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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813050/on-surface-synthesis-of-heptacene-and-its-interaction-with-a-metal-surface
#1
Malte Zugermeier, Manuel Gruber, Martin Schmid, Benedikt P Klein, Lukas Ruppenthal, Philipp Müller, Ralf Einholz, Wolfgang Hieringer, Richard Berndt, Holger F Bettinger, J Michael Gottfried
Heptacene was generated by surface-assisted didecarbonylation of an α-diketone precursor on a Ag(111) surface. Monitoring of the surface reaction and characterization of the adsorbed heptacene was performed with scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy, and density functional theory (DFT) calculations. The surface-assisted formation of heptacene occurs around 460 K. Both the heptacene and the precursor molecules are oriented along the high-symmetry directions of the (111) surface and their molecular π systems face towards the substrate...
August 16, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813043/folic-acid-supramolecular-ionogels
#2
Rahul Ranjan, Kamla Rawat, H B Bohidar
Herein, we report on folic acid (FA, a low molecular weight gelator) thermoreversible supramolecular organo (in 1 : 1 (v/v) water-DMSO binary solvent), and ionogels made in 1-ethyl-3-methyl imidazolium chloride, [C2mim][Cl], and 1-octyl-3-methyl imidazolium chloride, [C8mim][Cl], solutions with 0.1 ≤ [IL] ≤ 5% (w/v). The self-assembled fibrils of folic acid were largely formed due to secondary forces, such as π-π stacking, H-bonding, and hydrophobic interactions above a gelator concentration of 0...
August 16, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813006/samarium-monosulfide-sms-reviewing-properties-and-applications
#3
REVIEW
Andreas Sousanis, Philippe F Smet, Dirk Poelman
In this review, we give an overview of the properties and applications of samarium monosulfide, SmS, which has gained considerable interest as a switchable material. It shows a pressure-induced phase transition from the semiconducting to the metallic state by polishing, and it switches back to the semiconducting state by heating. The material also shows a magnetic transition, from the paramagnetic state to an antiferromagnetically ordered state. The switching behavior between the semiconducting and metallic states could be exploited in several applications, such as high density optical storage and memory materials, thermovoltaic devices, infrared sensors and more...
August 16, 2017: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812752/extending-charge-separation-lifetime-and-distance-in-patterned-dye-sensitized-sno2-tio2-%C3%AE-m-thin-films
#4
Valeria Saavedra Becerril, Elin Sundin, Mokhtar Mapar, Maria Abrahamsson
A simple method for the preparation of patterned dye-sensitized SnO2-TiO2 thin films, designed to prolong the lifetime of the interfacial charge separated state is presented. Using microfluidic technology, the thin films were sensitized with the organic sensitizer D35 such that they contain SnO2-TiO2 areas with dye and SnO2 dye-free areas at which injected electrons can be accumulated. Single wavelength transient absorption spectroscopy confirmed significantly extended charge separation lifetime at the dye-semiconductor interface...
August 16, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812747/identifying-the-charge-generation-dynamics-in-cs-based-triple-cation-mixed-perovskite-solar-cells
#5
Manuel Salado, Ramesh K Kokal, Laura Calio, Samrana Kazim, Melepurath Deepa, Shahzada Ahmad
Triple cation based perovskite solar cells offer enhanced moisture tolerance and stability compared to mixed perovskites. Slight substitution of methyl ammonium or formamidinium cation by cesium (Cs(+)), was also reported to eliminate halide segregation due to its smaller size. To elucidate the device kinetics and understand the role of the Cs, we undertook different modes of scanning probe microscopy and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) experiments. Kelvin probe force microscopy revealed that the incorporation of the Cs cation increases the contact potential difference (CPD), this CPD further increases when Spiro-OMeTAD is used as a hole transport material...
