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Anne Küntzel, Peter Oertel, Sina Fischer, Andreas Bergmann, Phillip Trefz, Jochen Schubert, Wolfram Miekisch, Petra Reinhold, Heike Köhler
BACKGROUND: Species of Mycobacteriaceae cause serious zoonotic diseases in mammals, for example tuberculosis in humans, dogs, parrots, and elephants (caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis) and in ruminants and humans (caused by M. bovis and M. caprae). Pulmonary diseases, lymphadenitis, skin diseases, and disseminated diseases can be caused by non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM). Diagnosis and differentiation among Mycobacterium species are currently done by culture isolation. The established diagnostic protocols comprise several steps that allow species identification...
2018: PloS One
Nichole Moyle, Zhenping He, Haibin Wu, Chung-Yuen Hui, Anand Jagota
Numerous biomimetic structures made from elastomeric materials have been developed to produce enhancement in properties such as adhesion, static friction, and sliding friction. As a property, one expects adhesion to be represented by an energy per unit area that is usually sensitive to the combination of shear and normal stresses at the crack front but is otherwise dependent only on the two elastic materials that meet at the interface. More specifically, one would expect that adhesion measured by indentation (a popular and convenient technique) could be used to predict adhesion hysteresis in the more practically important rolling geometry...
March 20, 2018: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Chengbo Tian, Shujing Zhang, Anyi Mei, Yaoguang Rong, Yue Hu, Kai Du, Miao Duan, Yusong Sheng, Pei Jiang, Gengzhao Xu, Hongwei Han
The printable mesoscopic perovskite solar cells (PMPSCs) have exhibited great attracting prospects in the energy conversion field due to their high stability and potential scalability. However, the thick perovskite film in the mesoporous layers challenge the charge transportation and increase grain boundary defects, limiting the performance of the PMPSCs. It is critical not only to improve the electric property of the perovskite film but also to passivate the charge traps to improve the device performance. Herein we synthesized a bis-adduct 2, 5-(Dimethyl ester) C60 fulleropyrrolidine (bis-DMEC60 ) via rational molecular design and incorporated it into the PMPSCs...
March 20, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
José Ascención Arenas-Ruiz, Horus Martinez-Maldonado, Vicente Gonzalez-Carranza, Samuel Torres-García, Fernando Chico-Ponce de Leon
INTRODUCTION: Focal hydrocephalus including trapped temporal horn (TTH), isolated lateral and fourth ventricles, is caused by obstruction and/or adhesion related to various etiologies. With the advent of the neuroendoscope, endoscopic procedures have become an alternative in selected cases. CASE REPORT: A 2-year-old male from a rural town in México was referred to our institution because of multiple supra- and infra-tentorial abscesses and hydrocephalus. The patient had progressive deterioration and developed bilateral trapped temporal horn related to multi-septated hydrocephalus, so we performed an endoscopic ventricular-cistern-ventriculostomy through a single right temporal burr hole...
March 20, 2018: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
Vidhika Punjani, Golam Mohiuddin, Supreet Kaur, Raj Kumar Khan, Sharmistha Ghosh, Santanu Kumar Pal
A new approach accompanied by superstructural frustration is reported. By attaching a cholesterol moiety directly to the central bent-core system it displayed exotic BPIII, BPII/I, Ncyb*, TGBA, SmAPA, SmA and SmX phases as shown by X-ray scattering results. While higher homologues of the series exhibited spontaneous formation of polar order (Ps ∼ 61 nC cm-2) upon applied voltage, the lower homologues showed thermochromic behaviour which can also be trapped via temperature quenching.
March 20, 2018: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
Yen-Chen Shih, Leeyih Wang, Hsiao-Chi Hsieh, King-Fu Lin
Ion accumulation of organometal halide perovskite (OHP) induced by electrode polarization of perovskite solar cells (PSCs) under illumination has been intensely studied and associated with widely observed current-voltage hysteresis behavior. This work dedicates to the investigation of charged species' behavior at the compact TiO2/OHP interface with respect to electrode polarization in PSC devices. By providing a comprehensive discussion of open-circuit voltage (VOC) buildup and VOC decay under illumination and in the dark for the PSCs modified with [6,6]-phenyl-C61 butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) at the TiO2/OHP interface and their corresponding electrochemical impedance spectroscopies (EIS), a justified mechanism is proposed attempting to elucidate the dynamics of interfacial species with respect to the time and frequency domains...
