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Jakub Dostál, Barbora Benešová, Tobias Brixner
Excitation energy transfer in complex systems often proceeds through series of intermediate states. One of the goals of time-resolved spectroscopy is to identify the spectral signatures of all of them in the acquired experimental data and to characterize the energy transfer scheme between them. It is well known that in the case of transient absorption spectra such decomposition is ambiguous even if many simplifying considerations are taken. In contrast to transient absorption, absorptive 2D spectra intuitively resemble population transfer matrices...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
Uma Shankar Prasad Uday, Tarun Kanti Bandyopadhyay, Saswata Goswami, Biswanath Bhunia
The physiological and morphological changes were extensively studied during fed batch fermentation using newly isolated Aspergillus niger (KP874102.1). Significantly higher xylanase production was possible through optimization of environmental stresses by fed batch process. The fed batch fermentation was carried out for improved xylanase production (2524 U) where initial xylan was kept 1.5 g/L in the production medium. However, 3 g/L of xylan with 50 mM K2HPO4 having pH-7 was consecutively fed at 72 and 120 h of fermentation...
October 26, 2016: Bioengineered
Elizabeth A Gonzalez, Poulomi Nandy, Anne D Lucas, Victoria M Hitchins
Cleaning reusable medical devices removes organic and inorganic soil, which allows for effective disinfection and sterilization. However, it is not always clear what variables to consider when validating cleaning. This study compared the ability of 3 different cleaning agents (ie, water, alcohol, and bleach) to remove bacteria (ie, vegetative and spores) and artificial blood test soil from 2 common device materials: polypropylene and ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene. There was a complex interaction between bacteria, soil, and surface roughness...
October 21, 2016: American Journal of Infection Control
Gabriel Chia Shi Zhe, Andrew Green, Yuke Tien Fong, Haur Yueh Lee, Sweet Far Ho
Sodium hypochlorite is a clear yellowish solution with a characteristic odour of chlorine and is commonly used as a disinfectant and a bleaching agent. It is used in various healthcare settings for its fast-acting and broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity. It is a known irritant and there are some reports that it can also cause allergic contact dermatitis of type IV hypersensitivity. We report a case of work-related type I hypersensitivity to sodium hypochlorite, presenting with recurrent urticarial rash and a positive prick test reaction to this chemical...
October 21, 2016: BMJ Case Reports
Lorenzo Cecchi, Marzia Innocenti, Fabrizio Melani, Marzia Migliorini, Lanfranco Conte, Nadia Mulinacci
Herein we describe the influence of olive oil refining processes on the lignan profile. The detection of new isobaric lignans is suggested to reveal frauds in commercial extra-Virgin Olive Oils. We analyzed five commercial olive oils by HPLC-DAD-TOF/MS to evaluate their lignan content and detected, for the first time, some isobaric forms of natural (+)-pinoresinol and (+)-1-acetoxypinoresinol. Then we analyzed partially and fully-refined oils from Italy, Tunisia and Spain. The isobaric forms occur only during the bleaching step of the refining process and remain unaltered after the final deodorizing step...
March 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
Yu Hua Wong, Halimah Muhamad, Faridah Abas, Oi Ming Lai, Kar Lin Nyam, Chin Ping Tan
The effects of frying duration, frying temperature and concentration of sodium chloride on the formation of 3-monochloropropane-1,2-diol (3-MCPD) esters and glycidyl esters (GEs) of refined, bleached and deodorized (RBD) palm olein during deep-fat frying (at 160°C and 180°C) of potato chips (0%, 1%, 3% and 5% NaCl) for 100min/d for five consecutive days in eight systems were compared in this study. All oil samples collected after each frying cycle were analyzed for 3-MCPD esters, GEs, free fatty acid (FFA) contents, specific extinction at 232 and 268 nm (K232 and K268), p-anisidine value (pAV), and fatty acid composition...
March 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
Sophia L-Y Ling, David McD Taylor, Jeffery Robinson
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to determine the period prevalence, nature and causes of workplace chemical and toxin exposures reported to the Victorian Poisons Information Centre (VPIC). PATIENTS AND METHODS: All cases classified as 'workplace: acute' when entered into the VPIC database (June 2005-December 2013) were analysed. Data were collected on patient sex, the nature of the chemical or toxin, route of exposure and season. RESULTS: Overall, 4928 cases were extracted...
