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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646767/enhanced-photodegradation-of-2-4-dichlorophenoxyacetic-acid-using-a-novel-tio2-mgfe2o4-core-shell-structure
#1
Bui The Huy, Da-Som Jung, Nguyen Thi Kim Phuong, Yong-Ill Lee
A novel TiO2@MgO-Fe2O3 core-shell structure has been synthesized via a hydrolysis and co-precipitation method followed by calcination at 500 °C and has proven to be an efficient photocatalyst. The obtained TiO2@MgO-Fe2O3 core-shell was characterized by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and UV-Vis diffused reflectance techniques. Its photocatalytic activity toward 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D) was investigated in aqueous solutions with and without visible light irradiation in the presence and absence of hydrogen peroxide...
June 17, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646756/protein-functionalization-of-zno-nanostructure-exhibits-selective-and-enhanced-toxicity-to-breast-cancer-cells-through-oxidative-stress-based-cell-death-mechanism
#2
Sailendra Mahanta, S Prathap, Deependra Kumar Ban, Subhankar Paul
Zinc oxide nanostructure (ZnONS) was chemically synthesized and functionalized (FZnONSBLA) with a small protein bovine α-lactalbumin (BLA) by chemical cross-linking methods. Both nano-structures were characterized using various techniques such as electron microscopy, dynamic light scattering (DLS), UV-Vis spectroscopy, FT-IR, photo-luminescence and X-ray diffraction. Electron microscopy and DLS analysis revealed their (ZnONS and FZnONSBLA) average size of 200nm and 450nm, respectively. When cytotoxicity of both the nanostructures were assessed in breast cancer cells MCF-7 and MDAMB231 by MTT assay and PI/Annexin V staining (FACS), FZnONSBLA demonstrated higher cell death than ZnONS primarily due to generation of intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS)...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646497/geometrical-principles-of-homomeric-%C3%AE-barrels-and-%C3%AE-helices-application-to-modelling-amyloid-protofilaments
#3
Steven Hayward, E James Milner-White
Examples of homomeric β-helices and β-barrels have recently emerged. Here we generalise the theory for the shear number in β-barrels to encompass β-helices and homomeric structures. We introduce the concept of the "β-strip", the set of parallel or antiparallel neighbouring strands, from which the whole helix can be generated giving it n-fold rotational symmetry. In this context the shear number is interpreted as the sum around the helix of the fixed register shift between neighbouring identical β-strips...
June 24, 2017: Proteins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646476/the-relationship-between-circulating-adiponectin-leptin-and-vaspin-with-bone-mineral-density-bmd-arterial-calcification-and-stiffness-a-cross-sectional-study-in-post-menopausal-women
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N Tanna, K Patel, A E Moore, D Dulnoan, S Edwards, G Hampson
OBJECTIVE: To explore the relationship between circulating adiponectin, leptin and vaspin with bone mineral density (BMD), arterial stiffness and vascular calcification in post-menopausal women. We hypothesised that adipokines produced by adipose tissue may be mediators of bone and cardiovascular disease (CVD) and explain, in part, the observed association between osteoporosis and CVD. DESIGN: We studied 386 ambulant community dwelling postmenopausal women aged (mean [SD] 61 [6...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Endocrinological Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646447/microbial-transformations-of-selenite-by-methane-oxidizing-bacteria
#5
Abdurrahman S Eswayah, Thomas J Smith, Andreas C Scheinost, Nicole Hondow, Philip H E Gardiner
Methane-oxidizing bacteria are well known for their role in the global methane cycle and their potential for microbial transformation of wide range of hydrocarbon and chlorinated hydrocarbon pollution. Recently, it has also emerged that methane-oxidizing bacteria interact with inorganic pollutants in the environment. Here, we report what we believe to be the first study of the interaction of pure strains of methane-oxidizing bacteria with selenite. Results indicate that the commonly used laboratory model strains of methane-oxidizing bacteria, Methylococcus capsulatus (Bath) and Methylosinus trichosporium OB3b, are both able to reduce the toxic selenite (SeO3(2-)) but not selenate (SeO4(2-)) to red spherical nanoparticulate elemental selenium (Se(0)), which was characterized via energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDXS), X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) and extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS)...
