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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528360/a-spiking-neural-network-model-of-the-midbrain-superior-colliculus-that-generates-saccadic-motor-commands
#1
Bahadir Kasap, A John van Opstal
Single-unit recordings suggest that the midbrain superior colliculus (SC) acts as an optimal controller for saccadic gaze shifts. The SC is proposed to be the site within the visuomotor system where the nonlinear spatial-to-temporal transformation is carried out: the population encodes the intended saccade vector by its location in the motor map (spatial), and its trajectory and velocity by the distribution of firing rates (temporal). The neurons' burst profiles vary systematically with their anatomical positions and intended saccade vectors, to account for the nonlinear main-sequence kinematics of saccades...
May 20, 2017: Biological Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528117/composite-elastomeric-polyurethane-scaffolds-incorporating-small-intestinal-submucosa-for-soft-tissue-engineering
#2
Lincui Da, Mei Gong, Anjing Chen, Yi Zhang, Yizhou Huang, Zhijun Guo, Shengfu Li, Jesse Li-Ling, Li Zhang, Huiqi Xie
Although soft tissue replacement has been clinically successful in many cases, the corresponding procedure has many limitations including the lack of resilience and mechanical integrity, significant donor-site morbidity, volume loss with time, and fibrous capsular contracture. These disadvantages can be alleviated by utilizing bio-absorbable scaffolds with high resilience and large strain, which are capable of stimulating natural tissue regeneration. Hence, the chemically crosslinked tridimensional scaffolds obtained by incorporating water-based polyurethane (PU) (which was synthesized from polytetramethylene ether glycol, isophorone diisocyanate, and 2,2-bis(hydroxymethyl) butyric acid) into a bioactive extracellular matrix consisting of small intestinal submucosa (SIS) have been tested in this study to develop a new approach for soft tissue engineering...
May 17, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526899/electricity-generation-from-real-industrial-wastewater-using-a-single-chamber-air-cathode-microbial-fuel-cell-with-an-activated-carbon-anode
#3
Hend Omar Mohamed, M Obaid, Enas Taha Sayed, Yang Liu, Jinpyo Lee, Mira Park, Nasser A M Barakat, Hak Yong Kim
This study introduces activated carbon (AC) as an effective anode for microbial fuel cells (MFCs) using real industrial wastewater without treatment or addition of external microorganism mediators. Inexpensive activated carbon is introduced as a proper electrode alternative to carbon cloth and carbon paper materials, which are considered too expensive for the large-scale application of MFCs. AC has a porous interconnected structure with a high bio-available surface area. The large surface area, in addition to the high macro porosity, facilitates the high performance by reducing electron transfer resistance...
May 19, 2017: Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523633/synthesis-comparison-and-optimization-of-a-humic-acid-quat10-polyelectrolyte-complex-by-complexation-precipitation-versus-extrusion-spheronization
#4
Margaret Siyawamwaya, Yahya E Choonara, Pradeep Kumar, Pierre P D Kondiah, Lisa C du Toit, Viness Pillay
A novel humic acid and polyquaternium-10 polyelectrolyte complex (PEC) was synthesized utilizing two methods and the solubility and permeability of efavirenz (EFV) were established. Complexation-precipitation and extrusion-spheronization were used to synthesize and compare the drug-loaded PECs. The chemical integrity, thermo-mechanical differences, and morphology between the drug-loaded PECs produced by the two methods were assessed by attenuated total reflectance-Fourier transform infrared, differential scanning calorimetry, and SEM...
May 18, 2017: AAPS PharmSciTech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523616/the-effect-of-multiple-contamination-of-soil-on-lmw-and-mmw-pahs-accumulation-in-the-roots-of-rubus-fruticosus-l-naturally-growing-near-the-copper-mining-and-smelting-complex-bor-east-serbia
#5
Slađana Č Alagić, Vesna P Stankov Jovanović, Violeta D Mitić, Jelena S Nikolić, Goran M Petrović, Snežana B Tošić, Gordana S Stojanović
Samples of roots and spatial soils of native Rubus fruticosus L. were collected from the spots positioned at different distances from the copper smelter and city heating plants in the industrial zone of the town of Bor (Serbia) and subjected to chemical analyses in order to determine the content of several heavy metals, and 15 priority polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). In this study, the results for 9 low and medium molecular weight PAHs (LMW and MMW PAHs) are represented and processed using the calculation of bio-concentration factors and statistical methods such as hierarchical cluster analysis and Pearson's correlation study with the aim of investigating the plant capabilities for their uptake from the soil and later accumulation into the root tissue, under the hostile circumstances of multiple contamination...
