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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911444/impact-of-optical-coherence-tomography-scanning-density-on-quantitative-analyses-in-neovascular-age-related-macular-degeneration
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S B Velaga, M G Nittala, R K Konduru, F Heussen, P A Keane, S R Sadda
PurposeTo assess the influence of varying B-scan frame-sampling densities on retinal thickness and volume measurements from spectral domain optical coherence tomography (OCT) in eyes with neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD).MethodsVolume OCT data (512 × 128 macular cube over 6 × 6 mm) were collected from 39 eyes with neovascular AMD. All 128 B-scans in each image set were manually segmented, allowing quantification of the neurosensory retina, subretinal fluid (SRF), subretinal hyperreflective material (SRHM), and pigment epithelium detachment (PED)...
December 2, 2016: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910860/dynamic-nuclear-magnetic-resonance-field-sensing-with-part-per-trillion-resolution
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Simon Gross, Christoph Barmet, Benjamin E Dietrich, David O Brunner, Thomas Schmid, Klaas P Pruessmann
High-field magnets of up to tens of teslas in strength advance applications in physics, chemistry and the life sciences. However, progress in generating such high fields has not been matched by corresponding advances in magnetic field measurement. Based mostly on nuclear magnetic resonance, dynamic high-field magnetometry is currently limited to resolutions in the nanotesla range. Here we report a concerted approach involving tailored materials, magnetostatics and detection electronics to enhance the resolution of nuclear magnetic resonance sensing by three orders of magnitude...
December 2, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910853/holographic-free-electron-light-source
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Guanhai Li, Brendan P Clarke, Jin-Kyu So, Kevin F MacDonald, Nikolay I Zheludev
Recent advances in the physics and technology of light generation via free-electron proximity and impact interactions with nanostructures (gratings, photonic crystals, nano-undulators, metamaterials and antenna arrays) have enabled the development of nanoscale-resolution techniques for such applications as mapping plasmons, studying nanoparticle structural transformations and characterizing luminescent materials (including time-resolved measurements). Here, we introduce a universal approach allowing generation of light with prescribed wavelength, direction, divergence and topological charge via point-excitation of holographic plasmonic metasurfaces...
December 2, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910820/4d-bioprinting-the-next-generation-technology-for-biofabrication-enabled-by-stimuli-responsive-materials
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Yi-Chen Li, Yu Shrike Zhang, Ali Akpek, Su Ryon Shin, Ali Khademhosseini
Four-dimensional (4D) bioprinting, encompassing a wide range of disciplines including bioengineering, materials science, chemistry, and computer sciences, is emerging as the next-generation biofabrication technology. By utilizing stimuli-responsive materials and advanced three-dimensional (3D) bioprinting strategies, 4D bioprinting aims to create dynamic 3D patterned biological structures that can transform their shapes or behavior under various stimuli. In this review, we highlight the potential use of various stimuli-responsive materials for 4D printing and their extension into biofabrication...
December 2, 2016: Biofabrication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910243/recent-advances-in-aliphatic-polyesters-for-drug-delivery-applications
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REVIEW
Katherine E Washington, Ruvanthi N Kularatne, Vasanthy Karmegam, Michael C Biewer, Mihaela C Stefan
The use of aliphatic polyesters in drug delivery applications has been a field of significant interest spanning decades. Drug delivery strategies have made abundant use of polyesters in their structures owing to their biocompatibility and biodegradability. The properties afforded from these materials provide many avenues for the tunability of drug delivery systems to suit individual needs of diverse applications. Polyesters can be formed in several different ways, but the most prevalent is the ring-opening polymerization of cyclic esters...
December 1, 2016: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910196/atomically-dispersed-iron-nitrogen-species-as-electrocatalysts-for-bifunctional-oxygen-evolution-and-reduction-reactions
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Pengzuo Chen, Tianpei Zhou, Lili Xing, Kun Xu, Yun Tong, Hui Xie, Lidong Zhang, Wensheng Yan, Wangsheng Chu, Changzheng Wu, Yi Xie
Rational design of non-noble materials as highly efficient, economical, and durable bifunctional catalysts for oxygen evolution and reduction reactions (OER/ORR) is currently a critical obstacle for rechargeable metal-air batteries. A new route involving S was developed to achieve atomic dispersion of Fe-Nx species on N and S co-decorated hierarchical carbon layers, resulting in single-atom bifunctional OER/ORR catalysts for the first time. The abundant atomically dispersed Fe-Nx species are highly catalytically active, the hierarchical structure offers more opportunities for active sites, and the electrical conductivity is greatly improved...
December 2, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910174/combined-application-of-uhplc-qtof-ms-hplc-elsd-and-1-h-nmr-spectroscopy-for-quality-assessment-of-da-9801-a-standardised-dioscorea-extract
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Kyo Bin Kang, Jayoung Ryu, Youngwoong Cho, Sang-Zin Choi, Miwon Son, Sang Hyun Sung
INTRODUCTION: DA-9801, a standardised 50% aqueous ethanolic extract of a mixture of Dioscorea japonica and D. nipponica, is a botanical drug candidate for the treatment of diabetic neuropathy, which finished its US phase II clinical trials recently. An advanced quality control method is needed for further development of DA-9801, considering its high contents of both primary and secondary metabolites. OBJECTIVE: Development of a quality assessment strategy for DA-9801, based on the combination of UHPLC-QTOF/MS, HPLC-ELSD, and (1) H-NMR spectroscopy...
