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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098963/scaffolding-of-enzymes-on-virus-nanoarrays-effects-of-confinement-and-virus-organization-on-biocatalysis
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Anisha N Patel, Agnès Anne, Arnaud Chovin, Christophe Demaille, Eric Grelet, Thierry Michon, Cécilia Taofifenua
Organizing active enzyme molecules on nanometer-sized scaffolds is a promising strategy for designing highly efficient supported catalytic systems for biosynthetic and sensing applications. This is achieved by designing model nanoscale enzymatic platforms followed by thorough analysis of the catalytic activity. Herein, the virus fd bacteriophage is considered as an enzyme nanocarrier to study the scaffolding effects on enzymatic activity. Nanoarrays of randomly oriented, or directionally patterned, fd bacteriophage virus are functionalized with the enzyme glucose oxidase (GOx), using an immunological assembly strategy, directly on a gold electrode support...
January 18, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098753/reagent-less-and-robust-biosensor-for-direct-determination-of-lactate-in-food-samples
#2
Iria Bravo, Mónica Revenga-Parra, Félix Pariente, Encarnación Lorenzo
Lactic acid is a relevant analyte in the food industry, since it affects the flavor, freshness, and storage quality of several products, such as milk and dairy products, juices, or wines. It is the product of lactose or malo-lactic fermentation. In this work, we developed a lactate biosensor based on the immobilization of lactate oxidase (LOx) onto N,N'-Bis(3,4-dihydroxybenzylidene) -1,2-diaminobenzene Schiff base tetradentate ligand-modified gold nanoparticles (3,4DHS-AuNPs) deposited onto screen-printed carbon electrodes, which exhibit a potent electrocatalytic effect towards hydrogen peroxide oxidation/reduction...
January 13, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092511/the-concept-of-effective-inflow-application-to-interictal-localization-of-the-epileptogenic-focus-from-ieeg
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Ioannis Vlachos, Balu Krishnan, David Treiman, Konstantinos Tsakalis, Dimitris Kugiumtzis, Leon D Iasemidis
GOAL: Accurate determination of the epileptogenic focus is of paramount diagnostic and therapeutic importance in epilepsy. The current gold standard for focus localization is from ictal (seizure) onset and thus requires the occurrence and recording of multiple typical seizures of a patient. Localization of the focus from seizure-free (interictal) periods remains a challenging problem, especially in the absence of interictal epileptiform activity. METHODS: By exploring the concept of effective inflow, we developed a focus localization algorithm (FLA) based on directed connectivity between brain sites...
November 29, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092504/wall-shear-rate-measurement-validation-of-a-new-method-through-multiphysics-simulations
#4
Stefano Ricci, Abigail Swillens, Alessandro Ramalli, Patrick Segers, Piero Tortoli
Wall shear stress is known to affect the vessel endothelial function and to be related to important pathologies like the development of atherosclerosis. It is defined as the product of the blood viscosity by the blood velocity gradient at the wall position, i.e., the wall shear rate (WSR). The WSR measurement is particularly challenging in important cardiovascular sites, like the carotid bifurcation, because of the related complex flow configurations characterized by high spatial and temporal gradients, wall movement, and clutter noise...
January 2017: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090260/redefining-effusive-constrictive-pericarditis-with-echocardiography
#5
Pieter van der Bijl, Philip Herbst, Anton F Doubell
BACKGROUND: Effusive-constrictive pericarditis (ECP) is traditionally diagnosed by using the expensive and invasive technique of direct pressure measurements in the pericardial space and the right atrium. The aim of this study was to assess the diagnostic role of echocardiography in tuberculous ECP. METHODS: Intrapericardial and right atrial pressures were measured pre- and post-pericardiocentesis, and right ventricular and left ventricular pressures were measured post-pericardiocentesis in patients with tuberculous pericardial effusions...
