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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646758/thermo-responsive-diblock-and-triblock-cationic-copolymers-at-the-silica-aqueous-interface-a-qcm-d-and-afm-study
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Saeed Zajforoushan Moghaddam, Kaizheng Zhu, Bo Nyström, Esben Thormann
The properties of synthesized diblock poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)-poly((3-acrylamidopropyl)trimethylammonium chloride) and triblock methoxy-poly(ethylene glycol)-poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)-poly((3-acrylamidopropyl)trimethylammonium chloride) cationic copolymers at the silica/aqueous interface are investigated using quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring (QCM-D) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). Moreover, dynamic light scattering is employed to assess the copolymers in terms of the hydrodynamic size and interchain aggregation...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646222/effects-of-chemical-alternation-on-damage-accumulation-in-concentrated-solid-solution-alloys
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Mohammad W Ullah, Haizhou Xue, Gihan Velisa, Ke Jin, Hongbin Bei, William J Weber, Yanwen Zhang
Single-phase concentrated solid-solution alloys (SP-CSAs) have recently gained unprecedented attention due to their promising properties. To understand effects of alloying elements on irradiation-induced defect production, recombination and evolution, an integrated study of ion irradiation, ion beam analysis and atomistic simulations are carried out on a unique set of model crystals with increasing chemical complexity, from pure Ni to Ni80Fe20, Ni50Fe50, and Ni80Cr20 binaries, and to a more complex Ni40Fe40Cr20 alloy...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646214/structural-and-biochemical-studies-of-sulphotransferase-18-from-arabidopsis-thaliana-explain-its-substrate-specificity-and-reaction-mechanism
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Felix Hirschmann, Florian Krause, Petra Baruch, Igor Chizhov, Jonathan Wolf Mueller, Dietmar J Manstein, Jutta Papenbrock, Roman Fedorov
Sulphotransferases are a diverse group of enzymes catalysing the transfer of a sulfuryl group from 3'-phosphoadenosine 5'-phosphosulphate (PAPS) to a broad range of secondary metabolites. They exist in all kingdoms of life. In Arabidopsis thaliana (L.) Heynh. twenty-two sulphotransferase (SOT) isoforms were identified. Three of those are involved in glucosinolate (Gl) biosynthesis, glycosylated sulphur-containing aldoximes containing chemically different side chains, whose break-down products are involved in stress response against herbivores, pathogens, and abiotic stress...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646212/direct-observation-of-a-non-crystalline-state-of-li2s-p2s5-solid-electrolytes
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Hirofumi Tsukasaki, Shigeo Mori, Hideyuki Morimoto, Akitoshi Hayashi, Masahiro Tatsumisago
There are two types of solid electrolytes which has been recently expected to be applied to all-solid-state batteries. One is the glasses characterized by an amorphous state. The other is the glass ceramics containing crystalline in an amorphous matrix. However, the non-crystalline state of glasses and glass ceramics is still an open question. It has been anticipated that sea-island and core-shell structures including crystalline nanoparticles have been proposed as candidate models for glass ceramics. Nevertheless, no direct observation has been conducted so far...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646199/orthogonal-quasi-phase-matched-superlattice-for-generation-of-hyperentangled-photons
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Salem F Hegazy, Salah S A Obayya, Bahaa E A Saleh
A crystal superlattice structure featuring nonlinear layers with alternating orthogonal optic axes interleaved with orthogonal poling directions, is shown to generate high-quality hyperentangled photon pairs via orthogonal quasi-phase-matched spontaneous parametric downconversion. We demonstrate that orthogonal quasi-phase matching (QPM) processes in a single nonlinear domain structure correct phase and group-velocity mismatches concurrently. Compared with the conventional two-orthogonal-crystals source and the double-nonlinearity single-crystal source, the orthogonal QPM superlattice is shown to suppress the spatial and temporal distinguishability of the generated photon pairs by several orders of magnitude, depending on the number of layers...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646178/increased-glomerular-filtration-rate-and-impaired-contractile-function-of-mesangial-cells-in-trpc6-knockout-mice
