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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335369/effect-of-nano-sio%C3%A2-on-the-hydration-and-microstructure-of-portland-cement
#1
Liguo Wang, Dapeng Zheng, Shupeng Zhang, Hongzhi Cui, Dongxu Li
This paper systematically studied the modification of cement-based materials by nano-SiO₂ particles with an average diameter of about 20 nm. In order to obtain the effect of nano-SiO₂ particles on the mechanical properties, hydration, and pore structure of cement-based materials, adding 1%, 3%, and 5% content of nano-SiO₂ in cement paste, respectively. The results showed that the reaction of nano-SiO₂ particles with Ca(OH)₂ (crystal powder) started within 1 h, and formed C-S-H gel. The reaction speed was faster after aging for three days...
December 15, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335328/investigation-of-the-mechanical-properties-and-microstructure-of-graphene-nanoplatelet-cement-composite
#2
Baomin Wang, Ruishuang Jiang, Zhenlin Wu
In this work, graphene nanoplatelets (GNPs) were dispersed uniformly in aqueous solution using methylcellulose (MC) as a dispersing agent via ultrasonic processing. Homogenous GNP suspensions were incorporated into the cement matrix to investigate the effect of GNPs on the mechanical behavior of cement paste. The optimum concentration ratio of GNPs to MC was confirmed as 1:7 by ultraviolet visible spectroscopy (UV-Vis), and the optical microscope and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images displayed remarkable dispersing performance...
November 4, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335281/study-on-utilization-of-carboxyl-group-decorated-carbon-nanotubes-and-carbonation-reaction-for-improving-strengths-and-microstructures-of-cement-paste
#3
Xiantong Yan, Hongzhi Cui, Qinghua Qin, Waiching Tang, Xiangming Zhou
Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have excellent mechanical properties and can be used to reinforce cement-based materials. On the other hand, the reaction product of carbonation with hydroxides in hydrated cement paste can reduce the porosity of cement-based materials. In this study, a novel method to improve the strength of cement paste was developed through a synergy of carbon nanotubes decorated with carboxyl group and carbonation reactions. The experimental results showed that the carboxyl group (-COOH) of decorated carbon nanotubes and the surfactant can control the morphology of the calcium carbonate crystal of carbonation products in hydrated cement paste...
August 19, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335220/pde5-inhibitors-loaded-nanovesicles-physico-chemical-properties-and-in-vitro-antiproliferative-activity
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Roberta F De Rose, Maria Chiara Cristiano, Marilena Celano, Valentina Maggisano, Ada Vero, Giovanni Enrico Lombardo, Martina Di Francesco, Donatella Paolino, Diego Russo, Donato Cosco
Novel therapeutic approaches are required for the less differentiated thyroid cancers which are non-responsive to the current treatment. In this study we tested an innovative formulation of nanoliposomes containing sildenafil citrate or tadalafil, phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitors, on two human thyroid cancer cell lines (TPC-1 and BCPAP). Nanoliposomes were prepared by the thin layer evaporation and extrusion methods, solubilizing the hydrophilic compound sildenafil citrate in the aqueous phase during the hydration step and dissolving the lipophilic tadalafil in the organic phase...
May 18, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334819/comparative-analyses-of-the-thermodynamic-rna-binding-signatures-of-different-types-of-rna-recognition-motifs
#5
Brighton Samatanga, Antoine Cléry, Pierre Barraud, Frédéric H-T Allain, Ilian Jelesarov
RNA recognition motifs (RRMs) are structurally versatile domains important in regulation of alternative splicing. Structural mechanisms of sequence-specific recognition of single-stranded RNAs (ssRNAs) by RRMs are well understood. The thermodynamic strategies are however unclear. Therefore, we utilized microcalorimetry and semi-empirical analyses to comparatively analyze the cognate ssRNA binding thermodynamics of four different RRM domains, each with a different RNA binding mode. The different binding modes are: canonical binding to the β-sheet surface; canonical binding with involvement of N- and C-termini; binding to conserved loops; and binding to an α-helix...
