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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641175/atmospheric-dust-deposition-on-soils-around-an-abandoned-fluorite-mine-hammam-zriba-ne-tunisia
#1
Chaima Djebbi, Fredj Chaabani, Oriol Font, Ignasi Queralt, Xavier Querol
The present study focuses on the eolian dispersion and dust deposition, of major and trace elements in soils in a semi-arid climate, around an old fluorite (CaF2) and barite (BaSO4) mine, located in Hammam Zriba in Northern Tunisia. Ore deposits from this site contain a high amount of metal sulphides constituting heavy metal pollution in the surrounding environment. Samples of waste from the surface of mine tailings and agricultural topsoil samples in the vicinity of the mine were collected. The soil samples and a control sample from unpolluted area, were taken in the direction of prevailing northwest and west winds...
June 19, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640914/kinetic-analysis-of-an-anion-exchange-absorbent-for-co2-capture-from-ambient-air
#2
Xiaoyang Shi, Qibin Li, Tao Wang, Klaus S Lackner
This study reports a preparation method of a new moisture swing sorbent for CO2 capture from air. The new sorbent components include ion exchange resin (IER) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) as a binder. The IER can absorb CO2 when surrounding is dry and release CO2 when surrounding is wet. The manuscript presents the studies of membrane structure, kinetic model of absorption process, performance of desorption process and the diffusivity of water molecules in the CO2 absorbent. It has been proved that the kinetic performance of CO2 absorption/desorption can be improved by using thin binder and hot water treatment...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640639/alkaline-earth-centered-co-homologation-reduction-and-amine-carbonylation
#3
Mathew D Anker, Christos E Kefalidis, Yan Yang, Jian Fang, Michael S Hill, Mary F Mahon, Laurent Maron
Reactions of -diketiminato magnesium and calcium hydrides with 1 atmosphere of CO result in a reductive coupling process to produce the corresponding derivatives of the cis-ethenediolate dianion. Computational (DFT) analysis of this processes mediated by Ca, Sr and Ba highlight a common mechanism and a facility for the reaction that increases with increasing alkaline earth (Ae) atomic weight. Reaction of CO with PhSiH3 in the presence of the magnesium or calcium hydrides results in catalytic reduction to methylsilane and methylene silylether products respectively...
June 22, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640613/molecular-recognition-under-interfacial-conditions-calix-4-pyrrole-based-cross-linkable-micelles-for-ion-pair-extraction
#4
Xiaodong Chi, Gretchen Marie Peters, Forrest Hammel, Chandler Brockman, Jonathan L Sessler
An anthracene-functionalized, long-tailed calix[4]pyrrole 1, containing both an anion-recognition site and cation-recognition functionality, has been synthesized and fully characterized. Upon ion-pair complexation with FeF2, receptor 1 self-assembles into multi-micelles in aqueous media. This aggregation process is ascribed to a change in polarity from non-polar to amphiphilic induced upon concurrent anion and cation complexation and permits molecular recognition-based control over chemical morphology under interfacial conditions...
June 22, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640597/positive-charge-functionalized-mesoporous-silica-nanoparticles-as-nanocarriers-for-controlled-2-4-dichlorophenoxy-acetic-acid-sodium-salt-release
#5
Lidong Cao, Zhaolu Zhou, Shujun Niu, Chong Cao, Xiuhuan Li, Yongpan Shan, Qiliang Huang
Due to its relatively high water solubility and mobility, 2,4-dichlorophenoxy acetic acid (2,4-D) has a high leaching potential threatening the surface water and groundwater. Controlled release formulations of 2,4-D could alleviate the adverse effects on the environment. In the present study, positive-charge functionalized mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs) were facilely synthesized by incorporating trimethylammonium (TA) groups onto MSNs via a post-grafting method. 2,4-D sodium salt, the anionic form of 2,4-D, was effectively loaded into these positively charged MSN-TA nanoparticles...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637168/sulfur-balance-of-sulfur-dioxide-ethanol-water-fractionation-of-sugarcane-straw
#6
Xiang You, Adriaan van Heiningen, Herbert Sixta, Mikhail Iakovlev
The sulfur balance of SO2-ethanol-water (AVAP®) fractionation of sugarcane (SC) straw was investigated. Hydrogen sulfite and sulfite anions are nearly absent in the liquors, despite cations present in straw, whose effect is thus limited to neutralization of lignosulfonic acids decreasing the acidity. Higher degree of sulfonation was observed for dissolved straw lignin compared to wood lignin (0.8-0.9 vs. 0.25 S/C9). Sulfur dioxide amounts of 0.9-1.2, 4.1-4.3 and 44-49g per o.d.kg straw were bound to pulp, precipitated lignin and lignosulfonic acid, respectively, while the rest of SO2 was recovered by distillation from the spent fractionation suspensions...
