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C Schyma, K Bauer, J Brünig, C Courts, B Madea
After contact shots to the head biological traces inside firearm barrels can be found. This study was conducted to simulate and to evaluate such staining. Five current handguns of four inch barrel length in the calibre .22 long rifle, 7.65mm Browning, 9mm Luger and .38 special were used to perform 24 contact shots on silicone coated, gelatine filled box models using the triple contrast method. The staining was documented by endoscopy and swabs gathered from both ends of the barrel were analysed by quantitative PCR...
February 10, 2017: Forensic Science International
Mehrdad Bokharaei, Katayoun Saatchi, Urs O Häfeli
Principles of double emulsion generation were incorporated in a glass microfluidic chip fabricated with two different surface properties in order to produce protein loaded polymer microspheres. The microspheres were produced by integrating two microfluidic flow focusing systems and a multi-step droplet splitting and mixing system into one chip. The chip consists a hydrophobic and a hydrophilic section with two different heights, 12μm and 45μm, respectively. As a result, the protein is homogenously distributed throughout the polymer microsphere matrix, not just in its center (which has been studied before)...
February 14, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
Shuxia Zhang, Qiang Weng, Fengqi Zhao, Hongxu Gao, Pei Chen, Xinbing Chen, Zhongwei An
Bowl-like monodispersed porous carbon nanoparticles (BMPCNs) have been successfully prepared with a facile and scalable approach, and the as-prepared BMPCNs are examined thoroughly by various physical characterizations. Physical measurements display that BMPCNs have the high surface area (1255m(2)g(-1)), hierarchical porosity, a certain amount of oxygen-containing groups and high graphitization degree. These unique structure features endow BMPCNs with a high capacitance (281Fg(-1) at 0.5Ag(-1)), excellent rate capability (209Fg(-1) at 50Ag(-1)), and outstanding cycling stability (94...
October 27, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
G Perkins, H Lu, F Garlan, V Taly
The efficient characterization of genetic and epigenetic alterations in oncology, virology, or prenatal diagnostics requires highly sensitive and specific high-throughput approaches. Nevertheless, with the use of conventional methods, sensitivity and specificity were largely limited. By partitioning individual target molecules within distinct compartments, digital PCR (dPCR) could overcome these limitations and detect very rare sequences with unprecedented precision and sensitivity. In dPCR, the sample is diluted such that each individual partition will contain no more than one target sequence...
2017: Advances in Clinical Chemistry
Jaakko Henrik Leppäniemi, Kim Eiroma, Himadri Majumdar, Ari Alastalo
The inkjet-printing process of precursor solutions containing In-nitrate dissolved in 2-methoxyethanol is optimized using ethylene glycol as a co-solvent that allows the stabilization of the droplet formation, leading to a robust, repeatable printing process. The inkjet-printed precursor films are then converted to In2O3 semiconductors at flexible-substrate-compatible low-temperatures (150 - 200 °C) using combined far ultraviolet (FUV) exposure at ~160 nm and thermal treatment. The compositional nature of the precursor-to-metal oxide conversion is studied using grazing incidence X-ray diffraction (GIXRD), X-ray reflectivity (XRR) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy that indicate that amorphous, high density (up to 5...
February 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
M Radu, K Kremer
We study the crystal growth in binary Lennard-Jones mixtures by molecular dynamics simulations. Growth dynamics, the structure of the liquid-solid interfaces as well as droplet incorporation into the crystal vary with solution properties. For demixed systems we observe a strongly enhanced crystal growth at the cost of enclosed impurities. Furthermore, we find different interface morphologies depending on solubility. We relate our observations to growth mechanisms based on the Gibbs-Thomson effect as well as to predictions of the Kardar-Parisi-Zhang theory in 2+1 dimensions...
February 3, 2017: Physical Review Letters
Song-Chuan Zhao, Rianne de Jong, Devaraj van der Meer
Would a raindrop impacting on a coarse beach behave differently from that impacting on a desert of fine sand? We study this question by a series of model experiments, where the packing density of the granular target, the wettability of individual grains, the grain size, the impacting liquid, and the impact speed are varied. We find that by increasing the grain size and/or the wettability of individual grains the maximum droplet spreading undergoes a transition from a capillary regime towards a viscous regime, and splashing is suppressed...
