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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914341/single-crystalline-titanium-dioxide-hollow-tetragonal-nanocones-with-large-exposed-101-facets-for-excellent-photocatalysis
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Zhengcui Wu, Yejing Xue, Zexian Zou, Xia Wang, Feng Gao
Crystal facet engineering and surface modification of semiconductor have become important strategies to improve photocatalytic activity by optimizing surface charge carrier separation/transfer and extending solar spectrum utilization. In this work, we report anatase single-crystalline TiO2 hollow tetragonal nanocones with large exposed (101) facets by a facile liquid-phase interfacial synthetic strategy, using the hydrolysis of tetrabutyltitanate with adscititious water in the organic solvent of cyclohexane and a capping agent of 1, 6-hexanediamine...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914336/thermoresponsive-supramolecular-micellar-drug-delivery-system-based-on-star-linear-pseudo-block-polymer-consisting-of-%C3%AE-cyclodextrin-poly-n-isopropylacrylamide-and-adamantyl-poly-ethylene-glycol
#2
Xia Song, Jing-Ling Zhu, Yuting Wen, Feng Zhao, Zhong-Xing Zhang, Jun Li
Chemotherapy is facing several limitations such as low water solubility of anticancer drugs and multidrug resistance (MDR) in cancer cells. To overcome these limitations, a thermoresponsive micellar drug delivery system formed by a non-covalently connected supramolecular block polymer was developed. The system is based on the host-guest interaction between a well-defined β-cyclodextrin (β-CD) based poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) star host polymer and an adamantyl-containing poly(ethylene glycol) (Ad-PEG) guest polymer...
November 16, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914335/studies-on-the-influence-of-%C3%AE-cyclodextrin-on-graphene-oxide-and-its-synergistic-activity-to-the-electrochemical-detection-of-nitrobenzene
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Murugan Velmurugan, Natarajan Karikalan, Shen-Ming Chen, Zi-Chi Dai
The impact of the β-cyclodextrin (β-CD) on the graphene oxide (GO) was considerably altered the activity of electrochemical sensors. Hence, the present study, we scrutinized the electrocatalytic determination of nitrobenzene (NB) by changing the different loading level of β-CD on GO modified electrodes. The composites were prepared by the simple ultrasonication method and characterized by UV-Visible spectroscopy, infrared spectroscopy and scanning electron microscope. Interestingly, the synergistic electrocatalytic activity was appeared for the 1...
November 10, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914334/preparation-of-janus-type-catalysts-and-their-catalytic-performance-at-emulsion-interface
#4
Yijiang Liu, Jiankang Hu, Xiaotian Yu, Xinyu Xu, Yong Gao, Huaming Li, Fuxin Liang
Two Janus-type catalysts were synthesized by selective modification and further functionalization with metal nanoparticles on one or both beads of snowman-like Janus particles. The catalytic performance of Janus-type catalysts both in homogeneous and interfacial reaction systems was systematically investigated using the reduction of nitro-compound as model reaction. The results showed that Janus-type catalysts have excellent catalytic activity in homogeneous reaction system and they are easy to recycle. Further, the Janus-type catalysts exhibited more efficient catalytic activity at emulsion interface than that of oil-water biphasic interface due to the exposed Au nanoparticles on snowman-like Janus particles offer high accessibility to reactants...
November 15, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914331/fabrication-of-%C3%AE-carotene-nanoemulsion-based-delivery-systems-using-dual-channel-microfluidization-physical-and-chemical-stability
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Xiang Luo, Yanyan Zhou, Long Bai, Fuguo Liu, Yihui Deng, David Julian McClements
A considerable research effort is focused on developing effective delivery systems for hydrophobic nutraceuticals. β-carotene, a pro-vitamin A carotenoid, requires encapsulation to improve its water dispersibility and chemical stability in foods. In this study, β-carotene was encapsulated in oil-in-water nanoemulsions fabricated using high-pressure dual-channel microfluidization. Two types of natural emulsifier, quillaja saponins (Q-Naturale) and whey protein isolate (WPI), were capable of producing nanoemulsions (d32=0...
