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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906474/tuning-the-energy-transfer-efficiency-between-ce-3-and-ln-3-ions-ln-tm-sm-tb-dy-by-controlling-the-crystal-phase-of-nayf4-nanocrystals
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Venkata N K B Adusumalli, Heramba V S R M Koppisetti, Sagar Ganguli, Shyam Sarkar, Venkataramanan Mahalingam
NaYF4 is a superior host matrix to study the luminescence properties of lanthanide (Ln(3+) ) ions. Ln(3+) ions in hexagonal-phase NaYF4 (β-phase) nanocrystals (NCs) exhibit strong luminescence via an upconversion process compared to cubic NaYF4 (α-phase) NCs. However, in Ce(3+) /Ln(3+) -doped NaYF4 NCs (Ln=Tm, Tb, Sm, Dy) the α-phase NaYF4 NCs shows strong luminescence compared to their counterpart β-phase NCs despite the latter being much larger in size. This is attributed to comparatively large overlap between Ce(3+) ions emission band with excited energy levels of those Ln(3+) ions in α-phase compared to β-phase NCs...
December 1, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906239/fiber-optic-electron-spin-resonance-thermometry-of-single-laser-activated-neurons
#2
A A Lanin, I V Fedotov, Yu G Ermakova, D A Sidorov-Biryukov, A B Fedotov, P Hemmer, V V Belousov, A M Zheltikov
Optically detected electron spin resonance in fiber-coupled nitrogen-vacancy (NV) centers of diamond is used to demonstrate a fiber-optic quantum thermometry of individual thermogenetically activated neurons. Laser-induced temperature variations read out from single neurons with the NV-diamond fiber sensor are shown to strongly correlate with the fluorescence of calcium-ion sensors, serving as online indicators of the inward Ca<sup>2+</sup> current across the cell membrane of neurons expressing transient receptor potential (TRP) cation channels...
December 1, 2016: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906147/biogenic-synthesis-of-silver-nanoparticles-from-cassia-fistula-linn-in-vitro-assessment-of-their-antioxidant-antimicrobial-and-cytotoxic-activities
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Yugal Kishore Mohanta, Sujogya Kumar Panda, Kunal Biswas, Abiral Tamang, Jaya Bandyopadhyay, Debashis De, Dambarudhar Mohanta, Akshaya Kumar Bastia
The present study reports on biogenic-synthesised silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) derived by treating Ag ions with an extract of Cassia fistula leaf, a popular Indian medicinal plant found in natural habitation. The progress of biogenic synthesis was monitored time to time using a ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy. The effect of phytochemicals present in C. fistula including flavonoids, tannins, phenolic compounds and alkaloids on the homogeneous growth of AgNPs was investigated by Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy...
December 2016: IET Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905661/artificial-cartilage-bio-matrix-formed-of-hyaluronic-acid-and-mg2-polyphosphate
#4
X Wang, M Ackermann, E Tolba, M Neufurth, F Wurm, Q Feng, S Wang, H C Schröder, W E Müller
Here we show that inorganic polyphosphate (polyP), a polyanionic metabolic regulator consisting of multiple phosphate residues linked by energy-rich phosphoanhydride bonds, is present in the synovial fluid. In a biomimetic approach, to enhance cartilage synthesis and regeneration, we prepared amorphous polyP microparticles with Mg2+ as counterions. The particles were characterised by X-ray diffraction (XRD), energy-dispersive X-ray (EDX) and Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopic (FTIR) analyses. Similar particles were obtained after addition of Mg2+ ions to a solution containing hyaluronic acid, as a major component of the synovial fluid, and soluble Na-polyP...
November 29, 2016: European Cells & Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905602/achieving-enhanced-ionic-mobility-in-nanoporous-silica-by-controlled-surface-interactions
#5
Mounesha Nagendrachar Garaga, Luis Aguilera, Negin Yaghini, Aleksandar Matic, Michael Persson, Anna Martinelli
We report a strategy to enhance the ionic mobility in an emerging class of gels, based on robust nanoporous silica micro-particles, by chemical functionalization of the silica surface. Two very different ionic liquids are used to fill the nano-pores of silica at varying pore filling factors, namely one aprotic imidazolium based (1-methyl-3-hexylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide, C6C1ImTFSI), and one protic ammonium based (diethylmethylammonium methanesulfonate, DEMAOMs) ionic liquid. Both these ionic liquids display higher ionic mobility when confined in functionalized silica as compared to untreated silica nano-pores, an improvement that is more pronounced at low pore filling factors (i...
