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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822252/removal-of-gadolinium-a-neutron-poison-from-the-moderator-system-of-nuclear-reactors
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A L Rufus, Padma S Kumar, K Jeena, S Velmurugan
Gadolinium as gadolinium nitrate is used as neutron poison in the moderator system for regulating and controlling the power generation of Pressurized Heavy Water Reactors (PHWR) and proposed to be used in Advanced Heavy Water Reactors (AHWR) owing to its high neutron absorption cross section. Removal of the added gadolinium nitrate (Gd(3+) and NO3(-)) from the system after its intended use is done using ion exchange resins. In the present investigation, attempts have been made to optimize the ion exchange process for generation of low radioactive waste and maximize utilization of the ion exchange resins by employing different types of resins and different modes of operation...
August 3, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820596/processing-solvent-dependent-electronic-and-structural-properties-of-cesium-lead-triiodide-thin-films
#2
Alexandra J Ramadan, Luke A Rochford, Sarah Fearn, Henry J Snaith
Cesium lead triiodide (CsPbI3) is an attractive material for photovoltaic applications due to its appropriate band gap, strong optical absorption and high thermal stability. However, the perovskite phase suffers from moisture induced structural instability. Previous studies have utilized a range of solvent systems to establish the role of solvent choice in structural instabilities. Despite this, effects of different solvents on the electronic structure of this material have not been compared. We report substantial chemical and compositional differences in thin films of CsPbI3 prepared from a range of solvent systems...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817827/role-of-next-generation-sequencing-as-a-diagnostic-tool-for-the-evaluation-of-bone-and-soft-tissue-tumors
#3
Kinga Szurian, Karl Kashofer, Bernadette Liegl-Atzwanger
Bone and soft-tissue tumors are in general rare. Diagnosing these tumors is challenging based on the significant number of different tumor entities, the rareness of these tumors, and the considerable morphological heterogeneity which can be found within a single tumor entity. Considering that more than half of the described soft-tissue tumors and approximately 25% of the bone tumors harbor recurrent genetic alterations, the use of auxiliary molecular examinations should be strongly considered. Molecular analyses are important to confirm the diagnosis, to guide treatment, to provide information about prognosis, and to allow patient recruitment for basket trials based on the molecular signature of a tumor...
August 18, 2017: Pathobiology: Journal of Immunopathology, Molecular and Cellular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817774/efficient-concentration-of-indium-iii-from-aqueous-solution-using-layered-silicates
#4
Natthawut Homhuan, Sareeya Bureekaew, Makoto Ogawa
A synthetic layered alkali silicate, magadiite, and a natural montmorillite were found to concentrate indium(III) ion from aqueous solution by ion exchange reactions. The adsorption was examined by the reaction between silicates and aqueous solution of indium(III) chloride of different concentration at room temperature for 10 min. The adsorption isotherms were H type, indicating strong interactions between the silicates and indium(III) ion. The maximum adsorbed indium(III) amount for magadiite was quite high, ca...
August 17, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815215/structural-characterization-of-acidic-m17-leucine-aminopeptidases-from-the-tritryps-and-evaluation-of-their-role-in-nutrient-starvation-in-trypanosoma-brucei
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Jennifer Timm, Maria Valente, Daniel García-Caballero, Keith S Wilson, Dolores González-Pacanowska
Leucine aminopeptidase (LAP) is found in all kingdoms of life and catalyzes the metal-dependent hydrolysis of the N-terminal amino acid residue of peptide or amino acyl substrates. LAPs have been shown to participate in the N-terminal processing of certain proteins in mammalian cells and in homologous recombination and transcription regulation in bacteria, while in parasites, they are involved in host cell invasion and provision of essential amino acids for growth. The enzyme is essential for survival in Plasmodium falciparum, where its drug target potential has been suggested...
July 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814306/blood-acid-base-status-in-impala-aepyceros-melampus-immobilised-and-maintained-under-total-intravenous-anaesthesia-using-two-different-drug-protocols
#6
Gareth E Zeiler, Leith C R Meyer
BACKGROUND: In mammals, homeostasis and survival are dependent on effective trans-membrane movement of ions and enzyme function, which are labile to extreme acid-base changes, but operate efficiently within a narrow regulated pH range. Research in patients demonstrating a pH shifts outside the narrow regulated range decreased the cardiac output and systemic vascular resistance and altered the oxygen binding to haemoglobin. These cardiopulmonary observations may be applicable to the risks associated with anaesthesia and performance of wildlife ungulates on game farms...