February 3, 2017: Physical Review Letters
Matthew A Sanders, Huamei Zhang, Ljiljana Mladenovic, Yan Yuan Tseng, James G Granneman
Alpha-beta hydrolase domain-containing 5 (ABHD5), the defective gene in human Chanarin-Dorfman syndrome, is a highly conserved regulator of adipose triglyceride lipase (ATGL)-mediated lipolysis that plays important roles in metabolism, tumor progression, viral replication, and skin barrier formation. The structural determinants of ABHD5 lipolysis activation, however, are unknown. We performed comparative evolutionary analysis and structural modeling of ABHD5 and ABHD4, a functionally distinct paralog that diverged from ABHD5 ~500 million years ago, to identify determinants of ABHD5 lipolysis activation...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
Prawez Alam, Mohammad J Ansari, Md Khalid Anwer, Mohammad Raish, Yoonus K T Kamal, Faiyaz Shakeel
The aim of this study was to investigate the wound healing effects of clove oil (CO) via its encapsulation into nanoemulsion. Optimized nanoemulsion (droplet size of 29.10 nm) was selected for wound healing investigation, collagen determination, and histopathological examination in rats. Optimized nanoemulsion presented significant would healing effects in rats as compared to pure CO. Nanoemulsion also presented significant enhancement in leucine content (0.61 mg/g) as compared to pure CO (0.50 mg/g) and negative control (0...
May 2017: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
Chonghai Qi, Bo Zhou, Chunlei Wang, Yujun Zheng, Haiping Fang
Based on molecular dynamics simulations, we found a nonmonotonic relationship between the contact angle of water droplets and the surface polarity on a solid surface with specific hexagonal charge patterns at room temperature. The contact angle firstly decreases and then increases as polarity (denoted as charge q) increases from 0 e to 1.0 e with a vertex value of q = 0.5 e. We observed a different wetting behavior for a water droplet on a conventional nonwetted solid surface when q ≤ 0.5 e, and a water droplet on an ordered water monolayer adsorbed on a highly polar solid surface when q > 0...
February 17, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Ratnakar R Bynigeri, Aparna Jakkampudi, Ramaiah Jangala, Chivukula Subramanyam, Mitnala Sasikala, G Venkat Rao, D Nageshwar Reddy, Rupjyoti Talukdar
Pancreatic stellate cells (PSCs) were identified in the early 1980s, but received much attention after 1998 when the methods to isolate and culture them from murine and human sources were developed. PSCs contribute to a small proportion of all pancreatic cells under physiological condition, but are essential for maintaining the normal pancreatic architecture. Quiescent PSCs are characterized by the presence of vitamin A laden lipid droplets. Upon PSC activation, these perinuclear lipid droplets disappear from the cytosol, attain a myofibroblast like phenotype and expresses the activation marker, alpha smooth muscle actin...
January 21, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
George M Chirambo, Chantal van Niekerk, Nigel J Crowther
Inhibition of tissue non-specific alkaline phosphatase (TNALP) decreases intracellular lipid accumulation in human preadipocytes and the murine preadipocyte cell line, 3T3-L1. Therefore, the current study was performed to determine if TNALP is required for intracellular lipid deposition in the human hepatocyte cell line, HepG2. Intracellular lipid accumulation, TNALP activity and peroxisome proliferator activated receptor (PPAR) γ gene expression were measured in HepG2 and 3T3-L1 cells in the presence and absence of the TNALP inhibitors levamisole and histidine...
February 13, 2017: Experimental and Molecular Pathology
Tomomi Tsubai, Akira Yoshimi, Yoji Hamada, Makoto Nakao, Hiroshi Arima, Yutaka Oiso, Yukihiro Noda
Clozapine, a second-generation antipsychotic (SGA), is a cause of side effects related to metabolic syndrome. The participation of serotonin 5-HT2C and histamine H1 receptors in the central nervous system has been reported as a mechanism of the weight gain caused by clozapine. In the present study, we investigated the direct pharmacological action of clozapine on the 3T3-L1 adipocytes and compared it to that of blonanserin, an SGA with low affinity for both receptors. Short-term exposure to clozapine decreased secretion and mRNA expression of leptin...
