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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346727/bioinspired-pressure-tolerant-asymmetric-slippery-surface-for-continuous-self-transport-of-gas-bubbles-in-aqueous-environment
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Chunhui Zhang, Bo Zhang, Hongyu Ma, Zhe Li, Xiao Xiao, Yuheng Zhang, Xinyu Cui, Cunming Yu, Moyuan Cao, Lei Jiang
Bio-surfaces with geometry-gradient structures or special wettabilities demonstrate intriguing performance in manipulating the behaviors of versatile fluids. By mimicking natural species, i.e., the cactus spine with a shape-gradient morphology and the Picher plant with a lubricated inner surface, we have successfully prepared an asymmetric slippery surface by following the processes of CO2-laser cutting, superhydrophobic modification, and the fluorinert infusion. The asymmetric morphology will cause the deformation of gas bubbles and subsequently engender an asymmetric driven force on them...
January 18, 2018: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343776/critical-shear-stress-is-associated-with-diabetic-kidney-disease-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes
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Seung Min Chung, Jung Hyun Oh, Jun Sung Moon, Yu Kyung Kim, Ji Sung Yoon, Kyu Chang Won, Hyoung Woo Lee
Critical shear stress (CSS, mPa) is an index of red blood cell (RBC) aggregability, defined as the minimal shear stress required to disperse RBC aggregates. This study aimed to investigate the association between CSS and the risk of diabetic kidney disease (DKD). A total of 421 (mean age, 58.1 ± 11.5 years; male, 250) individuals with T2DM were enrolled and divided into three groups according to CSS level. CSS was measured using a transient microfluidic technique. DKD was defined as a glomerular filtration rate (GFR) <60 ml/min/1...
January 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342864/mechanical-properties-of-a-newly-additive-manufactured-implant-material-based-on-ti-42nb
#3
Christian Schulze, Markus Weinmann, Christoph Schweigel, Olaf Keßler, Rainer Bader
The application of Ti-6Al-4V alloy or commercially pure titanium for additive manufacturing enables the fabrication of complex structural implants and patient-specific implant geometries. However, the difference in Young's modulus of α + β-phase Ti alloys compared to the human bone promotes stress-shielding effects in the implant-bone interphase. The aim of the present study is the mechanical characterization of a new pre-alloyed β-phase Ti-42Nb alloy for application in additive manufacturing. The present investigation focuses on the mechanical properties of SLM-printed Ti-42Nb alloy in tensile and compression tests...
January 13, 2018: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342129/fabrication-structural-characterization-and-uniaxial-tensile-properties-of-novel-sintered-multi-layer-wire-mesh-porous-plates
#4
Liuyang Duan, Zhaoyao Zhou, Bibo Yao
There is an increasing interest in developing porous metals or metallic foams for functional and structural applications. The study of the physical and mechanical properties of porous metals is very important and helpful for their application. In this paper, a novel sintered multilayer wire mesh porous plate material (WMPPs) with a thickness of 0.5 mm-3 mm and a porosity of 10-35% was prepared by winding, pressing, rolling, and subsequently vacuum sintering them. The pore size and total size distribution in the as-prepared samples were investigated using the bubble point method...
January 17, 2018: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342099/poly-lactic-acid-pla-based-tear-resistant-and-biodegradable-flexible-films-by-blown-film-extrusion
#5
Norma Mallegni, Thanh Vu Phuong, Maria-Beatrice Coltelli, Patrizia Cinelli, Andrea Lazzeri
Poly(lactic acid) (PLA) was melt mixed in a laboratory extruder with poly(butylene adipate-co-terephthalate) (PBAT) and poly(butylene succinate) (PBS) in the presence of polypropylene glycol di glycidyl ether (EJ400) that acted as both plasticizer and compatibilizer. The process was then scaled up in a semi-industrial extruder preparing pellets having different content of a nucleating agent (LAK). All of the formulations could be processed by blowing extrusion and the obtained films showed mechanical properties dependent on the LAK content...
