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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214699/optimization-of-simultaneous-saccharification-and-fermentation-conditions-with-amphipathic-lignin-derivatives-for-concentrated-bioethanol-production
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Ningning Cheng, Keiichi Koda, Yutaka Tamai, Yoko Yamamoto, Taichi E Takasuka, Yasumitsu Uraki
Amphipathic lignin derivatives (A-LDs) prepared from the black liquor of soda pulping of Japanese cedar are strong accelerators for bioethanol production under a fed-batch simultaneous enzymatic saccharification and fermentation (SSF) process. To improve the bioethanol production concentration, conditions such as reaction temperature, stirring program, and A-LDs loadings were optimized in both small scale and large scale fed-batch SSF. The fed-batch SSF in the presence of 3.0g/L A-LDs at 38°C gave the maximum ethanol production and a high enzyme recovery rate...
February 8, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214622/preferable-uptake-of-phosphate-by-hydrous-zirconium-oxide-nanoparticles-embedded-in-quaternary-ammonium-chinese-reed
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Yanan Shang, Xing Xu, Shuto Qi, Yanxia Zhao, Zhongfei Ren, Baoyu Gao
Phosphate capture from aqueous was conducted using hydrous zirconium oxide (HZO) embedded in quaternary-ammonium Chinese reed (CR-N(+)-HZO), and the characteristics of adsorbent was determined. HZO was dispersed as nanoparticles or nano-clusters on the external or inside the networking pores of CR-N(+)-HZO. The surface of CR-N(+)-HZO was heterogeneous with multiple adsorption sites, HZO nanocomposite and N(+)(CH2CH3)3Cl(-), which both contributed to the adsorption process. The phosphate uptake by CR-N(+)-HZO was optimal at pH 3...
February 12, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214602/impact-of-fill-level-in-twin-screw-granulation-on-critical-quality-attributes-of-granules-and-tablets
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Robin Meier, Klaus-Peter Moll, Markus Krumme, Peter Kleinebudde
In a previous study a change of the fill-level in the barrel exerted a huge influence on the twin-screw granulation (TSG) process of a high drug loaded, simplified formulation. The present work investigated this influence systematically. The specific feed load (SFL) indicating the mass per revolution as surrogate parameter for the fill-level was applied and the correlation to the real volumetric fill level of an extruder could be demonstrated by a newly developed method. A design of experiments was conducted to examine the combined influence of SFL and screw speed on the process and on critical quality attributes of granules and tablets...
February 15, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214223/evaluation-of-a-field-test-for-antibodies-against-chlamydia-trachomatis-during-trachoma-surveillance-in-nepal
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Michelle J Sun, Andrea I Zambrano, Laura Dize, Beatriz Munoz, Sarah Gwyn, Sailesh Mishra, Diana L Martin, Shekhar Sharma, Sheila K West
PURPOSE: Testing for antibodies to Chlamydia trachomatis has potential as a surveillance tool. Our evaluation compares lateral flow assays (LFAs) during surveillance surveys in Nepal with Multiplex bead array (MBA). Fifty children were randomly sampled from each of 15 random clusters in two districts of Nepal. Finger prick blood samples were collected from 1509 children and tested onsite for anti-Pgp3 antibodies by LFA. The LFA was read at 30min as negative, positive, or invalid. Tests results were also rated as difficult to read ("equivocal")...
January 17, 2017: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214193/quantification-of-the-overall-measurement-uncertainty-associated-with-the-passive-moss-biomonitoring-technique-sample-collection-and-processing
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J R Aboal, M T Boquete, A Carballeira, A Casanova, S Debén, J A Fernández
In this study we examined 6080 data gathered by our research group during more than 20 years of research on the moss biomonitoring technique, in order to quantify the variability generated by different aspects of the protocol and to calculate the overall measurement uncertainty associated with the technique. The median variance of the concentrations of different pollutants measured in moss tissues attributed to the different methodological aspects was high, reaching values of 2851 (ng·g(-1))(2) for Cd (sample treatment), 35...
