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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914341/single-crystalline-titanium-dioxide-hollow-tetragonal-nanocones-with-large-exposed-101-facets-for-excellent-photocatalysis
#1
Zhengcui Wu, Yejing Xue, Zexian Zou, Xia Wang, Feng Gao
Crystal facet engineering and surface modification of semiconductor have become important strategies to improve photocatalytic activity by optimizing surface charge carrier separation/transfer and extending solar spectrum utilization. In this work, we report anatase single-crystalline TiO2 hollow tetragonal nanocones with large exposed (101) facets by a facile liquid-phase interfacial synthetic strategy, using the hydrolysis of tetrabutyltitanate with adscititious water in the organic solvent of cyclohexane and a capping agent of 1, 6-hexanediamine...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914337/restrain-recombination-by-spraying-pyrolysis-tio2-on-nio-film-for-quinoxaline-based-p-type-dye-sensitized-solar-cells
#2
Ying Yu, Xing Li, Zhongjin Shen, Xiaoyu Zhang, Peng Liu, Yuting Gao, Tao Jiang, Jianli Hua
In this work, we reported two new quinoxaline-based sensitizers (BQI and BQII) for p-type dye-sensitized solar cells (p-DSSCs) featuring carboxylic acid and pyridine as anchoring groups, respectively, in combination with triphenylamine donor. The optical, electrochemical and photovoltaic properties of BQI and BQII were investigated. Results showed that BQI-based p-DSSC with carboxylic acid anchoring group obtained higher photoelectric conversion efficiency (PCE) of 0.140%. To further optimize the device performance, we added a layer of TiO2 on the surface of NiO film as a barrier layer, which contributed to the improvement of the photocurrent density from 3...
November 10, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914329/facile-synthesis-of-go-sno2-tio2-nanofibers-and-their-behavior-in-photovoltaics
#3
Ibrahim M A Mohamed, Van-Duong Dao, Ahmed S Yasin, Ho-Suk Choi, KhalilAbdelrazek Khalil, Nasser A M Barakat
Chemical doping is a widely-used strategy to improve the performance of TiO2 for the dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). However, the effect of two efficient dopants has been rarely investigated. We present the synthesis of GO@SnO2/TiO2 nanofibers (NFs) by a facile method using electrospinning and hydrothermal processes. The synthesized NFs are described in terms of morphology, crystallinity and chemistry through FESEM, TEM, HR-TEM, XRD, EDX, XPS, FT-IR and Raman spectra. As the results, the axial ratio and the average diameter of NFs decreased after the hydrothermal treatment and calcination process, respectively...
November 12, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914328/synthesis-and-stability-of-ir-820-and-fitc-doped-silica-nanoparticles
#4
Atul V Thorat, Tandra Ghoshal, Lan Chen, Justin D Holmes, Michael A Morris
Fluorescent silica nanoparticles (NPs) have potential in biomedical applications as diagnostics and traceable drug delivery agents. In this study, we have synthesized fluorescent dye grafted silica NPs in two step process. First, a stable method to synthesize various sizes of silica NPs ranging from 20 to 52, 95, 210 and 410nm have been successfully demonstrated. Secondly, as-synthesized silica NPs are readily grafted with some fluorescent dyes like IR-820 and fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC) dyes by simple impregnation method...
November 15, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913637/mural-endothelial-cell-cell-interactions-stabilize-the-developing-zebrafish-dorsal-aorta
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Amber N Stratman, Sofia A Pezoa, Olivia M Farrelly, Daniel Castranova, Louis E Dye, Matthew G Butler, Harwin Sidik, William S Talbot, Brant M Weinstein
Mural cells (vascular smooth muscle cells and pericytes) play a critical role in the development of the vasculature, promoting vascular quiescence and long-term vessel stabilization through their interactions with endothelial cells. However, the mechanistic details of how mural cells stabilize vessels are not fully understood. We have examined the emergence and functional role of mural cells investing the dorsal aorta during early development using the zebrafish. Consistent with previous literature, our data suggest that cells ensheathing the dorsal aorta emerge from a sub-population of cells in the adjacent sclerotome...
