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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106170/assembly-of-flexible-comoo4-nimoo4%C3%A2-xh2o-and-fe2o3-electrodes-for-solid-state-asymmetric-supercapacitors
#1
Jing Wang, Leipeng Zhang, Xusong Liu, Xiang Zhang, Yanlong Tian, Xiaoxu Liu, Jiupeng Zhao, Yao Li
In this work, CoMoO4@NiMoO4·xH2O core-shell heterostructure electrode is directly grown on carbon fabric (CF) via a feasible hydrothermal procedure with CoMoO4 nanowires (NWs) as the core and NiMoO4 nanosheets (NSs) as the shell. This core-shell heterostructure could provide fast ion and electron transfer, a large number of active sites, and good strain accommodation. As a result, the CoMoO4@NiMoO4·xH2O electrode yields high-capacitance performance with a high specific capacitance of 1582 F g(-1), good cycling stability with the capacitance retention of 97...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106169/inhibition-of-nucks-facilitates-corneal-recovery-following-alkali-burn
#2
Ming-Wai Poon, Dan Jiang, Peng Qin, Yuelin Zhang, Beiying Qiu, Sumit Chanda, Vinay Tergaonkar, Qing Li, Ian Y Wong, Zhendong Yu, Hung-Fat Tse, David S H Wong, Qizhou Lian
Corneal wound healing involves a complex cascade of cytokine-controlled cellular events, including inflammatory and angiogenesis responses that are regulated by transcriptional chromatin remodeling. Nuclear Ubiquitous Casein and cyclin-dependent Kinase Substrate (NUCKS) is a key chromatin modifier and transcriptional regulator of metabolic signaling. In this study, we investigated the role of NUCKS in corneal wound healing by comparing its effects on corneal alkali burn in NUCKS knockout (NKO) and NUCKS wild-type (NWT) mice...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106168/visceral-hyperalgesia-caused-by-peptide-yy-deletion-and-y2-receptor-antagonism
#3
Ahmed M Hassan, Piyush Jain, Raphaela Mayerhofer, Esther E Fröhlich, Aitak Farzi, Florian Reichmann, Herbert Herzog, Peter Holzer
Altered levels of colonic peptide YY (PYY) have been reported in patients suffering from functional and inflammatory bowel disorders. While the involvement of neuropeptide Y (NPY) and Y receptors in the regulation of nociception is well established, the physiological role of PYY in somatic and visceral pain is poorly understood. In this work, the role of PYY in pain sensitivity was evaluated using PYY knockout (PYY((-/-))) mice and Y2 receptor ligands. PYY((-/-)) mice were more sensitive to somatic thermal pain compared to wild type (WT) mice...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106167/effects-of-climatic-variables-on-weight-loss-a-global-analysis
#4
Morena Ustulin, Changwon Keum, Junghoon Woo, Jeong-Taek Woo, Sang Youl Rhee
Several studies have analyzed the effects of weather on factors associated with weight loss. In this study, we directly analyzed the effect of weather on intentional weight loss using global-scale data provided by smartphone applications. Through Weather Underground API and the Noom Coach application, we extracted information on weather and body weight for each user located in each of several geographic areas on all login days. We identified meteorological information (pressure, precipitation, wind speed, dew point, and temperature) and self-monitored body weight data simultaneously...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106165/effects-of-sr-ht-gahnite-on-osteogenesis-and-angiogenesis-by-adipose-derived-stem-cells-for-critical-sized-calvarial-defect-repair
#5
Guifang Wang, Seyed-Iman Roohani-Esfahani, Wenjie Zhang, Kaige Lv, Guangzheng Yang, Xun Ding, Derong Zou, Daxiang Cui, Hala Zreiqat, Xinquan Jiang
Tissue engineering strategies to construct vascularized bone grafts are now attracting much attention. Strontium-hardystonite-Gahnite (Sr-HT-Gahnite) is a strong, highly porous, and biocompatible calcium silicate based bio-ceramic that contains strontium and zinc ions. Adipose derived stem cells (ASCs) have been demonstrated to have the ability in promoting osteogenesis and angiogenesis. In this study, the effects of Sr-HT-Gahnite on cell morphology, cell proliferation, and osteogenic differentiation of ASCs were systematically investigated...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106164/diverse-strategies-of-o2-usage-for-preventing-photo-oxidative-damage-under-co2-limitation-during-algal-photosynthesis
#6