August 16, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812279/the-effects-of-li-nb-ratio-on-the-preparation-and-photocatalytic-performance-of-li-nb-o-compounds
#7
Haifa Zhai, Hairui Liu, Hongjing Li, Liuyang Zheng, Chunjie Hu, Zhao Wang, Jingjing Qi, Jien Yang
The effects of Li/Nb ratio on the preparation of Li-Nb-O compounds by a hydrothermal method were studied deeply. Li/Nb ratio has a great impact on the formation of LiNbO3; the ratio smaller than 3:1 is beneficial to the formation of LiNbO3, while larger than 3:1, forms no LiNbO3 at all and the morphology and chemical bond of Nb2O5 raw material are totally modified by Li ions. The reason can be attributed to the large content of LiOH, which is beneficial to form Li3NbO4 not LiNbO3, and also, even if LiNbO3 particle locally forms, it is easily dissolved in LiOH solution with strong alkalinity...
August 15, 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810197/photochemical-formation-of-chitosan-stabilized-near-infrared-absorbing-silver-nanoworms-a-green-synthetic-strategy-and-activity-on-gram-negative-pathogenic-bacteria
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Sreekar Marpu, Samar S Kolailat, Daniel Korir, Brian L Kamras, Ratnesh Chaturvedi, Abel Joseph, Christopher M Smith, Misael C Palma, Jyoti Shah, Mohammad A Omary
A facile, single-step, non-seeded photochemical protocol for producing a new type of anisotropic silver nanostructure, "nanoworms", with curved longer dimensions and smooth, rounded edges. The nanoworms exhibit surface plasmon resonance (SPR) absorption in the near-infrared window (NIRW) region and are stabilized using biocompatible polymer chitosan, rendering biocompatibility and amplified safety for biological utility of the composition. Both NIRW-absorbing nanoworms and visible-absorbing nanospheres herein are attained exclusively by employing green chemistry principles...
August 4, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810120/aqueous-solvation-of-ammonia-and-ammonium-probing-hydrogen-bond-motifs-with-ft-ir-and-soft-x-ray-spectroscopy
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Maria Ekimova, Wilson Quevedo, Lukasz Szyc, Marcella Iannuzzi, Philippe Wernet, Michael Odelius, Erik T J Nibbering
In a multi-facetted investigation combining local soft-x-ray and vibrational spectroscopic probes with ab initio molecular dynamics simulations, hydrogen-bond interactions of two key principal amine compounds in aqueous solution, ammonia (NH3) and ammonium ion (NH4+), are quantitatively assessed in terms of electronic structure, solvation structure, and dynamics. From the x-ray measurements and from the complementary determination of the IR-active hydrogen stretching and bending modes of NH3 and NH4+ in aqueous solution, the picture emerges of a comparatively strongly hydrogen-bonded NH4+ ion via N-H donating interactions, whereas NH3 has a strong accepting hydrogen bond with one water molecule at the nitrogen lone pair but only weak N-H donating hydrogen bonds...
August 15, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809537/confined-water-structure-dynamics-and-thermodynamics
#10
Sudip Chakraborty, Hemant Kumar, Chandan Dasgupta, Prabal K Maiti
Understanding the properties of strongly confined water is important for a variety of applications such as fast flow and desalination devices, voltage generation, flow sensing, and nanofluidics. Confined water also plays an important role in many biological processes such as flow through ion channels. Water in the bulk exhibits many unusual properties that arise primarily from the presence of a network of hydrogen bonds. Strong confinement in structures such as carbon nanotubes (CNTs) substantially modifies the structural, thermodynamic, and dynamic (both translational and orientational) properties of water by changing the structure of the hydrogen bond network...
August 15, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808984/multiple-gas-phase-conformations-of-a-synthetic-linear-poly-acrylamide-polymer-observed-using-ion-mobility-mass-spectrometry
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Jean R N Haler, Johann Far, Abdelhafid Aqil, Jan Claereboudt, Nick Tomczyk, Kevin Giles, Christine Jérôme, Edwin De Pauw
Ion mobility-mass spectrometry (IM-MS) has emerged as a powerful separation and identification tool to characterize synthetic polymer mixtures and topologies (linear, cyclic, star-shaped,…). Electrospray coupled to IM-MS already revealed the coexistence of several charge state-dependent conformations for a single charge state of biomolecules with strong intramolecular interactions, even when limited resolving power IM-MS instruments were used. For synthetic polymers, the sample's polydispersity allows the observation of several chain lengths...
