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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225654/germicidal-efficacy-and-mammalian-skin-safety-of-222-nm-uv-light
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Manuela Buonanno, Brian Ponnaiya, David Welch, Milda Stanislauskas, Gerhard Randers-Pehrson, Lubomir Smilenov, Franklin D Lowy, David M Owens, David J Brenner
We have previously shown that 207-nm ultraviolet (UV) light has similar antimicrobial properties as typical germicidal UV light (254 nm), but without inducing mammalian skin damage. The biophysical rationale is based on the limited penetration distance of 207-nm light in biological samples (e.g. stratum corneum) compared with that of 254-nm light. Here we extended our previous studies to 222-nm light and tested the hypothesis that there exists a narrow wavelength window in the far-UVC region, from around 200-222 nm, which is significantly harmful to bacteria, but without damaging cells in tissues...
February 22, 2017: Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225143/spatially-resolved-studies-of-the-phases-and-morphology-of-methylammonium-and-formamidinium-lead-tri-halide-perovskites
#2
K Galkowski, A A Mitioglu, A Surrente, Z Yang, D K Maude, P Kossacki, G E Eperon, J T-W Wang, H J Snaith, P Plochocka, R J Nicholas
The family of organic-inorganic tri-halide perovskites including MA (MethylAmmonium)PbI3, MAPbI3-xClx, FA (FormAmidinium)PbI3 and FAPbBr3 are having a tremendous impact on the field of photovoltaic cells due to the combination of their ease of deposition and high energy conversion efficiencies. Device performance, however, is known to be still significantly affected by the presence of inhomogeneities. Here we report on a study of temperature dependent micro-photoluminescence which shows a strong spatial inhomogeneity related to the presence of microcrystalline grains, which can be both bright and dark...
February 22, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224796/multi-cl-substituted-self-assembled-molecules-as-anode-interlayers-tuning-surface-properties-and-humidity-stability-for-organic-photovoltaics
#3
Xiaofang Cheng, Liqiang Huang, Lifu Zhang, Qingyun Ai, Lie Chen, Yiwang Chen
Self-assembled small-molecules (SASMs) are of effective materials to improve the interfacial issues between the metal/metal oxide and the overlying organic layer. In this work, surface modification of indium tin oxide (ITO) electrode through a series of Cl-contained SASMs has been exploited to control the surface properties of ITO and device performance in organic photovoltaics. Depending on the position and degrees of chlorination for SASMs, we could precisely manipulate the work function of the ITO electrode, and chemisorption of SASMs on ITO as well...
February 22, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224395/ion-mobility-studies-on-the-negative-ion-molecule-chemistry-of-isoflurane-and-enflurane
#4
Ramón González-Méndez, Peter Watts, David C Howse, Immacolata Procino, Henry McIntyre, Chris A Mayhew
In the present work we present an investigation of the negative ion-molecule chemistry of the anaesthetics isoflurane, ISOF, and enflurane, ENF, in an ion mobility spectrometry/mass spectrometry (IMS/MS), in both air and nitrogen. Hexachloroethane (HCE) was introduced in both air and nitrogen to produce Cl(-) as a reactant ion. This study was undertaken owing to uncertainties in the chemical processes, which lead to the cluster ions reported in other work (Eiceman et al. Anal. Chem. 61, 1093-1099, 1). In particular for ISOF the product ion observed was ISOF...
February 21, 2017: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223376/bactericidal-and-fungicidal-activity-of-n-chlorotaurine-is-enhanced-in-cystic-fibrosis-sputum-medium
#5
Martina Gruber, Ivan Moser, Markus Nagl, Michaela Lackner
Lung infections with multiresistant pathogens are a major problem of patients suffering from cystic fibrosis (CF). N-chlorotaurine (NCT), a microbicidal active chlorine compound with no resistance development, is well tolerated upon inhalation. The aim of this study was to investigate NCT on its bactericidal and fungicidal activity in vitro in artificial sputum medium (ASM) mimicking the composition of cystic fibrosis mucus.The medium was inoculated with bacteria (Staphylococcus aureus including some MRSA strains, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Escherichia coli) or spores of fungi (Aspergillus fumigatus, Aspergillus terreus, Candida albicans, Scedosporium apiospermum, Scedosporium boydii, Lomentospora prolificans, Scedosporium aurantiacum, Scedosporium minutisporum, Exophiala dermatitidis, Geotrichum sp...
