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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823103/bariatric-surgery-is-accompanied-by-changes-in-extracellular-vesicle-associated-and-plasma-fatty-acid-binding-protein-4
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Justyna K Witczak, Thinzar Min, Sarah L Prior, Jeffrey W Stephens, Philip E James, Aled Rees
BACKGROUND: Bariatric surgery markedly reduces fat mass with beneficial effects on cardiometabolic health but the mechanisms involved are not fully understood. Extracellular vesicles (EVs) are secreted by a variety of cells, including adipocytes, and may mediate some of these benefits. However, the effects of bariatric surgery on circulating EVs are unclear. METHODS: Concentration of plasma EVs isolated by ultracentrifugation at baseline, 1 and 6 months post-bariatric surgery (n = 20) was established using Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis...
August 19, 2017: Obesity Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821803/hidden-peculiar-magnetic-anisotropy-at-the-interface-in-a-ferromagnetic-perovskite-oxide-heterostructure
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Le Duc Anh, Noboru Okamoto, Munetoshi Seki, Hitoshi Tabata, Masaaki Tanaka, Shinobu Ohya
Understanding and controlling the interfacial magnetic properties of ferromagnetic thin films are crucial for spintronic device applications. However, using conventional magnetometry, it is difficult to detect them separately from the bulk properties. Here, by utilizing tunneling anisotropic magnetoresistance in a single-barrier heterostructure composed of La0.6Sr0.4MnO3 (LSMO)/LaAlO3 (LAO)/Nb-doped SrTiO3 (001), we reveal the presence of a peculiar strong two-fold magnetic anisotropy (MA) along the [110]c direction at the LSMO/LAO interface, which is not observed in bulk LSMO...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820885/diagnostic-efficacy-of-noninvasive-liver-fibrosis-indexes-in-predicting-portal-hypertension-in-patients-with-cirrhosis
#3
Le Wang, Yuemin Feng, Xiaowen Ma, Guangchuan Wang, Hao Wu, Xiaoyu Xie, Chunqing Zhang, Qiang Zhu
BACKGROUND: Recent data suggest that noninvasive liver fibrosis indexes could be useful for predicting esophageal varices (EV) in cirrhotic patients. However, thus far, the diagnostic efficacy of these indexes in predicting portal hypertension (PH) in cirrhotic patients has been poorly evaluated. AIMS: To evaluate the diagnostic efficacy of noninvasive liver fibrosis indexes in the diagnosis of PH. METHODS: A total of 238 cirrhotic patients underwent hepatic venous pressure gradient (HVPG) evaluation and relevant serum tests to analyze the variables associated with PH grade...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820424/observation-of-self-polarization-in-the-bsa-protected-au20-clusters
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Deepak Kumar Swain, Alongbar Narzary, Anil Singh, Amreesh Chandra, T Nagasawa, S Yamamoto, Masaya Mitsuishi, S Rath
The bovine serum albumin (BSA) protected gold clusters (atomicity ~ 20), prepared using a wet chemical route, show a strong dipolar radiative transition with gap energy of 1.93 eV due to the high oscillator strength as confirmed from the emission studies. Self-arrangement of the clusters having fixed atomicity yields a low dispersive dielectric and electric self-polarization nature. The electrical hysteresis loop measurements returned a remanent polarization as 0.05 µC/cm2 which can be correlated with dipolar orientation (activation energy ~ 45...
August 18, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820396/the-role-of-mtor-inhibitors-and-hmg-coa-reductase-inhibitors-on-young-and-old-endothelial-cell-functions-critical-for-re-endothelialisation-after-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-an-in-vitro-study
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K Korybalska, E Kawka, A Breborowicz, J Witowski
Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) has become a standard treatment in patients with acute coronary syndrome. However, it is associated with endothelial cell denudation, which may predispose to in-stent thrombosis and restenosis. Pharmacological methods which prevent restenosis can delay post-PCI re-endothelialisation. We have therefore examined how atorvastatin (HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor), sirolimus and everolimus (mTOR inhibitors) affect young and old endothelial cell functions which are responsible for wound healing after PCI...
