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Nelly Bonifaci, Zhiling Li, Jussi Eloranta, Steven L Fiedler
The interaction potentials of the He(*)(2) excimer, in the a (3)Σu, b (3)Πg, c (3)Σg , and d (3)Σu electronic states with a ground state helium atom are presented. The symmetry of the interaction potentials closely follows the excimer Rydberg electron density with pronounced short-range minima appearing along the nodal planes of the Rydberg orbital. In such cases, a combination of the electrostatic short-range attraction combined with Pauli repulsion leads to the appearance of unusual long-range maxima in the potentials...
October 26, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
Eva Emmoth, Jordi Rovira, Andreja Rajkovic, Elena Corcuera, Diego Wilches Pérez, Irene Dergel, Jakob R Ottoson, Frederik Widén
Hepatitis E virus has been recognised as a food-borne virus hazard in pork products, due to its zoonotic properties. This risk can be reduced by adequate treatment of the food to inactivate food-borne viruses. We used a spectrum of viruses and bacteriophages to evaluate the effect of three food treatments: high pressure processing (HPP), lactic acid (LA) and intense light pulse (ILP) treatments. On swine liver at 400 MPa for 10 min, HPP gave log10 reductions of ≥4.2, ≥5.0 and 3.4 for feline calicivirus (FCV) 2280, FCV wildtype (wt) and murine norovirus 1 (MNV 1), respectively...
October 25, 2016: Food and Environmental Virology
Steven Michiels, Antoine D'Hollander, Nicolas Lammens, Mathias Kersemans, Guozhi Zhang, Jean-Marc Denis, Kenneth Poels, Edmond Sterpin, Sandra Nuyts, Karin Haustermans, Tom Depuydt
PURPOSE: 3D printing technology is investigated for the purpose of patient immobilization during proton therapy. It potentially enables a merge of patient immobilization, bolus range shifting, and other functions into one single patient-specific structure. In this first step, a set of 3D printed materials is characterized in detail, in terms of structural and radiological properties, elemental composition, directional dependence, and structural changes induced by radiation damage. These data will serve as inputs for the design of 3D printed immobilization structure prototypes...
October 2016: Medical Physics
Shi-Jun Wu, Min-Jian Cai, Can-Jun Yang, Ke-Wei Li
This paper describes the design of a flexible titanium foil cell, as well as its applications in hydrothermal experiments and in non-contaminating storage of seafloor hydrothermal fluids. A flexible cell constructed totally from pure titanium (Grade 1) can be used in corrosive environment because of the excellent chemical stability and temperature tolerance of the material. Theoretical calculation and finite element analysis of the titanium foil cell have been conducted to identify its flexibility and deformation mode...
September 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
Shiqiang Song, Yinghao Zhai, Yong Zhang
Graphene/graphene oxide (GO)-based paper is attracting great interest owing to its multiple functionalities. In this study, we successfully synthesized a triblock copolymer by atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) method in terms of molecular design. The copolymer was comprised of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) and poly (glycidyl methacrylate) (PGMA) segments. To the copolymer, the PDMS segments provided flexible characteristic and the PGMA segments provided reactive groups and adhesiveness. Due to the above characteristics, the copolymer was used as an adhesive between the adjacent graphene oxide (GO) nanosheets for fabrication of GO/PDMS-PGMA papers...
October 26, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Shigeyuki Okahara, Zu Soh, Satoshi Miyamoto, Hidenobu Takahashi, Hideshi Itoh, Shinya Takahashi, Taijiro Sueda, Toshio Tsuji
During cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB), blood viscosity conspicuously increases and decreases due to changes in hematocrit and blood temperature. Nevertheless, blood viscosity is typically not evaluated, because there is no technology that can provide simple, continuous, noncontact monitoring. We modeled the pressure-flow characteristics of an oxygenator in a previous study, and in that study we quantified the influence of viscosity on oxygenator function. The pressure-flow monitoring information in the oxygenator is derived from our model and enables the estimation of viscosity...
October 26, 2016: Artificial Organs
Sze Ming Fu, Yan Kai Zhong, Ming Hsiang Tu, Bo Ruei Chen, Albert Lin
Broadband perfect metamaterial absorbers have been drawing significant attention in recent years. A close-to-unity absorption over a broad spectral range is established and this facilitates many photonic applications. A more challenging goal is to construct a broadband absorber with a tailored spectral absorption. The spectral absorption control and spectral shaping are very critical in many applications, such as thermal-photovoltaic, thermal emitters, spectrum imaging system, biomedical and extraterrestrial sensing, and refractive index sensor...
