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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303437/molecular-dynamics-simulations-of-the-first-charge-of-a-li-ion-si-anode-nanobattery
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Diego E Galvez-Aranda, Victor Ponce, Jorge M Seminario
Rechargeable lithium-ion batteries are the most popular devices for energy storage but still a lot of research needs to be done to improve their cycling and storage capacity. Silicon has been proposed as an anode material because of its large theoretical capacity of ∼3600 mAh/g. Therefore, focus is needed on the lithiation process of silicon anodes where it is known that the anode increases its volume more than 300%, producing cracking and other damages. We performed molecular dynamics atomistic simulations to study the swelling, alloying, and amorphization of a silicon nanocrystal anode in a full nanobattery model during the first charging cycle...
April 2017: Journal of Molecular Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295662/chilled-and-post-thaw-storage-of-sperm-in-different-goldfish-types
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G Bernáth, I Ittzés, Z Szabó, Á Horváth, S Krejszeff, J Lujić, L Várkonyi, B Urbányi, Z Bokor
The effective storage time of sperm after stripping (for 48 hr in 6-hr intervals) and after thawing (for 6 hr in 2-hr intervals) in Black moor, Oranda and Calico goldfish types was investigated. Variations in sperm density were also measured in all lines. The efficiency of a sperm cryopreservation method formerly developed for common carp was recorded in all three goldfish lines. Motility parameters ((pMOT, %), curvilinear velocity (VCL, μm/s) and straightness (STR, %)) of Black moor sperm did not decrease significantly during 48 hr of storage...
March 12, 2017: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284571/dynamic-mechanical-analysis-to-assess-viscoelasticity-of-liver-tissue-in-a-rat-model-of-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease
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Xinyu Zhang, Xuehua Gao, Pengpeng Zhang, Yanrong Guo, Haoming Lin, Xianfen Diao, Yingxia Liu, Changfeng Dong, Yaxin Hu, Siping Chen, Xin Chen
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most common liver disorder in both developed and developing countries. A noninvasive method of detecting early stage NAFLD and distinguishing non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) from simple steatosis (SS) would be useful. The over-accumulation of fat in hepatocytes alters the physical microstructure and chemical contents of the liver tissue. This study included dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) testing on liver samples from a rat model of NAFLD to determine whether the tissue shows any significant changes in viscoelasticity due to the histological changes...
March 8, 2017: Medical Engineering & Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28140601/current-induced-generation-and-synchronous-motion-of-highly-packed-coupled-chiral-domain-walls
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Rafael P Del Real, Victor Raposo, Eduardo Martinez, Masamitsu Hayashi
Chiral domain walls of Neel type emerge in heterostructures that include heavy metal (HM) and ferromagnetic metal (FM) layers owing to the Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya (DM) interaction at the HM/FM interface. In developing storage class memories based on the current induced motion of chiral domain walls, it remains to be seen how dense such domain walls can be packed together. Here we show that a universal short-range repulsion that scales with the strength of the DM interaction exists among chiral domain walls. The distance between the two walls can be reduced with the application of the out-of-plane field, allowing the formation of coupled domain walls...
March 8, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28133593/stereoselective-biotransformation-of-racemic-mandelic-acid-using-immobilized-laccase-and-s-mandelate-dehydrogenase
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Xing Chen, Chengli Yang, Peng Wang, Xuan Zhang, Bingxin Bao, Dali Li, Ruofu Shi
OBJECTIVES: (S)-Mandelate dehydrogenase (SMDH) and laccase were immobilized on chitosan. The bi-enzymatic system with immobilized SMDH and immobilized laccase was taken to catalyze the stereoselective transformation of racemic mandelic acid and (R)-mandelic acid was obtained from its racemic mixture. RESULTS: Characteristics of the immobilized enzymes were valuated. The optimum pH and temperature of the immobilized SMDH were found to be pH 3.4 and 45 °C, and these of the immobilized laccase were about pH 6...
