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Riza Eka Saputra, Yayuk Astuti, Adi Darmawan
This work investigated the synthesis of dimethoxydimethylsilane:tetraethoxysilane (DMDMS:TEOS) silica thin films as well as the effect of DMDMS:TEOS molar ratios and calcination temperature on hydrophobic properties of silica thin films and its correlation with the FTIR spectra behaviour. The silica thin films were synthesized by sol-gel method using combination of DMDMS and TEOS as silica precursors, ethanol as solvent and ammonia as catalyst, with DMDMS and TEOS molar ratio of 10:90, 25:75, 50:50, 75:25 and 90:10...
March 14, 2018: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
Xiao-Yan Wang, Hui Ren
Ginseng stems and leaves (GSAL) are abundant in ginsenosides compounds. For efficient utilization of GSAL and the enhancement of total ginsenosides (TG) compound yields in GSAL, TG from GSAL were extracted, using dynamic-microwave assisted extraction coupled with enzymatic hydrolysis (DMAE-EH) method. The extraction process has been simulated and its main influencing factors such as ethanol concentration, microwave temperature, microwave time and pump flow rate have been optimized by response surface methodology coupled with a Box-Behnken design(BBD)...
March 21, 2018: Preparative Biochemistry & Biotechnology
Kang Jia Lu, Jian Zuo, Jian Chang, Hong Nan Kuan, Tai-Shung Chung
Management of produced water from shale gas production is a global challenge. Vacuum membrane distillation (VMD) is considered as a promising solution because of its various advantages. However, low surface tension species in produced water can easily deposit on the membrane surface and cause severe fouling or wetting problems. To solve the problems, an omniphobic polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF) hollow fiber membrane has been developed via silica nanoparticle deposition followed by a Teflon® AF 2400 coating in this study...
March 21, 2018: Environmental Science & Technology
Junyi Yang, Xiao Feng, Guangnong Lu, Yulin Li, Chaochao Mao, Zhongliang Wen, Wenbing Yuan
The use of salts as grinding media to assist the mechanosynthesis, and the following one-pot mechanochemical post-synthesis, of hierarchically porous MOFs was carried out efficiently by ball milling. NaCl or KCl were used as a solid solvent to initially pre-grind with 1,3,5-benzenetricarboxylic acid (H3BTC) and copper acetate monhydrate, respectively, for 1 minute, then both mixtures were combined together for a further 20 minutes of grinding, and the resultant mixture was finally washed with ethanol and water to obtain the hierarchically micro-, meso- and macroporous HKUST-1 with a high yield...
March 21, 2018: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Asuka Fujii, Natsuko Sugawara, Po-Jen Hsu, Takuto Shimamori, Ying-Cheng Li, Toru Hamashima, Jer-Lai Kuo
Because of the hydrogen bond coordination properties of alcohols, their possible hydrogen bond network structures are categorized into only a few types. Therefore, gas phase clusters of alcohols can be a very simple model system to examine the properties of hydrogen bond networks, such as structural development with cluster size and temperature dependence. In this perspective, we focus on the structural study of protonated short-chain alcohol clusters, whose excess protons (charge) enable size-selective spectroscopy in combination with mass spectrometric techniques...
March 21, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Muluken Yayeh, Shimelis Dagnachew, Meseret Tilahun, Achenef Melaku, Tadegegn Mitiku, Mohamed Yesuf, Zewdu Seyoum, Habtamu Kefyalew
The current study was undertaken from December 2015 to May 2016 with the aim of determining and comparing the pathogenicity and response to diminazene aceturate (DA) and isometamidium chloride (ISM) treatment in experimentally infected mice with trypanosome isolates from Jawi and Birsheleko areas of northwest Ethiopia. A total of 42 mice were used for the experiment. These mice were randomly assigned in to 7 groups of 6 mice per group. Three of the groups (Group 1, 4 and 5) were inoculated with trypanosome isolated from Jawi and three other groups (Group-2, 6 and 7) were inoculated with trypanosome isolated from Birsheleko and the remaining one group (Group 3) was negative control...
February 2018: Heliyon
Yue Zhang, Liying Zhang, Qi Zhang, Xitong Zhang, Tong Zhang, Bing Wang
Background: Brucea javanica oil (BJO), a traditional Chinese herbal medicine, has a variety of pharmacological activities and several BJO-related patent drugs have been widely used in China. Purpose: The objective of this study was to evaluate the gastric therapeutic effects of self-made BJO and its pharmaceutical potential to formulate novel BJO gastroretentive floating bead by comparing with commercial products. Methods: BJO was extracted from the seeds of B...
