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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214627/up-conversion-luminescence-in-yb-3-er-3-tm-3-co-doped-al2o3-tio2-nano-composites
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Teboho Patrick Mokoena, Ella Cebisa Linganiso, Vinod Kumar, Hendrik C Swart, So-Hye Cho, Odireleng Martin Ntwaeaborwa
The sol gel method was used to prepare rare-earths (Yb(3+)-Er(3+) and Yb(3+)-Tm(3+)) co-doped Al2O3-TiO2 nano-composite powder phosphors and their up-conversion luminescence properties were investigated. Mixed oxides of titania (TiO2) rutile phase and an early stage crystallization of alumina (Al2O3) phase were confirmed from the X-ray diffraction data with the average crystallite size of ∼36nm. The rutile phase TiO2 was further confirmed by selected area diffraction analysis of the composites. Microscopy analysis showed interesting rod-like morphologies with rough surfaces indicating that a spherulitic growth process took place during the crystal growth...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214114/effects-of-salvage-logging-on-soil-properties-and-vegetation-recovery-in-a-fire-affected-mediterranean-forest-a-two-year-monitoring-research
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F García-Orenes, V Arcenegui, K Chrenková, J Mataix-Solera, J Moltó, A B Jara-Navarro, M P Torres
Post-fire management can have an additional impact on the ecosystem; in some cases, even more severe than the fire. Salvage logging (SL) is a common practice in most fire-affected areas. The management of burnt wood can determine microclimatic conditions and seriously affect soil properties. In some cases, the way of doing it, using heavy machinery, and the vulnerability of soils to erosion and degradation can make this management potentially aggressive to soil. Research was done in "Sierra de Mariola Natural Park" (E Spain)...
February 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213306/phosphorous-extractability-and-ryegrass-availability-from-bio-waste-composts-in-a-calcareous-soil
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Marco Grigatti, Elisa Boanini, Silvia Mancarella, Andrea Simoni, Massimo Centemero, Adrie H M Veeken
In this work four stable bio-waste composts (C1, C2, C3, C4) were selected on the basis of their increasing water soluble P (H2O-P). The P speciation was assessed via sequential chemical extraction (SCE) on the same products. Moreover, the plant-available P was assessed via apparent recovery fraction approach (ARF) in a pot test on ryegrass over 21 weeks at 15 mg P kg(-)(1) of soil. An inorganic P source (P-chem) was added as a reference at the same P rate in addition to a non-fertilized control (Control)...
February 6, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213024/sanitizer-efficacy-in-preventing-cross-contamination-of-heads-of-lettuce-during-retail-crisping
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Yangjin Jung, Hyein Jang, Mengqi Guo, Jingwen Gao, Karl R Matthews
This study was conducted to provide information regarding mitigation of cross-contamination through the use of sanitizer during crisping at retail outlets. Seven non-inoculated heads and one inoculated head (≈5 log CFU/g) of lettuce were placed into commercial sink filled with 76 L of tap water (TW), electrolyzed water (EW, free chlorine: 43 ± 6 ppm), lactic acid and phosphoric acid-based sanitizer (LPA, pH 2.89), or citric acid-based sanitizer (CA, pH 2.78) and soaked for 5 min. Two subsequent batches (eight non-inoculated heads per batch) were soaked in the same solution...
June 2017: Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211288/imaging-evaluating-of-the-implant-bone-interface-an-in-vitro-radiographic-study
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M M Vidor, G S Liedke, M B Vizzotto, Hld da Silveira, P F da Silveira, C W Araujo, Hed da Silveira
OBJECTIVES: To analyze the diagnostic accuracy of conventional and digital radiographic images and the impact of digital filters in evaluating the bone/implant interface. METHODS: Titanium implants were inserted into 74 fresh bovine ribs blocks, 37 fitting tight to the bone walls (simulating the existence of osseointegration), and 37 with a gap of 0.125 mm (simulating a failure in the osseointegration process). Periapical radiographs were taken with conventional film and two phosphor-plate systems (Vista Scan and Express)...
