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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724265/facile-synthesis-of-sio2-c-nanoparticles-anchored-on-mwnt-as-high-performance-anode-materials-for-li-ion-batteries
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Yan Zhao, Zhengjun Liu, Yongguang Zhang, Almagul Mentbayeva, Xin Wang, M Yu Maximov, Baoxi Liu, Zhumabay Bakenov, Fuxing Yin
Carbon-coated silica nanoparticles anchored on multi-walled carbon nanotubes (SiO2@C/MWNT composite) were synthesized via a simple and facile sol-gel method followed by heat treatment. Scanning and transmission electron microscopy (SEM and TEM) studies confirmed densely anchoring the carbon-coated SiO2 nanoparticles onto a flexible MWNT conductive network, which facilitated fast electron and lithium-ion transport and improved structural stability of the composite. As prepared, ternary composite anode showed superior cyclability and rate capability compared to a carbon-coated silica counterpart without MWNT (SiO2@C)...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723880/prevalence-and-clinical-characteristics-of-white-coat-hypertension-based-on-different-definition-criteria-in-untreated-and-treated-patients
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Alejandro de la Sierra, Ernest Vinyoles, José R Banegas, Julián Segura, Manuel Gorostidi, Juan J de la Cruz, Luis M Ruilope
BACKGROUND AND AIM: The prevalence and associated risks of white-coat hypertension (WCH) are still a matter of debate. We aimed to assess differences in prevalence and associated conditions of WCH defined on the basis of the normality of all daytime, night-time, and 24-h blood pressure (BP), only daytime, or only 24-h BP. METHODS: We selected 115 708 patients (45 020 untreated and 70 688 treated) from the Spanish Ambulatory BP Monitoring Registry. WCH was estimated in patients with elevated office BP (≥140 and/or 90 mmHg) by using normal daytime (<135/85) BP, normal 24-h BP (<130/80), or normal daytime, night-time (<120/70) and 24-h BP...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723709/delivering-prep-to-pregnant-and-breastfeeding-women-in-sub-saharan-africa-the-implementation-science-frontier
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Dvora L Joseph Davey, Linda-Gail Bekker, Pamina Gorbach, Thomas Coates, Landon Myer
: HIV acquisition during pregnancy and postpartum periods remains high despite increased access to and initiation of antiretroviral therapy in sub-Saharan Africa. Moreover, maternal seroconversion during pregnancy and breastfeeding remains a source of significant paediatric HIV infection in the region. In order to curb vertical HIV transmission, HIV acquisition during pregnancy and lactation must significantly decline. Biological and behavioural factors contribute to high HIV incidence, including hormonal changes that alter genital mucosal surfaces, and frequent condomless sex with HIV-infected partners or partners of unknown serostatus...
July 18, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723674/nanoparticles-and-female-reproductive-system-how-do-nanoparticles-affect-oogenesis-and-embryonic-development
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REVIEW
Cong-Cong Hou, Jun-Quan Zhu
Along with the increasing application of nanoparticles (NPs) in many walks of life, environmental exposure to NPs has raised considerable health concerns. When NPs enter a pregnant woman's body through inhalation, venous injection, ingestion or skin permeation, maternal toxic stress reactions such as reactive oxygen species (ROS), inflammation, apoptosis and endocrine dyscrasia are induced in different organs, particularly in the reproductive organs. Recent studies have shown that NPs disturb the developing oocyte by invading the protective barrier of theca cells, granulosa cell layers and zona pellucida...
July 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723646/collagen-type-1-promotes-survival-of-human-breast-cancer-cells-by-overexpressing-kv10-1-potassium-and-orai1-calcium-channels-through-ddr1-dependent-pathway
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Mehdi Badaoui, Cloé Mimsy-Julienne, Charles Saby, Laurence Van Gulick, Marta Peretti, Pierre Jeannesson, Hamid Morjani, Halima Ouadid-Ahidouch
Collagen type 1 is among the tumor microenvironment (TM) factors, that regulates proliferation, survival, migration and invasion. Ion channels are key players in interactions between tumor cells and TM. Kv10.1 has been shown to play an essential role in breast cancer cell proliferation and migration by permitting Ca2+ influx notably via Orai1. Here, we show that human breast cancer (BC) cells growing, in culture media completely devoid of the serum and seeded on collagen 1 coating, exhibited less apoptotic rate and a decrease in Bax expression when compared to those grown on plastic...
