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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432965/spatiotemporal-description-of-btex-volatile-organic-compounds-in-a-middle-eastern-megacity-tehran-study-of-exposure-prediction-for-environmental-health-research-tehran-sepehr
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Heresh Amini, Vahid Hosseini, Christian Schindler, Hossein Hassankhany, Masud Yunesian, Sarah B Henderson, Nino Künzli
The spatiotemporal variability of ambient volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in Tehran, Iran, is not well understood. Here we present the design, methods, and results of the Tehran Study of Exposure Prediction for Environmental Health Research (Tehran SEPEHR) on ambient concentrations of benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, p-xylene, m-xylene, o-xylene (BTEX), and total BTEX. To date, this is the largest study of its kind in a low- and middle-income country and one of the largest globally. We measured BTEX concentrations at five reference sites and 174 distributed sites identified by a cluster analytic method...
April 19, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432857/on-the-importance-of-intramolecular-hydrogen-bond-cooperativity-in-d-glucose-an-nmr-and-qtaim-approach
#2
John S Lomas, Laurent Joubert
The idea that hydrogen bond cooperativity is responsible for the structure and reactivity of carbohydrates is examined. Density functional theory and gauge-including atomic orbital calculations on the known conformers of the α and β anomers of D-glucopyranose in the gas phase are used to compute proton NMR chemical shifts and interatomic distances, which are taken as criteria for probing intramolecular interactions. Atom-atom interaction energies are calculated by the interacting quantum atoms approach in the framework of the quantum theory of atoms in molecules...
April 22, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry: MRC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432841/comparison-of-pneumatic-tube-system-with-manual-transport-for-routine-chemistry-hematology-coagulation-and-blood-gas-tests
#3
Alex Pupek, Beverly Matthewson, Erin Whitman, Rachel Fullarton, Yu Chen
BACKGROUND: The pneumatic tube system (PTS) is commonly used in modern clinical laboratories to provide quick specimen delivery. However, its impact on sample integrity and laboratory testing results are still debatable. In addition, each PTS installation and configuration is unique to its institution. We sought to validate our Swisslog PTS by comparing routine chemistry, hematology, coagulation and blood gas test results and sample integrity indices between duplicate samples transported either manually or by PTS...
April 22, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432768/the-fate-of-recently-fixed-carbon-after-drought-release-towards-unravelling-c-storage-regulation-in-tilia-platyphyllos-and-pinus-sylvestris
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Lucía Galiano Pérez, Galina Timofeeva, Matthias Saurer, Rolf Siegwolf, Jordi Martínez-Vilalta, Robert Hommel, Arthur Gessler
Carbon reserves are important for maintaining tree function during and after stress. Increasing tree mortality driven by drought globally has renewed the interest in how plants regulate allocation of recently fixed C to reserve formation. Three year-old seedlings of two species (Tilia platyphyllos, Pinus sylvestris) were exposed to two intensities of experimental drought during ~ 10 weeks and (13) C pulse labelling was subsequently applied with rewetting. Tracking the (13) C-label across different organs and C compounds (soluble sugars, starch, myo-inositol, lipids and cellulose), together with the monitoring of gas exchange and C mass balances over time, allowed for the identification of variations in C allocation priorities and tree C balances that are associated to drought effects and subsequent drought release...
April 22, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432708/in-vitro-production-of-porcine-zygotes-using-intracytoplasmic-injection-of-vitrified-sperm
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C C Arraztoa, C Baca Castex, G M Alvarez, P D Cetica, D M Neild
The objectives of this study were to evaluate if vitrified porcine spermatozoa are able to maintain their capacity to produce zygotes in vitro using intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) and to evaluate the zygote development in two in vitro atmospheric conditions: 5% CO2 and tri-gas. A group of porcine oocytes maturated in vitro were injected with vitrified-warmed sperm (treatment group) and another group, with sperm diluted and conserved at 17°C (control group). To evidence parthenogenetic activation, some oocytes were submitted to a Sham test...
