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Fu-Yan Xing, Lin-Lin Guan, Yan-Long Li, Chun-Juan Jia
This work reports a one-step simple synthesis method for functionalized reduced graphene oxide (RGO) nanosheets by a Platanus orientalis leaf extract polyphenol-mediated deoxygenation of graphene oxide (GO). Microscopic and spectroscopic characterization revealed the successful deoxygenation of GO and subsequent stabilization by oxidized polyphenols of plant extract. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction analyses were used to examine the reduction of GO. Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy results revealed capping of RGO with oxidized polyphenols of Platanus orientalis extract, which prevented aggregation of graphene sheets...
October 3, 2016: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
W J Zhang, J J Sun
Objective: To construct tissue engineered-epithelial patches with human adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells (hADSC) and extracellular matrix scaffold (ECM), and to observe their morphological characteristics and biological behaviors. Methods: The cultured and purified hADSC were co-cultured with the ECM. The adhesion of hADSC formed sheet on the ECM were observed by the scanning electron microscopy. The activity and apoptosis of hADSC cultured on the ECM were observed by laser scanning confocal microscope...
October 7, 2016: Zhonghua Er Bi Yan Hou Tou Jing Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
Kristin Forner, Carl Roos, David Dahlgren, Filippos Kesisoglou, Moritz A Konerding, Johanna Mazur, Hans Lennernäs, Peter Langguth
CONTEXT: Prediction of the in vivo absorption of poorly soluble drugs may require simultaneous dissolution/permeation experiments. In vivo predictive media have been modified for permeation experiments with Caco-2 cells, but not for excised rat intestinal segments. OBJECTIVE: The present study aimed to improve the setup of dissolution/permeation experiments with excised rat intestinal segments by assessing suitable donor and receiver media. METHODS: The regional compatibility of rat intestine in Ussing chambers with modified Fasted and Fed State Simulated Intestinal Fluids (Fa/FeSSIFmod) as donor media was evaluated via several parameters that reflect the viability of the excised intestinal segments...
October 20, 2016: Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy
J-S Pyo, J H Sohn, G Kang
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to elucidate the cytological characteristics and the diagnostic usefulness of intraoperative cytology (IOC) for papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC). In addition, using decision tree analysis, effective features for accurate cytological diagnosis were sought. METHODS: We investigated cellularity, cytological features and diagnosis based on the Bethesda System for Reporting Thyroid Cytopathology in IOC of 240 conventional PTCs. The cytological features were evaluated in terms of nuclear score with nuclear features, and additional figures such as presence of swirling sheets, psammoma bodies, and multinucleated giant cells...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Endocrinological Investigation
Yicong Wu, Panagiotis Chandris, Peter W Winter, Edward Y Kim, Valentin Jaumouillé, Abhishek Kumar, Min Guo, Jacqueline M Leung, Corey Smith, Ivan Rey-Suarez, Huafeng Liu, Clare M Waterman, Kumaran S Ramamurthi, Patrick J La Riviere, Hari Shroff
Most fluorescence microscopes are inefficient, collecting only a small fraction of the emitted light at any instant. Besides wasting valuable signal, this inefficiency also reduces spatial resolution and causes imaging volumes to exhibit significant resolution anisotropy. We describe microscopic and computational techniques that address these problems by simultaneously capturing and subsequently fusing and deconvolving multiple specimen views. Unlike previous methods that serially capture multiple views, our approach improves spatial resolution without introducing any additional illumination dose or compromising temporal resolution relative to conventional imaging...
August 20, 2016: Optica
Bikramjeet Singh, Gurpreet Kaur, Paviter Singh, Kulwinder Singh, Baban Kumar, Ankush Vij, Manjeet Kumar, Rajni Bala, Ramovatar Meena, Ajay Singh, Anup Thakur, Akshay Kumar
Highly water dispersible boron based compounds are innovative and advanced materials which can be used in Boron Neutron Capture Therapy for cancer treatment (BNCT). Present study deals with the synthesis of highly water dispersible nanostructured Boron Nitride (BN). Unique and relatively low temperature synthesis route is the soul of present study. The morphological examinations (Scanning/transmission electron microscopy) of synthesized nanostructures showed that they are in transient phase from two dimensional hexagonal sheets to nanotubes...
