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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351606/analysis-of-metal-tolerance-in-rhizobium-leguminosarum-strains-isolated-from-an-ultramafic-soil
#1
Laura Rubio-Sanz, Belén Brito, Jose Palacios
Natural habitats containing high amounts of heavy metals provide a valuable source of bacteria adapted to deal with metal toxicity. A functional analysis of the population of legume endosymbiotic bacteria in an ultramafic soil was undertaken by studying a collection of Rhizobium leguminosarum bv viciae (Rlv) isolates obtained using pea as trap plant. One of the isolates, Rlv UPM1137, was selected on the basis of its higher tolerance to nickel and cobalt and presence of inducible mechanisms for such tolerance...
January 17, 2018: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351565/sumo-targeting-of-a-stress-tolerant-ulp1-sumo-protease
#2
Jennifer Peek, Catherine Harvey, Dreux Gray, Danny Rosenberg, Likhitha Kolla, Reuben Levy-Myers, Rui Yin, Jonathan L McMurry, Oliver Kerscher
SUMO proteases of the SENP/Ulp family are master regulators of both sumoylation and desumoylation and regulate SUMO homeostasis in eukaryotic cells. SUMO conjugates rapidly increase in response to cellular stress, including nutrient starvation, hypoxia, osmotic stress, DNA damage, heat shock, and other proteotoxic stressors. Nevertheless, little is known about the regulation and targeting of SUMO proteases during stress. To this end we have undertaken a detailed comparison of the SUMO-binding activity of the budding yeast protein Ulp1 (ScUlp1) and its ortholog in the thermotolerant yeast Kluyveromyces marxianus, KmUlp1...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351433/%C3%AE-nitrostyrene-derivatives-attenuate-lps-mediated-acute-lung-injury-via-the-inhibition-of-neutrophil-platelet-interactions-and-net-release
#3
Yao-Wen Chang, Ching-Ping Tseng, Chih-Hsun Lee, Tsong-Long Hwang, Yu-Li Chen, Mei-Tzu Su, Kowit-Yu Chong, Ying-Wei Lan, Chin-Chung Wu, Kung-Ju Chen, Fen-Hua Lu, Hsiang-Ruei Liao, Chuen Hsueh, Pei-Wen Hsieh
Acute lung injury (ALI) and the acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) are high-mortality and life-threatening diseases that are associated with neutrophil activation and accumulation within lung tissue. Emerging evidence indicates that neutrophil-platelet aggregates (NPAs) at sites of injury increases acute inflammation and contributes to the development of ALI. Even though numerous studies have increased our understanding of the pathophysiology of ALI, there is still a lack of innovative and useful treatments that reduce mortality, emphasizing that there is an urgent need for novel treatment strategies...
January 11, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350956/negative-mass-instability-of-the-spin-and-motion-of-an-atomic-gas-driven-by-optical-cavity-backaction
#4
Jonathan Kohler, Justin A Gerber, Emma Dowd, Dan M Stamper-Kurn
We realize a spin-orbit interaction between the collective spin precession and center-of-mass motion of a trapped ultracold atomic gas, mediated by spin- and position-dependent dispersive coupling to a driven optical cavity. The collective spin, precessing near its highest-energy state in an applied magnetic field, can be approximated as a negative-mass harmonic oscillator. When the Larmor precession and mechanical motion are nearly resonant, cavity mediated coupling leads to a negative-mass instability, driving exponential growth of a correlated mode of the hybrid system...
January 5, 2018: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350951/high-fidelity-preservation-of-quantum-information-during-trapped-ion-transport
#5
Peter Kaufmann, Timm F Gloger, Delia Kaufmann, Michael Johanning, Christof Wunderlich
A promising scheme for building scalable quantum simulators and computers is the synthesis of a scalable system using interconnected subsystems. A prerequisite for this approach is the ability to faithfully transfer quantum information between subsystems. With trapped atomic ions, this can be realized by transporting ions with quantum information encoded into their internal states. Here, we measure with high precision the fidelity of quantum information encoded into hyperfine states of a ^{171}Yb^{+} ion during ion transport in a microstructured Paul trap...
