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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906482/three-dimensional-super-branched-pdcu-nanoarchitectures-exposed-on-controlled-crystal-facets
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Muhammad Iqbal, Cuiling Li, Jung Ho Kim, Saad M Alshehri, Tsuruo Nakayama, Yusuke Yamauchi
Despite the great success of controlled synthesis of metal nanocrystals with various sizes and morphologies, an efficient one-pot approach to preparing well-organized three-dimensional (3D) structures with unique facets exposed remains a great challenge. Herein, we report a unique 3D nanoarchitecture for PdCu alloy, created by a simple chemical reduction method, in which nanosized octahedral PdCu nanocrystals are directly assembled into 3D super-branched structures. Detailed investigations of its electrocatalytic performance demonstrate that the as-prepared facet-controlled PdCu super-branched nanostructures possess higher activity towards the formic acid oxidation reaction in comparison to the commercially available Pd black catalyst...
December 1, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906398/cooperation-and-competition-between-halogen-bonding-and-van-der-waals-forces-in-supramolecular-engineering-at-the-aliphatic-hydrocarbon-graphite-interface-position-and-number-of-bromine-group-effects
#2
Bao Zha, Meiqiu Dong, Xinrui Miao, Shan Peng, Yican Wu, Kai Miao, Yi Hu, Wenli Deng
Herein, the photophysical properties of two π-conjugated thienophenanthrene derivatives (6,9- and 5,10-DBTD) are reported. Their self-assembled monolayers in aliphatic hydrocarbon solvents under different concentrations were investigated by scanning tunneling microscopy on a graphite surface. The STM results revealed that the self-assembled structures of the two geometrical isomers exhibited absolutely different behaviors. At the aliphatic solvent/graphite interface, 6,9-DBTD produced almost a single stable coassembled linear structure, except for that with n-tridecane as the solvent...
December 1, 2016: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906397/a-room-temperature-environmentally-friendly-solution-process-to-assemble-silver-nanowire-architectures-for-flexible-transparent-electrodes
#3
Ye Yang, Jin-Long Wang, Lei Liu, Zhi-Hua Wang, Jian-Wei Liu, Shu-Hong Yu
In this study, we present a room-temperature environmentally friendly solution process to optimize the performance of the flexible transparent electrodes by co-assembling Ag nanowires and CaCO3 nanowires, and then etching CaCO3 nanowires away, leaving Ag nanowire networks with controllable optical transparency and electrical conductivity. The obtained Ag nanowire flexible transparent electrodes exhibit an averaged transmittance of up to 90% when the sheet resistance is 70 Ω sq(-1) which shows no degradation even after 2000 cycles of fatigue test, indicating their excellent mechanical flexibility and stability...
December 1, 2016: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906395/regioselective-plasmonic-nano-assemblies-for-bimodal-sub-femtomolar-dopamine-detection
#4
Fengli Gao, Liqiang Liu, Gang Cui, Liguang Xu, Xiaoling Wu, Hua Kuang, Chuanlai Xu
Reliable and ultrasensitive quantification of dopamine (DA) is essential in the precise diagnotherapy of neurological diseases. In this study, dual mode counterpropagating-responsive gold@silver nanoparticle-gold nanorod (Au@AgNP-AuNR) nano-assemblies were fabricated for the precise quantification of DA. The plasmonic Au@AgNP-AuNR assemblies possessed high surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) activity and strong fluorescence quenching, due to the prominent electromagnetic enhancement between the hotspots of the assemblies...
December 1, 2016: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906392/multiscale-directed-self-assembly-of-composite-microgels-in-complex-electric-fields
#5
Jérôme J Crassous, Ahmet F Demirörs
This study explored the application of localized electric fields for reversible directed self-assembly of colloidal particles in 3 dimensions. Electric field microgradients, arising from the use of micro-patterned electrodes, were utilized to direct the localization and self-assembly of polarizable (charged) particles resulting from a combination of dielectrophoretic and multipolar forces. Deionized dispersions of spherical and ellipsoidal core-shell microgels were employed for investigating their assembly under an external alternating electric field...
