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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161516/influence-of-grafted-block-copolymer-structure-on-thermoresponsiveness-of-superparamagnetic-core-shell-nanoparticles
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Steffen Kurzhals, Martina Schroffenegger, Noga Gal, Ronald Zirbs, Erik Reimhult
The morphology and topology of thermoresponsive polymers have strong impact on their responsive properties. Grafting onto spherical particles has been shown to reduce responsiveness and transition temperatures; grafting of block copolymers has shown that switchable or retained wettability of a surface or particle during desolvation of one block can take place. Here, doubly thermoresponsive block copolymers were grafted onto spherical, monodisperse and superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles to investigate the effect of thermal desolvation on spherical brushes of block copolymers...
November 21, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161467/continuous-flow-synthesis-of-supported-magnetic-iron-oxide-nanoparticles-for-efficient-isoeugenol-conversion-to-vanillin
#2
María Dolores Marquez, Pepijn Prinsen, Hangkong Li, Kaimin Shih, Antiono Ángel Romero Reyes, Rafael Luque
This work presents the synthesis of iron oxide nanocatalysts supported on mesoporous Al-SBA-15 using a continuous flow set-up. The magnetic solid nanoparticles were tested as catalysts for the oxidative disruption of isoeugenol using hydrogen peroxide as the oxidant, showing all high activity (63-88 % conversion) and fare selectivity to vanillin (44-68 %). The nanoparticles exhibited good magnetic properties, whensynthesized at continuous flow temperatures not exceeding 190 °C, which is important to enable their efficient separation from reaction mixtures...
November 21, 2017: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155855/iron-status-and-anaemia-in-sri-lankan-secondary-school-children-a-cross-sectional-survey
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Angela Allen, Stephen Allen, Rexan Rodrigo, Lakshman Perera, Wei Shao, Chao Li, Duolao Wang, Nancy Olivieri, David J Weatherall, Anuja Premawardhena
BACKGROUND: Iron deficiency, the most common micronutrient disorder and cause of anaemia globally, impairs growth, cognition, behaviour and resistance to infection. METHODS/RESULTS: As part of a national survey of inherited haemoglobin variants in 7526 students from 72 secondary schools purposefully selected from the 25 districts of Sri Lanka, we studied 5912 students with a normal haemoglobin genotype. Median age was 16.0 (IQR 15.0-17.0) years and 3189 (53.9%) students were males...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155624/functional-and-targeted-lymph-node-imaging-in-prostate-cancer-current-status-and-future-challenges
#4
Harriet C Thoeny, Sebastiano Barbieri, Johannes M Froehlich, Baris Turkbey, Peter L Choyke
Patients with prostate cancer who have regional lymph node (LN) metastases face an increased risk of death from disease and are therefore treated aggressively. Surgical LN dissection is the established method of staging regional nodes; however, this invasive technique carries substantial morbidities and a noninvasive imaging method is needed to reduce or eliminate the need for extended pelvic LN dissections (ePLND). Conventional computed tomography and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging have proven insensitive and nonspecific because both use nodal size criteria, which is notoriously inaccurate...
December 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155313/a-phase-ii-multicenter-single-arm-study-to-evaluate-the-safety-and-efficacy-of-deferasirox-after-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation-in-children-with-%C3%AE-thalassemia-major
#5
Mehmet Akif Yesilipek, Gulsun Karasu, Zuhre Kaya, Baris B Kuskonmaz, Vedat Uygun, Ilkiz Dag, Onur Ozudogru, Mehmet Ertem
We conducted a prospective, phase II, multicenter, single-arm study to evaluate the efficacy and safety of deferasirox in patients (aged >2 to <18 years) with β-thalassemia major (TM) who have undergone hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) and had evidence of iron overload (serum ferritin >1000 µg/L, cardiac MRI T2* <20 ms, or liver iron concentration [LIC; by MRI R2] ≥5 mg/g). Patients received deferasirox at an initial dose of 10 mg/kg/day, with up-titration to a maximum of 20 mg/kg/day...
