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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735456/inferring-foliar-water-uptake-using-stable-isotopes-of-water
#1
Gregory R Goldsmith, Marco M Lehmann, Lucas A Cernusak, Matthias Arend, Rolf T W Siegwolf
A growing number of studies have described the direct absorption of water into leaves, a phenomenon known as foliar water uptake. The resultant increase in the amount of water in the leaf can be important for plant function. Exposing leaves to isotopically enriched or depleted water sources has become a common method for establishing whether or not a plant is capable of carrying out foliar water uptake. However, a careful inspection of our understanding of the fluxes of water isotopes between leaves and the atmosphere under high humidity conditions shows that there can clearly be isotopic exchange between the two pools even in the absence of a change in the mass of water in the leaf...
July 22, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735421/ammonia-released-by-streptomyces-aburaviensis-induces-droplet-formation-in-streptomyces-violaceoruber
#2
Kathrin Schmidt, Dieter Spiteller
Streptomyces violaceoruber grown in co-culture with Streptomyces aburaviensis produces an about 17-fold higher volume of droplets on its aerial mycelium than in single-culture. Physical separation of the Streptomyces strains by either a plastic barrier or by a dialysis membrane, which allowed communication only by the exchange of volatile compounds or diffusible compounds in the medium, respectively, still resulted in enhanced droplet formation. The application of molecular sieves to bioassays resulted in the attenuation of the droplet-inducing effect of S...
July 22, 2017: Journal of Chemical Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735244/legacy-and-novel-brominated-flame-retardants-in-interior-car-dust%C3%A2-%C3%A2-implications-for-human-exposure
#3
Athanasios Besis, Christina Christia, Giulia Poma, Adrian Covaci, Constantini Samara
Brominated flame retardants (BFRs) are organobromine compounds with an inhibitory effect on combustion chemistry tending to reduce the flammability of products. Concerns about health effects and environmental threats have led to phase-out or restrictions in the use of Penta-, Octa- and Deca-BDE technical formulations, increasing the demand for Novel BFRs (NBFRs) as replacements for the banned formulations. This study examined the occurrence of legacy and NBFRs in the dust from the interior of private cars in Thessaloniki, Greece, aged from 1 to 19 years with variable origin and characteristics...
July 20, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735193/fabrication-of-in2s3-zn2geo4-composite-photocatalyst-for-degradation-of-acetaminophen-under-visible-light
#4
Tao Yan, Tingting Wu, Yaru Zhang, Meng Sun, Xiaodong Wang, Qin Wei, Bin Du
A novel indium trisulfide/zinc germinate (In2S3/Zn2GeO4) composite was developed via a co-precipitation hydrothermal method. The as-prepared composite was characterized in detail by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS). Zn2GeO4 nanorods work as the main photocatalyst while In2S3 nanoparticles deposited on them acts as the photosensitizer. The resulting In2S3/Zn2GeO4 heterogeneous photocatalyst not only has enhanced visible light absorption, but also improved photo-generated charge transfer efficiency with remarkably high efficiency in decomposing acetaminophen (APAP)...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735079/synthesis-and-characterization-of-nanoparticles-conjugated-tannase-and-using-it-for-enhancement-of-antibacterial-activity-of-tannase-produced-by-serratia-marcescens
#5
D Sahira Nsayef Muslim, Ziyad Abbas Dham, D Nadheer J Mohammed
Fourteen isolates of Serratia marcescens were collected from patients suffering from septicemia. All theseisolates revealed different levels in tannase production. Tannase was partially purified from Serratia marcescens b9 by precipitation method at 70% saturation of ammonium sulfate. Au, Pt, SnO2 and SiO2 nanoparticles were prepared by laser ablation and examined by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction pattern and UV-Visible absorption spectroscopy. Conjugation of SiO2 nanoparticles to tannase by feeding and pulses methods were prepared and characterized by TEM, X-ray diffraction pattern and UV-Visible spectrum...
