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Jocelyn Lippey, Andrew Spillane, Christobel Saunders
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November 2016: ANZ Journal of Surgery
Raquel Matoso Silva, Filomena Adega, Helena J Kjöllerström, Kim Labuschagne, Antoinette Kotze, Carlos Fernandes, Raquel Chaves, Maria do Mar Oom
Genets (Genetta) are a genus of African mammalian carnivorans with 14 currently recognized species, although taxonomic uncertainties remain, particularly regarding the number of species within the large-spotted genet complex. This study presents the first banded karyotype and molecular cytogenetic analysis of a genetically identified panther genet, Genetta maculata, the most common and widespread taxon of the large-spotted genet complex, with a wide distribution in sub-Saharan Africa. Sampled in Gauteng Province, South Africa, it could be assigned to the subspecies G...
October 27, 2016: Cytogenetic and Genome Research
Mayte Conejero-Muriel, Isaac Rodriguez-Ruiz, Cristobal Verdugo-Escamilla, Andreu Llobera, Jose Antonio Gavira
Microfluidics or lab-on-a-chip technology offer clear advantages over conventional systems such as a dramatic reduction of reagent consumption or a shorter analysis time, which are translated into costs effective systems. In this work, we present a photonic enzymatic lab on a chip reactor based on Cross-Linked Enzyme Crystals (CLECs), able to work in continuous flow, as a highly sensitive, robust, reusable and stable platform for continuous sensing with superior performance as compared to the state of the art...
October 26, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Ghareb M Soliman, Gihan Fetih, Ahmed M Abbas
OBJECTIVE: To develop and characterize in situ thermosensitive gels for the vaginal administration of sildenafil as a potential treatment of endometrial thinning occurring as a result of using clomiphene citrate for ovulation induction in women with type II eugonadotrophic anovulation. While sildenafil has shown promising results in the treatment of infertility in women, the lack of vaginal pharmaceutical preparation and the side effects associated with oral sildenafil limit its clinical effectiveness...
October 26, 2016: Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy
Yongmin Zhang, Shuang Guo, Wentao Wu, Zhirong Qin, Xuefeng Liu
Herein, we describe a strategy of fabricating CO2-triggered oil-in-water Pickering emulsion based on silica nanoparticles func-tionalized in situ by a trace amount of conventional CO2-switchable surfactant, N-(3-(dimethylamino)propyl)alkyl amide (CnPMA). By alternately bubbling CO2 and N2 at a moderate conditions (30 oC, 80 mL·min-1), silica nanoparticles reversibly switch between amphipathic and hydrophilic as a result of the adsorption of ammonium (CO2) and the desorption of ter-tiary amine (N2). The emulsion can then be smart switched "on (stable)" and "off (unstable)," along with homogenization, without needing cooling and heating...
October 26, 2016: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Chuntian Cao, Hans-Georg Steinrück, Badri Shyam, Kevin H Stone, Michael F Toney
Surface sensitive X-ray reflectivity (XRR) measurements were performed to investigate the electrochemical lithiation of a native oxide terminated single crystalline silicon (100) electrode in real time during the first galvanostatic discharge cycle. This allows us to gain nanoscale, mechanistic insight into the lithiation of Si and the formation of the solid electrolyte interphase (SEI). We describe an electrochemistry cell specifically designed for in-situ XRR studies and have determined the evolution of the electron density profile (EDP) of the lithiated Si layer (LixSi) and the SEI layer with sub-nanometer resolution...
October 26, 2016: Nano Letters
Jun-An Xiao, Jie Li, Peng-Ju Xia, Zhao-Fang Zhou, Zhao-Xu Deng, Hao-Yue Xiang, Xiao-Qing Chen, Hua Yang
An intramolecular [3+2]-annulation of amide-linked donor-acceptor cyclopropane with in situ generated imine is described. As a result, diverse hexahydropyrrolo[3,2-c]quinolinones, as the tricyclic core of martinellines, were efficiently assembled in good to excellent yield (up to 93%) with good diastereomeric ratio (up to 98:2).
