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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911043/a-cyclic-alkyl-amino-carbene-as-two-atom-%C3%AF-chromophore-leading-to-the-first-phosphorescent-linear-cu-i-complexes
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Markus Gernert, Ulrich Müller, Martin Haehnel, Jens Pflaum, Andreas Steffen
A series of linear and trigonal copper(I) complexes bearing a cyclic alkyl(amino)carbene (CAAC) ligand show surprising photophysical properties when compared to their corresponding N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) complexes. Whereas the linear NHC complexes [CuX(NHC)] are nearly non-emissive, [CuX(CAAC)] (X = Cl, Br, I) and [Cu(CAAC)2]PF6 show very bright emission from their triplet excited states in the blue to green region displaying quantum yields of up to 65% in the solid state, although the π-acceptor comprises only the carbene C and N atoms with no other π conjugation...
December 2, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910948/improved-in-cell-structure-determination-of-proteins-at-near-physiological-concentration
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Teppei Ikeya, Tomomi Hanashima, Saori Hosoya, Manato Shimazaki, Shiro Ikeda, Masaki Mishima, Peter Güntert, Yutaka Ito
Investigating three-dimensional (3D) structures of proteins in living cells by in-cell nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy opens an avenue towards understanding the structural basis of their functions and physical properties under physiological conditions inside cells. In-cell NMR provides data at atomic resolution non-invasively, and has been used to detect protein-protein interactions, thermodynamics of protein stability, the behavior of intrinsically disordered proteins, etc. in cells. However, so far only a single de novo 3D protein structure could be determined based on data derived only from in-cell NMR...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910869/multiparameter-mechanical-and-morphometric-screening-of-cells
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Mahdokht Masaeli, Dewal Gupta, Sean O'Byrne, Henry T K Tse, Daniel R Gossett, Peter Tseng, Andrew S Utada, Hea-Jin Jung, Stephen Young, Amander T Clark, Dino Di Carlo
We introduce a label-free method to rapidly phenotype and classify cells purely based on physical properties. We extract 15 biophysical parameters from cells as they deform in a microfluidic stretching flow field via high-speed microscopy and apply machine-learning approaches to discriminate different cell types and states. When employing the full 15 dimensional dataset, the technique robustly classifies individual cells based on their pluripotency, with accuracy above 95%. Rheological and morphological properties of cells while deforming were critical for this classification...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910220/inverse-vulcanization-of-sulfur-with-natural-dienes-as-sustainable-materials-for-lithium-sulfur-batteries
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David Mecerreyes, Iñaki Gomez, Alberto Blazquez, Olatz Leonet
Lithium sufur batteries are among the most promising next generation battery systems due to the high capacity properties of sulfur as cathodic material. Beyond its interesting intrinsic properties, sulfur possesses a very low conductivity and complex electrochemistry which involves the high solubility of the lithium sulfides in the electrolyte. These two characteristics trigger a series of limitations on its performance as active cathode material which leads to batteries with low cyclability. Recently, inverse vulcanizated sulfur has shown to retain capacity far better than elemental sulfur leading to batteries with excellent cyclability...
December 2, 2016: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909898/two-dimensional-polyaniline-nanostructure-to-the-development-of-microfluidic-integrated-flexible-biosensors-for-biomarker-detection
#5
Pei Liu, Yisi Zhu, Seung Hee Lee, Minhee Yun
In this work, we report a flexible field-effect-transistor (FET) biosensor design based on two-dimensional (2-D) polyaniline (PANI) nanostructure. The flexible biosensor devices were fabricated through a facile and inexpensive method that combines top-down and bottom-up processes. The chemically synthesized PANI nanostructure showed excellent p-type semiconductor properties as well as good compatibility with flexible design. With the 2-D PANI nanostructure being as thin as 80 nm and its extremely large surface-area-to-volume (SA/V) ratio due to the intrinsic properties of PANI chemical synthesis, the developed flexible biosensor exhibited outstanding sensing performance in detecting B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) biomarkers, and was able to achieve high specificity (averagely 112 folds) with the limit of detection as low as 100 pg/mL...
