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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527418/atmospheric-pcdd-f-concentration-and-source-apportionment-in-typical-rural-agent-orange-hotspots-and-industrial-areas-in-vietnam
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Tuan Hung Ngo, To Thi Hien, Ngo Thi Thuan, Nguyen Hung Minh, Kai Hsien Chi
Vietnam has a double burden of dioxin from both industrial sources and historical sources. To evaluate the concentration of PCDD/Fs in ambient air in different areas of Vietnam and their possible sources, atmospheric samples were collected from three areas namely Son La (rural area) and Da Nang (harbor - Agent Orange hotspot area), and Ho Chi Minh City (metropolitan - industrial city). Vapor and solid phases of PCDD/Fs were collected and analyzed following the TO-9A sampling method. Principal Component Analysis and Positive Matrix Factorization model were applied to characterize the possible source...
May 11, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527415/trace-bromide-ion-impurity-leads-to-formation-of-chlorobromoaromatic-by-products-in-peroxymonosulfate-based-oxidation-of-chlorophenols
#2
Changling Fang, Zhaohui Wang, Min Feng, Ying Huang, Fei Yang, Jianshe Liu
Trace bromide (Br(-)) released from industrial effluents or brominated compounds is able to directly react with peroxymonosulfate (PMS) to generate a series of reactive oxidants which can oxidize and also halogenate organics. We report the identification and evolution of by-products during 2,4,6-trichlorophenol (TCP) degradation in the presence of PMS and trace Br(-). The influencing factors, including Br(-) concentration and pH, were investigated. The depletion of TCP was accelerated with increasing trace Br(-) concentration (0-0...
May 15, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527408/subcellular-localization-based-comparative-study-on-radioresistant-bacteria-a-novel-approach-to-mine-proteins-involve-in-radioresistance
#3
Divya Vishambra, Malay Srivastava, Kamal Dev, Varun Jaiswal
Radioresistant bacteria (RRB) are among the most radioresistant organisms and has a unique role in evolution. Along with the evolutionary role, radioresistant organisms play important role in paper industries, bioremediation, vaccine development and possibility in anti-aging and anti-cancer treatment. The study of radiation resistance in RRB was mainly focused on cytosolic mechanisms such as DNA repair mechanism, cell cleansing activity and high antioxidant activity. Although it was known that protein localized on outer areas of cell play role in resistance towards extreme condition but the mechanisms/proteins localized on the outer area of cells are not studied for radioresistance...
May 10, 2017: Computational Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527399/the-effects-of-melamine-with-or-without-cyanuric-acid-on-immune-function-in-ovalbumin-sensitized-mice
#4
Rong H Yin, Qiao Dong, Hua S Li, Jing Yuan, Xi T Li, Rong L Yin, Wen Li, Wen C Wang, Bao S Liu, Xiao H Han, Ren F Wang, Xin Wang, Wen L Bai
Melamine is commonly used in the chemical industry, and it has been found to exist on food processing equipment and utensils. Previous investigations suggested that melamine alone or its combination with cyanuric acid appears to be toxic to immune system in animals. The objective of this study is to investigate the potential effects of melamine with or without cyanuric acid on immune function in ovalbumin- sensitized mice. Our data indicated that melamine-related administration caused a significant decreasing in the content of IL-4 in mice in comparison to negative control group...
May 13, 2017: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527356/exceptional-release-kinetics-and-cytotoxic-selectivity-of-oxidised-mwcnts-double-functionalised-with-doxorubicin-and-prostate-homing-peptide
#5
Vedran Milosavljevic, Ludmila Krejcova, Roman Guran, Hana Buchtelova, Dorota Wawrzak, Lukas Richtera, Zbynek Heger, Pavel Kopel, Vojtech Adam
Multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) are among the frequently studied carbon materials, particularly because of their physical and chemical properties and high potential for application in materials chemistry, industry, and medicine. MWCNTs are very promising as transporters of bioactive molecules because of their π electrons and large surface area, which can be easily modified, mostly by the application of inorganic acids for the introduction of carboxylic moieties on the surface. In the present study, we designed an oxidised MWCNTs (oMWCNTs) transporter for the targeted delivery of doxorubicin (Dox)...
May 3, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527339/selective-removal-of-toxic-cr-vi-from-aqueous-solution-by-adsorption-combined-with-reduction-at-a-magnetic-nanocomposite-surface
#6
Nazia H Kera, Madhumita Bhaumik, Kriveshini Pillay, Suprakas Sinha Ray, Arjun Maity
The adsorption of toxic hexavalent chromium (Cr(VI)) and its reduction to trivalent chromium (Cr(III)) are important processes for the treatment of industrial wastewater. Conducting polymers can adsorb and reduce Cr(VI) to less toxic Cr(III) but have low adsorption capacities due to agglomeration of particles and are difficult to separate from treated water. In this study, magnetic polypyrrole (PPy)-polyaniline (PANI)/iron oxide (Fe3O4) nanocomposite was synthesized for the selective removal of Cr(VI) in aqueous solution...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527125/diversity-and-probiotic-potential-of-lactic-acid-bacteria-isolated-from-horreh-a-traditional-iranian-fermented-food
#7
Alireza Vasiee, Behrooz Alizadeh Behbahani, Farideh Tabatabaei Yazdi, Seyed Ali Mortazavi, Hamid Noorbakhsh
The aim of this study was to evaluate the probiotic potential of lactic acid bacteria (LAB) strains isolated from Horreh. Some probiotic properties, e.g., resistance to acid, bile tolerance, antibacterial activity, and antibiotic susceptibility, were investigated. A total of 140 Gram-positive and catalase-negative isolates from Horreh were subjected to identification and grouping by cultural methods and the 16S rRNA sequencing. The new isolates were identified to be Lactobacillus (fermentum, plantarum, and brevis) Weissella cibaria, Enterococcus (faecium and faecalis), Leuconostoc (citreum and mesenteroides subsp...