June 23, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646298/an-on-off-on-fluorescent-probe-for-ascorbic-acid-based-on-cu-zncds-quantum-dots-and-%C3%AE-mno2-nanorods
#6
Hanbing Rao, Yao Gao, Hongwei Ge, Zhaoyi Zhang, Xin Liu, Yan Yang, Yaqin Liu, Wei Liu, Ping Zou, Yanying Wang, Xianxiang Wang, Hua He, Xianying Zeng
This work established a fluorescence approach for detecting ascorbic acid (AA) based on Cu-ZnCdS quantum dots (Cu-ZnCdS QDs) and α-MnO2 nanorods. Cu-ZnCdS QDs and α-MnO2 nanorods were characterized by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), fluorescence spectroscopy, inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). In the presence of α-MnO2 nanorods, the fluorescence of Cu-ZnCdS QDs was greatly quenched through the inner filter effect (IFE)...
June 23, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646193/fabrication-of-nitrogen-doped-nano-onions-and-their-electrocatalytic-activity-toward-the-oxygen-reduction-reaction
#7
E Y Choi, C K Kim
Nitrogen-doped nano-onions (NNO) were prepared as electrocatalytic materials for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). The nano-onions (NO), spherical graphitic material particles, were prepared by pyrolysis of nanodiamonds (ND). Oxidized NO (ONO) was prepared from NO by a modified Hummers' method, and this was mixed with urea, followed by pyrolysis, resulting in the formation of NNO. The nitrogen content and molar ratio of nitrogen-containing groups in the NNOs were varied by controlling the oxygen content of ONO to explore the effect of nitrogen content on the ORR activity...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646153/giant-rashba-effect-at-the-topological-surface-of-prge-revealing-antiferromagnetic-spintronics
#8
Soma Banik, Pranab Kumar Das, Azzedine Bendounan, Ivana Vobornik, A Arya, Nathan Beaulieu, Jun Fujii, A Thamizhavel, P U Sastry, A K Sinha, D M Phase, S K Deb
Rashba spin-orbit splitting in the magnetic materials opens up a new perspective in the field of spintronics. Here, we report a giant Rashba spin-orbit splitting on the PrGe [010] surface in the paramagnetic phase with Rashba coefficient α R  = 5 eVÅ. We find that α R can be tuned in this system as a function of temperature at different magnetic phases. Rashba type spin polarized surface states originates due to the strong hybridization between Pr 4f states with the conduction electrons. Significant changes observed in the spin polarized surface states across the magnetic transitions are due to the competition between Dzyaloshinsky-Moriya interaction and exchange interaction present in this system...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646101/serum-androgen-profile-and-physical-performance-in-women-olympic-athletes
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Emma Eklund, Bo Berglund, Fernand Labrie, Kjell Carlström, Lena Ekström, Angelica Lindén Hirschberg
BACKGROUND: The role of endogenous androgens for body composition and physical performance in women athletes is still not elucidated. AIM: To examine the serum androgen profile in relation to body composition and physical performance in women Olympic athletes and to compare endocrine variables and body composition to controls. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional study, conducted between 2011 and 2015 at the Women's Health Research Unit, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm...
