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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325027/identifying-the-effects-of-visceral-interoception-on-human-brain-connectome-a-multivariate-analysis-of-covariance-of-fmri-data
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Behnaz Jarrahi, Dante Mantini
Sources of variations in the neural circuitry of the human brain and interrelationship between intrinsic connectivity networks (ICNs) are still a matter of debate and ongoing research. Here, we applied a multivariate analysis of covariance (MANCOVA) based on high-dimensional independent component analysis (ICA) to identify the effects of interoception and related variables on human brain connectome. Fifteen healthy right-handed subjects (all females, age range 21 - 48 years; mean age = 30.3, SD = 8.7 years) underwent a blood-oxygen-level-dependent (BOLD) functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) that included continuous intravesical saline infusion and drainage...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324618/thermogelling-chitosan-lactate-hydrogel-improves-functional-recovery-after-a-c2-spinal-cord-hemisection-in-rat
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Katarzyna Nawrotek, Tanguy Marqueste, Zofia Modrzejewska, Roman Zarzycki, Agnieszka Rusak, Patrick Decherchi
The present study was designed to provide an appropriate micro-environment for regenerating axotomized neurons and proliferating/migrating cells. Because of its intrinsic permissive properties, biocompatibility and biodegradability, we chose to evaluate the therapeutic effectiveness of a chitosan-based biopolymer. The biomaterial toxicity was measured through in vitro test based on fibroblast cell survival on thermogelling chitosan lactate hydrogel substrate and then polymer was implanted into a C2 hemisection of the rat spinal cord...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323409/high-quality-lavo3-films-as-solar-energy-conversion-material
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Hai-Tian Zhang, Matthew J Brahlek, Xiaoyu Ji, Shiming Lei, Jason Lapano, John W Freeland, Venkatraman Gopalan, Roman Engel-Herbert
Mott insulating oxides and their heterostructures have recently been identified as potential photovoltaic materials with favorable absorption properties and an intrinsic built-in electric field that can efficiently separate excited electron-hole pairs. At the same time, they are predicted to overcome the Shockley-Queisser limit due to strong electron-electron interaction present. Despite these premises a high concentration of defects commonly observed in Mott insulating films acting as recombination centers can derogate the photovoltaic conversion efficiency...
March 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319663/2h-ws2-quantum-dots-produced-by-modulating-the-dimension-and-phase-of-1t-nanosheets-for-antibody-free-optical-sensing-of-neurotransmitters
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Man-Jin Kim, Su-Ji Jeon, Tae Woog Kang, Jong-Min Ju, DaBin Yim, Hye-In Kim, Jung Hyun Park, Jong-Ho Kim
Modulating the dimensions and phases of transition metal dichalcogenides is of great interest to enhance their intrinsic properties or to create new physicochemical properties. Herein, we report an effective approach to synthesize 2H-WS2 quantum dots (QDs) via the dimension and phase engineering of 1T-WS2 nanosheets. The solvothermal reaction of chemically-exfoliated 1T-WS2 nanosheets in N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP) under an N2 atmosphere induced their chopping and phase transition at lower temperature to produce 2H-WS2 QDs with a high quantum yield (5...
