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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812999/synthesis-and-evaluation-of-a-sodium-alginate-4-aminosalicylic-acid-based-microporous-hydrogel-for-potential-viscosupplementation-for-joint-injuries-and-arthritis-induced-conditions
#1
Dharmesh R Chejara, Mostafa Mabrouk, Pradeep Kumar, Yahya E Choonara, Pierre P D Kondiah, Ravindra V Badhe, Lisa C du Toit, Divya Bijukumar, Viness Pillay
A microporous hydrogel was developed using sodium alginate (alg) and 4-aminosalicylic acid (4-ASA). The synthesized hydrogel was characterized using various analytical techniques such as Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Carbon-13 nuclear magnetic resonance ((13)C-NMR), X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). Additonal carboxyl and hydroxyl functional groups of 4-ASA provided significant lubrication and stress-triggered sol-gel transition to the conjugated hydrogel...
August 16, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812308/transcriptional-regulation-of-the-protein-kinase-a-subunits-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-during-fermentative-growth
#2
Fiorella Galello, Constanza Pautasso, Sol Reca, Luciana Cañonero, Paula Portela, Silvia Moreno, Silvia Rossi
Yeast cells can adapt their growth in response to the nutritional environment. Glucose is the favorite carbon source of Saccharomyces cerevisiae that prefers a fermentative metabolism despite the presence of oxygen. When glucose is consumed, the cell switches to the aerobic metabolism of ethanol, during the so-called diauxic shift. The difference between fermentative and aerobic growth is in part mediated by a regulatory mechanism called glucose repression. During glucose derepression a profound gene transcriptional reprogramming occurs and genes involved in the utilization of alternative carbon sources are expressed...
August 15, 2017: Yeast
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812195/design-and-evaluation-of-a-compact-photocatalytic-reactor-for-water-treatment
#3
Marko Kete, Olena Pliekhova, Lev Matoh, Urška Lavrenčič Štangar
A compact reactor for photocatalytic oxidation and photocatalytic ozonation water treatment was developed and evaluated by using four model pollutants. Additionally, combinations of pollutants were evaluated. Specially produced Al2O3 porous reticulated monolith foams served as TiO2 carriers, offering a high surface area support. UV lamps were placed in the interior to achieve reduced dimensions of the reactor (12 cm in diameter × 20 cm in height). Despite its small size, the overall photocatalytic cleaning capacity was substantial...
August 15, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810208/tungsten-doped-tio2-reduced-graphene-oxide-nano-composite-photocatalyst-for-degradation-of-phenol-a-system-to-reduce-surface%C3%A2-and-bulk-electron-hole-recombination
#4
Manisha Yadav, Asha Yadav, Rohan Fernandes, Yaksh Popat, Michele Orlandi, Alpa Dashora, D C Kothari, Antonio Miotello, B L Ahuja, Nainesh Patel
Recombination of photogenerated charges is the main factor affecting the photocatalytic activity of TiO2. Here, we report a combined strategy of suppressing both the bulk as well as the surface recombination processes by doping TiO2 with tungsten and forming a nanocomposite with reduced graphene oxide (rGO), respectively. Sol-gel method was used to dope and optimize the concentration of W in TiO2 powder. UV-Vis, XPS, PL and time resolved PL spectra along with DFT calculations indicate that W(6+) in TiO2 lattice creates an impurity level just below the conduction band of TiO2 to act as a trapping site of electrons, which causes to improve the lifetime of the photo-generated charges...
August 12, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810146/swarm-intelligence-enhanced-detection-of-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-using-tumor-educated-platelets
#5
Myron G Best, Nik Sol, Sjors G J G In 't Veld, Adrienne Vancura, Mirte Muller, Anna-Larissa N Niemeijer, Aniko V Fejes, Lee-Ann Tjon Kon Fat, Anna E Huis In 't Veld, Cyra Leurs, Tessa Y Le Large, Laura L Meijer, Irsan E Kooi, François Rustenburg, Pepijn Schellen, Heleen Verschueren, Edward Post, Laurine E Wedekind, Jillian Bracht, Michelle Esenkbrink, Leon Wils, Francesca Favaro, Jilian D Schoonhoven, Jihane Tannous, Hanne Meijers-Heijboer, Geert Kazemier, Elisa Giovannetti, Jaap C Reijneveld, Sander Idema, Joep Killestein, Michal Heger, Saskia C de Jager, Rolf T Urbanus, Imo E Hoefer, Gerard Pasterkamp, Christine Mannhalter, Jose Gomez-Arroyo, Harm-Jan Bogaard, David P Noske, W Peter Vandertop, Daan van den Broek, Bauke Ylstra, R Jonas A Nilsson, Pieter Wesseling, Niki Karachaliou, Rafael Rosell, Elizabeth Lee-Lewandrowski, Kent B Lewandrowski, Bakhos A Tannous, Adrianus J de Langen, Egbert F Smit, Michel M van den Heuvel, Thomas Wurdinger
Blood-based liquid biopsies, including tumor-educated blood platelets (TEPs), have emerged as promising biomarker sources for non-invasive detection of cancer. Here we demonstrate that particle-swarm optimization (PSO)-enhanced algorithms enable efficient selection of RNA biomarker panels from platelet RNA-sequencing libraries (n = 779). This resulted in accurate TEP-based detection of early- and late-stage non-small-cell lung cancer (n = 518 late-stage validation cohort, accuracy, 88%; AUC, 0.94; 95% CI, 0...
