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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331852/no-time-to-waste-organic-waste-nanosizing-converts-remains-of-food-processing-into-refined-materials
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Sharoon Griffin, Muhammad Sarfraz, Verda Farida, Muhammad Jawad Nasim, Azubuike P Ebokaiwe, Cornelia M Keck, Claus Jacob
Modern food processing results in considerable amounts of side-products, such as grape seeds, walnut shells, spent coffee grounds, and harvested tomato plants. These materials are still rich in valuable and biologically active substances and therefore of interest from the perspective of waste management and "up-cycling". In contrast to traditional, often time consuming and low-value uses, such as vermicomposting and anaerobic digestion, the complete conversion into nanosuspensions unlocks considerable potentials of and new applications for such already spent organic materials without the need of extraction and without producing any additional waste...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331716/bioremediation-of-cadmium-and-zinc-contaminated-soil-using-rhodobacter-sphaeroides
#2
Weihua Peng, Xiaomin Li, Jingxiang Song, Wei Jiang, Yingying Liu, Wenhong Fan
Bioremediation using microorganisms is a promising technique to remediate soil contaminated with heavy metals. In this study, Rhodobacter sphaeroides was used to bioremediate soils contaminated with cadmium (Cd) and zinc (Zn). The study found that the treatment reduced the overall bioavailable fractions (e.g., exchangeable and carbonate bound phases) of Cd and Zn. More stable fractions (e.g., Fe-Mn oxide, organic bound, and residual phases (only for Zn)) increased after bioremediation. A wheat seedling experiment revealed that the phytoavailability of Cd was reduced after bioremediation using R...
January 6, 2018: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330495/large-unexplained-suite-of-chemically-reactive-compounds-present-in-ambient-air-due-to-biomass-fires
#3
V Kumar, B P Chandra, V Sinha
Biomass fires impact global atmospheric chemistry. The reactive compounds emitted and formed due to biomass fires drive ozone and organic aerosol formation, affecting both air quality and climate. Direct hydroxyl (OH) Reactivity measurements quantify total gaseous reactive pollutant loadings and comparison with measured compounds yields the fraction of unmeasured compounds. Here, we quantified the magnitude and composition of total OH reactivity in the north-west Indo-Gangetic Plain. More than 120% increase occurred in total OH reactivity (28 s-1 to 64 s-1) and from no missing OH reactivity in the normal summertime air, the missing OH reactivity fraction increased to ~40 % in the post-harvest summertime period influenced by large scale biomass fires highlighting presence of unmeasured compounds...
January 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328807/conversion-of-agricultural-streams-and-food-processing-by-products-to-value-added-compounds-using-filamentous-fungi
#4
Lauryn G Chan, Joshua L Cohen, Juliana Maria Leite Nobrega de Moura Bell
The design of new food products and increased agricultural activities have produced a diversity of waste streams or by-products that contain a high load of organic matter. The underutilization of these streams presents a serious threat to the environment and to the financial viability of the agricultural sector and the food industry. Oleaginous microorganisms, such as yeast and microalgae, have been used to convert the organic matter present in many agricultural waste streams into an oil-rich biomass. Filamentous fungi are promising oleaginous microorganisms because of their high lipid accumulation potential and simple biomass recovery, the latter being related to their pellet-like growth morphology in submerged cultivation...
January 12, 2018: Annual Review of Food Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328550/synthesis-of-hollow-mesoporous-tio2-microspheres-with-single-and-double-au-nanoparticles-layers-for-enhanced-visible-light-photocatalysis
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Zia Ur Rahman, Ning Wei, Yange Feng, Xiaolong Zhang, Daoai Wang
A facile method was used to prepare hollow mesoporous TiO2 and Au@TiO2 spheres using polystyrene (PS) templates. Au nanoparticles (NPs) were simultaneously synthesized and attached on the surface of PS spheres by reducing AuCl4- ions using sodium citrate which resulted in the uniform deposition of Au NPs. The outer coating of titania via sol-gel produced PS@Au@TiO2 core-shell spheres. Removing the templates from these core-shell spheres through calcination produced hollow mesoporous and crystalline Au@TiO2 spheres with Au NPs inside the TiO2 shell in a single step...
