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Habib Ali Molla, Rahul Bhowmick, Abu Saleh Musha Islam, Bibhutibhushan Show, Nillohit Mukherjee, Anup Mondal, Mahammad Ali
A novel highly sensitive and selective fluorescent chemosensor L has been synthesized and characterized by various physicochemical techniques. In 3 : 7 water : MeCN (v/v) at pH 7.2 (10 mM HEPES buffer, μ = 0.05 M LiCl), it selectively recognizes Fe3+ through 1 : 1 complexation resulting in a 106-fold fluorescence enhancement and a binding constant of 8.10 × 104 M-1. The otherwise non-fluorescent spirolactam form of the probe results a dual-channel (absorbance and fluorescence) recognition of Fe3+ via CHEF (chelation enhanced fluorescence) through the opening of the spirolactam ring...
March 22, 2018: Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences
Jonathan D Breeze, Enrico Salvadori, Juna Sathian, Neil McN Alford, Christopher W M Kay
The maser-the microwave progenitor of the optical laser-has been confined to relative obscurity owing to its reliance on cryogenic refrigeration and high-vacuum systems. Despite this, it has found application in deep-space communications and radio astronomy owing to its unparalleled performance as a low-noise amplifier and oscillator. The recent demonstration of a room-temperature solid-state maser that utilizes polarized electron populations within the triplet states of photo-excited pentacene molecules in a p-terphenyl host paves the way for a new class of maser...
March 21, 2018: Nature
Hyuck Jun Jung, Myoung Jin Ho, Sungwan Ahn, Young Taek Han, Myung Joo Kang
The oral bioavailability of entecavir (EV), an anti-viral agent commonly prescribed to treat hepatitis B infections, is drastically reduced under a post-prandial state. This is primarily due to its low permeability in the gastrointestinal tract. To reduce the food effect on the intestinal absorption of the nucleotide analogue, four lipidic prodrugs were synthesized via the esterification of the primary alcohol of EV with fatty acids (hexanoic acid, octanoic acid, decanoic acid, and dodecanoic acid). EV-3-dodecanoate (or EV-C12) exhibited high solubility in a fed state simulated intestinal fluid (78...
March 22, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Tanbir Ahmad, Amin Ismail, Siti A Ahmad, Khalilah A Khalil, Teik K Leo, Elmutaz A Awad, Jurhamid C Imlan, Awis Q Sazili
Actinidin was used to pretreat the bovine hide and ultrasonic wave (53 kHz and 500 W) was used for the time durations of 2, 4 and 6 h at 60 °C to extract gelatin samples (UA2, UA4 and UA6, respectively). Control (UAC) gelatin was extracted using ultrasound for 6 h at 60 °C without enzyme pretreatment. There was significant ( p < 0.05) increase in gelatin yield as the time duration of ultrasound treatment increased with UA6 giving the highest yield of 19.65%. Gel strength and viscosity of UAC and UA6 extracted gelatin samples were 627...
March 22, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Yi Jhen Wu, Yu Chiuan Wu, I-Fen Chen, Yi-Lung Wu, Chin Wen Chuang, Han Hsiang Huang, Shyh Ming Kuo
Astaxanthin (Asta), a xanthophyll carotenoid, has been reported to be a strong antioxidative agent and has anti-inflammatory, antitumor and free radical-scavenging activities. However, inadequate stability and water solubility results in its low bioavailability. This study incorporated Asta into hydrophilic hyaluronan nanoparticles (HAn) to produce Asta-HAn aggregates (AHAna) using an electrostatic field system and investigated the restorative effects of AHAna on retrorsine-CCl₄-induced liver fibrosis in rats in vivo...
March 22, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Seokho Kim, Do Hyoung Kim, Jinho Choi, Hojin Lee, Sun-Young Kim, Jung Woon Park, Dong Hyuk Park
We report the growth and nanoscale luminescence characteristics of 8-hydroxyquinolinato aluminum (Alq₃) with a crystalline hexagonal column morphology. Pristine Alq₃ nanoparticles (NPs) were prepared using a conventional reprecipitation method. Crystal hexagonal columns of Alq₃ were grown by using a surfactant-assisted self-assembly technique as an adjunct to the aforementioned reprecipitation method. The formation and structural properties of the crystalline and non-crystalline Alq₃ NPs were analyzed with scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction...
March 22, 2018: Materials
Hong Gun Kim, Yong Sun Kim, Lee Ku Kwac, Su-Hyeong Chae, Hye Kyoung Shin
Carbon foams were prepared by carbonization of carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC)/waste artificial marble powder (WAMP) composites obtained via electron beam irradiation (EBI); these composites were prepared by mixing eco-friendly CMC with WAMP as the fillers for improved their poor mechanical strength. Gel fractions of the CMC/WAMP composites obtained at various EBI doses were investigated, and it was found that the CMC/WAMP composites obtained at an EBI dose of 80 kGy showed the highest gel fraction (95%); hence, the composite prepared at this dose was selected for preparing the carbon foam...
