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Andreas Vetter, Simone Ferrari, Patrik Rath, Rasoul Alaee, Oliver Kahl, Vadim Kovalyuk, Silvia Diewald, Gregory N Goltsman, Alexander Korneev, Carsten Rockstuhl, Wolfram Hp Pernice
Ultrafast single-photon detectors with high efficiency are of utmost importance for many applications in the context of integrated quantum photonic circuits. Detectors based on superconductor nanowires attached to optical waveguides are particularly appealing for this purpose. However, their speed is limited because the required high absorption efficiency necessitates long nanowires deposited on top of the waveguide. This enhances the kinetic inductance and makes the detectors slow. Here, we solve this problem by aligning the nanowire, contrary to usual choice, perpendicular to the waveguide to realize devices with a length below 1 µm...
October 19, 2016: Nano Letters
Lihui Weng, Hsiang-Jer Tseng, Parinaz Rostamzadeh, Jafar Golzarian
Drug loadable bioresorbable microspheres (BRMS) are specially designed for the treatment of hypervascular tumors through arterial embolization. These microspheres consist of carboxymethyl chitosan crosslinked with carboxymethyl cellulose, and are available at different size ranges varying from 50 to 900 µm in diameter. Similar to commercially available non-resorbable drug eluting microspheres, LC Bead(®) microspheres (LCB), BRMS were capable of loading more than 99 % of doxorubicin, an anticancer drug, from the solution within 2 h with highly similar kinetics (difference factor f 1 = 0...
December 2016: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
Christopher Batchelor-McAuley, Christopher A Little, Stanislav V Sokolov, Enno Kätelhön, Giorgia Zampardi, Richard G Compton
The lipid soluble fluorophore Nile Red (9-diethylamino-5-benzo[α]phenoxazinone) is used to fluorescently and electrochemically label an organic-in-water emulsion, where the organic phase is an ionic liquid [P6,6,6,14][FAP]/toluene mixture. The optical detection of the individual droplets is enabled facilitating the in-situ tracking and sizing of the suspended particles (average diameter = 530 nm, interquartile range = 180 nm). Through the use of a combined thin-layer optical/electrochemical cell, the irreversible accumulation of the droplets at an optically opaque carbon fibre electrode (diameter ~ 7...
October 17, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Jenny M Pedersen, Yoo-Sik Shim, Vaibhav Hans, Martin B Phillips, Jeffrey M Macdonald, Glenn Walker, Melvin E Andersen, Harvey J Clewell, Miyoung Yoon
Accurate prediction of metabolism is a significant outstanding challenge in toxicology. The best predictions are based on experimental data from in vitro systems using primary hepatocytes. The predictivity of the primary hepatocyte-based culture systems, however, is still limited due to well-known phenotypic instability and rapid decline of metabolic competence within a few hours. Dynamic flow bioreactors for three-dimensional cell cultures are thought to be better at recapitulating tissue microenvironments and show potential to improve in vivo extrapolations of chemical or drug toxicity based on in vitro test results...
2016: Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology
Wei Kuang, You-Nian Liu, Jianhan Huang
Synthesis of hyper-cross-linked resins with almost all micro/mesopores as well as controllable functional groups is still challenging. Herein we developed a kind of phenol-modified hyper-cross-linked resins with almost all micro/mesopores, and controlled the uploading amount of phenol on the surface. The results indicated that, due to producing rigid methylene cross-linking bridges, these resins were typical micro/mesoporous materials, and the micropore surface area and micropore volume were up to 70% of the total Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface area and pore volume...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Francesco Gaetano Casino, Carlo Basile
BACKGROUND: The recent interest in incremental haemodialysis (HD) is hindered by the current prescription based on a fixed target model (FTM) for the total (dialytic + renal) equivalent continuous clearance (ECC). The latter is expressed either as standard Kt/V (stdKt/V), i.e. the pre-dialysis averaged concentration of urea-based ECC, or EKRc, i.e. the time averaged concentration-based ECC, corrected for volume (V) = 40 L. Accordingly, there are two different targets: stdKt/V = 2.3 volumes per week (v/wk) and EKRc = 13 mL/min/40 L...