January 5, 2018: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350940/experimental-verification-of-a-jarzynski-related-information-theoretic-equality-by-a-single-trapped-ion
#6
T P Xiong, L L Yan, F Zhou, K Rehan, D F Liang, L Chen, W L Yang, Z H Ma, M Feng, V Vedral
Most nonequilibrium processes in thermodynamics are quantified only by inequalities; however, the Jarzynski relation presents a remarkably simple and general equality relating nonequilibrium quantities with the equilibrium free energy, and this equality holds in both the classical and quantum regimes. We report a single-spin test and confirmation of the Jarzynski relation in the quantum regime using a single ultracold ^{40}Ca^{+} ion trapped in a harmonic potential, based on a general information-theoretic equality for a temporal evolution of the system sandwiched between two projective measurements...
January 5, 2018: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350918/entrapped-styrene-butadiene-polymer-chains-by-sol-gel-derived-silica-nanoparticles-with-hierarchical-raspberry-structures
#7
Sankar Raman Vaikuntam, Klaus Werner Stöckelhuber, Eshwaran Subramani Bhagavatheswaran, Sven Wiessner, Ulrich Scheler, Kay Saalwaechter, Petr Formanek, Gert Heinrich, Amit Das
A sol-gel transformation of liquid silica precursor to solid silica particles was carried out in a one pot synthesis way where a solution of styrene butadiene elastomer (S-SBR) was present. The composites, thus produced, offered remarkable improvements of mechanical and dynamic mechanical performances as compared with precipitated silica. The morphological analysis reveals that the alkoxy-based silica particles resemble a raspberry structure when the synthesis of the silica was carried out in presence of polymer molecules and represent a much more open silica-network structure...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350908/light-modulation-and-water-splitting-enhancement-using-composite-porous-gan-structure
#8
Chao Yang, Xin Xi, Zhi-Guo Yu, Haicheng Cao, Jing Li, Shan Lin, Zhanhong Ma, Lixia Zhao
Based on the laterally porous GaN, we designed and fabricated composite GaN porous structures with both well-ordered lateral and vertical holes. Compared to the plane GaN, the composite porous GaN structure with the combination of the vertical holes can help to reduce the UV reflectance, and increase the saturation photocurrent density during the water splitting by a factor of ~4.5. Furthermore, we investigated the underlying mechanism for the enhancement of the water splitting performance using FDTD method...
January 19, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350834/proton-pump-inhibitors-elevate-infection-rate-in-cardiothoracic-surgery-patients-by-influencing-pmn-function-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#9
Carolin Maria Haas, Martina Maywald, Andreas Goetzenich, Christian Stoppe, Lothar Rink
Proton-pump inhibitors (PPI) as pantoprazole are highly effective acid suppressive agents that belong to the world's most sold medication. However, they are pronounced to have immunosuppressive aspects. In our study, a negative influence of PPI on functions of polymorphonuclear cells in vitro like phagocytosis, oxidative burst, chemotaxis, and killing activity was shown, whereas formation of neutrophil extracellular traps (NET)osis remained unaffected. Pantoprazole stimulation additionally reduced the production of the proinflammatory cytokine IL-1β in whole blood assay as well as the production of IL-2 and IFN-γ after whole blood stimulation with phytohaemagglutinin...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350730/three-dimensional-porous-sic-for-lithium-polysulfide-trapping
#10
Fen Li, Jijun Zhao
One of the key issues in lithium sulfur batteries is the fast capacity fade induced by the lithium polysulfide (LiPS) migration. Hence, a series of three-dimensional (3D) porous SiC materials with active sp2 Si atoms have been designed for lithium polysulfide entrapping in Li-S batteries. The ZGM-SiC-1 and AGM-SiC-3 have been confirmed to be thermodynamically and dynamically stable from the formation energy and phonon dispersion spectrum, meanwhile showing good mechanical properties. The moderate band gaps suggest fast electron transport during the charge-discharge cycles of the Li-S batteries, especially in ZGM-SiC-1...
