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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819966/characterization-of-nanopipet-supported-ities-tips-for-scanning-electrochemical-microscopy-of-single-solid-state-nanopores
#1
Ran Chen, Ryan James Balla, Alex Lima, Shigeru Amemiya
Nanoscale scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM) is a powerful scanning probe technique that enables high-resolution imaging of chemical processes at single nanometer-sized objects. However, it has been a challenging task to quantitatively understand nanoscale SECM images, which requires to accurately characterize the size and geometry of nanoelectrode tips. Herein, we address this challenge through transmission electron microscopy (TEM) of quartz nanopipets for SECM imaging of single solid-state nanopores by using nanopipet-supported interfaces between two immiscible electrolyte solutions (ITIES) as tips...
August 18, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817631/a-computational-model-for-biosonar-echoes-from-foliage
#2
Chen Ming, Anupam Kumar Gupta, Ruijin Lu, Hongxiao Zhu, Rolf Müller
Since many bat species thrive in densely vegetated habitats, echoes from foliage are likely to be of prime importance to the animals' sensory ecology, be it as clutter that masks prey echoes or as sources of information about the environment. To better understand the characteristics of foliage echoes, a new model for the process that generates these signals has been developed. This model takes leaf size and orientation into account by representing the leaves as circular disks of varying diameter. The two added leaf parameters are of potential importance to the sensory ecology of bats, e...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816245/ram-pressure-feeding-of-supermassive-black-holes
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Bianca M Poggianti, Yara L Jaffé, Alessia Moretti, Marco Gullieuszik, Mario Radovich, Stephanie Tonnesen, Jacopo Fritz, Daniela Bettoni, Benedetta Vulcani, Giovanni Fasano, Callum Bellhouse, George Hau, Alessandro Omizzolo
When a supermassive black hole at the centre of a galaxy accretes matter, it gives rise to a highly energetic phenomenon: an active galactic nucleus. Numerous physical processes have been proposed to account for the funnelling of gas towards the galactic centre to feed the black hole. There are also several physical processes that can remove gas from a galaxy, one of which is ram-pressure stripping by the hot gas that fills the space between galaxies in galaxy clusters. Here we report that six out of a sample of seven 'jellyfish' galaxies-galaxies with long 'tentacles' of material that extend for dozens of kiloparsecs beyond the galactic disks-host an active nucleus, and two of them also have galactic-scale ionization cones...
August 16, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814079/measuring-the-edge-recombination-velocity-of-monolayer-semiconductors
#4
Peida Zhao, Matin Amani, Der-Hsien Lien, Geun Ho Ahn, Daisuke Kiriya, James P Mastandrea, Joel W Ager, Eli Yablonovitch, Daryl C Chrzan, Ali Javey
Understanding edge effects and quantifying their impact on the carrier properties of two-dimensional (2D) semiconductors is an essential step toward utilizing this material for high performance electronic and optoelectronic devices. WS2 monolayers patterned into disks of varying diameters are used to experimentally explore the influence of edges on the material's optical properties. Carrier lifetime measurements show a decrease in the effective lifetime, τeffective, as a function of decreasing diameter, suggesting that the edges are active sites for carrier recombination...
August 18, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813520/the-frequency-of-class1-and-2-integrons-in-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-strains-isolated-from-burn-patients-in-a-burn-center-of-ahvaz-iran
#5
Azar Dokht Khosravi, Moloudsadat Motahar, Effat Abbasi Montazeri
BACKGROUND: Pseudomonas aeruginosa is an opportunistic pathogen with the ability to cause severe nosocomial infections and remains a major problem in burn patients. This organism shows a remarkable antimicrobial resistance and is often resistant to multiple antibiotics. Integron genes as mobile genetic elements are playing an important role in the spread of P. aeruginosa antibiotic resistance. This study was aimed to investigate the occurrence of class 1, and 2 integron genes (int1, int2), among P...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812009/the-bacteriological-quality-safety-and-antibiogram-of-salmonella-isolates-from-fresh-meat-in-retail-shops-of-bahir-dar-city-ethiopia
#6
Melkamnesh Azage, Mulugeta Kibret
The habit of raw meat consumption in addition to the poor hygienic standards and lack of knowledge contribute to food-borne diseases outbreaks. The objective of this research was to assess the bacterial quality and safety of fresh meat from retail Bahir Dar City, Ethiopia. A total of 30 fresh meat samples were collected from butcher shops. Standard bacteriological methods were used to isolate and enumerate bacteria. Kirby-Bauer disk diffusion method was used for antimicrobial susceptibility testing of Salmonella isolates...
