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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651354/cambial-response-of-norway-spruce-to-modified-carbon-availability-by-phloem-girdling
#1
Andrea Winkler, Walter Oberhuber
We tested the hypothesis that increase in carbon (C) availability in Norway spruce saplings (Picea abies (L.) Karst.) intensifies cambial cell division and increases cell lumen diameter (CLD) and cell wall thickness (CWT) when water availability is adequate. To accomplish this, we experimentally subjected 6-year-old P. abies saplings (n = 80 trees) to two levels of soil humidity (watered versus drought conditions) and manipulated tree C status by physically blocking phloem transport at three girdling dates (GDs)...
June 23, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651289/a-validated-method-for-the-quality-control-of-andrographis-paniculata-preparations
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Anastasia Karioti, Patricia Timoteo, Maria Camilla Bergonzi, Anna Rita Bilia
Andrographis paniculata is a herbal drug of Asian traditional medicine largely employed for the treatment of several diseases. Recently, it has been introduced in Europe for the prophylactic and symptomatic treatment of common cold and as an ingredient of dietary supplements. The active principles are diterpenes with andrographolide as the main representative. In the present study, an analytical protocol was developed for the determination of the main constituents in the herb and preparations of A. paniculata...
June 26, 2017: Planta Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651208/relationship-between-thms-ndma-formation-potential-and-molecular-weight-of-organic-compounds-for-source-and-treated-water-in-shanghai-china
#3
Dong An, Bin Gu, Sainan Sun, Han Zhang, Yanan Chen, Huifeng Zhu, Jian Shi, Jun Tong
Molecular weight (MW) distributions in source and treated water in Shanghai, China were investigated to understand the relationship between trihalomethanes formation potential/N-nitrosodimethylamine formation potential (THMFP/NDMAFP) and dissolved organic carbon (DOC) for different MW ranges (<1K, 1-10K, 10-30K, >30KDa). The result of MW distributions in source water indicated a relationship between THMFP/NDMAFP and DOC such that DOC for <1K and 1-30KDa DOC were linearly related to THMFP and NDMAFP, respectively...
June 23, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651133/material-flow-and-sustainability-analyses-of-biorefining-of-municipal-solid-waste
#4
Jhuma Sadhukhan, Elias Martinez-Hernandez
This paper presents material flow and sustainability analyses of novel mechanical biological chemical treatment system for complete valorization of municipal solid waste (MSW). It integrates material recovery facility (MRF); pulping, chemical conversion; effluent treatment plant (ETP), anaerobic digestion (AD); and combined heat and power (CHP) systems producing end products: recyclables (24.9% by mass of MSW), metals (2.7%), fibre (1.5%); levulinic acid (7.4%); recyclable water (14.7%), fertiliser (8.3%); and electricity (0...
June 17, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651082/impact-of-humic-acid-on-the-degradation-of-levofloxacin-by-aqueous-permanganate-kinetics-and-mechanism
#5
Ke Xu, Weiwei Ben, Wencui Ling, Yu Zhang, Jiuhui Qu, Zhimin Qiang
Levofloxacin (LF) is a frequently detected fluoroquinolone in surface water, and permanganate (MnO4(-)) is a commonly used oxidant in drinking water treatment. This study investigated the impact of humic acid (HA) on LF degradation by aqueous MnO4(-) from both kinetic and mechanistic aspects. In the absence of HA, the second-order rate constant (k) of LF degradation by MnO4(-) was determined to be 3.9 M(-1) s(-1) at pH 7.5, which increased with decreasing pH. In the presence of HA, the pseudo-first-order rate constant (kobs) of LF degradation at pH 7...
June 14, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651076/application-of-water-assisted-ultraviolet-light-in-combination-of-chlorine-and-hydrogen-peroxide-to-inactivate-salmonella-on-fresh-produce
#6
Shuanghuan Guo, Runze Huang, Haiqiang Chen
With the demand for fresh produce increases in recent decades, concerns for microbiological safety of fresh produce are also raised. To identify effective ultraviolet (UV) light treatment for fresh produce decontamination, we first determined the effect of three forms of UV treatment, dry UV (samples were treated by UV directly), wet UV (samples were dipped in water briefly and then exposed to UV), and water-assisted UV (samples were treated by UV while being immersed in agitated water) on inactivation of Salmonella inoculated on tomatoes and fresh-cut lettuce...
