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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646222/effects-of-chemical-alternation-on-damage-accumulation-in-concentrated-solid-solution-alloys
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Mohammad W Ullah, Haizhou Xue, Gihan Velisa, Ke Jin, Hongbin Bei, William J Weber, Yanwen Zhang
Single-phase concentrated solid-solution alloys (SP-CSAs) have recently gained unprecedented attention due to their promising properties. To understand effects of alloying elements on irradiation-induced defect production, recombination and evolution, an integrated study of ion irradiation, ion beam analysis and atomistic simulations are carried out on a unique set of model crystals with increasing chemical complexity, from pure Ni to Ni80Fe20, Ni50Fe50, and Ni80Cr20 binaries, and to a more complex Ni40Fe40Cr20 alloy...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646214/structural-and-biochemical-studies-of-sulphotransferase-18-from-arabidopsis-thaliana-explain-its-substrate-specificity-and-reaction-mechanism
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Felix Hirschmann, Florian Krause, Petra Baruch, Igor Chizhov, Jonathan Wolf Mueller, Dietmar J Manstein, Jutta Papenbrock, Roman Fedorov
Sulphotransferases are a diverse group of enzymes catalysing the transfer of a sulfuryl group from 3'-phosphoadenosine 5'-phosphosulphate (PAPS) to a broad range of secondary metabolites. They exist in all kingdoms of life. In Arabidopsis thaliana (L.) Heynh. twenty-two sulphotransferase (SOT) isoforms were identified. Three of those are involved in glucosinolate (Gl) biosynthesis, glycosylated sulphur-containing aldoximes containing chemically different side chains, whose break-down products are involved in stress response against herbivores, pathogens, and abiotic stress...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646212/direct-observation-of-a-non-crystalline-state-of-li2s-p2s5-solid-electrolytes
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Hirofumi Tsukasaki, Shigeo Mori, Hideyuki Morimoto, Akitoshi Hayashi, Masahiro Tatsumisago
There are two types of solid electrolytes which has been recently expected to be applied to all-solid-state batteries. One is the glasses characterized by an amorphous state. The other is the glass ceramics containing crystalline in an amorphous matrix. However, the non-crystalline state of glasses and glass ceramics is still an open question. It has been anticipated that sea-island and core-shell structures including crystalline nanoparticles have been proposed as candidate models for glass ceramics. Nevertheless, no direct observation has been conducted so far...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646199/orthogonal-quasi-phase-matched-superlattice-for-generation-of-hyperentangled-photons
#4
Salem F Hegazy, Salah S A Obayya, Bahaa E A Saleh
A crystal superlattice structure featuring nonlinear layers with alternating orthogonal optic axes interleaved with orthogonal poling directions, is shown to generate high-quality hyperentangled photon pairs via orthogonal quasi-phase-matched spontaneous parametric downconversion. We demonstrate that orthogonal quasi-phase matching (QPM) processes in a single nonlinear domain structure correct phase and group-velocity mismatches concurrently. Compared with the conventional two-orthogonal-crystals source and the double-nonlinearity single-crystal source, the orthogonal QPM superlattice is shown to suppress the spatial and temporal distinguishability of the generated photon pairs by several orders of magnitude, depending on the number of layers...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646159/yvck-a-protein-required-for-cell-wall-integrity-and-optimal-carbon-source-utilization-binds-uridine-diphosphate-sugars
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Elodie Foulquier, Anne Galinier
In Bacillus subtilis, Listeria monocytogenes and in two Mycobacteria, it was previously shown that yvcK is a gene required for normal cell shape, for optimal carbon source utilization and for virulence of pathogenic bacteria. Here we report that the B. subtilis protein YvcK binds to Uridine diphosphate-sugars like Uridine diphosphate-Glucose (UDP-Glc) and Uridine diphosphate-N-acetylglucosamine (UDP-GlcNAc) in vitro. Using the crystal structure of Bacillus halodurans YvcK, we identified residues involved in this interaction...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646125/the-crystal-structure-of-a-multidomain-protease-inhibitor-hai-1-reveals-the-mechanism-of-its-auto-inhibition
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Min Liu, Cai Yuan, Jan K Jensen, Baoyu Zhao, Yunbin Jiang, Longguang Jiang, Mindong Huang
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 23, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645943/the-structure-of-the-tetanus-toxin-reveals-ph-mediated-domain-dynamics
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Geoffrey Masuyer, Julian Conrad, Pål Stenmark
The tetanus neurotoxin (TeNT) is a highly potent toxin produced by Clostridium tetani that inhibits neurotransmission of inhibitory interneurons, causing spastic paralysis in the tetanus disease. TeNT differs from the other clostridial neurotoxins by its unique ability to target the central nervous system by retrograde axonal transport. The crystal structure of the tetanus toxin reveals a "closed" domain arrangement stabilised by two disulphide bridges, and the molecular details of the toxin's interaction with its polysaccharide receptor...
