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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445641/exfoliation-of-lini1-3mn1-3co1-3o2-into-nanosheets-using-electrochemical-oxidation-and-reassembly-with-dialysis-or-flocculation
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Qian Cheng, Ting Yang, Man Li, Candace K Chan
Two-dimensional (2D) materials such as nanosheets are increasingly attracting attention for applications in energy storage and conversion. Many conventional battery compounds have layered structures, which can facilitate the exfoliation of these materials into nanosheet morphologies. In this work, LiNi1/3Mn1/3Co1/3O2 (NMC) particles were exfoliated into nanosheets using an electrochemical oxidation method enabled by the intercalation of tetraethylammonium cations into the interlayer space. The exfoliated materials were monolayer or double-layer nanosheets with hexagonal shapes and sizes < 50 nm...
April 26, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445622/thiocarbohydrates-on-gold-nanoparticles-strong-influences-of-stereocenters-on-binding-affinitiy-and-interparticle-forces
#2
Torsten Linker, Prashant Pavashe, Werner Fudickar
Carbohydrates carrying thiol groups at the C-2 position have been attached to gold nanoparticles (AuNP) with stereocenters in close proximity to the surface for the first time. Their configurations can be clearly distinguished by the tendency of particle aggregation. AuNP surface plasmon resonance (SPR), x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and IR spectroscopy indicate that the thiocarbohydrates replace citrate molecules at different rates causing aggregation and eventually precipitation. A quantitative formulation of this aggregation process shows that reactivities can vary by several magnitudes...
April 26, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445425/association-of-long-term-near-highway-exposure-to-ultrafine-particles-with-cardiovascular-diseases-diabetes-and-hypertension
#3
Yu Li, Kevin J Lane, Laura Corlin, Allison P Patton, John L Durant, Mohan Thanikachalam, Mark Woodin, Molin Wang, Doug Brugge
Ultrafine particle (UFP) concentrations are elevated near busy roadways, however, their effects on prevalence of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and hypertension are not well understood. To investigate these associations, data on demographics, diseases, medication use, and time of activities were collected by in-home surveys for 704 participants in three pairs of near-highway and urban background neighborhoods in and near Boston (MA, USA). Body mass index (BMI) was measured for a subset of 435 participants...
April 26, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445424/the-effect-of-deoxynivalenol-on-selected-populations-of-immunocompetent-cells-in-porcine-blood-a-preliminary-study
#4
Michał Dąbrowski, Ewa Jakimiuk, Mirosław Baranowski, Magdalena Gajęcka, Łukasz Zielonka, Maciej Tadeusz Gajęcki
Deoxynivalenol (DON) is one of the most prevalent mycotoxins in Europe. Pigs are an animal species that is most susceptible to this mycotoxin. Deoxynivalenol causes significant losses in pig production by lowering feed intake, decreasing daily weight gains, disrupting immune responses, and increasing susceptibility to diseases. The aim of this experiment was to determine the influence of feed contaminated with DON at concentrations insignificantly higher than recommended by the European Commission (900 µg/kg)...
April 26, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445416/structure-function-model-for-kissing-loop-interactions-that-initiate-dimerization-of-ty1-rna
#5
Eric R Gamache, Jung H Doh, Justin Ritz, Alain Laederach, Stanislav Bellaousov, David H Mathews, M Joan Curcio
The genomic RNA of the retrotransposon Ty1 is packaged as a dimer into virus-like particles. The 5' terminus of Ty1 RNA harbors cis-acting sequences required for translation initiation, packaging and initiation of reverse transcription (TIPIRT). To identify RNA motifs involved in dimerization and packaging, a structural model of the TIPIRT domain in vitro was developed from single-nucleotide resolution RNA structural data. In general agreement with previous models, the first 326 nucleotides of Ty1 RNA form a pseudoknot with a 7-bp stem (S1), a 1-nucleotide interhelical loop and an 8-bp stem (S2) that delineate two long, structured loops...