January 17, 2018: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341436/a-novel-nir-fluorescent-probe-for-monitoring-cox-2-in-inflammation-and-tumor
#6
Qi Zhang, Zhihao Han, Ji Tao, Wancun Zhang, Ping Li, Liping Tang, Yueqing Gu
Targeting COX-2 for molecular imaging is an attractive approach applicable for its overexpression in inflammation and many malignancies. Herein, for monitoring COX-2, we synthesize a specific COX-2 probe CMP, based on celecoxib and a water-soluble near-infrared dye MPA. Its high affinity for binding to COX-2 is verified by molecular docking, dynamics simulation and inhibition assay. At cellular level, CMP selectively accumulates in cytoplasm of COX-2-positive cells. In vivo assays, probe guided-imaging in inflamed or cancerous tissues confirms that CMP can bind to the locally endogenic COX-2 and exhibit intense fluorescence...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Biophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338748/finite-element-analysis-of-intramedullary-nailing-and-double-locking-plate-for-treating-extra-articular-proximal-tibial-fractures
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Fancheng Chen, Xiaowei Huang, Yingsun Ya, Fenfen Ma, Zhi Qian, Jifei Shi, Shuolei Guo, Baoqing Yu
BACKGROUND: Proximal tibia fractures are one of the most familiar fractures. Surgical approaches are usually needed for anatomical reduction. However, no single treatment method has been widely established as the standard care. Our present study aims to compare the stress and stability of intramedullary nails (IMN) fixation and double locking plate (DLP) fixation in the treatment of extra-articular proximal tibial fractures. METHODS: A three-dimensional (3D) finite element model of the extra-articular proximal tibial fracture, whose 2-cm bone gap began 7 cm from the tibial plateau articular surface, was created fixed by different fixation implants...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338336/changes-in-microbial-growth-carotenoids-and-water-soluble-tannin-content-of-ripe-persimmon-beverage-after-ultra-high-pressure-treatment
#8
Gi-Chang Kim, Sang-Bum Kim, Jin-Sook Kim, Kyung-Mi Kim, Song-Yi Choi
To avoid the loss of carotenoids and increasing the tannin content associated with pasteurization, we tested ultra-high pressure treatment of ripe persimmon beverage. We compared microbial counts (aerobic bacteria, coliforms, and mould), carotenoid contents, and water-soluble tannin contents between heat- and ultra-high pressure-treated beverages. No microbial contamination was detected after pasteurization or ultra-high pressure treatment at 400 MPa for more than 5 min. Ultra-high pressure treatment significantly prevented the reduction in carotenoids (lutein, zeaxanthin, β-cryptoxanthin, β-carotene, lycopene), with losses of 3...
January 1, 2018: Food Science and Technology International, Ciencia y Tecnología de Los Alimentos Internacional
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338177/a-novel-alkali-activation-of-titanium-substrates-to-grow-thick-and-covalently-bound-pmma-layers
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Melania Reggente, Patrick Masson, Camille Dollinger, Heinz Palkowski, Spyridon Zafeiratos, Leandro Jacomine, Daniele Passeri, Marco Rossi, Nihal Engin Vrana, Genevieve Pourroy, Adele Carrado
Titanium (Ti) is the most widely used metal in biomedical applications due to its biocompatibility; however, the significant difference of the mechanical properties between Ti and the surrounding tissues results in stress shielding which is detrimental for load bearing tissues. In the current study, to attenuate the stress shielding effect, a new processing route was developed. It aimed at growing thick poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) layers grafted on Ti substrates to incorporate a polymer component on Ti implants...
