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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922209/unconventional-pretreatment-of-lignocellulose-with-low-temperature-plasma
#1
Jens Vanneste, Thijs Ennaert, Annick Vanhulsel, Bert F Sels
Lignocellulose represents a potential supply of sustainable feedstock for the production of biofuels and chemicals. There is, however, an important cost and efficiency challenge associated with the conversion of such lignocellulosics. Since its structure is complex and not prone to undergo chemical reactions very easily, chemical and mechanical pretreatments are usually necessary in order to be able to refine them into the compositional building blocks (carbohydrates and lignin), from which value-added platform molecules such as glucose, ethylene glycol, 5-hydroxymethylfurfural, levulinic acid, etc...
December 6, 2016: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920439/activity-targets-for-nanostructured-platinum-group-metal-free-catalysts-in-hydroxide-exchange-membrane-fuel-cells
#2
Brian P Setzler, Zhongbin Zhuang, Jarrid A Wittkopf, Yushan Yan
Fuel cells are the zero-emission automotive power source that best preserves the advantages of gasoline automobiles: low upfront cost, long driving range and fast refuelling. To make fuel-cell cars a reality, the US Department of Energy has set a fuel cell system cost target of US$30 kW(-1) in the long-term, which equates to US$2,400 per vehicle, excluding several major powertrain components (in comparison, a basic, but complete, internal combustion engine system costs approximately US$3,000). To date, most research for automotive applications has focused on proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs), because these systems have demonstrated the highest power density...
December 6, 2016: Nature Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918566/oxygen-vacancies-enhance-pseudocapacitive-charge-storage-properties-of-moo3-x
#3
Hyung-Seok Kim, John B Cook, Hao Lin, Jesse S Ko, Sarah H Tolbert, Vidvuds Ozolins, Bruce Dunn
The short charging times and high power capabilities associated with capacitive energy storage make this approach an attractive alternative to batteries. One limitation of electrochemical capacitors is their low energy density and for this reason, there is widespread interest in pseudocapacitive materials that use Faradaic reactions to store charge. One candidate pseudocapacitive material is orthorhombic MoO3 (α-MoO3), a layered compound with a high theoretical capacity for lithium (279 mA h g(-1) or 1,005 C g(-1))...
December 5, 2016: Nature Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917894/a-closer-look-into-the-%C3%AE-helix-basin
#4
Boris Haimov, Simcha Srebnik
α-Helices are the most abundant structures found within proteins and play an important role in the determination of the global structure of proteins and their function. Representation of α-helical structures with the common (φ, ψ) dihedrals, as in Ramachandran maps, does not provide informative details regarding the helical structure apart for the abstract geometric meaning of the dihedrals. We present an alternative coordinate system that describes helical conformations in terms of residues per turn (ρ) and angle (ϑ) between backbone carbonyls relative to the helix direction through an approximate linear transformation between the two coordinates system (φ, ψ and ρ, ϑ)...
December 5, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917161/the-interaction-between-plants-and-bacteria-in-the-remediation-of-petroleum-hydrocarbons-an-environmental-perspective
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Panagiotis Gkorezis, Matteo Daghio, Andrea Franzetti, Jonathan D Van Hamme, Wouter Sillen, Jaco Vangronsveld
Widespread pollution of terrestrial ecosystems with petroleum hydrocarbons (PHCs) has generated a need for remediation and, given that many PHCs are biodegradable, bio- and phyto-remediation are often viable approaches for active and passive remediation. This review focuses on phytoremediation with particular interest on the interactions between and use of plant-associated bacteria to restore PHC polluted sites. Plant-associated bacteria include endophytic, phyllospheric, and rhizospheric bacteria, and cooperation between these bacteria and their host plants allows for greater plant survivability and treatment outcomes in contaminated sites...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916986/pharmacological-modulation-of-lmna-srsf1-dependent-splicing-abrogates-diet-induced-obesity-in-mice
#6
J Santo, C Lopez-Herrera, C Apolit, Y Bareche, L Lapasset, C Chavey, S Capozi, F Mahuteau, R Najman, P Fornarelli, I C Lopez-Mejía, G Béranger, F Casas, E-Z Amri, B Pau, D Scherrer, J Tazi
BAKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Intense drug discovery efforts in the metabolic field highlight the need for novel strategies for the treatment of obesity. Alternative splicing (AS) and/or polyadenylation enable the LMNA gene to express distinct protein isoforms that exert opposing effects on energy metabolism and lifespan. Here we aimed to use the splicing factor SRSF1 that contribute to the production of these different isoforms as a target to uncover new anti-obesity drug. SUBJECTS/METHODS: Small molecules modulating SR protein activity and splicing, were tested for their abilities to interact with SRSF1 and to modulate LMNA (AS)...
