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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786972/a-lyophilized-and-thermal-two-step-synthesis-of-cofe-alloy-nanoparticles-embedded-in-n-doped-carbon-nanosheets-carbon-nanotubes-for-highly-efficient-oxygen-evolution-reaction
#1
Yang Liu, Feng Li, Haidong Yang, Jing Li, Ping Ma, Yan Zhu, Jiantai Ma
There is a vital need to explore highly-efficient and stable nonprecious-metal catalysts for oxygen evolution reaction (OER) to reduce the overpotential and further improve the energy conversion efficiency. Herein, we report a unique and cost-effective lyophilized and thermal two step procedure to synthesize high-performance CoFe alloy nanoparticles embedded in N-doped carbon nanosheets interspersed with carbon nanotubes (CoFe-N-CN/CNTs) hybrid. The lyophilization step during catalysts preparation is beneficial to uniform the dispersion of carbon-like precursors and avoid the agglomeration of metal particles...
May 22, 2018: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786938/inhibition-and-kinetic-studies-of-lignin-degrading-enzymes-of-ganoderma-boninense-by-naturally-occurring-phenolic-compounds
#2
Arthy Surendran, Yasmeen Siddiqui, Halimi Mohd Saud, Nusaibah Syd Ali, Sivakumar Manickam
AIM: Lignolytic (Lignin degrading) enzyme, from oil palm pathogen Ganoderma boninense Pat. (Syn G. orbiforme (Ryvarden), is involved in the detoxification and the degradation of lignin in the oil palm and is the rate-limiting step in the infection process of this fungus. Active inhibition of lignin degrading enzymes secreted by G. boninense by various naturally occurring phenolic compounds and estimation of efficiency on pathogen suppression was aimed at. METHODS AND RESULTS: In our work, ten naturally occurring phenolic compounds were evaluated for their inhibitory potential towards the lignolytic enzymes of G...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786910/agathisflavone-isolated-from-anacardium-occidentale-suppresses-sirt1-mediated-neuroinflammation-in-bv2-microglia-and-neurotoxicity-in-appswe-transfected-sh-sy5y-cells
#3
Ravikanth Velagapudi, Olusiji O Ajileye, Uchechukwu Okorji, Priya Jain, Mutalib A Aderogba, Olumayokun A Olajide
Agathisflavone is a bioactive compound in Anacardium occidentale. In this study, we investigated inhibition neuroinflammation in BV2 microglia by agathisflavone. Neuroprotective activity of the compound was investigated in differentiated SH-SY5Y cells. Experiments in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-activated BV2 microglia showed that pretreatment with agathisflavone (5-20 μM) produced significant reduction in the release of tumour necrosis factor-α, interleukin-6, interleukin-1β, NO, and PGE2 from the cells. Immunoblotting experiments also revealed that agathisflavone reduced levels of iNOS and COX-2 protein...
May 22, 2018: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786903/copper-catalyzed-allylic-c-h-alkynylation-via-cross-dehydrogenative-coupling
#4
Ahmad A Almasalma, Esteban Mejía
C-H bond functionalization is a well-developed concept that has been thoroughly studied and gives entry to rather complex molecules without the need of previous derivatization of the substrates, although the use of copper complexes for allylic C-H bond functionalization under oxidative conditions as an alternative to the well-established palladium-based methodologies remains largely underdeveloped. Here we show for the first time a selective cross-dehydrogenative coupling reaction between underivatized allylic substrates and terminal alkynes to produce 1,4-enynes in high yields in a single step, using an in situ synthesized copper catalyst and an oxidant...
May 22, 2018: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786889/a-novel-conductive-mesoporous-layer-with-a-dynamic-two-step-deposition-strategy-boosts-efficiency-of-perovskite-solar-cells-to-20
#5
Haoxuan Sun, Kaimo Deng, Yayun Zhu, Min Liao, Jie Xiong, Yanrong Li, Liang Li
Lead halide perovskite solar cells (PSCs) with the high power conversion efficiency (PCE) typically use mesoporous metal oxide nanoparticles as the scaffold and electron-transport layers. However, the traditional mesoporous layer suffers from low electron conductivity and severe carrier recombination. Here, antimony-doped tin oxide nanorod arrays are proposed as novel transparent conductive mesoporous layers in PSCs. Such a mesoporous layer improves the electron transport as well as light utilization. To resolve the common problem of uneven growth of perovskite on rough surface, the dynamic two-step spin coating strategy is proposed to prepare highly smooth, dense, and crystallized perovskite films with micrometer-scale grains, largely reducing the carrier recombination ratio...