2017: International journal of food science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811266/expression-and-purification-of-a-difficult-sarcomeric-protein-telethonin
#7
Huanbo Tan, Wencheng Su, Pengju Wang, Wenyu Zhang, Michael Sattler, Peijian Zou
Telethonin anchors the N-terminal region of titin in the Z-disk of the sarcomere by binding to two immunoglobulin-like (Ig) domains (Z1 and Z2) of titin (Z1Z2). Thereby telethonin plays an important role in myofibril assembly and in muscle development and functional regulation. The expression and purification of recombinant telethonin is very challenging. In previous studies, recombinant telethonin expressed from E. coli was refolded in the presence of Z1Z2. Here, we report various strategies to establish a reliable and efficient protocol for the preparation of telethonin and titin Z1Z2 protein...
August 12, 2017: Protein Expression and Purification
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810864/molecular-determination-of-antimicrobial-resistance-in-escherichia-coli-isolated-from-raw-meat-in-addis-ababa-and-bishoftu-ethiopia
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Yohannes Equar Messele, Reta Duguma Abdi, Shimels Tikuye Yalew, Desiye Tesfaye Tegegne, Bezina Arega Emeru, Gebremeskel Mamu Werid
BACKGROUND: Consumption of meat contaminated by E. coli causes a serious illness and even death to affected individuals. Recently the emerging of antibiotic resistant foodborne E. coli poses serious public health risks worldwide. However, little is known about the antibiotic resistance profile of E. coli in Ethiopia. This study aimed to determine the prevalence and Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) status of E. coli isolated from different type of meat. METHODS: Overall 292 samples were collected from December 2015 to April 2016 from slaughterhouses to determine the prevalence and AMR of E...
August 15, 2017: Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808764/high-resolution-3-t-mri-of-the-triangular-fibrocartilage-complex-in-the-wrist-injury-pattern-and-mr-features
#9
Huili Zhan, Huibo Zhang, Rongjie Bai, Zhanhua Qian, Yue Liu, Heng Zhang, Yuming Yin
OBJECTIVES: To investigate if using high-resolution 3-T MRI can identify additional injuries of the triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC) beyond the Palmer classification. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Eighty-six patients with surgically proven TFCC injury were included in this study. All patients underwent high-resolution 3-T MRI of the injured wrist. The MR imaging features of TFCC were analyzed according to the Palmer classification. RESULTS: According to the Palmer classification, 69 patients could be classified as having Palmer injuries (52 had traumatic tears and 17 had degenerative tears)...
August 15, 2017: Skeletal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808680/early-formation-of-planetary-building-blocks-inferred-from-pb-isotopic-ages-of-chondrules
#10
Jean Bollard, James N Connelly, Martin J Whitehouse, Emily A Pringle, Lydie Bonal, Jes K Jørgensen, Åke Nordlund, Frédéric Moynier, Martin Bizzarro
The most abundant components of primitive meteorites (chondrites) are millimeter-sized glassy spherical chondrules formed by transient melting events in the solar protoplanetary disk. Using Pb-Pb dates of 22 individual chondrules, we show that primary production of chondrules in the early solar system was restricted to the first million years after the formation of the Sun and that these existing chondrules were recycled for the remaining lifetime of the protoplanetary disk. This finding is consistent with a primary chondrule formation episode during the early high-mass accretion phase of the protoplanetary disk that transitions into a longer period of chondrule reworking...
August 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806366/african-american-veterans-storytelling-a-multisite-randomized-trial-to-improve-hypertension
#11
Thomas K Houston, Gemmae M Fix, Stephanie L Shimada, Judith A Long, Howard S Gordon, Charlene Pope, Julie Volkman, Jeroan J Allison, Kathryn DeLaughter, Michelle Orner, Barbara G Bokhour
BACKGROUND: Disparities in hypertension control persist for African American Veterans. OBJECTIVE: To enhance cultural relevance of hypertension control self-management education, in a multisite, stratified randomized trial, we tested an interactive Veteran-to-Veteran storytelling digital video disk (DVD) intervention created with Veteran partners, versus an education-only DVD comparison. METHODS: At 3 VA facilities, African American Veterans with uncontrolled hypertension were randomized to storytelling DVD intervention or didactic comparison DVD and followed for 6 months...
