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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108075/catalytic-potential-of-selected-metal-ions-for-bioleaching-and-potential-techno-economic-and-environmental-issues-a-critical-review
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REVIEW
Ashish Pathak, Liam Morrison, Mark Gerard Healy
Bioleaching is considered to be a low-cost, eco-friendly technique for leaching valuable metals from a variety of matrixes. However, the inherent slow dissolution kinetics and low metal leaching yields have restricted its wider commercial applicability. Recent advancements in bio-hydrometallurgy have suggested that these critical issues can be successfully alleviated through the addition of a catalyst. The catalyzing properties of a variety of metals ions (Ag(+), Hg(++), Bi(+++), Cu(++), Co(++) etc.) during bioleaching have been successfully demonstrated...
January 6, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106795/bio-based-aromatic-epoxy-monomers-for-thermoset-materials
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REVIEW
Feifei Ng, Guillaume Couture, Coralie Philippe, Bernard Boutevin, Sylvain Caillol
The synthesis of polymers from renewable resources is a burning issue that is actively investigated. Polyepoxide networks constitute a major class of thermosetting polymers and are extensively used as coatings, electronic materials, adhesives. Owing to their outstanding mechanical and electrical properties, chemical resistance, adhesion, and minimal shrinkage after curing, they are used in structural applications as well. Most of these thermosets are industrially manufactured from bisphenol A (BPA), a substance that was initially synthesized as a chemical estrogen...
January 18, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106363/a-bio-inspired-smart-peristome-surface-for-temperature-controlled-unidirectional-water-spreading
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Pengfei Zhang, Huawei Chen, Li Li, Hongliang Liu, Guang Liu, Liwen Zhang, Deyuan Zhang, Lei Jiang
Unidirectional liquid spreading without energy input has attracted considerable attention due to various potential applications such as bio-fluidics devices and self-lubrication. Introducing a surface wettable gradient or asymmetric nanostructures onto the surface has successfully harnessed the liquid to spread unidirectionally. However, these surfaces are still plagued with problems that restrict their practical applications: fixed spreading state for a fixed surface, and spreading slowly over a short distance...
January 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106071/development-of-an-efficient-screening-system-to-identify-novel-bone-metabolism-related-genes-using-the-exchangeable-gene-trap-mutagenesis-mouse-models
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Syuji Kurogi, Tomohisa Sekimoto, Taro Funamoto, Tomomi Ota, Shihoko Nakamura, Takuya Nagai, Mai Nakahara, Kumiko Yoshinobu, Kimi Araki, Masatake Araki, Etsuo Chosa
Despite numerous genetic studies on bone metabolism, understanding of the specific mechanisms is lacking. We developed an efficient screening system to identify novel genes involved in bone metabolism using mutant mouse strains registered with the Exchangeable Gene Trap Clones (EGTC) database. From 1278 trap clones in the EGTC database, 52 candidate lines were selected in the first screening, determined based on "EST profile", "X-gal", "Related article", and "Novel gene". For the second screening, bone morphometric analysis, biomechanical strength analysis, bone X-gal staining, etc...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105917/proclat-a-new-bioinformatics-tool-for-in-silico-protein-reclassification-case-study-of-drab-a-protein-coded-from-the-dratgb-operon-in-azospirillum-brasilense
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Elisa Terumi Rubel, Roberto Tadeu Raittz, Nilson Antonio da Rocha Coimbra, Michelly Alves Coutinho Gehlen, Fábio de Oliveira Pedrosa
BACKGROUND: Azopirillum brasilense is a plant-growth promoting nitrogen-fixing bacteria that is used as bio-fertilizer in agriculture. Since nitrogen fixation has a high-energy demand, the reduction of N2 to NH4(+) by nitrogenase occurs only under limiting conditions of NH4(+) and O2. Moreover, the synthesis and activity of nitrogenase is highly regulated to prevent energy waste. In A. brasilense nitrogenase activity is regulated by the products of draG and draT. The product of the draB gene, located downstream in the draTGB operon, may be involved in the regulation of nitrogenase activity by an, as yet, unknown mechanism...
