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S A Korolyov, A N Reznik
In this work, our earlier method for measuring resistance Rsh of semiconductor films with a near-field scanning microwave microscope [A. N. Reznik and S. A. Korolyov, J. Appl. Phys. 119, 094504 (2016)] is studied in a 0.1 kΩ/sq < Rsh < 15 kΩ/sq range. The method is based on a microscope model in the form of a monopole or dipole antenna interacting with an arbitrary layered structure. The model fitting parameters are determined from the data yielded by calibration measurements on a system of etalon samples...
February 2018: Review of Scientific Instruments
Sophie E Irving, Rebecca M Corrigan
The stringent response is a conserved bacterial stress response mechanism that allows bacteria to respond to nutritional challenges. It is mediated by the alarmones pppGpp and ppGpp, nucleotides that are synthesized and hydrolyzed by members of the RSH superfamily. Whilst there are key differences in the binding targets for (p)ppGpp between Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacterial species, the transient accumulation of (p)ppGpp caused by nutritional stresses results in a global change in gene expression in all species...
March 2018: Microbiology
Yixiong Ji, Jun Yang, Wei Luo, Linlong Tang, Xiangxing Bai, Chongqian Leng, Chaoyan Ma, Xingzhan Wei, Jing Wang, Jun Shen, Shirong Lu, Kuan Sun, Haofei Shi
Driven by huge demand for flexible opto-electronic devices, high-performance flexible transparent electrodes are continuously sought. In this work, a flexible multilayer transparent electrode with structure of ZnO/Ag/CuSCN (ZAC) is engineered, featuring inorganic solution-processed cuprous thiocyanate (CuSCN) as a hole-transport antireflection coating. The ZAC electrode exhibits an average transmittance of 94% (discounting the substrate) in the visible range, a sheet resistance (Rsh) of 9.7 Ω/sq, a high mechanical flexibility without Rsh variation after bending 10,000 times, a long-term stability of 400 days in ambient environment and scalable fabrication process...
February 16, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Sousuke Imamura, Yuhta Nomura, Tokiaki Takemura, Imran Pancha, Keiko Taki, Kazuki Toguchi, Yuzuru Tozawa, Kan Tanaka
Chloroplasts are plant organelles that carry out oxygenic photosynthesis. Chloroplast biogenesis depends upon chloroplast ribosomes and their translational activity. However, regulation of chloroplast ribosome biogenesis remains an important unanswered question. In this study, we found that inhibition of target of rapamycin (TOR), a general eukaryotic checkpoint kinase, results in a decline in chloroplast ribosomal RNA (rRNA) transcription in the unicellular red alga, Cyanidioschyzon merolae. Upon TOR inhibition, transcriptomics and other analyses revealed increased expression of a nuclear-encoded chloroplast RelA-SpoT homolog (RSH) gene (CmRSH4b), which encodes a homolog of the guanosine 3'-diphosphate 5'-diphosphate (ppGpp) synthetases that modulate rRNA synthesis in bacteria...
February 14, 2018: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
Charly Fornasier-Santos, Grégoire P Millet, Xavier Woorons
PURPOSE: The goal of this study was to determine the effects of repeated-sprint training in hypoxia induced by voluntary hypoventilation at low lung volume (VHL) on running repeated-sprint ability (RSA) in team-sport players. METHODS: Twenty-one highly trained rugby players performed, over a 4-week period, seven sessions of repeated 40-m sprints either with VHL (RSH-VHL, n = 11) or with normal breathing (RSN, n = 10). Before (Pre-) and after training (Post-), performance was assessed with an RSA test (40-m all-out sprints with a departure every 30 s) until task failure (85% of the reference velocity assessed in an isolated sprint)...
February 5, 2018: European Journal of Sport Science
D B Shpakovsky, A A Shtil, E V Kharitonashvili, V Yu Tyurin, T A Antonenko, A A Nazarov, V P Osipova, N T Berberova, L S Foteeva, C Schmidt, I Ott, E R Milaeva
Metal-based drugs are gaining momentum as a rapidly developing area of medicinal inorganic chemistry. Among gold pharmaceuticals, auranofin is a well known antirheumatic drug. The efficacy of gold-organic complexes largely depends on their pro-oxidant properties since auranofin targets the redox enzyme thioredoxin reductase (TrxR). However, an uncontrollable oxygen burst may be harmful for healthy cells; therefore, the search for chemical modifications to attenuate oxidation-related general toxicity of gold containing anti-inflammatory drugs is justified...
