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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337625/using-fluorescent-dyes-as-proxies-to-study-herbicide-removal-by-sorption-in-buffer-zones
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Jeanne Dollinger, Cécile Dagès, Marc Voltz
The performance of buffer zones for removing pesticides from runoff water varies greatly according to landscape settings, hydraulic regime, and system design. Evaluating the performance of buffers for a range of pesticides and environmental conditions can be very expensive. Recent studies suggested that the fluorescent dyes uranine and sulforhodamine B could be used as cost-effective surrogates of herbicides to evaluate buffer performance. However, while transformation mechanisms in buffers have been extensively documented, sorption processes of both dyes have rarely been investigated...
March 23, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330920/immanent-conditions-determine-imminent-collapses-nutrient-regimes-define-the-resilience-of-macroalgal-communities
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Jordi Boada, Rohan Arthur, David Alonso, Jordi F Pagès, Albert Pessarrodona, Silvia Oliva, Giulia Ceccherelli, Luigi Piazzi, Javier Romero, Teresa Alcoverro
Predicting where state-changing thresholds lie can be inherently complex in ecosystems characterized by nonlinear dynamics. Unpacking the mechanisms underlying these transitions can help considerably reduce this unpredictability. We used empirical observations, field and laboratory experiments, and mathematical models to examine how differences in nutrient regimes mediate the capacity of macrophyte communities to sustain sea urchin grazing. In relatively nutrient-rich conditions, macrophyte systems were more resilient to grazing, shifting to barrens beyond 1 800 g m(-2) (urchin biomass), more than twice the threshold of nutrient-poor conditions...
March 29, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327775/nanospherical-solid-electrolyte-interface-layer-formation-in-binder-free-carbon-nanotube-aerogel-si-nanohybrids-to-provide-lithium-ion-battery-anodes-with-a-long-cycle-life-and-high-capacity
#3
Hyung Cheoul Shim, Ilhwan Kim, Chang-Su Woo, Hoo-Jeong Lee, Seungmin Hyun
Silicon anodes for lithium ion batteries (LiBs) have been attracting considerable attention due to a theoretical capacity up to about 10 times higher than that of conventional graphite. However, huge volume expansion during the cycle causes cracks in the silicon, resulting in the degradation of cycling performance and eventual failure. Moreover, low electrical conductivity and an unstable solid electrolyte interface (SEI) layer resulting from repeated changes in volume still block the next step forward for the commercialization of the silicon material...
March 22, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323095/megalin-targeted-enhanced-transfection-efficiency-in-cultured-human-hk-2-renal-tubular-proximal-cells-using-aminoglycoside-carboxyalkyl-polyethylenimine-containing-nanoplexes
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Fatemeh Oroojalian, Ali Hossein Rezayan, Wayne Thomas Shier, Khalil Abnous, Mohammad Ramezani
Non-viral vectors are of interest as therapeutic gene delivery agents in gene therapy, because they are simple to prepare, easy to modify and have definable safety profiles compared to viral vectors. The potential of gene therapy in the treatment of renal diseases is limited by a lack of effective kidney-targeted gene delivery systems. Aminoglycoside antibiotics gentamicin and neomycin were connected by amide linkages to carboxyl groups on carboxyalkylated-PEI25 (25kDa PEI) or carboxyalkylated-PEI10 (10kDa PEI)...
March 16, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319885/bacterioplankton-assembly-and-interspecies-interaction-indicating-increasing-coastal-eutrophication
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Wenfang Dai, Jinjie Zhang, Qichao Tu, Ye Deng, Qiongfen Qiu, Jinbo Xiong
Anthropogenic perturbations impose negative effects on coastal ecosystems, such as increasing levels of eutrophication. Given the biogeochemical significance of microorganisms, understanding the processes and mechanisms underlying their spatial distribution under changing environmental conditions is critical. To address this question, we examined how coastal bacterioplankton communities respond to increasing eutrophication levels created by anthropogenic perturbations. The results showed that the magnitude of changes in the bacterioplankton community compositions (BCCs) and the importance of deterministic processes that constrained bacterial assembly were closely associated with eutrophication levels...
