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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102938/low-energy-catalytic-electrolysis-for-simultaneously-hydrogen-evolution-and-lignin-depolymerization
#1
Xu Du, Wei Liu, Zhe Zhang, Arie Mulyadi, Alex Brittain, Jian Gong, Yulin Deng
Hereby we present a novel proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolysis process in which lignin was used as the hydrogen source at anode for hydrogen production. Either polyoxometalate (POM) or FeCl3 was used as the catalysts and charge transfer agents in anode. Over 90% Faraday efficiency was achieved. In a thermal insulation reactor, the heat energy can be maintained at a very low stage for continuous operation. Compared to the best alkaline water electrolysis reported in literature, the electrical energy consumption could be 40% lower with novel lignin electrolysis method...
January 19, 2017: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102612/nickel-nanoparticles-encapsulated-in-few-layer-nitrogen-doped-graphene-derived-from-metal-organic-frameworks-as-efficient-bifunctional-electrocatalysts-for-overall-water-splitting
#2
You Xu, Wenguang Tu, Bowei Zhang, Shengming Yin, Yizhong Huang, Markus Kraft, Rong Xu
Nickel nanoparticles encapsulated in few-layer nitrogen-doped graphene (Ni@NC) have been synthesized by using a Ni-based metal-organic framework as the precursor for high-temperature annealing treatment. The resulting Ni@NC materials exhibit highly efficient and ultrastable electrocatalytic activity toward hydrogen evolution reaction and oxygen evolution reaction as well as overall water splitting in alkaline environment.
January 19, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102559/effect-of-bone-like-hydroxyapatite-poly-amino-acid-loaded-with-rifapentine-microspheres-on-bone-and-joint-tuberculosis-in-vitro
#3
Yuwu Liu, Dianming Jiang
Rifapentine-loaded poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) microspheres (RPMs)-loaded bone-like hydroxyapatite/poly amino acid (BHA/PAA) is effective in curing S. aureus-induced chronic osteomyelitis. This study continues to investigate the effect of RPM-loaded BHA/PAA on the bacterial growth of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB), cell proliferation and differentiation in MTB H37Rv-infected MG63 cells. Furthermore, whether Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway was activated by RPM-loaded BHA/PAA was explored. We found the bactec growth index of H37Rv was significantly inhibited by RPM-loaded BHA/PAA...
January 19, 2017: Cell Biology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102465/risks-and-benefits-of-phase-i-liver-dysfunction-studies-should-patients-with-severe-liver-dysfunction-be-included-in-these-trials
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Christos Fountzilas, Selena Stuart, Brian Hernandez, Elizabeth Bowhay-Carnes, Joel Michalek, John Sarantopoulos, Anand Karnad, Sukeshi Patel, Steven Weitman, Devalingam Mahalingam
Introduction The goal of organ dysfunction Phase I trials is to characterize the safety and pharmacokinetics of novel agents in cancer patients with liver or kidney dysfunction, but the clinical benefit is not well established. Methods We reviewed 170 patients across 15 liver dysfunction studies at our institution, grouped based on the NCI-Organ Dysfunction Working Group criteria or Child-Pugh Score. Results The median survival for the entire cohort was two months and just one month amongst patients with severe liver dysfunction...
January 19, 2017: Investigational New Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102397/highly-exposed-fe-n4-active-sites-in-porous-poly-iron-phthalocyanine-based-oxygen-reduction-electrocatalyst-with-ultrahigh-performance-for-air-cathode
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Ganesan Anandhababu, Syed Comail Abbas, Jiangquan Lv, Kui Ding, Qin Liu, Dickson D Babu, Yiyin Huang, Jiafang Xie, Maoxiang Wu, Yaobing Wang
Progress in the development of efficient electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction reactions is imperative for various energy systems such as metal-air batteries and fuel cells. In this paper, an innovative porous two-dimensional (2D) poly-iron-phthalocyanine (PFe-Pc) based oxygen reduction electrocatalyst created with a simple solid-state chemical reaction without pyrolysis is reported. In this strategy, silicon dioxide nanoparticles play a pivotal role in preserving the Fe-N4 structure during the polymerization process and thereby assist in the development of a porous structure...
