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Guanhai Li, Brendan P Clarke, Jin-Kyu So, Kevin F MacDonald, Nikolay I Zheludev
Recent advances in the physics and technology of light generation via free-electron proximity and impact interactions with nanostructures (gratings, photonic crystals, nano-undulators, metamaterials and antenna arrays) have enabled the development of nanoscale-resolution techniques for such applications as mapping plasmons, studying nanoparticle structural transformations and characterizing luminescent materials (including time-resolved measurements). Here, we introduce a universal approach allowing generation of light with prescribed wavelength, direction, divergence and topological charge via point-excitation of holographic plasmonic metasurfaces...
December 2, 2016: Nature Communications
J M Muñoz Burgos, T Barbui, O Schmitz, D Stutman, K Tritz
Helium line-ratios for electron temperature (Te) and density (ne) plasma diagnostic in the Scrape-Off-Layer (SOL) and edge regions of tokamaks are widely used. Due to their intensities and proximity of wavelengths, the singlet, 667.8 and 728.1 nm, and triplet, 706.5 nm, visible lines have been typically preferred. Time-dependency of the triplet line (706.5 nm) has been previously analyzed in detail by including transient effects on line-ratios during gas-puff diagnostic applications. In this work, several line-ratio combinations within each of the two spin systems are analyzed with the purpose of eliminating transient effects to extend the application of this powerful diagnostic to high temporal resolution characterization of plasmas...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
Charles E Smith, Yuanyuan Hu, Jan C-C Hu, James P Simmer
INTRODUCTION: Dental enamel is comprised of highly organized, oriented apatite crystals, but how they form is unclear. METHODS: We used focused ion beam (FIB) scanning electron microscopy (SEM) to investigate early enamel formation in 7-week-old incisors from wild-type, Amelx(-/-), and Enam(-/-) C56BL/6 mice. FIB surface imaging scans thicker samples so that the thin enamel ribbons do not pass as readily out of the plane of section, and generates serial images by a mill and view approach for computerized tomography...
November 2016: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
Martin Kollmar
The flagellum is a key innovation linked to eukaryogenesis. It provides motility by regulated cycles of bending and bend propagation, which are thought to be controlled by a complex arrangement of seven distinct dyneins in repeated patterns of outer- (OAD) and inner-arm dynein (IAD) complexes. Electron tomography showed high similarity of this axonemal repeat pattern across ciliates, algae, and animals, but the diversity of dynein sequences across the eukaryotes has not yet comprehensively been resolved and correlated with structural data...
December 2016: Molecular Biology and Evolution
Quan Xiang, Yiqin Chen, Zhiqin Li, Kaixi Bi, Guanhua Zhang, Huigao Duan
We report a method to reliably and efficiently fabricate high-fidelity metallic structures from a ten-nanometer to a millimeter scale based on an anti-ultrasonic-stripping (AUS) effect in confined micro/nanoscale cavities. With this AUS effect, metallic structures, which are surrounded by the pre-patterned closed templates, could be defined through selectively removing the evaporated metallic layer at the top and outside of the templates by ultrasonic-cavitation-induced stripping. Because only pre-patterned templates are required for exposure in this multiscale patterning process, this AUS-based process enables much smaller and more reliable plasmonic nanogaps due to the mitigated proximity effect and allows rapid fabrication of multiscale metallic structures which require both tiny and large structures...
December 1, 2016: Nanoscale
Yuki Hirata, Takuhito Sezaki, Miwa Tamura-Nakano, Chinatsu Oyama, Teruki Hagiwara, Takamasa Ishikawa, Shinji Fukuda, Kazuhiko Yamada, Kazuhide Higuchi, Taeko Dohi, Yuki I Kawamura
BACKGROUND: Obesity is associated with risk of adenocarcinoma in the proximal stomach. We aimed to identify the links between dietary fat and gastric premalignant lesions. METHODS: C57BL/6 mice were fed high fat diet (HFD), and gastric mucosa was histologically analysed. Morphological changes were also analysed using an electron microscope. Transcriptome analysis of purified parietal cells was performed, and non-parietal gastric corpus epithelial cells were subjected to single-cell gene-expression profiling...
November 21, 2016: Journal of Gastroenterology
R Vila-Candel, P Navarro-Illana, E Navarro-Illana, E Castro-Sánchez, Kiri Duke, F J Soriano-Vidal, J Tuells, J Díez-Domingo
BACKGROUND: In most countries the coverage of seasonal influenza vaccination in pregnant women is low. We investigated the acceptance, reasons for rejection and professional involvement related to vaccine information in pregnant women in Valencia, Spain. METHODS: Observational retrospective study in 200 pregnant women, 100 vaccinated and 100 unvaccinated, were interviewed during the 2014/2015 vaccination campaign. Electronic medical records, immunization registry and telephone interviews were used to determine reasons for vaccination and immunization rejection...
