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Julian Bejarano, Rainer Detsch, Aldo R Boccaccini, Humberto Palza
Novel multifunctional scaffolds for bone regeneration can be developed by incorporation of bioactive glasses doped with therapeutic and antibacterial metal ions, such as copper (Cu) and zinc (Zn), into a biodegradable polymer. In this context, porous composite materials of biodegradable poly(D, L-lactide) (PDLLA) mixed with sol-gel bioactive glasses (BG) of chemical composition 60SiO2 ; 25CaO; 11Na2 O; and 4P2 O5 (mol.%) doped with either 1 mol% of CuO or ZnO, and with both metals, were prepared. The cytocompatibility of the scaffolds on bone marrow stromal cells (ST-2) depended on both, the amount of glass filler and the concentration of metal ion, as evaluated by lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) activity, cell viability (water-soluble tetrazolium salt (WST-8)), and by cell morphology (scanning electron microscopy (SEM)) tests...
October 26, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
Ling Fu, Tao Huang, Shuo Wang, Xiaohong Wang, Limin Su, Chao Li, Yuanhui Zhao
Although modes of action (MOAs) play a key role in the understanding of the toxic mechanism of chemicals, the MOAs have not been investigated for antibiotics to green algae. This paper is to discriminate excess toxicity from baseline level and investigate the MOAs of 13 different antibiotics to algae by using the determined toxicity values. Comparison of the toxicities shows that the inhibitors of protein synthesis to bacteria, such as azithromycin, doxycycline, florfenicol and oxytetracycline, exhibit significantly toxic effects to algae...
October 23, 2016: Chemosphere
Binbin Fang, Jing Guo, Fuxing Li, John P Giesy, Lianjun Wang, Wei Shi
Industrialized development of the Yangtze River Delta, China, has resulted in larger amounts of wastes, including sludges from treatment of these wastes. Methods to manage and dispose, including reuse were urgently needed. Sludge and reused products were collected from two largest factories, KEYUAN and HENGJIA where treated sludges were turned into bricks or sludge cake to be placed in landfills, respectively. Metals and organic compounds were quantified in sludges and leachates assessed by use of toxicity characterized leaching procedure (TCLP) while acute toxicity was determined by Daphnia magna...
October 23, 2016: Chemosphere
Jocelyn P Wong, Jason R Todd, Martina A Finetti, Frank McCarthy, Malgorzata Broncel, Simon Vyse, Maciej T Luczynski, Stephen Crosier, Karen A Ryall, Kate Holmes, Leo S Payne, Frances Daley, Patty Wai, Andrew Jenks, Barbara Tanos, Aik-Choon Tan, Rachael C Natrajan, Daniel Williamson, Paul H Huang
Subunits of the SWI/SNF chromatin remodeling complex are mutated in a significant proportion of human cancers. Malignant rhabdoid tumors (MRTs) are lethal pediatric cancers characterized by a deficiency in the SWI/SNF subunit SMARCB1. Here, we employ an integrated molecular profiling and chemical biology approach to demonstrate that the receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs) PDGFRα and FGFR1 are coactivated in MRT cells and that dual blockade of these receptors has synergistic efficacy. Inhibitor combinations targeting both receptors and the dual inhibitor ponatinib suppress the AKT and ERK1/2 pathways leading to apoptosis...
October 25, 2016: Cell Reports
Yuanyao Ye, Huu Hao Ngo, Wenshan Guo, Yiwen Liu, Jixiang Li, Yi Liu, Xinbo Zhang, Hui Jia
Phosphate plays an irreplaceable role in the production of fertilizers. However, its finite availability may not be enough to satisfy increasing demands for the fertilizer production worldwide. In this scenario, phosphate recovery can effectively alleviate this problem. Municipal wastewater has received high priority to recover phosphate because its quantity is considerable. Therefore, phosphate recovery from municipal wastewater can bring many benefits such as relieving the burden of increasing production of fertilizers and reduction in occurrence of eutrophication caused by the excessive concentration of phosphate in the released effluent...
October 23, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
Elise G Elliott, Pauline Trinh, Xiaomei Ma, Brian P Leaderer, Mary H Ward, Nicole C Deziel
The widespread distribution of unconventional oil and gas (UO&G) wells and other facilities in the United States potentially exposes millions of people to air and water pollutants, including known or suspected carcinogens. Childhood leukemia is a particular concern because of the disease severity, vulnerable population, and short disease latency. A comprehensive review of carcinogens and leukemogens associated with UO&G development is not available and could inform future exposure monitoring studies and human health assessments...
