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Melissa P Woodard, Scott T Akin, Collin J Dibble, Michael A Duncan
Ultra-small chromium oxide nanoclusters produced by laser vaporization in a fast flowtube reactor are ligand-coated by gas phase reactions with acetonitrile vapor and then captured in a cold trap and transferred to solution. The resulting clusters are characterized with mass spectrometry, UV-visible absorption and emission, infrared spectroscopy, and surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS). According to mass spectrometry, clusters of the form CrxOy(MeCN)z are produced in the size range of x  10 and y < 25...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
Yan Zhan, Yingliang Liu, Hongru Zu, Yanxian Guo, Shuangshuang Wu, Haiyao Yang, Zhiming Liu, Bingfu Lei, Jianle Zhuang, Xuejie Zhang, Di Huang, Chaofan Hu
Different from their bulk counterparts, plasmonic molybdenum oxide nanomaterials display superior optical and electronic properties, but unfortunately, phase-controlled synthesis of molybdenum oxide nanomaterials with multifunctional performances still remains a challenge. To actualize this, a surfactant-free solvothermal strategy was proposed to fabricate molybdenum oxide nanomaterials with a tunable phase. Encouragingly, the as-prepared molybdenum dioxide nanoparticles (MoO2 NPs) exhibit intense near-infrared (NIR) absorption attributed to the localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) effect, which results in their application as a surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrate to detect trace amounts of molecular species including Rhodamine 6G (R6G), crystal violet (CV), IR-780 iodide (IR780) and methylene blue (MB)...
March 15, 2018: Nanoscale
Jonathan C Ryan, Alun Hubbard, Marek Stibal, Tristram D Irvine-Fynn, Joseph Cook, Laurence C Smith, Karen Cameron, Jason Box
Albedo-a primary control on surface melt-varies considerably across the Greenland Ice Sheet yet the specific surface types that comprise its dark zone remain unquantified. Here we use UAV imagery to attribute seven distinct surface types to observed albedo along a 25 km transect dissecting the western, ablating sector of the ice sheet. Our results demonstrate that distributed surface impurities-an admixture of dust, black carbon and pigmented algae-explain 73% of the observed spatial variability in albedo and are responsible for the dark zone itself...
March 14, 2018: Nature Communications
Aaron M Thomas, Michael Lucas, Long Zhao, Jerid Liddiard, Ralf I Kaiser, Alexander M Mebel
The crossed molecular beams technique was utilized to explore the formation of three isomers of resonantly stabilized (C5 H3 ) radicals along with their d2 -substituted counterparts via the bimolecular reactions of singlet/triplet dicarbon [C2 (X1 Σ/a3 Πu )] with methylacetylene [CH3 CCH(X1 A1 )], d3 -methylacetylene [CD3 CCH(X1 A1 )], and 1-butyne [C2 H5 CCH(X1 A')] at collision energies up to 26 kJ mol-1 via chemically activated singlet/triplet C5 H4 /C5 D3 H and C6 H6 intermediates. These studies exploit a newly developed supersonic dicarbon [C2 (X1 Σ/a3 Πu )] beam generated via photolysis of tetrachloroethylene [C2 Cl4 (X1 Ag )] by excluding interference from carbon atoms, which represent the dominating (interfering) species in ablation-based dicarbon sources...
March 14, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Ilzira A Minigalieva, Boris A Katsnelson, Larisa I Privalova, Marina P Sutunkova, Vladimir B Gurvich, Vladimir Y Shur, Ekaterina V Shishkina, Irene E Valamina, Oleg H Makeyev, Vladimir G Panov, Anatoly N Varaksin, Tatiana V Bushueva, Renata R Sakhautdinova, Svetlana V Klinova, Svetlana N Solovyeva, Ekaterina Y Meshtcheryakova
Stable suspensions of metal/metalloid oxide nanoparticles (MeO-NPs) obtained by laser ablation of 99.99% pure elemental aluminum, titanium or silicon under a layer of deionized water were used separately, or in three binary combinations, or in a ternary combination to induce subchronic intoxications in rats. To this end, the MeO-NPs were repeatedly injected intraperitoneally (i.p.) 18 times during 6 weeks before measuring a large number of functional, biochemical, morphological and cytological indices for the organism's status...
March 13, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Guy Rozen, Jeena Vaid, Seyed Mohammadreza Hosseini, M Ihsan Kaadan, Allon Rafael, Attila Roka, Yukkee C Poh, Ming-Zher Poh, Edwin Kevin Heist, Jeremy Neil Ruskin
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia in adults, associated with significant morbidity, increased mortality, and rising health-care costs. Simple and available tools for the accurate detection of arrhythmia recurrence in patients after electrical cardioversion (CV) or ablation procedures for AF can help to guide therapeutic decisions. We conducted a prospective, single-center study to evaluate the accuracy of Cardiio Rhythm Mobile Application (CRMA) for AF detection. Patients >18 years of age who were scheduled for elective CV for AF were enrolled in the study...