December 15, 2016: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102016/mechanical-and-barrier-properties-of-maize-starch-gelatin-composite-film-effects-of-amylose-content
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Kun Wang, Wenhang Wang, Ran Ye, Jingdong Xiao, Yaowei Liu, Junsheng Ding, Shaojing Zhang, Anjun Liu
BACKGROUND: In order to obtain new reinforcing bio-fillers to improve the physicochemical properties of gelatin based film, three types of maize starches: waxy maize starch (Ap), normal starch (Ns), and high amylose starch (Al), were incorporated into the gelatin films, and their properties were investigated, focusing on the impact of amylose content. RESULTS: The thickness, opacity and roughness of gelatin films increased depending upon amylose content along with the concentration of starch...
January 19, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100105/inventing-a-co-axial-atomic-resolution-patch-clamp-to-study-a-single-resonating-protein-complex-and-ultra-low-power-communication-deep-inside-a-living-neuron-cell
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Subrata Ghosh, Satyajit Sahu, Lokesh Agrawal, Takashi Shiga, Anirban Bandyopadhyay
To read the signals of single molecules in vitro on a surface, or inside a living cell or organ, we introduce a coaxial atom tip (coat) and a coaxial atomic patch clamp (COAPAP). The metal-insulator-metal cavity of these probes extends to the atomic scale (0.1[Formula: see text]nm), it eliminates the cellular or environmental noise with a S/N ratio 10(5). Five ac signals are simultaneously applied during a measurement by COAT and COAPAP to shield a true signal under environmental noise in five unique ways. The electromagnetic drive in the triaxial atomic tips is specifically designed to sense anharmonic vibrational and transmission signals for any systems between 0...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Integrative Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100051/basement-membrane-mimics-of-biofunctionalized-nanofibers-for-a-bipolar-cultured-human-primary-alveolar-capillary-barrier-model
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Akihiro Nishiguchi, Smriti Singh, Matthias Wessling, Charles James Kirkpatrick, Martin Moeller
In vitro reconstruction of an alveolar barrier for modeling normal lung functions and pathological events serve as reproducible, high-throughput pharmaceutical platforms for drug discovery, diagnosis, and regenerative medicine. Despite much effort, the reconstruction of organ-level alveolar barrier functions has failed due to the lack of structural similarity to the natural basement membrane, functionalization with specific ligands for alveolar cell function, the use of primary cells and biodegradability. Here we report a bipolar cultured alveolar-capillary barrier model of human primary cells supported by a basement membrane mimics of fully-synthetic bifunctional nanofibers...
January 18, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095718/key-players-associated-with-tuberization-in-potato-potential-candidates-for-genetic-engineering
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Som Dutt, Anshul Sharma Manjul, Pinky Raigond, Brajesh Singh, Sundaresha Siddappa, Vinay Bhardwaj, Prashant G Kawar, Virupakshagouda U Patil, Hemant Balasaheb Kardile
Tuberization in potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) is a complex biological phenomenon which is affected by several environmental cues, genetic factors and plant nutrition. Understanding the regulation of tuber induction is essential to devise strategies to improve tuber yield and quality. It is well established that short-day photoperiods promote tuberization, whereas long days and high-temperatures inhibit or delay tuberization. Worldwide research on this complex biological process has yielded information on the important bio-molecules (proteins, RNAs, plant growth regulators) associated with the tuberization process in potato...
January 18, 2017: Critical Reviews in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092777/controlling-the-3d-architecture-of-self-lifting-auto-generated-tissue-equivalents-slates-for-optimized-corneal-graft-composition-and-stability
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Ricardo M Gouveia, Elena González-Andrades, Juan C Cardona, Carmen González-Gallardo, Ana M Ionescu, Ingrid Garzon, Miguel Alaminos, Miguel González-Andrades, Che J Connon
Ideally, biomaterials designed to play specific physical and physiological roles in vivo should comprise components and microarchitectures analogous to those of the native tissues they intend to replace. For that, implantable biomaterials need to be carefully designed to have the correct structural and compositional properties, which consequently impart their bio-function. In this study, we showed that the control of such properties can be defined from the bottom-up, using smart surface templates to modulate the structure, composition, and bio-mechanics of human transplantable tissues...
