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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549375/interfacial-electrical-and-band-alignment-characteristics-of-hfo2-ge-stacks-with-in-situ-formed-sio2-interlayer-by-plasma-enhanced-atomic-layer-deposition
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Yan-Qiang Cao, Bing Wu, Di Wu, Ai-Dong Li
In situ-formed SiO2 was introduced into HfO2 gate dielectrics on Ge substrate as interlayer by plasma-enhanced atomic layer deposition (PEALD). The interfacial, electrical, and band alignment characteristics of the HfO2/SiO2 high-k gate dielectric stacks on Ge have been well investigated. It has been demonstrated that Si-O-Ge interlayer is formed on Ge surface during the in situ PEALD SiO2 deposition process. This interlayer shows fantastic thermal stability during annealing without obvious Hf-silicates formation...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549291/antidiabetogenic-efficiency-of-menthol-improves-glucose-homeostasis-and-attenuates-pancreatic-%C3%AE-cell-apoptosis-in-streptozotocin-nicotinamide-induced-experimental-rats-through-ameliorating-glucose-metabolic-enzymes
#2
Udaiyar Muruganathan, Subramani Srinivasan, Veerasamy Vinothkumar
The phytochemical, menthol, has been reported to play many beneficial roles. However, under diabetic conditions, there is no detail mechanism of its beneficial action in the glucose homeostasis. The present study, we investigated to explore the role of menthol, on the glucose metabolic enzymes and pancreatic islet cell apoptosis of streptozotocin-nicotinamide (STZ-NA) induced diabetes in rats. Diabetes was induced by single intraperitoneal (i.p.) injection of STZ (50mg/kg/b.w.) and NA (110mg/kg/b.w.). Diabetic rats were treated with different dose of menthol (25, 50, and 100mg/kg/b...
May 23, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549289/identifying-the-source-of-zn-in-soils-around-a-zn-smelter-using-pb-isotope-ratios-and-mineralogical-analysis
#3
Soo-Kyung Jeon, Man Jae Kwon, Jung-Seok Yang, Seunghak Lee
The contribution by anthropogenic sources to abnormally high Zn concentrations in soils with naturally abundant Zn was investigated at a contaminated site surrounding a Zn smelter in eastern Korea. Nineteen soil samples were collected within a 2km radius of the smelter, and analyzed for metal concentrations and Pb isotope ratios using an inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectrometer and -mass spectrometer, respectively. Higher Zn concentrations in locations closer to the smelter implied that the smelter was the source of the Zn pollution...
May 23, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549278/effects-of-varenicline-and-nicotine-replacement-therapy-on-arterial-elasticity-endothelial-glycocalyx-and-oxidative-stress-during-a-3-month-smoking-cessation-program
#4
Ignatios Ikonomidis, Margarita Marinou, Dimitrios Vlastos, Kallirhoe Kourea, Ioanna Andreadou, Nikolaos Liarakos, Helen Triantafyllidi, George Pavlidis, Elias Tsougos, John Parissis, John Lekakis
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The effects of medically-aided smoking cessation on vascular function and oxidative stress are not fully clarified. METHODS: One hundred eighty-eight current smokers were randomized to varenicline or nicotine replacement treatment (NRT) for a 3-month period. We assessed: (a) augmentation index (Aix) and pulse wave velocity (PWV); (b) perfusion boundary region (PBR) of sublingual microvasculature (range:5-25 μm), an index of the endothelial glycocalyx thickness, using Sideview, Darkfield imaging; (c) the exhaled CO; and (d) the malondialdehyde (MDA) and protein carbonyls (PC) plasma levels, as markers of oxidative stress, at baseline and after 3 and 12 months...
May 13, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549266/self-cascade-reaction-catalyzed-by-cuo-nanoparticle-based-dual-functional-enzyme-mimics
#5
Ai-Ling Hu, Hao-Hua Deng, Xiao-Qing Zheng, Yan-Yu Wu, Xiu-Ling Lin, Ai-Lin Liu, Xing-Hua Xia, Hua-Ping Peng, Wei Chen, Guo-Lin Hong
It is desirable but challenging to assemble various biomimetic properties into a functional catalytic cascade system. In this work, cupric oxide nanoparticles were investigated as oxidase mimics for the aerobic oxidation of cysteine to cystine with the generation of hydrogen peroxide. Coupling this property with the peroxidase-like activity of CuO nanoparticles, we constructed a self-organized cascade reaction system based on a single-component nanozyme, which includes the oxidation of cysteine to yield cystine and hydrogen peroxide and the hydrogen peroxide-mediated oxidation of terephthalic acid to produce a fluorescence change...
