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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821179/pungency-evaluation-of-hydroxyl-sanshool-compounds-after-dissolution-in-taste-carriers-per-time-related-characteristics
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Lulu Zhang, Bolin Shi, Houyin Wang, Lei Zhao, Zhongxiu Chen
This study was conducted to investigate the sensory characteristics and temporal migration of hydroxyl-sanshool compounds at slight and moderate concentrations after dissolution in ethanol-water, saccharose, NaCl, and MSG via 2-AFC, time intensity (TI) and temporal dominance of sensations (TDS) methods. The pungency detection threshold (DT) was suppressed in saccharose while NaCl and MSG solutions showed no effect on pungency DT. The area under the curve (AUC) of pungency increased in NaCl and MSG solutions and decreased significantly in saccharose solution...
September 1, 2017: Chemical Senses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821138/biocompatible-chitin-carbon-nanotubes-composite-hydrogels-as-neuronal-growth-substrates
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Shuangquan Wu, Bo Duan, Ang Lu, Yanfeng Wang, Qifa Ye, Lina Zhang
In the past decades, extensive studies have demonstrated that carbon nanotubes (CNTs) could promote cell adhesion, proliferation and differentiation of neuronal cells. However, the potential cytotoxicity in biological systems severely restricted the utilization of CNTs as substrates for neural growth. In this study, biocompatible chitin/carbon nanotubes (Ch/CNT) composite hydrogels were developed via blending modified CNTs with chitin solution in 11wt% NaOH/4wt% urea aqueous system, and subsequently regenerating in ethanol...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821133/single-helix-in-v-type-starch-carrier-determines-the-encapsulation-capacity-of-ethylene
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Linfan Shi, Xiong Fu, Qiang Huang, Bin Zhang
V-type starch carriers with different single helix contents were prepared using alcoholic-alkaline treatment followed by ethanol precipitation. Ethylene gas was entrapped into V-type starch carriers using a solid encapsulation method. The morphological and structural properties of inclusion complexes (ICs) were characterized using scanning electron and light microscopy, X-ray diffractometry, (13)C solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and Raman spectroscopy. Aqueous ethanol treatment resulted in swelling and aggregation of starch granules, and B-type diffraction reflections were either reduced or completely lost with evolution of V-type pattern...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821112/electrospun-hypromellose-based-hydrophilic-composites-for-rapid-dissolution-of-poorly-water-soluble-drug
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Qing Wang, Deng-Guang Yu, Ling-Ling Zhang, Xin-Kuan Liu, Yang-Chao Deng, Min Zhao
Hypromellose (HPMC)-based hydrophilic composites (HCs) used for rapid dissolution of ferulic acid (FA) were investigated. Electrospun and casting HCs were prepared from a solution containing HPMC, FA, and polyethylene glycol. Ethanol was used as sheath fluid during coaxial processes, and the effects of its flow rates on the Taylor cone and straight fluid jet were investigated. The morphology, component state, hydrophilicity, and drug dissolution rate of the HCs were characterized. Results demonstrated that all HCs were amorphous materials, and their components were compatible...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821074/dope-dyeing-of-lyocell-fiber-with-nmmo-based-carbon-black-dispersion
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Liping Zhang, Weize Sun, Dan Xu, Min Li, Christiana Agbo, Shaohai Fu
NMMO-based carbon black (CB) dispersion was prepared and its properties as well as its compatibility with lyocell spinning solution were further investigated. Modified lignosulfonate (SP) was verified to be the preeminent dispersant for the preparation of NMMO-based CB dispersion with mass ratio of SP to CB 20% and water to NMMO 13%. The compatibility of NMMO-based CB dispersion with lyocell spinning solution had close relation with dispersant structure and CB content. Mass ratio of CB to cellulose affects the mechanical properties, color strength and crystallinity of lyocell fiber...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820947/dysregulated-mitogen-activated-protein-kinase-and-matrix-metalloproteinase-in-ethanol-induced-cavernosal-dysfunction
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Jaqueline Jóice Muniz, Leticia Nogueira Leite, Riccardo Lacchini, Jose E Tanus-Santos, Carlos Renato Tirapelli
We evaluated the effects of ethanol consumption on the mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPK) and metalloproteinases (MMP) pathways in the rat cavernosal smooth muscle (CSM). Male Wistar rats were treated with ethanol (20% vol./vol.) for six weeks. Quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction experiments showed that ethanol consumption did not alter mRNA levels of p38MAPK, SAPK/JNK, ERK1/2, MMP-2 or MMP-9 in the rat CSM. Western immunoblotting experiments revealed decreased protein expression of p38MAPK and phosphorylation of SAPK/JNK in the CSM from ethanol-treated rats...
