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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231538/biochars-with-excellent-pb-ii-adsorption-property-produced-from-fresh-and-dehydrated-banana-peels-via-hydrothermal-carbonization
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Nan Zhou, Honggang Chen, Junting Xi, Denghui Yao, Zhi Zhou, Yun Tian, Xiangyang Lu
Fresh and dehydrated banana peels were used as biomass feedstock to produce highly effective sorbent biochars through a facile one-step hydrothermal carbonization approach with 20%vol phosphoric acid as the reaction medium. The elemental ratio of oxygen content of the two as-prepared biochars were about 20%, and the FT-IR analysis confirmed the existence of abundant surface functional groups such as hydroxyl and carboxyl which greatly enhanced the adsorption performance. The sorbents showed excellent lead clarification capability of 359mg·g(-1) and 193mg·g(-1) for dehydrated and fresh banana peels based biochars, respectively...
February 12, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231498/bone-specific-poly-ethylene-sodium-phosphate-bearing-biodegradable-nanoparticles
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Yuya Hirano, Yasuhiko Iwasaki
Chemotherapy is the most reliable treatment for osteoporosis and osseous metastases. To facilitate better drug delivery for bone treatments, a novel preparation of polymeric nanoparticles with high affinity to bone has been prepared. Two-step synthesis of cholesteryl-functionalized poly(ethylene sodium phosphate) (Ch-PEPn·Na) was performed via ring-opening polymerization of cyclic phosphoesters and the demethylation. The molecular weight of Ch-PEPn·Na could be well controlled by changing the ratio of cholesterol and cyclic phosphoesters...
February 16, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231416/feasibility-of-combining-common-data-elements-across-studies-to-test-a-hypothesis
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Elizabeth J Corwin, Shirley M Moore, Andrea Plotsky, Margaret M Heitkemper, Susan G Dorsey, Drenna Waldrop-Valverde, Donald E Bailey, Sharron L Docherty, Joanne D Whitney, Carol M Musil, Cynthia M Dougherty, Donna J McCloskey, Joan K Austin, Patricia A Grady
PURPOSE: The purpose of this article is to describe the outcomes of a collaborative initiative to share data across five schools of nursing in order to evaluate the feasibility of collecting common data elements (CDEs) and developing a common data repository to test hypotheses of interest to nursing scientists. This initiative extended work already completed by the National Institute of Nursing Research CDE Working Group that successfully identified CDEs related to symptoms and self-management, with the goal of supporting more complex, reproducible, and patient-focused research...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Nursing Scholarship
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231381/hippocampal-prefrontal-theta-phase-synchrony-in-planning-of-multi-step-actions-based-on-memory-retrieval
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Seiya Ishino, Susumu Takahashi, Masaaki Ogawa, Yoshio Sakurai
Planning of multi-step actions based on the retrieval of acquired information is essential for efficient foraging. The hippocampus (HPC) and prefrontal cortex (PFC) may play critical roles in this process. However, in rodents, many studies investigating such roles utilized T-maze tasks that only require one-step actions (i.e., selection of one of two alternatives), in which memory retrieval and selection of an action based on the retrieval cannot be clearly differentiated. In monkeys, PFC has been suggested to be involved in planning of multi-step actions; however, the synchrony between HPC and PFC has not been evaluated...
