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Mojtaba Abdi-Jalebi, Zahra Andaji-Garmaroudi, Stefania Cacovich, Camille Stavrakas, Bertrand Philippe, Johannes M Richter, Mejd Alsari, Edward P Booker, Eline M Hutter, Andrew J Pearson, Samuele Lilliu, Tom J Savenije, Håkan Rensmo, Giorgio Divitini, Caterina Ducati, Richard H Friend, Samuel D Stranks
Metal halide perovskites are of great interest for various high-performance optoelectronic applications. The ability to tune the perovskite bandgap continuously by modifying the chemical composition opens up applications for perovskites as coloured emitters, in building-integrated photovoltaics, and as components of tandem photovoltaics to increase the power conversion efficiency. Nevertheless, performance is limited by non-radiative losses, with luminescence yields in state-of-the-art perovskite solar cells still far from 100 per cent under standard solar illumination conditions...
March 21, 2018: Nature
Mohammad Asadi, Baharak Sayahpour, Pedram Abbasi, Anh T Ngo, Klas Karis, Jacob R Jokisaari, Cong Liu, Badri Narayanan, Marc Gerard, Poya Yasaei, Xuan Hu, Arijita Mukherjee, Kah Chun Lau, Rajeev S Assary, Fatemeh Khalili-Araghi, Robert F Klie, Larry A Curtiss, Amin Salehi-Khojin
Lithium-air batteries are considered to be a potential alternative to lithium-ion batteries for transportation applications, owing to their high theoretical specific energy. So far, however, such systems have been largely restricted to pure oxygen environments (lithium-oxygen batteries) and have a limited cycle life owing to side reactions involving the cathode, anode and electrolyte. In the presence of nitrogen, carbon dioxide and water vapour, these side reactions can become even more complex. Moreover, because of the need to store oxygen, the volumetric energy densities of lithium-oxygen systems may be too small for practical applications...
March 21, 2018: Nature
Mingna Liao, Qilun Zhang, Fengling Tang, Zhiwei Xu, Xin Zhou, Youpeng Li, Yali Zhang, Chenghao Yang, Qiang Ru, Lingzhi Zhao
The synthesis of nanosized CoO anodes with unique morphologies via a hydrothermal method is investigated. By adjusting the pH values of reaction solutions, nanoflakes (CoO-NFs) and nanoflowers (CoO-FLs) are successfully located on copper foam. Compared with CoO-FLs, CoO-NFs as anodes for lithium ion batteries present ameliorated lithium storage properties, such as good rate capability, excellent cycling stability, and large CoO nanoflakes; CoO nanoflowers; anodes; binder free; lithium ion batteriesreversible capacity...
March 22, 2018: Nanomaterials
Ji-Huan Guan, Yan-Yang Zhang, Weier Lu, Yang Xia, Shushen Li
We theoretically investigate the barrier tunneling in the three-dimensional model of the hyperhoneycomb lattice, which is a nodal-line semimetal with a Dirac loop at zero energy. In the presence of a rectangular potential, the scattering amplitudes for different injecting states around the nodal loop are calculated, by using analytical treatments of the effective model, as well as numerical simulations of the tight binding model. In the low energy regime, states with remarkable transmissions are only concentrated in a small range around the loop plane...
March 22, 2018: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
Montserrat Nunez, Ralph K Rosenbaum, Shooka Karimpour, Anne-Marie Boulay, Michael J Lathuillière, Manuele Margni, Laura Scherer, Francesca Verones, Stephan Pfister
Many new damage oriented methods have recently been developed to address environmental consequences of water consumption in life cycle assessment (LCA). However, such methods can only partially be compared and combined, since their modelling structure and metrics are inconsistent. Moreover, they focus on specific water sources (e.g. river) and miss description of transport flows between water compartments (e.g. from river to atmosphere via evaporation) and regions (e.g. atmospheric advection). Consequently, they provide a partial regard of the local and global hydrological cycle and derived impacts on the environment...
March 22, 2018: Environmental Science & Technology
Wei Huang, Joyprokash Chakrabartty, Catalin Harnagea, Dawit Gedamu, Ibrahima Ka, Mohamed Chaker, Federico Rosei, Riad Nechache
Perovskite multiferroic oxides are promising materials for the realization of sensitive and switchable photodiodes, due to their favorable band gap (< 3.0 eV), high absorption coefficient and tunable internal ferroelectric polarization. A high speed switchable photodiode based on multiferroic Bi2FeCrO6 (BFCO)/SrRuO3 (SRO) layered heterojunction was fabricated by pulsed laser deposition. The heterojunction photodiode exhibits a large ideality factor (n = ~5.0) and a response time as fast as 68 ms, thanks to the effective charge carrier transport and collection at the BFCO/SRO interface...
