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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718512/overweight-is-associated-with-lower-resting-state-functional-connectivity-in-females-after-eliminating-genetic-effects-a-twin-study
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Stieneke Doornweerd, Eelco van Duinkerken, Eco J de Geus, Parniane Arbab-Zadeh, Dick J Veltman, Richard G IJzerman
Obesity is related to altered functional connectivity of resting state brain networks that are involved in reward and motivation. It is unknown to what extent these associations reflect genetic confounding and whether the obesity-related connectivity changes are associated with differences in dietary intake. In this study, resting state functional MRI was performed after an overnight fast in 16 female monozygotic twin pairs (aged 48.8 ± 9.8 years) with a mean BMI discordance of 3.96 ± 2.1 kg/m(2) (range 0...
July 17, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706284/facile-fabrication-of-superparamagnetic-graphene-polyaniline-fe3o4-nanocomposites-for-fast-magnetic-separation-and-efficient-removal-of-dye
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Bin Mu, Jie Tang, Long Zhang, Aiqin Wang
Using graphene as adsorbent for removal of pollutants from polluted water is commonly recognized to be costly because the graphene is usually produced by a very complex process. Herein, a simple and eco-friendly method was employed to fabricate efficient superparamagnetic graphene/polyaniline/Fe3O4 nanocomposites for removal of dyes. The exfoliation of graphite as nanosheets and the functionalization of nanosheets with polyaniline and Fe3O4 nanoparticles were simultaneously achieved via a one-pot reaction process combining the intercalation polymerization of aniline and the co-precipitation of the residual Fe(3+) and the generated Fe(2+)...
July 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697474/extraction-of-natural-colorant-from-purple-sweet-potato-and-dyeing-of-fabrics-with-silver-nanoparticles-for-augmented-antibacterial-activity-against-skin-pathogens
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Palanivel Velmurugan, Jae-In Kim, Kangmin Kim, Jung-Hee Park, Kui-Jae Lee, Woo-Suk Chang, Yool-Jin Park, Min Cho, Byung-Taek Oh
The main objective of this study was to extract natural colorant from purple sweet potato powder (PSPP) via a water bath and ultrasound water bath using acidified ethanol (A. EtOH) as the extraction solvent. When optimizing the colorant extraction conditions of the solvents, acidified ethanol with ultrasound yielded a high extraction capacity and color intensity at pH2, temperature of 80°C, 20mL of A. EtOH, 1.5g of PSPP, time of 45min, and ultrasonic output power of 75W. Subsequently, the colorant was extracted using the optimized conditions for dyeing of textiles (leather, silk, and cotton)...
July 4, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691793/graphene-rolls-wrapped-prussian-blue-nano-spheres-as-a-high-performance-binder-free-cathode-for-sodium-ion-batteries
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Jiahuan Luo, Shixiong Sun, Jian Peng, Bo Liu, Yangyang Huang, Kun Wang, Qin Zhang, Yuyu Li, Yu Jin, Yi Liu, Yuegang Qiu, Qing Li, Jiantao Han, Yunhui Huang
Sodium iron hexacyanoferrate (Fe-HCF) has been proposed as a promising cathode material for sodium-ion batteries (SIBs) because of its desirable advantages, including high theoretical capacity (~170 mAh g-1), eco-friendliness, and low cost of worldwide rich sodium and iron resources. Nonetheless, its application faces a number of obstacles due to poor electronic conductivity and structural instability. In this work, Fe-HCF nano-spheres (NSs) were first synthesized and fabricated by an in-situ graphene rolls (GRs) wrapping method, forming a 1D tubular hierarchical structure of Fe-HCF NSs@GRs...
July 10, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28664369/rapid-and-efficient-method-to-extract-metagenomic-dna-from-estuarine-sediments
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Kashif Shamim, Jaya Sharma, Santosh Kumar Dubey
Metagenomic DNA from sediments of selective estuaries of Goa, India was extracted using a simple, fast, efficient and environment friendly method. The recovery of pure metagenomic DNA from our method was significantly high as compared to other well-known methods since the concentration of recovered metagenomic DNA ranged from 1185.1 to 4579.7 µg/g of sediment. The purity of metagenomic DNA was also considerably high as the ratio of absorbance at 260 and 280 nm ranged from 1.88 to 1.94. Therefore, the recovered metagenomic DNA was directly used to perform various molecular biology experiments viz...
