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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549375/interfacial-electrical-and-band-alignment-characteristics-of-hfo2-ge-stacks-with-in-situ-formed-sio2-interlayer-by-plasma-enhanced-atomic-layer-deposition
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Yan-Qiang Cao, Bing Wu, Di Wu, Ai-Dong Li
In situ-formed SiO2 was introduced into HfO2 gate dielectrics on Ge substrate as interlayer by plasma-enhanced atomic layer deposition (PEALD). The interfacial, electrical, and band alignment characteristics of the HfO2/SiO2 high-k gate dielectric stacks on Ge have been well investigated. It has been demonstrated that Si-O-Ge interlayer is formed on Ge surface during the in situ PEALD SiO2 deposition process. This interlayer shows fantastic thermal stability during annealing without obvious Hf-silicates formation...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549371/theoretical-analysis-of-coupled-effects-of-microbe-and-root-architecture-on-methane-oxidation-in-vegetated-landfill-covers
#2
S Feng, A K Leung, C W W Ng, H W Liu
Reduction of soil moisture by plant root-water uptake could improve soil aeration for microbial aerobic methane oxidation (MAMO) in a landfill cover, but excessive soil moisture removal could suppress microbial activity due to water shortage. Existing models ignore the coupled microbe-vegetation interaction. It is thus not known whether the presence of plants is beneficial or adverse to MAMO. This study proposes a newly-improved theoretical model that couples the effects of root-water uptake and microbial activity for capturing water-gas flow and MAMO in unsaturated soils...
May 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549361/-leukocyte-esterase-as-a-diagnostic-tool-for-an-infectious-disease-of-the-knee
#3
S U Ceja-Picazo, S Fuentes-Figueroa, A H Rivera-Villa, A R Hernández-Salgado, R Torres-González, A M Pérez, J A Hernández-García, J M Pérez-Atanasio
BACKGROUND: Articular infection is an orthopedic challenge due to its difficult diagnosis and devastating results. Various diagnostic studies exist: culture, ESR, CRP, count of leukocytes, among others, but none is specific, they all take more than 30 minutes to complete, and require complex infrastructure. In this study, we determine the sensitivity and specificity of the leukocyte esterase for detection of an infectious process joint in Mexican population. MATERIAL AND METHODS: During November 2015 to April 2016, we obtained synovial fluid from two groups of patients: one with a diagnosis of synovial joint infection with or without implant, and the control group, without infection but with degenerative pathology of the knee...
November 2016: Acta Ortopédica Mexicana
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549345/a-novel-synthetic-derivative-of-quercetin-8-trifluoromethyl-3-5-7-3-4-o-pentamethyl-quercetin-inhibits-bladder-cancer-growth-by-targeting-the-ampk-mtor-signaling-pathway
#4
Ting Tao, Caimei He, Jun Deng, Yanjun Huang, Qiongli Su, Mei Peng, Meiling Yi, Kwame Oteng Darko, Hui Zou, Xiaoping Yang
Quercetin is a naturally existing compound and shows attractive anticancer properties for a variety of solid tumors including glioma, bladder cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma, breast cancer, hematological malignancies and prostate carcinoma. However, these anticancer properties have not been clinically approved due to unclear mechanistic information and its low bioactivity. In our previous study, we elucidated that quercetin activates AMPK pathway which is the major mechanism for its unique anticancer effect in bladder cancer...
May 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549340/a-critical-assessment-of-the-in-vitro-measurement-of-cortical-bone-stiffness-with-ultrasound
#5
L Peralta, X Cai, P Laugier, Q Grimal
Elasticity assessment based on bulk wave velocity (BWV) measurements is the most popular technique to characterize the anisotropic stiffness tensor in cortical bone. Typically, a cuboid bone specimen is cut with its sides along the different anatomical directions. Then, the velocity of shear and longitudinal waves propagating along different directions are assessed, from which stiffness coefficients are calculated. Despite the importance of obtaining accurate elasticity values for bone research, there is no generally accepted protocol to measure BWV and the precision of the technique has been seldom investigated...