September 2017: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805021/towards-establishing-a-standardized-magnetic-resonance-imaging-scoring-system-for-temporomandibular-joints-in-juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis
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Mirkamal A Tolend, Marinka Twilt, Randy Q Cron, Nikolay Tzaribachev, Saurabh Guleria, Thekla von Kalle, Bernd Koos, Elka Miller, Jennifer Stimec, Yoginder Vaid, Tore A Larheim, Troels Herlin, Lynn Spiegel, Emilio Inarejos, Rahim Moineddin, Marion A van Rossum, Rotraud K Saurenmann, Andrea S Doria, Christian J Kellenberger
OBJECTIVES: The temporomandibular joints (TMJs) are frequently affected in children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). Early detection is challenging, as major variation is present in scoring TMJ pathology on Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Consensus-driven development and validation of a MRI scoring system for TMJs has important clinical utility in timely improvement of diagnosis, and serving as an outcome measure. We report on a multi-institutional collaboration towards developing a TMJ MRI scoring system for JIA...
August 13, 2017: Arthritis Care & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802761/ultrasound-versus-magnetic-resonance-imaging-of-the-temporomandibular-joint-in-juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
B L Hechler, J A Phero, H Van Mater, N S Matthews
A systematic review of published articles on ultrasound (US) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) in juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) was performed to answer the question "What is the sensitivity and specificity of US as compared to MRI in diagnosing acute and chronic joint changes in patients with JIA?" The most recent evidence was sought in published articles via a search of the PubMed, Ovid, and Embase databases. Article appraisal was performed by two reviewers. Nineteen articles reporting prospective or ambispective studies comparing US to MRI in TMJ imaging were found...
August 9, 2017: International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800411/antimicrobial-resistance-and-resistance-genes-in-salmonella-strains-isolated-from-broiler-chickens-along-the-slaughtering-process-in-china
#14
Yuanting Zhu, Haimei Lai, Likou Zou, Sheng Yin, Chengtao Wang, Xinfeng Han, Xiaolong Xia, Kaidi Hu, Li He, Kang Zhou, Shujuan Chen, Xiaolin Ao, Shuliang Liu
A total of 189 Salmonella isolates were recovered from 627 samples which were collected from cecal contents of broilers, chicken carcasses, chicken meat after cutting step and frozen broiler chicken products along the slaughtering process at a slaughterhouse in Sichuan province of China. The Salmonella isolates were subjected to antimicrobial susceptibility testing to 10 categories of antimicrobial agents using the Kirby-Bauer disk diffusion method. Those antibiotics-resistant isolates were further investigated for the occurrence of resistance genes, the presence of class 1 integron as well as the associated gene cassettes, and the mutations within the gyrA and parC genes...
August 1, 2017: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799604/versatile-nio-mesoporous-carbon-nanodisks-controlled-synthesis-from-hexagon-shaped-heterobimetallic-metal-organic-frameworks
#15
Dehong Zeng, Ying Yang, Feng Yang, Fangmin Guo, Senjie Yang, Baijun Liu, Shijie Hao, Yang Ren
Hexagonal NiO/mesoporous carbon nanodisks (NiO/MCN) are facilely and controllably synthesized via constructing nickel-zinc trimesic acid heterobimetallic metal-organic framework (HMOF) disks before pyrolysis at 910 °C. Tailoring the Ni/(Zn + Ni) feed ratio and the reaction time during the HMOF synthesis creates a well-defined hexagonal carbon nanodisk with properly populated NiO nanocrystals while maintaining high porosity and conductivity. Such an elaborately fabricated NiO/MCN is highly stable, and exhibits the largest specific capacitance of 261 F g(-1) and the highest specific activity factor of 1...
