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Mousumi Pal, Utpal Nandi, Debaraj Mukherjee
Ruthenium (Ru) complexes are known for their promising anticancer activity presumably due to octahedral coordination geometry, slow ligand exchange rate, the range of different oxidation states and target specificity. This review article summarizes the physicochemical processes which are responsible for the selectivity of Ru complexes toward cancer cells over the normal cells. Emphasis has been given on the activation mechanism of Ru(III) complex administered as a prodrug and then the release of active species in an acidic environment of cancer cell through normal or photo induced hydrolysis or ligand oxidation...
March 7, 2018: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Jialiang Liang, Fuyang Liu, Mian Li, Wen Liu, Meiping Tong
Magnetic Fe3 O4 @BiOI@AgI (FBA) spheres were synthesized through a multi-step process. The fabricated photocatalysts were characterized by different techniques. To testify the visible light driven photocatalytic activity of FBA, Rhodamine B and Bisphenol A were chosen as model common and emerging organic contaminants, respectively. While, gram-negative strain Escherichia coli was selected as model waterborne bacteria. The results showed that under visible light irradiation, FBA contained strong photocatalytic degradation capacity towards both RhB and BPA...
March 10, 2018: Water Research
B A Hussein, J T Huynh, P L Prieto, C P Barran, A E Arnold, O V Sarycheva, A J Lough, B D Koivisto
BODIPY (4,4-difluoro-4-bora-3a,4a-diaza-s-indacenes) dyes possess intense absorption profiles that can be exploited in various light harvesting applications. However, redox stability and optimization of frontier molecular orbital energies in these dyes are critical for their successful incorporation into new solar cell materials. This article describes the synthesis and characterization of a family of β-substituted BODIPY-ferrocene dyads with push-pull architectures. Designed to stabilize the photo-oxidized BODIPY for dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) applications, some deleterious electron transfer behaviours emerged when the ferrocene unit was conjugated to electron deficient BODIPYs...
March 16, 2018: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Qi Sui, Peng Li, Ning-Ning Yang, Teng Gong, Ran Bu, En-Qing Gao
Since amines have high toxicity and exist widely, the development of selective sensing materials for amine detection has received considerable attentions. In this article, we demonstrate for the first time that a degree of discriminative detection of alkylamines can be achieved by a metal-organic coordination material. The material is derived from CdII and 4,4'-bipyridinium-1,1'-bis(phenylene-3-carboxylate), shows 1D channels lined with electron-deficient viologen chromophores, and exhibits different colors upon contact with amine vapors of different molecular sizes and types (primary, secondary and tertiary)...
March 16, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Loïc Peter, Marcel Tella-Amo, Dzhoshkun Ismail Shakir, George Attilakos, Ruwan Wimalasundera, Jan Deprest, Sébastien Ourselin, Tom Vercauteren
PURPOSE: The standard clinical treatment of Twin-to-Twin transfusion syndrome consists in the photo-coagulation of undesired anastomoses located on the placenta which are responsible to a blood transfer between the two twins. While being the standard of care procedure, fetoscopy suffers from a limited field-of-view of the placenta resulting in missed anastomoses. To facilitate the task of the clinician, building a global map of the placenta providing a larger overview of the vascular network is highly desired...
March 15, 2018: International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery
Ana P F Santos, Bianca M Souza, Tânia F C V Silva, Rodrigo P Cavalcante, Silvio C Oliveira, Amílcar Machulek, Rui A R Boaventura, Vítor J P Vilar
The mineralization of bio-recalcitrant humic acids (HAs) by a solar photo-Fenton (SPF) process was investigated in aqueous system, in order to understand its abatement in real high-HA content matrices, such as sanitary landfill leachates. SPF reactions were performed in tubular photoreactors with CPCs at lab-scale (simulated solar light) and pilot-scale (natural sunlight). Considering the experimental conditions selected for this work, the formation of insoluble HA-Fe3+ complexes was observed. Thus, to avoid HA precipitation, oxalic acid (Ox) was added, since Fe3+ -Ox complexes present a higher stability constant...
