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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109196/embodying-pervasive-discrimination-a-decomposition-of-sexual-orientation-inequalities-in-health-in-a-population-based-cross-sectional-study-in-northern-sweden
#1
Per E Gustafsson, Ida Linander, Paola A Mosquera
BACKGROUND: Studies from Sweden and abroad have established health inequalities between heterosexual and non-heterosexual people. Few studies have examined the underpinnings of such sexual orientation inequalities in health. To expand this literature, the present study aimed to employ decomposition analysis to explain health inequalities between people with heterosexual and non-heterosexual orientation in Sweden, a country with an international reputation for heeding the human rights of non-heterosexual people...
January 21, 2017: International Journal for Equity in Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108924/the-nexus-of-oil-consumption-co2-emissions-and-economic-growth-in-china-japan-and-south-korea
#2
Behnaz Saboori, Ehsan Rasoulinezhad, Jinsok Sung
This article attempts to explore the nexus between oil consumption, economic growth and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in three East Asian oil importing countries (i.e. China, South Korea and Japan) over the period 1980-2013, by using the Granger causality, Johansen cointegration test, Generalised Impulse Response functions (GIRF) and variance decompositions. The empirical findings provide evidence for the existence of a long-run relationship between oil consumption and economic growth in China and Japan. The results also point to a uni-directional causality from running from oil consumption to economic growth in China and Japan, and from oil consumption to CO2 emissions in South Korea...
January 20, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108886/phase-behaviour-in-complementary-dna-coated-gold-nanoparticles-and-fd-viruses-mixtures-a-numerical-study
#3
Massimiliano Chiappini, Erika Eiser, Francesco Sciortino
A new gel-forming colloidal system based on a binary mixture of fd-viruses and gold nanoparticles functionalized with complementary DNA single strands has been recently introduced. Upon quenching below the DNA melt temperature, such a system results in a highly porous gel state, that may be developed in a new functional material of tunable porosity. In order to shed light on the gelation mechanism, we introduce a model closely mimicking the experimental one and we explore via Monte Carlo simulations its equilibrium phase diagram...
January 2017: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108411/production-and-characterization-of-medium-chain-length-polyhydroxyalkanoates-copolymer-from-arctic-psychrotrophic-bacterium-pseudomonas-sp-pamc-28620
#4
Ganesan Sathiyanarayanan, Shashi Kant Bhatia, Hun-Suk Song, Jong-Min Jeon, Jun-Young Kim, Yoo Kyung Lee, Yun-Gon Kim, Yung-Hun Yang
Arctic psychrotrophic bacterium Pseudomonas sp. PAMC 28620 was found to produce a distinctive medium-chain-length polyhydroxyalkanoates (MCL-PHAs) copolymer when grown on structurally unrelated carbon sources including glycerol. The maximum MCL-PHAs copolymer yield was obtained about 52.18±4.12% from 7.95±0.66g/L of biomass at 144h of fermentation when 3% glycerol was used as sole carbon and energy source during the laboratory-scale bioreactor process. Characterization of the copolymer was carried out using fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS), proton ((1)H) and carbon ((13)C) nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR), gel permeation chromatography (GPC), differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) and thermo-gravimetric analysis (TGA)...
January 17, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108379/-dark-singlet-oxygen-and-epr-spin-trapping-as-convenient-tools-to-assess-photolytic-drug-degradation
#5
Peter Persich, Steven Hostyn, Céline Joie, Guy Winderickx, Jeroen Pikkemaat, Edwin P Romijn, Bert U W Maes
Forced degradation studies are an important tool for a systematic assessment of decomposition pathways and identification of reactive sites in active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs). Two methodologies have been combined in order to provide a deeper understanding of singlet-oxygen related degradation pathways of APIs under light irradiation. Firstly, we report that a "dark" singlet oxygen test enables the investigation of drug reactivity towards singlet oxygen independently of photolytic irradiation processes...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106225/co-immobilization-of-glucose-oxidase-and-catalase-for-enhancing-the-performance-of-a-membraneless-glucose-biofuel-cell-operated-under-physiological-conditions
#6
Marcelinus Christwardana, Yongjin Chung, Yongchai Kwon
Glucose oxidase (GOx)-catalase co-immobilized catalyst (CNT/PEI/(GOx-Cat)) was synthesized, and its catalytic activity and electrical performance were investigated and compared, whereas the amount of immobilized catalase was optochemically inspected by chemiluminescence (CL) assay. With the characterizations, it was confirmed that the catalase was well immobilized on the CNT/PEI surface, whereas both the GOx and catalase play their roles well in the catalyst. According to the measurements of the current density peak of the flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD) redox reaction, electron transfer rate, Michaelis-Menten constants and sensitivity, CNT/PEI/(GOx-Cat) shows the best values, and this is attributed to the excellent catalytic activity of GOx and the H2O2 decomposition capability of the catalase...
