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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151188/dry-flue-gas-desulfurization-by-product-application-effects-on-plant-uptake-and-soil-storage-changes-in-a-managed-grassland
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Jason R Burgess-Conforti, Kristofor R Brye, David M Miller, Erik D Pollock, Lisa S Wood
Environmental regulations mandate that sulfur dioxide (SO2) be removed from the flue gases of coal-fired power plants, which results in the generation of flue gas desulfurization (FGD) by-products. These FGD by-products may be a viable soil amendment, but the large amounts of trace elements contained in FGD by-products are potentially concerning. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of land application of a high-Ca dry FGD (DFGD) by-product on trace elements in aboveground biomass and soil...
November 18, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151027/plasma-nitrate-and-incidence-of-cardiovascular-disease-and-all-cause-mortality-in-the-community-the-framingham-offspring-study
#2
Renke Maas, Vanessa Xanthakis, Thomas Göen, Johannes Müller, Edzard Schwedhelm, Rainer H Böger, Ramachandran Vasan
BACKGROUND: Nitrate is a dietary component as well as an endogenously formed metabolite and source of the signaling molecule nitric oxide. Harmful as well as beneficial effects of nitrate have been advocated. Data regarding the prognostic relevance of plasma nitrate are limited. The aim of this study was to evaluate the prospective association of plasma nitrate with cardiovascular disease (CVD) and all-cause mortality. METHODS AND RESULTS: We assayed plasma nitrate in 2855 Framingham Offspring Study participants (mean age 59 years, 54% women) by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry and evaluated its association with all-cause mortality and incident CVD...
November 18, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151004/differentiation-of-wood-derived-vanillin-from-synthetic-vanillin-in-distillates-using-gc-c-irms-for-%C3%AE-13-c-analysis
#3
Katryna A van Leeuwen, Paul D Prenzler, Danielle Ryan, Mauro Paolini, Federica Camin
RATIONALE: Typical storage in oak barrels release in distillates different degradation products such as vanillin, which play an important role in their flavour and aroma. The addition of vanillin, as well as other aroma compounds, of different origin is prohibited by European laws. As vanillin samples from different sources have different δ(13) C values, the δ(13) C value could be used to determine whether the vanillin is authentic (lignin-derived), or if it has been added from another source (e...
November 18, 2017: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry: RCM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150927/identification-of-proteins-drying-oils-waxes-and-resins-in-the-works-of-art-micro-samples-by-chromatographic-and-mass-spectrometric-techniques
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Bartłomiej Witkowski, Anna Duchnowicz, Monika Ganeczko, Agnieszka Laudy, Tomasz Gierczak, Magdalena Biesaga
Simplified method for simultaneous identification of proteins, drying oils, waxes and resins in the works-of-art samples was developed. Liquid chromatography with mass spectrometry and gas chromatography with mass spectrometry were used to identify natural materials most frequently encountered in historical paintings. Protein binders were extracted with ammonia and purified using miniaturized solid-phase microextraction (Omix tips) to efficiently suppress matrix interferences. Zwitterionic stationary phase was used for separation of sixteen underivatized amino acids analysis with hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography that were subsequently quantified with liquid chromatography with mass spectrometry...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Separation Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150896/stereospecific-control-of-peptide-gas-phase-ion-chemistry-with-cis-and-trans-cyclo-ornithine-residues
#5
Aleš Marek, Huong T H Nguyen, Břetislav Brož, František Tureček
