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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149567/preparation-of-lithium-titanate-reduced-graphene-oxide-composites-with-3d-fishnet-like-conductive-structure-via-a-gas-foaming-method-for-high-rate-lithium-ion-batteries
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Tao Meng, Fenyun Yi, Honghong Cheng, Junnan Hao, Dong Shu, Shixu Zhao, Chun He, Xiaona Song, Fan Zhang
Using ammonium chloride (NH4Cl) as the pore-forming agent, three-dimensional (3D) "fishnet-like" lithium titanate/reduced graphene oxide (LTO/G) composites with hierarchical porous structure are prepared via a gas-foaming method. SEM and TEM images show that in the composite prepared with the NH4Cl concentration of 1 mg mL-1 (1-LTO/G), LTO particles with sizes of 50~100 nm disperse homogeneously on the 3D "fishnet-like" graphene sheets. The nitrogen-sorption analyses reveal the existence of micro/mesopores, which is attributed to the introduction of NH4Cl into the gap between the graphene sheets that further decomposes into gases and produces hierarchical pores during the thermal treatment process...
November 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149327/focused-time-lapse-analysis-reveals-novel-aspects-of-human-fertilization-and-suggests-new-parameters-of-embryo-viability
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G Coticchio, M Mignini Renzini, P V Novara, M Lain, E De Ponti, D Turchi, R Fadini, M Dal Canto
STUDY QUESTION: Can focused application of time-lapse microscopy (TLM) lead to a more detailed map of the morphokinetics of human fertilization, revealing novel or neglected aspects of this process? SUMMARY ANSWER: Intensive harnessing of TLM reveals novel or previously poorly characterised phenomena of fertilization, such as a cytoplasmic wave (CW) preceding pronuclear formation and kinetics of pronuclear chromatin polarization, thereby suggesting novel non-invasive biomarkers of embryo quality...
November 15, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149077/rna-virus-evolution-via-a-quasispecies-based-model-reveals-a-drug-target-with-a-high-barrier-to-resistance
#3
Richard J Bingham, Eric C Dykeman, Reidun Twarock
The rapid occurrence of therapy-resistant mutant strains provides a challenge for anti-viral therapy. An ideal drug target would be a highly conserved molecular feature in the viral life cycle, such as the packaging signals in the genomes of RNA viruses that encode an instruction manual for their efficient assembly. The ubiquity of this assembly code in RNA viruses, including major human pathogens, suggests that it confers selective advantages. However, their impact on viral evolution cannot be assessed in current models of viral infection that lack molecular details of virus assembly...
November 17, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148972/rapid-dna-replication-origin-licensing-protects-stem-cell-pluripotency
#4
Jacob Peter Matson, Raluca Dumitru, Philip Coryell, Ryan M Baxley, Weili Chen, Kirk Twaroski, Beau R Webber, Jakub Tolar, Anja-Katrin Bielinsky, Jeremy E Purvis, Jeanette Gowen Cook
Complete and robust human genome duplication requires loading MCM helicase complexes at many DNA replication origins, an essential process termed origin licensing. Licensing is restricted to G1 phase of the cell cycle, but G1 length varies widely among cell types. Using quantitative single cell analyses we found that pluripotent stem cells with naturally short G1 phases load MCM much faster than their isogenic differentiated counterparts with long G1 phases. During the earliest stages of differentiation towards all lineages, MCM loading slows concurrently with G1 lengthening, revealing developmental control of MCM loading...
