-adults-an-assessment-of-need
#2
Joshua J Turner, Carolyn E Adams-Price, Lesley Strawderman
Although older adults are typically able to drive well into older adulthood, health and cognitive deficits can eventually make older motorists a danger to themselves and others. There is a need for increased senior-focused transportation options, yet implementation of such programs is problematic due to an uncertainty about which groups are in most need of services. This study measured the perceived need for formal alternative modes of transportation among older adults. Using data from a nationwide survey, this study applies the traditional factors of the Behavioral Model to measure the perceived need for formal transportation services among survey participants, while also examining the relationship between service awareness and perceived need for formal transportation services...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928283/vegetally-localised-vrtn-functions-as-a-novel-repressor-to-modulate-bmp2b-transcription-during-dorsoventral-patterning-in-zebrafish
#3
Ming Shao, Min Wang, Yuan-Yuan Liu, Yi-Wen Ge, Yan-Jun Zhang, De-Li Shi
The vegetal pole cytoplasm represents a crucial source of maternal dorsal determinants for patterning the dorsoventral axis of the early embryo. Removal of the vegetal yolk in the zebrafish fertilised egg before the completion of the first cleavage results in embryonic ventralisation, but removal of this part at the two-cell stage leads to embryonic dorsalisation. How this is achieved remains unknown. Here, we report a novel mode of maternal regulation of BMP signalling during dorsoventral patterning in zebrafish...
September 15, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926594/history-of-nonnative-monk-parakeets-in-mexico
#4
Elizabeth A Hobson, Grace Smith-Vidaurre, Alejandro Salinas-Melgoza
Nonnative Monk Parakeets have been reported in increasing numbers across many cities in Mexico, and were formally classified as an invasive species in Mexico in late 2016. However, there has not been a large-scale attempt to determine how international pet trade and national and international governmental regulations have played a part in colonization, and when the species appeared in different areas. We describe the changes in regulations that led the international pet trade market to shift to Mexico, then used international trade data to determine how many parakeets were commercially imported each year and where those individuals originated...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925961/towards-an-ultrasonic-guided-wave-procedure-for-health-monitoring-of-composite-vessels-application-to-hydrogen-powered-aircraft
#5
Slah Yaacoubi, Peter McKeon, Weina Ke, Nico F Declercq, Fethi Dahmene
This paper presents an overview and description of the approach to be used to investigate the behavior and the defect sensitivity of various ultrasonic guided wave (UGW) modes propagating specifically in composite cylindrical vessels in the framework of the safety of hydrogen energy transportation such as hydrogen-powered aircrafts. These structures which consist of thick and multi-layer composites are envisioned for housing hydrogen gas at high pressures. Due to safety concerns associated with a weakened structure, structural health monitoring techniques are needed...
September 19, 2017: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923722/high-doses-of-ethylenediurea-edu-as-soil-drenches-did-not-increase-leaf-n-content-or-cause-phytotoxicity-in-willow-grown-in-fertile-soil
#6
Evgenios Agathokleous, Elena Paoletti, William J Manning, Mitsutoshi Kitao, Costas J Saitanis, Takayoshi Koike
Ground-level ozone (O3) levels are nowadays elevated in wide regions of the Earth, causing significant effects on plants that finally lead to suppressed productivity and yield losses. Ethylenediurea (EDU) is a chemical compound which is widely used in research projects as phytoprotectant against O3 injury. The EDU mode of action remains still unclear, while there are indications that EDU may contribute to plants with nitrogen (N) when the soil is poor in N and the plants have relatively small leaf area. To reveal whether the N content of EDU acts as a fertilizer to plants when the soil is not poor in N and the plants have relatively large total plant leaf area, willow plants (Salix sachalinensis Fr...
September 15, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923680/potent-and-selective-bace-1-peptide-inhibitors-lower-brain-a%C3%AE-levels-mediated-by-brain-shuttle-transport
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Nadine Ruderisch, Daniel Schlatter, Andreas Kuglstatter, Wolfgang Guba, Sylwia Huber, Carlo Cusulin, Jörg Benz, Arne Christian Rufer, Joerg Hoernschemeyer, Christophe Schweitzer, Tina Bülau, Achim Gärtner, Eike Hoffmann, Jens Niewoehner, Christoph Patsch, Karlheinz Baumann, Hansruedi Loetscher, Eric Kitas, Per-Ola Freskgård
Therapeutic approaches to fight Alzheimer's disease include anti-Amyloidβ (Aβ) antibodies and secretase inhibitors. However, the blood-brain barrier (BBB) limits the brain exposure of biologics and the chemical space for small molecules to be BBB permeable. The Brain Shuttle (BS) technology is capable of shuttling large molecules into the brain. This allows for new types of therapeutic modalities engineered for optimal efficacy on the molecular target in the brain independent of brain penetrating properties...
