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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088721/modeling-biosolids-drying-through-a-laminated-hydrophobic-membrane
#1
Solmaz Marzooghi, Chunjian Shi, Steven K Dentel, Paul T Imhoff
The adaptation of the membrane distillation process as a low-cost and sustainable approach to biosolids drying and stabilization is investigated, which may have application in container-based sanitation systems proposed in low-income urban regions. Three-layer laminated, breathable, hydrophobic membranes enclose the biosolids, facilitating drying but preventing transport of contaminants. The membranes used in this process are non-wetting with pore spaces that only allow vapor transport. Water vapor can be expelled due to a moderate vapor pressure gradient...
December 29, 2016: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088567/simple-fabrication-of-zeolitic-imidazolate-framework-zif-8-polymer-composite-beads-by-phase-inversion-method-for-efficient-oil-sorption
#2
Zahra Abbasi, Ezzatollah Shamsaei, Xi-Ya Fang, Bradley Ladewig, Huanting Wang
Zeolitic imidazolate framework ZIF-8 beads of 2-3mm in diameter were prepared using a simple one-step phase inversion method. The beads were fabricated by different amounts of ZIF-8 to polyether sulfone (PES) ratios. ZIF-8 played the role of an adsorbent while PES acted as a binder in the composite matrix to keep the ZIF-8 particles. Since ZIF-8 is highly hydrophobic, the beads floated on water and adsorbed oil droplets successfully. This efficient oil adsorption is attributed to the hydrophobicity and high surface area of ZIF-8 particles which can effectively adsorb oil droplets...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088448/fast-formation-of-low-defect-density-tethered-bilayers-by-fusion-of-multilamellar-vesicles
#3
Tadas Ragaliauskas, Mindaugas Mickevicius, Bozena Rakovska, Tadas Penkauskas, David J Vanderah, Frank Heinrich, Gintaras Valincius
A facile and reproducible preparation of surface-supported lipid bilayers is essential for fundamental membrane research and biotechnological applications. We demonstrate that multilamellar vesicles fuse to molecular-anchor-grafted surfaces yielding low-defect-density, tethered bilayer membranes. Continuous bilayers are formed within 10min, while the electrically insulating bilayers with <0.1μm(-2) defect density can be accomplished within 60min. Surface plasmon resonance spectroscopy indicates that an amount of lipid material transferred from vesicles to a surface is inversely proportional to the density of an anchor, while the total amount of lipid that includes tethered and transferred lipid remains constant within 5% standard error...
January 11, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088144/more-room-for-microphase-separation-an-extended-study-on-binary-liquids-confined-in-sba-15-cylindrical-pores
#4
Ramona Mhanna, Abdel Razzak Abdel Hamid, Sujeet Dutta, Ronan Lefort, Laurence Noirez, Bernhard Frick, Denis Morineau
The confinement of liquid mixtures in porous channels provides new insight into fluid ordering at the nanoscale. In this study, we address a phenomenon of microphase separation, which appears as a novel fascinating confinement effect for fully miscible binary liquids. We investigate the structure of tert-butanol-toluene mixtures confined in the straight and mono-dispersed cylindrical nanochannels of SBA-15 mesoporous silicates (D = 8.3 nm). Small angle neutron scattering experiments on samples with carefully designed isotopic compositions are performed to systematically vary the scattering length density of the different compounds and assess the radial concentration profile of the confined phases...
January 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088097/ionic-liquid-pretreatment-of-cassava-residues-for-the-cogeneration-of-fermentative-hydrogen-and-methane
#5
Jun Cheng, Jiabei Zhang, Richen Lin, Jianzhong Liu, Li Zhang, Kefa Cen
An ionic liquid of N-methylmorpholine-N-oxide (NMMO) was used to effectively pretreat cassava residues for the efficient enzymatical hydrolysis and cogeneration of fermentative hydrogen and methane. The reducing sugar yield of enzymolysed cassava residues with NMMO pretreatment improved from 36 to 42g/100g cassava residues. Scanning electron microscopy images revealed the formation of deep grooves (∼4μm wide) and numerous pores in the cassava residues pretreated with NMMO. X-ray diffraction patterns showed that the crystallinity coefficient of NMMO-pretreated cassava residues decreased from 40 to 34...
