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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230533/thermophoretic-transport-of-ionic-liquid-droplets-in-carbon-nanotubes
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Rakesh Rajegowda, Sridhar Kannam, Remco Hartkamp, Sarith P Sathian
Thermal-gradient induced transport of ionic liquid (IL) and water droplets through a carbon nanotube (CNT) is investigated in this study using molecular dynamics simulations. Energetic analysis indicates that IL transport through a CNT is driven primarily by the fluid-solid interaction, while fluid-fluid interactions dominate in water-CNT systems. Droplet diffusion analysis via the Moment Scaling Spectrum reveals sub-diffusive motion of the IL droplet, in contrast to the self-diffusive motion of the water droplet...
February 23, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229638/intranasal-insulin-treatment-improves-memory-and-learning-in-a-rat-amyloid-beta-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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S Farzampour, A Majdi, S Sadigh-Eteghad
Recently, insulin has been used as a pro-cognitive agent for the potential treatment of Alzheimer's disease (AD), because of its ability to cross the brain-blood barrier (BBB) by a saturable transport system. This study has been designed to evaluate the effects of intranasal insulin regimen, as a bypass system of BBB, on spatial memory in amyloid-beta (Aβ) model of AD in rat. Unilateral infusion of Aβ25-35 (10 nmol/2 µl/rat) into the lateral ventricular region of brain was used to produce a rat model of AD...
September 2016: Physiol Int
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229521/microbial-potential-for-carbon-and-nutrient-cycling-in-a-geogenic-supercritical-carbon-dioxide-reservoir
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Adam J E Freedman, BoonFei Tan, Janelle R Thompson
Microorganisms catalyze carbon cycling and biogeochemical reactions in the deep subsurface and thus may be expected to influence the fate of injected supercritical (sc) CO2 following geological carbon sequestration (GCS). We hypothesized that natural subsurface scCO2 reservoirs, which serve as analogs for the long-term fate of sequestered scCO2 , harbor a "deep carbonated biosphere" with carbon cycling potential. We sampled subsurface fluids from scCO2 -water separators at a natural scCO2 reservoir at McElmo Dome, Colorado for analysis of 16S rRNA gene diversity and metagenome content...
February 22, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229319/a-review-of-the-structure-and-dynamics-of-nanoconfined-water-and-ionic-liquids-via-molecular-dynamics-simulation
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REVIEW
Masumeh Foroutan, S Mahmood Fatemi, Farshad Esmaeilian
During the past decade, the research on fluids in nanoconfined geometries has received considerable attention as a consequence of their wide applications in different fields. Several nanoconfined systems such as water and ionic liquids, together with an equally impressive array of nanoconfining media such as carbon nanotube, graphene and graphene oxide have received increasingly growing interest in the past years. Water is the first system that has been reviewed in this article, due to its important role in transport phenomena in environmental sciences...
February 2017: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228514/differentiating-causality-and-correlation-in-allometric-scaling-ant-colony-size-drives-metabolic-hypometry
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James S Waters, Alison Ochs, Jennifer H Fewell, Jon F Harrison
Metabolic rates of individual animals and social insect colonies generally scale hypometrically, with mass-specific metabolic rates decreasing with increasing size. Although this allometry has wide ranging effects on social behaviour, ecology and evolution, its causes remain controversial. Because it is difficult to experimentally manipulate body size of organisms, most studies of metabolic scaling depend on correlative data, limiting their ability to determine causation. To overcome this limitation, we experimentally reduced the size of harvester ant colonies (Pogonomyrmex californicus) and quantified the consequent increase in mass-specific metabolic rates...
February 22, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228359/influence-of-process-parameters-on-the-extraction-of-soluble-substances-from-ofmsw-and-methane-production
#6
Rosalinda Campuzano, Simón González-Martínez
Microorganisms involved in anaerobic digestion require dissolved substrates to transport them through the cell wall to different processing units and finally to be disposed as waste, such as methane and carbon dioxide. In order to increase methane production, this work proposes to separate the soluble substances from OFMSW and analyse methane production from extracts and OFMSW. Using water as solvent, four extraction parameters were proposed: (1) Number of consecutive extractions, (2) Duration of mixing for every consecutive extraction, (3) OFMSW to water mass ratios 1:1, 1:2, and 1:3 and, (4) The influence of temperature on the extraction process...
February 19, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228142/change-in-anopheles-richness-and-composition-in-response-to-artificial-flooding-during-the-creation-of-the-jirau-hydroelectric-dam-in-porto-velho-brazil
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Moreno S Rodrigures, Elis P Batista, Alexandre A Silva, Fábio M Costa, Verissimo A S Neto, Luiz Herman S Gil
BACKGROUND: Anopheles mosquitoes are the only vectors of human malaria. Anopheles species use standing water as breeding sites. Human activities, like the creation of an artificial lake during the implementation of hydroelectric power plants, lead to changes in environmental characteristics and, therefore, may changes the species richness and composition of Anopheles mosquitoes. The aim of the present study was to verify whether or not there is an association between the artificial flooding resulting from the construction of the Jirau hydroelectric power plant, and the richness and composition of anophelines...
