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Catherine Brosseau, Bettina Émile, Marc-André Labelle, Édith Laflamme, Peter L Dold, Yves Comeau
High-rate wastewater processes are receiving a renewed interest to obtain energy positive/efficient water resource recovery facilities. An innovative treatment train combining a high-rate moving bed biofilm reactor (HR-MBBR) with an enhanced flotation process was studied. The two objectives of this work were 1) to maximize the conversion of soluble organics to particulate matter in an HR-MBBR and 2) to maximize the particulate matter recovery from the HR-MBBR effluent by green chemicals to enhance biogas production by anaerobic digestion...
October 8, 2016: Water Research
Shi Gao, Guohao Wang, Zainen Qin, Xiangyu Wang, Guoqing Zhao, Qingjie Ma, Lei Zhu
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a promising tumor treatment modality that can convert oxygen into cytotoxic singlet oxygen (SO) via photosensitizer to ablate tumor growth. However, the uncontrolled cancer cell proliferation during tumor development and the oxygen consumption during PDT always result in an insufficient oxygen level in tumors, which can adversely affect the PDT efficiency in turn. We designed an oxygen-generating PDT nanocomplex by encapsulating a manganese dioxide nanoparticle (MnO2 NP) in an indocyanine green (ICG) modified hyaluronic acid nanoparticle (HANP) to overcome this limitation...
October 19, 2016: Biomaterials
Ji-Yuan Liang, Jun-Yun Wu, Ming-Yeh Yang, Anren Hu, Liang-Yü Chen
Polyphenols are associated with a wide range of physiological properties. Catechin is a flavan-3-ol with five phenolic hydroxyl groups. After blue light illumination, the transparent solution of catechin became yellowish. The effects of visible light illumination (400-800nm) were investigated on molecular structures and antioxidant capacities of catechin. Under the neutral or alkaline aqueous with the illumination of blue light, the photolysis and polymerization of catechin were observed in this study. A chromogenic catechin dimer was separated and identified as a proanthocyanidin by the chromatographic technique and mass spectrometry...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
Jing Li, Aping Niu, Chun-Jiao Lu, Jing-Hui Zhang, Muhammad Junaid, Phyllis R Strauss, Ping Xiao, Xiao Wang, Yi-Wei Ren, De-Sheng Pei
Landfill leachate (LL) is harmful to aquatic environment because it contains high concentrations of dissolved organic matter, inorganic components, heavy metals, and other xenobiotics. Thus, the remediation of LL is crucial for environmental conservation. Here, a potential application of the forward osmosis (FO) filtration process with ammonium bicarbonate (NH4HCO3) as a draw solution (DS) was investigated to remediate membrane bioreactor-treated LL (M-LL). After the leachate treatment, the toxicity and removal efficiencies of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) were evaluated using zebrafish and cultured human cells...
October 21, 2016: Chemosphere
Xiao Qi Ye, Jin Liu Meng, Bo Zeng, Ming Wu, Ye Yi Zhang, Xiao Ping Zhang
Carbon assimilation by submerged plants is greatly reduced due to low light levels. It is hypothesized that submergence reduces carbohydrate contents and that plants recover from submergence in the same way as darkness-treated plants. To test this hypothesis, the responses of plants to submergence and darkness were studied and compared. Plants of a submergence-tolerant species, Alternanthera philoxeroides, were exposed to well drained and illuminated conditions, complete submergence conditions or darkness conditions followed by a recovery growth period in a controlled experiment...
2016: PloS One
Feng Su, Pamela K Green, Kristin Berry, George N Ioannou
: Black race and Hispanic ethnicity were associated with lower rates of sustained virologic response (SVR) to interferon (IFN)-based treatments for chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection whereas Asian race was associated with higher SVR rates compared to white patients. We aimed to describe the association between race/ethnicity and effectiveness of new direct-acting antiviral (DAA) regimens in the Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare system nationally. We identified 21,095 HCV-infected patients (11,029 [52%] white, 6,171 [29%] black, 1,187 [6%] Hispanic, 348 [2%] Asian/Pacific Islander/American Indian/Alaska Native [Asian/PI/AI/AN] and 2,360 [11%] declined/missing race or ethnicity) who initiated antiviral treatment with regimens containing sofosbuvir (SOF), simeprevir + sofosbuvir (SMV+SOF), ledipasvir/sofosbuvir (LDV/SOF) or paritaprevir/ombitasvir/ritonavir/dasabuvir (PrOD), during the 18-month period from 01/01/2014 to 06/30/2015...
