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Rudolf Cejnar, Kateřina Hložková, Lukáš Jelínek, Pavel Kotrba, Pavel Dostálek
Compared to most other alcoholic beverages, the shelf life of beer is much more limited due to its instability in the bottle. That instability is most likely to appear as turbidity (haze), even sedimentation, during storage. The haze in beer is mostly caused by colloidal particles formed by interactions between proteins and polyphenols within the beer. Therefore, beers are usually stabilized by removing at least one of these components. We developed and constructed a Saccharomyces cerevisiae strain with a proline-rich QPF peptide attached to the cell wall, using the C-terminal anchoring domain of α-agglutinin...
October 21, 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Na Sai, Yuntang Wu, Guangui Yu, Zhong Sun, Guowei Huang
A novel photonic crystal (PC) for the enrichment and detection of trace chloramphenicol (Cm) was constructed based on the combination of the imprinted crystalline colloidal array (ICCA) and the enrichment effect induced by wettability differences. The enrichment ICCA (E-ICCA) material had a highly ordered opal structure consisted of hydrophilic molecular imprinting polymer (MIP) spheres and the surrounding hydrophobic polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) matrix, thus showing the desired structural color but also possessing the large hydrophilicity/hydrophobicity (HP) interaction area to enable efficient enrichment of the target Cm molecules from a highly dilute solution to the MIP sphere surface...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Jowita Marszewska, Mietek Jaroniec
Highly-porous carbon spheres were prepared by modified Stöber method combined with silica templating and CO2 activation. Silica was delivered in the form of either colloids or tetraethyl orthosilicate and used to create porosity. Subsequently, CO2 activation was used to develop microporosity. CO2 activation was done either: (1) on carbon spheres, following silica etching or (2) on silica-carbon composites, before silica removal. Both methods delivered carbon materials with well-developed structures and, importantly, preserved spherical morphology...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Kunfeng Chen, Dongfeng Xue, Sridhar Komarneni
Nanoclay assisted electrochemical exfoliation was developed to in-situ form functionalized graphene electrode materials from pencil core with different ratios of graphite and clay. This method made a positive transformation from solid graphite to graphene colloidal solution, which can be used to construct binder- and additive-free thin-film electrodes. Exfoliated graphene can be served as both conductive current collector (film resistance of 33Ω/square) and electrode materials. Graphene thin-film electrodes from pencil cores displayed higher capacity of 224 than 80mAh/g of that from pure graphite...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Svetlana V Fedorenko, Svetlana L Grechkina, Asiya R Mustafina, Kirill V Kholin, Alexey S Stepanov, Irek R Nizameev, Ildus E Ismaev, Marsil K Kadirov, Rustem R Zairov, Alfia N Fattakhova, Rustem R Amirov, Svetlana E Soloveva
The present work introduces deliberate synthesis of Gd(III)-doped silica nanoparticles with high relaxivity at magnetic field strengths below 1.5T. Modified microemulsion water-in-oil procedure was used in order to achieve superficial localization of Gd(III) complexes within 40-55nm sized silica spheres. The relaxivities of the prepared nanoparticles were measured at 0.47, 1.41 and 1.5T with the use of both NMR analyzer and whole body NMR scanner. Longitudinal relaxivities of the obtained silica nanoparticles reveal significant dependence on the confinement mode, changing from 4...
October 14, 2016: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
Guanchao Yin, Min Song, Shengkai Duan, Phillip Manley, Dieter Greiner, Christian A Kaufmann, Martina Schmid
Ultrathin Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGSe) solar cells pose challenges of incomplete absorption and back contact recombination. In this work, we applied the simple collodial nanosphere lithography and fabricated 2D SiO2 nanomeshes (NMs), which simultaneously benefit ultrathin CIGSe solar cells electrically and optically. Electrically, the NMs are capable of passivating the back contact recombination, and increasing the minimum bandgap of absorbers. Optically, the parasitic absorption in Mo as a main optical loss is reduced...
October 21, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
S Jovtchev, S Alexandrov, N Hristova-Avakumova, S Miteva, L Traikov, D Gerasimova, S Stoeff
BACKGROUND: Different colloids are used as a part of solutions for fluid resuscitation and organ preservation: hydroxyethyl starches (HES), dextran (Dx), polyethylene glycols (PEG), polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP). Some of the problems associated with their application are addressed to alteration in erythrocyte (ERY) rheology. OBJECTIVE: We intended to estimate in vitro and compare the aggregation power (AP) of these molecules related to ERY interactions. METHODS: Washed human ERY are used during the study...