October 26, 2016: Journal of Organic Chemistry
Vicente Rodríguez-González, Ruth B Domínguez-Espíndola, Sergio Casas-Flores, Olga A Patrón-Soberano, Roberto Camposeco Solis, Soo Wohn Lee
Antifungal silver nanocomposites inspired by titanate nanotubes (AgTNTs) were successfully evaluated for the effective inactivation of the phytopathogenic fungus Botrytis Cinerea within 20 minutes. One dimensional H2Ti3O7 nanotubes functionalized with silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) exhibit unique surface and antifungal properties for the photoinactivation of B. Cinerea. Nanostructured titanates were synthesized by the eco-friendly, practical, microwave-induced, hydrothermal method followed by a highly monodispersive AgNP UV-photodeposition...
October 26, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Mengdi Chen, Kay Hagedorn, Helmut Cölfen, Sebastian Polarz
Nanoporous monoliths with hierarchical nanostructure are prepared via in situ assembly of template and carbon precursor gel by controlled ultracentrifugation experiments. Benefits of the gradient porosity are demonstrated for the Li-O2 battery.
October 26, 2016: Advanced Materials
Bartosz Kazimierz Słowikowski, Margarita Lianeri, Paweł Piotr Jagodziński
It is well known that a connection between xenobiotics inhalation, especially tobacco combustion and Lung Cancer development is strongly significant and indisputable. However, recent studies provide evidence indicating that another factors such as, estrogens are also involved in lung carcinoma biology and metabolism. Although the status of estrogen receptors (ER), in both cancerous and healthy lung tissue has been well documented, there is still inconclusive data with respect of which isoform of the receptor is present in the lungs...
October 25, 2016: Molecular Biology Reports
Ved Prakash Kumar, Anupam Shrivastwa, Parag Nigam, Dhyanendra Kumar, Surendra Prakash Goyal
Swamp deer (Rucervus duvaucelii) is an endemic, Scheduled I species under the Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972, India. According to variations in antler size, it has been classified into three subspecies, namely Western (R. duvaucelii duvaucelii), Central (R. duvaucelii branderi), and Eastern (R. duvaucelii ranjitsinhii). For planning effective ex situ and in situ conservation of a wide-ranging species in different bioclimatic regions and in wildlife forensic, the use of genetic characterization in defining morpho/ecotypes has been suggested because of the geographic clines and reproductive isolation...
October 26, 2016: Mitochondrial DNA. Part A. DNA Mapping, Sequencing, and Analysis
Fangzuo Li, Zhiguo Liu, Tianxi Sun
Energy-dispersive small-angle X-ray scattering (ED-SAXS) with an innovative design of cone collimation based on an ellipsoidal single-bounce capillary (ESBC) and a polycapillary parallel X-ray lens (PPXRL) had been explored. Using this new cone collimation system, scattering angle 2θ has a theoretical minimum angle related to the mean half-opening angle of the hollow cone beam of 1.42 mrad, and with the usable X-ray energy ranging from 4 to 30 keV, the resulting observable scattering vector q is down to a minimum value of about 0...
September 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
V G Konovalov, V S Voitsenya, M N Makhov, I V Ryzhkov, A N Shapoval, S I Solodovchenko, A F Stan, V N Bondarenko, A J H Donné, A Litnovsky
The plasma-facing (first) mirrors in ITER will be subject to sputtering and/or contamination with rates that will depend on the precise mirror locations. The resulting influence of both these factors can reduce the mirror reflectance (R) and worsen the transmitted image quality (IQ). This implies that monitoring the mirror quality in situ is an actual desire, and the present work is an attempt towards a solution. The method we propose is able to elucidate the reason for degradation of the mirror reflectance: sputtering by charge exchange atoms or deposition of contaminated layers...
September 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
Wenhao Bu, Mengke Liu, Dizhou Xie, Bo Yan
The transfer cavity is a very important frequency reference for laser stabilization and is widely used for applications such as precision measurements and laser cooling of ions or molecules. But the non-linear response of the piezoelectric ceramic transducer (PZT) in the Fabry-Perot cavity limits the performance of the laser stabilization. Thus, measuring and controlling such non-linearity is essential. Here we report an in situ, optical method to characterize this non-linearity by measuring the resonant signals of a dual-frequency laser...