We report non-chiral amino acid residues cis- and trans-1,4-diaminocyclohexane-1-carboxylic acid (cyclo-ornithine, cO) that exhibit unprecedented stereospecific control of backbone dissociations of singly charged peptide cations and hydrogen-rich cation radicals produced by electron-transfer dissociation (ETD). Upon collision-induced dissociation (CID) in the slow heating regime, peptide cations containing trans-cO residues undergo facile backbone cleavages of amide bonds C-terminal to trans-cO. In contrast, peptides with cis-cO residues undergo dissociations at several amide bonds along the peptide ion backbone...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Mass Spectrometry: JMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150895/rapid-and-green-determination-of-58-fragrance-allergens-in-plush-toys
#6
Zhijuan Wang, Qing Zhang, Haiyu Li, Qing Lv, Wan Wang, Hua Bai
This paper presents a simple, rapid, and green method based on a static headspace gas chromatography with mass spectrometry for determining 58 fragrance allergens in plush toys. This study is the first to meet the requirement for simultaneously determining 66 fragrances, except for eight natural extracts restricted by the European Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC. A minimal amount of sample (20 mg) and acetone solvent (20 μL) were placed in a headspace vial. A gas-solid equilibration of fragrances between the headspace and the sample was achieved within 10 min under the vapor atmosphere of acetone at 200°C, which allowed the fragrances in the sample to be measured by gas chromatography with mass spectrometry...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Separation Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150804/using-citrus-aurantifolia-essential-oil-for-the-potential-biocontrol-of-colocasia-esculenta-taro-leaf-blight-caused-by-phytophthora-colocasiae
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Séverin Nguemezi Tchameni, Staelle Njamou Mbiakeu, Modeste Lambert Sameza, Pierre Michel Dongmo Jazet, François Tchoumbougnang
The aim of this work was to evaluate the antimicrobial activities of leaves and epicarp of Citrus aurantifolia essential oil against Phytophthora colocasiae, the causative agent of taro leaf blight. Oils were extracted by hydrodistillation, and their chemical composition was determined by gas chromatography and gas chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry. Antimicrobial activities of oils were tested in vitro against mycelium growth and sporangium production. In situ tests were done on healthy taro leaves, and the necrosis symptoms were evaluated...
November 17, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150786/the-gas-has-the-last-laugh
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EDITORIAL
Azad Mashari, Marcin Wasowicz
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 17, 2017: Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia, Journal Canadien D'anesthésie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150782/nitrous-oxide-added-at-the-end-of-isoflurane-anesthesia-hastens-early-recovery-without-increasing-the-risk-for-postoperative-nausea-and-vomiting-a-randomized-clinical-trial
#9
Boris Mraovic, Tatjana Simurina, Tong J Gan
BACKGROUND: Nitrous oxide (N2O) has been reported to increase the risk of postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV) in a dose-dependent manner. We investigated the effect of adding N2O at the end of isoflurane inhalational anesthesia on the recovery and incidence of PONV. Our hypothesis was that N2O would reduce the time to early recovery without increasing the incidence of PONV. METHODS: After obtaining ethics committee approval and written informed consent, 100 women at American Society of Anesthesiologists physical status I-III and scheduled for laparoscopic-assisted vaginal hysterectomy were randomized into two groups (G) according to the carrier gas: GO2 (air in 30% oxygen) and GN2O (the same mixture until the last 30 min of surgery, when 70% N2O in 30% oxygen was used)...
November 17, 2017: Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia, Journal Canadien D'anesthésie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150512/a-genetic-system-for-the-thermophilic-acetogenic-bacterium-thermoanaerobacter-kivui
#10
Mirko Basen, Irina Geiger, Laura Henke, Volker Müller
Thermoanaerobacter kivui is one of the very few thermophilic acetogenic microorganisms. It grows optimally at 66°C on sugars but also lithotrophically with H2 + CO2 or with CO, producing acetate as major product. While a genome-derived model of acetogenesis has been developed, only few physiological or biochemical experiments towards the function of important enzymes in carbon and energy metabolism have been carried out. To address this issue, we developed a method for targeted, markerless gene deletions and for integration of genes into the genome of T...
