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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548861/emergent-optical-phononic-modes-upon-nanoscale-mesogenic-phase-transitions
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Dima Bolmatov, Mikhail Zhernenkov, Lewis Sharpnack, Dena M Agra-Kooijman, Satyendra Kumar, Alexey Suvorov, Ronald Pindak, Yong Q Cai, Alessandro Cunsolo
The investigation of phononic collective excitations in soft matter systems at the molecular scale has always been challenging due to limitations of experimental techniques in resolving low-energy modes. Recent advances in Inelastic X-ray Scattering (IXS) enabled the study of such systems with unprecedented spectral contrast at meV excitation energies. In particular, it has become possible to shed light on the low-energy collective motions in materials whose morphology and phase behavior can easily be manipulated, such as mesogenic systems...
May 26, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548822/iron-containing-metal-organic-frameworks-structure-synthesis-and-applications-in-environmental-remediation
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Xiaocheng Liu, Yaoyu Zhou, Jiachao Zhang, Lin Tang, Lin Luo, Guangming Zeng
Metal-organic Frameworks (MOFs) with Fe content are gradually developing into an independent branch in environmental remediation, requiring economical, effective, low toxic strategies to the complete procedure. In this review, the recent advancements in the structure, synthesis and environmental application focusing on the mechanism are presented. The unique structure of novel design proposed specific characteristics of different iron containing MOFs with potential innovation. Synthesis of typical MILs, NH2-MILs and MILs based materials reveal the basis and defect of the current method, indicating the optimal means for the actual requirements...
May 26, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548126/microrna-dysregulation-in-the-tumor-microenvironment-influences-the-phenotype-of-pancreatic-cancer
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Eva Karamitopoulou, Stefan Haemmig, Ulrich Baumgartner, Cornelia Schlup, Martin Wartenberg, Erik Vassella
Cellular interactions in the tumor microenvironment influence neoplastic progression in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma. One underlying mechanism is the induction of the prognostically unfavorable epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-like tumor budding. Our aim is to explore the expression of microRNAs implicated in the regulation of tumor budding focusing on the microenvironment of the invasive front. To this end, RNA from laser-capture-microdissected material of the main tumor, tumor buds, juxta-tumoral stroma, tumor-remote stroma, and non-neoplastic pancreatic parenchyma from pancreatic cancer cases with (n=7) and without (n=6) tumor budding was analyzed by qRT-PCR for the expression of a panel of miRNAs that are known to be implicated in the regulation of epithelial-mesenchymal transition, including miR-21, miR-183, miR-200b, miR-200c, miR-203, miR-205, miR-210, and miR-217...
May 26, 2017: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548098/rationally-designed-mineralization-for-selective-recovery-of-the-rare-earth-elements
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Takaaki Hatanaka, Akimasa Matsugami, Takamasa Nonaka, Hideki Takagi, Fumiaki Hayashi, Takao Tani, Nobuhiro Ishida
The increasing demand for rare earth (RE) elements in advanced materials for permanent magnets, rechargeable batteries, catalysts and lamp phosphors necessitates environmentally friendly approaches for their recovery and separation. Here, we propose a mineralization concept for direct extraction of RE ions with Lamp (lanthanide ion mineralization peptide). In aqueous solution containing various metal ions, Lamp promotes the generation of RE hydroxide species with which it binds to form hydrophobic complexes that accumulate spontaneously as insoluble precipitates, even under physiological conditions (pH ∼6...
May 26, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547895/review-of-flexible-temperature-sensing-networks-for-wearable-physiological-monitoring
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REVIEW
Qiao Li, Li-Na Zhang, Xiao-Ming Tao, Xin Ding
Physiological temperature varies temporally and spatially. Accurate and real-time detection of localized temperature changes in biological tissues regardless of large deformation is crucial to understand thermal principle of homeostasis, to assess sophisticated health conditions, and further to offer possibilities of building a smart healthcare and medical system. Additionally, continuous temperature mapping in flexible and stretchable formats opens up many other potential areas, such as artificially electronic skins and reflection of emotional changes...
May 26, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547754/impact-of-igg-fc-oligosaccharides-on-recombinant-monoclonal-antibody-structure-stability-safety-and-efficacy
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REVIEW
Hongcheng Liu, Christine Nowak, Bruce Andrien, Mei Shao, Gomathinayagam Ponniah, Alyssa Neill
Glycosylation of the conserved asparagine residue in the CH2 domain is the most common posttranslational modification of recombinant monoclonal antibodies. Ideally, a consistent oligosaccharide profile should be maintained from early clinical material to commercial material for the development of recombinant monoclonal therapeutics, though variation in the profile is a typical result of process changes. The risk of oligosaccharide variation posed to further development is required to be thoroughly evaluated based on its impact on antibody structure, stability, efficacy and safety...