January 19, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350517/cellphone-enabled-microwell-based-microbead-aggregation-assay-for-portable-biomarker-detection
#11
Weiwei Cui, Meihang He, Luye Mu, Zuzeng Lin, Yanyan Wang, Wei Pang, Mark A Reed, Xuexin Duan
Quantitative biomarker detection methods featured with rapidity, high accuracy, and label-free are demonstrated for the development of point-of-care (POC) technologies or "beside" diagnostics. Microbead aggregation via protein-specific linkage provides an effective approach for selective capture of biomarkers from the samples, and can directly readout the presence and amount of the targets. However, sensors or microfluidic analyzers that can accurately quantify the microbead aggrega-tion are scared. In this work, we demonstrate a microwell-based microbeads analyzing system, by which online manipula-tions of microbeads including trapping, arraying, and rotations can be realized, providing a series of microfluidic approaches to layout the aggregated microbeads for further convenient characterizations...
January 19, 2018: ACS Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349865/superfast-room-temperature-activation-of-sno2-thin-films-via-atmospheric-plasma-oxidation-and-their-application-in-planar-perovskite-photovoltaics
#12
Haejun Yu, Hye-In Yeom, Jong Woo Lee, Kisu Lee, Doyk Hwang, Juyoung Yun, Jaehoon Ryu, Jungsup Lee, Sohyeon Bae, Seong Keun Kim, Jyongsik Jang
The power conversion efficiency (PCE) of perovskite solar cells (PSCs) has now exceeded 20%; thus, research focus has shifted to establishing the foundations for commercialization. One of the pivotal themes is to curtail the overall fabrication time, to reduce unit cost, and mass-produce PSCs. Additionally, energy dissipation during the thermal annealing (TA) stage must be minimized by realizing a genuine low-temperature (LT) process. Here, tin oxide (SnO2 ) thin films (TFs) are formulated at extremely high speed, within 5 min, under an almost room-temperature environment (<50 °C), using atmospheric Ar/O2 plasma energy (P-SnO2 ) and are applied as an electron transport layer of a "n-i-p"-type planar PSC...
January 19, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349723/species-diversity-and-tissue-specific-dispersal-of-necrophagous-diptera-on-human-bodies
#13
Victoria Bernhardt, Miklós Bálint, Marcel A Verhoff, Jens Amendt
In forensic entomology, many studies analyze fly activity and succession on dead bodies by using pig cadavers and a variety of small baited traps. Data on real human bodies are very rare. To address this shortcoming, we analyzed the fly fauna of 51 human bodies in Germany. Sex, age, place of discovery, and presumed time of death were noted. Larvae were sampled during autopsy according to body region or tissue. For every infested region, the total number of fly larvae were estimated and classified into categories of 1-10, 11-50, and 50+...
January 18, 2018: Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349297/organic-matter-in-extraterrestrial-water-bearing-salt-crystals
#14
Queenie H S Chan, Michael E Zolensky, Yoko Kebukawa, Marc Fries, Motoo Ito, Andrew Steele, Zia Rahman, Aiko Nakato, A L David Kilcoyne, Hiroki Suga, Yoshio Takahashi, Yasuo Takeichi, Kazuhiko Mase
Direct evidence of complex prebiotic chemistry from a water-rich world in the outer solar system is provided by the 4.5-billion-year-old halite crystals hosted in the Zag and Monahans (1998) meteorites. This study offers the first comprehensive organic analysis of the soluble and insoluble organic compounds found in the millimeter-sized halite crystals containing brine inclusions and sheds light on the nature and activity of aqueous fluids on a primitive parent body. Associated with these trapped brines are organic compounds exhibiting wide chemical variations representing organic precursors, intermediates, and reaction products that make up life's precursor molecules such as amino acids...
January 2018: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348491/order-enables-efficient-electron-hole-separation-at-an-organic-heterojunction-with-a-small-energy-loss
#15
S Matthew Menke, Alexandre Cheminal, Patrick Conaghan, Niva A Ran, Neil C Greehnam, Guillermo C Bazan, Thuc-Quyen Nguyen, Akshay Rao, Richard H Friend
Donor-acceptor organic solar cells often show low open-circuit voltages (V OC) relative to their optical energy gap (E g) that limit power conversion efficiencies to ~12%. This energy loss is partly attributed to the offset between E g and that of intermolecular charge transfer (CT) states at the donor-acceptor interface. Here we study charge generation occurring in PIPCP:PC61BM, a system with a very low driving energy for initial charge separation (E g-E CT ~ 50 meV) and a high internal quantum efficiency (η IQE ~ 80%)...