July 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723548/the-fc-domain-of-immunoglobulin-is-sufficient-to-bridge-nk-cells-with-virally-infected-cells
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Hong-Sheng Dai, Nathaniel Griffin, Chelsea Bolyard, Hsiaoyin Charlene Mao, Jianying Zhang, Timothy P Cripe, Tadahiro Suenaga, Hisashi Arase, Ichiro Nakano, E A Chiocca, Balveen Kaur, Jianhua Yu, Michael A Caligiuri
Clearance of pathogens or tumor cells by antibodies traditionally requires both Fab and Fc domains of IgG. Here, we show the Fc domain of IgG alone mediates recognition and clearance of herpes simplex virus (HSV1)-infected cells. The human natural killer (NK) cell surface is naturally coated with IgG bound by its Fc domain to the Fcγ receptor CD16a. NK cells utilize the Fc domain of bound IgG to recognize gE, an HSV1-encoded glycoprotein that also binds the Fc domain of IgG but at a site distinct from CD16a...
July 18, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723420/plant-and-yeast-cornichon-possess-a-conserved-acidic-motif-required-for-correct-targeting-of-plasma-membrane-cargos
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Paul Rosas-Santiago, Daniel Lagunas-Gomez, Carolina Yáñez-Domínguez, Rosario Vera-Estrella, Olga Zimmermannova, Hana Sychrová, Omar Pantoja
The export of membrane proteins along the secretory pathway is initiated at the endoplasmic reticulum after proteins are folded and packaged inside this organelle by their recruiting into the coat complex COPII vesicles. It is proposed that cargo receptors are required for the correct transport of proteins to its target membrane, however, little is known about ER export signals for cargo receptors. Erv14/Cornichon belong to a well conserved protein family in Eukaryotes, and have been proposed to function as cargo receptors for many transmembrane proteins...
July 16, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723220/constructing-slow-release-formulations-of-ammonium-nitrate-fertilizer-based-on-degradable-poly-3-hydroxybutyrate
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Anatoly Nikolayevich Boyandin, Eugenia Andreevna Kazantseva, Daria Eugenievna Varygina, Tatiana Volova
The present study describes construction and investigation of experimental formulations of ammonium nitrate embedded in a matrix of degradable natural polymer poly-3-hydroxybutyrate (P3HB) and P3HB blended with wood flour shaped as tablets, some of them coated with P3HB. Kinetics of ammonium release into soil as dependent on the composition of the polymer matrix was investigated in laboratory experiments. The rates of fertilizer release from formulations coated with a biopolymer layer were considerably (two months or longer) slower than the rates of fertilizer release from uncoated formulations, while release from polymer and composite (polymer/wood flour) formulations occurred with comparable rates...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723204/crossed-surface-relief-gratings-as-nanoplasmonic-biosensors
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Srijit Nair, Carlos Escobedo, Ribal Georges Sabat
We present an original, low-cost nanoplasmonic (bio)sensor based on crossed surface relief gratings (CSRGs) generated from orthogonally superimposed surface relief gratings (SRGs) on gold-coated azo-glass substrate. This surface plasmon resonance (SPR)-based sensing approach is unique, since the light transmitted through a CSRG is zero except in the narrow bandwidth where the SPR conversion occurs, enabling quantitative monitoring of only the plasmonic signal from biomolecular interactions in real time. We validated the individual SRG plasmonic signature of CSRGs by observing their respective SPR excitation peaks, and tested them to detect both bulk and near-surface refractive index (RI) changes...
March 24, 2017: ACS Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723190/in-search-of-the-ultimate-benzene-sensor-the-etqxbox-solution
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Jakub W Trzciński, Roberta Pinalli, Nicolò Riboni, Alessandro Pedrini, Federica Bianchi, Stefano Zampolli, Ivan Elmi, Chiara Massera, Franco Ugozzoli, Enrico Dalcanale
In this work we report a comprehensive study leading to the fabrication of a prototype sensor for environmental benzene monitoring. The required high selectivity and ppb-level sensitivity are obtained by coupling a silicon-integrated concentration unit containing the specifically designed EtQxBox cavitand to a miniaturized PID detector. In the resulting stand-alone sensor, the EtQxBox receptor acts at the same time as highly sensitive preconcentrator for BTEX and GC-like separation phase, allowing for the selective desorption of benzene over TEX...