September 7, 2017: EBioMedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922733/assessing-the-ground-vibrations-produced-by-a-heavy-vehicle-traversing-a-traffic-obstacle
#8
Loïc Ducarne, Daniel Ainalis, Georges Kouroussis
Despite advancements in alternative transport networks, road transport remains the dominant mode in many modern and developing countries. The ground-borne motions produced by the passage of a heavy vehicle over a geometric obstacle (e.g. speed hump, train tracks) pose a fundamental problem in transport annoyance in urban areas. In order to predict the ground vibrations generated by the passage of a heavy vehicle over a geometric obstacle, a two-step numerical model is developed. The first step involves simulating the dynamic loads generated by the heavy vehicle using a multibody approach, which includes the tyre-obstacle-ground interaction...
September 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921897/a-combined-experimental-and-theoretical-approaches-to-correlate-the-structure-and-properties-of-n-methylpyrrolidone-based-protic-ionic-liquids
#9
Somenath Panda, Kaushik Kundu, Siva Umapathy, Ramesh Gardas
Correlation of the structure and properties of ionic liquids (ILs) is essential for the development of optimized materials in the fields of gas capture and separation, battery electrolyte, and cellulose dissolution process. In view of this, a detailed vibrational spectroscopic analysis and quantum-chemical calculation were performed to explore the interionic interactions in N-methylpyrrolidone cation and carboxylate anion-based ILs. FTIR and Raman spectroscopy were applied to identify the H-bonding interactions between ion-pair, in which red-shifted vibrational modes were evidenced as a function of anion chain length...
September 17, 2017: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918744/intracellular-cargo-transport-by-kinesin-3-motors
#10
REVIEW
N Siddiqui, A Straube
Intracellular transport along microtubules enables cellular cargoes to efficiently reach the extremities of large, eukaryotic cells. While it would take more than 200 years for a small vesicle to diffuse from the cell body to the growing tip of a one-meter long axon, transport by a kinesin allows delivery in one week. It is clear from this example that the evolution of intracellular transport was tightly linked to the development of complex and macroscopic life forms. The human genome encodes 45 kinesins, 8 of those belonging to the family of kinesin-3 organelle transporters that are known to transport a variety of cargoes towards the plus end of microtubules...
July 2017: Biochemistry. Biokhimii︠a︡
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917096/how-bicycle-level-of-traffic-stress-correlate-with-reported-cyclist-accidents-injury-severities-a-geospatial-and-mixed-logit-analysis
#11
Chen Chen, Jason C Anderson, Haizhong Wang, Yinhai Wang, Rachel Vogt, Salvador Hernandez
Transportation agencies need efficient methods to determine how to reduce bicycle accidents while promoting cycling activities and prioritizing safety improvement investments. Many studies have used standalone methods, such as level of traffic stress (LTS) and bicycle level of service (BLOS), to better understand bicycle mode share and network connectivity for a region. However, in most cases, other studies rely on crash severity models to explain what variables contribute to the severity of bicycle related crashes...
September 13, 2017: Accident; Analysis and Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915541/temporal-variability-in-aerosol-characteristics-and-its-radiative-properties-over-patiala-northwestern-part-of-india-impact-of-agricultural-biomass-burning-emissions
#12
D Sharma, A K Srivastava, K Ram, A Singh, D Singh
A comprehensive measurements of aerosol optical depth (AOD), particulate matter (PM) and black carbon (BC) mass concentrations have been carried out over Patiala, a semi-urban site in northwest India during October 2008 to September 2010. The measured aerosol data was incorporated in an aerosol optical model to estimate various aerosol optical parameters, which were subsequently used for radiative forcing estimation. The measured AOD at 500 nm (AOD500) shows a significant seasonal variability, with maximum value of 0...
September 11, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914540/adhesion-and-separation-of-nanoparticles-on-polymer-grafted-porous-substrates
#13
Kolattukudy P Santo, Aleksey Vishnyakov, Yefim Brun, Alexander V Neimark
This work explores interactions of functionalized nanoparticles (NP) with polymer brushes (PB) in a binary mixture of good and poor solvents. NP-PB systems are used in multiple applications, and we are particularly interested in the problem of chromatographic separation of NPs on polymer-grafted porous columns. This process involves NP flow through the pore channels with walls covered by PBs. NP-PB adhesion is governed by adsorption of polymer chains to NP surface and entropic repulsion caused by the polymer chain confinement between NP and the channel wall...
September 15, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914316/negative-gaussian-curvature-induces-significant-suppression-of-thermal-conduction-in-carbon-crystals
#14
Zhongwei Zhang, Jie Chen, Baowen Li
From the mathematic category of surface Gaussian curvature, carbon allotropes can be classified into three types: zero curvature, positive curvature, and negative curvature. By performing Green-Kubo equilibrium molecular dynamics simulations, we found that surface curvature has a significant impact on the phonon vibration and thermal conductivity (κ) of carbon crystals. When curving from zero curvature to negative or positive curvature structures, κ is reduced by several orders of magnitude. Interestingly, we found that κ of negatively curved carbon crystals exhibits a monotonic dependence on curvature...
