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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433002/changes-in-microstructure-of-two-ammonium-based-protic-ionic-liquids-proved-by-in-situ-variable-temperature-1-h-nmr-spectroscopy-influence-of-anion
#1
Xiaochen Tang, Yingjie Xu, Xiao Zhu, Yueqing Lu
In this work, changes in microstructure of two protic ionic liquids (PILs), namely n-butylammonium acetate (N4Ac) and n-butylammonium nitrate (N4NO3 ) are proved by in situ variable-temperature (1) H NMR spectroscopy at the temperature range from 25 °C to 115 °C, and the influence of the nature of anion is discussed accordingly. The results demonstrate that (1) H NMR chemical shifts of alkyl protons of both N4Ac and N4NO3 are almost not changed with the increasing of temperature, due to the absence of hydrogen bond interaction between alkyl protons with anions...
April 22, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry: MRC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432991/characteristics-of-adapted-hydrogenotrophic-community-during-biomethanation
#2
Lydia Rachbauer, Reinhard Beyer, Günther Bochmann, Werner Fuchs
The results presented in this study were carried out as concomitant experiments during the start-up and operation of a biomethanation unit to evaluate the effect of process parameters on carbon conversion, product formation (methane and acetate) and community composition. For that, two different samples were withdrawn from a trickle-bed reactor with immobilized enrichment culture of hydrogenotrophic methanogens adapted from sewage sludge. One sample was taken from the recirculation liquid during start-up phase while the other was withdrawn directly from the carrier material in the reactor...
April 19, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432978/cadmium-hampers-salt-tolerance-of-sesuvium-portulacastrum
#3
Mariem Wali, Soledad Martos, Laura Pérez-Martín, Chedly Abdelly, Tahar Ghnaya, Charlotte Poschenrieder, Benet Gunsé
It is well known that salinity reduces cadmium toxicity in halophytes. However, the possible interference of Cd with the mechanisms of salt tolerance is poorly explored. The aim of this study was to see whether Cd affects salt tolerance mechanisms in the halophyte Sesuvium portulacastrum. S. portulacastrum plants obtained from cuttings were grown in hydroponics for 3 weeks and then exposed to low (0.09 mM) or moderate (200 mM) NaCl concentrations, alone or in combination with 25 μM CdCl2. Microscopy observation revealed two strategies of salt tolerance: euhalophytism and secretion of salt by bladder cells...
April 13, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432977/effect-of-short-term-zn-pb-or-long-term-multi-metal-stress-on-physiological-and-morphological-parameters-of-metallicolous-and-nonmetallicolous-echium-vulgare-l-populations
#4
Sławomir Dresler, Magdalena Wójciak-Kosior, Ireneusz Sowa, Grzegorz Stanisławski, Izabela Bany, Małgorzata Wójcik
The aim of the study was to determine the response of metallicolous and nonmetallicolous Echium vulgare L. populations to chronic multi-metal (Zn, Pb, Cd) and acute Zn (200, 400 μM) and Pb (30, 60 μM) stress. Three populations of E. vulgare, one from uncontaminated and two from metal-contaminated areas, were studied. Two types of experiments were performed - a short-term hydroponic experiment with acute Zn or Pb stress and a long-term manipulative soil experiment with the use of soils from the sites of origin of the three populations...
April 13, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432976/cuticular-wax-coverage-and-composition-differ-among-organs-of-taraxacum-officinale
#5
Yanjun Guo, Lucas Busta, Reinhard Jetter
Primary plant surfaces are coated with hydrophobic cuticular waxes to minimize non-stomatal water loss. Wax compositions differ greatly between plant species and, in the few species studied systematically so far, also between organs, tissues, and developmental stages. However, the wax mixtures of more species in diverse plant families must be investigated to assess overall wax variability, and ultimately to correlate organ-specific composition with local water barrier properties. Here, we present comprehensive analyses of the waxes covering five organs of Taraxacum officinale (dandelion), to help close a gap in our understanding of wax chemistry in the Asteraceae family...