October 18, 2016: European Journal of Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the European Society for Emergency Medicine
Mandana Rafeey, Morteza Ghojazadeh, Saeede Sheikhi, Leila Vahedi
Introduction: Caustic ingestion that occurs accidently is one of the most common problems in children. Methods: This systematic review has been performed by searching the databases including Science Direct, ProQuest, Google Scholar, and PubMed. A strategic search was performed with keywords including caustic, corrosive, ingestion, and children, and was limited to articles in English and Persian. Data were analyzed using Comprehensive Meta-Analysis2 and PASW Statistics 18. Results: We selected 64 articles regarding caustic ingestion with a total sample of 11,345 cases...
September 2016: Journal of Caring Sciences
Rogan G Fraser, Rose Tan, Lauren N Ayton, Emily Caruso, Robyn H Guymer, Chi D Luu
Purpose: We determine the feasibility of using a dark-adapted chromatic (DAC) perimeter to obtain dark-adapted static and dynamic rod function at multiple retinal locations, and compare these functional parameters between subjects with intermediate age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and normal controls. Methods: Perimetric dark-adapted retinal sensitivities for the 505 and 620 nm stimuli across 7 retinal locations within the central 12° were repeatedly measured after exposing to a single photobleach in 22 intermediate AMD subjects and 8 controls...
October 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
Adam E Brummett, Mishtu Dey
The marine microbial catabolism of dimethylsulfoniopropionate (DMSP) by the lyase pathway liberates ~300 million tons of dimethylsulfide (DMS) per year, which plays a major role in the biogeochemical cycling of sulfur. Recent biochemical and structural studies of some DMSP lyases, including DddQ reveal the importance of divalent transition metal ions in assisting DMSP cleavage. While DddQ is believed to be zinc-dependent primarily based on structural studies, excess zinc inhibits the enzyme. We examine the importance of iron in regulating the DMSP β-elimination reaction catalyzed by DddQ as our as-isolated purple-colored enzyme possesses ~0...
October 18, 2016: Biochemistry
Atanu Acharya, Alexey M Bogdanov, Bella L Grigorenko, Ksenia B Bravaya, Alexander V Nemukhin, Konstantin A Lukyanov, Anna I Krylov
Photoinduced reactions play an important role in the photocycle of fluorescent proteins from the green fluorescent protein (GFP) family. Among such processes are photoisomerization, photooxidation/photoreduction, breaking and making of covalent bonds, and excited-state proton transfer (ESPT). Many of these transformations are initiated by electron transfer (ET). The quantum yields of these processes vary significantly, from nearly 1 for ESPT to 10(-4)-10(-6) for ET. Importantly, even when quantum yields are relatively small, at the conditions of repeated illumination the overall effect is significant...
October 18, 2016: Chemical Reviews
Akiko Haruyama, Atsushi Kameyama, Junji Kato, Shinji Takemoto, Yutaka Oda, Eiji Kawada, Toshiyuki Takahashi, Masahiro Furusawa
This study evaluated the microtensile bond strength (μTBS) of 1-step self-etch adhesives (1-SEAs) and 2-step self-etch adhesives (2-SEAs) to pulp chamber dentin immediately after bleaching with 2 types of common bleaching techniques. Pulp chamber dentin of bovine teeth was bleached using 30% hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) solution with quartz-tungsten-halogen light-curing unit (Group 1) and 3.5% H2O2-containing titanium dioxide (TiO2) (Pyrenees®) activated with 405-nm violet diode laser for 15 min (Group 2). Unbleached specimens were placed in distilled water for 15 min and used as controls...
2016: BioMed Research International
Sangobtip Pongstabodee, Phuwadej Pornaroontham, Nuthapol Pintuyothin, Nuttapol Pootrakulchote, Nutthavich Thouchprasitchai
CO2 capture performance of bifunctional activated bleaching earth (ABE) was investigated at atmospheric pressure. The sorbents were characterized by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET), Caron-Hydrogen-Nitrogen analysis (CHN), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) and thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA). The CO2 capacity was enhanced via basic-modification and monoethanolamine (MEA) loading of the ABE sorbent to obtain a bifunctional surface property. Here, basic-modified calcined ABE with a 30wt...
October 2016: Journal of Environmental Sciences (China)
Farshad Darvishi, Marzieh Moradi, Catherine Madzak, Claude Jolivalt
Laccases are used in numerous applications, from green degradation of various xenobiotic compounds, waste detoxification, textile dye bleaching, and delignification of lignocellulose materials to biofuel production. In this study, the recombinant Yarrowia lipolytica YL4 strain carrying the white-rot fungus Trametes versicolor laccase IIIb gene was used for laccase production from beet molasses as an agro-industrial residue. Response surface methodology was used to statistical optimization of the production of laccase by Y...