January 20, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106183/mechanism-of-activated-chemiluminescence-of-cyclic-peroxides-1-2-dioxetanes-and-1-2-dioxetanones
#7
Felipe A Augusto, Antonio Francés-Monerris, Ignacio Fdez Galván, Daniel Roca-Sanjuán, Erick L Bastos, Wilhelm J Baader, Roland Lindh
Almost all chemiluminescent and bioluminescent reactions involve cyclic peroxides. The structure of the peroxide and reaction conditions determine the quantum efficiency of light emission. Oxidizable fluorophores, the so-called activators, react with 1,2-dioxetanones promoting the former to their first singlet excited state. This transformation is inefficient and does not occur with 1,2-dioxetanes; however, they have been used as models for the efficient firefly bioluminescence. In this work, we use the SA-CASSCF/CASPT2 method to investigate the activated chemiexcitation of the parent 1,2-dioxetane and 1,2-dioxetanone...
January 20, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106003/large-scale-self-assembly-of-uniform-submicron-silver-sulfide-material-driven-by-precise-pressure-control
#8
Juanjuan Qi, Ke Chen, Shuhao Zhang, Yun Yang, Lin Guo, Shihe Yang
The controllable self-assembly of nanosized building blocks into larger specific structures can provide an efficient method of synthesizing novel materials with excellent properties. The self-assembly of nanocrystals (NCs) by assisted means is becoming an extremely active area of research, because it provides a method of producing large-scale advanced functional materials with potential applications in the areas of energy, electronics, optics, and biologics. In this study, we applied an efficient strategy, namely, the use of ���pressure control��� to the assembly of silver sulfide (Ag2S) nanospheres (NSs) with a diameter of approximately 33 nm into large-scale, uniform Ag2S sub-microspheres (SMs) with a size of about 0...
January 20, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105915/spectral-consensus-strategy-for-accurate-reconstruction-of-large-biological-networks
#9
Séverine Affeldt, Nataliya Sokolovska, Edi Prifti, Jean-Daniel Zucker
BACKGROUND: The last decades witnessed an explosion of large-scale biological datasets whose analyses require the continuous development of innovative algorithms. Many of these high-dimensional datasets are related to large biological networks with few or no experimentally proven interactions. A striking example lies in the recent gut bacterial studies that provided researchers with a plethora of information sources. Despite a deeper knowledge of microbiome composition, inferring bacterial interactions remains a critical step that encounters significant issues, due in particular to high-dimensional settings, unknown gut bacterial taxa and unavoidable noise in sparse datasets...
December 13, 2016: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105400/discovery-of-a-novel-sn-ii-based-oxide-%C3%AE-snmoo4-for-daylight-driven-photocatalysis
#10
Hiroyuki Hayashi, Shota Katayama, Takahiro Komura, Yoyo Hinuma, Tomoyasu Yokoyama, Ko Mibu, Fumiyasu Oba, Isao Tanaka
Daylight-driven photocatalysts have attracted much attention in the context of "green" technology. Although various active materials have been reported and their applications are rapidly increasing, many are discovered after enormous experimental efforts. Herein the discovery of a novel oxide photocatalyst, β-SnMoO4, is demonstrated via a rational search of 3483 known and hypothetical compounds with various compositions and structures over the whole range of SnO-MO q/2 (M: Ti, Zr, and Hf (q = 4); V, Nb, and Ta (q = 5); Cr, Mo, and W (q = 6)) pseudobinary systems...
