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César Basso, Elsa García da Rosa, Rosario Lairihoy, Ruben M Caffera, Ingrid Roche, Cristina González, Ricardo da Rosa, Alexis Gularte, Eduardo Alfonso-Sierra, Max Petzold, Axel Kroeger, Johannes Sommerfeld
To contribute to the prevention of dengue, chikungunya, and Zika, a process of scaling up an innovative intervention to reduce Aedes aegypti habitats, was carried out in the city of Salto (Uruguay) based on a transdisciplinary analysis of the eco-bio-social determinants. The intervention in one-third of the city included the distributions of plastic bags for all households to collect all discarded water containers that were recollected by the Ministry of Health and the Municipality vector control services. The results were evaluated in 20 randomly assigned clusters of 100 households each, in the intervention and control arm...
August 7, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Pin-Jing He, Hong-Xia Pu, Li-Ming Shao, Hua Zhang
Incineration has become an important municipal solid waste (MSW) treatment strategy, and generates a large amount of bottom ash (BA). Although some BA is reused, much BA and pretreatment residues from BA recycling are disposed in landfill. When BA and MSW are co-landfilled together, acid neutralization capacity and alkaline earth metal dissolution of BA, as well as different components of MSW may change environmental conditions within the landfill, so the degradation of organic matter and the physical and chemical properties of leachate would be affected...
August 14, 2017: Waste Management
Muhammad Khalid, Danial Hassani, Muhammad Bilal, Fayaz Asad, Danfeng Huang
BACKGROUND: This study evaluates the influences of bio fertilizers containing mycorrhizal fungi (Glomus fasciculatum, Glomus mosseae) individually or in combination with N-fixer (Azotobacter chroococcum), K solubilizer (Bacillus mucilaginous) and P solubilizer (Bacillus megaterium) on soil fertility and phytochemical levels of spinach. RESULTS: Root colonization by mycorrhizal fungi was increased in the presence of bacterial inoculation in comparison to individual inoculation treatments...
August 16, 2017: Botanical Studies (Taipei, Taiwan)
Zhao-Chun Xu, Peng Wang, Wang-Ren Qiu, Xuan Xiao
Gene splicing is one of the most significant biological processes in eukaryotic gene expression, such as RNA splicing, which can cause a pre-mRNA to produce one or more mature messenger RNAs containing the coded information with multiple biological functions. Thus, identifying splicing sites in DNA/RNA sequences is significant for both the bio-medical research and the discovery of new drugs. However, it is expensive and time consuming based only on experimental technique, so new computational methods are needed...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
Adil Majeed Rather, Sulendar Mahato, Kousik Maji, Neeha Gogoi, Uttam Manna
Controlled and sustained release of drug-like small molecules in an aqueous medium still remains a challenging problem due to rapid infiltration of liquid water in most reported drug release systems. However, internal-superhydrophobicity with an antifouling property extending beyond the surface of a material recently has been recognized as a potential avenue for sustained and extended release of drug-like small molecules. Sluggish removal of metastable trapped air in a superhyrophobic material provides a basis to achieve extended release of encapsulated small molecules...
August 15, 2017: Nanoscale
Alvaro Henrique Borges, Orlando Aguirre Guedes, Luiz Evaristo Ricci Volpato, Gilberto Siebert Filho, Alexandre Meireles Borba, Omar Zina, Evandro Piva, Carlos Estrela
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this in vitro study was to determine the liquid-powder ratio, setting time, solubility, dimensional change, pH, and radiopacity of white structural and non-structural Portland cement, ProRoot MTA and MTA Bio, associated with a 2% glycolic solution containing Aloe Vera, as vehicle. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Five samples of each material were used for each test, according to the American National Standards Institute/American Dental Association (ANSI/ADA) specification No...
2017: Iranian Endodontic Journal
Jennifer Noro, Ana Loureiro, Filipa Gonçalves, Nuno G Azoia, Seunho Jung, Carla Silva, Artur Cavaco-Paulo
New encapsulation nanodevices were synthesized by emulsification of cyclo-oligosaccharides fully substituted by hydrophobic palmitic chains. These highly hydrophobic compounds, acquire oily-like behaviour at moderate temperatures (∼50°C) and when submitted to ultrasound (US) can undergo emulsification. The improved emulsifying properties of modified cyclo-oligosaccharides are suitable to produce small and narrow sized nanoemulsions with ability to encapsulate amphiphilic molecules. Both encapsulation and delivery of a therapeutic drug, methotrexate (MTX), with amphiphilic character was assessed...
