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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821120/enhanced-permeability-and-antifouling-performance-of-cellulose-acetate-ultrafiltration-membrane-assisted-by-l-dopa-functionalized-halloysite-nanotubes
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Keguang Mu, Dalun Zhang, Ziqiang Shao, Dujian Qin, Yalong Wang, Shuo Wang
l-Dopa functionalized halloysite nanotubes (HNTs) were prepared by the self-polymerization of l-dopa in the weak alkaline condition. Then different contents of l-dopa coated HNTs (LPDHNTs) were blended into cellulose acetate to prepare enhanced performance ultrafiltration membranes via the phase inversion method. The HNTs and LPDHNTs were characterized by FTIR, XPS, and TEM anysis. And the membranes morphologies, separation performance, antifouling performance, mechanical properties and hydrophilicity were also investigated...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820983/a-sensitive-method-for-the-separation-and-quantification-of-low-level-adenine-nucleotides-using-porous-graphitic-carbon-based-liquid-chromatography-and-tandem-mass-spectrometry
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Sonia Bustamante, Robert B Gilchrist, Dulama Richani
A liquid chromatography coupled to heated electrospray ionization/tandem mass spectrometry (LC-HESI-MS/MS) method was developed for the simultaneous quantitative analysis of low nanomolar level adenine nucleotides AMP, ADP, ATP, cyclic AMP (cAMP), and the nucleoside adenosine. For analyte retention and separation, reverse phase chromatography using porous graphitic carbon (PGC) was employed as it provided full resolution. The erratic chromatographic behaviour characteristic of PGC, including deterioration of analyte resolution and increased peak tailing (leading to decreased sensitivity), was mitigated by incorporating acidic equilibration within runs using a quaternary gradient...
July 29, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820933/surface-chemistry-of-la0-99sr0-01nbo4-d-and-its-implication-for-proton-conduction
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Cheng Li, Stevin S Pramana, Na Ni, John A Kilner, Stephen J Skinner
Acceptor doped LaNbO4 is a promising electrolyte material for proton conducting fuel cell (PCFC) applications. As charge transfer processes govern device performance, the outermost surface of acceptor doped LaNbO4 will play an important role in determining the overall cell performance. However, the surface composition is poorly characterized, and the understanding of its impact on the proton exchange process is rudimentary. In this work, the surface chemistry of 1 at% Sr doped LaNbO4 (La0.99Sr0.01NbO4-d, denoted as LSNO) proton conductor is characterized using LEIS and SIMS...
August 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820488/phase-behaviour-and-miscibility-studies-of-collagen-silk-fibroin-macromolecular-system-in-dilute-solutions-and-solid-state
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Ima Ghaeli, Mariana A de Moraes, Marisa M Beppu, Katarzyna Lewandowska, Alina Sionkowska, Frederico Ferreira-da-Silva, Maria P Ferraz, Fernando J Monteiro
Miscibility is an important issue in biopolymer blends for analysis of the behavior of polymer pairs through the detection of phase separation and improvement of the mechanical and physical properties of the blend. This study presents the formulation of a stable and one-phase mixture of collagen and regenerated silk fibroin (RSF), with the highest miscibility ratio between these two macromolecules, through inducing electrostatic interactions, using salt ions. For this aim, a ternary phase diagram was experimentally built for the mixtures, based on observations of phase behavior of blend solutions with various ratios...
August 18, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820277/natural-phospholipids-occurrence-biosynthesis-separation-identification-and-beneficial-health-aspects
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Abdelmoneim H Ali, Xiaoqiang Zou, Sherif M Abed, Sameh A Korma, Qingzhe Jin, Xingguo Wang
During the last years, phospholipids (PLs) have attracted great attention because of their crucial roles in providing nutritional values, technological and medical applications. There are considerable proofs that PLs have unique nutritional benefits on human health, such as reducing cholesterol absorption, improving liver functions, and decreasing the risk of cardiovascular diseases. PLs are the main structural lipid components of cell and organelle membranes in all living organisms, and therefore, they occur in all organisms and the derived food products...
