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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821140/the-potential-of-cashew-gum-functionalization-as-building-blocks-for-layer-by-layer-films
#1
Álvaro J Leite, Rui R Costa, Ana M S Costa, Jeanny S Maciel, José F G Costa, Regina C M de Paula, João F Mano
Cashew gum (CG), an exudate polysaccharide from Anacardium occidentale trees, was carboxymethylated (CGCm) and oxidized (CGO). These derivatives were characterized by FTIR and zeta potential measurements confirming the success of carboxymethylation and oxidation reactions. Nanostructured multilayered films were then produced through layer-by-layer (LbL) assembly in conjugation with chitosan via electrostatic interactions or Schiff bases covalent bonds. The films were analyzed by QCM-D and AFM. CG functionalization increased the film thickness, with the highest thickness being achieved for the lowest oxidation degree...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819351/a-systematic-analysis-of-term-reuse-and-term-overlap-across-biomedical-ontologies
#2
Maulik R Kamdar, Tania Tudorache, Mark A Musen
Reusing ontologies and their terms is a principle and best practice that most ontology development methodologies strongly encourage. Reuse comes with the promise to support the semantic interoperability and to reduce engineering costs. In this paper, we present a descriptive study of the current extent of term reuse and overlap among biomedical ontologies. We use the corpus of biomedical ontologies stored in the BioPortal repository, and analyze different types of reuse and overlap constructs. While we find an approximate term overlap between 25-31%, the term reuse is only <9%, with most ontologies reusing fewer than 5% of their terms from a small set of popular ontologies...
2017: Semantic Web
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818036/ecccl-parallelized-gpu-implementation-of-ensemble-classifier-chains
#3
Mona Riemenschneider, Alexander Herbst, Ari Rasch, Sergei Gorlatch, Dominik Heider
BACKGROUND: Multi-label classification has recently gained great attention in diverse fields of research, e.g., in biomedical application such as protein function prediction or drug resistance testing in HIV. In this context, the concept of Classifier Chains has been shown to improve prediction accuracy, especially when applied as Ensemble Classifier Chains. However, these techniques lack computational efficiency when applied on large amounts of data, e.g., derived from next-generation sequencing experiments...
August 17, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817084/permalloy-based-thin-film-structures-magnetic-properties-and-the-giant-magnetoimpedance-effect-in-the-temperature-range-important-for-biomedical-applications
#4
Anna A Chlenova, Alexey A Moiseev, Mikhail S Derevyanko, Aleksandr V Semirov, Vladimir N Lepalovsky, Galina V Kurlyandskaya
Permalloy-based thin film structures are excellent materials for sensor applications. Temperature dependencies of the magnetic properties and giant magneto-impedance (GMI) were studied for Fe19Ni81-based multilayered structures obtained by the ion-plasma sputtering technique. Selected temperature interval of 25 °C to 50 °C corresponds to the temperature range of functionality of many devices, including magnetic biosensors. A (Cu/FeNi)₅/Cu/(Cu/FeNi)₅ multilayered structure with well-defined traverse magnetic anisotropy showed an increase in the GMI ratio for the total impedance and its real part with temperature increased...
August 17, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815771/molstack-interactive-visualization-tool-for-presentation-interpretation-and-validation-of-macromolecules-and-electron-density-maps
#5
Przemyslaw J Porebski, Piotr Sroka, Heping Zheng, David R Cooper, Wladek Minor
Our understanding of the world of biomolecular structures is based upon the interpretation of macromolecular models, of which ∼ 90% are themselves the interpretation of electron density maps. This structural information guides scientific progress and exploration in many biomedical disciplines. The Protein Data Bank's web portals have made these structures available for mass scientific consumption and greatly broaden the scope of information presented in scientific publications. The portals provide numerous quality metrics; however, the portion of the structure that is most vital for interpretation of the function may have the most difficult to interpret electron density and this ambiguity is not reflected by any single metric...
