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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092818/heterostructured-znfe2o4-tio2-nanotube-arrays-with-remarkable-visible-light-photoelectrocatalytic-performance-and-stability
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Shan Xie, Ke Ouyang, Yueming Lao, Peihao He, Qun Wang
A series of heterostructured ZnFe2O4/TiO2-nanotube arrays (NTAs) with remarkable visible-light photoelectrocatalytic (PEC) activity were successfully prepared via a two-step process of anodization and impregnation, followed by annealing. The structure and morphology of the as-prepared ZnFe2O4/TiO2-NTAs samples, PEC degradation abilities and photoelectrochemical performances, as well as long-term stabilities toward degradation of methyl orange (MO) solution under visible-light irradiation were deeply investigated...
January 7, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092737/complex-molecular-changes-induced-by-chronic-progestogens-exposure-in-roach-rutilus-rutilus
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Gabor Maasz, Zita Zrinyi, Peter Takacs, Sandor Lovas, Istvan Fodor, Tibor Kiss, Zsolt Pirger
In our previous study, we measured 0.23-13.67ng/L progestogens (progesterone, drospirenone, levonorgestrel) in natural waters in the catchment area of the largest shallow lake of Central Europe, Lake Balaton. Progestogen contaminations act as potent steroids with mixed progestagenic, androgenic and mild estrogenic effects that is why our aim was to investigate the morphological and molecular effects of mixture of progesterone, drospirenone, and levonorgestrel in environmentally relevant (10ng/L) and higher (50 and 500ng/L) exposure concentrations in common roach, Rutilus rutilus...
January 13, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092639/lithographic-patterning-of-antibodies-by-direct-lift-off-and-improved-surface-adhesion
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Sankalp Verma, Vivek Verma
The inherent property of antibodies binding to their antigen with high specificity makes them a strong candidate for sensing and detection applications. Microscale patterning of antibodies is desired for the miniaturization of sensors and fundamental cell biology studies. However, existing methodologies to pattern antibodies at the microscale are multi-step. In this work, we demonstrate microscale patterning of antibodies on a glass coverslip in a single step photolithography process. The microscale features of the photoresist were generated on the coverslip using photolithography, and the antibody solution was incubated...
January 16, 2017: Biofabrication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092575/a-cmos-current-steering-neurostimulation-array-with-integrated-dac-calibration-and-charge-balancing
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Elliot Greenwald, Christoph Maier, Qihong Wang, Robert Beaulieu, Ralph Etienne-Cummings, Gert Cauwenberghs, Nitish Thakor
An 8-channel current steerable, multi-phasic neural stimulator with on-chip current DAC calibration and residue nulling for precise charge balancing is presented. Each channel consists of two sub-binary radix DACs followed by wide-swing, high output impedance current buffers providing time-multiplexed source and sink outputs for anodic and cathodic stimulation. A single integrator is shared among channels and serves to calibrate DAC coefficients and to closely match the anodic and cathodic stimulation phases...
January 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092533/linear-system-models-for-ultrasonic-imaging-intensity-signal-statistics
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Craig Abbey, Yang Zhu, Sara Bahramian, Michael Insana
Despite a great deal of work characterizing the statistical properties of radio-frequency backscattered ultrasound signals, less is known about the statistical properties of demodulated intensity signals. Analysis of intensity is made more difficult by a strong nonlinearity that arises in the process of demodulation. This limits our ability to characterize the spatial resolution and noise properties of B-mode ultrasound images. In this work, we generalize earlier results on two-point intensity covariance using a multivariate systems approach...
January 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092506/wideband-2-d-array-design-optimization-with-fabrication-constraints-for-3-d-us-imaging
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Emmanuel Roux, Alessandro Ramalli, Herve Liebgott, Christian Cachard, Marc C Robini, Piero Tortoli
Ultrasound (US) 2-D arrays are of increasing interest due to their electronic steering capability to investigate 3-D regions without requiring any probe movement. These arrays are typically populated by thousands of elements that, ideally, should be individually driven by the companion scanner. Since this is not convenient, the so-called microbeamforming methods, yielding a prebeamforming stage performed in the probe handle by suitable custom integrated circuits, have so far been implemented in a few commercial high-end scanners...
January 2017: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092505/fabrication-of-linear-array-and-top-orthogonal-to-bottom-electrode-cmut-arrays-with-a-sacrificial-release-process
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Benjamin A Greenlay, Roger J Zemp
The microfabrication processes for sacrificial-release-based capacitive micromachined ultrasound transducer arrays are provided with an emphasis on top-orthogonal-to-bottom electrode 2-D arrays. These arrays have significant promise for high-quality 3-D imaging with reduced wiring complexity compared with fully wired arrays. The protocols and best practices are outlined in significant detail along with design considerations and notes of caution for pitfalls and factors impacting yield.
