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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229151/a-highly-sensitive-and-selective-visible-light-excitable-luminescent-probe-for-singlet-oxygen-based-on-a-dinuclear-ruthenium-complex
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Hong-Ju Yin, Yan-Ju Liu, Jie Gao, Ke-Zhi Wang
A dinuclear Ru(ii) complex of [(bpy)2Ru(H2ipaip)Ru(bpy)2]Cl4 {bpy = 2,2'-bipyridine, H2ipaip = 2-(9-(1H-imidazo[4,5-f][1,10]phenanthrolin-2-yl)anthracen-10-yl)-1H-imidazo[4,5-f][1,10]phenanthroline} is newly synthesized and characterized. Singlet oxygen sensing and ground- and excited-state acid-base properties of this complex are studied. The results indicated that the complex acted as a highly sensitive and selective luminescent probe for singlet oxygen ((1)O2) in neutral and alkaline aqueous media under visible light excitation at 458 nm, resulting in 5...
February 23, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225266/enhanced-phosphorus-locking-by-novel-lanthanum-aluminum-hydroxide-composite-implication-for-eutrophication-control
#2
Rui Xu, Meiyi Zhang, Robert J G Mortimer, Gang Pan
Lanthanum (La) bearing materials have been widely used to remove phosphorus (P) in water treatment. However, it remains a challenge to enhance phosphate (PO4) adsorption capacity and La usage efficiency. In this study, La was co-precipitated with aluminum (Al) to obtain a La/Al-hydroxide composite (LAH) for P adsorption. The maximum PO4 adsorption capacities of LAH (5.3% La) were 76.3 and 45.3 mg P g-1 at pH 4.0 and 8.5, which were 8.5 and 5.3 times higher than those of commercially available La-modified bentonite (Phoslock®, 5...
February 22, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224338/the-response-of-phosphorus-uptake-strategies-of-microcystis-aeruginosa-to-hydrodynamics-fluctuations
#3
Yue Zheng, Wujuan Mi, Yonghong Bi, Zhengyu Hu
The mechanisms of hydrodynamic fluctuation that affect cyanobacterial physiological aspects are still unclear. This study was conducted to screen the effects of hydrodynamic fluctuation on phosphorus (P) uptake by Microcystis aeruginosa. Four levels of circumfluence (0, 100, 200, and 300 rpm) and three concentrations of P (0.5, 2.0, and 5.0 mgL(-1)) were used, and the specific growth rate, cell viability, P uptake kinetic, and alkaline phosphatase activity (APA) were determined. Results showed that M. aeruginosa had a higher specific growth rate, cell viability, and P uptake rate at low and moderate circumfluence, APA increased with a decrease of the cellular P quota (Qp)...
February 21, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223966/geological-and-geochemical-controls-on-subsurface-microbial-life-in-the-samail-ophiolite-oman
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Kaitlin R Rempfert, Hannah M Miller, Nicolas Bompard, Daniel Nothaft, Juerg M Matter, Peter Kelemen, Noah Fierer, Alexis S Templeton
Microbial abundance and diversity in deep subsurface environments is dependent upon the availability of energy and carbon. However, supplies of oxidants and reductants capable of sustaining life within mafic and ultramafic continental aquifers undergoing low-temperature water-rock reaction are relatively unknown. We conducted an extensive analysis of the geochemistry and microbial communities recovered from fluids sampled from boreholes hosted in peridotite and gabbro in the Tayin block of the Samail Ophiolite in the Sultanate of Oman...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222375/on-site-nutrient-recovery-and-removal-from-source-separated-urine-by-phosphorus-precipitation-and-short-cut-nitrification-denitrification
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Song Yao, Liping Chen, Detian Guan, Zhongguo Zhang, Xiujun Tian, Aimin Wang, Guotian Wang, Qian Yao, Dangcong Peng, Jiuyi Li
Source separation and treatment of human urine have been recognized as a resource-efficient alternative to conventional urban drainage, not only reducing nutrient loads on municipal wastewater treatment plants, but recovering valuable resources from waste streams. In this work, on-site phosphorus (P) recovery from real urine was carried out by using the brine from a reverse osmosis process as the flush water for urine-diverting toilets and a P precipitant, while nitrogen (N) was removed via short-cut nitrification-denitrification (SCND) in a membrane bioreactor (MBR)...
