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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449430/poloxamer-surface-modified-trimethyl-chitosan-nanoparticles-for-the-effective-delivery-of-methotrexate-in-osteosarcoma
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Shenglong Li, Yuyuan Xiong, Xiaojing Zhang
The present work is an effort to explore the poloxamer-modified trimethyl chitosan (TMC) encapsulated MTX for osteosarcoma treatment in order to improve the therapeutic efficacy and minimize severe toxicity associated with the clinical usage of MTX. The methotrexate-loaded pluronic-chitosan nanoparticles (MTCN) was nanosized and exhibited a controlled release of drug from the carrier system. The MTCN showed higher accumulation in cell cytoplasm region evident by the high red fluorescence indicating its uptake through energy-dependent endocytosis process...
April 23, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448834/cmc-prediction-for-ionic-surfactants-in-pure-water-and-aqueous-salt-solutions-based-solely-on-tabulated-molecular-parameters
#2
Stoyan I Karakashev, Stoyan K Smoukov
The critical micelle concentration (CMC) of various surfactants is difficult to predict accurately, yet often necessary to do in both industry and science. Hence, quantum-chemical software packages for precise calculation of CMC were developed, but they are expensive and time consuming. We show here an easy method for calculating CMC with a reasonable accuracy. Firstly, CMC0 (intrinsic CMC, absent added salt) was coupled with quantitative structure - property relationship (QSPR) with defined by us parameter "CMC predictor" f1...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448750/simultaneous-atrazine-degradation-and-e-coli-inactivation-by-simulated-solar-photo-fenton-like-process-using-persulfate
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Natalya Garkusheva, Galina Matafonova, Irina Tsenter, Sara Beck, Valeriy Batoev, Karl Linden
This work evaluated the feasibility of a photo-Fenton-like process using persulfate (PS) and ferrous iron (Fe(2+)) under simulated solar radiation for degrading the herbicide atrazine (ATZ, 6-Chloro-N-ethyl-N'-isopropyl-1,3,5-triazine-2,4-diamine) and inactivating E. coli. Milli Q water, lake water, and diluted wastewater effluents were spiked both simultaneously and separately with ATZ (4 mg/L) and E. coli (10(5) CFU/mL), and exposed to treatment. A method for determining the average irradiance throughout the water media in the UV(A+B) range of the Xe lamp emission was developed for bench-scale experiments...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part A, Toxic/hazardous Substances & Environmental Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448119/sulfur-nano-dots-stitched-in-2d-bubble-like-interconnected-carbon-fabric-as-reversibility-enhanced-cathodes-for-lithium-sulfur-batteries
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Feng Wu, Yusheng Ye, Jia-Qi Huang, Teng Zhao, Ji Qian, Yuanyuan Zhao, Li Li, Lei Wei, Rui Luo, Yongxin Huang, Yi Xing, Renjie Chen
The behavior of two-dimensional (2D) materials for energy-storage systems relates to their morphology and physicochemical properties. Although various 2D materials can be found in different fields, the open access of these materials has greatly hampered their practical applications, such as in lithium sulfur batteries, where the soluble intermediates should be controlled. Here, we have developed a facile approach to prepare 2D ultra-thin interconnected carbon fabrics (ICFs) with "bubble-like" morphology and abundant mesopores using a "blowing bubble" method...
April 27, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447980/disposable-dosators-for-pulmonary-insufflation-of-therapeutic-agents-to-small-animals
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Phillip G Durham, Shumaila N Hanif, Lucia Garcia Contreras, Ellen F Young, Miriam S Braunstein, Anthony J Hickey
Development of new therapeutic products requires efficacy testing in an animal model. The pulmonary route of administration can be utilized to deliver drugs locally and systemically. Evaluation of dry powder aerosols necessitates an efficient dispersion mechanism to maintain high concentrations in an exposure chamber or for direct endotracheal administration. While solutions exist to expose animals by passive inhalation to dry powder aerosols, most require masses of powder in large excess of the dose delivered...