April 21, 2017: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432702/tunable-porous-coordination-polymers-for-the-capture-recovery-and-storage-of-inhalation-anesthetics
#6
Brendan Francis Abrahams, David Dharma, Paul Stephen Donnelly, Timothy Adam Hudson, Cameron J Kepert, Richard Robson, Peter D Southon, Keith Forrest White
The uptake of inhalation anesthetics by three topologically identical frameworks is described. The 3D network materials, which possess square channels of different dimensions, are formed from the relatively simple combination of Zn(II) centres and dianionic ligands that contain a phenolate and a carboxylate group at opposite ends. All three framework materials are able to adsorb N2O, Xe and isoflurane. Whilst the framework with the widest channels is able to adsorb large quantities of the various guests from the gas phase, the frameworks with the narrower channels have superior binding enthalpies and exhibit higher levels of retention...
April 22, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432655/direct-analysis-of-organic-compounds-in-liquid-using-a-miniature-photoionization-ion-trap-mass-spectrometer-with-pulsed-carrier-gas-capillary-inlet
#7
Xinqiong Lu, Quan Yu, Qian Zhang, Kai Ni, Xiang Qian, Fei Tang, Xiaohao Wang
A miniature ion trap mass spectrometer with capillary direct sampling and vacuum ultraviolet photoionization source was developed to conduct trace analysis of organic compounds in liquids. Self-aspiration sampling is available where the samples are drawn into the vacuum chamber through a capillary with an extremely low flow rate (less than 1 μL/min), which minimizes sample consumption in each analysis to tens of micrograms. A pulsed gas-assisted inlet was designed and optimized to promote sample transmission in the tube and facilitate the cooling of ions, thereby improving instrument sensitivity...
April 21, 2017: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432654/laser-desorption-ionization-mass-spectrometric-imaging-of-endogenous-lipids-from-rat-brain-tissue-implanted-with-silver-nanoparticles
#8
Ludovic Muller, Kathrine Baldwin, Damon C Barbacci, Shelley N Jackson, Aurélie Roux, Carey D Balaban, Bruce E Brinson, Michael I McCully, Ernest K Lewis, J Albert Schultz, Amina S Woods
Mass spectrometry imaging (MSI) of tissue implanted with silver nanoparticulate (AgNP) matrix generates reproducible imaging of lipids in rodent models of disease and injury. Gas-phase production and acceleration of size-selected 8 nm AgNP is followed by controlled ion beam rastering and soft landing implantation of 500 eV AgNP into tissue. Focused 337 nm laser desorption produces high quality images for most lipid classes in rat brain tissue (in positive mode: galactoceramides, diacylglycerols, ceramides, phosphatidylcholines, cholesteryl ester, and cholesterol, and in negative ion mode: phosphatidylethanolamides, sulfatides, phosphatidylinositol, and sphingomyelins)...
April 21, 2017: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432626/temporal-trends-of-lipophilic-persistent-organic-pollutants-in-serum-from-danish-nulliparous-pregnant-women-2011-2013
#9
Christian Bjerregaard-Olesen, Manhai Long, Mandana Ghisari, Bodil H Bech, Ellen A Nohr, Niels Uldbjerg, Tine B Henriksen, Jørn Olsen, Eva C Bonefeld-Jørgensen
The use of the lipophilic persistent organic pollutants (POPs) including polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and several organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) has been prohibited for more than 30 years. In this study, we present the temporal trends of the lipophilic POP serum concentrations in Danish nulliparous pregnant women between 2011 and 2013. We randomly selected 197 pregnant women (gestational age 11-13) from the Aarhus Birth Cohort. The concentrations of the lipophilic POPs in the serum samples were analyzed using gas chromatography...
April 21, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432500/walking-over-4-gya-chemical-evolution-from-photochemistry-to-mineral-and-organic-chemistries-leading-to-an-rna-world
#10
REVIEW
Kunio Kawamura, Marie-Christine Maurel
Here we overview the chemical evolution of RNA molecules from inorganic material through mineral-mediated RNA formation compatible with the plausible early Earth environments. Pathways from the gas-phase reaction to the formation of nucleotides, activation and oligomerization of nucleotides, seem to be compatible with specific environments. However, how these steps interacted is not clear since the chemical conditions are frequently different and can be incompatible between them; thus the products would have migrated from one place to another, suitable for further chemical evolution...
