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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430275/concave-gold-bipyramids-bound-with-multiple-high-index-facets-improved-raman-and-catalytic-activities
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Xiaolin Kang, Qifeng Ruan, Han Zhang, Feng Bao, Jun Guo, Minghua Tang, Si Cheng, Jianfang Wang
Concave nanocrystals usually exhibit a large electromagnetic-field enhancement and superior catalytic performance due to their sharp corners, negative curvature and high-index facets. Conventional gold bipyramids (AuBPs) possess intriguing plasmonic properties which are attractive for various applications while the surface curvature of the reported bipyramids has not been fine-tuned to concave or convex structures to date. Additionally, the longitudinal surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) wavelengths of conventional AuBPs are mostly located in the range of 650-1350 nm and the sizes of these nanoparticles are usually not beyond 350 nm, which are not facilitated to some nano-focusing and nanophotonic applications...
April 21, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422179/heritability-maps-of-human-face-morphology-through-large-scale-automated-three-dimensional-phenotyping
#2
Dimosthenis Tsagkrasoulis, Pirro Hysi, Tim Spector, Giovanni Montana
The human face is a complex trait under strong genetic control, as evidenced by the striking visual similarity between twins. Nevertheless, heritability estimates of facial traits have often been surprisingly low or difficult to replicate. Furthermore, the construction of facial phenotypes that correspond to naturally perceived facial features remains largely a mystery. We present here a large-scale heritability study of face geometry that aims to address these issues. High-resolution, three-dimensional facial models have been acquired on a cohort of 952 twins recruited from the TwinsUK registry, and processed through a novel landmarking workflow, GESSA (Geodesic Ensemble Surface Sampling Algorithm)...
April 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420155/new-compact-3-dimensional-shape-descriptor-for-a-depth-camera-in-indoor-environments
#3
Hyukdoo Choi, Euntai Kim
This study questions why existing local shape descriptors have high dimensionalities (up to hundreds) despite simplicity of local shapes. We derived an answer from a historical context and provided an alternative solution by proposing a new compact descriptor. Although existing descriptors can express complicated shapes and depth sensors have been improved, complex shapes are rarely observed in an ordinary environment and a depth sensor only captures a single side of a surface with noise. Therefore, we designed a new descriptor based on principal curvatures, which is compact but practically useful...
April 16, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417232/healthy-cortical-development-through-adolescence-and-early-adulthood
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Natalie J Forde, Lisa Ronan, Marcel P Zwiers, Lizanne J S Schweren, Aaron F Alexander-Bloch, Barbara Franke, Stephen V Faraone, Jaap Oosterlaan, Dirk J Heslenfeld, Catharina A Hartman, Jan K Buitelaar, Pieter J Hoekstra
Adolescence is a period of significant brain changes; however, the effects of age and sex on cortical development are yet to be fully characterized. Here, we utilized innovative intrinsic curvature (IC) analysis, along with the traditional cortical measures [cortical thickness (CT), local gyrification index (LGI), and surface area (SA)], to investigate how these indices (1) relate to each other and (2) depend on age and sex in adolescent cortical development. T1-weighted magnetic resonance images from 218 healthy volunteers (age range 8...
