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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531106/fully-polymeric-ph-sensor-realized-by-means-of-a-single-step-soft-embossing-technique
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Paola Fanzio, Chi-Tung Chang, Maciej Skolimowski, Simone Tanzi, Luigi Sasso
We present here an electrochemical sensor microsystem for the monitoring of pH. The all-polymeric device is comprised of a cyclic olefin copolymer substrate, a 200 nm-thin patterned layer of conductive polymer (PEDOT), and a 70 nm electropolymerized layer of a pH sensitive conductive polymer (polyaniline). The patterning of the fluidic (microfluidic channels) and conductive (wiring and electrodes) functional elements was achieved with a single soft PDMS mold via a single embossing step process. A post-processing treatment with ethylene glycol assured the functional enhancement of the electrodes, as demonstrated via an electrical and electrochemical characterization...
May 20, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530300/physicochemical-and-antimicrobial-properties-of-%C3%AE%C2%B5-polylysine-carboxymethyl-chitosan-polyelectrolyte-complexes-and-their-effect-against-spoilage-microorganisms-in-raw-pork
#2
Liang Guo, Yuecheng Meng, Sheng Fang
This study investigated the properties of polyelectrolyte complexes (PECs) fabricated by using ε-polylysine (EPL) and N,O-carboxymethyl chitosan (NOCC) and their potential applications in raw pork. The phase behaviors of PECs in aqueous solutions are characterized by the ζ-potential, mean radius and turbidimetric measurements. Stable colloidal and soluble PEC systems can be fabricated by carefully adjusting the mass ratio of NOCC to EPL. The minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) assay showed that the colloidal and soluble PECs could maintain the antimicrobial activity of EPL in a laboratory medium...
May 22, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530294/electrochemical-nanoimprint-lithography-when-nanoimprint-lithography-meets-metal-assisted-chemical-etching
#3
Jie Zhang, Lin Zhang, Lianhuan Han, Zhao-Wu Tian, Zhong-Qun Tian, Dongping Zhan
The functional three dimensional micro-nanostructures (3D-MNS) play crucial roles in integrated and miniaturized systems because of the excellent physical, mechanical, electric and optical properties. Nanoimprint lithography (NIL) has been versatile in the fabrication of 3D-MNS by pressing thermoplastic and photocuring resists into the imprint mold. However, direct nanoimprint on the semiconductor wafer still remains a great challenge. On the other hand, considered as a competitive fabrication method for erect high-aspect 3D-MNS, metal assisted chemical etching (MacEtch) can remove the semiconductor by spontaneous corrosion reaction at the metal/semiconductor/electrolyte 3-phase interface...
May 22, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530131/a-novel-combination-of-a-polycaprolactone-fumarate-pclf-scaffold-with-polyethylene-terephthalate-pet-sutures-for-intra-articular-ligament-regeneration
#4
Joshua Parry, Eric R Wagner, Peter Kok, Mahrokh Dadsetan, Michael J Yaszemski, Andre J van Wijnen, Sanjeev Kakar
Intra-articular ligamentous injuries are typically unrepairable and have limited outcomes after graft reconstruction. A combination of porous polycaprolactone fumarate (PCLF) scaffolds with polyethylene terephthalate (PET) sutures was developed with the goal of regenerating intra-articular ligaments. Scaffolds were fabricated by injecting PCLF over 3D-printed molds containing two strands of PET suture down its central pore followed by crosslinking. Scaffolds were seeded with human mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) from adipose tissue...