February 21, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223166/efficacy-of-photochemical-internalisation-using-disulfonated-chlorin-and-porphyrin-photosensitisers-an-in-vitro-study-in-2d-and-3d-prostate-cancer-models
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Alejandra Martinez de Pinillos Bayona, Josephine H Woodhams, Hayley Pye, Rifat A Hamoudi, Caroline M Moore, Alexander J MacRobert
This study shows the therapeutic outcome of Photochemical Internalisation (PCI) in prostate cancer in vitro surpasses that of Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) and could improve prostate PDT in the clinic, whilst avoiding chemotherapeutics side effects. In addition, the study assesses the potential of PCI with two different photosensitisers (TPCS2a and TPPS2a) in prostate cancer cells (human PC3 and rat MatLyLu) using standard 2D monolayer culture and 3D biomimetic model. Photosensitisers were used alone for photodynamic therapy (PDT) or with the cytotoxin saporin (PCI)...
February 18, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222687/a-controlled-survey-of-less-typical-long-term-consequences-after-an-extensive-waterborne-epidemic
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Janne Laine, Outi Laine, Jukka Lumio, Jaakko Antonen, Salla Toikkanen, Mikko J Virtanen, Markku Kuusi
BACKGROUND: Extensive backflow of treated wastewater caused household water contamination in a Finnish town in 2007. The drinking water of 9 500 residents became heavily polluted with faecal microbes, resulting in a large gastroenteritis epidemic. Cases of reactive arthritis, milder joint symptoms and prolonged gastrointestinal symptoms were observed after the outbreak. A follow-up survey was performed to study less familiar long-term health consequences within a year from the outbreak...
February 21, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222594/high-throughput-determination-and-characterization-of-short-medium-and-long-chain-chlorinated-paraffins-in-human-blood
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Tong Li, Yi Wan, Shixiong Gao, Beili Wang, Jianying Hu
The industrial chlorinated paraffins (CPs) are comprised of short-chain (SCCPs), medium chain (MCCPs), and long chain (LCCPs) CPs. Although SCCPs and MCCPs are environmentally ubiquitous, little is known about CPs in humans. This study established a method for simultaneous determination of 261 SCCP, MCCP, and LCCP congener groups in one injection by reversed ultra-high-pressure liquid chromatography coupled with chlorine-enhanced electron spray ionization-quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry. The method yielded good peak shapes, high sensitivities, and low co-eluted interferences for all examined CPs...
February 22, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222371/remediating-1-4-dioxane-contaminated-water-with-slow-release-persulfate-and-zerovalent-iron
#9
Ann Kambhu, Megan Gren, Wei Tang, Steve Comfort, Clifford E Harris
1,4-dioxane is an emerging contaminant that was used as a corrosion inhibitor with chlorinated solvents. Metal-activated persulfate can degrade dioxane but reaction kinetics have typically been characterized by a rapid decrease during the first 30 min followed by either a slower decrease or no further change (i.e., plateau). Our objective was to identify the factors responsible for this plateau and then determine if slow-release formulations of sodium persulfate and Fe(0) could provide a more sustainable degradation treatment...
February 8, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221984/postharvest-reduction-of-coliphage-ms2-from-romaine-lettuce-during-simulated-commercial-processing-with-and-without-a-chlorine-based-sanitizer
#10
Samantha L Wengert, Tiong Gim Aw, Elliot T Ryser, Joan B Rose
Viral foodborne outbreaks are a serious threat to public health, and fresh produce is becoming increasingly recognized as a transmission vehicle. To limit foodborne disease, ready-to-eat leafy greens are typically washed with a chlorine-based sanitizer during commercial production. This study assessed the efficacy of a chlorine-based sanitizer against coliphage MS2, as a potential surrogate for foodborne viruses, on fresh-cut romaine lettuce during simulated commercial production using a small-scale processing line...
