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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532128/band-offset-measurements-in-atomic-layer-deposited-al2o3-zn0-8al0-2o-heterojunction-studied-by-x-ray-photoelectron-spectroscopy
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Baojun Yan, Shulin Liu, Yuekun Heng, Yuzhen Yang, Yang Yu, Kaile Wen
Pure aluminum oxide (Al2O3) and zinc aluminum oxide (Zn x Al1-x O) thin films were deposited by atomic layer deposition (ALD). The microstructure and optical band gaps (E g ) of the Zn x Al1-x O (0.2 ≤ x ≤ 1) films were studied by X-ray diffractometer and Tauc method. The band offsets and alignment of atomic-layer-deposited Al2O3/Zn0.8Al0.2O heterojunction were investigated in detail using charge-corrected X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. In this work, different methodologies were adopted to recover the actual position of the core levels in insulator materials which were easily affected by differential charging phenomena...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532093/electrophoretic-deposition-of-organic-inorganic-composite-coatings-containing-zno-nanoparticles-exhibiting-antibacterial-properties
#2
Joanna Karbowniczek, Luis Cordero-Arias, Sannakaisa Virtanen, Superb K Misra, Eugenia Valsami-Jones, Lorena Tuchscherr, Bogdan Rutkowski, Kamil Górecki, Piotr Bała, Aleksandra Czyrska-Filemonowicz, Aldo R Boccaccini
To address one of the serious problems associated with permanent implants, namely bacterial infections, novel organic/inorganic coatings containing zinc oxide nanoparticles (nZnO) are proposed. Coatings were obtained by electrophoretic deposition (EPD) on stainless steel 316L. Different deposition conditions namely: deposition times in the range 60-300s and applied voltage in the range 5-30V as well as developing a layered coating approach were studied. Antibacterial tests against gram-positive Staphylococcus aureus and gram-negative Salmonella enteric bacteria confirmed the activity of nZnO to prevent bacterial growth...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532074/highly-effective-cu-zn-carbon-micro-nanofiber-polymer-nanocomposite-based-wound-dressing-biomaterial-against-the-p-aeruginosa-multi-and-extensively-drug-resistant-strains
#3
Mohammad Ashfaq, Nishith Verma, Suphiya Khan
Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P. aeruginosa) is the most prevalent bacteria in the infections caused by burn, surgery, and traumatic injuries. Emergence of the P. aeruginosa bacterial resistance against various clinical drugs for wound treatment is the major concern nowadays. The present study describes the synthesis of the polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and cellulose acetate phthalate (CAP) polymeric composite film (~0.2mm thickness) reinforced with the Cu/Zn bimetal-dispersed activated carbon micro/nanofiber (ACF/CNF), as a wound dressing material...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532026/high-performance-hydrogen-sensor-based-on-mn-implanted-zno-nanowires-array-fabricated-on-ito-substrate
#4
A Renitta, K Vijayalakshmi
In the present research, we propose a novel approach for the detection of hydrogen gas using Mn implanted ZnO nanowires fabricated onto ITO coated glass substrate by chemical spray pyrolysis deposition. The effect of Mn concentration on the structural, optical and morphological properties of ZnO films were investigated. X-ray diffraction studies showed that the Mn implanted ZnO films were grown as a polycrystalline hexagonal wurtzite phase without any impurities. The (101) peak position of ZnO-Mn films was shifted towards a lower angle with increasing Mn concentration...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532025/new-tetrahedral-zinc-halide-schiff-base-complexes-synthesis-crystal-structure-theoretical-3d-hirshfeld-surface-analyses-antimicrobial-and-thermal-studies
#5
L Taghizadeh, M Montazerozohori, A Masoudiasl, S Joohari, J M White
A new bidentate Schiff base ligand named as N,N'-bis((E)-3-phenylallylidene)butane-1,4-diamine (L) and three its zinc halide complexes were synthesized and characterized by FT-IR, (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR and UV-Vis spectroscopy. The crystal structure of zinc bromide and iodide complexes were characterized using single crystal X-ray diffraction. The two structures are isomorphous, crystallizing in the monoclinic crystal system with space group C2/c with closely similar unit cell dimensions. In these complexes, the Zn(II) ion is in the center of a distorted tetrahedral environment completed by two iminic nitrogen atoms of Schiff base ligand and two halide anions...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531993/fabrication-mechanical-properties-and-in-vitro-degradation-behavior-of-newly-developed-znag-alloys-for-degradable-implant-applications
