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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786966/controlled-selectivity-of-co-2-reduction-on-copper-by-pulsing-the-electrochemical-potential
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Kevin W Kimura, Kevin E Fritz, Jiyoon Kim, Jin Suntivich, Héctor D Abruña, Tobias Hanrath
We demonstrate a simple strategy to enhance the CO2 reduction reaction (CO2 RR) selectivity by applying a pulsed electrochemical potential to a polycrystalline copper electrode. By controlling the pulse duration, we show that the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) is highly suppressed to a fraction of the original value (<5 % faradaic efficiency) and selectivity for the CO2 RR dramatically improves (>75 % CH4 and >50 % CO faradaic efficiency). We attribute the improved CO2 RR selectivity to a dynamically rearranging surface coverage of hydrogen and intermediate species during the pulsing...
May 22, 2018: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786943/integrating-a-comprehensive-dna-barcode-reference-library-with-a-global-map-of-yews-taxus-l-for-forensic-identification
#2
Jie Liu, Richard I Milne, Michael Möller, Guang-Fu Zhu, Lin-Jiang Ye, Ya-Huang Luo, Jun-Bo Yang, Moses Cheloti Wambulwa, Chun-Neng Wang, De-Zhu Li, Lian-Ming Gao
Rapid and accurate identification of endangered species is a critical component of bio-surveillance and conservation management, and potentially policing illegal trades. However, this is often not possible using traditional taxonomy, especially where only small or pre-processed parts of plants are available. Reliable identification can be achieved via a comprehensive DNA barcode reference library, accompanied by precise distribution data. However, these require extensive sampling at spatial and taxonomic scales, which has rarely been achieved for cosmopolitan taxa...
May 22, 2018: Molecular Ecology Resources
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786938/inhibition-and-kinetic-studies-of-lignin-degrading-enzymes-of-ganoderma-boninense-by-naturally-occurring-phenolic-compounds
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Arthy Surendran, Yasmeen Siddiqui, Halimi Mohd Saud, Nusaibah Syd Ali, Sivakumar Manickam
AIM: Lignolytic (Lignin degrading) enzyme, from oil palm pathogen Ganoderma boninense Pat. (Syn G. orbiforme (Ryvarden), is involved in the detoxification and the degradation of lignin in the oil palm and is the rate-limiting step in the infection process of this fungus. Active inhibition of lignin degrading enzymes secreted by G. boninense by various naturally occurring phenolic compounds and estimation of efficiency on pathogen suppression was aimed at. METHODS AND RESULTS: In our work, ten naturally occurring phenolic compounds were evaluated for their inhibitory potential towards the lignolytic enzymes of G...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786935/evaluation-of-pcr-primers-targeting-the-groel-gene-for-the-specific-detection-of-streptococcus-agalactiae-in-the-context-of-aquaculture
#4
W J Leigh, R N Zadoks, A Jaglarz, J Z Costa, G Foster, K D Thompson
AIMS: The aim of this study was to design a set of primers for specific detection and identification of Streptococcus agalactiae in polymerase chain reaction (PCR) that can detect a diverse range of S. agalactiae isolates from different hosts and that it is capable of discriminating between S. agalactiae and other species that are closely related or potentially present in aquaculture environments, notably Streptococcus iniae. METHODS AND RESULTS: Primers, based on the groEL2 gene of S...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786921/room-temperature-ferroelectricity-in-an-organic-cocrystal
#5
Adam J Matzger, Ren A Wiscons, Nagula Rajesh Goud, Joshua T Damron
Ferroelectric materials exhibit switchable remanent polarization due to reversible symmetry breaking under an applied electric field. Previous research has leveraged temperature-induced neutral-ionic transitions in charge-transfer (CT) cocrystals to access ferroelectrics that operate through displacement of molecules under an applied field. However, displacive ferroelectric behavior is rare in organic CT cocrystals and achieving a Curie temperature (TC) above ambient has been elusive. Here a cocrystal between acenaphthene and 2,3,5,6-tetrafluoro-7,7,8,8-tetracyanoquinodimethane is presented that shows switchable remanent polarization at room temperature (TC = 68°C)...
