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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447706/insights-into-the-surface-chemistry-and-electronic-properties-of-sp-2-and-sp-3-hybridized-nanocarbon-materials-for-catalysis
#1
Yangming Lin, Zhenbao Feng, Linhui Yu, Qinging Gu, Shuchang Wu, Dang Sheng Su
Ultra-dispersed nanodiamond and its derivatives (UNDDs), including bucky nanodiamond and onion-like carbon, offer superior catalytic behavior relative to other nanocarbons. However, a systematic study of their unique properties has been rarely achieved. Their surface chemistry and electronic properties are therefore studied to reveal the essential differences of UNDDs compared to other nanocarbons for catalysis.
April 27, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440966/lead-levels-in-vegetables-from-artisanal-mining-sites-of-dilimi-river-bukuru-and-barkin-ladi-north-central-nigeria-cancer-and-non-cancer-risk-assessment
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Orish Ebere Orisakwe, Emmanuel Ayuba Dagur, Herbert Orji Chidi Mbagwu, Nnaemeka Arinze Udowelle
Lead (Pb) contamination of foods and especially of frequently consumed vegetables is a growing public health concern worldwide. Although levels of exposure in developed countries have declined over the past decades, the same cannot be said of developing countries. Health risk assessment has increasingly been employed to determine the potential hazard of heavy metal exposure to humans. In this study vegetable samples (tomatoes, red pepper, brown beans, lettuce, cabbage, Irish potatoes, onions, green beans and carrot), soil samples, irrigation water and sediment samples were collected from the Dilimi River, Bukuru and Barkin Ladi communities in north central Nigeria and analyzed for Pb content using atomic absorption spectroscopy...
March 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426177/an-efficient-cleanup-method-coupled-with-gas-chromatography-and-mass-spectrometry-for-multi-pesticides-residue-analysis-in-complex-plant-matrices
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Xinquan Wang, Peipei Qi, Xiangyun Wang, Qian Zhang, Zhiwei Wang, Xiahong Xu, Hao Xu, Hu Zhang, Qiang Wang
We aimed to develop an efficient cleanup method for multi-pesticides residue analysis in complex plant matrices, shallot, ginger, garlic, onion, leek and celery. Column chromatography was used as the cleanup method and fabricated with florisil and graphitized carbon black as the adsorbents. The amount of the graphitized carbon black adsorbent and the choice of the elution solvent were systematically investigated for exploring the best combination. The target pesticides covered organochlorine, pyrethroid and organophosphorus pesticides, and were 38 in total...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Separation Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425557/dual-spectra-band-emissive-eu-2-mn-2-co-activated-alkaline-earth-phosphates-for-indoor-plant-growth-novel-phosphor-converted-leds
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Young Jun Yun, Jin Kyu Kim, Ji Young Ju, Seul Ki Choi, Woon Ik Park, Jae Yong Suh, Ha-Kyun Jung, Yongseon Kim, Sungho Choi
This paper reports designing a novel single composition blue/red color illuminating phosphor followed by fabricating "smart" agricultural/horticultural LED lighting. Color-tunable Eu(2+)/Mn(2+) co-activated alkaline earth phosphates, Na(Sr,Ba)PO4 and Ca3Mg3(PO4)4, are considered, and the stable doping sites for the corresponding activators are identified by using first-principle DFT calculations. We can realize the designated color purity with stable thermal quenching preserved luminescence behavior is induced by the Eu(2+) center positioned at different coordination states with intermixed Sr(2+)/Ba(2+) sites in Na(Sr,Ba)PO4 hosts...
April 20, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419331/an-apoplastic-%C3%AE-glucosidase-is-essential-for-the-degradation-of-flavonol-3-o-%C3%AE-glucoside-7-o-%C3%AE-rhamnosides-in-arabidopsis
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Jonathon Roepke, Harley O W Gordon, Kevin J A Neil, Satinder Gidda, Robert T Mullen, José A Freixas Coutin, Delaney Bray-Stone, Gale G Bozzo
Flavonol bisglycosides accumulate in plant vegetative tissues in response to abiotic stress, including simultaneous environmental perturbations (i.e., nitrogen deficiency and low temperature, NDLT), but disappear with recovery from NDLT. Previously, we determined that a recombinant Arabidopsis β-glucosidase (BGLU), BGLU15, hydrolyzes flavonol 3-O-β-glucoside-7-O-α-rhamnosides and flavonol 3-O-β-glucosides, forming flavonol 7-O-α-rhamnosides and flavonol aglycones, respectively. In this study, the transient expression of a BGLU15-Cherry fusion protein in onion epidermal cells demonstrated that BGLU15 was localized to the apoplast...
