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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437978/tunable-optical-cage-array-generated-by-dammann-vector-beam
#1
Xiaoyu Weng, Luping Du, Peng Shi, Xiaocong Yuan
Optical cages attract considerable attentions recently owing to their potential applications in optical trapping, optical imaging and optical cloaking. However, the generation of tunable optical cage arrays in the transverse plane comes to a great challenge, which restricts the effectiveness of the above applications. In this work, we propose a full polarization-controlled method that optical cage arrays with tunable number and positions in the x-y plane can be generated by a so-called Dammann vector beam (DVB), both under the conditions of high- and low-NA focusing system...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437754/ion-concentration-effect-na-and-cl-on-lipid-vesicle-formation
#2
Qiong Wang, Wenman Li, Ning Hu, Xi Chen, Ting Fan, Zhenyu Wang, Zhong Yang, Marcos A Cheney, Jun Yang
Lipid vesicle formation is known to be suppressed in salt solutions, but the mechanism of this phenomenon remains unclear. In order to better understand this issue, the effect of salt concentrations (0-800mM) of sodium chloride on the behavior of L-α-phosphatidylcholine (PC) in aqueous solution was investigated in this work. The results showed that fusion among vesicles, micelles and bilayers may be essential for vesicle formation. With addition of ions and an increase in ion concentration, the lipids became constrained in lateral movement and packed increasingly tightly...
April 13, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437647/comparison-of-landfarming-amendments-to-improve-bioremediation-of-petroleum-hydrocarbons-in-niger-delta-soils
#3
David M Brown, Samson Okoro, Juami van Gils, Rob van Spanning, Matthijs Bonte, Tony Hutchings, Olof Linden, Uzoamaka Egbuche, Kim Bye Bruun, Jonathan W N Smith
Large scale landfarming experiments, using an extensive range of treatments, were conducted in the Niger-Delta, Nigeria to study the degradation of oil in contaminated soils. In this work the effect of nutrient addition, biosurfactant, Eisenia fetida (earthworm) enzyme extract, bulking and sorption agents and soil neutralization were tested. It was found that these treatments were successful in removing up to 53% of the total petroleum hydrocarbon in the soil within 16 weeks. A comparison between treatments demonstrated that most were no more effective than agricultural fertilizer addition alone...
April 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437605/aqueously-released-graphene-oxide-embedded-in-epoxy-resin-exhibits-different-characteristics-and-phytotoxicity-of-chlorella-vulgaris-from-the-pristine-form
#4
Xiangang Hu, Weilu Kang, Li Mu
The environmental release of nanoparticles is attracting increasing attention. Graphene oxide (GO) embedded in epoxy resin (ER) is a popular composite that has been used in various fields, but the environmental release of GO-ER composites and the effects on organisms in the environment remain unknown. The present work found that GO-ER composites in water for 2-7 days resulted in the release of 0.3-2.1% GO-ER at nanoscale (2-3 nm thickness and approximately 70-130 nm lateral length). Interestingly, pristine GO quenched 30-45% hydroxyl and 12% nitroxide free radicals, whereas this capacity was not observed for the released particles from GO-ER...
April 24, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437559/chromosomal-evolution-in-large-pelagic-oceanic-apex-predators-the-barracudas-sphyraenidae-percomorpha
#5
R X Soares, M B Cioffi, L A C Bertollo, A T Borges, G W W F Costa, W F Molina
Sphyraena (barracudas) represents the only genus of the Sphyraenidae family and includes 27 species distributed into the tropical and subtropical oceanic regions. These pelagic predators can reach large sizes and, thus, attracting significant interest from commercial and sport fishing. Evolutionary data for this fish group, as well its chromosomal patterns, are very incipient. In the present study, the species Sphyraena guachancho, S. barracuda, and S. picudilla were analyzed under conventional (Giemsa staining, C-banding, and Ag-NOR) and molecular (CMA3 banding, and in situ hybridization with 18S rDNA, 5S rDNA, and telomeric probes) cytogenetic methods...