August 16, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812652/parasites-dominate-hyperdiverse-soil-protist-communities-in-neotropical-rainforests
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Frédéric Mahé, Colomban de Vargas, David Bass, Lucas Czech, Alexandros Stamatakis, Enrique Lara, David Singer, Jordan Mayor, John Bunge, Sarah Sernaker, Tobias Siemensmeyer, Isabelle Trautmann, Sarah Romac, Cédric Berney, Alexey Kozlov, Edward A D Mitchell, Christophe V W Seppey, Elianne Egge, Guillaume Lentendu, Rainer Wirth, Gabriel Trueba, Micah Dunthorn
High animal and plant richness in tropical rainforest communities has long intrigued naturalists. It is unknown if similar hyperdiversity patterns are reflected at the microbial scale with unicellular eukaryotes (protists). Here we show, using environmental metabarcoding of soil samples and a phylogeny-aware cleaning step, that protist communities in Neotropical rainforests are hyperdiverse and dominated by the parasitic Apicomplexa, which infect arthropods and other animals. These host-specific parasites potentially contribute to the high animal diversity in the forests by reducing population growth in a density-dependent manner...
March 20, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812389/evolocumab-for-the-treatment-of-hypercholesterolemia
#7
Brian Tomlinson, Miao Hu, Yuzhen Zhang, Paul Chan, Zhong-Min Liu
Evolocumab is a fully human monoclonal immunoglobulin G2 directed against human proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9). It is administered by subcutaneous injection every 2 weeks or once monthly. Area covered: Herein, the authors discuss the rationale for inhibiting PCSK9 and describe the pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics and clinical trials with evolocumab. Evolocumab reduces low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) levels by 50 to 60% in most patients with and without background treatment with statins or other lipid lowering agents...
August 16, 2017: Expert Opinion on Biological Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812343/xanthohumol-suppresses-mylip-idol-gene-expression-and-modulates-ldlr-abundance-and-activity-in-hepg2-cells
#8
Shih-Fen Chen, Pei-Yi Chen, Hao-Jen Hsu, Ming-Jiuan Wu, Jui-Hung Yen
Xanthohumol, a prenylated flavonoid found in hops (Humulus lupulus L.), exhibits multiple biological activities such as anti-atherosclerosis and hypolipidemic activities. In this study, we aim to investigate the hypocholesterolemic effects and molecular mechanisms of xanthohumol in hepatic cells. We found that xanthohumol (10 and 20 μM) increased the amount of cell-surface low-density lipoprotein receptor (LDLR) from 100.0 ± 2.1% to 115.0±1.3% and 135.2±2.7%, and enhanced the LDL uptake activity from 100...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812279/the-effects-of-li-nb-ratio-on-the-preparation-and-photocatalytic-performance-of-li-nb-o-compounds
#9
Haifa Zhai, Hairui Liu, Hongjing Li, Liuyang Zheng, Chunjie Hu, Zhao Wang, Jingjing Qi, Jien Yang
The effects of Li/Nb ratio on the preparation of Li-Nb-O compounds by a hydrothermal method were studied deeply. Li/Nb ratio has a great impact on the formation of LiNbO3; the ratio smaller than 3:1 is beneficial to the formation of LiNbO3, while larger than 3:1, forms no LiNbO3 at all and the morphology and chemical bond of Nb2O5 raw material are totally modified by Li ions. The reason can be attributed to the large content of LiOH, which is beneficial to form Li3NbO4 not LiNbO3, and also, even if LiNbO3 particle locally forms, it is easily dissolved in LiOH solution with strong alkalinity...
August 15, 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812086/different-natures-of-surface-electronic-transitions-of-carbon-nanoparticles
#10
A Sciortino, A Cayuela, M L Soriano, F M Gelardi, M Cannas, M Valcárcel, F Messina
The photoluminescence behaviour of carbon-based nanodots is still debated. Both core and surface structures are involved in the emission mechanism, and the electronic transitions can be modified by external agents such as metal ions or pH, but the general relation between the structure and the optical function is poorly understood. Here, we report a comparative study on the effects of these variables, changing the core structure from crystalline to amorphous, and modifying the surface structure by different passivation procedures...
