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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213596/white-cell-count-in-the-normal-range-and-short-term-and-long-term-mortality-international-comparisons-of-electronic-health-record-cohorts-in-england-and-new-zealand
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Anoop Dinesh Shah, Simon Thornley, Sheng-Chia Chung, Spiros Denaxas, Rod Jackson, Harry Hemingway
OBJECTIVES: Electronic health records offer the opportunity to discover new clinical implications for established blood tests, but international comparisons have been lacking. We tested the association of total white cell count (WBC) with all-cause mortality in England and New Zealand. SETTING: Primary care practices in England (ClinicAl research using LInked Bespoke studies and Electronic health Records (CALIBER)) and New Zealand (PREDICT). DESIGN: Analysis of linked electronic health record data sets: CALIBER (primary care, hospitalisation, mortality and acute coronary syndrome registry) and PREDICT (cardiovascular risk assessments in primary care, hospitalisations, mortality, dispensed medication and laboratory results)...
February 17, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212708/development-and-performance-evaluation-of-a-three-dimensional-clinostat-synchronized-heavy-ion-irradiation-system
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Hiroko Ikeda, Hikaru Souda, Anggraeini Puspitasari, Kathryn D Held, Jun Hidema, Takeshi Nikawa, Yukari Yoshida, Tatsuaki Kanai, Akihisa Takahashi
Outer space is an environment characterized by microgravity and space radiation, including high-energy charged particles. Astronauts are constantly exposed to both microgravity and radiation during long-term stays in space. However, many aspects of the biological effects of combined microgravity and space radiation remain unclear. We developed a new three-dimensional (3D) clinostat synchronized heavy-ion irradiation system for use in ground-based studies of the combined exposures. Our new system uses a particle accelerator and a respiratory gating system from heavy-ion radiotherapy to irradiate samples being rotated in the 3D clinostat with carbon-ion beams only when the samples are in the horizontal position...
February 2017: Life Sciences in Space Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212003/tip2o7-and-expanded-graphite-nanocomposite-as-anode-material-for-aqueous-lithium-ion-batteries
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Yunping Wen, Long Chen, Ying Pang, Zhaowei Guo, Duan Bin, Yong-Gang Wang, Congxiao Wang, Yongyao Xia
This paper reports a facile sol-gel synthesis method to successfully prepare the TiP2O7/expanded graphite (EG) nanocomposite as an advanced anode material for aqueous lithium-ion batteries. The constructed TiP2O7 nanocomposite (50-100 nm) are in-situ encapsulated in the pore and layer structure of expanded graphite with good conductivity and high specific surface area. As a consequence, the resulting TiP2O7/EG electrode exhibits a reversible capacity of 66 mAh g-1 at 0.1 A g-1 with an appropriate potential of -0...
February 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211919/high-performance-regular-perovskite-solar-cells-employing-low-cost-poly-ethylenedioxythiophene-as-a-hole-transporting-material
#4
Xiaoqing Jiang, Ze Yu, Yuchen Zhang, Jianbo Lai, Jiajia Li, Gagik G Gurzadyan, Xichuan Yang, Licheng Sun
Herein, we successfully applied a facile in-situ solid-state synthesis of conducting polymer poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) as a HTM, directly on top of the perovskite layer, in conventional mesoscopic perovskite solar cells (PSCs) (n-i-p structure). The fabrication of the PEDOT film only involved a very simple in-situ solid-state polymerisation step from a monomer 2,5-dibromo-3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene (DBEDOT) made from a commercially available and cheap starting material. The ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS) demonstrated that the as-prepared PEDOT film possesses the highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) energy level of -5...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211690/understanding-the-cubic-phase-stabilization-and-crystallization-kinetics-in-mixed-cations-and-halides-perovskite-single-crystals
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Li-Qiang Xie, Liang Chen, Zi-Ang Nan, Hai-Xin Lin, Tan Wang, Dongping Zhan, Jia-Wei Yan, Bing-Wei Mao, Zhong-Qun Tian
The spontaneous α-to-δ phase transition of the Formamidinium-based (FA) lead halide perovskite hinders its large scale application in solar cells. Though this phase transition can be inhibited by alloying with Methylammonium-based (MA) perovskite, the underlying mechanism is largely unexplored. In this communication, we grow high quality mixed cations and halides perovskite single crystals (FAPbI3)1-x(MAPbBr3)x to understand the principles for maintaining pure perovskite phase, which is essential to device optimization...
