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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535592/stream-salinization-and-fungal-mediated-leaf-decomposition-a-microcosm-study
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Cristina Canhoto, Sara Simões, Ana Lúcia Gonçalves, Lúcia Guilhermino, Felix Bärlocher
Salinization is of major global concern due to its effect on stream biota, and ecosystem functions and services. In small streams, litter decomposition is a key ecosystem-level process driven by decomposers, mainly fungi (aquatic hyphomycetes), which link litter and invertebrates. Here we assessed the effects of an environmentally relevant range of salt additions (0, 2, 4, 8, 16gL(-1) NaCl) on (1) fungal growth and species-specific reproductive output and (2) fungal mediated-decomposition of Quercus robur leaves...
May 19, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535489/large-scale-deposition-of-weathered-oil-in-the-gulf-of-mexico-following-a-deep-water-oil-spill
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Isabel C Romero, Gerardo Toro-Farmer, Arne-R Diercks, Patrick Schwing, Frank Muller-Karger, Steven Murawski, David J Hollander
The blowout of the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) drilling rig in 2010 released an unprecedented amount of oil at depth (1,500 m) into the Gulf of Mexico (GoM). Sedimentary geochemical data from an extensive area (∼194,000 km(2)) was used to characterize the amount, chemical signature, distribution, and extent of the DWH oil deposited on the seafloor in 2010-2011 from coastal to deep-sea areas in the GoM. The analysis of numerous hydrocarbon compounds (N = 158) and sediment cores (N = 2,613) suggests that, 1...
May 20, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535031/tunichrome-inspired-gold-enrichment-dispersion-matrix-and-its-application-in-water-treatment-a-proof-of-concept-investigation
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Amarendra Dhar Dwivedi, Rega Permana, Jitendra Pal Singh, Hakwon Yoon, Keun Hwa Chae, Yoon-Seok Chang, Dong Soo Hwang
Tunicate, a filter-feeder in seawater, is able to accumulate high amount of metals using intracellular polymer matrices. The woven pyrogallol structures of tunichrome, a small peptide contained in tunicate's blood cells, is believed to be responsible for selective metal sequestration in tunicates from seawater. However, the intriguing tunichrome matrix is difficult to harvest from the tunicate nor to synthesize massively due to the extreme oxidation sensitivity of the pyrogallol moiety which limits the study scope...
May 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534923/divergent-syntheses-of-iodinated-isobenzofuranones-and-isochromenones-by-iodolactonization-of-2-alkynylbenzoic-acids-in-ionic-liquids
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Raffaella Mancuso, Christian C Pomelli, Francesco Malafronte, Asif Maner, Nadia Marino, Cinzia Chiappe, Bartolo Gabriele
The regiochemical outcome of the iodolactonization of 2-alkynylbenzoic acids, carried out at 100 °C in ionic liquids (ILs) as unconventional solvents and with molecular iodine as the iodine source, in the absence of external bases, was found to be strongly dependent on the nature of the IL medium. In particular, while the use of N-ethyl-N-methylmorpholinium dicyanamide (Mor1,2N(CN)2) promoted the stereoselective formation of (E)-3-(iodomethylene)isobenzofuran-1(3H)-ones, through an anti-5-exo-dig cyclization route, the use of 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium ethyl sulfate (EmimEtSO4) tended to favor the 6-endo-dig cyclization mode, with preferential or selective formation of 4-iodo-1H-isochromen-1-ones...
May 23, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534562/k-junction-structure-mediated-exponential-signal-amplification-strategy-for-microrna-detection-in-electrochemiluminescence-biosensor
#5
Xue Li, Anyi Chen, Yaqin Chai, Ruo Yuan
Based on the novel designed K-junction structure, an economic and efficient exponential signal amplification strategy with simple protocol combining hemin/G-quadruplex, a mimetic peroxidase, as a catalyzer was proposed and utilized in an electrochemiluminescence biosensor for sensitive microRNA detection. It was noteworthy that the K-junction structure was formed with guanine-rich reporter DNA and substrate DNA modified by phosphate at the 5'-terminus. Thus, the activity of the reporter DNA could be inhibited and the recognition domain for the target microRNA constructed through the K-junction structure formed...
