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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645148/a-soft-environmental-control-effect-of-apatite-doped-with-mineral-traces-in-the-fowl-droppings
#1
M Minamisawa, T Taniai, S Yoshida
Fowl-dropping apatite (Ca10-z[PO4]6-z[OH]2-z) synthesized from carbonized, incinerated fowl droppings contains PO4 and OH groups that are partially substituted by CO32- ions. It shows stronger ion conductivity than commercially available hydroxyapatite in a wide range of temperatures from 23°C to 800°C. Fowl-dropping apatite readily adsorbs NO2 and SO2 gases and, without re-releasing these gases, slowly decomposes them at room temperature under sunlight via ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) irradiation. A limited amount of minerals and organics contained in fowl droppings causes light-induced activities in fowl-dropping apatite with a crystal structure that has a developed c face; this initiates excitation-induced atomic transfer on the solid surface derived from PO4 exposed on the c face, which then advances the decomposition reaction...
June 21, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645089/drug-resistance-mechanism-of-l10f-l10f-n88s-and-l90m-mutations-in-crf01_ae-hiv-1-protease-molecular-dynamics-simulations-and-binding-free-energy-calculations
#2
C S Vasavi, Ramasamy Tamizhselvi, Punnagai Munusami
HIV-1 protease plays a crucial role in viral replication and maturation, which makes it one of the most attractive targets for anti-retroviral therapy. The majority of HIV infections in developing countries are due to non-B subtype. Subtype AE is spreading rapidly and infecting huge population worldwide. The mutations in the active site of subtype AE directly impair the interactions with the inhibitor. The non-active site mutations influence the binding of the inhibitor indirectly and their resistance mechanism is not well understood...
June 8, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645083/graphene-oxide-nanosheets-induce-dna-damage-and-activate-the-base-excision-repair-ber-signaling-pathway-both-in%C3%A2-vitro-and-in%C3%A2-vivo
#3
Chun-Jiao Lu, Xue-Feng Jiang, Muhammad Junaid, Yan-Bo Ma, Pan-Pan Jia, Hua-Bin Wang, De-Sheng Pei
Graphene oxide (GO) has widespread concerns in the fields of biological sciences and medical applications. Currently, studies have reported that excessive GO exposure can cause cellular DNA damage through reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation. However, DNA damage mediated response of the base excision repair (BER) pathway due to GO exposure is not elucidated yet. Therefore, we exposed HEK293T cells and zebrafish embryos to different concentrations of GO for 24 h, and transcriptional profiles of BER pathway genes, DNA damage, and cell viability were analyzed both in vitro and in vivo...
June 14, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645045/hydra-amphiphiles-using-three-heads-and-one-tail-to-influence-aggregate-formation-and-to-kill-pathogenic-bacteria
#4
Tara M Gallagher, John N Marafino, Brenden K Wimbish, Brandi Volkers, Gabriel Fitzgerald, Kristin McKenna, Jason Floyd, Nicholas T Minahan, Brenna Walsh, Kirstie Thompson, David Bruno, Monica Paneru, Sybelle Djikeng, Stephanie Masters, Suma Haji, Kyle Seifert, Kevin L Caran
Hydra amphiphiles mimic the morphology of the mythical multi-headed creatures for which they are named. Likewise, when faced with a pathogenic bacterium, some hydra derivatives are as destructive as their fabled counterparts were to their adversaries. This report focuses on eight new tricephalic (triple-headed), single-tailed amphiphiles. Each amphiphile has a mesitylene (1,3,5-trimethylbenzene) core, two benzylic trimethylammonium groups and one dimethylalkylammonium group with a linear hydrophobe ranging from short (C8H17) to ultralong (C22H45)...