August 18, 2017: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820591/predicting-relative-stability-of-conformers-in-solution-with-cosmo-rs
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Astrid Pung, Ivo Leito
The ability of the COSMO-RS method to predict the relative stability of different conformers of the same species in solution was evaluated by comparing computational results with experimental conformer data for 101 molecules from 20 literature sources. The solvents CDCl3, CD2Cl2, benzene, toluene, ethyl ether, tetrahydrofuran, acetone, dimethylformamide, DMSO (and DMSO-d6), water and ethanol were used (dictated by the solvents used in the literature). In the case of 16 molecules the quantitative conformer abundances were also available and were compared with the data from computations...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820275/in-vitro-anti-acne-activity-of-phytoactives-from-the-stem-bark-of-artocarpus-hirsutus-lam-and-characterisation-of-pyranocycloartobiloxanthone-a-as-a-mixture-of-two-anomers
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Mahadeva Nayak, A Nagarajan, Muhammed Majeed, Kalyanam Nagabhushanam, Ambar K Choudhury
This study is aimed to isolate the phytoactives from the stem bark of Artocarpus hirsutus and evaluate their in vitro anti-acne activity. The ethanolic stem bark extract of A. hirsutus provided two major phytoactive constituents: (i) pyranocycloartobiloxanthone A, (1) and (ii) Artonine E, (2) whose structures were determined by NMR and MS spectroscopic analysis. The present study is the first to report compound 1 as a mixture of two anomers (α and β), approximately 70:30 ratio. Both compounds 1 and 2 were isolated for the first time from this plant...
August 18, 2017: Natural Product Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820246/manganese-catalyzed-upgrading-of-ethanol-into-1-butanol
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Shaomin Fu, Zhihui Shao, Yujie Wang, Qiang Liu
Biomass-derived ethanol is an important renewable feedstock. Its conversion into high-quality biofuels is a promising route to replace fossil resources. Herein, an efficient manganese-catalyzed Guerbet-type condensation reaction of ethanol to form 1-butanol was explored. This is the first example of upgrading ethanol into higher alcohols using a homogeneous non-noble-metal catalyst. This process proceeded selectively in the presence of a well-defined manganese pincer complex at the parts per million (ppm) level...
August 18, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820222/quasi-zero-dimensional-cobalt-doped-ceo2-dots-on-pd-catalysts-for-alcohol-electro-oxidation-with-enhanced-poisoning-tolerance
#10
Qiang Tan, Haiyan Zhu, Shengwu Guo, Yuanzhen Chen, Tao Jiang, Chengyong Shu, Shaokun Chong, Benjamin Hultman, Yongning Liu, Gang Wu
Deactivation of an anode catalyst resulting from the poisoning of COad-like intermediates is one of the major problems for methanol and ethanol electro-oxidation reactions (MOR & EOR), and remains a grand challenge towards achieving high performance for direct alcohol fuel cells (DAFCs). Herein, we report a new approach for the preparation of ultrafine cobalt-doped CeO2 dots (Co-CeO2, d = 3.6 nm), which can be an effective anti-poisoning promoter for Pd catalysts towards MOR and EOR in alkaline media. Compared to Pd/CeO2 and pure Pd, the hybrid Pd/Co-CeO2 nanocomposite catalyst exhibited a much enhanced activity and remarkable anti-poisoning ability for both MOR and EOR...
