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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103106/low-temperature-alkaline-ph-hydrolysis-of-oxygen-free-titan-tholins-carbonates-impact
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Coralie Brassé, Arnaud Buch, Patrice Coll, François Raulin
Titan, the largest moon of Saturn, is one of the key planetary objects in the field of exobiology. Its dense, nitrogen-rich atmosphere is the site of important organic chemistry. This paper focuses on the organic aerosols produced in Titan's atmosphere that play an important role in atmospheric and surface processes and in organic chemistry as it applies to exobiological interests. To produce reliable laboratory analogues of these aerosols, we developed, tested, and optimized a device for the synthesis of clean tholins...
January 2017: Astrobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102779/long-term-dust-aerosol-production-from-natural-sources-in-iceland
#2
Pavla Dagsson-Waldhauserova, Olafur Arnalds, Haraldur Olafsson
: Iceland is a volcanic island in the North Atlantic Ocean with maritime climate. In spite of moist climate, large areas are with limited vegetation cover where >40% of Iceland is classified with considerable to very severe erosion and 21% of Iceland is volcanic sandy deserts. Not only do natural emissions from these sources influenced by strong winds affect regional air quality in Iceland ("Reykjavik haze"), but dust particles are transported over the Atlantic ocean and Arctic Ocean >1000 km at times...
February 2017: Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102073/estimates-of-health-impacts-and-radiative-forcing-in-winter-haze-in-eastern-china-through-constraints-of-surface-pm2-5-predictions
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Meng Gao, Pablo E Saide, Jinyuan Xin, Yuesi Wang, Zirui Liu, Yuxuan Wang, Zifa Wang, Mariusz Pagowski, Sarath K Guttikunda, Gregory R Carmichael
The Gridpoint Statistical Interpolation (GSI) Three-Dimensional Variational (3DVAR) data assimilation system is extended to treat the MOSAIC aerosol model in WRF-Chem, and to be capable of assimilating surface PM2.5 concentrations. The coupled GSI-WRF-Chem system is applied to reproduce aerosol levels over China during an extremely polluted winter month, January 2013. After assimilating surface PM2.5 concentrations, the correlation coefficients between observations and model results averaged over the assimilated sites are improved from 0...
January 19, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100622/glycosylation-of-the-ha-protein-of-h5n1-virus-increases-its-virulence-in-mice-by-exacerbating-the-host-immune-response
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Dongming Zhao, Libin Liang, Shuai Wang, Tomomi Nakao, Yanbing Li, Liling Liu, Yuntao Guan, Satoshi Fukuyama, Zhigao Bu, Yoshihiro Kawaoka, Hualan Chen
: The highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 viruses continue to circulate in nature and threaten public health. Although several viral determinants and host factors that influence the virulence of HPAI H5N1 viruses in mammals have been identified, the detailed molecular mechanism remains poorly defined and requires further clarification. In our previous studies, we characterized two naturally isolated HPAI H5N1 viruses that had similar viral genomes but differed substantially in their lethality in mice...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100417/long-range-and-regional-transported-size-resolved-atmospheric-aerosols-during-summertime-in-urban-shanghai
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Xiaoxiao Ding, Lingdong Kong, Chengtian Du, Assiya Zhanzakova, Lin Wang, Hongbo Fu, Jianmin Chen, Xin Yang, Tiantao Cheng
In this study, the concentrations of water soluble ions (WSI), organic carbon (OC), and elemental carbon (EC) of size-resolved (0.056-18μm) atmospheric aerosols were measured in July and August 2015 in Shanghai, China. Backward trajectory model and potential source contribution function (PSCF) model were used to identify the potential source distributions of size-resolved particles and PM1.8-associated atmospheric inorganic and carbonaceous aerosols. The results showed that the average mass concentrations of PM0...
January 15, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100332/-expression-and-significance-of-mtor-4ebp1-hif-1%C3%AE-vegf-signaling-pathway-in-lung-tissues-of-asthmatic-mice
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Li Wang, Yan-Li Zhang, Xiu-Fang Wang, Zhe Song, Wei Wang
OBJECTIVE: To study the expression and significance of the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR)/eukaryote initiating factor 4E binding protein 1(4EBP1)/hypoxia inducible factor-1α (HIF-1α)/vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) signaling pathway in asthmatic mice. METHODS: Forty SPF level 6-8 week-old female Balb/C mice were randomly divided into control, asthma, budesonide and mTOR inhibitor (rapamycin) intervention groups (n=10 each). The asthmatic mouse model was prepared via OVA induction and challenge test...