December 1, 2016: Phytochemical Analysis: PCA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909652/percutaneous-transpedicular-lumbar-endoscopy-a-case-report
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Priyank Uniyal, Gun Choi, Bhushan Khedkkar
INTRODUCTION: Since Kambin introduced the concept of percutaneous transforaminal disc surgery in 1973, there has been numerous advances in the field of spine endoscopy and the concept of central debulking of the disc has changed to targeted fragmentectomy and disc preservation. The lumbar disc fragments which are down migrated and to the medial aspect of the pedicle are extremely challenging to deal by transforaminal approach even after foraminoplasties and by various other approaches...
2016: International Journal of Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906403/printable-ink-lenses-diffusers-and-2d-gratings
#9
Rajib Ahmed, Ali K Yetisen, Anthony El Khoury, Haider Butt
Advances in holography have led to applications including data storage, displays, security labels, and colorimetric sensors. However, existing top-down approaches for the fabrication of holographic devices are complex, expensive, and expertise dependent, limiting their use in practical applications. Here, ink-based holographic devices have been created for a wide range of applications in diffraction optics. A single pulse of a 3.5 ns Nd:YAG laser allowed selective ablation of ink to nanofabricate planar optical devices...
December 1, 2016: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906387/hierarchically-porous-materials-synthesis-strategies-and-structure-design
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REVIEW
Xiao-Yu Yang, Li-Hua Chen, Yu Li, Joanna Claire Rooke, Clément Sanchez, Bao-Lian Su
Owing to their immense potential in energy conversion and storage, catalysis, photocatalysis, adsorption, separation and life science applications, significant interest has been devoted to the design and synthesis of hierarchically porous materials. The hierarchy of materials on porosity, structural, morphological, and component levels is key for high performance in all kinds of applications. Synthesis and applications of hierarchically structured porous materials have become a rapidly evolving field of current interest...
December 1, 2016: Chemical Society Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905611/surface-tension-driven-self-alignment
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REVIEW
Massimo Mastrangeli, Quan Zhou, Veikko Sariola, Pierre Lambert
Surface tension-driven self-alignment is a passive and highly-accurate positioning mechanism that can significantly simplify and enhance the construction of advanced microsystems. After years of research, demonstrations and developments, the surface engineering and manufacturing technology enabling capillary self-alignment has achieved a degree of maturity conducive to a successful transfer to industrial practice. In view of this transition, a broad and accessible review of the physics, material science and applications of capillary self-alignment is presented...
December 1, 2016: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904525/exosomes-as-nanocarriers-for-sirna-delivery-paradigms-and-challenges
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Fahimeh Shahabipour, Maciej Banach, Amirhossein Sahebkar
Exosomes are nano-sized vesicles that facilitate intercellular communications through carrying genetic materials and functional biomolecules. Owing to their unique size and structure, exosomes have emerged as a useful tool to overcome the limitations of siRNA delivery. The use of exosomes as siRNA delivery vehicles lacks certain disadvantages of the existing foreign delivery systems such as viruses, polycationic polymers and liposomes, and introduces several advantages including inherent capacity to pass through biological barriers and escape from phagocytosis by the reticuloendothelial system, as well as being biocompatible, non-toxic, and immunologically inert...
December 1, 2016: Archives of Medical Science: AMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901191/charcoal-anatomy-of-brazilian-species-i-anacardiaceae
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Thaís A P Gonçalves, Rita Scheel-Ybert
Anthracological studies are firmly advancing in the tropics during the last decades. The theoretical and methodological bases of the discipline are well established. Yet, there is a strong demand for comparative reference material, seeking for an improvement in the precision of taxonomic determination, both in palaeoecological and palaeoethnobotanical studies and to help preventing illegal charcoal production. This work presents descriptions of charcoal anatomy of eleven Anacardiaceae species from six genera native to Brazil (Anacardium occidentale, Anacardium parvifolium, Astronium graveolens, Astronium lecointei, Lithrea molleoides, Schinus terebenthifolius, Spondias mombin, Spondias purpurea, Spondias tuberosa, Tapirira guianensis, and Tapirira obtusa)...
2016: Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901159/a-portable-and-reconfigurable-multi-organ-platform-for-drug-development-with-onboard-microfluidic-flow-control
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J R Coppeta, M J Mescher, B C Isenberg, A J Spencer, E S Kim, A R Lever, T J Mulhern, R Prantil-Baun, J C Comolli, J T Borenstein
The drug development pipeline is severely limited by a lack of reliable tools for prediction of human clinical safety and efficacy profiles for compounds at the pre-clinical stage. Here we present the design and implementation of a platform technology comprising multiple human cell-based tissue models in a portable and reconfigurable format that supports individual organ function and crosstalk for periods of up to several weeks. Organ perfusion and crosstalk are enabled by a precision flow control technology based on electromagnetic actuators embedded in an arrayed format on a microfluidic platform...
