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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149991/a-fast-and-low-cost-microfabrication-approach-for-six-types-of-thermoplastic-substrates-with-reduced-feature-size-and-minimized-bulges-using-sacrificial-layer-assisted-laser-engraving
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Longjun Gu, Guodong Yu, Cheuk-Wing Li
Since polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) is notorious for its severe sorption to biological compounds and even nanoparticles, thermoplastics become a promising substrate for microdevices. Although CO2 laser engraving is an efficient method for thermoplastic device fabrication, it accompanies with poor bonding issues due to severe bulging and large feature size determined by the diameter of laser beam. In this study, a low-cost microfabrication method is proposed by reversibly sealing a 1 mm thick polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) over an engraving substrate to reduce channel feature size and minimize bulges of laser engraved channels...
January 2, 2018: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149471/polyaniline-derived-n-doped-carbon-coated-cobalt-phosphide-nanoparticles-deposited-on-n-doped-graphene-as-an-efficient-electrocatalyst-for-hydrogen-evolution-reaction
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Jingwen Ma, Min Wang, Guangyu Lei, Guoliang Zhang, Fengbao Zhang, Wenchao Peng, Xiaobin Fan, Yang Li
The development of highly efficient and durable non-noble metal electrocatalysts for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) is significant for clean and renewable energy research. This work reports the synthesis of N-doped graphene nanosheets supported N-doped carbon coated cobalt phosphide (CoP) nanoparticles via a pyrolysis and a subsequent phosphating process by using polyaniline. The obtained electrocatalyst exhibits excellent electrochemical activity for HER with a small overpotential of -135 mV at 10 mA cm(-2) and a low Tafel slope of 59...
November 17, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148969/the-structure-of-the-copi-coat-determined-within-the-cell
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Yury S Bykov, Miroslava Schaffer, Svetlana O Dodonova, Sahradha Albert, Jürgen M Plitzko, Wolfgang Baumeister, Benjamin D Engel, John Ag Briggs
COPI-coated vesicles mediate trafficking within the Golgi apparatus and from the Golgi to the endoplasmic reticulum. The structures of membrane protein coats, including COPI, have been extensively studied with in vitro reconstitution systems using purified components. In a previous paper (Dodonova et al., 2017), we determined a complete structural model of the in vitro reconstituted COPI coat. Here, we applied cryo-focused ion beam milling, cryo-electron tomography and subtomogram averaging to determine the native structure of the COPI coat within vitrified Chlamydomonas reinhardtii cells...
November 17, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142864/count-of-platelet-and-mean-platelet-volume-score-serologic-prognostic-factor-in-patients-with-oral-squamous-cell-carcinoma
#4
Jae Woo Park, Chul-Hwan Kim, Yong Chan Ha, Moon Young Kim, Sung Min Park
Objectives: TNM staging, especially for lymph node metastasis, is the scoring system most widely used among prognostic factors for cancer survival. Several biomarkers have been studied as serologic markers, but their specificity is low and clinical applications are difficult. This study aimed to establish a scoring system for patients with oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) using platelet (PLT) and mean platelet volume (MPV) levels measured postoperatively and to evaluate their significance as prognostic factors...
October 2017: Journal of the Korean Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141178/peri-conception-and-first-trimester-diet-modifies-reproductive-development-in-bulls
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K J Copping, M D Ruiz-Diaz, C S Rutland, N P Mongan, M J Callaghan, I C McMillen, R J Rodgers, V E A Perry
Nutritional perturbation during gestation alters male reproductive development in rodents and sheep. In cattle both the developmental trajectory of the feto-placental unit and its response to dietary perturbations is dissimilar to that of these species. This study examined the effects of dietary protein perturbation during the peri-conception and first trimester periods upon reproductive development in bulls. Nulliparous heifers (n=360) were individually fed a high- or low-protein diet (HPeri and LPeri) from 60 days before conception...
