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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340529/effects-of-rapid-thermal-annealing-and-different-oxidants-on-the-properties-of-laxalyo-nanolaminate-films-deposited-by-atomic-layer-deposition
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Chenxi Fei, Hongxia Liu, Xing Wang, Lu Zhao, Dongdong Zhao, Xingyao Feng
A comparative study of different sequences of two metal precursors [trimethylaluminum (TMA) and Tris(isopropylcyclopentadienyl) lanthanum (La((i)PrCp)3)] for atomic layer deposition (ALD) lanthanum aluminum oxide (LaxAlyO) films is carried out. The percentage compositions of C and N impurity of LaxAlyO films were investigated using in situ X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The effects of different oxidants on the physical and chemical properties and electrical characteristics of LaxAlyO films are studied before and after annealing...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340507/understanding-the-contribution-of-disulphide-bridges-to-the-folding-and-misfolding-of-an-anti-a%C3%AE-scfv
#2
Laia Montoliu-Gaya, Jose C Martínez, Sandra Villegas
ScFv-h3D6 is a single chain variable fragment that precludes Aβ peptide-induced cytotoxicity by withdrawing Aβ oligomers from the amyloid pathway to the worm-like pathway. Production of scFv molecules is not a straightforward procedure because of the occurrence of disulphide scrambled conformations generated in the refolding process. Here, we separately removed the disulphide bond of each domain and solved the scrambling problem; and then, we intended to compensate the loss of thermodynamic stability by adding three C-terminal elongation mutations previously described to stabilize the native fold of scFv-h3D6...
March 24, 2017: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340456/macroscopic-and-microscopic-investigation-of-adsorption-and-precipitation-of-zn-on-%C3%AE-alumina-in-the-absence-and-presence-of-as
#3
Yu-Jun Wang, Ting-Ting Fan, Cun Liu, Wei Li, Meng-Qiang Zhu, Jian-Xin Fan, Hua Gong, Dong-Mei Zhou, Donald L Sparks
Contaminants zinc (Zn) and arsenate (As) often coexist in soils. However, little is known concerning the impacts of coexisting As on Zn adsorption and precipitation on soil minerals. In the present study, adsorption and precipitation of Zn on γ-alumina in the absence and presence of arsenate was investigated employing batch experiments and Extended X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (EXAFS) spectroscopy. Results indicated that Zn formed edge-sharing tetrahedral surface complexes at pH 5.5 and Zn-Al LDH-like (layered double hydroxide) precipitates at pH 7...
March 21, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340419/photolytic-degradation-of-the-%C3%AE-blocker-nebivolol-in-aqueous-solution
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Alaa Salma, Holger V Lutze, Torsten C Schmidt, Jochen Tuerk
Nebivolol (NEB) is one of the top-sold prescription drugs belonging to the third generation of beta-blockers. However, so far, occurrence data in the environment are lacking. Within this study NEB has been found for the first time in effluent samples of wastewater treatment plants in Germany with an average concentration of 13 ng L(-1). Its photodegradation behavior in the environment and in technical processes is largely unknown. To fill this gap, three different UV treatment procedures (UV-C at 254 nm, UV-B at 312 nm and UV-A at 365 nm) were investigated in three different matrices: pure water, pure water in presence of the hydroxyl radical (OH) scavenger tert...
March 13, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340417/interfacial-interactions-between-skeletonema-costatum-extracellular-organic-matter-and-metal-oxides-implications-for-ceramic-membrane-filtration
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Noor Zaouri, Leonardo Gutierrez, Laure Dramas, Daniel Garces, Jean-Philippe Croue
In the current study, the interfacial interactions between the high molecular weight (HMW) compounds of Skeletonema costatum (SKC) extracellular organic matter (EOM) and ZrO2 or Al2O3, were investigated by atomic force microscopy (AFM). HMW SKC-EOM was rigorously characterized and described as a hydrophilic organic compound mainly comprised of polysaccharide-like structures. Lipids and proteins were also observed, although in lower abundance. HMW SKC-EOM displayed attractive forces during approaching (i.e., leading to jump-to-contact events) and adhesion forces during retracting regime to both metal oxides at all solution conditions tested, where electrostatics and hydrogen bonding were suggested as dominant interacting mechanisms...