May 18, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521982/hydrophobization-and-smoothing-of-cellulose-nanofibril-films-by-cellulose-ester-coatings
#6
Pia Willberg-Keyriläinen, Jari Vartiainen, Jani Pelto, Jarmo Ropponen
The Cellulose nanofibrils (CNF), also referred to as nanocellulose, is one of the most studied bio-based material in recent year, which has good potential in the future for packaging applications due to its excellent mechanical strength and oxygen barrier properties. In the future, CNF films may also find new applications for example in printed electronics, if the surface smoothness of CNF films can be improved. One way to improve surface smoothness is to use thin coating solutions with zero porosity, such as molar mass controlled cellulose ester coatings...
August 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510424/structure-dependent-binding-of-hnrnp-a1-to-telomere-rna
#7
Xiao Liu, Takumi Ishizuka, Hong-Liang Bao, Kei Wada, Yuuma Takada, Keisuke Iida, Kazuo Nagasawa, Danzhou Yang, Yan Xu
Telomeric repeat-containing RNA is a new non-coding RNA molecule that performs various bio-functions. Heterogeneous nuclear ribonucleoprotein (hnRNP) A1 is an RNA-binding protein involved in the telomere maintenance machinery. To date, little is known about how hnRNPA1 binds to telomeric RNA. In this study, we investigated the binding affinity and recognition mechanism of telomere RNA with the RNA recognition motif (RRM) of hnRNPA1. Using the photochemical crosslinking method, we showed that the telomere RNA G-quadruplex with loops is important in the interaction of telomere RNA with hnRNPA1...
May 16, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506668/characterization-of-selected-municipal-solid-waste-components-to-estimate-their-biodegradability
#8
R Bayard, H Benbelkacem, R Gourdon, P Buffière
Biological treatments of Residual Municipal Solid Waste (RMSW) allow to divert biodegradable materials from landfilling and recover valuable alternative resources. The biodegradability of the waste components needs however to be assessed in order to design the bioprocesses properly. The present study investigated complementary approaches to aerobic and anaerobic biotests for a more rapid evaluation. A representative sample of residual MSW was collected from a Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT) plant and sorted out into 13 fractions according to the French standard procedure MODECOM™...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505598/interlocked-dna-topologies-for-nanotechnology
#9
REVIEW
Julián Valero, Finn Lohmann, Michael Famulok
Interlocked molecular architectures are well known in supramolecular chemistry and are widely used for various applications like sensors, molecular machines and logic gates. The use of DNA for constructing these interlocked structures has increased significantly within the current decade. Because of Watson-Crick base pairing rules, DNA is an excellent material for the self-assembly of well-defined interlocked nanoarchitectures. These DNA nanostructures exhibit sufficient stability, good solubility in aqueous media, biocompatibility, and can be easily combined with other biomolecules in bio-hybrid nano-assemblies...
May 12, 2017: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504931/robust-real-time-musculoskeletal-modeling-driven-by-electromyograms
#10
Guillaume Durandau, Dario Farina, Massimo Sartori
OBJECTIVE: Current clinical biomechanics involves lengthy data acquisition and time-consuming offline analyses and current biomechanical models cannot be used for real-time control in man-machine interfaces. We developed a method that enables online analysis of neuromusculoskeletal function in vivo in the intact human. METHODS: We used electromyography (EMG)-driven musculoskeletal modeling to simulate all transformations from muscle excitation onset (EMGs) to mechanical moment production around multiple lower-limb degrees of freedom (DOFs)...