March 9, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318362/carbonic-anhydrase-inhibitors-modify-intracellular-ph-transients-and-contractions-of-rat-middle-cerebral-arteries-during-co2-hco3-fluctuations
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Jacob K Rasmussen, Ebbe Boedtkjer
The CO2/HCO3(-) buffer minimizes pH changes in response to acid-base loads, HCO3(-) provides substrate for Na(+),HCO3(-)-cotransporters and Cl(-)/HCO3(-)-exchangers, and H(+) and HCO3(-) modify vasomotor responses during acid-base disturbances. We show here that rat middle cerebral arteries express cytosolic, mitochondrial, extracellular, and secreted carbonic anhydrase isoforms that catalyze equilibration of the CO2/HCO3(-) buffer. Switching from CO2/HCO3(-)-free to CO2/HCO3(-)-containing extracellular solution results in initial intracellular acidification due to hydration of CO2 followed by gradual alkalinization due to cellular HCO3(-) uptake...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317862/biological-activity-of-masked-endotoxin
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Harald Schwarz, Jan Gornicec, Theresa Neuper, Maria Alejandra Parigiani, Michael Wallner, Albert Duschl, Jutta Horejs-Hoeck
Low endotoxin recovery (LER) is a recently discovered phenomenon describing the inability of limulus amebocyte lysate (LAL)-based assays to detect lipopolysaccharide (LPS) because of a "masking effect" caused by chelators or detergents commonly used in buffer formulations for medical products and recombinant proteins. This study investigates the masking capacities of different buffer formulations and whether masked endotoxin is biologically active. We show that both naturally occurring endotoxin as well as control standard endotoxin can be affected by LER...
March 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316946/correlation-between-salivary-glucose-and-blood-glucose-and-the-implications-of-salivary-factors-on-the-oral-health-status-in-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-patients
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Kavitha A Puttaswamy, Jaishankar H Puttabudhi, Shashidara Raju
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to estimate and assess any correlation between random capillary blood glucose (RCBG) and unstimulated whole salivary glucose (UWSG), as well as to estimate various salivary parameters, such as flow rate, pH, buffering capacity, and the influence of these factors on the oral health status in type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Sixty individuals suffering from type 2 DM and 40 healthy individuals in the age group of 30-60 years were included in the study...
January 2017: Journal of International Society of Preventive & Community Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316233/dna-linkers-and-diluents-for-ultrastable-gold-nanoparticle-bioconjugates-in-multiplexed-assay-development
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Samuel S Hinman, Kristy S McKeating, Quan Cheng
A novel bioconjugation strategy leading to ultrastable gold nanoparticles (AuNPs), utilizing DNA linkers and diluents in place of traditional self-assembled monolayers, is reported. The protective capacity of DNA confers straightforward biomolecular attachment and multistep derivatization capabilities to these nanoparticles and, more significantly, substantially enhances their stability in demanding and complex sensing environments. The DNA/AuNPs were assembled through pH-assisted thiol-gold bonding of single stranded DNA and salt aging, with preconjugated biotin moieties facing outward from the gold surface...
March 24, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314366/a-novel-polar-copolymer-design-as-a-multi-functional-binder-for-strong-affinity-of-polysulfides-in-lithium-sulfur-batteries
#10
Yu Jiao, Wei Chen, Tianyu Lei, Liping Dai, Bo Chen, Chunyang Wu, Jie Xiong
High energy density, low cost and environmental friendliness are the advantages of lithium-sulfur (Li-S) battery which is regarded as a promising device for electrochemical energy storage systems. As one of the important ingredients in Li-S battery, the binder greatly affects the battery performance. However, the conventional binder has some drawbacks such as poor capability of absorbing hydrophilic lithium polysulfides, resulting in severe capacity decay. In this work, we reported a multi-functional polar binder (AHP) by polymerization of hexamethylene diisocyanate (HDI) with ethylenediamine (EDA) bearing a large amount of amino groups, which were successfully used in electrode preparation with commercial sulfur powder cathodes...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306233/coaxial-three-layered-carbon-sulfur-polymer-nanofibers-with-high-sulfur-content-and-high-utilization-for-lithium-sulfur-batteries
#11
Feng He, Jian Ye, Yuliang Cao, Lifen Xiao, Hanxi Yang, Xinping Ai
Great progress has been made on the cyclability and material utilization in recent development of lithium-sulfur (Li-S) batteries; however, most of the sulfur electrodes reported so far have a considerable low loading of sulfur (60%), which causes a substantial decrease of energy density and is therefore difficult for battery applications. To deal with this issue, we fabricate a novel sulfur composite with a coaxial three-layered structure, in which sulfur is deposited on carbon fibers and coated with poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)/poly(styrenesulfonate)(PEDOT/PSS), thus enabling a high sulfur loading of 70...