December 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089477/bioimpedance-and-fluid-status-in-children-and-adolescents-treated-with-dialysis
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Gregorio P Milani, Jaap W Groothoff, Federica A Vianello, Emilio F Fossali, Fabio Paglialonga, Alberto Edefonti, Carlo Agostoni, Dario Consonni, Dewi van Harskamp, Johannes B van Goudoever, Henk Schierbeek, Michiel J S Oosterveld
BACKGROUND: Assessment of hydration status in patients with chronic kidney failure treated by dialysis is crucial for clinical management decisions. Dilution techniques are considered the gold standard for measurement of body fluid volumes, but they are unfit for day-to-day care. Multifrequency bioimpedance has been shown to be of help in clinical practice in adults and its use in children and adolescents has been advocated. We investigated whether application of multifrequency bioimpedance is appropriate for total-body water (TBW) and extracellular water (ECW) measurement in children and adolescents on dialysis therapy...
January 12, 2017: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088549/redistribution-of-elements-between-wastes-and-organic-bearing-material-in-the-dispersion-train-of-gold-bearing-sulfide-tailings-part-i-geochemistry-and-mineralogy
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B Yu Saryg-Ool, I N Myagkaya, I S Kirichenko, M A Gustaytis, O V Shuvaeva, S M Zhmodik, E V Lazareva
Migration and redistribution of elements during prolonged interaction of cyanide wastes with the underlying natural organic-bearing material have been studied in two ~40cm deep cores that sample primary ores and their weathering profile (wastes I and II, respectively) in the dispersion train of gold-bearing sulfide tailings in Siberia. Analytical results of SR-XRF, whole-rock XRF, AAS, CHNS, and SEM measurements of core samples show high K, Sr, Ti, and Fe enrichments and correlation of P2O5 and Mn with LOI and Corg...
January 11, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081363/distance-dependent-measurements-of-the-conductance-of-porphyrin-nanorods-studied-with-conductive-probe-atomic-force-microscopy
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Xianglin Zhai, Denzel Alexander, Pedro Derosa, Jayne C Garno
Protocols for nanopatterning porphyrins on Au(111) were developed based on immersion particle lithography. Porphyrins with and without a central metal ion, 5,10,15,20-tetraphenyl-21H,23H-porphyrin (TPP) and 5,10,15,20-tetraphenyl-21H,23H-porphyrin cobalt(II) (CoTPP) were selected for study, which spontaneously formed nanorod geometries depending on concentration parameters. The elongated shapes of the nanorods offers an opportunity for successive distance-dependent conductive probe-atomic force microscopy (CP-AFM) measurements along the length of the nanorods...
January 12, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081087/plasmonic-non-concentric-nanorings-array-as-an-unidirectional-nano-optical-conveyor-belt-actuated-by-polarization-rotation
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Min Jiang, Guanghui Wang, Wenxiang Jiao, Zhoufeng Ying, Ningmu Zou, Ho-Pui Ho, Tianyu Sun, Xuping Zhang
We report a nano-optical conveyor belt containing an array of gold plasmonic non-concentric nanorings (PNNRs) for the realization of trapping and unidirectional transportation of nanoparticles through rotating the polarization of an excitation beam. The location of hot spots within an asymmetric plasmonic nanostructure is polarization dependent, thus making it possible to manipulate a trapped target by rotating the incident polarization state. In the case of PNNR, the two poles have highly unbalanced trap potential...
January 15, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079962/determining-electrochemical-surface-stress-of-single-nanowires
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Hui Wang, Xiaonan Shan, Hui Yu, Yan Wang, Wolfgang Schmickler, Hong-Yuan Chen, Nongjian Tao
Electrochemical surface stress is important in nanomaterials because of their large surface-to-volume ratios, which lead to unique mechanical and electrocatalytic properties, but directly measuring this quantity has been challenging. Here we report on experimental determination of the surface stress, and associated electrochemical processes of a single gold nanowire with an optical imaging technique. We show that surface stress changes linearly and reversibly with the potential between 0 and 0.8 V versus Ag/AgCl, but abruptly with large hysteresis, associated with the oxidation and reduction of the nanowire, between 0...