April 6, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432974/highly-efficient-degradation-of-thidiazuron-with-ag-agcl-activated-carbon-composites-under-led-light-irradiation
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Yisi Yang, Yan Zhang, Mingguang Dong, Ting Yan, Maosheng Zhang, Qingru Zeng
Thidiazuron (TDZ; 1-phenyl-3-(1,2,3-thiadiazol-5-yl)urea) is one of the most widely used defoliant and easy to dissolve in surface water. Risk associated with the pesticide is not clearly defined, so it is important to remove/degrade TDZ with an efficient and environment friendly technology. Here, we investigated the use of Ag/AgCl-activated carbon (Ag/AgCl-AC) composites in photocatalytic degradation of TDZ under LED light. By the synergic effect of Ag/AgCl and AC, the optimum Ag/carbon weight ratio of 2:1 exhibited superior visible-light photocatalytic activity, the highest removal efficiency was close to 91% in pH 7 matrix...
April 5, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432960/molecular-dynamic-simulations-on-tkx-50-rdx-cocrystal
#7
Shuling Xiong, Shusen Chen, Shaohua Jin
Dihydroxylammonium 5,5'-bistetrazole-1,1'-diolate (TKX-50) is a newly synthesized energetic material with excellent comprehensive properties. Cyclotrimethylenetrinitramine (RDX) is currently one of the most widely used energetic materials in the world. TKX-50 and RDX supercell models and TKX-50/RDX cocrystal model were constructed based on their crystal cell parameters and the formation mechanism of cocrystal, respectively, then they were simulated by molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. The maximum trigger bond (NNO2) length(Lmax), binding energy (Ebind), radial distribution function (RDF), cohesive energy density(CED) and mechanical properties were simulated at different temperatures based on the simulated equilibrium structures of the models...
March 19, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432959/molecular-dynamics-simulation-studies-of-novel-%C3%AE-lactamase-inhibitor
#8
Farhan Ul Haq, Asma Abro, Saad Raza, Klaus R Liedl, Syed Sikander Azam
New Delhi Metallo-β-Lactamase-1 (NDM-1) has drawn great attention due to its diverse antibiotic resistant activity. It can hydrolyze almost all clinically available β-lactam antibiotics. To inhibit the activity of NDM-1 a new strategy is proposed using computational methods. Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations are used to analyze the molecular interactions between selected inhibitor candidates and NDM-1 structure. The enzyme-ligand complex is subject to binding free energy calculations using MM(PB/GB)SA methods...
April 4, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432957/nanoencapsulation-strategies-for-the-delivery-of-novel-bifunctional-antioxidant-%C3%AF-1-selective-ligands
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Claudia Carbone, Emanuela Arena, Veronica Pepe, Orazio Prezzavento, Ivana Cacciatore, Hasan Turkez, Agostino Marrazzo, Antonio Di Stefano, Giovanni Puglisi
Nowadays sigma-1 receptors are considered as new therapeutic objectives for central nervous system neurodegenerative diseases. Among different molecules, alpha lipoic acid has been identified as a natural potent antioxidant drug, whose therapeutic efficacy is limited by its many drawbacks, such as fast metabolism, poor bioavailability and high physico-chemical instability. Alfa-lipoic acid derivatives have been recently developed demonstrating their neuroprotective activity and effectiveness in different types of oxidative stress...
April 12, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432956/introduction-of-n-cadherin-binding-motif-to-alginate-hydrogels-for-controlled-stem-cell-differentiation
#10
Jae Won Lee, Hyoseok An, Kuen Yong Lee
Control of stem cell fate and phenotype using biomimetic synthetic extracellular matrices (ECMs) is an important tissue engineering approach. Many studies have focused on improving cell-matrix interactions. However, proper control of cell-cell interactions using synthetic ECMs could be critical for tissue engineering, especially with undifferentiated stem cells. In this study, alginate hydrogels were modified with a peptide derived from the low-density lipoprotein receptor-related protein 5 (LRP5), which is known to bind to N-cadherin, as a cell-cell interaction motif...