March 15, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Gloria Huerta-Ángeles, Kateřina Knotková, Petr Knotek, Ondrej Židek, Martina Brandejsová, Marek Pokorný, Hana Vagnerová, Ipsita Roy, Vladimir Velebný
In this work, a hybrid copolymer consisting of poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) grafted to hyaluronic acid (HA) was synthesised and characterised. Once formed, the P(3HB)-g-HA copolymer was soluble in water allowing a green electrospinning process. The diameters of nanofibres can be tailored by simply varying the Mw of polymer. The optimization of the process allowed to produce fibres of average diameter in the range of 100-150 nm and low polydispersity. The hydrophobic modification has not only increased the fibre diameter, but also the obtained layers were homogenous...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
Elizabeth A MacDonald, Eric Donovan, Yukitoshi Nishimura, Nathan A Case, D Megan Gillies, Bea Gallardo-Lacourt, William E Archer, Emma L Spanswick, Notanee Bourassa, Martin Connors, Matthew Heavner, Brian Jackel, Burcu Kosar, David J Knudsen, Chris Ratzlaff, Ian Schofield
A glowing ribbon of purple light running east-west in the night sky has recently been observed by citizen scientists. This narrow, subauroral, visible structure, distinct from the traditional auroral oval, was largely undocumented in the scientific literature and little was known about its formation. Amateur photo sequences showed colors distinctly different from common types of aurora and occasionally indicated magnetic field-aligned substructures. Observations from the Swarm satellite as it crossed the arc have revealed an unusual level of electron temperature enhancement and density depletion, along with a strong westward ion flow, indicating that a pronounced subauroral ion drift (SAID) is associated with this structure...
March 2018: Science Advances
Haiyan Qin, Guang Zhang, Lianbo Zhang
Polycomb group genes (PcG) encode chromatin modification proteins that are involved in the epigenetic regulation of cell differentiation, proliferation and the aging processes. The key subunit of the PcG complex, enhancer of zeste 2 polycomb repressive complex 2 subunit (EZH2), has a central role in a variety of mechanisms, such as the formation of chromatin structure, gene expression regulation and DNA damage. In the present study, ultraviolet A (UVA) was used to radiate human dermal fibroblasts in order to construct a photo-aged cell model...
April 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
K Beltako, F Michelini, N Cavassilas, L Raymond
Nanoscale molecular-electronic devices and machines are emerging as promising functional elements, naturally flexible and efficient, for next-generation technologies. A deeper understanding of carrier dynamics in molecular junctions is expected to benefit many fields of nanoelectronics and power devices. We determine time-resolved charge current flowing at the donor-acceptor interface in molecular junctions connected to metallic electrodes by means of quantum transport simulations. The current is induced by the interaction of the donor with a Gaussian-shape femtosecond laser pulse...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Chemical Physics
Yang Jin, Xiaolong An, Mingqiao Ge
In this study, we fabricated a heat-stimulated luminous fiber (HSLF) by wet spinning. The HSLF consists of Sr₂ZnSi₂O₇: Eu2+ , Dy3+ (SZSO), Y₂O₂S: Eu3+ , Mg2+ , Ti4+ (YOS), and heat-sensitive green TF-G pigment (HSGP). SZSO and YOS serve as a source of luminescence to yield a long afterglow system. HSGP is a heat-stimulating agent which develops the link between luminescence and temperature for HSLF. The luminescence of the HSLF is dull below 30 °C, but vivid above 30 °C. The luminescence of HSLFs can be stimulated by low heat (human body temperature)...
March 15, 2018: Materials
Yan Qu, Ying Wang, Yan Zhang, Chunyu Han, Dong Gao, Waishu Jin, Jinning Liang, Xiujuan Xia
BACKGROUND: Because of long-term exposure of skin, skin aging is an unavoidable natural law with age. Traditional Vitamin A and novel ablative fractional laser technique both have the effects of skin rejuvenation, and studies have demonstrated both of them have apparent clinical efficacy and histology-improving effects on photo-aging skin. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 45 female healthy Wistar rats were selected and the depilation areas of every rat were divided into four regions: control region(Region A), Vitamin A acid region(Region B), combination treatment region(Region C), and fractional laser region(Region D)...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy: Official Publication of the European Society for Laser Dermatology
Jinxu Gao, Adelphe Mfuh, Yuka Amako, Christina M Woo
Many therapeutics elicit cell-type specific polypharmacology that is executed by a network of molecular recognition events between a small molecule and the whole proteome. However, measurement of the structures that underpin the molecular associations between the proteome and even common therapeutics, such as the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), is limited by the inability to map the small molecule interactome. To address this gap, we developed a platform termed small molecule interactome mapping by photoaffinity labeling (SIM-PAL) and applied it to the in cellulo direct characterization of specific NSAID binding sites...
March 15, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Yuwei Hao, Hongliang Liu, Guannan Li, Haijun Cui, Lei Jiang, Shutao Wang
To overcome the low efficiency of single-responsive smart surfaces, we have constructed a dual-responsive smart surface - poly(spiropyran-co-N-isopropylacrylamide) (poly(SP-co-NiPAAm))-grafted silicon nanowire arrays - by combining photo-responsive SP and thermo-responsive NiPAAm units for enhancing efficiencies of cancer cell capture and release. These enhanced efficiencies of cancer cell capture and release probably originate from the binary cooperative effect of two responsive building units: NiPAAm units can decrease the steric hindrance between SP units during the isomerization while SP units can facilitate phase transition of NiPAAm units...
