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Julius A Edson, Dominique Ingato, Shirley Wu, Bianca Lee, Young Jik Kwon
Despite its promises for biomedical applications, the lack of solubility in a physiological solution, the limited molecular interactions with nucleic acids due to the rigid backbone, and the inefficient intracellular release limits the use of chitosan, a natural cationic polysaccharide, for gene delivery. In this study, a flexible, aqueous-soluble aminoethoxy branch was conjugated to the primary hydroxyl group of chitosan via an acid-cleavable ketal linkage, resulting in acid-transforming chitosan (ATC) with greatly increased aqueous solubility, improved siRNA complexation, and degradability in response to an acidic pH...
March 21, 2018: Biomacromolecules
Paul M Bogie, Lauren R Holloway, Yana Lyon, Nicole C Onishi, Gregory J O Beran, Ryan R Julian, Richard J Hooley
A strained, "springloaded" Fe2 L3 iminopyridine mesocate shows highly variable reactivity upon postassembly reaction with competitive diamines. The strained assembly is reactive toward transimination in minutes at ambient temperature and allows observation of kinetically trapped intermediates in the self-assembly pathway. When diamines are used that can only form less favored cage products upon full equilibration, trapped ML3 fragments with pendant, "hanging" NH2 groups are selectively formed instead...
March 21, 2018: Inorganic Chemistry
Zi-Qiang Wu, Tai-Min Xu, Shan Shen, Xiang-Fu Liu, Kai-Yue Luo, Chang-Lin Zhao
A new poroid wood-inhabiting fungal genus, Elaphroporia , typified by E. ailaoshanensis sp. nov. , is proposed based on a combination of morphological features and molecular evidence. The genus is characterised by an annual growth habit, resupinate basidiocarps, becoming rigid and light-weight up on drying, a monomitic hyphal system with thick-walled generative hyphae bearing both clamp connections and simple septa, slightly amyloid, CB+ and ellipsoid, hyaline, thin-walled, smooth and IKI-, CB- basidiospores...
2018: MycoKeys
Masaya Takizawa, Yuka Sazuka, Koji Horigome, Yuki Sakurai, Shusuke Matsui, Haruka Minato, Takuma Kureha, Daisuke Suzuki
The unique drying behavior of aqueous droplets that contain soft hydrogel microspheres (microgels) upon evaporation was systematically investigated. Compared to the ring-shaped deposits that are obtained from drying solid microsphere dispersions, we have previously reported that uniformly ordered thin films are obtained from drying ~1.2 µm-sized poly(N-isopropyl acrylamide) microgel dispersions. In the present study, we thoroughly investigated several hitherto unexplored aspects of this self-organization, such as the effect of the size, chemical structure, and "softness" of the microgels (or rigid microspheres)...
March 21, 2018: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Hao Li, Ming Li, Zhan Kang
The competition between the out-of-plane rigidity and the van der Waals interaction leads to the scrolled and folded structural configurations of graphene. These configuration changes, as compared with the initially planar geometry, significantly affect the electronic, optical and mechanical properties of graphene, promising exciting applications in graphene-nanoelectronics. We propose a finite-deformation theoretical model, in which no presumed assumptions on the geometries of deformed configurations are required...
March 20, 2018: Nanotechnology
Michelle Hershman, Raymond Carmody, Unni K Udayasankar
History A 19-year-old woman with no pertinent medical history was brought to the emergency department after being found unconscious on her bathroom floor by her roommate. In the preceding weeks, she had reported intractable nausea and vomiting, for which she had been taking ondansetron. No other medications had been prescribed. The day prior to presentation, she had contacted her mother and described increasing confusion. Glasgow coma scale score on arrival in the emergency department was 4. Intravenous naloxone was administered, without immediate response...
April 2018: Radiology
Nichole Moyle, Zhenping He, Haibin Wu, Chung-Yuen Hui, Anand Jagota
Numerous biomimetic structures made from elastomeric materials have been developed to produce enhancement in properties such as adhesion, static friction, and sliding friction. As a property, one expects adhesion to be represented by an energy per unit area that is usually sensitive to the combination of shear and normal stresses at the crack front but is otherwise dependent only on the two elastic materials that meet at the interface. More specifically, one would expect that adhesion measured by indentation (a popular and convenient technique) could be used to predict adhesion hysteresis in the more practically important rolling geometry...