July 5, 2016: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906308/linear-and-nonlinear-optical-characterization-of-self-assembled-large-area-gold-nanosphere-metasurfaces-with-sub-nanometer-gaps
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Jake Fontana, Melissa Maldonado, Nicholas Charipar, Scott A Trammell, Rafaela Nita, Jawad Naciri, Alberto Pique, Banahalli Ratna, Anderson S L Gomes
We created centimeter-scale area metasurfaces consisting of a quasi-hexagonally close packed monolayer of gold nanospheres capped with alkanethiol ligands on glass substrates using a directed self-assembly approach. We experimentally characterized the morphology and the linear and nonlinear optical properties of metasurfaces. We show these metasurfaces, with interparticle gaps of 0.6 nm, are modeled well using a classical (without charge transfer) description. We find a large dispersion of linear refractive index, ranging from values less than vacuum, 0...
November 28, 2016: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906285/highly-alignment-tolerant-and-high-sensitivity-100gb-s-4-%C3%A3-25gb-s-apd-rosa-with-a-thin-film-filter-based-de-multiplexer
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Joon Young Huh, Sae-Kyoung Kang, Jie Hyun Lee, Joon Ki Lee, SunMe Kim
We investigate and demonstrate a 100-Gb/s (4x25-Gb/s) receiver optical sub-assembly (ROSA) based on avalanche photodiodes and a thin-film filter-based de-multiplexer. The overall alignment tolerances of the ROSA are relaxed to have larger than ± 25 μm by improving optical coupling structure. The receiver sensitivity of each lane is also measured to be less than -22.2 dBm, a record minimum to our knowledge, at the bit error ratio of 10<sup>-12</sup> for 25.78-Gb/s NRZ signal.
November 28, 2016: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906052/antibody-responses-to-de-novo-identified-citrullinated-fibrinogen-peptides-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-and-visualization-of-the-corresponding-b-cells
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Vijay Joshua, Loes Schobers, Philip J Titcombe, Lena Israelsson, Johan Rönnelid, Monika Hansson, Anca I Catrina, Ger J M Pruijn, Vivianne Malmström
BACKGROUND: Antibodies against citrullinated proteins (ACPA) are common in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). ACPA can appear before disease onset and target many self-antigens. Citrullinated fibrin/fibrinogen represents a classical ACPA target antigen, and mass spectrometry of RA synovial fluid reveals elevated citrullinated (cit) fibrinogen (Fib) peptides compared to non-RA controls. We investigated the extent to which these less-studied peptides represent autoantibody targets and sought to visualize the corresponding cit-Fib-reactive B cells in RA patients...
December 1, 2016: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905979/diabetes-incidence-and-projections-from-prevalence-surveys-in-fiji
#9
Stephen Morrell, Sophia Lin, Isimeli Tukana, Christine Linhart, Richard Taylor, Penina Vatucawaqa, Dianna J Magliano, Paul Zimmet
BACKGROUND: Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) incidence is traditionally derived from cohort studies that are not always feasible, representative, or available. The present study estimates T2DM incidence in Fijian adults from T2DM prevalence estimates assembled from surveys of 25-64 year old adults conducted over 30 years (n = 14,288). METHODS: T2DM prevalence by five-year age group from five population-based risk factor surveys conducted over 1980-2011 were variously adjusted for urban-rural residency, ethnicity, and sex to previous censuses (1976, 1986, 1996, 2009) to improve representativeness...
November 25, 2016: Population Health Metrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905914/development-of-a-gene-synthesis-platform-for-the-efficient-large-scale-production-of-small-genes-encoding-animal-toxins
#10
Ana Filipa Sequeira, Joana L A Brás, Catarina I P D Guerreiro, Renaud Vincentelli, Carlos M G A Fontes
BACKGROUND: Gene synthesis is becoming an important tool in many fields of recombinant DNA technology, including recombinant protein production. De novo gene synthesis is quickly replacing the classical cloning and mutagenesis procedures and allows generating nucleic acids for which no template is available. In addition, when coupled with efficient gene design algorithms that optimize codon usage, it leads to high levels of recombinant protein expression. RESULTS: Here, we describe the development of an optimized gene synthesis platform that was applied to the large scale production of small genes encoding venom peptides...
