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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931209/process-simulation-of-ethanol-production-from-biomass-gasification-and-syngas-fermentation
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Oscar Pardo-Planas, Hasan K Atiyeh, John R Phillips, Clint P Aichele, Sayeed Mohammad
The hybrid gasification-syngas fermentation platform can produce more bioethanol utilizing all biomass components compared to the biochemical conversion technology. Syngas fermentation operates at mild temperatures and pressures and avoids using expensive pretreatment processes and enzymes. This study presents a new process simulation model developed with Aspen Plus® of a biorefinery based on a hybrid conversion technology for the production of anhydrous ethanol using 1200tons per day (wb) of switchgrass. The simulation model consists of three modules: gasification, fermentation, and product recovery...
September 1, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931154/differentially-expressed-proteins-from-the-peritrophic-membrane-related-to-the-lethal-synergistic-mechanisms-observed-in-hyphantria-cunea-larvae-treated-with-a-mixture-of-bt-and-chlorbenzuron
#2
Ming Xu, Fuyuan Xu, Xiaoqin Wu
Hyphantria cunea (Drury) (Lepidoptera: Arctiidae) is an important forest insect pest around the world. It attacks a variety of broad-leaf trees. It has caused serious economic and ecological damage to its new habitats. A mixture of Bt and chlorbenzuron has a higher toxicity and faster killed than those of either agent alone to the 4th instar larvae of H. cunea both by the lab and field test results, and the toxic effect of the mixture treatment was significantly enhanced. Using proteomics technology, including SDS-PAGE and MALDI-TOF-TOF MS, we analyzed differentially expressed proteins of the peritrophic membrane (PM) of the 4th instar larvae of H...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931087/microbial-analysis-of-zetaproteobacteria-and-co-colonizers-of-iron-mats-in-the-troll-wall-vent-field-arctic-mid-ocean-ridge
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Jan Vander Roost, Ingunn Hindenes Thorseth, Håkon Dahle
Over the last decade it has become increasingly clear that Zetaproteobacteria are widespread in hydrothermal systems and that they contribute to the biogeochemical cycling of iron in these environments. However, how chemical factors control the distribution of Zetaproteobacteria and their co-occurring taxa remains elusive. Here we analysed iron mats from the Troll Wall Vent Field (TWVF) located at the Arctic Mid-Ocean Ridge (AMOR) in the Norwegian-Greenland Sea. The samples were taken at increasing distances from high-temperature venting chimneys towards areas with ultraslow low-temperature venting, encompassing a large variety in geochemical settings...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931056/heterogeneity-in-the-expression-and-subcellular-localization-of-polyol-monosaccharide-transporter-genes-in-lotus-japonicus
#4
Lu Tian, Leru Liu, Yehu Yin, Mingchao Huang, Yanbo Chen, Xinlan Xu, Pingzhi Wu, Meiru Li, Guojiang Wu, Huawu Jiang, Yaping Chen
Polyols can serve as a means for the translocation of carbon skeletons and energy between source and sink organs as well as being osmoprotective solutes and antioxidants which may be involved in the resistance of some plants to biotic and abiotic stresses. Polyol/Monosaccharide transporter (PLT) proteins previously identified in plants are involved in the loading of polyols into the phloem and are reported to be located in the plasma membrane. The functions of PLT proteins in leguminous plants are not yet clear...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931002/enhanced-proofreading-governs-crispr-cas9-targeting-accuracy
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Janice S Chen, Yavuz S Dagdas, Benjamin P Kleinstiver, Moira M Welch, Alexander A Sousa, Lucas B Harrington, Samuel H Sternberg, J Keith Joung, Ahmet Yildiz, Jennifer A Doudna
The RNA-guided CRISPR-Cas9 nuclease from Streptococcus pyogenes (SpCas9) has been widely repurposed for genome editing(1-4). High-fidelity (SpCas9-HF1) and enhanced specificity (eSpCas9(1.1)) variants exhibit substantially reduced off-target cleavage in human cells, but the mechanism of target discrimination and the potential to further improve fidelity are unknown(5-9). Using single-molecule Förster resonance energy transfer (smFRET) experiments, we show that both SpCas9-HF1 and eSpCas9(1.1) are trapped in an inactive state(10) when bound to mismatched targets...
September 20, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930904/spontaneous-reduction-of-fractured-thoracolumbar-spine-with-complete-dislocation-case-report-with-literature-review
#6
Chen Zhao, Bing Zhang, Jiandang Shi, Yaping Li, Long Pang
Fractures and dislocations with complete lateral displacement of the spine at the lumbar and thoracic levels are some of the most severe types of thoracolumbar trauma. They are usually caused by high-energy trauma and accompanied by extreme, life-threatening injuries and neurological deficits that vary in severity, which may delay operative intervention. It is often difficult to reduce such a complex fracture-dislocation because of the force that the muscles exert on the bone and the injured part of the spinal cord...
