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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645193/irf6-regulates-alternative-activation-by-suppressing-ppar%C3%AE-in-male-murine-macrophages
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Chuan Li, Wei Ying, Zheping Huang, Tyler Brehm, Andrew Morin, Anthony T Vella, Beiyan Zhou
Aberrant pro-inflammatory and suppressed anti-inflammatory (alternative) macrophage activation underlies the chronic inflammation associated with obesity and other metabolic disorders. This study demonstrates a novel role for Interferon Regulatory Factor 6 (IRF6) in regulating macrophage alternative activation (M2) by suppressing peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-γ (PPARγ) expression, a critical regulator of alternative macrophage polarization. The data demonstrate suppression of IRF6 in both M2 macrophages and obese adipose tissue macrophages (ATMs)...
June 22, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645033/acetic-acid-assisted-fabrication-of-hierarchical-flower-like-bi2o3-for-photocatalytic-degradation-of-sulfamethoxazole-and-rhodamine-b-under-solar-irradiation
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Yueping Bao, Teik-Thye Lim, Ziyi Zhong, Rong Wang, Xiao Hu
With the assistance of acetic acid (CH3COOH), a novel 3D flower-like Bi2O3 was synthesized via hydrothermal process followed by calcination. For the first time, the role of CH3COOH as a capping agent in the formation of flower-like structure was investigated. The as-prepared flower-like Bi2O3 had a high activity on the degradation of sulfamethoxazole (SMX) under simulated solar light irradiation due to the narrow band gap of 2.69eV, high percentage of β-Bi2O3 as well as high intensity of polar facets (120) and (200)...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644665/giant-paramagnetism-induced-valley-polarization-of-electrons-in-charge-tunable-monolayer-mose_-2
#3
Patrick Back, Meinrad Sidler, Ovidiu Cotlet, Ajit Srivastava, Naotomo Takemura, Martin Kroner, Atac Imamoğlu
For applications exploiting the valley pseudospin degree of freedom in transition metal dichalcogenide monolayers, efficient preparation of electrons or holes in a single valley is essential. Here, we show that a magnetic field of 7 T leads to a near-complete valley polarization of electrons in a MoSe_{2} monolayer with a density 1.6×10^{12}  cm^{-2}; in the absence of exchange interactions favoring single-valley occupancy, a similar degree of valley polarization would have required a pseudospin g factor of 38...
June 9, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644662/novel-metal-insulator-transition-at-the-smtio_-3-srtio_-3-interface
#4
Kaveh Ahadi, Susanne Stemmer
We report on a metal-insulator transition (MIT) that is observed in an electron system at the SmTiO_{3}/SrTiO_{3} interface. This MIT is characterized by an abrupt transition at a critical temperature, below which the resistance changes by more than an order of magnitude. The temperature of the transition systematically depends on the carrier density, which is tuned from ∼1×10^{14} to 3×10^{14}  cm^{-2} by changing the SmTiO_{3} thickness. An analysis of the transport properties shows non-Fermi-liquid behavior and mass enhancement as the carrier density is lowered...
June 9, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644644/highly-nuclear-spin-polarized-deuterium-atoms-from-the-uv-photodissociation-of-deuterium-iodide
#5
Dimitris Sofikitis, Pavle Glodic, Greta Koumarianou, Hongyan Jiang, Lykourgos Bougas, Peter C Samartzis, Alexander Andreev, T Peter Rakitzis
We report a novel highly spin-polarized deuterium (SPD) source, via the photodissociation of deuterium iodide at 270 nm. I(^{2}P_{3/2}) photofragments are ionized with m-state selectivity, and their velocity distribution measured via velocity-map slice imaging, from which the D polarization is determined. The process produces ∼100% electronically polarized D at the time of dissociation, which is then converted to ∼60% nuclear D polarization after ∼1.6  ns. These production times for SPD allow collision-limited densities of ∼10^{18}  cm^{-3} and at production rates of ∼10^{21}  s^{-1} which are 10^{6} and 10^{4} times higher than conventional (Stern-Gerlach separation) methods, respectively...
