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Rumi Hisakata, Daisuke Hayashi, Ikuya Murakami
The static envelope of a Gabor patch with a moving sinusoidal carrier appears shifted in the direction of the carrier motion (De Valois & De Valois, 1991). This phenomenon is called motion-induced position shift. Although several motion-processing stages, ranging from low- to high-level processes, may contribute to position estimation, it is unknown whether a binocular matching stage or an even earlier stage exerts an influence. To elucidate this matter, we investigated the disparity tuning of this illusion by manipulating the binocular disparities of the carrier and the envelope...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Vision
Iuliana Aprodu, Florentina-Mihaela Ursache, Mihaela Turturică, Gabriela Râpeanu, Nicoleta Stănciuc
Sea buckthorn has gained importance as a versatile nutraceutical, due to its high nutritive value in terms of carotenoids content. β-Lactoglobulin (β-LG) is a natural carrier for various bioactive compounds. In this study, the effect of thermal treatment in the temperature range of 25 to 100°C for 15min on the complex formed by β-LG and carotenoids from sea buckthorn was reported, based on fluorescence spectroscopy, molecular docking and molecular dynamics simulation results. Also, the berries extracts were analyzed for their carotenoids content...
October 17, 2016: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
Catherine Brosseau, Bettina Émile, Marc-André Labelle, Édith Laflamme, Peter L Dold, Yves Comeau
High-rate wastewater processes are receiving a renewed interest to obtain energy positive/efficient water resource recovery facilities. An innovative treatment train combining a high-rate moving bed biofilm reactor (HR-MBBR) with an enhanced flotation process was studied. The two objectives of this work were 1) to maximize the conversion of soluble organics to particulate matter in an HR-MBBR and 2) to maximize the particulate matter recovery from the HR-MBBR effluent by green chemicals to enhance biogas production by anaerobic digestion...
October 8, 2016: Water Research
A C Sampaio, R J Mendes, P G Castro, A M Silva
Solid lipid nanoparticles (SLNs) are used as carriers for drug delivery, and are high biocompatible and designed to endure in the host organism. Despite its current industrial production is low, many of these substances are available on the market, and much more are in the production pipeline. As a result, many of them will end in aquatic systems raising the question whether they can pose a risk to aquatic biota and the associated ecological processes. Microbial decomposers of plant litter, play a key role in forested streams being responsible for the energy flow between terrestrial and aquatic environments...
October 21, 2016: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
Jessica A Nash, Albert L Kwansa, James Samuel Peerless, Ho Shin Kim, Yaroslava G Yingling
Nanoparticles (NPs) play increasingly important roles in nanotechnology and nanomedicine where nanoparticle surface chemistry allows for control over interactions with other nanoparticles and biomolecules. In particular, for applications in drug and gene delivery, a fundamental understanding of the NP-nucleic acid interface allows for development of more efficient and effective nanoparticle carriers. Computational modeling can provide insights of processes occurring at the inorganic NP-nucleic interface, in detail which is difficult to access by experimental methods...
October 24, 2016: Bioconjugate Chemistry
Neha Arora, M Ibrahim Dar, Mojtaba Abdi-Jalebi, Fabrizio Giordano, Norman Pellet, Gwenole Jacopin, Richard H Friend, Shaik Mohammed Zakeeruddin, Michael Grätzel
We report on both intrinsic and extrinsic stability of formamidinium lead bromide [CH(NH2)2PbBr3=FAPbBr3] perovskite solar cell that yield a high photovoltage. The fabrication of FAPbBr3 devices displaying an outstanding photovoltage of 1.53 V and a power conversion efficiency of over 8% was realized by modifying the mesoporous TiO2/FAPbBr3 interface using lithium treatment. Reasons for improved photovoltaic performance were revealed by a combination of techniques, including photothermal deflection absorption spectroscopy (PDS), transient photovoltage and charge extraction analysis, and time-integrated and time-resolved photoluminescence...
October 24, 2016: Nano Letters
Clyde Manuel, Matthew Moore, Lee-Ann Jaykus
AIMS: Human norovirus is a major public health burden and is resistant to numerous sanitizers and disinfectants. In this study, we tested the efficacy of an antimicrobial product containing a blend of silver ions and citric acid (silver dihydrogen citrate; SDC) against GI.6 and GII.4 HuNoV. METHODS AND RESULTS: Pure(®) hard surface disinfectant (Pure Bioscience, El Cajon, CA) was evaluated using ASTM International virucidal suspension and stainless steel carrier assays...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Applied Microbiology
Pablo Alonso-González, Alexey Y Nikitin, Yuanda Gao, Achim Woessner, Mark B Lundeberg, Alessandro Principi, Nicolò Forcellini, Wenjing Yan, Saül Vélez, Andreas J Huber, Kenji Watanabe, Takashi Taniguchi, Félix Casanova, Luis E Hueso, Marco Polini, James Hone, Frank H L Koppens, Rainer Hillenbrand
Terahertz (THz) fields are widely used for sensing, communication and quality control. In future applications, they could be efficiently confined, enhanced and manipulated well below the classical diffraction limit through the excitation of graphene plasmons (GPs). These possibilities emerge from the strongly reduced GP wavelength, λp, compared with the photon wavelength, λ0, which can be controlled by modulating the carrier density of graphene via electrical gating. Recently, GPs in a graphene/insulator/metal configuration have been predicted to exhibit a linear dispersion (thus called acoustic plasmons) and a further reduced wavelength, implying an improved field confinement, analogous to plasmons in two-dimensional electron gases (2DEGs) near conductive substrates...