May 20, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529841/rapid-and-conformal-coating-of-polymer-resins-by-airbrushing-for-continuous-and-high-speed-roll-to-roll-nanopatterning-parametric-quality-controls-and-extended-applications
#5
Jae Hyuk Lee, Minho Na, Jiyeop Kim, Kangeun Yoo, Jaekyu Park, Jeong Dae Kim, Dong Kyo Oh, Seungjo Lee, Hongseok Youn, Moon Kyu Kwak, Jong G Ok
We present a facile and scalable coating method based on controlled airbrushing, which is suitable for conformal resin coating in continuous roll-to-roll (R2R) nanoimprint lithography (NIL) process. By controlling the concentration of UV-curable polymeric resin with mixing the volatile solvent and its airbrushing time, the coated resin film thickness can be readily tuned. After R2R NIL using a flexible nanoscale line pattern (nanograting) mold is conducted upon the airbrushed resin film, a large-area uniform nanograting pattern is fabricated with controlled residual layer thickness (RLT) based on the initial film thickness...
2017: Nano Convergence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529145/induction-of-proteotoxic-stress-by-the-mycotoxin-patulin
#6
Angel Guerra-Moreno, John Hanna
Patulin is a naturally occurring mycotoxin produced by a number of molds and may contaminate a wide variety of food products. In practice, patulin's main societal relevance concerns apple juice and its products. Multiple advisory bodies, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the World Health Organization, recommend that producers monitor and limit patulin levels in apple juice products. The mechanism of patulin toxicity remains largely unknown. Here we show that patulin induces proteotoxic stress in the yeast S...
May 18, 2017: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528094/encapsulated-thyme-thymus-vulgaris-essential-oil-used-as-a-natural-preservative-in-bakery-product
#7
Nathalia Dias Gonçalves, Fabíola de Lima Pena, Adilson Sartoratto, Camila Derlamelina, Marta Cristina Teixeira Duarte, Adriane Elisabete Costa Antunes, Ana Silvia Prata
The objective of this work was to design a particle using thyme (Thymus vulgaris) essential oil through complex coacervation. In vitro activity against bacteria and molds of free oil as well as the encapsulated oil was verified and then in situ assay was done. The free thyme oil presented high in vitro activity, with values below 0.50mg/mL for almost all the microorganisms tested. Also, MIC values for the encapsulated oil was lower than for the free oil, probably due to the protective micro-environment promoted by the particle wall...
June 2017: Food Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527804/nutritive-value-and-fermentation-characteristics-of-alfalfa-mixed-grass-forage-wrapped-with-minimal-stretch-film-layers-and-stored-for-different-lengths-of-time
#8
W K Coblentz, R K Ogden, M S Akins, E A Chow
A key aspect of managing baled silages is to quickly achieve and then rigorously maintain anaerobic conditions within the silage mass. The concept of inserting an O2-limiting barrier (OB) into plastic commercial silage wraps has been evaluated previously, yielding mixed or inconclusive results. Our objective for this study was to maximize the challenge to a commercial polyethylene bale wrap, or the identical wrap containing an OB, by using minimal plastic (4 layers), and then extending storage periods as long as 357 d...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527583/molecular-characterization-of-aspergillus-fumigatus-tcsc-a-characteristic-type-iii-hybrid-histidine-kinase-of-filamentous-fungi-harboring-six-hamp-domains
#9
Anja Spadinger, Frank Ebel
The type III hybrid histidine kinase (HHK) TcsC enables the pathogenic mold Aspergillus fumigatus to thrive under hyperosmotic conditions. It is, moreover, of particular interest, since it is the target of certain antifungal agents, such as fludioxonil. This study was aimed at a functional characterization of the domains that constitute the sensing and the kinase module of TcsC. The sensing module consists of six HAMP domains, an architecture that is commonly found in type III HHKs of filamentous fungi. To dissect the functional role of the individual domains, we have analyzed a set of truncated derivatives of TcsC with respect to their impact on fungal growth and their ability to respond to hyperosmotic stress and fludioxonil...
May 11, 2017: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527193/comparison-of-digital-intraoral-scanners-by-single-image-capture-system-and-full-color-movie-system
#10
Meguru Yamamoto, Yu Kataoka, Atsufumi Manabe
BACKGROUND: The use of dental computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) restoration is rapidly increasing. OBJECTIVE: This study was performed to evaluate the marginal and internal cement thickness and the adhesive gap of internal cavities comprising CAD/CAM materials using two digital impression acquisition methods and micro-computed tomography. METHODS: Images obtained by a single-image acquisition system (Bluecam Ver...
