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A Leiva, F Granados-Chinchilla, M Redondo-Solano, M Arrieta-González, E Pineda-Salazar, A Molina
Animal by-product rendering establishments are still relevant industries worldwide. Animal by-product meal safety is paramount to protect feed, animals, and the rest of the food chain from unwanted contamination. As microbiological contamination may arise from inadequate processing of slaughterhouse waste and deficiencies in good manufacturing practices within the rendering facilities, we conducted an overall establishment's inspection, including the product in several parts of the process.An evaluation of the Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) was carried out, which included the location and access (i...
March 19, 2018: Poultry Science
Hannah Brooks, Grant E Haines, M Carly Lin, S Laurie Sanderson
Vortical cross-step filtration in suspension-feeding fish has been reported recently as a novel mechanism, distinct from other biological and industrial filtration processes. Although crossflow passing over backward-facing steps generates vortices that can suspend, concentrate, and transport particles, the morphological factors affecting this vortical flow have not been identified previously. In our 3D-printed models of the oral cavity for ram suspension-feeding fish, the angle of the backward-facing step with respect to the model's dorsal midline affected vortex parameters significantly, including rotational, tangential, and axial speed...
2018: PloS One
Anirudh Sharma, Christine Cornejo, Jana Mihalic, Alison Geyh, David E Bordelon, Preethi Korangath, Fritz Westphal, Cordula Gruettner, Robert Ivkov
Citrate-stabilized iron oxide magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) were coated with one of carboxymethyl dextran (CM-dextran), polyethylene glycol-polyethylene imine (PEG-PEI), methoxy-PEG-phosphate+rutin, or dextran. They were characterized for size, zeta potential, hysteresis heating in an alternating magnetic field, dynamic magnetic susceptibility, and examined for their distribution in mouse organs following intravenous delivery. Except for PEG-PEI-coated nanoparticles, all coated nanoparticles had a negative zeta potential at physiological pH...
March 20, 2018: Scientific Reports
Catarina Brazão Farinha, Jorge de Brito, Rosário Veiga, J M Fernández, J R Jiménez, A R Esquinas
The production of waste has increased over the years and, lacking a recycle or recovery solution, it is forwarded to landfill. The incorporation of wastes in cement-based materials is a solution to reduce waste deposition. In this regard, some researchers have been studying the incorporation of wastes with different functions: aggregate, binder and addition. The incorporation of wastes should take advantage of their characteristics. It requires a judicious analysis of their particles. This research involves the analysis of seven industrial wastes: biomass ashes, glass fibre, reinforced polymer dust, sanitary ware, fluid catalytic cracking, acrylic fibre, textile fibre and glass fibre...
March 20, 2018: Materials
André Luiz Sehnem, Doreen Niether, Simone Wiegand, Antonio Martins Figueiredo Neto
The ionic Soret effect induced by temperature gradients is investigated in organic electrolytes (tetramethylammonium and tetrabutylammonium hydroxides) dispersed in water using a holographic grating experiment. We report the influences of temperature and salt concentrations on the Soret, diffusion and thermal diffusion coefficients. Experimental results to the thermal diffusion coefficient are compared with a theoretical description for thermodiffusion of Brownian particles in liquids based in the thermal expansion of the liquid solution...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
Kimberly McCoy, Masaki Uchida, Byeongdu Lee, Trevor Douglas
Bottom-up construction of mesoscale materials using biologically derived nanoscale building blocks enables engineering of desired physical properties using green production methods. Virus-like particles (VLPs) are exceptional building blocks due to their monodispersed sizes, geometric shapes, production ease, proteinaceous composition, and our ability to independently functionalize the interior and exterior interfaces. Here a VLP, derived from bacteriophage P22, is used as a building block for the fabrication of a Protein Macromolecular Framework (PMF); a tightly-linked 3D network of functional protein cages that exhibit long-range order and catalytic activity...
March 20, 2018: ACS Nano
Kun Xue, Kaiyuan Du, Xiaoliang Shi, Yixiang Gan, Chunhua Bai
We study experimentally the formation of a dual hierarchical jetting pattern in dry dense particle media subjected to the radially divergent shock loadings in a radial Hele-Shaw cell. The distinct internal and external jetting patterns were formed on the internal and external surfaces of a ring at different times, respectively. The former features dozens of radially aligned fine filaments. By contrast, the latter consists of a large number of small spikes. Once the internal jets are fully developed, a novel proportionate growth is observed, in which distinguishable structures of the overall pattern all grow at the same rate until the interaction between the internal and external jets becomes significant, leading to the inversion of the internal jetting pattern...
