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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793203/chemical-speciation-and-risk-assessment-of-cadmium-in-soils-around-a-typical-coal-mining-area-of-china
#1
Siwei Cheng, Guijian Liu, Chuncai Zhou, Ruoyu Sun
The distribution characteristics of Cadmium (Cd) fractions in soils around a coal mining area of Huaibei coalfield were investigated, with the aim to assess its ecological risk. The total Cd concentrations in soils ranged from 0.05 to 0.87 mg/kg. The high percentage of phyto-available Cd (58%) when redox or base-acid equilibria changed. Soil pH was found to be a crucial factor affecting soil Cd fraction, and carbonate-bound Cd can be significantly affected by both organic matter and pH of soils. The static ecological evaluation models, including potential ecological risk index (PERI), geo-accumulation index (Igeo ) and risk assessment code (RAC), revealed a moderate soil Cd contamination and prensented high Cd exposure risk in studied soils...
May 21, 2018: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793129/global-mittag-leffler-stability-and-synchronization-analysis-of-fractional-order-quaternion-valued-neural-networks-with-linear-threshold-neurons
#2
Xujun Yang, Chuandong Li, Qiankun Song, Jiyang Chen, Junjian Huang
This paper talks about the stability and synchronization problems of fractional-order quaternion-valued neural networks (FQVNNs) with linear threshold neurons. On account of the non-commutativity of quaternion multiplication resulting from Hamilton rules, the FQVNN models are separated into four real-valued neural network (RVNN) models. Consequently, the dynamic analysis of FQVNNs can be realized by investigating the real-valued ones. Based on the method of M-matrix, the existence and uniqueness of the equilibrium point of the FQVNNs are obtained without detailed proof...
May 4, 2018: Neural Networks: the Official Journal of the International Neural Network Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793088/decellularized-and-matured-esophageal-scaffold-for-circumferential-esophagus-replacement-proof-of-concept-in-a-pig-model
#3
Guillaume Luc, Guillaume Charles, Caroline Gronnier, Magali Cabau, Charlotte Kalisky, Mallory Meulle, Reine Bareille, Samantha Roques, Lionel Couraud, Johanna Rannou, Laurence Bordenave, Denis Collet, Marlène Durand
Surgical resection of the esophagus requires sacrificing a long portion of it. Its replacement by the demanding gastric pull-up or colonic interposition techniques may be avoided by using short biologic scaffolds composed of decellularized matrix (DM). The aim of this study was to prepare, characterize, and assess the in vivo remodeling of DM and its clinical impact in a preclinical model. A dynamic chemical and enzymatic decellularization protocol of porcine esophagus was set up and optimized. The resulting DM was mechanically and biologically characterized by DNA quantification, histology, and histomorphometry techniques...
May 17, 2018: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793065/arsenic-removal-by-as-hyperaccumulator-pteris-vittata-from-two-contaminated-soils-a-5-year-study
#4
Evandro B da Silva, Jason T Lessl, Ann C Wilkie, Xue Liu, Yungen Liu, Lena Q Ma
The ability of As-hyperaccumulator Pteris vittata to remove As from two contaminated soils (CCA from an As-treated wood facility and DVA from a cattle-dipping vat) over 5 years was investigated for the first time. The goal was to evaluate P. vittata's ability to continuously remove As during 10 harvests and identify how soil As was affected by P. vittata under P-sufficient (P-fertilizer) and P-limiting (phosphate rock) conditions. Sequential extraction was used to determine changes in metal distribution among different soil fractions...
May 10, 2018: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793053/aggressive-fluid-and-sodium-restriction-in-decompensated-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction-results-from-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Karina Sanches Machado d'Almeida, Eneida Rejane Rabelo-Silva, Gabriela Corrêa Souza, Melina Maria Trojahn, Sofia Louise Santin Barilli, Graziella Aliti, Luís Eduardo Rohde, Andreia Biolo, Luís Beck-da-Silva
OBJECTIVES: Sodium and fluid restriction is commonly prescribed for heart failure patients. However, its role in the treatment of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) remains unclear. The aim of this study was to compare the effect of a diet with sodium and fluid restriction with an unrestricted diet in patients admitted for decompensated HFpEF. METHODS: Patients were randomized to a diet with sodium (0.8 g/d) and fluid (800 mL/d) restriction (intervention group [IG]) or an unrestricted diet (control group [CG]) and followed for 7 d or hospital discharge...
