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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445757/action-of-antimicrobial-peptides-on-bacterial-and-lipid-membranes-a-direct-comparison
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Joseph E Faust, Pei-Yin Yang, Huey W Huang
The bacterial membrane represents an attractive target for the design of new antibiotics to combat widespread bacterial resistance. Understanding how antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) and other membrane-active agents attack membranes could facilitate the design of new, effective antimicrobials. Despite intense study of AMPs on model membranes, we do not know how well the mechanism of attack translates to real biological membranes. To that end, we have characterized the attack of AMPs on Escherichia coli cytoplasmic membranes and directly compared this action to model membranes...
April 25, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444956/structural-insights-into-the-recognition-of-n%C3%A2-aryl-and-c8-aryl-dna-lesions-by-the-repair-protein-xpa-rad14
#2
Charlotte Ebert, Nina Simon, Sabine Schneider, Thomas Carell
Aromatic amines are strongly carcinogenic compounds. They are activated in the liver to give reactive nitrenium ions that are known to react with the nucleobases within the DNA duplex. The reaction occurs predominantly at the C8-position of the dG base, which gives C8-acetyl-aryl-, or C8-aryl-dG adducts in an electrophilic aromatic substitution reaction. Alternatively, reaction with the exocyclic 2-NH₂ group is observed. While the C8-adducts retain the base pairing properties, base pairing is strongly compromised in the case of the N²-adducts...
April 26, 2017: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444586/cereal-phytases-and-their-importance-in-improvement-of-micronutrients-bioavailability
#3
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Amit Vashishth, Sewa Ram, Vikas Beniwal
Phytic acid is a main reservoir of phosphorous (P) in plants and contributes to about 80% of the total P in cereal seeds. However, it is well known to possess anti-nutritional behavior. Because it has strong affinity to chelate divalent ions e.g. calcium, magnesium, and especially with iron and zinc. Therefore, it is extremely poor as a dietary source of P. To enhance bio-availability of micronutrients, an enzyme namely phytase is known to hydrolyze phytic acid. Unfortunately, phytase is not produced in the stomach of monogastric animals and humans...
May 2017: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442764/evolution-of-the-intrinsic-electronic-phase-separation-in-la0-6er0-1sr0-3mno3-perovskite
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Lili Chen, Jiyu Fan, Wei Tong, Dazhi Hu, Yanda Ji, Jindong Liu, Lei Zhang, Li Pi, Yuheng Zhang, Hao Yang
Magnetic and electronic transport properties of perovskite manganite La0.6Er0.1Sr0.3MnO3 have been thoroughly examined through the measurements of magnetization, electron paramagnetic resonance(EPR), and resistivity. It was found that the substitution of Er(3+) for La(3+) ions introduced the chemical disorder and additional strain in this sample. An extra resonance signal occurred in EPR spectra at high temperatures well above T C gives a strong evidence of electronic phase separation(EPS). The analysis of resistivity enable us to identify the polaronic transport mechanism in the paramagnetic region...
December 5, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437746/catalytic-reduction-of-4-nitrophenol-and-photo-inhibition-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-using-gold-nanoparticles-as-photocatalyst
#5
Shafiullah Khan, Wang Runguo, Kamran Tahir, Zhang Jichuan, Liqun Zhang
A simple, green method is described for the synthesis of Gold (Au) nanoparticles (NPs) using Cotoneaster horizontalis extract as a phyto-reducer and capping agent with superior photo inhibition activity against Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Different from the other methods used elevated temperatures for nanoparticles synthesis, the novelty of our method lies in its energy saving process and fast synthesis rates (~5min for AuNPs), and its potential to tune the nanoparticles size and afterward their catalytic activity...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437103/ion-pair-oligomerization-of-chromogenic-triangulenium-cations-with-cyanostar-modified-anions-that-controls-emission-in-hierarchical-materials
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Bo Qiao, Brandon E Hirsch, Semin Lee, Maren Pink, Chun-Hsing Chen, Bo W Laursen, Amar H Flood
The hierarchical assembly of colored cationic molecules with receptor-modified counteranions can be used to control optical properties in materials. However, our knowledge of when the optical properties emerge in the hierarchical organization and the variety of cation-anion salts that are available to create these materials is limited. In this work, we extend the salts from small halides to large inorganic anions and determine how the structure coevolves with the emission properties using solution assemblies...
