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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792711/interfacial-emulsification-an-emerging-monodisperse-droplet-generation-method-for-microreactors-and-bioanalysis
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Shenglong Liao, Yi Tao, Wenbin Du, Yapei Wang
Generation of uniform droplets has been extensively investigated owing to its profound potentials both in scientific research and engineering applications. Although various methods have been put forward to expand this area, new innovations are still needed to improve the technical convenience and save instrumental cost. In this feature article, we highlight an Interfacial Emulsification technique that we developed in the past several years. This technique serves as a platform for preparing uniform droplets that are formed on the air-liquid interface of the continuous phase based on interfacial shearing...
May 24, 2018: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792291/diurnal-variations-of-depression-related-health-information-seeking-case-study-in-finland-using-google-trends-data
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Jonas Christoffer Tana, Jyrki Kettunen, Emil Eirola, Heikki Paakkonen
BACKGROUND: Some of the temporal variations and clock-like rhythms that govern several different health-related behaviors can be traced in near real-time with the help of search engine data. This is especially useful when studying phenomena where little or no traditional data exist. One specific area where traditional data are incomplete is the study of diurnal mood variations, or daily changes in individuals' overall mood state in relation to depression-like symptoms. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this exploratory study was to analyze diurnal variations for interest in depression on the Web to discover hourly patterns of depression interest and help seeking...
May 23, 2018: JMIR Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792066/capabilities-of-next-generation-patch-pump-improved-precision-instant-occlusion-detection-and-dual-hormone-therapy
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Forrest W Payne, Bradley Ledden, Greg Lamps
Insulin pumps allow patients to attain better blood glucose control with more lifestyle flexibility. Their size and cost, however, limit their usefulness. Current CSII pumps are bulky, intrusive, and expensive. SFC Fluidics is addressing these problems by developing a new type of wearable patch pump based on the patented electro-chemiosmotic (ECO) microfluidic pumping technology. This nonmechanical pumping technology allows accurate and precise delivery of very small amounts of insulin and/or other drugs, including concentrated insulin...
May 1, 2018: Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790095/full-thickness-human-skin-equivalent-models-of-atopic-dermatitis
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Gopu Sriram, Paul Lorenz Bigliardi, Mei Bigliardi-Qi
Atopic dermatitis is a chronic inflammatory skin disease caused by complex multifactorial etiology. In the recent years, there have been significant advances in tissue engineering and the generation of in vitro skin models representative of healthy and diseased states. This chapter describes the methodology for the fabrication of in vitro human skin equivalent (HSE) from human keratinocytes and fibroblasts using a fibrin-based dermal matrix and serum-free culture conditions. Modification of the culture conditions with the supplementation of Th2 cytokines such as interleukin-4 induces the development of atopic dermatitis-like skin model...
May 23, 2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789594/in-vitro-dna-scramble
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Yi Wu, Rui-Ying Zhu, Leslie A Mitchell, Lu Ma, Rui Liu, Meng Zhao, Bin Jia, Hui Xu, Yun-Xiang Li, Zu-Ming Yang, Yuan Ma, Xia Li, Hong Liu, Duo Liu, Wen-Hai Xiao, Xiao Zhou, Bing-Zhi Li, Ying-Jin Yuan, Jef D Boeke
The power of synthetic biology has enabled the expression of heterologous pathways in cells, as well as genome-scale synthesis projects. The complexity of biological networks makes rational de novo design a grand challenge. Introducing features that confer genetic flexibility is a powerful strategy for downstream engineering. Here we develop an in vitro method of DNA library construction based on structural variation to accomplish this goal. The "in vitro SCRaMbLE system" uses Cre recombinase mixed in a test tube with purified DNA encoding multiple loxPsym sites...
May 22, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789457/enhanced-catalytic-reduction-of-4-nitrophenol-driven-by-fe%C3%A2-o%C3%A2-au-magnetic-nanocomposite-interface-engineering-from-facile-preparation-to-recyclable-application
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Yue Chen, Yuanyuan Zhang, Qiangwei Kou, Yang Liu, Donglai Han, Dandan Wang, Yantao Sun, Yongjun Zhang, Yaxin Wang, Ziyang Lu, Lei Chen, Jinghai Yang, Scott Guozhong Xing
In this work, we report the enhanced catalytic reduction of 4-nitrophenol driven by Fe₃O₄-Au magnetic nanocomposite interface engineering. A facile solvothermal method is employed for Fe₃O₄ hollow microspheres and Fe₃O₄-Au magnetic nanocomposite synthesis via a seed deposition process. Complementary structural, chemical composition and valence state studies validate that the as-obtained samples are formed in a pure magnetite phase. A series of characterizations including conventional scanning/transmission electron microscopy (SEM/TEM), Mössbauer spectroscopy, magnetic testing and elemental mapping is conducted to unveil the structural and physical characteristics of the developed Fe₃O₄-Au magnetic nanocomposites...
