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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196968/strong-tunable-absorption-enhancement-in-graphene-using-dielectric-metal-core-shell-resonators
#1
Mingjie Wan, Yan Li, Jiawei Chen, Wenyang Wu, Zhuo Chen, Zhenlin Wang, Huitian Wang
We theoretically investigate light absorption by a graphene monolayer that is coated on the outside of dielectric-metal core-shell resonators (DMCSRs). We demonstrate that light absorption of graphene can be greatly enhanced in such multi-layered core-shell architectures as a result of the excitation of the hybridized bonding plasmon resonance supported by the DMCSRs. We also demonstrate that the absorption enhancement in graphene can be easily tuned over a wide range from the visible to the near-infrared, and particularly the enhancement factor can be optimally maximized at any selective wavelength, by simultaneously varying the dielectric core size and the metal shell thickness...
December 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194000/asymptotic-gaussian-law-for-noninteracting-indistinguishable-particles-in-random-networks
#2
Valery S Shchesnovich
For N indistinguishable bosons or fermions impinged on a M-port Haar-random unitary network the average probability to count n 1, … n r particles in a small number r ≪ N of binned-together output ports takes a Gaussian form as N ≫ 1. The discovered Gaussian asymptotic law is the well-known asymptotic law for distinguishable particles, governed by a multinomial distribution, modified by the quantum statistics with stronger effect for greater particle density N/M. Furthermore, it is shown that the same Gaussian law is the asymptotic form of the probability to count particles at the output bins of a fixed multiport with the averaging performed over all possible configurations of the particles in the input ports...
December 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28184036/redox-preconditioning-deep-cratonic-lithosphere-for-kimberlite-genesis-evidence-from-the-central-slave-craton
#3
G M Yaxley, A J Berry, A Rosenthal, A B Woodland, D Paterson
We present the first oxygen fugacity (fO2) profile through the cratonic lithospheric mantle under the Panda kimberlite (Ekati Diamond Mine) in the Lac de Gras kimberlite field, central Slave Craton, northern Canada. Combining this data with new and existing data from garnet peridotite xenoliths from an almost coeval kimberlite (A154-N) at the nearby Diavik Diamond Mine demonstrates that the oxygen fugacity of the Slave cratonic mantle varies by several orders of magnitude as a function of depth and over short lateral distances...
December 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179621/implementation-of-concurrent-electrolytic-generation-of-two-homogeneous-mediators-under-widened-potential-conditions-to-facilitate-removal-of-air-pollutants
#4
Muthuraman Govindan, Alan M Bond, Il-Shik Moon
Electro-scrubbing is being developed as a futuristic technology for the removal of air-pollutants. To date, only one homogeneous mediator for the removal of air pollutants has been generated in each experiment using a divided electrolytic flow cell in an acidic medium. This paper reports the concurrent generation of two homogenous mediators, one at the anodic half-cell containing an acidic solution and the other at the cathodic half-cell containing a basic solution. The concept was inspired by the change in pH that occurs during water electrolysis in a divided cell...
December 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225089/the-hidden-perils-of-read-mapping-as-a-quality-assessment-tool-in-genome-sequencing
#5
B Lehri, A M Seddon, A V Karlyshev
This article provides a comparative analysis of the various methods of genome sequencing focusing on verification of the assembly quality. The results of a comparative assessment of various de novo assembly tools, as well as sequencing technologies, are presented using a recently completed sequence of the genome of Lactobacillus fermentum 3872. In particular, quality of assemblies is assessed by using CLC Genomics Workbench read mapping and Optical mapping developed by OpGen. Over-extension of contigs without prior knowledge of contig location can lead to misassembled contigs, even when commonly used quality indicators such as read mapping suggest that a contig is well assembled...