May 25, 2017: Biotechnology Progress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546911/graphene-based-polymer-bilayers-with-superior-light-driven-properties-for-remote-construction-of-3d-structures
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Zhenhua Tang, Ziwei Gao, Shuhai Jia, Fei Wang, Yonglin Wang
3D structure assembly in advanced functional materials is important for many areas of technology. Here, a new strategy exploits IR light-driven bilayer polymeric composites for autonomic origami assembly of 3D structures. The bilayer sheet comprises a passive layer of poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) and an active layer comprising reduced graphene oxides (RGOs), thermally expanding microspheres (TEMs), and PDMS. The corresponding fabrication method is versatile and simple. Owing to the large volume expansion of the TEMs, the two layers exhibit large differences in their coefficients of thermal expansion...
May 2017: Advanced Science (Weinheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546907/phosphate-framework-electrode-materials-for-sodium-ion-batteries
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REVIEW
Yongjin Fang, Jiexin Zhang, Lifen Xiao, Xinping Ai, Yuliang Cao, Hanxi Yang
Sodium ion batteries (SIBs) have been considered as a promising alternative for the next generation of electric storage systems due to their similar electrochemistry to Li-ion batteries and the low cost of sodium resources. Exploring appropriate electrode materials with decent electrochemical performance is the key issue for development of sodium ion batteries. Due to the high structural stability, facile reaction mechanism and rich structural diversity, phosphate framework materials have attracted increasing attention as promising electrode materials for sodium ion batteries...
May 2017: Advanced Science (Weinheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546902/fabrication-routes-for-one-dimensional-nanostructures-via-block-copolymers
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Maithri Tharmavaram, Deepak Rawtani, Gaurav Pandey
Nanotechnology is the field which deals with fabrication of materials with dimensions in the nanometer range by manipulating atoms and molecules. Various synthesis routes exist for the one, two and three dimensional nanostructures. Recent advancements in nanotechnology have enabled the usage of block copolymers for the synthesis of such nanostructures. Block copolymers are versatile polymers with unique properties and come in many types and shapes. Their properties are highly dependent on the blocks of the copolymers, thus allowing easy tunability of its properties...
2017: Nano Convergence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546559/mapping-few-femtosecond-slices-of-ultra-relativistic-electron-bunches
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Tim Plath, Christoph Lechner, Velizar Miltchev, Philipp Amstutz, Nagitha Ekanayake, Leslie Lamberto Lazzarino, Theophilos Maltezopoulos, Jörn Bödewadt, Tim Laarmann, Jörg Roßbach
Free-electron lasers are unique sources of intense and ultra-short x-ray pulses that led to major scientific breakthroughs across disciplines from matter to materials and life sciences. The essential element of these devices are micrometer-sized electron bunches with high peak currents, low energy spread, and low emittance. Advanced FEL concepts such as seeded amplifiers rely on the capability of analyzing and controlling the electron beam properties with few-femtosecond time resolution. One major challenge is to extract tomographic slice parameters instead of projected electron beam properties...
May 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545918/recent-trends-in-high-spin-sensitivity-magnetic-resonance
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Aharon Blank, Ygal Twig, Yakir Ishay
Magnetic resonance is a very powerful methodology that has been employed successfully in many applications for about 70years now, resulting in a wealth of scientific, technological, and diagnostic data. Despite its many advantages, one major drawback of magnetic resonance is its relatively poor sensitivity and, as a consequence, its bad spatial resolution when examining heterogeneous samples. Contemporary science and technology often make use of very small amounts of material and examine heterogeneity on a very small length scale, both of which are well beyond the current capabilities of conventional magnetic resonance...
February 28, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545579/evaluation-of-a-laboratory-quality-assurance-pilot-programme-for-malaria-diagnostics-in-low-transmission-areas-of-kenya-2013
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Elizabeth Wanja, Rachel Achilla, Peter Obare, Rose Adeny, Caroline Moseti, Victor Otieno, Collins Morang'a, Ephantus Murigi, John Nyamuni, Derek R Monthei, Bernhards Ogutu, Ann M Buff
BACKGROUND: One objective of the Kenya National Malaria Strategy 2009-2017 is scaling access to prompt diagnosis and effective treatment. In 2013, a quality assurance (QA) pilot was implemented to improve accuracy of malaria diagnostics at selected health facilities in low-transmission counties of Kenya. Trends in malaria diagnostic and QA indicator performance during the pilot are described. METHODS: From June to December 2013, 28 QA officers provided on-the-job training and mentoring for malaria microscopy, malaria rapid diagnostic tests and laboratory QA/quality control (QC) practices over four 1-day visits at 83 health facilities...
May 25, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545264/reduction-of-dose-to-the-contralateral-breast-by-superflab-use-in-radiation-therapy-for-mammary-carcinomas
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Akanksha Solanki, Athiyaman M, Hemalatha A, H S Kumar
Background: Radiation therapy is an integral part of multimodality treatment for locally advanced carcinoma of breast. Radiation doses to nearby critical normal structures like heart, lungs, and contralateral breast (CLB increases risk of second malignancies. In this study, we measured doses to the CLB and studied effects of a 1 cm thickness superflap. Materials and Methods: Fifty post-mastectomy carcinoma breast patients were included in the study.Radiation therapy of 50 Gy was planned in 25 fractions, 5 days a week, using the Eclipse Treatment Planning System version 8...
