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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792679/a-nanozyme-and-ambient-light-based-smartphone-platform-for-simultaneous-detection-of-dual-biomarkers-from-exposure-to-organophosphorus-pesticides
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Yuting Zhao, Mingming Yang, Qiangqiang Fu, Hui Ouyang, Wei Wen, Yang Song, Chengzhou Zhu, Yuehe Lin, Dan Du
A transparent, lateral-flow test strip coupled with a smartphone-based ambient light sensor was first proposed for detect-ing enzymatic inhibition and phosphorylation. The principle of the platform is based on the simultaneous measurement of the total amount of the enzyme and enzyme activity to biomonitor exposure to organophosphorus (OP) pesticides. In this study, butyrylcholinesterase (BChE) was adopted as the model enzyme and ethyl paraoxon was chosen as an analyte representing OP pesticides. The total amount of BChE was quantified by a sensitive colorimetric signal originating from a sandwich immunochromatographic assay utilizing PtPd nanoparticles as a polyphenol oxidase-mimicking probe, which provided a higher sensitivity than that of a peroxidase-like probe...
May 24, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792677/ultra-low-power-smart-electronic-nose-system-based-on-three-dimensional-tin-oxide-nanotube-arrays
#2
Jiaqi Chen, Zhuo Chen, Farid Boussaid, Daquan Zhang, Xiaofang Pan, Huijuan Zhao, Amine Bermak, Chi-Ying Tsui, Xinran Wang, Zhiyong Fan
In this work, we present a high performance smart electronic nose (E-nose) system consisting of multiplexed tin dioxide (SnO2) nanotube sensor array, read-out circuit, wireless data transmission unit, mobile phone receiver and data processing application (App). Using the proposed nanotube sensor device structure in conjunction with multiple electrode materials, high sensitivity gas detection and discrimination have been achieved at room temperature, enabling a 1,000 times reduction of sensor's power consumption as compared to a conventional device using thin film SnO2...
May 24, 2018: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792143/recent-updates-on-novel-approaches-in-insulin-drug-delivery-a-review-of-challenges-and-pharmaceutical-implications
#3
Manisha Pandey, Hira Choudhury, Cheah Xiao Yi, Chen Wei Mun, Goh Khang Ping, Guee Xin Rou, Bhalqish Jeet Kaur A/P Ambar Jeet Singh, Angel Ng Ann Jhee, Lee Kai Chin, Prashant Kesharwani, Bapi Gorain, Zahid Hussain
Diabetes mellitus, a metabolic disorder of glucose metabolism, is mainly associated with insulin resistance to the body cells, or impaired production of insulin by the pancreatic β-cells. Insulin is mainly required to regulate glucose metabolism in type 1 diabetes mellitus patients; however, many patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus also require insulin, especially when their condition cannot be controlled solely by oral hypoglycemic agents. Hence, major researches are ongoing attempting to improve the delivery of insulin in order to make it more convenient to patients who experience side effects from the conventional treatment procedure or non-adherence to insulin regimen due to multiple comorbid conditions...
May 22, 2018: Current Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790738/design-and-development-of-polysaccharide-doxorubicin-peptide-bioconjugates-for-dual-synergistic-effects-of-integrin-targeted-and-cell-penetrating-peptides-for-cancer-chemotherapy
#4
Alexandra A P Mansur, Sandhra Maria Carvalho, Zelia Ines Portela Lobato, Maria de Fátima Leite, Armando da Silva Cunha, Herman S Mansur
Polymer-drug conjugation is an attractive approach for target delivering insoluble and highly toxic drugs to tumor sites to overcome the side-effects caused by cancer chemotherapy. In this study we designed and synthesized novel polymer-drug-peptide conjugates for improved specificity on targeting cancer cells. Chemically modified polysaccharide, carboxymethylcellulose (CMC), was conjugated with doxorubicin (DOX) anticancer drug by amide bonds and dually biofunctionalized with integrin-target receptor tripeptide (RGD) and L-arginine (R) as cell-penetrating amino acid for synergistic targeting and enhancing internalization by cancer cells...
