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Yan Li, Mourad Harir, Marianna Lucio, Michael Gonsior, Boris P Koch, Philippe Schmitt-Kopplin, Norbert Hertkorn
Deciphering the molecular codes of dissolved organic matter (DOM) improves our understanding of its role in the global element cycles and its active involvement in ecosystem services. This study demonstrates comprehensive characterization of DOM by an initial polarity-based stepwise solid phase extraction (SPE) with single methanol elution of the cartridges, but separate collection of equal aliquots of eluate. The reduction of molecular complexity in the individual DOM fractions attenuates intermolecular interactions and substantially increases the disposable resolution of any structure selective characterization...
October 14, 2016: Water Research
Achraf Ammar, Mouna Turki, Hamdi Chtourou, Omar Hammouda, Khaled Trabelsi, Choumous Kallel, Osama Abdelkarim, Anita Hoekelmann, Mohamed Bouaziz, Fatma Ayadi, Tarak Driss, Nizar Souissi
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of natural Pomegranate juice supplementation on performance and acute and delayed responses of muscle soreness and biomarkers of muscle damage after a weightlifting training session. METHODS: Nine elite weightlifters (21±0.5 years) performed two Olympic-Weightlifting-sessions after either placebo (PLA) or natural pomegranate juice (POMj) supplementations. Heart rate, blood pressure and blood samples (hematological parameters, muscle damage and C-reactive protein (CRP)) were collected at rest, 3min and 48h after each session...
2016: PloS One
Xiaojia He, Donee' McAlliser, Winfred G Aker, Huey-Min Hwang
Titanium dioxide nanoparticles (TiO2 NPs) are among the most widely manufactured nanomaterials on a global scale. However, prudent and vigilant surveillance, incumbent upon the scientific community with the advent of new technologies, has revealed potentially undesirable effects of TiO2 NPs on biological systems and the natural environment during their application and discharge. Such effects are likely best evaluated by first assessing the fate of the TiO2 NPs in natural environments. In this study, the effects of terrestrial humic acid (HA) and tannic acid (TA), two major members of the collective: dissolved organic matter (DOM), on the cytotoxicity of TiO2 NPs to Escherichia coli were investigated in the presence and absence of natural sunlight...
October 2016: Journal of Environmental Sciences (China)
A W Tech, L V Cruz, M Cornelli, C do Valle Pereira, J Bertoglio, B Brasil, C Acosta, P Perusato, A J C Monteiro, G Marinho, M Zanon, A P S Souza, C D Garcia
BACKGROUND: The number of academic societies has been growing significantly in Brazilian universities, offering an extra opportunity for the development of educational activities and research. Because organ donation and transplantation is an area still insufficiently approached during the graduation of health professionals, we evaluated how academic societies might be a valuable tool. METHODS: Participants of the course promoted by the Organ Transplantation Academic Society of the Hospital Dom Vicente Scherer were evaluated through the use of a questionnaire and cognitive tests with 16 multiple-choice questions about topics approached during the course, before and after the lectures...
September 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
Dom-Gene Tu, Wei-Ting Lin, Cheng-Chia Yu, Shiuan-Shinn Lee, Chih-Yu Peng, Taichen Lin, Chuan-Hang Yu
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Previously, we successfully identified oral cancer stem cells (OCSC) displaying enhanced stemness and tumorigenic potentials. In the study, we investigated the chemotherapeutic effect of the flavonoid luteolin, commonly found in fruits and vegetables, on targeting OCSC. METHODS: Oralspheres was applied to isolate OCSC. aldehyde dehydrogenase 1 activity and CD44 positivity of OCSC with luteolin treatment were assessed by flow cytometry analysis...
October 11, 2016: Journal of the Formosan Medical Association, Taiwan Yi Zhi
Victor Longo, Jon A Jacobson, David P Fessell, Kenneth Mautner
The purpose of this series was to retrospectively characterize the ultrasound findings of delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS). The Institutional Review Board approved our study, and informed consent was waived. A retrospective search of radiology reports using the key phrase "delayed-onset muscle soreness" and key word "DOMS" from 2001 to 2015 and teaching files was completed to identify cases. The sonograms were reviewed by 3 fellowship-trained musculoskeletal radiologists by consensus. Sonograms were retrospectively characterized with respect to echogenicity (hypoechoic, isoechoic, or hyperechoic), distribution of muscle involvement, and intramuscular pattern (focal versus diffuse and well defined versus poorly defined)...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
Shalom D Goldberg, Rosa M F Cardoso, Tricia Lin, Tracy Spinka-Doms, Donna Klein, Steven A Jacobs, Vadim Dudkin, Gary Gilliland, Karyn T O'Neil
Targeted delivery of therapeutic payloads to specific tissues and cell types is an important component of modern pharmaceutical development. Antibodies or other scaffold proteins can provide the cellular address for delivering a covalently linked therapeutic via specific binding to cell-surface receptors. Optimization of the conjugation site on the targeting protein, linker chemistry and intracellular trafficking pathways can all influence the efficiency of delivery and potency of the drug candidate. In this study, we describe a comprehensive engineering experiment for an EGFR binding Centyrin, a highly stable fibronectin type III (FN3) domain, wherein all possible single-cysteine replacements were evaluated for expression, purification, conjugation efficiency, retention of target binding, biophysical properties and delivery of a cytotoxic small molecule payload...
