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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912130/acidity-triggered-charge-convertible-nanoparticles-that-can-cause-bacterium-specific-aggregation-in-situ-to-enhance-photothermal-ablation-of-focal-infection
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Chiranjeevi Korupalli, Chieh-Cheng Huang, Wei-Chih Lin, Wen-Yu Pan, Po-Yen Lin, Wei-Lin Wan, Meng-Ju Li, Yen Chang, Hsing-Wen Sung
Focal infections that are caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria are becoming an ever-growing challenge to human health. To address this challenge, a pH-responsive amphiphilic polymer of polyaniline-conjugated glycol chitosan (PANI-GCS) that can self-assemble into nanoparticles (NPs) in situ is developed. The PANI-GCS NPs undergo a unique surface charge conversion that is induced by their local pH, favoring bacterium-specific aggregation without direct contact with host cells. Following conjugation onto GCS, the optical-absorbance peak of PANI is red-shifted toward the near-infrared (NIR) region, enabling PANI-GCS NPs to generate a substantial amount of heat, which is emitted to their neighborhood...
November 24, 2016: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910667/x-ray-self-emission-imaging-used-to-diagnose-3-d-nonuniformities-in-direct-drive-icf-implosions
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A K Davis, D T Michel, R S Craxton, R Epstein, M Hohenberger, T Mo, D H Froula
As hydrodynamics codes develop to increase understanding of three-dimensional (3-D) effects in inertial confinement fusion implosions, diagnostics must adapt to evaluate their predictive accuracy. A 3-D radiation postprocessor was developed to investigate the use of soft x-ray self-emission images of an imploding target to measure the size of nonuniformities on the target surface. Synthetic self-emission images calculated from 3-D simulations showed a narrow ring of emission outside the ablation surface of the target...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910632/recent-advances-and-results-from-the-solid-radiochemistry-nuclear-diagnostic-at-the-national-ignition-facility
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N Gharibyan, D A Shaughnessy, K J Moody, P M Grant, J D Despotopulos, S A Faye, D R Jedlovec, C B Yeamans
The solid debris collection capability at the National Ignition Facility has been expanded to include a third line-of-sight assembly. The solid radiochemistry nuclear diagnostic measurement of the ratio of gold isotopes is dependent on the efficient collection of neutron-activated hohlraum debris by passive metal disks. The collection of target debris at this new location is more reliable in comparison to the historic locations, and it appears to be independent of collector surface ablation.
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910586/a-novel-method-to-recover-dd-fusion-proton-cr-39-data-corrupted-by-fast-ablator-ions-at-omega-and-the-national-ignition-facility
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G D Sutcliffe, L M Milanese, D Orozco, B Lahmann, M Gatu Johnson, F H Séguin, H Sio, J A Frenje, C K Li, R D Petrasso, H-S Park, J R Rygg, D T Casey, R Bionta, D P Turnbull, C M Huntington, J S Ross, A B Zylstra, M J Rosenberg, V Yu Glebov
CR-39 detectors are used routinely in inertial confinement fusion (ICF) experiments as a part of nuclear diagnostics. CR-39 is filtered to stop fast ablator ions which have been accelerated from an ICF implosion due to electric fields caused by laser-plasma interactions. In some experiments, the filtering is insufficient to block these ions and the fusion-product signal tracks are lost in the large background of accelerated ion tracks. A technique for recovering signal in these scenarios has been developed, tested, and implemented successfully...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910524/spatially-resolved-thomson-scattering-measurements-of-the-transition-from-the-collective-to-the-non-collective-regime-in-a-laser-produced-plasma
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D B Schaeffer, C G Constantin, A S Bondarenko, E T Everson, C Niemann
We present optical Thomson scattering results that image for the first time in a single measurement the spatial transition from collective to non-collective scattering. Data were taken in the Phoenix laser laboratory at the University of California, Los Angeles. The Raptor laser was used to ablate a carbon plasma, which was diagnosed with the frequency-doubled Phoenix laser serving as a Thomson scattering probe. Scattered light was collected from the laser plasma up to 10 cm from the target surface and up to 10 us after ablation, and imaged with high spatial and spectral resolutions...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910501/multicharged-carbon-ion-generation-from-laser-plasma
