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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651324/preparation-of-activated-carbon-from-molasses-to-ethanol-process-waste-vinasse-and-its-performance-as-adsorbent-material
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Omer Kazak, Yasin Ramazan Eker, Haluk Bingol, Ali Tor
Herein, the preparation of activated carbon from waste vinasse by using hydrothermal H2O2 oxidation combined with a two-step pyrolysis process has been described for the first time as a new utilization approach for the waste vinasse. The characterization studies were performed by TGA, FT-IR, Raman spectroscopy, SEM-EDX and gas adsorption measurements. The approach generated a microporous activated carbon with high specific surface area (989m(2)/g) from waste vinasse. After simple experiments on various dye solutions, adsorption performance of the activated carbon was specifically studied on the methylene blue solution as functions of solution pH, contact time, adsorbent amount and reusability...
June 13, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651203/carbon-coated-zno-mat-passivation-by-atomic-layer-deposited-hfo2-as-an-anode-material-for-lithium-ion-batteries
#2
Mi-Hee Jung
ZnO has had little consideration as an anode material in lithium-ion batteries compared with other transition-metal oxides due to its inherent poor electrical conductivity and large volume expansion upon cycling and pulverization of ZnO-based electrodes. A logical design and facile synthesis of ZnO with well-controlled particle sizes and a specific morphology is essential to improving the performance of ZnO in lithium-ion batteries. In this paper, a simple approach is reported that uses a cation surfactant and a chelating agent to synthesize three-dimensional hierarchical nanostructured carbon-coated ZnO mats, in which the ZnO mats are composed of stacked individual ZnO nanowires and form well-defined nanoporous structures with high surface areas...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650609/a-pom-constructed-from-super-sodalite-cage-with-extra-large-24-membered-channels-as-effective-sorbent-for-uranium-adsorption
#3
Yayu Dong, Zhimin Dong, Zhibin Zhang, Yunhai Liu, Weiwei Cheng, Hao Miao, Xingxiang He, Yan Xu
A novel POMs-based sorbent functionalized by phosphate groups: H33Na14MoV24MoVI2(PO4)11O73 has been successfully isolated under hydrothermal conditions. The cooperative assembly of the ring-shaped polyoxometalate structural building unit {P4Mo6} and MoO4 tetrahedra linkers gives rise to an unprecedented super-sodalite cage containing approximately spherical cavities with a 8.76 Å diameter. As POMs-based inorganic material, compound 1 was first applied as sorbent to adsorb U(VI) from aqueous solution, exhibiting good stability, high efficient and selectivity...
June 26, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650219/interrogating-cell-division-errors-using-random-and-chromosome-specific-missegregation-approaches
#4
Peter Ly, Don W Cleveland
Accurate segregation of the duplicated genome in mitosis is essential for maintaining genetic stability. Errors in this process can cause numerical and/or structural chromosome abnormalities - hallmark genomic features commonly associated with both tumorigenesis and developmental disorders. A cell-based approach was recently developed permitting inducible missegregation of the human Y chromosome by selectively disrupting kinetochore assembly onto the Y centromere. Although this strategy initially requires several steps of genetic manipulation, it is easy to use, highly efficient and specific for the Y without affecting the autosomes or the X, and does not require cell cycle synchronization or mitotic perturbation...
June 26, 2017: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650143/coupled-carbonization-strategy-towards-advanced-hard-carbon-for-high-energy-sodium-ion-battery
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Huimin Zhang, Hai Ming, Wenfeng Zhang, Gaoping Cao, Yusheng Yang
Sodium-ion batteries (SIBs) are expected to be a promising commercial alternative to lithium-ion batteries for grid electricity storage due to their potential low cost in the near future. Up to the present, the anode material still remains a great challenge for the application of SIBs, especially at room temperature. The graphite has an obvious limitation to store larger radius sodium ions (Na+) in comparison with lithium ions (Li+), while the hard carbon with large interlayer distance can demonstrate a relatively high storage capability and durable cycle life...
