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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088751/chip-based-digital-surface-plasmon-resonance-sensing-platform-for-ultrasensitive-biomolecular-detection
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Ming-Yang Pan, Kuang-Li Lee, Likarn Wang, Pei-Kuen Wei
A chip-based ultrasensitive surface plasmon resonance (SPR) sensor in a checkerboard nanostructure on plastic substrates is presented for digital detection. The sensing elements on the checkerboard are composed of silver-capped nanoslit arrays, which were fabricated using the thermal-embossing nanoimprint method, to meet the demand for low-cost and rapid fabrication. Sharp Fano resonances in the optimized nanoslit arrays provide high-intensity sensitivities (20,000% per refractive index unit), with an element size of 12...
January 7, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088716/unveiling-the-transformation-and-bioavailability-of-dissolved-organic-matter-in-contrasting-hydrothermal-vents-using-fluorescence-eem-parafac
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Liyang Yang, Wan-E Zhuang, Chen-Tung Arthur Chen, Bing-Jye Wang, Fu-Wen Kuo
The submarine hydrothermal systems are extreme environments where active cycling of dissolved organic matter (DOM) may occur. However, little is known about the optical properties and bioavailability of hydrothermal DOM, which could provide valuable insights into its transformation processes and biogeochemical reactivity. The quantity, quality, and bioavailability of DOM were investigated for four very different hydrothermal vents east of Taiwan, using dissolved organic carbon (DOC), absorption spectroscopy, and fluorescence excitation-emission matrices-parallel factor analysis (EEM-PARAFAC)...
January 3, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088668/near-infrared-light-triggered-drug-delivery-system-for-higher-efficacy-of-combined-chemo-photothermal-treatment
#3
Yi Chen, Haohuan Li, Yueyang Deng, Haifeng Sun, Xue Ke, Tianyuan Ci
: The combination of chemotherapy and photothermal therapy is a promising strategy for cancer treatment. In the present study, indocyanine green (ICG), a widely used near-infrared (NIR) dye in photothermal therapy, and chemotherapeutic drug-doxorubicin (DOX) were loaded within the nanoparticles of novel designed arylboronic ester and cholesterol modified hyaluronic acid (PPE-Chol1-HA), denoted as PCH-DI. We take advantage of reactive oxygen species (ROS) production capability of ICG and ROS-sensitivity of arylboronic ester to realize controllable drug release...
January 11, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088575/a-study-on-growth-and-pyrolysis-characteristics-of-microalgae-using-thermogravimetric-analysis-infrared-spectroscopy-and-synchrotron-fourier-transform-infrared-spectroscopy
#4
Fanghua Li, Srikanth Chakravartula Srivatsa, Warren Batchelor, Sankar Bhattacharya
This two-part study firstly investigated Tetraselmis suecica grown in different CO2 (0.04-15%v/v) concentration through indoor and outdoor cultivation systems. A high CO2 concentration led to a high lipid content, and low nitrogen and oxygen content, which are desirable for transport fuel production. Pyrolysis characteristics were investigated by TG-IR and synchrotron IR microscopy. The results show Tetraselmis suecica grown in 10%CO2 had the highest decomposition rate corresponding to more volatile products produced during the main thermal cracking stage and derived from protein-and lipid-corresponding functional groups...
