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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103551/ultrasound-flow-mapping-for-the-investigation-of-crystal-growth
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Norman Thieme, Paul Bonisch, Dagmar Meier, Richard Nauber, Lars Buttner, Kaspars Dadzis, Olf Patzold, Lamine Sylla, Jurgen Czarske
A high energy conversion and cost efficiency are keys for the transition to renewable energy sources, e.g. solar cells. The efficiency of multi-crystalline solar cells can be improved by enhancing the understanding of its crystallization process, especially the directional solidification. In this paper, a novel measurement system for the characterization of flow phenomena and solidification processes in low-temperature model experiments on the basis of ultrasound Doppler velocimetry is described. It captures turbulent flow phenomena in two planes with a frame rate of 3...
January 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102946/a-portal-dosimetry-dose-prediction-method-based-on-collapsed-cone-algorithm-using-the-clinical-beam-model
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J Martínez Ortega, N Gómez González, P Castro Tejero, M Pinto Monedero, N B Tolani, L Núñez Martín, R Sánchez Montero
PURPOSE: Amorphous silicon electronical portal imaging devices (EPIDs) are widely used for dosimetric measurements in Radiation Therapy. The purpose of this work was to determine if a portal dose prediction method can be utilized for dose map calculations based on the linear accelerator model within a commercial treatment planning system (Pinnacle(3) v8.0 m). METHODS: The method was developed for a 6 MV photon beam on the Varian Clinac 21-EX, at a nominal dose rate of 400 MU/min...
January 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102679/coherence-and-its-role-in-excitation-energy-transfer-in-fenna-mathews-olson-complex
#3
Davinder Singh, Shubhrangshu Dasgupta
We show that the coherence between different bacteriochlorophyll-a (BChla) sites in the Fenna-Mathews-Olson complex is an essential ingredient for excitation energy transfer between various sites. The coherence delocalizes the excitation energy, which results in the redistribution of excitation among all the BChla sites in the steady state. We further show that the system remains partially coherent at the steady state. In our numerical simulation of the non-Markovian density matrix equation, we consider both the inhomogeneity of the protein environment and the effect of active vibronic modes...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102416/phase-separation-in-driven-granular-gases-exploring-the-elusive-character-of-nonequilibrium-steady-states
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S Herminghaus, M G Mazza
The emergence of patterns and phase separation in many-body systems far from thermal equilibrium is discussed using the example of driven granular gases. It is shown that phase separation follows a similar mechanism as in the systems of active Brownian particles. Depending on the quantities chosen for observation, it may or may not be easy to find functionals analogous to the free energy in equilibrium statistical physics. We argue that although such functionals can always be derived from the dynamics, it is of only limited value for predicting relevant aspects of the nonequilibrium steady state of the system...
January 19, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102397/highly-exposed-fe-n4-active-sites-in-porous-poly-iron-phthalocyanine-based-oxygen-reduction-electrocatalyst-with-ultrahigh-performance-for-air-cathode
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Ganesan Anandhababu, Syed Comail Abbas, Jiangquan Lv, Kui Ding, Qin Liu, Dickson D Babu, Yiyin Huang, Jiafang Xie, Maoxiang Wu, Yaobing Wang
Progress in the development of efficient electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction reactions is imperative for various energy systems such as metal-air batteries and fuel cells. In this paper, an innovative porous two-dimensional (2D) poly-iron-phthalocyanine (PFe-Pc) based oxygen reduction electrocatalyst created with a simple solid-state chemical reaction without pyrolysis is reported. In this strategy, silicon dioxide nanoparticles play a pivotal role in preserving the Fe-N4 structure during the polymerization process and thereby assist in the development of a porous structure...
January 19, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102395/sesamol-ameliorates-high-fat-and-high-fructose-induced-cognitive-defects-via-improving-insulin-signaling-disruption-in-the-central-nervous-system
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Zhigang Liu, Yali Sun, Qinglian Qiao, Tong Zhao, Wentong Zhang, Bo Ren, Qian Liu, Xuebo Liu
Sesamol, a nutritional component from sesame, possesses antioxidant, lipid lowering and antidepressant activities. Nonetheless, few studies report its effects on high-energy-dense diet-induced cognitive loss. The present research aimed to elucidate the action of sesamol on high-fat and high-fructose (HFFD) "western"-diet-induced central nervous system insulin resistance and learning and memory impairment, and further determined the possible underlying mechanism. 3 month-old C57BL/6J mice were divided into 3 groups with/without sesamol in the drinking water (0...
January 19, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102392/dynamics-of-the-o-h2-%C3%A2-oh-h-oh-h-proton-and-hydrogen-atom-transfer-reactions-on-the-two-lowest-potential-energy-surfaces
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Rodrigo Martínez, Miguel Paniagua, Jordi Mayneris-Perxachs, Pablo Gamallo, Miguel González
The dynamics of the title reaction was studied using mainly the quasiclassical trajectory (QCT) method on the ground 1(2)A'' (OH(+) channel) and first excited 1(2)A' (OH channel) potential energy surfaces (PESs) employing ab initio analytical representations of the PESs developed by us. Both PESs correspond to exoergic reactions, are barrierless and present a deep minimum along the minimum energy path (MEP). Some extra calculations (cross sections) were also performed with the time dependent quantum real wave packet method at the centrifugal sudden level (RWP-CS method)...