November 21, 2016: BMC Public Health
C Kisielowski, H Frei, P Specht, I D Sharp, J A Haber, S Helveg
This article summarizes core aspects of beam-sample interactions in research that aims at exploiting the ability to detect single atoms at atomic resolution by mid-voltage transmission electron microscopy. Investigating the atomic structure of catalytic Co3O4 nanocrystals underscores how indispensable it is to rigorously control electron dose rates and total doses to understand native material properties on this scale. We apply in-line holography with variable dose rates to achieve this goal. Genuine object structures can be maintained if dose rates below ~100 e/Å(2)s are used and the contrast required for detection of single atoms is generated by capturing large image series...
2017: Advanced Structural and Chemical Imaging
Emi Kiyokage, Kazuto Kobayashi, Kazunori Toida
Olfactory sensory axons converge in specific glomeruli where they form excitatory synapses onto dendrites of mitral/tufted (M/T) and juxtaglomerular (JG) cells, including periglomerular (PG), external tufted (ET), and superficial-short axon cells. JG cells consist of heterogeneous subpopulations with different neurochemical, physiological, and morphological properties. Among JG cells, previous electron microscopic (EM) studies showed that the majority of synaptic inputs to tyrosine hydroxylase (TH)-immunoreactive neurons were asymmetrical synapses from olfactory nerve (ON) terminals...
November 16, 2016: Journal of Comparative Neurology
Maiko Takahashi, Mitsuru Motoyoshi, Mizuki Inaba, Yoshiyuki Hagiwara, Noriyoshi Shimizu
PURPOSE: Ultraviolet (UV)-mediated photofunctionalization technology is intended to enhance the osseointegration capability of titanium implants. There are concerns about orthodontic anchor screws loosening under immediate loading protocols in adolescent orthodontic treatment. The purpose of this in vivo study was to evaluate the effects of photofunctionalization on the intrabony stability of orthodontic titanium anchor screws and bone-anchor screw contact under immediate loading in growing rats...
November 2016: International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants
Nurcan Özyurt, Damla Amutkan, Irmak Polat, Tenay Kocamaz, Selami Candan, Zekiye Suludere
The morphology and ultrastructure of the Malpighian tubules of Dolycoris baccarum were analyzed by scanning (SEM) and transmission (TEM) electron microscopy in order to determine their functional organization. The Malpighian tubules are compared with similar structures of other insects based on cell structure and functional organization. The Malpighian tubules of D. baccarum extend from the midgut-hindgut region of the digestive tract. The Malpighian tubules are divided into two regions: the proximal segment is short and flattened and the distal segment is long, stringy in shape and free in hemolymph...
November 11, 2016: Microscopy Research and Technique
Benjamin A Archambeau, Stephanie Young, Carol Lee, Troy Pennington, Christopher Vanderbeek, Dan Miulli, John Culhane, Michael Neeki
Electronic cigarettes (also known as e-cigarettes or e-cigs) are becoming a popular method of recreational nicotine use over recent years. The growth of new brands and devices has been outpacing the FDA's ability to regulate them. As a result, some of these devices fail without warning, most likely from malfunction of the lithium-ion batteries that are in close proximity to volatile compounds within the device. Failures have occurred during both use and storage of the devices or their components. The subsequent injuries from several of these events, including full thickness burns requiring grafting and blast injuries, have been observed at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, a regional trauma and burn center in southern California...
November 2016: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
Roman Steckiewicz, Dariusz Górko, Elżbieta B Świętoń, Grzegorz Szparecki, Przemysław Stolarz
BACKGROUND: The technique of axillary vein (AV) or subclavian vein (SV) puncture has become an important alternative to cephalic vein (CV) cutdown as an approach allowing cardiac lead introduction into the venous system during cardiac implantable electronic device (CIED) implantation procedures. Irrespective of the technique used, the injury associated with lead insertion may induce a reflex venous spasm that can even cause total venous obstruction. In order to assess the incidence of AV spasm during AV puncture, we analyzed a total of 735 (382 in females and 353 in males; mean age 75±11 years) denovo CIED implantation procedures involving transvenous lead insertion conducted between January 2014 and December 2015...
November 10, 2016: Folia Morphologica (Warsz)
Ulrich Hammerling
For the past century, vitamin A has been considered to serve as a precursor for retinoids that facilitate vision or as a precursor for retinoic acid (RA), a signaling molecule that modulates gene expression. However, vitamin A circulates in plasma at levels that far exceed the amount needed for vision or the synthesis of nanomolar levels of RA, and this suggests that vitamin A alcohol (i.e. retinol) may possess additional biological activity. We have pursued this question for the last 20 years, and in this chapter, we unfold the story of our quest and the data that support a novel and distinct role for vitamin A (alcohol) action...
