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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550746/zn-doped-cdo-nanoparticles-structural-morphological-optical-photocatalytic-and-anti-bacterial-properties
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Vinod Kumar Gupta, Ali Fakhri, Shiva Tahami, Shilpi Agarwal
Pure and zinc-doped CdO NPs (Zn-CdO NPs) were synthesized through a facile co-precipitation method. The structural, morphology, chemical composition, optical and antibacterial activity of the NPs were studied with respect to pure and Zn-doped CdO concentration (0-7.5mol.%). Scanning electron microscope (SEM) images reveal that pure and Zn-doped CdO NPs were in the nano-scale regime with different crystalline morphology. The energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) spectrum predicts the presence of Cadmium (Cd), Zinc (Zn) and Oxygen (O) in the prepared samples...
May 21, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550717/ooxtaxonomy-of-eight-tettigonoidea-species-insecta-orthoptera-description-and-comparison-of-the-egg-morphology
#2
Marta Franch Sas, Josep M Olmo-Vidal, Marcos Roca-Cusachs, Juli Pujade-Villar
In the present study, eggs of eight species of the Tettigonoidea superfamily have been examined with the aim to find characteristic traits of each of the studied taxa. In addition, we aim to distinguish them through their eggshell morphology, a technique that nowadays is known as ootaxonomy. All the eggs analysed belong to four subfamilies of the Tettigoniidae family (Bradyporinae: Ephippiger diurnus cunii, Parasteropleurus perezii, Lluciapomaresius panteli, L. ortegai, Tettigoniinae: Decticus verrucivorus, Antaxius hispanicus, and Meconematinae: Cyrtaspis scutata) and from family Phaneropteridae: Phaneroptera nana...
May 17, 2017: Micron: the International Research and Review Journal for Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550677/mineral-profile-of-children-s-fast-food-menu-samples
#3
Maria Luisa Cervera, Miguel de la Guardia, Manuela Ruiz-de-Cenzano, Arancha Rochina-Marco, Óscar López-Salazar
Children's fast food menus, including hamburgers served with french fries, dessert, and a soft drink, were analyzed to obtain the mineral profile of trace elements. The developed analytical methodology involved sample digestion under pressure inside a microwave oven with a mixture of HNO₃ and H₂O₂ and inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectrometry. The method was validated by carrying out the analysis of certified reference materials (NIST 1570a spinach leaves, NCS ZC73016 chicken, and NIST 1568a rice flour) and using recovery experiments...
May 26, 2017: Journal of AOAC International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550418/nonlinear-optical-properties-of-pyrene-based-fluorescent-hemicurcuminoid-and-their-bf2-complexes-spectroscopic-and-dft-studies
#4
Ankush B More, Nagaiyan Sekar
The acetyl acetone and benzoyl acetone pyrene based difluoroboron scaffolds and their respective decomplexed congeners were investigated for their nonlinear optical properties in various microenvironment. The geometries of the chromophore were optimized and electronic excitation properties were estimated using time dependant density functional theory. The vertical excitation properties were found to be complimentary to the experimental results. Nolinear optical properties were evaluated using solvatochromism and Density Functional Theory...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Fluorescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550411/isolation-characterization-and-expression-of-proto-oncogene-cmyc-in-large-yellow-croaker-larimichthys-crocea
#5
Yonghua Jiang, Kunhuang Han, Shihai Chen, Yilei Wang, Ziping Zhang
cMyc is a vital transcription factor that involves in the regulation of cell proliferation, growth, differentiation, and apoptosis. In the present study, cMyc in Larimichthys crocea (Lc-cMyc) was cloned and analyzed for investigating its function. The full-length cDNA of Lc-cMyc was 2089 bp encoding a 440-amino-acid protein (Lc-cMyc). Lc-cMyc had the characteristic helix-loop-helix-leucine-zipper (HLH-LZ) DNA-binding domain and highly conservative in evolution. The expression of Lc-cMyc was detected by quantitative real-time PCR (qRT-PCR) and in situ hybridization, respectively...
May 27, 2017: Fish Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550404/development-of-an-imaging-system-for-in-vivo-real-time-monitoring-of-neuronal-activity-in-deep-brain-of-free-moving-rats
#6
Norio Iijima, Shinji Miyamoto, Keisuke Matsumoto, Ken Takumi, Yoichi Ueta, Hitoshi Ozawa
We have newly developed a system that allows monitoring of the intensity of fluorescent signals from deep brains of rats transgenically modified to express enhanced green fluorescent protein (eGFP) via an optical fiber. One terminal of the optical fiber was connected to a blue semiconductor laser oscillator/green fluorescence detector. The other terminal was inserted into the vicinity of the eGFP-expressing neurons. Since the optical fiber was vulnerable to twisting stresses caused by animal movement, we also developed a cage in which the floor automatically turns, in response to the turning of the rat's head...
