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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214622/preferable-uptake-of-phosphate-by-hydrous-zirconium-oxide-nanoparticles-embedded-in-quaternary-ammonium-chinese-reed
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Yanan Shang, Xing Xu, Shuto Qi, Yanxia Zhao, Zhongfei Ren, Baoyu Gao
Phosphate capture from aqueous was conducted using hydrous zirconium oxide (HZO) embedded in quaternary-ammonium Chinese reed (CR-N(+)-HZO), and the characteristics of adsorbent was determined. HZO was dispersed as nanoparticles or nano-clusters on the external or inside the networking pores of CR-N(+)-HZO. The surface of CR-N(+)-HZO was heterogeneous with multiple adsorption sites, HZO nanocomposite and N(+)(CH2CH3)3Cl(-), which both contributed to the adsorption process. The phosphate uptake by CR-N(+)-HZO was optimal at pH 3...
February 12, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213335/transformation-products-of-clindamycin-in-moving-bed-biofilm-reactor-mbbr
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Gordon T H Ooi, Monica Escola Casas, Henrik R Andersen, Kai Bester
Clindamycin is widely prescribed for its ability to treat a number of common bacterial infections. Thus, clindamycin enters wastewater via human excretion or disposal of unused medication and widespread detection of pharmaceuticals in rivers proves the insufficiency of conventional wastewater treatment plants in removing clindamycin. Recently, it has been discovered that attached biofilm reactors, e.g., moving bed biofilm reactors (MBBRs) obtain a higher removal of pharmaceuticals than conventional sludge wastewater treatment plants...
February 2, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213252/multi-pumping-flow-system-for-the-determination-of-boron-in-eye-drops-drinking-water-and-ocean-water
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Pablo González, Alexandra Sixto, Moisés Knochen
A novel automated method for the determination of boron based on the use of pulsed flows was developed and applied to the determination of this element in samples of tap water, ocean water and eye drops. The method was implemented by means of a multi-pumping system consisting of three solenoid micropumps and a photometric detector and exploits the reaction of azomethine-H in the presence of boron. The system runs under control of an open-source microcontroller. The main operational parameters were optimized...
May 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212440/emergent-inequality-and-self-organized-social-classes-in-a-network-of-power-and-frustration
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Benoit Mahault, Avadh Saxena, Cristiano Nisoli
We propose a simple agent-based model on a network to conceptualize the allocation of limited wealth among more abundant expectations at the interplay of power, frustration, and initiative. Concepts imported from the statistical physics of frustrated systems in and out of equilibrium allow us to compare subjective measures of frustration and satisfaction to collective measures of fairness in wealth distribution, such as the Lorenz curve and the Gini index. We find that a completely libertarian, law-of-the-jungle setting, where every agent can acquire wealth from or lose wealth to anybody else invariably leads to a complete polarization of the distribution of wealth vs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212377/optimality-principles-reveal-a-complex-interplay-of-intermediate-toxicity-and-kinetic-efficiency-in-the-regulation-of-prokaryotic-metabolism
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Jan Ewald, Martin Bartl, Thomas Dandekar, Christoph Kaleta
A precise and rapid adjustment of fluxes through metabolic pathways is crucial for organisms to prevail in changing environmental conditions. Based on this reasoning, many guiding principles that govern the evolution of metabolic networks and their regulation have been uncovered. To this end, methods from dynamic optimization are ideally suited since they allow to uncover optimality principles behind the regulation of metabolic networks. We used dynamic optimization to investigate the influence of toxic intermediates in connection with the efficiency of enzymes on the regulation of a linear metabolic pathway...
February 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211844/a-tool-named-iris-for-versatile-high-throughput-phenotyping-in-microorganisms
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George Kritikos, Manuel Banzhaf, Lucia Herrera-Dominguez, Alexandra Koumoutsi, Morgane Wartel, Matylda Zietek, Athanasios Typas
Advances in our ability to systematically introduce and track controlled genetic variance in microorganisms have, in the past decade, fuelled high-throughput reverse genetics approaches. When coupled to quantitative readouts, such approaches are extremely powerful at elucidating gene function and providing insights into the underlying pathways and the overall cellular network organization. Yet, until now, all efforts to quantify microbial macroscopic phenotypes have been restricted to monitoring growth in a small number of model microorganisms...
February 17, 2017: Nature Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211690/understanding-the-cubic-phase-stabilization-and-crystallization-kinetics-in-mixed-cations-and-halides-perovskite-single-crystals
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Li-Qiang Xie, Liang Chen, Zi-Ang Nan, Hai-Xin Lin, Tan Wang, Dongping Zhan, Jia-Wei Yan, Bing-Wei Mao, Zhong-Qun Tian
The spontaneous α-to-δ phase transition of the Formamidinium-based (FA) lead halide perovskite hinders its large scale application in solar cells. Though this phase transition can be inhibited by alloying with Methylammonium-based (MA) perovskite, the underlying mechanism is largely unexplored. In this communication, we grow high quality mixed cations and halides perovskite single crystals (FAPbI3)1-x(MAPbBr3)x to understand the principles for maintaining pure perovskite phase, which is essential to device optimization...
