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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106209/sub-100-nm-wrinkling-of-polydimethylsiloxane-by-double-frontal-oxidation
#1
Manuela Nania, Fabrizia Foglia, Omar K Matar, João T Cabral
We demonstrate nanoscale wrinkling on polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) at sub-100 nm length scales via a (double) frontal surface oxidation coupled with a mechanical compression. The kinetics of the glassy skin propagation is resolved by neutron and X-ray reflectivity, and atomic force microscopy, combined with mechanical wrinkling experiments to evaluate the resulting pattern formation. In conventional PDMS surface oxidation, the smallest wrinkling patterns attainable have an intrinsic lower wavelength limit due to the coupling of skin formation and front propagation at fixed strain εprestrain, whose maximum is, in turn, set by material failure...
January 20, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103551/ultrasound-flow-mapping-for-the-investigation-of-crystal-growth
#2
Norman Thieme, Paul Bonisch, Dagmar Meier, Richard Nauber, Lars Buttner, Kaspars Dadzis, Olf Patzold, Lamine Sylla, Jurgen Czarske
A high energy conversion and cost efficiency are keys for the transition to renewable energy sources, e.g. solar cells. The efficiency of multi-crystalline solar cells can be improved by enhancing the understanding of its crystallization process, especially the directional solidification. In this paper, a novel measurement system for the characterization of flow phenomena and solidification processes in low-temperature model experiments on the basis of ultrasound Doppler velocimetry is described. It captures turbulent flow phenomena in two planes with a frame rate of 3...
January 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102663/highly-stretchable-and-waterproof-electroluminescence-device-based-on-superstable-stretchable-transparent-electrode
#3
Banseok You, Youngmin Kim, Byeong-Kwon Ju, Jong-Woong Kim
Realization of devices with enhanced stretchability and waterproof properties will significantly expand the reach of electronics. To this end, we herein fabricate an elastic transparent conductor that comprises silver nanowires (AgNWs) on a hydroxylated polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) substrate covered by polyurethane urea (PUU), which is fully compatible with both materials. Carboxylic acid groups of PUU was designed to form hydrogen bonds with the carbonyl groups of poly(vinylpyrrolidone) on the AgNW surface, resulting in an enhanced affinity of AgNWs for PUU...
January 19, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102353/cofilin-regulates-nuclear-architecture-through-a-myosin-ii-dependent-mechanotransduction-module
#4
O'Neil Wiggan, Bryce Schroder, Diego Krapf, James R Bamburg, Jennifer G DeLuca
Structural features of the nucleus including shape, size and deformability impact its function affecting normal cellular processes such as cell differentiation and pathological conditions such as tumor cell migration. Despite the fact that abnormal nuclear morphology has long been a defining characteristic for diseases such as cancer relatively little is known about the mechanisms that control normal nuclear architecture. Mounting evidence suggests close coupling between F-actin cytoskeletal organization and nuclear morphology however, mechanisms regulating this coupling are lacking...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102068/robust-guar-gum-cellulose-nanofibrils-multilayer-films-with-good-barrier-properties
#5
Lei Dai, Zhu Long, Jie Chen, Xingye An, Dong Cheng, Avik Khan, Yonghao Ni
The pursuit of sustainable functional materials requires development of materials based on renewable resources and efficient fabrication methods. Hereby, we fabricated all-polysaccharides multilayer films using cationic guar gum (CGG) and anionic cellulose nanofibrils (i.e. TEMPO-oxidized cellulose nanofibrils, TOCNs) through a layer-by-layer casting method. This technique is based on alternate depositions of oppositely charged water-based CGG and TOCNs onto laminated films. The resultant polyelectrolyte multilayer films were transparent, ductile and strong...
January 19, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101862/crystallographic-studies-of-intermediate-filament-proteins
#6
Dmytro Guzenko, Anastasia A Chernyatina, Sergei V Strelkov
Intermediate filaments (IFs), together with microtubules and actin microfilaments, are the three main cytoskeletal components in metazoan cells. IFs are formed by a distinct protein family, which is made up of 70 members in humans. Most IF proteins are tissue- or organelle-specific, which includes lamins, the IF proteins of the nucleus. The building block of IFs is an elongated dimer, which consists of a central α-helical 'rod' domain flanked by flexible N- and C-terminal domains. The conserved rod domain is the 'signature feature' of the IF family...