March 30, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446748/discovering-charge-density-functionals-and-structure-property-relationships-with-prophet-a-general-framework-for-coupling-machine-learning-and-first-principles-methods
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Brian Kolb, Levi C Lentz, Alexie M Kolpak
Modern ab initio methods have rapidly increased our understanding of solid state materials properties, chemical reactions, and the quantum interactions between atoms. However, poor scaling often renders direct ab initio calculations intractable for large or complex systems. There are two obvious avenues through which to remedy this problem: (i) develop new, less expensive methods to calculate system properties, or (ii) make existing methods faster. This paper describes an open source framework designed to pursue both of these avenues...
April 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446241/polyunsaturated-fatty-acid-receptors-gpr40-and-gpr120-are-expressed-in-the-hypothalamus-and-control-energy-homeostasis-and-inflammation
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Nathalia R V Dragano, Carina Solon, Albina F Ramalho, Rodrigo F de Moura, Daniela S Razolli, Elisabeth Christiansen, Carlos Azevedo, Trond Ulven, Licio A Velloso
BACKGROUND: The consumption of large amounts of dietary fats is one of the most important environmental factors contributing to the development of obesity and metabolic disorders. GPR120 and GPR40 are polyunsaturated fatty acid receptors that exert a number of systemic effects that are beneficial for metabolic and inflammatory diseases. Here, we evaluate the expression and potential role of hypothalamic GPR120 and GPR40 as targets for the treatment of obesity. METHODS: Male Swiss (6-weeks old), were fed with a high fat diet (HFD, 60% of kcal from fat) for 4 weeks...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446064/variability-of-energy-input-into-selected-subsystems-of-the-human-glove-tool-system-a-theoretical-study
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Tomasz Hermann, Marian Witalis Dobry
The article presents an application of the energy method to assess the energy input introduced into two subsystems of the human-glove-tool system. To achieve this aim, a physical model of the system was developed. It consists of dynamic models of the human body and the glove described in the Standard No. ISO 10068:2012, and a model of a hand-held power tool. The energy input introduced into the subsystems, i.e., the human body and the glove, was analysed in the domain of energy and involved calculating three component energy inputs of forces...
April 27, 2017: International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics: JOSE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445780/mitochondrial-ribosomes-in-cancer
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Hyun-Jung Kim, Priyanka Maiti, Antoni Barrientos
Mitochondria play fundamental roles in the regulation of life and death of eukaryotic cells. They mediate aerobic energy conversion through the oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS) system, and harbor and control the intrinsic pathway of apoptosis. As a descendant of a bacterial endosymbiont, mitochondria retain a vestige of their original genome (mtDNA), and its corresponding full gene expression machinery. Proteins encoded in the mtDNA, all components of the multimeric OXPHOS enzymes, are synthesized in specialized mitochondrial ribosomes (mitoribosomes)...
April 23, 2017: Seminars in Cancer Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443885/atomistic-modeling-to-investigate-the-favored-composition-for-metallic-glass-formation-in-the-ca-mg-ni-ternary-system
#10
S Zhao, J H Li, S M An, S N Li, B X Liu
A realistic interatomic potential was first constructed for the Ca-Mg-Ni system and then applied to Monte Carlo simulations to predict the favored composition for metallic glass formation in the ternary system. The simulations not only predict a hexagonal composition region, within which the Ca-Mg-Ni metallic glass formation is energetically favored, but also pinpoint an optimized sub-region within which the amorphization driving force, i.e. the energy difference between the solid solution and disordered phase, is larger than that outside...
