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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231402/ex-vivo-visualization-of-human-ciliated-epithelium-and-quantitative-analysis-of-induced-flow-dynamics-by-using-optical-coherence-tomography
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Yuye Ling, Xinwen Yao, Ute A Gamm, Emilio Arteaga-Solis, Charles W Emala, Michael A Choma, Christine P Hendon
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Cilia-driven mucociliary clearance is an important self-defense mechanism of great clinical importance in pulmonary research. Conventional light microscopy possesses the capability to visualize individual cilia and its beating pattern but lacks the throughput to assess the global ciliary activities and flow dynamics. Optical coherence tomography (OCT), which provides depth-resolved cross-sectional images, was recently introduced to this area. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fourteen de-identified human tracheobronchial tissues are directly imaged by two OCT systems: one system centered at 1,300 nm with 6...
February 23, 2017: Lasers in Surgery and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230296/plants-to-polyelectrolytes-theophylline-polymers-and-their-microsphere-synthesis
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Ryan Guterman, Markus Antonietti, Jiayin Yuan
To extend fossil oil supplies, sustainable feed stocks for the production of useful reagents and polymers should be harnessed. In this regard, chemicals derived from plants are excellent candidates. While the vast majority of plant sources used for polymer science only contain C x H y O z , alkaloids such as caffeine, nicotine, and theophylline possess nitrogen functionality that can provide new functions for bioderived polymers and their synthesis. In this context, the chemistry of theophylline, a natural product found in chocolate and tea, is exploited to create a cationic "poly(theophylline)" in a straightforward fashion for the first time...
February 23, 2017: Macromolecular Rapid Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230151/potential-microbial-contamination-during-sampling-of-permafrost-soil-assessed-by-tracers
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Toke Bang-Andreasen, Morten Schostag, Anders Priemé, Bo Elberling, Carsten S Jacobsen
Drilling and handling of permanently frozen soil cores without microbial contamination is of concern because contamination e.g. from the active layer above may lead to incorrect interpretation of results in experiments investigating potential and actual microbial activity in these low microbial biomass environments. Here, we present an example of how microbial contamination from active layer soil affected analysis of the potentially active microbial community in permafrost soil. We also present the development and use of two tracers: (1) fluorescent plastic microspheres and (2) Pseudomonas putida genetically tagged with Green Fluorescent Protein production to mimic potential microbial contamination of two permafrost cores...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227444/novel-3d-coaxial-flow-focusing-nozzle-device-for-the-production-of-monodispersed-collagen-microspheres
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Sravani Jaligama, Po-Jung Huang, Jun Kameoka, Sravani Jaligama, Po-Jung Huang, Jun Kameoka, Jun Kameoka, Sravani Jaligama, Po-Jung Huang
We have developed a 3D coaxial flow-focusing nozzle device for the mass production of monodispersed collagen microspheres and chemically crosslinked them using EDC (1-ethyl-3-(3-dimethylaminopropyl)-carbodiimide) and N-hydroxysuccinimide (NHS). The size of the microspheres was varied between 200 μm and 600 μm by adjusting the ratio of the flow rates of the dispersed and continuous phases. MDA231-GFP cells were attached to the surface of these particles and their viability was investigated. Because they are comprised of a natural biomaterial, these collagen microspheres will have numerous applications, including bone regeneration scaffolds for tissue engineering and analyses of cancer cell interactions in a 3D environment...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224885/preparation-and-characterization-of-gellan-gum-microspheres-containing-a-cold-adapted-%C3%AE-galactosidase-from-rahnella-sp-r3
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Yuting Fan, Jiang Yi, Xiao Hua, Yuzhu Zhang, Ruijin Yang
R-β-Gal is a cold-adapted β-galactosidase that is able to hydrolyze lactose and has the potential to produce low-lactose or lactose-free dairy products at low temperatures (4°C). Cold-adapted enzymes unfold at moderate temperatures due to the lower intramolecular stabilizing interactions necessary for flexibility at low temperatures. To increase stability and usage-performance, R-β-Gal was encapsulated in gellan gum by injecting an aqueous solution into two different hardening solutions (10mM CaCl2 or 10mM MgCl2)...
April 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224782/erratum-detection-of-first-line-anti-tuberculosis-drug-resistance-mutations-by-allele-specific-primer-extension-on-a-microsphere-based-platform
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This corrects the article on p. 487 in vol. 35, PMID: 26206684.
