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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231553/a-reusable-aptasensor-of-thrombin-based-on-dna-machine-employing-resonance-light-scattering-technique
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Yining Hou, Jifeng Liu, Min Hong, Xia Li, Yanhua Ma, Qiaoli Yue, Chen-Zhong Li
The design of molecular nanodevices attracted great interest in these years. Herein, a reusable, sensitive and specific aptasensor was constructed based on an extension-contraction movement of DNA interconversion for the application of human thrombin detection. The present biosensor was based on resonance light scattering (RLS) using magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) as the RLS probe. MNPs coated with streptavidin can combine with biotin labeled thrombin aptamers. The combined nanoparticles composite is monodispersed in aqueous medium...
February 20, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231468/parkinson-sac-domain-mutation-in-synaptojanin-1-impairs-clathrin-uncoating-at-synapses-and-triggers-dystrophic-changes-in-dopaminergic-axons
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Mian Cao, Yumei Wu, Ghazaleh Ashrafi, Amber J McCartney, Heather Wheeler, Eric A Bushong, Daniela Boassa, Mark H Ellisman, Timothy A Ryan, Pietro De Camilli
Synaptojanin 1 (SJ1) is a major presynaptic phosphatase that couples synaptic vesicle endocytosis to the dephosphorylation of PI(4,5)P2, a reaction needed for the shedding of endocytic factors from their membranes. While the role of SJ1's 5-phosphatase module in this process is well recognized, the contribution of its Sac phosphatase domain, whose preferred substrate is PI4P, remains unclear. Recently a homozygous mutation in its Sac domain was identified in early-onset parkinsonism patients. We show that mice carrying this mutation developed neurological manifestations similar to those of human patients...
February 22, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231301/durability-of-anti-graffiti-coatings-on-stone-natural-vs-accelerated-weathering
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Paula M Carmona-Quiroga, Robert M J Jacobs, Sagrario Martínez-Ramírez, Heather A Viles
Extending the use of novel anti-graffiti coatings to built heritage could be of particular interest providing the treatments are efficient enough in facilitating graffiti removal and long-lasting to maintain their protective properties without interfering with the durability of the substrates. However, studies of the durability of these coatings are scarce and have been mainly carried out under accelerated weathering conditions, the most common practice for assessing the durability of materials but one that does not reproduce accurately natural working conditions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231152/antimicrobial-active-packaging-including-chitosan-films-with-thymus-vulgaris-l-essential-oil-for-ready-to-eat-meat
#4
Jesús Quesada, Esther Sendra, Casilda Navarro, Estrella Sayas-Barberá
An active packaging system has been designed for the shelf life extension of ready to eat meat products. The package included an inner surface coated with a chitosan film with thyme essential oil (0%, 0.5%, 1%, and 2%) not in direct contact with the meat. Our aim was to reduce the impact of thyme essential oil (EO) on meat sensory properties by using a chemotype with low odor intensity. The pH, color parameters, microbial populations, and sensory properties were assessed during 4 weeks of refrigerated storage...
August 29, 2016: Foods (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231047/original-research-paper-characterization-and-taste-masking-evaluation-of-microparticles-with-cetirizine-dihydrochloride-and-methacrylate-based-copolymer-obtained-by-spray-drying
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Aleksandra Amelian, Marta Szekalska, Patrycja Ciosek, Anna Basa, Katarzyna Winnicka
Taste of a pharmaceutical formulation is an important parameter for the effectiveness of pharmacotherapy. Cetirizine dihydrochloride (CET) is a second-generation antihistamine that is commonly administered in allergy treatment. CET is characterized by extremely bitter taste and it is a great challenge to successfully mask its taste; therefore the goal of this work was to formulate and characterize the microparticles obtained by the spray drying method with CET and poly(butyl methacrylate-co-(2-dimethylaminoethyl) methacrylate-co-methyl methacrylate 1:2:1 copolymer (Eudragit E PO) as a barrier coating...