February 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221979/influence-of-transportation-conditions-and-postharvest-disinfection-treatments-on-microbiological-quality-of-fresh-market-tomatoes-cv-nemo-netta-in-a-south-african-supply-chain
#11
M S Sibomana, L W Ziena, S Schmidt, T S Workneh
Postharvest microbial spoilage due to suboptimal transportation and packaging conditions is a key concern for the South African tomato industry. This study investigated the influence of washing with tap water or aqueous disinfectant solutions (chlorinated and anolyte water) on the microbiological quality of tomatoes during storage after transportation in nonrefrigerated trucks along two supply routes when packaged in crates and boxes. Route 1 was 1,093 km from field to storage site, while route 2 was 1,057 km...
February 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221978/quantitative-microbial-risk-assessment-for-escherichia-coli-o157-h7-in-fresh-cut-lettuce
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Hao Pang, Elisabetta Lambertini, Robert L Buchanan, Donald W Schaffner, Abani K Pradhan
Leafy green vegetables, including lettuce, are recognized as potential vehicles for foodborne pathogens such as Escherichia coli O157:H7. Fresh-cut lettuce is potentially at high risk of causing foodborne illnesses, as it is generally consumed without cooking. Quantitative microbial risk assessments (QMRAs) are gaining more attention as an effective tool to assess and control potential risks associated with foodborne pathogens. This study developed a QMRA model for E. coli O157:H7 in fresh-cut lettuce and evaluated the effects of different potential intervention strategies on the reduction of public health risks...
February 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221924/reductions-in-natural-microbial-flora-nonpathogenic-escherichia-coli-and-pathogenic-salmonella-on-jalapeno-peppers-processed-in-a-commercial-antimicrobial-cabinet-a-pilot-plant-trial
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Jeremy M Adler, Erin D Cain-Helfrich, Cangliang Shen
This experiment aimed to validate the use of antimicrobial solutions in a spray cabinet to inactivate natural microbial flora, nonpathogenic Escherichia coli , and Salmonella on jalapeno peppers. Jalapeno peppers, uninoculated or inoculated with a five-strain mixture of rifampin-resistant E. coli (3.9 log CFU/g) or novobiocin- and nalidixic acid-resistant Salmonella (4.2 log CFU/g), were passed through a commercial antimicrobial cabinet containing both a top and bottom bar spraying (1.38 bar and 2 liters/min) water, sodium hypochlorite (50 ppm), sodium hypochlorite with pH adjusted to 6...
November 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221856/enumeration-and-identification-of-coliform-bacteria-injured-by-chlorine-or-fungicide-mixed-with-agricultural-water
#14
Hidemi Izumi, Yuji Nakata, Ayano Inoue
Chemical sanitizers may induce no injury (bacteria survive), sublethal injury (bacteria are injured), or lethal injury (bacteria die). The proportion of coliform bacteria that were injured sublethally by chlorine and fungicide mixed with agricultural water (pond water), which was used to dilute the pesticide solution, was evaluated using the thin agar layer (TAL) method. In pure cultures of Enterobacter cloacae , Escherichia coli , and E. coli O157:H7 (representing a human pathogen), the percentage of chlorine-injured cells was 69 to 77% for dilute electrolyzed water containing an available chlorine level of 2 ppm...
October 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221850/effectiveness-of-neutral-electrolyzed-water-on-incidence-of-fungal-rot-on-tomato-fruits-solanum-lycopersicum-l
#15
Alfonso Vásquez-López, Tania Villarreal-Barajas, Gerardo Rodríguez-Ortiz
We assessed the effect of neutral electrolyzed water (NEW) on the incidence of rot on tomato ( Solanum lycopersicum L.) fruits inoculated with Fusarium oxysporum , Galactomyces geotrichum , and Alternaria sp. at sites with lesions. The inoculated fruits were treated with NEW at 10, 30, and 60 mg liter(-1) active chlorine, with copper oxychloride fungicide, and with sterile distilled water (control) for 3, 5, and 10 min. In the experiment with F. oxysporum , 50 to 80% of the control fruits and 50 to 60% of the fruits treated with the fungicide exhibited symptoms of rot at the inoculated sites...