May 2017: Annals of Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224451/pet-cta-detection-of-muscle-inflammation-related-to-cholesterol-crystal-emboli-without-arterial-obstruction
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M Hassan Pervaiz, Sridevi Durga, Abed Janoudi, Kevin Berger, George S Abela
BACKGROUND: PET/CTA was used to evaluate the effect of cholesterol crystal emboli (CCE) on muscle injury. Cholesterol crystals (CCs) released during plaque rupture travel downstream and lodge in muscle triggering inflammation and tissue injury. METHODS: Thigh muscles in three groups of rabbits (n = 22) were studied after intra-arterial injection of CCs, Group I (n = 10); polystyrene microspheres, Group II (n = 5); or normal saline, Group III (n = 7). After 48 hours, muscle inflammation and injury were measured by fluorodeoxy-glucose uptake using PET/CTA, serum tissue factor (TF), and creatinine phosphokinase (CPK)...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222253/flow-cytometry-based-rapid-duplexed-immunoassay-for-fusarium-mycotoxins
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Árpád Czéh, Miklós Mézes, Francis Mandy, Zsuzsanna Szőke, György Nagyéri, Noémi Laufer, Balázs Kőszegi, Tamás Koczka, Sándor Kunsági-Máté, György Lustyik
At small food processing facilities, the most frequently used test to determine if grain-derived mycotoxin concentrations are compliant with legal limits is the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Each kit is designed to detect one of the six dangerous mycotoxins. With the increasing occurrence of coinfection of grain with multiple-mycotoxins in the field and/or during storage, ELISA is no longer a cost effective best assay option. With ELISA, each species of mycotoxin requires different sample preparation/extraction and a 45 min incubation...
February 2017: Cytometry. Part A: the Journal of the International Society for Analytical Cytology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221044/tunable-volumetric-density-and-porous-structure-of-spherical-poly-%C3%A9-caprolactone-microcarriers-as-applied-in-human-mesenchymal-stem-cell-expansion
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Jian Li, Alan Tin-Lun Lam, Jessica Pei Wen Toh, Shaul Reuveny, Steve Kah-Weng Oh, William R Birch
Polymeric microspheres may serve as microcarrier matrices, for the expansion of anchorage-dependent stem cells. They require surface properties that both promote initial cell adhesion and the subsequent spreading of cells, which is a prerequisite for successful expansion. When implemented in a three-dimensional culture environment, under agitation, their suspension under low shear rates depends on the microcarriers having a modest negative buoyancy, with a density of 1.02-1.05 g/cm(3). Bioresorbable polycaprolactone (PCL), with a density of 1...
February 21, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219688/mesoporous-phenylalanine-ammonia-lyase-microspheres-with-improved-stability-through-calcium-carbonate-templating
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Jiandong Cui, Yamin Zhao, Zhilei Tan, Cheng Zhong, Peipei Han, Shiru Jia
Cross-linked enzyme aggregates (CLEAs) have recently emerged as a promising method for enzyme immobilization due to its simplicity and low cost. However, a lack of good size and morphological control over the as-prepared CLEAs has limited their practical applications in some cases. Here, monodisperse spherical CLEAs of phenylalanine ammonia lyase (PAL microspheres) were prepared based on CaCO3 microtemplates. The preparation procedure involves filling porous CaCO3 microtemplates with the protein by salt precipitation, glutaraldehyde crosslinking, and dissolution of the microtemplates...
February 17, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218823/review-of-the-development-of-methods-for-characterization-of-microspheres-for-use-in-embolotherapy-translating-bench-to-cathlab
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Marcus Caine, Dario Carugo, Xunli Zhang, Martyn Hill, Matthew R Dreher, Andrew L Lewis
Therapeutic embolotherapy is the deliberate occlusion of a blood vessel within the body, which can be for the prevention of internal bleeding, stemming of flow through an arteriovenous malformation, or occlusion of blood vessels feeding a tumor. This is achieved using a wide selection of embolic devices such as balloons, coils, gels, glues, and particles. Particulate embolization is often favored for blocking smaller vessels, particularly within hypervascularized tumors, as they are available in calibrated sizes and can be delivered distally via microcatheters for precise occlusion with associated locoregional drug delivery...
February 20, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218454/phase-separation-derived-core-shell-structured-cu11-v6-o26-v2-o5-microspheres-first-synthesis-and-excellent-lithium-ion-anode-performance-with-outstanding-capacity-self-restoration
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Jian Pei, Gang Chen, Qiang Zhang, Changfeng Bie, Jingxue Sun
Novel amorphous vanadium oxide coated copper vanadium oxide (Cu11 V6 O26 /V2 O5 ) microspheres with 3D hierarchical architecture have been successfully prepared via a microwave-assisted solution method and subsequent annealing induced phase separation process. Pure Cu11 V6 O26 microspheres without V2 O5 coating are also obtained by an H2 O2 solution dissolving treatment. When evaluated as an anode material for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs), the as-synthesized hybrid exhibits large reversible capacity, excellent rate capability, and outstanding capacity self-recovery...
