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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650519/disassembly-reassembly-approach-to-ruo2-graphene-composites-for-ultrahigh-volumetric-capacitance-supercapacitor
#1
Hongyun Ma, Debin Kong, Yue Xu, Xiaoying Xie, Ying Tao, Zhichang Xiao, Wei Lv, Hee Dong Jang, Jiaxing Huang, Quan-Hong Yang
A porous, yet compact, RuO2 /graphene hybrid is successfully prepared by using a disassembly-reassembly strategy, achieving effective and uniform loading of RuO2 nanoparticles inside compact graphene monolith. The disassembly process ensures the uniform loading of RuO2 nanoparticles into graphene monolith, while the reassembly process guarantees a high density yet simultaneously unimpeded ion transport channel in the composite. The resulting RuO2 /graphene hybrid possesses a density of 2.63 g cm(-3) , leading to a record high volumetric capacitance of 1485 F cm(-3) at the current density of 0...
June 26, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649845/multifunctional-nanostructured-conductive-polymer-gels-synthesis-properties-and-applications
#2
Fei Zhao, Ye Shi, Lijia Pan, Guihua Yu
Conductive polymers have attracted significant interest over the past few decades because they synergize the advantageous features of conventional polymeric materials and organic conductors. With rationally designed nanostructures, conductive polymers can further exhibit exceptional mechanical, electrical, and optical properties because of their confined dimensions at the nanoscale level. Among various nanostructured conductive polymers, conductive polymer gels (CPGs) with synthetically tunable hierarchical 3D network structures show great potential for a wide range of applications, such as bioelectronics, and energy storage/conversion devices owing to their structural features...
June 26, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648961/uterine-fluid-in-pregnancy-a-biological-and-clinical-outlook
#3
REVIEW
Ying Zhang, Qiang Wang, Hongmei Wang, Enkui Duan
Once considered a simple medium for sperm and embryo transport, the functional spectrum of uterine fluid is now expanding. Novel molecular players, such as extracellular vesicles and mobile RNAs, have been detected in the uterine fluid of livestock, rodents, and humans. These novel molecules, together with previously known ions and proteins, ensure uterine fluid homeostasis and facilitate embryo-maternal interactions. Here, we propose that these molecules may also carry information that mirrors maternal environmental exposure and possibly relay such information to the embryo via uterine fluid, generating long-term epigenetic effects on the offspring via embryonic and placental programming...
May 25, 2017: Trends in Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648632/purification-characterization-cloning-and-structural-analysis-of-crocodylus-siamensis-ovotransferrin-for-insight-into-functions-of-iron-binding-and-autocleavage
#4
Sukanya Chaipayang, Chomphunuch Songsiriritthigul, Chun-Jung Chen, Philip M Palacios, Brad S Pierce, Nisachon Jangpromma, Sompong Klaynongsruang
Ovotransferrin, the major protein constituent of egg white, is of great interest due to its pivotal role in biological iron transport and storage processes and its spontaneous autocleavage into peptidic fragments with alternative biological properties, such antibacterial and antioxidant activity. However, despite being well-investigated in avian, a detailed elucidation of the structure-function relationship of ovotransferrins in the closely related order of Crocodilia has not been reported to date. In this study, electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) confirmed the presence of two spectroscopically distinct ferric iron binding sites in Crocodylus siamensis OTf (cOTf), but implied a five-fold lower quantity of bound iron than in hen OTf (hOTf)...
June 22, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part B, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648184/uterine-fluid-in-pregnancy-a-biological-and-clinical-outlook
#5
REVIEW
Ying Zhang, Qiang Wang, Hongmei Wang, Enkui Duan
Once considered a simple medium for sperm and embryo transport, the functional spectrum of uterine fluid is now expanding. Novel molecular players, such as extracellular vesicles and mobile RNAs, have been detected in the uterine fluid of livestock, rodents, and humans. These novel molecules, together with previously known ions and proteins, ensure uterine fluid homeostasis and facilitate embryo-maternal interactions. Here, we propose that these molecules may also carry information that mirrors maternal environmental exposure and possibly relay such information to the embryo via uterine fluid, generating long-term epigenetic effects on the offspring via embryonic and placental programming...
