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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651361/epigallocatechin-gallate-inhibits-the-type-iii-secretion-system-of-gram-negative-enteropathogenic-bacteria-under-model-condition
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Noboru Nakasone, Naomi Higa, Claudia Toma, Yasunori Ogura, Toshihiko Suzuki, Tetsu Yamashiro
Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a major polyphenol in green tea, inhibits the type III secretion system (T3SS) of enteropathogenic and enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EPEC and EHEC, respectively), Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium, and Yersinia pseudotuberculosis. The inhibitory effect causes the inhibition of hemolysis, cell invasion, cell adhesion, and apoptosis, which are functions of the type III secretion device. In the case of EPEC, EspB accumulates in the cells. RT-PCR showed that the translation of EspB was not blocked...
June 23, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651317/effects-of-multi-environmental-factors-on-physiological-and-biochemical-responses-of-large-yellow-croaker-larimichthys-crocea
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Qian-Feng Wang, Wei-Liang Shen, Cheng Liu, Dan-Li Mu, Xiong-Fei Wu, Nian-Gang Guo, Jun-Quan Zhu
Land-based recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) and cage culture are important methods of Larimichthys crocea production. The effects of environmental factors on physiological and biochemical aspects of L. crocea require clarification. Temperature and salinity are controlled in RAS and directly affect L. crocea growth and survival. To explore optimal parameters, the oxygen consumption rate (RO), ammonium excretion rate (RN), and O/N ratio at different temperatures (8, 14, 20, 26, and 32 °C) and salinities (5, 15, 25, and 35‰) were determined...
June 13, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651135/a-model-biorefinery-for-avocado-persea-americana-mill-processing
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Javier A Dávila, Moshe Rosenberg, Eulogio Castro, Carlos A Cardona
This research investigated and evaluated a biorefinery for processing avocado Hass variety into microencapsulated phenolic compounds extract, ethanol, oil and xylitol. Avocado was first characterized for its potential valuable compounds; then, the techno-economic and environmental aspects of the biorefinery were developed and finally the total production costs and potential environmental impact of the proposed biorefinery were investigated. Four scenarios of the biorefinery were evaluated with different extent of mass and energy integration as well as the incorporation of a cogeneration system...
June 15, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651133/material-flow-and-sustainability-analyses-of-biorefining-of-municipal-solid-waste
#4
Jhuma Sadhukhan, Elias Martinez-Hernandez
This paper presents material flow and sustainability analyses of novel mechanical biological chemical treatment system for complete valorization of municipal solid waste (MSW). It integrates material recovery facility (MRF); pulping, chemical conversion; effluent treatment plant (ETP), anaerobic digestion (AD); and combined heat and power (CHP) systems producing end products: recyclables (24.9% by mass of MSW), metals (2.7%), fibre (1.5%); levulinic acid (7.4%); recyclable water (14.7%), fertiliser (8.3%); and electricity (0...
June 17, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651056/significantly-improved-protein-folding-thermodynamics-using-a-dispersion-corrected-water-model-and-a-new-residue-specific-force-field
#5
Hao-Nan Wu, Fan Jiang, Yun-Dong Wu
An accurate potential energy model is crucial for biomolecular simulations. Despite many recent improvements of classical protein force fields, there are remaining key issues: much weaker temperature-dependence of folding/unfolding equilibrium, and overly collapsed unfolded or disordered states. For the later problem, a new water model (TIP4P-D) has been proposed to correct the significantly underestimated water dispersion interactions. Here, using TIP4P-D, we reveal problems in current force fields through failures in folding model systems (a polyalanine peptide, Trp-cage and the GB1 hairpin)...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651044/the-atmospheric-fate-of-monoethanolamine-enhancing-new-particle-formation-of-sulfuric-acid-as-an-important-removal-process
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Hong-Bin Xie, Jonas Elm, Roope Halonen, Nanna Myllys, Theo Kurtén, Markku Kulmala, Hanna Vehkamaki
Monoethanolamine (MEA), a potential atmospheric pollutant from capture unit of a leading CO2 capture technology, could be removed by participating H2SO4-based new particle formation (NPF) as simple amines. Here we evaluated the enhancing potential of MEA on H2SO4-based NPF by examining the formation of molecular clusters of MEA and H2SO4 using a combined quantum chemistry calculations and kinetics modeling. The results indicate that MEA at ppt-level can enhance H2SO4-based NPF. The enhancing potential of MEA is < dimethylamine (DMA), one of the strongest enhancing agents, and ≫ methylamine (MA), in contrast to the order suggested solely by their basicity (MEA < MA < DMA)...
