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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28347129/bi-layer-channel-azo-zno-thin-film-transistors-fabricated-by-atomic-layer-deposition-technique
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Huijin Li, Dedong Han, Liqiao Liu, Junchen Dong, Guodong Cui, Shengdong Zhang, Xing Zhang, Yi Wang
This letter demonstrates bi-layer channel Al-doped ZnO/ZnO thin film transistors (AZO/ZnO TFTs) via atomic layer deposition process at a relatively low temperature. The effects of annealing in oxygen atmosphere at different temperatures have also been investigated. The ALD bi-layer channel AZO/ZnO TFTs annealed in dry O2 at 300 °C exhibit a low leakage current of 2.5 × 10(-13)A, I on/I off ratio of 1.4 × 10(7), subthreshold swing (SS) of 0.23 V/decade, and high transmittance. The enhanced performance obtained from the bi-layer channel AZO/ZnO TFT devices is explained by the inserted AZO front channel layer playing the role of the mobility booster...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28347128/temperature-and-wavelength-dependence-of-energy-transfer-process-between-quantized-states-and-surface-states-in-cdse-quantum-dots
#2
Lei Zhang, Qinfeng Xu, Mingliang Liu, Lingbin Kong, Mengmeng Jiao, Haifeng Mu, Dehua Wang, Honggang Wang, Jiannong Chen, Chuanlu Yang
Temperature and wavelength dependence of energy transfer (ET) process between quantized states and surface trap states of CdSe quantum dots was investigated, respectively. The experimental results demonstrate that the photoluminescence (PL) intensity of the quantized states decreases with respect to the trap state emission, especially at lower temperatures. The observed ET process between quantized states and trap states which is influenced by the thermal population behavior. At the same temperature, the silver films can greatly enhance the energy transfer (ET) rate from the quantized states to trap states due to surface plasmonic coupling effect...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346909/bioaugmentaton-in-technosols-created-in-abandoned-pyritic-tailings-can-contribute-to-enhance-soil-c-sequestration-and-plant-colonization
#3
Raúl Zornoza, Melisa Gómez-Garrido, Silvia Martínez-Martínez, María Dolores Gómez-López, Ángel Faz
Creation of Technosols in combination with phytostabilization may be a sustainable strategy to minimize the environmental and human health hazards derived from mine tailings. Bioaugmentation can facilitate plant establishment and growth for efficient phytostabilization. In order to assess if bioaugmentation can increase soil quality and fertility, decrease metal(loid) mobility and accelerate plant colonization, a one-year field experiment was designed with creation of Technosols in two tailings ponds with different pH (acidic (AT) and neutral (NT)), with addition of marble waste (MaW) and two organic materials (pig manure (PM) and sewage sludge (SS), without or with inoculation of effective microorganisms (EM) at three rates...
March 24, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346902/in-situ-synthesis-of-cobalt-ferrites-embedded-hollow-n-doped-carbon-as-an-outstanding-catalyst-for-elimination-of-organic-pollutants
#4
Tao Zeng, Mingdong Yu, Haiyan Zhang, Zhiqiao He, Xiaole Zhang, Jianmeng Chen, Shuang Song
Using polydopamine-metal ions complex as precursor, hollow mesoporous N-doped carbon microspheres encapsulating spinel ferrites nanocrystals (HM-NC/CoFe2O4) were facilely prepared with the aim of creating a novel heterogeneous catalyst for sulfate radical-based oxidation of organic contaminants. The surface morphology, structure and composition of HM-NC/CoFe2O4 catalyst were thoroughly investigated. The applicability of the catalyst was systematically assessed through numerous controlled trials, several operating parameters, as well as different model pollutants by means of peroxymonosulfate (PMS) activation...
March 24, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346840/fabrication-and-evaluation-of-phytomenadione-as-a-nanostructure-lipid-carrier-for-enhancement-of-bioavailability
#5
Bader Mubarak Aljaeid, Khaled Mohamed Hosny
Owing to its limited aqueous solubility, Phytomenadione (vitamin K) undergoes a low bioavailability (50%) with a large inter-individual variability after oral administration. Therefore, the aim of this work was to incorporate vitamine K into nanostructure lipid carrier systems to improve its aqueous solubility and bioavailability. Phytomenadione was used as a liquid lipid, Precirol ATO5, and Compritol ATO were used as solid lipids, Labrasol and Cremophore EL as water soluble surfactants, Capryol 90 and Lauroglycol as lipid soluble surfactants...