January 19, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102364/indefinitely-stable-iron-iv-cage-complexes-formed-in-water-by-air-oxidation
#6
Stefania Tomyn, Sergii I Shylin, Dmytro Bykov, Vadim Ksenofontov, Elzbieta Gumienna-Kontecka, Volodymyr Bon, Igor O Fritsky
In nature, iron, the fourth most abundant element of the Earth's crust, occurs in its stable forms either as the native metal or in its compounds in the +2 or +3 (low-valent) oxidation states. High-valent iron (+4, +5, +6) compounds are not formed spontaneously at ambient conditions, and the ones obtained synthetically appear to be unstable in polar organic solvents, especially aqueous solutions, and this is what limits their studies and use. Here we describe unprecedented iron(IV) hexahydrazide clathrochelate complexes that are assembled in alkaline aqueous media from iron(III) salts, oxalodihydrazide and formaldehyde in the course of a metal-templated reaction accompanied by air oxidation...
January 19, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102095/significance-of-the-ionized-calcium-measurement-to-assess-calcium-status-in-osteopenic-osteoporosis-postmenopausal-outpatients
#7
Letizia Guiducci, Silvia Maffei, Laura Sabatino, Luc Zyw, Debora Battaglia, Alessandro Vannucci, Pietro Di Cecco, Cristina Vassalle
INTRODUCTION: Evaluation of calcium status is important in the osteoporotic risk assessment. Although guidelines indicate total calcium (tCa) as first-line measurement, directly measured ionized calcium (m-iCa), considered as the gold standard, is more and more often required. Aim of this study is to evaluate the agreement between m-iCa, tCa and iCa calculated from a formula based on total calcium and albumin (c-iCa) in osteopenic/osteoporotic postmenopausal outpatients. METHODS: A total of 140 postmenopausal outpatients, 41 osteopenic (OPN) and 99 osteoporotic (OP) were enrolled...
January 19, 2017: Gynecological Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102023/6-gingerol-rich-fraction-prevents-disruption-of-histomorphometry-and-marker-enzymes-of-testicular-function-in-carbendazim-treated-rats
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M Salihu, B O Ajayi, I A Adedara, E O Farombi
Previous investigations demonstrated that 6-gingerol-rich fraction (6-GRF) prevented testicular toxicity via inhibition of oxidative stress and endocrine disruption in CBZ-treated rats. The influence of 6-GRF on alterations in histomorphometry and marker enzymes of testicular function in CBZ-treated rats which hitherto has not been reported was investigated in this study. The animals were orally administered either CBZ (50 mg/kg) alone or in combination with 6-GRF (50, 100 and 200 mg/kg) for 14 consecutive days...
January 19, 2017: Andrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101940/chronic-nasal-exposure-to-nanoparticulate-tio2-causes-pulmonary-tumorigenesis-in-male-mice
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Fashui Hong, Li Ji, Yingjun Zhou, Ling Wang
Chronic inhalation bioassays in rodents are used to assess pulmonary carcinogenicity for purposes of hazard identification and potentially for risk characterization. Numerous studies have been confirmed that exposure to titanium dioxide nanoparticles (TiO2 NPs) may result in chronic pulmonary inflammation in both mice and rats. However, very few studies have focused on the pulmonary tumorigenesis. In this study, to examine whether chronic TiO2 NP exposure induce tumorigenesis in the lung, forty mice (each group) were nasally exposed to 1...
January 19, 2017: Environmental Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101149/effects-of-nano-tantalum-implants-on-inducing-osteoblast-proliferation-and-differentiation
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Xinyu Liu, Xiaobin Song, Peng Zhang, Zhenkun Zhu, Xin Xu
In the present study, we examined the effects of nano tantalum (Ta) dental implants on inducing osteoblast proliferation and differentiation. The MG-63 osteoblasts were divided into 3 groups after recovery, passage and storage: i) Osteoblast culturing group (control group); ii) osteoblast and titanium (Ti) implant co-culturing group (Ti group); and iii) osteoblast and Ta implant co-culturing group (Ta group). After 7 days, a scanning electron microscope was used to observe the growth status, number and morphological changes of the cells on the surfaces of the materials...
