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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914333/nano-zinc-oxide-incorporated-graphene-oxide-nanocellulose-composite-for-the-adsorption-and-photo-catalytic-degradation-of-ciprofloxacin-hydrochloride-from-aqueous-solutions
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T S Anirudhan, J R Deepa
Purpose of this study is to report the synthetic procedure of a novel photo catalyst, nano zinc oxide incorporated graphene oxide/nanocellulose (ZnO-GO/NC) for the effective adsorption and subsequent photo degradation of ciprofloxacin (CF), an antibiotic widely used in the poultry. Self cleaning property in cellulose was achieved by introducing a nano zinc oxide incorporated graphene oxide into nanocellulose (NC) matrix. By incorporating nano zinc oxide (ZnO) in graphene oxide (GO), band gap could be tuned to 2...
November 17, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913414/distinct-anaerobic-bacterial-consumers-of-cellobiose-derived-carbon-in-boreal-fens-differing-in-ch4-vs-co2-production-ratio
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Heli Juottonen, Alexander Eiler, Christina Biasi, Eeva-Stiina Tuittila, Kim Yrjälä, Hannu Fritze
: Northern peatlands in general have high methane (CH4) emissions, but individual peatlands show considerable variation as CH4 sources. Particularly in nutrient poor peatlands, CH4 production can be low and exceeded by carbon dioxide (CO2) production from unresolved anaerobic processes. To clarify the role anaerobic bacterial degraders play in this variation, we compared consumers of cellobiose-derived carbon in two fens differing in nutrient status and the ratio of CH4 and CO2 produced...
December 2, 2016: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913169/liquid-nitrogen-pretreatment-of-eucalyptus-sawdust-and-rice-hull-for-enhanced-enzymatic-saccharification
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Rafael Castoldi, Vanesa G Correa, Gutierrez Rodrigues de Morais, Cristina G M de Souza, Adelar Bracht, Rosely A Peralta, Regina F Peralta-Muniz Moreira, Rosane M Peralta
In this work, liquid nitrogen was used for the first time in the pretreatment of plant biomasses for purposes of enzymatic saccharification. After treatment (cryocrushing), the initial rates of the enzymatic hydrolysis of eucalyptus sawdust and rice hull were increased more than ten-fold. Cryocrushing did not modify significantly the contents of cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin in both eucalyptus sawdust and rice hulls. However, substantial disorganization of the lignocellulosic materials in consequence of the pretreatment could be observed by electron microscopy...
November 25, 2016: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912918/the-use-of-potassium-hydroxide-koh-solution-as-a-suitable-approach-to-isolate-plastics-ingested-by-marine-organisms
#4
Susanne Kühn, Bernike van Werven, Albert van Oyen, André Meijboom, Elisa L Bravo Rebolledo, Jan A van Franeker
In studies of plastic ingestion by marine wildlife, visual separation of plastic particles from gastrointestinal tracts or their dietary content can be challenging. Earlier studies have used solutions to dissolve organic materials leaving synthetic particles unaffected. However, insufficient tests have been conducted to ensure that different categories of consumer products partly degraded in the environment and/or in gastrointestinal tracts were not affected. In this study 63 synthetic materials and 11 other dietary items and non-plastic marine debris were tested...