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Weizu Li, Yanfeng Ding, Crystal Smedley, Yanxia Wang, Sarika Chaudhari, Lutz Birnbaumer, Rong Ma
The present study was conducted to determine if TRPC6 regulates glomerular filtration rate (GFR) and the contractile function of glomerular mesangial cells (MCs). GFR was assessed in conscious TRPC6 wild type and knockout mice, and in anesthetized rats with and without in vivo knockdown of TRPC6 in kidneys. We found that GFR was significantly greater, and serum creatinine level was significantly lower in TRPC6 deficient mice. Consistently, local knockdown of TRPC6 in kidney using TRPC6 specific shRNA construct significantly attenuated Ang II-induced GFR decline in rats...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646167/effectively-infinite-optical-path-length-created-using-a-simple-cubic-photonic-crystal-for-extreme-light-trapping
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Brian J Frey, Ping Kuang, Mei-Li Hsieh, Jian-Hua Jiang, Sajeev John, Shawn-Yu Lin
A 900 nm thick TiO2 simple cubic photonic crystal with lattice constant 450 nm was fabricated and used to experimentally validate a newly-discovered mechanism for extreme light-bending. Absorption enhancement was observed extending 1-2 orders of magnitude over that of a reference TiO2 film. Several enhancement peaks in the region from 600-950 nm were identified, which far exceed both the ergodic fundamental limit and the limit based on surface-gratings, with some peaks exceeding 100 times enhancement...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646159/yvck-a-protein-required-for-cell-wall-integrity-and-optimal-carbon-source-utilization-binds-uridine-diphosphate-sugars
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Elodie Foulquier, Anne Galinier
In Bacillus subtilis, Listeria monocytogenes and in two Mycobacteria, it was previously shown that yvcK is a gene required for normal cell shape, for optimal carbon source utilization and for virulence of pathogenic bacteria. Here we report that the B. subtilis protein YvcK binds to Uridine diphosphate-sugars like Uridine diphosphate-Glucose (UDP-Glc) and Uridine diphosphate-N-acetylglucosamine (UDP-GlcNAc) in vitro. Using the crystal structure of Bacillus halodurans YvcK, we identified residues involved in this interaction...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646125/the-crystal-structure-of-a-multidomain-protease-inhibitor-hai-1-reveals-the-mechanism-of-its-auto-inhibition
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Min Liu, Cai Yuan, Jan K Jensen, Baoyu Zhao, Yunbin Jiang, Longguang Jiang, Mindong Huang
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 23, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646111/a-bacillus-paralicheniformis-iron-containing-urease-reduces-urea-concentrations-in-rice-wine
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Qingtao Liu, Yuqi Chen, Minglai Yuan, Guocheng Du, Jian Chen, Zhen Kang
Urease, as a nickel-containing metalloenzyme, was the first enzyme to be crystallized, and it has a prominent position in the history of biochemistry. In the present study, we identified a nickel urease gene cluster, ureABCEFGDH, from Bacillus paralicheniformis ATCC 9945a and characterized it in Escherichia coli Enzymatic assays demonstrate that this oxygen-stable urease is also an iron-containing acid urease. UreH heterologous expression assays suggest that this accessory protein is involved in transmembrane transportation of nickel and iron ions...
June 23, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645943/the-structure-of-the-tetanus-toxin-reveals-ph-mediated-domain-dynamics
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Geoffrey Masuyer, Julian Conrad, Pål Stenmark
The tetanus neurotoxin (TeNT) is a highly potent toxin produced by Clostridium tetani that inhibits neurotransmission of inhibitory interneurons, causing spastic paralysis in the tetanus disease. TeNT differs from the other clostridial neurotoxins by its unique ability to target the central nervous system by retrograde axonal transport. The crystal structure of the tetanus toxin reveals a "closed" domain arrangement stabilised by two disulphide bridges, and the molecular details of the toxin's interaction with its polysaccharide receptor...