December 2016: Biomedical Microdevices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909841/the-shaping-of-intrinsic-membrane-potential-oscillations-positive-negative-feedback-ionic-resonance-amplification-nonlinearities-and-time-scales
#6
Horacio G Rotstein
The generation of intrinsic subthreshold (membrane potential) oscillations (STOs) in neuronal models requires the interaction between two processes: a relatively fast positive feedback that favors changes in voltage and a slower negative feedback that opposes these changes. These are provided by the so-called resonant and amplifying gating variables associated to the participating ionic currents. We investigate both the biophysical and dynamic mechanisms of generation of STOs and how their attributes (frequency and amplitude) depend on the model parameters for biophysical (conductance-based) models having qualitatively different types of resonant currents (activating and inactivating) and an amplifying current...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Computational Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906953/what-s-tramadol-got-to-do-with-it-a-case-report-of-rebound-hypoglycemia-a-reappraisal-and-review-of-potential-mechanisms
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Charles A Odonkor, Akhil Chhatre
BACKGROUND: Tramadol has gained traction as an analgesic of choice among pain practicing physicians. However some concerns regarding a previously unlabeled adverse reaction - hypoglycemia - have cast it in a dim light. Prior reports have noted an associated risk of hospitalization for hypoglycemia after tramadol use, but whether tramadol is the main causal agent is poorly understood and the underlying mechanisms are not well delineated. We present a unique case of rebound hypoglycemia as a variation of the theme of tramadol's adverse effect profile in a patient with type 1 diabetes mellitus, and reappraise potential mechanisms underlying this underappreciated phenomenon...
November 2016: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906404/highly-efficient-and-stable-mos2-fets-with-reversible-n-doping-using-a-dehydrated-poly-vinyl-alcohol-coating
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César J Lockhart de la Rosa, Amirhasan Nourbakhsh, Markus Heyne, Inge Asselberghs, Cedric Huyghebaert, Iuliana Radu, Marc Heyns, Stefan De Gendt
Despite rapid progress in 2D molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) research in recent years, MoS2 field-effect transistors (FETs) still suffer from a high metal-to-MoS2 contact resistance and low intrinsic mobility, which are major hindrances to their future application. We report an efficient technique to dope thin-film MoS2 FETs using a poly(vinyl-alcohol) (PVA) polymeric coating. This results in a reduction of the contact resistance by up to 30% as well as a reduction in the channel resistance to 20 kΩ sq(-1). Using a dehydration process, we were able to effectively control the surface interactions between MoS2 and the more electropositive hydroxyl groups (-OH) of PVA, which provided a controllable and yet reversible increase in the charge carrier density to a value of 8...
December 1, 2016: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905618/mechanism-of-%C3%AE-synuclein-translocation-through-a-vdac-nanopore-revealed-by-energy-landscape-modeling-of-escape-time-distributions
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David P Hoogerheide, Philip A Gurnev, Tatiana K Rostovtseva, Sergey M Bezrukov
We probe the energy landscape governing the passage of α-synuclein, a natural "diblock copolymer"-like polypeptide, through a nanoscale pore. α-Synuclein is an intrinsically disordered neuronal protein associated with Parkinson's pathology. The motion of this electrically heterogeneous polymer in the β-barrel voltage-dependent anion channel (VDAC) of the mitochondrial outer membrane strongly depends on the properties of both the charged and uncharged regions of the α-synuclein polymer. We model this motion in two ways...
December 1, 2016: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903793/the-serotonin-5-ht2c-receptor-and-the-non-addictive-nature-of-classic-hallucinogens
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REVIEW
Clinton E Canal, Kevin S Murnane
Classic hallucinogens share pharmacology as serotonin 5-HT2A, 5-HT2B, and 5-HT2C receptor agonists. Unique among most other Schedule 1 drugs, they are generally non-addictive and can be effective tools in the treatment of addiction. Mechanisms underlying these attributes are largely unknown. However, many preclinical studies show that 5-HT2C agonists counteract the addictive effects of drugs from several classes, suggesting this pharmacological property of classic hallucinogens may be significant. Drawing from a comprehensive analysis of preclinical behavior, neuroanatomy, and neurochemistry studies, this review builds rationale for this hypothesis, and also proposes a testable, neurobiological framework...