June 23, 2017: EMBO Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645148/a-soft-environmental-control-effect-of-apatite-doped-with-mineral-traces-in-the-fowl-droppings
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M Minamisawa, T Taniai, S Yoshida
Fowl-dropping apatite (Ca10-z[PO4]6-z[OH]2-z) synthesized from carbonized, incinerated fowl droppings contains PO4 and OH groups that are partially substituted by CO32- ions. It shows stronger ion conductivity than commercially available hydroxyapatite in a wide range of temperatures from 23°C to 800°C. Fowl-dropping apatite readily adsorbs NO2 and SO2 gases and, without re-releasing these gases, slowly decomposes them at room temperature under sunlight via ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) irradiation. A limited amount of minerals and organics contained in fowl droppings causes light-induced activities in fowl-dropping apatite with a crystal structure that has a developed c face; this initiates excitation-induced atomic transfer on the solid surface derived from PO4 exposed on the c face, which then advances the decomposition reaction...
June 21, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645111/intersecting-transcriptomic-profiling-technologies-and-long-non-coding-rna-function-in-lung-adenocarcinoma-discovery-mechanisms-and-therapeutic-applications
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REVIEW
Jonathan Castillo, Theresa R Stueve, Crystal N Marconett
Previously thought of as junk transcripts and pseudogene remnants, long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) have come into their own over the last decade as an essential component of cellular activity, regulating a plethora of functions within multicellular organisms. lncRNAs are now known to participate in development, cellular homeostasis, immunological processes, and the development of disease. With the advent of next generation sequencing technology, hundreds of thousands of lncRNAs have been identified. However, movement beyond mere discovery to the understanding of molecular processes has been stymied by the complicated genomic structure, tissue-restricted expression, and diverse regulatory roles lncRNAs play...
June 9, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645040/longitudinal-effects-of-religious-involvement-on-religious-coping-and-health-behaviors-in-a-national-sample-of-african-americans
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Cheryl L Holt, David L Roth, Jin Huang, Crystal L Park, Eddie M Clark
Many studies have examined associations between religious involvement and health, linking various dimensions of religion with a range of physical health outcomes and often hypothesizing influences on health behaviors. However, far fewer studies have examined explanatory mechanisms of the religion-health connection, and most have overwhelmingly relied on cross-sectional analyses. Given the relatively high levels of religious involvement among African Americans and the important role that religious coping styles may play in health, the present study tested a longitudinal model of religious coping as a potential mediator of a multidimensional religious involvement construct (beliefs; behaviors) on multiple health behaviors (e...
June 15, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644908/photoactive-surface-grafted-polymer-brushes-with-phthalocyanine-bridging-groups-as-an-advanced-architecture-for-light-harvesting
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Michał Szuwarzyński, Karol Wolski, Agata Pomorska, Tomasz Uchacz, Arkadiusz Gut, Łukasz Łapok, Szczepan Zapotoczny
Surface-grafted polymer brushes of novel ladder-like architecture were proposed for inducing ordering of chromophores embedded therein. The brushes with acetylene side groups were obtained by surface-initiated photoiniferter-mediated polymerization. The acetylene moieties reacted then via "click" process with an axially azide-bifunctionalized silicon phthalocyanine bridging the neighboring chains that inherently adopt extended conformations in dense brushes. FTIR, quartz crystal microbalance, atomic force microscopy were used to study formation and structure of the photoactive brushes varying in grafting densities...