June 10, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645037/slip-additive-migration-surface-morphology-and-performance-on-injection-moulded-high-density-polyethylene-closures
#5
Nabeen Dulal, Robert Shanks, Thomas Gengenbach, Harsharn Gill, David Chalmers, Benu Adhikari, Isaac Pardo Martinez
HYPOTHESIS: The amount and distribution of slip agents, erucamide, and behenamide, on the surface of high-density polyethene, is determined by integral characteristics of slip agent structure and polymer morphology. A suite of surface analysis techniques was applied to correlate physicochemical properties with slip-additive migration behaviour and their surface morphology. The migration, surface morphology and physicochemical properties of the slip additives, crystallinity and orientation of polyethene spherulites and interaction between slip additives and high-density polyethene influence the surface characteristics...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644908/photoactive-surface-grafted-polymer-brushes-with-phthalocyanine-bridging-groups-as-an-advanced-architecture-for-light-harvesting
#6
Michał Szuwarzyński, Karol Wolski, Agata Pomorska, Tomasz Uchacz, Arkadiusz Gut, Łukasz Łapok, Szczepan Zapotoczny
Surface-grafted polymer brushes of novel ladder-like architecture were proposed for inducing ordering of chromophores embedded therein. The brushes with acetylene side groups were obtained by surface-initiated photoiniferter-mediated polymerization. The acetylene moieties reacted then via "click" process with an axially azide-bifunctionalized silicon phthalocyanine bridging the neighboring chains that inherently adopt extended conformations in dense brushes. FTIR, quartz crystal microbalance, atomic force microscopy were used to study formation and structure of the photoactive brushes varying in grafting densities...
June 23, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644811/applying-pattern-recognition-to-high-resolution-images-to-determine-cellular-signaling-status
#7
Michael F Lohrer, Darrin M Hanna, Yang Liu, Kang-Hsin Wang, Fu-Tong Liu, Ted A Laurence, Gang-Yu Liu
Two frequently used tools to acquire high-resolution images of cells are scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The former provides a nanometer resolution view of cellular features rapidly and with high throughput, while the latter enables visualizing hydrated and living cells. In current practice, these images are viewed by eye to determine cellular status, e.g. activated versus resting. Automatic and quantitative data analysis is lacking. This work develops an algorithm of pattern recognition that works very effectively for AFM and SEM images...
June 21, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Nanobioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644687/massive-paracetamol-overdose-an-observational-study-of-the-effect-of-activated-charcoal-and-increased-acetylcysteine-dose-atom-2
#8
Angela L Chiew, Geoffrey K Isbister, Katharine A Kirby, Colin B Page, Betty S H Chan, Nicholas A Buckley
CONTEXT: Paracetamol is commonly taken in overdose, with increasing concerns that those taking "massive" overdoses have higher rates of hepatotoxicity and may require higher doses of acetylcysteine. The objective was to describe the clinical characteristics and outcomes of "massive" (≥ 40 g) paracetamol overdoses. METHODS: Patients were identified through the Australian Paracetamol Project, a prospective observational study through Poisons Information Centres in NSW and Queensland, over 3 and 1...
June 23, 2017: Clinical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644672/topological-fractional-pumping-with-alkaline-earth-like-atoms-in-synthetic-lattices
#9
Luca Taddia, Eyal Cornfeld, Davide Rossini, Leonardo Mazza, Eran Sela, Rosario Fazio
Alkaline-earth(-like) atoms, trapped in optical lattices and in the presence of an external gauge field, can form insulating states at given fractional fillings. We will show that, by exploiting these properties, it is possible to realize a topological fractional pump. Our analysis is based on a many-body adiabatic expansion, on simulations with time-dependent matrix product states, and, for a specific form of atom-atom interaction, on an exactly solvable model of fractional pump. The numerical simulations allow us to consider a realistic setup amenable of an experimental realization...
June 9, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644660/recoil-sensitive-lithium-interferometer-without-a-subrecoil-sample
#10
Kayleigh Cassella, Eric Copenhaver, Brian Estey, Yanying Feng, Chen Lai, Holger Müller
We report simultaneous conjugate Ramsey-Bordé interferometers with a sample of low-mass (lithium-7) atoms at 50 times the recoil temperature. We optically pump the atoms to a magnetically insensitive state using the 2S_{1/2}-2P_{1/2} line. Fast stimulated Raman beam splitters address a broad velocity class and unavoidably drive two conjugate interferometers that overlap spatially. We show that detecting the summed interference signals of both interferometers, using state labeling, allows recoil measurements and suppression of phase noise from vibrations...
