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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914369/dna-tetrahedral-scaffolds-based-platform-for-the-construction-of-electrochemiluminescence-biosensor
#1
Qiu-Mei Feng, Zhen Zhou, Mei-Xing Li, Wei Zhao, Jing-Juan Xu, Hong-Yuan Chen
Proximal metallic nanoparticles (NPs) could quench the electrochemiluminescence (ECL) emission of semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) due to Förster energy transfer (FRET), but at a certain distance, the coupling of light-emission with surface plasmon resonance (SPR) result in enhanced ECL. Thus, the modification strategies and distances control between QDs and metallic NPs are critical for the ECL intensity of QDs. In this strategy, a SPR enhanced ECL sensor based on DNA tetrahedral scaffolds modified platform was reported for the detection of telomerase activity...
November 27, 2016: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914368/highly-sensitive-fluorescence-detection-of-heparin-based-on-aggregation-induced-emission-of-a-tetraphenylethene-derivative
#2
Jiao Zheng, Tai Ye, Jinyang Chen, Li Xu, Xinghu Ji, Chuluo Yang, Zhike He
Tetraphenylethene derivatives were reported for sensitive "turn on" detection of heparin (Hep) based on the typical aggregation-induced emission (AIE). In the present strategy, three derivatives of tetraphenylethene (TPE) were designed,synthesized and compared the sensitivities for the detection of Hep. Furthermore, the (Z)-4,4'-(((1,2-diphenylethene-1,2-diyl) bis(4,1-phenylene))bis (oxy))bis(butan-1-aminium) (Z-TPE-5) was the most sensitive and chosen as the probe for Hep detection. Since Hep could be employed as a medium for inducing the aggregation of positively charged Z-TPE-5, the designed Z-TPE-5 shows excellent fluorescence response to Hep through multiple electrostatic interactions with a detection limit of 1...
November 26, 2016: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914350/phosphorus-flows-in-a-peri-urban-region-with-intensive-food-production-a-case-study
#3
S Bittman, S C Sheppard, D Poon, D E Hunt
Excess phosphorus (P) in peri-urban regions is an emerging issue, whereas there is global depletion of quality mined supplies of P. The flow of P across the landscape leading to regional surpluses and deficits is not well understood. We computed a regional P budget with internal P flows in a fairly discreet peri-urban region (Lower Fraser Valley, BC) with closely juxtaposed agricultural and non-agricultural urban ecosystems, in order to clarify the relationship between food production, food consumption and other activities involving use of P (e...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914337/restrain-recombination-by-spraying-pyrolysis-tio2-on-nio-film-for-quinoxaline-based-p-type-dye-sensitized-solar-cells
#4
Ying Yu, Xing Li, Zhongjin Shen, Xiaoyu Zhang, Peng Liu, Yuting Gao, Tao Jiang, Jianli Hua
In this work, we reported two new quinoxaline-based sensitizers (BQI and BQII) for p-type dye-sensitized solar cells (p-DSSCs) featuring carboxylic acid and pyridine as anchoring groups, respectively, in combination with triphenylamine donor. The optical, electrochemical and photovoltaic properties of BQI and BQII were investigated. Results showed that BQI-based p-DSSC with carboxylic acid anchoring group obtained higher photoelectric conversion efficiency (PCE) of 0.140%. To further optimize the device performance, we added a layer of TiO2 on the surface of NiO film as a barrier layer, which contributed to the improvement of the photocurrent density from 3...
November 10, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914335/studies-on-the-influence-of-%C3%AE-cyclodextrin-on-graphene-oxide-and-its-synergistic-activity-to-the-electrochemical-detection-of-nitrobenzene
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Murugan Velmurugan, Natarajan Karikalan, Shen-Ming Chen, Zi-Chi Dai
The impact of the β-cyclodextrin (β-CD) on the graphene oxide (GO) was considerably altered the activity of electrochemical sensors. Hence, the present study, we scrutinized the electrocatalytic determination of nitrobenzene (NB) by changing the different loading level of β-CD on GO modified electrodes. The composites were prepared by the simple ultrasonication method and characterized by UV-Visible spectroscopy, infrared spectroscopy and scanning electron microscope. Interestingly, the synergistic electrocatalytic activity was appeared for the 1...
