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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350969/noise-of-a-chargeless-fermi-liquid
#1
Cătălin Paşcu Moca, Christophe Mora, Ireneusz Weymann, Gergely Zaránd
We construct a Fermi liquid theory to describe transport in a superconductor-quantum dot-normal metal junction close to the singlet-doublet (parity changing) transition of the dot. Though quasiparticles do not have a definite charge in this chargeless Fermi liquid, in the case of particle-hole symmetry, a mapping to the Anderson model unveils a hidden U(1) symmetry and a corresponding pseudocharge. In contrast to other correlated Fermi liquids, the back scattering noise reveals an effective charge equal to the charge of Cooper pairs, e^{*}=2e...
January 5, 2018: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350968/spin-switching-via-quantum-dot-spin-valves
#2
N M Gergs, S A Bender, R A Duine, D Schuricht
We develop a theory for spin transport and magnetization dynamics in a quantum dot spin valve, i.e., two magnetic reservoirs coupled to a quantum dot. Our theory is able to take into account effects of strong correlations. We demonstrate that, as a result of these strong correlations, the dot gate voltage enables control over the current-induced torques on the magnets and, in particular, enables voltage-controlled magnetic switching. The electrical resistance of the structure can be used to read out the magnetic state...
January 5, 2018: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350900/fluorescent-tpa-gqds-probe-for-sensitive-assay-and-quantitative-imaging-of-hydroxyl-radical-in-living-cells
#3
Xin Hai, Zhiyong Guo, Xin Lin, Xuwei Chen, Jian-Hua Wang
A fluorescent probe TPA@GQDs is fabricated by the conjugation of terephthalic acid (TPA) on the surface of graphene quantum dots (GQDs). The TPA@GQDs probe not only owns favorable dispersibility, but also exhibits excellent fluorescence stability over wide pH range and high ionic strength, and favorable anti-photobleaching ability. The great fluorescence enhancement of TPA@GQDs induced by the reaction between TPA and hydroxyl radical makes the TPA@GQDs a powerful probe for the sensitive assay of hydroxyl radical, giving rise to a detection limit low down to 12 nmol L-1...
January 19, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350743/facile-preparation-of-carbon-dot-supported-nanoflowers-for-efficient-photothermal-therapy-of-cancer-cells
#4
Changshun Hou, Shiqing Chen, Mengqi Wang
Herein, novel self-assembled red-emissive C-dots@Au nanoflowers were developed, and they demonstrated efficient photothermal properties under 750 nm laser irradiation. Moreover, C-dots@Au nanoflowers showed the ability of simultaneous photoacoustic and fluorescence imaging. Our study may provide a novel strategy for the efficient phototherapy of cancer cells based on C-dots.
January 19, 2018: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350630/gaas-quantum-dots-in-a-gap-nanowire-photodetector
#5
Paul Kuyanov, Simon McNamee, Ray R LaPierre
We report the structural, optical and electrical properties of GaAs quantum dots (QDs) embedded along GaP nanowires. The GaP nanowires contained p-i-n junctions with 15 GaAs QDs within the intrinsic region. The nanowires were grown by molecular beam epitaxy using the self-assisted vapor-liquid-solid process. The crystal structure of the NW alternated between twinned ZB and WZ as the composition along the NW alternated between the GaP barriers and the GaAs QDs, respectively, leading to a polytypic structure with a periodic modulation of the NW sidewall facets...
January 19, 2018: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350521/facile-and-highly-effective-synthesis-of-controllable-lattice-sulfur-doped-graphene-quantum-dots-via-hydrothermal-treatment-of-durian
#6
Gang Wang, Qinglei Guo, Da Chen, Zhiduo Liu, Xiaohu Zheng, Anli Xu, Siwei Yang, Guqiao Ding
Recently, the biomass "bottom-up" approach for the synthesis of graphene quantum dots have attracted broad interest because of the outstanding features, including low-cost, rapid and environmentally friendly nature. However, the low crystalline quality of products, substitutional doping with heteroatoms in lattice and ambiguous reaction mechanism strongly challenge the further development of this technique. Herein, we proposed a facile and effective strategy to prepare controllable sulfur (S) doping in graphene quantum dots, occurring in a lattice substitution manner, by hydrothermal treatment of durian with platinum catalyst...