May 19, 2017: Probiotics and Antimicrobial Proteins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526899/electricity-generation-from-real-industrial-wastewater-using-a-single-chamber-air-cathode-microbial-fuel-cell-with-an-activated-carbon-anode
#8
Hend Omar Mohamed, M Obaid, Enas Taha Sayed, Yang Liu, Jinpyo Lee, Mira Park, Nasser A M Barakat, Hak Yong Kim
This study introduces activated carbon (AC) as an effective anode for microbial fuel cells (MFCs) using real industrial wastewater without treatment or addition of external microorganism mediators. Inexpensive activated carbon is introduced as a proper electrode alternative to carbon cloth and carbon paper materials, which are considered too expensive for the large-scale application of MFCs. AC has a porous interconnected structure with a high bio-available surface area. The large surface area, in addition to the high macro porosity, facilitates the high performance by reducing electron transfer resistance...
May 19, 2017: Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526835/large-field-of-view-fast-and-low-dose-multimodal-phase-contrast%C3%A2-imaging-at-high-x-ray-energy
#9
Alberto Astolfo, Marco Endrizzi, Fabio A Vittoria, Paul C Diemoz, Benjamin Price, Ian Haig, Alessandro Olivo
X-ray phase contrast imaging (XPCI) is an innovative imaging technique which extends the contrast capabilities of 'conventional' absorption based x-ray systems. However, so far all XPCI implementations have suffered from one or more of the following limitations: low x-ray energies, small field of view (FOV) and long acquisition times. Those limitations relegated XPCI to a 'research-only' technique with an uncertain future in terms of large scale, high impact applications. We recently succeeded in designing, realizing and testing an XPCI system, which achieves significant steps toward simultaneously overcoming these limitations...
May 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526786/impact-of-acanthamoeba-cysts-on-stress-resistance-of-salmonella-enterica-serovar-typhimurium-yersinia-enterocolitica-4-o-3-listeria-monocytogenes-1-2a-and-escherichia-coli-o-26
#10
Ellen Lambrecht, Julie Baré, Koen Sabbe, Kurt Houf
The formation of robust resting cysts enables Acanthamoeba to resist harsh environmental conditions. This study investigated to what extent these cysts are resistant to physical and chemical stresses as applied in food industry cleaning and disinfection procedures. Moreover it was assessed whether certain intracystic meatborne bacterial pathogens are more stress-resistant than free-living bacterial monocultures and if intracystic passage and subsequent association with trophozoites induces cross-tolerance towards other stressors...
May 19, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526667/patient-centered-decision-support-formative-usability-evaluation-of-integrated-clinical-decision-support-with-a-patient-decision-aid-for-minor-head-injury-in-the-emergency-department
#11
Edward R Melnick, Erik P Hess, George Guo, Maggie Breslin, Kevin Lopez, Anthony J Pavlo, Fuad Abujarad, Seth M Powsner, Lori A Post
BACKGROUND: The Canadian Computed Tomography (CT) Head Rule, a clinical decision rule designed to safely reduce imaging in minor head injury, has been rigorously validated and implemented, and yet expected decreases in CT were unsuccessful. Recent work has identified empathic care as a key component in decreasing CT overuse. Health information technology can hinder the clinician-patient relationship. Patient-centered decision tools to support the clinician-patient relationship are needed to promote evidence-based decisions...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526649/has-publish-or-perish-become-publish-and-payment-navigating-neurosurgical-research-in-an-innovative-industry
#12
Justin F Fraser
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 16, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526637/identification-and-biological-activity-of-the-volatile-compounds-of-glycyrrhiza-triphylla-fisch-c-a-mey
#13
Abolfazl Shakeri, Javad Akhtari, Vahid Soheili, Seyedeh Faezeh Taghizadeh, Amirhossein Sahebkar, Rezvan Shaddel, Javad Asili
Chemical composition and biological (antimicrobial, antioxidant and cytotoxic) activities of essential oils (EO) obtained from the aerial parts of Glycyrrhiza triphylla Fisch. & C.A.Mey (G. triphylla) were evaluated in the present study. The EO was isolated and analyzed using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). Fifty-five compounds representing 99.3% of the total oil composition were identified. Major components of the oil were β-caryophyllene (25.4%), limonene (16.7%), β-myrcene (16.0%) and α-humulene (4...
