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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820753/prevention-of-exposure-keratopathy-in-critically-ill-patients-a-single-center-randomized-pilot-trial-comparing-ocular-lubrication-with-bandage-contact-lenses-and-punctal-plugs
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Itai Bendavid, Inbal Avisar, Irena Serov Volach, Amir Sternfeld, Idit Dan Brazis, Lewaa Umar, Yiftach Yassur, Pierre Singer, Jonathan David Cohen
OBJECTIVES: To compare the effectiveness of bandage contact lenses and punctal plugs with ocular lubricants in preventing corneal damage in mechanically ventilated and sedated critically ill patients. DESIGN: Single-center, prospective, randomized, pilot study. SETTING: Sixteen-bed, general ICU at a tertiary academic medical center. PATIENTS: Adults admitted to the ICU and anticipated to require mechanical ventilation and continuous sedation for greater than or equal to 4 days...
August 17, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820070/muc1-story-great-expectations-disappointments-and-the-renaissance
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Mikhail A Rubtsov, Marina S Syrkina, Yegor S Vassetzky
In the course of studying human mucin MUC1, an attitude towards this molecule has been changing time and again. Initially, the list of presumable functions of MUC1 was restricted to protecting and lubricating epithelium. To date, it is assumed to play an important role in cell signaling as well as in all stages of oncogenesis, from malignant cell transformation to tumor dissemination. The story of MUC1 is full of hopes and disappointments. However, the scientific interest to MUC1 has never waned, and the more profoundly it has been investigated, the clearer its hidden potential turned to be disclosed...
August 17, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818939/preventing-mussel-adhesion-using-lubricant-infused-materials
#3
Shahrouz Amini, Stefan Kolle, Luigi Petrone, Onyemaechi Ahanotu, Steffi Sunny, Clarinda N Sutanto, Shawn Hoon, Lucas Cohen, James C Weaver, Joanna Aizenberg, Nicolas Vogel, Ali Miserez
Mussels are opportunistic macrofouling organisms that can attach to most immersed solid surfaces, leading to serious economic and ecological consequences for the maritime and aquaculture industries. We demonstrate that lubricant-infused coatings exhibit very low preferential mussel attachment and ultralow adhesive strengths under both controlled laboratory conditions and in marine field studies. Detailed investigations across multiple length scales-from the molecular-scale characterization of deposited adhesive proteins to nanoscale contact mechanics to macroscale live observations-suggest that lubricant infusion considerably reduces fouling by deceiving the mechanosensing ability of mussels, deterring secretion of adhesive threads, and decreasing the molecular work of adhesion...
August 18, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815230/elastic-deformation-of-soft-coatings-due-to-lubrication-forces
#4
Yumo Wang, Matthew R Tan, Joelle Frechette
Elastic deformation of rigid materials with soft coatings (stratified materials) due to lubrication forces can alter the interpretation of dynamic surface forces measurements and prevent contact formation between approaching surfaces. Understanding the role of elastic deformation on the process of fluid drainage is necessary, in particular for the case where one (or both) of the interacting materials consists of a rigid substrate with a soft coating. We combine lubrication theory and solid linear elasticity to describe the dynamic of fluid drainage past a compliant stratified boundary...
August 17, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814747/understanding-tribofilm-formation-mechanisms-in-ionic-liquid-lubrication
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Yan Zhou, Donovan N Leonard, Wei Guo, Jun Qu
Ionic liquids (ILs) have recently been developed as a novel class of lubricant anti-wear (AW) additives, but the formation mechanism of their wear protective tribofilms is not yet well understood. Unlike the conventional metal-containing AW additives that self-react to grow a tribofilm, the metal-free ILs require a supplier of metal cations in the tribofilm growth. The two apparent sources of metal cations are the contact surface and the wear debris, and the latter contains important 'historical' interface information but often is overlooked...
