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Nicholas A Ratamess, Jie Kang, Jeremy D Kuper, Elizabeth A O'Grady, Nicole L Ellis, Ira T Vought, Emma Culleton, Jill A Bush, Avery D Faigenbaum
The purpose of the present study was to examine the acute cardiorespiratory and metabolic effects of a sandbag (SB) resistance exercise protocol and compare the responses to time-matched treadmill running protocols. Eight healthy, resistance-trained men (21.1 ± 1.0 years; 86.1 ± 7.8 kg) completed four protocols of equal duration in random sequence: 1) SB, 2) treadmill running at 60% of VO2 reserve (60VO2R), 3) treadmill running at 80% of VO2 reserve (80VO2R), and 4) a control protocol. The SB protocol was 16 min in duration and consisted of 3 circuits of 8 multiple-joint exercises (with 11-, 20-, or -48 kg sandbags) performed for as many repetitions as possible for 20 sec followed by a 10-sec rest interval prior to beginning the next exercise...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
Andrew Turner
About 200 second-hand plastic toys sourced in the UK have been analysed by x-ray fluorescence spectrometry for hazardous elements (As, Ba, Cd, Cr, Hg, Pb, Sb, Se) and Br as a proxy for brominated flame retardants. Each element was detected in > 20 toys or components thereof with the exception of As, Hg and Se, with the frequent occurrence of Br, Cd and Pb and at maximum concentrations of about 16,000, 20,000 and 5000 μg g-1, respectively, of greatest concern from a potential exposure perspective. Migration was evaluated on components of 26 toys under simulated stomach conditions (0...
January 19, 2018: Environmental Science & Technology
Zheng Zheng, Xianli Su, Rigui Deng, Constantinos C Stoumpos, Hongyao Xie, Wei Liu, Yonggao Yan, Shiqiang Hao, Ctirad Uher, Chris Wolverton, Mercouri G Kanatzidis, Xinfeng Tang
In this study, a series of Ge1-xMnxTe (x=0-0.21) compounds were prepared by melting-quenching-annealing process combined with Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS). The effect of alloying MnTe into GeTe on the structure and thermoelectric properties of Ge1-xMnxTe is profound. With increasing content of MnTe, the structure of the Ge1-xMnxTe compounds gradually changes from rhombohedral to cubic, and the known R3m to Fm-3m phase transition temperature of GeTe moves from 700 K closer to room temperature. First-principles density functional theory calculations show that alloying MnTe into GeTe decreases the energy difference between the light and heavy valence bands in both the R3m and the Fm-3m structures, enhancing a multi-band character of the valence band edge that increases the hole carrier effective mass...
January 19, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Min Hong, Zhi-Gang Chen, Lei Yang, Yi-Chao Zou, Matthew S Dargusch, Hao Wang, Jin Zou
GeTe with rhombohedral-to-cubic phase transition is a promising lead-free thermoelectric candidate. Herein, theoretical studies reveal that cubic GeTe has superior thermoelectric behavior, which is linked to (1) the two valence bands to enhance the electronic transport coefficients and (2) stronger enharmonic phonon-phonon interactions to ensure a lower intrinsic thermal conductivity. Experimentally, based on Ge1-x Sbx Te with optimized carrier concentration, a record-high figure-of-merit of 2.3 is achieved via further doping with In, which induces the distortion of the density of states near the Fermi level...
January 19, 2018: Advanced Materials
Nuo Yu, Chen Peng, Zhaojie Wang, Zixiao Liu, Bo Zhu, Zhigao Yi, Meifang Zhu, Xiaogang Liu, Zhigang Chen
Ideal theranostic nanoagents should be "all-in-one" type nanocrystals that have a single-semiconductor component and all-required properties (such as imaging and photothermal effects), but most semiconductor nanocrystals do not have these required properties. With SnO2 as a model of a typical wide-band semiconductor, we report the tuning from UV-responsive SnO2 to blue SnO2 nanocrystals with imaging ability and a Sb-doping-dependent photothermal effect. Sb-Doped SnO2 nanocrystals were prepared by heating SbCl3 and SnCl4 in benzyl alcohol solution through a facile solvothermal route...
January 19, 2018: Nanoscale
Daniella A Ferluccio, Ronald I Smith, Jim Buckman, Jan-Willem G Bos
The half-Heuslers NbCoSn and NbCoSb have promising thermoelectric properties. Here, an investigation of the NbCo1+ySn1-zSbz (y = 0, 0.05; 0 ≤ z ≤ 1) solid-solution is presented. In addition, the p-type doping of NbCoSn using Ti and Zr substitution is investigated. Rietveld analysis reveals the gradual creation of Nb vacancies to compensate for the n-type doping caused by the substitution of Sb in NbCoSn. This leads to a similar valence electron count (∼18.25) for the NbCo1+ySn1-zSbz samples (z > 0)...
