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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901125/annealing-induced-morphology-of-silver-nanoparticles-on-pyramidal-silicon-surface-and-their-application-to-surface-enhanced-raman-scattering
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Abhijit Roy, Arpan Maiti, Tapas Kumar Chini, Biswarup Satpati
This paper reports on a simple and cost-effective process of developing a stable surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrate based on silver (Ag) nanoparticles deposited on silicon (Si) surface. Durability is an important issue for preparing SERS active substrate as silver nanostructures are prone to rapid surface oxidation when exposed to ambient conditions, which may result in the loss of the enhancement capabilities in a short period of time. Here, we employ the galvanic displacement method to produce Ag nanoparticles on Si(100) substrate prepatterned with arrays of micropyramids by chemical etching, and subsequently, separate pieces of such substrates were annealed in oxygen and nitrogen environments at 550 °C...
September 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899620/the-action-radius-of-oxytocin-release-in-the-mammalian-cns-from-single-vesicles-to-behavior
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REVIEW
Bice Chini, Matthijs Verhage, Valery Grinevich
The hypothalamic neuropeptide oxytocin (OT) has attracted the attention both of the scientific community and a general audience because of its prosocial effects in mammals, and OT is now seen as a facilitator of mammalian species propagation. Furthermore, OT is a candidate for the treatment of social deficits in several neuropsychiatric and neurodevelopmental conditions. Despite such possibilities and a long history of studies on OT behavioral effects, the mechanisms of OT actions in the brain remain poorly understood...
September 9, 2017: Trends in Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886132/a-global-view-of-shifting-cultivation-recent-current-and-future-extent
#3
Andreas Heinimann, Ole Mertz, Steve Frolking, Andreas Egelund Christensen, Kaspar Hurni, Fernando Sedano, Louise Parsons Chini, Ritvik Sahajpal, Matthew Hansen, George Hurtt
Mosaic landscapes under shifting cultivation, with their dynamic mix of managed and natural land covers, often fall through the cracks in remote sensing-based land cover and land use classifications, as these are unable to adequately capture such landscapes' dynamic nature and complex spectral and spatial signatures. But information about such landscapes is urgently needed to improve the outcomes of global earth system modelling and large-scale carbon and greenhouse gas accounting. This study combines existing global Landsat-based deforestation data covering the years 2000 to 2014 with very high-resolution satellite imagery to visually detect the specific spatio-temporal pattern of shifting cultivation at a one-degree cell resolution worldwide...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812263/molecular-basis-of-oxytocin-receptor-signalling-in-the-brain-what-we-know-and-what-we-need-to-know
#4
Marta Busnelli, Bice Chini
Oxytocin (OT), a hypothalamic neuropeptide involved in regulating the social behaviour of all vertebrates, has been proposed as a treatment for a number of neuropsychiatric disorders characterised by deficits in the social domain. Over the last few decades, advances focused on understanding the social effects of OT and its role in physiological conditions and brain diseases, but much less has been done to clarify the molecular cascade of events involved in mediating such effects and in particular the cellular and molecular pharmacology of OT and its target receptor (OTR) in neuronal and glial cells...
August 16, 2017: Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793050/relationship-between-uric-acid-levels-and-risk-of-chronic-kidney-disease-in-a-retrospective-cohort-of-brazilian-workers
#5
L S N Chini, L I S Assis, J R Lugon
Uric acid (UA) levels are increased in patients with kidney dysfunction. We analyzed the association between asymptomatic hyperuricemia and new-onset chronic kidney disease (CKD). A retrospective cohort study was designed to collect data from employees of an energy generation and distribution company in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, who had undergone the company's annual medical checkup from 2008 to 2014. People with ≤2 years of follow-up, with baseline estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) <60 mL·min-1·(1...
August 7, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, Revista Brasileira de Pesquisas Médicas e Biológicas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28775272/53-attosecond-x-ray-pulses-reach-the-carbon-k-edge
#6
Jie Li, Xiaoming Ren, Yanchun Yin, Kun Zhao, Andrew Chew, Yan Cheng, Eric Cunningham, Yang Wang, Shuyuan Hu, Yi Wu, Michael Chini, Zenghu Chang
The motion of electrons in the microcosm occurs on a time scale set by the atomic unit of time-24 attoseconds. Attosecond pulses at photon energies corresponding to the fundamental absorption edges of matter, which lie in the soft X-ray regime above 200 eV, permit the probing of electronic excitation, chemical state, and atomic structure. Here we demonstrate a soft X-ray pulse duration of 53 as and single pulse streaking reaching the carbon K-absorption edge (284 eV) by utilizing intense two-cycle driving pulses near 1...
