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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353356/generation-of-shrimp-waste-based-dispersant-for-oil-spill-response
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Kedong Zhang, Baiyu Zhang, Xing Song, Bo Liu, Liang Jing, Bing Chen
In this study, shrimp waste was enzymatically hydrolyzed to generate a green dispersant and the product was tested for crude oil dispersion in seawater. The hydrolysis process was first optimized based on the dispersant effectiveness (DE) of the product. The functional properties of the product were identified including stability, critical micelle concentration, and emulsification activity. Water was confirmed as a good solvent for dispersant generation when compared with three chemical solvents. The effects of salinity, mixing energy, and temperature on the dispersion of the Alaska North Slope (ANS) crude oil were examined...
January 20, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353165/prognostic-value-of-primary-tumour-resection-in-synchronous-metastatic-colorectal-cancer-individual-patient-data-analysis-of-first-line-randomised-trials-from-the-arcad-database
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K L van Rooijen, Q Shi, K K H Goey, J Meyers, V Heinemann, E Diaz-Rubio, E Aranda, A Falcone, E Green, A de Gramont, D J Sargent, C J A Punt, M Koopman
Indication for primary tumour resection (PTR) in asymptomatic metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) patients is unclear. Previous retrospective analyses suggest a survival benefit for patients who underwent PTR. The aim was to evaluate the prognostic value of PTR in patients with synchronous mCRC by analysis of recent large RCTs including systemic therapy with modern targeted agents. Individual patient data (IPD) of 3423 patients enrolled into 8 randomised controlled trials (RCTs) with first-line systemic therapy in the ARCAD (Aide et Recherche en Cancérologie Digestive) database were analysed...
January 17, 2018: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353115/efficient-removal-of-acid-green-25-dye-from-wastewater-using-activated-prunus-dulcis-as-biosorbent-batch-and-column-studies
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Suyog N Jain, Parag R Gogate
Biosorbent synthesized from dead leaves of Prunus Dulcis with chemical activation during the synthesis was applied for the removal of Acid Green 25 dye from wastewater. The obtained biosorbent was characterized using Brunauer-Emmett-Teller analysis, Fourier transform-infrared spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy measurements. It was demonstrated that alkali treatment during the synthesis significantly increased surface area of biosorbent from 67.205 to 426.346 m2/g. The effect of various operating parameters on dye removal was investigated in batch operation and optimum values of parameters were established as pH of 2, 14 g/L as the dose of natural biosorbent and 6 g/L as the dose of alkali treated biosorbent...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353102/aging-african-green-monkeys-manifest-transcriptional-pathological-and-cognitive-hallmarks-of-human-alzheimer-s-disease
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Paige E Cramer, Renee C Gentzel, Keith Q Tanis, Joshua Vardigan, Yi Wang, Brett Connolly, Philip Manfre, Kenneth Lodge, John J Renger, Celina Zerbinatti, Jason M Uslaner
While many preclinical models of Alzheimer's disease (AD) have been reported, none fully recapitulate the disease. In an effort to identify an appropriate preclinical disease model, we characterized age-related changes in 2 higher order species, the African green monkey (AGM) and the rhesus macaque. Gene expression profiles in the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex and the visual cortex showed age-related changes in AGMs that are strikingly reminiscent of AD, whereas aged rhesus were most similar to healthy elderly humans...
December 20, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352894/a-novel-wound-dressing-based-on-a-konjac-glucomannan-silver-nanoparticle-composite-sponge-effectively-kills-bacteria-and-accelerates-wound-healing
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Honglei Chen, Guangqian Lan, Luoxiao Ran, Yang Xiao, Kun Yu, Bitao Lu, Fangying Dai, Dayang Wu, Fei Lu
A novel Konjac glucomannan/silver nanoparticle (KGM/AgNP) composite sponge was successfully prepared via a simple 2-step method for biomedical applications as wound-healing materials. First, AgNPs were prepared with green deoxidizer egg white. Then, KGM powder was added to the AgNP solution and stirred vigorously, and the composite sponge was obtained by freeze-drying. The KGM/AgNP composite sponge showed excellent water absorption and water retention, and considerable mechanical properties. KGM/AgNP composite sponges displayed good antibacterial activity against test microorganisms...
March 1, 2018: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352888/production-of-cellulose-nanoparticles-from-blue-agave-waste-treated-with-environmentally-friendly-processes
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Eduardo Robles, Javier Fernández-Rodríguez, Ananda M Barbosa, Oihana Gordobil, Neftali L V Carreño, Jalel Labidi
Tequila elaboration leaves two main byproducts that are undervalued (bagasse and leaves). Organosolv pulping and Total Chlorine Free bleaching were integrated to obtain cellulose fibers from agricultural waste which consisted of blue agave bagasse and leaf fibers; together they represent a green process which valorizes biomass waste. The obtained celluloses were characterized by FT-IR, colorimetry, and SEM and their extraction yields were evaluated. These celluloses were used to produce cellulose nanocrystals and cellulose nanofibers...