May 12, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504298/bio-inspired-hierarchical-micro-and-nano-wrinkles-obtained-via-mechanically-directed-self-assembly-on-shape-memory-polymers
#11
Senta Schauer, Matthias Worgull, Hendrik Hölscher
Inspired by complex multi-functional leaf and petal surfaces, we introduce a mechanically directed self-assembly process to create linearly oriented micro- and nanosized surface wrinkles in an all-polymer bi-layer system based on a shape-memory polymer substrate. By systematically investigating the influence of coating thickness and substrate programming strain on wrinkle period and height, we reveal how to control the structure size from a few hundred nanometers up to several microns. As a parameter unique to shape memory polymers, we demonstrate that the temperature during the recovery process can also be utilized to tailor the structure dimensions...
May 15, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504279/the-structural-impact-of-water-sorption-on-device-quality-melanin-thin-films
#12
Andrew J Clulow, A Bernardus Mostert, Margarita Sheliakina, Andrew Nelson, Norman Booth, Paul L Burn, Ian R Gentle, Paul Meredith
The melanins are a class of pigmentary bio-macromolecules ubiquitous in the biosphere. They possess an intriguing set of physico-chemical properties and have been shown to exhibit hybrid protonic-electronic electrical conductivity, a feature derived from a process termed chemical self-doping driven by the sorption of water. Although the mechanism underlying the electrical conduction has been established, how the sorbed water interacts with the melanin structure at the physical level has not. Herein we use neutron reflectometry to study changes in the structure of synthetic melanin thin films as a function of H2O and D2O vapour pressure...
May 15, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504172/development-of-polylactic-acid-nanocomposite-films-reinforced-with-cellulose-nanocrystals-derived-from-coffee-silverskin
#13
Soo Hyun Sung, Yoonjee Chang, Jaejoon Han
Bio-nanocomposite films based on polylactic acid (PLA) matrix reinforced with cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) were developed using a twin-screw extruder. The CNCs were extracted from coffee silverskin (CS), which is a by-product of the coffee roasting process. They were extracted by alkali treatment followed by sulfuric acid hydrolysis. They were used as reinforcing agents to obtain PLA/CNC nanocomposites by addition at different concentrations (1%, 3%, and 5% CNCs). Morphological, tensile, and barrier properties of the bio-nanocomposites were analyzed...
August 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504143/thermal-and-mechanical-properties-of-tailor-made-unbranched-%C3%AE-1-3-glucan-esters-with-various-carboxylic-acid-chain-length
#14
Sakarin Puanglek, Satoshi Kimura, Tadahisa Iwata
The convenient and environmentally friendly method for in vitro polymerization catalyzed by glucosyltransferase, designated as GtfJ, extracted from recombinant E. Coli was used to synthesize tailor-made α-1,3-glucan (α-1,3-d-glucan) having moderate molecular weight (Mw=2.0×10(5)) and no branches. With the aim to improve thermoplasticity of this polysaccharide, after in vitro synthesis, chemical modification by acylation was selected and then fully substituted α-1,3-glucan esters were successfully obtained via both homogeneous and heterogeneous methods...
August 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504125/preparation-of-chitosan-tio2-composite-film-with-efficient-antimicrobial-activities-under-visible-light-for-food-packaging-applications
#15
Xiaodong Zhang, Gang Xiao, Yaoqiang Wang, Yan Zhao, Haijia Su, Tianwei Tan
By incorporation of TiO2 nano-powder in chitosan, a chitosan-TiO2 composite film was prepared with efficient antimicrobial activity against food-borne pathogenic microbes and expected to be a promising food packaging material. Scanning electron microscopy analysis showed that the TiO2 nano-powder was successfully and uniformly dispersed into the chitosan matrix. TiO2 addition led to enhanced hydrophilicity, to better mechanical properties, and to decreased light transmittance in visible light region of the composite film...
