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Akira Tanaka, Kazuaki Kato, Kohzo Ito, Kenji Urayama
The density of threaded ring molecules (fCD) in polyrotaxane (PR) chains has pronounced effects on the strain-induced swelling of PR gels where the cross-linked ring molecules are slidable along the network strands. The equilibrium Poisson's ratio (μ∞), which is a measure of the strain-induced volume change, for the PR gel increases with an increase in elongation (λ) at moderate λ but becomes a constant value () at sufficiently large λ. When the modulus exceeds a threshold value (Ec), the λ dependence of μ∞ disappears due to the loss of the slidability of the cross-links...
March 22, 2018: Soft Matter
Tanbir Ahmad, Amin Ismail, Siti A Ahmad, Khalilah A Khalil, Teik K Leo, Elmutaz A Awad, Jurhamid C Imlan, Awis Q Sazili
Actinidin was used to pretreat the bovine hide and ultrasonic wave (53 kHz and 500 W) was used for the time durations of 2, 4 and 6 h at 60 °C to extract gelatin samples (UA2, UA4 and UA6, respectively). Control (UAC) gelatin was extracted using ultrasound for 6 h at 60 °C without enzyme pretreatment. There was significant ( p < 0.05) increase in gelatin yield as the time duration of ultrasound treatment increased with UA6 giving the highest yield of 19.65%. Gel strength and viscosity of UAC and UA6 extracted gelatin samples were 627...
March 22, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Jing Tao, Yu-Qin Zhao, Chang-Feng Chi, Bin Wang
In the experiment, crude proteins from spotless smoothhound ( Mustelus griseus ), cartilages were isolated by HCl-Guanidine buffer, and its hydrolysate was prepared using trypsin at pH 8.0, 40 °C with a total enzyme dose of 2.5%. Subsequently, three antioxidant peptides were purified from the hydrolysate using membrane ultrafiltration, anion-exchange chromatography, gel filtration chromatography, and reverse phase high-performance liquid chromatography. The amino acid sequences of isolated peptides were identified as Gly-Ala-Glu-Arg-Pro (MCPE-A); Gly-Glu-Arg-Glu-Ala-Asn-Val-Met (MCPE-B); and Ala-Glu-Val-Gly (MCPE-C) with molecular weights of 528...
March 22, 2018: Marine Drugs
Qiujing Dong, Chunhua Luo, Na Li, Jiaxiang Chi, Qingqing Zhang
A series of copolymers with an adamantyl side group (poly(NIPAM-co-AdMA) and poly(DMAM-co-AdMA)) were prepared by radical copolymerization of N -isopropylacrylamide (NIPAM) and N , N -dimethylacrylamide (DMAM) with a 2-methyl-2-adamantylmethacrylate (AdMA) monomer. The structure and composition of the as-synthesized copolymers were characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, proton nuclear magnetic resonance (¹H NMR) spectroscopy, gel permeation chromatography (GPC), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), and elemental analysis...
March 22, 2018: Materials
Hong Gun Kim, Yong Sun Kim, Lee Ku Kwac, Su-Hyeong Chae, Hye Kyoung Shin
Carbon foams were prepared by carbonization of carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC)/waste artificial marble powder (WAMP) composites obtained via electron beam irradiation (EBI); these composites were prepared by mixing eco-friendly CMC with WAMP as the fillers for improved their poor mechanical strength. Gel fractions of the CMC/WAMP composites obtained at various EBI doses were investigated, and it was found that the CMC/WAMP composites obtained at an EBI dose of 80 kGy showed the highest gel fraction (95%); hence, the composite prepared at this dose was selected for preparing the carbon foam...
March 22, 2018: Materials
Ireneusz Sowa, Magdalena Wójciak-Kosior, Maciej Strzemski, Jan Sawicki, Michał Staniak, Sławomir Dresler, Wojciech Szwerc, Jarosław Mołdoch, Michał Latalski
Polyaniline (PANI) is one of the best known conductive polymers with multiple applications. Recently, it was also used in separation techniques, mostly as a component of composites for solid-phase microextraction (SPME). In the present paper, sorbent obtained by in situ polymerization of aniline directly on silica gel particles (Si-PANI) was used for dispersive solid phase extraction (d-SPE) and matrix solid-phase extraction (MSPD). The efficiency of both techniques was evaluated with the use of high performance liquid chromatography with diode array detection (HPLC-DAD) quantitative analysis...
