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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346903/the-oceanus-statue-of-the-fontana-di-trevi-rome-the-analysis-of-black-crust-as-a-tool-to-investigate-the-urban-air-pollution-and-its-impact-on-the-stone-degradation
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Mauro F La Russa, Paola Fermo, Valeria Comite, Cristina M Belfiore, Donatella Barca, Annamaria Cerioni, Marina De Santis, Lorena Francesca Barbagallo, Michela Ricca, Silvestro A Ruffolo
This paper deals with the analysis of black crust coming from the statue of Oceanus belonging to the Fontana di Trevi (Rome). This monument is undoubtedly one of the main touristic attractions of Rome. During the restoration held between 2014 and 2015, some diagnostic analyses had been carried out. It has been highlighted that the sheltered surfaces suffer the formation of black crust, especially on the marble statues. The possibility to sample those degradation products, together with the unaltered substrate, represented an excellent opportunity to characterize the marble itself, to assess the impact of the urban air pollution on the stone material, and to detect the pollutant on a precise timescale...
March 24, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340350/a-viral-immunoevasin-controls-innate-immunity-by-targeting-the-prototypical-natural-killer-cell-receptor-family
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Oscar A Aguilar, Richard Berry, Mir Munir A Rahim, Johanna J Reichel, Branka Popović, Miho Tanaka, Zhihui Fu, Gautham R Balaji, Timothy N H Lau, Megan M Tu, Christina L Kirkham, Ahmad Bakur Mahmoud, Aruz Mesci, Astrid Krmpotić, David S J Allan, Andrew P Makrigiannis, Stipan Jonjić, Jamie Rossjohn, James R Carlyle
Natural killer (NK) cells play a key role in innate immunity by detecting alterations in self and non-self ligands via paired NK cell receptors (NKRs). Despite identification of numerous NKR-ligand interactions, physiological ligands for the prototypical NK1.1 orphan receptor remain elusive. Here, we identify a viral ligand for the inhibitory and activating NKR-P1 (NK1.1) receptors. This murine cytomegalovirus (MCMV)-encoded protein, m12, restrains NK cell effector function by directly engaging the inhibitory NKR-P1B receptor...
March 23, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337398/desorption-in-mass-spectrometry
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Dilshadbek Tursunbayevich Usmanov, Satoshi Ninomiya, Lee Chuin Chen, Subhrakanti Saha, Mridul Kanti Mandal, Yuji Sakai, Rio Takaishi, Ahsan Habib, Kenzo Hiraoka, Kentaro Yoshimura, Sen Takeda, Hiroshi Wada, Hiroshi Nonami
In mass spectrometry, analytes must be released in the gas phase. There are two representative methods for the gasification of the condensed samples, i.e., ablation and desorption. While ablation is based on the explosion induced by the energy accumulated in the condensed matrix, desorption is a single molecular process taking place on the surface. In this paper, desorption methods for mass spectrometry developed in our laboratory: flash heating/rapid cooling, Leidenfrost phenomenon-assisted thermal desorption (LPTD), solid/solid friction, liquid/solid friction, electrospray droplet impact (EDI) ionization/desorption, and probe electrospray ionization (PESI), will be described...
2017: Mass Spectrometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336840/spectroscopic-characterization-of-copper-chitosan-nanoantimicrobials-prepared-by-laser-ablation-synthesis-in-aqueous-solutions
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Maria Chiara Sportelli, Annalisa Volpe, Rosaria Anna Picca, Adriana Trapani, Claudio Palazzo, Antonio Ancona, Pietro Mario Lugarà, Giuseppe Trapani, Nicola Cioffi
Copper-chitosan (Cu-CS) nanoantimicrobials are a novel class of bioactive agents, providing enhanced and synergistic efficiency in the prevention of biocontamination in several application fields, from food packaging to biomedical. Femtosecond laser pulses were here exploited to disrupt a Cu solid target immersed into aqueous acidic solutions containing different CS concentrations. After preparation, Cu-CS colloids were obtained by tuning both Cu/CS molar ratios and laser operating conditions. As prepared Cu-CS colloids were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), to study copper complexation with the biopolymer...