October 19, 2016: Scientific Reports
Jie Li, Hongkun Jiang, Xiao Ouyang, Shihui Han, Jun Wang, Rui Xie, Wenting Zhu, Ning Ma, Hao Wei, Zhongyi Jiang
CaCO3 is one kind of important biological mineral, which widely exists in coral, shell and other organisms. Since similar to bone tissue elements and good biocompatibility, it was very suitable for candidates as bone drug carriers. In this paper, we used tetraethylenepentamine-graphene (rGO-TEPA) sheet matrices induction of CaCO3 mineralization and successfully constructed CaCO3/rGO-TEPA drug carriers with a hollow structure and rough surface. As potential drug carriers, doxorubicin (DOX) loading and release measurements were carried out...
October 18, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Takashi Oide, Kazuhiro Yasufuku, Kiyoshi Shibuya, Ichiro Yoshino, Yukio Nakatani, Kenzo Hiroshima
We report a 38-year-old woman with a left lung tumor presenting as obstructive pneumonia. Bronchoscopic examination revealed a polypoid tumor filling the left main bronchus. The tumor was partially resected by a snaring procedure for diagnostic purposes. Microscopic examination revealed a submucosal tumor located underneath normal bronchial epithelium. The tumor was composed of sheets of uniform oval to cuboidal cells encompassing numerous blood vessels. Immunohistochemically, the tumor cells exhibited smooth muscle markers, but were negative for neuroendocrine markers...
2016: Respiratory Medicine Case Reports
Ke Hu, Hui-Chun Wu
We study x-ray production by coherent nonlinear Thomson scattering of few-cycle laser pulses from relativistic electron sheets. For an electron sheet thicker than the wavelength of the x-ray, the scattering efficiency is found to increase by two orders of magnitude for single-cycle laser pulses, as compared with longer pulses. This enhancement is attributed to the suppression of the destructive interference during the scattering process, as well as the frequency downshift related to the ultrabroad spectra of single-cycle pulses...
October 1, 2016: Optics Letters
Christopher J Benjamin, Kyle J Wright, Scott C Bolton, Seok-Hee Hyun, Kyle Krynski, Mahima Grover, Guimei Yu, Fei Guo, Tamara L Kinzer-Ursem, Wen Jiang, David H Thompson
We report the fabrication of transmission electron microscopy (TEM) grids bearing graphene oxide (GO) sheets that have been modified with N(α), N(α)-dicarboxymethyllysine (NTA) and deactivating agents to block non-selective binding between GO-NTA sheets and non-target proteins. The resulting GO-NTA-coated grids with these improved antifouling properties were then used to isolate His6-T7 bacteriophage and His6-GroEL directly from cell lysates. To demonstrate the utility and simplified workflow enabled by these grids, we performed cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) of His6-GroEL obtained from clarified E...
October 17, 2016: Scientific Reports
Andrea Buffa, Yigal Erel, Daniel Mandler
A flow-through electrode made of a carbon nanotubes (CNT) film deposited on a polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) membrane was assembled and employed for the determination of low concentration of copper as a model system by linear sweep anodic stripping voltammetry (LSASV). CNT films with areal mass ranging from 0.12 to 0.72 mg cm-2 were characterized by measurement of sheet resistance, water permeation flux and capacitance. Moreover, CNT with two different sizes and PTFE membrane with two different pore diameters (0...
October 17, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Romana Parveen, Tooba Naz Shamsi, Sadaf Fatima
This review helps to understand protein misfolding events, which results in protein aggregation, and hence to related neurodegenerative diseases. Many chaperones and folding factors are found inside the cell system for the proper folding of protein. If protein gets misfolded, it may accumulate in cells and can lead to several fatal diseases. In some cases, misfolded proteins aggregated in form of loop-sheet polymer and amyloid fibril when they escape the degradation process and leads to neurodegenerative disorders...
October 13, 2016: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Bhaskar Sen, Sanjoy Kumar Sheet, Romita Thounaojam, Ramen Jamatia, Amarta Kumar Pal, Kripamoy Aguan, Snehadrinarayan Khatua
A new coumarin based Schiff base compound, CSB-1 has been synthesized to detect metal ion based on the chelation enhanced fluorescence (CHEF). The cation binding properties of CSB-1 was thoroughly examined in UV-vis and fluorescence spectroscopy. In fluorescence spectroscopy the compound showed high selectivity toward Al(3+) ion and the Al(3+) can be quantified in mixed aqueous buffer solution (MeOH: 0.01M HEPES Buffer; 9:1; v/v) at pH7.4 as well as in BSA media. The fluorescence intensity of CSB-1 was enhanced by ~24 fold after addition of only five equivalents of Al(3+)...
