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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446000/structural-modification-of-single-layer-graphene-under-laser-irradiation-featured-by-micro-raman-spectroscopy
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Yurii Stubrov, Andrii Nikolenko, Viktor Strelchuk, Sergii Nedilko, Vitalii Chornii
Confocal micro-Raman spectroscopy is used as a sensitive tool to study the nature of laser-induced defects in single-layer graphene. Appearance and drastic intensity increase of D- and D' modes in the Raman spectra at high power of laser irradiation is related to generation of structural defects. Time- and power-dependent evolution of Raman spectra is studied. The dependence of relative intensity of defective D- and D' bands is analyzed to relate the certain types of structural defects. The surface density of structural defects is estimated from the intensity ratio of D- and G bands using the D-band activation model...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445995/microstructure-of-spark-plasma-sintered-silicon-nitride-ceramics
#2
O A Lukianova, V Yu Novikov, A A Parkhomenko, V V Sirota, V V Krasilnikov
The microstructure and phase composition of the high-content Al2O3-Y2O3-doped spark plasma-sintered silicon nitride were investigated. Fully dense silicon nitride ceramics with a typical α-Si3N4 equiaxed structure with average grain size from 200 to 530 nm, high elastic modulus of 288 GPa, and high hardness of 2038 HV were spark plasma sintered (SPSed) at 1550 °C. Silicon nitride with elongated β-Si3N4 grains, higher hardness of 1800 HV, density of 3.25 g/cm(3), and Young's modulus 300 GPa SPSed at 1650 °C was also reviewed...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445951/pd-l1-expression-in-perihilar-and-intrahepatic-cholangiocarcinoma
#3
Jacqueline Fontugne, Jérémy Augustin, Anaïs Pujals, Philippe Compagnon, Benoit Rousseau, Alain Luciani, Christophe Tournigand, Daniel Cherqui, Daniel Azoulay, Jean-Michel Pawlotsky, Julien Calderaro
Cholangiocarcinoma is an aggressive biliary neoplasm lacking effective therapeutic agents. Immunotherapies targeting the PD-L1/PD-1 immune checkpoint have shown encouraging results in solid and hematologic cancers in clinical trials. Response to these immunomodulators is correlated with PD-L1 expression. Our goal was to characterize PD-L1 expression in intra-hepatic (iCCA) and perihilar (pCCA) cholangiocarcinomas, and to correlate our results with clinicopathological features, density of tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) and PD-1 expression...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445782/the-immunohistochemical-distribution-of-the-gabaa-receptor-%C3%AE-1-%C3%AE-2-%C3%AE-3-%C3%AE-2-3-and-%C3%AE-2-subunits-in-the-human-thalamus
#4
H J Waldvogel, M Munkle, W van Roon-Mom, H Mohler, R L M Faull
The GABAA receptor is the most abundant inhibitory receptor in the human brain and is assembled from a variety of different subunit subtypes which determines their pharmacology and physiology. To determine which GABAA receptor subunit proteins are found in the human thalamus we investigated the distribution of five major GABAA receptor subunits α1, α2, α3, β2,3 and γ2 using immunohistochemical techniques. The α1-, β2,3- and γ2- subunits which combine to form a benzodiazepine sensitive GABAA receptor showed the most intense levels of staining and were the most common subunits found throughout the human thalamus especially in the ventral and posterior nuclear groups...
April 23, 2017: Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445706/fabrication-of-electrochemical-biosensor-with-vanadium-pentoxide-nano-interface-for-the-detection-of-methylglyoxal-in-rice
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Lakshmi Priyankka Alagappan, Preethi Shanmugasundaram, Bhat Lakshmishri Ramachandra, Manju Bhargavi Gumpu, Noel Nesakumar, K Jayanth Babu, Srinivasan Vedantham, John Bosco Balaguru Rayappan
Increased consumption of raw and par-boiled rice results in the formation of methylglyoxal (MG) at higher concentration and leads to complications in diabetic patients. Highly sensitive electrochemical biosensor was developed using glutathione (GSH) as a co-factor with vanadium pentoxide (V2O5) as a nano-interface for MG detection in rice samples. The Pt/V2O5/GSH/Chitosan bioelectrode displayed two well-defined redox peaks in its cyclic voltammograms for MG reduction. This occurred as two electron transfer process where MG gained two electrons from oxidized glutathione disulfide and formed hemithioacetal...