January 19, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Shengrui Zhang, Guojun Chen, Yuanyuan Wang, Qin Wang, Yaogang Zhong, Xiaofeng Yang, Zheng Li, Hua Li
Vicinal dithiol-containing proteins (VDPs) play fundamental roles in intracellular redox homeostasis and are responsible for many diseases. In this work, we report a far-red fluorescence turn-on probe MCAs for VDPs exploiting the pKa shift of the imine functionality of the probe. MCAs is composed of a merocyanine Schiff base as the fluorescent reporter and a cyclic 1, 3, 2-dithiarsenolane as the specific ligand for VDPs. The imine pKa of MCAs is 4.8, and it exists predominantly in the Schiff base (SB) form at physiological pH...
January 19, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
Yu-Hua Tian, Shi-Xun Ma, Kwang-Wook Lee, Sunmee Wee, George F Koob, Seok-Yong Lee, Choon-Gon Jang
Methamphetamine (MAP) is the most widely used psychostimulant in the world, but the exact mechanisms underlying MAP addiction are not yet fully understood. Recent studies have identified the distribution of TRPV1 in several brain regions that are related to drug addiction, including nucleus accumbens (NAc) and dorsal striatum (DSt). In the present study, we performed conditioned place preference (CPP) and self-administration tests to examine the effects of capsazepine (CPZ) and SB366791 (SB) on MAP reward. We found that both CPZ and SB significantly inhibited MAP-induced CPP and self-administration; in contrast, TRPV1 knock-out (KO) mice did not develop MAP-induced CPP...
January 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
Stephen Mitchell, Pratik Gurung, Simon Choong, Timothy Morris, Daron Smith, Christopher Woodhouse, Timothy Philp
Background The incidence of spina bifida (SB) is approx 1:1000, and risk of stone disease is substantially raised in SB. This is the unique published study of the outcome of patients with SB undergoing percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL) compared to a neurologically intact historically matched control group at the same institution. Patients and Method A series of 96 PCNLs in 13 SB and 50 non-SB control patients was analysed. The following measurements were recorded: (1) Co-morbidities; (2) Pre-operative: (renal function, American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) score); (3) Intra-operative: (anaesthesia time, number of tracks, stone free rate) and (4) Post-operative: (sepsis, intensive therapy unit (ITU) and total length of stay, transfusion rate, stone composition, rate of stone disease-related nephrectomy)...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Endourology
K Yasuda, A Tsukazaki, R Yoshimi, K Kondou, K S Takahashi, Y Otani, M Kawasaki, Y Tokura
The current-nonlinear Hall effect or second harmonic Hall voltage is widely used as one of the methods for estimating charge-spin conversion efficiency, which is attributed to the magnetization oscillation by spin-orbit torque (SOT). Here, we argue the second harmonic Hall voltage under a large in-plane magnetic field with an in-plane magnetization configuration in magnetic-nonmagnetic topological insulator (TI) heterostructures, Cr_{x}(Bi_{1-y}Sb_{y})_{2-x}Te_{3}/(Bi_{1-y}Sb_{y})_{2}Te_{3}, where it is clearly shown that the large second harmonic voltage is governed not by SOT but mainly by asymmetric magnon scattering without macroscopic magnetization oscillation...
September 29, 2017: Physical Review Letters
S K Kheravii, R A Swick, M Choct, S-B Wu
Improving diet digestibility is important to the broiler industry. Therefore, this study focused on optimizing the physical structure of feed ingredients and addition of dietary fiber as strategies to improve nutrient digestibility in low and high sodium diets. A total of 672 day-old Ross 308 male broilers was allocated to 48 pens using a 2 × 2 × 2 factorial arrangement of treatments with 2 particle sizes of corn (coarse 3,576 μm or fine 1,113 μm geometric mean diameter), 2 levels of sugarcane bagasse (SB) (0 or 2%), and 2 levels of Na (0...
January 11, 2018: Poultry Science
Tianwei Wang, Xiaodong Niu, Ting Gao, Lingling Zhao, Jiaoming Li, Youjun Gan, Yanhui Liu, Qing Mao
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to perform an survival analysis of patients with high-grade multicentric gliomas and to assess the influence of various prognostic factors on overall survival. METHODS: A literature search on PubMed and Web of Science was performed for literature in English published from 1880 to October 2017. Detailed information including demographics, clinical characteristics, treatments, critical events, and time to events for survival analysis were extracted from the included articles...
January 11, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Su-Lun Hwang, Miao-Ching Chi, Su-Er Guo, Yu-Ching Lin, Chiang-Ting Chou, Chieh-Mo Lin
The aim of this study is to investigate the seasonal variations and source apportionment on atmospheric fine particulate matter (PM2.5) mass and associated trace element concentrations at a coastal area, in Chiayi County of southwestern Taiwan. Particle measurements were conducted in 2015. Twenty-three trace elements in PM2.5 were analyzed using inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). Multiple approaches of the enrichment factor (EF) analysis and positive matrix fraction (PMF) model were used to identify potential sources of PM2...
