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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334649/determining-variables-that-influence-the-phosphorus-content-of-waste-stabilization-pond-algae
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Matthew D Sells, Nicola Brown, Andrew N Shilton
Waste stabilization ponds (WSP) are one of the most common forms of wastewater treatment for smaller communities globally, but have poor phosphorus removal. It is known that WSP algae can accumulate polyphosphate within their cells in excess of that needed for cell function. If polyphosphate accumulation could be triggered at the higher range of WSP cell concentrations, phosphorus removal from domestic wastewater could be significantly improved. However, this phenomenon is sporadic and still not fully understood...
January 8, 2018: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334512/association-between-alcohol-use-and-angina-symptoms-among-outpatients-from-the-veterans-health-administration
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Emily C Williams, Chris L Bryson, Haili Sun, David H Au, Katharine A Bradley
BACKGROUND: Alcohol use is associated with angina incidence, but associations between alcohol use and experience of angina among patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) have not been described. METHODS: Outpatients with CAD from 7 clinics in the Veterans Health Administration were surveyed; alcohol use was measured using the validated Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test-Consumption scores categorized into 6 groups: nondrinking, low-risk drinking, and mild, moderate, severe, and very severe unhealthy alcohol use...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Addiction Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334458/direct-electrochemical-vibrio-dna-sensing-adopting-highly-stable-graphene-flavin-mononucleotide-aqueous-dispersion-modified-interface
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Tao Yang, Huaiyin Chen, Zhiwei Qiu, Renzhong Yu, Shizhong Luo, Weihua Li, Kui Jiao
A bio-functionalized graphene nanohybrid was prepared by simultaneously sonicating graphene and riboflavin 5'-monophosphate sodium salt (FMNS). FMNS, as a bio-dispersant, shows an efficient stabilization for obtaining highly dispersed graphene nanosheets in an aqueous solution. Due to the superior dispersion of graphene and the excellent electrochemical redox activity of FMNS, a direct electrochemical DNA sensor was fabricated adopting the inherent electrochemical redox activity of Gr-FMNS. The comparison between using traditional electrochemical indicator ([Fe(CN)6]3-/4-) and using the self-signal of Gr-FMNS was fully conducted to study the DNA sensing performance...
January 15, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334148/self-powered-si-cds-flexible-photodetector-with-broadband-response-from-325-to-1550-nm-based-on-pyro-phototronic-effect-an-approach-for-photosensing-below-bandgap-energy
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Yejing Dai, Xingfu Wang, Wenbo Peng, Cheng Xu, Changsheng Wu, Kai Dong, Ruiyuan Liu, Zhong Lin Wang
Cadmium sulfide (CdS) has received widespread attention as the building block of optoelectronic devices due to its extraordinary optoelectronic properties, low work function, and excellent thermal and chemical stability. Here, a self-powered flexible photodetector (PD) based on p-Si/n-CdS nanowires heterostructure is fabricated. By introducing the pyro-phototronic effect derived from wurtzite structured CdS, the self-powered PD shows a broadband response range, even beyond the bandgap limitation, from UV (325 nm) to near infrared (1550 nm) under zero bias with fast response speed...
January 15, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334145/colloidal-cobalt-phosphide-nanocrystals-as-trifunctional-electrocatalysts-for-overall-water-splitting-powered-by-a-zinc-air-battery
#5
Hui Li, Qi Li, Peng Wen, Trey B Williams, Shiba Adhikari, Chaochao Dun, Chang Lu, Dominique Itanze, Lin Jiang, David L Carroll, George L Donati, Pamela M Lundin, Yejun Qiu, Scott M Geyer
Highly efficient and stable electrocatalysts, particularly those that are capable of multifunctionality in the same electrolyte, are in high demand for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER), oxygen evolution reaction (OER), and oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). In this work, highly monodisperse CoP and Co2 P nanocrystals (NCs) are synthesized using a robust solution-phase method. The highly exposed (211) crystal plane and abundant surface phosphide atoms make the CoP NCs efficient catalysts toward ORR and HER, while metal-rich Co2 P NCs show higher OER performance owing to easier formation of plentiful Co2 P@COOH heterojunctions...
