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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346801/early-gene-expression-profile-in-retinal-ganglion-cell-layer-after-optic-nerve-crush-in-mice
#1
Satoru Ueno, Azusa Yoneshige, Yoshiki Koriyama, Man Hagiyama, Yoshikazu Shimomura, Akihiko Ito
Purpose: Optic nerve crush (ONC) induces retinal ganglion cell (RGC) death, which causes vision loss in glaucoma. To investigate early events leading to apoptosis of RGCs, we performed gene expression analysis of injured retinas in the period before RGC loss. Methods: The temporal changes of gene profiles at 0, 1, and 4 days after ONC were determined by DNA microarray. To verify the gene expression changes in RGCs, we enriched RGCs by laser-captured microdissection and performed real-time RT-PCR of 14 selected genes...
January 1, 2018: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346730/2d-spectroscopy-is-being-used-to-address-core-scientific-questions-in-biology-and-materials-science
#2
Megan Petti, Justin P Lomont, Michał Maj, Martin T Zanni
Two-dimensional spectroscopy is a powerful tool for extracting structural and dynamic information from a wide range of chemical systems. We provide a brief overview of the ways in which two-dimensional visible and infrared spectroscopies are being applied to elucidate fundamental details of important processes in biological and materials science. The topics covered include amyloid proteins, photo-synthetic complexes, ion channels, photovoltaics, batteries, as well as a variety of promising new methods in two-dimensional spectroscopy...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346721/emulsion-electrospinning-of-polytetrafluoroethylene-ptfe-nanofibrous-membranes-for-high-performance-triboelectric-nanogenerators
#3
Pengfei Zhao, Navneet Soin, K Prashanthi, Jinkai Chen, Shurong Dong, Erping Zhou, Zhigang Zhu, Anand Arcot Narasimulu, Carlo D Montemagno, Liyang Yu, Jikui Luo
Electrospinning is a simple, versatile technique for fabricating fibrous nanomaterials with the desirable features of extremely high porosities and large surface areas. Using emulsion electrospinning, polytetrafluoroethylene/polyethene oxide (PTFE/PEO) membranes were fabricated followed by a sintering process to obtain pure PTFE fibrous membranes, which were further utilised against a polyamide 6 (PA6) membrane for vertical contact-mode triboelectric nanogenerators (TENGs). Electrostatic force microscopy (EFM) measurements of the sintered electrospun PTFE membranes revealed the presence of both positive and negative surface charges owing to the transfer of positive charge from PEO which further corroborated by FTIR measurements...
January 18, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346719/a-tunable-molten-salt-route-for-scalable-synthesis-of-ultrathin-amorphous-carbon-nanosheets-as-high-performance-anode-materials-for-lithium-ion-batteries
#4
Yixian Wang, Wei Tian, Luhai Wang, Haoran Zhang, Jialiang Liu, Tingyue Peng, Lei Pan, Xiaobo Wang, Mingbo Wu
Amorphous carbon is regarded as a promising alternative to commercial graphite as the lithium-ion battery anode due to its capability to reversibly store more lithium ions. However, the structural disorder with a large number of defects can lead to low electrical conductivity of the amorphous carbon, thus limiting its application for high power output. Herein, ultrathin amorphous carbon nanosheets were prepared from petroleum asphalt through tuning the carbonization temperature in a molten-salt medium. The amorphous nanostructure with expanded carbon interlayer spacing can provide substantial active sites for lithium storage while the two-dimensional (2D) morphology can facilitate fast electrical conductivity...
January 18, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346565/apigenin-induces-cell-shrinkage-in-candida-albicans-by-membrane-perturbation
#5
Heejeong Lee, Eun-Rhan Woo, Dong Gun Lee
Apigenin, a natural flavone, has been well characterized for its their anticarcinogenic property; however, its bioactivity against pathogenic fungi has not been investigated in detail. In the present study, we examined the antifungal activity and mode of action of apigenin. Apigenin inhibited the growth of fungal pathogens, which induced superficial infection and reduced biofilm mass. Three-dimensional flow cytometric analysis demonstrated that apigenin induced morphological changes, especially cell shrinkage, in Candida albicans...