January 19, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350498/glioma-targeted-delivery-of-a-theranostic-liposome-integrated-with-quantum-dots-superparamagnetic-iron-oxide-and-cilengitide-for-dual-imaging-guiding-cancer-surgery
#7
He-Lin Xu, Jing-Jing Yang, De-Li ZhuGe, Meng-Ting Lin, Qun-Yan Zhu, Bing-Hui Jin, Meng-Qi Tong, Bi-Xin Shen, Jian Xiao, Ying-Zheng Zhao
Herein, a theranostic liposome (QSC-Lip) integrated with superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs) and quantum dots (QDs) and cilengitide (CGT) into one platform is constructed to target glioma under magnetic targeting (MT) for guiding surgical resection of glioma. Transmission electron microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy confirm the complete coencapsulation of SPIONs and QDs in liposome. Besides, CGT is also effectively encapsulated into the liposome with an encapsulation efficiency of ∼88...
January 19, 2018: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350469/in-vitro-to-in-vivo-benchmark-dose-comparisons-to-inform-risk-assessment-of-quantum-dot-nanomaterials
#8
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Brittany A Weldon, William C Griffith, Tomomi Workman, David K Scoville, Terrance J Kavanagh, Elaine M Faustman
Engineered nanomaterials are currently under review for their potential toxicity; however, their use in consumer/commercial products has continued to outpace risk assessments. In vitro methods may be utilized as tools to improve the efficiency of risk assessment approaches. We propose a framework to compare relationships between previously published in vitro and in vivo toxicity assessments of cadmium-selenium containing quantum dots (QDs) using benchmark dose (BMD) and dosimetric assessment methods. Although data were limited this approach was useful for identifying sensitive assays and strains...
January 19, 2018: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349782/new-species-of-the-genus-spectracanthicus-loricariidae-hypostominae-ancistrini-from-the-rio-java%C3%A3-s-rio-araguaia-basin-with-a-description-of-gross-brain-morphology
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C C Chamon, T N A Pereira, M B Mendonça, A Akama
A new species of Spectracanthicus is described from the Rio Javaés, Rio Araguaia basin. The new species is distinguished from its congeners (except Spectracanthicus immaculatus) by colour pattern: body dark grey to dark brown without dots or blotches (v. body colour with yellowish small dots in Spectracanthicus murinus, Spectracanthicus punctatissimus and Spectracanthicus tocantinensis and large white dots in Spectracanthicus zuanoni). It can be further distinguished from S. immaculatus by having thicker and less numerous teeth, with up to eight premaxillary and 20 dentary teeth (v...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Fish Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349585/molecularly-imprinted-core-shell-cdse-sio2-cds-as-a-ratiometric-fluorescent-probe-for-4-nitrophenol-sensing
#10
Mingyue Liu, Zhao Gao, Yanjun Yu, Rongxin Su, Renliang Huang, Wei Qi, Zhimin He
4-Nitrophenol (4-NP) is a priority pollutant in water and is both carcinogenic and genotoxic to humans and wildlife even at very low concentrations. Thus, we herein fabricated a novel molecularly imprinted core-shell nanohybrid as a ratiometric fluorescent sensor for the highly sensitive and selective detection of 4-NP. This sensor was functioned by the transfer of fluorescence resonance energy between photoluminescent carbon dots (CDs) and 4-NP. This sensor was synthesized by linking organosilane-functionalized CDs to silica-coated CdSe quantum dots (CdSe@SiO2) via Si-O bonds...
