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Achilleas D Bouletis, Ioannis S Arvanitoyannis, Christos Hadjichristodoulou
Aquaculture industry has undergone a rapid and continuous growth during the last decade due to increased demands in seafood consumption and reduced pelagic fish production. Aquaculture sector can provide products with a consistent flow and quality standards to cover the market's needs. Modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) technique has evolved over the last two decades and many reports indicate its beneficial effect on many quality parameters during fish and shellfish preservation. The use of MAP can clearly offer an advantage to the safer distribution of quality aqua cultured fishery products...
January 19, 2017: Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition
Jeffrey S Derrick, Jiwan Lee, Shin Jung C Lee, Yujeong Kim, Eunju Nam, Hyeonwoo Tak, Juhye Kang, Misun Lee, Sun Hee Kim, Kiyoung Park, Jaeheung Cho, Mi Hee Lim
An amyloidogenic peptide, amyloid-β (Aβ), has been implicated as a contributor to the neurotoxicity of Alzheimer's disease (AD) that continues to present a major socioeconomic burden for our society. Recently, the use of metal complexes capable of cleaving peptides has arisen as an efficient tactic for amyloid management; unfortunately, little has been reported to pursue this strategy. Herein, we report a novel approach to validate the hydrolytic cleavage of divalent metal complexes toward two major isoforms of Aβ (Aβ40 and Aβ42) and tune their proteolytic activity based on the choice of metal centers (M = Co, Ni, Cu, and Zn) which could be correlated to their anti-amyloidogenic properties...
January 18, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Jong-Oh Kim, Jae-Ok Kim, Wi-Sik Kim, Myung-Joo Oh
Grouper is one of the favorite sea food resources in Southeast Asia. However, the outbreaks of the viral nervous necrosis (VNN) disease due to nervous necrosis virus (NNV) infection have caused mass mortality of grouper larvae. Many aqua-farms have suffered substantial financial loss due to the occurrence of VNN. To better understand the infection mechanism of NNV, we performed the transcriptome analysis of sevenband grouper brain tissue, the main target of NNV infection. After artificial NNV challenge, transcriptome of brain tissues of sevenband grouper was subjected to next generation sequencing (NGS) using an Illumina Hi-seq 2500 system...
January 13, 2017: Genes
Erez Cohen, Haim Weissman, Eyal Shimoni, Ifat Kaplan-Ashiri, Kai Werle, Wendel Wohlleben, Boris Rybtchinski
"Aqua materials" that contain water as their major component and are as robust as conventional plastics are highly desirable. Yet, the ability of such systems to withstand harsh conditions, for example, high pressures typical of industrial applications has not been demonstrated. We show that a hydrogel-like membrane self-assembled from an aromatic amphiphile and colloidal Nafion is capable of purifying water from organic molecules, including pharmaceuticals, and heavy metals in a very wide range of concentrations...
January 18, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
Milan M Milutinović, Ana Rilak, Ioannis Bratsos, Olivera Klisurić, Milan Vraneš, Nevenka Gligorijević, Siniša Radulović, Živadin D Bugarčić
In this study, we have developed a series of new monofunctional Ru(II) complexes of the general formula mer-[Ru(Cl-Ph-tpy)(N-N)Cl]Cl in which Cl-Ph-tpy is 4'-(4-chlorophenyl)-2,2':6',2″-terpyridine, N-N is a bidentate chelating ligand (1,2-diaminoethane (en, 1), 1,2-diaminocyclohexane (dach, 2) or 2,2'-bipyridine (bpy, 3)). All complexes were fully characterized by elemental analysis and spectroscopic techniques (IR, UV-Vis, 1D and 2D NMR). Their chemical behavior in aqueous solution was studied by UV-Vis and NMR spectroscopy showing that all compounds are relatively labile leading to the formation of the corresponding aqua species 1aq-3aq...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
Lilia Narinyan, Sinerik Ayrapetyan
Previously, we have suggested that cell hydration is a universal and extra-sensitive sensor for the structural changes of cell aqua medium caused by the impact of weak chemical and physical factors. The aim of present work is to elucidate the nature of the metabolic messenger through which physiological solution (PS) treated by non-thermal (NT) microwaves (MW) could modulate heart muscle hydration of rats. For this purpose, the effects of NT MW-treated PS on heart muscle hydration, [(3)H]-ouabain binding with cell membrane, (45)Ca(2+) uptake and intracellular cyclic nucleotides contents in vivo and in vitro experiments were studied...
