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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145085/analysis-of-microplastics-in-water-by-micro-raman-spectroscopy-release-of-plastic-particles-from-different-packaging-into-mineral-water
#1
Darena Schymanski, Christophe Goldbeck, Hans-Ulrich Humpf, Peter Fürst
Microplastics are anthropogenic contaminants which have been found in oceans, lakes and rivers. Investigations focusing on drinking water are rare and studies have mainly been using micro-Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (μ-FT-IR). A major limitation of this technique is its inability to detect particles smaller than 20 μm. However, micro-Raman spectroscopy is capable of detecting even smaller particle sizes. Therefore, we show that this technique, which was used in this study, is particularly useful in detecting microplastics in drinking water where particle sizes are in the low micrometer range...
November 6, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143174/single-cell-imaging-using-radioluminescence-microscopy-reveals-unexpected-binding-target-for-18f-hfb
#2
Louise Kiru, Tae Jin Kim, Bin Shen, Frederick T Chin, Guillem Pratx
PURPOSE: Cell-based therapies are showing great promise for a variety of diseases, but remain hindered by the limited information available regarding the biological fate, migration routes and differentiation patterns of infused cells in trials. Previous studies have demonstrated the feasibility of using positron emission tomography (PET) to track single cells utilising an approach known as positron emission particle tracking (PEPT). The radiolabel hexadecyl-4-[(18)F]fluorobenzoate ([(18)F]HFB) was identified as a promising candidate for PEPT, due to its efficient and long-lasting labelling capabilities...
November 15, 2017: Molecular Imaging and Biology: MIB: the Official Publication of the Academy of Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141440/explaining-the-t-v-dependent-dynamics-of-glass-forming-liquids-the-cooperative-free-volume-model-tested-against-new-simulation-results
#3
Ronald P White, Jane E G Lipson
In this article, we derive a rate model, the "cooperative free volume" (CFV) model, to explain relaxation dynamics in terms of a system's free volume, Vfree, and its temperature, T, over widely varied pressure dependent conditions. In the CFV model, the rate a molecule moves a distance on the order of its own size is dependent on the cooperation of surrounding molecules to open up enough free space. To test CFV, we have generated extensive T,V dependent simulation data for structural relaxation times, τ, on a Kob and Andersen type Lennard-Jones (KA-LJ) fluid...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140383/a-randomized-split-mouth-clinical-trial-on-effectiveness-of-amnion-chorion-membranes-in-alveolar-ridge-preservation-a-clinical-radiologic-and-morphometric-study
#4
Muyeenul Hassan, Sivaraman Prakasam, Carol Bain, Ahmed Ghoneima, Sean Shih-Yao Liu
PURPOSE: Recent case reports suggest that amnion-chorion membranes (ACM) and dense polytetrafluoroethylene membranes (dPTFE) can be left exposed during ridge preservation. The aim of this study was to compare the effectiveness of these membranes in ridge preservation, particularly when they are intentionally left exposed. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A split-mouth, single-blind, randomized trial design was used to compare treatments with the two membranes in 22 nonmolar sites on the same arch...
November 2017: International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139543/molecular-cloning-and-expression-analysis-of-sox3-during-gonad-and-embryonic-development-in-misgurnus-anguillicaudatus
#5
Xiaohua Xia, Weiran Huo, Ruyan Wan, Linxia Zhang, Xiaopei Xia, Zhongjie Chang
Sox3 is a single-exon gene located on the X chromosome in most vertebrates. It belongs to the SoxB1 subfamily, which is part of the larger Sox family. Previous studies have revealed that Sox3 is expressed in many fish species. However, how Sox3 influences the development of Misgurnus anguillicaudatus remains unknown. In this study, a Sox3 homologue, termed MaSox3, was cloned from the brain of M. anguillicaudatus using homology-based cloning and the rapid amplification of cDNA ends method. Sequence analysis reveals that MaSox3 encodes a hydrophilic protein, which contains a characteristic HMG-box DNA-binding domain of 79 amino acids, and shares high homology with Sox3 in other species...
