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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098192/wearable-atmospheric-pressure-plasma-fabrics-produced-by-knitting-flexible-wire-electrodes-for-the-decontamination-of-chemical-warfare-agents
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Heesoo Jung, Jin Ah Seo, Seungki Choi
One of the key reasons for the limited use of atmospheric pressure plasma (APP) is its inability to treat non-flat, three-dimensional (3D) surface structures, such as electronic devices and the human body, because of the rigid electrode structure required. In this study, a new APP system design-wearable APP (WAPP)-that utilizes a knitting technique to assemble flexible co-axial wire electrodes into a large-area plasma fabric is presented. The WAPP device operates in ambient air with a fully enclosed power electrode and grounded outer electrode...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097600/network-forming-nanoclusters-in-binary-as-s-se-glasses-from-ab-initio-quantum-chemical-modeling-to-experimental-evidences
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M Hyla
Network-forming As2(S/Se)m nanoclusters are employed to recognize expected variations in a vicinity of some remarkable compositions in binary As-Se/S glassy systems accepted as signatures of optimally constrained intermediate topological phases in earlier temperature-modulated differential scanning calorimetry experiments. The ab initio quantum chemical calculations performed using the cation-interlinking network cluster approach show similar oscillating character in tendency to local chemical decomposition but obvious step-like behavior in preference to global phase separation on boundary chemical compounds (pure chalcogen and stoichiometric arsenic chalcogenides)...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097268/the-effect-of-office-based-flexible-and-rigid-cystoscopy-on-pain-experience-in-female-patients
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Niek F Casteleijn, Jessica L Vriesema, Saskia P Stomps, Olav L W B van Balen, Erik B Cornel
PURPOSE: Rigid and flexible cystoscopies are both routinely used in female patients. Literature is conflicting whether flexible cystoscopy is less painful compared to rigid cystoscopy. The aim of this study was therefore to investigate whether using flexible cystoscopy leads to less discomfort and pain compared to rigid cystoscopy in female patients who underwent first time cystoscopy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: One hundred eighty-nine female patients, who never had undergone cystoscopy, were randomized into 2 groups: 92 patients underwent rigid cystoscopy and 97 patients flexible cystoscopy...
January 2017: Investigative and Clinical Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094942/simulation-of-dbs-dbs-cooh-and-dbs-conhnh2-as-hydrogelators
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Dafna Knani, David Alperstein
The organic gelator 1,3(R):2,4(S)-dibenzylidene-D-sorbitol (DBS) self-organizes to form a 3-D network at relatively low concentrations in a variety of nonpolar organic solvents and polymer melt. DBS could be transformed into a hydrogelator by introduction of hydrophilic groups, which facilitate its self-assembly in aqueous medium. In this work, we have investigated the hydrogelators DBS-COOH and DBS-CONHNH2 and the organogelator DBS by molecular modeling. We have used quantum mechanics (QM) to elucidate the preferred geometry of one molecule and a dimer of each of the gelators, and molecular dynamics (MD) to simulate the pure gelators and their mixtures with water...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094924/reversible-and-selective-encapsulation-of-dextromethorphan-and-%C3%AE-estradiol-using-an-asymmetric-molecular-capsule-assembled-via-the-weak-link-approach
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Jose Mendez-Arroyo, Andrea I d'Aquino, Alyssa B Chinen, Yashin D Manraj, Chad A Mirkin
An allosterically regulated, asymmetric receptor featuring a binding cavity large enough to accommodate three-dimensional pharmaceutical guest molecules as opposed to planar, rigid aromatics, was synthesized via the Weak-Link Approach. This architecture is capable of switching between an expanded, flexible "open" configuration and a collapsed, rigid "closed" one. The structure of the molecular receptor can be completely modulated in situ through the use of simple ionic effectors, which reversibly control the coordination state of the Pt(II) metal hinges to open and close the molecular receptor...
