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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822343/the-control-of-disinfection-byproducts-and-their-precursors-in-biologically-active-filtration-processes
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Chao Liu, Christopher I Olivares, Ameet J Pinto, Chance V Lauderdale, Jess Brown, Meric Selbes, Tanju Karanfil
While disinfection provides hygienically safe drinking water, the disinfectants react with inorganic or organic precursors, leading to the formation of harmful disinfection byproducts (DBPs). Biological filtration is a process in which an otherwise conventional granular filter is designed to remove not only fine particulates but also dissolved organic matters (e.g., DBP precursors) through microbially mediated degradation. Recently, applications of biofiltration in drinking water treatment have increased significantly...
August 4, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822306/xyloglucan-endotransglucosylase-hydrolases-xths-are-inactivated-by-binding-to-glass-and-cellulosic-surfaces-and-released-in-active-form-by-a-heat-stable-polymer-from-cauliflower-florets
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Sandra C Sharples, Tu C Nguyen-Phan, Stephen C Fry
Xyloglucan endotransglucosylase (XET) activity, which cuts and re-joins hemicellulose chains in the plant cell wall, contributing to wall assembly and growth regulation, is the major activity of XTH proteins. During purification, XTHs often lose XET activity which, however, is restored by treatment with certain cold-water-extractable, heat-stable polymers (CHPs), e.g. from cauliflower florets. It was not known whether the XTH-activating factor (XAF) present in CHPs works by promoting (e.g. allosterically) XET activity or by re-solubilising sequestered XTH proteins...
August 5, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822300/drinking-water-to-reduce-alcohol-craving-a-randomized-controlled-study-on-the-impact-of-ghrelin-in-mediating-the-effects-of-forced-water-intake-in-alcohol-addiction
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Anne Koopmann, Katharina Lippmann, Rilana Schuster, Iris Reinhard, Patrick Bach, Georg Weil, Marcella Rietschel, Stephanie H Witt, Klaus Wiedemann, Falk Kiefer
BACKGROUND: Recent data suggest that ghrelin is involved in the pathophysiology of alcohol use disorders, affecting alcohol self-administration and craving. Gastric ghrelin secretion is reduced by stomach distension. We now tested the hypothesis whether the clinically well-known effects of high-volume water intake on craving reduction in alcoholism is mediated by acute changes in ghrelin secretion. METHODS: In this randomized human laboratory study, we included 23 alcohol-dependent male inpatient subjects who underwent alcohol cue exposure...
August 5, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822287/blue-light-induced-free-radicals-from-riboflavin-in-degradation-of-crystal-violet-by-microbial-viability-evaluation
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Ji-Yuan Liang, Jeu-Ming P Yuann, Zong-Jhe Hsie, Shiuh-Tsuen Huang, Chiing-Chang Chen
Crystal violet (CV) is applied in daily use mainly as a commercial dye and antimicrobial agent. Waste water containing CV may affect aquatic ecosystems. Riboflavin, also known as vitamin B2, is non-toxic and an essential vitamin required for the functions of the human body. Riboflavin is photosensitive to UV and visible light in terms of generating reactive oxygen species. This study investigated the potential application of blue light on riboflavin, so as to come up with an effective way of degrading CV during its treatment...
August 12, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822256/addressing-harmful-algal-blooms-habs-impacts-with-ferrate-vi-simultaneous-removal-of-algal-cells-and-toxins-for-drinking-water-treatment
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Yang Deng, Meiyin Wu, Huiqin Zhang, Lei Zheng, Yaritza Acosta, Tsung-Ta D Hsu
Although ferrate(VI) has long been recognized as a multi-purpose treatment agent, previous investigations regarding ferrate(VI) for addressing harmful algal blooms (HABs) impacts in drinking water treatment only focused on a single HAB pollutant (e.g. algal cells or algal toxins). Moreover, the performance of ferrate(VI)-driven coagulation was poorly investigated in comparison with ferrate(VI) oxidation, though it has been widely acknowledged as a major ferrate(VI) treatment mechanism. We herein reported ferrate(VI) as an emerging agent for simultaneous and effective removal of algal cells and toxins in a simulated HAB-impacted water...
