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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343132/probing-polarity-of-flame-retardants-and-correlating-with-interaction-between-flame-retardants-and-pet-fiber
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Shuo Chang, Xiang Zhou, Zhiqi Xing, Tianmin Tu
The empirical polarity parameter ET(30) was determined for polyethylene terephthalate (PET) fiber and five phosphorus flame retardants by UV-Vis absorption spectrum of solvatochromic probe. To investigate the interaction between flame retardant and PET fiber during the finishing process, the partition coefficients K of these flame retardants between water and PET fiber were determined and an interesting linear relationship between lnK and ET(30) of the flame retardants was obtained, suggesting ET(30) is definitely an excellent estimation of the interaction of flame retardants with PET...
March 11, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343042/in-situ-determination-of-trace-elements-in-fucus-spp-by-field-portable-xrf
#2
Andrew Turner, Hiu Poon, Alex Taylor, Murray T Brown
Fresh and freeze-dried sample sections of the coastal macroalgae, Fucus serratus and F. vesiculosus, and the brackish water macroalga, F. ceranoides, have been analysed for trace elements by field-portable-X-ray fluorescence (FP-XRF) spectrometry using a Niton XL3t in a low density mode with thickness correction. When analysed fresh in a laboratory accessory stand for a period of 200 seconds, As, Br, Fe and Zn were registered in the apex, mid-frond and lower stipe of all species, with detection limits of a few μg g(-1) (As) or a few tens of μg g(-1) (Br, Fe, Zn); when analysed dry under the same conditions, concentrations returned were systematically higher and Cu and Pb were detected in a number of F...
March 23, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343039/study-of-trace-metal-imbalances-in-the-blood-scalp-hair-and-nails-of-oral-cancer-patients-from-pakistan
#3
Muhammad Abdul Qayyum, Munir H Shah
Oral cancer is an important cause of cancer morbidity and mortality globally and exposure to trace metals alongside tobacco, alcohol and HPV are the important etiological factors in its development. Selected essential and toxic trace metals (Cd, Cr, Cu, Fe, Mn, Ni, Pb and Zn) were measured in the blood, scalp hair and nails of oral cancer patients and counterpart controls by atomic absorption spectrometry. Mean concentrations of Cd, Ni and Pb were found to be significantly higher (p<0.05) and those of Cu, Fe and Zn were considerably lower in the blood, scalp hair and nails of the patients than the controls...
March 23, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343037/concentration-and-sources-of-atmospheric-nitrous-acid-hono-at-an-urban-site-in-western-china
#4
Ru-Jin Huang, Lu Yang, Junji Cao, Qiyuan Wang, Xuexi Tie, Kin-Fai Ho, Zhenxing Shen, Renjian Zhang, Guohui Li, Chongshu Zhu, Ningning Zhang, Wenting Dai, Jiamao Zhou, Suixin Liu, Yang Chen, Jun Chen, Colin D O'Dowd
Highly time-resolved measurements of nitrous acid (HONO) were carried out with a highly sensitive long path absorption photometer (LOPAP) at an urban site of Xi'an in Western China from 24 July to 6 August 2015 to investigate the atmospheric variations, sources, and formation pathways of HONO. The concentrations of HONO vary from 0.02 to 4.3ppbv with an average of 1.12ppbv for the entire measurement period. The variation trends of HONO and NO2 are very similar and positively correlated which, together with the similar diurnal profiles of HONO/NO2 ratio and HONO, suggest the importance of heterogeneous conversion of HONO from NO2...
March 23, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343014/natural-lipids-enriched-self-nano-emulsifying-systems-for-effective-co-delivery-of-tamoxifen-and-naringenin-systematic-approach-for-improved-breast-cancer-therapeutics
#5
Premjeet Singh Sandhu, Rajendra Kumar, Sarwar Beg, Sanyog Jain, Varun Kushwah, O P Katare, Bhupinder Singh
The nano-miceller drug delivery carriers of tamoxifen (TMX) having natural ingredients like polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) with self-nano-emulsifying properties was developed with naringenin (NG) in a synergistic manner i.e. TMX-NG-SNEDDS. The optimized nano-formulation revealed complete drug release in 30min and >80% permeation in 45min. Superior cellular uptake potential (4.6 to 6.5-fold) of the TMX-NG-SNEDDS using Caco-2 cells while cytotoxicity study on MCF-7 cells indicated significant results (P<0...