August 17, 2017: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814280/assisted-clustering-of-gene-expression-data-using-ancut
#6
Sebastian J Teran Hidalgo, Mengyun Wu, Shuangge Ma
BACKGROUND: In biomedical research, gene expression profiling studies have been extensively conducted. The analysis of gene expression data has led to a deeper understanding of human genetics as well as practically useful models. Clustering analysis has been a critical component of gene expression data analysis and can reveal the (previously unknown) interconnections among genes. With the high dimensionality of gene expression data, many of the existing clustering methods and results are not as satisfactory...
August 16, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810960/talk-to-the-hand-u-s-army-biophysical-testing
#7
William R Santee, Adam W Potter, Karl E Friedl
BACKGROUND: Many people are unaware of the science underlying the biophysical properties of Soldier clothing and personal protective equipment, yet there is a well-refined biomedical methodology initiated by Army physiologists in World War II. This involves a methodical progression of systematic material testing technologies, computer modeling, and human testing that enables more efficient development and rapid evaluation of new concepts for Soldier health and performance. Sophisticated manikins that sweat and move are a central part of this testing continuum...
July 2017: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804254/developing-scientists-in-hispanic-substance-use-and-health-disparities-research-through-the-creation-of-a-national-mentoring-network
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Angela R Bazzi, Cristina Mogro-Wilson, Nalini Junko Negi, Jennifer M Reingle Gonzalez, Miguel Ángel Cano, Yessenia Castro, Alice Cepeda
Hispanics are disproportionately affected by substance use and related health harms yet remain underrepresented across scientific disciplines focused on researching and addressing these issues. An interdisciplinary network of scientists committed to fostering the development of social and biomedical researchers focused on Hispanic substance use and health disparities developed innovative mentoring and career development activities. We conducted a formative evaluation study using anonymous membership and conference feedback data to describe specific mentoring and career development activities developed within the national network...
2017: Mentor Tutoring
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802325/snomed2hl7-a-tool-to-normalize-and-bind-snomed-ct-concepts-to-the-hl7-reference-information-model
#9
D Perez-Rey, R Alonso-Calvo, S Paraiso-Medina, C R Munteanu, M Garcia-Remesal
BACKGROUND: Current clinical research and practice requires interoperability among systems in a complex and highly dynamic domain. There has been a significant effort in recent years to develop integrative common data models and domain terminologies. Such efforts have not completely solved the challenges associated with clinical data that are distributed among different and heterogeneous institutions with different systems to encode the information. Currently, when providing homogeneous interfaces to exploit clinical data, certain transformations still involve manual and time-consuming processes that could be automated...
October 2017: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802218/pharmaceutical-and-biomedical-applications-of-dispersive-liquid-liquid-microextraction
#10
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Fotouh R Mansour, Mostafa A Khairy
Sample treatment is so crucial in pharmaceutical and biomedical analysis. Proper sample preparation protects the analytical instrument, increases the sensitivity, and enhances the selectivity by removing probable interfering substances. Dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction (DLLME) is one of the most important approaches in sample treatment. In normal DLLME, the organic droplet of the extractant is mixed with a dispersing solvent before being injected into the sample. After manual or mechanical shaking, the cloudy solution is centrifuged to break the formed emulsion...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798342/nanoparticle-based-plasmonic-transduction-for-modulation-of-electrically-excitable-cells
#11
Parveen Bazard, Robert D Frisina, Joseph P Walton, Venkat R Bhethanabotla
There is a compelling need for the development of new sensory and neural prosthetic devices which are capable of more precise point stimulation. Current prosthetic devices suffer from the limitation of low spatial resolution due to the non-specific stimulation characteristics of electrical stimulation, i.e., the spread of electric fields generated. We present a visible light stimulation method for modulating the firing patterns of electrically-excitable cells using surface plasmon resonance phenomena. In in-vitro studies using gold (Au) nanoparticle-coated nanoelectrodes, we show that this method (substrate coated with nanoparticles) has the potential for incorporating this new technology into neural stimulation prosthetics, such as cochlear implants for the deaf, with very high spatial resolution...
