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Yanjun Liu, Yanting Liu, Hao Li, Xindi Fu, Hanwen Guo, Ruihong Meng, Wenjing Lu, Ming Zhao, Hongtao Wang
Aromatic compounds (ACs) emitted from landfills have attracted a lot of attention of the public due to their adverse impacts on the environment and human health. This study assessed the health risk impacts of the fugitive ACs emitted from the working face of a municipal solid waste (MSW) landfill in China. The emission data was acquired by long-term in-situ samplings using a modified wind tunnel system. The uncertainty of aromatic emissions is determined by means of statistics and the emission factors were thus developed...
October 19, 2016: Environment International
Lauren E Griffith, Edwin van den Heuvel, Parminder Raina, Isabel Fortier, Nazmul Sohel, Scott M Hofer, Hélène Payette, Christina Wolfson, Sylvie Belleville, Meghan Kenny, Dany Doiron
Standardization procedures are commonly used to combine phenotype data that were measured using different instruments, but there is little information on how the choice of standardization method influences pooled estimates and heterogeneity. Heterogeneity is of key importance in meta-analyses of observational studies because it affects the statistical models used and the decision of whether or not it is appropriate to calculate a pooled estimate of effect. Using 2-stage individual participant data analyses, we compared 2 common methods of standardization, T-scores and category-centered scores, to create combinable memory scores using cross-sectional data from 3 Canadian population-based studies (the Canadian Study on Health and Aging (1991-1992), the Canadian Community Health Survey on Healthy Aging (2008-2009), and the Quebec Longitudinal Study on Nutrition and Aging (2004-2005))...
October 21, 2016: American Journal of Epidemiology
Raghavendra Gowda, Arati Sharma, Gavin P Robertson
Melanoma is a highly drug resistant cancer. To circumvent this problem, a class of synergistically acting drug combinations, which inhibit multiple key pathways in melanoma cells, could be used as one approach for long-term treatment of this deadly disease. A screen has been undertaken on cell lines to identify those that could be combined to synergistically kill melanoma cells. Plumbagin and Celecoxib are two agents that were identified to synergistically kill melanoma cells by inhibiting the COX-2 and STAT3 pathways, which are constitutively activated in up to 70% of melanomas...
October 18, 2016: Cancer Letters
Yi Wang, Yao-Xin Lin, Sheng-Lin Qiao, Hong-Wei An, Yang Ma, Zeng-Ying Qiao, R P Yeshan J Rajapaksha, Hao Wang
Immunotherapy has shown a promising effect for a variety of cancers. However, the immune treatment efficiency of solid tumor is limited due to barely infiltration of immune cells in solid tumor. Researchers realized conversion of tumor supportive macrophages to tumor against ones was an effective method to induce the functional reverse of macrophage and contributed to the subsequent antitumor response. The current challenge in the field is that while making use of cytokines usually coupled with poor-distribution and systemic side effects...
October 4, 2016: Biomaterials
Alexandra C Sundermann, Troy D Abell, Lisa C Baker, Mark B Mengel, Kathryn E Reilly, Michael A Bonow, Gregory E Hoy, Richard D Clover
BACKGROUND: The specialization of human fat deposits is an inquiry of special importance in the study of fetal growth. It has been theorized that maternal lower-body fat is designated specifically for lactation and not for the growth of the fetus. OBJECTIVE: Our goal was to compare the contributions of maternal upper-body versus lower-body adiposity to infant birth weight. We hypothesized that upper-body adiposity would be strongly associated with infant birth weight and that lower-body adiposity would be weakly or negligibly associated with infant birth weight-after adjusting for known determinants...
September 21, 2016: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
C Garcia-Benitez, P Melgarejo, A De Cal
Brown rot caused by the fungi Monilinia laxa (Aderhold and Ruhland) Honey, M. fructicola (Winter) Honey, or M. fructigena (Aderhold and Ruhland) is a serious fungal disease of peaches. The fungal infection process begins when fungal conidia germinate on the fruit surface to produce germ tubes and/or appressoria, and the incidence of brown rot increases as fruit approaches maturity. The interaction between the fungal infection process, peach maturity, and the environmental conditions is not well understood. Accordingly, the objectives of this investigation were to investigate germ tube and appressorial formation by M...