February 23, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334478/different-structural-origins-of-the-enantioselectivity-of-haloalkane-dehalogenases-toward-linear-%C3%AE-haloalkanes-open-solvated-versus-occluded-desolvated-active-sites
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Veronika Liskova, Veronika Stepankova, David Bednar, Jan Brezovsky, Zbynek Prokop, Radka Chaloupkova, Jiri Damborsky
The enzymatic enantiodiscrimination of linear β-haloalkanes is difficult because the simple structures of the substrates prevent directional interactions. Herein we describe two distinct molecular mechanisms for the enantiodiscrimination of the β-haloalkane 2-bromopentane by haloalkane dehalogenases. Highly enantioselective DbjA has an open, solvent-accessible active site, whereas the engineered enzyme DhaA31 has an occluded and less solvated cavity but shows similar enantioselectivity. The enantioselectivity of DhaA31 arises from steric hindrance imposed by two specific substitutions rather than hydration as in DbjA...
March 23, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334434/withdrawn-nutrition-support-for-bone-marrow-transplant-patients
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REVIEW
Susan M Murray, Sima Pindoria
BACKGROUND: This is an update of the original Cochrane review published in Issue 2, 2002. Bone marrow transplantation involves administration of toxic chemotherapy and infusion of marrow cells. After treatment, patients can develop poor appetite, mucositis and gastrointestinal failure, leading to malnutrition. To prevent this, parenteral nutrition (PN) support is often first choice but is associated with increased risk of infection. Enteral nutrition (EN) is an alternative, as is addition of substrates...
March 23, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334006/assessing-various-infrared-ir-microscopic-imaging-techniques-for-post-mortem-interval-evaluation-of-human-skeletal-remains
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Claudia Woess, Seraphin Hubert Unterberger, Clemens Roider, Monika Ritsch-Marte, Nadin Pemberger, Jan Cemper-Kiesslich, Petra Hatzer-Grubwieser, Walther Parson, Johannes Dominikus Pallua
Due to the influence of many environmental processes, a precise determination of the post-mortem interval (PMI) of skeletal remains is known to be very complicated. Although methods for the investigation of the PMI exist, there still remains much room for improvement. In this study the applicability of infrared (IR) microscopic imaging techniques such as reflection-, ATR- and Raman- microscopic imaging for the estimation of the PMI of human skeletal remains was tested. PMI specific features were identified and visualized by overlaying IR imaging data with morphological tissue structures obtained using light microscopy to differentiate between forensic and archaeological bone samples...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333468/alkyl-chain-length-dependent-structural-and-orientational-transformations-of-water-at-alcohol-water-interfaces-and-its-relevance-to-atmospheric-aerosols
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Jahur A Mondal, Vinu Namboodiri, Mathi Pandiyathuray, Ajay K Singh
Although the hydrophobic size of an amphiphile plays a key role in various chemical, biological, and atmospheric processes, its effect at macroscopic aqueous interfaces (e.g. air-water, oil-water, cell membrane-water, etc.) which are ubiquitous in nature is not well understood. Here we report the hydrophobic alkyl chain length dependent structural and orientational transformations of water at alcohol (CnH2n+1OH, n = 1-12)-water interfaces using interface-selective heterodyne-detected vibrational sum frequency generation (HD-VSFG) and Raman multivariate curve resolution (Raman-MCR) spectroscopic techniques...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332659/hydration-controlled-anisotropic-and-giant-permittivity-in-teg-functionalized-eumelanin
#10
Marianna Ambrico, Paolo F Ambrico, Teresa Ligonzo, Antonio Cardone, Maria Grazia Bridelli, Giuseppe Casamassima, Paola Manini, Marco d'Ischia
Although it has long been known that the peculiar electronic-ionic conductor behavior of eumelanin is critically dependent on hydration, the detailed mechanisms by which water-polymer interactions control and affect the conduction properties have remained largely obscure. In this paper, we report a remarkable anisotropy and giant polarization effect in a synthetic eumelanin (TEGMe) chemically functionalized with hydrophilic TEG residues. FT-IR analyses of water sorption isotherms and AC measurements were consistent with a microporous structure binding or hosting mainly isolated water molecules...
