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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102384/predicting-point-defect-equilibria-across-oxide-hetero-interfaces-model-system-of-zro2-cr2o3
#1
Jing Yang, Mostafa Youssef, Bilge Yildiz
We present a multi-scale approach to predict equilibrium defect concentrations across oxide/oxide hetero-interfaces. There are three factors that need to be taken into account simultaneously for computing defect redistribution around the hetero-interfaces: the variation of local bonding environment at the interface as epitomized in defect segregation energies, the band offset at the interface, and the equilibration of the chemical potentials of species and electrons via ionic and electronic drift-diffusion fluxes...
January 19, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101862/crystallographic-studies-of-intermediate-filament-proteins
#2
Dmytro Guzenko, Anastasia A Chernyatina, Sergei V Strelkov
Intermediate filaments (IFs), together with microtubules and actin microfilaments, are the three main cytoskeletal components in metazoan cells. IFs are formed by a distinct protein family, which is made up of 70 members in humans. Most IF proteins are tissue- or organelle-specific, which includes lamins, the IF proteins of the nucleus. The building block of IFs is an elongated dimer, which consists of a central α-helical 'rod' domain flanked by flexible N- and C-terminal domains. The conserved rod domain is the 'signature feature' of the IF family...
2017: Sub-cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100886/characterization-of-volatile-compounds-with-hs-spme-from-oxidized-n-3-pufa-rich-oils-via-rancimat-tests
#3
Kai-Min Yang, Ming-Ching Cheng, Chih-Wei Chen, Chin-Yin Tseng, Li-Yun Lin, Po-Yuan Chiang
Algae oil and fish oil are n-3 PUFA mainstream commercial products. The various sources for the stability of n-3 PUFA oxidation are influenced by the fatty acid composition, extraction and refined processing. In this study, the oil stability index (OSI) occurs within 2.3 to 7.6 hours with three different n-3 PUFA rich oil. To set the OSI in the Rancimat test as the oil stability limit and observed various degrees of oxidation (0, 25, 50, 75, 100 and 125%). The volatile oxidation compounds were analyzed via headspace-solid phase microextraction (HS-SPME) and GC/MS...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Oleo Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100654/dissociation-between-sustained-single-neuron-spiking-%C3%AE-rhythmicity-and-transient-%C3%AE-lfp-oscillations-in-primate-motor-cortex
#4
Michael Everett Rule, Carlos E Vargas-Irwin, John P Donoghue, Wilson Truccolo
Determining the relationship between single-neuron spiking and transient (~20 Hz) beta local field potential (β-LFP) oscillations is an important step for understanding the role of these oscillations in motor cortex. We show that while motor cortex firing rates and beta spiking rhythmicity remain sustained during steady-state movement preparation periods, β-LFP oscillations emerge, in contrast, as short transient events. Single-neuron mean firing rates within and outside transient β-LFP events showed no differences, and no consistent correlation was found between the beta oscillations' amplitude and firing rates, as was the case for movement and visual-cue related β-LFP suppression...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100493/large-14c-excursion-in-5480-bc-indicates-an-abnormal-sun-in-the-mid-holocene
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Fusa Miyake, A J Timothy Jull, Irina P Panyushkina, Lukas Wacker, Matthew Salzer, Christopher H Baisan, Todd Lange, Richard Cruz, Kimiaki Masuda, Toshio Nakamura
Radiocarbon content in tree rings can be an excellent proxy of the past incoming cosmic ray intensities to Earth. Although such past cosmic ray variations have been studied by measurements of (14)C contents in tree rings with ≥10-y time resolution for the Holocene, there are few annual (14)C data. There is a little understanding about annual (14)C variations in the past, with the exception of a few periods including the AD 774-775 (14)C excursion where annual measurements have been performed. Here, we report the result of (14)C measurements using the bristlecone pine tree rings for the period from 5490 BC to 5411 BC with 1- to 2-y resolution, and a finding of an extraordinarily large (14)C increase (20‰) from 5481 BC to 5471 BC (the 5480 BC event)...
