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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812878/nanomechanical-imaging-of-the-diffusion-of-fullerene-into-conjugated-polymer
#1
Dong Wang, Ken Nakajima, Feng Liu, Shaowei Shi, Thomas P Russell
The large Young's modulus difference between chemically modified fullerene (PCBM) and a conjugated polymer was used to nanomechanically map the diffusion of PCBM into PTB7, a high efficiency low band gap conjugated polymer. The sharp tip in nanomechanical atomic force microscopy (AFM) ensures a high-resolution nanomechanical characterization of the diffusion front, with the intrinsic benefits of revealing the mechanical properties of the mixtures. Localized structure changes induced by diffusion were investigated by grazing incidence x-ray diffraction methods...
August 16, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811751/bioactive-potential-of-3d-printed-oleo-gum-resin-disks-b-papyrifera-c-myrrha-and-s-benzoin-loading-nanooxides-tio2-p25-cu2o-and-moo3
#2
Diogo José Horst, Sergio Mazurek Tebcherani, Evaldo Toniolo Kubaski, Rogério de Almeida Vieira
This experimental study investigates the bioactive potential of filaments produced via hot melt extrusion (HME) and intended for fused deposition modeling (FDM) 3D printing purposes. The oleo-gum-resins from benzoin, myrrha, and olibanum in pure state and also charged with 10% of metal oxide nanoparticles, TiO2, P25, Cu2O, and MoO3, were characterized by ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray microanalysis (EDXMA), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC)...
2017: Bioinorganic Chemistry and Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811469/rgd-delivery-of-truncated-coagulase-to-tumor-vasculature-affords-local-thrombotic-activity-to-induce-infarction-of-tumors-in-mice
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Rana Jahanban-Esfahlan, Khaled Seidi, Hassan Monhemi, Amir Daei Farshchi Adli, Babak Minofar, Peyman Zare, Davoud Farajzadeh, Safar Farajnia, Ramezan Behzadi, Mehran Mesgari Abbasi, Nosratollah Zarghami, Tahereh Javaheri
Induction of thrombosis in tumor vasculature represents an appealing strategy for combating cancer. Herein, we combined unique intrinsic coagulation properties of staphylocoagulase with new acquired functional potentials introduced by genetic engineering, to generate a novel bi-functional fusion protein consisting of truncated coagulase (tCoa) bearing an RGD motif on its C-terminus for cancer therapy. We demonstrated that free coagulase failed to elicit any significant thrombotic activity. Conversely, RGD delivery of coagulase retained coagulase activity and afforded favorable interaction of fusion proteins with prothrombin and αvβ3 endothelial cell receptors, as verified by in silico, in vitro, and in vivo experiments...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811267/app-a%C3%AE-structural-diversity-and-alzheimer-s-disease-pathogenesis
#4
REVIEW
Alex E Roher, Tyler A Kokjohn, Steven G Clarke, Michael R Sierks, Chera L Maarouf, Geidy E Serrano, Marwan S Sabbagh, Thomas G Beach
The amyloid cascade hypothesis of Alzheimer's disease (AD) proposes amyloid- β (Aβ) is a chief pathological element of dementia. AD therapies have targeted monomeric and oligomeric Aβ 1-40 and 1-42 peptides. However, alternative APP proteolytic processing produces a complex roster of Aβ species. In addition, Aβ peptides are subject to extensive posttranslational modification (PTM). We propose that amplified production of some APP/Aβ species, perhaps exacerbated by differential gene expression and reduced peptide degradation, creates a diverse spectrum of modified species which disrupt brain homeostasis and accelerate AD neurodegeneration...