March 23, 2017: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342789/enhanced-gastric-stability-of-esomeprazole-by-molecular-interaction-and-modulation-of-microenvironmental-ph-with-alkalizers-in-solid-dispersion
#6
Hien Van Nguyen, Namhyun Baek, Beom-Jin Lee
Due to the instability of esomeprazole magnesium dihydrate (EPM), a proton pump inhibitor, in gastric fluid, enteric-coated dosage form is commonly used for therapeutic application. In this study, we prepared new gastric fluid resistant solid dispersions (SDs) containing alkalizers. Then, new mechanistic evidence regarding the effects of pharmaceutical alkalizers on the aqueous stability of EPM in simulated gastric fluid was investigated. The alkalizer-loaded SD were prepared by dissolving or dispersing EPM, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) 6 cps, and an alkalizer, in ethanol 50% (v/v) followed by spray drying...
March 22, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342610/intentionally-induced-intestinal-barrier-dysfunction-causes-inflammation-affects-metabolism-and-reduces-productivity-in-lactating-holstein-cows
#7
S K Kvidera, M J Dickson, M Abuajamieh, D B Snider, M V Sanz Fernandez, J S Johnson, A F Keating, P J Gorden, H B Green, K M Schoenberg, L H Baumgard
Study objectives were to evaluate the effects of intentionally reduced intestinal barrier function on productivity, metabolism, and inflammatory indices in otherwise healthy dairy cows. Fourteen lactating Holstein cows (parity 2.6 ± 0.3; 117 ± 18 d in milk) were enrolled in 2 experimental periods. Period 1 (5 d) served as the baseline for period 2 (7 d), during which cows received 1 of 2 i.v. treatments twice per day: sterile saline or a gamma-secretase inhibitor (GSI; 1.5 mg/kg of body weight). Gamma-secretase inhibitors reduce intestinal barrier function by inhibiting crypt cell differentiation into absorptive enterocytes...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342426/optical-and-electrochemical-dual-channel-sensing-of-cu-2-using-functionalized-furo-2-3-d-pyrimidines-2-4-1h-3h-diones
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Manoj Kumar, Lokesh Kumar Kumawat, Priyanka Bhatt, Anjali Jha, Shilpi Agarwal, Anuj Sharma, Vinod Kumar Gupta
Owing to their easy accessibility and high degree of structural and functional diversity, many multicomponent reactions (MCRs) have been a rich source of conjugate π-systems, functionalised chromophores (or fluorophore) and redox active molecules. Despite their high explorative potential and practical benefits, only a few MCR products have been so far investigated for their metal sensing abilities. In the present report, two furopyrimidinones (FPys) based molecular systems have been synthesized by [4+1] cycloaddition based MCR sequence...
March 18, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342321/improvement-of-paracellular-transport-in-the-caco-2-drug-screening-model-using-protein-engineered-substrates
#9
Rebecca L DiMarco, Daniel R Hunt, Ruby E Dewi, Sarah C Heilshorn
The Caco-2 assay has achieved wide popularity among pharmaceutical companies in the past two decades as an in vitro method for estimation of in vivo oral bioavailability of pharmaceutical compounds during preclinical characterization. Despite its popularity, this assay suffers from a severe underprediction of the transport of drugs which are absorbed paracellularly, that is, which pass through the cell-cell tight junctions of the absorptive cells of the small intestine. Here, we propose that simply replacing the collagen I matrix employed in the standard Caco-2 assay with an engineered matrix, we can control cell morphology and hence regulate the cell-cell junctions that dictate paracellular transport...
