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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231505/assessing-remobilization-characteristics-of-arsenic-as-in-tributary-sediment-cores-in-the-largest-reservoir-china
#1
Li Gao, Bo Gao, Dongyu Xu, Wenqi Peng, Jin Lu, Jijun Gao
The environmental impact of the Three Gorges Reservoir (TGR) in China has raised widespread concern especially in relation to metal pollution. The diffusive gradient in thin films (DGT) technology was applied to investigate arsenic (As) remobilization in sediment cores collected from the main stream and a tributary in the TGR during July 2015. The results showed that the horizontal and vertical distributions of CDGT-As varied among the four sampling sites. For the same DGT probe, the horizontal distributions of CDGT-As (0-6mm, 6-12mm, 12-18mm) exhibited similarity in the overlying water and different tendencies in the sediment profiles; the vertical variations of CDGT-As showed different mobilization tendencies...
February 20, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231184/mineral-nutritional-yield-and-nutrient-density-of-locally-adapted-wheat-genotypes-under-organic-production
#2
Sergio Daniel Moreira-Ascarrunz, Hans Larsson, Maria Luisa Prieto-Linde, Eva Johansson
The aim of the present investigation was to investigate the nutritional yield, nutrient density, stability, and adaptability of organically produced wheat for sustainable and nutritional high value food production. This study evaluated the nutritional yield of four minerals (Fe, Zn, Cu, and Mg) in 19 wheat genotypes, selected as being locally adapted under organic agriculture conditions. The new metric of nutritional yield was calculated for each genotype and they were evaluated for stability using the Additive Main effects and Multiplicative Interaction (AMMI) stability analysis and for genotypic value, stability, and adaptability using the Best Linear Unbiased Prediction (BLUP procedure)...
December 20, 2016: Foods (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230984/2d-conductive-iron-quinoid-magnets-ordering-up-to-tc-105-k-via-heterogenous-redox-chemistry
#3
Jordan A DeGayner, Ie-Rang Jeon, Lei Sun, Mircea Dinca, T David Harris
We report the magnetism and conductivity for a redox isomeric pair of iron-quinoid metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). The oxidized isomer, (Me2NH2)2[Fe2L3]·2H2O·6DMF (LH2 = 2,5-dichloro-3,6-dihydroxo-1,4-benzoquinone) was previously shown to magnetically order below 80 K in its solvated form, with the ordering temperature decreasing to 26 K upon desolvation. Here, we demonstrate this compound to exhibit electrical conductivity values up to σ = 1.4(7) × 10(-2) S/cm (Ea = 0.26(1) cm(-1)) and 1.0(3) × 10(-3) S/cm (Ea = 0...
February 23, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230974/femtogram-resolution-of-iron-content-on-a-per-cell-basis-ex-vivo-storage-of-human-red-blood-cells-leads-to-loss-of-hemoglobin
#4
Jeffrey J Chalmers, Xiaoxia Jin, Andre Francis Palmer, Peter Amaya, Mark H Yazer, Lee R Moore, Kyoung-Joo Park, X Jeff Pan, Maciej Zborowski
The magnetic characteristics of hemoglobin (Hb) changes with the binding of dioxygen (O2) to the heme prosthetic groups of the globin chains: from paramagnetic ferrous Hb to diamagnetic ferrous oxyhemoglobin (oxyHb) with reversibly bound O2, or paramagnetic ferric methemoglobin (metHb). When multiplied over the number of Hb molecules in a red blood cell (RBC), the effect is detectable through motion analysis of RBCs in a high magnetic field and gradient. This motion is referred to as magnetophoretic mobility which can be conveniently expressed as a fraction of the cell sedimentation coefficient...
February 23, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230930/in-silico-design-of-optimal-dissolution-kinetics-of-fe-doped-zno-nanoparticles-results-in-cancer-specific-toxicity-in-a-preclinical-rodent-model
#5
Bella B Manshian, Suman Pokhrel, Uwe Himmelreich, Kaido Tämm, Lauri Sikk, Alberto Fernández, Robert Rallo, Tarmo Tamm, Lutz Mädler, Stefaan J Soenen
Cancer cells have unique but widely varying characteristics that have proven them difficult to be treated by classical therapeutics and calls for novel and selective treatment options. Nanomaterials (NMs) have been shown to display biological effects as a function of their chemical composition, and the extent and exact nature of these effects can vary between different biological environments. Here, ZnO NMs are doped with increasing levels of Fe, which allows to finely tune their dissolution rate resulting in significant differences in their biological behavior on cancer or normal cells...