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Oguzhan Balki, Hani E Elsayed-Ali
Carbon ions generated by ablation of a carbon target using an Nd:YAG laser pulse (wavelength λ = 1064 nm, pulse width τ = 7 ns, and laser fluence of 10-110 J cm(-2)) are characterized. Time-of-flight analyzer, a three-mesh retarding field analyzer, and an electrostatic ion energy analyzer are used to study the charge and energy of carbon ions generated by laser ablation. The dependencies of the ion signal on the laser fluence, laser focal point position relative to target surface, and the acceleration voltage are described...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897429/temporal-variability-of-bacterial-communities-in-cryoconite-on-an-alpine-glacier
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Andrea Franzetti, Federico Navarra, Ilario Tagliaferri, Isabella Gandolfi, Giuseppina Bestetti, Umberto Minora, Roberto Sergio Azzoni, Guglielmina Diolaiuti, Claudio Smiraglia, Roberto Ambrosini
Cryoconite holes, i.e. small ponds that form on glacier surface, are considered the most biologically active environments on glaciers. Bacterial communities in these environments have been extensively studied, but often through snapshot studies based on the assumption of a general stability of community structure. In this study, we investigated the temporal variation of bacterial communities in cryoconite holes on the Forni Glacier (Italian Alps) by high throughput DNA sequencing. We found a temporal change of bacterial communities, with autotrophic Cyanobacteria populations dominating communities after snowmelt, and heterotrophic Sphingobacteriales populations increasing in abundance later in the season...
November 29, 2016: Environmental Microbiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891538/slip-of-polymer-melts-over-micro-nano-patterned-metallic-surfaces
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Marzieh Ebrahimi, Vinod Kumar Konaganti, Sona Moradi, Antonios K Doufas, Savvas G Hatzikiriakos
The slip behavior of high-density polyethylenes (HDPEs) is studied over surfaces of different topology and surface energy. Laser ablation has been used to micro/nano-pattern the surface of dies in order to examine the effect of surface roughness on slip. In addition, fluoroalkyl silane-based coatings on smooth and patterned substrates were used to understand the effect of surface energy on slip. Surface roughness and surface energy effects were incorporated into the double reptation slip model (Ebrahimi et al...
November 28, 2016: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886610/integration-of-intracardiac-echocardiography-and-computed-tomography-during-atrial-fibrillation-ablation-combining-ultrasound-contours-obtained-from-the-right-atrium-and-ventricular-outflow-tract
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Kohki Nakamura, Shigeto Naito, Kenichi Kaseno, Yosuke Nakatani, Takehito Sasaki, Naofumi Anjo, Eiji Yamashita, Koji Kumagai, Nobusada Funabashi, Yoshio Kobayashi, Shigeru Oshima
BACKGROUND: We aimed to optimize the acquisition of the left atrial (LA) and pulmonary vein (PV) ultrasound contours for more accurate integration of intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) and computed tomography (CT) using the CARTO(®) 3 system during atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation. METHODS: Eighty-five AF patients underwent integration of ICE and CT using (1) the LA roof and posterior wall contours acquired from the right atrium (RA), (2) all LA/PV contours from the RA (Whole-RA-integration), (3) the LA roof/posterior wall contours from the RA and right ventricular outflow tract (RVOT) (Posterior-RA/RV-integration), and (4) all LA/PV contours from the RA and RVOT (Whole-RA/RV-integration)...
November 9, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885966/er-cr-ysgg-laser-effectively-ablates-single-species-biofilms-on-titanium-disks-without-detectable-surface-damage
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Jason M Strever, Jaebum Lee, William Ealick, Mark Peacock, Daniel Shelby, Cristiano Susin, Donald Mettenberg, Ahmed El-Awady, Frederick Rueggeberg, Christopher W Cutler
BACKGROUND: Increasing evidence implicates biofilms, consisting of species such as Porphyromonas gingivalis, in the etiology of peri-implantitis. Multiple approaches to ablate biofilms on failing implants have been proposed, include the use of lasers; most recently the Er,Cr:YSGG laser. The purpose of this study is to establish an in-vitro single-species biofilm model on implant surfaces and determine power settings of the Er,Cr:YSGG laser that remove the biofilm while not causing physical damage to the disk...