January 17, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094532/preclinical-comparison-of-albumin-binding-radiofolates-impact-of-linker-entities-on-the-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-properties
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Klaudia Siwowska, Stephanie Haller, Francesca Bortoli, Martina Benešová, Viola Groehn, Peter Bernhardt, Roger Schibli, Cristina Müller
Tumor targeting with folic acid radioconjugates has been proposed as a promising strategy for radionuclide therapy of folate receptor α (FR)-positive cancer. Recently, it was shown that modification of radiofolates with an albumin-binding entity increased the tumor-to-kidney ratios of accumulated radioactivity in mice. The goal of this study was to evaluate the lead compound cm10 and compare it with new albumin-binding folate conjugates. Compound cm12 was designed with a long spacer consisting of a PEG-11 entity, and compound cm13 contained a short alkane chain between the albumin-binding moiety and folic acid...
January 17, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094498/barium-titanate-film-interfaces-for-hybrid-composite-energy-harvesters
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Christopher C Bowland, Mohammad H Malakooti, Henry A Sodano
Energy harvesting utilizing piezoelectric materials has become an attractive approach for converting mechanical energy into electrical power for low-power electronics. Structural composites are ideally suited for energy scavenging due to the large amount of mechanical energy they are subjected to. Here, a multifunctional composite with embedded sensing and energy harvesting is developed by integrating an active interface into carbon fiber reinforced polymer composites. By modifying the composite matrix, both rigid and flexible multifunctional composites are fabricated...
January 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094370/probing-sub-nano-level-molecular-packing-and-correlated-positron-annihilation-characteristics-of-ionic-cross-linked-chitosan-membranes-using-positron-annihilation-spectroscopy
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Rui Xia, Xingzhong Cao, Meizhen Gao, Peng Zhang, Minfeng Zeng, Baoyi Wang, Long Wei
Chitosan, CS, cross-linked with bivalent palladium has shown enhanced mechanical and thermal properties depending on the transformation of the structure at a microscopic scale. In the present study, CS directly cross-linked by palladium cation membranes (CS-cr-PM) was prepared through a solution-casting method. Mobility of chitosan chains were greatly reduced after crosslinking, making a great reduction in the swelling ratio studied by a water-swelling degree measurement, which led to an improvement in molecular chain rigidity...
January 17, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093876/development-of-poly-lactide-co-glycolide-nanoparticles-functionalized-with-a-mitochondria-penetrating-peptide
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Francesca Selmin, Giulia Magri, Chiara G M Gennari, Silvia Marchianò, Nicola Ferri, Sara Pellegrino
The development of mitochondria-targeting cell permeable vectors represents a promising therapeutic approach for several diseases, such as cancer and oxidative pathologies. Nevertheless, access to mitochondria can be difficult. A new hybrid material composed by poly(lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) functionalized with a 6-mer mitochondria penetrating peptide (MPP), consisting in alternating arginine and unnatural cyclohexylalanine, was developed. Circular dichroism, FT-IR and DSC studies indicated that the conjugation of the peptide with the polymer led to the obtainment of a more rigid material with respect to both PLGA and MPP as such...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Peptide Science: An Official Publication of the European Peptide Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093259/suspending-loads-decreases-load-stability-but-may-slightly-improve-body-stability
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Jeffrey Ackerman, Karna Potwar, Justin Seipel
Here, we seek to determine how compliantly suspended loads could affect the dynamic stability of legged locomotion. We theoretically model the dynamic stability of a human carrying a load using a coupled spring-mass-damper model and an actuated spring-loaded inverted pendulum model, as these models have demonstrated the ability to correctly predict other aspects of locomotion with a load in prior work, such as body forces and energetic cost. We report that minimizing the load suspension natural frequency and damping ratio significantly reduces the stability of the load mass but may slightly improve the body stability of locomotion when compared to a rigidly attached load...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092560/diffeomorphic-multi-frame-non-rigid-registration-of-cell-nuclei-in-2d-and-3d-live-cell-images
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Marco Tektonidis, Karl Rohr
To gain a better understanding of cellular and molecular processes it is important to quantitatively analyze the motion of subcellular particles in live cell microscopy image sequences. Since generally the subcellular particles move and cell nuclei move as well as deform, it is important to decouple the movement of particles from that of the cell nuclei using nonrigid registration methods. We have developed a diffeomorphic multi-frame approach for non-rigid registration of cell nuclei in 2D and 3D live cell fluorescence microscopy images...