February 13, 2018: American Journal of Cardiology
Song Chen, Qiongmei Yang, Jingru Liu, Huifang Huang, Mingxia Shi, Xiaoming Feng
Alveolar macrophages (AMs) are pivotal for maintaining the lung homeostasis, but how the development and function of AMs regulated remains largely unknown. In the present study, we demonstrated that the number of AMs was controlled by the Tsc1 protein. Cd11c-specific deletion of Tsc1 caused inefficient transition from pre-AMs to AMs in lung, which led to a great reduction of AM population. Ablation of Tsc1 downregulated the expression of surface marker CD64 and SiglecF on AMs. We further showed that conditional knockout of Tsc1 led to enhanced proliferation and increased reactive oxygen species (ROS) production and phagocytosis in AMs...
March 6, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Xian-Wu Hua, Yan-Wen Bao, Fu-Gen Wu
Nucleolus tracking and nucleus-targeted photodynamic therapy are attracting increasing attention due to the importance of nucleolus and the sensitivity of nucleus to various therapeutic stimuli. Herein, a new class of multifunctional fluorescent carbon quantum dots (or carbon dots, CDs) synthesized via the one-pot hydrothermal reaction of m-phenylenediamine and L-cysteine, was reported to effectively target nucleolus. The as-prepared CDs possess superior properties such as low-cost and facile synthesis, good water dispersibility, various surface groups for further modifications, prominent photostability, excellent compatibility, and rapid/convenient/wash-free staining procedures...
March 6, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Laura Martinez-Mateu, Lucia Romero, Ana Ferrer-Albero, Rafael Sebastian, José F Rodríguez Matas, José Jalife, Omer Berenfeld, Javier Saiz
Anatomically based procedures to ablate atrial fibrillation (AF) are often successful in terminating paroxysmal AF. However, the ability to terminate persistent AF remains disappointing. New mechanistic approaches use multiple-electrode basket catheter mapping to localize and target AF drivers in the form of rotors but significant concerns remain about their accuracy. We aimed to evaluate how electrode-endocardium distance, far-field sources and inter-electrode distance affect the accuracy of localizing rotors...
March 5, 2018: PLoS Computational Biology
Tsukasa Okiyoneda, Guido Veit, Ryohei Sakai, Misaki Aki, Takeshi Fujihara, Momoko Higashi, Seiko Susuki-Miyata, Masanori Miyata, Norihito Fukuda, Akihiko Yoshida, Haijin Xu, Pirjo M Apaja, Gergely L Lukacs
The peripheral protein quality control (QC) system removes non-native membrane proteins, including ΔF508-CFTR, the most common CFTR mutant in cystic fibrosis (CF), from the plasma membrane (PM) for lysosomal degradation by ubiquitination. It remains unclear how unfolded membrane proteins are recognized and targeted for ubiquitination and how they are removed from the apical PM. Using comprehensive siRNA screens, we identified RFFL, an E3 ubiquitin (Ub) ligase that directly and selectively recognizes unfolded ΔF508-CFTR through its disordered regions...
February 22, 2018: Developmental Cell
Guy O Furniss, Dimitrios Panagopoulos, Sadeek Kanoun, Edward J Davies, David R Tomlinson, Guy A Haywood
BACKGROUND: A reduction in surface electrocardiogram (ECG) P wave duration and dispersion is associated with improved outcomes in atrial fibrillation ablation. We investigated the effects of different ablation strategies on P wave duration and dispersion, hypothesising that extensive left atrial (LA) ablation with left atrial posterior wall isolation would give a greater reduction in P wave duration than more limited ablation techniques. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of ECGs from patients who have undergone atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation was performed and pre-procedural sinus rhythm ECGs were compared with the post procedure ECGs...
February 14, 2018: Heart, Lung & Circulation
Adam Sajnóg, Anetta Hanć, Danuta Barałkiewicz
Analysis of clinical specimens by imaging techniques allows to determine the content and distribution of trace elements on the surface of the examined sample. In order to obtain reliable results, the developed procedure should be based not only on the properly prepared sample and performed calibration. It is also necessary to carry out all phases of the procedure in accordance with the principles of chemical metrology whose main pillars are the use of validated analytical methods, establishing the traceability of the measurement results and the estimation of the uncertainty...
May 15, 2018: Talanta
Mei-Ling Chen, Zhi-Wen Gao, Xue-Min Chen, Shu-Chao Pang, Yi Zhang
Magnetic graphene-based hybrids are being increasing recognized as an effective nanotheranostic agent in biomedicine. Conventional technologies for their synthesis have drawbacks not only from a synthetic standpoint, mainly requiring high temperatures and multi-step processes, but also from a biological perspective, chemical precursors or surfactants involved in the chemical process are toxic to cells. Herein, we report a novel approach for one-step fabricating magnetic graphene hybrid nanocomposites based on laser irradiation of an Fe target in GO-PEG aqueous solution at room temperature without using any other chemical reagent...
