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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340464/a-review-on-various-electrochemical-techniques-for-heavy-metal-ions-detection-with-different-sensing-platforms
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REVIEW
BabanKumar Bansod, Tejinder Kumar, Ritula Thakur, Shakshi Rana, Inderbir Singh
Heavy metal ions are non-biodegradable and contaminate most of the natural resources occurring in the environment including water. Some of the heavy metals including Lead (Pb), Mercury (Hg), Arsenic (As), Chromium (Cr) and Cadmium (Cd) are considered to be highly toxic and hazardous to human health even at trace levels. This leads to the requirement of fast, accurate and reliable techniques for the detection of heavy metal ions. This review presents various electrochemical detection techniques for heavy metal ions those are user friendly, low cost, provides on-site and real time monitoring as compared to other spectroscopic and optical techniques...
March 18, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338833/a-humidity-shock-leads-to-rapid-temperature-dependent-changes-in-coffee-leaf-physiology-and-gene-expression
#2
El-Hadji Thioune, James McCarthy, Thomas Gallagher, Bruce Osborne
Climate change is expected to increase the frequency of above-normal atmospheric water deficits contemporaneous with periods of high temperatures. Here we explore alterations in physiology and gene expression in leaves of Coffea canephora Pierre ex A. Froehner caused by a sharp drop in relative humidity (RH) at three different temperatures. Both stomatal conductance (gs) and CO2 assimilation (A) measurements showed that gs and A values fell quickly at all temperatures after the transfer to low RH.  However, leaf relative water content measurements indicated that leaves nonetheless experienced substantial water losses, implying that stomatal closure and/or resupply of water was not fast enough to stop excessive evaporative losses...
February 8, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337991/contrasting-influences-of-aerosols-on-cloud-properties-during-deficient-and-abundant-monsoon-years
#3
Nitin Patil, Prashant Dave, Chandra Venkataraman
Direct aerosol radiative forcing facilitates the onset of Indian monsoon rainfall, based on synoptic scale fast responses acting over timescales of days to a month. Here, we examine relationships between aerosols and coincident clouds over the Indian subcontinent, using observational data from 2000 to 2009, from the core monsoon region. Season mean and daily timescales were considered. The correlation analyses of cloud properties with aerosol optical depth revealed that deficient monsoon years were characterized by more frequent and larger decreases in cloud drop size and ice water path, but increases in cloud top pressure, with increases in aerosol abundance...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336902/magnetic-hybrid-nanosorbents-for-the-uptake-of-paraquat-from-water
#4
Tiago Fernandes, Sofia F Soares, Tito Trindade, Ana L Daniel-da-Silva
Although paraquat has been banned in European countries, this herbicide is still used all over the world, thanks to its low-cost, high-efficiency, and fast action. Because paraquat is highly toxic to humans and animals, there is interest in mitigating the consequences of its use, namely by implementing removal procedures capable of curbing its environmental and health risks. This research describes new magnetic nanosorbents composed of magnetite cores functionalized with bio-hybrid siliceous shells, that can be used to uptake paraquat from water using magnetically-assisted procedures...
March 18, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335529/effects-of-momordica-charantia-bitter-melon-on-ischemic-diabetic-myocardium
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Attila Czompa, Alexandra Gyongyosi, Kitti Szoke, Istvan Bak, Evelin Csepanyi, David D Haines, Arpad Tosaki, Istvan Lekli
Objective: A rat model is here used to test a hypothesis that Momordica charantia (Bitter melon (BM)) extract favorably alters processes in cardiovascular tissue and is systemically relevant to the pathophysiology of type 2 diabetes (T2DM) and related cardiovascular disease. Methods: Male Lean and Zucker Obese (ZO) rats were gavage-treated for six weeks with 400 mg/kg body weight bitter melon (BM) extract suspended in mucin-water vehicle, or with vehicle (Control). Animals were segregated into four treatment groups, 10 animals in each group, according to strain (Lean or ZO) and treatment (Control or BM)...