August 18, 2017: Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819665/efficient-photoelectrochemical-water-splitting-on-ultrasmall-defect-rich-taox-nanoclusters-enhanced-by-size-selected-pt-nanocluster-promoters
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Saurabh Srivastava, Joseph Palathinkal Thomas, Nina Heinig, Marwa Abd-Ellah, Md Anisur Rahman, Kam Tong Leung
Formation of nanoclusters has attracted a lot of attention in recent years because of their distinct properties from isolated atoms and bulk solids. Here, we focus on the catalytic properties of supported transition metal oxide nanoclusters, such as TaO2, with a well-defined size distribution below 10 nm. We show that their catalytic performance can be greatly enhanced by introducing a reaction promoter such as Pt. Different combinations of precisely size-selected, defect-rich TaOx and Pt nanoclusters are produced by a gas-phase aggregation technique in a special DC magnetron sputtering system...
August 18, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819146/liquid-liquid-phase-separation-of-the-microtubule-binding-repeats-of-the-alzheimer-related-protein-tau
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Susmitha Ambadipudi, Jacek Biernat, Dietmar Riedel, Eckhard Mandelkow, Markus Zweckstetter
The protein Tau aggregates into tangles in the brain of patients with Alzheimer's disease. In solution, however, Tau is intrinsically disordered, highly soluble, and binds to microtubules. It is still unclear what initiates the conversion from an innocuous phase of high solubility and functionality to solid-like neurotoxic deposits. Here, we show that the microtubule-binding repeats of Tau, which are lysine-rich, undergo liquid-liquid phase separation in solution. Liquid-liquid demixing causes molecular crowding of amyloid-promoting elements of Tau and drives electrostatic coacervation...
August 17, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818969/distinct-phases-of-polycomb-silencing-to-hold-epigenetic-memory-of-cold-in-arabidopsis
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Hongchun Yang, Scott Berry, Tjelvar S G Olsson, Matthew Hartley, Martin Howard, Caroline Dean
Gene silencing by Polycomb complexes is central to eukaryotic development. Cold-induced epigenetic repression of FLOWERING LOCUS C (FLC) in the plant Arabidopsis provides an opportunity to study initiation and maintenance of Polycomb silencing. Here, we show that a subset of Polycomb Repressive Complex 2 factors nucleate silencing in a small region within FLC, locally increasing H3K27me3 levels. This nucleation confers a silenced state that is metastably inherited, with memory held in the local chromatin. Metastable memory is then converted to stable epigenetic silencing through separate Polycomb factors, which spread across the locus after cold to enlarge the domain containing H3K27me3...
August 17, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818796/dispersion-induced-ozone-pretreatment-of-waste-activated-biosolids-arriving-biomethanation-modelling-parameters-energetic-and-cost-assessment
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R Yukesh Kannah, S Kavitha, J Rajesh Banu, Obulisamy Parthiba Karthikeyan, P Sivashanmugham
In this study, the phase separated effect of dispersion induced ozone pretreatment (DOP) was investigated. Solid reduction, biomass lysis and biomethane production were used as essential parameters to assess the potential of DOP over ozone pretreatment (OP). A higher suspended solid reduction of about 25.2% was achieved in DOP than OP 18%. The ozone dosage of 0.014gO3/g SS supported a maximal biomass lysis of about 32.8% when the biosolids were subjected to prior dispersion at 30s and 3000rpm. However, the same ozone dosage without phase separation achieved 9...
August 9, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818326/dual-wavelength-led-based-uv-absorption-detector-for-nano-flow-capillary-liquid-chromatography
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Xiaofeng Xie, Luke T Tolley, Thy X Truong, H Dennis Tolley, Paul B Farnsworth, Milton L Lee
The design of a miniaturized LED-based UV-absorption detector was significantly improved for on-column nanoflow LC. The detector measures approximately 27mm×24mm×10mm and weighs only 30g. Detection limits down to the nanomolar range and linearity across 3 orders of magnitude were obtained using sodium anthraquinone-2-sulfonate as a test analyte. Using two miniaturized detectors, a dual-detector system was assembled containing 255nm and 275nm LEDs with only 216nL volume between the detectors A 100μm slit was used for on-column detection with a 150μm i...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818316/predicting-in-hospital-mortality-in-patients-with-acute-coronary-syndrome-in-china
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Yong Peng, Xin Du, Kris D Rogers, Yangfeng Wu, Runlin Gao, Anushka Patel
Currently available risk scores (RSs) were derived from populations with very few participants from China. We aimed to develop an RS based on data from patients with acute coronary syndrome in China and to compare its performance with the commonly promoted Global Registry of Acute Coronary Events (GRACE) RS. Clinical Pathways for Acute Coronary Syndromes-Phase 2 was a trial of a quality improvement intervention in China. Patients recruited from 75 hospitals from October 2007 to August 2010 were divided into training and validation sets based on immediate or delayed implementation...
