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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545236/thermal-characterization-of-dynamic-silicon-cantilever-array-sensors-by-digital-holographic-microscopy
#1
Marjan Zakerin, Antonin Novak, Masaya Toda, Yves Emery, Filipe Natalio, Hans-Jürgen Butt, Rüdiger Berger
In this paper, we apply a digital holographic microscope (DHM) in conjunction with stroboscopic acquisition synchronization. Here, the temperature-dependent decrease of the first resonance frequency (S₁(T)) and Young's elastic modulus (E₁(T)) of silicon micromechanical cantilever sensors (MCSs) are measured. To perform these measurements, the MCSs are uniformly heated from T₀ = 298 K to T = 450 K while being externally actuated with a piezo-actuator in a certain frequency range close to their first resonance frequencies...
May 23, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545068/automatically-tracking-neurons-in-a-moving-and-deforming-brain
#2
Jeffrey P Nguyen, Ashley N Linder, George S Plummer, Joshua W Shaevitz, Andrew M Leifer
Advances in optical neuroimaging techniques now allow neural activity to be recorded with cellular resolution in awake and behaving animals. Brain motion in these recordings pose a unique challenge. The location of individual neurons must be tracked in 3D over time to accurately extract single neuron activity traces. Recordings from small invertebrates like C. elegans are especially challenging because they undergo very large brain motion and deformation during animal movement. Here we present an automated computer vision pipeline to reliably track populations of neurons with single neuron resolution in the brain of a freely moving C...
May 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545059/uggt1-enhances-enterovirus-71-pathogenicity-by-promoting-viral-rna-synthesis-and-viral-replication
#3
Peng-Nien Huang, Jia-Rong Jheng, Jamie J Arnold, Jen-Ren Wang, Craig E Cameron, Shin-Ru Shih
Positive-strand RNA virus infections can induce the stress-related unfolded protein response (UPR) in host cells. This study found that enterovirus A71 (EVA71) utilizes host UDP-glucose glycoprotein glucosyltransferase 1 (UGGT1), a key endoplasmic reticulum protein (ER) involved in UPR, to enhance viral replication and virulence. EVA71 forms replication complexes (RCs) on cellular membranes that contain a mix of host and viral proteins to facilitate viral replication, but the components and processes involved in the assembly and function of RCs are not fully understood...
May 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544880/systems-wide-studies-uncover-commander-a-multiprotein-complex-essential-to-human-development
#4
REVIEW
Anna L Mallam, Edward M Marcotte
Recent mass spectrometry maps of the human interactome independently support the existence of a large multiprotein complex, dubbed "Commander." Broadly conserved across animals and ubiquitously expressed in nearly every human cell type examined thus far, Commander likely plays a fundamental cellular function, akin to other ubiquitous machines involved in expression, proteostasis, and trafficking. Experiments on individual subunits support roles in endosomal protein sorting, including the trafficking of Notch proteins, copper transporters, and lipoprotein receptors...
May 24, 2017: Cell Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544873/3d-qsar-studies-of-some-reversible-acetyl-cholinesterase-inhibitors-based-on-comfa-and-ligand-protein-interaction-fingerprints-using-pc-ls-svm-and-pls-ls-svm
#5
Hamidreza Ghafouri, Mohsen Ranjbar, Amirhossein Sakhteman
A great challenge in medicinal chemistry is to develop different methods for structural design based on the pattern of the previously synthesized compounds. In this study two different QSAR methods were established and compared for a series of piperidine acetylcholinesterase inhibitors. In one novel approach, PC-LS-SVM and PLS-LS-SVM was used for modeling 3D interaction descriptors, and in the other method the same nonlinear techniques were used to build QSAR equations based on field descriptors. Different validation methods were used to evaluate the models and the results revealed the more applicability and predictive ability of the model generated by field descriptors (Q(2)LOO-CV=1, R(2)ext=0...
May 10, 2017: Computational Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544826/preoperative-computed-tomography-scan-analysis-of-interleaflets-triangles-to-guide-aortic-root-repair-procedures
#6
Claudia Romagnoni, Andrea Mangini, Monica Contino, Rubina Rosa, Sonia Ippolito, Guido Gelpi, Carlo Antona
BACKGROUND: Stabilization of the ventriculo-aortic junction (VAJ) is gaining increasing interest in the context of aortic valve repair, since its dilation is a well-recognized risk factor for long-term repair failure. Interleaflets triangles are key elements of the VAJ, but cannot be completely visualized using echocardiography. A three-dimensional (3D) reconstruction of electrocardiogram-triggered computed tomography (CT) scan images allows an analysis of the real dimensions and anatomic characteristics of the subcommissural triangles...