March 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319259/label-free-identification-of-the-microstructure-of-rat-spinal-cords-based-on-nonlinear-optical-microscopy
#5
C X Liao, Z Y Wang, Y Zhou, L Q Zhou, X Q Zhu, W G Liu, J X Chen
The spinal cord is a vital link between the brain and the body and mainly comprises neurons, glial cells and nerve fibres. In this work, nonlinear optical (NLO) microscopy based on intrinsic tissue properties was employed to label-freely analyze the cells and matrix in spinal cords at a molecular level. The high-resolution and high-contrast NLO images of unstained spinal cords demonstrate that NLO microscopy has the ability to show the microstructure of white and grey matter including ventral horn, intermediate area, dorsal horns, ventral column, lateral column and dorsal column...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319173/affinity-purification-of-human-m-calpain-through-an-intrinsically-disordered-inhibitor-calpastatin
#6
Hung Huy Nguyen, Mihaly Varadi, Peter Tompa, Kris Pauwels
Calpains are calcium-activated proteases that have biomedical and biotechnological potential. Their activity is tightly regulated by their endogenous inhibitor, calpastatin that binds to the enzyme only in the presence of calcium. Conventional approaches to purify calpain comprise multiple chromatographic steps, and are labor-intensive, leading to low yields. Here we report a new purification procedure for the human m-calpain based on its reversible calcium-mediated interaction with the intrinsically disordered calpastatin...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318948/comparative-assessment-of-intrinsic-mechanical-stimuli-on-knee-cartilage-and-compressed-agarose-constructs
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A Completo, C Bandeiras, F Fonseca
A well-established cue for improving the properties of tissue-engineered cartilage is mechanical stimulation. However, the explicit ranges of mechanical stimuli that correspond to favorable metabolic outcomes are elusive. Usually, these outcomes have only been associated with the applied strain and frequency, an oversimplification that can hide the fundamental relationship between the intrinsic mechanical stimuli and the metabolic outcomes. This highlights two important key issues: the firstly is related to the evaluation of the intrinsic mechanical stimuli of native cartilage; the second, assuming that the intrinsic mechanical stimuli will be important, deals with the ability to replicate them on the tissue-engineered constructs...
March 17, 2017: Medical Engineering & Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318460/the-effects-of-the-addition-of-dy-nb-and-ga-on-microstructure-and-magnetic-properties-of-nd2fe14b-%C3%AE-fe-nanocomposite-permanent-magnetic-alloys
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Kezhi Ren, Xiaohua Tan, Heyun Li, Hui Xu, Ke Han
We study the effects of Dy, Nb, and Ga additions on the microstructure and magnetic properties of Nd2Fe14B/α-Fe nanocomposites. Dy, Nb, and Ga additions inhibit the growth of the soft magnetic α-Fe phase. Dy and Nb additions are able to refine the microstructure, whereas Ga addition plays only a minor role in prohibiting crystal growth. The magnetic properties are sensitive to Dy, Nb, and Ga additions. The Dy-containing alloy enhances the intrinsic coercivity of 872 kA/m because Dy partially replaces Nd, forming (Nd, Dy)2Fe14B...
March 20, 2017: Microscopy and Microanalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317976/albumin-based-nanoparticles-loaded-with-hydrophobic-gadolinium-chelates-as-t1-t2-dual-mode-contrast-agents-for-accurate-liver-tumor-imaging
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Lirong Wang, Hongyu Lin, Lingceng Ma, Jianbin Jin, Taipeng Shen, Ruixue Wei, Xiaomin Wang, Hua Ai, Zhong Chen, Jinhao Gao
Magnetic resonance contrast agents with T1-T2 dual mode contrast capability have attracted considerable interest because they offer complementary and synergistic diagnostic information, leading to high imaging sensitivity and accurate diagnosis. Here, we reported a facile strategy to construct albumin based nanoparticles loaded with hydrophobic gadolinium chelates by hydrophobic interaction for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). We synthesized a glycyrrhetinic acid-containing Gd-DOTA derivative (GGD) and loaded GGD molecules into BSA nanoparticles to form GGD-BSA nanoparticles (GGD-BSA NPs)...
March 20, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317969/yolk-shell-nanostructured-fe3o4-c-magnetic-nanoparticles-with-enhanced-peroxidase-like-activity-for-label-free-colorimetric-detection-of-h2o2-and-glucose
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Na Lu, Min Zhang, Lei Ding, Jing Zheng, Caixia Zeng, Yanli Wen, Gang Liu, Ali Aldalbahi, Jiye Shi, Shiping Song, Xiaolei Zuo, Lihua Wang
Herein, we have developed a simple and facile method to synthesize yolk-shell nanostructured Fe3O4@C nanoparticles (NPs) as a multifunctional biosensing platform for the label-free colorimetric detection of H2O2 and glucose. It was demonstrated that Fe3O4@C yolk-shell nanostructures (YSNs) retained the magnetic properties that can be used for separation and concentration. Also importantly, the Fe3O4@C YSNs exhibited an intrinsic peroxidase-like activity that could quickly catalyze the enzyme substrate in the presence of H2O2 and produce a blue color...
