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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922833/x-ray-photoelectron-spectroscopy-and-transmission-electron-microscopy-analysis-of-silver-coated-gold-nanorods-designed-for-bionanotechnology-applications
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Fumiya Watanabe, Zeid A Nima, Takumi Honda, Masatoshi Mitsuhara, Minoru Nishida, Alexandru S Biris
Multicomponent nano-agents were designed and built via a core-shell approach to enhance their surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) signals. These nano-agents had 36 nm × 12 nm gold nanorod cores coated by 4 nm thick silver shell films and a subsequent thin bifunctional thiolated polyethylene glycol (HS-PEG-COOH) layer. Ambient time-lapsed SERS signal measurements of these functionalized nanorods taken over a two-week period indicated no signal degradation, suggesting that large portions of the silver shells remained in pure metallic form...
December 6, 2016: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922099/ultra-sustainable-fe78si9b13-metallic-glass-as-a-catalyst-for-activation-of-persulfate-on-methylene-blue-degradation-under-uv-vis-light
#2
Zhe Jia, Xiaoguang Duan, Wenchang Zhang, Weimin Wang, Hongqi Sun, Shaobin Wang, Lai-Chang Zhang
Stability and reusability are important characteristics of advanced catalysts for wastewater treatment. In this work, for the first time, sulfate radicals (SO4∙(-)) with a high oxidative potential (E(o) = 2.5-3.1 V) were successfully activated from persulfate by a Fe78Si9B13 metallic glass. This alloy exhibited a superior surface stability and reusability while activating persulfate as indicated by it being used for 30 times while maintaining an acceptable methylene blue (MB) degradation rate. The produced SiO2 layer on the ribbon surface expanded strongly from the fresh use to the 20(th) use, providing stable protection of the buried Fe...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922083/an-ultra-low-crosstalk-and-broadband-two-mode-de-multiplexer-based-on-adiabatic-couplers
#3
Chunlei Sun, Yu Yu, Mengyuan Ye, Guanyu Chen, Xinliang Zhang
A novel adiabatic couplers (ACs) based broadband and fabrication-tolerant two-mode multiplexer (MUX) is designed using silicon-on-insulator (SOI) platform. Being different from the previously reported ACs-based scheme, the converted and multiplexed signals are on conventional modes, rather than supermodes. The experimental results are in good agreement with the simulations. Over a wavelength range of 75 nm measured, the crosstalk is lower than -20 dB, and the insertion loss is ~1 dB. The eye diagram and bit error rate measurements validate the good performance of the proposed mode MUX...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922058/edge-enhancement-improves-disruptive-camouflage-by-emphasising-false-edges-and-creating-pictorial-relief
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John Egan, Rebecca J Sharman, Kenneth C Scott-Brown, Paul George Lovell
Disruptive colouration is a visual camouflage composed of false edges and boundaries. Many disruptively camouflaged animals feature enhanced edges; light patches are surrounded by a lighter outline and/or a dark patches are surrounded by a darker outline. This camouflage is particularly common in amphibians, reptiles and lepidopterans. We explored the role that this pattern has in creating effective camouflage. In a visual search task utilising an ultra-large display area mimicking search tasks that might be found in nature, edge enhanced disruptive camouflage increases crypsis, even on substrates that do not provide an obvious visual match...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921458/metabolic-profile-of-human-coelomic-fluid
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C Virgiliou, L Valianou, M Witting, F Moritz, C Fotakis, P Zoumpoulakis, A C Chatziioannou, L Lazaros, G Makrydimas, K Chatzimeletiou, N Raikos, G A Theodoridis
AIM: Till now there is very limited knowledge on the molecular content of coelomic fluid and cells. This study presents the first attempt to elucidate the metabolic profile of such samples. METHODOLOGY: Samples were collected via coelocentesis from 41 women during the first trimester of gestation. Metabolic content was assessed using four different analytical platforms. For targeted analysis a hydrophilic interaction chromatography ultra high performance LC-MS/MS method was applied...
