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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731746/transference-of-fermi-contour-anisotropy-to-composite-fermions
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Insun Jo, K A Villegas Rosales, M A Mueed, L N Pfeiffer, K W West, K W Baldwin, R Winkler, Medini Padmanabhan, M Shayegan
There has been a surge of recent interest in the role of anisotropy in interaction-induced phenomena in two-dimensional (2D) charged carrier systems. A fundamental question is how an anisotropy in the energy-band structure of the carriers at zero magnetic field affects the properties of the interacting particles at high fields, in particular of the composite fermions (CFs) and the fractional quantum Hall states (FQHSs). We demonstrate here tunable anisotropy for holes and hole-flux CFs confined to GaAs quantum wells, via applying in situ in-plane strain and measuring their Fermi wave vector anisotropy through commensurability oscillations...
July 7, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731563/improving-fructose-utilization-and-butanol-production-by-clostridium-acetobutylicum-via-extracellular-redox-potential-regulation-and-intracellular-metabolite-analysis
#2
Li-Jie Chen, You-Duo Wu, Chuang Xue, Feng-Wu Bai
Jerusalem artichoke (JA) can grow well in marginal lands with high biomass yield, and thus is a potential energy crop for biorefinery. The major biomass of JA is from tubers, which contain inulin that can be easily hydrolyzed into a mixture of fructose and glucose, but fructose utilization for producing butanol as an advanced biofuel is poor compared to glucose-based ABE fermentation by Clostridium acetobutylicum. In this article, the impact of extracellular redox potential (ORP) on the process was studied using a mixture of fructose and glucose to simulate the hydrolysate of JA tubers...
July 21, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731295/biogeochemistry-of-lead-its-release-to-the-environment-and-chemical-speciation
#3
Jay T Cullen, Jason McAlister
Lead (Pb) is a metal that is not essential for life processes and proves acutely toxic to most organisms. Compared to other metals Pb is rather immobile in the environment but still its biogeochemical cycling is greatly perturbed by human activities. In this review we present a summary of information describing the physical and chemical properties of Pb, its distribution in crustal materials, and the processes, both natural and anthropogenic, that contribute to the metal's mobilization in the biosphere. The relatively high volatility of Pb metal, low melting point, its large ionic radius, and its chemical speciation in aquatic systems contributes to its redistribution by anthropogenic and natural processes...
April 10, 2017: Metal Ions in Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731268/-13-c-metabolic-flux-profiling-of-pichia-pastoris-grown-in-aerobic-batch-cultures-on-glucose-revealed-high-relative-anabolic-use-of-tca-cycle-and-limited-incorporation-of-provided-precursors-of-branched-chain-amino-acids
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Meng Zhang, Xiao-Wei Yu, Yan Xu, Paula Jouhten, G V T Swapna, Ralf W Glaser, John F Hunt, Gaetano T Montelione, Hannu Maaheimo, Thomas Szyperski
Carbon metabolism of Crabtree negative yeast Pichia pastoris was profiled using (13) C NMR to delineate regulation during exponential growth and to study the import of two precursors for branched-chain amino acid biosynthesis, α-ketoisovalerate and α-ketobutyrate. Cells were grown in aerobic batch cultures containing (i) only glucose, (ii) glucose along with the precursors, or (iii) glucose and Val. The study provided the following new insights. First, (13) C flux ratio analyses of central metabolism reveal an unexpectedly high anaplerotic supply of the tricarboxylic acid cycle for a Crabtree negative yeast, and show that a substantial fraction of glucose catabolism proceeds through the pentose phosphate pathway...
July 21, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729902/high-tolerance-to-high-light-conditions-for-the-protected-species-ariocarpus-kotschoubeyanus-cactaceae
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Erika Arroyo-Pérez, Joel Flores, Claudia González-Salvatierra, María L Matías-Palafox, Cecilia Jiménez-Sierra
We determined the seasonal ecophysiological performance under perennial plants and under high solar radiation for adult individuals from the 'living rock' cactus Ariocarpus kotschoubeyanus, which occurs equally under nurse plants and in open spaces. We evaluated the effective quantum yield of photosystem II (ΦPSII) and the dissipation of thermal energy [non-photochemical quenching (NPQ)] thorough the year. The maximum apparent electron transport rate (ETRmax) and the saturating photosynthetically active photon flux density for PSII (PFDsat) were also determined from rapid light curves...
