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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535481/graphene-oxide-enzyme-hybrid-nanoflowers-for-efficient-water-soluble-dye-removal
#1
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/28533633/photolithography-free-laser-patterned-hf-acid-resistant-chromium-polyimide-mask-for-rapid-fabrication-of-microfluidic-systems-in-glass
#2
Konstantin O Zamuruyev, Yuriy Zrodnikov, Cristina E Davis
Excellent chemical and physical properties of glass, over a range of operating conditions, make it a preferred material for chemical detection systems in analytical chemistry, biology, and the environmental sciences. However, it is often compromised with SU8, PDMS, or Parylene materials due to the sophisticated mask preparation requirements for wet etching of glass. Here, we report our efforts toward developing a photolithography-free laser-patterned hydrofluoric acid-resistant chromium-polyimide tape mask for rapid prototyping of microfluidic systems in glass...
January 2017: Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering: Structures, Devices, and Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530745/self-assembling-peptide-and-protein-amyloids-from-structure-to-tailored-function-in-nanotechnology
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REVIEW
Gang Wei, Zhiqiang Su, Nicholas P Reynolds, Paolo Arosio, Ian W Hamley, Ehud Gazit, Raffaele Mezzenga
Self-assembled peptide and protein amyloid nanostructures have traditionally been considered only as pathological aggregates implicated in human neurodegenerative diseases. In more recent times, these nanostructures have found interesting applications as advanced materials in biomedicine, tissue engineering, renewable energy, environmental science, nanotechnology and material science, to name only a few fields. In all these applications, the final function depends on: (i) the specific mechanisms of protein aggregation, (ii) the hierarchical structure of the protein and peptide amyloids from the atomistic to mesoscopic length scales and (iii) the physical properties of the amyloids in the context of their surrounding environment (biological or artificial)...
May 22, 2017: Chemical Society Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529842/an-environmental-transfer-hub-for-multimodal-atom-probe-tomography
#4
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/28528426/building-a-bio-based-industry-in-the-middle-east-through-harnessing-the-potential-of-the-red-sea-biodiversity
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Jens Nielsen, John Archer, Magbubah Essack, Vladimir B Bajic, Takashi Gojobori, Ivan Mijakovic
The incentive for developing microbial cell factories for production of fuels and chemicals comes from the ability of microbes to deliver these valuable compounds at a reduced cost and with a smaller environmental impact compared to the analogous chemical synthesis. Another crucial advantage of microbes is their great biological diversity, which offers a much larger "catalog" of molecules than the one obtainable by chemical synthesis. Adaptation to different environments is one of the important drives behind microbial diversity...
May 20, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526659/framework-for-assessing-causality-of-air-pollution-related-health-effects-for-reviews-of-the-national-ambient-air-quality-standards
#6
Elizabeth Oesterling Owens, Molini M Patel, Ellen Kirrane, Thomas C Long, James Brown, Ila Cote, Mary A Ross, Steven J Dutton
To inform regulatory decisions on the risk due to exposure to ambient air pollution, consistent and transparent communication of the scientific evidence is essential. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) develops the Integrated Science Assessment (ISA), which contains evaluations of the policy-relevant science on the effects of criteria air pollutants and conveys critical science judgments to inform decisions on the National Ambient Air Quality Standards. This article discusses the approach and causal framework used in the ISAs to evaluate and integrate various lines of scientific evidence and draw conclusions about the causal nature of air pollution-induced health effects...
May 16, 2017: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology: RTP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525935/design-synthesis-and-characterization-of-doped-titanium-oxide-nanomaterials-with-environmental-and-angiogenic-applications
#7
Susheel Kumar Nethi, Neeraja Aparna Anand P, Beatriz Rico-Oller, Antonio Rodríguez-Diéguez, Santiago Gómez-Ruiz, Chitta Ranjan Patra
Since the last decade, the metal composite nanostructures have evolved as promising candidates in regard to their wide applications in the fields of science and engineering. Recently, several investigators identified the titanium based nanomaterials as excellent agents for multifunctional environmental and biomedical applications. In this perspective, we have developed a series of zinc-doped (2 and 5%) titanium oxide-based nanomaterials using various reaction conditions and calcination temperatures (TZ1-TZ3: calcined at 500°C, TZ4-TZ6: calcined at 600°C and TZ7-TZ9: calcined at 700°C)...