May 22, 2018: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786917/a-strategy-of-self-isolated-enhanced-emission-to-achieve-highly-emissive-dual-state-emission-for-organic-luminescent-materials
#6
Yanzi Xu, Lin Ren, Dongfeng Dang, Ying Zhi, Xiaochi Wang, Lingjie Meng
Currently, the commonly developed organic luminescent materials (OLMs) usually exhibit poor luminescent performance in aggregated solid states compared with their well-dissolved solution states, making it a tough goal to achieve the highly emissive dual-state emission. To overcome this limitation, "Self-Isolated Enhanced Emission" (SIEE) strategy through flexible alkyl chains to suppress the emission-quenched π-π stacking in solids is proposed here and based on this guideline, remarkable emission efficiency with photoluminescence quantum yields up to 99...
May 22, 2018: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786914/conductive-hydrogels-as-smart-materials-for-flexible-electronic-devices
#7
Qinfeng Rong, Wenwei Lei, Mingjie Liu
Flexible conductive materials have gained considerable research interest in recent years because of their potential applications in flexible energy storage devices, sensors, touch panels, electronic-skins, etc. With excellent flexibility, outstanding electric properties and tunable mechanical properties, conductive hydrogels as conductive materials offer plentiful insights and opportunities for flexible electronic devices. Numerous synthetic strategies have been developed to obtain various conductive hydrogels, and high-performance devices based on these conductive hydrogels have been realized...
May 22, 2018: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786889/a-novel-conductive-mesoporous-layer-with-a-dynamic-two-step-deposition-strategy-boosts-efficiency-of-perovskite-solar-cells-to-20
#8
Haoxuan Sun, Kaimo Deng, Yayun Zhu, Min Liao, Jie Xiong, Yanrong Li, Liang Li
Lead halide perovskite solar cells (PSCs) with the high power conversion efficiency (PCE) typically use mesoporous metal oxide nanoparticles as the scaffold and electron-transport layers. However, the traditional mesoporous layer suffers from low electron conductivity and severe carrier recombination. Here, antimony-doped tin oxide nanorod arrays are proposed as novel transparent conductive mesoporous layers in PSCs. Such a mesoporous layer improves the electron transport as well as light utilization. To resolve the common problem of uneven growth of perovskite on rough surface, the dynamic two-step spin coating strategy is proposed to prepare highly smooth, dense, and crystallized perovskite films with micrometer-scale grains, largely reducing the carrier recombination ratio...
May 22, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786888/injectable-bioresponsive-gel-depot-for-enhanced-immune-checkpoint-blockade
#9
Shuangjiang Yu, Chao Wang, Jicheng Yu, Jinqiang Wang, Yue Lu, Yuqi Zhang, Xudong Zhang, Quanyin Hu, Wujin Sun, Chaoliang He, Xuesi Chen, Zhen Gu
Although cancer immunotherapy based on immune checkpoint inhibitors holds great promise toward many types of cancers, several challenges still remain, associated with low objective response of patient rate as well as systemic side effects. Here, a combination immunotherapy strategy is developed based on a thermogelling reactive oxygen species (ROS)-responsive polypeptide gel for sustained release of anti-programmed cell death-ligand 1 antibody and dextro-1-methyl tryptophan, inhibitor of indoleamine-2,3-dioxygenase with leveraging the ROS level in the tumor microenvironment...
