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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28375212/faecalibacterium-prausnitzii-treatment-improves-hepatic-health-and-reduces-adipose-tissue-inflammation-in-high-fat-fed-mice
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Eveliina Munukka, Anniina Rintala, Raine Toivonen, Matts Nylund, Baoru Yang, Anna Takanen, Arno Hänninen, Jaana Vuopio, Pentti Huovinen, Sirpa Jalkanen, Satu Pekkala
Faecalibacterium prausnitzii is considered as one of the most important bacterial indicators of a healthy gut. We studied the effects of oral F. prausnitzii treatment on high-fat fed mice. Compared to the high-fat control mice, F. prausnitzii-treated mice had lower hepatic fat content, aspartate aminotransferase and alanine aminotransferase, and increased fatty acid oxidation and adiponectin signaling in liver. Hepatic lipidomic analyses revealed decreases in several species of triacylglycerols, phospholipids and cholesteryl esters...
April 4, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28368597/ammonia-catalyzed-formation-of-sulfuric-acid-in-troposphere-the-curious-case-of-a-base-promoting-acid-rain
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Biman Bandyopadhyay, Pradeep Kumar, Partha Biswas
Electronic structure calculations have been performed to investigate the role of ammonia in catalyzing the formation of sulfuric acid through hydrolysis of SO3 in Earth's atmosphere. The uncatalyzed process involves a high activation barrier and, until date, is mainly known to occur in Earth's atmosphere only when catalyzed by water and acids. Here we show that hydrolysis of SO3 can be very efficiently catalyzed by ammonia, the most abundant basic component in Earth's atmosphere. It was found, based on magnitude of relative potential energies as well as rate coefficients, that ammonia is the best among all the catalysts studied until now (water and acids) and could be a considerable factor in formation of sulfuric acid in troposphere...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28365846/mechanistic-study-of-lead-desorption-during-the-leaching-process-of-ion-absorbed-rare-earths-ph-effect-and-the-column-experiment
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Jie Tang, Qiang Xue, Honghan Chen, Wenting Li
High concentrations of ammonium sulfate, often used in the in situ mining process, can result in a decrease of pH in the environment and dissolution of rare earth metals. Ammonium sulfate can also cause desorption of toxic heavy metals, leading to environmental and human health implications. In this study, the desorption behavior and fraction changes of lead in the ion-absorbed rare earth ore were studied using batch desorption experiments and column leaching tests. Results from batch desorption experiments showed that the desorption process of lead included fast and slow stages and followed an Elovich model well...
April 2, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28360990/sex-differences-in-the-association-of-phospholipids-with-components-of-the-metabolic-syndrome-in-young-adults
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Sebastian Rauschert, Olaf Uhl, Berthold Koletzko, Trevor A Mori, Lawrence J Beilin, Wendy H Oddy, Christian Hellmuth
BACKGROUND: There are differences in the prevalence and severity of diseases between males, females not taking hormonal contraceptives (non-HC females) and females taking hormonal contraceptives (HC females). The aim of this study was to identify sex-specific differences in the metabolome and its relation to components of the metabolic syndrome in a young adult population. METHODS: The subjects analysed are from the 20-year follow-up of the Western Australian Pregnancy Cohort (Raine) Study...
2017: Biology of Sex Differences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350455/model-based-classification-for-digital-pcr-your-umbrella-for-rain
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Bart K M Jacobs, Els Goetghebeur, Jo Vandesompele, Ariane De Ganck, Nele Nijs, Anneleen Beckers, Nina Papazova, Nancy H Roosens, Lieven Clement
Standard data analysis pipelines for digital PCR estimate the concentration of a target nucleic acid by digitizing the end-point fluorescence of the parallel micro-PCR reactions, using an automated hard threshold. While it is known that misclassification has a major impact on the concentration estimate and substantially reduces accuracy, the uncertainty of this classification is typically ignored. We introduce a model-based clustering method to estimate the probability that the target is present (absent) in a partition conditional on its observed fluorescence and the distributional shape in no-template control samples...