2017: Bioresources and Bioprocessing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129919/loss-of-huntingtin-stimulates-capture-of-retrograde-dense-core-vesicles-to-increase-synaptic-neuropeptide-stores
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Dinara Bulgari, David L Deitcher, Edwin S Levitan
The Huntington's disease protein Huntingtin (Htt) regulates axonal transport of dense-core vesicles (DCVs) containing neurotrophins and neuropeptides. DCVs travel down axons to reach nerve terminals where they are either captured in synaptic boutons to support later release or reverse direction to reenter the axon as part of vesicle circulation. Currently, the impact of Htt on DCV dynamics in the terminal is unknown. Here we report that knockout of Drosophila Htt selectively reduces retrograde DCV flux at proximal boutons of motoneuron terminals...
January 22, 2017: European Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28120447/effects-of-sildenafil-a-phosphodiesterase-type-5-inhibitor-on-the-primary-single-afferent-activity-of-the-rat-bladder
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Naoki Aizawa, Hiroki Ito, Rino Sugiyama, Tetsuya Fujimura, Hiroshi Fukuhara, Haruki Kume, Yukio Homma, Yasuhiko Igawa
OBJECTIVES: We investigated the direct effects of sildenafil, a phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitor, on the single-unit mechanosensitive afferent activities (SAAs) primarily originated from the bladder in the rat. METHODS: Female Sprague-Dawley rats were anesthetized with urethane. SAAs were recorded from the left L6 dorsal roots and classified by conduction velocity as Aδ- or C-fibers. A catheter was inserted into the bladder dome, and a separate catheter was placed in the carotid artery and external iliac vein for monitoring of blood pressure and sildenafil-administration, respectively...
January 2017: Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100277/stress-echo-2020-the-international-stress-echo-study-in-ischemic-and-non-ischemic-heart-disease
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MULTICENTER STUDY
Eugenio Picano, Quirino Ciampi, Rodolfo Citro, Antonello D'Andrea, Maria Chiara Scali, Lauro Cortigiani, Iacopo Olivotto, Fabio Mori, Maurizio Galderisi, Marco Fabio Costantino, Lorenza Pratali, Giovanni Di Salvo, Eduardo Bossone, Francesco Ferrara, Luna Gargani, Fausto Rigo, Nicola Gaibazzi, Giuseppe Limongelli, Giuseppe Pacileo, Maria Grazia Andreassi, Bruno Pinamonti, Laura Massa, Marco A R Torres, Marcelo H Miglioranza, Clarissa Borguezan Daros, José Luis de Castro E Silva Pretto, Branko Beleslin, Ana Djordjevic-Dikic, Albert Varga, Attila Palinkas, Gergely Agoston, Dario Gregori, Paolo Trambaiolo, Sergio Severino, Ayana Arystan, Marco Paterni, Clara Carpeggiani, Paolo Colonna
BACKGROUND: Stress echocardiography (SE) has an established role in evidence-based guidelines, but recently its breadth and variety of applications have extended well beyond coronary artery disease (CAD). We lack a prospective research study of SE applications, in and beyond CAD, also considering a variety of signs in addition to regional wall motion abnormalities. METHODS: In a prospective, multicenter, international, observational study design, > 100 certified high-volume SE labs (initially from Italy, Brazil, Hungary, and Serbia) will be networked with an organized system of clinical, laboratory and imaging data collection at the time of physical or pharmacological SE, with structured follow-up information...
January 18, 2017: Cardiovascular Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070903/myocardial-deformation-in-pediatric-patients-with-mucopolysaccharidoses-a-two-dimensional-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-study
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Francesco Borgia, Enrica Pezzullo, Vincenzo Schiano Lomoriello, Regina Sorrentino, Francesco Lo Iudice, Sara Cocozza, Roberto Della Casa, Giancarlo Parenti, Pietro Strisciuglio, Bruno Trimarco, Maurizio Galderisi
BACKGROUND: Mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS) are inherited lysosomal storage disorders caused by deficiency of required glycosaminoglycans breakdown enzymes, inducing cardiac involvement. Little is known about myocardial deformation involvement in MPS. Our aim was to assess biventricular structure and function in asymptomatic children with MPS using standard echo Doppler and 2D speckle tracking (STE). METHODS: Fifteen MPS children (one type I, six type II, three type III A, one III B, three IV A, one VI), asymptomatic for cardiac symptoms, and 15 age and sex-matched healthy controls underwent echo Doppler and STE...