November 25, 2016: Journal of Periodontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884617/trans-advanced-surface-laser-ablation-transprk-outcomes-using-smartpulsetechnology
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Ioannis M Aslanides, George D Kymionis
PURPOSE: To evaluate early visual rehabilitation, post-operative pain, epithelial healing and haze after transepithelial photorefractive keratectomy (TransPRK) using the SmartPulseTechnology (SPT) of Schwind Amaris (Schwind eye-tech-solutions GmbH, Kleinostheim, Germany). METHODS: This was a retrospective comparative evaluation of a cohort of myopic patients undergoing TransPRK with SPT (group 1), with one matched control group that underwent conventional TransPRK (group 2)...
November 21, 2016: Contact Lens & Anterior Eye: the Journal of the British Contact Lens Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27880903/mirnas-are-essential-for-the-regulation-of-the-pi3k-akt-foxo-pathway-and-receptor-editing-during-b%C3%A2-cell-maturation
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Maryaline Coffre, David Benhamou, David Rieß, Lili Blumenberg, Valentina Snetkova, Marcus J Hines, Tirtha Chakraborty, Sofia Bajwa, Kari Jensen, Mark M W Chong, Lelise Getu, Gregg J Silverman, Robert Blelloch, Dan R Littman, Dinis Calado, Doron Melamed, Jane A Skok, Klaus Rajewsky, Sergei B Koralov
B cell development is a tightly regulated process dependent on sequential rearrangements of immunoglobulin loci that encode the antigen receptor. To elucidate the role of microRNAs (miRNAs) in the orchestration of B cell development, we ablated all miRNAs at the earliest stage of B cell development by conditionally targeting the enzymes critical for RNAi in early B cell precursors. Absence of any one of these enzymes led to a block at the pro- to pre-B cell transition due to increased apoptosis and a failure of pre-B cells to proliferate...
November 22, 2016: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869644/hydrogen-gas-sensors-from-polysilicon-nanobelt-devices-selectively-modified-with-sensing-materials
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Nhan Ai Tran, Fu-Ming Pan, Jeng-Tzong Sheu
Double-junction n(+)/n(-)/n(+) polysilicon nanobelts featuring selectively deposited sensing materials have been investigated for application as H2 gas sensors. The selective modification of the devices was performed through a combination of localized ablation of a resist and lift-off of a previous catalyst material deposited through e-beam evaporation. Four nanobelt devices, differentiated by their doping concentrations at the n(-) region (from 2.5 × 10(13) to 2.5 × 10(14) cm(-2)), were analyzed in terms of the responses to H2 and their self-heating effects...
December 16, 2016: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869194/a-highly-efficient-stable-durable-and-recyclable-filter-fabricated-by-femtosecond-laser-drilling-of-a-titanium-foil-for-oil-water-separation
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Sen Ye, Qiang Cao, Qingsong Wang, Tianyuan Wang, Qing Peng
It has been a long standing challenge to efficiently separate oil and water since prehistoric times, and now it has become even more desirable in oily wastewater purification and oil spill cleanup. Here we introduce a super oil-water separation filter with superhydrophilicity and underwater superoleophobicity, fabricated using femtosecond laser micro-hole drilling of a titanium foil. Such a simply-made filter, without any modification, can achieve a separation efficiency exceeding 99% in eight typical oil-water mixtures...
November 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27863910/gabor-frames-for-classification-of-paroxysmal-and-persistent-atrial-fibrillation-episodes
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Nuria Ortigosa, Antonio Galbis, Carmen Fernández, Óscar Cano
In this study, we propose a new classification method for early differentiation of paroxysmal and persistent atrial fibrillation episodes, i.e. those which spontaneously or with external intervention will return to sinus rhythm within 7 days of onset from the ones where the arrhythmia is sustained for more than 7 days. Today, clinicians provide patients classification once the course of the arrhythmia has been disclosed. This classification problem is dealt with in this study. We study a sparse representation of surface electrocardiogram signals by means of Gabor frames and afterwards we apply a linear discriminant analysis...