December 2, 2016: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913592/complexin-mutants-reveal-partial-segregation-between-recycling-pathways-that-drive-evoked-and-spontaneous-neurotransmission
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Nadezhda Sabeva, Richard W Cho, Alexander Vasin, Agustin Gonzalez, J Troy Littleton, Maria Bykhovskaia
: Synaptic vesicles fuse at morphological specializations in the presynaptic terminal termed active zones (AZs). Vesicle fusion can occur spontaneously or in response to an action potential. Following fusion, vesicles are retrieved and recycled within nerve terminals. It is still unclear whether vesicles that fuse spontaneously or following evoked release share similar recycling mechanisms. Genetic deletion of the SNARE-binding protein complexin dramatically increases spontaneous fusion, with the protein serving as the synaptic vesicle fusion clamp at Drosophila synapses...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913440/optical-coherence-tomographic-angiography-of-choroidal-neovascularization-ill-defined-with-fluorescein-angiography
#7
Mehrdad Malihi, Yali Jia, Simon S Gao, Christina Flaxel, Andreas K Lauer, Thomas Hwang, David J Wilson, David Huang, Steven T Bailey
PURPOSE: To evaluate the morphological structure of ill-defined choroidal neovascularisation (CNV) with traditional fluorescein angiography (FA) compared with optical coherence tomographic angiography (OCTA). METHODS: A retrospective case series study of 11 eyes with ill-defined CNV on FA was performed. Eyes were scanned with commercially available spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (OCT) (70 000 A-scans/s). The split-spectrum amplitude-decorrelation angiography (SSADA) algorithm was used to distinguish blood flow from static tissue...
December 2, 2016: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913206/mag-fluo4-in-t-cells-imaging-of-intra-organelle-free-ca-2-concentrations
#8
Björn-Philipp Diercks, Ralf Fliegert, Andreas H Guse
Ca(2+) signaling is a major signal transduction pathway involved in T cell activation, but also in apoptosis of T cells. Since T cells make use of several Ca(2+)-mobilizing second messengers, such as nicotinic acid adenine dinucleotide phosphate, d-myo-inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate, and cyclic ADP-ribose, we intended to analyze luminal Ca(2+) concentration upon cell activation. Mag-Fluo4/AM, a low-affinity Ca(2+) dye known to localize to the endoplasmic reticular lumen in many cell types, showed superior brightness and bleaching stability, but, surprisingly, co-localized with mito-tracker, but not with ER-tracker in Jurkat T cells...
November 29, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913102/membrane-permeabilization-induced-by-triton-x-100-the-role-of-membrane-phase-state-and-edge-tension
#9
Bruno Mattei, Rafael B Lira, Katia R Perez, Karin A Riske
Detergents are widely used to solubilize and separate biomembrane components. It is therefore relevant to study and understand the mechanistic details underlying detergent-lipid interactions using biomimetic systems. Here, we have investigated in detail the process of membrane permeabilization and the nature of pores induced by sub-solubilizing concentrations of the detergent Triton X-100 (TX-100) in bilayers composed of palmitoyl oleoyl phosphatidylcholine (POPC), sphingomyelin (SM) and binary mixtures of these phospholipids with 30 mol% cholesterol (chol)...
November 29, 2016: Chemistry and Physics of Lipids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912980/lack-of-sustained-efficacy-for-alcohol-based-surgical-hand-rubs-containing-residual-active-ingredients-according-to-en-12791
#10
REVIEW
G Kampf, A Kramer, M Suchomel
The World Health Organization recommends the use of hand rubs with 'sustained activity' for surgical hand preparation. This review aims to verify whether any of the alcohol-based hand rubs containing non-volatile 'active ingredients' such as chlorhexidine digluconate (CHG), mecetronium ethylsulphate (MES), or ortho-phenylphenol (OPP) provides such sustained efficacy for surgical hand disinfection. Literature was searched to find studies according to EN 12791. Published data sets were analysed to verify whether any of the formulations has a superior efficacy (P<0...
