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Martin Hart, Edward R White, Ji Chen, Catriona M McGilvery, Chris J Pickard, Angelos Michaelides, Andrea Sella, Milo Shaffer, Christoph Günter Salzmann
Elemental phosphorus displays an impressive number of allotropes with highly diverse chemical and physical properties. Here, we report that white phosphorus can be filled into single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) from the liquid and thereby stabilized against the highly exothermic reaction with atmospheric oxygen. The encapsulated tetraphosphorus molecules were visualized with transmission electron microscopy, but found to convert readily to chain structures inside the SWCNT 'nanoreactors'. The energies of the possible chain structures were determined computationally highlighting a delicate balance between the extent of polymerization and the SWCNT diameter...
May 18, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
Dimple, Nityasagar Jena, Abir De Sarkar
Strain and temperature induced tunability in the thermoelectric properties in monolayer MoS2 (ML-MoS2) has been demonstrated using density functional theory coupled to semi-classical Boltzmann transport theory. Compressive strain, in general and uniaxial compressive strain (along the zig-zag direction), in particular, is found to be most effective in enhancing the thermoelectric power factor, owing to the higher electronic mobility and its sensitivity to lattice compression along this direction. Variation in the Seebeck coefficient and electronic band gap with strain is found to follow the Goldsmid-Sharp relation...
June 7, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
Stefano Romagnoli, Cosimo Chelazzi, Gianluca Villa, Giovanni Zagli, Francesco Benvenuti, Paola Mancinelli, Giulio Arcangeli, Stefano Dugheri, Alessandro Bonari, Lorenzo Tofani, Andrea Belardinelli, A Raffaele De Gaudio
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the feasibility and safety of the MIRUS system (Pall International, Sarl, Fribourg, Switzerland) for sedation with sevoflurane for postsurgical ICU patients and to evaluate atmospheric pollution during sedation. DESIGN: Prospective interventional study. SETTING: Surgical ICU. February 2016 to December 2016. PATIENTS: Postsurgical patients requiring ICU admission, mechanical ventilation, and sedation...
April 22, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
Xavier Escoté, Gloria B Aranda, Mireia Mora, Gregori Casals, Joaquim Enseñat, Oscar Vidal, Yaiza Esteban, Irene Halperin, Felicia A Hanzu
INTRODUCTION: Cushing syndrome (CS), an endogenous hypercortisolemic condition with increased cardiometabolic morbidity, leads to development of abdominal obesity, insulin resistance, diabetes and proatherogenic dyslipidemia. Zinc alpha-2 glycoprotein (ZAG) is a recently characterized lipolytic adipokine implicated in regulation of adipose tissue metabolism and fat distribution. In vitro and animal studies suggest that glucocorticoids interact with ZAG secretion and action. To assess the relationship between ZAG and glucocorticoids in a human model of hypercortisolism, circulating ZAG levels were tested in patients with CS and its counterpart controls...
January 2017: Endocrinol Diabetes Nutr
Erik E Gómez-Cardona, Eric E Hernández-Domínguez, Aída J Velarde-Salcedo, Alberto-Barrera- Pacheco, Agustín Diaz-Gois, Antonio De León-Rodríguez, Ana P Barba de la Rosa
Obesity and type 2 diabetes(T2D) are the most prevalent and serious metabolic diseases affecting people worldwide. However racial and ethnic disparities seems to be a risk factor for their development. Mexico has been named as one of the largest populations with the highest prevalence of diabetes and obesity. The aim of this study was to identify novel T2D-associated proteins in Mexican patients. Blood samples were collected from 62 Mexican patients with T2D and they were grouped according to their body mass index(BMI)...
April 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
Farhan M Bhat, Charanjit S Riar
In the present study, the effect of storage temperature and time on the textural and rheological properties of starch gels from seven different rice cultivars having higher amylose content than the hybrid rice varieties were evaluated. Water solubility and swelling power increased with every 10C increase in temperature due to granule swelling and solubilization of starch wherein the maximum solubility was found in starch of Koshkari rice cultivar (0.721 to 13.50) and swelling power in starch of Zag rice cultivar (3...
April 2017: Journal of Texture Studies
Chen Ling, Ruigang Zhang
We report an anomalous diffusion behavior in intercalated Na2Ti6O13. Using first-principles calculations, the direct migration of inserted Na(+) along the tunnel direction is predicted to have a barrier of 0.24-0.44 eV, while the migration of inserted Li(+) along the tunnel direction has a barrier of 0.86-1.15 eV. Although Li(+) can also diffuse along a zig-zag path in the tunnel, the barrier of 0.86-0.99 eV is still much higher than that for Na(+). Our results surprisingly lead to the conclusion that the diffusion of larger Na(+) is 4-8 orders of magnitude faster than Li(+) in the same host lattice, and explain the experimentally observed exceptional rate capability of Na2Ti6O13 as the Na-ion battery anode...