August 11, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822159/-effect-of-sodium-houttuyfonate-in-combination-with-erythromycin-on-luxs-agr-rna%C3%A2-of-staphylococus-epidermidis
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Gan-Fei Xu, Jing-Jing Wang, Da-Qiang Wu, Yan Guan
Quorum sensing of bacteria and its specific gene expression regulation have a very important role in bacterial biofilm formation. LuxS and agr are the key regulatory genes in quorum sensing of Staphylococcus epidermidis, and RNA Ⅲ is the effector molecule of agr system. In order to evaluate the effects of sodium houttuyfonate in combination with erythromycin on the transcription level of S. epidermidis, serial dilution method was used to determine the MIC of sodium houttuyfonate, erythromycin and vancomycin on S...
June 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821854/dynamics-of-hydration-water-plays-a-key-role-in-determining-the-binding-thermodynamics-of-protein-complexes
#7
Song-Ho Chong, Sihyun Ham
Interfacial waters are considered to play a crucial role in protein-protein interactions, but in what sense and why are they important? Here, using molecular dynamics simulations and statistical thermodynamic analyses, we demonstrate distinctive dynamic characteristics of the interfacial water and investigate their implications for the binding thermodynamics. We identify the presence of extraordinarily slow (~1,000 times slower than in bulk water) hydrogen-bond rearrangements in interfacial water. We rationalize the slow rearrangements by introducing the "trapping" free energies, characterizing how strongly individual hydration waters are captured by the biomolecular surface, whose magnitude is then traced back to the number of water-protein hydrogen bonds and the strong electrostatic field produced at the binding interface...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821791/determination-of-phenols-isomers-in-water-by-novel-nanosilica-polydimethylsiloxane-coated-stirring-bar-combined-with-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-fourier-transform-infrared-spectroscopy
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Bei Zheng, Wentao Li, Lin Liu, Xin Wang, Chen Chen, Zhiyong Yu, Hongyan Li
A novel nanosilica/polydimethylsiloxane (SiO2/PDMS) coated stirring bar was adopted in the sorption extraction (SBSE) of phenols in water, and the high performance liquid chromatography-fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (HPLC-FTIR) was subsequently used to determination of phenol concentration. The SiO2/PDMS coating was prepared by sol-gel method and characterized with respect to morphology and specific surface area. The results of field-emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM) and N2 adsorption-desorption as well as phenol adsorption experiments denoted that SiO2/PDMS has larger surface area and better adsorption capacity than commercial PDMS...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821770/drought-and-exogenous-abscisic-acid-alter-hydrogen-peroxide-accumulation-and-differentially-regulate-the-expression-of-two-maize-rd22-like-genes
#9
Kyle Phillips, Ndiko Ludidi
Increased biosynthesis of abscisic acid (ABA) occurs in plants in response to water deficit, which is mediated by changes in the levels of reactive oxygen species such as H2O2. Water deficit and ABA induce expression of some RD22-like proteins. This study aimed to evaluate the effect of water deficit and exogenous ABA (50 µM ABA applied every 24 hours for a total of 72 hours) on H2O2 content in Zea mays (maize) and to characterise genes encoding two putative maize RD22-like proteins (designated ZmRD22A and ZmRD22B)...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821549/phosphate-catalyzed-hydrogen-peroxide-formation-from-agar-gellan-and-%C3%AE%C2%BA-carrageenan-and-recovery-of-microorganisms-cultivability-by-catalase-and-pyruvate
#10
Kosei Kawasaki, Yoichi Kamagata
Previously, we reported that when agar is autoclaved with phosphate buffer, H2O2 is formed in the resulting medium (PT) and the colony count on the medium inoculated with environmental samples becomes much lower than that on a medium in which agar and phosphate are autoclaved separately (PS) (Appl Environ Microbiol 80:7659-7666). However, the physicochemical mechanisms underlying this observation remain largely unknown. Here, we determined the factors affecting H2O2 formation in agar. The H2O2 formation was pH-dependent: H2O2 was formed at high concentrations in alkaline or neutral phosphate buffer, but not in acidic one...