February 23, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231339/limits-of-use-of-social-media-for-monitoring-biosecurity-events
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Marijke Welvaert, Omar Al-Ghattas, Mark Cameron, Peter Caley
Compared to applications that trigger massive information streams, like earthquakes and human disease epidemics, the data input for agricultural and environmental biosecurity events (ie. the introduction of unwanted exotic pests and pathogens), is expected to be sparse and less frequent. To investigate if Twitter data can be useful for the detection and monitoring of biosecurity events, we adopted a three-step process. First, we confirmed that sightings of two migratory species, the Bogong moth (Agrotis infusa) and the Common Koel (Eudynamys scolopaceus) are reported on Twitter...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231261/a-natural-user-interface-to-integrate-citizen-science-and-physical-exercise
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Eduardo Palermo, Jeffrey Laut, Oded Nov, Paolo Cappa, Maurizio Porfiri
Citizen science enables volunteers to contribute to scientific projects, where massive data collection and analysis are often required. Volunteers participate in citizen science activities online from their homes or in the field and are motivated by both intrinsic and extrinsic factors. Here, we investigated the possibility of integrating citizen science tasks within physical exercises envisaged as part of a potential rehabilitation therapy session. The citizen science activity entailed environmental mapping of a polluted body of water using a miniature instrumented boat, which was remotely controlled by the participants through their physical gesture tracked by a low-cost markerless motion capture system...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231171/application-of-hybrid-genetic-algorithm-routine-in-optimizing-food-and-bioengineering-processes
#7
Jaya Shankar Tumuluru, Richard McCulloch
Optimization is a crucial step in the analysis of experimental results. Deterministic methods only converge on local optimums and require exponentially more time as dimensionality increases. Stochastic algorithms are capable of efficiently searching the domain space; however convergence is not guaranteed. This article demonstrates the novelty of the hybrid genetic algorithm (HGA), which combines both stochastic and deterministic routines for improved optimization results. The new hybrid genetic algorithm developed is applied to the Ackley benchmark function as well as case studies in food, biofuel, and biotechnology processes...
November 9, 2016: Foods (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231144/effects-of-two-step-transamidation-of-wheat-semolina-on-the-technological-properties-of-gluten
#8
Salvatore Moscaritolo, Lucia Treppiccione, Antonio Ottombrino, Mauro Rossi
Celiac disease (CD) is an immune-mediated disorder caused by the ingestion of wheat gluten. A lifelong, gluten-free diet is required to alleviate symptoms and to normalize the intestinal mucosa. We previously found that transamidation reaction by microbial transglutaminase (mTG) was effective in down-regulating the gliadin-specific immune response in CD patients. In this study, the two-step transamidation protocol was adopted to treat commercial wheat semolina on a pilot scale. The effectiveness of the enzymatic reaction was tested by means of consolidated biochemical and immunological methods on isolated prolamins...
June 29, 2016: Foods (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231081/improving-bread-quality-with-the-application-of-a-newly-purified-thermostable-%C3%AE-amylase-from-rhizopus-oryzae-fsis4
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Amel Ait Kaki El-Hadef El-Okki, Mohammed Gagaoua, Hayat Bourekoua, Kahina Hafid, Leila Bennamoun, Shahrazed Djekrif-Dakhmouche, Mohamed El-Hadef El-Okki, Zahia Meraihi
A new thermostable α-amylase from Rhizopus oryzae FSIS4 was purified for first time and recovered in a single step using a three-phase partitioning (TPP) system. The fungal α-amylase, at a concentration of 1.936 U per kg of flour, was used in bread-making and compared to the commercial enzyme. The results showed a significant effect of the recovered α-amylase in the prepared bread and allowed us to improve the quality of the bread. The study indicated clearly that the recovered α-amylase is a potential candidate for future applications in the bread-making industry and in other food biotechnology applications...
January 1, 2017: Foods (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231006/enantioselective-total-synthesis-of-beraprost-using-organocatalyst
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Shigenobu Umemiya, Daisuke Sakamoto, Genki Kawauchi, Yujiro Hayashi
A convergent and enantioselective total synthesis of the most active isomer of beraprost was achieved in 17 pots. A unique tricyclic core in beraprost was synthesized efficiently by utilizing the asymmetric organocatalyst-mediated formal [3 + 2] cycloaddition reaction of succinaldehyde with nitroalkene as a key step. The synthesis of the optically active Horner-Wadsworth-Emmons reagent for the construction of the ω-side chain was also established by means of the enantioselective Michael reaction of crotonaldehyde with nitromethane catalyzed by the organocatalyst developed by our group...