February 17, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211541/antibody-controlled-actuation-of-dna-based-molecular-circuits
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Wouter Engelen, Lenny H H Meijer, Bram Somers, Tom F A de Greef, Maarten Merkx
DNA-based molecular circuits allow autonomous signal processing, but their actuation has relied mostly on RNA/DNA-based inputs, limiting their application in synthetic biology, biomedicine and molecular diagnostics. Here we introduce a generic method to translate the presence of an antibody into a unique DNA strand, enabling the use of antibodies as specific inputs for DNA-based molecular computing. Our approach, antibody-templated strand exchange (ATSE), uses the characteristic bivalent architecture of antibodies to promote DNA-strand exchange reactions both thermodynamically and kinetically...
February 17, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211338/enhancement-of-the-adsorption-capacity-of-the-light-weight-expanded-clay-aggregate-surface-for-the-metronidazole-antibiotic-by-coating-with-mgo-nanoparticles-studies-on-the-kinetic-isotherm-and-effects-of-environmental-parameters
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Ebrahim Mohammadi Kalhori, Tariq J Al-Musawi, Esmaeil Ghahramani, Hossein Kazemian, Mansur Zarrabi
The synthesized MgO nanoparticles were used to coat the light-weight expanded clay aggregates (LECA) and as a metronidazole (MNZ) adsorbent. X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and Fourier-transformed infrared (FTIR) techniques were employed to study the surface morphology and characteristics of the adsorbents. MgO/LECA clearly revealed the advantages of the nanocomposite particles, showing high specific surface area (76.12 m(2)/g), significant adsorption sites and functional groups...
February 9, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211336/immobilized-and-mgso4-induced-cost-effective-bacterial-disintegration-of-waste-activated-sludge-for-effective-anaerobic-digestion
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U Ushani, J Rajesh Banu, S Kavitha, S Kaliappan, Ick Tae Yeom
In this study, an attempt was made to disintegrate waste activated sludge (WAS) in a cost-effective way. During the first phase of this study, effective break down of extracellular polymeric substance (EPS) was performed by deflocculating WAS with 0.1 g/g SS of MgSO4. Deflocculation rate was 92% with discharge rate of extractable EPS at 185 mg/L. In the second phase, effective bacterial cell disintegration was obtained at 36 h post treatment. Maximum solubilization of deflocculated sludge was approximately 21%, which was higher than that of flocculated sludge (14...
February 8, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211275/suppression-of-hydrogen-evolution-by-oxygen-reduction-in-nanoporous-electrocatalysts
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Ellen Benn, Bernard Gaskey, Jonah D Erlebacher
Electroreduction of small molecules in aqueous solution often competes with the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER), especially if the reaction is driven even moderately hard using a large overpotential. Here, the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) was studied under proton diffusion-limited conditions in slightly acidic electrolytes - a model system to study the relative transport kinetics of protons and reactants to an electrocatalyst and the relationship between transport and catalytic performance. Using dealloyed nanoporous nickel-platinum (np-NiPt) electrodes, we find the hydrogen evolution reaction can be completely suppressed even at high overpotentials (-400 mV vs...
February 17, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208456/nonequilibrium-steady-states-in-a-closed-inhomogeneous-asymmetric-exclusion-process-with-generic-particle-nonconservation
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Bijoy Daga, Souvik Mondal, Anjan Kumar Chandra, Tirthankar Banerjee, Abhik Basu
We study the totally asymmetric exclusion process (TASEP) on a nonuniform one-dimensional ring consisting of two segments having unequal hopping rates, or defects. We allow weak particle nonconservation via Langmuir kinetics (LK), which are parametrized by generic unequal attachment and detachment rates. For an extended defect, in the thermodynamic limit the system generically displays inhomogeneous density profiles in the steady state-the faster segment is either in a phase with spatially varying density having no density discontinuity, or a phase with a discontinuous density changes...
January 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208399/applicability-of-the-fokker-planck-equation-to-the-description-of-diffusion-effects-on-nucleation
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M V Sorokin, V I Dubinko, V A Borodin
The nucleation of islands in a supersaturated solution of surface adatoms is considered taking into account the possibility of diffusion profile formation in the island vicinity. It is shown that the treatment of diffusion-controlled cluster growth in terms of the Fokker-Planck equation is justified only provided certain restrictions are satisfied. First of all, the standard requirement that diffusion profiles of adatoms quickly adjust themselves to the actual island sizes (adiabatic principle) can be realized only for sufficiently high island concentration...
January 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208062/nano-suspension-coating-as-a-technique-to-modulate-the-drug-release-from-controlled-porosity-osmotic-pumps-for-a-soluble-agent
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Leila Azharshekoufeh Bahari, Yousef Javadzadeh, Mohammad Barzegar Jalali, Peyvand Johari, Ali Nokhodchi, Javad Shokri
In controlled porosity osmotic pumps (CPOP), usually finding a single solvent with a capability to dissolve both film former (hydrophobic) and pore former (hydrophilic) is extremely challenging. Therefore, the aim of the present investigation was to tackle the issue associated with controlled porosity osmotic pump (CPOP) system using nano-suspension coating method. In the present study 4-Amino pyridine was used as a highly water soluble drug. In this method, a hydrophilic pore former (sucrose or mannitol) in nano range was suspended in polymeric coating solution using ball-mill...
