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Rosario Pignatello, Tiziana M G Pecora, Giuseppa G Cutuli, Alfio Catalfo, Guido De Guidi, Barbara Ruozi, Giovanni Tosi, Simona Cianciolo, Teresa Musumeci
Trans-resveratrol (RSV) was microencapsulated in Eudragit® RS100 and RL100 resin blends. Lyophilized microspheres were characterized in the solid state for their micromeritic properties and drug loading. FT-IR, PXRD and DSC analyses suggested that RSV formed an intimate microcrystalline dispersion within the polymer network, also confirmed by SEM analysis. This produced a reduced degradation of RSV after storage at 40°C, compared to the neat drug, and a protection of the drug from UV light-induced trans-cis isomerization (60% intact drug was found after 60 sec irradiation at 350 nm, compared to 37% for the pure drug)...
March 22, 2018: Pharmaceutical Development and Technology
Yijin Wu, Yucheng Wang, Ruixiang Wang, Pengfang Zhang, Xiaodong Yang, Huijuan Yang, Jun-Tao Li, Yao Zhou, Zhi-You Zhou, Shi-Gang Sun
The Fe/N/C catalysts of reasonable design and synthsis, one of most promising non-precious metal catalysts of oxygen reduction reaction in acidic medium for developing efficient polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells. Herein, we developed a highly active MOFs-derived S-doped Fe/N/C catalyst (S-Fe/Z8/2-AT) prepared by heating a precursors mixture in Ar atomsphere. The S-Fe/Z8/2-AT catalyst shows uniform S doping in the carbonaceous framework and a 3D network porous structure which has macro-meso-micro hierarchical porosity...
March 22, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
S M Shiels, M Bouchard, H Wang, J C Wenke
BThe use of internal intramedullary nails for long bone fracture fixation is a common practice among surgeons. Bacteria naturally attach to these devices, increasing the risk for wound infection, which can result in non- or malunion, additional surgical procedures and extended hospital stays. Intramedullary nail surface properties can be modified to reduce bacterial colonisation and potentially infectious complications. In the current study, a coating combining a non-fouling property with leaching chlorhexidine for orthopaedic implantation was tested...
March 22, 2018: European Cells & Materials
Xu-Cheng Guo, Wei-Wen Hu, Say Hwa Tan, Chia-Wen Tsao
This paper reports a simple method used to fabricate a stretchable conductive polypyrrole (PPy) rough pore-shape polydimethylsiloxane (p-PDMS) device. An abrasive paper is first used to imprint rough micro-structures on the SU-8 micromold. The p-PDMS microchannel is then fabricated using a standard soft-lithography process. An oxygen plasma treatment is then applied to form an irreversible sealing between the microchannel and a blank cover PDMS. The conductive layer is formed by injecting the PPy mixture into the microchannel which polymerizes in the rough pore-shape micro-structures; The PPy/p-PDMS hybrid device shows good electrical property and stretchability...
March 21, 2018: Biomedical Microdevices
Min Wang, Xuerui Ren, Yihuai Pan
OBJECTIVES: To analyze the incidence and distribution of branch canals in mandibular anterior teeth. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Three hundred mandibular anterior teeth, comprising 100 central incisors, 100 lateral incisors, and 100 canines, were scanned using a micro-computed tomography (micro-CT) system. Three-dimensional (3-D) visualization reconstruction of the root canal system and its branch canals was performed on each specimen. Data regarding the number of branch canals, the distance from the anatomical apex to the branch canal, and the orientation of each branch orifice were collected and analyzed...
March 22, 2018: Clinical Oral Investigations
Lei Zhao, Jiangtao Cheng
Besides the Wenzel state, liquid droplets on micro/nanostructured surfaces can stay in the Cassie state and consequently exhibit intriguing characteristics such as a large contact angle, small contact angle hysteresis and exceptional mobility. Here we report molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of the wetting dynamics of Cassie-state water droplets on nanostructured ultrahydrophobic surfaces with an emphasis on the genesis of the contact line friction (CLF). From an ab initio perspective, CLF can be ascribed to the collective effect of solid-liquid retarding and viscous damping...
