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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340528/znfe2o4-nanotapers-slag-assistant-growth-and-enhanced-photoelectrochemical-efficiency
#1
Xuefeng She, Zhuo Zhang
In this study, ZnFe2O4 (ZFO) nanotapers are fabricated on the ZnO nanorods (NRs) by recycling rare-earth oxide (REO) slag as the iron source, which thereby exhibits dramatically enhanced photoelectrochemical (PEC) efficiency. Our studies demonstrate that the electron-hole separation and charge migration can be facilitated by the cascade band alignment of ZFO and ZnO and the branched nanotaper structures. Not only the iron source, the slag particles can also act as the passivation layers, leading to improved electron lifetime and significant PEC enhancement...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340485/an-approach-for-liposome-immobilization-using-sterically-stabilized-micelles-ssms-as-a-precursor-for-bio-layer-interferometry-based-interaction-studies
#2
Jakob Wallner, Gabriele Lhota, Markus Schosserer, Karola Vorauer-Uhl
Non-fluidic bio-layer interferometry (BLI) has rapidly become a standard tool for monitoring almost all biomolecular interactions in a label-free, real-time and high-throughput manner. High-efficiency screening methods which measure the kinetics of liposomes with a variety of compounds require the immobilization of liposomes. In this work, a method is described for immobilizing liposomes for interaction studies, based on the biophysical principles of this biosensor platform. The immobilization approach includes the loading of DSPE-PEG(2000)-biotin containing sterically stabilized micelles (SSMs) which are restructured in a buffer change step, resulting in an accessible substrate for liposome immobilization...
March 12, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340481/metabolic-profiling-of-tyrosine-tryptophan-and-glutamate-in-human-urine-using-gas-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry-combined-with-single-spe-cleanup
#3
Hyun Ju Shin, Na Hyun Park, Wonwoong Lee, Man Ho Choi, Bong Chul Chung, Jongki Hong
The tyrosine, tryptophan, and glutamate metabolic pathways play key roles on pathological state of neuronal functions and the change of their levels in biological systems reflects the progress degree of neuronal diseases. Comprehensive profiling of these metabolites is important to find new biomarkers for diagnosis or prognosis of various neuronal diseases. However, the overall profiling analysis of various neurochemicals in biological sample is confronted with several limitations due to their low concentration and physicochemical properties and the coexistence of matrices...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340471/chemotaxonomic-studies-of-nine-paris-species-from-china-based-on-ultra-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry-and-fourier-transform-infrared-spectroscopy
#4
Yuanzhong Wang, Ehu Liu, Ping Li
Paris species, which contain steroid saponins, have been used as herb folk medicines in Asia. In the present study, a comprehensive strategy based on liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) and Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy was firstly proposed to evaluate the chemotaxonomic relationships of nine Paris species sampled from different geographical regions in China. Principle component analysis (PCA) based on FT-IR data revealed chemical similarities in term of the nine species and geographical regions, indicating the accumulation of metabolites affected by the combination of geographical factors and species...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340469/characterization-and-expression-patterns-of-key-c4-photosynthetic-pathway-genes-in-bread-wheat-triticum-aestivum-l-under-field-conditions
#5
Daoura Goudia Bachir, Iqbal Saeed, Quanhao Song, Tay Zar Linn, Liang Chen, Yin-Gang Hu
Wheat is a C3 plant with relatively low photosynthetic efficiency and is a potential target for C4 photosynthetic pathway engineering. Here we reported the characterization of four key C4 pathway genes and assessed their expression patterns and enzymatic activities at three growth stages in flag leaves of 59 bread wheat genotypes. The C4-like genes homologous to PEPC, NADP-ME, MDH, and PPDK in maize were identified in the A, B, and D sub-genomes of bread wheat, located on the long arms of chromosomes 3 and 5 (TaPEPC), short arms of chromosomes 1 and 3 (TaNADP-ME), long arms of chromosomes 1 and 7 (TaMDH), and long arms of chromosome 1 (TaPPDK), respectively...
