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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728008/pen-on-paper-strategy-for-point-of-care-testing-rapid-prototyping-of-fully-written-microfluidic-biosensor
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Zedong Li, Fei Li, Yue Xing, Zhi Liu, Minli You, Yingchun Li, Ting Wen, Zhiguo Qu, Xiao Ling Li, Feng Xu
Paper-based microfluidic biosensors have recently attracted increasing attentions in point-of-care testing (POCT) territories benefiting from their affordable, accessible and eco-friendly features, where technologies for fabricating such biosensors are preferred to be equipment free, easy-to-operate and capable of rapid prototyping. In this work, we developed a pen-on-paper (PoP) strategy based on two custom-made pens, i.e., a wax pen and a conductive-ink pen, to fully write paper-based microfluidic biosensors through directly writing both microfluidic channels and electrodes...
July 1, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727264/phosphorylated-polyacrylonitrile-fiber-as-an-efficient-and-greener-acetalization-catalyst
#2
Gang Xu, Jian Cao, Yali Zhao, Lishuo Zheng, Minli Tao, Wenqin Zhang
A novel solid acid catalyst (PANEAPF) was developed by immobilization of phosphoric acid on polyacrylonitrile fiber via covalent bond. Various characterization techniques such as elemental analysis (EA), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), etc. were utilized to confirm the successful grafting and the stability of the fiber catalysts during application. The PANEAPF showed high catalytic activity in the acetalization of aldehydes due to the high utilization efficiency of its functionalized acid sites...
July 20, 2017: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726354/high-performance-of-agaricus-blazei-fungus-for-the-biological-pre-treatment-of-elephant-grass
#3
Thais Dal Picolli, Kaliane Regalin Aver, Roselei Claudete Fontana, Marli Camassola
Biological pre-treatment seems to be promising being an eco-friendly process, with no inhibitor generated during the process. The potential for elephant grass pre-treatment with white degradation fungi Pleurotus ostreatus, Agaricus blazei, Lentinula edodes, Pleurotus citrinopileatus and Pleurotus djamor, in isolated or mixed cultures of these strains, was evaluated. The highest activities of enzymes involved in the degradation of lignocellulosic biomass (laccases, endoglucanases, xylanases and β-glucosidases) were observed for A...
July 20, 2017: Biotechnology Progress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726218/process-optimization-of-biogas-energy-production-from-cow-dung-with-alkali-pre-treated-coffee-pulp
#4
T Selvankumar, C Sudhakar, M Govindaraju, K Selvam, V Aroulmoji, N Sivakumar, M Govarthanan
Biogas production from cow dung with co-substrate agricultural waste is one of the most demanding technologies for generating energy in a sustainable approach considering eco-friendly. In the present study, coffee pulp (CP) was pre-treated with 1% NaOH and combined with various proportions of cow dung (CD) to explore its biogas producing potentiality. The optimization of the process was studied using Response surface methodology. Statistics based on 3-D plots were generated to evaluate the changes in the response surface and to understand the relationship between the biogas yield and other parameters...
August 2017: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725990/molecular-characterization-of-the-indigenous-stingless-bees-tetragonula-spp-complex-using-issr-marker-from-southern-peninsular-india
#5
P P Nayak, J Prakash
India is a country bestowed enormously with stingless bees, but genetic information about them is extremely minimal. This study focused to tap the geographic allocation, genetic variability, and differentiation among Tetragonula species complexes from natural and semi-urban habitats. Genetic analyses were assessed among 36 contrasting genotypes utilizing 20 ISSR primers. The dual combination exquisitely and productively amplified 245 DNA fragments at the loci, of which 240 bands were polymorphic (97.95%). Low to moderate level of genetic differentiation was detected from different estimators (Ht 0...