April 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545199/cyberknife-radioablation-of-prostate-cancer-%C3%A2-preliminary-results-for-400-patients
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Leszek Miszczyk, Agnieszka Namysł Kaletka, Aleksandra Napieralska, Grzegorz Woźniak, Małgorzata Stąpór Fudzińska, Grzegorz Głowacki, Andrzej Tukiendorf
Objectives: To evaluate the tolerance and effectiveness of stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR) applied in the treatment of low and intermediate risk (LR & IR) prostate cancer patients (PCP) and provide an evaluation of the level of risk group impact on treatment results. In addition, androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) usage and prostatic specific antigen (PSA) decline after SABR were assessed. Material and Methods: A total of 400 PCP (213 LR and 187 IR, including T2c) were irradiated with a CyberKnife using fd 7...
April 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544901/alkaline-electrochemical-advanced-oxidation-process-for-chromium-oxidation-at-graphitized-multi-walled-carbon-nanotubes
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Yudong Xue, Shili Zheng, Zhi Sun, Yi Zhang, Wei Jin
Alkaline electrochemical advanced oxidation processes for chromium oxidation and Cr-contaminated waste disposal were reported in this study. The highly graphitized multi-walled carbon nanotubes g-MWCNTs modified electrode was prepared for the in-situ electrochemical generation of HO2(-). RRDE test results illustrated that g-MWCNTs exhibited much higher two-electron oxygen reduction activity than other nanocarbon materials with peak current density of 1.24 mA cm(-2), %HO2(-) of 77.0% and onset potential of -0...
May 20, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544779/a-brief-review-of-extrusion-based-tissue-scaffold-bio-printing
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REVIEW
Liqun Ning, Xiongbiao Chen
Extrusion-based bio-printing has great potential as a technique for manipulating biomaterials and living cells to create three-dimensional (3D) scaffolds for damaged tissue repair and function restoration. Over the last two decades, advances in both engineering techniques and life sciences have evolved extrusion-based bio-printing from a simple technique to one able to create diverse tissue scaffolds from a wide range of biomaterials and cell types. However, the complexities associated with synthesis of materials for bio-printing and manipulation of multiple materials and cells in bio-printing pose many challenges for scaffold fabrication...
May 24, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544521/oral-nucleic-acid-therapy-using-multicompartmental-delivery-systems
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REVIEW
Husain Attarwala, Murui Han, Jonghan Kim, Mansoor Amiji
Nucleic acid-based therapeutics has the potential for treating numerous diseases by correcting abnormal expression of specific genes. Lack of safe and efficacious delivery strategies poses a major obstacle limiting clinical advancement of nucleic acid therapeutics. Oral route of drug administration has greater delivery challenges, because the administered genes or oligonucleotides have to bypass degrading environment of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract in addition to overcoming other cellular barriers preventing nucleic acid delivery...
May 24, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544118/application-of-bottlebrush-block-copolymers-as-photonic-crystals
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REVIEW
Allegra L Liberman-Martin, Crystal K Chu, Robert H Grubbs
Brush block copolymers are a class of comb polymers that feature polymeric side chains densely grafted to a linear backbone. These polymers display interesting properties due to their dense functionality, low entanglement, and ability to rapidly self-assemble to highly ordered nanostructures. The ability to prepare brush polymers with precise structures has been enabled by advancements in controlled polymerization techniques. This Feature Article highlights the development of brush block copolymers as photonic crystals that can reflect visible to near-infrared wavelengths of light...
May 22, 2017: Macromolecular Rapid Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544056/exploring-the-knowledge-attitudes-and-needs-of-advance-care-planning-in-older-chinese-australians
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S S Yap, K Chen, K M Detering, S A Fraser
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to identify factors that influence the engagement of Chinese-Australians with advance care planning (ACP). BACKGROUND: Despite the benefits of ACP there is a low prevalence of ACP in the Chinese-Australian community. Reasons for this are often cited as cultural considerations and taboos surrounding future medical planning and death, however, other logistical factors may also be important. DESIGN: This qualitative study used a thematic analysis grounded theory approach to explore facilitators and barriers to engagement in ACP...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540954/hydrazone-switches-and-things-in-between
#20
Ivan Aprahamian
This feature article surveys the various ways by which a structurally simple hydrazone can be used in accessing different functional materials, mainly photo/chemically activated switches, fluorophores and sensors. The modularity of this functional group enabled us to develop new switching mechanisms, pathways, cascades and loops, while addressing challenges in the field, such as waste accumulation, how to control cross-talk between different types of switches, developing photochromic compounds with benign activation wavelengths, among others...
May 25, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
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