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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817072/efficient-transdermal-delivery-of-alendronate-a-nitrogen-containing-bisphosphonate-using-tip-loaded-self-dissolving-microneedle-arrays-for-the-treatment-of-osteoporosis
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Hidemasa Katsumi, Yutaro Tanaka, Kaori Hitomi, Shu Liu, Ying-Shu Quan, Fumio Kamiyama, Toshiyasu Sakane, Akira Yamamoto
To improve the transdermal bioavailability and safety of alendronate (ALN), a nitrogen-containing bisphosphonate, we developed self-dissolving microneedle arrays (MNs), in which ALN is loaded only at the tip portion of micron-scale needles by a dip-coating method (ALN(TIP)-MN). We observed micron-scale pores in rat skin just after application of ALN(TIP)-MN, indicating that transdermal pathways for ALN were created by MN. ALN was rapidly released from the tip of MNs as observed in an in vitro release study...
August 17, 2017: Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816729/retina-expansion-technique-for-macular-hole-apposition-report-2-efficacy-closure-rate-and-risks-of-a-macular-detachment-technique-to-close-large-full-thickness-macular-holes
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Roger Wong, Catherine Howard, Giancarlo Dellʼaversana Orobona
PURPOSE: To describe the safety and efficacy of a technique to close large thickness macular holes. METHODS: A consecutive retrospective interventional case series of 16 patients with macular holes greater than 650 microns in "aperture" diameter were included. The technique involves vitrectomy, followed by internal limiting membrane peeling. The macula is detached using subretinal injection of saline. Fluid-air exchange is performed to promote detachment and stretch of the retina...
August 14, 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816411/a-stereovision-model-applied-in-bio-micromanipulation-system-based-on-stereo-light-microscope
#3
Yuezong Wang
A bio-micromanipulation system is designed for manipulating micro-objects with a length scale of tens or hundreds of microns based on stereo light microscope. The world coordinate reconstruction of points on the surface of micro-objects is an important goal for the micromanipulation. Traditional pinhole camera model is applied widely in macrocomputer vision. However, this model will output bad data with remarkable error if it is directly used to reconstruct three-dimensional world coordinates for stereo light microscope...
August 17, 2017: Microscopy Research and Technique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816187/comparison-of-film-thickness-of-two-commercial-brands-of-glass-lonomer-cement-and-one-dual-cured-composite-an-in-vitro-study
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Rajat R Khajuria, Rishav Singh, Pranamee Barua, Nausheen Hajira, Naveen Gupta, Rohit R Thakkar
AIM: The present study is undertaken to examine the film thickness of three most commonly used luting cements and to determine their usage as a luting agent. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study was carried out strictly according to the guidelines of American Dental Association (ADS) specification no. 8. Two glass slabs of 5 cm in length and 2 cm in width were used. One glass slab was kept over the other glass slab and the space between the two glass slabs was measured using metallurgical microscope at the power of 10*...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Contemporary Dental Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815355/egg-donation-of-vitrified-oocytes-bank-produces-similar-pregnancy-rates-by-blastocyst-transfer-when-compared-to-fresh-cycle
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Thais S Domingues, Ana Paula Aquino, Bruna Barros, Raquel Mazetto, Mariana Nicolielo, Carolina M Kimati, Talita Devecchi, Tatiana C S Bonetti, Paulo C Serafini, Eduardo L A Motta
PURPOSE: Advances in reproductive techniques, mainly the introduction of oocyte vitrification, have provided the opportunity to conceive from oocyte banks. The aim of this study was to compare the clinical outcomes of fresh and vitrified oocytes in an egg donation program following blastocyst transfer. METHODS: This retrospective observational study included 504 oocyte donation cycles. All donor women were younger than 30 years of age. The recipient cycles were divided into two groups: fresh oocytes (n = 78) or vitrified oocytes (n = 426)...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815231/fluorescence-activated-cell-sorting-via-a-focused-traveling-surface-acoustic-beam
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Zhichao Ma, Yinning Zhou, David J Collins, Ye Ai
Fluorescence activated cell sorting (FACS) has become an essential technique widely exploited in biological studies and clinical applications. However, current FACS systems are quite complex, expensive, bulky, and pose potential sample contamination and biosafety issues due to the generation of aerosols in an open environment. Microfluidic technology capable of precise cell manipulation has great potential to reinvent and miniaturize conventional FACS systems. In this work, we demonstrate a benchtop scale FACS system that makes use of a highly focused traveling surface acoustic wave beam to sort out micron-sized particles and biological cells upon fluorescence interrogation at ∼kHz rates...
August 17, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811773/transepithelial-corneal-crosslinking-in-treatment-of-progressive-keratoconus-12-months-clinical-results
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Bushra Akbar, Rana Intisar-Ul-Haq, Mazhar Ishaq, Sabahat Arzoo, Kashif Siddique
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of transepithelial corneal collagen cross linking (TE-CXL) with modified riboflavin and accelerated UVA irradiance in thin corneas with pachymetry less than 400 microns at thinnest point, untreatable by epithelium off corneal collagen cross linking (CXL) in adult Pakistani population with progressive keratoconus. METHODS: This quasi experimental study included twenty six eyes of 26 patients with progressive keratoconus who underwent accelerated transepithelial CXL in Armed forced institute of ophthalmology with 12 months follow up...
