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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098843/perm-hypothesis-the-fundamental-machinery-able-to-elucidate-the-role-of-xenobiotics-and-hormesis-in-cell-survival-and-homeostasis
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Salvatore Chirumbolo, Geir Bjørklund
In this article the Proteasome, Endoplasmic Reticulum and Mitochondria (PERM) hypothesis is discussed. The complex machinery made by three homeostatic mechanisms involving the proteasome (P), endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and mitochondria (M) is addressed in order to elucidate the beneficial role of many xenobiotics, either trace metals or phytochemicals, which are spread in the human environment and in dietary habits, exerting their actions on the mechanisms underlying cell survival (apoptosis, cell cycle regulation, DNA repair and turnover, autophagy) and stress response...
January 15, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098841/compressed-sensing-techniques-applied-to-ultrasonic-imaging-of-cargo-containers
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Yuri Álvarez López, José Ángel Martínez Lorenzo
One of the key issues in the fight against the smuggling of goods has been the development of scanners for cargo inspection. X-ray-based radiographic system scanners are the most developed sensing modality. However, they are costly and use bulky sources that emit hazardous, ionizing radiation. Aiming to improve the probability of threat detection, an ultrasonic-based technique, capable of detecting the footprint of metallic containers or compartments concealed within the metallic structure of the inspected cargo, has been proposed...
January 15, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098443/fe-cluster-pushing-electrons-to-n-doped-graphitic-layers-with-fe3c-fe-hybrid-nanostructure-to-enhance-o2-reduction-catalysis-of-zn-air-batteries
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Jie Yang, Jiangtao Hu, Mouyi Weng, Rui Tan, Lei-Lei Tian, Jinlong Yang, Joseph Amine, Jia-Xin Zheng, Haibiao Chen, Feng Pan
Non-noble metal catalysts with oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) performance comparable or even superior to that of Pt are extremely important for metal-air batteries and fuel cells. Here we report a simple and controllable strategy to synthesize Fe-cluster embedded in Fe3C nanoparticles (designated as Fe3C(Fe)) encased in nitrogen-doped Graphitic Layers (NDGL) with graphitic shells as a novel hybrid nanostructure as an effective ORR catalyst by directly pyrolyzing a mixture of Prussian blue (PB) and glucose...
January 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098440/corrosion-protection-of-copper-using-al2o3-tio2-zno-hfo2-and-zro2-atomic-layer-deposition
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James S Daubert, Grant T Hill, Hannah N Gotsch, Antoine P Gremaud, Jennifer S Ovental, Philip S Williams, Christopher J Oldham, Gregory N Parsons
Atomic layer deposition (ALD) is a viable means to add corrosion protection to copper metal. Ultrathin films of Al2O3, TiO2, ZnO, HfO2, and ZrO2 were deposited on copper metal using ALD, and their corrosion protection properties were measured using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and linear sweep voltammetry (LSV). Analysis of ∼50 nm thick films of each metal oxide demonstrated low electrochemical porosity and provided enhanced corrosion protection from aqueous NaCl solution. The surface pretreatment and roughness was found to affect the extent of the corrosion protection...
January 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098421/hexagonal-boron-nitride-h-bn-sheets-decorated-with-oli-ona-and-li2-f-molecules-for-enhanced-energy-storage
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Syeda Rabab Naqvi, Gollu Sankar Rao, Wei Luo, Rajeev Ahuja, Tanveer Hussain
First-principles electronic structure calculations were carried out on hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) sheets functionalized with small molecules, such as OLi, ONa, and Li2 F, to study their hydrogen (H2 ) storage properties. We found that OLi and ONa strongly adsorb on h-BN sheets with reasonably large inter-adsorbent separations, which is desirable for H2 storage. Ab initio molecular dynamics (MD) simulations further confirmed the structural stability of OLi-BN and ONa-BN systems at 400 K. On the other hand, Li2 F molecules form clusters over the surface of h-BN at higher temperatures...
January 18, 2017: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098412/a-hierarchical-modeling-approach-to-estimate-regional-acute-health-effects-of-particulate-matter-sources
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Jenna R Krall, Amber J Hackstadt, Roger D Peng
Exposure to particulate matter (PM) air pollution has been associated with a range of adverse health outcomes, including cardiovascular disease hospitalizations and other clinical parameters. Determining which sources of PM, such as traffic or industry, are most associated with adverse health outcomes could help guide future recommendations aimed at reducing harmful pollution exposure for susceptible individuals. Information obtained from multisite studies, which is generally more precise than information from a single location, is critical to understanding how PM impacts health and to informing local strategies for reducing individual-level PM exposure...