June 9, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644636/path-controlled-time-reordering-of-paired-photons-in-a-dressed-three-level-cascade
#6
Samir Bounouar, Max Strauß, Alexander Carmele, Peter Schnauber, Alexander Thoma, Manuel Gschrey, Jan-Hindrik Schulze, André Strittmatter, Sven Rodt, Andreas Knorr, Stephan Reitzenstein
The two-photon dressing of a "three-level ladder" system, here the ground state, the exciton, and the biexciton of a semiconductor quantum dot, leads to new eigenstates and allows one to manipulate the time ordering of the paired photons without unitary postprocessing. We show that, after spectral postselection of the single dressed states, the time ordering of the cascaded photons can be removed or conserved. Our joint experimental and theoretical study demonstrates the high potential of a "ladder" system to be a versatile source of orthogonally polarized, bunched or antibunched pairs of photons...
June 9, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644610/mzmine-2-data-preprocessing-to-enhance-molecular-networking-reliability
#7
Florent Olivon, Gwendal Grelier, Fanny Roussi, Marc Litaudon, David Touboul
Molecular networking is becoming more and more popular into the metabolomic community to organize tandem mass spectrometry (MS2) data. Even though this approach allows the treatment and comparison of large data sets, several drawbacks related to the MS-Cluster tool routinely used on the Global Natural Product Social Molecular Networking platform (GNPS) limit its potential. MS-Cluster cannot distinguish between chromatography well-resolved isomers as retention times are not taken into account. Annotation with predicted chemical formulas is also not implemented and semi-quantification is only based on the number of MS2 scans...
June 23, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644607/electrochemical-exfoliation-of-graphite-in-aqueous-sodium-halide-electrolytes-towards-low-oxygen-content-graphene-for-energy-and-environmental-applications
#8
Jose Maria Munuera, Juan Ignacio Paredes, Marina Enterria, Ana Pagán, Silvia Villar-Rodil, Manuel Fernando R Pereira, J I Martins, José L Figueiredo, Jose Luis Cenis, Amelia Martinez-Alonso, Juan Manuel D Tascon
Graphene and graphene-based materials have shown great promise in many technological applications, but their large-scale production and processing by simple and cost-effective means still constitute significant issues in the path of their widespread implementation. Here, we investigate a straightforward method for the preparation of a ready-to-use and low oxygen content graphene material that is based on electrochemical (anodic) delamination of graphite in aqueous medium with sodium halides as the electrolyte...
June 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644559/evaluating-dihydroazulene-vinylheptafulvene-photoswitches-for-solar-energy-storage-applications
#9
Zhihang Wang, Jonas Udmark, Karl Börjesson, Rita Rodrigues, Anna Roffey, Maria Abrahamsson, Mogens B Nielsen, Kasper Moth-Poulsen
Efficient solar energy storage is a key challenge in striving towards a sustainable future. For this reason, molecules capable of solar energy storage and release through valence isomerization, so-called Molecular Solar Thermal energy storage (MOST), have been investigated. Here, we evaluate the energy storage potential through the photoconversion of the dihydroazulene-vinylheptafulvene (DHA/VHF) photo-thermal couple. The robust nature of this system has been determined through multiple energy storage and release cycles at elevated temperatures in three different solvents...
June 23, 2017: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644505/exceptional-bi-step-switching-of-quadratic-nonlinear-optical-properties-in-a-one-dimensional-channel-compound
#10
Sijie Liu, Zhihua Sun, Chengmin Ji, Lina Li, Sangen Zhao, Junhua Luo
We report a new solid-state nonlinear optical switch based on a one-dimensional channel compound NH4[(CH3)4N]SO4·H2O. It shows an exceptional bi-step switching of second harmonic generation (SHG) effects, corresponding to its SHG-Off, SHG-Low and SHG-High states, which originate from two-step structural transitions with unique centrosymmetric-polar-chiral symmetry transformations.
June 23, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644482/one-thousand-fold-enhancement-of-high-field-liquid-nuclear-magnetic-resonance-signals-at-room-temperature
#11
Guoquan Liu, Marcel Levien, Niels Karschin, Giacomo Parigi, Claudio Luchinat, Marina Bennati
Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) is a fundamental spectroscopic technique for the study of biological systems and materials, molecular imaging and the analysis of small molecules. It detects interactions at very low energies and is thus non-invasive and applicable to a variety of targets, including animals and humans. However, one of its most severe limitations is its low sensitivity, which stems from the small interaction energies involved. Here, we report that dynamic nuclear polarization in liquid solution and at room temperature can enhance the NMR signal of (13)C nuclei by up to three orders of magnitude at magnetic fields of ∼3 T...
