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Manjie Li, Zhaowei Liu, Yongcan Chen, Yang Hai
Interaction between old, corroded iron pipe surfaces and bulk water is crucial to the water quality protection in drinking water distribution systems (WDS). Iron released from corrosion products will deteriorate water quality and lead to red water. This study attempted to understand the effects of pipe materials on corrosion scale characteristics and water quality variations in WDS. A more than 20-year-old hybrid pipe section assembled of unlined cast iron pipe (UCIP) and galvanized iron pipe (GIP) was selected to investigate physico-chemical characteristics of corrosion scales and their effects on water quality variations...
October 18, 2016: Water Research
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
Jun Shi, Huiping Deng, Huichao Pan, Yinjie Xu, Min Zhang
Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) has been shown to possess anti-inflammatory effects. Microcystin-LR (MC-LR) is a potent toxin and our past research suggested that it also mediated human umbilical vein endothelial cell (HUVEC) injury. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of EGCG on MC-LR-induced oxidative stress and inflammatory responses in HUVECs. HUVECs were stimulated with MC-LR in the presence or absence of EGCG. MC-LR (40 μM) significantly increased cell death and decreased cell viability, migration, and tube formation, whereas EGCG (50 μM) inhibited these effects...
October 21, 2016: Chemosphere
Anna Hojka-Osinska, Lucyna Budzko, Agnieszka Zmienko, Agnieszka Rybarczyk, Patrick Maillard, Agata Budkowska, Marek Figlerowicz, Paulina Jackowiak
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is one of the major causes of chronic liver diseases. Unfortunately, the mechanisms of HCV infection-induced liver injury and host-virus interactions are still not well recognized. To better understand these processes we determined the changes in the host gene expression that occur during HCV infection of Huh-7.5 cells. As a result, we identified genes that may contribute to the immune and metabolic cellular responses to infection. Pathway enrichment analysis indicated that HCV induced an increased expression of genes involved in mitogen-activated protein kinases signaling, adipocytokine signaling, cell cycle and nitrogen metabolism...
October 25, 2016: Acta Biochimica Polonica
Keitaro Nakamoto, Masato Watanabe, Mitsuru Sada, Toshiya Inui, Masuo Nakamura, Kojiro Honda, Hiroo Wada, Yu Mikami, Hirotaka Matsuzaki, Masafumi Horie, Satoshi Noguchi, Yasuhiro Yamauchi, Hikari Koyama, Toshiyuki Kogane, Tadashi Kohyama, Hajime Takizawa
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Bronchial asthma (BA) is a chronic airway disease characterized by airway hyperresponsiveness and remodeling, which are intimately linked to chronic airway inflammation. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) such as hydrogen peroxide are generated by inflammatory cells that are involved in the pathogenesis of BA. However, the role of ROS in the management of BA patients is not yet clear. We attempted to determine the role of ROS as a biomarker in the clinical setting of BA...
2016: PloS One
Melanie Wright, Joshua Adams, Kwang Yang, Paul McManus, Astrid Jacobson, Aniket Gade, Joan McLean, David Britt, Anne Anderson
Nanoparticle (NPs) containing essential metals are being considered in formulations of fertilizers to boost plant nutrition in soils with low metal bioavailability. This paper addresses whether colonization of wheat roots by the bacterium, Pseudomonas chlororaphis O6 (PcO6), protected roots from the reduced elongation caused by CuO NPs. There was a trend for slightly elongated roots when seedlings with roots colonized by PcO6 were grown with CuO NPs; the density of bacterial cells on the root surface was not altered by the NPs...
2016: PloS One
Jianyang Pan, Xingchu Gong, Haibin Qu
A novel quantitative 1H NMR (Q-NMR) combined with HPLC-MS method has been proposed for investigating the degradation process of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) components. Through this method, in-situ monitoring of dynamics degradation process of lithospermic acid (LA), one of the popular polyphenolic acids in TCM, was realized under low oxygen condition. Additionally, this methodology was proved to be simple, rapid and specific. Degradation kinetic runs have been carried out to systematically investigate the effects of two key environmental factors, initial pH values and temperatures...
