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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736695/comparative-evaluation-of-wastewater-treatment-microbial-fuel-cells-in-terms-of-organics-removal-waste-sludge-production-and-electricity-generation
#1
Yusuke Asai, Morio Miyahara, Atsushi Kouzuma, Kazuya Watanabe
Microbial fuel cells (MFCs) are devices that exploit living microbes for electricity generation coupled to organics degradation. MFCs are expected to be applied to energy-saving wastewater treatment (WWT) as alternatives to activated-sludge reactors (ASRs). Although extensive laboratory studies have been performed to develop technologies for WWT-MFCs, limited information is available for comparative evaluation of MFCs and ASRs in terms of organics removal and waste-sludge production. In the present study, laboratory WWT experiments were performed using cassette-electrode MFCs and ASRs that were continuously supplied either with artificial domestic wastewater (ADW) containing starch and peptone or with artificial industrial wastewater (AIW) containing methanol as the major organic matter...
2017: Bioresources and Bioprocessing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735181/effects-of-cellulose-degradation-products-on-the-mobility-of-eu-iii-in-repositories-for-low-and-intermediate-level-radioactive-waste
#2
Veronica Diesen, Kerstin Forsberg, Mats Jonsson
The deep repository for low and intermediate level radioactive waste SFR in Sweden will contain large amounts of cellulosic waste materials contaminated with radionuclides. Over time the repository will be filled with water and alkaline conditions will prevail. In the present study degradation of cellulosic materials and the ability of cellulosic degradation products to solubilize and thereby mobilise Eu(III) under repository conditions has been investigated. Further, the possible immobilization of Eu(III) by sorption onto cement in the presence of degradation products has been investigated...
July 6, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734988/can-adverse-effects-of-excessive-vitamin-d-supplementation-occur-without-developing-hypervitaminosis-d
#3
REVIEW
Mohammed S Razzaque
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble hormone that has endocrine, paracrine and autocrine functions. Consumption of vitamin D-supplemented food & drugs have increased significantly in the last couple of decades due to campaign and awareness programs. Despite such wide use of artificial vitamin D supplements, serum levels of 25 hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] does not always reflect the amount of uptake. In contrast to the safe sunlight exposure, prolonged and disproportionate consumption of vitamin D supplements may lead to vitamin D intoxication, even without developing hypervitaminosis D...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734790/organ-weights-and-histopathology-of-double-crested-cormorants-phalacrocorax-auritus-dosed-orally-or-dermally-with-artificially-weathered-mississippi-canyon-252-crude-oil
#4
Kendal E Harr, Drury R Reavill, Steven J Bursian, Dave Cacela, Fred L Cunningham, Karen M Dean, Brian S Dorr, Katie C Hanson-Dorr, Kate Healy, Katherine Horak, Jane E Link, Susan Shriner, Robert E Schmidt
A series of toxicity tests were conducted to assess the effects of low to moderate exposure to artificially weathered Deepwater Horizon Mississippi Canyon 252 crude oil on representative avian species as part of the Natural Resource Damage Assessment. The present report summarizes effects of oral exposure (n=26) of double-crested cormorants (DCCO; Phalacrocorax auritus) to 5 or 10ml oil kg(-1) day(-1) for up to 21 days or dermal application (n=25) of 13ml oil to breast and back feathers every three days totaling 6 applications in 21 days on organ weights and histopathology...
July 19, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734264/a-small-scale-portable-method-for-extracting-microplastics-from-marine-sediments
#5
Rachel L Coppock, Matthew Cole, Penelope K Lindeque, Ana M Queirós, Tamara S Galloway
Microplastics (plastic particles, 0.1 μm-5 mm in size) are widespread marine pollutants, accumulating in benthic sediments and shorelines the world over. To gain a clearer understanding of microplastic availability to marine life, and the risks they pose to the health of benthic communities, ecological processes and food security, it is important to obtain accurate measures of microplastic abundance in marine sediments. To date, methods for extracting microplastics from marine sediments have been disadvantaged by complexity, expense, low extraction efficiencies and incompatibility with very fine sediments...