September 2017: Orthopaedic Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930863/measurement-of-active-and-sedentary-behavior-in-context-of-large-epidemiologic-studies
#7
Charles E Matthews, Sarah Kozey Keadle, Steven C Moore, Dale S Schoeller, Raymond J Carroll, Richard P Troiano, Joshua N Sampson
INTRODUCTION/PURPOSE: To assess the utility of measurement methods that may be more accurate and precise than traditional questionnaire-based estimates of habitual physical activity and sedentary behavior we compared the measurement properties of a past year questionnaire (AARP) and more comprehensive measures: an internet-based 24-hour recall (ACT24), and a variety of estimates from an accelerometer (ActiGraph). METHODS: Participants were 932 adults (50-74 y) in a 12-month study that included reference measures of energy expenditure from doubly labeled water (DLW) and active and sedentary time via activPAL...
September 19, 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930717/inhibition-of-erythrocyte-cell-membrane-scrambling-by-asp3026
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Abdulla Al Mamun Bhuyan, Rosi Bissinger, Hang Cao, Florian Lang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) inhibitor ASP3026 is in clinical development for the treatment of ALK expressing non-small cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC). ASP3026 is in part effective by inducing apoptosis of tumor cells. Erythrocytes lack mitochondria and nuclei, key organelles in the execution of apoptosis, but are nevertheless able to enter suicidal death or eryptosis, which is characterized by cell membrane scrambling with phosphatidylserine translocation to the cell surface and by cell shrinkage...
September 20, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930673/pexrap-inhibits-prdm16-mediated-thermogenic-gene-expression
#9
Irfan J Lodhi, John M Dean, Anyuan He, Hongsuk Park, Min Tan, Chu Feng, Haowei Song, Fong-Fu Hsu, Clay F Semenkovich
How the nuclear receptor PPARγ regulates the development of two functionally distinct types of adipose tissue, brown and white fat, as well as the browning of white fat, remains unclear. Our previous studies suggest that PexRAP, a peroxisomal lipid synthetic enzyme, regulates PPARγ signaling and white adipogenesis. Here, we show that PexRAP is an inhibitor of brown adipocyte gene expression. PexRAP inactivation promoted adipocyte browning, increased energy expenditure, and decreased adiposity. Identification of PexRAP-interacting proteins suggests that PexRAP function extends beyond its role as a lipid synthetic enzyme...
September 19, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930657/foundations-of-immunometabolism-and-implications-for-metabolic-health-and-disease
#10
REVIEW
Gökhan S Hotamisligil
Highly ordered interactions between immune and metabolic responses are evolutionarily conserved and paramount for tissue and organismal health. Disruption of these interactions underlies the emergence of many pathologies, particularly chronic non-communicable diseases such as obesity and diabetes. Here, we examine decades of research identifying the complex immunometabolic signaling networks and the cellular and molecular events that occur in the setting of altered nutrient and energy exposures and offer a historical perspective...
September 19, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930631/direct-evidence-of-intrinsic-blue-fluorescence-from-oligomeric-interfaces-of-human-serum-albumin
#11
Arpan Bhattacharya, Soumitra Bhowmik, Amit K Singh, Prashant Kodgire, Apurba K Das, Tushar Kanti Mukherjee
The molecular origin behind the concentration-dependent intrinsic blue fluorescence of human serum albumin (HSA) is not known yet. This unusual blue fluorescence is believed to be a characteristic feature of amyloid-like fibrils of protein/peptide and originates due to the delocalization of peptide bond electrons through the extended hydrogen bond networks of cross--sheet structure. Herein, by combining the results of spectroscopy, size exclusion chromatography, native gel electrophoresis and confocal microscopy, we have shown that the intrinsic blue fluorescence of HSA exclusively originates from oligomeric interfaces devoid of any amyloid-like fibrillar structure...
September 20, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930630/assessing-the-structure-and-stability-of-transmembrane-oligomeric-intermediates-of-an-%C3%AE-helical-toxin
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Rajat Desikan, Prabal K K Maiti, K Ganapathy Ayappa
Protein membrane interactions play an important role in our understanding of diverse phenomena ranging from membrane assisted protein aggregation to oligomerization and folding. Pore forming toxins (PFTs) form the primary vehicle for infection by several strains of bacteria. These proteins expressed in a water soluble form (monomers) bind to the target membrane (protomer) to form a transmembrane pore complex through a process of oligomerization. Based on the structure of the transmembrane domains, PFTs are broadly classified into β or α toxins...
September 20, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930617/genetic-manipulation-of-microalgae-for-the-production-of-bioproducts
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Patricia Vazquez-Villegas, Mario A Torres-Acosta, Sergio A Garcia-Echauri, Jose M Aguilar-Yanez, Marco Rito-Palomares, Federico Ruiz-Ruiz
Microalgae have been used during the past four decades in the Bio-industries for the production of high added value products and development of useful approaches with environmental applications. The fast growing rate, simple growth requirements and using sunlight as the major source of energy are the key factors for usage of algae. In the past 15 years, a considerable progress has been made regarding the use of microalgae for production of proteins, nutraceuticals, food supplements, molecular tags for diagnostics and fixation of greenhouse gases...