August 12, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811154/theoretical-study-on-electron-structure-and-charge-transport-properties-of-tetraazapentacene-derivatives
#5
Xiao-Dan Tang
By Means of Marcus electron transfer theory, the charge transport properties of tetraazapentacene (4N-PEN) derivatives were systematically explored. The reorganization energies were studied by both adiabatic potential-energy surfaces and normal mode analysis. The charge diffusion constants were evaluated from the random walk simulation. From the perspective of homology modeling, a selected 4N-PEN derivative without experimental crystal structure was built into three kinds of possible packing modes with reference to its relative analogues and then fully optimized...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810120/aqueous-solvation-of-ammonia-and-ammonium-probing-hydrogen-bond-motifs-with-ft-ir-and-soft-x-ray-spectroscopy
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Maria Ekimova, Wilson Quevedo, Lukasz Szyc, Marcella Iannuzzi, Philippe Wernet, Michael Odelius, Erik T J Nibbering
In a multi-facetted investigation combining local soft-x-ray and vibrational spectroscopic probes with ab initio molecular dynamics simulations, hydrogen-bond interactions of two key principal amine compounds in aqueous solution, ammonia (NH3) and ammonium ion (NH4+), are quantitatively assessed in terms of electronic structure, solvation structure, and dynamics. From the x-ray measurements and from the complementary determination of the IR-active hydrogen stretching and bending modes of NH3 and NH4+ in aqueous solution, the picture emerges of a comparatively strongly hydrogen-bonded NH4+ ion via N-H donating interactions, whereas NH3 has a strong accepting hydrogen bond with one water molecule at the nitrogen lone pair but only weak N-H donating hydrogen bonds...
August 15, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807028/connectivity-not-region-intrinsic-properties-predicts-regional-vulnerability-to-progressive-tau-pathology-in-mouse-models-of-disease
#7
Chris Mezias, Eve LoCastro, Chuying Xia, Ashish Raj
Spatiotemporal tau pathology progression is regarded as highly stereotyped within each type of degenerative condition. For instance, AD has a progression of tau pathology consistently beginning in the entorhinal cortex, the locus coeruleus, and other nearby noradrenergic brainstem nuclei, before spreading to the rest of the limbic system as well as the cingulate and retrosplenial cortices. Proposed explanations for the consistent spatial patterns of tau pathology progression, as well as for why certain regions are selectively vulnerable to exhibiting pathology over the course of disease generally focus on transsynaptic spread proceeding via the brain's anatomic connectivity network in a cell-independent manner or on cell-intrinsic properties that might render some cell populations or regions uniquely vulnerable...
August 14, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806520/tailoring-the-doping-mechanisms-at-oxide-interfaces-in-nanoscale
#8
Weitao Dai, Ming Yang, Hyungwoo Lee, Jung-Woo Lee, Chang-Beom Eom, Cheng Cen
Here, we demonstrate the nanoscale manipulations of two types of charge transfer to the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interfaces: one from surface adsorbates and another from oxygen vacancies inside LaAlO3 films. This method can be used to produce multiple insulating and metallic interface states with distinct carrier properties that are highly stable in air. By reconfiguring the patterning and comparing interface structures formed from different doping sources, effects of extrinsic and intrinsic material characters on the transport properties can be distinguished...
August 16, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805396/transport-properties-of-a-two-dimensional-pbse-square-superstructure-in-an-electrolyte-gated-transistor
#9
Maryam Alimoradi Jazi, Vera A E C Janssen, Wiel H Evers, Athmane Tadjine, Christophe Delerue, Laurens D A Siebbeles, Herre S J van der Zant, Arjan J Houtepen, Daniël Vanmaekelbergh
Self-assembled nanocrystal solids show promise as a versatile platform for novel opto-electronic materials. Superlattices composed of a single layer of lead-chalcogenide and cadmium-chalcogenide nanocrystals with epitaxial connections between the nanocrystals, present outstanding questions to the community regarding their predicted band structure and electronic transport properties. However, the as-prepared materials are intrinsic semiconductors; to occupy the bands in a controlled way, chemical doping or external gating is required...
August 14, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805394/high-efficiently-delaminated-single-layered-mxene-nanosheets-with-large-lateral-size
#10
Gengnan Li, Li Tan, Yumeng Zhang, Binghan Wu, Liang Li
Single layered Ti3C2(OH)2 nanosheets have been successfully fabricated by etching its Ti3AlC2 precursor with KOH in the presence of small amount of water. The OH group replaced the Al layer within Ti3AlC2 structure during etching process and Ti3C2(OH)2 nanosheets could be easily and efficiently achieved through a simple washing process. The delaminated single layered nanosheets are clearly revealed by atomic force microscopy to have several micrometers in lateral size. Interestingly, the exfoliated Ti3C2(OH)2 nanosheets could be restacked to form a new layer-structured material during drying process...