August 4, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733523/preclinical-efficacy-of-the-novel-competitive-nampt-inhibitor-stf-118804-in-pancreatic-cancer
#7
Jair Machado Espindola-Netto, Claudia C S Chini, Mariana Tarragó, Enfeng Wang, Shamit Dutta, Krishnendu Pal, Debabrata Mukhopadhyay, Mauro Sola-Penna, Eduardo N Chini
NAD salvage is one of the pathways used to generate NAD in mammals. Nicotinamide phosphoribosyltransferase (NAMPT), the rate-limiting enzyme in this pathway, uses nicotinamide (NAM) to generate nicotinamide mononucleotide (NMN). NMN is one of the main precursors of NAD synthesis in cells. Our previous study showed the importance of NAMPT in maintaining NAD levels in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma cells (PDAC), and that the NAMPT inhibitor FK866 decreased pancreatic cancer growth. We now tested the effect of STF-118804, a new highly specific NAMPT inhibitor, in models of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma...
June 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704694/harmony-as-a-convergence-attractor-that-minimizes-the-energy-expenditure-and-variability-in-physiological-gait-and-the-loss-of-harmony-in-cerebellar-ataxia
#8
Mariano Serrao, Giorgia Chini, Marco Iosa, Carlo Casali, Giovanni Morone, Carmela Conte, Fabiano Bini, Franco Marinozzi, Gianluca Coppola, Francesco Pierelli, Francesco Draicchio, Alberto Ranavolo
BACKGROUND: The harmony of the human gait was recently found to be related to the golden ratio value (ϕ). The ratio between the duration of the stance and that of the swing phases of a gait cycle was in fact found to be close to ϕ, which implies that, because of the fractal property of autosimilarity of that number, the gait ratios stride/stance, stance/swing, swing/double support, were not significantly different from one another. We studied a group of patients with cerebellar ataxia to investigate how the differences between their gait ratios and the golden ratio are related to efficiency and stability of their gait, assessed by energy expenditure and stride-to-stride variability, respectively...
July 5, 2017: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688977/prevalence-of-drug-resistance-among-hiv-1-treatment-naive-patients-in-greece-during-2003-2015-transmitted-drug-resistance-is-due-to-onward-transmissions
#9
D Paraskevis, E Kostaki, G Magiorkinis, P Gargalianos, G Xylomenos, E Magiorkinis, M Lazanas, M Chini, G Nikolopoulos, A Skoutelis, V Papastamopoulos, A Antoniadou, A Papadopoulos, M Psichogiou, G L Daikos, M Oikonomopoulou, A Zavitsanou, G Chrysos, V Paparizos, S Kourkounti, H Sambatakou, N V Sipsas, M Lada, P Panagopoulos, E Maltezos, S Drimis, A Hatzakis
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of HIV-1 drug resistance among treatment-naïve patients ranges between 8.3% and 15% in Europe and North America. Previous studies showed that subtypes A and B were the most prevalent in the Greek HIV-1 epidemic. Our aim was to estimate the prevalence of resistance among drug naïve patients in Greece and to investigate the levels of transmission networking among those carrying resistant strains. METHODS: HIV-1 sequences were determined from 3428 drug naïve HIV-1 patients, in Greece sampled during 01/01/2003-30/6/2015...
July 5, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627859/use-of-dynamic-movement-orthoses-to-improve-gait-stability-and-trunk-control-in-ataxic-patients
#10
Mariano Serrao, Carlo Casali, Alberto Ranavolo, Silvia Mari, Carmela Conte, Giorgia Chini, Luca Leonardi, Gianluca Coppola, Cherubino DI Lorenzo, Mahmoud Harfoush, Luca Padua, Francesco Pierelli
BACKGROUND: Patients with cerebellar ataxia show increased upper body movements, which have an impact on balance and walking. AIM: In this study, we investigated the effect of using dynamic movement orthoses (DMO), designed as elastic suits, on trunk motion and gait parameters. DESIGN: A longitudinal uncontrolled study. SETTING: Rehabilitative outpatient unit. POPULATION: Eleven patients (seven men, four women; mean age of 49...