January 2017: Bioanalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921107/hollow-carbon-nanospheres-using-an-asymmetric-triblock-copolymer-structure-directing-agent
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Yunqi Li, Haibo Tan, Rahul R Salunkhe, Jing Tang, Lok Kumar Shrestha, Bishnu Prasad Bastakoti, Hongpan Rong, Toshiaki Takei, Joel Henzie, Yusuke Yamauchi, Katsuhiko Ariga
We introduce a simple method to prepare hollow carbon nanospheres (HCNs) by using triblock copolymer poly(styrene-b-2-vinylpyridine-b-ethylene oxide) (PS-b-P2VP-b-PEO) micelles as a new class of soft-templates. Simply by changing the solvent we can prepare ultra-small sized micelles of the triblock copolymer PS-b-P2VP-b-PEO soft template to obtain HCNs with ultra-small diameters (43 nm) and hollow cores (19 nm). Furthermore, we use these HCNs to make electric double-layer capacitors (EDLCs) that exhibit superior performance...
December 6, 2016: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921079/data-file-of-a-deep-proteome-analysis-of-the-prefrontal-cortex-in-aged-mice-with-progranulin-deficiency-or-neuronal-overexpression-of-progranulin
#7
Juliana Heidler, Stefanie Hardt, Ilka Wittig, Irmgard Tegeder
Progranulin deficiency is associated with neurodegeneration in humans and in mice. The mechanisms likely involve progranulin-promoted removal of protein waste via autophagy. We performed a deep proteomic screen of the pre-frontal cortex in aged (13-15 months) female progranulin-deficient mice (GRN(-/-)) and mice with inducible neuron-specific overexpression of progranulin (SLICK-GRN-OE) versus the respective control mice. Proteins were extracted and analyzed per liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry (LC/MS) on a Thermo Scientific™ Q Exactive Plus equipped with an ultra-high performance liquid chromatography unit and a Nanospray Flex Ion-Source...
December 2016: Data in Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920985/the-first-case-of-recurrent-ultra-late-onset-group-b-streptococcal-sepsis-in-a-3-year-old-child
#8
Ai Hosoda, Ryohei Gatayama, Shiori Moriyama, Noriyuki Ishii, Kenichiro Yamada, Youhei Matsuzaki, Masayoshi Shinjoh
Group B streptococcus (GBS) is a commonly recognized cause of sepsis and meningitis in neonatal and young infants. Invasive GBS infection is classified into early onset GBS disease (EOD, day 0-6), late onset GBS disease (LOD, day 7-89) and ultra late onset GBS disease (ULOD, after 3 months of age). ULOD is uncommon and recurrence is especially rare. We present the first recurrent case of ULOD GBS sepsis in 3-year-old girl with a past medical history of hydrops fetalis and thoracic congenital lymphatic dysplasia...
2017: IDCases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919258/preparation-and-structural-determination-of-four-metabolites-of-senkyunolide-i-in-rats-using-ultra-performance-liquid-chromatography-quadrupole-time-of-flight-tandem-mass-and-nuclear-magnetic-resonance-spectra
#9
Qiang Ma, Cong Ma, Fei Wu, Yao-Kun Xiong, Yi Feng, Shuang Liang
BACKGROUND: Senkyunolide I (SEI) is one of the most important bioactive phthalides of Ligusticum chuanxiong Hort. (Umbelliferae), a Traditional Chinese Medicine. Our previous studies suggested that it might be developed as a potential treatment for migraine. METHODS: In this paper, we aimed to isolate and characterize the main metabolites of SEI after gavage feeding in rats. Their structures were identified precisely on the basis of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and UPLC/Q-TOF-MS spectrometry...
December 5, 2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917720/ultrasound-promoted-synthesis-and-anticoagulant-activity-of-2-amino-4h-chromen-4-ylphosphonates
#10
Sarva Santhisudha, Tellamekala Sreekanth, Sudileti Murali, Bathal Vijaya Kumar, Meruva Anila Devi, Cirandur Suresh Reddy
BACKGROUND: One of the alarming difficulties in the field of hematology is the Coagulant disorders. Despite the availability of clinically proven existing anticoagulants, their limitations have prompted a continuous search for novel anticoagulants. OBJECTIVE: The primary objective of the study is to synthesize a series of 2-amino-4H-chromen-4-ylphosphonate derivatives and to test their anticoagulant activity depending on PT measurements con-sidering commercial heparin as positive control...