August 14, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803974/influence-of-amylose-content-and-oxidation-level-of-potato-starch-on-acetylation-granule-structure-and-radicals-formation
#11
Sławomir Pietrzyk, Teresa Fortuna, Lesław Juszczak, Dorota Gałkowska, Małgorzata Bączkowicz, Maria Łabanowska, Magdalena Kurdziel
This study was aimed at determining the effect of the amylose content of starch and oxidation level of potato starch on the structure of starch granules, and susceptibility to chemical modification (acetylation) and subsequent generation of radicals. Potato starch and waxy potato starch were oxidised with sodium hypochlorite applied in doses corresponding to 10, 20, and 30gCl/kg starch, and then acetylated with acetic acid anhydride. The carboxyl, carbonyl, acetyl groups were determined in modified starches...
August 10, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803161/on-line-prognosis-of-fatigue-crack-propagation-based-on-gaussian-weight-mixture-proposal-particle-filter
#12
Jian Chen, Shenfang Yuan, Lei Qiu, Hui Wang, Weibo Yang
Accurate on-line prognosis of fatigue crack propagation is of great meaning for prognostics and health management (PHM) technologies to ensure structural integrity, which is a challenging task because of uncertainties which arise from sources such as intrinsic material properties, loading, and environmental factors. The particle filter algorithm has been proved to be a powerful tool to deal with prognostic problems those are affected by uncertainties. However, most studies adopted the basic particle filter algorithm, which uses the transition probability density function as the importance density and may suffer from serious particle degeneracy problem...
July 25, 2017: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803061/carbon-streaming-in-microalgae-extraction-and-analysis-methods-for-high-value-compounds
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REVIEW
G Venkata Subhash, Meghna Rajvanshi, B Navish Kumar, Sridharan Govindachary, Venkatesh Prasad, Santanu Dasgupta
There is a growing recognition that carbon-neutral biofuels and microalgae are eco-friendly options because of their high CO2 sequestering capability and ability to grow in wastewater/sea water and non-arable land. Also the intrinsic properties of microalgal systems can be exploited for high value compounds such as carbohydrates, lipids, pigments and proteins. This article provides a comprehensive review of various microalgae cultivation practices utilizing organic and inorganic carbon sources. The merits and demerits of the various extraction and analytical procedures have also been discussed in detail...
July 8, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803028/novel-poly-l-lactide-graphene-oxide-films-with-improved-mechanical-flexibility-and-antibacterial-activity
#14
Zhijun Yang, Chen Sun, Liang Wang, Huixin Chen, Ji He, Yuan Chen
Poly(l-lactic acid) (PLLA) is a biocompatible polyester derived from renewable sources. It is desirable to reduce its brittleness and introduce antibacterial activity for biomedical applications by using graphene oxide (GO) as a structural and antibacterial agent. However, commonly used polymer/GO composite synthesis methods, such as physical mixing and covalent functionalization, either cause phase segregation or compromise the intrinsic properties of GO. Here, a novel approach is demonstrated to synthesize PLLA/GO films...
August 5, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802007/characterization-of-intrinsic-material-properties-of-a-model-lipoproteic-emulsion-gel-by-oscillatory-and-creep-compliance-rheometry
#15
Kyle S Okada, Wan-Yuan Kuo, Youngsoo Lee
The effects of varying formulation and processing parameters on rheological properties in a model lipid/protein-based emulsion gel were studied. Heat-set model lipoproteic emulsion gels were prepared with varying levels of protein, lipid, and NaCl contents and high pressure homogenization treatments. Small deformation oscillatory rheometry, creep compliance, and pore size analysis experiments were used to characterize intrinsic structural properties, matrix interactions, and microstructure. Creep compliance behavior of the gel system was successfully modeled by a four-component Burgers model...
