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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339208/doubly-resonant-photonic-antenna-for-single-infrared-quantum-dot-imaging-at-telecommunication-wavelengths
#1
Zhihua Xie, Yannick Lefier, Miguel Angel Suarez, Mathieu Mivelle, Roland Salut, Jean-Marc Merolla, Thierry Grosjean
Colloidal quantum dots (CQDs) have drawn strong interest in the past for their high prospects in scientific, medical, and industrial applications. However, the full characterization of these quantum emitters is currently restricted to the visible wavelengths, and it remains a key challenge to optically probe single CQDs operating in the infrared spectral domain, which is targeted by a growing number of applications. Here, we report the first experimental detection and imaging at room temperature of single infrared CQDs operating at telecommunication wavelengths...
March 24, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335483/land-use-for-edible-protein-of-animal-origin-a-review
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REVIEW
Gerhard Flachowsky, Ulrich Meyer, Karl-Heinz Südekum
The present period is characterized by a growing world population and a higher demand for more and better quality food, as well as other products for an improved standard of living. In the future, there will be increasingly strong competition for arable land and non-renewable resources such as fossil carbon-sources, water, and some minerals, as well as between food, feed, fuel, fiber, flowers, and fun (6 F's). Proteins of animal origin like milk, meat, fish, eggs and, probably, insects are very valuable sources of essential amino acids, minerals and vitamins, but their production consumes some non-renewable resources including arable land and causes considerable emissions...
March 18, 2017: Animals: An Open Access Journal From MDPI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335347/the-dispersion-state-of-tangled-multi-walled-carbon-nanotubes-affects-their-cytotoxicity
#3
Chika Kuroda, Hisao Haniu, Kumiko Ajima, Manabu Tanaka, Atsushi Sobajima, Haruka Ishida, Tamotsu Tsukahara, Yoshikazu Matsuda, Kaoru Aoki, Hiroyuki Kato, Naoto Saito
The medical applications of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have garnered much attention. However, evaluating the safety of CNTs remains difficult, and no consensus has been reached. Moreover, assessing the biosafety of multi-walled CNTs (MWCNTs), which can become tangled during manufacturing, is challenging because they do not readily disperse. We studied how the dispersion state of tangled MWCNTs affects their cytotoxicity, using three sonicators. Flotube 9110 (FT9110), tangled MWCNTs, were dispersed in two dispersants (fetal bovine serum and polysorbate 80) using a new type of sonicator (PR-1) and two conventional sonicators...
November 19, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331373/decrease-of-the-foveal-avascular-zone-area-after-internal-limiting-membrane-peeling-single-case-study
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Kazuyuki Kumagai, Akinori Uemura, Mariko Furukawa, Tetsuyuki Suetsugu, Nobuchika Ogino
PURPOSE: To report a patient whose foveal avascular zone (FAZ) decreased after vitrectomy with internal limiting membrane (ILM) peeling. METHODS: A 58-year-old woman underwent successful phacovitrectomy with ILM peeling for a thin epiretinal membrane in an eye with a normal foveal contour. Optical coherence tomography angiographic en face images of the 3 mm×3 mm superficial and deep inner retinal vascular plexuses were examined preoperatively, and on days 1, 2, 9, and 37 postoperatively...
2017: International Medical Case Reports Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330289/progress-in-genome-sequencing-will-accelerate-molecular-breeding-in-cotton-gossypium-spp
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REVIEW
Rong Yan, Chengzhen Liang, Zhigang Meng, Waqas Malik, Tao Zhu, Xuefeng Zong, Sandui Guo, Rui Zhang
Cotton (Gossypium spp.) is the single most important spinning fiber that has economic significance worldwide. Cotton is one of the most value-added crops and an excellent model system for the analysis of polyploidization and cell development. Thus, the Cotton Genome Consortium has made rapid and significant progress in whole genome sequencing studies in the last decade. Developments in cotton genome sequencing and assembly provide powerful tools for dissecting the genetic and molecular bases of agronomically important traits and establishing regulatory networks on these processes, which leads to molecular breeding...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328013/validation-of-surface-to-volume-ratio-measurements-derived-from-oscillating-gradient-spin-echo-on-a-clinical-scanner-using-anisotropic-fiber-phantoms
#6
Gregory Lemberskiy, Steven H Baete, Martijn A Cloos, Dmitry S Novikov, Els Fieremans
A diffusion measurement in the short-time surface-to-volume ratio (S/V) limit (Mitra et al., Phys Rev Lett. 1992;68:3555) can disentangle the free diffusion coefficient from geometric restrictions to diffusion. Biophysical parameters, such as the S/V of tissue membranes, can be used to estimate microscopic length scales non-invasively. However, due to gradient strength limitations on clinical MRI scanners, pulsed gradient spin echo (PGSE) measurements are impractical for probing the S/V limit. To achieve this limit on clinical systems, an oscillating gradient spin echo (OGSE) sequence was developed...
