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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319904/sensitivity-enhancement-of-graphene-zinc-oxide-nanocomposite-based-electrochemical-impedance-genosensor-for-single-stranded-rna-detection
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Sze Shin Low, Hwei-San Loh, Jian Sheng Boey, Poi Sim Khiew, Wee Siong Chiu, Michelle T T Tan
An efficient electrochemical impedance genosensing platform has been constructed based on graphene/zinc oxide nanocomposite produced via a facile and green approach. Highly pristine graphene was synthesised from graphite through liquid phase sonication and then mixed with zinc acetate hexahydrate for the synthesis of graphene/zinc oxide nanocomposite by solvothermal growth. The as-synthesised graphene/zinc oxide nanocomposite was characterised with scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Raman spectroscopy and X-ray diffractometry (XRD) to evaluate its morphology, crystallinity, composition and purity...
February 27, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319887/physico-chemical-and-genotoxicity-analysis-of-guaribas-river-water-in-the-northeast-brazil
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João Marcelo de Castro E Sousa, Ana Paula Peron, Felipe Cavalcanti Carneiro da Silva, Ellifran Bezerra de Siqueira Dantas, Ataíde de Macedo Vieira Lima, Victor Alves de Oliveira, Leomá Albuquerque Matos, Márcia Fernanda Correia Jardim Paz, Marcus Vinicius Oliveira Barros de Alencar, Muhammad Torequl Islam, Ana Amélia de Carvalho Melo-Cavalcante, Cláudia Costa Bonecker, Horácio Ferreira Júlio
River pollution in Brazil is significant. This study aimed to evaluate the physico-chemical and genotoxic profiles of the Guaribas river water, located in Northeast Brazil (State of Piauí, Brazil). The study conducted during the dry and wet seasons to understand the frequency of pollution throughout the year. Genotoxicity analysis was done with the blood of Oreochromis niloticus by using the comet assay. Water samples were collected from upstream, within and downstream the city Picos. The results suggest a significant (p < 0...
March 3, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319862/multi-phase-distribution-and-comprehensive-ecological-risk-assessment-of-heavy-metal-pollutants-in-a-river-affected-by-acid-mine-drainage
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Jianbo Liao, Xuan Ru, Binbin Xie, Wanhui Zhang, Haizhen Wu, Chaofei Wu, Chaohai Wei
To date, there is a lack of a comprehensive research on heavy metals detection and ecological risk assessment in river water, sediments, pore water (PW) and suspended solids (SS). Here, the concentrations of heavy metals, including Cu, Zn, Mn, Cd, Pb and As, and their distribution between the four phases was studied. Samples for analysis were taken from twelve sites of the Hengshi River, Guangdong Province, China, during the rainy and dry seasons. A new comprehensive ecological risk index (CERI) based on considering metal contents, pollution indices, toxicity coefficients and water categories is offered for prediction of potential risk on aquatic organisms...
March 16, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319797/non-enolisable-knoevenagel-condensate-appended-schiff-bases-metal-ii-complexes-spectral-characteristics-dna-binding-and-nuclease-activities
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Ammavasi Gubendran, Mookkandi Palsamy Kesavan, Srinivasan Ayyanaar, Liviu Mitu, Periyakaruppan Athappan, Jegathalaprathaban Rajesh
New Schiff base complexes [Cu(L(1))Cl] (1), [Ni(L(1))Cl] (2), [Zn(L(1))Cl] (3), and [Fe(L(2))H2OCl] (4) {L(1)=(4E)-3-(2-hydroxybenzylidene)-4-(2-hydroxyphenylimino)pentan-2-one, L(2)=2,2'-(1E,1'E)-(3-(2-hydroxybenzylidene)-pentane-2,4-diylidene)bis(azan-1-yl-1 idene)diphenol} have been synthesized and characterized by elemental analysis, UV-Vis, IR, FAB-mass, EPR, spectral studies and electrochemical studies, the ligands L(1) &L(2) were characterized by (1)H and (13)C NMR spectra. Complex 1 show a visible spectral d-d band near 600nm and display cyclic voltammetric quasireversible response for the Cu(II)/Cu(I) couple vs Ag/AgCl in DMSO...