February 20, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217859/aminosilanized-magnetic-carbon-microspheres-for-the-magnetic-solid-phase-extraction-of-bisphenol-a-bisphenol-af-and-tetrabromobisphenol-a-from-environmental-water-samples
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Sheng-Xiang Gong, Xiao-Li Wang, Wei Liu, Ming-Lin Wang, Xia Wang, Zheng-Wu Wang, Ru-Song Zhao
Aminosilanized magnetic carbon microspheres as a novel adsorbent were designed and fabricated. And the adsorbent was used for the magnetic solid-phase extraction of bisphenols at trace levels from environmental water samples before liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry analysis. The structure, surface and magnetic behavior of the as-prepared aminosilanized magnetic carbon microspheres were characterized by elemental analysis, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, powder X-ray diffraction, and vibrating sample magnetometry...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Separation Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216639/discrete-element-model-for-suppression-of-coffee-ring-effect
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Ting Xu, Miu Ling Lam, Ting-Hsuan Chen
When a sessile droplet evaporates, coffee-ring effect drives the suspended particulate matters to the droplet edge, eventually forming a ring-shaped deposition. Because it causes a non-uniform distribution of solid contents, which is undesired in many applications, attempts have been made to eliminate the coffee-ring effect. Recent reports indicated that the coffee-ring effect can be suppressed by a mixture of spherical and non-spherical particles with enhanced particle-particle interaction at air-water interface...
February 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214866/levosimendan-pretreatment-inhibits-myocardial-apoptosis-in-swine-after-coronary-microembolization
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Lang Li, Jiangyou Wang, Han Chen, You Zhou, Qiang Su, Tao Liu
BACKGROUND/AIMS: In addition to its cardiotonic effect, levosimendan has been thought to have multiple cardiovascular benefits, including anti-inflammatory and anti-apoptotic. Phosphatase and tensin homolog deleted on chromosome ten (PTEN) has been revealed to be up-regulated in circumstances of coronary microembolization (CME), and the PTEN signaling pathway mediates myocardial apoptosis in swine after CME. However, whether this functional protein could be modified by pretreatment of levosimendan in models of CME has not been disclosed yet...
January 23, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213275/a-single-microfluidic-chip-with-dual-surface-properties-for-protein-drug-delivery
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213246/spinel-type-manganese-ferrite-mnfe2o4-microspheres-a-novel-affinity-probe-for-selective-and-fast-enrichment-of-phosphopeptides
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Xing-Yu Long, Jia-Yuan Li, Dong Sheng, Hong-Zhen Lian
The spinel-type magnetic manganese ferrite (MnFe2O4) microspheres synthesized by simple solvothermal method were used as a novel adsorbent for selective enrichment and effective isolation of phosphopeptides. The uniform MnFe2O4 magnetic affinity microspheres (MAMSs) had a narrow particle size distribution between 250 and 260nm, and displayed superparamagnetism with a saturation magnetization value of 67.0emu/g. Comprehensively, the possible formation mechanism of MnFe2O4 microspheres with ferric and manganous sources as dual precursors was elucidated by comparison with those of Fe3O4 nanoparticles and MnOOH nanosheets respectively with either ferric or manganous source as single precursor...
May 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213217/selective-enrichment-of-glycopeptides-phosphopeptides-using-fe3o4-au-b-oh-2-mtio2-core-shell-microspheres
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Dongpo Xu, Guoquan Yan, Mingxia Gao, Chunhui Deng, Xiangmin Zhang
In this work, the bifunctional Fe3O4@Au-B(OH)2@mTiO2 core-shell core-shell microspheres were designed and synthesized for the selective enrichment of glycopeptides/ phosphopeptides. Due to the bifunctional property of the titanium dioxide and the boronic acid group, the microspheres were successfully applied to the enrichment of phosphopeptides and glycopeptides, evaluated by capturing phosphopeptides from tryptic digestion of model phosphoprotein bovine β-casein diluted to 2.0pgμL(-1) (8.0×10(-17)molμL(-1)) and glycopeptides from tryptic digestion of model glycoprotein horseradish peroxidase (HRP) diluted to 80pgμL(-1) (2...
May 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212514/removal-mechanism-of-selenite-by-fe3o4-precipitated-mesoporous-magnetic-carbon-microspheres
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Jianwei Lu, Fenglian Fu, Zecong Ding, Na Li, Bing Tang
A mesoporous composite of magnetic carbon microspheres (MCMSs) was synthesized via introducing Fe3O4 nanoscale particles to the surface of carbon microspheres (CMSs) by coprecipitation. Scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy showed the Fe3O4 nanoscale particles were dispersedly immobilized on the surface of CMSs. The MCMSs demonstrated effective removal of selenite (Se(IV)) from wastewater. MCMSs showed the regular pattern where the lower pH value, the lower residual Se(IV) concentration...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211893/superior-adsorption-and-photoinduced-carries-transfer-behaviors-of-dandelion-shaped-bi2s3-mos2-experiments-and-theory
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Mengjiao Li, Junyong Wang, Peng Zhang, Qinglin Deng, Jinzhong Zhang, Kai Jiang, Zhigao Hu, Junhao Chu
The enhanced light-harvesting capacity and effective separation of photogenerated carriers in fantastic hierarchical heterostructures enjoy striking attention for potential applications in the field of solar cells and photocatalysis. A three-dimensional (3D) dandelion-shaped hierarchical Bi2S3 microsphere compactly decorated with wing-shaped few layered MoS2 lamella (D-BM) was fabricated via a facile hydrothermal self-assembly process. Especially, polyethylene glycol (PEG) has been proven as the vital template to form D-BM microsphere...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
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