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Fengjing Wu, Xiaojuan Liu, Chaktong Au
The polyamide reverse osmosis (RO) membranes were prepared through interfacial polymerization of m-phenylenediamine (MPD) and trimesoyl chloride (TMC). The use of dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) and glycerol as additives for the formation of thin-film composite (TFC) was investigated. We studied the effect of DMSO and glycerol addition on membrane property and RO performance. Microscopic morphology was examined by atomic force microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The surface hydrophilicity was characterized on the basis of water contact angle and surface solid-liquid interfacial free energy (-ΔGSL)...
October 2016: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
Xiaoyang Shi, Hang Xiao, Klaus Lackner, Xi Chen
A great deal of information exists concerning the hydration of ions in bulk water. Much less noticeable, but equally ubiquitous is the hydration of ions holding on to several water molecules in nanoscopic pores or in natural air at low relative humidity. Such hydration of ions with a high ratio of ions to water molecules (up to 1:1) are essential in determining the energetics of many physical and chemical systems. Here we present a quantitative analysis of the energetics of ion hydration in nanopores based on molecular modeling of a series of basic salts associated with different numbers of water molecules...
October 20, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
Nir Kampf, Chunxian Wu, Yilin Wang, Jacob Klein
The surface structure of the trimeric surfactant tri(dodecyldimethylammonioacetoxy)-diethyltriamine trichloride (DTAD) on mica, and the interactions between two such DTAD-coated surfaces were determined using atomic force microscopy and a surface force balance. In an aqueous solution of 3 mM, five times the critical aggregation concentration (CAC), the surfaces are coated with worm-like micelles or hemi-micelles and larger (ca. 80 nm) bilayer vesicles. Repulsive normal interactions between the surfaces indicate a net surface charge and a solution concentration of ions close to that expected from the CAC...
October 19, 2016: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Wen Donq Looi, Laura Chamand, Blake Brown, Anna F Brajter-Toth
The ionization of liquid samples in desorption ionization mass spectrometry (LS DESI MS), supplied continuously through a liquid interface separated in space from the spray emitter, was investigated in this work. The role of electrochemistry (EC) in the ionization process was addressed. The visual (observation) of the operation of the LS DESI MS system showed a thick spray plume generated by electrosonic ionization (ESSI) forming a liquid cone at the liquid interface. When the liquid interface was grounded the cone collapsed and the MS ion signal was lost, indicating that the LS was carried to the MS inlet by the spray that emerged from the cone...
October 20, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Alice Strohmeier, Gesche Först, Philipp Tauber, Rolf Schubert
The interaction of liposomal membranes composed of soybean phosphatidylcholine with the bile salts (BSs) cholate (Ch), glycocholate (GC), chenodeoxycholate (CDC), and glycochenodeoxycholate (GCDC) was studied. The BSs differed with regard to their lipophilicity, pKa values, and the size of their hydrophilic moiety. Their membrane interactions were investigated using Laurdan as a membrane-anchored fluorescent dye. The apparent membrane/water partition coefficient, D, at pH 7.4 was calculated from binding plots and compared with direct binding measurements using ultracentrifugation as a reference...
October 18, 2016: Biophysical Journal
Grant J Aaron, Prahlad R Sodani, Rajan Sankar, John Fairhurst, Katja Siling, Ernest Guevarra, Alison Norris, Mark Myatt
A spatially representative statewide survey was conducted in Rajasthan, India to assess household coverage of atta wheat flour, edible oil, and salt. An even distribution of primary sampling units were selected based on their proximity to centroids on a hexagonal grid laid over the survey area. A sample of n = 18 households from each of m = 252 primary sampling units PSUs was taken. Demographic data on all members of these households were collected, and a broader dataset was collected about a single caregiver and a child in the first 2 years of life...
2016: PloS One
Punam Dalai, Hannes Lukas Pleyer, Henry Strasdeit, Stefan Fox
On the Hadean-Early Archean Earth, the first islands must have provided hot and dry environments for abiotically formed organic molecules. The heat sources, mainly volcanism and meteorite impacts, were also available on Mars during the Noachian period. In recent work simulating this scenario, we have shown that neat glycine forms a black, sparingly water-soluble polymer ("thermomelanoid") when dry-heated at 200 °C under pure nitrogen. The present study explores whether relevant minerals and mineral mixtures can change this thermal behavior...