April 7, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318693/the-influence-of-dual-substrate-layer-extensive-green-roofs-on-rainwater-runoff-quantity-and-quality
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Xiaoou Wang, Yimei Tian, Xinhua Zhao
This study investigates the ability of dual-substrate-layer extensive green roofs to retain rainwater and reduce pollutant leaching. The substrates in dual-substrate-layer green roofs consist of an upper organic nutrition layer for plant growth and a lower inorganic adsorption layer for water retention and pollutant reduction. One traditional single-substrate-layer extensive green roof was built for comparison with dual-substrate-layer green roofs. During the experimental period, dual-substrate-layer green roofs supported better natural vegetation growth, with coverage exceeding 90%, while the coverage in single-substrate-layer green roof was over 80%...
March 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303353/silicon-alleviates-simulated-acid-rain-stress-of-oryza-sativa-l-seedlings-by-adjusting-physiology-activity-and-mineral-nutrients
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Shuming Ju, Liping Wang, Ningning Yin, Dan Li, Yukun Wang, Cuiying Zhang
Silicon (Si) has been a modulator in plants under abiotic stresses, such as acid rain. To understand how silicon made an effect on rice (Oryza sativa L.) exposed to simulated acid rain (SAR) stress, the growth, physiologic activity, and mineral nutrient content in leaves of rice were investigated. The results showed that combined treatments with Si (1.0, 2.0, or 4.0 mM) and SAR (pH 4.0, 3.0, or 2.0) obviously improved the rice growth compared with the single treatment with SAR. Incorporation of Si into SAR treatment decreased malondialdehyde (MDA) content; increased soluble protein and proline contents; promoted CAT, POD, SOD, and APX activity; and maintained the K, Ca, Mg, Fe, Zn, Cu content balance in leaves of rice seedlings under SAR stress...
March 16, 2017: Protoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299408/differential-gene-expression-of-longan-under-simulated-acid-rain-stress
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Shan Zheng, Tengfei Pan, Cuilan Ma, Dongliang Qiu
Differential gene expression profile was studied in Dimocarpus longan Lour. in response to treatments of simulated acid rain with pH 2.5, 3.5, and a control (pH 5.6) using differential display reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (DDRT-PCR). Results showed that mRNA differential display conditions were optimized to find an expressed sequence tag (EST) related with acid rain stress. The potential encoding products had 80% similarity with a transcription initiation factor IIF of Gossypium raimondii and 81% similarity with a protein product of Theobroma cacao...
March 16, 2017: Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291806/effects-of-silicon-on-oryza-sativa-l-seedling-roots-under-simulated-acid-rain-stress
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Shuming Ju, Ningning Yin, Liping Wang, Cuiying Zhang, Yukun Wang
Silicon (Si) has an important function in reducing the damage of environmental stress on plants. Acid rain is a serious abiotic stress factor, and Si can alleviate the stress induced by acid rain on plants. Based on these assumptions, we investigated the effects of silicon on the growth, root phenotype, mineral element contents, hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and antioxidative enzymes of rice (Oryza sativa L.) seedling roots under simulated acid rain (SAR) stress. The results showed that the combined or single effects of Si and/or SAR on rice roots depend on the concentration of Si and the pH of the SAR...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259581/potential-rainfall-intensity-and-ph-driven-shifts-in-the-apparent-fluorescent-composition-of-dissolved-organic-matter-in-rainwater
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Yongqiang Zhou, Xiaolong Yao, Yibo Zhang, Kun Shi, Yunlin Zhang, Erik Jeppesen, Guang Gao, Guangwei Zhu, Boqiang Qin
Perturbations of rainwater chromophoric dissolved organic matter (CDOM) fluorescence induced by changes in rainfall intensity and pH were investigated by field observations and laboratory pH titrations. Microbial humic-like fluorophores dominated the rainwater CDOM pool, followed by tryptophan-like and tyrosine-like substances. Increased rainfall intensity had notable dilution effects on all six fluorescent components (C1-C6) identified using parallel factor (PARAFAC) analysis, the effect being especially pronounced for the microbial humic-like C1, tryptophan-like C3, and tyrosine-like C5...