May 22, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786862/experimental-fluence-modulated-proton-computed-tomography-by-pencil-beam-scanning
#6
George Dedes, Robert P Johnson, Mark Pankuch, Nick Detrich, Willemijn M A Pols, Simon Rit, Reinhard W Schulte, Katia Parodi, Guillaume Landry
PURPOSE: This experimental study is aimed at demonstrating, using a simple cylindrical water phantom, the feasibility of fluence modulated proton computed tomography (FMpCT) by pencil beam scanning (PBS) proton computed tomography (pCT). METHODS: The phase II pCT prototype of the Loma Linda U. and U. C. Santa Cruz was operated using the PBS beam line of the Northwestern Medicine Chicago Proton Center. A 20x10 grid of 1.37 cm full width half maximum pencil beams (PB) equally spaced by 1 cm was used to acquire 45 projections in step and shoot mode...
May 22, 2018: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786861/temporally-feathered-intensity-modulated-radiation-therapy-a-planning-technique-to-reduce-normal-tissue-toxicity
#7
Juan Carlos López Alfonso, Shireen Parsai, Nikhil Joshi, Andrew Godley, Chirag Shah, Shlomo A Koyfman, Jimmy J Caudell, Clifton D Fuller, Heiko Enderling, Jacob G Scott
PURPOSE: Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) has allowed optimization of three-dimensional spatial radiation dose distributions permitting target coverage while reducing normal tissue toxicity. However, radiation-induced normal tissue toxicity is a major contributor to patients' quality of life and often a dose-limiting factor in the definitive treatment of cancer with radiation therapy. We propose the next logical step in the evolution of IMRT using canonical radiobiological principles, optimizing the temporal dimension through which radiation therapy is delivered to further reduce radiation-induced toxicity by increased time for normal tissue recovery...
May 22, 2018: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786842/correlated-time-variation-of-bulk-microstructure-and-rheology-in-asphalt-binders
#8
A Ramm, N Sakib, A Bhasin, M C Downer
We use near-infrared dark-field optical microscopy to probe isothermal time variation of the volume fraction of naturally-occurring, subsurface microstructures in PG 64-22 asphalt binders at temperature T=30∘C, following a rapid heating (cooling) increment |ΔT|=20∘C from initial temperature T0=10∘C(50∘C). We compare these microstructure variations with isothermal time variations of the magnitude |G30∗(t)| of the bulk complex shear modulus measured for identical sample conditions with a Dynamic Shear Rheometer...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786785/methods-to-study-angiogenesis-in-a-mouse-model-of-prostate-cancer
#9
Ana-Rita Pedrosa, Alexandre Trindade, António Duarte
Angiogenesis is one important hallmark of cancer progression which explains the relevance of developing methods to efficiently analyze the neo-angiogenic process. In this report we make use of the transgenic adenocarcinoma of the murine prostate (TRAMP) model, considered a good model for studying clinical prostate cancer progression, to describe in detail the methods used to study angiogenesis in this type of solid tumor development. In this report we provide step-by-step procedures on the basis of previous work in our laboratory for: the mouse urogenital sinus (UGS) collection; microdissection of the prostate; preparation of the prostatic samples for immunofluorescence (to analyze vascular density, morphology, maturation, functionality, hypoxia, and others); preparation of prostatic samples to histopathological analysis and/or immunohistochemistry; and endothelial and vascular mural cell sorting and isolation by fluorescent associated cell sorting (FACS) to further analysis (mRNA, protein, or other) or to maintain in culture...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786775/stormram-4-an-mr-safe-robotic-system-for-breast-biopsy
#10
Vincent Groenhuis, Françoise J Siepel, Jeroen Veltman, Jordy K van Zandwijk, Stefano Stramigioli
Suspicious lesions in the breast that are only visible on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) need to be biopsied under MR guidance with high accuracy and efficiency for accurate diagnosis. The aim of this study is to present a novel robotic system, the Stormram 4, and to perform preclinical tests in an MRI environment. Excluding racks and needle, its dimensions are 72 × 51 × 40 mm. The Stormram 4 is driven by two linear and two curved pneumatic stepper motors. The linear motor is capable of exerting 63 N of force at a pressure of 0...