January 12, 2018: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324934/stem-cells-therapy-the-future-in-the-management-of-systemic-sclerosis-a-case-report
#6
Jung In Song, Silvanie Volz, Maria Eirini Liodaki, Peter Mailänder, Konstantinos Kalousis
OBJECTIVE: Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is a connective tissue disorder of unknown etiology, with heterogeneous clinical manifestations and chronic and often progressive course. The diffuse cutaneous form of SSc (dcSSc) is characterized by thickening of the skin (scleroderma) and distinctive involvement of multiple internal organs. Patients with limited cutaneous SSc (lcSSc) generally have long-standing Raynaud's phenomenon before other manifestations of SSc appear. Over the last decade the Interest of adipose-derived cell therapy in regenerative medicine has increased continuously...
September 2017: Hellenic Journal of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324293/biofilms-active-substrata-and-me
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Bruce E Rittmann
Having worked with biofilms since the 1970s, I know that they are ubiquitous in nature, of great value in water technology, and scientifically fascinating. Biofilms are naturally able to remove BOD, transform N, generate methane, and biodegrade micropollutants. What I also discovered is that biofilms can do a lot more for us in terms of providing environmental services if we give them a bit of help. Here, I explore how we can use active substrata to enable our biofilm partners to provide particularly challenging environmental services...
December 28, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323189/il-13-in-lps-induced-inflammation-causes-bcl-2-expression-to-sustain-hyperplastic-mucous-cells
#8
Hitendra S Chand, Jennifer F Harris, Yohannes Tesfaigzi
Exposure to lipopolysaccharides (LPS) causes extensive neutrophilic inflammation in the airways followed by mucous cell hyperplasia (MCH) that is sustained by the anti-apoptotic protein, Bcl-2. To identify inflammatory factor(s) that are responsible for Bcl-2 expression, we established an organ culture system consisting of airway epithelial tissue from the rat nasal midseptum. The highest Muc5AC and Bcl-2 expression was observed when organ cultures were treated with brochoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid harvested from rats 10 h post LPS instillation...
January 11, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322483/structural-integrity-of-synechocystis-sp-pcc-6803-phycobilisomes-evaluated-by-means-of-differential-scanning-calorimetry
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Nia Petrova, Svetla Todinova, Hajnalka Laczko-Dobos, Tomas Zakar, Sindhujaa Vajravel, Stefka Taneva, Zoltan Gombos, Sashka Krumova
Phycobilisomes (PBSs) are supramolecular pigment-protein complexes that serve as light-harvesting antennae in cyanobacteria. They are built up by phycobiliproteins assembled into allophycocyanin core cylinders (ensuring the physical interaction with the photosystems) and phycocyanin rods (protruding from the cores and having light-harvesting function), the whole PBSs structure being maintained by linker proteins. PBSs play major role in light-harvesting optimization in cyanobacteria; therefore, the characterization of their structural integrity in intact cells is of great importance...
January 10, 2018: Photosynthesis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320527/transcriptome-analysis-during-ripening-of-table-grape-berry-cv-thompson-seedless
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Iván Balic, Paula Vizoso, Ricardo Nilo-Poyanco, Dayan Sanhueza, Patricio Olmedo, Pablo Sepúlveda, Cesar Arriagada, Bruno G Defilippi, Claudio Meneses, Reinaldo Campos-Vargas
Ripening is one of the key processes associated with the development of major organoleptic characteristics of the fruit. This process has been extensively characterized in climacteric fruit, in contrast with non-climacteric fruit such as grape, where the process is less understood. With the aim of studying changes in gene expression during ripening of non-climacteric fruit, an Illumina based RNA-Seq transcriptome analysis was performed on four developmental stages, between veraison and harvest, on table grapes berries cv Thompson Seedless...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318681/shape-memory-polymers-for-body-motion-energy-harvesting-and-self-powered-mechanosensing
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Ruiyuan Liu, Xiao Kuang, Jianan Deng, Yi-Cheng Wang, Aurelia C Wang, Wenbo Ding, Ying-Chih Lai, Jun Chen, Peihong Wang, Zhiqun Lin, H Jerry Qi, Baoquan Sun, Zhong Lin Wang
Growing demand in portable electronics raises a requirement to electronic devices being stretchable, deformable, and durable, for which functional polymers are ideal choices of materials. Here, the first transformable smart energy harvester and self-powered mechanosensation sensor using shape memory polymers is demonstrated. The device is based on the mechanism of a flexible triboelectric nanogenerator using the thermally triggered shape transformation of organic materials for effectively harvesting mechanical energy...