May 23, 2018: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790525/dna-decorated-cu-9-s-5-nanoparticles-as-nir-light-responsive-drug-carriers-for-tumor-chemo-phototherapy
#5
Shuang Liang, Zhongxi Xie, Yi Wei, Ziyong Cheng, Yanqiu Han, Jun Lin
Recently, near-infrared (NIR) light responsive drug delivery systems have attracted much attention for tumor therapy. Herein, we have successfully constructed a smart nanocarrier system Cu9S5-PEI-DNA-DOX (labelled as CPD-DOX) based on the self-assembly of hydrophobic Cu9S5 nanoparticles (NPs), poly(ethylene imine) (PEI), double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) segments and the anti-cancer drug doxorubicin (DOX). Among them, Cu9S5 NPs can serve as a nano-transducer for absorbing and converting near-infrared light to heat...
May 23, 2018: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790513/dynamics-in-a-one-dimensional-ferrogel-model-relaxation-pairing-shock-wave-propagation
#6
Segun Goh, Andreas M Menzel, Hartmut Löwen
Ferrogels are smart soft materials, consisting of a polymeric network and embedded magnetic particles. Novel phenomena, such as the variation of the overall mechanical properties by external magnetic fields, emerge consequently. However, the dynamic behavior of ferrogels remains largely unveiled. In this paper, we consider a one-dimensional chain consisting of magnetic dipoles and elastic springs between them as a simple model for ferrogels. The model is evaluated by corresponding simulations. To probe the dynamics theoretically, we investigate a continuum limit of the energy governing the system and the corresponding equation of motion...
May 23, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790497/an-enzymatic-reaction-mediated-glucose-sensor-activated-by-mno-2-nanosheets-acting-as-an-oxidant-and-catalyst
#7
Guanwen Yan, Yuan Zhang, Weihua Di
A self-regulated smart system would be highly desirable for analyte detection, in which a specific environment for detection could be self-modulated and the required reagents could also be in situ generated without further addition. Here, we have designed an intelligent glucose detection system composed of glucose, glucose oxidase (GOx), MnO2 and 3,3',5,5'-tetramethylbenzidine (TMB), based on the enzymatic oxidation of glucose and dual roles of synthesized MnO2 nanosheets acting as both an oxidant and catalyst...
May 23, 2018: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790320/ultrasonic-standing-wave-preparation-of-a-liquid-cell-for-glucose-measurements-in-urine-by-midinfrared-spectroscopy-and-potential-application-to-smart-toilets
#8
Naoyuki Yamamoto, Natsumi Kawashima, Tomoya Kitazaki, Keita Mori, Hanyue Kang, Akira Nishiyama, Kenji Wada, Ichiro Ishimaru
Smart toilets could be used to monitor different components of urine in daily life for early detection of lifestyle-related diseases and prompt provision of treatment. For analysis of biological samples such as urine by midinfrared spectroscopy, thin-film samples like liquid cells are needed because of the strong absorption of midinfrared light by water. Conventional liquid cells or fixed cells are prepared based on the liquid membrane method and solution technique, but these are not quantitative and are difficult to set up and clean...
May 2018: Journal of Biomedical Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790246/a-review-of-predation-as-a-limiting-factor-for-bird-populations-in-mesopredator-rich-landscapes-a-case-study-of-the-uk
#9
Staffan Roos, Jennifer Smart, David W Gibbons, Jeremy D Wilson
The impact of increasing vertebrate predator numbers on bird populations is widely debated among the general public, game managers and conservationists across Europe. However, there are few systematic reviews of whether predation limits the population sizes of European bird species. Views on the impacts of predation are particularly polarised in the UK, probably because the UK has a globally exceptional culture of intensive, high-yield gamebird management where predator removal is the norm. In addition, most apex predators have been exterminated or much depleted in numbers, contributing to a widely held perception that the UK has high numbers of mesopredators...
May 22, 2018: Biological Reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789908/triple-rule-out-ct-angiography-using-two-axial-scans-with-16-cm-wide-detector-for-radiation-dose-reduction
#10
Yuhuan Chen, Qi Wang, Jianying Li, Yongjun Jia, Qi Yang, Taiping He
OBJECTIVE: To explore the use of two consecutive axial scans in triple-rule-out (TRO) examination on a 16 cm wide-detector CT for radiation dose reduction. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Sixty TRO patients were assigned to either study group (Group A, n = 30) or control group (Group B, n = 30). Group A used a two-phasic contrast injection: 25mgI/kg/s for 12 s in 1st and at 3.0 ml/s injection rate for 7 s in 2nd phase. The pulmonary artery, coronary artery and aorta were scanned in succession with two axial scans using smart-coverage technique...