July 19, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733180/association-between-malnutrition-and-oral-health-in-dutch-nursing-home-residents-results-of-the-lpz-study
#6
Viviënne A L Huppertz, Gert-Jan van der Putten, Ruud J G Halfens, Jos M G A Schols, Lisette C P G M de Groot
INTRODUCTION: According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and FDI World Dental Federation (FDI), malnutrition and bad oral health are of great concern to global health, especially among the older population. This study aimed to assess the associations between oral health problems ([artificial] teeth problems, chewing problems, and xerostomia) and malnutrition in residents of somatic and psychogeriatric wards in Dutch nursing homes. METHODS: Data of the cross-sectional National Prevalence Measurement of Quality of Care study (Landelijke Prevalentiemeting Zorgproblemen study) in the Netherlands were used to evaluate nutritional status and oral health of 3220 residents, aged 65 or older and living in somatic or psychogeriatric wards in Dutch nursing homes...
July 18, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731267/heuristic-knowledge-based-planning-for-single-isocenter-stereotactic-radiosurgery-to-multiple-brain-metastases
#7
Benjamin P Ziemer, Parag Sanghvi, Jona Hattangadi-Gluth, Kevin L Moore
PURPOSE: Single-isocenter, volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) for multiple brain metastases (multi-mets) can deliver highly conformal dose distributions and reduce overall patient treatment time compared to other techniques. However, treatment planning for multi-met cases is highly complex due to variability in numbers and sizes of brain metastases, as well as their relative proximity to organs-at-risk (OARs). The purpose of this study was to automate the VMAT planning of multi-met cases through a knowledge-based planning (KBP) approach that adapts single target SRS dose predictions to multiple target predictions...
July 21, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729544/remarkable-hexafunctional-anion-receptor-with-operational-urea-based-inner-cleft-and-thiourea-based-outer-cleft-novel-design-with-high-efficiency-for-sulfate-binding
#8
Maryam Emami Khansari, Ali Mirchi, Avijit Pramanik, Corey R Johnson, Jerzy Leszczynski, Md Alamgir Hossain
The recognition of anions by designed receptors has attracted much attention in recent days. In particular, the selective binding of sulfate with artificial receptors is important because of its relevance to many biological and environmental applications. However, the development of organized molecular receptors with high-efficiency for sulfate binding still remains a significant challenge. We report a novel para-phenylene-bridged hexafunctional tripodal receptor that contains a urea-based inner cleft and a thiourea-based outer cleft, providing perfect sites for step-wise binding of two anions within a single cavity...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728720/mitral-valve-repair-the-french-correction-versus-the-american-correction
#9
REVIEW
Sarah A Schubert, James H Mehaffey, Eric J Charles, Irving L Kron
Degenerative mitral valve disease causing mitral regurgitation is the most common organic valve pathology and is classified based on leaflet motion. The "French correction" mitral valve repair method restores normal valvular anatomy with extensive leaflet resection, chordal manipulation, and rigid annuloplasty. The American correction attempts to restore normal valve function through minimal leaflet resection, flexible annuloplasty, and use of artificial chordae. These differing methods of mitral valve repair reflect an evolution in principles, but both require understanding of the valve pathology and correction of leaflet prolapse and annular dilatation...
August 2017: Surgical Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728034/construction-of-novel-wo3-snnb2o6-hybrid-nanosheet-heterojunctions-as-efficient-z-scheme-photocatalysts-for-pollutant-degradation
#10
Xiaodong Ma, Wanxia Ma, Deli Jiang, Di Li, Suci Meng, Min Chen
The artificially Z-scheme heterojunctions between WO3 nanosheet and SnNb2O6 nanosheet with strongly coupled heterointerfaces were successfully constructed via a simple hydrothermal coassembly method. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and high-resolution TEM proved that an intimate contact interface was formed. The synthesized heterojunctions exhibites enhanced photodegradation efficiency for Rhodamine B under irradiation of visible light, and the highest reaction rate over 30%-WO3/SnNb2O6 nanosheet heterojunctions is about 4...
