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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548048/reliable-passivation-of-black-phosphorus-by-thin-hybrid-coating
#1
Sampath Gamage, Alireza Fali, Neda Aghamiri, Lingming Yang, Pei-De Ye, Yohannes Abate
Black phosphorus (BP) possesses several extraordinary physical properties, which include in-plane anisotropy, thickness dependent direct bandgap and high carrier mobility. These physical properties make BP highly desirable from the point of view of fundamental science and modern optoelectronics applications. The excitement about this material has always been accompanied by unreserved skepticism due to its extraordinary degradation under ambient conditions. Here we show ambient degradation of exfoliated BP can be effectively suppressed using thin layer of hybrid MOCVD coating of BN followed by ALD coating of Al2O3...
May 26, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540116/using-care-bundles-to-improve-surgical-outcomes-and-reduce-variation-in-care-for-fragility-hip-fracture-patients
#2
Stephanie Bandara, Genni Lynch, Cameron Cooke, Paul Varghese, Nicola Ward
INTRODUCTION: Fragility hip fractures constitute a large proportion of orthogeriatric admissions to orthopedic wards. This study looked at reducing variation in care in fragility hip fracture patients using a novel approach with care bundles. The care bundle comprises 5 elements targeted at providing adequate analgesia, early mobilization, improving recognition of delirium, and decreasing rates of urinary infections. METHODS: A total of 198 patients who sustained a fragility hip fracture during the intervention period were included in the study...
June 2017: Geriatric Orthopaedic Surgery & Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538166/an-evolutionary-perspective-on-plasmid-lifestyle-modes
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REVIEW
Nils Hülter, Judith Ilhan, Tanita Wein, A Samer Kadibalban, Katrin Hammerschmidt, Tal Dagan
Plasmids are extra-chromosomal genetic elements whose ecology and evolution depend on their genetic repertoire and interaction with the host. We review the events that lead to transitions between plasmid lifestyle modes - invasion, host range, plasmid persistence and adaptation - from a plasmid perspective. Plasmid lifestyle is determined by various traits, including mobility, stability and indispensability that vary in their magnitude. Transitions between the plasmid lifestyles, invasion, host range, plasmid persistence and adpatation, are caused by the interplay between plasmid traits and host biology...
May 21, 2017: Current Opinion in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537229/-genomics-and-transcriptomics-of-the-chinese-liver-fluke-clonorchis-sinensis-opisthorchiidae-trematoda
#4
G N Chelomina
The review summarizes the results of first genomic and transcriptomic investigations of the liver fluke Clonorchis sinensis (Opisthorchiidae, Trematoda). The studies mark the dawn of the genomic era for opisthorchiids, which cause severe hepatobiliary diseases in humans and animals. Their results aided in understanding the molecular mechanisms of adaptation to parasitism, parasite survival in mammalian biliary tracts, and genome dynamics in the individual development and the development of parasite-host relationships...
March 2017: Molekuliarnaia Biologiia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537073/lead-free-mixed-tin-and-germanium-perovskites-for-photovoltaic-application
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Ming-Gang Ju, Jun Dai, Liang Ma, Xiao Cheng Zeng
The power conversion efficiency (PCE) of lead halide perov-skite photovoltaics has reached to 22.1% with significantly improved structural stability, thanks to the mixed cation and anion strategy. However, the mixing element strategy has not been widely seen in the design of lead-free perovskites for photovoltaic application. Herein, we report a comprehensive study of a series of lead-free and mixed tin and germanium halide perovskite materials. Most importantly, we predict that RbSn0.5Ge0.5I3 possesses not only a direct bandgap within the optimal range of 0...