July 19, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734996/the-design-of-novel-visible-light-driven-ag-cdo-as-smart-nanocomposite-for-photodegradation-of-different-dye-contaminants
#6
K Saravanakumar, V Muthuraj, M Jeyaraj
In this paper, we report a novel visible light driven Ag/CdO photocatalyst, fabricated for the first time via one pot hydrothermal method and further applied for the photodegradation of two important exemplar water contaminants, Malachite green and Acid Orange 7. The microstructure, composition and optical properties of Ag/CdO nanocomposites were thoroughly investigated by various techniques. Scanning electron microscopy clearly shows that Ag NPs were strongly embedded between the CdO nanoparticles. Among the series of synthesized Ag/CdO nanocomposites, (5%) Ag/CdO nanocomposite possesses enhanced photocatalytic activity...
July 17, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734298/excited-state-absorption-spectra-of-dissolved-and-aggregated-distyrylbenzene-a-td-dft-state-and-vibronic-analysis
#7
Eliezer Fernando Oliveira, Junqing Shi, Francisco Carlos Lavarda, Larry Lüer, Begoña Milián-Medina, Johannes Gierschner
A time-dependent density functional theory study is performed to reveal the excited state absorption (ESA) features of distyrylbenzene (DSB), a prototype π-conjugated organic oligomer. Starting with a didactic insight to ESA based on simple molecular orbital and configuration considerations, the performance of various density functional theory functionals is tested to reveal the full vibronic ESA features of DSB at short and long probe delay times.
July 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734284/cage-model-of-polar-fluids-finite-cage-inertia-generalization
#8
W T Coffey, M Zarifakis, Y P Kalmykov, S V Titov, W J Dowling, A S Titov
The itinerant oscillator model describing rotation of a dipole about a fixed axis inside a cage formed by its surrounding polar molecules is revisited in the context of modeling the dielectric relaxation of a polar fluid via the Langevin equation. The dynamical properties of the model are studied by averaging the Langevin equations describing the complex orientational dynamics of two bodies (molecule-cage) over their realizations in phase space so that the problem reduces to solving a system of three index linear differential-recurrence relations for the statistical moments...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734252/river-sequesters-atmospheric-carbon-and-limits-the-co2-degassing-in-karst-area-southwest-china
#9
Tao Zhang, Jianhong Li, Junbing Pu, Jonathan B Martin, Mitra B Khadka, Feihong Wu, Li Li, Feng Jiang, Siyu Huang, Daoxian Yuan
CO2 fluxes across water-air interfaces of river systems play important roles in regulating the regional and global carbon cycle. However, great uncertainty remains as to the contribution of these inland water bodies to the global carbon budget. Part of the uncertainty stems from limited understanding of the CO2 fluxes at diurnal and seasonal frequencies caused by aquatic metabolism. Here, we measured surface water characteristics (temperature, pH, and DO, DIC, Ca(2+) concentrations) and CO2 fluxes across the air-water interface at two transects of Guijiang River, southwest China to assess the seasonal and diurnal dynamics of fluvial carbon cycling and its potential role in regional and global carbon budgets...
July 19, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734230/simultaneous-scanning-tunneling-microscopy-and-synchrotron-x-ray-measurements-in-a-gas-environment
#10
Rik V Mom, Willem G Onderwaater, Marcel J Rost, Maciej Jankowski, Sabine Wenzel, Leon Jacobse, Paul F A Alkemade, Vincent Vandalon, Matthijs A van Spronsen, Matthijs van Weeren, Bert Crama, Peter van der Tuijn, Roberto Felici, Wilhelmus M M Kessels, Francesco Carlà, Joost W M Frenken, Irene M N Groot
A combined X-ray and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) instrument is presented that enables the local detection of X-ray absorption on surfaces in a gas environment. To suppress the collection of ion currents generated in the gas phase, coaxially shielded STM tips were used. The conductive outer shield of the coaxial tips can be biased to deflect ions away from the tip core. When tunneling, the X-ray-induced current is separated from the regular, 'topographic' tunneling current using a novel high-speed separation scheme...
