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Concept: Phosphoric acid


Endodontic sealer residues remaining within the pulp chamber dentin after root canal obturation and cleaning with various solvents may compromise the appearance and the durability of dental restorations. Acid etching is routinely performed prior to application of dentine adhesive systems, but is effect on residual sealer material and the optimal time-point for performing etching, are unknown. Here, we evaluated the effect of acid etching on the dentin surface when performed either immediately or 7 days after removal of the endodontic sealer with two solvents, i.e., 95% ethanol or xylol. Forty crowns fragments from bovine incisors were impregnated with sealer and divided into 4 groups (n = 10 each), according to the dentin cleaning protocol and to the acid etching time-point: G1, 95.0% ethanol and immediate acid etching; G2, xylol and immediate acid etching; G3, 95.0% ethanol and acid etching after 7 days; and G4, xylol and acid etching after 7 days. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images (2000 ×) were obtained from each specimen and the number of open dentinal tubules counted and compared. Another 40 fragments were similarly prepared, and SEM images were obtained (500 ×) to score and compare the persistence of sealer residues on the dentin. G4 showed the most open dentinal tubules and the least epoxy resin-based sealer residues on the dentin surface (p < 0.05). The least epoxy resin-based sealer residues was obtained when acid etching, using 37% phosphoric acid, was performed after 7 days after cleaning the dentin with xylol.

Concepts: Teeth, Phosphoric acid, Acid, Ethanol, Pulp, Dental caries, Dentin, Scanning electron microscope


Separation of volatile fatty acids (VFAs) from fermented wastewater is challenging, due to low VFA concentrations in mineral-rich streams. As a result, separation capacity and selectivity with traditional solvents and adsorbents are both compromised. In this study, using a complex artificial model solution mimicking real fermented wastewaters, it is shown that a simple and robust adsorption-based separation technique can retain a remarkable capacity and selectivity for VFAs. Four types of polystyrene-divinylbenzene-based resins (primary, secondary, and tertiary amine-functionalized, and nonfunctionalized) were examined as the adsorbents. The presence of chloride, sulfate, and phosphate salts resulted in coadsorption of their acidic forms HCl, H2SO4, and H3PO4 on amine-functionalized adsorbents, and severely reduced the VFA capacity. With the nonfunctionalized adsorbent, almost no mineral acid coadsorption was observed. This together with a high total VFA capacity of up to 76 g/kg in equilibrium with the model solution containing a total VFA concentration of 1 wt % resulted in a very high selectivity for the VFAs. Nitrogen-stripping with various temperature profiles was applied to regenerate the adsorbent, and study the potential for fractionation of the VFAs during regeneration. Butyric acid (HBu) was obtained in mole fractions of up to 0.8 using a stepwise increase in the stripping temperature from 25 °C via 120 to 200 °C. During four successive adsorption-regeneration cycles, no reduction in the adsorption capacity was observed.

Concepts: Acid dissociation constant, Chlorine, Water, Salt, Butyric acid, Carbon dioxide, Acid, Phosphoric acid


Psychrophilic phytases suitable for aquaculture are rare. In this study, a phytase of histidine acidic phosphatase (HAP) family was identified in Morchella importuna, a psychrophilic mushroom. The phytase showed 38% identity with Aspergillus niger PhyB, which was the closest hit. The M. importuna phytase was overexpressed in Pichia pastoris, purified and characterized. The phytase had an optimum temperature at 25°C, which is the lowest among all the known phytases to our knowledge. The optimum pH (6.5) is higher than most of the known HAP phytases, which is fit for the weak acidic condition in fish gut. At the optimum pH and temperature, MiPhyA showed the maximum activity level (2384.6±90.4 μmol/min/mg), suggesting that the enzyme possesses a higher activity level over many known phytases at low temperatures. The phytate degrading efficacy was tested on three common feed materials (soybean meal/rapeseed meal/corn meal) and was compared with the well-known phytases of Escherichia coli and Aspergillus niger. When using the same amount of activity units, MiPhyA could yield at least 3× inorganic phosphate than the two reference phytases. When using the same weight of protein, MiPhyA could yield at least 5× inorganic phosphate than the other two. Since it could degrade phytate in feed materials efficiently under low temperature and weak acidic conditions, which is common for aquacultural application, MiPhyA might be a promising candidate as a feed additive enzyme.

