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Ji-Yuan Liang, Jun-Yun Wu, Ming-Yeh Yang, Anren Hu, Liang-Yü Chen
Polyphenols are associated with a wide range of physiological properties. Catechin is a flavan-3-ol with five phenolic hydroxyl groups. After blue light illumination, the transparent solution of catechin became yellowish. The effects of visible light illumination (400-800nm) were investigated on molecular structures and antioxidant capacities of catechin. Under the neutral or alkaline aqueous with the illumination of blue light, the photolysis and polymerization of catechin were observed in this study. A chromogenic catechin dimer was separated and identified as a proanthocyanidin by the chromatographic technique and mass spectrometry...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
Agnes Vitry
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August 2016: Australian Prescriber
Heinrich Krobath, Tao Chen, Hue Sun Chan
Volumetric properties of proteins bear directly on their biological functions in hyperbaric environments and are useful in general as a biophysical probe. To gain insight into conformation-dependent protein volume, we developed an implicit-solvent atomic chain model that transparently embodies two physical origins of volume. First, a fundamental geometric term capturing the van der Waals volume of the protein and the particulate, finite-size nature of the water molecules, modeled together by the volume encased by the protein's molecular surface...
October 24, 2016: Biochemistry
Volodymyr Smetana, Anja-Verena Mudring
With Cs9 Pt4 H a new representative of ionic compounds featuring metal anions can be added to this rare-membered family. Cs9 Pt4 H exhibits a complex crystal structure containing Cs(+) cations, Pt(2-) and H(-) anions. Being a red, transparent compound its band gap is in the visible range of the electromagnetic spectrum and the ionic type of bonding is confirmed by quantum chemical calculations. This cesium platinide hydride can formally be considered as a double salt of the "alloy" cesium-platinum, or better cesium platinide, Cs2 Pt, and the salt cesium hydride CsH according to Cs9 Pt4 H≡4 Cs2 Pt⋅CsH...
October 24, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
Ömer Dag, Fadime Mert Balcı, Ömer Ulaş Kudu, Eda Yilmaz
Mesoporous Li4Ti5O12 (LTO) thin film is an important anode material for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs). Mesoporous films could be prepared by self-assembly processes. Here we employed a molten salt assisted self-assembly (MASA) process to prepare mesoporous thin films of LTOs. A clear ethanol solution of CTAB, P123, LiNO3, HNO3, and Ti(OC4H9)4 form a gel-like meso-ordered films upon either by spin or spray coating. In the assembly process, The CTAB/P123 mole ratio of 14 is required to accommodate enough salt species in the mesophase, where the Li(I)/P123 can be varied between a mole ratio of 28 and 72...
October 23, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
Zheng Lou, Guozhen Shen
Flexible photodetectors with excellent flexibility, high mechanical stability and good detectivity, have attracted great research interest in recent years. 1D inorganic nanostructures provide a number of opportunities and capabilities for use in flexible photodetectors as they have unique geometry, good transparency, outstanding mechanical flexibility, and excellent electronic/optoelectronic properties. This article offers a comprehensive review of several types of flexible photodetectors based on 1D nanostructures from the past ten years, including flexible ultraviolet, visible, and infrared photodetectors...
June 2016: Advanced Science (Weinheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany)
Haje Korth, Kim Strohbehn, Francisco Tejada, Andreas G Andreou, John Kitching, Svenja Knappe, S John Lehtonen, Shaughn M London, Matiwos Kafel
A miniature atomic scalar magnetometer based on the rubidium isotope (87)Rb was developed for operation in space. The instrument design implements both Mx and Mz mode operation and leverages a novel microelectromechanical system (MEMS) fabricated vapor cell and a custom silicon-on-sapphire (SOS) complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) integrated circuit. The vapor cell has a volume of only 1 mm(3) so that it can be efficiently heated to its operating temperature by a specially designed, low-magnetic-field-generating resistive heater implemented in multiple metal layers of the transparent sapphire substrate of the SOS-CMOS chips...