March 16, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319749/antidepressant-activity-of-zinc-further-evidence-for-the-involvement-of-the-serotonergic-system
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Bernadeta Szewczyk, Katarzyna Kotarska, Agata Siwek, Łukasz Olech, Katarzyna Kuter
BACKGROUND: The present study sought to further evaluate the role of the serotonergic system especially the postsynaptic 5-HT1A receptors (5-HT1AR) in the mechanism of antidepressant action of zinc. METHODS: Messenger RNA (mRNA), protein level, and 5-HT1AR density as well as the rate of monoamine (dopamine, DA, and serotonin) metabolism in the prefrontal cortex (PFC) and hippocampus (Hp) of rats subjected to acute and chronic (21days) zinc (5mg Zn/kg) treatment were measured...
January 19, 2017: Pharmacological Reports: PR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319655/meeting-nutritional-needs-in-the-first-1000-days-a-place-for-small-quantity-lipid-based-nutrient-supplements
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Seth Adu-Afarwuah, Anna Lartey, Kathryn G Dewey
The first 1000 days of life is marked by intense metabolic activity and tissue deposition. The increased nutritional needs during this period, and the challenges to meeting them, are often not understood or appreciated. Here, we describe the nutritional needs during the first 1000 days, highlight the challenges to meeting these needs in developing countries, outline intervention strategies, and examine the consumption of small-quantity lipid-based nutrient supplements (SQ-LNS) as a promising strategy. In low-income settings, the challenge to meeting nutritional needs during the first 1000 days is worsened by overreliance on cereal-based diets of low nutrient density and high prevalence of infections and infestations...
March 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319414/preparation-and-characterization-of-zno-nanoparticles-coated-by-chitosan-linoleic-acid-fungal-growth-and-biofilm-assay
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S Barad, M Roudbary, A Nasrollahi Omran, M Porgham Daryasari
INTRODUCTION: This study has been carried out on reviewing the use of new synthetic component of zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO NPs) coated by Chitosan-linoleic acid (CS-LA) and to assess Minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) of nanoparticles on clinical samples and biofilm formation in vitro. MATERIALS AND METHODS: At first the synthesized ZnO NPs coated by CS-LA were identified with X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), Scanning electron microscope (SEM), Transmission electron microscope (TEM) and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy analysis (FTIR)...
2017: Bratislavské Lekárske Listy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319373/morphology-controllable-synthesis-of-zn-co-mixed-sulfide-nanostructures-on-carbon-fiber-paper-towards-efficient-rechargeable-zinc-air-batteries-and-water-electrolysis
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Xiaoyu Wu, Xiaopeng Han, Xiaoya Ma, Wei Zhang, Yida Deng, Cheng Zhong, Wenbin Hu
It remains an ongoing challenge to develop cheap, highly active and stable electrocatalysts to promote the sluggish electrocatalytic oxygen evolution, oxygen reduction, and hydrogen evolution reactions for rechargeable metal-air batteries and water-splitting systems. In this work, we report the morphology-controllable synthesis of zinc cobalt mixed sulfide (Zn-Co-S) nanoarchitectures, including nanosheets, nanoplates, and nanoneedles, grown on conductive carbon fiber paper (CFP) and the micro-nanostructure dependent electrochemical efficacy for catalyzing hydrogen and oxygen in zinc-air batteries and water electrolysis...
March 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319311/zinc-regulates-chemical-transmitter-storage-in-nanometer-vesicles-and-exocytosis-dynamics-as-measured-by-amperometry
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Lin Ren, Masoumeh Dowlatshahi Pour, Soodabeh Majdi, Xianchan Li, Per Malmberg, Andrew G Ewing
We applied electrochemical techniques with nano-tip electrodes to show that micromolar concentrations of zinc not only trigger changes in the dynamics of exocytosis, but also vesicle content in a model cell line. The vesicle catecholamine content in PC12 cells is significantly decreased after 100 μm zinc treatment, but, catecholamine release during exocytosis remains nearly the same. This contrasts with the number of molecules stored in the exocytosis vesicles, which decreases, and we find that the amount of catecholamine released from zinc-treated cells reaches nearly 100 % content expelled...
