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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098294/co2-as-a-hydrogen-vector-transition-metal-diamine-catalysts-for-selective-hcooh-dehydrogenation
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Cornel Fink, Gábor Laurenczy
The homogeneous catalytic dehydrogenation of formic acid in aqueous solution provides an efficient in situ method for hydrogen production, under mild conditions, and at an adjustable rate. We synthesized a series of catalysts with the chemical formula [(Cp*)M(N-N')Cl] (M = Ir, Rh; Cp* = pentamethylcyclopentadienyl; N-N = bidentate chelating nitrogen donor ligands), which have been proven to be active in selective formic acid decomposition in aqueous media. The scope of the study was to examine the relationship between stability and activity of catalysts for formic acid dehydrogenation versus electronic and steric properties of selected ligands, following a bottom-up approach by increasing the complexity of the N,N'-ligands progressively...
January 18, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095750/effects-of-pre-germinated-brown-rice-treatment-high-fat-diet-induced-metabolic-syndrome-in-c57bl-6j-mice
#2
Hsueh-Wei Yen, Hui-Li Lin, Chi-Long Hao, Fu-Chih Chen, Chun-Yun Chen, Jia-Hao Chen, Kuo-Ping Shen
To investigate using pre-germinated brown rice (PGBR) to treat metabolic syndrome, we fed one group of mice standard-regular-diet (SRD) for 20 weeks and another group of mice high-fat-diet (HFD) for 16 weeks. We subdivided them into HFD group and HFD + PGBR group whose dietary carbohydrate was replaced with PGBR for 4 weeks. The HFD group gained more weight, had higher blood pressure, heart rate, blood glucose and lipids, liver levels of TG, feces TG and bile acid, lower adipose levels of adipocytokine, lower skeletal muscle IR, IRS-1, IRS-2, PI3 K, Akt/PKB, GLUT-1, GLUT-4, GCK and PPAR-γ; higher liver SREBP-1, SCD-1, FAS, HMGCR, LDLR, CYP7α1 and PPAR-α, and higher adipose SREBP-1, SCD-1, FAS, and lower adipose PPAR-α and adiponectin...
January 18, 2017: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095274/protein-intake-and-breast-cancer-survival-in-the-nurses-health-study
#3
Michelle D Holmes, Jun Wang, Susan E Hankinson, Rulla M Tamimi, Wendy E Chen
Purpose Greater protein intake has been associated with better breast cancer survival in several prospective studies, including among 1,982 women in the Nurses' Health Study. We proposed to extend this previous finding. We hypothesized that protein, essential amino acid, branched-chain amino acid, and leucine intakes are associated with improved survival and that these associations are stronger in tumors expressing insulin receptor (IR). Patients and Methods We included 6,348 women diagnosed with stage I to III breast cancer between 1976 and 2004...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094932/series-d-f-heteronuclear-metal-organic-frameworks-color-tunability-and-luminescent-probe-with-switchable-properties
#4
Xun Feng, Yuquan Feng, Nan Guo, Yiling Sun, Tian Zhang, Lufang Ma, Liya Wang
A series of five unique d-f heteronuclear luminescent metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) in an entangled polyrotaxane array and the light-harvesting block homonuclear zinc compound have been isolated successfully and characterized. The series of isostructural polymers feature 3,4-connected (4.8(2))(4.8(3).9(2))(6.8.9)2(6.9(2))(8(3)) topology and high stability, exhibiting diverse void spaces. By taking advantage of the isostructural MOFs 2 and 3, the intensities of red and green emissions can be modulated by adjusting the ratios of Eu(III) and Tb(III) ions correspondingly, and white-light emission can be generated by a combination of different doped Tb(III) and Eu(III) concentrations...
January 17, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094275/sulfated-cyclocarya-paliurus-polysaccharides-markedly-attenuates-inflammation-and-oxidative-damage-in-lipopolysaccharide-treated-macrophage-cells-and-mice
#5
Zhijun Wang, Jianhua Xie, Yujiao Yang, Fan Zhang, Shengnan Wang, Ting Wu, Mingyue Shen, Mingyong Xie
Natural polysaccharides and their modified derivatives are crucial supplements to the prevention of inflammation. This study aimed to evaluate the effect of sulfated modification on the anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative activities of Cyclocarya paliurus polysaccharides (CP). A sulfated CP, S-CP1-4 was obtained using chlorosulfonic acid-pyridine method. The chemical components and FT-IR spectrum confirmed that sulfated group was synthesized to the polysaccharide chains successfully. S-CP1-4 was found to inhibit nitric oxide production, phagocytic activity and the release of interleukin (IL)-6 and IL-1β in lipopolysaccharide-treated macrophage cells, RAW 264...