July 14, 2017: Ultramicroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734141/new-dinuclear-palladium-ii-complexes-studies-of-the-nucleophilic-substitution-reactions-dna-bsa-interactions-and-cytotoxic-activity
#11
Dušan Ćoćić, Snežana Jovanović, Marija Nišavić, Dejan Baskić, Danijela Todorović, Suzana Popović, Živadin D Bugarčić, Biljana Petrović
Six new dinuclear Pd(II) complexes, [{Pd(2,2'-bipy)Cl}2(μ-pz)](ClO4)2 (Pd1), [{Pd(dach)Cl}2(μ-pz)](ClO4)2 (Pd2), [{Pd(en)Cl}2(μ-pz)](ClO4)2 (Pd3), [{Pd(2,2'-bipy)Cl}2(μ-4,4'-bipy)](ClO4)2 (Pd4), [{Pd(dach)Cl}2(μ-4,4'-bipy)](ClO4)2 (Pd5) and [{Pd(en)Cl}2(μ-4,4'-bipy)](ClO4)2 (Pd6) (where 2,2'-bipy=2,2'-bipyridyl, pz=pyrazine, dach=trans-(±)-1,2-diaminocyclohexane, en=ethylenediamine, 4,4'-bipy=4,4'-bipyridyl) have been synthesized and characterized by elemental microanalysis, IR, (1)H NMR and MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry...
July 16, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733988/non-planar-n-cyclo-1-8-carbazolylenes-n-3-4-6-and-3-cyclo-1-8-carbazolylenyl-b-p-po-siph-complexes
#12
Koji Yamamoto, Palash Pandit, Shuhei Higashibayashi
A new family of non-planar heterocyclic molecules consisting of carbazoles was created. A bowl-shaped cyclodimer, a flake-shaped cyclotrimer, a double-decker-ring-shaped cyclotetramer and a cyclohexamer were synthesized by Ni(0)-mediated one-shot cyclo-oligomerization of 1,8-dibromocarbazole, and were named [n]cyclo-1,8-carbazolylenes (n = 3,4,6). [3]Cyclo-1,8-carbazolylene was found to act as a trivalent tridentate ligand for heteroatoms (B, P, Si), giving flake-shaped complexes. The boron derivative acted as a Lewis acid, and the tetra-coordinated complexes showed an unprecedented red-shift of absorption and emission spectra by the coordination...
July 21, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733937/sequential-extraction-as-novel-approach-to-compare-12-medicinal-plants-from-kenya-regarding-their-potential-to-release-chromium-manganese-copper-and-zinc
#13
R Mogwasi, S Zor, D K Kariuki, M Z Getenga, V Nischwitz
This study is focusing on a novel approach to screen a large number of medicinal plants from Kenya regarding their contents and availability of selected metals potentially relevant for treatment of diabetes patients. For this purpose, total levels of zinc, chromium, manganese, and copper were determined by flame atomic absorption spectrometry and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry as well as BCR sequential extraction to fractionate the elemental species in anti-diabetic medicinal plants collected from five natural locations in two sub counties in Nyamira County, Kenya...
July 21, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733823/bioaccumulation-kinetics-of-arsenite-and-arsenate-in-dunaliella-salina-under-different-phosphate-regimes
#14
Ya Wang, Chunhua Zhang, Yanheng Zheng, Ying Ge
Dunaliella salina is a potential candidate for the phycoremediation of saline water contaminated with arsenic (As) due to its strong tolerance of salt and this toxic metalloid. However, the efficiency of As removal by this microalga varies under different phosphate regimes and the underlying mechanisms remain unresolved. Therefore, more detailed studies are needed to optimize As remediation using D. salina. Here, we investigated the dynamic processes of arsenite (As(III)) and arsenate (As(V)) uptake, transformation, and excretion by D...
July 22, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733822/concentrations-and-inhalation-risk-assessment-of-short-chain-polychlorinated-paraffins-in-the-urban-air-of-dalian-china
#15
Xiuhua Zhu, Hao Bai, Yuan Gao, Jiping Chen, Heping Yuan, Longxing Wang, Wei Wang, Xuewei Dong, Xiaoxiao Li
The concentrations of short-chain polychlorinated paraffins (SCCPs) in the urban air of Dalian, China, were monitored from March to October 2010 and from September to October 2016 with active high-volume sampler. The total concentration of SCCPs (particulate phase + gas phase) ranged from 15.12 to 66.44 ng m(-3), with an average of 30.26 ng m(-3) in 2010, and 65.30 to 91.00 ng m(-3), with an average of 78.15 ng m(-3) in 2016. Hexa-chlorinated dodecane and hexa-chlorinated undecane are the predominant components in the gas phase, while octa-chlorinated undecane and hepta-chlorinated tridecane are dominant in the particulate phase...