August 11, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798850/network-simulation-based-optimization-of-centrifugo-pneumatic-blood-plasma-separation
#16
S Zehnle, M Rombach, R Zengerle, F von Stetten, N Paust
Automated and robust separation of 14 μl of plasma from 40 μl of whole blood at a purity of 99.81% ± 0.11% within 43 s is demonstrated for the hematocrit range of 20%-60% in a centrifugal microfluidic polymer disk. At high rotational frequency, red blood cells (RBCs) within whole blood are concentrated in a radial outer RBC collection chamber. Simultaneously, plasma is concentrated in a radial inner pneumatic chamber, where a defined air volume is enclosed and compressed. Subsequent reduction of the rotational frequency to not lower than 25 Hz enables rapid transfer of supernatant plasma into a plasma collection chamber, with highly suppressed resuspension of red blood cells...
March 2017: Biomicrofluidics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794180/determination-of-disk-diffusion-and-mic-quality-control-guidelines-for-high-dose-cefepime-tazobactam-wck-4282-a-novel-antibacterial-combination-consisting-of-a-%C3%AE-lactamase-inhibitor-and-a-fourth-generation-cephalosporin
#17
Stefan Riedel, Michael D Huband, Helio S Sader, Robert K Flamm, Ronald N Jones
High-dose cefepime-tazobactam (1:1; WCK 4282), a novel antibacterial combination consisting of the β-lactamase inhibitor tazobactam and a fourth-generation cephalosporin, is under clinical development for the therapy of serious gram-negative infections. A quality control (QC) study was performed to establish disk diffusion and MIC ranges for cefepime-tazobactam for multiple QC reference strains. The cefepime-tazobactam QC ranges for MIC (tazobactam at fixed 8 μg/mL) and disk diffusion (30/20-μg disk) test methods were approved by the CLSI Subcommittee on Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing in January 2015 and January 2016...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792540/antibiotics-resistance-in-el-tor-vibrio-cholerae-01-isolated-during-cholera-outbreaks-in-mozambique-from-2012-to-2015
#18
Liliana Candida Dengo-Baloi, Cynthia Amino Semá-Baltazar, Lena Vania Manhique, Jucunu Elias Chitio, Dorteia Luísa Inguane, José Paulo Langa
RATIONALE: Mozambique has recorded cyclically epidemic outbreaks of cholera. Antibiotic therapy is recommended in specific situations for management and control of cholera outbreaks. However, an increase in resistance rates to antibiotics by Vibrio cholerae has been reported in several epidemic outbreaks worldwide. On the other hand, there are few recent records of continuous surveillance of antibiotics susceptibility pattern of V. cholerae in Mozambique. GOALS: The purpose of this study was to evaluate antibiotics resistance pattern of Vibrio cholerae O1 Ogawa isolated during Cholera outbreaks in Mozambique to commonly used antibiotics...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782940/electrokinetic-manipulation-of-silver-and-platinum-nanoparticles-and-their-stochastic-electrochemical-detection
#19
Jason Bonezzi, Tulashi Luitel, Aliaksei Boika
Electrokinetic phenomena such as dielectrophoresis and electrothermal fluid flow are used to increase the rate of mass transfer of silver and platinum nanoparticles and improve their stochastic electrochemical detection. These phenomena are induced by applying a high frequency alternating current (ac) waveform between a counter electrode and a working disk microelectrode. By recording chronoamperograms at room temperature and various ac powers, it is shown that the ac heating leads to an increase in the collision frequency of studied nanoparticles with working electrode surface by a factor of ∼10(1)-10(3) as well as the increase in the magnitude of the measured faradaic response...
August 10, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780098/prevalence-and-characterization-of-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-carrying-meca-or-mecc-and-methicillin-susceptible-staphylococcus-aureus-in-dairy-sheep-farms-in-central-italy
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G Giacinti, V Carfora, A Caprioli, D Sagrafoli, N Marri, G Giangolini, R Amoruso, M Iurescia, F Stravino, S Dottarelli, F Feltrin, A Franco, S Amatiste, A Battisti
Between January and May 2012, a total of 286 bulk tank milk samples from dairy sheep farms located in central Italy were tested for the presence of Staphylococcus aureus. One hundred fifty-three samples were positive for S. aureus (53.5%), with an average count of 2.53 log cfu/mL. A total of 679 S. aureus colonies were screened for methicillin resistance by the cefoxitin disk diffusion test, and 104 selected cefoxitin-susceptible isolates were also tested for their susceptibility to other antimicrobials representative of the most relevant classes active against Staphylococcus spp...
August 2, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
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