March 20, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332691/relaxations-and-phase-transitions-during-the-collapse-of-a-dense-pnipam-microgel-suspension-thorough-insight-using-dielectric-spectroscopy
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Man Yang, Chunyan Liu, Yiwei Lian, Kongshuang Zhao, Dan Zhu, Jianfeng Zhou
The dielectric behavior of a thermo-sensitive poly-(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM) microgel suspension with a dense concentration was investigated over the frequency range of 40 Hz to 110 MHz in a wide temperature window of 10-60 °C. By successfully removing the electrode polarization effect from the original data, two remarkable and temperature-dependent relaxation processes were observed. Both of the two-phase transition processes, i.e., the colloidal crystal-to-liquid transition, which has not yet been detected by dielectric spectroscopy before, as well as the volume phase transition, were detected by the relaxation parameters...
March 23, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331791/one-dimensional-earth-abundant-nanomaterials-for-water-splitting-electrocatalysts
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REVIEW
Jun Li, Gengfeng Zheng
Hydrogen fuel acquisition based on electrochemical or photoelectrochemical water splitting represents one of the most promising means for the fast increase of global energy need, capable of offering a clean and sustainable energy resource with zero carbon footprints in the environment. The key to the success of this goal is the realization of robust earth-abundant materials and cost-effective reaction processes that can catalyze both hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) and oxygen evolution reaction (OER), with high efficiency and stability...
March 2017: Advanced Science (Weinheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326069/different-bacterial-communities-involved-in-peptide-decomposition-between-normoxic-and-hypoxic-coastal-waters
#8
Shuting Liu, Boris Wawrik, Zhanfei Liu
Proteins and peptides are key components of the labile dissolved organic matter pool in marine environments. Knowing which types of bacteria metabolize peptides can inform the factors that govern peptide decomposition and further carbon and nitrogen remineralization in marine environments. A (13)C-labeled tetrapeptide, alanine-valine-phenylalanine-alanine (AVFA), was added to both surface (normoxic) and bottom (hypoxic) seawater from a coastal station in the northern Gulf of Mexico for a 2-day incubation experiment, and bacteria that incorporated the peptide were identified using DNA stable isotope probing (SIP)...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324838/influence-of-multi-walled-carbon-nanotubes-on-the-effects-of-roxithromycin-in-crucian-carp-carassius-auratus-in-the-presence-of-natural-organic-matter
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Zhenhua Yan, Guanghua Lu, Hongwei Sun, Binni Ma
Carbon nanotubes are increasingly entering the aquatic environment and may interact with other co-existing contaminants, such as antibiotics. However, whether these interactions may affect their bioavailability in aquatic organisms is the subject of considerable debate. The primary objective of this study was to assess the risks arising from the coexistence of roxithromycin (ROX) and multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) in waters containing natural organic matter (NOM), focusing on the distribution and bioaccumulation of ROX in crucian carp (Carassius auratus), and the related biochemical status...
March 11, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323951/assessing-energy-requirements-in-women-with-polycystic-ovary-syndrome-a-comparison-against-doubly-labeled-water
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Nicholas T Broskey, Monica C Klempel, L Anne Gilmore, Elizabeth F Sutton, Abby D Altazan, Jeffrey H Burton, Eric Ravussin, Leanne M Redman
Context: Weight loss is prescribed to offset the deleterious consequences of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), but a successful intervention requires an accurate assessment of energy requirements. Objective: Describe energy requirements in women with PCOS and evaluate common prediction equations compared to doubly-labeled water (DLW). Design: Cross-sectional study. Setting: Academic research center. Participants: Twenty-eight weight-stable women with PCOS completed a 14-day DLW study along with measures of body composition, resting metabolic rate, and physical activity assessment by accelerometry...