February 8, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207936/th17-cells-and-neutrophils-close-collaborators-in-chronic-leishmania-mexicana-infections-leading-to-disease-severity
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Claudia Patricia Pedraza-Zamora, José Delgado-Domínguez, Jaime Zamora-Chimal, Ingeborg Becker
Cutaneous leishmaniasis caused by Leishmania mexicana is associated with an important inflammatory response. We here analyzed the kinetics of Th17 cells and neutrophils in earlobe lesions caused by Leishmania mexicana throughout 90 days of disease progresion in susceptible BALB/c and semi-resistant C57BL/6 mice infected with 1x10(5) Leishmania mexicana promastigotes. Cells in the lesions were extracted and quantified by flow cytometry, whereas their distribution in the tissues in relation to the parasites was analyzed by immunohistochemistry...
February 16, 2017: Parasite Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207240/interfaces-in-heterogeneous-catalysts-advancing-mechanistic-understanding-through-atomic-scale-measurements
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Wenpei Gao, Zachary D Hood, Miaofang Chi
Developing novel catalysts with high efficiency and selectivity is critical for enabling future clean energy conversion technologies. Interfaces in catalyst systems have long been considered the most critical factor in controlling catalytic reaction mechanisms. Interfaces include not only the catalyst surface but also interfaces within catalyst particles and those formed by constructing heterogeneous catalysts. The atomic and electronic structures of catalytic surfaces govern the kinetics of binding and release of reactant molecules from surface atoms...
February 16, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206953/zinc-finger-protein-zfp36l1-promotes-osteoblastic-differentiation-but-represses-adipogenic-differentiation-of-mouse-multipotent-cells
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Kuo-Yun Tseng, Yi-Hsuan Chen, Shankung Lin
Zinc finger protein 36, C3H type-like 1 (ZFP36L1) is a member of the tristetraprolin (TTP) family and its role in the aging-related bone loss is currently unknown. We present evidence that ZFP36L1 expression in rat femurs and bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (bmMSCs) was down-regulated with aging. ZFP36L1 knockdown decreased osteoblastic differentiation of MC3T3-E1 and C3H10T1/2 cells, and increased adipogenic differentiation of 3T3-L1 and C3H10T1/2 cells, whereas ZFP36L1 overexpression did the opposite. The finding that ZFP36L1 overexpression enhanced osteoblastic and repressed adipogenic differentiation was also corroborated by ex vivo experiments...
February 9, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205171/synthesis-and-live-cell-imaging-of-fluorescent-sterols-for-analysis-of-intracellular-cholesterol-transport
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Maciej Modzel, Frederik W Lund, Daniel Wüstner
Cellular cholesterol homeostasis relies on precise control of the sterol content of organelle membranes. Obtaining insight into cholesterol trafficking pathways and kinetics by live-cell imaging relies on two conditions. First, one needs to develop suitable analogs that resemble cholesterol as closely as possible with respect to their biophysical and biochemical properties. Second, the cholesterol analogs should have good fluorescence properties. This interferes, however, often with the first requirement, such that the imaging instrumentation must be optimized to collect photons from suboptimal fluorophores, but good cholesterol mimics, such as the intrinsically fluorescent sterols, cholestatrienol (CTL) or dehydroergosterol (DHE)...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203639/determination-of-kinetic-bioconcentration-in-mussels-after-short-term-exposure-to-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons
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Ledicia Rey-Salgueiro, Elena Martínez-Carballo, Antonio Cid, Jesús Simal-Gándara
The kinetic bioconcentration of N-heterocyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in mussels (Mytilus galloprovincialis) after short waterborne exposure was studied. Benzo[a]pyrene (BaP), its analogue azaarene 10-azabenzo[a]pyrene (AzaBaP), and their mixture (Mix), were selected to monitor the changes in water concentrations over three days. Decay of both PAHs concentrations in water after 24 h of waterborne exposure to mussels at levels of 10 and 100 μg/L follows a first order kinetic with half-lives of 4-5 h, with residual levels of PAHs below 7%...
January 2017: Heliyon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203593/effects-of-sex-and-fatigue-on-biomechanical-measures-during-the-drop-jump-task-in-children
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Kristín Briem, Kolbrún Vala Jónsdóttir, Árni Árnason, Þórarinn Sveinsson
BACKGROUND: Female athletes have a higher rate of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury than males from adolescence and into maturity, which is suggested to result from sex-specific changes in dynamic movement patterns with maturation. Few studies have studied movement strategies and response to fatigue in children. PURPOSE: To evaluate the effect of fatigue on biomechanical variables associated with increased risk for ACL injury during a drop-jump (DJ) performance in children...
January 2017: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
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