2017: Sub-cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101144/histopathological-findings-in-systemic-sclerosis-related-myopathy-fibrosis-and-microangiopathy-with-lack-of-cellular-inflammation
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Claudio Corallo, Maurizio Cutolo, Nila Volpi, Daniela Franci, Margherita Aglianò, Antonio Montella, Chiara Chirico, Stefano Gonnelli, Ranuccio Nuti, Nicola Giordano
OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to identify specific histopathological features of skeletal muscle involvement in systemic sclerosis (SSc) patients. METHODS: A total of 35 out of 112 SSc-patients (32%, including 81% female and 68% diffuse scleroderma) presenting clinical, biological and electromyographic (EMG) features of muscle weakness, were included. Patients underwent vastus lateralis biopsy, assessed for individual pathologic features including fibrosis [type I collagen (Coll-I), transforming growth factor β (TGF-β)], microangiopathy [cluster of differentiation 31 (CD31), pro-angiogenic vascular endothelial growth factor A (VEGF-A), anti-angiogenic VEGF-A165b], immune/ inflammatory response [CD4, CD8, CD20, human leucocyte antigens ABC (HLA-ABC)], and membranolytic attack complex (MAC)...
January 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Musculoskeletal Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096465/sequences-within-the-c-terminus-of-the-metabotropic-glutamate-receptor-mglur5-are-responsible-for-inner-nuclear-membrane-localization
#8
Ismail Sergin, Yuh-Jiin I Jong, Steven K Harmon, Vikas Kumar, Karen L O'Malley
Traditionally G-protein coupled receptors (GPCR) are thought to be located on the cell surface where they transmit extracellular signals to the cytoplasm. However recent studies indicate that some GPCRs are also localized to various subcellular compartments such as the nucleus where they appear required for various biological functions. For example, the metabotropic glutamate receptor 5, mGluR5, is concentrated at the inner nuclear membrane (INM) where it mediates Ca2+ changes in the nucleoplasm by coupling with Gq/11...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092268/phenotypic-outcomes-in-mouse-and-human-foxc1-dependent-dandy-walker-cerebellar-malformation-suggest-shared-mechanisms
#9
Parthiv Haldipur, Derek Dang, Kimberly A Aldinger, Olivia K Janson, Fabien Guimiot, Homa Adle-Biasette, William B Dobyns, Joseph R Siebert, Rosa Russo, Kathleen J Millen
FOXC1 loss contributes to Dandy-Walker malformation (DWM), a common human cerebellar malformation.  Previously we found that complete Foxc1 loss leads to aberrations in proliferation, neuronal differentiation and migration in the embryonic mouse cerebellum (Haldipur et al., 2014). We now demonstrate that hypomorphic Foxc1 mutant mice have granule and Purkinje cell abnormalities causing subsequent disruptions in postnatal cerebellar foliation and lamination. Particularly striking is the presence of a partially formed posterior lobule echoing the posterior vermis DW "tail sign" observed in human imaging studies...
January 16, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088721/modeling-biosolids-drying-through-a-laminated-hydrophobic-membrane
#10
Solmaz Marzooghi, Chunjian Shi, Steven K Dentel, Paul T Imhoff
The adaptation of the membrane distillation process as a low-cost and sustainable approach to biosolids drying and stabilization is investigated, which may have application in container-based sanitation systems proposed in low-income urban regions. Three-layer laminated, breathable, hydrophobic membranes enclose the biosolids, facilitating drying but preventing transport of contaminants. The membranes used in this process are non-wetting with pore spaces that only allow vapor transport. Water vapor can be expelled due to a moderate vapor pressure gradient...