July 2017: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642862/fabrication-of-cmc-g-pam-superporous-polymer-monoliths-via-eco-friendly-pickering-mipes-for-superior-adsorption-of-methyl-violet-and-methylene-blue
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Feng Wang, Yongfeng Zhu, Wenbo Wang, Li Zong, Taotao Lu, Aiqin Wang
A series of superporous carboxymethylcellulose-graft-poly(acrylamide)/palygorskite (CMC-g-PAM/Pal) polymer monoliths presenting interconnected pore structure and excellent adsorption properties were prepared by one-step free-radical grafting polymerization reaction of CMC and acrylamide (AM) in the oil-in-water (O/W) Pickering-medium internal phase emulsions (Pickering-MIPEs) composed of non-toxic edible oil as a dispersion phase and natural Pal nanorods as stabilizers. The effects of Pal dosage, AM dosage, and co-surfactant Tween-20 (T-20) on the pore structures of the monoliths were studied...
2017: Frontiers in Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639169/the-effects-of-predator-evolution-and-genetic-variation-on-predator-prey-population-level-dynamics
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Michael H Cortez, Swati Patel
This paper explores how predator evolution and the magnitude of predator genetic variation alter the population-level dynamics of predator-prey systems. We do this by analyzing a general eco-evolutionary predator-prey model using four methods: Method 1 identifies how eco-evolutionary feedbacks alter system stability in the fast and slow evolution limits; Method 2 identifies how the amount of standing predator genetic variation alters system stability; Method 3 identifies how the phase lags in predator-prey cycles depend on the amount of genetic variation; and Method 4 determines conditions for different cycle shapes in the fast and slow evolution limits using geometric singular perturbation theory...
June 21, 2017: Bulletin of Mathematical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627893/green-and-facile-esterification-procedure-leading-to-crystalline-functionalized-graphite-oxide
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M Rosaria Acocella, Luciana D'Urso, Mario Maggio, Roberto Avolio, M Emanuela Errico, Gaetano Guerra
A simple and eco-friendly procedure of esterification of graphite oxide (GO), which uses acetic anhydride as a model reagent and ethyl acetate as a green solvent, is reported. The procedure leads to high functionalization degrees (at least up to 4.5 mol % of acetyl groups, referred to as graphitic C atoms) and it is much more effective than the literature method based on pure acetic anhydride. Surprisingly, our acetylation procedure does not destroy or reduce GO crystallinity but, irrespective of a substantial increase of distance between GO layers (from 0...
June 28, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574568/aerosol-climate-change-effects-on-land-ecosystem-services
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N Unger, X Yue, K L Harper
A coupled global aerosol-carbon-climate model is applied to assess the impacts of aerosol physical climate change on the land ecosystem services gross primary productivity (GPP) and net primary productivity (NPP) in the 1996-2005 period. Aerosol impacts are quantified on an annual mean basis relative to the hypothetical aerosol-free world in 1996-2005, the global climate state in the absence of the historical rise in aerosol pollution. We examine the separate and combined roles of fast feedbacks associated with the land and slow feedbacks associated with the ocean...
June 2, 2017: Faraday Discussions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484809/novel-fast-analytical-method-for-indirect-determination-of-mcpd-fatty-acid-esters-in-edible-oils-and-fats-based-on-simultaneous-extraction-and-derivatization
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Renata Jędrkiewicz, Agnieszka Głowacz-Różyńska, Justyna Gromadzka, Piotr Konieczka, Jacek Namieśnik
A novel method for indirect determination of MCPD esters levels in lipid samples has been developed. The method is based on combination of extraction and derivatization in the same sample preparation step. It is achieved by the application of diethyl ether as extraction solvent for isolation of analytes released from esterified forms from the water phase and as dilution solvent for solid PBA - the derivatization agent. It is a noteworthy improvement of recommended indirect approaches available in the literature because such steps as sample clean-up, multiple liquid-liquid extractions, and preconcentration are excluded in the proposed solution...