July 2017: Nature Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644474/%C3%AF-electron-s%C3%A2-%C3%A2-%C3%A2-quantum-spin-liquid-state-in-an-ionic-polyaromatic-hydrocarbon
#12
Yasuhiro Takabayashi, Melita Menelaou, Hiroyuki Tamura, Nayuta Takemori, Takashi Koretsune, Aleš Štefančič, Gyöngyi Klupp, A Johan C Buurma, Yusuke Nomura, Ryotaro Arita, Denis Arčon, Matthew J Rosseinsky, Kosmas Prassides
Molecular solids with cooperative electronic properties based purely on π electrons from carbon atoms offer a fertile ground in the search for exotic states of matter, including unconventional superconductivity and quantum magnetism. The field was ignited by reports of high-temperature superconductivity in materials obtained by the reaction of alkali metals with polyaromatic hydrocarbons, such as phenanthrene and picene, but the composition and structure of any compound in this family remained unknown. Here we isolate the binary caesium salts of phenanthrene, Cs(C14H10) and Cs2(C14H10), to show that they are multiorbital strongly correlated Mott insulators...
July 2017: Nature Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644384/characterisation-of-the-chemical-composition-and-structural-features-of-novel-antimicrobial-nanoparticles
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Yuen-Ki Cheong, Jesus Calvo-Castro, Lena Ciric, Mohan Edirisinghe, Elaine Cloutman-Green, Upulitha Eranka Illangakoon, Qiang Kang, Suntharavathanan Mahalingam, Rupy Kaur Matharu, Rory M Wilson, Guogang Ren
Three antimicrobial nanoparticle types (AMNP0, AMNP1, and AMNP2) produced using the Tesima(TM) thermal plasma technology were investigated and their compositions were determined using a combination of analytical methods. Scanning electron micrographs provided the morphology of these particles with observed sizes ranging from 10 to 50 nm, whilst FTIR spectra confirmed the absence of polar bonds and organic impurities, and strong Raman active vibrational bands at ca. 1604 and 1311 cm(-1) ascribed to C-C vibrational motions were observed...
June 23, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643832/metasurface-integrated-high-energy-efficient-and-high-linearly-polarized-ingan-gan-light-emitting-diode
#14
Miao Wang, Fuyang Xu, Yu Lin, Bing Cao, Linghua Chen, Chinhua Wang, Jianfeng Wang, Ke Xu
We proposed and demonstrated an integrated high energy efficient and high linearly polarized InGaN/GaN green LED grown on (0001) oriented sapphire with combined metasurface polarizing converter and polarizer system. It is different from those conventional polarized light emissions generated with plasmonic metallic grating in which at least 50% high energy loss occurs inherently due to high reflection of the transverse electric (TE) component of an electric field. A reflecting metasurface, with a two dimensional elliptic metal cylinder array (EMCA) that functions as a half-wave plate, was integrated at the bottom of a LED such that the back-reflected TE component, that is otherwise lost by a dielectric/metal bi-layered wire grids (DMBiWG) polarizer on the top emitting surface of the LED, can be converted to desired transverse magnetic (TM) polarized emission after reflecting from the metasurface...
June 23, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643827/anti-oxidant-and-immune-modulatory-properties-of-sulfated-alginate-derivatives-on-human-chondrocytes-and-macrophages
#15
Anne Kerschenmeyer, Øystein Arlov, Vera Malheiro, Matthias Steinwachs, Markus Rottmar, Katharina Maniura-Weber, Gemma Palazzolo, Marcy Zenobi-Wong
Degeneration of articular cartilage represents one of the most common causes of pain and disability in our aging society. Current treatments only address the symptoms of joint disease, but not their underlying causes which include oxidative stress and inflammation in cartilage and surrounding tissues. Sulfated biopolymers that mimic aspects of the native extracellular environment of cartilage are recently gaining interest as a means to slow the inflammatory events responsible for tissue degeneration. Here we show that the natural polysaccharide alginate and particularly its sulfated derivatives have potent anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-immunogenic properties in vitro...