2017: Conservation Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729868/the-c4-model-grass-setaria-is-a-short-day-plant-with-secondary-long-day-genetic-regulation
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Andrew N Doust, Margarita Mauro-Herrera, John G Hodge, Jessica Stromski
The effect of photoperiod (day:night ratio) on flowering time was investigated in the wild species, Setaria viridis, and in a set of recombinant inbred lines (RILs) derived from a cross between foxtail millet (S. italica) and its wild ancestor green foxtail (S. viridis). Photoperiods totaled 24 h, with three trials of 8:16, 12:12 and 16:8 light:dark hour regimes for the RIL population, and these plus 10:14 and 14:10 for the experiments with S. viridis alone. The response of S. viridis to light intensity as well as photoperiod was assessed by duplicating photoperiods at two light intensities (300 and 600 μmol...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729733/extreme-coastal-erosion-enhanced-by-anomalous-extratropical-storm-wave-direction
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Mitchell D Harley, Ian L Turner, Michael A Kinsela, Jason H Middleton, Peter J Mumford, Kristen D Splinter, Matthew S Phillips, Joshua A Simmons, David J Hanslow, Andrew D Short
Extratropical cyclones (ETCs) are the primary driver of large-scale episodic beach erosion along coastlines in temperate regions. However, key drivers of the magnitude and regional variability in rapid morphological changes caused by ETCs at the coast remain poorly understood. Here we analyze an unprecedented dataset of high-resolution regional-scale morphological response to an ETC that impacted southeast Australia, and evaluate the new observations within the context of an existing long-term coastal monitoring program...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727426/fully-atomistic-a%C3%AE-40-and-a%C3%AE-42-oligomers-in-water-observation-of-pore-like-conformations
#8
Matthew John Voelker, Bogdan Barz, Brigita Urbanc
Oligomers formed by amyloid β-protein (Aβ) are central to Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathology, yet their structure remains elusive. Of the two predominant Aβ alloforms, Aβ40 and Aβ42, the latter is more strongly associated with AD. Here, we structurally characterized Aβ40 and Aβ42 monomers through pentamers which were converted from previously derived coarse-grained (DMD4B-HYDRA) simulations into all-atom conformations and subjected to explicit-solvent MD. Free energy landscapes revealed that structural differences between Aβ40 and Aβ42 conformations increase with oligomer order up to trimers...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727222/spatiotemporal-pattern-of-gross-primary-productivity-and-its-covariation-with-climate-in-china-over-the-last-thirty-years
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Yitong Yao, Xuhui Wang, Yue Li, Tao Wang, Miaogen Shen, Mingyuan Du, Honglin He, Yingnian Li, Weijun Luo, Mingguo Ma, Yaoming Ma, Yanhong Tang, Huimin Wang, Xianzhou Zhang, Yiping Zhang, Liang Zhao, Guangsheng Zhou, Shilong Piao
The uncertainties of China's GPP estimates by global data-oriented products and ecosystem models justify a development of high-resolution data-oriented GPP dataset over China. We applied a machine learning algorithm developing a new GPP dataset for China with 0.1° spatial resolution and monthly temporal frequency based on eddy flux measurements from 40 sites in China and surrounding countries, most of which have not been explored in previous global GPP datasets. According to our estimates, mean annual GPP over China is 6...
July 20, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725442/identification-of-dust-storm-origin-in-south-west-of-iran
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Parya Broomandi, Bahram Dabir, Babak Bonakdarpour, Yousef Rashidi
BACKGROUND: Deserts are the main sources of emitted dust, and are highly responsive to wind erosion. Low content of soil moisture and lack of vegetation cover lead to fine particle's release. One of the semi-arid bare lands in Iran, located in the South-West of Iran in Khoozestan province, was selected to investigate Sand and Dust storm potential. METHODS: This paper focused on the metrological parameters of the sampling site, their changes and the relationship between these changes and dust storm occurrence, estimation of Reconaissance Drought Index, the Atterberg limits of soil samples and their relation with soil erosion ability, the chemical composition, size distribution of soil and airborne dust samples, and estimation of vertical mass flux by COMSALT through considering the effect of saffman force and interparticle cohesion forces during warm period (April-September) in 2010...