November 15, 2016: Journal of Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901068/nanomechanical-properties-of-distinct-fibrillar-polymorphs-of-the-protein-%C3%AE-synuclein
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Ali Makky, Luc Bousset, Jérôme Polesel-Maris, Ronald Melki
Alpha-synuclein (α-Syn) is a small presynaptic protein of 140 amino acids. Its pathologic intracellular aggregation within the central nervous system yields protein fibrillar inclusions named Lewy bodies that are the hallmarks of Parkinson's disease (PD). In solution, pure α-Syn adopts an intrinsically disordered structure and assembles into fibrils that exhibit considerable morphological heterogeneity depending on their assembly conditions. We recently established tightly controlled experimental conditions allowing the assembly of α-Syn into highly homogeneous and pure polymorphs...
November 30, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899700/a-magneto-microfluidic-system-for-investigating-the-influence-of-an-externally-induced-force-gradient-in-a-collagen-type-i-ecm-on-hmvec-sprouting
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Sahan C B Herath, Soheila Sharghi-Namini, Yue Du, Dongan Wang, Ruowen Ge, Qing-Guo Wang, Harry Asada, Peter C Y Chen
Advances in mechanobiology have suggested that physiological and pathological angiogenesis may be differentiated based on the ways in which the cells interact with the extracellular matrix (ECM) that exhibits partially different mechanical properties. This warrants investigating the regulation of ECM stiffness on cell behavior using angiogenesis assays. In this article, we report the application of the technique of active manipulation of ECM stiffness to study in vitro angiogenic sprouting of human microvascular endothelial cells (HMVECs) in a microfluidic device...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Laboratory Automation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897298/high-mobility-anisotropic-transport-in-few-layer-%C3%AE-b28-films
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Liangzhi Kou, Yandong Ma, Liujiang Zhou, Ziqi Sun, Yuantong Gu, Aijun Du, Sean Smith, Changfeng Chen
Recent reports of successful synthesis of atomically thin boron films have raised great prospects of discovering novel electronic and transport properties in a new type of 2D materials. Here we show by first-principles calculations that monolayer and bilayer γ-B28 films are intrinsically metallic while the thicker films possess intriguing electronic states that exhibit moderate to large bandgaps in all the interior layers but are nearly gapless at the surface. Remarkably, these surface electronic states are tunable by strain, allowing the outermost layer to transition between a semimetal and a narrow-gap semiconductor...
November 29, 2016: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897209/lightweight-nife2o4-with-controllable-3d-network-structure-and-enhanced-microwave-absorbing-properties
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Fen Wang, Xing Wang, Jianfeng Zhu, Haibo Yang, Xingang Kong, Xiao Liu
3D network structure NiFe2O4 was successfully synthesized by a templated salt precipitation method using PMMA colloid crystal as templates. The morphology, phase composition and microwave absorbing properties of as-prepared samples were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), vector network analyzer (VNA), and so on. The results revealed that the 3D network structure was configurated with smooth spherical walls composed of NiFe2O4 nanocrystals and their pore diameters being in the range of 80-250 nm...
November 29, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897195/arrangement-at-the-nanoscale-effect-on-magnetic-particle-hyperthermia
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E Myrovali, N Maniotis, A Makridis, A Terzopoulou, V Ntomprougkidis, K Simeonidis, D Sakellari, O Kalogirou, T Samaras, R Salikhov, M Spasova, M Farle, U Wiedwald, M Angelakeris
In this work, we present the arrangement of Fe3O4 magnetic nanoparticles into 3D linear chains and its effect on magnetic particle hyperthermia efficiency. The alignment has been performed under a 40 mT magnetic field in an agarose gel matrix. Two different sizes of magnetite nanoparticles, 10 and 40 nm, have been examined, exhibiting room temperature superparamagnetic and ferromagnetic behavior, in terms of DC magnetic field, respectively. The chain formation is experimentally visualized by scanning electron microscopy images...