August 2016: Journal of Geophysical Research. Space Physics
Tijana R Djukic, Swapna Karthik, Igor Saveljic, Valentin Djonov, Nenad Filipovic
Due to the important biological role of red blood cells (RBCs) in vertebrates, the analysis of reshaping and dynamics of RBCs motion is a critical issue in physiology and biomechanics. In this paper the behavior of RBCs within the immature capillary plexus during embryonic development of zebrafish has been analyzed. Relying on the fact that zebrafish embryos are small and optically transparent, it is possible to image the blood flow. In this way the anatomy of blood vessels is monitored along with the circulation throughout their development...
2016: Frontiers in Physiology
Huirong Zhao, Jiong Shen, Yiguo Li, Joseph Bentsman
This paper proposes a new preference adjustable multi-objective model predictive control (PA-MOMPC) law for constrained nonlinear systems. With this control law, a reasonable prioritized optimal solution can be directly derived without constructing the Pareto front by solving a minimal optimization problem, which is a novel development of recently proposed utopia tracking approaches by additionally considering objective preferences with more flexible terminal and stability constraints. The tracking point of the proposed PA-MOMPC law is represented by a parametric vector with the parameters adjustable on the basis of objective preferences...
October 21, 2016: ISA Transactions
I Tzanakis, G S B Lebon, D G Eskin, K A Pericleous
A bespoke cavitometer that measures acoustic spectrum and is capable of operating in a range of temperatures (up to 750°C) was used to study the cavitation behaviour in three transparent liquids and in molten aluminium. To relate these acoustic measurements to cavitation development, the dynamics of the cavitation bubble structures was observed in three Newtonian, optically transparent liquids with significantly different physical properties: water, ethanol, and glycerine. Each liquid was treated at 20kHz with a piezoelectric ultrasonic transducer coupled to a titanium sonotrode with a tip diameter of 40mm...
January 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
Siyuan Zhang, Zhiwei Cui, Tianqi Xu, Pan Liu, Dapeng Li, Shaoqiang Shang, Ranxiang Xu, Yujin Zong, Gang Niu, Supin Wang, Xijing He, Mingxi Wan
This paper compared the effects of flowing phase-shift nanodroplets (NDs) and lipid-shelled microbubbles (MBs) on subsequent cavitation during focused ultrasound (FUS) exposures. The cavitation activity was monitored using a passive cavitation detection method as solutions of either phase-shift NDs or lipid-shelled MBs flowed at varying velocities through a 5-mm diameter wall-less vessel in a transparent tissue-mimicking phantom when exposed to FUS. The intensity of cavitation for the phase-shift NDs showed an upward trend with time and cavitation for the lipid-shelled MBs grew to a maximum at the outset of the FUS exposure followed by a trend of decreases when they were static in the vessel...
January 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
Khushwinder Kaur, Raj Kumar, Arpita, Sumit Goel, Shivani Uppal, Alka Bhatia, S K Mehta
The main aim of the present work was to prepare TPGS stabilized D-α-Tocopherol, lemon oil, tween-80, and water nanoemulsion by low cost and highly effective sonication method. The prepared nanoemulsion showed good stability for 60days at variable temperature conditions i.e. 4, 25 and 37°C. The tolerance of the prepared nanoemulsion to salt (50mM-500mM) and pH (pH 2-pH 7.4) was also studied. The morphology and droplet size of pure and quinine loaded nanoemulsion was characterized with transmission electron microscopy...
January 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
Cynthia Van Landingham, Kenneth A Mundt, Bruce C Allen, P Robinan Gentry
Reproducibility and transparency in scientific reporting is paramount to advancing science and providing the foundation required for sound regulation. Recent examples demonstrate that pivotal scientific findings cannot be replicated, due to poor documentation or methodological bias, sparking debate across scientific and regulatory communities. However, there is general agreement that improvements in communicating and documenting research and risk assessment methods are needed. In the case of formaldehyde, the peer-review conducted by a National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Committee questioned the approaches used by the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) in developing draft unit risk values...
October 19, 2016: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology: RTP
Akane Kusakabe, Ken Hirota, Tadashi Mizutani
Partially phosphorylated poly(vinyl alcohol) was prepared by treating poly(vinyl alcohol) with 100% phosphoric acid, and 5, 10 and 20% of the hydroxyl groups were converted to phosphoric acid ester. Addition of Ca(2+) to an aqueous solution of phosphorylated poly(vinyl alcohol) gave a transparent gel. Five cycles of alternate soaking of the gel in aqueous CaCl2 and aqueous (NH4)2HPO4 were carried out to crystallise hydroxyapatite (HAP) in the phosphorylated poly(vinyl alcohol) matrix. The X-ray diffraction peaks of HAP formed in 5% phosphorylated PVA were sharp, while those of HAP formed in 20% phosphorylated PVA were broad...