April 9, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432955/the-calorimetric-properties-of-liposomes-determine-the-morphology-of-dried-droplets
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Jorge González-Gutiérrez, Rosendo Pérez-Isidoro, M I Pérez-Camacho, J C Ruiz-Suárez
The evaporation of liquid droplets deposited on a substrate is a very complex phenomenon. Driven by capillary and Marangoni flows, particle-particle and particle-substrate interactions, the deposits they leave are vestiges of such complexity. We study the formation of patterns during the evaporation of liposome suspension droplets deposited on a hydrophobic substrate at different temperatures. We observed that as we change the temperature of the substrate, a morphological phase transition occurs at a given temperature Tm...
April 19, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432951/microbial-communities-in-the-functional-areas-of-a-biofilm-reactor-with-anaerobic-aerobic-process-for-oily-wastewater-treatment
#12
Jianhua Li, Shanshan Sun, Ping Yan, Li Fang, Yang Yu, Yangdong Xiang, Di Wang, Yejing Gong, Yanjun Gong, Zhongzhi Zhang
Microbial communities in the functional areas of biofilm reactors with large height-diameter ratio using the anaerobic-aerobic (A/O) reflux process was investigated to treat heavy oil refinery wastewater without pretreatment. In the process, chemical oxygen demand (COD) and total nitrogen (TN) removal reached 93.2% and 82.8%, and the anaerobic biofilm reactor was responsible for 95% and 99%, respectively. Areas for hydrolysis acidification and acetic acid production, methane production, and COD recovery were obvious in the anaerobic reactor...
April 10, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432949/dominance-of-candidate-saccharibacteria-in-a-membrane-bioreactor-treating-medium-age-landfill-leachate-effects-of-organic-load-on-microbial-communities-hydrolytic-potential-and-extracellular-polymeric-substances
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Nikolaos Remmas, Paraschos Melidis, Ioanna Zerva, Jon Bent Kristoffersen, Sofia Nikolaki, George Tsiamis, Spyridon Ntougias
A membrane bioreactor (MBR), accomplishing high nitrogen removal efficiencies, was evaluated under various landfill leachate concentrations (50, 75 and 100% v/v). Proteinous and carbohydrate extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) and soluble microbial product (SMP) were strongly correlated (p<0.01) with organic load, salinity and NH4(+)-N. Exceptionally high β-glucosidase activities (6700-10,100Ug(-1)) were determined during MBR operation with 50% v/v leachate, as a result of the low organic carbon availability that extendedly induced β-glucosidases to breakdown the least biodegradable organic fraction...
April 10, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432948/butanol-fermentation-of-the-brown-seaweed-laminaria-digitata-by-clostridium-beijerinckii-dsm-6422
#14
Xiaoru Hou, Nikolaj From, Irini Angelidaki, Wouter J J Huijgen, Anne-Belinda Bjerre
Seaweed represents an abundant, renewable, and fast-growing biomass resource for 3rd generation biofuel production. This study reports an efficient butanol fermentation process carried out by Clostridium beijerinckii DSM-6422 using enzymatic hydrolysate of the sugar-rich brown seaweed Laminaria digitata harvested from the coast of the Danish North Sea as substrate. The highest butanol yield (0.42g/g-consumed-substrates) compared to literature was achieved, with a significantly higher butanol:acetone-butanol-ethanol (ABE) molar ratio (0...
April 11, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432947/pretreatment-of-eucalyptus-in-biphasic-system-for-furfural-production-and-accelerated-enzymatic-hydrolysis
#15
Xiudong Zhang, Yuanyuan Bai, Xuefei Cao, Runcang Sun
Herein, an efficient biphasic pretreatment process was developed to improve the production of furfural (FF) and glucose from Eucalyptus. The influence of formic acid and NaCl on FF production from xylose in water and various biphasic systems was investigated. Results showed that the addition of formic acid and NaCl significantly promoted the FF yield, and the biphasic system of MIBK (methyl isobutyl ketone)/water exhibited the best performance for FF production. Then the Eucalyptus was pretreated in the MIBK/water system, and a maximum FF yield of 82...
