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Min-Ju Seo, Woo-Ri Kang, Kyung-Chul Shin, Deok-Kun Oh
The reaction conditions for the production of 7S,8S-dihydroxy-9,12(Z,Z)-octadecadienoic acid from linoleic acid by recombinant Escherichia coli expressing 7,8-linoleate diol synthase from Glomerella cingulata were optimized using response surface methodology. The optimal reaction conditions were pH 7.0, 18.6 °C, 10.8% (v/v) dimethyl sulfoxide, 44.9 g/L cells, and 14.3 g/L linoleic acid, with agitation at 256 rpm. Under these conditions, recombinant cells produced 7,8-dihydroxy unsaturated fatty acids in the range of 7...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Shalev Gihaz, Diána Weiser, Adi Dror, Péter Sátorhelyi, Moran Jerabek-Willemsen, László Poppe, Ayelet Fishman
Two ternary sol-gel matrices, an octyltriethoxysilane-based aliphatic matrix and a phenyltriethoxysilane (PTEOS)-based aromatic matrix, were used to immobilize a methanol-stable variant of lipase from Geobacillus stearothermophilus T6 for the synthesis of biodiesel from waste oil. Superior thermal stability of the mutant versus the wildtype in methanol was confirmed by intrinsic protein fluorescence measurements. The influence of skim milk and soluble E. coli lysate proteins as bulking and stabilizing agents in conjunction with sol-gel entrapment were investigated...
October 25, 2016: ChemSusChem
Aneta M Białkowska
2,3-Butanediol (2,3-BD) is a promising bulk chemical with a potentially wide range of applications e.g., in the manufacture of printing inks, perfumes, synthetic rubber, fumigants, antifreeze agents, fuel additives, foodstuffs and pharmaceuticals. Its high heating value and ability to increase the octane number of fuels make 2,3-BD a promising drop-in fuel. It can also be converted to methyl-ethyl ketone (MEK), which is considered an effective liquid fuel additive. After combination with MEK and hydrogenation reaction, 2,3-BD can be converted to octane, which is used to produce high-quality aviation fuel...
December 2016: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
Carsten Kirkeby, Kaare Græsbøll, Søren Saxmose Nielsen, Lasse E Christiansen, Nils Toft, Erik Rattenborg, Tariq Halasa
We describe a new mechanistic bioeconomic model for simulating the spread of Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis (MAP) within a dairy cattle herd. The model includes age-dependent susceptibility for infection; age-dependent sensitivity for detection; environmental MAP build up in five separate areas of the farm; in utero infection; infection via colostrum and waste milk, and it allows for realistic culling (i.e., due to other diseases) by including a ranking system. We calibrated the model using a unique dataset from Denmark, including 102 random farms with no control actions against spread of MAP...
2016: Frontiers in Veterinary Science
Ruqayah G Y Al-Obaidi, Bassam M S Al-Musawi, Munib Ahmed K Al-Zubaidi, Christian Oberkanins, Stefan Németh, Yusra G Y Al-Obaidi
Congenital adrenal hyperplasia is a group of autosomal recessive disorders. The most frequent one is 21-hydroxylase deficiency. Analyzing CYP21A2 gene mutations was so far not reported in Iraq. This work aims to analyze the spectrum and frequency of CYP21A2 mutations among Iraqi CAH patients. Sixty-two children were recruited from the Pediatric Endocrine Consultation Clinic, Children Welfare Teaching Hospital, Baghdad, Iraq, from September 2014 till June 2015. Their ages ranged between one day and 15 years...
2016: Enzyme Research
Ademola Adekunle, Vijaya Raghavan
In a number of energy-poor nations, peel from cassava processing represents one of the most abundant sources of lignocellulosic biomass. This peel is mostly discarded indiscriminately and eventually constitutes a problem to the environment. However, energy can be extracted from this peel in a microbial fuel cell. In this study, the viability of cassava peel extract as a substrate in a single-chamber air cathode microbial fuel cell is demonstrated, and optimum performance conditions are explored. The effects of different pretreatments on the extract are also discussed in the context of observed changes in the internal resistances, conductivity and Coulombic efficiencies...
October 24, 2016: Waste Management & Research
Yiliao Song, Yong Wang, Feng Liu, Yixin Zhang
Construction and demolition waste (C&DW) is currently a worldwide issue, and the situation is the worst in China due to a rapid increase in the construction industry and the short life span of China's buildings. To create an opportunity out of this problem, comprehensive prevention measures and effective management strategies are urgently needed. One major gap in the literature of waste management is a lack of estimations on future C&DW generation. Therefore, this paper presents a forecasting procedure for C&DW in China that can forecast the quantity of each component in such waste...
