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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437981/efficient-laser-noise-reduction-method-via-actively-stabilized-optical-delay-line
#1
Dawei Li, Cheng Qian, Ye Li, Jianye Zhao
We report a fiber laser noise reduction method by locking it to an actively stabilized optical delay line, specifically a fiber-based Mach-Zehnder interferometer with a 10 km optical fiber spool. The fiber spool is used to achieve large arm imbalance. The heterodyne signal of the two arms converts the laser noise from the optical domain to several megahertz, and it is used in laser noise reduction by a phase-locked loop. An additional phase-locked loop is induced in the system to compensate the phase noise due to environmentally induced length fluctuations of the optical fiber spool...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437940/rydberg-atom-based-radio-frequency-electrometry-using-frequency-modulation-spectroscopy-in-room-temperature-vapor-cells
#2
Santosh Kumar, Haoquan Fan, Harald Kübler, Akbar J Jahangiri, James P Shaffer
Rydberg atom-based electrometry enables traceable electric field measurements with high sensitivity over a large frequency range, from gigahertz to terahertz. Such measurements are particularly useful for the calibration of radio frequency and terahertz devices, as well as other applications like near field imaging of electric fields. We utilize frequency modulated spectroscopy with active control of residual amplitude modulation to improve the signal to noise ratio of the optical readout of Rydberg atom-based radio frequency electrometry...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437785/the-retina-of-asian-and-african-elephants-comparison-of-newborn-and-adult
#3
Heidrun Kuhrt, Andreas Bringmann, Wolfgang Härtig, Gudrun Wibbelt, Leo Peichl, Andreas Reichenbach
Elephants are precocial mammals that are relatively mature as newborns and mobile shortly after birth. To determine whether the retina of newborn elephants is capable of supporting the mobility of elephant calves, we compared the retinal structures of 2 newborn elephants (1 African and 1 Asian) and 2 adult animals of both species by immunohistochemical and morphometric methods. For the first time, we present here a comprehensive qualitative and quantitative characterization of the cellular composition of the newborn and the adult retinas of 2 elephant species...
April 25, 2017: Brain, Behavior and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437772/shifts-in-soil-microbial-metabolic-activities-and-community-structures-along-a-salinity-gradient-of-irrigation-water-in-a-typical-arid-region-of-china
#4
Lijuan Chen, Changsheng Li, Qi Feng, Yongping Wei, Hang Zheng, Yan Zhao, Yongjiu Feng, Huiya Li
Saline water irrigation can change soil environment, which thereby influence soil microbial process. Based on a field experiment, the shifts in soil microbial metabolic activities and community structures under five irrigation salinities were studied using Biolog and metagenomic methods in this study. The results demonstrated that microbial metabolic activities were greatly restrained in saline water irrigated soils, as average well color development (AWCD) reduced under all saline water irrigation treatments...
April 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437746/catalytic-reduction-of-4-nitrophenol-and-photo-inhibition-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-using-gold-nanoparticles-as-photocatalyst
#5
Shafiullah Khan, Wang Runguo, Kamran Tahir, Zhang Jichuan, Liqun Zhang
A simple, green method is described for the synthesis of Gold (Au) nanoparticles (NPs) using Cotoneaster horizontalis extract as a phyto-reducer and capping agent with superior photo inhibition activity against Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Different from the other methods used elevated temperatures for nanoparticles synthesis, the novelty of our method lies in its energy saving process and fast synthesis rates (~5min for AuNPs), and its potential to tune the nanoparticles size and afterward their catalytic activity...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437744/fe-%C3%A2-ions-enhanced-catalytic-properties-of-bio-2co3-nanowires-and-mechanism-study-for-complete-degradation-of-xanthate
#6
Yujiao Guo, Kuixin Cui, Mingyi Hu, Shengming Jin
The wire-like Fe(3+)-doped (BiO)2CO3 photocatalyst was synthesized by a hydrothermal method. The photocatalytic property of Fe(3+)-doped (BiO)2CO3 nanowires was evaluated through degradation of sodium isopropyl xanthate under UV-visible light irradiation. The as-prepared Fe(3+)-doped (BiO)2CO3 nanowires were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM), UV-visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (UV-vis DRS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) in detail...
