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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535462/pharmaceutical-substances-in-ambient-particulates-a-preliminary-assessment
#1
Angelo Cecinato, Paola Romagnoli, Mattia Perilli, Catia Balducci
Till now, no attention has been paid to pharmaceuticals (PCs) in the air, though they are known to affect waters, soils, foods and biota. This paper describes the first attempt to characterize the PC occurrence in the air. Airborne particulates (PM10 or PM2.5 fractions, from Amsterdam, Netherland, Rome and Rende, Italy) were sampled on quartz fiber filter by means of pumping systems operating at medium-volume conditions (16 or 38.5 L min(-1)). The samples were solvent extracted through sonication with a dichloromethane:acetone:methanol mixture and reduced close to dryness; three fractions of the residue were separated through column chromatography; they comprised non polar, low polar and very polar organic compounds, respectively, and PCs were in the third one...
May 18, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535422/detailed-characterization-of-bio-oil-from-pyrolysis-of-non-edible-seed-cakes-by-fourier-transform-infrared-spectroscopy-ftir-and-gas-chromatography-mass-spectrometry-gc-ms-techniques
#2
Vatsala Sugumaran, Shanti Prakash, Emmandi Ramu, Ajay Kumar Arora, Veena Bansal, Vivekanand Kagdiyal, Deepak Saxena
Bio-oil obtained from pyrolysis is highly complicated mixture with valued chemicals. In order to reduce the complexity for unambiguous characterization of components present in bio-oil, solvent extractions using different solvents with increasing polarity have been adopted. The fractions have been analyzed by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy for identifying the functional groups and Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS), for detailed characterization of components present in various fractions, thereby providing in-depth information at molecular level of various components in bio-oil...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535349/solitary-oxygen-dopant-emission-from-carbon-nanotubes-modified-by-dielectric-metasurfaces
#3
Xuedan Ma, Anthony R James, Nicolai F Hartmann, Jon K Baldwin, Jason Dominguez, Michael B Sinclair, Ting S Luk, Omri Wolf, Sheng Liu, Stephen K Doorn, Han Htoon, Igal Brener
All-dielectric metasurfaces made from arrays of high index nanoresonators supporting strong magnetic dipole modes have emerged as a low-loss alternative to plasmonic metasurfaces. Here we use oxygen-doped single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) as quantum emitters and couple them to silicon metasurfaces to study effects of the magnetic dipole modes of the constituent nanoresonators on the photoluminescence (PL) of individual SWCNTs. We find that when in resonance, the magnetic mode of the silicon nanoresonators can lead to a moderate average PL enhancement of 0...
May 23, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535340/optical-binding-of-nanowires
#4
Stephen H Simpson, Pavel Zemanek, Onofrio M Marago, Philip H Jones, Simon Hanna
Multiple scattering of light induces structured interactions, or optical binding forces, between collections of small particles. This has been extensively studied in the case of micro-spheres. However, binding forces are strongly shape dependent: here, we turn our attention to dielectric nanowires. Using a novel numerical model we uncover rich behaviour. The extreme geometry of the nanowires produces a sequence of stationary and dynamic states. In linearly polarized light, thermally stable ladder-like structures emerge...
May 23, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535142/srs2-promotes-synthesis-dependent-strand-annealing-by-disrupting-dna-polymerase-%C3%AE-extending-d-loops
#5
Jie Liu, Christopher Ede, William D Wright, Steven K Gore, Shirin S Jenkins, Bret D Freudenthal, M Todd Washington, Xavier Veaute, Wolf-Dietrich Heyer
Synthesis-dependent strand annealing (SDSA) is the preferred mode of homologous recombination in somatic cells leading to an obligatory non-crossover outcome, thus avoiding the potential for chromosomal rearrangements and loss of heterozygosity. Genetic analysis identified the Srs2 helicase as a prime candidate to promote SDSA. Here, we demonstrate that Srs2 disrupts D-loops in an ATP-dependent fashion and with a distinct polarity. Specifically, we partly reconstitute the SDSA pathway using Rad51, Rad54, RPA, RFC, DNA Polymerase δ with different forms of PCNA...