May 22, 2018: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789588/renormalization-group-theory-for-percolation-in-time-varying-networks
#11
Jens Karschau, Marco Zimmerling, Benjamin M Friedrich
Motivated by multi-hop communication in unreliable wireless networks, we present a percolation theory for time-varying networks. We develop a renormalization group theory for a prototypical network on a regular grid, where individual links switch stochastically between active and inactive states. The question whether a given source node can communicate with a destination node along paths of active links is equivalent to a percolation problem. Our theory maps the temporal existence of multi-hop paths on an effective two-state Markov process...
May 22, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789475/an-identity-based-anti-quantum-privacy-preserving-blind-authentication-in-wireless-sensor-networks
#12
Hongfei Zhu, Yu-An Tan, Liehuang Zhu, Xianmin Wang, Quanxin Zhang, Yuanzhang Li
With the development of wireless sensor networks, IoT devices are crucial for the Smart City; these devices change people's lives such as e-payment and e-voting systems. However, in these two systems, the state-of-art authentication protocols based on traditional number theory cannot defeat a quantum computer attack. In order to protect user privacy and guarantee trustworthy of big data, we propose a new identity-based blind signature scheme based on number theorem research unit lattice, this scheme mainly uses a rejection sampling theorem instead of constructing a trapdoor...
May 22, 2018: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788698/electronic-media-exposure-and-use-among-toddlers
#13
Hyoung Yoon Chang, Eun-Jin Park, Hee-Jeong Yoo, Jee Won Lee, Yunmi Shin
Objective: These days, young children are exposed to a wide range of smart devices and their usage of smart devices is rapidly increasing worldwide. However, the use of smart devices by young children has not been studied in detail yet because smart device is relatively recent. The purpose of this study was to investigate the exposure status of smart devices among 2-5 years old children in Korea. Methods: Four hundred parents of 2- to 5-year-old children were invited to enroll...
May 24, 2018: Psychiatry Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29787629/all-in-one-thermally-twistable-photobendable-elastically-deformable-and-self-healable-soft-crystal
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Poonam Gupta, Durga Prasad Karothu, Ejaz Ahmed, Pance Naumov, Naba Kamal Nath
The first example of a smart crystalline material, the 2:1 cocrystal of probenecid and 4,4'-azopyridine, which responds reversibly to multiple external stimuli (heat, UV light, and mechanical pressure) by twisting, bending and elastic deformation without fracture is reported. This material is also able to self-heal on heating and cooling, thereby overcoming the main setbacks of molecular crystals for future applications as crystal actuators. The photo- and thermomechanical effects and self-healing capabilities of the material are rooted in reversible trans-cis isomerization of the azopyridine unit and crystal-to-crystal phase transition...
May 22, 2018: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29787229/graphene-glass-inducing-multidomain-orientations-in-cholesteric-liquid-crystal-devices-toward-wide-viewing-angles
#15
Huihui Wang, Bingzhi Liu, Ling Wang, Xudong Chen, Zhaolong Chen, Yue Qi, Guang Cui, Huanhuan Xie, Yanfeng Zhang, Zhongfan Liu
The photonic reflection of a cholesteric liquid crystal (ChLC) device depends on the spatial distribution of the orientations of their helical axes, and many orientation techniques have been developed so far. In this study, we select the hybrids of graphene directly grown on quartz glass as platforms to construct ChLC-based devices. This special design makes graphene serve as both an alignment layer and a conductive layer, thus affording a more simplified device fabrication route. We reveal that multidomain structures can be evolved for ChLCs on polycrystalline monolayer graphene on quartz glass, as evidenced by polarized optical microscope characterizations...