December 30, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336402/post-operative-efficacy-predictability-safety-and-visual-quality-of-laser-corneal-refractive-surgery-a-network-meta-analysis
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Daizong Wen, Colm McAlinden, Ian Flitcroft, Ruixue Tu, Qinmei Wang, Jorge Alió, John Marshall, Yingying Huang, Benhao Song, Liang Hu, Yune Zhao, Senmiao Zhu, Rongrong Gao, Fangjun Bao, Ayong Yu, Ye Yu, Hengli Lian, Jinhai Huang
PURPOSE: To compare the post-operative efficacy, predictability, safety and visual quality of all major forms of laser corneal refractive surgeries for correcting myopia. DESIGN: Systematic review and network meta-analysis. METHODS: MEDLINE, EMBASE, Cochrane Library and the US trial registry was conducted up to November 2015. Randomized controlled trials (RCT) reporting in accordance with the eligibility criteria were included in this review...
March 20, 2017: American Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333640/integrated-hifu-drive-system-on-a-chip-for-cmut-based-catheter-ablation-system
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Omid Farhanieh, Ali Sahafi, Rupak Bardhan Roy, Arif Sanli Ergun, Ayhan Bozkurt
Conventional High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) is a therapeutic modality which is extracorporeally administered. In applications where a relatively small HIFU lesion is required, an intravascular HIFU probe can be deployed to the ablation site. In this paper, we demonstrate the design and implementation a fully integrated HIFU drive system on a chip to be placed on a 6 Fr catheter probe. An 8-element capacitive micromachined ultrasound transducer (CMUT) ring array of 2 mm diameter has been used as the ultrasound source...
March 20, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326843/characteristics-of-the-new-atricure-cryoform%C3%A2-cryoablation-probe-for-the-surgical-treatment-of-cardiac-arrhythmias
#7
Thomas Schroeter, Martin Misfeld
Atrial fibrillation has a significant impact on patient mortality and morbidity. In particular, stroke is a frequent complication associated with atrial fibrillation. In recent years, various treatment options have been developed that are based on the elimination of atypical electrically active atrial areas. Areas covered:This manuscript presents a new cryoablation probe from AtriCure Inc. In addition to describing the characteristics of the probe, we also discuss atrial fibrillation and its surgical therapy options as well as the basics of cryosurgery...
March 22, 2017: Expert Review of Medical Devices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319290/role-of-dissolved-and-molecular-oxygen-on-cu-and-ptcu-alloy-particle-structure-during-laser-ablation-synthesis-in-liquids
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Galina Marzun, Helmut Bönnemann, Christian Lehmann, Bernd Spliethoff, Claudia Weidenthaler, Stephan Barcikowski
The role of molecular oxygen dissolved in the solvent is often discussed as being an influential factor on particle oxidation during pulsed laser ablation in liquids. However, the formation of the particles during laser synthesis takes place under extreme conditions that enable the decomposition of the liquid medium. Reactive species of the solvent may then affect particle formation due to a chemical reaction in the reactive plasma. Experimental results show a difference between the role of dissolved molecular oxygen and the contribution from the oxygen in water molecules...
March 20, 2017: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316992/a-combined-random-forests-and-active-contour-model-approach-for-fully-automatic-segmentation-of-the-left-atrium-in-volumetric-mri
#9
Chao Ma, Gongning Luo, Kuanquan Wang
Segmentation of the left atrium (LA) from cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) datasets is of great importance for image guided atrial fibrillation ablation, LA fibrosis quantification, and cardiac biophysical modelling. However, automated LA segmentation from cardiac MRI is challenging due to limited image resolution, considerable variability in anatomical structures across subjects, and dynamic motion of the heart. In this work, we propose a combined random forests (RFs) and active contour model (ACM) approach for fully automatic segmentation of the LA from cardiac volumetric MRI...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316243/underwater-transparent-miniature-mechanical-hand-based-on-femtosecond-laser-induced-controllable-oil-adhesive-patterned-glass-for-oil-droplet-manipulation
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Jinglan Huo, Qing Yang, Feng Chen, Jiale Yong, Yao Fang, Jingzhou Zhang, Lin Liu, Xun Hou
The development of underwater superoleophobic surfaces makes researchers be swept up in boundless imagination of their applications, thereinto the oil manipulation based on such surface attracts much attention. Here, we show a simple and effective way to fabricate an underwater transparent miniature "mechanical hand" based on controllable oil-adhesive patterned glass prepared by femtosecond laser. The underwater oil-adhesive force of the patterned glasses that compose the "mechanical hand" device can be controlled from ultralow to ultrahigh through adjusting the different fraction of the untreated flat glass area to the laser-ablated rough area...
