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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441628/potassium-deficiency-affects-the-carbon-nitrogen-balance-in-cotton-leaves
#1
Wei Hu, Taylor D Coomer, Dimitra A Loka, Derrick M Oosterhuis, Zhiguo Zhou
Potassium (K) plays important roles in the metabolism of carbon (C) and nitrogen (N), but studies of K deficiency affecting C-N balance are lacking. This study explored the influence of K deficiency on C-N interaction in cotton leaves by conducting a field experiment with cotton cultivar DP0912 under two K rates (K0: 0 kg K2O ha(-1) and K67: 67 kg K2O ha(-1)) and a controlled environment experiment with K-deficient solution (K1: 0 mM K(+)) and K-sufficient solution (K2: 6 mM K(+)). The results showed that leaf K content, leaf number, leaf area, boll number, reproductive dry weight and total dry weight were significant lower under K deficiency (K0 or K1)...
April 6, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441606/growth-inhibition-and-antibiofilm-potential-of-ag-nanoparticles-coated-with-lectin-an-arthropod-immune-molecule
#2
Sangily Jayanthi, Sathappan Shanthi, Baskaralingam Vaseeharan, Narayanan Gopi, Marimuthu Govindarajan, Naiyf S Alharbi, Shine Kadaikunnan, Jamal M Khaled, Giovanni Benelli
Lectins from the haemolymph of arthropods, including crustaceans, are molecules potentially involved in the immune recognition and phagocytosis. Here, lectin was purified from the haemolymph of blue swimmer crab Portunus pelagicus, using mannose-coupled sepharose CL-4B affinity column chromatography. In SDS-PAGE analysis, lectin showed a molecular mass of approximately 155kDa. The synthesis of lectin-coated silver nanoparticles (lectin-coated AgNPs) was confirmed by UV-Vis spectroscopy, XRD, FTIR, SEM, TEM, SAED, and EDX analysis...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441597/differences-in-nitrate-and-phosphorus-export-between-wooded-and-grassed-riparian-zones-from-farmland-to-receiving-waterways-under-varying-rainfall-conditions
#3
Amanda D Neilen, Chengrong R Chen, Brett M Parker, Stephen J Faggotter, Michele A Burford
Agricultural activities in catchments can cause excessive nutrient loads in waterways. Catchment nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) flows may be intercepted and assimilated by riparian vegetation. While prior studies suggest that woody vegetation is preferable for reducing P loads, the question remains: is woody vegetation or grass cover more effective at reducing catchment N and P exports to waterways. To address this we investigated the relative importance of vegetation type, hydrologic and soil microbial processes on N and P losses from soil to a stream...
April 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441345/levels-and-distribution-of-pollutants-in-the-waters-of-an-aquatic-ecosystem-in-northern-mexico
#4
Jesús Manuel Ochoa-Rivero, Ana Victoria Reyes-Fierro, Ma Del Rosario Peralta-Pérez, Francisco Javier Zavala-Díaz de la Serna, Lourdes Ballinas-Casarrubias, Ivan Salmerón, Héctor Rubio-Arias, Beatriz A Rocha-Gutiérrez
The availability of good quality water resources is essential to ensure healthy crops and livestock. The objective of this study was to evaluate the level of pollution in Bustillos Lagoon in northern Mexico. Physical-chemical parameters like sodium, chloride, sulfate, electrical conductivity, nitrates, and the pesticide dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) were analyzed to determine the water quality available in the lagoon. Although DDT has been banned in several countries, it is still used for agricultural purposes in Mexico and its presence in this area had not been analyzed previously...
April 25, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441286/behavior-of-americium-in-simulated-wounds-in-nonhuman-primates
#5
Deepesh Poudel, Raymond A Guilmette, Luiz Bertelli, John A Klumpp, Richard R Brey
An americium solution injected intramuscularly into several nonhuman primates (NHPs) was found to behave differently than predicted by the wound models described in the NCRP Report 156. This was because the injection was made along with a citrate solution, which is known to be more soluble than chlorides, oxides, or nitrates on which the NCRP Report was based. A multi-exponential wound model specific to the injected americium solution was developed based on the retention in the intramuscular sites. The model was coupled with the americium systemic model to interpret the urinary excretion data and assess the intake, and it was determined that the models were adequate to predict early urinary excretion in most cases but unable to predict late urinary excretion...