March 20, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319298/diversity-in-gold-finger-structure-elucidated-by-traveling-wave-ion-mobility-mass-spectrometry
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Zhifeng Du, Raphael E F de Paiva, Kristina Nelson, Nicholas P Farrell
Traveling wave ion mobility (TWIM) mass spectrometry (MS) is a powerful method for the structural and conformational analysis of proteins and peptides, enabling the differentiation of isomeric peptides (or proteins) that have the same sequence but are modified at different residues. In this study, the TWIM-MS technique was used to separate isomeric Au(I) metallopeptide ions that were formed by Zn(II) displacement from the parent zinc fingers (ZFs). The synthetic gold finger peptides were derived from the C-terminus of the HIV nucleocapsid p7 protein (NCp7-F2) and finger 3 of the Sp1 transcription factor (Sp1-F3)...
March 20, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319224/surface-photo-charge-effect-in-doped-zno-nanorods-for-high-performance-self-powered-ultraviolet-photodetectors
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Buddha Deka Boruah, Shanmukh Naidu Majji, Abha Misra
The unique photo-charge characteristics of chlorine-doped zinc oxide nanorods (Cl-ZnO NRs) are explored for the first time in ultraviolet (UV) photodetector (PD) that offers an outstanding self-powered photoresponse towards low UV illumination signals. A self-powered Cl-ZnO NRs PD exhibits superior photon detection speed of the order of a few ms with high sensitivity and photoelasticity. Therefore, the presented PD opens up a novel route to fabricate highly efficient self-powered PDs on a large scale without employing complex multilayer systems...
March 20, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319136/structural-insights-into-the-regulation-of-bacillus-subtilis-sigw-activity-by-anti-sigma-rsiw
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Shankar Raj Devkota, Eunju Kwon, Sung Chul Ha, Hyeun Wook Chang, Dong Young Kim
Bacillus subtilis SigW is localized to the cell membrane and is inactivated by the tight interaction with anti-sigma RsiW under normal growth conditions. Whereas SigW is discharged from RsiW binding and thus initiates the transcription of its regulon under diverse stress conditions such as antibiotics and alkaline shock. The release and activation of SigW in response to extracytoplasmic signals is induced by the regulated intramembrane proteolysis of RsiW. As a ZAS (Zinc-containing anti-sigma) family protein, RsiW has a CHCC zinc binding motif, which implies that its anti-sigma activity may be regulated by the state of zinc coordination in addition to the proteolytic cleavage of RsiW...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319019/recycling-of-metals-from-pretreated-waste-printed-circuit-boards-effectively-in-stirred-tank-reactor-by-a-moderately-thermophilic-culture
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Ming-Chen Xia, Ya-Ping Wang, Tang-Jian Peng, Li Shen, Run-Lan Yu, Yuan-Dong Liu, Miao Chen, Jiao-Kun Li, Xue-Ling Wu, Wei-Min Zeng
To seek a feasible technique for processing waste printed circuit boards (PCBs), pretreatment of PCBs by table separation and further bioleached by moderate thermophiles in a stirred tank reactor were investigated. The shaking table separation, conducted after grinding and sieving of PCBs, produced two fractions: metal-rich parts (RPCBs), which is more suitable for pyrometallurgy process than untreated PCBs, and metal-poor parts (PPCBs) with only 8.83% metals was then bioleached by a mixed culture of moderate thermophiles effectively...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318697/how-do-low-doses-of-desferrioxamine-b-and-edta-affect-the-phytoextraction-of-metals-in-sunflower
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J Y Cornu, C Dépernet, C Garnier, V Lenoble, A Braud, T Lebeau
The aim of this study was to compare the efficiency of siderophore desferrioxamine B (DFOB) and EDTA in increasing the phytoextraction of metals in sunflower. A 28-day pot experiment was conducted in a metal-contaminated soil supplied with 200μmolkg(-1) of DFOB or EDTA. Pore water was collected and pseudo-polarographic analyses were conducted to assess the impact of the two chelators on the mobility and speciation of metals in the liquid phase. Our results showed that DFOB is not an efficient mobilizing agent of divalent metals in soil...
March 15, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318693/the-influence-of-dual-substrate-layer-extensive-green-roofs-on-rainwater-runoff-quantity-and-quality
#15
Xiaoou Wang, Yimei Tian, Xinhua Zhao
This study investigates the ability of dual-substrate-layer extensive green roofs to retain rainwater and reduce pollutant leaching. The substrates in dual-substrate-layer green roofs consist of an upper organic nutrition layer for plant growth and a lower inorganic adsorption layer for water retention and pollutant reduction. One traditional single-substrate-layer extensive green roof was built for comparison with dual-substrate-layer green roofs. During the experimental period, dual-substrate-layer green roofs supported better natural vegetation growth, with coverage exceeding 90%, while the coverage in single-substrate-layer green roof was over 80%...
