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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431576/enhanced-neuroinvasion-by-smaller-soluble-prions
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Cyrus Bett, Jessica Lawrence, Timothy D Kurt, Christina Orru, Patricia Aguilar-Calvo, Anthony E Kincaid, Witold K Surewicz, Byron Caughey, Chengbiao Wu, Christina J Sigurdson
Infectious prion aggregates can propagate from extraneural sites into the brain with remarkable efficiency, likely transported via peripheral nerves. Yet not all prions spread into the brain, and the physical properties of a prion that is capable of transit within neurons remain unclear. We hypothesized that small, diffusible aggregates spread into the CNS via peripheral nerves. Here we used a structurally diverse panel of prion strains to analyze how the prion conformation impacts transit into the brain. Two prion strains form fibrils visible ultrastructurally in the brain in situ, whereas three strains form diffuse, subfibrillar prion deposits and no visible fibrils...
April 21, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431468/sorption-and-spatial-distribution-of-protein-globules-in-charged-hydrogel-particles
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Irene Adroher-Benítez, Arturo Moncho-Jorda, Joachim Dzubiella
We have theoretically studied the uptake of a non-uniformly charged biomolecule, suitable to represent a globular protein or a drug, by a charged hydrogel carrier in the presence of a 1:1 electrolyte. Based on the analysis of a physical interaction Hamilto- nian including monopolar, dipolar and Born (self-energy) contributions derived from linear electrostatic theory of the unperturbed homogeneous hydrogel, we have identi- fied five different sorption states of the system, from complete repulsion of the molecule to its full sorption deep inside the hydrogel, passing through meta- and stable sur- face adsorption states...
April 21, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430476/generalized-pseudopotentials-for-the-anisotropic-fractional-quantum-hall-effect
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Bo Yang, Zi-Xiang Hu, Ching Hua Lee, Z Papić
We generalize the notion of Haldane pseudopotentials to anisotropic fractional quantum Hall (FQH) systems that are physically realized, e.g., in tilted magnetic field experiments or anisotropic band structures. This formalism allows us to expand any translation-invariant interaction over a complete basis, and directly reveals the intrinsic metric of incompressible FQH fluids. We show that purely anisotropic pseudopotentials give rise to new types of bound states for small particle clusters in the infinite plane, and can be used as a diagnostic of FQH nematic order...
April 7, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430111/wavepacket-dynamics-and-the-multi-configurational-time-dependent-hartree-approach
#4
Uwe Manthe
Multi-configurational time-dependent Hartree (MCTDH) based approaches are efficient, accurate, and versatile methods for high-dimensional quantum dynamics simulations. Applications range from detailed investigations of polyatomic reaction processes in the gas phase to high-dimensional simulations studying the dynamics of condensed phase systems described by typical solid state physics model Hamiltonians. The present article presents an overview of the different areas of application and provides on a comprehensive review of the underlying theory...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430010/prolonged-injectable-formulation-of-nafarelin-using-in-situ-gel-combination-delivery-system
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Behnoush Alizadeh, Nika Bahari Javan, Hamid Akbari Javar, Mohammad Reza Khoshayand, Farid Abedin Dorkoosh
The principal purpose of the present study was to prepare and characterize a complex drug delivery system consisting of Nafarelin- poly (3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate) (PHBV) nanoparticles (NPs) in combination with sodium alginate/poloxamer 407 in situ gel. Nafarelin loaded PHBV NPs were prepared via double emulsion solvent evaporation technique. Box-Behnken Response Surface Methodology was utilized to optimize NPs. Mean particle size, polydispersity index (PDI), entrapment efficiency (EE) and drug loading (DL) of the optimized NPs were measured...
April 21, 2017: Pharmaceutical Development and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429293/topical-delivery-of-fenoprofen-calcium-via-elastic-nano-vesicular-spanlastics-optimization-using-experimental-design-and-in-vivo-evaluation
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Dalia Ali Farghaly, Ahmed A Aboelwafa, Manal Y Hamza, Magdy I Mohamed
The aim of this study was to investigate the potential of surfactant-based nanovesicular system (spanlastics) for topical delivery of fenoprofen calcium (FPCa) to eliminate its oral gastrointestinal adverse effects. FPCa-loaded spanlastics were prepared by thin film hydration (TFH) technique according to a full factorial design to investigate the influence of formulation variables on the drug entrapment efficiency (%EE), particle size (PS), deformability index (DI), and the % drug released after 24 h through the cellulose membrane (Q24h) using Design-Expert® software...