January 16, 2018: FEMS Yeast Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346451/an-approach-for-predicting-the-compressive-strength-of-cement-based-materials-exposed-to-sulfate-attack
#6
Huaicheng Chen, Chunxiang Qian, Chengyao Liang, Wence Kang
In this paper, a support vector machine (SVM) model which can be used to predict the compressive strength of mortars exposed to sulfate attack was established. An accelerated corrosion test was applied to collect compressive strength data. For predicting the compressive strength of mortars, a total of 638 data samples obtained from experiment was chosen as a dataset to establish a SVM model. The values of the coefficient of determination, the mean absolute error, the mean absolute percentage error and the root mean square error were used for evaluating the predictive accuracy...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346107/brain-mr-image-restoration-using-an-automatic-trilateral-filter-with-gpu-based-acceleration
#7
Herng-Hua Chang, Cheng-Yuan Li, Audrey Haihong Gallogly
OBJECTIVE: Noise reduction in brain magnetic resonance (MR) images has been a challenging and demanding task. This study develops a new trilateral filter that aims to achieve robust and efficient image restoration. METHODS: Extended from the bilateral filter, the proposed algorithm contains one additional intensity similarity funct-ion, which compensates for the unique characteristics of noise in brain MR images. An entropy function adaptive to intensity variations is introduced to regulate the contributions of the weighting components...
February 2018: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346028/biophysics-model-of-heavy-ion-degradation-of-neuron-morphology-in-mouse-hippocampal-granular-cell-layer-neurons
#8
Murat Alp, Francis A Cucinotta
Exposure to heavy-ion radiation during cancer treatment or space travel may cause cognitive detriments that have been associated with changes in neuron morphology and plasticity. Observations in mice of reduced neuronal dendritic complexity have revealed a dependence on radiation quality and absorbed dose, suggesting that microscopic energy deposition plays an important role. In this work we used morphological data for mouse dentate granular cell layer (GCL) neurons and a stochastic model of particle track structure and microscopic energy deposition (ED) to develop a predictive model of high-charge and energy (HZE) particle-induced morphological changes to the complex structures of dendritic arbors...
January 18, 2018: Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345972/trypsin-inhibitors-from-cajanus-cajan-and-phaseolus-limensis-possess-antioxidant-anti-inflammatory-and-antibacterial-activity
#9
Tooba Naz Shamsi, Romana Parveen, Sumbul Afreen, Mudasser Azam, Priyankar Sen, Yamini Sharma, Qazi Mohd Rizwanul Haque, Tasneem Fatma, Nikhat Manzoor, Sadaf Fatima
Protease inhibitors are one of the most promising and investigated subjects for their role in pharmacognostic and pharmacological studies. This study aimed to investigate antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial activities of trypsin inhibitors (TIs) from two plant sources (Cajanus cajan and Phaseolus limensis). TI was purified from C. cajan (PUSA-992) by ammonium sulfate precipitation followed by ion exchange chromatography. TI from Phaseolus limensis (lima bean trypsin inhibitor; LBTI) was procured from Sigma-Aldrich, St...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Dietary Supplements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345950/confined-electroconvective-vortices-at-structured-ion-exchange-membranes
#10
Joeri de Valença, Morten Jõgi, R Martijn Wagterveld, Elif Karatay, Jeffery A Wood, Rob G H Lammertink
In this paper, we investigate electroconvective ion transport at cation exchange membranes with different geometry square-wave structures (line undulations) experimentally and numerically. Electroconvective micro-vortices are induced by strong concentration polarization once a threshold potential difference is applied. The applied potential required to start and sustain electroconvection is strongly affected by the geometry of the membrane. A reduction in the resistance of approximately 50% can be obtained when the structure size is similar to the mixing layer thickness, resulting in confined vortices with less lateral motion compared to the case of flat membranes...
January 18, 2018: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345941/dual-signaling-dna-electrochemistry-an-approach-to-understand-dna-interfaces
#11
Saimon Moraes Silva, Roya Tavallaie, Vinicius R Gonçales, Robert H Utama, Mehran B Kashi, D Brynn Hibbert, Richard D Tilley, J Justin Gooding
Electrochemical DNA biosensors composed of a redox marker modified nucleic acid probe tethered to a solid electrode is a common experimental construct for detecting DNA and RNA targets, proteins, inorganic ions, and even small molecules. This class of biosensors generally relies on the binding-induced conformational changes in the distance of the redox marker relative to the electrode surface such that the charge transfer is altered. The conventional design is to attach the redox species to the distal end of a surface-bound nucleic acid strand...