August 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812999/synthesis-and-evaluation-of-a-sodium-alginate-4-aminosalicylic-acid-based-microporous-hydrogel-for-potential-viscosupplementation-for-joint-injuries-and-arthritis-induced-conditions
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Dharmesh R Chejara, Mostafa Mabrouk, Pradeep Kumar, Yahya E Choonara, Pierre P D Kondiah, Ravindra V Badhe, Lisa C du Toit, Divya Bijukumar, Viness Pillay
A microporous hydrogel was developed using sodium alginate (alg) and 4-aminosalicylic acid (4-ASA). The synthesized hydrogel was characterized using various analytical techniques such as Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Carbon-13 nuclear magnetic resonance ((13)C-NMR), X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). Additonal carboxyl and hydroxyl functional groups of 4-ASA provided significant lubrication and stress-triggered sol-gel transition to the conjugated hydrogel...
August 16, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812959/periocular-manifestations-of-trigeminal-trophic-syndrome-a-case-series-and-literature-review
#7
Katherine A McVeigh, Morag Adams, Richard Harrad, Rebecca Ford
Trigeminal trophic syndrome (TTS) is a condition whereby persistent facial ulceration presents consequent to central or peripheral insult to the trigeminal nerve. Lesions are created by repetitive self-inflicted manipulation and trauma of dysaesthetic skin within the trigeminal dermatome. We discuss four cases with aetiologies varied from presumed microvascular compromise to resection of cerebral meningioma, cerebrovascular accident, and herpes zoster ophthalmicus. We discuss the management of the under-recognised associated periocular skin ulcerations that result from physical manipulation of dysesthic skin and prove to be persistent and challenging to treat...
August 16, 2017: Orbit
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812146/engineering-rhodosporidium-toruloides-for-the-production-of-very-long-chain-monounsaturated-fatty-acid-rich-oils
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Sandy Fillet, Carmen Ronchel, Carla Callejo, María-José Fajardo, Helena Moralejo, José L Adrio
Erucic acid (cis-docosa-13-enoic acid, C22:1∆13) and nervonic acid (cis-tetracosa-15-enoic acid, C24:1 ∆15) are important renewable feedstocks in plastic, cosmetic, nylon, and lubricant industries. Furthermore, nervonic acid is also applied to the treatment of some neurological diseases. However, the production of these two very long-chain fatty acids (VLCFA) is very limited as both are not present in the main vegetable oils (e.g., soybean, rapeseed, sunflower, and palm). Ectopic integration and heterologous expression of fatty acid elongases (3-ketoacyl-CoA synthases, KCS) from different plants in Rhodosporidium toruloides resulted in the de novo synthesis of erucic acid and nervonic acid in this oleaginous yeast...
August 15, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812090/zero-charged-catanionic-lamellar-liquid-crystals-doped-with-fullerene-c60-for-potential-applications-in-tribology
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Mengjun Chen, Baoyong Liu, Xiaolin Wang, Yanxu Fu, Jingcheng Hao, Hongguang Li
The formation of lamellar liquid crystals (LLCs) has been demonstrated in a few salt-free catanionic surfactant systems and their properties have been well documented. However, examples of their combination with other materials are relatively rare. Herein, a salt-free zero-charged catanionic surfactant with low chain melting temperature was prepared by mixing equimolar tetradecyltrimethylammonium oxide (TTAOH) and oleic acid (OA) in water, and its concentration-dependent aggregate transition was investigated...
August 16, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806547/environmental-life-cycle-assessment-of-seafood-production-a-case-study-of-trawler-catches-in-tunisia
#10
Khaled Abdou, Didier Gascuel, Joël Aubin, Mohamed Salah Romdhane, Frida Ben Rais Lasram, François Le Loc'h
The Gulf of Gabes is one of the most productive fishery areas in the southern Mediterranean Sea. It is archetypal of an ecosystem in which the effects of fisheries are most pronounced. Demersal trawling is the main fishing activity in the Gulf of Gabes. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) was applied to assess the environmental performance landing 1t of seafood with wooden demersal trawlers in the Gulf of Gabes. Impact categories included in the study were abiotic depletion potential (ADP), acidification potential (AP), eutrophication potential (EP), global warming potential (GWP), ozone depletion potential (ODP), photochemical oxidant formation potential (POFP), human toxicity potential (HTP), marine eco-toxicity potential (METP), terrestrial eco-toxicity potential (TETP), land occupation potential (LOP), and total cumulative energy demand (TCED)...