June 23, 2017: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643773/a-cdc42-rhoa-regulatory-circuit-downstream-of-glycoprotein-ib-guides-transendothelial-platelet-biogenesis
#16
Sebastian Dütting, Frederique Gaits-Iacovoni, David Stegner, Michael Popp, Adrien Antkowiak, Judith M M van Eeuwijk, Paquita Nurden, Simon Stritt, Tobias Heib, Katja Aurbach, Oguzhan Angay, Deya Cherpokova, Niels Heinz, Ayesha A Baig, Maximilian G Gorelashvili, Frank Gerner, Katrin G Heinze, Jerry Ware, Georg Krohne, Zaverio M Ruggeri, Alan T Nurden, Harald Schulze, Ute Modlich, Irina Pleines, Cord Brakebusch, Bernhard Nieswandt
Blood platelets are produced by large bone marrow (BM) precursor cells, megakaryocytes (MKs), which extend cytoplasmic protrusions (proplatelets) into BM sinusoids. The molecular cues that control MK polarization towards sinusoids and limit transendothelial crossing to proplatelets remain unknown. Here, we show that the small GTPases Cdc42 and RhoA act as a regulatory circuit downstream of the MK-specific mechanoreceptor GPIb to coordinate polarized transendothelial platelet biogenesis. Functional deficiency of either GPIb or Cdc42 impairs transendothelial proplatelet formation...
June 15, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643696/artificial-synaptic-characteristics-with-strong-analog-memristive-switching-in-a-pt-ceo2-pt-structure
#17
Hyung Jun Kim, Hong Zheng, Jong-Sung Park, Dong Hun Kim, Chi Jung Kang, Jun Tae Jang, Dae Hwan Kim, Tae-Sik Yoon
Artificial synaptic potentiation and depression characteristics were demonstrated with Pt/CeO2/Pt devices exhibiting polarity-dependent analog memristive switching. The strong and sequential resistance change with its maximum to minimum ratio >10(5), imperatively essential for stable operation, as repeating voltage application, emulated the potentiation and depression motion of a synapse with variable synaptic weight. The synaptic weight change could be controlled by the amplitude, width, and number of repeated voltage pulses...
July 14, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643574/stability-and-in-vitro-release-behaviour-of-encapsulated-omega-fatty-acid-rich-oils-in-lentil-protein-isolate-based-microcapsules
#18
C Chang, M T Nickerson
The objective of this study was to investigate the use of a lentil protein isolate-based microcapsule design as a platform for entrapping different types of omega fatty acid-rich oil (e.g. canola, fish and flaxseed oils) and to characterise differences in the physical properties (e.g. moisture content, water activity, colour, wettability, particle size, surface oil and entrapment efficiency), storage stability and in vitro release behaviour of the entrapped oils. All microcapsules displayed similar physical properties regardless of the core material...
June 23, 2017: International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643454/polar-zoobenthos-blue-carbon-storage-increases-with-sea-ice-losses-because-across-shelf-growth-gains-from-longer-algal-blooms-outweigh-ice-scour-mortality-in-the-shallows
#19
David K A Barnes
One of the major climate-forced global changes has been white to blue to green; losses of sea ice extent in time and space around Arctic and West Antarctic seas has increased open water and the duration (though not magnitude) of phytoplankton blooms. Blueing of the poles has increases potential for heat absorption for positive feedback but conversely the longer phytoplankton blooms have increased carbon export to storage and sequestration by shelf benthos. However, ice shelf collapses and glacier retreat can calve more icebergs, and the increased open water allows icebergs more opportunities to scour the seabed, reducing zoobenthic blue carbon capture and storage...
June 23, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643230/crosstalk-between-m2-macrophages-and-glioma-stem-cells
#20
Leora M Nusblat, Molly J Carroll, Charles M Roth
PURPOSE: Given its extremely poor prognosis, there is a pressing need for an improved understanding of the biology of glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), including the roles of tumor subpopulations that may contribute to their growth rate and therapy resistance. The most malignant phenotypes of GBM have been ascribed to the presence of subpopulations of cancer stem cells (CSCs), which are resistant to chemotherapeutic drugs and ionizing radiation and which promote invasiveness and metastasis...
June 22, 2017: Cellular Oncology (Dordrecht)
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