January 10, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317046/retro-peritoneal-cooling-for-kidney-preservation-from-multi-organ-cadaver-donors
#12
Anastasio Salazar-Bañuelos, Mauricio Monroy-Cuadros, Hoover Henriquez-Cooper
BACKGROUND: Minimizing ischemia is paramount in the procurement of kidneys for transplantation. A fast cooling and expeditious removal is ideal to minimize damage from warm ischemia, however, since the removal of kidneys is delayed in cadaver donation until all other organs are harvested, the risk of kidney damage increases due to contact with the warmer soft body tissues. Surgical techniques that expedite organ retrieval were developed to avoid organ damage. METHODS: We test a modification of Thomas Starzl's improved technique for multi-organ harvesting by interposing an ice bag between the posterior aspect of the kidney and the psoas muscle in a randomized trial with 21 multi-organ cadaver donors...
January 4, 2018: American Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316640/sub-chronic-toxicity-of-the-hydroethanolic-leaf-extract-of-telfairia-occidentalis-hook-f-cucurbitaceae-in-male-rats
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Abidemi J Akindele, Joy A Oladimeji-Salami, Ramon A Oyetola, Daniel D Osiagwu
Background: Due to its nutritional and medicinal values, the leaf of Telfairia occidentalis Hook f. (Cucurbitaceae) is consumed in different parts of Nigeria. Acute and sub-chronic toxicity of the hydroethanolic leaf extract of Telfairiaoccidentalis were investigated in this study. Methods: Sixty-four male rats were randomized into four different groups of 16 animals each and were separately administered 80, 400 and 2000 mg/kg T. occidentalis orally (p.o.) for 60 days. Animals were sacrificed and blood samples were collected for hematological and biochemical analyses...
January 6, 2018: Medicines (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315877/infrared-solution-processed-quantum-dot-solar-cells-reaching-external-quantum-efficiency-of-80-at-1-35-%C3%A2%C2%B5m-and-jsc-in-excess-of-34-ma-cm-2
#14
Yu Bi, Santanu Pradhan, Shuchi Gupta, Mehmet Zafer Akgul, Alexandros Stavrinadis, Gerasimos Konstantatos
Developing low-cost photovoltaic absorbers that can harvest the short-wave infrared (SWIR) part of the solar spectrum, which remains unharnessed by current Si-based and perovskite photovoltaic technologies, is a prerequisite for making high-efficiency, low-cost tandem solar cells. Here, infrared PbS colloidal quantum dot (CQD) solar cells employing a hybrid inorganic-organic ligand exchange process that results in an external quantum efficiency of 80% at 1.35 µm are reported, leading to a short-circuit current density of 34 mA cm-2 and a power conversion efficiency (PCE) up to 7...
January 8, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315869/designer-shape-anisotropy-on-transition-metal-dichalcogenide-nanosheets
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REVIEW
Christian Martella, Carlo Mennucci, Alessio Lamperti, Emmanuele Cappelluti, Francesco Buatier de Mongeot, Alessandro Molle
MoS2 and generally speaking, the wide family of transition-metal dichalcogenides represents a solid nanotechnology platform on which to engineer a wealth of new and outperforming applications involving 2D materials. An even richer flexibility can be gained by extrinsically inducing an in-plane shape anisotropy of the nanosheets. Here, the synthesis of anisotropic MoS2 nanosheets is proposed as a prototypical example in this respect starting from a highly conformal chemical vapor deposition on prepatterend substrates and aiming at the more general purpose of tailoring anisotropy of 2D nanosheets by design...