November 10, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914332/amyloid-graphene-oxide-as-immobilization-platform-of-au-nanocatalysts-and-enzymes-for-improved-glucose-sensing-activity
#6
Xiaochen Wu, Mingjie Li, Zehui Li, Lili Lv, Yan Zhang, Chaoxu Li
Two-dimensional GO nanosheets and one-dimensional lysozyme nanofibrils were hybridized through electrostatic interaction to get a novel amyloid-GO composite, which promised a biocompatible immobilization platform for Au nanocatalysts as well as enzymes. The immobilization platform could load a large and tunable amount of Au NPs while maintaining their high catalytic activity. The immobilized catalysts showed high electrochemical behaviors, being ideal as glucose sensing systems. Furthermore, enzymes could also be immobilized on the residual bare surfaces of amyloid-GO, and served by a colorimetric method for a sensitive and selective analytical glucose-detecting platform...
November 16, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914329/facile-synthesis-of-go-sno2-tio2-nanofibers-and-their-behavior-in-photovoltaics
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Ibrahim M A Mohamed, Van-Duong Dao, Ahmed S Yasin, Ho-Suk Choi, KhalilAbdelrazek Khalil, Nasser A M Barakat
Chemical doping is a widely-used strategy to improve the performance of TiO2 for the dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). However, the effect of two efficient dopants has been rarely investigated. We present the synthesis of GO@SnO2/TiO2 nanofibers (NFs) by a facile method using electrospinning and hydrothermal processes. The synthesized NFs are described in terms of morphology, crystallinity and chemistry through FESEM, TEM, HR-TEM, XRD, EDX, XPS, FT-IR and Raman spectra. As the results, the axial ratio and the average diameter of NFs decreased after the hydrothermal treatment and calcination process, respectively...
November 12, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914321/functional-regulation-of-ginsenoside-biosynthesis-by-rna-interferences-of-a-udp-glycosyltransferase-gene-in-panax-ginseng-and-panax-quinquefolius
#8
Chao Lu, Shoujing Zhao, Guanning Wei, Huijuan Zhao, Qingling Qu
Panax ginseng (Asian ginseng) and Panax quinquefolius (American ginseng) have been used as medicinal and functional herbal remedies worldwide. Different properties of P. ginseng and P. quinquefolius were confirmed not only in clinical findings, but also at cellular and molecular levels. The major pharmacological ingredients of P. ginseng and P. quinquefolius are the triterpene saponins known as ginsenosides. The P. ginseng roots contain a higher ratio of ginsenoside Rg1:Rb1 than that in P. quinquefolius...
November 25, 2016: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914311/stepwatch-accuracy-during-walking-running-and-intermittent-activities
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Lindsay P Toth, David R Bassett, Scott E Crouter, Brittany S Overstreet, Samuel R LaMunion, Susan Park, Shahnawaz N Notta, Cary M Springer
INTRODUCTION: The purpose of this study was two-fold: 1) to investigate effects of cadence and sensitivity settings for the StepWatch (SW3) on step count accuracy over a wide range of ambulatory speeds, and 2) to compare the preprogrammed "quick start" settings to modified settings during intermittent lifestyle activities. METHODS: Part 1: Fifteen participants (18-57 years of age) performed two trials of treadmill walking and running at ten speeds ranging from 26...
November 21, 2016: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914306/a-contactless-ultrasonic-surface-wave-approach-to-characterize-distributed-cracking-damage-in-concrete
#10
Suyun Ham, Homin Song, Michael L Oelze, John S Popovics
We describe an approach that utilizes ultrasonic surface wave backscatter measurements to characterize the volume content of relatively small distributed defects (microcrack networks) in concrete. A simplified weak scattering model is used to demonstrate that the scattered wave field projected in the direction of the surface wave propagation is relatively insensitive to scatterers that are smaller than the propagating wavelength, while the scattered field projected in the opposite direction is more sensitive to sub-wavelength scatterers...
November 9, 2016: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914286/multi-centre-field-evaluation-of-the-performance-of-the-trinity-biotech-uni-gold-hiv-1-2-rapid-test-as-a-first-line-screening-assay-for-gay-and-bisexual-men-compared-with-4th-generation-laboratory-immunoassays
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P Keen, D P Conway, P Cunningham, A McNulty, D L Couldwell, S C Davies, D E Smith, J Gray, M Holt, C C O'Connor, P Read, D Callander, G Prestage, R Guy
BACKGROUND: The Trinity Biotech Uni-Gold HIV test (Uni-Gold) is often used as a supplementary rapid test in testing algorithms. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the operational performance of the Uni-Gold as a first-line screening test among gay and bisexual men (GBM) in a setting where 4th generation HIV laboratory assays are routinely used. STUDY DESIGN: We compared the performance of Uni-Gold with conventional HIV serology conducted in parallel among GBM attending 22 testing sites...