June 2017: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820262/single-layer-tl2o-a-metal-shrouded-2d-semiconductor-with-high-electronic-mobility
#6
Yandong Ma, Agnieszka Kuc, Thomas Heine
First metal-shrouded two-dimensional semicon-ductor, single-layer Tl2O, is discussed from first-principles. It is thermally and dynamically stable, has a low cleavage energy call-ing for exfoliation from layered Tl2O bulk, and a very small inter-face mismatch compared to (001) Tl metal. Single-layer Tl2O ex-hibits a direct band gap of 1.56 eV and a very high charge carrier mobility of 4.3×103 cm2 V-1 s-1. The metal-shrouded 2D semicon-ductor promises interesting applications in 2D electronics. An in-triguing layer-thickness dependent direct-to-indirect bandgap tran-sition is observed, and contrary to early literature, the bulk is also a semiconductor...
August 18, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819644/hfse2-and-zrse2-two-dimensional-semiconductors-with-native-high-%C3%AE%C2%BA-oxides
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Michal J Mleczko, Chaofan Zhang, Hye Ryoung Lee, Hsueh-Hui Kuo, Blanka Magyari-Köpe, Robert G Moore, Zhi-Xun Shen, Ian R Fisher, Yoshio Nishi, Eric Pop
The success of silicon as a dominant semiconductor technology has been enabled by its moderate band gap (1.1 eV), permitting low-voltage operation at reduced leakage current, and the existence of SiO2 as a high-quality "native" insulator. In contrast, other mainstream semiconductors lack stable oxides and must rely on deposited insulators, presenting numerous compatibility challenges. We demonstrate that layered two-dimensional (2D) semiconductors HfSe2 and ZrSe2 have band gaps of 0.9 to 1.2 eV (bulk to monolayer) and technologically desirable "high-κ" native dielectrics HfO2 and ZrO2, respectively...
August 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819549/metastatic-state-of-parent-cells-influences-the-uptake-and-functionality-of-prostate-cancer-cell-derived-extracellular-vesicles
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Elisa Lázaro-Ibáñez, Maarit Neuvonen, Maarit Takatalo, Uma Thanigai Arasu, Cristian Capasso, Vincenzo Cerullo, Johng S Rhim, Kirsi Rilla, Marjo Yliperttula, Pia R-M Siljander
Extracellular vesicles (EVs), including microvesicles and exosomes, mediate intercellular signalling which has a profound role in cancer progression and in the development of metastasis. Internalisation of EVs can prompt functional changes in the recipient cells, the nature of which depends on the molecular composition and the cargo of the EVs. We hypothesised that the metastatic stage of cancerous parent cells would determine the uptake efficacy and the subsequent functional effects of the respective cancer cell-derived EVs...
2017: Journal of Extracellular Vesicles
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819287/characterization-of-polycrystalline-lead-oxide-for-application-in-direct-conversion-x-ray-detectors
#9
O Semeniuk, O Grynko, G Decrescenzo, G Juska, K Wang, A Reznik
While polycrystalline lead oxide (poly-PbO) is known to be one of the most promising photoconductors for utilization in X-ray detectors, its major performance parameters such as charge yield and mobility-lifetime product (μτ) are still not well established and require further investigation. Combining the conventional X-ray induced photocurrent and pulse height spectroscopy techniques we examine the X-ray photogeneration and recombination processes in poly-PbO. The measurements indicate that the amount of energy required to release a single electron hole pair W ± (inverse of charge yield) strongly depends on applied electric field and at 10 V/μm reaches ~20 eV/ehp...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819172/suppression-for-an-intermediate-phase-in-znsb-films-by-nio-doping
#10
Chao Li, Guoxiang Wang, Dongfeng Qi, Daotian Shi, Xianghua Zhang, Hui Wang
The structural evolution and phase-change kinetics of NiO-doped ZnSb films are investigated. NiO-doped ZnSb films exhibit a single-step crystallization process, which is different from that of undoped ZnSb. NiO-doped ZnSb can directly crystallize into a stable ZnSb phase at temperatures greater than 320 °C with suppression of a metastable ZnSb phase. These characteristics enlarge the amorphous/crystalline resistance ratio by approximately five orders of magnitude. Moreover, NiO doping of ZnSb films increases crystallization temperature from 260 to 275 °C, improves data retention temperature from 201...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817079/insight-into-the-mechanism-of-co-oxidation-on-wo%C3%A2-001-surfaces-for-gas-sensing-a-dft-study
#11
Hua Jin, Hegen Zhou, Yongfan Zhang
The mechanism of CO oxidation on the WO₃(001) surface for gas sensing performance has been systematically investigated by means of first principles density functional theory (DFT) calculations. Our results show that the oxidation of CO molecule on the perfect WO₃(001) surface induces the formation of surface oxygen vacancies, which results in an increase of the surface conductance. This defective WO₃(001) surface can be re-oxidized by the O₂ molecules in the atmosphere. During this step, the active O₂(-) species is generated, accompanied with the obvious charge transfer from the surface to O₂ molecule, and correspondingly, the surface conductivity is reduced...