January 3, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088069/nuclear-pore-complexes-and-regulation-of-gene-expression
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Marcela Raices, Maximiliano A D'Angelo
Nuclear pore complexes (NPCs), are large multiprotein channels that penetrate the nuclear envelope connecting the nucleus to the cytoplasm. Accumulating evidence shows that besides their main role in regulating the exchange of molecules between these two compartments, NPCs and their components also play important transport-independent roles, including gene expression regulation, chromatin organization, DNA repair, RNA processing and quality control, and cell cycle control. Here, we will describe the recent findings about the role of these structures in the regulation of gene expression...
January 11, 2017: Current Opinion in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087737/a-homozygous-mutation-in-trim36-causes-autosomal-recessive-anencephaly-in-an-indian-family
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Nivedita Singh, Vishwanath Kumble Bhat, Ankana Tiwari, Srinivas G Kodaganur, Sagar J Tontanahal, Astha Sarda, K V Malini, Arun Kumar
Anencephaly is characterized by the absence of brain tissues and cranium. During primary neurulation stage of the embryo, the rostral part of the neural pore fails to close, leading to anencephaly. Anencephaly shows a heterogeneous etiology, ranging from environmental to genetic causes. The autosomal recessive inheritance of anencephaly has been reported in several populations. In this study, we employed whole-exome sequencing and identified a homozygous missense mutation c.1522C>A (p.Pro508Thr) in the TRIM36 gene as the cause of autosomal recessive anencephaly (APH) in an Indian family...
January 13, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087621/the-hook-region-of-voltage-gated-ca2-channel-%C3%AE-subunits-senses-and-transmits-pip2-signals-to-the-gate
#8
Cheon-Gyu Park, Yongsoo Park, Byung-Chang Suh
The β subunit of voltage-gated Ca(2+) (CaV) channels plays an important role in regulating gating of the α1 pore-forming subunit and its regulation by phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate (PIP2). Subcellular localization of the CaV β subunit is critical for this effect; N-terminal-dependent membrane targeting of the β subunit slows inactivation and decreases PIP2 sensitivity. Here, we provide evidence that the HOOK region of the β subunit plays an important role in the regulation of CaV biophysics. Based on amino acid composition, we broadly divide the HOOK region into three domains: S (polyserine), A (polyacidic), and B (polybasic)...
January 13, 2017: Journal of General Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087352/engineering-hot-melt-extruded-solid-dispersion-for-controlled-release-of-hydrophilic-drugs
#9
Shuli Zhang, Xuan Meng, Zheng Wang, Aiping Fan, Guocheng Wang, Yanjun Zhao, Yu Tang
It is often challenging to precisely manipulate the release behavior of hydrophilic drugs that is believed to be crucial for a satisfactory therapeutic outcome. The aim of this work was to regulate the dissolution of hydrophilic drug from hot-melt extruded solid dispersion via rational screening of the pore-forming agents. Venlafaxine hydrochloride and Compritol® 888 ATO was selected as the model drug and carrier excipient, respectively. Hydrophilic polyethylene glycol (PEG 6000) and polyvinylpyrolidone (PVP K30) were chosen as the transient pore-forming agents...
January 10, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081490/mesoporous-activated-carbon-prepared-from-naoh-activation-of-rattan-lacosperma-secundiflorum-hydrochar-for-methylene-blue-removal
#10
Md Azharul Islam, M J Ahmed, W A Khanday, M Asif, B H Hameed
Hydrothermal carbonization of biomass wastes presents a promising step in the production of cost-effective activated carbon. In the present work, mesoporous activated carbon (HAC) was prepared by the hydrothermal carbonization of rattan furniture wastes followed by NaOH activation. The textural and morphological characteristics, along with adsorption performance of prepared HAC toward methylene blue (MB) dye, were evaluated. The effects of common adsorption variables on performance resulted in a removal efficiency of 96% for the MB sample at initial concentration of 25mg/L, solution pH of 7, 30°C, and 8h...