#6
M Sikora-Jasinska, E Mostaed, A Mostaed, R Beanland, D Mantovani, M Vedani
Zn and Zn-based alloys have been recognized as highly promising biodegradable materials for orthopedic implants and cardiovascular stents, due to their proved biocompatibility and, more importantly, lower corrosion rates compared to Mg alloys. However, pure Zn has poor mechanical properties. In this study, Ag is used as a promising alloying element to improve the mechanical properties of the Zn matrix as well as its biocompatibility and antibacterial properties. Accordingly, we design three ZnAg alloys with Ag content ranging from 2...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531948/an-alternative-approach-to-risk-rank-chemicals-on-the-threat-they-pose-to-the-aquatic-environment
#7
Andrew C Johnson, Rachel L Donnachie, John P Sumpter, Monika D Jürgens, Claudia Moeckel, M Gloria Pereira
This work presents a new and unbiased method of risk ranking chemicals based on the threat they pose to the aquatic environment. The study ranked 12 metals, 23 pesticides, 11 other persistent organic pollutants (POPs), 13 pharmaceuticals, 10 surfactants and similar compounds and 2 nanoparticles (total of 71) of concern against one another by comparing their median UK river water and median ecotoxicity effect concentrations. To complement this, by giving an assessment on potential wildlife impacts, risk ranking was also carried out by comparing the lowest 10th percentile of the effects data with the highest 90th percentile of the exposure data...
May 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531790/an-initial-evaluation-of-newly-proposed-biomarker-of-zinc-status-in-humans-linoleic-acid-dihomo-%C3%AE-linolenic-acid-la-dgla-ratio
#8
Marija Knez, James C R Stangoulis, Manja Zec, Jasmina Debeljak-Martacic, Zoran Pavlovic, Mirjana Gurinovic, Maria Glibetic
BACKGROUND: Zinc is an essential micronutrient for humans with important physiological functions. A sensitive and specific biomarker for assessing Zn status is still needed. OBJECTIVE: The major aim of this study was to examine if the changes in the content of plasma phospholipid LA, DGLA and LA: DGLA ratio can be used to efficiently predict the dietary Zn intake and plasma Zn status of humans. METHODS: The study was performed on healthy human volunteers, 25-55 years of age...
October 2016: Clinical Nutrition ESPEN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531788/association-of-dietary-factors-with-severity-of-coronary-artery-disease
#9
Namita Mahalle, M K Garg, S S Naik, M V Kulkarni
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular disease has taken epidemic proportions during past decades. Cardiovascular risk factors contribute to progression of coronary lesions, worsening the patient's prognosis. This study was planned to analyze the association of dietary factors with severity of coronary artery disease (CAD) in Indian patients. METHODS: Three hundred patients with known coronary disease above the age of 25 years were included in this study. Blood samples were collected for biochemical markers...
October 2016: Clinical Nutrition ESPEN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531765/toxicokinetics-of-zinc-oxide-nanoparticles-and-zinc-ions-in-the-earthworm-eisenia-andrei
#10
Zuzanna M Świątek, Cornelis A M van Gestel, Agnieszka J Bednarska
The toxicokinetics of zinc in the earthworm Eisenia andrei was investigated following exposure for 21 days to ionic zinc (ZnCl2) or zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO-NPs) in Lufa 2.2 soil, followed by 21 days elimination in clean soil. Two concentrations were tested for both ZnCl2 (250 and 500μg Zn g(-1)) and ZnO-NPs (500 and 1000μg Zn g(-1)), corresponding to EC25 and EC50 for effects on reproduction. Based on the measured internal Zn concentrations in the earthworms over time of exposure, the kinetics parameters ka - assimilation rate constant (gsoil g(-1)body weight day(-1)) and ke - elimination rate constant (day(-1)) were estimated using a one-compartment model for either total Zn concentrations in the soil or porewater Zn concentrations...