July 2017: Trends in Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646111/a-bacillus-paralicheniformis-iron-containing-urease-reduces-urea-concentrations-in-rice-wine
#6
Qingtao Liu, Yuqi Chen, Minglai Yuan, Guocheng Du, Jian Chen, Zhen Kang
Urease, as a nickel-containing metalloenzyme, was the first enzyme to be crystallized, and it has a prominent position in the history of biochemistry. In the present study, we identified a nickel urease gene cluster, ureABCEFGDH, from Bacillus paralicheniformis ATCC 9945a and characterized it in Escherichia coli Enzymatic assays demonstrate that this oxygen-stable urease is also an iron-containing acid urease. UreH heterologous expression assays suggest that this accessory protein is involved in transmembrane transportation of nickel and iron ions...
June 23, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644464/a-synthetic-ion-transporter-that-disrupts-autophagy-and-induces-apoptosis-by-perturbing-cellular-chloride-concentrations
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Nathalie Busschaert, Seong-Hyun Park, Kyung-Hwa Baek, Yoon Pyo Choi, Jinhong Park, Ethan N W Howe, Jennifer R Hiscock, Louise E Karagiannidis, Igor Marques, Vítor Félix, Wan Namkung, Jonathan L Sessler, Philip A Gale, Injae Shin
Perturbations in cellular chloride concentrations can affect cellular pH and autophagy and lead to the onset of apoptosis. With this in mind, synthetic ion transporters have been used to disturb cellular ion homeostasis and thereby induce cell death; however, it is not clear whether synthetic ion transporters can also be used to disrupt autophagy. Here, we show that squaramide-based ion transporters enhance the transport of chloride anions in liposomal models and promote sodium chloride influx into the cytosol...
July 2017: Nature Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643868/the-potassium-battery-a-mobile-energy-source-for-transport-processes-in-plant-vascular-tissues
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REVIEW
Ingo Dreyer, Judith Lucia Gomez-Porras, Janin Riedelsberger
Contents I. II. III. IV. V. VI. VII. VIII. References SUMMARY: Plant roots absorb potassium ions from the soil and transport them in the xylem via the transpiration stream to the shoots. There, in source tissues where sufficient chemical energy (ATP) is available, K(+) is loaded into the phloem and then transported with the phloem stream to other parts of the plant; in part, transport is also back to the roots. This, at first sight, futile cycling of K(+) has been uncovered to be part of a sophisticated mechanism that (1) enables the shoot to communicate its nutrient demand to the root, (2) contributes to the K(+) nutrition of transport phloem tissues and (3) transports energy stored in the K(+) gradient between phloem cytosol and the apoplast...
June 23, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642434/on-the-generation-of-solar-spicules-and-alfv%C3%A3-nic-waves
#9
J Martínez-Sykora, B De Pontieu, V H Hansteen, L Rouppe van der Voort, M Carlsson, T M D Pereira
In the lower solar atmosphere, the chromosphere is permeated by jets known as spicules, in which plasma is propelled at speeds of 50 to 150 kilometers per second into the corona. The origin of the spicules is poorly understood, although they are expected to play a role in heating the million-degree corona and are associated with Alfvénic waves that help drive the solar wind. We compare magnetohydrodynamic simulations of spicules with observations from the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph and the Swedish 1-m Solar Telescope...
June 23, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642338/cellular-distribution-and-function-of-ion-channels-involved-in-transport-processes-in-rat-tracheal-epithelium
#10
Anne Hahn, Johannes Faulhaber, Lalita Srisawang, Andreas Stortz, Johanna J Salomon, Marcus A Mall, Stephan Frings, Frank Möhrlen
Transport of water and electrolytes in airway epithelia involves chloride-selective ion channels, which are controlled either by cytosolic Ca(2+) or by cAMP The contributions of the two pathways to chloride transport differ among vertebrate species. Because rats are becoming more important as animal model for cystic fibrosis, we have examined how Ca(2+)- dependent and cAMP- dependent Cl(-) secretion is organized in the rat tracheal epithelium. We examined the expression of the Ca(2+)-gated Cl(-) channel anoctamin 1 (ANO1), the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) Cl(-) channel, the epithelial Na(+) channel ENaC, and the water channel aquaporin 5 (AQP5) in rat tracheal epithelium...
