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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926852/polar-localization-of-the-serine-chemoreceptor-of-escherichia-coli-is-nucleoid-exclusion-dependent
#1
Ramakanth Neeli-Venkata, Sofia Startceva, Teppo Annila, Andre S Ribeiro
We studied whether nucleoid exclusion contributes to the segregation and retention of Tsr chemoreceptor clusters at the cell poles. Using live time-lapse, single-cell microscopy measurements, we show that the single-cell spatial distributions of Tsr clusters have heterogeneities and asymmetries that are consistent with nucleoid exclusion and cannot be explained by the diffusion-and-capture mechanism supported by Tol-Pal complexes at the poles. Also, in cells subjected to ampicillin, which enhances relative nucleoid lengths, Tsr clusters locate relatively closer to the cell extremities, whereas in anucleated cells (deletion mutants for mukB), the Tsr clusters are closer to midcell...
December 6, 2016: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924928/unified-rheology-of-vibro-fluidized-dry-granular-media-from-slow-dense-flows-to-fast-gas-like-regimes
#2
Andrea Gnoli, Antonio Lasanta, Alessandro Sarracino, Andrea Puglisi
Granular media take on great importance in industry and geophysics, posing a severe challenge to materials science. Their response properties elude known soft rheological models, even when the yield-stress discontinuity is blurred by vibro-fluidization. Here we propose a broad rheological scenario where average stress sums up a frictional contribution, generalizing conventional μ(I)-rheology, and a kinetic collisional term dominating at fast fluidization. Our conjecture fairly describes a wide series of experiments in a vibrofluidized vane setup, whose phenomenology includes velocity weakening, shear thinning, a discontinuous thinning transition, and gaseous shear thickening...
December 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920772/streptococcus-thermophilus-apc151-strain-is-suitable-for-the-manufacture-of-naturally-gaba-enriched-bioactive-yogurt
#3
Daniel M Linares, Tom F O'Callaghan, Paula M O'Connor, R P Ross, Catherine Stanton
Consumer interest in health-promoting food products is a major driving force for the increasing global demand of functional (probiotic) dairy foods. Yogurt is considered the ideal medium for delivery of beneficial functional ingredients. Gamma-amino-butyric acid has potential as a bioactive ingredient in functional foods due to its health-promoting properties as an anti-stress, anti-hypertensive, and anti-diabetic agent. Here, we report the use of a novel Streptococcus thermophilus strain, isolated from the digestive tract of fish, for production of yogurt naturally enriched with 2 mg/ml of gamma-amino-butyric acid (200 mg in a standard yogurt volume of 100 ml), a dose in the same range as that provided by some commercially available gamma-amino-butyric acid supplements...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919814/basil-seed-mucilage-as-a-new-source-for-electrospinning-production-and-physicochemical-characterization
#4
Forouzan Kurd, Milad Fathi, Hajar Shekarchizadeh
In this study nanofibers were prepared via the electrospinning technique by basil seed mucilage (BSM) as a new source of hydrocolloid. Polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) was used as an aiding agent. Viscosity and electrical conductivity of BSM/PVA solutions of different volume ratios (100:0, 80:20, 60:40, 40:60, 20:80 and 0:100) were in the range of 790-1300cP and 745-2140μS/cm, respectively. Morphology of nanofibers were investigated using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) that showed an average diameter range of 179-390nm...