November 16, 2017: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138873/effects-of-cognitive-load-on-the-amount-and-temporal-structure-of-postural-sway-variability-in-stroke-survivors
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Hajar Mehdizadeh, Kinda Khalaf, Hamed Ghomashchi, Ghorban Taghizadeh, Ismaeil Ebrahimi, Parvaneh Taghavi Azar Sharabiani, Seyed Javad Mousavi, Mohamad Parnianpour
This study aimed to investigate the variability in postural sway patterns during quiet standing in stroke survivors. The postural sway was measured in 19 stroke survivors, as well as 19 healthy demographically matched participants, at 3 levels of postural difficulty (rigid surface with closed and open eyes, and foam surface with closed eyes), and 3 levels of cognitive difficulty (without a cognitive task, easy and difficult cognitive tasks). Both linear analyses (the amount of postural sway variability, including the standard deviation of the COP velocity in both the anteroposterior (AP) and mediolateral (ML) directions), as well as non-linear analyses [the temporal structure of the COP variability, including % Recurrence, % Determinism, Shannon Entropy, Trend and the maximum diagonal line (D max)] were employed...
November 14, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136550/cerebellar-transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-improves-adaptive-postural-control
#7
Peter Poortvliet, Billie Hsieh, Andrew Cresswell, Jacky Au, Marcus Meinzer
OBJECTIVE: Rehabilitation interventions contribute to recovery of impaired postural control, but it remains a priority to optimize their effectiveness. A promising strategy may involve transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) of brain areas involved in fine-tuning of motor adaptation. This study explored the effects of cerebellar tDCS (ctDCS) on postural recovery from disturbance by Achilles tendon vibration. METHODS: Twenty-eight healthy volunteers participated in this sham-ctDCS controlled study...
October 20, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126606/balance-study-in-asymptomatic-subjects-determination-of-significant-variables-and-reference-patterns-to-improve-clinical-application
#8
Juan de la Torre, Javier Marin, Jose J Marin, Jose M Auria, Maria B Sanchez-Valverde
Postural control is essential when carrying out everyday activities and its possible disorders have a very significant impact on personal autonomy. To provide the means to accurately measure postural control in the clinical environment, this study checks and discusses the suitability of procedures for a new balance assessment system with a stabilometric platform (MoveHuman-Dyna © UZ-IDERGO), which meets the criteria of clinical stabilometric standardisation established by the International Society for Posture and Gait Research (ISPGR) at the Bologna meeting (2009)...
November 7, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125626/impact-of-air-frying-on-cholesterol-and-fatty-acids-oxidation-in-sardines-protective-effects-of-aromatic-herbs
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Fernanda S Ferreira, Geni R Sampaio, Laura M Keller, Alexandra C H F Sawaya, Davy W H Chávez, Elizabeth A F S Torres, Tatiana Saldanha
The high temperatures used to fry fish may induce thermo-oxidation of cholesterol, forming cholesterol oxidation products (COPs). COPs have been associated to coronary heart diseases, atherosclerosis, and other chronic diseases. Air fryers are an alternative thermal process technology to fry foods without oil, and are considered a healthier cooking method. This study is the 1st to evaluate the formation of COPs and the degradation of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) in air-fried sardine fillets. Furthermore, we evaluated the effect of fresh herbs added as natural antioxidants to sardines subjected to air frying...
November 10, 2017: Journal of Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120261/effects-of-vision-and-cognitive-load-on-static-postural-control-in-subjects-with-and-without-patellofemoral-pain-syndrome
#10
Afsaneh Zeinalzadeh, Saeed Talebian, Soofia Naghdi, Mahyar Salavati, Salman Nazary-Moghadam, Bahareh Zeynalzadeh Ghoochani
OBJECTIVE: To compare the effects of vision and cognitive load on static postural control in subjects with and without patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS). METHODS: Twenty-eight PFPS patients and 28 controls participated in the study. Postural control was assessed in isolation as well as with visual manipulation and cognitive loading on symptomatic limb. The outcome measures of postural control were quantified in terms of area, anterior-posterior (AP), medial-lateral (ML), and mean velocity (MV) of the displacements of center of pressure (COP)...
