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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636921/characterizing-intracellular-ice-formation-of%C3%A2-lymphoblasts-using-low-temperature-raman%C3%A2-spectroscopy
#1
Guanglin Yu, Yan Rou Yap, Kathryn Pollock, Allison Hubel
Raman microspectroscopy was used to quantify freezing response of cells to various cooling rates and solution compositions. The distribution pattern of cytochrome c in individual cells was used as a measure of cell viability in the frozen state and this metric agreed well with the population-averaged viability and trypan blue staining experiments. Raman imaging of cells demonstrated that intracellular ice formation (IIF) was common and did not necessarily result in cell death. The amount of intracellular ice as well as ice crystal size played a role in determining whether or not ice inside the cell was a lethal event...
June 20, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636822/electrochemical-properties-and-speciation-in-mg-hmds-2-based-electrolytes-for-magnesium-ion-batteries-as-a-function-of-ethereal-solvent-type-and-temperature
#2
Laura C Merrill, Jennifer L Schaefer
Magnesium batteries are a promising alternative to lithium-ion batteries due to the widespread abundance of magnesium and its high specific volumetric energy capacity. Ethereal solvents such as tetrahydrofuran (THF) are commonly used for magnesium-ion electrolytes due the chemical compatibility with magnesium metal, but the volatile nature of THF is a concern for practical application. Herein, we investigate magnesium bis(hexamethyldisilazide) plus aluminum chloride (Mg(HMDS)2-AlCl3) electrolytes in THF, diglyme, and tetraglyme at varying temperature...
June 21, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636820/experimental-and-theoretical-study-of-ionic-pair-dissociation-in-lithium-ion-linear-polyethyleneimine-polyacrylonitrile-blend-for-solid-polymer-electrolytes
#3
Fernando Pignanelli, Mariano Romero, Ricardo Faccio, Álvaro W Mombrú
Herein, we report the preparation and characterization of novel polymeric blend between linear polyethylene imine (PEI) and polyacrylonitrile (PAN), with the purpose to facilitate the dissociation of lithium perchlorate salt (LiClO4) and thus to enhance Li-ion transport. It is a joint theoretical and experimental procedure for evaluating and thus demonstrating, the lithium salt dissociation. The procedure implies the correlation between theoretical pair distribution function (PDF) and conventional X-rays diffraction (XRD) by means of molecular dynamics (MD) approach...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636742/results-of-endonasal-dacryocystorhinostomy-in-pediatric-patients
#4
Sat Paul Gulati, Raman Wadhera, Ashok Kumar Khurana, Nidhi Singh, Vijay Kalra, Anju Ghai
We conducted a prospective interventional study to evaluate the role of endoscopic endonasal dacryocystorhinostomy in children. Our study population was made up of 20 patients-18 boys and 2 girls, aged 2 to 12 years (mean: 5.3)-who presented with signs and symptoms suggestive of nasolacrimal duct blockage that was refractory to conventional medical treatment. In all cases, blockage was confirmed by nasolacrimal duct syringing that demonstrated regurgitation from the opposite punctum. The primary outcome measures for success were resolution of symptoms and duct patency on lacrimal irrigation...
June 2017: Ear, Nose, & Throat Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636507/aorto-right-ventricular-outflow-tract-fistula-after-bentall-repair
#5
Arun Gopalakrishnan, Sivadasanpillai Harikrishnan, Kavassery Mahadevan Krishnamoorthy, Tirur Raman Kapilamoorthy, Ajitkumar Valaparambil, Jaganmohan Tharakan
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 21, 2017: Acta Cardiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636345/levels-of-organochlorine-pesticides-are-associated-with-amyloid-aggregation-in-apex-avian-brains
#6
Kelly A Heys, Richard F Shore, M Gloria Pereira, Francis Luke Martin
Organochlorine (OC) pesticides pose a significant environmental risk to wildlife and humans and have been associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD). This study aims to spectroscopically analyse brains from free-flying birds and link the results to OC exposure and consequent amyloid aggregation. As long-lived apex predators, predatory birds represent a sentinel species similar to humans. Therefore, the results have implications for both species and may also add to our understanding of the role OC pesticides play in the development of AD...