January 2017: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100048/unanticipated-stickiness-of-%C3%AE-pinene
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Hilary M Chase, Junming Ho, Mary Alice Upshur, Regan J Thomson, Victor S Batista, Franz M Geiger
Hilary M. Chase1#, Junming Ho2#, Mary Alice Upshur1, Regan J. Thomson1, Victor S. Batista3, Franz M. Geiger1* 1Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. 60208, United States; 2 Agency for Science, Technology and Research, Institute of High Performance Computing, 1 Fusionopolis Way #16-16 Connexis North, Singapore 138632; 3Department of Chemistry, Yale University, P.O. Box 208107, New Haven, CT. 06520, United States # These authors contributed equally to this work. *corresponding author: geigerf@chem...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099012/aqueous-photochemistry-of-secondary-organic-aerosol-of-%C3%AE-pinene-and-%C3%AE-humulene-oxidized-with-ozone-hydroxyl-radical-and-nitrate-radical
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Dian E Romonosky, Ying Li, Manabu Shiraiwa, Alexander Laskin, Julia Laskin, Sergey A Nizkorodov
Formation of secondary organic aerosols (SOA) from biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOC) occurs via O3- and OH-initiated reactions during the day and reactions with NO3 during the night. We explored the effect of these three oxidation conditions on the molecular composition and aqueous photochemistry of model SOA prepared from two common BVOC. A common monoterpene, α-pinene, and sesquiterpene, α-humulene, were used to form SOA in a smog chamber via BVOC + O3, BVOC + NO3, and BVOC + OH + NOx oxidation...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098262/quantification-of-the-sources-and-composition-of-particulate-matter-by-field-deployable-mass-spectrometry-implications-for-air-quality-and-public-health
#9
Patrick L Hayes
Airborne particulate matter less than 2.5 μm in diameter (PM2.5) negatively impacts air quality in cities throughout the world where it has been linked to increased cardiac and respiratory morbidity and mortality. For this reason PM2.5 standards have been established by many countries and the World Health Organization. However, these guidelines are regularly exceeded in North America, Europe and East Asia. While PM2.5 is often reported as a single atmospheric species, it is actually a mixture of organic and inorganic compounds...
January 18, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096368/elemental-sulfur-aerosol-forming-mechanism
#10
Manoj Kumar, Joseph S Francisco
Elemental sulfur aerosols are ubiquitous in the atmospheres of Venus, ancient Earth, and Mars. There is now an evolving body of evidence suggesting that these aerosols have also played a role in the evolution of early life on Earth. However, the exact details of their formation mechanism remain an open question. The present theoretical calculations suggest a chemical mechanism that takes advantage of the interaction between sulfur oxides, SOn (n = 1, 2, 3) and hydrogen sulfide (nH2S), resulting in the efficient formation of a Sn+1 particle...
January 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095671/use-of-calculated-physicochemical-properties-to-enhance-quantitative-response-when-using-charged-aerosol-detection
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Max W Robinson, Alan P Hill, Simon A Readshaw, John C Hollerton, Richard J Upton, Sean M Lynn, Steve C Besley, Bob J Boughtflower
Universal quantitative detection without the need for analyte reference standards would offer substantial benefits in many areas of analytical science. The quantitative capability of high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) with charged aerosol detection (CAD) was investigated for 50 compounds with a wide range of physical and chemical properties. It is widely believed that CAD is a mass detector. Quantification of the 50 compounds using a generic calibrant and mass calibration achieved an average error of 11...
January 17, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094785/high-resolution-african-population-projections-from-radiative-forcing-and-socio-economic-models-2000-to-2100
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Niklas Boke-Olén, Abdulhakim M Abdi, Ola Hall, Veiko Lehsten
For its fifth assessment report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change divided future scenario projections (2005-2100) into two groups: Socio-Economic Pathways (SSPs) and Representative Concentration Pathways (RCPs). Each SSP has country-level urban and rural population projections, while the RCPs are based on radiative forcing caused by greenhouse gases, aerosols and associated land-use change. In order for these projections to be applicable in earth system models, SSP and RCP population projections must be at the same spatial scale...
January 17, 2017: Scientific Data
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093429/paediatric-ed-bipap-continuous-quality-improvement-programme-with-patient-analysis-2005-2013
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Thomas Abramo, Abby Williams, Samaiya Mushtaq, Mark Meredith, Rawle Sepaule, Kristen Crossman, Cheryl Burney Jones, Suzanne Godbold, Zhuopei Hu, Todd Nick
OBJECTIVE: In paediatric moderate-to-severe asthmatics, there is significant bronchospasm, airway obstruction, air trapping causing severe hyperinflation with more positive intraplural pressure preventing passive air movement. These effects cause an increased respiratory rate (RR), less airflow and shortened inspiratory breath time. In certain asthmatics, aerosols are ineffective due to their inadequate ventilation. Bilevel positive airway pressure (BiPAP) in acute paediatric asthmatics can be an effective treatment...
January 16, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092384/emerging-investigator-series-a-14-year-depositional-ice-record-of-perfluoroalkyl-substances-in-the-high-arctic
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John J MacInnis, Katherine French, Derek C G Muir, Christine Spencer, Alison Criscitiello, Amila O De Silva, Cora J Young
To improve understanding of long-range transport of perfluoroalkyl substances to the High Arctic, samples were collected from a snow pit on the Devon Ice Cap in spring 2008. Snow was analyzed for perfluoroalkyl acids (PFAAs), including perfluoroalkyl carboxylic acids (PFCAs) and perfluoroalkyl sulfonic acids (PFSAs), as well as perfluorooctane sulfonamide (FOSA). PFAAs were detected in all samples dated from 1993 to 2007. PFAA fluxes ranged from <1 to hundreds of ng per m(2) per year. Flux ratios of even-odd PFCA homologues were mostly between 0...