March 9, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340467/the-clinical-use-of-chromosomal-microarray-analysis-in-detection-of-fetal-chromosomal-rearrangements-a-study-from-china-mainland
#6
Yi Wu, Yanlin Wang, Jiong Tao, Xu Han, Xinrong Zhao, Chunmin Liu, Li Gao, Weiwei Cheng
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to evaluate the detection rate of chromosomal microarray analysis (CMA) in prenatal fetuses compared with conventional karyotype and to assess the additional diagnostic yields of CMA in groups of different indications. STUDY DESIGN: A total of 217 fetuses were divided into seven groups according to different indications. All cases were tested by both CMA and karyotype. The detection rates of CMA and karyotype were evaluated. The increased value of CMA in each group was also calculated...
March 7, 2017: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340465/dumbbell-dna-templated-cunps-as-a-nano-fluorescent-probe-for-detection-of-enzymes-involved-in-ligase-mediated-dna-repair
#7
Taiping Qing, Xiaoxiao He, Dinggeng He, Xiaosheng Ye, Jingfang Shangguan, Jinquan Liu, Baoyin Yuan, Kemin Wang
DNA repair processes are responsible for maintaining genome stability. Ligase and polynucleotide kinase (PNK) have important roles in ligase-mediated DNA repair. The development of analytical methods to monitor these enzymes involved in DNA repair pathways is of great interest in biochemistry and biotechnology. In this work, we reported a new strategy for label-free monitoring PNK and ligase activity by using dumbbell-shaped DNA templated copper nanoparticles (CuNPs). In the presence of PNK and ligase, the dumbbell-shaped DNA probe (DP) was locked and could resist the digestion of exonucleases and then served as an efficient template for synthesizing fluorescent CuNPs...
March 21, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340458/toxic-effects-of-environmental-pollutants-comparative-investigation-using-allium-cepa-l-and-lactuca-sativa-l
#8
Graciele Lurdes Silveira, Maria Gabriela Franco Lima, Gabriela Barreto Dos Reis, Marcel José Palmieri, Larissa Fonseca Andrade-Vieria
Studies that help understand the mechanisms of action of environmental pollutants are extremely important in environmental toxicology. In this context, assays using plants as models stand out for their simplicity and low performance cost. Among the plants used for this purpose, Allium cepa L. is the model most commonly applied for cytogenotoxic tests, while Lactuca sativa L., already widely used in phytotoxic investigations, has been gaining prominence in cytotoxic analyses. The present study aimed to compare the responses of A...
March 21, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340452/a-study-of-photosynthetic-biogas-upgrading-based-on-a-high-rate-algal-pond-under-alkaline-conditions-influence-of-the-illumination-regime
#9
Mariana Franco-Morgado, Cynthia Alcántara, Adalberto Noyola, Raúl Muñoz, Armando González-Sánchez
Microalgal-bacterial processes have emerged as environmental friendly systems for the cost-effective treatment of anaerobic effluents such as biogas and nutrients-laden digestates. Environmental parameters such as temperature, irradiation, nutrient concentration and pH effect the performance of the systems. In this paper, the potential of a microalgal-bacterial photobioreactor operated under high pH (≈9.5) and high alkalinity to convert biogas into biomethane was evaluated. The influence of the illumination regime (continuous light supply vs 12h/12h light/dark cycles) on the synthetic biogas upgrading efficiency, biomass productivity and nutrient removal efficiency was assessed in a High-Rate Algal Pond interconnected to a biogas absorption bubble column...
March 20, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340440/bioaugmentation-with-hydrolytic-microbes-to-improve-the-anaerobic-biodegradability-of-lignocellulosic-agricultural-residues
#10
P Tsapekos, P G Kougias, S A Vasileiou, L Treu, S Campanaro, G Lyberatos, I Angelidaki
Bioaugmentation with hydrolytic microbes was applied to improve the methane yield of bioreactors fed with agricultural wastes. The efficiency of Clostridium thermocellum and Melioribacter roseus to degrade lignocellulosic matter was evaluated in batch and continuously stirred tank reactors (CSTRs). Results from batch assays showed that C. thermocellum enhanced the methane yield by 34%. A similar increase was recorded in CSTR during the bioaugmentation period; however, at steady-state the effect was noticeably lower (7...