January 9, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081446/host-to-host-transmission-of-streptococcus-pneumoniae-is-driven-by-its-inflammatory-toxin-pneumolysin
#11
M Ammar Zafar, Yang Wang, Shigeto Hamaguchi, Jeffrey N Weiser
Host-to-host transmission is a critical step for infection. Here we studied transmission of the opportunistic pathogen Streptococcus pneumoniae in an infant mouse model. Transmission from nasally colonized pups required high levels of bacterial shedding in nasal secretions and was temporally correlated with, and dependent upon, the acute inflammatory response. Pneumolysin, a pore-forming cytotoxin and major virulence determinant, was both necessary and sufficient to promote inflammation, which increased shedding and allowed for intralitter transmission...
January 11, 2017: Cell Host & Microbe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081367/ordered-mesoporous-titanium-nitride-as-a-promising-carbon-free-cathode-for-aprotic-lithium-oxygen-batteries
#12
Byung Gon Kim, Changshin Jo, Jaeho Shin, Yeongdong Mun, Jinwoo Lee, Jang Wook Choi
Despite the extraordinary gravimetric energy densities, Li-O2 batteries are still facing a technological challenge; limited round trip efficiency leading to insufficient cycle life. Recently, carbonaceous electrode materials were found to be one of the primary origins of the limited cycle life, as they produce irreversible side products during discharge. A few investigations based on non-carbonaceous materials have demonstrated largely suppressed accumulation of irreversible side products but such studies have focused mainly on the materials themselves rather than delicate morphology control...
January 12, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081161/factors-related-with-ch4-and-n2o-emissions-from-a-paddy-field-clues-for-management-implications
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Chun Wang, Derrick Y F Lai, Jordi Sardans, Weiqi Wang, Congsheng Zeng, Josep Peñuelas
Paddy fields are major sources of global atmospheric greenhouse gases, including methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O). The different phases previous to emission (production, transport, diffusion, dissolution in pore water and ebullition) despite well-established have rarely been measured in field conditions. We examined them and their relationships with temperature, soil traits and plant biomass in a paddy field in Fujian, southeastern China. CH4 emission was positively correlated with CH4 production, plant-mediated transport, ebullition, diffusion, and concentration of dissolved CH4 in porewater and negatively correlated with sulfate concentration, suggesting the potential use of sulfate fertilizers to mitigate CH4 release...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079361/controllable-synthesis-of-smart-multifunctional-nanoscal-metal-organic-framework-for-magnetic-resonance-optical-imaging-and-targeted-drug-delivery
#14
Xuechuan Gao, Manjue Zhai, Weihua Guan, Jingjuan Liu, Zhiliang Liu, Alatangaole Damirin
As a result of their extraordinarily large surfaces and well-defined pores, the design of multifunctional metal-organic framework (MOF) is crucial for drug delivery while has been rarely reported. In this paper, a novel drug delivery system (DDS) based on nanoscale metal-organic framework (MOF) was developed for using in cancer diagnosis and therapy. This MOF based tumour targeting DDS was fabricated by a simple post-synthetic surface modification process. Firstly, magnetic mesoporous nanomaterial Fe-MIL-53-NH2 was devoted for encapsulating the drug and served as a magnetic resonance (MR) contrast agent...
January 12, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079358/cellulose-nanofibril-aerogels-synergistic-improvement-of-hydrophobicity-strength-and-thermal-stability-via-cross-linking-with-diisocyanate
#15
Feng Jiang, You-Lo Hsieh
A facile gelation cross-linking approach was devised to fabricate meso- and macroporous cellulose nanofibril (CNF) aerogels with multiple improved properties. CNF hydrogels made using a freezing-thawing method with a 94 kPa modulus were solvent exchanged with acetone and then cross-linked with methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) to produce aerogels with significantly improved compressive properties that follow a power law increment against aerogel density with impressive 1.69, 2.49, and 1.43 scaling factors for Young's modulus, yield stress, and ultimate stress, respectively...