January 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544779/a-brief-review-of-extrusion-based-tissue-scaffold-bio-printing
#7
REVIEW
Liqun Ning, Xiongbiao Chen
Extrusion-based bio-printing has great potential as a technique for manipulating biomaterials and living cells to create three-dimensional (3D) scaffolds for damaged tissue repair and function restoration. Over the last two decades, advances in both engineering techniques and life sciences have evolved extrusion-based bio-printing from a simple technique to one able to create diverse tissue scaffolds from a wide range of biomaterials and cell types. However, the complexities associated with synthesis of materials for bio-printing and manipulation of multiple materials and cells in bio-printing pose many challenges for scaffold fabrication...
May 24, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544680/multiscale-modulation-of-nanocrystalline-cellulose-hydrogel-via-nanocarbon-hybridization-for-3d-neuronal-bilayer-formation
#8
Dongyoon Kim, Subeom Park, Insu Jo, Seong-Min Kim, Dong Hee Kang, Sung-Pyo Cho, Jong Bo Park, Byung Hee Hong, Myung-Han Yoon
Bacterial biopolymers have drawn much attention owing to their unconventional three-dimensional structures and interesting functions, which are closely integrated with bacterial physiology. The nongenetic modulation of bacterial (Acetobacter xylinum) cellulose synthesis via nanocarbon hybridization, and its application to the emulation of layered neuronal tissue, is reported. The controlled dispersion of graphene oxide (GO) nanoflakes into bacterial cellulose (BC) culture media not only induces structural changes within a crystalline cellulose nanofibril, but also modulates their 3D collective association, leading to substantial reduction in Young's modulus (≈50%) and clear definition of water-hydrogel interfaces...
May 22, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544679/sima-a-simplified-migration-assay-for-analyzing-neutrophil-migration
#9
Markus Weckmann, Tim Becker, Gyde Nissen, Martin Pech, Matthias V Kopp
In lung inflammation, neutrophils are the first leukocytes migrating to an inflammatory site, eliminating pathogens by multiple mechanisms. The term "migration" describes several stages of neutrophil movement to reach the site of inflammation, of which the passage of the interstitium and basal membrane of the airway are necessary to reach the site of bronchial inflammation. Currently, several methods exist (e.g., Boyden Chamber, under-agarose assay, or microfluidic systems) to assess neutrophil mobility. However, these methods do not allow for parameterization on single cell level, that is, the individual neutrophil pathway analysis is still considered challenging...
May 19, 2017: Cytometry. Part A: the Journal of the International Society for Analytical Cytology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544655/3d-bioprinting-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-constructs-for-in-situ-cell-proliferation-and-successive-multilineage-differentiation
#10
Qi Gu, Eva Tomaskovic-Crook, Gordon G Wallace, Jeremy M Crook
The ability to create 3D tissues from induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) is poised to revolutionize stem cell research and regenerative medicine, including individualized, patient-specific stem cell-based treatments. There are, however, few examples of tissue engineering using iPSCs. Their culture and differentiation is predominantly planar for monolayer cell support or induction of self-organizing embryoids (EBs) and organoids. Bioprinting iPSCs with advanced biomaterials promises to augment efforts to develop 3D tissues, ideally comprising direct-write printing of cells for encapsulation, proliferation, and differentiation...
May 24, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544620/phenotyping-cardiac-and-structural-birth-defects-in-fetal-and-newborn-mice
#11
REVIEW
Xiaoqin Liu, Andrew J Kim, William Reynolds, Yijen Wu, Cecilia W Lo
Mouse models are invaluable for investigating the developmental etiology and molecular pathogenesis of structural birth defects. While this has been deployed for studying a wide spectrum of birth defects, mice are particularly valuable for modeling congenital heart disease, given they have the same four-chamber cardiac anatomy as in humans. We have developed the use of noninvasive fetal ultrasound together with micro-computed tomography (micro-CT) imaging for high throughput phenotyping of mice for congenital heart defects (CHD) and other developmental anomalies...
