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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549379/dynamically-tunable-plasmon-induced-transparency-in-on-chip-graphene-based-asymmetrical-nanocavity-coupled-waveguide-system
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Pingping Qiu, Weibin Qiu, Zhili Lin, Houbo Chen, Junbo Ren, Jia-Xian Wang, Qiang Kan, Jiao-Qing Pan
A graphene-based on-chip plasmonic nanostructure composed of a plasmonic bus waveguide side-coupled with a U-shaped and a rectangular nanocavities has been proposed and modeled by using the finite element method in this paper. The dynamic tunability of the plasmon-induced transparency (PIT) windows has been investigated. The results reveal that the PIT effects can be tuned via modifying the chemical potential of the nanocavities and plasmonic bus waveguide or by varying the geometrical parameters including the location and width of the rectangular nanocavity...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549378/multi-layer-snse-nanoflake-field-effect-transistors-with-low-resistance-au-ohmic-contacts
#2
Sang-Hyeok Cho, Kwanghee Cho, No-Won Park, Soonyong Park, Jung-Hyuk Koh, Sang-Kwon Lee
We report p-type tin monoselenide (SnSe) single crystals, grown in double-sealed quartz ampoules using a modified Bridgman technique at 920 °C. X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) measurements clearly confirm that the grown SnSe consists of single-crystal SnSe. Electrical transport of multi-layer SnSe nanoflakes, which were prepared by exfoliation from bulk single crystals, was conducted using back-gated field-effect transistor (FET) structures with Au and Ti contacts on SiO2/Si substrates, revealing that multi-layer SnSe nanoflakes exhibit p-type semiconductor characteristics owing to the Sn vacancies on the surfaces of SnSe nanoflakes...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549375/interfacial-electrical-and-band-alignment-characteristics-of-hfo2-ge-stacks-with-in-situ-formed-sio2-interlayer-by-plasma-enhanced-atomic-layer-deposition
#3
Yan-Qiang Cao, Bing Wu, Di Wu, Ai-Dong Li
In situ-formed SiO2 was introduced into HfO2 gate dielectrics on Ge substrate as interlayer by plasma-enhanced atomic layer deposition (PEALD). The interfacial, electrical, and band alignment characteristics of the HfO2/SiO2 high-k gate dielectric stacks on Ge have been well investigated. It has been demonstrated that Si-O-Ge interlayer is formed on Ge surface during the in situ PEALD SiO2 deposition process. This interlayer shows fantastic thermal stability during annealing without obvious Hf-silicates formation...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549369/safety-analysis-of-occupational-exposure-of-healthcare-workers-to-residual-contaminations-of-cytotoxic-drugs-using-fmeca-security-approach
#4
Laetitia Minh Mai Le, Delphine Reitter, Sophie He, Franck Té Bonle, Amélie Launois, Diane Martinez, Patrice Prognon, Eric Caudron
Handling cytotoxic drugs is associated with chemical contamination of workplace surfaces. The potential mutagenic, teratogenic and oncogenic properties of those drugs create a risk of occupational exposure for healthcare workers, from reception of starting materials to the preparation and administration of cytotoxic therapies. The Security Failure Mode Effects and Criticality Analysis (FMECA) was used as a proactive method to assess the risks involved in the chemotherapy compounding process. FMECA was carried out by a multidisciplinary team from 2011 to 2016...
