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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535481/graphene-oxide-enzyme-hybrid-nanoflowers-for-efficient-water-soluble-dye-removal
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Hui Li, Jingwei Hou, Linlin Duan, Chao Ji, Yatao Zhang, Vicki Chen
High efficient enzyme immobilization on carbon based conductive supports could provide wide applications in energy and environmental science. Here, we synthesized a 3D flower-like structured self-assembly hybrid nanocomposite with copper phosphate, laccase, graphite oxide (GO) and carbon nanotubes (CNTs) via a facile one-pot strategy under mild conditions. The prepared nanocomposite exhibited very high enzyme loading and improved laccase activity. During the formation of the nanocomposite, the copper phosphate-laccase petals were interwined by CNTs, and GO nanosheets were further coated on the petal surface...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535254/invited-commentary-cassel-s-the-contribution-of-the-social-environment-to-host-resistance-a-modern-classic
#2
Sherman A James
John Cassel's 1976 paper "The Contribution of the Social Environment to Host Resistance" (Am J Epidemiol. 1976;104(2):107-123) is widely regarded as a classic in epidemiology. He makes the compelling argument that the quality of a person's social relationships, that is, the degree to which her relationships are more stressful than supportive (or vice versa) influences her susceptibility to disease independent of genetic endowment, diet, physical activity, etc. Cassel's provocative thesis was anchored in a cogent synthesis of findings from animal experiments and observational studies on diverse human populations...
May 23, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533681/synergistic-bactericidal-activity-of-chlorhexidine-loaded-silver-decorated-mesoporous-silica-nanoparticles
#3
Meng-Meng Lu, Qiu-Jing Wang, Zhi-Min Chang, Zheng Wang, Xiao Zheng, Dan Shao, Wen-Fei Dong, Yan-Min Zhou
Combination of chlorhexidine (CHX) and silver ions could engender synergistic bactericidal effect and improve the bactericidal efficacy. It is highly desired to develop an efficient carrier for the antiseptics codelivery targeting infection foci with acidic microenvironment. In this work, monodisperse mesoporous silica nanoparticle (MSN) nanospheres were successfully developed as an ideal carrier for CHX and nanosilver codelivery through a facile and environmentally friendly method. The CHX-loaded, silver-decorated mesoporous silica nanoparticles (Ag-MSNs@CHX) exhibited a pH-responsive release manner of CHX and silver ions simultaneously, leading to synergistically antibacterial effect against both gram-positive Staphylococcus aureus and gram-negative Escherichia coli...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532807/distribution-of-aleutian-mink-disease-virus-contamination-in-the-environment-of-infected-mink-farms
#4
A Prieto, R Fernández-Antonio, J M Díaz-Cao, G López, P Díaz, J M Alonso, P Morrondo, G Fernández
Control and eradication of Aleutian Mink Disease Virus (AMDV) are a major concern for fur-bearing animal production. Despite notably reducing disease prevalence, current control programs are unable to prevent the reinfection of farms, and environmental AMDV persistence seems to play a major role regarding this issue. In this study 114 samples from different areas and elements of seven infected mink farms were analyzed by qPCR in order to evaluate the environmental distribution of AMDV load. Samples were classified into nine categories, depending on the type of sample and degree of proximity to the animals, the main source of infection...