June 26, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650666/labile-incorporation-of-cholesterol-terminated-poly-acrylic-acid-for-the-facile-surface-modification-of-lipid-vesicles
#7
Sang-Min Lee
An amphiphilic cholesterol-terminated poly[acrylic acid] (Chol-PAA) that can be self-aggregated into nanoscale micelles in aqueous media has been prepared via nitroxide-mediated radical polymerization for the facile postformation modification of lipid vesicles. By varying the amount of Chol-PAA addition, the incorporation of Chol-PAA on the liposome templates was verified with zeta potential while the dynamic light scattering measurements revealed the polymer length of Chol-PAA dictated the hydrodynamic diameter of the resulting polymer-grafted vesicles (PGVs)...
June 26, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650636/orthogonal-electric-field-measurements-near-the-green-fluorescent-protein-fluorophore-through-stark-effect-spectroscopy-and-pka-shifts-provide-a-unique-benchmark-for-electrostatics-models
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Joshua D Slocum, Jeremy T First, Lauren J Webb
Measurement of the magnitude, direction, and functional importance of electric fields in biomolecules has been a longstanding experimental challenge. pKa shifts of titratable residues have been the most widely implemented measurements of local electrostatic environment around the labile proton, and experimental data sets of pKa shifts in a variety of systems have been used to test and refine computational prediction capabilities of protein electrostatic fields. A more direct and increasingly popular technique to measure electric fields in proteins is Stark effect spectroscopy, where the change in absorption energy of a chromophore relative to a reference state is related to the change in electric field felt by the chromophore...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650635/ternary-interactions-and-energy-transfer-between-fluorescein-isothiocyanate-adenosine-triphosphate-and-graphene-oxide-nanocarriers
#9
Katarzyna Ratajczak, Magdalena Stobiecka
The interactions of fluorescent probes and biomolecules with nanocarriers are of key importance to the emerging targeted drug delivery systems. Graphene oxide nanosheets (GONs) as the nanocarriers offer biocompatibility and robust drug binding capacity. The interactions of GONs with fluorophores lead to strong fluorescence quenching, which may interfere with fluorescence bioimaging and biodetection. Herein, we report on the interactions and energy transfers in a model ternary system: GONs-FITC-ATP, where FITC is a model fluorophore (fluorescein isothiocyanate) and ATP is a common biomolecule (adenosine-5'-triphosphate)...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650619/dual-alkali-solvent-system-for-co2-capture-from-flue-gas
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Yang Li, H Paul Wang, Chang-Yu Liao, Xinglei Zhao, Tung-Li Hsiung, Shou-Heng Liu, Shih-Ger Ted Chang
A novel two-aqueous-phase CO2 capture system, namely Dual Alkali Solvent (DAS) system, has been developed. Unlike traditional solvent-based CO2 capture systems in which the same solvent is used for both CO2 absorption and stripping, the solvent of the DAS system consists of two aqueous phases. The upper phase, which contains an organic alkali 1-(2-hydroxyethyl) piperazine (HEP), is used for CO2 absorption. The lower phase, which consists of a mixture of K2CO3/KHCO3 aqueous solution and KHCO3 precipitate, is used for CO2 stripping...