January 2017: Advanced Science (Weinheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104990/sitagliptin-in-patients-with-non-alcoholic-steatohepatitis-a-randomized-placebo-controlled-trial
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Tisha R Joy, Charles A McKenzie, Rommel G Tirona, Kelly Summers, Shannon Seney, Subrata Chakrabarti, Neel Malhotra, Melanie D Beaton
AIM: To evaluate the effect of sitagliptin vs placebo on histologic and non-histologic parameters of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). METHODS: Twelve patients with biopsy-proven NASH were randomized to sitagliptin (100 mg daily) (n = 6) or placebo (n = 6) for 24 wk. The primary outcome was improvement in liver fibrosis after 24 wk. Secondary outcomes included evaluation of changes in NAFLD activity score (NAS), individual components of NAS (hepatocyte ballooning, lobular inflammation, and steatosis), glycemic control and insulin resistance [including measurements of glycated hemoglobin (HbA1C) and adipocytokines], lipid profile including free fatty acids, adipose distribution measured using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and thrombosis markers (platelet aggregation and plasminogen activator inhibitor 1 levels)...
January 7, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104334/evaluation-of-factors-affecting-soil-carbon-sequestration-services-of-stormwater-wet-retention-ponds-in-varying-climate-zones
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L S Merriman, T L C Moore, J W Wang, D L Osmond, A M Al-Rubaei, A P Smolek, G T Blecken, M Viklander, W F Hunt
The carbon sequestration services of stormwater wet retention ponds were investigated in four different climates: U.S., Northern Sweden, Southern Sweden, and Singapore, representing a range of annual mean temperatures, growing season lengths and rainfall depths: geographic factors that were not statistically compared, but have great effect on carbon (C) accumulation. A chronosequence was used to estimate C accumulations rates; C accumulation and decomposition rates were not directly measured. C accumulated significantly over time in vegetated shallow water areas (0-30cm) in the USA (78...
January 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104235/determination-and-quantification-of-cations-in-ionic-liquids-by-capillary-electrophoresis-mass-spectrometry
#13
Marcelina Pyschik, Martin Winter, Sascha Nowak
In this study, a capillary electrophoresis (CE) method hyphenated to a high-resolution mass spectrometer is presented to detect the cations in ionic liquids (ILs) and their decomposition products. The investigated ILs were 1-methyl-1-propylpyrrolidinium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide (PYR13TFSI), 1-butyl-1-methylpyrrolidinium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide (PYR14TFSI) and 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide (EMIM TFSI). With this method, it was possible to achieve baseline separation of the decomposition products from the main cations in short migration times...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103588/quantifying-kinetics-from-time-series-of-single-molecule-fret-efficiency-histograms
#14
Stephan Benke, Daniel Nettels, Hagen Hofmann, Benjamin Schuler
Single-molecule fluorescence spectroscopy is a powerful approach for probing biomolecular structure and dynamics, including protein folding. For the investigation of nonequilibrium kinetics, F��rster resonance energy transfer (FRET) in combination with confocal multiparameter detection has proven particularly versatile, owing to the large number of observables and the broad range of accessible timescales, especially in combination with rapid microfluidic mixing. However, a comprehensive kinetic analysis of the resulting time series of transfer efficiency histograms and complementary observables can be challenging owing to the complexity of the data...
January 19, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103563/effective-glottal-instant-detection-and-electroglottographic-parameter-extraction-for-automated-voice-pathology-assessment
#15
Pranav Deshpande, M Sabarimalai Manikandan
Accurate determination of glottal instants and electroglottographic (EGG) parameters is most important in voice pathology analysis including multiple voice disorders: neurological, functional, and laryngeal diseases. In this paper, we present a new effective method for reliable detection of glottal instants and EGG parameters from an EGG signal composed of voiced and non-voice segments. In the first stage, we present an adaptive variational mode decomposition (aVMD) based algorithm for suppressing low-frequency artifacts and additive high-frequency noises...
