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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822250/polyaspartate-extraction-of-cadmium-ions-from-contaminated-soil-evaluation-and-optimization-using-central-composite-design
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Nuhu Dalhat Mu'azu, Shamsudeen A Haladu, Nabeel Jarrah, Mukarram Zubair, Mohammad H Essa, Shaikh A Ali
The occurrences of heavy metal contaminated sites and soils and the need for devising environmentally friendly solutions have become global issues of serious concern. In this study, polyaspartate (a highly biodegradable agent) was synthesized using L-Aspartic acid via a new modified thermal procedure and employed for extraction of cadmium ions (Cd) from contaminated soil. Response surface methodology approach using 3(5) full faced centered central composite design was employed for modeling, evaluating and optimizing the influence of polyaspartate concentration (36-145mM), polyaspartate/soil ratio (5-25), initial heavy metal concentration (100-500mg/kg), initial pH (3-6) and extraction time (6-24h) on Cd ions extracted into the polyaspartate solution and its residual concentration in the treated soil...
August 8, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822032/synthesis-of-rigid-polyurethane-foams-from-phosphorylated-biopolyols
#2
Juan Carlos de Haro, Daniel López-Pedrajas, Ángel Pérez, Juan Francisco Rodríguez, Manuel Carmona
Renewable resources are playing a key role on the synthesis of biodegradable polyols. Moreover, the incorporation of covalently linked additives is increasing in importance in the polyurethane (PU) market. In this work, previously epoxidized grape seed oil and methyl oleate were transformed into phosphorylated biopolyols through an acid-catalyzed ring-opening hydrolysis in the presence of H3PO4. The formation of phosphate polyesters was confirmed by FT-IR and (31)P-NMR. However, the synthesis of a high-quality PU rigid foam was not possible using exclusively these polyols attending to their low hydroxyl value...
August 18, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821550/crystal-structure-of-the-tetr-family-repressor-alkx-from-dietzia-sp-dq12-45-1b-implicated-in-biodegradation-of-n-alkanes
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Jie-Liang Liang, Yuan Gao, Zheng He, Yong Nie, Meng Wang, Jing-Hong JiangYang, Xuejun C Zhang, Wen-Sheng Shu, Xiao-Lei Wu
n-Alkanes are ubiquitous in nature and are widely used by microorganisms as carbon sources. Alkane hydroxylation by alkane monooxygenases is a critical step in the aerobic biodegradation of n-alkanes, which plays important roles in natural alkane attenuation and is used in industrial and environmental applications. The alkane oxidation operon, alkW1-alkX, in an alkane-degrading strain Dietzia sp. DQ12-45-1b, is negatively auto-regulated by the TetR family repressor, AlkX, via a product positive feedback mechanism...
August 18, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821153/combination-of-microsized-mineral-particles-and-rosin-as-a-basis-for-converting-cellulosic-fibers-into-sticky-superhydrophobic-paper
#4
Xiaoyan Yu, Peiwen Bian, Yang Xue, Xueren Qian, Haipeng Yu, Wenshuai Chen, Xiaohai Hu, Peng Wang, Dong Wu, Qinghui Duan, Limei Li, Jing Shen, Yonghao Ni
The unique features of cellulosic paper including flexibility, biodegradability, and low cost enables it as a versatile, sustainable biomaterial for promising applications. In the paper industry, microsized mineral particles are widely used in the production of printing/writing paper grades, while rosin derived from trees is the earliest internal sizing agent for paper hydrophobication. On the basis of existing commercial practices associated with the use of mineral particles and rosin in paper production, we present a process concept of converting cellulosic fibers (paper-grade pulp) into "sticky" superhydrophobic paper involving the use of microsized mineral particles and rosin (a tree-derived natural product, mainly a mixture of resin acids, especially abietic acid with chemical formula of C19H29COOH)...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821138/biocompatible-chitin-carbon-nanotubes-composite-hydrogels-as-neuronal-growth-substrates
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Shuangquan Wu, Bo Duan, Ang Lu, Yanfeng Wang, Qifa Ye, Lina Zhang
In the past decades, extensive studies have demonstrated that carbon nanotubes (CNTs) could promote cell adhesion, proliferation and differentiation of neuronal cells. However, the potential cytotoxicity in biological systems severely restricted the utilization of CNTs as substrates for neural growth. In this study, biocompatible chitin/carbon nanotubes (Ch/CNT) composite hydrogels were developed via blending modified CNTs with chitin solution in 11wt% NaOH/4wt% urea aqueous system, and subsequently regenerating in ethanol...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821043/effect-of-moderate-electric-fields-in-the-properties-of-starch-and-chitosan-films-reinforced-with-microcrystalline-cellulose