June 26, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650610/defect-emission-and-optical-gain-in-sicxoy-h-films
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Zhenxu Lin, Hongfei Li, Rui Huang, Yi Zhang, Jie Song, Hongliang Li, Yanqing Guo, Chao Song, John Robertson
Luminescent SiCxOy:H films,which are fabricated at different CH4 flow rates using very high-frequency plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition technique, exhibit strong photoluminescence (PL) with tuning from near-infrared to orange regions. The PL features an excitation wavelength independent recombination dynamic. The silicon dangling bond (DB) defects identified by electron paramagnetic resonance spectra are found to play a key role in the PL behavior. The first-principles calculation shows that the Si DB defects introduce a mid-gap state in the band gap, which is in good agreement with the PL energy...
June 26, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650498/two-step-fret-mediated-metal-ion-induced-signalling-responses-in-a-probe-appended-with-three-fluorophores
#12
Biswonath Biswal, Ajoy Pal, Bamaprasad Bag
A tri-fluorophoric molecular probe (1) with three different derivatized fluorophores, i.e. anthracene (An), 7-nitrobenz-2-oxa-1,3-diazole (NBD) and rhodamine-B (Rh) appended on to a Tren [tris-(2-aminoethyl)amine] receptor was demonstrated to exhibit metal ion induced ratiometric fluorescence signalling through the initiation of a two-step fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) process owing to a compatible and substantial spectral overlap of electronic absorption and fluorescence of initial donor-intermediate donor/acceptor-final acceptor pairs...
June 26, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650440/probing-dark-excitons-in-atomically-thin-semiconductors-via-near-field-coupling-to-surface-plasmon-polaritons
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You Zhou, Giovanni Scuri, Dominik S Wild, Alexander A High, Alan Dibos, Luis A Jauregui, Chi Shu, Kristiaan De Greve, Kateryna Pistunova, Andrew Y Joe, Takashi Taniguchi, Kenji Watanabe, Philip Kim, Mikhail D Lukin, Hongkun Park
Transition metal dichalcogenide (TMD) monolayers with a direct bandgap feature tightly bound excitons, strong spin-orbit coupling and spin-valley degrees of freedom. Depending on the spin configuration of the electron-hole pairs, intra-valley excitons of TMD monolayers can be either optically bright or dark. Dark excitons involve nominally spin-forbidden optical transitions with a zero in-plane transition dipole moment, making their detection with conventional far-field optical techniques challenging. Here, we introduce a method for probing the optical properties of two-dimensional materials via near-field coupling to surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs)...
June 26, 2017: Nature Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650095/sex-differences-in-brain-mitochondrial-metabolism-influence-of-endogenous-steroids-and-stroke
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P Gaignard, M Fréchou, P Liere, P Thérond, M Schumacher, A Slama, R Guennoun
Steroids are neuroprotective and growing body of evidence indicates that mitochondria are a potential target of their effects. The mitochondria are the site of cellular energy synthesis, regulate oxidative stress and play a key role in cell death after brain injury and neurodegenerative diseases. After a summary of the literature on the general functions of mitochondria and the effects of sex steroid administrations on mitochondrial metabolism, we will summarize and discuss our recent findings concerning sex differences in brain mitochondrial function in physiological and pathological conditions...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650030/carbon-nanoscroll-silk-crystallite-hybrid-structures-with-controllable-hydration-and-mechanical-properties
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Yuan Cheng, Leng-Duei Koh, Fan Wang, Dechang Li, Baohua Ji, Jingjie Yeo, Guijian Guan, Ming-Yong Han, Yong-Wei Zhang
Hybrid structures of nanomaterials (e.g. tubes, scrolls, threads, cages) and biomaterials (e.g. proteins) hold tremendous potential for applications as drug carriers, biosensors, tissue scaffolds, cancer therapeutic agents, etc. However, in many cases, the interacting forces at the nano-bio interfaces and their roles in controlling the structures and dynamics of nano-bio-hybrid systems are very complicated but poorly understood. In this study, we investigate the structure and mechanical behavior of a protein-based hybrid structure, i...