July 25, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
Alixandra Wagner, Andrew White, Todd A Stueckle, Derrick Banerjee, Konstantinos A Sierros, Yon Rojanasakul, Sushant Agarwal, Rakesh K Gupta, Cerasela Zoica Dinu
Nanoclays' functionalization with organic modifiers increases their individual barrier properties, thermal stability, and mechanical properties and allows for ease of implementation in food packaging materials or medical devices. Previous reports have showed that while organic modifiers integration between the layered mineral silicates leads to nanoclays with different degrees of hydrophobicity that become easily miscible in polymers, they could also pose possible effects at inhalation or ingestion routes of exposure...
August 11, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Yukihiro Saito, Kazufumi Nakamura, Daiji Miura, Kei Yunoki, Toru Miyoshi, Masashi Yoshida, Norifumi Kawakita, Tomonari Kimura, Megumi Kondo, Toshihiro Sarashina, Satoshi Akagi, Atsuyuki Watanabe, Nobuhiro Nishii, Hiroshi Morita, Hiroshi Ito
Vascular medial calcification is often observed in patients with arteriosclerosis. It is also associated with systolic hypertension, wide pulse pressure, and fluctuation of blood pressure, which results in cardiovascular events. Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) has been shown to suppress vascular calcification in previous animal experiments. We investigated the inhibitory effects of EPA on Wnt signaling, which is one of the important signaling pathways involved in vascular calcification. Intake of food containing 5% EPA resulted in upregulation of the mRNA expression of Klotho, an intrinsic inhibitor of Wnt signaling, in the kidneys of wild-type mice...
August 10, 2017: Nutrients
Ryo Matsuoka, Chihiro Kobayashi, Atsushi Nakagawa, Shigeo Aoyagi, Tatsuo Aikawa, Takeshi Kondo, Shigenobu Kasai, Makoto Yuasa
We have developed an electrochemical reactive oxygen/nitrogen species sensor that can detect superoxide anion radicals (O2(-•)) and nitric oxide (NO). The reactive oxygen/nitrogen species sensor was fabricated by surface modification of an electrode with polymerized iron tetrakis(3-thienyl)porphyrin (FeT3ThP), and it can detect either O2(-•) or NO by switching the applied potential. Furthermore, we fabricated a sensor with improved selectivity by coating a Nafion(®) film onto the poly(FeT3ThP)-modified electrode...
2017: Analytical Sciences: the International Journal of the Japan Society for Analytical Chemistry
Cuong H Pham, Surinder Saggar, Cuong C Vu, Kevin R Tate, Thao T T Tran, Thi T Luu, Hanh T Ha, Huong L T Nguyen, Sven G Sommer
In developing countries, the simple biogas digesters installed underground without heating or stirring are seen as a 'green' technology to convert animal waste into biogas, a source of bio-energy. However, quantitative estimates of biogas production of manures from steers fed local feed diets at actual incubation temperatures have yet to be carried out. The aim of this study was to determine the methane (CH4) production potential of manures from steers in Vietnam offered traditional feed rations or supplemental diets...
August 5, 2017: Waste Management
Anna Rita Bizzarri, Chiara Baldacchini, Salvatore Cannistraro
Blue copper redox protein Azurin (AZ) constitutes an ideal active element for building bio-nano-optoelectronic devices based on the intriguing interplay among its electron transfer (ET), vibrational and optical properties. A full comprehension of its dynamical and functional behaviour is required for efficient applications. Here, AZ bound to gold electrode via its disulphide bridge was investigated by a Molecular Dynamics simulation approach taking into account for gold electron polarization which provides a more realistic description of the protein-gold interaction...
August 9, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Zhongzhe Liu, Patrick J McNamara, Daniel Zitomer
Main goals for sustainable water resource recovery include maximizing energy generation, minimizing adverse environmental impacts, and recovering beneficial resources. Wastewater biosolids pyrolysis is a promising technology that could help facilities reach these goals because it produces biochar that is a valuable soil amendment as well as bio-oil and pyrolysis gas (py-gas) that can be used for energy. The raw bio-oil, however, is corrosive; therefore, employing it as fuel is challenging using standard equipment...
August 4, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
Yeon-Jae Jang, Kyung-Ho Lee, Tae Hyeon Yoo, Dong-Myung Kim
In this study, we present a simple and economical method that enables rapid quantification of amino acids based on their polymerization into a signal-generating protein. This method harnesses amino acid-deficient cell-free protein synthesis sys-tems that generate fluorescence signals in response to exogenous amino acids. When premixed with assay samples contain-ing the amino acids in question, incubation of the cell-free synthesis reaction mixture rapidly resulted in the production of sfGFP, the fluorescence intensity of which was linearly proportional to the concentration of the amino acids...