January 18, 2018: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345940/environment-modulated-crystallization-of-cu2o-and-cuo-nanowires-by-electrospinning-and-their-charge-storage-properties
#12
Midhun Harilal, Syam G Krishnan, Bhupender Pal, Mogalahalli Venkatashamy Reddy, Mohd Hasbi Ab Rahim, Mashitah Mohd Yusoff, Rajan Jose
This article reports synthesis of cuprous oxide (Cu2O) and cupric oxide (CuO) nanowires by controlling calcination environment of electrospun polymeric nanofibers and their charge storage properties. The Cu2O nanowires showed higher surface area (86 m2 g-1) and pore size than the CuO nanowires (36 m2 g-1). Electrochemical analysis was carried out in 6 M KOH and both the electrodes showed battery-type charge storage mechanism. The electrospun Cu2O electrodes delivered high discharge capacity (126 mA h g-1) than CuO (72 mA h g-1) at a current density of 2...
January 18, 2018: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345915/the-effect-of-water-on-quinone-redox-mediators-in-nonaqueous-li-o2-batteries
#13
Tao Liu, James T Frith, Gunwoo Kim, Rachel N Kerber, Nicolas Dubouis, Yuanlong Shao, Zigeng Liu, Pieter C M M Magusin, Michael T L Casford, Nuria Garcia-Araez, Clare P Grey
The parasitic reactions associated with reduced oxygen species and the difficulty in achieving the high theoretical capacity have been major issues plaguing development of practical nonaqueous Li-O2 batteries. We hereby address the above issues by exploring the synergistic effect of 2,5-di-tert-butyl-1,4-benzoquinone and H2O on the oxygen chemistry in a nonaqueous Li-O2 battery. Water stabilizes the quinone monoanion and dianion, shifting the reduction potentials of the quinone and monoanion to more positive values (vs Li/Li+)...
January 18, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345900/high-performance-ga2o3-anode-for-lithium-ion-batteries
#14
Xun Tang, Xin Huang, Yongmin Huang, Yong Gou, James Pastore, Yao Yang, Yin Xiong, Jiangfeng Qian, Joel D Brock, Juntao Lu, Li Xiao, Héctor D Abruña, Lin Zhuang
There is a great deal of interest in developing battery systems that can exhibit self-healing behavior, thus enhancing cycleability. Given that gallium (Ga) is a metal that melts near room temperature, we wanted to test if it could be employed as a self-healing anode material for lithium ion batteries (LIBs). However, Ga nanoparticles (NPs), when directly applied, tended to aggregate upon charge/discharge cycling. To address this issue, we employed carbon-coated Ga2O3 NPs as an alternative. By controlling the pH of the precursor solution, highly dispersed and ultra-fine Ga2O3 NPs, embedded in carbon shells, could be synthesized through a hydrothermal carbonization (HTC) method...
January 18, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345854/-ch3nh3-4ga4sbs9s0-28o0-72h-a-three-dimensionally-open-framework-heterometallic-chalcogenidoantimonate-exhibiting-ni2-ion-exchange-property
#15
Bo Zhang, Wei-An Li, Yi-Yu Liao, Chen Zhang, Mei-Ling Feng, Xiao-Ying Huang
An open-framework chalcogenidoantimonate, namely, [CH3NH3]4Ga4SbS9S0.28O0.72H (1), has been solvothermally synthesized and structurally characterized. Interestingly, 1 showed Ni2+ ion-exchange properties and wide pH resistance, with a maximum exchange capacity of 76.9 mg/g. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first example of amine-directed three-dimensional (3D) heterometallic chalcogenidometalates for the highly selective Ni2+ ion capture with the high distribution coefficient (Kd = 1.65 × 105 mL/g)...