March 1, 2017: Acta Pharmaceutica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231000/ion-gated-gas-separation-through-porous-graphene
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Ziqi Tian, Shannon M Mahurin, Sheng Dai, De-En Jiang
Porous graphene holds great promise as a one-atom-thin, high-permeance membrane for gas separation, but to precisely control the pore size down to three to five angstroms proves challenging. Here we propose an ion-gated graphene membrane comprising a monolayer of ionic liquid coated porous graphene to dynamically modulate the pore size to achieve selective gas separation. This approach enables the otherwise non-selective large pores on the order of 1 nm in size to be selective for gases whose diameters range from three to four angstroms...
February 23, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230188/3d-time-lapse-imaging-and-quantification-of-mitochondrial-dynamics
#7
Miguel Sison, Sabyasachi Chakrabortty, Jérôme Extermann, Amir Nahas, Paul James Marchand, Antonio Lopez, Tanja Weil, Theo Lasser
We present a 3D time-lapse imaging method for monitoring mitochondrial dynamics in living HeLa cells based on photothermal optical coherence microscopy and using novel surface functionalization of gold nanoparticles. The biocompatible protein-based biopolymer coating contains multiple functional groups which impart better cellular uptake and mitochondria targeting efficiency. The high stability of the gold nanoparticles allows continuous imaging over an extended time up to 3000 seconds without significant cell damage...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230088/a-solution-processed-quaternary-oxide-system-obtained-at-low-temperature-using-a-vertical-diffusion-technique
#8
Seokhyun Yoon, Si Joon Kim, Young Jun Tak, Hyun Jae Kim
We report a method for fabricating solution-processed quaternary In-Ga-Zn-O (IGZO) thin-film transistors (TFTs) at low annealing temperatures using a vertical diffusion technique (VDT). The VDT is a deposition process for spin-coating binary and ternary oxide layers consecutively and annealing at once. With the VDT, uniform and dense quaternary oxide layers were fabricated at lower temperatures (280 °C). Compared to conventional IGZO and ternary In-Zn-O (IZO) thin films, VDT IGZO thin film had higher density of the metal-oxide bonds and lower density of the oxygen vacancies...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230054/magnetization-switching-in-ferromagnets-by-adsorbed-chiral-molecules-without-current-or-external-magnetic-field
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Oren Ben Dor, Shira Yochelis, Anna Radko, Kiran Vankayala, Eyal Capua, Amir Capua, See-Hun Yang, Lech Tomasz Baczewski, Stuart Stephen Papworth Parkin, Ron Naaman, Yossi Paltiel
Ferromagnets are commonly magnetized by either external magnetic fields or spin polarized currents. The manipulation of magnetization by spin-current occurs through the spin-transfer-torque effect, which is applied, for example, in modern magnetoresistive random access memory. However, the current density required for the spin-transfer torque is of the order of 1 × 10(6) A·cm(-2), or about 1 × 10(25) electrons s(-1) cm(-2). This relatively high current density significantly affects the devices' structure and performance...
February 23, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229537/high-temperature-stable-perovskite-solar-cell-based-on-low-cost-carbon-nanotube-hole-contact
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Kerttu Aitola, Konrad Domanski, Juan-Pablo Correa-Baena, Kári Sveinbjörnsson, Michael Saliba, Antonio Abate, Michael Grätzel, Esko Kauppinen, Erik M J Johansson, Wolfgang Tress, Anders Hagfeldt, Gerrit Boschloo
Mixed ion perovskite solar cells (PSC) are manufactured with a metal-free hole contact based on press-transferred single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) film infiltrated with 2,2,7,-7-tetrakis(N,N-di-p-methoxyphenylamine)-9,90-spirobifluorene (Spiro-OMeTAD). By means of maximum power point tracking, their stabilities are compared with those of standard PSCs employing spin-coated Spiro-OMeTAD and a thermally evaporated Au back contact, under full 1 sun illumination, at 60 °C, and in a N2 atmosphere. During the 140 h experiment, the solar cells with the Au electrode experience a dramatic, irreversible efficiency loss, rendering them effectively nonoperational, whereas the SWCNT-contacted devices show only a small linear efficiency loss with an extrapolated lifetime of 580 h...