March 22, 2018: Nanoscale
M Fratzl, S Delshadi, T Devillers, F Bruckert, O Cugat, N M Dempsey, G Blaire
Micro-magnets producing magnetic field gradients as high as 106 T m-1 have been used to efficiently trap nanoparticles with a magnetic core of just 12 nm in diameter. Particle capture efficiency increases with increasing particle concentration. Comparison of measured capture kinetics with numerical modelling reveals that a threshold concentration exists below which capture is diffusion-driven and above which it is convectively-driven. This comparison also shows that two-way fluid-particle coupling is responsible for the formation of convective cells, the size of which is governed by the height of the droplet...
March 22, 2018: Soft Matter
Lotte Vosmar Denning
PIDs are heterogeneous disorders caused by hereditary genetic defects of the immune system. The immune system normally helps the body fight off infections by germs/'micro-organisms' such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoa. Because the immune systems do not work properly, people with PIDs are more prone than other people to infections. When PIDs are left undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, the immune system remains defective, often leading to illness, disability, permanent organ damage or even death. Too often infections are treated while missing the underlying cause...
October 2017: Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care
Ovidiu Palea, Michelle Granville, Robert E Jacobson
The clinical effectiveness of percutaneous and transforaminal endoscopic discectomy procedures has been evaluated by the system used or compared to open laminectomy or micro-discectomy but are not evaluated based on the location and characteristics of the abnormal disc. This review proposes that outcomes are primarily related to disc size, biomechanics, location, and associated segmental fibrotic and bone changes as well as the surgeon's skill in using various systems rather than the specific system used...
January 20, 2018: Curēus
Dan Zhao, James Kit-Hon Tsoi, Hai Ming Wong, Chun Hung Chu, Jukka P Matinlinna
This study investigated the softening and erosive effects of various paediatric over-the-counter (OTC) oral liquids on deciduous teeth. Twenty sectioned and polished deciduous enamel blocks were ground on the buccal surface (2 × 2 mm²) and randomly divided into five groups, immersed into four commercially-available paediatric OTC oral liquids (two for paracetamol, both sugared; and two for chlorpheniramine, one sugared and one sugar-free), with deionized water as control. The pH of the oral liquids ranged from 2...
May 11, 2017: Dent J (Basel)
Yu-Show Fu, Chia-Hui Lu, Kuo-An Chu, Chang-Ching Yeh, Tung-Lin Chiang, Tsui-Ling Ko, Mei-Miao Chiu, Cheng-Fong Chen
We examined the effects of human umbilical cord-derived mesenchymal stem cells (HUMSCs) in Wharton's jelly on ovariectomy (OVX)-induced osteoporosis by using in vitro and in vivo experiments. Two months after OVX, the rats gained weight and had a decreased serum estradiol level . Both micro-computed tomography (micro-CT) and histochemical analyses revealed a marked decrease in the bone volume (BV) and collagen content within the head, neck, and distal condyle of the femur, indicating that the osteoporosis animal model was successfully established 2 mo after bilateral OVX...
January 2018: Cell Transplantation
Komal Sharma, Ankita Pagedar Singh
Biofilms are aggregates of microorganisms that coexist in socially coordinated micro-niche in a self-produced polymeric matrix on pre-conditioned surfaces. The biofilm matrix reduces the efficacy of antibiofilm strategies. DNase degrades the extracellular DNA (e-DNA) present in the matrix, rendering the matrix weak and susceptible to antimicrobials. In the current study, the effect of DNase I was evaluated during biofilm formation (pre-treatment), on preformed biofilms (post-treatment) and both (dual treatment)...
March 19, 2018: Foods (Basel, Switzerland)
Rémi Soret, Jean-Louis Fanlo, Luc Malhautier, Philippe Geiger, Sandrine Bayle
New emerging issues appears regarding the possible aerosolization of micro-organisms from biofilters to the ambient air. Traditional bioaerosol sampling and cultural methods used in literature offer relative efficiencies. In this study, a new method revolving around a particle counter capable of detecting total and viable particles in real time was used. This counter (BioTrak 9510-BD) uses laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) technology to determine the biological nature of the particle. The concentration of viable particles was measured on two semi-industrial pilot scale biofilters in order to estimate the Removal Efficiency in viable particles (REvp ) in stable conditions and to examine the influence of pollutant feeding and relative humidification of the gaseous effluent on the REvp ...