May 15, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525648/the-role-of-omics-in-the-application-of-adverse-outcome-pathways-for-chemical-risk-assessment
#8
Erica K Brockmeier, Geoff Hodges, Thomas H Hutchinson, Emma Butler, Markus Hecker, Knut Erik Tollefsen, Natalia Garcia-Reyero, Peter Kille, Dörthe Becker, Kevin Chipman, John Colbourne, Timothy W Collette, Andrew Cossins, Mark Cronin, Peter Graystock, Steve Gutsell, Dries Knapen, Ioanna Katsiadaki, Anke Lange, Stuart Marshall, Stewart F Owen, Edward J Perkins, Stewart Plaistow, Anthony Schroeder, Daisy Taylor, Mark Viant, Gerald Ankley, Francesco Falciani
In conjunction with the second International Environmental Omics Symposium (iEOS) conference, held at the University of Liverpool (UK) in September 2014, a workshop was held to bring together experts in toxicology and regulatory science from academia, government and industry. The purpose of the workshop was to review the specific roles that high-content omics datasets (e.g., transcriptomics, metabolomics, lipidomics, and proteomics) can hold within the adverse outcome pathway (AOP) framework for supporting ecological and human health risk assessments...
May 19, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524117/ebutterfly-leveraging-massive-online-citizen-science-for-butterfly-consevation
#9
Kathleen L Prudic, Kent P McFarland, Jeffrey C Oliver, Rebecca A Hutchinson, Elizabeth C Long, Jeremy T Kerr, Maxim Larrivée
Data collection, storage, analysis, visualization, and dissemination are changing rapidly due to advances in new technologies driven by computer science and universal access to the internet. These technologies and web connections place human observers front and center in citizen science-driven research and are critical in generating new discoveries and innovation in such fields as astronomy, biodiversity, and meteorology. Research projects utilizing a citizen science approach address scientific problems at regional, continental, and even global scales otherwise impossible for a single lab or even a small collection of academic researchers...
May 18, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522825/integrated-trophic-position-decreases-in-more-diverse-communities-of-stream-food-webs
#10
Naoto F Ishikawa, Yoshito Chikaraishi, Naohiko Ohkouchi, Aya R Murakami, Ichiro Tayasu, Hiroyuki Togashi, Jun-Ichi Okano, Yoichiro Sakai, Tomoya Iwata, Michio Kondoh, Noboru Okuda
The relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning is an important theme in environmental sciences. We propose a new index for configuration of the biomass pyramid in an ecosystem, named integrated trophic position (iTP). The iTP is defined as a sum of trophic positions (i.e. the average number of steps involved in biomass transfer) of all the animals in a food web integrated by their individual biomass. The observed iTP for stream macroinvertebrates ranged from 2.39 to 2.79 and was negatively correlated with the species density and the Shannon-Wiener diversity index of the local community...
May 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520197/integrated-uncertainty-analysis-for-ambient-pollutant-health-risk-assessment-a-case-study-of-ozone-mortality-risk
#11
Anne E Smith, Garrett Glasgow
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) uses health risk assessment to help inform its decisions in setting national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). EPA's standard approach is to make epidemiologically-based risk estimates based on a single statistical model selected from the scientific literature, called the "core" model. The uncertainty presented for "core" risk estimates reflects only the statistical uncertainty associated with that one model's concentration-response function parameter estimate(s)...