November 29, 2016: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911928/%C3%AE-glucans-and-resistant-starch-alter-the-fermentation-of-recalcitrant-fibers-in-growing-pigs
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Sonja de Vries, Walter J J Gerrits, Mirjam A Kabel, Thava Vasanthan, Ruurd T Zijlstra
Interactions among dietary ingredients are often assumed non-existent when evaluating the nutritive value and health effects of dietary fiber. Specific fibers can distinctly affect digestive processes; therefore, digestibility and fermentability of the complete diet may depend on fiber types present. This study aimed to evaluate the effects of readily fermentable fibers (β-glucans and resistant starch) on the degradation of feed ingredients containing more persistent, recalcitrant, fibers. Six semi-synthetic diets with recalcitrant fibers from rapeseed meal (pectic polysaccharides, xyloglucans, and cellulose) or corn distillers dried grain with solubles (DDGS; (glucurono)arabinoxylans and cellulose) with or without inclusion of β-glucans (6%) or retrograded tapioca (40%) substituted for corn starch were formulated...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911849/scalable-manufacturing-of-biomimetic-moldable-hydrogels-for-industrial-applications
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Anthony C Yu, Haoxuan Chen, Doreen Chan, Gillie Agmon, Lyndsay M Stapleton, Alex M Sevit, Mark W Tibbitt, Jesse D Acosta, Tony Zhang, Paul W Franzia, Robert Langer, Eric A Appel
Hydrogels are a class of soft material that is exploited in many, often completely disparate, industrial applications, on account of their unique and tunable properties. Advances in soft material design are yielding next-generation moldable hydrogels that address engineering criteria in several industrial settings such as complex viscosity modifiers, hydraulic or injection fluids, and sprayable carriers. Industrial implementation of these viscoelastic materials requires extreme volumes of material, upwards of several hundred million gallons per year...
November 28, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911438/evolutionary-convergence-in-experimental-pseudomonas-populations
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Peter A Lind, Andrew D Farr, Paul B Rainey
Model microbial systems provide opportunity to understand the genetic bases of ecological traits, their evolution, regulation and fitness contributions. Experimental populations of Pseudomonas fluorescens rapidly diverge in spatially structured microcosms producing a range of surface-colonising forms. Despite divergent molecular routes, wrinkly spreader (WS) niche specialist types overproduce a cellulosic polymer allowing mat formation at the air-liquid interface and access to oxygen. Given the range of ways by which cells can form mats, such phenotypic parallelism is unexpected...
December 2, 2016: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911402/utilizing-the-ethylene-releasing-compound-2-chloroethylphosphonic-acid-as-a-tool-to-study-ethylene-response-in-bacteria
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Richard V Augimeri, Andrew J Varley, Janice L Strap
Ethylene (C2H4) is a gaseous phytohormone that is involved in numerous aspects of plant development, playing a dominant role in senescence and fruit ripening. Exogenous ethylene applied during early plant development triggers the triple response phenotype; a shorter and thicker hypocotyl with an exaggerated apical hook. Despite the intimate relationship between plants and bacteria, the effect of exogenous ethylene on bacteria has been greatly overlooked. This is partly due to the difficulty of controlling gaseous ethylene within the laboratory without specialized equipment...
November 10, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908715/development-and-characterization-of-bacterial-cellulose-reinforced-biocomposite-films-based-on-protein-from-buckwheat-distiller-s-dried-grains
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Xuejiao Wang, Niamat Ullah, Xuchun Sun, Yan Guo, Lin Chen, Zhixi Li, Xianchao Feng
Biocomposite films were manufactured by combining protein extracted from buckwheat distiller's dried grains with bacterial cellulose (BC). The film microstructures showed that BC is compatible with protein matrix and endows the film with high rigidity. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) showed that BC can promote thermal stability of the composite films. BC promoted the transition from a Newtonian to a non-Newtonian fluid and the shear thinning behavior of protein-BC solution. Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy showed the main functional groups' absorption peaks shifted to lower wavenumbers...
November 28, 2016: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908585/innovative-pretreatment-strategies-for-biogas-production
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Regina J Patinvoh, Osagie A Osadolor, Konstantinos Chandolias, Ilona Sárvári Horváth, Mohammad J Taherzadeh
Biogas or biomethane is traditionally produced via anaerobic digestion, or recently by thermochemical or a combination of thermochemical and biological processes via syngas (CO and H2) fermentation. However, many of the feedstocks have recalcitrant structure and are difficult to digest (e.g., lignocelluloses or keratins), or they have toxic compounds (such as fruit flavors or high ammonia content), or not digestible at all (e.g., plastics). To overcome these challenges, innovative strategies for enhanced and economically favorable biogas production were proposed in this review...