January 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092154/correlating-the-network-topology-of-oxide-glasses-with-their-chemical-durability
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Nerea Mascaraque, Mathieu Bauchy, Morten M Smedskjaer
Glasses gradually dissolve and corrode when they are exposed to aqueous solutions and for many applications it is necessary to understand and predict the kinetics of the glass dissolution. Despite the recent progress in understanding the impact of chemical composition on the dissolution rate, a detailed understanding of the structural and topological origin of chemical durability in solutions of different pH is still largely lacking. Such knowledge would enable the tailoring of glass dissolution kinetics as a function of chemical composition...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091889/theoretical-insights-into-the-effects-of-molar-ratios-on-stabilities-mechanical-properties-and-detonation-performance-of-cl-20-hmx-cocrystal-explosives-by-molecular-dynamics-simulation
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Gui-Yun Hang, Wen-Li Yu, Tao Wang, Jin-Tao Wang, Zhen Li
To research and estimate the effects of molar ratios on structures, stabilities, mechanical properties, and detonation properties of CL-20/HMX cocrystal explosive, the CL-20/HMX cocrystal explosive models with different molar ratios were established in Materials Studio (MS). The crystal parameters, structures, stabilities, mechanical properties, and some detonation parameters of different cocrystal explosives were obtained and compared. The molecular dynamics (MD) simulation results illustrate that the molar ratios of CL-20/HMX have a direct influence on the comprehensive performance of cocrystal explosive...
January 2017: Journal of Molecular Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091280/rotation-elastogram-estimation-using-synthetic-transmit-aperture-technique
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Lokesh B, Bhaskara Rao Chintada, Arun Kumar Thittai
It is well-documented in literature that benign breast lesions, such as fibroadenomas, are loosely bonded to their surrounding tissue and tend to slip under a small quasi-static compression, whereas malignant lesions being firmly bonded to their surrounding tissue do not slip. Recent developments in quasi-static ultrasound elastography have shown that an image of the axial-shear strain distribution can provide information about the bonding condition at the lesion-surrounding tissue boundary. Further studies analyzing the axial-shear strain elastograms revealed that nonzero axial-shear strain values appear inside the lesion, referred to as fill-in, only when a lesion is loosely bonded and asymmetrically oriented to the axis of compression...
January 1, 2017: Ultrasonic Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090441/principal-component-analysis-t1%C3%AF-voxel-based-relaxometry-of-the-articular-cartilage-a-comparison-of-biochemical-patterns-in-osteoarthritis-and-anterior-cruciate-ligament-subjects
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Valentina Pedoia, Colin Russell, Allison Randolph, Xiaojuan Li, Sharmila Majumdar
BACKGROUND: Quantitative MR, including T1ρ mapping, has been extensively used to probe early biochemical changes in knee articular cartilage of subjects with osteoarthritis (OA) and others at risk for cartilage degeneration, such as those with anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury and reconstruction. However, limited studies have been performed aimed to assess the spatial location and patterns of T1ρ. In this study we used a novel voxel-based relaxometry (VBR) technique coupled with principal component analysis (PCA) to extract relevant features so as to describe regional patterns and to investigate their similarities and differences in T1ρ maps in subjects with OA and subjects six months after ACL reconstruction (ACLR)...