November 16, 2016: Journal of Clinical Virology: the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914269/targeted-hydroxyethyl-starch-prodrug-for-inhibiting-the-growth-and-metastasis-of-prostate-cancer
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Kaidong Zhao, Di Li, Weiguo Xu, Jianxun Ding, Weiqian Jiang, Mingqiang Li, Chunxi Wang, Xuesi Chen
Prostate cancer is one of the most prevalent malignancies among men. Although chemotherapy has been an effective therapeutic approach for treating metastatic prostate cancer, serious undesired side effects have hampered its wide application clinically. In this work, a pH-responsive LHRH-conjugated hydroxyethyl starch-doxorubicin (HES-DOX/LHRH) prodrug was facilely synthesized by conjugating oxidized HES (HES-CHO) with DOX and LHRH through an acid-sensitive Schiff base bond. The resulting prodrug spontaneously self-assembled into nanoscopic micelle with a radius of about 55 nm in an aqueous environment...
November 23, 2016: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914265/automated-quantification-of-three-dimensional-organization-of-fiber-like-structures-in-biological-tissues
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Zhiyi Liu, Dimitra Pouli, Disha Sood, Aswin Sundarakrishnan, Carrie K Hui Mingalone, Lisa M Arendt, Carlo Alonzo, Kyle P Quinn, Charlotte Kuperwasser, Li Zeng, Thomas Schnelldorfer, David L Kaplan, Irene Georgakoudi
Fiber-like structures are prevalent in biological tissues, yet quantitative approaches to assess their three-dimensional (3D) organization are lacking. We develop 3D directional variance, as a quantitative biomarker of truly 3D fibrillar organization by extending the directional statistics formalism developed for describing circular data distributions (i.e. when 0° and 360° are equivalent) to axial ones (i.e. when 0° and 180° are equivalent). Significant advantages of this analysis include its time efficiency, sensitivity and ability to provide quantitative readouts of organization over different size scales of a given data set...
November 25, 2016: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914264/pattern-based-sensing-of-triple-negative-breast-cancer-cells-with-dual-ligand-cofunctionalized-gold-nanoclusters
#14
Yu Tao, Mingqiang Li, Debra T Auguste
Early detection of breast cancer is a critical component in patient prognosis and establishing effective therapy regimens. Here, we developed an easily accessible yet potentially powerful sensor to detect cancer cell targets by utilizing seven dual-ligand cofunctionalized gold nanoclusters (AuNCs) as both effective cell recognition elements and signal transducers. On the basis of this AuNC multichannel sensor, we have successfully distinguished healthy, cancerous and metastatic human breast cells with excellent reproducibility and high sensitivity...
November 25, 2016: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914242/molecular-lipid-species-in-urinary-exosomes-as-potential-prostate-cancer-biomarkers
#15
Tore Skotland, Kim Ekroos, Dimple Kauhanen, Helena Simolin, Therese Seierstad, Viktor Berge, Kirsten Sandvig, Alicia Llorente
BACKGROUND: Exosomes have recently appeared as a novel source of noninvasive cancer biomarkers, since these nanovesicles contain molecules from cancer cells and can be detected in biofluids. We have here investigated the potential use of lipids in urinary exosomes as prostate cancer biomarkers. METHODS: A high-throughput mass spectrometry quantitative lipidomic analysis was performed to reveal the lipid composition of urinary exosomes in prostate cancer patients and healthy controls...