January 18, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098965/continuous-tuning-of-phase-transition-temperature-in-vo2-thin-films-on-c-cut-sapphire-substrates-via-strain-variation
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Jie Jian, Xuejing Wang, Leigang Li, Meng Fan, Wenrui Zhang, Jijie Huang, Zhimin Qi, Haiyan Wang
Vanadium dioxide (VO2) thin films with controlled thicknesses are deposited on c-cut sapphire substrates with Al-doped ZnO (AZO) buffer layers by pulsed laser deposition. The surface roughness of AZO buffer layers is varied by controlling oxygen pressure during growth. The strain in the VO2 lattice is found to be dependent on the VO2 thickness and the VO2/AZO interface roughness. The semiconductor-to-metal transition (SMT) properties of VO2 thin films are characterized and the transition temperature (Tc) is successfully tuned by the VO2 thickness as well as the VO2/AZO interface roughness...
January 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098315/a-ph-responsive-wormlike-micellar-system-of-a-noncovalent-interaction-based-surfactant-with-a-tunable-molecular-structure
#7
Wanli Kang, Pengxiang Wang, Haiming Fan, Hongbin Yang, Caili Dai, Xia Yin, Yilu Zhao, Shujun Guo
Responsive wormlike micelles are very useful in a number of applications, whereas it is still challenging to create dramatic viscosity changes in wormlike micellar systems. Here we developed a pH-responsive wormlike micellar system based on a noncovalent constructed surfactant, which is formed by the complexation of N-erucamidopropyl-N,N-dimethylamine (UC22AMPM) and citric acid at the molar ratio of 3 : 1 (EACA). The phase behavior, aggregate microstructure and viscoelasticity of EACA solutions were investigated by macroscopic appearance observation, rheological and cryo-TEM measurements...
January 18, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097600/network-forming-nanoclusters-in-binary-as-s-se-glasses-from-ab-initio-quantum-chemical-modeling-to-experimental-evidences
#8
M Hyla
Network-forming As2(S/Se)m nanoclusters are employed to recognize expected variations in a vicinity of some remarkable compositions in binary As-Se/S glassy systems accepted as signatures of optimally constrained intermediate topological phases in earlier temperature-modulated differential scanning calorimetry experiments. The ab initio quantum chemical calculations performed using the cation-interlinking network cluster approach show similar oscillating character in tendency to local chemical decomposition but obvious step-like behavior in preference to global phase separation on boundary chemical compounds (pure chalcogen and stoichiometric arsenic chalcogenides)...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096641/assessment-of-periodontal-health-status-in-postmenopausal-women-visiting-dental-hospital-from-in-and-around-meerut-city-cross-sectional-observational-study
#9
D Deepa, Gazal Jain
BACKGROUND: Puberty, menses, pregnancy, and menopause are the different phases of a woman's life which have a varied influence on oral health. During the menopause, women go through biological and endocrine changes, particularly in their sex steroid hormone production which affects their health. Because the oral mucosa contains estrogen receptors, variations in hormone levels can be seen directly in the oral cavity leading to a few oral conditions and diseases seen more frequently during postmenopausal years...
October 2016: Journal of Mid-life Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095991/assessing-environmental-impacts-of-genetically-modified-plants-on-non-target-organisms-the-relevance-of-in-planta-studies
#10
REVIEW
Salvatore Arpaia, A Nicholas E Birch, Jozsef Kiss, Joop J A van Loon, Antoine Messéan, Marco Nuti, Joe N Perry, Jeremy B Sweet, Christoph C Tebbe
In legal frameworks worldwide, genetically modified plants (GMPs) are subjected to pre-market environmental risk assessment (ERA) with the aim of identifying potential effects on the environment. In the European Union, the EFSA Guidance Document introduces the rationale that GMPs, as well as their newly produced metabolites, represent the potential stressor to be evaluated during ERA. As a consequence, during several phases of ERA for cultivation purposes, it is considered necessary to use whole plants or plant parts in experimental protocols...