October 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221698/monoprotected-l-amino-acid-l-mpaa-accelerated-bromination-chlorination-and-iodination-of-c-sp2-h-bonds-by-iridium-iii-catalysis
#16
Subban Kathiravan, Ian A Nicholls
Halogenated arenes are important structural motifs commonly found in biologically active molecules and used for a variety of transformations in organic synthesis. Herein, we report the mono-protected L-amino acid (L-MPAA) accelerated iridium(III) catalyzed halogenation of (hetero)anilides at room temperature. This reaction constitutes the first example of an iridium(III)/L-MPAA catalyzed general halogenation of (hetero)arenes through C(sp2)-H activation. Furthermore, we demonstrate the potential utility of our method through its use in the synthesis a quinolone derivative...
February 21, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218842/medium-chain-chlorinated-paraffins-cps-dominate-in-australian-sewage-sludge
#17
Sicco Hendrik Brandsma, Louise van Mourik, Jake William O'Brien, Geoff Eaglesham, Pim E G Leonards, Jacob De Boer, Christie Gallen, Jochen F Mueller, Caroline Gaus, Christian Bogdal
To simultaneously quantify and profile the complex mixture of short-, median-, and long-chain CPs (SCCPs, MCCPs and LCCPs) in Australian sewage sludge, we applied and further validated a recently developed novel instrumental technique, using quadrupole time-of-flight high resolution mass spectrometry running in the negative atmospheric pressure chemical ionization mode (APCI-qTOF-HRMS). Without using an analytical column the cleaned extracts were directly injected into the qTOF-HRMS followed by quantification of the CPs by a mathematical algorithm...
February 20, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218515/chlorinated-glycopeptide-antibiotic-peptide-precursors-improve-cytochrome-p450-catalyzed-cyclization-cascade-efficiency
#18
Madeleine Peschke, Clara Brieke, Rob Goode, Ralf Schittenhelm, Max J Cryle
The activity of glycopeptide antibiotics depends upon important structural modifications to their precursor heptapeptide backbone: specifically, the Cytochrome P450-catalyzed oxidative crosslinking of aromatic side chains as well as the halogenation of specific residues within the peptide. The timing of halogenation and its effect on the cyclization of the peptide is currently unclear. Our results show that chlorination of peptide precursors improves their processing by P450 enzymes in vitro, which provides support for GPA halogenation occurring prior to peptide cyclization during non-ribosomal peptide synthesis...
February 20, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216545/potential-of-electrolyzed-water-for-disinfection-of-foot-and-mouth-disease-virus
#19
Vuong N Bui, Khong V Nguyen, Nga T Pham, Anh N Bui, Tung D Dao, Thanh T Nguyen, Hoa T Nguyen, Dai Q Trinh, Kenjiro Inui, Hiroshi Uchiumi, Haruko Ogawa, Kunitoshi Imai
Acidic electrolyzed water (EW) (pH 2.6-5.8) and alkaline EW (pH 11.2-12.1) were examined as potential disinfectants against foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV). Using acidic EW with pH 2.6 and alkaline EW with pH>11.7, the viral titer decreased in vitro by >4.0 log values, 2 min after the virus was mixed with EW at a 1:10 dilution. The strong virucidal effect of acidic EW (pH 2.6), but not that of alkaline EW (>11.7), seemed to depend on the chlorine level in the solution. Genetic analysis revealed that viral RNA was substantially reduced, especially by alkaline EW...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214649/evaluation-of-dioxins-and-dioxin-like-compounds-from-a-cement-plant-using-carbide-slag-from-chlor-alkali-industry-as-the-major-raw-material
#20
Yuyang Zhao, Jiayu Zhan, Guorui Liu, Minghui Zheng, Rong Jin, Lili Yang, Liwei Hao, Xiaolin Wu, Xian Zhang, Pu Wang
Carbide slag produced from chlor-alkali industry contains high amounts of calcium compounds and can potentially be used as raw material for cement production; however, it contains large amounts of chlorine so it is essential to evaluate the emissions of chlorinated organic pollutants, including polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and dibenzofurans (PCDD/Fs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and polychlorinated naphthalenes (PCNs). A field study of the emission profiles of these pollutants in a cement plant using such slag was performed...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
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