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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092857/universal-efavirenz-determination-in-transport-study-rat-placenta-perfusion-and-placenta-lysate-by-hplc-uv
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Lucie Zelena, Josef Reznicek, Martina Ceckova, Hana Sklenarova
Efavirenz is an antiretroviral drug used in the treatment of HIV-positive patients. A simple, fast and sensitive high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) method was developed in order to determine efavirenz in three types of samples provided from pharmacokinetic studies. The analysis took 5min and was performed using a C18 analytical column (Discovery HS C18, 150×4.6mm, particle size of 5μm) in isocratic mode with a mobile phase containing acetonitrile and water (65:35, v/v), a flow rate of 1.6mLmin(-1), a sample volume of 10μL and UV detection at 245nm...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092854/biopharmaceutical-characterization-of-praziquantel-cocrystals-and-cyclodextrin-complexes-prepared-by-grinding
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Martina Cugovčan, Jasna Jablan, Jasmina Lovrić, Dominik Cinčić, Nives Galić, Mario Jug
Mechanochemical activation using several different co-grinding additives was applied as a green chemistry approach to improve physiochemical and biopharmaceutical properties of praziquantel (PZQ). Liquid assisted grinding with an equimolar amount of citric acid (CA), malic acid (MA), salicylic acid (SA) and tartaric acid (TA) gained in cocrystal formation, which all showed pH-dependent solubility and dissolution rate. However, the most soluble cocrystal of PZQ with MA was chemically unstable, as seen during the stability testing...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092835/effects-of-the-central-potassium-ions-on-the-g-quadruplex-and-stabilizer-binding
#3
Zhiguo Wang, Jun-Ping Liu
Human telomeres undertake the structure of intra-molecular parallel G-quadruplex in the presence of K(+) in eukaryotic cell. Stabilization of the telomere G-quadruplex represents a potential strategy to prevent telomere lengthening by telomerase in cancer therapy. Current work demonstrates that the binding of central K(+) with the parallel G-quadruplex is a coordinated water directed step-wise process. The K(+) above the top G-tetrad is prone to leak into environment and the 5'-adenine quickly flips over the top G-tetrad, leading to the bottom gate of G-tetrads as the only viable pathway of K(+) binding...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092829/enhancing-4-propylheptane-dissociation-with-nickel-nanocluster-based-on-molecular-dynamics-simulations
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Margarita G Ilyina, Edward M Khamitov, Rail N Galiakhmetov, Ildar A Mustafin, Akhat G Mustafin
In the present work, a 0.4nm nickel cluster has been theoretically studied. Its equilibrium structural parameters have been calculated by the DFT method based on the PBEH1PBE hybrid functional and split-valence basis set Lanl2DZ including effective core potentials. We have systematically considered diverse spin states of this cluster and find out its ground state. The relative stability of these states depends on the HOMO-LUMO gap. The interaction of the Ni6 with 4-propylheptane С10Н22 has been studied to simulate the process of catalytic cracking of hydrocarbons...
January 3, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092825/non-invasive-techniques-for-revealing-the-palette-of-the-romantic-painter-francesco-hayez
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Laura Rampazzi, Valentina Brunello, Cristina Corti, Elena Lissoni
This paper describes the first systematic analysis of the palette of Francesco Hayez, one of the most outstanding artists of European Romanticism, whose painting technique has never been extensively investigated despite the plethora of artistic studies. He lived in a particular moment in the history of painting, as in the first half of the 19th century many synthetic pigments were available, also in tin tubes, but traditional materials were still used. Sixteen paintings on canvas and on panels, created between 1823 and 1868, were analyzed in situ through non-invasive techniques (infrared reflectography and infrared reflection spectroscopy)...
January 5, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092818/heterostructured-znfe2o4-tio2-nanotube-arrays-with-remarkable-visible-light-photoelectrocatalytic-performance-and-stability
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Shan Xie, Ke Ouyang, Yueming Lao, Peihao He, Qun Wang
A series of heterostructured ZnFe2O4/TiO2-nanotube arrays (NTAs) with remarkable visible-light photoelectrocatalytic (PEC) activity were successfully prepared via a two-step process of anodization and impregnation, followed by annealing. The structure and morphology of the as-prepared ZnFe2O4/TiO2-NTAs samples, PEC degradation abilities and photoelectrochemical performances, as well as long-term stabilities toward degradation of methyl orange (MO) solution under visible-light irradiation were deeply investigated...