2017: Journal of Environmental Health Science & Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725403/potential-and-limitations-of-inferring-ecosystem-photosynthetic-capacity-from-leaf-functional-traits
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Talie Musavi, Mirco Migliavacca, Martine Janet van de Weg, Jens Kattge, Georg Wohlfahrt, Peter M van Bodegom, Markus Reichstein, Michael Bahn, Arnaud Carrara, Tomas F Domingues, Michael Gavazzi, Damiano Gianelle, Cristina Gimeno, André Granier, Carsten Gruening, Kateřina Havránková, Mathias Herbst, Charmaine Hrynkiw, Aram Kalhori, Thomas Kaminski, Katja Klumpp, Pasi Kolari, Bernard Longdoz, Stefano Minerbi, Leonardo Montagnani, Eddy Moors, Walter C Oechel, Peter B Reich, Shani Rohatyn, Alessandra Rossi, Eyal Rotenberg, Andrej Varlagin, Matthew Wilkinson, Christian Wirth, Miguel D Mahecha
The aim of this study was to systematically analyze the potential and limitations of using plant functional trait observations from global databases versus in situ data to improve our understanding of vegetation impacts on ecosystem functional properties (EFPs). Using ecosystem photosynthetic capacity as an example, we first provide an objective approach to derive robust EFP estimates from gross primary productivity (GPP) obtained from eddy covariance flux measurements. Second, we investigate the impact of synchronizing EFPs and plant functional traits in time and space to evaluate their relationships, and the extent to which we can benefit from global plant trait databases to explain the variability of ecosystem photosynthetic capacity...
October 2016: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725384/emissions-of-methane-from-northern-peatlands-a-review-of-management-impacts-and-implications-for-future-management-options
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REVIEW
Mohamed Abdalla, Astley Hastings, Jaak Truu, Mikk Espenberg, Ülo Mander, Pete Smith
Northern peatlands constitute a significant source of atmospheric methane (CH 4). However, management of undisturbed peatlands, as well as the restoration of disturbed peatlands, will alter the exchange of CH 4 with the atmosphere. The aim of this systematic review and meta-analysis was to collate and analyze published studies to improve our understanding of the factors that control CH 4 emissions and the impacts of management on the gas flux from northern (latitude 40° to 70°N) peatlands. The analysis includes a total of 87 studies reporting measurements of CH 4 emissions taken at 186 sites covering different countries, peatland types, and management systems...
October 2016: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725016/strong-geologic-methane-emissions-from-discontinuous-terrestrial-permafrost-in-the-mackenzie-delta-canada
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Katrin Kohnert, Andrei Serafimovich, Stefan Metzger, Jörg Hartmann, Torsten Sachs
Arctic permafrost caps vast amounts of old, geologic methane (CH4) in subsurface reservoirs. Thawing permafrost opens pathways for this CH4 to migrate to the surface. However, the occurrence of geologic emissions and their contribution to the CH4 budget in addition to recent, biogenic CH4 is uncertain. Here we present a high-resolution (100 m × 100 m) regional (10,000 km²) CH4 flux map of the Mackenzie Delta, Canada, based on airborne CH4 flux data from July 2012 and 2013. We identify strong, likely geologic emissions solely where the permafrost is discontinuous...
July 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724388/o-glcnac-regulation-of-autophagy-and-%C3%AE-synuclein-homeostasis-implications-for-parkinson-s-disease
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Willayat Y Wani, Xiaosen Ouyang, Gloria A Benavides, Matthew Redmann, Stacey S Cofield, John J Shacka, John C Chatham, Victor Darley-Usmar, Jianhua Zhang
Post-translational modification on protein Ser/Thr residues by O-linked attachment of ß-N-acetyl-glucosamine (O-GlcNAcylation) is a key mechanism integrating redox signaling, metabolism and stress responses. One of the most common neurodegenerative diseases that exhibit aberrant redox signaling, metabolism and stress response is Parkinson's disease, suggesting a potential role for O-GlcNAcylation in its pathology. To determine whether abnormal O-GlcNAcylation occurs in Parkinson's disease, we analyzed lysates from the postmortem temporal cortex of Parkinson's disease patients and compared them to age matched controls and found increased protein O-GlcNAcylation levels...
July 19, 2017: Molecular Brain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724386/engineering-microbial-cell-factories-for-the-production-of-plant-natural-products-from-design-principles-to-industrial-scale-production
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REVIEW
Xiaonan Liu, Wentao Ding, Huifeng Jiang
Plant natural products (PNPs) are widely used as pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, seasonings, pigments, etc., with a huge commercial value on the global market. However, most of these PNPs are still being extracted from plants. A resource-conserving and environment-friendly synthesis route for PNPs that utilizes microbial cell factories has attracted increasing attention since the 1940s. However, at the present only a handful of PNPs are being produced by microbial cell factories at an industrial scale, and there are still many challenges in their large-scale application...