October 13, 2016: Protein Engineering, Design & Selection: PEDS
David A Rubinos, María T Barral
The ability of red mud (RM) (bauxite residue) to remove Hg(II) from landfill leachate (LL) was assessed. The studied aspects comprised the effects of time, pH, Hg(II) concentration and the sorption isotherm, besides the influence of chloride and representative organic ligands. Hg(II) removal by RM exhibited a complex kinetics where initial rapid sorption was followed by desorption at longer times. The sorption of Hg(II) on RM was strongly pH-dependent. Outstanding maximum sorption was observed at pH∼4-5 (≥99...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part A, Toxic/hazardous Substances & Environmental Engineering
Chenyi Yuan, Mrinal Chakraborty, Silvio Canonica, Linda Kay Weavers, Christopher M Hadad, Yu-Ping Chin
Isoproturon (IPU) is a phenylurea herbicide used to control broad-leaf grasses on grain fields. Photosensitized transformation induced by excited triplet states of dissolved organic matter (3DOM*) has been identified as an important degradation pathway for IPU in sunlit waters, but the reappearance of IPU in the absence of light is observed after the initial photolysis. In this study, we elucidate the kinetics of this photo-degradation and dark-reappearance cycling of IPU in the presence of DOM proxies (aromatic ketones and reference fulvic acids)...
October 14, 2016: Environmental Science & Technology
Taylor J Yaw, Nick D Jeffery, Brandon Cain, Amanda Fales-Williams, Bianca A Zaffarano
A juvenile, male crested pekin duck ( Anas platyrhynchos f dom) was presented for neurologic signs suggestive of cerebellar disease. Physical examination revealed microphthalmia, erratic head movements, and ataxia. Computed tomography scan of the head and neck regions revealed 2 full-thickness skull-bone defects within the caudal portion of the cranium. The cerebellum appeared to be ventrally compressed by a homogeneous, triangular, fluid-attenuating region (0-10 Hounsfield units). A craniectomy was performed, and a presumed peripheral cerebral cyst was removed with suction and gentle dissection...
September 2016: Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery
Fernando L Rosario-Ortiz, Silvio Canonica
The photochemical properties of dissolved organic matter (DOM) have been of interest to scientists and engineers since the 1970s. Upon light absorption, chromophoric DOM (CDOM) can sensitize the formation of different short-lived reactive intermediates (RIs), including hydroxyl radical ((•)OH), singlet oxygen ((1)O2) and superoxide radical anion (O2(-•)). In addition, a fraction of the excited singlet states in CDOM decays into excited triplet states ((3)CDOM*), which are also important photochemical transients in environmental systems...
October 13, 2016: Environmental Science & Technology
Pingping Zhai, Xuan Chen, Wenbo Dong, Hongjing Li, Jean-Marc Chovelon
This study aimed to investigate the degradation of triclosan (TCS) in the presence of p-aminobenzoic acid (PABA) under simulated sunlight irradiation (λ ≥ 290 nm). The effect of PABA concentration, pH, dissolved organic matter (DOM), and DOM-hydrolytic Fe(III) species complexes on the photodegradation of TCS in the presence of PABA (TCS-PABA) was also studied. The photolysis of TCS-PABA obeyed pseudo-first-order kinetics well, and the degradation of TCS-PABA enhanced with increasing solution pH (from 3...
October 13, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Sachia J Traving, Mikkel Bentzon-Tilia, Helle Knudsen-Leerbeck, Mustafa Mantikci, Jørgen L S Hansen, Colin A Stedmon, Helle Sørensen, Stiig Markager, Lasse Riemann
Bacterioplankton play a key role in marine waters facilitating processes important for carbon cycling. However, the influence of specific bacterial populations and environmental conditions on bacterioplankton community performance remains unclear. The aim of the present study was to identify drivers of bacterioplankton community functions, taking into account the variability in community composition and environmental conditions over seasons, in two contrasting coastal systems. A Least Absolute Shrinkage and Selection Operator (LASSO) analysis of the biological and chemical data obtained from surface waters over a full year indicated that specific bacterial populations were linked to measured functions...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
Zhengqing Cai, Jie Fu, Wen Liu, Kunming Fu, S E O'Reilly, Dongye Zhao
This work investigated effects of three model oil dispersants (Corexit EC9527A, Corexit EC9500A and SPC1000) on settling of fine sediment particles and particle-facilitated distribution and transport of oil components in sediment-seawater systems. All three dispersants enhanced settling of sediment particles. The nonionic surfactants (Tween 80 and Tween 85) play key roles in promoting particle aggregation. Yet, the effects varied with environmental factors (pH, salinity, DOM, and temperature). Strongest dispersant effect was observed at neutral or alkaline pH and in salinity range of 0-3...