May 24, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536498/catalytic-intermediate-crystal-structures-of-cysteine-desulfurase-from-the-archaeon-thermococcus-onnurineus-na1
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Thien-Hoang Ho, Kim-Hung Huynh, Diem Quynh Nguyen, Hyunjae Park, Kyoungho Jung, Bookyo Sur, Yeh-Jin Ahn, Sun-Shin Cha, Lin-Woo Kang
Thermococcus onnurineus NA1 is an anaerobic archaeon usually found in a deep-sea hydrothermal vent area, which can use elemental sulfur (S(0)) as a terminal electron acceptor for energy. Sulfur, essential to many biomolecules such as sulfur-containing amino acids and cofactors including iron-sulfur cluster, is usually mobilized from cysteine by the pyridoxal 5'-phosphate- (PLP-) dependent enzyme of cysteine desulfurase (CDS). We determined the crystal structures of CDS from Thermococcus onnurineus NA1 (ToCDS), which include native internal aldimine (NAT), gem-diamine (GD) with alanine, internal aldimine structure with existing alanine (IAA), and internal aldimine with persulfide-bound Cys356 (PSF) structures...
2017: Archaea: An International Microbiological Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532321/-210-polonium-bioaccessibility-assessment-in-algae-for-human-consumption-an-in-vitro-gastrointestinal-digestion-method
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Donatella Desideri, Maria Assunta Meli, Carla Roselli, Laura Feduzi, Lucia Ugolini
The occurrence and mobility of natural radioactive element as (210)Polonium ((210)Po) in 13 commercial algae consumed in Italy by humans were determined because the effects on human health need to take into account the bioavailability of these elements. The simulation of gastrointestinal (GIT) digestion was divided into three stages and was accomplished using three different artificial solutions: saliva, gastric, and synthetic bile-pancreas solution. The same sample was treated in two different ways: a) only gastric digestion and b) complete GIT digestion (gastric digestion followed by bile-pancreas solution)...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531952/groundwater-quality-in-the-alluvial-aquifer-system-of-northwest-india-new-evidence-of-the-extent-of-anthropogenic-and-geogenic-contamination
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D J Lapworth, G Krishan, A M MacDonald, M S Rao
Groundwater depletion has been widely studied in northwest India, but water quality concerns are still poorly constrained. In this study, we explore the hydrochemistry of the top 160m of the aquifer system, through detailed field studies in the Bist-Doab region, considering both anthropogenic and geogenic controls. A detailed comparison is made between sites dominated by urban and agricultural landuse. Salinity, nitrate, chloride and lead concentrations are significantly higher in the shallow (0-50m) groundwater system due to surface anthropogenic contaminant loading from agricultural and urban sources...
May 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531159/a-family-of-aco-routing-protocols-for-mobile-ad-hoc-networks
#9
Delfín Rupérez Cañas, Ana Lucila Sandoval Orozco, Luis Javier García Villalba, Tai-Hoon Kim
In this work, an ACO routing protocol for mobile ad hoc networks based on AntHocNet is specified. As its predecessor, this new protocol, called AntOR, is hybrid in the sense that it contains elements from both reactive and proactive routing. Specifically, it combines a reactive route setup process with a proactive route maintenance and improvement process. Key aspects of the AntOR protocol are the disjoint-link and disjoint-node routes, separation between the regular pheromone and the virtual pheromone in the diffusion process and the exploration of routes, taking into consideration the number of hops in the best routes...
May 22, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529734/differential-regulation-of-mouse-and-human-mu-opioid-receptor-gene-depends-on-the-single-stranded-dna-structure-of-its-promoter-and-%C3%AE-complex-protein-1
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Dong-Sun Lee, Ping-Yee Law, Wei Ln, Horace H Loh, Kyu Young Song, Hack Sun Choi
The Mu opioid receptor (MOR) mediates various functions of opioid-induced analgesia, euphoria and respiratory depression, and is a major target of opioid analgesics. Understanding of MOR gene expression among species is important for understanding its analgesic function in humans. In the current study, the polypyrimidine/polypurine (PPy/u) region, a key element of MOR gene expression, was compared in humans and mice. The mouse PPy/u element is highly homologous to its human element (84%), and the mouse MOR (mMOR) reporter drives luciferase activity 35-fold more effectively than the human MOR (hMOR) reporter...