March 20, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317893/chemical-control-of-the-viscoelastic-properties-of-vinylogous-urethane-vitrimers
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Wim Denissen, Martijn Droesbeke, Renaud Nicolaÿ, Ludwik Leibler, Johan M Winne, Filip E Du Prez
Vinylogous urethane based vitrimers are polymer networks that have the intrinsic property to undergo network rearrangements, stress relaxation and viscoelastic flow, mediated by rapid addition/elimination reactions of free chain end amines. Here we show that the covalent exchange kinetics significantly can be influenced by combination with various simple additives. As anticipated, the exchange reactions on network level can be further accelerated using either Brønsted or Lewis acid additives. Remarkably, however, a strong inhibitory effect is observed when a base is added to the polymer matrix...
March 20, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317370/two-dimensional-ch3nh3pbi3-perovskite-nanosheets-for-ultrafast-pulsed-fiber-lasers
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Pengfei Li, Yao Chen, Tieshan Yang, Ziyu Wang, Han Lin, Yanhua Xu, Lei Li, Haoran Mu, Bannur Nanjunda Shivananju, Yupeng Zhang, Qinglin Zhang, Anlian Pan, Shaojuan Li, Ding Yuan Tang, Baohua Jia, Han Zhang, Qiaoliang Bao
Even though the nonlinear optical effects of solution processed organic-inorganic perovskite films have been studied, the nonlinear optical properties in two-dimensional (2D) perovskites especially their applications for ultrafast photonics are largely unexplored. In comparison to bulk perovskite films, 2D perovskite nanosheets with small thickness of a few unit cells are more suitable for investigating the intrinsic nonlinear optical properties because bulk recombination of photo-carriers and the nonlinear scattering are relatively small...
March 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306264/correlating-carrier-density-and-emergent-plasmonic-features-in-cu2-xse-nanoparticles
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Lauren E Marbella, Xing Yee Gan, Derrick C Kaseman, Jill E Millstone
Recently, a wide variety of new nanoparticle compositions have been identified as potential plasmonic materials including earth-abundant metals such as aluminum, highly doped semiconductors, as well as metal pnictides. For semiconductor compositions, plasmonic properties may be tuned not only by nanoparticle size and shape, but also by charge carrier density which can be controlled via a variety of intrinsic and extrinsic doping strategies. Current methods to quantitatively determine charge carrier density primarily rely on interpretation of the nanoparticle extinction spectrum...
March 17, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306180/selective-nanoscale-mass-transport-across-atomically-thin-single-crystalline-graphene-membranes
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Piran R Kidambi, Michael S H Boutilier, Luda Wang, Doojoon Jang, Jeehwan Kim, Rohit Karnik
Atomically thin single crystals, without grain boundaries and associated defect clusters, represent ideal systems to study and understand intrinsic defects in materials, but probing them collectively over large area remains nontrivial. In this study, the authors probe nanoscale mass transport across large-area (≈0.2 cm(2) ) single-crystalline graphene membranes. A novel, polymer-free picture frame assisted technique, coupled with a stress-inducing nickel layer is used to transfer single crystalline graphene grown on silicon carbide substrates to flexible polycarbonate track etched supports with well-defined cylindrical ≈200 nm pores...
March 17, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304064/surface-point-defects-on-bulk-oxides-atomically-resolved-scanning-probe-microscopy
#15
Martin Setvín, Margareta Wagner, Michael Schmid, Gareth S Parkinson, Ulrike Diebold
Metal oxides are abundant in nature and they are some of the most versatile materials for applications ranging from catalysis to novel electronics. The physical and chemical properties of metal oxides are dramatically influenced, and can be judiciously tailored, by defects. Small changes in stoichiometry introduce so-called intrinsic defects, e.g., atomic vacancies and/or interstitials. This review gives an overview of using Scanning Probe Microscopy (SPM), in particular Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM), to study the changes in the local geometric and electronic structure related to these intrinsic point defects at the surfaces of metal oxides...
