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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334685/observation-of-a-phononic-quadrupole-topological-insulator
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Marc Serra-Garcia, Valerio Peri, Roman Süsstrunk, Osama R Bilal, Tom Larsen, Luis Guillermo Villanueva, Sebastian D Huber
The modern theory of charge polarization in solids is based on a generalization of Berry's phase. The possibility of the quantization of this phase arising from parallel transport in momentum space is essential to our understanding of systems with topological band structures. Although based on the concept of charge polarization, this same theory can also be used to characterize the Bloch bands of neutral bosonic systems such as photonic or phononic crystals. The theory of this quantized polarization has recently been extended from the dipole moment to higher multipole moments...
January 15, 2018: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334631/acceptability-of-intervention-materials-to-decrease-risk-for-alcohol-and-medication-interactions-among-older-adults
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Faika Zanjani, Hannah Allen, Nancy Schoenberg, Catherine Martin, Richard Clayton
BACKGROUND: The majority of older adults take prescription or over-the-counter medications and about half consume alcohol regularly. Despite high risk for alcohol medication interactions (AMI), few community-level interventions exist to prevent AMI. The current study assessed the acceptability of educational materials created for use in a brief intervention to prevent AMI among older adults. METHODS: Older adults from two senior centers reviewed intervention materials (poster, patient and pharmacist brochures, and public service announcement) and participated in a pre and post-test to provide feedback and to assess changes in AMI-related awareness and intentions...
December 24, 2017: Evaluation and Program Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334612/tempo-oxidized-bacterial-cellulose-pellicle-with-silver-nanoparticles-for-wound-dressing
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Chun-Nan Wu, Shih-Chang Fuh, Shin-Ping Lin, Yen-Yi Lin, Hung-Yueh Chen, Jui-Ming Liu, Kuan-Chen Cheng
Biocompatible bacterial cellulose pellicle (BCP) is a candidate for biomedical material such as wound dressing. However, due to lack of antibacterial activity, to grant BCP with the property is crucial for its biomedical application. In the present study, BCP was modified by 2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidine-1-oxyl radical (TEMPO)-mediated oxidation using TEMPO/NaClO/NaBr system at pH 10 to form TEMPO-oxidized BCP (TOBCP) with anionic C6 carboxylate groups. The TOBCP was subsequently ion-exchanged in AgNO3 solution and silver nanoparticles (AgNP) with diameter of ~16...
January 15, 2018: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334583/effects-of-carnosine-beta-alanyl-l-histidine-in-an-experimental-rat-model-of-acute-kidney-injury-due-to-septic-shock
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Sabiha Sahin, Dilek Burukoglu Donmez
BACKGROUND Acute kidney injury (AKI) secondary to sepsis is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in the human intensive care unit (ICU). Kidney function and the histological findings of AKI were investigated in an experimental rat model with sepsis induced by cecal ligation and puncture (CLP) and compared with and without treatment with carnosine (beta-alanyl-L-histidine). MATERIAL AND METHODS Twenty-four Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into three groups consisting eight rats in each: Group 1 - control; Group 2 - septic shock; and Group 3 - septic shock treated with carnosine...
January 15, 2018: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334539/gelatin-based-hemostatic-agents-histopathologic-differences
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Natalie Wolkow, Frederick A Jakobiec, Michael K Yoon
PURPOSE: To delineate the histopathologic appearance of gelatin-based hemostatic agents, Surgiflo, Gelfoam, and Floseal, which are used by ophthalmic plastic surgeons, and which may incidentally be found as foreign materials in histopathologic tissue samples. METHODS: Histopathologic analysis was performed with hematoxylin-eosin, periodic acid-Schiff, Masson trichrome, and elastin staining on tissue samples in which gelatin-based agents were found. To better characterize these materials, similar analyses were performed on in vitro samples of commonly used gelatin-based hemostatic agents...