April 24, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436536/early-vertebrate-origin-and-diversification-of-small-transmembrane-regulators-of-cellular-ion-transport
#7
Sergej Pirkmajer, Henriette Kirchner, Leonidas Lundell, Pavel V Zelenin, Juleen R Zierath, Kira S Makarova, Yuri I Wolf, Alexander V Chibalin
Small transmembrane proteins are important for regulation of cellular ion transport. The most prominent among these proteins are members of the FXYD family (FXYD1-12), which regulate Na(+) -K(+) -ATPase, and phospholamban, sarcolipin, myoregulin, and DWORF, which regulate the sarco-endoplasmic reticulum Ca(2+) -ATPase (SERCA). FXYDs and regulators of SERCA are present in fishes, as well as terrestrial vertebrates; however, their evolutionary origins and phylogenetic relationships are obscure, thus hampering comparative physiological studies...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426222/structural-and-dynamical-properties-of-tetra-alkyl-ammonium-bromide-aqueous-solutions-a-molecular-dynamics-simulation-study-using-a-polarizable-force-field
#8
Dengpan Dong, Justin B Hooper, Dmitry Bedrov
Understanding the behavior of aqueous solutions containing tetra-alkyl ammonium (TAA) cations is of great significance in a number of applications, including polymer membranes for fuel cells. In this work, a polarizable force field has been used to preform atomistic molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of aqueous solutions containing tetra-methyl ammonium (TMA) or tetra-butyl ammonium (TBA) cations and Br counterions. Extensive MD simulations of TMA-Br/water and TBA-Br/water systems were conducted as a function of solution composition (ion pair : water molar ratios of 1:10, 1:20, 1:30, 1:63, 1:500) at atmospheric pressure and 298K...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425698/-dispersion-assembly-approach-to-synthesize-three-dimensional-graphene-polymer-composite-aerogel-as-a-powerful-organic-cathode-for-rechargeable-li-and-na-batteries
#9
Yu Zhang, Yanshan Huang, Guanhui Yang, Fanxing Bu, Ke Li, Imran Shakir, Yuxi Xu
Polymer cathode materials are promising alternatives to inorganic counterparts for both lithium ion batteries (LIBs) and sodium ion batteries (SIBs) due to their high theoretical capacity, adjustable molecular structure and strong adaptability to different counter-ions in batteries, etc. However, they suffer from poor practical capacity and low rate capability because of their intrinsically poor conductivity. Herein, we report the synthesis of self-assembled graphene/poly(anthraquinonyl sufide) (PAQS) composite aerogel (GPA) with efficient integration of three-dimensional (3D) graphene framework with electroactive PAQS particles via a novel dispersion-assembly strategy, which can be used as a free-standing flexible cathode upon mechanical pressing...
April 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425530/interfacial-interactions-between-cotpp-molecules-and-mgo-100-thin-films
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Matthias Franke, Daniel Wechsler, Quratulain Tariq, Michael Röckert, Liang Zhang, Pardeep Kumar Thakur, Nataliya Tsud, Sofiia Bercha, Kevin Prince, Tien-Lin Lee, Hans-Peter Steinrück, Ole Lytken
We have investigated the interactions between cobalt(ii)-tetraphenylporphyrin (CoTPP) molecules and MgO(100) thin films on Ag(100) by means of Synchrotron Radiation X-Ray and Ultra-Violet Photoelectron Spectroscopy (SR-XPS and SR-UPS). At room temperature, the CoTPP monolayer consists of two different species. A minority of molecules exhibits a strong electronic interaction with the substrate, whereas for the majority a similar spectroscopic signature as for multilayer molecules is observed. Based on the lateral inhomogeneity of the surface electronic structure, we tentatively suggest that the strongly interacting molecules adsorb with their metal center directly above oxygen ions...