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Caroline C S Coelho, Miguel A Cerqueira, Ricardo N Pereira, Lorenzo M Pastrana, Otniel Freitas-Silva, António A Vicente, Lourdes M C Cabral, José A Teixeira
Microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) can provide improved properties when the aim is the development of biodegradable packaging materials. In this work the physicochemical properties of polysaccharide-based films (chitosan and starch) with the incorporation of MCC and the application of moderate electric field (MEF) and ultrasonic bath (UB) as treatments, were evaluated. For each treatment, the thickness, moisture content, solubility, water vapor permeability, contact angle, mechanical properties, along with its color and opacity were determined...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821040/characteristics-of-a-free-standing-film-from-banana-pseudostem-nanocellulose-generated-from-tempo-mediated-oxidation
#7
R H Fitri Faradilla, George Lee, Ji-Youn Arns, Justine Roberts, Penny Martens, Martina H Stenzel, Jayashree Arcot
Demand for bioplastic, especially for food packaging, increases as the consumers become more aware of the destructive effect of non-biodegradable plastics. Nanocellulose from banana pseudo-stem has great potential to be formed as a bioplastic. This study aimed to characterize the free-standing film produced from banana pseudo-stem nanocellulose that was prepared by TEMPO-mediated oxidation. The film was found containing calcium oxalate crystals, which most likely influenced the film transparency and possibly affected the contact angle and tensile strength...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820042/biodegradation-of-remazol-brilliant-blue-r-using-isolated-bacterial-culture-staphylococcus-sp-k2204
#8
Velayutham Karthikeyan, Madhava Anil Kumar, Pushparaj Mohanapriya, Thanarasu Amudha, Devaraj Thiruselvi, Periyasamy Karthik, Subramanian Sivanesan
Staphylococcus sp. K2204, a bacterial isolate, was employed in this work to decolorize Remazol Brilliant Blue R (RBBR), which belongs to the anthraquinone class of textile dye. Staphylococcus sp. K2204 biodegraded 100 mg/L RBBR at 37°C, under static condition with the help of extracellular laccase and peroxidases. The products of RBBR degradation were characterized using analytical tools including mass spectral technique. The phytotoxicity tests evaluated the toxicity of RBBR and the products of biodegradation...
August 18, 2017: Environmental Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819961/-bioresorbable-scaffolds-in-the-treatment-of-coronary-artery-disease-expert-consensus-statement-of-the-association-of-cardiovascular-interventions-of-the-polish-cardiac-society-acvi-pcs
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Krzysztof Reczuch, Krzysztof Milewski, Wojciech Wąsek, Łukasz Rzeszutko, Wojciech Wojakowski, Michał Hawranek, Adrian Włodarczak, Tomasz Pawłowski, Janusz Kochman, Sławomir Dobrzycki, Marek Grygier, Andrzej Ochała, Jarosław Wójcik, Maciej Lesiak, Dariusz Dudek, Jacek Legutko
Bioresorbable scaffold coated with antimitotic drug is the latest development in the coronary stents technology. The concept of temporary scaffolding and natural vessel healing after angioplasty is a very attractive alternative to conventional metal stents. The results of the first observational studies have confirmed their ultimate biodegradation. Newest results of randomised trials and registries in broader clinical and anatomical indications also revealed the limitations of the first generation of scaffolds...
2017: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819572/a-cad-cam-zirconium-bar-as-a-bonded-mandibular-fixed-retainer-a-novel-approach-with-two-year-follow-up
#10
Maen Zreaqat, Rozita Hassan, Abdul Fatah Hanoun
Stainless steel alloys containing 8% to 12% nickel and 17% to 22% chromium are generally used in orthodontic appliances. A major concern has been the performance of alloys in the environment in which they are intended to function in the oral cavity. Biodegradation and metal release increase the risk of hypersensitivity and cytotoxicity. This case report describes for the first time a CAD/CAM zirconium bar as a bonded mandibular fixed retainer with 2-year follow-up in a patient who is subjected to long-term treatment with fixed orthodontic appliance and suspected to have metal hypersensitivity as shown by the considerable increase of nickel and chromium concentrations in a sample of patient's unstimulated saliva...