August 18, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819950/successful-eus-guided-ethanol-ablation-of-insulinoma-four-year-follow-up-case-report-and-literature-review
#11
Krzysztof Dąbkowski, Paula Gajewska, Kamila Walter, Magdalena Londzin-Olesik, Andrzej Białek, Elżbieta Andrysiak-Mammos, Beata Kos-Kudła, Teresa Starzyńska
INTRODUCTION: EUS-guided ethanol ablation of insulinoma is a new method of treatment of this neuroendocrine tumour. Ablation is recommended in patients who are poor surgical candidates or refuse surgery. We present a case of an 81-year-old female with symptomatic insulinoma, treated successfully with EUS-guided alcoholic ablation, along with a literature review including 28 other previously described cases. The effectiveness, safety of the therapy, and technical procedure-related issues are summarised...
2017: Endokrynologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819659/solvent-hydrophobicity-induced-complex-coacervation-of-dsdna-and-in-situ-formed-zein-nanoparticles
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Pankaj Kumar Pandey, Priyanka Kaushik, Kamla Rawat, V K Aswal, H B Bohidar
Zein, a predominantly hydrophobic protein, was sustained as a stable dispersion in ethanol-water (80 : 20, % (v/v)) binary solvent at room temperature (25 °C). Addition of aqueous dsDNA solution (1% (w/v)) to the above dispersion prepared with the protein concentration of Czein = 0.01-0.5% (w/v) caused a concomitant change in ethanol content from 14-35% (v/v), which in turn generated zein nanoparticles in situ of size 80-120 nm increasing with water content. The subsequent associative interaction between DNA (polyanion; 2000 bps) and the positively charged zein nanoparticles, (at pH = 4) was driven by Coulombic forces, and by the solvent hydrophobicity due to the ethanol content of the binary solvent...
August 18, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819238/effects-of-environmental-enrichment-upon-ethanol-induced-conditioned-place-preference-and-pre-frontal-bdnf-levels-in-adolescent-and-adult-mice
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Ricardo Marcos Pautassi, Andrea B Suárez, Lucas Barbosa Hoffmann, André Veloso Rueda, Mariana Rae, Priscila Marianno, Rosana Camarini
Environmental enrichment (EE) provides a non-pharmacological tool to alter drug-induced reward, yet its effects on ethanol-induced reward remain controversial. We analyzed adolescent vs. adult (mice) differences in the influence of EE on ethanol-induced conditioned place preference (CPP). The effects of these treatments on brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) levels in the prefrontal cortex were examined in a separate group of animals. Ethanol-induced CPP was found in adults, and it was similar in EE and in animals reared under standard housing conditions (SC)...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819215/dilution-of-whisky-the-molecular-perspective
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Björn C G Karlsson, Ran Friedman
Whisky is distilled to around 70% alcohol by volume (vol-%) then diluted to about 40 vol-%, and often drunk after further slight dilution to enhance its taste. The taste of whisky is primarily associated with amphipathic molecules, such as guaiacol, but why and how dilution enhances the taste is not well understood. We carried out computer simulations of water-ethanol mixtures in the presence of guaiacol, providing atomistic details on the structure of the liquid mixture. We found that guaiacol is preferentially associated with ethanol, and, therefore, primarily found at the liquid-air interface in mixtures that contain up to 45 vol-% of ethanol...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818741/identification-of-sterols-from-the-soft-coral-dendronephthya-gigantea-and-their-anti-inflammatory-potential
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I P Shanura Fernando, K K Asanka Sanjeewa, Hyun-Soo Kim, Seo-Young Kim, Seung-Hong Lee, Won Woo Lee, You-Jin Jeon
Exploration of anti-inflammatory phytochemicals has received tremendous attention worldwide owing to the rapid increase in inflammatory diseases. Current study reveals the identification of eight 3β-hydroxy-Δ(5)-steroidal congeners from a nonpolar column fraction of the ethanol solubles from the soft coral Dendronephthya gigantea collected from Jeju Island South Korea, using GC-MS/MS analysis. The sterol-rich fraction (DGEH21) showed a significant anti-inflammatory activity as exhibited by the inhibition of NO production (IC50 4...