March 21, 2018: Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793030/sorption-of-perfluoroalkyl-substances-pfass-to-an-organic-soil-horizon-effect-of-cation-composition-and-ph
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Hugo Campos Pereira, Malin Ullberg, Dan Berggren Kleja, Jon Petter Gustafsson, Lutz Ahrens
Accurate prediction of the sorption of perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in soils is essential for environmental risk assessment. We investigated the effect of solution pH and calculated soil organic matter (SOM) net charge on the sorption of 14 PFASs onto an organic soil as a function of pH and added concentrations of Al3+ , Ca2+ and Na+ . Often, the organic C-normalized partitioning coefficients (KOC ) showed a negative relationship to both pH (Δlog KOC /ΔpH = -0.32 ± 0.11 log units) and the SOM bulk net negative charge (Δlog KOC  = -1...
May 4, 2018: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793026/redistribution-of-cs-137-introduced-into-montmorillonite-in-association-with-organic-matter-coming-from-biomass-composting
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J Mihalik, M J Madruga, M H Casimiro, L M Ferreira, M I Prudêncio
The adsorption and later bioavailability of 137 Cs from the system humic acid (HA)/humic acid like compounds (HALC) and montmorillonite was investigated. The setup of the experiments should approach as much as possible natural conditions when 137 Cs is introduced into soil with HALC from decomposed biomass. The significant differences were found in the trials containing various HA/HALC and also pure montmorillonite. The 137 Cs was more available when it reached soil in association with HALC originated from compost than when it was adsorbed on stable humic acids...
May 16, 2018: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792988/towards-quantitative-prediction-of-the-performance-of-dry-powder-inhalers-by-multi-scale-simulations-and-experiments
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Duy Nguyen, Johan Remmelgas, Ingela Niklasson Björn, Berend van Wachem, Kyrre Thalberg
This work demonstrates the use of multi-scale simulations coupled with experiments to build a quantitative prediction tool for the performance of adhesive mixtures in a dry powder inhaler (DPI). Using discrete element model (DEM), the behaviour of fine-carrier particle assemblies upon different mechanisms encountered during dose entrainment and dispersion can be described at the individual particle level. Combining these results with computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations, the complete dosing event from a DPI can be captured and key performance measures can be extracted...
May 21, 2018: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792962/effect-of-casein-and-inulin-addition-on-physico-chemical-characteristics-of-low-fat-camel-dairy-cream
#9
Leila Ziaeifar, Mohsen Labbafi Mazrae Shahi, Maryam Salami, Gholam R Askari
The effect of the addition of the camel casein fraction on some physico-chemical properties of low fat camel milk cream was studied. Oil-in-water emulsions, 25, 30, and 35 (w/w) fat, were prepared using inulin, camel skim milk, milk fat and variable percentages of casein (1, 2, and 3% w/w). The droplet size, ζ-potential, surface protein concentration, viscosity and surface tension of low fat dairy creams was measured. Cream containing 2% (w/w) casein had better stability. The modifications in physico-chemical properties appeared to be driven by changes in particle size distribution caused by droplet aggregation...
May 21, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792858/luciferase-of-the-japanese-syllid-polychaete-odontosyllis-umdecimdonta
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Darrin T Schultz, Alexey A Kotlobay, Rustam Ziganshin, Artyom Bannikov, Nadezhda M Markina, Tatiana V Chepurnyh, Ekaterina S Shakhova, Ksenia Palkina, Steven H D Haddock, Ilia V Yampolsky, Yuichi Oba
Odontosyllis undecimdonta is a marine syllid polychaete that produces bright internal and exuded bioluminescence. Despite over fifty years of biochemical investigation into Odontosyllis bioluminescence, the light-emitting small molecule substrate and catalyzing luciferase protein have remained a mystery. Here we describe the discovery of a bioluminescent protein fraction from O. undecimdonta, the identification of the luciferase using peptide and RNA sequencing, and the in vitro reconstruction of the bioluminescence reaction using highly purified O...
