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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231406/fungal-adaptation-to-contemporary-fungicide-applications-the-case-of-botrytis-cinerea-populations-from-champagne-vineyards-france
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A-S Walker, V Ravigne, A Rieux, S Ali, F Carpentier, E Fournier
In addition to being one of the most acute problems impeding chemical control of fungal diseases, the evolution of fungicide resistance is an emblematic case of local adaptation to spatially heterogeneous and temporally variable selection pressures. Here we dissected the adaptation of Botrytis cinerea (the causal agent of grey mould) populations on grapes to several fungicides. We carried out a two-year survey (four collection dates) on three treated/untreated pairs of plots from vineyards in Champagne (France), and monitored the frequency of four resistant phenotypes that are unambiguously associated to four distinct genotypes...
February 23, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231068/recent-advances-on-iron-oxide-magnetic-nanoparticles-as-sorbents-of-organic-pollutants-in-water-and-wastewater-treatment
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Angela M Gutierrez, Thomas D Dziubla, J Zach Hilt
The constant growth in population worldwide over the past decades continues to put forward the need to provide access to safe, clean water to meet human needs. There is a need for cost-effective technologies for water and wastewater treatment that can meet the global demands and the rigorous water quality standards and at the same maximizing pollutant efficiency removal. Current remediation technologies have failed in keeping up with these factors without becoming cost-prohibitive. Most recently, nanotechnology has been sought as the best alternative to increase access to water supplies by remediating those already contaminated and offering ways to access unconventional sources...
February 23, 2017: Reviews on Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230995/synthesis-of-high-quality-biodiesel-using-feedstock-and-catalyst-derived-from-fish-wastes
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Devarapaga Madhu, Rajan Arora, Shalini Sahani, Veena Singh, Yogesh Chandra Sharma
A low cost and high purity calcium oxide (CaO) was prepared from waste crab shells which were extracted from the dead crabs, used as efficient solid base catalyst in the synthesis of biodiesel. Raw fish oil was extracted from the waste parts of fish through mechanical expeller followed by solvent extraction. Physical as well as chemical properties of raw fish oil were studied and FFA's composition was analysed with GC-MS. Stable and high purity calcium oxide (CaO) was obtained when the material was calcined at 800 °C for 4 h...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230927/crispr-cas9-technologies
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Bart O Williams, Matthew L Warman
The Clustered Regularly Interspaced Palindromic Repeats (CRISPR)/CRISPR-associated protein (Cas) pathway is revolutionizing biological research. Modifications to this primitive prokaryotic immune system now enable scientists to efficiently edit DNA or modulate gene expression in living eukaryotic cells and organisms. Thus, many laboratories can now perform important experiments that previously were considered scientifically risky or too costly. Here, we describe the components of the CRISPR/Cas system that have been engineered for use in eukaryotes...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230880/atomic-layer-deposited-ultrafine-mos2-nanocrystals-on-cobalt-foam-for-efficient-and-stable-electrochemical-oxygen-evolution
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Dehua Xiong, Qingqing Zhang, Wei Li, Junjie Li, Xiuli Fu, M F Cerqueira, Pedro Alpuim, Lifeng Liu
Ultrafine molybdenum sulfide (MoS2) nanocrystals are grown on a porous cobalt (Co) foam current collector by atomic layer deposition (ALD) using molybdenum hexacarbonyl and hydrogen sulfide as precursors. When used to catalyze the oxygen evolution reaction (OER), the optimal Co@MoS2 electrode, even with a MoS2 loading as small as 0.06 mg cm(-2), exhibits a large cathodic shift of ca. 200 mV in the onset potential (the potential at which the current density is 5 mA cm(-2)), a low overpotential of only 270 mV to attain an anodic current density of 10 mA cm(-2), much smaller charge transfer resistance and substantially improved long-term stability at both low and high current densities, with respect to the bare Co foam electrode, showing substantial promise for use as an efficient, low-cost and durable anode in water electrolyzers...
February 23, 2017: Nanoscale
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
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230153/unconventional-high-performance-laser-protection-system-based-on-dichroic-dye-doped-cholesteric-liquid-crystals
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Wanshu Zhang, Lanying Zhang, Xiao Liang, Le Zhou, Jiumei Xiao, Li Yu, Fasheng Li, Hui Cao, Kexuan Li, Zhou Yang, Huai Yang
High-performance and cost-effective laser protection system is of crucial importance for the rapid advance of lasers in military and civilian fields leading to severe damages of human eyes and sensitive optical devices. However, it is crucially hindered by the angle-dependent protective effect and the complex preparation process. Here we demonstrate that angle-independence, good processibility, wavelength tunability, high optical density and good visibility can be effectuated simultaneously, by embedding dichroic anthraquinone dyes in a cholesteric liquid crystal matrix...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229537/high-temperature-stable-perovskite-solar-cell-based-on-low-cost-carbon-nanotube-hole-contact
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Kerttu Aitola, Konrad Domanski, Juan-Pablo Correa-Baena, Kári Sveinbjörnsson, Michael Saliba, Antonio Abate, Michael Grätzel, Esko Kauppinen, Erik M J Johansson, Wolfgang Tress, Anders Hagfeldt, Gerrit Boschloo
Mixed ion perovskite solar cells (PSC) are manufactured with a metal-free hole contact based on press-transferred single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) film infiltrated with 2,2,7,-7-tetrakis(N,N-di-p-methoxyphenylamine)-9,90-spirobifluorene (Spiro-OMeTAD). By means of maximum power point tracking, their stabilities are compared with those of standard PSCs employing spin-coated Spiro-OMeTAD and a thermally evaporated Au back contact, under full 1 sun illumination, at 60 °C, and in a N2 atmosphere. During the 140 h experiment, the solar cells with the Au electrode experience a dramatic, irreversible efficiency loss, rendering them effectively nonoperational, whereas the SWCNT-contacted devices show only a small linear efficiency loss with an extrapolated lifetime of 580 h...
