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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449430/poloxamer-surface-modified-trimethyl-chitosan-nanoparticles-for-the-effective-delivery-of-methotrexate-in-osteosarcoma
#1
Shenglong Li, Yuyuan Xiong, Xiaojing Zhang
The present work is an effort to explore the poloxamer-modified trimethyl chitosan (TMC) encapsulated MTX for osteosarcoma treatment in order to improve the therapeutic efficacy and minimize severe toxicity associated with the clinical usage of MTX. The methotrexate-loaded pluronic-chitosan nanoparticles (MTCN) was nanosized and exhibited a controlled release of drug from the carrier system. The MTCN showed higher accumulation in cell cytoplasm region evident by the high red fluorescence indicating its uptake through energy-dependent endocytosis process...
April 23, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449390/partial-tibial-nerve-transfer-to-tibialis-anterior-for-traumatic-peroneal-nerve-palsy
#2
Scott Ferris, Simon J Maciburko
BACKGROUND: Partial tibial nerve transfer to the motor branches of tibialis anterior is an emerging reconstructive technique for the treatment of traumatic common peroneal nerve (CPN) injury; however, few papers in the literature describe clinical outcomes. METHODS: A prospective single-surgeon series of nine consecutive patients who underwent partial tibial nerve transfers to the motor branches of tibialis anterior for traumatic CPN injuries between 2008 and 2014...
April 27, 2017: Microsurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449118/polyphosphate-accumulating-bacterial-community-colonizing-the-calcium-bodies-of-terrestrial-isopod-crustaceans-titanethes-albus-and-hyloniscus-riparius
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Rok Kostanjšek, Vittori Miloš, Vesna Srot, Peter A van Aken, Štrus Jasna
Terrestrial isopods from the group Trichoniscidae accumulate calcium in specialized organs, known as the calcium bodies. These consist of two pairs of epithelial sacs located alongside the digestive system. These organs contain various forms of calcium and constantly present bacteria. To elucidate their origin and role, we analyzed the bacteria of the calcium bodies in the cave-dwelling isopod Titanethes albus and the epigean species Hyloniscus riparius, by microscopy, histochemistry, energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry, 16S rRNA analysis and in situ hybridization...
April 25, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448947/traveling-from-the-hypothalamus-to-the-adipose-tissue-the-thermogenic-pathway
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REVIEW
Cristina Contreras, Rubén Nogueiras, Carlos Diéguez, Kamal Rahmouni, Miguel López
Brown adipose tissue (BAT) is a specialized tissue critical for non-shivering thermogenesis producing heat through mitochondrial uncoupling; whereas white adipose tissue (WAT) is responsible of energy storage in the form of triglycerides. Another type of fat has been described, the beige adipose tissue; this tissue emerges in existing WAT depots but with thermogenic ability, a phenomenon known as browning. Several peripheral signals relaying information about energy status act in the brain, particularly the hypothalamus, to regulate thermogenesis in BAT and browning of WAT...
April 15, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448939/environmental-impacts-of-producing-bioethanol-and-biobased-lactic-acid-from-standalone-and-integrated-biorefineries-using-a-consequential-and-an-attributional-life-cycle-assessment-approach
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Ranjan Parajuli, Marie Trydeman Knudsen, Morten Birkved, Sylvestre Njakou Djomo, Andrea Corona, Tommy Dalgaard
This study evaluates the environmental impacts of biorefinery products using consequential (CLCA) and attributional (ALCA) life cycle assessment (LCA) approaches. Within ALCA, economic allocation method was used to distribute impacts among the main products and the coproducts, whereas within the CLCA system expansion was adopted to avoid allocation. The study seeks to answer the questions (i) what is the environmental impacts of process integration?, and (ii) do CLCA and ALCA lead to different conclusions when applied to biorefinery?...