March 8, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323637/accelerated-monte-carlo-simulation-on-the-chemical-stage-in-water-radiolysis-using-gpu
#11
Zhen Tian, Steve B Jiang, Xun Jia
The accurate simulation of water radiolysis is an important step to understand the mechanisms of radiobiology and quantitatively test some hypotheses regarding radiobiological effects. However, the simulation of water radiolysis is highly time consuming, taking hours or even days to be completed by a conventional CPU processor. This time limitation hinders cell-level simulations for a number of research studies. We recently initiated efforts to develop gMicroMC, a GPU-based fast microscopic MC simulation package for water radiolysis...
March 21, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323423/bioinspired-layer-by-layer-microcapsules-based-on-cellulose-nanofibers-with-switchable-permeability
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Thomas Paulraj, Anastasia V Riazanova, Kun Yao, Richard L Andersson, Anette Müllertz, Anna J Svagan
Green, all-polysaccharide based microcapsules with mechanically robust capsule walls and fast, stimuli-triggered and switchable permeability behaviour show great promise in applications based on selective and timed permeability. Taking cue from nature, the build-up and composition of plant primary cell wall inspired the capsule wall assembly, because the primary cell walls in plants exhibit high mechanical properties despite being in a highly hydrated state, primarily owing to cellulose microfibrils. The microcapsules (16 ± 4 µm in diameter) were fabricated using the Layer-by-Layer technique on sacrificial CaCO3 templates, using plant polysaccharides (pectin, cellulose nanofibers and xyloglucan) only...
March 21, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322943/cu-ii-binded-chitosan-fe3o4-nanocomomposite-as-a-new-biosorbent-for-efficient-and-selective-removal-of-phosphate
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Siamak Zavareh, Zahra Behrouzi, Armen Avanes
The aim of this study was to develop a chitosan-based magnetic adsorbent for selective and effective removal of phosphate from aqueous solutions. For this purpose, Cu-chitosan/Fe3O4 nanocomposite was prepared using a facile method and characterized. The prepared adsorbent exhibited more porous surface with higher specific area compared to neat chitosan based on SEM and BET studies. The FTIR and EDX studies indicated the presence of Cu(II) bonded to the adsorbent surface. Crystalline properties of the adsorbent were also studied using XRD...
March 18, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322467/a-new-strategy-for-accelerated-extraction-of-target-compounds-using-molecularly-imprinted-polymer-particles-embedded-in-a-paper-based-disk
#14
Mashaalah Zarejousheghani, Steffi Schrader, Monika Möder, Matthias Schmidt, Helko Borsdorf
In this study, a general simple and inexpensive method is introduced for the preparation of a paper-based selective disk-type solid phase extraction (SPE) technique, appropriate for fast and high throughput monitoring of target compounds. An ion exchange molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) was synthesized for the extraction and analysis of acesulfame, an anthropogenic water quality marker. Acesulfame imprinting was used as an example for demonstrating the benefits of a nanosized, swellable MIP extraction sorbents integrated in an on-site compatible concept for water quality monitoring...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Molecular Recognition: JMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322210/mycolactone-producing-mycobacterium-marinum-infection-in-captive-hong-kong-warty-newts-and-pathological-evidence-of-impaired-host-immune-function
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Wen-Ta Li, Hui-Wen Chang, Victor Fei Pang, Fun-In Wang, Chen-Hsuan Liu, Ting-Yu Chen, Jun-Cheng Guo, Takayuki Wada, Chian-Ren Jeng
A mass mortality event of captive Hong Kong warty newts Paramesotriton hongkongensis with non-granulomatous necrotic lesions occurred in Taipei Zoo, Taiwan, in 2014. Clinically, the sick newts were lethargic and often covered with water mold Saprolegnia sp. on the skin of the body trunk or extremities. Predominant pathological findings were multifocal non-granulomatous necrotic lesions in the liver, spleen, and kidneys and severe skin infection with Saprolegnia sp., with deep invasion and involvement of underlying muscles...