January 15, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095650/bone-tissue-engineering-in-oral-peri-implant-defects-in-preclinical-in-vivo-research-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Siddharth Shanbhag, Nikolaos Pandis, Kamal Mustafa, Jens R Nyengaard, Andreas Stavropoulos
Regeneration and establishment of osseointegration within oral peri-implant bone defects remains a clinical challenge. Bone tissue engineering (BTE) is emerging as a promising alternative to autogenous and/or biomaterial-based bone grafting. The objective of this systematic review was to answer the focused question: in animal models, do cell-based BTE strategies enhance bone regeneration and/or implant osseointegration in experimental peri-implant defects, compared to grafting with autogenous bone or only biomaterial scaffolds? Electronic databases were searched for controlled animal studies reporting on peri-implant defects and implantation of mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) or other cells seeded on biomaterial scaffolds, following PRISMA guidelines...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095480/inference-of-candidate-germline-mutator-loci-in-humans-from-genome-wide-haplotype-data
#12
Cathal Seoighe, Aylwyn Scally
The rate of germline mutation varies widely between species but little is known about the extent of variation in the germline mutation rate between individuals of the same species. Here we demonstrate that an allele that increases the rate of germline mutation can result in a distinctive signature in the genomic region linked to the affected locus, characterized by a number of haplotypes with a locally high proportion of derived alleles, against a background of haplotypes carrying a typical proportion of derived alleles...
January 17, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094978/phase-behavior-and-self-assembly-of-perfectly-sequence-defined-and-monodisperse-multi-block-copolypeptides
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Sarah R MacEwan, Isaac Weitzhandler, Ingo Hoffmann, Jan Genzer, Michael Gradzielski, Ashutosh Chilkoti
This paper investigates how the properties of multi-block copolypeptides can be tuned by their block architecture, defined by the size and distribution of blocks along the polymer chain. These parameters were explored by the precise - genetically encoded - synthesis of recombinant elastin-like polypeptides (ELPs). A family of ELPs was synthesized in which the composition and length were conserved while the block length and distribution were varied, thus creating eleven ELPs with unique block architectures. To our knowledge, these polymers are unprecedented in their intricately and precisely varied architectures...
January 17, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094774/ab-initio-calculations-of-the-n-n-bond-dissociation-for-the-gas-phase-rdx-and-hmx
#14
Lin-Lin Liu, Pei-Jin Liu, Song-Qi Hu, Guo-Qiang He
NO2 fission is a vital factor for 1,3,5-Trinitroperhydro-1,3,5-triazine (RDX) and octahydro-1,3,5,7-tetranitro-1,3,5,7-tetrazocine (HMX) decomposition. In this study, the geometry of the gas-phase RDX and HMX molecules was optimized, and the bond order and the bond dissociation energy of the N-N bonds were examined. Moreover, the rate constants of the gas-phase RDX and HMX conformers, concerning the N-N bond dissociation, were evaluated using the microcanonical variational transition state theory (μVT). The calculation results have shown that HMX is more stable than RDX in terms of the N-N bond dissociation, and the conformers stability parameters were as follows: RDXaaa < RDXaae < HMX I < HMX II...
January 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094339/massive-effect-on-lncrnas-in-human-monocytes-during-fungal-and-bacterial-infections-and-in-response-to-vitamins-a-and-d
#15
Konstantin Riege, Martin Hölzer, Tilman E Klassert, Emanuel Barth, Julia Bräuer, Maximilian Collatz, Franziska Hufsky, Nelly Mostajo, Magdalena Stock, Bertram Vogel, Hortense Slevogt, Manja Marz
Mycoses induced by C.albicans or A.fumigatus can cause important host damage either by deficient or exaggerated immune response. Regulation of chemokine and cytokine signaling plays a crucial role for an adequate inflammation, which can be modulated by vitamins A and D. Non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs) as transcription factors or cis-acting antisense RNAs are known to be involved in gene regulation. However, the processes during fungal infections and treatment with vitamins in terms of therapeutic impact are unknown...