January 28, 2017: Journal of Pharmacological Sciences
Hyeong Jin Kim, Chang-Hyun Jang
Bile acids directly related to liver and intestinal function are used as indicators of hepatobiliary and intestinal diseases. Here, we have designed and realized a capillary sensory platform for the detection of bile acids using liquid crystals (LCs). LC droplets confined in micro-capillaries are homeotropically aligned at the surfactant-packed LC/aqueous interface. However, the competitive adsorption of bile acids disrupts the surfactant packing at this interface and triggers the orientational transition of the LC droplets from homeotropic to planar at the interface, followed by changes in optical images captured by polarized light microscopy...
February 13, 2017: Chemistry and Physics of Lipids
Md Almostasim Mahmud, Brendan D MacDonald
In this paper we experimentally examine evaporation flux distributions and modes of interfacial energy transport for continuously fed evaporating spherical sessile water droplets in a regime that is relevant for applications, particularly for evaporative cooling systems. The contribution of the thermal conduction through the vapor phase was found to be insignificant compared to the thermal conduction through the liquid phase for the conditions we investigated. The local evaporation flux distributions associated with thermal conduction were found to vary along the surface of the droplet...
January 2017: Physical Review. E
Sanat Kumar Singha, Prasanta Kumar Das, Biswajit Maiti
The influence of line tension on the thermostability of a droplet nucleated from an oversaturated vapor at the interface of the vapor and another immiscible liquid is investigated. Along with the condition of mechanical equilibrium, the notion of extremization of the reversible work of formation is considered to obtain the critical parameters related to heterogeneous nucleation. From the energetic formulation, the critical reversible work of formation is found to be greater than that of homogeneous nucleation for high value of the positive line tension...
January 2017: Physical Review. E
Ana R Fialho, Nelson R Bernardino, Nuno M Silvestre, Margarida M Telo da Gama
The confinement of liquid crystals inside curved geometries leads to exotic structures, with applications ranging from biosensors to optical switches and privacy windows. Here we study how curvature affects the alignment of a cholesteric liquid crystal. We model the system on the mesoscale using the Landau-de Gennes model. Our study was performed in three stages, analyzing different curved geometries from cylindrical walls and pores, to toroidal domains, in order to isolate the curvature effects. Our results show that the stresses introduced by the curvature influence the orientation of the liquid crystal molecules, and cause distortions in the natural periodicity of the cholesteric that depend on the radius of curvature, on the pitch, and on the dimensions of the system...
January 2017: Physical Review. E
Niveditha Samudrala, Jin Nam, Raphaël Sarfati, Robert W Style, Eric R Dufresne
We investigate the mechanical behavior of particle-stabilized droplets using micropipette aspiration. We observe that droplets stabilized with amphiphilic dumbbell-shaped particles exhibit a two-stage response to increasing suction pressure. Droplets first drip, then wrinkle and buckle like an elastic shell. While particles have a dramatic impact on the mechanism of failure, the mechanical strength of the droplets is only modestly increased. On the other hand, droplets coated with the molecular surfactant sodium dodecyl sulfate are even weaker than bare droplets...
January 2017: Physical Review. E
T Supakar, A Kumar, J O Marston
We present findings from an experimental study of the impact of liquid marbles onto solid surfaces. Using dual-view high-speed imaging, we reveal details of the impact dynamics previously not reported. During the spreading stage it is observed that particles at the surface flow rapidly to the periphery of the drop, i.e., the lamella. We characterize the spreading with the maximum spread diameter, comparing to impacts of pure liquid droplets. The principal result is a power-law scaling for the normalized maximum spread in terms of the impact Weber number, D_{max}/D_{0}∼We^{α}, with α≈1/3...
January 2017: Physical Review. E
Jun Hu, Qi-Yuan Guan, Jiang Wang, Xiao-Xiao Jiang, Zeng-Qiang Wu, Xing-Hua Xia, Jing-Juan Xu, Hong-Yuan Chen
In the work, we showed that the use of nanoemitters (tip dimension <1 μm, typically ∼100 nm) could dramatically reduce the nonspecific metal adduction to peptide or protein ions as well as improve the matrix tolerance of electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS). The proton-enriched smaller initial droplets are supposed to have played a significant role in suppressing the formation of metal adduct ions in nanoemitters. The proton-enrichment effect in the nanoemitters is related to both the exclusion-enrichment effect (EEE) and the ion concentration polarization effect (ICP effect), which permit the molecular ions to be regulated to protonated ones...
February 7, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
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