December 2016: Quantitative Imaging in Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090295/an-advanced-protocol-driven-transition-from-parenteral-prostanoids-to-inhaled-trepostinil-in-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
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Ronald Oudiz, Manyoo Agarwal, Franz Rischard, Teresa De Marco
Patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) often require parenteral prostanoids to improve symptoms and signs of PAH. Complications of parenteral prostanoids-such as catheter-related infections and intolerable adverse effects-may develop, prompting transition to inhaled prostanoids. We report a prospective, protocol-driven transition from parenteral prostanoids to inhaled prostanoids with monitoring of exercise gas exchange and acute hemodynamics. Three PAH centers recruited patients transitioning from parenteral prostanoids to inhaled trepostinil...
December 2016: Pulmonary Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090122/effect-of-static-vs-dynamic-imaging-on-particle-transport-in-ct-based-numerical-models-of-human-central-airways
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Shinjiro Miyawaki, Eric A Hoffman, Ching-Long Lin
Advances in quantitative computed tomography (CT) has provided methods to assess the detailed structure of the pulmonary airways and parenchyma, providing the means of applying computational fluid dynamics-based modeling to better understand subject-specific differences in structure-to-function relationships. Most of the previous numerical studies, seeking to predict patterns of inhaled particle deposition, have considered airway geometry and regional ventilation derived from static images. Because geometric alterations of the airway and parenchyma associated with regional ventilation may greatly affect particle transport, we have sought to investigate the effect of rigid vs...
October 2016: Journal of Aerosol Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089734/broadening-the-phenotype-of-dfnb28-mutations-in-triobp-are-associated-with-moderate-stable-hereditary-hearing-impairment
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Mieke Wesdorp, Jiddeke M van de Kamp, Erik F Hensen, Margit Schraders, Jaap Oostrik, Helger G Yntema, Ilse Feenstra, Ronald J C Admiraal, Henricus P M Kunst, Mustafa Tekin, Moien Kanaan, Hannie Kremer, Ronald J E Pennings
DFNB28 is characterized by prelingual, severe to profound sensorineural hearing impairment (HI). It is associated with mutations in exon 6 and 7 of TRIOBP and has not been reported in the European population. Here, we describe two isolated cases of Dutch origin with congenital, moderate HI and compound heterozygous mutations in TRIOBP. Three of the mutations are novel, one nonsense mutation (c.5014G>T (p.Gly1672*)) and two frameshift mutations (c.2653del (p.Arg885Alafs*120) and c.3460_3461del (p.Leu1154Alafs*29))...
January 12, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089330/finite-element-analysis-of-implant-assisted-removable-partial-dentures-framework-design-considerations
#19
Reza Shahmiri, Raj Das
STATEMENT OF PROBLEM: Connecting an acrylic resin base to both a metal framework and a rigidly fixed implant may affect the rotational displacement of the prosthesis during loading. PURPOSE: The purpose of this finite element analysis study was to analyze the effect of connecting a denture base metal framework to an implant with the aim of decreasing the rotational movement of an implant-assisted removable partial denture. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A mesial occlusal rest direct retainer and a distal occlusal rest direct retainer were modeled and adapted to incorporate a modified denture base metal framework in the connection area for each model...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088174/feasibility-and-safety-of-dilatational-tracheotomy-using-the-rigid-endoscope-a-multicenter-study
#20
Andreas Nowak, Peter Kern, Sven Koscielny, Taras I Usichenko, Klaus Hahnenkamp, Markus Jungehülsing, Matthias Tittel, Jens Oeken, Eckart Klemm
BACKGROUND: Fiberoptic tracheo-bronchoscopy is the most commonly used procedure for percutaneous dilational tracheotomy (PDT). However, PDT can be associated with major complications, including death. Furthermore it is unclear, whether the tracheal ring fractures may contribute to the development of tracheal stenosis after PDT nor whether tracheal ring fractures can be prevented by using a rigid endoscope for this procedure. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of and the incidence of complications for PDT using the rigid tracheotomy endoscope (TED)...
January 14, 2017: BMC Anesthesiology
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