March 20, 2018: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Noam Brown, Jiangtao Lei, Chendi Zhan, Linda J W Shimon, Lihi Adler-Abramovich, Guanghong Wei, Ehud Gazit
Self-assembly is a process of key importance in natural systems and in nanotechnology. Peptides are attractive building blocks due to their relative facile synthesis, biocompatibility and other unique properties. Diphenylalanine (FF) and its derivatives are known to form nanostructures of various architectures and remarkable characteristics. The larger triphenylalanine (FFF) was found to self-assemble as efficiently as FF, forming related but distinct architectures of plate-like and spherical nanostructures...
March 20, 2018: ACS Nano
Shao-Hua Xu, Chao Yang, Wen-Biao Xian, Jing Gu, Jin-Long Liu, Lu-Lu Jiang, Jing Ye, Yan-Mei Liu, Qi-Yu Guo, Yi-Fan Zheng, Lei Wu, Wan-Ru Chen, Zhong Pei, Ling Chen
Deep brain stimulation of the subthalamic nucleus is recognized as the most effective treatment for moderate and advanced Parkinson's disease. Programming of the stimulation parameters is important for maintaining the efficacy of deep brain stimulation. Voltage is considered to be the most effective programming parameter. The present study is a retrospective analysis of six patients with Parkinson's disease (four men and two women, aged 37-65 years), who underwent bilateral deep brain stimulation of the subthalamic nucleus at the First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University, China, and who subsequently adjusted only the stimulation voltage...
February 2018: Neural Regeneration Research
Yagiz Efe Bayiz, Mohammad Ghanaatpishe, Hosam Fathy, Bo Cheng
In this work, a multi-objective optimization framework is developed for optimizing low-Reynolds number (Re) hovering flight. This framework is then applied to compare the efficiency of rigid revolving and flapping wings with rectangular shape under varying Re and Rossby number (Ro, or aspect ratio). The proposed framework is capable of generating sets of optimal solutions and Pareto fronts for maximizing lift coefficient and minimizing power coefficient in dimensionless space, which explicitly reveal the trade off between lift generation and power consumption...
March 20, 2018: Bioinspiration & Biomimetics
Geetha Rani Yuvaraj, Baddrireddi Subhadra Lakshmi
Estrogen receptor α (ER α) is an important therapeutic target in the regulation of ligand dependent signaling in breast cancer. The current study investigates the anti-estrogenic potential of the Diarylheptanoid, 5-hydroxy-7-(4-hydroxy-3 methoxyphenyl)-1-phenyl-3-heptanone (DAH) in silico. Rigid Docking analysis of DAH at the ligand binding domain (LBD) of ER α showed hydrogen bond interactions with Arg394 and Glu353 at the active site, similar to the positive controls 4 - Hydroxy Tamoxifen (4-OHT) and Fulvestrant (FUL)...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
Denise F Blake, Derelle A Young, Lawrence H Brown
INTRODUCTION: Published normal transcutaneous oxygen partial pressures (Ptc O2 ) for the chest and lower limb have defined tissue hypoxia as a value of < 40 mmHg (< 30 mmHg in some patients, < 50 mmHg in others). AIM: To determine 'normal' Ptc O2 for the upper and lower limb in healthy, non-smoking adults using the Radiometer® TCM400 with tc Sensor E5250. METHOD: Thirty-two volunteers had transcutaneous oxygen measurements (TCOM) performed on the chest, upper and lower limbs breathing air, with leg then arm elevated and whilst breathing 100% oxygen...
March 31, 2018: Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine: the Journal of the South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society
Sonia-Yuki Selmi, Emmanuel Promayon, Jocelyne Troccaz
PURPOSE: We present a hybrid 2D-3D ultrasound (US) rigid registration method for navigated prostate biopsy that enables continuous localization of the biopsy trajectory during the exam. METHODS: Current clinical computer-assisted biopsy systems use either sensor-based or image-based approaches. We combine the advantages of both in order to obtain an accurate and real-time navigation based only on an approximate localization of the US probe. Starting with features extracted in both 2D and 3D images, our method introduces a variant of the iterative closest point (ICP) algorithm...