September 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
C Y Chen, D L Yu, B B Feng, L H Yao, X M Song, L G Zang, X Y Gao, Q W Yang, X R Duan
On HL-2A tokamak, supersonic molecular beam injection (SMBI) has been developed as a routine refueling method. The key components of the system are an electromagnetic valve and a conic nozzle. The valve and conic nozzle are assembled to compose the simplified Laval nozzle for generating the pulsed beam. The appurtenance of the system includes the cooling system serving the cooled SMBI generation and the in situ calibration component for quantitative injection. Compared with the conventional gas puffing, the SMBI features prompt response and larger fueling flux...
September 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
Wonmo Kang, Iyoel Beniam, Siddiq M Qidwai
Electrically assisted deformation (EAD) is an emerging technique to enhance formability of metals by applying an electric current through them. Despite its increasing importance in manufacturing applications, there is still an unresolved debate on the nature of the fundamental deformation mechanisms underlying EAD, mainly between electroplasticity (non-thermal effects) and resistive heating (thermal effects). This status is due to two critical challenges: (1) a lack of experimental techniques to directly observe fundamental mechanisms of material deformation during EAD, and (2) intrinsic coupling between electric current and Joule heating giving rise to unwanted thermally activated mechanisms...
September 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
Kalisankar Bera, Christoph Schneider
An efficient formal [3 + 2]-cycloaddition toward the highly diastereo- and enantioselective synthesis of indolo[1,2-a]indoles is disclosed. A chiral BINOL-derived phosphoric acid catalyzed the highly enantioselective conjugate addition of cyclic enamides to in situ generated 2-methide-2H-indoles and subsequent aminalization to give rise to acetamide-substituted indolo[1,2-a]indoles carrying three contiguous stereogenic centers. Importantly, these products were formed as single diastereomers and with excellent yields and enantioselectivities...
October 26, 2016: Organic Letters
Na Liu, Ruixiang Qu, Yuning Chen, Yingze Cao, Weifeng Zhang, Xin Lin, Yen Wei, Lin Feng, Lei Jiang
Dual purification of both oily wastewater and dye-polluted water for enhancing the use of freshwater is an urgent task. We report herein, the facile synthesis of inorganic semiconductor nanomaterials anchored mesh for in situ dual-functional water purification. This resultant mesh combines the excellent capacity of oil removal and the advantage of photocatalytic performance for dye degradation under visible light irradiation at the same time. In addition, the mesh was easily regenerated and remained unaltered in photocatalytic performance over five successive dye degradation cycles...
October 26, 2016: Nanoscale
Christopher J Serpell, Reida N Rutte, Kalotina Geraki, Elzbieta Pach, Markus Martincic, Magdalena Kierkowicz, Sonia De Munari, Kim Wals, Ritu Raj, Belén Ballesteros, Gerard Tobias, Daniel C Anthony, Benjamin G Davis
The desire to study biology in situ has been aided by many imaging techniques. Among these, X-ray fluorescence (XRF) mapping permits observation of elemental distributions in a multichannel manner. However, XRF imaging is underused, in part, because of the difficulty in interpreting maps without an underlying cellular 'blueprint'; this could be supplied using contrast agents. Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) can be filled with a wide range of inorganic materials, and thus can be used as 'contrast agents' if biologically absent elements are encapsulated...
October 26, 2016: Nature Communications
Fengcang Ma, Ping Liu, Wei Li, Xinkuan Liu, Xiaohong Chen, Ke Zhang, Deng Pan, Weijie Lu
Low-cost TiB whiskers reinforced titanium matrix composite (TMCs) was fabricated with enhanced mechanical performances using in situ technologies and hot working. Morphologies observation indicates that needle-like TiB whiskers with a hexagonal transverse section grow along the [010] direction due to B27 crystal structure and its growth mechanism. Mechanical properties tests show that the mechanical behavior of the TiB whiskers reinforced TMCs is dependent on the deformation amplitudes applied in hot-working...
October 26, 2016: Scientific Reports
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