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Inga Baasch Christensen, Esben Nees Mogensen, Helle Hasager Damkier, Jeppe Praetorius
The choroid plexus epithelial cells (CPECs) belong to a small group of polarized cells, where the Na+,K+-ATPase is expressed in the luminal membrane. The basic polarity of the cells is, therefore, still debated. We investigated the subcellular distribution of an array of proteins known to play fundamental roles in either in establishing and maintaining basic cell polarity or the polarized delivery and recycling of plasma membrane proteins. Immunofluorescence histochemical analysis was applied to determine the subcellular localization of apical and basolateral membrane determinants...
January 10, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
Dawei Li, Zhiyong Xiao, Sai Mu, Fei Wang, Ying Liu, Jingfeng Song, Xi Huang, Lijia Jiang, Jun Xiao, Lei Liu, Stephen Ducharme, Bai Cui, Xia Hong, Lan Jiang, Jean-Francois Silvain, Yongfeng Lu
Single-crystal transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) and TMD-based hetero-junctions have recently attracted significant research and industrial interest owing to their intriguing optical and electrical properties. However, the lack of a simple, low-cost, environmentally friendly, synthetic method and a poor understanding of the growth mechanism post a huge challenge to implementing TMDs in practical applications. In this work, we developed a novel approach for direct formation of high-quality, monolayer and few-layer MoS2 single crystal domains via a single-step rapid thermal processing of a sandwiched reactor with sulfur and molybdenum (Mo) film in a confined reaction space...
January 19, 2018: Nano Letters
Jake A Nieto, Janice Zhu, Bin Duan, Jingsong Li, Ping Zhou, Latha Paka, Michael A Yamin, Itzhak D Goldberg, Prakash Narayan
The extent of scarring or renal interstitial collagen deposition in chronic kidney disease (CKD) can only be ascertained by highly invasive, painful and sometimes risky, tissue biopsy. Interestingly, while CKD-related abnormalities in kidney size can often be visualized using ultrasound, not only does the ellipsoid formula used today underestimate true renal size, but the calculated renal size does not inform tubulointerstitial collagen content. We used coronal kidney sections from healthy mice and mice with kidney disease to develop a new formula for estimating renal parenchymal area...
2018: PloS One
Ummara Butt, Amr ElShaer, Lori A S Snyder, Ali A Al-Kinani, Adam Le Gresley, Raid G Alany
The bacterial species Neisseria gonorrhoeae (N. gonorrhoeae) and Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) are amongst the main microorganisms that cause ophthalmia neonatorum. The current treatment involves the use of various antibiotics such as ciprofloxacin, cephalosporin, ceftriaxone and cefotaxime. However, this treatment strategy is becoming more ineffective due to the antibiotic resistance in N. gonorrhoeae. The current study explores the potential use of fatty acid based microemulsions (ME) to prevent N. gonorrhoeae and S...
January 19, 2018: Nanomaterials
Liqing Li, Xiancheng Ma, Ruofei Chen, Chunhao Wang, Mingming Lu
Nitrogen-doped porous carbon (ZC) is prepared by modification with ammonia for increasing the specific surface area and surface polarity after carbonization of zeolite imidazole framework-8 (ZIF-8). The structure and properties of these ZCs were characterized by Transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, N₂ sorption, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. Through static adsorption tests of these carbons, the sample obtained at 600 °C was selected as an excellent adsorbent, which exhibited an excellent acetone capacity of 417...
January 19, 2018: Materials
Y V Stadnik, V A Dzuba, V V Flambaum
In the presence of P, T-violating interactions, the exchange of axionlike particles between electrons and nucleons in atoms and molecules induces electric dipole moments (EDMs) of atoms and molecules. We perform calculations of such axion-exchange-induced atomic EDMs using the relativistic Hartree-Fock-Dirac method including electron core polarization corrections. We present analytical estimates to explain the dependence of these induced atomic EDMs on the axion mass and atomic parameters. From the experimental bounds on the EDMs of atoms and molecules, including ^{133}Cs, ^{205}Tl, ^{129}Xe, ^{199}Hg, ^{171}Yb^{19}F, ^{180}Hf^{19}F^{+}, and ^{232}Th^{16}O, we constrain the P, T-violating scalar-pseudoscalar nucleon-electron and electron-electron interactions mediated by a generic axionlike particle of arbitrary mass...