March 23, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332116/sweating-rate-and-sweat-sodium-concentration-in-athletes-a-review-of-methodology-and-intra-interindividual-variability
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REVIEW
Lindsay B Baker
Athletes lose water and electrolytes as a consequence of thermoregulatory sweating during exercise and it is well known that the rate and composition of sweat loss can vary considerably within and among individuals. Many scientists and practitioners conduct sweat tests to determine sweat water and electrolyte losses of athletes during practice and competition. The information gleaned from sweat testing is often used to guide personalized fluid and electrolyte replacement recommendations for athletes; however, unstandardized methodological practices and challenging field conditions can produce inconsistent/inaccurate results...
March 22, 2017: Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331609/preparation-characterization-antimicrobial-and-cytotoxicity-studies-of-copper-zinc-loaded-montmorillonite
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Lefei Jiao, Fanghui Lin, Shuting Cao, Chunchun Wang, Huan Wu, Miaoan Shu, Caihong Hu
BACKGROUND: A series of modified montmorillonites (Mt) including zinc-loaded Mt (Zn-Mt), copper-loaded Mt (Cu-Mt), copper/zinc-loaded Mt with different Cu/Zn ratio (Cu/Zn-Mt-1, Cu/Zn-Mt-2, Cu/Zn-Mt-3) were prepared by an ion-exchange reaction, and characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The specific surface areas, antimicrobial activity and cytotoxicity of the modified Mt were investigated...
2017: Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331124/evaluation-of-adsorption-characteristics-of-a-fibrous-adsorbent-containing-zwitter-ionic-functional-group-targeting-organic-acids
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Akira Nakazawa, Ning Tang, Yoshinori Inoue, Waka Kamichatani, Toshifumi Katoh, Mitsuru Saito, Kenji Obara, Akira Toriba, Kazuichi Hayakawa
Diallylamine-maleic acid copolymer (DAM)-nonwoven fabric (DAM-f), a fibrous adsorbent, contains DAM with zwitter-ionic functional groups and forms a hydration layer on the surface. The aim of this report was to evaluate the adsorption selectivity of DAM-f to semi-volatile organic acid (C1-C5). In the aqueous phase, formic acid dissolved in the hydration layer bound to the imino group of DAM-f due to anion exchange interaction. In the gas phase, the adsorption amounts of organic acids increased with the exposure time...
2017: Journal of UOEH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331117/comparison-between-effectiveness-of-100-mg-day-sitagliptin-and-a-switch-to-mitiglinide-calcium-hydrate-voglibose-from-50-mg-day-sitagliptin-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes
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Tadashi Arao, Yosuke Okada, Keiichi Torimoto, Kei Sugai, Takashi Otsuka, Akira Kurozumi, Yoshiya Tanaka
We analyzed the effects of 100 mg/day sitagliptin and a switch to mitiglinide calcium hydrate/voglibose compound tablets (MIT/VOG) in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) treated with 50 mg/day sitagliptin. Five patients with T2DM treated with 50 mg/day sitagliptin and hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) of ≥6.5% were switched to MIT/VOG, or the dose of sitagliptin was increased to 100 mg/day. The effects of the changes in therapy were compared in a crossover fashion by continuous glucose monitoring. The primary endpoint was mean amplitude of glycemic excursions (MAGE), and the secondary end points were 24-hour mean blood glucose level and mean blood glucose level from 0:00 a...
2017: Journal of UOEH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330377/enhanced-oral-bioavailability-and-sustained-delivery-of-glimepiride-via-niosomal-encapsulation-in-vitro-characterization-and-in-vivo-evaluation
#15
Amira Mohamed Mohsen, Mona Mahmoud AbouSamra, Shaimaa Ahmed ElShebiney
This study was designed to investigate the potency of niosomes, for glimepiride (GLM) encapsulation, aiming at enhancing its oral bioavailability and hypoglycemic efficacy. Niosomes containing non-ionic surfactants (NIS) were prepared by thin film hydration technique and characterized. In-vitro release study was performed using a dialysis technique. In-vivo pharmacodynamic studies, as well as pharmacokinetic evaluation were performed on alloxan induced diabetic rats. GLM niosomes exhibited high entrapment efficiency percentages (E...