2018: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
Asmah Hamid, Farah Wahida Ibrahim, Teoh Hooi Ming, Mohd Nazir Nasrom, Norelina Eusoff, Khairana Husain, Mazlyzam Abdul Latif
BACKGROUND: Zingiber zerumbet (L.) Smith belongs to the Zingiberaceae family that is widely distributed throughout the tropics, particularly in Southeast Asia. It is locally known as 'Lempoyang' and traditionally used to treat fever, constipation and to relieve pain. It is also known to possess antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. Based on these antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities, this study was conducted to investigate the effects of ethyl-acetate extract of Z. zerumbet rhizomes against ethanol-induced brain damage in male Wistar rats...
March 20, 2018: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Yoon-Young Sung, Dong-Seon Kim, Seung-Hyung Kim, Ho Kyoung Kim
BACKGROUND: Allium fistulosum (Welsh onion) is a traditional medicinal plant used for the treatment of colds, influenza, abdominal pain, headache, and heart disease. This study evaluated the effects of A. fistulosum ethanolic extract (AFE) and aqueous extract (AFW) on body weight and other obesity-related parameters. METHODS: Male 8-week-old C57BL/6 J mice were fed either a standard chow diet (normal control) or a high-fat diet (HFD) either alone (HFD-control) or in combination with G...
March 20, 2018: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Aamer Saeed, Mubeen Arif, Mauricio F Erben, Ulrich Flörke, Jim Simpson
Two closely related hybrid species containing both, thiazolyl and coumarin groups, were synthesized by using two different one-pot procedures from a common precursor. The reaction of α-bromoacetylcoumarin with thioacetamide in methanol furnished 3‑(2‑methylthiazol‑4‑yl)‑2H‑chromen‑2‑one (2), whereas refluxing α‑bromoacetylcoumarin with potassium thiocyanate in ethanol afforded 3‑(2‑ethoxythiazol‑4‑yl)‑2H‑chromen‑2‑one (3). Both derivatives were fully characterized by spectroscopic methods, elemental analysis and X-ray diffraction studies...
March 13, 2018: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
Zhulan Gu, Shumin Li, Zhiping Xiong, Hui Xu, Fei Gao, Yukou Du
Bimetallic nanocatalysts with small particle size benefit from markedly enhanced electrocatalytic activity and stability during small molecule oxidation. Herein, we report a facile method to synthesize binary Pt-Ru nanoparticles dispersed on a carbon support at an optimum temperature. Because of its monodispersed nanostructure, synergistic effects were observed between Pt and Ru and the PtRu/C electrocatalysts showed remarkably enhanced electrocatalytic activity towards ethanol oxidation. The peak current density of the Pt1 Ru1 /C electrocatalyst is 3731 mA mg-1 , which is 9...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Sowmya Mekala, Subbarao V Tullimilli, Ramasatyaveni Geesala, Kanakaraju Manupati, Neha R Dhoke, Amitava Das
Apoptotic hepatocytes release factors that activate Hepatic Stellate Cells (HSCs) thereby inducing hepatic fibrosis. In the present study, in vivo and in vitro injury models were established using acetaminophen, ethanol, carbon tetrachloride or thioacetamide. Hepatotoxicant-induced diseased hepatic tissue histology correlated with a differential expression of fibrosis-related genes. Marked increase in co-staining of TGFRIIβ-Desmin or α-SMA-PDGFRβ, markers of activated HSCs, in liver sections of these hepatotoxicant-treated mice also depicted an increase in Annexin V-Cytokeratin expressing hepatocytes...
March 20, 2018: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
Tomasz Tański, Wiktor Matysiak
The purpose of this paper was to produce SiO₂ and TiO₂ nanowires via the electrospinning process from a polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP)/Tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS)/Titanium (IV) butoxide (TNBT)/dimethylformamide (DMF) and ethanol (EtOH) solution. The as-obtained nanofibers were calcined at temperatures ranging from 400 °C to 600 °C in order to remove the organic phase. The one-dimensional ceramic nanostructures were studied using a scanning electron microscope (SEM) and a transmission electron microscope (TEM) to analyze the influence of the used temperature on the morphology and structures of the obtained ceramic nanomaterials...
March 20, 2018: Nanomaterials
Gong Jin, Jing Sun, Yuan Yuan, Dan-Dan He, Chao-Guo Yan
Triethylamine-promoted cycloaddition reactions of N-phenacyl and N-alkoxycarbonylmethylbenzothiazolium bromides with aromatic aldehydes and malononitrile (ethyl cyanoacetate, pivaloylacetonitrile) in ethanol afforded functionalized tetrahydrobenzo[d]pyrrolo[2,1-b]thiazoles in good yields and various diastereoselectivity. The oxidation reaction of the functionalized tetrahydrobenzo[d]pyrrolo[2,1-b]thiazoles with DDQ in different solvents resulted in diverse benzothiazole derivatives and benzo[d]pyrrolo[2,1-b]thiazoles...