October 24, 2016: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
Matthew Jacobs, Martin Lopez-Garcia, O-Phart Phrathep, Tracy Lawson, Ruth Oulton, Heather M Whitney
Enhanced light harvesting is an area of interest for optimizing both natural photosynthesis and artificial solar energy capture(1,2). Iridescence has been shown to exist widely and in diverse forms in plants and other photosynthetic organisms and symbioses(3,4), but there has yet to be any direct link demonstrated between iridescence and photosynthesis. Here we show that epidermal chloroplasts, also known as iridoplasts, in shade-dwelling species of Begonia(5), notable for their brilliant blue iridescence, have a photonic crystal structure formed from a periodic arrangement of the light-absorbing thylakoid tissue itself...
October 24, 2016: Nature Plants
J Gauthier, L Holmberg, D Wu, W Bensinger, A K Gopal, O Press, D Maloney, D J Green, B G Till, D Byelykh, A Shustov
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October 24, 2016: Bone Marrow Transplantation
Lindsey L Kennedy, Fanyin Meng, Julie K Venter, Tianhao Zhou, Walker A Karstens, Laura A Hargrove, Nan Wu, Konstantina Kyritsi, John Greene, Pietro Invernizzi, Francesca Bernuzzi, Shannon S Glaser, Heather L Francis, Gianfranco Alpini
Cholestasis is a condition that leads to chronic hepatobiliary inflammation, fibrosis, and eventually cirrhosis. Many microRNAs (miRs) are known to have a role in fibrosis progression; however, the role of miR-21 during cholestasis remains unknown. Therefore, the aim of this study was to elucidate the role of miR-21 during cholestasis-induced biliary hyperplasia and hepatic fibrosis. Wild-type (WT) and miR-21(-/-) mice underwent Sham or bile duct ligation (BDL) for 1 week, before evaluating liver histology, biliary proliferation, hepatic stellate cell (HSC) activation, fibrotic response, and small mothers against decapentaplegic 7 (Smad-7) expression...
October 24, 2016: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
Alexandre Pedro Tavares da Fonseca Magalhães, Elisabete da Conceição Pereira Ramos, Maria de Fátima Rodrigues Pereira de Pina
BACKGROUND: Proximity to urban green spaces (UGS) and open sports spaces (OSS) benefits health, promotes physical activity (PA) and sports practice (SP). OBJECTIVE: Analyse the association between PA or SP according to distances between UGS or OSS and teenagers' residences or schools. METHODS: We evaluated 1333 (53.9% girls) teenagers (13year-old) living and studying in Porto, Portugal (EPITeen cohort). PA was classified as light or moderate/vigorous...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Physical Activity & Health
Shanley Chong, Roy Byun, Soumya Mazumdar, Adrian Bauman, Bin Jalaludin
BACKGROUND: The aim was to investigate the association between distant green space and physical activity modified by local green space. METHODS: Information about physical activity, demographic and socio-economic background at the individual level was extracted from New South Wales Population Health Survey. The proportion of a postcode that was parkland was used as a proxy measure for access to parklands and was calculated for each individual. RESULTS: There was a significant relationship between distant green space and engaging in moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) at least once a week...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Physical Activity & Health
Shuo Wang, Heinz Schattler
We consider cancer chemotherapy as an optimal control problem with the aim to minimize a combination of the tumor volume and side effects over an a priori specified therapy horizon when the tumor consists of a heterogeneous agglomeration of many subpopulations. The mathematical model, which accounts for different growth and apoptosis rates in the presence of cell densities, is a finite-dimensional approximation of a model originally formulated by Lorz et al. [18,19] and Greene et al. [10,11] with a continuum of possible traits...
December 1, 2016: Mathematical Biosciences and Engineering: MBE
Han Yang, Amir Sheikhi, Theo G M van de Ven
A novel biopolymer-based aerogel was developed by freeze-drying a hydrogel, synthesized from crosslinking bifunctional hairy nanocrystalline cellulose and carboxymethylated chitosan through a Schiff base reaction. The nanocelluloses, bearing aldehyde and carboxylic acid groups, facilitated the crosslinking with chitosan through imine bond formation while providing negatively-charged functional groups, and chitosan was modified to accommodate carboxylic acid. The potential of this bio-aerogel in environmental remediation was examined in a model system comprising methylene blue, a cationic dye...