June 2017: Health Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440629/relevant-features-of-a-triethylene-glycol-dimethyl-ether-based-electrolyte-for-application-in-lithium-battery
#6
Lorenzo Carbone, Daniele Di Lecce, Mallory Gobet, Stephen Munoz, Matthew Devany, Steve Greenbaum, Jusef Hassoun
Triethylene glycol dimethyl ether (TREGDME) dissolving lithium trifluoromethane sulfonate (LiCF3SO3) is studied as a suitable electrolyte medium for lithium battery. Thermal and rheological characteristics, transport properties of the dissolved species, and the electrochemical behavior in lithium cell represent the most relevant investigated properties of the new electrolyte. The self-diffusion coefficients, the lithium transference numbers, the ionic conductivity, and the ion association degree of the solution are determined by pulse field gradient nuclear magnetic resonance and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy...
April 25, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440581/the-toxicity-of-silver-to-soil-organisms-exposed-to-silver-nanoparticles-and-silver-nitrate-in-biosolids-amended-field-soil
#7
Alexander H Jesmer, Jessica R Velicogna, Dina M Schwertfeger, Richard P Scroggins, Juliska I Princz
The use of engineered silver nanoparticles (AgNP) is widespread, with expected release to the terrestrial environment through the application of biosolids onto agricultural lands. The toxicity of AgNP and AgNO3 (as ionic Ag(+) ) to plant (Elymus lanceolatus and Trifolium pratense) and soil invertebrate (Eisenia andrei and Folsomia candida) species was assessed using silver-amended biosolids applied to a natural sandy loam soil. Bioavailable Ag(+) in soil samples was estimated using an ion-exchange technique applied to KNO3 soil extracts while exposure to dispersible AgNP was verified by single particle-ICP-MS and TEM-EDS analysis...
April 25, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439265/bacterial-and-fungal-community-structures-in-loess-plateau-grasslands-with-different-grazing-intensities
#8
Huhe, Xianjiang Chen, Fujiang Hou, Yanpei Wu, Yunxiang Cheng
The Loess Plateau of China is one of the most fragile ecosystems worldwide; thus, human production activities need to be conducted very cautiously. In this study, MiSeq high-throughput sequencing was applied to assess the relationship between bacterial and fungal community structures and changes in vegetation and soil physical and chemical properties induced by grazing, in four grasslands with different levels of grazing intensity (0, 2.67, 5.33, and 8.67 sheep/ha) in the semiarid region of the Loess Plateau...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439264/benthic-diatom-based-indices-for-water-quality-assessment-in-two-subtropical-streams
#9
Xiang Tan, Quanfa Zhang, Michele A Burford, Fran Sheldon, Stuart E Bunn
Benthic diatoms have been universally used as indicators to assess water quality in lotic ecosystems. However, most diatom-based indices developed in Europe have not been widely used or tested in other continents such as Asia or Oceania. This study compared the performance of 14 widely-applied diatom indices in assessing ecological conditions in subtropical streams in South East Queensland (SEQ) in Australia and in the upper Han River in China. Most water quality variables in the upper Han River including dissolved organic carbon (DOC), total nitrogen (TN), and soluble reactive phosphorus (SRP) had strong relationships with at least one diatom index, with the exception of IDAP (Index Diatom Artois-Picardie), and TDI (Trophic Diatom Index)...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439033/genome-wide-identification-of-resd-nsrr-and-fur-binding-in-bacillus-subtilis-during-anaerobic-fermentative-growth-by-in-vivo-footprinting
#10
Onuma Chumsakul, Divya P Anantsri, Tai Quirke, Taku Oshima, Kensuke Nakamura, Shu Ishikawa, Michiko M Nakano
Upon oxygen limitation, the Bacillus subtilis ResE sensor kinase and its cognate ResD response regulator play primary roles in transcriptional activation of genes functioning in anaerobic respiration. The nitric oxide (NO)-sensitive NsrR repressor controls transcription to support nitrate respiration. In addition, the ferric uptake repressor (Fur) can modulate transcription under anaerobic conditions. However, whether these controls are direct or indirect has been investigated only in a gene-specific manner...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438926/evaluation-of-the-ability-of-a-novel-miconazole-formulation-to-penetrate-nail-using-three-nail-in-vitro-models
#11
Luisa Christensen, Rob Turner, Sean Weaver, Francesco Caserta, Lisa Long, Mahmoud Ghannoum, Marc Brown
In an effort to increase the efficacy of topical medications to treat onychomycosis, several new nail penetration enhancers have recently been developed. In this study, the ability of 10% w/w miconazole nitrate, combined with a penetration enhancer formulation to permeate the nail, is demonstrated by the use of a selection of in vitro nail penetration assays. These assays include bovine hoof, TurChub® zone of inhibition, and infected nail models.
