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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531979/synthesis-and-characterization-of-glycyrrhizic-acid-coated-iron-oxide-nanoparticles-for-hyperthermia-applications
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Mostafa Saeedi, Omid Vahidi, Shahin Bonakdar
In the present study, iron oxide magnetic nanoparticles (IONPs) were synthesized using the oxidative precipitation method for biomedical applications. Glycyrrhizic acid (GA) extracted from the roots of licorice plant was used as the coating agent for the synthesized nanoparticles (GAIONPs). The crystal phase, morphology and size were investigated by XRD, FE-SEM and TEM. The saturation magnetization (ms) value of the nanoparticles was measured by VSM indicating lowered ms of the GAIONPs with respect to that of the IONPs due to the presence of GA...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528646/metal-based-combinations-that-target-protein-synthesis-by-fungi
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Cindy Vallières, Simon V Avery
A wide range of fungicides (or antifungals) are used in agriculture and medicine, with activities against a spectrum of fungal pathogens. Unfortunately, the evolution of fungicide resistance has become a major issue. Therefore, there is an urgent need for new antifungal treatments. Certain metals have been used for decades as efficient fungicides in agriculture. However, concerns over metal toxicity have escalated over this time. Recent studies have revealed that metals like copper and chromate can impair functions required for the fidelity of protein synthesis in fungi...
2017: Advances in Microbial Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527978/enhanced-antimony-v-removal-using-synergistic-effects-of-fe-hydrolytic-flocs-and-ultrafiltration-membrane-with-sludge-discharge-evaluation
#3
Baiwen Ma, Xing Wang, Ruiping Liu, Zenglu Qi, William A Jefferson, Huachun Lan, Huijuan Liu, Jiuhui Qu
The integration of adsorbents with ultrafiltration (UF) membranes is a promising method for alleviating membrane fouling and reducing land use. However, a number of problems have become apparent concerning the granular adsorbents used currently, such as high running cost, high chance of causing membrane surface damage, low in situ chemical cleaning efficiency, etc. Herein, to overcome these disadvantages, loose in situ hydrolyzed flocs were directly injected into the membrane tank, providing strong adsorption ability at low cost...
May 13, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526789/a-novel-iron-dependent-enzyme-that-catalyzes-the-initial-step-in-the-biodegradation-of-n-nitroglycine-by-variovorax-sp-strain-js1663
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Kristina M Mahan, Hangping Zheng, Tekle T Fida, Ronald J Parry, David E Graham, Jim C Spain
Nitramines are key constituents of most of the explosives in current use and consequently contaminate soil and groundwater at many military facilities around the world. Toxicity from nitramine contamination poses a health risk to plants and animals, thus understanding how nitramines are biodegraded is critical to environmental remediation. The biodegradation of synthetic nitramine compounds such as hexahydro-1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5- triazine (RDX) has been studied for decades, but little is known about the catabolism of naturally produced nitramine compounds...
May 19, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524364/biofunctional-microgel-based-fertilizers-for-controlled-foliar-delivery-of-nutrients-to-plants
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Richard A Meurer, Steffen Kemper, Sandra Knopp, Thomas Eichert, Felix Jakob, Heiner E Goldbach, Ulrich Schwaneberg, Andrij Pich
Foliar application of micronutrients (e.g. Fe(3+) ) onto plants over an extended time is challenging and often not possible due to insufficient rainfastness. Smart delivery systems which enable micronutrient release over several weeks would offer innovative and sustainable options to improve plant health and food production. Herein, we report a novel foliar fertilizer delivery system based on functional pH-responsive biohybrid microgels that have orthogonal functionality as carriers of micronutrients and employ peptides (termed anchor peptides) as foliar adhesion promoters...