April 26, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445163/annealing-of-au-ag-and-au-ag-alloy-nanoparticle-arrays-on-gaas-100-and-111-b
#6
Alexander M Whiticar, Erik K Mårtensson, Jesper Nygård, Kimberly A Dick, Jessica Bolinsson
Metal nanoparticles (NPs), in particular gold NPs, are often used in the fabrication process of semiconductor nanowires. Besides being able to induce the 1D crystallization of new material, it is highly beneficial if the NPs can be used to dictate the position and diameter of the final nanowire structure. To achieve well-defined NP arrays of varying diameter and pitch distances for nanowire growth, it is necessary to understand and control the effect that a pre-growth annealing process may have on the pre-defined NP arrays...
May 19, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445136/selective-eradication-of-cancer-cells-by-delivery-of-adenovirus-based-toxins
#7
Shiran Shapira, Assaf Shapira, Diana Kazanov, Gil Hevroni, Sarah Kraus, Nadir Arber
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: KRAS mutation is an early event in colorectal cancer carcinogenesis. We previously reported that a recombinant adenovirus, carrying a pro-apoptotic gene (PUMA) under the regulation of Ets/AP1 (RAS-responsive elements) suppressed the growth of cancer cells harboring hyperactive KRAS. We propose to exploit the hyperactive RAS pathway, rather than to inhibit it as was previously tried and failed repeatedly. We aim to improve efficacy by substituting PUMA with a more potent toxin, the bacterial MazF-MazE toxin-antitoxin system, under a very tight regulation...
April 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445056/superior-plasticity-and-tabletability-of-theophylline-monohydrate
#8
Shao-Yu Chang, Changquan Calvin Sun
A theophylline monohydrate (THm) powder, with particle size and shape substantially similar to a theophylline anhydrate powder, was prepared by vapor mediated phase conversion. The elimination of possible contributions by particle size and shape to tableting properties made it possible to unambiguously identify the role of bonding area and bonding strength on powder tableting performance. It was also shown that accurate true density is essential for correct analysis and understanding of tableting behavior of THm...
April 26, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445052/facile-preparation-of-drug-loaded-tristearin-encapsulated-superparamagnetic-iron-oxide-nanoparticles-using-coaxial-electrospray-processing
#9
Manoochehr Rasekh, Zeeshan Ahmad, Richard Barrie Michael Cross, Javier Hernández Gil, James D E T Wilton-Ely, Philip W Miller
Naturally occurring polymers are promising biocompatible materials that have many applications for emerging therapies, drug delivery systems and diagnostic agents. The handling and processing of such materials still constitutes a major challenge which can limit the full exploitation of their properties. This study explores an ambient environment processing technique: coaxial electrospray (CO-ES) to encapsulate genistein (an isoflavonoid and model drug), superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs, 10-15 nm) and a fluorophore (BODIPY) into a layered (triglyceride tristearin shell) particulate system, with a view to constructing a theranostic agent...
April 26, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445044/highly-oxygenated-multifunctional-compounds-in-%C3%AE-pinene-secondary-organic-aerosol
#10
Xuan Zhang, Andrew T Lambe, Mary Alice Upshur, William A Brooks, Ariana Gray Be, Regan J Thomson, Franz M Geiger, Jason Douglas Surratt, Zhenfa Zhang, Avram Gold, Stephan Graf, Michael J Cubison, Michael Groessl, John T Jayne, Douglas R Worsnop, Manjula R Canagaratna
Highly oxygenated multifunctional organic compounds (HOMs) originating from biogenic emissions constitute a widespread source of organic aerosols in the pristine atmosphere. Yet, the molecular forms in which HOMs are present in the condensed phase upon gas-particle partitioning remain unclear. In this study, we show that highly oxygenated molecules that contain multiple peroxide functionalities are readily cationized by the attachment of Na(+) during electrospray ionization operated in the positive ion mode...
April 26, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444967/co-delivery-of-microrna-21-antisense-oligonucleotides-and-gemcitabine-using-nanomedicine-for-pancreatic-cancer-therapy
#11
Yaqing Li, Yinting Chen, Jiajia Li, Zuoquan Zhang, Chumei Huang, Guoda Lian, Kege Yang, Shaojie Chen, Ying Lin, Lingyun Wang, Kaihong Huang, Linjuan Zeng
Tumor metastasis occurs naturally in pancreatic cancer, and the efficacy of chemotherapy is usually poor. Precision medicine, combining down-regulation of target genes with chemotherapy drugs, is expected to improve the therapeutic effects. Therefore, we developed a combined therapy of microRNA-21 antisense oligonucleotides (ASO-miR-21) and Gemcitabine (Gem) using a targeted co-delivery nanoparticle (NP) carrier and investigated the synergistic inhibitory effects on pancreatic cancer cells metastasis and growth...