June 26, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649196/estimation-of-time-varying-intrinsic-and-reflex-dynamic-joint-stiffness-during-movement-application-to-the-ankle-joint
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Diego L Guarín, Robert E Kearney
Dynamic joint stiffness determines the relation between joint position and torque, and plays a vital role in the control of posture and movement. Dynamic joint stiffness can be quantified during quasi-stationary conditions using disturbance experiments, where small position perturbations are applied to the joint and the torque response is recorded. Dynamic joint stiffness is composed of intrinsic and reflex mechanisms that act and change together, so that nonlinear, mathematical models and specialized system identification techniques are necessary to estimate their relative contributions to overall joint stiffness...
2017: Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648723/a-protocol-for-the-simultaneous-identification-of-chitin-containing-particles-and-their-associated-bacteria
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Florencia Biancalana, Germán A Kopprio, Rubén J Lara, Cecilia Alonso
Chitin is the second most abundant polymer on Earth, playing a crucial role in the biogeochemical cycles. A core issue for studying its processing in aquatic systems is the identification and enumeration of chitin-containing particles and organisms, ideally in a manner that can be directly linked to bulk chitin quantification. The aim of this study was the development of such a technique. We successfully combined the methodology of bulk chitin determination using wheat germ agglutinin (FITC-WGA) for staining chitin-containing particles and organisms along with CARD-FISH staining of either chitin-containing eukaryotic cells or bacteria associated with them...
June 7, 2017: Systematic and Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648573/personalized-treatment-with-immunoadsorption-and-intravenous-immunoglobulin-in-a-case-of-severe-rh-alloimmunization-during-pregnancy-unresponsive-to-plasma-exchange
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Anna Colpo, Tiziana Tison, Maria Teresa Gervasi, Cinzia Vio, Maria Vicarioto, Giustina De Silvestro, Piero Marson
INTRODUCTION: Despite prophylaxis, a small proportion of RhD-negative women may develop anti-D antibodies after a sensitizing event occurring during pregnancy or delivery of a D-positive baby. Intrauterine transfusion (IUT) is the treatment of choice in case of fetal anemia, but it cannot be performed early during pregnancy. Combined treatment with therapeutic plasma-exchange (TPE) and intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) can avoid or delay IUT. Immunoadsorption (IA) could represent a more effective treatment in selected cases...
June 6, 2017: Transfusion and Apheresis Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647496/a-comprehensive-complex-systems-approach-to-the-study-and-analysis-of-mammalian-cell-cycle-control-system-in-the-presence-of-dna-damage-stress
#9
Ali Abroudi, Sandhya Samarasinghe, Don Kulasiri
Not many models of mammalian cell cycle system exist due to its complexity. Some models are too complex and hard to understand, while some others are too simple and not comprehensive enough. Moreover, some essential aspects, such as the response of G1-S and G2-M checkpoints to DNA damage as well as the growth factor signalling, have not been investigated from a systems point of view in current mammalian cell cycle models. To address these issues, we bring a holistic perspective to cell cycle by mathematically modelling it as a complex system consisting of important sub-systems that interact with each other...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647495/ecological-monitoring-in-a-discrete-time-prey-predator-model
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M Gámez, I López, C Rodríguez, Z Varga, J Garay
The paper is aimed at the methodological development of ecological monitoring in discrete-time dynamic models. In earlier papers, in the framework of continuous-time models, we have shown how a systems-theoretical methodology can be applied to the monitoring of the state process of a system of interacting populations, also estimating certain abiotic environmental changes such as pollution, climatic or seasonal changes. In practice, however, there may be good reasons to use discrete-time models. (For instance, there may be discrete cycles in the development of the populations, or observations can be made only at discrete time steps...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647246/environmentally-relevant-concentrations-of-aminopolycarboxylate-chelating-agents-mobilize-cd-from-humic-acid
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Ashley E North, Sophia Sarpong-Kumankomah, Andrew R Bellavie, Wade M White, Jürgen Gailer
Although Cd is a pollutant of public health relevance, many dietary sources from which it can be absorbed into human tissues remain unknown. While it is well established that the biogeochemical cycle of Cd involves its complexation with environment-derived ligands (e.g., humic acids, HAs) and anthropogenic ones (e.g., chelating agents, CAs), the interaction of Cd with both of these ligands is less well understood. To gain insight, a HA-Cd complex was injected on a size-exclusion chromatography (SEC) column coupled on-line with a flame atomic absorption spectrometer (FAAS) using 10mmol/L Tris buffer (pH8...
