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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793209/effect-of-thermal-pretreatment-on-chemical-composition-physical-structure-and-biogas-production-kinetics-of-wheat-straw
#1
Asad Ayub Rajput, Zeshan, Chettiyappan Visvanathan
Hard lignocellulosic structure of wheat straw is the main hindrance in its anaerobic digestion. Thus, a laboratory scale batch experiment was conducted to study the effect of thermal pretreatment on anaerobic digestion of wheat straw. For this purpose, different thermal pretreatment temperatures of 120, 140, 160 and 180 °C were studied and the results were compared with raw wheat straw. Significant differences in biogas production were observed at temperature higher than 160 °C. Highest biogas yield of 615 Nml/gVS and volatile solids reduction of 69% was observed from wheat straw pretreated at 180 °C...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793208/enhanced-phosphate-removal-from-wastewater-by-using-in-situ-generated-fresh-trivalent-fe-composition-through-the-interaction-of-fe-ii-on-caco-3
#2
Yujie Li, Xiaoman He, Huimin Hu, Tingting Zhang, Jun Qu, Qiwu Zhang
Excessive existences of nutrients such as phosphate in the aqueous environment remain as a heavy concern although many researches have been reported for dealing with their removal. Based on the understanding toward the interactions of Fe compounds with phosphate and carbonate from many available researches, we designed a very simple and efficient approach for phosphate removal by using in situ generated fresh trivalent Fe composition through the interaction of Fe(II) as FeSO4 on CaCO3 . Addition and agitation of Fe(II) and CaCO3 simultaneously to phosphate solution allowed an amorphous Fe(III)-P or Ca-Fe(III)-P precipitation, with a phosphate removal rate close to 100%, to reduce the residual phosphorus concentration less than 0...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793201/positive-effects-of-an-oil-adjuvant-on-efficacy-dissipation-and-safety-of-pyrimethanil-and-boscalid-on-greenhouse-strawberry
#3
Zhiwei Wang, Xinquan Wang, Tao Cang, Xueping Zhao, Shenggan Wu, Peipei Qi, Xiangyun Wang, Xiahong Xu, Qiang Wang
Methylated vegetable oil adjuvants can enhance initial deposition and decrease the required dosages of pesticides sprayed on plants, so an oil adjuvant mixed with fungicides were used to prevent and control gray mold in greenhouse strawberry. As the persistence and dietary exposure risks from fungicides on strawberries after using adjuvants have not been assessed, the efficacy, dissipation and safety of pyrimethanil and boscalid in the presence and absence of a methylated vegetable oil adjuvant were evaluated...
May 21, 2018: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793199/effects-of-acute-and-chronic-exposures-of-fluoxetine-on-the-chinese-fish-topmouth-gudgeon-pseudorasbora-parva
#4
Hongxing Chen, Xiangfeng Zeng, Lei Mu, Liping Hou, Bin Yang, Jianliang Zhao, Daniel Schlenk, Wu Dong, Lingtian Xie, Qianru Zhang
Fluoxetine is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor used as an antidepressant and has been frequently detected in aquatic environments. However, its effects in fish from Asia remain relatively less studied. In this study, the topmouth gudgeon Pseudorasbora parva was exposed to 0, 50, and 200 µg/L of fluoxetine for 4 h and 42 d. The effects of fluoxetine on biometrics were compared to biochemical endpoints indicative of stress in different fish tissues (brain, liver, gills and intestine) following exposures...
May 21, 2018: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793196/seasonal-cycles-of-secondary-organic-aerosol-tracers-in-rural-guangzhou-southern-china-the-importance-of-atmospheric-oxidants
#5
Qi Yuan, Senchao Lai, Junwei Song, Xiang Ding, Lishan Zheng, Xinming Wang, Yan Zhao, Junyu Zheng, Dingli Yue, Liuju Zhong, Xiaojun Niu, Yingyi Zhang
Thirteen secondary organic aerosol (SOA) tracers of isoprene (SOAI ), monoterpenes (SOAM ), sesquiterpenes (SOAS ) and aromatics (SOAA ) in fine particulate matter (PM2.5 ) were measured at a Pearl River Delta (PRD) regional site for one year. The characteristics including their seasonal cycles and the factors influencing their formation in this region were studied. The seasonal patterns of SOAI , SOAM and SOAS tracers were characterized over three enhancement periods in summer (I), autumn (II) and winter (III), while the elevations of SOAA tracer (i...