February 16, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217258/antioxidant-effects-of-aqueous-extract-of-salep-on-paraquat-induced-rat-liver-injury
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Shekoufeh Atashpour, Hossein Kargar Jahromi, Zahra Kargar Jahromi, Sanaz Zarei
AIM: To evaluate the effects of aqueous extract of Salep on Paraquat-mediated liver injury. METHODS: In this experimental study, 56 adult male Wistar rats were divided randomly to 7 groups as control, sham, and 5 experimental groups. In control group, rats did not receive any substance during experiment. In Sham group, rats were given distilled water according to their body weight and in experimental groups, Paraquat alone and with different doses of Salep aqueous extract (40, 80, 160 and 320 mg/kg) was given intraperitoneal daily for 14 d...
February 8, 2017: World Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216892/antioxidant-and-hepatoprotective-potential-of-phenol-rich-fraction-of-juniperus-communis-linn-leaves
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Akash Ved, Amresh Gupta, Ajay Kumar Singh Rawat
BACKGROUND: Juniperus communis Linn. is an important plant in India traditional system of medicine which is widely used by different tribes in many countries. OBJECTIVE: In the present study, the antioxidant, cytotoxic and hepatoprotective activities of Juniperus communis leaves were investigated against various models. MATERIALS AND METHODS: ethanolic extract (70% v/v) of J. communis leaves was successively extracted using hexane and ethyl acetate to prepare various fractions...
January 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216545/potential-of-electrolyzed-water-for-disinfection-of-foot-and-mouth-disease-virus
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Vuong N Bui, Khong V Nguyen, Nga T Pham, Anh N Bui, Tung D Dao, Thanh T Nguyen, Hoa T Nguyen, Dai Q Trinh, Kenjiro Inui, Hiroshi Uchiumi, Haruko Ogawa, Kunitoshi Imai
Acidic electrolyzed water (EW) (pH 2.6-5.8) and alkaline EW (pH 11.2-12.1) were examined as potential disinfectants against foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV). Using acidic EW with pH 2.6 and alkaline EW with pH>11.7, the viral titer decreased in vitro by >4.0 log values, 2 min after the virus was mixed with EW at a 1:10 dilution. The strong virucidal effect of acidic EW (pH 2.6), but not that of alkaline EW (>11.7), seemed to depend on the chlorine level in the solution. Genetic analysis revealed that viral RNA was substantially reduced, especially by alkaline EW...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215087/microwave-initiated-facile-formation-of-ni3se4-nanoassemblies-for-enhanced-and-stable-water-splitting-in-neutral-and-alkaline-media
#9
Sengeni Anantharaj, Jeevarathinam Kennedy, Subrata Kundu
Molecular hydrogen (H2) generation through water splitting with minimum energy loss has become practically possible due to the recent evolution of high performance electrocatalysts. In this study, we had fabricated, evaluated and presented such a high performance catalyst which is the Ni3Se4 nanoassemblies that can efficiently catalyze water splitting in neutral and alkaline media. A hierarchical nanoassemblies of Ni3Se4 was fabricated by functionalizing the surface cleaned Ni foam using NaHSe solution as Se source with the assistance of microwave irradiation (300 W) for 3 min followed by 5 h of aging at room temperature (RT)...
February 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214698/value-adding-conversion-and-volume-reduction-of-sewage-sludge-by-anaerobic-co-digestion-with-crude-glycerol
#10
Kensuke Kurahashi, Chie Kimura, You Fujimoto, Hayato Tokumoto
In this study, conversion of sewage sludge to biogas by anaerobic co-digestion with crude glycerol was examined. When 0.126g/L crude glycerol was added to the reactor, only methane was produced. Upon addition of 5.04g/L crude glycerol, hydrogen production occurred, and a significant amount of 1,3-propanediol (1,3-PDO) was generated in the liquid phase. On day 6, the dry weight was largely composed of organic acids (48%) and 1,3-PDO (17%), which are water-soluble. Degradation of 1,3-PDO was very slow, which is advantageous for recovery...