February 5, 2018: Metallomics: Integrated Biometal Science
E M Harding-Esch, E C Cousins, S-L C Chow, L T Phillips, C L Hall, N Cooper, S S Fuller, A V Nori, R Patel, S Thomas-William, G Whitlock, S J E Edwards, M Green, J Clarkson, B Arlett, J K Dunbar, C M Lowndes, S T Sadiq
BACKGROUND: Rapid Point-Of-Care Tests for Chlamydia trachomatis (CT) may reduce onward transmission and reproductive sexual health (RSH) sequelae by reducing turnaround times between diagnosis and treatment. The io® single module system (Atlas Genetics Ltd.) runs clinical samples through a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT)-based CT cartridge, delivering results in 30min. METHODS: Prospective diagnostic accuracy study of the io® CT-assay in four UK Genito-Urinary Medicine (GUM)/RSH clinics on additional-to-routine self-collected vulvovaginal swabs...
January 10, 2018: EBioMedicine
Vahid Rahimi, Jalil Hajizadeh, Arash Zibaee, Jalal Jalali Sendi
Plant lectins could reduce insect populations by imposing imbalances in biology and physiology. Here, an agglutinin was extracted from Polygonum persicaria L. (PPA; Polygonales: Polygonaceae) and its effects were investigated on life table parameters and antioxidant system of Helicoverpa armigera Hübner (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae). PPA significantly changed demographic parameters showing adverse effects on age-stage survival rate (Sxj), age-specific survival rate (lx), age-specific fecundity rate (mx), age stage specific fecundity (fxj), and life expectancy (exj)...
January 27, 2018: Journal of Economic Entomology
Jia-Wei Liu, Lei Feng, Haifeng Su, Zhi Wang, Quan-Qin Zhao, Xingpo Wang, Chen-Ho Tung, Di Sun, Lan-Sun Zheng
Although there has been an upsurge of interest in anisotropic assembly of inorganic nanoparticles, atomically precise self-assembly of anisotropic (nonspherical) high-nuclearity metal clusters is extremely rare. Herein, we presented two novel silver nanoclusters, Ag52 (SD/Ag23) and Ag76 (SD/Ag24), which are interiorly templated by five MoO42- and a pair of Mo6O228- anions, respectively, and co-protected by bridging RSH and terminal diphosphine ligands exteriorly. Regiospe-cific distribution diphosphine ligands on the surface and the arrangement of multiple molybdate templates within the nanoclusters synergetically tailor their shapes to anisotropic oblate spheroid and elongated rod, respectively, as opposed to isotropic nanospheres...
January 18, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Suzan Gunduz, Semra Kara, Ayşe Aktas, Abdulkadir Eren, Vedat Bakan
Macrosomia is a risk factor for birth injuries and is associated with neonatal morbidity and mortality. Cephalohematoma and clavicular fracture are the most frequent birth injuries. Intraabdominal injuries are uncommon birth injuries. Rectus sheath hematoma (RSH) is an accumulation of blood in the sheath of rectus abdominis muscle. It is associated with trauma, operations and anticoagulant therapy, especially in adults and elders. We present a macrosomic male neonate with difficult vaginal delivery, who had in the physical examination periumblical ecchymose of 1x1 cm and a parietal cephalohametoma of 1x1 cm...
February 1, 2018: Archivos Argentinos de Pediatría
Melek Cemre Manav, Jelena Beljantseva, Martin Saxtorph Bojer, Tanel Tenson, Hanne Ingmer, Vasili Hauryliuk, Ditlev Egeskov Brodersen
The stringent response is a global reprogramming of bacterial physiology that renders cells more tolerant to antibiotics and induces virulence gene expression in pathogens in response to stress. This process is driven by accumulation of the intracellular alarmone guanosine-5'-di(tri)phosphate-3'-diphosphate ([p]ppGpp), which is produced by enzymes of the RelA SpoT homologue (RSH) family. The Gram-positive Firmicute pathogen, Staphylococcus aureus, encodes three RSH enzymes: a multi-domain RSH (Rel) that senses amino acid starvation on the ribosome and two small alarmone synthetase (SAS) enzymes, RelQ (SAS1) and RelP (SAS2)...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Amma Benneh-Akwasi Kuma, Amma Twumwa Owusu-Ansah, Mary Akua Ampomah, Fredericka Sey, Edeghonghon Olayemi, Mehdi Nouraie, Solomon Fiifi Ofori-Acquah
Individuals with sickle cell disease particularly with the homozygous (SS) genotype historically have relatively low blood pressure. Nonetheless, they develop vasculopathy-associated organ dysfunction and the risk of organ dysfunction increases at blood pressures that are normal in the general population. This phenomenon is termed relative systemic hypertension (RSH) with a systolic blood pressure range of 120-139 mmHg, and diastolic blood pressure range of 70-89 mmHg. The significance of RSH lies in its association with renal insufficiency, pulmonary hypertension, stroke and propensity to progress to systemic hypertension...