March 21, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340387/an-exploration-of-the-effect-and-interaction-mechanism-of-bisphenol-a-on-waste-sludge-hydrolysis-with-multi-spectra-isothermal-titration-microcalorimetry-and-molecule-docking
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Guangying Hou, Rui Zhang, Xiaoyan Hao, Chunguang Liu
An increasing amount of bisphenol A (BPA) is being produced and used, then discharged into sewage treatment plants and accumulated in sludge or soil, when the sludge is used as fertilizer. Accumulation of BPA in sludge or soil causes poisoning to the enzyme, which affects the biological treatment of sludge and the circulation and conversion of materials in soil. In this research, effect of BPA on sludge hydrolysis is studied from the respect of concentration and components of soluble organic matter in sludge, using three-dimensional fluorescence spectra...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340123/rapid-ascent-from-zero-quality-to-international-organization-for-standardization-accreditation%C3%A2-a-case-study-of-hai-duong-preventive-medicine-center-in-vietnam-2012-2013
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Cuong Ngoc Duong, Kyle B Bond, Humberto Carvalho, Hien Bui Thi Thu, Thuong Nguyen, Thomas Rush
Objectives: In 2012, the Vietnam Ministry of Health sought to improve the quality of health laboratories by introducing international quality standards. Methods: Strengthening Laboratory Management Toward Accreditation (SLMTA), a year-long, structured, quality improvement curriculum (including projects and mentorship) was piloted in 12 laboratories. Progress was measured using a standardized audit tool (Stepwise Laboratory Quality Improvement Process Towards Accreditation)...
March 15, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340074/synthetic-human-neutrophil-peptide-1-inhibits-platelet-adhesion-and-aggregation-on-von-willebrand-factor-collagen-surface-under-arterial-shear-stress-through-disulfide-bond-reduction-mechanism
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Jenny McDaniel, X Long Zhen
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 1, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339790/does-systemic-administration-of-casein-phosphopeptides-affect-orthodontic-movement-and-root-resorption-in-rats
#9
Lachlan Crowther, Gang Shen, Mohammed Almuzian, Allan Jones, William Walsh, Rema Oliver, Peter Petocz, Nour E Tarraf, M Ali Darendeliler
Objectives: To assess the potential effects of casein phosphopeptides (CPPs) on orthodontically induced iatrogenic root resorption (OIIRR) and orthodontic teeth movement. Materials and methods: Forty Wistar rats (aged 11 weeks) were randomly divided into experimental group (EG; n = 20) that received a diet supplemented with CPP and control group (CG; n = 20) devoid of diet supplement. A 150 g force was applied using nickel titanium (NiTi) coil that was bonded on maxillary incisors and extended unilaterally to a maxillary first molar...
January 25, 2017: European Journal of Orthodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339733/a-two-phase-mixture-model-of-platelet-aggregation
#10
Jian Du, Aaron L Fogelson
We present a two-phase model of platelet aggregation in coronary-artery-sized blood vessels. The model tracks the number densities of three platelet populations as well as the concentration of a platelet activating chemical. Through the formation of elastic bonds, activated platelets can cohere with one another to form a platelet thrombus. Bound platelets in a thrombus move in a velocity field different from that of the bulk fluid. Stresses produced by the elastic bonds act on the bound platelet material. Movement of the bound platelet material and that of the background fluid are coupled through an interphase drag and an incompressibility constraint...
February 20, 2017: Mathematical Medicine and Biology: a Journal of the IMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339275/ultrafast-photoinduced-electric-polarization-switching-in-a-hydrogen-bonded-ferroelectric-crystal
#11
K Iwano, Y Shimoi, T Miyamoto, D Hata, M Sotome, N Kida, S Horiuchi, H Okamoto
Croconic acid crystals show proton displacive-type ferroelectricity with a large spontaneous polarization reaching 20  μC/cm^{2}, which originates from the strong coupling of proton and π-electron degrees of freedom. Such a coupling makes us expect a large polarization change by photoirradiations. Optical-pump second-harmonic-generation-probe experiments reveal that a photoexcited croconic-acid crystal loses the ferroelectricity substantially with a maximum quantum efficiency of more than 30 molecules per one absorbed photon...