January 16, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Manuela Sabatino, Dante Rotili, Alexandros Patsilinakos, Mariantonietta Forgione, Daniela Tomaselli, Fréderic Alby, Paola B Arimondo, Antonello Mai, Rino Ragno
Chemical inhibition of chromatin-mediated signaling involved proteins is an established strategy to drive expression networks and alter disease progression. Protein methyltransferases are among the most studied proteins in epigenetics and, in particular, disruptor of telomeric silencing 1-like (DOT1L) lysine methyltransferase plays a key role in MLL-rearranged acute leukemia Selective inhibition of DOT1L is an established attractive strategy to breakdown aberrant H3K79 methylation and thus overexpression of leukemia genes, and leukemogenesis...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Computer-aided Molecular Design
Tiantian Liu, Keqiang Qiu
With the wide application of lead acid battery, spent lead acid battery has become a serious problem to environmental protection and human health. Though spent battery can be a contaminant if not handled properly, it is also an important resource to obtain refined lead. Nowadays, the Sb-content in lead storage batteries is about 0.5-3 wt%, which is higher than the Sb-content in the crude lead. However, there are few reports about the process of removing antimony from high-antimony lead bullion. In this study, vacuum displacement reaction technology, a new process for removing antimony from high-antimony lead melts, was investigated...
January 8, 2018: Journal of Hazardous Materials
Jing Shuai, Binghui Ge, Jun Mao, Shaowei Song, Yumei Wang, Zhifeng Ren
Complex structures with versatile chemistry provide considerable chemical tunability of the transport properties. Good thermoelectric materials are generally extrinsically doped semiconductors with optimal carrier concentrations, while charged intrinsic defects (e.g., vacancies, interstitials) can also adjust the carriers, even in the compounds with no apparent deviation from a stoichiometric nominal composition. Here we report that in Zintl compounds Mg3+xSb1.5Bi0.5, the carrier concentration can be tuned from p-type to n-type by simply altering the initial Mg concentration...
January 14, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
L Aparicio-Nava, L A Márquez-García, A Meneses
Previously the effects (0.01-3.0 mg/kg) of post-training SB-699551 (a 5-HT5A receptor antagonist) were reported in the associative learning task of autoshaping, showing that SB-699551 (0.1 mg/kg) decreased lever-press conditioned responses (CR) during short-term (STM; 1.5-h) or (3.0 mg/kg) long-term memory (LTM; 24-h); relative to the vehicle animals. Moreover, as pro-cognitive efficacy of SB-699551 was reported in the ketamine-model of schizophrenia. Hence, firstly aiming improving performance (conditioned response, CR), in this work autoshaping lever-press vs...
January 9, 2018: Behavioural Brain Research
Tesfaye Tolessa, Zhi-Qiang Tan, Jing-Fu Liu
Antimony (Sb) is a toxic element which causes different health problems including cardiac problems and lung cancer in humans, and its levels in surface water can be noticeably increased to 100 μg/L typically in the proximity of anthropogenic sources. Thus, besides instrumental techniques, it is of great significance to develop a simple, sensitive and selective analytical method for direct analysis of Sb(III) at trace level without the need of any expensive and/or complicated instrumentations and sample preparation processes...
April 3, 2018: Analytica Chimica Acta
Brendon Stubbs, Davy Vancampfort, Joseph Firth, Felipe B Schuch, Mats Hallgren, Lee Smith, Benjamin Gardner, Kai G Kahl, Nicola Veronese, Marco Solmi, André F Carvalho, Ai Koyanagi
BACKGROUND: Sedentary behavior (SB) is associated with diabetes, cardiovascular disease and low mood. There is a paucity of multi-national research investigating SB and depression, particularly among low- and middle-income countries. This study investigated the association between SB and depression, and factors which influence this. METHODS: Cross-sectional data were analyzed from the World Health Organization's Study on Global Ageing and Adult Health. Depression was based on the Composite International Diagnostic Interview...
January 3, 2018: Journal of Affective Disorders
Furu Zhang, Jianhui Zhou, Di Xiao, Yugui Yao
Band inversion has led to rich physical effects in both topological insulators and topological semimetals. It has been found that the inverted band structure with the Mexican-hat dispersion could enhance the interband correlation leading to a strong intrinsic plasmon excitation. Its frequency ranges from several meV to tens of meV and can be effectively tuned by the external fields. The electron-hole asymmetric term splits the peak of the plasmon excitation into double peaks. The fate and properties of this plasmon excitation can also act as a probe to characterize the topological phases even in lightly doped systems...
December 29, 2017: Physical Review Letters
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