March 18, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340521/stable-and-controllable-synthesis-of-silver-nanowires-for-transparent-conducting-film
#10
Bitao Liu, Hengqing Yan, Shanyong Chen, Youwei Guan, Guoguo Wu, Rong Jin, Lu Li
Silver nanowires without particles are synthesized by a solvothermal method at temperature 150 °C. Silver nanowires are prepared via a reducing agent of glycerol and a capping agent of polyvinylpyrrolidone (M w  ≈ 1,300,000). Both of them can improve the purity of the as-prepared silver nanowires. With controllable shapes and sizes, silver nanowires are grown continuously up to 10-20 μm in length with 40-50 nm in diameter. To improve the yield of silver nanowires, the different concentrations of AgNO3 synthesis silver nanowires are discussed...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340456/macroscopic-and-microscopic-investigation-of-adsorption-and-precipitation-of-zn-on-%C3%AE-alumina-in-the-absence-and-presence-of-as
#11
Yu-Jun Wang, Ting-Ting Fan, Cun Liu, Wei Li, Meng-Qiang Zhu, Jian-Xin Fan, Hua Gong, Dong-Mei Zhou, Donald L Sparks
Contaminants zinc (Zn) and arsenate (As) often coexist in soils. However, little is known concerning the impacts of coexisting As on Zn adsorption and precipitation on soil minerals. In the present study, adsorption and precipitation of Zn on γ-alumina in the absence and presence of arsenate was investigated employing batch experiments and Extended X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (EXAFS) spectroscopy. Results indicated that Zn formed edge-sharing tetrahedral surface complexes at pH 5.5 and Zn-Al LDH-like (layered double hydroxide) precipitates at pH 7...
March 21, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340452/a-study-of-photosynthetic-biogas-upgrading-based-on-a-high-rate-algal-pond-under-alkaline-conditions-influence-of-the-illumination-regime
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Mariana Franco-Morgado, Cynthia Alcántara, Adalberto Noyola, Raúl Muñoz, Armando González-Sánchez
Microalgal-bacterial processes have emerged as environmental friendly systems for the cost-effective treatment of anaerobic effluents such as biogas and nutrients-laden digestates. Environmental parameters such as temperature, irradiation, nutrient concentration and pH effect the performance of the systems. In this paper, the potential of a microalgal-bacterial photobioreactor operated under high pH (≈9.5) and high alkalinity to convert biogas into biomethane was evaluated. The influence of the illumination regime (continuous light supply vs 12h/12h light/dark cycles) on the synthetic biogas upgrading efficiency, biomass productivity and nutrient removal efficiency was assessed in a High-Rate Algal Pond interconnected to a biogas absorption bubble column...
March 20, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340405/population-pharmacokinetic-modeling-of-furosemide-in-patients-with-hypertension-and-fluid-overload-conditions
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Devender Kodati, Narsimhareddy Yellu
BACKGROUND: Furosemide is a loop diuretic drug frequently indicated in hypertension and fluid overload conditions such as congestive heart failure and hepatic cirrhosis. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of the study was to establish a population pharmacokinetic model for furosemide in Indian hypertensive and fluid overload patients, and to evaluate effects of covariates on the volume of distribution (V/F) and oral clearance (CL/F) of furosemide. METHODS: A total of 188 furosemide plasma sample concentrations from 63 patients with hypertension or fluid overload conditions were collected in this study...
January 15, 2017: Pharmacological Reports: PR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340400/pharmacoinformatics-exploration-of-polyphenol-oxidases-leading-to-novel-inhibitors-by-virtual-screening-and-molecular-dynamic-simulation-study
#14
Mubashir Hassan, Qamar Abbas, Zaman Ashraf, Ahmed A Moustafa, Sung-Yum Seo
Polyphenol oxidases (PPOs)/tyrosinases are metal-dependent enzymes and known as important targets for melanogenesis. Although considerable attempts have been conducted to control the melanin-associated diseases by using various inhibitors. However, the exploration of the best anti-melanin inhibitor without side effect still remains a challenge in drug discovery. In present study, protein structure prediction, ligand-based pharmacophore modeling, virtual screening, molecular docking and dynamic simulation study were used to screen the strong novel inhibitor to cure melanogenesis...
March 15, 2017: Computational Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340397/quantification-of-hydrocarbon-species-on-surfaces-by-combined-microbalance-ftir
#15
Andrew I McNab, Tom Heinze, Alan J McCue, Davide Dionisi, James A Anderson
Absorption coefficients for the asymmetric stretching modes of CH3 and CH2 groups formed by adsorbing alkyl chained species from the vapour phase onto two different adsorbents; a γ-alumina support material and a supported metal catalyst have been determined using a custom made thermogravimetric-infrared cell. Results show that despite variations in the individually calculated absorption coefficients (ca. ±20%), the ratio of the absorption coefficients (CH2:CH3) remained consistent despite employing adsorbates of varying chain length and functionality, and despite the choice of adsorbents which exhibited different surface areas and light scattering characteristics...