December 1, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905599/non-scaling-behavior-of-electroosmotic-flow-in-voltage-gated-nanopores
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Cheng Lian, Alejandro Gallegos, Honglai Liu, Jianzhong Wu
Ionic transport through nanopores is of fundamental importance for the design and development of nanofiltration membranes and novel electrochemical devices including supercapacitors, fuel cells and batteries. Recent experiments have shown an unusual variation of electrical conductance with the pore size and the electrolyte parameters that defies conventional scaling relations. Here ionic transport through voltage-gated nanopores was studied by using the classical density functional theory for ion distributions in combination with the Navier-Stokes equation for the electroosmotic flow...
December 1, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904395/purification-and-characterization-of-thermostable-and-detergent-stable-%C3%AE-amylase-from-anoxybacillus-sp-ah1
#7
Ömer Acer, Fatma Matpan Bekler, Hemşe Pirinççioğlu, Reyhan Gül Güven, Kemal Güven
A thermostable and detergent-stable α-amylase from a newly isolated Anoxybacillus sp. AH1 was purified and characterized. Maximum enzyme production (1874.8 U/mL) was obtained at 24 h of incubation. The amylase was purified by using Sephadex G-75 gel filtration, after which an 18-fold increase in specific activity and a yield of 9% were achieved. The molecular mass of the purified enzyme was estimated at 85 kDa by sodium dodecyl sulphate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE). The optimum pH and temperature values of the enzyme were 7...
March 2016: Food Technology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902449/is-n-n-dimethylglycine-n-oxide-a-choline-and-betaine-metabolite
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Michael Lever, Christopher J McEntyre, Peter M George, Stephen T Chambers
Choline metabolism is by oxidation to betaine, which is demethylated to N,N-dimethylglycine; dimethylglycine is oxidatively demethylated to sarcosine. This pathway is important for osmoregulation and as a source of methyl groups. We asked whether another metabolite was involved. We synthesized the N-oxide of dimethylglycine (DMGO) by oxidizing dimethylglycine with peracetic acid, and measured DMGO in human plasma and urine by HPLC-MS/MS with positive ion detection, using two chromatography procedures, based on ion exchange and HILIC separations...
November 30, 2016: Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901358/mdck-cells-are-capable-of-water-secretion-and-reabsorption-in-response-to-changes-in-the-ionic-environment
#9
Janne P Capra, Sinikka M Eskelinen
A prerequisite for tissue electrolyte homeostasis is highly regulated ion and water transport through kidney or intestinal epithelia. In the present work, we monitored changes in the cell and luminal volumes of type II Madin-Darby canine kidney (MDCK) cells grown in a 3D environment in response to drugs, or to changes in the composition of the basal extracellular fluid. Using fluorescent markers and high-resolution spinning disc confocal microscopy, we could show that lack of sodium and potassium ions in the basal fluid (tetramethylammonium chloride (TMACl) buffer) induces a rapid increase in the cell and luminal volumes...
September 1, 2016: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901119/how-does-the-spin-state-of-co-ions-affect-the-insulator-metal-transition-in-bi2a2co2o8-a%C3%A2-%C3%A2-ca-sr-ba
#10
Xiaokun Huang, Weiyi Zhang
The misfit layered Bi2A2Co2O8 (A = Ca, Sr, Ba) compounds experience an insulator to metal transition as A's ionic radius increases. This feature is contradictory to the conventional wisdom that larger lattice constant favors insulating rather than metallic state, and is also difficult to be reconciled using the Anderson weak localization theory. In this paper, we show from the first-principles calculation that an insulator-metal transition takes place from a nonmagnetic low-spin state of Co(3+) ions to a hexagonally arranged intermediate-spin low-spin mixed-state in CoO2 plane when ionic radius increases from Ca to Ba...
November 30, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901105/photodegradation-of-organic-pollutants-rhb-dye-using-uv-simulated-sunlight-on-ceria-based-tio2-nanomaterials-for-antibacterial-applications
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Kaviyarasu Kasinathan, John Kennedy, Manikandan Elayaperumal, Mohamed Henini, Maaza Malik
To photo-catalytically degrade RhB dye using solar irradiation, CeO2 doped TiO2 nanocomposites were synthesized hydrothermally at 700 °C for 9 hrs. All emission spectra showed a prominent band centered at 442 nm that was attributed to oxygen related defects in the CeO2-TiO2 nanocrystals. Two sharp absorption bands at 1418 cm(-1) and 3323 cm(-1) were attributed to the deformation and stretching vibration, and bending vibration of the OH group of water physisorbed to TiO2, respectively. The photocatalytic activities of Ce-TiO2 nanocrystals were investigated through the degradation of RhB under UV and UV+ visible light over a period of 8 hrs...