June 9, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644659/remanent-magnetization-signature-of-many-body-localization-in-quantum-antiferromagnets
#11
V Ros, M Müller
We study the remanent magnetization in antiferromagnetic, many-body localized quantum spin chains, initialized in a fully magnetized state. Its long time limit is an order parameter for the localization transition, which is readily accessible by standard experimental probes in magnets. We analytically calculate its value in the strong-disorder regime exploiting the explicit construction of quasilocal conserved quantities of the localized phase. We discuss analogies in cold atomic systems.
June 9, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644656/entanglement-enhanced-phase-estimation-without-prior-phase-information
#12
G Colangelo, F Martin Ciurana, G Puentes, M W Mitchell, R J Sewell
We study the generation of planar quantum squeezed (PQS) states by quantum nondemolition (QND) measurement of an ensemble of ^{87}Rb atoms with a Poisson distributed atom number. Precise calibration of the QND measurement allows us to infer the conditional covariance matrix describing the F_{y} and F_{z} components of the PQS states, revealing the dual squeezing characteristic of PQS states. PQS states have been proposed for single-shot phase estimation without prior knowledge of the likely values of the phase...
June 9, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644655/formation-of-vacancies-in-si-and-ge-based-clathrates-role-of-electron-localization-and-symmetry-breaking
#13
Amrita Bhattacharya, Christian Carbogno, Bodo Böhme, Michael Baitinger, Yuri Grin, Matthias Scheffler
The formation of framework vacancies in Si- and Ge-based type-I clathrates is studied using density-functional theory as a function of filling the cages with K and Ba atoms. Our analysis reveals the relevance of structural disorder, geometric relaxation, and electronic saturation as well as vibrational and configurational entropy. In the Si clathrates, we find that vacancies are unstable, but very differently, in Ge clathrates, up to three vacancies per unit cell can be stabilized. This contrasting behavior is largely driven by the different energy gain on populating the electronic vacancy states, which originates from the different degree of localization of the valence orbitals of Si and Ge...
June 9, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644653/dielectric-anisotropy-of-the-gap-si-001-interface-from-first-principles-theory
#14
Pankaj Kumar, Charles H Patterson
First-principles calculations of the dielectric anisotropy of the GaP/Si(001) interface are compared to the anisotropy extracted from reflectance measurements on GaP thin films on Si(001) [O. Supplie et al., Phys. Rev. B 86, 035308 (2012)PRBMDO1098-012110.1103/PhysRevB.86.035308]. Optical excitations from two states localized in several Si layers adjacent to the interface result in the observed anisotropy of the interface. The calculations show excellent agreement with experiment only for a gapped interface with a P layer in contact with Si and show that a combination of theory and experiment can reveal localized electronic states and the atomic structure at buried interfaces...
June 9, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644648/crossing-over-from-attractive-to-repulsive-interactions-in-a-tunneling-bosonic-josephson-junction
#15
G Spagnolli, G Semeghini, L Masi, G Ferioli, A Trenkwalder, S Coop, M Landini, L Pezzè, G Modugno, M Inguscio, A Smerzi, M Fattori
We explore the interplay between tunneling and interatomic interactions in the dynamics of a bosonic Josephson junction. We tune the scattering length of an atomic ^{39}K Bose-Einstein condensate confined in a double-well trap to investigate regimes inaccessible to other superconducting or superfluid systems. In the limit of small-amplitude oscillations, we study the transition from Rabi to plasma oscillations by crossing over from attractive to repulsive interatomic interactions. We observe a critical slowing down in the oscillation frequency by increasing the strength of an attractive interaction up to the point of a quantum phase transition...