October 18, 2016: Origins of Life and Evolution of the Biosphere
Deborah S Bower, David M Scheltinga, Simon Clulow, John Clulow, Craig E Franklin, Arthur Georges
Freshwater biota experience physiological challenges in regions affected by salinization, but often the effects on particular species are poorly understood. Freshwater turtles are of particular concern as they appear to have limited ability to cope with environmental conditions that are hyperosmotic to their body fluids. Here, we determined the physiological responses of two Australian freshwater chelid turtles, Emydura macquarii and Chelodina expansa, exposed to freshwater (0‰) and brackish water (15‰, representing a hyperosmotic environment)...
2016: Conservation Physiology
Zhiming Zhu
Management of hypertension in diabetes is critical for reducing cardiovascular mortality and morbidity. Dietary approaches for controlling high blood pressure have historically focused on sodium. Thus, many guidelines recommend that patients with type 2 diabetes reduce high sodium intake. Nonetheless, the potential benefits of sodium reduction are debatable. The kidney has a crucial role in glucose filtration and reabsorption in addition to its regulation of fluid and electrolyte homeostasis. A key factor linking sodium uptake and glucose transport is the sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) in renal proximal tubular cells...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Asadur Rahman, Yui Takeshige, Yoshihide Fujisawa, Hirofumi Hitomi, Daisuke Nakano, Akira Nishiyama
OBJECTIVE: Disrupted circadian rhythm of blood pressure is associated with cardiovascular events in metabolic syndrome and obesity. Experiments were conducted to examine the effects of sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors on circadian rhythm of blood pressure in a genetic model of obese metabolic syndrome (SHR/NDmcr-cp (+/+) (SHRcp)) and salt-treated obese Otsuka Long Evans Tokushima Fatty (OLETF) rats. DESIGN AND METHOD: Luseogliflozin (10 mg/kg/day, p...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Hidenori Urata, Sankar Devarajan, Keisuke Okamura
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to test chymase inhibitory traditional Japanese food (Japanese Water Pepper, JWP) intake in salt-induced hypertensive mouse model and in human. DESIGN AND METHOD: Salt-dependent hypertension model using 8 weeks age of wild type mice was established giving 2% NaCl drinking water. This model shows chronic moderate hypertension (AJP 2015). Our extensive food extract survey for inhibition of human chymase revealed that JWP possessed human chymase inhibitory effect in vitro...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Francisco J Rios, Katie Y Hood, A Karvey, Karla B Neves, Panagiota Anyfanti, Ryszard Nosalski, Livia L Camargo Ll, Augusto C Montezano, Rhian M Touyz
OBJECTIVE: TRPM7 is cation channel with intrinsic kinase activity important for cellular Mg homeostasis. We recently showed that TRPM7-kinase plays a role in aldosterone-mediated vascular effects and inflammation. Here we explored the putative role of TRPM7-kinase in cardiac fibrosis and vascular function in aldosterone-induced hypertension in mice. DESIGN AND METHOD: Wild-type (WT) or heterozygote TRPM7-kinase domain (TRPM7+/-) mice were treated with infused aldosterone (600 μg/Kg/day) and NaCl 1% in drinking water (aldo/salt) for 4 weeks...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Ayako Uchinaka, Yuri Kawashima, Yuki Sano, Mamoru Yoneda, Shogo Ito, Yusuke Sano, Kai Nagasawa, Natsumi Matsuura, Yuichiro Yamada, Toyoaki Murohara, Kohzo Nagata
OBJECTIVE: The pineal hormone melatonin, which regulates the body's circadian rhythm, possesses anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory effects and thereby improves metabolic disorders. Ramelteon is a potent and highly selective agonist of melatonin receptors and attenuates age-associated hypertension and body weight gain in spontaneously hypertensive rats. However, the effects of ramelteon on cardiovascular and metabolic disorders in metabolic syndrome (MetS) remain unclear. We investigated the effects of ramelteon on cardiac and adipose tissue pathology in a rat model of MetS...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Christopher Wilcox
OBJECTIVE: CKD progression is accelerated by hypertension and impaired myogenic responses (MRs) of renal afferent arterioles leading to renal barotrauma. We tested the hypothesis that reactive oxygen species (ROS) underlie both these processes and that ROS metabolism by tempol would thereby protect kidneys. DESIGN AND METHODS: Rat and mouse 5/6 nephrectomy models of reduced renal mass (RRM) vs sham were fed high salt for 3 months during BP telemetry. Individual afferent arterioles were isolated and perfused...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Roland Schmieder, Christian Ott, Peter Linz, Agnes Jumar, Stefanie Friedrich, Jens Titze, Matthias Hammon, Michael Uder, Iris Kistner