February 23, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229387/the-effects-of-cerium-valence-states-at-cerium-oxide-coatings-on-the-responses-of-bone-mesenchymal-stem-cells-and-macrophages
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Mingyu You, Kai Li, Youtao Xie, Liping Huang, Xuebin Zheng
Ideal orthopedic coatings should trigger good osteogenic response and limited inflammatory response. The cerium valence states in ceria are associated with their anti-oxidative activity and anti-inflammatory property. In the study, we prepared two kinds of plasma sprayed CeO2 coatings with different Ce(4+) concentrations to investigate the effects of Ce valence states on the response of bone mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) and macrophage RAW264.7. Both the coatings (CeO2-A and CeO2-B) were characterized via XRD, SEM, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy...
February 22, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228786/hydroxyapatite-in-total-hip-arthroplasty-our-experience-with-a-plasma-spray-porous-titanium-alloy-hydroxyapatite-double-coated-cementless-stem
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Iacopo Castellini, Lorenzo Andreani, Paolo Domenico Parchi, Enrico Bonicoli, Nicola Piolanti, Francesca Risoli, Michele Lisanti
PURPOSE: Total hip arthroplasty could fail due to many factors and one of the most common is the aseptic loosening. In order to achieve an effective osseointegration and reduce risk of lossening, the use of cemented implant, contact porous bearing surface and organic coating were developed. Aim of this study was to evaluate clinical and radiological mid-term outcomes of a porous titanium alloy/hydroxyapatite double coating manufactured cementless femoral stem applied with "plasma spray" technique and to demonstrate the possibility to use this stem in different types of femoral canals...
September 2016: Clinical Cases in Mineral and Bone Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228765/field-performance-of-transgenic-sugarcane-lines-resistant-to-sugarcane-mosaic-virus
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Wei Yao, Miaohong Ruan, Lifang Qin, Chuanyu Yang, Rukai Chen, Baoshan Chen, Muqing Zhang
Sugarcane mosaic disease is mainly caused by the sugarcane mosaic virus (SCMV), which can significantly reduce stalk yield and sucrose content of sugarcane in the field. Coat protein mediated protection (CPMP) is an effective strategy to improve virus resistance. A 2-year field study was conducted to compare five independent transgenic sugarcane lines carrying the SCMV-CP gene (i.e., B2, B36, B38, B48, and B51) with the wild-type parental clone Badila (WT). Agronomic performance, resistance to SCMV infection, and transgene stability were evaluated and compared with the wild-type parental clone Badila (WT) at four experimental locations in China across two successive seasons, i...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228336/evaluation-of-hydrophobic-chitosan-based-particulate-formulations-of-porcine-reproductive-and-respiratory-syndrome-virus-vaccine-candidate-t-cell-antigens
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Helen Mokhtar, Lucia Biffar, Satyanarayana Somavarapu, Jean-Pierre Frossard, Sarah McGowan, Miriam Pedrera, Rebecca Strong, Jane C Edwards, Margarita Garcia-Durán, Maria Jose Rodriguez, Graham R Stewart, Falko Steinbach, Simon P Graham
PRRS control is hampered by the inadequacies of existing vaccines to combat the extreme diversity of circulating viruses. Since immune clearance of PRRSV infection may not be dependent on the development of neutralising antibodies and the identification of broadly-neutralising antibody epitopes have proven elusive, we hypothesised that conserved T cell antigens represent potential candidates for development of a novel PRRS vaccine. Previously we had identified the M and NSP5 proteins as well-conserved targets of polyfunctional CD8 and CD4 T cells...