February 7, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214629/effects-of-metal-ion-replacement-on-pyrazinamidase-activity-a-quantum-mechanical-study
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Mahmoud Khadem-Maaref, Faramarz Mehrnejad, Arash Phirouznia
Pyrazinamidase (PZase), a metalloenzyme, is responsible for acidic modification of pyrazinamide (PZA), a drug used in tuberculosis treatment. The metal coordination site of the enzyme is able to coordinate various divalent metal cofactors. Previous experimental studies have demonstrated that metal ions, such as Co(2+), Mn(2+), and Zn(2+), are able to reactivate metal-depleted PZase, while others including Cu(2+), Fe(2+), and Mg(2+), cannot restore activity. In this study, we investigated binding of various metal ions to the metal coordination site (MCS) of the enzyme using quantum mechanical calculations...
February 2, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213311/effect-of-biomass-pretreatment-on-the-product-distribution-and-composition-resulting-from-the-hydrothermal-liquefaction-of-short-rotation-coppice-willow
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I F Grigoras, R E Stroe, I M Sintamarean, L A Rosendahl
A major challenge for the implementation of hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) as a continuous process is the formulation of lignocellulosic feedstock, which is prone to phase separation into water and biomass parts when pressurized. One approach to remedy such phase separation is to reduce the dry matter content; however, as this approach is detrimental to process cost efficiency, designing an appropriate pretreatment step to ensure pumpability at high dry matter content is preferable. This paper evaluated the effect of various pretreatment methods on product distribution and composition resulting from the HTL of willow and proposes short rotation coppice as an alternative biomass feedstock for biofuels production...
January 30, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211670/facile-synthesis-of-unique-hexagonal-nanoplates-of-zn-co-hydroxy-sulfate-for-efficient-electrocatalytic-oxygen-evolution-reaction
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Soumen Dutta, Chaiti Ray, Yuichi Negishi, Tarasankar Pal
Cost-effective, highly active water oxidation catalysts are becoming increasingly demanding in the field of energy conversion and storage. Herein, simple modified hydrothermally (MHT) synthesized zinc and cobalt based hydroxyl double salt i.e., Zn4-xCoxSO4(OH)6• 0.5 H2O (ZCS) has been exfoliated for the first time as an efficient electrocatalyst for oxygen evolution reaction (OER) in alkaline medium. Morphology investigation suggests the evolution of unique hexagonal nanoplates of ZCS material. As OER catalyst, it requires only 370 and 450 mV overpotential to achieve 10 and 100 mA cm-2 current density respectively...
February 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209058/rare-sugar-syrup-containing-d-allulose-but-not-high-fructose-corn-syrup-maintains-glucose-tolerance-and-insulin-sensitivity-partly-via-hepatic-glucokinase-translocation-in-wistar-rats
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Tomoya Shintani, Takako Yamada, Noriko Hayashi, Tetsuo Iida, Yasuo Nagata, Nobuaki Ozaki, Yukiyasu Toyoda
Ingestion of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is associated with the risk of both diabetes and obesity. Rare sugar syrup (RSS) has been developed by alkaline isomerization of HFCS and has anti-obesity and anti-diabetic effects. However, the influence of RSS on glucose metabolism has not been explored. We investigated whether long-term administration of RSS maintains glucose tolerance and whether the underlying mechanism involves hepatic glucokinase translocation. Wistar rats were administered water, RSS, or HFCS in drinking water for 10 weeks, and then evaluated for glucose tolerance, insulin tolerance, liver glycogen content, and subcellular distribution of liver glucokinase...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203655/co2sno4-nanoparticles-as-a-high-performance-catalyst-for-oxidative-degradation-of-rhodamine-b-dye-and-pentachlorophenol-by-activation-of-peroxymonosulfate
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Monaam Ben Ali, Alexandre Barras, Ahmed Addad, Brigitte Sieber, Habib Elhouichet, Mokhtar Férid, Sabine Szunerits, Rabah Boukherroub
Spinel Co2SnO4 nanoparticles are synthesized by a facile hydrothermal route in alkaline solution using SnCl4 and CoCl2 as precursors. The structure, morphology and chemical composition of the nanoparticles are characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive X-ray (EDX), Raman spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). The catalytic performance of the Co2SnO4 nanoparticles is thoroughly evaluated for peroxymonosulfate (PMS) activation for removal of rhodamine B (RhB) and pentachlorophenol (PCP) from water...