May 23, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535070/polarity-control-of-heteroepitaxial-gan-nanowires-on-diamond
#6
Martin Hetzl, Max Kraut, Theresa Hoffmann, Martin Stutzmann
Group III-nitride materials such as GaN nanowires are characterized by a spontaneous polarization within the crystal. The sign of the resulting sheet charge at the top and bottom facet of a GaN nanowire is determined by the orientation of the wurtzite bilayer of the different atomic species, called N and Ga polarity. We investigate the polarity distribution of heteroepitaxial GaN nanowires on different substrates and demonstrate polarity control of GaN nanowires on diamond. Kelvin Probe Force Microscopy is used to determine the polarity of individual selective area-grown and self-assembled nanowires over a large scale...
May 23, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535053/the-origin-of-ion-pairing-and-redissociation-of-ionic-liquid
#7
Bong-Seop Lee, Shiang-Tai Lin
We address the possible occurrence of a minimum extent of dissociation (α) of ionic liquid (IL) in IL-solvent mixtures. This phenomenon, known as the re-dissociation of IL, is responsible for many interesting composition-dependent properties in such mixtures. A predictive thermodynamic model is developed to provide semi-quantitative description on the change of α with solvent concentration. It is found that the occurrence of minimum α coincides with the occurrence maximum mean activity coefficient of dissociated ions, indicating better solvation of free, dissociated ions both with decreasing and increasing solvent concentration...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535011/tumor-growth-limited-to-subcutaneous-site-vs-tumor-growth-in-pulmonary-site-exhibit-differential-effects-on-systemic-immunities
#8
Junko Masuda, Eiji Takayama, Warren Strober, Ayano Satoh, Yuji Morimoto, Yasuko Honjo, Tatsuo Ichinohe, Shin-Ichi Tokuno, Toshiaki Ishizuka, Takahiro Nakata, Akifumi Mizutani, Naoki Umemura, Atsushi Kitani, Ivan J Fuss, Tsukasa Shigehiro, Harumi Kawaki, Masako Mizuno-Kamiya, Nobuo Kondoh, Masaharu Seno
To evaluate systemic immunity associated with tumor growth limited to a subcutaneous site versus growth proceeding at multiple tumor sites, we established syngeneic mouse subcutaneous and pulmonary tumor models by local subcutaneous and intravenous injection of colon carcinoma CT26 cells. We found that splenic myeloid-derived suppressor cell (MDSC) levels were significantly increased in the subcutaneous tumor model but not in the pulmonary tumor model. Furthermore, both CD4+ and CD8+ T cells as well as CD4+ Foxp3+ T cells were significantly decreased in the subcutaneous tumor model and were largely unchanged in the pulmonary tumor model...
May 17, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534943/bu-fei-decoction-attenuates-the-tumor-associated-macrophage-stimulated-proliferation-migration-invasion-and-immunosuppression-of-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-partially-via-il-10-and-pd-l1-regulation
#9
Lina Pang, Shuyan Han, Yanna Jiao, Shantong Jiang, Xiran He, Pingping Li
Macrophages play a pivotal role in tumor microenvironment. Bu-Fei Decoction (BFD) is a classical formula of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) to alleviate lung cancer related symptoms, whether it has antitumor effect or could influence cancer microenvironment deserves further study. The aim of the present study was to examine the antitumor effect of BFD on non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), and to investigate the underlying mechanisms through tumor associated macrophages (TAMs). M2-polarized TAMs were induced by Phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate (PMA) and interleukin 4 (IL-4)...
May 19, 2017: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534919/solid-state-and-surface-effects-in-thin-film-molecular-switches
#10
Jonathan P Hopwood, Jacob W Ciszek
Thin-films of three dihydroindolizine molecular switches were monitored via polarization modulation infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy to quantify solid state and surface-based inhibition of switching as a function of irradiation time. In the solid state, the molecular switches diverged dramatically with flexible alkyl substituents resulting in switching rates up to three times that of switches containing rigid analogs. For thin-films, decreasing film thickness from 30 nm to approximately 4 molecules thick resulted in an increase in inhibition...