May 2017: Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811162/engineering-peptidoglycan-degradation-related-genes-of-bacillus-subtilis-for-better-fermentation-processes
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Liang Zhao, Jianwen Ye, Jing Fu, Guo-Qiang Chen
In this study, Bacillus subtilis 168 Δupp was engineered to change the bacterial shapes. Namely, some peptidoglycan hydrolase related genes were inactivated individually or in different combinations, including sigD, lytE, lytF, lytC, lytD and lytG. Inactivations of these genes resulted in various intensities of blockages on cell division, leading to elongation of bacterial cells. The resulted fiber phenotypes showed different lengths ranging from tens of microns to several millimeters. Mutants with multiple gene inactivations such as ΔsigDΔlytEΔlytD showed more easily precipitated phenomenon, obviously increased growth rate, more sensitive to antibiotics and improved α-amylase production compared with that of B...
June 23, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809838/easy-manipulation-of-architectures-in-protein-based-hydrogels-for-cell-culture-applications
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Nicholas Bodenberger, Dennis Kubiczek, Frank Rosenau
Hydrogels are recognized as promising materials for cell culture applications due to their ability to provide highly hydrated cell environments. The field of 3D templates is rising due to the potential resemblance of those materials to the natural extracellular matrix. Protein-based hydrogels are particularly promising because they can easily be functionalized and can achieve defined structures with adjustable physicochemical properties. However, the production of macroporous 3D templates for cell culture applications using natural materials is often limited by their weaker mechanical properties compared to those of synthetic materials...
August 4, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805882/plant-array-chip-for-the-germination-and-growth-screening-of-arabidopsis-thaliana
#10
Youn-Hee Park, Nayoung Lee, Giltsu Choi, Je-Kyun Park
A screening process for the germination and growth of seed is generally required for plant research. Such a repetitive screening process is costly and time-consuming, and its bulky setup requires a lot of space. In particular, the control of the variables, such as light, nutrients, hormones and temperature, is difficult due to the limited space for incubation. In addition, small seeds such as Arabidopsis thaliana are difficult to handle as they are hundreds of microns in diameter and require a more precisely controllable screening environment...
August 14, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805880/vacuum-filling-of-complex-microchannels-with-liquid-metal
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Yiliang Lin, Olivia Gordon, M Rashed Khan, Neyanel Vasquez, Jan Genzer, Michael D Dickey
This paper describes the utilization of vacuum to fill complex microchannels with liquid metal. Microchannels filled with liquid metal are useful as conductors for soft and stretchable electronics, as well as for microfluidic components such as electrodes, antennas, pumps, or heaters. Liquid metals are often injected manually into the inlet of a microchannel using a syringe. Injection can only occur if displaced air in the channels has a pathway to escape, which is usually accomplished using outlets. The positive pressure (relative to atmosphere) needed to inject fluids can also cause leaks or delamination of the channels during injection...
August 14, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804654/histoplasmosis-by-histoplasma-capsulatum-var-duboisii-observed-at-the-laboratory-of-pathological-anatomy-of-lom%C3%A3-in-togo
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Tchin Darré, Bayaki Saka, Abas Mouhari-Touré, Améyo Monique Dorkenoo, Koffi Amégbor, Vincent Palokinam Pitche, Gado Napo-Koura
Our study aimed to describe the epidemiological, clinical, and diagnostic aspects of African histoplasmosis in Togo through a descriptive and cross-sectional study on histological diagnosed African histoplasmosis in Pathology Department of Lomé from 2002 to 2016 (15 years). A total of 17 cases of African histoplasmosis were diagnosed. The sex ratio (M/F) was 1.8. The annual incidence was 1.1 cases. The mean age of the patients was 27.2 ± 0.4 years. All our patients were of social categories with a low socioeconomic level...
2017: Journal of Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804229/fabrication-of-x-ray-microcalorimeter-focal-planes-composed-of-two-distinct-pixel-types
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E J Wassell, J S Adams, S R Bandler, G L Betancourt-Martinez, M P Chiao, M P Chang, J A Chervenak, A M Datesman, M E Eckart, A J Ewin, F M Finkbeiner, J Y Ha, R Kelley, C A Kilbourne, A R Miniussi, K Sakai, F Porter, J E Sadleir, S J Smith, N A Wakeham, W Yoon
We are developing superconducting transition-edge sensor (TES) microcalorimeter focal planes for versatility in meeting specifications of X-ray imaging spectrometers including high count-rate, high energy resolution, and large field-of-view. In particular, a focal plane composed of two sub-arrays: one of fine-pitch, high count-rate devices and the other of slower, larger pixels with similar energy resolution, offers promise for the next generation of astrophysics instruments, such as the X-ray Integral Field Unit (X-IFU) instrument on the European Space Agency's Athena mission...