October 15, 2016: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Dimitrios Dionysopoulos, Dimitrios Strakas, Eugenia Koliniotou-Koumpia, Effimia Koumpia
The aim of this in vitro study was to evaluate the effect of using Er,Cr:YSGG laser during in-office tooth bleaching on bovine enamel surface to evaluate the safety of this therapy on tooth tissues. Thirty-six enamel specimens were prepared from bovine incisors and divided into three groups: Group 1 specimens (control) received no bleaching treatment; Group 2 received a conventional in-office bleaching treatment (40 % H2O2); Group 3 received laser-assisted bleaching procedure (40 % H2O2) utilizing an Er,Cr:YSGG laser...
October 14, 2016: Odontology
Neelam S Kumari, Shyamala Srujana, Annapoorna Sireesha, L Krishna, O Sharavan Kumar
Esophageal melanocytosis is a rare benign condition characterized by melanocytic proliferation in esophageal squamous epithelium and melanin deposition in the mucosa. Because of its uncommon nature, pathologists and gastroenterologists lack experience with this entity. We present a case of esophageal melanocytosis in a 66 years old male patient who presented with atypical chest pain and dysphagia. Endoscopic guided biopsy was done, provisional diagnosis of esophageal melanocytosis was made. Bleaching and immunohistochemistry confirmed the diagnosis...
May 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Andrea Kakuszi, Katalin Solymosi, Béla Böddi
The maintenance but substantial transformation of plastids was found in lowermost hypocotyl segments of soil-grown bean plants (Phaseolus vulgaris cv. Magnum) during a 60-day cultivation period. Although the plants were grown under natural light-dark cycles, this hypocotyl segment was under full coverage of the soil in 5-7 cm depth, thus it was never exposed to light. The 4-day old plants were fully etiolated: amyloplasts, occasionally prolamellar bodies, protochlorophyllide (Pchlide) and protochlorophyll (Pchl) were found in the hypocotyls of these young seedlings...
October 13, 2016: Physiologia Plantarum
Birol Cabukusta, Jan A Köhlen, Christian P Richter, Changjiang You, Joost C M Holthuis
Single-molecule photobleaching has emerged as a powerful non-invasive approach to extract the stoichiometry of multimeric membrane proteins in their native cellular environment. However, this method has mainly been used to determine the subunit composition of ion channels and receptors at the plasma membrane. In here we applied single-molecule photobleaching to analyse the oligomeric state of an ER-resident candidate ceramide sensor protein, SMSr/SAMD8. Co-immunoprecipitation and chemical crosslinking studies previously revealed that the N-terminal sterile alpha motif or SAM domain of SMSr drives self-assembly of the protein into oligomers and that SMSr oligomerization is promoted by curcumin, a drug known to perturb ER ceramide and calcium homeostasis...
October 10, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Dariusz M Niedzwiedzki, Christopher Neil Hunter, Robert E Blankenship
Carotenoids are a class of natural pigments present in all phototrophic organisms, mainly in their light-harvesting proteins in which they play roles of accessory light absorbers and photoprotectors. Extensive time-resolved spectroscopic studies of these pigments have revealed unexpectedly complex photophysical properties, particularly for carotenoids in light-harvesting LH2 complexes from purple bacteria. An ambiguous, optically forbidden electronic excited state designated as S* has been postulated to be involved in carotenoid excitation relaxation and in an alternative carotenoid-to-bacteriochlorophyll energy transfer pathway, as well as being a precursor of the carotenoid triplet state...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
Hsin-Yi Wang, Han-Yi Chen, Ying-Ya Hsu, Ulrich Stimming, Hao Ming Chen, Bin Liu
We report that an ultrafast kinetics of reversible metal-ion insertion can be realized in anatase titanium dioxide (TiO2). Niobium ions (Nb5+) were carefully chosen to dope and drive anatase TiO2 into very thin nanosheets standing perpendicularly onto transparent conductive electrode (TCE) and simultaneously construct TiO2 with an ion-conducting surface together with expanded ion diffusion channels, which enabled ultrafast metal ions diffusion across the electrolyte/solid interface and into the bulk of TiO2...
October 11, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
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