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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646775/consequences-of-intensive-forest-harvesting-on-the-recovery-of-swedish-lakes-from-acidification-and-on-critical-load-exceedances
#1
Filip Moldan, Johanna Stadmark, Jens Fölster, Sara Jutterström, Martyn N Futter, Bernard J Cosby, Richard F Wright
Across much of the northern hemisphere, lakes are at risk of re-acidification due to incomplete recovery from historical acidification and pressures associated with more intensive forest biomass harvesting. Critical load (CL) calculations aimed at estimating the amount of pollutants an ecosystem can receive without suffering adverse consequences are dependent on these factors. Here, we present a modelling study of the potential effects of intensified forest harvesting on re-acidification of a set of 3239 Swedish lakes based on scenarios with varying intensities of forest biomass harvest and acid deposition...
June 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646758/thermo-responsive-diblock-and-triblock-cationic-copolymers-at-the-silica-aqueous-interface-a-qcm-d-and-afm-study
#2
Saeed Zajforoushan Moghaddam, Kaizheng Zhu, Bo Nyström, Esben Thormann
The properties of synthesized diblock poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)-poly((3-acrylamidopropyl)trimethylammonium chloride) and triblock methoxy-poly(ethylene glycol)-poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)-poly((3-acrylamidopropyl)trimethylammonium chloride) cationic copolymers at the silica/aqueous interface are investigated using quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring (QCM-D) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). Moreover, dynamic light scattering is employed to assess the copolymers in terms of the hydrodynamic size and interchain aggregation...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646724/zinc-and-calcium-alter-the-relationship-between-mitochondrial-respiration-ros-and-membrane-potential-in-rainbow-trout-oncorhynchus-mykiss-liver-mitochondria
#3
Mahmoud S Sharaf, Don Stevens, Collins Kamunde
At excess levels, zinc (Zn) disrupts mitochondrial functional integrity and induces oxidative stress in aquatic organisms. Although much is known about the modulation of Zn toxicity by calcium (Ca) in fish, their interactions at the mitochondrial level have scarcely been investigated. Here we assessed the individual and combined effects of Zn and Ca on the relationship between mitochondrial respiration, ROS and membrane potential (ΔΨmt) in rainbow trout liver mitochondria. We tested if cation uptake through the mitochondrial calcium uniporter (MCU) is a prerequisite for Zn- and/or Ca-induced alteration of mitochondrial function...
June 12, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646380/isolation-selection-and-biological-characterization-research-of-highly-effective-electricigens-from-mfcs-for-phenol-degradation
#4
Guo Wei, Du Xia, Wang Li-Li, Yan Hong
The microbial fuel cells (MFCs) are recognized to be highly effective for the biodegradation of phenol. For isolating the phenol-degrading bacteria, the sample containing 500 mg/L phenol was collected from the MFCs. The strain (WL027) was identified basing on the 16S rRNA gene analysis and phylogenetic analysis as Bacillus cereus. The effects of pH, temperature, concentrations of phenol, heavy metal ions, and salt on the growth of strain as well as the degradation of phenol have been carefully studied. The WL027-strain exhibited favorable tolerance for the metal cations including Cr(2+), Co(2+), Pb(2+), and Cu(2+) with the concentration of 0...
June 23, 2017: Folia Microbiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646311/removal-of-arsenic-iii-v-by-a-granular-mn-oxide-doped-al-oxide-adsorbent-surface-characterization-and-performance
#5
Kun Wu, Jin Zhang, Bing Chang, Ting Liu, Furong Zhang, Pengkang Jin, Wendong Wang, Xiaochang Wang
In order to remove arsenic (As) from contaminated water, granular Mn-oxide-doped Al oxide (GMAO) was fabricated using the compression method with the addition of organic binder. The analysis results of XRD, SEM, and BET indicated that GMAO was microporous with a large specific surface area of 54.26 m(2/)g, and it was formed through the aggregation of massive Al/Mn oxide nanoparticles with an amorphous pattern. EDX, mapping, FTIR, and XPS results showed the uniform distribution of Al/Mn elements and numerous hydroxyl groups on the adsorbent surface...
