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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822953/xylanase-from-acinetobacter-pittii-mask-25-and-developed-magnetic-cross-linked-xylanase-aggregate-produce-predominantly-xylopentose-and-xylohexose-from-agro-biomass
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Anjali Purohit, Shushil Kumar Rai, Manisha Chownk, Rajender Singh Sangwan, Sudesh Kumar Yadav
Most of the chemical and biochemical processes used for the de-polymerization of structural polymers of lignocellulosic biomass are environment unfriendly and costly. Here an efficient process based on xylanase, produced by Acinetobacter pittii MASK25 (MTCC 25132), hydrolysis of only physically treated rice straw and corn cob has been developed for the production of xylooligosaccharides. Bacterial strain isolated from soil was found to produce maximum xylanase at 30°C and pH 7. While the optimum temperature and pH of xylanase were characterized as 40°C and 5...
August 9, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822951/effect-of-deflocculation-on-photo-induced-thin-layer-titanium-dioxide-disintegration-of-dairy-waste-activated-sludge-for-cost-and-energy-efficient-methane-production
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V Godvin Sharmila, P Dhanalakshmi, J Rajesh Banu, S Kavitha, M Gunasekaran
In the present study, the deflocculated sludge was disintegrated through thin layer immobilized titanium dioxide (TiO2) as photocatalyst under solar irradiation. The deflocculation of sludge was carried out by 0.05g/g SS of sodium citrate aiming to facilitate more surface area for subsequent TiO2 mediated disintegration. The proposed mode of disintegration was investigated by varying TiO2 dosage, pH and time. The maximum COD solubilization of 18.4% was obtained in the optimum 0.4g/L of TiO2 dosage with 5.5 pH and exposure time of 40min...
August 9, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822815/enrichment-of-highly-settleable-microalgal-consortia-in-mixed-cultures-for-effluent-polishing-and-low-cost-biomass-production
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Yuansheng Hu, Xiaodi Hao, Mark van Loosdrecht, Huiqin Chen
Microalgae cultivation is a promising technology for integrated effluent polishing and biofuel production, but poor separability of microalgal cells hinders its industrial application. This study intended to selectively enrich settleable microalgal consortia in mixed culture by applying "wash-out" pressure, which was realized by controlling settling time (ST) and volume exchange ratio (VER) in photo-SBRs. The results demonstrated that highly settleable microalgal consortia (settling efficiency>97%; SVI = 17-50 mL/g) could be enriched from indigenous algal cultures developed in WWTP's effluent...
August 15, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822113/economic-evaluation-of-interventions-for-children-with-neurodevelopmental-disorders-opportunities-and-challenges
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Ramesh Lamsal, Jennifer D Zwicker
Economic evaluation is a tool used to inform decision makers on the efficiency of comparative healthcare interventions and inform resource allocation decisions. There is a growing need for the use of economic evaluations to assess the value of interventions for children with neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs), a population that has increasing demands for healthcare services. Unfortunately, few evaluations have been conducted to date, perhaps stemming from challenges in applying existing economic evaluation methodologies in this heterogeneous population...
August 18, 2017: Applied Health Economics and Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821851/mass-production-of-bulk-artificial-nacre-with-excellent-mechanical-properties
#5
Huai-Ling Gao, Si-Ming Chen, Li-Bo Mao, Zhao-Qiang Song, Hong-Bin Yao, Helmut Cölfen, Xi-Sheng Luo, Fu Zhang, Zhao Pan, Yu-Feng Meng, Yong Ni, Shu-Hong Yu
Various methods have been exploited to replicate nacre features into artificial structural materials with impressive structural and mechanical similarity. However, it is still very challenging to produce nacre-mimetics in three-dimensional bulk form, especially for further scale-up. Herein, we demonstrate that large-sized, three-dimensional bulk artificial nacre with comprehensive mimicry of the hierarchical structures and the toughening mechanisms of natural nacre can be facilely fabricated via a bottom-up assembly process based on laminating pre-fabricated two-dimensional nacre-mimetic films...