August 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503401/bio-inspired-micro-to-nanoporous-polymers-with-tunable-stiffness
#16
Julia Syurik, Ruth Schwaiger, Prerna Sudera, Stephan Weyand, Siegbert Johnsen, Gabriele Wiegand, Hendrik Hölscher
Background: Inspired by structural hierarchies and the related excellent mechanical properties of biological materials, we created a smoothly graded micro- to nanoporous structure from a thermoplastic polymer. Results: The viscoelastic properties for the different pore sizes were investigated in the glassy regime by dynamic flat-punch indentation. Interestingly, the storage modulus was observed to increase with increasing pore-area fraction. Conclusion: This outcome appears counterintuitive at first sight, but can be rationalized by an increase of the pore wall thickness as determined by our quantitative analysis of the pore structure...
2017: Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503065/serum-cytokine-levels-related-to-exposure-to-volatile-organic-compounds-and-pm2-5-in-dwellings-and-workplaces-in-french-farmers-a-mechanism-to-explain-nonsmoking-copd
#17
Christelle Audi, Nour Baïz, Cara N Maesano, Ollivier Ramousse, Damien Reboulleau, Antoine Magnan, Denis Caillaud, Isabella Annesi-Maesano
Although French farmers smoke less on average than individuals from the general population, they suffer more from COPD. Exposure to biological and chemical air pollutants in the farm may be the cause of these higher COPD rates. This study investigates the role of bio-contaminants, including the relationship of exposure to volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and fine particulate matter (of diameter of 2.5 µm [PM2.5]) objectively measured in the farm settings (dwellings and workplaces) to serum cytokines involved in COPD, in a sample of 72 farmers from 50 farms in the Auvergne region, France...
2017: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501745/paper-based-diagnostics-for-personalized-health-care-emerging-technologies-and-commercial-aspects
#18
REVIEW
Kuldeep Mahato, Ananya Srivastava, Pranjal Chandra
Personalized health care (PHC) is being appreciated globally to combat clinical complexities underlying various metabolic or infectious disorders including diabetes, cardiovascular, communicable diseases etc. Effective diagnoses majorly depend on initial identification of the causes which are nowadays being practiced in disease-oriented approach, where personal health profile is often overlooked. The adoption of PHC has shown significantly improved diagnoses in various conditions including emergency, ambulatory, and remote area...
May 1, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501632/high-levels-of-maternally-transferred-mercury-disrupt-magnetic-responses-of-snapping-turtle-hatchlings-chelydra-serpentina
#19
Lukas Landler, Michael S Painter, Brittney Hopkins Coe, Paul W Youmans, William A Hopkins, John B Phillips
The Earth's magnetic field is involved in spatial behaviours ranging from long-distance migration to non-goal directed behaviours, such as spontaneous magnetic alignment (SMA). Mercury is a harmful pollutant most often generated from anthropogenic sources that can bio-accumulate in animal tissue over a lifetime. We compared SMA of hatchling snapping turtles from mothers captured at reference (i.e., low mercury) and mercury contaminated sites. Reference turtles showed radio frequency-dependent SMA along the north-south axis, consistent with previous studies of SMA, while turtles with high levels of maternally inherited mercury failed to show consistent magnetic alignment...
May 11, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500326/intranasal-drug-delivery-of-small-interfering-rna-targeting-beclin1-encapsulated-with-polyethylenimine-pei-in-mouse-brain-to-achieve-hiv-attenuation
#20
Myosotys Rodriguez, Jessica Lapierre, Chet Raj Ojha, Ajeet Kaushik, Elena Batrakova, Fatah Kashanchi, Seth M Dever, Madhavan Nair, Nazira El-Hage
We previously reported that activation of the host autophagic protein, Beclin1, by HIV-1 infection represents an essential mechanism in controlling HIV replication and viral-induced inflammatory responses in microglial cells. Existing antiretroviral therapeutic approaches have been limited in their ability to cross the blood-brain barrier effectively and recognize and selectively eliminate persistent HIV-infected brain reservoirs. In the present study and for the first time, the bio-distribution and efficacy of noninvasive intranasal delivery of small interfering RNA (siRNA) against the Beclin1 gene using the cationic linear polyethylenimines (PEI) as a gene carrier was investigated in adult mouse brain...
May 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
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