April 21, 2017: Origins of Life and Evolution of the Biosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432354/structural-and-functional-analysis-of-lysozyme-after-treatment-with-dielectric-barrier-discharge-plasma-and-atmospheric-pressure-plasma-jet
#11
Sooho Choi, Pankaj Attri, Inhwan Lee, Jeongmin Oh, Ji-Hye Yun, Ji Hoon Park, Eun Ha Choi, Weontae Lee
The variation in the biological function of proteins plays an important role in plasma medicine and sterilization. Several non-thermal plasma sources with different feeding gases are used worldwide for plasma treatment, including dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) and atmospheric-pressure plasma jet (APPJ) as the most commonly used sources. Therefore, in the present work, we used both DBD and APPJ plasma sources with N2 and air as feeding gases to evaluate the effects on the structural, thermodynamic, and activity changes of enzymes...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432267/assessment-of-lung-function-in-a-large-cohort-of-patients-with-acromegaly
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Sylvere Störmann, Bodo Gutt, Josefine Roemmler-Zehrer, Martin Bidlingmaier, Rudolf Maria Huber, Jochen Schopohl, Matthias Angstwurm
OBJECTIVE: Acromegaly is associated with increased mortality due to respiratory disease. To date, lung function in patients with acromegaly has only been assessed in small studies, with contradicting results. We assessed lung function parameters in a large cohort of patients with acromegaly. DESIGN: Lung function of acromegaly patients was prospectively assessed using spirometry, blood gas analysis and body plethysmography. Biochemical indicators of acromegaly were assessed through measurement of growth hormone and IGF-I levels...
April 21, 2017: European Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432257/excess-diffuse-light-absorption-in-upper-mesophyll-limits-co2-drawdown-and-depresses-photosynthesis
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Jeffrey Mason Earles, Guillaume Théroux-Rancourt, Matthew E Gilbert, Andrew J McElrone, Craig Brodersen
In agricultural and natural systems, diffuse light can enhance plant primary productivity due to deeper penetration into and greater illumination of the entire canopy. However, for individual sun-grown leaves from three species, photosynthesis is actually less efficient under diffuse compared to direct light. Despite its potential impact on canopy-level productivity, the mechanism for this leaf-level 'diffuse light photosynthetic depression' effect is unknown. Here we investigate if the spatial distribution of light absorption relative to electron transport capacity in sun- and shade-grown H...
April 21, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431688/thermal-desorption-gas-chromatographic-methodology-for-the-determination-of-residual-solvents-in-mesoporous-silica
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Adissu Alemayehu Asfaw, Kris Wolfs, Ann Van Schepdael, Erwin Adams
In this work, thermal desorption-gas chromatography-flame ionization detection (TD-GC-FID) was adapted to enable the determination of residual solvents (RS) in mesoporous silica (MPSi). MPSi is often utilized in various pharmaceutical formulations or drug delivery systems and the accurate determination of RS is an important part of pharmaceutical quality control. Seven commonly used solvents (methanol, ethanol, acetone, isopropanol, dichloromethane, tetrahydrofuran and hexafluoroisopropanol) were evaluated in combination with 3 types of MPSi having pore sizes of 2-3, 15 and 25nm...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431395/correlation-of-genomic-alterations-assessed-by-next-generation-sequencing-ngs-of-tumor-tissue-dna-and-circulating-tumor-dna-ctdna-in-metastatic-renal-cell-carcinoma-mrcc-potential-clinical-implications
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Andrew W Hahn, David M Gill, Benjamin Maughan, Archana Agarwal, Lubina Arjyal, Sumati Gupta, Jessica Streeter, Erin Bailey, Sumanta K Pal, Neeraj Agarwal
INTRODUCTION: Tumor tissue and circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) next-generation sequencing (NGS) testing are frequently performed to detect genomic alterations (GAs) to help guide treatment in metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC), especially after progression on standard systemic therapy. Our objective was to assess if GAs detected by ctDNA NGS are different from those detected by tumor tissue NGS, specifically in patients with mRCC, and if these platforms are interchangeable or complimentary...