April 28, 2017: ACS Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723119/fast-response-and-flexible-nanocrystal-based-humidity-sensor-for-monitoring-human-respiration-and-water-evaporation-on-skin
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Shinya Kano, Kwangsoo Kim, Minoru Fujii
We develop a fast-response and flexible nanocrystal-based humidity sensor for real-time monitoring of human activity: respiration and water evaporation on skin. A silicon-nanocrystal film is formed on a polyimide film by spin-coating the colloidal solution and is used as a flexible and humidity-sensitive material in a humidity sensor. The flexible nanocrystal-based humidity sensor shows a high sensitivity; current through the nanocrystal film changes by 5 orders of magnitude in the relative humidity range of 8-83%...
June 23, 2017: ACS Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723095/facile-and-low-temperature-fabrication-of-thermochromic-cr2o3-vo2-smart-coatings-enhanced-solar-modulation-ability-high-luminous-transmittance-and-uv-shielding-function
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Tianci Chang, Xun Cao, Ning Li, Shiwei Long, Xiang Gao, Liv R Dedon, Guangyao Sun, Hongjie Luo, Ping Jin
In the pursuit of energy efficient materials, vanadium dioxide (VO2) based smart coatings have gained much attention in recent years. For smart window applications, VO2 thin films should be fabricated at low temperature to reduce the cost in commercial fabrication and solve compatibility problems. Meanwhile, thermochromic performance with high luminous transmittance and solar modulation ability as well as effective UV shielding function has become the most important developing strategy for ideal smart windows...
July 19, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723074/paper-based-bimodal-sensor-for-electronic-skin-applications
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Minhyun Jung, Kyungkwan Kim, Bumjin Kim, Haena Cheong, Kwanwoo Shin, Oh-Sun Kwon, Jong-Jin Park, Sanghun Jeon
We present the development of a flexible bimodal sensor using a paper platform and ink-jet printing method, which are suited for low-cost fabrication processes and realization of flexible devices. In this study, we employed a vertically stacked bimodal device architecture in which a temperature sensor is stacked on top of a pressure sensor and operated on different principles, allowing the minimization of interference effects. For the temperature sensor placed in the top layer, we used the thermoelectric effect and formed a closed-loop thermocouple composed of two different printable inks: conductive PEDOT:PSS and silver nanoparticles on a flexible paper platform, and obtained temperature-sensing capability over a wide range (150 ℃)...
July 19, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723069/surface-localized-sealing-of-porous-ultralow-k-dielectric-films-with-ultrathin-2-nanometer-polymer-coating
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Seong Jun Yoon, Kwanyong Pak, Taewook Nam, Alexander Yoon, Hyungjun Kim, Sung Gap Im, Byung Jin Cho
Semiconductor integrated circuit chip industries have been striving to introduce porous ultralow-k (ULK) dielectrics into the multilevel interconnection process in order to improve their chip operation speed by reducing capacitance along the signal path. To date, however, highly porous ULK dielectrics (porosity > 40%, dielectric constant (k) < 2.4) have not been successfully adopted in real devices because the porous nature causes many serious problems including non-continuous barrier deposition, penetration of the barrier metal, and reliability issues...
July 19, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722819/self-targeting-immune-transparent-plasma-protein-coated-nanocomplex-for-noninvasive-photothermal-anticancer-therapy
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Fwu-Long Mi, Thierry Burnouf, Shih-Yuan Lu, Yu-Jen Lu, Kun-Ying Lu, Yi-Cheng Ho, Chang-Yi Kuo, Er-Yuan Chuang
Cancer cells exhibit specific physiological differences compared to normal cells. Most surface membranes of cancer cells are characterized by high expression of given protein receptors, such as albumin, transferrin, and growth factors that are also present in the plasma of patients themselves, but are lacking on the surface of normal cells. These distinct features between cancer and normal cells can serve as a niche for developing specific treatment strategies. Near-infrared (NIR)-light-triggered therapy platforms are an interesting novel avenue for use in clinical nanomedicine...