January 16, 2017: Environmental Science. Processes & Impacts
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090560/perceptions-of-secondhand-e-cigarette-aerosol-among-twitter-users
#15
Jennifer B Unger, Patricia Escobedo, Jon-Patrick Allem, Daniel W Soto, Kar-Hai Chu, Tess Cruz
OBJECTIVES: There is considerable debate among the public health community about the health risks of secondhand exposure to the aerosol from electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes). Despite mounting scientific evidence on the chemical content of e-cigarette aerosol, public perceptions of the relative safety of secondhand e-cigarette aerosol have not been well characterized. METHOD: This study collected tweets, or messages sent using Twitter, about exposure to secondhand e-cigarette aerosol over a 6-week period in 2015...
April 2016: Tobacco Regulatory Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089919/an-orally-active-geranyl-acetophenone-attenuates-airway-remodeling-in-a-murine-model-of-chronic-asthma
#16
Yu Zhao Lee, Khozirah Shaari, Manraj Singh Cheema, Chau Ling Tham, Mohd Roslan Sulaiman, Daud Ahmad Israf
2,4,6-trihydroxy-3-geranyl acetophenone (tHGA) is a synthetic compound that is naturally found in Melicope ptelefolia. We had previously demonstrated that parenteral administration of tHGA reduces pulmonary inflammation in OVA-sensitized mice. In this study, we evaluated the effect of orally administered tHGA upon airway remodeling in a murine model of chronic asthma. Female BALB/C mice were sensitized intraperitoneally with ovalbumin (OVA) on day 0, 7 and 14, followed by aerosolized 1% OVA 3 times per week for 6 weeks...
January 12, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089340/activation-of-nk-cell-cytotoxicity-by-aerosolized-cpg-odn-poly-i-c-against-lung-melanoma-metastases-is-mediated-by-alveolar-macrophages
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Michele Sommariva, Valentino Le Noci, Chiara Storti, Francesca Bianchi, Elda Tagliabue, Andrea Balsari, Lucia Sfondrini
Controversies remain about NK cells direct responsiveness to Toll-like receptor (TLR) agonists or dependence on macrophages. In a melanoma lung metastasis model, aerosolized TLR9 and TLR3 agonists have been reported to induce antitumor immunity through NK cells activation. In the current study, we demonstrated that in vitro TLR9/TLR3 stimulation induced IFN-γ secretion by NK cells, but an increase in their cytotoxicity was detected only after NK cells co-culture with in vitro TLR9/TLR3 agonists pretreated alveolar macrophages...
January 5, 2017: Cellular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088024/multi-year-record-of-atmospheric-and-snow-surface-nitrate-in-the-central-antarctic-plateau
#18
R Traversi, S Becagli, M Brogioni, L Caiazzo, V Ciardini, F Giardi, M Legrand, G Macelloni, B Petkov, S Preunkert, C Scarchilli, M Severi, V Vitale, R Udisti
Continuous all year-round samplings of atmospheric aerosol and surface snow at high (daily to 4-day) resolution were carried out at Dome C since 2004-05 to 2013 and nitrate records are here presented. Basing on a larger statistical data set than previous studies, results confirm that nitrate seasonal pattern is characterized by maxima during austral summer for both aerosol and surface snow, occurring in-phase with solar UV irradiance. This temporal pattern is likely due to a combination of nitrate sources and post-depositional processes whose intensity usually enhances during the summer...
December 30, 2016: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088005/nicotine-hydrogen-tartrate-loaded-chitosan-nanoparticles-formulation-characterization-and-in-vitro-delivery-from-dry-powder-inhaler-formulation
#19
Hui Wang, Graeme George, Selena Bartlett, Changyou Gao, Nazrul Islam
This study reports the development of nanoparticles in the form of inhalable micro-aggregates of biodegradable chitosan (CS) loaded with nicotine hydrogen tartrate (NHT) for potential pulmonary delivery of nicotine from dry powder inhaler (DPI) formulations with prolonged release profile. The NHT-loaded CS particles were prepared using a water-in-oil emulsion crosslinking method. The prepared particles were characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) for morphological studies; Zetasizer and Mastersizer were applied for particle size analysis...
January 11, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087945/innate-immune-responses-to-tuberculosis
#20
Jeffrey S Schorey, Larry S Schlesinger
Tuberculosis remains one of the greatest threats to human health. The causative bacterium, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, is acquired by the respiratory route. It is exquisitely adapted to humans and is a prototypic intracellular pathogen of macrophages, with alveolar macrophages being the primary conduit of infection and disease. However, M. tuberculosis bacilli interact with and are affected by several soluble and cellular components of the innate immune system which dictate the outcome of primary infection, most commonly a latently infected healthy human host, in whom the bacteria are held in check by the host immune response within the confines of tissue granuloma, the host histopathologic hallmark...
December 2016: Microbiology Spectrum
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