December 5, 2016: International Journal of Obesity: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916848/water-will-be-the-coal-of-the-future-the-untamed-dream-of-jules-verne-for-a-solar-fuel
#7
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Vladimir K Ryabchuk, Vyacheslav N Kuznetsov, Alexei V Emeline, Yurii M Artem'ev, Galina V Kataeva, Satoshi Horikoshi, Nick Serpone
This article evokes the futuristic visions of two giants, one a writer, Jules Verne, who foresaw water as the coal of the future, and the other a scientist, Giacomo Ciamician, who foresaw the utilization of solar energy as an energy source with which to drive photochemical and photocatalytic reactions for the betterment of mankind. Specifically, we examine briefly the early work of the 1960s and 1970s on the photosplitting of free water and water adsorbed on solid supports, based mostly on metal oxides, from which both hydrogen and oxygen evolve in the expected stoichiometric ratio of 2 to 1...
November 29, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915181/bioenergy-and-biodiversity-intensified-biomass-extraction-from-hedges-impairs-habitat-conditions-for-birds
#8
Ralf Sauerbrei, Birgit Aue, Christian Krippes, Eva Diehl, Volkmar Wolters
Biomass is increasingly used as an alternative source for energy in Europe. Woody material cut from hedges is considered to provide a suitable complement to maize and oilseed rape, which are currently the dominant biomass sources. Since shrubs and trees are also important habitats for birds, however, coppicing of hedges at the landscape scale may adversely affect the diversity of the avifauna. To evaluate this risk, we estimated the response of hedge birds to three management scenarios differing in cutting intensity and hedge selection...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914355/characterisation-of-fine-grained-tailings-from-a-marble-processing-plant-and-their-acute-effects-on-the-copepod-calanus-finmarchicus
#9
Julia Farkas, Dag Altin, Karen M Hammer, Kaja C Hellstrøm, Andy M Booth, Bjørn Henrik Hansen
Submarine tailing disposal (STD) of mining waste is practiced as an alternative to land fill disposal in several countries. Knowledge regarding the environmental implications of STD on fjord and other marine ecosystems, including the pelagic environment, is scarce. In this study, we characterised the particle shape, size and metal content of the fine-grained fraction of tailings (FGT) from a Norwegian marble processing plant and investigated their acute toxicity and impact on feeding rate in adult Calanus finmarchicus...
November 30, 2016: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914345/biopolymer-matrix-for-nano-encapsulation-of-urease-a-model-protein-and-its-application-in-urea-detection
#10
Abhishek Saxena, Arpita Bhattacharya, Satish Kumar, Irving R Epstein, Rachana Sahney
Alginate microparticles and nanoparticles crosslinked with Ca(+2) ions are frequently employed in biomedical applications. Here we use microemulsion polymerization to prepare alginate nanoparticles (nanogels) using different crosslinking ions (Ca(+2), Sr(+2), Ba(+2)) to encapsulate a model protein, urease enzyme (jackbeans). With alginate concentrations of 0.2wt% in the aqueous phase, emulsion droplets showed good stability and narrow, monomodal distributions with radii ∼65±10nm. The size of the nanogel varies with the crosslinking cation and its affinity for the mannuronate and guluronate units in the linear alginate chain...