October 24, 2016: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Aaron D Bailey, Bryan P Murphy, Hairong Guan
An efficient synthesis of a green dye from oxidative coupling of p-phenylenediamine (PPD) and resorcinol (in a 2:1 ratio) has been developed. Reactivity studies of this dye molecule with a variety of reagents (PPD, resorcinol, the oxidized form of the green dye itself, and a dinuclear indo dye) demonstrate that it cannot be the key reactive intermediate in reported oxidative oligomerization of PPD and resorcinol. However, the trinuclear species does form large aggregates. At least one viable pathway of oligomerization has been demonstrated with the dinuclear indo dye...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
Raj Kumar Koninti, Sandeep Palvai, Sagar Satpathi, Sudipta Basu, Partha Hazra
Mesoporous silica nano-channel (MCM-41) based molecular switching of a biologically important anticancer drug, namely, ellipticine (EPT) has been utilized to probe its efficient loading onto MCM-41, and its subsequent release to intra-cellular biomolecules, like DNA. By exploiting various spectroscopic techniques (like, steady state fluorescence, time-resolved fluorescence and circular dichroism), it has been shown that EPT can be easily translocated from MCM-41 to DNA without using any external stimulant. Blue emission of EPT in a polar aprotic solvent, i...
October 24, 2016: Nanoscale
Yan Qu, Qiu Gen Zhang, Faizal Soyekwo, Run Sheng Gao, Rui Xue Lv, Chen Xiao Lin, Meng Meng Chen, Ai Mei Zhu, Qing Lin Liu
Two-dimensional nanosheets of late show great promise as novel materials for size-selective separation membranes of high efficiency. Herein, we demonstrate a novel laminated nanofiltration membrane for fast water purification and organic solvent nanofiltration using the 1 nm-thick and 50 nm-wide nickel hydroxide nanosheets that are facilely prepared by a green chemistry method. The resulting membranes exhibit uniform and flectional two-dimensional laminated structure. With about 1 nm high laminated channels, they allow super-fast transport of water and organic solvents...
October 24, 2016: Nanoscale
Ryoko Shimada, Miho Fujita, Masahiro Yuasa, Hiromi Sawamura, Toshiaki Watanabe, Ayaka Nakashima, Kengo Suzuki
In the present study, the effects of Euglena and paramylon on hyperglycemia were examined in Otsuka Long-Evans Tokushima fatty (OLETF; type 2 diabetes mellitus model) rats. OLETF rats were fed an AIN-93 M diet containing cellulose, Euglena, or paramylon for 10 weeks. Long-Evans Tokushima Otsuka (LETO) rats were used as nondiabetic controls. An oral glucose-tolerance test (OGTT) was performed at 0 and 10 weeks. OLETF control rats were obese because of bulimia and showed abdominal fat accumulation and hyperglycemia...
October 24, 2016: Food & Function
He Huang, Hong Lin, Stephen V Kershaw, Andrei S Susha, Wallace C H Choy, Andrey L Rogach
Beneficial role of an insulating material polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) as a solution additive or an additional hole blocking layer to enhance the performance of electroluminescent green light emitting devices (LEDs) based on CsPbBr3 perovskite nanocrystals is demonstrated. POSS improves the surface coverage and the morphological features of the films deposited either from supernatant or suspension of perovskite nanocrystals. The external quantum efficiency and the luminance efficiency of LEDs with an additional POSS layer reach 0...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Pasquale E Rummo, Jana A Hirsch, Annie Green Howard, Penny Gordon-Larsen
OBJECTIVES: We sought to examine characteristics of neighborhoods with changing older adult populations. METHODS: We used 30 years (1980-2011) of data from four U.S. cities (n=392 neighborhoods; Birmingham, AL; Chicago, IL; Minneapolis, MN; Oakland, CA) and finite mixture modeling to identify trajectory classes: neighborhoods with "stable", declining, or increasing older adult populations (≥65 years). We then compared mean baseline and change in their characteristics...
January 2016: Gerontology & Geriatric Medicine
Mauro Serafini, Elisabetta Toti
The obesity burden, with 1.5 billion overweight (OW) and 500 million obese (OB) worldwide, significantly increased the risk of degenerative diseases. Excessive consumption of foods that are energy dense lead to obesity, which represents a titanic cost for not only the world's health systems but also a substantial ecological cost to the environment. The waste of resources and the unnecessary green house gas emissions (GHGs) emission, due to "obesigen" consumption of foods, have been ignored so far in practical assessments of ecological impacts...
2016: Frontiers in Nutrition
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