July 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722817/dispersive-solid-phase-extraction-for-the-determination-of-trace-organochlorine-pesticides-in-apple-juices-using-reduced-graphene-oxide-coated-with-zno-nanocomposites-as-sorbent
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Ting Sun, Hefeng Sun, Feng Zhao
In this work, reduced graphene oxide coated with ZnO nanocomposites was used as an efficient sorbent of dispersive solid-phase extraction and successfully applied to extraction of organochlorine pesticides from apple juice followed by gas chromatography with mass spectrometry. Several experimental parameters affecting the extraction efficiencies, including the amount of adsorbent, extraction time, and the pH of the sample solution, as well as the type and volume of eluent solvent, were investigated and optimized...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Separation Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722797/highly-selective-enrichment-of-phosphopeptides-by-on-chip-indium-oxide-functionalized-magnetic-nanoparticles-coupled-with-maldi-tof-ms
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Dandan Jiang, Naizhong Song, Xiqian Li, Jiutong Ma, Qiong Jia
Selective and efficient preconcentration is indispensable for low concentration of phosphopeptides in phosphorylated protein-related samples prior to MS-based analysis. Herein, an on-chip system coupled magnetic SPE with MALDI-TOF MS was designed. A metal oxide affinity chromatography (MOAC) material, indium oxide, was coated on the surface of Fe3 O4 magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) to prepare the adsorbent, spatially confined with an applied magnetic field. The adsorbent exhibited high selectivity for phosphopeptides in tryptic digests of the mixture of β-casein and BSA (1:1000) and the mixture of β-casein, BSA, and ovalbumin (1:100:100)...
July 19, 2017: Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722543/comparison-of-ovalbumin-and-ovalbumin-epitope-peptide-for-transdermal-delivery-and-vaccination-mediated-by-the-photothermal-effect-of-gold-nanorods
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Aung Thu Haine, Yuji Miyamoto, Taishi Higashi, Keiichi Motoyama, Hidetoshi Arima, Takuro Niidome
Transdermal protein delivery is a powerful and attractive method for protein therapy and dermal vaccination compared with other administrations. However, this delivery method is restricted by the low permeability of the stratum corneum, a hydrophobic barrier that restricts the entry of hydrophilic molecules such as proteins. In this study, we developed an improved gel patch system carrying ovalbumin and ovalbumin epitope peptide, and then compared their permeability into the skin. First, the gel patch was placed on mouse skin to allow contact with the polymer coated gold nanorods and then irradiated by a continuous-wave laser...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Biomaterials Science. Polymer Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722515/construction-of-a-plga-based-targeted-sirna-delivery-system-for-treatment-of-osteoporosis
#19
Deniz Sezlev Bilecen, Jose Carlos Rodriguez-Cabello, Hasan Uludag, Vasif Hasirci
Osteoporosis is a systemic skeletal disorder which occurs when the bone turnover balance is disrupted. With the identification of the genes involved in the pathogenesis of the disease, studies on development of new osteoporosis treatments has intensified. RNA interference (RNAi) mechanism uses short interfering RNA (siRNA) to knockdown disease related gene expression as a treatment approach. Targeting while protecting siRNA against hydrolysis by nucleases in vivo is, however, challenging. The maintenance of therapeutic plasma level is also hampered by the clearance of siRNA from the body...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Biomaterials Science. Polymer Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722439/investigation-of-polymer-plasticizer-blends-as-sh-saw-sensor-coatings-for-detection-of-benzene-in-water-with-high-sensitivity-and-long-term-stability
#20
Pintu Adhikari, Laura Alderson, Florian Bender, Antonio J Ricco, Fabien Josse
We report the first-ever direct detection of benzene in water at concentrations below 100 ppb (parts per billion) using acoustic wave (specifically, shear-horizontal surface acoustic wave, SH-SAW) sensors with plasticized polymer coatings. Two polymers and two plasticizers were studied as materials for sensor coatings. For each polymer-plasticizer combination, the influence of the mixing ratio of the blend on the sensitivity to benzene was measured and compared to commercially available polymers that were used for BTEX (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene) detection in previous work...
January 27, 2017: ACS Sensors
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