September 15, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910302/a-look-back-on-how-far-to-walk-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-physical-access-to-skilled-care-for-childbirth-in-sub-saharan-africa
#15
Kerry L M Wong, Lenka Benova, Oona M R Campbell
OBJECTIVES: To (i) summarize the methods undertaken to measure physical accessibility as the spatial separation between women and health services, and (ii) establish the extent to which distance to skilled care for childbirth affects utilization in Sub-Saharan Africa. METHOD: We defined spatial separation as the distance/travel time between women and skilled care services. The use of skilled care at birth referred to either the location or attendant of childbirth...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910080/cell-surface-interactions-on-arginine-rich-cell-penetrating-peptides-allow-for-multiplex-modes-of-internalization
#16
Shiroh Futaki, Ikuhiko Nakase
One of the recent hot topics in peptide-related chemical biology research is the potential of cell-penetrating peptides (CPPs). Owing to their ability to deliver exogenous molecules into cells easily and effectively, their flexible design that allows transporters to comprise various chemical structures and functions, and their potential in chemical and cell biology studies and clinical applications, CPPs have been attracting enormous interest among researchers in related fields. Consequently, publications on CPPs have increased significantly...
September 14, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901293/anomalous-thermal-conductance-of-graphyne-under-lower-temperature
#17
Xue-Kun Chen, Jun Liu, Dan Du, Ke-Qiu Chen
The thermal transport properties of graphyne are investigated via equilibrium molecular dynamics (EMD) simulations and non-equilibrium Green's function (NEGF) method. It is found that the room-temperature thermal conductivity of graphyne is very low compared to that of graphene with a similar size and decreases steeply with increasing the number of acetylenic linkages, which agrees with the results obtained by NEGF method qualitatively. Lattice dynamics calculations reveal that these phenomena can be attributed to the remarkable reduction of both phonon group velocities and phonon lifetimes in graphyne at low-frequency region...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900918/new-aspects-of-the-contribution-of-er-to-soce-regulation-trpc-proteins-as-a-link-between-plasma-membrane-ion-transport-and-intracellular-ca-2-stores
#18
Alexis Bavencoffe, Michael Xi Zhu, Jin-Bin Tian
Transient receptor potential canonical (TRPC) proteins were identified as molecular candidates of receptor- and/or store-operated channels because of their close homology to the Drosophila TRP and TRPL. Functional studies have revealed that TRPC channels play an integrated part of phospholipase C-transduced cell signaling, mediating the influx of both Ca(2+) and Na(+) into cells. As a consequence, the TRPC channels have diverse functional roles in different cell types, including metabotropic receptor-evoked membrane depolarization and intracellular Ca(2+) concentration elevation...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900593/deposition-of-exchange-coupled-dinickel-complexes-on-gold-substrates-utilizing-ambidentate-mercapto-carboxylato-ligands
#19
Martin Börner, Laura Blömer, Marcus Kischel, Peter Richter, Georgeta Salvan, Dietrich R T Zahn, Pablo F Siles, Maria E N Fuentes, Carlos C B Bufon, Daniel Grimm, Oliver G Schmidt, Daniel Breite, Bernd Abel, Berthold Kersting
The chemisorption of magnetically bistable transition metal complexes on planar surfaces has recently attracted increased scientific interest due to its potential application in various fields, including molecular spintronics. In this work, the synthesis of mixed-ligand complexes of the type [Ni(II)2L(L')](ClO4), where L represents a 24-membered macrocyclic hexaazadithiophenolate ligand and L' is a ω-mercapto-carboxylato ligand (L' = HS(CH2)5CO2(-) (6), HS(CH2)10CO2(-) (7), or HS(C6H4)2CO2(-) (8)), and their ability to adsorb on gold surfaces is reported...
2017: Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900026/activity-related-conformational-changes-in-d-d-carboxypeptidases-revealed-by-in-vivo-periplasmic-f%C3%A3-rster-resonance-energy-transfer-assay-in-escherichia-coli
#20
Nils Y Meiresonne, René van der Ploeg, Mark A Hink, Tanneke den Blaauwen
One of the mechanisms of β-lactam antibiotic resistance requires the activity of d,d-carboxypeptidases (d,d-CPases) involved in peptidoglycan (PG) synthesis, making them putative targets for new antibiotic development. The activity of PG-synthesizing enzymes is often correlated with their association with other proteins. The PG layer is maintained in the periplasm between the two membranes of the Gram-negative cell envelope. Because no methods existed to detect in vivo interactions in this compartment, we have developed and validated a Förster resonance energy transfer assay...
September 12, 2017: MBio
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