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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549168/assessing-the-thermal-dissipation-sap-flux-density-method-for-monitoring-cold-season-water-transport-in-seasonally-snow-covered-forests
#1
Allison M Chan, David R Bowling
Productivity of conifers in seasonally snow-covered forests is high before and during snowmelt when environmental conditions are optimal for photosynthesis. Climate change is altering the timing of spring in many locations, and changes in the date of transition from winter dormancy can have large impacts on annual productivity. Sap flow methods provide a promising approach to monitor tree activity during the cold season and the winter-spring and fall-winter transitions. Although sap flow techniques have been widely used, cold season results are generally not reported...
May 26, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548842/engineering-the-composition-and-structure-of-bimetallic-au-cu-alloy-nanoparticles-in-carbon-nanofibers-self-supported-electrode-materials-for-electrocatalytic-water-splitting
#2
Juan Wang, Han Zhu, Danni Yu, JiaWei Chen, JiaDong Chen, Ming Zhang, LiNa Wang, MingLiang Du
The bimetallic Au-Cu alloy nanoparticles have been constructed in electrospun carbon nanofibers (Au-Cu/CNFs), employing as high efficient hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) electrode. The morphology, structure and composition of bimetallic Au-Cu alloy can be controlled by adjusting the precursor nanofibers through a facile approach. With the increased Cu contents, the Au-Cu alloy have a transition from homogenous AuCu3 alloy phase to Au3Cu phase with Cu shell. The self-supported bimetallic Au-Cu/CNFs hybrid can be directly employed as electrodes materials for water splitting and it showed excellent electrochemical activity, including long-term stability, high exchange current density and low overpotential...
May 26, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547733/comparative-evaluation-of-post-traumatic-periodontal-ligament-cell-viability-using-three-storage-media
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V V Kokkali, V Bendgude, G Sharangpani
AIM: To evaluate the potential of milk, coconut water and buttermilk in maintaining periodontal ligament cell (PDL) viability. METHODS: Freshly extracted premolars (55) were divided into three experimental groups each having 15 teeth and the negative and positive control groups which had 5 teeth per group. The teeth in the experimental groups were immersed in their respective storage medium for a period of 75 min before the laboratory procedures were performed...
May 25, 2017: European Archives of Paediatric Dentistry: Official Journal of the European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546424/topical-erythropoietin-treatment-accelerates-the-healing-of-cutaneous-burn-wounds-in-diabetic-pigs-through-an-aquaporin-3-dependent-mechanism
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Saher Hamed, Yehuda Ullmann, Dana Egozi, Aviad Keren, Essam Daod, Omer Anis, Hoda Kabha, Mark Belokopytov, Manal Ashkar, Rona Shofti, Asaph Zaretsky, Michal Schlesinger, Luc Teot, Paul Y Liu
We have previously reported that the topical application of erythropoietin (EPO) to cutaneous wounds in rats and mice with experimentally-induced diabetes mellitus (DM) accelerates their healing by stimulating angiogenesis, reepithelialization, and collagen deposition, and suppressing the inflammatory response and apoptosis. Aquaporins (AQP) are integral membrane proteins whose function is to regulate intracellular fluid hemostasis by enabling the transport of water and glycerol. AQP3 is the AQP that is expressed in the skin where it facilitates cell migration and proliferation and reepithelialization during wound healing...
May 25, 2017: Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545891/numerical-modelling-of-methane-oxidation-efficiency-and-coupled-water-gas-heat-reactive-transfer-in-a-sloping-landfill-cover
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S Feng, C W W Ng, A K Leung, H W Liu
Microbial aerobic methane oxidation in unsaturated landfill cover involves coupled water, gas and heat reactive transfer. The coupled process is complex and its influence on methane oxidation efficiency is not clear, especially in steep covers where spatial variations of water, gas and heat are significant. In this study, two-dimensional finite element numerical simulations were carried out to evaluate the performance of unsaturated sloping cover. The numerical model was calibrated using a set of flume model test data, and was then subsequently used for parametric study...