June 23, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644618/exploring-new-assembly-modes-of-uranyl-terephthalate-templated-syntheses-and-structural-regulation-of-a-series-of-rare-2d-%C3%A2-3d-polycatenated-frameworks
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Lei Mei, Cong-Zhi Wang, Liu-Zheng Zhu, Zeng-Qiang Gao, Zhi-Fang Chai, John K Gibson, Wei-Qun Shi
The reaction of uranyl nitrate with terephthalic acid (H2TP) under hydrothermal conditions in the presence of an organic base, 1,3-(4,4'-bispyridyl)propane (BPP) or 4,4'-bipyridine (BPY), provided four uranyl terephthalate compounds with different entangled structures by a pH-tuning method. [UO2(TP)1.5](H2BPP)0.5·2H2O (1) obtained in a relatively acidic solution (final aqueous pH, 4.28) crystallizes in the form of a noninterpenetrated honeycomb-like two-dimensional network structure. An elevation of the solution pH (final pH, 5...
June 23, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644550/biphasic-liquid-crystal-and-the-simultaneous-measurement-of-isotropic-and-anisotropic-parameters-by-spatially-resolved-nmr-spectroscopy
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Malin Reller, Svenja Wesp, Martin R M Koos, Michael Knut Reggelin, Burkhard Luy
Residual dipolar couplings and other anisotropic NMR parameters are powerful tools for molecular structure elucidation when conventional techniques do not suffice. With current liquid crystalline preparations, it is necessary to prepare two samples to extract isotropic and anisotropic data from spectra and to derive the residual dipolar couplings. Here, we present the preparation, measurement, and interpretation of a novel biphasic liquid crystalline phase where a single sample can be used to generate both isotropic and anisotropic data...
June 23, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644504/a-structural-mechanism-of-flavonoids-in-inhibiting-serine-proteases
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Guangpu Xue, Lihu Gong, Cai Yuan, Mingming Xu, Xu Wang, Longguang Jiang, Mingdong Huang
Quercetin is a member of the flavonoids and was previously demonstrated to inhibit trypsin-like serine proteases at micromolar potencies. Different molecular models were proposed to explain such inhibition. However, controversies remain on the molecular details of inhibition. Here, we report the X-ray crystal structure of quercetin in a complex with the urokinase-type plasminogen activator (uPA), an archetypical serine protease. The structure showed that quercetin binds to the specific substrate binding pocket (S1 pocket) of uPA mainly through its two neighboring phenolic hydroxyl groups...
June 23, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644502/au3-%C3%AE-3-s-0e-elementary-block-new-insights-into-ligated-gold-clusters-with-%C3%AE-3-sulfido-motifs
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Wen Wu Xu, Xiao Cheng Zeng, Yi Gao
An understanding of the structural stability and formation mechanism of ligated gold nanoclusters with triply coordinated μ3-sulfido (μ3-S) motifs is important not only for gold chemistry but also for the design of more effective catalysts or drug carriers for various applications. In this article, a new elementary block Au3(μ3-S) with zero valence electrons [referred to as Au3(μ3-S)(0e)] has been identified, which describes all crystallized ligated gold clusters with μ3-S motifs, in conjunction with the previously reported Au3(2e) and Au4(2e) elementary blocks, in a grand unified model (GUM)...
June 23, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644481/redox-controlled-potassium-intercalation-into-two-polyaromatic-hydrocarbon-solids
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F Denis Romero, M J Pitcher, C I Hiley, G F S Whitehead, S Kar, A Y Ganin, D Antypov, C Collins, M S Dyer, G Klupp, R H Colman, K Prassides, M J Rosseinsky
Alkali metal intercalation into polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) has been studied intensely after reports of superconductivity in a number of potassium- and rubidium-intercalated materials. There are, however, no reported crystal structures to inform our understanding of the chemistry and physics because of the complex reactivity of PAHs with strong reducing agents at high temperature. Here we present the synthesis of crystalline K2Pentacene and K2Picene by a solid-solid insertion protocol that uses potassium hydride as a redox-controlled reducing agent to access the PAH dianions, and so enables the determination of their crystal structures...