December 23, 2016: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091787/production-of-water-soluble-yellow-pigments-via-high-glucose-stress-fermentation-of-monascus-ruber-cgmcc-10910
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Meihua Wang, Tao Huang, Gong Chen, Zhenqiang Wu
Monascus pigments are secondary metabolites of Monascus species and are mainly composed of yellow pigments, orange pigments and red pigments. In this study, a larger proportion of Monascus yellow pigments could be obtained through the selection of the carbon source. Hydrophilic yellow pigments can be largely produced extracellularly by Monascus ruber CGMCC 10910 under conditions of high glucose fermentation with low oxidoreduction potential (ORP). However, keeping high glucose levels later in the culture causes translation or a reduction of yellow pigment...
January 13, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088643/molecular-mechanisms-of-bio-catalysis-of-heme-extraction-from-hemoglobin
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Serzhan Sakipov, Olga Rafikova, Maria G Kurnikova, Ruslan Rafikov
Red blood cell hemolysis in sickle cell disease (SCD) releases free hemoglobin. Extracellular hemoglobin and its degradation products, free heme and iron, are highly toxic due to oxidative stress induction and decrease in nitric oxide availability. We propose an approach that helps to eliminate extracellular hemoglobin toxicity in SCD by employing a bacterial protein system that evolved to extract heme from extracellular hemoglobin. NEAr heme Transporter (NEAT) domains from iron-regulated surface determinant proteins from Staphylococcus aureus specifically bind free heme as well as facilitate its extraction from hemoglobin...
January 7, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087515/h-blast-a-fast-protein-sequence-alignment-toolkit-on-heterogeneous-computers-with-gpus
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Weicai Ye, Ying Chen, Yongdong Zhang, Yuesheng Xu
MOTIVATION: The sequence alignment is a fundamental problem in bioinformatics. BLAST is a routinely used tool for this purpose with over 118 000 citations in the past two decades. As the size of bio-sequence databases grows exponentially, the computational speed of alignment softwares must be improved. RESULTS: We develop the heterogeneous BLAST (H-BLAST), a fast parallel search tool for a heterogeneous computer that couples CPUs and GPUs, to accelerate BLASTX and BLASTP-basic tools of NCBI-BLAST...
January 13, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079026/a-review-of-compliant-transmission-mechanisms-for-bio-inspired-flapping-wing-micro-air-vehicles
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Chao Zhang, Claudio Rossi
Flapping-wing micro air vehicles (FWMAVs) are a class of unmanned aircraft that imitate flight characteristics of natural organisms such as birds, bats, and insects, in order to achieve maximum flight efficiency and manoeuvrability. Designing proper mechanisms for flapping transmission is an extremely important aspect for FWMAVs. Compliant transmission mechanisms have been considered as an alternative to rigid transmission systems due to their lower the number of parts, thereby reducing the total weight, lower energy loss thanks to little or practically no friction among parts, and at the same time, being able to store and release mechanical power during the flapping cycle...
January 11, 2017: Bioinspiration & Biomimetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078820/improvement-of-the-in-vivo-cellular-repopulation-of-decellularized-cardiovascular-tissues-by-a-detergent-free-non-proteolytic-actin-disassembling-regimen
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Alexander Assmann, Marc Struß, Franziska Schiffer, Friederike Heidelberg, Hiroshi Munakata, Elena V Timchenko, Pavel E Timchenko, Tim Kaufmann, Khon Huynh, Yukiharu Sugimura, Quentin Leidl, Antonio Pinto, Volker R Stoldt, Artur Lichtenberg, Payam Akhyari
Low immunogenicity and high repopulation capacity are crucial determinants for the functional and structural performance of acellular cardiovascular implants. The present study evaluates a detergent-free, non-proteolytic, actin-disassembling regimen (BIO) for decellularization of heart valve and vessel grafts, particularly focusing on their bio-functionality. Rat aortic conduits (rAoC; n = 89) and porcine aortic valve samples (n = 106) are decellularized using detergents (group DET) or the BIO regimen...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075552/nanoparticles-coated-with-neutrophil-membranes-can-effectively-treat-cancer-metastasis
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Ting Kang, Qianqian Zhu, Dan Wei, Jingxian Feng, Jianhui Yao, Tianze Jiang, Qingxiang Song, Xunbin Wei, Hong-Zhuan Chen, Xiaoling Gao, Jun Chen
The dissemination, seeding and colonization of circulating tumor cells (CTC) serves as the root of distant metastasis. As a key step in the early stage of metastasis formation, colonization of CTC in the (pre-) metastatic niche appears to be a valuable target. Evidence showed that inflammatory neutrophils possess both CTC- and niche-targeting property by the intrinsic cell adhesion molecules on neutrophils. Inspired by this mechanism, we developed a nanosize neutrophil-mimicking drug delivery system (NM-NP) by coating neutrophils membranes on the surface of poly (latic-co-glycolic acid) nanoparticles (NP)...