February 23, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229161/high-levels-of-latent-antithrombin-in-plasma-from-patients-with-antithrombin-deficiency
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María de la Morena-Barrio, Edna Sandoval, Pilar Llamas, Ewa Wypasek, Mara Toderici, José Navarro-Fernández, Agustín Rodríguez-Alen, Nuria Revilla, Raquel López-Gálvez, Antonia Miñano, José Padilla, Belén de la Morena-Barrio, Jorge Cuesta, Javier Corral, Vincente Vincente
Antithrombin is an anticoagulant serpin that efficiently inhibits multiple procoagulant proteases. The cost for the structural flexibility required for this function is the vulnerability to mutations that impact its folding pathway. Most conformational mutations identified in serpins cause polymerisation. Only three mutations in SERPINC1 affecting two residues have been found to favour transformation to the latent conformation of antithrombin, another hyperstable non-anticoagulant form with strong antiangiogenic activity that constitutes 3 % of plasma antithrombin in healthy subjects...
February 23, 2017: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229144/construction-of-leaf-like-cuo-cu2o-nanocomposites-on-copper-foam-for-high-performance-supercapacitors
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Dong He, Guanda Wang, Guolong Liu, Hui Suo, Chun Zhao
Leaf-like CuO-Cu2O nanosheets have been prepared on copper foam by a one-step simple anodization method, which can be used as an advanced binder-free supercapacitor electrode. The performance of the CuO-Cu2O/Cu foam electrode was optimized through controlling and restraining the current density and reaction time. The prepared electrode exhibits a very high specific capacitance (1.954 F cm(-2) at a scan rate of 2 mV s(-1)), excellent durability (120% retention after 5000 cycles), remarkable rate capability (91...
February 23, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228969/prevention-and-treatment-of-neonatal-nosocomial-infections
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REVIEW
Jayashree Ramasethu
Nosocomial or hospital acquired infections threaten the survival and neurodevelopmental outcomes of infants admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit, and increase cost of care. Premature infants are particularly vulnerable since they often undergo invasive procedures and are dependent on central catheters to deliver nutrition and on ventilators for respiratory support. Prevention of nosocomial infection is a critical patient safety imperative, and invariably requires a multidisciplinary approach. There are no short cuts...
2017: Maternal Health, Neonatology and Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228856/self-optimisation-and-model-based-design-of-experiments-for-developing-a-c-h-activation-flow-process
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Alexander Echtermeyer, Yehia Amar, Jacek Zakrzewski, Alexei Lapkin
A recently described C(sp(3))-H activation reaction to synthesise aziridines was used as a model reaction to demonstrate the methodology of developing a process model using model-based design of experiments (MBDoE) and self-optimisation approaches in flow. The two approaches are compared in terms of experimental efficiency. The self-optimisation approach required the least number of experiments to reach the specified objectives of cost and product yield, whereas the MBDoE approach enabled a rapid generation of a process model...
2017: Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228843/a-new-mechanism-for-efficient-hydrocarbon-electro-extraction-from-botryococcus-braunii
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Alexis Guionet, Bahareh Hosseini, Justin Teissié, Hidenori Akiyama, Hamid Hosseini
BACKGROUND: Recent understanding that specific algae have high hydrocarbon production potential has attracted considerable attention. Botryococcus braunii is a microalga with an extracellular hydrocarbon matrix, which makes it an appropriate green energy source. RESULTS: This study focuses on extracting oil from the microalgae matrix rather than the cells, eliminating the need for an excessive electric field to create electro-permeabilization. In such a way, technical limitations due to high extraction energy and cost can be overcome...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228363/efficient-synthesis-of-%C3%AE-fluoromethylhistidine-di-hydrochloride-and-demonstration-of-its-efficacy-as-a-glutathione-s-transferase-inhibitor
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Kelly L Considine, Lazaros Stefanidis, Karl G Grozinger, Joseph Audie, Benjamin J Alper
Histidine decarboxylase (HDC) is an enzyme that converts histidine to histamine. Inhibition of HDC has several medical applications, and HDC inhibitors are of considerable interest for the study of histidine metabolism. (S)-α-Fluoromethylhistidine di-hydrochloride (α-FMH) is a potent HDC inhibitor that is commercially available at high cost in small amounts only. Here we report a novel, inexpensive, and efficient method for synthesis of α-FMH using methyl 2-aziridinyl-3-(N-triphenylmethyl-4-imidazolyl) propionate and HF/pyridine, with experimental yield of 57%...