November 16, 2017: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154140/mouthpart-deformities-in-chironomidae-diptera-as-bioindicators-of-heavy-metals-pollution-in-shiroro-lake-niger-state-nigeria
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Francis O Arimoro, Yohanna I Auta, Oghenekaro N Odume, Unique N Keke, Adamu Z Mohammed
In this study, mouthpart deformities in Chironomid larvae (Diptera) were investigated in relation to sediment contamination in the Shiroro Lake in Nigeria. Metals and chironomids were sampled monthly at three stations (A-C) between August 2013 and January 2014. Across the stations, zinc ranged (3.9-75mg/g), manganese (1.29-1.65mg/g), lead (0.00-0.10mg/g), iron (101-168mg/g) and copper (0.13-0.17mg/g). The metal ions did not differ significantly (P > 0.05) between the sampling stations. However, zinc and iron ions were significantly different between the sampling seasons (P < 0...
November 16, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154095/simultaneous-molybdate-mo-vi-recovery-and-hazardous-ions-immobilization-via-nanoscale-zerovalent-iron
#7
Dongxu Qian, Yiming Su, Yuxiong Huang, Huaqiang Chu, Xuefei Zhou, Yalei Zhang
Nanoscale zerovalent iron (nZVI) shows great promise in valuable metal recovery from wastewater due to its high removal capacity. However, nZVI-based processes mainly focus on the sequestration step, ignoring the desorption step, which is crucial for recovery. In this study, a novel method for simultaneous Mo(VI) recovery and hazardous metal ions immobilization by nZVI was developed and the reaction mechanism was further investigated. Results shown that removal capacity of nZVI was significantly influenced by surface charge and the number of active adsorption sites...
October 18, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154094/ultrasonic-enhanced-fenton-like-degradation-of-bisphenol-a-using-a-bio-synthesized-schwertmannite-catalyst
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Xiang Li, Yongkui Zhang, Yi Xie, Yu Zeng, Panyu Li, Tonghui Xie, Yabo Wang
Schwertmannite (Sch) was synthesized by Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans and used as Fenton-like catalyst for bisphenol A (BPA) degradation combining with ultrasonic technology (US). Physicochemical characterizations showed that the bio-synthesized Sch particles had a pompon-like morphology with high BET surface area of 92.92m(2)/g. The degradation reaction showed a two-stage pseudo-first-order kinetic process consisting of an induction period and a followed rapid degradation period. A synergistic effect existed between US and Sch on activating H2O2 and the synergy factor was calculated to be 2...
November 12, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154063/the-impact-of-silymarin-on-antioxidant-and-oxidative-status-in-patients-with-%C3%AE-thalassemia-major-a-crossover-randomized-controlled-trial
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Hadi Darvishi-Khezri, Ebrahim Salehifar, Mehrnoush Kosaryan, Hossein Karami, Abbas Alipour, Fatemeh Shaki, Aily Aliasgharian
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Blood transfusion therapy is lifesaving for individuals with β-thalassemia major (β-TM). Iron burden following blood transfusion is the main cause of oxidative stress (OS) and organ dysfunction in these patients. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of silymarin on serum antioxidant and oxidative status in patients with β-TM. METHODS: A crossover, randomized controlled trial was performed on 82 thalassemia patients. In two periods of 12 weeks, patients received 420mg silymarin (divided into three equal 140-mg daily doses) and placebo...
