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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103141/modification-of-the-genome-of-domestic-animals
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Samantha N Lotti, Kathryn M Polkoff, Marcello Rubessa, Matthew B Wheeler
In the past few years, new technologies have arisen that enable higher efficiency of gene editing. With the increase ease of using gene editing technologies, it is important to consider the best method for transferring new genetic material to livestock animals. Microinjection is a technique that has proven to be effective in mice but is less efficient in large livestock animals. Over the years, a variety of methods have been used for cloning as well as gene transfer including; nuclear transfer, sperm mediated gene transfer (SMGT), and liposome-mediated DNA transfer...
January 19, 2017: Animal Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103013/building-nanoporous-metal-organic-frameworks-armour-on-fibers-for-high-performance-composite-materials
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Xiaobin Yang, Xu Jiang, Yudong Huang, Zhanhu Guo, Lu Shao
The nanoporous Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) "armour" is in situ intergrown onto the surfaces of carbon fibers (CFs) by nitric acid oxidization to supply nucleation sites, and serves as a novel interfacial linker between the fiber and polymer matrix and a smart cushion to release interior and exterior applied forces. Simultaneous enhancements of the interfacial and interlaminar shear strength as well as the tensile strength of CFs were achieved. With the aid of an ultrasonic "cleaning" process, the optimized surface energy and tensile strength of CFs with a MOF "armour" are 83...
January 19, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102868/control-and-automation-of-multilayered-integrated-microfluidic-device-fabrication
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Sarit Kipper, Ludmila Frolov, Ortal Guy, Michal Pellach, Yair Glick, Asaf Malichi, Binyamin A Knisbacher, Efrat Barbiro-Michaely, Dorit Avrahami, Yehuda Yavets-Chen, Erez Y Levanon, Doron Gerber
Integrated microfluidics is a sophisticated three-dimensional (multi layer) solution for high complexity serial or parallel processes. Fabrication of integrated microfluidic devices requires soft lithography and the stacking of thin-patterned PDMS layers. Precise layer alignment and bonding is crucial. There are no previously reported standards for alignment of the layers, which is mostly performed using uncontrolled processes with very low alignment success. As a result, integrated microfluidics is mostly used in academia rather than in the many potential industrial applications...
January 19, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102577/advances-in-bioinspired-interfacial-materials-with-superwettability
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EDITORIAL
Mingjie Liu, Shutao Wang, Lei Jiang
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102338/strengthening-of-ceramic-based-artificial-nacre-via-synergistic-interactions-of-1d-vanadium-pentoxide-and-2d-graphene-oxide-building-blocks
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Andrea Knöller, Christian P Lampa, Felix von Cube, Tingying Helen Zeng, David C Bell, Mildred S Dresselhaus, Zaklina Burghard, Joachim Bill
Nature has evolved hierarchical structures of hybrid materials with excellent mechanical properties. Inspired by nacre's architecture, a ternary nanostructured composite has been developed, wherein stacked lamellas of 1D vanadium pentoxide nanofibres, intercalated with water molecules, are complemented by 2D graphene oxide (GO) nanosheets. The components self-assemble at low temperature into hierarchically arranged, highly flexible ceramic-based papers. The papers' mechanical properties are found to be strongly influenced by the amount of the integrated GO phase...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102254/rational-design-of-reconfigurable-prismatic-architected-materials
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Johannes T B Overvelde, James C Weaver, Chuck Hoberman, Katia Bertoldi
Advances in fabrication technologies are enabling the production of architected materials with unprecedented properties. Most such materials are characterized by a fixed geometry, but in the design of some materials it is possible to incorporate internal mechanisms capable of reconfiguring their spatial architecture, and in this way to enable tunable functionality. Inspired by the structural diversity and foldability of the prismatic geometries that can be constructed using the snapology origami technique, here we introduce a robust design strategy based on space-filling tessellations of polyhedra to create three-dimensional reconfigurable materials comprising a periodic assembly of rigid plates and elastic hinges...
January 18, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101871/recombinant-structural-proteins-and-their-use-in-future-materials
#7
Tara D Sutherland, Trevor D Rapson, Mickey G Huson, Jeffrey S Church
Recombinant proteins are polymers that offer the materials engineer absolute control over chain length and composition: key attributes required for design of advanced polymeric materials. Through this control, these polymers can be encoded to contain information that enables them to respond as the environment changes. However, despite their promise, protein-based materials are under-represented in materials science. In this chapter we investigate why this is and describe recent efforts to address this. We discuss constraints limiting rational design of structural proteins for advanced materials; advantages and disadvantages of different recombinant expression platforms; and, methods to fabricate proteins into solid-state materials...
2017: Sub-cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101858/coiled-coil-design-updated-and-upgraded
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Derek N Woolfson
α-Helical coiled coils are ubiquitous protein-folding and protein-interaction domains in which two or more α-helical chains come together to form bundles. Through a combination of bioinformatics analysis of many thousands of natural coiled-coil sequences and structures, plus empirical protein engineering and design studies, there is now a deep understanding of the sequence-to-structure relationships for this class of protein architecture. This has led to considerable success in rational design and what might be termed in biro de novo design of simple coiled coils, which include homo- and hetero-meric parallel dimers, trimers and tetramers...