February 17, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211671/organic-solar-cells-based-on-wo2-72-nanowire-anode-buffer-layer-with-enhanced-power-conversion-efficiency-and-ambient-stability
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Longzhen You, Bin Liu, Tao Liu, Bingbing Fan, Yunhao Cai, Lin Guo, Yanming Sun
Tungsten oxide as an alternative to conventional acidic PEDOT:PSS has attracted much attention in organic solar cells (OSCs). However, the vacuum-processed WO3 layer and high temperature sol-gel hydrolyzed WOX are incompatible with large-scale manufacturing of OSCs. Here, we report for the first time that a specific tungsten oxide WO2.72 (W18O49) nanowire can function well as the anode buffer layer. The nw-WO2.72 film exhibits a high optical transparency. The power conversion efficiency (PCE) of OSCs based on three typical polymer active layers PTB7:PC71BM, PTB7-Th:PC71BM, and PDBT-T1:PC71BM with nw-WO2...
February 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211204/evaluation-of-the-enhanced-permeability-and-retention-effect-in-the-early-stages-of-lymph-node-metastasis
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Mamoru Mikada, Ariunbuyan Sukhbaatar, Yoshinobu Miura, Sachiko Horie, Maya Sakamoto, Shiro Mori, Tetsuya Kodama
Most solid cancers spread to new sites via the lymphatics before hematogenous dissemination. However, only a small fraction of an intravenously administered anti-cancer drug enters the lymphatic system to reach metastatic lymph nodes (LNs). Here, we show that the enhanced permeability and retention (EPR) effect is not induced during the early stages of LN metastasis. Luciferase-expressing tumor cells were injected into the subiliac LN of the MXH10/Mo-lpr/lpr mouse to induce metastasis to the proper axillary LN (PALN)...
February 17, 2017: Cancer Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211052/life-history-strategy-determines-constraints-on-immune-function
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Benjamin J Parker, Seth M Barribeau, Alice M Laughton, Lynn H Griffin, Nicole M Gerardo
1)Determining the factors governing investment in immunity is critical for understanding host-pathogen ecological and evolutionary dynamics. Studies often consider disease resistance in the context of life-history theory, with the expectation that investment in immunity will be optimized in anticipation of disease risk. Immunity, however, is constrained by context-dependent fitness costs. How the costs of immunity vary across life-history strategies has yet to be considered. 2)Pea aphids are typically unwinged but produce winged offspring in response to high population densities and deteriorating conditions...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Animal Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210735/the-dehydrogenation-mechanism-during-the-incubation-period-in-nanocrystalline-mgh2
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Apurva Shantilal Gangrade, Akhil Aditya Varma, Nikhil Kishor Gor, Sweta Shriniwasan, Sankara Sarma V Tatiparti
The dehydrogenation mechanism during the incubation period in nanocrystalline MgH2 (low α: converted metal fraction and dα/dt) and the reasons for the occurrence of the incubation period at 320, 350, and 400 °C were investigated. Pre-existing Mg crystallites can enhance Mg nucleation during the incubation period, as suggested by the estimated activation energy for nucleation (12 ± 2 kJ per mol H). The released H-atoms enter MgH2 as interstitials, as indicated by the MgH2 unit-cell contraction, resulting in increased equatorial Mg-H bond length, decreased charge-density distribution in the interstitial region, as observed from the charge-density maps, and decreased H-H distance in the {001} plane up to the midway of the incubation period...
February 17, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209964/ge-nanopillar-solar-cells-epitaxially-grown-by-metalorganic-chemical-vapor-deposition
#10
Youngjo Kim, Nguyen Dinh Lam, Kangho Kim, Won-Kyu Park, Jaejin Lee
Radial junction solar cells with vertically aligned wire arrays have been widely studied to improve the power conversion efficiency. In this work, we report the first Ge nanopillar solar cell. Nanopillar arrays are selectively patterned on p-type Ge (100) substrates using nanosphere lithography and deep reactive ion etching processes. Nanoscale radial and planar junctions are realized by an n-type Ge emitter layer which is epitaxially grown by MOCVD using isobutylgermane. In situ epitaxial surface passivation is employed using an InGaP layer to avoid high surface recombination rates and Fermi level pinning...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209483/a-new-size-based-platform-for-circulating-tumor-cell-detection-in-colorectal-cancer-patients
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Bo Young Oh, Jhingook Kim, Woo Yong Lee, Hee Cheol Kim
BACKGROUND: Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) might play a significant role in cancer progression and metastasis. However, the ability to detect CTCs is limited, especially in cells undergoing epithelial-mesenchymal transition. In this study, we evaluated a new size-based CTC detection platform and its clinical efficacy in colorectal cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Blood samples were obtained from 76 patients with colorectal cancer and 20 healthy control subjects for CTC analysis...
