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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914500/effect-of-l-arginine-asymmetric-dimethylarginine-and-symmetric-dimethylarginine-on-ischemic-heart-disease-risk-a-mendelian-randomization-study
#1
Shiu Lun Au Yeung, Shi Lin Lin, Hung San Hugh Simon Lam, Catherine Mary Schooling
BACKGROUND: l-arginine is a commonly consumed dietary conditional essential amino acid found in food items and supplements, which is closely related to asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA) and symmetric dimethylarginine (SDMA). l-arginine is thought to increase nitric oxide and be cardioprotective, whereas ADMA and SDMA may inhibit nitric oxide synthesis and increase cardiovascular disease risk. Unexpectedly, l-arginine increased mortality in a small trial. To clarify the effects of these potential targets of intervention, we assessed the risk of ischemic heart disease (IHD) by genetically determined l-arginine, ADMA, and SDMA...
December 2016: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914369/dna-tetrahedral-scaffolds-based-platform-for-the-construction-of-electrochemiluminescence-biosensor
#2
Qiu-Mei Feng, Zhen Zhou, Mei-Xing Li, Wei Zhao, Jing-Juan Xu, Hong-Yuan Chen
Proximal metallic nanoparticles (NPs) could quench the electrochemiluminescence (ECL) emission of semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) due to Förster energy transfer (FRET), but at a certain distance, the coupling of light-emission with surface plasmon resonance (SPR) result in enhanced ECL. Thus, the modification strategies and distances control between QDs and metallic NPs are critical for the ECL intensity of QDs. In this strategy, a SPR enhanced ECL sensor based on DNA tetrahedral scaffolds modified platform was reported for the detection of telomerase activity...
November 27, 2016: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914342/cu3-btc-2-catalyzed-dehydrogenative-coupling-of-dimethylphenylsilane-with-phenol-and-homocoupling-of-dimethylphenylsilane-to-disiloxane
#3
Nagaraj Anbu, Amarajothi Dhakshinamoorthy
Cu3(BTC)2 (BTC: 1,3,5-benzenetricarboxylic acid) showed to be an efficient and reusable heterogeneous solid catalyst for the formation of SiO bond through dehydrogenative coupling of dimethylphenylsilane (1) with phenol under mild reaction conditions. It is observed that Fe(BTC), MIL-101(Cr) and UiO-66(Zr) are not able to promote this cross coupling between 1 and phenol. Cu3(BTC)2 exhibits higher stability and activity compared to other MOFs studied here. Furthermore, Cu3(BTC)2 is reused for three consecutive cycles with a slight decay in its activity...
November 24, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914334/preparation-of-janus-type-catalysts-and-their-catalytic-performance-at-emulsion-interface
#4
Yijiang Liu, Jiankang Hu, Xiaotian Yu, Xinyu Xu, Yong Gao, Huaming Li, Fuxin Liang
Two Janus-type catalysts were synthesized by selective modification and further functionalization with metal nanoparticles on one or both beads of snowman-like Janus particles. The catalytic performance of Janus-type catalysts both in homogeneous and interfacial reaction systems was systematically investigated using the reduction of nitro-compound as model reaction. The results showed that Janus-type catalysts have excellent catalytic activity in homogeneous reaction system and they are easy to recycle. Further, the Janus-type catalysts exhibited more efficient catalytic activity at emulsion interface than that of oil-water biphasic interface due to the exposed Au nanoparticles on snowman-like Janus particles offer high accessibility to reactants...
November 15, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914332/amyloid-graphene-oxide-as-immobilization-platform-of-au-nanocatalysts-and-enzymes-for-improved-glucose-sensing-activity
#5
Xiaochen Wu, Mingjie Li, Zehui Li, Lili Lv, Yan Zhang, Chaoxu Li
Two-dimensional GO nanosheets and one-dimensional lysozyme nanofibrils were hybridized through electrostatic interaction to get a novel amyloid-GO composite, which promised a biocompatible immobilization platform for Au nanocatalysts as well as enzymes. The immobilization platform could load a large and tunable amount of Au NPs while maintaining their high catalytic activity. The immobilized catalysts showed high electrochemical behaviors, being ideal as glucose sensing systems. Furthermore, enzymes could also be immobilized on the residual bare surfaces of amyloid-GO, and served by a colorimetric method for a sensitive and selective analytical glucose-detecting platform...