January 12, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079569/standing-vs-supine-does-it-matter-in-cough-stress-testing
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Radhika Patnam, Autumn L Edenfield, Steven E Swift
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to compare the sensitivity of cough stress test in the standing versus supine position in the evaluation of incontinent females. METHODS: We performed a prospective observational study of women with the chief complaint of urinary incontinence (UI) undergoing a provocative cough stress test (CST). Subjects underwent both a standing and a supine CST. Testing order was randomized via block randomization. Cough stress test was performed in a standard method via backfill of 200 mL or until the subject described strong urge...
January 10, 2017: Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079375/docking-of-macrocycles-comparing-rigid-and-flexible-docking-in-glide
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Hiba Alogheli, Gustav Olanders, Wesley Schaal, Peter Brandt, Anders Karlen
In recent years, there has been an increased interest in using macrocyclic compounds for drug discovery and development. To address docking of these commonly large and flexible compounds, a screening and a validation set were assembled from the PDB consisting of 16 and 31 macrocycle containing protein complexes, respectively. The macrocycles were docked in Glide by rigid docking of pre-generated conformational ensembles produced by the macrocycle conformational sampling method (MCS) in Schrödinger Release 2015-3 or by direct Glide Flexible Docking after performing ring-templating...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077187/lysosome-like-compartments-of-trypanosoma-cruzi-trypomastigotes-may-originate-directly-from-epimastigote-reservosomes
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Juliana C Vidal, Carolina DE L Alcantara, Wanderley DE Souza, Narcisa L Cunha-E-Silva
Trypanosoma cruzi epimastigote reservosomes store nutrients taken up during the intense endocytic activity exhibited by this developmental form. Reservosomes were classified as pre-lysosomal compartments. In contrast, trypomastigote forms are not able to take up nutrients from the medium. Interestingly, trypomastigotes also have acidic organelles with the same proteases contained in epimastigote reservosomes. Nevertheless, the origin and function of these organelles have not been disclosed so far. Given the similarities between the compartments of epimastigotes and trypomastigotes, the present study aimed to investigate the origin of metacyclic trypomastigote protease-containing organelles by tracking fluorospheres or colloidal gold particles previously stored in epimastigotes' reservosomes throughout metacyclogenesis...
January 12, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075137/anisotropic-electroless-deposition-on-dna-origami-templates-to-form-small-diameter-conductive-nanowires
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Bibek Uprety, Tyler Westover, Michael Stoddard, Kamron Brinkerhoff, John Jensen, Robert C Davis, Adam T Woolley, John N Harb
An improved method for the metallization of DNA origami is examined in this work. DNA origami, a simple and robust method for creating a wide variety of nanostructured shapes and patterns, provides an enabling template for bottom-up fabrication of next-generation nanodevices. Selective metallization of these DNA templates is needed to make nanoelectronic devices. Here, we demonstrate a metallization process that uses gold nanorod seeds followed by anisotropic plating to provide improved morphology and greater control of the final metallized width of the structure...