October 24, 2016: Nature Nanotechnology
Sonia Merino, Nekane Ibarluzea, Hiart Maortua, Begoña Prieto, Idoia Rouco, Maria-Asunción López-Aríztegui, Maria-Isabel Tejada
Fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome (FXTAS) and fragile X-associated primary ovarian insufficiency (FXPOI) are definitely related to the fragile X mental retardation 1 (FMR1) premutation (PM). Additional medical problems have also been associated with the PM, such as fibromyalgia, endocrine, and psychiatric disorders. To improve our understanding in the field, we reviewed all PM carriers and their reasons for any medical referrals from 104 fragile X families molecularly diagnosed in our laboratory and living in the Spanish Basque Country...
October 21, 2016: Genes
Martin Luther Mann Manyombe, Joseph Mbang, Jean Lubuma, Berge Tsanou
In this paper, an epidemic model is investigated for infectious diseases that can be transmitted through both the infectious individuals and the asymptomatic carriers (i.e., infected individuals who are contagious but do not show any disease symptoms). We propose a dose-structured vaccination model with multiple transmission pathways. Based on the range of the explicitly computed basic reproduction number, we prove the global stability of the disease-free when this threshold number is less or equal to the unity...
August 1, 2016: Mathematical Biosciences and Engineering: MBE
Jie Chen, Hong Liang, Lin Lin, Zhaopei Guo, Pingjie Sun, Meiwan Chen, Huayu Tian, MingXiao Deng, Xuesi Chen
Multifunctional nanoparticles with high gene transfection activity, low cytotoxicity, photoacoustic imaging ability, and photothermal therapeutic properties were prepared by conjugating low-molecular-weight polyethylenimine onto the surfaces of gold nanorods through the formation of stable S-Au bonded conjugates. Results revealed that the gene transfection efficiency of the prepared polyethylenimine-modified gold nanorods (GNRs-PEI1.8k) was higher and their cytotoxicity was less than those of the commercial reagent PEI25k...
October 24, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Rahul A Bharadwaj, Andrew E Jaffe, Qiang Chen, Amy Deep-Soboslay, Aaron L Goldman, Michelle I Mighdoll, John A Cotoia, Anna C Brandtjen, JooHeon Shin, Thomas M Hyde, Venkata S Mattay, Daniel R Weinberger, Joel E Kleinman
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) follows exposure to a traumatic event in susceptible individuals. Recently, genome-wide association studies have identified a number of genetic sequence variants that are associated with the risk of developing PTSD. To follow up on identifying the molecular mechanisms of these risk variants, we performed genotype to RNA sequencing-derived quantitative expression (whole gene, exon, and exon junction levels) analysis in the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC) of normal postmortem human brains...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience Research
Handan Tan, Bolin Deng, Hongsong Yu, Yi Yang, Lin Ding, Qi Zhang, Jieying Qin, Aize Kijlstra, Rui Chen, Peizeng Yang
Interleukin-1 (IL-1) and the IL-1 receptor (IL-1R) family play an important role in the pathogenesis of inflammatory diseases. This study aimed to investigate the association between single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) of IL-1 and IL-1R family genes with Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada (VKH) and Behcet's disease (BD) in Han Chinese. The case-control study was divided into two stages and included 419 VKH cases, 1063 BD cases and 1872 healthy controls. The MassARRAY platform (Sequenom), iPLEX Gold Assay and TaqMan SNP assays were used to score genotypes of 24 SNPs...
October 24, 2016: Scientific Reports
Jiyuan Zheng, Lai Wang, Di Yang, Jiadong Yu, Xiao Meng, Zhibiao Hao, Changzheng Sun, Bing Xiong, Yi Luo, Yanjun Han, Jian Wang, Hongtao Li, Mo Li, Qian Li
In ultra-high sensitive APDs, a vibrate of temperature might bring a fatal decline of the multiplication performance. Conventional method to realize a temperature-stable APD focuses on the optimization of device structure, which has limited effects. While in this paper, a solution by reducing the carrier scattering rate based on an GaN/AlN periodically-stacked structure (PSS) APD is brought out to improve temperature stability essentially. Transport property is systematically investigated. Compared with conventional GaN homojunction (HJ) APDs, electron suffers much less phonon scatterings before it achieves ionization threshold energy and more electrons occupy high energy states in PSS APD...