Ginga Shimakawa, Yusuke Matsuda, Kensuke Nakajima, Masahiro Tamoi, Shigeru Shigeoka, Chikahiro Miyake
Photosynthesis produces chemical energy from photon energy in the photosynthetic electron transport and assimilates CO2 using the chemical energy. Thus, CO2 limitation causes an accumulation of excess energy, resulting in reactive oxygen species (ROS) which can cause oxidative damage to cells. O2 can be used as an alternative energy sink when oxygenic phototrophs are exposed to high light. Here, we examined the responses to CO2 limitation and O2 dependency of two secondary algae, Euglena gracilis and Phaeodactylum tricornutum...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106163/synergistically-enhanced-selective-intracellular-uptake-of-anticancer-drug-carrier-comprising-folic-acid-conjugated-hydrogels-containing-magnetite-nanoparticles
#7
Haneul Kim, Ara Jo, Seulgi Baek, Daeun Lim, Soon-Yong Park, Soo Kyung Cho, Jin Woong Chung, Jinhwan Yoon
Targeted drug delivery has long been extensively researched since drug delivery and release at the diseased site with minimum dosage realizes the effective therapy without adverse side effects. In this work, to achieve enhanced intracellular uptake of anticancer drug carriers for efficient chemo-therapy, we have designed targeted multifunctional anticancer drug carrier hydrogels. Temperature-responsive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAm) hydrogel core containing superparamagnetic magnetite nanoparticles (MNP) were prepared using precipitation polymerization, and further polymerized with amine-functionalized copolymer shell to facilitate the conjugation of targeting ligand...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106162/heterogeneous-nuclear-ribonucleoprotein-m-associates-with-mtorc2-and-regulates-muscle-differentiation
#8
Wei-Yen Chen, Chia-Lung Lin, Jen-Hua Chuang, Fu-Yu Chiu, Yun-Ya Sun, Mei-Chih Liang, Yenshou Lin
Mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) plays a range of crucial roles in cell survival, growth, proliferation, metabolism, and morphology. However, mTOR forms two distinct complexes, mTOR complex 1 and mTOR complex 2 (mTORC1 and mTORC2), via association with a series of different components; this allows the complexes to execute their wide range of functions. This study explores further the composition of the mTORC2 complex. Utilizing Rictor knock-out cells, immunoprecipitation and mass spectrometry, a novel Rictor associated protein, heterogeneous nuclear ribonucleoprotein M (hnRNP M), was identified...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106161/cold-spells-and-ischaemic-sudden-cardiac-death-effect-modification-by-prior-diagnosis-of-ischaemic-heart-disease-and-cardioprotective-medication
#9
Niilo R I Ryti, Elina M S Mäkikyrö, Harri Antikainen, M Juhani Junttila, Eeva Hookana, Tiina M Ikäheimo, Marja-Leena Kortelainen, Heikki V Huikuri, Jouni J K Jaakkola
Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is the leading cause of death. The current paradigm in SCD requires the presence of an abnormal myocardial substrate and an internal or external transient factor that triggers cardiac arrest. Based on prior mechanistic evidence, we hypothesized that an unusually cold weather event (a cold spell) could act as an external factor triggering SCD. We tested potential effect modification of prior diagnoses and select pharmacological agents disrupting pathological pathways between cold exposure and death...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106160/evaluation-of-three-block-anesthesia-methods-for-pain-management-during-mandibular-third-molar-extraction-a-meta-analysis
#10
Fanyuan Yu, Yao Xiao, Hanghang Liu, Fanzi Wu, Feng Lou, Dian Chen, Mingru Bai, Dingming Huang, Chenglin Wang, Ling Ye
A patient's pain during mandibular third molar extraction often creates problems for a dental surgeon and can also cause immense patient discomfort, such as decreased quality of life, serious complications, or even danger to the patients' lives. Effective pain management is therefore of great importance. Conventional block anesthesia method often fails to control such pain completely during an operation. Therefore, two available alternatives, Gow-Gates (G-G) and Vazirani-Akinosi (V-A) methods, have been developed...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106159/temporal-variations-in-presynaptic-release-probability-in-the-lateral-habenula
#11
Hoyong Park, Myunghyun Cheon, Sungmin Kim, ChiHye Chung