July 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475112/insect-active-toxins-with-promiscuous-pharmacology-from-the-african-theraphosid-spider-monocentropus-balfouri
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Jennifer J Smith, Volker Herzig, Maria P Ikonomopoulou, Sławomir Dziemborowicz, Frank Bosmans, Graham M Nicholson, Glenn F King
Many chemical insecticides are becoming less efficacious due to rising resistance in pest species, which has created much interest in the development of new, eco-friendly bioinsecticides. Since insects are the primary prey of most spiders, their venoms are a rich source of insect-active peptides that can be used as leads for new bioinsecticides or as tools to study molecular receptors that are insecticidal targets. In the present study, we isolated two insecticidal peptides, µ/ω-TRTX-Mb1a and -Mb1b, from venom of the African tarantula Monocentropus balfouri...
May 5, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447448/lanthanide-organic-gels-as-a-multifunctional-supramolecular-smart-platform
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José Yago Rodrigues Silva, Leonis Lourenço da Luz, Filipe Gabriel Martinez Mauricio, Iane Bezerra Vasconcelos Alves, Jamylle Nunes de Souza Ferro, Emiliano Barreto, Ingrid Távora Weber, Walter Mendes de Azevedo, Severino Alves Júnior
A multifunctional smart supramolecular platform based on a lanthanide-organic hydrogel is presented. This platform, which provides unique biocompatibility and tunable optical properties, is synthesized by a simple, fast, and reproducible eco-friendly microwave-assisted route. Photoluminescent properties enable the production of coated light-emitting diodes (LED), unique luminescent barcodes dependent on the excitation wavelength and thin-films for use in tamper seals. Moreover, piroxicam entrapped in hydrogel acts as a transdermal drug release device efficient in inhibiting edemas as compared to a commercial reference...
May 2, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432957/nanoencapsulation-strategies-for-the-delivery-of-novel-bifunctional-antioxidant-%C3%AF-1-selective-ligands
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Claudia Carbone, Emanuela Arena, Veronica Pepe, Orazio Prezzavento, Ivana Cacciatore, Hasan Turkez, Agostino Marrazzo, Antonio Di Stefano, Giovanni Puglisi
Nowadays sigma-1 receptors are considered as new therapeutic objectives for central nervous system neurodegenerative diseases. Among different molecules, alpha lipoic acid has been identified as a natural potent antioxidant drug, whose therapeutic efficacy is limited by its many drawbacks, such as fast metabolism, poor bioavailability and high physico-chemical instability. Alfa-lipoic acid derivatives have been recently developed demonstrating their neuroprotective activity and effectiveness in different types of oxidative stress...
April 12, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427675/use-of-pva-%C3%AE-mno2-stearic-acid-nanocomposite-films-prepared-by-sonochemical-method-as-a-potential-sorbent-for-adsorption-of-cd-ii-ion-from-aqueous-solution
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Shadpour Mallakpour, Forough Motirasoul
Alpha manganese dioxide (α-MnO2) nanorods have been covalently functionalized with stearic acid by solvothermal method. The α-MnO2-stearic acid nanorods were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The amount of stearic acid grafted onto α-MnO2 surface was determined about 41wt% by thermogravimetric analysis. The α-MnO2-stearic acid nanorods was used as nanofiller for the preparation of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) nanocomposites (NCs)...
July 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390320/in-situ-synthesis-of-cylindrical-spongy-polypyrrole-doped-protonated-graphitic-carbon-nitride-for-cholesterol-sensing-application
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Bishnu Kumar Shrestha, Rafiq Ahmad, Sita Shrestha, Chan Hee Park, Cheol Sang Kim
Herein, we demonstrate the exfoliation of bulk graphitic carbon nitrides (g-C3N4) into ultra-thin (~3.4nm) two-dimensional (2D) nanosheets and their functionalization with proton (g-C3N4H(+)). The layered semiconductor g-C3N4H(+) nanosheets were doped with cylindrical spongy shaped polypyrrole (CSPPy-g-C3N4H(+)) using chemical polymerization method. The as-prepared nanohybrid composite was utilized to fabricate cholesterol biosensors after immobilization of cholesterol oxidase (ChOx) at physiological pH. Large specific surface area and positive charge nature of CSPPy-g-C3N4H(+) composite has tendency to generate strong electrostatic attraction with negatively charged ChOx, and as a result they formed stable bionanohybrid composite with high enzyme loading...