March 19, 2018: Molecular Diversity
Teresa Lopes da Silva, Paula C Passarinho, Ricardo Galriça, Afonso Zenóglio, Patricia Armshaw, J Tony Pembroke, Con Sheahan, Alberto Reis, Francisco Gírio
Flow cytometry was used to evaluate the effect of initial ethanol concentrations on cyanobacterial strains of Synechocystis PCC 6803 [wild-type (WT), and ethanol producing recombinants (UL 004 and UL 030)] in batch cultures. Ethanol recombinants, containing one or two metabolically engineered cassettes, were designed towards the development of an economically competitive process for the direct production of bioethanol from microalgae through an exclusive autotrophic route. It can be concluded that the recombinant Synechocystis UL 030 containing two copies of the genes per genome was the most tolerant to ethanol...
March 2018: Biotechnology Reports
Zahra Heidari, Ali Salehzadeh, Seyed Ataollah Sadat Shandiz, Sara Tajdoost
This study highlights the anti-oxidant and anti-cancer activities of bio-functionalized Thymus vulgaris silver nanoparticles (TVAgNPs) and bioactive compounds were compared using the human breast cancer T47D cell line. The aqueous ethanolic extract of T. vulgaris evaluated for chemical composition using the gas chromatography-mass spectrometer (GC-MS) analysis. The prepared TVAgNPs were determined by means of UV-Vis spectroscopy, FTIR spectroscopy, zeta potential, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and energy-dispersed spectroscopy analysis...
March 2018: 3 Biotech
Jinna Yang, Wangyi Zhou, Yaru Gu, Jinwei Dai, Xinxin Li, Ping Tai, Yanchuan Li, Xiaohui Ma, Yuyang Zhang
Pu-erh tea has become a focus of research due to its reported biological activities, including anti-oxidation, anti-inflammation and anti-immunosenescence. The present study was performed to evaluate the potential gastroprotective function of Pu-erh tea extracts against ethanol-induced gastric mucosal damage in rats. Sprague Dawley rats were randomly divided into seven groups: A normal control, a model control, a cimetidine (0.08 g/kg) group, three Pu-erh tea extracts groups (low, moderate and high-dose; 0...
April 2018: Biomedical Reports
Ashley C Nelson, Stephanie B Williams, Stephanie S Pistorius, Hyun J Park, Taylor J Woodward, Andrew J Payne, J Daniel Obray, Samuel I Shin, Jennifer K Mabey, Scott C Steffensen
The neural mechanisms underlying alcohol dependence are not well-understood. GABAergic neurons in the ventral tegmental area (VTA) are a relevant target for ethanol. They are inhibited by ethanol at physiologically-relevant levels in vivo and display marked hyperexcitability during withdrawal. In the present study, we examined the effects of the GABA(A) receptor agonist muscimol on VTA neurons ex vivo following withdrawal from acute and chronic ethanol exposure. We used standard cell-attached mode electrophysiology in the slice preparation to evaluate the effects of muscimol on VTA GABA neuron firing rate following exposure to acute and chronic ethanol in male CD-1 GAD-67 GFP mice...
2018: Frontiers in Neuroscience
Rola M Labib, Radhakrishnan Srivedavyasasri, Fadia S Youssef, Samir A Ross
Pinus roxburghii is highly popular as a potent analgesic and anti-inflammatory agent; however its exact mechanism of action was not fully elucidated. We aimed to interpret the analgesic and anti-inflammatory activity of the total ethanol extract of Pinus roxburghii bark (PRE) and its isolated compounds by both in silico molecular modelling and in-vitro cannabinoid and opioid binding activities evaluation for the first time. Comprehensive phytochemical investigation of PRE resulted in the isolation of sixteen compounds that were fully elucidated using1 H NMR and13 C NMR...
March 2018: Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal: SPJ: the Official Publication of the Saudi Pharmaceutical Society
Xiyou Du, Abdur Rauf Khan, Manfei Fu, JianboJi, Aihua Yu, Guangxi Zhai
Paclitaxel (PTX) belongs to a class of taxane anti-tumor drug used for the clinic treatment of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, non-small-cell lung cancer, and so on. PTX has poor water solubility and oral bioavailability. It is generally administered via intravenous (i.v.) infusion. Traditional PTX injectable preparations contain Cremophor-EL and ethanol to improve its solubility, which would result in adverse reactions like severe hypersensitivity, neutropenia, etc. Adverse reactions can be reduced only by complicated pretreatment with glucocorticoid and antihistamines drugs and followed by PTX slow infusion for three hours, which has brought significant inconvenience to the patients...
March 16, 2018: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
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