May 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549351/contextual-cueing-in-3d-visual-search-depends-on-representations-in-planar-not-depth-defined-space
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Xuelian Zang, Zhuanghua Shi, Hermann J Müller, Markus Conci
Learning of spatial inter-item associations can speed up visual search in everyday life, an effect referred to as contextual cueing (Chun & Jiang, 1998). Whereas previous studies investigated contextual cueing primarily using 2D layouts, the current study examined how 3D depth influences contextual learning in visual search. In two experiments, the search items were presented evenly distributed across front and back planes in an initial training session. In the subsequent test session, the search items were either swapped between the front and back planes (Experiment 1) or between the left and right halves (Experiment 2) of the displays...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Vision
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549348/ocular-toxicities-associated-with-targeted-anticancer-agents-an-analysis-of-clinical-data-with-management-suggestions
#6
Chen Fu, Dan S Gombos, Jared Lee, Goldy C George, Kenneth Hess, Andrew Whyte, David S Hong
Ocular toxicities are among the most common adverse events resulting from targeted anticancer agents and are becoming increasingly relevant in the management of patients on these agents. The purpose of this study is to provide a framework for management of these challenging toxicities based on objective data from FDA labels and from analysis of the literature. All oncologic drugs approved by the FDA up to March 14, 2015, were screened for inclusion. A total of 16 drugs (12 small-molecule drugs and 4 monoclonal antibodies) were analyzed for ocular toxicity profiles based on evidence of ocular toxicity...
May 5, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549345/a-novel-synthetic-derivative-of-quercetin-8-trifluoromethyl-3-5-7-3-4-o-pentamethyl-quercetin-inhibits-bladder-cancer-growth-by-targeting-the-ampk-mtor-signaling-pathway
#7
Ting Tao, Caimei He, Jun Deng, Yanjun Huang, Qiongli Su, Mei Peng, Meiling Yi, Kwame Oteng Darko, Hui Zou, Xiaoping Yang
Quercetin is a naturally existing compound and shows attractive anticancer properties for a variety of solid tumors including glioma, bladder cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma, breast cancer, hematological malignancies and prostate carcinoma. However, these anticancer properties have not been clinically approved due to unclear mechanistic information and its low bioactivity. In our previous study, we elucidated that quercetin activates AMPK pathway which is the major mechanism for its unique anticancer effect in bladder cancer...
May 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549340/a-critical-assessment-of-the-in-vitro-measurement-of-cortical-bone-stiffness-with-ultrasound
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L Peralta, X Cai, P Laugier, Q Grimal
Elasticity assessment based on bulk wave velocity (BWV) measurements is the most popular technique to characterize the anisotropic stiffness tensor in cortical bone. Typically, a cuboid bone specimen is cut with its sides along the different anatomical directions. Then, the velocity of shear and longitudinal waves propagating along different directions are assessed, from which stiffness coefficients are calculated. Despite the importance of obtaining accurate elasticity values for bone research, there is no generally accepted protocol to measure BWV and the precision of the technique has been seldom investigated...
May 19, 2017: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549338/fast-backprojection-based-reconstruction-of-spectral-spatial-epr-images-from-projections-with-the-constant-sweep-of-a-magnetic-field
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Denis A Komarov, Hiroshi Hirata
In this paper, we introduce a procedure for the reconstruction of spectral-spatial EPR images using projections acquired with the constant sweep of a magnetic field. The application of a constant field-sweep and a predetermined data sampling rate simplifies the requirements for EPR imaging instrumentation and facilitates the backprojection-based reconstruction of spectral-spatial images. The proposed approach was applied to the reconstruction of a four-dimensional numerical phantom and to actual spectral-spatial EPR measurements...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549335/microstructural-alterations-of-white-matter-in-juvenile-myoclonic-epilepsy
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Jinnan Gong, Xuebin Chang, Sisi Jiang, Benjamin Klugah-Brown, Song Tan, Dezhong Yao, Cheng Luo
Juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (JME) is a common type of idiopathic generalized epilepsy that is characterized by myoclonic jerks of the upper limbs and generalized tonic-clonic seizures. Frontal cognitive dysfunctions and abnormal coupling of the thalamocortical system have been found in neuropsychological and neuroimaging studies. This study intended to explore white matter (WM) measurement changes in JME using MRI. Twenty-six patients with JME and 25 healthy controls (HC) were recruited for the acquisition of diffusion MRI and structural MRI data...
