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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921953/new-antimony-selenide-nickel-oxide-photocathode-boosts-the-efficiency-of-graphene-quantum-dots-co-sensitized-solar-cell
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Ankita Kolay, Ramesh K Kokal, Ankarao Kalluri, Isaac Macwan, Prabir K Patra, Partha Ghosal, Melepurath Deepa
A novel assembly of a photocathode and photoanode is investigated to explore their complementary effects in enhancing the photovoltaic performance of a quantum dot solar cell (QDSC). While p-type nickel oxide (NiO) has been used previously, antimony selenide (Sb2Se3) has not been used in a QDSC, especially as a component of a counter electrode (CE) architecture that doubles up as the photocathode. Here, near infrared (NIR) light absorbing Sb2Se3 nanoparticles (NPs) coated over electrodeposited NiO nanofibers on a carbon (C)-fabric substrate was employed as the highly efficient photocathode...
September 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921949/effects-of-high-temperature-and-thermal-cycling-on-the-performance-of-perovskite-solar-cells-acceleration-of-charge-recombination-and-deterioration-of-charge-extraction
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Arif D Sheikh, Rahim Munir, Md Azimul Haque, Ashok Bera, Weijin Hu, Parvez Shaikh, Aram Amassian, Tom Wu
In this work, we investigated the effects of high operating temperature and thermal cycling on the photovoltaic performance of perovskite solar cells (PSCs) with a typical mesostructured (m)-TiO2-CH3NH3PbI3-xClx-spiro-OMeTAD architecture. After carrying out temperature-dependent grazing incidence wide-angle X-ray scattering (GIWAXS), in-situ X-ray diffraction (XRD) and optical absorption experiments, thermal durability of PSCs was tested by subjecting the devices to repetitive heating to 70 °C and cooling to room temperature (20 °C)...
September 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921755/homozygous-mutation-in-the-nphp3-gene-causing-foetal-nephronophthisis
#3
Uzma Abdullah, Muhammad Farooq, Ambrin Fatima, Wasima Tauseef, Yasra Sarwar, Mmh Nuri, Niels Tommerup, Shahid M Baig
We present a case of a foetal sonographic finding of hyper-echogenic kidneys, which led to a strategic series of genetic tests and identified a homozygous mutation (c.424C > T, p. R142*) in the NPHP3 gene. Our study provides a rare presentation of NPHP3-related ciliopathy and adds to the mutation spectrum of the gene, being the first one from Pakistani population. With a thorough literature review, it also advocates for molecular assessment of ciliopathies to improve risk estimate for future pregnancies, and identify predisposed asymptomatic carriers...
October 2017: Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921601/is-2-hydroxypropyl-%C3%AE-cyclodextrin-a-suitable-carrier-for-central-administration-of-%C3%AE-9-tetrahydrocannabinol-preclinical-evidence
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R Agabio, F Sanna, C Lobina, M Monduzzi, V Nairi, F Cugia, S Mameli, G M Pisanu, G L Gessa, M R Melis
Preclinical Research Δ(9) -Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is a hydrophobic compound that has a potent antinociceptive effect in animals after intrathecal (IT) or intracerebroventricular (ICV) administration. The lack of a suitable solvent precludes its IT administration in humans. 2-Hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin (HPβCD) increases the water solubility of hydrophobic drugs and is approved for IT administration in humans. To investigate whether HPβCD might be a suitable carrier for ICV administration of THC in rats, two formulations containing THC complexed with HPβCD (30 and 135 μg of THC per animal) and vehicle were administered to Wistar rats...
