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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641222/theoretical-evaluation-on-selective-adsorption-characteristics-of-alkali-metal-based-sorbents-for-gaseous-oxidized-mercury
#1
Hongjian Tang, Yufeng Duan, Chun Zhu, Tianyi Cai, Chunfeng Li, Liang Cai
Alkali metal-based sorbents are potential for oxidized mercury (Hg(2+)) selective adsorption but show hardly effect to elemental mercury (Hg(0)) in flue gas. Density functional theory (DFT) was employed to investigate the Hg(0) and HgCl2 adsorption mechanism over alkali metal-based sorbents, including calcium oxide (CaO), magnesium oxide (MgO), potassium chloride (KCl) and sodium chloride (NaCl). Hg(0) was found to weakly interact with CaO (001), MgO (001), KCl (001) and NaCl (001) surfaces while HgCl2 was effectively adsorbed on top-O and top-Cl sites...
June 12, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640581/molecular-insight-of-water-desalination-across-multilayer-graphene-oxide-membranes
#2
Bo Chen, Haifeng Jiang, Xiang Liu, Xuejiao Hu
Transport of ionic solutions through graphene oxide (GO) membranes is a complicated issue because the complex and tortuous structure inside make it very hard to clarify. Using molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, we investigated the mechanism of water transport and ions movement across the multilayer graphene oxide. The significant flow rate is considerably influenced by the structural parameters of GO membranes. Due to the size effect on shrunken real flow area, there is disagreement between classical continuum model and nano-scaled flow...
June 22, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639130/vitamin-c-improves-gastroparesis-in-diabetic-rats-effects-on-gastric-contractile-responses-and-oxidative-stress
#3
Luisa Mota Da Silva, Rita de Cássia Melo Vilhena de Andrade Fonseca da Silva, Daniele Maria-Ferreira, Olair Carlos Beltrame, José Eduardo da Silva-Santos, Maria Fernanda de Paula Werner
BACKGROUND: Diabetic gastroparesis is a common complication of diabetes mellitus, which mainly affects women. Previous studies have demonstrated that oxidative stress is involved in its onset and development. AIMS: This study evaluated the role of vitamin C on diabetes-associated gastric dysmotility. METHODS: Female rats with streptozotocin-induced diabetes were treated with vehicle (water, 1 mL/kg, p.o.), vitamin C (300 mg/kg/day, p.o.), or insulin (6 IU/day, s...
June 21, 2017: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638997/follistatin-treatment-suppresses-serca1b-levels-independently-of-other-players-of-calcium-homeostasis-in-c2c12-myotubes
#4
János Fodor, Adrienn Gomba-Tóth, Tamás Oláh, János Almássy, Ernő Zádor, László Csernoch
Follistatin (FS) is a high affinity activin-binding protein, neutralizing the effects of the Transforming Growth Factor-beta (TGF-β) superfamily members, as myostatin (MSTN). Since MSTN emerged as a negative regulator, FS has been considered as a stimulator of skeletal muscle growth and differentiation. Here, we studied the effect of FS administration on the Ca(2+)-homeostasis of differentiating C2C12 skeletal muscle cells. FS-treatment increased the fusion index, the size of terminally differentiated myotubes, and transiently elevated the expression of the calcium-dependent protein phosphatase, calcineurin, at the beginning of differentiation...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Muscle Research and Cell Motility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638494/an-unusual-case-of-live-caesarean-scar-ectopic-pregnancy-a-common-entity-in-an-uncommon-location
#5
Sayali D Joshi, Shenaz A Momin, Dev Shetty
BACKGROUND: Scar pregnancy is an extremely rare type of ectopic pregnancy, where there is implantation of the gestational sac onto the anterior wall of the uterus at the site of previous LSCS scar in a multipara female. Due to a poor vascular supply to the lower uterine segment, caesarean scars may heal improperly predisposing it to be a site of improper implantation of the gestational sac. RESULTS: The characteristic features are empty uterus and cervix, gestational sac in the anterior part of lower uterine segment with a history of painless vaginal bleeding...