May 19, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523618/the-effect-of-sewage-sludge-on-heavy-metal-concentrations-in-wheat-plant-triticum-aestivum-l
#6
Fatemeh Shahbazi, Somayeh Ghasemi, Hamid Sodaiezadeh, Kobra Ayaseh, Rasool Zamani-Ahmadmahmoodi
The use of sewage sludge in agricultural soils can improve soil physical and chemical properties and soil fertility by increasing organic materials; however, the presence of heavy metals in sewage sludge is a significant problem for the quality of agricultural products and the environment. Most heavy metals, due to their inactive nature, are stable and can affect human health. This study investigates the effect of sewage sludge on the concentration of copper, zinc, cadmium, lead, iron, and manganese in two varieties of wheat, i...
May 18, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522117/characterization-of-cu-ii-reconstituted-acc-oxidase-using-experimental-and-theoretical-approaches
#7
Nadia El Bakkali-Tahéri, Sybille Tachon, Maylis Orio, Sylvain Bertaina, Marlène Martinho, Viviane Robert, Marius Réglier, Thierry Tron, Pierre Dorlet, A Jalila Simaan
1-Aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid oxidase (ACCO) is a non heme iron(II) containing enzyme that catalyzes the final step of the ethylene biosynthesis in plants. The iron(II) ion is bound in a facial triad composed of two histidines and one aspartate (H177, D179 and H234). Several active site variants were generated to provide alternate binding motifs and the enzymes were reconstituted with copper(II). Continuous wave (cw) and pulsed Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) spectroscopies as well as Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculations were performed and models for the copper(II) binding sites were deduced...
May 15, 2017: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
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
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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/28511361/predicting-phosphorus-availability-from-chemically-diverse-conventional-and-recycling-fertilizers
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O Duboc, J Santner, A Golestani Fard, F Zehetner, J Tacconi, W W Wenzel
Fertilizers produced from heterogeneous, phosphorus-rich biowastes are becoming increasingly relevant. Treatment and processing (combustion, pyrolysis, anaerobic digestion, etc.) increase the diversity of their physico-chemical composition even further. We investigated several approaches to characterize P availability from a set of 13 contrasting fertilizers. We tested them directly using standard fertilizer extractions, as well as a continuous, sink-based P extraction (iron bag) method. We also performed Olsen, CAL and diffusive gradients in thin films (DGT) tests on fertilized soil...
May 12, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508171/over-expression-of-tobacco-ubc1-encoding-a-ubiquitin-conjugating-enzyme-increases-cadmium-tolerance-by-activating-the-20s-26s-proteasome-and-by-decreasing-cd-accumulation-and-oxidative-stress-in-tobacco-nicotiana-tabacum
#10
Ramin Bahmani, DongGwan Kim, Byoung Doo Lee, Seongbin Hwang
Ubiquitin (Ub)-conjugating enzyme (UBC, E2) receives Ub from Ub-activating enzyme (E1) and transfers it to target proteins, thereby playing a key role in Ub/26S proteasome-dependent proteolysis. UBC has been reported to be involved in tolerating abiotic stress in plants, including drought, salt, osmotic and water stresses. To isolate the genes involved in Cd tolerance, we transformed WT (wild-type) yeast Y800 with a tobacco cDNA expression library and isolated a tobacco cDNA, NtUBC1 (Ub-conjugating enzyme), that enhances cadmium tolerance...
May 15, 2017: Plant Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505579/effect-of-lupinus-albus-l-root-activities-on-as-and-cu-mobility-after-addition-of-iron-based-soil-amendments
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Teresa Fresno, Jesús M Peñalosa, Jakob Santner, Markus Puschenreiter, Eduardo Moreno-Jiménez
Arsenic and Cu mobility was investigated in the rhizosphere of Lupinus albus L. grown in an iron-amended contaminated soil. White lupin was grown in rhizobags in contaminated soil either left untreated or amended with iron sulphate plus lime (Fe + lime) or biochar (Fe + BC). Porewater was monitored in rhizosphere and bulk soil throughout the experiment and the extractable fraction of several elements and As and Cu plant uptake was analysed after 48 days. The distribution of As, Cu, P and Fe in the lupin rhizosphere was evaluated with chemical images obtained by laser ablation-ICP-MS analysis of diffusive gradients in thin films (DGT) gels...
