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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102405/synthesis-of-bright-red-emissive-dicyanoetheno-bridged-hexa-peri-hexabenzocoronene-dimers
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Kazuma Oda, Satoru Hiroto, Ichiro Hisaki, Hiroshi Shinokubo
The introduction of a dicyanomethyl anion group to hexa-peri-hexabenzocoronene (HBC) substantially enhanced the emission properties of HBC due to a large perturbation of its electronic structure. In addition, dicyanoetheno-bridged HBC dimers obtained from oxidation of a dicyanomethyl HBC anion exhibited bright red emission in solution and solid states. Intramolecular charge transfer interactions between the HBC units and the dicyanoethene bridge induced solvatochromic behaviour in their emission spectra. Dicyanoetheno-bridged HBC dimers exhibited cis-trans photoisomerization behaviour in the solution, affording the mixture in cis-isomer dominance in the photostationary state...
January 19, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097776/molecular-mechanisms-underlying-deoxy-adp-pi-activation-of-pre-powerstroke-myosin
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Sarah G Nowakowski, Michael Regnier, Valerie Daggett
Myosin activation is a viable approach to treat systolic heart failure. We previously demonstrated that striated muscle myosin is a promiscuous ATPase that can use most nucleoside triphosphates as energy substrates for contraction. When 2-deoxy ATP (dATP) is used, it acts as a myosin activator, enhancing cross-bridge binding and cycling. In vivo, we have demonstrated that elevated dATP levels increase basal cardiac function and rescues function of infarcted rodent and pig hearts. Here we investigate the molecular mechanism underlying this physiological effect...
January 18, 2017: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097485/sorption-of-organic-phosphates-and-its-effects-on-aggregation-of-hematite-nanoparticles-in-monovalent-and-bivalent-solutions
#3
Chen-Yang Xu, Jiu-Yu Li, Ren-Kou Xu, Zhi-Neng Hong
Sorption of organic phosphates-myo-inositol hexakisphosphate (IHP) and glycerol phosphate (GP) and its effects on the early stage of hematite aggregation kinetics were investigated at different pH and electrolyte composition. KH2PO4 (KP) was taken as an inorganic P source for comparison. Results indicated that for all types of P, the sorption amounts decreased with increasing solution pH. Sorption amount of IHP was almost two times that of KP, while those of GP and KP were close. Both organic P and inorganic P interacted with hematite via ligand exchange through their phosphate groups, which conveyed negative charges to mineral surface and significantly decreased the zeta potential of hematite...
January 18, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095933/understanding-older-adults-resilience-during-the-brisbane-floods-social-capital-life-experience-and-optimism
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Lauren Brockie, Evonne Miller
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to explore how social capital or the impact of life and previous disaster experience facilitated resilience in older adults who experienced the 2011 and 2013 floods in Brisbane, Australia. METHODS: Data were drawn from in-depth interviews of 10 older adults from Brisbane who were evacuated in both the 2011 and 2013 floods. A combined qualitative approach drawing from the methods of constructivist grounded theory and narrative inquiry was applied and the data were analyzed by using (inductive) line-by-line and axial coding...
January 18, 2017: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094990/bridging-the-gap-between-dielectric-nanophotonics-and-the-visible-regime-with-effectively-lossless-gap-antennas
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Javier Cambiasso, Gustavo Grinblat, Yi Li, Aliaksandra Rakovich, Emiliano Cortés, Stefan A Maier
We present all-dielectric gallium phosphide (GaP) nanoantennas as an efficient nanophotonic platform for surface-enhanced second harmonic generation (SHG) and fluorescence (SEF), showing negligible losses in the visible range. Employing single GaP nanodisks, we observe an increase of more than three orders of magnitude in the SHG signal in comparison with the bulk. This constitutes an SHG efficiency as large as 0.0002%, which is, to the best of our knowledge, the highest yet achieved value produced by a single nano-object in the optical region...