2017: Polish Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634074/distinct-regulation-of-activity-dependent-transcription-of-immediate-early-genes-in-cultured-rat-cortical-neurons
#6
Mamoru Fukuchi, Tomofumi Sanabe, Toshifumi Watanabe, Takane Kubota, Akiko Tabuchi, Masaaki Tsuda
The activity-regulated expression of immediate early genes (IEGs) contributes to long-lasting neuronal functions underlying long-term memory. However, their response properties following neuronal activity are unique and remain poorly understood. To address this knowledge gap, here we further investigated the response properties of two representative IEGs, c-fos and brain-derived neurotrophic factor (Bdnf). Treatment of cultured cortical cells with KCl produces a depolarization process that results in the increase of intracellular calcium concentration in a KCl concentration-dependent manner...
June 17, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632318/-the-easier-the-better-preparation-of-efficient-photocatalysts-metastable-poly-heptazine-imide-salts
#7
Zupeng Chen, Aleksandr Savateev, Sergey Pronkin, Vasiliki Papaefthimiou, Christian Wolff, Marc Georg Willinger, Elena Willinger, Dieter Neher, Markus Antonietti, Dariya Dontsova
Cost-efficient, visible-light-driven hydrogen production from water is an attractive potential source of clean, sustainable fuel. Here, it is shown that thermal solid state reactions of traditional carbon nitride precursors (cyanamide, melamine) with NaCl, KCl, or CsCl are a cheap and straightforward way to prepare poly(heptazine imide) alkali metal salts, whose thermodynamic stability decreases upon the increase of the metal atom size. The chemical structure of the prepared salts is confirmed by the results of X-ray photoelectron and infrared spectroscopies, powder X-ray diffraction and electron microscopy studies, and, in the case of sodium poly(heptazine imide), additionally by atomic pair distribution function analysis and 2D powder X-ray diffraction pattern simulations...
June 20, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631979/comparative-study-of-the-production-of-extracellular-%C3%AE-glucosidase-by-four-different-strains-of-aspergillus-using-submerged-fermentation
#8
Cristian Alarid-García, Eleazar Maximo Escamilla-Silva
Four strains of Aspergillus (Aspergillus niger CDBB-H-176, A. niger CDBB-H-175, A. niger ATCC 9642, and Aspergillus terreus CDBB-H-194) were used to produce extracellular β-glucosidase. Using an orthogonal experimental design (L9), we optimized the parameters of culture medium to maximize the activity of β-glucosidase. The optimal conditions (same for the four strains) were as follows: temperature, 30°C; pH, 6.0; orbital agitation, 200 rpm; concentration of sucrose, 0.5% (w/v). The most productive strain was A...
March 2, 2017: Preparative Biochemistry & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631806/increasing-oil-concentration-affects-consumer-perception-and-physical-properties-of-mayonnaise-type-spreads-containing-kcl
#9
Damir Dennis Torrico, Witoon Prinyawiwatkul
Reducing sodium intakes remains a global challenge for the food industry. KCl is a potential salt substitute but imparts bitterness when used at high concentrations. Little is known about how oil concentrations (OC) affect consumers' perception of saltiness and bitterness in emulsion products such as mayonnaise containing KCl. We evaluated consumers' perception and physical properties of mayonnaise-type spreads at various oil and tastant (NaCl or KCl) concentrations. Consumers (N = 306) evaluated saltiness, bitterness, overall taste liking (OTL) and purchase intent (PI)...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628530/effects-of-salt-loading-and-potassium-supplement-on-the-circadian-blood-pressure-profile-in-salt-sensitive-chinese-patients
#10
Tong-Shuai Guo, Yi Dai, Ke-Yu Ren, Jian-Jun Mu, Jie Ren, Dan Wang, Yang Wang, Chao Chu, Yan Li, Zu-Yi Yuan
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Salt-sensitive (SS) patients more frequently showed a nondipper blood pressure pattern and were associated with more serious target organ damage than non-SS patients. We aimed to investigate whether potassium supplement can improve the blunted nocturnal blood pressure fall in SS patients exposed to a high-salt diet. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Approximately 49 normotensive and mildly hypertensive Chinese patients received a study protocol of a 3 days of baseline examination, 7 days of a low-salt diet (3 g NaCl/day), 7 days of a high-salt diet (18 g NaCl/day), and 7 days of a high-salt diet with a potassium supplement (18 g NaCl and 4...