May 9, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501569/influence-of-sulfur-on-the-accumulation-of-mercury-in-rice-plant-oryza-sativa-l-growing-in-mercury-contaminated-soils
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Yunyun Li, Jiating Zhao, Jingxia Guo, Mengjiao Liu, Qinlei Xu, Hong Li, Yu-Feng Li, Lei Zheng, Zhiyong Zhang, Yuxi Gao
Sulfur (S) is an essential element for plant growth and its biogeochemical cycling is strongly linked to the species of heavy metals in soil. In this work, the effects of S (sulfate and elemental sulfur) treatment on the accumulation, distribution and chemical forms of Hg in rice growing in Hg contaminated soil were investigated. It was found that S could promote the formation of iron plaque on the root surface and decrease total mercury (T-Hg) and methylmercury (MeHg) accumulation in rice grains, straw, and roots...
April 26, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500402/identification-and-characterization-of-a-grain-micronutrient-related-osfro2-rice-gene-ortholog-from-micronutrient-rich-little-millet-panicum-sumatrense
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Girish Chandel, Mahima Dubey, Saurabh Gupta, Arun H Patil, A R Rao
Minor millets are considered as nutrient-rich cereals having significant effect in improving human health. In this study, a rice ortholog of Ferric Chelate Reductase (FRO2) gene involved in plant metal uptake has been identified in iron-rich Little millet (LM) using PCR and next generation sequencing-based strategy. FRO2 gene-specific primers designed from rice genome amplified 2.7 Kb fragment in LM genotype RLM-37. Computational genomics analyses of the sequenced amplicon showed high level sequence similarity with rice OsFRO2 gene...
May 2017: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500270/heavy-metals-induce-iron-deficiency-responses-at-different-hierarchic-and-regulatory-levels
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Alexandra Leskova, Ricardo Fabiano Hettwer Giehl, Anja Hartmann, Agáta Fargasová, Nicolaus von Wirén
In plants, the excess of several heavy metals mimics Fe deficiency-induced chlorosis indicating a disturbance in Fe homeostasis. To examine at which level heavy metals interfere with Fe-deficiency responses, we carried out an in-depth characterization of Fe-related physiological, regulatory and morphological responses in Arabidopsis thaliana exposed to heavy metals. Enhanced Zn uptake closely mimicked Fe deficiency by leading to low chlorophyll but high ferric-chelate reductase activity and coumarin release...
May 12, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494313/heavy-metals-translocation-and-accumulation-from-the-rhizosphere-soils-to-the-edible-parts-of-the-medicinal-plant-fengdan-paeonia-ostii-grown-on-a-metal-mining-area-china
#15
Zhang Jun Shen, De Cong Xu, Yan Song Chen, Zhen Zhang
Fengdan (Paeonia ostii) is one of Chinese 34 famous medicinal materials. This study investigated the concentrations of Arsenic (As), Chromium (Cr), Cadmium (Cd), Copper (Cu), Lead (Pb), Iron (Fe), Manganese (Mn), and Zinc (Zn) in rhizosphere soils, cortex mouton and seeds of Fengdan planted in a metal mining area, China. The mean concentrations of As, Cd, Cu, and Zn in the rhizosphere soils were above the limits set by the Chinese Soil Environmental Quality Standard (GB 15618-1995). The contamination factor (CF) of Cd was >5, while it was >2for As, Cu, Pb, and Zn in all the soils...