June 19, 2017: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651049/dissolvable-and-recyclable-random-lasers
#7
Xiaoyu Shi, Yu-Ming Liao, Hsia-Yu Lin, Po-Wei Tsao, Meng-Jer Wu, Shih-Yao Lin, Hsiu-Hao Hu, Zhaona Wang, Tai-Yuan Lin, Ying-Chih Lai, Yang-Fang Chen
An integrated random laser based on green materials with dissolubility and recyclability is created and demonstrated. The dissolvable and recyclable random laser (DRRL) can be dissolved in water accompanying with the decay of emission intensity and the increment in lasing threshold. Furthermore, the DRRL can be reused after the process of de-ionized treatment, exhibiting excellent reproducibility with several recycling processes.
June 26, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651047/prioritization-of-contaminants-of-emerging-concern-in-wastewater-treatment-plant-discharges-using-chemical-gene-interactions-in-caged-fish
#8
Edward J Perkins, Tanwir Habib, Barbara L Escalon, Jenna E Cavallin, Linnea Thomas, Matthew Weberg, Megan N Hughes, Kathleen M Jensen, Michael D Kahl, Daniel L Villeneuve, Gerald T Ankley, Natalia Garcia-Reyero
We examined whether contaminants present in surface waters could be prioritized for further assessment by linking the presence of specific chemicals to gene expression changes in exposed fish. Fathead minnows were deployed in cages for 2, 4, or 8 days at three locations near two different wastewater treatment plant discharge sites in the Saint Louis Bay, Duluth, MN and one upstream reference site. The biological impact of 51 chemicals detected in the surface water of 133 targeted chemicals was determined using biochemical endpoints, exposure activity ratios for biological and estrogenic responses, known chemical:gene interactions from biological pathways and knowledge bases, and analysis of the co-variance of ovary gene expression with surface water chemistry...
June 26, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650846/dosimetric-verification-in-water-of-a-monte-carlo-treatment-planning-tool-for-proton-helium-carbon-and-oxygen-ion-beams-at-the-heidelberg-ion-beam-therapy-center
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Thomas Tessonnier, Till Tobias Boehlen, Francesco Cerutti, Alfredo Ferrari, Paola Roberta Sala, Stephan Brons, Thomas Haberer, Juergen Debus, Katia Parodi, Andrea Mairani
The introduction of "new" ion species in particle therapy needs to be supported by a thorough assessment of their dosimetric properties and by treatment planning comparisons with clinically used proton and carbon ion beams. In addition to the latter two ions, helium and oxygen ion beams are foreseen at the Heidelberg Ion beam Therapy (HIT) center as potential assets for improving clinical outcomes in the near future. We present in this study a dosimetric validation of a FLUKA-based Monte Carlo Treatment Planning tool (MCTP) for protons, helium, carbon and oxygen ions for spread-out Bragg peaks...
June 26, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650805/an-in-vitro-and-numerical-study-of-moxibustion-therapy-on-biological-tissue
#10
Ying Li, Chao Sun, Jiujie Kuang, Changchun Ji, Shangsheng Feng, Jiangtao Wu, Haojun You
OBJECTIVE: Moxibustion therapy achieves satisfactory therapeutic effects largely depending on the heat stimulation of burning moxa. Understanding the thermal characteristics of heating process is an effective way to reveal the underlying mechanisms of moxibustion therapy. METHODS: This paper performs experimental study on temperature distributions of burning moxa sticks and fresh in-vitro porcine abdominal tissue using an infrared camera and thermocouples. Meanwhile, a moxibustion model incorporating moxa stick burning model and tissue heat transfer model was established with consideration of radiation propagation and water evaporation...