April 26, 2017: Cancer Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444933/synergistic-effect-of-carbon-nuclei-and-polyaromatic-hydrocarbons-on-respiratory-and-immune-responses
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Pratiti H Chowdhury, Gaku Kitamura, Akiko Honda, Takahiro Sawahara, Tomohiro Hayashi, Wataru Fukushima, Hitomi Kudo, Sho Ito, Seiichi Yoshida, Takamichi Ichinose, Kayo Ueda, Hirohisa Takano
Particulate matter with aerodynamic diameter ≤2.5 μm (PM2.5 ) is generally composed of carbon nuclei associated with various organic carbons, metals, ions and biological materials. Among these components, polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) such as benzo(a)pyrene (BaP) and quinones have detrimental effects on airway epithelial cells and immunodisrupting effects, which leads to the exacerbation of respiratory allergies. The effects of PAHs and the carbon nuclei, separately as well as in combination, remain to be established...
April 26, 2017: Environmental Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444840/topas-simulation-of-the-mevion-s250-compact-proton-therapy-unit
#13
Michael Prusator, Salahuddin Ahmad, Yong Chen
As proton therapy becomes increasingly popular, so does the need for Monte Carlo simulation studies involving accurate beam line modeling of proton treatment units. In this study, the 24 beam configurations of the Mevion S250 proton therapy system installed recently at our institution were modeled using the TOolkit for PArticle Simulation (TOPAS) code. Pristine Bragg peak, spread out Bragg peak (SOBP), and lateral beam profile dose distributions were simulated and matched to the measurements taken during commissioning of the unit...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444689/the-young-s-modulus-fracture-stress-and-fracture-strain-of-gellan-hydrogels-filled-with-whey-protein-microparticles
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Cherry Wing Yu Lam, Shinya Ikeda
Texture modifying abilities of whey protein microparticles are expected to be dependent on pH during heat-induced aggregation of whey protein in the microparticulation process. Therefore, whey protein microparticles were prepared at either pH 5.5 or 6.8 and their effects on small and large deformation properties of gellan gels containing whey protein microparticles as fillers were investigated. The majority of whey protein microparticles had diameters around 2 μm. Atomic force microscopy images showed that whey protein microparticles prepared at pH 6...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444557/overview-on-the-current-status-of-zika-virus-pathogenesis-and-animal-related-research
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Shashank S Pawitwar, Supurna Dhar, Sneham Tiwari, Chet Raj Ojha, Jessica Lapierre, Kyle Martins, Alexandra Rodzinski, Tiyash Parira, Iru Paudel, Jiaojiao Li, Rajib Kumar Dutta, Monica R Silva, Ajeet Kaushik, Nazira El-Hage
There is growing evidence that Zika virus (ZIKV) infection is linked with activation of Guillan-Barré syndrome (GBS) in adults infected with the virus and microcephaly in infants following maternal infection. With the recent outpour in publications by numerous research labs, the association between microcephaly in newborns and ZIKV has become very apparent in which large numbers of viral particles were found in the central nervous tissue of an electively aborted microcephalic ZIKV-infected fetus. However, the underlying related mechanisms remain poorly understood...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology: the Official Journal of the Society on NeuroImmune Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444359/realistic-dosimetry-for-studies-on-biological-responses-to-x-rays-and-%C3%AE-rays
#16
Mehrdad Shahmohammadi Beni, Dragana Krstic, Dragoslav Nikezic, Kwan Ngok Yu
A calibration coefficient R (= DA/DE) for photons was employed to characterize the photon dose in radiobiological experiments, where DA was the actual dose delivered to cells and DE was the dose recorded by an ionization chamber. R was determined using the Monte Carlo N-Particle version 5 (MCNP-5) code. Photons with (i) discrete energies, and (ii) continuous-energy distributions under different beam conditioning were considered. The four studied monoenergetic photons had energies E = 0.01, 0.1, 1 and 2 MeV...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444290/low-density-lipoproteins-cause-atherosclerotic-cardiovascular-disease-1-evidence-from-genetic-epidemiologic-and-clinical-studies-a-consensus-statement-from-the-european-atherosclerosis-society-consensus-panel