July 5, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726698/experimental-study-and-artificial-neural-network-modeling-of-tartrazine-removal-by-photocatalytic-process-under-solar-light
#11
Aicha Sebti, Fatiha Souahi, Faroudja Mohellebi, Sadek Igoud
This research focuses on the application of an artificial neural network (ANN) to predict the removal efficiency of tartrazine from simulated wastewater using a photocatalytic process under solar illumination. A program is developed in Matlab software to optimize the neural network architecture and select the suitable combination of training algorithm, activation function and hidden neurons number. The experimental results of a batch reactor operated under different conditions of pH, TiO2 concentration, initial organic pollutant concentration and solar radiation intensity are used to train, validate and test the networks...
July 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726547/three-dimensional-bio-printing-of-hepatic-structures-with-direct-converted-hepatocyte-like-cells
#12
Kyojin Kang, Yohan Kim, Seung Bum Lee, Ji Sook Kim, Sua Park, Wan-Doo Kim, Heung-Mo Yang, Sung-Joo Kim, Jaemin Jeong, Dongho Choi
Three-dimensional (3D) bio-printing technology is a promising new technology in the field of bio-artificial organ generation with regard to overcoming the limitations of organ supply. The cell source for bio-printing is very important. Here, we generated 3D hepatic scaffold with mouse induced hepatocyte-like cells (miHeps), and investigated whether their function was improved after transplantation in vivo. To generate miHeps, mouse embryonic fibroblasts were transformed with pMX retroviruses individually expressing hepatic transcription factors Hnf4a and Foxa3...
July 20, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725406/root-exudate-cocktails-the-link-between-plant-diversity-and-soil-microorganisms
#13
Katja Steinauer, Antonis Chatzinotas, Nico Eisenhauer
Higher plant diversity is often associated with higher soil microbial biomass and diversity, which is assumed to be partly due to elevated root exudate diversity. However, there is little experimental evidence that diversity of root exudates shapes soil microbial communities. We tested whether higher root exudate diversity enhances soil microbial biomass and diversity in a plant diversity gradient, thereby negating significant plant diversity effects on soil microbial properties. We set up plant monocultures and two- and three-species mixtures in microcosms using functionally dissimilar plants and soil of a grassland biodiversity experiment in Germany...
October 2016: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725050/carrier-mediated-and-energy-dependent-uptake-and-efflux-of-deoxynivalenol-in-mammalian-cells
#14
Xiaoming Li, Peiqiang Mu, Jikai Wen, Yiqun Deng
Deoxynivalenol (DON) is one of the most abundant mycotoxins and exerts many adverse effects on humans and animals. To date, the transporting mechanism of DON in mammalian cells remains unclear. In this study, the parallel artificial membrane permeability assay (PAMPA), Transwell models and metabolic inhibitors were used to determine the possible transporting mechanisms of DON in Caco-2, MDCK and HepG2 cells. PAMPA and Transwell models showed reduced passive transport and increased intestinal absorption, indicating a carrier-mediated transporting mechanism...
July 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721495/diversity-and-survival-of-artificial-lifeforms-under-sedimentation-and-random-motion
#15
Nicolas Glade, Olivier Bastien, Pascal Ballet
Cellular automata are often used to explore the numerous possible scenarios of what could have occurred at the origins of life and before, during the prebiotic ages, when very simple molecules started to assemble and organise into larger catalytic or informative structures, or to simulate ecosystems. Artificial self-maintained spatial structures emerge in cellular automata and are often used to represent molecules or living organisms. They converge generally towards homogeneous stationary soups of still-life creatures...