December 2017: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152226/an-overview-of-the-cutaneous-porphyrias
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REVIEW
Robert Dawe
This is an overview of the cutaneous porphyrias. It is a narrative review based on the published literature and my personal experience; it is not based on a formal systematic search of the literature. The cutaneous porphyrias are a diverse group of conditions due to inherited or acquired enzyme defects in the porphyrin-haem biosynthetic pathway. All the cutaneous porphyrias can have (either as a consequence of the porphyria or as part of the cause of the porphyria) involvement of other organs as well as the skin...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151538/iron-deficiency-anemia-due-to-the-long-term-use-of-a-proton-pump-inhibitor
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Ryosuke Imai, Takakazu Higuchi, Masaya Morimoto, Ryosuke Koyamada, Sadamu Okada
A 52-year-old man who had been taking omeprazole, a proton pump inhibitor (PPI), for 25 years developed iron deficiency anemia. An evaluation of the entire gastrointestinal tract did not reveal any possible causes of gastrointestinal blood loss. The cause of the iron deficiency was considered to be a reduction in gastrointestinal iron absorption in association with the reduced secretion of gastric acid due to PPI use. This case demonstrates that long-term PPI use for as long as 25 years may cause iron deficiency anemia and should be considered in the differential diagnosis of iron deficiency anemia in long-term PPI users...
November 20, 2017: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150709/simultaneous-detection-of-nadph-consumption-and-h2o2-production-using-the-ampliflu%C3%A2-red-assay-for-screening-of-p450-activities-and-uncoupling
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Lisa K Morlock, Dominique Böttcher, Uwe T Bornscheuer
Cytochrome P450s belong to a large and diverse group of heme-containing enzymes. These monooxygenases catalyze the incorporation of a single atom of molecular oxygen into their substrate. In contrast to most other enzymes, the activity of P450 enzymes is not only dependent on substrate and cofactor availability and reaction conditions, but also depends on the coupling efficiency of the catalytic cycle itself. Through the electron transfer from NAD(P)H to the heme-center of the P450, the enzyme becomes activated and binds oxygen...
November 17, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150559/a-program-for-iron-economy-during-deficiency-targets-specific-fe-proteins
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Laura J Hantzis, Gretchen E Kroh, Courtney E Jahn, Michael Cantrell, Graham Peers, Marinus Pilon, Karl Ravet
Iron (Fe) is an essential element for plants, utilized in nearly every cellular process. Because the adjustment of uptake under Fe limitation cannot satisfy all demands, plants need to acclimate their physiology and biochemistry, especially in their chloroplasts, which have a high demand for Fe. To investigate if a program exists for the utilization of Fe under deficiency, we analyzed how hydroponically grown Arabidopsis thaliana adjusts its physiology and Fe protein composition in vegetative photosynthetic tissue, during Fe deficiency...
November 17, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150517/multi-omics-reveal-the-lifestyle-of-the-acidophilic-mineral-oxidizing-model-species-leptospirillum-ferriphilum-t
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Stephan Christel, Malte Herold, Sören Bellenberg, Mohamed El Hajjami, Antoine Buetti-Dinh, Igor V Pivkin, Wolfgang Sand, Paul Wilmes, Ansgar Poetsch, Mark Dopson
Leptospirillum ferriphilum plays a major role in acidic, metal rich environments where it represents one of the most prevalent iron oxidizers. These milieus include acid rock and mine drainage as well as biomining operations. Despite its perceived importance, no complete genome sequence of this model species' type strain is available, limiting the possibilities to investigate the strategies and adaptations Leptospirillum ferriphilum(T) applies to survive and compete in its niche. This study presents a complete, circular genome of Leptospirillum ferriphilum(T) DSM 14647 obtained by PacBio SMRT long read sequencing for use as a high quality reference...