March 22, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325017/diffuse-reflectance-spectroscopy-can-differentiate-high-grade-and-low-grade-prostatic-carcinoma
#7
Priya N Werahera, Edward A Jasion, E David Crawford, M Scott Lucia, Adrie van Bokhoven, Holly T Sullivan, Fernando J Kim, Paul D Maroni, J David Port, John W Daily, Francisco G La Rosa
Prostate tumors are graded by the revised Gleason Score (GS) which is the sum of the two predominant Gleason grades present ranging from 6-10. GS 6 cancer exclusively with Gleason grade 3 is designated as low grade (LG) and correlates with better clinical prognosis for patients. GS >7 cancer with at least one of the Gleason grades 4 and 5 is designated as HG indicate worse prognosis for patients. Current transrectal ultrasound guided prostate biopsies often fail to correctly diagnose HG prostate cancer due to sampling errors...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322800/single-molecule-mtdna-fiber-fish-for-analyzing-numtogenesis
#8
Dal-Hoe Koo, Bhupendra Singh, Jiming Jiang, Bernd Friebe, Bikarm S Gill, Paul D Chastain, Upender Manne, Hemant K Tiwari, Keshav K Singh
Somatic human cells contains thousands of copies of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA). In eukaryotes, natural transfer of mtDNA into the nucleus generates nuclear mitochondrial DNA (NUMT) copies in eukaryotes. We name this phenomenon as "numtogenesis". Numtogenesis is a well-established evolutionary process reported in various sequenced eukaryotic genomes. We have established a molecular tool to rapidly detect and analyze NUMT insertions in whole genomes. To date, NUMT analyses depend on deep genome sequencing combined with comprehensive computational analyses of the whole genome...
March 17, 2017: Analytical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322758/increased-seat-dump-angle-in-a-manual-wheelchair-is-associated-with-changes-in-thoracolumbar-lordosis-and-scapular-kinematics-during-propulsion
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Beth A Cloud, Kristin D Zhao, Arin M Ellingson, Ahmad Nassr, Anthony J Windebank, Kai-Nan An
OBJECTIVE: To quantify and compare spinal curvature and shoulder kinematics throughout the manual wheelchair propulsion cycle for individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) who were seated at 2 different seat dump angles. DESIGN: Single-group, repeated-measures study. SETTING: Academic medical center. PARTICIPANTS: Twenty-eight individuals completed the telephone screening; 21 were eligible and completed the study. INTERVENTIONS: Participants' personal manual wheelchairs were modified to have seat dump angles of 0° or 14°, with a vertical backrest...
March 18, 2017: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318227/boosting-fiber-shaped-photodetectors-via-soft-interfaces
#10
Zhengfeng Zhu, Dan Ju, Yousheng Zou, Yuhui Dong, Linbao Luo, Tengfei Zhang, Dan Shan, Haibo Zeng
The lightweight, flexible fiber-shaped devices that can be woven into wearable electronic products has caught great attentions in recent years. However the bending and poor interfaces of fiber-shaped devices typically leads to ineluctable performance degradation, which is still a great challenge to be dealt with. Here, taking fiber-shaped photodetector as an example, we proposed an effective strategy, constructing inorganic-organic-graphene hybrid interfaces on a single fiber, to greatly improve the performances of fiber-shaped device...