March 22, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Kai Wang, Xiaoguang Xu, Liying Lu, Haicheng Wang, Yan Li, Yong Wu, Jun Miao, Jin Z Zhang, Yong Jiang
Ag/Bi2 Fe4 O9 nanoparticles (BFO NPs) have been synthesized using a two step approach involving glycine combustion and visible light irradiation. Their structures were characterized in detail using XRD, TEM, SEM, and STEM techniques. Their electrocatalytic properties were studied through enzymatic glucose detection with an amperometric biosensor. The Ag deposited on selective crystal facets of BFO NPs significantly enhanced their electrocatalytic activity. To gain insight into the origin of the enhanced electrocatalytic activities, we have carried out studies of Ag+ reduction and Mn2+ oxidation reaction at {200} and {001} facets, respectively...
March 22, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Jeannine Steinmeyer, Heidi-Kristin Walter, Mathilde A Bichelberger, Violetta Schneider, Tomáš Kubař, Franziska Rönicke, Bettina Olshausen, Karin Nienhaus, Gerd Ulrich Nienhaus, Ute Schepers, Marcus Elstner, Hans-Achim Wagenknecht
Two fluorescent dyes covalently attached in diagonal interstrand orientation to siRNA undergo energy transfer and thereby enable a dual color fluorescence readout (red/green) for hybridization. Three different structural variations were carried out and compared by their optical properties, including (i) the base surrogate approach with an acyclic linker as a substitute of the 2-deoxyriboside between the phosphodiester bridges, (ii) the 2'-modification of conventional ribofuranosides and (iii) the arabino-configured 2'-modification...
March 22, 2018: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
Qingfen Yu, Sameh Othman, Sabyasachi Dasgupta, Thorsten Auth, Gerhard Gompper
Nanoparticles in biological systems encounter lipid-bilayer membranes as barriers. They interact with plasma membranes, membranous organelles, such as the endoplasmic reticulum and the Golgi apparatus, the nucleus, and intracellular and extracellular vesicles, such as autophagosomes, lysosomes, and exosomes. Extracellular vesicles have recently attracted particular attention, as they are involved in the transmission of biological signals and as regulators for biological processes. For example, exosomes, small vesicles containing proteins, mRNA, and miRNA, that are released by cells into the extracellular environment, have been suggested to participate in tumor metastasis...
March 22, 2018: Nanoscale
Meng-Yi Xu, Albert H C Wong
Schizophrenia is considered primarily as a cognitive disorder. However, functional outcomes in schizophrenia are limited by the lack of effective pharmacological and psychosocial interventions for cognitive impairment. GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) interneurons are the main inhibitory neurons in the central nervous system (CNS), and they play a critical role in a variety of pathophysiological processes including modulation of cortical and hippocampal neural circuitry and activity, cognitive function-related neural oscillations (eg, gamma oscillations) and information integration and processing...
March 22, 2018: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
Marina A Gwairgi, Reena Ghildyal
Entamoeba histolytica is the protozoan parasite that causes human amoebiasis. It is one of the leading parasitic disease burdens in tropical regions and developing countries, with spread to developed countries through migrants from and travellers to endemic regions. Understanding E. histolytica's invasion mechanisms requires an understanding of how it interacts with external cell components and how it engulfs and kills cells (phagocytosis). Recent research suggests that optimal phagocytosis requires signalling events from the cell surface to the nucleus via the cytoplasm, and the induction of several factors that are transported to the plasma membrane...
March 22, 2018: Parasitology
Ankita Sharma, Monu, Sagarika Biswas
BACKGROUND: Transthyretin (TTR) is the transporter protein (55 kDA) that carries retinol binding protein and thyroxin (T4) in its functional tetramer form. Presence of mutation in this protein (TTR) may lead to the dissociation of tetramers to monomer which unfolds and self associates to form amyloid aggregates. Aggregation of this protein has been found to be associated with various life threatening disorders such as coronary artery disease (CAD) which is the major cause of mortality and morbidity worldwide...
March 20, 2018: Current Computer-aided Drug Design
Yunyun Jiang, Jian Zhang, Xiao Zhao, Wen Zhao, Zhijian Yu, Chao Chen, Zhennai Yang
Lactobacillus plantarum (L. plantarum) K25 is a probiotic strain isolated from Tibetan kefir. Previous studies showed that this exopolysaccharide (EPS)-producing strain was antimicrobial active and cold tolerant. These functional traits were evidenced by complete genome sequencing of strain K25 with a circular 3,175,846-bp chromosome and six circular plasmids, encoding 3365 CDSs, 16 rRNA genes and 70 tRNA genes. Genomic analysis of L. plantarum K25 illustrates that this strain contains the previous reported mechanisms of probiotic functionality and cold tolerance, involving plantaricins, lysozyme, bile salt hydrolase, chaperone proteins, osmoprotectant, oxidoreductase, EPSs and terpenes...