July 19, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817800/tia1-mutations-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-and-frontotemporal-dementia-promote-phase-separation-and-alter-stress-granule-dynamics
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Ian R Mackenzie, Alexandra M Nicholson, Mohona Sarkar, James Messing, Maria D Purice, Cyril Pottier, Kavya Annu, Matt Baker, Ralph B Perkerson, Aishe Kurti, Billie J Matchett, Tanja Mittag, Jamshid Temirov, Ging-Yuek R Hsiung, Charles Krieger, Melissa E Murray, Masato Kato, John D Fryer, Leonard Petrucelli, Lorne Zinman, Sandra Weintraub, Marsel Mesulam, Julia Keith, Sasha A Zivkovic, Veronica Hirsch-Reinshagen, Raymond P Roos, Stephan Züchner, Neill R Graff-Radford, Ronald C Petersen, Richard J Caselli, Zbigniew K Wszolek, Elizabeth Finger, Carol Lippa, David Lacomis, Heather Stewart, Dennis W Dickson, Hong Joo Kim, Ekaterina Rogaeva, Eileen Bigio, Kevin B Boylan, J Paul Taylor, Rosa Rademakers
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD) are age-related neurodegenerative disorders with shared genetic etiologies and overlapping clinical and pathological features. Here we studied a novel ALS/FTD family and identified the P362L mutation in the low-complexity domain (LCD) of T cell-restricted intracellular antigen-1 (TIA1). Subsequent genetic association analyses showed an increased burden of TIA1 LCD mutations in ALS patients compared to controls (p = 8.7 × 10(-6)). Postmortem neuropathology of five TIA1 mutations carriers showed a consistent pathological signature with numerous round, hyaline, TAR DNA-binding protein 43 (TDP-43)-positive inclusions...
August 16, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817284/fabrication-of-mesoporous-polystyrene-films-with-controlled-porosity-and-pore-size-by-solvent-annealing-for-templated-syntheses
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Mohan Raj Krishnan, Yu-Cheng Chien, Chung-Fu Cheng, Rong-Ming Ho
Herein, we aim to develop a facile method for the fabrication of mesoporous polystyrene (PS) films with controlled porosity and pore size by solvent annealing. A PS polymer film is solvent-annealed using N,N-dimethyl formamide (DMF) vapor for the development of phase separation, followed by rapidly cooling to the preset cryogenic temperature. Subsequently, a nonsolvent (methanol) is introduced to extract the crystalline DMF from the DMF-swollen PS, giving mesoporous PS with a network structure after the removal of DMF...
August 17, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816626/comparison-of-the-elution-characteristics-of-individual-forms-of-lovastatin-in-both-isocratic-and-gradient-modes-and-hplc-pda-method-development-for-pure-and-fermentation-derived-lovastatin
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Seenivasan Ayothiraman, Sathyanarayana N Gummadi, Tapobrata Panda
The elution characteristics of lovastatin were studied on varying the composition of mobile phase in both isocratic and gradient elution modes to comprehend the role of organic modifier and acidifier on the overall analysis time and retention time of individual forms of lovastatin. Acetonitrile has influenced on the overall analysis time, whereas the acidifier determines the retention time of hydroxy acid form of lovastatin and the retention time gap between the individual forms. A combination of acetonitrile and 0...