August 18, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821135/exploring-pullulan-poly-vinyl-alcohol-interpenetrating-network-microspheres-as-controlled-release-drug-delivery-device
#11
Saundray Raj Soni, Animesh Ghosh
In the present study, interpenetrating polymeric network (IPN) microsphere was prepared using glutaraldehyde assisted water-in-oil emulsion crosslinking method for controlled delivery of pirfenidone, the only chemical entity approved by US FDA for the treatment of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF). In our study, the natural biopolymer pullulan was harnessed in combination with synthetic polymer PVA for drug delivery applications. The prepared microspheres were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, solid state (13)C nuclear magnetic resonance and field emission scanning electron microscopy...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821117/chitosan-based-thin-active-layer-membrane-for-forward-osmosis-desalination
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Alireza Shakeri, Hasan Salehi, Masoud Rastgar
A novel hydrophilic chitosan-based thin active layer membrane was elaborately fabricated through a facile method and its performance was studied in forward osmosis (FO) desalination process. Chitosan (CS) was interfacially polymerized with trimesoyl chloride (TMC) monomer on the surface of sulfonated polyethersulfone-polyethersulfone (SPES-PES) support layer. Two different procedures were employed to incorporate CS into the membrane thin active layer structure. The solutions containing different CS concentrations (from 0...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821098/physical-chemical-characteristics-and-potential-use-of-a-novel-alginate-zein-hydrogel-as-the-sorption-phase-for-polar-organic-compounds
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Natara D B Castilhos, Naiara M F M Sampaio, Bruno C da Silva, Izabel C Riegel-Vidotti, Marco T Grassi, Bruno J G Silva
A novel alginate based hydrogel was successfully prepared and tested for the solid phase microextraction of medium-to-high polarity compounds, when supported in a polypropylene (PP) fiber. Pure alginate when added onto the surface of the PP fiber, resulted in a significant improvement in the extraction efficiency of the analytes (except for β-estradiol). The alginate hydrogel was modified upon the incorporation of a small amount of zein, a corn protein. Interestingly, the alginate/zein-supported hydrogel was capable of successfully extracting compounds with low partition constant (Kow), such as 17-α-ethinyl estradiol, progesterone and estriol, since the initial water uptake decreased dramatically in this gel, therefore, leaving the alginate hydroxyl groups more available to interact with the polar compounds...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821093/urea-free-synthesis-of-chitin-based-acrylate-superabsorbent-polymers-under-homogeneous-conditions-effects-of-the-degree-of-deacetylation-and-the-molecular-weight
#14
T G Liu, Y T Wang, B Li, H B Deng, Z L Huang, L W Qian, X Wang
In order to understand the chemical structure of chitin-based acrylate superabsorbent polymers (SAP), chitin was dissolved in NaOH aqueous solution via freezing-thawing cyclic treatment without urea, subsequently, a transparent hydrogel was prepared by copolymerizing the alkali-chitin solution and acrylic acid directly. The effects of the degree of deacetylation (DDA) and the molecular weight (Mw) of chitin on the properties of SAP were investigated in detail. With increasing the DDA and Mw, the yield improved while the water absorbency decreased, yet the effect of DDA is insignificant if the Mw is smaller enough...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821089/preparation-and-evaluation-of-chitosan-alginate-porous-microspheres-bletilla-striata-polysaccharide-composite-hemostatic-sponges
#15
Chao Wang, Wenfeng Luo, Puwang Li, Sidong Li, Ziming Yang, Zhang Hu, Yangyang Liu, Ningjian Ao