April 13, 2017: Plant & Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418252/electronic-and-structural-study-of-zn%C3%A2-xs%C3%A2-x-%C3%A2-x-12-16-24-28-36-48-96-and-108-cage-structures
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Shusil Bhusal, Jose A Rodriguez Lopez, Jose Ulises Reveles, Tunna Baruah, Rajendra R Zope
We present a density functional study on the structural and electronic properties of ZnS bubble clusters viz hollow cages whose spontaneous formation was previously observed in classical molecular dynamics simulations by Spano E. et al. [J. Phys. Chem. B 2003, 107, 10337]. The hollow ZnS cages in our study were modelled as ZnxSx [x = 12, 16, 24, 28, 36, 48, 108] and an onion-like structure was modelled as Zn96S96. The study of energetics and stability, performed using large polarized Gaussian basis sets indicated that all structures to be energetically stable with similar binding energy of 5...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417638/mimicking-complex-biological-membranes-and-their-programmable-glycan-ligands-with-dendrimersomes-and-glycodendrimersomes
#7
Samuel E Sherman, Qi Xiao, Virgil Percec
Synthetic vesicles have been assembled and coassembled from phospholipids, their modified versions, and other single amphiphiles into liposomes, and from block copolymers into polymersomes. Their time-consuming synthesis and preparation as stable, monodisperse, and biocompatible liposomes and polymersomes called for the elaboration of new synthetic methodologies. Amphiphilic Janus dendrimers (JDs) and glycodendrimers (JGDs) represent the most recent self-assembling amphiphiles capable of forming monodisperse, stable, and multifunctional unilamellar and multilamellar onion-like vesicles denoted dendrimersomes (DSs) and glycodendrimersomes (GDSs), dendrimercubosomes (DCs), glycodendrimercubosomes (GDCs), and other complex architectures...
April 18, 2017: Chemical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407944/clean-up-and-matrix-effect-in-lc-ms-ms-analysis-of-food-of-plant-origin-for-high-polar-herbicides
#8
Piotr Kaczyński
This study reports an innovative and sensitive procedure for analysis of difficult high polar herbicides (HPH) in diverse foods of plant origin. The QuPPe (Quick Polar Pesticides) method followed by determination by LC-MS/MS was modified. Chromatographic conditions, extraction, clean-up, and matrix effect were studied. Several liquid chromatography stationary and mobile phases were evaluated, and it was found that hydrophilic interaction chromatography (HILIC) gives good retention and sensitivity. An acidified methanol-water mixture was used as an effective extraction solvent of eleven HPH...