March 27, 2017: Pharmaceutical Development and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346830/synergetic-neuroprotective-effect-of-docosahexaenoic-acid-and-aspirin-in-sh-y5y-by-inhibiting-mir-21-and-activating-rxr%C3%AE-and-ppar%C3%AE
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Yongwang Fu, Jin Zhen, Zuneng Lu
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a serious neurodegenerative disorder that lacks effective therapeutic methods. In this research, expressions of PPARα, RXRα, and miR-21 were evaluated in PD patients and normal controls. To investigate the effects of miR-21, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and aspirin (ASA) on PD, as well as the relationships between them, SH-Y5Y cells were treated with DHA, ASA, or both for 24 h. The assay showed that levels of miR-21 were increased and levels of PPARα were decreased in PD patients compared with normal controls...
March 27, 2017: DNA and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346825/fabrication-of-nico2-anchored-graphene-nanosheets-by-liquid-phase-exfoliation-for-excellent-microwave-absorber
#7
Ruilong Yang, Bochong Wang, Jianyong Xiang, Congpu Mu, Can Zhang, Fusheng Wen, Cong Wang, Can Su, Zhongyuan Liu
Graphene nanosheets (GNS) were prepared by an efficient liquid phase exfoliation method, and then the NiCo2/GNS nanohybrids were fabricated using the single-mode microwave-assisted hydrothermal technique. The NiCo2/GNS composites with different GNS proportion were investigated as a microwave absorber. Morphology investigation suggested that NiCo2 nanocrystals were uniformly anchored on the GNS without aggregation. The electromagnetic parameters of NiCo2/GNS nanohybrids could be artificially adjusted by changing the GNS proportion, which led to an exceptional microwave absorbing performance...
March 27, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346816/child-adult-differences-in-using-dual-task-paradigms-to-measure-listening-effort
#8
Erin M Picou, Lauren M Charles, Todd A Ricketts
Purpose: The purpose of the project was to investigate the effects modifying the secondary task in a dual-task paradigm to measure objective listening effort. To be specific, the complexity and depth of processing were increased relative to a simple secondary task. Method: Three dual-task paradigms were developed for school-age children. The primary task was word recognition. The secondary task was a physical response to a visual probe (simple task), a physical response to a complex probe (increased complexity), or word categorization (increased depth of processing)...
March 27, 2017: American Journal of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346813/protein-supplementation-does-not-affect-myogenic-adaptations-to-resistance-training
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Paul T Reidy, Christopher S Fry, Sherry Igbinigie, Rachel R Deer, Kristofer Jennings, Mark B Cope, Ratna Mukherjea, Elena Volpi, Blake B Rasmussen
It has been proposed that protein supplementation during resistance exercise training enhances muscle hypertrophy. The degree of hypertrophy during training is controlled in part through activation of satellite cells and myonuclear accretion. PURPOSE: To determine the efficacy of protein supplementation (and the type of protein) during traditional resistance training on myofiber cross-sectional-area, satellite cell content and myonuclear addition. METHODS: Healthy young men participated in supervised whole body progressive resistance training 3d/wk for 12 weeks...
February 14, 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346811/improved-soluble-scfv-elisa-screening-approach-for-antibody-discovery-using-phage-display-technology
#10
Mohammad R Tohidkia, Maryam Sepehri, Shirin Khajeh, Jaleh Barar, Yadollah Omidi
Phage display technology (PDT) is a powerful tool for the isolation of recombinant antibody (Ab) fragments. Using PDT, target molecule-specific phage-Ab clones are enriched through the "biopanning" process. The individual specific binders are screened by the monoclonal scFv enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) that may associate with inevitable false-negative results. Thus, in this study, three strategies were investigated for optimization of the scFvs screening using Tomlinson I and J libraries, including (1) optimizing the expression of functional scFvs, (2) improving the sensitivity of ELISA, and (3) preparing different samples containing scFvs...