January 10, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063444/computing-the-non-markovian-coarse-grained-interactions-derived-from-the-mori-zwanzig-formalism-in-molecular-systems-application-to-polymer-melts
#10
Zhen Li, Hee Sun Lee, Eric Darve, George Em Karniadakis
Memory effects are often introduced during coarse-graining of a complex dynamical system. In particular, a generalized Langevin equation (GLE) for the coarse-grained (CG) system arises in the context of Mori-Zwanzig formalism. Upon a pairwise decomposition, GLE can be reformulated into its pairwise version, i.e., non-Markovian dissipative particle dynamics (DPD). GLE models the dynamics of a single coarse particle, while DPD considers the dynamics of many interacting CG particles, with both CG systems governed by non-Markovian interactions...
January 7, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27973354/a-diffraction-correction-for-storage-and-loss-moduli-imaging-using-radiation-force-based-elastography
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Eliana Budelli, Javier Brum, Miguel Bernal, Thomas Deffieux, Mickaël Tanter, Patricia Lema, Carlos Negreira, Jean-Luc Gennisson
Noninvasive evaluation of the rheological behavior of soft tissues may provide an important diagnosis tool. Nowadays, available commercial ultrasound systems only provide shear elasticity estimation by shear wave speed assessment under the hypothesis of a purely elastic model. However, to fully characterize the rheological behavior of tissues, given by its storage (G') and loss (G″) moduli, it is necessary to estimate both: shear wave speed and shear wave attenuation. Most elastography techniques use the acoustic radiation force to generate shear waves...
January 7, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925340/evaluation-of-epididymis-storage-temperature-and-cryopreservation-conditions-for-improved-mitochondrial-membrane-potential-membrane-integrity-sperm-motility-and-in-vitro-fertilization-in-bovine-epididymal-sperm
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M Nichi, T Rijsselaere, Jda Losano, Dsr Angrimani, Gkv Kawai, Igf Goovaerts, A Van Soom, V H Barnabe, Jbp De Clercq, Pej Bols
The maintaining of the epididymis at lower temperatures during storage and transport improves sperm quality. Our study aimed to test whether epididymis storage temperature (post-mortem) and sperm cryopreservation affect sperm kinetics, membrane integrity, mitochondrial potential and fertility capacity. Thirty-six epididymides were collected from 18 bulls after slaughter and divided into two groups: at 4 or 34°C for 2-3 hr. The sperm was collected from the epididymis cauda. The evaluation consisted of computer-assisted sperm analysis (CASA), SYBR14/PI/JC1 to evaluate membrane integrity, mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP) and measurement of lipid peroxidation (TBARS)...
December 7, 2016: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917476/pop-up-satellite-archival-tag-effects-on-the-diving-behaviour-growth-and-survival-of-adult-atlantic-salmon-salmo-salar-at-sea
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R D Hedger, A H Rikardsen, E B Thorstad
The effects of large, externally attached pop-up satellite archival tags (PSATs) were compared with those of small implanted data storage tags (DSTs) on adult Atlantic salmon Salmo salar during their ocean migration in regards to depth utilization, diving depth, diving rate, diving speed and temperatures experienced. Additionally the return rate and growth of individuals tagged with PSATs was compared with those of small acoustic tags and DSTs. Overall, the depth distribution of individuals tagged with PSATs was similar to that of those tagged with DSTs, reflecting the pelagic nature of S...
January 2017: Journal of Fish Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916962/lightweight-sensor-authentication-scheme-for-energy-efficiency-in-ubiquitous-computing-environments
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Jaeseung Lee, Yunsick Sung, Jong Hyuk Park
The Internet of Things (IoT) is the intelligent technologies and services that mutually communicate information between humans and devices or between Internet-based devices. In IoT environments, various device information is collected from the user for intelligent technologies and services that control the devices. Recently, wireless sensor networks based on IoT environments are being used in sectors as diverse as medicine, the military, and commerce. Specifically, sensor techniques that collect relevant area data via mini-sensors after distributing smart dust in inaccessible areas like forests or military zones have been embraced as the future of information technology...