2016: PloS One
Ravindra Kumar Jha, Prasanta Kumar Guha
WS2 nanosheets have been synthesized by ultrasonication in a binary mixture of acetone and 2-propanol, with a volume ratio of 80:20. Hansen solubility parameters were taken into consideration as part of the process. These nanosheets have been characterized by electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, and x-ray diffraction, along with spectroscopy such as ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The nanosheets were further used as a sensing material to fabricate a humidity sensor on interdigitated aluminum electrodes, realized over Si/SiO2 substrate using a conventional photolithography technique...
October 24, 2016: Nanotechnology
Damián Rodríguez Sartori, Cristian R Lillo, Juan J Romero, María Laura Dell Arciprete, Alejandro Miñán, Mónica Fernández Lorenzo de Mele, Mónica C Gonzalez
Grafting of polyethylene glycol (PEG) to ultrasmall photoluminescent silicon dots (SiDs) is expected to improve and expand the applications of these particles to aqueous environments and biological systems. Herein we report a novel one-pot synthesis of robust, highly water compatible PEG-coated SiDs (denoted as PEG-SiDs) of (3.3 ± 0.5) nm size. The nanoparticles' synthesis is based on the liquid phase oxidation of magnesium silicide using PEG as reaction media and leading to high PEG density grafting. PEG-SiDs enhanced photophysical, photosensitising, and solution properties in aqueous environments are described and compared to those of 2 nm size PEG-coated SiDs with low PEG density grafting (denoted as PEG-NHSiDs) obtained from a multistep synthesis strategy...
October 24, 2016: Nanotechnology
J R Yuan, X H Yan, Y Xiao, Y D Guo, C J Dai
Motivated by recent measurement of the magnetism and conductance of the oxygen-assisted Pt nanojunctions, we performed first principle calculations of the magnetic order and electronic transport by explicitly including fully relativistic effects. Our results show that the spin alignment is a cycloidal spiral feature attributed to the Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction, which indicates that the observed magnetism in experiments is of noncollinear nature. The oxygen concentration is the responsible for the switching of the rotational sense of the spiral magnetic order found in oxygen-assisted Pt nanojunctions...
October 24, 2016: Nanotechnology
Duy Dao, S M A Salehizadeh, Yeon Noj, Jo Woon Chong, Chae Cho, Dave Mcmanus, Chad E Darling, Yitzhak Mendelson, Ki H Chon
Motion and noise artifacts (MNAs) impose limits on the usability of the photoplethysmogram (PPG), particularly in the context of ambulatory monitoring. MNAs can distort PPG, causing erroneous estimation of physiological parameters such as heart rate (HR) and arterial oxygen saturation (SpO2). In this study we present a novel approach, "TifMA," based on using the Time-frequency spectrum of PPG to first detect the MNA-corrupted data and next discard the non-usable part of the corrupted data. The term "non-usable" refers to segments of PPG data from which the HR signal cannot be recovered accurately...
October 21, 2016: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
Jean-Baptiste Tylcz, Thierry Bastogne, Alexia Bourguignon, Celine Frochot, Muriel Barberi-Heyob
: Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is an alternative treatment for cancer that involves the administration of a photosensitizing agent, which is activated by light at a specific wavelength. This illumination causes after a sequence of photoreactions, the production of reactive oxygen species responsible for the death of the tumor cells but also the degradation of the photosensitizing agent, which then loose the fluorescence properties. The phenomenon is commonly known as photobleaching process and can be considered as a therapy efficiency indicator...
