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Liu Jinhua, DuoDuo Zhao, Lin Li, Minrui Weng, Chengwu Zhang, Shiyu Zhang, Jixin Zhu, Yong Feng, Kaimin Shih, Wei Huang
Synthesis of mini-size carbon nitride nanosheets (CNNSs) by using traditional ultrasonic method still remains a great challenge. Herein, Size-tunable and uniform mini-size CNNSs are synthesized by hydrothermal carbonization of the single polyethyleneimine (PEI) precursor.The as-obtained mini-size CNNSs possesses uniform size, good hydrophilicity, abundant nitrogen active sites, and not only exhibit double excitation- and pH-depending fluorescence behaviors, but two-photon exitation fluorescence. The resulting CNNSs display relatively low toxicity and can be efficiently delivered into live cells for two-photon fluorescence image, further confirm that the obtained CNNSs can potentially be used as fluorescence probes in biochemical applications...
February 26, 2017: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
Luisa Palmieri, Domenico Masuero, Paolo Martinatti, Giuseppe Baratto, Stefan Martens, Urska Vrhovsek
BACKGROUND: The relative contribute assessment of the genotype, the environment and the genotype-by-environmental (G x E) interaction to the variety performance is necessary to determine their adaptation capacity. RESULTS: The influence of temperature, UV-irradiation and sunshine duration on quality and fruits composition was investigated in nine strawberry cultivars grown at three different altitudes. The UV-radiation intensity affected the pH and the sugar content that were higher for most of the varieties at low altitudes where the total titratable acidity (TTA) was less...
February 27, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
Xiaofeng Zhu, Jiaguo Yu, Chuanjia Jiang, Bei Cheng
To overcome the drawbacks of powder-like catalysts in practical application, an Al2O3 molecular sieve supported Pt (Pt-Al2O3) catalyst was prepared by the impregnation method combined with dilute hydrochloric acid solution pretreatment. The role of the pretreatment solution in catalyst preparation and formaldehyde (HCHO) decomposition over Pt-Al2O3 catalysts was investigated. The acid solution with pH = 1 was optimal for Pt dispersion on the Al2O3 surface. The Pt-Al2O3 catalyst was capable of achieving complete and stable HCHO oxidation at ambient temperature...
February 27, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Moges Tsega, F B Dejene
Titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles were prepared by the sol-gel method at different pH values (3.2-6.8) with a hydrochloric acid (HCl) solution. Raw samples were calcined at 500 °C for 2 h. The effects of pH on the structural, morphological and optical properties of TiO2 nanoparticles were investigated. At pH 4.4-6.8, only the anatase phase of TiO2 was observed. Under strong acidic condition at pH 3.2 rutile, brookite and anatase co-exist, but rutile is the predominant phase. The strain value increased and the crystallite size decreased as the HCl content increased...
February 2017: Heliyon
Abhishek Gupta, Avishek Dutta, Jayeeta Sarkar, Dhiraj Paul, Mruganka Kumar Panigrahi, Pinaki Sar
Mine tailings from copper mines are considered as one of the sources of highly hazardous acid mine drainage (AMD) due to bio-oxidation of its sulfidic constituents. This study was designed to understand microbial community composition and potential for acid generation using samples from mine tailings of Malanjkhand copper project (MCP), India through 16S rRNA gene based amplicon sequencing approach (targeting V4 region). Three tailings samples (T1, T2 and T3) with varied physiochemical properties selected for the study revealed distinct microbial assemblages...
June 2017: Genomics Data
Yang Li, Zhaohui Wang, Qi Wei, Min Luo, Gang Huang, Baran D Sumer, Jinming Gao
Self-assembly and associated dynamic and reversible non-covalent interactions are the basis of protein biochemistry (e.g., protein folding) and development of sophisticated nanomaterial systems that can respond to and amplify biological signals. In this study, we report a systematic investigation of non-covalent interactions that affect the pH responsive behaviors and resulting supramolecular self-assembly of a series of ultra-pH sensitive (UPS) block copolymers. Increase of hydrophobic and π-π stacking interactions led to the decrease of pKa values...
