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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438011/electrical-and-optical-properties-of-au-catalyzed-gaas-nanowires-grown-on-si-111-substrate-by-molecular-beam-epitaxy
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Chiu-Yen Wang, Yu-Chen Hong, Zong-Jie Ko, Ya-Wen Su, Jin-Hua Huang
In this study, defect-free zinc blende GaAs nanowires on Si (111) by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) growth are systematically studied through Au-assisted vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) method. The morphology, density, and crystal structure of GaAs nanowires were investigated as a function of substrate temperature, growth time, and As/Ga flux ratio during MBE growth, as well as the thickness, annealing time, and annealing temperature of Au film using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), cathodoluminescence (CL), and Raman spectroscopy...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437885/sesquiterpenes-evaluation-on-schistosoma-mansoni-survival-excretory-system-and-membrane-integrity
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Rosimeire Nunes de Oliveira, Karina Rodrigues Dos Santos, Tiago Manuel Fernandes Mendes, Vera Lúcia Garcia, Adriana Silva Santos Oliveira, Veronica de Lourdes Sierpe Jeraldo, Silmara Marques Allegretti
The main challenge in schistosomiasis control has been the emergence of drug-resistant parasites. Since the 1970's, praziquantel (PZQ) is the single drug for treatment. This fact highlights the importance to research news chemotherapeutic agents. In the last years, S. mansoni excretory system and tegument have been major targets for drug development. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of sesquiterpenes, alpha-humulene and trans-caryophyllene on S. mansoni survival, excretory system and membrane integrity, after in vitro exposure...
April 19, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437856/microstructure-variations-in-the-soft-hard-tissue-junction-of-the-human-anterior-cruciate-ligament
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Lei Zhao, Peter V Lee, David C Ackland, Neil D Broom, Ashvin Thambyah
The role of the sub-bundles in the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) has been defined, such that the anterior-medial bundle directly resists anterior tibial translation while the posterior lateral bundle is involved in rotational stability. With regards to this biomechanical function, much of the previous work on bundle-specific morphology has been carried out on the macro-scale, with much less attention given to the micro-to-ultrastructural scalar levels. This is especially true of the enthesis and its microstructure, a biomechanically significant region that has been largely neglected in the published literature dealing with ACL sub-bundle anatomy...
April 24, 2017: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437792/phase-plate-cryo-em-structure-of-a-class-b-gpcr-g-protein-complex
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Yi-Lynn Liang, Maryam Khoshouei, Mazdak Radjainia, Yan Zhang, Alisa Glukhova, Jeffrey Tarrasch, David M Thal, Sebastian G B Furness, George Christopoulos, Thomas Coudrat, Radostin Danev, Wolfgang Baumeister, Laurence J Miller, Arthur Christopoulos, Brian K Kobilka, Denise Wootten, Georgios Skiniotis, Patrick M Sexton
Class B G-protein-coupled receptors are major targets for the treatment of chronic diseases, such as osteoporosis, diabetes and obesity. Here we report the structure of a full-length class B receptor, the calcitonin receptor, in complex with peptide ligand and heterotrimeric Gαsβγ protein determined by Volta phase-plate single-particle cryo-electron microscopy. The peptide agonist engages the receptor by binding to an extended hydrophobic pocket facilitated by the large outward movement of the extracellular ends of transmembrane helices 6 and 7...
April 24, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437724/synthesis-of-zno-nanorod-based-materials-for-antibacterial-antifungal-activities-dna-cleavage-and-efficient-ultrasound-assisted-dyes-adsorption
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Ali Akbar Bazrafshan, Mehrorang Ghaedi, Shaaker Hajati, Reza Naghiha, Arash Asfaram
Undoped and Au-doped ZnO-nanorods were synthesized in the presence of ultrasound and loaded on activated carbon following characterization by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmittance electron microscopy (TEM), UV-vis spectrophotometry and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). The Au-doped ZnO-nanorod-loaded activated carbon (Au-ZnO-NRs-AC) was used for the simultaneous removal of methylene blue (MB) and auramine O (AO) from aqueous solutions. Central composite design (CCD) under response surface methodology (RSM) was applied to model and optimize the dyes removal versus adsorbent mass, pH, and initial dyes concentration and sonication time as well as to investigate the possible interaction between these variables...