August 17, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816047/light-independent-ionic-transport-in-inorganic-perovskite-and-ultra-stable-cs-based-perovskite-solar-cells
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Wenke Zhou, Yicheng Zhao, Xu Zhou, Rui Fu, Qi Li, Yao Zhao, Kaihui Liu, Dapeng Yu, Qing Zhao
Due to light-induced effects in CH3NH3-based perovskites, such as ion migration, defects formation and halide segregation, the degradation of CH3NH3-based perovskite solar cells under maximum power point is generally concerned. Here we demonstrated that the effect of light-enhanced ion migration in CH3NH3PbI3 can be eliminated by inorganic Cs substitution, leading to an ultra-stable perovskite solar cell. Quantitatively, the ion migration barrier for CH3NH3PbI3 is 0.62 eV under dark, larger than CsPbI2Br (0...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815842/in-situ-investigation-of-methane-dry-reforming-on-m-ceo2-111-m-co-ni-cu-surfaces-metal-support-interactions-and-the-activation-of-c-h-bonds-at-low-temperature
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Jose A Rodriguez, Zongyuan Liu, Pablo Lustemberg, Ramon Gutierrez, John Carey, Robert Palomino, Mykhailo Vorohta, David Grinter, Pedro Ramirez, Vladimir Matolin, Michael Nolan, M Veronica Ganduglia-Pirovano, Sanjaya Senanayake
Studies with a series of M-CeO2(111) {M= Co, Ni, Cu} surfaces indicate that metal-oxide interactions can play a very important role for the activation of methane and its reforming with CO2 at relatively low temperatures (600-700 K). Among the systems examined, Co-CeO2(111) exhibits the best performance and Cu-CeO2(111) has negligible activity. Experiments using ambient pressure XPS indicate that methane dissociates on Co-CeO2(111), at temperatures as low as 300 K, generating CHx and COx species on the catalyst surface...
August 16, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815003/glioblastoma-stem-like-cells-secrete-the-pro-angiogenic-vegf-a-factor-in-extracellular-vesicles
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Lucas Treps, Raul Perret, Sébastien Edmond, Damien Ricard, Julie Gavard
Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) are mortifying brain tumours that contain a subpopulation of tumour cells with stem-like properties, termed glioblastoma stem-like cells (GSCs). GSCs largely contribute to tumour initiation, propagation and resistance to current anti-cancer therapies. GSCs are situated in perivascular niches, closely associated with brain microvascular endothelial cells, thereby involved in bidirectional molecular and cellular interactions. Moreover, extracellular vesicles are suspected to carry essential information that can adapt the microenvironment to the tumour's needs, including tumour-induced angiogenesis...
2017: Journal of Extracellular Vesicles
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815002/a-comprehensive-method-for-identification-of-suitable-reference-genes-in-extracellular-vesicles
#15
Kenneth Gouin, Kiel Peck, Travis Antes, Jennifer Leigh Johnson, Chang Li, Sharon Denise Vaturi, Ryan Middleton, Geoff de Couto, Ann-Sophie Walravens, Luis Rodriguez-Borlado, Rachel Ruckdeschel Smith, Linda Marbán, Eduardo Marbán, Ahmed Gamal-Eldin Ibrahim
Reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR) is one of the most sensitive, economical and widely used methods for evaluating gene expression. However, the utility of this method continues to be undermined by a number of challenges including normalization using appropriate reference genes. The need to develop tailored and effective strategies is further underscored by the burgeoning field of extracellular vesicle (EV) biology. EVs contain unique signatures of small RNAs including microRNAs (miRs)...