September 1, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407236/processes-to-preserve-spice-and-herb-quality-and-sensory-integrity-during-pathogen-inactivation
#9
Susan E Duncan, Kayla Moberg, Kemia N Amin, Melissa Wright, Jordan J Newkirk, Monica A Ponder, Gary R Acuff, James S Dickson
Selected processing methods, demonstrated to be effective at reducing Salmonella, were assessed to determine if spice and herb quality was affected. Black peppercorn, cumin seed, oregano, and onion powder were irradiated to a target dose of 8 kGy. Two additional processes were examined for whole black peppercorns and cumin seeds: ethylene oxide (EtO) fumigation and vacuum assisted-steam (82.22 °C, 7.5 psia). Treated and untreated spices/herbs were compared (visual, odor) using sensory similarity testing protocols (α = 0...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400840/comparative-evaluation-of-sulfur-compounds-contents-and-antiobesity-properties-of-allium-hookeri-prepared-by-different-drying-methods
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Min Hye Yang, Na-Hyun Kim, Jeong-Doo Heo, Jung-Rae Rho, Kwang Ju Ock, Eui-Cheol Shin, Eun Ju Jeong
Despite the nutritional and medicinal values of Allium hookeri, its unique flavor (onion or garlic taste and smell) coming from sulfur containing compounds limits its usage as functional food. For comparative study, A. hookeri roots were prepared under two different drying conditions, namely, low-temperature drying that minimizes the volatilization of sulfur components and hot-air drying that minimizes the garlic odor and spicy taste of A. hookeri. In GC/MS olfactory system, the odorous chemicals and organosulfur compounds such as diallyl trisulfide, dimethyl trisulfide, and dipropyl trisulfide were significantly decreased in hot-air drying compared to low-temperature drying...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394944/identification-of-a-rice-metal-tolerance-protein-osmtp11-as-a-manganese-transporter
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Mei Zhang, Baoxiu Liu
Metal tolerance proteins (MTPs) are a gene family of cation efflux transporters that occur widely in plants and might serve an essential role in metal homeostasis and tolerance. Our research describes the identification, characterization, and localization of OsMTP11, a member of the MTP family from rice. OsMTP11 was expressed constitutively and universally in different tissues in rice plant. Heterologous expression in yeast showed that OsMTP11 complemented the hypersensitivity of mutant strains to Mn, and also complemented yeast mutants to other metals, including Co and Ni...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394728/destroying-false-images-of-god-the-experiences-of-lgbt-catholics
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Angele Deguara
This paper is about how lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) Catholics imagine God1(1) and how images of God change in parallel with their self-image. The study is based on qualitative research with LGBT Catholics most of whom are members of Drachma LGBTI in Malta or Ali d'Aquila in Palermo, Sicily. LGBT Catholics' image of God changes as they struggle to reconcile their religious and sexual identities, as they go through a process of "conversion" from deviants and sinners to loved children of God. One study participant compares his faith in God to peeling an onion: "With every layer one peels off, one destroys false images of God...
April 10, 2017: Journal of Homosexuality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391664/effect-of-green-tea-added-tablets-on-volatile-sulfur-containing-compounds-in-the-oral-cavity
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Pier Francesco Porciani, Simone Grandini
OBJECTIVES: A controlled, clinical, double-blind, cross-over study was conducted to assess the efficacy of sugar-free tablets containing green tea extract on oral volatile sulfur-containing compounds (VSC) versus placebo tablets for 30 minutes. METHODS: To join the study, subjects had to have at least 24 teeth, no report of oral and systemic diseases, and no removable dentures. All eligible participants had to avoid professional oral hygiene and drugs for two weeks, to not be menstruating, to avoid brushing their teeth and tongue, to not smoke, to not consume alcohol, coffee or tea, nor onion, garlic, or licorice for six hours before the test...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384405/stable-li-plating-stripping-electrochemistry-realized-by-a-hybrid-li-reservoir-in-spherical-carbon-granules-with-3d-conducting-skeletons
#14
Huan Ye, Sen Xin, Ya-Xia Yin, Jin-Yi Li, Yu-Guo Guo, Li-Jun Wan
Lithium metal is a promising battery anode. However, inhomogeneous mass and charge transfers across the Li/electrolyte interface result in formation of dendritic Li and "dead" Li, and an unstable solid electrolyte interphase, which incur serious problems to impede its service in rechargeable batteries. Here, we show that the above problems can be mitigated by regulating the interfacial mass/charge transfer. The key to our strategy is hybrid Li storage in onion-like, graphitized spherical C granules wired on a three-dimensional conducting skeleton, which enhances the negativity of surface charge of the C host to contribute to a uniform Li plating while also forming stable Li/C intercalation compounds to offset any irreversible Li loss during cycling...
April 14, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377278/factors-modulating-bioavailability-of-quercetin-related-flavonoids-and-the-consequences-of-their-vascular-function
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REVIEW
Junji Terao
Nowadays dietary flavonoids attract much attention in the prevention of chronic diseases. Epidemiological and intervention studies strongly suggest that flavonoid intake has beneficial effects on vascular health. It is unlikely that flavonoids act as direct antioxidants, although oxidative stress profoundly contributes to vascular impairment leading to cardiovascular diseases. Instead, flavonoids may exert their function by tuning the cellular redox state to an adaptive response or tolerable stress. However, the optimum intake of flavonoids from supplements or diet has not been clarified yet, because a number of exogenous and endogenous factors modulating their bioavailability affect their vascular function...