January 12, 2018: Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334490/differential-impact-of-local-and-regional-aortic-stiffness-on-left-ventricular-remodeling-a-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-study
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Thiago Quinaglia, Mourad Z Bensalah, Emilie Bollache, Nadjia Kachenoura, Gilles Soulat, Pierre Boutouyrie, Stéphane Laurent, Elie Mousseaux
BACKGROUND: Left ventricular (LV) remodeling and aortic stiffness have independent predictive value for all causes and cardiovascular mortality. Because elastic properties of the arterial wall vary along the aortic pathway, we hypothesized that local and regional aortic stiffness could differently impact on LV remodeling. METHODS AND RESULTS: Regional aortic stiffness was determined from carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity (cfPWV) measured by aplanation tonometry...
January 13, 2018: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334460/multiple-stimuli-responses-of-stereo-isomers-of-aie-active-ethynylene-bridged-and-pyridyl-modified-tetraphenylethene
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Zhaoyang Wang, Xiao Cheng, Anjun Qin, Haoke Zhang, Jing Zhi Sun, Ben Zhong Tang
Luminescent molecules with aggregation-induced emission (AIE) property, or AIE-gens are typical stimuli-responsive materials and many AIE-gens have shown luminescent responses to mechano-, thermo-, electro-, vapo- and/or solvato-stimulus, but the detailed structure-property relationship has been addressed for only few of them. Here, we report a tetraphenylethene (TPE) derivative with pyridyl modifiers and ethynylene bridges. The (Z)- and (E)-isomers are clearly purified and both of them are AIE-active and demonstrate multiple luminescent responses to external stimuli...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334457/new-mechanism-for-ferroelectricity-in-the-perovskite-ca2-xmnxti2o6-synthesized-by-spark-plasma-sintering
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Zongyao Li, Yujin Cho, Xiang Li, Xinyu Li, Akihisa Aimi, Yoshiyuki Inaguma, Jose Antonio Alonso, Maria Teresa Fernandez-Diaz, Jiaqiang Yan, Michael C Downer, Graeme Henkelman, John B Goodenough, Jianshi Zhou
Perovskite oxides hosting ferroelectricity are particularly important materials for modern technologies. The ferroelectric transition in the well-known oxides BaTiO3 and PbTiO3 is realized by softening of a vibration mode in the cubic perovskite structure. For most perovskite oxides, octahedral-site tilting systems are developed to accommodate the bonding mismatch due to a geometric tolerance factor t = (A-O)/[√2(B-O)] < 1. In the absence of cations having lone-pair electrons, e.g. Bi3+ and Pb2+, all simple and complex A-site and B-site ordered perovskite oxides with a t < 1 show a variety of tilting systems and none of them become ferroelectric...
January 15, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334421/a-survey-of-tooth-morphology-teaching-methods-employed-in-the-united-kingdom-and-ireland
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M Lone, J P McKenna, J F Cryan, E J Downer, A Toulouse
BACKGROUND: Tooth morphology is a central component of the dental curriculum and is applicable to all dental specialities. Traditional teaching methods are being supplemented with innovative strategies to tailor teaching and accommodate the learning styles of the recent generation of students. METHODS: An online survey was compiled and distributed to the staff involved in teaching tooth morphology in the United Kingdom and Ireland to assess the importance of tooth morphology in the dentistry curriculum and the methodologies employed in teaching...
January 15, 2018: European Journal of Dental Education: Official Journal of the Association for Dental Education in Europe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334386/organic-inorganic-hybrids-having-a-talc-like-structure-as-suitable-hosts-to-guest-a-wide-range-of-species
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J Brendlé
The sol-gel process involving hydrolysis and condensation reactions is an attractive way to form siloxane based hybrid materials since it is a one-step method performed under mild conditions. Organic-inorganic hybrids having a talc-like structure (TLH) can be obtained using this procedure starting from organotrialkoxysilanes having the formula R-Si(OR')3 (where R stands for an organic moiety and R' for a methyl or ethyl group) with different functionalities, an aqueous or ethanolic solution of a magnesium salt, and in some cases, an aqueous solution of sodium hydroxide...