January 15, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334125/determination-of-isoorientin-levels-in-rat-plasma-after-oral-administration-of-vaccinum-bracteatum-thunb-methanol-extract-by-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry
#6
Min-Ji Kim, Seung-Hwan Kwon, Choon-Gon Jang, Han-Joo Maeng
A simple, sensitive and rapid liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry method (LC-MS/MS) was developed and validated for the determination of plasma isoorientin levels in rats. After simple protein precipitation using methanol, chromatographic analysis was performed using a Synergi 4μ polar-RP 80A column (150 mm × 2.0 mm, 4 μm) under isocratic conditions and a mobile phase consisting of 0.1% formic acid in water and methanol (80:20, v/v) at a flow rate of 0.2 mL/min. In positive electrospray ionization mode, the protonated precursor and product ion transitions of isoorientin (m/z 449...
January 15, 2018: Biomedical Chromatography: BMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333855/carbon-and-binder-free-core-shell-nanowire-arrays-for-efficient-ethanol-electro-oxidation-in-alkaline-medium
#7
Fen Guo, Yiju Li, Baoan Fan, Yi Liu, Lilin Lu, Yang Lei
To achieve high electrochemical surface area (ECSA) and avoid carbon support and binder in the anode catalyst of direct ethanol fuel cell, herein, we design freestanding core-shell nickel@palladium-nickel nanowire arrays (Ni@Pd-Ni NAs) without carbon support and binder for high-efficiency ethanol electro-oxidation. Bare Ni nanowire arrays (Ni NAs) are first prepared using the facile template-assistantelectrodeposition method. Subsequently, the Ni@Pd-Ni NAs are formed using one-step solution-based alloying reaction...
January 15, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333323/alveolar-ridge-preservation-with-an-open-healing-approach-using-single-layer-or-double-layer-coverage-with-collagen-membranes
#8
Ho-Keun Choi, Hag-Yeon Cho, Sung-Jo Lee, In-Woo Cho, Hyun-Seung Shin, Ki-Tae Koo, Hyun-Chang Lim, Jung-Chul Park
Purpose: The aim of this prospective pilot study was to compare alveolar ridge preservation (ARP) procedures with open-healing approach using a single-layer and a double-layer coverage with collagen membranes using radiographic and clinical analyses. Methods: Eleven molars from 9 healthy patients requiring extraction of the maxillary or mandibular posterior teeth were included and allocated into 2 groups. After tooth extraction, deproteinized bovine bone mineral mixed with 10% collagen was grafted into the socket and covered either with a double-layer of resorbable non-cross-linked collagen membranes (DL group, n=6) or with a single-layer (SL group, n=5)...
December 2017: Journal of Periodontal & Implant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332823/a-combination-of-computational-experimental-study-on-metal-organic-frameworks-mil-53-al-as-sorbent-for-simultaneous-determination-of-estrogens-and-glucocorticoids-in-water-and-urine-samples-by-dispersive-micro-solid-phase-extraction-coupled-to-uplc-ms-ms
#9
Guihua Gao, Sijia Li, Shuo Li, Yudan Wang, Pan Zhao, Xiangyu Zhang, Xiaohong Hou
In this work, computational and experimental methods were used to study the adsorption of estrogens and glucocorticoids on metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). Computer-aided molecular simulation was applied to predict the adsorption of eight analytes on four MOFs (MIL-101(Cr), MIL-100(Fe), MIL-53(Al), and UiO-66(Zr)) by examining molecular interactions and calculating free binding energies. Subsequently, the four water-stable MOFs were synthesized and evaluated as adsorbents for the target hormones in aqueous solution...
April 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332577/the-potential-use-of-peptides-for-cancer-treatment
#10
Bahram Yavari, Reza Mahjub, Masoud Saidijam, Mojgan Raigani, Meysam Soleimani
Conventional chemotherapeutic drugs have significant limitations: For example, tumors may develop resistance to them, cancers may relapse after treatment, and the drugs may induce secondary malignancies in the treatment of metastatic cancer. There is still a great need for drugs that are able to destroy cancer cells selectively, that is, to effectively treat slow-growing and dormant cells without being affected by chemoresistance mechanisms. A growing number of studies indicate that peptides may be beneficial for drug discovery and development...