January 17, 2017: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103546/quantifying-net-synergy-redundancy-of-spontaneous-variability-regulation-via-predictability-and-transfer-entropy-decomposition-frameworks
#16
Alberto Porta, Vlasta Bari, Beatrice De Maria, Anielle C M Takahashi, Stefano Guzzetti, Riccardo Colombo, Aparecida M Catai, Ferdinando Raimondi, Luca Faes
OBJECTIVE: Indexes assessing the balance between redundancy and synergy were hypothesized to be helpful in characterizing cardiovascular control from spontaneous beat-to-beat variations of heart period (HP), systolic arterial pressure (SAP) and respiration (R). METHODS: Net redundancy/synergy indexes were derived according to predictability and transfer entropy decomposition strategies via a multivariate linear regression approach. Indexes were tested in two protocols inducing modifications of the cardiovascular regulation via baroreflex loading/unloading (i...
January 17, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103021/efficient-removal-of-methane-over-the-cobalt-monoxide-doped-aupd-nanocatalysts
#17
Shaohua Xie, Yuxi Liu, Jiguang Deng, Simiao Zang, Zhenhua Zhang, Hamidreza Arandiyan, Hongxing Dai
Catalytic total oxidation of CH4 at a relatively low temperature over the precious metal (e.g., Pd-, Rh- or Pt)-based catalyst is believed to be a potential technology for the removal of greenhouse gas CH4. The traditional Pd-based catalysts for CH4 combustion reported in the literature tend to deactivate at high temperatures (> 600 °C), because the PdOx active phase is easily changed into aggregated metallic Pd nanoparticles (NPs). The high cost of Pd also limits its wide applications. In order to overcome such drawbacks, we herein design a novel pathway by introducing a certain amount of CoO to the supported Au-Pd alloy NPs to generate high-performance Au-Pd-xCoO/3DOM Co3O4 (x is the Co/Pd molar ratio) catalysts...
January 19, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102433/advanced-forensic-validation-for-human-spermatozoa-identification-using-sperm-hy-liter%C3%A2-express-with-quantitative-image-analysis
#18
Ayari Takamura, Ken Watanabe, Tomoko Akutsu
Identification of human semen is indispensable for the investigation of sexual assaults. Fluorescence staining methods using commercial kits, such as the series of SPERM HY-LITER™ kits, have been useful to detect human sperm via strong fluorescence. These kits have been examined from various forensic aspects. However, because of a lack of evaluation methods, these studies did not provide objective, or quantitative, descriptions of the results nor clear criteria for the decisions reached. In addition, the variety of validations was considerably limited...
January 19, 2017: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102389/the-decomposition-of-benzenesulfonyl-azide-a-matrix-isolation-and-computational-study
#19
Guohai Deng, Xuelin Dong, Qifan Liu, Dingqing Li, Hongmin Li, Qiao Sun, Xiaoqing Zeng
The thermal-decomposition and photo-decomposition of benzenesulfonyl azide, PhS(O)2N3, have been studied by combining matrix-isolation IR spectroscopy and quantum chemical calculations. Upon flash vacuum pyrolysis at 800 K, the azide splits off molecular nitrogen and exclusively furnishes phenylnitrene (PhN) and SO2 in the gas phase. In contrast, the azide favors stepwise photodecomposition in solid Ar and Ne matrices at 2.8 K. Specifically, the UV laser photolysis (193 and 266 nm) of PhS(O)2N3 results in the formation of the key nitrene intermediate PhS(O)2N in the triplet ground state, which undergoes pseudo-Curtius rearrangement into N-sulfonyl imine PhNSO2 under subsequent visible light irradiation (380-450 nm)...
January 19, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102374/ethane-c-h-bond-activation-on-the-fe-iv-oxo-species-in-a-zn-based-cluster-of-metal-organic-frameworks-a-density-functional-theory-study
#20
Sarawoot Impeng, Siwarut Siwaipram, Sareeya Bureekaew, Michael Probst
We first investigate the feasibility of designing a Fe-oxo complex for the activation of alkane C-H bonds by (a) incorporating an Fe ion into a Zn-based cluster derived from a metal-organic framework (MOF) and (b) creating the Fe-oxo complex via decomposition of N2O over a Fe(2+)-substituted Zn-based cluster (Fe-Zn3O(pyrazole)6). From the energy profile, it turns out that both steps should be feasible and that the resulting Fe-oxo complex is stable. In the main step, we then investigate the reactivity of this Fe-oxo cluster for the C-H bond cleavage of ethane by calculating the reaction energy profile and analyzing the electronic structure along the relevant steps...
January 19, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
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