February 17, 2017: Dento Maxillo Facial Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210992/the-comparison-of-hydrochloric-acid-and-phosphoric%C3%A2-acid-treatments-in-the-preparation-of-montmorillonite-catalysts-for-rna-synthesis
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Michael Frank Aldersley, Prakash C Joshi, Yixing Huang
The treatment of clay minerals with a preliminary acid wash and titration to pH 7 has proven to generate catalysts for the most interesting of oligomerization reactions in which activated RNA-nucleotides generate oligomers up to 40-mers. Significantly, not all clay minerals become catalytic following this treatment and none are catalytic in the absence of such treatment. The washing procedure has been modified and explored further using phosphoric acid and the outcomes are compared to those obtained when clay samples are prepared following a hydrochloric acid wash...
February 16, 2017: Origins of Life and Evolution of the Biosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209743/skeletal-muscle-bioenergetics-during-all-out-exercise-mechanistic-insight-into-the-oxygen-uptake-slow-component-and-neuromuscular-fatigue
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Ryan M Broxterman, Gwenael Layec, Thomas J Hureau, Markus Amann, Russell S Richardson
Although commonly used, the physiological mechanisms underlying all-out exercise performance are still unclear and an in-depth assessment of skeletal muscle bioenergetics is lacking. Therefore, phosphorous magnetic resonance spectroscopy ((31)P-MRS) was utilized to assess skeletal muscle bioenergetics during a 5-min all-out intermittent isometric knee-extensor protocol in 8 healthy men. The metabolic perturbation, adenosine triphosphate (ATP) synthesis rates, ATP cost of contraction, and mitochondrial capacity were determined from intramuscular concentrations of phosphocreatine (PCr), inorganic phosphate (Pi), diprotonated phosphate (H2PO4⁻ ), and pH...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208997/comparison-of-self-etch-primers-with-conventional-acid-etching-system-on-orthodontic-brackets
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Amit Zope, Yogita Zope-Khalekar, Shrikant S Chitko, Veerendra V Kerudi, Harshal Ashok Patil, Prasad Vasudeo Bonde, Pratik Jaltare, Siddhesh G Dolas
INTRODUCTION: The self-etching primer system consists of etchant and primer dispersed in a single unit. The etching and priming are merged as a single step leading to fewer stages in bonding procedure and reduction in the number of steps that also reduces the chance of introduction of error, resulting in saving time for the clinician. It also results in smaller extent of enamel decalcification. AIM: To compare the Shear Bond Strength (SBS) of orthodontic bracket bonded with Self-Etch Primers (SEP) and conventional acid etching system and to study the surface appearance of teeth after debonding; etching with conventional acid etch and self-etch priming, using stereomicroscope...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208810/shp2-plays-a-critical-role-in-il-6-induced-emt-in-breast-cancer-cells
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Xuan Sun, Jie Zhang, Zhiyong Wang, Wei Ji, Ran Tian, Fei Zhang, Ruifang Niu
Accumulative evidence demonstrates that the protein tyrosine phosphatase Shp2 functions as a powerful tumor promoter in many types of cancers. Abnormal expression of Shp2 has been implicated in many human malignancies. Overexpression of Shp2 in cancer tissues is correlated with cancer metastasis, resistance to targeted therapy, and poor prognosis. The well-known function of Shp2 is its positive role in regulating cellular signaling initiated by growth factors and cytokines, including interleukin-6 (IL-6). Several recent studies have shown that Shp2 is required for epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT), triggered by growth factors...
February 13, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206675/a-multi-zoo-investigation-of-nutrient-provision-for-captive-red-crested-turacos
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Alexander J Hulbert, Kerry A Hunt, Paul E Rose
Turacos (Musophagidae) are common zoo birds; the 14 species of Tauraco being most often exhibited. Turacos possess unique non-structural, copper-based feather pigments, and a specialized dietary strategy. Tauraco inhabit tropical woodlands, foraging for predominantly folivorous and/or frugivorous food items. Using a study population of 16 red-crested turacos (T. erythrolophus) at seven zoos in the United Kingdom, the nutrient composition of diets from diet sheets was calculated, using Zootrition v.2.6, Saint Louis Zoo, USA for analyses of important nutrients within each diet, and compared against an example of currently available literature...