August 18, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821247/a-cost-effective-approach-to-produce-15-n-labelled-amino-acids-employing-chlamydomonas-reinhardtii-cc503
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Jesús Nicolás Carcelén, Juan Manuel Marchante-Gayón, Pablo Rodríguez González, Luis Valledor, María Jesús Cañal, José Ignacio García Alonso
BACKGROUND: The use of enriched stable isotopes is of outstanding importance in chemical metrology as it allows the application of isotope dilution mass spectrometry (IDMS). Primary methods based on IDMS ensure the quality of the analytical measurements and traceability of the results to the international system of units. However, the synthesis of isotopically labelled molecules from enriched stable isotopes is an expensive and a difficult task. Either chemical and biochemical methods to produce labelled molecules have been proposed, but so far, few cost-effective methods have been described...
August 18, 2017: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821098/physical-chemical-characteristics-and-potential-use-of-a-novel-alginate-zein-hydrogel-as-the-sorption-phase-for-polar-organic-compounds
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Natara D B Castilhos, Naiara M F M Sampaio, Bruno C da Silva, Izabel C Riegel-Vidotti, Marco T Grassi, Bruno J G Silva
A novel alginate based hydrogel was successfully prepared and tested for the solid phase microextraction of medium-to-high polarity compounds, when supported in a polypropylene (PP) fiber. Pure alginate when added onto the surface of the PP fiber, resulted in a significant improvement in the extraction efficiency of the analytes (except for β-estradiol). The alginate hydrogel was modified upon the incorporation of a small amount of zein, a corn protein. Interestingly, the alginate/zein-supported hydrogel was capable of successfully extracting compounds with low partition constant (Kow), such as 17-α-ethinyl estradiol, progesterone and estriol, since the initial water uptake decreased dramatically in this gel, therefore, leaving the alginate hydroxyl groups more available to interact with the polar compounds...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821084/green-synthesis-of-oriented-xanthan-gum-graphene-oxide-hybrid-aerogels-for-water-purification
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Shunli Liu, Fang Yao, Olayinka Oderinde, Zhihong Zhang, Guodong Fu
Three-dimensional xanthan gum (XG)/graphene oxide (GO) hybrid aerogels were fabricated by ice crystal templating without using chemical modifiers. The hybrid aerogels were prepared by the stirring of xanthan gum-graphene oxide hybrid solution, followed by freezing at low temperature and finally by freeze-drying. The whole preparation could be completed within 12h without producing any contamination and thus considered a fast, simple, economical, and green method for aerogel fabrication. XG/GO hybrid aerogels possessed different hierarchical pore structures because of various freezing temperatures...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821075/rapid-fabrication-of-transparent-film-directly-from-wood-fibers-with-microwave-assisted-ionic-liquids-technology
#9
Pengbo Lu, Fan Cheng, Yanghao Ou, Meiyan Lin, Lingfeng Su, Size Chen, Xilang Yao, Detao Liu
Presently flexibly transparent film or nanopaper from all cellulose was mostly fabricated by assembling cellulose nanofibers disintegrated from macroscopic wood fibers which mostly suffers from potential environmental toxicity or high cost. In this work, we firstly reported an all-cellulose transparent film fabricated by a novel microwave-assisted ionic liquids technology (MILT). The use of MILT for treating the original all-cellulose paper brings nearly 2.6 fold-increases in optical transmission, and 2.0 fold-increases in tensile property compared to those without microwave assistance...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821068/radiation-synthesis-and-performance-of-novel-cellulose-based-microsphere-adsorbents-for-efficient-removal-of-boron-iii
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Siqi Liu, Min Xu, Tianlin Yu, Dong Han, Jing Peng, Jiuqiang Li, Maolin Zhai
A novel cellulose-based microsphere containing glucamine groups, referred as CVN, was successfully synthesized by radiation-induced graft polymerization of 4-vinylbenzyl chloride onto cellulose microspheres and subsequent functionalization with N-methyl-d-glucamine. The adsorption by CVN for boron (III) from aqueous solutions was evaluated systematically by batch adsorption technique. Langmuir models could fit well with the adsorption behavior of CVN. The CVN adsorbents exhibited a high adsorption capacity up to 12...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820988/integrating-printed-microfluidics-with-silicon-photomultipliers-for-miniaturised-and-highly-sensitive-atp-bioluminescence-detection
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M F Santangelo, S Libertino, A P F Turner, D Filippini, W C Mak
Bioluminescence has been widely used for important biosensing applications such as the measurement of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the energy unit in biological systems and an indicator of vital processes. The current technology for detection is mainly based on large equipment such as readers and imaging systems, which require intensive and time-consuming procedures. A miniaturised bioluminescence sensing system, which would allow sensitive and continuous monitoring of ATP, with an integrated and low-cost disposable microfluidic chamber for handling of biological samples, is highly desirable...