November 16, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914323/quantitative-farm-to-fork-human-norovirus-exposure-assessment-of-individually-quick-frozen-raspberries-and-raspberry-puree
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L Jacxsens, A Stals, A De Keuckelaere, B Deliens, A Rajkovic, M Uyttendaele
A quantitative human norovirus (NoV) exposure model describing transmission of NoV during pre-harvest, harvest and further processing of soft red fruits exemplified by raspberries is presented. The outcomes of the model demonstrate the presence of NoV in raspberry puree or individual quick frozen (IQF) raspberry fruits and were generated by Monte Carlo simulations by combining GoldSim® and @Risk® software. Input data were collected from scientific literature, observational studies and assumptions. NoV contamination of soft red fruits is assumed to take place at farms by application of contaminated water for pesticides dilution or by berries' pickers shedding NoV...
November 21, 2016: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914290/the-interaction-of-surfactants-with-plastic-and-copper-plumbing-materials-during-decontamination
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Karen S Casteloes, Gamini P Mendis, Holly K Avins, John A Howarter, Andrew J Whelton
The study goal was to examine the effectiveness of surfactants to decontaminate plastic and copper potable water plumbing components. Several common potable water pipe and gasket plastics were examined as well as Alconox(®) detergent, Dawn(®) soap, and MAGIT-DG 100 surfactants. Results showed that the MAGIT-DG 100 solutions permeated all plastics within 3days, effectively compromising tensile strength (-82%), physical dimension (+43% volume, +45% weight), and oxidative resistance (-15%). A variety of MAGIT-DG 100 solution compounds permeated plastic samples, not just the declared major ingredient...
November 25, 2016: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914260/the-extent-of-fermentative-transformation-of-phenolic-compounds-in-the-bioanode-controls-exoelectrogenic-activity-in-a-microbial-electrolysis-cell
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Xiaofei Zeng, Maya A Collins, Abhijeet P Borole, Spyros G Pavlostathis
Phenolic compounds in hydrolysate/pyrolysate and wastewater streams produced during the pretreatment of lignocellulosic biomass for biofuel production present a significant challenge in downstream processes. Bioelectrochemical systems are increasingly recognized as an alternative technology to handle biomass-derived streams and to promote water reuse in biofuel production. Thus, a thorough understanding of the fate of phenolic compounds in bioanodes is urgently needed. The present study investigated the biotransformation of three structurally similar phenolic compounds (syringic acid, SA; vanillic acid, VA; 4-hydroxybenzoic acid, HBA), and their individual contribution to exoelectrogenesis in a microbial electrolysis cell (MEC) bioanode...
November 27, 2016: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914259/city-scale-analysis-of-water-related-energy-identifies-more-cost-effective-solutions
#9
Ka Leung Lam, Steven J Kenway, Paul A Lant
Energy and greenhouse gas management in urban water systems typically focus on optimising within the direct system boundary of water utilities that covers the centralised water supply and wastewater treatment systems, despite a greater energy influence by the water end use. This work develops a cost curve of water-related energy management options from a city perspective for a hypothetical Australian city. It is compared with that from the water utility perspective. The curves are based on 18 water-related energy management options that have been implemented or evaluated in Australia...
November 26, 2016: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914258/centralised-decentralised-or-hybrid-sanitation-systems-economic-evaluation-under-urban-development-uncertainty-and-phased-expansion
#10
Ivar Roefs, Brendo Meulman, Jan H G Vreeburg, Marc Spiller
Sanitation systems are built to be robust, that is, they are dimensioned to cope with population growth and other variability that occurs throughout their lifetime. It was recently shown that building sanitation systems in phases is more cost effective than one robust design. This phasing can take place by building small autonomous decentralised units that operate closer to the actual demand. Research has shown that variability and uncertainty in urban development does affect the cost effectiveness of this approach...
