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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454482/effects-of-environmental-factors-and-metallic-electrodes-on-ac-electrical-conduction-through-dna-molecule
#1
S Abdalla, A Obaid, F M Al-Marzouki
BACKGROUND: Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is one of the best candidate materials for various device applications such as in electrodes for rechargeable batteries, biosensors, molecular electronics, medical- and biomedical-applications etc. Hence, it is worthwhile to examine the mechanism of charge transport in the DNA molecule, however, still a question without a clear answer is DNA a molecular conducting material (wire), semiconductor, or insulator? The answer, after the published data, is still ambiguous without any confirmed and clear scientific answer...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454479/in-situ-immobilization-on-the-silica-gel-surface-and-adsorption-capacity-of-poly-n-4-carboxyphenyl-methacrylamide-on-toxic-metal-ions
#2
Elina Yanovska, Irina Savchenko, Dariusz Sternik, Olga Kychkiruk, Lidiya Ol'khovik, Iana Buriachenko
In situ immobilization of poly[N-(4-carboxyphenyl)methacrylamide] has been performed on silica gel surface. Infrared (IR) and mass spectroscopies as well as thermogravimetry (TG) analysis have been used to elucidate the structure of immobilized polymer. An adsorption capacity of the synthesized composite towards Cu(II), Pb(II), Mn(II), Fe(III), Co(II), and Ni(II) ions has been estimated. Adsorption activity to microquantities of Pb(II), Cu(II), and Ni(II) in a neutral aqueous medium has been observed.
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454477/in-situ-analysis-of-oxygen-vacancies-and-band-alignment-in-hfo2-tin-structure-for-cmos-applications
#3
Da-Peng Xu, Lin-Jie Yu, Xu-Dong Chen, Lin Chen, Qing-Qing Sun, Hao Zhu, Hong-Liang Lu, Peng Zhou, Shi-Jin Ding, David Wei Zhang
The density of oxygen vacancies characterization in high-k/metal gate is significant for semiconductor device fabrication. In this work, a new approach was demonstrated to detect the density of oxygen vacancies by in situ x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS) measurement. Moreover, the band alignment of the structure with optical band gap measured by spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) and valence band offset by UPS were reported. The specific areal density of oxygen vacancies in high-k dielectric of HfO2/TiN was obtained by fitting the experiment data to be 8...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454155/efficient-terahertz-anti-reflection-properties-of-metallic-anti-dot-structures
#4
Kumar Neeraj, Samiran Choudhury, Debanjan Polley, Rakhi Acharya, Jaivardhan Sinha, Anjan Barman, Rajib Kumar Mitra
We report the use of micrometer-sized copper (Cu) anti-dot structures as a novel terahertz (THz) anti-reflection coating (ARC) material and their superior performance over conventionally used metallic (Cu) thin films. Cu anti-dot structures of two different thicknesses (7 and 10 nm) with varying anti-dot diameters (100, 200, and 300 μm, inter-anti-dot separation fixed at 100 μm) are deposited on silicon substrates by RF magnetron sputtering and e-beam evaporation. The anti-reflection performance of these samples is studied in the frequency range of 0...
May 1, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454150/selective-propagation-and-beam-splitting-of-surface-plasmons-on-metallic-nanodisk-chains
#5
Yuhui Hu, Di Zhao, Zhenghan Wang, Fei Chen, Xiang Xiong, Ruwen Peng, Mu Wang
Manipulating the propagation of surface plasmons (SPs) on a nanoscale is a fundamental issue of nanophotonics. By using focused electron beam, SPs can be excited with high spatial accuracy. Here we report on the propagation of SPs on a chain of gold nanodisks with cathodoluminescence (CL) spectroscopy. Experimental evidence for the propagation of SPs excited by the focused electron beam is demonstrated. The wavelength of the transmitted SPs depends on the geometrical parameters of the nanodisk chain. Furthermore, we design and fabricate a beam splitter, which selectively transmits SPs of certain wavelengths to a specific direction...