June 10, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636826/degradation-mechanisms-of-magnesium-metal-anodes-in-electrolytes-based-on-cf3so2-2n-at-high-current-densities
#7
Hyun Deog Yoo, Sang-Don Han, Igor L Bolotin, Gene M Nolis, Ryan D Bayliss, Anthony K Burrell, John T Vaughey, Jordi Cabana
The energy density of rechargeable batteries utilizing metals as anodes surpasses Li-ion batteries, which employ carbon instead. Among possible metals, magnesium represents a potential alternative to the conventional choice, lithium, in terms of storage density, safety, stability, and cost. However, a major obstacle for metal-based batteries is the identification of electrolytes that show reversible deposition/dissolution of the metal anode and support reversible intercalation of ions into a cathode. Traditional Grignard-based Mg electrolytes are excellent toward reversible deposition of Mg, but their limited anodic stability and compatibility with oxide cathodes hinder their applicability in Mg batteries with higher voltage...
June 21, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636818/critical-temperature-of-1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphoethanolamine-monolayers-and-its-possible-biological-relevance
#8
Jordi Hernandez Borrell, Oscar Domenech
Since transmembrane proteins (TMPs) can be obtained with sufficient purity for x-ray diffraction studies more frequently than decades ago, their mechanisms of action may now be elucidated. One of the pending issues is the actual interplay between transmembrane proteins and membrane lipids. There is strong evidence of the involvement of specific lipids with some membrane proteins, such as the potassium crystallographically sited activation channel (KcsA) of Streptomyces lividans and the secondary transporter of lactose LacY of Escherichia coli, the activities of which are associated with the presence of anionic phospholipids such as the phosphatidylglycerol (PG) and phosphatidyethanolamine (PE), respectively...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636397/a-comparison-of-the-structural-response-to-pressure-of-ils-with-ether-and-alkyl-functionalities
#9
Kamal B Dhungana, Claudio Javier Margulis
The response of ionic liquids to external perturbations including elevated pressure is a topic of current interest for applications such as tribology. Ionic liquids come in many classes, including those that are amphiphilic and some that are mostly polar having either cationic or anionic tails that are functionalized. The current study compares the effect of elevated pressure on two ionic liquids with different types of cationic tail. 1-decyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)amide (C10mim+/NTf2-) is amphiphilic whereas isoelectronic ether-functionalized 1-(2-(2-(2-methoxyethoxy)ethoxy)ethyl)-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)amide (C7O3mim+/NTf2-) has cationic tails that are more polar and conformationally different...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636334/interpreting-the-collision-cross-sections-of-native-like-protein-ions-insights-from-cation-to-anion-proton-transfer-reactions
#10
Kenneth J Laszlo, Matthew F Bush
The effects of charge state on structures of native-like cations of serum albumin, streptavidin, avidin, and alcohol dehydrogenase were probed using cation-to-anion proton-transfer reactions (CAPTR), ion mobility, mass spectrometry, and complementary energy-dependent experiments. The CAPTR products all have collision cross section (Ω) values that are within 5.5% of the original precursor cations. The first CAPTR event for each precursor yields products that have smaller Ω values and frequently exhibit the greatest magnitude of change in Ω resulting from a single CAPTR event...