April 4, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431375/radioactivity-in-wastes-generated-from-shale-gas-exploration-and-production-north-eastern-poland
#16
Paweł Jodłowski, Jan Macuda, Jakub Nowak, Chau Nguyen Dinh
In the present study, the K-40, U-238, Ra-226, Pb-210, Ra-228 and Th-228 activity concentrations were measured in 64 samples of wastes generated from shale gas exploration in North-Eastern Poland. The measured samples consist of drill cuttings, solid phase of waste drilling muds, fracking fluids, return fracking fluids and waste proppants. The measured activity concentrations in solid samples vary in a wide range from 116 to around 1100 Bq/kg for K-40, from 14 to 393 Bq/kg for U-238, from 15 to 415 Bq/kg for Ra-226, from 12 to 391 Bq/kg for Pb-210, from a few Bq/kg to 516 Bq/kg for Ra-228 and from a few Bq/kg to 515 Bq/kg for Th-228...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431358/molecular-ecological-perspective-of-methanogenic-archaeal-community-in-rice-agroecosystem
#17
REVIEW
Singh Alpana, P Vishwakarma, T K Adhya, K Inubushi, S K Dubey
Methane leads to global warming owing to its warming potential higher than carbon dioxide (CO2). Rice fields represent the major source of methane (CH4) emission as the recent estimates range from 34 to 112 Tg CH4 per year. Biogenic methane is produced by anaerobic methanogenic archaea. Advances in high-throughput sequencing technologies and isolation methodologies enabled investigators to decipher methanogens to be unexpectedly diverse in phylogeny and ecology. Exploring the link between biogeochemical methane cycling and methanogen community dynamics can, therefore, provide a more effective mechanistic understanding of CH4 emission from rice fields...
April 18, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431330/gas-forming-liposomes-prepared-using-a-liposomal-magnetoporation-method
#18
Jae Min Lee, Dong Sup Kwag, Yu Seok Youn, Eun Seong Lee
In this study, we report a gas-forming drug carrier engineered using the liposomal magnetoporation method. The liposomes that were magnetoporated under a magnetic shear stress possessed an opened lipid bilayer hole. A photosensitizing model drug (chlorin e6: Ce6) and 1H-1H-2H-perfluoro-1-hexene (PFH, as a volatile gas-forming agent) were efficiently loaded into the opened holes of the magnetoporated liposomes. PFH in the liposomes is vaporized at 50°C and can initiate liposome destabilization. The experimental results demonstrated that the liposomes were destabilized at 50°C efficiently released Ce6 and enhanced Ce6-mediated phototoxicity against KB tumor cells...
April 12, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431318/assessing-seasonal-variation-of-synthetic-musks-in-beach-sands-from-oporto-coastal-area-a-case-study
#19
Vera Homem, Inês Magalhães, Arminda Alves, Lúcia Santos
Synthetic musk compounds are widely used in the formulation of several cosmetics, personal care and household products. Due to their massive and widespread use, together with some health concerns, they are considered emerging pollutants and have been detected in different environmental compartments. This study focused on the evaluation of the concentration of synthetic musks (five nitro, five polycyclic and one macrocyclic musks) in beach sands, from Oporto coastal area (Portugal), contributing to the enhancement of the knowledge of levels, trends and behaviour of these compounds in this particular matrix...
April 18, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431184/congener-specific-disposition-of-chiral-polychlorinated-biphenyls-in-lactating-mice-and-their-offspring-implications-for-pcb-developmental-neurotoxicity
#20
Izabela Kania-Korwel, Tracy Lukasiewicz, Christopher D Barnhart, Marianna Stamou, Haeun Chung, Kevin M Kelly, Stelvio Bandiera, Pamela J Lein, Hans-Joachim Lehmler
Chiral polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) congeners have been implicated by laboratory and epidemiological studies in PCB developmental neurotoxicity. These congeners are metabolized by cytochrome P450 (P450) enzymes to potentially neurotoxic hydroxylated metabolites (OH-PCBs). The present study explores the enantioselective disposition and toxicity of two environmentally relevant, neurotoxic PCB congeners and their OH-PCB metabolites in lactating mice and their offspring following dietary exposure of the dam. Female C57BL/6N mice (8 weeks old) were fed daily, beginning two weeks prior to conception and continuing throughout gestation and lactation, with 3...
April 14, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
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