January 18, 2018: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348534/anti-cancer-activities-of-allyl-isothiocyanate-and-its-conjugated-silicon-quantum-dots
#11
Peng Liu, Mehrnaz Behray, Qi Wang, Wei Wang, Zhigang Zhou, Yimin Chao, Yongping Bao
Allyl isothiocyanate (AITC), a dietary phytochemical in some cruciferous vegetables, exhibits promising anticancer activities in many cancer models. However, previous data showed AITC to have a biphasic effect on cell viability, DNA damage and migration in human hepatoma HepG2 cells. Moreover, in a 3D co-culture of HUVEC with pericytes, it inhibited tube formation at high doses but promoted this at low doses, which confirmed its biphasic effect on angiogenesis. siRNA knockdown of Nrf2 and glutathione inhibition abolished the stimulation effect of AITC on cell migration and DNA damage...
January 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348413/synthesis-of-luminescent-carbon-dots-with-ultrahigh-quantum-yield-and-inherent-folate-receptor-positive-cancer-cell-targetability
#12
Haifang Liu, Zhaohui Li, Yuanqiang Sun, Xin Geng, Yalei Hu, Hongmin Meng, Jia Ge, Lingbo Qu
Carbon dots (CDs) have a wide range of applications in chemical, physical and biomedical research fields. We are particularly interested in the use of CDs as fluorescence nanomaterials for targeted tumor cell imaging. One of the important aspects of success is to enhance the fluorescence quantum yields (QY) of CDs as well as increase their targetability to tumor cells. However, most of the reported CDs are limited by relative low QY. In the current study, for the first time, one-step synthesis of highly luminescent CDs by using folic acid (FA) as single precursor was obtained in natural water through hydrothermal method...
January 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348412/influence-of-autophagy-on-acute-kidney-injury-in-a-murine-cecal-ligation-and-puncture-sepsis-model
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Satoshi Sunahara, Eizo Watanabe, Masahiko Hatano, Paul E Swanson, Takehiko Oami, Lisa Fujimura, Youichi Teratake, Takashi Shimazui, Chiwei Lee, Shigeto Oda
The role of autophagy in the maintenance of renal homeostasis during sepsis is not well understood. We therefore aimed to determine the influence of autophagy on kidney during sepsis using a murine sepsis model, i.e. cecal ligation and puncture (CLP). In CLP treated animals, the number of autolysosomes observed by electron microscopy increased over time. The number of autophagosomes in CLP animals decreased relative sham operated controls at 24 hrs after CLP, indicating that autophagy flux is already diminishing by that time...
January 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348038/children-with-fragile-x-syndrome-display-threat-specific-biases-toward-emotion
#14
Jessica L Burris, Ryan A Barry-Anwar, Riley N Sims, Randi J Hagerman, Flora Tassone, Susan M Rivera
BACKGROUND: Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is the most common form of inherited intellectual disability. FXS is caused by a silencing of the FMR1 gene that results in a loss or absence of the gene's protein product, fragile X mental retardation protein. The phenotype of FXS is consistently associated with heightened anxiety, although no previous study has investigated attentional bias toward threat, a hallmark of anxiety disorders, in individuals with FXS. METHODS: The current study employed a passive-viewing eye-tracking version of the dot probe task to investigate attentional biases toward emotional faces in young children with FXS (n = 47) and without FXS (n = 94)...
September 2017: Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347937/monoclonal-antibody-based-colloid-gold-immunochromatographic-strip-for-the-rapid-detection-of-tomato-zonate-spot-tospovirus
#15
Yanbing Niu, Defu Wang, Liyan Cui, Baoxia Wang, Xiaojing Pang, Peixia Yu
BACKGROUND: Tomato zonate spot virus (TZSV), a new species of genus Tospovirus, caused significant losses in yield and problems in quality of many important vegetables and ornamentals in Southwest China and posed a serious threat to important economic crops for the local farmers. A convenient and reliable method was urgently needed for rapid detection and surveillance of TZSV. METHODS: The nucleocapsid protein (N) of TZSV was expressed in Escherichia coli and purified, and was used as the antigen to immunize BALB/c mice...
