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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545253/encapsulation-of-the-antioxidant-r-%C3%AE-lipoic-acid-in-permethylated-%C3%AE-and-%C3%AE-cyclodextrins-thermal-and-x-ray-structural-characterization-of-the-1-1-inclusion-complexes
#1
Mino R Caira, Susan A Bourne, Buntubonke Mzondo
The naturally occurring compound α-lipoic acid (ALA) is implicated in manifold critical biological roles and its potent antioxidant properties and potential for treatment of various diseases have led to its widespread use as a dietary supplement. However, shortcomings of poor aqueous solubility and low thermal stability have hampered its development as a medicinal agent, prompting the use of cyclodextrins (CDs) to address these problems. The paucity of published structural data on the nature of the interactions between ALA and CDs motivated the present study, which describes the synthesis and X-ray structural elucidation of crystalline inclusion complexes between the biologically relevant R-(+)-α-lipoic acid (RALA) and the host molecules permethylated α-CD (TMA) and permethylated β-CD (TMB)...
May 23, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543856/experimental-charge-density-from-electron-microscopic-maps
#2
Jimin Wang
The charge density (CD) distribution of an atom is the difference per unit volume between the positive charge of its nucleus and the distribution of the negative charges carried by the electrons that are associated with it. The CDs of the atoms in macromolecules are responsible for their electrostatic potential (ESP) distributions, which can now be visualized using cryo-electron microscopy at high resolution. CD maps can be recovered from experimental ESP density maps using the negative Laplacian operation...
May 20, 2017: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541652/polymer-as-an-additive-in-the-emitting-layer-for-high-performance-quantum-dot-light-emitting-diodes
#3
Feng Liang, Yuan Liu, Yun Hu, YingLi Shi, Yuqiang Liu, Zhao-Kui Wang, Xuedong Wang, Baoquan Sun, Liang-Sheng Liao
A facile but effective method is proposed to improve the performance of quantum dot light-emitting diodes (QLEDs) by incorporating a polymer, poly (9-vinlycarbazole) (PVK), as an additive into the CdSe/CdS/ZnS quantum dots (QDs) emitting layer (EML). It is found that the charge balance of the device with the PVK-added EML was greatly improved. In addition, the film morphology of the hole-transporting layer (HTL) which is adjacent to the EML is substantially improved. The surface roughness of the HTL is reduced from 5...
May 25, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541358/manipulating-the-emission-intensity-and-lifetime-of-nayf4-yb-3-er-3-simultaneously-by-embedding-it-into-cds-photonic-crystals
#4
Xin Su, Xiaoqian Sun, Suli Wu, Shufen Zhang
Photonic crystals (PCs) have long been considered effective for tuning upconversion luminescence due to their photonic band gap (PBG) and the redistribution of density of optical states (DOS). Although the emission intensity can be changed obviously by the PC effect, rarely an obvious lifetime change consistent with theory is observed due to the low refractive index of PS or SiO2 spheres in the commonly used PCs. Herein, CdS/NaYF4:Yb(3+),Er(3+) composite PCs with a high refractive index contrast are fabricated in one step with upconversion nanoparticles filled inside CdS PCs...
May 25, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540970/nanostructural-and-photo-electrochemical-properties-of-solution-spin-coated-cu2znsns4-tio2-nanorod-forest-films-with-an-improved-photovoltaic-performance
#5
Zhuoran Wang, Raynald Gauvin, George P Demopoulos
Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS), other than in standard p-n junction device architecture, can be employed as a broad light absorber upon coating onto a wide bandgap electron conducting TiO2 film. Earlier CZTS sensitized TiO2 films have yielded low photoconversion efficiency and Voc. In this work, a water-ethanol solution spin coating approach has been applied to directly deposit CZTS nanocrystallites on rutile TiO2 nanorods grown on an FTO substrate (TNR) for evaluation in a sensitized solar cell configuration. The FTO@TNR@CZTS photoanode following controlled annealing is shown to exhibit improved photovoltaic properties...