November 17, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148807/catholyte-formulations-for-high-energy-li-s-batteries
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Satyajit Phadke, Erwan Coadou, Mérièm Anouti
The sulphur electrode in LiS batteries suffers from rapid capacity loss and low efficiency due to the solubility of long chain polysulphides formed during discharge. Herein, we demonstrate the beneficial effect of original catholyte formulations containing redox active organyl disulphides (PhS2Ph) on the capacity utilization and retention as well as the efficiency in LiS batteries. Resulting from the chemical equilibria in the electrolyte between the sulphur/polysulphides (S8/Sx2-) and disulphide/thiolates (PhS2Ph/PhSx-), the polysulphide redox shuttle phenomenon is minimized due to the suppression of formation of soluble polysulphides (Sx2-, x > 4)...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148768/the-cyanopivaloyl-ester-in-the-automated-solid-phase-synthesis-of-oligorhamnans
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Anne Geert Volbeda, Jeanine van Mechelen, Nico Meeuwenoord, Herman S Overkleeft, Gijsbert A van der Marel, Jeroen D C Codée
The development of effective protecting group chemistry is an important driving force behind the progress in the synthesis of complex oligosaccharides. Automated solid phase oligosaccharide synthesis is an attractive technique for the rapid assembly of oligosaccharides build up of repetitive elements. The fact that (harsh) reagents are used in excess in multiple reaction cycles make this technique extra demanding on the protecting groups used. Here, the synthesis of a set of oligorhamnan fragments is reported using the cyanopivaloyl (PivCN) ester, to ensure effective neighboring group participation during the glycosylation events...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147694/emerging-investigator-series-the-effect-of-wildfire-on-streamwater-mercury-and-organic-carbon-in-a-forested-watershed-in-the-southeastern-united-states
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Allison M Jensen, Todd M Scanlon, Ami L Riscassi
Wildfires alter forested ecosystems, which include large stores of mercury (Hg) and organic carbon, two compounds that are closely linked in vegetation, soils, and streamwater. Studies have shown that wildfires release elevated levels of mercury to the atmosphere which can be locally redeposited and leave charred organic material (vegetation and litter) on the soil surface. Both can contribute to the elevated mobilization of Hg into lakes and streams. However, no studies have conducted a detailed examination of hydrological transport of Hg following a wildfire...
November 17, 2017: Environmental Science. Processes & Impacts
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146917/flow-behavior-of-n2-huff-and-puff-process-for-enhanced-oil-recovery-in-tight-oil-reservoirs
#8
Teng Lu, Zhaomin Li, Jian Li, Dawei Hou, Dingyong Zhang
In the present work, the potential of N2 huff and puff process to enhance the recovery of tight oil reservoir was evaluated. N2 huff and puff experiments were performed in micromodels and cores to investigate the flow behaviors of different cycles. The results showed that, in the first cycle, N2 was dispersed in the oil, forming the foamy oil flow. In the second cycle, the dispersed gas bubbles gradually coalesced into the continuous gas phase. In the third cycle, N2 was produced in the form of continuous gas phase...
November 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145143/biodegradation-of-polystyrene-wastes-in-yellow-mealworms-larvae-of-tenebrio-molitor-linnaeus-factors-affecting-biodegradation-rates-and-the-ability-of-polystyrene-fed-larvae-to-complete-their-life-cycle
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Shan-Shan Yang, Anja Malawi Brandon, James Christopher Andrew Flanagan, Jun Yang, Daliang Ning, Shen-Yang Cai, Han-Qing Fan, Zhi-Yue Wang, Jie Ren, Eric Benbow, Nan-Qi Ren, Robert M Waymouth, Jizhong Zhou, Craig S Criddle, Wei-Min Wu
Commercial production of polystyrene (PS) -a persistent plastic that is not biodegradable at appreciable rates in most environments-has led to its accumulation as a major contaminant of land, rivers, lakes, and oceans. Recently, however, an environment was identified in which PS is susceptible to rapid biodegradation: the larval gut of Tenebrio molitor Linnaeus (yellow mealworms). In this study, we evaluate PS degradation capabilities of a previously untested strain of T. molitor and assess its survival and PS biodegradation rates for a range of conditions (two simulated food wastes, three temperatures, seven PS waste types)...
October 23, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145056/environmental-life-cycle-assessment-of-marine-sediment-decontamination-by-citric-acid-enhanced-microwave-heating
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Pietro P Falciglia, Carlo Ingrao, Guido De Guidi, Alfio Catalfo, Guglielmo Finocchiaro, Marcello Farina, Maria Liali, Giuseppe Lorenzano, Gaetano Valastro, Federico G A Vagliasindi
The potential ability of microwave heating (MWH) for the remediation of marine sediments affected by severe hydrocarbon (HC) contamination was investigated. Decontamination effectiveness and environmental sustainability through a comparative Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) were addressed. Main results revealed that the application of a 650-W MWH treatment resulted in a rapid (15min) HC removal. A citric acid (CA) dose of 0.1M led to enhanced-HC removals of 76.9, 96.5 and 99.7% after 5, 10 and 15min of MW irradiation, respectively...