January 18, 2017: Statistics in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098396/the-effects-of-chronic-cobalt-and-chromium-exposure-after-metal-on-metal-hip-resurfacing-an-epigenome-wide-association-pilot-study
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Julia Steinberg, Karan M Shah, Alison Gartland, Eleftheria Zeggini, J Mark Wilkinson
Metal-on-metal (MOM) hip resurfacing has recently been a popular prosthesis choice for the treatment of symptomatic arthritis, but results in the release of cobalt and chromium ions into the circulation that can be associated with adverse clinical effects. The mechanism underlying these effects remains unclear. While chromosomal aneuploidy and translocations are associated with this exposure, the presence of subtle structural epigenetic modifications in patients with MOM joint-replacements remains unexplored...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098343/mn-accumulation-in-a-submerged-plant-egeria-densa-hydrocharitaceae-is-mediated-by-epiphytic-bacteria
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Kousuke Tsuji, Takuma Asayama, Nozomi Shiraki, Shota Inoue, Erina Okuda, Chizuru Hayashi, Kazuma Nishida, Hiroshi Hasegawa, Emiko Harada
Many aquatic plants act as biosorbents, removing and recovering metals from the environment. To assess the biosorbent activity of Egeria densa, a submerged freshwater macrophyte, plants were collected monthly from a circular drainage area in Lake Biwa basin and the Mn concentrations of the plants were analyzed. Mn concentrations in these plants were generally above those of terrestrial hyperaccumulators, and were markedly higher in spring and summer than in autumn. Mn concentrations were much lower in plants incubated in hydroponic medium at various pH levels with and without Mn supplementation than in field-collected plants...
January 18, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098337/characterisation-of-the-enzymatic-properties-of-mpapr1-an-aspartic-protease-secreted-by-the-wine-yeast-metschnikowia-pulcherrima
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Louwrens Wiid Theron, Marina Bely, Benoit Divol
BACKGROUND: MpAPr1, encoding an acid protease from the wine yeast Metschnikowia pulcherrima IWBT Y1123, was previously isolated and shown to display potential activity against casein and grape proteins. However, its characterisation remained partial. RESULTS: MpAPr1 was cloned into the pGAPZαA vector and transformed into Komagataella pastoris X33 for heterologous expression. After verification of activity, the enzyme properties were characterised. Protease activity within the concentrated supernatant was retained over a pH range of 3...
January 18, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098321/the-shortest-th-th-distance-from-a-new-type-of-quadruple-bond
#10
Han-Shi Hu, Nikolas Kaltsoyannis
Compounds featuring unsupported metal-metal bonds between actinide elements remain highly sought after yet confined experimentally to inert gas matrix studies. Notwithstanding this paucity, actinide-actinide bonding has been the subject of extensive computational research. In this contribution, high level quantum chemical calculations at both the scalar and spin-orbit levels are used to probe the Th-Th bonding in a range of zero valent systems of general formula LThThL. Several of these compounds have very short Th-Th bonds arising from a new type of Th-Th quadruple bond with a previously unreported electronic configuration featuring two unpaired electrons in 6d-based δ bonding orbitals...
January 18, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098311/transition-metal-free-direct-trifluoromethylthiolation-of-indoles-using-trifluoromethanesulfonyl-chloride-in-the-presence-of-triphenylphosphine
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Kui Lu, Zhijie Deng, Ming Li, Tianjiao Li, Xia Zhao
A novel triphenylphosphine-mediated direct trifluoromethylthiolation of indole derivatives using trifluoromethanesulfonyl chloride as the SCF3 source was developed. Sodium iodide facilitated this transformation by generating iodine in situ which was found to accelerate this transformation. The use of a transition metal-free protocol, readily available reagents, and mild reaction conditions allowed this protocol to be easily scaled up.
January 18, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098304/real-time-monitoring-of-plasmon-induced-dissociative-electron-transfer-to-the-potential-dna-radiosensitizer-8-bromoadenine
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R Schürmann, I Bald
The excitation of localized surface plasmons in noble metal nanoparticles (NPs) results in different nanoscale effects such as electric field enhancement, the generation of hot electrons and a temperature increase close to the NP surface. These effects are typically exploited in diverse fields such as surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS), NP catalysis and photothermal therapy (PTT). Halogenated nucleobases are applied as radiosensitizers in conventional radiation cancer therapy due to their high reactivity towards secondary electrons...
January 18, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098299/vacancies-in-functional-materials-for-clean-energy-storage-and-harvesting-the-perfect-imperfection
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Guowei Li, Graeme R Blake, Thomas T M Palstra
Vacancies exist throughout nature and determine the physical properties of materials. By manipulating the density and distribution of vacancies, it is possible to influence their physical properties such as band-gap, conductivity, magnetism, etc. This can generate exciting applications in the fields of water treatment, energy storage, and physical devices such as resistance-change memories. In this review, we focus on recent progress in vacancy engineering for the design of materials for energy harvesting applications...
January 18, 2017: Chemical Society Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098294/co2-as-a-hydrogen-vector-transition-metal-diamine-catalysts-for-selective-hcooh-dehydrogenation
#14
Cornel Fink, Gábor Laurenczy
The homogeneous catalytic dehydrogenation of formic acid in aqueous solution provides an efficient in situ method for hydrogen production, under mild conditions, and at an adjustable rate. We synthesized a series of catalysts with the chemical formula [(Cp*)M(N-N')Cl] (M = Ir, Rh; Cp* = pentamethylcyclopentadienyl; N-N = bidentate chelating nitrogen donor ligands), which have been proven to be active in selective formic acid decomposition in aqueous media. The scope of the study was to examine the relationship between stability and activity of catalysts for formic acid dehydrogenation versus electronic and steric properties of selected ligands, following a bottom-up approach by increasing the complexity of the N,N'-ligands progressively...