May 18, 2017: Risk Analysis: An Official Publication of the Society for Risk Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518086/ptr-tof-ms-coupled-with-an-automated-sampling-system-and-tailored-data-analysis-for-food-studies-bioprocess-monitoring-screening-and-nose-space-analysis
#12
Vittorio Capozzi, Sine Yener, Iuliia Khomenko, Brian Farneti, Luca Cappellin, Flavia Gasperi, Matteo Scampicchio, Franco Biasioli
Proton Transfer Reaction (PTR), combined with a Time-of-Flight (ToF) Mass Spectrometer (MS) is an analytical approach based on chemical ionization that belongs to the Direct-Injection Mass Spectrometric (DIMS) technologies. These techniques allow the rapid determination of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), assuring high sensitivity and accuracy. In general, PTR-MS requires neither sample preparation nor sample destruction, allowing real time and non-invasive analysis of samples. PTR-MS are exploited in many fields, from environmental and atmospheric chemistry to medical and biological sciences...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513604/exploring-the-statistical-uncertainty-in-acceptable-exposure-limit-values-for-hexavalent-chromium-exposure
#13
Göran Kauermann, Heiko Becher, Verena Maier
Exposure limit values give the exposure level at which an accepted (or acceptable) number of additional work related diseases are expected. The values are derived from dose-response curves and carry a large amount of uncertainty. In this paper we aim to quantify some of this uncertainty with statistical means. We explore the limit value issued by the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) for occupational exposure to hexavalent chromium, CR(VI). We investigate how the dose-response model and statistical estimation variability influences the data-based fixation of exposure limit values...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507755/ethnic-variations-in-the-occurrence-of-colonic-neoplasms
#14
Amnon Sonnenberg, Kevin O Turner, Robert M Genta
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: With the exception of African Americans and Hispanics, few studies have dealt with the influence of other types of ethnicity on the prevalence of colon polyps and colorectal cancer. The present study was undertaken to compare the ethnic and socioeconomic distributions of colonic neoplasms among different ethnic groups in the United States. METHODS: A total of 813,057 patients, who underwent colonoscopy during 2008-2014, were recruited from an electronic database of histopathology reports (Miraca Life Sciences) for a cross-sectional study...
April 2017: United European Gastroenterology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506248/paraquat-and-parkinson-s-disease-a-systematic-review-protocol-according-to-the-ohat-approach-for-hazard-identification
#15
Carolina Vaccari, Regina El Dib, João Lauro V de Camargo
BACKGROUND: Parkinson's disease (PD) is a progressive neurodegenerative condition that has genetic susceptibility, aging, and exposure to certain chemicals as risk factors. In recent decades, epidemiological and experimental studies have investigated the role of pesticides in the development of PD, in particular that of the herbicide paraquat. Here, we, therefore, aim to systematically review the association between paraquat exposure and PD. METHODS: Observational studies (cohort, case-control, and cross-sectional) eligible for this systematic review will enroll any participant who was occupationally and/or environmentally exposed to paraquat...
May 15, 2017: Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503417/indoor-outdoor-not-voluptuary-habit-pollution-and-sleep-disordered-breathing-in-children-a-systematic-review
#16
Laura Tenero, Giorgio Piacentini, Luana Nosetti, Emma Gasperi, Michele Piazza, Marco Zaffanello
BACKGROUND: Exposure to environmental pollutants is advocated to be a major risk factor, with increased morbidity and mortality in humans due to acute and chronic airway inflammation. The aim of the present review is to show the literature research regarding the link between the sleep-disordered breathing and exposure to indoor/outdoor pollution in children. We hypothesized that environmental air pollution can play a role in childhood sleep-disordered breathing. METHODS: We conducted an electronic search in Medline (with PubMed interface), Scopus and the ISI Web of Science using the keywords "sleep" or "sleep apnea" or "sleep disordered breathing" and "pollution" and "children" in "Title/Abstract/Keywords", with language restriction (non-English paper) and no date limitation to present...