January 11, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074649/bio-based-artificial-nacre-with-excellent-mechanical-and-barrier-properties-realized-by-a-facile-in-situ-reduction-and-cross-linking-reaction
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Kiran Shahzadi, Imran Mohsin, Lin Wu, Xuesong Ge, Yijun Jiang, Hui Li, Xindong Mu
Demands for high strength integrated materials have substantially increased across various kinds of industries. Inspired by the relationship of excellent integration of mechanical properties and hierarchical nano/microscale structure of the natural nacre, a simple and facile method to fabricate high strength integrated artificial nacre based on sodium carboxymethylcellulose (CMC) and borate cross-linked graphene oxide (GO) sheets has been developed. The tensile strength and toughness of cellulose-based hybrid material reached 480...
January 11, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071605/carbon-nanotube-on-eraser-based-eco-friendly-fabrication-of-skin-like-large-area-matrix-of-flexible-strain-and-pressure-sensor
#18
Parikshit Sahatiya, Sushmee Badhulika
This paper reports a new type of electronic, recoverable skin-like pressure and strain sensor on flexible, bio-degradable pencil eraser substrate and has been fabricated by a solvent-free, low-cost and energy efficient process. Multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNTs) film as strain sensing element was patterned on pencil eraser by rolling pin and pre-compaction mechanical press which induces high interfacial bonding between the MWCNTs and eraser substrate which enables the sensor to achieve recoverability under ambient conditions...
January 10, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069513/structure-and-mechanical-implications-of-the-pectoral-fin-skeleton-in-the-longnose-skate-chondrichthyes-batoidea
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Wei Huang, Watcharapong Hongjamrassilp, Jae-Young Jung, Philip A Hastings, Vlado A Lubarda, Joanna McKittrick
Animal propulsion systems are believed to show high energy and mechanical efficiency in assisting movement compared to artificial designs. As an example, batoid fishes have very light cartilaginous skeletons that facilitate their elegant swimming via enlarged wing-like pectoral fins. The aim of this work is to illustrate the hierarchical structure of the pectoral fin of a representative batoid, the Longnose Skate (Raja rhina), and explain the mechanical implications of its structural design. At the macro level, the pectoral fins are comprised of radially oriented fin rays, formed by staggered mineralized skeletal elements stacked end-to-end...
January 6, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069498/poly-glycerol-sebacate-poly-%C3%AE%C2%B5-caprolactone-blend-nanofibrous-scaffold-as-intrinsic-bio-and-immunocompatible-system-for-corneal-repair
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Sahar Salehi, Marta Czugala, Piotr Stafiej, Mohammadhossein Fathi, Thomas Bahners, Jochen S Gutmann, Bernhard B Singer, Thomas A Fuchsluger
: A major challenge in corneal tissue engineering and lamellar corneal transplantation is to develop synthetic scaffolds able to simulate the optical and mechanical properties of the native cornea. As a carrier, the graft scaffolds should provide the basis for anchorage, repair and regeneration. Although quite a number of scaffolds have been engineered to date, they have not been able to simultaneously recapitulate chemical, mechanical, and structural properties of the corneal extracellular matrix (ECM)...
January 6, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
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