March 16, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340296/ultra-low-surface-recombination-velocity-in-passivated-ingaas-inp-nanopillars
#16
Aura Higuera-Rodriguez, Bruno Romeira, Simone Birindelli, Lachlan E Black, Barry Smalbrugge, Peter J van Veldhoven, Wilhelmus Erwin M M Kessels, Meint K Smit, Andrea Fiore
The III-V semiconductor InGaAs is a key material for photonics since it provides optical emission and absorption in the 1.55 μm telecommunication wavelength window. However, InGaAs suffers from pronounced non-radiative effects associated with its surface states, which affect the performance of nanophotonic devices for optical interconnects, namely nanolasers and nanodetectors. This work reports the strong suppression of surface recombination of undoped InGaAs/InP nanostructured semiconductor pillars using a combination of ammonium sulfide, (NH4)2S, passivation and silicon oxide, SiOx, coating...
March 24, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340114/the-pain-related-cognitive-processes-questionnaire-development-and-validation
#17
Melissa A Day, L Charles Ward, Beverly E Thorn, Cathryne P Lang, Toby R O Newton-John, Dawn M Ehde, Mark P Jensen
Objective.:  Cognitive processes may be characterized as how individuals think, whereas cognitive content constitutes what individuals think. Both cognitive processes and cognitive content are theorized to play important roles in chronic pain adjustment, and treatments have been developed to target both. However, the evaluation of treatments that target cognitive processes is limited because extant measures do not satisfactorily separate cognitive process from cognitive content. The current study aimed to develop a self-report inventory of potentially adaptive and presumed maladaptive attentional processes that may occur when someone is experiencing pain...
March 6, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339773/effects-of-sodium-1-25-dihydroxyvitamin-d3-and-parathyroid-hormone-fragment-on-inorganic-p-absorption-and-type-iib-sodium-phosphate-cotransporter-expression-in-ligated-duodenal-loops-of-broilers
#18
X D Liao, H Q Suo, L Lu, Y X Hu, L Y Zhang, X G Luo
Three experiments were conducted with 22-day-old Arbor Acres male broilers to study the effects of Na+, 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 [1,25-(OH)2D3] and parathyroid hormone fragment [PTH (1-34)] on inorganic P absorption and Type IIb sodium-phosphate cotransporter (NaP-IIb) mRNA and protein expression levels in ligated duodenal loops. The duodenal loops were perfused with solutions (pH = 6) containing zero, 50, or 150 mmol/L of Na+ as NaCl in Exp. 1, containing zero, 30, or 300 pmol/L of 1,25-(OH)2D3 in Exp. 2, or containing zero, 65, or 650 pmol/L of PTH (1-34) in Exp...
February 23, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339527/microbial-community-mapping-in-intestinal-tract-of-broiler-chicken
#19
Yingping Xiao, Yun Xiang, Weidong Zhou, Jinggang Chen, Kaifeng Li, Hua Yang
Domestic chickens are valuable sources of protein associated with producing meat and eggs for humans. The gastrointestinal tract (GIT) houses a large microbial community, and these microbiota play an important role in growth and health of chickens, contributing to the enhancement of nutrient absorption and improvement of the birds' immune systems. To improve our understanding of the chicken intestinal microbial composition, microbiota inhabiting 5 different intestinal locations (duodenum, jejunum, ileum, cecum, and colon) of 42-day-old broiler chickens were detected based on 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis...
October 6, 2016: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339240/single-photon-thermal-ionization-of-c_-60
#20
Klavs Hansen, Robert Richter, Michele Alagia, Stefano Stranges, Luca Schio, Peter Salén, Vasyl Yatsyna, Raimund Feifel, Vitali Zhaunerchyk
We report on experiments which show that C_{60} can ionize in an indirect, quasithermal boiloff process after absorption of a single photon. The process involves a large number of incoherently excited valence electrons and yields electron spectra with a Boltzmann distribution with temperatures exceeding 10^{4}  K. It is expected to be present for other molecules and clusters with a comparatively large number of valence electrons. The astrophysical consequences are briefly discussed.
March 10, 2017: Physical Review Letters
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