December 1, 2016: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900329/postinsertional-cable-movements-of-cochlear-implant-electrodes-and-their-effects-on-intracochlear-pressure
#15
I Todt, D Karimi, J Luger, A Ernst, P Mittmann
Introduction. To achieve a functional atraumatic cochlear implantation, intracochlear pressure changes during the procedure should be minimized. Postinsertional cable movements are assumed to induce intracochlear pressure changes. The aim of this study was to observe intracochlear pressure changes due to postinsertional cable movements. Materials and Methods. Intracochlear pressure changes were recorded in a cochlear model with a micro-pressure sensor positioned in the apical region of the cochlea model to follow the maximum amplitude and pressure gain velocity in intracochlear pressure...
2016: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882932/tunable-inertia-of-chiral-magnetic-domain-walls
#16
Jacob Torrejon, Eduardo Martinez, Masamitsu Hayashi
The time it takes to accelerate an object from zero to a given velocity depends on the applied force and the environment. If the force ceases, it takes exactly the same time to completely decelerate. A magnetic domain wall is a topological object that has been observed to follow this behaviour. Here we show that acceleration and deceleration times of chiral Neel walls driven by current are different in a system with low damping and moderate Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya exchange constant. The time needed to accelerate a domain wall with current via the spin Hall torque is much faster than the time it needs to decelerate once the current is turned off...
November 24, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867355/methods-for-specifying-scientific-data-standards-and-modeling-relationships-with-applications-to-neuroscience
#17
Oliver Rübel, Max Dougherty, Prabhat, Peter Denes, David Conant, Edward F Chang, Kristofer Bouchard
Neuroscience continues to experience a tremendous growth in data; in terms of the volume and variety of data, the velocity at which data is acquired, and in turn the veracity of data. These challenges are a serious impediment to sharing of data, analyses, and tools within and across labs. Here, we introduce BRAINformat, a novel data standardization framework for the design and management of scientific data formats. The BRAINformat library defines application-independent design concepts and modules that together create a general framework for standardization of scientific data...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27847275/preparation-and-tableting-of-long-term-stable-amorphous-rutin-using-porous-silica
#18
Qionghua Wei, Cornelia M Keck, Rainer H Müller
Amorphous state of drugs increases the oral bioavailability, but typically faces physical stability problems. Amorphous rutin was generated and physically stabilized by encapsulating inside mesopores of porous AEROPERL® 300 Pharma and named as rutin CapsMorph® in this study. AEROPERL® 300 Pharma was loaded with rutin dissolved in DMSO containing Tween 80, and subsequently the solvent evaporated (wetness impregnation method). The loading process was monitored by light microscopy and scanning electron microscopy (SEM)...
April 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27823953/the-effect-of-gentamicin-on-sperm-motility-and-bacterial-abundance-during-chilled-sperm-storage-in-the-booroolong-frog
#19
Leesa M Keogh, Phillip G Byrne, Aimee J Silla
Antibiotics can inhibit bacterial contamination and extend sperm longevity during storage; a primary goal of captive facilities conducting biobanking and artificial fertilisation (AF). This study evaluated the effects of gentamicin on the short-term storage of Booroolong frog sperm. Sperm suspensions were obtained via either testis maceration, or as spermic urine, following hormonal induction of sperm-release. The effect of 0, 1, 2, 3 or 4mgmL(-1) gentamicin on bacterial abundance (CFUmL(-1)) was determined and sperm motility assessed...
March 1, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27808101/the-formation-of-the-ocean-s-anthropogenic-carbon-reservoir
#20
Daniele Iudicone, Keith B Rodgers, Yves Plancherel, Olivier Aumont, Takamitsu Ito, Robert M Key, Gurvan Madec, Masao Ishii
The shallow overturning circulation of the oceans transports heat from the tropics to the mid-latitudes. This overturning also influences the uptake and storage of anthropogenic carbon (Cant). We demonstrate this by quantifying the relative importance of ocean thermodynamics, circulation and biogeochemistry in a global biochemistry and circulation model. Almost 2/3 of the Cant ocean uptake enters via gas exchange in waters that are lighter than the base of the ventilated thermocline. However, almost 2/3 of the excess Cant is stored below the thermocline...
November 3, 2016: Scientific Reports
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