April 17, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437741/use-of-nuclear-receptor-luciferase-based-bioassays-to-detect-endocrine-active-chemicals-in-a-biosolids-biochar-amended-soil
#7
Carolyn G Anderson, Geetika Joshi, Daniel A Bair, Charlotte Oriol, Guochun He, Sanjai J Parikh, Michael S Denison, Kate M Scow
Biosolids are a potentially valuable source of carbon and nutrients for agricultural soils; however, potential unintended impacts on human health and the environment must be considered. Virtually all biosolids contain trace amounts endocrine-disrupting chemicals derived from human use of pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs). One potential way to reduce the bioavailability of PPCPs is to co-apply biosolids with biochar to soil, because biochar's chemical (e.g., aromaticity) and physical properties (e...
April 8, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437725/evaluation-of-ecotoxicological-effects-of-benzophenone-uv-filters-luminescent-bacteria-toxicity-genotoxicity-and-hormonal-activity
#8
Qiuya Zhang, Xiaoyan Ma, Mawuli Dzakpasu, Xiaochang C Wang
The widespread use of organic ultraviolet (UV) filters in personal care products raises concerns about their potentially hazardous effects on human and ecosystem health. In this study, the toxicities of four commonly used benzophenones (BPs) UV filters including benzophenone (BP), 2-Hydroxybenzophenone (2HB), 2-Hydroxy-4-methoxybenzophenone (BP3), and 2-Hydroxy-4-methoxybenzophenone-5-sulfonicacid (BP4) in water were assayed in vitro using Vibrio fischeri, SOS/umu assay, and yeast estrogen screen (YES) assay, as well as in vivo using zebrafish larvae...
April 21, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437720/determination-of-a-novel-anticancer-ampk-activator-hernandezine-in-rat-plasma-and-tissues-with-a-validated-uhplc-ms-ms-method-application-to-pharmacokinetics-and-tissue-distribution-study
#9
Yang Song, Zhibin Wang, Baozhen Zhang, Yujia Zhang, Weipeng Zhang, Chunjuan Yang, Fanhao Meng, Xuesong Feng
Hernandezine, a novel anticancer AMPK activator, is a major active constituent of Thalictrum Ranunculaceae. A simple, specific and sensitive liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method has been developed and validated for the quantification of hernandezine in rat plasma and tissues after intravenous administration. Sample preparation was carried out through a protein-precipitation extraction with acetonitrile using tetrandrine as internal standard (IS). The chromatographic separation was achieved by using an Agilent ZORBAX Eclipse Plus C18 column with a mobile phase of acetonitrile and water (containing 10mM ammonium acetate) in an isocratic elution way...
April 8, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437649/occurrences-and-removal-of-pharmaceuticals-and-personal-care-products-ppcps-in-drinking-water-and-water-sewage-treatment-plants-a-review
#10
REVIEW
Yi Yang, Yong Sik Ok, Ki-Hyun Kim, Eilhann E Kwon, Yiu Fai Tsang
In recent years, many of micropollutants have been widely detected because of continuous input of pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) into the environment and newly developed state-of-the-art analytical methods. PPCP residues are frequently detected in drinking water sources, sewage treatment plants (STPs), and water treatment plants (WTPs) due to their universal consumption, low human metabolic capability, and improper disposal. When partially metabolized PPCPs are transferred into STPs, they elicit negative effects on biological treatment processes; therefore, conventional STPs are insufficient when it comes to PPCP removal...
April 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437648/assessing-soil-air-partitioning-of-pahs-and-pcbs-with-a-new-fugacity-passive-sampler
#11
Carey E Donald, Kim A Anderson
Soil-air fluxes of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) were determined using a novel application of passive samplers to measure air and soil air, which is air in close proximity and in equilibrium with soil. Existing methods to measure flux of semi-volatile compounds between soil and air require collecting samples from the top soil layer. Yet, the top soil layer is hard to define and oversampling may misrepresent the exchangeable fraction. Alternatively, modified active samplers can measure soil air in situ, but require electricity while deployed...