July 18, 2017: Theory in Biosciences, Theorie in Den Biowissenschaften
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719441/fourteen-day-in-vivo-testing-of-a-compliant-thoracic-artificial-lung
#16
David J Skoog, Joshua R Pohlmann, David S Demos, Christopher N Scipione, Amit Iyengar, Rebecca E Schewe, Ahmed B Suhaib, Kelly L Koch, Keith E Cook
The compliant thoracic artificial lung (cTAL) has been studied in acute in vivo and in vitro experiments. The cTAL's long-term function and potential use as a bridge to lung transplantation are assessed presently. The cTAL without anticoagulant coatings was attached to sheep (n = 5) via the pulmonary artery and left atrium for 14 days. Systemic heparin anticoagulation was used. Compliant thoracic artificial lung resistance, cTAL gas exchange, hematologic parameters, and organ function were recorded. Two sheep were euthanized for nondevice-related issues...
July 14, 2017: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719236/applying-an-artificial-neural-network-model-for-developing-a-severity-score-for-patients-with-hereditary-amyloid-polyneuropathy
#17
Shenia Novis, Felipe Machado, Victor B Costa, Debora Foguel, Marcia W Cruz, José Manoel de Seixas
Hereditary (familial) amyloid polyneuropathy (FAP) is a systemic disease that includes a sensorimotor polyneuropathy related to transthyretin (TTR) mutations. So far, a scale designed to classify the severity of this disease has not yet been validated. This work proposes the implementation of an artificial neural network (ANN) in order to develop a severity scale for monitoring the disease progression in FAP patients. In order to achieve this goal, relevant symptoms and laboratory findings were collected from 98 Brazilian patients included in THAOS - the Transthyretin Amyloidosis Outcomes Survey...
July 18, 2017: Amyloid: the International Journal of Experimental and Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714313/artificial-metalloenzymes-reaction-scope-and-optimization-strategies
#18
Fabian Schwizer, Yasunori Okamoto, Tillmann Heinisch, Yifan Gu, Michela M Pellizzoni, Vincent Lebrun, Raphael Reuter, Valentin Köhler, Jared C Lewis, Thomas R Ward
The incorporation of a synthetic, catalytically competent metallocofactor into a protein scaffold to generate an artificial metalloenzyme (ArM) has been explored since the late 1970's. Progress in the ensuing years was limited by the tools available for both organometallic synthesis and protein engineering. Advances in both of these areas, combined with increased appreciation of the potential benefits of combining attractive features of both homogeneous catalysis and enzymatic catalysis, led to a resurgence of interest in ArMs starting in the early 2000's...
July 17, 2017: Chemical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713249/crispr-cas9-mediated-zebrafish-knock-in-as-a-novel-strategy-to-study-midbrain-hindbrain-boundary-development
#19
Gokul Kesavan, Avinash Chekuru, Anja Machate, Michael Brand
The midbrain-hindbrain boundary (MHB) acts as an organizer and controls the fate of neighboring cells to develop into either mesencephalic (midbrain) or metencephalic (hindbrain) cells by secreting signaling molecules like Wnt1 and Fgf8. The zebrafish is an excellent vertebrate model for studying MHB development due to the ease of gene manipulation and the possibility of following cellular dynamics and morphogenetic processes using live imaging. Currently, only very few reporter and/or Cre-driver lines are available to study gene expression at the MHB, hampering the understanding of MHB development, and traditional transgenic technologies using promoter/enhancer fragments or bacterial artificial chromosome (BAC)-mediated transgenesis often do not faithfully recapitulate endogenous expression patterns...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707626/performance-of-neural-networks-for-localizing-moving-objects-with-an-artificial-lateral-line
#20
Luuk H Boulogne, Ben J Wolf, Marco A Wiering, Sietse M van Netten
Fish are able to sense water flow velocities relative to their body with their mechanoreceptive lateral line organ. This organ consists of an array of flow detectors distributed along the fish body. Using the excitation of these individual detectors, fish can determine the location of nearby moving objects. Inspired by this sensory modality, it is shown here how neural networks can be used to extract an object's location from simulated excitation patterns, such as can be measured along arrays of stationary artificial flow velocity sensors...
July 14, 2017: Bioinspiration & Biomimetics
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