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Akira Umehara, Tohru Takahashi, Tomohiro Komorita, Ryo Orita, Jin-Woo Choi, Risa Takenaka, Rie Mabuchi, Ho-Dong Park, Hiroaki Tsutsumi
Freshwater cyanobacteria produce toxic microcystins (MCs), which travel from freshwater areas into the sea. The MCs produced by cyanobacteria in a freshwater reservoir were discharged frequently into the adjacent Isahaya Bay, remained in the surface sediments, and then accumulated in various macrobenthic animals on the seafloor. The MCs were transported further outside of Isahaya Bay (Ariake Bay), and the median values of the MC contents in the sediments were in the same levels in both bays, while their temporal variations were also similar during the study period...
October 15, 2016: Chemosphere
Michael Hund, Dominic Böhm, Werner Sturm, Michael Sedlmair, Tobias Schreck, Torsten Ullrich, Daniel A Keim, Ljiljana Majnaric, Andreas Holzinger
Medical doctors and researchers in bio-medicine are increasingly confronted with complex patient data, posing new and difficult analysis challenges. These data are often comprising high-dimensional descriptions of patient conditions and measurements on the success of certain therapies. An important analysis question in such data is to compare and correlate patient conditions and therapy results along with combinations of dimensions. As the number of dimensions is often very large, one needs to map them to a smaller number of relevant dimensions to be more amenable for expert analysis...
March 21, 2016: Brain Informatics
Martha M Yeshanew, Luigi Frunzo, Vincenzo Luongo, Francesco Pirozzi, Piet N L Lens, Giovanni Esposito
The present work studied the start-up process of a mesophilic (37 ± 2 °C) anaerobic fluidized bed reactor (AFBR) operated at a hydraulic retention time (HRT) of 20 days using synthetic carbohydrate rich wastewater. Anox Kaldness-K1 carriers were used as biofilm carrier material. The reactor performance and biofilm formation were evaluated during the process. The start-up process at lower liquid recirculation flow rate enhanced the biofilm formation and reactor performance. The organic substrate composition had a major impact on early colonization of methanogenic archaea onto the surface of the Kaldness carriers during the start-up process...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Environmental Management
Jabadurai Jayapaul, Susanne Arns, Matt Bunker, Marek Weiler, Sandra Rutherford, Peter Comba, Fabian Kiessling
: Riboflavin (Rf) receptors bind and translocate Rf and its phosphorylated forms (e.g. flavin mononucleotide, FMN) into cells where they mediate various cellular metabolic pathways. Previously, we showed that FMN-coated ultrasmall superparamagnetic iron oxide (FLUSPIO) nanoparticles are suitable for labeling metabolically active cancer and endothelial cells in vitro. In this study, we focused on the in vivo application of FLUSPIO using prostate cancer xenografts. Size, charge, and chemical composition of FLUSPIO were evaluated...
2016: Nano Research
Arnab Kumar De, Narottam Dey, Malay Kumar Adak
In the present experiment a pteridophytic species Azolla and an angiospermic species Vernonia were evaluated on the basis of cellular reactivity for herbicidal action through ongoing concentrations. Initially, both the species recorded a significant activity of IAA-oxidase as mark of IAA metabolism with herbicidal sensitivity. Still, Vernonia species were more affected on 2,4-D mediated auxin catabolism. The loss of auxin concentrations on the tissues by 2,4-D reaction was also reflected on growth parameters including relative growth rate and chlorophyll biosynthesis...
July 2016: Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants: An International Journal of Functional Plant Biology
Vijay Sundaram, Kasiviswanathan Muthukumarappan, Stephen Gent
Lignocellulosic feedstocks corn stover, prairie cord grass, and switchgrass were subjected to ammonia fiber expansion (AFEX™) pretreatment and densified using extrusion pelleting and ComPAKco densification technique. The effects of AFEX™ pretreatment and densification were studied on the fast pyrolysis product yields. Feedstocks were milled in a hammer mill using three different screen sizes (2, 4, and 8 mm) and were subjected to AFEX™ pretreatment. The untreated and AFEX™-pretreated feedstocks were moisture adjusted at three levels (5, 10, and 15 % wb) and were extruded using a lab-scale single screw extruder...
October 8, 2016: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Mingyue Liu, Libing Wang, Renliang Huang, Yanjun Yu, Rongxin Su, Wei Qi, Zhimin He
Bionanomaterials synthesized by bio-inspired templating methods have emerged as a novel class of composite materials with varied applications in catalysis, detection, drug delivery, and biomedicine. In this study, two kinds of cross-linked lysozyme crystals (CLLCs) of different sizes were applied for the in situ growth of Au nanoparticles (AuNPs). The resulting composite materials were characterized by light microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy...