June 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640954/the-ussing-chamber-assay-to-study-drug-metabolism-and-transport-in-the-human-intestine
#11
Beatrice Kisser, Eva Mangelsen, Caroline Wingolf, Lars Ivo Partecke, Claus-Dieter Heidecke, Christer Tannergren, Stefan Oswald, Markus Keiser
The Ussing chamber is an old but still powerful technique originally designed to study the vectorial transport of ions through frog skin. This technique is also used to investigate the transport of chemical agents through the intestinal barrier as well as drug metabolism in enterocytes, both of which are key determinants for the bioavailability of orally administered drugs. More contemporary model systems, such as Caco-2 cell monolayers or stably transfected cells, are more limited in their use compared to the Ussing chamber because of differences in expression rates of transporter proteins and/or metabolizing enzymes...
June 22, 2017: Current Protocols in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640808/transmembrane-helical-interactions-in-the-cftr-channel-pore
#12
Jhuma Das, Andrei A Aleksandrov, Liying Cui, Lihua He, John R Riordan, Nikolay V Dokholyan
Mutations in the Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Conductance Regulator (CFTR) gene affect CFTR protein biogenesis or its function as a chloride channel, resulting in dysregulation of epithelial fluid transport in the lung, pancreas and other organs in cystic fibrosis (CF). Development of pharmaceutical strategies to treat CF requires understanding of the mechanisms underlying channel function. However, incomplete 3D structural information on the unique ABC ion channel, CFTR, hinders elucidation of its functional mechanism and correction of cystic fibrosis causing mutants...
June 22, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640581/molecular-insight-of-water-desalination-across-multilayer-graphene-oxide-membranes
#13
Bo Chen, Haifeng Jiang, Xiang Liu, Xuejiao Hu
Transport of ionic solutions through graphene oxide (GO) membranes is a complicated issue because the complex and tortuous structure inside make it very hard to clarify. Using molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, we investigated the mechanism of water transport and ions movement across the multilayer graphene oxide. The significant flow rate is considerably influenced by the structural parameters of GO membranes. Due to the size effect on shrunken real flow area, there is disagreement between classical continuum model and nano-scaled flow...
June 22, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640316/electrospun-graphene-wrapped-na6-24fe4-88-p2o7-4-nanofibers-as-a-high-performance-cathode-for-sodium-ion-batteries
#14
Yubin Niu, Maowen Xu, Chunlong Dai, Bolei Shen, Chang Ming Li
Na6.24Fe4.88(P2O7)4 is one of the intensively investigated polyanionic compounds and has shown high rate discharge capacity, but its relatively low electronic conductivity hampers the high performance of the batteries. Herein for the first time we report new graphene wrapped Na6.24Fe4.88(P2O7)4 composite nanofibers (NFPO@C@rGO) made from electrospinning for cathodes of SIBs to achieve an even higher performance with a highly stable discharge capacity of ∼99 mA h g(-1) at a current density of 40 mA g(-1) after 320 cycles, which is 1...
June 22, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640078/prospective-observational-pharmacogenetic-study-of-side-effects-induced-by-intravenous-morphine-for-postoperative-analgesia
#15
Li-Kuei Chen, Mao-Hsien Wang, Hong-Jyh Yang, Shou-Zen Fan, Shiou-Sheng Chen
Nausea and vomiting are probably the most unpleasant side effects that occur when morphine used. A number of studies have investigated the effect on pain relief of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in genes involved in morphine's metabolism, distribution, binding, and cellular action. The mechanism through which morphine causes nausea and vomiting has not been elucidated clearly. We examined all the reported SNPs which are associated with the complications of morphine, including SNPs in genes for phase I and phase II metabolic enzymes, ABC binding cassette drug transporters, κ and δ opioid receptors, and ion channels implicated in the postreceptor action of morphine...