November 22, 2016: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907866/chemical-profiling-and-adulteration-screening-of-aquilariae-lignum-resinatum-by-fourier-transform-infrared-ft-ir-spectroscopy-and-two-dimensional-correlation-infrared-2d-ir-spectroscopy
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Lei Qu, Jian-Bo Chen, Gui-Jun Zhang, Su-Qin Sun, Jing Zheng
As a kind of expensive perfume and valuable herb, Aquilariae Lignum Resinatum (ALR) is often adulterated for economic motivations. In this research, Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy is employed to establish a simple and quick method for the adulteration screening of ALR. First, the principal chemical constituents of ALR are characterized by FT-IR spectroscopy at room temperature and two-dimensional correlation infrared (2D-IR) spectroscopy with thermal perturbation. Besides the common cellulose and lignin compounds, a certain amount of resin is the characteristic constituent of ALR...
November 10, 2016: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907169/crystal-structure-of-chitinase-chiw-from-paenibacillus-sp-str-fpu-7-reveals-a-novel-type-of-bacterial-cell-surface-expressed-multi-modular-enzyme-machinery
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Takafumi Itoh, Takao Hibi, Fumiko Suzuki, Ikumi Sugimoto, Akihiro Fujiwara, Koji Inaka, Hiroaki Tanaka, Kazunori Ohta, Yutaka Fujii, Akira Taketo, Hisashi Kimoto
The Gram-positive bacterium Paenibacillus sp. str. FPU-7 effectively hydrolyzes chitin by using a number of chitinases. A unique chitinase with two catalytic domains, ChiW, is expressed on the cell surface of this bacterium and has high activity towards various chitins, even crystalline chitin. Here, the crystal structure of ChiW at 2.1 Å resolution is presented and describes how the enzyme degrades chitin on the bacterial cell surface. The crystal structure revealed a unique multi-modular architecture composed of six domains to function efficiently on the cell surface: a right-handed β-helix domain (carbohydrate-binding module family 54, CBM-54), a Gly-Ser-rich loop, 1st immunoglobulin-like (Ig-like) fold domain, 1st β/α-barrel catalytic domain (glycoside hydrolase family 18, GH-18), 2nd Ig-like fold domain and 2nd β/α-barrel catalytic domain (GH-18)...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906142/electrospun-cellulose-acetate-membrane-for-size-separating-and-antibacterial-screening-of-crude-polysaccharides
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Jiraporn Chumpol, Sineenat Siri
This study aims to produce electrospun cellulose acetate (CA) membrane as the alternative supporting medium for a separation of crude polysaccharides by electrophoresis and a screening of their antibacterial activity. Among the tested conditions of fabrication, electrospun CA membrane at 57% porosity showed the best separation of each polysaccharide from the standard mixture and the crude extract of Aloe vera via electrophoresis. As compared with the commercial CA membrane, the produced electrospun CA membrane demonstrated more separated spots of polysaccharides...
December 2016: IET Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906140/management-of-citrus-waste-by-switching-in-the-production-of-nanocellulose
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Sania Naz, Naveed Ahmad, Javeed Akhtar, Nasir Mehmood Ahmad, Attarad Ali, Muhammad Zia
Citrus fruit processing industries produce a vast quantity of waste materials as peel and pulp that are not handled properly. In present study, waste generated from citrus has been used for extraction of cellulose and nanocellulose. The aggregated cellulose, derived after alkaline treatment, was acid hydrolysed; resulted in reduction of the size of cellulose fibre. The cellulose showed amorphous structure revealed by X-ray diffraction analysis. Scanning electron microscopy analysis explained densely packed structure of nanocellulose...
December 2016: IET Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905655/-gastrointestinal-bezoars
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Ricardo Espinoza González
Gastrointestinal bezoars are a concretion of indigested material that can be found in the gastrointestinal tract of humans and some animals. This material forms an intraluminal mass, more commonly located in the stomach. During a large period of history animal bezoars were considered antidotes to poisons and diseases. We report a historical overview since bezoars stones were thought to have medicinal properties. This magic conception was introduced in South America by Spanish conquerors. In Chile, bezoars are commonly found in a camelid named guanaco (Lama guanicoe)...