March 12, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340438/long-term-stability-and-nutrient-removal-efficiency-of-aerobic-granules-at-low-organic-loads
#11
Abbass Jafari Kang, Qiuyan Yuan
The feasibility of application of aerobic granular sludge cultivated with high organic loads for biological nutrient removal (BNR) from low-strength wastewater was studied. Granules obtained with high-strength (COD=1400mg/L) wastewater were fed with medium (COD=700mg/L) and then low-strength (COD=400mg/L) wastewater. The granules rapidly acclimated to the medium-strength wastewater. However, feeding with low-strength wastewater reduced the F/M ratio from 0.4 to 0.2gCOD/gVSSd and granules disintegration occurred...
March 11, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340435/optimization-of-hydrogen-dispersion-in-thermophilic-up-flow-reactors-for-ex-situ-biogas-upgrading
#12
Ilaria Bassani, Panagiotis G Kougias, Laura Treu, Hugo Porté, Stefano Campanaro, Irini Angelidaki
This study evaluates the efficiency of four novel up-flow reactors for ex situ biogas upgrading converting externally provided CO2 and H2 to CH4, via hydrogenotrophic methanogenesis. The gases were injected through stainless steel diffusers combined with alumina ceramic sponge or through alumina ceramic membranes. Pore size, input gas loading and gas recirculation flow rate were modulated to optimize gas-liquid mass transfer, and thus methanation efficiency. Results showed that larger pore size diffusion devices achieved the best kinetics and output-gas quality converting all the injected H2 and CO2, up to 3...
March 12, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340433/feasibility-of-carbon-dioxide-sequestration-by-spongiochloris-sp-microalgae-during-petroleum-wastewater-treatment-in-airlift-bioreactor
#13
Abdeldjalil Abid, Faten Saidane, Moktar Hamdi
The aim of this work was to study the ability of using Hydrocabonoclastic native microbial and Spongiochloris sp microalgae in airlift bioreactors couples in order to restore hydrocarbons wastewater and develop the capacity of natural systems to reduce greenhouse effect through maximal control of CO2 gas emission in atmosphere. The kinetic parameters of CO2 gas fixation level and conversion it into biological material by microalgae as the biodegradation process effect in hydrocarbon have been evaluated. The result present that maximum specific growth rate μmax of Spongiochloris sp was (0...
March 10, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340418/enantioselective-reductive-transformation-of-climbazole-a-concept-towards-quantitative-biodegradation-assessment-in-anaerobic-biological-treatment-processes
#14
Monica Brienza, Serge Chiron
An efficient chiral method-based using liquid chromatography-high resolution-mass spectrometry analytical method has been validated for the determination of climbazole (CBZ) enantiomers in wastewater and sludge with quantification limits below the 1 ng/L and 2 ng/g range, respectively. On the basis of this newly developed analytical method, the stereochemistry of CBZ was investigated over time in sludge biotic and sterile batch experiments under anoxic dark and light conditions and during wastewater biological treatment by subsurface flow constructed wetlands...
March 21, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340416/nonradical-oxidation-from-electrochemical-activation-of-peroxydisulfate-at-ti-pt-anode-efficiency-mechanism-and-influencing-factors
#15
Haoran Song, Linxia Yan, Jun Ma, Jin Jiang, Guangqiang Cai, Wenjuan Zhang, Zhongxiang Zhang, Jiaming Zhang, Tao Yang
Electrochemical activation of peroxydisulfate (PDS) at Ti/Pt anode was systematically investigated for the first time in this work. The synergistic effect produced from the combination of electrolysis and the addition of PDS demonstrates that PDS can be activated at Ti/Pt anode. The selective oxidation towards carbamazepine (CBZ), sulfamethoxazole (SMX), propranolol (PPL), benzoic acid (BA) rather than atrazine (ATZ) and nitrobenzene (NB) was observed in electrochemical activation of PDS process. Moreover, addition of excess methanol or tert-butanol had negligible impact on CBZ (model compound) degradation, demonstrating that neither sulfate radical (SO4(-)) nor hydroxyl radical (HO) was produced in electrochemical activation of PDS process...