May 2017: Veterinary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532032/agar-gelatin-bilayer-gel-matrix-fabricated-by-simple-thermo-responsive-sol-gel-transition-method
#5
Yifeng Wang, Meng Dong, Mengmeng Guo, Xia Wang, Jing Zhou, Jian Lei, Chuanhang Guo, Chaoran Qin
We present a simple and environmentally-friendly method to generate an agar/gelatin bilayer gel matrix for further biomedical applications. In this method, the thermally responsive sol-gel transitions of agar and gelatin combined with the different transition temperatures are exquisitely employed to fabricate the agar/gelatin bilayer gel matrix and achieve separate loading for various materials (e.g., drugs, fluorescent materials, and nanoparticles). Importantly, the resulting bilayer gel matrix provides two different biopolymer environments (a polysaccharide environment vs a protein environment) with a well-defined border, which allows the loaded materials in different layers to retain their original properties (e...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531994/a-facile-one-step-method-for-preparation-of-fe3o4-cs-inh-nanoparticles-as-a-targeted-drug-delivery-for-tuberculosis
#6
Chili Zhao, Xun Liu, Xia Zhang, Hong Yan, Zhilei Qian, Xinghui Li, Zhenye Ma, Qiaorong Han, Chonghua Pei
In this paper, Fe3O4/chitosan/isoniazid magnetic nanoparticles (Fe3O4/CS/INH-MNPs) were prepared as an environmental stimuli-responsive drug-delivery system by automated in situ click technology, in which Fe3O4 magnetic nanoparticles, chitosan and isoniazid were simultaneously in situ crystallized by one-step method. The Fe3O4 magnetic nanoparticles and tripolyphosphate act as stable crosslinkers to produce numerous intermolecular crosslinkages for the mobility of the chitosan chains. Characterization results indicated that the multifunctional drug delivery system with optimized size, excellent loading capacity, well magnetic properties, nontoxicity and pH triggered drug release property is expected to be applied in tuberculosis treatment with excellent magnetic sensitivity and sustained release...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531952/groundwater-quality-in-the-alluvial-aquifer-system-of-northwest-india-new-evidence-of-the-extent-of-anthropogenic-and-geogenic-contamination
#7
D J Lapworth, G Krishan, A M MacDonald, M S Rao
Groundwater depletion has been widely studied in northwest India, but water quality concerns are still poorly constrained. In this study, we explore the hydrochemistry of the top 160m of the aquifer system, through detailed field studies in the Bist-Doab region, considering both anthropogenic and geogenic controls. A detailed comparison is made between sites dominated by urban and agricultural landuse. Salinity, nitrate, chloride and lead concentrations are significantly higher in the shallow (0-50m) groundwater system due to surface anthropogenic contaminant loading from agricultural and urban sources...
May 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531798/environmental-hazard-assessment-of-a-marine-mine-tailings-deposit-site-and-potential-implications-for-deep-sea-mining
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Nélia C Mestre, Thiago L Rocha, Miquel Canals, Cátia Cardoso, Roberto Danovaro, Antonio Dell'Anno, Cristina Gambi, Francesco Regoli, Anna Sanchez-Vidal, Maria João Bebianno
Portmán Bay is a heavily contaminated area resulting from decades of metal mine tailings disposal, and is considered a suitable shallow-water analogue to investigate the potential ecotoxicological impact of deep-sea mining. Resuspension plumes were artificially created by removing the top layer of the mine tailings deposit by bottom trawling. Mussels were deployed at three sites: i) off the mine tailings deposit area; ii) on the mine tailings deposit beyond the influence from the resuspension plumes; iii) under the influence of the artificially generated resuspension plumes...
May 18, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529842/an-environmental-transfer-hub-for-multimodal-atom-probe-tomography
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Daniel E Perea, Stephan S A Gerstl, Jackson Chin, Blake Hirschi, James E Evans
Environmental control during transfer between instruments is required for samples sensitive to air or thermal exposure to prevent morphological or chemical changes prior to analysis. Atom probe tomography is a rapidly expanding technique for three-dimensional structural and chemical analysis, but commercial instruments remain limited to loading specimens under ambient conditions. In this study, we describe a multifunctional environmental transfer hub allowing controlled cryogenic or room-temperature transfer of specimens under atmospheric or vacuum pressure conditions between an atom probe and other instruments or reaction chambers...
2017: Advanced Structural and Chemical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528626/colloid-particle-formulations-for-antimicrobial-applications
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Ahmed F Halbus, Tommy S Horozov, Vesselin N Paunov
Colloidal particles are being extensively studied in various antimicrobial applications due to their small size to volume ratio and ability to exhibit a wide spectrum of antibacterial, antifungal, antialgal and antiviral action. The present review focuses on various nanoparticles (NPs) of inorganic, organic and hybrid materials, and discusses some of the methods for their preparation as well as mechanisms of their antimicrobial action. We consider the antimicrobial applications of metal oxide nanoparticles (ZnO, MgO, CuO, Cu2O, Al2O3, TiO2, CeO2 and Y2O3), metal nanoparticles (NPs), such as copper, silver and gold, metal hydroxide NPs such as Mg(OH)2 as well as hybrid NPs made from biodegradable materials, such as chitosan, lignin and dextran, loaded with other antimicrobial agents...