January 17, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094364/effect-of-electron-spectral-diffusion-on-static-dynamic-nuclear-polarization-at-7-tesla
#6
Alisa Leavesley, Daphna Shimon, Ting Ann Siaw, Akiva Feintuch, Daniella Goldfarb, Shimon Vega, Ilia Kaminker, Songi Han
Here, we present an integrated experimental and theoretical study of (1)H dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) of a frozen aqueous glass containing free radicals at 7 T, under static conditions and at temperatures ranging between 4 and 20 K. The DNP studies were performed with a home-built 200 GHz quasi-optics microwave bridge, powered by a tunable solid-state diode source. DNP using monochromatic and continuous wave (cw) irradiation applied to the electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectrum of the radicals induces the transfer of polarization from the electron spins to the surrounding nuclei of the solvent and solutes in the frozen aqueous glass...
January 17, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091663/markedly-enhanced-up-conversion-luminescence-by-combining-ir-808-dye-sensitization-and-core-shell-shell-structures
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Jiating Xu, Mingdi Sun, Ye Kuang, Huiting Bi, Bin Liu, Dan Yang, Ruichan Lv, Shili Gai, Fei He, Piaoping Yang
Rare-earth-doped up-conversion nanoparticles (UCNPs), which are capable of converting infrared light to shorter-wavelength photons, have attracted worldwide attention due to their unique characteristics. However, the emission brightness of UCNPs is greatly limited by the unsatisfactory absorptivity of lanthanide ions. Herein, we adopted a novel strategy to enhance the up-conversion intensity using NIR dye IR-808 as an antenna to sensitize the core-shell-shell structured NaGdF4:Yb,Er@NaGdF4:Yb@NaNdF4:Yb UCNPs...
January 16, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089930/scaffolds-containing-chitosan-gelatin-and-graphene-oxide-for-bone-tissue-regeneration-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
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S Saravanan, Anjali C, M Vairamani, T P Sastry, K S Subramanian, N Selvamurugan
Critical-sized bone defects are augmented with cell free and cell loaded constructs to bridge bone defects. Improving the properties of three-dimensional scaffolds with multiple polymers and others is of growing interest in recent decades. Chitosan (CS), a natural biopolymer has limitations for its use in bone regeneration, and its properties can be enhanced with other materials. In the present study, the composite scaffolds containing CS, gelatin (Gn) and graphene oxide (GO) were fabricated through freeze-drying...
January 12, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076885/cross-linking-of-porcine-acellular-dermal-matrices-negatively-affects-induced-neovessel-formation-using-platelet-rich-plasma-in-a-rat-model-of-hernia-repair
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Joseph S Fernandez-Moure, Jeffrey L Van Eps, Leif Peterson, Beverly A Shirkey, Zachary K Menn, Fernando Cabrera, Azim Karim, Ennio Tasciotti, Bradley K Weiner, Warren A Ellsworth
The degree of crosslinking within acellular dermal matrices (ADM) seems to correlate to neovascularization when used in ventral hernia repair (VHR). Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) enhances wound healing through several mechanisms including neovascularization, but research regarding its effect on soft tissue healing in VHR is lacking. We sought to study the effect of crosslinking on PRP-induced neovascularization in a rodent model of bridging VHR. We hypothesized that ADM crosslinking would negatively affect PRP-induced neovessel formation...
January 11, 2017: Wound Repair and Regeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074911/further-evidence-for-microtubule-independent-dimerization-of-tppp-p25
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J Oláh, T Szénási, S Szunyogh, A Szabó, A Lehotzky, J Ovádi
Tubulin Polymerization Promoting Protein (TPPP/p25) is a brain-specific disordered protein that modulates the dynamics and stability of the microtubule network by its assembly promoting, cross-linking and acetylation enhancing activities. In normal brain it is expressed primarily in differentiated oligodendrocytes; however, at pathological conditions it is enriched in inclusions of both neurons and oligodendrocytes characteristic for Parkinson's disease and multiple system atrophy, respectively. The objective of this paper is to highlight a critical point of a recently published Skoufias's paper in which the crucial role of the microtubules in TPPP/p25 dimerization leading to microtubule bundling was suggested...