April 17, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414772/the-nanoparticle-protein-corona-formed-in-human-blood-or-human-blood-fractions
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Martin Lundqvist, Cecilia Augustsson, Malin Lilja, Kristoffer Lundkvist, Björn Dahlbäck, Sara Linse, Tommy Cedervall
The protein corona formed around nanoparticles in protein-rich fluids plays an important role for nanoparticle biocompatibility, as found in several studies during the last decade. Biological fluids have complex compositions and the molecular components interact and function together in intricate networks. Therefore, the process to isolate blood or the preparation of blood derivatives may lead to differences in the composition of the identified protein corona around nanoparticles. Here, we show distinct differences in the protein corona formed in whole blood, whole blood with EDTA, plasma, or serum...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414385/common-path-digital-holographic-microscopy-for-near-field-phase-imaging-based-on-surface-plasmon-resonance
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Jiwei Zhang, Siqing Dai, Chaojie Ma, Jianglei Di, Jianlin Zhao
We develop a common-path digital holographic microscopy based on prism-coupling surface plasmon resonance (SPR) for near-field phase imaging. A single beam splitter with specific configuration is introduced in an SPR imaging system to realize off-axis holographic recording. By measuring the phase shift difference of the reflected light at SPR exploiting the proposed holographic microscopy with high temporal stability, near-field characteristic measurement can be realized. With its simplicity, vibration isolation, and inherent capability of phase curvature compensation, the recommended system shows advanced performance in monitoring tiny refractive index variations and imaging biological tissues...
April 10, 2017: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414376/electromagnetic-optimization-of-the-integrated-magnetorheological-jet-polishing-tool-and-its-application-in-millimeter-scale-discontinuous-structure-processing
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Hao Yang, Haobo Cheng, Hengyu Wu, Tan Wang
To meet the special demands in small-scale discontinuous optical surface fabrication, the integrated magnetorheological jet polishing (IMJP) tool with multiple motion degrees is introduced in this paper. Four jetting models are implemented and investigated by means of the IMJP tool for practical manufacture. To ensure steady jetting in a long distance, ideal distribution characteristics of the magnetic field in the structure is proposed, based on electromagnetic theory. The magnetic field distribution is simulated subsequently using the finite element analysis method, and three key parameters in the IMJP tool structure are optimized through the simulations...
April 10, 2017: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412797/-correlation-between-axial-length-and-corneal-curvature-and-spherical-aberration
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X J Wang, Y Z Bao
Objective: To discuss the correlation between axial length and corneal curvature and corneal spherical aberration in a group of cataract patients with axial length greater than 24 mm. Methods: Retrospective case series. This study comprised 117 (234 eyes) age-related cataract patients. There were 51 men (43.59%) and 66 women (56.41%) with mean age of (69.0±8.7) years (range from 52.0 to 85.0 years). The average axial length was 27.6±1.8 (range from 24.2 to 31.9 mm). We devided them into four groups according to the axial length...
April 11, 2017: [Zhonghua Yan Ke za Zhi] Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412431/3d-morphological-changes-in-lv-and-rv-during-lvad-ramp-studies
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Karima Addetia, Nir Uriel, Francesco Maffessanti, Gabriel Sayer, Sirtaz Adatya, Gene H Kim, Nitasha Sarswat, Savitri Fedson, Diego Medvedofsky, Eric Kruse, Keith Collins, Daniel Rodgers, Takayoshi Ota, Valluvan Jeevanandam, Victor Mor-Avi, Daniel Burkhoff, Roberto M Lang
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to investigate the differential impact of the 2 most commonly available left ventricular assist device (LVAD) types on the right (RV) and left (LV) ventricles using 3-dimensional (3D) echocardiography-based analysis of ventricular morphology. BACKGROUND: LVADs have emerged as common therapy for advanced heart failure. Recent data suggest that the heart responds differently to speed settings in the 2 main devices available (HeartMate II [HMII], St Jude Medical, Pleasanton, California, and HVAD, HeartWare International, Framingham, Massachusetts)...