July 22, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733677/inductively-powered-wireless-pacing-via-a-miniature-pacemaker-and-remote-stimulation-control-system
#16
Parinaz Abiri, Ahmad Abiri, René R Sevag Packard, Yichen Ding, Alireza Yousefi, Jianguo Ma, Malcolm Bersohn, Kim-Lien Nguyen, Dejan Markovic, Shervin Moloudi, Tzung K Hsiai
Pacemakers have existed for decades as a means to restore cardiac electrical rhythms. However, lead-related complications have remained a clinical challenge. While market-released leadless devices have addressed some of the issues, their pacer-integrated batteries cause new health risks and functional limitations. Inductive power transfer enables wireless powering of bioelectronic devices; however, Specific Absorption Rate and size limitations reduce power efficiency for biomedical applications. We designed a remote-controlled system in which power requirements were significantly reduced via intermittent power transfer to control stimulation intervals...
July 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733662/probing-the-gas-phase-dynamics-of-graphene-chemical-vapour-deposition-using-in-situ-uv-absorption-spectroscopy
#17
Abhay Shivayogimath, David Mackenzie, Birong Luo, Ole Hansen, Peter Bøggild, Timothy J Booth
The processes governing multilayer nucleation in the chemical vapour deposition (CVD) of graphene are important for obtaining high-quality monolayer sheets, but remain poorly understood. Here we show that higher-order carbon species in the gas-phase play a major role in multilayer nucleation, through the use of in-situ ultraviolet (UV) absorption spectroscopy. These species are the volatilized products of reactions between hydrogen and carbon contaminants that have backstreamed into the reaction chamber from downstream system components...
July 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733267/angptl4-promotes-bile-acid-absorption-during-taurocholic-acid-supplementation-via-a-mechanism-dependent-on-the-gut-microbiota
#18
Aafke W F Janssen, Wieneke Dijk, Jos Boekhorst, Folkert Kuipers, Albert K Groen, Sabina Lukovac, Guido J E J Hooiveld, Sander Kersten
Angiopoietin-like 4 (ANGPTL4) raises plasma triglyceride levels by inhibiting lipoprotein lipase. A set of compounds that are able to reduce plasma triglyceride levels are bile acids (BA). Because BA have been shown to decrease ANGPTL4 secretion by intestinal cells, we hypothesized that BA lower plasma triglycerides (partly) via ANGPTL4. To test that hypothesis, wild-type and Angptl4(-/-) mice were fed chow supplemented with taurocholic acid (TCA) for seven days. TCA supplementation effectively lowered plasma triglycerides in wild-type and Angptl4(-/-) mice, indicating that ANGPTL4 is not required for plasma triglyceride-lowering by BA...
July 18, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733103/broadband-diffuse-optical-characterization-of-elastin-for-biomedical-applications
#19
Sanathana Konugolu Venkata Sekar, Joo Sin Beh, Andrea Farina, Alberto Dalla Mora, Antonio Pifferi, Paola Taroni
Elastin is a key structural protein of dynamic connective tissues widely found in the extracellular matrix of skin, arteries, lungs and ligaments. It is responsible for a range of diseases related to aging of biological tissues. The optical characterization of elastin can open new opportunities for its investigation in biomedical studies. In this work, we present the absorption spectra of elastin using a broadband (550-1350nm) diffuse optical spectrometer. Distortions caused by fluorescence and finite bandwidth of the laser source on estimated absorption were effectively accounted for in measurements and data analysis and compensated...
July 14, 2017: Biophysical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733007/ultrasound-assisted-synthesis-of-poly-mma-co-ba-zno-nanocomposites-with-enhanced-physical-properties
#20
Maneesh Kumar Poddar, Sachin Sharma, Srinivas Pattipaka, D Pamu, Vijayanand S Moholkar
The present study reports synthesis and characterization of poly(MMA-co-BA)/ZnO nanocomposites using ultrasound-assisted in-situ emulsion polymerization. Methyl methacrylate (MMA) was copolymerized with butyl acrylate (BA), for enhanced ductility of copolymer matrix, in presence of nanoscale ZnO particles. Ultrasound generated strong micro-turbulence in reaction mixture, which resulted in higher encapsulation and uniform dispersion of ZnO (in native form - without surface modification) in polymer matrix, as compared to mechanical stirring...
November 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
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