May 8, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493482/emergence-of-cytochrome-bc-complexes-in-the-context-of-photosynthesis
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Daria V Dibrova, Daria N Shalaeva, Michael Y Galperin, Armen Y Mulkidjanian
The cytochrome bc complexes are involved in Q-cycling; they oxidize membrane quinols by high-potential electron acceptors, such as cytochromes or plastocyanin, and generate transmembrane proton gradient. In several prokaryotic lineages, and also in plant chloroplasts, the catalytic core of the cytochrome bc complexes is built of a four-helical cytochrome b that contains three hemes, a three-helical subunit IV, and an iron-sulfur Rieske protein (cytochrome b6 f-type complexes). In other prokaryotic lineages, and also in mitochondria, the cytochrome b subunit is fused with subunit IV, yielding a seven- or eight-helical cytochrome b with only two hemes (cytochrome bc1 -type complexes)...
May 11, 2017: Physiologia Plantarum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487709/titanium-as-a-beneficial-element-for-crop-production
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Shiheng Lyu, Xiangying Wei, Jianjun Chen, Cun Wang, Xiaoming Wang, Dongming Pan
Titanium (Ti) is considered a beneficial element for plant growth. Ti applied via roots or leaves at low concentrations has been documented to improve crop performance through stimulating the activity of certain enzymes, enhancing chlorophyll content and photosynthesis, promoting nutrient uptake, strengthening stress tolerance, and improving crop yield and quality. Commercial fertilizers containing Ti, such as Tytanit and Mg-Titanit, have been used as biostimulants for improving crop production; however, mechanisms underlying the beneficial effects still remain unclear...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476978/study-of-bio-fabrication-of-iron-nanoparticles-and-their-fungicidal-property-against-phytopathogens-of-apple-orchards
#18
Hilal Ahmad, Kalyanaraman Rajagopal, Ashiq Hussain Shah, Arif Hussain Bhat, Kalyanaraman Venugopal
Current research trends on iron nanoparticles (FeNPs) are extensively focused because of their unique magnetic and electrical properties mostly applicable in essential medical devices. However, their fungicidal property against plant pathogens is very less known until date. Present study demonstrates a green technique for blending of FeNPs by utilising aqueous extract of neem leaf (Azadirachta indica A. Juss.) as reducing agent. Various characterisation techniques such as ultraviolet (UV)-visible spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction were performed for FeNPs...
April 2017: IET Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475964/electrochemical-advanced-oxidation-processes-for-staphylococcus-aureus-disinfection-in-municipal-wwtp-effluents
#19
Pilar Valero, Martha Verbel, Javier Silva-Agredo, Rosa Mosteo, Maria P Ormad, Ricardo A Torres-Palma
This paper presents the Staphylococcus aureus inactivation in a simulated wastewater treatment plant effluent by different electrochemical techniques, including the photo-electro-Fenton process. S. aureus, dissolved organic carbon (DOC), total oxidants and H2O2 concentrations, as well as pH, were monitored during the assays. An electrolytic cell, including a UVA lamp, a gas diffusion electrode (GDE) as cathode and an IrO2 anode, was used to conduct the experiments under galvanostatic conditions (20 mA). Low inactivation (-0...
May 2, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475636/characterisation-of-the-nicotianamine-aminotransferase-and-deoxymugineic-acid-synthase-genes-essential-to-strategy-ii-iron-uptake-in-bread-wheat-triticum-aestivum-l
#20
Jesse T Beasley, Julien P Bonneau, Alexander A T Johnson
Iron (Fe) uptake in graminaceous plant species occurs via the release and uptake of Fe-chelating compounds known as mugineic acid family phytosiderophores (MAs). In the MAs biosynthetic pathway, nicotianamine aminotransferase (NAAT) and deoxymugineic acid synthase (DMAS) enzymes catalyse the formation of 2'-deoxymugineic acid (DMA) from nicotianamine (NA). Here we describe the identification and characterisation of six TaNAAT and three TaDMAS1 genes in bread wheat (Triticum aestivum L.). The coding sequences of all six TaNAAT homeologs consist of seven exons with ≥88...
2017: PloS One
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