December 2, 2016: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918988/synthesis-of-nanocomposites-from-polyacrylamide-and-graphene-oxide-application-as-flocculants-for-water-purification
#5
M Manafi, P Manafi, Shilpi Agarwal, Arvind Kumar Bharti, M Asif, Vinod Kumar Gupta
Polyacrylamide/graphene (PAM/GO) based nanocomposites were synthesized and applied as flocculating agent for cleansing the solvent phase. In order to obtain the better dispersion of the graphene nanoplatelets in matrix the functionalization was carried out using acid and upon analytical characterization the successful fine dispersion of FGNp was found in the PAM matrix. The influence of GO concentrations on viscosity, charge demand, flocculating and dewatering with ambient micrometer-sized ground calcium carbonate (GCC) was well evaluated and elucidated...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918419/a-theoretical-study-of-love-wave-sensors-based-on-zno-glass-layered-structures-for-application-to-liquid-environments
#6
Cinzia Caliendo, Muhammad Hamidullah
The propagation of surface acoustic Love modes along ZnO/glass-based structures was modeled and analysed with the goal of designing a sensor able to detect changes in the environmental parameters, such as liquid viscosity changes and minute amounts of mass supported in the viscous liquid medium. Love mode propagation was modeled by numerically solving the system of coupled electro-mechanical field equations and Navier-Stokes equations. The phase and group velocities and the attenuation of the acoustic wave propagating along the 30° tilted c-axis ZnO/glass structure contacting a viscous non-conductive liquid were calculated for different ZnO guiding layer thicknesses, added mass thicknesses, and liquid viscosity and density...
December 2, 2016: Biosensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917822/additive-manufactured-polycaprolactone-scaffold-consisting-of-innovatively-designed-microsized-spiral-struts-for-hard-tissue-regeneration
#7
Gi Hoon Yang, Minseong Kim, GeunHyung Kim
Three-dimensional biomedical polycaprolactone scaffolds consisting of microsized spiral-like struts were fabricated using an additive manufacturing process. In this study, various processing parameters such as applied pressure, polymer viscosity, printing nozzle-to-stage distance, and nozzle moving speed were optimized to achieve a unique scaffold consisting of spiral-like struts. Various physical and biological analyses, including the morphological structure of spirals, mechanical properties, cell proliferation, and osteogenic activities, were performed to evaluate the effect of the spirals of the scaffold...
December 5, 2016: Biofabrication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917540/interaction-of-procarbazine-with-calf-thymus-dna-a-biophysical-and-molecular-docking-study
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Razique Anwer, Nazia Ahmad, Khalid I Al Qumaizi, Osama A Al Khamees, Waleed Mohammed Al Shaqha, Tasneem Fatma
Interaction of procarbazine (PCZ) with calf thymus DNA was studied using biophysical and molecular docking studies. Procarbazine was to interact with DNA with a binding constant of 6.52 × 10(3)  M(-1) as calculated using ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy. To find out the binding mode, molecular docking was performed that predicted PCZ to interact with DNA through groove binding mode with binding affinity of -6.7 kcal/mole. To confirm the groove binding nature, different experiments were performed. Dye displacement assays confirmed the non-intercalative binding mode...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Molecular Recognition: JMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915098/organic-liquid-mobility-induced-by-smoldering-remediation
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L Kinsman, J L Torero, J I Gerhard
Laboratory column experiments plus analytical and numerical modeling together suggest that, under certain conditions, downward organic liquid mobilization can occur and impact smoldering behavior. This applies for organic liquids mixed with inert sand subjected to smoldering as thermal treatment. The observed effects include increased peak temperatures (here by up to 35%) and increased treatment times (here by up to 30%). Downward organic liquid migration occurs when (i) injected Darcy air flux is less than a threshold value (here less than 3cm/s), (ii) treatment systems are tall (here 90cm, not 30cm), and (iii) the organic liquid is temperature-sensitive (viscosity less than 0...
November 18, 2016: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915016/injectable-supramolecular-hydrogel-formed-from-%C3%AE-cyclodextrin-and-peglated-arginine-functionalized-poly-l-lysine-dendron-for-sustained-mmp-9-shrna-plasmid-delivery
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Qianming Lin, Yumeng Yang, Qian Hu, Zhong Guo, Tao Liu, Jiake Xu, Jianping Wu, Thomas Brett Kirk, Dong Ma, Wei Xue
: Hydrogels have attracted much attention in cancer therapy and tissue engineering due to their sustained gene delivery ability. To obtain an injectable and high-efficiency gene delivery hydrogel, methoxypolyethylene glycol (MPEG) was used to conjugate with the arginine-functionalized poly(L-lysine) dendron (PLLD-Arg) by click reaction, and then the synthesized MPEG-PLLD-Arg interacted with α-cyclodextrin (α-CD) to form the supramolecular hydrogel by the host-guest interaction. The gelation dynamics, hydrogel strength and shear viscosity could be modulated by α-CD content in the hydrogel...