June 9, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644644/highly-nuclear-spin-polarized-deuterium-atoms-from-the-uv-photodissociation-of-deuterium-iodide
#16
Dimitris Sofikitis, Pavle Glodic, Greta Koumarianou, Hongyan Jiang, Lykourgos Bougas, Peter C Samartzis, Alexander Andreev, T Peter Rakitzis
We report a novel highly spin-polarized deuterium (SPD) source, via the photodissociation of deuterium iodide at 270 nm. I(^{2}P_{3/2}) photofragments are ionized with m-state selectivity, and their velocity distribution measured via velocity-map slice imaging, from which the D polarization is determined. The process produces ∼100% electronically polarized D at the time of dissociation, which is then converted to ∼60% nuclear D polarization after ∼1.6  ns. These production times for SPD allow collision-limited densities of ∼10^{18}  cm^{-3} and at production rates of ∼10^{21}  s^{-1} which are 10^{6} and 10^{4} times higher than conventional (Stern-Gerlach separation) methods, respectively...
June 9, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644612/suppressing-isomerization-of-phosphine-protected-au9-cluster-by-bond-stiffening-induced-by-a-single-pd-atom-substitution
#17
Seiji Yamazoe, Shota Matsuo, Satoru Muramatsu, Shinjiro Takano, Kiyofumi Nitta, Tatsuya Tsukuda
The fluxional nature of small gold clusters has been exemplified by reversible isomerization between [Au9(PPh3)8](3+) with a crown motif (Au9(C)) and that with a butterfly motif (Au9(B)) induced by association and dissociation with compact counteranions (NO3(-), Cl(-)). However, structural isomerization was suppressed by substitution of the central Au atom of the Au9 core in [Au9(PPh3)8](3+) with a Pd atom: [PdAu8(PPh3)8](2+) with a crown motif (PdAu8(C)) did not isomerize to that with a butterfly motif (PdAu8(B)) upon association with the counteranions...
June 23, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644563/gas-phase-dissociation-study-of-erythrinian-alkaloids-by-electrospray-ionization-mass-spectrometry-and-computational-methods
#18
T Guaratini, L G P Feitosa, D B Silva, N P Lopes, J L C Lopes, R Vessecchi
Alkaloids from plants of the genus Erythrina display important biological activities, including anxiolytic action. Characterization of these alkaloids by mass spectrometry (MS) has contributed to the construction of a spectral library, has improved understanding of their structures, and has supported the proposal of fragmentation mechanisms in light of density functional calculations (DFT). In this study, we have used low- and high-resolution MS(n) analyses to investigate the fragmentation patterns of erythrinian alkaloids; we have employed the B3LYP/6-31+G(d,p) model to obtain their reactive sites...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Mass Spectrometry: JMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644553/structural-insights-into-the-inclusion-complexes-between-clomiphene-citrate-and-%C3%AE-cyclodextrin-the-mechanism-of-preferential-isomeric-selection
#19
Arti Maheshwari, Harish Saraswat, Santosh Kumar Upadhyay
A major challenge in pharmaceuticals for clinical applications is to alter the solubility, stability, and toxicity of drug molecules in living systems. Cyclodextrins (CDs) have the ability to form host-guest inclusion complexes with pharmaceuticals for further development of new drug formulations. The inclusion complex of clomiphene citrate (CL), a poorly water-soluble drug, with native β-cyclodextrin (β-CD) was characterized by a one and two-dimensional nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopic approach and also by molecular docking techniques...
June 23, 2017: Chirality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644514/polylutidines-multifunctional-surfaces-via-vapor-based-polymerization-of-substituted-pyridinophanes
#20
Joerg Lahann, Florence Bally-Le Gall, Christoph Hussal, Joshua Kramer, Kenneth Chang, Ramya Kumar, Vanessa Trouillet, Martin Nieger, Stefan Braese, Thomas Eyster, Amy Baek
We report a new class of functionalized polylutidine polymers that are prepared via chemical vapor deposition polymerization of substituted [2](1,4)benzeno[2](2,5)pyridinophanes. To prepare sufficient monomer for CVD polymerization, a new synthesis route for ethynylpyridinophane has been developed in three steps with an overall yield of 59%. Subsequent CVD polymerization yielded well-defined films of poly(2,5-lutidinylene-co-p-xylylene) and poly(4-ethynyl-2,5-lutidinylene-co-p-xylylene). All polymers were characterized by IRRAS, ellipsometry, contact angle and XPS...
June 23, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
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