July 27, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820976/a-hydrophobic-organelle-probe-based-on-aggregation-induced-emission-nanosuspension-preparation-and-direct-use-for-endoplasmic-reticulum-imaging-in-living-cells
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Sichao Zheng, Cuihong Huang, Xuyan Zhao, Yong Zhang, Shuwen Liu, Qiuhua Zhu
Organic fluorophores have a wide range of biological uses and are usually needed to be prepared as water-soluble compounds or nanoparticles for applications in aqueous biosystems owing to their hydrophobic properties, which often is a complex, time-consuming and high-cost process. Here, the nanoparticle preparation of hydrophobic fluorophores and their application in cell imaging have been investigated. It was found: a) fetal bovine serum (FBS) shows an excellent dispersion effect on hydrophobic small-molecule organic compounds; b) a hydrophobic C6-unsubstituted tetrahydropyrimidine (Me-THP-Naph) can be prepared as nanosuspensions utilizing cell culture medium with 10% FBS and directly be used as a specific real-time imaging probe for the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), a dynamic organelle playing a crucial role in many cellular processes...
August 8, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820743/sleep-apnea-a-review-of-diagnostic-sensors-algorithms-and-therapies
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Mehdi Shokoueinejad, Chris Fernandez, Emily Carroll, Fa Wang, Jake Levin, Sam Rusk, Nick Glattard, Ashley Mulchrone, Xuan Zhang, Ailiang Xie, Mihaela Teodorescu, Jerome Dempsey, John Webster
While public awareness of sleep related disorders is growing, sleep apnea syndrome (SAS) remains a public health and economic challenge. Over the last two decades, extensive controlled epidemiologic research has clarified the incidence, risk factors including the obesity epidemic, and global prevalence of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), as well as establishing a growing body of literature linking OSA with cardiovascular morbidity, mortality, metabolic dysregulation, and neurocognitive impairment. The US Institute of Medicine Committee on Sleep Medicine estimates that 50-70 million US adults have sleep or wakefulness disorders...
August 18, 2017: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820201/co2-electroreduction-performance-of-a-single-transition-metal-atom-supported-on-porphyrin-like-graphene-a-computational-study
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Zhongxu Wang, Jingxiang Zhao, Qinghai Cai
Searching for low-cost, efficient, and stable electrocatalysts for CO2 electroreduction (CO2ER) reactions is highly desirable for the reduction of CO2 emission and its conversion into useful products, but remains a great challenge. In this work, single transition metal atoms supported on porphyrin-like graphene catalysts, i.e., TMN4/graphene, acting as electrocatalysts for CO2 reduction were explored by means of comprehensive density functional theory (DFT) computations. Our results revealed that these anchored TM atoms possess high stability due to their strong hybridization with the unsaturated N atoms of the substrate and function as the active sites...