March 19, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303800/nanoparticles-alloying-in-liquids-laser-ablation-generated-ag-or-pd-nanoparticles-and-laser-irradiation-induced-agpd-nanoparticle-alloying
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N G Semaltianos, R Chassagnon, V Moutarlier, V Blondeau-Patissier, M Assoul, G Monteil
Laser irradiation of a mixture of single-element micro/nanomaterials may lead to their alloying and fabrication of multi-element structures. In addition to the laser induced alloying of particulates in the form of micro/nanopowders in ambient atmosphere (which forms the basis of the field of additive manufacturing technology), another interesting problem is the laser-induced alloying of a mixture of single-element nanoparticles in liquids since this process may lead to the direct fabrication of alloyed-nanoparticle colloidal solutions...
April 18, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302976/fundamental-study-on-ablation-sampling-of-fe-based-binary-alloys-in-laser-induced-breakdown-optical-emission-spectrometry
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Xinyue Zhang, Shunsuke Kashiwakura, Kazuaki Wagatsuma
This paper describes the fundamental process of laser ablation occurring in a laser-induced plasma. The sampling process in laser-induced breakdown plasma spectrometry is very complicated and thus has not been fully understood. Our study focused on a relationship between the composition of ablation amounts and the bulk composition, when Fe-based binary alloys were employed as test samples. For this purpose, the ablation amounts of constituent elements in the alloys were determined by ICP-OES, through a method in which ablated deposits by laser irradiation were collected on a glass plate and then dissolved in an acid solution...
2017: Analytical Sciences: the International Journal of the Japan Society for Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301559/synergy-between-the-classical-and-alternative-pathways-of-complement-is-essential-for-conferring-effective-protection-against-the-pandemic-influenza-a-h1n1-2009-virus-infection
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Ajitanuj Rattan, Shailesh D Pawar, Renuka Nawadkar, Neeraja Kulkarni, Girdhari Lal, Jayati Mullick, Arvind Sahu
The pandemic influenza A(H1N1) 2009 virus caused significant morbidity and mortality worldwide thus necessitating the need to understand the host factors that influence its control. Previously, the complement system has been shown to provide protection during the seasonal influenza virus infection, however, the role of individual complement pathways is not yet clear. Here, we have dissected the role of intact complement as well as of its individual activation pathways during the pandemic influenza virus infection using mouse strains deficient in various complement components...
March 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301014/evaluation-of-surface-roughness-and-bacterial-adhesion-on-tooth-enamel-irradiated-with-high-intensity-lasers
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Ruchele D Nogueira, Camilla B Silva, Cesar P Lepri, Regina Guenka Palma-Dibb, Vinicius R Geraldo-Martins
The aim was to evaluate the surface roughness and bacterial adhesion on enamel irradiated with high intensity lasers, associated or not to a fluoride varnish. Eighty fragments of bovine enamel were equally divided in 8 groups (n=10). Group 1 was not treated and Group 2 received only a 5% fluoride varnish application. The other groups were irradiated with an Er:Cr:YSGG (8.92 J/cm2), an Nd:YAG (84.9 J/cm2) and a diode laser (199.04 J/cm2), associated or not to a 5% fluoride varnish. The surface roughness was measured before and after treatments...
January 2017: Brazilian Dental Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298182/electrocardiogram-his-bundle-potentials-can-be-recorded-noninvasively-beat-by-beat-on-surface-electrocardiogram
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Gaopin Wang, Renguang Liu, Qinghua Chang, Zhaolong Xu, Yingjie Zhang, Dianzhu Pan
BACKGROUND: The micro waveform of His bundle potential can't be recorded beat-to-beat on surface electrocardiogram yet. We have found that the micro-wavelets before QRS complex may be related to atrioventricular conduction system potentials. This study is to explore the possibility of His bundle potential can be noninvasively recorded on surface electrocardiogram. METHODS: We randomized 65 patients undergoing radiofrequency catheter ablation of paroxysmal superventricular tachycardia (exclude overt Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome) to receive "conventional electrocardiogram" and "new electrocardiogram" before the procedure...