April 4, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549321/studies-on-free-radical-scavenging-cancer-cell-antiproliferation-and-calf-thymus-dna-interaction-of-schiff-bases
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Cleiton M da Silva, Marina M Silva, Fabiano S Reis, Ana Lúcia T G Ruiz, João E de Carvalho, Josué C C Santos, Isis M Figueiredo, Rosemeire B Alves, Luzia V Modolo, Ângelo de Fátima
Thirty-nine Schiff bases were synthesized by performing microwave-assisted condensation of the corresponding aldehydes and aromatic amines. Their reactive nitrogen species (RNS) scavenging activity and inhibitory effects against cancer cell growth were then subsequently investigated. Additionally, the interaction between the calf thymus DNA (ctDNA) and selected Schiff bases was evaluated using fluorescence spectroscopy, and their binding parameters were determined. The yields of the various compounds ranged from moderate to excellent (43-99%) after only a 2-min reaction...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549318/brain-neurodevelopmental-markers-related-to-the-deficit-subtype-of-schizophrenia
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Tsutomu Takahashi, Yoichiro Takayanagi, Yumiko Nishikawa, Mihoko Nakamura, Yuko Komori, Atsushi Furuichi, Mikio Kido, Daiki Sasabayashi, Kyo Noguchi, Michio Suzuki
Deficit schizophrenia is a homogeneous subtype characterized by a trait-like feature of primary and prominent negative symptoms, but the etiologic factors related to this specific subtype remain largely unknown. This magnetic resonance imaging study aimed to examine gross brain morphology that probably reflects early neurodevelopment in 38 patients with deficit schizophrenia, 37 patients with non-deficit schizophrenia, and 59 healthy controls. Potential brain neurodevelopmental markers investigated in this study were the adhesio interthalamica (AI), cavum septi pellucidi (CSP), and surface morphology (i...
May 20, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549317/frontal-and-subcortical-grey-matter-reductions-in-ptsd
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Daniel C M O'Doherty, Ashleigh Tickell, Will Ryder, Charles Chan, Daniel F Hermens, Maxwell R Bennett, Jim Lagopoulos
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is characterised by a range of debilitating psychological, physical and cognitive symptoms. PTSD has been associated with grey matter atrophy in limbic and frontal cortical brain regions. However, previous studies have reported heterogeneous findings, with grey matter changes observed beyond limbic/frontal areas. Seventy-five adults were recruited from the community, 25 diagnosed with PTSD along with 25 healthy and 25 trauma exposed age and gender matched controls. Participants underwent clinical assessment and magnetic resonance imaging...
May 19, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549310/segmentation-of-lumen-and-outer-wall-of-abdominal-aortic-aneurysms-from-3d-black-blood-mri-with-a-registration-based-geodesic-active-contour-model
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Yan Wang, Florent Seguro, Evan Kao, Yue Zhang, Farshid Faraji, Chengcheng Zhu, Henrik Haraldsson, Michael Hope, David Saloner, Jing Liu
Segmentation of the geometric morphology of abdominal aortic aneurysm is important for interventional planning. However, the segmentation of both the lumen and the outer wall of aneurysm in magnetic resonance (MR) image remains challenging. This study proposes a registration based segmentation methodology for efficiently segmenting MR images of abdominal aortic aneurysms. The proposed methodology first registers the contrast enhanced MR angiography (CE-MRA) and black-blood MR images, and then uses the Hough transform and geometric active contours to extract the vessel lumen by delineating the inner vessel wall directly from the CE-MRA...