February 23, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230785/the-application-of-a-modified-d-roms-test-for-measurement-of-oxidative-stress-and-oxidized-high-density-lipoprotein
#6
Fumiaki Ito, Tomoyuki Ito, Chinatsu Suzuki, Tomoyo Yahata, Kazuyuki Ikeda, Kenji Hamaoka
Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are involved in the initiation and progression of atherosclerosis. ROS-derived hydroperoxides, as an indicator of ROS production, have been measured by using the diacron reactive oxygen metabolites (d-ROMs) test, which requires iron-containing transferrin in the reaction mixture. In this study we developed a modified d-ROMs test, termed the Fe-ROMs test, where iron ions were exogenously added to the reaction mixture. This modification is expected to exclude the assay variation that comes from different blood iron levels in individuals...
February 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230754/green-hydroselenation-of-aryl-alkynes-divinyl-selenides-as-a-precursor-of-resveratrol
#7
Gelson Perin, Angelita M Barcellos, Eduardo Q Luz, Elton L Borges, Raquel G Jacob, Eder J Lenardão, Luca Sancineto, Claudio Santi
A simple and efficient protocol to prepare divinyl selenides has been developed by the regio- and stereoselective addition of sodium selenide species to aryl alkynes. The nucleophilic species was generates in situ, from the reaction of elemental selenium with NaBH₄, utilizing PEG-400 as the solvent. Several divinyl selenides were obtained in moderate to excellent yields with selectivity for the (Z,Z)-isomer by a one-step procedure that was carried out at 60 °C in short reaction times. The methodology was extended to tellurium, giving the desired divinyl tellurides in good yields...
February 20, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230747/dynamic-method-of-neutral-axis-position-determination-and-damage-identification-with-distributed-long-gauge-fbg-sensors
#8
Yongsheng Tang, Zhongdao Ren
The neutral axis position (NAP) is a key parameter of a flexural member for structure design and safety evaluation. The accuracy of NAP measurement based on traditional methods does not satisfy the demands of structural performance assessment especially under live traffic loads. In this paper, a new method to determine NAP is developed by using modal macro-strain (MMS). In the proposed method, macro-strain is first measured with long-gauge Fiber Bragg Grating (FBG) sensors; then the MMS is generated from the measured macro-strain with Fourier transform; and finally the neutral axis position coefficient (NAPC) is determined from the MMS and the neutral axis depth is calculated with NAPC...
February 20, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230207/enhanced-fenton-like-degradation-of-trichloroethylene-by-hydrogen-peroxide-activated-with-nanoscale-zero-valent-iron-loaded-on-biochar
#9
Jingchun Yan, Linbo Qian, Weiguo Gao, Yun Chen, Da Ouyang, Mengfang Chen
Composite of nanoscale Zero Valent Iron (nZVI) loaded on Biochar (BC) was prepared and characterized as hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) activator for the degradation of trichloroethylene (TCE). nZVI is homogeneously loaded on lamellarly structured BC surfaces to form nZVI/BC with specific surface area (SBET) of 184.91 m(2) g(-1), which can efficiently activate H2O2 to achieve TCE degradation efficiency of 98.9% with TOC removal of 78.2% within 30 min under the conditions of 0.10 mmol L(-1) TCE, 1.13 g L(-1) nZVI/BC and 1...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230203/water-insoluble-photosensitizer-nanocolloids-stabilized-by-supramolecular-interfacial-assembly-towards-photodynamic-therapy
#10
Yamei Liu, Kai Ma, Tifeng Jiao, Ruirui Xing, Guizhi Shen, Xuehai Yan
Nanoengineering of hydrophobic photosensitizers (PSs) is a promising approach for improved tumor delivery and enhanced photodynamic therapy (PDT) efficiency. A variety of delivery carriers have been developed for tumor delivery of PSs through the enhanced permeation and retention (EPR) effect. However, a high-performance PS delivery system with minimum use of carrier materials with excellent biocompatibility is highly appreciated. In this work, we utilized the spatiotemporal interfacial adhesion and assembly of supramolecular coordination to achieve the nanoengineering of water-insoluble photosensitizer Chlorin e6 (Ce6)...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230194/biaxial-strain-effect-induced-electronic-structure-alternation-and-trimeron-recombination-in-fe3o4