October 14, 2016: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
Gianni Biolo, Rado Pišot, Sara Mazzucco, Filippo Giorgio Di Girolamo, Roberta Situlin, Stefano Lazzer, Bruno Grassi, Carlo Reggiani, Angelina Passaro, Joern Rittweger, Mladen Gasparini, Boštjan Šimunič, Marco Narici
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Aging and experimental bed rest are associated with muscle atrophy and resistance to post-prandial stimulation of protein synthesis or anabolic resistance (AR). We have used in young and older adult volunteers, during short-term bed rest, a quick and non-invasive method, based on a single oral bolus of the stable isotope L[ring-(2)H5]phenylalanine (D5Phe), to determine post-prandial AR, defined as ratio between irreversible hydroxylation and incorporation into body protein of ingested phenylalanine...
September 30, 2016: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
Felipe de Salas, Isabel Pardo, Horacio J Salavagione, Pablo Aza, Eleni Amougi, Jesper Vind, Angel T Martínez, Susana Camarero
Polyaniline is a conductive polymer with distinctive optical and electrical properties. Its enzymatic synthesis is an environmentally friendly alternative to the use of harsh oxidants and extremely acidic conditions. 7D5L, a high-redox potential laccase developed in our lab, is the biocatalyst of choice for the synthesis of green polyaniline (emeraldine salt) due to its superior ability to oxidize aniline and kinetic stability at the required polymerization conditions (pH 3 and presence of anionic surfactants) as compared with other fungal laccases...
2016: PloS One
Gabriel S Redner, Caleb G Wagner, Aparna Baskaran, Michael F Hagan
Nonaligning self-propelled particles with purely repulsive excluded volume interactions undergo athermal motility-induced phase separation into a dilute gas and a dense cluster phase. Here, we use enhanced sampling computational methods and analytic theory to examine the kinetics of formation of the dense phase. Despite the intrinsically nonequilibrium nature of the phase transition, we show that the kinetics can be described using an approach analogous to equilibrium classical nucleation theory, governed by an effective free energy of cluster formation with identifiable bulk and surface terms...
September 30, 2016: Physical Review Letters
John T Daugirdas
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have suggested that a conventional two-pool model cannot be used to predict intradialysis and early postdialysis phosphorus concentrations. METHODS: A conventional two-pool urea model was modified by increasing the distal compartment volume from two-thirds to three times the total body water and by the use of a dynamically variable intercompartmental phosphorus clearance during dialysis. The phosphate solver model parameters were derived from an examination of the results in the literature, and fine-tuned using a training set (F4) of 415 Hemodialysis (HEMO) Study patients studied during a dialysis session where phosphorus was measured at 4 months of follow-up...
October 13, 2016: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
Chung-Wein Lee, Keith M Stantz
BACKGROUND: Tumor hypoxia is involved in every stage of solid tumor development: formation, progression, metastasis, and apoptosis. Two types of hypoxia exist in tumors-chronic hypoxia and acute hypoxia. Recent studies indicate that the regional hypoxia kinetics is closely linked to metastasis and therapeutic responses, but regional hypoxia kinetics is hard to measure. We propose a novel approach to determine the local pO2 by fusing the parameters obtained from in vivo functional imaging through the use of a modified multivariate Krogh model...
October 12, 2016: Biomedical Engineering Online
Aghiad Ghazal, Josiane P Lafleur, Kell Mortensen, Jörg P Kutter, Lise Arleth, Grethe V Jensen
The increasingly narrow and brilliant beams at X-ray facilities reduce the requirements for both sample volume and data acquisition time. This creates new possibilities for the types and number of sample conditions that can be examined but simultaneously increases the demands in terms of sample preparation. Microfluidic-based sample preparation techniques have emerged as elegant alternatives that can be integrated directly into the experimental X-ray setup remedying several shortcomings of more traditional methods...
October 12, 2016: Lab on a Chip
Priti Xavier, Keerthi M Nair, Lasitha K, Suryasarathi Bose
In this study we have assessed, using dielectric relaxation spectroscopy (DRS), the confinement effects of the more mobile chain in partially miscible polymeric blends of PS/PVME (polystyrene/poly(vinyl methyl ether)) in the presence of anisotropically shaped MWCNTs (multiwalled carbon nanotubes). To understand if this confinement effect is very specific to MWCNTs, the characteristic dimensions of which are often close to the radius of gyration of the polymeric chains, a few other particles like spherical silver, stacked clay tactoids and platy graphene sheets at similar weight fractions were also incorporated and systematically studied...