March 22, 2018: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
Veronica Ortega, Christina Mendiola, Gopalrao V N Velagaleti
One of the well-known hallmarks of cancer is genomic instability. Although gradualism is a well-established process of cancer evolution, recent studies have shown that chromothripsis or chromoanasynthesis can result in complex genomic rearrangements by a single catastrophic event rather than several incremental steps. These two novel phenomena suggest an evolutionary modality for cancer cells to circumvent individual mutational events with one simultaneous shattering of chromosomes or chromosome regions resulting in the random reassembling of shattered genetic material to form complex derivative chromosomes...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Arlene A Hirano, Xue Liu, Nicholas C Brecha, Steven Barnes
Genetic manipulation of horizontal cells using a Connexin57-iCre mouse (Cx57-iCre) line combined with calcium imaging is proving to be a valuable method to study horizontal cell feedback inhibition onto photoreceptor terminals. While it is accepted that horizontal cells provide lateral inhibitory feedback to photoreceptors, the cellular mechanisms that underlie this feedback inhibition remain only partially elucidated. Feedback inhibition of photoreceptors acts via modulation of their voltage-gated calcium channels at their synaptic terminal...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
De-Ju Cao, Xun Yang, Geng Geng, Xiao-Chun Wan, Ru-Xiao Ma, Qian Zhang, Yue-Gan Liang
A hydroponic experiment was performed to investigate the Cd absorption and subcellular distribution in tea plant, Camellia sinensis. Increased Cd accumulation potential was observed in the tea plant in a Cd-enriched environment, but most of the Cd was absorbed by the roots of C. sinensis. The Cd in all the root fractions was mostly distributed in the soluble fraction, followed by the cell wall fraction. By contrast, the Cd was least distributed in the organelle fraction. The adsorption of Cd onto the C. sinensis roots was described well by the Langmuir isotherm model than the Freundlich isotherm...
March 21, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Xun Liu, Yang Zhang, Zhanhong Hu, Qian Li, Lu Yang, Guoqiang Xu
The ubiquitin proteasome system (UPS) plays important roles in the regulation of protein stability, localization, and activity. A myriad of studies have focused on the functions of ubiquitin ligases E3s and deubiquitinating enzymes DUBs due to their specificity in the recognition of downstream substrates. However, the roles of the most ubiquitin-conjugating enzymes E2s are not completely understood except that they transport the activated ubiquitin and form E2-E3 protein complexes. Ubiquitin-conjugating enzyme CDC34 can promote the degradation of downstream targets through the UPS whereas its non-catalytic functions are still elusive...
March 21, 2018: Protein Journal
Guibin Cui, Fengli Sun, Xinmei Gao, Kunliang Xie, Chao Zhang, Shudong Liu, Yajun Xi
Melatonin-mediated osmotic tolerance was attributed to increased antioxidant capacity, energy metabolism, osmoregulation and autophagy in wheat (Triticum aestivum L.). Melatonin is known to play multiple roles in plant abiotic stress tolerance. However, its role in wheat has been rarely investigated. In this study, 25% polyethylene glycol 6000 (PEG 6000) was used to simulate osmotic stress, and wheat seeds and seedlings were treated with different concentrations of melatonin under PEG stress. Isobaric tag for relative and absolute quantification (iTRAQ)-based proteomic techniques were used to identify the differentially accumulated proteins from melatonin-treated and non-treated seedlings...
March 21, 2018: Planta
Tom Dyer, Ngamta Thamwattana, Barry Cox
The low bending rigidity of graphene facilitates the formation of folds into the structure. This curvature change affects the reactivity and electron transport of the sheet. One novel extension of this is the intercalation of small molecules into these folds. We construct a model incorporating a single-walled carbon nanotube into a sheet of folded graphene. Variational calculus techniques are employed to determine the minimum energy structure and the resulting curves are shown to agree well with molecular dynamics study...
March 22, 2018: Journal of Molecular Modeling
Shawna J Lee, Diana T Sanchez, Andrew Grogan-Kaylor, Joyce Y Lee, Analia Albuja
Objective To examine the association of father early engagement behaviors and infant low birth weight (LBW) among unmarried, urban couples. Methods Participants were from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, a birth-cohort study of urban families. We conducted cross-sectional analyses of data from interviews with unmarried mothers and fathers (N = 2726) that took place at the time of their child's birth. Early engagement behaviors were based on fathers' self-report of whether during the pregnancy they gave mothers money to buy things for the baby, helped in other ways like providing transportation to prenatal clinics, and attended the birth...
March 21, 2018: Maternal and Child Health Journal
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