June 21, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636012/does-h4so5-exist
#7
Fernando Murillo, Alba Vargas-Caamal, Sudip Pan, José Luis Cabellos, Miguel J Mora-Fonz, Alvaro Muñoz-Castro, Albeiro Restrepo, Gabriel Merino
The possible existence of H4SO5 in aqueous sulfuric acid is analyzed in detail. For bare H4SO5, the computed free energy barrier for the exergonic transformation of H4SO5 into the H2SO4H2O complex is only 3.8 kcal mol(-1). The presence of water or sulfuric acid catalyzes the dehydration to such an extent that it becomes almost a barrierless process. In the gas phase, dehydration of H4SO5 is an autocatalytic reaction as the water molecule produced by the decomposition of one H4SO5 molecule induces further dissociation...
June 21, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635183/cetuximab-conjugated-nanodiamonds-drug-delivery-system-for-enhanced-targeting-therapy-and-3d-raman-imaging
#8
Dandan Li, Xin Chen, Hong Wang, Jie Liu, Meiling Zheng, Yang Fu, Yuan Yu, Jinfang Zhi
In this study, a multicomponent nanodiamonds (NDs)-based targeting drug delivery system, cetuximab-NDs-cisplatin bioconjugate, combining both specific targeting and enhanced therapeutic efficacy capabilities, is developed and characterized. The specific targeting ability of cetuximab-NDs-cisplatin system on human liver hepatocellular carcinoma (HepG2) cells is evaluated through epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) blocking experiments, since EGFR is over-expressed on HepG2 cell membrane. Besides, cytotoxic evaluation confirms that cetuximab-NDs-cisplatin system could significantly inhibit the growth of HepG2 cells, and the therapeutic activity of this system is proven to be better than that of both nonspecific NDs-cisplatin conjugate and specific EGF-NDs-cisplatin conjugate...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Biophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635172/doxorubicin-kinetics-and-effects-on-lung-cancer-cell-lines-using-in-vitro-raman-micro-spectroscopy-binding-signatures-drug-resistance-and-dna-repair
#9
Zeineb Farhane, Franck Bonnier, Orla Howe, Alan Casey, Hugh J Byrne
Raman micro-spectroscopy is a non-invasive analytical tool, whose potential in cellular analysis and monitoring drug mechanisms of action has already been demonstrated, and which can potentially be used in pre-clinical and clinical applications for the prediction of chemotherapeutic efficacy. To further investigate such potential clinical application, it is important to demonstrate its capability to differentiate drug mechanisms of action and cellular resistances. Using the example of Doxorubicin (DOX), in this study, it was used to probe the cellular uptake, signatures of chemical binding and subsequent cellular responses, of the chemotherapeutic drug in two lung cancer cell lines, A549 and Calu-1...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Biophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635141/high-sensitivity-non-invasive-detection-of-calcifications-deep-inside-biological-tissue-using-transmission-raman-spectroscopy
#10
Adrian Ghita, Pavel Matousek, Nick Stone
The aim of this research was to develop a novel approach to probe non-invasively the composition of inorganic chemicals buried deep in large volume biological samples. The method is based on advanced Transmission Raman Spectroscopy (TRS) permitting chemical specific detection within a large sampling volume. The approach could be beneficial to chemical identification of the breast calcifications detected during mammographic X-ray procedures. The chemical composition of a breast calcification reflects the pathology of the surrounding tissue, malignant or benign and potentially the grade of malignancy...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Biophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635128/development-of-a-classification-model-for-non-alcoholic-steatohepatitis-nash-using-confocal-raman-micro-spectroscopy
#11
Jie Yan, Yang Yu, Jeon Woong Kang, Zhi Yang Tam, Shuoyu Xu, Eliza Li Shan Fong, Surya Pratap Singh, Ziwei Song, Lisa Tucker-Kellogg, Peter T C So, Hanry Yu
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most common liver disorder in developed countries [1]. A subset of individuals with NAFLD progress to non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), an advanced form of NAFLD which predisposes individuals to cirrhosis, liver failure and hepatocellular carcinoma. The current gold standard for NASH diagnosis and staging is based on histological evaluation, which is largely semi-quantitative and subjective. To address the need for an automated and objective approach to NASH detection, we combined Raman micro-spectroscopy and machine learning techniques to develop a classification model based on a well-established NASH mouse model, using spectrum pre-processing, biochemical component analysis (BCA) and logistic regression...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Biophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634498/evaluation-of-in-vitro-cytotoxicity-biocompatibility-and-changes-in-the-expression-of-apoptosis-regulatory-proteins-induced-by-cerium-oxide-nanocrystals
#12
Shahanavaj Khan, Anees A Ansari, Christian Rolfo, Andreia Coelho, Maha Abdulla, Khayal Al-Khayal, Rehan Ahmad
Cerium oxide nanocrystals (CeO2-NCs) exhibit superoxide dismutase and catalase mimetic activities. Based on these catalytic activities, CeO2-NCs have been suggested to have the potential to treat various diseases. The crystalline size of these materials is an important factor that influences the performance of CeO2-NCs. Previous reports have shown that several metal-based nanocrystals, including CeO2-NCs, can induce cytotoxicity in cancer cells. However, the underlying mechanisms have remained unclear. To characterize the anticancer activities of CeO2-NCs, several assays related to the mechanism of cytotoxicity and induction of apoptosis has been performed...