April 21, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437700/nanomolar-electrochemical-detection-of-caffeic-acid-in-fortified-wine-samples-based-on-gold-palladium-nanoparticles-decorated-graphene-flakes
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Kokulnathan Thangavelu, Nehru Raja, Shen-Ming Chen, Wei-Cheng Liao
Amalgamation of noble metal nanomaterials on graphene flakes potentially paves one way to improve their physicochemical properties. This paper deals with the simultaneous electrochemical deposition of gold and palladium nanoparticles on graphene flakes (Au/PdNPs-GRF) for the sensitive determination of caffeic acid (CA). The physiochemical properties of the prepared Au/PdNPs-GRF was characterized by using numerous analytical techniques such as scanning electron microscopy, electron dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray powder diffraction, Raman spectroscopy and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437660/an-experimental-analysis-of-shell-failure-in-breast-implants
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N G Ramião, P S Martins, M L Barroso, D C Santos, A A Fernandes
Breast implant durability and the mechanisms of rupture are important topics in the medical community, for patients, manufactures and regulatory medical agencies. After concerns about the Poly Implant Prosthesis (PIP) implants, the need for understanding the adverse outcomes and the failure mode to improve the breast implants increased. The objective of this research is to analyze and describe the rupture characteristics of failed explanted PIP implants to study the modes and causes of rupture. Eleven explanted PIP implants were analyzed by visual inspection and scanning electron microscopy (SEM)...
April 6, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437614/engineering-highly-interconnected-neuronal-networks-on-nanowire-scaffolds
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Vini Gautam, Shagufta Naureen, Naeem Shahid, Qian Gao, Yi Wang, David R Nisbet, Chennupati Jagadish, Vincent R Daria
Identifying the specific role of physical guidance cues in the growth of neurons is crucial for understanding the fundamental biology of brain development and for designing scaffolds for tissue engineering. Here, we investigate the structural significance of nanoscale topographies as physical cues for neurite outgrowth and circuit formation by growing neurons on semiconductor nanowires. We monitored neurite growth using optical and scanning electron microscopy, and evaluated the spontaneous neuronal network activity using functional calcium imaging...
April 24, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437606/transfer-study-of-silver-nanoparticles-in-poultry-production
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Federica Gallocchio, Giancarlo Biancotto, Veronica Cibin, Carmen Losasso, Simone Belluco, Ruud Peters, Greet van Bemmel, Claudia Cascio, Stefan Weigel, Peter Tromp, Federica Gobbo, Salvatore Catania, Antonia Ricci
Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) are of interest due to their antimicrobial activity and are seen as potential candidates to replace antibiotics in animal husbandry. A few studies have focused on this new application, but they lack any considerations about residual accumulation of AgNPs in edible animal tissues and animal products. In this research a 22-days in vivo study was carried out by oral administration of 20 nm spherical PVP coated AgNPs to hens. Six doses of approximately 1 mg kg-1 of AgNPs-PVP each were administered to animals throughout the experimentation...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437468/role-of-cleavage-at-the-core-e1-junction-of-hepatitis-c-virus-polyprotein-in-viral-morphogenesis
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Véronique Pène, Matthieu Lemasson, Francis Harper, Gérard Pierron, Arielle R Rosenberg
In hepatitis C virus (HCV) polyprotein sequence, core protein terminates with E1 envelope signal peptide. Cleavage by signal peptidase (SP) separates E1 from the complete form of core protein, anchored in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) membrane by the signal peptide. Subsequent cleavage of the signal peptide by signal-peptide peptidase (SPP) releases the mature form of core protein, which preferentially relocates to lipid droplets. Both of these cleavages are required for the HCV infectious cycle, supporting the idea that HCV assembly begins at the surface of lipid droplets, yet SPP-catalyzed cleavage is dispensable for initiation of budding in the ER...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437458/isomalto-oligosaccharides-ameliorate-visceral-hyperalgesia-with-repair-damage-of-ileal-epithelial-ultrastructure-in-rats