November 9, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914260/the-extent-of-fermentative-transformation-of-phenolic-compounds-in-the-bioanode-controls-exoelectrogenic-activity-in-a-microbial-electrolysis-cell
#11
Xiaofei Zeng, Maya A Collins, Abhijeet P Borole, Spyros G Pavlostathis
Phenolic compounds in hydrolysate/pyrolysate and wastewater streams produced during the pretreatment of lignocellulosic biomass for biofuel production present a significant challenge in downstream processes. Bioelectrochemical systems are increasingly recognized as an alternative technology to handle biomass-derived streams and to promote water reuse in biofuel production. Thus, a thorough understanding of the fate of phenolic compounds in bioanodes is urgently needed. The present study investigated the biotransformation of three structurally similar phenolic compounds (syringic acid, SA; vanillic acid, VA; 4-hydroxybenzoic acid, HBA), and their individual contribution to exoelectrogenesis in a microbial electrolysis cell (MEC) bioanode...
November 27, 2016: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914093/lsmo-nanoparticles-coated-by-hyaluronic-acid-for-magnetic-hyperthermia
#12
Yuanwei Chen, Ying Wang, Xi Liu, Mai Lu, Jiangwei Cao, Tao Wang
Magnetic hyperthermia with the treating temperature range of 41-46 °C is an alternative therapy for cancer treatment. In this article, lanthanum strontium manganates (La1-x Sr x MnO3, 0.25 ≤ × ≤ 0.35) magnetic nanoparticles coated by hyaluronic acid (HA) which possesses the ability of targeting tumor cells were prepared by a simple hydrothermal method combined with a high-energy ball milling technique. The crystal structure, morphology, magnetic properties of the HA-coated magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs), and their heating ability under alternating magnetic field were investigated...
December 2016: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914015/electron-transfer-dissociation-of-all-ions-at-all-times-ms-etd-in-a-quadrupole-time-of-flight-q-tof-mass-spectrometer
#13
Christian N Cramer, Jeffery M Brown, Nick Tomczyk, Peter Kresten Nielsen, Kim F Haselmann
Data-independent mass spectral acquisition is particularly powerful when combined with ultra-performance liquid chromatography (LC) that provides excellent separation of most components present in a given sample. Data-independent analysis (DIA) consists of alternating full MS scans and scans with fragmentation of all ions within a selected m/z range, providing precursor masses and structure information, respectively. Fragmentation spectra are acquired either by sequential isolation and fragmentation of sliding m/z ranges or fragmenting all ions entering the MS instrument with no ion isolation, termed broadband DIA...
December 2, 2016: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912943/differences-in-energy-expenditure-during-high-speed-versus-standard-speed-yoga-a-randomized-sequence-crossover-trial
#14
Melanie Potiaumpai, Maria Carolina Massoni Martins, Roberto Rodriguez, Kiersten Mooney, Joseph F Signorile
OBJECTIVES: To compare energy expenditure and volume of oxygen consumption and carbon dioxide production during a high-speed yoga and a standard-speed yoga program. DESIGN: Randomized repeated measures controlled trial. SETTING: A laboratory of neuromuscular research and active aging. INTERVENTIONS: Sun-Salutation B was performed, for eight minutes, at a high speed versus and a standard-speed separately while oxygen consumption was recorded...
December 2016: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911981/asymmetric-ketone-reduction-by-imine-reductases
#15
Maike Lenz, Jan Meisner, Leann Quertinmont, Stefan Lutz, Johannes Kästner, Bettina Nestl
The rapidly growing area of asymmetric imine reduction by imine reductases (IREDs) has provided alternative routes to chiral amines. Here we report the expansion of the reaction scope of IREDs by showing the stereoselective reduction of 2,2,2-trifluoroacetophenone (1). Assisted by an in silico analysis of energy barriers, we evaluated asymmetric hydrogenations of carbonyls and imines considering the influence of substrate reactivity on the chemoselectivity of this novel class of reductases. We report on the asymmetric reduction of C=N as well as C=O bonds catalyzed by members of the IRED enzyme family...