2017: Case Reports in Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819269/characteristic-assessment-of-diesel-degrading-bacteria-immobilized-on-natural-organic-carriers-in-marine-environment-the-degradation-activity-and-nutrient
#11
Jianliang Xue, Yanan Wu, Zhixiu Liu, Menglu Li, Xiyu Sun, Huajun Wang, Bing Liu
Oil spill has led to severe environmental and ecological problems. Due to the harsh environmental conditions, the bioremediation technology is not successfully used to remedy the oil spill in marine environment. In this study, immobilization technology was used to immobilize bacteria on natural organic carriers (i.e., wood chips and maize straw). The higher surface area of in wood chips leads to larger biomass density (0.0242 gVSS/g) than that of maize straw of 0.0097 gVSS/g carrier. Compared with biodegradation efficiency of free bacteria (44...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818724/enzyme-sensitive-smart-inulin-dehydropeptide-conjugate-self-assembles-into-nanostructures-useful-for-targeted-delivery-of-ornidazole
#12
Kriti Shivhare, Charu Garg, Ayushi Priyam, Alka Gupta, Ashwani Kumar Sharma, Pradeep Kumar
Molecular self-assembly of biodegradable amphiphilic polymers allows rational design of biocompatible nanomaterials for drug delivery. Use of substituted polysaccharides for such applications offers the ease of design and synthesis, and provides higher biofunctionality and biocompatibility to nanomaterials. The present work focuses on the synthesis, characterization and potential biomedical applications of self-assembled polysaccharide-based materials. We demonstrated that the synthesized amphiphilic inulin self-assembled in aqueous medium into nanostructures with average size in the range of 146-486nm and encapsulated hydrophobic therapeutic molecule, ornidazole...
August 14, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818688/anodization-of-magnesium-for-biomedical-applications-processing-characterization-degradation-and-cytocompatibility
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Aaron F Cipriano, Jiajia Lin, Christopher Miller, Alan Lin, Mayra C Cortez Alcaraz, Pedro Soria, Huinan Liu
This article reports anodization of Mg in KOH electrolyte and the associated surface, degradation, and biological properties for bioresorbable implant applications. The preparation procedures for electrodes and anodization setup significantly enhanced reproducibility of samples. The results of anodization performed at the applied potentials of 1.8, 1.9, or 2.0 V showed that the sample anodized at 1.9 V and annealed, referred to as the 1.9 AA sample, had homogenous surface microstructure and elemental composition, and a reduction in corrosion current density in the electrochemical testing...
August 14, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818565/raw-starch-microparticles-have-immunostimulant-activity-in-mice-vaccinated-with-bcg-and-challenged-with-mycobacterium-tuberculosis
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Silvia Moreno-Mendieta, Jorge Barrios-Payán, Dulce Mata-Espinosa, Sergio Sánchez, Rogelio Hernández-Pando, Romina Rodríguez-Sanoja
The main challenge for vaccine development or improvement is the lack of safe adjuvants or immunostimulants that induce protective immune responses and can be used for mucosal immunization, which is a highly desirable strategy for vaccination against infectious diseases acquired by oral or intranasal routes. One promising alternative is the use of biodegradable and biocompatible polymeric microparticles. Recently, we developed an immobilization and delivery system with starch microparticles (SMPs) and a starch-binding domain (SBDtag) suitable for the mucosal administration of antigens and the induction of antigen-specific immune responses...
August 14, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818401/impact-of-co-landfill-proportion-of-bottom-ash-and-municipal-solid-waste-composition-on-the-leachate-characteristics-during-the-acidogenesis-phase
#15
Pin-Jing He, Hong-Xia Pu, Li-Ming Shao, Hua Zhang
Incineration has become an important municipal solid waste (MSW) treatment strategy, and generates a large amount of bottom ash (BA). Although some BA is reused, much BA and pretreatment residues from BA recycling are disposed in landfill. When BA and MSW are co-landfilled together, acid neutralization capacity and alkaline earth metal dissolution of BA, as well as different components of MSW may change environmental conditions within the landfill, so the degradation of organic matter and the physical and chemical properties of leachate would be affected...