2017: International Journal of Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139348/regulation-of-hepatitis-c-virus-replication-via-threonine-phosphorylation-of-the-ns5a-protein
#6
Niluka Goonawardane, Douglas Ross-Thriepland, Mark Harris
The hepatitis C virus non-structural 5A (NS5A) protein is highly phosphorylated and plays roles in both virus genome replication and assembly of infectious virus particles. NS5A comprises three domains separated by low complexity sequences (LCS). Mass spectrometry analysis of NS5A revealed the existence of a singly phosphorylated tryptic peptide corresponding to the end of LCS I and the beginning of domain II that contained a number of potential phosphorylatable residues (serines and threonines). Here we use a mutagenic approach to investigate the potential role of three of these threonine residues...
November 15, 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138260/chloroplast-division-protein-arc3-acts-on-ftsz2-by-preventing-filament-bundling-and-enhancing-gtpase-activity
#7
Rahamthulla S Shaik, Min Woo Sung, Stanislav Vitha, Andreas Holzenburg
Chloroplasts evolved from cyanobacterial endosymbiotic ancestors and their division is a complex process initiated by assembly of cytoskeletal FtsZ proteins into a ring structure at the division site (Z-ring). The cyanobacterial Z-ring positioning system (MinCDE proteins) is also conserved in chloroplasts except that MinC was lost and replaced by the eukaryotic ARC3. Both MinC and ARC3 act as negative regulators of FtsZ assembly, but ARC3 bears little sequence similarity with MinC. Here, light scattering assays, co-sedimentation, GTPase assay and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) in conjunction with single particle analysis have been used to elucidate the structure of ARC3 and its effect on its main target in chloroplast division: FtsZ2...
November 14, 2017: Biochemical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137741/sonochemical-synthesis-characterization-thermal-and-semiconducting-behavior-of-nano-sized-azidopentaamminecobalt-iii-complexes-containing-anion-cro4-2-or-cr2o7-2
#8
Ritu Bala, Jagriti Behal, Nikesh A Shah, K N Rathod, Vinit Prakash, Ranjan C Khunt
New nano-sized cobalt(III) coordination complexes, [Co(NH3)5N3]CrO4 (1N) and [Co(NH3)5N3]Cr2O7 (2N) were synthesized using an innovative sonochemical methodology based on reaction between [Co(NH3)5N3]Cl2 and potassium salt of CrO4(2-) or Cr2O7(2-) in aqueous medium. These complexes were also compared with their respective bulks which were synthesized under identical conditions in the absence of sonicaion. All the complexes were characterized by elemental analysis and spectroscopic techniques (UV-visible and IR)...
March 2018: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135967/modifying-the-morphology-of-silicon-surfaces-by-laser-induced-liquid-assisted-colloidal-lithography
#9
Magdalena Ulmeanu, Robert L Harniman, Petko Petkov, Michael N R Ashfold
Single, or isolated small arrays of, spherical silica colloidal particles (with refractive index ncolloid = 1.47 and radius R = 350 nm or 1.5 μm) were placed on a silicon substrate and immersed in carbon tetrachloride (nliquid = 1.48) or toluene (nliquid = 1.52). Areas of the sample were then exposed to a single laser pulse (8 ps duration, wavelength λ = 355 nm), and the spatial intensity modulation of the near field in the vicinity of the particles revealed via the resulting patterning of the substrate surface...
November 14, 2017: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132296/a-fragment-based-method-for-modeling-of-protein-segments-into-cryo-em-density-maps
#10
Jochen Ismer, Alexander S Rose, Johanna K S Tiemann, Peter W Hildebrand
BACKGROUND: Single-particle analysis of electron cryo-microscopy (cryo-EM) is a key technology for elucidation of macromolecular structures. Recent technical advances in hardware and software developments significantly enhanced the resolution of cryo-EM density maps and broadened the applicability and the circle of users. To facilitate modeling of macromolecules into cryo-EM density maps, fast and easy to use methods for modeling are now demanded. RESULTS: Here we investigated and benchmarked the suitability of a classical and well established fragment-based approach for modeling of segments into cryo-EM density maps (termed FragFit)...