March 21, 2017: Diseases of Aquatic Organisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319400/playing-with-emulsion-formulation-to-control-the-perforation-of-a-freely-expanding-liquid-sheet
#16
Clara Vernay, Laurence Ramos, Alois Würger, Christian Ligoure
A single-drop experiment based on the collision of one drop of liquid on a small solid target is used to produce liquid sheets that are visualized with a fast camera. Upon impact, the drop flattens into a sheet that is bounded by a thicker rim and radially expanding in air. Emulsion-based liquid sheets are destabilized through the nucleation of holes that perforate the sheet during its expansion. The holes grow until they merge together and form a web of ligaments, which are then destabilized into drops. We propose the perforation mechanism as a sequence of two necessary steps...
March 20, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318248/ultrastable-1d-europium-complex-for-simultaneous-and-quantitative-sensing-of-cr-iii-and-cr-vi-ions-in-aqueous-solution-with-high-selectivity-and-sensitivity
#17
Jingjuan Liu, Guanfeng Ji, Jiannan Xiao, Zhiliang Liu
A unique metal-organic complex (MOC) with formula [Eu2(tpbpc)4·CO3·4H2O]·DMF·solvent (Htpbpc = 4'-[4,2';6',4″]-terpyridin-4'-yl-biphenyl-4-carboxylic acid) has been successfully constructed under solvothermal conditions. The Eu complex, as proved by structural analysis, exhibits a fascinating 1D linear-type chain structure which is further extended to a 3D H-bonded supramolecular framework. The luminescent investigations confirm that the emission behavior of the Eu complex possesses excellent water stability and pH stability, and it is the first example of a MOC-based fluorescent probe with high selectivity, high sensitivity, and low detection limit, targeting Cr(III) and Cr(VI) (CrO4(2-)/Cr2O7(2-)) ions in aqueous solution...
March 20, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318115/microbial-players-and-processes-involved-in-phytoplankton-bloom-utilization-in-the-water-column-of-a-fast-flowing-river-dominated-estuary
#18
Maria W Smith, Lydie Herfort, Caroline S Fortunato, Byron C Crump, Holly M Simon
Fueled by seasonal phytoplankton blooms, the Columbia River estuary is a natural bioreactor for organic matter transformations. Prior metagenome analyses indicated high abundances of diverse Bacteroidetes taxa in estuarine samples containing phytoplankton. To examine the hypothesis that Bacteroidetes taxa have important roles in phytoplankton turnover, we further analyzed metagenomes from water collected along a salinity gradient at 0, 5, 15, 25, and 33 PSU during bloom events. Size fractions were obtained by using a 3-μm prefilter and 0...
March 20, 2017: MicrobiologyOpen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317967/a-fast-sol-gel-synthesis-leading-to-highly-crystalline-birnessites-under-non-hydrothermal-conditions
#19
S Ziller, J F von Bülow, S Dahl, M Lindén
Manganese oxides from the compound family of layered birnessites have attracted interest for their use as cathode materials in Li-ion batteries, as supercapacitors, and as water oxidation catalysts. Furthermore, birnessites are also excellent precursors for low-temperature syntheses of manganese oxide-based materials such as LiMn2O4 (spinel and hollandite). Most syntheses leading to highly crystalline birnessites either require hydrothermal conditions for extended periods of time ranging from days to months or a high post-treatment temperature (400-500 °C)...
March 20, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317441/oxidative-degradation-of-pentachlorophenol-by-permanganate-for-isco-application
#20
Roger Matta, Serge Chiron
Potassium permanganate (KMnO4) has been an effective technology for the in situ chemical oxidation (ISCO) of many organic compounds including chlorinated alkanes and alkenes, but it has rarely been applied for oxidizing aromatic organochlorines. This study confirms the ability of permanganate to oxidize an aromatic chlorinated compound, pentachlorophenol (PCP), in an efficient manner at neutral pH. The rate of the reaction between KMnO4 and PCP was calculated and the results indicated that the reaction between PCP and permanganate is relatively fast with a second order rate k"∼ 30 M(-1)s(-1)...
March 18, 2017: Environmental Technology
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