August 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795867/biophysical-studies-in-polymer-therapeutics-the-interactions-of-anionic-and-cationic-pamam-dendrimers-with-lipid-monolayers
#12
Marleen Wilde, Rebecca J Green, Michael R Sanders, Francesca Greco
Understanding how polymers interact with biological membranes is important for the development of polymer based therapeutics and wider biomedical applications. Here, biophysical methods (surface pressure measurements, external reflection FTIR) have been used to investigate the interaction between PAMAM dendrimers (Generation 5 or 4.5) and anionic (DPPG) or zwitterionic (DPPC) model membranes. We observed a concentration-dependent binding behaviour of both PAMAM species to both model membranes; however, equivalent levels of penetration into DPPC monolayers required approximately 10-fold higher dendrimer concentrations than for penetration into DPPG monolayers...
August 10, 2017: Journal of Drug Targeting
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792052/asymmetric-synthesis-of-%C3%AE-deuterated-%C3%AE-amino-acids
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Ryosuke Takeda, Hidenori Abe, Norio Shibata, Hiroki Moriwaki, Kunisuke Izawa, Vadim A Soloshonok
α-Deuterated-α-amino acids represent a very special class of stable isotopically labeled compounds, used in advanced biomedical research. Herein, we disclose a generalized approach for the preparation of α-(2)H-α-amino acids in enantiomerically pure form and with up to 99% deuteration. The reaction chemistry involved in this process is based on the dynamic kinetic resolution of racemates or (S)-(R) interconversion via the formation of intermediate Ni(ii) complexes derived from unprotected amino acids and recyclable tridentate ligands...
August 9, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783155/histocat-analysis-of-cell-phenotypes-and-interactions-in-multiplex-image-cytometry-data
#14
Denis Schapiro, Hartland W Jackson, Swetha Raghuraman, Jana R Fischer, Vito R T Zanotelli, Daniel Schulz, Charlotte Giesen, Raúl Catena, Zsuzsanna Varga, Bernd Bodenmiller
Single-cell, spatially resolved omics analysis of tissues is poised to transform biomedical research and clinical practice. We have developed an open-source, computational histology topography cytometry analysis toolbox (histoCAT) to enable interactive, quantitative, and comprehensive exploration of individual cell phenotypes, cell-cell interactions, microenvironments, and morphological structures within intact tissues. We highlight the unique abilities of histoCAT through analysis of highly multiplexed mass cytometry images of human breast cancer tissues...
August 7, 2017: Nature Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782440/colloidal-synthesis-of-biocompatible-iron-disulphide-nanocrystals
#15
J Santos-Cruz, R E Nuñez-Anita, S A Mayén-Hernández, O Martínez-Alvarez, L S Acosta-Torres, J de la Fuente-Hernández, E Campos-González, M Vega-González, M C Arenas-Arrocena
The aim of this research was to synthesis biocompatible iron disulphide nanocrystals at different reaction temperatures using the colloidal synthesis methodology. Synthesis was conducted at the 220-240 °C range of reaction temperatures at intervals of 5 °C in an inert argon atmosphere. The toxicity of iron disulphide nanocrystals was evaluated in vitro using mouse fibroblast cell line. Two complementary assays were conducted: the first to evaluate cell viability of the fibroblast via an MTT assay and the second to determine the preservation of fibroblast nuclei integrity through DAPI staining, which labels nuclear DNA in fluorescence microscopes...