June 16, 2017: Blood Pressure Monitoring
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626483/bioassay-directed-isolation-of-falcarindiol-and-isoacetovanillon-from-pycnocycla-caespitosa-based-on-kcl-induced-contraction-in-rat-uterus-smooth-muscles
#11
Mostafa Ghanadian, Hassan Sadraei, Gholamreza Asghari, Zinat Abbasi
Hydroalcoholic extract and essential oil of aerial parts of Pycnocycla caespitosa have spasmolytic activity on rat ileum contractions. The objective of this research was to separate fractions of total hydroalcoholic extract of P. caespitosa guided by their spasmolytic activity on rat uterus. Aerial parts of P. caespitosa were extracted with ethanol. The concentrated extract was subjected to column chromatography and thin layer chromatography (TLC) for isolation fractions, then one of the bioactive fractions was subjected to further isolation to find its active components...
June 2017: Research in Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620850/the-colloid-hematite-particle-migration-through-the-unsaturated-porous-bed-at-the-presence-of-biosurfactants
#12
Agnieszka Pawlowska, Izabela Sznajder, Zygmunt Sadowski
Colloidal particles have an ability to sorb heavy metals, metalloids, and organic compounds (e.g. biosurfactants) present in soil and groundwater. The pH and ionic strength changes may promote release of such particles causing potential contaminant transport. Therefore, it is very important to know how a colloid particle-mineral particle and colloid-mineral-biosurfactant system behaves in the natural environment. They can have negative impact on the environment and human health. This study highlighted the influence of biosurfactants produced by Pseudomonas aeruginosa on the transport of colloidal hematite (α-Fe2O3) through porous bed (materials collected from the Szklary and Zloty Stok solid waste heaps from Lower Silesia, Poland)...
June 15, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608403/mitochondria-targeted-antioxidant-mitoq-reduced-renal-damage-caused-by-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-in-rodent-kidneys-longitudinal-observations-of-t2-weighted-imaging-and-dynamic-contrast-enhanced-mri
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Xiaoge Liu, Michael P Murphy, Wei Xing, Huanhuan Wu, Rui Zhang, Haoran Sun
PURPOSE: To investigate the effect of mitochondria-targeted antioxidant MitoQ in reducing the severity of renal ischemia-reperfusion injury (IRI) in rats using T2 -weighted imaging and dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI (DCE-MRI). METHODS: Ischemia-reperfusion injury was induced by temporarily clamping the left renal artery. Rats were pretreated with MitoQ or saline. The MRI examination was performed before and after IRI (days 2, 5, 7, and 14). The T2 -weighted standardized signal intensity of the outer stripe of the outer medulla (OSOM) was measured...
June 12, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607982/correction-preparation-of-mo-nanopowders-through-electroreduction-of-solid-mos2-in-molten-kcl-nacl
#14
Haiping Gao, Mingsheng Tan, Liangbin Rong, Zhiyong Wang, Junjun Peng, Xianbo Jin, George Z Chen
Correction for 'Preparation of Mo nanopowders through electroreduction of solid MoS2 in molten KCl-NaCl' by Haiping Gao et al., Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2014, 16, 19514-19521.
June 21, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606783/methylprednisolone-as-a-memory-enhancer-in-rats-effects-on-aversive-memory-long-term-potentiation-and-calcium-influx
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Liane da Silva de Vargas, Rithiele Gonçalves, Marcus Vinícius S Lara, Zaquer S M Costa-Ferro, Simone Denise Salamoni, Michelle Flores Domingues, Angela Regina Piovesan, Dênis Reis de Assis, Lucia Vinade, Alexandre P Corrado, Wilson Alves-Do-Prado, Paulo Correia-de-Sá, Jaderson Costa da Costa, Ivan Izquierdo, Cháriston A Dal Belo, Pâmela B Mello-Carpes
It is well recognized that stress or glucocorticoids hormones treatment can modulate memory performance in both directions, either impairing or enhancing it. Despite the high number of studies aiming at explaining the effects of glucocorticoids on memory, this has not yet been completely elucidated. Here, we demonstrate that a low daily dose of methylprednisolone (MP, 5 mg/kg, i.p.) administered for 10-days favors aversive memory persistence in adult rats, without any effect on the exploring behavior, locomotor activity, anxiety levels and pain perception...