November 15, 2016: Medical Engineering & Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862066/fractional-co2-laser-treatment-of-caesarean-section-scars-a-randomized-controlled-split-scar-trial-with-long-term-follow-up-assessment
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Katrine E Karmisholt, Elisabeth H Taudorf, Camilla B Wulff, Emily Wenande, Peter A Philipsen, Merete Haedersdal
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Caesarean section (c-section) scars can be pose functional and cosmetic challenges and ablative fractional laser (AFXL) treatment may offer benefit to patients. We evaluated textural and color changes over time in AFXL-treated versus untreated control scars. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A randomized, controlled, intra-individual split-scar trial with three sessions of AFXL-treatments for mature c-section scars. Settings of AFXL were adjusted to each individual scar...
November 8, 2016: Lasers in Surgery and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27860462/improved-anticancer-photothermal-therapy-using-the-bystander-effect-enhanced-by-antiarrhythmic-peptide-conjugated-dopamine-modified-reduced-graphene-oxide-nanocomposite
#17
Jiantao Yu, Yu-Hsin Lin, Lingyan Yang, Chih-Ching Huang, Liliang Chen, Wen-Cheng Wang, Guan-Wen Chen, Junyan Yan, Saranta Sawettanun, Chia-Hua Lin
Despite tremendous efforts toward developing novel near-infrared (NIR)-absorbing nanomaterials, improvement in therapeutic efficiency remains a formidable challenge in photothermal cancer therapy. This study aims to synthesize a specific peptide conjugated polydopamine-modified reduced graphene oxide (pDA/rGO) nanocomposite that promotes the bystander effect to facilitate cancer treatment using NIR-activated photothermal therapy. To prepare a nanoplatform capable of promoting the bystander effect in cancer cells, we immobilized antiarrhythmic peptide 10 (AAP10) on the surface of dopamine-modified rGO (AAP10-pDA/rGO)...
November 8, 2016: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859886/collateral-blood-flow-in-different-cerebrovascular-hierarchy-provides-endogenous-protection-in-cerebral-ischemia
#18
Chuanming Luo, Fengyin Liang, Huixia Ren, Xiaoli Yao, Qiang Liu, Mingyue Li, Dajiang Qin, Ti-Fei Yuan, Zhong Pei, Huanxing Su
Collateral blood flow as vascular adaptions to focal cerebral ischemia is well recognized. However, few studies directly investigate the dynamics of collateral vessel recruitment in vivo and little is known about the effect of collateral blood flow in different cerebrovascular hierarchy on the neuropathology after focal ischemic stroke. Here, we report that collateral blood flow is critically involved in blood vessel compensations following regional ischemia. We occluded a pial arteriole using femtosecond laser ablating under the intact thinned skull and documented the changes of collateral flow around the surface communication network and between the surface communication network and subsurface microcirculation network using in vivo two photon microscopy imaging...
November 15, 2016: Brain Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27857431/additional-external-electromagnetic-fields-for-laser-microprocessing-of-metals
#19
V Schütz, K Bischoff, S Brief, J Koch, O Suttmann, L Overmeyer
Ultra-short pulsed laser processing is a potent tool for microstructuring of a lot of materials. At certain laser parameters, particular periodical and/or quasi-periodical µm-size surface structures evolve apparently during processing. With extended plasmonics theory, it is possible to predict the structure formation, and a systematic technology can be derived to alter the surface for laser processing. In this work, we have demonstrated the modification of the laser processing with applying tailored dynamic surface electro-magnetic fields...
November 14, 2016: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27853583/the-core-planar-cell-polarity-gene-vangl2-directs-adult-corneal-epithelial-cell-alignment-and-migration
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Amy S Findlay, D Alessio Panzica, Petr Walczysko, Amy B Holt, Deborah J Henderson, John D West, Ann M Rajnicek, J Martin Collinson
This study shows that the core planar cell polarity (PCP) genes direct the aligned cell migration in the adult corneal epithelium, a stratified squamous epithelium on the outer surface of the vertebrate eye. Expression of multiple core PCP genes was demonstrated in the adult corneal epithelium. PCP components were manipulated genetically and pharmacologically in human and mouse corneal epithelial cells in vivo and in vitro. Knockdown of VANGL2 reduced the directional component of migration of human corneal epithelial (HCE) cells without affecting speed...
October 2016: Royal Society Open Science
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