August 17, 2017: Preparative Biochemistry & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816397/a-flow-through-column-electrolytic-cell-for-supercritical-fluid-chromatography
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Kazuhiro Yamamoto, Tatsuya Ueki, Naoyuki Higuchi, Kouji Takahashi, Akira Kotani, Hideki Hakamata
A novel flow-through column electrolytic cell was proposed as a detector to obtain current signals for supercritical fluid chromatography. The electrochemical cell consisted of two electrodes and its holder, and a working and a counter electrode were fabricated from 192 carbon strings, which were composed of 400 carbon fibers of 10 μm in diameter filled into a heat-shrinkable tube. These electrodes were placed in the center of a holder made from polyether ether ketone blocks and they were separated by polytetrafluoroethylene membrane filters...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Separation Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816165/incidence-and-predictors-of-pericardial-effusion-after-chemoradiation-therapy-for-locally-advanced-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Matthew S Ning, Linglong Tang, Daniel R Gomez, Ting Xu, Yangkun Luo, Jinhai Huo, Elie Mouhayar, Zhongxing Liao
PURPOSE: Findings from Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) 0617 suggested that collateral radiation to the heart may contribute to early death in patients receiving chemoradiation therapy for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC); however, reports of cardiac toxicity after thoracic radiation therapy (RT) remain limited. Because pericardial disease is the most common cardiac complication of thoracic RT, we investigated the incidence of and risk factors for pericardial effusion (PCE) in patients enrolled in a phase 2 prospective randomized study of intensity modulated RT versus proton therapy for locally advanced NSCLC...
September 1, 2017: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815916/compartmentalizing-supramolecular-hydrogels-using-aqueous-multi-phase-systems
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Serhii Mytnyk, Alexandre G L Olive, Frank Versluis, Jos M Poolman, Eduardo Mendes, Rienk Eelkema, Jan H van Esch
We present a generic method for compartmentalization of supramolecular hydrogels by using water-in-water emulsions based on aqueous multi-phase systems (AMPS). By forming the low-molecular-weight hydrogel throughout all phases of all-aqueous emulsions, we created distinct, micro-compartmentalized materials. This structuring approach offers control over the composition of each type of the compartments by directing the partitioning of objects to be encapsulated. Moreover, our method allows for barrier-less, dynamic exchange of even large hydrophilic solutes (MW ~ 60 kDa) between separate aqueous compartments...
August 16, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815276/determination-of-89-drugs-and-other-micropollutants-in-unfiltered-wastewater-and-freshwater-by-lc-ms-ms-an-alternative-sample-preparation-approach
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Alexandros G Asimakopoulos, Pranav Kannan, Sean Higgins, Kurunthachalam Kannan
A liquid chromatography-triple quadrupole-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-qQq-MS/MS) method was developed for simultaneous determination of 89 legal neuropsychiatric pharmaceuticals and illicit drugs (both parent compounds and metabolites) and other micropollutants in unfiltered wastewater and freshwater. The target chemicals fall under the classes of amphetamine-type stimulants, cocaine compounds, opiates and opioids, benzodiazepines, lysergic compounds, antipsychotics, anesthetics, antiepileptics, antidepressants, sympathomimetics, cannabinoids, blood thinners, antihistamines, β-blockers, caffeine derivatives, nicotine derivatives, z-drugs, new designer drugs, and Alzheimer medications...
August 16, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815005/phase-i-study-evaluating-the-safety-tolerability-and-pharmacokinetics-of-a-novel-oral-dissolvable-film-containing-dexamethasone-versus-fortecortin-dexamethasone-tablets
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Zuzana Diamant, Gabriella Samuelsson Palmgren, Bengt Westrin, Leif Bjermer
Introduction: Systemic corticosteroids are anti-inflammatory agents with dexamethasone among the most potent in the class. Within (respiratory) allergy, systemic corticosteroids are usually applied in medical emergencies. In these situations, patients may experience physical or logistic problems taking tablets. To fulfil a practical unmet need for outpatients, Dexa ODF, an oral dissolvable film containing dexamethasone, was developed. Objectives: We compared the safety, tolerability and pharmacokinetics (PK) of Dexa ODF with Fortecortin tablets in healthy subjects...
2017: European Clinical Respiratory Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814633/variance-in-exposed-perturbations-impairs-retention-of-visuomotor-adaptation
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Cesar Augusto Canaveral, Frederic Danion, Félix Berrigan, Pierre-Michel Bernier
Sensorimotor control requires an accurate estimate of the state of the body. The brain optimizes state estimation by combining sensory signals with predictions of the sensory consequences of motor commands using a forward model. Given that both sensory signals and predictions are uncertain (i.e. noisy), the brain optimally weights the relative reliance on each source of information during adaptation. In support, it is known that uncertainty in the sensory predictions influences the rate and generalization of visuomotor adaptation...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
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