May 21, 2018: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786768/risk-prediction-score-for-hiv-infection-development-and-internal-validation-with-cross-sectional-data-from-men-who-have-sex-with-men-in-china
#11
Lu Yin, Yuejuan Zhao, Meridith Blevins Peratikos, Liang Song, Xiangjun Zhang, Ruolei Xin, Zheya Sun, Yunan Xu, Li Zhang, Yifei Hu, Chun Hao, Yuhua Ruan, Yiming Shao, Sten H Vermund, Han-Zhu Qian
Receptive anal intercourse, multiple partners, condomless sex, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and drug/alcohol addiction are familiar factors that correlate with increased human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) risk among men who have sex with men (MSM). To improve estimation to HIV acquisition, we created a composite score using questions from routine survey of 3588 MSM in Beijing, China. The HIV prevalence was 13.4%. A risk scoring tool using penalized maximum likelihood multivariable logistic regression modeling was developed, deploying backward step-down variable selection to obtain a reduced-form model...
May 21, 2018: AIDS and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786765/analysis-of-streptomyces-ghanaensis-atcc14672-gene-ssfg_07725-for-putative-%C3%AE-butyrolactone-synthase
#12
Yuriy Kuzhyk, Halyna Mutenko, Victor Fedorenko, Bohdan Ostash
Low molecular weight signaling compounds (LMWC) are important players in regulating various aspects of Streptomyces biology. Their exact roles in certain strain will ultimately depend on overall configuration of regulatory network and thus cannot be predicted on basis of in silico studies. Here, we explored S. ghanaensis gene SSFG_07725 (afsA gh ) presumably involved in initial steps of formation of γ-butyrolactone LMWC. Disruption of afsA gh impaired aerial mycelium formation and increased the transcription of pleiotropic regulatory gene adpA gh , whereas level of moenomycin production remained virtually unaffected...
May 21, 2018: Folia Microbiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786741/halo-substituted-benzenesulfonyls-and-benzenesulfinates-convenient-sources-of-arenes-in-metal-catalyzed-c-c-bond-formation-reactions-for-the-straightforward-access-to-halo-substituted-arenes
#13
REVIEW
Haoran Li, Arpan Sasmal, Xinzhe Shi, Jean-François Soulé, Henri Doucet
Palladium-catalyzed reactions using aryl halides as one of the coupling partners represent a very popular method for generating carbon-carbon bonds. However, such couplings suffer from important limitations. As most palladium catalysts are very effective for the cleavage of C-halo bonds (Halo = Cl, Br or I), in many cases, the presence of several halide functional groups on arenes is not tolerated. Since two decades, and especially during the last few years, a new class of coupling partners, benzenesulfonyl and benzenesulfinate derivatives, has emerged as a powerful alternative to aryl halides for the Pd-catalyzed C-C bond formation, as the reactions performed with these substrates generally tolerate C-halo bonds...
May 22, 2018: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786726/boron-doped-graphene-nanosheet-supported-pt-a-highly-active-and-selective-catalyst-for-low-temperature-h-2-scr
#14
Maocong Hu, Zhenhua Yao, Lili Li, Yung-Hao Tsou, Liyuan Kuang, Xiaoyang Xu, Wen Zhang, Xianqin Wang
A series of boron-doped graphene-supported Pt (Pt/BG) nanosheets were designed and synthesized using a one-step facile hydrothermal method. ICP, XPS, and TPD results confirmed that boron atoms were successfully embedded into the graphene matrix. The selective catalytic reduction of nitric oxide with hydrogen (H2-SCR) was tested over Pt/BG catalysts. The multi-roles of doped-boron were investigated by Raman, BET, CO-chemisorption, H2-TPD, XPS, and NO-TPD. Boron doping led to a higher dispersion and smaller size of Pt nanoparticles, facilitated hydrogen spillover, promoted more metallic Pt formation, and increased both H2 and NO chemisorption, which were attributed to an enhanced Pt nucleation rate over doped-boron, electron donation from boron to Pt, and extra chemisorption sites...
May 22, 2018: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786725/a-convergent-strategy-towards-febrifugine-and-related-compounds
#15
T M M Maiden, N Mbelesi, P A Procopiou, S Swanson, J P A Harrity
We report a modular five step synthetic route to the febrifugines that employs 2-(chloromethyl)allyl-trimethylsilane as a conjunctive reagent for the coupling of the piperidine and quinazolinone groups. We also demonstrate the application of a recent Rh-catalyzed quinazolinone synthesis for the facile generation of febrifugine analogs.