February 14, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213945/optimization-of-initial-propofol-bolus-dose-for-eeg-narcotrend-index-guided-transition-from-sevoflurane-induction-to-intravenous-anesthesia-in-children
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Nils Dennhardt, Dietmar Boethig, Christiane Beck, Sebastian Heiderich, Martin Boehne, Andreas Leffler, Barbara Schultz, Robert Sümpelmann
BACKGROUND: Sevoflurane induction followed by intravenous anesthesia is a widely used technique to combine the benefits of an easier and less traumatic venipuncture after sevoflurane inhalation with a recovery with less agitation, nausea, and vomiting after total intravenous anesthesia (TIVA). Combination of two different anesthetics may lead to unwanted burst suppression in the electroencephalogram (EEG) during the transition phase. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this prospective clinical observational study was to identify the optimal initial propofol bolus dose for a smooth transition from sevoflurane induction to TIVA using the EEG Narcotrend Index (NI)...
February 18, 2017: Paediatric Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213598/informing-efficient-randomised-controlled-trials-exploration-of-challenges-in-developing-progression-criteria-for-internal-pilot-studies
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Kerry N L Avery, Paula R Williamson, Carrol Gamble, Elaine O'Connell Francischetto, Chris Metcalfe, Peter Davidson, Hywel Williams, Jane M Blazeby
OBJECTIVES: Designing studies with an internal pilot phase may optimise the use of pilot work to inform more efficient randomised controlled trials (RCTs). Careful selection of preagreed decision or 'progression' criteria at the juncture between the internal pilot and main trial phases provides a valuable opportunity to evaluate the likely success of the main trial and optimise its design or, if necessary, to make the decision not to proceed with the main trial. Guidance on the appropriate selection and application of progression criteria is, however, lacking...
February 17, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213475/wheat-landrace-genome-diversity
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Luzie U Wingen, Claire West, Michelle Leverington-Waite, Sarah Collier, Simon Orford, Richard Goram, Cai-Yun Yang, Julie King, Alexandra M Allen, Amanda Burridge, Keith J Edwards, Simon Griffiths
Understanding the genomic complexity of bread wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) is a cornerstone in the quest to unravel the processes of domestication and the following adaptation of domesticated wheat to a wide variety of environments across the globe. Additionally, it is of importance for future improvement of the crop, particularly in the light of climate change. Focussing on the adaptation after domestication, a nested association mapping (NAM) panel of 60 segregating bi-parental populations were developed mainly involving landrace accessions from the core set of the Watkins hexaploid wheat collection optimized for genetic diversity (WINGEN et al...
February 17, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213317/developing-and-assessing-the-acceptability-of-an-epilepsy-first-aid-training-intervention-for-patients-who-visit-uk-emergency-departments-a-multi-method-study-of-patients-and-professionals
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Darlene A Snape, Myfanwy Morgan, Leone Ridsdale, Steve Goodacre, Anthony G Marson, Adam J Noble
Epilepsy affects around 1% of the UK population; 40% of whom experience two or more seizures annually. However, most Emergency Department (ED) visits by people with epilepsy (PWE) are clinically unnecessary. Evidence highlights that with correct training, seizures can be safely managed by patients and their families within the community. Arguably therefore, PWE who frequently visit the ED might benefit from a self-management intervention that improves their own and their families' confidence and ability in managing seizures...
February 14, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213278/identifying-overarching-excipient-properties-towards-an-in-depth-understanding-of-process-and-product-performance-for-continuous-twin-screw-wet-granulation
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N Willecke, A Szepes, M Wunderlich, J P Remon, C Vervaet, T De Beer
The overall objective of this work is to understand how excipient characteristics influence the process and product performance for a continuous twin-screw wet granulation process. The knowledge gained through this study is intended to be used for a Quality by Design (QbD)-based formulation design approach and formulation optimization. A total of 9 preferred fillers and 9 preferred binders were selected for this study. The selected fillers and binders were extensively characterized regarding their physico-chemical and solid state properties using 21 material characterization techniques...