March 1, 2018: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352880/preparation-of-chitosan-sulfate-and-vesicle-formation-with-a-conventional-cationic-surfactant
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Binbin Zhang, Xiaoyi Yang, Ping Li, Chaohua Guo, Xiaodan Ren, Jianbo Li
Chitosan of high molecular weight and 85% deacetylation was used to prepare chitosan sulfate (CHS) by employing an industrial recognized green and highly reactive sulfating agent gas SO3. FT-IR and solid-state CP-MAS 13C NMR spectra confirmed that sulfate groups were successfully introduced into chitosan chains with a sulfur content of 16.50% and the substitution degree of 1.75 according to the results of elemental analysis. The aggregation behavior of the mixture of chitosan sulfate polyelectrolyte and oppositely charged surfactant cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) was characterized by surface tension, steady-state fluorescent, turbidity, ζ potential and transmission electron microscopy...
March 1, 2018: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352833/consuming-sustainable-seafood-guidelines-recommendations-and-realities
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Anna K Farmery, Gabrielle O'Kane, Alexandra McManus, Bridget S Green
OBJECTIVE: Encouraging people to eat more seafood can offer a direct, cost-effective way of improving overall health outcomes. However, dietary recommendations to increase seafood consumption have been criticised following concern over the capacity of the seafood industry to meet increased demand, while maintaining sustainable fish stocks. The current research sought to investigate Australian accredited practising dietitians' (APD) and public health nutritionists' (PHN) views on seafood sustainability and their dietary recommendations, to identify ways to better align nutrition and sustainability goals...
January 21, 2018: Public Health Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352463/temperature-dependency-of-intraguild-predation-between-native-and-invasive-crabs
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Tanya L Rogers, Tarik C Gouhier, David L Kimbro
Environmental factors such as temperature can affect the geographical distribution of species directly by exceeding physiological tolerances, or indirectly by altering physiological rates that dictate the sign and strength of species interactions. Although the direct effects of environmental conditions are relatively well studied, the effects of environmentally-mediated species interactions have garnered less attention. In this study, we examined the temperature-dependency of size-structured intraguild predation (IGP) between native blue crabs (Callinectes sapidus, the IG predator) and invasive green crabs (Carcinus maenas, the IG prey) to evaluate how the effect of temperature on competitive and predatory rates may influence the latitudinal distribution of these species...
January 20, 2018: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352393/eco-friendly-pheromone-dispensers-a-green-route-to-manage-the-european-grapevine-moth
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Andrea Lucchi, Edith Ladurner, Andrea Iodice, Francesco Savino, Renato Ricciardi, Francesca Cosci, Giuseppe Conte, Giovanni Benelli
The development of environmentally sustainable control strategies to fight insect pests is a key challenge nowadays. Pheromone-mediated mating disruption (MD) is based on the release of synthetic sex attractants into a crop, interfering with mate finding of a given pest species. However, a limited number of research items have been published on the optimization of MD strategies against the European grapevine moth, Lobesia botrana, as well as on the use of biodegradable dispensers to reduce waste production in vineyards, despite the high economic importance of this pest...
January 19, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352217/bedside-assessment-of-regional-cerebral-perfusion-using-near-infrared-spectroscopy-and-indocyanine-green-in-patients-with-atherosclerotic-occlusive-disease
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Hiroshi Saito, Tatsuya Ishikawa, Jun Tanabe, Shinya Kobayashi, Junta Moroi
This pilot study aimed to investigate the utility of near-infrared spectroscopy/indocyanine green (NIRS/ICG) for examining patients with occlusive cerebrovascular disease. Twenty-nine patients with chronic-stage atherosclerotic occlusive cerebrovascular disease were included. The patients were monitored using NIRS at the bedside. Using ICG time-intensity curves, the affected-to-unaffected side ratios were calculated for several parameters, including the maximum ICG concentration (ΔICGmax), time to peak (TTP), rise time (RT), and blood flow index (BFI = ΔICGmax/RT), and were compared to the affected-to-unaffected side ratios of the regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) and regional oxygen extraction fraction (rOEF) obtained using positron emission tomography with 15O-labeled gas...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352213/cucumber-mosaic-virus-coat-protein-induces-the-development-of-chlorotic-symptoms-through-interacting-with-the-chloroplast-ferredoxin-i-protein
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Yanhong Qiu, Yongjiang Zhang, Chaonan Wang, Rong Lei, Yupin Wu, Xinshi Li, Shuifang Zhu
Cucumber mosaic virus (CMV) infection could induce mosaic symptoms on a wide-range of host plants. However, there is still limited information regarding the molecular mechanism underlying the development of the symptoms. In this study, the coat protein (CP) was confirmed as the symptom determinant by exchanging the CP between a chlorosis inducing CMV-M strain and a green-mosaic inducing CMV-Q strain. A yeast two-hybrid analysis and bimolecular fluorescence complementation revealed that the chloroplast ferredoxin I (Fd I) protein interacted with the CP of CMV-M both in vitro and in vivo, but not with the CP of CMV-Q...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352209/evaluating-street-view-exposure-measures-of-visible-green-space-for-health-research
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Andrew Larkin, Perry Hystad