September 18, 2017: Drug Development Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921398/preliminary-analysis-of-numerical-chromosome-abnormalities-in-reciprocal-and-robertsonian-translocation-preimplantation-genetic-diagnosis-cases-with-24-chromosomal-analysis-with-an-acgh-snp-microarray
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Yanxin Xie, Yanwen Xu, Jing Wang, Benyu Miao, Yanhong Zeng, Chenhui Ding, Jun Gao, Canquan Zhou
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to determine whether an interchromosomal effect (ICE) occurred in embryos obtained from reciprocal translocation (rcp) and Robertsonian translocation (RT) carriers who were following a preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) with whole chromosome screening with an aCGH and SNP microarray. We also analyzed the chromosomal numerical abnormalities in embryos with aneuploidy in parental chromosomes that were not involved with a translocation and balanced in involved parental translocation chromosomes...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919755/synthetic-high-density-lipoprotein-nanodisks-for-targeted-withalongolide-delivery-to-adrenocortical-carcinoma
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Rui Kuai, Chitra Subramanian, Peter T White, Barbara N Timmermann, James J Moon, Mark S Cohen, Anna Schwendeman
Adrenocortical carcinoma (ACC) is a rare endocrine malignancy and has a 5-year survival rate of <35%. ACC cells require cholesterol for steroid hormone production, and this requirement is met via expression on the cell surface of a high level of SRB1, responsible for the uptake of high-density lipoproteins (HDLs), which carry and transport cholesterol in vivo. Here, we describe how this natural lipid carrier function of SRB1 can be utilized to improve the tumor-targeted delivery of a novel natural product derivative - withalongolide A 4,19,27-triacetate (WGA-TA) - which has shown potent antitumor efficacy, but poor aqueous solubility...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918150/short-communication-effects-of-lysolecithin-on-milk-fat-synthesis-and-milk-fatty-acid-profile-of-cows-fed-diets-differing-in-fiber-and-unsaturated-fatty-acid-concentration
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D E Rico, Y Ying, K J Harvatine
Thirteen multiparous Holstein cows were used in a crossover design that tested the effect of lysolecithin in diets differing in neutral detergent fiber (NDF) and unsaturated fatty acid (FA) concentrations. Experimental periods were 20 d in length and included two 10-d phases. A standard fiber and lower fat diet was fed the first 10 d (30.5% NDF, no added oil, lower-risk phase) and a lower NDF and higher oil diet was fed during the second 10 d (29.0% NDF and 2% oil from whole soybeans and soybean oil, high-risk phase)...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917968/the-effect-of-fennel-essential-oil-in-combination-with-antibiotics-on-staphylococcus-aureus-strains-isolated-from-carriers
#8
Paweł Kwiatkowski, Magdalena Mnichowska-Polanowska, Agata Pruss, Helena Masiuk, Małgorzata Dzięcioł, Stefania Giedrys-Kalemba, Monika Sienkiewicz
An increase in the number of staphylococcal infections and carriers among medical staff has forced us to seek more and more effective antibacterial agents. Bacteria from the Staphylococcus genus possessing different mechanisms of resistance are the cause of nosocomial infections. The objective of our investigations was susceptibility of S. aureus strains isolated from nasal vestibule of medical students to fennel essential oil. The GC-MS analysis of fennel essential oil revealed eleven constituents among which a majority of trans-anethole (80%) was found...
September 13, 2017: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917965/the-development-of-a-butyrylcholinesterase-porous-pellet-for-innovative-detection-of-cholinesterase-inhibitors
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Jiří Zeman, David Vetchý, Aleš Franc, Sylvie Pavloková, Vladimír Pitschmann, Lukáš Matějovský
The aim of the presented research was the preparation of an innovative carrier with significantly improved properties for the fast and sensitive detection of cholinesterase inhibitors such as nerve agents. This innovative carrier was in the form of spherical pellets containing different amounts of Neusilin. Neusilin is a synthetic and amorphous form of magnesium aluminometasilicate with a high specific surface area, and the immobilized enzyme butyrylcholinesterase with an activity of 50nkat·g(-1). Pellets were prepared by the extrusion-spheronization method and dried in a hot air oven under two conditions - at 30°C for 72h and at 60°C for 24h...
September 13, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917878/cellulose-nanocrystals-from-passion-fruit-peels-waste-as-antibiotic-drug-carrier
#10
Christian J Wijaya, Stephanie N Saputra, Felycia E Soetaredjo, Jindrayani N Putro, Chun X Lin, Alfin Kurniawan, Yi-Hsu Ju, Suryadi Ismadji
Due to its excellent chemical and physical properties, cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) possess many potential advanced functional applications. In this study, CNC was extracted from natural product by hydrolyzing cellulose segment of passionfruit peels using sulphuric acid solution. The capability of CNC as drug carrier was tested toward tetracycline antibiotic. The drug loading processes were carried out at various pH (3-7) with the optimum uptake of tetracycline achieved at pH 3. The in vitro release of tetracycline drug was carried out in phosphoric buffer medium with two different pH conditions at 37°C...