April 24, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448928/potential-environmental-impact-of-bioethanol-production-chain-from-fiber-sorghum-to-be-used-in-passenger-cars
#6
Annachiara Forte, Amalia Zucaro, Massimo Fagnano, Angelo Fierro
A life cycle assessment (LCA) was applied to assess the environmental load of a prospective local bioethanol (EtOH) production system in Southern Italy by using lignocellulosic Fiber sorghum (FS) feedstock. A two steps analysis was carried out considering: (i) a "cradle-to-farm gate" LCA to investigate thoroughly the FS cultivation on hilly marginal land and (ii) a "cradle-to-wheels" system boundary encompassing the environmental pressure of the whole EtOH supply-use chain. Primary data related to lignocellulosic biomass production were combined with experimental feedstock conversion processes through advanced second generation technology...
April 24, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448834/cmc-prediction-for-ionic-surfactants-in-pure-water-and-aqueous-salt-solutions-based-solely-on-tabulated-molecular-parameters
#7
Stoyan I Karakashev, Stoyan K Smoukov
The critical micelle concentration (CMC) of various surfactants is difficult to predict accurately, yet often necessary to do in both industry and science. Hence, quantum-chemical software packages for precise calculation of CMC were developed, but they are expensive and time consuming. We show here an easy method for calculating CMC with a reasonable accuracy. Firstly, CMC0 (intrinsic CMC, absent added salt) was coupled with quantitative structure - property relationship (QSPR) with defined by us parameter "CMC predictor" f1...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448832/fabrication-of-a-novel-z-scheme-g-c3n4-bi4o7-heterojunction-photocatalyst-with-enhanced-visible-light-driven-activity-toward-organic-pollutants
#8
Meng Sun, Yu Wang, Yu Shao, Yunhui He, Qi Zeng, Huikai Liang, Tao Yan, Bin Du
In this work, highly efficient g-C3N4/Bi4O7 heterojunction photocatalysts have been successfully fabricated by a facile method. Compared with the bare photocatalysts, the obtained g-C3N4/Bi4O7 hybrid photocatalysts exhibited efficient degradation activity toward methylene blue (MB), phenol, rhodamine B (RhB), and bisphenol A (BPA) under visible light irradiation. The influences of different g-C3N4 contents on the photocatalytic efficiency of the hybrid photocatalysts have been investigated. The results revealed that the g-C3N4/Bi4O7 with g-C3N4 mass ratio of 30% exhibited the best photocatalytic activity...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448752/temperature-measurements-in-a-capacitive-system-of-deep-loco-regional-hyperthermia
#9
H Sahinbas, M Rosch, M Demiray
Hyperthermia has been shown to be a medically useful procedure applicable for different indications. For the connection between clinical effects and heat, it is important to understand the actual temperatures achieved in the tissue. There are limited temperature data available when using capacitive hyperthermia devices even though this is worldwide the most widespread method for loco-regional heating. Hence, this study examines temperature measurements using capacitive heating. Bioequivalent phantoms were used for the measurements, which, however, do not consider perfusion in live tissue...