March 20, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Meltem Aygüler, Alexander Georg Hufnagel, Philipp Rieder, Michael Wussler, Wolfram Jaegermann, Thomas Bein, Vladimir Dyakonov, Michiel L Petrus, Andreas Baumann, Pablo Docampo
We tune the Fermi level alignment between the SnOX electron transport layer (ETL) and Cs0.05(FA0.83MA0.17)0.95Pb(I0.83Br0.17)3 and highlight that this parameter is interlinked with current-voltage hysteresis in perovskite solar cells (PSCs). Furthermore, thermally stimulated current measurements reveal that the depth of trap states in the ETL or at the ETL-perovskite interface correlates with Fermi level positions, ultimately linking it to the energy difference between the Fermi level and conduction band minimum...
March 20, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Fatemeh Mahmoodani, Conrad O Perera, Grant Abernethy, Bruno Fedrizzi, David Greenwood, Hong Chen
In a successful fortification program, the stability of micronutrients added to the food is one of the most important factors. The added vitamin D3 is known to sometimes decline during storage of fortified milks, and oxidation through fatty acid lipoxidation could be suspected as the likely cause. Identification of vitamin D3 oxidation products (VDOPs) in natural foods is a challenge due to the low amount of their contents and their possible transformation to other compounds during analysis. The main objective of this study was to find a method to extract VDOPs in simulated whole milk powder and to identify these products using LTQ-ion trap, Q-Exactive Orbitrap and triple quadrupole mass spectrometry...
March 19, 2018: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
Syed M Tareq, M Tauhid Ur Rahman, A Z M Zahedul Islam, A B M Baddruzzaman, M Ashraf Ali
Climate-induced waterlogging has been significantly affecting the lives and livelihood of people in the south-west coastal region of Bangladesh for a couple of decades. The objective of this study is to investigate the waterlogging hazards of Tala, a south-western coastal Upazila of Bangladesh by analyzing satellite image. An empirical model based on velocity of flow, depth of flow, and inundation depth has been proposed to assess waterlogging hazard in pre monsoon, monsoon, and post monsoon period. Landsat TM images for the years 1989, 2000, and 2011 were analyzed by using Geoinformatics including GIS and remote sensing techniques to quantify the water hazard...
March 19, 2018: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
Ana Filipa Palmeirim, Maíra Benchimol, Marcus Vinícius Vieira, Carlos A Peres
Hydroelectric dams have induced widespread loss, fragmentation and degradation of terrestrial habitats in lowland tropical forests. Yet their ecological impacts have been widely neglected, particularly in developing countries, which are currently earmarked for exponential hydropower development. Here we assess small mammal assemblage responses to Amazonian forest habitat insularization induced by the 28-year-old Balbina Hydroelectric Dam. We sampled small mammals on 25 forest islands (0.83-1466 ha) and four continuous forest sites in the mainland to assess the overall community structure and species-specific responses to forest insularization...
March 19, 2018: Oecologia
Hyun-Ook Jeon, In-Seok Choi, Ji-Young Yoon, Eun-Jung Kim, Ji-Uk Yoon, Ah-Reum Cho, Hyung-Joon Kim, Cheul-Hong Kim
Background: The structure and function of bone tissue is maintained through a constant remodeling process, which is maintained by the balance between osteoblasts and osteoclasts. The failure of bone remodeling can lead to pathological conditions of bone structure and function. Remifentanil is currently used as a narcotic analgesic agent in general anesthesia and sedation. However, the effect of remifentanil on osteoclasts has not been studied. Therefore, we investigated the effect of remifentanil on pre-osteoclast (pre-OCs) differentiation and the mechanism of osteoclast differentiation in the absence of specific stimulus...
February 2018: Journal of Dental Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
Ilaria J Chicca, Michael R Milward, Iain Leslie C Chapple, Gareth Griffiths, Rod Benson, Thomas Dietrich, Paul R Cooper
Neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) are DNA-based antimicrobial web-like structures whose release is predominantly mediated by reactive oxygen species (ROS); their purpose is to combat infections. However, unbalanced NET production and clearance is involved in tissue injury, circulation of auto-antibodies and development of several chronic diseases. Currently, there is lack of agreement regarding the high-throughput methods available for NET investigation. This study, therefore, aimed to develop and optimize a high-content analysis (HCA) approach, which can be applied for the assay of NET production and for the screening of compounds involved in the modulation of NET release...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Younho Choi, James W Bowman, Jae U Jung
Autophagy is a powerful tool that host cells use to defend against viral infection. Double-membrane vesicles, termed autophagosomes, deliver trapped viral cargo to the lysosome for degradation. Specifically, autophagy initiates an innate immune response by cooperating with pattern recognition receptor signalling to induce interferon production. It also selectively degrades immune components associated with viral particles. Following degradation, autophagy coordinates adaptive immunity by delivering virus-derived antigens for presentation to T lymphocytes...