March 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303360/modulation-of-linoleic-acid-binding-properties-of-human-serum-albumin-by-divalent-metal-cations
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Ekaterina L Nemashkalova, Eugene A Permyakov, Sergei E Permyakov, Ekaterina A Litus
Human serum albumin (HSA) is an abundant multiligand carrier protein, linked to progression of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Blood HSA serves as a depot of amyloid β (Aβ) peptide. Aβ peptide-buffering properties of HSA depend on interaction with its ligands. Some of the ligands, namely, linoleic acid (LA), zinc and copper ions are involved into AD progression. To clarify the interplay between LA and metal ion binding to HSA, the dependence of LA binding to HSA on Zn(2+), Cu(2+), Mg(2+) and Ca(2+) levels and structural consequences of these interactions have been explored...
March 16, 2017: Biometals: An International Journal on the Role of Metal Ions in Biology, Biochemistry, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300681/protective-immunity-of-grass-carp-induced-by-dna-vaccine-encoding-capsid-protein-gene-vp7-of-grass-carp-reovirus-using-bacterial-ghost-as-delivery-vehicles
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Kai Hao, Xiao-Hui Chen, Xiao-Zhou Qi, Xiao-Bo Yu, En-Qi Du, Fei Ling, Bin Zhu, Gao-Xue Wang
Grass carp reovirus (GCRV) is one of the most pathogenic aquareovirus and can cause lethal hemorrhagic disease in grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella). However, management of GCRV infection remains a challenge. Therefore, it is necessary to find effective means for the control of its infection. The uses of bacterial ghost (BG, non-living bacteria) as carriers for DNA delivery have received considerable attentions in veterinary and human vaccines studies. Nevertheless, there is still no report about intramuscular administration of bacterial ghost-based DNA vaccines in fish...
March 11, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295665/dual-functionalized-double-carbon-shells-coated-silicon-nanoparticles-for-high-performance-lithium-ion-batteries
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Shuangqiang Chen, Laifa Shen, Peter A van Aken, Joachim Maier, Yan Yu
To address the challenge of huge volume change and unstable solid electrolyte interface (SEI) of silicon in cycles, causing severe pulverization, this paper proposes a "double-shell" concept. This concept is designed to perform dual functions on encapsulating volume change of silicon and stabilizing SEI layer in cycles using double carbon shells. Double carbon shells coated Si nanoparticles (DCS-Si) are prepared. Inner carbon shell provides finite inner voids to allow large volume changes of Si nanoparticles inside of inner carbon shell, while static outer shell facilitates the formation of stable SEI...
March 15, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286928/energy-demand-and-supply-in-human-skeletal-muscle
#15
REVIEW
C J Barclay
The energy required for muscle contraction is provided by the breakdown of ATP but the amount of ATP in muscles cells is sufficient to power only a short duration of contraction. Buffering of ATP by phosphocreatine, a reaction catalysed by creatine kinase, extends the duration of activity possible but sustained activity depends on continual regeneration of PCr. This is achieved using ATP generated by oxidative processes and, during intense activity, by anaerobic glycolysis. The rate of ATP breakdown ranges from 70 to 140 mM min(-1) during isometric contractions of various intensity to as much as 400 mM min(-1) during intense, dynamic activity...