May 12, 2017: Advances in Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527380/measurement-differences-between-turbidity-instruments-and-their-implications-for-suspended-sediment-concentration-and-load-calculations-a-sensor-inter-comparison-study
#11
A Rymszewicz, J J O'Sullivan, M Bruen, J N Turner, D M Lawler, E Conroy, M Kelly-Quinn
The use of turbidity for indicating environmentally detrimental levels of suspended and colloidal matter in freshwater systems, and for defining acceptable water quality standards in national and European drinking water regulations, is well established. Turbidity is therefore frequently adopted as a surrogate for suspended sediment concentrations (SSC), or as a relative and objective measure of water clarity in monitoring programmes. Through systematic, controlled experimentation, we tested the response of 12 commercially available turbidity sensors, of various designs, to gauge their measurement consistency when benchmarked against pre-prepared sediment suspensions of known SSC...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525259/biodegradable-smart-polyphosphazenes-with-intrinsic-multi-functionality-as-intracellular-protein-delivery-vehicles
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Andre P Martinez, Bareera Qamar, Thomas R Fuerst, Silvia Muro, Alexander K Andrianov
A series of biodegradable drug delivery polymers with intrinsic multifunctionality have been designed and synthesized utilizing polyphosphazene macromolecular engineering approach. Novel water-soluble polymers, which contain carboxylic acid and pyrrolidone moieties attached to inorganic phosphorus-nitrogen backbone, were characterized by a suite of physico-chemical methods to confirm their structure, composition, and molecular sizes. All synthesized polyphosphazenes displayed composition dependent hydrolytic degradability in aqueous solutions at neutral pH...
May 19, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523397/the-heterogeneity-of-composition-and-assembly-processes-of-the-microbial-community-between-different-nutrient-loading-lake-zones-in-taihu-lake
#13
Dayong Zhao, Xinyi Cao, Rui Huang, Jin Zeng, Feng Shen, Huimin Xu, Sichen Wang, Xiaowei He, Zhongbo Yu
To investigate the differences in the microbial community composition and assembly process in two lake zones (Meiliang Bay (MLB) and Xukou Bay (XKB) in Taihu Lake, China) with different nutrient loadings, water samples were collected. Both the 16S ribosomal RNA (rRNA) gene for the bacterial community and the 18S rRNA gene for the microeukaryote community were investigated using the Illumina second-generation sequencing platform (2 × 250 paired-end). The results indicated that both the bacterioplankton and microeukaryote community composition derived from the two lake zones were significantly different...
May 18, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521168/ecotoxicity-testing-and-environmental-risk-assessment-of-iron-nanomaterials-for-sub-surface-remediation-recommendations-from-the-fp7-project-nanorem
#14
Rune Hjorth, Claire Coutris, Nhung H A Nguyen, Alena Sevcu, Juliàn Alberto Gallego-Urrea, Anders Baun, Erik J Joner
Nanoremediation with iron (Fe) nanomaterials opens new doors for treating contaminated soil and groundwater, but is also accompanied by new potential risks as large quantities of engineered nanomaterials are introduced into the environment. In this study, we have assessed the ecotoxicity of four engineered Fe nanomaterials, specifically, Nano-Goethite, Trap-Ox Fe-zeolites, Carbo-Iron(®) and FerMEG12, developed within the European FP7 project NanoRem for sub-surface remediation towards a test battery consisting of eight ecotoxicity tests on bacteria (V...