May 16, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526454/generation-and-characterization-of-caprine-chymosin-in-corn-seed
#14
Wen-Guo Liu, Yun-Peng Wang, Zhi-Jun Zhang, Min Wang, Qing-Xue Lv, Hong-Wei Liu, Ling-Cong Meng, Ming Lu
Chymosin is widely used in the dairy industry, and much is produced through recombinant DNA in organisms such as bacteria and tobacco. In this study, we used a new transgenic method to express caprine chymosin in corn seeds with lower cost and better storage capability. The recombinant chymosin protein was successfully expressed at an average level of 0.37 mg/g dry weight, which is 0.27% of the total soluble protein in the corn seed. Prochymosin can be activated to produce a chymosin protein with the ability to induce clotting in milk, similar to the commercial protein...
May 16, 2017: Protein Expression and Purification
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526318/is-there-really-an-evolved-capacity-for-number
#15
REVIEW
Rafael E Núñez
Humans and other species have biologically endowed abilities for discriminating quantities. A widely accepted view sees such abilities as an evolved capacity specific for number and arithmetic. This view, however, is based on an implicit teleological rationale, builds on inaccurate conceptions of biological evolution, downplays human data from non-industrialized cultures, overinterprets results from trained animals, and is enabled by loose terminology that facilitates teleological argumentation. A distinction between quantical (e...
April 29, 2017: Trends in Cognitive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526289/the-howieson-s-poort-fauna-from-sibudu-cave-documenting-continuity-and-change-within-middle-stone-age-industries
#16
Jamie L Clark
The Howieson's Poort (HP; ∼65-59 ka) continues to be a source of interest to scholars studying human behavioral evolution during the Late Pleistocene. This is in large part because the HP preserves evidence for a suite of innovative technologies and behaviors (including geometric backed tools and engraved ostrich eggshell), but also because the disappearance of the innovative behaviors associated with this phase is not well understood. Here, I present taphonomic and taxonomic data on the full sample of macromammal remains excavated from the HP deposits at Sibudu Cave under the direction of Lyn Wadley...
June 2017: Journal of Human Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526285/single-grain-osl-chronologies-for-the-still-bay-and-howieson-s-poort-industries-and-the-transition-between-them-further-analyses-and-statistical-modelling
#17
Zenobia Jacobs, Richard G Roberts
The chronology of the Still Bay (SB) and Howieson's Poort (HP) lithic industries remains an issue of keen interest because of the central role of these two phases of technological and behavioural innovation within the Middle Stone Age of southern Africa. Several dating studies have been conducted on SB and HP sites, including a pair published by the present authors and our colleagues in 2008 and 2013. These reported the results of systematically applying single-grain optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dating procedures to 10 sites in South Africa, Lesotho and Namibia to constrain the timing of the start and end of the SB and HP and reveal the existence of a gap of several millennia between them...
June 2017: Journal of Human Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526282/an-oleaginous-filamentous-microalgae-tribonema-minus-exhibits-high-removing-potential-of-industrial-phenol-contaminants
#18
Tianyou Cheng, Wei Zhang, Wenlei Zhang, Guanhua Yuan, Hui Wang, Tianzhong Liu
Discharge of industrial phenol contaminants could cause great harm on natural environment. Through oleaginous microalgae cultivation in phenolic wastewater, pollutants can be phototrophically biofixed into biomass as feedstock for bioenergy production. It was firstly reported in this study that, an oleaginous filamentous microalgae Tribonema minus exhibited strong environmental phenol removal ability. T. minus filaments showed 449.46mgg(-1) of phenol-uptake capacity, obviously higher than those strains with low phenol absorption such as Scenedesmus dimorphus...
May 10, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526128/is-there-really-an-evolved-capacity-for-number
#19
REVIEW
Rafael E Núñez
Humans and other species have biologically endowed abilities for discriminating quantities. A widely accepted view sees such abilities as an evolved capacity specific for number and arithmetic. This view, however, is based on an implicit teleological rationale, builds on inaccurate conceptions of biological evolution, downplays human data from non-industrialized cultures, overinterprets results from trained animals, and is enabled by loose terminology that facilitates teleological argumentation. A distinction between quantical (e...
June 2017: Trends in Cognitive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526118/effects-of-elevated-nutrients-and-co2-emission-scenarios-on-three-coral-reef-macroalgae
#20
Dorothea Bender-Champ, Guillermo Diaz-Pulido, Sophie Dove
Coral reef macroalgae are expected to thrive in the future under conditions that are deleterious to the health of reef-building corals. Here we examined how macroalgae would be affected by exposure to future CO2 emission scenarios (pCO2 and temperature), enriched nutrients and combinations of both. The species tested, Laurencia intricata (Rhodophyta), Turbinaria ornata and Chnoospora implexa (both Phaeophyceae), have active carbon-concentrating mechanisms but responded differently to the treatments. L. intricata showed high mortality under nutrient enriched RCP4...
May 2017: Harmful Algae
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