April 27, 2017: Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448750/simultaneous-atrazine-degradation-and-e-coli-inactivation-by-simulated-solar-photo-fenton-like-process-using-persulfate
#10
Natalya Garkusheva, Galina Matafonova, Irina Tsenter, Sara Beck, Valeriy Batoev, Karl Linden
This work evaluated the feasibility of a photo-Fenton-like process using persulfate (PS) and ferrous iron (Fe(2+)) under simulated solar radiation for degrading the herbicide atrazine (ATZ, 6-Chloro-N-ethyl-N'-isopropyl-1,3,5-triazine-2,4-diamine) and inactivating E. coli. Milli Q water, lake water, and diluted wastewater effluents were spiked both simultaneously and separately with ATZ (4 mg/L) and E. coli (10(5) CFU/mL), and exposed to treatment. A method for determining the average irradiance throughout the water media in the UV(A+B) range of the Xe lamp emission was developed for bench-scale experiments...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part A, Toxic/hazardous Substances & Environmental Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448125/efficient-computation-of-exchange-energy-density-with-gaussian-basis-functions
#11
Fenglai Liu, Jing Kong
Density Functional Theory(DFT) is widely applied in chemistry and Physics. Still it fails to predict correctly quantitatively or even qualitatively for systems with significant nondynamic correlations. Several DFT functionals were proposed in recently years to treat nondynamic correlation, most of which added the exact exchange energy density as a new variable, which becomes the computational bottleneck for calculations with these new functionals We present an implementation of an efficient seminumerical algorithm in this paper as a solution for this computational bottleneck...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448119/sulfur-nano-dots-stitched-in-2d-bubble-like-interconnected-carbon-fabric-as-reversibility-enhanced-cathodes-for-lithium-sulfur-batteries
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Feng Wu, Yusheng Ye, Jia-Qi Huang, Teng Zhao, Ji Qian, Yuanyuan Zhao, Li Li, Lei Wei, Rui Luo, Yongxin Huang, Yi Xing, Renjie Chen
The behavior of two-dimensional (2D) materials for energy-storage systems relates to their morphology and physicochemical properties. Although various 2D materials can be found in different fields, the open access of these materials has greatly hampered their practical applications, such as in lithium sulfur batteries, where the soluble intermediates should be controlled. Here, we have developed a facile approach to prepare 2D ultra-thin interconnected carbon fabrics (ICFs) with "bubble-like" morphology and abundant mesopores using a "blowing bubble" method...
April 27, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447980/disposable-dosators-for-pulmonary-insufflation-of-therapeutic-agents-to-small-animals
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Phillip G Durham, Shumaila N Hanif, Lucia Garcia Contreras, Ellen F Young, Miriam S Braunstein, Anthony J Hickey
Development of new therapeutic products requires efficacy testing in an animal model. The pulmonary route of administration can be utilized to deliver drugs locally and systemically. Evaluation of dry powder aerosols necessitates an efficient dispersion mechanism to maintain high concentrations in an exposure chamber or for direct endotracheal administration. While solutions exist to expose animals by passive inhalation to dry powder aerosols, most require masses of powder in large excess of the dose delivered...
March 30, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447798/spontaneous-droplet-motion-on-a-periodic-compliant-substrate
#14
Tianshu Liu, Nichole K Nadermann, Zhenping He, Steven H Strogatz, Chung-Yuen Hui, Anand Jagota
Droplet motion arises in many natural phenomena, ranging from the familiar gravity-driven slip and arrest of raindrops on windows, to the directed transport of droplets for water harvesting by plants and animals under dry conditions. Delib-erate transportation and manipulation of droplets is also important in many technological applications, including drop-let-based microfluidic chemical reactors and for thermal management. Droplet motion usually requires gradients of sur-face energy or temperature, or external vibration to overcome contact angle hysteresis...
April 27, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447784/dft-based-comparative-study-about-the-influence-of-fluorine-and-hydroxyl-anions-on-opto-electric-properties-of-borate-crystals-choice-for-better-anion
#15
Beenish Bashir, Bingbing Zhang, Ming-Hsien Lee, Shilie Pan, Zhihua Yang
Replacing hydroxyl anions OH¯ by fluorine anions F¯ in borates can cause the blue shift of the UV cutoff edge and also exhibits apparent differences in nonlinear optical (NLO) properties. To clarify the intrinsic difference between OH¯ anions and F¯ anions, several typical borates with different types of cations (p-cations with lone-pair electrons, trivalent rare-earth, and alkaline earth metals) have been studied. The theoretical studies reveal that the blue shift in the band gap of borates with fluorine as compared to those with hydroxyl can be assumed to be the result of weaker interaction of the cation-fluoride (La/Bi/B-F) bonds compared to that of the cation-oxygen and hydroxyl bonds...