July 19, 2017: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722398/fractionation-and-concentration-of-high-salinity-textile-wastewater-using-an-ultra-permeable-sulfonated-thin-film-composite
#16
Meng Li, Yujian Yao, Wen Zhang, Junfeng Zheng, Xuan Zhang, Lianjun Wang
A sulfonated thin-film composite (TFC) nanofiltration membrane was fabricated using 2,2'-benzidinedisulfonic acid (BDSA) and trimesoyl chloride (TMC) on a polyether sulfone substrate by conventional interfacial polymerization. Due to a nascent barrier layer with a loose architecture, the obtained TFC-BDSA-0.2 membrane showed an ultra-high pure water permeability of 48.1 ± 2.1 L-1 m-2 h-1 bar-1, and a considerably low NaCl retention ability of <1.8% over a concentration range of 10-100 g L-1. The membrane, which possesses a negatively charged surface, displayed an excellent rejection of over 99% towards Congo red (CR), and allowed the fast fractionation of high-salinity textile wastewater...
July 19, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722059/nanofluidics-in-two-dimensional-layered-materials-inspirations-from-nature
#17
REVIEW
Jun Gao, Yaping Feng, Wei Guo, Lei Jiang
With the advance of chemistry, materials science, and nanotechnology, significant progress has been achieved in the design and application of synthetic nanofluidic devices and materials, mimicking the gating, rectifying, and adaptive functions of biological ion channels. Fundamental physics and chemistry behind these novel transport phenomena on the nanoscale have been explored in depth on single-pore platforms. However, toward real-world applications, one major challenge is to extrapolate these single-pore devices into macroscopic materials...
July 19, 2017: Chemical Society Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721617/effect-of-membrane-property-and-feed-water-organic-matter-quality-on-long-term-performance-of-the-gravity-driven-membrane-filtration-process
#18
Dongwhi Lee, Yuri Lee, Shin Sik Choi, Sang-Ho Lee, Kyoung-Woong Kim, Yunho Lee
This study investigated the influence of membrane property and feed water organic matter quality on the permeate flux and water quality during gravity-driven membrane (GDM) filtration. GDM filtration was continuously carried out over 500 days at hydrostatic pressure of 65 mbar in dead-end mode without any back-flushing or membrane cleaning. Three ultrafiltration (UF) membranes (PES-100 kDa, PVDF-120 kDa, and PVDF-100 kDa) and one microfiltration (MF) membrane (PTFE-0.3 μm) were tested for treating lake water with varied organic matter qualities due to algal growth...
July 18, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721013/a-novel-local-anesthetic-system-transcriptional-transactivator-peptide-decorated-nanocarriers-for-skin-delivery-of-ropivacaine
#19
Chuanyu Chen, Peijun You
PURPOSE: Barrier properties of the skin and physicochemical properties of drugs are the main factors for the delivery of local anesthetic molecules. The present work evaluates the anesthetic efficacy of drug-loaded nanocarrier (NC) systems for the delivery of local anesthetic drug, ropivacaine (RVC). METHODS: In this study, transcriptional transactivator peptide (TAT)-decorated RVC-loaded NCs (TAT-RVC/NCs) were successfully fabricated. Physicochemical properties of NCs were determined in terms of particle size, zeta potential, drug encapsulation efficiency, drug-loading capacity, stability, and in vitro drug release...
2017: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720669/muc1-mediated-metabolic-alterations-regulate-response-to-radiotherapy-in-pancreatic-cancer
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Venugopal Gunda, Joshua J Souchek, Jaime Abrego, Surendra K Shukla, Gennifer D Goode, Enza Vernucci, Aneesha Dasgupta, Nina CHaika, Ryan J King, Sicong Li, Shuo Wang, Fang Yu, Tadayoshi Bessho, Chi Lin, Pankaj K Singh
Purpose: MUC1, an oncogene overexpressed in multiple solid tumors including pancreatic cancer, reduces overall survival and imparts resistance to radiation and chemotherapies. We previously identified that MUC1 facilitates growth promoting metabolic alterations in pancreatic cancer cells. The present study investigates the role of MUC1-mediated metabolism in radiation resistance of pancreatic cancer by utilizing cell lines and in vivo models. <p>Experimental design: We used MUC1 knockdown and overexpressed cell line models for evaluating the role of MUC1-mediated metabolism in radiation resistance through in vitro cytotoxicity, clonogenicity, DNA damage response and metabolomic evaluations...
July 18, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
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