November 16, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913442/comparison-of-anti-vegf-therapies-on-fibrovascular-pigment-epithelial-detachments-in-age-related-macular-degeneration
#6
Adrian Au, Vishal S Parikh, Rishi P Singh, Justis P Ehlers, Alex Yuan, Aleksandra V Rachitskaya, Jonathan E Sears, Sunil K Srivastava, Peter K Kaiser, Andrew P Schachat, Daniel F Martin, Yasha Modi
BACKGROUND: The aim is to compare the therapeutic effects of three antivascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) drugs (bevacizumab, aflibercept and ranibizumab) on fibrovascular pigment epithelial detachments (fvPEDs) in age-related macular degeneration (AMD). METHODS: This was a retrospective, comparative, consecutive case series of 88 unique eyes with fvPEDs in neovascular AMD treated with anti-VEGF monotherapy for a minimum of 6 months. All eyes were treatment naive...
December 2, 2016: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913351/adaptive-multispectral-demosaicking-based-on-frequency-domain-analysis-of-spectral-correlation
#7
Sunil Jaiswal, Lu Fang, Vinit Jakhetiya, Jiahao Pang, Klaus Mueller, Oscar C Au
Color filter array (CFA) interpolation, or 3-band demosaicking, is a process of interpolating the missing color samples in each band to reconstruct a full color image. In this paper, we are concerned with the challenging problem of multispectral demosaicking, where each band is significantly undersampled due to the increment in the number of bands. Specifically, we demonstrate a frequency-domain analysis of the subsampled color-difference signal and observe that the conventional assumption of highly correlated spectral bands for estimating undersampled components is not precise...
December 1, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912139/repair-of-calvarial-bone-defects-in-mice-using-electrospun-polystyrene-scaffolds-combined-with-%C3%AE-tcp-or-gold-nanoparticles
#8
Lisa Terranova, Diana Maria Dragusin, Romain Mallet, Eugeniu Vasile, Izabela-Cristina Stancu, Catherine Behets, Daniel Chappard
Non-biodegradable porous polystyrene (PS) scaffolds, composed of microfibers, have been prepared by electrospinning for the reconstruction of large bone defects. PS microfibers were prepared by incorporating β-TCP grains inside the polymer or grafting gold nanoparticles surface functionalized with mercaptosuccinic acid. Cytocompatibility of the three types of scaffolds (PS, β-TCP-PS and Au-PS) was studied by seeding human mesenchymal stem cells. Biocompatibility was evaluated by implanting β-TCP-PS and Au-PS scaffolds into a critical size (4mm) calvarial defect in mice...
November 8, 2016: Micron: the International Research and Review Journal for Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911810/in-vivo-bioluminescence-imaging-reveals-copper-deficiency-in-a-murine-model-of-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease
#9
Marie C Heffern, Hyo Min Park, Ho Yu Au-Yeung, Genevieve C Van de Bittner, Cheri M Ackerman, Andreas Stahl, Christopher J Chang
Copper is a required metal nutrient for life, but global or local alterations in its homeostasis are linked to diseases spanning genetic and metabolic disorders to cancer and neurodegeneration. Technologies that enable longitudinal in vivo monitoring of dynamic copper pools can help meet the need to study the complex interplay between copper status, health, and disease in the same living organism over time. Here, we present the synthesis, characterization, and in vivo imaging applications of Copper-Caged Luciferin-1 (CCL-1), a bioluminescent reporter for tissue-specific copper visualization in living animals...
