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Feng Peng, Jorge Botana, Yanchao Wang, Yanming Ma, Mao-Sheng Miao
Xenon difluoride is the first and the most stable of hundreds of noble-gas (Ng) compounds. These compounds reveal the rich chemistry of Ngs. No stable compound that contains a Ng-Ng bond has been reported previously. Recent experiments have shown intriguing behaviors of this exemplar compound under high pressure, including increased coordination numbers and an insulator-to-metal transition. None of the be-haviors can be explained by electronic-structure calculations with fixed stoichiometry. We therefore con-ducted a structure search of xenon-fluorine compounds with various stoichiometries, and studied their stabili-ties under pressure using first principles calculations...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Weifeng Zhao, Jie Kong, Hu Liu, Qiang Zhuang, Junwei Gu, Zhanhu Guo
Self-alignment of thermally reduced graphene sheets (TRG) that enable highly efficient heat transfer paths in their poly(p-phenylene benzobisoxazole) (PBO)-based nanocomposite films along the in-plane direction was achieved for the first time without any assistance of an external magnetic or an electric field. In the in-plane direction, the nanocomposite films possess an ultra-high thermal diffusivity (900-1000 mm(2) s(-1)) and a thermal conductivity (50 W m(-1) K(-1)) with a TRG concentration <5.0 vol%, setting a new record for polymer composites with such a low graphene filler loading...
October 24, 2016: Nanoscale
Michele Iudici, Pierre Quartier, Benjamin Terrier, Luc Mouthon, Loïc Guillevin, Xavier Puéchal
BACKGROUND: The data from cohorts of childhood-onset granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA) and microscopic polyangiitis (MPA) remain scarce and heterogeneous. We aimed to analyse the features at presentation, therapeutic approaches and the disease course of these rare diseases. METHODS: Electronic searches of Medline and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled trials database were conducted. We also checked the reference lists of the studies included and other systematic reviews, to identify additional reports...
October 22, 2016: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
Shiliang Wang, Qiulai Huang, Yueqin Wu, Han Huang
Single-crystalline α-Al2O3 nanobelts were synthesized by high-temperature chemical vapor deposition in a high-purity H2 atmosphere. The crystalline planes for the upper and side surfaces of the nanobelts were [Formula: see text] and [Formula: see text] and the orientations along height, length and width directions were [Formula: see text] [Formula: see text] and [Formula: see text] respectively. The formation of such a unique structure was dependent on the strong reducing atmosphere used in the growth process, and the deactivation of the [Formula: see text] plane by hydrogen could be the primary cause...
October 21, 2016: Nanotechnology
Siddharth Jain, Animesh Ray, Manish Soneja, S Leve Joseph Devarajan, Shyam Madabhushi, Anitha Swamy, T Naveen, S K Sharma
A known case of primary Sjogren's syndrome with chronic kidney disease presented with respiratory symptoms and subsequent altered sensorium. Chest imaging suggested cavitating lung lesions in both the lungs. Serum c-ANCA was positive without any upper respiratory tract involvement or active urinary sediments. Treatment with appropriate anti-microbials produced no improvement in the respiratory or neurological parameters. MRI brain revealed tell-tale signs of CNS vascultis. A diagnosis of GPA was made as per European Medical Agency algorithm and the patient was started on immune-suppressants to which there was dramatic response...
October 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Kelly Russell, Michael G Hutchison, Erin Selci, Jeff Leiter, Daniel Chateau, Michael J Ellis
BACKGROUND: Many concussion symptoms, such as headaches, vision problems, or difficulty remembering or concentrating may deleteriously affect school functioning. Our objective was to determine if academic performance was lower in the academic calendar year that students sustain a concussion compared to the previous year when they did not sustain a concussion. METHODS: Using Manitoba Health and Manitoba Education data, we conducted a population-based, controlled before-after study from 2005-2006 to 2010-2011 academic years...
2016: PloS One
Grace Yim, Wenliang Wang, Maulik N Thaker, Stephanie Tan, Gerard D Wright
Modification of natural product backbones is a proven strategy for the development of clinically useful antibiotics. Such modifications have traditionally been achieved through medicinal chemistry strategies or via in vitro enzymatic activities. In an orthogonal approach, engineering of biosynthetic pathways using synthetic biology techniques can generate chemical diversity. Here we report the use of a minimal teicoplanin class glycopeptide antibiotic (GPA) scaffold expressed in a production-optimized Streptomyces coelicolor strain to expand GPA chemical diversity...