February 16, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203276/a-biorefinery-scheme-to-fractionate-bamboo-into-high-grade-dissolving-pulp-and-ethanol
#16
Zhaoyang Yuan, Yangbing Wen, Nuwan Sella Kapu, Rodger Beatson, D Mark Martinez
BACKGROUND: Bamboo is a highly abundant source of biomass which is underutilized despite having a chemical composition and fiber structure similar as wood. The main challenge for the industrial processing of bamboo is the high level of silica, which forms water-insoluble precipitates negetively affecting the process systems. A cost-competitive and eco-friendly scheme for the production of high-purity dissolving grade pulp from bamboo not only requires a process for silica removal, but also needs to fully utilize all of the materials dissolved in the process which includes lignin, and cellulosic and hemicellulosic sugars as well as the silica...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197839/the-role-of-water-in-the-elastic-properties-of-aluminosilicate-zeolites-dft-investigation
#17
Ilya A Bryukhanov, Andrey A Rybakov, Alexander V Larin, Dmitry N Trubnikov, Daniel P Vercauteren
The bulk and Young moduli and heats of hydration have been calculated at the DFT level for fully optimized models of all-siliceous and cationic zeolites with and without water, and then compared to the corresponding experimental data. Upon the addition of water, the monovalent alkali ion and divalent alkaline earth ion exchanged zeolites presented opposite trends in the elastic modulus. The main contribution to the decrease in the elastic modulus of the alkali ion exchanged zeolites appeared to be a shift of cations from the framework oxygen atoms upon water addition, with the coordination number often remaining the same...
March 2017: Journal of Molecular Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197734/non-canonical-amino-acids-bearing-thiophene-and-bithiophene-synthesis-by-an-ugi-multicomponent-reaction-and-studies-on-ion-recognition-ability
#18
Cátia I C Esteves, M Manuela M Raposo, Susana P G Costa
Novel thienyl and bithienyl amino acids with different substituents were obtained by a multicomponent Ugi reaction between a heterocyclic aldehyde, an amine, an acid and an isocyanide. Due to the presence of the sulphur heterocycle at the side chain, these unnatural amino acids are highly emissive and bear extra electron donating atoms so they were tested for their ability to act as fluorescent probes and chemosensors in the recognition of biomedically relevant ions in acetonitrile and acetonitrile/water solutions...
February 14, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192390/an-efficient-and-ph-universal-ruthenium-based-catalyst-for-the-hydrogen-evolution-reaction
#19
Javeed Mahmood, Feng Li, Sun-Min Jung, Mahmut Sait Okyay, Ishfaq Ahmad, Seok-Jin Kim, Noejung Park, Hu Young Jeong, Jong-Beom Baek
The hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) is a crucial step in electrochemical water splitting and demands an efficient, durable and cheap catalyst if it is to succeed in real applications. For an energy-efficient HER, a catalyst must be able to trigger proton reduction with minimal overpotential and have fast kinetics. The most efficient catalysts in acidic media are platinum-based, as the strength of the Pt-H bond is associated with the fastest reaction rate for the HER. The use of platinum, however, raises issues linked to cost and stability in non-acidic media...
February 13, 2017: Nature Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187970/role-of-dop-on-the-alkaline-phosphatase-activity-of-size-fractionated-plankton-in-coastal-waters-in-the-nw-mediterranean-sea-toulon-bay-france
#20
Gérard Bogé, Magali Lespilette, Dominique Jamet, Jean-Louis Jamet
The particulate material was fractionated into 5 size classes (>90μ, 50-90μ, 6-50μ, 1-6μ, and <1μ). DOP was analysed as easily (DOPh, DOPpa) and less easily hydrolysable compounds (DOPox). Based on Vmax, 94% of the high affinity AP activity was due to <50μ cells and 77% to <1μ cells. 83% of the low affinity activity was due to >90μ cells. The high affinity activities were negatively correlated with DOP for the <50μ classes. These correlations came mostly from DOPox. They were more significant when NO3+NO2 concentrations were high, when DIP concentrations were low and when N/P ratio was >10...
February 7, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
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