January 12, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078995/sphingolipids-in-genetic-and-acquired-forms-of-chronic-kidney-diseases
#16
Norishi Ueda
Sphingolipids (SLs) regulate apoptosis, proliferation, and stress response. SLs, including ceramide, glycosphingolipids (glucosylceramide, lactosylceramide, and gangliosides) and sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P), play a role in the pathogenesis and progression of genetic (lysosomal storage disease, congenital nephrotic syndrome and polycystic kidney disease) and non-genetic forms of chronic kidney diseases (CKDs). SLs metabolism defects promote complications (cardiovascular events, etc.) via oxidant stress in CKDs...
January 12, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078887/electrospun-regenerated-cellulose-nanofiber-membranes-surface-grafted-with-water-insoluble-poly-hema-or-water-soluble-poly-aas-chains-via-the-atrp-method-for-ultrafiltration-of-water
#17
Zhao Wang, Caitlin Crandall, Vicki L Prautzsch, Rajesh Sahadevan, Todd J Menkhaus, Hao Fong
Electrospun nanofiber membranes (ENMs) have demonstrated promising applications for water purification primarily due to high water flux and low degree of fouling. However, the equivalent/apparent pore sizes of as-electrospun ENMs are in microns/sub-microns; therefore, the ENMs can only be directly utilized for microfiltration applications. To make regenerated cellulose (RC) ENMs for ultrafiltration applications, atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) was studied to graft polymer chains onto the surface of RC nanofibers; in specific, the monomers of 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) and sodium acrylate (AAS) were selected for surface-grafting water-insoluble and water-soluble polymer chains onto RC nanofibers, respectively...
January 12, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077878/pla2g16-represents-a-switch-between-entry-and-clearance-of-picornaviridae
#18
Jacqueline Staring, Eleonore von Castelmur, Vincent A Blomen, Lisa G van den Hengel, Markus Brockmann, Jim Baggen, Hendrik Jan Thibaut, Joppe Nieuwenhuis, Hans Janssen, Frank J M van Kuppeveld, Anastassis Perrakis, Jan E Carette, Thijn R Brummelkamp
Picornaviruses are a leading cause of human and veterinary infections that result in various diseases, including polio and the common cold. As archetypical non-enveloped viruses, their biology has been extensively studied. Although a range of different cell-surface receptors are bound by different picornaviruses, it is unclear whether common host factors are needed for them to reach the cytoplasm. Using genome-wide haploid genetic screens, here we identify the lipid-modifying enzyme PLA2G16 (refs 8, 9, 10, 11) as a picornavirus host factor that is required for a previously unknown event in the viral life cycle...
January 11, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077236/high-resolution-ultrahigh-pressure-long-column-reversed-phase-liquid-chromatography-for-top-down-proteomics
#19
Yufeng Shen, Nikola Tolić, Paul D Piehowski, Anil K Shukla, Sangtae Kim, Rui Zhao, Yi Qu, Errol Robinson, Richard D Smith, Ljiljana Paša-Tolić
Separation of proteoforms for global intact protein analysis (i.e. top-down proteomics) has lagged well behind what is achievable for peptides in traditional bottom-up proteomic approach and is becoming a true bottle neck for top-down proteomics. Herein, we report use of long (≥1M) columns containing short alkyl (C1-C4) bonded phases to achieve high-resolution RPLC for separation of proteoforms. At a specific operation pressure limit (i.e., 96.5MPa or 14Kpsi used in this work), column length was found to be the most important factor for achieving maximal resolution separation of proteins when 1...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077092/phylogenetic-analysis-of-ionotropic-l-glutamate-receptor-genes-in-the-bilateria-with-special-notes-on-aplysia-californica
#20
Justin B Greer, Sawsan Khuri, Lynne A Fieber
BACKGROUND: The neurotransmitter L-Glutamate (L-Glu) acting at ionotropic L-Glu receptors (iGluR) conveys fast excitatory signal transmission in the nervous systems of all animals. iGluR-dependent neurotransmission is a key component of the synaptic plasticity that underlies learning and memory. During learning, two subtypes of iGluR, α-Amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid receptors (AMPAR) and N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors (NMDAR), are dynamically regulated postsynaptically in vertebrates...
January 11, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
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