May 19, 2017: Medical Image Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549305/adsorption-of-steroid-micropollutants-on-polymer-based-spherical-activated-carbon-pbsac
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Matteo Tagliavini, Fabio Engel, Peter Georg Weidler, Torsten Scherer, Andrea Iris Schäfer
Removal and interaction mechanisms of four different steroid micropollutants, estrone (E1), estradiol (E2), progesterone (P) and testosterone (T) were determined for different types of polymer-based spherical activated carbon (PBSAC). Higher than 90% removal and significantly faster kinetics compared to conventional granular activated carbon (GAC) were observed, while performance was comparable with powdered activated carbon (PAC). No influence of pH in the range 2-12 was determined, while the presence of humic acid (HA) reduced both the removal and the kinetic by up to 20%...
April 4, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549304/landowner-preferences-for-wetlands-conservation-programs-in-two-southern-ontario-watersheds
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Ryan Trenholm, Wolfgang Haider, Van Lantz, Duncan Knowler, Pascal Haegeli
Wetlands in the region of Southern Ontario, Canada have declined substantially from their historic area. Existing regulations and programs have not abated this decline. However, reversing this trend by protecting or restoring wetlands will increase the supply of important ecosystem services. In particular, these actions will contribute to moderating the impacts of extreme weather predicted to result from climate change as well as reducing phosphorous loads in Lake Erie and ensuing eutrophication. Since the majority of land in the region is privately owned, landowners can play an important role...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549295/structural-characterization-of-astaxanthin-aggregates-as-revealed-by-analysis-and-simulation-of-optical-spectra
#17
Liping Lu, Taoping Hu, Zhigang Xu
Carotenoids can self-assemble in hydrated polar solvents to form J- or H-type aggregates, inducing dramatic changes in photophysical properties. Here, we measured absorption and emission spectra of astaxanthin in ethanol-water solution using ultraviolet-visible and fluorescence spectrometers. Two types of aggregates were distinguished in mixed solution at different water contents by absorption spectra. After addition of water, all probed samples immediately formed H-aggregates with maximum blue shift of 31nm...
May 15, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549294/chiral-recognition-of-naproxen-enantiomers-based-on-fluorescence-quenching-of-bovine-serum-albumin-stabilized-gold-nanoclusters
#18
Marzieh Jafari, Javad Tashkhourian, Ghodratollah Absalan
A simple, fast and green method for chiral recognition of S- and R-naproxen has been introduced. The method was based on quenching of the fluorescence intensity of bovine serum albumin-stabilized gold nanoclusters in the presence of naproxen enantiomers. The quenching intensity in the presence of S-naproxen was higher than R-naproxen when phosphate buffer solution at pH7.0 was used. The chiral recognition occurred due to steric effect between bovine serum albumin conformation and naproxen enantiomers. Two linear determination range were established as 7...
May 16, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549292/globally-supported-radial-basis-function-based-collocation-method-for-evolution-of-level-set-in-mass-segmentation-using-mammograms
#19
Kanchan Lata Kashyap, Manish Kumar Bajpai, Pritee Khanna
Computer-aided detection systems play an important role for the detection of breast abnormalities using mammograms. Global segmentation of mass in mammograms is a complex process due to low contrast mammogram images, irregular shape of mass, speculated margins, and the presence of intensity variations of pixels. This work presents a new approach for mass detection in mammograms, which is based on the variational level set function. Mesh-free based radial basis function (RBF) collocation approach is employed for the evolution of level set function for segmentation of breast as well as suspicious mass region...
May 15, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549286/long-term-heavy-metal-removal-by-a-constructed-wetland-treating-rainfall-runoff-from-a-motorway
#20
Laurence W Gill, Pamela Ring, Brian Casey, Neil M P Higgins, Paul M Johnston
The accumulation of heavy metals (Cd, Cr, Cu, Ni, Pb, Zn) in the sediment and plants growing in a constructed wetland used to treat highway runoff in Ireland has been quantified after 6 and 9year periods of operation. The spatial distribution of the metals' deposition showed strong evidence of flow channelling through the wetland with a strong correlation between the spatial accumulation, particularly for Cr, Cu, Pb and Zn with most of these metals deposited towards the front of the wetland in the sediment...
May 23, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
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