June 26, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650699/effect-of-euterpe-oleracea-mart-seeds-extract-on-chronic-ischemic-renal-injury-in-renovascular-hypertensive-rats
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Cristiane Aguiar da Costa, Dayane Teixeira Ognibene, Viviane Silva Cristino Cordeiro, Graziele Freitas de Bem, Izabelle Barcellos Santos, Ricardo Andrade Soares, Letícia L de Melo Cunha, Lenize C R M Carvalho, Roberto Soares de Moura, Angela Castro Resende
Previously, we have demonstrated that the seeds of Euterpe oleracia Mart. (açaí) are rich in polyphenols with antihypertensive and antioxidant properties. This study evaluated the renal protective effects of the hydroalcoholic extract obtained from the seeds of açaí (ASE) fruits in two-kidney, one-clip (2K1C) renovascular hypertension. Young male Wistar rats were used to obtain 2K1C and sham groups. Animals received ASE (200 mg/(kg·day) in drinking water) or vehicle for 40 days. We evaluated serum and urinary parameters, renal structural changes, and oxidative status...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Food
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650639/on-site-determination-and-monitoring-of-real-time-fluence-delivery-for-an-operating-uv-reactor-based-on-a-true-fluence-rate-detector
#12
Mengkai Li, Wentao Li, Zhimin Qiang, Ernest R Blatchley
At present, on-site fluence (distribution) determination and monitoring of an operating UV system represents a considerable challenge. The recently developed micro-fluorescent silica detector (MFSD) is able to measure the approximate true fluence rate (FR) at a fixed position in a UV reactor that can be compared with a FR model directly. Hence it has provided a connection between model calculation and real-time fluence determination. In this study, an on-site determination and monitoring method of fluence delivery for an operating UV reactor was developed...
June 26, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650591/the-silver-lining-towards-the-responsible-and-limited-usage-of-silver
#13
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Kshipra Naik, Meenal Kowshik
Silver has attracted a lot of attention as a powerful, broad spectrum and natural antimicrobial agent since the ancient times because of its non-toxic nature to the human body at low concentrations. It has been used in treatment of various infections and ulcers, storage of water, and prevention of bacterial growth on the surfaces and within materials. However there are numerous medical and health benefits of colloidal or nano silver apart from its microbicidal ability which as yet have not been fully embraced by the medical community...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650333/simultaneous-determination-of-ace-inhibitors-and-dexibuprofen-in-active-pharmaceutical-ingredient-formulations-and-human-serum-by-rp-hplc
#14
Aisha Sana, Safila Naveed, Fatima Qamar, Sadia Shakeel
The contemporary work describes a rapid and cost effective reversed phase High Performance Liquid Chromatography (RP-HPLC) method for the quantification of Captopril, Lisinopril and Dexibuprofen (DXP) simultaneously in dosage formulations, active pharmaceutical ingredients and human serum. The chromatographic system included LC-20A pump, Sil-20A auto sampler and SPD-20A UV/visible detector. The estimation was carried out by using a C18 (5μm, 250 ×4.6 mm) column with mobile phase methanol: water (80:20 v/v, pH 3...
March 2017: Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650260/group-4-late-embryogenesis-abundant-proteins-as-a-model-to-study-intrinsically-disordered-proteins-in-plants
#15
Cesar L Cuevas-Velazquez, Jose Luis Reyes, Alejandra A Covarrubias
Late Embryogenesis Abundant (LEA) proteins comprise a heterogeneous group of proteins that accumulate to high levels in the dry seed and in vegetative plant tissues under water deficit. We recently reported that group 4 LEA proteins from Arabidopsis thaliana, regardless of their structural disorder prevalent in aqueous solution, are able to fold into α-helix when subjected to water deficit and/or macromolecular crowding environments. Interestingly, the ability to gain structure under water limiting conditions is circumscribed to the N-terminal conserved region...