December 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100813/coral-calcifying-fluid-ph-is-modulated-by-seawater-carbonate-chemistry-not-solely-seawater-ph
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S Comeau, E Tambutté, R C Carpenter, P J Edmunds, N R Evensen, D Allemand, C Ferrier-Pagès, S Tambutté, A A Venn
Reef coral calcification depends on regulation of pH in the internal calcifying fluid (CF) in which the coral skeleton forms. However, little is known about calcifying fluid pH (pHCF) regulation, despite its importance in determining the response of corals to ocean acidification. Here, we investigate pHCF in the coral Stylophora pistillata in seawater maintained at constant pH with manipulated carbonate chemistry to alter dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC) concentration, and therefore total alkalinity (AT). We also investigate the intracellular pH of calcifying cells, photosynthesis, respiration and calcification rates under the same conditions...
January 25, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100346/-impact-of-cd137-cd137l-signaling-mediated-exocytosis-of-autophagosome-within-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-on-the-formation-of-atherosclerotic-calcification
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B Li, X Y Li, W Zhong, C Shao, Z Q Wang, W Yuan, J C Yan
Objective: To explore whether CD137-CD137L signaling mediated exocytosis of autophagosome within vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) could influence the formation of atherosclerotic calcification. Methods: Fifteen 8-week-old male ApoE(-/-)(C57BL/6J-KO) mice fed with high fat diet for 5 weeks were randomly divided into three groups by using stochastic indicator method as follows: control group, n=5; agonist-CD137 group: agonist-CD137 antibody 200 μg/2 weeks for 4 weeks, ip, n=5; anti-CD137 group: 200 μg anti-CD137 antibody+ 200 μg agonist-CD137 antibody/2 weeks for 4 weeks, ip, n=5...
January 25, 2017: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099885/oestrus-synchronisation-and-superovulation-alter-the-cervicovaginal-mucus-proteome-of-the-ewe
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Jessie W Maddison, Jessica P Rickard, Naomi C Bernecic, Guillaume Tsikis, Clement Soleilhavoup, Valerie Labas, Lucie Combes-Soia, Gregoire Harichaux, Xavier Druart, Tamara Leahy, Simon P de Graaf
: Although essential for artificial insemination (AI) and MOET (multiple ovulation and embryo transfer), oestrus synchronisation and superovulation are associated with increased female reproductive tract mucus production and altered sperm transport. The effects of such breeding practices on the ovine cervicovaginal (CV) mucus proteome have not been detailed. The aim of this study was to qualitatively and quantitatively investigate the Merino CV mucus proteome in naturally cycling (NAT) ewes at oestrus and mid-luteal phase, and quantitatively compare CV oestrus mucus proteomes of NAT, progesterone synchronised (P4) and superovulated (SOV) ewes...
January 15, 2017: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099805/the-importance-of-cannizzaro-type-reactions-during-electrocatalytic-reduction-of-carbon-dioxide
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Yuvraj Y Birdja, Marc T M Koper
A seemingly catalytic inactive electrode as boron doped diamond is found to be active for CO2 and CO reduction to formaldehyde and even methane. At very cathodic potentials formic acid and methanol are formed as well. However, these products are the result of base-catalyzed Cannizzaro-type disproportionation reactions. A local alkaline environment near the electrode surface, caused by the hydrogen evolution reaction, initiates aldehyde disproportionation promoted by hydroxide ions, which leads to the formation of the corresponding carboxylic acid and alcohol...
January 18, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099799/hierarchically-porous-electrocatalyst-with-vertically-aligned-defect-rich-comos-nanosheets-for-her-in-alkaline-medium
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Zexing Wu, Junpo Guo, Jie Wang, Rong Liu, Weiping Xiao, Cuijuan Xuan, Kedong Xia, Deli Wang
Effective electrocatalysts for hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) in alkaline electrolytes can be developed via a simple solvothermal process. In this work, firstly, the prepared CoMoS nanomaterials through solvothermal treatment have a porous, defect-rich, and vertically aligned nanostructure, which is beneficial for HER in an alkaline medium. Secondly, the electron transfer from Co to MoS2 that reduces the unoccupied d-orbitals of Mo, can also enhance the HER kinetics in an alkaline medium. This has been demonstrated via comparison of catalytic performances of CoMoS, CoS, and MoS2...