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Weida Wang, Haiwei Xin, Xiucai Fang, Hongtao Dou, Fangyi Liu, Dan Huang, Shaomei Han, Guijun Fei, Liming Zhu, Shenghua Zha, Hong Zhang, Meiyun Ke
BACKGROUND: Treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) with probiotics has achieved effectiveness to a certain extent. Whether prebiotics will work is still unclear. This study aimed to investigate the therapeutic effects of the prebiotic isomalto-oligosaccharides (IMO) on visceral hypersensitivity (VHS) in rats and to explore potential mechanism. METHODS: Water avoidance stress (WAS) was used to induce VHS in rats. The score for the abdominal withdrawal reflex (AWR) was determined while colorectal distension and compared between VHS group and control group in order to validate VHS preparation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437256/electron-inelastic-mean-free-path-at-energies-below-100-ev
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Hieu T Nguyen-Truong
Knowledge of electron inelastic mean free paths (IMFPs) is important for electron spectroscopy and microscopy studies. Here, we determine the IMFPs at energies below 100 eV for 10 elemental solids (V, Fe, Ni, Mo, Pd, Ag, Ta, W, Pt, and Au) within the dielectric formalism, using the energy-loss function calculated in the adiabatic local-density approximation of time-dependent density-functional theory. The resulting IMFPs at a few eV above the Fermi energy are comparable to those from ab initio calculations in the GW approximation of many-body theory...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437194/comparison-of-three-final-irrigation-activation-techniques-effects-on-canal-cleanness-smear-layer-removal-and-dentinal-tubule-penetration-of-two-root-canal-sealers
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Elmas Turkel, Emel Olga Onay, Mete Ungor
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to compare three final irrigation activation techniques with respect to their effects on debridement efficacy, smear layer removal, and dentinal tubule penetration of two different root canal sealers. BACKGROUND DATA: Different applications to improve the delivery of irrigating solutions within the root canal system are currently being investigated, as not all of the mechanisms and effects of these techniques have been clearly identified...
February 22, 2017: Photomedicine and Laser Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437133/the-impact-of-the-centrifuge-characteristics-and-centrifugation-protocols-on-the-cells-growth-factors-and-fibrin-architecture-of-a-leukocyte-and-platelet-rich-fibrin-l-prf-clot-and-membrane
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David M Dohan Ehrenfest, Nelson R Pinto, Andrea Pereda, Paula Jiménez, Marco Del Corso, Byung-Soo Kang, Mauricio Nally, Nicole Lanata, Hom-Lay Wang, Marc Quirynen
L-PRF (leukocyte- and platelet-rich fibrin) is one of the four families of platelet concentrates for surgical use and is widely used in oral and maxillofacial regenerative therapies. The first objective of this article was to evaluate the mechanical vibrations appearing during centrifugation in four models of commercially available table-top centrifuges used to produce L-PRF and the impact of the centrifuge characteristics on the cell and fibrin architecture of a L-PRF clot and membrane. The second objective of this article was to evaluate how changing some parameters of the L-PRF protocol may influence its biological signature, independently from the characteristics of the centrifuge...
April 24, 2017: Platelets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437078/a-step-towards-high-energy-silicon-based-thin-film-lithium-ion-batteries
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Antonia Reyes Jiménez, Richard Klöpsch, Ralf Wagner, Uta C Rodehorst, Martin Kolek, Roman Nölle, Martin Winter, Tobias Placke
The next generation of lithium ion batteries (LIBs) with increased energy density for large-scale applications, such as electric mobility, but also for small electronic devices, e.g. micro-batteries and on-chip batteries, requires advanced electrode active materials with enhanced specific and volumetric capacities. In this regard, silicon (Si) as anode material has attracted much attention due to its high specific capacity. However, the enormous volume changes during lithiation/de-lithiation are still a main obstacle avoiding the broad commercial use of Si-based electrodes...