May 25, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540718/oriented-built-in-electric-field-introduced-by-surface-gradient-diffusion-doping-for-enhanced-photocatalytic-h2-evolution-in-cds-nanorods
#6
Hengming Huang, Baoying Dai, Wei Wang, Chunhua Lu, Jiahui Kou, Yaru Ni, Lianzhou Wang, Zhongzi Xu
Element doping has been extensively attempted to develop visible-light-driven photocatalysts, which introduces impurity levels and enhances light absorption. However, the dopants can also become recombination centers for photogenerated electrons and holes. To address the recombination challenge, we report a gradient phosphorus-doped CdS (CdS-P) homojunction nanostructure, creating an oriented built-in electric-field for efficient extraction of carriers from inside to surface of the photocatalyst. The apparent quantum efficiency (AQY) based on the cocatalyst-free photocatalyst is up to 8...
May 25, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539988/adsorption-study-of-a-water-molecule-on-vacancy-defected-nonpolar-cds-surfaces
#7
S S Gupta, M A van Huis
A detailed understanding of the water-semiconductor interface is of major importance for elucidating the molecular interactions at the photocatalyst's surface. Here, we studied the effect of vacancy defects on the adsorption of a water molecule on the (101̅0) and (112̅0) CdS surfaces, using spin-polarized density functional theory. We observed that the local spin polarization did not persist for most of the cationic vacancies on the surfaces, unlike in bulk, owing to surface reconstructions caused by displaced S atoms...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. C, Nanomaterials and Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536498/catalytic-intermediate-crystal-structures-of-cysteine-desulfurase-from-the-archaeon-thermococcus-onnurineus-na1
#8
Thien-Hoang Ho, Kim-Hung Huynh, Diem Quynh Nguyen, Hyunjae Park, Kyoungho Jung, Bookyo Sur, Yeh-Jin Ahn, Sun-Shin Cha, Lin-Woo Kang
Thermococcus onnurineus NA1 is an anaerobic archaeon usually found in a deep-sea hydrothermal vent area, which can use elemental sulfur (S(0)) as a terminal electron acceptor for energy. Sulfur, essential to many biomolecules such as sulfur-containing amino acids and cofactors including iron-sulfur cluster, is usually mobilized from cysteine by the pyridoxal 5'-phosphate- (PLP-) dependent enzyme of cysteine desulfurase (CDS). We determined the crystal structures of CDS from Thermococcus onnurineus NA1 (ToCDS), which include native internal aldimine (NAT), gem-diamine (GD) with alanine, internal aldimine structure with existing alanine (IAA), and internal aldimine with persulfide-bound Cys356 (PSF) structures...
2017: Archaea: An International Microbiological Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535926/the-impact-of-a-patient-web-communication-intervention-on-reaching-treatment-suggested-guidelines-for-chronic-diseases-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#9
Emma Glaser, Claude Richard, Marie-Thérèse Lussier
OBJECTIVE: Examine the impact of a PACE (Prepare, Ask, Check, Express) inspired web-based communication intervention alone or combined with a workshop on reaching treatment goals for patients suffering from chronic diseases (CDs), compared to usual care. METHODS: Three arm single-blind RCT in community primary care (PC) practices. PC practitioners (n=18) had a CD patient caseload, and practicing >5 years. Patients >40 years old, English speaking, computer literate, not reaching treatment goals for hypertension, type II diabetes, and/or dyslipidemia...
May 13, 2017: Patient Education and Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535356/one-dimensional-carrier-confinement-in-giant-cds-cdse-excitonic-nanoshells
#10
Natalia Razgoniaeva, Pavel Moroz, Mingrui Yang, Darya S Budkina, Holly Eckard, Marissa Augspurger, Dmitriy Khon, Alexander N Tarnovsky, Mikhail Zamkov
The emerging generation of quantum dot optoelectronic devices offers an appealing prospect of a size-tunable band gap. The confinement-enabled control over electronic properties, however, requires nanoparticles to be sufficiently small, which leads to a large area of inter-particle boundaries in a film. Such interfaces lead to a high density of surface traps which ultimately increase the electrical resistance of a solid. To address this issue, we have developed an inverse energy-gradient core/shell architecture supporting the quantum confinement in nanoparticles larger than the exciton Bohr radius...