July 19, 2017: Neotropical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724896/unprecedented-drought-over-tropical-south-america-in-2016-significantly-under-predicted-by-tropical-sst
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Amir Erfanian, Guiling Wang, Lori Fomenko
Tropical and sub-tropical South America are highly susceptible to extreme droughts. Recent events include two droughts (2005 and 2010) exceeding the 100-year return value in the Amazon and recurrent extreme droughts in the Nordeste region, with profound eco-hydrological and socioeconomic impacts. In 2015-2016, both regions were hit by another drought. Here, we show that the severity of the 2015-2016 drought ("2016 drought" hereafter) is unprecedented based on multiple precipitation products (since 1900), satellite-derived data on terrestrial water storage (since 2002) and two vegetation indices (since 2004)...
July 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724260/pleuropterus-multiflorus-hasuo-mediated-straightforward-eco-friendly-synthesis-of-silver-gold-nanoparticles-and-evaluation-of-their-anti-cancer-activity-on-a549-lung-cancer-cell-line
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Verónica Castro-Aceituno, Ragavendran Abbai, Seong Soo Moon, Sungeun Ahn, Ramya Mathiyalagan, Yu-Jin Kim, Yeon-Ju Kim, Deok Chun Yang
Pleuropterus multiflorus (Hasuo) is a widely used medicinal plant in Korea and China for treating amnesia, isnomia, heart throbbing etc. With the constructive idea of promoting the wide-spread usage of P. multiflorus, we propose its indirect usage in the form of biologically active silver (Pm-AgNPs) and gold nanoparticles (Pm-AuNPs). The synthesized nanoparticles were predominantly spherical, crystalline with the Z-average hydrodynamic diameter of 274.8nm and 104.8nm respectively. Also, proteins and phenols were identified as the major players involved in their synthesis and stability...
July 15, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724226/application-of-a-crustacean-bioassay-to-evaluate-a-multi-contaminated-metal-pah-pcb-harbor-sediment-before-and-after-electrokinetic-remediation-using-eco-friendly-enhancing-agents
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Y Tian, C Boulangé-Lecomte, A Benamar, N Giusti-Petrucciani, A Duflot, S Olivier, C Frederick, J Forget-Leray, F Portet-Koltalo
Electrokinetic (EK) remediation can be a suitable technology for treating contaminated dredged harbor sediment, stored on terrestrial disposal sites. Citric acid (CA) and biosurfactants (rhamnolipids and saponin) were chosen as enhancing agents for simultaneous metal (Cd, Cr, Cu, Pb, Zn) and PAH/PCB removal by EK because of their potential low toxicity with a view to site restoration. Three EK runs were performed using a periodic voltage (1Vcm(-1)) and various concentrations of agents. The best combination of CA (0...
July 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721618/biological-nanopesticides-a-greener-approach-towards-the-mosquito-vector-control
#9
Prabhakar Mishra, Brij Kishore Tyagi, Natarajan Chandrasekaran, Amitava Mukherjee
Mosquitoes, being a vector for some potentially dreadful diseases, pose a considerable threat to people all around the world. The control over the growth and propagation of mosquitoes comprises conventional pesticides, insect growth regulators and other microbial control agents. However, the usage of these common chemicals and conventional pesticides eventually has a negative impact on human health as well as the environment, which therefore becomes a major concern. The lacuna allows nanotechnology to come into action and exploit nanopesticides...
July 18, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720705/conceptual-framework-of-the-eco-physiological-phases-of-insect-diapause-development-justified-by-transcriptomic-profiling
#10
Vladimír Koštál, Tomáš Štětina, Rodolphe Poupardin, Jaroslava Korbelová, Alexander William Bruce
Insects often overcome unfavorable seasons in a hormonally regulated state of diapause during which their activity ceases, development is arrested, metabolic rate is suppressed, and tolerance of environmental stress is bolstered. Diapausing insects pass through a stereotypic succession of eco-physiological phases termed "diapause development." The phasing is varied in the literature, and the whole concept is sometimes criticized as being too artificial. Here we present the results of transcriptional profiling using custom microarrays representing 1,042 genes in the drosophilid fly, Chymomyza costata Fully grown, third-instar larvae programmed for diapause by a photoperiodic (short-day) signal were assayed as they traversed the diapause developmental program...