March 17, 2017: Chemical Society Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303948/transparent-polycrystalline-cubic-silicon-nitride
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Norimasa Nishiyama, Ryo Ishikawa, Hiroaki Ohfuji, Hauke Marquardt, Alexander Kurnosov, Takashi Taniguchi, Byung-Nam Kim, Hidehiro Yoshida, Atsunobu Masuno, Jozef Bednarcik, Eleonora Kulik, Yuichi Ikuhara, Fumihiro Wakai, Tetsuo Irifune
Glasses and single crystals have traditionally been used as optical windows. Recently, there has been a high demand for harder and tougher optical windows that are able to endure severe conditions. Transparent polycrystalline ceramics can fulfill this demand because of their superior mechanical properties. It is known that polycrystalline ceramics with a spinel structure in compositions of MgAl2O4 and aluminum oxynitride (γ-AlON) show high optical transparency. Here we report the synthesis of the hardest transparent spinel ceramic, i...
March 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303712/lithium-metal-anodes-with-an-adaptive-solid-liquid-interfacial-protective-layer
#17
Kai Liu, Allen Pei, Hye Ryoung Lee, Biao Kong, Nian Liu, Dingchang Lin, Yayuan Liu, Chong Liu, Po-Chun Hsu, Zhenan Bao, Yi Cui
Lithium metal is an attractive anode for the next generation of high energy density lithium-ion batteries due to its high specific capacity (3,860 mAh/g) and the lowest anode potential of all. However, the key issue is that the static solid electrolyte interphase cannot match the dynamic volume changes of the Li anode, resulting in side reactions, dendrite growth, and poor electrodeposition behavior which prevent its practical applications. Here, we show that the "solid-liquid" hybrid behavior of a dynamically-crosslinked polymer enables its use as an excellent adaptive interfacial layer for Li metal anodes...
March 17, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303403/hypocretin-orexin-and-plastic-adaptations-associated-with-drug-abuse
#18
Corey Baimel, Stephanie L Borgland
Dopamine neurons in the ventral tegmental area (VTA) are a critical part of the neural circuits that underlie reward learning and motivation. Dopamine neurons send dense projections throughout the brain and recent observations suggest that both the intrinsic properties and the functional output of dopamine neurons are dependent on projection target and are subject to neuromodulatory influences. Lateral hypothalamic hypocretin (also termed orexin) neurons project to the VTA and contain both hypocretin and dynorphin peptides in the same dense core vesicles suggesting they may be co-released...
March 17, 2017: Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303261/long-lasting-visuo-vestibular-mismatch-in-freely-behaving-mice-reduces-the-vestibulo-ocular-reflex-and-leads-to-neural-changes-in-the-direct-vestibular-pathway
#19
Julie Carcaud, Filipa França de Barros, Erwin Idoux, Daniel Eugène, Lionel Reveret, Lee E Moore, Pierre-Paul Vidal, Mathieu Beraneck
Calibration of the vestibulo-ocular reflex (VOR) depends on the presence of visual feedback. However, the cellular mechanisms associated with VOR modifications at the level of the brainstem remain largely unknown. A new protocol was designed to expose freely behaving mice to a visuo-vestibular mismatch during a 2-week period. This protocol induced a 50% reduction of the VOR. In vivo pharmacological experiments demonstrated that the VOR reduction depends on changes located outside the flocculus/paraflocculus complex...
January 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302707/neuropeptide-y3-36-incorporated-into-pvax-nanoparticle-improves-functional-blood-flow-in-a-murine-model-of-hind-limb-ischemia
#20
Derek Eshun, Rabya Saraf, Soochan Bae, Jelliffe Jeganathan, Feroze Mahmood, Serkan Dilmen, Qingen Ke, Dongwon Lee, Peter M Kang, Robina Matyal
We generated a novel nanoparticle called PVAX, which has intrinsic anti-apoptotic and anti-inflammatory properties. This nanoparticle was loaded with Neuropeptide Y3-36, an angiogenic neuro-hormone that plays a central role in angiogenesis. Subsequently, we investigated whether PVAX-NPY3-36 could act as a therapeutic agent and induce angiogenesis and vascular remodeling in a murine model of hind limb ischemia. Adult C57BL/J6 mice (n=40) were assigned to treatment groups: Control, Ischemia PBS, Ischemia PVAX, Ischemia NPY3-36, and Ischemia PVAX-NPY3-36 Ischemia was induced by ligation of the femoral artery in all groups except Control and given relevant treatments (PBS, PVAX, NPY3-36, and PVAX-NPY3-36)...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
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