August 6, 2017: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780040/long-term-direct-visualization-of-passively-transferred-fluorophore-conjugated-antibodies
#16
Jeffrey R Schneider, Ann M Carias, Arangaserry R Bastian, Gianguido C Cianci, Patrick F Kiser, Ronald S Veazey, Thomas J Hope
The use of therapeutic antibodies, delivered by intravenous (IV) instillation, is a rapidly expanding area of biomedical treatment for a variety of conditions. However, little is known about how the antibodies are anatomically distributed following infusion and the underlying mechanism mediating therapeutic antibody distribution to specific anatomical sites remains to be elucidated. Current efforts utilize low resolution and sensitivity methods such as ELISA and indirect labeling imaging techniques, which often leads to high background and difficulty in assessing biodistribution...
August 2, 2017: Journal of Immunological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777541/uv-curable-contact-active-benzophenone-terminated-quaternary-ammonium-antimicrobials-for-applications-in-polymer-plastics-and-related-devices
#17
Lukas Porosa, Alexander Caschera, Amanda Mocella, Joseph Bedard, Evan Ronan, Alan J Lough, Gideon Wolfaardt, Daniel Foucher
A series of UV active benzophenone ([C6H5COC6H4-O-(CH2)n-N+Me2R][X-], 4: R = C12H25, n = 3, X- = Br- , 5a-c: R = C18H37, n = 3, X- = Cl-, Br-, I-; 6a-c: R = C18H37, n = 4, X- = Cl-, Br-, I- ; 7a-c: R = C18H37, n = 6, X- = Cl-, Br-, I-) terminated C12 and C18 quaternary ammonium salts (QACs) were prepared by thermal or microwave driven Menshutkin protocols of the appropriate benzophenone alkyl halide (1a-c, 2a-c, 3a-c) with the corresponding dodecyl- or octadecyl N,N-dimethylamine. All new compounds were characterized by NMR spectroscopy, HRMS spectrometry and in one instance (4) by single crystal X-ray crystallography...
August 4, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28775311/a-selective-electrochemical-sensor-for-caffeic-acid-and-photocatalyst-for-metronidazole-drug-pollutant-a-dual-role-by-rod-like-srv2o6
#18
R Karthik, J Vinoth Kumar, Shen-Ming Chen, P Senthil Kumar, V Selvam, V Muthuraj
In the present study, well-defined one-dimensional (1D) rod-like strontium vanadate (SrV2O6) was prepared by simple hydrothermal method without using any other surfactants/templates. The successful formation of rod-like SrV2O6 was confirmed by various analytical and spectroscopic techniques. Interestingly, for the first time the dual role of as-prepared rod-like SrV2O6 were employed as an electrochemical sensor for the detection of caffeic acid (CA) as well as visible light active photocatalyst for the degradation of metronidazole (MNZ) antibiotic drug...
August 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774440/heart-rate-variability-metrics-for-fine-grained-stress-level-assessment
#19
Tânia Pereira, Pedro R Almeida, João P S Cunha, Ana Aguiar
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: In spite of the existence of a multitude of techniques that allow the estimation of stress from physiological indexes, its fine-grained assessment is still a challenge for biomedical engineering. The short-term assessment of stress condition overcomes the limits to stress characterization with long blocks of time and allows to evaluate the behaviour change in real-world settings and also the stress level dynamics. The aim of the present study was to evaluate time and frequency domain and nonlinear heart rate variability (HRV) metrics for stress level assessment using a short-time window...
September 2017: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28773212/production-of-high-value-nanoparticles-via-biogenic-processes-using-aquacultural-and-horticultural-food-waste
#20
REVIEW
Purabi R Ghosh, Derek Fawcett, Shashi B Sharma, Gerrard E J Poinern
The quantities of organic waste produced globally by aquacultural and horticulture are extremely large and offer an attractive renewable source of biomolecules and bioactive compounds. The availability of such large and diverse sources of waste materials creates a unique opportunity to develop new recycling and food waste utilisation strategies. The aim of this review is to report the current status of research in the emerging field of producing high-value nanoparticles from food waste. Eco-friendly biogenic processes are quite rapid, and are usually carried out at normal room temperature and pressure...
July 25, 2017: Materials
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