November 23, 2016: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914208/effect-of-rhizobacterial-consortia-from-undisturbed-arid-and-agro-ecosystems-on-wheat-growth-under-differing-conditions
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N G Inostroza, P J Barra, L Y Wick, M L Mora, M A Jorquera
Plant-growth promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) are studied as complements/alternatives to chemical fertilization in agriculture. Poor information however, exists on the potential of PGPR from undisturbed ecosystems. Here, we evaluated the plant growth-promoting (PGP) effect of rhizobacterial consortia from undisturbed Chilean arid-ecosystems (Consortium C1) and agro-ecosystems (Consortium C2) on plant biomass production. The PGP effects of C1 and C2 were assayed in wheat seedlings (Triticum aestivum L.) grown in pots under growth chamber conditions and in pots placed in an open greenhouse under natural conditions, using two different Chilean Andisols (Piedras Negras and Freire series) kept either at 30% or 60% of their maximum water holding capacity (MWHC)...
December 3, 2016: Letters in Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914040/formulation-optimization-and-ex-vivo-and-in-vivo-evaluation-of-celecoxib-microemulsion-based-gel-for-transdermal-delivery
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Mengyuan Cao, Lili Ren, Guoguang Chen
Celecoxib (CXB) is a poorly aqueous solubility sulfonamide non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Hence, the formulation of CXB was selected for solubilization and bioavailability. To find out suitable formulation for microemulsion, the solubility of CXB in triacetin (oil phase), Tween 80 (surfactant), and Transcutol-P (co-surfactant) was screened respectively and optimized by using orthogonal experimental design. The Km value and concentration of oil, Smix, and water were confirmed by pseudo-ternary phase diagram studies and central composite design...
December 2, 2016: AAPS PharmSciTech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914021/surface-modified-cobalt-ferrite-nanoparticles-for-rapid-capture-detection-and-removal-of-pathogens-a-potential-material-for-water-purification
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Raghvendra A Bohara, Nanasaheb D Throat, Nayeem A Mulla, Shivaji H Pawar
Enteric infections resulting from the consumption of contaminated drinking water, inadequate supply of water for personal hygiene, and poor sanitation take a heavy toll worldwide, and developing countries are the major sufferers. Consumption of microbiologically contaminated water leads to diseases such as amoebiasis, cholera, shigellosis, typhoid, and viral infections leading to gastroenteritis and hepatitis B. The present investigation deals with the development of effective method to capture and eliminate microbial contamination of water and improve the quality of water and thus decreasing the contaminated waterborne infections...
December 2, 2016: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914011/activation-of-alpha-7-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptor-reduces-brain-edema-in-mice-with-ischemic-stroke-and-bone-fracture
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Dingquan Zou, Man Luo, Zhenying Han, Lei Zhan, Wan Zhu, Shuai Kang, Chen Bao, Zhao Li, Jeffrey Nelson, Rui Zhang, Hua Su
Stroke is an important risk factor for bone fracture. We showed previously that bone fracture at the acute stage of ischemic stroke worsens, and activation of α-7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (α-7 nAchR) improves, stroke recovery by attenuating inflammation. We hypothesized that activation of α-7 nAchR also improves the blood-brain barrier (BBB) integrity. Permanent distal middle cerebral artery occlusion (pMCAO) was performed on C57BL/6J mice followed by tibia fracture 1 day later. Mice were treated with 0...
December 2, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913993/antifreeze-glycopeptides-from-structure-and-activity-studies-to-current-approaches-in-chemical-synthesis
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Małgorzata Urbańczyk, Jerzy Góra, Rafał Latajka, Norbert Sewald
Antifreeze glycopeptides (AFGPs) are a class of biological antifreeze agents found predominantly in Arctic and Antarctic species of fish. They possess the ability to regulate ice nucleation and ice crystal growth, thus creating viable life conditions at temperatures below the freezing point of body fluids. AFGPs usually consist of 4-55 repetitions of the tripeptide unit Ala-Ala-Thr that is O-glycosylated at the threonine side chains with β-D-galactosyl-(1 → 3)-α-N-acetyl-D-galactosamine. Due to their interesting properties and high antifreeze activity, they have many potential applications, e...