November 13, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131633/effect-of-the-helix-coil-transition-in-bovine-skin-gelatin-on-its-associative-phase-separation-with-lysozyme
#11
Yurij A Antonov, Irina Zhuravleva, Alexander Volodine, Paula Moldenaers, Ruth Cardinaels
It is known that the formation of electrostatic polyelectrolyte complexes can induce conformational changes in the interacting macromolecules. However, the opposite effect, namely, that of the helix-coil transition of one of the interacting polyelectrolytes on its associative phase separation with another polyelectrolyte and the possible phase transitions in such systems, has not been determined. Atomic force and confocal laser scanning microscopy, phase analysis, dynamic and electrophoretic light scattering, turbidimetry, absorption, and fluorescence measurements as well as differential scanning calorimetry and rheology were used to study the effect of the helix-coil transition in bovine skin gelatin (Gel) on its associative phase separation with hen egg white lysozyme (Lys) at different temperatures (18-40 °C) and various Lys/Gel weight ratios (0...
November 13, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127309/efficient-multiparty-quantum-key-agreement-with-collective-detection
#12
Wei Huang, Qi Su, Bin Liu, Yuan-Hang He, Fan Fan, Bing-Jie Xu
As a burgeoning branch of quantum cryptography, quantum key agreement is a kind of key establishing processes where the security and fairness of the established common key should be guaranteed simultaneously. However, the difficulty on designing a qualified quantum key agreement protocol increases significantly with the increase of the number of the involved participants. Thus far, only few of the existing multiparty quantum key agreement (MQKA) protocols can really achieve security and fairness. Nevertheless, these qualified MQKA protocols are either too inefficient or too impractical...
November 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119721/integrated-transmission-electron-and-single-molecule-fluorescence-microscopy-correlates-reactivity-with-ultrastructure-in-a-single-catalyst-particle
#13
Bert Marc Weckhuysen, Hans Gerritsen, Sajjad Mohammadian, Sam Kalirai, Pieter Bruijnincx, Florian Meirer, Eelco Vogt, Zoran Ristanovic, Frank Hendriks
Establishing structure-activity relationships in complex, hierarchically structured nanomaterials, such as fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) catalysts, requires characterization with complementary, correlated analysis techniques. An integrated setup has been developed to perform transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and single molecule fluorescence (SMF) microscopy on such nanostructured samples. Correlated structure-reactivity information was obtained for 100 nm thin, microtomed sections of a single FCC catalyst particle using this novel SMF-TEM high-resolution combination...
November 9, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118975/interfacial-microscopic-examination-and-chemical-analysis-of-resin-dentin-interface-of-self-adhering-flowable-resin-composite
#14
Tamer M Hamdy
Background: The newly introduced self-adhering flowable resin-composites decrease the required time for application by incorporation of an acidic adhesive monomer, thus reducing the number of the steps, but its bonding is still uncertain. The aim of this study was to evaluate the interfacial microscopic examination and chemical analysis at the resin-dentin interface of a self-adhering flowable resin composite (Vertise-Flow) versus a total-etch (Te-Econom Plus) resin composite, using an etching agent (Eco-Etch gel) and  bonding agent (Single Bond Universal)...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29116750/surface-charges-on-cdse-dot-cds-rod-nanocrystals-measuring-and-modeling-the-diffusion-of-exciton-fluorescence-rates-and-energies
#15
Sven-Hendrik Lohmann, Christian Strelow, Alf Mews, Tobias Kipp
By performing spectroscopic single-particle measurements at cryogenic temperatures over the course of hours we study both the spectral diffusion as well as the diffusion of the decay rates of the fluorescence emission of core/shell CdSe/CdS dot/rod nanoparticles. A special analysis of the measurements allow for a correlation of data for single neutral excitons only, undisturbed by the possible emission of other excitonic complexes. We find a nearly linear dependency of the fluorescence decay rate on the emission energy...