2017: Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine
Haiming Wu, Gaojie Wei, Xiao Tan, Lin Li, Ming Li
Copper sulfate is a frequently used reagent for Microcystis blooms control but almost all the previous works have used Microcystis aeruginosa as the target organism to determine dosages. The aim of this study was to evaluate interspecific differences in the responses of various Microcystis species to varying Cu(2+) concentrations (0, 0.05, 0.10, 0.25, and 0.50 mg L(-1)). The half maximal effective concentration values for M. aeruginosa, M. wesenbergii, M. flos-aquae, and M. viridis were 0.16, 0.09, 0.49, and 0...
January 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
M Isabel Romero, Ingrid Ferrer, Xavier Fontrodona, Anna Roig, Montserrat Rodríguez
The preparation and characterization of new complexes with a phosphonated trpy ligand (trpy-P-Et) and a bidentate pyridylpyrazole (pypz-Me) ligand, with formula [RuII(trpy-P-Et)(pypz-Me)X]n+ (X = Cl, n= 1, 2; X=H2O, n=2, 3) is described, together with the anchoring of 3 onto two types of supports: mesoporous silica particles (SP) and silica coated magnetic particles (MSP). The aqua complex 3 is easily obtained through reflux of 2 in water and displays a bielectronic Ru(IV/II) redox process. It has been anchored onto SP and MSP supports through two different synthetic strategies, yielding the heterogeneous systems SP@3 and MSP@3 that have been fully characterized by IR, UV-vis, SEM, CV and DPV...
January 11, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
Kun Shi, Yunlin Zhang, Yongqiang Zhou, Xiaohan Liu, Guangwei Zhu, Boqiang Qin, Guang Gao
We developed and validated an empirical model for estimating chlorophyll a concentrations (Chla) in Lake Taihu to generate a long-term Chla and algal bloom area time series from MODIS-Aqua observations for 2003 to 2013. Then, based on the long-term time series data, we quantified the responses of cyanobacterial dynamics to nutrient enrichment and climatic conditions. Chla showed substantial spatial and temporal variability. In addition, the annual mean cyanobacterial surface bloom area exhibited an increasing trend across the entire lake from 2003 to 2013, with the exception of 2006 and 2007...
January 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
Lilen Yema, Elena Litchman, Paula de Tezanos Pinto
Dolichospermum flos-aquae and Cylindrospermopsis raciborskii are two cyanobacteria species which cause harmful blooms around the world. Both these species share the capacity to fix atmospheric nitrogen in heterocytes (cell where fixation occurs). While Dolichospermum can express heterocytes at rather regular intervals across the filament, Cylindrospermopsis can only express heterocytes at the end of the filament. The aim of this study was to experimentally assess the role of heterocyte position in the eco-physiological responses of these bloom forming cyanobacteria...
December 2016: Harmful Algae
Samuel Cirés, Andreas Ballot
The traditional genus Aphanizomenon comprises a group of filamentous nitrogen-fixing cyanobacteria of which several memebers are able to develop blooms and to produce toxic metabolites (cyanotoxins), including hepatotoxins (microcystins), neurotoxins (anatoxins and saxitoxins) and cytotoxins (cylindrospermopsin). This genus, representing geographically widespread and extensively studied cyanobacteria, is in fact heterogeneous and composed of at least five phylogenetically distant groups (Aphanizomenon, Anabaena/Aphanizomenon like cluster A, Cuspidothrix, Sphaerospermopsis and Chrysosporum) whose taxonomy is still under revision...
April 2016: Harmful Algae
Chao-Ying Gao, Jing Ai, Hong-Rui Tian, Dai Wu, Zhong-Ming Sun
A zirconium-phosphonate network, as a bifunctional catalyst for carbon dioxide (CO2)/epoxide coupling reaction, exhibits very high activity that is superior to most documented metal-organic framework (MOF)-based catalysts. Furthermore, it possesses extraordinary tolerance to extremely harsh conditions, such as aqua regia. This paper describes the use of metal phosphonate as a new MOF applied to CO2 transformation.