January 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Elite Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930582/hypothesis-on-interactions-of-macromolecules-based-on-molecular-vibration-patterns-in-cells-and-tissues
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Werner Jaross
The molecular vibration patterns of structure-forming macromolecules in the living cell create very specific electromagnetic frequency patterns which might be used for information on spatial position in the three-dimensional structure as well as the chemical characteristics. Chemical change of a molecule results in a change of the vibration pattern and thus in a change of the emitted electromagnetic frequency pattern. These patterns have to be received by proteins responsible for the necessary interactions and functions...
January 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Landmark Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930471/possible-way-to-study-cononsolvency-in-confinement-lattice-density-functional-theory-approach
#15
Xueqian Chen, Wei Feng, Xia Han, Honglai Liu
The polymer lattice density functional theory (PLDFT) is used to investigate the cononsolvency (CNS) phenomena related to polymer adsorption in a slit pore. Specifically, two simplest types of CNS are examined: CNS1 with solvent-cosolvent binding as the dominate factor and CNS2 with polymer-cosolvent binding as the dominate factor. The simplified models for CNS1/CNS2 well capture the symmetrical/asymmetrical reentrant swelling transition of polymers positively/negatively adsorbed on the solid surface as confirmed by the calculation of PLDFT...
September 20, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930469/simulation-study-on-the-reaction-diffusion-coupling-in-simple-pore-structures
#16
Yanping Li, Mingcan Zhao, Chengxiang Li, Wei Ge
Most porous media (just like catalyst pellets) have complicated pore structures, and understanding the coupling of the diffusion and reaction processes in these pores is very important for improving their performance. In this work, a diffusion factor (D) and a reaction factor (R) are proposed to quantitatively describe the diffusion and reaction performance in these pores respectively at molecular level. The yield in unit time is used to quantify their productivity and is expressed as the product of D and R...
September 20, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930460/imaging-the-photodissociation-dynamics-of-nitrous-acid-hono-the-role-of-torsion
#17
Chandika Amarasinghe, Alexander Kamasah, Casey D Foley, James O F Thompson, Arthur G Suits
We present the findings of the first imaging study of trans-HONO and cis-HONO photodissociation through the band and of the 1A" -1A' transition. The NO photofragment was probed by (1+1) Resonance Enhanced Multiphoton Ionization (REMPI) and studied using the DC slice imaging technique with our Finite Slice reconstruction method (FinA). The NO state-specific translational energy distributions show some rotational structure corresponding to the internal state distribution in the OH co-fragment. All images showed a perpendicular angular distribution with a recoil anisotropy parameter around -0...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930457/a-computational-investigation-of-the-geometrical-and-electronic-structures-of-vgen-0-n-1-4-clusters-by-density-functional-theory-and-multiconfigurational-casscf-caspt2-method
#18
Van Tan Tran, Minh Thao Nguyen, Quoc Tri Tran
Density functional theory and multiconfigurational CASSCF/CASPT2 method have been employed to study the low-lying states of VGen-/0 (n = 1 - 4) clusters. For VGe-/0 and VGe2-/0 clusters, the relative energies and geometrical structures of the low-lying states are reported at the CASSCF/CASPT2 level. For the VGe3-/0 and VGe4-/0 clusters, the computational results show that due to the large contribution of the Hartree-Fock exact exchange, the hybrid B3LYP, B3PW91, and PBE0 functionals overestimate the energies of the high-spin states as compared to the pure GGA BP86 and PBE functionals and the CASPT2 method...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930453/ab-initio-qm-mm-modelling-of-the-rate-limiting-proton-transfer-step-in-the-deamination-of-tryptamine-by-aromatic-amine-dehydrogenase
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Kara Elizabeth Ranaghan, William G Morris, Laura Masgrau, Kittusamy Senthilkumar, Linus O Johannissen, Nigel S Scrutton, Jeremy N Harvey, Frederick R Manby, Adrian J Mulholland
Aromatic amine dehydrogenase (AADH) and related enzymes are at the heart of debates on the roles of quantum tunnelling and protein dynamics in catalysis. The reaction of tryptamine in AADH involves significant quantum tunnelling in the rate-limiting proton transfer step, shown e.g. by large H/D primary kinetic isotope effects (KIEs), with unusual temperature dependence. We apply correlated ab initio combined quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics (QM/MM) methods, at levels up to local coupled cluster theory (LCCSD(T)/(aug)-cc-pVTZ), to calculate accurate potential energy surfaces for this reaction, which are necessary for quantitative analysis of tunnelling contributions and reaction dynamics...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930435/new-triplet-sensitization-routes-for-photon-upconversion-thermally-activated-delayed-fluorescence-molecules-inorganic-nanocrystals-and-singlet-to-triplet-absorption
#20
Nobuhiro Yanai, Nobuo Kimizuka
Photon upconversion based on triplet-triplet annihilation (TTA-UC) has attracted much interest because of its possible applications to renewable energy production and biological fields. In particular, the UC of near-infrared (NIR) light to visible (vis) light is imperative to overcome the Shockley-Queisser limit of single-junction photovoltaic cells, and the efficiency of photocatalytic hydrogen production from water can also be improved with the aid of vis-to-ultraviolet (UV) UC. However, both processes have met limitations in the wavelength range, efficiency, and sensitivity for weak incident light...
September 20, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
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