January 18, 2018: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345709/chain-conformation-of-poly-acrylic-acid-graft-poly-ethylene-oxide-graft-dodecyl-in-solution-an-anomalous-counter-ions-condensation
#16
Xinlu Zhou, Kongshuang Zhao
A dielectric spectroscopy study on a polyelectrolyte in aqueous solutions, which contains hydrophobic groups in part of the side chains poly(acrylic acid)-graft-poly(ethylene oxide)-graft-dodecyl (PAA-g-PEO-g-dodecyl) is reported. A refined double layer polarization model was proposed to analyze the double dielectric relaxations in the dielectric spectra. Various electrical and structural parameters of the copolymers were obtained. Besides the crossover concentration, another turning point around 4 mg mL-1 was identified through the analysis of all the dielectrical parameters including dielectric increment, relaxation time and correlation length...
January 18, 2018: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345546/enhanced-biosorption-of-transition-metals-by-living-chlorella-vulgaris-immobilized-in-ca-alginate-beads
#17
Ashfaq Ahmad, A H Bhat, Azizul Buang
In this study freely suspended and Ca-alginate immobilized C. vulgaris cells were used for the biosorption of Fe(II), Mn(II), and Zn(II) ions, from the aqueous solution. Experimental data showed that biosorption capacity of algal cells was strongly dependent on the operational condition such as pH, initial metal ions concentration, dosages, contact time and temperature. The maximum biosorption of Fe(II) 43.43, Mn(II) 40.98 and Zn(II) 37.43 mg/g was achieved with Ca-alginate immobilized algal cells at optimum pH of 6...
January 18, 2018: Environmental Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345538/real-time-monitoring-of-nanoscale-tio2-concentration-by-spectrophotometry-implications-of-agglomeration-due-to-natural-organic-matter-and-multivalent-ions
#18
Andrew B Holmes, Frank X Gu
The study of the environmental fate of nanoscale TiO2 (n-TiO2) is a major recent research focus which requires a rapid and accurate on-site concentration determination method. Inductively coupled plasma mass spectroscopy (ICP-MS) has been the most widely used method for determining the concentration of n-TiO2 in environmental samples; however, poses many challenges, such as hazardous hydrofluoric acid pre-treatment and clear limitations in mobile on-site measurement and monitoring. This study demonstrates that industrial wastewater containing natural organic matter (NOM) can present a major challenge to the analysis of n-TiO2 by ICP-MS, and introduces a spectrophotometry technique that can be used as an alternative...
January 18, 2018: Environmental Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345525/adsorption-of-lead-ion-from-aqueous-solution-by-modified-walnut-shell-kinetics-and-thermodynamics
#19
Shenmaishang Li, Zuoxiang Zeng, Weilan Xue
The novel modified walnut shell (WNS-MAH) with higher adsorption capacity for lead ion (carboxyl value, 2.77 mmol/g) was prepared by reacting walnut shell (WNS) with maleic anhydride. Both WNS and WNS-MAH were analysed by scanning electron microscope (SEM) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR). The adsorption capacity of WNS-MAH for lead ion was evaluated at different adsorbent doses, pHs, time and temperatures. The adsorption kinetics and adsorption isotherms were investigated in the temperature range of 298-318K...
January 18, 2018: Environmental Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345469/a-large-family-of-centrosymmetric-and-chiral-f-element-bearing-iodate-selenates-exhibiting-coordination-number-and-dimensional-reductions
#20
Meiying Qie, Jian Lin, Fang Kong, Mark A Silver, Zenghui Yue, Xiaomei Wang, Linjuan Zhang, Hongliang Bao, Thomas E Albrecht-Schmitt, Jian-Qiang Wang
The exploration of phase formation in the f-element-bearing iodate selenate system has resulted in 14 novel rare-earth-containing iodate selenates, Ln(IO3)(SeO4) (Ln = La, Ce, Pr, Nd; LnISeO-1), Ln(IO3)(SeO4)(H2O) (Ln = Sm, Eu; LnISeO-2), and Ln(IO3)(SeO4)(H2O)2·H2O (Ln = Gd, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb, Lu, Y; LnISeO-3), as well as two new thorium iodate selenates, Th(OH)(IO3)(SeO4)(H2O) (ThISeO-1) and Th(IO3)2(SeO4) (ThISeO-2). LnISeO-3 and ThISeO-2 crystallize in the chiral space group P212121, while LnISeO-1, LnISeO-2, and ThISeO-1 crystallize in the centrosymmetric space group P21/c...
January 18, 2018: Inorganic Chemistry
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