March 21, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340406/a-local-adjustment-strategy-for-the-initialization-of-dynamic-causal-modelling-to-infer-effective-connectivity-in-brain-epileptic-structures
#16
Wentao Xiang, Ahmad Karfoul, Huazhong Shu, Régine Le Bouquin Jeannès
This paper addresses the question of effective connectivity in the human cerebral cortex in the context of epilepsy. Among model based approaches to infer brain connectivity, spectral Dynamic Causal Modelling is a conventional technique for which we propose an alternative to estimate cross spectral density. The proposed strategy we investigated tackles the sub-estimation of the free energy using the well-known variational Expectation-Maximization algorithm highly sensitive to the initialization of the parameters vector by a permanent local adjustment of the initialization process...
March 7, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340404/synthesis-in-vitro-antiproliferative-activity-and-kinase-profile-of-new-benzimidazole-and-benzotriazole-derivatives
#17
Konrad Chojnacki, Patrycja Wińska, Katarzyna Skierka, Monika Wielechowska, Maria Bretner
Protein kinase 2 (CK2), a member of the serine/threonine kinase family, has been established as a promising target in anticancer therapy. New derivatives of known CK2 inhibitors 4,5,6,7-tetrabromo-1H-benzimidazole (TBBi) and 4,5,6,7-tetrabromo-1H-benzotriazole (TBBt) bearing azide or substituted triazole groups were synthesized. Their influence on the activity of human recombinant CK2α and cytotoxicity against normal and cancer cell lines were evaluated. TBBi derivatives with triazole substituted with carboxyl substituent (7 and 10) exhibited the most potent inhibitory activity against CK2 with Ki value in the range of 1...
March 16, 2017: Bioorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340400/pharmacoinformatics-exploration-of-polyphenol-oxidases-leading-to-novel-inhibitors-by-virtual-screening-and-molecular-dynamic-simulation-study
#18
Mubashir Hassan, Qamar Abbas, Zaman Ashraf, Ahmed A Moustafa, Sung-Yum Seo
Polyphenol oxidases (PPOs)/tyrosinases are metal-dependent enzymes and known as important targets for melanogenesis. Although considerable attempts have been conducted to control the melanin-associated diseases by using various inhibitors. However, the exploration of the best anti-melanin inhibitor without side effect still remains a challenge in drug discovery. In present study, protein structure prediction, ligand-based pharmacophore modeling, virtual screening, molecular docking and dynamic simulation study were used to screen the strong novel inhibitor to cure melanogenesis...
March 15, 2017: Computational Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340388/evaluation-of-cr-vi-reduction-mechanism-and-removal-by-cellulosimicrobium-funkei-strain-ar8-a-novel-haloalkaliphilic-bacterium
#19
Chinnannan Karthik, Selvaraj Barathi, Arivalagan Pugazhendhi, Vijayan Sri Ramkumar, Ngoc Bao Dung Thi, Padikasan Indra Arulselvi
The present study, a novel haloalkaliphilic Cr(VI) tolerant bacterial strain, Cellulosimicrobium funkei AR8, was isolated and characterized for its high Cr(VI) reduction. In batch experiments, Cr(VI) reduction was evaluated under different parametric conditions which include different pH (5-9), temperature (25-45°C), NaCl (0-3%) and Cr(VI) concentrations (100-250μg/ml). Variations in the cell surface functional groups and morphology of the bacterial cells after Cr(VI) reduction were characterized by FT-IR and SEM-EDX...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340369/degradation-of-diclofenac-by-uv-activated-persulfate-process-kinetic-studies-degradation-pathways-and-toxicity-assessments
#20
Xian Lu, Yisheng Shao, Naiyun Gao, Juxiang Chen, Yansen Zhang, Huiming Xiang, Youluo Guo
Diclofenac (DCF) is the frequently detected non-steroidal pharmaceuticals in the aquatic environment. In this study, the degradation of DCF was evaluated by UV-254nm activated persulfate (UV/PS). The degradation of DCF followed the pseudo first-order kinetics pattern. The degradation rate constant (kobs) was accelerated by UV/PS compared to UV alone and PS alone. Increasing the initial PS dosage or solution pH significantly enhanced the degradation efficiency. Presence of various natural water constituents had different effects on DCF degradation, with an enhancement or inhibition in the presence of inorganic anions (HCO3(-) or Cl(-)) and a significant inhibition in the presence of NOM...
March 21, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
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