March 1, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205659/the-bifunctional-catalytic-role-of-water-clusters-in-the-formation-of-acid-rain
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Eduardo Romero-Montalvo, José Manuel Guevara-Vela, Wilmer Esteban Vallejo Narváez, Aurora Costales, Ángel Martín Pendás, Marcos Hernández-Rodríguez, Tomás Rocha-Rinza
State-of-the-art chemical bonding analyses show that water clusters have a bifunctional catalytic role in the formation of H2SO4 in acid rain. The embedded H2O monomers mitigate the change in the chemical bonding scenario of the rate-limiting step, reducing thereby the corresponding activation energy in accordance with Hammond's postulate. We expect that the insights given herein will prove useful in the elucidation of the catalytic mechanisms of water in inorganic and organic aqueous chemistry.
February 16, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160097/indoor-environmental-factors-associated-with-pulmonary-function-among-adults-in-an-acid-rain-plagued-city-in-southwest-china
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Jie Yu, Longju Zhang, Ya Luo, Yin Tang, Fangxu Tuo, Jiaqi Yang, Jie Xu
OBJECTIVE: To assess the association of indoor environmental risk factors with respiratory function among adults in an acid rain-plagued city in China where coal use is frequent. METHODS: The subjects were randomly selected in the winter season. Information on selected home environmental factors was collected through administered questionnaires. Additionally, pulmonary function tests, including Forced Vital Capacity (FVC), Forced Expiratory Volume in 1 s (FEV1), FEV1/FVC and Peak Expiratory Flow Rate (PEFR) were also performed in participants...
February 3, 2017: Wiener Klinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130777/controls-of-nitrogen-cycling-evaluated-along-a-well-characterized-climate-gradient
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Christian von Sperber, Oliver A Chadwick, Karen L Casciotti, Kabir G Peay, Christopher A Francis, Amy E Kim, Peter M Vitousek
The supply of nitrogen (N) constrains primary productivity in many ecosystems, raising the question "what controls the availability and cycling of N"? As a step toward answering this question, we evaluated N cycling processes and aspects of their regulation on a climate gradient on Kohala Volcano, Hawaii, USA. The gradient extends from sites receiving <300 mm/yr of rain to those receiving >3,000 mm/yr, and the pedology and dynamics of rock-derived nutrients in soils on the gradient are well understood...
April 2017: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28120377/a-boronic-acid-conjugate-of-angiogenin-that-shows-ros-responsive-neuroprotective-activity
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Trish T Hoang, Thomas P Smith, Ronald T Raines
Angiogenin (ANG) is a human ribonuclease that is compromised in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). ANG also promotes neovascularization, and can induce hemorrhage and encourage tumor growth. The causal neurodegeneration of ALS is associated with reactive oxygen species, which are also known to elicit the oxidative cleavage of carbon-boron bonds. We have developed a synthetic boronic acid mask that restrains the ribonucleolytic activity of ANG. The masked ANG does not stimulate endothelial cell proliferation but protects astrocytes from oxidative stress...
March 1, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28115140/characterization-of-heavy-metal-desorption-from-road-deposited-sediment-under-acid-rain-scenarios
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Bo Zhao, An Liu, Guangxue Wu, Dunzhu Li, Yuntao Guan
Road-deposited sediments (RDS) on urban impervious surfaces are important carriers of heavy metals. Dissolved heavy metals that come from RDS influenced by acid rain, are more harmful to urban receiving water than particulate parts. RDS and its associated heavy metals were investigated at typical functional areas, including industrial, commercial and residential sites, in Guangdong, Southern China, which was an acid rain sensitive area. Total and dissolved heavy metals in five particle size fractions were analyzed using a shaking method under acid rain scenarios...