January 18, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098288/ag-au-bimetallic-nanoclusters-formed-from-a-homogeneous-gas-phase-a-new-thermodynamic-expression-confirmed-by-molecular-dynamics-simulation
#15
H Akbarzadeh, A N Shamkhali, E Mehrjouei
In this work, two probabilistic and thermodynamic limits for formation of a bimetallic nanocluster from a homogeneous gas phase were obtained in order to investigate the related phenomena using molecular dynamics simulation. Therefore, by application of some simple assumptions from thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, a new expression for composition of the nanocluster was derived which depends only on the initial conditions of the system and one adjustable parameter. This expression can be easily fitted to the results of molecular dynamics and can be used as a measure of the thermodynamic contribution in the cluster formation process...
January 18, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098286/tridentate-lewis-acids-based-on-triphenylsilane
#16
Janek Tomaschautzky, Beate Neumann, Hans-Georg Stammler, Andreas Mix, Norbert W Mitzel
Several derivatives of the propeller-shaped ortho-substituted triphenylsilanes, carrying metal- or silicon-based acceptor groups, are reported. They were synthesized starting from tris(2-bromophenyl)fluorosilane, tris(2-vinylphenyl)fluorosilane and tris(2-ethynylphenyl)fluorosilane to generate a scope of Lewis-acidic molecules with different cavities. An improved synthetic protocol for donor-free tris(2-lithiophenyl)silanes is described. First attempts in host-guest chemistry to probe the binding between a threefold alane-functionalised ortho-substituted triphenylsilane and a tridentate Lewis-basic guest molecule are presented...
January 18, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098280/single-lithium-ion-conducting-solid-polymer-electrolytes-advances-and-perspectives
#17
REVIEW
Heng Zhang, Chunmei Li, Michal Piszcz, Estibaliz Coya, Teofilo Rojo, Lide M Rodriguez-Martinez, Michel Armand, Zhibin Zhou
Electrochemical energy storage is one of the main societal challenges to humankind in this century. The performances of classical Li-ion batteries (LIBs) with non-aqueous liquid electrolytes have made great advances in the past two decades, but the intrinsic instability of liquid electrolytes results in safety issues, and the energy density of the state-of-the-art LIBs cannot satisfy the practical requirement. Therefore, rechargeable lithium metal batteries (LMBs) have been intensively investigated considering the high theoretical capacity of lithium metal and its low negative potential...
January 18, 2017: Chemical Society Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098263/a-lab-on-a-chip-for-monolith-based-preconcentration-and-electrophoresis-separation-of-phosphopeptides
#18
Monica Araya-Farias, Szymon Dziomba, Benjamin Carbonnier, Mohamed Guerrouache, Ichraf Ayed, Nacera Aboud, Myriam Taverna, N Thuy Tran
A microdevice combining online preconcentration and separation of phosphopeptides was developed in a glass microchip. An ethylene glycol methacrylate phosphate (EGMP), acrylamide (AM) and bisacrylamide (BAA) based monolith was synthesized within microchannels through a photo-driven process. Morphological investigations revealed a homogeneous monolithic structure composed of uniform nodules (∼0.8 μm), with a large pore volume (0.62 cm(3) g(-1)) and sufficiently high specific surface area (34.1 m(2) g(-1))...
January 18, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098259/wafer-scale-thermodynamically-stable-gan-nanorods-via-two-step-self-limiting-epitaxy-for-optoelectronic-applications
#19
Hyun Kum, Han-Kyu Seong, Wantae Lim, Daemyung Chun, Young-Il Kim, Youngsoo Park, Geonwook Yoo
We present a method of epitaxially growing thermodynamically stable gallium nitride (GaN) nanorods via metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) by invoking a two-step self-limited growth (TSSLG) mechanism. This allows for growth of nanorods with excellent geometrical uniformity with no visible extended defects over a 100 mm sapphire (Al2O3) wafer. An ex-situ study of the growth morphology as a function of growth time for the two self-limiting steps elucidate the growth dynamics, which show that formation of an Ehrlich-Schwoebel barrier and preferential growth in the c-plane direction governs the growth process...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098240/metal-insulator-transition-of-strained-smnio3-thin-films-structural-electrical-and-optical-properties
#20
B Torriss, J Margot, M Chaker
Samarium nickelate (SmNiO3) thin films were successfully synthesized on LaAlO3 and SrTiO3 substrates using pulsed-laser deposition. The Mott metal-insulator (MI) transition of the thin films is sensitive to epitaxial strain and strain relaxation. Once the strain changes from compressive to tensile, the transition temperature of the SmNiO3 samples shifts to slightly higher values. The optical conductivity reveals the strong dependence of the Drude spectral weight on the strain relaxation. Actually, compressive strain broadens the bandwidth...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
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