January 5, 2018: Physical Review Letters
F Becattini, Iu Karpenko
We study the polarization of particles in relativistic heavy-ion collisions at very high energy along the beam direction within a relativistic hydrodynamic framework. We show that this component of the polarization decreases much slower with center-of-mass energy compared to the transverse component, even in the ideal longitudinal boost-invariant scenario with nonfluctuating initial state, and that it can be measured by taking advantage of its quadrupole structure in the transverse momentum plane. In the ideal longitudinal boost-invariant scenario, the polarization is proportional to the gradient of temperature at the hadronization and its measurement can provide important information about the cooling rate of the quark-gluon plasma around the critical temperature...
January 5, 2018: Physical Review Letters
Luis R Domingo, Mar Ríos-Gutiérrez, Patricia Pérez
The zw-type [3+2] cycloaddition (32CA) reactions of C,N-dialkyl nitrones with a series of ethylenes of increased electrophilic character have been studied within the Molecular Electron Density Theory (MEDT) at the MPWB1K/6-311G(d,p) computational level. Both, reactivity and selectivities are rationalised depending on the polar character of the reaction. Due to the strong nucleophilic character of C,N-dialkyl nitrones, the corresponding zw-type 32CA reactions are accelerated with the increased electrophilic character of the ethylene, which also plays a crucial role in the reaction mechanism, thus determining the regio- and stereoselectivities experimentally observed...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Organic Chemistry
Arghya Chakravorty, Zhe Jia, Lin Li, Shan Zhao, Emil Alexov
Typically, the ensemble average polar component of solvation energy (∆G_polar^solv) of a macromolecule is computed using molecular dynamics (MD) or Monte Carlo (MC) simulations to generate conformational ensemble and then single/rigid conformation solvation energy calculation is performed on each of snapshots. The primary objective of this work is to demonstrate that Poisson-Boltzmann (PB) based approach using a Gaussian-based smooth dielectric function for macromolecular modeling previously developed by us (Li et al...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
Hongxiang Lu, Yan Wu, Xiaoyi Shao, Shanshan Zhou, Yuanyuan Jiang, Rong Chen, Gangjun Zong, Huaxi Xu, Zhaoliang Su
Macrophage, a highly plastic population, is widely distributed. Macrophage functions are settled and acquired polarization programs in response to microenvironmental signals and involved in many inflammatory disorders, such as experimental autoimmune myocarditis (EAM). Phenotypic and functional changes in macrophage are considered as an important determinant of disease progression and/or regression. Angiotensin II (ANG II), as a powerful proinflammatory factor, plays critical roles in inflammatory diseases and macrophage recruitment...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
Jing Zeng, Ke-Qiu Chen
Although a lot of theoretical studies have designed perfect spin filters using inorganic/organic/organometallic materials, their fabrication methods are not experimentally feasible. This dilemma could be solved by a recent experiment, where porphyrins have been covalently coupled to graphene edges in a precise manner (Y. He et al., Nat. Chem., 2017, 9, 33-38). In particular, experimental results confirmed that the intrinsic features of porphyrins for metallation are preserved after dehydrogenative coupling to graphene edges, paving the way for realizing synthesizable spintronic devices...
January 19, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Shekhar Tyagi, Gaurav Sharma, Vasant G Sathe
The competition and cooperation between ferroelectric and antiferrodistortive (AFD) instabilities are studied using pressure dependent Raman spectroscopy on polycrystalline powder samples of Sr1-xCaxTiO3(x=0.0, 0.06, 0.25, 0.35). For x=0.0 composition, broad polar mode is detected in the Raman spectra above 6 GPa, while for x=0.06 composition the polar modes appear well above 9 GPa where the AFD modes showed strong suppression. In x=0.25 and 0.35 composition the application of small pressure results in appearance of strong AFD modes suppressing the polar modes...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
Chong Chen, Stuart N Holmes, Ian Farrer, Harvey E Beere, David A Ritchie
InGaAs based devices are great complements to silicon for CMOS, as they provide an increased carrier saturation velocity, lower operating voltage and reduced power dissipation. In this work we show that In0.75Ga0.25As quantum wells with a high mobility, 15 000 to 20 000 cm2/V.s at ambient temperature, show an InAs-like phonon with an energy of 28.8 meV, frequency of 232 cm-1 that dominates the polar-optical mode scattering from ∼ 70 K to 300 K. The optical phonon frequency is insensitive to the carrier density modulated with a surface gate or LED illumination...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