March 19, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Nanthana Chaiwong, Chanakan Prom-U-Thai, Nadia Bouain, Benoit Lacombe, Hatem Rouached
Mineral nutrient homeostasis is essential for plant growth and development. Recent research has demonstrated that the occurrence of interactions among the mechanisms regulating the homeostasis of different nutrients in plants is a general rule rather than an exception. Therefore, it is important to understand how plants regulate the homeostasis of these elements and how multiple mineral nutrient signals are wired to influence plant growth. Silicon (Si) is not directly involved in plant metabolism but it is an essential element for a high and sustainable production of crops, especially rice, because of its high content in the total shoot dry weight...
March 18, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Viktoria Somogyi, Katalin Peto, Adam Deak, Bence Tanczos, Norbert Nemeth
BACKGROUND: Age- and gender-related alterations of hemorheological parameters have not been completely elucidated to date. Experiments on older animals may give valuable information on this issue. However, the majority of rheological studies have been performed in young rodents. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to investigate the influence of aging and gender on hemorheological parameters in rats. METHODS: Coeval male (n=10) and female (n=10) Wistar (Crl:WI) rats were followed-up over 15 months...
March 12, 2018: Biorheology
Evan M Zhao, Yanfei Zhang, Justin Mehl, Helen Park, Makoto A Lalwani, Jared E Toettcher, José L Avalos
The optimization of engineered metabolic pathways requires careful control over the levels and timing of metabolic enzyme expression. Optogenetic tools are ideal for achieving such precise control, as light can be applied and removed instantly without complex media changes. Here we show that light-controlled transcription can be used to enhance the biosynthesis of valuable products in engineered Saccharomyces cerevisiae. We introduce new optogenetic circuits to shift cells from a light-induced growth phase to a darkness-induced production phase, which allows us to control fermentation with only light...
March 21, 2018: Nature
Nimrod Marom, Baruch Rosen, Yotam Tepper, Guy Bar-Oz
Metric data of 6th century CE pigeons from the Negev Desert, Israel, are employed to test competing hypotheses on flock management strategies: that directed selection for size or shape took place under intensive management; or, alternatively, that stabilizing selection was a stronger determinant of size and shape under extensive management conditions. The results of the analysis support the second hypothesis by demonstrating that the Byzantine Negev pigeons were like wild pigeon (Columba livia) in shape, albeit small-sized...
2018: PloS One
Seul-Gee Lee, Jaewon Oh, Sung-Kyung Bong, Jung-Sun Kim, Seil Park, Sehoon Kim, Sungha Park, Sang-Hak Lee, Yangsoo Jang
AIMS: Atherosclerosis is a well-known cause of cardiovascular disease and is associated with a variety of inflammatory reactions. However, an adequate large-animal model of advanced plaques to investigate the pathophysiology of atherosclerosis is lacking. Therefore, we developed and assessed a swine model of advanced atherosclerotic plaques with macrophage polarization. METHODS: Mini-pigs were fed a 2% high-cholesterol diet for 7 weeks followed by withdrawal periods of 4 weeks...
2018: PloS One
Qiufeng Yan, Jianhui Zhang, Jun Huang, Ying Wang
Because little is known about the atomization theory of a micro-tapered aperture atomizer, we investigated the vibration characteristics of this type of atomizer. The atomization mechanism of a micro-tapered aperture atomizer was described, and the atomization rate equation was deduced. As observed via microscopy, the angle of the micro-tapered aperture changes with the applied voltage, which proved the existence of a dynamic cone angle. The forward and reverse atomization rates were measured at various voltages, and the influence of the micro-tapered aperture and its variation on the atomization rate was characterized...
March 21, 2018: Sensors
Tapan Kumar Pradhan, Pradipta Panigrahi
We experimentally investigated the effect of a neighboring liquid droplet on fluid convection inside a liquid droplet of aqueous solution present inside a micro-channel using micro-PIV technique. There is no physical contact between the two droplets and the solute concentration of the two droplets are set at different value. Vapor concentration near the interface of the two droplets is different due to the difference in solute concentration. Water vapor evaporates from the low concentration droplet having higher vapor pressure and condenses on the high concentration droplet having lower vapor pressure...
March 21, 2018: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
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