April 20, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437446/solid-state-characterization-and-theoretical-study-of-non-linear-optical-properties-of-a-fluoro-n-acylhydrazide-derivative
#6
Rosemberg F N Rodrigues, Leonardo R Almeida, Florisberto G Dos Santos, Paulo S Carvalho, Wanderson C de Souza, Kleber S Moreira, Gilberto L B de Aquino, Clodoaldo Valverde, Hamilton B Napolitano, Basílio Baseia
In this work we determine the linear and non-linear optical properties of a Fluoro-N-Acylhydrazide derivative (FBHZ), using a combined supermolecule approach and an iterative scheme of electrostatic polarization, where the atoms of neighbouring molecules are represented by point charges. Our results for non-linear optics (NLO) are comparable to those found experimentally, suggesting that FBHZ constitutes an attractive object for future studies and for use as an interesting material for third-order NLO applications...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437395/global-survey-of-the-immunomodulatory-potential-of-common-drugs
#7
Gregory I Vladimer, Berend Snijder, Nikolaus Krall, Johannes W Bigenzahn, Kilian V M Huber, Charles-Hugues Lardeau, Kumar Sanjiv, Anna Ringler, Ulrika Warpman Berglund, Monika Sabler, Oscar Lopez de la Fuente, Paul Knöbl, Stefan Kubicek, Thomas Helleday, Ulrich Jäger, Giulio Superti-Furga
Small-molecule drugs may complement antibody-based therapies in an immune-oncology setting, yet systematic methods for the identification and characterization of the immunomodulatory properties of these entities are lacking. We surveyed the immumomodulatory potential of 1,402 small chemical molecules, as defined by their ability to alter the cell-cell interactions among peripheral mononuclear leukocytes ex vivo, using automated microscopy and population-wide single-cell image analysis. Unexpectedly, ∼10% of the agents tested affected these cell-cell interactions differentially...
April 24, 2017: Nature Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437251/solution-processible-moo-sub-x-sub-incorporated-graphene-anode-for-efficient-polymer-light-emitting-diodes
#8
Dongchan Lee, Donghyuk Kim, Yonghee Lee, Duk Young Jeon
Graphene has attracted great attention owing to its superb properties as an anode of organic or polymer light-emitting diodes (OLEDs or PLEDs). However, there are still barriers for graphene to replace existing indium tin oxide (ITO) due to relatively high sheet resistance and workfunction mismatch. In this study, PLEDs using molybdenum oxide (MoO<sub>x</sub>) nanoparticle-doped graphene are demonstrated on a plastic substrate to have a low sheet resistance and a high workfunction. Also, this work shows how the doping amount influence on electronic properties of graphene anode and the PLED performance...
April 24, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437180/a-novel-drug-induced-hybrid-electrospun-pcl-cell-derived-ecm-scaffold-for-liver-tissue-engineering
#9
Rhiannon Grant, David Hay, Anthony Callanan
Liver transplant is the only treatment option for patients with end-stage liver failure, however there are too few donor livers available for transplant. Whole organ tissue engineering presents a potential solution to the problem of rapidly escalating donor liver shortages world-wide. A major challenge for liver tissue engineers is the creation of a hepatocyte micro-environment; a niche in which liver cells can survive and function optimally. While polymers and decellularized tissues pose an attractive option for scaffold manufacturing, neither alone has thus far proved sufficient...
February 24, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437156/development-of-a-taqman-based-real-time-pcr-assay-for-rapid-and-specific-detection-of-fowl-aviadenovirus-serotype-4
#10
Jianchang Wang, Jinfeng Wang, Ping Chen, Libing Liu, Wanzhe Yuan
Twelve serotypes of fowl aviadenovirus, namely, FAdV-(1-8a and 8b-11), have been identified, among which FAdV-4 is the aetiologic agent of hepatitis hydropericardium syndrome (HHS) in chickens. Outbreaks of HHS have been documented in many countries, causing significant economic losses. Real-time PCR methods described so far in the literature cross-detect different serotypes of FAdVs. In this study, we aimed to develop a TaqMan-based real-time PCR assay for the specific detection of FAdV-4. A pair of primers targeting the hexon gene and a TaqMan probe were designed...