Rhythmicity plays an important role in a number of biological systems. The habenular complex is reported to contain an intrinsic molecular clock and to show rhythmic expression of circadian clock genes and proteins including per2/PER2. In this study, we observed that there is a temporal rhythmicity in the presynaptic efficacy of the lateral habenula (LHb) neurons. We collected a substantial number of recordings at different time points of the day during the light phase. The frequency and amplitude of spontaneous excitatory transmission were increased in the afternoon compared to recordings performed in the morning...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106158/transaminase-abnormalities-and-adaptations-of-the-liver-lobule-manifest-at-specific-cut-offs-of-steatosis
#12
Andrew Hall, Claudia Covelli, Roberta Manuguerra, Tu Vinh Luong, Elena Buzzetti, Emmanuel Tsochatzis, Massimo Pinzani, Amar Paul Dhillon
There is little documented evidence suggesting that liver fat is responsible for liver injury in the absence of other disease processes. We investigated the relationships between liver fat, aminotransferases and hepatic architecture in liver biopsies with simple steatosis. We identified 136 biopsies with simple steatosis from the Royal Free Hospital Archives with both clinical data and sufficient material. Digital image analysis was employed to measure fat proportionate area (mFPA). Hepatocyte area (HA) and lobule radius (LR) were also measured...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106157/tlr4-antagonist-fp7-inhibits-lps-induced-cytokine-production-and-glycolytic-reprogramming-in-dendritic-cells-and-protects-mice-from-lethal-influenza-infection
#13
Laure Perrin-Cocon, Anne Aublin-Gex, Stefania E Sestito, Kari Ann Shirey, Mira C Patel, Patrice André, Jorge C Blanco, Stefanie N Vogel, Francesco Peri, Vincent Lotteau
Dysregulated Toll-like receptor (TLR)-4 activation is involved in acute systemic sepsis, chronic inflammatory diseases, such as atherosclerosis and diabetes, and in viral infections, such as influenza infection. Thus, therapeutic control of the TLR4 signalling pathway is of major interest. Here we tested the activity of the small-molecule synthetic TLR4 antagonist, FP7, in vitro on human monocytes and monocyte-derived dendritic cells (DCs) and in vivo during influenza virus infection of mice. Our results indicate that FP7 antagonized the secretion of proinflammatory cytokines (IL-6, IL-8, and MIP-1β) by monocytes and DCs (IC50 < 1 μM) and prevented DC maturation upon TLR4 activation by ultrapure lipopolysaccharide (LPS)...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106156/tunable-multifunctional-thermal-metamaterials-manipulation-of-local-heat-flux-via-assembly-of-unit-cell-thermal-shifters
#14
Gwanwoo Park, Sunggu Kang, Howon Lee, Wonjoon Choi
Thermal metamaterials, designed by transformation thermodynamics are artificial structures that can actively control heat flux at a continuum scale. However, fabrication of them is very challenging because it requires a continuous change of thermal properties in materials, for one specific function. Herein, we introduce tunable thermal metamaterials that use the assembly of unit-cell thermal shifters for a remarkable enhancement in multifunctionality as well as manufacturability. Similar to the digitization of a two-dimensional image, designed thermal metamaterials by transformation thermodynamics are disassembled as unit-cells thermal shifters in tiny areas, representing discretized heat flux lines in local spots...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106155/secreted-mir-27a-induced-by-cyclic-stretch-modulates-the-proliferation-of-endothelial-cells-in-hypertension-via-grk6
#15
Lu Wang, Han Bao, Kai-Xuan Wang, Ping Zhang, Qing-Ping Yao, Xiao-Hu Chen, Kai Huang, Ying-Xin Qi, Zong-Lai Jiang
Abnormal proliferation of endothelial cells (ECs) is important in vascular remodeling during hypertension, but the mechanisms are still unclear. In hypertensive rats caused by abdominal aortic coarctation, the expression of G-protein-coupled receptor kinase 6 (GRK6) in ECs at common carotid artery was repressed in vivo, and EC proliferation was increased. 15% cyclic stretch in vitro, which mimics the pathologically increased stretch in hypertension, repressed EC GRK6 expression via paracrine control by vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs)...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106154/anisotropic-hydrogen-diffusion-in-%C3%AE-zr-and-zircaloy-predicted-by-accelerated-kinetic-monte-carlo-simulations