April 2017: Translational pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502823/niaid-niehs-nhlbi-mcan-workshop-report-the-indoor-environment-and-childhood-asthma-implications-for-home-environmental-intervention-in-asthma-prevention-and-management
#17
Diane R Gold, Gary Adamkiewicz, Syed Hasan Arshad, Juan C Celedón, Martin D Chapman, Ginger L Chew, Donald N Cook, Adnan Custovic, Ulrike Gehring, James E Gern, Christine C Johnson, Suzanne Kennedy, Petros Koutrakis, Brian Leaderer, Herman Mitchell, Augusto A Litonjua, Geoffrey A Mueller, George T O'Connor, Dennis Ownby, Wanda Phipatanakul, Victoria Persky, Matthew S Perzanowski, Clare D Ramsey, Päivi M Salo, Julie M Schwaninger, Joanne E Sordillo, Avrum Spira, Shakira F Suglia, Alkis Togias, Darryl C Zeldin, Elizabeth C Matsui
Environmental exposures have been recognized as critical in the initiation and exacerbation of asthma, one of the most common chronic childhood diseases. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), and Merck Childhood Asthma Network (MCAN) sponsored a joint workshop to discuss the current state of the science with respect to the indoor environment and its effects on the development and morbidity of childhood asthma...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502070/sleep-in-children-with-autism-spectrum-disorder
#18
REVIEW
Margaret C Souders, Stefanie Zavodny, Whitney Eriksen, Rebecca Sinko, James Connell, Connor Kerns, Roseann Schaaf, Jennifer Pinto-Martin
The purposes of this paper are to provide an overview of the state of the science of sleep in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), present hypotheses for the high prevalence of insomnia in children with ASD, and present a practice pathway for promoting optimal sleep. Approximately two thirds of children with ASD have chronic insomnia, and to date, the strongest evidence on promoting sleep is for sleep education, environmental changes, behavioral interventions, and exogenous melatonin. The Sleep Committee of the Autism Treatment Network (ATN) developed a practice pathway, based on expert consensus, to capture best practices for screening, identification, and treatment for sleep problems in ASD in 2012...
June 2017: Current Psychiatry Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500040/a-novel-sampling-method-for-assessing-human-pathogen-interactions-in-the-natural-environment-using-boot-socks-and-citizen-scientists-with-an-application-to-the-seasonality-of-campylobacter
#19
Natalia R Jones, Caroline Millman, Mike van der Es, Miroslava Hukelova, Ken J Forbes, Catherine Glover, Sam Haldenby, Paul R Hunter, Kathryn Jackson, Sarah J O'Brien, Dan Rigby, Norval J C Strachan, Nicola Williams, Iain R Lake
This paper introduces a novel method for sampling pathogens in natural environments. It uses fabric boot socks worn over walkers' shoes allowing collection of composite samples over large areas. Wide area sampling is better suited to studies focussing upon human exposure to pathogens (e.g. recreational walking). This sampling method is implemented using a Citizen Science approach: groups of three walkers wearing boot socks undertook one of six routes, 40 times over 16 months in the North West (NW) and East Anglian (EA) regions of England...
May 12, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499181/influence-of-temperature-and-ph-on-the-anammox-process-a-review-and-meta-analysis
#20
REVIEW
Mariusz Tomaszewski, Grzegorz Cema, Aleksandra Ziembińska-Buczyńska
The anammox (anaerobic ammonium oxidation) process was considered a very efficient and economic wastewater treatment technology immediately after its discovery in 1995, thus research in this field was intensified. The anammox process is characterised by a high temperature optimum and is very sensitive to both temperature and pH fluctuations. The process can also be inhibited by many factors, including by its substrates, i.e. nitrite and ammonium (or its unionised forms: free ammonia and free nitrous acid). This paper presents a comprehensive study of the most important and recent findings on the influence of two parameters that are crucial in wastewater treatment, i...
May 2, 2017: Chemosphere
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