April 23, 2017: Analytical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445311/an-observational-study-on-the-relationship-between-serum-uric-acid-and-hypertension-in-a-northern-chinese-population-aged-45-to-59-years
#6
Feng-Na Yu, Yun-Xia Shi, Hai-Ying Cheng, Xun-Lan Huang, Shan-Shan Liu
Little is known about the relationship serum uric acid (SUA) and hypertension in Chinese population. Therefore, the aim of this study was to determine the association between SUA and hypertension in a northern Chinese population. The participants were a group of 1730 Chinese adults aged 45 to 59 years in Shandong Province, who were recruited from the Linyi Nutrition and Health Survey (2015-2016). Hypertension was defined as systolic blood pressure ≥140 mm Hg and/or diastolic blood pressure ≥90 mm Hg...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445310/diagnostic-accuracy-of-serum-alanine-aminotransferase-as-biomarker-for-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-and-insulin-resistance-in-healthy-subjects-using-3t-mr-spectroscopy
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Jose Luis Martin-Rodriguez, Jorge Gonzalez-Cantero, Alvaro Gonzalez-Cantero, Juan Pedro Arrebola, Jorge Luis Gonzalez-Calvin
Recognition of the close relationship of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) with diabetes mellitus 2, obesity, metabolic syndrome, and cardiovascular disease has stimulated growing interest in NAFLD as a public health problem. Serum alanine aminotransferase (ALT) has been proposed as a marker of NAFLD, but levels are within the range currently considered "normal" in a large proportion of NAFLD subjects.The aim of the study was to determine the diagnostic accuracy of serum ALT for identifying individuals with NAFLD, using 3-Tesla (T) magnetic resonance spectroscopy (H-MRS)...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445303/lifetime-and-recent-alcohol-use-and-bone-mineral-density-in-adults-with-hiv-infection-and-substance-dependence
#8
Alicia S Ventura, Michael R Winter, Timothy C Heeren, Meg M Sullivan, Alexander Y Walley, Michael F Holick, Gregory J Patts, Seville M Meli, Jeffrey H Samet, Richard Saitz
Low bone mineral density (BMD) is common in people living with HIV infection (PLWH), increasing fracture risk. Alcohol use is also common in PLWH and is a modifiable risk factor for both HIV disease progression and low BMD. In PLWH, alcohol's effect on BMD is not well understood.We studied adult PLWH with substance dependence. We measured lifetime alcohol use (kg) and recent (i.e., past 30-day) alcohol use (categorized as: abstinent, low risk, or high risk). In adjusted multivariable regression analyses, we tested associations between lifetime and recent alcohol use and (i) mean BMD (g/cm) at the femoral neck, total hip, and lumbar spine and (ii) low BMD diagnosis (i...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445067/photoelectrochemical-degradation-of-organic-compounds-coupled-with-molecular-hydrogen-generation-using-electrochromic-tio2-nanotube-arrays
#9
Min Seok Koo, Kangwoo Cho, Jeyong Yoon, Wonyong Choi
Vertically aligned TiO2 nanotube arrays (TNTs) were prepared by electrochemical anodization, and then cathodically polarized with dark blue coloration for the dual-functional photoelectrochemical water treatment of organic substrates degradation and accompanying H2 generation. The resulting Blue-TNTs (inner diameter: ~40 nm; length: ~9 μm) showed negligible shift in X-ray diffraction pattern compared with the intact TNTs, but the X-ray photoelectron spectra indicated a partial reduction of Ti(4+) to Ti(3+) on the surface...