August 14, 2017: Cancer Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808431/reconstructing-three-dimensional-protein-crystal-intensities-from-sparse-unoriented-two-axis-x-ray-diffraction-patterns
#6
Ti-Yen Lan, Jennifer L Wierman, Mark W Tate, Hugh T Philipp, Veit Elser, Sol M Gruner
Recently, there has been a growing interest in adapting serial microcrystallography (SMX) experiments to existing storage ring (SR) sources. For very small crystals, however, radiation damage occurs before sufficient numbers of photons are diffracted to determine the orientation of the crystal. The challenge is to merge data from a large number of such 'sparse' frames in order to measure the full reciprocal space intensity. To simulate sparse frames, a dataset was collected from a large lysozyme crystal illuminated by a dim X-ray source...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Applied Crystallography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807824/flavan-3-ol-delays-the-progression-of-disuse-atrophy-induced-by-hindlimb-suspension-in-mice
#7
Mao Ito, Naoto Kudo, Yuji Miyake, Tatsuya Imai, Tomoki Unno, Yoko Yamashita, Yoshihisa Hirota, Hitoshi Ashida, Naomi Osakabe
Periods of skeletal muscle disuse, for example due to a sedentary lifestyle or bed rest, are associated with aging and can lead to muscle atrophy. We previously found that the flavan 3-ol fraction derived from cocoa (FL) enhanced energy expenditure with metabolic changes in skeletal muscle. In the present study, we examined the effect of FL on disuse muscle atrophy induced by hindlimb suspension in mice. Male C57BL/6J mice were assigned to four groups as follows: unsuspended-vehicle, unsuspended-FL, suspended-vehicle, and suspended-FL...
August 11, 2017: Experimental Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805228/highly-dispersed-tio2-nanoparticles-with-abundant-active-sites-induced-by-surfactants-as-a-prominent-substrate-for-sers-charge-transfer-contribution
#8
Libin Yang, Di Yin, Yu Shen, Ming Yang, Xiuling Li, Xiaoxia Han, Xin Jiang, Bing Zhao
In this study, highly-dispersed TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs) with abundant active sites were synthesized by a simple sol-hydrothermal method with the assistance of surfactant polyethylene glycol (PEG) which served as an effective SERS-active substrate for the first time. The observed considerable SERS enhancement of 4-mercaptobenzoic acid (4-MBA) probe molecules on TiO2 NPs is attributed to the contribution of the charge transfer mechanism from the substrate to the probe molecule. It is suggested that PEG can act as a protective agent in the reductive calcination of the surfactant-coated nanocrystallite and consequently brings about abundant surface oxygen vacancies for TiO2 NPs, which provide more effective sites for the adsorption of probe molecules and promote the charge transfer effect and its consequent SERS enhancement...
August 14, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803425/frameshift-mutations-in-repeat-sequences-of-ank3-hacd4-tcp10l-tp53bp1-mfn1-lcmt2-rnmt-trmt6-mettl8-and-mettl16-genes-in-colon-cancers
#9
Su Yeon Yeon, Yun Sol Jo, Eun Ji Choi, Min Sung Kim, Nam Jin Yoo, Sug Hyung Lee
Diminished ANK3 contributes to cell survival by inhibiting detachment-induced apoptosis. TP53BP1 that interacts with p53 and MFN1 that encodes a mitochondrial membrane protein are considered to have tumor suppressor gene (TSG) functions. HACD4 involving fatty acid synthesis and TCPL10 with transcription regulation functions are considered TSGs. Many genes involved in DNA methylations such as LCMT2, RNMT, TRMT6, METTL8 and METTL16 are often perturbed in cancer. The aim of our study was to find whether these genes were mutated in colorectal cancer (CRC)...