March 10, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339265/topology-scaling-identification-of-layered-solids-and-stable-exfoliated-2d-materials
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Michael Ashton, Joshua Paul, Susan B Sinnott, Richard G Hennig
The Materials Project crystal structure database has been searched for materials possessing layered motifs in their crystal structures using a topology-scaling algorithm. The algorithm identifies and measures the sizes of bonded atomic clusters in a structure's unit cell, and determines their scaling with cell size. The search yielded 826 stable layered materials that are considered as candidates for the formation of two-dimensional monolayers via exfoliation. Density-functional theory was used to calculate the exfoliation energy of each material and 680 monolayers emerge with exfoliation energies below those of already-existent two-dimensional materials...
March 10, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339258/atomistic-origin-of-deformation-twinning-in-biomineral-aragonite
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Jialin Liu, Zaiwang Huang, Zhiliang Pan, Qiuming Wei, Xiaodong Li, Yue Qi
Deformation twinning rarely occurs in mineral materials which typically show brittle fracture. Surprisingly, it has recently been observed in the biomineral aragonite phase in nacre under high rate impact loading. In this Letter, the twinning tendency and the competition between fracture and deformation twinning were revealed by first principles calculations. The ratio of the unstable stacking fault energy and the stacking fault energy in orthorhombic aragonite is hitherto the highest in a broad range of metallic and oxide materials...
March 10, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339236/effect-of-biaxial-strain-on-the-phase-transitions-of-ca-fe_-1-x-co_-x-_-2-as_-2
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A E Böhmer, A Sapkota, A Kreyssig, S L Bud'ko, G Drachuck, S M Saunders, A I Goldman, P C Canfield
We study the effect of applied strain as a physical control parameter for the phase transitions of Ca(Fe_{1-x}Co_{x})_{2}As_{2} using resistivity, magnetization, x-ray diffraction, and ^{57}Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy. Biaxial strain, namely, compression of the basal plane of the tetragonal unit cell, is created through firm bonding of samples to a rigid substrate via differential thermal expansion. This strain is shown to induce a magnetostructural phase transition in originally paramagnetic samples, and superconductivity in previously nonsuperconducting ones...
March 10, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339215/discovery-and-pre-clinical-characterization-of-a-3-rd-generation-4-h-heteroaryldihydropyrimidine-hap-analogues-as-hepatitis-b-virus-hbv-capsid-inhibitors
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Zongxing Qiu, Xianfeng Lin, Weixing Zhang, Mingwei Zhou, Lei Guo, Buelent Kocer, Guolong Wu, Zhisen Zhang, Haixia Liu, Houguang Shi, Buyu Kou, Taishan Hu, Yimin Hu, Mengwei Huang, S Frank Yan, Zhiheng Xu, Zheng Zhou, Ning Qin, Yue Fen Wang, Shuang Ren, Hongxia Qiu, Yuxia Zhang, Yi Zhang, Xiaoyue Wu, Kai Sun, Sheng Zhong, Jianxun Xie, Giorgio Ottaviani, Yuan Zhou, Lina Zhu, Xiaojun Tian, Liping Shi, Fang Shen, Yi Mao, Xue Zhou, Lu Gao, John A T Young, Jim Zhen Wu, Guang Yang, Alexander V Mayweg, Hong C Shen, Guozhi Tang, Wei Zhu
Described herein are the discovery and structure-activity relationship (SAR) studies of the 3(rd) generation 4-H heteroaryldihydropyrimidines (4-H HAPs) featuring the introduction of a C6 carboxyl group as novel HBV capsid inhibitors. This new series of 4-H HAPs showed improved anti-HBV activity and better drug-like properties compared to the 1(st) and 2(nd) generation 4-H HAPs. X-ray crystallographic study of analogue 12 (HAP_R01) with Cp149 Y132A mutant hexamer clearly elucidated the role of C6 carboxyl group played for the increased binding affinity, which formed strong hydrogen bonding interactions with capsid protein and coordinated waters...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339195/the-electronic-configuration-and-ligand-nature-of-five-coordinate-iron-porphyrin-carbene-complexes-an-experimental-study
#16
Yulong Liu, Wei Xu, Jing Zhang, William Fuller, Charles E Schulz, Jianfeng Li
The five coordinate iron porphyrin carbene complexes [Fe(TPP)(CCl<u>2</u>)] (TPP = tetraphenylporphyrin), [Fe(TTP)(CCl<u>2</u>)] (TTP = tetratolylporphyrin) and [Fe(TFPP)(CPh<u>2</u>)] (TFPP = tetra(pentafluorophenyl)porphin), utilizing two types of carbene ligands (CCl<u>2</u> and CPh<u>2</u>), have been investigated by single crystal X-ray, XANES (X-ray Absorption Near Edge Spectroscopy), Mössbauer, NMR and UV-vis spectros-copies. The XANES unambiguously suggested the iron(II) oxida-tion state of the complexes...