April 26, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445064/enantioselective-michael-addition-of-photogenerated-o-quinodimethanes-to-enones-catalyzed-by-chiral-amino-acid-esters
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Xiaoqian Yuan, Shupeng Dong, Zhen Liu, Guibing Wu, Chuncheng Zou, Jinxing Ye
The first example of a photoexcitated amine-catalyzed process for asymmetric Michael addition of o-quinodimethanes to enones is described. In the presence of simple chiral amino acid esters, a variety of Michael adducts were generally obtained in good yields and excellent stereoselectivities. This strategy can be successfully applied to 3-substituted-2-cyclohexenones and provides an asymmetric access to all-carbon quaternary centers. Furthermore, the high stereocontrol was explained by means of density-functional theory (DFT) calculations...
April 26, 2017: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445056/superior-plasticity-and-tabletability-of-theophylline-monohydrate
#11
Shao-Yu Chang, Changquan Calvin Sun
A theophylline monohydrate (THm) powder, with particle size and shape substantially similar to a theophylline anhydrate powder, was prepared by vapor mediated phase conversion. The elimination of possible contributions by particle size and shape to tableting properties made it possible to unambiguously identify the role of bonding area and bonding strength on powder tableting performance. It was also shown that accurate true density is essential for correct analysis and understanding of tableting behavior of THm...
April 26, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445028/enhanced-electrocatalytic-activity-of-ethanol-oxidation-reaction-on-palladium-silver-nanoparticles-via-removable-surface-ligands
#12
Hucheng Zhang, Yingying Shang, Jing Zhao, Jianji Wang
This work developed a facile colloidal route to synthesize BH4--capped PdxAgy nanoparticles (NPs) in water using the reducing ionic liquids of [Cnmim]BH4, and the resulting NPs were prone to form the nanocomposites with [amim]+-modified reduced graphene (RG). The removal of the metal-free inorganic ions of BH4- can create the profoundly exposed interfaces on the PdxAgy NPs during the electrooxidation, and favor the ethanol oxidation reaction (EOR) in lowering energy barrier. The counterions of [Cnmim]+ can gather ethanol, OH- ions, and the reaction intermediates on catalysts, and synergistically interact with RG to facilitate the charge transfer in nanocomposites...
April 26, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444849/multivalent-peptide-nanoparticle-conjugates-for-influenza-virus-inhibition
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Daniel Lauster, Maria Glanz, Markus Bardua, Kai Ludwig, Markus Hellmund, Ute Hoffmann, Alf Hamann, Christoph Böttcher, Rainer Haag, Christian P R Hackenberger, Andreas Herrmann
To inhibit binding of the influenza A virus to the host cell glycocalyx, we generate multivalent peptide-polymer nanoparticles binding with nanomolar affinity to the virus via its spike protein hemagglutinin. The chosen dendritic polyglycerol scaffolds are highly biocompatible and well suited for a multivalent presentation. We could demonstrate in vitro that by increasing the size of the polymer scaffold and adjusting the peptide density, viral infection is drastically reduced. Such a peptide-polymer conjugate qualified also in an in vivo infection scenario...
April 26, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444772/multi-atlas-approach-with-local-registration-goodness-weighting-for-mri-based-electron-density-mapping-of-head-and-neck-anatomy
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Reza Farjam, Neelam Tyagi, Harini Veeraraghavan, Aditya Apte, Kristen Zakian, Margie A Hunt, Joseph O Deasy
PURPOSE: The growing use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as a substitute for computed tomography-based treatment planning requires the development of effective algorithms to generate electron density maps for treatment planning and patient setup verification. The purpose of this work was to develop a method to synthesize computerized tomography (CT) for MR-only radiotherapy of head and neck cancer patients. METHODS: The algorithm is based on registration of multiple patient datasets containing both MRI and CT images (a "multi-atlas" algorithm)...