#11
Xiang Liu, Li Yin, Wenbo Mi
The Verwey transition in Fe3O4 is the first metal-insulator transition caused by charge ordering. However, the physical mechanism and influence factors of Verwey transition are still debated. Herewith, the strain effects on the electronic structure of low-temperature phase (LTP) Fe3O4 with P2/c and Cc symmetries are investigated by first-principles calculations. LTP Fe3O4 with each space group has a critical strain. With P2/c, Fe3O4 is sensitive to the compressive strain, but it is sensitive to tensile strain for Cc...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230152/simultaneous-enhancement-of-magnetic-and-mechanical-properties-in-ni-mn-sn-alloy-by-fe-doping
#12
Changlong Tan, Zhipeng Tai, Kun Zhang, Xiaohua Tian, Wei Cai
Both magnetic-field-induced reverse martensitic transformation (MFIRMT) and mechanical properties are crucial for application of Ni-Mn-Sn magnetic shape memory alloys. Here, we demonstrate that substitution of Fe for Ni can simultaneously enhance the MFIRMT and mechanical properties of Ni-Mn-Sn, which are advantageous for its applications. The austenite in Ni44Fe6Mn39Sn11 shows the typical ferromagnetic magnetization with the highest saturation magnetization of 69 emu/g at 223 K. The result shows that an appropriate amount of Fe substitution can really enhance the ferromagnetism of Ni50Mn39Sn11 alloy in austenite, which directly leads to the enhancement of MFIRMT...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230071/probing-the-molecular-mechanism-of-human-soluble-guanylate-cyclase-activation-by-no-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
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Jie Pan, Hong Yuan, Xiaoxue Zhang, Huijuan Zhang, Qiming Xu, Yajun Zhou, Li Tan, Shingo Nagawa, Zhong-Xian Huang, Xiangshi Tan
Soluble guanylate cyclase (sGC) is a heme-containing metalloprotein in NO-sGC-cGMP signaling. NO binds to the heme of sGC to catalyze the synthesis of the second messenger cGMP, which plays a critical role in several physiological processes. However, the molecular mechanism for sGC to mediate the NO signaling remains unclear. Here fluorophore FlAsH-EDT2 and fluorescent proteins were employed to study the NO-induced sGC activation. FlAsH-EDT2 labeling study revealed that NO binding to the H-NOX domain of sGC increased the distance between H-NOX and PAS domain and the separation between H-NOX and coiled-coil domain...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229488/ultrafast-highly-reversible-and-cycle-stable-lithium-storage-boosted-by-pseudocapacitance-in-sn-based-alloying-anodes
#14
Yinzhu Jiang, Yong Li, Peng Zhou, Zhenyun Lan, Yunhao Lu, Chen Wu, Mi Yan
Boosting power density is one of the primary challenges that current lithium ion batteries face. Alloying anodes that possess suitable potential windows stand at the forefront in pursuing ultrafast and highly reversible lithium storage to achieve high power/energy lithium ion batteries. Herein, ultrafast lithium storage in Sn-based nanocomposite anodes is demonstrated, which is boosted by pseudocapacitance benefitting from a high fraction of highly interconnected interfaces of Fe/Sn/Li2 O. By tailoring the voltage window in the range of 0...
February 23, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228238/spatial-and-temporal-variation-of-particulate-matter-characteristics-within-office-buildings-the-officair-study
#15
Tamás Szigeti, Christina Dunster, Andrea Cattaneo, Andrea Spinazzè, Corinne Mandin, Eline Le Ponner, Eduardo de Oliveira Fernandes, Gabriela Ventura, Dikaia E Saraga, Ioannis A Sakellaris, Yvonne de Kluizenaar, Eric Cornelissen, John G Bartzis, Frank J Kelly
In the frame of the OFFICAIR project, office buildings were investigated across Europe to assess how the office workers are exposed to different particulate matter (PM) characteristics (i.e. PM2.5 mass concentration, particulate oxidative potential (OP) based on ascorbate and reduced glutathione depletion, trace element concentration and total particle number concentration (PNC)) within the buildings. Two offices per building were investigated during the working hours (5 consecutive days; 8h per day) in two campaigns...