April 20, 2017: AAPS PharmSciTech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427886/identification-of-excipients-for-stabilizing-fiberless-adenovirus-as-biopharmaceuticals
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Grit Kupgan, Shyamal P Choudhari, Nicholas H Flynn, Adane Nigatu, Sravanthi Vupputuri, William D Picking, Wendy L Picking, Joshua D Ramsey
Reducing the promiscuous tropism of native adenovirus by using fiberless adenovirus is advantageous towards its use as a gene therapy vector or vaccine component. The removal of the fiber protein on native adenovirus abrogates several undesirable interactions; however, this approach decreases the particle's physical stability. In order to create stable fiberless adenovirus for pharmaceutical use, the effects of temperature and pH on the particle's stability profile must be addressed. Our results indicate that the stability of fiberless adenovirus is increased when it is stored in mildly acidic conditions around pH 6...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427834/doped-silica-fibre-thermoluminescence-measurements-of-radiation-dose-in-the-use-of-223-ra
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Bradley, S F Abdul Sani, A S Siti Shafiqah, S M Collins, R P Hugtenburg, H A Abdul Rashid, Nurul Najua Zulkepely, M J Maah
Using tailor-made sub-mm dimension doped-silica fibres, thermoluminescent dosimetric studies have been performed for α-emitting sources of (223)RaCl2 (the basis of the Bayer Healthcare product Xofigo®). The use of (223)RaCl2 in the palliative treatment of bone metastases resulting from late-stage castration-resistant prostate cancer focuses on its favourable uptake in metabolically active bone metastases. Such treatment benefits from the high linear energy transfer (LET) and associated short path length (<100µm) of the α-particles emitted by (223)Ra and its decay progeny...
April 14, 2017: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426229/nanofabricated-catalyst-particles-for-the-investigation-of-catalytic-carbon-oxidation-by-oxygen-spillover
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Carl Justin Kamp, Hector Hugo Perez Garza, Hans O A Fredriksson, Bengt Herbert Kasemo, Bengt Andersson, Magnus Skoglundh
The catalytic oxidation of carbon by molecular oxygen was studied using C/Pt, Pt/C, Pt/Al2O3/C, Pt/CeO2/C, Al2O3/C and CeO2/C model samples prepared by hole-mask colloidal lithography. By this technique the degree of contact between platinum and carbon was controlled with high precision. The oxidation of carbon was monitored using atomic force microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The results show that Pt in direct contact with carbon catalyzes the oxidation of carbon by spillover of dissociated oxygen from Pt to carbon...
April 20, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423870/effects-of-physically-effective-neutral-detergent-fiber-content-on-dry-matter-intake-digestibility-and-chewing-activity-in-korean-native-goats-capra-hircus-coreanae-fed-with-total-mixed-ration
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Seyoung Jang, Eunkyung Kim, Jaehyun Park, Mirae Oh, Yujiao Tang, Yuling Ding, Hyejin Seong, Wonho Kim, Yeongsik Yun, Sangho Moon
Objective: This experiment was aimed to determine proper physical traits in the diet for goats by investigating the effects of physically effective neutral detergent fiber (peNDF) content on dry matter intake (DMI), digestibility, and chewing activity in black goats fed with total mixed ration (TMR). Methods: Six growing wethers of Korean native black goats (Capra hircus coreanae) aged 8 months and weighing between 26.9 kg and 27.1 kg (27.03±5.05 kg) were used in this experiment...
April 19, 2017: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423049/inmap-a-model-for-air-pollution-interventions
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Christopher W Tessum, Jason D Hill, Julian D Marshall
Mechanistic air pollution modeling is essential in air quality management, yet the extensive expertise and computational resources required to run most models prevent their use in many situations where their results would be useful. Here, we present InMAP (Intervention Model for Air Pollution), which offers an alternative to comprehensive air quality models for estimating the air pollution health impacts of emission reductions and other potential interventions. InMAP estimates annual-average changes in primary and secondary fine particle (PM2...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420189/demographic-and-environmental-factors-associated-with-mental-health-a-cross-sectional-study
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Jayeun Kim, Ho Kim
Relevant demographic and environmental conditions need to be understood before tailoring policies to improve mental health. Using community health survey data from 25 communities in Seoul, 2013, cross-sectional associations between mental health and community level environments were assessed. Mental health outcomes (self-rated stress levels (SRS) and depressive symptoms (DS)) were analyzed. Community environmental factors included green space, green facilities, and annual PM10 level (AnnPM10); socio-demographic factors included sex, age, education, labor market participation, comorbidity, sleep hours, physical activity, smoking, and drinking...
April 17, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418683/physical-characterization-of-tobramycin-inhalation-powder-ii-state-diagram-of-an-amorphous-engineered-particle-formulation
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Dan Miller, Trixie Tan, John Nakamura, Richard Malcolmson, Tom Tarara, Jeff Weers
Tobramycin Inhalation Powder (TIP) is a spray-dried engineered particle formulation used in TOBI® Podhaler®, a drug/device combination for treatment of cystic fibrosis. A TIP particle consists of two phases: amorphous, glassy tobramycin sulfate and a gel-phase phospholipid (DSPC). The objective of this work was to characterize both the amorphous and gel phases following exposure of TIP to a broad range of relative humidity and temperature. Because, in principle, changes in either particle morphology or the solid-state form of the drug could affect drug delivery or biopharmaceutical properties, understanding physical stability was critical to development and registration of this product...