May 26, 2017: Histochemistry and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550346/differential-microvascular-assessment-of-retinal-vein-occlusion-with-coherence-tomography-angiography-and-fluorescein-angiography-a-blinded-comparative-study
#7
Chung Yee Chung, Heather Hoi Yau Tang, Siu Hung Li, Kenneth Kai Wang Li
PURPOSE: To compare the imaging of retinal vein occlusion (RVO) with optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA) and fluorescein angiography (FA) and evaluate their roles in clinical management. METHODS: RVO patients who underwent imaging with both FA and OCTA from 1 June 2015-31 December 2015 were enrolled. An independent retinal specialist blinded from patient identity assessed the FA and OCTA reports. The pixel counting technique was used for FAZ size measurement...
May 26, 2017: International Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550291/atomic-layer-etching-of-graphene-through-controlled-ion-beam-for-graphene-based-electronics
#8
Ki Seok Kim, You Jin Ji, Yeonsig Nam, Ki Hyun Kim, Eric Singh, Jin Yong Lee, Geun Young Yeom
The electronic and optical properties of graphene are greatly dependent on the the number of layers. For the precise control of the graphene layers, atomic layer etching (ALE), a cyclic etching method achieved through chemical adsorption and physical desorption, can be the most powerful technique due to barely no damage and no contamination. In this study, we demonstrated the ALE process of graphene layers without noticeably damaging the graphene by using a controlled low energy oxygen (O2(+)/O(+))-ion for chemical adsorption and a low energy Ar(+)-ion (11...
May 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550280/doping-of-metal-organic-frameworks-towards-resistive-sensing
#9
Hidetsugu Shiozawa, Bernhard C Bayer, Herwig Peterlik, Jannik C Meyer, Wolfgang Lang, Thomas Pichler
Coordination polymerization leads to various metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) with unique physical properties and chemical functionalities. One of the challenges towards their applications as porous materials is to make MOFs optimally conductive to be used as electronic components. Here, it is demonstrated that Co-MOF-74, a honeycomb nano-framework with one-dimensionally arranged cobalt atoms, advances its physical properties by accommodating tetracyanochinodimethan (TCNQ), an acceptor molecule. Strong intermolecular charge transfer reduces the optical band gap down to 1...
May 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550169/the-gliotransmitter-d-serine-promotes-synapse-maturation-and-axonal-stabilization-in-vivo
#10
Marion R Van Horn, Arielle Strasser, Lois S Miraucourt, Loredano Pollegioni, Edward S Ruthazer
The N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) is thought to play a key role in the refinement of connectivity in developing neural circuits. Pharmacological blockade or genetic loss-of-function manipulations that prevent NMDAR function during development result in the disorganization of topographic axonal projections. However, because NMDARs contribute to overall glutamatergic neurotransmission, such loss-of-function experiments fail to adequately distinguish between the roles played by NMDARs and neural activity in general...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549902/does-corrective-spine-surgery-improve-the-standing-balance-in-patients-with-adult-spinal-deformity
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Mitsuru Yagi, Hideaki Ohne, Shinjiro Kaneko, Masafumi Machida, Yoshiyuki Yato, Takashi Asazuma
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: The effect of corrective spine surgery on standing stability in adult spinal deformity (ASD) has not been fully documented. PURPOSE: To compare pre- and postoperative standing balance and posture in patients with ASD. STUDY DESIGN/SETTING: Prospective case series. PATIENT SAMPLE: Standing balance before and after corrective spine surgery was compared in 35 consecutive female patients with ASD (65...
May 23, 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549848/relationship-between-visual-acuity-and-retinal-thickness-during-anti-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-therapy-for-retinal-diseases
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William C Ou, David M Brown, John F Payne, Charles C Wykoff
PURPOSE: Investigate the relationship between best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) and central retinal thickness (CRT) in eyes receiving ranibizumab for three common retinal diseases. DESIGN: Retrospective analysis of clinical trial data METHODS: Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study BCVA and spectral-domain optical coherence tomography measured CRT of 387 eyes of 345 patients enrolled in six prospective clinical trials for management of neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic macular edema (DME), and retinal vein occlusion (RVO) were evaluated by Pearson correlation and linear regression...
May 23, 2017: American Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549599/accuracy-map-of-an-optical-motion-capture-system-with-42-or-21-cameras-in-a-large-measurement-volume
#13
Alexander M Aurand, Jonathan S Dufour, William S Marras
Optical motion capture is commonly used in biomechanics to measure human kinematics. However, no studies have yet examined the accuracy of optical motion capture in a large capture volume (>100m(3)), or how accuracy varies from the center to the extreme edges of the capture volume. This study measured the dynamic 3D errors of an optical motion capture system composed of 42 OptiTrack Prime 41 cameras (capture volume of 135m(3)) by comparing the motion of a single marker to the motion reported by a ThorLabs linear motion stage...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549588/graphene-modified-titanium-alloy-promote-the-adhesion-proliferation-and-osteogenic-differentiation-of-bone-marrow-stromal-cells
#14
Kewen Li, Jinhong Yan, Chunhui Wang, Long Bi, Qi Zhang, Yisheng Han
We studied the effects of graphene coating on improving the biological activity of a titanium alloy (Ti6Al4V). The experiments included immunofluorescence staining for observing cellular adhesion, Cell Counting Kit-8 (CCK-8) for evaluating cellular proliferation and reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) for detecting the differentiation of BMSCs on different scaffolds. The results showed that G-Ti6Al4V exhibited a higher mean integrated optical density (IOD) for vinculin and resulted in a higher and more intensive cell proliferation rate and higher osteoblast-specific gene transcription levels...
