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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431465/photovoltaic-properties-and-ultrafast-plasmon-relaxation-dynamics-of-diamond-like-carbon-nanocomposite-films-with-embedded-ag-nanoparticles
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Šarūnas Meškinis, Domantas Peckus, Andrius Vasiliauskas, Arvydas Čiegis, Rimantas Gudaitis, Tomas Tamulevičius, Iryna Yaremchuk, Sigitas Tamulevičius
Ultrafast relaxation dynamics of diamond-like carbon (DLC) films with embedded Ag nanoparticles (DLC:Ag) and photovoltaic properties of heterojunctions consisting of DLC:Ag and crystalline silicon (DLC:Ag/Si) were investigated by means of transient absorption (TAS) spectroscopy and photovoltaic measurements. The heterojunctions using both p type and n type silicon were studied. It was found that TAS spectra of DLC:Ag films were dependent on the used excitation wavelength. At wavelengths where Ag nanoparticles absorbed light most intensively, only DLC signal was registered...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431399/muc2-mucin-deficiency-alters-inflammatory-and-metabolic-pathways-in-the-mouse-intestinal-mucosa
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Selamawit Tadesse, Georgia Corner, Elena Dhima, Michele Houston, Chandan Guha, Leonard Augenlicht, Anna Velcich
The mucus layer in the intestine affects several aspects of intestinal biology, encompassing physical, chemical protection, immunomodulation and growth, thus contributing to homeostasis. Mice with genetic inactivation of the Muc2 gene, encoding the MUC2 mucin, the major protein component of mucus, exhibit altered intestinal homeostasis, which is strictly dependent on the habitat, likely due to differing complements of intestinal microbes. Our previous work established that Muc2 deficiency was linked to low chronic inflammation resulting in tumor development in the small, large intestine including the rectum...
April 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431391/serum-levels-of-lead-mercury-and-cadmium-in-relation-to-coronary-artery-disease-in-the-elderly-a-cross-sectional-study
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Sedigheh Asgary, Ahmad Movahedian, Mahtab Keshvari, Mahsa Taleghani, Amirhossein Sahebkar, Nizal Sarrafzadegan
BACKGROUND: There is a continuing attempt to identify novel factors that can predict the risk of cardiovascular disease beyond the established coronary risk factors. It has been suggested that serum levels of lead, mercury and cadmium are associated with the risk of coronary artery disease (CAD). In the present study, we aimed to evaluate serum concentrations of lead (s-Pb), mercury (s-Hg) and cadmium (s-Cd) in patients with CAD in comparison with those of healthy individuals. The correlation between serum levels of these heavy metals and lipid profile parameters was also investigated...
March 29, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431319/response-of-plasma-glucagon-like-peptide-2-to-feeding-pattern-and-intraruminal-administration-of-volatile-fatty-acids-in-sheep
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M Elsabagh, Y Inabu, T Obitsu, T Sugino
Glucagon-like peptide-2 (GLP-2), a gut peptide secreted by enteroendocrine L cells, has recently been identified as a key regulator of intestinal growth and absorptive function in ruminants. However, reports on GLP-2 secretion are few, and more information regarding its secretion dynamics is needed. In this study, two experiments were conducted to elucidate the daily rhythm of GLP-2 secretion in response to feeding regimen and to investigate the effect of volatile fatty acids (VFA) on GLP-2 release in sheep...
March 11, 2017: Domestic Animal Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431285/two-benzoyl-coumarin-amide-fluorescence-chemosensors-for-cyanide-anions
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Zian Wang, Qianqian Wu, Jiale Li, Shuang Qiu, Duxia Cao, Yongxiao Xu, Zhiqiang Liu, Xueying Yu, Yatong Sun
Two new benzoyl coumarin amide derivatives with ortho hydroxyl benzoyl as terminal group have been synthesized. Their photophysical properties and recognition properties for cyanide anions in acetonitrile have also been examined. The influence of electron donating diethylamino group in coumarin ring and hydroxyl in benzoyl group on recognition properties was explored. The results indicate that the compounds can recognize cyanide anions with obvious absorption and fluorescence spectral change and high sensitivity...
