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Yanmeng Shi, Shi Che, Kuan Zhou, Supeng Ge, Ziqi Pi, Timothy Espiritu, Takashi Taniguchi, Kenji Watanabe, Yafis Barlas, Roger Lake, Chun Ning Lau
As the Fermi level and band structure of two-dimensional materials are readily tunable, they constitute an ideal platform for exploring the Lifshitz transition, a change in the topology of a material's Fermi surface. Using tetralayer graphene that host two intersecting massive Dirac bands, we demonstrate multiple Lifshitz transitions and multiband transport, which manifest as a nonmonotonic dependence of conductivity on the charge density n and out-of-plane electric field D, anomalous quantum Hall sequences and Landau level crossings that evolve with n, D, and B...
March 2, 2018: Physical Review Letters
Nazim Hussain, Wenhua Zhu, Congshan Jiang, Jing Xu, Manman Geng, Xiaoying Wu, Safdar Hussain, Bo Wang, Muhammad Shahid Riaz Rajoka, Yue Li, Juan Tian, Liesu Meng, Shemin Lu
Synoviocytes from rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients share certain features with tumor cells, such as over proliferation and invasion. Anomalous microRNA (miRNA) expression may participate in the pathogenesis of RA in different ways. The objective of this study was to observe the role of miR-10a-5p targeting TBX5 gene on synoviocyte proliferation and apoptosis in RA. Human synovial sarcoma cell line, SW982 cells stimulating with IL-1β were transfected with miR-10a-5p mimic and siRNA of TBX5. The real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR) and Western blotting analysis were used to evaluate the expression level of miR-10a-5p and TBX5 in SW982 cells, respectively...
March 15, 2018: Bioscience Reports
E Lázaro-Lázaro, J A Moreno-Razo, M Medina-Noyola
Upon compression, the equilibrium hard-sphere liquid [pair potential uHS (r)] freezes at a packing fraction ϕf = 0.494 or, if crystallization is prevented, becomes metastable up to its glass transition at ϕg ≈ 0.58. Throughout the fluid regime (ϕ < ϕg ), we are, thus, certain that this model liquid does not exhibit any form of kinetic arrest. If, however, a small portion of these spheres (packing fraction ϕ2 ≪ ϕ) happen to ignore each other [u22 (r) = 0] but do not ignore the remaining "normal" hard spheres [u12 (r) = u21 (r) = u11 (r) = uHS (r)], whose packing fraction is thus ϕ1 = ϕ - ϕ2 , they run the risk of becoming dynamically arrested before they demix from the "normal" particles...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Chemical Physics
A A Voronin, A A Lanin, A A Fedotov, A M Zheltikov
Quantitative characterization of dispersion near molecular resonances is difficult both conceptually and technically, as it requires systematic measurements of rapidly varying dispersion profiles across the edges of molecular absorption bands. Here, we show that this challenge can be confronted with an ultrafast spectrochronography technique that combines time-resolved four-wave mixing and cross-correlation frequency-resolved optical gating. We demonstrate that, with the spectrum of an ultrashort mid-infrared laser probe stretching across the edge of a molecular absorption band, the Wigner chronocyclic maps of such a probe reveal universal signatures of anomalous dispersion and help quantify such dispersion anomalies...
March 15, 2018: Optics Letters
A Charnukha, D Pröpper, N D Zhigadlo, M Naito, M Schmidt, Zhe Wang, J Deisenhofer, A Loidl, B Keimer, A V Boris, D N Basov
We report the first determination of the in-plane complex optical conductivity of 1111 high-T_{c} superconducting iron oxypnictide single crystals PrFeAs(O,F) and thin films SmFeAs(O,F) by means of conventional and microfocused infrared spectroscopy, ellipsometry, and time-domain THz transmission spectroscopy. A strong itinerant contribution is found to exhibit a dramatic difference in coherence between the crystal and the film. Using extensive temperature-dependent measurements of THz transmission, we identify a previously undetected 2...
February 23, 2018: Physical Review Letters
Mark G Alford, Kamal Pangeni, Andreas Windisch
It is generally believed that when Cooper pairing occurs between two different species of fermions, their Fermi surfaces become locked together so that the resultant state remains "neutral," with equal number densities of the two species, even when subjected to a chemical potential that couples to the difference in number densities. This belief is based on mean-field calculations in models with a zero-range interaction, where the anomalous self-energy is independent of energy and momentum. Following up on an early report of a deviation from neutrality in a Dyson-Schwinger calculation of color-flavor-locked quark matter, we investigate the neutrality of a two-species condensate using a Yukawa model which has a finite-range interaction...