May 1, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454139/blueshift-and-phase-tunability-in-planar-thz-metamaterials-the-role-of-losses-and-toroidal-dipole-contribution
#6
Maria V Cojocari, Kristina I Schegoleva, Alexey A Basharin
We propose a model of tunable THz metamaterials. The main advantage is the blueshift of resonance and phase tunability due to inductive coupling in planar metallic metamolecules with incorporated silicon wires. We discuss the role of losses and toroidal dipole contribution to metamaterial response.
May 1, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454103/subchronic-arsenism-induced-oxidative-stress-and-inflammatory-contribute-to-apoptosis-through-mitochondrial-and-death-receptor-dependent-pathways-in-chicken-immune-organs
#7
Hongjing Zhao, Ying He, Siwen Li, Xiao Sun, Yu Wang, Yizhi Shao, Zhijun Hou, Mingwei Xing
In many organ dysfunctions, arsenic and its compounds are well known to induce apoptosis by the mitochondria and death receptor apoptotic pathways in liver and airway. However, it is less reported that which signaling pathways contribute to excessive apoptosis of chicken immune organs, a major target of toxic metals biotransformation, which suffer from subchronic arsenism. In this study, we investigated whether the mitochondria or death receptor apoptotic pathways activated in the immune organs (spleen, thymus and bursa of Fabricius) of one-day-old male Hy-line chickens exposed to arsenic trioxide (As2O3), which were fed on diets supplemented with 0, 0...
April 8, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454075/a-novel-highly-sensitive-selective-reversible-and-turn-on-chemi-sensor-based-on-schiff-base-for-rapid-detection-of-cu-ii
#8
Sayed M Saleh, Reham Ali, Ibrahim A I Ali
In this work, a novel optical fluoro-chemisensor was designed and synthesized for copper (II) ions detection. The sensor film is created by embedded N,N-Bis(2-hydroxo-5-bromobenzyl)ethylenediamine in poly vinyl chloride (PVC) film in presence of dioctyl phthalate (DOP) as plasticizer. The receptor Schiff base reveals "off-on" mode with high selectivity, significant sensitivity to Cu(II) ions. The selectivity of optical sensor for Cu(II) ions is the result of chelation enhanced fluorescence (CHEF). The optimal conditions of pH and response time at which higher efficiency of sensor film is performed was found to be 6...
April 20, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454074/photocatalytic-degradation-of-dye-using-ceo2-scb-composite-catalysts
#9
Duangdao Channei, Auppatham Nakaruk, Sukon Phanichphant
The main task of the present work is to enhance the photocatalytic degradation efficiency of methylene blue (MB) by using CeO2/sugarcane bagasse (SCB) composite catalysts. Homogeneous precipitation method was used to synthesis CeO2-SCB composite catalysts by adding SCB powder to precursor solution of Ce base-metal. The structural analytical data indicated the pure cubic fluorite structure of CeO2. Morphological images revealed the coating of CeO2 layer on high surface area of SCB core-shell. The chemical analysis presented spectrum of the Ce 3d in CeO2/SCB sample existed in the form of the Ce(3+) and Ce(4+) mixed- valence states...
April 22, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454065/quantitative-measurements-of-intercellular-adhesion-between-a-macrophage-and-cancer-cells-using-a-cup-attached-afm-chip
#10
Hyonchol Kim, Ayana Yamagishi, Miku Imaizumi, Yui Onomura, Akira Nagasaki, Yohei Miyagi, Tomoko Okada, Chikashi Nakamura
Intercellular adhesion between a macrophage and cancer cells was quantitatively measured using atomic force microscopy (AFM). Cup-shaped metal hemispheres were fabricated using polystyrene particles as a template, and a cup was attached to the apex of the AFM cantilever. The cup-attached AFM chip (cup-chip) approached a murine macrophage cell (J774.2), the cell was captured on the inner concave of the cup, and picked up by withdrawing the cup-chip from the substrate. The cell-attached chip was advanced towards a murine breast cancer cell (FP10SC2), and intercellular adhesion between the two cells was quantitatively measured...