June 23, 2017: British Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646091/stress-specific-p38-map-kinase-activation-is-sufficient-to-drive-egf-receptor-endocytosis-but-not-nuclear-translocation
#10
Alejandra Tomas, Sylwia Jones, Simon O Vaughan, Daniel Hochhauser, Clare E Futter
P38 MAP kinase-dependent EGF receptor (EGFR) endocytosis is induced by stress. Ligand and stresses like X-rays, reportedly promote nuclear traffic of endocytosed EGFR for regulation of gene transcription and DNA repair. We fail to detect EGFR endocytosis or nuclear transport following X-ray treatment of HeLa or head and neck cancer cells, despite extensive DNA damage induction. Apparent nuclear staining with EGFR extracellular domain antibody remained present despite reduced/absent EGFR expression and so did not represent nuclear EGFR...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645943/the-structure-of-the-tetanus-toxin-reveals-ph-mediated-domain-dynamics
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Geoffrey Masuyer, Julian Conrad, Pål Stenmark
The tetanus neurotoxin (TeNT) is a highly potent toxin produced by Clostridium tetani that inhibits neurotransmission of inhibitory interneurons, causing spastic paralysis in the tetanus disease. TeNT differs from the other clostridial neurotoxins by its unique ability to target the central nervous system by retrograde axonal transport. The crystal structure of the tetanus toxin reveals a "closed" domain arrangement stabilised by two disulphide bridges, and the molecular details of the toxin's interaction with its polysaccharide receptor...
June 23, 2017: EMBO Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645673/supra-acetabular-line-is-better-than-supra-iliac-line-for-coronal-balance-referencing-a-study-of-perioperative-whole-spine-x-rays-in-degenerative-lumbar-scoliosis-and-ankylosing-spondylitis-patients
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Hwee Weng Dennis Hey, Cheung-Kue Kim, Won-Gyu Lee, Hyung-Suk Juh, Ki-Tack Kim
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: The aim of spinal deformity correction is to restore the spine's functional alignment by balancing it in both the sagittal and coronal planes. Regardless of posture, the ideal coronal profile is straight, and therefore readily assessable. PURPOSE: This study compares two radiological methods to determine which better predicts postoperative standing coronal balance. STUDY DESIGN/SETTING: We conducted a single-centre, radiographic comparative study between 2011 and 2015...
June 20, 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645637/antimicrobial-and-biological-activity-of-leachate-from-light-curable-pulp-capping-materials
#13
Maria Teresa Arias-Moliz, Cher Farrugia, Christie Y K Lung, Pierre Schembri Wismayer, Josette Camilleri
OBJECTIVES: Characterization of a number of pulp capping materials and assessment of the leachate for elemental composition, antimicrobial activity and cell proliferation and expression. METHODOLOGY: Three experimental light curable pulp-capping materials, Theracal and Biodentine were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. The elemental composition of the leachate formed after 24hours was assessed by inductively coupled plasma (ICP)...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645629/production-and-characterization-of-aluminium-oxide-nanoshells-on-spray-dried-lactose
#14
Joel Hellrup, Mårten Rooth, Anders Johansson, Denny Mahlin
Atomic layer deposition (ALD) enables deposition of dense nanometer thick metal oxide nanoshells on powder particles with precise thickness control. This leads to products with low weight fraction coating, also when depositing on nano- or micron sized powder particles. This study aimed at investigating the aluminium oxide nanoshell thickness required to prevent moisture sorption. The nanoshells were produced with ALD on spray-dried lactose, which is amorphous and extremely hygroscopic. The particles were studied with dynamic vapor sorption between 0 to 50% RH, light scattering, scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, differential scanning calorimetry, and polarized light microscopy...
June 20, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645511/lamellae-spatial-distribution-modulates-fracture-behavior-and-toughness-of-african-pangolin-scales
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Michael J Chon, Matthew Daly, Bin Wang, Xianghui Xiao, Alireza Zaheri, Marc A Meyers, Horacio D Espinosa
Pangolin scales form a durable armor whose hierarchical structure offers an avenue towards high performance bio-inspired materials design. In this study, the fracture resistance of African pangolin scales is examined using single edge crack three-point bend fracture testing in order to understand toughening mechanisms arising from the structures of natural mammalian armors. In these mechanical tests, the influence of material orientation and hydration level are examined. The fracture experiments reveal an exceptional fracture resistance due to crack deflection induced by the internal spatial orientation of lamellae...