May 23, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549518/ganglion-cell-inner-plexiform-layer-change-detected-by-optical-coherence-tomography-indicates-progression-in-advanced-glaucoma
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Joong Won Shin, Kyung Rim Sung, Gary C Lee, Mary K Durbin, Daniel Cheng
PURPOSE: To examine the performance of Guided Progression Analysis (GPA; Carl Zeiss Meditec, Dublin, CA) in spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (OCT) in detecting progressive thinning of ganglion cell-inner plexiform layer (GCIPL) and retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) in glaucoma. DESIGN: Longitudinal, observational study. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 196 eyes of 123 primary open-angle glaucoma patients (mean follow-up, 5.0 years). METHODS: Macular GCIPL and peripapillary RNFL thicknesses were measured by Cirrus HD-OCT (Zeiss, Dublin, CA), and progressive GCIPL and RNFL thinning were assessed by GPA...
May 23, 2017: Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549413/external-magnetic-field-promotes-homing-of-magnetized-stem-cells-following-subcutaneous-injection
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Yu Meng, Changzhen Shi, Bo Hu, Jian Gong, Xing Zhong, Xueyin Lin, Xinju Zhang, Jun Liu, Cong Liu, Hao Xu
BACKGROUND: Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are multipotent stromal cells that have the ability to self-renew and migrate to sites of pathology. In vivo tracking of MSCs provides insights into both, the underlying mechanisms of MSC transformation and their potential as gene delivery vehicles. The aim of our study was to assess the ability of superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs)-labeled Wharton's Jelly of the human umbilical cord-derived MSCs (WJ-MSCs) to carry the green fluorescent protein (GFP) gene to cutaneous injury sites in a murine model...
May 26, 2017: BMC Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549306/pretreatment-of-corn-stover-by-solid-acid-for-d-lactic-acid-fermentation
#17
Xiqing Wang, Gang Wang, Xiaoxiao Yu, Huan Chen, Yang Sun, Guang Chen
Solid acid is a new acid that is safe and green, which has been widely used in the fields of acid pickling. In this study, we adopted solid acid to pretreat corn stover and used the pretreated corn stover in the fermentation of d-lactic acid. Finally, we obtained optimal conditions for the pretreatment of corn stover by solid acid: digestion temperature of 120°C, digestion time of 80min, and solid acid concentration of 1.5%. Then adding cellulase of 30FPU/g, the conversion rate of glucose reached 71.06% after enzymatic hydrolysis for 72h...
April 27, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549295/structural-characterization-of-astaxanthin-aggregates-as-revealed-by-analysis-and-simulation-of-optical-spectra
#18
Liping Lu, Taoping Hu, Zhigang Xu
Carotenoids can self-assemble in hydrated polar solvents to form J- or H-type aggregates, inducing dramatic changes in photophysical properties. Here, we measured absorption and emission spectra of astaxanthin in ethanol-water solution using ultraviolet-visible and fluorescence spectrometers. Two types of aggregates were distinguished in mixed solution at different water contents by absorption spectra. After addition of water, all probed samples immediately formed H-aggregates with maximum blue shift of 31nm...
May 15, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549289/identifying-the-source-of-zn-in-soils-around-a-zn-smelter-using-pb-isotope-ratios-and-mineralogical-analysis
#19
Soo-Kyung Jeon, Man Jae Kwon, Jung-Seok Yang, Seunghak Lee
The contribution by anthropogenic sources to abnormally high Zn concentrations in soils with naturally abundant Zn was investigated at a contaminated site surrounding a Zn smelter in eastern Korea. Nineteen soil samples were collected within a 2km radius of the smelter, and analyzed for metal concentrations and Pb isotope ratios using an inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectrometer and -mass spectrometer, respectively. Higher Zn concentrations in locations closer to the smelter implied that the smelter was the source of the Zn pollution...
May 23, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549265/facile-screening-of-potential-xenoestrogens-by-an-estrogen-receptor-based-reusable-optical-biosensor
#20
Lanhua Liu, Xiaohong Zhou, Yun Lu, Didi Shan, Bi Xu, Miao He, Hanchang Shi, Yi Qian
The apparent increase in hormone-induced cancers and disorders of the reproductive tract has led to a growing demand for new technologies capable of screening xenoestrogens. We reported an estrogen receptor (ER)-based reusable fiber biosensor for facile screening estrogenic compounds in environment. The bioassay is based on the competition of xenoestrogens with 17β-estradiol (E2) for binding to the recombinant receptor of human estrogen receptor α (hERα) protein, leaving E2 free to bind to fluorophore-labeled anti-E2 monoclonal antibody...
May 18, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
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