2017: Bio-medical Materials and Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523446/in-vitro-quantification-of-luminal-denudation-after-crimping-and-balloon-dilatation-of-endothelialized-covered-stents
#11
Shigeo Ichihashi, Frederic Wolf, Thomas Schmitz-Rode, Kimihiko Kichikawa, Stefan Jockenhoevel, Petra Mela
PURPOSE: Covered stents have been demonstrated to reduce restenosis; however, the membrane's limited biocompatibility can still lead to thrombus formation. To obtain optimal surface hemocompatibility, endothelialization of the luminal surface has been proposed. However, the effect of delivery procedures, such as crimping and balloon dilatation, on the endothelial layer has not been quantified. This study investigated the impact of such procedures on endothelialized covered stents in vitro...
May 18, 2017: Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520846/patient-specific-augmentation-rhinoplasty-using-a-three-dimensional-simulation-program-and-three-dimensional-printing
#12
Yim Don Choi, Youngjun Kim, EunSoo Park
Background: The convergence of three-dimensional (3D) simulation, tissue engineering, and 3D printing technology is creating a paradigm shift in plastic surgery. In augmentation rhinoplasty, determining the ideal material and design method has been a critical issue for many years. Thus, these technologies are expected to make important contributions to augmentation rhinoplasty. Objectives: We sought to validate the feasibility of the 3D carving simulation and patient-specific implant fabrication system (3D carving system) in a clinical trial using reproducibility tests...
May 17, 2017: Aesthetic Surgery Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520596/fungal-keratitis-associated-with-airborne-organic-debris-and-soft-contacts-lenses-case-reports-and-review-of-the-literature
#13
Michael J Hodkin, Ryan C Gustus
OBJECTIVES: To report two cases of fungal keratitis in soft contact lens wearers who were exposed to environmental mold. METHODS: Case reports, with review of the relevant literature. RESULTS: Two otherwise healthy middle-aged women who were soft contact lens wearers developed fungal keratitis about 1 week after heavy exposure to environmental mold. Culture results showed Aspergillus from one patient and the unusual combination of Trichoderma and Penicillium from the other...
May 16, 2017: Eye & Contact Lens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516039/a-plane-screw-fixation-is-a-nidus-for-paecilomyces-sinusitis-in-a-patient-with-aspirin-exacerbated-respiratory-disease
#14
Anthony M Szema, Cyrus Jo
Titanium plane screw fixation of the frontal sinus is an approach used by otolaryngologists to obliterate this space in an attempt to reduce sinus infections. In this case, however, the titanium used became a nidus of infection which cultured the fungus Paecilomyces. The patient also had a hypersensitivity reaction to mold with positive skin tests and IgE, as well as eosinophilic esophagitis. Treatment entailed anti-fungals, anti-IgE, and fungal immunotherapy to multiple fungal antigens prevalent to the geographic region...
2017: IDCases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515718/fungal-diversity-in-field-mold-damaged-soybean-fruits-and-pathogenicity-identification-based-on-high-throughput-rdna-sequencing
#15
Jiang Liu, Jun-Cai Deng, Cai-Qiong Yang, Ni Huang, Xiao-Li Chang, Jing Zhang, Feng Yang, Wei-Guo Liu, Xiao-Chun Wang, Tai-Wen Yong, Jun-Bo Du, Kai Shu, Wen-Yu Yang
Continuous rain and an abnormally wet climate during harvest can easily lead to soybean plants being damaged by field mold (FM), which can reduce seed yield and quality. However, to date, the underlying pathogen and its resistance mechanism have remained unclear. The objective of the present study was to investigate the fungal diversity of various soybean varieties and to identify and confirm the FM pathogenic fungi. A total of 62,382 fungal ITS1 sequences clustered into 164 operational taxonomic units (OTUs) with 97% sequence similarity; 69 taxa were recovered from the samples by internal transcribed spacer (ITS) region sequencing...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515654/qualitative-characteristics-and-determining-shelf-life-of-milk-beverage-product-supplemented-with-coffee-extracts
#16
Ji-Woo Yoon, Sung-Il Ahn, Ha-Na Kim, Jun-Hong Park, Sun-Young Park, Jae-Hoon Kim, Duk-Geun Oh, Jin-Woo Jhoo, Gur-Yoo Kim
This study was conducted to establish the shelf-life of a milk beverage product supplemented with coffee extracts. Qualitative changes including peroxide value (PV), microorganism content, caffeine content, and sensory evaluation were measured periodically in beverages kept at 10, 20, and 30°C for 8 wk. Lipid oxidation of the product was measured by peroxide value analysis, and apparent changes were observed during a 4 wk storage period. Caffeine analysis revealed that the changes in caffeine content were negligible during the storage period...