November 30, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901090/fluorescence-tunable-ag-dna-biosensor-with-tailored-cytotoxicity-for-live-cell-applications
#12
Nelli Bossert, Donny de Bruin, Maria Götz, Dirk Bouwmeester, Doris Heinrich
DNA-stabilized silver clusters (Ag-DNA) show excellent promise as a multi-functional nanoagent for molecular investigations in living cells. The unique properties of these fluorescent nanomaterials allow for intracellular optical sensors with tunable cytotoxicity based on simple modifications of the DNA sequences. Three Ag-DNA nanoagent designs are investigated, exhibiting optical responses to the intracellular environments and sensing-capability of ions, functional inside living cells. Their sequence-dependent fluorescence responses inside living cells include (1) a strong splitting of the fluorescence peak for a DNA hairpin construct, (2) an excitation and emission shift of up to 120 nm for a single-stranded DNA construct, and (3) a sequence robust in fluorescence properties...
November 30, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901080/block-of-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptors-by-philanthotoxins-is-strongly-dependent-on-their-subunit-composition
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Hamid S Kachel, Rohit N Patel, Henrik Franzyk, Ian R Mellor
Philanthotoxin-433 (PhTX-433) is an active component of the venom from the Egyptian digger wasp, Philanthus triangulum. PhTX-433 inhibits several excitatory ligand-gated ion channels, and to improve selectivity two synthetic analogues, PhTX-343 and PhTX-12, were developed. Previous work showed a 22-fold selectivity of PhTX-12 over PhTX-343 for embryonic muscle-type nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) in TE671 cells. We investigated their inhibition of different neuronal nAChR subunit combinations as well as of embryonic muscle receptors expressed in Xenopus oocytes...
November 30, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900528/the-thermophilic-biomass-degrading-fungus-thielavia-terrestris-co3bag1-produces-a-hyperthermophilic-and-thermostable-%C3%AE-1-4-xylanase-with-exo-and-endo-activity
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Yolanda García-Huante, Maribel Cayetano-Cruz, Alejandro Santiago-Hernández, Claudia Cano-Ramírez, Rodolfo Marsch-Moreno, Jorge E Campos, Guillermo Aguilar-Osorio, Claudia G Benitez-Cardoza, Sergio Trejo-Estrada, María Eugenia Hidalgo-Lara
A hyperthermophilic and thermostable xylanase of 82 kDa (TtXynA) was purified from the culture supernatant of T. terrestris Co3Bag1, grown on carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC), and characterized biochemically. TtXynA showed optimal xylanolytic activity at pH 5.5 and at 85 °C, and retained more than 90% of its activity at a broad pH range (4.5-10). The enzyme is highly thermostable with a half-life of 23.1 days at 65 °C, and active in the presence of several metal ions. Circular dichroism spectra strongly suggest the enzyme gains secondary structures when temperature increases...
November 29, 2016: Extremophiles: Life Under Extreme Conditions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900060/effects-of-fabrication-methods-on-spin-relaxation-and-crystallite-quality-in-tm-doped-y3ai5o12-powders-studied-using-spectral-hole-burning
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Thomas Lutz, Lucile Veissier, Charles W Thiel, Philip J T Woodburn, Rufus L Cone, Paul E Barclay, Wolfgang Tittel
High-quality rare-earth-ion (REI) doped materials are a prerequisite for many applications such as quantum memories, ultra-high-resolution optical spectrum analyzers and information processing. Compared to bulk materials, REI doped powders offer low-cost fabrication and a greater range of accessible material systems. Here we show that crystal properties, such as nuclear spin lifetime, are strongly affected by mechanical treatment, and that spectral hole burning can serve as a sensitive method to characterize the quality of REI doped powders...