January 15, 2018: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334384/micrometer-sized-dihydrogenphosphate-intercalated-layered-double-hydroxides-synthesis-selective-infrared-absorption-properties-and-applications-as-agricultural-films
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Yixuan Guo, Jing Wang, Dianqing Li, Pinggui Tang, Fabrice Leroux, Yongjun Feng
High-performance heat-retention agents for multifunctional green agricultural films are today largely suitable to increase the production yield as well as to save energy. Here, an adapted ammonia releasing hydrothermal method was used to produce a series of micrometer-sized carbonate-layered double hydroxide (CO3-LDH) precursors of sizes ranging from 1.32 μm to 8.64 μm by simply adjusting the feeding Mg2+ concentration from 0.80 mol L-1 to 0.20 mol L-1. From these pristine LDH materials, μm-sized dihydrogenphosphate-intercalated LDHs (H2PO4-LDHs) were prepared by an anion-exchange method...
January 15, 2018: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334378/supermultiplexed-optical-imaging-and-barcoding-with-engineered-polyynes
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Fanghao Hu, Chen Zeng, Rong Long, Yupeng Miao, Lu Wei, Qizhi Xu, Wei Min
Optical multiplexing has a large impact in photonics, the life sciences and biomedicine. However, current technology is limited by a 'multiplexing ceiling' from existing optical materials. Here we engineered a class of polyyne-based materials for optical supermultiplexing. We achieved 20 distinct Raman frequencies, as 'Carbon rainbow', through rational engineering of conjugation length, bond-selective isotope doping and end-capping substitution of polyynes. With further probe functionalization, we demonstrated ten-color organelle imaging in individual living cells with high specificity, sensitivity and photostability...
January 15, 2018: Nature Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334370/scaffolds-that-mimic-antigen-presenting-cells-enable-ex-vivo-expansion-of-primary-t-cells
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Alexander S Cheung, David K Y Zhang, Sandeep T Koshy, David J Mooney
Therapeutic ex vivo T-cell expansion is limited by low rates and T-cell products of limited functionality. Here we describe a system that mimics natural antigen-presenting cells (APCs) and consists of a fluid lipid bilayer supported by mesoporous silica micro-rods. The lipid bilayer presents membrane-bound cues for T-cell receptor stimulation and costimulation, while the micro-rods enable sustained release of soluble paracrine cues. Using anti-CD3, anti-CD28, and interleukin-2, we show that the APC-mimetic scaffolds (APC-ms) promote two- to tenfold greater polyclonal expansion of primary mouse and human T cells compared with commercial expansion beads (Dynabeads)...
January 15, 2018: Nature Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334359/electronic-and-optical-properties-of-spinel-zinc-ferrite-i-ab-initio-i-hybrid-functional-calculations
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Daniel Fritsch
Spinel ferrites in general show a rich interplay of structural, electronic, and magnetic properties. Here, we particularly focus on zinc ferrite (ZFO), which has been observed experimentally to crystallise in the cubic <i>normal</i> spinel structure. However, its magnetic ground state is still under dispute. In addition, some unusual magnetic properties in ZFO thin films or nanostructures have been explained by a possible partial cation inversion and a different magnetic interaction between the two cation sublattices of the spinel structure compared to the crystalline bulk material...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334298/long-term-effects-of-tungsten-carbide-wc-nanoparticles-in-pelagic-and-benthic-aquatic-ecosystems
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Mikael T Ekvall, Jonas Hedberg, Inger Odnevall Wallinder, Lars-Anders Hansson, Tommy Cedervall
As the production and usage of nanomaterials are increasing so are the concerns related to the release of the material into nature. Tungsten carbide (WC) is widely used for its hard metal properties, although its use, in for instance tyre studs, may result in nano-sized particles ending up in nature. Here, we evaluate the potential long-term exposure effects of WC nanoparticles on a pelagic (Daphnia magna) and a benthic (Asellus aquaticus) organism. No long-term effects were observed in the benthic system with respect to population dynamics or ecosystem services...