November 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150508/community-composition-and-ultrastructure-of-a-nitrate-dependent-anaerobic-methane-oxidizing-enrichment-culture
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Lavinia Gambelli, Simon Guerrero-Cruz, Rob J Mesman, Geert Cremers, Mike S M Jetten, Huub J M Op den Camp, Boran Kartal, Claudia Lueke, Laura van Niftrik
Methane is a very potent greenhouse gas and can be oxidized aerobically or anaerobically through microbial-mediated processes, thus decreasing methane emissions to the atmosphere. Using a complementary array of methods including phylogenetic analysis, physiological experiments, and light and electron microscopy techniques (including electron tomography), we investigated the community composition and ultrastructure of a continuous bioreactor enrichment culture, in which anaerobic methane oxidation (AOM) was coupled to nitrate reduction...
November 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150502/hyperthermophilic-carbamate-kinase-stability-and-anabolic-in-vitro-activity-at-alkaline-ph
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James E Hennessy, Melissa J Latter, Somayeh Fazelinejad, Amy Philbrook, Daniel M Bartkus, Hye-Kyung Kim, Hideki Onagi, John G Oakeshott, Colin Scott, Apostolos Alissandratos, Christopher J Easton
Carbamate kinases catalyze the conversion of carbamate to carbamoyl phosphate, which is readily transformed into other compounds. Carbamate forms spontaneously from ammonia and carbon dioxide in aqueous solutions, so the kinases have potential for sequestrative utilization of the latter compounds. Here, we compare seven carbamate kinases from mesophilic, thermophilic and hyperthermophilic sources. In addition to the known enzymes from Enterococcus faecalis and Pyrococcus furiosus, the previously unreported enzymes from the hyperthermophiles Thermococcus sibiricus and Thermococcus barophilus, the thermophiles Fervidobacterium nodosum and Thermosipho melanesiensis, and the mesophile Clostridium tetani, were all expressed recombinantly, each in high yield...
November 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150430/interferon-%C3%A1%C2%B5-2-signaling-in-melanocytes-and-melanoma-cells-regulates-expression-of-ctla-4
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Xuan Mo, Hanghang Zhang, Sarah Preston, Kayla Martin, Bo Zhou, Nish Vadalia, Ana M Gamero, Jonathan Soboloff, Italo Tempera, M Raza Zaidi
CTLA-4 is a cell surface receptor on T cells that functions as an immune checkpoint molecule to enforce tolerance to cognate antigens. Anti-CTLA-4 immunotherapy is highly effective at reactivating T cell responses against melanoma, which is postulated to be due to targeting CTLA-4 on T cells. Here we report that CTLA-4 is also highly expressed by most human melanoma cell lines, as well as in normal human melanocytes. Interferon-gamma (IFNG) signaling activated the expression of the human CTLA-4 gene in a melanocyte and melanoma cell-specific manner...
November 17, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150372/duration-of-group-a-streptococcus-pcr-positivity-following-antibiotic-treatment-of-pharyngitis
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Jason H Homme, Corryn S Greenwood, Lisa B Cronk, Lisa M Nyre, James R Uhl, Amy L Weaver, Robin Patel
BACKGROUND: Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) has high sensitivity and specificity for detection of group A streptococcus (GAS) in throat swabs and is routinely used for GAS pharyngitis diagnosis at our institution. Herein we defined the natural history of throat swab GAS PCR and culture positivity during and following treatment of GAS pharyngitis. METHODS: Fifty children with a PCR positive GAS throat swab were recruited for participation. Four additional throat swabs were collected over 2 weeks following the initial positive PCR result (during and following a standard course of antibiotic therapy) and tested for GAS using rapid real-time PCR and culture...
October 12, 2017: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150259/reduction-of-co2-emission-by-incam-model-in-malaysia-biomass-power-plants-during-the-year-2016
#15
Nor Aishah Saidina Amin, Amin Talebian-Kiakalaieh
As the world's second largest palm oil producer and exporter, Malaysia could capitalize on its oil palm biomass waste for power generation. The emission factors from this renewable energy source are far lower than that of fossil fuels. This study applies an integrated carbon accounting and mitigation (INCAM) model to calculate the amount of CO2 emissions from two biomass thermal power plants. The CO2 emissions released from biomass plants utilizing empty fruit bunch (EFB) and palm oil mill effluent (POME), as alternative fuels for powering steam and gas turbines, were determined using the INCAM model...