May 22, 2018: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788498/cellatlassearch-a-scalable-search-engine-for-single-cells
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Divyanshu Srivastava, Arvind Iyer, Vibhor Kumar, Debarka Sengupta
Owing to the advent of high throughput single cell transcriptomics, past few years have seen exponential growth in production of gene expression data. Recently efforts have been made by various research groups to homogenize and store single cell expression from a large number of studies. The true value of this ever increasing data deluge can be unlocked by making it searchable. To this end, we propose CellAtlasSearch, a novel search architecture for high dimensional expression data, which is massively parallel as well as light-weight, thus infinitely scalable...
May 21, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29787354/optical-coherence-tomography-of-the-tympanic-membrane-and-middle-ear-a-review
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Hsern Ern Ivan Tan, Peter Luke Santa Maria, Philip Wijesinghe, Brendan Francis Kennedy, Benjamin James Allardyce, Robert Henry Eikelboom, Marcus David Atlas, Rodney James Dilley
Objective To evaluate the recent developments in optical coherence tomography (OCT) for tympanic membrane (TM) and middle ear (ME) imaging and to identify what further development is required for the technology to be integrated into common clinical use. Data Sources PubMed, Embase, Google Scholar, Scopus, and Web of Science. Review Methods A comprehensive literature search was performed for English language articles published from January 1966 to January 2018 with the keywords "tympanic membrane or middle ear,"optical coherence tomography," and "imaging...
May 1, 2018: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29787230/wavefunction-engineering-in-cdse-pbs-core-shell-quantum-dots
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Brian M Wieliczka, Alexey Leonid Kaledin, William E Buhro, Richard A Loomis
The synthesis of epitaxial CdSe/PbS core/shell quantum dots (QDs) is reported. The PbS shell grows in a rock salt structure on the zinc blende CdSe core, thereby creating a crystal structure mismatch through additive growth. Absorption and photoluminescence (PL) band edge features shift to lower energies with increasing shell thickness, but remain above the CdSe bulk band gap. Nevertheless, the profiles of the absorption spectra vary with shell growth, indicating that the overlap of the electron and hole wavefunctions is changing significantly...
May 22, 2018: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786902/engineered-metalloenzymes-with-non-canonical-coordination-environments
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Takahiro Hayashi, Donald Hilvert, Anthony P Green
Nature employs a limited number of genetically encoded, metal coordinating residues to create metalloenzymes with diverse structures and functions. Engineered components of the cellular translation machinery can now be exploited to genetically encode non-canonical ligands with user-defined electronic and structural properties. This ability to efficiently install 'chemically programmed' ligands into proteins can provide powerful chemical probes of metalloenzyme mechanisms and presents excellent opportunities to create metalloprotein catalysts with augmented properties and novel activities...
May 22, 2018: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786650/a-review-of-tunable-wavelength-selectivity-of-metamaterials-in-near-field-and-far-field-radiative-thermal-transport
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Yanpei Tian, Alok Ghanekar, Matt Ricci, Mikhail Hyde, Otto Gregory, Yi Zheng
Radiative thermal transport of metamaterials has begun to play a significant role in thermal science and has great engineering applications. When the key features of structures become comparable to the thermal wavelength at a particular temperature, a narrowband or wideband of wavelengths can be created or shifted in both the emission and reflection spectrum of nanoscale metamaterials. Due to the near-field effect, the phenomena of radiative wavelength selectivity become significant. These effects show strong promise for applications in thermophotovoltaic energy harvesting, nanoscale biosensing, and increased energy efficiency through radiative cooling in the near future...
May 22, 2018: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786560/microfabrication-of-liver-and-heart-tissues-for-drug-development
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REVIEW
Grace E Brown, Salman R Khetani
Drug-induced liver- and cardiotoxicity remain among the leading causes of preclinical and clinical drug attrition, marketplace drug withdrawals and black-box warnings on marketed drugs. Unfortunately, animal testing has proven to be insufficient for accurately predicting drug-induced liver- and cardiotoxicity across many drug classes, likely due to significant differences in tissue functions across species. Thus, the field of in vitro human tissue engineering has gained increasing importance over the last 10 years...
July 5, 2018: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785946/-crispr-cas-systems-in-genome-engineering-of-bacteriophages
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Cai Jiao Liang, Fan Mei Meng, Yun Can Ai
Researches on CRISPR/Cas (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats/CRISPR-associated genes) systems, that are adaptive immunity systems encoded by prokaryotes, have promoted the development of new genome-editing tools. Bacteriophages are not only the driving elements for the evolution of prokaryotes' CRISPR arrays, but also the targets of the CRISPR/Cas systems. Studies on functional genomics of bacteriophages have been lagging behind the discovery of new phage strains and the sequencing of their genomes...