April 13, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431176/effect-of-melatonin-on-renewal-of-chicken-small-intestinal-mucosa
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J Li, R X Li, G Liu, C F Lv, Y L Mi, C Q Zhang
A higher concentration of melatonin (MEL) in the intestine - even more than that in the plasma and pineal gland - implies its putative important role in the gastrointestinal structural or functional regulation. However, little evidence has shown that MEL can regulate the physiological functions of the intestinal mucosa. In this study, fertilized chicken eggs were treated with MEL (0.1 to 10 μg/d) from embryonic d 12 (E12) to post-hatching d 6 (D6), and the small intestine samples were collected at D6 to determine the changes in mucosal construction and function...
April 20, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430991/development-toward-high-resolution-x-ray-phase-imaging
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Atsushi Momose
Since the 1990s, the use of X-ray phase contrast has been extensively studied for imaging weakly absorbing objects consisting of low-Z elements such as biological soft tissues and polymers. The development of X-ray microscopy was also progressing during this time, although absorption contrast was only available. It was straightforward and important to develop phase-contrast X-ray microscopy. One characteristic in the development is that quantitative phase measurement is possible through the acquisition of phase-contrast images under a specific procedure, thanks to digital X-ray image detectors...
April 18, 2017: Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430910/low-density-lipoprotein-cholesterol-targeting-with-pitavastatin-ezetimibe-for-patients-with-acute-coronary-syndrome-and-dyslipidaemia-the-hij-proper-study-a-prospective-open-label-randomized-trial
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Nobuhisa Hagiwara, Erisa Kawada-Watanabe, Ryo Koyanagi, Hiroyuki Arashi, Junichi Yamaguchi, Koichi Nakao, Tetsuya Tobaru, Hiroyuki Tanaka, Toshiaki Oka, Yasuhiro Endoh, Katsumi Saito, Tatsuro Uchida, Kunihiko Matsui, Hiroshi Ogawa
Aims: To elucidate the effects of intensive LDL-C lowering treatment with a standard dose of statin and ezetimibe in patients with dyslipidaemia and high risk of coronary events, targeting LDL-C less than 70 mg/dL (1.8 mmol/L), compared with standard LDL-C lowering lipid monotherapy targeting less than 100 mg/dL (2.6 mmol/L). Methods and Results: The HIJ-PROPER study is a prospective, randomized, open-label trial to assess whether intensive LDL-C lowering with standard-dose pitavastatin plus ezetimibe reduces cardiovascular events more than standard LDL-C lowering with pitavastatin monotherapy in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) and dyslipidaemia...
April 18, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430897/genetic-variants-associated-with-the-root-system-architecture-of-oilseed-rape-brassica-napus-l-under-contrasting-phosphate-supply
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Xiaohua Wang, Yanling Chen, Catherine L Thomas, Guangda Ding, Ping Xu, Dexu Shi, Fabian Grandke, Kemo Jin, Hongmei Cai, Fangsen Xu, Bin Yi, Martin R Broadley, Lei Shi
Breeding crops with ideal root system architecture for efficient absorption of phosphorus is an important strategy to reduce the use of phosphate fertilizers. To investigate genetic variants leading to changes in root system architecture, 405 oilseed rape cultivars were genotyped with a 60K Brassica Infinium SNP array in low and high P environments. A total of 285 single-nucleotide polymorphisms were associated with root system architecture traits at varying phosphorus levels. Nine single-nucleotide polymorphisms corroborate a previous linkage analysis of root system architecture quantitative trait loci in the BnaTNDH population...
April 19, 2017: DNA Research: An International Journal for Rapid Publication of Reports on Genes and Genomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430716/simultaneous-multislice-accelerated-turbo-spin-echo-magnetic-resonance-imaging-comparison-and-combination-with-in-plane-parallel-imaging-acceleration-for-high-resolution-magnetic-resonance-imaging-of-the-knee
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Jan Fritz, Benjamin Fritz, Jialu Zhang, Gaurav K Thawait, Dharmdev H Joshi, Li Pan, Dingxin Wang
PURPOSE: We prospectively quantified the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR) of integrated parallel acquisition technique (PAT) and simultaneous multislice (SMS) acceleration and various combinations thereof, and we further compared two 4-fold-accelerated (PAT2-SMS2) high-resolution turbo spin echo (TSE) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) protocols of the knee against a clinical 2-fold-accelerated (PAT2-SMS1) TSE standard. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Institutional review board approval was obtained, and all subjects gave informed consent...