October 14, 2016: Polymer Chemistry
D Barrie Johnson, Sabrina Hedrich, Eva Pakostova
Experiments were carried out to examine redox transformations of copper and chromium by acidophilic bacteria (Acidithiobacillus, Leptospirillum, and Acidiphilium), and also of iron (III) reduction by Acidithiobacillus spp. under aerobic conditions. Reduction of iron (III) was found with all five species of Acidithiobacillus tested, grown aerobically on elemental sulfur. Cultures maintained at pH 1.0 for protracted periods displayed increasing propensity for aerobic iron (III) reduction, which was observed with cell-free culture liquors as well as those containing bacteria...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
Sihang Yang, Yuguang Zhang, Jing Cong, Mengmeng Wang, Mengxin Zhao, Hui Lu, Changyi Xie, Caiyun Yang, Tong Yuan, Diqiang Li, Jizhong Zhou, Baohua Gu, Yunfeng Yang
Global warming has shifted climate zones poleward or upward. However, understanding the responses and mechanism of microbial community structure and functions relevant to natural climate zone succession is challenged by the high complexity of microbial communities. Here, we examined soil microbial community in three broadleaved forests located in the Wulu Mountain (WLM, temperate climate), Funiu Mountain (FNM, at the border of temperate and subtropical climate zones), or Shennongjia Mountain (SNJ, subtropical climate)...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
Yuanyong Tian, Wei Wang, Chunhong Yuan, Long Zhang, Jinyang Liu, Junrong Liu
: This study details the nutritional and digestive properties of protein isolates that are extracted from carp (Cyprinus Carpio L.) muscle using pH shifting methods. Alkaline (ALPI) and acid (ACPI) protein isolates exhibit higher protein yields (87.6%, 76.3%, respectively). In addition to the high recovery of myofibrillar protein, a portion of the water-soluble proteins is also recovered. The moisture contents of ACPI and ALPI are 85.5% and 88.5%, respectively, and the crude protein contents of these two fractions are 83...
February 2017: Journal of Food Processing and Preservation
Vedat Yilmaz, Hayriye Yilmaz, Zikri Arslan, Jerzy Leszczynski
A novel Cd(II)-imprinted polymer was prepared with chemical immobilization approach by using N-methacryloyl-L-histidine as a vinylated chelating agent for on-line solid phase extraction of Cd(II) for determination by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. Cd(II)-monomer complex was synthesized and copolymerized via bulk polymerization method in the presence of ethyleneglycoldimethacrylate cross-linker. The resulting polymer was leached with 1.0 mol L(-1) HNO3 to generate the cavities in the polymer for Cd(II) ions...
2017: Analytical Letters
In Du Jeong
The prevalence of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and the incidence of some of its complications have risen strikingly over the last few decades. With the accumulation in our understanding on the pathophysiology of GERD along with the development of proton pump inhibitors, the diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to the GERD have changed dramatically over the past decade. However, The GERD still poses a problem to many clinicians since the spectrum of the disease has evolved to encompass more challenging presentations such as refractory GERD and extraesophageal manifestations...
February 25, 2017: Korean Journal of Gastroenterology, Taehan Sohwagi Hakhoe Chi
Kamal Kumar Bhardwaj, Nitin Kumar Saun, Reena Gupta
The present study showed unique properties of an alkaline, thermophilic lipase of Geobacillus sp. which was isolated from soil of hot spring. The study was aimed to investigate the optimum immobilization conditions of lipase onto silica gel matrix (100-200 mesh) by surface adsorption method and its application in the synthesis of methyl salicylate. Lipase immobilized by surface adsorption onto silica pretreated with 4% glutaraldehyde showed 74.67% binding of protein and the optimum binding time for glutaraldehyde was found to be 2 h...
February 24, 2017: Journal of Oleo Science
Yu Li, Ying Biao Li, Cheng Jiang Liu
Previously, we have shown that the fatty acid composition of Altay sheep tail fat is of reasonable value and is suitable for further development of possible commercial products. Changes in lipids of Altay sheep tail fat during 50 days of 4°C refrigerated storage were investigated. Lipid oxidation and lipolysis occurred during the storage. The pH showed a continually decreased from first day to the end of the storage (p < 0.05). The lipid oxidation was determined by peroxide value (PV) and thiobarbituric acid-reactive substances (TBARS)...