April 24, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438705/tigr4-strain-causes-more-severe-disease-than-wu2-strain-in-a-mouse-model-of-streptococcus-pneumoniae-meningitis-a-common-pathogenic-role-for-interferon-%C3%AE
#12
Belinda Yau, Lay Khoon Too, Helen J Ball, Nicholas H Hunt
Streptococcus pneumoniae (S. pneumoniae) meningitis causes debilitating neurological symptoms and acute fatalities in patients, and long-term neurological sequelae in some survivors. Current vaccines do not protect against all 94 known S. pneumoniae capsular serotypes, many of which are capable of causing pneumococcal meningitis (PM). We here compare the pathogenic outcomes of two clinically virulent isolates of S. pneumoniae, serotype 3 strain WU2 and serotype 4 strain TIGR4, in a murine model of PM. At an identical infectious dosage of 10(3) CFU administered via the intracerebroventricular route, significantly greater mortality, interleukin (IL)1β and IL6 production, and blood-brain barrier dysfunction occurred in TIGR4-induced PM compared to PM caused by WU2...
April 21, 2017: Microbes and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438687/dietary-nitrite-supplementation-attenuates-cardiac-remodeling-in-l-name-induced-hypertensive-rats
#13
Kunihiro Sonoda, Kazuo Ohtake, Hiroyuki Uchida, Junta Ito, Masaki Uchida, Hideshi Natsume, Hazuki Tamada, Jun Kobayashi
Loss of nitric oxide (NO) bioavailability underlies the development of hypertensive heart disease. We investigated the effects of dietary nitrite on N(G)-nitro-l-arginine methyl ester (l-NAME)-induced hypertension. Sprague-Dawley rats were divided into five groups: an untreated control group, an l-NAME-treated group, and three other l-NAME-treated groups supplemented with 10 mg/L or 100 mg/L of nitrite or 100 mg/L of captopril in drinking water. After the 8-week experimental period, mean arterial blood pressure was measured, followed by sampling of blood and heart tissue for assessment of nitrite/nitrate levels in the plasma and heart, the plasma level of angiotensin II (AT II), and the heart transcriptional levels of AT II type 1 receptor (AT1R), transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1), and connective tissue proteins such as type 1 collagen and fibronectin...
April 21, 2017: Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438020/catalytic-decomposition-of-hydroxylammonium-nitrate-ionic-liquid-enhancement-of-no-formation
#14
Steven D Chambreau, Denisia Maria Popolan-Vaida, Ghanshyam L Vaghjiani, Stephen R Leone
Hydroxylammonium nitrate (HAN) is a promising candidate to replace highly toxic hydrazine in monopropellant thruster space applications. The reactivity of HAN aerosols on heated copper and iridium targets was investigated using tunable vacuum ultraviolet photoionization time of flight aerosol mass spectrometry. The reaction products were identified by their mass-to-charge ratios and their ionization energies. Products include NH3, H2O, NO, hydroxylamine (HA), HNO3 and a small amount of NO2 at high temperature...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437857/influence-of-inflammation-and-nitric-oxide-upon-platelet-aggregation-following-deposition-of-diesel-exhaust-particles-in-the-airways
#15
E Smyth, A Solomon, M A Birrell, M J Smallwood, P G Winyard, T D Tetley, M Emerson
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Exposure to nanoparticulate pollution has been implicated in platelet-driven thrombotic events such as myocardial infarction. Inflammation and impairment of nitric oxide (NO) bioavailability have been proposed as potential causative mechanisms. It is unclear, however, whether airways exposure to combustion-derived nanoparticles such as diesel exhaust particles (DEP) or carbon black (CB) can augment platelet aggregation in vivo and the underlying mechanisms remain undefined...