January 7, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088570/achillea-millefolium-l-extract-mediated-green-synthesis-of-waste-peach-kernel-shell-supported-silver-nanoparticles-application-of-the-nanoparticles-for-catalytic-reduction-of-a-variety-of-dyes-in-water
#5
Bahar Khodadadi, Maryam Bordbar, Mahmoud Nasrollahzadeh
In this paper, silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) are synthesized using Achillea millefolium L. extract as reducing and stabilizing agents and peach kernel shell as an environmentally benign support. FT-IR spectroscopy, UV-Vis spectroscopy, X-ray Diffraction (XRD), Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDS), Thermo gravimetric-differential thermal analysis (TG-DTA) and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) were used to characterize peach kernel shell, Ag NPs, and Ag NPs/peach kernel shell...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088568/nanostructured-tin-oxide-films-physical-synthesis-characterization-and-gas-sensing-properties
#6
S M Ingole, S T Navale, Y H Navale, D K Bandgar, F J Stadler, R S Mane, N S Ramgir, S K Gupta, D K Aswal, V B Patil
Nanostructured tin oxide (SnO2) films are synthesized using physical method i.e. thermal evaporation and are further characterized with X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and atomic force microscopy measurement techniques for confirming its structure and morphology. The chemiresistive properties of SnO2 films are studied towards different oxidizing and reducing gases where these films have demonstrated considerable selectivity towards oxidizing nitrogen dioxide (NO2) gas with a maximum response of 403% to 100ppm @200°C, and fast response and recovery times of 4s and 210s, respectively, than other test gases...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088563/a-novel-fabrication-of-a-high-performance-sio2-graphene-oxide-go-nanohybrids-characterization-of-thermal-properties-of-epoxy-nanocomposites-filled-with-sio2-go-nanohybrids
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S Z Haeri, B Ramezanzadeh, M Asghari
In this study it has been aimed to enhance the thermal resistance of epoxy coating through incorporation of SiO2-GO nanohybrids. SiO2-GO nanohybrids were synthesized through one-step sol-gel route using a mixture of Tetraethylorthosilane (TEOS) and 3-Aminopropyl triethoxysilane (APTES) silanes. The SiO2-GO nanohybrids were prepared at various hydrolysis times of 24, 48 and 72h. Then 0.2wt.% of GO and SiO2-GO nanohybrids were separately incorporated into the epoxy coating. Results revealed that amino functionalized SiO2 nanoparticles with particle size around 20-30nm successfully synthesized on the basal plane of GO...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088495/interaction-strength-between-different-grazers-and-macroalgae-mediated-by-ocean-acidification-over-warming-gradients
#8
E Sampaio, I F Rodil, F Vaz-Pinto, A Fernández, F Arenas
Since the past century, rising CO2 levels have led to global changes (ocean warming and acidification) with subsequent effects on marine ecosystems and organisms. Macroalgae-herbivore interactions have a main role in the regulation of marine community structure (top-down control). Gradients of warming prompt complex non-linear effects on organism metabolism, cascading into altered trophic interactions and community dynamics. However, not much is known on how will acidification and grazer assemblage composition shape these effects...
January 6, 2017: Marine Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088490/microwave-based-treatments-of-wheat-kernels-do-not-abolish-gluten-epitopes-implicated-in-celiac-disease
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Carmen Gianfrani, Gianfranco Mamone, Barbara la Gatta, Alessandra Camarca, Luigia Di Stasio, Francesco Maurano, Stefania Picascia, Vito Capozzi, Giuseppe Perna, Gianluca Picariello, Aldo Di Luccia
Microwave based treatment (MWT) of wet wheat kernels induced a striking reduction of gluten, up to <20 ppm as determined by R5-antibodybased ELISA, so that wheat could be labeled as gluten-free. In contrast, analysis of gluten peptides by G12 antibody-based ELISA, mass spectrometry-based proteomics and in vitro assay with T cells of celiac subjects, indicated no difference of antigenicity before and after MWT. SDS-PAGE analysis and Raman spectroscopy demonstrated that MWT simply induced conformational modifications, reducing alcohol solubility of gliadins and altering the access of R5-antibody to the gluten epitopes...
January 11, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088458/non-thermal-atmospheric-pressure-plasma-functionalized-dental-implant-for-enhancement-of-bacterial-resistance-and-osseointegration
#10
Jung-Hwan Lee, Won-Seok Jeong, Seog-Jin Seo, Hae-Won Kim, Kyoung-Nam Kim, Eun-Ha Choi, Kwang-Mahn Kim
OBJECTIVE: Even though roughened titanium (Ti) and Ti alloys have been clinically used as dental implant, they encourage bacterial adhesion, leading to failure of the initial stability. Here, the non-thermal atmospheric pressure plasma jet (NTAPPJ) functionalized Ti and Ti alloy were investigated to promote cellular activities but inhibit the initial attachment of the adherent pioneer bacterium, Streptococcus sanguinis, without topographical changes. METHODS: After the produced radicals from NTAPPJ were characterized, bacterial adhesion to specimens was assessed by PrestoBlue assay and live-dead staining with or without the NTAPPJ functionalizing...