July 18, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718512/overweight-is-associated-with-lower-resting-state-functional-connectivity-in-females-after-eliminating-genetic-effects-a-twin-study
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Stieneke Doornweerd, Eelco van Duinkerken, Eco J de Geus, Parniane Arbab-Zadeh, Dick J Veltman, Richard G IJzerman
Obesity is related to altered functional connectivity of resting state brain networks that are involved in reward and motivation. It is unknown to what extent these associations reflect genetic confounding and whether the obesity-related connectivity changes are associated with differences in dietary intake. In this study, resting state functional MRI was performed after an overnight fast in 16 female monozygotic twin pairs (aged 48.8 ± 9.8 years) with a mean BMI discordance of 3.96 ± 2.1 kg/m(2) (range 0...
July 17, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716653/bioeconomy-in-latin-america
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Albert Sasson, Carlos Malpica
This article provides the authors' view on how Latin America has embraced bioeconomy principles in the last two decades with different levels of socio-economic impact. Examples of biodiversity resource valorization in medicine, eco-intensification of agriculture, biotechnology applications in mature sectors such as mining, food and beverage production, bio-refineries and ecosystem services are provided. The importance of participatory and social innovation initiatives is highlighted.
July 14, 2017: New Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716256/post-stroke-depression-in-ghana-characteristics-and-correlates
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Fred Stephen Sarfo, Carolyn Jenkins, Arti Singh, Mayowa Owolabi, Akin Ojagbemi, Nathaniel Adusei, Raelle Saulson, Bruce Ovbiagele
BACKGROUND: Poststroke depression (PSD) is prevalent and is an important determinant of functional recovery, quality of life and mortality after stroke. Scanty data on the nature of PSD among stroke survivors in sub-Saharan Africa prompted this study. OBJECTIVE: To assess the prevalence and predictors of depression in a convenience sample of Ghanaian stroke survivors. METHODS: We evaluated consecutive stroke survivors encountered at a comprehensive neurology clinic in a tertiary medical center in Ghana...
August 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715926/microencapsulation-of-anthocyanin-rich-black-soybean-coat-extract-by-spray-drying-using-maltodextrin-gum-arabic-and-skimmed-milk-powder
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Ana Kalušević, Steva Lević, Bojan Čalija, Milena Pantić, Miona Belović, Vladimir Pavlović, Branko Bugarski, Jela Milić, Slađana Žilić, Viktor Nedović
Black soybean coat is insufficiently valorised food production waste rich in anthocyanins. The goal of the study was to examine physicochemical properties of spray dried extract of black soybean coat in regard to carrier materials: maltodextrin, gum Arabic, and skimmed milk powder. Maltodextrin and gum Arabic-based microparticles were spherical and non-porous while skimmed milk powder-based were irregularly shaped. Low water activity of microparticles (0.31-033), good powders characteristics, high solubility (80...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Microencapsulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715202/antifouling-biomimetic-liquid-infused-stainless-steel-application-to-dairy-industrial-processing
#15
Sawsen Zouaghi, Thierry Six, Séverine Bellayer, Sona Moradi, Savvas G Hatzikiriakos, Thomas Dargent, Vincent Thomy, Yannick Coffinier, Christophe André, Guillaume Delaplace, Maude Jimenez
Fouling is a widespread and costly issue, faced by all food-processing industries. Particularly, in the dairy sector, where thermal treatments are mandatory to ensure product safety, heat-induced fouling represents up to 80% of the total production costs. Significant environmental impacts, due the massive consumption of water and energy, are also to deplore. Fouling control solutions are thus desperately needed, as they would lead to substantial financial gains, as well as tremendous progress toward eco-responsible processes...