January 11, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072878/signal-amplified-lateral-flow-test-strip-for-visual-detection-of-cu2
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Yulong Wang, Limin Wang, Juanjuan Xue, Jinbo Dong, Jia Cai, Xiude Hua, Minghua Wang, Cunzheng Zhang, Fengquan Liu
A signal-amplified lateral flow test strip (SA-LFTS) for the detection of Cu2+ in aqueous solution was constructed based on Cu+-catalyzed click chemistry and hybridization of single-stranded DNA (ssDNA). Alkyne and azide modified ssDNA acted as specific elements for Cu2+ recognition, and a chemical ligation product formed through Cu+-catalyzed alkyne-azide cycloaddition. Hybridization of ssDNA-labeled gold nanoparticles resulted in high sensitivity, and the output signal could be observed directly by the naked eye...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069393/surface-enhanced-raman-spectroscopy-of-self-assembled-layers-of-lipid-molecules-on-nanostructured-au-and-ag-substrates
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Nora Slekiene, Lina Ramanauskaite, Valentinas Snitka
In this work surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) has been used for the investigation of the self-assembled layers of lipid molecules (SALLMs) deposited on the nanostructured Au and Ag surfaces. The SALLMs were prepared from one part of 1,2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phospho-l-serine (DOPS) and four parts of 1,2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DOPC) lipids. The synthesis of Au and Ag SERS substrates was based on the direct gold and silver ions reduction onto HF etched silicon wafers. Au SERS substrates were not suitable for the formation of SALLMs because of the inappropriate contact angle of surface...
January 6, 2017: Chemistry and Physics of Lipids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068053/surface-modification-of-gold-nanoparticles-with-small-molecules-for-biochemical-analysis
#17
Yiping Chen, Yunlei Xianyu, Xingyu Jiang
As one of the major tools for and by chemical science, biochemical analysis is becoming increasingly important in fields like clinical diagnosis, food safety, environmental monitoring, and the development of chemistry and biochemistry. The advancement of nanotechnology boosts the development of analytical chemistry, particularly the nanoparticle (NP)-based approaches for biochemical assays. Functional NPs can greatly improve the performance of biochemical analysis because they can accelerate signal transduction, enhance the signal intensity, and enable convenient signal readout due to their unique physical and chemical properties...
January 9, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066556/does-the-combination-use-of-two-pain-assessment-tools-have-a-synergistic-effect
#18
EDITORIAL
Takeshi Suzuki
Pain management is a very important aspect in the intensive care unit (ICU), as adequate pain control has been shown to be associated with better clinical outcomes in critically ill patients. A Numerical Rating Scale (NRS) ranging from 0 to 10 (0, no pain; 10, maximum pain), which is based on a patient's self-report, is the gold standard for pain evaluation in patients who can communicate their pain intensity. On the other hand, it is very difficult to evaluate the degree of pain in critically ill patients owing to decreased consciousness level, delirium, and the effect of sedation for mechanical ventilation management...
2017: Journal of Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28058859/clinical-characteristics-treatment-patterns-and-socio-economic-burden-of-copd-in-bulgaria
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Maria Kamusheva, Maria Dimitrova, Job Fm van Boven, Maarten J Postma, Thys van der Molen, Janwillem Wh Kocks, Konstantin Mitov, Miglena Doneva, Daniela Petrova, Ognyan Georgiev, Valentina Petkova, Guenka Petrova
INTRODUCTION: While the impact of COPD in Western-Europe is known, data from Eastern-Europe is scarce. We aimed to evaluate clinical characteristics, treatment patterns and the socio-economic burden of COPD in Eastern-Europe, taking Bulgaria as a reference case. METHODS: A representative sample of Bulgarian patients with COPD was randomly chosen by pulmonologists based on the following inclusion criteria: COPD diagnosis with at least one year of living with COPD, ≥40 years of age, and use of COPD medication...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Medical Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053232/directional-emission-from-dye-functionalized-plasmonic-dna-superlattice-microcavities
#20
Daniel J Park, Jessie C Ku, Lin Sun, Clotilde M Lethiec, Nathaniel P Stern, George C Schatz, Chad A Mirkin
Three-dimensional plasmonic superlattice microcavities, made from programmable atom equivalents comprising gold nanoparticles functionalized with DNA, are used as a testbed to study directional light emission. DNA-guided nanoparticle colloidal crystallization allows for the formation of micrometer-scale single-crystal body-centered cubic gold nanoparticle superlattices, with dye molecules coupled to the DNA strands that link the particles together, in the form of a rhombic dodecahedron. Encapsulation in silica allows one to create robust architectures with the plasmonically active particles and dye molecules fixed in space...
January 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
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