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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532130/effect-of-systematic-control-of-pd-thickness-and-annealing-temperature-on-the-fabrication-and-evolution-of-palladium-nanostructures-on-si-111-via-the-solid-state-dewetting
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Sundar Kunwar, Puran Pandey, Mao Sui, Quanzhen Zhang, Ming-Yu Li, Jihoon Lee
Si-based optoelectronic devices embedded with metallic nanoparticles (NPs) have demonstrated the NP shape, size, spacing, and crystallinity dependent on light absorption and emission induced by the localized surface plasmon resonance. In this work, we demonstrate various sizes and configurations of palladium (Pd) nanostructures on Si (111) by the systematic thermal annealing with the variation of Pd thickness and annealing temperature. The evolution of Pd nanostructures are systematically controlled by the dewetting of thin film by means of the surface diffusion in conjunction with the surface and interface energy minimization and Volmer-Weber growth model...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531314/the-solanum-tuberosum-kst1-partial-promoter-as-a-tool-for-guard-cell-expression-in-multiple-plant-species
#2
Gilor Kelly, Nitsan Lugassi, Eduard Belausov, Dalia Wolf, Belal Khamaisi, Danja Brandsma, Jayaram Kottapalli, Lena Fidel, Batsheva Ben-Zvi, Aiman Egbaria, Atiako Kwame Acheampong, Chuanlin Zheng, Etti Or, Assaf Distelfeld, Rakefet David-Schwartz, Nir Carmi, David Granot
To date, guard cell promoters have been examined in only a few species, primarily annual dicots. A partial segment of the potato (Solanum tuberosum) KST1 promoter (KST1 partial promoter, KST1ppro) has previously been shown to confer guard cell expression in potato, tomato (Solanum lycopersicum), citrus [Troyer citrange (C. sinensis×Poncirus trifoliata)], and Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana). Here, we describe an extensive analysis of the expression pattern of KST1ppro in eight (previously reported, as well as new) species from five different angiosperm families, including the Solanaceae and the Cucurbitaceae, Arabidopsis, the monocot barley (Hordeum vulgare), and two perennial species: grapevine (Vitis vinifera) and citrus...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531282/near-infrared-spectroscopy-derived-lipid-core-burden-index-predicts-adverse-cardiovascular-outcome-in-patients-with-coronary-artery-disease-during-long-term-follow-up
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Anne-Sophie Schuurman, Maxime Vroegindewey, Isabella Kardys, Rohit M Oemrawsingh, Jin M Cheng, Sanneke de Boer, Hector M Garcia-Garcia, Robert-Jan van Geuns, Evelyn S Regar, Joost Daemen, Nicolas M van Mieghem, Patrick W Serruys, Eric Boersma, K Martijn Akkerhuis
Aims: Near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) is able to quantify cholesterol within coronary arteries by the lipid core burden index (LCBI). We studied the prognostic value of NIRS-derived LCBI in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) for adverse cardiac outcome during long-term follow-up. Methods and results: During 2009-2013, NIRS was performed in a non-culprit artery of 275 patients undergoing coronary angiography for acute coronary syndrome (ACS) or stable angina...
May 20, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531129/rapid-and-cost-effective-quantification-of-glucosinolates-and-total-phenolic-content-in-rocket-leaves-by-visible-near-infrared-spectroscopy
#4
Eva María Toledo-Martín, Rafael Font, Sara Obregón-Cano, Antonio De Haro-Bailón, Myriam Villatoro-Pulido, Mercedes Del Río-Celestino
The potential of visible-near infrared spectroscopy to predict glucosinolates and total phenolic content in rocket (Eruca vesicaria) leaves has been evaluated. Accessions of the E. vesicaria species were scanned by NIRS as ground leaf, and their reference values regressed against different spectral transformations by modified partial least squares (MPLS) regression. The coefficients of determination in the external validation (R²VAL) for the different quality components analyzed in rocket ranged from 0.59 to 0...
May 20, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531101/phrog-a-multimodal-feature-for-place-recognition
#5
Fabien Bonardi, Samia Ainouz, Rémi Boutteau, Yohan Dupuis, Xavier Savatier, Pascal Vasseur
Long-term place recognition in outdoor environments remains a challenge due to high appearance changes in the environment. The problem becomes even more difficult when the matching between two scenes has to be made with information coming from different visual sources, particularly with different spectral ranges. For instance, an infrared camera is helpful for night vision in combination with a visible camera. In this paper, we emphasize our work on testing usual feature point extractors under both constraints: repeatability across spectral ranges and long-term appearance...
