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The reduction process of silica supported cobalt catalyst was studied by thermal analysis technique. The reduction of the catalyst proceeds in two steps:

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which was validated by the TPR and in-situ XRD experiments. The kinetic parameters of the reduction process were obtained with a comparative method. For the first step, the activation energy, E a, and the pre-exponential factor, A, were found to be 104.35 kJ mol−1 and 1.18�106∼2.45�109 s−1 respectively. The kinetic model was random nucleation and growth and the most probable mechanism function was found to be f(α)=3/2(1−α)[−ln(1−α)]1/3 or in the integral form: g(α)=[−ln(1−α)]2/3. For the second step, the activation energy, E a, and the pre-exponential factor, A, were found to be 118.20 kJ mol−1 and 1.75�107∼2.45 � 109s−1 respectively. The kinetic model was a second order reaction and the probable mechanism function was f(α)=(1−α)2 or in the integral form: g(α)=[1−α]−1−1.

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The Taihang Mountain Range is located at E112°50′–114°30′, N35°20′–39°30′ in North China. This study aimed to reveal relationships between plant communities, soil variables and topographic variables. Floristic data and environmental data from sixty-eight quadrats of 10 m × 20 m along an elevation gradient from 1050 to 2180 m were analysed by TWINSPAN, DCA and CCA. Eight vegetation formations were recognized, all secondary successional stages following the original broad-leaved deciduous forests’ distraction by human activities. The results showed that the community patterns are related to both soil variables and topographic variables. Among the soil variables, soil N, P, K and organic matter were found to be the most important factors forcing the spatial patterns of plant communities. The vegetation patterns were also significantly correlated with the topographic variables, elevation, slope and aspect. Interactions between the environmental variables were significant. It is concluded that further measures for the conservation of vegetation and protection of soils in the Taihang Mountains must be undertaken.

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This work describes the induction, purification and partial biochemical characterizations of an antimicrobial protein from the housefly larvae induced by ultrasonic wave. It has been purified to apparent homogeneity by ammonium sulfate precipitation followed by Sephadex G-75, Bio-gel P6 gel filtration, and CM-Sepharose Fast Flow cation exchange chromatography. The protein is a cationic protein with an apparent molecular weight of 16315 Da determined by no-denaturing electrophoresis and SDS-PAGE, respectively. Biochemical profile assays show that this protein has good thermal stability, and repeatedly frozen and defrosted durability. The optimum pH for antimicrobial activity is around pH5. The antimicrobial range of the protein includes Gram-positive, Gram-negative bacteria and some fungi. Results of the membrane permeability assays suggest that the probable mode of action of this protein is membrane-disrupting mechanism.

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Effects of gaseous hydrogenation on crystallization behavior of melt-spun Mg63Pr15Ni22 amorphous ribbons have been investigated. The crystallization peak temperature T p1 shifted to higher temperature with increasing heating rate for the un-hydrogenated Mg63Ni22Pr15 metallic glass, however, it is nearly unchanged for the hydrogenated sample. The present work indicates that the crystallization is a nucleation-and-growth process for the un-hydrogenated Mg63Ni22Pr15 metallic glass. However, the crystallization of hydrogenated sample begins with nucleation and then diffusion-controlled growth takes place.

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A high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) method has been developed for simultaneous determination of six alkaloids, i.e., (−)-(R)-platydesmin, noroxyhydrastinine, berberine, skimmianine, canthin-6-one, and pteleine in the herbal medicine of Phellodendron amurense Rupr. The optimal condition for extraction and separation was achieved with a linear mobile phase gradient prepared from 0.1% phosphoric acid and acetonitrile. The LODs and LOQs for the analytes ranged from 0.06 to 0.22 μg mL−1 and from 0.25 to 0.80 μg mL−1, respectively. The optimized method was applied to the determination of alkaloids in P. amurense Rupr. and was found to be efficient. This method can provide a scientific and technical platform to the manufacturers for setting up a quality control standard as well as to the public for quality and safety assurance of the proprietary traditional Chinese medicines.

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A new method was proposed for determining the most probable mechanism function of a solid phase reaction. According to Coats-Redfern's integral equation Eβ→0 was calculated by extrapolating β to zero using a series of TG curves with different heating rates. Similarly, Eα→0 was calculated according to Ozawa's equation. The most probable mechanism function of the solid phase dehydration of manganese(II) oxalate dihydrate was confirmed to be G(α)=(1-α)1/2 by comparing Eα→0 with Eβ→0.

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In the present study, the effect of primary processing route on the dissolution and precipitation reactions in a commercial Al−Si alloy (designated as A390) is investigated using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The Al−Si alloy selected for the present investigation was processed using conventional casting and spray atomization and deposition routes. The results of differential scanning calorimetry conducted on the as-processed samples indicated no significant dissolution reaction for the as-cast A390 alloy when compared to the similar results obtained for as-spray atomized and deposited samples. However, the thermal analysis conducted on the solutionized cast and spray deposited samples exhibited no significant difference in the kinetics of precipitation reactions. The results of the differential thermal analyses were finally rationalized in terms of observed microstructural features.

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The purpose of this study was to evaluate the ability of Lactobacillus rhamnosus to bind patulin (PAT) in the buffer solution and apple juice. The binding of L. rhamnosus to PAT was reversible, which improved the stability of the bacterial complex. The ability to bind PAT can be enhanced with the inactivation of the strain by high temperature and acid treatment. Acid-treated bacteria had the highest PAT binding rate of 72.73±1.05%. The binding rates of acid and high temperature (121 °C) treatments were increased by 21.37% and 19.15%, respectively. L. rhamnosus showed the best detoxification ability to PAT at 37 °C, where the binding rate reached 50.9±1.03%. When the dose of inactivated bacteria powder was 0.02 g ml−1, the minimum concentration of PAT in apple juice was 0.37 µg ml−1. The addition of the L. rhamnosus inactivated powder did not affect the quality of the juice product and effectively bound the PAT in apple juice.

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Chitosan was obtained from cuticles of the housefly (Musca domestica) larvae. Antibacterial activities of different Mw chitosans were examined against six bacteria. Antibacterial mechanisms of chitosan were investigated by measuring permeability of bacterial cell membranes and observing integrity of bacterial cells. Results show that the antibacterial activity of chitosan decreased with increase in Mw. Chitosan showed higher antibacterial activity at low pH. Ca 2+ and Mg 2+ could markedly reduce the antibacterial activity of chitosan. The minimum inhibitory concentrations of chitosans ranged from 0.03% ∼ 0.25% and varied with the type of bacteria and Mw of chitosan. Chitosan could cause leakage of cell contents of the bacteria and disrupt the cell wall.

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New technologies in gene transfer combined with experimental embryology make the chicken embryo an excellent model system for gene function studies. The techniques of in ovo electroporation, in vitro culture for ex ovo electroporation and retrovirus-mediated gene transfer have already been fully developed in chicken. Yet to our knowledge, there are no definite descriptions on the features and application scopes of these techniques. The survival rates of different in vitro culture methods were compared and the EGFP expression areas of different gene transfer techniques were explored. It was that the optimal timings of removing embryo for EC culture and Petri dish system was at E1.5 and E2.5, respectively; and optimal timing of injecting retrovirus is at E0. Results indicated that the EC culture, in ovo electroporation, the Petri dish system and retrovirus-mediated method are, respectively, suitable for the very early, early, late and whole embryonic stages in chicken. Comparison of different gene transfer methods and establishment of optimal timings are expected to provide a better choice of the efficient method for a particular experiment.

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