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Junying Zhang, Qingyang Liu, Yuanju Ding and Yiling Bei

3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane functionalized nanoscale zero-valent iron for the removal of dyes from aqueous solution

Batch studies were conducted to investigate the potential of 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane modified nano zero-valent iron (APS-NZVI) to adsorb two dyes (acid brilliant scarlet GR and reactive brilliant red K-2BP) from aqueous solution. APS-NZVI showed good adsorption performance for two dyes. Under the adsorption conditions of pH 4.5, initial concentration was 100 mg/L, and time=4h, the maximum adsorption capacities of APS-NZVI were 121.06 mg/g for acid brilliant scarlet GR and 191.5 mg/g for reactive brilliant red K-2BP, respectively. The results revealed that the adsorption behavior of the dyes on the nano-particles fitted well with the Langmuir model and the sorption kinetics fits well the pseudo-second-order rate equation.

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Wenjuan Ding, Huayong Zhang, Fangjuan Zhang, Lijun Wang and Songbo Cui

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Water level fluctuation and inorganic nitrogen enrichment are two serious problems caused by anthropogenic disturbances in aquatic ecosystems. They cause resource fluctuation and thus might influence the invasive-ness of alien plants. Alternanthera philoxeroides is an amphibious and widespread clonal plant which exhibits significant invasiveness. This experimental study examined the plant's morphological traits under different nitrogen concentrations and water levels. The responses of A. philoxeroides to water levels and nitrogen concentrations were similar for both land-like and riverbank-like initial conditions. A. philoxeroides showed an escape strategy of shoot elongation when its growth was suppressed by shallow submergence. No toxic symptoms but increased clonal spread was observed at high nitrogen concentrations, suggesting that A. philoxeroides not only tolerated but benefitted from nitrogen-polluted water. High nitrogen level mitigated the negative effects of submergence on its leaf survival, thereby enhancing its adaptation to water level fluctuation. Such strong adaptability and clonal spread helps A. philoxeroides to grow and invade successfully in shallow eutrophic water.

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Bo Jiang, Chengyun Ding, Guoen Yao, Cunshan Yao, Yunyan Zhang, Junling Ge and Enchao Qiu

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Background: Hyperhomocysteinemia (HHcy) may be corre- lated with cognitive function. Although intervention with folic acid and VitB12 can decrease the homocysteine (Hey) level, its effect on cognitive function remains uncertain. This prospective study aimed to explore the effects of folic acid and VitB/!2 on the ^су an<^ cognitive function in patients with vascular cognitive impairment-no dementia (VCIND) complicated with HHcy.

Methods: A total of 120 patients with VCIND complicated fcy HHcy were randomly selected. They were divided into inter- vention and control groups. The intervention group was given 5 mg of folic acid per day and 500 цд of VitB^ thrice per day apart from conventional therapy. Folic acid, V'itBl2, and Hey were determined and Montreal cognitive assess- ment (MoCA) and event-related potential P300 determination were performed before and after treatment.

Results: Before treatment, no significant differences in the folic acid, VitB^, Hey, MoCA, and P300 parameters were observed between the groups. After treatment, the folic acid and VitBl2 levels increased and the Hey level decreased in the intervention group compared with that before treatment and in the control group. At 24 weeks, the MoCA score and P300 outcomes in the intervention group improved com- pared with those before treatment and in the control group.

Conclusions: Folic acid and VitB^ effectively decrease the Hey level in VCIND patients and improve their cognitive functions.

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Ding Zhu, Chao Zhang, Huahao Shen and Songmin Ying

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Maha El Fattah, Gang Ding, Fulan Wei, Chunmei Zhang, Eman Ezz and Songlin Wang

Identification and Cementoblastic / Osteoblastic Differentiation of Postnatal Stem Cells from Human Periodontal Ligament

Background. Periodontal diseases that lead to the destruction of periodontal tissues, including periodontal ligament (PDL), cementum, and bone, are a major cause of tooth loss in adults and are a substantial public health burden worldwide. PDL is a specialized connective tissue that connects cementum and alveolar bone to maintain and support teeth in situ and preserve tissue homoeostasis. In this study we aimed to isolate, identify periodontal ligament stem cells and their osteoblastic/cementoblastic differentiation.

Methods. Periodontal ligament tissue was obtained from human impacted third molars (n=5) from different individuals from the oral surgery department, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Capital Medical University School of Stomatology (Beijing, China) following which a colony forming unit - fibroblast assay, identification of periodontal ligament stem cells (PDLSCs; STRO-1 + & CD146+) by using immunocytofluorescence and isolation of PDLSCs (STRO-1+) by using flow cytometry and cementoblastic/osteoblastic exvivo induction were performed.

Results. Mesenchymal stem cells were identified in the periodontal ligament derived by their capacity to form adherent clonogenic cell clusters. Ex-vivo expanded periodontal ligament stem cells were found to express the mesenchymal stem cell markers STRO-1 and CD146. Flow cytometric study showed that a total of 24.53% of periodontal ligament cell population stained positive for the STRO-1 antibody and of that population 1.14% were strongly positive.

Conclusions. The finding of this study indicated that some PDL cells possess crucial stem cells properties, such as self renewal and express the mesenchymal stem cell markers (STRO-1 and CD 146) on their cell surface and small round alizarin red-positive nodules formed in the PDLSC cultures after 4 weeks of induction, indicating calcium accumulation in vitro. Thus, PDL cells can be used for periodontal regenerative procedures.