January 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099798/development-of-a-quechers-based-method-for-the-simultaneous-determination-of-acidic-pesticides-their-esters-and-conjugates-following-alkaline-hydrolysis
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Angelika Steinborn, Lutz Alder, Madeleine Spitzke, Daniela Doerk, Michelangelo Anastassiades
An analytical procedure was developed allowing the simultaneous determination of acidic pesticides and their conjugates by addition of an alkaline hydrolysis step into the EU version of the QuEChERS method. The procedure resulted additionally in hydrolysis of most esters of phenoxy acids. Based on information from metabolism studies and the hydrolytic conditions employed in supervised field trials as well as results on the influence of physical and chemical parameters (temperature, time, type of solvent, type of matrix) alkaline hydrolysis for 30 min at 40 °C was deemed as a good compromise for the determination of residues of 2,4-D, dichlorprop, fluazifop, haloxyfop, MCPA and MCPB...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099508/effects-of-soil-salinity-on-the-expression-of-bt-toxin-cry1ac-and-the-control-efficiency-of-helicoverpa-armigera-in-field-grown-transgenic-bt-cotton
#17
Jun-Yu Luo, Shuai Zhang, Jun Peng, Xiang-Zhen Zhu, Li-Min Lv, Chun-Yi Wang, Chun-Hua Li, Zhi-Guo Zhou, Jin-Jie Cui
An increasing area of transgenic Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) cotton is being planted in saline-alkaline soil in China. The Bt protein level in transgenic cotton plants and its control efficiency can be affected by abiotic stress, including high temperature, water deficiency and other factors. However, how soil salinity affects the expression of Bt protein, thus influencing the control efficiency of Bt cotton against the cotton bollworm (CBW) Helicoverpa armigera (Hübner) in the field, is poorly understood...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099203/evaluation-of-gene-expression-patterns-in-micrografts-demonstrate-induction-of-catagen-like-processes-during-storage
#18
Walter Krugluger, Karl Stiefsohn, Karl Moser, Claudia Moser, Katarina Laciak
BACKGROUND: Alterations of gene expression patterns may contribute to the commonly observed transient reduction of hair shaft elongation in hair restoration surgery. OBJECTIVE: To elucidate the molecular causes, we evaluated changes in gene expression patterns in hair follicle micrografts during storage. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Micrografts with different amounts of adjacent connective tissue (regular, skinny, and chubby) were stored for different periods, and the expression of key genes was determined: dermal papilla (DP): FGF7, alkaline phosphatase (ALP), versican; outer root sheath: Krt15; inner root sheath: Krt 25; cuticula: Krt85; Henle layer: filaggrin; genes related to apoptosis and growth/differentiation: Caspase 3, Ovol1, and Foxo1...
January 17, 2017: Dermatologic Surgery: Official Publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et Al.]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098994/hydrides-of-alkaline-earth-tetrel-aett-zintl-phases-covalent-tt-h-bonds-from-silicon-to-tin
#19
Henry Auer, Robin Guehne, Marko Bertmer, Sebastian Weber, Patrick Wenderoth, Thomas Christian Hansen, Jürgen Haase, Holger Kohlmann
Zintl phases form hydrides either by incorporating hydride anions (interstitial hydrides) or by covalent bonding of H to the polyanion (polyanionic hydrides), which yields a variety of different compositions and bonding situations. Hydrides (deuterides) of SrGe, BaSi, and BaSn were prepared by hydrogenation (deuteration) of the CrB-type Zintl phases AeTt and characterized by laboratory X-ray, synchrotron, and neutron diffraction, NMR spectroscopy, and quantum-chemical calculations. SrGeD4/3-x and BaSnD4/3-x show condensed boatlike six-membered rings of Tt atoms, formed by joining three of the zigzag chains contained in the Zintl phase...
January 18, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098993/in-situ-hydrogenation-of-the-zintl-phase-srge
#20
Henry Auer, Dirk Wallacher, Thomas Christian Hansen, Holger Kohlmann
Hydrides (deuterides) of the CrB-type Zintl phases AeTt (Ae = alkaline earth; Tt = tetrel) show interesting bonding properties with novel polyanions. In SrGeD4/3-x (γ phase), three zigzag chains of Ge atoms are condensed and terminated by covalently bound D atoms. A combination of in situ techniques (thermal analysis and synchrotron and neutron powder diffraction) revealed the existence of two further hydride (deuteride) phases with lower H (D) content (called α and β phases). Both are structurally related to the parent Zintl phase SrGe and to the ZrNiH structure type containing variable amounts of H (D) in Sr4 tetrahedra...
January 18, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
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