Tana Tandaric, Robert Vianello
DFT B3LYP calculations convincingly showed that aromatic pnictogen-oxides offer scaffolds suitable for tailoring powerful organic superbases exhibiting exceptional oxygen basicity in both gas-phase and polar aprotic acetonitrile solution. With their protonation enthalpies and pKa values, they surpass the basicity of classical proton sponges and related nitrogen bases. The most potent system is provided with two arsenic-oxide moieties on the phenanthrene framework assisted with the two phosphazeno groups in the para-position to both basic centers...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
Filippo Caracciolo, Alessandra Lucini Paioni, Lucio Melone, Marta Filibian, Pietro Carretta
1 H and 13 C dynamic nuclear polarization has been studied in 13 C-enriched β - cyclodextrins doped with TEMPO free radical. 1 H and 13 C polarizations raised above 7.5 % and 7 % , respectively, and for both nuclear species the transfer of polarization from the electron spins appears to be consistent with a thermal mixing scenario for a concentration of 9 13 C nuclei per molecule. When the concentration is increased to 21 13 C nuclei per molecule a decrease in the spin-lattice relaxation and polarization build up rates is observed...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
André Ramon, Amélie Bohm-Sigrand, Pierre Pottecher, Pascal Richette, Jean-Francis Maillefert, Herve Devilliers, Paul Ornetti
The aim of this systematic review was to determine the potential role of dual-energy CT in the diagnosis and follow-up of gout with regard to the Outcome Measures in Rheumatology (OMERACT) filter. A systematic analysis of the literature was conducted using the MEDLINE and Cochrane databases and published abstracts of international congresses, according to the criteria of the OMERACT filter: feasibility, reproducibility, validity versus laboratory (serum urate, MSU synovial fluid aspirate) and other imaging modalities for gout, and its sensitivity to change in patients on urate lowering therapy (ULT)...
January 19, 2018: Clinical Rheumatology
John A Hnida
Eimeria maricopensis n. sp. (Apicomplexa: Eimeriidae) is described from 2 of 15 (13%) Arizona cotton rats Sigmodon arizonae Mearns in Arizona, USA. Sporulated oöcysts of this new species are ovoidal to ellipsoidal, 20-28 × 16-22 (24.9 × 19.2) µm, with a smooth, bi-layered wall; both micropyle and oöcyst residuum are absent, but fragmented polar granule material is present. Sporocysts are ellipsoidal, 11-14 × 6-8 (12.9 × 7.0) µm, with a Stieda body, sub-Stieda body, and sporocyst residuum; sporozoites are elongate with a spheroidal anterior refractile body and a subspheroidal posterior refractile body...
January 19, 2018: Systematic Parasitology
Ram Hari Dahal, Jaisoo Kim
A novel casein hydrolysing bacterium designated strain S-52T was isolated from Kyonggi University forest soil. Cells were strictly aerobic, Gram stain-negative, oxidase- and catalase- positive, non-motile, non-spore-forming, rod-shaped, and golden-yellow-pigmented. Strain S-52T hydrolysed casein. It was able to grow at 20-37 °C (optimum 25-32 °C), pH 6.5-11.0 (optimum 7-9.5), and at 3% (w/v) NaCl concentration. Strain exhibits flexirubin-type pigments. Phylogenetic analysis based on 16S rRNA gene sequence revealed that strain S-52T formed a lineage within the genus Chitinophaga that was distinct from other species of the genus...
January 19, 2018: Archives of Microbiology
Peter Keil, Maximilian Trapp, Nikola Novak, Till Frömling, Hans-Joachim Kleebe, Jürgen Rödel
Coupling of magnetic, ferroelectric, or piezoelectric properties with charge transport at oxide interfaces provides the option to revolutionize classical electronics. Here, the modulation of electrostatic potential barriers at tailored ZnO bicrystal interfaces by stress-induced piezoelectric polarization is reported. Specimen design by epitaxial solid-state transformation allows for both optimal polarization vector alignment and tailoring of defect states at a semiconductor-semiconductor interface. Both quantities are probed by transmission electron microscopy...
January 19, 2018: Advanced Materials
Mingdao Zhang, Quanbin Dai, Hegen Zheng, Mindong Chen, Liming Dai
Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) and MOF-derived materials have recently attracted considerable interest as alternatives to noble-metal electrocatalysts. Herein, the rational design and synthesis of a new class of Co@N-C materials (C-MOF-C2-T) from a pair of enantiotopic chiral 3D MOFs by pyrolysis at temperature T is reported. The newly developed C-MOF-C2-900 with a unique 3D hierarchical rodlike structure, consisting of homogeneously distributed cobalt nanoparticles encapsulated by partially graphitized N-doped carbon rings along the rod length, exhibits higher electrocatalytic activities for oxygen reduction and oxygen evolution reactions (ORR and OER) than that of commercial Pt/C and RuO2 , respectively...
January 19, 2018: Advanced Materials
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