November 29, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911452/rationally-encapsulated-gold-nanorods-improving-both-linear-and-nonlinear-photoacoustic-imaging-contrast-in-vivo
#10
Fei Gao, Linyi Bai, Siyu Liu, Ruochong Zhang, Jingtao Zhang, Xiaohua Feng, Yuanjin Zheng, Yanli Zhao
Photoacoustic tomography has emerged as a promising non-invasive imaging technique that integrates the merits of high optical contrast with high ultrasound resolution in deep scattering medium. Unfortunately, the blood background in vivo seriously impedes the quality of imaging due to its comparable optical absorption with contrast agents, especially in conventional linear photoacoustic imaging modality. In this study, we demonstrated that two hybrids consisting of gold nanorods (Au NRs) and zinc tetra(4-pyridyl)porphyrin (ZnTPP) exhibited a synergetic effect in improving optical absorption, conversion efficiency from light to heat, and thermoelastic expansion, leading to a notable enhancement in both linear (four times greater) and nonlinear (more than six times) photoacoustic signals as compared with conventional Au NRs...
December 2, 2016: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911372/quantitative-hardness-measurement-by-instrumented-afm-indentation
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Arnaud Caron
In this work, a combination of amplitude-modulated non-contact atomic force microscopy and atomic force spectroscopy is applied for instrumented hardness measurements on an Au(111) surface with atomistic resolution of single plasticity events. A careful experimental procedure is described that includes the force sensor selection, its calibration, the calibration of the cantilever deflection detection system, and the minimization of instrumental drift for accurate and reproducible force-distance measurements...
November 22, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910988/visible-light-controlled-catalytic-cu2o-au-micromotors
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Dekai Zhou, Yuguang C Li, Pengtao Xu, Nicholas S McCool, Longqiu Li, Wei Wang, Thomas E Mallouk
Visible light driven Cu2O-Au micromotors exhibit rapid on/off switching and speed control. Electrochemical measurements confirm that the light-induced movement of the Cu2O-Au micromotors involves a self-electrophoresis mechanism modulated by the photoconductivity of Cu2O. This study extends the utilization of the electromagnetic spectrum for micro/nanomotors into the visible range.
December 2, 2016: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910829/optimization-of-photon-beam-energies-in-gold-nanoparticle-enhanced-arc-radiation-therapy-using-monte-carlo-methods
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B Koger, C Kirkby
As a recent area of development in radiation therapy, gold nanoparticle (GNP) enhanced radiation therapy has shown potential to increase tumour dose while maintaining acceptable levels of healthy tissue toxicity. In this study, the effect of varying photon beam energy in GNP enhanced arc radiation therapy (GEART) is quantified through the introduction of a dose scoring metric, and GEART is compared to a conventional radiotherapy treatment. The PENELOPE Monte Carlo code was used to model several simple phantoms consisting of a spherical tumour containing GNPs (concentration: 15 mg Au g(-1) tumour, 0...
December 2, 2016: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910592/structured-photocathodes-for-improved-high-energy-x-ray-efficiency-in-streak-cameras
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Y P Opachich, P M Bell, D K Bradley, N Chen, J Feng, A Gopal, B Hatch, T J Hilsabeck, E Huffman, J A Koch, O L Landen, A G MacPhee, S R Nagel, S Udin
We have designed and fabricated a structured streak camera photocathode to provide enhanced efficiency for high energy X-rays (1-12 keV). This gold coated photocathode was tested in a streak camera and compared side by side against a conventional flat thin film photocathode. Results show that the measured electron yield enhancement at energies ranging from 1 to 10 keV scales well with predictions, and that the total enhancement can be more than 3×. The spatial resolution of the streak camera does not show degradation in the structured region...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910443/x-ray-intensity-and-source-size-characterizations-for-the-25-kv-upgraded-manson-source-at-sandia-national-laboratories
#15
G Loisel, P Lake, P Gard, G Dunham, L Nielsen-Weber, M Wu, E Norris
At Sandia National Laboratories, the x-ray generator Manson source model 5 was upgraded from 10 to 25 kV. The purpose of the upgrade is to drive higher characteristics photon energies with higher throughput. In this work we present characterization studies for the source size and the x-ray intensity when varying the source voltage for a series of K-, L-, and M-shell lines emitted from Al, Y, and Au elements composing the anode. We used a 2-pinhole camera to measure the source size and an energy dispersive detector to monitor the spectral content and intensity of the x-ray source...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910335/detailed-characterization-of-the-llnl-imaging-proton-spectrometer