March 1, 2017: SLAS Discov
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346802/metabolome-profiling-of-partial-and-fully-reprogrammed-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
#11
Soon-Jung Park, Sang A Lee, Nutan Prasain, Daekyeong Bae, Hyunsu Kang, Taewon Ha, Jong Soo Kim, Ki-Sung Hong, Charlie Mantel, Sung-Hwan Moon, Hal E Broxmeyer, Man Ryul Lee
Acquisition of proper metabolomic fate is required to convert somatic cells toward fully reprogrammed pluripotent stem cells. The majority of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) are partially reprogrammed and have a transcriptome different from that of the pluripotent stem cells. The metabolomic profile and mitochondrial metabolic functions required to achieve full reprogramming of somatic cells to iPSC status have not yet been elucidated. Clarification of the metabolites underlying reprogramming mechanisms should enable further optimization to enhance the efficiency of obtaining fully reprogrammed iPSCs...
March 27, 2017: Stem Cells and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346797/substituted-borosilicate-glasses-with-improved-osteogenic-capacity-for-bone-tissue-engineering
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João S Fernandes, Piergiorgio Gentile, Aileen Crawford, Ricardo A Pires, Paul V Hatton, Rui L Reis
Borosilicate bioactive glasses (BBGs) have shown the capacity to promote higher formation of new bone when compared with silicate bioactive glasses. Herein, we assessed the capacity of BBGs to induce osteogenic differentiation of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BM-MSCs) as a function of their substituted divalent cations (Mg(2+), Ca(2+), Sr(2+)). To this purpose, we synthesized BBG particles by melt quenching. The cell viability, proliferation, and morphology (i.e., PrestoBlue(®), PicoGreen(®), and DAPI and Phalloidin stainings, respectively), as well as protein expression (i...
March 27, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346786/break-down-in-order-to-build-up-decomposing-small-molecules-for-fragment-based-drug-design-with-emolfrag
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Tairan Liu, Misagh Naderi, Chris Alvin, Supratik Mukhopadhyay, Michal Brylinski
Constructing high-quality libraries of molecular building blocks is essential for successful fragment-based drug discovery. In this communication, we describe eMolFrag, a new open-source software to decompose organic compounds into non-redundant fragments retaining molecular connectivity information. Given a collection of molecules, eMolFrag generates a set of unique fragments comprising larger moieties, bricks, and smaller linkers connecting bricks. These building blocks can subsequently be used to construct virtual screening libraries for targeted drug discovery...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346782/%C3%AE%C2%BA-carrageenan-enhances-the-biomineralization-and-osteogenic-differentiation-of-electrospun-phb-and-phbv-fibers
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Nowsheen Goonoo, Behnam Khanbabaee, Marc Steuber, Archana Bhaw-Luximon, Ulrich Jonas, Ullrich Pietsch, Dhanjay Jhurry, Holger Schönherr
Novel electrospun materials for bone tissue engineering were obtained by blending biodegradable polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB) or polyhydroxybutyrate valerate (PHBV) with the anionic sulfated polysaccharide κ-carrageenan (κ-CG) in varying ratios. In both systems, the two components phase separated as shown by FTIR, DSC and TGA. According to the contact angle data, κ-CG was localized preferentially at the fiber surface in PHBV/ κ-CG blends in contrast to PHB/ κ-CG, where the biopolymer was mostly found within the fiber...
March 27, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346751/d-fructose-modification-enhanced-internalization-of-mixed-micelles-in-breast-cancer-cells-via-glut5-transporters
#15
Xu Zhou, Xianyan Qin, Tao Gong, Zhi-Rong Zhang, Yao Fu
d-Fructose modified poly(ε-caprolactone)-polyethylene glycol (PCL-PEG-Fru) diblock amphiphile is synthesized via Cu(I)-catalyzed click chemistry, which self-assembles with D-α-tocopheryl polyethylene glycol 1000 succinate (TPGS) into PCL-PEG-Fru/TPGS mixed micelles (PPF MM). It has been proven that glucose transporter (GLUT)5 is overexpressed in MCF-7 cells other than L929 cells. In this study, PPF MM exhibit a significantly higher uptake efficiency than fructose-free PCL-PEG-N3 /TPGS mixed micelles in both 2D MCF-7 cells and 3D tumor spheroids...