April 7, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412106/radial-notch-labralization-for-proximal-radioulnar-joint-dysplasia
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Enrico Bellato, Shawn W O'Driscoll
BACKGROUND: Chronic posterior subluxation or dislocation of the radial head is uncommon and difficult to treat. To restore radiocapitellar alignment, procedures such as deepening of the notch using a high-speed burr have been described, but they can result in cartilage damage. We hypothesized that a radial notch labralization using soft tissue could improve radiocapitellar tracking without violating the joint surface. METHODS: A radial notch labralization was performed in 3 patients with chronic posterior subluxation of the radial head and developmental dysplasia of the radial notch in the setting of complex recurrent instability of the elbow...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411538/formulation-of-crude-oil-spill-dispersants-based-on-the-hld-concept-and-using-a-lipopeptide-biosurfactant
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Witchaya Rongsayamanont, Suwat Soonglerdsongpha, Nichakorn Khondee, Onruthai Pinyakong, Chantra Tongcumpou, David A Sabatini, Ekawan Luepromchai
Solvent-free dispersants for crude oil spills were formulated based on the hydrophilic-lipophilic deviation (HLD) concept and using lipopeptides from Bacillus sp. GY19. The lipopeptides were recovered and concentrated from cell-free broth by foam fractionation and freeze-drying. They had good surface activity under varying temperatures, pH and NaCl levels. Moreover, the lipopeptides had low toxicity to copepods (LC50 1174mg/L) and whiteleg shrimp (LC50 1050mg/L). The characteristic curvature (Cc) of the lipopeptides showed that they were more hydrophobic (Cc 4...
April 4, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406172/anchored-but-not-internalized-shape-dependent-endocytosis-of-nanodiamond
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Bokai Zhang, Xi Feng, Hang Yin, Zhenpeng Ge, Yanhuan Wang, Zhiqin Chu, Helena Raabova, Jan Vavra, Petr Cigler, Renbao Liu, Yi Wang, Quan Li
Nanoparticle-cell interactions begin with the cellular uptake of the nanoparticles, a process that eventually determines their cellular fate. In the present work, we show that the morphological features of nanodiamonds (NDs) affect both the anchoring and internalization stages of their endocytosis. While a prickly ND (with sharp edges/corners) has no trouble of anchoring onto the plasma membrane, it suffers from difficult internalization afterwards. In comparison, the internalization of a round ND (obtained by selective etching of the prickly ND) is not limited by its lower anchoring amount and presents a much higher endocytosis amount...
April 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402967/surface-curvature-in-triply-periodic-minimal-surface-architectures-as-a-distinct-design-parameter-in-preparing-advanced-tissue-engineering-scaffolds
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Sébastien B G Blanquer, Maike Werner, Markus Hannula, Shahriar Sharifi, Guillaume P R Lajoinie, David Eglin, Jari Hyttinen, André A Poot, Dirk W Grijpma
Reproduction of the anatomical structures and functions of tissues using cells and designed 3D scaffolds is an ongoing challenge. For this, scaffolds with appropriate biomorphic surfaces promoting cell attachment, proliferation and differentiation are needed. In this study, eight triply-periodic minimal surface (TPMS)-based scaffolds were designed using specific trigonometric equations, providing the same porosity and the same number of unit cells, while presenting different surface curvatures. The scaffolds were fabricated by stereolithography using a photocurable resin based on the biocompatible, biodegradable and rubber-like material, poly(trimethylene carbonate) (PTMC)...
April 12, 2017: Biofabrication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402641/self-assembled-morphologies-of-linear-and-miktoarm-star-triblock-copolymer-monolayers
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Hanlin Deng, Weihua Li, Feng Qiu, An-Chang Shi
Monolayers of linear and miktoarm star ABC triblock copolymers with equal A and C blocks were investigated using self-consistent field theory. Monolayers of ABC triblock copolymers were formed between two parallel surfaces that were attractive to the A and C blocks. The repulsive interaction parameter χACN between the A and C blocks was chosen to be weaker than the A/B and B/C interactions, quantified by χABN and χBCN, respectively, such that the B blocks were confined at the A/C interface, resulting in various B domains with different geometries and arrangements...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401231/diverse-morphologies-in-thin-film-bijels-by-varying-film-thickness-and-composition
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Joseph M Carmack, Paul C Millett
Thin-film bijels have many potential energy and environmental applications. In this work, the metastable bijel morphology space in thin-film confinement is explored with a Cahn-Hilliard/Brownian-Dynamics computational model. The key parameters varied are the bijel liquid phase blend ratio and the bijel film thickness. Simulations reveal a broad spectrum of structurally unique morphologies that have yet to be observed in experiments and which could have interesting applications in membrane science and other domains...