March 15, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291836/unique-spatiotemporal-requirements-for-intraflagellar-transport-genes-during-forebrain-development
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John Snedeker, Elizabeth N Schock, Jamie N Struve, Ching-Fang Chang, Megan Cionni, Pamela V Tran, Samantha A Brugmann, Rolf W Stottmann
Primary cilia are organelles extended from virtually all cells and are required for the proper regulation of a number of canonical developmental pathways. The role in cortical development of proteins important for ciliary form and function is a relatively understudied area. Here we have taken a genetic approach to define the role in forebrain development of three intraflagellar transport proteins known to be important for primary cilia function. We have genetically ablated Kif3a, Ift88, and Ttc21b in a series of specific spatiotemporal domains...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290124/the-characterization-of-laser-ablation-patterns-and-a-new-definition-of-resolution-in-matrix-assisted-laser-desorption-ionization-imaging-mass-spectrometry-maldi-ims
#17
Matthew B O'Rourke, Benjamin B A Raymond, Matthew P Padula
Matrix assisted laser desorption ionization imaging mass spectrometry (MALDI-IMS) is a technique that has seen a sharp rise in both use and development. Despite this rapid adoption, there have been few thorough investigations into the actual physical mechanisms that underlie the acquisition of IMS images. We therefore set out to characterize the effect of IMS laser ablation patterns on the surface of a sample. We also concluded that the governing factors that control spatial resolution have not been correctly defined and therefore propose a new definition of resolution...
March 13, 2017: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287573/fabrication-of-1-d-photonic-crystal-cavity-on-a-nanofiber-using-femtosecond-laser-induced-ablation
#18
Kali Prasanna Nayak, Jameesh Keloth, Kohzo Hakuta
We present a protocol for fabricating 1-D Photonic Crystal (PhC) cavities on subwavelength-diameter tapered optical fibers, optical nanofibers, using femtosecond laser-induced ablation. We show that thousands of periodic nano-craters are fabricated on an optical nanofiber by irradiating with just a single femtosecond laser pulse. For a typical sample, periodic nano-craters with a period of 350 nm and with diameter gradually varying from 50 - 250 nm over a length of 1 mm are fabricated on a nanofiber with diameter around 450 - 550 nm...
February 25, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281265/enhanced-performance-of-colorimetric-biosensing-on-paper-microfluidic-platforms-through-chemical-modification-and-incorporation-of-nanoparticles
#19
Ellen Flávia Moreira Gabriel, Paulo T Garcia, Elizabeth Evans, Thiago M G Cardoso, Carlos D Garcia, Wendell K T Coltro
This chapter describes two different methodologies used to improve the analytical performance of colorimetric paper-based biosensors. Microfluidic paper-based analytical devices (μPADs) have been produced by a stamping process and CO2 laser ablation and modified, respectively, through an oxidation step and incorporation of silica nanoparticles on the paper structure. Both methods are employed in order to overcome the largest problem associated with colorimetric detection, the heterogeneity of the color distribution in the detection zones...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279919/active-targeting-theranostic-iron-oxide-nanoparticles-for-mri-and-magnetic-resonance-guided-focused-ultrasound-ablation-of-lung-cancer
#20
Zhongling Wang, Ruirui Qiao, Na Tang, Ziwei Lu, Han Wang, Zaixian Zhang, Xiangdong Xue, Zhongyi Huang, Siruo Zhang, Guixiang Zhang, Yuanpei Li
Despite its great promise in non-invasive treatment of cancers, magnetic resonance-guided focused ultrasound surgery (MRgFUS) is currently limited by the insensitivity of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for visualization of small tumors, low efficiency of in vivo ultrasonic energy deposition, and damage to surrounding tissues. We hereby report the development of an active targeting nano-sized theranostic superparamagnetic iron oxide (SPIO) platform for significantly increasing the imaging sensitivity and energy deposition efficiency using a clinical MRgFUS system...
March 1, 2017: Biomaterials
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