May 15, 2018: Talanta
C Koral, M Dell'Aglio, R Gaudiuso, R Alrifai, M Torelli, A De Giacomo
In this paper, Nanoparticle-Enhanced Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy is applied to transparent samples and gemstones with the aim to overcome the laser induced damage on the sample. We propose to deposit a layer of AuNPs on the sample surface by drying a colloidal solution before ablating the sample with a 532 nm pulsed laser beam. This procedure ensures that the most significant fraction of the beam, being in resonance with the AuNP surface plasmon, is mainly absorbed by the NP layer, which in turn results the breakdown to be induced on NPs rather than on the sample itself...
May 15, 2018: Talanta
Hamed Abbasi, Georg Rauter, Raphael Guzman, Philippe C Cattin, Azhar Zam
In laserosteotomy, it is vital to avoid thermal damage of the surrounding tissue, such as carbonization, since carbonization does not only deteriorate the ablation efficiency but also prolongs the healing process. The state-of-the-art method to avoid carbonization is irrigation systems; however, it is difficult to determine the desired flow rate of the air and cooling water based on previous experiments without online monitoring of the bone surface. Lack of such feedback during the ablation process can cause carbonization in case of a possible error in the irrigation system or slow down the cutting process when irrigating with too much cooling water...
March 2018: Journal of Biomedical Optics
Albert Ngo, Kenneth H Chan, Oanh Le, Jacob C Simon, Daniel Fried
Recent studies have shown that near-IR (NIR) imaging methods such as NIR reflectance can be used to image lesions on proximal surfaces, and optical coherence tomography (OCT) can be used to measure the depth of those lesions below the tooth surface. These imaging modalities can be used to acquire high contrast images of demineralized tooth surfaces, and 2-D and 3-D images can be extracted from this data. At NIR wavelengths longer than 1200-nm, there is no interference from stains and the contrast is only due to the increased light scattering of the demineralization...
January 2018: Proceedings of SPIE
Jia Yu, Chen Lai, Hoon Shim, Chengsong Xie, Lixin Sun, Cai-Xia Long, Jinhui Ding, Yan Li, Huaibin Cai
BACKGROUND: Dynactin p150Glued , the largest subunit of the dynactin macromolecular complex, binds to both microtubules and tubulin dimers through the N-terminal cytoskeleton-associated protein and glycine-rich (CAP-Gly) and basic domains, and serves as an anti-catastrophe factor in stabilizing microtubules in neurons. P150Glued also initiates dynein-mediated axonal retrograde transport. Multiple missense mutations at the CAP-Gly domain of p150Glued are associated with motor neuron diseases and other neurodegenerative disorders, further supporting the importance of microtubule domains (MTBDs) in p150Glued functions...
March 1, 2018: Molecular Neurodegeneration
Jinjun Chen, Lingyong Li, Shao-Rui Chen, Hong Chen, Jing-Dun Xie, Rita E Sirrieh, David M MacLean, Yuhao Zhang, Meng-Hua Zhou, Vasanthi Jayaraman, Hui-Lin Pan
α2δ-1, commonly known as a voltage-activated Ca2+ channel subunit, is a binding site of gabapentinoids used to treat neuropathic pain and epilepsy. However, it is unclear how α2δ-1 contributes to neuropathic pain and gabapentinoid actions. Here, we show that Cacna2d1 overexpression potentiates presynaptic and postsynaptic NMDAR activity of spinal dorsal horn neurons to cause pain hypersensitivity. Conversely, Cacna2d1 knockdown or ablation normalizes synaptic NMDAR activity increased by nerve injury. α2δ-1 forms a heteromeric complex with NMDARs in rodent and human spinal cords...
February 27, 2018: Cell Reports
Tolunay B Aydemir, Robert J Cousins
The SLC39A family of metal transporters was identified through homologies with the Zrt- and Irt-like (ZIP) proteins from yeast and plants. Of all the ZIP transporters, ZIP14 is arguably the most robustly characterized in terms of function at the integrative level. Mice with a global knockout of Zip14 are viable, thus providing the opportunity to conduct physiologic experiments. In mice, Zip14 expression is highly tissue specific, with the greatest abundance in the jejunum > liver > heart > kidney > white adipose tissue > skeletal muscle > spleen > pancreas...
February 1, 2018: Journal of Nutrition
Makoto I Kanai, Myung-Jun Kim, Takuya Akiyama, Masahiko Takemura, Kristi Wharton, Michael B O'Connor, Hiroshi Nakato
Despite the importance of precisely regulating stem cell division, the molecular basis for this control is still elusive. Here, we show that surface glia in the developing Drosophila brain play essential roles in regulating the proliferation of neural stem cells, neuroblasts (NBs). We found that two classes of extracellular factors, Dally-like (Dlp), a heparan sulfate proteoglycan, and Glass bottom boat (Gbb), a BMP homologue, are required for proper NB proliferation. Interestingly, Dlp expressed in perineural glia (PG), the most outer layer of the surface glia, is responsible for NB proliferation...
February 27, 2018: Scientific Reports
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