May 22, 2018: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786713/in-situ-fabrication-of-hollow-zno-nc-polyhedra-from-zif-8-for-the-determination-of-trace-cd-ii
#16
Xueping Zhang, Qingqing Wang, Jing Li, Liang Huang, Dengbin Yu, Shaojun Dong
In this work, a novel electrochemical sensor for Cd(ii) detection with differential pulse anodic stripping voltammetry (DPASV) is fabricated based on hollow ZnO@nitrogen-doped carbon (H-ZnO@NC) polyhedra, which are prepared from ZIF-8 via in situ tannic acid etching and a subsequent calcination process. The as-obtained H-ZnO@NC exhibits a polyhedral morphology with a well-defined hollow structure and a uniform distribution of elements C, N, O, and Zn in the shell. The unique structure of H-ZnO@NC can provide an enlarged surface area and abundant active sites...
May 22, 2018: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786712/cocrystals-of-a-1-2-4-thiadiazole-based-potent-neuroprotector-with-gallic-acid-solubility-thermodynamic-stability-relationships-and-formation-pathways
#17
Artem O Surov, Andrei V Churakov, Alexey N Proshin, Xia-Lin Dai, Tongbu Lu, German L Perlovich
Three distinct solid forms, namely anhydrous cocrystals with 2 : 1 and 1 : 1 drug/acid ratios ([TDZ : GA] (2 : 1), [TDZ : GA] (1 : 1)), and a hydrated one having 1 : 1 : 1 drug/acid/water stoichiometry ([TDZ : GA : H2O] (1 : 1 : 1)), have been formed by cocrystallization of the biologically active 1,2,4-thiadiazole derivative (TDZ) with gallic acid (GA). The thermodynamic stability relationships between the cocrystals were rationalized in terms of Gibbs energies of the formation reactions and further verified by performing a set of competitive and exchange mechanochemical reactions...
May 22, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786685/regulation-of-chromatin-states-and-gene-expression-during-hsn-neuronal-maturation-is-mediated-by-eor-1-plzf-mau-2-cohesin-loader-and-swi-snf-complex
#18
Yoichi Shinkai, Masahiro Kuramochi, Motomichi Doi
Newborn neurons mature by distinct and sequential steps through the timely induction of specific gene expression programs in concert with epigenetic changes. However, it has been difficult to investigate the relationship between gene expression and epigenetic changes at a single-cell resolution during neuronal maturation. In this study, we investigated the maturation of hermaphrodite-specific neurons (HSNs) in C. elegans, which provided the link between chromatin dynamics, gene expression, and the degree of neuronal maturation at a single-cell resolution...
May 21, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786656/temperature-effects-on-force-and-actin%C3%A2-myosin-interaction-in-muscle-a-look-back-on-some-experimental-findings
#19
REVIEW
K W Ranatunga
Observations made in temperature studies on mammalian muscle during force development, shortening, and lengthening, are re-examined. The isometric force in active muscle goes up substantially on warming from less than 10 °C to temperatures closer to physiological (>30 °C), and the sigmoidal temperature dependence of this force has a half-maximum at ~10 °C. During steady shortening, when force is decreased to a steady level, the sigmoidal curve is more pronounced and shifted to higher temperatures, whereas, in lengthening muscle, the curve is shifted to lower temperatures, and there is a less marked increase with temperature...
May 22, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786651/clinical-efficacy-associated-with-enhanced-antioxidant-enzyme-activities-of-silver-nanoparticles-biosynthesized-using-moringa-oleifera-leaf-extract-against-cutaneous-leishmaniasis-in-a-murine-model-of-leishmania-major
#20
Manal El-Khadragy, Ebtesam M Alolayan, Dina M Metwally, Mohamed F Serag El-Din, Sara S Alobud, Nour I Alsultan, Sarah S Alsaif, Manal A Awad, Ahmed E Abdel Moneim
Leishmaniasis is one of the most significant vector-borne syndromes of individuals. This parasitic infection can be affected by many species of Leishmania, most of which are zoonotic. Natural products have made and are continuing to make important contributions to the search for new antileishmanial agents. The use of plants in the production assembly of silver nanoparticles has drawn attention because of its rapid, eco-friendly, non-pathogenic, economical protocol and provides a single step technique for the biosynthetic process...
May 22, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
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