OBJECTIVE: Sodium tissue content by Na magnetic resonance imaging (Na-MRI) has been validated in experimental and human studies. SGLT-2 inhibition blocks the reabsorption of glucose and, in parallel, of sodium in the proximal tubular cells in a 1:1 fashion. We hypothesized that SGLT-2 inhibition in patients with type 2 diabetes leads to decreased tissue sodium content due to its pharmacological action. DESIGN AND METHOD: In a prospective, double blind, placebo controlled, cross-over trial 59 patients (61 ± 7...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Qiongying Wang, Jeong Euy-Myoung, Hong Liu, Lianzhi Gu, Samuel C Dudley, Jing Yu
OBJECTIVE: The saponin Astragaloside IV (ASI) reportedly enhances endothelial NOS (eNOS) activity by increasing the scavenging of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and NO production. We hypothesized that oxidative stress may decrease eNOS phosphorylation and result in diastolic dysfunction in DOCA-salt mice, which could be reversed by ASI treatment. DESIGN AND METHOD: We used the deoxycorticosterone acetate (DOCA)-salt mouse model. The mice were divided into four groups; SHAM and DOCA control mice received sterile water, SHAM+ASI and DOCA+ASI received ASI treatment via an intraperitoneal injection of 0...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Vernon Min Sen Oh
According to the Singapore National Health Survey (NHS) of 2010, the population of the Republic of Singapore was 5.076,700, comprising four ethnic groups: Chinese (74.1%), Malays (13.4%), Indians (9.2%), and others (3.3%). The National Health Survey for 2016 is under way and due to be published in 2017. From the six-yearly national health surveys, the crude prevalence of clinical hypertension (HTn), defined as a sustained blood pressure ≥ 140/90 mmHg, in Singaporean residents aged 30 to 69 years rose from 22...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Su Jin Kang, Ji Yeon Seo, Kye Man Cho, Chang Kwon Lee, Jeong Hwan Kim, Jong-Sang Kim
A new type of doenjang was manufactured by mixing soaked soybean, koji (Rhizopus oryzae), cheonggukjang (Bacillus amyloliquefaciens MJ1-4 and B. amyloliquefaciens EMD17), and Pichia farinosa SY80 as a yeast, salt, and water, followed by fermentation with koji that was made by fermenting whole wheat with R. oryzae. The mixed culture doenjang was designed to have a more palatable flavor and stronger biological activities than the conventional product. The extract of mixed culture doenjang showed higher antioxidant activity than the commercial doenjang as evaluated by the ferric reducing antioxidant power assay although it was not significantly different from the commercial product in 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl and 2,2'-azino-bis(3-ethylbenzothiazoline-6-sulphonic acid) radical scavenging activities...
September 2016: Preventive Nutrition and Food Science
Maike A Seiler, Detlef Jensen, Udo Neist, Ursula K Deister, Franz Schmitz
BACKGROUND: Perchlorate salts are relatively stable, soluble in water, and migrate into groundwater sources. Groundwater is an essential source for drinking water suppliers. Perchlorate bears health risks as it is identified to impair normal thyroid function by interfering with iodine uptake by the thyroid gland. The development of a sensitive analytical method for the determination of perchlorate is therefore of the highest interest or public health. Ion chromatography is a sensitive method suitable for perchlorate determinations...
2016: Environmental Sciences Europe
Mitchell K Monninger, Chrystal A Nguessan, Candace D Blancett, Kathleen A Kuehl, Cynthia A Rossi, Scott P Olschner, Priscilla L Williams, Steven L Goodman, Mei G Sun
Transmission electron microscopy can be used to observe the ultrastructure of viruses and other microbial pathogens with nanometer resolution. In a transmission electron microscope (TEM), the image is created by passing an electron beam through a specimen with contrast generated by electron scattering from dense elements in the specimen. Viruses do not normally contain dense elements, so a negative stain that places dense heavy metal salts around the sample is added to create a dark border. To prepare a virus sample for a negative stain transmission electron microscopy, a virus suspension is applied to a TEM grid specimen support, which is a 3mm diameter fragile specimen screen coated with a few nanometers of plastic film...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Virological Methods
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