Concepts: Oxygen, Phosphoric acid, Metabolism, Uranium, Enzyme, Escherichia coli, PH, Protein


An acidic diet has been associated with erosive tooth wear. However, some people who consume dietary acids develop erosive tooth wear and some do not. This review paper provides an overview of the risk factors of dietary acid consumption which increase the likelihood of developing severe erosive tooth wear. Increased frequency of dietary acid consumption, particularly between meals appears to be the predominant risk factor. However, habitually drinking acidic drinks by sipping them slowly or swishing, rinsing or holding acidic drinks in the mouth before swallowing will also increase risk of progression. Consuming fruit over long time periods at a single sitting and dietary acids being served at increased temperatures have also been implicated. Additions of fruit or fruit flavourings to drinks and regular consumption of vinegars, pickles, acidic medications or acidic sugar-free sweets are potential hidden risk factors that should be discussed with patients at risk of erosive tooth wear progression. Behaviour change is difficult to achieve but specific, targeted behavioural interventions and offering alternatives may increase success.

Concepts: Hydrogen, Phosphoric acid, Citric acid, Vinegar, Acid, Protein


In-situ functionalization of polar (c-plane) and nonpolar (a-plane) gallium nitride (GaN) was performed by adding (3-bromopropyl)bromopropyl) phosphonic acid or propyl phosphonic acid to a phosphoric acid etch. The target was to modulate GaN’s emission properties and oxide formation, which was explored through surface characterization with atomic force microscopy (AFM), x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), photoluminescence (PL), inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) and water contact angle. The use of (3-bromopropyl) phosphonic acid and propyl phosphonic acid in phosphoric acid demonstrated lower amounts of gallium oxide formation and greater hydrophobicity for both sample sets, while also improving PL emission of polar GaN samples. In addition to crystal orientation, growth related factors such as defect density in bulk GaN versus thin GaN films residing on sapphire substrates were investigated as well as their responses to in-situ functionalization. Thin nonpolar GaN layers were the most sensitive to etching treatments due in part to higher defect densities (stacking faults and threading dislocations), which accounts for large surface depressions. High quality GaN (both free-standing bulk polar and bulk nonpolar) demonstrated increased sensitivity to oxide formation. Room temperature PL stands out as an excellent technique to identify nonradiative recombination as observed in the spectra of heteroepitaxially grown GaN samples. The chemical methods applied to tune optical and physical properties of GaN provide a quantitative framework for future novel chemical and biochemical sensor development.

Concepts: Etching, Density, Gallium, Sapphire, Spectroscopy, Gallium nitride, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Phosphoric acid


Polygonum multiflorum is one of the most commonly used Chinese medicines. In this study, an effective pressurized water extraction and HPLC method was developed for first simultaneous determination of 8 hydrophilic compounds, including gallic acid, Hypaphorine, Catechin, Proanthocyanidin B1, Epicatechin, Proanthocyanidin B2, Emodin-8-O-β-d-glucopyranoside, stilbene glycosides, in P. multiflorum. The analysis was performed on a Zorbax SB-AQ column with gradient elution of 0.05% phosphoric acid aqueous solution and acetonitrile in 45min. All calibration curves showed good linearity (R(2)>0.9994) within test ranges. The LOD and LOQ were lower than 0.2 and 1.0μg/mL on column, respectively. RSD for intra- and inter-day of 8 analytes were less than 4.1% and 4.0%, respectively, and the overall recovery was 96.0-100.7%. The validated method was successfully applied to quantification of 8 hydrophilic compounds in samples of P. multiflorum from different locations of China. Chemometrics such as principal component analysis (PCA) and hierarchical clustering analysis (HCA) were used to evaluate homogeneity of P. multiflorum in China, which suggested that their quality homogeneity was good.

Concepts: High performance liquid chromatography, Catechin, Phosphoric acid, Polygonum multiflorum, Principal component analysis, B type proanthocyanidin, Proanthocyanidins, Tannin


The bacterial isolate GFAJ-1 has been proposed to substitute arsenic for phosphorus to sustain growth. We have shown that GFAJ-1 is able to grow at low phosphate concentrations (1.7 μM), even in the presence of high concentrations of arsenate (40 mM), but lacks the ability to grow in phosphorus-depleted (<0.3 μM), arsenate-containing medium. High-resolution mass spectrometry analyses revealed that phosphorylated central metabolites and phosphorylated nucleic acids predominated. A few arsenylated compounds, including C6 sugar arsenates, were detected in extracts of GFAJ-1, when GFAJ-1 was incubated with arsenate, but further experiments showed they formed abiotically. Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry confirmed the presence of phosphorus in nucleic acid extracts, while arsenic could not be detected and was below 1 per mil relative to phosphorus. Taken together, we conclude that GFAJ-1 is an arsenate-resistant, but still a phosphate-dependent, bacterium.