June 21, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636310/sensing-mechanisms-in-the-redox-regulated-2fe-2s-cluster-containing-bacterial-transcriptional-factor-soxr
#11
Kazuo Kobayashi
Bacteria possess molecular biosensors that enable responses to a variety of stressful conditions, including oxidative stress, toxic compounds, and interactions with other organisms, through elaborately coordinated regulation of gene expression. In Escherichia coli and related bacteria, the transcription factor SoxR functions as a sensor of oxidative stress and nitric oxide (NO). SoxR protein contains a [2Fe-2S] cluster essential for its transcription-enhancing activity, which is regulated by redox changes in the [2Fe-2S] cluster...
June 21, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636049/neutral-mixed-metal-coordination-polymers-based-on-a-ditopic-acetylacetonate-mg-ii-and-ag-i-syntheses-characterization-and-solvent-dependent-topologies
#12
Qianqian Guo, Ulli Englert
The complex [Mg(acacCN)2(H2O)2] (acacCN = 3-cyanoacetylacetonate) has been synthesized in good yield and fully characterized. It represents a versatile labile precursor for an anionic tris(ligand) complex which is crosslinked with Ag(i) to five different neutral bimetallic networks; all of them are solvates. Four of these extended structures share the same framework stoichiometry Ag[Mg(acacCN)3] and only differ in their solvent content. The co-crystallized solvent molecules decide the topological outcome of the crosslinking: the four compounds can be classified into two isomorphous 3D networks and two non-isomorphous but related 2D layer structures...
June 21, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636008/highly-efficient-electroluminescent-pt-ii-ppy-type-complexes-with-monodentate-ligands
#13
Jiang Zhao, Feifan Dang, Zhao Feng, Boao Liu, Xiaolong Yang, Yong Wu, Guijiang Zhou, Zhaoxin Wu, Wai-Yeung Wong
Functional Pt(II) ppy-type complexes (ppy = 2-phenylpyridine anion) with pyridine and chloride monodentate ligands are prepared, which show high electroluminescence efficiencies.
June 21, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635673/toxicity-of-naphthalene-and-benzene-on-tribollium-castaneum-herbst
#14
Nerlis Pajaro-Castro, Karina Caballero-Gallardo, Jesus Olivero-Verbel
Naphthalene and benzene are widely-used volatile organic compounds. The aim of this research was to examine the toxicological effects of naphthalene and benzene against Tribolium castaneum as an animal model. Adult insects were exposed to these aromatic compounds to assess mortality after 4-48 h of exposure. The lethal concentration 50 (LC50) for naphthalene, naphthalin, and benzene were 63.6 µL/L, 20.0 µL/L, and 115.9 µL/L in air, respectively. Real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) analysis revealed expression changes in genes related to oxidative stress and metabolism [Glutathione S-Transferase (Gst), and Cytochrome P450 6BQ8 (Cyp6bq8)]; reproduction and metamorphosis [Hormone receptor in 39-like protein (Hr39), Ecdysone receptor: (Ecr), and Chitin synthase 2 (Chs2)]; and neurotransmission [Histamine-gated chloride channel 2 (Hiscl2)] in insects exposed for 4 h to 70...
June 21, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634761/unveiling-the-compositional-variety-of-cardiolipins-in-rhodobacter-sphaeroides-by-liquid-chromatography-with-electrospray-ionization-and-multistage-collision-induced-dissociation-mass-spectrometry
#15
Sara Granafei, Ilario Losito, Massimo Trotta, Angela Agostiano, Francesco Palmisano, Tommaso R I Cataldi
Cardiolipins (CL) contained in the lipid extracts of the photosynthetic bacterium Rhodobacter sphaeroides (strain R26) were systematically characterized by reversed-phase liquid chromatography coupled to electrospray ionization mass spectrometry, performed in single (MS), tandem (MS/MS) and sequential (MS(3)) modes using a linear ion trap mass spectrometer. The total number of carbon atoms and C=C bonds of each CL and, subsequently, those related to each of the constituting phosphatidic acid (PA) units, along with the location of the latter on the central glycerol backbone, were inferred from MS and MS/MS data, respectively...