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Jinping Zhang, Zhihong Ding and Jinjun You

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River runoff and sediment transport are two related random hydrologic variables. The traditional statistical analysis method usually requires those two variables to be linearly correlated, and also have an identical marginal distribution. Therefore, it is difficult to know exactly the characteristics of the runoff and sediment in reality. For this reason, copulas are applied to construct the joint probability distribution of runoff and sediment in this article. The risk of synchronous-asynchronous encounter probability of annual rich-poor runoff and sediment is also studied. At last, the characteristics of annual runoff and sediment with multi-time scales in its joint probability distribution space are simulated by empirical mode decomposition method. The results show that the copula function can simulate the joint probability distribution of runoff and sediment of Huaxia hydrological station in Weihe River well, and that such joint probability distribution has very complex change characteristics at time scales.

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Chongjian Fu, Xuelei Huang, Liang Zhang, Bingbing Yu, Gang Sun, Wenwen Li, Juan Ding and Rongfa Bu

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Background: Mandibular movements are reliable indicators of mandibular system disease and changes in movements can be useful to estimate treatment effect. Detection of mandibular movement is important.

Objectives: We evaluated four-dimensional (4D) visualization of mandibular and temporomandibular joint movement using 320-row computed tomography (CT).

Methods: A stepwise mouth gag was placed between mandibular and maxillary incisors to control mouth opening (0.5-cm increments) in healthy volunteers and one temporomandibular disorder (TMD) patient. A 320-row CT Joint-Move and Shot sequence was used for scanning with an image taken after each increment. 4D reconstruction was used to establish volume data.

Results: 4D visualization of joint and dentition in a rest state and in a state of mandibular movement from multiple angles and in different planes demonstrated differences between healthy subjects and the subject with TMD. The effective dose per scan was approximately 17% of the 16-slice spiral CT.

Conclusion: 4D visualization of mandibular movement can be achieved through 320-row volume CT, which may provide a diagnosis of temporomandibular joint disorder and assessment of treatment effects.

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Yiming Zhao, Baitong Chen, Jin Zhang, Ying Ding, Jin Mao and Lihong Zhou

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This study investigates the evolution of diabetics’ concerns based on the analysis of terms in the Diabetes category logs on the Yahoo! Answers website. Two sets of question-and-answer (Q&A) log data were collected: one from December 2, 2005 to December 1, 2006; the other from April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014. Network analysis and a t-test were performed to analyze the differences in diabetics’ concerns between these two data sets. Community detection and topic evolution were used to reveal detailed changes in diabetics’ concerns in the examined period. Increases in average node degree and graph density imply that the vocabulary size that diabetics use to post questions decreases while the scope of questions has become more focused. The networks of key terms in the Q&A log data of 2005–2006 and 2013–2014 are significantly different according to the t-test analysis of the degree centrality and betweenness centrality. Specifically, there is a shift in diabetics’ focus in that they have become more concerned about daily life and other nonmedical issues, including diet, food, and nutrients. The recent changes and the evolution paths of diabetics’ concerns were visualized using an alluvial diagram. The food- and diet-related terms have become prominent, as deduced from the visualization results.

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Hu Jiyong, Zhang Xiaofeng, Li Guohao, Yang Xudong and Ding Xin

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Body motion signals indicate several pathological features of the human body, and a wearable human motion monitoring system can respond to human joint motion signal in real time, thereby enabling the prevention and treatment of some diseases. Because conductive fabrics can be well integrated with the garment, they are ideal as a sensing element of wearable human motion monitoring systems. This study prepared polypyrrole conductive fabric by in situ polymerization, and the anisotropic property of the conductive fabric resistance, resistance–strain relationship, and the relationship between resistance and the human knee and elbow movements are discussed preliminarily.

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Yewen Xu, Guozhu Shen, Hongyan Wu, Bin Liu, Xumin Fang, Ding Zhang and Jun Zhu

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Organic-inorganic nano-CoFe2O4/PANI (polyaniline) multi-core/shell composites have been successfully synthesized by chemical oxidative polymerization of aniline. The characterization results showed that the ferrite nanocrystals were efficiently embedded in PANI. The electromagnetic parameters of the composites were measured by a vector network analyser in the frequency range of 2 GHz to 18 GHz. Double-layer absorbers based on the CoFe2O4/PANI composite (matching layer) and calcined CoFe2O4 ferrite (absorbing layer) have been designed. The reflection loss of the microwave absorbers of both single layer and double-layer with a total thickness of 2.0 mm and 2.5 mm was calculated according to transmission-line theory. The results indicated that the minimum reflection loss of the CoFe2O4/PANI composite was −19.0 dB at 16.2 GHz at the thickness of 2.0 mm and −23.6 dB at 13.1 GHz at the thickness of 2.5 mm, respectively. The minimum reflection loss for double-layer absorbers reached −28.8 dB at 16.2 GHz at the total thickness of 2.0 mm, and −31.1 dB at 12.8 GHz at the total thickness of 2.5 mm. The absorption bandwidth under −10 dB was 4.2 GHz (13.8 GHz to 18.0 GHz) and 5.5 GHz (10.3 GHz to 15.8 GHz), respectively. The results show that the reflection loss and absorption bandwidth of the double-layer absorbers are obviously enhanced compared to corresponding single layer absorbers.