January 2017: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092432/highly-ordered-nanoring-arrays-formed-by-templated-si-containing-triblock-terpolymer-thin-films
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Karim Aissou, Muhammad Mumtaz, Pierre Marcasuzaa, Cyril Brochon, Eric Cloutet, Guillaume Fleury, Georges Hadziioannou
Laterally ordered nanorings with a periodicity of 38 nm are produced from the directed self-assembly of poly(1,1-dimethylsilacyclobutane)-block-polystyrene-block-poly(methyl methacrylate) thin films on topographically patterned substrates. Such nanoscale arrays with vertically oriented rings are highly desired in technological applications including memory using magnetic recording, metamaterial, waveguide, etc.
January 16, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092385/visual-detection-of-multiple-genetically-modified-organisms-in-a-capillary-array
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Ning Shao, Jianwei Chen, Jiaying Hu, Rong Li, Dabing Zhang, Shujuan Guo, Junhou Hui, Peng Liu, Litao Yang, Sheng-Ce Tao
There is an urgent need for rapid, low-cost multiplex methodologies for the monitoring of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Here, we report a C[combining low line]apillary A[combining low line]rray-based L[combining low line]oop-mediated isothermal amplification for M[combining low line]ultiplex visual detection of nucleic acids (CALM) platform for the simple and rapid monitoring of GMOs. In CALM, loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) primer sets are pre-fixed to the inner surface of capillaries...
January 16, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092382/a-vascularized-and-perfused-organ-on-a-chip-platform-for-large-scale-drug-screening-applications
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Duc T T Phan, Xiaolin Wang, Brianna M Craver, Agua Sobrino, Da Zhao, Jerry C Chen, Lilian Y N Lee, Steven C George, Abraham P Lee, Christopher C W Hughes
There is a growing awareness that complex 3-dimensional (3D) organs are not well represented by monolayers of a single cell type - the standard format for many drug screens. To address this deficiency, and with the goal of improving screens so that drugs with good efficacy and low toxicity can be identified, microphysiological systems (MPS) are being developed that better capture the complexity of in vivo physiology. We have previously described an organ-on-a-chip platform that incorporates perfused microvessels, such that survival of the surrounding tissue is entirely dependent on delivery of nutrients through the vessels...
January 16, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092121/hox-functional-diversity-novel-insights-from-flexible-motif-folding-and-plastic-protein-interaction
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Miguel Ortiz-Lombardia, Nicolas Foos, Corinne Maurel-Zaffran, Andrew J Saurin, Yacine Graba
How the formidable diversity of forms emerges from developmental and evolutionary processes is one of the most fascinating questions in biology. The homeodomain-containing Hox proteins were recognized early on as major actors in diversifying animal body plans. The molecular mechanisms underlying how this transcription factor family controls a large array of context- and cell-specific biological functions is, however, still poorly understood. Clues to functional diversity have emerged from studies exploring how Hox protein activity is controlled through interactions with PBC class proteins, also evolutionary conserved HD-containing proteins...
January 16, 2017: BioEssays: News and Reviews in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092050/microwestern-arrays-for-systems-level-analysis-of-sh2-domain-containing-proteins
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Mark F Ciaccio, Richard B Jones
The Microwestern Array (MWA) method combines the scalability and miniaturization afforded by the Reverse Phase Lysate Array (RPLA) approach with the electrophoretic separation characteristic of the Western blot. This technology emulates the creation of an array of small Western blots on a single sheet of nitrocellulose allowing for the sensitive and quantitative measurement of hundreds of proteins from hundreds of cell lysates with minimal cost and maximal accuracy, precision, and reproducibility. The MWA is a versatile technology that can be easily configured for purposes such as antibody screening, cell signaling network inference, protein modification/phenotype regression analysis, and genomic/proteomic relationships...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092048/using-reciprocal-protein-peptide-array-screening-to-unravel-protein-interaction-networks
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Huadong Liu, Courtney Voss, Shawn S C Li
Protein-protein interactions (PPIs) play a central role in almost all cellular processes. Recent technological advances have enabled the elucidation of an incredibly complex PPI network within the cell. However, protein interactions driven by posttranslational modifications (PTMs) such as phosphorylation, which comprises a significant part of the PPI network, have proven difficult to decipher systematically. Herein, we describe a reciprocal protein-peptide array strategy to uncover PPIs mediated by tyrosine phosphorylation and the Src homology 2 (SH2) domain...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092043/characterizing-sh2-domain-specificity-and-network-interactions-using-spot-peptide-arrays
#14
Bernard A Liu