2017: Science and Technology of Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634219/early-use-of-n-acetylcysteine-nac-with-nitrate-therapy-in-patients-undergoing-primary-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-for-st-segment-elevation-myocardial-infarction-reduces-myocardial-infarct-size-the-naciam-trial
#13
Sivabaskari Pasupathy, Rosanna Tavella, Suchi Grover, Betty Raman, Nathan E K Procter, Yang T Du, Gnanadevan Mahadavan, Irene Stafford, Tamila Heresztyn, Andrew Holmes, Christopher Zeitz, Margaret Arstall, Joseph B Selvanayagam, John D Horowitz, John F Beltrame
Background -Contemporary ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) management involves primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with on-going studies focusing on infarct size reduction utilizing ancillary therapies. N-acetylcysteine (NAC) is an antioxidant with reactive oxygen species scavenging properties that also potentiates the effects of nitroglycerin (NTG) and thus represents a potentially beneficial ancillary therapy in primary PCI. The NACIAM (NACIn Acute Myocardial infarction) trial examined the effects of NAC on infarct size in STEMI patients undergoing PCI...
June 20, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634127/application-of-advanced-techniques-for-the-assessment-of-bio-stability-of-biowaste-derived-residues-a-minireview
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Fan Lü, Li-Ming Shao, Hua Zhang, Wen-Ding Fu, Shi-Jin Feng, Liang-Tong Zhan, Yun-Min Chen, Pin-Jing He
Bio-stability is a key feature for the utilization and final disposal of biowaste-derived residues, such as aerobic compost or vermicompost of food waste, bio-dried waste, anaerobic digestate or landfilled waste. The present paper reviews conventional methods and advanced techniques used for the assessment of bio-stability. The conventional methods are reclassified into two categories. Advanced techniques, including spectroscopic (fluorescent, ultraviolet-visible, infrared, Raman, nuclear magnetic resonance), thermogravimetric and thermochemolysis analysis, are emphasized for their application in bio-stability assessment in recent years...
June 12, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633825/structural-evolution-growth-mechanism-and-photoluminescence-properties-of-cuwo4-nanocrystals
#15
E L S Souza, J C Sczancoski, I C Nogueira, M A P Almeida, M O Orlandi, M S Li, R A S Luz, M G R Filho, E Longo, L S Cavalcante
Copper tungstate (CuWO4) crystals were synthesized by the sonochemistry (SC) method, and then, heat treated in a conventional furnace at different temperatures for 1h. The structural evolution, growth mechanism and photoluminescence (PL) properties of these crystals were thoroughly investigated. X-ray diffraction patterns, micro-Raman spectra and Fourier transformed infrared spectra indicated that crystals heat treated and 100°C and 200°C have water molecules in their lattice (copper tungstate dihydrate (CuWO4·2H2O) with monoclinic structure), when the crystals are calcinated at 300°C have the presence of two phase (CuWO4·2H2O and CuWO4), while the others heat treated at 400°C and 500°C have a single CuWO4 triclinic structure...