November 9, 2017: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29117248/medial-knee-loading-is-altered-in-subjects-with-early-osteoarthritis-during-gait-but-not-during-step-up-and-over-task
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Susana Meireles, Mariska Wesseling, Colin R Smith, Darryl G Thelen, Sabine Verschueren, Ilse Jonkers
This study evaluates knee joint loading during gait and step-up-and-over tasks in control subjects, subjects with early knee OA and those with established knee OA. Thirty-seven subjects with varying degrees of medial compartment knee OA severity (eighteen with early OA and sixteen with established OA), and nineteen healthy controls performed gait and step-up-and-over tasks. Knee joint moments, contact forces (KCF), the magnitude of contact pressures and center of pressure (CoP) location were analyzed for the three groups for both activities using a multi-body knee model with articular cartilage contact, 14 ligaments, and six degrees of freedom tibiofemoral and patellofemoral joints...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29115125/heterostructured-arrays-of-nixp-s-se-nanosheets-on-coxp-s-se-nanowires-for-efficient-hydrogen-evolution
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Weiqiang Tang, Jianying Wang, Lixia Guo, Xue Teng, Thomas J Meyer, Zuofeng Chen
Development of efficient electrocatalysts for hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) is of increasing importance in energy conversion schemes. The earth abundant transition-metal phosphides, especially CoP and Ni2P, have emerged as promising catalysts for HER. We describe here the preparation and characterization of a hybrid catalyst of Ni2P nanosheets@CoP nanowires on carbon cloth (CC) for the reaction. The heterostructure and synergistic effects of the Ni2P and CoP components result in an extremely low overpotential of 55 mV for achieving a catalytic current density of 10 mA cm‒2, which is remarkable for transition-metal phosphide electrocatalysts...
November 8, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29111686/centrifugation-controlled-thermal-convection-and-its-application-to-rapid-microfluidic-polymerase-chain-reaction-devices
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Masato Saito, Kazuya Takahashi, Yuichiro Kiriyama, Wilfred Villariza Espulgar, Hiroshi Aso, Tadanobu Sekiya, Yoshikazu Tanaka, Tsuneo Sawazumi, Satoshi Furui, Eiichi Tamiya
Here, we report the developed cyclo olefin polymer (COP) microfluidic chip on a fabricated rotating heater stage that utilizes centrifugation-assisted thermal cycle in a ring-structured microchannel for polymerase chain reaction (PCR). The PCR solution could be driven by thermal convection and continuously exchanged high/low temperatures in a ring structured microchannel without the use of typical syringe pump. More importantly, the flow rate was controlled by the relative gravitational acceleration only. The platform enables amplification within 10 min at 5G and has a detection limit of 70...
November 17, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29109444/highly-performance-core-shell-tio2-b-anatase-homojunction-nanobelts-with-active-cobalt-phosphide-cocatalyst-for-hydrogen-production
#14
Guang Yang, Hao Ding, Jiejie Feng, Qiang Hao, Sijia Sun, Weihua Ao, Daimei Chen
In this paper, a highly efficient core-shell structure of TiO2(B)/anatase photocatalyst with CoP cocatalyst has been synthesized via hydrothermal processes and a mechanical milling method. The designed core-shell TiO2(B)/anatase photocatalysts exhibit excellent performance by compared with pure TiO2(B) and anatase phase. With the participation of CoP particles, there is drastically enhanced  photocatalytic activity of TiO2(B)/anatase, and the H2-production rate can be up to 7400 μmol·g(-1), which is about 3...
November 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29103858/mental-stress-peripheral-vascular-reactivity-is-elevated-in-women-with-coronary-vascular-dysfunction-results-from-the-nhlbi-sponsored-cardiac-autonomic-nervous-system-cans-study
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Puja K Mehta, Melody Hermel, Michael D Nelson, Galen Cook-Wiens, Elizabeth A Martin, Ayman A Alkhoder, Janet Wei, Margo Minissian, Chrisandra L Shufelt, Sailaja Marpuri, David Hermel, Amit Shah, Michael R Irwin, David S Krantz, Amir Lerman, C Noel Bairey Merz
BACKGROUND: Women with chest pain, ischemia, and no obstructive coronary artery disease often have coronary vascular dysfunction (CVaD). Peripheral vascular reactivity to mental stress may contribute mechanistic understanding of stress-induced ischemia in women with CVaD. METHODS: 62 women (41 CVaD and 21 controls) underwent mental stress testing (MST) with anger recall, mental arithmetic, and forehead cold pressor (COP) challenge. Emotional arousal was measured (Likert scale)...