February 23, 2018: Physical Review Letters
Franziska Hagelstein, Vladimir Pascalutsa
The theoretical uncertainty of (g-2)_{μ} is currently dominated by hadronic contributions. In order to express those in terms of directly measurable quantities, we consider a sum rule relating g-2 to an integral of a photoabsorption cross section. The sum rule, attributed to Schwinger, can be viewed as a combination of two older sum rules: Gerasimov-Drell-Hearn and Burkhardt-Cottingham. The Schwinger sum rule has an important feature, distinguishing it from the other two: the relation between the anomalous magnetic moment and the integral of a photoabsorption cross section is linear, rather than quadratic...
February 16, 2018: Physical Review Letters
Olivier Bénichou, Vincent Démery, Alexis Poncet
Single-file transport, arising in quasi-one-dimensional geometries where particles cannot pass each other, is characterized by the anomalous dynamics of a probe, notably its response to an external force. In these systems, the motion of several probes submitted to different external forces, although relevant to mixtures of charged and neutral or active and passive objects, remains unexplored. Here, we determine how several probes respond to external forces. We rely on a hydrodynamic description of the symmetric exclusion process to obtain exact analytical results at long times...
February 16, 2018: Physical Review Letters
Christopher W Peterson, Wladimir A Benalcazar, Taylor L Hughes, Gaurav Bahl
The theory of electric polarization in crystals defines the dipole moment of an insulator in terms of a Berry phase (geometric phase) associated with its electronic ground state. This concept not only solves the long-standing puzzle of how to calculate dipole moments in crystals, but also explains topological band structures in insulators and superconductors, including the quantum anomalous Hall insulator and the quantum spin Hall insulator, as well as quantized adiabatic pumping processes. A recent theoretical study has extended the Berry phase framework to also account for higher electric multipole moments, revealing the existence of higher-order topological phases that have not previously been observed...
March 14, 2018: Nature
Ryan Scott Kingsbury, Sophie Flotron, Shan Zhu, Douglas Call, Orlando Coronell
Ion exchange membranes (IEMs) are versatile materials relevant to a variety of water and waste treatment, energy production, and industrial separation processes. The defining characteristic of IEMs is their ability to selectively allow positive or negative ions to permeate, which is referred to as the permselectivity. Measured values of permselectivity that equal unity (corresponding to a perfectly-selective membrane) or exceed unity (theoretically impossible) have been reported for cation exchange membranes (CEMs)...
March 15, 2018: Environmental Science & Technology
Ilaria Bo, Thomas Semple, Emma Cheasty, Michael B Rubens, Siew Yen Ho, Michael L Rigby, Edward D Nicol
BACKGROUND: Scimitar syndrome is a rare combination of cardiopulmonary abnormalities found in 1-3 per 1000 live births. Anomalous origin of the left coronary artery from the pulmonary artery (ALCAPA) is only found in 1 in 250-400 congenital heart disease patients. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to investigate the incidence of left circumflex ALCAPA within our referral center's cohort of scimitar syndrome patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A review of medical records, cardiac imaging and operative notes from all patients diagnosed with scimitar syndrome at our center between 1992 and 2016 was undertaken and all imaging reviewed...
March 14, 2018: Pediatric Radiology
Irit Stessman-Lande, Ronza Salem, Chen Rubinstein, Nurith Hiller, Samuel N Heyman, Ronny Alcalai
A patient developed hemopericardium shortly after left brachial arterial embolectomy using an embolectomy catheter. Evaluation disclosed evolving pseudoaneurysm of the right coronary artery that was successfully managed by stenting. Misplacement of the embolectomy catheter within the coronary vessel was facilitated by an anomalous origin of the right coronary artery. This complication highlights the importance of correct insertion of the embolectomy catheter using the markers to avoid maladvancement and damage to central vessels...
March 2018: Journal of Vascular Surgery Cases and Innovative Techniques
Lu Shen, Loretta J Mickley, Eric M Leibensperger, Mingwei Li
We find that summertime air quality in the eastern U.S. displays strong dependence on North Atlantic sea surface temperatures, resulting from large-scale ocean-atmosphere interactions. Using observations, reanalysis data sets, and climate model simulations, we further identify a multidecadal variability in surface air quality driven by the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (AMO). In one-half cycle (~35 years) of the AMO from cold to warm phase, summertime maximum daily 8 h ozone concentrations increase by 1-4 ppbv and PM2...