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A M Rasmus, A U Hazi, M J-E Manuel, C C Kuranz, S R Klein, P X Belancourt, J R Fein, M J MacDonald, R P Drake, B B Pollock, J Park, G J Williams, H Chen
Ultra-intense short pulse lasers incident on solid targets (e.g., thin Au foils) produce well collimated, broad-spectrum proton beams. These proton beams can be used to characterize magnetic fields, electric fields, and density gradients in high energy-density systems. The LLNL-Imaging Proton Spectrometer (L-IPS) was designed and built [H. Chen et al., Rev. Sci. Instrum. 81, 10D314 (2010)] for use with such laser produced proton beams. The L-IPS has an energy range of 50 keV-40 MeV with a resolving power (E/dE) of about 275 at 1 MeV and 21 at 20 MeV, as well as a single spatial imaging axis...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910072/enhancing-surface-plasmon-resonance-detection-using-nanostructured-au-chips
#17
Ivan Indutnyi, Yuriy Ushenin, Dirk Hegemann, Marianne Vandenbossche, Victor Myn'ko, Mariia Lukaniuk, Petro Shepeliavyi, Andrii Korchovyi, Roman Khrystosenko
The increase of the sensitivity of surface plasmon resonance (SPR) refractometers was studied experimentally by forming a periodic relief in the form of a grating with submicron period on the surface of the Au-coated chip. Periodic reliefs of different depths and spatial frequency were formed on the Au film surface using interference lithography and vacuum chalcogenide photoresists. Spatial frequencies of the grating were selected close to the conditions of Bragg reflection of plasmons for the working wavelength of the SPR refractometer and the used environment (solution of glycerol in water)...
December 2016: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908071/measurements-of-humpback-whale-song-sound-levels-received-by-a-calf-in-association-with-a-singer
#18
Jessica Chen, Adam A Pack, Whitlow W L Au, Alison K Stimpert
Male humpback whales produce loud "songs" on the wintering grounds and some sing while escorting mother-calf pairs, exposing them to near-continuous sounds at close proximity. An Acousonde acoustic and movement recording tag deployed on a calf off Maui, Hawaii captured sounds produced by a singing male escort. Root-mean-square received levels ranged from 126 to 158 dB re 1 μPa. These levels represent rare direct measurements of sound to which a newly born humpback calf may be naturally exposed by a conspecific, and may provide a basis for informed decisions regarding anthropogenic sound levels projected near calves...
November 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906877/association-between-small-fiber-neuropathy-and-higher-skin-accumulation-of-advanced-glycation-end-products-in-patients-with-type-1-diabetes
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Aleksandra Araszkiewicz, Agnieszka Gandecka, Michał Nowicki, Aleksandra Uruska, Agnieszka Malińska, Katarzyna Kowalska, Bogna Wierusz-Wysocka, Dorota Zozulińska-Ziółkiewicz
INTRODUCTION Advanced glycation end products (AGEs) play a crucial role in the pathogenesis of diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN). OBJECTIVES The aim of the study was to assess the skin accumulation of AGEs in patients with long‑lasting type 1 diabetes in relation to the presence of DPN. PATIENTS AND METHODS We evaluated 178 patients with type 1 diabetes (99 men; age, 43 years [interquartile range [IQR], 34-54 years]; disease duration, 25 years [IQR, 18-31 years]). DPN was diagnosed if 2 or more of the following 5 abnormalities were present: symptoms of neuropathy, lack of ankle reflexes, and impaired sensation of touch, temperature, and/or vibration...
November 22, 2016: Polskie Archiwum Medycyny Wewnętrznej
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906806/awareness-of-cervical-cancer-causes-and-predeterminants-of-likelihood-to-screen-among-women-in-haiti
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Schatzi H McCarthy, Kathy A Walmer, Joel C Boggan, Margaret W Gichane, William A Calo, Harry A Beauvais, Noel T Brewer
OBJECTIVES: Cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths among women in Haiti. Given this high disease burden, we sought to better understand women's knowledge of its causes and the sociodemographic and health correlates of cervical cancer screening. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Participants were 410 adult women presenting at clinics in Léogâne and Port-au-Prince, Haiti. We used bivariate and multivariate logic regression to identify correlates of Pap smear receipt...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Lower Genital Tract Disease
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