May 20, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531089/au-nanoparticle-decorated-silicon-pyramids-for-plasmon-enhanced-hot-electron-near-infrared-photodetection
#6
Zhiyang Qi, Yusheng Zhai, Long Wen, Qilong Wang, Qin Chen, Sami Iqbal, Guangdian Chen, Ji Xu, Yan Tu
Heterojunction between metal and silicon (Si) is an attractive route to extend the response of Si-based photodiodes into the near-infrared (NIR) region, so-called Schottky barrier diodes. Photons absorbed into a metallic nanostructure excite the surface plasmon resonances (SPRs), which can be damped non-radiatively through the creation of hot electrons. Unfortunately, quantum efficiency of hot electron detectors remains low due to low optical absorption and poor electron injection efficiency. In this study, we propose an efficient and low-cost plasmonic hot electron NIR photodetector based on Au nanoparticle (Au NP)-decorated Si pyramid Schottky junction...
May 22, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530792/phosphonated-pillar-5-arene-valved-mesoporous-silica-drug-deliv-ery-systems
#7
Xuan Huang, Shanshan Wu, Xiaokang Ke, Xueyuan Li, Xuezhong Du
To explore the diversity and promising applications of pillararene-based molecular machines, phosphonated pillar[5]arenes (PPA[5]) were synthesized to construct novel supramolecular nanovalves for the first time, based on mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs) functionalized with choline and pyridinium moieties, respectively. PPA[5] encircled the choline or pyridinium stalks to construct supramolecular nanovalves for encapsulation of drugs within the MSN pores. PPA[5] showed a high binding affinity for the quaternary ammonium stalks through the host-guest interactions primarily via ion pairing between the phosphonate and quaternary ammonium moieties, in comparison to carboxylated pillar[5]arene (CPA[5]), to minimize premature drug release...
May 22, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530758/self-thermophoretic-motion-of-controlled-assembled-micro-nanomotors
#8
Xiankun Lin, Tieyan Si, Zhiguang Wu, Qiang He
As artificial active colloids, micro-/nanomotors (MNMs) can convert energy from the environment into mechanical motion in different fluids, showing potential applications in diverse fields such as targeted drug delivery and photothermal therapy. However, chemical fuels for typical catalytic MNMs, e.g., hydrogen peroxide, are highly toxic to organisms, and thus fuel-free MNMs are required. Recently, we have developed near-infrared light (NIR) propelled MNMs through integrating plasmonic gold nanoshells into nanoparticles or layer-by-layer assemblies in an asymmetric manner...
May 22, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530398/synthesis-properties-and-semiconducting-characteristics-of-bf2-complexes-of-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-bisphenanthrene-fused-azadipyrromethenes
#9
Wanle Sheng, Yu-Qing Zheng, Qinghua Wu, Yayang Wu, Changjiang Yu, Lijuan Jiao, Erhong Hao, Jie-Yu Wang, Jian Pei
Three novel π-extended BF2 complexes of β,β-bisphenanthrene-fused azadipyrromethenes containing nine fused rings have been synthesized on the basis of a tandem Suzuki coupling reaction on readily available 2,6-dibromoazaBODIPYs followed by an intramolecular oxidative aromatic coupling mediated by iron(III) chloride. These resultant BF2 complexes exhibit strong absorption (extinction coefficients up to 2.4 × 10(5) M(-1) cm(-1)) and emission in the near-infrared (NIR) range (790-816 nm) with excellent photo and thermal stabilities...
May 22, 2017: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530289/ca-nir-a-ratiometric-near-infrared-calcium-probe-based-on-a-dihydroxanthene-hemicyanine-fluorophore
#10
Mayeul Collot, Flavien Ponsot, Andrey S Klymchenko
Fluorescent calcium probes are essential tools for studying the fluctuation of calcium ions in cells. Herein, we developed Ca-NIR, the first ratiometric calcium probe emitting in the near infrared region. This probe arose from the fusion of a BAPTA chelator and a dihydroxanthene-hemicyanine fluorophore. It is efficiently excited with common 630-640 nm lasers and displays two distinct emission bands depending on the calcium concentration (Kd = ∼8 μM). The physicochemical and spectroscopic properties of Ca-NIR allowed for ratiometric imaging of calcium distribution in live cells...