April 4, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382454/current-state-and-prospects-of-the-phytosynthesized-colloidal-gold-nanoparticles-and-their-applications-in-cancer-theranostics
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Muhammad Ovais, Abida Raza, Shagufta Naz, Nazar Ul Islam, Ali Talha Khalil, Shaukat Ali, Muhammad Adeeb Khan, Zabta Khan Shinwari
The design, development, and biomedical applications of phytochemical-based green synthesis of biocompatible colloidal gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) are becoming an emerging field due to several advantages (safer, eco-friendly, simple, fast, energy efficient, low-cost, and less toxic) over conventional chemical synthetic procedures. Biosynthesized colloidal gold nanoparticles are remarkably attractive in several biomedical applications including cancer theranostics due to small size, unusual physico-chemical properties, facile surface modification, high biocompatibility, and numerous other advantages...
May 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378196/eco-friendly-control-of-the-poultry-red-mite-dermanyssus-gallinae-dermanyssidae-using-the-%C3%AE-thujone-rich-essential-oil-of-artemisia-sieberi-asteraceae-toxic-and-repellent-potential
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Mohaddeseh Abouhosseini Tabari, Mohammad Reza Youssefi, Giovanni Benelli
The poultry red mite, Dermanyssus gallinae, represents a key threat for the poultry industry worldwide. The control of D. gallinae is mainly achieved by continuous applications of acaricides. However, the fast-growing development of resistance, and the strict laws concerning chemicals admitted for treatments on food animals, highlighted the importance of alternative control tools. Here, we explored the potential of Artemisia sieberi essential oil against D. gallinae. In this study, the A. sieberi essential oil was analyzed using GC and GC-MS...
May 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28260379/layered-a2sn3s7%C3%A2-1-25h2o-a-organic-cation-as-efficient-ion-exchanger-for-rare-earth-element-recovery
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Xing-Hui Qi, Ke-Zhao Du, Mei-Ling Feng, Yu-Jie Gao, Xiao-Ying Huang, Mercouri G Kanatzidis
Exploring new ion-exchangers for the recovery of rare earth elements (REEs) and recycling is worthwhile for the high-tech industry and an eco-friendly sustainable economy. The efficient enrichment of low concentration REE from complex aqueous solutions containing large excess of competitive ions is challenging. Here we present a chalcogenide example as a superior REE ion-exchanger efficiently removing them from very complex aqueous solutions, (Me2NH2)1.33(Me3NH)0.67 Sn3S7·1.25H2O (FJSM-SnS). The material exhibits fast and efficient ion exchange behavior with short equilibrium time (<5 min), high adsorption capacity (139 mg/g for Eu, 147 mg/g for Tb, 126 mg/g for Nd), wide pH resistance (1...
March 15, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254724/fast-algal-eco-toxicity-assessment-influence-of-light-intensity-and-exposure-time-on-chlorella-vulgaris-inhibition-by-atrazine-and-dcmu
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Alexandre Camuel, Benoit Guieysse, Cynthia Alcántara, Quentin Béchet
In order to develop a rapid assay suitable for algal eco-toxicity assessments under conditions representative of natural ecosystems, this study evaluated the short-term (<1h) response of algae exposed to atrazine and DCMU using oxygen productivity measurements. When Chlorella vulgaris was exposed to these herbicides under 'standard' low light intensity (as prescribed by OECD201 guideline), the 20min-EC50 values recorded via oxygen productivity (atrazine: 1.32±0.07μM; DCMU: 0.31±0.005μM) were similar the 96-h EC50 recorded via algal growth (atrazine: 0...
June 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254611/practical-economical-and-eco-friendly-starch-supported-palladium-catalyst-for-suzuki-coupling-reactions
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Talat Baran
In catalytic systems, the support materials need to be both eco friendly and low cost as well as having high thermal and chemical stability. In this paper, a novel starch supported palladium catalyst, which had these outstanding properties, was designed and its catalytic activity was evaluated in a Suzuki coupling reaction under microwave heating with solvent-free and mild reaction conditions. The starch supported catalyst gave remarkable reaction yields after only 5min as a result of the coupling reaction of the phenyl boronic acid with 23 different substrates, which are bearing aril bromide, iodide, and chloride...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
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