August 14, 2017: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798385/evidence-of-robust-2d-transport-and-efros-shklovskii-variable-range-hopping-in-disordered-topological-insulator-bi2se3-nanowires
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Biplab Bhattacharyya, Alka Sharma, Bhavesh Sinha, Kunjal Shah, Suhas Jejurikar, T D Senguttuvan, Sudhir Husale
We report the experimental observation of variable range hopping conduction in focused-ion-beam (FIB) fabricated ultra-narrow nanowires of topological insulator (Bi2Se3). The value of the exponent (d + 1)(-1) in the hopping equation was extracted as [Formula: see text]for different widths of nanowires, which is the proof of the presence of Efros-Shklovskii hopping transport mechanism in a strongly disordered system. High localization lengths (0.5 nm, 20 nm) were calculated for the devices. A careful analysis of the temperature dependent fluctuations present in the magnetoresistance curves, using the standard Universal Conductance Fluctuation theory, indicates the presence of 2D topological surface states...
August 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797841/a-cr-vi-selective-probe-based-on-a-quinoline-amide-calix-4-arene
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Juliane F Ferreira, Izilda A Bagatin
A new quinoline-amide calix[4]arene 3-receptor for detection of hazardous anions and cations have been synthesized. The 3-receptor was examined for its sensing properties towards several different anions (Cr2O7(2-), SCN(-), F(-), Cl(-), NO3) and metal ions (Hg(2+), Cd(2+), Ag(+)) by UV-vis and fluorescence spectroscopies. It was detected that the 3-receptor has only sensing ability for Cr2O7(2-) and Hg(2+) ions, resulting in the association constants higher for Cr2O7(2-) than to the Hg(2+) ions. High selectivity towards Cr2O7(2-) were also observed by fluorescence measurement among other ions (F(-), Cl(-), SCN(-), Hg(2+), Cd(2+), Ag(+)) with a low limit of detection (7...
August 3, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797240/a-comparison-of-illumina-and-ion-torrent-sequencing-platforms-in-the-context-of-differential-gene-expression
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Nicholas F Lahens, Emanuela Ricciotti, Olga Smirnova, Erik Toorens, Eun Ji Kim, Giacomo Baruzzo, Katharina E Hayer, Tapan Ganguly, Jonathan Schug, Gregory R Grant
BACKGROUND: Though Illumina has largely dominated the RNA-Seq field, the simultaneous availability of Ion Torrent has left scientists wondering which platform is most effective for differential gene expression (DGE) analysis. Previous investigations of this question have typically used reference samples derived from cell lines and brain tissue, and do not involve biological variability. While these comparisons might inform studies of tissue-specific expression, marked by large-scale transcriptional differences, this is not the common use case...
August 10, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793213/critical-influence-of-cosolutes-and-surfaces-on-the-assembly-of-serpin-derived-amyloid-fibrils
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Michael W Risør, Dennis W Juhl, Morten Bjerring, Joachim Mathiesen, Jan J Enghild, Niels C Nielsen, Daniel E Otzen
Many proteins and peptides self-associate into highly ordered and structurally similar amyloid cross-β aggregates. This fibrillation is critically dependent on properties of the protein and the surrounding environment that alter kinetic and thermodynamic equilibria. Here, we report on dominating surface and solution effects on the fibrillogenic behavior and amyloid assembly of the C-36 peptide, a circulating bioactive peptide from the α1-antitrypsin serine protease inhibitor. C-36 converts from an unstructured peptide to mature amyloid twisted-ribbon fibrils over a few hours when incubated on polystyrene plates under physiological conditions through a pathway dominated by surface-enhanced nucleation...