May 22, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545450/how-to-transport-veterinary-drugs-in-insulated-boxes-to-avoid-thermal-damage-by-heating-or-freezing
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Johannes Horak, Astrid Haberleitner, Günther Schauberger
BACKGROUND: The transport of veterinary drugs must comply with the general standards for drug storage. Although many vehicles are equipped with active heating and/or cooling devices assuring recommended storage conditions, simple insulated transport boxes are also often used. In this study, measurements for typical transport boxes were performed under laboratory conditions by the use of a climate chamber for a temperature of -20 °C and 45 °C to investigate the impact of box size, insulation material, liquid vs...
May 25, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545102/effect-of-dietary-restriction-and-subsequent-re-alimentation-on-the-transcriptional-profile-of-bovine-ruminal-epithelium
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Kate Keogh, Sinead M Waters, Paul Cormican, Alan K Kelly, Emma O'Shea, David A Kenny
Compensatory growth (CG) is utilised worldwide in beef production systems as a management approach to reduce feed costs. However the underlying biology regulating the expression of CG remains to be fully elucidated. The objective of this study was to examine the effect of dietary restriction and subsequent re-alimentation induced CG on the global gene expression profile of ruminal epithelial papillae. Holstein Friesian bulls (n = 60) were assigned to one of two groups: restricted feed allowance (RES; n = 30) for 125 days (Period 1) followed by ad libitum access to feed for 55 days (Period 2) or (ii) ad libitum access to feed throughout (ADLIB; n = 30)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544598/from-extended-nano-fluidics-to-an-autonomous-solar-light-driven-micro-fuel-cell-device
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Yuriy Pihosh, Jin Uemura, Ivan Turkevych, Kazuma Mawatari, Yutaka Kazoe, Adelina Smirnova, Takehiko Kitamori
Autonomous micro/nano mechanical, chemical and biomedical sensors require persistent power sources scaled to their size. Realization of autonomous micro-power sources is a challenging task, as it requires combination of wireless energy supply, conversion, storage and delivery to the sensor. In this work, we realized solar light driven power source that consists of a micro fuel cell (μFC) and a photocatalytic micro fuel generator (μFG) integrated on a single microfluidic chip. The μFG produces hydrogen by photocatalytic water splitting under solar light...
May 23, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544445/morphology-and-structure-engineering-in-nanofiber-reactor-tubular-hierarchical-integrated-networks-composed-of-dual-phase-octahedral-comn2-o4-carbon-nanofibers-for-water-oxidation
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Han Zhu, Danni Yu, Songge Zhang, Jiawei Chen, Wenbo Wu, Meng Wan, Lina Wang, Ming Zhang, Mingliang Du
1D hollow nanostructures combine the advantages of enhanced surface-to-volume ratio, short transport lengths, and efficient 1D electron transport, which can provide more design ideas for the preparation of highly active oxygen evolution (OER) electrocatalysts. A unique architecture of dual-phase octahedral CoMn2 O4 /carbon hollow nanofibers has been prepared via a two-step heat-treatment process including preoxidation treatment and Ostwald ripening process. The hollow and porous structures provide interior void spaces, large exposed surfaces, and high contact areas between the nanofibers and electrolyte and the morphology can be engineered by adjusting the heating conditions...
May 22, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544425/free-standing-holey-ni-oh-2-nanosheets-with-enhanced-activity-for-water-oxidation
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Xiangkai Kong, Changlin Zhang, Sang Youp Hwang, Qianwang Chen, Zhenmeng Peng
Electrochemical water oxidation is the key technology in water-splitting reactions and rechargeable metal-air batteries, which is very attractive for renewable energy conversion and storage. Replacement of precious catalysts with cost-effective and highly active alternatives is still a great challenge. Herein, based on theoretical predictions, holey structures are designed and fabricated on the free-standing conventional 2D OER catalyst. By well-controlled defects engineering, uniform tiny holes are created on the free-standing Ni(OH)2 nanosheets via a sol-gel method, with the embedded Zn components as the template for holes production...