January 2017: Journal of Environmental Sciences (China)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108890/toxic-and-heavy-metals-as-a-cause-of-crayfish-mass-mortality-from-acidified-headwater-streams
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Jitka Svobodová, Karel Douda, David Fischer, Natalia Lapšanská, Pavel Vlach
Mining activities are responsible for high concentrations of metals in river networks in many parts of the world. Mining activities and the resulting high loads of heavy metals interact with intensive acid rain, and often have great consequences for biodiversity. However, considering the frequently episodic nature of these heavy acid rains, there is little detailed evidence of direct impacts. In 2011 we observed a massive mortality of noble crayfish and stone crayfish in Padrťsko Special Area of Conservation (SAC) in the Brdy Mountain region of the Czech Republic...
March 2017: Ecotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098614/flumazenil-modulation-of-the-%C3%AE-aminobutyric-acid-type-a-receptor-competitive-versus-noncompetitive-antagonism-at-the-agonist-binding-site
#17
Douglas E Raines
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 2017: Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090765/aggregation-kinetics-of-diesel-soot-nanoparticles-in-wet-environments
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Chengyu Chen, Weilin Huang
Soot produced during incomplete combustion consists mainly of carbonaceous nanoparticles (NPs) with severe adverse environmental and health effects, and its environmental fate and transport are largely controlled by aggregation. In this study, we examined the aggregation behavior for diesel soot NPs under aqueous condition in an effort to elucidate the fundamental processes that govern soot particle-particle interactions in wet environments such as rain droplets or surface aquatic systems. The influence of electrolytes and aqueous pH on colloidal stability of these NPs was investigated by measuring their aggregation kinetics in different aqueous solution chemistries...
January 31, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073524/distribution-occurrence-and-biotoxin-composition-of-the-main-shellfish-toxin-producing-microalgae-within-european-waters-a-comparison-of-methods-of-analysis
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Sara E McNamee, Linda K Medlin, Jessica Kegel, Gary R McCoy, Robin Raine, Lucia Barra, Maria Valeria Ruggiero, Wiebe H C F Kooistra, Marina Montresor, Johannes Hagstrom, Eva Perez Blanco, Edna Graneli, Francisco Rodríguez, Laura Escalera, Beatriz Reguera, Simon Dittami, Bente Edvardsen, Joe Taylor, Jane M Lewis, Yolanda Pazos, Christopher T Elliott, Katrina Campbell
Harmful algal blooms (HABs) are a natural global phenomena emerging in severity and extent. Incidents have many economic, ecological and human health impacts. Monitoring and providing early warning of toxic HABs are critical for protecting public health. Current monitoring programmes include measuring the number of toxic phytoplankton cells in the water and biotoxin levels in shellfish tissue. As these efforts are demanding and labour intensive, methods which improve the efficiency are essential. This study compares the utilisation of a multitoxin surface plasmon resonance (multitoxin SPR) biosensor with enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and analytical methods such as high performance liquid chromatography with fluorescence detection (HPLC-FLD) and liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) for toxic HAB monitoring efforts in Europe...
May 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060293/automated-high-resolution-mobile-collection-system-for-the-nitrogen-isotopic-analysis-of-nox
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Paul K Wojtal, David J Miller, Mary O'Conner, Sydney C Clark, Meredith G Hastings
Nitrogen oxides (NOx = NO + NO2) are a family of atmospheric trace gases that have great impact on the environment. NOx concentrations directly influence the oxidizing capacity of the atmosphere through interactions with ozone and hydroxyl radicals. The main sink of NOx is the formation and deposition of nitric acid, a component of acid rain and a bioavailable nutrient. NOx is emitted from a mixture of natural and anthropogenic sources, which vary in space and time. The collocation of multiple sources and the short lifetime of NOx make it challenging to quantitatively constrain the influence of different emission sources and their impacts on the environment...
December 20, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
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