January 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092636/an-analysis-of-intrinsic-variations-of-low-frequency-shear-wave-speed-in-a-stochastic-tissue-model-the-first-application-for-staging-liver-fibrosis
#16
Yu Wang, Min Wang, Jingfeng Jiang
Shear wave elastography is increasingly being used to non-invasively stage liver fibrosis by measuring shear wave speed (SWS). This study quantitatively investigates intrinsic variations among SWS measurements obtained from heterogeneous media such as fibrotic livers. More specifically, it aims to demonstrate that intrinsic variations in SWS measurements, in general, follow a non-Gaussian distribution and are related to the heterogeneous nature of the medium being measured. Using the principle of maximum entropy (ME), our primary objective is to derive a probability density function (PDF) of the SWS distribution in conjunction with a lossless stochastic tissue model...
February 7, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092628/ultrafast-adiabatic-second-harmonic-generation
#17
Asaf Dahan, Assaf Levanon, Mordechai Katz, Haim Suchowski
We introduce a generalization of the adiabatic frequency conversion method for an efficient conversion of ultrashort pulses in the full nonlinear regime. Our analysis takes into account dispersion as well as two-photon processes and Kerr effect, allowing complete analysis of any three waves with arbitrary phase mismatched design and any nonlinear optical process. We use this analysis to design an efficient and robust second harmonic generation, the most widely used nonlinear process for both fundamental and applied research...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092575/a-cmos-current-steering-neurostimulation-array-with-integrated-dac-calibration-and-charge-balancing
#18
Elliot Greenwald, Christoph Maier, Qihong Wang, Robert Beaulieu, Ralph Etienne-Cummings, Gert Cauwenberghs, Nitish Thakor
An 8-channel current steerable, multi-phasic neural stimulator with on-chip current DAC calibration and residue nulling for precise charge balancing is presented. Each channel consists of two sub-binary radix DACs followed by wide-swing, high output impedance current buffers providing time-multiplexed source and sink outputs for anodic and cathodic stimulation. A single integrator is shared among channels and serves to calibrate DAC coefficients and to closely match the anodic and cathodic stimulation phases...
January 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091605/cubosomes-from-hierarchical-self-assembly-of-poly-ionic-liquid-block-copolymers
#19
Hongkun He, Khosrow Rahimi, Mingjiang Zhong, Ahmed Mourran, David R Luebke, Hunaid B Nulwala, Martin Möller, Krzysztof Matyjaszewski
Cubosomes are micro- and nanoparticles with a bicontinuous cubic two-phase structure, reported for the self-assembly of low molecular weight surfactants, for example, lipids, but rarely formed by polymers. These objects are characterized by a maximum continuous interface and high interface to volume ratio, which makes them promising candidates for efficient adsorbents and host-guest applications. Here we demonstrate self-assembly to nanoscale cuboidal particles with a bicontinuous cubic structure by amphiphilic poly(ionic liquid) diblock copolymers, poly(acrylic acid)-block-poly(4-vinylbenzyl)-3-butyl imidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide, in a mixture of tetrahydrofuran and water under optimized conditions...
January 16, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089940/assessing-the-effect-of-football-play-on-knee-articular-cartilage-using-delayed-gadolinium-enhanced-mri-of-cartilage-dgemric
#20
Wenbo Wei, Becky Lambach, Guang Jia, David Flanigan, Ajit M W Chaudhari, Lai Wei, Alan Rogers, Jason Payne, Robert A Siston, Michael V Knopp
The prevalence of cartilage lesions is much higher in football athletes than in the general population. Delayed gadolinium-enhanced MRI of cartilage (dGEMRIC) has been shown to quantify regional variations of glycosaminoglycan (GAG) concentrations which is an indicator of early cartilage degeneration. The goal of this study is to determine whether dGEMRIC can be used to assess the influence in cartilage GAG concentration due to college level football play. Thirteen collegiate football players with one to four years of collegiate football play experience were recruited and both knee joints were scanned using a dedicated 8-channel phased array knee coil on a 3T MRI system...
January 12, 2017: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
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