August 18, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819660/nanostructured-materials-on-3d-nickel-foam-as-electrocatalysts-for-water-splitting
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Nitin K Chaudhari, Haneul Jin, Byeongyoon Kim, Kwangyeol Lee
Highly efficient and low-cost electrocatalysts are essential for water spitting via electrolysis in an economically viable fashion. However, the best catalytic performance is found with noble metal-based electrocatalysts, which presents a formidable obstacle for the commercial success of electrolytic water splitting-based H2 production due to their relatively high cost and scarcity. Therefore, the development of alternative inexpensive earth-abundant electrode materials with excellent electrocatalytic properties is of great urgency...
August 18, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819645/3d-imaging-of-optically-cleared-tissue-using-a-simplified-clarity-method-and-on-chip-microscopy
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Yibo Zhang, Yoonjung Shin, Kevin Sung, Sam Yang, Harrison Chen, Hongda Wang, Da Teng, Yair Rivenson, Rajan P Kulkarni, Aydogan Ozcan
High-throughput sectioning and optical imaging of tissue samples using traditional immunohistochemical techniques can be costly and inaccessible in resource-limited areas. We demonstrate three-dimensional (3D) imaging and phenotyping in optically transparent tissue using lens-free holographic on-chip microscopy as a low-cost, simple, and high-throughput alternative to conventional approaches. The tissue sample is passively cleared using a simplified CLARITY method and stained using 3,3'-diaminobenzidine to target cells of interest, enabling bright-field optical imaging and 3D sectioning of thick samples...
August 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819449/self-assembly-dna-polyplex-vaccine-inside-dissolving-microneedles-for-high-potency-intradermal-vaccination
#17
Jing-Fong Liao, Jin-Ching Lee, Chun-Kuang Lin, Kuo-Chen Wei, Pin-Yuan Chen, Hung-Wei Yang
The strong immunogenicity induction is the powerful weapon to prevent the virus infections. This study demonstrated that one-step synthesis of DNA polyplex vaccine in microneedle (MN) patches can induce high immunogenicity through intradermal vaccination and increase the vaccine stability for storage outside the cold chain. More negative charged DNA vaccine was entrapped into the needle region of MNs followed by DNA polyplex formation with branched polyethylenimine (bPEI) pre-coated in the cavities of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) molds that can deliver more DNA vaccine to immune-cell rich epidermis with high transfection efficiency...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819294/seismic-waveform-tomography-with-shot-encoding-using-a-restarted-l-bfgs-algorithm
#18
Ying Rao, Yanghua Wang
In seismic waveform tomography, or full-waveform inversion (FWI), one effective strategy used to reduce the computational cost is shot-encoding, which encodes all shots randomly and sums them into one super shot to significantly reduce the number of wavefield simulations in the inversion. However, this process will induce instability in the iterative inversion regardless of whether it uses a robust limited-memory BFGS (L-BFGS) algorithm. The restarted L-BFGS algorithm proposed here is both stable and efficient...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819245/fourier-ptychographic-microscopy-with-sparse-representation
#19
Yongbing Zhang, Pengming Song, Jian Zhang, Qionghai Dai
Fourier ptychographic microscopy (FPM) is a novel computational microscopy technique that provides intensity images with both wide field-of-view and high-resolution. By combining ideas from synthetic aperture and phase retrieval, FPM iteratively stitches together a number of variably illuminated, low-resolution intensity images in Fourier space to reconstruct a high-resolution complex sample image. Although FPM is able to bypass the space-bandwidth product (SBP) limit of the optical system, it is vulnerable to the various capturing noises and the reconstruction is easy to trap into the local optimum...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819205/fast-wide-volume-functional-imaging-of-engineered-in-vitro-brain-tissues
#20
G Palazzolo, M Moroni, A Soloperto, G Aletti, G Naldi, M Vassalli, T Nieus, F Difato
The need for in vitro models that mimic the human brain to replace animal testing and allow high-throughput screening has driven scientists to develop new tools that reproduce tissue-like features on a chip. Three-dimensional (3D) in vitro cultures are emerging as an unmatched platform that preserves the complexity of cell-to-cell connections within a tissue, improves cell survival, and boosts neuronal differentiation. In this context, new and flexible imaging approaches are required to monitor the functional states of 3D networks...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
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