June 9, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605581/an-optically-transparent-thin-film-electrode-chip-for-spectroelectrochemical-sensing
#16
Shirmir D Branch, Amanda M Lines, John Lynch, Job M Bello, William R Heineman, Samuel A Bryan
A novel microfabricated optically transparent thin film electrode chip for fluorescence and absorption spectroelectrochemistry has been developed. The working electrode was composed of indium tin oxide (ITO); the quasi-reference and auxiliary electrodes were composed of platinum. The stability of the platinum quasi-reference electrode was improved by coating it with a planar, solid state Ag/AgCl layer. The Ag/AgCl reference was characterized with scanning electron microscopy and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy...
June 12, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603045/arctigenin-improves-vascular-tone-and-decreases-inflammation-in-human-saphenous-vein
#17
Armond Daci, Burim Neziri, Shaip Krasniqi, Raif Cavolli, Rame Alaj, Giuseppe Danilo Norata, Giangiacomo Beretta
The goal of this study was to test the effects of bioactive phenylpropanoid dibenzylbutyrolactone lignan arctigenin (ATG) in vascular tone. Human bypass graft vessel, from a saphenous vein (SV), were set up in organ bath system and contracted with potassium chloride (KCl, 40mM). Two concentration-response curves of noradrenaline (NE) (10nM-100μM) separated with an incubation period of 30min without (Control) or with ATG (3-100μM) were established. Inhibitors of nitric oxide, prostaglandins, K(+) related channels or calcium influx were used to delineate the molecular mechanisms beyond ATG effects...
June 8, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595501/astragaloside-iv-inhibits-membrane-ca-formula-see-text-current-but-enhances-sarcoplasmic-reticulum-ca-formula-see-text-release
#18
Mei-Mi Zhao, Wen-Wen Lian, Zhuo Li, Dong-Xue Shao, Si-Chong Chen, Xue-Fei Sun, Hui-Yuan Hu, Rui Feng, Feng Guo, Li-Ying Hao
Astragaloside IV (AS-IV) is one of the active ingredients in Astragalus membrananceus (Huangqi), a traditional Chinese medicine. The present study investigated the effects of AS-IV on Ca[Formula: see text] handling in cardiac myocytes to elucidate its possible mechanism in the treatment of cardiac disease. The results showed that AS-IV at 1 and 10[Formula: see text][Formula: see text]M reduced KCl-induced [Ca[Formula: see text]]i increase ([Formula: see text] from 1.33[Formula: see text][Formula: see text][Formula: see text]0...
2017: American Journal of Chinese Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593695/protozoa-inhibition-by-different-salts-osmotic-stress-or-ionic-stress
#19
Changhao Li, Jingya Li, Christopher Q Lan, Dankui Liao
Cell density and morphology changes were tested to examine the effects of salts including NaHCO3 , NaCl, KHCO3 and KCl at 160 mM on protozoa. It was demonstrated that ionic stress rather than osmotic stress led to protozoa cell death and NaHCO3 was shown to be the most effective inhibitor. Deformation of cells and cell shrinkage were observed when protozoan cells were exposed to PEG or any of the salts. However, while PEG treated cells could fully recover in both number and size, only a small portion of the salt-treated cells survive and cell size was 36% -58% smaller than regular...
June 8, 2017: Biotechnology Progress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588038/the-amp-related-kinase-ampk-induces-ca-2-independent-dilation-of-resistance-arteries-by-interfering-with-actin-filament-formation
#20
Kai M Schubert, Jiehua Qiu, Stephanie Blodow, Margarethe Wiedenmann, Lubomir T Lubomirov, Gabriele Pfitzer, Ulrich Pohl, Holger Schneider
Rationale: Decreasing Ca(2+) sensitivity of vascular smooth muscle (VSM) allows for vasodilation without lowering of cytosolic Ca(2+) This may be particularly important in states requiring maintained dilation such as hypoxia. AMPK is an important cellular energy sensor in VSM. Regulation of Ca(2+) sensitivity usually is attributed to myosin light chain phosphatase (MLCP) activity but findings in non-VSM identified changes in the actin cytoskeleton. The potential role of AMPK in this setting is widely unknown...
June 6, 2017: Circulation Research
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