October 23, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
Kathia Sandoval, Yan Ding, Piero Gardinali
Comprehensive characterization of exposure media used in toxicology studies is still an area of significant divergence when evaluating potential oil spill impacts. When preparing exposure media used for toxicology testing, small variations in simple parameters such as mixing energy, oil type and loading can significantly affect the concentration of the oil components to which test organisms are exposed. The key goal of this study was compare and contrast the physical and chemical compositions of oil water mixtures prepared using fresh and weathered Macondo-related oils under different conditions of mixing and in the presence/absence of chemical dispersants...
October 23, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
Sangyun Lee, Heather B Mayes, Jessica M J Swanson, Gregory A Voth
The ClC family of transmembrane proteins functions throughout nature to control the transport of Cl- ions across biological membranes. ClC-ec1 from Escherichia coli is an antiporter, coupling the transport of Cl- and H+ ions in opposite directions and driven by the concentration gradients of the ions. Despite keen interest in this protein, the molecular mechanism of the Cl-/H+ coupling has not been fully elucidated. Here, we have used multiscale simulation to help identify the essential mechanism of the Cl-/H+ coupling...
October 26, 2016: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Sebastian Hasenstab-Riedel, Lisa Mann, Patrick Voßnacker, Carsten Müller
Tetramethylammonium tetraiodopentabromide [NMe4][I4Br5] was the first iodobromide synthesized and crystallized in an ionic liquid as well as in dichloromethane. The new iodobro-mides show different structure motives yet unknown from other nonahalides and can be better described as [(I2Br3)- · 2IBr]. The additional IBr units are connected by halogen-halogen interactions on the central V-shaped [I2Br3]-. The characterization was performed by Raman spectroscopy and single crystal X-ray structure determi-nation...
October 26, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
Heinrich Taegtmeyer, Truong Lam, Giovanni Davogustto
The heart is a biological pump that converts chemical to mechanical energy. This process of energy conversion is highly regulated to the extent that energy substrate metabolism matches energy use for contraction on a beat-to-beat basis. The biochemistry of cardiac metabolism includes the biochemistry of energy transfer, metabolic regulation, and transcriptional, translational as well as posttranslational control of enzymatic activities. Pathways of energy substrate metabolism in the heart are complex and dynamic, but all of them conform to the First Law of Thermodynamics...
September 15, 2016: Comprehensive Physiology
David E Friesem, Noa Lavi, Marco Madella, P Ajithprasad, Charles French
Hunter-gatherer societies have distinct social perceptions and practices which are expressed in unique use of space and material deposition patterns. However, the identification of archaeological evidence associated with hunter-gatherer activity is often challenging, especially in tropical environments such as rainforests. We present an integrated study combining ethnoarchaeology and geoarchaeology in order to study archaeological site formation processes related to hunter-gatherers' ways of living in tropical forests...
2016: PloS One
Xanthi D Andrianou, Stephanie Gängler, Andra Piciu, Pantelis Charisiadis, Christina Zira, Kyriacos Aristidou, Doina Piciu, Russ Hauser, Konstantinos C Makris
Although the increasing prevalence of thyroid nodular disease (TND) has been partially attributed to the more frequent usage of improved diagnostics, environmental factors, such as exposures to thyroid-disrupting chemicals may contribute to TND and altered thyroid function. We investigated the association between exposures to bisphenol A (BPA), its chlorinated derivatives (ClxBPA), and bisphenol F (BPF) with TND and thyroid measures in adult women. A case-control study in Cyprus and Romania (n = 212) was conducted, where cases were those with thyroid nodules (diameter >3mm), and controls without nodules...
2016: PloS One
Yonghe Qi, Zhenchao Gao, Guangwei Xu, Bo Peng, Chenxuan Liu, Huan Yan, Qiyan Yao, Guoliang Sun, Yang Liu, Dingbin Tang, Zilin Song, Wenhui He, Yinyan Sun, Ju-Tao Guo, Wenhui Li
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection of hepatocytes begins by binding to its cellular receptor sodium taurocholate cotransporting polypeptide (NTCP), followed by the internalization of viral nucleocapsid into the cytoplasm. The viral relaxed circular (rc) DNA genome in nucleocapsid is transported into the nucleus and converted into covalently closed circular (ccc) DNA to serve as a viral persistence reservoir that is refractory to current antiviral therapies. Host DNA repair enzymes have been speculated to catalyze the conversion of rcDNA to cccDNA, however, the DNA polymerase(s) that fills the gap in the plus strand of rcDNA remains to be determined...