#16
Yongfeng Zhang, Chao Jiang, Xianming Bai
This report presents an accelerated kinetic Monte Carlo (KMC) method to compute the diffusivity of hydrogen in hcp metals and alloys, considering both thermally activated hopping and quantum tunneling. The acceleration is achieved by replacing regular KMC jumps in trapping energy basins formed by neighboring tetrahedral interstitial sites, with analytical solutions for basin exiting time and probability. Parameterized by density functional theory (DFT) calculations, the accelerated KMC method is shown to be capable of efficiently calculating hydrogen diffusivity in α-Zr and Zircaloy, without altering the kinetics of long-range diffusion...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106153/altered-motion-repulsion-in-alzheimer-s-disease
#17
Yan Li, Shougang Guo, Yongxiang Wang, Huan Chen
Recent research in Alzheimer's disease (AD) indicates that perceptual impairments may occur before the onset of cognitive declines, and can thus serve as an early noninvasive indicator for AD. In this study, we focused on visual motion processing and explored whether AD induces changes in the properties of direction repulsion between two competing motions. We used random dot kinematograms (RDKs) and measured the magnitudes of direction repulsion between two overlapping RDKs moving different directions in three groups of participants: an AD group, an age-matched old control group, and a young control group...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106148/complete-genome-sequencing-elucidates-outbreak-dynamics-of-ca-mrsa-usa300-st8-spa-t008-in-an-academic-hospital-of-paramaribo-republic-of-suriname
#18
Artur J Sabat, Sandra M Hermelijn, Viktoria Akkerboom, Amadu Juliana, John E Degener, Hajo Grundmann, Alexander W Friedrich
We report the investigation of an outbreak situation of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) that occurred at the Academic Hospital Paramaribo (AZP) in the Republic of Suriname from April to May 2013. We performed whole genome sequencing with complete gap closure for chromosomes and plasmids on all isolates. The outbreak involved 12 patients and 1 healthcare worker/nurse at the AZP. In total 24 isolates were investigated. spa typing, genome-wide single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) analysis, ad hoc whole genome multilocus sequence typing (wgMLST), stable core genome MLST (cgMLST) and in silico PFGE were used to determine phylogenetic relatedness and to identify transmission...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106147/prediction-of-very-late-arrhythmia-recurrence-after-radiofrequency-catheter-ablation-of-atrial-fibrillation-the-mb-later-clinical-score
#19
Nebojša Mujović, Milan Marinković, Nebojša Marković, Alena Shantsila, Gregory Y H Lip, Tatjana S Potpara
Reliable prediction of very late recurrence of atrial fibrillation (VLRAF) occuring >12 months after catheter ablation (CA) in apparently "cured" patients could optimize long-term follow-up and modify decision-making regarding the discontinuation of oral anticoagulant therapy. In a single-centre cohort of consecutive patients post radiofrequency AFCA, we retrospectively derived a novel score for VLRAF prediction. Of 133 consecutive post AFCA patients (mean age 56.9 ± 11.8 years, 63.9% male, 69.2% with paroxysmal AF) who were arrhythmia-free at 12 months (excluding 3-month "blanking period"), 20 patients expirienced a VLRAF during a 29...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106146/asymmetric-waveforms-decrease-lethal-thresholds-in-high-frequency-irreversible-electroporation-therapies
#20
Michael B Sano, Richard E Fan, Lei Xing
Irreversible electroporation (IRE) is a promising non-thermal treatment for inoperable tumors which uses short (50-100 μs) high voltage monopolar pulses to disrupt the membranes of cells within a well-defined volume. Challenges with IRE include complex treatment planning and the induction of intense muscle contractions. High frequency IRE (H-FIRE) uses bursts of ultrashort (0.25-5 μs) alternating polarity pulses to produce more predictable ablations and alleviate muscle contractions associated with IRE...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
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