November 8, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29116014/quantitative-assessment-of-radiation-dose-and-fractionation-effects-on-normal-tissue-by-utilizing-a-novel-lung-fibrosis-index-model
#16
Cheng Zhou, Bleddyn Jones, Mahmoud Moustafa, Christian Schwager, Julia Bauer, Bing Yang, Liji Cao, Min Jia, Andrea Mairani, Ming Chen, Longhua Chen, Juergen Debus, Amir Abdollahi
BACKGROUND: Normal lung tissue tolerance constitutes a limiting factor in delivering the required dose of radiotherapy to cure thoracic and chest wall malignancies. Radiation-induced lung fibrosis (RILF) is considered a critical determinant for late normal tissue complications. While RILF mouse models are frequently approached e.g., as a single high dose thoracic irradiation to investigate lung fibrosis and candidate modulators, a systematic radiobiological characterization of RILF mouse model is urgently needed to compare relative biological effectiveness (RBE) of particle irradiation with protons, helium-, carbon and oxygen ions now available at HIT...
November 7, 2017: Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114055/immature-hiv-1-lattice-assembly-dynamics-are-regulated-by-scaffolding-from-nucleic-acid-and-the-plasma-membrane
#17
Alexander J Pak, John M A Grime, Prabuddha Sengupta, Antony K Chen, Aleksander E P Durumeric, Anand Srivastava, Mark Yeager, John A G Briggs, Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz, Gregory A Voth
The packaging and budding of Gag polyprotein and viral RNA is a critical step in the HIV-1 life cycle. High-resolution structures of the Gag polyprotein have revealed that the capsid (CA) and spacer peptide 1 (SP1) domains contain important interfaces for Gag self-assembly. However, the molecular details of the multimerization process, especially in the presence of RNA and the cell membrane, have remained unclear. In this work, we investigate the mechanisms that work in concert between the polyproteins, RNA, and membrane to promote immature lattice growth...
November 7, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29111678/bipolar-electrochemistry-on-a-nanopore-supported-platinum-nanoparticle-electrode
#18
Rui Hao, Yunshan Fan, Chu Han, Bo Zhang
In this Technical Note, we describe a method to fabricate nanopore-supported Pt nanoparticle electrodes and their use in bipolar electrochemistry. A Pt nanoparticle is deposited on the orifice of a solid-state nanopore inside a focused-ion beam (FIB) system. Complete blockage of the nanopore with Pt metal forms a closed bipolar nanoparticle electrode whose size and shape can be tunable in one simple step. Nanoparticle electrodes and their arrays can be prepared on different substrates such as the tip of a glass pipet, a double-barrel pipet, and a freestanding silicon nitride membrane...
November 15, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29109807/ultrasonic-spray-pyrolysis-deposited-copper-sulphide-thin-films-for-solar-cell-applications
#19
Y E Firat, H Yildirim, K Erturk, A Peksoz
Polycrystalline copper sulphide (Cu x S) thin films were grown by ultrasonic spray pyrolysis method using aqueous solutions of copper chloride and thiourea without any complexing agent at various substrate temperatures of 240, 280, and 320°C. The films were characterized for their structural, optical, and electrical properties by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive analysis of X-rays (EDAX), atomic force microscopy (AFM), contact angle (CA), optical absorption, and current-voltage (I-V) measurements...
2017: Scanning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29106966/single-step-preparation-of-selected-biological-fluids-for-the-high-performance-liquid-chromatographic-analysis-of-fat-soluble-vitamins-and-antioxidants
#20
Giacomo Lazzarino, Salvatore Longo, Angela Maria Amorini, Valentina Di Pietro, Serafina D'Urso, Giuseppe Lazzarino, Antonio Belli, Barbara Tavazzi
Fat-soluble vitamins and antioxidants are of relevance in health and disease. Current methods to extract these compounds from biological fluids mainly need use of multi-steps and multi organic solvents. They are time-consuming and difficult to apply to treat simultaneously large sample number. We here describe a single-step, one solvent extraction of fat-soluble vitamins and antioxidants from biological fluids, and the chromatographic separation of all-trans-retinoic acid, 25-hydroxycholecalciferol, all-trans-retinol, astaxanthin, lutein, zeaxanthin, trans-β-apo-8'-carotenal, γ-tocopherol, β-cryptoxanthin, α-tocopherol, phylloquinone, lycopene, α-carotene, β-carotene and coenzyme Q10...
December 8, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
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