August 14, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818322/stability-of-biodegradable-metal-mg-ca-zn-alloy-screws-compared-with-absorbable-polymer-and-titanium-screws-for-sagittal-split-ramus-osteotomy-of-the-mandible-using-the-finite-element-analysis-model
#16
Jee-Ho Lee, Hyung-Seop Han, Yu-Chan Kim, Jin-Yong Lee, Bu-Kyu Lee
Mg-Ca-Zn alloy has been suggested for the application of fixation materials during maxillofacial surgery. We investigated the stability of Mg-Ca-Zn alloy for clinical application during orthognathic surgery. The finite element model for the fixation of sagittal split ramus osteotomy was constructed. In the bicortical screw fixation of the mandible setback condition, the stress distributions of Mg-Ca-Za alloy, polylactic acid polymer, and titanium were evaluated using the virtual model with occlusal loading of 132 N...
July 4, 2017: Journal of Cranio-maxillo-facial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818103/enhancement-of-poly-3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate-accumulation-in-arxula-adeninivorans-by-stabilization-of-production
#17
Mateusz Biernacki, Marek Marzec, Thomas Roick, Reinhard Pätz, Kim Baronian, Rüdiger Bode, Gotthard Kunze
BACKGROUND: In recent years the production of biobased biodegradable plastics has been of interest of researchers partly due to the accumulation of non-biodegradable plastics in the environment and to the opportunity for new applications. Commonly investigated are the polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) poly(hydroxybutyrate) and poly(hydroxybutyrate-co-hydroxyvalerate) (PHB-V). The latter has the advantage of being tougher and less brittle. The production of these polymers in bacteria is well established but production in yeast may have some advantages, e...
August 17, 2017: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818028/investigating-the-performance-of-an-anaerobic-baffled-bioreactor-abr-for-the-biodegradation-of-alkaline-surfactant-polymer-asp-in-oilfield-water
#18
Changli Liu, Rongshu Zhang, Hongyi Yang, Jie Zhang, Hongwei Wang, Le Chang, Yuanlong Zhan, Qijiang Xu
The anaerobic baffled reactor (ABR) was used to treat Alkaline-surfactant-polymer (ASP) flooding wastewater in Daqing oilfield. With the ABR hydraulic retention time (HRT) was reduced from 72 hours decreased to 24 hours, the bioreactor purification capability improved gradually. After the ABR running of 100 days, the removal rate of raw oil, suspended solid and surfactant reached 99.8%, 94.4% and 50%, respectively; alkali, polymer and viscosity was removed at a rate of about 16%, 7% and 20%, respectively. There were 39 kinds of organic material detected by GCMS in the original water sample, while only 12 kinds of organics were left in the ABR outfall...
August 18, 2017: Environmental Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817933/biochemical-characterization-and-substrate-degradation-mode-of-a-novel-exo-type-%C3%AE-agarase-from-agarivorans-gilvus-wh0801
#19
Yunxiao Liang, Xiaoqing Ma, Lujia Zhang, Fuli Li, Zhen Liu, Xiangzhao Mao
Agarases are important hydrolytic enzymes for the biodegradation of agar. Understanding the degradation mode and hydrolysis products of agarases is essential for their utilization in oligosaccharide preparations. Herein, we cloned and expressed AgWH50B, a novel neoagarotetraose-forming β-agarase from Agarivorans gilvus WH0801 that has high specific activity and a fast reaction rate. AgWH50B consists of a C-terminal glycoside hydrolase family 50 catalytic domain with two tandem noncatalytic carbohydrate-binding modules (CBMs) in the N-terminus (residues 45-214 and 236-442)...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817100/modulatory-effects-of-exogenously-applied-polyamines-on-postharvest-physiology-antioxidant-system-and-shelf-life-of-fruits-a-review
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Sunil Sharma, Sunil Pareek, Narashans Alok Sagar, Daniel Valero, Maria Serrano
Polyamines (PAs) are natural compounds involved in many growth and developmental processes in plants, and, specifically in fruits, play a vital role regulating its development, ripening and senescence processes. Putrescine (PUT), spermine (SPE), and spermidine (SPD) are prominent PAs applied exogenously to extend shelf life of fruits. They also originate endogenously during developmental phases of horticultural crops and simultaneously affect the quality attributes and shelf life. Their anti-ethylene nature is being exploited to enhance the shelf life when exogenously applied on fruits...
August 17, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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