May 21, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792833/self-diffusion-of-water-soluble-fullerene-derivatives-in-mouse-erythrocytes
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Irina Avilova, Ekaterina Khakina, Ol''ga Kraevaya, Alexander Kotelnikov, Raisa Kotelnikova, Pavel Troshin, Vitaliy Volkov
Self-diffusion of water-soluble fullerene derivative (WSFD) C60 [S(CH2 )3 SO3 Na]5 H in mouse red blood cells (RBC) was characterized by 1 H pulsed field gradient NMR technique. It was found that a fraction of fullerene molecules (~13% of the fullerene derivative added in aqueous RBC suspension) shows a self-diffusion coefficient of (5.5 ± 0.8)·10-12  m2 /s, which is matching the coefficient of the lateral diffusion of lipids in the erythrocyte membrane (DL  = (5.4 ± 0.8)·10-12  m2 /s). This experimental finding evidences the absorption of the fullerene derivative by RBC...
May 21, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792832/sperm-dna-fragmentation-in-the-total-and-vital-fractions-before-and-after-density-gradient-centrifugation-significance-in-male-fertility-diagnosis
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U Punjabi, H Van Mulders, I Goovaerts, K Peeters, K Clasen, P Janssens, O Zemtsova, D De Neubourg
BACKGROUND: Sperm DNA fragmentation measured by different techniques make comparisons impossible due to lack of standardization. Induction of DNA damage after sperm preparation in the entire fraction has been observed on independent occasions but findings are not consistent. METHODS: Men presenting at a University hospital setup for infertility treatment. DNA damage via TUNEL assay was validated on fresh semen samples, as conventional semen parameters, to reduce variability of results...
May 21, 2018: Clinical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792715/quantitative-analysis-of-peptide-matrix-interactions-in-lyophilized-solids-using-photolytic-labeling
#13
Yuan Chen, Elizabeth M Topp
Peptide-matrix interactions in lyophilized solids were explored using photolytic labeling and reversed phase high performance liquid chromatography (rp-HPLC) and mass spectrometric (MS) analysis. A model peptide (Ac-QELHKLQ-NHCH3 ) derived from salmon calcitonin was first labeled with a heterobifunctional cross-linker NHS-diazirine (succinimidyl 4,4'-azipentanoate; SDA) at Lys5 in solution, with ~ 100% conversion. The SDA labeled peptide was then formulated with the following excipients at a 1:400 molar ratio and lyophilized: sucrose, trehalose, mannitol, histidine, arginine, urea and NaCl...
May 24, 2018: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792676/dramatic-increase-in-polymer-glass-transition-temperature-under-extreme-nanoconfinement-in-weakly-interacting-nanoparticle-films
#14
Haonan Wang, Jyo Lyn Hor, Yue Zhang, Tianyi Liu, Daeyeon Lee, Zahra Fakhraai
Properties of polymers in polymer nanocomposites and nanopores have been shown to deviate from their respective bulk properties due to chain confinement as well as polymer-particle interfacial interactions. However, separating the confinement effects from the interfacial effects under extreme nanoconfinement is experimentally challenging. Capillary Rise Infiltration (CaRI) enables polymer infiltration into nanoparticle (NP) packings, thereby confining polymers within extremely small pores and dramatically increasing the interfacial area, providing a unique system to systematically distinguish the role of each effect on polymer properties...
May 24, 2018: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792584/neonatal-intake-of-oleanolic-acid-attenuates-the-subsequent-development-of-high-fructose-diet-induced-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-in-rats
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T T Nyakudya, E Mukwevho, P Nkomozepi, K H Erlwanger
Dietary manipulations during the early postnatal period are associated with the development of metabolic disorders including non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) or long-term protection against metabolic dysfunction. We investigated the potential hepatoprotective effects of neonatal administration of oleanolic acid (OA), a phytochemical, on the subsequent development in adulthood, of dietary fructose-induced NAFLD. Male and female suckling rats (n=112) were gavaged with; distilled water (DW), OA (60 mg/kg), high fructose solution (HF; 20% w/v) and OA+HF (OAHF) for 7 days...