Src Homology 2 (SH2) domains are protein interaction modules that recognize and bind tyrosine phosphorylated ligands. Their ability to distinguish binding to over thousands of potential phosphotyrosine (pTyr) ligands within the cell is critical for the fidelity of receptor tyrosine kinase (RTK) signaling. Within humans there are over a hundred SH2 domains with more than several thousand potential ligands across many cell types and cell states. Therefore, defining the specificity of individual SH2 domains is critical for predicting and identifying their physiological ligands...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092031/expression-and-production-of-sh2-domain-proteins
#15
Bernard A Liu, Mari Ogiue-Ikeda, Kazuya Machida
The Src Homology 2 (SH2) domain lies at the heart of phosphotyrosine signaling, coordinating signaling events downstream of receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs), adaptors, and scaffolds. Over a hundred SH2 domains are present in mammals, each having a unique specificity which determines its interactions with multiple binding partners. One of the essential tools necessary for studying and determining the role of SH2 domains in phosphotyrosine signaling is a set of soluble recombinant SH2 proteins. Here we describe methods, based on a broad experience with purification of all SH2 domains, for the production of SH2 domain proteins needed for proteomic and biochemical-based studies such as peptide arrays, mass-spectrometry, protein microarrays, reverse-phase microarrays, and high-throughput fluorescence polarization (HTP-FP)...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092024/introduction-history-of-sh2-domains-and-their-applications
#16
Bernard A Liu, Kazuya Machida
The Src Homology 2 (SH2) domain is the prototypical protein interaction module that lies at the heart of phosphotyrosine signaling. Since its serendipitous discovery, there has been a tremendous advancement in technologies and an array of techniques available for studying SH2 domains and phosphotyrosine signaling. In this chapter, we provide a glimpse of the history of SH2 domains and describe many of the tools and techniques that have been developed along the way and discuss future directions for SH2 domain studies...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091997/comparative-assessment-of-metallurgical-recovery-of-metals-from-electronic-waste-with-special-emphasis-on-bioleaching
#17
Anshu Priya, Subrata Hait
Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) or electronic waste (e-waste) is one of the fastest growing waste streams in the urban environment worldwide. The core component of printed circuit board (PCB) in e-waste contains a complex array of metals in rich quantity, some of which are toxic to the environment and all of which are valuable resources. Therefore, the recycling of e-waste is an important aspect not only from the point of waste treatment but also from the recovery of metals for economic growth...
January 14, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091948/demonstration-of-logic-operations-in-high-performance-rram-crossbar-array-fabricated-by-atomic-layer-deposition-technique
#18
Runze Han, Peng Huang, Yudi Zhao, Zhe Chen, Lifeng Liu, Xiaoyan Liu, Jinfeng Kang
In this paper, resistive random access memory (RRAM)-based crossbar arrays with the cell structure of Pt/[AlO y /HfO x ] m /TiN were fabricated by using atomic layer deposition (ALD) technique. The RRAM devices in the arrays show excellent performances such as good uniformity and high reliability. Based on the fabricated RRAM array, a complete set of basic logic operations including NOR and XNOR were successfully demonstrated.
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091931/identifying-anti-host-effectors-in-photorhabdus
#19
Andrea J Dowling
The death of the insect host is an essential part of the life cycle of Photorhabdus, and as a result, this bacterium comes equipped with a dazzlingly large array of toxins and virulence factors that ensure rapid insect death. Elucidation of the key players in insect infection and mortality has therefore proved difficult using traditional microbiological techniques such as individual gene knockouts due to the high level of functional redundancy displayed by Photorhabdus virulence factors. Thus, knockout of any individual toxin gene may serve to delay time to death but not to render the bacteria avirulent due to the continued presence of an array of other toxins and virulence factors in the single-gene mutant...
December 28, 2016: Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091717/bar-adsorptive-microextraction-technique-application-for-the-determination-of-pharmaceuticals-in-real-matrices
#20
Carlos Almeida, Samir M Ahmad, José Manuel F Nogueira
In the present work, bar adsorptive microextraction using miniaturized devices (7.5 × 3.0 mm) coated with suitable sorbent phases, combined with microliquid desorption (100 μL) followed by high-performance liquid chromatography with diode array detection (BAμE-μLD/HPLC-DAD), is proposed for the determination of trace level of six pharmaceuticals (furosemide, mebeverine, ketoprofen, naproxen, diclofenac and mefenamic acid) in environmental water and urine matrices. By comparing ten distinct sorbent materials (five polymeric and five activated carbons), the polymer P5 proved to be the most suitable to achieve the best selectivity and efficiency...
January 16, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
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