May 21, 2018: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793185/production-of-biogas-methane-and-hydrogen-from-anaerobic-digestion-of-hemicellulosic-hydrolysate-generated-in-the-oxidative-pretreatment-of-coffee-husks
#6
Lívia Caroline Dos Santos, Oscar Fernando Herrera Adarme, Bruno Eduardo Lobo Baêta, Leandro Vinícius Alves Gurgel, Sérgio Francisco de Aquino
Ozone pretreatment of coffee husks (CH) was evaluated to generate hydrolysates for biogas production and to preserve cellulose of the solid phase for 2G ethanol production. Pretreatment variables included liquid-to-solid ratio (LSR), pH and specific applied ozone load (SAOL). Considering single-stage anaerobic digestion (AD), the highest methane production (36 NmL CH4 /g CH) was achieved with the hydrolysate generated in the experiment using LSR 10 mL/g, pH 11 and SAOL 18.5 mg O3 /g CH, leading to 0...
May 21, 2018: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793181/exogenously-applied-spermidine-alleviates-photosynthetic-inhibition-under-drought-stress-in-maize-zea-mays-l-seedlings-associated-with-changes-in-endogenous-polyamines-and-phytohormones
#7
Lijie Li, Wanrong Gu, Jing Li, Congfeng Li, Tenglong Xie, Danyang Qu, Yao Meng, Caifeng Li, Shi Wei
Drought stress (DS) is a major environmental factor limiting plant growth and crop productivity worldwide. It has been established that exogenous spermidine (Spd) stimulates plant tolerance to DS. The effects of exogenous Spd on plant growth, photosynthetic performance, and chloroplast ultrastructure as well as changes in endogenous polyamines (PAs) and phytohormones were investigate in DS-resistant (Xianyu 335) and DS-sensitive (Fenghe 1) maize seedlings under well-watered and DS treatments. Exogenous Spd alleviated the stress-induced reduction in growth, photosynthetic pigment content, photosynthesis rate (Pn ) and photochemical quenching (qP ) parameters, including the maximum photochemistry efficiency of photosystem II (PSII) (Fv /Fm ), PSII operating efficiency (ФPSII), and qP coefficient...
May 15, 2018: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793177/long-noncoding-rna-gas5-suppresses-triple-negative-breast-cancer-progression-through-inhibition-of-proliferation-and-invasion-by-competitively-binding-mir-196a-5p
#8
Shuqin Li, Jun Zhou, Zhaoxin Wang, Peishun Wang, Xitao Gao, Yan Wang
Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) is considered to be the most aggressive and lethal type of breast cancer. Many studies have suggested that the dysfunction of long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) is correlated with breast cancer metastasis and progression. Here, we show that levels of the lncRNA, growth arrest-specific transcript 5 (GAS5), are decreased in TNBC tissues, and this down-regulation of GAS5 is associated with an aggressive tumor phenotype in patients, affecting clinical stage, lymph node metastasis and overall survival...
May 21, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793171/compositional-engineering-of-acceptors-for-highly-efficient-bulk-heterojunction-hybrid-organic-solar-cells
#9
S Amber Yousaf, M Ikram, S Ali
The wet chemical synthesis of chromium oxide (Cr2 O3 ) nanoparticles (NPs) and its application in active layer of inverted bulk heterojunction organic solar cells is documented in this research. Chromium oxide NPs of 10-30 nm size range having a band gap of 2.9 eV were successfully synthesized. These NPs were used in inverted organic solar cells in amalgamation with P3HT:PCBM and PTB7:PCBM polymers. The fabricated hybrid devices improves PCE significantly for P3HT:PCBM and PTB7:PCBM systems. The photophysical energy levels, optoelectrical properties and microscopic images have been systematically studied for the fabricated devices...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793165/inhibition-of-acetaminophen-induced-hepatotoxicity-in-mice-by-exogenous-thymosin%C3%AE-4-treatment
#10
Lei Wang, Xiankui Li, Cai Chen
OBJECTIVE: To study the effects of exogenous thymosinβ4 (Tβ4) treatment in acetaminophen (APAP)-induced hepatotoxicity. METHODS: Liver injury was induced in mice by a single intraperitoneal injection of APAP (500 mg/kg). Exogenous Tβ4 was intraperitoneally administrated at 0 h, 2 h and 4 h after APAP injection. Chloroquine (CQ) (60 mg/kg) was intraperitoneally injected 2 h before APAP administration to inhibit autophagy. Six hours after APAP injection liver injury was evaluated by histological examinations, biochemical measurements and enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISAs)...