May 19, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549258/immunohistochemical-localization-of-cannabinoid-receptor-1-cb1-in-the-submandibular-gland-of-mice-under-normal-conditions-and-when-stimulated-by-isoproterenol-or-carbachol
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Wipawee Thoungseabyoun, Apussara Tachow, Sawetree Pakkarato, Atsara Rawangwong, Suthankamon Krongyut, Waraporn Sakaew, Hisatake Kondo, Wiphawi Hipkaeo
OBJECTIVE: We wished to investigate the subcellular localization of CB1, a receptor for the endocannabinoids in mouse submandibular glands (SMGs) under normal conditions and when stimulated by adrenergic or cholinergic agonists. MATERIALS AND METHODS: SMGs of both male and female adult mice were utilized for immunoblotting and immuno-light and -electron microscopic analyses. Isoproterenol and carbachol were used as adrenergic and cholinergic stimulants, respectively...
May 17, 2017: Archives of Oral Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549219/design-synthesis-and-properties-of-a-potent-inhibitor-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-deacetylase-lpxc
#7
Grazia Piizzi, David T Parker, Yunshan Peng, Markus Rolf Dobler, Anup Patnaik, Som Wattanasin, Eugene Liu, Francois Lenoir, Jill Nunez, John Kerrigan, David McKenney, Colin S Osborne, Donghui Yu, Leanne Lanieri, Jade Bojkovic, JoAnne Dzink-Fox, Maria-Dawn Lilly, Elizabeth R Sprague, Yipin Lu, Hongming Wang, Srijan Ranjitkar, Bing Wang, Meir Glick, Lawrence G Hamann, Ruben Tommasi, Xia Yang, Charles R Dean
Over the past several decades the frequency of antibacterial resistance in hospitals, including multi-drug resistance (MDR) and its association with serious infectious diseases, has increased at alarming rates. Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a leading cause of nosocomial infections, and resistance to virtually all approved antibacterial agents is emerging in this pathogen. To address the need for new agents to treat MDR P. aeruginosa, we focused on inhibiting the first committed step in the biosynthesis of lipid A, the deacetylation of uridyldiphospho-3-O-(R-hydroxydecanoyl)-N-acetylglucosamine by the enzyme LpxC...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549179/relationships-between-smoking-behaviors-and-cotinine-levels-among-two-american-indian-populations-with-distinct-smoking-patterns
#8
Julie-Anne Tanner, Jeffrey A Henderson, Dedra Buchwald, Barbara V Howard, Patricia Nez Henderson, Rachel F Tyndale
Introduction: Smoking prevalence, cigarettes per day (CPD), and lung cancer incidence differ between Northern Plains (NP) and Southwestern (SW) American Indian populations. We used cotinine as a biomarker of tobacco smoke exposure to biochemically characterize NP and SW smokers and non-smokers, and to investigate factors associated with variation in tobacco exposure. Methods: American Indians (N=636) were recruited from two different tribal populations (NP and SW) as part of a study conducted as part of the Collaborative to Improve Native Cancer Outcomes P50 project...
May 26, 2017: Nicotine & Tobacco Research: Official Journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549082/pharmacokinetics-and-pharmacodynamics-of-propofol-changes-in-patients-with-frontal-brain-tumours
#9
M M Sahinovic, D J Eleveld, T Miyabe-Nishiwaki, M M R F Struys, A R Absalom
Background: Models of propofol pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics developed in patients without brain pathology are widely used for target-controlled infusion (TCI) during brain tumour excision operations. The goal of this study was to determine if the presence of a frontal brain tumour influences propofol pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics and existing PK-PD model performance. Methods: Twenty patients with a frontal brain tumour and 20 control patients received a propofol infusion to achieve an induction-emergence-induction anaesthetic sequence...