May 23, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533359/selective-regulation-of-notch-ligands-during-angiogenesis-is-mediated-by-vimentin
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Daniel Antfolk, Marika Sjöqvist, Fang Cheng, Kimmo Isoniemi, Camille L Duran, Adolfo Rivero-Muller, Christian Antila, Rasmus Niemi, Sebastian Landor, Carlijn V C Bouten, Kayla J Bayless, John E Eriksson, Cecilia M Sahlgren
Notch signaling is a key regulator of angiogenesis, in which sprouting is regulated by an equilibrium between inhibitory Dll4-Notch signaling and promoting Jagged-Notch signaling. Whereas Fringe proteins modify Notch receptors and strengthen their activation by Dll4 ligands, other mechanisms balancing Jagged and Dll4 signaling are yet to be described. The intermediate filament protein vimentin, which has been previously shown to affect vascular integrity and regenerative signaling, is here shown to regulate ligand-specific Notch signaling...
May 22, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533221/cd9-regulates-mhc-ii-trafficking-in-monocyte-derived-dendritic-cells
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Vera Rocha-Perugini, Gloria Martínez Del Hoyo, José Maria González-Granado, Marta Ramírez-Huesca, Virginia Zorita, Eric Rubinstein, Claude Boucheix, Francisco Sánchez-Madrid
Antigen presentation by dendritic cells (DCs) stimulates naïve CD4(+) T cells, triggering T cell activation and the adaptive arm of the immune response. Newly synthesized major histocompatibility complex class II molecules (MHC-II) accumulate at MHC-II-enriched endosomal compartments, and are transported to the plasma membrane of DCs after binding to antigenic peptides to enable antigen presentation. In DCs, MHC-II molecules are included in tetraspanin-enriched microdomains (TEMs). However, the role of tetraspanin CD9 in these processes remains largely undefined...
May 22, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532622/solid-waste-generation-and-characterization-in-the-university-of-lagos-for-a-sustainable-waste-management
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A E Adeniran, A T Nubi, A O Adelopo
Waste characterization is the first step to any successful waste management policy. In this paper, the characterization and the trend of solid waste generated in University of Lagos, Nigeria was carried out using ASTM D5231-92 and Resource Conservation Reservation Authority RCRA Waste Sampling Draft Technical Guidance methods. The recyclable potential of the waste is very high constituting about 75% of the total waste generated. The estimated average daily solid waste generation in Unilag Akoka campus was estimated to be 32...
May 19, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532127/investigation-of-free-standing-plasmonic-mesoporous-ag-cmk-8-nafion-composite-membrane-for-the-removal-of-organic-pollutants-with-254-nm-uv-irradiation
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Chuan Ming Tseng, Hsin Liang Chen, Sz Nian Lai, Ming Shiung Chen, Chien Jung Peng, Chia Jui Li, Wei Hsuan Hung
"Carbon-based material" has demonstrated a great potential on water purification due to its strong physical adsorption to organic pollutants in the water. Three-dimensional cubic ordered mesoporous carbon (CMK-8), one of the well-known ordered mesoporous carbons, was prepared by using nanocasting method with mesoporous silica (KIT-6) as the template. In this study, CMK-8 blended with Nafion polymer to form a free-standing mesoporous CMK-8-Nafion composite membrane. The synthesis of high crystallinity CMK-8 was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM)...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531557/characterization-of-dissolved-organic-carbon-leached-from-a-woodchip-bioreactor
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Ibrahim Abusallout, Guanghui Hua
Woodchip bioreactors are increasingly being applied to remove nitrate from agricultural subsurface drainage. However, dissolved organic carbon (DOC) released from woodchips may negatively affect the aquatic ecosystems and drinking water supplies. The objective of this study was to evaluate the leaching characteristics, disinfection byproduct (DBP) formation potentials, and treatability of DOC derived from a laboratory woodchip bioreactor. Initial flush of woodchips resulted in the release of high organic content from woodchips...