March 24, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339186/quantum-chemical-strain-analysis-for-mechanochemical-processes
#17
Tim Stauch, Andreas Dreuw
The use of mechanical force to initiate a chemical reaction is an efficient alternative to the conventional sources of activation energy, i.e., heat, light, and electricity. Applications of mechanochemistry in academic and industrial laboratories are diverse, ranging from chemical syntheses in ball mills and ultrasound baths to direct activation of covalent bonds using an atomic force microscope. The vectorial nature of force is advantageous because specific covalent bonds can be preconditioned for rupture by selective stretching...
March 24, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335571/3-substituted-n-benzylpyrazine-2-carboxamide-derivatives-synthesis-antimycobacterial-and-antibacterial-evaluation
#18
Lucia Semelková, Ondřej Janďourek, Klára Konečná, Pavla Paterová, Lucie Navrátilová, František Trejtnar, Vladimír Kubíček, Jiří Kuneš, Martin Doležal, Jan Zitko
A series of substituted N-benzyl-3-chloropyrazine-2-carboxamides were prepared as positional isomers of 5-chloro and 6-chloro derivatives, prepared previously. During the aminolysis of the acyl chloride, the simultaneous substitution of chlorine with benzylamino moiety gave rise to N-benzyl-3-(benzylamino)pyrazine-2-carboxamides as side products, in some cases. Although not initially planned, the reaction conditions were modified to populate this double substituted series. The final compounds were tested against four mycobacterial strains...
March 21, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335566/profiling-and-preparation-of-metabolites-from-pyragrel-in-human-urine-by-online-solid-phase-extraction-coupled-with-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry-followed-by-a-macroporous-resin-based-purification-approach
#19
Xin Zhao, Jingjing Jiang, Guang Yang, Jie Huang, Guoping Yang, Guangwei He, Zhaoxing Chu, Taijun Hang, Guorong Fan
Pyragrel, a new anticoagulant drug, is derived from the molecular combination of ligustrazine and ferulic acid. Pyragrel showed significant inhibitory activity against platelet aggregation induced by adenosine diphosphate (ADP), and had been approved for a phase I clinical trial by CFDA. To characterize the metabolites of Pyragrel in human urine after intravenous administration, a reliable online solid-phase extraction couple with high performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (online SPE-HPLC-MS(n)) method was conceived and applied...
March 21, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335518/new-chiral-ebselen-analogues-with-antioxidant-and-cytotoxic-potential
#20
Agata J Pacuła, Katarzyna B Kaczor, Jędrzej Antosiewicz, Anna Janecka, Angelika Długosz, Tomasz Janecki, Andrzej Wojtczak, Jacek Ścianowski
New chiral camphane-derived benzisoselenazol-3(2H)-ones and corresponding diselenides have been synthetized using a convenient one-pot procedure. Se-N bond was efficiently converted to an Se-Se bond, which could also be easily re-oxidized to the initial benzisoselenazolone moiety. The antioxidant activity of camphor derivatives was evaluated and compared to the reactivity of a series of N-amino acid benzisoselenazol-3(2H)-ones obtained by a modified procedure involving the improved synthesis and isolation of the diseleno bis(dibenzoic) acid...
March 20, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
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