November 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149752/hazard-assessment-of-hydraulic-fracturing-chemicals-using-an-indexing-method
#15
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/29147463/acidic-polysaccharide-from-angelica-sinensis-reverses-anemia-of-chronic-disease-involving-the-suppression-of-inflammatory-hepcidin-and-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-activation
#16
Kaiping Wang, Jun Wu, Fang Cheng, Xiao Huang, Fang Zeng, Yu Zhang
Anemia of chronic disease (ACD) is the second most prevalent anemia and frequently occurs in patients with acute or chronic immune activation. In the current study, we evaluated the therapeutic efficacy of Angelica sinensis polysaccharide (ASP) against ACD in rats and the potential mechanisms involved. The results showed that ASP inhibited inflammatory hepcidin in both HepG2 cells and ACD rats by blocking the IL-6/STAT3 and BMP/SMAD pathways. In ACD rats, the administration of ASP increased ferroportin expression, mobilized iron from the liver and spleen, increased serum iron levels, caused an elevation of serum EPO, and effectively relieved the anemia...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145693/early-erythropoiesis-stimulating-agents-in-preterm-or-low-birth-weight-infants
#17
REVIEW
Arne Ohlsson, Sanjay M Aher
BACKGROUND: Preterm infants have low plasma levels of erythropoietin (EPO), providing a rationale for the use of erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs) to prevent or treat anaemia and to provide neuro protection and protection against necrotising enterocolitis (NEC). Darbepoetin (Darbe) and EPO are currently available ESAs. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effectiveness and safety of ESAs (erythropoietin (EPO) and/or Darbe) initiated early (before eight days after birth) compared with placebo or no intervention in reducing red blood cell (RBC) transfusions, adverse neurological outcomes, and feeding intolerance including necrotising enterocolitis (NEC) in preterm and/or low birth weight infants...
November 16, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144989/cysteine-dioxygenase-1-mediates-erastin-induced-ferroptosis-in-human-gastric-cancer-cells
#18
Shihui Hao, Jiang Yu, Wanming He, Qiong Huang, Yang Zhao, Bishan Liang, Shuyi Zhang, Zhaowei Wen, Shumin Dong, Jinjun Rao, Wangjun Liao, Min Shi
BACKGROUND: Ferroptosis is a recently discovered form of iron-dependent nonapoptotic cell death. It is characterized by loss of the activity of the lipid repair enzyme, glutathione peroxidase 4 (GPX4), and accumulation of lethal reactive lipid oxygen species. However, we still know relatively little about ferroptosis and its molecular mechanism in gastric cancer (GC) cells. Here, we demonstrate that erastin, a classic inducer of ferroptosis, induces this form of cell death in GC cells and that cysteine dioxygenase 1 (CDO1) plays an important role in this process...
November 13, 2017: Neoplasia: An International Journal for Oncology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144300/enhancing-dewaterability-of-waste-activated-sludge-by-combined-oxidative-conditioning-process-with-zero-valent-iron-and-peroxymonosulfate
#19
Xu Zhou, Wenbiao Jin, Hongyi Chen, Chuan Chen, Songfang Han, Renjie Tu, Wei Wei, Shu-Hong Gao, Guo-Jun Xie, Qilin Wang
The enhancement of sludge dewaterability is of great importance for facilitating the sludge disposal during the operation of wastewater treatment plants. In this study, a novel oxidative conditioning approach was applied to enhance the dewaterability of waste activated sludge by the combination of zero-valent iron (ZVI) and peroxymonosulfate (PMS). It was found that the dewaterability of sludge was significantly improved after the addition of ZVI (0-4 g/g TSS) (TSS: total suspended solids) and PMS (0-1 g/g TSS)...
November 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142820/excessive-by-product-formation-a-key-contributor-to-low-isobutanol-yields-of-engineered-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-strains
#20
N Milne, S A Wahl, A J A van Maris, J T Pronk, J M Daran
It is theoretically possible to engineer Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains in which isobutanol is the predominant catabolic product and high-yielding isobutanol-producing strains are already reported by industry. Conversely, isobutanol yields of engineered S. cerevisiae strains reported in the scientific literature typically remain far below 10% of the theoretical maximum. This study explores possible reasons for these suboptimal yields by a mass-balancing approach. A cytosolically located, cofactor-balanced isobutanol pathway, consisting of a mosaic of bacterial enzymes whose in vivo functionality was confirmed by complementation of null mutations in branched-chain amino acid metabolism, was expressed in S...
December 2016: Metabolic Engineering Communications
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