2018: PloS One
Song Yi Park, Yuxiang Li, Jaewon Kim, Tack Ho Lee, Bright Walker, Han Young Woo, Jin Young Kim
We synthesized three semi-crystalline polymers (PTTBTBO, PDTBTBO, and P2FDTBTBO) by modulating the intra- and intermolecular noncovalent coulombic interactions, and investigated their photovoltaic characteristics under various light intensities. Low series (Rs) and high shunt (Rsh) resistances are essential prerequisites for good device properties under standard illumination (100 mW cm-2). Considering these factors, among three polymers PDTBTBO polymer solar cells (PSCs) exhibited the most desirable characteristics, with peak power conversion efficiencies (PCE) of 7...
January 4, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Abdul Razzaq S Alsalman, Lamia A Almashhedy, Mahmoud Hussein Hadwan
A thiol group plays an essential role in sperm metabolism and the antioxidative defense state. Zinc is the second most abundant element in the human body, following iron. The present study was conducted to study the effect of zinc supplementation on the characteristics of semen along with thiol and thiol-related enzymes in semen of asthenospermic patients. Semen samples were obtained from 60 fertile and 60 asthenospermic men, from couples who had consulted the infertility clinic of Babil Hospital (Hillah city, Iraq)...
December 8, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
Nazik Dinçtopal Deniz, Janet Dean Fodor
It is known from previous studies that in many cases (though not all) the prosodic properties of a spoken utterance reflect aspects of its syntactic structure, and also that in many cases (though not all) listeners can benefit from these prosodic cues. A novel contribution to this literature is the Rational Speaker Hypothesis (RSH), proposed by Clifton, Carlson and Frazier. The RSH maintains that listeners are sensitive to possible reasons for why a speaker might introduce a prosodic break: "listeners treat a prosodic boundary as more informative about the syntax when it flanks short constituents than when it flanks longer constituents," because in the latter case the speaker might have been motivated solely by consideration of optimal phrase lengths...
December 2017: Language and Speech
Aimal Khan, Jay Strain, Pak Shan Leung, Mark J Kaplan
Rectus sheath hematoma (RSH) is an increasingly common clinical condition in our hospitals due to the increasing use of anticoagulant therapies for various purposes among our patients. Treatment of spontaneous RSH is generally conservative. For continued bleeding, interventional radiologic identification and subsequent embolization is an effective option. Surgery usually involves significant morbidity and is considered a technique of last resort. In this case report, we describe the case of middle aged female who developed abdominal compartment syndrome (ACS) from a large RSH that had extended into the retroperitoneum...
November 2017: Journal of Surgical Case Reports
Ebubekir Gündeş, Durmuş Ali Çetin, Ulaş Aday, Hüseyin Çiyiltepe, Kamuran Cumhur Değer, Orhan Uzun, Aziz Serkan Senger, Erdal Polat, Mustafa Duman
BACKGROUND: This study presents the relationship between mortality and spontaneous rectus sheath hematoma (RSH) in inpatients receiving anticoagulant and antiaggregant treatment for cardiac pathology at cardiology and cardiovascular surgery clinics. METHODS: Within the scope of our study, the cases of 27 patients who were diagnosed with spontaneous RSH between January 2010 and December 2015 at Kartal Kosuyolu High Speciality Training and Research Hospital were retrospectively evaluated...
November 2017: Ulusal Travma Ve Acil Cerrahi Dergisi, Turkish Journal of Trauma & Emergency Surgery: TJTES
Mustafa Balevi
Objective: The aim of this retrospective study is to evaluate the efficacy and incidence of complications of craniotomy and membranectomy in elderly patients for the treatment of organized chronic subdural hematoma (OCSH). Materials and Methods: We retrospectively reviewed a series of 28 consecutive patients suffering from OCSH, diagnosed by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computer tomography (CT) to establish the degree of organization and determine the intrahematomal architecture including inner membrane ossification...
October 2017: Asian Journal of Neurosurgery
Milos R Filipovic, Jasmina Zivanovic, Beatriz Alvarez, Ruma Banerjee
Signaling by H2S is proposed to occur via persulfidation, a posttranslational modification of cysteine residues (RSH) to persulfides (RSSH). Persulfidation provides a framework for understanding the physiological and pharmacological effects of H2S. Due to the inherent instability of persulfides, their chemistry is understudied. In this review, we discuss the biologically relevant chemistry of H2S and the enzymatic routes for its production and oxidation. We cover the chemical biology of persulfides and the chemical probes for detecting them...
November 7, 2017: Chemical Reviews
Huiliang Yang, Gi Hye Im, Bowen Hu, Lei Wang, Chunguang Zhou, Limin Liu, Yueming Song
OBJECTIVES: There are many different systems recommending upper instrumented vertebra (UIV) for Lenke type 2 adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS), several of which suggest that all Lenke type 2 AIS patients should be fused to the second thoracic vertebra (T2). However, all previously proposed UIV selecting systems do not accurately predict postoperative shoulder balance. We investigated whether fusing to T2 could prevent postoperative shoulder imbalance and identified circumstances under which to fuse up to T2...
October 31, 2017: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
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