May 19, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544379/a-widened-substrate-selectivity-filter-of-eukaryotic-formate-nitrite-transporters-enables-high-level-lactate-conductance
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Marie Wiechert, Holger Erler, André Golldack, Eric Beitz
Bacterial formate-nitrite transporters (FNT) regulate the metabolic flow of small weak mono-acids derived from anaerobic mixed-acid fermentation, such as formate, and further transport nitrite, and hydrosulfide. The eukaryotic Plasmodium falciparum FNT is vital for the malaria parasite by its ability to release the larger l-lactate substrate as the metabolic end product of anaerobic glycolysis in symport with protons preventing cytosolic acidification. However, the molecular basis for substrate discrimination by FNTs has remained unclear...
May 21, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543743/detection-and-localization-of-regucalcin-in-spermatozoa-of-water-buffalo-bubalus-bubalis-a-calcium-regulating-multifunctional-protein
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H Pillai, A M Shende, M S Parmar, J Thomas, H S Kartha, G Taru Sharma, S K Ghosh, S K Bhure
Regucalcin (RGN) is a calcium-regulating, anti-apoptotic, antioxidative and antiproliferative multifunctional protein predominantly seen in liver and kidney. All these functions are very crucial during spermatogenesis and sperm maturation process until fertilization of the ovum. Although many studies have reported the wide distribution of regucalcin in the male reproductive tract of the rat, human and bovine, its presence in spermatozoa is yet to be demonstrated wherein calcium has a pivotal role in the transport, capacitation, acrosomal reaction and further fusion with ova...
May 24, 2017: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541662/in-operando-quantification-of-three-dimensional-water-distribution-in-nanoporous-carbon-based-layers-in-polymer-electrolyte-membrane-fuel-cells
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Saad Alrwashdeh, Ingo Manke, Henning Markötter, Merle Klages, Martin Göbel, Jan Haußmann, Joachim Scholta, John Banhart
Understanding the function of nanoporous materials employed in polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs) is crucial to improve their performance, durability and cost efficiency. Up to now, the water distribution in the nm-sized pore structures was hardly accessible during operation of the cells. Here we demonstrate that phase contrast synchrotron X-ray tomography allows for an in-operando quantification of the three-dimensional water distribution within the nm-sized pores of carbon-based micro porous layers (MPLs)...
May 25, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541580/genes-and-gene-clusters-related-to-genotype-and-drought-induced-variation-in-saccharification-potential-lignin-content-and-wood-anatomical-traits-in-populus-nigra%C3%A2
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Henning Wildhagen, Shanty Paul, Mike Allwright, Hazel K Smith, Marta Malinowska, Sabine K Schnabel, M João Paulo, Federica Cattonaro, Vera Vendramin, Simone Scalabrin, Dennis Janz, Cyril Douthe, Oliver Brendel, Cyril Buré, David Cohen, Irène Hummel, Didier Le Thiec, Fred van Eeuwijk, Joost J B Keurentjes, Jaume Flexas, Michele Morgante, Paul Robson, Marie-Béatrice Bogeat-Triboulot, Gail Taylor, Andrea Polle
Wood is a renewable resource that can be employed for the production of second generation biofuels by enzymatic saccharification and subsequent fermentation. Knowledge on how the saccharification potential is affected by genotype-related variation of wood traits and drought is scarce. Here, we used three Populus nigra L. genotypes from habitats differing in water availability to (i) investigate the relationships between wood anatomy, lignin content and saccharification and (ii) identify genes and co-expressed gene clusters related to genotype and drought-induced variation in wood traits and saccharification potential...
May 24, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541045/orally-absorbed-cyclic-peptides
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Daniel S Nielsen, Nicholas E Shepherd, Weijun Xu, Andrew J Lucke, Martin J Stoermer, David P Fairlie
Peptides and proteins are not orally bioavailable in mammals, although a few peptides are intestinally absorbed in small amounts. Polypeptides are generally too large and polar to passively diffuse through lipid membranes, while most known active transport mechanisms facilitate cell uptake of only very small peptides. Systematic evaluations of peptides with molecular weights above 500 Da are needed to identify parameters that influence oral bioavailability. Here we describe 125 cyclic peptides containing four to thirty-seven amino acids that are orally absorbed by mammals...