January 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093919/iridium-catalyzed-asymmetric-hydrogenation-of-ketones-with-accessible-and-modular-ferrocene-based-amino-phosphine-acid-f-ampha-ligands
#6
Jianfei Yu, Jiao Long, Yuhong Yang, Weilong Wu, Peng Xue, Lung Wa Chung, Xiu-Qin Dong, Xumu Zhang
A series of tridentate ferrocene-based amino-phosphine acid (f-Ampha) ligands have been successfully developed. The f-Ampha ligands are extremely air stable and exhibited excellent performance in the Ir-catalyzed asymmetric hydrogenation of ketones (full conversions, up to >99% ee, and 500 000 TON). DFT calculations were performed to elucidate the reaction mechanism and the importance of the -COOH group. Control experiments also revealed that the -COOH group played a key role in this reaction.
January 17, 2017: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093764/pre-ischemic-mitochondrial-substrate-constraint-by-inhibition-of-malate-aspartate-shuttle-preserves-mitochondrial-function-after-ischemia-reperfusion
#7
Nichlas Riise Jespersen, Takashi Yokota, Nicolaj Brejnholt Støttrup, Andreas Bergdahl, Kim Bolther Paelestik, Jonas Agerlund Povlsen, Flemming Dela, Hans Erik Bøtker
Mitochondrial dysfunction plays a central role in ischemia-reperfusion (IR) injury. The pre-ischemic administration of aminooxyacetate (AOA), an inhibitor of the malate-aspartate shuttle (MAS), provides cardioprotection against IR injury, but the underlying mechanism remains unknown. We hypothesized that a transient inhibition of the MAS during ischemia and early reperfusion could preserve mitochondrial function at later phase of reperfusion in IR-injured heart to the same extent as ischemic preconditioning (IPC), which is a well-validated cardioprotective strategy against IR injury...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092824/chemically-modified-amino-porphyrin-tio2-for-the-degradation-of-acid-black-1-under-day-light-illumination
#8
Balu Krishnakumar, Avula Balakrishna, Cláudia T Arranja, Carlos M F Dias, Abilio J F N Sobral
In this paper, for the first time, chemically modified 5,10,15,20-meso-tetra-(para-amino)-phenyl-porphyrin/TiO2 (TPAPP/TiO2) was prepared and used for the degradation of an azo dye Acid Black 1 (AB 1) under direct sunlight. Initially, TiO2 was prepared by sol-gel method. Before making a TPAPP/TiO2 composite, the surface modification of TiO2 was carried out with glycidoxypropyltrimethoxy silane (GPTMS) which acts as a coupling agent. This is an epoxy terminated silane and could easily bond to the amino group of TPAPP through epoxy cleavage...
January 9, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091637/investigation-of-a-new-bis-carboxylate-triazole-based-anchoring-ligand-for-dye-solar-cell-chromophore-complexes
#9
Alessandro Sinopoli, Fiona A Black, Christopher J Wood, Elizabeth A Gibson, Paul I P Elliott
A novel anchoring ligand for dye-sensitised solar cell chromophoric complexes, 1-(2,2'-bipyrid-4-yl)-1,2,3-triazole-4,5-dicarboxylic acid (dctzbpy), is described. The new dye complexes [Ru(bpy)2(dctzbpy)][PF6]2 (AS16), [Ir(ppy)2(dctzbpy)][PF6] (AS17) and [Re(dctzbpy)(CO)3Cl] (AS18) were prepared in a two stage procedure with intermediate isolation of their diester analogues, AS16-Et2, AS17-Et2 and AS18-Et2 respectively. Electrochemical analysis of AS16-Et2, AS17-Et2 and AS18-Et2 reveal reduction potentials in the range -1...