June 10, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645458/pulmonary-3-he-magnetic-resonance-imaging-biomarkers-of-regional-airspace-enlargement-in-alpha-1-antitrypsin-deficiency
#16
Eric Lessard, Heather M Young, Anurag Bhalla, Damien Pike, Khadija Sheikh, David G McCormack, Alexei Ouriadov, Grace Parraga
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES: Thoracic x-ray computed tomography (CT) and hyperpolarized (3)He magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) provide quantitative measurements of airspace enlargement in patients with emphysema. For patients with panlobular emphysema due to alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency (AATD), sensitive biomarkers of disease progression and response to therapy have been difficult to develop and exploit, especially those biomarkers that correlate with outcomes like quality of life. Here, our objective was to generate and compare CT and diffusion-weighted inhaled-gas MRI measurements of emphysema including apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) and MRI-derived mean linear intercept (Lm) in patients with AATD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) ex-smokers, and elderly never-smokers...
June 20, 2017: Academic Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645457/diagnostic-medical-imaging-in-pediatric-patients-and-subsequent-cancer-risk
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REVIEW
David J Mulvihill, Sachin Jhawar, John B Kostis, Sharad Goyal
The use of diagnostic medical imaging is becoming increasingly more commonplace in the pediatric setting. However, many medical imaging modalities expose pediatric patients to ionizing radiation, which has been shown to increase the risk of cancer development in later life. This review article provides a comprehensive overview of the available data regarding the risk of cancer development following exposure to ionizing radiation from diagnostic medical imaging. Attention is paid to modalities such as computed tomography scans and fluoroscopic procedures that can expose children to radiation doses orders of magnitude higher than standard diagnostic x-rays...
June 20, 2017: Academic Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645381/examining-dna-double-strand-break-repair-in-a-cell-cycle-dependent-manner
#18
Janapriya Saha, Shih-Ya Wang, Anthony J Davis
DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) are deleterious DNA lesions that must be properly repaired to maintain genome stability. Agents, generated both exogenously (environmental radiation, dental X-rays, etc.) and endogenously (reactive oxygen species, DNA replication, V(D)J recombination, etc.), induce numerous DSBs every day. To counter these DSBs, there are two major repair pathways in mammalian cells, nonhomologous end joining (NHEJ) and homologous recombination (HR). NHEJ directly mediates the religation of the broken DNA molecule and is active in all phases of the cell cycle...
2017: Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645274/buccal-mucosa-micronuclei-counts-in-relation-to-exposure-to-low-dose-rate-radiation-from-the-chornobyl-nuclear-accident-and-other-medical-and-occupational-radiation-exposures
#19
D Bazyka, S C Finch, I M Ilienko, O Lyaskivska, I Dyagil, N Trotsiuk, N Gudzenko, V V Chumak, K M Walsh, J Wiemels, M P Little, L B Zablotska
BACKGROUND: Ionizing radiation is a well-known carcinogen. Chromosome aberrations, and in particular micronuclei represent an early biological predictor of cancer risk. There are well-documented associations of micronuclei with ionizing radiation dose in some radiation-exposed groups, although not all. That associations are not seen in all radiation-exposed groups may be because cells with micronuclei will not generally pass through mitosis, so that radiation-induced micronuclei decay, generally within a few years after exposure...
June 23, 2017: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645068/fracture-roughness-and-phase-transformation-in-cad-cam-milling-and-subsequent-surface-treatments-of-lithium-metasilicate-disilicate-glass-ceramics
#20
Abdur-Rasheed Alao, Richard Stoll, Xiao-Fei Song, John R Abbott, Yu Zhang, Jaafar Abduo, Ling Yin
This paper studied surface fracture, roughness and morphology, phase transformations, and material removal mechanisms of lithium metasilicate/disilicate glass ceramics (LMGC/LDGC) in CAD/CAM-milling and subsequent surface treatments. LMGC (IPS e.max CAD) blocks were milled using a chairside dental CAD/CAM milling unit and then treated in sintering, polishing and glazing processes. X-ray diffraction was performed on all processed surfaces. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was applied to analyse surface fracture and morphology...
June 15, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
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