November 13, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144142/nanoscale-zirconium-abundant-surface-layers-on-lithium-and-manganese-rich-layered-oxides-for-high-rate-lithium-ion-batteries
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Juhyeon Ahn, Jong Hak Kim, Byung Won Cho, Kyung Yoon Chung, Sangryun Kim, Jang Wook Choi, Si Hyoung Oh
Battery performance, such as the rate capability and cycle stability of lithium transition metal oxides, is strongly correlated with the surface properties of active particles. For lithium-rich layered oxides, transition metal segregation in the initial state and migration upon cycling leads to a significant structural rearrangement, which eventually degrades the electrode performance. Here, we show that a fine-tuning of surface chemistry on the particular crystal facet can facilitate ionic diffusion and thus improve the rate capability dramatically, delivering a specific capacity of ∼110 mAh g(-1) at 30C...
November 16, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143726/recent-advances-in-vesicular-stomatitis-virus-based-oncolytic-virotherapy-a-5-year-update
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Sébastien A Felt, Valery Z Grdzelishvili
Oncolytic virus (OV) therapy is an anti-cancer approach that uses viruses that preferentially infect, replicate in and kill cancer cells. Vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV, a rhabdovirus) is an OV that is currently being tested in the USA in several phase I clinical trials against different malignancies. Several factors make VSV a promising OV: lack of pre-existing human immunity against VSV, a small and easy to manipulate genome, cytoplasmic replication without risk of host cell transformation, independence of cell cycle and rapid growth to high titres in a broad range of cell lines facilitating large-scale virus production...
November 16, 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143063/translating-aetiological-insight-into-sustainable-management-of-type-2-diabetes
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Roy Taylor, Alison C Barnes
Using a low-energy diet as a tool, it has been possible to elucidate the sequence of pathophysiological changes that lead to the onset of type 2 diabetes. Negative energy balance in type 2 diabetes causes a profound fall in liver fat content resulting in normalisation of hepatic insulin sensitivity within 7 days. As the period of negative energy balance extends and liver fat levels fall to low normal, the rate of export of triacylglycerol from the liver falls. Consequent to this, the raised pancreas fat content falls and in early type 2 diabetes, normal first-phase insulin secretion becomes re-established with normal plasma glucose control...
November 15, 2017: Diabetologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143051/an-open-holey-structure-enhanced-rate-capability-in-a-nati2-po4-3-c-nanocomposite-and-provided-ultralong-life-sodium-ion-storage
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Liuxin Zhang, Xusheng Wang, Wenjun Deng, Xiaoling Zang, Chunyi Liu, Chang Li, Jitao Chen, Mianqi Xue, Rui Li, Feng Pan
Sodium-ion battery (SIB) technology is competitive in the fields of transportation and grid storage, which require electrode materials showing rapid energy conversion (high rate capability) and long cycle life. In this work, a NaTi2(PO4)3/C (NTP/C) nanocomposite with an open holey-structured framework was successfully prepared for the first time using a solvothermal reaction followed by pyrolysis. The nanocomposite realized fast sodium-ion transport and thus preferable battery performances. Within the wide rate range of 0...
November 16, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142786/extraordinary-clinical-benefit-to-sequential-treatment-with-targeted-therapy-and-immunotherapy-of-a-braf-v600e-and-pd-l1-positive-metastatic-lung-adenocarcinoma
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Shuyu D Li, Annia Martial, Alexa B Schrock, Jane J Liu
Background: The treatment algorithm for metastatic non-small cell lung cancers (NSCLCs) has been evolving rapidly due to the development of new therapeutic agents. Although guidelines are provided by National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) for treatment options according to biomarker testing results, sequentially applying the three main modalities (chemotherapy, targeted therapy and immunotherapy) remains an ad hoc practice in clinic. In light of recent FDA approval of dabrafenib and trametinib combination for metastatic NSCLCs with BRAF V600E mutation, one question arises due to insufficient clinical data is if the targeted therapy should be used before immunotherapy in patients with both BRAF V600E and PD-L1 expression...