January 9, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315599/influence-of-the-drying-method-on-the-bioactive-compounds-and-pharmacological-activities-of-rhubarb
#16
Jiachen Sun, Yueting Wu, Shengjie Dong, Xia Li, Wenyuan Gao
BACKGROUND: Raw rhubarb samples that have been subjected to different drying procedures will have different therapeutic effects possibly due to processing-induced variations in the chemical composition. In the present work, the fresh materials were processed by smoking, sun-drying, shade-drying and oven-drying at low, moderate and high temperatures. To facilitate the selection of a suitable drying method for rhubarb, the quality of rhubarb processed under various drying conditions was evaluated based on the simultaneous determination of multiple bioactive constituents in combination with bioactivity assays...
January 9, 2018: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29311621/high-temperature-limit-of-photosynthetic-excitons
#17
Margus Rätsep, Renata Muru, Arvi Freiberg
Excitons in light-harvesting complexes are known to significantly improve solar-energy harnessing. Here we demonstrate photosynthetic excitons at super-physiological temperatures reaching 60-80 °C in different species of mesophilic photosynthetic bacteria. It is shown that the survival of light-harvesting excitons in the peripheral LH2 antennae is restricted by thermal decomposition of the pigment-protein complex rather than by any intrinsic property of excitons. The regular spatial organization of the bacteriochlorophyll a pigments supporting excitons in this complex is lost upon the temperature-induced breakdown of its tertiary structure...
January 8, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29306781/mechanisms-of-biochar-reducing-the-bioaccumulation-of-pahs-in-rice-from-soil-degradation-stimulation-vs-immobilization
#18
Ni Ni, Fang Wang, Yang Song, Yongrong Bian, Renyong Shi, Xinglun Yang, Chenggang Gu, Xin Jiang
This study aimed to elucidate the mechanisms by which biochar reduces the bioaccumulation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in rice under anaerobic conditions. Corn straw- or bamboo-derived biochar pyrolyzed at 300 °C and 700 °C (CB300 or BB700), respectively, was amended into flooded PAH-contaminated soil. After harvest, 2% CB300, 0.5% BB700 or 2% BB700 amendments reduced the bioaccumulation of PAHs in rice root, especially that of high-molecular-weight PAHs (p < .05). Total PAH concentrations were higher, and their bioavailable concentrations were lower in BB700-amended soils than the control...
January 2, 2018: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29304277/photosynthetic-production-of-sunscreen-shinorine-using-an-engineered-cyanobacterium
#19
Guang Yang, Monica A Cozad, Destin A Holland, Yi Zhang, Hendrik Luesch, Yousong Ding
Mycosporine-like amino acids (MAAs) are secondary metabolites of a variety of marine organisms including cyanobacteria and macroalgae. These compounds have strong ultraviolet (UV) absorption maxima between 310 and 362 nm and are biological sunscreens for counteracting the damaging effects of UV radiation in nature. The common MAA shinorine has been used as one key active ingredient of environmentally friendly sunscreen creams. Commercially used shinorine is isolated from one red algae that is generally harvested from the wild...
January 5, 2018: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29304107/allene-oxide-synthase-allene-oxide-cyclase-and-jasmonic-acid-levels-in-lotus-japonicus-nodules
#20
Anna Zdyb, Marco G Salgado, Kirill N Demchenko, Wolfram G Brenner, Małgorzata Płaszczyca, Michael Stumpe, Cornelia Herrfurth, Ivo Feussner, Katharina Pawlowski
Jasmonic acid (JA), its derivatives and its precursor cis-12-oxo phytodienoic acid (OPDA) form a group of phytohormones, the jasmonates, representing signal molecules involved in plant stress responses, in the defense against pathogens as well as in development. Elevated levels of JA have been shown to play a role in arbuscular mycorrhiza and in the induction of nitrogen-fixing root nodules. In this study, the gene families of two committed enzymes of the JA biosynthetic pathway, allene oxide synthase (AOS) and allene oxide cyclase (AOC), were characterized in the determinate nodule-forming model legume Lotus japonicus JA levels were to be analysed in the course of nodulation...
2018: PloS One
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