January 17, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337554/light-induced-deformation-of-azobenzene-containing-colloidal-spheres-calculation-and-measurement-of-opto-mechanical-stresses
#10
Sarah Loebner, Nino Lomadze, Alexey Kopyshev, Markus Koch, Olga Guskova, Marina Grenzer Saphiannikova, Svetlana A Santer
We report on light induced deformation of colloidal spheres consisting of azobenzene containing polymers. The colloids of the size between 60nm and 2m in diameter were drop casted on a glass surface and irradiated with linearly polarized light. It was found that colloidal particles can be deformed up to ca. 6 times of their initial diameter. The maximum degree of deformation depends on the irradiation wavelength and intensity, as well as on colloidal particles size. Based on recently proposed theory [V. Toshchevikov et al...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337096/fabrication-and-characterization-of-nanoengineered-biocompatible-n-ha-chitosan-tamarind-seed-polysaccharide-bio-inspired-nanocomposites-for-bone-tissue-engineering
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Mohammad Shakir, Iram Zia, Abdur Rehman, Rizwan Ullah
In this communication we describe the fabrication of nano-hydroxyapatite/chitosan-tamarind seed polysaccharide (n-HA/CS-TSP) nanocomposite with a weight ratio of 70/20/10, 70/15/15 and 70/10/20, respectively through a co-precipitation method. A comparative assessment of the properties of n-HA/CS-TSP and n-HA/CS nanocomposites was done by FT-IR, SEM-EDX, TEM, TGA/DTA, XRD and mechanical testing. The results suggested strong chemical interactions between the three components, decreased particle size and homogeneous dispersion of n-HA particles in n-HA/CS-TSP as compared to n-HA/CS...
January 11, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336783/bronchiectasis-is-highly-prevalent-in-anti-mpo-anca-associated-vasculitis-and-is-associated-with-a-distinct-disease-presentation
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Antoine Néel, Alexandra Espitia-Thibault, Pierre-Paul Arrigoni, Christelle Volteau, Marie Rimbert, Agathe Masseau, Christian Agard, Fadi Fakhouri, Renan Liberge, Mohamed Hamidou
OBJECTIVES: To assess the prevalence of bronchiectasis in a Western cohort with ANCA-positive granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA) or microscopic polyangiitis (MPA) and its correlations with disease presentation and outcome. METHODS: Retrospective study of ANCA-associated vasculitis (AAV) patients followed at Nantes University Hospital (2005-2015). Clinical, biological, and follow-up data were collected through chart review. Two experienced radiologists blinded to the clinical data interpreted chest high-resolution CTs according to the Feischner Society criteria...
December 7, 2017: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336448/determination-of-derived-volumetric-properties-and-heat-capacities-at-high-pressures-using-two-density-scaling-based-equations-of-state-application-to-dipentaerythritol-hexa-3-5-5-trimethylhexanoate
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E R López, O Fandiño, D Cabaleiro, L Lugo, J Fernández
Reliable equations of state (EoS) together with heat capacities at atmospheric pressure make it possible to determine properties such as the isobaric thermal expansivity, compressibility, both isothermal and isentropic, high pressure isobaric heat capacities or speed of sound. In this work, we analysed the reliability of two density scaling based EoS, Power-Law Density Scaling (PLDS) and General Density Scaling (GDS), and the Tammann-Tait EoS to determine these quantities. For this aim, dipentaerythritol hexa(3,5,5-trimethylhexanoate), diPEiC9, was chosen because it has been recently proposed as a candidate to fill the gap of reference fluids suitable for high pressure viscometer calibration or their verification...
January 16, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335421/hydroacoustics-as-a-tool-to-examine-the-effects-of-marine-protected-areas-and-habitat-type-on-marine-fish-communities
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J P Egerton, A F Johnson, J Turner, L LeVay, I Mascareñas-Osorio, O Aburto-Oropeza
Hydroacoustic technologies are widely used in fisheries research but few studies have used them to examine the effects of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). We evaluate the efficacy of hydroacoustics to examine the effects of closure to fishing and habitat type on fish populations in the Cabo Pulmo National Park (CPNP), Mexico, and compare these methods to Underwater Visual Censuses (UVC). Fish density, biomass and size were all significantly higher inside the CPNP (299%, 144% and 52% respectively) than outside in non-MPA control areas...
January 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333772/-effect-of-different-surface-processes-on-the-bond-strength-between-zirconia-framework-and-veneering-ceramic
#15
Gong Qi, Sun Huiqiang, Hu Yijun, Chen Jia, Ding Weishan
OBJECTIVE: To compare the effect of different surface processes on bond strength and microscopic structure using a scanning electron microscope (SEM) and an energy distribution spectrum (EDS) at the bonding interface between zirconia framework and veneering ceramic. METHODS: WIELAND zirconia core material was cut into 33 rectangular specimens and fired on into rectangular specimens (10 mm×5 mm×5 mm). The specimens were randomly divided into three groups (n=
11)...