September 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633822/effects-of-pulsed-ultrasound-on-rheological-and-structural-properties-of-chicken-myofibrillar-protein
#16
Jing-Yu Wang, Yu-Ling Yang, Xiao-Zhi Tang, Wen-Xi Ni, Lei Zhou
The effects of pulsed ultrasound (PUS) (power: 240w) with varying time (0, 3, 6, 9, 12 and 15min) on rheological and structural properties of chicken myofibrillar protein (CMP) were examined. PUS treatment significantly caused a decrease in the viscosity coefficients (k) but an increase in the flow index (n) value of CMP solutions within short time (0-6min), while had no significant effect for longer time (9-15min). Besides, at 6min, the solubility and microstructure of CMP samples were optimum. The primary structure of CMP was not altered by PUS treatment...
September 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633527/molecular-beam-epitaxy-of-highly-crystalline-monolayer-molybdenum-disulfide-on-hexagonal-boron-nitride
#17
Deyi Fu, Xiaoxu Zhao, Yu-Yang Zhang, Linjun Li, Hai Xu, A-Rang Jang, Seong In Yoon, Peng Song, Sock Mui Poh, Tianhua Ren, Zijing Ding, Wei Fu, Tae Joo Shin, Hyeon Suk Shin, Sokrates T Pantelides, Wu Zhou, Kian Ping Loh
Atomically thin molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), a direct-band-gap semiconductor, is promising for applications in electronics and optoelectronics but the scalable synthesis of highly-crystalline film remains challenging. Here we report the successful epitaxial growth of a continuous, uniform, highly-crystalline monolayer MoS2 film on hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) by molecular beam epitaxy. Atomic force microscopy and electron microscopy studies reveal that MoS2 grown on h-BN primarily consists of two types of nucleation grains (0o aligned and 60o anti-aligned domains)...
June 21, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633118/surface-enhanced-raman-scattering-properties-of-dynamically-tunable-nanogaps-between-au-nanoparticles-self-assembled-on-hydrogel-microspheres-controlled-by-ph
#18
Huilin Li, Dandan Men, Yiqiang Sun, Dilong Liu, Xinyang Li, Liangbin Li, Cuncheng Li, Weiping Cai, Yue Li
We developed an interesting route for preparing a poly (acrylamide-co-acrylic acid) (P(AAm-co-AA)) hydrogel microsphere with a coating of Au nanospheres (hydrogel microsphere @ Au nanospheres) through self-assembly based on electrostatic interaction. The fabricated composites could be used as highly sensitive enhanced Raman scattering substrates. The nanogaps between adjacent Au nanospheres were dynamically tuned by volume changes in the hydrogel microspheres in the semiwet state under different pH conditions...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633017/distinct-roles-of-rna-helicases-mvh-and-tdrd9-in-piwi-slicing-triggered-mammalian-pirna-biogenesis-and-function
#19
Joanna M Wenda, David Homolka, Zhaolin Yang, Pietro Spinelli, Ravi Sachidanandam, Radha Raman Pandey, Ramesh S Pillai
Small RNAs called PIWI-interacting RNAs (piRNAs) act as an immune system to suppress transposable elements in the animal gonads. A poorly understood adaptive pathway links cytoplasmic slicing of target RNA by the PIWI protein MILI to loading of target-derived piRNAs into nuclear MIWI2. Here we demonstrate that MILI slicing generates a 16-nt by-product that is discarded and a pre-piRNA intermediate that is used for phased piRNA production. The ATPase activity of Mouse Vasa Homolog (MVH) is essential for processing the intermediate into piRNAs, ensuring transposon silencing and male fertility...
June 19, 2017: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632301/regulation-of-kindling-epileptogenesis-by-hippocampal-toll-like-receptors-2
#20
Jesús-Servando Medel-Matus, Ashley Reynolds, Don Shin, Raman Sankar, Andrey Mazarati
This study examined whether Toll-like receptors 2 (TLR2) contribute to rapid kindling epileptogenesis. A TLR2 agonist, lipoteichoic acid (LTA), LTA antibody (LTA-A), or normal saline (control) was administered daily over 3 consecutive days, unilaterally into ventral hippocampus of adult male Wistar rats. Thirty minutes after the last injection, the animals were subjected to a rapid kindling procedure. The ictogenesis was gauged by comparing afterdischarge threshold (ADT) and afterdischarge duration (ADD) before the treatments, after the treatments prior to kindling, and 24 h after kindling...
June 20, 2017: Epilepsia
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