January 7, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092815/facile-fabrication-of-fe3o4-octahedra-nanoporous-copper-network-composite-for-high-performance-anode-in-li-ion-batteries
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Jiajia Ye, Zhihong Wang, Qin Hao, Binbin Liu, Caixia Xu
Fe3O4 octahedra embedded in conductive nanoporous copper (NPC) network are straightforwardly fabricated by means of alloy refining followed by facile electroless dealloying in mild condition. During selectively dissolving the Al from FeCuAl alloy, the residual Cu atoms assemble to form sponge-like nanostructure, meanwhile the Fe atoms undergo spontaneous oxidation and aggregation to grow into Fe3O4 octahedra travelled through NPC network. Owing to the combination of conductive NPC network, Fe3O4 octahedra exhibit dramatically enhanced lithium storage performances with excellent reversible capacity, enhanced rate performance, as well outstanding cyclability compared with pure Fe3O4 octahedra...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092777/controlling-the-3d-architecture-of-self-lifting-auto-generated-tissue-equivalents-slates-for-optimized-corneal-graft-composition-and-stability
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Ricardo M Gouveia, Elena González-Andrades, Juan C Cardona, Carmen González-Gallardo, Ana M Ionescu, Ingrid Garzon, Miguel Alaminos, Miguel González-Andrades, Che J Connon
Ideally, biomaterials designed to play specific physical and physiological roles in vivo should comprise components and microarchitectures analogous to those of the native tissues they intend to replace. For that, implantable biomaterials need to be carefully designed to have the correct structural and compositional properties, which consequently impart their bio-function. In this study, we showed that the control of such properties can be defined from the bottom-up, using smart surface templates to modulate the structure, composition, and bio-mechanics of human transplantable tissues...
December 23, 2016: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092760/serum-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-and-stability-of-depressive-symptoms-in-coronary-heart-disease-patients-a-prospective-study
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Stella L Kuhlmann, Mira Tschorn, Volker Arolt, Katja Beer, Julia Brandt, Laura Grosse, Wilhelm Haverkamp, Jacqueline Müller-Nordhorn, Nina Rieckmann, Johannes Waltenberger, Katharina Warnke, Rainer Hellweg, Andreas Ströhle
OBJECTIVE: Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) supports neurogenesis, angiogenesis, and promotes the survival of various cell types in the brain and the coronary system. Moreover, BDNF is associated with both coronary heart disease (CHD) and depression. The current study aims to investigate whether serum BDNF levels are associated with the course of depressive symptoms in CHD patients. METHODS: At baseline, N=225 CHD patients were enrolled while hospitalized...
December 23, 2016: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092688/buckled-two-dimensional-xene-sheets
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Alessandro Molle, Joshua Goldberger, Michel Houssa, Yong Xu, Shou-Cheng Zhang, Deji Akinwande
Silicene, germanene and stanene are part of a monoelemental class of two-dimensional (2D) crystals termed 2D-Xenes (X = Si, Ge, Sn and so on) which, together with their ligand-functionalized derivatives referred to as Xanes, are comprised of group IVA atoms arranged in a honeycomb lattice - similar to graphene but with varying degrees of buckling. Their electronic structure ranges from trivial insulators, to semiconductors with tunable gaps, to semi-metallic, depending on the substrate, chemical functionalization and strain...
January 16, 2017: Nature Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092636/an-analysis-of-intrinsic-variations-of-low-frequency-shear-wave-speed-in-a-stochastic-tissue-model-the-first-application-for-staging-liver-fibrosis
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Yu Wang, Min Wang, Jingfeng Jiang
Shear wave elastography is increasingly being used to non-invasively stage liver fibrosis by measuring shear wave speed (SWS). This study quantitatively investigates intrinsic variations among SWS measurements obtained from heterogeneous media such as fibrotic livers. More specifically, it aims to demonstrate that intrinsic variations in SWS measurements, in general, follow a non-Gaussian distribution and are related to the heterogeneous nature of the medium being measured. Using the principle of maximum entropy (ME), our primary objective is to derive a probability density function (PDF) of the SWS distribution in conjunction with a lossless stochastic tissue model...
February 7, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092626/the-impact-of-surface-geometry-cavitation-and-condensation-on-wetting-transitions-posts-and-reentrant-structures
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J R Panter, H Kusumaatmaja
The fundamental impacts of surface geometry on the stability of wetting states, and the transitions between them are elucidated for square posts and reentrant structures in three dimensions. We identify three principal outcomes of particular importance for future surface design of liquid-repellent surfaces. Firstly, we demonstrate and quantify how capillary condensation and vapour cavitation affect wetting state stabilities. At high contact angles, cavitation is enhanced about wide, closely-spaced square posts, leading to the existence of suspended states without an associated collapsed state...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092590/adaptive-neural-synchronization-control-for-bilateral-teleoperation-systems-with-time-delay-and-backlash-like-hysteresis
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Huanqing Wang, Peter Xiaoping Liu, Shichao Liu
This paper considers the master and slave synchronization control for bilateral teleoperation systems with time delay and backlash-like hysteresis. Based on radial basis functions neural networks' approximation capabilities, two improved adaptive neural control approaches are developed. By Lyapunov stability analysis, the position and velocity tracking errors are guaranteed to converge to a small neighborhood of the origin. The contributions of this paper can be summarized as follows: 1) by using the matrix norm established using the weight vector of neural networks as the estimated parameters, two novel control schemes are developed and 2) the hysteresis inverse is not required in the proposed controllers...