August 2016: Revista Médica de Chile
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905610/dendritic-polyglycerol-and-n-isopropylacrylamide-based-thermoresponsive-nanogels-as-smart-carriers-for-controlled-delivery-of-drugs-through-the-hair-follicle
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Fitsum Feleke Sahle, Michael Giulbudagian, Julian Bergueiro, Jürgen Lademann, Marcelo Calderón
Nanoparticles with a size of several hundred nanometers can effectively penetrate into the hair follicles and may serve as depots for controlled drug delivery. However, they can neither overcome the hair follicle barrier to reach the viable cells nor release the loaded drug adequately. On the other hand, small drug molecules cannot penetrate deep into the hair follicles. Thus, the most efficient way for drug delivery through the follicular route is to employ nanoparticles that can release the drug close to the target structure upon exposure to some external or internal stimuli...
December 1, 2016: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905181/effectiveness-of-collagen-oxidised-regenerated-cellulose-silver-containing-composite-wound-dressing-for-the-treatment-of-medium-depth-split-thickness-skin-graft-donor-site-wounds-in-multi-morbid-patients-a-prospective-non-comparative-single-centre-study
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Alexander Konstantinow, Tatjana V Fischer, Johannes Ring
Split-thickness skin grafting (STSG) is a widely used method in reconstructive surgery, but donor site wounds (DSWs) are often slow healing and painful. This prospective study evaluated the performance of a composite wound dressing containing collagen/oxidised regenerated cellulose in the treatment of medium-depth (0·4 mm) DSWs in 25 multi-morbid patients with chronic leg ulcers requiring STSG. The range of patients' ages was 44-84 years (mean 71·6 years) with DSW sizes ranging between 12 and 162 cm(2) (mean 78 cm(2) )...
December 1, 2016: International Wound Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905050/transcriptional-analysis-of-genes-encoding-%C3%AE-glucosidase-of-schizophyllum-commune-kuc9397-under-optimal-conditions
#18
Young Min Lee, Hanbyul Lee, Young Mok Heo, Hwanhwi Lee, Joo-Hyun Hong, Jae-Jin Kim
The present study was conducted to determine the gene responsible for beta-glucosidase (BGL) production and to generate a full-length complementary DNA (cDNA) of one of the putative BGL genes, which showed a significant expression level when Schizophyllum commune KUC9397 was grown in optimized medium. The relative expression levels of seven genes encoding BGL of S. commune KUC9397 were determined with real-time quantitative reverse transcription PCR in cellulose-containing optimized medium (OM) compared to glucose-containing basal medium (BM)...
November 30, 2016: Folia Microbiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903280/a-critical-review-of-the-current-knowledge-regarding-the-biological-impact-of-nanocellulose
#19
REVIEW
C Endes, S Camarero-Espinosa, S Mueller, E J Foster, A Petri-Fink, B Rothen-Rutishauser, C Weder, M J D Clift
Several forms of nanocellulose, notably cellulose nanocrystals and nanofibrillated cellulose, exhibit attractive property matrices and are potentially useful for a large number of industrial applications. These include the paper and cardboard industry, use as reinforcing filler in polymer composites, basis for low-density foams, additive in adhesives and paints, as well as a wide variety of food, hygiene, cosmetic, and medical products. Although the commercial exploitation of nanocellulose has already commenced, little is known as to the potential biological impact of nanocellulose, particularly in its raw form...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901307/supramolecular-nanofibrillar-thermoreversible-hydrogel-for-growth-and-release-of-cancer-spheroids
#20
Yunfeng Li, Nancy Khuu, Albert Gevorkian, Sharon Sarjinsky, Heloise Therien-Aubin, Yihe Wang, Sangho Cho, Eugenia Kumacheva
Growth of three-dimensional cancer spheroids (CSs) in man-made hydrogels mimicking natural extracellular matrix is an important and challenging task. Herein, we report on a supramolecular temperature-responsive hydrogel designed for the growth and subsequent release of CSs. A filamentous hydrogel was formed at 37 °C from an aqueous suspension of cellulose nanocrystals surface-functionalized with temperature-responsive polymer molecules. The encapsulation of cells in the hydrogel enabled effective growth of CSs with dimensions determined by the concentration of cellulose nanocrystals in the hydrogel...
November 30, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
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