October 8, 2016: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Mohammad M Hossain, Ian M Scott, Franco Berruti, Cedric Briens
Valuable chemicals can be separated from agricultural residues by chemical or thermochemical processes. The application of pyrolysis has already been demonstrated as an efficient means to produce a liquid with a high concentration of desired product. The objective of this study was to apply an insect and microorganism bioassay-guided approach to separate and isolate pesticidal compounds from bio-oil produced through biomass pyrolysis. Tobacco leaf (Nicotianata bacum), tomato plant (Solanum lycopersicum), and spent coffee (Coffea arabica) grounds were pyrolyzed at 10°C/min from ambient to 565°C using the mechanically fluidized reactor (MFR)...
August 12, 2016: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part. B, Pesticides, Food Contaminants, and Agricultural Wastes
Naheed Sayeed-Desta, Ajay Babu Pazhayattil, Jordan Collins, Shu Chen, Marzena Ingram, Jana Spes
The paper introduces evaluation methodologies and associated statistical approaches for process validation lifecycle Stage 3A. The assessment tools proposed can be applied to newly developed and launched small molecule as well as bio-pharma products, where substantial process and product knowledge has been gathered. The following elements may be included in Stage 3A: number of 3A batch determination; evaluation of critical material attributes, critical process parameters, critical quality attributes; in vivo in vitro correlation; estimation of inherent process variability (IPV) and PaCS index; process capability and quality dashboard (PCQd); and enhanced control strategy...
October 6, 2016: AAPS PharmSciTech
Anupum Pant, Engin Torun, Bin Chen, Soumya Bhat, Xi Fan, Kedi Wu, David P Wright, Francois M Peeters, Emmanuel Soignard, Hasan Sahin, Sefaattin Tongay
Zirconium trisulphide (ZrS3), a member of the layered transition metal trichalcogenides (TMTCs) family, has been studied by angle-resolved photoluminescence spectroscopy (ARPLS). The synthesized ZrS3 layers possess a pseudo one-dimensional nature where each layer consists of ZrS3 chains extending along the b-lattice direction. Our results show that the optical properties of few-layered ZrS3 are highly anisotropic as evidenced by large PL intensity variation with the polarization direction. Light is efficiently absorbed when the E-field is polarized along the chain (b-axis), but the field is greatly attenuated and absorption is reduced when it is polarized vertical to the 1D-like chains as the wavelength of the exciting light is much longer than the width of each 1D chain...
September 15, 2016: Nanoscale
George Kubas, William Rees, Jonathan Caguiat, David Asch, Diana Fagan, Pedro Cortes
The present research investigates the identification of amino acid sequences that selectively bind to a pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN) explosive surrogate. Through the use of a phage display technique and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISA), a peptide library was tested against PETNH (pentaerythritol trinitrate hemisuccinate), a surrogate of PETN, in order to screen for those with amino acids having affinity toward the explosive. The use of the PETN surrogate allowed the immobilization of the target during the screening process, while retaining a chemical profile similar to that of PETN...
October 6, 2016: Biopolymers
Yun Hee Chang, Howon Kim, Se-Jong Kahng, Yong-Hyun Kim
Based on density functional theory calculations, we investigated the axial bindings of diatomic molecules (NO, CO, and O2) to metalloporphyrins and their spin switching behaviors. These binding reactions provide the ways to control molecular states and spins in metalloporphyrin systems that can be used in bio-sensing and spintronic applications. To microscopically understand the non-trivial axial binding structures and spin-switching behaviors of diatomic molecules (NO, CO, and O2) adsorbed onto Co-tetraphenylporphyrin (CoTPP), we performed spin-polarized density functional theory (DFT) calculations for various CoTPP systems on Au(111), Ag(111), and Cu(111) substrates...
September 14, 2016: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Zhongming Zhang, Mengyun Wang, Xiaocui Miao, Yijuan Li, Glenn Hitchman, Zhen Yuan
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The Seeking Proxies for Internal States (SPIS) hypothesis predicts that obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is associated with a deficit in subjective convictions, which may lead to a reliance on external substitutes for the perceptions of an individual's internal states. Two well-designed studies were performed for the present work that adopted a false bio-feedback procedure in a muscle tension task to examine the SPIS hypothesis. METHODS: The false bio-feedback paradigm was used to investigate our hypothesis...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry
Eduardo Pinheiro Domingues, Rafael Fernandes Ribeiro, Martinho Campolina Rebello Horta, Flávio Ricardo Manzi, Maurício Greco Côsso, Elton Gonçalves Zenóbio
OBJECTIVE: Using computed tomography, to compare vertical and volumetric bone augmentation after interposition grafting with bovine bone mineral matrix (GEISTLICH BIO-OSS(®) ) or hydroxyapatite/tricalcium phosphate (STRAUMANN(®) BONECERAMIC) for atrophic posterior mandible reconstruction through segmental osteotomy. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Seven patients received interposition grafts in the posterior mandible for implant rehabilitation. The computed tomography cone beam images were analysed with OsiriX Imaging Software 6...