We prepared a novel hemostatic material using chitosan (CS), alginate, and Bletilla striata, which showed good biocompatibility and hemostatic properties. Alginate-calcium porous microspheres (Alg) were prepared by emulsification/cross-linking methods, and Bletilla striata polysaccharide (Bsp) was extracted from the tubers by water extraction and alcohol precipitation. To improve the water absorption and accelerate the blood coagulation, Alg and Bsp were mixed with chitosan solution to form CS/Alg and CS/Alg/Bsp composite sponges by lyophilization...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821043/effect-of-moderate-electric-fields-in-the-properties-of-starch-and-chitosan-films-reinforced-with-microcrystalline-cellulose
#16
Caroline C S Coelho, Miguel A Cerqueira, Ricardo N Pereira, Lorenzo M Pastrana, Otniel Freitas-Silva, António A Vicente, Lourdes M C Cabral, José A Teixeira
Microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) can provide improved properties when the aim is the development of biodegradable packaging materials. In this work the physicochemical properties of polysaccharide-based films (chitosan and starch) with the incorporation of MCC and the application of moderate electric field (MEF) and ultrasonic bath (UB) as treatments, were evaluated. For each treatment, the thickness, moisture content, solubility, water vapor permeability, contact angle, mechanical properties, along with its color and opacity were determined...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821037/effects-of-esterification-on-the-structural-physicochemical-and-flocculation-properties-of-dextran
#17
Ruo-Han Li, Tao Zeng, Min Wu, Hong-Bin Zhang, Xue-Qin Hu
Dextran is an interesting starting material to design new functional polymers by chemical modification. Potential applications of dextran in water treatment should be increasingly developed and the structure properties of dextran derivatives should be focused on. In the study, dextran ester was synthesized through the esterification reaction of hydroxyl. The structure and some physicochemical properties of synthesized dextran ester were characterized and further analyzed. And we found that dextran ester could exert desirable flocculation performance in both kaolin and sugarcane juice under acidic conditions but not lower than pH 4...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821002/modeling-the-fate-and-transport-of-17%C3%AE-estradiol-in-the-south-river-watershed-in-virginia
#18
Xiaomin Zhao, Wu-Seng Lung
Hormones excreted by livestock metabolisms often enter surface water through feces and urine and can potentially cause adverse impacts to aquatic biota. This study involved a modeling analysis of 17β-estradiol (E2), a prevalent estrogen, in the South River watershed located in Augusta County, Virginia from 2013 to 2015. Cattle manure, poultry litter, biosolids, septic systems, and wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) were considered as sources of E2 in this study. The EPA's BASINS modeling framework was configured to track the fate and transport of E2...
August 13, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820997/nh2fe3o4-sio2-supported-peroxidase-catalyzed-h2o2-for-degradation-of-endocrine-disrupter-from-aqueous-solution-roles-of-active-radicals-and-noms
#19
Jing Ai, Weijun Zhang, Guiying Liao, Hua Xia, Dongsheng Wang
In this work, magnetic Fe3O4 was utilized to immobilize horseradish peroxidase (IM-HRP) in order to improve its stability and reusability by crosslinking method process with glutaraldehyde. The physicochemical properties of NH2Fe3O4@SiO2 and IM-HRP were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), Thermo-gravimetric Analysis (TGA) and Transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The thermal stability of immobilized-HRP was considerably improved in comparison with free counterpart...
August 13, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820996/exploring-ozonation-as-treatment-alternative-for-methiocarb-and-formed-transformation-products-abatement
#20
A Cruz-Alcalde, C Sans, S Esplugas
Despite the high toxicity and resistance to conventional water treatments exhibited by methiocarb (MC), there are no reports regarding the degradation of this priority pesticide by means of alternative purification technologies. In this work, the removal of MC by means of ozonation was studied for the first time, employing a multi-reactor methodology and neutral pH conditions. The second-order rate constants of MC reaction with molecular ozone (O3) and formed hydroxyl radicals (OH·) were determined to be 1...
August 12, 2017: Chemosphere
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