March 27, 2017: Macromolecular Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346732/asiaticoside-hinders-the-invasive-growth-of-keloid-fibroblasts-through-inhibition-of-the-gdf-9-mapk-smad-pathway
#16
Xin Wu, Difei Bian, Yannong Dou, Zhunan Gong, Qian Tan, Yufeng Xia, Yue Dai
Higher expression of growth differentiation factor-9 (GDF-9) in keloids compared with hypertrophic scars and normal skin tissues has been reported recently. The present study was performed to investigate the role of GDF-9 in keloid pathogenesis, and to elucidate its implication for asiaticoside in the keloid management. The data showed that GDF-9 could enhance the proliferation, migration, and invasion of keloid fibroblasts (KFs), while it only slightly elevated collagen expression, indicating that the effect of GDF-9 was opposite to that of TGF-β1...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346727/sulforaphene-enhances-radiosensitivity-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-through-suppression-of-the-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathway
#17
Kewei Ren, Zhen Li, Yahua Li, Wenzhe Zhang, Xinwei Han
Sulforaphene (SFE), a naturally occurring isothiocyanate found in cruciferous vegetables, has attracted increasing attention for its anti-cancer effect in many cancers, including hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). However, the precise role of SFE in the radiosensitivity of HCC is still unclear. Here, cell proliferation and apoptosis were detected by MTT and flow cytometry assay, respectively. The activity of NF-κB was further evaluated by ELISA. We also observed the effect of SFE and/or radiation on tumor growth...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346701/effect-of-resistance-training-with-vibration-and-compression-on-the-formation-of-muscle-and-bone
#18
Christoph Zinner, Bettina Baessler, Kilian Weiss, Jasmine Ruf, Guido Michels, Hans-Christer Holmberg, Billy Sperlich
INTRODUCTION: In this study we investigated the effects of resistance training with vibration in combination with leg compression to restrict blood flow on strength, muscle oxygenation, muscle mass, and bone formation. METHODS: Twelve participants were tested before and after 12 weeks of resistance training with application of vibration (VIBRA; 1-2 mm, 30 Hz) to both legs and compression (∼35 mm Hg, VIBRA+COMP) to only 1 leg. RESULTS: VIBRA+COMP and VIBRA improved 1 repetition maximum (1-RM), increased the number of repetitions preceding muscle exhaustion, enhanced cortical bone mass, and lowered the mass and fat fraction in the thigh, with no changes in total muscle mass...
March 27, 2017: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346693/using-a-novel-nqo1-bioactivatable-drug-beta-lapachone-arq761-to-enhance-chemotherapeutic-effects-by-metabolic-modulation-in-pancreatic-cancer
#19
Muhammad Shaalan Beg, Xiumei Huang, Molly A Silvers, David E Gerber, Joyce Bolluyt, Venetia Sarode, Farjana Fattah, Ralph J Deberardinis, Matthew E Merritt, Xian-Jin Xie, Richard Leff, Daniel Laheru, David A Boothman
Novel, tumor-selective therapies are needed to increase the survival rate of pancreatic cancer patients. K-Ras-mutant-driven NAD(P)H:quinone oxidoreductase 1 (NQO1) is over-expressed in pancreatic tumor versus associated normal tissue, while catalase expression is lowered compared to levels in associated normal pancreas tissue. ARQ761 undergoes a robust, futile redox cycle in NQO1+ cancer cells, producing massive hydrogen peroxide (H2 O2 ) levels; normal tissues are spared by low NQO1 and high catalase expression...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346606/evidence-based-redesign-of-the-comlex-usa-series
#20
John R Gimpel, Dorothy Horber, Jeanne M Sandella, Janice A Knebl, John E Thornburg
To ensure that the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination-USA (COMLEX-USA) reflects the evolving practice of osteopathic medicine, the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners has developed new content and format specifications for an enhanced, competency-based examination program to be implemented with COMLEX-USA Level 3 in 2018. This article summarizes the evidence-based design processes that served as the foundation for blueprint development and the evidence supporting its validity...
April 1, 2017: Journal of the American Osteopathic Association
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