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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550811/influence-of-solids-residence-time-and-carbon-storage-on-nitrogen-and-phosphorus-recovery-by-microalgae-across-diel-cycles
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D A Gardner-Dale, I M Bradley, J S Guest
Microalgal treatment systems could advance nutrient recovery from wastewater by achieving effluent nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) levels below the current limit of technology, but their successful implementation requires an understanding of how design decisions influence nutrient uptake over daily (i.e., diel) cycles. This work demonstrates the ability to influence microalgal N:P recovery ratio via solids residence time (SRT) while maintaining complete nutrient removal across day/night cycles through carbon storage and mobilization...
May 18, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550791/environmental-indicators-of-the-combustion-of-prospective-coal-water-slurry-containing-petrochemicals
#2
Margarita A Dmitrienko, Galina S Nyashina, Pavel A Strizhak
Negative environmental impact of coal combustion has been known to humankind for a fairly long time. Sulfur and nitrogen oxides are considered the most dangerous anthropogenic emissions. A possible solution to this problem is replacing coal dust combustion with that of coal water slurry containing petrochemicals (CWSP). Coal processing wastes and used combustible liquids (oils, sludge, resins) are promising in terms of their economic and energy yield characteristics. However, no research has yet been conducted on the environmental indicators of fuels based on CWSP...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550781/on-the-behavior-of-reduced-graphene-oxide-based-electrodes-coated-with-dispersed-platinum-by-alternate-current-methods-in-the-electrochemical-degradation-of-reactive-dyes
#3
A I Del Río, C García, J Molina, J Fernández, J Bonastre, F Cases
The electrochemical behavior of different carbon-based electrodes with and without nanoparticles of platinum electrochemically dispersed on their surface has been studied. Among others, reduced graphene oxide based electrodes was used to determine the best conditions for the decolorization/degradation of the reactive dye C.I. Reactive Orange 4 in sulfuric medium. Firstly, the electrochemical behavior was evaluated by cyclic voltammetry. Secondly, different electrolyses were performed using two cell configurations: cell with anodic and cathodic compartments separated (divided configuration) and without any separation (undivided configuration)...
May 22, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550775/ultrasound-assisted-alkaline-pretreatment-for-enhancing-the-enzymatic-hydrolysis-of-rice-straw-by-using-the-heat-energy-dissipated-from-ultrasonication
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Han Wu, Xiao Dai, Si-Li Zhou, Yu-Yan Gan, Zi-Yao Xiong, Yuan-Hang Qin, Jiayu Ma, Li Yang, Zai-Kun Wu, Tie-Lin Wang, Wei-Guo Wang, Cun-Wen Wang
Rice straw samples were exposed to ultrasound-assisted alkaline (NaOH) pretreatment by using the heat energy dissipated from ultrasonication to increase their enzymatic digestibility for saccharification. The characterization shows that the pretreatment could selectively remove lignin and hemicellulose without degrading cellulose, and increase porosity and surface area of rice straw. The porosity, surface area and cellulose content of rice straw increased with the increasing concentration of NaOH used. The rice straw sample pretreated by using the heat energy dissipated from ultrasonication has a higher surface area and a lower crystallinity index value than that pretreated by using the external source of heating, and the amount of reducing sugar released from the former sample at 48h of enzymatic saccharification, which is about 3...
May 17, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550747/investigation-of-solvation-of-iron-nanoclusters-in-ionic-liquid-1-butyl-1-1-1-trimethylammonium-methane-sulfonate-using-molecular-dynamics-simulations-effect-of-cluster-size-at-different-temperatures
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Mohsen Abbaspour, Hamed Akbarzadeh, Parnian Yousefi, Mohammad Razmkhah
The systems composed of metal nanoclusters in ionic liquids are relevant for applications in lubrication, electrochemical devices, catalysis, and chemical processes. The mechanism of solvation and interactions of these systems are not understood at present. In this work, we have simulated iron nanoclusters with different sizes in ionic liquid 1-butyl-1,1,1-trimethylammonium methane sulfonate [N1114][C1SO3] at two temperatures (300 and 500K) and at atmospheric pressure. We have investigated the effects of cluster size and the temperature on some of the thermodynamics, structural and dynamical properties of the systems...