December 1, 2017: Hua Xi Kou Qiang Yi Xue za Zhi, Huaxi Kouqiang Yixue Zazhi, West China Journal of Stomatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332500/microstructure-and-mechanical-properties-of-porous-titanium-structures-fabricated-by-electron-beam-melting-for-cranial-implants
#16
Khaja Moiduddin
The traditional methods of metallic bone implants are often dense and suffer from adverse reactions, biomechanical mismatch and lack of adequate space for new bone tissue to grow into the implant. The objective of this study is to evaluate the customized porous cranial implant with mechanical properties closer to that of bone and to improve the aesthetic outcome in cranial surgery with precision fitting for a better quality of life. Two custom cranial implants (bulk and porous) are digitally designed based on the Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine files and fabricated using additive manufacturing...
January 1, 2018: Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Part H, Journal of Engineering in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332275/impact-of-drought-stress-induced-by-polyethylene-glycol-on-growth-water-relations-and-cell-viability-of-norway-spruce-seedlings
#17
Ilya E Zlobin, Yury V Ivanov, Alexander V Kartashov, Vladimir V Kuznetsov
We investigated physiological responses of 7-week-old Norway spruce seedlings to water deficits of different intensities. Hydroponically grown seedlings were subjected to mild (-0.15 MPa), strong (-0.5 and -1.0 MPa) and extreme (-1.5 MPa) water deficit induced by polyethylene glycol 6000, and their growth parameters, water status and physiological activity were analyzed. Seedlings effectively restricted water loss under drought, and even under extreme water deficit, shoot relative water content did not fall below 85%...
January 5, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330415/unusual-multiscale-mechanics-of-biomimetic-nanoparticle-hydrogels
#18
Yunlong Zhou, Pablo F Damasceno, Bagganahalli S Somashekar, Michael Engel, Falin Tian, Jian Zhu, Rui Huang, Kyle Johnson, Carl McIntyre, Kai Sun, Ming Yang, Peter F Green, Ayyalusamy Ramamoorthy, Sharon C Glotzer, Nicholas A Kotov
Viscoelastic properties are central for gels and other materials. Simultaneously, high storage and loss moduli are difficult to attain due to their contrarian requirements to chemical structure. Biomimetic inorganic nanoparticles offer a promising toolbox for multiscale engineering of gel mechanics, but a conceptual framework for their molecular, nanoscale, mesoscale, and microscale engineering as viscoelastic materials is absent. Here we show nanoparticle gels with simultaneously high storage and loss moduli from CdTe nanoparticles...
January 12, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329859/effect-of-high-pressure-on-structural-modifications-and-enzymatic-activity-of-a-purified-x-prolyl-dipeptidyl-aminopeptidase-from-streptococcus-thermophilus
#19
M Giannoglou, Z Alexandrakis, Ph Stavros, G Katsaros, P Katapodis, G Nounesis, P Taoukis
PepX aminopeptidase from Streptococcus thermophilus ACA DC 0022, used in Greek Feta cheese manufacturing, was purified. PepX comprises two subunits of equal molecular mass estimated, using SDS-PAGE and native-PAGE electrophoresis, to be 86 kDa. The effects of high pressure processing (100-450 MPa, combined with 20-40 °C) on purified PepX activity and structure were studied. Activation of the enzyme was observed after processing at 100-200 MPa and 20-30 °C. More intense processing conditions led to enzyme inactivation...
May 15, 2018: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329489/mycophenolic-acid-and-its-metabolites-in-kidney-transplant-recipients-a-semimechanistic-enterohepatic-circulation-model-to-improve-estimating-exposure
#20
Malek Okour, Pamala A Jacobson, Mariam A Ahmed, Ajay K Israni, Richard C Brundage
Mycophenolic acid (MPA) is an approved immunosuppressive agent widely prescribed to prevent rejection after kidney transplantation. Wide between-subject variability (BSV) in MPA exposure exists which in part may be due to variability in enterohepatic recirculation (EHC). Several modeling strategies were developed to evaluate EHC as part of MPA pharmacokinetics, however mechanistic representation of EHC is limited. These models have not provided a satisfactory representation of the physiology of EHC in their modeling assumptions...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
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