April 12, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Lingling Xu, Weihong Yu, Meng Niu, Caixia Zheng, Bin Qu, Yan Li, Jing Wang, Ping Huang, O Wang, Fengying Gong
Objective. To investigate the changes of serum zinc-α2-glycoprotein (ZAG) in type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) with eGFR mild decrease. Subjects and Methods. A total of 438 T2DM patients (61.3 ± 4.0 y) were recruited and the demographic, anthropometric, and biochemical parameters were all collected. Serum ZAG levels were determined by commercially available ELISA kits. Results. The proportion of T2DM patients with the high tertile ZAG levels was 11.9% higher in patients with mildly decreased estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) (<90 mL/min/1...
2017: International Journal of Endocrinology
U Rajendra Acharya, Muthu Rama Krishnan Mookiah, Joel E W Koh, Jen Hong Tan, Sulatha V Bhandary, A Krishna Rao, Yuki Hagiwara, Chua Kuang Chua, Augustinus Laude
The cause of diabetic macular edema (DME) is due to prolonged and uncontrolled diabetes mellitus (DM) which affects the vision of diabetic subjects. DME is graded based on the exudate location from the macula. It is clinically diagnosed using fundus images which is tedious and time-consuming. Regular eye screening and subsequent treatment may prevent the vision loss. Hence, in this work, a hybrid system based on Radon transform (RT), discrete wavelet transform (DWT) and discrete cosine transform (DCT) are proposed for an automated detection of DME...
March 19, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
Lei Tao, Fanchen Meng, Shudong Zhao, Yongli Song, Jianxin Yu, Xianjie Wang, Zhiguo Liu, Yi Wang, Bingsheng Li, Yang Wang, Yu Sui
Bulk TMDCs are diamagnetic materials; however, two-dimensional TMDCs exhibit spin polarized edge states, which results in a coupling between the unsaturated transition metal and chalcogenide atoms at the edges. The magnetism in two-dimensional TMDCs broadens their applications in spintronic and multi-functional devices. Herein, by combining macro/micro-magnetic experimental measurements and density functional theory (DFT) calculations, we demonstrate that among five possible edge-terminated WSe2 nanosheets only two types have a magnetic ground state, corresponding to the 100% Se edge terminated and 50% Se edge terminated nanosheets, respectively...
March 20, 2017: Nanoscale
Steffen Eusterwiemann, Thomas Dresselhaus, Carsten Doerenkamp, Oliver Janka, Oliver Niehaus, Anja Massolle, Constantin G Daniliuc, Hellmut Eckert, Rainer Pöttgen, Johannes Neugebauer, Armido Studer
We report on a series of eight diaryl-6-oxo-verdazyl radicals containing a tert-butyl group at the C(3) position with regard to their crystal structure and magnetic properties by means of magnetic susceptibility measurements in combination with quantum chemical calculations using a first-principles bottom-up approach. The latter method allows for a qualitative prediction and detailed analysis of the correlation between the solid-state architecture and magnetic properties. Although the perturbation in the molecular structure by varying the substituent on the N-aryl ring may appear small, the effects upon the structural parameters controlling intermolecular magnetic coupling interactions are strong, resulting in a wide spectrum of cooperative magnetic behavior...
May 2, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
Toshio Shiraishi, Tetsuro Tominaga, Takashi Nonaka, Kouki Wakata, Masaki Kunizaki, Shuichi Tobinaga, Yorihisa Sumida, Shigekazu Hidaka, Naoe Kinoshita, Terumitsu Sawai, Takeshi Nagayasu
INTRODUCTION:  Meckel's diverticulum (MD) is a congenital true diverticulum that is residual yolk duct tissue, and some cases with complications require surgery. It has been reported that laparoscopic surgery is effective for patients with an MD. PRESENTATION OF CASE: A 79-year-old man with melena visited our hospital. Upper gastrointestinal series and colonoscopy showed no bleeding lesion. Double-balloon endoscopy was then performed to examine the small intestine...
February 22, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Sopan Valiba Shinde, Pinaki Talukdar
A 3,7-diazabicyclo[3.3.1]nonane linking to two melamines is a unique transmembrane H(+) /Cl(-) carrier. In the solid state, the V-shaped compound forms a HCl-bound zig-zag network through cooperative protonation and hydrogen bond interactions. In the lipid membrane, the receptor forms a dimeric self-assembly involving multiple H(+) and Cl(-) leading to the efficient transport of the acid. The pH-dependent Cl(-) efflux observed for the compound was rationalized based on a gradual protonation model that confers an active transmembrane carrier at physiological pH...
April 3, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
X J Zhao, Wen-Wen Shan, Hao He, Xinlian Xue, Z X Guo, S F Li
Transition metal (TM) nanostructures, such as one dimensional (1D) nanowires with/without substrates, usually possess drastically different properties from their bulk counterparts, due to their distinct stacking and electronic confinement. Correspondingly, it is of great importance to establish the dominant driving force in forming 1D single-metal-atom-wires (SMAWs). Here, with first-principles calculations, taking the black phosphorene (BP) monolayer as a prototype 2D substrate, we investigate the energetic and kinetic properties of all the 5d-TM atoms on the 2D substrate to reveal the mechanism of formation of SMAWs...