October 26, 2016: Scientific Reports
Hongfeng Huang, Xi Yao, Jianyong Wu, Wenhan Peng, Jianghua Chen
AIMS: To investigate the area under the curve (AUC) of mycophenolic acid (MPA) in adult Chinese renal allograft recipients receiving concomitant enteric-coated mycophenolate sodium (EC-MPS) and cyclosporine (CsA) during the early post-transplant phase and to develop optimal model equations for estimation of the MPA area under the plasma concentration-time curve from 0 to 12 hours (AUC0-12h) using a limited-sampling strategy (LSS). METHODS: The present study enrolled 24 Chinese renal recipients treated with EC-MPS, CsA, and corticosteroid, from whom 24 serial blood samples were collected over 12 hours...
October 26, 2016: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Susan Yung, Claudia Yc Ng, Kin Yi Au, Kwok Fan Cheung, Qing Zhang, Chenzhu Zhang, Desmond Yh Yap, Mel Km Chau, Tak Mao Chan
Immune deposits are often observed along the tubular basement membrane in patients with lupus nephritis, but the role of anti-dsDNA antibody deposition on tubulo-interstitial inflammation remains to be investigated. We examined the effect of human polyclonal anti-dsDNA antibodies on inflammatory processes in cultured proximal renal tubular epithelial cells (HK-2 cells) and their association with serum levels of IL-6, IL-8 and MCP-1 in patients. Binding of anti-dsDNA antibodies to HK-2 cells was investigated by cellular ELISA, flow cytometry and immunohistochemistry...
October 25, 2016: Clinical Science (1979-)
Palena A Pinto, Guillaume Colas, Tobin Filleter, Grace M De Souza
Yttria-stabilized tetragonal zirconia polycrystals (3Y-TZP) is a ceramic material used in indirect dental restorations. However, phase transformation at body temperature may compromise the material's mechanical properties, affecting the clinical performance of the restoration. The effect of mastication on 3Y-TZP aging has not been investigated. 3Y-TZP specimens (IPS E-max ZirCAD and Z5) were aged in three different modes (n=13): no aging (control), hydrothermal aging (HA), or chewing simulation (CS). Mechanical properties and surface topography were analyzed...
October 26, 2016: Microscopy and Microanalysis
Christiane Kiske, Svenja Noerenberg, Miriam Ecker, Xingyue Ma, Tohru Taniguchi, Kenji Monde, Wolfgang Eisenreich, Karl-Heinz Engel
The absolute configurations of chiral β-mercaptoalkanones had been previously assigned on the basis of the 1H NMR anisotropy method using (S)-2-methoxy-2-(1-naphthyl)propionic acid ((S)-MαNP) as chiral auxiliary. This study presents a reinvestigation of the configurations of 4-mercapto-2-pentanone, 1, 4-mercapto-2-heptanone, 2, and 2-mercapto-4-heptanone, 3. Enantiomers of 1, 2 and 3 were obtained by lipase-catalyzed hydrolyses of the respective acetylthioalkanones. Upon derivatization with (S)-MαNP, the configurations of the reaction products were deduced on the basis of the order of the HPLC-elution of the diastereoisomeric thioesters assuming that the sector rule previously developed for secondary alcohols is also valid for thiols...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Harriet Lea-Banks, Boon Teo, Eleanor Stride, Constantin C Coussios
A significant barrier to successful drug delivery is the limited penetration of nanoscale therapeutics beyond the vasculature. Building on recent in vivo findings in the context of cancer drug delivery, the current study investigates whether modification of nanoparticle drug-carriers to increase their density can be used to enhance their penetration into viscoelastic materials under ultrasound exposure. A computational model is first presented to predict the transport of identically sized nanoparticles of different densities in an ultrasonic field in the presence of an oscillating microbubble, by a combination of primary and secondary acoustic radiation forces, acoustic streaming and microstreaming...
November 21, 2016: Physics in Medicine and Biology
Qinglei Zhang, Xiaolong Lu, Qingzhao Zhang, Lei Zhang, Suoding Li, Shaobin Liu
In this study, Polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) hollow fiber hemodialysis membranes were prepared by non-solvent induced phase separation (NIPS) with compound addtive. The compound additive was made with polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP) and Poly ethylene glycol (PEG). The results showed that the modified PVDF membrane had better separation performance than virgin PVDF membrane. The UF flux of modified PVDF membrane can reach 684 L·h(-1)·m(-2) and lysozyme (LZM) passage is 72.6% while virgin PVDF membrane is 313 L·h(-1)·m(-2) and 53...