January 19, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102384/predicting-point-defect-equilibria-across-oxide-hetero-interfaces-model-system-of-zro2-cr2o3
#8
Jing Yang, Mostafa Youssef, Bilge Yildiz
We present a multi-scale approach to predict equilibrium defect concentrations across oxide/oxide hetero-interfaces. There are three factors that need to be taken into account simultaneously for computing defect redistribution around the hetero-interfaces: the variation of local bonding environment at the interface as epitomized in defect segregation energies, the band offset at the interface, and the equilibration of the chemical potentials of species and electrons via ionic and electronic drift-diffusion fluxes...
January 19, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102383/understanding-room-temperature-%C3%AF-dimerisation-of-radical-ions-intramolecular-%C3%AF-ttf-2-2-in-functionalised-calix-4-arenes
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Maria Fumanal, Marçal Capdevila-Cortada, Juan J Novoa
Long, multicentre π-dimers of radical ions are weakly bound and can only be observed in solution at low temperature. However, recent supramolecular approaches induce the extra stabilisation required to preserve them at room temperature, by different means depending on the approach. In particular, π-[TTF]2(2+) dimers (TTF = tetrathiafulvalene) were detected upon oxidation of a TTF-based calix[4]arene in acetonitrile solution at room temperature, manifesting intramolecular [R-TTF]˙(+)[R-TTF]˙(+) interactions (Chem...
January 19, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102338/strengthening-of-ceramic-based-artificial-nacre-via-synergistic-interactions-of-1d-vanadium-pentoxide-and-2d-graphene-oxide-building-blocks
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Andrea Knöller, Christian P Lampa, Felix von Cube, Tingying Helen Zeng, David C Bell, Mildred S Dresselhaus, Zaklina Burghard, Joachim Bill
Nature has evolved hierarchical structures of hybrid materials with excellent mechanical properties. Inspired by nacre's architecture, a ternary nanostructured composite has been developed, wherein stacked lamellas of 1D vanadium pentoxide nanofibres, intercalated with water molecules, are complemented by 2D graphene oxide (GO) nanosheets. The components self-assemble at low temperature into hierarchically arranged, highly flexible ceramic-based papers. The papers' mechanical properties are found to be strongly influenced by the amount of the integrated GO phase...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102239/subcycle-quantum-electrodynamics
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C Riek, P Sulzer, M Seeger, A S Moskalenko, G Burkard, D V Seletskiy, A Leitenstorfer
Squeezed states of electromagnetic radiation have quantum fluctuations below those of the vacuum field. They offer a unique resource for quantum information systems and precision metrology, including gravitational wave detectors, which require unprecedented sensitivity. Since the first experiments on this non-classical form of light, quantum analysis has been based on homodyning techniques and photon correlation measurements. These methods currently function in the visible to near-infrared and microwave spectral ranges...
January 18, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102170/complication-of-a-femoral-fracture-treated-by-intramedullary-nailing-numerical-analysis-of-a-clinical-case
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Jakub J Słowiński, Konrad Kudłacik
The aim of this paper is to conduct a numerical analysis of a case of femoral fracture treated by intramedullary nailing and confirm the conditions which led to the formation of a pseudarthrosis at the fracture site. A low-energy femoral fracture was treated by placing a ChFN System intramedullary nail with a derotation pin. Using the finite element method, a bone-implant system was generated which made it possible to observe the displacement area and strains in the region of the fracture gap. The calculations were conducted for 3 variants of the model, using a titanium nail (10 mm and 12 mm) and a steel one (10 mm)...
August 30, 2016: Ortopedia, Traumatologia, Rehabilitacja
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101950/molecular-binding-of-toxic-phenothiazinium-derivatives-azures-to-bovine-serum-albumin-a-comparative-spectroscopic-calorimetric-and-in-silico-study
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Somnath Das, Md Maidul Islam, Gopal Chandra Jana, Anirudha Patra, Pradeep K Jha, Maidul Hossain
In this paper, the comparative binding behavior of antimalarial drug azure A, azure B and azure C with bovine serum albumin (BSA) has been studied. The interaction has been confirmed by multispectroscopic (UV, fluorescence, Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR), and circular dichroism) and molecular docking techniques. The experimental results show that azure B has the highest BSA binding affinity followed by azure A and azure C. The experimental evidence of binding showed a static quenching mechanism in the interaction azures with BSA...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Molecular Recognition: JMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101949/highly-active-three-dimensional-nife-cu2o-nanowires-cu-foam-electrode-for-water-oxidation
#14
Yan Gao, Hu Chen, Licheng Sun
Water splitting is of paramount importance for exploiting renewable energy conversion and storage systems, but is greatly hindered by the kinetically sluggish oxygen evolution reaction. Here, we develop a three-dimensional, greatly efficient and durable NiFe/Cu2O nanowires/Cu foam anode (NiFe/Cu2O NWs/CF) for water oxidation in 1.0 M KOH. The obtained electrode exhibited a current density of 10 mA/cm2 at a uniquely low overpotential of 215 mV and can keep a steady current density of 100 mA/cm2 for 50 h at an overpotential of 260 mV...