March 12, 2017: Journal of Muscle Research and Cell Motility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281678/a-glycyrrhetinic-acid-modified-curcumin-supramolecular-hydrogel-for-liver-tumor-targeting-therapy
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Guoqin Chen, Jinliang Li, Yanbin Cai, Jie Zhan, Jie Gao, Mingcai Song, Yang Shi, Zhimou Yang
Curcumin (Cur), a phenolic anti-oxidant compound obtained from Curcuma longa plant, possesses a variety of therapeutic properties. However, it is suffered from its low water solubility and low bioavailability property, which seriously restricts its clinical application. In this study, we developed a glycyrrhetinic acid (GA) modified curcumin supramolecular pro-gelator (GA-Cur) and a control compound Nap-Cur by replacing GA with the naphthylacetic acid (Nap). Both compounds showed good water solubility and could form supramolecular gels by disulfide bond reduction triggered by glutathione (GSH) in vitro...
March 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281574/carbon-sequestration-by-australian-tidal-marshes
#17
Peter I Macreadie, Q R Ollivier, J J Kelleway, O Serrano, P E Carnell, C J Ewers Lewis, T B Atwood, J Sanderman, J Baldock, R M Connolly, C M Duarte, P S Lavery, A Steven, C E Lovelock
Australia's tidal marshes have suffered significant losses but their recently recognised importance in CO2 sequestration is creating opportunities for their protection and restoration. We compiled all available data on soil organic carbon (OC) storage in Australia's tidal marshes (323 cores). OC stocks in the surface 1 m averaged 165.41 (SE 6.96) Mg OC ha(-1) (range 14-963 Mg OC ha(-1)). The mean OC accumulation rate was 0.55 ± 0.02 Mg OC ha(-1) yr(-1). Geomorphology was the most important predictor of OC stocks, with fluvial sites having twice the stock of OC as seaward sites...
March 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280973/determinants-of-curvature-constant-w-of-the-power-duration-relationship-under-normoxia-and-hypoxia-the-effect-of-pre-exercise-alkalosis
#18
Sanjoy K Deb, Lewis A Gough, S Andy Sparks, Lars R McNaughton
PURPOSE: This study investigated the effect of induced alkalosis on the curvature constant (W') of the power-duration relationship under normoxic and hypoxic conditions. METHODS: Eleven trained cyclists (mean ± SD) Age: 32 ± 7.2 years; body mass (bm): 77.0 ± 9.2 kg; VO2peak: 59.2 ± 6.8 ml·kg(-1)·min(-1) completed seven laboratory visits which involved the determination of individual time to peak alkalosis following sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO3) ingestion, an environment specific ramp test (e...
March 9, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280465/activating-developmental-reserve-capacity-via-cognitive-training-or-non-invasive-brain-stimulation-potentials-for-promoting-fronto-parietal-and-hippocampal-striatal-network-functions-in-old-age
#19
REVIEW
Susanne Passow, Franka Thurm, Shu-Chen Li
Existing neurocomputational and empirical data link deficient neuromodulation of the fronto-parietal and hippocampal-striatal circuitries with aging-related increase in processing noise and declines in various cognitive functions. Specifically, the theory of aging neuronal gain control postulates that aging-related suboptimal neuromodulation may attenuate neuronal gain control, which yields computational consequences on reducing the signal-to-noise-ratio of synaptic signal transmission and hampering information processing within and between cortical networks...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276010/isolation-of-functional-mitochondria-from-cultured-cells-and-mouse-tissues
#20
Jennifer Wettmarshausen, Fabiana Perocchi
Mitochondria serve as the center stage for a number of cellular processes, including energy production, apoptosis, ion homeostasis, iron and copper processing, steroid metabolism, de novo pyrimidine, and heme biosynthesis. The study of mitochondrial function often requires the purification of intact and respiratory-competent organelles. Here, we provide detailed protocols to isolate functional mitochondria from various types of mammalian cells and mouse tissues, in both crude and pure forms. We introduce the use of nitrogen cavitation for the disruption of plasma membrane and the reproducible isolation of mitochondria-enriched fractions of high yield...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
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