January 25, 2017: Clinical Colorectal Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209476/the-role-of-a-psp-producing-alexandrium-bloom-in-an-unprecedented-diamondback-terrapin-malaclemys-terrapin-mortality-event-in-flanders-bay-new-york-usa
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Theresa K Hattenrath-Lehmann, Robert J Ossiboff, Craig A Burnell, Carlton D Rauschenberg, Kevin Hynes, Russell L Burke, Elizabeth M Bunting, Kim Durham, Christopher J Gobler
Diamondback terrapins (Malaclemys terrapin) are a threatened or endangered species in much of their range along the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf coasts. Over an approximately three-week period from late April to mid-May 2015, hundreds of adult diamondback terrapins were found dead on the shores of Flanders Bay, Long Island, New York, USA. Concurrent with the mortality event, elevated densities of the paralytic shellfish toxin (PST)-producing dinoflagellate, Alexandrium fundyense (>10(4) cells L(-1)) and high levels of PST in bivalves (maximal levels = 540 μg STX eq...
February 13, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209146/heterologous-expression-of-aspergillus-aculeatus-endo-polygalacturonase-in-pichia-pastoris-by-high-cell-density-fermentation-and-its-application-in-textile-scouring
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Dede Abdulrachman, Paweena Thongkred, Kanokarn Kocharin, Monthon Nakpathom, Buppha Somboon, Nootsara Narumol, Verawat Champreda, Lily Eurwilaichitr, Antonius Suwanto, Thidarat Nimchua, Duriya Chantasingh
BACKGROUND: Removal of non-cellulosic impurities from cotton fabric, known as scouring, by conventional alkaline treatment causes environmental problems and reduces physical strength of fabrics. In this study, an endo-polygalacturonase (EndoPG) from Aspergillus aculeatus produced in Pichia pastoris was evaluated for its efficiency as a bioscouring agent while most current bioscouring process has been performed using crude pectinase preparation. RESULTS: The recombinant EndoPG exhibited a specific activity of 1892...
February 16, 2017: BMC Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208647/soy-leaf-extract-exerts-atheroprotective-effects-via-modulation-of-kr%C3%A3-ppel-like-factor-2-and-adhesion-molecules
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Jong-Min Han, Hua Li, Moon-Hee Cho, Seung-Hwa Baek, Chul-Ho Lee, Ho-Yong Park, Tae-Sook Jeong
Soy-leaf extracts exert their cardioprotective effects by inducing endothelium-dependent vasodilation in the arteries, and they favorably modulate the serum lipid profile. In this study, we investigated the atheroprotective effects of an ethanol extract of soy leaf (ESL) in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) and high-cholesterol diet (HCD)-fed low-density lipoprotein receptor deficient (LDLR-/-) mice. ESL induced the expression of Krüppel-like factor 2 (KLF2), an endothelial transcription factor, and endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS), and suppressed the expression of vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 (VCAM-1) and intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1) through moderate inflammatory signal activation, not only in tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α)-stimulated HUVECs but also in 7-ketocholesterol (7-KC)-stimulated HUVECs...
February 10, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208291/growth-based-bacterial-viability-assay-for-interference-free-and-high-throughput-toxicity-screening-of-nanomaterials
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Tian A Qiu, Thu Ha Thi Nguyen, Natalie V Hudson-Smith, Peter L Clement, Dona-Carla Forester, Hilena Frew, Mimi N Hang, Catherine J Murphy, Robert J Hamers, Z Vivian Feng, Christy L Haynes
Current high-throughput approaches evaluating toxicity of chemical agents toward bacteria typically rely on optical assays, such as luminescence and absorbance, to probe the viability of the bacteria. However, when applied to toxicity induced by nanomaterials, scattering and absorbance from the nanomaterials act as interferences that complicate quantitative analysis. Herein, we describe a bacterial viability assay that is free of optical interference from nanomaterials and can be performed in a high-throughput format on 96-well plates...