June 23, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645765/chitosan-surface-modified-electrospun-poly-%C3%AE%C2%B5-caprolactone-carbon-nanotube-composite-fibers-with-enhanced-mechanical-cell-proliferation-and-antibacterial-properties
#6
Siyu Wang, Yumei Li, Rui Zhao, Toufeng Jin, Li Zhang, Xiang Li
The surface modification is one of the most effective methods to improve the bioactivity and cell affinity effect of electrospun poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) fibers. In the present study, chitosan (CS), a cationic polysaccharide, was used to modify the surface of electrospun PCL fibers. To obtain strong interaction between CS and PCL fibers, negatively charged PCL fibers were prepared by the incorporation of acid-treated carbon nanotubes (CNTs) into the fibers. In this way, the positively charged chitosan could be immobilized onto the surface of PCL fibers tightly by the electrostatic attraction...
June 20, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645743/role-of-trpc3-and-trpc6-channels-in-the-myocardial-response-to-stretch-linking-physiology-and-pathophysiology
#7
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Yohei Yamaguchi, Gentaro Iribe, Motohiro Nishida, Keiji Naruse
Transient receptor potential (TRP) channels constitute a large family of versatile multi-signal transducers. In particular, TRP canonical (TRPC) channels are known as receptor-operated, non-selective cation channels. TRPC3 and TRPC6, two members in the TRPC family, are highly expressed in the heart, and participate in the pathogenesis of cardiac hypertrophy and heart failure as a pathological response to chronic mechanical stress. In the pathological response, myocardial stretch increases intracellular Ca(2+) levels and activates nuclear factor of activated T cells to induce cardiac hypertrophy...
June 20, 2017: Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645658/spacer-structure-and-hydrophobicity-influences-transfection-activity-of-novel-polycationic-gemini-amphiphiles
#8
Pavel A Puchkov, Irina A Kartashova, Elena V Shmendel, Anastasya S Luneva, Nina G Morozova, Marina A Zenkova, Mikhail A Maslov
Three novel polycationic gemini amphiphiles with different spacers were developed and evaluated in terms of their physiochemical properties and transfection efficiencies. Cationic liposomes formed by these amphiphiles and the helper lipid DOPE were able to successfully condense DNA, as shown by gel mobility shift and ethidium bromide intercalation assays. Transfection activity of the liposomes was superior to Lipofectamine(®) 2000 and was dependent on spacer structure, hydrophobicity, and nucleic acid type (pDNA or siRNA)...
June 10, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645327/impact-of-growth-matrix-on-pharmacodynamics-of-antimicrobial-drugs-for-pig-pneumonia-pathogens
#9
Lucy Dorey, Peter Lees
BACKGROUND: The most widely used measure of potency of antimicrobial drugs is Minimum Inhibitory Concentration (MIC). MIC is usually determined under standardised conditions in broths formulated to optimise bacterial growth on a species-by-species basis. This ensures comparability of data between laboratories. However, differences in values of MIC may arise between broths of differing chemical composition and for some drug classes major differences occur between broths and biological fluids such as serum and inflammatory exudate...