August 16, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812079/computational-evaluation-of-aluminophosphate-zeotypes-for-co2-n2-separation
#11
Michael Fischer
Zeolites and structurally related materials (zeotypes) have received considerable attention as potential adsorbents for selective carbon dioxide adsorption. Within this group, zeotypes with aluminophosphate composition (AlPOs) could be an interesting alternative to the more frequently studied aluminosilicate zeolites. So far, however, only a few AlPOs have been characterised experimentally in terms of their CO2 adsorption properties. In this study, force-field based grand-canonical Monte Carlo (GCMC) simulations were used to evaluate the potential of AlPOs for CO2/N2 separation, a binary mixture that constitutes a suitable model system for the removal of carbon dioxide from flue gases...
August 16, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812027/l-theanine-administration-modulates-the-absorption-of-dietary-nutrients-and-expression-of-transporters-and-receptors-in-the-intestinal-mucosa-of-rats
#12
Qiongxian Yan, Haiou Tong, Shaoxun Tang, Zhiliang Tan, Xuefeng Han, Chuanshe Zhou
L-theanine has various advantageous functions for human health; whether or not it could mediate the nutrients absorption is unknown yet. The effects of L-theanine on intestinal nutrients absorption were investigated using rats ingesting L-theanine solution (0, 50, 200, and 400 mg/kg body weight) per day for two weeks. The decline of insulin secretion and glucose concentration in the serum was observed by L-theanine. Urea and high-density lipoprotein were also reduced by 50 mg/kg L-theanine. Jejunal and ileac basic amino acids transporters SLC7a1 and SLC7a9, neutral SLC1a5 and SLC16a10, and acidic SLC1a1 expression were upregulated...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811876/individual-quality-and-age-but-not-environmental-or-social-conditions-modulate-costs-of-reproduction-in-a-capital-breeder
#13
Lucie Debeffe, Jocelyn Poissant, Philip D McLoughlin
Costs associated with reproduction are widely known to play a role in the evolution of reproductive tactics with consequences to population and eco-evolutionary dynamics. Evaluating these costs as they pertain to species in the wild remains an important goal of evolutionary ecology. Individual heterogeneity, including differences in individual quality (i.e., among-individual differences in traits associated with survival and reproduction) or state, and variation in environmental and social conditions can modulate the costs of reproduction; however, few studies have considered effects of these factors simultaneously...
August 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811856/serum-betatrophin-levels-and-clinical-features-in-patients-with-poorly-controlled-type-2-diabetes
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Kohzo Takebayashi, Kenji Hara, Tomoko Terasawa, Rika Naruse, Mariko Suetsugu, Takafumi Tsuchiya, Toshihiko Inukai
BACKGROUND: Betatrophin is a hormone mainly secreted by the liver that influences lipid metabolisms. The main purposes of this study were to investigate the effect of canagliflozin (a sodium glucose transporter 2 inhibitor) on circulating betatrophin levels, and to investigate the correlation of various markers associated with glucose and lipid metabolisms with betatrophin in patients with poorly controlled type 2 diabetes. METHODS: Patients were randomly divided into a control group (n = 15) and a canagliflozin-treated group (n = 15)...
September 2017: Journal of Clinical Medicine Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811852/the-cluster-of-abnormalities-related-to-metabolic-syndrome-is-associated-with-reduced-glomerular-filtration-rate-and-raised-albuminuria-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
#15
Miki Kurata, Akiko Takenouchi, Ayaka Tsuboi, Satomi Minato, Mika Takeuchi, Kaori Kitaoka, Keisuke Fukuo, Tsutomu Kazumi
BACKGROUND: As association of metabolic syndrome (MS) with chronic kidney disease (CKD) has not been extensively studied in patients with type 2 diabetes, we addressed these issues. METHODS: Intrapersonal means of 12 measurements of waist circumference, blood pressure and high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol and those of six measurements of fasting triglycerides during 12 months were calculated in a cohort of 168 previously reported Japanese patients with type 2 diabetes...