February 23, 2017: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230991/electron-accumulation-on-naphthalene-diimide-photosensitized-by-ru-2-2-bipyridine-3-2
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Michael Skaisgirski, Xingwei Guo, Oliver S Wenger
In a molecular triad comprised of a central naphthalene diimide (NDI) unit flanked by two [Ru(bpy)3](2+) (bpy = 2,2'-bipyridine) sensitizers, NDI(2-) is formed after irradiation with visible light in deaerated CH3CN in the presence of excess triethylamine. The mechanism for this electron accumulation involves a combination of photoinduced and thermal elementary steps. In a structurally related molecular pentad with two peripheral triarylamine (TAA) electron donors attached covalently to a central [Ru(bpy)3](2+)-NDI-[Ru(bpy)3](2+) core but no sacrificial reagents present, photoexcitation only leads to NDI(-) (and TAA(+)), whereas NDI(2-) is unattainable due to rapid electron transfer events counteracting charge accumulation...
February 23, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230965/fluorine-functionalized-graphene-quantum-dots-as-inhibitor-against-hiapp-amyloid-aggregation
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Maryam Yousaf, Huan Huang, Ping Li, Chen Wang, Yanlian Yang
Fibrillar deposits of the human islet amyloid polypeptide (hIAPP) is considered as a root of Type II diabetes mellitus. Fluorinated graphene quantum dots (FGQDs) are new carbon nanomaterials with unique physicochemical properties containing highly electronegative F atoms. Herein we report a single step synthesis method of FGQDs with an inhibitory effect on aggregation and cytotoxicity of hIAPP in vitro. Highly fluorescent and water dispersible FGQDs, less than 3 nm in size were synthesized by the microwave-assisted hydrothermal method...
February 23, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230900/x-ray-diffraction-and-rietveld-refinement-in-deferrified-clays-for-forensic-science
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Luis V Prandel, Vander de F Melo, André M Brinatti, Sérgio da C Saab, Fábio A S Salvador
Soil vestiges might provide information about a crime scene. The Rietveld method with X-ray diffraction data (RM-XRD) is a nondestructive technique that makes it possible to characterize minerals present in the soils. Soil clays from the metropolitan region of Curitiba (Brazil) were submitted to DCB treatment and analyzed using XRD with CuKα radiation in the step-scan mode (0.02° 2θ/5 s). The GSAS+EXPGUI software was used for RM refinement. The RM-XRD results, together with the principal component analysis (PCA) (52...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Forensic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230899/shared-care-across-the-interface-between-primary-and-specialty-care-in-management-of-long-term-conditions
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REVIEW
Susan M Smith, Gráinne Cousins, Barbara Clyne, Shane Allwright, Tom O'Dowd
BACKGROUND: Shared care has been used in the management of many chronic conditions with the assumption that it delivers better care than primary or specialty care alone; however, little is known about the effectiveness of shared care. OBJECTIVES: To determine the effectiveness of shared care health service interventions designed to improve the management of chronic disease across the primary/specialty care interface. This is an update of a previously published review...
February 23, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230888/pd-cu-cooperative-catalysis-an-efficient-synthesis-of-3-isoindazolyl-allenes-via-cross-coupling-of-2-alkynyl-azobenzenes-and-terminal-alkynes
#15
Chuan Zhu, Chao Feng, Motoki Yamane
An efficient synthesis of (3-isoindazolyl)allenes from 2-alkynyl azobenzenes and terminal alkynes via cooperative Pd(PPh3)2Cl2/CuI-catalyzed cross-coupling has been developed. By making use of this approach, (3-isoindazolyl)allenes with various substituents can be synthesized in good to excellent yields. A rapid synthesis of biologically active indazolo[2,3-a]quinoline was also achieved using this method as the key step.