April 23, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454053/source-identification-and-exchangeability-of-heavy-metals-accumulated-in-vegetable-soils-in-the-coastal-plain-of-eastern-zhejiang-province-china
#11
Xu Qiutong, Zhang Mingkui
Vegetable production in China is suffering increasingly heavy metal damages from various pollution sources including agricultural, industrial and other activities. It is of practical significance to understand the effects of human activities on the accumulation and exchangeability of soil heavy metals in vegetable fields. In this study, seventy-two arable layer samples of vegetable soils were collected from the Shaoxing coastal plain, a representative region of the coastal plain of eastern Zhejiang province, China for characterizing the effects of fertilization methods on accumulation and exchangeable heavy metals in soils (Exchangeable heavy metals in the soil samples were extracted by 0...
April 25, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454052/a-multi-biomarker-approach-in-scallop-chlamys-farreri-to-assess-the-impact-of-contaminants-in-qingdao-coastal-area-of-china
#12
Ruiming Guo, Luqing Pan, Rongwang Ji
A multi-biomarker approach was carried out to classify the environmental quality and the adverse effects of contaminants on scallop Chlamys farreri. The scallops were collected from three sampling stations in Qingdao coastal area of China in March, May, August and October of 2015. A suite of environmental factors and biomarkers, including temperature, salinity, pH, the concentrations of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBPA) and metals (Cr, Mn, Cu, Zn, Cd, Pb, As) in seawater and soft tissue, mRNA expression of aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) and P-glycoprotein (P-gp), 7-ethoxyresorufin O-deethylase (EROD), glutathione-S-transferase (GST), uridine-diphosphate-glucuronyl-transferase (UGT), sulfotransferase (SULT), metallothionein (MT), Superoxide dismutase (SOD), glutathione peroxidase (GPx), catalase (CAT), lipid peroxidation (LPO) and protein carbonyl (PC) contents and DNA strand breaks, were measured in the gill and digestive gland...
April 25, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454040/the-role-of-dissimilatory-arsenate-reducing-bacteria-in-the-biogeochemical-cycle-of-arsenic-based-on-the-physiological-and-functional-analysis-of-aeromonas-sp-o23a
#13
Witold Uhrynowski, Klaudia Debiec, Aleksandra Sklodowska, Lukasz Drewniak
Dissimilatory arsenate reducing bacteria (DARB) are known to contribute to the mobilization of arsenic and other elements from minerals. Despite this, metabolic capabilities of only a few DARB strains have been thoroughly investigated so far, and the influence of these bacteria on the bioavailability of arsenic in the environment is still a topic for discussion. In this study, Aeromonas sp. O23A, one of the dominant DARB strains found in the Zloty Stok mine (SW Poland), was subjected to a detailed physiological and functional analysis aimed to identify the actual environmental impact of this strain...
April 25, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454023/toxicity-and-accumulation-of-copper-oxide-cuo-nanoparticles-in-different-life-stages-of-artemia-salina
#14
M R Madhav, S Einstein Mariya David, R S Suresh Kumar, J S Swathy, M Bhuvaneshwari, Amitava Mukherjee, N Chandrasekaran
Metal nanoparticles production rate and its applications have raised concerns about their release and toxicity to the aquatic and terrestrial organisms. The primary size of Copper Oxide nanoparticles (CuO NP's) was found to be 114±36nm using Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and a significant increase in the hydrodynamic diameter of CuO NP was seen within 1h of interaction. The median lethal concentration (LC50) values obtained from the acute toxicity studies on different life stages of Artemia salina was found to be 61...
March 22, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454018/chemical-characteristic-of-pm2-5-emission-and-inhalational-carcinogenic-risk-of-domestic-chinese-cooking
#15
Nan Zhang, Bin Han, Fei He, Jia Xu, Ruojie Zhao, Yujuan Zhang, Zhipeng Bai
To illustrate chemical characteristic of PM2.5 emission and assess inhalational carcinogenic risk of domestic Chinese cooking, 5 sets of duplicate cooking samples were collected, using the most used 5 types of oil. The mass abundance of 14 elements, 5 water-soluble ions, organic carbon (OC), elemental carbon (EC) and 11 polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) were calculated; the signature and diagnostic ratio of cooking in the domestic kitchen were analyzed; and carcinogenic risks of heavy metals and PAHs via inhalation were assessed in two scenarios...