November 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917764/coupling-dispersive-liquid-liquid-microextraction-to-inductively-coupled-plasma-atomic-emission-spectrometry-an-oxymoron
#11
David Martínez, Daniel Torregrosa, Guillermo Grindlay, Luis Gras, Juan Mora
Coupling dispersive liquid-liquid micro-extraction (DLLME) to inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-AES) is usually troublesome due to the limited plasma tolerance to the organic solvents usually employed for metal extraction. This work explores different coupling strategies allowing the multi-element determination by ICP-AES of the solutions obtained after DLLME procedures. To this end, three of the most common extractant solvents in DLLME procedures (1-undecanol, 1-butyl-3-methyl-imidazolium hexafluorophosphate and chloroform) have been selected to face most of the main problems reported in DLLME-ICP-AES coupling (i...
January 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917537/hbcag-produced-in-transgenic-tobacco-triggers-th1-and-th2-response-when-intramuscularly-delivered
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Marcin Pyrski, Anna Rugowska, Kamil Robert Wierzbiński, Anna Kasprzyk, Maria Bogusiewicz, Piotr Bociąg, Sławomir Samardakiewicz, Marcin Czyż, Maciej Kurpisz, Tomasz Pniewski
Hepatitis B core Antigen (HBcAg) assembled into Capsid-Like Particles (CLPs) is investigated as a therapeutic vaccine in treatment of chronic hepatitis B (CHB) and in diagnostic tests or as a carrier for various epitopes. While the expression of HBcAg has been thoroughly clarified in E. coli and yeast, it has also been investigated in other expression systems. Stably transformed tobacco expressed HBcAg at a level of 110-250µg/g fresh weight, therefore in view of its large leaf biomass it offers a production platform comparable with transient expression systems regarding the final yield of HBcAg...
September 13, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915492/enhancement-of-5-aminolevulinic-acid-phototoxicity-by-encapsulation-in-polysaccharides-based-nanocomplexes-for-photodynamic-therapy-application
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Antonio Di Martino, Alena Pavelkova, Pavel S Postnikov, Vladimir Sedlarik
Polysaccharides based nanocomplexes have been developed for encapsulation, controlled delivery and to enhance the phototoxicity of the photosensitizer 5-aminolevulinic acid for application in photodynamic therapy. The nanocomplexes were prepared by coacervation in a solvent free environment using chitosan as polycation while alginic and polygalacturonic acid as polyanions. The complexes showed average dimension in the range 90-120nm, good stability in simulated physiological media and high drug encapsulation efficiency, up to 800μg per mg of carrier...
August 8, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915317/the-theoretical-reliability-of-pcr-based-fish-viral-diagnostic-methods-is-critically-affected-when-they-are-applied-to-fish-populations-with-low-prevalence-and-virus-loads
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C P Dopazo, P Moreno, J G Olveira, J J Borrego
AIMS: The reliability of PCR techniques is an important issue in viral diagnosis, and it is even crucial when they must be applied for detection of viruses in asymptomatic carriers. The problems will arise when the aim is to study fish wild populations, where the viral loads and prevalence values are extremely low. We have evaluated several PCR procedures employed by two laboratories for monitoring fish captured in several oceanographic campaigns performed in the Gulf of Cádiz. METHODS AND RESULTS: To evaluate the reliability of different diagnostics test used, we have re-analyzed fish samples that had been previously subjected to diagnosis for a surveillance of viruses performed in 2010-2011 in wild fish populations...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915118/delayed-diagnosis-of-proopiomelanocortin-pomc-deficiency-with-type-1-diabetes-in-a-9-year-old-girl-and-her-infant-sibling
#15
Elif Ozsu, Allison Bahm
BACKGROUND: Proopiomelanocortin (POMC) protein, encoded by the POMC gene, is the precursor of adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) that is released from the anterior pituitary gland. Homozygous mutations in the POMC gene is associated with hyperphagia, severe and early-onset obesity, adrenal insufficiency, hypopigmentation of the skin and red hair. CASE PRESENTATION: A 9-year-old girl from a consanguineous family of Iraqi origin was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology & Metabolism: JPEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914452/comparative-evaluation-of-mcp-gene-in-worldwide-strains-of-megalocytivirus-iridoviridae-family-for-early-diagnostic-marker