May 19, 2017: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549320/light-emission-miracle-in-the-sea-and-preeminent-applications-of-bioluminescence-in-recent-new-biotechnology
#6
Sana Sharifian, Ahmad Homaei, Roohullah Hemmati, Khosro Khajeh
Bioluminescence is referred to the light emission by a living organism due to a specific biochemical reaction. This interesting feature of the organisms could highly influences behavioral and ecosystem dynamics. Luminescence, mostly observed in marine species, is generally higher in deep-living genera than in benthic or shallow organisms. However, among creatures living in land, fireflies, beetles, springtails and fungi have shown some bioluminescent activities. Classically, the emission of light is catalyzed by luciferase from a substrate...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549311/reaction-of-diazepam-and-related-benzodiazepines-with-chlorine-kinetics-transformation-products-and-in-silico-toxicological-assessment
#7
Inmaculada Carpinteiro, Rosario Rodil, José Benito Quintana, Rafael Cela
In this work, the reaction of four benzodiazepines (diazepam, oxazepam, nordazepam and temazepam) during water chlorination was studied by means of liquid chromatography-quadrupole-time of flight-mass spectrometry (LC-QTOF-MS). For those compounds that showed a significant degradation, i.e. diazepam, oxazepam and nordazepam, parameters affecting to the reaction kinetics (pH, chlorine and bromide level) were studied in detail and transformation products were tentatively identified. The oxidation reactions followed pseudofirst-order kinetics with rate constants in the range of 1...
May 3, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549302/partner-level-substance-use-associated-with-increased-sexual-risk-behaviors-among-men-who-have-sex-with-men-in-san-francisco-ca
#8
Robert E Brown, Caitlin Turner, Jaclyn Hern, Glenn-Milo Santos
BACKGROUND: Substance use is highly prevalent among men who have sex with men (MSM) and is associated with individual-level sexual risk behaviors. However, few studies have explored the relationship between substance use and HIV risk behaviors within partnerships. METHODS: We examined partner-level data between MSM participants (n=23) and their sexual partners (n=52). We used multivariable generalized estimating equations (GEE) logistic regression to assess the relationship between partner-level substance use during their last sexual encounter with each partner, and engaging in condomless anal intercourse (CAI) and serodiscordant CAI...
April 21, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549283/the-use-of-foot-pumps-compression-devices-in-the-perioperative-management-of-ankle-fractures-systematic-review-of-the-current-literature
#9
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Rachel Clarkson, Samer S S Mahmoud, Amar Rangan, William Eardley, Paul Baker
BACKGROUND: Ankle fractures account for 9% of all fractures seen in the United Kingdom. 15,000 of these fractures undergo operative fixation each year. Soft tissue swelling impacts on timing of fixation due to fears of infection and wound dehiscence. The use of arterio-venous foot pumps (AVFP) is increasing in this population although the evidence for their efficacy is unclear. In order to address this, we present an overview of the evidence for AVFP device use following ankle fracture...
March 10, 2017: Foot
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549278/effects-of-varenicline-and-nicotine-replacement-therapy-on-arterial-elasticity-endothelial-glycocalyx-and-oxidative-stress-during-a-3-month-smoking-cessation-program
#10
Ignatios Ikonomidis, Margarita Marinou, Dimitrios Vlastos, Kallirhoe Kourea, Ioanna Andreadou, Nikolaos Liarakos, Helen Triantafyllidi, George Pavlidis, Elias Tsougos, John Parissis, John Lekakis
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The effects of medically-aided smoking cessation on vascular function and oxidative stress are not fully clarified. METHODS: One hundred eighty-eight current smokers were randomized to varenicline or nicotine replacement treatment (NRT) for a 3-month period. We assessed: (a) augmentation index (Aix) and pulse wave velocity (PWV); (b) perfusion boundary region (PBR) of sublingual microvasculature (range:5-25 μm), an index of the endothelial glycocalyx thickness, using Sideview, Darkfield imaging; (c) the exhaled CO; and (d) the malondialdehyde (MDA) and protein carbonyls (PC) plasma levels, as markers of oxidative stress, at baseline and after 3 and 12 months...