April 2, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28372911/discovery-of-novel-benzothienoazepine-derivatives-as-potent-inhibitors-of-respiratory-syncytial-virus
#16
Euan A F Fordyce, Daniel W Brookes, Claire Lise-Ciana, Matthew S Coates, S Fraser Hunt, Kazuhiro Ito, John King-Underwood, Stuart T Onions, Guillaume F Parra, Garth Rapeport, Vladimir Sherbukhin, Jennifer A Stockwell, Peter Strong, Jennifer C Thomas, John Murray
The development of novel non-nucleoside inhibitors of the RSV polymerase complex is of significant clinical interest. Compounds derived from the benzothienoazepine core, such as AZ-27, are potent inhibitors of RSV viruses of the A-subgroup, but are only moderately active against the B serotype and as yet have not demonstrated activity in vivo. Herein we report the discovery of several novel families of C-2 arylated benzothienoazepine derivatives that are highly potent RSV polymerase inhibitors and reveal an exemplary structure, compound 4a, which shows low nanomolar activity against both RSV A and B viral subtypes...
March 23, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370481/structural-color-palettes-of-core-shell-photonic-ink-capsules-containing-cholesteric-liquid-crystals
#17
Sang Seok Lee, Hyeon Jin Seo, Yun Ho Kim, Shin-Hyun Kim
Photonic microcapsules with onion-like topology are microfluidically designed to have cholesteric liquid crystals with opposite handedness in their core and shell. The microcapsules exhibit structural colors caused by dual photonic bandgaps, resulting in a rich variety of color on the optical palette. Moreover, the microcapsules can switch the colors from either core or shell depending on the selection of light-handedness.
April 3, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28368017/risk-assessment-of-candidatus-liberibacter-solanacearum-transmission-by-the-psyllids-bactericera-trigonica-and-b-tremblayi-from-apiaceae-crops-to-potato
#18
C A Antolinez, A Fereres, A Moreno
Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum (Lso) is bacterium transmitted by psyllids to Solanaceae and Apiaceae plants. So far, Lso is found in Europe affecting Apiaceae. In the Mediterranean region, Bactericera trigonica is the only known vector of Lso, but the leek-onion psyllid Bactericera tremblayi is another widespread psyllid and potential vector of Lso. Commonly, carrot, leek and potato are cultivated in the same zones and it is uncertain if these psyllid species are able to transmit Lso to potato plants...
April 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361257/induction-of-anthocyanin-in-the-inner-epidermis-of-red-onion-leaves-by-environmental-stimuli-and-transient-expression-of-transcription-factors
#19
Elizabeth J Wiltshire, Colin C Eady, David A Collings
Novel imaging approaches have allowed measurements of the anthocyanin induction in onion epidermal cells that can be induced through water stress or transient expression of exogenous transcription factors. Environmental and genetic mechanisms that allow the normally colourless inner epidermal cells of red onion (Allium cepa) bulbs to accumulate anthocyanin were quantified by both absorbance ratios and fluorescence. We observed that water-stressing excised leaf segments induced anthocyanin formation, and fluorescence indicated that this anthocyanin was spectrally similar to the anthocyanin in the outer epidermal cells...
March 30, 2017: Plant Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359733/right-ethmoid-eosinophilic-angiocentric-fibrosis-with-orbital-extension
#20
S Gorostis, M Bacha, S Gravier, T Raguin
INTRODUCTION: Eosinophilic angiocentric fibrosis (EAF) is a slowly progressive, benign disease involving the mucosa of the upper airways or, more rarely, the orbit. It belongs to the spectrum of IgG4-related disease. CASE REPORT: The authors report the case of a 61-year-old man who presented with orbital involvement (visual loss, pain, proptosis, and eyelid oedema), headache and nasal obstruction. Imaging revealed a right ethmoido-orbital mass infiltrating the periorbital fat and enveloping the optic nerve...
March 27, 2017: European Annals of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Diseases
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