October 12, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Paul Leonard, Stephen Hearty, Hui Ma, Richard O'Kennedy
The use of optical biosensors for studying macromolecular interactions is gaining increasing popularity. In one study, 1514 papers that involved the application of biosensor data were identified for the year 2009 alone (Rich and Myszka, J Mol Recognit 24:892-914, 2011), the sheer volume and variety of which present a daunting task for the burgeoning biosensor user to accumulate and decipher. This chapter is designed to provide the reader with the tools necessary to prepare, design, and efficiently execute a kinetic experiment on Biacore...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Maria A Parker, Dongseok Choi, Laura R Erker, Mark E Pennesi, Paul Yang, Elvira N Chegarnov, Peter N Steinkamp, Catherine L Schlechter, Claire-Marie Dhaenens, Saddek Mohand-Said, Isabelle Audo, Jose Sahel, Richard G Weleber, David J Wilson
PURPOSE: The goal of this analysis was to determine the test-retest variability of functional and structural measures from a cohort of patients with advanced forms of Stargardt Disease (STGD) participating in the SAR422459 (NCT01367444) gene therapy clinical trial. METHODS: Twenty-two participants, aged 24 to 66, diagnosed with advanced forms of STGD, with at least one pathogenic ABCA4 mutation on each chromosome participating in the SAR422459 (NCT01367444) gene therapy clinical trial, were screened over three visits within 3 weeks or less...
October 2016: Translational Vision Science & Technology
Ekaterina Rostova, Carine Ben Adiba, Giovanni Dietler, Sergey K Sekatskii
Optical biosensors based on photonic crystal surface waves (PC SWs) offer a possibility to study binding interactions with living cells, overcoming the limitation of rather small evanescent field penetration depth into a sample medium that is characteristic for typical optical biosensors. Besides this, simultaneous excitation of s- and p-polarized surface waves with different penetration depths is realized here, permitting unambiguous separation of surface and volume contributions to the measured signal. PC-based biosensors do not require a bulk signal correction, compared to widely used surface plasmon resonance-based devices...
October 11, 2016: Biosensors
Shira Toledano, Huayi Lu, Agustina Palacio, Boaz Kigel, Ofra Kessler, Gilad Allon, Yoreh Barak, Gera Neufeld, Shlomit Schaal
Abnormal subretinal choroidal neovascularization (CNV) is a major cause of blindness in exudative age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Current anti-angiogenic treatments by VEGF sequestering agents have been successful, but a significant proportion of patients do not respond well to these treatments, and the response of others diminishes over time, suggesting that additional anti-angiogenic agents that function by separate mechanisms may be of use to such patients. We have previously found that a point mutated form of semaphorin-3E resistant to cleavage by furin like pro-protein convertases (UNCL-Sema3E) displays potent anti-angiogenic properties...
October 7, 2016: Experimental Eye Research
Dana Krepel, David Gomez, Stefan Klumpp, Yaakov Levy
The key feature explaining the rapid recognition by a protein of its DNA target site lies in the combination of one- and three-dimensional (1D and 3D) diffusion, which allows efficient scanning of the many alternative sites. This facilitated diffusion mechanism is expected to be affected by cellular conditions, particularly crowding, given that up to 40% of the total cellular volume may by occupied by macromolecules. Using coarse-grained molecular dynamics and Monte-Carlo simulations, we show that the crowding particles can enhance facilitated diffusion and accelerate search kinetics...
October 10, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
Najam U Qadir, Syed A M Said, Rached B Mansour, Khalid Mezghani, Anwar Ul-Hamid
Conventional small-scale adsorption chillers generally employ silica-gel/water or zeolite/water working pairs given the relatively high level of mesoporosity and water affinity in these adsorbent materials. However, the coefficient of performance (COP) and specific cooling power (SCP) evaluated for the adsorption chiller using these adsorbent/adsorbate pairs cannot be still considered practically feasible in the context of a commercial system. Metal organic frameworks (MOFs) are not only characterized by much higher water adsorption capacities than these materials, but also can be mass-produced using much simpler methods than the template-assisted synthesis routes of most zeolites...
October 4, 2016: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Tarah A Word, Randy W Larsen
Treatment of horse heart Cytochrome-c (Cc) with N-chloro-4-toluosulfonamide (Chloramine-t, CT) results in the oxidation of methionine (Met) residues to the corresponding sulfoxide including the distal heme ligand, Met80. The resulting Fe-sulfoxide coordination is sufficiently labile in the ferrous form to be displaced by gaseous ligands, including CO. Photolysis of the CO-CT-Cc complex provides an opportunity to examine ligand binding dynamics that are associated with a relatively rigid distal heme pocket. In this work, photoacoustic calorimetry (PAC) was utilized to obtain the kinetics as well as enthalpy and molar volume changes subsequent to CO photo-dissociation from CO-CT-Cc...
October 4, 2016: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
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