August 11, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805983/challenges-of-measuring-accurate-estradiol-levels-in-aromatase-inhibitor-treated-postmenopausal-breast-cancer-patients-on-vaginal-estrogen-therapy
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Polly Niravath, Raksha Bhat, Mohamed Al-Ameri, Ahmed AlRawi, Claudette Foreman, Meghana V Trivedi
Breast cancer patients who are taking adjuvant Aromatase Inhibitor (AI) therapy typically have extremely low estradiol levels, which are undetectable by routine clinical laboratories. Thus, it becomes difficult to assess the safety of interventions such as low-dose vaginal estrogen, which may increase estradiol levels. In this study, we aimed to assess the utility of enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) to measure low estradiol concentrations in breast cancer survivors on AI therapy treated with either vaginal estrogen or lubricant for atrophic vaginitis as a part of clinical trial...
August 2017: Pharmacology Research & Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803264/hyaluronan-in-the-experimental-injury-of-the-cartilage-biochemical-action-and-protective-effects
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Angela Avenoso, Angela D'Ascola, Michele Scuruchi, Giuseppe Mandraffino, Alberto Calatroni, Antonino Saitta, Salvatore Campo, Giuseppe M Campo
INTRODUCTION: Our knowledge of extracellular matrix (ECM) structure and function has increased enormously over the last decade or so. There is evidence demonstrating that ECM provides signals affecting cell adhesion, shape, migration, proliferation, survival, and differentiation. ECM presents many domains that become active after proteolytic cleavage. These active ECM fragments are called matrikines which play different roles; in particular, they may act as potent inflammatory mediators during cartilage injury...
August 12, 2017: Inflammation Research: Official Journal of the European Histamine Research Society ... [et Al.]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803215/structural-tribological-and-mechanical-properties-of-the-hind-leg-joint-of-a-jumping-insect-using-katydids-to-inform-bioinspired-lubrication-systems
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Jun Kyun Oh, Spencer T Behmer, Richelle Marquess, Cengiz Yegin, Ethan A Scholar, Mustafa Akbulut
This study investigates the structural properties of the hind leg femur-tibia joint in adult katydids (Orthoptera: Tettigoniidae), including its tribological and mechanical properties. It is of particular interest because the orthopteran (e.g., grasshoppers, crickets, and katydids) hind leg is highly specialized for jumping. We show that the katydid hind leg femur-tibia joint had unique surfaces and textures, with a friction coefficient (μ) at its coupling surface of 0.053 ± 0.001. Importantly, the sheared surfaces at this joint showed no sign of wear or damage, even though it had undergone thousands of external shearing cycles...
August 9, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798839/paper-based-microfluidic-devices-by-asymmetric-calendaring
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S Oyola-Reynoso, C Frankiewicz, B Chang, J Chen, J-F Bloch, M M Thuo
We report a simple, efficient, one-step, affordable method to produce open-channel paper-based microfluidic channels. One surface of a sheet of paper is selectively calendared, with concomitant hydrophobization, to create the microfluidic channel. Our method involves asymmetric mechanical modification of a paper surface using a rolling ball (ball-point pen) under a controlled amount of applied stress (σz) to ascertain that only one side is modified. A lubricating solvent (hexane) aids in the selective deformation...
January 2017: Biomicrofluidics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796172/tribological-properties-of-aluminium-alloy-composites-reinforced-with-multi-layer-graphene-the-influence-of-spark-plasma-texturing-process
#15
Marek Kostecki, Jarosław Woźniak, Tomasz Cygan, Mateusz Petrus, Andrzej Olszyna
Self-lubricating composites are designed to obtain materials that reduce energy consumption, improve heat dissipation between moving bodies, and eliminate the need for external lubricants. The use of a solid lubricant in bulk composite material always involves a significant reduction in its mechanical properties, which is usually not an optimal solution. The growing interest in multilayer graphene (MLG), characterised by interesting properties as a component of composites, encouraged the authors to use it as an alternative solid lubricant in aluminium matrix composites instead of graphite...