May 13, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549264/effectiveness-of-family-group-conferencing-in-preventing-repeat-referrals-to-child-protective-services-and-out-of-home-placements
#11
Dana M Hollinshead, Tyler W Corwin, Erin J Maher, Lisa Merkel-Holguin, Heather Allan, John D Fluke
Rigorous research on the efficacy of family group conferencing is rare. This randomized control trial study used an intent-to-treat approach to examine whether a referral to a family group conference (FGC) was associated with re-referrals, substantiated re-referrals, or out-of-home placements among child welfare-involved families receiving in-home services. We found no significant associations between treatment and control group assignment and the three outcomes for the sample as a whole. However, families with more children had higher odds of a re-referral and a substantiated re-referral, families with more than one parent had higher odds of re-referral, and families where a substance abuse services referral was noted had higher odds of out-of-home placement...
May 23, 2017: Child Abuse & Neglect
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549249/cd146-mcam-in-human-cs-dlk1-cs-cd34-adipose-stromal-progenitor-cells
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Susanne Hörl, Asim Ejaz, Sebastian Ernst, Monika Mattesich, Andreas Kaiser, Brigitte Jenewein, Marit E Zwierzina, Sarina Hammerle, Carina Miggitsch, Maria C Mitterberger-Vogt, Claudia Krautgasser, Gerhard Pierer, Werner Zwerschke
To precisely characterize CD146 in adipose stromal/progenitor cells (ASCs) we sorted the stromal vascular faction (SVF) of human abdominal subcutaneous white adipose tissue (sWAT) according to cell surface (cs) expression of CD146, DLK1 and CD34. This test identified three main SVF cell populations: ~50% cs-DLK1(-)/cs-CD34(+)/cs-CD146(-) ASCs, ~7.5% cs-DLK1(+)/cs-CD34(dim/+)/cs-CD146(+) and ~7.5% cs-DLK1(+)/cs-CD34(dim/+)/cs-CD146(-) cells. All cells contained intracellular CD146. Whole mount fluorescent IHC staining of small vessels detected CD146(+) endothelial cells (CD31(+)/CD34(+)/CD146(+)) and pericytes (CD31(-)/CD34(-)/CD146(+) ASCs)...
May 17, 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549247/individuals-with-clinically-significant-insomnia-symptoms-are-characterised-by-a-negative-sleep-related-expectancy-bias-results-from-a-cognitive-experimental-assessment
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Hannah Courtauld, Lies Notebaert, Bronwyn Milkins, Simon D Kyle, Patrick J F Clarke
Cognitive models of insomnia consistently suggest that negative expectations regarding the consequences of poor sleep contribute to the maintenance of insomnia. To date, however, no research has sought to determine whether insomnia is indeed characterised by such a negative sleep-related expectancy bias, using objective cognitive assessment tasks which are more immune to response biases than questionnaire assessments. Therefore, the current study employed a reaction-time task assessing biased expectations among a group with clinically significant insomnia symptoms (n = 30) and a low insomnia symptoms group (n = 40)...
May 17, 2017: Behaviour Research and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549216/agglomeration-determines-effects-of-carbonaceous-nanomaterials-on-soybean-nodulation-dinitrogen-fixation-potential-and-growth-in-soil
#14
Ying Wang, Chong Hyun Chang, Zhaoxia Ji, Dermont C Bouchard, Roger M Nisbet, Joshua P Schimel, Jorge L Gardea-Torresdey, Patricia A Holden
The potential effects of carbonaceous nanomaterials (CNMs) on agricultural plants are of concern. However, little research has been performed using plants cultivated to maturity in soils contaminated with various CNMs at different concentrations. Here, we grew soybean for 39 days to seed production in soil amended with 0.1, 100, or 1000 mg kg-1 of either multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs), graphene nanoplatelets (GNPs), or carbon black (CB), and studied plant growth, nodulation, and dinitrogen (N2) fixation potential...