May 19, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531763/beneficial-effect-of-nanoparticles-over-standard-form-of-zinc-oxide-in-enhancing-the-anti-inflammatory-activity-of-ketoprofen-in-rats
#11
Magdalena Olbert, Joanna Gdula-Argasińska, Gabriel Nowak, Tadeusz Librowski
BACKGROUND: Zinc is known as an anti-inflammatory agent. Recent studies demonstrated the usage of zinc ions for enhancing the anti-inflammatory effect of Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs). METHODS: This study compares the influence of chronic administration of zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO-NPs) and zinc oxide standard form (ZnO-S) on the anti-inflammatory and gastric activity of ketoprofen in rats. Both ZnO-S and ZnO-NPs were administered at doses of 7 or 14mg/kg (intraperitoneally (ip) and per os (po)) for 2 weeks followed by single po ketoprofen administration (in three doses: 5, 10, and 20mg/kg)...
February 9, 2017: Pharmacological Reports: PR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531761/3%C3%AE-hydroxy-urs-12-en-28-oic-acid-confers-protection-against-znonps-induced-adversity-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Hema Negi, Shilpi Khare Saikia, Ranjana Kanaujia, Satish Jaiswal, Rakesh Pandey
Despite their well reported potent risk towards human health and environment Zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnONPs) find an extensive commercial usage due to their antimicrobial properties. Here, we evaluated the efficacy of a natural triterpene ursolic acid (3β-hydroxy-urs-12-en-28-oic acid; UA) for overcoming the cytotoxic challenges of ZnONPs employing Ceanorhabditis elegans. The 24h LC50 of Zn-ONPs (<50nm TEM) was deduced as 4.75mgL(-1). UA (25μM) was observed to defend against this toxicity by attenuating Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) resulting into better survival at 2mgL(-1) in a time dependent behavior...
May 8, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531375/mouse-minipuberty-coincides-with-gonocyte-transformation-into-spermatogonial-stem-cells-a-model-for-human-minipuberty
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Ruili Li, Amanda Vannitamby, Sarah S K Yue, David Handelsman, John Hutson
As the transient postnatal hormone surge in humans, known as 'minipuberty', occurs simultaneously with key steps in germ-cell development, we investigated whether similar changes occur in the hypothalamic-pituitary-testicular axis of neonatal mice at a time that would coincide with gonocyte transformation into spermatogonial stem cells (SSC). Serum and testes were collected from C57Bl/6 mice at embryonic Day 17 (E17), birth (postnatal Day 0; P0) and daily until P10. Serum FSH and testosterone levels in both serum and testes were analysed and gene expression of FSH receptor (Fshr), luteinising hormone receptor (Lhr), anti-Müllerian hormone (Amh), octamer-binding transcription factor 4 (Oct-4), membrane type 1 metalloprotease (Mt1-mmp), proto-oncogene C-kit and promyelocytic leukaemia zinc finger (Plzf ) was quantified by real-time polymerase chain reaction...
May 23, 2017: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531305/impact-of-age-and-antibody-type-on-progression-from-single-to-multiple-autoantibodies-in-type-1-diabetes-relatives
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Emanuele Bosi, David C Boulware, Dorothy J Becker, Jane H Buckner, Susan Geyer, Peter A Gottlieb, Courtney Henderson, Amanda Kinderman, Jay M Sosenko, Andrea K Steck, Polly J Bingley
Context: Islet autoantibodies are markers of type 1 diabetes and an increase in number of autoantibodies detected during the preclinical phase is predictive of progression to overt disease. Objective: To refine the impact of age in relation to islet antibody type on the progression from single to multiple autoantibodies in relatives of people with type 1 diabetes. Research design and methods: We examined 994 relatives with normal glucose tolerance and positive for a single autoantibody, followed prospectively in the TrialNet Pathway to Prevention...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530825/effect-of-wood-aging-on-wine-mineral-composition-and-87sr-86sr-isotopic-ratio
#15
Ayse Deniz Kaya, Raúl Bruno de Sousa, António Sérgio Curvelo-Garcia, Jorge Manuel Ricardo-da-Silva, Sofia Catarino
Evolution of mineral composition and wine strontium isotopic ratio 87Sr/86Sr (Sr IR) during wood aging were investigated. A red wine was aged in stainless steel tanks with French oak staves (Quercus sessiliflora Salisb.), with three industrial scale replicates. Sampling was carried out after 30, 60 and 90 days of aging, and the wines evaluated in terms of general analysis, phenolic composition, total polysaccharides, multi-element composition and Sr IR. Li, Be, Mg, Al, Sc, Ti, V, Mn, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, Ga, Ge, As, Rb, Sr, Y, Zr, Mo, Sb, Cs, Ba, Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Dy, Ho, Er, Yb, Lu, Tl, Pb elements and 87Sr/86Sr were determined by quadrupole inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (Q-ICP-MS), Na, K, Ca and Fe by flame atomic absorption spectrometry (FAAS)...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530652/cd34-cells-from-dental-pulp-stem-cells-with-a-zfn-mediated-and-homology-driven-repair-mediated-locus-specific-knock-in-of-an-artificial-%C3%AE-globin-gene
#16
S Chattong, O Ruangwattanasuk, W Yindeedej, A Setpakdee, K Manotham
In humans, mutations in the β-globin gene (HBB) have two important clinical manifestations: β-thalassemia and sickle cell disease. The progress in genome editing and stem cell research may be relevant to the treatment of β-globin-related diseases. In this work, we employed zinc finger nuclease (ZFN)-mediated gene integration of synthetic β-globin cDNA into HBB loci, thus correcting almost all β-globin mutations. The integration was achieved in both HEK 293 cells and isolated dental pulp stem cell (DPSCs)...