January 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073888/selective-targeting-of-lysyl-oxidase-like-2-loxl2-suppresses-hepatic-fibrosis-progression-and-accelerates-its-reversal
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Naoki Ikenaga, Zhen-Wei Peng, Kahini A Vaid, Susan B Liu, Shuhei Yoshida, Deanna Y Sverdlov, Amanda Mikels-Vigdal, Victoria Smith, Detlef Schuppan, Yury V Popov
BACKGROUND/AIMS: We studied the role of lysyl oxidase-like 2 (LOXL2) in collagen crosslinking and hepatic progenitor cell (HPC) differentiation, and the therapeutic efficacy of a LOXL2-blocking monoclonal antibody on liver fibrosis progression/reversal in mice. METHODS: Anti-LOXL2 antibody, control antilysyl oxidase antibody or placebo was administered during thioacetamide (TAA)-induced fibrosis progression or during recovery. Therapeutic efficacy in biliary fibrosis was tested in BALB/c...
January 10, 2017: Gut
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073797/physical-and-cultural-determinants-of-postpartum-pelvic-floor-support-and-symptoms-following-vaginal-delivery-a-protocol-for-a-mixed-methods-prospective-cohort-study
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Ingrid E Nygaard, Erin Clark, Lauren Clark, Marlene J Egger, Robert Hitchcock, Yvonne Hsu, Peggy Norton, Ana Sanchez-Birkhead, Janet Shaw, Xiaoming Sheng, Michael Varner
INTRODUCTION: Pelvic floor disorders (PFDs), including pelvic organ prolapse (POP), stress and urgency urinary incontinence, and faecal incontinence, are common and arise from loss of pelvic support. Although severe disease often does not occur until women become older, pregnancy and childbirth are major risk factors for PFDs, especially POP. We understand little about modifiable factors that impact pelvic floor function recovery after vaginal birth. This National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded Program Project, 'Bridging physical and cultural determinants of postpartum pelvic floor support and symptoms following vaginal delivery', uses mixed-methods research to study the influences of intra-abdominal pressure, physical activity, body habitus and muscle fitness on pelvic floor support and symptoms as well as the cultural context in which women experience those changes...
January 10, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073258/controlled-growth-of-ceria-nanoarrays-on-anatase-titania-powder-a-bottom-up-physical-picture
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Hyun You Kim, Mark S Hybertsen, Ping Liu
The leading edge of catalysis research motivates physical understanding of the growth of nanoscale oxide structures on different supporting oxide materials that are themselves also nanostructured. This research opens up for consideration a diverse range of facets on the support material, versus the single facet typically involved in wide-area growth of thin films. Here, we study the growth of ceria nanoarchitectures on practical anatase titania powders as a showcase inspired by recent experiments. Density functional theory (DFT)-based methods are employed to characterize and rationalize the broad array of low energy nanostructures that emerge...
January 11, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073045/adhesive-barnacle-peptides-exhibit-a-steric-driven-design-rule-to-enhance-adhesion-between-asymmetric-surfaces
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Sangeetha Raman, Lukas Malms, Thomas Utzig, Buddha Ratna Shrestha, Philipp Stock, Shankar Krishnan, Markus Valtiner
Barnacles exhibit superior underwater adhesion simply through sequencing of the 21 proteinogenic amino acids, without post processing or using special amino acids. Here, we measure and discuss the molecular interaction of two distinct and recurring short peptide sequences (Bp1 and Bp2) inspired from the surface binding 19kDa protein from the barnacle attachment interface. Using self-assembled monolayer (SAMs) of known physical and chemical properties on molecularly smooth gold substrates in 5mM NaCl at pH 7...
December 26, 2016: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072487/the-structure-of-linkers-affects-the-dna-binding-properties-of-tethered-dinuclear-ruthenium-ii-metallo-intercalators
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Hiwa Saeed, Ibrahim Saeed, Niklaas Buurma, Jim Antony Thomas
With the long-term aim of enhancing the binding properties of dinuclear RuII-based DNA light-switch complexes, a series of eight structurally related mono- and dinuclear systems are reported in which the linker of the bridging ligand has been modulated. These tethered systems have been designed to explore issues of steric demand at the binding site and the thermodynamic cost of entropy loss upon binding. An analysis of detailed spectroscopic and isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC) studies on the new complexes reveal that one of the linkers produces a dinuclear systems that binds to duplex DNA with an affinity (Kb > 107 M-1) that is higher than its corresponding monometallic complex and is the highest affinity for a non-threading bis-intercalating metal complex...