October 11, 2016: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
Shiho Sugawara, Masahiko Maeno, Cliff Lee, Shigemi Nagai, David M Kim, John Da Silva, Masazumi Nagai, Hisatomo Kondo
The aim of this study was to produce epithelial attachment on a typical implant abutment surface of smooth titanium. A challenging complication that hinders the success of dental implants is peri-implantitis. A common cause of peri-implantitis may results from the lack of epithelial sealing at the peri-implant collar. Histologically, epithelial sealing is recognized as the attachment of the basement membrane (BM). BM-attachment is promoted by activated platelet aggregates at surgical wound sites. On the other hand, platelets did not aggregate on smooth titanium, the surface typical of the implant abutment...
2016: PloS One
Yangdong Sun, Qiao Ye, Min Wu, Yonghong Wu, Chenggang Zhang, Weiqun Yan
This study aimed to validate the high yield and soluble expression of proteins carrying the transactivator of transcription (Tat) peptide tag, and further explored the potential mechanism by which the Tat tag increases expression. Escherichia coli superoxide dismutase (SOD) proteins, including SodA, SodB and SodC, were selected for analysis. As expected, the yields and the solubility of Tat-tagged proteins were higher than those of Tat-free proteins, and similar results were observed for the total SOD enzyme activity...
October 14, 2016: Experimental & Molecular Medicine
Keith A Seffen
We are inspired by the tensile buckling of a thin sheet with a slit to create a foldable planar metamaterial. The buckled shape comprises two pairs of identical e-cones connected to the slit, which we refer to as a k-cone. We approximate this shape as discrete vertices that can be folded out of plane as the slit is pulled apart. We determine their kinematics and we calculate generic shape properties using a simple elastic model of the folded shape. We then show how the folded sheet may be tessellated as a unit cell within a larger sheet, which may be constructed a priori by cutting and folding the latter in a regular way, in order to form a planar kirigami structure with a single degree of freedom...
September 2016: Physical Review. E
S Dini, B J Binder, S C Fischer, C Mattheyer, A Schmitz, E H K Stelzer, N G Bean, J E F Green
Automatic identification of the necrotic zone boundary is important in the assessment of treatments on in vitro tumour spheroids. This has been difficult especially when the difference in cell density between the necrotic and viable zones of a tumour spheroid is small. To help overcome this problem, we developed novel one-dimensional pair-correlation functions (PCFs) to provide quantitative estimates of the radial distance of the necrotic zone boundary from the centre of a tumour spheroid. We validate our approach on synthetic tumour spheroids in which the position of the necrotic zone boundary is known a priori It is then applied to nine real tumour spheroids imaged with light sheet-based fluorescence microscopy...
October 2016: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
Florian Geisler, Harald Gerhardus, Katrin Carberry, Wayne Davis, Erik Jorgensen, Christine Richardson, Olaf Bossinger, Rudolf E Leube
Intermediate filaments are major cytoskeletal components whose assembly into complex networks and isotype-specific functions are still largely unknown. Caenorhabditis elegans provides an excellent model system to study intermediate filament organization and function in vivo Its intestinal intermediate filaments localize exclusively to the endotube, a circumferential sheet just below the actin-based terminal web. A genetic screen for defects in the organization of intermediate filaments identified a mutation in the catalytic domain of the MAP kinase 7 ortholog sma-5(kc1) In sma-5(kc1) mutants pockets of lumen penetrate the cytoplasm of the intestinal cells...
October 12, 2016: Molecular Biology of the Cell
Stephanie Höhn, Armin Hallmann
BACKGROUND: The multicellular volvocine alga Pleodorina is intermediate in organismal complexity between its unicellular relative, Chlamydomonas, and its multicellular relative, Volvox, which shows complete division of labor between different cell types. The volvocine green microalgae form a group of genera closely related to the genus Volvox within the order Volvocales (Chlorophyta). Embryos of multicellular volvocine algae consist of a cellular monolayer that, depending on the species, is either bowl-shaped or comprises a sphere...
October 13, 2016: BMC Developmental Biology
Minju Thomas, Rajith Illathvalappil, Sreekumar Kurungot, Balagopal N Nair, Abdul Azeez Peer Mohamed, Gopinathan M Anilkumar, Takeo Yamaguchi, U S Hareesh
Nitrogen containing mesoporous carbon obtained by the pyrolysis of graphene oxide (GO) wrapped ZIF-8 (Zeolitic Imidazolate Frameworks-8) micro crystals is demonstrated to be an efficient catalyst for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). ZIF-8 synthesis in the presence of GO sheets helped to realise layers of graphene oxide over ZIF-8 microcrystals and the sphere like structures thus obtained, on heat treatment, transformed to highly porous carbon with a nitrogen content of about 6.12 % and surface area of 502 m2/g...
October 12, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
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