April 25, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453965/adsorption-behavior-and-mechanism-of-different-arsenic-species-on-mesoporous-mnfe2o4-magnetic-nanoparticles
#16
Qingsong Hu, Yuling Liu, Xueyuan Gu, Yaping Zhao
Arsenic pollution poses severe threat to human health, therefore dealing with the problem of arsenic contamination in water bodies is extremely important. The adsorption behaviors of different arsenic species, such as arsenate (As(V)), p-arsanilic acid (p-ASA), roxarsone (ROX), dimethylarsenate (DMA) from water using mesoporous bimetal oxide magnetic manganese ferrite nanoparticles (MnFe2O4) have been detailedly investigated. The adsorbent was synthesized via a facile co-precipitation approach and recovered conveniently owing to its strong magnetic properties...
April 18, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453936/metallic-twin-grain-boundaries-embedded-in-mose2-monolayers-grown-by-molecular-beam-epitaxy
#17
Yujing Ma, Sadhu Kolekar, Horacio Coy Diaz, Johannes Aprojanz, Ilio Miccoli, Christoph Tegenkamp, Matthias Batzill
Twin grain boundaries in MoSe2 are metallic and undergo a metal to insulator Peierls transition at low temperature. Growth of MoSe2 by molecular beam epitaxy results in the spontaneous formation of a high density of these twin grain boundaries, likely as a mechanism to incorporation Se-deficiency in the film. Using scanning tunneling microscopy, we study the grain boundary network that is formed in homoepitaxially grown MoSe2, and for MoSe2 grown heteroepitaxially on MoS2- and HOPG- substrates. No statistically relevant variation of the grain boundary concentration has been found for the different substrates, indicating that the grain boundary formation is substrate independent and depends mainly on the growth conditions...
April 28, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453900/the-kinetics-of-growth-of-metallo-supramolecular-polyelectrolytes-in-solution
#18
Stefanie Martina Munzert, Simon P Stier, Guntram Schwarz, Haim Weissman, Boris Rybtchinski, Dirk G Kurth
Several transition metal ions, like Fe2+, Co2+, Ni2+, and Zn2+ complex to the ditopic ligand 1,4-bis(2,2':6',2''-terpyridin-4'-yl)benzene (L). Due to the high association constant, metal ion induced self-assembly of Fe2+, Co2+, and Ni2+ leads to extended, rigid-rod like metallo-supramolecular coordination polyelectrolytes (MEPEs) even in aqueous solution. Here, we present the kinetics of growth of MEPEs. The species in solutions are analyzed by light scattering, viscometry and Cryogenic Transmission Electron microscopy (cryo-TEM)...
April 28, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453515/reliable-reference-genes-for-normalization-of-gene-expression-data-in-tea-plants-camellia-sinensis-exposed-to-metal-stresses
#19
Ming-Le Wang, Qing-Hui Li, Hua-Hong Xin, Xuan Chen, Xu-Jun Zhu, Xing-Hui Li
Tea plants [Camellia sinensis (L.) O. Kuntze] are an important leaf-type crop that are widely used for the production of non-alcoholic beverages in the world. Exposure to excessive amounts of heavy metals adversely affects the quality and yield of tea leaves. To analyze the molecular responses of tea plants to heavy metals, a reliable quantification of gene expression is important and of major importance herein is the normalization of the measured expression levels for the target genes. Ideally, stably expressed reference genes should be evaluated in all experimental systems...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453480/a-multifunctional-biocompatible-drug-candidate-is-highly-effective-in-delaying-pathological-signs-of-alzheimer-s-disease-in-5xfad-mice
#20
Hadar Segal-Gavish, Ortal Danino, Yael Barhum, Tali Ben-Zur, Ella Shai, David Varon, Daniel Offen, Bilha Fischer
BACKGROUND: Metal-ion-chelation was suggested to prevent zinc and copper ions-induced amyloid-β (Aβ) aggregation and oxidative stress, both implicated in the pathophysiology of Alzheimer's disease (AD). In a quest for biocompatible metal-ion chelators potentially useful for AD therapy, we previously tested a series of nucleoside 5'-phosphorothioate derivatives as agents for decomposition of Cu(I)/Cu(II)/Zn(II)-Aβ-aggregates, and as inhibitors of OH radicals formation in Cu(I) or Fe(II) /H2O2 solution...
April 28, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
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