February 20, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228168/luminescence-spectroscopical-properties-of-plagioclase-particles-from-the-hayabusa-sample-return-mission-an-implication-for-study-of-space-weathering-processes-in-the-asteroid-itokawa
#16
Arnold Gucsik, Tomoki Nakamura, Cornelia Jäger, Kiyotaka Ninagawa, Hirotsugu Nishido, Masahiro Kayama, Akira Tsuchiyama, Ulrich Ott, Ákos Kereszturi
We report a systematic spectroscopical investigation of three plagioclase particles (RB-QD04-0022, RA-QD02-0025-01, and RA-QD02-0025-02) returned by the Hayabusa spacecraft from the asteroid Itokawa, by means of scanning electron microscopy, cathodoluminescence microscopy/spectroscopy, and micro-Raman spectroscopy. The cathodoluminescence properties are used to evaluate the crystallization effects and the degree of space weathering processes, especially the shock-wave history of Itokawa. They provide new insights regarding spectral changes of asteroidal bodies due to space weathering processes...
February 2017: Microscopy and Microanalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227887/hip-joint-geometry-effects-on-cartilage-contact-stresses-during-a-gait-cycle
#17
Hui-Hui Wu, Dong Wang, An-Bang Ma, Dong-Yun Gu, Hui-Hui Wu, Dong Wang, An-Bang Ma, Dong-Yun Gu, An-Bang Ma, Dong-Yun Gu, Hui-Hui Wu, Dong Wang
The cartilage surface geometry of natural human hip joint is commonly regarded as sphere. It has been widely applied in computational simulation and hip joint prosthesis design. Some new geometry models have been developed and the sphere assumption has been questioned recently. The objective of this study was to analyze joint geometry effects on cartilage contact stress distribution and investigate contact patterns during a whole gait cycle. Hip surface was reconstructed from CT data of a healthy volunteer...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227883/development-and-validation-of-thums-version-5-with-1d-muscle-models-for-active-and-passive-automotive-safety-research
#18
Hideyuki Kimpara, Yuko Nakahira, Masami Iwamoto, Hideyuki Kimpara, Yuko Nakahira, Masami Iwamoto, Hideyuki Kimpara, Masami Iwamoto, Yuko Nakahira
Accurately predicting the occupant kinematics is critical to better understand the injury mechanisms during an automotive crash event. The objectives of this study were to develop and validate a finite element (FE) model of the human body integrated with an active muscle model called Total HUman Model for Safety (THUMS) version 5, which has the body size of the 50th percentile American adult male (AM50). This model is characterized by being able to generate a force owing to muscle tone and to predict the occupant response during an automotive crash event...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227868/middle-and-inner-ear-modelling-from-microct-images-to-3d-reconstruction-and-coupling-of-models
#19
N S Tachos, A I Sakellarios, G Rigas, V Isailovic, G Ni, F Bohnke, N Filipovic, T Bibas, D I Fotiadis, N S Tachos, A I Sakellarios, G Rigas, V Isailovic, G Ni, F Bohnke, N Filipovic, T Bibas, D I Fotiadis, A I Sakellarios, V Isailovic, D I Fotiadis, A Bibas, F Bohnke, G Ni, N Filipovic, G Rigas, N S Tachos
We present finite element (FE) modeling approaches of ear mechanics including 3-dimensional (3D) reconstruction of the human middle and inner ear. Specifically, we demonstrate a semi-automatic methodology for the 3D reconstruction of the inner ear structures, a FE harmonic response model of the middle ear to predict the stapes footplate frequency response, a 2D FE slice model of the cochlea for the coupled response at the micromechanical level for either acoustic or electrical excitation and a coupled FE middle ear model with a simplified cochlea box model to simulate the basilar membrane velocity in response to acoustic excitation...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227600/modeling-the-debye-dielectric-response-in-the-time-domain-for-a-liquid-crystal-based-biopotential-optrode
#20
Hrishikesh Srinivas, Amr Al Abed, Francois Ladouceur, Nigel H Lovell, Leonardo Silvestri, Hrishikesh Srinivas, Amr Al Abed, Francois Ladouceur, Nigel H Lovell, Leonardo Silvestri, Hrishikesh Srinivas, Nigel H Lovell, Francois Ladouceur, Leonardo Silvestri, Amr Al Abed
Multielectrode arrays (MEAs) are widely used for recording biopotentials, with an ongoing research effort to improve their characteristics and performance. In this spirit, we are currently investigating a novel concept for a liquid crystal-based optical electrode (optrode) that has the potential to overcome some of the limitations of MEAs, including that of wiring complexity. In this paper we present a model to fully describe the electrical response of the proposed optrode to biopotentials, taking into account dielectric relaxation...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
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