May 24, 2018: Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792546/application-of-a-mixture-model-to-assess-the-effect-of-measles-mumps-rubella-vaccine-on-the-mumps-epidemic-in-children-from-kindergarten-to-early-school-age-in-jiangsu-province-china
#16
Lei Zhang, Zhiguo Wang, Ying Hu, Xiuying Deng, Hongxiong Guo, Xiang Sun, Fenyang Tang, Minghao Zhou, Yuanbao Liu
A single dose of the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine has been applied in routine immunizations for children in China; however, the Immunoglobulin G (IgG) antibody level of mumps in children from kindergarten to early school age with MMR vaccine immunization history has not been elucidated. This study aimed to describe the immunity profile of children from kindergarten to early school age to identify the susceptible population. In Jiangsu Province, a cross-sectional survey of 4- to 8-year-old children who were vaccinated with at least one dose of MMR vaccine was conducted...
May 24, 2018: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792395/how-are-patients-with-heart-failure-treated-in-primary-care
#17
Hélène Vaillant-Roussel, Bruno Pereira, Sylvaine Gibot-Boeuf, Romain Eschalier, Claude Dubray, Rémy Boussageon, Philippe Vorilhon
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess the adherence of general practitioners (GPs) to guidelines in patients with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) and to describe GPs' prescribing behavior regarding patients with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Cross-sectional study as part of the ETIC trial. Five classes of drugs were described: angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEIs) or angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs); β-blockers (BBs); mineralocorticoid receptor antagonists (MRAs); diuretics (thiazide or loop diuretics); and digoxin...
May 24, 2018: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792309/metabolic-and-physiologic-imaging-biomarkers-of-the-tumor-microenvironment-predict-treatment-outcome-with-radiation-or-a-hypoxia-activated-prodrug-in-mice
#18
Shingo Matsumoto, Shun Kishimoto, Keita Saito, Yoichi Takakusagi, Jeeva P Munasinghe, Nallathamby Devasahayam, Charles Hart, Robert J Gillies, James B Mitchell, Murali C Krishna
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is characterized by hypoxic niches that lead to treatment resistance. Therefore, studies of tumor oxygenation and metabolic profiling should contribute to improved treatment strategies. Here we define two imaging biomarkers that predict differences in tumor response to therapy: 1) partial oxygen pressure (pO2), measured by EPR imaging; and 2) [1-13C] pyruvate metabolism rate, measured by hyperpolarized 13C MRI. Three human PDAC xenografts with varying treatment sensitivity (Hs766t, MiaPaCa-2, and Su...
May 23, 2018: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792306/predicting-the-viscosity-of-digesta-from-the-physical-characteristics-of-particle-suspensions-using-existing-rheological-models
#19
Allan K Hardacre, Roger G Lentle, Sia-Yen Yap, John A Monro
The measurement of the viscosity of digesta is complicated by settling and compositional changes that accompany digestion. The current work determined whether the apparent and relative viscosities ( η a and η r ) of digesta could be accurately determined from the actual and maximum solid volume fractions ( ϕ and ϕ max , respectively) using the Maron-Pierce equation. The rheological properties of digesta from the small intestine of six pigs were determined at a shear rate of 1 s-1 at 37°C. A series of suspensions of plant fibre in a Newtonian liquid (70% aqueous fructose) were made at viscosities similar to pig digesta by adjusting ϕ The relationships between the apparent and relative viscosities ( η a and η r ) and the plant fibre properties; aspect ratio (AR) and ϕ and ϕ max were then determined for digesta and the suspensions...
May 2018: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792299/a-simple-evidence-based-approach-to-help-guide-diagnosis-of-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction
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Yogesh N V Reddy, Rickey E Carter, Masaru Obokata, Margaret M Redfield, Barry A Borlaug
Background -Diagnosis of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) is challenging in euvolemic patients with dyspnea, and no evidence-based criteria are available. We sought to develop and then validate non-invasive diagnostic criteria that could be used to estimate the likelihood that HFpEF is present among patients with unexplained dyspnea in order to guide further testing. Methods -Consecutive patients with unexplained dyspnea referred for invasive hemodynamic exercise testing were retrospectively evaluated...
May 23, 2018: Circulation
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