November 30, 2016: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914965/a-review-on-synthesis-properties-and-applications-of-natural-polymer-based-carrageenan-blends-and-composites
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REVIEW
Khalid Mahmood Zia, Shazia Tabasum, Muhammad Nasif, Neelam Sultan, Nosheen Aslam, Aqdas Noreen, Mohammad Zuber
Carrageenan is a natural polysaccharide extracted from edible red seaweeds of Rhodophycea class. It has been used as a viscosity increasing or gelling agent for prolonged and controlled drug release, food, pharmaceuticals and other industries. However, in spite of wide range of applications, carrageenan has some drawbacks and adverse effects on the biological systems, so its modifications with natural and synthetic polymers are carried out. This review article presents different sources and properties of carrageenans with special emphasis on natural polymer based carrageenan blends and composites and their applications in controlled drug delivery system, wound dressing and tissue engineering because of their biodegradability and biocompatibility, food industry as thickening/gelling materials, cosmeceuticals and making polyelectrolyte complexes...
November 30, 2016: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914785/effect-of-macroporous-adsorption-resin-membrane-bioreactor-hybrid-system-against-fouling-for-municipal-wastewater-treatment
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Weiwei Chen, Jing Luo, Ruyi Cao, Yuting Li, Jinrong Liu
Membrane bioreactor (MBR) displays significant advantages in effluent quality, sludge production, footprint, and operation. However, membrane fouling limits the application of MBR. This study investigated membrane fouling in a macroporous adsorption resin-membrane bioreactor hybrid system established by adding macroporous adsorption resin (MAR) into MBR. MAR addition increased the critical flux by 27.97%, indicating that membrane fouling was successfully mitigated. Consequently, comparative experiments were designed to analyze the pathway...
November 25, 2016: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914040/formulation-optimization-and-ex-vivo-and-in-vivo-evaluation-of-celecoxib-microemulsion-based-gel-for-transdermal-delivery
#13
Mengyuan Cao, Lili Ren, Guoguang Chen
Celecoxib (CXB) is a poorly aqueous solubility sulfonamide non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Hence, the formulation of CXB was selected for solubilization and bioavailability. To find out suitable formulation for microemulsion, the solubility of CXB in triacetin (oil phase), Tween 80 (surfactant), and Transcutol-P (co-surfactant) was screened respectively and optimized by using orthogonal experimental design. The Km value and concentration of oil, Smix, and water were confirmed by pseudo-ternary phase diagram studies and central composite design...
December 2, 2016: AAPS PharmSciTech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913774/gravity-flow-in-proposed-enteral-tube-small-bore-connectors
#14
Ryan T Hurt, Lisa M Epp, Adele K Pattinson, Wanda M Duellman, Stephen M Corner, Manpreet S Mundi
BACKGROUND: Enteral nutrition (EN) misconnections have been identified as a serious and potential deadly problem. An international effort led by EN industry leaders has developed a small-bore enteral connector (ENFit) that in theory will reduce the frequency of misconnections. Despite the potential benefit of preventing misconnections, the full impact of adoption of the ENFit connector is unknown. To assess the impact of transitioning to ENFit on our home EN (HEN) patients, the current study evaluated gravity feeding comparing 2 proposed small-bore connectors to the legacy (current connector) using various commercial formulas...
December 2, 2016: Nutrition in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913771/safety-assessment-of-methyl-glucose-polyethers-and-esters-as-used-in-cosmetics
#15
Wilbur Johnson, Bart Heldreth, Wilma F Bergfeld, Donald V Belsito, Ronald A Hill, Curtis D Klaassen, Daniel C Liebler, James G Marks, Ronald C Shank, Thomas J Slaga, Paul W Snyder, F Alan Andersen
The Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel (Panel) reviewed the safety of methyl glucose polyethers and esters which function in cosmetics as skin/hair-conditioning agents, surfactants, or viscosity increasing agents. The esters included in this assessment are mono-, di-, or tricarboxyester substituted methyl glucosides, and the polyethers are mixtures of various chain lengths. The Panel reviewed available animal and clinical data, including the molecular weights, log Kows, and other properties in making its determination of safety on these ingredients...
