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Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
Authors:
G. Ferro-Flores
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J. Tendilla
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M. López-Gómez
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M. González-Zavala
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L. Parades-Gutiérrez
,
E. Avila-Ramírez
, and
F. Aguilar-Hernández

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A fast kit method was developed for the production of153Sm-EDTMP in two steps avoiding the use of nitric acid, evaporation and sterilization of the final solution by autoclave. Methods of analysis for the determination of chemical and radiochemical purity in the radiopharmaceutical solution were established. Factors affecting radiochemical purity and stability of the complex as the molar ratio of EDTMP/Sm, concentration of phosphate buffer and neutralization of EDTMP prior kit preparation were also analyzed. The use of this radiopharmaceutical in rabbits and patients showed selective skeletal uptake.

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Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
Authors:
J. Ramírez-García
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M. Jiménez-Reyes
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M. Solache-Ríos
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E. Fernández-Ramírez
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H. López-González
, and
A. Rojas-Hernández

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The solubility of europium at 0.02M, 0.1M and 0.7M NaClO4 ionic strength solutions was determined by a radiometric method and pEus-pCH diagrams were obtained. Hydrolysis constants were also determined at the same ionic strengths by pH titration and the values found were log * 1 = -7.68±0.11, -8.07±0.10 and -8.20±0.11. The log K sp values were -23.5±0.2, -22.7±0.2 and -21.9±0.2 for 0.02M, 0.1M and 0.7M NaClO4 ionic strengths, respectively, at 303 K under CO2-free conditions and the extrapolated value at zero ionic strength was log K sp 0 = -24.15. The working pCH ranges for the calculation of the hydrolysis constants were selected from the pEus-pCH diagrams in the region where precipitation of europium oxide or hydroxide was less than 20%. Europium removal from aqueous solutions with zeolites was explored.

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Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry
Authors:
W. Liu
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S. Kim
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J. Lopez
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B. Hsiao
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M. Keating
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I.-H. Lee
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B. Landes
, and
R. Stein

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In this study, the stepwise isothermal crystallization or thermal fractionation of Ziegler—Natta and metallocene based polyethylenes (ZN-PE and m-PE) with two kinds of branch lengths (ethyl and hexyl) and branch compositions were studied using simultaneous synchrotron small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS)/wide-angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The crystal long period and the invariant were determined by SAXS, and the variations of crystal unit cell parameters and the degree of crystallinity were determined by WAXD. The arithmetic mean length (Ln), the weightedmean length (Lw) and the broadness index (Lw/Ln) of the studied polyethylenes were previously determined by DSC. Results from these studies were interpreted using the model of branch exclusion, which affects the ability of the chain-reentry into the crystal phase. Multiple SAXS peaks and step-change in crystallinity change (WAXD) were seen during heating, which corresponded well with the crystal thickness distribution induced by stepwise crystallization. The effects of the heterogeneity of the 1-olefin branch length and the distribution on the crystal long period and the invariant as well as the degree of crystallinity were discussed.

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Acta Alimentaria
Authors:
O.N. Campas-Baypoli
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D.I. Sánchez-Machado
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C. Bueno-Solano
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A.A. Escárcega-Galaz
, and
J. López-Cervantes

Moringa oleifera tree has been recognized internationally for its nutritional, therapeutic and medicinal properties. Dry seeds are rich sources of oil with a high potential of commercial exploitation. The present study reports the physicochemical characterization, polyphenol content, DPPH radical scavenging capacity and fatty acid profile of moringa seed oil, and the chemical composition of the seed cultivated in Sonora, Mexico. Moisture, ash, protein and lipid contents in the seed were found to be 4.7, 5.8, 26 and 39%, respectively. The oil showed a refractive index of 1.4642. The saponification number was 183 mg KOH/g oil, iodine value: 75 g I/100 g of oil, acid value: 0.49 (% oleic acid). The polyphenol content was 0.137 mg of gallic acid equivalent/g and DPPH radical scavenging capacity was 87.39%. The moringa seed oil was rich (68%) in the major fatty acid, oleic acid (C18:1n9). Moringa oil extracted by sonication showed a fatty acid profile and physicochemical properties comparable to the oil from seeds grown in different regions of the world. The optimization of the oil extraction process on a large scale shows high potential, as the oil could be marketed as edible vegetable oil, for frying purposes, or as a functional ingredient.