March 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317370/two-dimensional-ch3nh3pbi3-perovskite-nanosheets-for-ultrafast-pulsed-fiber-lasers
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Pengfei Li, Yao Chen, Tieshan Yang, Ziyu Wang, Han Lin, Yanhua Xu, Lei Li, Haoran Mu, Bannur Nanjunda Shivananju, Yupeng Zhang, Qinglin Zhang, Anlian Pan, Shaojuan Li, Ding Yuan Tang, Baohua Jia, Han Zhang, Qiaoliang Bao
Even though the nonlinear optical effects of solution processed organic-inorganic perovskite films have been studied, the nonlinear optical properties in two-dimensional (2D) perovskites especially their applications for ultrafast photonics are largely unexplored. In comparison to bulk perovskite films, 2D perovskite nanosheets with small thickness of a few unit cells are more suitable for investigating the intrinsic nonlinear optical properties because bulk recombination of photo-carriers and the nonlinear scattering are relatively small...
March 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315692/role-of-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-emt-and-fibroblast-function-in-cerium-oxide-nanoparticles-induced-lung-fibrosis
#12
Jane Ma, Bridget Bishoff, R R Mercer, Mark Barger, Diane Schwegler-Berry, Vincent Castranova
The emission of cerium oxide nanoparticles (CeO2) from diesel engines, using cerium compounds as a catalyst to lower the diesel exhaust particles, is a health concern. We have previously shown that CeO2 induced pulmonary inflammation and lung fibrosis. The objective of the present study was to investigate the modification of fibroblast function and the role of epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in CeO2-induced fibrosis. Male Sprague-Dawley rats were exposed to CeO2 (0.15 to 7mg/kg) by a single intratracheal instillation and sacrificed at various times post-exposure...
March 15, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315443/progesterone-modulates-diabetes-hyperglycemia-induced-changes-in-the-central-nervous-system-and-sciatic-nerve
#13
Fahim Atif, Megan C Prunty, Nefize Turan, Donald G Stein, Seema Yousuf
We investigated the effect of progesterone (P4) treatment on diabetes/hyperglycemia-induced pathological changes in brain, spinal cord and sciatic nerve tissue in male rats. Animals were rendered hyperglycemic by a single dose of streptozotocin (STZ). P4 treatment was started after hyperglycemia was confirmed and body weight and blood glucose levels were monitored once/week for 5 weeks. Rats underwent behavioral testing at week 5 and were then euthanized for histology. We assessed the expression of markers of angiogenesis (vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)), inflammation (interleukin-6 (IL-6)) and tissue injury (CD11b, NG2, COX2 and matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2)) in the brain, spinal cord and sciatic nerve...
March 14, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303260/evidence-for-an-additive-neurorestorative-effect-of-simultaneously-administered-cdnf-and-gdnf-in-hemiparkinsonian-rats-implications-for-different-mechanism-of-action
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Merja H Voutilainen, Francesca De Lorenzo, Polina Stepanova, Susanne Bäck, Li-Ying Yu, Päivi Lindholm, Eeva Pörsti, Mart Saarma, Pekka T Männistö, Raimo K Tuominen
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder associated with a progressive loss of dopaminergic (DAergic) neurons of the substantia nigra (SN) and the accumulation of intracellular inclusions containing α-synuclein. Current therapies do not stop the progression of the disease, and the efficacy of these treatments wanes over time. Neurotrophic factors (NTFs) are naturally occurring proteins promoting the survival and differentiation of neurons and the maintenance of neuronal contacts. CDNF (cerebral dopamine NTF) and GDNF (glial cell line-derived NTF) are able to protect DAergic neurons against toxin-induced degeneration in experimental models of PD...