May 24, 2018: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786963/design-and-fabrication-of-printed-paper-based-hybrid-micro-supercapacitor-by-using-graphene-and-redox-active-electrolyte
#16
Bhawna Nagar, Deepak P Dubal, Luis Pires, Arben Merkoçi, Pedro Gómez-Romero
Inspired by future needs of flexible, simple, and low-cost energy storage devices, smart graphene-based micro-supercapacitors on conventional Xerox paper substrates were developed. The use of redox-active species (iodine redox couple) was explored to further improve the paper device's performance. The device based on printed graphene paper itself already had a remarkable maximum volumetric capacitance of 29.6 mF cm-3 (volume of whole device) at 6.5 mA cm-3 . The performance of the hybrid electrode with redox-active potassium iodide at the graphene surface was tested...
May 22, 2018: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786914/conductive-hydrogels-as-smart-materials-for-flexible-electronic-devices
#17
Qinfeng Rong, Wenwei Lei, Mingjie Liu
Flexible conductive materials have gained considerable research interest in recent years because of their potential applications in flexible energy storage devices, sensors, touch panels, electronic-skins, etc. With excellent flexibility, outstanding electric properties and tunable mechanical properties, conductive hydrogels as conductive materials offer plentiful insights and opportunities for flexible electronic devices. Numerous synthetic strategies have been developed to obtain various conductive hydrogels, and high-performance devices based on these conductive hydrogels have been realized...
May 22, 2018: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786695/the-asthma-mobile-health-study-smartphone-data-collected-using-researchkit
#18
Yu-Feng Yvonne Chan, Brian M Bot, Micol Zweig, Nicole Tignor, Weiping Ma, Christine Suver, Rafhael Cedeno, Erick R Scott, Steven Gregory Hershman, Eric E Schadt, Pei Wang
Widespread adoption of smart mobile platforms coupled with a growing ecosystem of sensors including passive location tracking and the ability to leverage external data sources create an opportunity to generate an unprecedented depth of data on individuals. Mobile health technologies could be utilized for chronic disease management as well as research to advance our understanding of common diseases, such as asthma. We conducted a prospective observational asthma study to assess the feasibility of this type of approach, clinical characteristics of cohorts recruited via a mobile platform, the validity of data collected, user retention patterns, and user data sharing preferences...
May 22, 2018: Scientific Data
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785635/self-monitoring-physical-activity-with-a-smartphone-application-in-cancer-patients-a-randomized-feasibility-study-smart-trial
#19
Harm L Ormel, Gabriela G F van der Schoot, Nico-Derk L Westerink, Wim J Sluiter, Jourik A Gietema, Annemiek M E Walenkamp
PURPOSE: Evidence accumulates that an active lifestyle positively influences cancer treatment outcome. A "smartphone application" (app) such as "RunKeeper," to self-monitor physical activity (PA) might be helpful. This study aimed to examine whether using RunKeeper to increase self-reported PA is feasible in cancer patients and to evaluate patients' opinion about using RunKeeper in a 12-week program. METHODS: Adult patients (n = 32), diagnosed with cancer, were randomized between usual care (n = 16) or a 12-week intervention with instructions to self-monitor PA with RunKeeper (n = 16)...
May 21, 2018: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785434/integration-of-phospholipid-hyaluronic-acid-methotrexate-nanocarrier-assembly-and-amphiphilic-drug-drug-conjugate-for-synergistic-targeted-delivery-and-combinational-tumor-therapy
#20
Yang Li, Huabing Zhang, Yilin Chen, Jinyuan Ma, Jinyan Lin, Yinying Zhang, Zhongxiong Fan, Guanghao Su, Liya Xie, Xuan Zhu, Zhenqing Hou
Combinational cancer therapy has been considered as a promising strategy to achieve synergetic therapeutic effects and suppression of multidrug resistance. Herein, we adopted a combination of methotrexate (MTX), an antimetabolite acting on cytoplasm, and 10-hydroxycamptothecin (HCPT), an alkaloid acting on nuclei, to treat cancer. Given the different solubilities, membrane permeabilities, and anticancer mechanisms of both drugs, we developed a dual-targeting delivery system based on 1,2-distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphoethanolamine-hyaluronic acid (a principal ligand of CD44 receptors)-MTX (a selective ligand of folate receptors) nanoparticles, which was exploited to carry HCPT-MTX conjugate for synergistically boosting dual-drug co-delivery...
May 22, 2018: Biomaterials Science
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