February 23, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230871/an-in-situ-tem-study-of-the-surface-oxidation-of-palladium-nanocrystals-assisted-by-electron-irradiation
#16
Dejiong Zhang, Chuanhong Jin, He Tian, Yalin Xiong, Hui Zhang, Peisheng Qiao, Jie Fan, Ze Zhang, Z Y Li, Jixue Li
The surface oxidation of palladium nanocrystals plays an important role in changing the active sites and subsequently influencing the catalytic reactivity. Such a microscopy study on surface oxidation, down to the atomic scale, is essential for understanding the structure-property correlations of palladium nanocrystal based catalysts. Herein, we present an in situ atomic scale study on the surface oxidation behavior of palladium nanocrystals, which is induced by electron beam irradiation under low oxygen partial pressure and at room temperature inside an environmental transmission electron microscope...
February 23, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230868/tuning-calcium-biosensors-with-a-single-site-mutation-structural-dynamics-insights-from-femtosecond-raman-spectroscopy
#17
Sean R Tachibana, Longteng Tang, Yanli Wang, Liangdong Zhu, Weimin Liu, Chong Fang
Fluorescent protein biosensors are popular reporters for biological processes and life sciences, but their fundamental working mechanisms remain unclear. To characterize the functional fluorescence events on their native timescales, we implemented wavelength-tunable femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy (FSRS) to shed light on a blue-green emission-ratiometric fluorescent protein based Ca(2+) biosensor with a single Pro377Arg mutation. The transient Raman modes of the embedded chromophore from ca. 1000-1650 cm(-1) exhibit characteristic intensity and frequency dynamics which infer the underlying atomic motions and photochemical reaction stages...
February 23, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230851/using-hiclip-to-identify-rna-duplexes-that-interact-with-a-specific-rna-binding-protein
#18
Yoichiro Sugimoto, Anob M Chakrabarti, Nicholas M Luscombe, Jernej Ule
The structure of RNA molecules has a critical role in regulating gene expression, largely through influencing their interactions with RNA-binding proteins (RBPs). RNA hybrid and individual-nucleotide resolution UV cross-linking and immunoprecipitation (hiCLIP) is a transcriptome-wide method of monitoring these interactions by identifying RNA duplexes bound by a specific RBP. The hiCLIP protocol consists of the following steps: in vivo cross-linking of RBPs to their bound RNAs; partial RNA digestion and purification of RNA duplexes interacting with the specific RBP using immunoprecipitation; ligation of the two arms of RNA duplexes via a linker; reverse transcription; cDNA library amplification; and finally high-throughput DNA sequencing...
March 2017: Nature Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230850/metal-and-additive-free-photoinduced-borylation-of-haloarenes
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Adelphe M Mfuh, Brett D Schneider, Westley Cruces, Oleg V Larionov
Boronic acids and esters have critical roles in the areas of synthetic organic chemistry, molecular sensors, materials science, drug discovery, and catalysis. Many of the current applications of boronic acids and esters require materials with very low levels of transition metal contamination. Most of the current methods for the synthesis of boronic acids, however, require transition metal catalysts and ligands that must be removed via additional purification procedures. This protocol describes a simple, metal- and additive-free method of conversion of haloarenes directly to boronic acids and esters...
March 2017: Nature Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230803/one-pot-conversion-of-epoxidized-soybean-oil-eso-into-soy-based-polyurethanes-by-mocl%C3%A2-o%C3%A2-catalysis
#20
Vincenzo Pantone, Cosimo Annese, Caterina Fusco, Paola Fini, Angelo Nacci, Antonella Russo, Lucia D'Accolti
An innovative and eco-friendly one-pot synthesis of bio-based polyurethanes is proposed via the epoxy-ring opening of epoxidized soybean oil (ESO) with methanol, followed by the reaction of methoxy bio-polyols intermediates with 2,6-tolyl-diisocyanate (TDI). Both synthetic steps, methanolysis and polyurethane linkage formation, are promoted by a unique catalyst, molybdenum(VI) dichloride dioxide (MoCl₂O₂), which makes this procedure an efficient, cost-effective, and environmentally safer method amenable to industrial scale-up...
February 21, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
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