June 20, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634604/semithiobambus-6-uril-is-a-transmembrane-anion-transporter
#16
Chao Lang, Amar Mohite, Xiaoli Deng, Feihu Yang, Zeyuan Dong, Jiayun Xu, Junqiu Liu, Ehud Keinan, Ofer Reany
Semithiobambus[6]uril is shown to be an efficient transmembrane anion transporter. Although all bambusuril analogs (having either O, S or N atoms in their portals) are excellent anion binders, only the sulfur analog is also an effective anion transporter capable of polarizing lipid membranes through selective anion uniport. This notable divergence reflects significant differences in the lipophilic character of the bambusuril analogs.
June 21, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634379/the-effect-of-weak-acid-anions-on-the-selective-catalytic-wet-air-oxidation-of-aqueous-ammonia-to-nitrogen
#17
Zidan Wang, Sohaib Hameed, Yaoyao Wen, Nuowei Zhang, Hengjun Gai, Jinbao Zheng, Bing H Chen
In this work, the effect of weak acid anions on the ammonia removal has been extensively studied for the process of selective catalytic wet air oxidation (CWAO) of ammonia to nitrogen. It is found that the presence of weak acid anions can effectively enhance the ammonia conversion and selectivity towards nitrogen. The combination between the weak acid anions and H(+) to produce weak acid molecules is responsible for such enhancement. Firstly, the H(+) consumption of weak acid anions can increase the NH3 concentration and thus the reactivity of ammonia oxidation, due to the shift to NH3 on the equilibrium of NH4(+)/NH3...
June 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634183/syk-inhibitors-interfere-with-erythrocyte-membrane-modification-during-p-falciparum-growth-and-suppress-parasite-egress
#18
Antonella Pantaleo, Kristina R Kesely, Maria Carmina Pau, Ioannis Tsamesidis, Evelin Schwarzer, Oleksii A Skorokhod, Huynh D Chien, Marta Ponzi, Lucia Bertuccini, Philip S Low, Francesco M Turrini
Band 3 (a.k.a. the anion exchanger, SLCA1, AE1) constitutes the major attachment site of the spectrin-based cytoskeleton to the erythrocyte's lipid bilayer and thereby contributes critically to the stability of the red cell membrane. During the intra-erythrocytic stage of Plasmodium falciparum's life cycle, band 3 becomes tyrosine phosphorylated in response to oxidative stress, leading to a decrease in its affinity for the spectrin/actin cytoskeleton and causing global membrane destabilization. Because this membrane weakening is hypothesized to facilitate parasite egress and the consequent dissemination of released merozoites throughout the bloodstream, we decided to explore which tyrosine kinase inhibitors might block the kinase-induced membrane destabilization...
June 20, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634140/novel-nanoparticles-based-on-chitosan-dicarboxylate-conjugates-via-tandem-ionotropic-covalent-crosslinking-with-tripolyphosphate-and-subsequent-evaluation-as-drug-delivery-vehicles
#19
Isra Dmour, Mutasem O Taha
Chitosan-based nanoparticles prepared by ionotropic gelation are prone to stability issues. The aim of this work is to chemically modify chitosan by grafting to succinate, phthalate, glutarate and phenylsuccinate moieties and to investigate the suitability of the resulting polymers as covalently-crosslinked nanocarriers. Corresponding nanoparticles (NPs) were formulated by ionotropic gelation using tripolyphosphate (TPP) anion then they were covalently crosslinked using 1-ethyl-3-(3-dimethylaminopropyl)-carbodiimide (EDC)...
June 17, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634057/evaluation-of-the-biotechnological-potential-of-a-novel-purified-protease-bs1-from-bacillus-safensis-s406-on-the-chitin-extraction-and-detergent-formulation
#20
Samiha Mhamdi, Intidhar Bkhairia, Rim Nasri, Tahar Mechichi, Moncef Nasri, Alya Sellami Kamoun
The aim of this study is the production of High-Added Value enzyme for Industrial Uses. An extracellular alkaline stable protease BS1 was purified from a newly bacterium, Bacillus safensis S406, isolated from the Sfax Solar Saltern. BS1 was purified by a process involving sulfate d'ammonium sulfate precipitation, sephadex G-75, Mono-Q anion-exchange chromatography and ultrafiltation. The enzyme has a molecular weight of 24kDa and appeared as a single band on native-PAGE. The optimum pH and temperature values of its proteolytic activity were pH 11...
June 17, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
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