May 23, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534406/relationships-between-exciton-dissociation-and-slow-recombination-within-znse-cds-and-cdse-cds-dot-in-rod-heterostructures
#11
Amanda N Grennell, James K Utterback, Orion M Pearce, Molly B Wilker, Gordana Dukovic
Type-II and quasi type-II heterostructure nanocrystals are known to exhibit extended excited-state lifetimes compared to their single material counterparts because of reduced wavefunction overlap between the electron and hole. However, due to fast and efficient hole trapping and non-uniform morphologies, the photophysics of dot-in-rod heterostructures are more rich and complex than this simple picture. Using transient absorption spectroscopy, we observe that the behavior of electrons in the CdS "rod" or "bulb" regions of non-uniform ZnSe/CdS and CdSe/CdS dot-in-rods is similar regardless of the "dot" material, which supports previous work demonstrating that hole trapping and particle morphology drive electron dynamics...
May 23, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532765/prenatal-complicated-duplex-collecting-system-and-ureterocele-important-risk-factors-for-urinary-tract-infection
#12
Sofia Visuri, Timo Jahnukainen, Seppo Taskinen
PURPOSE: To evaluate the risk of urinary tract infections (UTIs) in infants with prenatally detected complicated duplex collecting system (CDS) or ureterocele. MATERIALS AND METHODS: All patients with prenatally detected CDS (n=34) or single system ureterocele (n=7) who were admitted to our institution between 2003 and 2013 were enrolled in this retrospective analysis. Duplex collecting systems with ureterocele (n=13), vesicoureteral reflux (VUR) (n=20) or nonrefluxing megaureter without ureterocele (n=7) were determined as complicated...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532517/expression-of-cocaine-and-amphetamine-regulated-transcript-cart-in-hen-ovary
#13
Pengfei Li, Xuejing Yu, Jianshan Xie, Xiaolei Yao, Wenzhong Liu, Jianbo Yao, Zhiwei Zhu, Lihua Lyu
BACKGROUND: Cocaine- and amphetamine-regulated transcript (CART), discovered initially by via differential display RT-PCR analysis of brains of rats administered cocaine, is expressed mainly in central nervous system or neuronal origin cells, and is involved in a wide range of behaviors, such as regulation of food intake, energy homeostasis, and reproduction. The hens egg-laying rate mainly depends on the developmental status of follicles, expression of CART have not been identified from hen follicles, the regulatory mechanisms of CART biological activities are still unknown...
May 22, 2017: Biological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532059/selective-determination-of-ag-using-salecan-derived-nitrogen-doped-carbon-dots-as-a-fluorescent-probe
#14
Junjian Li, Gancheng Zuo, Xiaoliang Qi, Wei Wei, Xiaohao Pan, Ting Su, Jianfa Zhang, Wei Dong
We report that nitrogen doped carbon dots (N-CDs) represent a viable fluorescent probe for the determination of Ag(+). The N-CDs can be fairly easily prepared by a hydrothermal treatment method using Salecan and dicyandiamide as the precursors, display excitation/emission maxima of 350/438nm. The N-CDs have an average diameter of about 3.8nm. The N-CDs exhibited blue fluorescence (quantum yield of 13.2%) and could response to Ag(+) selectively and sensitively. Other ions nearly had no interference. The probe has excellent selectivity, high sensitivity, and a linear response range that extends from 0 to 40μM...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530759/a-dual-emission-probe-to-detect-moisture-and-water-in-organic-solvents-based-on-green-tb-3-post-coordinated-metal-organic-frameworks-with-red-carbon-dots
#15
Jing-Xing Wu, Bing Yan
Using p-phenylenediamine as a precursor, p-carbon dots (p-CDs) with strong red-light emission were encapsulated into a metal-organic framework (MOF) followed by introduction of green light-emitting Tb(3+) to form a two-color light-emitting hybrid (Tb(3+)@p-CDs/MOF). The as-prepared fluorescent-functionalized MOF not only maintained the excellent optical properties of p-CDs and Tb(3+) to give strong emission, but also had good chemical and physical properties. The chosen p-CDs were aggregated readily in water, which led to only very weak photoluminescence, whereas the opposite effect was noted in the organic solvents ethanol, dimethylformamide and cyclopropane...