February 14, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213263/determination-of-n-nitrosodiethanolamine-in-cosmetic-products-by-reversed-phase-dispersive-liquid-liquid-microextraction-followed-by-liquid-chromatography
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Alberto Chisvert, Juan L Benedé, María Peiró, Isabel Pedrón, Amparo Salvador
A new analytical method for the determination of N-nitrosodiethanolamine (NDELA), a very harmful compound not allowed in cosmetic products, is presented. The method is based on a new approach of dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction (DLLME) useful for extraction of highly polar compounds, called reversed-phase DLLME (RP-DLLME), followed by liquid chromatography-ultraviolet/visible (LC-UV/Vis) determination. The variables involved in the RP-DLLME process were studied to provide the best enrichment factors...
May 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213262/one-single-fast-and-robust-capillary-electrophoresis-method-for-the-direct-quantification-of-intact-adenovirus-particles-in-upstream-and-downstream-processing-samples
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Ewoud van Tricht, Lars Geurink, Harold Backus, Marta Germano, Govert W Somsen, Cari E Sänger-van de Griend
During development of adenovirus-based vaccines, samples have to be analyzed in order to either monitor the production process or control the quality and safety of the product. An important quality attribute is the total concentration of intact adenoviruses, which currently is determined by quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) or anion exchange-HPLC. Capillary Electrophoresis (CE) was evaluated as alternative to the current methods with the aim to have one single method that allows reliable and fast quantification of adenovirus particles throughout the full process...
May 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213228/smartphone-based-immunosensor-for-ca125-detection
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Oana Hosu, Andrea Ravalli, Giuseppe Mattia Lo Piccolo, Cecilia Cristea, Robert Sandulescu, Giovanna Marrazza
In this work, we report the design, the development and the characterization of the analytical performances of a colorimetric smartphone-based immunosensor for the detection of cancer antigen 125 (CA125). The immunosensor was based on a sandwich strategy in which the primary antibody was immobilized by spotting onto the 3D nitrocellulose membrane. The immunospots were subsequently incubated with CA125 solutions, followed by the affinity reaction with a secondary antibody labeled with gold nanoparticles (AuNPs)...
May 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213100/effect-of-processing-conditions-of-dicalcium-phosphate-cements-on-graft-resorption-and-bone-formation
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Zeeshan Sheikh, Yu Ling Zhang, Faleh Tamimi, Jake Barralet
Dicalcium phosphate cements (brushite and monetite) are resorbable biomaterials with osteoconductive potential for bone repair and regeneration that have yet to gain widespread commercial use. Brushite can be converted to monetite by heat treatments additionally resulting in various changes in the physico-chemical properties. However, since conversion is most commonly performed using autoclave sterilisation (wet heating), it is uncertain whether the properties observed for monetite as a result of heating brushite under dry conditions affect resorption and bone formation favourably...
February 14, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213038/hydrolysate-from-a-mixture-of-legume-flours-with-antifungal-activity-as-an-ingredient-for-prolonging-the-shelf-life-of-wheat-bread
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Carlo Giuseppe Rizzello, Michela Verni, Stefano Bordignon, Valerio Gramaglia, Marco Gobbetti
Aiming at identifying antifungal compounds from plant matrices to be used as ingredients in the bakery industry, a water/salt-soluble extract (WSE) was produced from a legume enzyme hydrolysate, consisting of a mixture of pea, lentil, and faba bean flours, and assayed towards Penicillium roqueforti DPPMAF1. Agar diffusion assays allowed the selection of the optimal processing conditions for hydrolysis. As shown by hyphal radial growth rate, the inhibition was observed towards several fungi, including Aspergillus parasiticus CBS971...