June 19, 2017: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596039/assessment-of-aortic-wall-thrombus-predicts-outcomes-of-endovascular-repair-of-complex-aortic-aneurysms-using-fenestrated-and-branched-endografts
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Mauricio Ribeiro, Gustavo S Oderich, Thanila Macedo, Terri J Vrtiska, Jan Hofer, Julia Chini, Bernardo Mendes, Stephen Cha
OBJECTIVE: The goal of this study was to investigate the correlation between atherothrombotic aortic wall thrombus (AWT) and clinical outcomes in patients treated by fenestrated-branched endovascular aortic repair (F-BEVAR) and present a new classification system for assessment of AWT burden. METHODS: The clinical data of 301 patients treated for pararenal and thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms (TAAAs) by F-BEVAR was reviewed. The study excluded 89 patients with extent I to III TAAA because of extensive laminated thrombus within the aneurysm sac...
June 5, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28570564/identification-of-tify-jaz-family-genes-in-solanum-lycopersicum-and-their-regulation-in-response-to-abiotic-stresses
#12
Andrea Chini, Walid Ben-Romdhane, Afif Hassairi, Mourad A M Aboul-Soud
Plant phenotypic plasticity determines plant adaptation to changing environments and agricultural productivity. Phytohormones are essential plant signalling molecules regulating this plasticity through complex signalling networks. Jasmonates (JAs) are key phytohormones regulating many aspects of growth, development and defence responses. An important role of JAs in tolerance to abiotic stresses is also emerging. The expression of JAZ (JASMONATE-ZIM-DOMAIN PROTEIN) genes, encoding for the key repressors in the JA-pathway, is regulated by multiple abiotic stresses, suggesting a role for the JAZ proteins in response to these stresses...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539349/sleep-loss-promotes-astrocytic-phagocytosis-and-microglial-activation-in-mouse-cerebral-cortex
#13
Michele Bellesi, Luisa de Vivo, Mattia Chini, Francesca Gilli, Giulio Tononi, Chiara Cirelli
We previously found that Mertk and its ligand Gas6, astrocytic genes involved in phagocytosis, are upregulated after acute sleep deprivation. These results suggested that astrocytes may engage in phagocytic activity during extended wake, but direct evidence was lacking. Studies in humans and rodents also found that sleep loss increases peripheral markers of inflammation, but whether these changes are associated with neuroinflammation and/or activation of microglia, the brain's resident innate immune cells, was unknown...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516396/body-sanctification-and-sleep-in-adolescents-with-cystic-fibrosis-a-pilot-study
#14
Antonia T Kopp, Barbara A Chini, Sophia M Dimitriou, Daniel H Grossoehme
Imbuing one's body with divine significance is associated with health-protective behaviors. The purpose of this study was to determine whether adolescents with a life-shortening, chronic disease (cystic fibrosis) who sanctified their bodies also received adequate sleep. Data from Daily Phone Diaries and questionnaire replies from 45 adolescents with cystic fibrosis (ages 11-19 years) were analyzed. A significant relationship between body sanctification and sleep was found, with between-gender differences. Body sanctification is an understudied construct which is associated with healthy behaviors...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Religion and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489358/reactions-of-platinum-carbonyl-chini-clusters-with-ag-nhc-cl-complexes-formation-of-acid-base-lewis-adducts-and-heteroleptic-clusters
#15
Marco Bortoluzzi, Cristiana Cesari, Iacopo Ciabatti, Cristina Femoni, Maria Carmela Iapalucci, Stefano Zacchini
The reactions of anionic platinum carbonyl Chini clusters [Pt3n(CO)6n](2-) [n = 2 (1), 3 (2), 4 (3)] with Ag(IPr)Cl [IPr = C3N2H2(C6H3(i)Pr2)2] afford the neutral acid-base Lewis adducts [Pt9(CO)18(AgIPr)2] (4) and [Pt6(CO)12(AgIPr)2] (5). These are thermally transformed into the homometallic heteroleptic neutral cluster [Pt3(CO)4(IPr)2] (6). Alternatively, 6 can be obtained from the reactions of 1-3 with an excess of the free IPr carbene ligand. The formation of 6 is sometimes accompanied by trace amounts of [Pt4(CO)4(IPr)3] (7)...