April 12, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400045/rapid-snare-mediated-fusion-of-liposomes-and-chromaffin-granules-with-giant-unilamellar-vesicles
#16
Agata Witkowska, Reinhard Jahn
Soluble N-ethylmaleimide-sensitive factor activating protein receptor (SNARE) proteins are the main catalysts for membrane fusion in the secretory pathway of eukaryotic cells. In vitro, SNAREs are sufficient to mediate effective fusion of both native and artificial membranes. Here we have established, to our knowledge, a new platform for monitoring SNARE-mediated docking and fusion between giant unilamellar vesicles (GUVs) and smaller liposomes or purified secretory granules with high temporal and spatial resolution...
April 8, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394288/sub-pixel-extraction-of-laser-stripe-center-using-an-improved-gray-gravity-method-%C3%A2
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Yuehua Li, Jingbo Zhou, Fengshan Huang, Lijian Liu
Laser stripe center extraction is a key step for the profile measurement of line structured light sensors (LSLS). To accurately obtain the center coordinates at sub-pixel level, an improved gray-gravity method (IGGM) was proposed. Firstly, the center points of the stripe were computed using the gray-gravity method (GGM) for all columns of the image. By fitting these points using the moving least squares algorithm, the tangential vector, the normal vector and the radius of curvature can be robustly obtained...
April 10, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392613/lung-nodule-volume-quantification-and-shape-differentiation-with-an-ultra-high-resolution-technique-on-a-photon-counting-detector-ct-system
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W Zhou, J Montoya, R Gutjahr, A Ferrero, A Halaweish, S Kappler, C McCollough, S Leng
A new ultra high-resolution (UHR) mode has been implemented on a whole body photon counting-detector (PCD) CT system. The UHR mode has a pixel size of 0.25 mm by 0.25 mm at the iso-center, while the conventional (macro) mode is limited to 0.5 mm by 0.5 mm. A set of synthetic lung nodules (two shapes, five sizes, and two radio-densities) was scanned using both the UHR and macro modes and reconstructed with 2 reconstruction kernels (4 sets of images in total). Linear regression analysis was performed to compare measured nodule volumes from CT images to reference volumes...
February 11, 2017: Proceedings of SPIE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392489/quantifying-cortical-development-in-typically-developing-toddlers-and-young-children-1-6-years-of-age
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Justin Remer, Elise Croteau-Chonka, Douglas C Dean, Sara D'Arpino, Holly Dirks, Dannielle Whiley, Sean C L Deoni
Cortical maturation, including age-related changes in thickness, volume, surface area, and folding (gyrification), play a central role in developing brain function and plasticity. Further, abnormal cortical maturation is a suspected substrate in various behavioral, intellectual, and psychiatric disorders. However, in order to characterize the altered development associated with these disorders, appreciation of the normative patterns of cortical development in neurotypical children between 1 and 6 years of age, a period of peak brain development during which many behavioral and developmental disorders emerge, is necessary...
April 6, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391925/removal-of-perfluorinated-surfactants-from-wastewater-by-adsorption-and-ion-exchange-influence-of-material-properties-sorption-mechanism-and-modeling
#20
Falk Schuricht, Ekaterina S Borovinskaya, Wladimir Reschetilowski
Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) has attracted increasing concern in recent years due to its world-wide distribution, persistence, bioaccumulation and potential toxicity. The influence of sorbent properties on the adsorptive elimination of PFOS from wastewater by activated carbons, polymer adsorbents and anion exchange resins was investigated with regard to their isotherms and kinetics. The batch and column tests were combined with physicochemical characterization methods, e.g., N2 physisorption, mercury porosimetry, infrared spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, titrations, as well as modeling...
April 2017: Journal of Environmental Sciences (China)
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