February 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225088/the-general-pts-component-hpr-determines-the-preference-for-glucose-over-mannitol
#6
Mangyu Choe, Young-Ha Park, Chang-Ro Lee, Yeon-Ran Kim, Yeong-Jae Seok
Preferential sugar utilization is a widespread phenomenon in biological systems. Glucose is usually the most preferred carbon source in various organisms, especially in bacteria where it is taken up via the phosphoenolpyruvate:sugar phosphotransferase system (PTS). The currently proposed model for glucose preference over non-PTS sugars in enteric bacteria including E. coli is strictly dependent on the phosphorylation state of the glucose-specific PTS component, enzyme IIA(Glc) (EIIA(Glc)). However, the mechanism of the preference among PTS sugars is largely unknown in Gram-negative bacteria...
February 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225087/ampk-deficiency-in-chondrocytes-accelerated-the-progression-of-instability-induced-and-ageing-associated-osteoarthritis-in-adult-mice
#7
Sheng Zhou, Wanli Lu, Liang Chen, Qiting Ge, Dongyang Chen, Zhihong Xu, Dongquan Shi, Jin Dai, Jianxin Li, Huangxian Ju, Yi Cao, Jinzhong Qin, Shuai Chen, Huajian Teng, Qing Jiang
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a progressive degenerative disease of the joints that is associated with both joint injury and ageing. Here, we investigated the role of the energy sensor AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) in maintaining a healthy state of articular cartilage and in OA development. Using cartilage-specific, tamoxifen-inducible AMPKα1 conditional knockout (AMPKα1 cKO), AMPKα2 conditional knockout (AMPKα2 cKO) and AMPKα1α2 conditional double knockout (AMPKα cDKO) mice, we found that compared with wild-type (WT) littermates, mutant mice displayed accelerated severity of surgically induced OA, especially AMPKα cDKO mice...
February 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225086/uvrag-deficiency-exacerbates-doxorubicin-induced-cardiotoxicity
#8
Lin An, Xiao-Wen Hu, Shasha Zhang, Xiaowen Hu, Zongpei Song, Amber Naz, Zhenguo Zi, Jian Wu, Can Li, Yunzeng Zou, Lin He, Hongxin Zhu
Doxorubicin (DOX) is an effective chemotherapeutic drug in the treatment of various types of cancers. However, its clinical application has been largely limited by potential development of cardiotoxicity. Previously we have shown that ultra-violet radiation resistance-associated gene (UVRAG), an autophagy-related protein, is essential for the maintenance of autophagic flux in the heart under physiological conditions. Here, we sought to determine the role of UVRAG-mediated autophagy in DOX-induced cardiotoxicity...
February 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225085/aidp-a-novel-n-acyl-homoserine-lactonase-gene-from-antarctic-planococcus-sp
#9
Wah Seng See-Too, Robson Ee, Yan-Lue Lim, Peter Convey, David A Pearce, Wai-Fong Yin, Kok-Gan Chan
Planococcus is a Gram-positive halotolerant bacterial genus in the phylum Firmicutes, commonly found in various habitats in Antarctica. Quorum quenching (QQ) is the disruption of bacterial cell-to-cell communication (known as quorum sensing), which has previously been described in mesophilic bacteria. This study demonstrated the QQ activity of a psychrotolerant strain, Planococcus versutus strain L10.15(T), isolated from a soil sample obtained near an elephant seal wallow in Antarctica. Whole genome analysis of this bacterial strain revealed the presence of an N-acyl homoserine lactonase, an enzyme that hydrolyzes the ester bond of the homoserine lactone of N-acyl homoserine lactone (AHLs)...
February 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225084/rumination-and-default-mode-network-subsystems-connectivity-in-first-episode-drug-naive-young-patients-with-major-depressive-disorder
#10
Xueling Zhu, Qiuling Zhu, Huaizhen Shen, Weihua Liao, Fulai Yuan
Neuroimaging evidence implicates the association between rumination and default mode network (DMN) in major depressive disorder (MDD). However, the relationship between rumination and DMN subsystems remains incompletely understood, especially in patients with MDD. Thirty-three first-episode drug-naive patients with MDD and thirty-three healthy controls (HCs) were enrolled and underwent resting-sate fMRI scanning. Functional connectivity analysis was performed based on 11 pre-defined regions of interest (ROIs) for three DMN subsystems: the midline core, dorsal medial prefrontal cortex (dMPFC) and medial temporal lobe (MTL)...