January 11, 2017: Dental Materials: Official Publication of the Academy of Dental Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088150/optimal-orientation-of-an-asymmetric-top-molecule-with-terahertz-pulses
#11
L H Coudert
Terahertz pulses effects are investigated in an asymmetric top C2v molecule using numerical simulations. The average value of the direction cosine ΦZx is computed solving the time dependent Schrödinger equation for several types of pulses. The H2S molecule taken as a test case is first subject to two short terahertz pulses with a duration smaller than 5 ps, an identical maximum value of the electric field of 2 MV/cm, but a different shape. The thermal average ⟨⟨ΦZx⟩⟩ is calculated for several temperatures, and non-periodic time variations are found even for the lowest temperature...
January 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088122/a-comparative-study-on-the-effects-of-ultrathin-luminescent-graphene-oxide-quantum-dot-goqd-and-graphene-oxide-go-nanosheets-on-the-interfacial-interactions-and-mechanical-properties-of-an-epoxy-composite
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B Karimi, B Ramezanzadeh
The reinforcement effect of graphene oxide nanosheets on the mechanical properties of an epoxy coating has been extensively studied. However, the effect of graphene oxide quantum dot (GOQD) as a new unique carbon based nanomaterial (with lateral dimension of 5-6nm and thickness of one carbon atom) on the mechanical properties of epoxy coating has not been reported and compared with GO yet. So this study aims at fabrication of a high-performance polymer composite with unique mechanical properties using GOQD nanosheets...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088059/infrared-analysis-of-clay-bricks-incorporated-with-spent-shea-waste-from-the-shea-butter-industry
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A N Adazabra, G Viruthagiri, N Shanmugam
The peculiar challenge of effective disposing abundant spent shea waste and the excellent compositional variation tolerance of clay material offered an impetus to examine the incorporation of spent shea waste into clay material as an eco-friendly disposal route in making clay bricks. For this purpose, the chemical constituent, mineralogical compositions and thermal behavior of both clay material and spent shea waste were initially characterized from which modelled brick specimens incorporating 5-20 wt% of the waste into the clay material were prepared...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088046/application-of-acid-modified-polyurethane-foam-surface-for-detection-and-removing-of-organochlorine-pesticides-from-wastewater
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E A Moawed, A M Radwan
The commercial polyurethane foam was acid modified to get an inexpensive adsorbent (AM-PUF) has highly surface polarity and sorption capacity. The elemental analysis, scanning electron microscopy, thermal analysis, ultraviolet/visible/infrared spectroscopies and X-ray diffraction were used for characterization of AM-PUF. The surface of AM-PUF has amorphous character (broadband at 2θ, 21.75°) and contains several active sites e.g. NH, OH, CO, CC and COC groups. The electrical conductivity (σ), iodine value and methylene blue index of AM-PUF are 1...
January 7, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087785/thermolytic-degradation-of-synthetic-cannabinoids-chemical-exposures-and-pharmacological-consequences
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Brian F Thomas, Timothy W Lefever, Ricardo A Cortes, Alexander L Kovach, Anderson O Cox, Purvi R Patel, Gerald T Pollard, Julie A Marusich, Richard A Kevin, Thomas F Gamage, Jenny L Wiley
Synthetic cannabinoids are manufactured clandestinely with little quality control and are distributed as herbal "Spice" for smoking or as bulk compound for mixing with a solvent and inhalation via electronic vaporizers. Intoxication with synthetic cannabinoids has been associated with seizure, excited delirium, coma, kidney damage, and other disorders. The chemical alterations produced by heating these structurally novel compounds for consumption are largely unknown. Here we show that heating synthetic cannabinoids containing tetramethylcyclopropyl-ring substituents produced thermal degradants with pharmacological activity that varied considerably from their parent compounds...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087758/method-for-the-determination-of-carbonyl-compounds-in-e-cigarette-aerosols
#16
Jason W Flora, Celeste T Wilkinson, James W Wilkinson, Peter J Lipowicz, James A Skapars, Adam Anderson, John H Miller
Low levels of thermal degradation products such as carbonyls (formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, acrolein, crotonaldehyde) have been reported in e-cigarette aerosols. The collection and analysis of e-cigarette aerosol carbonyls are often adapted from methods developed for tobacco cigarette smoke. These methodologies are often not sensitive enough to detect low carbonyl levels in e-cigarette aerosols. One objective of this work was to develop and validate a rapid, selective and sensitive ultra-performance liquid chromatography with mass spectrometry method optimized for analysis of carbonyls in e-cigarette aerosols...