February 22, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228035/a-molecular-dynamics-investigation-of-the-influence-of-water-structure-on-ion-conduction-through-a-carbon-nanotube
#8
L Liu, G N Patey
Molecular dynamics simulations are employed to investigate pressure-driven water and ion transport through a (9,9) carbon nanotube (CNT). We consider NaCl solutions modeled with both the TIP3P and TIP4P/2005 water models. Concentrations range from 0.25 to 2.8 mol l(-1) and temperatures from 260 to 320 K are considered. We discuss the influences on flow rates of continuum hydrodynamic considerations and molecular structural effects. We show that the flow rate of water, sodium, and chloride ions through the CNT is strongly model dependent, consistent with earlier simulations of pure water conduction...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226251/effects-of-sulfate-on-heavy-metal-release-from-iron-corrosion-scales-in-drinking-water-distribution-system
#9
Huifang Sun, Baoyou Shi, Fan Yang, Dongsheng Wang
Trace heavy metals accumulated in iron corrosion scales within a drinking water distribution system (DWDS) could potentially be released to bulk water and consequently deteriorate the tap water quality. The objective of this study was to identify and evaluate the release of trace heavy metals in DWDS under changing source water conditions. Experimental pipe loops with different iron corrosion scales were set up to simulate the actual DWDS. The effects of sulfate levels on heavy metal release were systemically investigated...
February 13, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224655/rna-seq-analysis-of-transcriptional-change-in-the-freshwater-mussel-elliptio-complanata-after-environmentally-relevant-sodium-chloride-exposure
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Laura S Robertson, Heather S Galbraith, Deborah Iwanowicz, Carrie J Blakeslee, R Scott Cornman
To identify potential biomarkers of salt stress in a freshwater sentinel species, we examined transcriptional responses of the common mussel Elliptio complanata to controlled NaCl exposures. RNA-Seq of mantle tissue identified 481 transcripts differentially expressed in adult mussels exposed to 2 ppt NaCl (1.2 ppt chloride) for seven days, of which 290 had non-overlapping intervals. Differentially expressed gene categories included ion and transmembrane transport, oxidoreductase activity, maintenance of protein folding, and amino acid metabolism...
February 22, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224335/evidence-of-colloidal-transport-of-pahs-during-column-experiments-run-with-contaminated-soil-samples
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Karim Benhabib, Marie-Odile Simonnot, Pierre Faure, Michel Sardin
Brownfield soils may contain high levels of organic pollutants particularly polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). It is essential to predict their migration and fate and to evaluate the risk of transfer to sensitive targets, such as water resources, ecosystems and human health. In this study, soil samples have been taken from an experimental contaminated site of former steel activities located at Homecourt (Lorraine, France). These samples have been lixiviated in laboratory column in water-saturated condition at room temperature...
February 21, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223797/fabrication-and-in-vitro-in-vivo-evaluation-of-amorphous-andrographolide-nanosuspensions-stabilized-by-d-%C3%AE-tocopheryl-polyethylene-glycol-1000-succinate-sodium-lauryl-sulfate
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Hongzhi Qiao, Lihua Chen, Tianqi Rui, Jingxian Wang, Ting Chen, Tingming Fu, Junsong Li, Liuqing Di
Andrographolide (ADG) is a diterpenoid isolated from Andrographis paniculata with a wide spectrum of biological activities, including anti-inflammatory, anticancer and hepatoprotective effects. However, its poor water solubility and efflux by P-glycoprotein have resulted in lower bioavailability. In this study, ADG nanosuspensions (ADG-NS) were prepared using a wet media milling technique followed by freeze drying. d-α-Tocopheryl polyethylene glycol 1000 succinate (TPGS), a surfactant that inhibits P-glycoprotein function, and sodium lauryl sulfate were used as surface stabilizers...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222351/the-land-morphology-approach-to-flood-risk-mapping-an-application-to-portugal
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N S Cunha, M R Magalhães, T Domingos, M M Abreu, C Küpfer
In the last decades, the increasing vulnerability of floodplains is linked to societal changes such as population density growth, land use changes, water use patterns, among other factors. Land morphology directly influences surface water flow, transport of sediments, soil genesis, local climate and vegetation distribution. Therefore, the land morphology, the land used and management directly influences flood risks genesis. However, attention is not always given to the underlying geomorphological and ecological processes that influence the dynamic of rivers and their floodplains...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222265/modeling-soluble-and-particulate-lead-release-into-drinking-water-from-full-and-partially-replaced-lead-service-lines
#14
Ahmed A Abokifa, Pratim Biswas
Partial replacement of lead service lines (LSLs) often results in the excessive long-term release of lead particulates due to the disturbance of pipe scale and galvanic corrosion. In this study, a modeling approach to simulate the release and transport of particulate and dissolved lead from full and partially replaced LSLs is developed. A mass transfer model is coupled with a stochastic residential water demand generator to investigate the effect of normal household usage (NHU) flow patterns on lead exposure...