January 15, 2018: Nanotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334244/evolving-concepts-and-use-of-immunohistochemical-biomarkers-in-flat-non-neoplastic-urothelial-lesions-who-2016-classification-update-with-diagnostic-algorithm
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Francesca Sanguedolce, Matteo Brunelli, Alessandro D'Amuri, Beppe Calò, Vito Mancini, Giuseppe Carrieri, Luigi Cormio
CONTEXT: The classification of flat non-neoplastic urothelial lesions has been evolved through the years in the attempt to better define a spectrum of morphologic entities with somewhat overlapping features. Differentiating these lesions is important because of differences in patient management and clinical outcome. Materials and methods and objective: A systematic review of the literature has been carried out in order to (1) assess the most striking clinical features of each lesion, and (2) identify those morphological traits and immunophenotypical markers which may aid in the differential diagnosis...
January 15, 2018: Biomarkers: Biochemical Indicators of Exposure, Response, and Susceptibility to Chemicals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334225/the-fate-of-poly-3-octylthiophene-transducer-in-solid-contact-ion-selective-electrodes
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Ewa Jaworska, Maciej Mazur, Krzysztof Maksymiuk, Agata Michalska
An experimental approach allowing visualization and quantification of underestimated spontaneous process of partition of conducting polymer transducer material to the ion-selective membrane phase is proposed. The approach proposed is based on optical properties of the transducer material applied, using polythiophene as a model system. It is shown that this process occurs not only during sensor preparation step but also during pretreatment of the sensor before use. As shown, this uncontrolled partition of the transducer to the receptor leads to conducting polymer contents in the membrane phase reaching 0...
January 15, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334220/computational-design-synthesis-and-structure-property-evaluation-of-1-3-thiazole-based-colour-tunable-multiheterocyclic-small-organic-fluorophores-as-multifunctional-molecular-materials
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Rakesh Radhakrishnan, Kumaran G Sreejalekshmi
Probing chemical space of luminescent organic materials built on novel cores is highly imperative for its potential to expand the horizons of advanced functional materials. Small organic fluorophores possessing therapeutic traits can contribute to theranostics. We coupled computational and classical synthetic chemistry strategies for the rational design of 5-(hetero-2-yl)-1,3-thiazoles as colour tunable fluorophore core. With the aid of DFT and TD-DFT, we prove multiheterocyclic system built on thiazole-het core with three inherent tunable sites on thiazole (C2, C4 and C5) capable of accommodating panoply of substituents, as a multifunctional molecular materials' platform...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334219/mussel-inspired-conductive-polymer-binder-for-si-alloy-anode-in-lithium-ion-batteries
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Hui Zhao, Yang Wei, Cheng Wang, Rui-Min Qiao, Wanli Yang, Phillip B Messersmith, Gao Liu
The excessive volume changes during cell cycling of Si-based anode in lithium ion batteries impeded its application. One major reason for the cell failure is particle isolation during volume shrinkage in delithiation process, which makes strong adhesion between polymer binder and anode active material particles a highly desirable property. Here, a biomimetic side-chain conductive polymer incorporating catechol, a key adhesive component of the mussel holdfast protein, was synthesized. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) based single molecule force measurements of mussel-inspired conductive polymer binder contacting a silica surface revealed similar adhesion toward substrate when compared with an effective Si anode binder, homo-polyacrylic acid (PAA), with the added benefit of being electronically conductive...
January 15, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334198/enzyme-based-glucose-sensor-from-invasive-to-wearable-device
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Hyunjae Lee, Yongseok Joseph Hong, Seungmin Baik, Taeghwan Hyeon, Dae-Hyeong Kim
Blood glucose concentration is a key indicator of patients' health, particularly for symptoms associated with diabetes mellitus. Because of the large number of diabetic patients, many approaches for glucose measurement have been studied to enable continuous and accurate glucose level monitoring. Among them, electrochemical analysis is prominent because it is simple and quantitative. This technology has been incorporated into commercialized and research-level devices from simple test strips to wearable devices and implantable systems...
January 15, 2018: Advanced Healthcare Materials
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