November 12, 2016: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912887/nephroprotective-effects-of-%C3%AE-bisabolol-against-ischemic-reperfusion-acute-kidney-injury
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Tiago Lima Sampaio, Ramon Róseo Paula Pessoa Bezerra de Menezes, Marcus Felipe Bezerra da Costa, Gdayllon Cavalcante Meneses, Mauren Cristina Villalta Arrieta, Adriano José Maia Chaves Filho, Glayciane Bezerra de Morais, Alexandre Braga Libório, Renata Sousa Alves, Janaína Serra Azul Monteiro Evangelista, Alice Maria Costa Martins
BACKGROUND: Ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) in kidney is commonly related to acute kidney injury (AKI), essentially through oxidative stress. (-)-α-Bisabolol is a sesquiterpene isolated from the essential oil of a variety of plants, including chamomile, which has important antioxidant activity. STUDY DESIGN: This study intends to evaluate the nephroprotective activity of (-)-α-bisabolol (Bis) in both in vivo and in vitro models of kidney I/R. METHODS: Male Wistar rats were submitted to right nephrectomy, followed by ischemia by clamping of the renal artery in the left kidney for 60min...
December 15, 2016: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912123/synthesis-of-hierarchical-porous-zinc-oxide-zno-microspheres-with-highly-efficient-adsorption-of-congo-red
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Chunsheng Lei, Meng Pi, Chuanjia Jiang, Bei Cheng, Jiaguo Yu
Hierarchical porous zinc oxide (ZnO) was successfully synthesized via a facile hydrothermal method followed by calcination, and characterized by X-ray diffraction, field-emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, nitrogen adsorption-desorption, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy analyses. The as-prepared porous ZnO exhibits microsphere morphologies with diameters of 6-8μm, which are assembled from two-dimensional nanosheets. The as-prepared hierarchical porous ZnO microspheres possessed high specific surface areas (57m(2)/g), and were evaluated for adsorption of Congo red (CR) in aqueous solution...
November 15, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912121/delta-manganese-dioxide-nanosheets-decorated-magnesium-wire-for-the-degradation-of-methyl-orange
#13
Yan Zhang, Tian Xu Zheng, Yao Bo Hu, Xiao Luo Guo, Hui Hua Peng, Yu Xin Zhang, Li Feng, Huai Li Zheng
MnO2-decorated magnesium wire composite (MnO2-M) was fabricated via a simple hydrothermal reaction and accompanied by the calcination process (MnO2/Mn3O4-M). To clarify the optimized reaction condition of δ-MnO2 in the system, the effect of different pH, temperature and pollutant concentration of methyl orange (MO) for degradation process were investigated. Experimental results showed that MnO2-M achieves a high removal rate of 76% (2h, at 25°C) in the presence of H2O2 at pH 2.5, which is higher than that of MnO2/Mn3O4-M (54%)...
November 24, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912120/solvothermal-synthesis-of-ag-hybrid-bipo4-heterostructures-with-enhanced-photodegradation-activity-and-stability
#14
Chang-Wei Huang, Mei-Yao Wu, Yang-Wei Lin
In this study, Ag hybrid BiPO4 (Ag/BiPO4) heterostructures were synthesized using a solvothermal method. The morphologies and optical properties of the Ag/BiPO4 heterostructures were drastically different from those of BiPO4 and were highly dependent on the AgNO3:BiPO4 weight percent during the synthesis. The three formulated heterostructures were evaluated for their photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue (MB) under UV light illumination; the 0.5%Ag/BiPO4 heterostructure was observed to result in 99% degradation of MB within 60min, a remarkably higher level of photodegradation activity than the levels caused by TiO2 and BiPO4...
November 22, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911476/nd-yag-and-pulsed-dye-laser-therapy-in-infantile-hemangiomas-a-retrospective-analysis-of-271-treated-hemangiomas-in-149-children
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F Hartmann, A Lockmann, L-L Grönemeyer, H A Haenssle, M Zutt, H von Fintel, I Kühnle, M P Schön, K-M Thoms
BACKGROUND: Infantile hemangiomas (IH) are common benign tumors in infancy. Most IH resolve spontaneously, but some require treatment due to ulceration, functional impairment or cosmetic disfiguration. While systemic propranolol is effective in many cases, laser therapy may be a safe topical alternative. OBJECTIVE: To assess the efficacy of combined Nd:YAG/pulsed dye laser (PDL) or PDL alone for therapy of IH. PATIENTS AND METHODS: 271 IH in 149 infants were treated with combined Nd:YAG/PDL or PDL alone...