April 26, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444734/highly-electronegative-low-density-lipoprotein-l5-evokes-microglial-activation-and-creates-a-neuroinflammatory-stress-via-toll-like-receptor-4-signaling
#15
Liang-En Yu, Chiou-Lian Lai, Ching-Tien Lee, Jiz-Yuh Wang
Atherogenic risk factors, such as hypercholesterolemia, are associated with increased risk of neurodegeneration, especially Alzheimer's dementia. Human plasma electronegative low-density lipoprotein [LDL(-)], especially L5, may serve as an important contributing factor. L5 promoting an inflammatory action in atherosclerosis has been extensively studied. However, the role of L5 in inducing neuroinflammation remains unknown. Here, we examined the impact of L5 on immune activation and cell viability in cultured BV-2 microglia...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444662/early-mitochondrial-adaptations-in-skeletal-muscle-to-obesity-and-obesity-resistance-differentially-regulated-by-high-fat-diet
#16
Jingyu Sun, Tao Huang, Zhengtang Qi, Songhui You, Jingmei Dong, Chen Zhang, Lili Qin, Yunhe Zhou, Shuzhe Ding
The mechanism for different susceptibilities to obesity after short-term high-fat diet (HFD) feeding is largely unknown. Given the close association between obesity occurrence and mitochondrial dysfunction, the early events in skeletal muscle mitochondrial adaptations between HFD-induced obesity (DIO) and HFD-induced obesity resistant (DIO-R) lean phenotype under excess nutritional environment were explored.ICR/JCL male mice were randomly divided into 2 groups, as follows: low-fat diet (LFD) and HFD groups...
April 25, 2017: Experimental and Clinical Endocrinology & Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444609/density-assessment-and-mapping-of-microorganisms-around-a-biocomposting-plant-in-sanandaj-iran
#17
Sanaz Rashidi, B Shahmoradi, Afshin Maleki, Kiomars Sharafi, Ebrahim Darvishi
Exposure to microorganisms can cause various diseases or exacerbate the excitatory responses, inflammation, dry cough and shortness of breath, reduced lung function, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and allergic response or allergic immune. The aim of the present study was to investigate the density of microorganisms around the air of processing facilities of a biocomposting plant. Each experiment was carried out according to ASTM E884-82 (2001) method. The samples were collected from inhaled air in four locations of the plant, which had a high traffic of workers and employees, including screen, conveyor belt, aerated compost pile, and static compost pile...
May 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444212/numerical-response-and-impact-of-laricobius-nigrinus-coleoptera-derodontidae-on-adelges-tsugae-hemiptera-adelgidae-in-their-native-range
#18
D L Mausel, L T Kok, S M Salom
To determine if key attributes for a successful biological control agent are possessed by the predator, Laricobius nigrinus Fender, field studies were conducted in its native range of Seattle, WA. The relationship between adult and immature L. nigrinus abundance to different densities of its prey, Adelges tsugae Annand, were determined. In a second study, predator and prey densities, and survivorship of each sistens A. tsugae stage were determined to gauge the impact of predation. The predator strongly aggregated and increased its reproduction when prey density increased, the two mechanisms of a numerical response...
April 21, 2017: Environmental Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444187/modelling-the-cost-effectiveness-pcsk9-inhibitors-vs-ezetimibe-through-ldl-c-reductions-in-a-norwegian-setting
#19
Max Korman, Torbjørn Wisløff
Aims: Despite the success of statins, there remains unmet clinical need in cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention. New proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) inhibitors reduce low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) by 55-65%. Two PCSK9 inhibitors, evolocumab and alirocumab, were approved for use in Norway but not yet for reimbursement through public national insurance. We aim to explore the cost-effectiveness of these compared to available treatments in a Norwegian setting...
April 21, 2017: European Heart Journal. Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444023/-conicity-index-as-a-predictor-of-changes-in-the-lipid-profile-of-adolescents-in-a-city-in-northeast-brazil
#20
Adélia da Costa Pereira de Arruda Neta, José Cazuza de Farias, Pamela Rodrigues Martins, Flávia Emília Leite de Lima Ferreira
The objective was to evaluate the conicity index (C Index) as a predictor of changes in the lipid profile of adolescents and to establish its cutoff points. This was a cross-sectional study in 774 adolescents of both sexes (55% girls), 10 to 14 years of age. C Index was calculated according to the formula proposed by Valdez, considering body mass, height, and waist circumference (WC). Changes in the adolescents' lipid profile were defined according to one of the following conditions: elevated levels of total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein (LDL), and triglycerides and low levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL)...
April 20, 2017: Cadernos de Saúde Pública
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