March 20, 2018: International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery
Gui-Yun Hang, Wen-Li Yu, Tao Wang, Zhen Li
In this work, a CL-20/DNB cocrystal explosive model was established and six different kinds of fluoropolymers, i.e., PVDF, PCTFE, F2311 , F2312 , F2313 and F2314 were added into the (1 0 0), (0 1 0), (0 0 1) crystal orientations to obtain the corresponding polymer bonded explosives (PBXs). The influence of fluoropolymers on PBX properties (energetic property, stability and mechanical properties) was investigated and evaluated using molecular dynamics (MD) methods. The results reveal a decrease in engineering moduli, an increase in Cauchy pressure (i...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Molecular Modeling
Qinglei Ji, Jia Ming Zhang, Ying Liu, Xiying Li, Pengyu Lv, Dongping Jin, Huiling Duan
3D-printing (3DP) technology has been developing rapidly. However, limited studies on the contribution of 3DP technology, especially multimaterial 3DP technology, to droplet-microfluidics have been reported. In this paper, multimaterial 3D-printed devices for the pneumatic control of emulsion generation have been reported. A 3D coaxial flexible channel with other rigid structures has been designed and printed monolithically. Numerical and experimental studies have demonstrated that this flexible channel can be excited by the air pressure and then deform in a controllable way, which can provide the active control of droplet generation...
March 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
Ahmad M Radaideh, Ziad A Audat, Abdullah A Saleh
BACKGROUND Fractures of the talus are uncommon injuries that usually involve the talar neck, rather than the talar body. This report is of a rare case of combined left talar neck fracture and adjacent joint dislocation with an ipsilateral bimalleolar ankle fracture. CASE REPORT A 37-year-old man presented with an injury to his left foot following a motor vehicle accident. When he presented to the hospital emergency department, his left foot and ankle were swollen, the overlying skin was intact but badly contused, and there was no neurovascular deficit...
March 20, 2018: American Journal of Case Reports
Giacomo Mauro D'Ariano
I argue for a full mathematization of the physical theory, including its axioms, which must contain no physical primitives. In provocative words: 'physics from no physics'. Although this may seem an oxymoron, it is the royal road to keep complete logical coherence, hence falsifiability of the theory. For such a purely mathematical theory the physical connotation must pertain only the interpretation of the mathematics, ranging from the axioms to the final theorems. On the contrary, the postulates of the two current major physical theories either do not have physical interpretation (as for von Neumann's axioms for quantum theory), or contain physical primitives as 'clock', 'rigid rod', 'force', 'inertial mass' (as for special relativity and mechanics)...
April 28, 2018: Philosophical Transactions. Series A, Mathematical, Physical, and Engineering Sciences
Madhumitha Dhanasekaran, Maheshkumar Jaganathan, A Dhathathreyan
This study examines adsorption of Myoglobin (Mb) in solution and as colloid on supported lipid bilayers of neutral phospholipids and a mixture of neutral + cationic lipids formed on gold coated quartz in a Quartz crystal microbalance (QCM). Results indicate that thin adsorbed films of Mb in solution and as colloids, show atleast 3 steps in the interaction with the bilayers: i) An initial strain of a viscoelastic film ii) Entrained water that moves in and out of the adsorbed film and iii) The coupled load from the bulk liquid which increases the strain of the film...
March 16, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Xiaojian Ma, Biao Huang, Xin Zhao, Yue Wang, Qing Chang, Sicong Qiu, Xiaoying Fu, Guoyu Wang
The objective of this paper is to apply experimental methods to investigate the dynamics of spark-induced bubbles in the vicinity of the elastic and rigid boundary. In the experiment, the temporal evolution of the bubble is recorded by the high-speed camera at the 25,000 frames per second, as well as corresponding data such as normalized collapse position, the time of bubble collapse, and the velocity of the high-speed liquid jet. Results are presented for a single bubble generated over the elastic and rigid plates, under a wide range of normalized standoff distance from 0...
May 2018: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
Leslie C Robinson, Richard C E Anderson, Douglas L Brockmeyer, Michelle R Torok, Todd C Hankinson
BACKGROUND: Fusion rates following rigid internal instrumentation for occipitocervical and atlantoaxial instability approach 100% in many reports. Based on this success and the morbidity that can be associated with obtaining autograft for fusion, surgeons increasingly select alternative graft materials. OBJECTIVE: To examine fusion failure using various graft materials in a retrospective observational study. METHODS: Insurance claims databases (Truven Health MarketScan® [Truven Health Analytics, Ann Arbor, Michigan] and IMS Health Lifelink/PHARMetrics [IMS Health, Danbury, Connecticut]) were used to identify patients with CPT codes 22590 and 22595...
March 15, 2018: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
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