March 22, 2018: Materials
Hans R Gelderblom, Dick Madeley
Diagnostic electron microscopy (DEM) was an essential component of viral diagnosis until the development of highly sensitive nucleic acid amplification techniques (NAT). The simple negative staining technique of DEM was applied widely to smallpox diagnosis until the world-wide eradication of the human-specific pathogen in 1980. Since then, the threat of smallpox re-emerging through laboratory escape, molecular manipulation, synthetic biology or bioterrorism has not totally disappeared and would be a major problem in an unvaccinated population...
March 22, 2018: Viruses
Srinivasan Ramakrishnan, Beejan Asady, Roberto Docampo
Membrane contact sites are regions of close apposition between two organelles, typically less than 30 nanometers apart, that facilitate transfer of biomolecules. The presence of contact sites has been demonstrated in yeast, plants, and mammalian cells. Here, we investigated the presence of such contact sites in Trypanosoma brucei . In mammalian cells, endoplasmic reticulum-mitochondria contact sites facilitate mitochondrial uptake of Ca2+ released by the ER-located inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate receptor (InsP₃R)...
March 22, 2018: Pathogens
Xinkuan Liu, Wenyi Shao, Mingyi Luo, Jiayin Bian, Deng-Guang Yu
Nanomaterials providing sustained release profiles are highly desired for efficacious drug delivery. Advanced nanotechnologies are useful tools for creating elaborate nanostructure-based nanomaterials to achieve the designed functional performances. In this research, a modified coaxial electrospinning was explored to fabricate a novel core-sheath nanostructure (nanofibers F2), in which a sheath drug-free gliadin layer was successfully coated on the core ketoprofen (KET)-gliadin nanocomposite. A monolithic nanocomposite (nanofibers F1) that was generated through traditional blending electrospinning of core fluid was utilized as a control...
March 22, 2018: Nanomaterials
Mingna Liao, Qilun Zhang, Fengling Tang, Zhiwei Xu, Xin Zhou, Youpeng Li, Yali Zhang, Chenghao Yang, Qiang Ru, Lingzhi Zhao
The synthesis of nanosized CoO anodes with unique morphologies via a hydrothermal method is investigated. By adjusting the pH values of reaction solutions, nanoflakes (CoO-NFs) and nanoflowers (CoO-FLs) are successfully located on copper foam. Compared with CoO-FLs, CoO-NFs as anodes for lithium ion batteries present ameliorated lithium storage properties, such as good rate capability, excellent cycling stability, and large CoO nanoflakes; CoO nanoflowers; anodes; binder free; lithium ion batteriesreversible capacity...
March 22, 2018: Nanomaterials
Faezeh Kashanian, Mehran Habibi Rezaei, Ali Akbar Moosavi Movahedi, Alireza Bagherpour, Maryam Vatani
Due to the numerous biological applications of Magnetite [Fe3O4] nanoparticles (MNPs), it is essential to identify the influence of these nanoparticles on basic biological processes. Therefore, in this research, the effect of MNPs on the structure and activity of hen egg white lysozyme (HEWL) (EC as a model protein was examined using tryptophan intrinsic fluorescence, UV/Vis, and circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy. Moreover, enzyme activities were analyzed by a turbidometric approach in the presence of MNPs at concentrations providing MNPs/HEWL ratios in the range of 0...
March 22, 2018: Biomedical Materials
Ji-Huan Guan, Yan-Yang Zhang, Weier Lu, Yang Xia, Shushen Li
We theoretically investigate the barrier tunneling in the three-dimensional model of the hyperhoneycomb lattice, which is a nodal-line semimetal with a Dirac loop at zero energy. In the presence of a rectangular potential, the scattering amplitudes for different injecting states around the nodal loop are calculated, by using analytical treatments of the effective model, as well as numerical simulations of the tight binding model. In the low energy regime, states with remarkable transmissions are only concentrated in a small range around the loop plane...
March 22, 2018: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
Altaf Ur Rahman, Gul Rahman, Peter Kratzer
The structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of two-dimensional (2D) GaS are investigated using density functional theory (DFT). &#13; After confirming that the pristine 2D GaS is a non-magnetic, indirect band gap semiconductor, we consider N and F as substitutional dopant's or adsorbed atoms. Except for N substituting for Ga (N$_{\rm Ga}$), all considered cases are found to possess a magnetic moment. Fluorine, both in its atomic and molecular form, undergoes a highly exothermic reaction with GaS...