October 18, 2016: Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation
M Ibrahim, M A S Garcia, L L R Vono, M Guerrero, P Lecante, L M Rossi, K Philippot
The solution synthesis of rhodium nanoparticles (Rh NPs) was achieved from the organometallic complex [Rh(η(3)-C3H5)3] under mild reaction conditions in the presence of a polymer (PVP), a monophosphine (PPh3) and a diphosphine (dppb) as a stabilizer, leading to very small Rh NPs of 2.2, 1.3 and 1.7 nm mean size, with PVP, PPh3 and dppb, respectively. The surface properties of these nanoparticles were compared using a model catalysis reaction namely, hydrogenation of cyclohexene, first under colloidal conditions and then under supported conditions after their immobilization onto an amino functionalized silica-coated magnetite support...
October 21, 2016: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Francesca Bomboi, Flavio Romano, Manuela Leo, Javier Fernandez-Castanon, Roberto Cerbino, Tommaso Bellini, Federico Bordi, Patrizia Filetici, Francesco Sciortino
DNA is acquiring a primary role in material development, self-assembling by design into complex supramolecular aggregates, the building block of a new-materials world. Using DNA nanoconstructs to translate sophisticated theoretical intuitions into experimental realizations by closely matching idealized models of colloidal particles is a much less explored avenue. Here we experimentally show that an appropriate selection of competing interactions enciphered in multiple DNA sequences results into the successful design of a one-pot DNA hydrogel that melts both on heating and on cooling...
October 21, 2016: Nature Communications
I Bravo-Osuna, V Andrés-Guerrero, P Pastoriza Abal, I T Molina-Martínez, R Herrero-Vanrell
Efficient treatment of ocular diseases can be achieved thanks to the proper use of ophthalmic formulations based on emerging pharmaceutical approaches. Among them, microtechnology and nanotechnology strategies are of great interest in the development of novel drug delivery systems to be used for ocular therapy. The location of the target site in the eye as well as the ophthalmic disease will determine the route of administration (topical, intraocular, periocular, and suprachoroidal administration) and the most adequate device...
October 20, 2016: Drug Delivery and Translational Research
Parvin Akbarzadehlaleh, Mona Mirzaei, Mahdiyeh Mashahdi-Keshtiban, Karim Shamsasenjan, Hamidreza Heydari
Human serum albumin (HSA) is a non-glycosylated, negatively charged protein (Mw: about 65-kDa) that has one free cystein residue (Cys 34), and 17 disulfide bridges that these bridges have main role in its stability and longer biological life-time (15 to 19 days). As HSA is a multifunctional protein, it can also bind to other molecules and ions in addition to its role in maintaining colloidal osmotic pressure (COP) in various diseases. In critical illnesses changes in the level of albumin between the intravascular and extravascular compartments and the decrease in its serum concentration need to be compensated using exogenous albumin; but as the size of HSA is an important parameter in retention within the circulation, therefore increasing its molecular size and hydrodynamic radius of HSA by covalent attachment of poly ethylene glycol (PEG), that is known as PEGylation, provides HSA as a superior volume expander that not only can prevent the interstitial edema but also can reduce the infusion frequency...
September 2016: Advanced Pharmaceutical Bulletin
Brian G Alberding, Adam J Biacchi, Angela R Hight Walker, Edwin J Heilweil
Tin(II) monosulfide (SnS) is a semiconductor material with an intermediate band gap, high absorption coefficient in the visible range, and earth abundant, non-toxic constituent elements. For these reasons, SnS has generated much interest for incorporation into optoelectronic devices, but little is known concerning the charge carrier dynamics, especially as measured by optical techniques. Here, as opposed to prior studies of vapor deposited films, phase-pure colloidal SnS was synthesized by solution chemistry in three size regimes, ranging from nanometer- to micron-scale (SnS small nanoparticles, SnS medium 2D nanosheets, and SnS large 2D μm-sheets), and evaluated by time-resolved terahertz spectroscopy (TRTS); an optical, non-contact probe of the photoconductivity...