January 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Yang Sheng, Lun-De Liao, Aishwarya Bandla, Yu-Hang Liu, Jun Yuan, Nitish Thakor, Mei Chee Tan
Near-infrared photoacoustic (PA) imaging is an emerging diagnostic technology that utilizes the tissue transparent window to achieve improved contrast and spatial resolution for deep tissue imaging. In this study, we investigated the enhancement effect of the SiO2 shell on the PA property of our core/shell rare-earth nanoparticles (REs) consisting of an active rare-earth doped core of NaYF4:Yb,Er (REDNPs) and an undoped NaYF4 shell. We observed that the PA signal amplitude increased with SiO2 shell thickness...
January 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Fu-Yan Xing, Lin-Lin Guan, Yan-Long Li, Chun-Juan Jia
This work reports a one-step simple synthesis method for functionalized reduced graphene oxide (RGO) nanosheets by a Platanus orientalis leaf extract polyphenol-mediated deoxygenation of graphene oxide (GO). Microscopic and spectroscopic characterization revealed the successful deoxygenation of GO and subsequent stabilization by oxidized polyphenols of plant extract. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction analyses were used to examine the reduction of GO. Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy results revealed capping of RGO with oxidized polyphenols of Platanus orientalis extract, which prevented aggregation of graphene sheets...
October 3, 2016: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
Riaz A Agha, Alexander J Fowler, Shivanchan Rajmohan, Ishani Barai, Dennis P Orgill
INTRODUCTION: Case series have been a long held tradition within the surgical literature and are still frequently published. Reporting guidelines can improve transparency and reporting quality. No guideline exists for reporting case series and our recent systematic review highlights key data being missed from such reports. Our objective was to develop reporting guidelines for surgical case series. METHODS: A Delphi consensus exercise was conducted to determine items to include in the reporting guideline...
October 19, 2016: International Journal of Surgery
Shu-Yu Wu, Ping Zou, Alexandra W Fuller, Sanjay Mishra, Zhen Wang, Kevin L Schey, Hassane S Mchaourab
The refractivity and transparency of the ocular lens is dependent on the stability and solubility of the crystallins in the fiber cells. A number of mutations of lens crystallins have been associated with dominant cataracts in humans and mice. Of particular interest were γB- and γD-crystallin mutants linked to dominant cataracts in mouse models. While thermodynamically destabilized and aggregation-prone, these mutants were found to have weak affinity to the resident chaperone α-crystallin in vitro To better understand the mechanism of the cataract phenotype, we transgenically expressed different γD-crystallin mutants in the zebrafish lens, and observed a range of lens defects that arise primarily from the aggregation of the mutant proteins...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Ricardo J Bello, Melanie R Major, Damon S Cooney, Gedge D Rosson, Scott D Lifchez, Carisa M Cooney
BACKGROUND: In 2013, we developed the Operative Entrustability Assessment (OEA) to facilitate evaluation and documentation of resident operative skills. This web-based tool provides real-time, transparent feedback to residents on operative performance. This study evaluated the construct validity of the OEA, assessing its association with operative time. METHODS: We used simple and multiple linear regression to estimate associations between OEA scores and operative time in selected procedures performed...
October 8, 2016: American Journal of Surgery
Yanan Zhang, Loong-Tak Lim
Colorimetric CO2 indicators were prepared by printing pH dyes (M-cresol purple or phenol red, tetrabutylammonium hydroxide, ethylcellulose, 1:2 ethanol:1-butanol solvent), using a commercially available thermal inkjet printer, on either cellulose paper or plastic transparency film. Indicators inks printed on the papers had higher sensitivity to CO2, greater color change, and more producible than those printed on plastic film. Varying the print intensities of the two pH dyes resulted in multiplexed indicators with tunable sensitivity and expanded detection concentration range towards CO2...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
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