December 1, 2016: BMC Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905879/transcriptome-profiling-in-the-damselfly-ischnura-elegans-identifies-genes-with-sex-biased-expression
#11
Pallavi Chauhan, Maren Wellenreuther, Bengt Hansson
BACKGROUND: Sexual dimorphism occurs widely across the animal kingdom and has profound effects on evolutionary trajectories. Here, we investigate sex-specific gene expression in Ischnura elegans (Odonata: dragonflies and damselflies), a species with pronounced sexual differences including a female-limited colour polymorphism with two female-like gynochrome morphs and one male-mimicking, androchrome morph. Whole-organism transcriptome profiling and sex-biased gene expression analysis was conducted on adults of both sexes (pooling all females as well as separating the three morphs) to gain insights into genes and pathways potentially associated with sexual development and sexual conflict...
December 1, 2016: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905873/comparative-genomics-of-beauveria-bassiana-uncovering-signatures-of-virulence-against-mosquitoes
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Claudio A Valero-Jiménez, Luigi Faino, Daphne Spring In't Veld, Sandra Smit, Bas J Zwaan, Jan A L van Kan
BACKGROUND: Entomopathogenic fungi such as Beauveria bassiana are promising biological agents for control of malaria mosquitoes. Indeed, infection with B. bassiana reduces the lifespan of mosquitoes in the laboratory and in the field. Natural isolates of B. bassiana show up to 10-fold differences in virulence between the most and the least virulent isolate. In this study, we sequenced the genomes of five isolates representing the extremes of low/high virulence and three RNA libraries, and applied a genome comparison approach to uncover genetic mechanisms underpinning virulence...
December 1, 2016: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905605/an-efficient-2d-11-b-11-b-solid-state-nmr-spectroscopy-strategy-for-monitoring-covalent-self-assembly-of-boronic-acid-derived-compounds-the-transformation-and-unique-architecture-of-bortezomib-molecules-in-the-solid-state
#13
J Brus, J Czernek, M Urbanova, L Kobera, A Jegorov
The difficulty in the prediction of the complicated solid-state structure of boronic acid derivatives, resulting from the complex pathway of reversible covalent interactions, represents a significant obstacle to the development of a new generation of advanced supramolecular systems such as covalent organic frameworks of efficient anticancer drugs. In this contribution, various 2D (11)B-(11)B solid-state NMR correlation techniques supported by DFT calculations were explored to formulate a reliable tool for monitoring the covalent assembly of boronic acid residues in the solid state...
December 1, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905595/self-assembling-reactivity-and-molecular-dynamics-of-fullerenol-nanoparticles
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Milan Vraneš, Ivana Borišev, Aleksandar Tot, Stevan Armaković, Sanja Armaković, Danica Jović, Slobodan Gadžurić, Aleksandar Djordjevic
In this work structuring of water and insight into intermolecular interactions between water and fullerenol are studied throughout the process of forming nanoagglomerates at different temperatures applying both experimental and computational approaches. The obtained fullerenol nanoparticles (FNPs) are firstly characterized using dynamic light scattering, atomic force microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The density, electrical conductivity and dynamic viscosity of aqueous fullerenol solutions are measured in the temperature range of 293...
December 1, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905555/the-complex-nature-of-calcium-cation-interactions-with-phospholipid-bilayers
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Adéla Melcrová, Sarka Pokorna, Saranya Pullanchery, Miriam Kohagen, Piotr Jurkiewicz, Martin Hof, Pavel Jungwirth, Paul S Cremer, Lukasz Cwiklik
Understanding interactions of calcium with lipid membranes at the molecular level is of great importance in light of their involvement in calcium signaling, association of proteins with cellular membranes, and membrane fusion. We quantify these interactions in detail by employing a combination of spectroscopic methods with atomistic molecular dynamics simulations. Namely, time-resolved fluorescent spectroscopy of lipid vesicles and vibrational sum frequency spectroscopy of lipid monolayers are used to characterize local binding sites of calcium in zwitterionic and anionic model lipid assemblies, while dynamic light scattering and zeta potential measurements are employed for macroscopic characterization of lipid vesicles in calcium-containing environments...
December 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905546/transcriptome-analysis-confers-a-complex-disease-resistance-network-in-wild-rice-oryza-meyeriana-against-xanthomonas-oryzae-pv-oryzae
#16
Xiao-Jie Cheng, Bin He, Lin Chen, Su-Qin Xiao, Jian Fu, Yue Chen, Teng-Qiong Yu, Zai-Quan Cheng, Hong Feng
Rice bacterial blight (BB), caused by Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae (Xoo), is one of the devastating diseases of rice. It is well established that the wild rice Oryza meyeriana is immune to BB. In this study, the transcriptomic analysis was carried out by RNA sequencing of O. meyeriana leaves, inoculated with Xoo to understand the transcriptional responses and interaction between the host and pathogen. Totally, 57,313 unitranscripts were de novo assembled from 58.7 Gb clean reads and 14,143 unitranscripts were identified after Xoo inoculation...
