Nanometer thin membranes filtering boron and phosphorus from water

Microporous organic nanotube assisted design of high performance nanofiltration membranes

Based on the design of natural, porous organic nanotubes, Shuangqiao Han et al. fabricate 15 nm thin membranes that can be used for water purification, specifically to filter out boron and phosporus. 


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  • THz integrate light sources represent an important building blocks for various applications. Here the authors report an electrically driven topological laser based on photonic Majorana zero mode that can convert electricity directly into THz single-mode laser with topologically nontrivial beams.

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  • Sila-substituted compounds have potential application in medicinal chemistry, but their preparation from the corresponding carbon analogues remains challenging. Here, the authors report the synthesis of sila-benzoazoles via hydrosilylation and rearrangement of benzoazoles; the reaction is enabled by a Lewis acid.

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  • The aetiology of primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) remains unclear. Here, the authors find that the numbers of DUOX2 + ACE2 + small cholangiocytes in human and mouse livers are inversely associated with disease severity, and present data indicating that they may be the target of polymeric immunoglobulin receptor (pIgR) -mediated humoral responses, suggesting that preservation of these cells and targeting anti-pIgR autoantibodies may be valuable strategies for therapeutic interventions in PBC.

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  • Cross-ancestry genetic correlation can reveal differences in the genetic basis of traits between populations, but methods can be biased by ancestry-specific genetic architecture. Here, the authors present a method to for estimating cross-ancestry genetic correlations, accounting for ancestry-specific genetic architecture.

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  • Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is an advanced form of fatty liver disease with complex pathogenic mechanisms. Here, the authors report that SRSF1 deficiency in mice livers provokes deleterious R-loop formation and genotoxicity, which impedes hepatocellular gene expression, metabolism, and lipid trafficking, resulting in NASH-like pathology.

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  • The cystic fibrosis landscape has changed dramatically over the last few decades, with improvements in patient quality of life, prognosis and predicted survival. In part, this is related to the availability of novel CFTR modulator drugs, although prior advances in symptom-directed therapies and diagnosis had already led to substantial improvements. However, the authors, part of a national CF focused group, recognize that more needs to be done and outline their considerations on research priorities in this perspective.

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  • Chalcogenide aerogels are receiving widespread attention due to their unique properties. Here we comment on a recent work about amorphous Na–Mn–Sn–S chalcogels featuring local structural control, and provide an outlook for the development of chalcogels and the metal-organic sulfide framework.

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