September 9, 2016: ACS Infectious Diseases
Mouritz N Svenson, Randall E Youngman, Yuanzheng Yue, Sylwester J Rzoska, Michal Bockowski, Lars R Jensen, Morten M Smedskjaer
The structure and properties of glass can be modified through compression near the glass transition temperature (Tg), and such modified structure and properties can be maintained at ambient temperature and pressure. However, once the compressed glass undergoes annealing near Tg at ambient pressure, the modified structure and properties will relax. The challenging question is how the property relaxation is correlated with both the local and the medium-range structural relaxation. In this paper, we answer this question by studying the volume (density) and structural relaxation of a sodium borate glass that has first been pressure-quenched from its Tg at 1 GPa, and then annealed at ambient pressure under different temperature-time conditions...
October 19, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Ding Pan, Giulia Galli
Investigating the fate of dissolved carbon dioxide under extreme conditions is critical to understanding the deep carbon cycle in Earth, a process that ultimately influences global climate change. We used first-principles molecular dynamics simulations to study carbonates and carbon dioxide dissolved in water at pressures (P) and temperatures (T) approximating the conditions of Earth's upper mantle. Contrary to popular geochemical models assuming that molecular CO2(aq) is the major carbon species present in water under deep Earth conditions, we found that at 11 GPa and 1000 K, carbon exists almost entirely in the forms of solvated carbonate ([Formula: see text]) and bicarbonate ([Formula: see text]) ions and that even carbonic acid [H2CO3(aq)] is more abundant than CO2(aq)...
October 2016: Science Advances
Greg L Alston, Dawn M Battise, Michael W Neville
Objective. To examine whether pharmacy students characterized as low performers at the conclusion of their first semester remained low performers throughout their academic career. Methods. Bottom quartile performance on first semester grade point average (GPA) was compared to licensing examination success, cumulative grade point average at the end of the didactic education and whether the student graduated on time, using cross tabulation analysis. Relative risk ratios and confidence intervals were calculated...
September 25, 2016: American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
Jesper Brink Svendsen, Bo Baslund, Elisabeth Præstekjær Cramer, Nicolas Rapin, Niels Borregaard, Jack Bernard Cowland
Jumonji Domain-Containing Protein 3 (JMJD3)/lysine demethylase 6B (KDM6B) is an epigenetic modulator that removes repressive histone marks on genes. Expression of KDM6B mRNA is elevated in leukocytes from patients with ANCA-associated vasculitis (AAV) and has been suggested to be the reason for higher proteinase 3 (PR3) mRNA expression in these cells due to derepression of PRTN3 gene transcription. MicroRNA-941 (miR-941) has been shown to target KDM6B mRNA and inhibit JMJD3 production. We therefore investigated whether polymorphonuclear granulocytes (PMNs) from patients suffering from granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA) have lower expression of miR-941 than healthy control donors as a biological cause for higher JMJD3 levels...
2016: PloS One
N Bavi, O Bavi, M Vossoughi, R Naghdabadi, A P Hill, B Martinac, Y Jamali
Gating of mechanosentive (MS) channels is driven by a hierarchical cascade of movements and deformations of transmembrane helices in response to bilayer tension. Determining the intrinsic mechanical properties of the individual transmembrane helices is therefore central to understanding the intricacies of the gating mechanism of MS channels. We used a constant-force steered molecular dynamics (SMD) approach to perform unidirectional pulling tests on all the helices of MscL in M. tuberculosis and E. coli homologs...
October 18, 2016: Channels
Qian Wang, Renato Polimanti, Henry R Kranzler, Lindsay A Farrer, Hongyu Zhao, Joel Gelernter
Schizophrenia (SZ) and HIV infection are serious disorders with a complex phenotypic relationship. Observational studies have described their comorbidity; their genetic correlation is not well studied. We performed extensive analysis in search of common genetic factors for SZ and HIV, and their relationship with risky sexual behavior (RSB). Summary statistics from genome-wide association studies of HIV infection and schizophrenia were obtained and 2379 European Americans were genotyped and assessed for RSB score...