December 4, 2016: Cardiovascular & Hematological Agents in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917459/predictors-of-stress-generation-in-adolescents-in-mainland-china
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Claire J Starrs, John R Z Abela, David C Zuroff, Rhonda Amsel, Josephine H Shih, Shuqiao Yao, Xiong Zhao Zhu, Wei Hong
The current longitudinal study examined whether the personality vulnerabilities of self-criticism and dependency prospectively predicted stress generation in Chinese adolescents. Participants included 1,116 adolescents (588 girls and 528 boys), aged 15 to 18 years from rural, urban and ultra-urban mainland China. Participants completed self-report measures of personality, depressive and anxious symptoms and participated in a clinical interview assessing lifetime history of depression. The occurrence of negative life events was measured using a contextual-threat interview every 6-months for a total period of 18-months...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917430/viable-synthesis-of-highly-compressible-ultra-light-graphene-carbon-nanotube-composite-aerogels-without-additional-reductant-and-their-applications-for-strain-sensitivity
#12
Liang Gao, Feng Wang, Wenwei Zhan, Yue Wang, Gang Sui, Xiaoping Yang
A facile synthesis of three-dimensional ultra-light (≈2.52 mg cm(-3)) graphene-poly(dopamine) modified carbon nanotube composite aerogels that needed no additional reducing agents during the forming process is reported herein. The composite aerogels exhibited highly repeatable compressibility and superior electrical conductivity, and thus will have an important application value in strain-sensitive functional devices.
December 5, 2016: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917280/antifungal-activity-of-zataria-multiflora-essential-oil-loaded-solid-lipid-nanoparticles-in-vitro-condition
#13
Mahboobeh Nasseri, Shiva Golmohammadzadeh, Hossein Arouiee, Mahmoud Reza Jaafari, Hossein Neamati
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the present study was to prepare, characterize, and evaluate solid lipid nanoparticles (SLNs) containing Zataria multiflora essential oil (ZEO). MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this study, Z. multiflora essential oil-loaded solid lipid nanoparticles (ZE-SLNs) were prepared to improve its efficiency in controlling some fungal pathogens. SLNs containing Z. multiflora essential oil were prepared by high shear homogenization and ultra sound technique...
November 2016: Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916930/tunable-multiple-step-plasmonic-bragg-reflectors-with-graphene-based-modulated-grating
#14
Qinglu Qian, Youjian Liang, Yue Liang, Hongyan Shao, Menglai Zhang, Ting Xiao, Jicheng Wang
We propose a novel plasmonic Bragg reflector (PBR) based on graphene with multiple-step silicon structure. The monolayer graphene bears locally variable optical properties by modulation of electric fields, and the periodical change of effective refractive index on graphene can be obtained by external bias voltage in the mid-infrared region. Through patterning the PBR units into multiple-step structures, we can decrease the insertion loss and suppress the rippling in transmission spectra. By introducing the defect into the multiple-step PBRs, the multiple resonance modes are formed inside the stopband by increasing the step number...
December 1, 2016: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916877/short-range-vital-signs-sensing-based-on-eemd-and-cwt-using-ir-uwb-radar
#15
Xikun Hu, Tian Jin
The radar sensor described realizes healthcare monitoring capable of detecting subject chest-wall movement caused by cardiopulmonary activities and wirelessly estimating the respiration and heartbeat rates of the subject without attaching any devices to the body. Conventional single-tone Doppler radar can only capture Doppler signatures because of a lack of bandwidth information with noncontact sensors. In contrast, we take full advantage of impulse radio ultra-wideband (IR-UWB) radar to achieve low power consumption and convenient portability, with a flexible detection range and desirable accuracy...