June 26, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650021/non-isothermal-kinetics-of-spin-crossover
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Mark B Bushuev, Elena B Nikolaenkova, Viktor P Krivopalov
Non-isothermal magnetic studies can be used to estimate the activation energy of cooperative spin transition. Model-free isoconversional integral methods give reliable estimates of the activation barrier height for highly cooperative spin crossover systems with wide thermal hysteresis.
June 26, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650009/charge-transfer-and-impulsive-electronic-to-vibrational-energy-conversion-in-ferricyanide-ultrafast-photoelectron-and-transient-infrared-studies
#17
José Ojeda, Christopher A Arrell, Luca Longetti, Majed Chergui, Jan Helbing
The photophysics of ferricyanide in H2O, D2O and ethylene glycol was studied upon excitation of ligand-to-metal charge transfer (LMCT) transitions by combining ultrafast photoelectron spectroscopy (PES) of liquids and transient vibrational spectroscopy. Upon 400 nm excitation in water, the PES results show a prompt reduction of the Fe(3+) to Fe(2+) and a back electron transfer in ∼0.5 ps concomitant with the appearance and decay of a strongly broadened infrared absorption at ∼2065 cm(-1). In ethylene glycol, the same IR absorption band decays in ∼1 ps, implying a strong dependence of the back electron transfer on the solvent...
June 26, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649805/cross-country-skiing-movement-factorization-to-explore-relationships-between-skiing-economy-and-athletes-skills
#18
Barbara Pellegrini, Chiara Zoppirolli, Gennaro Boccia, Lorenzo Bortolan, Federico Schena
We investigated the relationships between the biomechanics of the double poling (DP) technique in cross-country skiing, its economy and athletes' skill. To this aim, skiers' motion has been factorized into components through principal component analysis (PCA).Eight high-level (HL) and eight regional level (RL) male cross-country skiers performed a 5-min submaximal DP trial while roller skiing on a treadmill at 14 km h(-1) and 2° incline. Whole-body kinematics was recorded with a motion capture system. PCA was applied to markers coordinates to extract principal movements (PMk ), which were ranked by their variance...
June 26, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649772/luminescence-color-tuning-of-stable-luminescent-solid-materials-from-blue-to-nir-based-on-bis-o-carborane-substituted-oligoacenes
#19
Hirofumi Naito, Kenta Nishino, Yasuhiro Morisaki, Kazuo Tanaka, Yoshiki Chujo
It was known that the aryl-substituted o-carboranes showed highly-efficient solid-state emission in the previous studies. To demonstrate color tuning of solid-state emission from aryl-o-carborane-based system, bis-o-carborane-substituted oligoacenes were synthesized and their properties were systematically investigated. Optical and electrochemical measurements revealed efficient decreases in energy band gaps and lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) levels by adding the number of fused benzene rings for the extension of π-conjugation...
June 26, 2017: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649746/unique-spectral-overlap-and-resonant-energy-transfer-between-eu2-and-yb3-no-quantum-cutting
#20
Lei Zhou, Peter Anthony Tanner, Weijie Zhou, Yeye Ai, Lixin Ning, Mingmei Wu, Hongbin Liang
Samples of the Ca3Sc2Si3O12 (CSS) host singly-doped with Eu2+ or Yb3+, doubly-doped with Eu2+ and Yb3+, and triply-doped with Ce3+, Eu2+ and Yb3+ were synthesized by a sol-gel combustion process under reducing conditions. Unlike previous reports of Eu2+ → Yb3+ energy transfer in other systems, the energy transfer is resonant in the CSS host and the transfer efficiency reaches 100% for lightly-doped samples. The transfer mechanism is multipolar rather than electron transfer for the sample compositions employed herein...
June 25, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
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