December 2, 2016: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913962/bathing-and-associated-treatments-in-atopic-dermatitis
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REVIEW
Julia K Gittler, Jason F Wang, Seth J Orlow
Atopic dermatitis is one of the most common complaints presenting to dermatologists, and patients typically inquire as to appropriate bathing recommendations. Although many dermatologists, allergists, and primary-care practitioners provide explicit bathing instructions, recommendations regarding frequency of bathing, duration of bathing, and timing related to emollient and medication application relative to bathing vary widely. Conflicting and vague guidelines stem from knowledge related to the disparate effects of water on skin, as well as a dearth of studies, especially randomized controlled trials, evaluating the effects of water and bathing on the skin of patients with atopic dermatitis...
December 3, 2016: American Journal of Clinical Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913958/the-effect-of-mass-transfer-parameterization-and-ice-retention-on-the-scavenging-and-redistribution-of-so2-by-a-deep-convective-cloud
#17
Vladan Vučković, Dragana Vujović
A chemistry module with the aqueous chemistry coupled with the complex 3D nonhydrostatic atmospheric model is used to investigate how the representation of gas-aqueous mass transfer and ice retention affect the SO2 redistribution in the presence of a convective cloud. Gas uptake to the liquid water is calculated using both Henry's law equilibrium (HE) and kinetic mass transport (KMT). The constant retention coefficients for SO2 (k ret = 0.46) and for H2O2 (k ret = 0.64) are used. It is shown that the amount of SO2 in the air at higher altitudes (10-12 km) is greater when partial retention (PR) is included...
December 2, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913950/mechanics-reveals-the-biological-trigger-in-wrinkly-fingers
#18
P Sáez, A M Zöllner
Fingertips wrinkle due to long exposure to water. The biological reason for this morphological change is unclear and still not fully understood. There are two main hypotheses for the underlying mechanism of fingertip wrinkling: the 'shrink' model (in which the wrinkling is driven by the contraction of the lower layers of skin, associated with the shrinking of the underlying vasculature), and the 'swell' model (in which the wrinkling is driven by the swelling of the upper layers of the skin, associated with osmosis)...
December 2, 2016: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913928/coordination-complexes-of-4-methylimidazole-with-zn-ii-and-cu-ii-in-gas-phase-and-in-water-a-dft-study
#19
Malek Boukallaba, Boutheïna Kerkeni, Christine Lepetit, Dorothée Berthomieu
A quantum chemistry study of mononuclear metal coordination with four 4-methylimidazole ligands (4-MeIm) was investigated. The four complexes [Cu(4-MeIm)4](2+), [Cu(4-MeIm)4, H2O](2+), [Zn(4-MeIm)4](2+) and [Zn(4-MeIm)4, H2O](2+) were studied with particular attention to the Nπ or Nτ possible coordinations of the 4-MeIm ring with the metals, using different DFT methods. The results suggest that the Nτ coordination of 4-MeIm ring to Zn(II) or Cu(II) is more favorable whatever the level of calculation. In contrast, the addition of one water molecule in the first coordination sphere of the metal ions provides five-coordinated complexes showing no Nπ or Nτ preferences...
December 2016: Journal of Molecular Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913911/assessing-the-food-safety-attitudes-and-awareness-of-managers-of-school-feeding-programmes-in-mpumalanga-south-africa
#20
J J Sibanyoni, F T Tabit
The managers of school feeding programmes are responsible for ensuring the safety of the food which is provided to schoolchildren, but very few studies have been conducted on the food safety knowledge and awareness of these managers. The objective of this study is to evaluate the food safety attitudes and awareness of managers of the National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP) in schools in Mpumalanga, a province of South Africa. A cross-sectional survey study was conducted in which questionnaires were used to collect data from 300 NSNP food service managers...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Community Health
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