March 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318244/variability-of-zinc-oxide-dissolution-rates
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Monika Michaelis, Cornelius Fischer, Lucio Colombi Ciacchi, Andreas Luttge
Zinc oxide (ZnO) is of widespread use for numerous applications including many in the cosmetic industry. Thus, ZnO particles have a high potential to enter the environment. ZnO may be harmful because of the release of cytotoxic Zn2+ ions during dissolution reactions. Here, we analyze the dissolution kinetics of the polar zinc terminated (000-1) and the non-polar (10-10) crystal surfaces in ultrapure water to examine the crystal defect impact to dissolution. By using a complementary approach of atomic force microscopy (AFM) and vertical scanning interferometry (VSI), we quantify the reaction rate difference between the crystal faces, the overall range of rate variability, and the rate components that combine to an overall rate...
March 20, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318227/boosting-fiber-shaped-photodetectors-via-soft-interfaces
#17
Zhengfeng Zhu, Dan Ju, Yousheng Zou, Yuhui Dong, Linbao Luo, Tengfei Zhang, Dan Shan, Haibo Zeng
The lightweight, flexible fiber-shaped devices that can be woven into wearable electronic products has caught great attentions in recent years. However the bending and poor interfaces of fiber-shaped devices typically leads to ineluctable performance degradation, which is still a great challenge to be dealt with. Here, taking fiber-shaped photodetector as an example, we proposed an effective strategy, constructing inorganic-organic-graphene hybrid interfaces on a single fiber, to greatly improve the performances of fiber-shaped device...
March 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317974/a-second-order-nonlinear-optical-material-with-a-5-fold-interpenetrating-diamondoid-framework-based-on-two-achiral-precursors-spontaneous-resolution-to-absolute-chiral-induction
#18
Zhenzhen Shi, Ling Qin, Hegen Zheng
A pair of new enantiomeric Zn(ii) complexes with 5-fold interpenetrating diamondoid frameworks have been synthesized using two achiral tritopic and V-shaped ligands through spontaneous resolution, which crystallize in orthorhombic crystal systems with chiral P212121 space groups, showing a strong second harmonic generation response. In the presence of enantiopure propane-1,2-diol as a chiral inducing agent, they are driven to controllable homochiral crystallization of the desired enantiomorph, confirmed by single crystal X-ray diffraction and circular dichroism spectroscopy...
March 20, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317971/on-the-lewis-acidic-character-of-bis-salicylaldiminato-zinc-ii-schiff-base-complexes-a-computational-and-experimental-investigation-on-a-series-of-compounds-varying-the-bridging-diimine
#19
Giuseppe Forte, Ivan Pietro Oliveri, Giuseppe Consiglio, Salvatore Failla, Santo Di Bella
This contribution explores the effect of the 1,2-diimine bridge upon the Lewis acidic character of a series of bis(salicylaldiminato)zinc(ii), ZnL, Schiff-base complexes. The structure of the monomeric and dimeric ZnL complexes, and of the 1 : 1 adducts with pyridine, ZnL·py, is fully optimized by means of DFT calculations. The Gibbs free energy for the dimerization of ZnL complexes and for the formation of ZnL·py adducts is evaluated by accurate composite calculations. It accounts for their spontaneous dimerization and for the greater stability of the ZnL·py adducts with respect to the dimers...
March 20, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317966/ethylene-polymerization-catalyzed-by-bridging-ni-zn-heterobimetallics
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Hsin-Chun Chiu, Arijit Koley, Peter L Dunn, Ryan J Hue, Ian A Tonks
The effect of proximal Zn halides on Ni-catalyzed ethylene polymerization is reported in this work. A series of (NON)NiLX (NON = 2,6-bis-((2,6-diisopropylphenyl)imino)methyl phenoxide; LX = methallyl or L = py, X = tolyl, 2-4) ethylene polymerization precatalysts have been synthesized, as well as a heterobimetallic Ni/Zn complex, (NON)Ni(C4H7)ZnBr2 (5). Each precatalyst could be activated (or promoted) by ZnX2 (X = Cl, Br, Et) to polymerize ethylene. In situ recruitment of ZnX2 by the free imine binding pocket of the NON complexes results in the generation of heterobimetallic active species that produce lower Mn polyethylene than monometallic controls...
March 20, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
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