October 21, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
Deb P Jaisi, Hui Li, Adam F Wallace, Prajwal Paudel, Mingjing Sun, Avula Balakrishna, Bob N Lerch
Degradation of glyphosate in the presence of Mn oxide and UV light was analyzed using phosphate oxygen isotope ratios and density function theory (DFT). Preference of C-P or C-N bond cleavage was found to vary with changing glyphosate:Mn oxide ratios indicating the potential role of sorption-induced conformational changes on the composition of intermediate degradation products. Isotope data confirmed that one oxygen atom derived solely from water was incorporated into the released phosphate during glyphosate degradation and this might suggest similar nucleophilic substitution at P centers and C-P bond cleavage both in Mn oxide- and UV light-mediated degradation...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Richard Baumgartner, William Cho, Alexandre Coimbra, Christopher Chen, Zaiqi Wang, Arie Struyk, Narayanaswamy Venketasubramanian, May Low, Cindy Gargano, Fuqiang Zhao, Donald Williams, Torsten Reese, Stephanie Seah, Dai Feng, Sonya Apreleva, Esben Petersen, Jeffrey L Evelhoch
PURPOSE: To present the testretest and contrast dose effect results of cerebral blood volume (CBV) functional MRI (fMRI) in healthy human volunteers using ferumoxytol (Feraheme), an ultrasmall-superparamagnetic iron oxide (USPIO) nanoparticle. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was an open-label, two-period, fixed-sequence study in healthy young volunteers. In eight subjects, using a 3 Tesla field strength system, blood oxygen level dependent (BOLD) and CBV fMRI were acquired in response to a visual black-and-white checkboard stimulation paradigm using an escalating ferumoxytol dose design (250, 350, and 510 mg iron)...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
Sukanta Das, Jaswinder Singh Maras, Shabir Hussain, Shvetank Sharma, Paul David, S Sukriti, Shasthry S M, Rakhi Maiwall, Nirupama Trehanpati, T P Singh, Shiv Kumar Sarin
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Albumin is a potent scavenger of reactive oxygen species (ROS). However, modifications in albumin structure may reduce its antioxidant properties and modulate its immune-regulatory functions. We examined alterations in circulating albumin in severe alcoholic hepatitis (SAH) patients and its contribution in neutrophil activation, intracellular stress plus alteration in associated molecular-pathways. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Albumin modifications and plasma oxidative-stress were assessed in SAH (n=90), alcoholic cirrhosis (AC, n=60) and healthy control (HC, n=30) using LC/MS and spectrophotometry...
October 24, 2016: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
Y-F Huang, Y Zhang, C-X Liu, J Huang, G-H Ding
OBJECTIVE: Hyperglycemia induces apoptosis of renal tubular epithelial cells and contributes to tubular injury in diabetic nephropathy. Angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) is known to protect against diabetic kidney injury. However, the mechanism for the dysregulation of ACE2 expression in diabetic nephropathy is unclear. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Bioinformatic analysis and luciferase reporter assay were done to identify ACE2-targeting microRNAs. Gain- and loss-of-function experiments were performed to determine the biological roles of the ACE2-targeting microRNAs in high glucose-induced damage to renal tubular epithelial cells...
October 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
R-H Xu, B Liu, J-D Wu, Y-Y Yan, J-N Wang
OBJECTIVE: Atherosclerosis is recognized as a chronic inflammatory disease leading to hardening of the vessel wall and narrowing of arteries. Endothelial cells (ECs) exhibit highly active glycolysis, the dysfunction of which leads to accumulation of lipids in the arterial wall and formation of atherosclerotic plaque. MATERIALS AND METHODS: qRT-PCR was performed to compare the deregulated miR-143 between atherosclerotic plaque and normal vessel tissues. The direct target of miR-143 was verified by Western blot and luciferase assay...
October 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
B Caglar, M Olus Ozbek, J W Hans Niemantsverdriet, C J Kees-Jan Weststrate
The adsorption and decomposition of ethanol on Rh(100) was studied as a model reaction to understand the role of C-OH functionalities in the surface chemistry of biomass-derived molecules. A combination of experimental surface science and computational techniques was used: (i) temperature programmed reaction spectroscopy (TPRS), reflection absorption infrared spectroscopy (RAIRS), work function measurements (Kelvin Probe - KP), and density functional theory (DFT). Ethanol produces ethoxy (CH3CH2O) species via O-H bond breaking upon adsorption at 100 K...
October 24, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Nuria A Illán-Cabeza, Sonia B Jiménez-Pulido, Francisco Hueso-Ureña, Tomás Peña-Ruiz, Miguel Quirós-Olozábal, Miguel N Moreno-Carretero
2,4-Bis(1,3,7-trimethyl-pteridine-2,4(1H,3H)-dione-6-yl)-2,3-dihydro-2-methyl-1H-1,5-benzodiazepine (DLMBZD) has been prepared and its molecular and crystal structures have been determined from spectral and XRD data. The benzodiazepine ligand was reacted with zinc(ii), cadmium(ii) and mercury(ii) chloride, bromide and iodide to give complexes with general formula [M(DLMBZD)X2]. The complexes have been synthesized and characterized by IR, NMR and elemental analysis. The structure of seven complexes has been obtained by single crystal X-ray diffraction...
October 24, 2016: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
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