April 20, 2017: Investigative Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430654/alpha-ketoglutarate-suppresses-the-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-mediated-inflammatory-pathway-and-enhances-the-pxr-regulated-detoxification-pathway
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Liuqin He, Huan Li, Niu Huang, Xihong Zhou, Junquan Tian, Tiejun Li, Jing Wu, Yanan Tian, Yulong Yin, Kang Yao
Alpha-ketoglutarate (AKG) is a critical nutritional factor in the maintenance of intestinal homeostasis. However, the relative mechanism of AKG has not been well understood. It was recently shown that the interaction between nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB)-mediated inflammatory pathway and pregnane X receptor (PXR)-regulated detoxification pathway is a check and balance mechanism for keeping the homeostatic state of the intestine, preventing the onset of intestinal inflammation which may lead to cancer. In the current study we used lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-challenged piglet and intestinal porcine epithelial cells-J2 models to investigate the effects of dietary AKG supplementation on the intestinal immune system and PXR regulated target expression...
April 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430504/topological-exciton-bands-in-moir%C3%A3-heterojunctions
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Fengcheng Wu, Timothy Lovorn, A H MacDonald
Moiré patterns are common in van der Waals heterostructures and can be used to apply periodic potentials to elementary excitations. We show that the optical absorption spectrum of transition metal dichalcogenide bilayers is profoundly altered by long period moiré patterns that introduce twist-angle dependent satellite excitonic peaks. Topological exciton bands with nonzero Chern numbers that support chiral excitonic edge states can be engineered by combining three ingredients: (i) the valley Berry phase induced by electron-hole exchange interactions, (ii) the moiré potential, and (iii) the valley Zeeman field...
April 7, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430479/interfacing-superconducting-qubits-and-single-optical-photons-using-molecules-in-waveguides
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Sumanta Das, Vincent E Elfving, Sanli Faez, Anders S Sørensen
We propose an efficient light-matter interface at optical frequencies between a single photon and a superconducting qubit. The desired interface is based on a hybrid architecture composed of an organic molecule embedded inside an optical waveguide and electrically coupled to a superconducting qubit placed near the outside surface of the waveguide. We show that high fidelity, photon-mediated, entanglement between distant superconducting qubits can be achieved with incident pulses at the single photon level. Such a low light level is highly desirable for achieving a coherent optical interface with superconducting qubit, since it minimizes decoherence arising from the absorption of light...
April 7, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430473/first-direct-detection-constraints-on-ev-scale-hidden-photon-dark-matter-with-damic-at-snolab
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A Aguilar-Arevalo, D Amidei, X Bertou, M Butner, G Cancelo, A Castañeda Vázquez, B A Cervantes Vergara, A E Chavarria, C R Chavez, J R T de Mello Neto, J C D'Olivo, J Estrada, G Fernandez Moroni, R Gaïor, Y Guardincerri, K P Hernández Torres, F Izraelevitch, A Kavner, B Kilminster, I Lawson, A Letessier-Selvon, J Liao, A Matalon, V B B Mello, J Molina, P Privitera, K Ramanathan, Y Sarkis, T Schwarz, M Settimo, M Sofo Haro, R Thomas, J Tiffenberg, E Tiouchichine, D Torres Machado, F Trillaud, X You, J Zhou
We present direct detection constraints on the absorption of hidden-photon dark matter with particle masses in the range 1.2-30  eV c^{-2} with the DAMIC experiment at SNOLAB. Under the assumption that the local dark matter is entirely constituted of hidden photons, the sensitivity to the kinetic mixing parameter κ is competitive with constraints from solar emission, reaching a minimum value of 2.2×10^{-14} at 17  eV c^{-2}. These results are the most stringent direct detection constraints on hidden-photon dark matter in the galactic halo with masses 3-12  eV c^{-2} and the first demonstration of direct experimental sensitivity to ionization signals <12  eV from dark matter interactions...
April 7, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430435/cu-in-halide-perovskite-cihp-solar-absorbers
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Xin-Gang Zhao, Dongwen Yang, Yuanhui Sun, Tianshu Li, Lijun Zhang, Liping Yu, Alex Zunger
The long-term chemical instability and the presence of toxic Pb in otherwise stellar solar absorber APbX3 made of organic molecules on the A site and halogens for X have hindered their large-scale commercialization. Previously explored ways to achieve Pb-free halide perovskites involved replacing Pb(2+) with other similar M(2+) cations in ns(2) electron configuration, e.g., Sn(2+) or by Bi(3+) (plus Ag(+)), but unfortunately this showed either poor stability (M = Sn) or weakly absorbing oversized indirect gaps (M = Bi), prompting concerns that perhaps stability and good optoelectronic properties might be contraindicated...