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A Mishra, G-H Nam, J-A Gim, H-E Lee, A Jo, D Yoon, S Oh, S Kim, A Kim, D-H Kim, Y C Kim, H D Jeong, H-J Cha, Y H Choi, H-S Kim
Members of the Iridoviridae family have been considered as aetiological agents of iridovirus diseases, causing fish mortalities and economic losses all over the world. Virus identification based on candidate gene sequencing is faster, more accurate and more reliable than other traditional phenotype methodologies. Iridoviridae viruses are covered by a protein shell (capsid) encoded by the important candidate gene, major capsid protein (MCP). In this study, we investigated the potential of the MCP gene for use in the diagnosis and identification of infections caused Megalocytivirus of the Iridoviridae family...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Fish Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914427/the-clinical-and-genetic-spectrum-of-maroteaux-lamy-syndrome-mucopolysaccharidosis-vi-in-the-eastern-province-of-saudi-arabia
#17
Nouriya Abbas Al-Sannaa, Hind Yousif Al-Abdulwahed, Sami Ibrahim Al-Majed, Issam Hassan Bouholaigah
Mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS VI) or Maroteaux-Lamy syndrome is an autosomal recessive lysosomal storage disease caused by deficiency of the enzyme N-acetylgalactosamine 4-sulfatase or arylsulfatase B. It is involved in the degradation of glycosaminoglycans and characterized by a wide spectrum of clinical and genetic heterogeneity. So far, more than 150 mutations have been reported in the ARSB gene. Most of these mutations are either novel, private, or compound heterozygous making phenotype-genotype correlation as well as population screening difficult...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Community Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911234/mucopolysaccharidosis-iiib-sanfilippo-syndrome-b-in-a-commercial-emu-dromaius-novaehollandiae-flock
#18
Seiche C Genger, Keijiro Mizukami, Michael P Martin, Jeffrey R Applegate, H John Barnes, Urs Giger
Clinicopathological diagnosis of mucopolysaccharidosis type IIIB (MPS IIIB; Sanfilippo syndrome B), an inherited autosomal recessive lysosomal storage disease, as a cause of losses in a commercial emu flock and screening breeders using a mutation specific DNA test are described. Between 2012 and 2015, ∼5-10 juvenile emus from a few weeks to several months of age developed progressive neurological signs and died while others in the flock remained healthy. Necropsy of two affected siblings revealed multiple sites of haemorrhage, cytoplasmic periodic acid-Schiff and Luxol fast blue positive inclusions in neurons, and aggregates of foamy macrophages in visceral organs...
September 15, 2017: Avian Pathology: Journal of the W.V.P.A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910685/the-deposition-of-colloidal-particles-from-a-sessile-drop-of-a-volatile-suspension-subject-to-particle-adsorption-and-coagulation
#19
Anna Zigelman, Ofer Manor
Electrical double layer and van der Waals (DLVO) forces are known to determine the morphology of the deposit of colloidal particles following the evaporation of the carrier liquid. It is assumed that the adsorption of particles to the solid substrate and their coagulation in the liquid are the mechanisms connecting DLVO forces to the morphology of the deposit. We use theory to test this assertion. We model the deposition of particles from a volatile drop while accounting for the contribution of adhesion and coagulation...
August 31, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905291/morphology-effect-of-nano-hydroxyapatite-as-a-drug-carrier-of-methotrexate
#20
Haina Sun, Shanshan Liu, Xiongfeng Zeng, Xianguang Meng, Lina Zhao, Yizao Wan, Guifu Zuo
In this study, morphology effect of nano-hydroxyapatite as a drug carrier was investigated for the first time. Hydroxyapatite/methotrexate (HAp/MTX) hybrids with different morphologies were successfully prepared in situ using polyethylene glycol (PEG) as a template. SEM, TEM, XRD and FTIR results confirmed that the hybrids of different morphologies (laminated, rod-like and spherical) with similar phase composition and functional groups were obtained by changing the preparation parameters. UV-Vis spectroscopy was used to identify the drug loading capacity and drug release mechanism of the three hybrids with different morphologies...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
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