January 11, 2018: Current Protein & Peptide Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332433/slippage-of-tightrope-button-in-syndesmotic-fixation-of-weber-c-malleolar-fractures-a-case-series
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Mas'uud Ibnu Samsudin, Ming Quan Wayne Yap, Ang Wei Luong, Ernest Beng Kee Kwek
BACKGROUND: Tightrope fixation is an emerging technique for syndesmotic fixation with promising results. However, our case series highlights the slippage of Tightrope buttons as a complication of suture button syndesmotic fixation of Weber C malleolar fractures using limited contact dynamic compression (LCDCP) plates. METHODS: We report a series of cases from our database in which slippage of the Tightrope button through the LCDCP holes in Weber C malleolar fractures was noted...
January 1, 2018: Foot & Ankle International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332387/proteome-wide-characterization-of-phosphorylation-induced-conformational-changes-in-breast-cancer
#12
He Meng, Michael C Fitzgerald
Because of the close link between protein function and protein folding stability, knowledge about phosphorylation-induced protein folding stability changes can lead to a better understanding of the functional effects of protein phosphorylation. Here, the Stability of Proteins from Rates of OXidation (SPROX) and Limited Proteolysis (LiP) techniques are used to compare the conformational properties of proteins in two MCF-7 cell lysates, including one that was and one that was not dephosphorylated with alkaline phosphatase...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Proteome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331861/synthesis-of-colloidal-silver-nanoparticle-clusters-and-their-application-in-ascorbic-acid-detection-by-sers
#13
Jorge L Cholula-Díaz, Diana Lomelí-Marroquín, Bidhan Pramanick, Alfonso Nieto-Argüello, Luis A Cantú-Castillo, Hyundoo Hwang
Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) has an essential role in the human body mainly due to its antioxidant function. In this work, metallic silver nanoparticle (AgNP) colloids were used in SERS experiments to detect ascorbic acid in aqueous solution. The AgNPs were synthesized by a green method using potato starch as reducing and stabilizing agent, and water as the solvent. The optical properties of the yellowish as-synthesized silver colloids were characterized by UV-vis spectroscopy, in which besides a typical band at 410 nm related to the localized surface plasmon resonance of the silver nanoparticles, a shoulder band around 500 nm, due to silver nanoparticle cluster formation, is presented when relatively higher concentrations of starch are used in the synthesis...
December 29, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331859/development-of-a-method-to-determine-axitinib-lapatinib-and-afatinib-in-plasma-by-micellar-liquid-chromatography-and-validation-by-the-european-medicines-agency-guidelines
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Jaume Albiol-Chiva, Josep Esteve-Romero, Juan Peris-Vicente
A method based on micellar liquid chromatography to quantify the tyrosine kinase inhibitors axitinib, lapatinib and afatinib in plasma is reported. The sample pretreatment was a simple 1/5-dilution in a pure micellar solution, filtration and direct injection, without requiring extraction or purification steps. The three drugs were resolved from the matrix in 17min, using an aqueous solution of 0.07M sodium dodecyl sulfate - 6.0% 1-pentanol, buffered at pH7 with 0.01M phosphate salt as mobile phase, running under isocratic mode at 1mL/min through a C18 column...
January 2, 2018: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331825/a-novel-strategy-for-the-efficient-removal-of-toxic-cyanate-by-the-combinatorial-use-of-recombinant-enzymes-immobilized-on-aminosilane-modified-magnetic-nanoparticles
#15
Bibhuti Ranjan, Santhosh Pillai, Kugenthiren Permaul, Suren Singh
Cyanase detoxifies cyanate by transforming it to ammonia and carbon dioxide in a bicarbonate-dependent reaction, however, dependence on bicarbonate limits its utilization in large-scale applications. A novel strategy was therefore developed for overcoming this bottleneck by the combined application of cyanase (rTl-Cyn) and carbonic anhydrase (rTl-CA). The synergistic effect of rTl-Cyn and rTl-CA could reduce the dependence of bicarbonate by 80%, compared to using rTl-Cyn alone. Complete degradation of cyanate (4 mM) was achieved with buffered conditions and 85 ± 5% degradation with industrial wastewater sample, when 20 U of rTl-Cyn was applied...