February 2017: Journal of Chromatographic Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087620/e152a-substitution-drastically-affects-ndm-5-activity
#17
Gaurav Kumar, Bagre Issa, Debasish Kar, Sarmistha Biswal, Anindya S Ghosh
New Delhi Metallo beta-lactamase (NDM) is of significant public health concern due to its enormous potential to hydrolyse all major beta-lactams including carbapenems. Amino acid substitutions outside the active site reportedly affect NDM beta-lactamase activities. Here, the effect of amino acid substitutions in the possible omega-like loop region of NDM-5 has been elucidated. Overall, three substitution mutations near active site of NDM-5 were done, namely, E152A, S191A, and D223A and subsequently, the change in antimicrobial resistance was monitored upon expressing each mutant in a suitable host...
January 12, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087449/highly-biocompatible-chitosan-with-super-paramagnetic-calcium-ferrite-cafe2o4-nanoparticle-for-the-release-of-ampicillin
#18
Ram Bilas, K Sriram, P Uma Maheswari, K M Meera Sheriffa Begum
The CaFe2O4 nanoparticles (CFNP) were synthesized using the solution combustion method. The CFNP-chitosan-ampicillin was prepared by the ionic gelation method using tripolyphosphate (TPP). The CFNP, chitosan-CFNP, chitosan-CFNP-ampicillin materials were characterized by XRD, FT-IR and TGA analysis in order to evaluate the particle nature and size, the presence of functional groups and their thermal stability. The FESEM and EDAX analysis were performed to understand the surface morphology of the materials and the presence of CFNP in the material, respectively...
January 10, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087448/fabrication-and-characterization-of-electrospun-cellulose-nano-hydroxyapatite-nanofibers-for-bone-tissue-engineering
#19
Chenghong Ao, Yan Niu, Ximu Zhang, Xu He, Wei Zhang, Canhui Lu
Nanofibrous scaffolds from cotton cellulose and nano-hydroxyapatite (nano-HA) were electrospun for bone tissue engineering. The solution properties of cellulose/nano-HA spinning dopes and their associated electrospinnability were characterized. Morphological, thermal and mechanical properties of the electrospun cellulose/nano-HA nanocomposite nanofibers (ECHNN) were measured and the biocompatibility of ECHNN with human dental follicle cells (HDFCs) was evaluated. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) images indicated that the average diameter of ECHNN increased with a higher nano-HA loading and the fiber diameter distributions were well within the range of natural ECM (extra cellular matrix) fibers (50-500nm)...
January 10, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087352/engineering-hot-melt-extruded-solid-dispersion-for-controlled-release-of-hydrophilic-drugs
#20
Shuli Zhang, Xuan Meng, Zheng Wang, Aiping Fan, Guocheng Wang, Yanjun Zhao, Yu Tang
It is often challenging to precisely manipulate the release behavior of hydrophilic drugs that is believed to be crucial for a satisfactory therapeutic outcome. The aim of this work was to regulate the dissolution of hydrophilic drug from hot-melt extruded solid dispersion via rational screening of the pore-forming agents. Venlafaxine hydrochloride and Compritol® 888 ATO was selected as the model drug and carrier excipient, respectively. Hydrophilic polyethylene glycol (PEG 6000) and polyvinylpyrolidone (PVP K30) were chosen as the transient pore-forming agents...
January 10, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
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