December 2, 2016: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911475/carboplatin-complexed-and-crgd-conjugated-unimolecular-nanoparticles-for-targeted-ovarian-cancer-therapy
#16
Yuyuan Wang, Liwei Wang, Guojun Chen, Shaoqin Gong
Platinum-based chemotherapy has been widely used to treat cancers including ovarian cancer; however, it suffers from dose-limiting toxicity. Judiciously designed drug nanocarriers can enhance the anticancer efficacy of platinum-based chemotherapy while reducing its systemic toxicity. Herein the authors report a stable and water-soluble unimolecular nanoparticle constructed from a hydrophilic multi-arm star block copolymer poly(amidoamine)-b-poly(aspartic acid)-b-poly(ethylene glycol) (PAMAM-PAsp-PEG) conjugated with both cRGD (cyclo(Arg-Gly-Asp-D-Phe-Cys) peptide and cyanine5 (Cy5) fluorescent dye as a platinum-based drug nanocarrier for targeted ovarian cancer therapy...
December 1, 2016: Macromolecular Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911473/enhancement-of-upconverted-fluorescence-by-interference-layers
#17
Janina Wirth, Kory K Green, Megan O'Connor, Shuang F Lim
Upconverting nanoparticles show potential applications in the field of photovoltaics and array-based detection devices. While fluorescence enhancement using interference of incident radiation is well known in Stokes-shift type systems such as fluorescent dyes; the effect of such interference geometry in nonlinear Anti-Stokes type emission, such as in upconversion rare earth photophysics is demonstrated for the first time. This work describes in detail the influence of the interference modulation on both the excitation (interion energy transfer) and radiative decay with nonradiative decay processes active between emissive levels...
December 2, 2016: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911418/synthesis-and-characterization-of-fe-doped-aluminosilicate-nanotubes-with-enhanced-electron-conductive-properties
#18
Ehsan Shafia, Serena Esposito, Elnaz Bahadori, Marco Armandi, Maela Manzoli, Barbara Bonelli
The goal of the protocol is to synthesize Fe-doped aluminosilicate nanotubes of the imogolite type with the formula (OH)3Al2-xFexO3SiOH. Doping with Fe aims at lowering the band gap of imogolite, an insulator with the chemical formula (OH)3Al2O3SiOH, and at modifying its adsorption properties towards azo-dyes, an important class of organic pollutants of both wastewater and groundwater. Fe-doped nanotubes are obtained in two ways: by direct synthesis, where FeCl3 is added to an aqueous mixture of the Si and Al precursors, and by post-synthesis loading, where preformed nanotubes are put in contact with a FeCl3•6H2O aqueous solution...
November 15, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911388/high-throughput-real-time-dual-readout-testing-of-intracellular-antimicrobial-activity-and-eukaryotic-cell-cytotoxicity
#19
Lucius Chiaraviglio, Yoon-Suk Kang, James E Kirby
Traditional measures of intracellular antimicrobial activity and eukaryotic cell cytotoxicity rely on endpoint assays. Such endpoint assays require several additional experimental steps prior to readout, such as cell lysis, colony forming unit determination, or reagent addition. When performing thousands of assays, for example, during high-throughput screening, the downstream effort required for these types of assays is considerable. Therefore, to facilitate high-throughput antimicrobial discovery, we developed a real-time assay to simultaneously identify inhibitors of intracellular bacterial growth and assess eukaryotic cell cytotoxicity...
November 16, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911379/rapid-acquisition-of-3d-images-using-high-resolution-episcopic-microscopy
#20
Haochuan Zhang, JunGang Huang, Xin Liu, Ping Zhu, Zhongrong Li, Xue Li
High-resolution episcopic microscopic (HREM) technology enables rapid acquisition of high-resolution digital volumetric and three-dimensional (3D) morphometric data. Here, we describe the detailed protocol to image the entire mouse embryo. The protocol consists of four major sections: sample preparation, embedding, image acquisition and finally, 3D visualization. The technology requires specimens to be stained with a fluorescent dye, which can be problematic for large or dense specimens. To overcome this limitation, we have improved the existing protocol to enhance tissue penetration of the dye by pretreating the specimen with a solution containing urea and sodium dodecyl sulfate...
November 21, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
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