2017: Sub-cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101116/journey-to-motherhood-in-the-first-year-after-child-birth
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Nahid Javadifar, Fereshteh Majlesi, Alireza Nikbakht, Saharnaz Nedjat, Ali Montazeri
Objective: Child bearing is a period of psychological challenges that must be viewed in a social context. This study reports the maternal transition from the perspective of Iranian first-time mothers in the first year after childbirth. Materials and methods: Qualitative method was chosen for explanation of mothers' individual experiences of motherhood.26 first-time mothers (aged 18-35 years old with various socio-economic status) who had delivered between 0-1 year prior to the interviews participated in the study...
September 2016: Journal of Family & Reproductive Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100902/prognostic-role-of-neutrophil-to-lymphocyte-ratio-in-locally-advanced-rectal-cancer-treated-with-neoadjuvant-chemoradiotherapy
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Jinwen Shen, Yuan Zhu, Wei Wu, Lingnan Zhang, Haixing Ju, Yongtian Fan, Yuping Zhu, Jialin Luo, Peng Liu, Ning Zhou, Ke Lu, Na Zhang, Dechuan Li, Luying Liu
BACKGROUND Increasing evidence suggests that cancer-associated inflammation is associated with poorer outcomes. The neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR), considered as a systemic inflammation marker, is thought to predict prognoses in colorectal cancer. In this study, we explored the association between the NLR and prognoses following neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy (CRT) for locally advanced rectal cancer (LARC). MATERIAL AND METHODS From February 2002 to December 2012, a group of 202 patients diagnosed with LARC and receiving neoadjuvant CRT followed by radical surgery was included in our retrospective study...
January 19, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099106/costing-in-radiology-and-health-care-rationale-relativity-rudiments-and-realities
#11
Geoffrey D Rubin
Costs direct decisions that influence the effectiveness of radiology in the care of patients on a daily basis. Yet many radiologists struggle to harness the power of cost measurement and cost management as a critical path toward establishing their value in patient care. When radiologists cannot articulate their value, they risk losing control over how imaging is delivered and supported. In the United States, recent payment trends directing value-based payments for bundles of care advance the imperative for radiology providers to articulate their value...
February 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098237/controllable-synthesis-of-tio2-fe2o3-core-shell-nanotube-arrays-with-double-wall-coating-as-superb-lithium-ion-battery-anodes
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Yan Zhong, Yifan Ma, Qiubo Guo, Jiaqi Liu, Yadong Wang, Mei Yang, Hui Xia
Highlighted by the safe operation and stable performances, titanium oxides (TiO2) are deemed as promising candidates for next generation lithium-ion batteries (LIBs). However, the pervasively low capacity is casting shadow on desirable electrochemical behaviors and obscuring their practical applications. In this work, we reported a unique template-assisted and two-step atomic layer deposition (ALD) method to achieve TiO2@Fe2O3 core-shell nanotube arrays with hollow interior and double-wall coating. The as-prepared architecture combines both merits of the high specific capacity of Fe2O3 and structural stability of TiO2 backbone...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098161/modelling-of-occupational-exposure-to-inhalable-nickel-compounds
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Benjamin Kendzia, Beate Pesch, Dorothea Koppisch, Rainer Van Gelder, Katrin Pitzke, Wolfgang Zschiesche, Thomas Behrens, Tobias Weiss, Jack Siemiatycki, Jerome Lavoué, Karl-Heinz Jöckel, Roger Stamm, Thomas Brüning
The aim of this study was to estimate average occupational exposure to inhalable nickel (Ni) using the German exposure database MEGA. This database contains 8052 personal measurements of Ni collected between 1990 and 2009 in adjunct with information on the measurement and workplace conditions. The median of all Ni concentrations was 9 μg/m(3) and the 95th percentile was 460 μg/m(3). We predicted geometric means (GMs) for welders and other occupations centered to 1999. Exposure to Ni in welders is strongly influenced by the welding process applied and the Ni content of the used welding materials...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097767/robust-aqua-material-a-pressure-resistant-self-assembled-membrane-for-water-purification
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Erez Cohen, Haim Weissman, Eyal Shimoni, Ifat Kaplan-Ashiri, Kai Werle, Wendel Wohlleben, Boris Rybtchinski
"Aqua materials" that contain water as their major component and are as robust as conventional plastics are highly desirable. Yet, the ability of such systems to withstand harsh conditions, for example, high pressures typical of industrial applications has not been demonstrated. We show that a hydrogel-like membrane self-assembled from an aromatic amphiphile and colloidal Nafion is capable of purifying water from organic molecules, including pharmaceuticals, and heavy metals in a very wide range of concentrations...