April 26, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443870/operando-x-ray-spectroscopic-observations-of-modulations-of-local-atomic-and-electronic-structures-of-color-switching-smart-film
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Ying-Rui Lu, Tzung-Zing Wu, Han-Wei Chang, Jeng-Lung Chen, Chi-Liang Chen, Da-Hau Wei, Jin-Ming Chen, Wu-Ching Chou, Chung-Li Dong
Smart windows, which change color in response to external stimuli, are extensively studied owing to their potential technological applications in sensors and their ability to reduce the energy consumed by buildings. Most related studies focus on the optical properties of smart color switching films that can control the transmission of light and that of heat independently. This study examines the vanadium pentoxide thin film as a model system of a color switchable window. A gasochromic thin film of V2O5 is fabricated using sol-gel spin coating...
April 26, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443683/redox-signaling-mediated-by-the-thioredoxin-and-glutathione-systems-in-the-central-nervous-system
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Xiaoyuan Ren, Lili Zou, Xu Zhang, Vasco Branco, Jun Wang, Cristina Carvalho, Arne Holmgren, Jun Lu
SIGNIFICANCE: The thioredoxin (Trx) and glutathione (GSH) systems play important roles in maintaining the redox balance in the brain, a tissue that is prone to oxidative stress due to its high energy demand. These two disulfide reductase systems are active in various areas of the brain, and are considered to be the critical antioxidant systems in the central nervous system (CNS). Various neuronal disorders have been characterized to have imbalanced redox homeostasis. Recent Advances: In addition to their detrimental effects, recent studies have highlighted that reactive oxygen/nitrogen species (ROS/RNS) act as critical signaling molecules by modifying thiols in proteins...
April 26, 2017: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441554/how-far-are-we-from-closing-the-loop-of-sewage-resource-recovery-a-real-picture-of-municipal-wastewater-treatment-plants-in-italy
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Matteo Papa, Paola Foladori, Lorena Guglielmi, Giorgio Bertanza
This paper presents the results of a broad-scale survey of resource recovery implementation in Italian wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs). To the best of our knowledge, this is the first survey comprising a large number of WWTPs done in Europe: more than 600 plants were investigated, representing a treated load of around 20 million population equivalent (≈25% of the total in Italy). Conventional and innovative options for both material and energy recovery along the water and sludge line were surveyed, in order to i) offer a real and complete picture of the current state of resource recovery in WWTPs, and ii) underline key aspects and potential areas for improvements, as a baseline for future developments in the direction of more sustainable plants...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439415/stretchable-biofuel-cells-as-wearable-textile-based-self-powered-sensors
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Itthipon Jeerapan, Juliane R Sempionatto, Adriana Pavinatto, Jung-Min You, Joseph Wang
Highly stretchable textile-based biofuel cells (BFCs), acting as effective self-powered sensors, have been fabricated using screen-printing of customized stress-enduring inks. Due to synergistic effects of nanomaterial-based engineered inks and the serpentine designs, these printable bioelectronic devices endure severe mechanical deformations, e.g., stretching, indentation, or torsional twisting. Glucose and lactate BFCs with the single enzyme and membrane-free configurations generated the maximum power density of 160 and 250 µW cm(-2) with the open circuit voltages of 0...
December 21, 2016: Journal of Materials Chemistry. A, Materials for Energy and Sustainability
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437095/reliability-of-single-crystal-silver-nanowire-based-systems-stress-assisted-instabilities
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Rajaprakash Ramachandramoorthy, Yanming Wang, Amin Aghaei, Gunther Richter, Wei Cai, Horacio D Espinosa
Time-dependent mechanical characterization of nanowires is critical to understand their long-term reliability in applications such as flexible-electronics and touch screens. It is also of great importance to develop a theoretical framework for experimentation and analysis on the mechanics of nanowires under time-dependent loading conditions such as stress-relaxation and fatigue. Here, we combine in situ scanning electron microscope (SEM)/transmission electron microscope (TEM) tests with atomistic and phase-field simulations to understand the deformation mechanisms of single crystal silver nanowires held under constant strain...