November 30, 2016: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901091/kitaev-exchange-and-field-induced-quantum-spin-liquid-states-in-honeycomb-%C3%AE-rucl3
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Ravi Yadav, Nikolay A Bogdanov, Vamshi M Katukuri, Satoshi Nishimoto, Jeroen van den Brink, Liviu Hozoi
Large anisotropic exchange in 5d and 4d oxides and halides open the door to new types of magnetic ground states and excitations, inconceivable a decade ago. A prominent case is the Kitaev spin liquid, host of remarkable properties such as protection of quantum information and the emergence of Majorana fermions. Here we discuss the promise for spin-liquid behavior in the 4d(5) honeycomb halide α-RuCl3. From advanced electronic-structure calculations, we find that the Kitaev interaction is ferromagnetic, as in 5d(5) iridium honeycomb oxides, and indeed defines the largest superexchange energy scale...
November 30, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900856/nanocomposite-hydrogels-and-their-applications-in-tissue-engineering
#16
Andisheh Motealleh, Nermin Seda Kehr
Nanocomposite (NC) hydrogels, organic-inorganic hybrid materials, are of great interest as artificial three-dimensional (3D) biomaterials for biomedical applications. NC hydrogels are prepared in water by chemically or physically cross-linking organic polymers with nanomaterials (NMs). The incorporation of hard inorganic NMs into the soft organic polymer matrix enhances the physical, chemical, and biological properties of NC hydrogels. Therefore, NC hydrogels are excellent candidates for artificial 3D biomaterials, particularly in tissue engineering applications, where they can mimic the chemical, mechanical, electrical, and biological properties of native tissues...
November 30, 2016: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900229/patient-perception-of-negative-noninvasive-prenatal-testing-results
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A Theresa Wittman, S Shahrukh Hashmi, Hector Mendez-Figueroa, Salma Nassef, Blair Stevens, Claire N Singletary
Objective To determine patient perception of residual risk after receiving a negative non-invasive prenatal testing result. Introduction Recent technological advances have yielded a new method of prenatal screening, non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT), which uses cell-free fetal DNA from the mother's blood to assess for aneuploidy. NIPT has much higher detection rates and positive predictive values than previous methods however, NIPT is not diagnostic. Past studies have demonstrated that patients may underestimate the limitations of prenatal screening; however, patient perception of NIPT has not yet been assessed...
October 2016: American Journal of Perinatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899996/quantitative-label-free-mass-spectrometry-analysis-of-formalin-fixed-paraffin-embedded-tissue-representing-the-invasive-cutaneous-malignant-melanoma-proteome
#18
Paul Dowling, Benvon Moran, Edel McAuley, Paula Meleady, Michael Henry, Martin Clynes, Mairin McMenamin, Niamh Leonard, Mary Monks, Bairbre Wynne, Patrick Ormond, Annemarie Larkin
Understanding the events at a protein level that govern the progression from melanoma in situ to invasive melanoma are important areas of current research to be developed. Recent advances in the analysis of formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissue by proteomics, particularly using the filter-aided sample preparation protocol, has opened up the possibility of studying vast archives of clinical material and associated medical records. In the present study, quantitative protein profiling was performed using tandem mass spectrometry, and the proteome differences between melanoma in situ and invasive melanoma were compared...
November 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899700/a-magneto-microfluidic-system-for-investigating-the-influence-of-an-externally-induced-force-gradient-in-a-collagen-type-i-ecm-on-hmvec-sprouting
#19
Sahan C B Herath, Soheila Sharghi-Namini, Yue Du, Dongan Wang, Ruowen Ge, Qing-Guo Wang, Harry Asada, Peter C Y Chen
Advances in mechanobiology have suggested that physiological and pathological angiogenesis may be differentiated based on the ways in which the cells interact with the extracellular matrix (ECM) that exhibits partially different mechanical properties. This warrants investigating the regulation of ECM stiffness on cell behavior using angiogenesis assays. In this article, we report the application of the technique of active manipulation of ECM stiffness to study in vitro angiogenic sprouting of human microvascular endothelial cells (HMVECs) in a microfluidic device...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Laboratory Automation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899345/ethics-of-genetic-testing-and-research-in-sport-a-position-statement-from-the-australian-institute-of-sport
#20
Nicole Vlahovich, Peter A Fricker, Matthew A Brown, David Hughes
As Australia's peak high-performance sport agency, the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) has developed this position statement to address the implications of recent advances in the field of genetics and the ramifications for the health and well-being of athletes. Genetic testing has proven of value in the practice of clinical medicine. There are, however, currently no scientific grounds for the use of genetic testing for athletic performance improvement, sport selection or talent identification. Athletes and coaches should be discouraged from using direct-to-consumer genetic testing because of its lack of validation and replicability and the lack of involvement of a medical practitioner in the process...
November 29, 2016: British Journal of Sports Medicine
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