May 22, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786861/temporally-feathered-intensity-modulated-radiation-therapy-a-planning-technique-to-reduce-normal-tissue-toxicity
#10
Juan Carlos López Alfonso, Shireen Parsai, Nikhil Joshi, Andrew Godley, Chirag Shah, Shlomo A Koyfman, Jimmy J Caudell, Clifton D Fuller, Heiko Enderling, Jacob G Scott
PURPOSE: Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) has allowed optimization of three-dimensional spatial radiation dose distributions permitting target coverage while reducing normal tissue toxicity. However, radiation-induced normal tissue toxicity is a major contributor to patients' quality of life and often a dose-limiting factor in the definitive treatment of cancer with radiation therapy. We propose the next logical step in the evolution of IMRT using canonical radiobiological principles, optimizing the temporal dimension through which radiation therapy is delivered to further reduce radiation-induced toxicity by increased time for normal tissue recovery...
May 22, 2018: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786841/development-of-a-chlorine-dosing-strategy-for-fresh-produce-washing-process-to-maintain-microbial-food-safety-and-minimize-residual-chlorine
#11
Xi Chen, Yen-Con Hung
The residual free chlorine level in fresh produce wash solution is closely correlated to the chemical and microbial safety of produce. Excess amount of free chlorine can quickly react with organic matters to form hazardous disinfection by-products (DBPs) above EPA-permitted levels, whereas deficiency of residual chlorine in produce wash solution may result in incompletely removing pathogens on produce. The purpose of this study was to develop a chlorine dosing strategy to optimize the chlorine dosage during produce washing process without impacting the microbial safety of fresh produce...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786817/targeted-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-training-focused-on-the-family-members-of-high-risk-patients-at-a-regional-medical-center-a-comparison-between-family-members-of-high-risk-and-no-risk-patients
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Kap Su Han, Ji Sung Lee, Su Jin Kim, Sung Woo Lee
BACKGROUND: We developed a hospital-based cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training model focused on the target population (family members of patients with potential risks for cardiac arrest) and compared the outcome of CPR training between target and non-target populations for validity. METHODS: Family members of patients in training were divided into three groups on the basis of patients' diseases, as follows: 1) the cardio-specific (CS) risk group, including family members of patients with cardiac disease at risk of cardiac arrest; 2) the cardiovascular (CV) risk group, including family members of patients with risk factors for cardiovascular disease; and 3) the no-risk group...
May 2018: Ulusal Travma Ve Acil Cerrahi Dergisi, Turkish Journal of Trauma & Emergency Surgery: TJTES
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786813/prediction-of-mortality-in-pediatric-traumatic-brain-injury-implementations-from-a-tertiary-pediatric-intensive-care-facility
#13
Ebru Atike Ongun, Oğuz Dursun
BACKGROUND: To explore the mortality risk factors of traumatic brain injury in pediatric intensive care unit admissions. METHODS: Eighty-eight children (categorized using the Glasgow Coma Scale) between September 2014 and December 2016 were analyzed. Emergency department and intensive care course, treatment strategies, axonal injury, intubation and tracheostomy rates, length of intensive care and hospitalization, Rotterdam-CT scores, injury severity scores, and PRISM-III scores were recorded...
May 2018: Ulusal Travma Ve Acil Cerrahi Dergisi, Turkish Journal of Trauma & Emergency Surgery: TJTES
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786792/protocols-for-the-study-of-taxanes-chemosensitivity-in-prostate-cancer
#14
M Luz Flores, Carmen Sáez
Prostate cancer is major cause of cancer-related death among men in Western countries. Locally advanced prostate cancers are treated with castration therapy, which is initially effective, but after months the disease progresses to a hormone-refractory state whose treatment is chemotherapy based on taxanes. Although taxanes improve the survival of patients with castration-resistant prostate cancers, these patients often develop chemotherapy resistance, and new therapeutic strategies are necessary. Taxanes exert their action through interaction with β-tubulin which triggers cell cycle arrest in mitosis and the subsequent induction of the intrinsic apoptotic pathway...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786788/transplantable-animal-studies-and-whole-body-optical-imaging-in-prostate-carcinoma
#15
Geertje van der Horst, Maaike van der Mark, Henry Cheung, Gabri van der Pluijm
Current treatments of advanced prostate cancer only marginally increase overall survival and can be regarded as predominantly palliative. Hence, there is an urgent need for novel therapeutic strategies for the treatment of primary tumors and, more importantly perhaps, for the prevention of tumor progression and metastasis formation. Clinically relevant preclinical models are therefore urgently needed. An ideal, clinically relevant preclinical model would mimic the genetic and phenotypic changes that occur at the different stages of human prostate cancer progression and subsequent metastasis...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786761/engineering-terpenoid-production-through-transient-expression-in-nicotiana-benthamiana
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REVIEW
James Reed, Anne Osbourn
Terpenoids are the most structurally diverse class of plant natural products with a huge range of commercial and medical applications. Exploiting this enormous potential has historically been hindered due to low levels of these compounds in their natural sources, making isolation difficult, while their structural complexity frequently makes synthetic chemistry approaches uneconomical. Engineering terpenoid biosynthesis in heterologous host production platforms provides a means to overcome these obstacles. In particular, plant-based production systems are attractive as they provide the compartmentalisation and cofactors necessary for the transfer of functional pathways from other plants...