May 10, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455274/protocol-of-a-pilot-study-of-technology-enabled-coproduction-in-pediatric-chronic-illness-care
#16
Heather C Kaplan, Sunny Narendra Thakkar, Lisa Burns, Barbara Chini, Dana Mh Dykes, Gary L McPhail, Erin Moore, Shehzad Ahmed Saeed, Ian Eslick, Peter A Margolis, Lisa Opipari-Arrigan
BACKGROUND: Pediatric chronic illness care models are traditionally organized around acute episodes of care and may not meet the needs of patients and their families. Interventions that extend the patient-clinician interaction beyond the health care visit, allow for asynchronous and bidirectional feedback loops that span visits and daily life, and facilitate seamless sharing of information are needed to support a care delivery system that is more collaborative, continuous, and data-driven...
April 28, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454168/laser-waveform-control-of-extreme-ultraviolet-high-harmonics-from-solids
#17
Yong Sing You, Mengxi Wu, Yanchun Yin, Andrew Chew, Xiaoming Ren, Shima Gholam-Mirzaei, Dana A Browne, Michael Chini, Zenghu Chang, Kenneth J Schafer, Mette B Gaarde, Shambhu Ghimire
Solid-state high-harmonic sources offer the possibility of compact, high-repetition-rate attosecond light emitters. However, the time structure of high harmonics must be characterized at the sub-cycle level. We use strong two-cycle laser pulses to directly control the time-dependent nonlinear current in single-crystal MgO, leading to the generation of extreme ultraviolet harmonics. We find that harmonics are delayed with respect to each other, yielding an atto-chirp, the value of which depends on the laser field strength...
May 1, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439871/application-of-chemical-genomics-to-plant-bacteria-communication-a-high-throughput-system-to-identify-novel-molecules-modulating-the-induction-of-bacterial-virulence-genes-by-plant-signals
#18
Elodie Vandelle, Maria Rita Puttilli, Andrea Chini, Giulia Devescovi, Vittorio Venturi, Annalisa Polverari
The life cycle of bacterial phytopathogens consists of a benign epiphytic phase, during which the bacteria grow in the soil or on the plant surface, and a virulent endophytic phase involving the penetration of host defenses and the colonization of plant tissues. Innovative strategies are urgently required to integrate copper treatments that control the epiphytic phase with complementary tools that control the virulent endophytic phase, thus reducing the quantity of chemicals applied to economically and ecologically acceptable levels...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376747/benign-prostatic-enlargement-can-be-influenced-by-metabolic-profile-results-of-a-multicenter-prospective-study
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MULTICENTER STUDY
Mauro Gacci, Arcangelo Sebastianelli, Matteo Salvi, Cosimo De Nunzio, Linda Vignozzi, Giovanni Corona, Tommaso Jaeger, Tommaso Chini, Giorgio Ivan Russo, Mario Maggi, Giuseppe Morgia, Andrea Tubaro, Marco Carini, Sergio Serni
BACKGROUND: In last years Metabolic Syndrome (MetS) has been closely associated to Benign Prostatic Enlargement (BPE) Aim of our study is to evaluate the effect of MetS and each single MetS parameter on prostate growth in men surgically treated for BPE. METHODS: Overall, 379 men were prospectively enrolled in two tertiary referral centers. Calculated prostate volume (PV) was measured with transrectal US defining the antero-posterior (AP), the cranio-caudal (CC) and the latero-lateral (LL) diameters through the ellipsoid formula, while raw PV was calculated by suprapubic US...
April 4, 2017: BMC Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298827/sub-epithelial-connective-tissue-graft-for-root-coverage-in-nonsmokers-and-smokers-a-pilot-comparative-clinical-study
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Chini Doraswamy Dwarakanath, Bheemavarapu Divya, Gottumukkala Naga Venkata Satya Sruthima, Gautami Subadra Penmetsa
BACKGROUND: Gingival recession is a common condition and is more prevalent in smokers. It is widely believed that root coverage procedures in smokers result in less desirable outcome compared to nonsmokers', and there are few controlled studies in literature to support this finding. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to evaluate and compare the outcome of root coverage with sub-epithelial connective tissue graft (SCTG) in nonsmokers and smokers. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A sample of twenty subjects, 10 nonsmokers and 10 smokers were selected each with at least 1 Miller's Class I or II recession on a single rooted tooth...
July 2016: Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology
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