February 16, 2017: Zoo Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205653/phosphorylation-of-zinc-channel-zip7-drives-mapk-pi3k-and-mtor-growth-and-proliferation-signalling
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T Nimmanon, S Ziliotto, S Morris, L Flanagan, K M Taylor
Zinc is an essential trace element participating in diverse biological processes. Cellular zinc levels are strictly controlled by two families of transport proteins: ZIP channels (SLC39A) and ZnT transporters (SLC30A). ZIP channels increase cytosolic zinc levels by importing zinc into cells or releasing zinc from intracellular stores such as the ER. Among all the 14 human members of the ZIP family, ZIP7 is a gatekeeper of zinc release from intracellular stores, requiring post-translational activation by phosphorylation on residues S275 and S276, resulting in activation of multiple downstream pathways...
February 16, 2017: Metallomics: Integrated Biometal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198982/molecular-and-morphological-surface-analysis-effect-of-filling-pastes-and-cleaning-agents-on-root-dentin
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Vanessa Benetello Dainezi, Alexsandra Shizue Iwamoto, Airton Abrahão Martin, Luís Eduardo Silva Soares, Yumiko Hosoya, Fernanda Miori Pascon, Regina Maria Puppin-Rontani
Objective: This study evaluated the effect of different filling pastes and cleaning agents on the root dentin of primary teeth using Fourier-transformed Raman spectroscopy (FT-Raman), micro energy-dispersive X-ray fluorescence (µ-EDXRF) and scanning electron microscopic (SEM) analysis. Material and Methods: Eighty roots of primary teeth were endodontically prepared and distributed into 4 groups and filled according to the following filling pastes: Control-no filling (CP), Calen®+zinc oxide (CZ), Calcipex II® (CII), Vitapex® (V)...
January 2017: Journal of Applied Oral Science: Revista FOB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198535/new-simple-and-low-cost-methods-for-periodic-checks-of-cyclone%C3%A2-plus-storage-phosphor-system
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Elisabetta Edalucci, Anna Margherita Maffione, Maria Rosa Fornasier, Mario De Denaro, Giovanni Scian, Franca Dore, Domenico Rubello
The recent large use of the Cyclone® Plus Storage Phosphor System, especially in European countries, as imaging system for quantification of radiochemical purity of radiopharmaceuticals raised the problem of setting the periodic controls as required by European Legislation. We described simple, low-cost methods for Cyclone® Plus quality controls, which can be useful to evaluate the performance measurement of this imaging system.
2017: Nuclear Medicine Review. Central & Eastern Europe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198396/eu-3-doped-bi4si3o12-red-phosphor-for-solid-state-lighting-microwave-synthesis-characterization-photoluminescence-properties-and-thermal-quenching-mechanisms
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Yan Zhang, Jiayue Xu, Qingzhi Cui, Bobo Yang
Europium-doped bismuth silicate (Bi4Si3O12) phosphor has been prepared by microwave irradiation method and its crystal structure is determined using Rietveld method. As-prepared phosphor consists of spherical, monodispersed particles with few agglomeration, high crystallinity, and narrow grain size distribution. The phosphor can be efficiently excited in the wavelength range of 260-400 nm, which matched well with the emission wavelengths of NUV LED chips. The photoluminescence spectra exhibit the highest emission peak at 703 nm originating from (5)D0 → (7)F4 transition of Eu(3+) under NUV excitation...
February 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194912/enantioselective-dearomatization-of-naphthol-derivatives-with-allylic-alcohols-by-cooperative-iridium-and-br%C3%A3-nsted-acid-catalysis
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Dan Shen, Qiliang Chen, Peipei Yan, Xiaofei Zeng, Guofu Zhong
The combination of a transition-metal catalyst and organocatalyst was designed to achieve a highly enantioselective system for the allylic dearomatization reaction of naphthols with racemic secondary allylic alcohols. The desired β-naphthalenones, bearing an all-carbon quaternary center, were obtained in good yields with high chemo- and enantioselectivities. The cooperative catalytic system, involving a chiral iridium complex and phosphoric acid, provided measurable improvements in yields, and chemo- and enantioselectivities relative to single-catalyst systems...