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Bird migration constitutes a redistribution of bird diversity that radically changes the composition of the bird community worldwide. It comprises about 19% of the world’s bird species. Several studies have indicated that changes in avian community structure and differences in bird richness in different seasons are mainly driven by seasonality and by winter harshness, and that the associated costs increase with the distance involved. Western Mexico is an important wintering area for most passerines that breed in western North America, and that travel long on the long-distance Central and Pacific migration routes. In this study, we examined bird species richness and diversity during the breeding and wintering seasons in the Central Sierra Madre Occidental (SMO), North Durango (Mexico) in relation to i) tree species diversity, ii) tree dimension, iii) forest stand density and site quality, iv) density and dimension of snag trees, and v) various climate variables. The overall aim of the study was to determine how the observed associations between bird species diversity and variables i-v are affected by the season considered (breeding or wintering). The diversity of bird species in the breeding season was not affected by any of the climate and forest stand variables considered. In contrast, bird species diversity in the wintering season was significantly and weakly to moderately associated with climate variables, tree species diversity and stand density, although not with density or dimension of snag trees. Bird species diversity was higher at lower elevations and in drier and warmer locations of the SMO. The association detected is therefore mainly a local migratory phenomenon.

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Acta Physiologica Hungarica
Authors:
Juan Martín-Hernández
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P. Marín
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H. Menéndez
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J. Loenneke
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M. Coelho-e-Silva
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D. García-López
, and
A. Herrero

In order to ascertain whether differing structural mechanisms could underlie blood flow restricted training (BFRT) and high intensity training (HIT), this study had two aims: (i) to gain an insight into the acute variations of muscle architecture following a single bout of two different volumes of BFRT, and (ii) to compare these variations with those observed after HIT. Thirty-five young men volunteered for the study and were randomly divided into three groups: BFRT low volume (BFRT LV), BFRT high volume (BFRT HV) and traditional high intensity resistance training (HIT). All subjects performed a bilateral leg extension exercise session with a load of 20% of one repetition maximum (1RM) in the BFRT groups, whereas the load of the HIT group was equivalent to an 85% of their 1RM. Before and immediately after the exercise bout, ultrasound images were taken from the rectus femoris (RF) and the vastus lateralis (VL). All groups increased their RF (p < 0.001) and VL (p < 0.001) muscle thickness, while the increases in pennation angle were larger in HIT as compared to BFRT LV (p = 0.013) and BFRT HV (p = 0.037). These results support the hypothesis that acute muscle cell swelling may be involved in the processes underlying BFRT induced muscle hypertrophy. Furthermore, our data indicate differing structural responses to exercise between BFRT and HIT.

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Journal of Flow Chemistry
Authors:
Caroline Bosch
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Pablo López-Lledó
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Josep Bonjoch
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Ben Bradshaw
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Pieter J. Nieuwland
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Daniel Blanco-Ania
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Floris P. J. T. Rutjes

An Amberlite IR 120 H-promoted one-pot Fischer indolization from a cis-decahydroquinoline using a range of phenylhydrazines led to compounds with the pyrido[2,3-a]carbazole scaffold. The process may be conducted either in batch mode or in a continuous manner in a flow reactor. The stereochemical course of the Fischer indole reaction changed in going from using free phenylhydrazine to the corresponding hydrochloride in batch conditions, whereas, with the short reaction times in continuous flow, no changes due to isomerization processes were observed.

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Acta Alimentaria
Authors:
C. Cano-Molina
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A. López-Fernández
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N. Díaz-González
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R. González-Barrio
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N. Baenas
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M.J. Periago
, and
F.J. García-Alonso

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Tomato is rich in different bioactive compounds, especially the carotenoid lycopene, which intake is associated with various health benefits. Post-harvest use of ultraviolet light (UV) and light-emitting diode (LED) has been shown to increase the concentration of tomato bioactive compounds. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of ultraviolet (A and C) and red-blue LED light on the concentration of carotenoids during a 7-days storage trial of mature green tomatoes. Exposure to combined UV and LED light nearly doubled the total carotenoid concentration and had no negative impact on sensory attributes.

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Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
Authors:
P. Lam Ramos
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D. Frías Fonseca
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M. González Garcia
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D. Aguiar Lambert
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J. Estévez Alvarez
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I. Pupo González
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D. López Sánchez

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The objective of the present study was the elaboration of a procedure for the determination of Y, La, Ce, Pr and Nd in soils by spectrophotometry with Arsenazo III preceded by a separation-concentration stage, which includes coprecipitation and ion exchange. Multielement analysis by energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence (including Y, La, Ce and Nd) and flame atomic absorption spectrophotometry was carried out simultaneously in order to obtain a general characterization of the soil samples. Certified reference materials and statistical intercomparison of the obtained results were used to evaluate the accuracy of the methods. The precision was examined by analyzing replicate samples.

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Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
Authors:
G. Capote Rodriguez
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R. Padilla Alvarez
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G. Pérez Zayas
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A. Hernández Rivero
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M. López Reyes
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S. Ribeiro Guevara
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J. Molina Insfrán

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Thirty elements were determined by INAA in Cuban soil samples collected in 17 zones from western regions of Cuba, which were affected by neuropathy epidemic in 1992. The presence of toxic elements was evaluated to provide data for the analysis of possible paths of intoxication through local agriculture product consumption. The results obtained for As, Th and U are compared with similar data reported on literature.

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