November 15, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150064/metal-organic-frameworks-as-stationary-phase-for-application-in-chromatographic-separation
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REVIEW
Juan Zhang, Zilin Chen
Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) as a subclass of coordination polymers, have attracted wide interest in various field. Herein, we focus on its application in chromatographic separation due to its excellent physical and chemical properties such as large surface area, high porosity, uniform pore sizes and structural diversity. In 2014, a review was published to summarize the most significant advances in MOFs, and their applications in separation science. The present review was an extensive update on applications of MOFs in chromatographic separation from 2014 to the present such as high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), capillary electrochromatography (CEC), nano-liquid chromatography (nano-LC), and gas chromatography (GC)...
October 27, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150050/cytogenetic-changes-in-the-bhopal-population-exposed-to-methyl-isocyanate-mic-in-1984-then-and-30-years-later
#17
Bani Bandana Ganguly, Shouvik Mandal
Following the 1984 Bhopal methyl isocyanate (MIC) gas disaster, genetic alterations were sporadically reported on small cohorts. However, the outcome of the multi-center cytogenetic screening conducted at that time remains unknown and no follow-up studies on the long-term effects of MIC exposure have been published. The present work examines genetic changes in the exposed population,with the aim of identifying any long-term effects of MIC. G-Banded metaphases were studied in lymphocytes of 130 individuals. Chromosomal aberrations (CA) were broadly grouped as abnormal cells (Abc), aberrations (Abn), and aberration/abnormal cell (Abn/Abc)...
December 2017: Mutation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149779/increased-genes-expression-levels-of-cytokines-related-to-th17-treg-cells-in-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cell-correlate-with-clinical-severity-in-copd-and-mustard-gas-exposed-patients
#18
Parisa Farahani, Raheleh Halabian, Ensieh Vahedi, Jafar Salimian
The long lasting inflammation and immune dysregulation is one of the main mechanisms involved in lung complication of veterans exposed to sulfur mustard (SM) gas. Th17/Treg cells have an important role in immunopathogenesis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and mustard lung disease. In this study, expression of cytokines genes levels related to Th17/Treg cells was determined in peripheral blood mononuclear (PBMC) of mustard lung patients and was compared with COPD patients and healthy controls (HC)...
October 2017: Iranian Journal of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149752/hazard-assessment-of-hydraulic-fracturing-chemicals-using-an-indexing-method
#19
Guangji Hu, Tianyi Liu, James Hager, Kasun Hewage, Rehan Sadiq
The rapid expansion of unconventional natural gas production has triggered considerable public concerns, particularly regarding environmental and human health (EHH) risks posed by various chemical additives used in hydraulic fracturing (HF) operations. There is a need to assess the potential EHH hazards of additives used in real-world HF operations. In this study, HF additive and fracturing fluid data was acquired, and EHH hazards were assessed using an indexing approach. The indexing system analyzed chemical toxicological data of different ingredients contained within additives and produced an aggregated EHH safety index for each additive, along with an indicator describing the completeness of the chemical toxicological data...
November 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149750/friends-or-foes-monetized-life-cycle-assessment-and-cost-benefit-analysis-of-the-site-remediation-of-a-former-gas-plant
#20
Lies Huysegoms, Sandra Rousseau, Valérie Cappuyns
Site contamination is a global concern because of the potential risks for human health and ecosystem quality. Every contaminated site has its own specific characteristics and the increased availability and efficiency of remediation techniques makes the choice of remediation alternative increasingly complicated. In this paper an attributional Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of the secondary environmental impacts of a site remediation is performed and its results are monetized using two different monetization techniques, namely Stepwise 2006 and Ecovalue 08...
November 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
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