May 22, 2017: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530605/screening-of-passiflora-l-mineral-content-using-principal-component-analysis-and-kohonen-self-organizing-maps
#17
Cleber Galvão Novaes, Ivana Lago da Silva Romão, Berlane Gomes Santos, Jéssica Palhares Ribeiro, Marcos Almeida Bezerra, Erik Galvão Paranhos da Silva
A method using digestion with diluted nitric acid and inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry was applied to determine metal ions in the peel, pulp, and seed of Passiflora edulis f. flavicarpa and Passiflora cincinnata cultivated in the Bahia state, Brazil. Plasma parameters (radio frequency power and argon flow rates) were optimized. The quantification limits (µg g(-1)) were: Ca (43.0); Co (1.3); Cu (10.0); Fe (10.0); K (20.0); Mg (26.6); Mn (0.33); Na (56.6) and Zn (10.0). The accuracy of the method was evaluated by the analysis of certified reference materials (NIST 1567a Wheat Flour and NIST 1577b Bovine Liver)...
October 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530454/-hungarian-diet-and-nutritional-status-survey-the-otap2014-study-iv-microelement-intake-of-the-hungarian-population
#18
Barbara Nagy, Zsuzsanna Nagy-Lőrincz, Márta Bakacs, Éva Illés, Eszter Sarkadi Nagy, Gergő Erdei, Éva Martos
INTRODUCTION AND AIM: The Hungarian Diet and Nutritional Status Survey examined the dietary habits of the Hungarian population. This publication presents the microelement intake. METHOD: The survey represents the microelement intake of the Hungarian non-institutionalised adult population of 18 years and older. RESULTS: While the intake of iron, copper and manganese corresponded with the recommendations in males, in females it was insufficient...
May 2017: Orvosi Hetilap
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530324/-interdependency-between-zinc-and-thyroid-gland-the-discussion-is-to-be-continued
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Michael Kalinin, Haim Bibi
Both hypothyroidism and zinc deficiency have been diagnosed over a long time. The endemic character of both disorders inspired an investigation into the relationship between these two phenomena. Zinc has a role in multiple metabolic processes; therefore, zinc depletion may lead to a serious and prolonged illness. It is well known that changes of zinc levels may correlate with changes in thyroid functions and vice versa. Nevertheless, despite this evidence, thyroid dysfunction does not always improve after zinc supplementation, even in cases of low zinc levels...
August 2016: Harefuah
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530236/psilac-mass-spectrometry-reveals-zfp91-as-imid-dependent-substrate-of-the-crl4-crbn-ubiquitin-ligase
#20
Jian An, Charles M Ponthier, Ragna Sack, Jan Seebacher, Michael B Stadler, Katherine A Donovan, Eric S Fischer
Thalidomide and its derivatives lenalidomide and pomalidomide (IMiDs) are effective treatments of haematologic malignancies. It was shown that IMiDs impart gain-of-function properties to the CUL4-RBX1-DDB1-CRBN (CRL4(CRBN)) ubiquitin ligase that enable binding, ubiquitination and degradation of key therapeutic targets such as IKZF1, IKZF3 and CSNK1A1. While these substrates have been implicated as efficacy targets in multiple myeloma (MM) and 5q deletion associated myelodysplastic syndrome (del(5q)-MDS), other targets likely exist...
May 22, 2017: Nature Communications
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