#17
Brian A Ference, Henry N Ginsberg, Ian Graham, Kausik K Ray, Chris J Packard, Eric Bruckert, Robert A Hegele, Ronald M Krauss, Frederick J Raal, Heribert Schunkert, Gerald F Watts, Jan Borén, Sergio Fazio, Jay D Horton, Luis Masana, Stephen J Nicholls, Børge G Nordestgaard, Bart van de Sluis, Marja-Riitta Taskinen, Lale Tokgözoglu, Ulf Landmesser, Ulrich Laufs, Olov Wiklund, Jane K Stock, M John Chapman, Alberico L Catapano
Aims: To appraise the clinical and genetic evidence that low-density lipoproteins (LDLs) cause atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD). Methods and results: We assessed whether the association between LDL and ASCVD fulfils the criteria for causality by evaluating the totality of evidence from genetic studies, prospective epidemiologic cohort studies, Mendelian randomization studies, and randomized trials of LDL-lowering therapies. In clinical studies, plasma LDL burden is usually estimated by determination of plasma LDL cholesterol level (LDL-C)...
April 24, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444230/apoe-%C3%AE%C2%B54-%C3%AE%C2%B54-diminishes-neurotrophic-function-of-human-ipsc-derived-astrocytes
#18
Jing Zhao, Mary D Davis, Yuka Atagi, Mitsuru Shinohara, Neill R Graff-Radford, Steven G Younkin, Zbigniew K Wszolek, Takahisa Kanekiyo, Guojun Bu
The ε4 allele of the APOE gene encoding apolipoprotein E (apoE) is a strong genetic risk factor for aging-related cognitive decline as well as late-onset Alzheimer's disease (AD) compared to the common ε3 allele. In the central nervous system, apoE is produced primarily by astrocytes and functions in transporting lipids including cholesterol to support neuronal homeostasis and synaptic integrity. Although mouse models and corresponding primary cells have provided valuable tools for studying apoE isoform-dependent functions, recent studies have shown that human astrocytes have distinct gene expression profile compare with rodent astrocytes...
April 21, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444144/congenital-zika-virus-infection-induces-severe-spinal-cord-injury
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Fernando S Ramalho, Aparecida Y Yamamoto, Luis L da Silva, Luiz Tm Figueiredo, Lenaldo B Rocha, Luciano Neder, Sara R Teixeira, Letícia A Apolinário, Leandra Nz Ramalho, Deisy M Silva, Conrado M Coutinho, Patrícia P Melli, Marlei J Augusto, Ligia B Santoro, Geraldo Duarte, Marisa M Mussi-Pinhata
We reported two fatal cases of congenital Zika virus (ZIKV) infection. Brain anomalies including atrophy of the cerebral cortex and brainstem, and cerebellar aplasia were observed. The spinal cord showed architectural distortion, severe neuronal loss and microcalcifications. The ZIKV proteins and flavivirus-like particles were detected in cytoplasm of spinal neurons, and spinal cord samples were positive for the ZIKV RNA.
April 21, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443926/defect-induced-ferromagnetism-in-mgo-and-its-exceptional-enhancement-upon-thermal-annealing-a-case-of-transformation-of-various-defect-states
#20
Nimai Pathak, Santosh Kumar Gupta, C L Prajapat, S K Sharma, P S Ghosh, Buddhadev Kanrar, P K Pujari, R M Kadam
MgO particles of few micron size are synthesized through a sol-gel method at different annealing temperatures such as 600 °C (MgO-600), 800 °C (MgO-800) and 1000 °C (MgO-1000). EDX and ICP-AES studies confirmed a near total purity of the sample with respect to paramagnetic metal ion impurities. Magnetic measurements showed a low temperature weak ferromagnetic ordering with a TC (Curie temperature) around 65 K (±5 K). Unexpectedly, the saturation magnetization (Ms) was found to be increased with increasing annealing temperature during synthesis...
April 26, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
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