2017: Experimental Hematology & Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141230/sub-minute-phosphoregulation-of-cell-cycle-systems-during-plasmodium-gamete-formation
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Brandon M Invergo, Mathieu Brochet, Lu Yu, Jyoti Choudhary, Pedro Beltrao, Oliver Billker
The transmission of malaria parasites to mosquitoes relies on the rapid induction of sexual reproduction upon their ingestion into a blood meal. Haploid female and male gametocytes become activated and emerge from their host cells, and the males enter the cell cycle to produce eight microgametes. The synchronized nature of gametogenesis allowed us to investigate phosphorylation signaling during its first minute in Plasmodium berghei via a high-resolution time course of the phosphoproteome. This revealed an unexpectedly broad response, with proteins related to distinct cell cycle events undergoing simultaneous phosphoregulation...
November 14, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141142/closing-the-loop-on-transition-metal-mediated-nitrogen-fixation-chemoselective-production-of-hn-sime3-2-from-n2-me3sicl-and-x-oh-x-r-r3si-or-silica-gel
#17
Leila M Duman, Lawrence R Sita
Chemical reduction of the Mo(IV) dichloride, Cp*[N(Et)C(Ph)N(Et)]MoCl2 (Cp* = η(5)-C5Me5) (1), in the presence of N2 has previously provided the dinuclear [Mo(II), Mo(II)] end-on-bridged μ-N2 complex, {Cp*[N(Et)C(Ph)N(Et)]Mo]}2(μ-η(1):η(1)-N2) (2), which, when heated in solution with Me3SiCl, provides the Mo(IV) terminal imido complex, Cp*[N(Et)C(Ph)N(Et)]Mo(NSiMe3) (3). Treatment of 3 with a 1 : 2 mixture of Me3SiOH and Me3SiCl, respectively, resulted in rapid and quantitative regeneration of 1 along with formation of one equivalent each of HN(SiMe3)2 and O(SiMe3)2...
November 15, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139286/highly-sensitive-flexible-pressure-sensors-based-on-printed-organic-transistors-with-centro-apically-self-organized-organic-semiconductor-microstructures
#18
So Young Yeo, Sangsik Park, Yeonjin Yi, Do Hwan Kim, Jung Ah Lim
A highly sensitive pressure sensor based on a printed organic transistors with three-dimensionally self-organized organic semiconductor microstructures were demonstrated. A unique organic transistor with semiconductor channels positioned at the highest summit of printed cylindrical microstructures was achieved simply by printing an organic semiconductor and polymer blend on the plastic substrate without the use of additional etching or replication processes. A combination of the printed organic semiconductor microstructure and an elastomeric top-gate dielectric resulted in a highly sensitive OFET pressure sensor with a high pressure sensitivity of 1...
November 15, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138306/key-metabolites-and-mechanistic-changes-for-salt-tolerance-in-an-experimentally-evolved-sulfate-reducing-bacterium-desulfovibrio-vulgaris
#19
Aifen Zhou, Rebecca Lau, Richard Baran, Jincai Ma, Frederick von Netzer, Weiling Shi, Drew Gorman-Lewis, Megan L Kempher, Zhili He, Yujia Qin, Zhou Shi, Grant M Zane, Liyou Wu, Benjamin P Bowen, Trent R Northen, Kristina L Hillesland, David A Stahl, Judy D Wall, Adam P Arkin, Jizhong Zhou
Rapid genetic and phenotypic adaptation of the sulfate-reducing bacterium Desulfovibrio vulgaris Hildenborough to salt stress was observed during experimental evolution. In order to identify key metabolites important for salt tolerance, a clone, ES10-5, which was isolated from population ES10 and allowed to experimentally evolve under salt stress for 5,000 generations, was analyzed and compared to clone ES9-11, which was isolated from population ES9 and had evolved under the same conditions for 1,200 generations...
November 14, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137945/the-effects-of-local-microinjection-of-selective-dopamine-d1-and-d2-receptor-agonists-and-antagonists-into-the-dorsal-raphe-nucleus-on-sleep-and-wakefulness-in-the-rat
#20
Jaime M Monti, Héctor Jantos
The effects of the dopamine (DA) D1 and D2 receptor agonists SKF38393, bromocriptine and quinpirole, respectively, on spontaneous sleep were analyzed in adult rats prepared for chronic sleep recordings. Local administration of the DAergic agonists into the dorsal raphe nucleus (DRN) during the light phase of the light-dark cycle induced a significant reduction of rapid-eye movement sleep (REMS) and the number of REM periods. Additionally, bromocriptine and quinpirole significantly increased wakefulness (W)...
November 11, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
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