October 19, 2016: Membranes
Antonia G Zogka, Abdelwahid Mellouki, Manolis N Romanias, Yuri Bedjanian, Mahmoud Idir, Benoit Grosselin, Veronique Daele
The rate coefficients for the reactions of OH and Cl with 1-methoxy 2-propyl acetate (MPA) in the gas phase were measured using absolute and relative methods. The kinetic study on the OH-reaction was conducted in the temperature (263-373) K and pressure (1-760) Torr ranges using the pulsed laser photolysis-laser induced fluorescence technique, a low pressure fast flow tube reactor-quadrupole mass spectrometer and an atmospheric simulation chamber-GC/FID. The derived Arrhenius expression is kMPA+OH(T)=(2.01±0...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
Norihiko L Okamoto, Shu Fujimoto, Yuki Kambara, Marino Kawamura, Zhenghao M T Chen, Hirotaka Matsunoshita, Katsushi Tanaka, Haruyuki Inui, Easo P George
High-entropy alloys (HEAs) comprise a novel class of scientifically and technologically interesting materials. Among these, equatomic CrMnFeCoNi with the face-centered cubic (FCC) structure is noteworthy because its ductility and strength increase with decreasing temperature while maintaining outstanding fracture toughness at cryogenic temperatures. Here we report for the first time by single-crystal micropillar compression that its bulk room temperature critical resolved shear stress (CRSS) is ~33-43 MPa, ~10 times higher than that of pure nickel...
October 24, 2016: Scientific Reports
Shengnan Yin, Yiran Xia, Qi Jia, Zhao-Sheng Hou, Na Zhang
This study describes the preparation and properties of a novel aliphatic cost-effective segmented polyurethanes (SPUs) based on poly(ether ester) (poly-(ε-caprolactone-co-L-lactide)-poly(ethylene glycol)-poly-(ε-caprolactone-co-L- lactide), PECLA) and uniform-size diurethane diisocyanates (HDI-BDO-HDI). PECLA was synthesized via bulk ring-opening polymerization with poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) as an initiator and ε-caprolactone, L-lactide as monomers. By chain extension of PECLA diol with HDI-BDO-HDI, three SPUs with different hydrophilic segments content and hard segments content were obtained...
October 23, 2016: Journal of Biomaterials Science. Polymer Edition
S D Heintze, A Eser, D Monreal, V Rousson
OBJECTIVE: Dynamic loading is a more important predictor for the clinical longevity of ceramic crowns than static loading. However, dynamic loading machines are costly and mostly have only one test station. The SD Mechatronik Chewing Simulator (formerly Willytec) may be a cost-effective alternative to evaluate the fatigue resistance of metal ceramic crowns. METHOD: Four metal ceramic materials were tested on lower first molar crowns: GC InitiaI, Creation (Willy Geller), IPS InLine (Ivoclar Vivadent) and the new low-fusion IPS Style Ceram (Ivoclar Vivadent)...
September 14, 2016: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
Michele Iudici, Pierre Quartier, Benjamin Terrier, Luc Mouthon, Loïc Guillevin, Xavier Puéchal
BACKGROUND: The data from cohorts of childhood-onset granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA) and microscopic polyangiitis (MPA) remain scarce and heterogeneous. We aimed to analyse the features at presentation, therapeutic approaches and the disease course of these rare diseases. METHODS: Electronic searches of Medline and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled trials database were conducted. We also checked the reference lists of the studies included and other systematic reviews, to identify additional reports...
October 22, 2016: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
Zhifeng Liu, Mingda Yu, Guangming Zeng, Min Li, Jiachao Zhang, Hua Zhong, Yang Liu, Binbin Shao, Zhigang Li, Zhiquan Wang, Guansheng Liu, Xin Yang
Micellar-enhanced ultrafiltration (MEUF) processes of resorcinol, phenol, and 1-Naphthol with rhamnolipid as an anionic biosurfactant were investigated using polysulfone membrane. The effects of retentate/permeate concentration of phenolic pollutants (C R/C P), distribution coefficient of phenolic pollutions (D), concentration ratios of phenolic pollutions (α P) and rhamnolipids (α R) and adsorption capacity of the membrane (N m) were studied by operating pressure, pH condition, feed surfactant, and phenolic pollution concentrations...
October 21, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Jie Gao, John L Williams, Esra Roan
Growth plate chondrocytes are responsible for bone growth through proliferation and differentiation. However, the way they experience physiological loads and regulate bone formation, especially during the later developmental phase in the mature growth plate, is still under active investigation. In this study, a previously developed multiscale finite element model of the growth plate is utilized to study the stress and strain distributions within the cartilage at the cellular level when rapidly compressed to 20 %...
October 21, 2016: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
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