April 27, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447778/as-precious-as-platinum-iron-nitride-for-electrocatalytic-oxidation-of-liquid-ammonia
#16
Daniel J Little, Dillon O Edwards, Milton R Smith, Thomas W Hamann
The electrolysis of ammonia (NH3) - a potential carrier for hydrogen fuel - has only been studied in detail in systems employing expensive, noble metal anodes such as platinum, ruthenium, and iridium. For NH3 to serve as a practical hydrogen storage medium, the electrolysis process must be energy efficient, scalable, and inexpensive. Clearly, alternatives to precious metals would greatly reduce costs if the performance of cheaper, more abundant metals rivaled those of their expensive counterparts. In this regard, no metal is cheaper than iron...
April 27, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447665/creation-of-energetic-biothermite-inks-using-ferritin-liquid-protein
#17
Joseph M Slocik, Ruel McKenzie, Patrick B Dennis, Rajesh R Naik
Energetic liquids function mainly as fuels due to low energy densities and slow combustion kinetics. Consequently, these properties can be significantly increased through the addition of metal nanomaterials such as aluminium. Unfortunately, nanoparticle additives are restricted to low mass fractions in liquids because of increased viscosities and severe particle agglomeration. Nanoscale protein ionic liquids represent multifunctional solvent systems that are well suited to overcoming low mass fractions of nanoparticles, producing stable nanoparticle dispersions and simultaneously offering a source of oxidizing agents for combustion of reactive nanomaterials...
April 27, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447231/the-nutritional-interrelationship-between-the-growing-and-finishing-phases-in-crossbred-cattle-raised-in-a-tropical-system
#18
Ricardo Linhares Sampaio, Flávio Dutra de Resende, Ricardo Andrade Reis, Ivanna Moraes de Oliveira, Letícia Custódio, Rodolfo Maciel Fernandes, Raul Dirceu Pazdiora, Gustavo Rezende Siqueira
This study evaluated the nutritional interrelationship between the growing and finishing phases of crossbred cattle in determining their performance. One hundred and eight animals were used (8 months old, body weight [BW] 211 ± 20 kg). During the dry season, the animals received one of the following supplements: a mineral plus urea supplement (ad libitum, MSD), a protein supplement (1 g/kg BW per day, PR1), or a protein-energy supplement (5 g/kg BW per day, PE). During the rainy season, the animals received one of the following supplements: a mineral without urea supplement (ad libitum, MSR), a protein supplement (1 g/kg BW per day, PR2), or PE (5 g/kg BW per day)...
April 26, 2017: Tropical Animal Health and Production
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447204/comparative-transcriptome-profiling-of-freezing-stress-responses-in-loquat-eriobotrya-japonica-fruitlets
#19
Hong-Xia Xu, Xiao-Ying Li, Jun-Wei Chen
Loquat (Eriobotrya japonica Lindl.) is an important subtropical, commercial fruit in China. It blossoms during autumn and winter in most areas of China and its fruitlets usually suffer from freezing stress. However, studies about the mechanisms underlying freezing stress in loquat are very limited. The gene expression profiles of loquat fruitlets subjected to freezing (G2 library) versus non-treated ones (G1 library) were investigated using Illumina sequencing technology to elucidate the molecular mechanisms and identify the genes that play vital roles in the freezing stress response...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Plant Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447151/rhythms-in-the-endocrine-system-of-fish-a-review
#20
REVIEW
Mairi Cowan, Clara Azpeleta, Jose Fernando López-Olmeda
The environment which living organisms inhabit is not constant and many factors, such as light, temperature, and food availability, display cyclic and predictable variations. To adapt to these cyclic changes, animals present biological rhythms in many of their physiological variables, timing their functions to occur when the possibility of success is greatest. Among these variables, many endocrine factors have been described as displaying rhythms in vertebrates. The aim of the present review is to provide a thorough review of the existing knowledge on the rhythms of the endocrine system of fish by examining the hormones that show rhythmicity, how environmental factors control these rhythms and the variation in the responses of the endocrine system depending on the time of the day...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. B, Biochemical, Systemic, and Environmental Physiology
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