May 26, 2017: British Journal of Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549070/the-atherogenic-index-of-plasma-and-the-risk-of-mortality-in-incident-dialysis-patients-results-from-a-nationwide-prospective-cohort-in-korea
#10
Mi Jung Lee, Jung Tak Park, Seung Hyeok Han, Yong-Lim Kim, Yon Su Kim, Chul Woo Yang, Nam-Ho Kim, Shin-Wook Kang, Hyung Jong Kim, Tae-Hyun Yoo
BACKGROUND: The atherogenic index of plasma (AIP), which is the logarithmic ratio of triglyceride (TG) to high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), had a linear relationship with clinical outcomes in the general population. However, the association of each lipid profile, TG and HDL-C, with survival was not straightforward in dialysis patients. This non-linear association led us to further investigate the prognostic impact of the AIP in these patients. METHODS: From a nationwide prospective cohort, 1,174 incident dialysis patients were included...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548967/detection-of-activating-and-acquired-resistant-mutation-in-plasma-from-egfr-mutated-nsclc-patients-by-peptide-nucleic-acid-pna-clamping-assisted-fluorescence-melting-curve-analysis
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Chang Gon Kim, Hyo Sup Shim, Min Hee Hong, Yoon Jin Cha, Su Jin Heo, Hyung Soon Park, Jee Hung Kim, Jin Gu Lee, Chang Young Lee, Byoung Chul Cho, Hye Ryun Kim
This study was designed to prospectively examine whether peptide nucleic acid clamping-assisted fluorescence melting curve analysis (PANAMutyper™) is feasible for the detection of activating and acquired resistant epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutation in plasma. Patients with non-small cell lung cancer harboring activating EGFR mutations who were scheduled to undergo EGFR-tyrosine kinase inhibitors (EGFR-TKIs) were enrolled between September 2011 and March 2015. A total of 102 patients with EGFR-mutated lung cancer were enrolled, 53 had available plasma samples at disease progression, and 28 underwent serial plasma sampling during EGFR-TKI treatment...
May 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548947/evaluation-of-cumulative-prognostic-score-based-on-pretreatment-plasma-fibrinogen-and-serum-albumin-levels-in-patients-with-newly-diagnosed-high-grade-gliomas
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Zhen-Qiang He, Hao Duan, Chao Ke, Xiang-Heng Zhang, Cheng-Cheng Guo, Fuad Al-Nahari, Ji Zhang, Zheng-He Chen, Yin-Sheng Chen, Zhi-Gang Liu, Jian Wang, Zhong-Ping Chen, Xiao-Bing Jiang, Yong-Gao Mou
This retrospective study was designed to determine the prognostic value of a cumulative score (FA score) based on pretreatment plasma fibrinogen and serum albumin levels for 326 patients newly diagnosed high-grade glioma (HGG). Receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve analysis was performed to determine the optimal cut-off values. Univariate and multivariate analysis were performed to evaluate the independent prognostic value of the FA scores associated with overall survival (OS) and progression-free survival (PFS)...
May 13, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548864/oral-administration-of-a-medium-containing-both-d-aspartate-producing-live-bacteria-and-d-aspartate-reduces-rectal-temperature-in-chickens
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P H Do, P V Tran, M A Bahry, H Yang, G Han, A Tsuchiya, Y Asami, M Furuse, V S Chowdhury
1. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects on the rectal temperature of young chickens of the oral administration of a medium that contained both live bacteria that produce D-aspartate (D-Asp) and D-Asp. 2. In Experiment 1, chickens were subjected to chronic oral administration of either the medium (containing live bacteria and 2.46 μmol D-Asp) or water from 7 to 14 d of age. Plasma-free amino acids as well as mitochondrial biogenic gene expression in the breast muscle were analysed. In Experiment 2, 7-d-old chickens were subjected to acute oral administration of the above medium or of an equimolar amount of D-Asp to examine their effect on changes in rectal temperature...
May 26, 2017: British Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548655/an-n-acetylglucosamine-transporter-required-for-arbuscular-mycorrhizal-symbioses-in-rice-and-maize
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Marina Nadal, Ruairidh Sawers, Shamoon Naseem, Barbara Bassin, Corinna Kulicke, Abigail Sharman, Gynheung An, Kyungsook An, Kevin R Ahern, Amanda Romag, Thomas P Brutnell, Caroline Gutjahr, Niko Geldner, Christophe Roux, Enrico Martinoia, James B Konopka, Uta Paszkowski
Most terrestrial plants, including crops, engage in beneficial interactions with arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. Vital to the association is mutual recognition involving the release of diffusible signals into the rhizosphere. Previously, we identified the maize no perception 1 (nope1) mutant to be defective in early signalling. Here, we report cloning of ZmNope1 on the basis of synteny with rice. NOPE1 encodes a functional homologue of the Candida albicans N-acetylglucosamine (GlcNAc) transporter NGT1, and represents the first plasma membrane GlcNAc transporter identified from plants...