2016: Science and Technology of Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899231/carvedilol-exacerbate-gentamicin-induced-kidney-mitochondrial-alterations-in-adult-rat
#16
Luís Félix, M M Oliveira, Romeu Videira, Elisabete Maciel, Nuno D Alves, Fernando M Nunes, Anabela Alves, José M Almeida, M Rosário M Domingues, Francisco P Peixoto
Gentamicin is an aminoglycoside antibiotic widely used to treat many types of bacterial infections. Although its properties, his clinical use is limited due to the occurrence of nephrotoxicity, which has been related to mitochondrial dysfunction. Carvedilol, an antihypertensive drug with strong antioxidant properties, has been tested in order to prevent gentamicin nephrotoxicity. This study aimed to test this hypothesis using a rat model of gentamicin-induced nephrotoxicity. Animals were treated subcutaneously with DMSO (control) (0...
November 26, 2016: Experimental and Toxicologic Pathology: Official Journal of the Gesellschaft Für Toxikologische Pathologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898784/effect-of-metal-ions-on-the-formation-of-trichloronitromethane-during-chlorination-of-catechol-and-nitrite
#17
Guojuan Gan, Rongwu Mei, Lin Qiu, Huachang Hong, Qingjun Wang, Asit Mazumder, Shikai Wu, Xiangliang Pan, Yan Liang
Catechol, nitrite, and dissolved metals are ubiquitous in source drinking water. Catechol and nitrite have been identified as precursors for halonitromethanes (HNMs), but the effect of metal ions on HNM formation during chlorination remains unclear. The main objective of this study was to investigate the effect of metal ions (Fe, Ti, Al) on the formation of trichloronitromethane (TCNM) (the most representative HNM species in disinfected water) on chlorinating catechol and nitrite. Trichloronitromethane was extracted by methyl tert-butyl ether and detected by gas chromatography...
November 2016: Journal of Environmental Quality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897413/discrete-silver-i-palladium-ii-oxo-nanoclusters-ag4-pd13-and-ag5-pd15-and-the-role-of-metal-metal-bonding-induced-by-cation-confinement
#18
Peng Yang, Yixian Xiang, Zhengguo Lin, Zhongling Lang, Pablo Jiménez-Lozano, Jorge J Carbó, Josep M Poblet, Linyuan Fan, Changwen Hu, Ulrich Kortz
We introduce the class of discrete silver(I)-palladium(II)-oxo nanoclusters with the preparation of {Ag4 Pd13 } and {Ag5 Pd15 }. Both polyanions represent the first examples of noble metal-capped polyoxo-noble-metalates in a fully inorganic assembly, featuring an unprecedented host-guest mode containing hetero- and homometallic Ag-Pd and Ag-Ag bonding interactions. Comprehensive theoretical calculations suggest that the Ag-Pd metallic bonds originate partially from surface confinement of Ag(I) guest ions onto the anionic polyoxopalladate host that is induced by strong electrostatic forces...
November 29, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897396/acid-mediated-synthesis-of-ordered-mesoporous-aluminosilicates-the-challenge-and-the-promise
#19
Selvam Parasuraman, Nunna Vamsi Krishna
A novel intrinsic hydrolysis method was employed, for the first-time, to synthesize well-ordered H-AlSBA-15 with trivalent aluminium exclusively in tetrahedral framework structure of SBA-15. Unlike other methods, which involve incorporation of aluminum ions in, both, framework (Brønsted) and non-framework (Lewis) sites of the silicate matrix, the intrinsic hydroly-sis method isomorphously substitutes aluminium ions in the tetrahedral network even at high aluminium content. This unique approach relies mainly on hydrolysis rates of inorganic (silicon and aluminium) precursors used for the preparation in such a way that the condensation occurs simultaneously so as to overcome the usually encountered difficulties in stabilizing aluminium ions in the silicate matrix...
November 29, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896346/visible-light-driven-mesoporous-ag-embedded-zno-nanocomposites-reactive-oxygen-species-enhanced-photocatalysis-bacterial-inhibition-and-photodynamic-therapy
#20
Jagriti Gupta, Jeotikanta Mohapatra, D Bahadur
We present here the multitasking capabilities of Ag-embedded ZnO nanocomposites (Ag-ZnO NCs), which include the photocatalytic degradation of organic dyes, bacterial inhibition, and cancer therapeutics. Ag-embedded ZnO nanocomposites (Ag-ZnO NCs) of mesoporous spherical morphology (size ∼ 150 ± 50 nm) are successfully synthesized by a facile and single step soft-chemical approach. To understand the effect of Ag loading on multitasking properties, Ag-ZnO NCs are synthesized with different wt% of Ag. It was found that Ag5-ZnO NCs (5 wt% of Ag) showed excellent solar light-induced photocatalytic degradation properties against both cationic as well as anionic dyes...
November 29, 2016: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
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