October 24, 2016: Scientific Reports
J D Major, M Al Turkestani, L Bowen, M Brossard, C Li, P Lagoudakis, S J Pennycook, L J Phillips, R E Treharne, K Durose
CdTe thin-film solar cells are now the main industrially established alternative to silicon-based photovoltaics. These cells remain reliant on the so-called chloride activation step in order to achieve high conversion efficiencies. Here, by comparison of effective and ineffective chloride treatments, we show the main role of the chloride process to be the modification of grain boundaries through chlorine accumulation, which leads an increase in the carrier lifetime. It is also demonstrated that while improvements in fill factor and short circuit current may be achieved through use of the ineffective chlorides, or indeed simple air annealing, voltage improvement is linked directly to chlorine incorporation at the grain boundaries...
October 24, 2016: Nature Communications
Hongming Lyu, Qi Lu, Jinbiao Liu, Xiaoming Wu, Jinyu Zhang, Junfeng Li, Jiebin Niu, Zhiping Yu, Huaqiang Wu, He Qian
In order to conquer the short-channel effects that limit conventional ultra-scale semiconductor devices, two-dimensional materials, as an option of ultimate thin channels, receive wide attention. Graphene, in particular, bears great expectations because of its supreme carrier mobility and saturation velocity. However, its main disadvantage, the lack of bandgap, has not been satisfactorily solved. As a result, maximum oscillation frequency (fmax) which indicates transistors' power amplification ability has been disappointing...
October 24, 2016: Scientific Reports
Sebastian Hörner, Sascha Knauer, Christina Uth, Marina Jöst, Volker Schmidts, Holm Frauendorf, Christina Marie Thiele, Olga Avrutina, Harald Kolmar
We report a comprehensive study on novel, highly efficient, and biodegradable hybrid molecular transporters. To this end, we designed a series of cell-penetrating, cube-octameric silsesquioxanes (COSS), and investigated cellular uptake by confocal microscopy and flow cytometry. A COSS with dense spatial arrangement of guanidinium groups displayed fast uptake kinetics and cell permeation at nanomolar concentrations in living HeLa cells. Efficient uptake was also observed in bacteria, yeasts, and archaea. The COSS-based carrier was significantly more potent than cell-penetrating peptides (CPPs) and displayed low toxicity...
October 24, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
Rebekka Wild, Michael Hothorn
Obtaining well-ordered crystals remains a significant challenge in protein X-ray crystallography. Carrier-driven crystallization can facilitate crystal formation and structure solution of difficult target proteins. We obtained crystals of the small and highly flexible SPX domain from the yeast vacuolar transporter chaperone 4 (Vtc4) when fused to a C-terminal, non-cleavable macro tag derived from human histone macroH2A1.1. Initial crystals diffracted to 3.3 Å resolution. Reductive protein methylation of the fusion protein yielded a new crystal form diffracting to 2...
October 24, 2016: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
Adisak Boonchun, Pakpoom Reunchan, Naoto Umezawa
The energetics and electronic structures of native defects in anatase TiO2 are comprehensively studied using hybrid density functional calculations. We demonstrate that oxygen vacancies (VO) and titanium interstitials (Tii) act as shallow donors, and can form at substantial concentrations, giving rise to free electrons with carrier densities from 10(11) to 10(19) cm(-3) under oxygen-rich and oxygen-poor conditions, respectively. The titanium vacancies (VTi), identified as deep acceptors and induced hole carriers, are incapable of fully compensating for the free electrons originating from the donor-type defects at any oxygen chemical potential...
October 24, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Gabin Guélou, Paz Vaqueiro, Jesús Prado-Gonjal, Tristan Barbier, Sylvie Hébert, Emmanuel Guilmeau, Winfried Kockelmann, Anthony V Powell
A family of phases, Co x TiS2 (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.75) has been prepared and characterised by powder X-ray and neutron diffraction, electrical and thermal transport property measurements, thermal analysis and SQUID magnetometry. With increasing cobalt content, the structure evolves from a disordered arrangement of cobalt ions in octahedral sites located in the van der Waals' gap (x ≤ 0.2), through three different ordered vacancy phases, to a second disordered phase at x ≥ 0.67. Powder neutron diffraction reveals that both octahedral and tetrahedral inter-layer sites are occupied in Co0...
March 7, 2016: Journal of Materials Chemistry. C, Materials for Optical and Electronic Devices
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