April 24, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437063/charge-transport-in-intermixed-regions-of-all-polymer-solar-cells-studied-by-conductive-atomic-force-microscopy
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Miki Osaka, Daisuke Mori, Hiroaki Benten, Hiroki Ogawa, Hideo Ohkita, Shinzaburo Ito
Charge transport in intermixed regions of all-polymer solar cells based on a blend of poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT; electron donor) with poly[2,7-(9,9-didodecylfluorene)-alt-5,5-(4',7'-bis(2-thienyl)-2',1',3'-benzothiadiazole)] (PF12TBT; electron acceptor) was studied by conductive atomic force microscopy (C-AFM). For a blend film fabricated from a chlorobenzene solution, intermixed regions were detected between the P3HT-rich and PF12TBT-rich domains. The overall hole current in the intermixed regions remained almost constant, both before and after thermal annealing at 80 C, but it increased in the P3HT-rich domains...
April 24, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437062/molecular-arrangement-and-charge-transfer-in-c60-graphene-heterostructures
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Claudia Ojeda-Aristizabal, Elton J G Santos, Seita Onishi, Aiming Yan, Haider Imad Rasool, Salman Kahn, Yinchuan Lv, Drew Latzke, Jairo Velasco, Michael F Crommie, Matthew Sorensen, Kenneth Gotlieb, Chiu-Yun Lin, Kenji Watanabe, Takashi Taniguchi, Alessandra Lanzara, Alex Zettl
Charge transfer at the interface between dissimilar materials is at the heart of electronics and photovoltaics. Here we study the molecular orientation, electronic structure, and local charge transfer at the interface region of C60 deposited on graphene, with and without supporting substrates such as hexagonal boron nitride. We employ ab initio density functional theory with van der Waals (vdW) interactions, and experimentally characterize interface devices using high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and electronic transport...
April 24, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436947/dedifferentiation-into-blastomere-like-cancer-stem-cells-via-formation-of-polyploid-giant-cancer-cells
#18
N Niu, I Mercado-Uribe, J Liu
Our recent perplexing findings that polyploid giant cancer cells (PGCCs) acquired embryonic-like stemness and were capable of tumor initiation raised two important unanswered questions: how do PGCCs acquire such stemness, and to which stage of normal development do PGCCs correspond. Intriguingly, formation of giant cells due to failed mitosis/cytokinesis is common in the blastomere stage of the preimplantation embryo. However, the relationship between PGCCs and giant blastomeres has never been studied. Here, we tracked the fate of single PGCCs following paclitaxel-induced mitotic failure...
April 24, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436823/flocculation-and-antimicrobial-properties-of-a-cationized-starch
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Zhouzhou Liu, Mu Huang, Aimin Li, Hu Yang
In this study, a series of cationized starch-based flocculants (starch-3-chloro-2-hydroxypropyl triethyl ammonium chloride, St-CTA) containing various quaternary ammonium salt groups on the starch backbone were prepared using a simple etherification reaction. All of the prepared starch-based flocculants show effective performance for the flocculation of kaolin suspension, two bacterial (Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus) suspensions, and two contaminant mixtures (kaolin and each bacterium) under most pH conditions...
April 18, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436702/a-novel-matrix-dispersion-based-on-phospholipid-complex-for-improving-oral-bioavailability-of-baicalein-preparation-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-evaluations
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Yang Zhou, Wujun Dong, Jun Ye, Huazhen Hao, Junzhuo Zhou, Renyun Wang, Yuling Liu
Phospholipid complex is one of the most successful approaches for enhancing oral bioavailability of poorly absorbed plant constituents. But the sticky property of phospholipids results in an unsatisfactory dissolution of drugs. In this study, a matrix dispersion of baicalein based on phospholipid complex (BaPC-MD) was first prepared by a discontinuous solvent evaporation method, in which polyvinylpyrrolidone-K30 (PVP-K30) was employed for improving the dispersibility of baicalein phospholipid complex (BaPC) and increasing dissolution of baicalein...
November 2017: Drug Delivery
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