April 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437621/c21-steroidal-glycosides-from-cynanchum-auriculatum-and-their-neuroprotective-effects-against-h2o2-induced-damage-in-pc12%C3%A2-cells
#12
Xicheng Qian, Baocai Li, Peng Li, Dong Wang, Weifeng Dai, Mi Zhang
Twenty-three undescribed previously C21 steroidal glycosides, named saccatols D-K and cynsaccatols I-W, together with six known analogs were isolated from the roots of Cynanchum auriculatum Royle ex Wight (Apocynaceae). Their structures were elucidated by a variety of spectroscopic techniques, as well as HRESIMS and GC method. All isolated compounds were tested their neuroprotective effects on the model of H2O2-induced damage to PC12 cells. Except saccatols D-F, J, cynsaccatol V and wilfoside A, other twenty-three isolates produced significantly activities against H2O2-induced cell damage (P < 0...
April 21, 2017: Phytochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437581/enhancement-of-oxidative-desulfurization-performance-over-uio-66-zr-by-ti-ion-exchange
#13
Yinyong Sun, Gan Ye, Hui Qi, Xiaolin Li, Kunyue Leng, Wei Xu
Oxidative desulfurization is considered to be one of the most promising methods for producing ultra-low sulfur fuels because it can effectively remove the refractory sulfur-containing aromatic compounds under mild conditions. In this work, we reported that the oxidative desulfurization (ODS) performance over UiO-66(Zr) can be greatly enhanced by Ti ion exchange. This strategy is not only efficient for UiO-66(Zr) with crystal defect but also for UiO-66(Zr) with high crystallinity. Especially, the ODS performance of UiO-66(Zr) with high crystallinity can be improved above 11-fold in the ODS reaction of dibenzothiophene, which should be mainly attributed to the introduction of active Ti sites...
April 24, 2017: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437567/people-with-patellofemoral-oa-walk-with-different-pelvic-and-hip-kinematics-compared-to-healthy-aged-matched-controls
#14
Kay M Crossley, Anthony G Schache, Hannah Ozturk, Jonathan Lentzos, Melissa Munanto, Marcus G Pandy
Objective, Patellofemoral joint (PFJ) osteoarthritis (OA) is common, yet little is known about how this condition influences lower-limb biomechanical function. This study compared pelvis and lower-limb kinematics in people with and without PFJOA., Methods, Sixty-nine participants (64% women, mean age 56±10 years) with anterior knee pain aggravated by PFJ loaded activities (stair ambulation, rising from sitting, squatting) and radiographic lateral PFJOA on skyline radiographs were compared with 18 controls (78% women, mean age 53±7 years) with no lower-limb pain or radiographic OA...