January 16, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090470/acanthosis-nigricans-as-a-clinical-predictor-of-insulin-resistance-in-obese-children
#10
Young Kwon Koh, Jae Hee Lee, Eun Young Kim, Kyung Rye Moon
PURPOSE: This study aimed to evaluate the utility of acanthosis nigricans (AN) severity as an index for predicting insulin resistance in obese children. METHODS: The subjects comprised 74 obese pediatric patients who attended the Department of Pediatrics at Chosun University Hospital between January 2013 and March 2016. Waist circumference; body mass index; blood pressure; fasting glucose and fasting insulin levels; lipid profile; aspartate transaminase, alanine transaminase, glycated hemoglobin, C-peptide, and uric acid levels; and homeostatic model assessment insulin resistance (HOMA-IR) and quantitative insulin check sensitivity index (QUICKI) scores were compared between subjects with AN and those without AN...
December 2016: Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090391/neurotoxin-induced-catecholaminergic-loss-in-the-colonic-myenteric-plexus-of-rhesus-monkeys
#11
Jeanette M Shultz, Henry Resnikoff, Viktorya Bondarenko, Valerie Joers, Andres Mejia, Heather Simmons, Marina E Emborg
OBJECTIVE: Constipation is a common non-motor symptom of Parkinson's disease (PD). Although pathology of the enteric nervous system (ENS) has been associated with constipation in PD, the contribution of catecholaminergic neurodegeneration to this symptom is currently debated. The goal of this study was to assess the effects of the neurotoxin 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA) on the colonic myenteric plexus and shed light on the role of catecholaminergic innervation in gastrointestinal (GI) function...
November 2016: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Parkinsonism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088566/removal-of-salicylic-acid-as-an-emerging-contaminant-by-a-polar-nano-dendritic-adsorbent-from-aqueous-media
#12
M Arshadi, F Mousavinia, M K Abdolmaleki, M J Amiri, A Khalafi-Nezhad
A polar nano-dendritic adsorbent containing amine groups (SAPAMAA) was synthesized onto the nanoparticles of SiO2Al2O3 and its uptake of salicylic acid (SA) from the synthetic and real water was investigated. The synthesized nanomaterials were fully studied by nuclear magnetic resonance spectrum ((1)H NMR and (13)C NMR), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), zeta potential (ζ), inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-AES), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) and elemental analysis...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088562/the-effect-of-high-temperature-sol-gel-polymerization-parameters-on-the-microstructure-and-properties-of-hydrophobic-phenol-formaldehyde-silica-hybrid-aerogels
#13
Mohamad Mehdi Seraji, Ghasem Sameri, Jamal Davarpanah, Ahmad Reza Bahramian
Phenol-formaldehyde/silica hybrid aerogels with different degree of hydrophobicity were successfully synthesized via high temperature sol-gel polymerization. Tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) and methyltriethoxysilane (MTES) were used as precursor and co-precursor of the hydrophobic silica-based phase, respectively. The hydrolysis step of silica based sols were conducted by acid catalyzed reactions and HCl was used as hydrolysis catalyst. The chemical structure of prepared hybrid aerogels was characterized by Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR)...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088261/parquetina-nigrescens-leaves-chemical-profile-and-influence-on-the-physical-and-biochemical-indices-of-sexual-activity-of-male-wistar-rats
#14
Omowumi Titilola Kayode, Musa Toyin Yakubu
OBJECTIVE: The leaves of Parquetina nigrescens have been claimed in folk medicine to be useful for managing sexual dysfunction, but there is inadequate scientific evidence for this claim. This investigation was conducted to assess the effects of aqueous leaf extract of Parquetina nigrescens (AEPN) in rats induced with sexual dysfunction. METHODS: Male rats were allocated into various groups after being induced into sexual dysfunction with paroxetine hydrochloride...
January 2017: Journal of Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088122/a-comparative-study-on-the-effects-of-ultrathin-luminescent-graphene-oxide-quantum-dot-goqd-and-graphene-oxide-go-nanosheets-on-the-interfacial-interactions-and-mechanical-properties-of-an-epoxy-composite
#15
B Karimi, B Ramezanzadeh
The reinforcement effect of graphene oxide nanosheets on the mechanical properties of an epoxy coating has been extensively studied. However, the effect of graphene oxide quantum dot (GOQD) as a new unique carbon based nanomaterial (with lateral dimension of 5-6nm and thickness of one carbon atom) on the mechanical properties of epoxy coating has not been reported and compared with GO yet. So this study aims at fabrication of a high-performance polymer composite with unique mechanical properties using GOQD nanosheets...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087449/highly-biocompatible-chitosan-with-super-paramagnetic-calcium-ferrite-cafe2o4-nanoparticle-for-the-release-of-ampicillin
#16
Ram Bilas, K Sriram, P Uma Maheswari, K M Meera Sheriffa Begum
The CaFe2O4 nanoparticles (CFNP) were synthesized using the solution combustion method. The CFNP-chitosan-ampicillin was prepared by the ionic gelation method using tripolyphosphate (TPP). The CFNP, chitosan-CFNP, chitosan-CFNP-ampicillin materials were characterized by XRD, FT-IR and TGA analysis in order to evaluate the particle nature and size, the presence of functional groups and their thermal stability. The FESEM and EDAX analysis were performed to understand the surface morphology of the materials and the presence of CFNP in the material, respectively...