May 26, 2017: Nature Plants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548649/aqueous-humor-endothelin-1-and-total-retinal-blood-flow-in-patients-with-non-proliferative-diabetic-retinopathy
#15
L-A Khuu, F Tayyari, J M Sivak, J G Flanagan, S Singer, M H Brent, D Huang, O Tan, C Hudson
PurposeThe purpose of this study was to determine the association between aqueous ET-1 levels and total retinal blood flow (TRBF) in patients with non-insulin-dependent type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and early non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy (NPDR).Patients and methodsA total of 15 age-matched controls and 15 T2DM patients with NPDR were recruited into the study. Aqueous humor (~80-120 μl) was collected before cataract surgery to measure the levels of ET-1 using suspension multiplex array technology...
May 26, 2017: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548538/overestimation-of-viscosity-by-the-green-kubo-method-in-a-dusty-plasma-experiment
#16
Zach Haralson, J Goree
The Green-Kubo (GK) method is widely used in simulations of strongly coupled plasmas to obtain the viscosity coefficient. However, the method's applicability, which is often taken for granted, has not been tested experimentally. We report an experimental test using a two-dimensional strongly coupled dusty plasma. We find that the GK viscosity is ≈60% larger than the result of a benchmark hydrodynamic method, obtained in the same experiment with the same conditions except for the presence of shear.
May 12, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548517/experimental-determination-of-%C3%AE-s-for-finite-nuclear-matter
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Debasish Mondal, Deepak Pandit, S Mukhopadhyay, Surajit Pal, Balaram Dey, Srijit Bhattacharya, A De, Soumik Bhattacharya, S Bhattacharyya, Pratap Roy, K Banerjee, S R Banerjee
We present, for the first time, simultaneous determination of shear viscosity (η) and entropy density (s) and thus, η/s for equilibrated nuclear systems from A∼30 to A∼208 at different temperatures. At finite temperature, η is estimated by utilizing the γ decay of the isovector giant dipole resonance populated via fusion evaporation reaction, while s is evaluated from the nuclear level density parameter (a) and nuclear temperature (T), determined precisely by the simultaneous measurements of the evaporated neutron energy spectra and the compound nuclear angular momenta...
May 12, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548516/relativistic-electron-streaming-instabilities-modulate-proton-beams-accelerated-in-laser-plasma-interactions
#18
S Göde, C Rödel, K Zeil, R Mishra, M Gauthier, F-E Brack, T Kluge, M J MacDonald, J Metzkes, L Obst, M Rehwald, C Ruyer, H-P Schlenvoigt, W Schumaker, P Sommer, T E Cowan, U Schramm, S Glenzer, F Fiuza
We report experimental evidence that multi-MeV protons accelerated in relativistic laser-plasma interactions are modulated by strong filamentary electromagnetic fields. Modulations are observed when a preplasma is developed on the rear side of a μm-scale solid-density hydrogen target. Under such conditions, electromagnetic fields are amplified by the relativistic electron Weibel instability and are maximized at the critical density region of the target. The analysis of the spatial profile of the protons indicates the generation of B>10  MG and E>0...
May 12, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548513/universal-self-similar-scaling-of-spatial-wilson-loops-out-of-equilibrium
#19
J Berges, M Mace, S Schlichting
We investigate strongly correlated non-Abelian plasmas out of equilibrium. Based on numerical simulations, we establish a self-similar scaling property for the time evolution of spatial Wilson loops that characterizes a universal state of matter far from equilibrium. Most remarkably, it exhibits a generalized area law which holds for a sufficiently large ratio of spatial area and fractional power of time. Performing calculations also for the perturbative regime at higher momenta, we are able to characterize the full nonthermal scaling properties of SU(2) and SU(3) symmetric plasmas from short to large distance scales in terms of two independent universal exponents and associated scaling functions...
May 12, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548390/a-step-towards-removing-plasma-volume-variance-from-the-athlete-s-biological-passport-the-use-of-biomarkers-to-describe-vascular-volumes-from-a-simple-blood-test
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Louisa M Lobigs, Pierre-Edouard Sottas, Pitre C Bourdon, Zoran Nikolovski, Mohamed El-Gingo, Evdokia Varamenti, Peter Peeling, Brian Dawson, Yorck O Schumacher
The haematological module of the Athlete's Biological Passport (ABP) has significantly impacted the prevalence of blood manipulations in elite sports. However, the ABP relies on a number of concentration-based markers of erythropoiesis, such as haemoglobin concentration ([Hb]), which are influenced by shifts in plasma volume (PV). Fluctuations in PV contribute to the majority of biological variance associated with volumetric ABP markers. Our laboratory recently identified a panel of common chemistry markers (from a simple blood test) capable of describing ~67% of PV variance, presenting an applicable method to account for volume shifts within antidoping practices...
May 26, 2017: Drug Testing and Analysis
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