May 21, 2018: Plant Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786730/dimensional-control-of-supramolecular-assemblies-of-diacetylene-derived-peptide-gemini-amphiphile-from-spherical-micelles-to-foamlike-networks
#17
Hao Jiang, Martin Ehlers, Xiao-Yu Hu, Elio Zellermann, Carsten Schmuck
Peptide amphiphiles capable of assembling into multidimensional nanostructures have attracted much attention over the past decade due to their potential applications in materials science. Herein, a novel diacetylene-derived peptide gemini amphiphile with a fluorenylmethyloxycarbonyl (Fmoc) group at the N-terminus is reported to hierarchically assemble into spherical micelles, one-dimensional nanorods, two-dimensional foamlike networks and lamellae. Solvent polarity shows a remarkable effect on the self-assembled structures by changing the balance of four weak noncovalent interactions (hydrogen-bonding, π-π stacking, hydrophobic interaction, and electrostatic repulsion)...
May 22, 2018: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786725/a-convergent-strategy-towards-febrifugine-and-related-compounds
#18
T M M Maiden, N Mbelesi, P A Procopiou, S Swanson, J P A Harrity
We report a modular five step synthetic route to the febrifugines that employs 2-(chloromethyl)allyl-trimethylsilane as a conjunctive reagent for the coupling of the piperidine and quinazolinone groups. We also demonstrate the application of a recent Rh-catalyzed quinazolinone synthesis for the facile generation of febrifugine analogs.
May 22, 2018: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786719/energy-transfer-chemiluminescence-for-ratiometric-ph-imaging
#19
Weiwei An, Ralph P Mason, Alexander R Lippert
Chemiluminescence imaging offers a low background and high sensitivity approach to imaging analytes in living cells and animals. Intensity-based measurements have been developed, but require careful consideration of kinetics, probe localization, and fluctuations in quantum yield, all of which complicate quantification. Here, we report a ratiometric strategy for quantitative chemiluminescence imaging of pH. The strategy relies on an energy transfer cascade of chemiluminescence emission from a spiroadamantane 1,2-dioxetane to a ratiometric pH indicator via fluorescent dyes in Enhancer solutions...
May 22, 2018: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786703/12-years-preservation-of-maxillary-permanent-incisors-with-cervical-root-fractures-adjacent-to-aggressive-periodontitis-report-of-a-case
#20
Sandra Tobiska, Gabriel Krastl
This case report presents long-term results following horizontal root fracture of both maxillary central incisors in a 19-year-old woman with aggressive periodontitis. Due to extensive marginal bone loss and the close proximity of the fracture lines to the bottoms of the periodontal pockets, the prognosis of both teeth was uncertain at the time of the accident. Nevertheless, a conservative treatment strategy consisting of splinting and nonsurgical periodontal therapy was initiated. Follow-up at 12 years after the start of treatment revealed a stable situation from clinical and radiologic perspectives...
May 17, 2018: Quintessence International
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