January 10, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087274/study-of-antileishmanial-activity-of-2-aminobenzoyl-amino-acid-hydrazides-and-their-quinazoline-derivatives
#17
Sherine Nabil Khattab, Nesreen Saied Haiba, Ahmed Mosaad Asal, Adnan A Bekhit, Aida A Guemei, Adel Amer, Ayman El-Faham
A new small library of 2-aminobenzoyl amino acid hydrazide derivatives and quinazolinones derivatives was synthesized and fully characterized by IR, NMR, and elemental analysis. The activity of the prepared compounds on the growth of Leishmania aethiopica promastigotes was evaluated. 2-Benzoyl amino acid hydrazide showed higher inhibitory effect than the quinazoline counterpart. The in vitro antipromastigote activity demonstrated that compounds 2a, 2b, 2f and 4a had IC50 better than standard drug miltefosine and comparable activity to amphotericin B deoxycholate, which indicates their high antileishmanial activity against Leishmania...
January 5, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081576/the-clinical-characteristics-of-obese-patients-with-acanthosis-nigricans-and-its-independent-risk-factors
#18
Yueye Huang, Jiaqi Chen, Xingchun Wang, Yan Li, Shezhen Yang, Shen Qu
Objective: This study aimed to investigate the clinical characteristics and risk factors for acanthosis nigricans (AN) in obese patients. Methods: 80 obese patients without AN (OB group) and 128 obese patients with AN (AN group) were included in this study. Clinical data for each patients were collected. Serum levels of leptin were measured by ELISA. Results: Body mass index (BMI), uric acid (UA) levels, fasting insulin, and HOMA-IR were higher in AN than OB (P<0.05). The levels of leptin were significantly higher in AN than OB (P<0...
January 12, 2017: Experimental and Clinical Endocrinology & Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081037/higher-cd163-levels-are-associated-with-insulin-resistance-in-hepatitis-c-virus-infected-and-hiv-infected-adults
#19
Michael Reid, Yifei Ma, Rebecca Scherzer, Jennifer C Price, Audrey L French, Michael W Plankey, Carl Grunfeld, Phyllis C Tien
OBJECTIVES: HIV/hepatitis C virus (HCV) coinfection is associated with insulin resistance, but the mechanism is unclear. We hypothesized that intestinal epithelial damage and the consequent monocyte/macrophage activation and inflammation explain this perturbation. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study of 519 adults (220 HIV+/HCV-; 64 HIV-/HCV+; 89 HIV+/HCV+; 146 HIV-/HCV-). METHODS: We used multivariable linear regression to evaluate associations of HIV and HCV with the homeostasis model assessment of insulin resistance (HOMA-IR) and if intestinal fatty (FA) acid binding protein (I-FABP, a marker of gut epithelial integrity), soluble CD14 (sCD14) and soluble CD163 (sCD163) (markers of monocyte/macrophage activation), and IL-6 (an inflammatory cytokine) mediated this association...
January 28, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079224/suitability-of-n-propanoic-acid-spiropyrans-and-spirooxazines-for-use-as-sensitizing-dyes-in-dye-sensitized-solar-cells
#20
Noah M Johnson, Yuriy Y Smolin, Daniel Hagaman, Masoud Soroush, Kenneth K S Lau, Hai-Feng Ji
This work deals with the fabrication and evaluation of color-changing dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) that include N-propanoic acid-functionalized spiropyrans and spirooxazines as sensitizing dyes. We investigated the photophysical properties of these compounds in various solvents and pH conditions using UV-Vis spectroscopy, and their behavior on TiO2 photoanode surfaces using a combination of UV-Vis and FT-IR. Their performance as sensitizing dyes for DSSCs was also analyzed. This study revealed a number of unique properties for this class of compounds that affect their performance as both photochromic compounds and DSSC sensitizers, which allow for future creation of efficient photochromic DSSCs...
January 12, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
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