April 24, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436682/kinetics-biochemical-and-factorial-analysis-of-chromium-uptake-in-a-multi-ion-system-by-tradescantia-pallida-rose-d-r-hunt
#16
Vibha Sinha, Kannan Pakshirajan, N Arul Manikandan, Rakhi Chaturvedi
Effluent from electroplating and leather industries is a major concern for the environment due to the presence of chromium (Cr) and other ions, such as sulphate, nitrate, phosphate, etc., which needs to be regulated prior to its discharge into the environment. This study evaluated the potential of Tradescantia pallida, a plant species known for its Cr bioaccumulation, for the simultaneous removal of Cr(6+), SO4(2-), NO3(-) and PO4(3-). Different combination levels of Cr(6+) and the co-ions were planned as per the Plackett-Burman design of experiments performed using hydroponics system...
April 24, 2017: International Journal of Phytoremediation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436663/introducing-ionic-current-detection-for-x-ray-absorption-spectroscopy-in-liquid-cells
#17
Daniela Schön, Jie Xiao, Ronny Golnak, Marc F Tesch, Bernd Winter, Juan-Jesus Velasco-Velez, Emad F Aziz
Photons and electrons are two common relaxation products upon X-ray absorption, enabling fluorescence yield and electron yield detections for X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS). The ions that are created during the electron yield process are relaxation products too, which are exploited in this study to produce ion yield for XA detection. The ionic currents measured in a liquid cell filled with water or iron(III) nitrate aqueous solutions exhibit characteristic O K-edge and Fe L-edge absorption profiles as a function of excitation energy...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436222/influence-of-nitric-acid-on-the-helium-ion-radiolysis-of-aqueous-butanal-oxime-solutions
#18
Amaury Costagliola, Laurent Venault, Arnaud Deroche, Jackie Vermeulen, Florian Duval, Guillaume Blain, Johan Vandenborre, Massoud Fattahi-Vanani, Nicolas Vigier
Samples of butanal oxime in aqueous nitric acid solutions have been irradiated with the helium ion (4He2+) beam of the CEMHTI (Orléans, France) cyclotrons. The consumption yield of butanal oxime has been measured by gas-chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry. Gaseous products (mainly H2 and N2O) have also been monitored by micro gas-chromatography. Yields of liquid phase products (hydrogen peroxide and nitrous acid) have been determined by colorimetric methods. The influence of nitric acid on the radiation chemical behavior of butanal oxime depends on the nitric acid concentration...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435997/assessment-of-organic-pollution-of-an-industrial-river-by-synchronous-fluorescence-and-uv-vis-spectroscopy-the-fensch-river-ne-france
#19
Aziz Assaad, Steve Pontvianne, Marie-Noëlle Pons
To rapidly monitor the surface water quality in terms of organic pollution of an industrial river undergoing restoration, optical methods (UV-visible spectrometry and fluorescence) were applied in parallel to classical physical-chemical analyses. UV-visible spectra were analyzed using the maximum of the second derivative at 225 nm (related to nitrates), specific absorbance at 254 nm (SUVA254), and the spectral slope between 275 and 295 nm (S 275-295) (related to the aromaticity and molecular weight of dissolved organic carbon)...
May 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435740/crystal-structure-of-3-3-biisoxazole-5-5-bis-methyl-ene-dinitrate-bidn
#20
Rosario C Sausa, Rose A Pesce-Rodriguez, Leah A Wingard, Pablo E Guzmán, Jesse J Sabatini
The mol-ecular structure of the title energetic compound, C8H6N4O8, is composed of two planar isoxazole rings and two near planar alkyl-nitrate groups (r.m.s deviation = 0.006 Å). In the crystal, the mol-ecule sits on an inversion center, thus Z' = 0.5. The dihedral angle between the isoxazole ring and the nitrate group is 69.58 (8)°. van der Waals contacts dominate the inter-molecular inter-actions. Inversion-related rings are in close slip-stacked proximity, with an inter-planar separation of 3.101 (3) Å [centroid-centroid distance = 3...
April 1, 2017: Acta Crystallographica. Section E, Crystallographic Communications
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