June 2017: Avian Pathology: Journal of the W.V.P.A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437106/allosteric-targeting-of-the-fanconi-anemia-ubiquitin-conjugating-enzyme-ube2t-by-fragment-screening
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Francesca E Morreale, Alessio Bortoluzzi, Viduth K Chaugule, Connor Arkinson, Helen Walden, Alessio Ciulli
Ube2T is the E2 ubiquitin-conjugating enzyme of the Fanconi anemia DNA repair pathway and it's overexpressed in several cancers, representing an attractive target for the development of inhibitors. Despite the extensive efforts in targeting the ubiquitin system, very few E2 binders have currently been discovered. Herein we report the identification of a new allosteric pocket on Ube2T through a fragment screening using biophysical methods. Several fragments binding to this site inhibit ubiquitin conjugation in vitro...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437100/reparameterization-of-solute-solute-interactions-for-amino-acid-sugar-systems-using-isopiestic-osmotic-pressure-molecular-dynamics-simulations
#12
Wesley Kayser Lay, Mark S Miller, Adrian Hamilton Elcock
AMBER/GLYCAM and CHARMM are popular force fields for simulations of amino acids and sugars. Here we report excessively attractive amino acid-sugar interactions in both force fields, and corrections to nonbonded interactions that match experimental osmotic pressures of mixed aqueous solutions of diglycine and sucrose. The modified parameters also improve the ∆Gtrans of diglycine from water to aqueous sucrose and, with AMBERff99SB/GLYCAM06, eliminate a caging effect seen in previous simulations of the protein ubiquitin with glucose...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437090/improved-photodynamic-therapy-efficacy-of-protoporphyrin-ix-loaded-polymeric-micelles-using-erlotinib-pretreatment
#13
Lesan Yan, Joann Miller, Min Yuan, Jessica F Liu, Theresa M Busch, Andrew Tsourkas, Zhiliang Cheng
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) has attracted widespread attention in recent years as a non-invasive and highly selective approach for cancer treatment. We have previously reported a significant increase in the 90-day complete response rate when tumor-bearing mice are treated with the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) inhibitor erlotinib prior to PDT with the photosensitizer benzoporphyrin-derivative monoacid ring A (BPD-MA) compared to treatment with PDT alone. To further explore this strategy for anticancer therapy and clinical practice, we tested whether pre-treatment with erlotinib also exhibited a synergistic therapeutic effect with a nanocarrier containing the clinically relevant photosensitizer protoporphyrin IX (PpIX)...
April 24, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437080/comparison-of-tumor-penetration-of-podophyllotoxin-carboxymethylcellulose-conjugates-with-various-chemical-compositions-in-tumor-spheroid-culture-and-in-vivo-solid-tumor
#14
Yang Yang, Aniruddha Roy, Yucheng Zhao, Elijus Undzys, Shyh-Dar Li
Polymer conjugation is an attractive approach for delivering insoluble and highly toxic drugs to tumors. However, most reports in the literature only disclose the optimal composition without emphasizing rational design or composition optimization to achieve maximized biological effects. In this study, we aimed to demonstrate that composition of a polymer conjugate would determine its physiochemical characteristics, tumor penetration and, ultimately, the in vivo efficacy. We also aimed to examine whether the tumor spheroid model could generate comparable results with the in vivo tumor model in terms of tumor penetration and efficacy of the various polymer conjugates...
April 24, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437079/hierarchical-porous-polybenzimidazole-microsieves-an-efficient-architecture-for-anhydrous-proton-transport-via-polyionic-liquids
#15
Parashuram Kallem, Martin Drobek, Anne Julbe, Erik J Vriezekolk, Reyes Mallada, Maria Pilar Pina
Liquid-induced phase-separation micromolding (LIPSμM) has been successfully used for manufacturing hierarchical porous polybenzimidazole (HPBI) microsieves (42-46% porosity, 30-40 μm thick) with a specific pore architecture (pattern of macropores: ∼9 μm in size, perforated, dispersed in a porous matrix with a 50-100 nm pore size). Using these microsieves, proton-exchange membranes were fabricated by the infiltration of a 1H-3-vinylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide liquid and divinylbenzene (as a cross-linker), followed by in situ UV polymerization...