June 23, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645169/heterodimerization-of-arabidopsis-calcium-proton-exchangers-contributes-to-regulation-of-guard-cell-dynamics-and-plant-defense-responses
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Bradleigh Hocking, Simon J Conn, Murli Manohar, Bo Xu, Asmini Athman, Matthew A Stancombe, Alex R Webb, Kendal D Hirschi, Matthew Gilliham
Arabidopsis thaliana cation exchangers (CAX1 and CAX3) are closely related tonoplast-localized calcium/proton (Ca2+/H+) antiporters that contribute to cellular Ca2+ homeostasis. CAX1 and CAX3 were previously shown to interact in yeast; however, the function of this complex in plants has remained elusive. Here, we demonstrate that expression of CAX1 and CAX3 occurs in guard cells. Additionally, CAX1 and CAX3 are co-expressed in mesophyll tissue in response to wounding or flg22 treatment, due to the induction of CAX3 expression...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644993/long-term-toxicity-of-surface-charged-polystyrene-nanoplastics-to-marine-planktonic-species-dunaliella-tertiolecta-and-artemia-franciscana
#11
E Bergami, S Pugnalini, M L Vannuccini, L Manfra, C Faleri, F Savorelli, K A Dawson, I Corsi
Plastic pollution has been globally recognized as a critical issue for marine ecosystems and nanoplastics constitute one of the last unexplored areas to understand the magnitude of this threat. However, current difficulties in sampling and identifying nano-sized debris make hard to assess their occurrence in marine environment. Polystyrene nanoparticles (PS NPs) are largely used as nanoplastics in ecotoxicological studies and although acute exposures have been already investigated, long-term toxicity on marine organisms is unknown...
June 15, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644649/role-of-a-neighbor-ion-in-the-fragmentation-dynamics-of-covalent-molecules
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A Méry, A N Agnihotri, J Douady, X Fléchard, B Gervais, S Guillous, W Iskandar, E Jacquet, J Matsumoto, J Rangama, F Ropars, C P Safvan, H Shiromaru, D Zanuttini, A Cassimi
Fragmentation of molecular nitrogen dimers (N_{2})_{2} induced by collision with low energy 90 keV Ar^{9+} ions is studied to evidence the influence of a molecular environment on the fragmentation dynamics of N_{2} cations. Following the capture of three or four electrons from the dimer, the three-body N_{2}^{+}+N^{m+}+N^{n+} [with (m,n)=(1,1) or (1, 2)] fragmentation channels provide clean experimental cases where molecular fragmentation may occur in the presence of a neighbor molecular cation. The effect of the environment on the fragmentation dynamics within the dimer is investigated through the comparison of the kinetic energy release (KER) spectra for these three-body channels and for isolated N_{2}^{(m+n)+} monomer cations...
June 9, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644629/environmental-polymer-degradation-using-the-distonic-radical-ion-approach-to-study-the-gas-phase-reactions-of-model-polyester-radicals
#13
Bethany I Taggert, Richard A J O'Hair, Uta Wille
A novel precursor to the distonic O- and C-centred radical cations Oxo+O• and Oxo+C• was designed and synthesized, which represent model systems for radicals produced during polyester degradation. The precursor is equipped with a nitrate functional group, which serves as a masked site for these alkoxyl and carbon radicals that are unleashed through collision-induced dissociation (CID). Oxo+O• and Oxo+C• feature a cyclic carboxonium ion as permanent charge tag to enable monitoring their ion-molecule reactions on the millisecond to second timescale in the ion trap of the mass spectrometer...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644617/dynamic-covalent-chemistry-of-carbon-dioxide-opportunities-to-address-environmental-issues
#14
Jean Septavaux, Geoffroy Germain, Julien Leclaire
Extraction and purification of basic chemicals from complex mixtures has been a persistent issue throughout the development of the chemical sciences. The chemical industry and academic research have grown over the centuries by following a deconstruction-reconstruction approach, reminiscent of the metabolism process. Chemists have designed and optimized extraction, purification, and transformation processes of molecules from natural deposits (fossil fuels, biomass, ores), in order to reassemble them into complex adducts...
June 23, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644484/erratum-tuning-underwater-adhesion-with-cation-%C3%AF-interactions
#15
Matthew A Gebbie, Wei Wei, Alex M Schrader, Thomas R Cristiani, Howard A Dobbs, Matthew Idso, Bradley F Chmelka, J Herbert Waite, Jacob N Israelachvili
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 23, 2017: Nature Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644481/redox-controlled-potassium-intercalation-into-two-polyaromatic-hydrocarbon-solids
#16
F Denis Romero, M J Pitcher, C I Hiley, G F S Whitehead, S Kar, A Y Ganin, D Antypov, C Collins, M S Dyer, G Klupp, R H Colman, K Prassides, M J Rosseinsky
Alkali metal intercalation into polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) has been studied intensely after reports of superconductivity in a number of potassium- and rubidium-intercalated materials. There are, however, no reported crystal structures to inform our understanding of the chemistry and physics because of the complex reactivity of PAHs with strong reducing agents at high temperature. Here we present the synthesis of crystalline K2Pentacene and K2Picene by a solid-solid insertion protocol that uses potassium hydride as a redox-controlled reducing agent to access the PAH dianions, and so enables the determination of their crystal structures...