January 18, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097752/social-self-sorting-of-colloidal-families-in-co-assembling-microgel-systems
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Kang Han, Dennis Go, Thomas Tigges, Khosrow Rahimi, Alexander J C Kuehne, Andreas Walther
Colloids are valuable model systems to understand the structure and dynamics of matter, explore new self-assembly concepts, and realize advanced materials. Herein, we demonstrate social self-sorting of co-assembled families of colloids by orthogonal host/guest recognition using cyclodextrins. We show that mixtures of four partners self-sort into their respective families without mutual interference. Additionally, the self-assemblies and their interactions are switchable using orthogonal triggers. This study goes beyond previous features of molecular self-sorting, and opens the design space for future self-sorting colloidal systems via rationally designed molecular recognition...
January 18, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096333/biophysical-properties-of-the-clinical-stage-antibody-landscape
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Tushar Jain, Tingwan Sun, Stéphanie Durand, Amy Hall, Nga Rewa Houston, Juergen H Nett, Beth Sharkey, Beata Bobrowicz, Isabelle Caffry, Yao Yu, Yuan Cao, Heather Lynaugh, Michael Brown, Hemanta Baruah, Laura T Gray, Eric M Krauland, Yingda Xu, Maximiliano Vásquez, K Dane Wittrup
Antibodies are a highly successful class of biological drugs, with over 50 such molecules approved for therapeutic use and hundreds more currently in clinical development. Improvements in technology for the discovery and optimization of high-potency antibodies have greatly increased the chances for finding binding molecules with desired biological properties; however, achieving drug-like properties at the same time is an additional requirement that is receiving increased attention. In this work, we attempt to quantify the historical limits of acceptability for multiple biophysical metrics of "developability...
January 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096270/mutation-enrichment-next-generation-sequencing-for-quantitative-detection-of-kras-mutations-in-urine-cell-free-dna-from-patients-with-advanced-cancers
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Takeo Fuji, Afsaneh Barzi, Andrea Sartore-Bianchi, Andrea Cassingena, Giulia Siravegna, Daniel Karp, Sarina Piha-Paul, Vivek Subbiah, Apostolia M Tsimberidou, Helen Huang, Sillvio Veronese, Federica Di Nicolantonio, Sandeep C Pingle, Cecile Rose T Vibat, Saege Hancock, David Berz, Vladislava O Melnikova, Mark G Erlander, Rajyalakshmi Luthra, Scott Kopetz, Funda Meric-Bernstam, Salvatore Siena, Heinz-Josef Lenz, Alberto Bardelli, Filip Janku
PURPOSE: Tumor-derived cell-free DNA (cfDNA) from urine of patients with cancer offers non-invasive biologic material for detection of cancer-related molecular abnormalities such as mutations in Exon 2 of KRAS. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: A quantitative, mutation-enrichment next-generation sequencing test for detecting KRASG12/G13 mutations in urine cfDNA was developed and results were compared to clinical testing of archival tumor tissue and plasma cfDNA from patients with advanced cancer...
January 17, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095393/the-mechanism-of-computed-tomography-guided-125i-particle-in-treating-lung-cancer
#18
Jianzhong Cheng, Shaozeng Ma, Guanghua Yang, Lisen Wang, Wei Hou
BACKGROUND The incidence of malignant tumor has gradually increased. How to improve the survival and quality of life of patients who lose the opportunity for surgery or who are unwilling to receive surgery remains an obstacle. At present, 125I particle interstitial implant therapy has been applied in a variety of treatments of tumors. However, the mechanism of computed tomography (CT)-guided 125I particle therapy in lung cancer has not been fully elucidated. MATERIAL AND METHODS A total of 42 patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer were retrospectively analyzed between January 2013 and December 2013, including 19 patients who received CT-guided 125I particle therapy and 23 patients who received chemotherapy...
January 17, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095322/competent-processing-techniques-for-scaffolds-in-tissue-engineering
#19
REVIEW
Ranjna C Dutta, Madhuri Dey, Aroop K Dutta, Bikramjit Basu
Engineering a functional tissue ex vivo requires a synchronized effort towards developing technologies for ECM mimicking scaffold and cultivating tissue-specific cells in an integrated and controlled manner. Cell-interactive scaffolds in three dimensions (3D), designed and processed appropriately with an apt biomaterial to yield optimal porosity and mechanical strength is the key in tissue engineering (TE). In order to accomplish these facets in a 3D scaffold, multiple techniques and processes have been explored by researchers all over the world...
January 14, 2017: Biotechnology Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094997/combined-inkjet-printing-and-infra-red-sintering-of-silver-nanoparticles-using-a-swathe-by-swathe-and-layer-by-layer-approach-for-3-dimensional-structures
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Jayasheelan Vaithilingam, Marco Simonelli, Ehab Saleh, Nicola Senin, Ricky D Wildman, Richard J M Hague, Richard K Leach, Christopher J Tuck
Despite the advancement of additive manufacturing/3-dimensional (3D) printing, single-step fabrication of multifunctional parts using AM is limited. With the view of enabling multifunctional AM (MFAM), in this study, sintering of metal nanoparticles was performed to obtain conductivity for continuous line inkjet printing of electronics. This was achieved using a bespoke three dimensional (3D) inkjet-printing machine, JETx®, capable of printing a range of materials and utilizing different post processing procedures to print multi-layered 3D structures in a single manufacturing step...
January 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
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