April 18, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418042/selective-orbital-reconstruction-in-tetragonal-fes-a-density-functional-dynamical-mean-field-theory-study
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Luis Craco, Stefano Leoni
Transport properties of tetragonal iron monosulfide, mackinawite, show a range of complex features. Semiconductive behavior and proximity to metallic states with nodal superconductivity mark this d-band system as unconventional quantum material. Here, we use the density functional dynamical mean-field theory (DFDMFT) scheme to comprehensively explain why tetragonal FeS shows both semiconducting and metallic responses in contrast to tetragonal FeSe which is a pseudogaped metal above the superconducting transition temperature...
April 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415861/atmospheric-aerosols-clouds-chemistry-and-climate
#15
V Faye McNeill
Although too small to be seen with the human eye, atmospheric particulate matter has major impacts on the world around us, from our health to global climate. Understanding the sources, properties, and transformations of these particles in the atmosphere is among the major challenges in air quality and climate research today. Significant progress has been made over the past two decades in understanding atmospheric aerosol chemistry and its connections to climate. Advances in technology for characterizing aerosol chemical composition and physical properties have enabled rapid discovery in this area...
April 17, 2017: Annual Review of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415549/the-precursors-effects-on-biomimetic-hydroxyapatite-ceramic-powders
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Afife Binnaz Hazar Yoruç, Aysu Aydınoğlu
In this study, effects of the starting material on chemical, physical, and biological properties of biomimetic hydroxyapatite ceramic powders (BHA) were investigated. Characterization and chemical analysis of BHA powders were performed by using XRD, FT-IR, and ICP-AES. Microstructural features such as size and morphology of the resulting BHA powders were characterized by using BET, nano particle sizer, pycnometer, and SEM. Additionally, biological properties of the BHA ceramic powders were also investigated by using water-soluble tetrazolium salts test (WST-1)...
June 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415539/in-vitro-cytotoxicity-evaluation-of-nano-carbon-particles-with-different-sp-2-sp-3-ratios
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S S Li, B J Wu, Q Y Deng, Y B Guo, Y X Leng, N Huang
Graphitization occurs during the long-term service of a diamond-like carbon (DLC) modified artificial joint. Then, DLC wear debris, which are carbon particles with different sp(2)/sp(3) ratios and sizes ranging from the nano- to micro-meter scale produced. In this paper, to promote the application of DLC coating for artificial joint modification, the cytotoxicity of DLC debris (nano-carbon particles, NCs) with different sp(2)/sp(3) ratios was studied. The microstructure and physical characteristics of NCs with different sp(2)/sp(3) ratios were investigated by Raman spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) and Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS)...
June 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415449/complementary-approaches-for-the-evaluation-of-biocompatibility-of-90-y-labeled-superparamagnetic-citric-acid-fe-er-3o4-coated-nanoparticles
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Bratislav Antic, Marko Boskovic, Jasmina Nikodinovic-Runic, Yue Ming, Hongguo Zhang, Emil S Bozin, Drina Janković, Vojislav Spasojevic, Sanja Vranjes-Djuric
Magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) are of immense interest for diagnostic and therapeutic applications in medicine. Design and development of new iron oxide-based MNPs for such applications is of rather limited breadth without reliable and sensitive methods to determine their levels in body tissues. Commonly used methods, such as ICP, are quite problematic, due to the inability to decipher the origin of the detected iron, i.e. whether it originates from the MNPs or endogenous from tissues and bodily fluids. One of the approaches to overcome this problem and to increase reliability of tracing MNPs is to partially substitute iron ions in the MNPs with Er...
June 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415443/3-month-parenteral-plga-microsphere-formulations-of-risperidone-fabrication-characterization-and-neuropharmacological-assessments
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Sundeep Chaurasia, Kuchukuntla Mounika, Vasudha Bakshi, Vure Prasad
The study aims at formulation and characterization of three months parenteral risperidone loaded polymeric microspheres (p-RLPMs) as a sustained delivery system and established their in vitro and in vivo assessments. The p-RLPMs formulations were prepared by solvent extraction and diffusion method. The optimized p-RLPMs (batch RPLGA-1) formulation demonstrated favorable different physicochemical properties such as mean particle size (104±5.34μm), percent porosity (44.56±3.11%) and percent drug loading (38...
June 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415384/preparation-and-characterization-of-expanded-graphite-metal-oxides-for-antimicrobial-application
#20
Wei-Che Hung, Kuo-Hui Wu, Dong-Yi Lyu, Ken-Fa Cheng, Wen-Chien Huang
Composite materials based on expanded graphite (EG) and metal oxide (MO) particles was prepared by an explosive combustion and blending method. The objective of the study was to develop EG impregnated with metal oxide particulates (Ag2O, CuO and ZnO) and evaluate the level of protection the materials conferred against biological agents. The physical properties of the EG/MO composites were examined using SEM, EDX and XRD spectroscopy, and the results indicated that the MO particles were incorporated into the EG matrix after impregnation...
June 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
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