January 18, 2018: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347861/positive-emotional-attention-bias-in-young-children-with-symptoms-of-adhd
#16
Amanda Cremone, Claudia I Lugo-Candelas, Elizabeth A Harvey, Jennifer M McDermott, Rebecca M C Spencer
Children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) often experience emotional dysregulation. Dysregulation can arise from heightened attention to emotional stimuli. Emotional attention biases are associated with a number of adverse socioemotional outcomes including reward sensitivity and externalizing behaviors. As reward sensitivity and externalizing behaviors are common in children with ADHD, the aim of the current study was to determine whether emotional attention biases are evident in young children with clinically significant ADHD symptoms...
January 18, 2018: Child Neuropsychology: a Journal on Normal and Abnormal Development in Childhood and Adolescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347399/correlation-between-peak-height-modulation-and-phase-lapses-in-transport-through-quantum-dots
#17
Rodolfo A Jalabert, Rafael A Molina, Guillaume Weick, Dietmar Weinmann
We show that two intriguing features of mesoscopic transport, namely, the modulation of Coulomb blockade peak heights and the transmission phase lapses occurring between subsequent peaks, are closely related. Our analytic arguments are corroborated by numerical simulations for chaotic ballistic quantum dots. The correlations between the two properties are experimentally testable. The statistical distribution of the partial-width amplitude, at the heart of the previous relationship, is determined, and its characteristic parameters are estimated from simple models...
December 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346920/conditional-1-f-%C3%AE-noise-from-single-molecules-to-macroscopic-measurement
#18
N Leibovich, E Barkai
We demonstrate that the measurement of 1/f^{α} noise at the single molecule or nano-object limit is remarkably distinct from the macroscopic measurement over a large sample. The single-particle measurements yield a conditional time-dependent spectrum. However, the number of units fluctuating on the time scale of the experiment is increasing in such a way that the macroscopic measurements appear perfectly stationary. The single-particle power spectrum is a conditional spectrum, in the sense that we must make a distinction between idler and nonidler units on the time scale of the experiment...
September 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345904/enzyme-initiated-quinone-chitosan-conjugation-chemistry-toward-a-general-in-situ-strategy-for-high-throughput-photoelectrochemical-enzymatic-bioanalysis
#19
Guang-Li Wang, Fang Yuan, Tiantian Gu, Yuming Dong, Qian Wang, Wei-Wei Zhao
Herein we report a general and novel strategy for high-throughput photoelectrochemical (PEC) enzymatic bioanalysis on the basis of enzyme-initiated quinone-chitosan conjugation chemistry (QCCC). Specifically, the strategy was illustrated by using a model quinones-generating oxidase of tyrosinase (Tyr) to catalytically produce 1,2-bezoquinone or its derivative, which can easily and selectively be conjugated onto the surface of the chitosan deposited PbS/NiO/FTO photocathode via the QCCC. Upon illumination, the covalently attached quinones could act as electron acceptors of PbS quantum dots (QDs), improving the photocurrent generation and thus allowing the elegant probing of Tyr activity...
January 18, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345903/light-emitting-diodes-based-on-colloidal-silicon-quantum-dots-with-octyl-and-phenylpropyl-ligands
#20
Xiangkai Liu, Shuangyi Zhao, Wei Gu, Yuting Zhang, Xvsheng Qiao, Zhenyi Ni, Xiaodong Pi, Deren Yang
Colloidal silicon quantum dots (Si QDs) hold ever-growing promise for the development of novel optoelectronic devices such as light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Although it has been proposed that ligands at the surface of colloidal Si QDs may significantly impact the performance of LEDs based on colloidal Si QDs, little systematic work has been carried out to compare the performance of LEDs that are fabricated by using colloidal Si QDs with different ligands. Here colloidal Si QDs with rather short octyl ligands (Octyl-Si QDs) and phenylpropyl ligands (PhPr-Si QDs) are employed for the fabrication of LEDs...
January 18, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
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