September 23, 2016: International Journal of Food Microbiology
Loretta B Szczotka-Flynn, Sara Debanne, Beth Ann Benetz, Tawnya Wilson, Noel Brennan
PURPOSE: This study hypothesized that a traditional high-water contact lens of moderate oxygen transmissibility (Dk/t) is noninferior to common silicone hydrogel (SH) lenses worn for daily wear with respect to measures of hypoxic stress. METHODS: Thirty-six habitual contact lens wearers completed wear of three lens types worn in a randomized order: etafilcon A (ACUVUE 2, control), lotrafilcon B (Air Optix Aqua), and comfilcon A (Biofinity). Central corneal thickness (CT) and limbal hyperemia were measured >2 hr after waking and after 6 to 8 hr of wear on days 1 and 7...
October 20, 2016: Eye & Contact Lens
P Adamson, I Anghel, A Aurisano, G Barr, M Bishai, A Blake, G J Bock, D Bogert, S V Cao, T J Carroll, C M Castromonte, R Chen, S Childress, J A B Coelho, L Corwin, D Cronin-Hennessy, J K de Jong, S De Rijck, A V Devan, N E Devenish, M V Diwan, C O Escobar, J J Evans, E Falk, G J Feldman, W Flanagan, M V Frohne, M Gabrielyan, H R Gallagher, S Germani, R A Gomes, M C Goodman, P Gouffon, N Graf, R Gran, K Grzelak, A Habig, S R Hahn, J Hartnell, R Hatcher, A Holin, J Huang, J Hylen, G M Irwin, Z Isvan, C James, D Jensen, T Kafka, S M S Kasahara, G Koizumi, M Kordosky, A Kreymer, K Lang, J Ling, P J Litchfield, P Lucas, W A Mann, M L Marshak, N Mayer, C McGivern, M M Medeiros, R Mehdiyev, J R Meier, M D Messier, W H Miller, S R Mishra, S Moed Sher, C D Moore, L Mualem, J Musser, D Naples, J K Nelson, H B Newman, R J Nichol, J A Nowak, J O'Connor, M Orchanian, R B Pahlka, J Paley, R B Patterson, G Pawloski, A Perch, M M Pfützner, D D Phan, S Phan-Budd, R K Plunkett, N Poonthottathil, X Qiu, A Radovic, B Rebel, C Rosenfeld, H A Rubin, P Sail, M C Sanchez, J Schneps, A Schreckenberger, P Schreiner, R Sharma, A Sousa, N Tagg, R L Talaga, J Thomas, M A Thomson, X Tian, A Timmons, J Todd, S C Tognini, R Toner, D Torretta, G Tzanakos, J Urheim, P Vahle, B Viren, A Weber, R C Webb, C White, L Whitehead, L H Whitehead, S G Wojcicki, R Zwaska
We report results of a search for oscillations involving a light sterile neutrino over distances of 1.04 and 735 km in a ν_{μ}-dominated beam with a peak energy of 3 GeV. The data, from an exposure of 10.56×10^{20} protons on target, are analyzed using a phenomenological model with one sterile neutrino. We constrain the mixing parameters θ_{24} and Δm_{41}^{2} and set limits on parameters of the four-dimensional Pontecorvo-Maki-Nakagawa-Sakata matrix, |U_{μ4}|^{2} and |U_{τ4}|^{2}, under the assumption that mixing between ν_{e} and ν_{s} is negligible (|U_{e4}|^{2}=0)...