January 19, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
Efthymios I Ioannidis, Heather J Kulik
Prediction of spin-state ordering in transition metal complexes is essential for understanding catalytic activity and designing functional materials. Semi-local approximations in density functional theory, such as the generalized-gradient approximation (GGA), suffer from delocalization error that gives rise to systematic bias for low-spin electronic states. Incorporation of exact exchange is known to counteract this bias, instead favoring high-spin states, in a manner that has recently been identified to be ligand-field dependent...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
G Carrone, L Zayat, L D Slep, R Etchenique
Ruthenium polypyridine complexes have proved to be useful caging groups for visible-light photodelivery of biomolecules. In most photoreactions, one ligand is expelled upon irradiation, yielding ruthenium mono-aqua complexes and no other photoproduct. In this work we show that a long-lived transient photoproduct is generated when the ruthenium complexes involve indolamines. The spatial conformation of this species is compatible with a cyclic structure that contains both the amine and the normally non-coordinating aromatic ring coordinated to the ruthenium center...
January 18, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Hassan Alijani, Zahra Shariatinia
This research presents an efficient system for removing aqua's arsenic based on in situ zero valent iron doping onto multiwall carbon nanotube (MWCNT) through MWCNT growth onto the natural α-Fe2O3 surface in chemical vapor deposition (CVD) reactor. The as-synthesized magnetic nanohybrid was characterized by XRD, VSM, FE-SEM and TEM techniques. The result of XRD analysis revealed that MWCNT has been successfully generated on the surface of zero valent iron. Moreover, the material showed good superparamagnetic characteristic to be employed as a magnetic adsorbent...
December 23, 2016: Chemosphere
Bohdan Ardan, Vasyl Kinzhybalo, Yurii Slyvka, Olga Shyyka, Mykhaylo Luk Yanov, Tadeusz Lis, Marian Mys Kiv
As an important class of heterocyclic compounds, 1,3,4-thiadiazoles have a broad range of potential applications in medicine, agriculture and materials chemistry, and were found to be excellent precursors for the crystal engineering of organometallic materials. The coordinating behaviour of allyl derivatives of 1,3,4-thiadiazoles with respect to transition metal ions has been little studied. Five new crystalline copper(I) π-complexes have been obtained by means of an alternating current electrochemical technique and have been characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction and IR spectroscopy...
January 1, 2017: Acta Crystallographica. Section C, Structural Chemistry
Sahar Ahmed Abdalbary
AIMS: Osteoarthritis is the most degenerative joint disease. The aim was to investigate the effects of ultrasound using mineral water or aqua sonic gel on severity of knee pain, measured by the visual analog scale and the Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Arthritis Index (WOMAC). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty women with bilateral osteoarthritis of the knee were assigned to two groups: ultrasound with mineral water (group 1, n = 15) or with aqua sonic gel (group 2, n = 15)...
March 2016: Future Science OA
Tijana Milićević, Dubravka Relić, Sandra Škrivanj, Živoslav Tešić, Aleksandar Popović
A different single extraction procedures (CH3COOH, Na2EDTA, CaCl2, NH4NO3, deionized water), and pseudo-total digestion (aqua regia) were applied to determine major (Al, Fe, K, Mn, Na, P, S, and Si) and trace (Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Mo, Ni, Pb, V, and Zn) element bioavailability in a topsoil from the experimental vineyard ("Radmilovac", Belgrade, Serbia). For the first time, the extraction with deionized water during 16 h was tested as an alternative method for isolating bioavailable major and trace elements from the soil...
December 19, 2016: Chemosphere
David A Marsh, Sara Goberna-Ferrón, Mary K Baumeister, Lev N Zakharov, May Nyman, Darren W Johnson
Rare earth oxide materials, including thin film coatings, are critically important in magnetic, luminescent and microelectric devices, and few substitutes have been discovered with comparable performance. Thin film coatings from solution are almost unknown for rare earth oxides, likely due to their high activity towards hydrolysis which yields poor quality thin films. The hexamer [Ln6(O)(OH)8(H2O)12(NO3)6](2+) is a rare example of a metal-oxo cluster isolated and stabilized without additional supporting organic ligands...
December 23, 2016: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Grzegorz Łabuz, Norberto López-Gil, Thomas J T P van den Berg, Fernando Vargas-Martín
PURPOSE: Multifocal contact lenses have been growing in popularity as a modality to correct presbyopic eyes, although visual side effects such as disability glare have been reported. The objective of this study was to investigate the effect of multifocal contact lenses on disability glare by means of ocular straylight. METHODS: A prospective randomized, comparative study was performed that included 16 subjects free of ocular pathology. Straylight was measured using a commercial straylight meter with the natural and dilated pupil...
December 22, 2016: Optometry and Vision Science: Official Publication of the American Academy of Optometry
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