September 2017: Journal of Clinical Medicine Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811698/effect-of-tulsi-ocimum-sanctum-linn-supplementation-on-metabolic-parameters-and-liver-enzymes-in-young-overweight-and-obese-subjects
#16
Swayamjeet Satapathy, Namrata Das, Debapriya Bandyopadhyay, Sushil Chandra Mahapatra, Dip Sundar Sahu, Mruthyumjayarao Meda
Ocimum sanctum Linn. (also known as Tulsi) is a sacred Indian plant, the beneficial role of which, in obesity and diabetes is described traditionally. This is a randomized, parallel group, open label pilot study to investigate the effect of O. sanctum on metabolic and biochemical parameters in thirty overweight/obese subjects, divided into two groups A and B. Group A (n = 16) received one 250 mg capsule of Tulsi (O. sanctum) extract twice daily in empty stomach for 8 weeks and group B (n = 14) received no intervention...
July 2017: Indian Journal of Clinical Biochemistry: IJCB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811538/fine-structure-of-posterior-alpha-rhythm-in-human-eeg-frequency-components-their-cortical-sources-and-temporal-behavior
#17
Elham Barzegaran, Vladimir Y Vildavski, Maria G Knyazeva
Heterogeneity of the posterior alpha rhythm (AR) is a widely assumed but rarely tested phenomenon. We decomposed the posterior AR in the cortical source space with a 3-way PARAFAC technique, taking into account the spatial, frequency, and temporal aspects of mid-density EEG. We found a multicomponent AR structure in 90% of a group of 29 healthy adults. The typical resting-state structure consisted of a high-frequency occipito-parietal component of the AR (ARC1) and a low-frequency occipito-temporal component (ARC2), characterized by individual dynamics in time...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811526/observation-of-the-unexpected-morphology-of-graphene-wrinkle-on-copper-substrate
#18
Wen Wang, Shudu Yang, Ashu Wang
Graphene, a two-dimensional material, has a wide range of unique properties and could be used in the development of varieties of mechanic, electronic and photonic devices, therefore methods to synthesis large-area high-quality graphene films are urgently required. Chemical vapor deposition (CVD) has been of particular interest recently due to its simplicity and low cost. However, because of the mismatch of thermal expansion coefficients, high densities of wrinkles are commonly observed. Despite their prevalence and potential impact on large-scale graphene properties, relatively little is known about their structural morphology and formation mechanism...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811475/microsecond-pulse-i-v-approach-to-understanding-defects-in-high-mobility-bi-layer-oxide-semiconductor-transistor
#19
Hyunsuk Woo, Sanghun Jeon
The carrier transport and device instability of amorphous oxide semiconductor devices are influenced by defects that are exponentially distributed in energy, because of amorphous phase channels and front/back interfaces with a large number of sub-gap states. Thus, understanding defects and charge trapping in oxide semiconductor transistors is required for being core device element in reliable production lines. In this paper, we present the transient charging effect, the charge trapping mechanism, and the dynamic charge transport of high-mobility bilayer oxide semiconductor transistors...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811382/an-engineered-s1p-chaperone-attenuates-hypertension-and-ischemic-injury
#20
Steven L Swendeman, Yuquan Xiong, Anna Cantalupo, Hui Yuan, Nathalie Burg, Yu Hisano, Andreane Cartier, Catherine H Liu, Eric Engelbrecht, Victoria Blaho, Yi Zhang, Keisuke Yanagida, Sylvain Galvani, Hideru Obinata, Jane E Salmon, Teresa Sanchez, Annarita Di Lorenzo, Timothy Hla
Endothelial dysfunction, a hallmark of vascular disease, is restored by plasma high-density lipoprotein (HDL). However, a generalized increase in HDL abundance is not beneficial, suggesting that specific HDL species mediate protective effects. Apolipoprotein M-containing HDL (ApoM(+)HDL), which carries the bioactive lipid sphingosine 1-phosphate (S1P), promotes endothelial function by activating G protein-coupled S1P receptors. Moreover, HDL-bound S1P is limiting in several inflammatory, metabolic, and vascular diseases...
August 15, 2017: Science Signaling
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