February 24, 2017: Journal of Oleo Science
Agnes C Pimentel, Gabriela C G Ematsu, Marcelo V Liberato, Douglas A A Paixão, João Paulo L Franco Cairo, Fernanda Mandelli, Robson Tramontina, César A Gandin, Mario de Oliveira Neto, Fabio M Squina, Thabata M Alvarez
Endoglucanases are key enzymes in the degradation of cellulose, the most abundant polymer on Earth. The aim of this work was to perform the biochemical and biophysical characterization of CelE2, a soil metagenome derived endoglucanase. CelE2 harbors a conserved domain from glycoside hydrolase family 5 (GH5) and a C-terminal domain with identity to Calx-beta domains. The recombinant CelE2 displayed preference for hydrolysis of oat beta-glucan, followed by lichenan and carboxymethyl cellulose. Optimum values of enzymatic activity were observed at 45°C and pH 5...
February 23, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Deepak Parashar, T Satyanarayana
For saccharifying starch in one step, a chimeric biocatalyst (Amy-Glu) was generated from engineered α-amylase (Ba-Gt-amy) of Bacillus acidicola and glucoamylase (Glu) gene of Aspergillus niger. In order to join two enzymes, a linker peptide of 25 amino acids was used. Chimeric Amy-Glu was expressed in E. coli. Glu is of 75kDa, while Amy-Glu is of 145kDa. Both Amy-Glu and Glu displayed similar pH profile with good activity in the acidic pH range like that of Ba-Gt-amy with optimum at pH 4.0. All three enzymes (Ba-Gt-amy, Amy-Glu and glucoamylase) exhibited activity in the temperature range between 40 and 70°C with optimum at 60°C...
February 23, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Chen-Ming Lee, Paul E Luner, Karen Locke, Katherine Briggs
The objective of this study was to develop an artificial stomach-duodenum (ASD) dissolution model as an in vitro evaluation tool that would simulate the gastrointestinal physiology of gastric pH-reduced dogs as a method to assess formulations for a poorly soluble free acid compound with ng/mL solubility. After establishing the ASD model with well controlled duodenum pH, five formulations each applying different solubilization principles were developed and their performance in the ASD model and in vivo in dogs was evaluated...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Hui Yang, Ranran Liu, Dan Cui, Haixia Liu, Dongmei Xiong, Xiaolin Liu, Lixin Wang
Lysozymes as an important immune factor, play vital roles in innate immune response against pathogen infection. In the present study, one c-type and g-type lysozymes were identified from Chinese giant salamander (Andrias davidianus). They shared highly conserved structural features with lysozymes from other species. Spatial expression analysis revealed that AdlysC transcript was most abundant in liver and stomach, and least in muscle and brain. In contrast, the expression level of AdlysG was most abundant in liver and least in muscle and skin...
February 23, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
Ian A Bouyoucos, Cory D Suski, John W Mandelman, Edward J Brooks
Commercial fisheries bycatch is a considerable threat to elasmobranch population recovery, and techniques to mitigate sub-lethal consequences can be improved with data on the energetic, physiological, and behavioral response of individuals to capture. This study sought to estimate the effects of simulated longline capture on the behavior, energy use, and physiological stress of juvenile lemon sharks (Negaprion brevirostris). Captive sharks equipped with acceleration biologgers were subjected to one hour of simulated longline capture...
February 23, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part A, Molecular & Integrative Physiology
I Ruiz-Jarabo, S F Gregório, P Gaetano, F Trischitta, J Fuentes
Osmoregulation in fish is a complex process that requires the orchestrated cooperation of many tissues. In fish facing hyperosmotic environments, the intestinal absorption of some monovalent ions and the secretion of bicarbonate are key processes to favor water absorption. In the present study, we showed that bicarbonate levels in the intestinal fluid are several fold higher in seawater than in freshwater acclimated tilapia (Oreochromis mossambicus). In addition, we analyzed gene expression of the main molecular mechanisms involved in HCO3(-) movements i...
February 23, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part A, Molecular & Integrative Physiology
Kevin Plourde, Rabeb Mouna Derbali, Arnaud Desrosiers, Céline Dubath, Alexis Vallée-Bélisle, Jeanne Leblond
Aptamer technology has shown much promise in cancer therapeutics for its targeting abilities. However, its potential to improve drug loading and release from nanocarriers has not been thoroughly explored. In this study, we employed drug-binding aptamers to actively load drugs into liposomes. We designed a series of DNA aptamer sequences specific to doxorubicin, displaying multiple binding sites and various binding affinities. The binding ability of aptamers was preserved when incorporated into cationic liposomes, binding up to 15equivalents of doxorubicin per aptamer, therefore drawing the drug into liposomes...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
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