January 18, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347842/in-vitro-antioxidant-potential-and-in-vivo-effects-of-schinus-terebinthifolia-raddi-leaf-extract-in-diabetic-rats-and-determination-of-chemical-composition-by-hplc-esi-ms-ms
#16
Camila Cristina Iwanaga, Lilian Dos Anjos Oliveira Ferreira, Karine Zanoli Bernuci, Carla Maria Mariano Fernandez, Fabiana Brusco Lorenzetti, Camila Caviquioli Sehaber, Flávia Cristina Vieira Frez, Sara Santos Bernardes, Gean Pier Panizzon, Giani Andrea Linde, Maria do Carmo Vieira, Jacqueline Nelisis Zanoni, Diógenes Aparício Garcia Cortez
The present study investigated the in vitro and in vivo antioxidant potential and phytochemical composition of Schinus terebinthifolia, which is widely used in folk medicine for various therapeutic purposes. The in vitro analyses indicated that the hydroethanolic extract (HE) had 312.50 ± 0.50 mg GAE/g of total phenols. It also presented anti-DPPH• and anti-ABTS•+ activity, reduced phosphomolybden and metal ions and blocked the bleaching of β-carotene. The HE at concentrations of 3.0 and 2.0 μg/mL had TRAP values of 2...
January 18, 2018: Natural Product Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347721/direct-verification-of-the-fluctuation-dissipation-relation-in-viscously-coupled-oscillators
#17
Shuvojit Paul, Abhrajit Laskar, Rajesh Singh, Basudev Roy, R Adhikari, Ayan Banerjee
The fluctuation-dissipation relation, a central result in nonequilibrium statistical physics, relates equilibrium fluctuations in a system to its linear response to external forces. Here we provide a direct experimental verification of this relation for viscously coupled oscillators, as realized by a pair of optically trapped colloidal particles. A theoretical analysis, in which interactions mediated by slow viscous flow are represented by nonlocal friction tensors, matches experimental results and reveals a frequency maximum in the amplitude of the mutual response which is a sensitive function of the trap stiffnesses and the friction tensors...
November 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347712/from-quenched-disorder-to-continuous-time-random-walk
#18
Stanislav Burov
This work focuses on quantitative representation of transport in systems with quenched disorder. Explicit mapping of the quenched trap model to continuous time random walk is presented. Linear temporal transformation, t→t/Λ^{1/α}, for a transient process in the subdiffusive regime is sufficient for asymptotic mapping. An exact form of the constant Λ^{1/α} is established. A disorder averaged position probability density function for a quenched trap model is obtained, and analytic expressions for the diffusion coefficient and drift are provided...
November 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347697/multichannel-scattering-problem-with-a-nonseparable-angular-part-as-a-boundary-value-problem
#19
Shahpoor Saeidian, Vladimir S Melezhik
We have developed an efficient computational method for solving the quantum multichannel scattering problem with a nonseparable angular part. The use of the nondirect product discrete-variable representation, suggested and developed by V. Melezhik, gives us an accurate approximation for the angular part of the desired wave function and, eventually, for the scattering parameters. Subsequent reduction of the problem to the boundary-value problem with well-defined block-band matrix of equation coefficients permits us to use efficient standard algorithms for its solution...
November 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347695/optimal-dephasing-for-ballistic-energy-transfer-in-disordered-linear-chains
#20
Yang Zhang, G Luca Celardo, Fausto Borgonovi, Lev Kaplan
We study the interplay between dephasing, disorder, and coupling to a sink on transport efficiency in a one-dimensional chain of finite length N, and in particular the beneficial or detrimental effect of dephasing on transport. The excitation moves along the chain by coherent nearest-neighbor hopping Ω, under the action of static disorder W and dephasing γ. The last site is coupled to an external acceptor system (sink), where the excitation can be trapped with a rate Γ_{trap}. While it is known that dephasing can help transport in the localized regime, here we show that dephasing can enhance energy transfer even in the ballistic regime...
November 2017: Physical Review. E
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