May 23, 2017: Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534896/coupling-between-the-photo-excited-cyclic-%C3%AF-system-and-the-4f-electronic-system-in-a-lanthanide-single-molecule-magnet
#11
K Kizaki, H Ozawa, T Kobayashi, R Matsuoka, Y Sakaguchi, A Fuyuhiro, T Fukuda, N Ishikawa
A new type of electronic interaction which couples two angular momenta, i.e. the angular momentum of a localized 4f system (J) and an orbital angular momentum generated in a cyclic π conjugated system by irradiation with a circularly-polarized light, has been identified in a lanthanide single molecule magnet.
May 23, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534855/rbc-adherence-of-immune-complexes-containing-botulinum-toxin-improves-neutralization-and-macrophage-uptake
#12
Fetweh H Al-Saleem, Rashmi Sharma, Rama Devudu Puligedda, Md Elias, Chandana Devi Kattala, Paul M Simon, Lance L Simpson, Scott K Dessain
In the paralytic disease botulism, the botulinum neurotoxin (BoNT) passes through the bloodstream to reach and inactivate neuromuscular junctions. Monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) may be useful BoNT countermeasures, as mAb combinations can rapidly clear BoNT from the blood circulation. We have previously shown that the BoNT-neutralizing potency of mAbs can be improved through red blood cell (RBC) immunoadherence. For example, a fusion protein (FP) that adheres biotinylated mAbs to the RBC surface enabled a pair of mAbs to neutralize 5000 LD50 BoNT/A in the mouse protection assay...
May 19, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534839/exploring-the-pivotal-role-of-the-ck2-hinge-region-sub-pocket-in-binding-with-tricyclic-quinolone-analogues-by-computational-analysis
#13
Yue Zhou, Na Zhang, Shan Tang, Xiaoqian Qi, Lijiao Zhao, Rugang Zhong, Yongzhen Peng
Protein kinase CK2 has been considered as an attractive therapeutic target of cancer therapy. The tricyclic quinoline compound CX-4945 is the first representative of CK2 inhibitors used in human clinical trials. The binding of non-2,6-naphtyridine substituted compounds 27e (IC50 > 500 nM) and 27h (IC50 > 1000 nM) to CK2 is abolished. However, the unbinding mechanisms due to the key pharmacophore group replacement of compounds 27e and 27h are unveiled. In the present work, combined computational analysis was performed to investigate the underlying structural basis of the low-affinity of two systems...
May 19, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534677/modeling-tomato-ripening-based-on-carotenoid-raman-spectroscopy-experimental-versus-kinetic-model
#14
Daniel Martin, Alicia G Gonzalvez, Rocio Mateos Medina, Angel González Ureña
This work reports on a combined experimental and theoretical investigation on the carotenoid Raman signal in several tomato fruits during their postharvest time evolution and ripening. Both resonant (180°) backscattering and polarized (90°) Raman scattering were used to monitor the most prominent bands of carotenoid (lycopene and β-carotene) evolution in different tomato varieties. Relevant findings of the present investigations were that while the depolarization ratio of the ν1 band hardly changed with time, the Raman ν1 band intensity did change showing a similar pattern for all tomatoes investigated...
June 2017: Applied Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534674/accurate-molecular-orientation-analysis-using-infrared-p-polarized-multiple-angle-incidence-resolution-spectrometry-pmairs-considering-the-refractive-index-of-the-thin-film-sample
#15
Nobutaka Shioya, Takafumi Shimoaka, Richard Murdey, Takeshi Hasegawa
Infrared (IR) p-polarized multiple-angle incidence resolution spectrometry (pMAIRS) is a powerful tool for analyzing the molecular orientation in an organic thin film. In particular, pMAIRS works powerfully for a thin film with a highly rough surface irrespective of degree of the crystallinity. Recently, the optimal experimental condition has comprehensively been revealed, with which the accuracy of the analytical results has largely been improved. Regardless, some unresolved matters still remain. A structurally isotropic sample, for example, yields different peak intensities in the in-plane and out-of-plane spectra...