July 2017: Journal of Environmental Sciences (China)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646866/engineering-redox-homeostasis-to-develop-efficient-alcohol-producing-microbial-cell-factories
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REVIEW
Chunhua Zhao, Qiuwei Zhao, Yin Li, Yanping Zhang
The biosynthetic pathways of most alcohols are linked to intracellular redox homeostasis, which is crucial for life. This crucial balance is primarily controlled by the generation of reducing equivalents, as well as the (reduction)-oxidation metabolic cycle and the thiol redox homeostasis system. As a main oxidation pathway of reducing equivalents, the biosynthesis of most alcohols includes redox reactions, which are dependent on cofactors such as NADH or NADPH. Thus, when engineering alcohol-producing strains, the availability of cofactors and redox homeostasis must be considered...
June 24, 2017: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646805/natural-cancer-therapy-and-prevention-targeted-on-cancer-cells-and-cancer-stem-cells-based-on-the-cytochrome-p45o-enzyme-cyp1b1-a-commentary
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William R Ware
The importance of the P450 enzyme CYP1B1 in both cancer therapy and prevention are reviewed and evidence is discussed, which provides strong biological plausibility for the therapeutic merits of this approach. The significant resistance to chemotherapy among common cancers, and the realization that in many cases chemotherapy leaves behind drug-resistant cancer cells that eventually cause recurrence and metastatic disease, has recently prompted the search for natural compounds that would circumvent this problem...
June 23, 2017: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646189/heterogeneous-environments-shape-invader-impacts-integrating-environmental-structural-and-functional-effects-by-isoscapes-and-remote-sensing
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Christine Hellmann, André Große-Stoltenberg, Jan Thiele, Jens Oldeland, Christiane Werner
Spatial heterogeneity of ecosystems crucially influences plant performance, while in return plant feedbacks on their environment may increase heterogeneous patterns. This is of particular relevance for exotic plant invaders that transform native ecosystems, yet, approaches integrating geospatial information of environmental heterogeneity and plant-plant interaction are lacking. Here, we combined remotely sensed information of site topography and vegetation cover with a functional tracer of the N cycle, δ(15)N...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645376/proteomic-analyses-of-the-eukaryotic-replication-machinery
#15
David Cortez
DNA replication in a human cell involves hundreds of proteins that copy the DNA accurately and completely each cell division cycle. In addition to the core DNA copying machine (the replisome), accessory proteins work to respond to replication stress, correct errors, and repackage the DNA into appropriate chromatin structures. New proteomic tools have been invented in the past few years to facilitate the purification, identification, and quantification of the replication, chromatin maturation, and replication stress response machineries...