February 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225083/antitumorigenic-effect-of-atmospheric-pressure-dielectric-barrier-discharge-on-human-colorectal-cancer-cells-via-regulation-of-sp1-transcription-factor
#11
Duksun Han, Jin Hyoung Cho, Ra Ham Lee, Woong Bang, Kyungho Park, Minseok S Kim, Jung-Hyun Shim, Jung-Il Chae, Se Youn Moon
Human colorectal cancer cell lines (HT29 and HCT116) were exposed to dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) plasma at atmospheric pressure to investigate the anticancer capacity of the plasma. The dose- and time-dependent effects of DBDP on cell viability, regulation of transcription factor Sp1, cell-cycle analysis, and colony formation were investigated by means of MTS assay, DAPI staining, propidium iodide staining, annexin V-FITC staining, Western blot analysis, RT-PCR analysis, fluorescence microscopy, and anchorage-independent cell transformation assay...
February 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225082/environmentally-friendly-chitosan-pei-grafted-magnetic-gelatin-for-the-highly-effective-removal-of-heavy-metals-from-drinking-water
#12
Bingbing Li, Feng Zhou, Kai Huang, Yipei Wang, Surong Mei, Yikai Zhou, Tao Jing
The development of environmentally friendly sorbents with a high adsorption capacity is an essential problem in the removal of heavy metals from drinking water. In this study, magnetic gelatin was prepared using transglutaminase as a cross-linker, which could only catalyze an acyl-transfer reaction between lysine and glutamine residues of the gelatin and not affect other amino groups. Therefore, it was beneficial for the further modification based on the amino groups, and did not affect the spatial structure of gelatin, which can effectively prevent the embedding of active sites in the polymer matrix...
February 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225079/multiple-sodium-channel-isoforms-mediate-the-pathological-effects-of-pacific-ciguatoxin-1
#13
Marco C Inserra, Mathilde R Israel, Ashlee Caldwell, Joel Castro, Jennifer R Deuis, Andrea M Harrington, Angelo Keramidas, Sonia Garcia-Caraballo, Jessica Maddern, Andelain Erickson, Luke Grundy, Grigori Y Rychkov, Katharina Zimmermann, Richard J Lewis, Stuart M Brierley, Irina Vetter
Human intoxication with the seafood poison ciguatoxin, a dinoflagellate polyether that activates voltage-gated sodium channels (NaV), causes ciguatera, a disease characterised by gastrointestinal and neurological disturbances. We assessed the activity of the most potent congener, Pacific ciguatoxin-1 (P-CTX-1), on NaV1.1-1.9 using imaging and electrophysiological approaches. Although P-CTX-1 is essentially a non-selective NaV toxin and shifted the voltage-dependence of activation to more hyperpolarising potentials at all NaV subtypes, an increase in the inactivation time constant was observed only at NaV1...
February 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225078/distribution-of-valence-electrons-of-the-flavin-cofactor-in-nadh-cytochrome-b5-reductase
#14
Kiyofumi Takaba, Kazuki Takeda, Masayuki Kosugi, Taro Tamada, Kunio Miki
Flavin compounds such as flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD), flavin mononucleotide and riboflavin make up the active centers in flavoproteins that facilitate various oxidoreductive processes. The fine structural features of the hydrogens and valence electrons of the flavin molecules in the protein environment are critical to the functions of the flavoproteins. However, information on these features cannot be obtained from conventional protein X-ray analyses at ordinary resolution. Here we report the charge density analysis of a flavoenzyme, NADH-cytochrome b5 reductase (b5R), at an ultra-high resolution of 0...