December 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905533/five-key-attributes-can-increase-marine-protected-areas-performance-for-small-scale-fisheries-management
#17
Antonio Di Franco, Pierre Thiriet, Giuseppe Di Carlo, Charalampos Dimitriadis, Patrice Francour, Nicolas L Gutiérrez, Alain Jeudy de Grissac, Drosos Koutsoubas, Marco Milazzo, María Del Mar Otero, Catherine Piante, Jeremiah Plass-Johnson, Susana Sainz-Trapaga, Luca Santarossa, Sergi Tudela, Paolo Guidetti
Marine protected areas (MPAs) have largely proven to be effective tools for conserving marine ecosystem, while socio-economic benefits generated by MPAs to fisheries are still under debate. Many MPAs embed a no-take zone, aiming to preserve natural populations and ecosystems, within a buffer zone where potentially sustainable activities are allowed. Small-scale fisheries (SSF) within buffer zones can be highly beneficial by promoting local socio-economies. However, guidelines to successfully manage SSFs within MPAs, ensuring both conservation and fisheries goals, and reaching a win-win scenario, are largely unavailable...
December 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905520/a-parallel-adaboost-backpropagation-neural-network-for-massive-image-dataset-classification
#18
Jianfang Cao, Lichao Chen, Min Wang, Hao Shi, Yun Tian
Image classification uses computers to simulate human understanding and cognition of images by automatically categorizing images. This study proposes a faster image classification approach that parallelizes the traditional Adaboost-Backpropagation (BP) neural network using the MapReduce parallel programming model. First, we construct a strong classifier by assembling the outputs of 15 BP neural networks (which are individually regarded as weak classifiers) based on the Adaboost algorithm. Second, we design Map and Reduce tasks for both the parallel Adaboost-BP neural network and the feature extraction algorithm...
December 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905442/quantifying-global-soil-carbon-losses-in-response-to-warming
#19
T W Crowther, K E O Todd-Brown, C W Rowe, W R Wieder, J C Carey, M B Machmuller, B L Snoek, S Fang, G Zhou, S D Allison, J M Blair, S D Bridgham, A J Burton, Y Carrillo, P B Reich, J S Clark, A T Classen, F A Dijkstra, B Elberling, B A Emmett, M Estiarte, S D Frey, J Guo, J Harte, L Jiang, B R Johnson, G Kröel-Dulay, K S Larsen, H Laudon, J M Lavallee, Y Luo, M Lupascu, L N Ma, S Marhan, A Michelsen, J Mohan, S Niu, E Pendall, J Peñuelas, L Pfeifer-Meister, C Poll, S Reinsch, L L Reynolds, I K Schmidt, S Sistla, N W Sokol, P H Templer, K K Treseder, J M Welker, M A Bradford
The majority of the Earth's terrestrial carbon is stored in the soil. If anthropogenic warming stimulates the loss of this carbon to the atmosphere, it could drive further planetary warming. Despite evidence that warming enhances carbon fluxes to and from the soil, the net global balance between these responses remains uncertain. Here we present a comprehensive analysis of warming-induced changes in soil carbon stocks by assembling data from 49 field experiments located across North America, Europe and Asia...
November 30, 2016: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905323/plasmonic-nano-protrusions-hierarchical-nanostructures-for-single-molecule-raman-spectroscopy
#20
Sagnik Basuray, Avinash Pathak, Sangho Bok, Biyan Chen, Steven C Hamm, Cherian J Mathai, Suchismita Guha, Keshab Gangopadhyay, Shubhra Gangopadhyay
Classical methods for enhancing the electromagnetic field from substrates for spectroscopic applications, such as surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS), have involved the generation of hotspots through directed self-assembly of nanoparticles or by patterning nanoscale features using expensive nanolithography techniques. A novel large-area, cost-effective soft lithographic technique involving glancing angle deposition (GLAD) of silver on polymer gratings is reported here. This method produces hierarchical nanostructures with high enhancement factors capable of analyzing single-molecule SERS...
December 1, 2016: Nanotechnology
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