February 7, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208233/neonatal-exposure-to-endocrine-disrupting-chemicals-impair-learning-behaviour-by-disrupting-hippocampal-organization-in-male-swiss-albino-mice
#16
Rakesh Bhaskar, Ashish K Mishra, Banalata Mohanty
Hippocampus is highly susceptible to endocrine disrupting chemicals exposure particularly during the critical phase of brain development. In the present study, mice offspring were exposed to endocrine disruptors mancozeb (MCZ) and imidacloprid (IMI) individually (40 mg MCZ and 0.65 mg IMI/kg/day) as well as to their equimixture (40 mg MCZ + 0.65 mg IMI/kg/day) through the diet of lactating mothers from post-natal day (PND) 1 to PND 28. Half of the randomly selected male offspring were killed at PND 29 and the rest half were left unexposed and killed at PND 63...
February 16, 2017: Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208058/monitoring-of-macrophage-accumulation-in-statin-treated-atherosclerotic-mouse-model-using-sodium-iodide-symporter-imaging-system
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Ran Ji Yoo, Min Hwan Kim, Sang-Keun Woo, Kwang Il Kim, Tae Sup Lee, Yang-Kyu Choi, Joo Hyun Kang, Sang Moo Lim, Yong Jin Lee
INTRODUCTION: Macrophages play a key role in atherosclerotic plaque formation in atherosclerosis, but its detailed understanding has poorly investigated until now. Thus, we sought to demonstrate a noninvasive technique for macrophage tracking to atherosclerotic lesions in apolipoprotein E(-/-)(ApoE(-/-)) mice with an imaging system based on sodium iodide symporter (NIS) gene coupled with (99m)Tc-single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT). METHODS AND RESULTS: Macrophage cells (RAW264...
January 25, 2017: Nuclear Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208016/highly-efficient-and-exceptionally-durable-co2-photoreduction-to-methanol-over-freestanding-defective-single-unit-cell-bismuth-vanadate-layers
#18
Shan Gao, Bingchuan Gu, Xingchen Jiao, Yongfu Sun, Xiaolong Zu, Fan Yang, Wenguang Zhu, Chengming Wang, Zimou Feng, Bangjiao Ye, Yi Xie
Unearthing an ideal model for disclosing the role of defect sites in solar CO2 reduction remains a great challenge. Here, freestanding gram-scale single-unit-cell o-BiVO4 layers are successfully synthesized for the first time. Positron annihilation spectrometry and X-ray fluorescence unveil their distinct vanadium vacancy concentrations. Density functional calculations reveal the introduction of vanadium vacancies brings a new defect level and higher hole concentration near Fermi level, resulting in increased photoabsorption and superior electronic conductivity...
February 16, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207870/impaired-hdl2-mediated-cholesterol-efflux-is-associated-with-metabolic-syndrome-in-families-with-early-onset-coronary-heart-disease-and-low-hdl-cholesterol-level
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Timo Paavola, Sanna Kuusisto, Matti Jauhiainen, Sakari Kakko, Tiia Kangas-Kontio, Jari Metso, Pasi Soininen, Mika Ala-Korpela, Risto Bloigu, Minna L Hannuksela, Markku J Savolainen, Tuire Salonurmi
OBJECTIVE: The potential of high-density lipoproteins (HDL) to facilitate cholesterol removal from arterial foam cells is a key function of HDL. We studied whether cholesterol efflux to serum and HDL subfractions is impaired in subjects with early coronary heart disease (CHD) or metabolic syndrome (MetS) in families where a low HDL-cholesterol level (HDL-C) predisposes to early CHD. METHODS: HDL subfractions were isolated from plasma by sequential ultracentrifugation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206749/graphene-intermetallic-ptpb-nanoplates-composites-for-boosting-electrochemical-detection-of-h2o2-released-from-cells
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Yingjun Sun, Mingchuan Luo, Xiangxi Meng, Jing Xiang, Lei Wang, Qiushi Ren, Shaojun Guo
Rational design and construction of electrocatalytic nanomaterials is vital for improving the sensitivity and selectivity of non-enzymatic electrochemical sensors. Here, we report a novel graphene supported intermetallic PtPb nanoplates (PtPb/G) nanocomposite as enhanced electrochemical sensing platform for high-sensitivity detection of H2O2 in neutral solution and also released from the cells. The intermetallic PtPb nanoplates are first synthesized via a simple wet-chemistry process, and subsequently assembled on graphene via a solution-phase self-assembly approach...
February 16, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
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