December 29, 2016: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088180/nuclear-envelope-structural-proteins-facilitate-nuclear-shape-changes-accompanying-embryonic-differentiation-and-fidelity-of-gene-expression
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Elizabeth R Smith, Yue Meng, Robert Moore, Jeffrey D Tse, Arn G Xu, Xiang-Xi Xu
BACKGROUND: Nuclear size and shape are specific to a cell type, function, and location, and can serve as indicators of disease and development. We previously found that lamin A/C and associated nuclear envelope structural proteins were upregulated when murine embryonic stem (ES) cells differentiated to primitive endoderm cells. Here we further investigated the morphological changes of nuclei that accompany this differentiation. RESULTS: The nuclei of undifferentiated wild type cells were found shaped as flattened, irregular ovals, whereas nuclei of Gata4-positive endoderm cells were more spherical, less flattened, and with a slightly reduced volume...
January 14, 2017: BMC Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080906/oral-squamous-cell-carcinoma-in-an-aged-captive-white-rhinoceros-ceratotherium-simum
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Sandra Langer, Nadine Czerwonka, Kerstin Ternes, Dr Werner Herbst, Kernt Koehler
A 48-yr-old captive white rhinoceros ( Ceratotherium simum ) was euthanized due to old age, pododermatitis, and progressive laminitis of the middle toe of the left fore- and hindlimbs. Severe chronic necrotizing periodontitis and dental loss was diagnosed, although food intake prior to death had not decreased. In addition, extensive ulceration of the tongue was noted. Histologically, squamous cell carcinoma of the tongue was diagnosed with chronic severe ulcerative glossitis. Metastatic lesions were not detected...
December 2016: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078757/lamellar-events-related-to-insulin-like-growth-factor-1-receptor-signaling-in-two-models-relevant-to-endocrinopathic-laminitis
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H E Lane, T A Burns, O C Hegedus, M R Watts, P S Weber, K A Woltman, R J Geor, L J McCutcheon, S C Eades, L E Mathes, J K Belknap
BACKGROUND: Insulin dysregulation, obesity, and exposure to high-non structural carbohydrate (NSC) forage are risk factors for equine metabolic syndrome (EMS)-associated laminitis (EMSAL); high systemic insulin concentrations in EMSAL are proposed to induce cellular dysregulation in the digital lamellae through activation of the IGF-1 receptor. OBJECTIVES: To use a dietary challenge model (DCM) and a euglycemic hyperinsulinemic clamp (EHC) model to assess lamellar growth factor-related signaling...
January 11, 2017: Equine Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078718/fabric-based-alkaline-direct-formate-microfluidic-fuel-cells
#14
Kryls Domalaon, Catherine Tang, Alex Mendez, Franky Bernal, Krutarth Purohit, Linda Pham, John Haan, Frank A Gomez
Fabric-based microfluidic fuel cells (MFCs) serve as a novel, cost-efficient alternative to traditional FCs and batteries, since fluids naturally travel across fabric via capillary action, eliminating the need for an external pump and lowering production and operation costs. Building on previous research with Y-shaped paper-based MFCs, fabric-based MFCs mitigate fragility and durability issues caused by long periods of fuel immersion. In the present work we describe a microfluidic fabric-based direct formate fuel cell (DFFC), with 5 M potassium formate and 30% hydrogen peroxide as the anode fuel and cathode oxidant, respectively...
January 12, 2017: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076778/axl-mediates-zika-virus-entry-in-human-glial-cells-and-modulates-innate-immune-responses
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Laurent Meertens, Athena Labeau, Ophelie Dejarnac, Sara Cipriani, Laura Sinigaglia, Lucie Bonnet-Madin, Tifenn Le Charpentier, Mohamed Lamine Hafirassou, Alessia Zamborlini, Van-Mai Cao-Lormeau, Muriel Coulpier, Dorothée Missé, Nolwenn Jouvenet, Ray Tabibiazar, Pierre Gressens, Olivier Schwartz, Ali Amara
ZIKA virus (ZIKV) is an emerging pathogen responsible for neurological disorders and congenital microcephaly. However, the molecular basis for ZIKV neurotropism remains poorly understood. Here, we show that Axl is expressed in human microglia and astrocytes in the developing brain and that it mediates ZIKV infection of glial cells. Axl-mediated ZIKV entry requires the Axl ligand Gas6, which bridges ZIKV particles to glial cells. Following binding, ZIKV is internalized through clathrin-mediated endocytosis and traffics to Rab5+ endosomes to establish productive infection...