October 7, 2016: Physical Review Letters
Juan Luis Gómez-Amador, Luis Alberto Ortega-Porcayo, Isaac Jair Palacios-Ortíz, Alexander Perdomo-Pantoja, Felipe Eduardo Nares-López, Alfredo Vega-Alarcón
Brainstem cavernous malformations are challenging due to the critical anatomy and potential surgical risks. Anterolateral, lateral, and dorsal surgical approaches provide limited ventral exposure of the brainstem. The authors present a case of a midline ventral pontine cavernous malformation resected through an endoscopic endonasal transclival approach based on minimal brainstem transection, negligible cranial nerve manipulation, and a straightforward trajectory. Technical and reconstruction technique advances in endoscopic endonasal skull base surgery provide a direct, safe, and effective corridor to the brainstem...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery
Paola Ferrini, Camila A Rezende, Roberto Rinaldi
Catalytic upstream biorefining (CUB) encompasses processes for plant biomass deconstruction through the early-stage conversion of lignin by the action of a hydrogenation catalyst. CUB processes produce lignin as an extensively depolymerised product (i.e., a viscous lignin oil) and render highly delignified pulps. In this report, we examine CUB from the pulp perspective. Notably, Raney Ni plays an indirect role in the processes that occur within the lignocellulose matrix. As there are negligible points of contact between the poplar wood chips and Raney Ni, the catalyst action is limited to the species leached from the matrix into the liquor...
October 21, 2016: ChemSusChem
Qi Wie, Yudong Cao, Sabre Kais, Bretislav Friedrich, Dudley Herschbach
We investigate several aspects of realizing quantum computation using entangled polar molecules in pendular states. Quantum algorithms typically start from a product state |00⋯0⟩ and we show that up to a negligible error, the ground states of polar molecule arrays can be considered as the unentangled qubit basis state |00⋯0⟩ . This state can be prepared by simply allowing the system to reach thermal equilibrium at low temperature (<1 mK). We also evaluate entanglement, characterized by concurrence of pendular state qubits in dipole arrays as governed by the external electric field, dipole-dipole coupling and number N of molecules in the array...
October 21, 2016: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
Michael G Sommer, Yvonne Rechkemmer, Lisa Suntrup, Stephan Hohloch, Margarethe van der Meer, Joris van Slageren, Biprajit Sarkar
The azido ligand is widely used in coordination chemistry both as a ligand and as a metal-bound reactant. Its role as a bridge for magnetic exchange coupling has attracted a lot of attention in polynuclear metal complexes. However, only a very limited number of complexes are known in which a single azide anion, particularly in the μ1,1-mode, is the only unsupported connection between two metal centers. We present here a series of copper(ii)-azido complexes with amine anchored, triazole-based tripodal ligands containing varying substituents...
October 21, 2016: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Wei Lv, Asegun Henry
Thermal conductivity is important for almost all applications involving heat transfer. The theory and modeling of crystalline materials is in some sense a solved problem, where one can now calculate their thermal conductivity from first principles using expressions based on the phonon gas model (PGM). However, modeling of amorphous materials still has many open questions, because the PGM itself becomes questionable when one cannot rigorously define the phonon velocities. In this report, we used our recently developed Green-Kubo modal analysis (GKMA) method to study amorphous silicon dioxide (a-SiO2)...
October 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
Yanling Zhang, Aizhi Liu, Changyin Sun
For large quantities of spatial models, the multi-strategy selection under weak selection is the sum of two competition terms: the pairwise competition and the competition of multiple strategies with equal frequency. Two parameters σ1 and σ2 quantify the dependence of the multi-strategy selection on these two terms, respectively. Unlike previous studies, we here do not require large populations for calculating σ1 and σ2, and perform the first quantitative analysis of the effect of migration on them in group-structured populations of any finite sizes...
October 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
Astha Garg, Charles A Cartier, Kyle J M Bishop, Darrell Velegol
The zeta potential of a particle characterizes its motion in an electric field and is often thought to be negligible at high ionic strength (several moles per liter) due to thinning of the electrical double layer (EDL). Here, we describe zeta potential measurements on polystyrene latex (PSL) particles at monovalent salt concentrations up to saturation (~ 5 M NaCl) using electrophoresis in sinusoidal electric fields and high-speed video microscopy. Our measurements reveal that the zeta potential remains finite at even the highest concentrations...