August 8, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776990/strong-co-ion-effect-via-cation-%C3%AF-interaction-on-the-self-assembly-of-metal-organic-cationic-macrocycles
#16
Bo Qi, Xiangyang Guo, Yunyi Gao, Dong Li, Jiancheng Luo, Hui Li, Seyed Ali Eghtesadi, Cheng He, Chunying Duan, Tianbo Liu
The predesigned metal organic macrocycle Zn3QDB3(NO3)4 (Zn-QDB) was observed to self-assemble into a hollow, spherical, single-layered "blackberry"-type structure. The self-assembly behaviors of the Zn-QDB are significantly influenced by additional small ions. Specifically, the cations exhibit strong co-ion effects on the interaction between cationic macrocycles which are different from the previously reported co-ion effects of simple anions on anionic polyoxometalates. This unusual phenomenon is due to the unique cation-π interaction between small cations and electron-rich cavity of Zn-QDB, as confirmed by UV-vis, (1)H-NMR and fluorescence spectra...
August 4, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776609/unusual-cis-diprotonated-forms-and-fluorescent-aggregates-of-non-peripherally-alkoxy-substituted-metallophthalocyanines
#17
P Kasprzycki, L Sobotta, S Lijewski, M Wierzchowski, T Goslinski, J Mielcarek, C Radzewicz, P Fita
Protonation and aggregation of two metallophthalocyanines (zinc and magnesium) non-peripherally substituted with 1,4,7-trioxanonyl moieties were studied by steady-state and time-resolved optical spectroscopy. Both compounds are easily protonated in organic solvents, but the central metal ion strongly affects the character of this process. In particular, the magnesium derivative forms the cis-diprotonated isomer observed for the first time in phthalocyanines, in contrast to its zinc counterpart which forms the typical trans-diprotonated isomer...
August 16, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774849/comparison-of-different-in-vitro-cell-models-for-the-assessment-of-pesticide-induced-dopaminergic-neurotoxicity
#18
Harm J Heusinkveld, Remco H S Westerink
Biomedical and (neuro) toxicity research on (neuro) degenerative diseases still relies strongly on animal models. However, the use of laboratory animals is often undesirable for both ethical and technical reasons. Current in vitro research thus largely relies on tumor derived- or immortalized cell lines. Notably, the suitability of cell lines for studying neurodegeneration is determined by their intrinsic properties. We therefore characterized PC12, SH-SY5Y, MES23.5 and N27 cells with respect to the presence of functional membrane ion channels and receptors as well as for the effects of five known neurotoxic pesticides on cytotoxicity, oxidative stress and parameters of intracellular calcium homeostasis using a combined alamar Blue/CFDA assay, a H2DCFDA assay and single cell fluorescent (Fura-2) calcium imaging, respectively...
July 31, 2017: Toxicology in Vitro: An International Journal Published in Association with BIBRA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28773869/effect-of-stress-ratio-and-loading-frequency-on-the-corrosion-fatigue-behavior-of-smooth-steel-wire-in-different-solutions
#19
Songquan Wang, Dekun Zhang, Ningning Hu, Jialu Zhang
In this work, the effects of loading condition and corrosion solution on the corrosion fatigue behavior of smooth steel wire were discussed. The results of polarization curves and weight loss curves showed that the corrosion of steel wire in acid solution was more severe than that in neutral and alkaline solutions. With the extension of immersion time in acid solution, the cathodic reaction of steel wire gradually changed from the reduction of hydrogen ion to the reduction of oxygen, but was always the reduction of hydrogen ion in neutral and alkaline solutions...
September 1, 2016: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28772833/effect-of-partial-crystallization-on-the-structural-and-luminescence-properties-of-er-3-doped-phosphate-glasses
#20
Pablo Lopez-Iscoa, Turkka Salminen, Teemu Hakkarainen, Laeticia Petit, Davide Janner, Nadia G Boetti, Mika Lastusaari, Diego Pugliese, Petriina Paturi, Daniel Milanese
Er-doped phosphate glass ceramics were fabricated by melt-quenching technique followed by a heat treatment. The effect of the crystallization on the structural and luminescence properties of phosphate glasses containing Al₂O₃, TiO₂, and ZnO was investigated. The morphological and structural properties of the glass ceramics were characterized by Field Emission-Scanning Electron Microscopy (FE-SEM), X-ray Diffraction (XRD), and micro-Raman spectroscopy. Additionally, the luminescence spectra and the lifetime values were measured in order to study the influence of the crystallization on the spectroscopic properties of the glasses...
April 28, 2017: Materials
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