November 30, 2016: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914241/engot-ov-6-trinova-2-randomised-double-blind-phase-3-study-of-pegylated-liposomal-doxorubicin-plus-trebananib-or-placebo-in-women-with-recurrent-partially-platinum-sensitive-or-resistant-ovarian-cancer
#16
Christian Marth, Ignace Vergote, Giovanni Scambia, Willi Oberaigner, Andrew Clamp, Regina Berger, Christian Kurzeder, Nicoletta Colombo, Peter Vuylsteke, Domenica Lorusso, Marcia Hall, Vincent Renard, Sandro Pignata, Rebecca Kristeleit, Sevilay Altintas, Gordon Rustin, Robert M Wenham, Mansoor Raza Mirza, Peter C Fong, Amit Oza, Bradley J Monk, Haijun Ma, Florian D Vogl, Bruce A Bach
AIMS: Trebananib, a peptide-Fc fusion protein, inhibits angiogenesis by inhibiting binding of angiopoietin-1/2 to the receptor tyrosine kinase Tie2. This randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled phase 3 study evaluated whether trebananib plus pegylated liposomal doxorubicin (PLD) improved progression-free survival (PFS) in patients with recurrent epithelial ovarian cancer. METHODS: Women with recurrent ovarian cancer (platinum-free interval ≤12 months) were randomised to intravenous PLD 50 mg/m(2) once every 4 weeks plus weekly intravenous trebananib 15 mg/kg or placebo...
November 30, 2016: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914211/micrornas-in-cardiovascular-disease-clinical-application
#17
Christian Schulte, Mahir Karakas, Tanja Zeller
microRNAs (miRNAs) are well-known, powerful regulators of gene expression, and their potential to serve as circulating biomarkers is widely accepted. In cardiovascular disease (CVD), numerous studies have suggested miRNAs as strong circulating biomarkers with high diagnostic as well as prognostic power. In coronary artery disease (CAD) and heart failure (HF), miRNAs have been suggested as reliable biomarkers matching up to established protein-based such as cardiac troponins (cT) or natriuretic peptides. Also, in other CVD entities, miRNAs were identified as surprisingly specific biomarkers - with great potential for clinical applicability, especially in those entities that lack specific protein-based biomarkers such as atrial fibrillation (AF) and acute pulmonary embolism (APE)...
December 3, 2016: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914177/virtual-touch-tissue-imaging-and-quantification-in-the-evaluation-of-thyroid-nodules
#18
Hang Zhou, Xian-Li Zhou, Hui-Xiong Xu, Dan-Dan Li, Bo-Ji Liu, Yi-Feng Zhang, Jun-Mei Xu, Xiao-Wan Bo, Xiao-Long Li, Le-Hang Guo, Shen Qu
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the diagnostic performance of a 2-dimensional shear wave elastographic technique (Virtual Touch tissue imaging and quantification [VTIQ]; Siemens Medical Solutions, Mountain View, CA) for predicting thyroid malignancy. METHODS: A total of 302 thyroid nodules underwent conventional sonography and VTIQ before fine-needle aspiration examination or surgery. Compared with histopathologic or cytologic results in combination with follow-up, the diagnostic performance of various shear wave speed (SWS) indices (minimum [SWSmin ], maximum [SWSmax ], and mean [SWSmean ]) on VTIQ as well as conventional sonographic features for predicting thyroid malignancy was evaluated in all of the nodules...
December 3, 2016: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914175/dynamic-changes-in-liver-stiffness-measured-by-transient-elastography-predict-clinical-outcomes-among-patients-with-chronic-hepatitis-b
#19
Jianyong Zeng, Shaohang Cai, Jiajun Liu, Xiulan Xue, Xiaolu Wu, Caixia Zheng
OBJECTIVES: We aimed to evaluate the validity of transient elastography in monitoring the antiviral outcomes in patients with chronic hepatitis B. METHODS: This study included 108 patients treated with nucleos(t)ide analogues and 67 patients treated with interferon (IFN). Liver biopsies were evaluated by the METAVIR score. Transient elastography was performed initially at baseline, 48 weeks, and 96 weeks. Liver tissue was obtained before and after 96 weeks of treatment...
December 3, 2016: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914155/-main-causes-of-occupational-allergic-contact-dermatitis-a-three-year-study-in-the-center-of-portugal
#20
Catarina Pestana, Raquel Gomes, Vítor Pinheiro, Miguel Gouveia, Isabel Antunes, Margarida Gonçalo
INTRODUCTION: Allergic contact dermatitis, along with irritant contact dermatitis and immediate contact reactions, contact urticarial, are the most frequent dermatological occupational disease, but seldom reported to the National authorities. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We performed a 3-year retrospective study at the allergology section in the Dermatology Clinic of the University Hospital of Coimbra to evaluate the main occupations diagnosed as occupational allergic contact dermatitis, most common allergens and the effect of the modification of the work station in the evolution of the disease...
August 2016: Acta Médica Portuguesa
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