Urban green space, or natural environments, are associated with multiple physical and mental health outcomes. Several proposed pathways of action for these benefits (e.g., stress reduction and attention restoration) require visual perception of green space; however, existing green space exposure measures commonly used in epidemiological studies do not capture street-scale exposures. We downloaded 254 Google Street View (GSV) panorama images from Portland, Oregon and calculated percent of green in each image, called Green View Index (GVI)...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352200/meta-analysis-of-soil-mercury-accumulation-by-vegetables
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Haixin Yu, Jing Li, Yaning Luan
Mercury pollution in soil poses serious risks to human health through consumption of contaminated vegetables. We used a meta-analysis to examine the mercury enrichment ability of different vegetables and the main factors affecting mercury uptake. We drew the following conclusions. (1) Plants with a lower bioconcentration factor (BCF) include cowpea, long bean, and radish, whereas plants with a higher BCF include green pepper, spinach, cabbage, and Chinese cabbage. (2) Leaf and cucurbit have the highest and lowest capacity, respectively, for mercury enrichment...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352081/expression-of-the-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-biofilm-antibiotic-resistance-gene-ndvb-requires-the-rpos-stationary-phase-sigma-factor
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Clayton W Hall, Aaron J Hinz, Luke B-P Gagnon, Li Zhang, Jean-Paul Nadeau, Sarah Copeland, Bratati Saha, Thien-Fah Mah
Chronic, biofilm-based bacterial infections are exceptionally difficult to eradicate due to the high degree of antibiotic recalcitrance exhibited by cells in biofilm communities. In the opportunistic pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa, biofilm recalcitrance is multifactorial and arises in part from the preferential expression of resistance genes in biofilms compared to exponential phase planktonic cells. One such mechanism involves ndvB, which we have previously shown to be expressed specifically in biofilms. In this study, we investigated the regulatory basis of this lifestyle-specific expression by developing an unstable GFP transcriptional reporter to observe the expression pattern of ndvB We found that, in addition to its expression in biofilms, ndvB was also upregulated in planktonic cells as they enter stationary phase...
January 19, 2018: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351781/mindmap-establishing-an-integrated-database-infrastructure-for-research-in-ageing-mental-well-being-and-the-urban-environment
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Mariëlle A Beenackers, Dany Doiron, Isabel Fortier, J Mark Noordzij, Erica Reinhard, Emilie Courtin, Martin Bobak, Basile Chaix, Giuseppe Costa, Ulrike Dapp, Ana V Diez Roux, Martijn Huisman, Emily M Grundy, Steinar Krokstad, Pekka Martikainen, Parminder Raina, Mauricio Avendano, Frank J van Lenthe
BACKGROUND: Urbanization and ageing have important implications for public mental health and well-being. Cities pose major challenges for older citizens, but also offer opportunities to develop, test, and implement policies, services, infrastructure, and interventions that promote mental well-being. The MINDMAP project aims to identify the opportunities and challenges posed by urban environmental characteristics for the promotion and management of mental well-being and cognitive function of older individuals...
January 19, 2018: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351767/leading-for-the-long-haul-a-mixed-method-evaluation-of-the-sustainment-leadership-scale-sls
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Mark G Ehrhart, Elisa M Torres, Amy E Green, Elise M Trott, Cathleen E Willging, Joanna C Moullin, Gregory A Aarons
BACKGROUND: Despite our progress in understanding the organizational context for implementation and specifically the role of leadership in implementation, its role in sustainment has received little attention. This paper took a mixed-method approach to examine leadership during the sustainment phase of the Exploration, Preparation, Implementation, Sustainment (EPIS) framework. Utilizing the Implementation Leadership Scale as a foundation, we sought to develop a short, practical measure of sustainment leadership that can be used for both applied and research purposes...
January 19, 2018: Implementation Science: IS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351634/commentary-how-should-hospitals-respond-to-surgeons-requests-to-schedule-overlapping-surgeries
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Amanda J Morris, Michelle M Mello, Joseph A Sanford, Ryan B Green, Samuel H Wald, Bassam Kadry, Alex Macario
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 17, 2018: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351380/the-clinical-impact-of-different-adherence-behaviours-in-patients-with-severe-copd
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Breda Cushen, Imran Sulaiman, Garrett Greene, Elaine MacHale, Matshediso Mokoka, Richard B Reilly, Kathleen Bennett, Job Fm van Boven, Richard W Costello
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 19, 2018: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351213/cyclin-b3-deficiency-impairs-germline-stem-cell-maintenance-and-its-overexpression-delays-cystoblast-differentiation-in-drosophila-ovary
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Dongsheng Chen, Lijuan Zhou, Fuling Sun, Mingzhong Sun, Xiaoqian Tao
It is well known that cyclinB3 (cycB3) plays a key role in the control of cell cycle progression. However, whether cycB3 is involved in stem cell fate determination remains unknown. The Drosophila ovary provides an exclusive model for studying the intrinsic and extrinsic factors that modulate the fate of germline stem cells (GSCs). Here, using this model, we show that DrosophilacycB3 plays a new role in controlling the fate of germline stem cells (GSC). Results from cycB3 genetic analyses demonstrate that cycB3 is intrinsically required for GSC maintenance...
January 19, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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