May 13, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531125/characterizing-dynamic-walking-patterns-and-detecting-falls-with-wearable-sensors-using-gaussian-process-methods
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Taehwan Kim, Jeongho Park, Seongman Heo, Keehoon Sung, Jooyoung Park
By incorporating a growing number of sensors and adopting machine learning technologies, wearable devices have recently become a prominent health care application domain. Among the related research topics in this field, one of the most important issues is detecting falls while walking. Since such falls may lead to serious injuries, automatically and promptly detecting them during daily use of smartphones and/or smart watches is a particular need. In this paper, we investigate the use of Gaussian process (GP) methods for characterizing dynamic walking patterns and detecting falls while walking with built-in wearable sensors in smartphones and/or smartwatches...
May 20, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530740/extraction-behaviour-and-mechanism-of-pt-iv-and-pd-ii-by-liquid-liquid-extraction-with-an-ionic-liquid-hbbim-br
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Wenhui Liu, Qi Wang, Yan Zheng, Shubin Wang, Yan Yan, Yanzhao Yang
In this study, a method of one-step separation and recycling of high purity Pd(ii) and Pt(iv) using an ionic liquid, 1-butyl-3-benzimidazolium bromate ([HBBIm]Br), was investigated. The effects of [HBBIm]Br concentration, initial metal concentration, and loading capacity of [HBBIm]Br were examined in detail. It was observed that [HBBIm]Br was a very effective extractant for selectively extracting Pd(ii) and precipitating Pt(iv). Through selectively extracting Pd(ii) and precipitating Pt(iv), each metal with high purity was separately obtained from mixed Pd(ii) and Pt(iv) multi-metal solution...
May 22, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530593/dummy-template-molecularly-imprinted-polymer-for-solid-phase-extraction-of-phenothiazines-in-meat-based-on-computational-simulation
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Yi Ping Song, Nan Li, Hui Cai Zhang, Geng Nan Wang, Ju Xiang Liu, Jing Liu, Jian Ping Wang
The 3D structures of two dummy templates and four phenothiazine drugs were studied by using computational simulation method. Then the two dummy templates were used to synthesize two molecularly imprinted polymers respectively. Results showed that the recognition abilities of the two polymers were consistent with the theoretical calculation. Then a solid phase extraction column was developed for extraction of the four phenothiazines in meat (pork, chicken) followed by determination with high performance liquid chromatography...
October 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530560/lactulose-production-from-efficient-isomerization-of-lactose-catalyzed-by-recyclable-sodium-aluminate
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Mingming Wang, Mohammed A A Gasmalla, Habtamu Admassu Tessema, Xiao Hua, Ruijin Yang
An efficient strategy for the synthesis of high-purity lactulose through chemical isomerization of lactose was developed using recyclable catalyst sodium aluminate. Maximum yield of 85.45±1.79% was obtained from 35% (w/v) of lactose using a 1:1M ratio of NaAlO2-lactose after reaction at 60°C and pH 12 for 50min, with a purity ratio (Pu) of approximately 95%. Al(OH)3 precipitation from lactulose syrup through pH adjustment showing a superior decolorizing efficiency was implemented, which simplified the removal of catalyst and provided a convenient approach to achieve catalyst recovery...
October 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530278/synthesis-and-fast-transfer-of-monolayer-mos2-on-reusable-fused-silica
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Tao Liang, Shuang Xie, Weifei Fu, Yu Cai, Chinnathambi Shanmugavel, Hideo Iwai, Daisuke Fujita, Nobutaka Hanagata, Hongzheng Chen, Mingsheng Xu
Atomically thin, two-dimensional materials ranging from superconductors, metals, semiconductors to insulators are emerging as potential candidates for the next-generation digital electronics and optoelectronic applications. Their synthesis on a commonly used substrate and fast transfer to a plenty of desired substrates need to be addressed to meet the industrialization criteria for practical applications. In this study, fused silica, which is amorphous, transparent, and inexpensive, was examined as a substrate for MoS2 synthesis...