March 22, 2018: Materials
Zahra Fakhroueian, Rouhollah Vahabpour, Mehdi Assmar, Alireza Massiha, Afshin Zahedi, Pegah Esmaeilzadeh, Fatemeh Katouzian, Sara Rezaei, Peyman Keyhanvar, Alireza Mozafari Dehshiri
Nanoformulations derived from fine porous ZnO quantum dot nanoparticles (QD NPs) can offer strong potential medical applications; especially in cancer therapy. ZnO QD NPs was synthesized by sol-gel hydrothermal process, fast cold quenching and further smart surface functionalization methods to obtain ultrasmall size (1-4 nm) NPs. ZnO nanopolymer, a wetting agent, PEG co-solvent and water/oil emulsion stabilizer were considered in our nanofluid formulation. The resulting nanofluid was characterized by SEM, FTIR, photoluminescence, band gap energy, zeta potential and UV-Vis spectroscopy...
March 22, 2018: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
Jasmin C Athas, Catherine P Nguyen, Shailaa Kummar, Srinivasa R Raghavan
The spontaneous folding of flat gel films into tubes is an interesting example of self-assembly. Typically, a rectangular film folds along its short axis when forming a tube; folding along the long axis has been seen only in rare instances when the film is constrained. Here, we report a case where the same free-swelling gel film folds along either its long or short axis depending on the concentration of a solute. Our gels are sandwiches (bilayers) of two layers: a passive layer of cross-linked N,N'-dimethylyacrylamide (DMAA) and an active layer of cross-linked DMAA that also contains chains of the biopolymer alginate...
March 22, 2018: Soft Matter
C S Dias, J M Tavares, N A M Araújo, M M Telo da Gama
Low-density networks of molecules or colloids are formed at low temperatures when the interparticle interactions are valence limited. Prototypical examples are networks of patchy particles, where the limited valence results from highly directional pairwise interactions. We combine extensive Langevin simulations and Wertheim's theory of association to study these networks. We find a scale-free (relaxation) dynamics within the liquid-gas coexistence region, which differs from that usually observed for isotropic particles...
March 22, 2018: Soft Matter
Sandra Vuong, Paul Delgado-Olguin
Genotyping is an invaluable tool for identifying organisms carrying genetic variations including insertions and deletions. This method involves the extraction of DNA from animal tissue samples and subsequent amplification of genomic regions of interest by polymerase chain reaction (PCR). The amplified products are analyzed by agarose gel electrophoresis based on their size.
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Liang Wei, Ning Xu, Yiran Wang, Wei Zhou, Guoqiang Han, Yanhe Ma, Jun Liu
Due to the lack of efficient control elements and tools, the fine-tuning of gene expression in the multi-gene metabolic pathways is still a great challenge for engineering microbial cell factories, especially for the important industrial microorganism Corynebacterium glutamicum. In this study, the promoter library-based module combination (PLMC) technology was developed to efficiently optimize the expression of genes in C. glutamicum. A random promoter library was designed to contain the putative - 10 (NNTANANT) and - 35 (NNGNCN) consensus motifs, and refined through a three-step screening procedure to achieve numerous genetic control elements with different strength levels, including fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS) screening, agar plate screening, and 96-well plate screening...
March 21, 2018: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Eduardo Duque-Redondo, Yamada Kazuo, Iñigo López-Arbeloa, Hegoi Manzano
Cementation is a widespread technique to immobilize nuclear waste due to the low leachability of cementitious materials. The capacity of calcium silicate hydrate (C-S-H), the main component of cement, to retain radionuclide Cs has been empirically studied at the macroscale, yet the specific molecular scale mechanisms that govern the retention have not been determined. In this work, we employed molecular dynamics simulations to investigate the adsorption and diffusivity of Cs into a C-S-H gel nanopore. From the simulations, it was possible to distinguish three types of Cs adsorption configurations on the C-S-H: an inner-sphere surface site where Cs is strongly bound, an outer-sphere surface site where Cs is loosely bound, and Cs free in the nanopore...
March 22, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Parul Bansal, Yusuf Khan, Gaurav Kumar Nim, Prasenjit Kar
We demonstrated a facile method to grow organometal halide perovskite quantum dots in a solid silica matrix. The photoluminescence measurements of the MAPbBr3 quantum dots and corresponding large particles show a shift from blue to green emission with morphological changes. The nanocrystals impregnated on the silica matrix improve the stability and may be useful as functional materials in all solid state light emitting devices.