May 26, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549212/synthesis-of-four-monoterpene-derived-organosulfates-and-their-quantification-in-atmospheric-aerosol-samples
#15
Yuchen Wang, Jingyun Ren, X H Hilda Huang, Rongbiao Tong, Jian Zhen Yu
Monoterpenes, a major class of biogenic volatile organic compounds, are known to produce oxidation products that further react with sulfate to form organosulfates. The accurate quantification of monoterpene-derived organosulfates (OSs) is necessary for quantifying this controllable aerosol source; however, it has been hampered by a lack of authentic standards. Here we report a unified synthesis strategy starting from the respective monoterpene through Upjohn dihydroxylation or Sharpless asymmetric dihydroxylation followed by mono-sulfation with sulfur trioxide-pyridine complex...
May 26, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549211/chronic-sinonasal-tract-inflammation-as-a-precursor-to-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma-and-sinonasal-malignancy-in-the-united-states
#16
Eric L Wu, Charles A Riley, Mei-Chin Hsieh, Michael J Marino, Xiao-Cheng Wu, Edward D McCoul
BACKGROUND: Chronic inflammatory states have been linked to the development of malignancy. Chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) and allergic rhinitis (AR) have been associated with nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) in population-based studies in Asia. A similar association with NPC and paranasal sinus malignancy (PSM) has not been defined in a North American population. Our purpose was to investigate the impact of CRS and AR on the risk of NPC and PSM. METHODS: The Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER)-Medicare linked database was queried as a case-control study of adults ≥65 years of age...
May 23, 2017: International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549198/de-novo-transcriptome-assembly-of-sugarcane-leaves-submitted-to-prolonged-water-deficit-stress
#17
A A Belesini, F M S Carvalho, B R Telles, G M de Castro, P F Giachetto, J S Vantini, S D Carlin, J O Cazetta, D G Pinheiro, M I T Ferro
Sugarcane production is strongly influenced by drought, which is a limiting factor for agricultural productivity in the world. In this study, the gene expression profiles obtained by de novo assembly of the leaf transcriptome of two sugarcane cultivars that differ in their physiological response to water deficit were evaluated by the RNA-Seq method: drought-tolerant cultivar (SP81-3250) and drought-sensitive cultivar (RB855453). For this purpose, plants were grown in a greenhouse for 60 days and were then submitted to three treatments: control (-0...
May 25, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549182/single-provenance-mature-conifers-show-higher-non-structural-carbohydrate-storage-and-reduced-growth-in-a-drier-location
#18
Frida I Piper, Alex Fajardo, Günter Hoch
Since growth is more sensitive to drought than photosynthesis, trees inhabiting dry regions are expected to exhibit higher carbohydrate storage and less growth than their conspecifics from more humid regions. However, the same pattern can be the result of different genotypes inhabiting contrasting humidity conditions. To test if reduced growth and high carbohydrate storage are environmentally driven by drought, we examined the growth and non-structural carbohydrate (NSC) concentrations in single-provenance stands of mature trees of Pinus contorta Douglas and Pinus ponderosa Douglas ex C...
May 26, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549175/selfing-in-haploid-plants-and-efficacy-of-selection-codon-usage-bias-in-the-model-moss-physcomitrella-patens
#19
Péter Szövényi, Kristian K Ullrich, Stefan A Rensing, Daniel Lang, Nico van Gessel, Hans K Stenøien, Elena Conti, Ralf Reski
Long term reduction in effective population size will lead to major shift in genome evolution. In particular, when effective population size is small, genetic drift becomes dominant over natural selection. The onset of self-fertilization is one evolutionary event considerably reducing effective size of populations. Theory predicts that this reduction should be more dramatic in organisms capable for haploid than for diploid selfing. Although theoretically well-grounded, this assertion received mixed experimental support...
May 26, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549167/parental-involvement-and-adolescent-smoking-in-vocational-setting-in-finland
#20
Hanna Aho, Anna-Maija Koivisto, Eija Paavilainen, Katja Joronen
The present study examined whether parental involvement in their adolescents' lives is associated with adolescent smoking in a vocational school setting when controlling for socioeconomic background and parental smoking. The study was conducted in spring 2013 and involved 34 776 Finnish vocational school students (mean age 17.6 years). The data were analyzed using multinomial regression. The results showed that lower parental involvement was significantly associated with adolescent daily smoking in both genders and with occasional smoking in girls...
May 26, 2017: Health Promotion International
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