October 17, 2016: Human Genetics
Lucjan Jerzykiewicz, Adam Sroka, Irena Majerz
The crystal structure of fenamic acid-acridine complex is determined by X-ray diffraction. The strong OHN hydrogen bond linking the complex components and other interactions responsible for packing of the molecules into a crystal are investigated within the Quantum Theory of Atom in Molecule theory. The crystal structure is compared with the structure optimized at B3LYP/6-311++G** level and with the theoretical structures optimized under systematically changed pressure. Analysis of the lattice constants, hydrogen bond lengths, and angles of the inter- and intramolecular hydrogen bond under compression is performed...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Karen E James, Rui Xiao, Peter A Merkel, Pamela F Weiss
OBJECTIVES: To characterise the clinical course and outcomes of a cohort of children with granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA). METHODS: Retrospective cohort study of children diagnosed with GPA in a tertiary care facility from 2000-2014. All subjects met the American College of Rheumatology 1990 criteria for GPA or the 2008 European League against Rheumatism/Paediatric Rheumatology International Trials Organisation/Paediatric Rheumatology European Society criteria for GPA...
October 6, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Ross T Howie, Robin Turnbull, Jack Binns, Mungo Frost, Philip Dalladay-Simpson, Eugene Gregoryanz
Molecular nitrogen exhibits one of the strongest known interatomic bonds, while xenon possesses a closed-shell electronic structure: a direct consequence of which renders both chemically unreactive. Through a series of optical spectroscopy and x-ray diffraction experiments, we demonstrate the formation of a novel van der Waals compound formed from binary Xe-N2 mixtures at pressures as low as 5 GPa. At 300 K and 5 GPa Xe(N2)2-I is synthesised, and if further compressed, undergoes a transition to a tetragonal Xe(N2)2-II phase at 14 GPa; this phase appears to be unexpectedly stable at least up to 180 GPa even after heating to above 2000 K...
October 17, 2016: Scientific Reports
Arne Biesiekierski, Jixing Lin, Yuncang Li, Dehai Ping, Yoko Yamabe-Mitarai, Cuie Wen
: In this paper, we present further work on the influence of minor additions of Ru to the Ti-20Nb alloy system, with a primary focus on mechanical properties of the as-cast material, along with microstructural response to elevated temperatures. Findings include high as-cast strengths and admissible strain values, up to 920MPa and 1.5% respectively, along with moduli down to approximately 65GPa in the as-cast state. Together with a significant increase in cell proliferation under MTS assay relative to controls, this indicates the chosen alloy system has significant promise for application in porous orthopaedic biomaterials, in particular those alloys with 0...
October 14, 2016: Acta Biomaterialia
Oscar Wambuguh, Monika Eckfield, Lynn Van Hofwegen
Baccalaureate nursing programs select students likely to graduate, become licensed, and contribute to a diverse workforce, and admissions criteria need to support those goals. This study assessed five criteria: pre-admit science GPA; TEAS score; healthcare experience; previous baccalaureate degree; and pre-admission university enrollment vs. college transfer as predictors of three desired outcomes: graduation; nursing program GPA; and passing NCLEX-RN. Results found TEAS and pre-admit science GPA predicted nursing program outcomes...
September 20, 2016: International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship
Mikkel Faurschou, Magnus G Ahlström, Jesper Lindhardsen, Niels Obel, Bo Baslund
OBJECTIVE: Patients with organ- or life-threatening vasculitis receive high cumulative glucocorticoid (GC) doses during their disease course. GC have diabetogenic effects, but the risk of diabetes mellitus (DM) related to vasculitis therapy is not well characterized. We assessed the DM risk among patients diagnosed with giant cell arteritis (GCA) or granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA), i.e., patients with relatively common forms of systemic vasculitis. METHODS: We used Danish healthcare registries to identify 1682 patients diagnosed with GCA and 342 patients diagnosed with GPA from 1997 to 2015 and to obtain information regarding medication exposures...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Rheumatology
Shinya Takigawa, Brian Frondorf, Shengzhi Liu, Yang Liu, Baiyan Li, Akihiro Sudo, Joseph M Wallace, Hiroki Yokota, Kazunori Hamamura
Salubrinal is an agent that reduces the stress to the endoplasmic reticulum by inhibiting de-phosphorylation of eukaryotic translation initiation factor 2 alpha (eIF2α). We and others have previously shown that the elevated phosphorylation of eIF2α stimulates bone formation and attenuates bone resorption. In this study, we applied salubrinal to a mouse model of osteogenesis imperfecta (Oim), and examined whether it would improve Oim's mechanical property. We conducted in vitro experiments using RAW264.7 pre-osteoclasts and bone marrow derived cells (BMDCs), and performed in vivo administration of salubrinal to Oim (+/-) mice...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Pharmacological Sciences
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