February 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225077/corrigendum-microbial-nanoculture-as-an-artificial-microniche
#15
Tagbo H R Niepa, Likai Hou, Hongyuan Jiang, Mark Goulian, Hyun Koo, Kathleen J Stebe, Daeyeon Lee
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225076/when-to-stop-propranolol-for-infantile-hemangioma
#16
Lei Chang, Yifei Gu, Zhang Yu, Hanru Ying, Yajing Qiu, Gang Ma, Hui Chen, Yunbo Jin, Xiaoxi Lin
There is no definitive conclusion regarding the optimal timing for terminating propranolol treatment for infantile hemangioma (IH). A total of 149 patients who underwent detailed color Doppler ultrasound examination were included in this study. The characteristics and propranolol treatment of all patients were summarized and analyzed. Patients were divided into two groups according to the lesion regression rate. Among the 149 patients, 38 were assigned to the complete regression group, and 111 were assigned to the partial regression group...
February 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225075/soya-cerebroside-an-extract-of-cordyceps-militaris-suppresses-monocyte-migration-and-prevents-cartilage-degradation-in-inflammatory-animal-models
#17
Shan-Chi Liu, Ching-Peng Chiu, Chun-Hao Tsai, Chun-Yin Hung, Te-Mao Li, Yang-Chang Wu, Chih-Hsin Tang
Pathophysiological events that modulate the progression of structural changes in osteoarthritis (OA) include the secretion of inflammatory molecules, such as proinflammatory cytokines. Interleukin-1beta (IL-1β) is the prototypical inflammatory cytokine that activates OA synovial cells to release cytokines and chemokines in support of the inflammatory response. The monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1/CCL2) is one of the key chemokines that regulate migration and infiltration of monocytes in response to inflammation...
February 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225074/the-wasp-arp2-3-complex-signal-cascade-is-involved-in-actin-dependent-sperm-nuclei-migration-during-double-fertilization-in-tobacco-and-maize
#18
Xiongbo Peng, Tingting Yan, Mengxiang Sun
Sperm nuclear migration during fertilization in Arabidopsis and rice has recently been found to be actin-dependent, but the driving force behind this actin cytoskeleton-dependent motion is unclear. Here, we confirmed that the actin-dependent sperm nuclei migration during fertilization is a conserved mechanism in plants. Using in vitro fertilization systems, we showed that a functional actin is also essential in maize and tobacco for sperm nuclei migration after gamete membrane fusion. Cytoskeleton depolymerization inhibitor treatments supported the view that sperm nuclei migration is actin-dependent but microtubule-independent in both egg cell and central cell during double fertilization...
February 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225073/high-mutation-rates-explain-low-population-genetic-divergence-at-copy-number-variable-loci-in-homo-sapiens
#19
Xin-Sheng Hu, Francis C Yeh, Yang Hu, Li-Ting Deng, Richard A Ennos, Xiaoyang Chen
Copy-number-variable (CNV) loci differ from single nucleotide polymorphic (SNP) sites in size, mutation rate, and mechanisms of maintenance in natural populations. It is therefore hypothesized that population genetic divergence at CNV loci will differ from that found at SNP sites. Here, we test this hypothesis by analysing 856 CNV loci from the genomes of 1184 healthy individuals from 11 HapMap populations with a wide range of ancestry. The results show that population genetic divergence at the CNV loci is generally more than three times lower than at genome-wide SNP sites...
February 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225072/copper-treatment-during-storage-reduces-phytophthora-and-halophytophthora-infection-of-zostera-marina-seeds-used-for-restoration
#20
Laura L Govers, Els M van der Zee, Johan P Meffert, Patricia C J van Rijswick, Willem A Man In 't Veld, Jannes H T Heusinkveld, Tjisse van der Heide
Restoration is increasingly considered an essential tool to halt and reverse the rapid decline of vital coastal ecosystems dominated by habitat-forming foundation species such as seagrasses. However, two recently discovered pathogens of marine plants, Phytophthora gemini and Halophytophthora sp. Zostera, can seriously hamper restoration efforts by dramatically reducing seed germination. Here, we report on a novel method that strongly reduces Phytophthora and Halophytophthora infection of eelgrass (Zostera marina) seeds...
February 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
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