May 22, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529446/synthesis-of-chiral-tetrahydrofurans-and-pyrrolidines-by-visible-light-mediated-deoxygenation
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Daniel Rackl, Viktor Kais, Eugen Lutsker, And Oliver Reiser
The synthesis of chiral tetrahydrofurans and pyrrolidines starting from 1,2-diols or β-amino alcohols, respectively, by visible-light-mediated deoxygenation is described. Easily accessible monoallylated/propargylated substrates were activated either as inexpensive ethyl oxalates or as recyclable 3,5-bis(trifluoromethyl)benzoates to generate alkyl radicals suitable for 5-exo-trig/5-exo-dig cyclizations under visible-light irradiation.
April 18, 2017: European Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529039/municipal-solid-waste-processing-and-separation-employing-wet-torrefaction-for-alternative-fuel-production-and-aluminum-reclamation
#17
Gea Fardias Mu'min, Pandji Prawisudha, Ilman Nuran Zaini, Muhammad Aziz, Ari Darmawan Pasek
This study employs wet torrefaction process (also known as hydrothermal) at low temperature. This process simultaneously acts as waste processing and separation of mixed waste, for subsequent utilization as an alternative fuel. The process is also applied for the delamination and separation of non-recyclable laminated aluminum waste into separable aluminum and plastic. A 2.5-L reactor was used to examine the wet torrefaction process at temperatures below 200°C. It was observed that the processed mixed waste was converted into two different products: a mushy organic part and a bulky plastic part...
May 18, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528503/a-flux-enhancing-forward-osmosis-nanofiltration-integrated-treatment-system-for-the-tannery-wastewater-reclamation
#18
Parimal Pal, Sankha Chakrabortty, Jayato Nayak, Suman Senapati
Effective treatment of tannery wastewater prior to discharge to the environment as per environmental regulations remains a big challenge despite efforts to bring down the concentrations of the pollutants which are often quite high as measured in terms of chemical oxygen demand (7800 mg/L), total dissolved solids (5400 mg/L), chloride (4260 mg/L), sulphides (250 mg/L) and chromium. A pilot-scale forward osmosis and nanofiltration integrated closed loop system was developed for continuous reclamation of clean water from tannery wastewater at a rate of 52-55 L/m(2)/h at 1...
May 20, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528381/metal-chelate-affinity-precipitation-with-thermo-responsive-polymer-for-purification-of-%C3%AE%C2%B5-poly-l-lysine
#19
Sipeng Li, Zhaoyang Ding, Jifu Liu, Xuejun Cao
ε-Poly-L-lysine (ε-PL) is a natural preservative for food processing industry. A thermo-responsive polymer, attached with Cu(2+) or Ni(2+), was prepared for metal-chelate affinity precipitation for purification of ε-PL. The low critical solution temperatures (LCSTs) of these polymers were close to the room temperature (31.0-35.0 °C). The optimal adsorption conditions were as follows: pH 4.0, 0 mol/L NaCl, ligand density 75.00 μmol/g, and 120 min. The ligand Cu(2+) showed a stronger affinity interaction with ε-PL and the highest adsorption amount reached 251...
May 20, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528315/bisphenol-a-and-replacements-in-thermal-paper-a-review
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REVIEW
Maria K Björnsdotter, Jacob de Boer, Ana Ballesteros-Gómez
Thermal paper contains potentially toxic compounds such as bisphenol A (BPA), which is used as a color developer. BPA has been reported in thermal paper in concentrations up to 42,600 μg g(-1). The exposure to BPA via dermal transfer has been recently discussed as a significant contribution to the overall human exposure and the estimated daily intake (EDI) has been reported up to 218 μg d(-1). BPA has been also detected in recycled paper with concentrations up to 46 μg g(-1). Due to the fact that BPA is a known endocrine disruptor and migrates from materials, regulatory restrictions have been established to prevent risks for the human health...
May 15, 2017: Chemosphere
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