April 7, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432945/exploring-isoxsuprine-hydrochloride-binding-with-human-serum-albumin-in-the-presence-of-folic-acid-and-ascorbic-acid-using-multispectroscopic-and-molecular-modeling-methods
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Fereshteh Shiri, Somaye Shahraki, Amin Shahriyar, Mostafa Heidari Majd
Isoxsuprine hydrochloride (vasodilator drug), folic acid and ascorbic acid are medicines which can be utilized alone or simultaneously by pregnant women. In the present work the competitive binding of isoxsuprine hydrochloride (ISO) with human serum albumin (HSA) in the absence and presence of folic acid (FOL) and ascorbic acid (AS) was investigated using different spectroscopic probes and molecular docking studies. The results of fluorescence suggested that isoxsuprine alone or in the presence of ascorbic acid can bind to HSA and quench the fluorescence of HSA with static mechanism but For HSA-folic acid-isoxsuprine system, dynamic type of quenching mechanisms is involved...
April 11, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432919/synthesis-fluorescence-sensing-and-molecular-logic-of-two-water-soluble-1-8-naphthalimides
#17
Nikolai I Georgiev, Margarita D Dimitrova, Anelia Ts Mavrova, Vladimir B Bojinov
Two novel highly water-soluble fluorescence sensing 1,8-naphthalimides are synthesized and investigated. The novel compounds are designed on the "fluorophore-receptor1-spacer-receptor2" model as a molecular fluorescence probe for determination of cations and anions in 100% aqueous media. The novel probes comprising N-imide and N-phenylpiperazine or morpholine substituents are capable to operate simultaneously via ICT and PET signaling mechanism as a function of pH and to recognize selectively Cu(2+) and Hg(2+) over the other representative metal ions...
April 18, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432913/spontaneously-formed-redox-and-ph-sensitive-polymersomes-by-mpeg-based-cytocompatible-random-copolymers
#18
Partha Laskar, Joykrishna Dey, Sudip Kumar Ghosh
Stimuli-sensitive polymersomes are one of the important vehicles and have been extensively studied as smart drug delivery system. Polymersomes have added advantage over the micelles because of having the ability to carry not only hydrophobic but also hydrophilic guest in their aqueous core. Among various stimuli, the change of pH and redox reaction is very important for drug delivery purpose especially for anticancer drug. Therefore, in this work, two poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate (mPEG) containing hydrophilic random anionic copolymers, poly[(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate-3,3'-dithiodipropanoic acid)x-co-(poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate)y], poly[(HEMA-DTDPA)x-co-mPEGy] with different copolymer ratios were designed and synthesized...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432906/hydrophobic-and-hydrophilic-properties-of-pollutants-as-a-factor-influencing-their-redistribution-during-snowpack-melt
#19
Krystyna Kozioł, Katarzyna Kozak, Żaneta Polkowska
Glaciers accumulate organic pollutants delivered by snow. However, our understanding of the exact dynamics of organic pollutants in the snowpack relies primarily on laboratory experiments and mathematical models. To fill the gap related to the detailed field data, we have conducted observations of melting snow profiles in two locations and three different stages of melting on one High Arctic glacier, as well as in superimposed ice. We monitored the chemical concentrations of formaldehyde, phenols, short-chain carboxylic acids, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and snow water equivalents to derive chemical loads...
April 19, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432891/modification-of-an-existing-in%C3%A2-vitro-method-to-predict-relative-bioavailable-arsenic-in-soils
#20
Shane Whitacre, Nicholas Basta, Brooke Stevens, Valerie Hanley, Richard Anderson, Kirk Scheckel
The soil matrix can sequester arsenic (As) and reduces its exposure by soil ingestion. In vivo dosing studies and in vitro gastrointestinal (IVG) methods have been used to predict relative bioavailable (RBA) As. Originally, the Ohio State University (OSU-IVG) method predicted RBA As for soils exclusively from mining and smelting sites with a median of 5,636 mg As kg(-1). The objectives of the current study were to (i) evaluate the ability of the OSU-IVG method to predict RBA As for As contaminated soils with a wider range of As content and As contaminant sources, and (ii) evaluate a modified extraction procedure's ability to improve prediction of RBA As...
April 3, 2017: Chemosphere
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