February 14, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193168/genome-wide-snp-identification-linkage-map-construction-and-qtl-mapping-for-seed-mineral-concentrations-and-contents-in-pea-pisum-sativum-l
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Yu Ma, Clarice J Coyne, Michael A Grusak, Michael Mazourek, Peng Cheng, Dorrie Main, Rebecca J McGee
BACKGROUND: Marker-assisted breeding is now routinely used in major crops to facilitate more efficient cultivar improvement. This has been significantly enabled by the use of next-generation sequencing technology to identify loci and markers associated with traits of interest. While rich in a range of nutritional components, such as protein, mineral nutrients, carbohydrates and several vitamins, pea (Pisum sativum L.), one of the oldest domesticated crops in the world, remains behind many other crops in the availability of genomic and genetic resources...
February 13, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193158/transcriptional-and-physiological-analyses-of-fe-deficiency-response-in-maize-reveal-the-presence-of-strategy-i-components-and-fe-p-interactions
#17
Laura Zanin, Silvia Venuti, Anita Zamboni, Zeno Varanini, Nicola Tomasi, Roberto Pinton
BACKGROUND: Under limited iron (Fe) availability maize, a Strategy II plant, improves Fe acquisition through the release of phytosiderophores (PS) into the rhizosphere and the subsequent uptake of Fe-PS complexes into root cells. Occurrence of Strategy-I-like components and interactions with phosphorous (P) nutrition has been hypothesized based on molecular and physiological studies in grasses. RESULTS: In this report transcriptomic analysis (NimbleGen microarray) of Fe deficiency response revealed that maize roots modulated the expression levels of 724 genes (508 up- and 216 down-regulated, respectively)...
February 13, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192943/ultrafast-chiral-chromatography-as-the-second-dimension-in-two-dimensional-liquid-chromatography-experiments
#18
Chandan L Barhate, Erik L Regalado, Nathan D Contrella, Joon Lee, Junyong Jo, Alexey A Makarov, Daniel W Armstrong, Christopher J Welch
Chromatographic separation and analysis of complex mixtures of closely related species is one of the most challenging tasks in modern pharmaceutical analysis. In recent years, two-dimensional liquid chromatography (2D-LC) has become a valuable tool for improving peak capacity and selectivity. However, the relatively slow speed of chiral separations has limited the use of chiral stationary phases (CSPs) as the second dimension in 2D-LC, especially in the comprehensive mode. Realizing that the recent revolution in the field of ultrafast enantioselective chromatography could now provide significantly faster separations, we herein report an investigation into the use of ultrafast chiral chromatography as a second dimension for 2D chromatographic separations...
January 23, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192298/near-infrared-808-and-980%C3%A2-nm-excited-photoluminescence-study-in-nd-doped-y2o3-phosphor-for-bio-imaging
#19
Prasenjit Prasad Sukul, Kaushal Kumar
The upconversion (UC) process in lanthanide-doped nanophosphors has attracted great research interest for its extensive application potential in biological in vitro and in vivo imaging due to the high tissue penetration depth of near-infrared excitation and low autofluorescence background. In this article, the authors report the synthesis of oxide nanophosphor of size  ⩽50 nm, which forms stable aqueous dispersion. The photoluminescence study is made on the nanophosphor upon 808 and 980 nm diode laser excitations...
October 11, 2016: Methods and Applications in Fluorescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191898/a-zero-thermal-quenching-phosphor
#20
Yoon Hwa Kim, Paulraj Arunkumar, Bo Young Kim, Sanjith Unithrattil, Eden Kim, Su-Hyun Moon, Jae Young Hyun, Ki Hyun Kim, Donghwa Lee, Jong-Sook Lee, Won Bin Im
Phosphor-converted white light-emitting diodes (pc-WLEDs) are efficient light sources used in lighting, high-tech displays, and electronic devices. One of the most significant challenges of pc-WLEDs is the thermal quenching, in which the phosphor suffers from emission loss with increasing temperature during high-power LED operation. Here, we report a blue-emitting Na3-2xSc2(PO4)3:xEu(2+) phosphor (λem = 453 nm) that does not exhibit thermal quenching even up to 200 °C. This phenomenon of zero thermal quenching originates from the ability of the phosphor to compensate the emission losses and therefore sustain the luminescence with increasing temperature...
February 13, 2017: Nature Materials
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