May 22, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530328/-the-israeli-rat-genome-center
#16
REVIEW
Yoram Yagil, Chana Yagil
The Israeli Rat Genome Center, which is located at the Barzilai Medical Center Campus of the Faculty of Health Sciences of the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Ashkelon, was established to provide a repository of unique genetic strains of rats that were created in Israel and that simulate complex diseases. The Center incorporates models of: salt-sensitive hypertension (SBN/y and SBH/y rats), type 2 diabetes (CDr and CDs rats), combined hypertension and diabetes (CRDH) and additional genetic strains (transgenics, consomics, congenics)...
August 2016: Harefuah
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530182/green-synthesis-of-highly-stable-carbon-nanodots-and-their-photocatalytic-performance
#17
Rashmi Mahajan, Akhshay Singh Bhadwal, Nishant Kumar, Mukil Madhusudanan, Ramesh Namdeo Pudake, Ravi Mani Tripathi
The present study reports a novel, facile, biosynthesis route for the synthesis of carbon nanodots (CDs) with an approximate quantum yield of 38.5%, using Musk melon extract as a naturally derived-precursor material. The synthesis of CDs was established by using ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) spectroscopy, Dynamic light scattering, photoluminescence spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. The as-prepared CDs possess an eminent fluorescence under UV-light (λex = 365 nm)...
June 2017: IET Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527501/clinical-decision-support-and-the-electronic-health-record-applications-for-physiatry
#18
REVIEW
Joel S Shoolin
Clinical decision support (CDS) is a process that provides information to assist the user in decision making for evaluation and treatment. Although many think only of rules and alerts, CDS is much more than that. Order sets, clinical documents, information fields, and medication sentences are just a few other CDS tools to be considered. CDS has been shown to improve care. Forming the third point of the triangle, CDS, along with process redesign and workflow considerations, improves care and helps create successful outcomes...
May 2017: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526848/room-temperature-magnetism-in-carbon-dots-and-enhanced-ferromagnetism-in-carbon-dots-polyaniline-nanocomposite
#19
Jian Liu, Hong Bi, Paulo Cesar Morais, Xiang Zhang, Fapei Zhang, Lin Hu
Room temperature magnetic ordering is reported for very small carbon dots (CDs), mat-like polyaniline nanofibers (Mat-PANI) and a composite of CDs@Mat-PANI containing 0.315 wt% CDs. We have found saturation magnetization (M S ) of CDs, Mat-PANI and CDs@Mat-PANI at 5 (20/300) K equals to 0.0079 (0.0048/0.0019), 0.0116 (0.0065/0.0055) and 0.0349 (0.0085/0.0077) emu/g, respectively. The M S enhancement in CDs@Mat-PANI (200% and 40% at 5 K and 300 K, respectively) is attributed to electron transfer from Mat-PANI imine N-atoms to the encapsulated CDs...
May 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525853/photoelectrochemical-sensitive-detection-of-insulin-based-on-cds-polydopamine-co-sensitized-wo3-nanorod-and-signal-amplification-of-carbon-nanotubes-polydopamine
#20
Rongyu Wang, Hongmin Ma, Yong Zhang, Qi Wang, Zhongping Yang, Bin Du, Dan Wu, Qin Wei
An ultrasensitive photoelectrochemical sandwich immunosensor was designed for detection of insulin based on WO3/CdS/polydopamine (WO3/CdS/PDA) co-sensitized and PDA@carbon nanotubes (PDA@CNT) conjugates for signal amplification. The CdS nanoparticles were first deposited on the WO3 nanorods via sequential chemical bath deposition to form the WO3/CdS structure to enhance photocurrent. Then equipped with PDA to form the WO3/CdS/PDA photosensitive structure. The PDA was used not only to reduce the toxicity of CdS but also adsorb insulin primary antibodies (Ab1)...
May 13, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
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