June 23, 2017: EMBO Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645294/3-5-4-trihydroxy-6-7-3-trimethoxyflavone-protects-against-beta-amyloid-induced-neurotoxicity-through-antioxidative-activity-and-interference-with-cell-signaling
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Alona Telerman, Rivka Ofir, Yoel Kashman, Anat Elmann
BACKGROUND: Alzheimer's disease is a neurodegenerative disease, characterized by progressive decline in memory and cognitive functions, that results from loss of neurons in the brain. Amyloid beta (Aβ) protein and oxidative stress are major contributors to Alzheimer's disease, therefore, protecting neuronal cells against Aβ-induced toxicity and oxidative stress might form an effective approach for treatment of this disease. 3,5,4'-trihydroxy-6,7,3'-trimethoxyflavone (TTF) is a flavonoid we have purified from the plant Achillea fragrantissima; and the present study examined, for the first time, the effects of this compound on Aβ-toxicity to neuronal cells...
June 23, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645148/a-soft-environmental-control-effect-of-apatite-doped-with-mineral-traces-in-the-fowl-droppings
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M Minamisawa, T Taniai, S Yoshida
Fowl-dropping apatite (Ca10-z[PO4]6-z[OH]2-z) synthesized from carbonized, incinerated fowl droppings contains PO4 and OH groups that are partially substituted by CO32- ions. It shows stronger ion conductivity than commercially available hydroxyapatite in a wide range of temperatures from 23°C to 800°C. Fowl-dropping apatite readily adsorbs NO2 and SO2 gases and, without re-releasing these gases, slowly decomposes them at room temperature under sunlight via ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) irradiation. A limited amount of minerals and organics contained in fowl droppings causes light-induced activities in fowl-dropping apatite with a crystal structure that has a developed c face; this initiates excitation-induced atomic transfer on the solid surface derived from PO4 exposed on the c face, which then advances the decomposition reaction...
June 21, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645111/intersecting-transcriptomic-profiling-technologies-and-long-non-coding-rna-function-in-lung-adenocarcinoma-discovery-mechanisms-and-therapeutic-applications
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Jonathan Castillo, Theresa R Stueve, Crystal N Marconett
Previously thought of as junk transcripts and pseudogene remnants, long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) have come into their own over the last decade as an essential component of cellular activity, regulating a plethora of functions within multicellular organisms. lncRNAs are now known to participate in development, cellular homeostasis, immunological processes, and the development of disease. With the advent of next generation sequencing technology, hundreds of thousands of lncRNAs have been identified. However, movement beyond mere discovery to the understanding of molecular processes has been stymied by the complicated genomic structure, tissue-restricted expression, and diverse regulatory roles lncRNAs play...
June 9, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645068/fracture-roughness-and-phase-transformation-in-cad-cam-milling-and-subsequent-surface-treatments-of-lithium-metasilicate-disilicate-glass-ceramics
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Abdur-Rasheed Alao, Richard Stoll, Xiao-Fei Song, John R Abbott, Yu Zhang, Jaafar Abduo, Ling Yin
This paper studied surface fracture, roughness and morphology, phase transformations, and material removal mechanisms of lithium metasilicate/disilicate glass ceramics (LMGC/LDGC) in CAD/CAM-milling and subsequent surface treatments. LMGC (IPS e.max CAD) blocks were milled using a chairside dental CAD/CAM milling unit and then treated in sintering, polishing and glazing processes. X-ray diffraction was performed on all processed surfaces. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was applied to analyse surface fracture and morphology...
