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Zhen Lei, Abdul Sami Shaikh, Wenshuai Zheng, Xiao Yu, Jingui Yu, Jingxin Li
Itch, the unpleasant sensation that evokes a desire to scratch, accompanies numerous skin and nervous system disorders. However, the molecular mechanisms of itch are unclear. Acid sensing ion channel 3 (ASIC3) is a sensor of acidic and primary inflammatory pain. The whole-cell patch-clamp technique was used to determine the effect of Chloroquine (CQ)on ASICs currents in primary sensory neurons or the Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells transfected with rat-ASIC1a or- ASIC3. Site-directed mutagenesis of plasmid was performed...
October 22, 2016: Journal of Neurochemistry
Xinmin Li, Yingkai Liu, Shuanghui Li, Jieqing Huang, Yuemei Wu, Dapeng Yu
Pure SnO2 and Y-doped SnO2 nanobelts were prepared by thermal evaporation at 1350 °C in the presence of Ar carrier gas (30 sccm). The samples were characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), energy dispersion spectrometer (EDS), X-ray photoelectron spectrometer (XPS), UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and Fourier transform infrared spectrum (FTIR). The sensing properties of the devices based on a single SnO2 nanobelt and Y-doped SnO2 nanobelt were explored to acetone, ethanol, and ethanediol...
December 2016: Nanoscale Research Letters
Alice H Suroviec
The use of enzymatically modified electrodes for the detection of glucose or other non-electrochemically active analytes is becoming increasingly common. Direct heterogeneous electron transfer to glucose oxidase has been shown to be kinetically difficult, which is why electron transfer mediators or indirect detection is usually used for monitoring glucose with electrochemical sensors. It has been found, however, that electrodes modified with single or multi-walled carbon nanotubes (CNTs) demonstrate fast heterogeneous electron transfer kinetics as compared to that found for traditional electrodes...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Sabina Besic, Shelley D Minteer
Although enzymes are highly efficient and selective catalysts, there have been problems incorporating them into fuel cells. Early enzyme-based fuel cells contained enzymes in solution rather than immobilized on the electrode surface. One problem utilizing an enzyme in solution is an issue of transport associated with long diffusion lengths between the site of bioelectrocatalysis and the electrode. This issue drastically decreases the theoretical overall power output due to the poor electron conductivity. On the other hand, enzymes immobilized at the electrode surface have eliminated the issue of poor electron conduction due to close proximity of electron transfer between electrode and the biocatalyst...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Glenn R Johnson, Heather R Luckarift
Effective entrapment of enzymes in solid phase materials is critical to their practical application. The entrapment generally stabilizes biological activity compared to soluble molecules and the material simplifies catalyst integration compared to other methods. A silica sol-gel process based upon biological mechanisms of inorganic material formation (biomineralization) supports protein immobilization reactions within minutes. The material has high protein binding capacity and the catalytic activity of the enzyme is retained...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Na Jin Seo, Mojtaba F Fathi, Pilwon Hur, Vincent Crocher
STUDY DESIGN: Repeated measures. INTRODUCTION: The Kinect (Microsoft, Redmond, WA) is widely used for telerehabilitation applications including rehabilitation games and assessment. PURPOSE OF THE STUDY: To determine effects of the Kinect location relative to a person on measurement accuracy of upper limb joint angles. METHODS: Kinect error was computed as difference in the upper limb joint range of motion (ROM) during target reaching motion, from the Kinect vs 3D Investigator Motion Capture System (NDI, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada), and compared across 9 Kinect locations...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Hand Therapy: Official Journal of the American Society of Hand Therapists
Virve Sihvola, Anna-Liisa Levonen
Reactive oxygen species (ROS) and products of their reactions with cellular macromolecules such as unsaturated fatty acids have been implicated to be important regulators of signalling processes via oxidation or alkylation of redox active thiol residues in target proteins. One of key redox-sensitive signalling proteins mediating the response to oxidant stress is Keap1 (Kelch-like erythroid cell-derived protein with CNC homology [ECH]-associated protein 1), which is a negative regulator of transcription factor Nuclear factor-erythroid 2 p45-related factor 2 (Nrf2) and the central hub for sensing endogenous and environmental oxidative and electrophilic stress...