July 2017: Nature Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644382/metal-ion-loaded-nanofibre-matrices-for-calcification-inhibition-in-polyurethane-implants
#17
Charanpreet Singh, Xungai Wang
Pathologic calcification leads to structural deterioration of implant materials via stiffening, stress cracking, and other structural disintegration mechanisms, and the effect can be critical for implants intended for long-term or permanent implantation. This study demonstrates the potential of using specific metal ions (MI)s for inhibiting pathological calcification in polyurethane (PU) implants. The hypothesis of using MIs as anti-calcification agents was based on the natural calcium-antagonist role of Mg(2+) ions in human body, and the anti-calcification effect of Fe(3+) ions in bio-prosthetic heart valves has previously been confirmed...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Functional Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644026/pb0-65mn2-85ga3s8-and-pb0-72mn2-84ga2-95se8-two-quaternary-metal-chalcognides-with-open-tunnel-framework-structures-displaying-intense-second-harmonic-generation-responses-and-interesting-magnetic-properties
#18
Molin Zhou, Xingxing Jiang, Yangwu Guo, Zheshuai Lin, Jiyong Yao, Yicheng Wu
By combining different nonlinear optical-active structural chromophores with transition metal Mn into a crystal structure, two novel quaternary metal chalcogenides Pb0.65Mn2.85Ga3S8 (1) and Pb0.72Mn2.84Ga2.95Se8 (2) were successfully synthesized. Compounds 1 and 2 are isostructural, and they represent a new structure type that crystallizes in the space group P6̅ (No. 174) in the hexagonal system. Their structures feature an interesting three-dimensional open-tunnel framework composed of bridged infinite chains with Pb(2+) cations filling in the biggest tunnels...
June 23, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644018/the-role-of-the-crystal-structure-in-cation-exchange-reactions-involving-colloidal-cu2se-nanocrystals
#19
Graziella Gariano, Vladimir Lesnyak, Rosaria Brescia, Giovanni Bertoni, Zhiya Dang, Roberto Gaspari, Luca De Trizio, Liberato Manna
Stoichiometric Cu2Se nanocrystals were synthesized in either cubic or hexagonal (metastable) crystal structures and used as the host material in cation exchange reactions with Pb2+ ions. Even if the final product of the exchange, in both cases, was rock-salt PbSe nanocrystals, we show here that the crystal structure of the starting nanocrystals has a strong influence on the exchange pathway. The exposure of cubic Cu2Se nanocrystals to Pb2+ cations led to the initial formation of PbSe unselectively on the overall surface of the host nanocrystals, generating Cu2Se@PbSe core@shell nano-heterostructures...
June 23, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644006/structure-of-the-forkhead-domain-of-foxa2-bound-to-a-complete-dna-consensus-site
#20
Jun Li, Ana Carolina Dantas Machado, Ming Guo, Jared M Sagendorf, Zhan Zhou, Longying Jiang, Xiaojuan Chen, Daichao Wu, Lingzhi Qu, Zhu-Chu Chen, Lin Chen, Remo Rohs, Yongheng Chen
FOXA2, a member of the forkhead family of transcription factors, plays essential roles in liver development and bile acid homeostasis. In this study, we report a 2.8 Å co-crystal structure of the FOXA2 DNA-binding domain (FOXA2-DBD) bound to a DNA duplex containing a forkhead consensus binding site (GTAAACA). FOXA2-DBD adopts the canonical winged-helix fold, with helix H3 and wing 1 regions mainly mediating the DNA recognition. Although the wing 2 region was not defined in the structure, isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC) assays suggested that this region was required for optimal DNA binding...
June 23, 2017: Biochemistry
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