May 22, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529642/tumor-triggered-drug-release-from-calcium-carbonate-encapsulated-gold-nanostars-for-near-infrared-photodynamic-photothermal-combination-antitumor-therapy
#11
Yanlei Liu, Xiao Zhi, Meng Yang, Jingpu Zhang, Lingnan Lin, Xin Zhao, Wenxiu Hou, Chunlei Zhang, Qian Zhang, Fei Pan, Gabriel Alfranca, Yuming Yang, Jesús M de la Fuente, Jian Ni, Daxiang Cui
Different stimulus including pH, light and temperature have been used for controlled drug release to prevent drug inactivation and minimize side-effects. Herein a novel nano-platform (GNS@CaCO3/ICG) consisting of calcium carbonate-encapsulated gold nanostars loaded with ICG was established to couple the photothermal properties of gold nanostars (GNSs) and the photodynamic properties of indocyanine green (ICG) in the photodynamic/photothermal combination therapy (PDT/PTT). In this study, the calcium carbonate worked not only a drug keeper to entrap ICG on the surface of GNSs in the form of a stable aggregate which was protected from blood clearance, but also as the a pH-responder to achieve highly effective tumor-triggered drug release locally...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529636/a-new-green-titania-with-enhanced-nir-absorption-for-mitochondria-targeted-cancer-therapy
#12
Juan Mou, Tianquan Lin, Fuqiang Huang, Jianlin Shi, Hangrong Chen
A new kind of green titania (G-TiO2-x ) with obvious green color was facilely synthesized from black titania (B-TiO2-x ) through subsequently strong ultrasonication. Comparatively, this stable G-TiO2-x shows much enhanced near infrared (NIR) absorption, especially around 920 nm, which can be ascribed to the obvious change of TiO2-x lattice order owing to the effect of ultrasonication. This feature enables G-TiO2-x to be stimulated with 980 nm laser in the combined photodynamic therapy (PDT) and photothermal therapy (PTT), which is greatly beneficial for improving tissue penetration depth...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528324/new-role-for-interleukin-13-receptor-%C3%AE-1-in-myocardial-homeostasis-and-heart-failure
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Uri Amit, David Kain, Allon Wagner, Avinash Sahu, Yael Nevo-Caspi, Nir Gonen, Natali Molotski, Tal Konfino, Natalie Landa, Nili Naftali-Shani, Galia Blum, Emmanuelle Merquiol, Danielle Karo-Atar, Yariv Kanfi, Gidi Paret, Ariel Munitz, Haim Y Cohen, Eytan Ruppin, Sridhar Hannenhalli, Jonathan Leor
BACKGROUND: The immune system plays a pivotal role in myocardial homeostasis and response to injury. Interleukins-4 and -13 are anti-inflammatory type-2 cytokines, signaling via the common interleukin-13 receptor α1 chain and the type-2 interleukin-4 receptor. The role of interleukin-13 receptor α1 in the heart is unknown. METHODS AND RESULTS: We analyzed myocardial samples from human donors (n=136) and patients with end-stage heart failure (n=177). We found that the interleukin-13 receptor α1 is present in the myocardium and, together with the complementary type-2 interleukin-4 receptor chain Il4ra, is significantly downregulated in the hearts of patients with heart failure...
May 20, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528255/molecular-structure-second-and-third-order-nonlinear-optical-properties-and-dft-studies-of-a-novel-non-centrosymmetric-chalcone-derivative-2e-3-4-fluorophenyl-1-4-1e-4-fluorophenyl-methylene-amino-phenyl-prop-2-en-1-one
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Shivaraj R Maidur, Parutagouda Shankaragouda Patil, Anusha Ekbote, Tze Shyang Chia, Ching Kheng Quah
In the present work, the title chalcone, (2E)-3-(4-fluorophenyl)-1-(4-{[(1E)-(4-fluorophenyl) methylene]amino}phenyl)prop-2-en-1-one (abbreviated as FAMFC), was synthesized and structurally characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The compound is crystallized in the monoclinic system with non-centrosymmetric space group P21 and hence it satisfies the essential condition for materials to exhibit second-order nonlinear optical properties. The molecular structure was further confirmed by using FT-IR and (1)H NMR spectroscopic techniques...
May 9, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525862/application-of-nirs-coupled-with-pls-regression-as-a-rapid-non-destructive-alternative-method-for-quantification-of-kba-in-boswellia-sacra
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Ahmed Al-Harrasi, Najeeb Ur Rehman, Fazal Mabood, Muhammaed Albroumi, Liaqat Ali, Javid Hussain, Hidayat Hussain, René Csuk, Abdul Latif Khan, Tanveer Alam, Saif Alameri
In the present study, for the first time, NIR spectroscopy coupled with PLS regression as a rapid and alternative method was developed to quantify the amount of Keto-β-Boswellic Acid (KBA) in different plant parts of Boswellia sacra and the resin exudates of the trunk. NIR spectroscopy was used for the measurement of KBA standards and B. sacra samples in absorption mode in the wavelength range from 700-2500nm. PLS regression model was built from the obtained spectral data using 70% of KBA standards (training set) in the range from 0...