August 12, 2017: Pathology Oncology Research: POR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803025/the-effect-of-nano-tio2-photocatalysis-on-the-antioxidant-activities-of-cu-zn-sod-at-physiological-ph
#10
Wen Zheng, Hai-Feng Zou, Shao-Wu Lv, Yan-Hong Lin, Min Wang, Fei Yan, Ye Sheng, Yan-Hua Song, Jie Chen, Ke-Yan Zheng
Security issues of nanoparticles on biological toxicity and potential environmental risk have attracted more and more attention with the rapid development and wide applications of nanotechnology. In this work, we explored the effect and probable mechanism of nano-TiO2 on antioxidant activity of copper, zinc superoxide dismutase (Cu, Zn-SOD) under natural light and mixed light at physiological pH. Nano-TiO2 was prepared by sol-hydrothermal method, and then characterized by X-ray Diffraction (XRD) and Transmission electron micrographs (TEM)...
August 5, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802207/the-effect-of-aluminium-and-sodium-impurities-on-the-in-vitro-toxicity-and-pro-inflammatory-potential-of-cristobalite
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C Nattrass, C J Horwell, D E Damby, D Brown, V Stone
BACKGROUND: Exposure to crystalline silica (SiO2), in the form of quartz, tridymite or cristobalite, can cause respiratory diseases, such as silicosis. However, the observed toxicity and pathogenicity of crystalline silica is highly variable. This has been attributed to a number of inherent and external factors, including the presence of impurities. In cristobalite-rich dusts, substitutions of aluminium (Al) for silicon (Si) in the cristobalite structure, and impurities occluding the silica surface, have been hypothesised to decrease its toxicity...
August 9, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799939/one-step-hydrothermal-synthesis-of-ctab-modified-sio2-for-removal-of-bisphenol-a
#12
Yefei Zhang, Chao Liu, Lijun Luo, Yingying Shi, Yu Chen, Shan Wang, Longchun Bian, Fengzhi Jiang
A stable SiO2 material marked as CTAB-Ms(x) was synthesized by a novel sol-gel method. It was modified with hexadecyl trimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB), which resulted in high adsorption capacity. Its microstructure and surface functional groups were characterized by scanning electron microscope, transmission electron microscope and Fourier transform infrared. The results showed that CTAB-Ms(x) had a core/shell structure in which the core was a CTAB micelle and the shell was SiO2. The prepared material was applied to adsorb bisphenol A (BPA)...
August 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799722/a-sensitive-surface-enhanced-raman-scattering-method-for-chondroitin-sulfate-with-victoria-blue-4r-molecular-probes-in-nanogold-sol-substrate
#13
Yanghe Luo, Xiaoliang Wang, Qingye Liu, Aihui Liang, Xingcun He, Zhiliang Jiang
Using silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) as the nanocatalyst, l-cysteine rapidly reduced HAuCl4 to make a stable gold nanoparticle sol (Ag/AuNP) that had a high surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) activity in the presence of Victoria blue 4R (VB4r) molecular probes. Under the selected conditions, chondroitin sulfate (Chs) reacted with the VB4r probes to form associated complexes that caused the SERS effect to decrease to 1618 cm(-1) . The decreased SERS intensity was linear to the Chs concentration in the range 3...
August 11, 2017: Luminescence: the Journal of Biological and Chemical Luminescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799066/dissipation-kinetics-pre-harvest-residue-limits-and-hazard-quotient-assessments-of-pesticides-flubendiamide-and-fluopicolide-in-korean-melon-cucumis-melo-l-var-makuwa-grown-under-regulated-conditions-in-plastic-greenhouses
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Md Humayun Kabir, A M Abd El-Aty, Md Musfiqur Rahman, Sung-Woo Kim, Han Sol Lee, Hyung Suk Chung, Jung Ah Do, Ji Hoon Jeong, Byung-Joon Chang, Moon Ik Chang, Ho-Chul Shin, Jae-Han Shim
The dissipation kinetics, pre-harvest residue limits, and hazard quotient (HQ) assessments of the pesticides flubendiamide and fluopicolide were conducted for Korean melon (Cucumis melo L. var. makuwa) cultivated at two different sites. A single extraction and cleanup procedure was carried out using acetone (partitioned with dichloromethane) and amino solid-phase extraction cartridges, respectively. Residue analysis was performed by HPLC with ultraviolet detection. Both pesticides showed excellent linearity with correlation coefficients of 0...