May 2017: Biomedical Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528649/metal-resistance-and-its-association-with-antibiotic-resistance
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Chandan Pal, Karishma Asiani, Sankalp Arya, Christopher Rensing, Dov J Stekel, D G Joakim Larsson, Jon L Hobman
Antibiotic resistance is recognised as a major global threat to public health by the World Health Organization. Currently, several hundred thousand deaths yearly can be attributed to infections with antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The major driver for the development of antibiotic resistance is considered to be the use, misuse and overuse of antibiotics in humans and animals. Nonantibiotic compounds, such as antibacterial biocides and metals, may also contribute to the promotion of antibiotic resistance through co-selection...
2017: Advances in Microbial Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528306/the-group-ii-intron-maturase-a-reverse-transcriptase-and-splicing-factor-go-hand-in-hand
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REVIEW
Chen Zhao, Anna Marie Pyle
The splicing of group II introns in vivo requires the assistance of a multifunctional intron encoded protein (IEP, or maturase). Each IEP is also a reverse-transcriptase enzyme that enables group II introns to behave as mobile genetic elements. During splicing or retro-transposition, each group II intron forms a tight, specific complex with its own encoded IEP, resulting in a highly reactive holoenzyme. This review focuses on the structural basis for IEP function, as revealed by recent crystal structures of an IEP reverse transcriptase domain and cryo-EM structures of an IEP-intron complex...
May 18, 2017: Current Opinion in Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527590/phosphate-scouting-by-root-tips
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REVIEW
Steffen Abel
Chemistry assigns phosphate (Pi) dominant roles in metabolism; however, it also renders the macronutrient a genuinely limiting factor of plant productivity. Pi bioavailability is restricted by low Pi mobility in soil and antagonized by metallic toxicities, which force roots to actively seek and selectively acquire the vital element. During the past few years, a first conceptual outline has emerged of the sensory mechanisms at root tips, which monitor external Pi and transmit the edaphic cue to inform root development...
May 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527335/dissection-of-cis-regulatory-element-architecture-of-the-rice-oleosin-gene-promoters-to-assess-abscisic-acid-responsiveness-in-suspension-cultured-rice-cells
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Sol Kim, Soo-Bin Lee, Chae-Seong Han, Mi-Na Lim, Sung-Eun Lee, In Sun Yoon, Yong-Sic Hwang
Oleosins are the most abundant proteins in the monolipid layer surrounding neutral storage lipids that form oil bodies in plants. Several lines of evidence indicate that they are physiologically important for the maintenance of oil body structure and for mobilization of the lipids stored inside. Rice has six oleosin genes in its genome, the expression of all of which was found to be responsive to abscisic acid (ABA) in our examination of mature embryo and aleurone tissues. The 5'-flanking region of OsOle5 was initially characterized for its responsiveness to ABA through a transient expression assay system using the protoplasts from suspension-cultured rice cells...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526788/zinc-resistance-within-swine-associated-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-mrsa-isolates-in-the-usa-is-associated-with-mlst-lineage
#15
Samantha J Hau, Timothy Frana, Jisun Sun, Peter R Davies, Tracy L Nicholson
Zinc resistance in livestock-associated methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (LA-MRSA) sequence type (ST) 398 is primarily mediated by the czrC gene co-located with the mecA gene, encoding methicillin resistance, within the type V SCCmec element. Because czrC and mecA are located within the same mobile genetic element, it has been suggested that the use of in feed zinc as an antidiarrheal agent has the potential to contribute to the emergence and spread of MRSA in swine through increased selection pressure to maintain the SCCmec element in isolates obtained from pigs...