August 12, 2017: Journal of Texture Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801830/cloning-and-expression-analysis-of-human-amelogenin-in-nicotiana-benthamiana-plants-by-means-of-a-transient-expression-system
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Mattia Pegoraro, Slavica Matić, Barbara Pergolizzi, Luca Iannarelli, Andrea M Rossi, Marco Morra, Emanuela Noris
Enamel is the covering tissue of teeth, made of regularly arranged hydroxyapatite crystals deposited on an organic matrix composed of 90% amelogenin that is completely degraded at the end of the enamel formation process. Amelogenin has a biomineralizing activity, forming nanoparticles or nanoribbons that guide hydroxyapatite deposit, and regenerative functions in bone and vascular tissue and in wound healing. Biotechnological products containing amelogenin seem to facilitate these processes. Here, we describe the production of human amelogenin in plants by transient transformation of Nicotiana benthamiana with constructs carrying synthetic genes with optimized human or plant codons...
August 11, 2017: Molecular Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801577/effects-of-disulfide-bridges-and-backbone-connectivity-on-water-sorption-by-protein-matrices
#17
Sang Beom Kim, Rakesh S Singh, Prem K C Paul, Pablo G Debenedetti
Understanding the water sorption behavior of protein powders is important in applications such as the preservation of protein-based pharmaceuticals. Most globular proteins exhibit a characteristic sigmoidal water adsorption isotherm at ambient conditions. However, it is not well understood how water sorption behavior is influenced by intrinsic factors that are related to structural properties of proteins. We investigate computationally how structural constraints on proteins influence the water sorption isotherms of amorphous protein powders...
August 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801534/cgas-is-activated-by-dna-in-a-length-dependent-manner
#18
Stefanie Luecke, Andreas Holleufer, Maria H Christensen, Kasper L Jønsson, Gerardo A Boni, Lambert K Sørensen, Mogens Johannsen, Martin R Jakobsen, Rune Hartmann, Søren R Paludan
Cytosolic DNA stimulates innate immune responses, including type I interferons (IFN), which have antiviral and immunomodulatory activities. Cyclic GMP-AMP synthase (cGAS) recognizes cytoplasmic DNA and signals via STING to induce IFN production. Despite the importance of DNA in innate immunity, the nature of the DNA that stimulates IFN production is not well described. Using low DNA concentrations, we show that dsDNA induces IFN in a length-dependent manner. This is observed over a wide length-span of DNA, ranging from the minimal stimulatory length to several kilobases, and is fully dependent on cGAS irrespective of DNA length...
August 10, 2017: EMBO Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800218/efficient-solution-processed-n-type-small-molecule-thermoelectric-materials-achieved-by-precisely-regulating-energy-level-of-organic-dopants
#19
Dafei Yuan, Dazhen Huang, Cheng Zhang, Ye Zou, Chong-An Di, Xiaozhang Zhu, Daoben Zhu
To achieve efficient n-type doping, we designed and synthesized three dopants, Cyc-DMBI-H, (2-Cyc-DMBI)2, and (2-Cyc-DMBI-Me)2 with precisely regulated electron-donating ability to dope a small molecule 2DQTT-o-OD with high electron mobility and ambient stability. An unexpectedly high power factor of 33.3 μW m(-1) K(-2) was obtained by the new dopant (2-Cyc-DMBI-Me)2. Notably, with the intrinsically low lateral thermal conductivity of 0.28 W m(-1) K(-1), the figure of merit was determined to be 0.02 at room temperature...
August 11, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799751/integrated-nanoparticles-to-synergistically-elevate-tumor-oxidative-stress-and-suppress-antioxidative-capability-for-amplified-oxidation-therapy
#20
Wei Yin, Junjie Li, Wendong Ke, Zengshi Zha, Zhishen Ge
The improved antioxidant system of cancer cells renders them well-adaptive to the intrinsic oxidative stress in tumor tissues. On the other hand, cancer cells are more sensitive to elevated tumor oxidative stress as compared with normal cells due to their deficient reactive oxygen species (ROS)-eliminating systems. Oxidation therapy of cancers refers to the strategy of killing cancer cells through selectively increasing the oxidative stress in tumor tissues. In this report, to amplify the oxidation therapy, we develop integrated nanoparticles with the properties to elevate tumor oxidative stress and concurrently suppress the antioxidative capability of cancer cells...
August 11, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
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