March 22, 2018: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
Reihaneh Shabani, Seyed-Ahmad Shahidi, Ali Rafe
The rheological and microstructural characteristics of ewes' milk curd obtained by coagulating with milk-clotting enzymes, including ficin extract and Polyporus badius were evaluated. The gelation of milk was examined by small amplitude oscillatory shear measurements (SAOS). Different concentrations of ficin and P. badius extracts (1, 3, and 5%) were utilized to coagulate milk proteins. The ewes' samples containing ficin and mushroom enzymes were heated from 25 to 45°C at a heating rate 1°C/min and kept for 30 min...
March 2018: Food Science & Nutrition
Fatemeh Sadat Sadjjadi, Mostafa Rezaie-Tavirani, Nayeb Ali Ahmadi, Seyed Mahmoud Sadjjadi, Hakimeh Zali
Aim: Detection of protein expression changes in human cystic echinococcosis sera by 2D gel electrophoresis. Background: Diagnosis and successful treatment of cystic echinococcosis (CE) is a major challenge, up to now. Identification of related expressed proteins using proteomics tools and bioinformatics analysis of patients' sera have not been investigated, so far. Methods: Sera from eight confirmed CE patients and three healthy controls were collected, tested by 2-DE for total protein separation of serum and analyzed using proteomics and bioinformatics methods...
2018: Gastroenterology and Hepatology From Bed to Bench
Reza Ranjbar, Hedieh Rahmati, Leili Shokoohizadeh
Aim: The aims of this study were to investigate antibiotic resistance pattern and molecular characterization of Salmonella Infantis strains, isolated from human sources in Tehran hospitals from 2008 to 2010. Background: Infection caused by Salmonella is one of the major public health problems. Despite the clinical importance of Salmonella enteric subsp. enteric serovar Infantis in humans, there is no information available about the common clones of Salmonella Infantis in clinical isolates in Iran...
2018: Gastroenterology and Hepatology From Bed to Bench
Marthie M Ehlers, Wilhelmina Strasheim, Michelle Lowe, Veronica Ueckermann, Marleen M Kock
Staphylococcus epidermidis is one of the most prevalent pathogens implicated in catheter-related bloodstream infections (CRBSI) at an academic hospital in Pretoria, South Africa. Little is known about the clonality and the prevalence of antibiotic resistance and virulence genes in S. epidermidis (e.g., ica AB, IS 256, mec A, and qac A/B). A total of 508 intravascular catheters (IVCs) from 331 patients were submitted for culture from May to October 2013. Only 50% ( n = 253/508) of the IVCs were accompanied by blood cultures (BCs) taken within 48 h...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Katherine A Steele, Mark J Quinton-Tulloch, Resham B Amgai, Rajeev Dhakal, Shambhu P Khatiwada, Darshna Vyas, Martin Heine, John R Witcombe
Few public sector rice breeders have the capacity to use NGS-derived markers in their breeding programmes despite rapidly expanding repositories of rice genome sequence data. They rely on > 18,000 mapped microsatellites (SSRs) for marker-assisted selection (MAS) using gel analysis. Lack of knowledge about target SNP and InDel variant loci has hampered the uptake by many breeders of Kompetitive allele-specific PCR (KASP), a proprietary technology of LGC genomics that can distinguish alleles at variant loci...
2018: Molecular Breeding: New Strategies in Plant Improvement
Haobo Han, Wenqi Chen, Jiebing Yang, Xiao Liang, Yudi Wang, Quanshun Li, Yan Yang, Kun Li
Introduction: The nucleobase 2-amino-6-chloropurine-modified polyamidoamine (AP-PAMAM) was used as a carrier for p53 gene delivery to achieve the antitumor effects. Methods and materials: The condensation of p53 plasmid was studied through gel retardation assay, and the transfection efficiency was evaluated through the transfection assay of pEGFP-N3 and pGL-3 plasmids. Using human cervical carcinoma cell line HeLa as a model, the inhibition of cell proliferation and migration was studied through flow cytometry, wound healing and Transwell migration assays, respectively...
2018: International Journal of Nanomedicine
Prasun Bhattacharya, Eeshita Samanta, Nowroz Afroza, Archana Naik, Rathindranath Biswas
INTRODUCTION: With the increased utilization of immunohematology (IH) analyzers in the transfusion medicine, type, and screen policy is the method of choice. Still, the importance of routine crossmatching could not be overruled. Here, we tried to understand the clinical conditions and safety of red cell transfusion and their outcomes. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This prospective study was conducted by IH laboratory, Medical College Kolkata, Blood Bank from October 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016...
January 2018: Asian Journal of Transfusion Science
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