August 10, 2017: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796122/ocular-surface-lubricants
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Leonard Bielory, Preeti Wagle
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this article is to provide an overview of the ocular lubricants currently available, consider the components of the various formulations and highlight the status of preservative use in the treatment of anterior ocular surface diseases. RECENT FINDINGS: The primary components of ocular surface lubrication have been, in the past, based on various cellulose formulations that increase hydration. Advances in lubrication have come from areas of the human body requiring lubrication such as the skeletal joints as well as examining the use of natural components of the tear fluid...
August 8, 2017: Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792730/rough-adhesive-hydrogels-rad-gels-for-underwater-adhesion
#17
Laura C Bradley, Nathan D Bade, Lisa Mariani, Kevin T Turner, Daeyeon Lee, Kathleen J Stebe
In this work, underwater adhesion is achieved between biocompatible hydrogels and a suite of substrates. Surface roughness, which is typically detrimental for adhesion in air, is shown to be beneficial for underwater adhesion. Contact between the hydrogels with macroscopically flat substrates, and the resulting non-specific chemical interaction, is facilitated by surface roughness, which enables drainage of the lubricating fluid layer. Hydrogel composition plays an important role in tuning the gel elasticity and interaction with the substrate...
August 9, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792423/novel-%C3%AE-tcp-pva-bilayered-hydrogels-with-considerable-physical-and-bio-functional-properties-for-osteochondral-repair
#18
Hang Yao, Junpei Kang, Weichang Li, Jian Liu, Renjian Xie, Yingjun Wang, Sa Liu, Dong An Wang, Li Ren
Cartilage repairing graft had been widely studied and the osteochondral replacement hydrogels were proved to be an excellent method in research and clinical. However, it was difficult to solve three main issues in osteochondral replacement preparation at one time: surface lubrication, overall mechanical support and good simulations of cell regeneration. A novel integrated bilayered hydrogel osteochondral replacement was constructed by blending polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and β-tricalcium phosphate (β-TCP) in this study...
August 9, 2017: Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790790/an-observational-study-on-the-effects-of-aviation-turbine-fuel-and-lubricants-on-the-skin-of-indian-air-force-ground-crew-in-flying-stations
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S Radhakrishnan, Ajay Chopra, Debdeep Mitra, R Gnanasekaran, R Kanagaraj
BACKGROUND: Ground crew of the Air Force routinely handle aviation turbine fuel (ATF) and lubricants and a need was felt to study the adverse effects of these substances on their skin so that remedial measures could be taken to prevent these adverse effects. METHODS: A multi-centric, cross-sectional, observational study was performed at three Air Force flying stations. 109 ground crew members of the Indian Air Force (IAF) who were in direct contact with ATF and lubricants were screened for dermatological manifestations on exposed areas...
July 2017: Medical Journal, Armed Forces India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783299/in-situ-generation-of-photosensitive-silver-halide-for-improving-the-conductivity-of-electrically-conductive-adhesives
#20
Chaowei Li, Qiulong Li, Xiaoyang Long, Taotao Li, Jingxin Zhao, Kai Zhang, Songfeng E, Jun Zhang, Zhuo Li, Yagang Yao
Electrically conductive adhesives (ECAs) can be regarded as one of the most promising materials to replace Sn/Pb solder. However, relatively low conductivity seriously restricts their applications. In the present study, we develop an effective method to decrease the bulk electrical resistivity of ECAs. KI or KBr is added to replace the lubricant and silver oxide layer on silver flakes and to form photosensitive silver halide. After exposing to sunlight, silver halide can photo-decompose into silver nanoparticles that will sinter and form metallic bonding between/among flakes during the curing process of ECAs, which would remarkably reduce the resistivity...
August 7, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
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