April 24, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436005/fast-and-reliable-strain-characterization-of-streptomyces-lividans-through-micro-scale-cultivation
#16
Joachim Koepff, Matthias Keller, C Konstantinos Tsolis, Tobias Busche, Christian Rückert, Mohamed B Hamed, Jozef Anné, Joern Kalinowski, Wolfgang Wiechert, Anastassios Economou, Marco Oldiges
Filamentous organisms of the genus Streptomyces play an important role in industrial production processes, due to their extensive secondary metabolism variability, as well as their ability to secrete efficiently large amounts of (heterologous) proteins. While genetic engineering tools are available to rapidly build up large strain libraries, the subsequent strain screening and bioprocess development still constitutes a bottleneck. This is due to the lack of reliable parallelized and accelerated cultivation techniques for morphologically challenging organisms...
April 24, 2017: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435874/toward-garnet-electrolyte-based-li-metal-batteries-an-ultrathin-highly-effective-artificial-solid-state-electrolyte-metallic-li-interface
#17
Kun Kelvin Fu, Yunhui Gong, Boyang Liu, Yizhou Zhu, Shaomao Xu, Yonggang Yao, Wei Luo, Chengwei Wang, Steven D Lacey, Jiaqi Dai, Yanan Chen, Yifei Mo, Eric Wachsman, Liangbing Hu
Solid-state batteries are a promising option toward high energy and power densities due to the use of lithium (Li) metal as an anode. Among all solid electrolyte materials ranging from sulfides to oxides and oxynitrides, cubic garnet-type Li7La3Zr2O12 (LLZO) ceramic electrolytes are superior candidates because of their high ionic conductivity (10(-3) to 10(-4) S/cm) and good stability against Li metal. However, garnet solid electrolytes generally have poor contact with Li metal, which causes high resistance and uneven current distribution at the interface...
April 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433911/enhanced-nitrogen-removal-by-membrane-aerated-nitritation-anammox-in-a-bioelectrochemical-system
#18
Yuli Yang, Xiaojin Li, Xiaoli Yang, Zhen He
A bioelectrochemical system (BES) containing membrane-aerated nitritation-anammox in its cathode has been developed for enhancing nitrogen removal. Long-term performance and microbial community structure were investigated. The BES using loop operation and external voltage achieved the highest total nitrogen removal efficiency of 94.8±7.7%, and COD removal of 98.2±3.3% at hydraulic retention time of 60h and the lumen pressure of 10psi. The energy consumption of the system was 0.90kWhkgN(-1) or 0.38kWhkg COD(-1)...
April 9, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433819/environmentally-and-economically-efficient-utilization-of-coal-processing-waste
#19
Margarita A Dmitrienko, Pavel A Strizhak
High concentrations of hazardous anthropogenic emissions (sulfur, nitrogen and carbon oxides) from solid fuel combustion in coal burning plants cause environmental problems that have been especially pressing over the last 20-30 years. A promising solution to these problems is a switch from conventional pulverized coal combustion to coal-water slurry fuel. In this paper, we pay special attention to the environmental indicators characterizing the combustion of different coal ranks (gas, flame, coking, low-caking, and nonbaking coals) and coal-water slurry fuels based on the coal processing waste - filter cakes...
April 20, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433504/intensification-of-ultrasonic-assisted-crude-oil-demulsification-based-on-acoustic-field-distribution-data
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Matheus F Pedrotti, Michele S P Enders, Leticia S F Pereira, Marcia F Mesko, Erico M M Flores, Cezar A Bizzi
Water removal is an essential step during crude oil production due to several problems such as increased transportation costs and high corrosion rate due to dissolved salts. Indirect low frequency ultrasonic energy (US), using baths, has been recently proposed as an effective alternative for crude oil demulsification. However, the reactor position during sonication and its influence on the demulsification efficiency for crude oil has not been evaluated. In this sense, the aim of this study was to develop an automated system based on an open source hardware for mapping the acoustic field distribution in an US bath operating at 35kHz using a hydrophone...
April 2, 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
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