March 20, 2018: Soft Matter
Yaw Opoku-Damoah, Assogba G Assanhou, Mopa A Sooro, Cynthia A Baduweh, Chunmeng Sun, Yang Ding
The circulation of tumor cells in peripheral blood is mostly recognized as a prerequisite for cancer progression or systemic invasion, and it correlates with the pivotal hallmark of malignancies known as metastasis. Multiple detection schemes for CTCs have emerged as the most discerning criteria for monitoring the outcome of anticancer therapy. Therefore, there has been a tremendous increase in the use of robust nanostructured platforms for observation of these mobile tumor cells through various simultaneous diagnosis and treatment regimens developed from conventional techniques...
March 20, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Heng Guo, Xiao-Ning Zhang, Jian Chen, He-Ping Li, Kostya Ken Ostrikov
Non-equilibrium is one of the important features of an atmospheric gas discharge plasma. It involves complicated physical-chemical processes and plays a key role in various actual plasma processing. In this report, a novel complete non-equilibrium model is developed to reveal the non-equilibrium synergistic effects for the atmospheric-pressure low-temperature plasmas (AP-LTPs). It combines a thermal-chemical non-equilibrium fluid model for the quasi-neutral plasma region and a simplified sheath model for the electrode sheath region...
March 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
Tommaso Zanca, Franco Pellegrini, Giuseppe E Santoro, Erio Tosatti
The quantum motion of nuclei, generally ignored in the physics of sliding friction, can affect in an important manner the frictional dissipation of a light particle forced to slide in an optical lattice. The density matrix-calculated evolution of the quantum version of the basic Prandtl-Tomlinson model, describing the dragging by an external force of a point particle in a periodic potential, shows that purely classical friction predictions can be very wrong. The strongest quantum effect occurs not for weak but for strong periodic potentials, where barriers are high but energy levels in each well are discrete, and resonant Rabi or Landau-Zener tunneling to states in the nearest well can preempt classical stick-slip with nonnegligible efficiency, depending on the forcing speed...
March 19, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Ka Yee Wan, Ka Wai Wong, Albert Hee Lum Chow, Shing Fung Chow
Flash nanoprecipitation (FNP) is a controlled antisolvent precipitation process that has proven effective for consistent production of drug nanoparticles with a defined mean particle size and narrow particle size distribution. However, physical instability of the generated nanoparticles remains a major challenge in the application of this technology in pharmaceutical formulation. Aimed at resolving this problem, the present study has investigated the FNP process and associated stabilization mechanism of itraconazole (ITZ) nanoparticles through in-depth nanoparticle characterization...
March 16, 2018: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
Pia Pužar Dominkuš, Matjaž Stenovec, Simona Sitar, Eva Lasič, Robert Zorec, Ana Plemenitaš, Ema Žagar, Marko Kreft, Metka Lenassi
PKH lipophilic dyes are highly fluorescent and stain membranes by intercalating their aliphatic portion into the exposed lipid bilayer. They have established use in labeling and tracking of cells in vivo and in vitro. Despite wide use of PKH-labeled extracellular vesicles (EVs) in cell targeting and functional studies, nonEV-associated fluorescent structures have never been examined systematically, nor was their internalization by cells. Here, we have characterized PKH26-positive particles in lymphoblastoid B exosome samples and exosome-free controls stained by ultracentrifugation, filtration, and sucrose-cushion-based and sucrose-gradient-based procedures, using confocal imaging and asymmetric-flow field-flow fractionation coupled to multi-angle light-scattering detector analysis...
March 15, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
A V Belyaev, J L Dunster, J M Gibbins, M A Panteleev, V Volpert
Hemostasis is a complex physiological mechanism that functions to maintain vascular integrity under any conditions. Its primary components are blood platelets and a coagulation network that interact to form the hemostatic plug, a combination of cell aggregate and gelatinous fibrin clot that stops bleeding upon vascular injury. Disorders of hemostasis result in bleeding or thrombosis, and are the major immediate cause of mortality and morbidity in the world. Regulation of hemostasis and thrombosis is immensely complex, as it depends on blood cell adhesion and mechanics, hydrodynamics and mass transport of various species, huge signal transduction networks in platelets, as well as spatiotemporal regulation of the blood coagulation network...