December 29, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331607/solid-dispersions-to-enhance-the-delivery-of-a-potential-drug-candidate-lpsf-fz4-for-the-treatment-of-schistosomiasis
#16
Giovanna C R M Schver, Dajun D Sun, Salvana P M Costa, Keyla E R Silva, Jamerson F Oliveira, Larissa Araujo Rolim, Mônica Camelo Pessôa de Azevedo Albuquerque, André de Lima Aires, Maria do Carmo A Lima, Ivan R Pitta, Ping I Lee, Pedro J Rolim-Neto
Drug candidate LPSF/FZ4 with promising schistosomicidal properties in vitro was previously synthesized. However, LPSF/FZ4 has limited aqueous solubility (<1 μg/mL), leading to ineffective dissolution and, therefore, no meaningful in vivo comparative studies could be pursued. This study was aimed to develop a proper amorphous solid dispersion (SD) to enhance the solubility and dissolution rate of LPSF/FZ4 such that its biological activity could be investigated. To better understand its physiological behavior, the pKa of LPSF/FZ4, a monoprotic weak acid with NH group at the imidazolidine ring, was first determined to be 8...
January 10, 2018: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331487/curecuma-cationic-curcuminoids-with-improved-properties-and-enhanced-antimicrobial-photodynamic-activity
#17
Andreas Spaeth, Andre Graeler, Tim Maisch, Kristjan Plaetzer
The naturally occurring photosensitizer curcumin has excellent biocompatibility, but its antimicrobial photodynamic efficacy is limited by (i) weak adherence to Gram(-) cell walls, (ii) low (photo-)stability and (iii) limited solubility in water. In this study novel curcuminoids bearing cationic substituents were prepared by different synthetic routes. The derivatives exhibit excellent water solubility, improved photostability and low aggregation. All novel curcuminoids showed antibacterial photodynamic effects (>3 log10 reduction of CFU) against Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus upon blue light illumination...
October 21, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331427/water-soluble-mercury-ion-sensing-based-on-the-thymine-hg2-thymine-base-pair-using-retroreflective-janus-particle-as-an-optical-signaling-probe
#18
Hyeong Jin Chun, Saemi Kim, Yong Duk Han, Dong Woo Kim, Ka Ram Kim, Hyo-Sop Kim, Jae-Ho Kim, Hyun C Yoon
Herein, we report an optical sensing platform for mercury ions (Hg2+) in water based on the integration of Hg2+-mediated thymine-thymine (T-T) stabilization, a biotinylated stem-loop DNA probe, and a streptavidin-modified retroreflective Janus particle (SA-RJP). Two oligonucleotide probes, including a stem-loop DNA probe and an assistant DNA probe, were utilized. In the absence of Hg2+, the assistant DNA probe does not hybridize with the stem-loop probe due to their T-T mismatch, so the surface-immobilized stem-loop DNA probe remains a closed hairpin structure...
January 6, 2018: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331395/tyrosine-hydroxylase-as-a-sentinel-for-central-and-peripheral-tissue-responses-in-parkinson-s-progression-evidence-from-clinical-studies-and-neurotoxin-models
#19
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M E Johnson, M F Salvatore, S A Maiolo, L Bobrovskaya
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a common neurodegenerative disease worldwide. While the typical motor symptoms of PD are well known, the lesser known non-motor symptoms can also greatly impact the patient's quality of life. These symptoms often appear before motor impairment, therefore identifying biomarkers that may predict PD risk or pathology has been a major and challenging endeavour. Given that the loss of dopamine, and its rate-limiting enzyme tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) occurs in PD, the expression and accompanying post-translational changes in TH during PD progression could yield insight into the disruption of cellular signalling occurring in the CNS, and also in peripheral tissues wherein catecholamine function plays a role...
January 10, 2018: Progress in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330912/high-capacity-protein-a-affinity-chromatography-for-the-fast-quantification-of-antibodies-two-wavelength-detection-expands-linear-range
#20
Peter Satzer, Alois Jungbauer
The high-throughput analysis of antibodies from processes can be enhanced when the linear range is expanded and sample preparation is kept to a minimum. We developed a fast chromatography method based on a hexameric variant of Staphylococcal protein A immobilized on Toyopearl matrix, TSK 5 PW using two wavelengths. A protocol with 5 min runtime and a single-wavelength detection at 280 nm yielded an upper limit of quantification of 2.10 mg/mL and a lower limit of quantification of 0.06 mg/mL. The optimized method with a runtime of 2 min and two-wavelength detection at 280 and 300 nm allowed us to span a valid concentration range of 0...
January 13, 2018: Journal of Separation Science
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