June 2017: Applied Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534662/neuroprotection-of-brain-permeable-iron-chelator-vk-28-against-intracerebral-hemorrhage-in-mice
#16
Qian Li, Jieru Wan, Xi Lan, Xiaoning Han, Zhongyu Wang, Jian Wang
Iron overload plays a key role in the secondary brain damage that develops after intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH). The significant increase in iron deposition is associated with the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS), which leads to oxidative brain damage. In this study, we examined the protective effects of VK-28, a brain-permeable iron chelator, against hemoglobin toxicity in an ex vivo organotypic hippocampal slice culture (OHSC) model and in middle-aged mice subjected to an in vivo, collagenase-induced ICH model...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534620/hydrogen-atom-transfer-hat-processes-promoted-by-the-quinolinimide-n-oxyl-radical-a-kinetic-and-theoretical-study
#17
Gino A DiLabio, Paola Franchi, Osvaldo Lanzalunga, Andrea Lapi, Fiorella Lucarini, Marco Lucarini, Marco Mazzonna, Viki Kumar Prasad, Barbara Ticconi
A kinetic study of the hydrogen atom transfer (HAT) reactions from a series of organic compounds to the quinolinimide-N-oxyl radical (QINO) has been carried out in CH3CN. The HAT rate constants are significantly higher than those observed with the phthalimide-N-oxyl radical (PINO) as a result of enthalpic and polar effects due to the presence of the N-heteroaromatic ring in QINO. The relevance of polar effects is supported by theoretical calculations carried out for the reactions of the two N-oxyl radicals with toluene which indicate that the HAT process is characterized by a significant degree of charge transfer enabled by the pi-stacking that occurs in the transition state structures between the toluene and the N-oxyl aromatic rings...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534507/cecr1-mediated-cross-talk-between-macrophages-and-vascular-mural-cells-promotes-neovascularization-in-malignant-glioma
#18
C Zhu, I Chrifi, D Mustafa, M van der Weiden, P J M Leenen, D J Duncker, J M Kros, C Cheng
Glioblastomas (glioblastoma multiforme, GBM) are most malignant brain tumors characterized by profound vascularization. The activation of macrophages strongly contributes to tumor angiogenesis during GBM development. Previously, we showed that extracellular adenosine deaminase protein Cat Eye Syndrome Critical Region Protein 1 (CECR1) is highly expressed by M2-like macrophages in GBM where it defines macrophage M2 polarization and contributes to tumor expansion. In this study, the effect of CECR1 in macrophages on tumor angiogenesis was investigated...
May 22, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534475/strain-engineering-of-monoclinic-domains-in-k-x-na1-x-nbo3-epitaxial-layers-a-pathway-to-enhanced-piezoelectric-properties
#19
Martin Schmidbauer, Dorothee Braun, Toni Markurt, Michael Hanke, Jutta Schwarzkopf
A novel concept to obtain a ferroelectric material with enhanced piezoelectric properties is proposed. This approach is based on the combination of two pathways: (i) the evolution of a ferroelectric monoclinic phase and, (ii) the coexistence of different types of ferroelectric domains leading to polarization discontinuities at the domain walls. Each of these pathways enables polarization rotation in the material which is responsible for giant piezoelectricity. Targeted incorporation of anisotropic epitaxial lattice strain is used to implement this approach...
May 23, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534400/opto-valleytronic-spin-injection-in-monolayer-mos2-few-layer-graphene-hybrid-spin-valves
#20
Yunqiu Kelly Luo, Jinsong Xu, Tiancong Zhu, Guanzhong Wu, Elizabeth Joan McCormick, Wenbo Zhan, Mahesh R Neupane, Roland K Kawakami
Two dimensional (2D) materials provide a unique platform for spintronics and valleytronics due to the ability to combine vastly different functionalities into one vertically-stacked heterostructure, where the strengths of each of the constituent materials can compensate for the weaknesses of the others. Graphene has been demonstrated to be an exceptional material for spin transport at room temperature, however it lacks a coupling of the spin and optical degrees of freedom. In contrast, spin/valley polarization can be efficiently generated in monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides (TMD) such as MoS2 via absorption of circularly-polarized photons, but lateral spin or valley transport has not been realized at room temperature...
May 23, 2017: Nano Letters
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