May 21, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550746/zn-doped-cdo-nanoparticles-structural-morphological-optical-photocatalytic-and-anti-bacterial-properties
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Vinod Kumar Gupta, Ali Fakhri, Shiva Tahami, Shilpi Agarwal
Pure and zinc-doped CdO NPs (Zn-CdO NPs) were synthesized through a facile co-precipitation method. The structural, morphology, chemical composition, optical and antibacterial activity of the NPs were studied with respect to pure and Zn-doped CdO concentration (0-7.5mol.%). Scanning electron microscope (SEM) images reveal that pure and Zn-doped CdO NPs were in the nano-scale regime with different crystalline morphology. The energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) spectrum predicts the presence of Cadmium (Cd), Zinc (Zn) and Oxygen (O) in the prepared samples...
May 21, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550607/dft-based-prediction-of-reactivity-of-short-chain-alcohol-dehydrogenase
#7
I Stawoska, A Dudzik, M Wasylewski, M Jemioła-Rzemińska, A Skoczowski, K Strzałka, M Szaleniec
The reaction mechanism of ketone reduction by short chain dehydrogenase/reductase, (S)-1-phenylethanol dehydrogenase from Aromatoleum aromaticum, was studied with DFT methods using cluster model approach. The characteristics of the hydride transfer process were investigated based on reaction of acetophenone and its eight structural analogues. The results confirmed previously suggested concomitant transfer of hydride from NADH to carbonyl C atom of the substrate with proton transfer from Tyr to carbonyl O atom...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Computer-aided Molecular Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550593/impact-of-black-soldier-fly-larval-meal-on-growth-performance-apparent-digestibility-haematological-and-blood-chemistry-indices-of-guinea-fowl-starter-keets-under-tropical-conditions
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P A Wallace, J K Nyameasem, G A Adu-Aboagye, S Affedzie-Obresi, E K Nkegbe, N Karbo, F Murray, W Leschen, P -O Maquart
In order to assess the impact of larval meal on guinea fowl, six iso-caloric and iso-nitrogenous diets were fed to day-old-keets ad libitum till 8 weeks of age. Water was also freely provided. The fishmeal (FM) component of the experimental diets was replaced with black soldier fly larval meal (BSFLM) in the following percentage ratios of 0-100%. Results showed that body weight gain significantly (P < 0.05) increased in all the BSFLM treatment groups compared to the control group. The final body weight of the birds at age 8 weeks differed significantly (P < 0...
May 26, 2017: Tropical Animal Health and Production
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550503/secure-data-aggregation-in-wireless-sensor-network-fujisaki-okamoto-fo-authentication-scheme-against-sybil-attack
#9
K Nirmal Raja, M Maraline Beno
In the wireless sensor network(WSN) security is a major issue. There are several network security schemes proposed in research. In the network, malicious nodes obstruct the performance of the network. The network can be vulnerable by Sybil attack. When a node illicitly assertions multiple identities or claims fake IDs, the WSN grieves from an attack named Sybil attack. This attack threatens wireless sensor network in data aggregation, synchronizing system, routing, fair resource allocation and misbehavior detection...
July 2017: Journal of Medical Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550471/blood-lactate-accumulation-decreases-during-the-slow-component-of-oxygen-uptake-without-a-decrease-in-muscular-efficiency
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J M O'Connell, J M Weir, B R MacIntosh
Pulmonary oxygen uptake ([Formula: see text]) slowly increases during exercise above the anaerobic threshold, and this increase is called the slow component of [Formula: see text]. The mechanism of the increase in [Formula: see text] is assumed to be due to increasing energy cost associated with increasingly inefficient muscle contraction. We hypothesized that the increase in [Formula: see text] would be accompanied by a constant or increasing rate of accumulation of blood lactate, indicating sustained anaerobic metabolism while [Formula: see text] increased...