May 25, 2017: Chemical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540543/impact-of-socioeconomic-and-meteorological-factors-on-reservoirs-air-quality-a-case-in-the-three-gorges-reservoir-of-chongqing-tgrc-china-over-a-10-year-period
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Ying Peng, Fengwu Zhou, Jian Cui, Ke Du, Qiangmei Leng, Fumo Yang, Andy Chan, Hongting Zhao
The Three Gorges Dam's construction and industrial transfer have resulted in a new air pollution pattern with the potential to threaten the reservoir eco-environment. To assess the impact of socioeconomic factors on the pattern of air quality vairation and economical risks, concentrations of SO2, NO2, and PM10, industry genres, and meteorological conditions were selected in the Three Gorges Reservoir of Chongqing (TGRC) during 2006-2015. Results showed that air quality had improved to some extent, but atmospheric NO2 showed an increased trend during 2011-2015...
May 24, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540379/fundamental-aspects-of-electrochemically-controlled-wetting-of-nanoscale-composite-materials
#17
A Robert Hillman, Karl S Ryder, Hani K Ismail, Asuman Unal, Annelies Voorhaar
Electroactive films based on conducting polymers have numerous potential applications, but practical devices frequently require a combination of properties not met by a single component. This has prompted an extension to composite materials, notably those in which particulates are immobilised within a polymer film. Irrespective of the polymer and the intended application, film wetting is important: by various means, it facilitates transport processes - of electronic charge, charge-balancing counter ions ("dopant") and analyte/reactant molecules - and motion of polymer segments...
May 25, 2017: Faraday Discussions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540173/self-microemulsifying-drug-delivery-system-for-improving-the-bioavailability-of-huperzine-a-by-lymphatic-uptake
#18
Fang Li, Rongfeng Hu, Bin Wang, Yun Gui, Gang Cheng, Song Gao, Lei Ye, Jihui Tang
Huperzine A (Hup-A) is a poorly water-soluble drug with low oral bioavailability. A self-microemulsifying drug delivery system (SMEDDS) was used to enhance the oral bioavailability and lymphatic uptake and transport of Hup-A. A single-pass intestinal perfusion (SPIP) technique and a chylomicron flow-blocking approach were used to study its intestinal absorption, mesenteric lymph node distribution and intestinal lymphatic uptake. The value of the area under the plasma concentration-time curve (AUC) of Hup-A SMEDDS was significantly higher than that of a Hup-A suspension (P<0...
May 2017: Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539434/estrogens-in-male-physiology
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Paul S Cooke, Manjunatha K Nanjappa, CheMyong Ko, Gail S Prins, Rex A Hess
Estrogens have historically been associated with female reproduction, but work over the last two decades established that estrogens and their main nuclear receptors (ESR1 and ESR2) and G protein-coupled estrogen receptor (GPER) also regulate male reproductive and nonreproductive organs. 17β-Estradiol (E2) is measureable in blood of men and males of other species, but in rete testis fluids, E2 reaches concentrations normally found only in females and in some species nanomolar concentrations of estrone sulfate are found in semen...
July 1, 2017: Physiological Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536536/rna-seq-comparison-of-larval-and-adult-malpighian-tubules-of-the-yellow-fever-mosquito-aedes-aegypti-reveals-life-stage-specific-changes-in-renal-function
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Yiyi Li, Peter M Piermarini, Carlos J Esquivel, Hannah E Drumm, Faye D Schilkey, Immo A Hansen
Introduction: The life history of Aedes aegypti presents diverse challenges to its diuretic system. During the larval and pupal life stages mosquitoes are aquatic. With the emergence of the adult they become terrestrial. This shifts the organism within minutes from an aquatic environment to a terrestrial environment where dehydration has to be avoided. In addition, female mosquitoes take large blood meals, which present an entirely new set of challenges to salt and water homeostasis. Methods: To determine differences in gene expression associated with these different life stages, we performed an RNA-seq analysis of the main diuretic tissue in A...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
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