March 22, 2018: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
Truong Dinh Hoai, Issei Nishiki, Terutoyo Yoshida, Toshihiro Nakai
Three lytic phages (PLgW-1, PLgY-16, and PLgY-30) were previously used for phage-typing Lactococcus garvieae, a bacterial pathogen of various marine fish species, and were demonstrated to be potential therapeutants for infections caused by L. garvieae. The morphology, host range, and efficacy of these phages have not been investigated in detail, however. The current study examined the lysis spectrum of these 3 phages against 16 different genotypes of L. garvieae and the influence of a bacterial capsule on phage efficacy, to aid in developing an effective treatment for lactococcosis in fish...
March 22, 2018: Diseases of Aquatic Organisms
Sudha Devi, Mayank Saraswat, Surbhi Grewal, Sugumar Venkataramani
The electronic and steric effects of aryl substituents, and the influence of hydrogen bonding in Z-isomer stability of phenylazopyrazole derivatives have been investigated. In this regard, 38 substituted phenylazopyrazole derivatives and six N-methyl phenylazopyrazole (with meta-substitutions) have been synthesized. Their photoswitching behavior, photostationary states (PSS) and kinetics of thermal reverse isomerization were evaluated experimentally using UV-Vis and NMR spectroscopic techniques. Furthermore, density functional theory (DFT) computations have been performed for more detailed insights...
March 22, 2018: Journal of Organic Chemistry
Sheng-Li Niu, Da-Hong Li, Xin-Yu Li, Yue-Tong Wang, Sheng-Ge Li, Jiao Bai, Yue-Hu Pei, Yong-Kui Jing, Zhan-Lin Li, Hui-Ming Hua
With bioassay- and chemistry-guided fractionation, seven new caged prenylxanthones including two scalemic mixtures, epiisobractatin (1), 13-hydroxyisobractatin (2), 13-hydroxyepiisobractatin (3), 8-methoxy-8,8a-dihydrobractatin (4), 8-ethoxy-8,8a-dihydrobractatin (5), garcibracteatone (6), and 8-methoxy-8,8a-dihydroneobractiatin (7), and the eight known compounds 8-15 were isolated from the leaves of Garcinia bracteata. The structures were unambiguously elucidated through analysis of spectroscopic data. The 2D structures and relative configurations of 1 and 5 were confirmed by X-ray crystallographic analysis...
March 22, 2018: Journal of Natural Products
Hyunseok Kim, Sangjune Park, Yonghyeon Baek, Kyusik Um, Gi Uk Han, Da-Hye Jeon, Sang Hoon Han, Phil Ho Lee
An oxidative cleavage of C‒C double bond is developed from photochemical [2 + 2]-cycloaddition of diaryl N-tosyl enamides, aryl heteroaryl N-tosyl enamides, and N-tosyl cyclic enamides with singlet molecular oxygen followed by ring-opening reaction mediated by Cs2CO3 under air and sunlight without the use of photosesitizer, producing symmetrical and unsymmetrical diaryl, heterodiaryl, and cyclic ketones in good to excellent yields. Moreover, the oxidative cleavage of C‒C triple bonds from 1-alkynes is demonstrated for the synthesis of symmetrical and unsymmetrical ketones from Cu-catalyzed [3 + 2]-cycloaddition, Rh-catalyzed alkoxyarylation, photooxygenation, and ring-opening reaction in one-pot...
March 22, 2018: Journal of Organic Chemistry
Ming-Yen Lu, Shang-Chi Wu, Hsiang-Chen Wang, Ming-Pei Lu
As the feature sizes of devices decrease to the nanoscale, electron microscopy and lithography will become increasingly essential techniques for fabrication and inspection. In this study, we probed the memory effects of MoS2 field-effect transistors (FETs) subjected to electron beam (e-beam) irradiation; after fabricating the devices on 300 nm SiO2/Si substrates, we irradiated the MoS2 FETs with various doses of irradiation from a 30 kV e-beam. The threshold voltage shifted to the negative side and the mobility increased-a so-called memory effect-upon increasing the e-beam dose...
March 22, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
D Funes-Hernando, M Pelaez-Fernandez, D Winterauer, J-Y Mevellec, R Arenal, T Batten, B Humbert, J L Duvail
This study reports on the plasmon-mediated remote Raman sensing promoted by specially designed coaxial nanowires. This unusual geometry for Raman study is based on the separation, by several micrometres, of the excitation laser spot, on one tip of the nanowire, and the Raman detection at the other tip. The very weak efficiency of Raman emission makes it challenging in a remote configuration. For the proof-of-concept, we designed coaxial nanowires consisting of a gold core to propagate surface plasmon polaritons and a Raman-emitting shell of poly(3,4-ethylene-dioxythiophene)...
March 22, 2018: Nanoscale
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