July 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713221/heritability-of-the-affective-response-to-exercise-and-its-correlation-to-exercise-behavior
#16
Nienke M Schutte, Ineke Nederend, James J Hudziak, Meike Bartels, Eco J C de Geus
OBJECTIVES: Individual differences in adolescent exercise behavior are strongly influenced by genetic factors. The affective response to exercise is a potential source of these genetic influences. To test its role in the motivation to exercise, we estimated the heritability of the affective responses during and after exercise and the overlap with the genetic factors influencing regular voluntary exercise behavior. DESIGN: 226 twin pairs and 38 siblings completed two submaximal exercise tests on a cycle ergometer and a treadmill and a maximal exercise test on a cycle ergometer...
July 2017: Psychology of Sport and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713081/gene-polymorphism-of-xenobiotic-detoxification-in-children-with-bronchial-asthma
#17
Liudmila Y Lytvynets
INTRODUCTION: Children are the most susceptible to harmful external factors due to the incomplete development of all functional body systems. The ecological situation the problem of influence of genetic and environmental factors on the pathogenesis of chronic respiratory diseases in children and its investigation is very impotent today. Among it the bronchial asthma is a leader among bronchial and pulmonary diseases caused by the influence of pneumotropic pollutants. The aim of our research was to study the phenotypic characteristics of asthma in Pre-Carpathian children with different types of allelic gene polymorphism of the first phase of xenobiotic detoxification of microsomal epoxide hydrolases (mEPHX1)...
2017: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712321/assessing-the-effectiveness-of-mitochondrial-coi-and-16s-rrna-genes-for-dna-barcoding-of-farmland-spiders-in-china
#18
Zheng Liang Wang, Xiao Qing Yang, Tian Zhao Wang, Xiaoping Yu
DNA barcoding has been widely used to identify and discover new species in a wide range of taxa. In order to assess the effectiveness of COI (cytochrome C oxidase subunit I) and 16S (16S ribosomal RNA) in the discrimination of spiders, we have generated 289 barcodes for a total of 56 farmland spider species from 14 different families for the first time in China. Our results reveal that the standard barcoding marker COI can be used to distinguish the farmland spiders both in species and family level by NJ tree-based method, despite the absence of a barcode gap between the intra- and inter-specific genetic divergences...
July 15, 2017: Mitochondrial DNA. Part A. DNA Mapping, Sequencing, and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712077/insecticidal-effect-and-impact-of-fitness-of-three-diatomaceous-earths-on-different-maize-hybrids-for-the-eco-friendly-control-of-the-invasive-stored-product-pest-prostephanus-truncatus-horn
#19
Nickolas G Kavallieratos, Christos G Athanassiou, Gerassimos G Peteinatos, Maria C Boukouvala, Giovanni Benelli
Diatomaceous earths (DEs) are able to successfully protect grain commodities from noxious stored-product insect and mite infestations; however, their effectiveness may be moderated by the grain hybrid or variety they are applied to. There is a gap of information on the comparison of the efficacy of different DEs when are applied on different maize hybrids against Prostephanus truncatus (Horn). Therefore, here we tested three commercially available DEs (DEA-P at 75 and 150 ppm, Protect-It at 500 ppm, and PyriSec at 500 ppm) on five different maize hybrids (Calaria, Doxa, Rio Grande, Sisco, and Studio) for the control of P...
July 15, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711619/adsorption-of-pb-ii-ions-from-aqueous-environment-using-eco-friendly-chitosan-schiff-s-base-fe3o4-csb-fe3o4-as-an-adsorbent-kinetics-isotherm-and-thermodynamic-studies
#20
Zhang Weijiang, Zhang Yace, Gutha Yuvaraja, Xu Jiao
Chitosan and its derivatives can be used to modify magnetic materials to promote the adsorption properties of the magnetic materials for the removal of meal ions. In this study a novel CSB@Fe3O4 was prepared, characterized by FTIR, SEM, TEM, and VSM analysis and utilized as an adsorbent material for the removal of Pb(II) ions from aqueous solution. Batch studies were performed to evaluate the influences of various experimental parameters like pH, adsorbent dosage, contact time, initial concentration, and the effect of temperature...
July 12, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
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