2016: Sub-cellular Biochemistry
Forrest S Etheridge, Roshan J Fernando, Sandra Pejić, Matthias Zeller, Geneviève Sauvé
Homoleptic zinc(II) complexes of di(phenylacetylene)azadipyrromethene (e.g., Zn(WS3)2) are potential non-fullerene electron acceptors for organic photovoltaics. To tune their properties, fluorination of Zn(WS3)2 at various positions was investigated. Three fluorinated azadipyrromethene-based ligands were synthesized with fluorine at the para-position of the proximal and distal phenyl groups, and at the pyrrolic phenylacetylene moieties. Additionally, a CF3 moiety was added to the pyrrolic phenyl positions to study the effects of a stronger electron withdrawing unit at that position...
2016: Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry
You Mi Hwang, Jun Kim, Ji Hyun Lee, Minsu Kim, Gi-Byoung Nam, Kee-Joon Choi, You-Ho Kim
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Although magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) conditional cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIEDs) have become recently available, non-MRI conditional devices and the presence of epicardial and abandoned leads remain a contraindication for MRIs. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: This was a single center retrospective study, evaluating the clinical outcomes and device parameter changes in patients with CIEDs who underwent an MRI from June 1992 to March 2015...
November 2016: Korean Circulation Journal
Eufemio Moreno Pineda, Tadahiro Komeda, Keiichi Katoh, Masahiro Yamashita, Mario Ruben
Since 2003, terbium(iii) bis-phthalocyaninato complexes have been recognised as acting as single molecule magnets (SMMs), propitiating multiple studies with the aim of better understanding the single metal-ion based magnetism with unusually high blocking temperatures. In the quest for novel applications, it became clear that if spintronic devices were made from SMM molecules, their confinement in the proximity of surfaces or electrodes would become difficult to circumvent. In this perspective article, we highlight the influence of the presence of different substrates on the magnetic performance of TbPc2-SMMs, in principle caused by, among other effects, electronic hybridization, dipole-dipole coupling and changing quantum tunnelling (QT) rates on the surface...
November 8, 2016: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Isabelle V Maucher, Michael Rühl, Simon Bm Kretschmer, Bettina Hofmann, Benjamin Kühn, Jasmin Fettel, Anja Vogel, Karsten T Flügel, Georg Manolikakes, Nadine Hellmuth, Ann-Kathrin Häfner, Vahid Golghalyani, Ann-Katrin Ball, Matthias Piesche, Carmela Matrone, Gerd Geisslinger, Michael J Parnham, Michael Karas, Dieter Steinhilber, Jessica Roos, Thorsten J Maier
Recently, we published that nitro-fatty acids (NFA) are potent electrophilic molecules which inhibit 5-lipoxygenase (5-LO) by interacting with catalytically cysteine residues next to a substrate entry channel. The electrophilicity is derived from an intramolecular Michael acceptor moiety consisting of an electron-withdrawing group in close proximity to a double bond. The potential of the Michael acceptor moiety to interact with functionally relevant cysteines of proteins potentially renders them effective and sustained enzyme activity modulators...
November 4, 2016: Biochemical Pharmacology
Johannes Sjöholm, Felix Ho, Nigar Ahmadova, Katharina Brinkert, Leif Hammarström, Fikret Mamedov, Stenbjörn Styring
The tyrosine residue D2-Tyr160 (TyrD) in photosystem II (PSII) can be oxidized through charge equilibrium with the oxygen evolving complex in PSII. The kinetics of the electron transfer from TyrD has been followed using time-resolved EPR spectroscopy after triggering the oxidation of pre-reduced TyrD by a short laser flash. After its oxidation TyrD is observed as a neutral radical (TyrD(•)) indicating that the oxidation is coupled to a deprotonation event. The redox state of TyrD was reported to be determined by the two water positions identified in the crystal structure of PSII [Saito et al...
November 4, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Sho Torii, Gaku Nakazawa, Takeshi Ijichi, Ayako Yoshikawa, Yohei Ohno, Yuji Ikari
The aim of this study is to evaluate differences in stent endothelial coverage among the second generation of drug-eluting stents. Incomplete stent coverage is one of the major causes of late stent thrombosis. Rabbits fed a normal diet received an everolimus (Xience Prime; EES) and a zotarolimus-eluting stent (Resolute Integrity; R-ZES) in each iliac artery, followed by sacrifice at 14 and 28 days after stent implantation. In addition, a group of atherosclerotic rabbits similarly received EES and R-ZES, and were sacrificed at 28 days...
November 7, 2016: Cardiovascular Intervention and Therapeutics
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