March 23, 2017: Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330244/elucidation-of-impact-of-heavy-metal-pollution-on-soil-bacterial-growth-and-extracellular-polymeric-substances-flexibility
#16
Muniswamy David, Paidi Murali Krishna, Jeybalan Sangeetha
Metal bioaccessibility is an alarming issue in croplands of mining sites due to overloading of toxic metals. Hence, the present study is aimed to determine the overloading of toxic metal in croplands across the Tawag village, Hutti, Raichur, India. Correspondingly, to identify the soil bacterial growth, physiological oxidative stress enzyme activity and surface macromolecular functional group evolution were analysed in and around the toxic metal contaminated sites through FT-IR and FT-Raman spectrometry. The evaluated results attribute that the study area is heavily polluted with the toxic metals such as arsenic, cadmium, chromium, lead and zinc...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330086/cloning-expression-purification-and-characterization-of-human-mitochondrial-carbonic-anhydrase-va
#17
Danish Idrees, Sudhir Kumar, Syed Abdul Arif Rehman, Samudrala Gourinath, Asimul Islam, Faizan Ahmad, Md Imtaiyaz Hassan
Carbonic anhydrase VA (CAVA) is a mitochondrial enzyme that catalyzes the reversible hydration of CO2 to produce HCO3(-) and proton. CAV is primarily involved in several biosynthetic processes such as ureagenesis, gluconeogenesis and lipogenesis by providing bicarbonate ion. Here, we report a new strategy for cloning, expression and purification for CAVA in the bacterial system followed by its biophysical characterization. The cDNA of CAVA, a 801 nucleotide long that encodes a 267-amino acid polypeptide of molecular mass of 30-kDa (excluding signal peptide), was sub-cloned in the expression vector pET21c and transformed into Escherichia coli strain BL21 (DE3) for expression...
June 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329730/synthesis-of-novel-quinoline-based-4-5-dihydro-1h-pyrazoles-as-potential-anticancer-antifungal-antibacterial-and-antiprotozoal-agents
#18
Jonathan Ramírez-Prada, Sara M Robledo, Iván D Vélez, María Del Pilar Crespo, Jairo Quiroga, Rodrigo Abonia, Alba Montoya, Laura Svetaz, Susana Zacchino, Braulio Insuasty
A new series of N-substituted 2-pyrazolines 9a-f, 10a-f, 11a-f, 12a-f and 13a-f were obtained from the cyclocondensation reaction of [(7-chloroquinolin-4-yl)amino]chalcones 8a-f with hydrazine hydrate and its derivatives. Fourteen of the synthesized compounds including the starting chalcones were selected by US National Cancer Institute (NCI) for testing their anticancer activity against 60 different human cancer cell lines, with the most important GI50 values ranging from 0.28 to 11.7 μM (0.13-6.05 μg/mL) and LC50 values ranging from 2...
March 16, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328272/food-for-thought-delivering-effective-nutritional-care
#19
Janet Scammell
Janet Scammell, Associate Professor (Nursing), Bournemouth University, asks whether nurse education places enough emphasis on the importance of ensuring good nutrition and hydration for patients.
March 9, 2017: British Journal of Nursing: BJN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328229/characterization-of-the-bonds-developed-between-calcium-silicate-hydrate-and-polycarboxylate-based-superplasticizers-with-silyl-functionalities
#20
Carlos A Orozco, Byong-Wa Zen Chun, Guoqing Geng, Abdul-Hamid Emwas, Paulo J M Monteiro
Major developments in concrete technology have been achieved with the use of polycarboxylate-based superplasticizers (PCEs) to improve the concrete rheology without increasing the mix water content. Currently, it is possible to control the fluidity of the fresh concrete and obtain stronger and more durable structures. Therefore, there is a strong incentive to understand the interactions between PCEs and cement hydrates at the atomic scale to design new customized functional PCEs according to the ever-increasing requirements of the concrete industry...
March 22, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
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