August 4, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
Agnes S Klar, Thomas Biedermann, Katarzyna Michalak, Teresa Michalczyk, Claudia Meuli-Simmen, Arnaud Scherberich, Martin Meuli, Ernst Reichmann
There is accumulating evidence that interactions between epidermal melanocytes and stromal cells play an important role in the regulation of skin pigmentation. In this study we established a pigmented dermo-epidermal skin model (melDESS) of human origin to investigate the effects of distinct stromal cells on melanogenesis. melDESS is a complex, clinically relevant skin equivalent composed of an epidermis containing both melanocytes and keratinocytes. Its dermal compartment consisted either of adipose tissue-derived stromal cells (ASC), dermal fibroblasts, or a mixture of both cell types...
July 31, 2017: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
Wenkun Zhu, Tao Chen, Yi Li, Jia Lei, Xin Chen, Weitang Yao, Tao Duan
This study was inspired by the unique multi-scale and multi-level 'brick-and-mortar' (B&M) structure of nacre layers. We prepared the B&M, environmentally-friendly graphene oxide-carrageenan (GO-Car) nanocomposite films using the following steps. A natural polyhydroxy polymer, carrageenan, was absorbed on the surface of monolayer GO nanosheets through hydrogen-bond interactions. Following this, a GO-Car hybridized film was produced through a natural drying process. We conducted structural characterization in addition to analyzing mechanical properties and cytotoxicity of the films...
May 16, 2017: Materials
M Noronha Oliveira, W V H Schunemann, M T Mathew, B Henriques, R S Magini, W Teughels, J C M Souza
This study aimed to assess the literature available on the effects, on peri-implant tissues, of degradation products released from dental implants as a consequence of therapeutic treatment for peri-implantitis and/or of wear-corrosion of titanium. A literature review of the PubMed medline database was performed up to December 31, 2016. The following search terms were used: "titanium wear and dental implant"; "titanium corrosion and dental implant"; "bio-tribocorrosion"; "peri-implantitis"; "treatment of peri-implantitis"; "titanium particles release and dental implant"; and "titanium ion release and dental implant"...
August 2, 2017: Journal of Periodontal Research
Rajdeep Shakya, Sushil Adhikari, Ravishankar Mahadevan, Saravanan R Shanmugam, Hyungseok Nam, El Barbary Hassan, Thomas A Dempster
Hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) of nine algae species were performed at two reaction temperatures (280 and 320°C) to compare the effect of their biomass composition on product yields and properties. Results obtained after HTL indicate large variations in terms of bio-oil yields and its properties. The maximum bio-oil yield (66wt%) was obtained at 320°C with a high lipid containing algae Nannochloropsis. The higher heating value of bio-oils ranged from 31 to 36MJ/kg and around 50% of the bio-oils was in the vacuum gas oil range while high lipid containing algae Nannochloropsis contained a significant portion (33-42%) in the diesel range...
July 11, 2017: Bioresource Technology
Sanjeev Kumar Gupta, Santosh K Srivastava, Ankit Sharma, Vaibhav H H Nalage, Darshita Salvi, Hiralal Kushwaha, Nikhil B Chitnis, Pratyoosh Shukla
Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells are the most preferred mammalian host used for the bio-pharmaceutical production. A major challenge in metabolic engineering is to balance the flux of the tuned heterogonous metabolic pathway and achieve efficient metabolic response in a mammalian cellular system. Pyruvate carboxylase is an important network element for the cytoplasmic and mitochondrial metabolic pathway and efficiently contributes in enhancing the energy metabolism. The lactate accumulation in cell culture can be reduced by re-wiring of the pyruvate flux in engineered cells...
2017: PloS One
Krzysztof Siczek, Jakub Fichna, Hubert Zatorski, Bożena Karolewicz, Leszek Klimek, Artur Owczarek
CONTEXT: Recent findings indicating the anti-inflammatory action of silver preparations through modulation of the gut microbiota and apoptosis of inflammatory cells predestine silver use in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). OBJECTIVE: The aim of our study was to validate the possibility of effective silver release from silver-coated glass beads for anti-inflammatory local application in the lower sections of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Silver-coated glass beads were prepared using magnetron method...
August 3, 2017: Pharmaceutical Development and Technology
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