October 4, 2016: Clinical Oral Implants Research
Bassam Alkotaini, Nam Soo Han, Beom Soo Kim
Recently, Microbulbifer thermotolerans JAMB-A94 endo-β-agarase I was expressed as catalytic domain (GH16) without a carbohydrate-binding module (CBM). In this study, we successfully constructed different fusions of GH16 with its original CBM6 and CBM13 derived from Catenovulum agarivorans. The optimum temperature and pH for fusions GH16-CBM6, GH16-CBM13, GH16-CBM6-CBM13 and GH16-CBM13-CBM6 were similar to GH16, at 55°C and pH 7. All the constructed fusions significantly enhanced the GH16 affinity (Km) and the catalytic efficiency (Kcat/Km) toward agar...
November 2016: Enzyme and Microbial Technology
Huihui Chen, Jingjing Wan, Kaifei Chen, Gang Luo, Jiajun Fan, James Clark, Shicheng Zhang
Hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) is an emerging and promising technology for the conversion of wet biomass into bio-crude, however, little attention has been paid to the utilization of hydrothermal liquefaction wastewater (HTLWW) with high concentration of organics. The present study investigated biogas production from wastewater obtained from HTL of straw for bio-crude production, with focuses on the analysis of the microbial communities and characterization of the organics. Batch experiments showed the methane yield of HTLWW (R-HTLWW) was 184 mL/g COD, while HTLWW after petroleum ether extraction (PE-HTLWW), to extract additional bio-crude, had higher methane yield (235 mL/g COD) due to the extraction of recalcitrant organic compounds...
September 27, 2016: Water Research
Yan Dang, Yuqing Lei, Zhao Liu, Yiting Xue, Dezhi Sun, Li-Ying Wang, Dawn E Holmes
A considerable amount of leachate with high fulvic acid (FA) content is generated during the municipal solid waste (MSW) incineration process. This incineration leachate is usually processed by downstream bio-methanogenic treatment. However, few studies have examined the impact that these compounds have on methanogenesis and how they are degraded and transformed during the treatment process. In this study, a laboratory-scale expanded granular sludge bed (EGSB) reactor was operated with MSW incineration leachate containing various concentrations of FA (1500 mg/L to 8000 mg/L) provided as the influent...
September 23, 2016: Water Research
Noortje Dijkstra, Juho Junttila, Kari Skirbekk, JoLynn Carroll, Katrine Husum, Morten Hald
We investigated benthic foraminiferal assemblages in contaminated sediments in a subarctic harbor of Northern Norway to assess their utility as indicators of anthropogenic impacts. Sediments in the harbor are repositories for POPs and heavy metals supplied through discharges from industry and shipping activities. Sediment contaminant concentrations are at moderate to poor ecological quality status (EcoQS) levels. The EcoQS based on benthic foraminiferal diversity reflects a similar trend to the EcoQS based on contaminant concentrations...
September 30, 2016: Marine Pollution Bulletin
Hyung Chul Lee, Sumi Lim, Jae Yong Han
Here, we investigated the role of the Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway in chicken primordial germ cells (PGCs) in vitro. We confirmed the expression of Wnt signaling pathway-related genes and the localization of β-catenin in the nucleus, revealing that this pathway is potentially activated in chicken PGCs. Then, using the single-cell pick-up assay, we examined the proliferative capacity of cultured PGCs in response to Wnt ligands, a β-catenin-mediated Wnt signaling activator (6-bromoindirubin-3'-oxime [BIO]) or inhibitor (JW74), in the presence or absence of basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF)...
2016: Scientific Reports
Marie Crowe, Lisa Whitehead, Philippa Seaton, Jennifer Jordan, Catherine Mccall, Virginia Maskill, Henrietta Trip
AIM: To synthesise qualitative descriptions of the experience of chronic pain across conditions. BACKGROUND: Chronic pain is a transdiagnostic symptom in that while somatic pathology plays a role in activating pain pathways, psychological and social factors contribute to the experience of pain over time. The treatment of the underlying condition may require both bio-medical intervention and biopsychosocial approaches. DESIGN: Qualitative meta-synthesis using Confidence in the Evidence from Reviews of Qualitative Research (CERQual) developed by Grading of Recommendations Assessment Development and Evaluation (GRADE) working group to evaluate the strength of the evidence...
September 29, 2016: Journal of Advanced Nursing
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