October 2016: PLoS Pathogens
Michael Martins, Wilfried Wurth
Clusters are small systems ranging from a few atoms up to several thousand atoms. They are of high interest in basic research, but also for applications due to their specific electronic, magnetic or chemical properties depending on size and composition. For small clusters, quantum size effects play an important role and specific material properties might be tailored by choosing a special size or composition of the cluster. Here, we review the magnetic properties of adatoms and supported small mass-selected transition-metal clusters in the few-atom limit investigated by x-ray magnetic circular dichroism spectroscopy in the soft x-ray regime...
October 26, 2016: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
Dominique Belpomme, Christine Campagnac, Philippe Irigaray
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 26, 2016: Reviews on Environmental Health
Tongtong Tian, Qiongzheng Hu, Yi Wang, Yanan Gao, Li Yu
A series of imidazolium-based surface active ionic liquids (IM-SAILs), viz. single-chained IM-SAILs, 1-alkyl-3-methylimidazolium bromide ([Cnmim]Br, n=12, 14, 16), 1-dodecyl-3-methylimidazolium salicylate ([C12mim]Sal), 1-dodecyl-3-methylimidazolium 3-hydroxy-2-naphthoate ([C12mim]HNC), 1-dodecyl-3-methylimidazolium cinnamate ([C12mim]CA), 1-dodecyl-3-methylimidazolium para-hydroxy-cinnamate ([C12mim]PCA); gemini IM-SAIL, 1,2-bis(3-dodecylimidazolium-1-yl) ethane bromide ([C12-2-C12im]Br2), along with three short-chained ionic liquids (ILs), ethylammonium nitrate (EAN), propylammonium nitrate (PAN) and butylammonium nitrate (BAN), were synthesized and applied to nematic liquid crystal (LC)-fluid interfaces...
October 26, 2016: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Shohei Ohtomi, Masamitsu Hoshino, Atsushi Suga, Hidetoshi Kato, Denis Duflot, Paulo Limao-Vieira, Hiroshi Tanaka
Electron energy loss (EEL) spectra of GeF4 have been measured with incident electrons at 100 eV for 5° scattering angle and at 30 eV for 30° scattering angle, while sweeping the energy loss over the range 7.0-21.0 eV. Low-lying excited triplet, singlet, valence and Rydberg states are investigated and the assignments supported by quantum chemical ab initio calculations. This provides the first comprehensive investigation of all singlet and triplet excited electronic states of germanium tetrafluoride up to the first ionisation energy...
October 26, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
Quintin Sheridan, Seungmin Oh, Oscar Morales-Collazo, Edward W Castner, Joan Frances Brennecke, Edward J Maginn
A combination of X-ray scattering experiments and molecular dynamics simulations were conducted to investigate the structure of ionic liquids (ILs) which chemically bind CO2. The structure functions were measured and computed for four different ILs consisting of two different phosphonium cations, triethyloctylphosphonium ([P2228](+)) and trihexyltetradecylphosphonium ([P66614](+)), paired with two different aprotic heterocyclic anions which chemically react with CO2, 2-cyanopyrrolide and 1,2,4-triazolide. Simulations were able to reproduce to a reasonable degree the experimental structure functions, and by deconstructing the simulated structure functions, further information on the liquid structure was obtained...
October 26, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
Arkadii I Lin, Timur Ismailovich Madzhidov, Olga Klimchuk, Ramil I Nugmanov, Igor S Antipin, Alexandre Varnek
: In this paper we report a new method of assessment of protective groups (PGs) reactivity as a function of reaction conditions (catalyst, solvent) using raw reaction data. It is based on intuitive similarity principle for chemical reactions: similar reactions proceed under similar conditions. Techni-cally, reaction similarity can be assessed using the Condensed Graph of Reaction (CGR) approach rep-resenting an ensemble of reactants and products as one sole molecular graph, i.e., as a pseudomolecule for which molecular descriptors or fingerprints can be calculated...
October 26, 2016: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
Prerak Gupta, Mimi Adhikary, Joseph Christakiran M, Manishekhar Kumar, Nandana Bhardwaj, Biman B Mandal
Composite biomaterials as artificial bone graft materials are pushing the present frontiers of bioengineering. In this study, a biomimetic, osteoconductive tricomposite scaffold made of hydroxyapatite (HA) embedded in non-mulberry Antheraea assama (A. assama) silk fibroin fibers and its fibroin solution is explored for osteogenic potential. Scaffolds were physico-chemically characterized for morphology, porosity, secondary structure conformation, water retention ability, biodegradability and mechanical property...
October 26, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
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