May 21, 2018: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793159/impacts-of-groundwater-management-on-energy-resources-and-greenhouse-gas-emissions-in-california
#11
Thomas P Hendrickson, Maya Bruguera
California faces significant energy and water infrastructure planning challenges in response to a changing climate. Immediately following the most severe recorded drought, the state experienced one of its wettest water years in recorded history. Despite the recent severe wet weather, much of the state's critical groundwater systems have not recovered from the drought. The recent Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) aims to eliminate future depletion risks, but may force California basins to seek alternative water sources by limiting groundwater withdrawals during droughts...
May 16, 2018: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793145/mechanistic-approach-to-study-conjugation-of-nanoparticles-for-biomedical-applications
#12
Imran Uddin
Interaction of nanoparticles with biological systems turns out to be vibrant for their efficient application in biomedical field. Here, we have shown antibiotic amakicin loaded nanoparticles are responsible for the dual role as reducing and stabilizing the silver nanoparticles without the use of any undesired chemicals. Synthesized nanoparticles are well-dispersed having quasi spherical morphology with an average particle size around 10-11 nm. Crystallinity of nanoparticles was measured using selected area electron diffraction (SAED) and powder XRD analysis which show that particles are perfectly crystalline with cubic phase of geometry...
May 16, 2018: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793143/oxidation-at-c-16-enhances-butyrylcholinesterase-inhibition-in-lupane-triterpenoids
#13
María Julia Castro, Victoria Richmond, María Belén Faraoni, Ana Paula Murray
A set of triterpenoids with different grades of oxidation in the lupane skeleton were prepared and evaluated as cholinesterase inhibitors. Allylic oxidation with selenium oxide and Jones's oxidation were employed to obtain mono-, di- and tri-oxolupanes, starting from calenduladiol (1) and lupeol (3). All the derivatives showed a selective inhibition of butyrylcholinesterase over acetylcholinesterase (BChE vs. AChE). A kinetic study proved that compounds 2 and 9, the more potent inhibitors of the series, act as competitive inhibitors...
May 17, 2018: Bioorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793133/an-ultrasensitive-and-selective-electrochemical-aptasensor-based-on-rgo-mwcnts-chitosan-carbon-quantum-dot-for-the-detection-of-lysozyme
#14
Behzad Rezaei, Hamid Reza Jamei, Ali Asghar Ensafi
An aptamer-based method is described for the electrochemical determination of lysozyme. A glassy carbon electrode was modified with a nanocomposite composed of reduced graphene oxide (rGO), multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs), chitosan (CS), and a synthesized carbon quantum dot (CQD) from CS. The composition of the nanocomposite (rGO-MWCNT/CS/CQD) warrants a high surface-to-volume ratio, high conductivity, high stability, and great electrocatalytic activity. This nanocomposite provides a suitable site for better immobilization of aptamers due to the existence of many amino and carboxyl functional groups, and remaining oxygen-related defects properties in rGO...
May 9, 2018: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793132/ph-responsive-label-assisted-click-chemistry-triggered-sensitivity-amplification-for-ultrasensitive-electrochemical-detection-of-carbohydrate-antigen-24-2
#15
Yun Zheng, Lihua Zhao, Zhanfang Ma
Sensitivity amplification strategy by implementing click chemistry in the construction of biosensing interface can efficiently improve the performance of immunosensor. Herein, we developed a sandwich-type amperometric immunosensor for ultrasensitive detection of carbohydrate antigen 24-2 (CA 242) based on pH responsive label-assisted click chemistry triggered sensitivity amplification strategy. The sensitivity of amperometric immunosensor relies on the current response differences (ΔI) caused by per unit concentration target analyte...
May 15, 2018: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793118/efficient-resource-recycling-from-liquid-digestate-by-microalgae-yeast-mixed-culture-and-the-assessment-of-key-gene-transcription-related-to-nitrogen-assimilation-in-microalgae
#16
Lei Qin, Lu Liu, Zhongming Wang, Weining Chen, Dong Wei
To determine the feasibility of microalgae-yeast mixed culture using the liquid digestate of dairy wastewater (LDDW) for biofuels and single cell protein (SCP) production, the cell growth, nutrient removal and outputs evaluation of the mono and mixed culture of Chlorella vulgaris and Yarrowia lipolytica in LDDW were investigated by adding glycerol as carbon source. The results showed that the mixed culture could enhance the biological utilization efficiency of nitrogen and phosphorus, and obtain higher yield of biomass (1...