2017: Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645326/improving-visualization-of-4d-flow-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-with-four-dimensional-angiographic-data-generation-of-a-4d-phase-contrast-magnetic-resonance-cardioangiography-4d-pc-mrca
#16
Mariana Bustamante, Vikas Gupta, Carl-Johan Carlhäll, Tino Ebbers
Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA) and Phase-Contrast MRA (PC-MRA) approaches used for assessment of cardiovascular morphology typically result in data containing information from the entire cardiac cycle combined into one 2D or 3D image. Information specific to each timeframe of the cardiac cycle is, however, lost in this process. This study proposes a novel technique, called Phase-Contrast Magnetic Resonance CardioAngiography (4D PC-MRCA), that utilizes the full potential of 4D Flow CMR when generating temporally resolved PC-MRA data to improve visualization of the heart and major vessels throughout the cardiac cycle...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644616/importance-of-a-fully-anharmonic-treatment-of-equilibrium-isotope-fractionation-properties-of-dissolved-ionic-species-as-evidenced-by-li-aq
#17
Romain Dupuis, Magali Benoit, Mark E Tuckerman, Merlin Méheut
Equilibrium fractionation of stable isotopes is critically important in fields ranging from chemistry, including medicinal chemistry, electrochemistry, geochemistry, and nuclear chemistry, to environmental science. The dearth of reliable estimates of equilibrium fractionation factors, from experiment or from natural observations, has created a need for accurate computational approaches. Because isotope fractionation is a purely quantum mechanical phenomenon, exact calculation of fractionation factors is nontrivial...
June 23, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643892/calcitriol-exerts-an-anti-tumor-effect-in-osteosarcoma-by-inducing-the-endoplasmic-reticulum-er-stress-response
#18
Takatsune Shimizu, Walied A Kamel, Sayaka Yamaguchi-Iwai, Yumi Fukuchi, Akihiro Muto, Hideyuki Saya
Osteosarcoma is the most common type of primary bone tumor, and novel therapeutic approaches for this disease are urgently required. To identify effective agents, we screened a panel of FDA-approved drugs in AXT cells, our newly established mouse osteosarcoma line, and identified calcitriol as a candidate compound with therapeutic efficacy for this disease. Calcitriol inhibited cell proliferation in AXT cells by blocking cell cycle progression. From a mechanistic standpoint, calcitriol induced endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress, which was potentially responsible for downregulation of cyclin D1, activation of p38 MAPK, and intracellular production of reactive oxygen species (ROS)...
June 23, 2017: Cancer Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643323/favourable-outcomes-of-poor-prognosis-diffuse-large-b-cell-lymphoma-patients-treated-with-dose-dense-rituximab-high-dose-methotrexate-and-six-cycles-of-chop-14-compared-to-first-line-autologous-transplantation
#19
Tim Strüßmann, Kristina Fritsch, Axel Baumgarten, Thomas Fietz, Monika Engelhardt, Roland Mertelsmann, Gabriele Ihorst, Justus Duyster, Jürgen Finke, Reinhard Marks
The optimal therapeutic approach for young diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) patients with high-intermediate and high-risk age-adjusted international prognostic index (aaIPI) remains unknown. Hereby we report a 10-year single-centre study of 63 consecutively treated patients. To optimize outcome, two approaches were carried out: Cohort 1 patients received four cycles R-CHOP-21 (rituximab, cyclophosphamide, daunorubicin, vincristine, prednisolone over 21 days) followed by first-line high-dose chemotherapy with autologous stem-cell support (HDCT-ASCT), resulting in 2-year progression-free (PFS) and overall survival (OS) of 60·6% and 67·9%...
June 23, 2017: British Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643198/urokinase-plasminogen-activator-protects-cardiac-myocytes-from-oxidative-damage-and-apoptosis-via-hogg1-induction
#20
Philipp J Hohensinner, Nikol Takacs, Christoph Kaun, Barbara Thaler, Konstantin A Krychtiuk, Stefan Pfaffenberger, Arezu Aliabadi, Andreas Zuckermann, Kurt Huber, Johann Wojta
The role of uPA in tissue remodeling and cell migration is already well established. In addition, uPA was reported to stabilize p53, a key cell cycle control, DNA repair and apoptosis initiation protein. We aimed to determine the role of uPA-uPAR signaling towards cell survival or apoptosis in human adult cardiac myocytes (HACM). HACM were stimulated with uPA and DNA damage was inflicted by incubating cells with 200 µM H2O2. To analyze for apoptotic cells we applied TUNEL staining. Oxidative damage foci were analyzed by staining for 8-oxoguanine base pairs...
June 22, 2017: Apoptosis: An International Journal on Programmed Cell Death
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