March 19, 2018: Nature Reviews. Microbiology
Charlotte N L Chambers, Christopher M A Frampton, Martin McKee, Murray Barclay
OBJECTIVES: To estimate prevalence of and factors contributing to bullying among senior doctors and dentists in New Zealand's public health system, to ascertain rates of reporting bullying behaviour, perceived barriers to reporting and the effects of bullying professionally and personally. DESIGN: Cross-sectional, mixed methods study. SETTING: New Zealand. PARTICIPANTS: Members of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (40...
March 19, 2018: BMJ Open
Kaori Wakabayashi, Takahiko Umahara, Katsuiku Hirokawa, Haruo Hanyu, Toshiki Uchihara
α-Synuclein shares structural homology with 14-3-3 proteins. Seven 14-3-3 protein isoforms have been identified in mammals. Among them, the 14-3-3 sigma isoform was initially considered absent in the mammalian brain. However, we previously identified immunohistochemical association of 14-3-3 sigma with Pick bodies. Because 14-3-3 isoforms other than sigma isoform have been identified in Lewy bodies, we were prompted to look for this 14-3-3 sigma-like immunoreactivity (IR) in Lewy bodies in the brainstem, cerebral cortex, and Lewy neurites in seven patients with Lewy body disease...
March 16, 2018: Neuroscience Letters
Mingguo Zheng
Sediment rating curves have long been used as a tool for predicting sediment yield. In this study, the spatial and temporal variations of rating curves were examined in the loess area (~15,000km2 ) of the Wuding River basin of the Chinese Loess Plateau. Data of mean daily water discharge per unit area, Qd (m3 s-1 km2 ), and mean daily sediment discharge per unit area, SDd (kgs-1 km2 ), were compiled for three periods of 1959-1971, 1972-1989, and 2006-2013. Soil conservation measures were rarely implemented for the pre-1971 period but were intensively implemented for the latter periods...
March 3, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
Mikaela G Howie, Allyson K Jackson, Daniel A Cristol
Mercury (Hg) exposure has been extensively studied in aquatic and piscivorous wildlife, but, historically, less attention has been directed towards terrestrial species. However, it has become apparent that aquatic Hg crosses ecosystem boundaries along with beneficial subsidies, thereby entering the terrestrial food chain. It is still not known how far from contaminated waterways Hg exposure remains a risk. We examined the spatial extent of exposure in terrestrial songbirds breeding in the floodplain along a 40-km stretch of Hg-contaminated river in Virginia, USA...
March 3, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
Absalom E Ezugwu, Francis Akutsah, Micheal O Olusanya, Aderemi O Adewumi
The intelligent water drop algorithm is a swarm-based metaheuristic algorithm, inspired by the characteristics of water drops in the river and the environmental changes resulting from the action of the flowing river. Since its appearance as an alternative stochastic optimization method, the algorithm has found applications in solving a wide range of combinatorial and functional optimization problems. This paper presents an improved intelligent water drop algorithm for solving multi-depot vehicle routing problems...
2018: PloS One
Rebeca Martinez-Haya, Consuelo Sabater, Maria-Ángeles Castillo, Miguel A Miranda, M Luisa Marin
Photocatalytic degradation of three highly chlorinated contaminants, namely 2,4,6-trichlorophenol (TCP), 2,4,6-trichloroanisole (TCA) and 5-chloro-2-(2,4-dichlorophenoxy)phenol (triclosan, TCS) has been investigated in the presence of N-methylquinolinium tetrafluoroborate (NMQ+ ), a photocatalyst able to act via Type I or Type II mechanism. Photodegradation of contaminants under aerobic conditions was achieved within hours; and it was accompanied by mineralization, as demonstrated by trapping of the evolved carbon dioxide as barium carbonate...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Hazardous Materials
Anton Khmelnitskiy, Rafael G Saer, Robert E Blankenship, Ryszard J Jankowiak
We report high-resolution (low-temperature) absorption, emission and nonresonant/resonant hole-burned (HB) spectra and results of excitonic calculations using a non-Markovian reduced density matrix theory (with an improved algorithm for parameter optimization in heterogeneous samples) obtained for the Y16F mutant of the Fenna-Matthews-Olson (FMO) trimer from the green sulfur bacterium Chlorobaculum tepidum. We show that the Y16F mutant is a mixture of FMO complexes with three independent low-energy traps (located near 817, 821, and 826 nm), in agreement with measured composite emission and HB spectra...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
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