August 10, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796423/direct-carbonation-of-glycerol-with-co2-catalyzed-by-metal-oxides
#15
Claudio J A Mota, Leonardo Ozório
Five metal oxides (ZnO, SnO2, Fe2O3, CeO2, La2O3) were produced by the sol-gel method and tested in the direct carbonation of glycerol with CO2. Initial tests with Fe2O3 showed that the best reaction condition was 180 °C, 150 bar and 12 h. The other oxides were evaluated at these conditions and were all active to the formation of glycerol carbonate. Zinc oxide was the most active catalyst, with a yield of 8.1% in the organic carbonate. The catalytic activity decreased upon washing and drying the ZnO catalyst between the runs...
August 10, 2017: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796195/energy-transfer-efficiency-from-zno-nanocrystals-to-eu-3-ions-embedded-in-sio%C3%A2-film-for-emission-at-614-nm
#16
Vivek Mangalam, Kantisara Pita
In this work, we study the energy transfer mechanism from ZnO nanocrystals (ZnO-nc) to Eu(3+) ions by fabricating thin-film samples of ZnO-nc and Eu(3+) ions embedded in a SiO₂ matrix using the low-cost sol-gel technique. The time-resolved photoluminescence (TRPL) measurements from the samples were analyzed to understand the contribution of energy transfer from the various ZnO-nc emission centers to Eu(3+) ions. The decay time obtained from the TRPL measurements was used to calculate the energy transfer efficiencies from the ZnO-nc emission centers, and these results were compared with the energy transfer efficiencies calculated from steady-state photoluminescence emission results...
August 10, 2017: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794941/silica-mineralization-of-dna-inspired-1d-and-2d-supramolecular-polymers
#17
Mykhailo Vybornyi, Yuliia Vyborna, Robert Häner
The preparation of hybrid materials from supramolecular polymers through the sol-gel process is presented. Supramolecular polymers are assembled from phosphodiester-linked pyrene oligomers and act as water-soluble one- or two-dimensional templates for silicification. The fibrillary and planar morphologies of the assemblies, as well as the excitonic interactions between the chromophores, remain unaffected by the silicification process.
August 2017: ChemistryOpen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792093/polymer-spray-mass-spectrometric-detection-and-quantitation-of-hydrophilic-compounds-and-some-narcotics
#18
Maria T Dulay, Richard N Zare
RATIONALE: High throughput screening of biofluids is essential in monitoring concentration of a variety of drugs to determine their efficacy and toxicity. Organosiloxane polymers prepared by sol-gel chemistry as sample supports and electrospray-ionization emitters in a single material and as an alternative to paper substrates, is described in this study. METHODS: Hydrophobic drugs and hydrophilic streptomycin were analyzed by polymer-spray MS with an LTQ-Orbitrap mass spectrometer...
August 9, 2017: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry: RCM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790349/association-between-frailty-and-hypertension-prevalence-treatment-and-control-in-the-elderly-korean-population
#19
Min-Gu Kang, Sun-Wook Kim, Sol-Ji Yoon, Jung-Yeon Choi, Kwang-Il Kim, Cheol-Ho Kim
Frailty is a common geriatric syndrome characterized by increased risk of disability, hospitalization, and mortality. Hypertension (HTN) is one of the most common chronic medical conditions in the elderly. However, there have been few studies regarding the association between frailty and HTN prevalence, treatment, and control rates. We analyzed data of 4,352 older adults (age ≥ 65 years) from the fifth Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. We constructed a frailty index based on 42 items and classified participants as robust, pre-frail, or frail...
August 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783793/potential-use-of-biosolids-to-reforest-degraded-areas-with-new-zealand-native-vegetation
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María Jesús Gutiérrez-Ginés, Brett H Robinson, Juergen Esperschuetz, Engracia Madejón, Jacqui Horswell, Roger McLenaghen
Biosolids could potentially be used for reforestation of degraded soils in New Zealand with native vegetation. Many native plant species of New Zealand thrive in low-fertility soils, and there is scant knowledge about their nutrient requirements. Therefore, it is unclear whether they will respond positively to the addition of biosolids. We used a pot trial to determine the responses of 11 native plant species to biosolids addition (10% w/w, ∼90 Mg hm) on two distinct degraded soils, Lismore stony silt loam and a Kaikōura sand...
July 2017: Journal of Environmental Quality
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