February 21, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222129/heteromeric-slick-slack-k-channels-show-graded-sensitivity-to-cell-volume-changes
#15
Maria A Tejada, Nadia Hashem, Kirstine Calloe, Dan A Klaerke
Slick and Slack high-conductance K+ channels are found in the CNS, kidneys, pancreas, among other organs, where they play an important role in cell excitability as well as in ion transport processes. They are both activated by Na+ and Cl- but show a differential regulation by cell volume changes. Slick has been shown to be regulated by cell volume changes, whereas Slack is insensitive. α-subunits of these channels form homomeric as well as heteromeric channels. It is the aim of this work to explore whether the subunit composition of the Slick/Slack heteromeric channel affects the response to osmotic challenges...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221979/influence-of-transportation-conditions-and-postharvest-disinfection-treatments-on-microbiological-quality-of-fresh-market-tomatoes-cv-nemo-netta-in-a-south-african-supply-chain
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M S Sibomana, L W Ziena, S Schmidt, T S Workneh
Postharvest microbial spoilage due to suboptimal transportation and packaging conditions is a key concern for the South African tomato industry. This study investigated the influence of washing with tap water or aqueous disinfectant solutions (chlorinated and anolyte water) on the microbiological quality of tomatoes during storage after transportation in nonrefrigerated trucks along two supply routes when packaged in crates and boxes. Route 1 was 1,093 km from field to storage site, while route 2 was 1,057 km...
February 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221887/soil-type-soil-moisture-and-field-slope-influence-the-horizontal-movement-of-salmonella-enterica-and-citrobacter-freundii-from-floodwater-through-soil
#17
Mary Theresa Callahan, Shirley A Micallef, Robert L Buchanan
Pathogens in soil are readily mobilized by infiltrating water to travel downward through the soil. However, limited data are available on the horizontal movement of pathogens across a field. This study used a model system to evaluate the influence of soil type, initial soil moisture content, and field slope on the movement of Salmonella enterica serovar Newport across a horizontal plane of soil under flooding conditions. Three soil types of varying clay content were moistened to 40, 60, or 80% of their maximum water-holding capacities and flooded with water containing 6 log CFU/ml Salmonella Newport and Citrobacter freundii , the latter being evaluated as a potential surrogate for S...
January 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220961/carbon-based-perovskite-solar-cells-without-hole-transport-materials-the-front-runner-to-the-market
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REVIEW
Haining Chen, Shihe Yang
Organometal trihalide perovskite solar cells (PSCs) have garnered recent interest in the scientific community. In the past few years, they have achieved power conversion efficiencies comparable to traditional commercial solar cells (e.g., crystalline Si, CuInGaSe and CdTe) due to their low-cost of production via solution-processed fabrication techniques. However, the stability of PSCs must be addressed before their commercialization is viable. Among various kinds of PSCs, carbon-based PSCs without hole transport materials (C-PSCs) seem to be the most promising for addressing the stability issue because carbon materials are stable, inert to ion migration (which originates from perovskite and metal electrodes), and inherently water-resistant...
February 21, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219789/acetazolamide-lowers-intracranial-pressure-and-modulates-the-cerebrospinal-fluid-secretion-pathway-in-healthy-rats
#19
Maria Uldall, Hannah Botfield, Inger Jansen-Olesen, Alexandra Sinclair, Rigmor Jensen
Acetazolamide is one of the most widely used drugs for lowering intracranial pressure (ICP) and is believed to reduce cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) secretion via its action on the choroid plexus (CP). In the CP the main driving force for CSF secretion is primarily active transport of Na(+) ions facilitated by the Na/K ATPase. Transmembrane water channels, known as aquaporins (AQP), are also present in the CP and play an important role in the movement of water. In the present study, we investigated the effect of a single dose acetazolamide on the activity of the Na/K ATPase and ICP...
February 17, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218720/time-concentration-and-ph-dependent-transport-and-uptake-of-anthocyanins-in-a-human-gastric-epithelial-nci-n87-cell-line
#20
Allison A Atnip, Gregory T Sigurdson, Joshua Bomser, M Mónica Giusti
Anthocyanins are the largest class of water soluble plant pigments and a common part of the human diet. They may have many potential health benefits, including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and cardioprotective activities. However, anthocyanin metabolism is not well understood. Studies suggest that anthocyanins absorption may occur in the stomach, in which the acidic pH favors anthocyanin stability. A gastric epithelial cell line (NCI-N87) has been used to study the behavior of anthocyanins at a pH range of 3...
February 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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