October 21, 2016: Waste Management
Hai-Rong Yu, Jia-Qi Hu, Zhuang Liu, Xiao-Jie Ju, Rui Xie, Wei Wang, Liang-Yin Chu
At present, selective and efficient removal of cesium ions (Cs(+)) from nuclear waste is of significant importance but still challenging. In this study, an easy-to-get and low-cost hydrogel adsorbent has been developed for effective adsorption and removal of Cs(+) from aqueous environment. The novel Cs(+)-recognizable poly(acrylic acid-co-benzo-18-crown-6-acrylamide) (poly(AAc-co-B18C6Am)) hydrogel is specifically designed with a synergistic effect, in which the AAc units are designed to attract Cs(+) via electrostatic attraction and the B18C6Am units are designed to capture the attracted Cs(+) by forming stable 2:1 "sandwich" complexes...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Hazardous Materials
Mohammad Rahimi, Zachary Schoener, Xiuping Zhu, Fang Zhang, Christopher A Gorski, Bruce E Logan
A thermally regenerative ammonia battery (TRAB) recently developed for electricity generation using waste heat was adapted and used here as a treatment process for solutions containing high concentrations of copper ions. Copper removal reached a maximum of 77% at an initial copper concentration (Ci) of 0.05M, with a maximum power density (P) of 31Wm(-2)-electrode area. Lowering the initial copper concentration decreased the percentage of copper removal from 51% (Ci=0.01M, P=13Wm(-2)) to 2% (Ci=0.002M, P=2Wm(-2))...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Hazardous Materials
Chao Liu, Jinhui Peng, Aiyuan Ma, Libo Zhang, Jing Li
Kinetics of the thermal desorption of mercury from spent mercury chloride catalysts were investigated using non-isothermal thermal analysis technique. Complex mercury species absorbed on waste catalysts were revealed by sequential extraction procedure. A scheme of six reactions was applied to elucidate mercury desorption kinetics. Activation energy estimated by model-free isoconversional methods is a slightly increasing function of conversion, implying a variation in the mechanism controlling mercury desorption...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Hazardous Materials
Louis J Imbriano, Joseph Mattana, James Drakakis, John K Maesaka
BACKGROUND: There is controversy over the prevalence of the syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone secretion (SIADH) and cerebral or renal salt wasting (RSW), 2 syndromes with identical common clinical and laboratory parameters but different therapies. The traditional approach to the hyponatremic patient relies on volume assessment, but there are limitations to this method. METHODS: We used an algorithm that relies on fractional excretion of urate (FEurate) to evaluate patients with hyponatremia and present 4 illustrative cases...
October 2016: American Journal of the Medical Sciences
Li-Jie Yin, Cheng Wang, Yu-Yan Hu, De-Zhen Chen, Ji-Fu Xu, Juan Liu
In this study, the municipal solid waste (MSW) is considered as one kind of energy source in urban planning scheme instead of a trash stream. Considering the characteristics of MSW from different urban functional zones and the current energy supply modes, an evaluation model for waste-to-energy (WtE) method was set up based on the analytical hierarchy process technique. The model consists of three layers: 15 fundamental indices, 4 influencing factors based on fundamental indices and the target functions supported by influencing factors...
October 24, 2016: Environmental Technology
C García-Delgado, M Alonso-Izquierdo, M González-Izquierdo, F Yunta, E Eymar
The present research was aimed to (i) report the recycling of spent A. bisporus substrate (SAS) to remove heavy metals (Cd and Pb) and phenanthrene (Phe) from polluted water and (ii) assess the possibility to use the treated water for irrigation. Batch experiments were carried out to assess, firstly, the effect of interaction time between pollutants with SAS and, secondly, the pH of the polluted water. Then a biofilter was designed by using pressurized glass columns. Chemical parameters such as pH, electrical conductivity and content of Pb, Cd, Phe, nutrients (NPK) and Cl(-) were determined...
October 24, 2016: Environmental Technology
Zhuofeng Yu, Pinjing He, Liming Shao, Hua Zhang, Fan Lü
Since municipal solid waste (MSW) landfill harbours miscellaneous wastes, pollutants and microorganisms, it gradually becomes a huge potential reservoir for breeding antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs). The objective of this study was to determine the prevalence and diversity of ARGs associated with various mobile genetic elements (MGEs) in MSW landfill leachates. The relationship of ARGs with leachate characteristics was also studied to explore the influence of landfill age. Seven sulfonamides (sulfapyridine, sulfadiazine, sulfathiazole, sulfamethoxazole, sulfamerazine, sulfamethazine and sulfaquinoxaline), three encoded ARGs (sul-I, sul-II and sul-III) and four types of MGEs (plasmids, transposons, integrons and insertion sequences) were quantified in leachates with landfill ages ranging from 3 months-6 years...