January 10, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092579/cooperative-adaptive-output-regulation-for-second-order-nonlinear-multiagent-systems-with-jointly-connected-switching-networks
#14
Wei Liu, Jie Huang
This paper studies the cooperative global robust output regulation problem for a class of heterogeneous second-order nonlinear uncertain multiagent systems with jointly connected switching networks. The main contributions consist of the following three aspects. First, we generalize the result of the adaptive distributed observer from undirected jointly connected switching networks to directed jointly connected switching networks. Second, by performing a new coordinate and input transformation, we convert our problem into the cooperative global robust stabilization problem of a more complex augmented system via the distributed internal model principle...
January 11, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092565/a-passive-eeg-bci-for-single-trial-detection-of-changes-in-mental-state
#15
Andrew Myrden, Tom Chau
Traditional brain-computer interfaces often exhibit unstable performance over time. It has recently been proposed that passive brain-computer interfaces may provide a way to complement and stabilize these traditional systems. In this study, we investigated the feasibility of a passive brain-computer interface that uses electroencephalography to monitor changes in mental state on a single-trial basis. We recorded cortical activity from 15 locations while 11 able-bodied adults completed a series of challenging mental tasks...
January 9, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092546/geometry-guided-multi-scale-depth-map-fusion-via-graph-optimization
#16
Pengfei Wu, Yiguang Liu, Mao Ye, Zhenyu Xu, Yunan Zheng
In depth discontinuous and untextured regions, depth maps created by multiple view stereopsis are with heavy noises, but existing depth map fusion methods cannot handle it explicitly. To tackle the problem, two novel strategies are proposed: 1) a more discriminative fusion method, which is based on geometry consistency, measuring the consistency and stability of surface geometry computed on both partial and global surfaces, different from traditional methods only using visibility consistency; 2) a graph optimization method which fuses pyramids of depth maps as mutual complementary information is available in different scales, and differs from existing multiscale fusion methods...
January 10, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092536/improved-denoising-via-poisson-mixture-modeling-of-image-sensor-noise
#17
Jiachao Zhang, Keigo Hirakawa
This paper describes a study aimed at comparing the real image sensor noise distribution to the models of noise often assumed in image denoising designs. Quantile analysis in pixel, wavelet transform, and variance stabilization domains reveal that the tails of Poisson, signal-dependent Gaussian, and Poisson-Gaussian models are too short to capture real sensor noise behavior. A new Poisson mixture noise model is proposed to correct the mismatch of tail behavior. Based on the fact that noise model mismatch results in image denoising that undersmoothes real sensor data, we propose a mixture of Poisson denoising method to remove the denoising artifacts without affecting image details such as edge and textures...
January 10, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092532/improved-shear-wave-group-velocity-estimation-method-based-on-spatiotemporal-peak-and-thresholding-motion-search
#18
Carolina Amador Carrascal, Shigao Chen, Armando Manduca, James F Greenleaf, Matthew Urban
Quantitative ultrasound elastography is increasingly being used in the assessment of chronic liver disease. Many studies have reported ranges of liver shear wave velocities values for healthy individuals and patients with different stages of liver fibrosis. Nonetheless, ongoing efforts exist to stabilize quantitative ultrasound elastography measurements by assessing factors that influence tissue shear wave velocity values, such as food intake, body mass index (BMI), ultrasound scanners, scanning protocols, ultrasound image quality, etc...
January 11, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092499/nanoparticles-for-sirna-based-gene-silencing-in-tumor-therapy
#19
Anish Babu, Ranganayaki Muralidharan, Narsireddy Amreddy, Meghna Mehta, Anupama Munshi, Rajagopal Ramesh
Gene silencing through RNA interference (RNAi) has emerged as a potential strategy in manipulating cancer causing genes by complementary base-pairing mechanism. Small interfering RNA (siRNA) is an important RNAi tool that has found significant application in cancer therapy. However due to lack of stability, poor cellular uptake and high probability of loss-of-function due to degradation, siRNA therapeutic strategies seek safe and efficient delivery vehicles for in vivo applications. The current review discusses various nanoparticle systems currently used for siRNA delivery for cancer therapy, with emphasis on liposome based gene delivery systems...
December 2016: IEEE Transactions on Nanobioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092498/adaptive-fuzzy-output-feedback-control-for-switched-nonlinear-systems-with-unmodeled-dynamics
#20
Shaocheng Tong, Yongming Li
This paper investigates a robust adaptive fuzzy control stabilization problem for a class of uncertain nonlinear systems with arbitrary switching signals that use an observer-based output feedback scheme. The considered switched nonlinear systems possess the unstructured uncertainties, unmodeled dynamics, and without requiring the states being available for measurement. A state observer which is independent of switching signals is designed to solve the problem of unmeasured states. Fuzzy logic systems are used to identify unknown lumped nonlinear functions so that the problem of unstructured uncertainties can be solved...
February 2017: IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
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