May 26, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550439/baseline-anthropometric-and-metabolic-parameters-correlate-with-weight-loss-in-women-1-year-after-laparoscopic-roux-en-y-gastric-bypass
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Sans Arnaud, Bailly Laurent, Anty Rodolphe, Sielezenef Igor, Gugenheim Jean, Tran Albert, Gual Philippe, Iannelli Antonio
BACKGROUND: In this study, we explored in a prospective cohort of morbidly obese women undergoing laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (LRYGP) correlations between baseline anthropometrics, metabolic parameters, resting energy expenditure (REE), body composition, and 1-year % excess body mass index loss (%EBMIL). We also investigated risk factors for insufficient %EBMIL. METHODS: One hundred three consecutive women were prospectively evaluated at baseline (age 40...
May 26, 2017: Obesity Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550291/atomic-layer-etching-of-graphene-through-controlled-ion-beam-for-graphene-based-electronics
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Ki Seok Kim, You Jin Ji, Yeonsig Nam, Ki Hyun Kim, Eric Singh, Jin Yong Lee, Geun Young Yeom
The electronic and optical properties of graphene are greatly dependent on the the number of layers. For the precise control of the graphene layers, atomic layer etching (ALE), a cyclic etching method achieved through chemical adsorption and physical desorption, can be the most powerful technique due to barely no damage and no contamination. In this study, we demonstrated the ALE process of graphene layers without noticeably damaging the graphene by using a controlled low energy oxygen (O2(+)/O(+))-ion for chemical adsorption and a low energy Ar(+)-ion (11...
May 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550279/cinnamon-induces-browning-in-subcutaneous-adipocytes
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Hiu Yee Kwan, Jiahui Wu, Tao Su, Xiao-Juan Chao, Bin Liu, Xiuqiong Fu, Chi Leung Chan, Rebecca Hiu Ying Lau, Anfernee Kai Wing Tse, Quan Bin Han, Wang Fun Fong, Zhi-Ling Yu
Browning is the process of increasing the number of brite cells, which helps to increase energy expenditure and reduce obesity. Consumption of natural and non-toxic herbal extracts that possess the browning effect is an attractive anti-obesity strategy. In this study, we examined the browning effect of cinnamon extract. We found that cinnamon extract (CE) induced typical brown adipocyte multiocular phenotype in 3T3-L1 adipocytes. The treatment also increased brown adipocytes markers and reduced white adipocytes markers in the 3T3-L1 adipocytes...
May 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550277/escherichia-coli-pagp-enzyme-based-de-novo-design-and-in-vitro-activity-of-antibacterial-peptide-ll-37
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Hao Yang, Jingyu Fu, Youyun Zhao, Huiping Shi, Hua Hu, Hongliang Wang
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to investigate the antimicrobial property of peptide LL-37 sequences. MATERIAL AND METHODS Humanized antibacterial peptide LL-37 and the mutant were prepared by chemical synthesis. The physicochemical properties of antibacterial peptide LL-37 were analyzed by SWISS-MODEL online prediction tool. Molecular docking between antibacterial peptide LL-37 fragments and palmitoyl transferase PagP was made with Lamarckian genetic algorithm by AutoDock1.5.6. RESULTS The systems contacted each other at 8...