May 19, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525817/comparative-analysis-of-element-concentrations-and-translocation-in-three-wetland-congener-plants-typha-domingensis-typha-latifolia-and-typha-angustifolia
#16
Giuseppe Bonanno, Giuseppe Luigi Cirelli
This study analyzed the concentrations and distributions of Al, As, Cd, Cr, Cu, Hg, Mn, Ni, Pb and Zn in three different cattail species growing spontaneously in a natural wetland subject to municipal wastewater and metal contamination. The cattail species included Typha domingensis, T. latifolia and T. angustifolia. Results showed that all Typha species have similar element concentrations in roots, rhizomes and leaves, and similar element mobility from sediments to roots and from roots to leaves. This study corroborated three patterns of Typha species growing in metal contaminated environments: high tolerance to toxic conditions, bulk element concentrations in roots, and restricted element translocation from roots to leaves...
May 16, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525572/crosstalk-between-vertical-and-horizontal-gene-transfer-plasmid-replication-control-by-a-conjugative-relaxase
#17
Fabián Lorenzo-Díaz, Cris Fernández-López, Rudi Lurz, Alicia Bravo, Manuel Espinosa
Horizontal gene transfer is a key process in the evolution of bacteria and also represents a source of genetic variation in eukaryotes. Among elements participating in gene transfer, thousands of small (<10 kb) mobile bacterial plasmids that replicate by the rolling circle mechanism represent a driving force in the spread of antibiotic resistances. In general, these plasmids are built as genetic modules that encode a replicase, an antibiotic-resistance determinant, and a relaxase that participates in their conjugative mobilization...
May 19, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524844/emptying-dirac-valleys-in-bismuth-using-high-magnetic-fields
#18
Zengwei Zhu, Jinhua Wang, Huakun Zuo, Benoît Fauqué, Ross D McDonald, Yuki Fuseya, Kamran Behnia
The Fermi surface of elemental bismuth consists of three small rotationally equivalent electron pockets, offering a valley degree of freedom to charge carriers. A relatively small magnetic field can confine electrons to their lowest Landau level. This is the quantum limit attained in other dilute metals upon application of sufficiently strong magnetic field. Here we report on the observation of another threshold magnetic field never encountered before in any other solid. Above this field, Bempty, one or two valleys become totally empty...
May 19, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524723/l1-retrotransposition-is-activated-by-ten-eleven-translocation-protein-1-and-repressed-by-methyl-cpg-binding-proteins
#19
Peng Zhang, Anne K Ludwig, Florian D Hastert, Cathia Rausch, Anne Lehmkuhl, Ines Hellmann, Martha Smets, Heinrich Leonhardt, M Cristina Cardoso
One of the major functions of DNA methylation is the repression of transposable elements, such as the long-interspersed nuclear element 1 (L1). The underlying mechanism(s), however, are unclear. Here, we addressed how retrotransposon activation and mobilization are regulated by methyl-cytosine modifying ten-eleven-translocation (Tet) proteins and how this is modulated by methyl-CpG binding domain (MBD) proteins. We show that Tet1 activates both, endogenous and engineered L1 retrotransposons. Furthermore, we found that Mecp2 and Mbd2 repress Tet1-mediated activation of L1 by preventing 5hmC formation at the L1 promoter...
May 19, 2017: Nucleus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523221/reading-lines-within-the-cocaine-addicted-brain
#20
Glenn A Doyle, Tara T Doucet-O'Hare, Matthew J Hammond, Richard C Crist, Adam D Ewing, Thomas N Ferraro, Deborah C Mash, Haig H Kazazian, Wade H Berrettini
INTRODUCTION: Long interspersed element (LINE)-1 (L1) is a type of retrotransposon capable of mobilizing into new genomic locations. Often studied in Mendelian diseases or cancer, L1s may also cause somatic mutation in the developing central nervous system. Recent reports showed L1 transcription was activated in brains of cocaine-treated mice, and L1 retrotransposition was increased in cocaine-treated neuronal cell cultures. We hypothesized that the predisposition to cocaine addiction may result from inherited L1s or somatic L1 mobilization in the brain...
May 2017: Brain and Behavior
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