July 2017: Nature Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644055/regulation-of-transient-receptor-potential-melastatin-4-channel-by-sarcoplasmic-reticulum-inositol-triphosphate-receptors-role-in-human-detrusor-smooth-muscle-function
#17
Aaron Provence, Eric S Rovner, Georgi V Petkov
We recently reported key physiological roles for Ca(2+)-activated transient receptor potential melastatin 4 (TRPM4) channels in detrusor smooth muscle (DSM). However, the Ca(2+)-signaling mechanisms governing TRPM4 channel activity in human DSM cells are unexplored. As the TRPM4 channels are activated by Ca(2+), inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate receptor (IP3R)-mediated Ca(2+) release from the sarcoplasmic reticulum represents a potential Ca(2+) source for TRPM4 channel activation. We used clinically-characterized human DSM tissues to investigate the molecular and functional interactions of the IP3Rs and TRPM4 channels...
June 23, 2017: Channels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644026/pb0-65mn2-85ga3s8-and-pb0-72mn2-84ga2-95se8-two-quaternary-metal-chalcognides-with-open-tunnel-framework-structures-displaying-intense-second-harmonic-generation-responses-and-interesting-magnetic-properties
#18
Molin Zhou, Xingxing Jiang, Yangwu Guo, Zheshuai Lin, Jiyong Yao, Yicheng Wu
By combining different nonlinear optical-active structural chromophores with transition metal Mn into a crystal structure, two novel quaternary metal chalcogenides Pb0.65Mn2.85Ga3S8 (1) and Pb0.72Mn2.84Ga2.95Se8 (2) were successfully synthesized. Compounds 1 and 2 are isostructural, and they represent a new structure type that crystallizes in the space group P6̅ (No. 174) in the hexagonal system. Their structures feature an interesting three-dimensional open-tunnel framework composed of bridged infinite chains with Pb(2+) cations filling in the biggest tunnels...
June 23, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644018/the-role-of-the-crystal-structure-in-cation-exchange-reactions-involving-colloidal-cu2se-nanocrystals
#19
Graziella Gariano, Vladimir Lesnyak, Rosaria Brescia, Giovanni Bertoni, Zhiya Dang, Roberto Gaspari, Luca De Trizio, Liberato Manna
Stoichiometric Cu2Se nanocrystals were synthesized in either cubic or hexagonal (metastable) crystal structures and used as the host material in cation exchange reactions with Pb2+ ions. Even if the final product of the exchange, in both cases, was rock-salt PbSe nanocrystals, we show here that the crystal structure of the starting nanocrystals has a strong influence on the exchange pathway. The exposure of cubic Cu2Se nanocrystals to Pb2+ cations led to the initial formation of PbSe unselectively on the overall surface of the host nanocrystals, generating Cu2Se@PbSe core@shell nano-heterostructures...
June 23, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644001/an-evaluation-of-multivalent-cation-insertion-in-single-and-double-layered-polymorphs-of-v2o5
#20
Abhishek Parija, David Prendergast, Sarbajit Banerjee
Multivalent intercalation batteries have the potential to circumvent several fundamental limitations of reigning Li-ion technologies. Such batteries will potentially deliver high volumetric energy densities, be safer to operate, and rely on materials that are much more abundant than Li in the earth's crust. The design of intercalation cathodes for such batteries requires consideration of thermodynamic aspects such as structural distortions and energetics as well as kinetic aspects such as barriers to the diffusion of cations...
June 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
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