2017: Journal of Extracellular Vesicles
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814774/molecular-characterization-of-two-novel-echovirus-18-recombinants-associated-with-hand-foot-mouth-disease
#16
Haihao Zhang, Yilin Zhao, Hongbo Liu, Hao Sun, Xiaoqin Huang, Zhaoqing Yang, Shaohui Ma
Human echovirus 18 (E-18) is a member of the enterovirus B species. To date, sixteen full-length genome sequences of E-18 are available in the GenBank database. In this study, we describe the complete genomic characterization of two E-18 strains isolated in Yunnan, China. Pairwise comparisons of the nucleotide sequences and the deduced amino acid sequences revealed that the two Yunnan E-18 strains had 87.5% nucleotide identity and 96.3-96.5% amino acid identity with the Chinese strain. Phylogenetic and bootscanning analyses revealed the two E-18 strains had the highest identity with other several EV-B serotypes than the other E-18 strains in the P3 coding region, especially, 3B region of the Swine Vesicular disease virus (SVDV) strain HK70, indicated that frequent intertypic recombination might have occurred in the two Yunnan strains...
August 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812880/an-exceptionally-narrow-band-gap-%C3%A2-4-ev-silicate-predicted-in-the-cubic-perovskite-structure-basio3
#17
Hidenori Hiramatsu, Hitoshi Yusa, Ryo Igarashi, Yasuo Ohishi, Toshio Kamiya, Hideo Hosono
The electronic structures of 35 A(2+)B(4+)O3 ternary cubic perovskite oxides, including their hypothetical chemical compositions, were calculated by a hybrid functional method with the expectation that peculiar electronic structures and unique carrier transport properties suitable for semiconductor applications would be hidden in high-symmetry cubic perovskite oxides. We found unique electronic structures of Si-based oxides (A = Mg, Ca, Sr, and Ba, and B = Si). In particular, the unreported cubic BaSiO3 has a very narrow band gap (4...
August 16, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812749/radical-driven-processes-within-a-peptidic-sequence-of-type-i-collagen-upon-single-photon-ionisation-in-the-gas-phase
#18
Lucas Schwob, Mathieu Lalande, Dmitrii Egorov, Jimmy Rangama, Ronnie Hoekstra, Violaine Vizcaino, Thomas Schlathölter, Jean-Christophe Poully
We report on an experimental single-photon absorption study on gas-phase protonated collagen peptides employing a combination of mass spectrometry and synchrotron radiation. Partial ion yields for the main photoabsorption products vary steadily with photon energy over the range from 14 to 545 eV. At low energy, non-dissociative photoionisation competes with neutral molecule loss from the precursor ion, whereas fragmentation of the peptide backbone dominates at soft X-ray energies. Neutral molecule losses from the ionised peptide are found to have low energy barriers and most likely involve amino-acid residue side-chains with radical character, in particular aspartic acid...
August 16, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811546/serum-derived-extracellular-vesicles-evs-impact-on-vascular-remodeling-and-prevent-muscle-damage-in-acute-hind-limb-ischemia
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Claudia Cavallari, Andrea Ranghino, Marta Tapparo, Massimo Cedrino, Federico Figliolini, Cristina Grange, Valentina Giannachi, Paolo Garneri, Maria Chiara Deregibus, Federica Collino, Pietro Rispoli, Giovanni Camussi, Maria Felice Brizzi
Serum is an abundant and accessible source of circulating extracellular vesicles (EVs). Serum-EV (sEV) pro-angiogenic capability and mechanisms are herein analyzed using an in vitro assay which predicts sEV angiogenic potential in vivo. Effective sEVs (e-sEVs) also improved vascular remodeling and prevented muscle damage in a mouse model of acute hind limb ischemia. e-sEV angiogenic proteomic and transcriptomic analyses show a positive correlation with matrix-metalloproteinase activation and extracellular matrix organization, cytokine and chemokine signaling pathways, Insulin-like Growth Factor and platelet pathways, and Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor signaling...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810772/computational-prediction-of-a-simple-cubic-carbon-allotrope-consisting-of-c12-clusters
#20
Kun Bu, Zhen-Zhen Li, Jian-Tao Wang
We identify by ab initio calculations a new simple cubic carbon phase in Pa3¯ symmetry, which has a 48-atom unit cell in all-sp(3) bonding networks, thus termed SC48 carbon. It can be viewed as a crystalline form of C12 clusters or a combined structure of SC24 and BC12 carbon, but it is energetically more stable than the recently reported cubic carbon phases such as BC8, SC24, BC12, and fcc-C12. The structural stability is verified by phonon mode analysis. Electronic band and density of state calculations reveal that SC48 carbon is an insulator with a large direct band gap of 4...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
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