April 20, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425293/cosensitized-porphyrin-system-for-high-performance-solar-cells-with-tof-sims-analysis
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Wenjun Wu, Huaide Xiang, Wei Fan, Jinglin Wang, Haifeng Wang, Xin Hua, Zhaohui Wang, Yi-Tao Long, He Tian, Wei-Hong Zhu
Up to date, development of organic sensitizers has been predominately focused on light harvesting, HOMO and LUMO energy levels, and electron transferring process. In contrast, their adsorption mode as well as dynamic loading behaviour onto nanoporous TiO2 is rarely considered. Herein we have employed the time of flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (TOF-SIMS) to take insight into the competitive dye adsorption mode and kinetics in cosensitized porphyrin system. Using the novel porphyrin dye FW-1 and D-A-π-A featured dye WS-5, the different bond-breaking mode in TOF-SIMS and dynamic dye-loading amount during the coadsorption process are well compared with two different anchoring groups such as benzoic acid and cyanoacrylic acid...
April 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422253/3d-printed-poly-vinylidene-fluoride-carbon-nanotube-composites-as-a-tunable-low-cost-chemical-vapour-sensing-platform
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Z C Kennedy, J F Christ, K A Evans, B W Arey, L E Sweet, M G Warner, R L Erikson, C A Barrett
We report the production of flexible, highly-conductive poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) and multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) composites as filament feedstock for 3D printing. This account further describes, for the first time, fused deposition modelling (FDM) derived 3D-printed objects with chemiresistive properties in response to volatile organic compounds. The typically prohibitive thermal expansion and die swell characteristics of PVDF were minimized by the presence of MWCNTs in the composites enabling straightforward processing and printing...
April 19, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420042/determination-of-reference-intervals-of-acid-base-parameters-in-clinically-healthy-dogs
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Ivana Vanova-Uhrikova, Leona Rauserova-Lexmaulova, Kristina Rehakova, Peter Scheer, Jaroslav Doubek
OBJECTIVE: To establish reference intervals for traditionally- and Stewart's approach-determined acid-base parameters in a population of clinically healthy dogs. DESIGN: Prospective study (June 2011-September 2012). SETTING: Veterinary teaching hospital. ANIMALS: Two hundred twenty-four client-owned, clinically healthy dogs. INTERVENTIONS: Blood was collected from the jugular vein and the dorsal pedal artery...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415546/effect-of-nano-micro-ag-compound-particles-on-the-bio-corrosion-antibacterial-properties-and-cell-biocompatibility-of-ti-ag-alloys
#14
Mian Chen, Lei Yang, Lan Zhang, Yong Han, Zheng Lu, Gaowu Qin, Erlin Zhang
In this research, Ti-Ag alloys were prepared by powder metallurgy, casting and heat treatment method in order to investigate the effect of Ag compound particles on the bio-corrosion, the antibacterial property and the cell biocompatibility. Ti-Ag alloys with different sizes of Ag or Ag-compounds particles were successfully prepared: small amount of submicro-scale (100nm) Ti2Ag precipitates with solid solution state of Ag, large amount of nano-scale (20-30nm) Ti2Ag precipitates with small amount of solid solution state of Ag and micro-scale lamellar Ti2Ag phases, and complete solid solution state of Ag...
June 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414440/influence-of-active-layer-on-separation-potentials-of-nanofiltration-membranes-for-inorganic-ions
#15
Shardul Sudhir Wadekar, Radisav D Vidic
Active layers of two fully aromatic and two semi-aromatic nanofiltration membranes were studied along with surface charge at different electrolyte composition and effective pore size to elucidate their influence on separation mechanisms for inorganic ions by steric, charge and dielectric exclusion. The membrane potential method used for pore size measurement is underlined as the most appropriate measurement technique for this application owing to its dependence on the diffusional potentials of inorganic ions...