February 3, 2017: Veterinary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228251/spatial-and-temporal-regulation-of-receptor-endocytosis-in-neuronal-dendrites-revealed-by-imaging-of-single-vesicle-formation
#15
Morgane Rosendale, Damien Jullié, Daniel Choquet, David Perrais
Endocytosis in neuronal dendrites is known to play a critical role in synaptic transmission and plasticity such as long-term depression (LTD). However, the inability to detect endocytosis directly in living neurons has hampered studies of its dynamics and regulation. Here, we visualized the formation of individual endocytic vesicles containing pHluorin-tagged receptors with high temporal resolution in the dendrites of cultured hippocampal neurons. We show that transferrin receptors (TfRs) are constitutively internalized at optically static clathrin-coated structures...
February 21, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228058/enteric-coated-extended-release-and-sustained-release-formulations-of-nsaids
#16
Lamia AlHajri
The scaffold of this commentary is oriented to gravitate toward shedding light on the misconception regarding the use of enteric-coated, extended-release or sustained-release forms of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and the reduction in gastrointestinal (GI) risks. Although evidence is sufficiently available with regard to the inability of these forms to ameliorate GI risks, it has been widely neglected by health care professionals. This dilemma will be approached and elaborated by uncovering historical evidence about the topic of interest followed by theoretical pharmacological explanations...
April 2017: Annals of Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228017/adsorption-mechanism-of-an-antimicrobial-peptide-on-carbonaceous-surfaces-a-molecular-dynamics-study
#17
Danilo Roccatano, Edita Sarukhanyan, Ronen Zangi
Peptides are versatile molecules with applications spanning from biotechnology to nanomedicine. They exhibit a good capability to unbundle carbon nanotubes (CNT) by improving their solubility in water. Furthermore, they are a powerful drug delivery system since they can easily be uptaken by living cells, and their high surface-to-volume ratio facilitates the adsorption of molecules of different natures. Therefore, understanding the interaction mechanism between peptides and CNT is important for designing novel therapeutical agents...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228006/ultra-thin-pyrocarbon-films-as-a-versatile-coating-material
#18
Tommi Kaplas, Polina Kuzhir
The properties and synthesis procedures of the nanometrically thin pyrolyzed photoresist films (PPF) and the pyrolytic carbon films (PCF) were compared, and a number of similarities were found. Closer examination showed that the optical properties of these films are almost identical; however, the DC resistance of PPF is about three times higher than that of PCF. Moreover, we observed that the wettability of amorphous PPF and PCF was almost comparable to crystalline graphite. Potential applications executed by utilizing the small difference in the synthesis procedure of these two materials are suggested...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228003/electrochemical-formation-of-multilayer-sno2-sb-x-o-y-coating-in-complex-electrolyte
#19
Antonina Maizelis, Boris Bairachniy
The multilayer antimony-doped tin dioxide coating was obtained by cathodic deposition of multilayer metal-hydroxide coating with near 100-nm thickness layers on the alloy underlayer accompanied by the anodic oxidation of this coating. The potential regions of deposition of tin, antimony, tin-antimony alloy, and mixture of this metals and their hydroxides in the pyrophosphate-tartrate electrolyte were revealed by the cyclic voltammetric method. The possibility of oxidation of cathodic deposit consisting of tin and Sn(II) hydroxide compounds to the hydrated tin dioxide in the same electrolyte was demonstrated...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227920/in-vitro-evaluation-of-the-long-term-stability-of-pedot-pss-coated-microelectrodes-for-chronic-recording-and-electrical-stimulation-of-neurons
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A Schander, T Tesmann, S Strokov, H Stemmann, A K Kreiter, W Lang, A Schander, T Tesmann, S Strokov, H Stemmann, A K Kreiter, W Lang, A K Kreiter, W Lang, A Schander, H Stemmann, S Strokov
For the chronic application of neural prostheses long-term stable microelectrodes for electrical stimulation are essential. In recent years many developments were done to investigate different appropriate materials for these electrodes. One of these materials is the electrical conductive polymer PEDOT, which has low impedance and high charge injection capacity. However, the long-term stability of this polymer is still unclear. Thus this paper reports on the in-vitro evaluation of the long-term stability of PEDOT coated gold microelectrodes...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
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