May 22, 2017: Birth Defects Res
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544472/engineering-muscle-cell-alignment-through-3d-bioprinting
#12
Pamela Mozetic, Sara Maria Giannitelli, Manuele Gori, Marcella Trombetta, Alberto Rainer
Processing of hydrogels represents a main challenge for the prospective application of additive manufacturing (AM) to soft tissue engineering. Furthermore, direct manufacturing of tissue precursors with a cell density similar to native tissues has the potential to overcome the extensive in vitro culture required for conventional cell-seeded scaffolds seeking to fabricate constructs with tailored structural and functional properties. In this work, we present a simple AM methodology that exploits the thermoresponsive behavior of a block copolymer (Pluronic®) as a means to obtain good shape retention at physiological conditions and to induce cellular alignment...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544462/biomimetic-macroporous-pcl-scaffolds-for-ex-vivo-expansion-of-cord-blood-derived-cd34-cells-with-feeder-cells-support
#13
Xiuwei Pan, Qiong Sun, Yuanhao Zhang, Haibo Cai, Yun Gao, Yongjia Shen, Weian Zhang
Ex vivo expansion of hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) with most current methods can hardly satisfy clinical application requirement. While in vivo, HSCs efficiently self-renew in niche where they interact with 3D extracellular matrix and stromal cells. Therefore, co-cultures of CD34(+) cells and mesenchyme stem cells derived from human amniotic membrane (hAMSCs) on the basis of biomimetic macroporous three-dimensional (3D) poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) scaffolds are developed, where scaffolds and hAMSCs are applied to mimic structural and cellular microenvironment of HSCs...
May 24, 2017: Macromolecular Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544446/a-dual-function-na2-so4-template-directed-formation-of-cathode-materials-with-a-high-content-of-sulfur-nanodots-for-lithium-sulfur-batteries
#14
Chong Luo, Wei Lv, Yaqian Deng, Guangmin Zhou, Zheng-Ze Pan, Shuzhang Niu, Baohua Li, Feiyu Kang, Quan-Hong Yang
The sulfur content in carbon-sulfur hybrid using the melt-diffusion method is normally lower than 70 wt%, which greatly decreases the energy density of the cathode in lithium-sulfur (Li-S) batteries. Here, a scalable method inspired by the commercialized production of Na2 S is used to prepare a hierarchical porous carbon-sulfur hybrid (denoted HPC-S) with high sulfur content (≈85 wt%). The HPC-S is characterized by the structure of sulfur nanodots naturally embedded in a 3D carbon network. The strategy uses Na2 SO4 as the starting material, which serves not only as the sulfur precursor but also as a salt template for the formation of the 3D carbon network...
May 24, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544389/bimetal-organic-framework-derivation-of-ball-cactus-like-ni-sn-p-c-cnt-as-long-cycle-anode-for-lithium-ion-battery
#15
Ruoling Dai, Weiwei Sun, Li-Ping Lv, Minghong Wu, Hao Liu, Guoxiu Wang, Yong Wang
Metal phosphides are a new class of potential high-capacity anodes for lithium ion batteries, but their short cycle life is the critical problem to hinder its practical application. A unique ball-cactus-like microsphere of carbon coated NiP2 /Ni3 Sn4 with deep-rooted carbon nanotubes (Ni-Sn-P@C-CNT) is demonstrated in this work to solve this problem. Bimetal-organic-frameworks (BMOFs, Ni-Sn-BTC, BTC refers to 1,3,5-benzenetricarboxylic acid) are formed by a two-step uniform microwave-assisted irradiation approach and used as the precursor to grow Ni-Sn@C-CNT, Ni-Sn-P@C-CNT, yolk-shell Ni-Sn@C, and Ni-Sn-P@C...
May 22, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544200/sers-and-electrochemically-active-3d-plasmonic-liquid-marble-for-molecular-level-spectroelectrochemical-investigation-of-microliter-reaction
#16
Charlynn Koh, Hiang Kwee Lee, Gia Chuong Phan-Quang, Xuemei Han, Mian Rong Lee, Zhe Yang, Xing Yi Ling
Liquid marbles are emerging microreactors due to their isolated environment and flexibility of materials used. Herein, we demonstrate plasmonic liquid marble (PLM) as the smallest spectroelectrochemical microliter-scale reactor for concurrent spectro- and electrochemical analyses. We exploit PLM's three-dimensional Ag shell as bifunctional surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) platform and working electrode for redox process modulation. The combination of SERS and electrochemistry (EC) capability enable in situ molecular read-out of transient electrochemical species, and elucidation of potential-dependent and multi-step reaction dynamics...