October 18, 2016: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
X Mu, S Ahmad, S Hur
The ability to distinguish between self and nonself is the fundamental basis of the immune system in all organisms. The conceptual distinction between self and nonself, however, breaks down when it comes to endogenous retroviruses and other retroelements. While some retroelements retain the virus-like features including the capacity to replicate and reinvade the host genome, most have become inactive through mutations or host epigenetic silencing. And yet, accumulating evidence suggests that endogenous retroelements, both active and inactive, play important roles not only in pathogenesis of immune disorders, but also in proper functioning of the immune system...
2016: Advances in Immunology
Ya-Chu Chang, Yu-Syuan Lin, Guan-Ting Xiao, Tai-Chia Chiu, Cho-Chun Hu
A turn-off fluorescence sensor synthesized by combining copper (II) oxide and multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) were used for measuring glyphosate based on the inhibiting the catalytic activity of the CuO/MWCNTs. This sensor was synthesized by precipitating copper ions onto the acidic MWCNTs under basic conditions; the resulting material was characterized by the transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy to confirm its structure. The CuO/MWCNTs nanomaterial was found to exhibit high peroxidase-like catalytic activity toward the reduction of H2O2 to H2O and the oxidation of Amplex Red to resorufin, with a corresponding color change from pink to red and the fluorescence enhancement...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Nimisha Jadon, Rajeev Jain, Swati Sharma, Kshiti Singh
Voltammetric methods for screening compounds of varied interests are reviewed on the basis of the types of electrodes and analytical strategies. The scope of conventional voltammetric method has been considerably expanded in the last years due to the development of a plethora of modified electrodes, in particular, those involving nanocomposites. Voltammetric methods have distinct advantages over other existing methods regarding sensitivity, minimum detectability, applicability to biological samples without any pretreatment and time saving...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Yuhong Liu, Linlin Zhao, Jin Zhang, Jinzha Zhang, Wenbo Zhao, Chun Mao
The work investigates a new fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) system using NaEuF4 nanoparticles (NPs) and Au@Ag2S NPs as the energy donor-acceptor pair for the first time. The NaEuF4/Au@Ag2S NPs-based FRET DNA sensor was constructed with NaEuF4 NPs as the fluorescence (FL) donor and Au@Ag2S core-shell NPs as FL acceptor. In order to find the matching energy acceptor, the amount of AgNO3 and Na2S were controlled in the synthesis process to overlap the absorption spectrum of energy acceptor with the emission spectrum of energy donors...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Huichao Li, Lu Wang, Kai Sheng, Lina Zou, Baoxian Ye
The nanocomposites of titanium dioxide nanoparticles decorated poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride)-functionalized graphene (TiO2-PDDA-Gr) were successfully synthesized via a facile and green strategy. The prepared nanocomposites were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV-visible spectrophotometry (UV-vis), Fourier Transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). By combining the merits of the PDDA-Gr and TiO2 NPs, a highly sensitive electrochemical sensor was erected to detect esculetin based on the TiO2-PDDA-Gr nanocomposites...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Jian-Feng Guo, Dan-Qun Huo, Mei Yang, Chang-Jun Hou, Jun-Jie Li, Huan-Bao Fa, Hui-Bo Luo, Ping Yang
Herein, we have developed a simple, sensitive and paper-based colorimetric sensor for the selective detection of Chromium (Ⅵ) ions (Cr (VI)). Silanization-titanium dioxide modified filter paper (STCP) was used to trap bovine serum albumin capped gold nanoparticles (BSA-Au NPs), leading to the fabrication of BSA-Au NPs decorated membrane (BSA-Au NPs/STCP). The BSA-Au NPs/STCP operated on the principle that BSA-Au NPs anchored on the STCP were gradually etched by Cr (VI) as the leaching process of gold in the presence of hydrobromic acid (HBr) and hence induced a visible color change...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Qiaohui Luo, Neng Yu, Chunfei Shi, Xiaoping Wang, Jianmin Wu
A surface plasmon resonance (SPR) sensor combined with nanoscale molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) film as recognition element was developed for selective detection of the antibiotic ciprofloxacin (CIP). The MIP film on SPR sensor chip was prepared by in situ photo-initiated polymerization method which has the advantages of short polymerization time, controllable thickness and good uniformity. The surface wettability and thickness of MIP film on SPR sensor chip were characterized by static contact angle measurement and stylus profiler...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Bilal Demir, Tulay Yilmaz, Emine Guler, Z Pinar Gumus, Huseyin Akbulut, Ebru Aldemir, Hakan Coskunol, Demet Goen Colak, Ioan Cianga, Shuhei Yamada, Suna Timur, Takeshi Endo, Yusuf Yagci