January 18, 2017: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101708/characterization-of-interaction-between-amino-acids-and-fulvic-like-organic-matter-by-fluorescence-spectroscopy-combining-thermodynamic-calculation
#15
Tao Lin, Bingwei Hou, Jian Wang, Yaqun Xu, Wei Chen
Dissolved organic matter (DOM), as a very fine colloidal suspension, could inevitably affect the transformation process of dissolved organic nitrogen (DON) in drinking water treatment. Tryptophan and tyrosine were used as representatives of DON to investigate the interactions between amino acids and fulvic-like components of fluorescent DOM using titration experiments. The fluorescence intensity decreased significantly with the increasing fulvic acid (FA) concentration, suggesting that FA could greatly quench the intrinsic fluorescence of amino acids such as tryptophan and tyrosine...
January 18, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101146/bone-health-in-hiv-and-hepatitis-b-or-c-infections
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REVIEW
Emmanuel Biver, Alexandra Calmy, René Rizzoli
Chronic infections with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B virus (HBV) or hepatitis C virus (HCV) add to age-dependent bone loss and may contribute to lower bone strength in the elderly. In this review, we report recent highlights on the epidemiology of bone fragility in chronic viral infections with HIV, HCV and HBV, its physiopathology and discuss the interference of antiviral therapies with bone metabolism. Chronic infections influence bone through the interactions between risk factors for bone fragility and falls (which are highly prevalent in infected patients), virus activity and antiviral drugs...
January 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Musculoskeletal Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100843/pathophysiology-and-molecular-basis-of-selected-metabolic-abnormalities-in-huntington-s-disease
#17
Jolanta Krzysztoń-Russjan
Huntington's disease (HD) is an incurable, devastating neurodegenerative disease with a known genetic background and autosomally dominant inheritance pattern. HTT gene mutation (mHTT) is associated with polymorphic fragment elongation above 35 repeats of the CAG triplet. The mHTT product is an altered protein with a poly-Q elongated fragment, with the highest expression determined in the central nervous system (CNS) and with differentiated expression outside the CNS. A drastic loss of striatal and deeper layers of the cerebral cortex neurons was determined in the CNS, but muscle and body weight mass loss with dysfunction of many organs was also observed...
December 30, 2016: Postȩpy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100641/new-sources-of-value-for-health-and-care-in-a-carbon-constrained-world
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Kate Emma Charlesworth, Maggie Jamieson
BACKGROUND: Due to the climate crisis, it is increasingly evident that countries will have to decarbonize. Healthcare, which has a large carbon footprint and uses vast quantities of resources, will have to undergo significant transformation. In this research, we sought the ideas of leading thinkers in the field, to address the question of how health systems can provide high-quality care in a carbon-constrained world. METHODS: Semi-structured, qualitative in-depth interviews with 15 healthcare thought leaders from Australia, the UK, the USA and New Zealand...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100151/renin-inhibition-by-soyasaponin-i-a-potent-native-anti-hypertensive-compound
#19
Zeinab Tavassoli, Majid Taghdir, Bijan Ranjbar
One way to control hypertension is inactivation of the Renin- Angiotensin- Aldosterone System (RAAS). Inhibition of renin as a rate-limiting step of this system is an effective way to stop up RAAS. It has been proved that soyasaponin I, an herbal compound obtained from soybeans, has anti-hypertensive effect via renin inhibition, so it has the potential of being an anti-hypertensive drug. Herein, some theoretical approaches such as Docking Simulation, Molecular Dynamics (MD) Simulation and MMPBSA analysis have been used to study how soyasaponin I inhibits renin at the structural level...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099881/mesencephalic-astrocyte-derived-neurotrophic-factor-alleviated-6-ohda-induced-cell-damage-via-ros-ampk-mtor-mediated-autophagic-inhibition
#20
Jingxing Zhang, Qiong Cai, Ming Jiang, Yigang Liu, Hua Gu, Jia Guo, Hui Sun, Jianmin Fang, Lingjing Jin
Autophagy and apoptosis are commonly involved in the dopaminergic neuron damage in the pathogenesis of Parkinson's disease. Recently, the autophagy pathway is thought to be critical to the process of PD. Therefore, the regulation of autophagy may be a potential strategy for PD treatment. Mesencephalic astrocyte-derived neurotrophic factor (MANF) has been reported to have neuroprotective effects through anti-apoptosis, anti-oxidative, and anti-inflammatory mechanisms in PD. In this study, we investigated the role of autophagy system in MANF-mediated neuroprotection against 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA)-induced neurotoxicity...
January 15, 2017: Experimental Gerontology
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