March 15, 2018: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
Lu Wang, Weiyu Song, Jianlin Deng, Huiling Zheng, Jian Liu, Zhen Zhao, Manglai Gao, Yuechang Wei
The photocatalytic N2O dissociation on anatase TiO2 is an attractive reaction and the mechanism of the photocalytic process, the role of excited electrons, and the favorable facet for higher activity need a more detailed study at the molecular level. Using DFT + U calculations, we investigate the dissociation process of N2O into N2 with and without photoexcited electrons on anatase TiO2 (001) and (101) facets to unravel such puzzles. The optical absorption properties of TiO2 (001) and (101) facets are compared in combination with electronic analysis...
March 15, 2018: Nanoscale
Hao Huang, Xiaohui Ren, Zhongjun Li, Huide Wang, Zongyu Huang, Hui Qiao, Pinghua Tang, Jinlai Zhao, Weiyuan Liang, Yanqi Ge, Jie Liu, Jianqing Li, Xiang Qi, Han Zhang
Two dimensional (2D) Bi nano-sheets had been employed to fabricate electrodes for broadband photo-detection. A series of characterization techniques including SEM and HRTEM verify that Bi nanosheets with intact lamellar structure have been obtained after facile liquid phase exfoliation. In the meanwhile, UV-Vis and Raman spectra are also carried out and confirm the inherent optical and physical properties of Bi nanosheets. Inherited from the topological characteristics of Bi bulk counterpart, the resultant Bi nanosheet-based photo-detector exhibits preferable photo-response activity as well as environmental robustness...
March 15, 2018: Nanotechnology
Katja Zibrek, Elena Kokkinara, Rachel Mcdonnell
Virtual characters that appear almost photo-realistic have been shown to induce negative responses from viewers in traditional media, such as film and video games. This effect, described as the uncanny valley, is the reason why realism is often avoided when the aim is to create an appealing virtual character. In Virtual Reality, there have been few attempts to investigate this phenomenon and the implications of rendering virtual characters with high levels of realism on user enjoyment. In this paper, we conducted a large-scale experiment on over one thousand members of the public in order to gather information on how virtual characters are perceived in interactive virtual reality games...
April 2018: IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics
Jing Ruan, Ying Wang, Fang Li, Renbing Jia, Guangming Zhou, Chunlin Shao, Liqi Zhu, Malin Cui, Da-Peng Yang, Shengfang Ge
Combination of drug chemotherapy and ray radiation is the main solution for treating patients with advanced colorectal carcinoma, but the toxicity and adverse effects caused in the surrounding normal tissues and the radio resistance in tumor site will severely influence its therapeutic effect. Nano radiosensitizer is an ideal choice for improving the tumor radiotherapy effects thanks to its high degree of tumor tissue uptake and secondary electrons productivity. Graphene quantum dots (GQDs) have good oxidative stress response and significantly high phototoxicity, and are regarded as a potential nano radiosensitizer...
March 15, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
S Kaiser, S V Radl, J Manhart, S Ayalur-Karunakaran, T Griesser, A Moser, C Ganser, C Teichert, W Kern, S Schlögl
The present work aims at the preparation of dry adhesives with switchable bonding properties by using the reversible nature of the [4πs+4πs] cycloaddition of anthracenes. Photo-responsive hydrogenated carboxylated nitrile butadiene rubber with photo-responsive pendant anthracene groups is prepared by one-pot synthesis. The formation of 3D networks relies on the photodimerization of the anthracene moieties upon UV exposure (λ > 300 nm). Controlled cleavage of the crosslink sites is achieved by either deep UV exposure (λ = 254 nm) or thermal dissociation at 70 °C...
March 15, 2018: Soft Matter
Azeem Ullah, Yuxiang Zhang, Zafar Iqbal, Yaxin Zhang, Dong Wang, Jincan Chen, Ping Hu, Zhuo Chen, Mingdong Huang
Photodynamic antimicrobial chemotherapy (PACT) is considered a promising alternative to conventional antibiotic approach. We have previously developed a novel PS containing five lysine amino acids, pentalysine-β-carbonylphthalocyanine Zinc (ZnPc(Lys)5 ), which in the presence of light, is highly toxic against a range of bacterial strains, including hospital isolated, drug resistant Acinetobacter baumannii. Here, we study the effect of light fluence of the two light sources on the PACT potency of ZnPc(Lys)5 ...
March 1, 2018: Biomedical Optics Express
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