February 14, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228328/techno-economic-assessment-of-catalytic-gasification-of-biomass-powders-for-methanol-production
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Lara Carvalho, Erik Furusjö, Kawnish Kirtania, Elisabeth Wetterlund, Joakim Lundgren, Marie Anheden, Jens Wolf
This study evaluated the techno-economic performance and potential benefits of methanol production through catalytic gasification of forest residues and lignin. The results showed that while catalytic gasification enables increased cold gas efficiencies and methanol yields compared to non-catalytic gasification, the additional pre-treatment energy and loss of electricity production result in small or no system efficiency improvements. The resulting required methanol selling prices (90-130€/MWh) are comparable with production costs for other biofuels...
February 8, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227992/modeling-and-design-of-antennas-for-implantable-telemetry-applications
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Arun Venkatasubramanian, Brandon Gifford, Arun Venkatasubramanian, Brandon Gifford, Brandon Gifford, Arun Venkatasubramanian
Incorporating an RF communications link in an implanted medical device can increase its range of applicability and improve quality of life for the patient. Developments in support electronics decrease design risk, but the implanted antenna remains a critical component of a communications link that operates at very low received power. Transmitted power is limited both by regulatory restrictions and, for most implanted devices, by power source capacity. Dielectric losses and wave trapping in the body result in transmission losses much greater than seen in free space communications...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227933/classification-of-severity-of-mitral-regurgitation-patients-using-multifractal-analysis
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Rijil Thomas, Ling Lieng Hsi, Soh Cheong Boon, Erry Gunawan, Rijil Thomas, Ling Lieng Hsi, Soh Cheong Boon, Erry Gunawan, Soh Cheong Boon, Erry Gunawan, Ling Lieng Hsi
Owing to its efficiency and cost effectiveness, auscultation using a stethoscope is the primary diagnosis method preferred by most medical examiners for cardiovascular disease. Phonocardiography (PCG) is the next level of auscultation and an effective analysis technique in cardiology. This paper presents a method to quantify Mitral Regurgitation (MR) using PCG. MR is one of the most common cardiovascular diseases associated with a defect in mitral valve. We analyzed the multifractal nature of heart sounds with murmur followed by classification and clustering using Hurst exponents...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227593/an-rf-based-wearable-sensor-system-for-indoor-tracking-to-facilitate-efficient-healthcare-management
#18
Yuzhe Ouyang, Kai Shan, Francis Minhthang Bui, Yuzhe Ouyang, Kai Shan, Francis Minhthang Bui, Yuzhe Ouyang, Kai Shan, Francis Minhthang Bui
To understand the utilization of clinical resources and improve the efficiency of healthcare, it is often necessary to accurately locate patients and doctors in a healthcare facility. However, existing tracking methods, such as GPS, Wi-Fi and RFID, have technological drawbacks or impose significant costs, thus limiting their applications in many clinical environments, especially those with indoor enclosures. This paper proposes a low-cost and flexible tracking system that is well suited for operating in an indoor environment...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227491/enhancing-improved-heuristic-drift-elimination-for-step-and-heading-based-pedestrian-dead-reckoning-systems
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Luis E Diez, Alfonso Bahillo, Safaa Bataineh, Antonio D Masegosa, Asier Perallos, Luis E Diez, Alfonso Bahillo, Safaa Bataineh, Antonio D Masegosa, Asier Perallos, Luis E Diez, Safaa Bataineh, Asier Perallos, Antonio D Masegosa, Alfonso Bahillo
Location based services can improve the quality of patient care and increase the efficiency of the healthcare systems. Among the different technologies that provide indoor positioning, inertial sensors based pedestrian dead-reckoning (PDR) is one of the more cost-effective solutions, but its performance is limited by drift problems. Regarding the heading drift, some heuristics make use of the building's dominant directions in order to reduce this problem. In this paper, we enhance the method known as improved heuristic drift elimination (iHDE) to be implemented in a Step-and-Heading (SHS) based PDR system, that allows to place the inertial sensors in almost any location of the user's body...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227433/microprinted-tumor-spheroids-enable-anti-cancer-drug-screening
#20
Pradip S Thakuri, Stephanie L Ham, Hossein Tavana, Pradip S Thakuri, Stephanie L Ham, Hossein Tavana, Stephanie L Ham, Hossein Tavana
Spheroids present a biologically relevant model of avascular tumors and a unique tool for discovery of anti-cancer drugs. Despite being used in research laboratories for several decades, spheroids are not routinely used for drug discovery primarily due to the difficulty of mass-producing uniformly-sized spheroids and intense labor involved in handling, drug treatment, and analyzing them. We overcome this barrier using a novel technology to robotically microprint spheroids in standard 384-well plates. An aqueous drop containing cancer cells is dispensed into a bath of a second, immiscible aqueous phase...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
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