November 30, 2016: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916829/in-vitro-study-of-a-superhydrophilic-thin-film-nitinol-endograft-that-is-electrostatically-endothelialized-in-the-catheter-prior-to-the-endovascular-procedure
#16
Mahdis Shayan, Yanfei Chen, Puneeth Shridhar, Colin P Kealey, YoungJae Chun
Electrostatic endothelial cell seeding has evolved as an exceptional technique to improve the efficiency of cell seeding in terms of frequency of attached cells and the amount of cell adhesion for the treatment of vascular diseases. In the recent times, both untreated and superhydrophilic thin film nitinol (TFN) have exhibited strong prospects as substrates for creation of small-diameter endovascular grafts due to their hallmark properties of superelasticity, ultra low-profile character, and grown hemocompatible oxide layer with the presence of a uniform endothelial layer on the surface...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Functional Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916822/potential-of-wake-up-radio-based-mac-protocols-for-implantable-body-sensor-networks-ibsn-a-survey
#17
Vignesh Raja Karuppiah Ramachandran, Eyuel D Ayele, Nirvana Meratnia, Paul J M Havinga
With the advent of nano-technology, medical sensors and devices are becoming highly miniaturized. Consequently, the number of sensors and medical devices being implanted to accurately monitor and diagnose a disease is increasing. By measuring the symptoms and controlling a medical device as close as possible to the source, these implantable devices are able to save lives. A wireless link between medical sensors and implantable medical devices is essential in the case of closed-loop medical devices, in which symptoms of the diseases are monitored by sensors that are not placed in close proximity of the therapeutic device...
November 29, 2016: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916781/gradually-increasing-ethinyl-estradiol-for-turner-syndrome-may-produce-good-final-height-but-not-ideal-bmd
#18
Yukihiro Hasegawa, Daisuke Ariyasu, Masako Izawa, Junko Igaki-Miyamoto, Mami Fukuma, Megumi Hatano, Hiroko Yagi, Masahiro Goto
Estrogen replacement therapy in Turner syndrome should theoretically mimic the physiology of healthy girls. The objective of this study was to describe final height and bone mineral density (BMD) in a group of 17 Turner syndrome patients (group E) who started their ethinyl estradiol therapy with an ultra-low dosage (1-5 ng/kg/day) from 9.8˜13.7 years. The subjects in group E had been treated with GH 0.35 mg/kg/week since the average age of 7.4 years. The 30 subjects in group L, one of the historical groups, were given comparable doses of GH, and conjugated estrogen 0...
December 2, 2016: Endocrine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916306/mass-loading-and-emission-of-benzophenone-3-bp-3-and-its-derivatives-in-wastewater-treatment-plants-in-new-york-state-usa
#19
Wei Wang, Kurunthachalam Kannan
The occurrence of benzophenone type ultra-violet (UV) light filters, especially 2-hydroxy-4-methoxy benzophenone (2OH-4MeO-BP; BP-3), in aquatic ecosystems is a concern due to the endocrine disruption potential of these chemicals. In this study, mass loading, emission and fate of BP-3 and its derivatives were investigated in two wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) in the Albany area of New York State, USA. The median concentrations of BP-3 and sum of its four derivatives (ΣBPderivatives) in influents were 35...
December 1, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916136/a-high-throughput-screening-method-of-bisphenols-bisphenols-digycidyl-ethers-and-their-derivatives-in-dairy-products-by-ultra-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry
#20
Yan Cheng, Xue-Mei Nie, Han-Qiu Wu, Yun-He Hong, Bing-Cheng Yang, Tong Liu, Dan Zhao, Jian-Feng Wang, Gui-Hong Yao, Feng Zhang
A simple and universal analytical method based on ultra-high performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UHPLC-MS/MS) for high throughput screening of 21 bisphenols, bisphenols digycidyl ethers and their derivatives in dairy products was developed. Response Surface Methodology (RSM) was used to optimize sample preparation conditions based on a quick, easy, cheap, effective, rugged and safe (QuEChERS) method. The analytes were extracted by using 15 mL acetonitrile with 1% acetic acid, and the extracts were further purified by using 190 mg of C18 and 390 mg of PSA...
January 15, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
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