March 6, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Chao Yin, Weifeng Liu, Zhiqing Liu, Yanping Huang, Le Ci, Ruqian Zhao, Xiaojing Yang
The identification of useful biological indicators to monitor the body response before the presentation of clinical diseases has practical value in livestock production. To identify potential biomarkers in pigs at the early stage during inflammation, 12 pigs were intramuscularly injected with 2mL of Lipopolysaccharide (LPS, 15μg/kg BW) or saline. Serum protein expression profiles were detected with two-dimensional electrophoresis (2-DE) and matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time of flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF-MS) techniques...
April 2017: Research in Veterinary Science
Gianluca Villa, Cosimo Chelazzi, Elena Morettini, Lucia Zamidei, Serafina Valente, A Lucia Caldini, Giovanni Zagli, A Raffaele De Gaudio, Stefano Romagnoli
BACKGROUND: Continuous veno-venous hemodialysis with high cut-off membranes (HCO-CVVHD) removes inflammatory mediators involved in organ dysfunction during sepsis. The aim of the present study was to assess the variations in SOFA score and identify early predictors of short-term mortality in a cohort of patients with septic shock, treated with HCO-CVVHD for acute kidney injury (AKI). METHODS: An observational prospective multicenter cohort study was conducted in four mixed medical-surgical ICUs...
2017: PloS One
Daniel E Bugaris, Christos D Malliakas, Fei Han, Nicholas P Calta, Mihai Sturza, Matthew J Krogstad, Raymond Osborn, Stephan Rosenkranz, Jacob P C Ruff, Giancarlo Trimarchi, Sergey L Bud'ko, Mahalingam Balasubramanian, Duck Young Chung, Mercouri G Kanatzidis
A new polymorph of the RE2Ru3Ge5 (RE = Pr, Sm, Dy) compounds has been grown as single crystals via an indium flux. These compounds crystallize in tetragonal space group P4/mnc with the Sc2Fe3Si5-type structure, having lattice parameters a = 11.020(2) Å and c = 5.853(1) Å for RE = Pr, a = 10.982(2) Å and c = 5.777(1) Å for RE = Sm, and a = 10.927(2) Å and c = 5.697(1) Å for RE = Dy. These materials exhibit a structural transition at low temperature, which is attributed to an apparent charge density wave (CDW)...
March 8, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Rodrigo Aquino, Luiz H Palucci Vieira, Lucas de Paula Oliveira, Luiz G Cruz Goncalves, Paulo R Pereira Santiago
BACKGROUND: The main aim of this study was to analyse the relationship between field tests and match running performance using computational tracking technology in high-level young Brazilian soccer players. METHODS: Twenty-five young male Brazilian soccer players participated in this study (U-15, n = 13; U-17, n = 12). In the same week the players were submitted to field tests and actual matches. The field tests were: Maximum Speed (10m-30m), Zig-Zag, Running-based Anaerobic Sprint Test, and Yo-Yo Intermittent Recovery Test level 1...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
Han-Chun Wu, Alexander N Chaika, Ming-Chien Hsu, Tsung-Wei Huang, Mourad Abid, Mohamed Abid, Victor Yu Aristov, Olga V Molodtsova, Sergey V Babenkov, Yuran Niu, Barry E Murphy, Sergey A Krasnikov, Olaf Lübben, Huajun Liu, Byong Sun Chun, Yahya T Janabi, Sergei N Molotkov, Igor V Shvets, Alexander I Lichtenstein, Mikhail I Katsnelson, Ching-Ray Chang
Graphene supports long spin lifetimes and long diffusion lengths at room temperature, making it highly promising for spintronics. However, making graphene magnetic remains a principal challenge despite the many proposed solutions. Among these, graphene with zig-zag edges and ripples are the most promising candidates, as zig-zag edges are predicted to host spin-polarized electronic states, and spin-orbit coupling can be induced by ripples. Here we investigate the magnetoresistance of graphene grown on technologically relevant SiC/Si(001) wafers, where inherent nanodomain boundaries sandwich zig-zag structures between adjacent ripples of large curvature...
February 15, 2017: Nature Communications
Enrique Wagemann, Elton Oyarzua, Jens H Walther, Harvey A Zambrano
Graphene has attracted considerable attention due to its characteristics as a 2D material and its fascinating properties, providing a potential building block for nanofabrication. In nanochannels the solid-liquid interface plays a non-negligible role in determining the fluid dynamics. Therefore, for an optimal design of nanofluidic devices, a comprehensive understanding of the slippage in a water flow confined between graphene walls is important. In nanoconfinement, experimental and computational studies have found the slip length to increase nonlinearly when the shear rate is larger than a critical value...
February 14, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
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