Affinity-type sensors have emerged as outstanding platforms in the detection of diagnostic protein markers, nucleic acids and drugs. Thus, these novel platforms containing antibodies could be integrated into the monitoring systems for abused drugs. Herein, we established a novel detection platform for the analysis of a common illicit drug; methamphetamine (METH). Initially, a fluorescent-labeled polypeptide (EDOT-BTDA-Pala), derived from L-alanine N-carboxyanhydride (L-Ala-NCA) via ring-opening polymerization using 4,7-bis(2,3-dihydrothieno[3,4-b][1,4]dioxin-5-yl)benzo[c][1,2,5]thiadiazole-5,6-diamine (EDOT-NH2-BTDA) as initiator, was employed as a glassy carbon electrode (GCE) covering host, in order to immobilize the METH-selective antibody...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Vladimir V Apyari, Viktoria V Arkhipova, Maria V Gorbunova, Pavel A Volkov, Andrey I Isachenko, Stanislava G Dmitrienko, Yury A Zolotov
In this paper, we report on a novel type of nanocomposites based on gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) and polyurethane foam (PUF), which represents an ability of AuNP aggregation on solid polymer matrix with the strongly different selectivity in comparison with aggregation of the same AuNPs in solution. This may indicate that a new type of aggregation takes place, which can be called solid-phase aggregation. A systematic study using diffuse reflectance spectroscopy revealed features of the solid-phase aggregation...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Dhanesh Kattipparambil Rajan, Mimmi Patrikoski, Jarmo Verho, Jyrki Sivula, Heimo Ihalainen, Susanna Miettinen, Jukka Lekkala
A non-contact real time pH measurement using fully modular optical parts is described for phenol-red medium cell cultures. The modular parts can be sterilized, and once the measurement is started at the beginning of culture, no recalibration or maintenance is needed till the end of the culture. Measurements can be carried out without any special manual attention. The modular assembly of LED and sensor cassettes is unique, robust, reusable and reproducible. pH is measured in an intact closed flow system, without wasting any culture medium...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Rosy, Rajendra N Goyal
A voltammetric sensor for the determination of 8-Hydroxydeoxyguanosine (8-OHdG); an important, sensitive and integral biomarker of oxidative stress and related pathological conditions like carcinogenesis, renal disorders, mental retardations, diabetes etc. has been fabricated. The synergistic behavior of two allotropic forms of carbon, which are electrochemically reduced graphene oxide (ErGO) and multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs), has been exploited for the surface modification. The resulting modified surface has been characterized using Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy, X-ray diffraction, Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy and voltammetric behavior...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Zhuang Li, Zhenzhen An, Yongyang Guo, Kangning Zhang, Xiaoling Chen, Dongxia Zhang, Zhonghua Xue, Xibin Zhou, Xiaoquan Lu
In this work, we report a novel Au-Pt bimetallic nanoparticles (Au-PtNPs) decorated on the surface of nitrogen-doped graphene (NG) functionalized with 1, 3, 6, 8-pyrene tetra sulfonic acid sodium salt (PyTS) by direct electrodeposition method. The results of scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) and electrochemical impendence spectrum (EIS) reveal that the Au-PtNPs were successfully anchored on the surface of NG sheets with a diameter of 20-40nm. Further, the prepared Au-PtNPs/PyTS-NG nanocomposite exhibits superior catalytic activity for the oxidation of nitrite...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Xiangheng Niu, Jianming Pan, Fengxian Qiu, Xin Li, Yongsheng Yan, Libo Shi, Hongli Zhao, Minbo Lan
Enzyme-free electrochemical detection of glucose in alkaline media with favorable properties has been acquired by fabricating a robust and large-surface sensing platform, which is composed of anneal-shrinked Cu2O dendrites grown on porous Cu foam. On the one hand, the good compatibility of electrodeposited Cu2O architectures and Cu foam substrate, together with a post-deposition anneal at 200°C, offers a mechanically stable interface for glucose determination. On the other hand, the macropores of Cu foam that is decorated with unique Cu2O dendrites provide large active surface for electrocatalytic reaction and mass transport...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
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