October 21, 2016: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Hossein Derakhshankhah, Mohammad Javad Hajipour, Ebrahim Barzegari, Alireza Lotfabadi, Maryam Ferdousi, Ali Akbar Saboury, Eng-Poh Ng, Mohammad Raoufi, Hussein Awala, Svetlana Mintova, Rassoul Dinarvand, Morteza Mahmoudi
EMT-type zeolite nanoparticles (EMT NPs) with diameter smaller than 12 nm and uniform pore size of 7.3 Å have shown high selective affinity toward plasma protein (fibrinogen). Besides, the EMT NPs have demonstrated no adverse effect on blood coagulation hemostasis. Therefore, it was envisioned that the EMT NPs could inhibit possible β-Amyloid (Aβ)-fibrinogen interactions that result in the formation of structurally abnormal clots, which are resistant to lysis, in cerebral vessels of patients with Alzheimer disease (AD)...
October 21, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Abby Casey, Yang Han, Eliot Gann, Joshua P Green, Christopher R McNeill, Thomas D Anthopoulos, Martin Heeney
The synthesis of the novel donor-acceptor monomer 4,7-bis[(E)-2-(5-bromo-3-dodecylylthiophen-2-yl)ethenyl]-5,6-difluoro-2,1,3-benzothiadiazole (FBT-V2T2) is reported. Polymerization with 4,4'-ditetradecyl-5,5'-bistrimethylstannyl-2,2'-bithiophene afforded a highly crystalline polymer that aggregated strongly in solution. Polymer films were well ordered resulting in high performance field-effect transistors with low onset voltages, negligible hysteresis, high channel current on/off ratios and peak hole mobilities of up to 0...
October 21, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Judy P Hines, Aaron T Smith, Jose P Jacob, Gudrun S Lukat-Rodgers, Ian Barr, Kenton R Rodgers, Feng Guo, Judith N Burstyn
The RNA-binding heme protein DiGeorge critical region 8 (DGCR8) and its ribonuclease partner Drosha cleave primary transcripts of microRNA (pri-miRNA) as part of the canonical microRNA (miRNA) processing pathway. Previous studies show that bis-cysteine thiolate-coordinated Fe(III) DGCR8 supports pri-miRNA processing activity, while Fe(II) DGCR8 does not. In this study, we further characterized Fe(II) DGCR8 and tested whether CO or NO might bind and restore pri-miRNA processing activity to the reduced protein...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry: JBIC
Luca Ivan Ardolino, Marisa Meloni, Giuseppe Brugali, Emanuela Corsini, Corrado Lodovico Galli
BACKGROUND: Polybactum (Effik International, Brussels, Belgium) is a vaginal mucoadhesive product (medical device) designed to form a film that acts as a mechanical barrier with the aim of inhibiting colonization by specific pathogens. It contains polycarbophil, a bioadhesive agent, and lauryl glucoside (LG), a nonionic surfactant that reinforces the barrier effect through its tensioactive properties. OBJECTIVE: To assess the local safety profile, tolerability, and efficacy of Polybactum formulations...
2016: Current Therapeutic Research, Clinical and Experimental
Benjamin Roche, Virginie Rougeron, Lluis Quintana-Murci, François Renaud, Jessica Lee Abbate, Franck Prugnolle
Malarial infections have long been recognized as a driver of human evolution, as demonstrated by the influence of Plasmodium falciparum on sickle-cell anemia persistence. Duffy-negativity is another blood disorder thought to have been selected because it confers nearly complete resistance against Plasmodium vivax infection. Recent evidence suggests that the benefits of being Duffy-negative cannot be expected to play a strong selective pressure on humans, whereas its costs cannot be considered as negligible...
October 17, 2016: Trends in Parasitology
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