October 18, 2016: Water Research
K Anand, C Tiloke, A Phulukdaree, B Ranjan, A Chuturgoon, S Singh, R M Gengan
The biosynthesis of nanostructured biopalladium nanoparticles (PdNPs) from an aqueous solution of crystalline palladium acetate is reported. For the synthesised PdNPs in solution, an agroforest biomass waste petal of Moringa oleifera derived bis-phthalate was used as natural reducing and biocapping agents. Continuous absorption in the UV region and subsequent brown colour change confirmed the formation of PdNPs. A strong surface plasmon peak for PdNPs occurred at 460nm. PdNPs were characterized by SEM with EDX, FTIR, TEM and DLS...
September 29, 2016: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
Thomas B Atherholt, Nicholas A Procopio, Sandra M Goodrow
It is important that indicators of fecal pollution are reliable. Coliform bacteria are a commonly used indicator of fecal pollution. As other investigators have reported elsewhere, we observed a seasonal pattern of coliform bacteria detections in domestic wells in New Jersey. Examination of a statewide database of 10 years of water quality data from 93,447 samples, from 78,207 wells, generated during real estate transactions, revealed that coliform bacteria were detected in a higher proportion of wells during warm weather months...
October 24, 2016: Ground Water
Wen-Long Li, Wan-Li Ma, Hongliang Jia, Wenjun Hong, Hyo-Bang Moon, Haruhiko Nakata, Nguyen Hung Minh, Ravindra Kumar Sinha, Kai Hsien Chi, Kurunthachalam Kannan, Ed Sverko, Yi-Fan Li
A total of 23 PBDE congeners were measured in soil samples collected in areas with no known point source (urban/rural/background sites, U/R/B sites) and in contaminated areas (brominated flame retardants (BFRs) related industrial and e-waste recycling sites) across five Asian countries. The highest PBDE concentrations were found in BFRs related industrial and e-waste recycling sites. The concentrations of PBDEs in U/R/B sites followed the order of: urban > rural > background sites. Total PBDE concentrations were dominated by BDE-209, while BDE-17, -85, -138, -191, -204 and -205 were the least abundant compounds...
October 24, 2016: Environmental Science & Technology
Ezgi Yalçıntaş, Andreas C Scheinost, Xavier Gaona, Marcus Altmaier
The mechanisms for the reduction and uptake of Tc by magnetite (Fe3O4) and mackinawite (FeS) are investigated using X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XANES and EXAFS), in combination with thermodynamic calculations of the Tc/Fe systems and accurate characterization of the solution properties (pHm, pe, [Tc]). Batch sorption experiments were performed under strictly anoxic conditions using freshly prepared magnetite and mackinawite in 0.1 M NaCl solutions with varying initial Tc(vii) concentrations (2 × 10(-5) and 2 × 10(-4) M) and Tc loadings (400-900 ppm)...
October 24, 2016: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Alexey Volkov, Fredrik Tinnis, Tove Slagbrand, Paz Trillo, Hans Adolfsson
The reduction of amides gives access to a wide variety of important compounds such as amines, imines, enamines, nitriles, aldehydes and alcohols. The chemoselective transformation into these functional groups is challenging due to the intrinsic stability of the amide bond; nevertheless, the ability to reduce highly stable carboxamides selectively in the presence of sensitive functional groups is of high synthetic value for academic and industrial chemists. Hydride-based reagents such as LiAlH4 or diboranes are today the most commonly used compounds for amide reductions, and apart from the substantial amount of waste generated using these methods, they lack tolerance to most other functional groups...
October 24, 2016: Chemical Society Reviews
Yuanwang Liu, Huiqing Chang, Zhaojun Li, Cheng Zhang, Yao Feng, Dengmiao Cheng
Social concern and awareness of the potential risk posed by environmental residues of antibiotics such as gentamicin in the development of antibiotic resistance genes have increased. The present study used laboratory-scale experiments to develop methods for gentamicin removal from the environment. A fungus, strain FZC3, which could remove gentamicin in submerged fermentation, was isolated from solid waste and sewage water from a gentamicin production factory. The fungus was identified as Aspergillus terreus by sequencing the PCR-amplified ITS fragments of its rRNA-coding genes and by its morphology...
October 24, 2016: Scientific Reports
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