April 17, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412490/serpentine-soils-affect-heavy-metal-tolerance-but-not-genetic-diversity-in-a-common-mediterranean-ant
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Filippo Frizzi, Alberto Masoni, Mine Çelikkol, Enrico Palchetti, Claudio Ciofi, Guido Chelazzi, Giacomo Santini
Natural habitats with serpentine soils are rich in heavy metal ions, which may significantly affect ecological communities. Exposure to metal pollutants results, for instance, in a reduction of population genetic diversity and a diffused higher tolerance towards heavy metals. In this study, we investigated whether chronic exposure to metals in serpentine soils affect accumulation patterns, tolerance towards metal pollutants, and genetic diversity in ants. In particular, we studied colonies of the common Mediterranean ant, Crematogaster scutellaris, along a contamination gradient consisting of two differently contaminated forests and a reference soil with no geogenic contamination...
April 10, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407573/assessment-of-mobility-and-bioavailability-of-mercury-compounds-in-sewage-sludge-and-composts
#17
Beata Janowska, Kazimierz Szymański, Robert Sidełko, Izabela Siebielska, Bartosz Walendzik
Content of heavy metals, including mercury, determines the method of management and disposal of sewage sludge. Excessive concentration of mercury in composts used as organic fertilizer may lead to accumulation of this element in soil and plant material. Fractionation of mercury in sewage sludge and composts provides a better understanding of the extent of mobility and bioavailability of the different mercury species and helps in more informed decision making on the application of sludge for agricultural purposes...
April 10, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406612/sulfonic-groups-originated-dual-functional-interlayer-for-high-performance-lithium-sulfur-battery
#18
Yang Lu, Sui Gu, Jing Guo, Kun Rui, Chunhua Chen, Sanpei Zhang, Jun Jin, Jianhua Yang, Zhaoyin Wen
Lithium sulfur battery is one of the most prospective chemistries in secondary energy storage field due to its high energy density and high theoretical capacity. However, the dissolution of polysulfides in liquid electrolytes causes shuttle effect and the rapid decay of lithium sulfur battery has greatly hindered its practical application. Herein, combination of sulfonated reduced graphene oxide (SRGO) interlayer on the separator is adopted to suppress the shuttle effect. We speculate that this SRGO layer plays as two roles: physically blocking the migration of polysulfide as ion selective layer and anchoring lithium polysulfide by the electronegative sulfonic group...
April 13, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403513/a-new-negative-and-positive-gas-ion-source-for-isotope-ratio-mass-spectrometry
#19
Tomasz Pieńkos, Stanisław Halas
RATIONALE: The goal of this research was to construct an effective gas ion source for isotope ratio mass spectrometry, which generates sufficiently strong and stable ion beams for multiple isotope ratio analysis of sulfur and oxygen from readily available gases such as SO2 , CO2 , CO, O2 and chlorine from CH3 Cl gas. METHODS: By means of a 60° sector mass spectrometer equipped with a new type of sensitive ion source and with a dual inlet system and triple collector assembly, we have measured (34) S/(32) S and challenging (36) S/(32) S isotope ratios using positive sulfur ions generated from SO2 gas...
April 12, 2017: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry: RCM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401198/the-significance-of-strong-ion-gap-for-predicting-return-of-spontaneous-circulation-in-patients-with-cardiopulmonary-arrest
#20
Minoru Kaneko, Shuichi Hagiwara, Makoto Aoki, Masato Murata, Jun Nakajima, Kiyohiro Oshima
Useful parameters that can predict return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) in patients with cardiopulmonary arrest (CPA) have not been established. We previously reported the usefulness of anion gap (AG) and albumin-corrected anion gap (ACAG) calculated from a blood sample obtained on arrival at the hospital for the prediction of ROSC. Otherwise, it has been reported that strong ion gap (SIG), which shows the difference between the levels of fully dissociated cations and anions in the serum, is useful to predict the prognosis of critically ill patients...
January 2017: Open Medicine (Warsaw, Poland)
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