December 2, 2016: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910887/energy-metabolism-regulated-by-hdac-inhibitor-attenuates-cardiac-injury-in-hemorrhagic-rat-model
#16
Qiyuan Kuai, Chunyan Wang, Yanbing Wang, Weijing Li, Gongqing Zhang, Zhixin Qiao, Min He, Xuanlin Wang, Yu Wang, Xingwei Jiang, Lihua Su, Yuezhong He, Suping Ren, Qun Yu
A disturbance of energy metabolism reduces cardiac function in acute severe hemorrhagic patients. Alternatively, adequate energy supply reduces heart failure and increases survival. However, the approach to regulating energy metabolism conductive to vital organs is limited, and the underlying molecular mechanism remains unknown. This study assesses the ability of histone deacetylase inhibitors (HDACIs) to preserve cardiac energy metabolism during lethal hemorrhagic injury. In the lethally hemorrhagic rat and hypoxic myocardial cells, energy metabolism and heart function were well maintained following HDACI treatment, as evident by continuous ATP production with normal cardiac contraction...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910818/histomorphometric-and-transcriptome-evaluation-of-early-healing-bone-treated-with-a-novel-human-particulate-dentin-powder
#17
Yu-Chih Huang, Wei-Zhen Lew, Sheng-Wei Feng, Wei-Yi Lai, Yoshimitsu Abiko, Haw-Ming Huang
Human particulate dentin (HPD) shows potential as an alternative bone grafting material. However, the mechanism of bone healing at the molecular level after grafting with HPD is unclear. This study assessed the histological and global gene expression of bone tissues grafted with HPD. The HPD was prepared to 250-500 µm in size. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDX) were performed to confirm the crystal structure, organic compound residues, and surface morphology, respectively...
December 2, 2016: Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910732/binding-of-anti-cardiovascular-drug-to-serum-albumin-an-insight-in-the-light-of-spectroscopic-and-computational-approaches
#18
Tajalli Ilm Chandel, Gulam Rabbani, MohsinVahid Khan, Masihuz Zaman, Parvez Alam, Yasser Shahein, Rizwan Hasan Khan
Isoprenaline hydrochloride is a potential cardiovascular drug helps in the smooth functioning of the heart muscles. So, we have performed the binding study of ISO with BSA. This study was investigated by UV absorption, fluorescence, synchronous fluorescence, circular dichroism etc. The analysis of intrinsic fluorescence data showed the low binding affinity of ISO. The binding constant Kb was 2.8×103 M-1 and binding stoichiometry (n) was approximately one and the Gibb's free energy change at 310 K was determined to be -8...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910638/two-crystal-x-ray-spectrometers-for-omega-experiments
#19
C Reverdin, A Casner, F Girard, L Lecherbourg, B Loupias, V Tassin, F Philippe
Two x-ray spectrometers have been built for x-ray spectroscopy of laser-produced plasmas on OMEGA at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) by Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique et aux énergies alternatives (CEA). The accessible photon energy range is from 1.5 to 20 keV. The first spectrometer, called X-ray CEA Crystal Spectrometer with a Charge-Injection Device (XCCS-CID), records three spectra with three crystals coupled to a time integrated CID camera. The second one, called X-ray CEA Crystal Spectrometer (XCCS) with a framing camera, is time resolved and records four spectra with two crystals on the four frames of a framing camera...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910368/airfoil-based-electromagnetic-energy-harvester-containing-parallel-array-motion-between-moving-coil-and-multi-pole-magnets-towards-enhanced-power-density
#20
Chung Ming Leung, Ya Wang, Wusi Chen
In this letter, the airfoil-based electromagnetic energy harvester containing parallel array motion between moving coil and trajectory matching multi-pole magnets was investigated. The magnets were aligned in an alternatively magnetized formation of 6 magnets to explore enhanced power density. In particular, the magnet array was positioned in parallel to the trajectory of the tip coil within its tip deflection span. The finite element simulations of the magnetic flux density and induced voltages at an open circuit condition were studied to find the maximum number of alternatively magnetized magnets that was required for the proposed energy harvester...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
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