January 10, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065871/targeted-glioma-chemotherapy-by-cyclic-rgd-peptide-functionalized-reversibly-core-crosslinked-multifunctional-poly-ethylene-glycol-b-poly-%C3%AE%C2%B5-caprolactone-micelles
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Ya Fang, Yu Jiang, Yan Zou, Fenghua Meng, Jian Zhang, Chao Deng, Huanli Sun, Zhiyuan Zhong
: Cyclic RGD peptide-functionalized reversibly core-crosslinked biodegradable poly(ethylene glycol)-b-poly(ε-caprolactone) (PEG-PCL) micelles (cRGD-RCCMs) were designed and developed for highly potent and targeted glioma chemotherapy. To achieve crosslinkable core, dithiolane-functionalized trimethylene carbonate (DTC) was incorporated into PCL block. Interestingly, cRGD-RCCMs displayed a high doxorubicin (DOX) loading content of ∼18 wt.%, small hydrodynamic size of ∼50 nm, and excellent colloidal stability with minimum drug leakage under physiological conditions whilst fast DOX release under cytoplasmic-mimicking reductive environments...
January 5, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061853/location-location-location-environmental-factors-better-predict-malaria-positive-individuals-during-reactive-case-detection-than-index-case-demographics-in-southern-province-zambia
#17
David A Larsen, Tokozile Ngwenya-Kangombe, Sanford Cheelo, Busiku Hamainza, John Miller, Anna Winters, Daniel J Bridges
BACKGROUND: Decreasing malaria transmission leads to increasing heterogeneity with increased risk in both hot spots (locations) and hot pops (certain demographics). In Southern Province, Zambia, reactive case detection has formed a part of malaria surveillance and elimination efforts since 2011. Various factors may be associated with finding malaria infections during case investigations, including the demographics of the incident case and environmental characteristics of the location of the incident case...
January 6, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060950/comparing-different-suicide-prevention-measures-at-bridges-and-buildings-lessons-we-have-learned-from-a-national-survey-in-switzerland
#18
Alexander Hemmer, Philipp Meier, Thomas Reisch
The goal of the study was to compare the effectiveness of different suicide prevention measures implemented on bridges and other high structures in Switzerland. A national survey identified all jumping hotspots that have been secured in Switzerland; of the 15 that could be included in this study, 11 were secured by vertical barriers and 4 were secured by low-hanging horizontal safety nets. The study made an overall and individual pre-post analysis by using Mantel-Haenszel Tests, regression methods and calculating rate ratios...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060285/preparation-and-in-vitro-characterization-of-dendrimer-based-contrast-agents-for-magnetic-resonance-imaging
#19
Serhat Gündüz, Tanja Savić, Đorđe Toljić, Goran Angelovski
Paramagnetic complexes of gadolinium(III) with acyclic or macrocyclic chelates are the most commonly used contrast agents (CAs) for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Their purpose is to enhance the relaxation rate of water protons in tissue, thus increasing the MR image contrast and the specificity of the MRI measurements. Current clinically approved contrast agents are low molecular weight molecules that are rapidly cleared from the body. The use of dendrimers as carriers of paramagnetic chelators can play an important role in the future development of more efficient MRI contrast agents...
December 4, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057346/pyrite-oxidation-in-the-presence-of-hematite-and-alumina-ii-effects-on-the-cathodic-and-anodic-half-cell-reactions
#20
Carlito Baltazar Tabelin, Suchol Veerawattananun, Mayumi Ito, Naoki Hiroyoshi, Toshifumi Igarashi
The oxidative dissolution of pyrite is an important process in the redox recycling of iron (Fe) and is well-known for its role in the formation of acid mine drainage (AMD), which is considered as the most serious and widespread problem after the closure of mines and mineral processing operations. Because this process requires the movement of electrons, common metal oxides in nature that have either semiconducting (e.g., hematite) or insulating (e.g., alumina) properties may have strong effects on it. In this study, changes in the electrochemical behavior of pyrite in the presence of hematite and alumina were investigated...
January 3, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
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