May 27, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550275/detection-of-small-bowel-tumor-in-wireless-capsule-endoscopy-images-using-an-adaptive-neuro-fuzzy-inference-system
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Alizadeh Mahdi, Haji Maghsoudi Omid, Sharzehi Kaveh, Reza Hemati Hamid, Kamali Asl Alireza, Talebpour Alireza
Automatic diagnosis tool helps physicians to evaluate capsule endoscopic examinations faster and more accurate. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the validity and reliability of an automatic post-processing method for identifying and classifying wireless capsule endoscopic images, and investigate statistical measures to differentiate normal and abnormal images. The proposed technique consists of two main stages, namely, feature extraction and classification. Primarily, 32 features incorporating four statistical measures (contrast, correlation, homogeneity and energy) calculated from co-occurrence metrics were computed...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550269/surface-protection-from-high-energy-electrons-and-x-ray-radiation-analysis-in-tokamak-plasma
#16
A Salar Elahi, M Ghoranneviss
Plasma cooling due to hard x-ray radiation from the Runaway electrons is an important issue in tokamaks. Thus, developing effective methods to reduce the Runaway electrons and the emitted hard x-ray is also important for optimal tokamak plasma operation. In this study, we investigated the effects of external fields on hard x-ray intensity and the Magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) activity. In other words, we presented the effects of positive biased limiter and Resonant Helical Field (RHF) on the MHD fluctuations and hard x-ray emission from the Runaway electrons...
May 24, 2017: Journal of X-ray Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550180/a-novel-de-novo-mutation-in-prkag2-gene-infantile-onset-phenotype-and-signaling-pathway-involved
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Yanchun Xu, Alex Gray, David Grahame Hardie, Alper Uzun, Sunil Shaw, James F Padbury, Chanika Phornphutkul, Yi-Tang Tseng
PRKAG2 encodes the γ2-subunit isoform of the 5' AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK), a heterotrimeric enzyme with major roles in regulation of energy metabolism in response to cellular stress. Mutations in PRKAG2 have been implicated in a unique hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) characterized by cardiac glycogen overload, ventricular preexcitation and hypertrophy. We identified a novel, de novo PRKAG2 mutation (K475E) in a neonate with prenatal onset of HCM. We aimed to investigate the cellular impact, signaling pathways involved and therapeutic options for K475E mutation using cells stably expressing human wild type (WT) or the K475E mutant...
May 26, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550108/hypothalamic-ventromedial-lin28a-enhances-glucose-metabolism-in-diet-induced-obesity
#18
Jung Dae Kim, Chitoku Toda, Cristina M Ramírez, Carlos Fernández-Hernando, Sabrina Diano
The Lin28a/Let-7 axis has been studied in peripheral tissues for its role in metabolism regulation. However, its central function remains unclear. Here we found that Lin28a is highly expressed in the hypothalamus compared to peripheral tissues. Its expression is positively correlated with positive energy balance, suggesting a potential central role for Lin28a in metabolism regulation. Thus, we targeted the hypothalamic ventromedial nucleus (VMH) to selectively overexpress (Lin28aKI(VMH) ) or downregulate (Lin28aKD(VMH) ) Lin28a expression in mice...
May 26, 2017: Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549876/prediction-and-analysis-of-promiscuous-t-cell-epitopes-derived-from-the-vaccine-candidate-antigens-of-leishmania-donovani-binding-to-mhc-class-ii-alleles-using-in-silico-approach
#19
Manju Kashyap, Varun Jaiswal, Umar Farooq
Visceral leishmaniasis is a dreadful infectious disease and caused by the intracellular protozoan parasites, Leishmania donovani and Leishmania infantum. Despite extensive efforts for developing effective prophylactic vaccine, still no vaccine is available against leishmaniasis. However, advancement in immunoinformatics methods generated new dimension in peptide based vaccine development. The present study was aimed to identify T-cell epitopes from the vaccine candidate antigens like Lipophosphogylcan-3(LPG-3) and Nucleoside hydrolase (NH) from the L...
May 23, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549863/isolation-and-characterization-of-microcrystalline-cellulose-from-roselle-fibers
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Lau Kia Kian, Mohammad Jawaid, Hidayah Ariffin, Othman Y Alothman
In this study, microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) was extracted from roselle fiber through acid hydrolysis treatment and its properties were compared with those of commercially available MCC. The physicochemical and morphological characteristics, elemental composition, size distribution, crystallinity and thermal properties of the obtained MCC were analyzed in this work. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) analysis provided clear evidence that the characteristic peak of lignin was absent in the spectrum of the MCC prepared from roselle fiber...
May 23, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
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