January 10, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069793/decreased-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signalling-contributes-to-the-pathogenesis-of-dilated-cardiomyopathy-caused-by-mutations-in-the-lamin-a-c-gene
#16
Caroline Le Dour, Coline Macquart, Fusako Sera, Shunichi Homma, Gisele Bonne, John P Morrow, Howard J Worman, Antoine Muchir
Cardiomyopathy caused by lamin A/C gene (LMNA) mutations (hereafter referred as LMNA cardiomyopathy) is characterized by cardiac conduction abnormalities and left ventricular systolic dysfunction predisposing to heart failure. Previous cardiac transcriptional profiling of Lmna(H222P/H222P) mouse, a small animal model of LMNA cardiomyopathy, suggested decreased WNT/β-catenin signalling. We confirmed decreased WNT/β-catenin signalling in the hearts of these mice by demonstrating decreased β-catenin and WNT proteins...
January 9, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063184/biologically-agglutinated-eukaryotic-microfossil-from-cryogenian-cap-carbonates
#17
K R Moore, T Bosak, F A Macdonald, D J G Lahr, S Newman, C Settens, S B Pruss
Cryogenian cap carbonates that overlie Sturtian glacial deposits were formed during a post-glacial transgression. Here, we describe microfossils from the Kakontwe Formation of Zambia and the Taishir Formation of Mongolia-both Cryogenian age, post-Sturtian cap carbonates-and investigate processes involved in their formation and preservation. We compare microfossils from these two localities to an assemblage of well-documented microfossils previously described in the post-Sturtian Rasthof Formation of Namibia...
January 6, 2017: Geobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28058697/macro-scale-model-study-of-a-tunable-drug-dispensation-mechanism-for-controlled-drug-delivery-in-potential-wound-healing-applications
#18
Mariam Mir, Umar Ansari, Murtaza Najabat Ali
BACKGROUND: Auxetic materials tend to exhibit stretching in the direction of the applied load as well as in the perpendicular direction. This may be an inherent property of the material, or it might be a particular structural characteristic that confers it with auxetic properties. In this study, the auxetic properties of a rotating squares auxetic design were utilized in tandem with a stretching mechanism to manufacture a device that offers the advantages of adjustable pore size and hence tunable drug delivery characteristics...
October 10, 2016: Journal of Applied Biomaterials & Functional Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057959/a-q-band-free-space-characterization-of-carbon-nanotube-composites
#19
Ahmed M Hassan, Jan Obrzut, Edward J Garboczi
We present a free-space measurement technique for non-destructive non-contact electrical and dielectric characterization of nano-carbon composites in the Q-band frequency range of 30 GHz to 50 GHz. The experimental system and error correction model accurately reconstruct the conductivity of composite materials that are either thicker than the wave penetration depth, and therefore exhibit negligible microwave transmission (less than -40 dB), or thinner than the wave penetration depth and, therefore, exhibit significant microwave transmission...
November 2016: IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057760/chromatin-and-lamin-a-determine-two-different-mechanical-response-regimes-of-the-cell-nucleus
#20
Andrew D Stephens, Edward J Banigan, Stephen A Adam, Robert D Goldman, John F Marko
The cell nucleus must continually resist and respond to inter- and intracellular mechanical forces to transduce mechanical signals and maintain proper genome organization and expression. Altered nuclear mechanics are associated with many human diseases, including heart disease, progeria, and cancer. Chromatin and nuclear envelope A-type lamin proteins are known to be key nuclear mechanical components perturbed in these diseases, but their distinct mechanical contributions are not known. Here, we directly establish the separate roles of chromatin and lamin A/C and show that they determine two distinct mechanical regimes via micromanipulation of single isolated nuclei...
January 5, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
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