May 20, 2018: Yi Chuan, Hereditas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785208/developing-cellulolytic-yarrowia-lipolytica-as-a-platform-for-the-production-of-valuable-products-in-consolidated-bioprocessing-of-cellulose
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Zhong-Peng Guo, Julien Robin, Sophie Duquesne, Michael Joseph O'Donohue, Alain Marty, Florence Bordes
Background: Both industrial biotechnology and the use of cellulosic biomass as feedstock for the manufacture of various commercial goods are prominent features of the bioeconomy. In previous work, with the aim of developing a consolidated bioprocess for cellulose bioconversion, we conferred cellulolytic activity of Yarrowia lipolytica , one of the most widely studied "nonconventional" oleaginous yeast species. However, further engineering this strain often leads to the loss of previously introduced heterologous genes due to the presence of multiple LoxP sites when using Cre -recombinase to remove previously employed selection markers...
2018: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783769/open-conformation-of-the-escherichia-coli-periplasmic-murein-tripeptide-binding-protein-mppa-at-high-resolution
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Forum Bhatt, Vishal Patel, Constance J Jeffery
Periplasmic ligand-binding proteins (PBPs) bind ligands with a high affinity and specificity. They undergo a large conformational change upon ligand binding, and they have a robust protein fold. These physical features have made them ideal candidates for use in protein engineering projects to develop novel biosensors and signaling molecules. The Escherichia coli MppA (murein peptide permease A) PBP binds the murein tripeptide, l-alanyl-γ-d-glutamyl-meso-diaminopimelate, (l-Ala-γ-d-Glu-meso-Dap), which contains both a D-amino acid and a gamma linkage between two of the amino acids...
May 19, 2018: Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783766/finite-element-analysis-of-electrospun-nanofibrous-mats-under-biaxial-tension
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Yunlei Yin, Jie Xiong
Due to the non-uniform material properties of electrospun nanofibrous mats and the non-linear characteristics of single fibers, establishing a numerical model that can fully explain these features and correctly describe their properties is difficult. Based on the microstructure of electrospun nanofibrous mats, two macroscopic continuum finite element (FE) models with a uniform or oriented nanofiber distribution were established to describe the mechanical behavior of nanofibrous mats under biaxial tension. The FE models were verified by biaxial tension experiments on silk fibroin/polycaprolactone nanofibrous mats...
May 19, 2018: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782662/spoof-plasmonics-from-metamaterial-concept-to-topological-description
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REVIEW
Zhen Gao, Lin Wu, Fei Gao, Yu Luo, Baile Zhang
Advances in metamaterials have offered the opportunity of engineering electromagnetic properties beyond the limits of natural materials. A typical example is "spoof" surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs), which mimic features of SPPs without penetrating into metal, but only with periodic corrugations on metal surfaces. They hold considerable promise in device applications from microwaves to the far infrared, where real SPP modes do not exist. The original spoof SPP concept is derived from the description of corrugated surfaces by a metamaterial that hosts an effective plasma frequency...
May 21, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782191/lipid-protein-and-microrna-composition-within-mesenchymal-stem-cell-derived-exosomes
#18
Hao Deng, Chun Sun, Yingxin Sun, Huhu Li, Lin Yang, Danbin Wu, Qing Gao, Xijuan Jiang
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) were regarded as one of the most promising type of seed cells in tissue engineering due to its easy accessibility and multipotent feature of being able to differentiate into adipocyte, osteoblast, cardiomyocytes, and neurons. For years, MSCs have been applied in treating cardiovascular disease, reconstructing kidney injury, and remodeling immune system with remarkable achievements. Basic researches revealed that its clinic effects are not only due to their pluripotent ability but also through their paracrine function that they synthesize and secrete a broad spectrum of growth factors and cytokines...
May 21, 2018: Cellular Reprogramming
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782142/projection-based-3d-printing-of-cell-patterning-scaffolds-with-multi-scale-channels
#19
Dai Xue, Yancheng Wang, Jiaxin Zhang, Deqing Mei, Yue Wang, Shaochen Chen
To fully actualize artificial, cell-laden biological models in tissue engineering, such as 3D organoids and organs-on-a-chip systems, cells need to be patterned such that they can precisely mimic natural microenvironments in vitro. Despite increasing interest in this area, patterning cells at multiscales (~10 μm - 10 mm) remains a significant challenge in bioengineering. Here we report a projection-based 3D printing system that achieves rapid and high-resolution fabrication of hydrogel scaffolds featuring intricate channels for multi-scale cell patterning...
May 21, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779478/exosomes-in-therapy-engineering-pharmacokinetic-and-future-applications
#20
Claudia Arenaccio, Chiara Chiozzini, Flavia Ferrantelli, Patrizia Leone, Eleonora Olivetta, Maurizio Federico
BACKGROUND: Eukaryotic cells release vesicles of different sizes under both physiological and pathological conditions. On the basis of the respective biogenesis, extracellular vesicles are classified as apoptotic bodies, microvesicles, and exosomes. Among these, exosomes are considered tools for innovative therapeutic interventions, especially when engineered with effector molecules. The delivery functions of exosomes are favored by a number of typical features. These include their small size (i...
May 20, 2018: Current Drug Targets
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