July 21, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry. C, Nanomaterials and Interfaces
Yong-Hui Wang, Yang Yuan, Xiao-Quan Yang, Jin-Mei Wang, Jian Guo, Yuan Lin
The aims of this work were to construct corn protein hydrolysate (CPH)-based curcumin nanoparticles (Cur NPs) and to compare the colloidal stability, bioaccessibility and antioxidant activity of the Cur NPs stabilized CPH and sodium caseinate (NaCas) respectively. The results indicated that Cur solubility could be considerably improved after the Cur NPs fabrication. The spectroscopy results demonstrated that the solubilization of Cur should be attributed to its complexation with CPH or NaCas. The Cur NPs exhibited good colloidal stability after 1 week's storage but showed smaller (40 nm) size in CPH than in NaCas (100 nm)...
July 2016: Journal of Food Science and Technology
Laxmana Naik, Rajan Sharma, Bimlesh Mann, Kiran Lata, Y S Rajput, B Surendra Nath
A rapid, semi-quantitative lateral flow assay (LFA) was developed to screen the oxytetracycline (OTC) antibiotics residues in milk samples. In this study a competitive immuno-assay format was established. Colloidal gold nano-particles (GNP) were prepared and used as labelling material in LFA. Polyclonal antibodies were generated against OTC molecule (anti-OTC), purified and the quality was assessed by enzyme linked immuno sorbet assay. For the first time membrane components required for LFA in milk system was optimized...
March 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
Zhuolei Zhang, Shenqiang Ren
Luminescent network: Colloidal excimer superstructures with unique optical and electronic properties have recently been described. Ground-state gold cluster cores were held together by the hydrogen-bonding network formed by their capping ligands, which enabled excimer formation.
October 20, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
X Chen, F X Dou, X B Cheng, A T Guo, H Y Shi
Objective: To study the clinicopathologic features of thyroid-like follicular renal cell carcinoma. Methods: Clinical data were collected in 5 cases of thyroid-like follicular renal cell carcinoma. HE staining and immunohistochemistry were carried out in surgically-removed specimen to analyze the clinical and pathological features with review of the literatures. Results: The patients aged 20-55 years, with one male and four females; the tumor occurred in the left kidney in three cases and right kidney in two cases...
October 8, 2016: Zhonghua Bing Li Xue za Zhi Chinese Journal of Pathology
Carolin de Groot, Christel C Müller-Goymann
Saponins are used in medicine due to their pharmacological and immunological effects. To better understand interactions of saponins with model membranes and natural membranes of, for example, erythrocytes, Langmuir film balance experiments are well established. For most saponins, a strong interaction with cholesterol was demonstrated in dependence of both the aglycone part and the sugar moieties and is suggested to be correlated with a strong hemolytic activity, high toxicity, and high surface activity, as was demonstrated for the steroid saponin digitonin...
October 19, 2016: Planta Medica
Guoxin Tan, Shihui Yu, Hao Pan, Jinyu Li, Dandan Liu, Kun Yuan, Xinggang Yang, Weisan Pan
The aim of this study was to develop and characterize a novel colloidal system, namely, timolol maleate chitosan coated liposomes (TM-CHL) to enhance the ocular permeation, precorneal residence time and bioavailability. The resulting TM-CHL was the most promising formulation with a mean particle size of 150.7nm and an EE% of 75.83±1.61%. In vitro release of the TM-CHL showed an extended drug release profile. The TM-CHL exhibited significant mucin adhesion and compared with commercial eye drops, TM-CHL produced a 3...
October 17, 2016: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Nagesh D Patil, Prathamesh G Bange, Rajneesh Bhardwaj, Atul Sharma
Effects of substrate temperature, substrate wettability and particles concentration are experimentally investigated for evaporation of a sessile water droplet containing colloidal particles. Time-varying droplet shapes and temperature of the liquid-gas interface are measured using high-speed visualization and infrared thermography, respectively. The motion of the particles inside the evaporating droplet is qualitatively visualized by an optical microscope and profile of final particle deposit is measured by an optical profilometer...
October 19, 2016: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
W Tipkantha, P Thuwanut, B Siriaroonrat, P Comizzoli, K Chatdarong
Clouded leopards (Neofelis nebulosa) produced high proportion of abnormal spermatozoa (mainly tail defects) that can limit sperm movement and conception. The study aimed to better identify the origin of those defects using a demembranation approach. Ejaculates (1-2 ejaculations/male; n = 9) were allocated to simple washing (control; resulting in 11.7% ± 1.9% coiled tails) and processed through colloid centrifugation to reduce the number of sperm with tail defects (treatment, resulting in 5.9% ± 0.9% coiled tails)...
October 18, 2016: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
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