November 29, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892933/parity-time-symmetric-circular-bragg-lasers-a-proposal-and-analysis
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Jiahua Gu, Xiang Xi, Jingwen Ma, Zejie Yu, Xiankai Sun
We propose a new type of semiconductor lasers by implementing the concept of parity-time symmetry in a two-dimensional circular Bragg grating structure, where both the real and imaginary parts of the refractive index are modulated along the radial direction. The laser modal properties are analyzed with a transfer-matrix method and are verified with numerical simulation of a practical design. Compared with conventional distributed-feedback lasers with modulation of only the real part of refractive index, the parity-time-symmetric circular Bragg lasers feature reduced threshold and enhanced modal discrimination, which in combination with the intrinsic circularly symmetric, large emission aperture are clear advantages in applications that require mode-hop-free, high-power, single-mode laser operation...
November 28, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890856/sirna-cell-penetrating-peptides-complexes-as-a-combinatorial-therapy-against-chronic-myeloid-leukemia-using-bv173-cell-line-as-model
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João Miguel Freire, Inês Rego de Figueiredo, Javier Valle, Ana Salomé Veiga, David Andreu, Francisco J Enguita, Miguel A R B Castanho
Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) is a myeloproliferative disorder caused by a single gene mutation, a reciprocal translocation that originates the Bcr-Abl gene with constitutive tyrosine kinase activity. As a monogenic disease, it is an optimum target for RNA silencing therapy. We developed a siRNA-based therapeutic approach in which the siRNA is delivered by pepM or pepR, two cell-penetrating peptides (CPPs) derived from the dengue virus capsid (DENV C) protein. These peptides have a dual role: siRNA delivery into cells and direct action as bioportides, i...
November 24, 2016: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890828/alterations-of-motor-cortical-microcircuit-in-a-depressive-like-mouse-model-produced-by-light-deprivation
#18
Yun-Feng Zhang, Qi-Qin Li, Jia Qu, Cui-Min Sun, Yun Wang
Depression is one of the most prevalent and life-threatening forms of mental illness. The heavy social burden imposed by this disorder calls for a better understanding of its pathogenesis. Light deficiency is an important factor potentially leading to depression. However, how the light deficiency affects neural microcircuit underlying depression remains largely unknown. This study investigated the properties of morphology, electrophysiology, and synaptology of layer V pyramidal cells (L5PCs) in the motor cortex of a mouse model with depressive behavioral phenotype that was produced by light deprivation (LD)...
November 24, 2016: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890363/comparative-genome-analysis-between-southeast-asian-and-south-american-zika-viruses
#19
Theerarat Kochakarn, Namfon Kotanan, Krittikorn Kümpornsin, Duangkamon Loesbanluechai, Monta Thammasatta, Prasert Auewarakul, Prapon Wilairat, Thanat Chookajorn
OBJECTIVE: To understand the cause for the differences between potentially mild Southeast Asian and the more pathogenic ZIKV in South America. METHODS: A comparative genomic analysis was performed to determine putative causations stemming from ZIKV. RESULTS: Phylogenetic analyses integrating geographical and time factors revealed that Southeast Asian ZIKV might not be the direct source of South American outbreaks as previously speculated. Amino acid residues unique to South American ZIKV isolates at the envelope, pr and NS1 proteins are listed and shown in the structural context...
November 2016: Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889956/red-blood-cell-function-and-dysfunction-redox-regulation-nitric-oxide-metabolism-anemia
#20
Viktoria Kuhn, Lukas Diederich, T C Stevenson Keller Iv, Christian M Kramer, Wiebke Lückstädt, Christina Panknin, Tatsiana Suvorava, Brant Isakson, Malte Kelm, Miriam Margherita Cortese-Krott
SIGNIFICANCE: Recent clinical evidence identified anemia to be correlated with severe complications of cardiovascular disease such as bleeding, thromboembolic events, stroke, hypertension, arrhythmias, as well as inflammation, particularly in elderly patients. The underlying mechanisms of these complications are largely unidentified. Recent Advances: Previously, red blood cells (RBCs) were considered exclusively as transporters of oxygen and nutrients to the tissues. More recent experimental evidence indicates that RBCs are important inter-organ communication systems with additional functions, including participation in control of systemic NO metabolism, redox regulation, blood rheology and viscosity...
November 27, 2016: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
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