June 2017: Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212865/casein-kinase-2-interacting-protein-1-regulates-m1-and-m2-inflammatory-macrophage-polarization
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Yuhan Chen, Wen Liu, Yiwu Wang, Luo Zhang, Jun Wei, Xueli Zhang, Fuchu He, Lingqiang Zhang
The importance of macrophage plasticity, albeit being discovered recently, has been highlighted in a broad spectrum of biological processes operative in physiological and pathological environments. Macrophage polarized activation and inactivation has profound effects on immune and inflammatory responses with several major pathways being elucidated in the past few years. However, transcriptional regulation mechanisms governing macrophage polarization is still preliminary. In this study, we identify the Casein Kinase 2 Interacting Protein 1 (CKIP-1) as a molecular toggle manipulating macrophage speciation...
February 14, 2017: Cellular Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212822/cryptosporidium-contaminated-water-disinfection-by-a-novel-fenton-process
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Sina Matavos-Aramyan, Mohsen Moussavi, Hedieh Matavos-Aramyan, Sara Roozkhosh
Three novel modified advanced oxidation process systems including ascorbic acid-, pro-oxidants- and ascorbic acid-pro-oxidants-modified Fenton system were utilized to study the disinfection efficiency on Cryptosporidium-contaminated drinking water samples. Different concentrations of divalent and trivalent iron ions, hydrogen peroxide, ascorbic acid and pro-oxidants at different exposure times were investigated. These novel systems were also compared to the classic Fenton system and to the control system which comprised of only hydrogen peroxide...
February 16, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212814/human-striatal-dopaminergic-and-regional-serotonergic-synaptic-degeneration-with-lewy-body-disease-and-inheritance-of-apoe-%C3%AE%C2%B54
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Nadia Postupna, Caitlin S Latimer, Eric B Larson, Emily Sherfield, Julie Paladin, Carol A Shively, Matthew J Jorgensen, Rachel N Andrews, Jay R Kaplan, Paul K Crane, Kathleen S Montine, Suzanne Craft, C Dirk Keene, Thomas J Montine
Cognitive impairment in older individuals is a complex trait that in population-based studies most commonly derives from an individually varying mixture of Alzheimer disease, Lewy body disease, and vascular brain injury. We investigated the molecular composition of synaptic particles from three sources: consecutive rapid autopsy brains from the adult changes in thought study, a population-based cohort; four aged nonhuman primate brains optimally processed for molecular investigation; and targeted replacement transgenic mice homozygous for APOE ε4...
February 14, 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212687/balancing-the-health-workforce-breaking-down-overall-technical-change-into-factor-technical-change-for-labour-an-empirical-application-to-the-dutch-hospital-industry
#19
Jos L T Blank, Bart L van Hulst
BACKGROUND: Well-trained, well-distributed and productive health workers are crucial for access to high-quality, cost-effective healthcare. Because neither a shortage nor a surplus of health workers is wanted, policymakers use workforce planning models to get information on future labour markets and adjust policies accordingly. A neglected topic of workforce planning models is productivity growth, which has an effect on future demand for labour. However, calculating productivity growth for specific types of input is not as straightforward as it seems...
February 17, 2017: Human Resources for Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212485/efficient-upconverting-multiferroic-core-shell-photocatalysts-visible-to-near-infrared-photon-harvesting
#20
Jianming Zhang, Yue Huang, Lei Jin, Federico Rosei, Fiorenzo Vetrone, Jerome P Claverie
We report the two-step synthesis of a core@shell nanohybrid material for visible-to-near-infrared (NIR) photocatalysis. The core is constituted of NaGdF4:Er(3+), Yb(3+) upconverting nanoparticles (UCNPs). A bismuth ferrite (BFO) shell is assembled around the UCNPs via a hydrothermal process. The photocatalytic degradation assays of organic compounds of methylene orange and 4-chlorophenol reveal that core@shell nanostructures possess remarkably enhanced reaction activity under visible and NIR irradiation, compared to the BFO powder alone and the BFO-UCNP mixture...
February 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
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