May 23, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544112/a-cost-efficient-bifunctional-ultrathin-nanosheets-array-for-electrochemical-overall-water-splitting
#17
Ying Zhang, Qi Shao, Yecan Pi, Jun Guo, Xiaoqing Huang
The design of cost-efficient earth-abundant catalysts with superior performance for the electrochemical water splitting is highly desirable. Herein, a general strategy for fabricating superior bifunctional water splitting electrodes is reported, where cost-efficient earth-abundant ultrathin Ni-based nanosheets arrays are directly grown on nickel foam (NF). The newly created Ni-based nanosheets@NF exhibit unique features of ultrathin building block, 3D hierarchical structure, and alloy effect with the optimized Ni5 Fe layered double hydroxide@NF (Ni5 Fe LDH@NF) exhibiting low overpotentials of 210 and 133 mV toward both oxygen evolution reaction and hydrogen evolution reaction at 10 mA cm(-2) in alkaline condition, respectively...
May 23, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544088/antivitamin-b12-inhibition-of-the-human-b12-processing-enzyme-cblc-crystal-structure-of-an-inactive-ternary-complex-with-glutathione-as-the-cosubstrate
#18
Markus Ruetz, Aranganathan Shanmuganathan, Carmen Gherasim, Agnes Karasik, Robert Salchner, Christoph Kieninger, Klaus Wurst, Ruma Banerjee, Markos Koutmos, Bernhard Kräutler
B12 antivitamins are important and robust tools for investigating the biological roles of vitamin B12 . Here, the potential antivitamin B12 2,4-difluorophenylethynylcobalamin (F2PhEtyCbl) was prepared, and its 3D structure was studied in solution and in the crystal. Chemically inert F2PhEtyCbl resisted thermolysis of its Co-C bond at 100 °C, was stable in bright daylight, and also remained intact upon prolonged storage in aqueous solution at room temperature. It binds to the human B12 -processing enzyme CblC with high affinity (KD =130 nm) in the presence of the cosubstrate glutathione (GSH)...
May 23, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543998/hexakis-60-fullerene-adduct-mediated-covalent-assembly-of-ruthenium-nanoparticles-and-their-catalytic-properties
#19
Philippe Serp, Faqiang Leng, Iann C Gerber, Pierre Lecante, Ahmed Bentaleb, Antonio Muñoz, Beatriz M Illescas, Nazario Martín, Georgian Melinte, Ovidiu Ersen, Hervé Martinez, M Rosa Axet
The C66(COOH)12 hexa-adduct has been successfully used as a building block to construct, via carboxylate bridges, 3D networks with very homogeneous sub-1.8 nm ruthenium nanoparticles. This strategy allows the control of the interparticle distance. The obtained nanostructures are active in nitrobenzene selective hydrogenation.
May 24, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543855/theoretical-studies-of-the-copper-gyromagnetic-factors-for-three-novel-cu-2-coordination-polymers-with-bi-triazole-ligand
#20
Li-Na Wu, Shao-Yi Wu, Li-Juan Zhang, Xu-Sheng Liu, Li Peng
The copper electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) gyromagnetic factors are theoretically studied for three novel Cu(2+) coordination polymers [Cu(XL)(NO3 )2 ]n (1), {[Cu(XL)(4,4'-bpy)(NO3 )2 ]•CH3 CN}n (1a) and {[Cu(XL)3 ](NO3 )2 •3.5H2 O}n (2) with bi-triazole ligand (XL)=N,N'-bicyclo[2.2.2]oct-7-ene-2,3,5,6-tetracarboxdiimide bi(1,2,4-triazole) from the high order perturbation calculations of the g factors for a rhombically elongated octahedral 3d(9) group. The order (1 ≤ 1a < 2) of gz can be illustrated by the dominant second-order perturbation term roughly proportional to the square of the covalency factor N...
May 25, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry: MRC
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