June 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639347/high-energy-power-and-low-temperature-cathode-for-sodium-ion-batteries-in-situ-xrd-study-and-superior-full-cell-performance
#16
Jin-Zhi Guo, Peng-Fei Wang, Xing-Long Wu, Xiao-Hua Zhang, Qingyu Yan, Hong Chen, Jing-Ping Zhang, Yu-Guo Guo
Sodium-ion batteries (SIBs) are still confronted with several major challenges, including low energy and power densities, short-term cycle life, and poor low-temperature performance, which severely hinder their practical applications. Here, a high-voltage cathode composed of Na3 V2 (PO4 )2 O2 F nano-tetraprisms (NVPF-NTP) is proposed to enhance the energy density of SIBs. The prepared NVPF-NTP exhibits two high working plateaux at about 4.01 and 3.60 V versus the Na(+) /Na with a specific capacity of 127.8 mA h g(-1) ...
June 22, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639291/perfusion-of-isolated-rat-kidney-with-mesenchymal-stromal-cells-extracellular-vesicles-prevents-ischaemic-injury
#17
Marilena Gregorini, Valeria Corradetti, Eleonora Francesca Pattonieri, Chiara Rocca, Samantha Milanesi, Andrea Peloso, Silvana Canevari, Loris De Cecco, Matteo Dugo, Maria Antonietta Avanzini, Melissa Mantelli, Marcello Maestri, Pasquale Esposito, Stefania Bruno, Carmelo Libetta, Antonio Dal Canton, Teresa Rampino
Kidney donation after circulatory death (DCD) is a less than ideal option to meet organ shortages. Hypothermic machine perfusion (HMP) with Belzer solution (BS) improves the viability of DCD kidneys, although the graft clinical course remains critical. Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC) promote tissue repair by releasing extracellular vesicles (EV). We evaluated whether delivering MSC-/MSC-derived EV during HMP protects rat DCD kidneys from ischaemic injury and investigated the underlying pathogenic mechanisms...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638780/materials-design-and-system-construction-for-conventional-and-new-concept-supercapacitors
#18
REVIEW
Zhong Wu, Lin Li, Jun-Min Yan, Xin-Bo Zhang
With the development of renewable energy and electrified transportation, electrochemical energy storage will be more urgent in the future. Supercapacitors have received extensive attention due to their high power density, fast charge and discharge rates, and long-term cycling stability. During past five years, supercapacitors have been boomed benefited from the development of nanostructured materials synthesis and the promoted innovation of devices construction. In this review, we have summarized the current state-of-the-art development on the fabrication of high-performance supercapacitors...
June 2017: Advanced Science (Weinheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638446/overexpression-of-transcobalamin-1-is-an-independent-negative-prognosticator-in-rectal-cancers-receiving-concurrent-chemoradiotherapy
#19
Yi-Ying Lee, Yu-Ching Wei, Yu-Feng Tian, Ding-Ping Sun, Ming-Jen Sheu, Ching-Chieh Yang, Li-Ching Lin, Chen-Yi Lin, Chung-Hsi Hsing, Wan-Shan Li, Chien-Feng Li, Pei-Ling Hsieh, Ching-Yih Lin
Objective: Neoadjuvant concurrent chemoradiotherapy (CCRT) is an increasingly common therapeutic strategy for locally advanced rectal cancer, but stratification of risk and final outcomes remain a major challenge. Transcobalamin 1 (TCN1), a vitamin B12 (cobalamin)-binding protein, regulates cobalamin homeostasis. High expression of TCN1 have been reported in neoplasms such as breast cancer and hepatocellular carcinoma. However, little is known about the relevance of TCN1 to rectal cancer receiving CCRT. This study examined the predictive and prognostic impact of TCN1 expression in patients with rectal cancer following neoadjuvant CCRT...
2017: Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637931/comparative-miromics-of-salt-tolerant-and-salt-sensitive-rice
#20
Kavita Goswami, Anita Tripathi, Neeti Sanan-Mishra
Increase in soil salt causes osmotic and ionic stress to plants, which inhibits their growth and productivity. Rice production is also hampered by salinity and the effect of salt is most severe at the seedling and reproductive stages. Salainity tolerance is a quantitative property controlled by multiple genes coding for signaling molecules, ion transporters, metabolic enzymes and transcription regulators. MicroRNAs are key modulators of gene-expression that act at the post-transcriptional level by translation repression or transcript cleavage...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Integrative Bioinformatics
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