2017: Korean Journal for Food Science of Animal Resources
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515653/assessment-of-microbial-and-radioactive-contaminations-in-korean-cold-duck-meats-and-electron-beam-application-for-quality-improvement
#17
Kyung-A An, Yunhee Jo, Muhammad Sajid Arshad, Gui-Ran Kim, Cheorun Jo, Joong-Ho Kwon
Animal-origin food products pose serious threat to public food safety due to high microbial loads. The microbial and radioactive contaminations in commercial cold duck meat products were evaluated. Ten different lots of commercial samples (C1-C10) were classified based on type and smoking process. All samples were highly contaminated (< 4-7 Log CFU/g) with total aerobic bacteria (TAB), yeasts and molds (Y&M), and 7 samples (C1-C7) were positive for coliforms. Furthermore, three samples were contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes (C4-C6) and one with Salmonella typhimurium (C6)...
2017: Korean Journal for Food Science of Animal Resources
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515650/prevalence-and-comparing-of-some-microbiological-properties-somatic-cell-count-and-antibiotic-residue-of-organic-and-conventional-raw-milk-produced-in-turkey
#18
Bayram Ürkek, Mustafa Şengül, Tuba Erkaya, Vecihi Aksakal
The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of production systems and milk collection periods on the somatic cell count (SCC), some microbiological properties, total aerobic mesophilic bacteria (TAMB), coliform, Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus), yeast and mould) and antibiotic residue of milk; in Turkey. Milk samples were collected from 9 conventional farms and 9 organic farms during one year time, at six different months (December 2013 to October 2014), and all farms were selected from the same geographical locations...
2017: Korean Journal for Food Science of Animal Resources
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513456/aflatoxins-characteristics-and-impact-on-human-health
#19
Anna Kowalska, Katarzyna Walkiewicz, Paweł Kozieł, Małgorzata Muc-Wierzgoń
Some molds commonly occurring in the natural environment produce mycotoxins in the process of secondary metabolism. Aspergillus flavus and A. parasiticus are species of molds, which are responsible for the production of aflatoxins and are crucial in the pathogenesis of human diseases. Aspergillus species present in decaying plants, the soil and their spores are transferred via air currents and insects to crops and food storages. Aflatoxins B1, B2, G1, G2, M1 and M2 are the most common derivatives of aflatoxins...
May 5, 2017: Postȩpy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511708/enzyme-mediated-formulation-of-stable-elliptical-silver-nanoparticles-tested-against-clinical-pathogens-and-mdr-bacteria-and-development-of-antimicrobial-surgical-thread
#20
Rupak Thapa, Chintan Bhagat, Pragya Shrestha, Suvash Awal, Pravin Dudhagara
BACKGROUND: Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) are believed to be emerging tool against various infectious diseases including multi-drug resistant (MDR) bacteria. In the present study, in vitro synthesis of AgNPs was optimized using 1:50 ratio of macerozyme (25 μg/μl) and 1 mM AgNO3 incubated at 80 °C for 8 h. AgNPs were characterized by UV-Visible spectroscopy, dynamic light scattering (DLS), scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD)...
May 16, 2017: Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials
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