May 10, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525775/the-association-between-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-and-bipolar-disorder%C3%A2-%C3%A2-a-big-data-analysis
#16
S Tiosano, Z Nir, O Gendelman, D Comaneshter, H Amital, A D Cohen, D Amital
BACKGROUND: Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a chronic, autoimmune disease that has a wide variety of physical manifestations, including neuropsychiatric features. Bipolar disorder (BD) is a chronic, episodic illness, that may present as depression or as mania. The objective of this study was to investigate the association between SLE and BD using big data analysis methods. METHODS: Patients with SLE were compared with age- and sex-matched controls regarding the prevalence of BD in a cross-sectional study...
April 4, 2017: European Psychiatry: the Journal of the Association of European Psychiatrists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525715/ultra-small-magnetic-cufese2-ternary-nanocrystals-for-multimodal-imaging-guided-photothermal-therapy-of-cancer
#17
Xinxin Jiang, Shaohua Zhang, Feng Ren, Lei Chen, Jianfeng Zeng, Mo Zhu, Zhenxiang Cheng, Mingyuan Gao, Zhen Li
Nanoscale ternary chalcogenides have attracted intense research interest due to their wealth of tunable properties and diverse applications in energy, environmental and biomedical fields. In this article, ultra-small magnetic CuFeSe2 ternary nanocrystals (< 5.0 nm) were fabricated in the presence of thiol functionalized poly(methacrylic acid) (PTMP-PMAA) by an environmentally friendly aqueous method under ambient conditions. The small band gap and the existence of intermediate bands lead to a broad NIR absorbance in the range of 500 - 1100 nm, and high photothermal conversion efficiency (82%) of CuFeSe2 nanocrystals...
May 19, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525285/development-of-plasmonic-cu2o-cu-composite-arrays-as-visible-and-near-infrared-light-driven-plasmonic-photocatalysts
#18
Kosuke Sugawa, Natsumi Tsunenari, Hideyuki Takeda, Saki Fujiwara, Tsuyoshi Akiyama, Jotaro Honda, Shuto Igari, Kyo Tokuda, Naoto Takeshima, Yasuhiro Watanuki, Satoshi Tsukahara, Kouichi Takase, Tetsuo Umegaki, Yoshiyuki Kojima, Nobuyuki Nishimiya, Nobuko Fukuda, Yasuyuki Kusaka, Hirobumi Ushijima, Joe Otsuki
We describe efficient visible- and near-infrared (Vis/NIR) light-driven photocatalytic properties of hybrids of Cu2O and plasmonic Cu arrays. The Cu2O/Cu arrays were prepared simply by allowing to stand a Cu half-shell array in oxygen atmosphere for 3 h, which were prepared by depositing Cu on two-dimensional colloidal crystals with diameters of 543 or 224 nm. The localized surface plasmon resonances (LSPRs) of the arrays were strongly excited at 866 and 626 nm, respectively at which the imaginary part of the dielectric function of Cu is small...
May 19, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524926/a-980-nm-laser-activated-upconverted-persistent-probe-for-nir-to-nir-rechargeable-in-vivo-bioimaging
#19
Zhenluan Xue, Xiaolong Li, Youbin Li, Mingyang Jiang, Guozhong Ren, Hongrong Liu, Songjun Zeng, Jianhua Hao
Long-lasting persistent luminescent nanoparticles (PLNPs) with efficient near-infrared (NIR) emission have emerged as a new generation of probes for in vivo optical bioimaging owing to their advantages of zero-autofluorescence benefited from the self-sustained emission after excitation, deep penetration depth, and a high signal-to-noise ratio. However, most of the PLNPs are charged by ultraviolet (UV) or visible light, remarkably limiting their applications for in vivo long-term bioimaging. Here we demonstrate 980 nm laser activated upconversion-PLNPs (UC-PLNPs) with efficient NIR emission...
May 19, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524850/a-high-quantum-yield-molecule-protein-complex-fluorophore-for-near-infrared-ii-imaging
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Alexander L Antaris, Hao Chen, Shuo Diao, Zhuoran Ma, Zhe Zhang, Shoujun Zhu, Joy Wang, Alexander X Lozano, Quli Fan, Leila Chew, Mark Zhu, Kai Cheng, Xuechuan Hong, Hongjie Dai, Zhen Cheng
Fluorescence imaging in the second near-infrared window (NIR-II) allows visualization of deep anatomical features with an unprecedented degree of clarity. NIR-II fluorophores draw from a broad spectrum of materials spanning semiconducting nanomaterials to organic molecular dyes, yet unfortunately all water-soluble organic molecules with >1,000 nm emission suffer from low quantum yields that have limited temporal resolution and penetration depth. Here, we report tailoring the supramolecular assemblies of protein complexes with a sulfonated NIR-II organic dye (CH-4T) to produce a brilliant 110-fold increase in fluorescence, resulting in the highest quantum yield molecular fluorophore thus far...
May 19, 2017: Nature Communications
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