March 5, 2018: Physics of Life Reviews
Nicole Welsch, Ashley C Brown, Thomas H Barker, L Andrew Lyon
Excessive bleeding and resulting complications are a major cause of death in both trauma and surgical settings. Recently, there have been a number of investigations into the design of synthetic hemostatic agents with platelet-mimicking activity to effectively treat patients suffering from severe hemorrhage. We developed platelet-like particles from microgels composed of polymers carrying polyethylene glycol (PEG) side-chains and fibrin-targeting single domain variable fragment antibodies (PEG-PLPs). Comparable to natural platelets, PEG-PLPs were found to enhance the fibrin network formation in vitro through strong adhesion to the emerging fibrin clot and physical, non-covalent cross-linking of nascent fibrin fibers...
March 2, 2018: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
Marija Vranic, Ondrej Klimo, Georg Korn, Stefan Weber
The new generation of laser facilities is expected to deliver short (10 fs-100 fs) laser pulses with 10-100 PW of peak power. This opens an opportunity to study matter at extreme intensities in the laboratory and provides access to new physics. Here we propose to scatter GeV-class electron beams from laser-plasma accelerators with a multi-PW laser at normal incidence. In this configuration, one can both create and accelerate electron-positron pairs. The new particles are generated in the laser focus and gain relativistic momentum in the direction of laser propagation...
March 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
Tommy Dessup, Christophe Coste, Michel Saint Jean
The transport of particles in very confined channels in which single file diffusion occurs has been largely studied in systems where the transverse confining potential is smooth. However, in actual physical systems, this potential may exhibit both static corrugations and time fluctuations. Some recent results suggest the important role played by this nonsmoothness of the confining potential. In particular, quite surprisingly, an enhancement of the Brownian motion of the particles has been evidenced in these kinds of systems...
February 2018: Physical Review. E
J Lekscha, H Wilming, J Eisert, R Gallego
We investigate the limitations that emerge in thermodynamic tasks as a result of having local control only over the components of a thermal machine. These limitations are particularly relevant for devices composed of interacting many-body systems. Specifically, we study protocols of work extraction that employ a many-body system as a working medium whose evolution can be driven by tuning the on-site Hamiltonian terms. This provides a restricted set of thermodynamic operations, giving rise to alternative bounds for the performance of engines...
February 2018: Physical Review. E
A R Plastino, E M F Curado, F D Nobre, C Tsallis
Nonlinear Fokker-Planck equations endowed with power-law diffusion terms have proven to be valuable tools for the study of diverse complex systems in physics, biology, and other fields. The nonlinearity appearing in these evolution equations can be interpreted as providing an effective description of a system of particles interacting via short-range forces while performing overdamped motion under the effect of an external confining potential. This point of view has been recently applied to the study of thermodynamical features of interacting vortices in type II superconductors...
February 2018: Physical Review. E
A Sozza, F Piazza, M Cencini, F De Lillo, G Boffetta
We present an efficient point-particle approach to simulate reaction-diffusion processes of spherical absorbing particles in the diffusion-limited regime, as simple models of cellular uptake. The exact solution for a single absorber is used to calibrate the method, linking the numerical parameters to the physical particle radius and uptake rate. We study the configurations of multiple absorbers of increasing complexity to examine the performance of the method by comparing our simulations with available exact analytical or numerical results...
February 2018: Physical Review. E
Akishi Matsugatani, Yuri Ishiguro, Ken Shiozaki, Haruki Watanabe
Understanding the interplay between the topological nature and the symmetry property of interacting systems has been a central matter of condensed matter physics in recent years. In this Letter, we establish nonperturbative constraints on the quantized Hall conductance of many-body systems with arbitrary interactions. Our results allow one to readily determine the many-body Chern number modulo a certain integer without performing any integrations, solely based on the rotation eigenvalues and the average particle density of the many-body ground state...
March 2, 2018: Physical Review Letters
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