April 21, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430423/hafnium-based-contrast-agents-for-x-ray-computed-tomography
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Markus Berger, Marcus Bauser, Thomas Frenzel, Christoph Stephan Hilger, Gregor Jost, Silvia Lauria, Bernd Morgenstern, Christian Neis, Hubertus Pietsch, Detlev Sülzle, Kaspar Hegetschweiler
Heavy-metal-based contrast agents (CAs) offer enhanced X-ray absorption for X-ray computed tomography (CT) compared to the currently used iodinated CAs. We report the discovery of new lanthanide and hafnium azainositol complexes and their optimization with respect to high water solubility and stability. Our efforts culminated in the synthesis of BAY-576, an uncharged hafnium complex with 3:2 stoichiometry and broken complex symmetry. The superior properties of this asymmetrically substituted hafnium CA were demonstrated by a CT angiography study in rabbits that revealed excellent signal contrast enhancement...
April 21, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430384/pharmacokinetics-of-concentrated-naloxone-nasal-spray-over-first-30%C3%A2-minutes-post-dosing-analysis-of-suitability-for-opioid-overdose-reversal
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Gill Mundin, Rebecca McDonald, Kevin Smith, Stephen Harris, John Strang
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Lack of non-injectable naloxone formulations has impeded widespread take-home provision for the prevention of heroin/opioid overdose deaths. For non-injectable formulations that are finally being investigated, rapid onset of action and sufficient bioavailability will be vital. We present analysis of data from a study of concentrated naloxone nasal spray formulations. Our aims are: to assess 1) pharmacokinetic properties and 2) suitability for overdose reversal in terms of naloxone absorption within 30 minutes post-dosing...
April 21, 2017: Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430270/atomistic-non-adiabatic-dynamics-of-the-lh2-complex-with-a-gpu-accelerated-ab-initio-exciton-model
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Aaron Sisto, Clem Stross, Marc W van der Kamp, Michael O'Connor, Simon McIntosh-Smith, Graham T Johnson, Edward G Hohenstein, Fred R Manby, David R Glowacki, Todd J Martinez
We recently outlined an efficient multi-tiered parallel ab initio excitonic framework that utilizes time dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) to calculate ground and excited state energies and gradients of large supramolecular complexes in atomistic detail - enabling us to undertake non-adiabatic simulations which explicitly account for the coupled anharmonic vibrational motion of all the constituent atoms in a supramolecular system. Here we apply that framework to the 27 coupled bacterio-chlorophyll-a chromophores which make up the LH2 complex, using it to compute an on-the-fly nonadiabatic surface-hopping (SH) trajectory of electronically excited LH2...
April 21, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430253/nanoscale-schottky-contact-surface-plasmon-point-detectors-for-optical-beam-scanning-applications
#19
Naema Othman, Pierre Berini
We propose and investigate a Schottky contact detector where the contact metal is a nanoscale metal stripe waveguide supporting surface plasmons with strong localization along the Schottky contact. We consider Au for the metal stripe, p-doped silicon for the semiconductor, operation in the infrared (at λ<sub>0</sub>=1550  nm), and internal photoemission as the sub-bandgap detection mechanism. We find that the main surface plasmon mode of operation of the Au stripe exhibits diverging real and imaginary parts of n<sub>eff</sub> with decreasing stripe dimensions, commensurate with increasing confinement...
April 20, 2017: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430248/accurate-determination-of-dielectric-permittivity-of-polymers-from-75%C3%A2-%C3%A2-ghz-to-1-6%C3%A2-%C3%A2-thz-using-both-s-parameters-and-transmission-spectroscopy
#20
Tianying Chang, Xiansheng Zhang, Xiaoxuan Zhang, Hong-Liang Cui
Interactions of terahertz (THz) electromagnetic radiation with polymer materials have been studied recently with increasing depth and breadth, for purposes of both using polymers in fabricating THz optical components such as lenses, waveplates, waveguides, and sample holders/containers, and employing THz spectral imaging as a new tool for nondestructive testing of polymer composite structures. Either endeavor cannot even begin without a quantitative knowledge of the complex dielectric permittivity, i.e., the propagation and attenuation properties of such polymers in the requisite wave band...
April 20, 2017: Applied Optics
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