October 22, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29098109/impact-of-spasticity-on-balance-control-during-quiet-standing-in-persons-after-stroke
#16
Reza Rahimzadeh Khiabani, George Mochizuki, Farooq Ismail, Chris Boulias, Chetan P Phadke, William H Gage
Background: Balance impairments, falls, and spasticity are common after stroke, but the effect of spasticity on balance control after stroke is not well understood. Methods: In this cross-sectional study, twenty-seven participants with stroke were divided into two groups, based on ankle plantar flexor spasticity level. Fifteen individuals with high spasticity (Modified Ashworth Scale (MAS) score of ≥2) and 12 individuals with low spasticity (MAS score <2) completed quiet standing trials with eyes open and closed conditions...
2017: Stroke Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29096106/effect-of-surfactant-concentration-on-the-responsiveness-of-a-thermoresponsive-copolymer-surfactant-mixture-with-potential-application-on-smart-foams-formulations
#17
M M Soledad Lencina, Eugenio Fernández Miconi, Marcos D Fernández Leyes, Claudia Domínguez, Ezequiel Cuenca, Hernán A Ritacco
HYPOTHESIS: Previous efforts to formulate smart foams composed of mixtures of PNIPAAm, a thermoresponsive uncharged polymer, and surfactants have failed because the surfactant displaces the PNIPAAm from the liquid-air interface, removing the thermal responsiveness. We hypothesized that thermoresponsive foams could be formulated with such a mixture if a charged surfactant were used in order to anchor an oppositely charged brush-type polyelectrolyte, for which PNIPAAm could be incorporated as side chains, to the interface...
October 25, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29091524/postural-control-and-head-impact-exposure-in-youth-football-players-comparison-of-the-balance-error-scoring-system-and-a-force-plate-protocol
#18
Eamon T Campolettano, Gunnar Brolinson, Steven Rowson
Postural control testing is often used by clinicians and athletic trainers to assess the health of athletes during recovery from a concussion. Characterization of postural control as a clinical tool for use with youth athletes is limited though. The objective of this study was to compare performance on the Balance Error Scoring System (BESS) and a force plate protocol at the beginning and end of a season of football within a cohort of 34 healthy youth football players (average age of 9.9 ± 0.6 years). A secondary aim was to investigate if changes in measures of balance from the postseason to the preseason were correlated with head impact exposure...
November 1, 2017: Journal of Applied Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29089937/the-copper-homeostasis-transcription-factor-copr-is-involved-in-h2o2-stress-in-lactobacillus-plantarum-cauh2
#19
Yang Yang, Jia Yin, Jie Liu, Qi Xu, Tian Lan, Fazheng Ren, Yanling Hao
Transcriptional factors (TFs) play important roles in the responses to oxidative, acid, and other environmental stresses in Gram-positive bacteria, but the regulatory mechanism of TFs involved in oxidative stress remains unknown in lactic acid bacteria. In the present work, homologous overexpression strains with 43 TFs were constructed in the Lactobacillus plantarum CAUH2 parent strain. The strain overexpressing CopR displayed the highest sensitivity and a 110-fold decrease in survival rate under H2O2 challenge...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29079459/effect-of-noisy-galvanic-vestibular-stimulation-on-center-of-pressure-sway-of-static-standing-posture
#20
Yasuto Inukai, Naofumi Otsuru, Mitsuhiro Masaki, Kei Saito, Shota Miyaguchi, Sho Kojima, Hideaki Onishi
BACKGROUND: The vestibular system is involved in the control of standing balance. Galvanic vestibular stimulation (GVS) is a noninvasive technique that can stimulate the vestibular system. In recent years, noisy GVS (nGVS) using noise current stimulation has been attempted, but it has not been clarified whether it affects postural sway in open-eye standing. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to clarify the influence of nGVS on the center of pressure (COP) sway measurement in open-eye standing postural control and identify the responders of nGVS...
October 17, 2017: Brain Stimulation
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