June 15, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645040/longitudinal-effects-of-religious-involvement-on-religious-coping-and-health-behaviors-in-a-national-sample-of-african-americans
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Cheryl L Holt, David L Roth, Jin Huang, Crystal L Park, Eddie M Clark
Many studies have examined associations between religious involvement and health, linking various dimensions of religion with a range of physical health outcomes and often hypothesizing influences on health behaviors. However, far fewer studies have examined explanatory mechanisms of the religion-health connection, and most have overwhelmingly relied on cross-sectional analyses. Given the relatively high levels of religious involvement among African Americans and the important role that religious coping styles may play in health, the present study tested a longitudinal model of religious coping as a potential mediator of a multidimensional religious involvement construct (beliefs; behaviors) on multiple health behaviors (e...
June 15, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644960/improved-simulation-based-hr-ebsd-procedure-using-image-gradient-based-dic-techniques
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Jon Alkorta, Matthieu Marteleur, Pascal J Jacques
Conventional HR-EBSD is attracting much interest due to its ability of measuring relative crystal misorientations and microstresses with great accuracy. However, this technique needs the use of simulated patterns in order to get absolute values of crystal orientation and stresses and thus expand its use to intergranular analyses. Simulation-based approaches have shown many limitations due to the poor correlation with the real patterns specially when Bragg simulations are considered. This paper presents an improved algorithm based on gradient-based correlation techniques that makes simulation-based HR-EBSD possible...
June 14, 2017: Ultramicroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644908/photoactive-surface-grafted-polymer-brushes-with-phthalocyanine-bridging-groups-as-an-advanced-architecture-for-light-harvesting
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Michał Szuwarzyński, Karol Wolski, Agata Pomorska, Tomasz Uchacz, Arkadiusz Gut, Łukasz Łapok, Szczepan Zapotoczny
Surface-grafted polymer brushes of novel ladder-like architecture were proposed for inducing ordering of chromophores embedded therein. The brushes with acetylene side groups were obtained by surface-initiated photoiniferter-mediated polymerization. The acetylene moieties reacted then via "click" process with an axially azide-bifunctionalized silicon phthalocyanine bridging the neighboring chains that inherently adopt extended conformations in dense brushes. FTIR, quartz crystal microbalance, atomic force microscopy were used to study formation and structure of the photoactive brushes varying in grafting densities...
June 23, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644652/topological-insulators-in-amorphous-systems
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Adhip Agarwala, Vijay B Shenoy
Much of the current understanding of topological insulators, which informs the experimental search for topological materials and systems, is based on crystalline band theory, where local electronic degrees of freedom at different crystal sites hybridize with each other in ways that produce nontrivial topology. Here we provide a novel theoretical demonstration of realizing topological phases in amorphous systems, as exemplified by a set of sites randomly located in space. We show this by constructing hopping models on such random lattices whose gapped ground states are shown to possess nontrivial topological nature (characterized by Bott indices) that manifests as quantized conductances in systems with a boundary...
June 9, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644646/bottleneck-accumulation-of-hybrid-magnetoelastic-bosons
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Dmytro A Bozhko, Peter Clausen, Gennadii A Melkov, Victor S L'vov, Anna Pomyalov, Vitaliy I Vasyuchka, Andrii V Chumak, Burkard Hillebrands, Alexander A Serga
An ensemble of magnons, quanta of spin waves, can be prepared as a Bose gas of weakly interacting quasiparticles. Furthermore, the thermalization of the overpopulated magnon gas through magnon-magnon scattering processes, which conserve the number of particles, can lead to the formation of a Bose-Einstein condensate at the bottom of a spin-wave spectrum. However, magnon-phonon scattering can significantly modify this scenario and new quasiparticles are formed-magnetoelastic bosons. Our observations of a parametrically populated magnon gas in a single-crystal film of yttrium iron garnet by means of wave-vector-resolved Brillouin light scattering spectroscopy evidence a novel condensation phenomenon: A spontaneous accumulation of hybrid magnetoelastic bosonic quasiparticles at the intersection of the lowest magnon mode and a transversal acoustic wave...
June 9, 2017: Physical Review Letters
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