August 9, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818383/methyl-jasmonate-and-salicylic-acid-are-able-to-modify-cell-wall-but-only-salicylic-acid-alters-biomass-digestibility-in-the-model-grass-brachypodium-distachyon
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Thiago Alves Napoleão, Giuliana Soares, Camilo Elber Vital, Carla Bastos, Robson Castro, Marcelo Ehlers Loureiro, Andrea Giordano
In addition to playing a key role in the response to environmental changes, cell walls are also considered as a valuable feedstock for cellulosic ethanol. Here we explored the effects of the stress-response hormones, salicylic acid and methyl jasmonate, on cell wall biosynthesis and biomass digestibility in Brachypodium distachyon, a species recently considered as a suitable model for biomass conversion. We found that in response to salicylic acid or methyl jasmonate treatment, plant growth was reduced coupled with significant changes in cell wall composition...
October 2017: Plant Science: An International Journal of Experimental Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817965/trametes-versicolor-ethanol-extract-a-promising-candidate-for-health-promoting-food-supplement
#17
Ljiljana Janjušević, Boris Pejin, Sonja Kaišarević, Stanislava Gorjanović, Ferenc Pastor, Kristina Tešanović, Maja Karaman
This study aimed to estimate antiradical, antioxidant (AO) and cytotoxic activities of the fungus Trametes versicolor ethanol fruiting body extract. The extract was found to effectively scavenge both O2(•-) and NO(•) (29.62 and 52.48 μg/mL, respectively). It also showed a good AO activity in the polarographic HPMC assay (950%/mL). p-Hydroxybenzoic acid may be one of the responsible compounds for the afore-mentioned activities. The same extract also exhibited a concentration-dependent cytotoxicity against MCF-7 and HepG2 tumour cell lines reaching IC50 values of 123...
August 18, 2017: Natural Product Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817785/diving-into-the-world-of-alcohol-teratogenesis-a-review-of-zebrafish-models-of-fetal-alcohol-spectrum-disorders
#18
Yohaan Fernandes, Desirè M Buckley, Johann K Eberhart
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) refer to the entire suite of deleterious outcomes resulting from embryonic alcohol exposure. Along with other reviews in this edition, we provide insight into how animal models, specifically the zebrafish; have informed our understanding of FASD. We first provide a brief introduction to FASD. We discuss the zebrafish as a model organism and its strengths for alcohol research. We detail how zebrafish has been used to model some of the major defects present in FASD. These include behavioral defects, such as social behavior as well as learning and memory, and structural defects, disrupting organs such as the brain, sensory organs, heart and craniofacial skeleton...
August 17, 2017: Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Biochimie et Biologie Cellulaire
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817614/development-of-a-technique-for-psyllium-husk-mucilage-purification-with-simultaneous-microencapsulation-of-curcumin
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André Álvares Monge Neto, Rita de Cássia Bergamasco, Flávio Faria de Moraes, Antônio Medina Neto, Rosane Marina Peralta
This study focused on evaluating a technique for the psyllium husk mucilage (PHM) purification with simultaneous microencapsulation of curcumin. PHM was extracted with water and purified with ethanol. For the mucilage purification and simultaneous microencapsulation, an ethanolic solution of curcumin was used. After dehydration, the samples were analysed by instrumental techniques and evaluated for thermal stability. The presence of curcumin in the solution did not impair the yield of precipitated polysaccharide...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817146/controlled-deposition-of-palladium-nanodendrites-on-the-tips-of-gold-nanorods-and-their-enhanced-catalytic-activity
#20
Gaoxing Su, Huaqiao Jiang, Hongyan Zhu, Jing-Jing Lv, Guohai Yang, Bing Yan, Jun-Jie Zhu
Plasmonic Au-Pd nanostructures have drawn significant attention for use in heterogeneous catalysis. In this study, palladium nanodendrite-tipped gold nanorods (PdND-T-AuNRs) were subjected to a facile fabrication under mild reaction conditions. The palladium amounts on the two tips were tunable. In the preparation of PdND-T-AuNRs, dense capped AuNRs, a low reaction temperature, and suitable stabilizing agents were identified as critical reaction parameters for controlling palladium nanodendrites deposited on both ends of AuNRs...
August 17, 2017: Nanoscale
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