November 2016: International Journal of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913343/a-frequency-shift-method-to-measure-shear-wave-attenuation-in-soft-tissues
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Simon Bernard, Siavash Kazemirad, Guy Cloutier
In vivo quantification of shear wave attenuation in soft tissues may help to better understand human tissue rheology and lead to new diagnostic strategies. Attenuation is difficult to measure in acoustic radiation force elastography because the shear wave amplitude decreases due to a combination of diffraction and viscous attenuation. Diffraction correction requires assuming a cylindrical wavefront and an isotropic propagation medium, which may not be the case in some applications. In this study, the frequency shift method, used in ultrasound imaging and seismology, was adapted for shear wave attenuation measurement in elastography...
December 1, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911849/scalable-manufacturing-of-biomimetic-moldable-hydrogels-for-industrial-applications
#17
Anthony C Yu, Haoxuan Chen, Doreen Chan, Gillie Agmon, Lyndsay M Stapleton, Alex M Sevit, Mark W Tibbitt, Jesse D Acosta, Tony Zhang, Paul W Franzia, Robert Langer, Eric A Appel
Hydrogels are a class of soft material that is exploited in many, often completely disparate, industrial applications, on account of their unique and tunable properties. Advances in soft material design are yielding next-generation moldable hydrogels that address engineering criteria in several industrial settings such as complex viscosity modifiers, hydraulic or injection fluids, and sprayable carriers. Industrial implementation of these viscoelastic materials requires extreme volumes of material, upwards of several hundred million gallons per year...
November 28, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910588/online-measurements-of-surface-tensions-and-viscosities-based-on-the-hydrodynamics-of-taylor-flow-in-a-microchannel
#18
Yanhong Sun, Chaohong Guo, Yuyan Jiang, Tao Wang, Lei Zhang
This paper demonstrates an online measurement technique which can measure both surface tension and viscosity for confined fluids in microfluidic systems. The surface tension and viscosity are determined by monitoring the liquid film thickness deposited in a microchannel based on the hydrodynamics of Taylor flow. Measurements were carried out for pure liquids and binary aqueous liquid mixtures. The results agreed well with reference data and theoretical models. This novel method has considerable potential for measuring dynamic interfacial tension of complex mixtures...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910438/a-micro-nano-rheometer-for-the-mechanics-of-soft-matter-at-interfaces
#19
Léo Garcia, Chloé Barraud, Cyril Picard, Jérôme Giraud, Elisabeth Charlaix, Benjamin Cross
We present a nano-rheometer based on the dynamic drainage flow between a sphere and a plane from bulk regime to highly confined regime. The instrument gives absolute measurements of the viscosity of simple liquids in both regimes. For complex fluids, the measurements involve the viscosity and the elastic modulus. The device operates on distances ranging over four orders of magnitude from 1 nm to 10 μm, bridging rheological properties from the macroscopic to the molecular scale. This allows to measure an hydrodynamic or visco-elastic boundary condition and to explore the causes of the boundary condition at the microscopic level...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908715/development-and-characterization-of-bacterial-cellulose-reinforced-biocomposite-films-based-on-protein-from-buckwheat-distiller-s-dried-grains
#20
Xuejiao Wang, Niamat Ullah, Xuchun Sun, Yan Guo, Lin Chen, Zhixi Li, Xianchao Feng
Biocomposite films were manufactured by combining protein extracted from buckwheat distiller's dried grains with bacterial cellulose (BC). The film microstructures showed that BC is compatible with protein matrix and endows the film with high rigidity. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) showed that BC can promote thermal stability of the composite films. BC promoted the transition from a Newtonian to a non-Newtonian fluid and the shear thinning behavior of protein-BC solution. Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy showed the main functional groups' absorption peaks shifted to lower wavenumbers...
November 28, 2016: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
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