May 13, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515291/differential-disease-susceptibility-in-experimentally-reptarenavirus-infected-boa-constrictors-and-ball-pythons
#15
Mark D Stenglein, David Sanchez-Migallon Guzman, Valentina E Garcia, Marylee L Layton, Laura L Hoon-Hanks, Scott M Boback, M Kevin Keel, Tracy Drazenovich, Michelle G Hawkins, Joseph L DeRisi
Inclusion body disease (IBD) is an infectious disease originally described in captive snakes. It has traditionally been diagnosed by the presence of large eosinophilic cytoplasmic inclusions, and is associated with neurological, gastrointestinal and lymphoproliferative disorders. Previously, we identified and established a culture system for a novel lineage of arenaviruses isolated from boa constrictors diagnosed with IBD. Although ample circumstantial evidence suggested that these viruses, now known as reptarenaviruses, cause IBD, there has been no formal demonstration of disease causality since their discovery...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515081/flexible-ammonia-handling-strategies-using-both-cutaneous-and-branchial-epithelia-in-the-highly-ammonia-tolerant-pacific-hagfish
#16
Alexander M Clifford, Alyssa M Weinrauch, Susan L Edwards, Michael P Wilkie, Greg G Goss
Hagfish consume carrion, potentially exposing them to hypoxia, hypercarbia, and high environmental ammonia (HEA). We investigated branchial and cutaneous ammonia handling strategies by which Pacific hagfish (Eptatretus stoutii) tolerate and recover from high ammonia loading. Hagfish were exposed to HEA (20 mmol L(-1)) for 48 h to elevate plasma total ammonia (TAmm) levels before placement into divided chambers for a 4 h recovery period in ammonia-free seawater where ammonia excretion (JAmm) was measured independently in the anterior and posterior compartments...
May 17, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515076/vertically-transmitted-symbionts-as-mechanisms-of-transgenerational-effects
#17
Pedro E Gundel, Jennifer A Rudgers, Kenneth D Whitney
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: A transgenerational effect occurs when a biotic or abiotic environmental factor acts on a parental individual and thereby affects the phenotype of progeny. Due to the importance of transgenerational effects for understanding plant ecology and evolution, their underlying mechanisms are of general interest. Here, we introduce the concept that inherited symbiotic microorganisms could act as mechanisms of transgenerational effects in plants. METHODS: We define the criteria required to demonstrate that transgenerational effects are microbially mediated and review evidence from the well-studied, vertically transmitted plant-fungal symbiosis (grass-Epichloë spp...
May 17, 2017: American Journal of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513755/re-assembled-casein-micelles-improve-in-vitro-bioavailability-of-vitamin-d-in-a-caco-2-cell-model
#18
Yifat Cohen, Moran Levi, Uri Lesmes, Marielle Margier, Emmanuelle Reboul, Yoav D Livney
The pandemic of vitamin D (VD) deficiency, and the global rise in obesity stimulate a need for staple low-fat foods and beverages enriched with VD. In light of consumer demand for a clean label, the use of natural endogenous food ingredients as delivery vehicles is of great interest. To this end, re-assembled casein micelles (rCM) have been shown to help retain VD during processing and shelf life and provide high bioavailability in low-fat milk and non-fat yoghurt. This follow-up study focused on the performance of VD-loaded rCM after drying and reconstitution, considering VD retention during simulated digestion, and the subsequent in vitro bioavailability of the vitamin...
May 17, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513574/transcriptional-and-physiological-responses-to-nutrient-loading-on-toxin-formation-and-photosynthesis-in-microcystis-aeruginosa-fachb-905
#19
Guotao Peng, Sijie Lin, Zhengqiu Fan, Xiangrong Wang
An important goal of understanding harmful algae blooms is to determine how environmental factors affect the growth and toxin formation of toxin-producing species. In this study, we investigated the transcriptional responses of toxin formation gene (mcyB) and key photosynthesis genes (psaB, psbD and rbcL) of Microcystis aeruginosa FACHB-905 in different nutrient loading conditions using real-time reverse transcription quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR). Three physio-biochemical parameters (malondialdehyde (MDA), superoxide dismutase (SOD) and glutathione (GSH)) were also evaluated to provide insight into the physiological responses of Microcystis cells...
May 17, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513415/the-fungal-cell-wall-structure-biosynthesis-and-function
#20
Neil A R Gow, Jean-Paul Latge, Carol A Munro
The molecular composition of the cell wall is critical for the biology and ecology of each fungal species. Fungal walls are composed of matrix components that are embedded and linked to scaffolds of fibrous load-bearing polysaccharides. Most of the major cell wall components of fungal pathogens are not represented in humans, other mammals, or plants, and therefore the immune systems of animals and plants have evolved to recognize many of the conserved elements of fungal walls. For similar reasons the enzymes that assemble fungal cell wall components are excellent targets for antifungal chemotherapies and fungicides...
May 2017: Microbiology Spectrum
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