April 24, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437078/a-step-towards-high-energy-silicon-based-thin-film-lithium-ion-batteries
#16
Antonia Reyes Jiménez, Richard Klöpsch, Ralf Wagner, Uta C Rodehorst, Martin Kolek, Roman Nölle, Martin Winter, Tobias Placke
The next generation of lithium ion batteries (LIBs) with increased energy density for large-scale applications, such as electric mobility, but also for small electronic devices, e.g. micro-batteries and on-chip batteries, requires advanced electrode active materials with enhanced specific and volumetric capacities. In this regard, silicon (Si) as anode material has attracted much attention due to its high specific capacity. However, the enormous volume changes during lithiation/de-lithiation are still a main obstacle avoiding the broad commercial use of Si-based electrodes...
April 24, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437071/revealing-the-initial-reaction-behavior-in-the-continuous-synthesis-of-metal-organic-frameworks-using-real-time-synchrotron-x-ray-analysis
#17
Angelos Polyzoidis, Martin Etter, Michael Herrmann, Stefan Loebbecke, Robert E Dinnebier
In recent years, continuous process technologies have attracted increasing attention, as a means of overcoming limitations in the repeatability and reproducibility of metal-organic framework (MOF) synthesis. Research in this area, however, has neglected to provide insight into the phenomenon leading to the formation of MOFs. In this work, we report the adaption of high-energy synchrotron powder X-ray diffraction analysis to a continuous ZIF-8 production process for online monitoring of the reaction behavior and crystallite formation during the first seconds of the MOF synthesis...
April 24, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436915/an-adaptive-multiobjective-particle-swarm-optimization-based-on-multiple-adaptive-methods
#18
Honggui Han, Wei Lu, Junfei Qiao
Multiobjective particle swarm optimization (MOPSO) algorithms have attracted much attention for their promising performance in solving multiobjective optimization problems (MOPs). In this paper, an adaptive MOPSO (AMOPSO) algorithm, based on a hybrid framework of the solution distribution entropy and population spacing (SP) information, is developed to improve the search performance in terms of convergent speed and precision. First, an adaptive global best (gBest) selection mechanism, based on the solution distribution entropy, is introduced to analyze the evolutionary tendency and balance the diversity and convergence of nondominated solutions in the archive...
April 17, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436905/robust-structured-nonnegative-matrix-factorization-for-image-representation
#19
Zechao Li, Jinhui Tang, Xiaofei He
Dimensionality reduction has attracted increasing attention, because high-dimensional data have arisen naturally in numerous domains in recent years. As one popular dimensionality reduction method, nonnegative matrix factorization (NMF), whose goal is to learn parts-based representations, has been widely studied and applied to various applications. In contrast to the previous approaches, this paper proposes a novel semisupervised NMF learning framework, called robust structured NMF, that learns a robust discriminative representation by leveraging the block-diagonal structure and the ℓ2,p-norm (especially when 0 < p ≤ q 1) loss function...
April 17, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436857/real-time-triple-modal-photoacoustic-ultrasound-and-magnetic-resonance-fusion-imaging-of-humans
#20
Sara Park, Jongseong Jang, Jeesu Kim, Young Soo Kim, Chulhong Kim
Imaging that fuses multiple modes has become a useful tool for diagnosis and therapeutic monitoring. As a next step, real-time fusion imaging has attracted interest as for a tool to guide surgery. One widespread fusion imaging technique in surgery combines real-time ultrasound (US) imaging and preacquired magnetic resonance (MR) imaging. However, US imaging visualizes only structural information with relatively low contrast. Here, we present a photoacoustic (PA), US, and MR fusion imaging system which integrates a clinical PA and US imaging system with an optical tracking-based navigation subsystem...
April 24, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
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