Concepts: Mass spectrometry, Nucleic acid, Phosphoric acid, Adenosine triphosphate, Virus, RNA, DNA, Metabolism


We report the synthesis and photolytic properties of caged inorganic phosphates (Pi compounds) based on the 2-(4'-{bis[2-(2-methoxyethoxy)ethyl]amino}-4-nitro-[1,1'-biphenyl]-3-yl)propan-1-ol (EANBP) and 7-(diethylamino)coumarin-4-yl]methyl (DEACM) protecting groups. The EANBP-Pi showed unprecedented photolysis efficiency at 405 nm, with 95 % release of free phosphate and a quantum yield of 0.28. Thanks to the high two-photon sensitivity of the EANBP chromophore, Pi release through two-photon photolysis is also possible, with an action cross section of 20.5 GM at 800 nm. Two bioactivatable acetoxymethyl protection groups were added to the “caged-Pi” compounds. The resulting triesters of phosphoric acid were able to diffuse through the cellular membranes of plant cells. Once inside a cell, the cleavage of these biocleavable motifs by intracellular esterases allows intracellular accumulation of EANBP-Pi. Bis(AM)-EANBP-Pi therefore represents a very attractive tool for study of the Pi signal transduction cascade in living cells.

Concepts: Phosphorus, Organism, Transfection, Protein, Phosphate, Phosphoric acid, Cell biology, Cell membrane


A simple, selective and stability-indicating high-pressure liquid chromatographic method was developed for the analysis of ribavirin. Chromatographic separation was achieved by using a CPS Hypersil cyano column (4.6 × 250 mm, 5 µm particle size) with isocratic elution of the mobile phase, which was composed of 50 mM phosphate buffer, adjusted at pH 4 with phosphoric acid. The mobile phase was pumped at a flow rate of 0.8 mL/min. The detector was set at 240 nm and quantification of the analyte was based on peak area measurement. The method was validated with respect to linearity, range, precision, accuracy, selectivity, robustness, limit of detection and limit of quantitation. The calibration curve was linear in the range of 5-200 µg/mL with correlation coefficient > 0.999. Ribavirin was subjected to forced degradation studies under two conditions: mild and extensive stress testing. These studies included the effects of hydrolysis (neutral, acidic and alkaline) and oxidation, photolysis and dry heat). The proposed method was proved to be stability-indicating by the resolution of the drug from its forced degradation products, making use of the diode array detector as a tool for confirmation of peak identity and purity. Moreover, the kinetics of alkaline degradation of ribavirin were investigated, an Arrhenius plot was constructed and the activation energy was calculated. The developed method was also extended to analyze ribavirin in capsules and in human plasma with good recovery values.

Concepts: Detection limit, Acid dissociation constant, Phosphoric acid, Acid, Measurement, PH, Chromatography, Analytical chemistry


The use of phosphate mineral products in animal nutrition, as a major source of phosphor and calcium, can lead to uranium entering the food chain. The aim of the present study was to determine the protective effect of natural sepiolite and sepiolite treated with acid for broilers after oral intake of uranium. The broilers were contaminated for 7 days with 25 mg/uranyl nitrate per day. Two different adsorbents (natural sepiolite and sepiolite treated with acid) were given via gastric tube immediately after the oral administration of uranium. Natural sepiolite reduced uranium distribution by 57 % in kidney, 80 % in liver, 42 % in brain, and 56 % in muscle. A lower protective effect was observed after the administration of sepiolite treated with acid, resulting in significant damage of intestinal villi in the form of shortening, fragmentation, and necrosis, and histopathological lesions on kidney in the form of edema and abruption of epithelial cells in tubules. When broilers received only sepiolite treated with acid (no uranyl nitrate), shortening of intestinal villi occurred. Kidney injuries were evident when uranium concentrations in kidney were 0.88 and 1.25 µg/g dry weight. It is concluded that adding of natural sepiolite to the diets of broilers can reduce uranium distribution in organs by significant amount without adverse side effects.

Concepts: Peritoneum, Small intestine, Phosphoric acid, Phosphate, Organ, Uranyl, Stomach, Uranium