April 24, 2017: Arthritis Care & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437488/the-novel-carboxylesterase-1-variant-c-662a-g-may-decrease-the-bioactivation-of-oseltamivir-in-humans
#15
Jaeseong Oh, SeungHwan Lee, Howard Lee, Joo-Youn Cho, Seo Hyun Yoon, In-Jin Jang, Kyung-Sang Yu, Kyoung Soo Lim
BACKGROUND: Human carboxylesterase 1 (CES1) is a serine esterase that hydrolyses various exogenous and endogenous compounds including oseltamivir, a prodrug used to treat influenza. A novel CES1 c.662A>G single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) was predicted to decrease CES1 enzymatic activity in an in silico analysis. This study evaluated the effect of the c.662A>G SNP on the pharmacokinetics (PK) of oseltamivir in humans. METHODS: A single oral dose of oseltamivir at 75 mg was administered to 20 healthy subjects, 8 heterozygous c...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437452/enhanced-antibacterial-metabolite-production-through-the-application-of-statistical-methodologies-by-a-streptomyces-nogalater-niist-a30-isolated-from-western-ghats-forest-soil
#16
Jubi Jacob, Reshma Uma Rajendran, Syama Hari Priya, Jayamurthy Purushothaman, Dileep Kumar Bhaskaran Nair Saraswathy Amma
Streptomyces strains isolated from Nelliyampathy forest soil of Western Ghats, Kerala, India were evaluated for their antibacterial efficacy against two indicator pathogenic bacteria (Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus). Among 140 strains tested, sixteen recorded potent antibacterial properties and were further screened against eleven bacterial pathogens. A strain identified as Streptomyces nogalater and designated as NIIST A30 exhibited maximum inhibition against all the test pathogens. Among the eight fermentation media tested, inorganic salts starch broth recorded the best for antibacterial production...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437426/representational-models-a-common-framework-for-understanding-encoding-pattern-component-and-representational-similarity-analysis
#17
Jörn Diedrichsen, Nikolaus Kriegeskorte
Representational models specify how activity patterns in populations of neurons (or, more generally, in multivariate brain-activity measurements) relate to sensory stimuli, motor responses, or cognitive processes. In an experimental context, representational models can be defined as hypotheses about the distribution of activity profiles across experimental conditions. Currently, three different methods are being used to test such hypotheses: encoding analysis, pattern component modeling (PCM), and representational similarity analysis (RSA)...
April 24, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437233/in-vitro-activity-of-various-antibiotics-in-combination-with-tigecycline-against-acinetobacter-baumannii-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#18
Jian Li, Xianghai Yang, Lidan Chen, Xinran Duan, Zhihui Jiang
Given that tigecycline-based combination therapy is recognized as a valuable option for the treatment of tigecycline-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii, we conducted this systematic review and meta-analysis to assess the overall evidence of its effectiveness. The synergy rate was defined as the primary outcome that was calculated separately for time-kill, Etest, and checkerboard microdilution methods. The secondary outcomes were bactericidal activity and the efficacy of combination treatment on the development of resistance...
April 24, 2017: Microbial Drug Resistance: MDR: Mechanisms, Epidemiology, and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437154/prediction-of-relapse-from-hyperthyroidism-following-antithyroid-medication-withdrawal-using-technetium-thyroid-uptake-scanning
#19
Manouchehr Nakhjavani, Soraya Abdollahi, Saeed Farzanefar, Mohammadtagi Abousaidi, Alireza Esteghamati, Maryam Naseri, Mohamad Eftekhari, Mehrshad Abbasi
OBJECTIVE: Technetium thyroid uptake (TTU) is not inhibited by antithyroid drugs (ATD) and reflects the degree of thyroid stimulation. We intended to predict the relapse rate from hyperthyroidism based on TTU measurement. METHODS: Out of 44 initially enrolled subjects, 38 patients aged 41.6 ± 14.6 with Graves disease (duration: 84 ± 78 months) completed the study. TTU was performed with 40-second imaging of the neck and mediastinum 20 minutes after injection of 1 mCi technetium-99m pertechnetate...
April 2, 2017: Endocrine Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437133/the-impact-of-the-centrifuge-characteristics-and-centrifugation-protocols-on-the-cells-growth-factors-and-fibrin-architecture-of-a-leukocyte-and-platelet-rich-fibrin-l-prf-clot-and-membrane
#20
David M Dohan Ehrenfest, Nelson R Pinto, Andrea Pereda, Paula Jiménez, Marco Del Corso, Byung-Soo Kang, Mauricio Nally, Nicole Lanata, Hom-Lay Wang, Marc Quirynen
L-PRF (leukocyte- and platelet-rich fibrin) is one of the four families of platelet concentrates for surgical use and is widely used in oral and maxillofacial regenerative therapies. The first objective of this article was to evaluate the mechanical vibrations appearing during centrifugation in four models of commercially available table-top centrifuges used to produce L-PRF and the impact of the centrifuge characteristics on the cell and fibrin architecture of a L-PRF clot and membrane. The second objective of this article was to evaluate how changing some parameters of the L-PRF protocol may influence its biological signature, independently from the characteristics of the centrifuge...
April 24, 2017: Platelets
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