June 26, 2017: Plant Signaling & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650195/mechanisms-underlying-mindfulness-based-addiction-treatment-versus-cognitive-behavioral-therapy-and-usual-care-for-smoking-cessation
#16
Claire Adams Spears, Donald Hedeker, Liang Li, Cai Wu, Natalie K Anderson, Sean C Houchins, Christine Vinci, Diana Stewart Hoover, Jennifer Irvin Vidrine, Paul M Cinciripini, Andrew J Waters, David W Wetter
OBJECTIVE: To examine cognitive and affective mechanisms underlying mindfulness-based addiction treatment (MBAT) versus cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and usual care (UC) for smoking cessation. METHOD: Participants in the parent study from which data were drawn (N = 412; 54.9% female; 48.2% African American, 41.5% non-Latino White, 5.4% Latino, 4.9% other; 57.6% annual income <$30,000) were randomized to MBAT (n = 154), CBT (n = 155), or UC (n = 103). From quit date through 26 weeks postquit, participants completed measures of emotions, craving, dependence, withdrawal, self-efficacy, and attentional bias...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650149/rplc-hilic-and-sfc-with-mass-spectrometry-polarity-extended-organic-molecule-screening-in-environmental-water-samples
#17
Stefan Bieber, Giorgia Greco, Sylvia Grosse, Thomas Letzel
Trace organic compounds are important in environmental analysis, because they impact water quality and introduce potential (eco)toxicological effects. Current analytical methods mostly rely on gas chromatography (GC) or reversed-phase liquid chromatography (RPLC) coupled with (tandem) mass spectrometry. However, neither method can easily separate very polar molecules. This study presents, two chromatographic separation strategies, a serial RPLC- hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography (RPLC-HILIC) coupling and an analytical scale supercritical fluid chromatography (SFC) system, and validates their separation effectiveness as polarity-extended chromatographic methods for 274 environmentally relevant compounds...
June 26, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650137/how-to-manage-the-biological-risk-in-a-dental-clinic-state-of-the-art-and-future-perspectives
#18
Matteo Saccucci, Gaetano Ierardo, Carmela Protano, Matteo Vitali, Antonella Polimeni
Dental Personnel (DP) may be exposed to pathogens during dental treatment, either through contact contaminated equipment, or with blood and respiratory secretion. On the other hand, health care professionals are constantly exposed to pathogens and opportunists in their work environment. Consequently, the dental healthcare environment is connected with the risk of exposure to biological agents both for patients and dental workers, and involves a wide number of microorganisms that can be present in biological matrices (gingival fluids, saliva, blood), contaminated and/or non-sanitized surfaces, water used in the dental unit, or emitted by patients suffering or carrier of a transmissible disease...
June 23, 2017: Minerva Stomatologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649637/the-adaptation-of-escherichia-coli-cells-grown-in-simulated-microgravity-for-an-extended-period-is-both-phenotypic-and-genomic
#19
Madhan R Tirumalai, Fathi Karouia, Quyen Tran, Victor G Stepanov, Rebekah J Bruce, C Mark Ott, Duane L Pierson, George E Fox
Microorganisms impact spaceflight in a variety of ways. They play a positive role in biological systems, such as waste water treatment but can be problematic through buildups of biofilms that can affect advanced life support. Of special concern is the possibility that during extended missions, the microgravity environment will provide positive selection for undesirable genomic changes. Such changes could affect microbial antibiotic sensitivity and possibly pathogenicity. To evaluate this possibility, Escherichia coli (lac plus) cells were grown for over 1000 generations on Luria Broth medium under low-shear modeled microgravity conditions in a high aspect rotating vessel...
2017: NPJ Microgravity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649485/scedosporium-apiospermum-brain-abscesses-in-a-patient-after-near-drowning-a-case-report-with-10-year-follow-up-and-a-review-of-the-literature
#20
Sandra C Signore, Christoph P Dohm, Gunther Schütze, Mathias Bähr, Pawel Kermer
Scedosporium apiospermum is known to be a fungal pathogen affecting immunocompromised as well as non-immunodeficient patients. Although this fungus is found rarely, an infection can lead to severe and even fatal disease. Here, we describe the case of a 41-year-old female who developed multiple Scedosporium apiospermum brain abscesses after near-drowning with aspiration of contaminated mud and water. She showed various neurological symptoms. The patient recovered after removal of abscesses in combination with long-term antifungal treatment...
September 2017: Medical Mycology Case Reports
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