May 18, 2018: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793117/metagenomic-insights-into-the-microbiota-profiles-and-bioaugmentation-mechanism-of-organics-removal-in-coal-gasification-wastewater-in-an-anaerobic-anoxic-oxic-system-by-methanol
#17
Weichao Xu, Yuxiu Zhang, Hongbin Cao, Yuxing Sheng, Haibo Li, Yuping Li, He Zhao, Xuefei Gui
Coal gasification wastewater is a typical high phenol-containing, toxic and refractory industrial wastewater. Here, lab-scale anaerobic-anoxic-oxic system was employed to treat real coal gasification wastewater, and methanol was added to oxic tank as the co-substrate to enhance the removal of refractory organic pollutants. The results showed that the average COD removal in oxic effluent increased from 24.9% to 36.0% by adding methanol, the total phenols concentration decreased from 54.4 to 44.9 mg/L. GC-MS analysis revealed that contents of phenolic components and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) were decreased compared to the control and their degradation intermediates were observed...
May 18, 2018: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793093/graphene-oxide-assisted-au-nanoparticle-strip-biosensor-based-on-gr-5-dnazyme-for-rapid-lead-ion-detection
#18
Hai-Bo Wang, Li-Hong Ma, Bi-Yun Fang, Yuan-Di Zhao, Xue-Bin Hu
This study has reported that a GR-5 DNAzyme based lead ion strip biosensor could exhibit an enhanced specificity with the assistance of graphene oxide (GO). This enhancement results from the specific π-stacking interaction between the ribose rings of the nucleobases and the carbon hexagons in GO which can reduce the false positive interference by removing unhybridized ssDNA during the annealing of GR-5 DNAzyme. Meanwhile, conjugate pad was sprayed with two kinds of AuNP-DNA probes, and nitrocellulose membrane test zone and control zone were immobilized with two kinds of biotin-DNA probes, respectively...
May 21, 2018: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793089/gold-and-gold-silver-alloy-nanoparticles-enhance-the-myogenic-differentiation-of-myoblasts-through-p38-mapk-signaling-pathway-and-promote-in-vivo-skeletal-muscle-regeneration
#19
Juan Ge, Kai Liu, Wen Niu, Mi Chen, Min Wang, Yumeng Xue, Chuanbo Gao, Peter X Ma, Bo Lei
Under the severe trauma condition, the skeletal muscles regeneration process is inhibited by forming fibrous scar tissues. Understanding the interaction between bioactive nanomaterials and myoblasts perhaps has important effect on the enhanced skeletal muscle tissue regeneration. Herein, we investigate the effect of monodispersed gold and gold-silver nanoparticles (AuNPs and Au-AgNPs) on the proliferation, myogenic differentiation and associated molecular mechanism of myoblasts (C2C12), as well as the in vivo skeletal muscle tissue regeneration...
May 18, 2018: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793073/bubble-generating-polymersomes-loaded-with-both-indocyanine-green-and-doxorubicin-for-effective-chemotherapy-combined-with-photothermal-therapy
#20
Dunwan Zhu, Fan Fan, Chenlu Huang, Zhiming Zhang, Yu Qin, Li Lu, Hai Wang, Xu Jin, Hanxue Zhao, Hu Yang, Chao Zhang, Jun Yang, Zhipeng Liu, Hongfan Sun, Xigang Leng, Deling Kong, Linhua Zhang
The combination of chemotherapy and photothermaltherapy (PTT) via stimuli-responsive nanovesicles has great potential in tumor treatment. In the present study, bubble-generating polymersomes, which can generate bubbles in response to low pH or hyperthermia, were fabricated to simultaneously encapsulate chemotherapeutic drug and photosensitizing agent for the synergistic chemo-photothermal tumor therapy. Photosensitizer indocyanine green (ICG) was encapsulated into the bilayer of polymersomes formed by amphiphilic triblock copolymer PCL8000 -PEG8000 -PCL8000 through thin film re-hydration method, while chemotherapeutic doxorubicin (DOX) was loaded into the hydrophilic lumen using a transmembrane ammonium bicarbonate gradient loading procedure...
May 21, 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
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