October 7, 2016: Marine Pollution Bulletin
Xi-Zhi Niu, Francesco Busetti, Markus Langsa, Jean-Philippe Croué
Many fluoroquinolone (FLQ) antibiotics undergo rapid photodegradation in sunlit waters and form multifaceted photo-products. The high photodegradation rate is primarily ascribed to their photosensitizing properties. Though widely studied, the photo-reaction pathways are not completely revealed; photo-products mediated by different reactive oxygen species are not identified. In our study, photo-degradation of fluoroquinolone norfloxacin was investigated. A rapid degradation in buffered water was observed with a first-order rate constant of 2...
October 4, 2016: Water Research
Yulin Jiang, Jianfu Zhao, Penghui Li, Qinghui Huang
Because of the significance in photosynthesis, nutrient dynamics, trophodynamics and biological activity, dissolved organic matter (DOM) is important to the microbial community in the coastal plume zone. In this study, we investigated the hydrodynamic processes, photodegradation and biodegradation of DOM at the Yangtze River plume in the East China Sea through analyzing water quality and optical properties of DOM. Surface water samples were collected to examine water quality and fluorescence properties of fluorescent dissolved organic matter (FDOM)...
October 12, 2016: Environmental Science. Processes & Impacts
Juliana Paula Felipe de Oliveira, Marcelo de Andrade Ferreira, Adryanne Marjorie Souza Vitor Alves, Ana Caroline Cerqueira de Melo, Ida Barbosa de Andrade, Juraci Marcos Alves Suassuna, Leonardo José Assis de Barros, Tobias Tobit de Barros Melo, Janaina de Lima Silva
The effects of replacement of sugarcane by spineless cactus (0, 33, 66, and 100 % on dry matter (DM) basis) were evaluated on intake, digestibility of nutrients, ingestive behavior, and performance of finishing lambs. Thirty-six non-castrated Santa Ines lambs at 4 months of age and an initial body weight of 22 ± 2.3 kg were assigned in a randomized block design. A quadratic effect was found for intake of DM, organic matter (OM), crude protein (CP), neutral detergent fiber (NDF), and digestible organic matter (DOM), with maximum values of 1...
October 8, 2016: Tropical Animal Health and Production
Akshay Phadnis, Sumit Kumar, Atul Srivastava
The work presented in this paper focuses on numerically investigating the thermal response of gold nanoshells-embedded biological tissue phantoms with potential applications into photo-thermal therapy wherein the interest is in destroying the cancerous cells with minimum damage to the surrounding healthy cells. The tissue phantom has been irradiated with a pico-second laser. Radiative transfer equation (RTE) has been employed to model the light-tissue interaction using discrete ordinate method (DOM). For determining the temperature distribution inside the tissue phantom, the RTE has been solved in combination with a generalized non-Fourier heat conduction model namely the dual phase lag bio-heat transfer model...
October 2016: Journal of Thermal Biology
Rachel M Adams, Brandon C McAdams, William A Arnold, Yu-Ping Chin
Non-point source pesticide pollution is a concern for wetlands in the prairie pothole region (PPR). Recent studies have demonstrated that reduced sulfur species (e.g., bisulfide and polysulfides) in PPR wetland pore waters directly undergo reactions with chloroacetanilide and dinitroaniline compounds. In this paper, the abiotic transformation of two organophosphate compounds, chlorpyrifos and chlorpyrifos-methyl, was studied in PPR wetland pore waters. Chlorpyrifos-methyl reacted significantly faster (up to 4 times) in pore water with reduced sulfur species relative to hydrolysis...
September 30, 2016: Environmental Science. Processes & Impacts
Maya Engel, Benny Chefetz
Adsorption of organic pollutants by carbon nanotubes (CNTs) in the environment or removal of pollutants during water purification require deep understanding of the impacts of the presence of dissolved organic matter (DOM). DOM is an integral part of environmental systems and plays a key role affecting the behavior of organic pollutants. In this study, the effects of solution chemistry (pH and ionic strength) and the presence of DOM on the removal of atrazine and lamotrigine by single-walled CNTs (SWCNTs) was investigated...
September 28, 2016: Water Research
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