January 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301563/nicolase-an-open-source-diode-laser-combiner-fiber-launch-and-sequencing-controller-for-fluorescence-microscopy
#15
Philip R Nicovich, James Walsh, Till Böcking, Katharina Gaus
Modern fluorescence microscopy requires software-controlled illumination sources with high power across a wide range of wavelengths. Diode lasers meet the power requirements and combining multiple units into a single fiber launch expands their capability across the required spectral range. We present the NicoLase, an open-source diode laser combiner, fiber launch, and software sequence controller for fluorescence microscopy and super-resolution microscopy applications. Two configurations are described, giving four or six output wavelengths and one or two single-mode fiber outputs, with all CAD files, machinist drawings, and controller source code openly available...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300134/white-matter-repair-after-extracellular-vesicles-administration-in-an-experimental-animal-model-of-subcortical-stroke
#16
Laura Otero-Ortega, Fernando Laso-García, María Del Carmen Gómez-de Frutos, Berta Rodríguez-Frutos, Jorge Pascual-Guerra, Blanca Fuentes, Exuperio Díez-Tejedor, María Gutiérrez-Fernández
Mesenchymal stem cells have previously been shown to mediate brain repair after stroke; they secrete 50-100 nm complexes called extracellular vesicles (EVs), which could be responsible for provoking neurovascular repair and functional recovery. EVs have been observed by electron microscopy and NanoSight, and they contain associated proteins such as CD81 and Alix. This purified, homogeneous population of EVs was administered intravenously after subcortical stroke in rats. To evaluate the EVs effects, we studied the biodistribution, proteomics analysis, functional evaluation, lesion size, fiber tract integrity, axonal sprouting and white matter repair markers...
March 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298356/the-glass-micropipette-electrode-a-history-of-its-inventors-and-users-to-1950
#17
Allan H Bretag
Soon after the glass micropipette was invented as a micro-tool for manipulation of single bacteria and the microinjection and microsurgery of living cells, it was seen to hold promise as a microelectrode to stimulate individual cells electrically and to study electrical potentials in them. Initial successes and accurate mechanistic explanations of the results were achieved in giant plant cells in the 1920s. Long known surface electrical activity in nerves and muscles was only resolved at a similar cellular level in the 1930s and 1940s after the discovery of giant nerve fibers and the development of finer tipped microelectrodes for normal-sized cells...
March 15, 2017: Journal of General Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295095/first-experimental-demonstration-of-faster-than-nyquist-pdm-16qam-transmission-over-standard-single-mode-fiber
#18
Zhuopeng Xiao, B Li, Songnian Fu, L Deng, M Tang, Deming Liu
We demonstrate faster-than-Nyquist (FTN) transmission with a novel mitigation scheme of intercarrier interference. To the best of our knowledge, it is the first experimental demonstration of FTN PDM-16QAM transmission over standard single mode fiber (SSMF). Due to the use of maximum likelihood sequence detection and multi-input multi-output processing for severely overlapped Nyquist-PDM-16QAM carriers, 5.4-dB optical signal-to-noise ratio improvement is experimentally observed under the scenario of 2×16-GBd PDM-16QAM back-to-back transmission with a carrier spacing of 15 GHz...
March 15, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295082/polarization-basis-tracking-scheme-for-quantum-key-distribution-using-revealed-sifted-key-bits
#19
Yu-Yang Ding, Wei Chen, Hua Chen, Chao Wang, Ya-Ping Li, Shuang Wang, Zhen-Qiang Yin, Guang-Can Guo, Zheng-Fu Han
The calibration of the polarization basis between the transmitter and receiver is an important task in quantum key distribution. A continuously working polarization-basis tracking scheme (PBTS) will effectively promote the efficiency of the system and reduce the potential security risk when switching between the transmission and calibration modes. Here, we proposed a single-photon level continuously working PBTS using only sifted key bits revealed during an error correction procedure, without introducing additional reference light or interrupting the transmission of quantum signals...
March 15, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295072/ultra-sensitive-refractive-index-sensor-based-on-an-extremely-simple-femtosecond-laser-induced-structure
#20
Pengcheng Chen, Xuewen Shu, Hanyuan Cao, Kate Sugden
We demonstrate here an extremely simple, compact, and robust refractive index (RI) probe sensor based on a femtosecond-laser induced refractive index-modified dot (RIMD) fabricated near the end face of a single-mode fiber. The RIMD and the fiber end face form a Fabry-Perot interferometer, which is highly sensitive to surrounding RI. The fabrication process of the RIMD involves only one step and takes ∼0.1  s, which is extremely short, compared with other techniques. The proposed sensor exhibits an ultra-high sensitivity of ∼2523...
March 15, 2017: Optics Letters
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