December 28, 2017: Geophysical Research Letters
Michelle de Lima Farah, Murillo Santinello, Luis Eduardo Morato Rebouças de Carvalho, Carlos Fumiaki Uesugui, Ronaldo Boaventura Barcellos
PURPOSE: To describe a new method for measuring anomalous head positions by using a cell phone. METHODS: The photo rotation feature of the iPhone® PHOTOS application was used. With the patient seated on a chair, a horizontal stripe was fixed on the wall in the background and a sagittal stripe was fixed on the seat. Photographs were obtained in the following views: front view (photographs A and B; with the head tilted over one shoulder) and upper axial view (photographs C and D; viewing the forehead and nose) (A and C are without camera rotation, and B and D are with camera rotation)...
January 2018: Arquivos Brasileiros de Oftalmologia
Turgut Yilmaz, William Hines, Shoroog Alraddadi, Joseph I Budnick, Boris Sinkovic
Recent progress in impurity-doped topological insulators has shown that the gap at the Dirac point shrinks with reducing temperature. This is an obstacle for experimental realization of the quantum anomalous Hall effect at higher temperature due to the requirement of a larger energy gap. In order to solve this puzzle, we study the gap at the Dirac point by performing temperature-dependent photoemission spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction experiments in Cr-doped Bi2 Se3 . Our valence band photoemission study revealed that the gap alters with temperature due to residual gas condensation on the sample surface with cooling...
March 14, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Tsang Chun On Anderson, Yeung Wan Lung Ryo, Mak Ka Fung, Lui Wai Man
We report a case of unique location of an aneurysm at the atlanto-axial extradural segment of a unilateral aberrant vertebral artery. The MRI vessel wall imaging findings and possible mechanism of aneurysm formation were discussed. A 5 mm extracranial vertebral artery aneurysm located at the interlaminar space between C1 and C2 was diagnosed in a woman presenting with occipital headache. The index vertebral artery ran an aberrant course at the V3 segment, where it entered the dura between C1 and C2 instead of the usual atlanto-occipital space...
March 2018: Neurointervention
Xia Cao, Hetong Wang, Defeng Zhuang, He Zhu, Yanli Du, Zhibo Cheng, Weina Cui, Hilary J Rogers, Qianru Zhang, Chunjun Jia, Yuesuo Yang, Peidong Tai, Futi Xie, Wan Liu
DNA mismatch repair (MMR) proteins have been implicated in sensing and correcting DNA damage, and in governing cell cycle progression in the presence of structurally anomalous nucleotide lesions induced by different stresses in mammalian cells. Here, Arabidopsis seedlings were grown hydroponically on 0.5 × MS media containing cadmium (Cd) at 0-4.0 mg L-1 for 5 d. Flow cytometry results indicated that Cd stress induced a G2/M cell cycle arrest both in MLH1-, MSH2-, MSH6-deficient, and in WT roots, associated with marked changes of G2/M regulatory genes, including ATM, ATR, SOG1, BRCA1, WEE1, CYCD4; 1, MAD2, CDKA;1, CYCB1; 2 and CYCB1; 1...
March 3, 2018: Chemosphere
Pavol Skubák
Thus far, the application of phase-retrieval methods in crystallography has mainly been aimed at variants of charge flipping or structure-factor flipping. In this work, the relaxed averaged alternating reflections (RAAR) algorithm is applied to determine anomalously scattering substructures from single-wavelength anomalous diffraction (SAD) data of macromolecules. The algorithm has been implemented in a new program, PRASA, and has been shown to significantly outperform charge flipping in determining anomalously scattering substructures on a test sample of 169 SAD data sets with resolutions up to 3...
February 1, 2018: Acta Crystallographica. Section D, Structural Biology
Isabel Usón, George M Sheldrick
For the purpose of this article, experimental phasing is understood to mean the determination of macromolecular structures by exploiting small intensity differences of Friedel opposites and possibly of reflections measured at different wavelengths or for heavy-atom derivatives, without the use of specific structural models. The SHELX programs provide a robust and efficient route for routine structure solution by the SAD, MAD and related methods, but involve a number of simplifying assumptions that may limit their applicability in borderline cases...
February 1, 2018: Acta Crystallographica. Section D, Structural Biology
Randy J Read, Airlie J McCoy
A fast Fourier transform (FFT) method is described for determining the substructure of anomalously scattering atoms in macromolecular crystals that allows successful structure determination by X-ray single-wavelength anomalous diffraction (SAD). This method is based on the maximum-likelihood SAD phasing function, which accounts for measurement errors and for correlations between the observed and calculated Bijvoet mates. Proof of principle is shown that this method can improve determination of the anomalously scattering substructure in challenging cases where the anomalous scattering from the substructure is weak but the substructure also constitutes a significant fraction of the real scattering...
February 1, 2018: Acta Crystallographica. Section D, Structural Biology
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