June 2017: IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity: a Publication of the IEEE Superconductivity Committee
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802794/a-novel-and-organic-solvent-free-preparation-of-solid-lipid-nanoparticles-using-natural-biopolymers-as-natural-emulsifier-and-stabilizer
#14
Jingyi Xue, Taoran Wang, Qiaobin Hu, Mingyong Zhou, Yangchao Luo
In this work, a new and novel organic solvent-free and synthetic surfactant-free method was reported to fabricate stable solid lipid nanoparticles (SLNs) from stearic acid, sodium caseinate (NaCas) and pectin, as well as water. Melted stearic acid was directly emulsified into an aqueous phase containing NaCas and pectin, followed by pH adjustment and thermal treatment to induce the formation of a compact and dense polymeric coating which stabilized SLNs. The preparation procedures and formulations were comprehensively optimized...
August 9, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801662/nanometer-size-silicon-particles-for-hyperpolarized-mri
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Grzegorz Kwiatkowski, Fabian Jähnig, Jonas Steinhauser, Patrick Wespi, Matthias Ernst, Sebastian Kozerke
Hyperpolarized silicon particles have been shown to exhibit long spin-lattice relaxation times at room temperature, making them interesting as novel MRI probes. Demonstrations of hyperpolarized silicon particle imaging have focused on large micron size particles (average particle size (APS) = 2.2 μm) as they have, to date, demonstrated much larger polarizations than nanoparticles. We show that also much smaller silicon-29 particles (APS = 55 ± 12 nm) can be hyperpolarized with superior properties...
August 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801609/micro-to-nano-scale-filling-behavior-of-pmma-during-imprinting
#16
Jingmin Li, Ziyang Liu, Chao Liang, Xia Li, Jinguang Fan, Hao Zhang, Chong Liu
The filling behavior of polymers in narrow gaps or small pores is important for the dynamics of polymeric micro/nanostructure fabrication. Here, the filling behavior, the mechanical properties, and the stress versus strain relationship of 996 kD poly (methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) at a scale from micron to molecular confinement are measured. It has been found that the solid polymer exhibits elastic-plastic dominant deformation behavior at micron scale. As the scale reduces to submicron, the resistance to deformation of the polymeric solid has a pronounced reduction...
August 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801196/prenatal-fine-particulate-exposure-and-early-childhood-asthma-effect-of-maternal-stress-and-fetal-gender
#17
Alison Lee, Hsiao-Hsien Leon Hsu, Yueh-Hsiu Mathilda Chiu, Sonali Bose, Maria José Rosa, Itai Kloog, Ander Wilson, Joel Schwartz, Sheldon Cohen, Brent A Coull, Robert O Wright, Rosalind J Wright
BACKGROUND: The impact of prenatal ambient air pollution on child asthma may be modified by maternal stress, child sex and exposure dose and timing. OBJECTIVE: We prospectively examined associations between co-exposure to prenatal particulate matter with an aerodynamic diameter of less than 2.5 microns (PM2.5) and maternal stress on childhood asthma (n=736). METHODS: Daily PM2.5 exposure during pregnancy was estimated using a validated satellite-based spatio-temporally resolved prediction model...
August 8, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799844/tissue-engineering-the-vascular-tree
#18
Mahama A Traore, Steven C George
A major hurdle in the field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine remains the design and construction of larger (> 1 cm(3)) in vitro tissues for biological studies and transplantation. While there has been success in creating three-dimensional (3D) capillary networks, relatively large arteries (diameter >3-5 mm), and more recently small arteries (diameter 500 μm-1 mm), there has been no success in the creation of a living dynamic blood vessel network comprising of arterioles (diameter 40-300 μm), capillaries, and venules...
August 11, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part B, Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799461/preparation-and-characterization-of-protein-resistant-hydrogels-for-soft-contact-lens-applications-via-radical-copolymerization-involving-a-zwitterionic-sulfobetaine-comonomer
#19
Wanlu Zhang, Guangji Li, Yinlei Lin, Liying Wang, Shuqing Wu
We aimed to introduce hydrophilic sulfobetaine-type zwitterionic groups to macromolecular chains of copolymers to construct novel copolymer hydrogels with anti-protein-fouling performance that could be used as soft contact lens (SCL) materials. Using hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA), N-vinyl pyrrolidinone (NVP) and sulfobetaine methacrylate (SBMA) as comonomers, several copolymer hydrogels with different SBMA contents, poly(HEMA-NVP-SBMA), are synthesized via radical copolymerization in an aqueous phase. Surface chemistry, structural morphologies, water contact angle (WCA), equilibrium water content (EWC), visible light transmittance and tensile mechanical properties are investigated...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Biomaterials Science. Polymer Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798839/paper-based-microfluidic-devices-by-asymmetric-calendaring
#20
S Oyola-Reynoso, C Frankiewicz, B Chang, J Chen, J-F Bloch, M M Thuo
We report a simple, efficient, one-step, affordable method to produce open-channel paper-based microfluidic channels. One surface of a sheet of paper is selectively calendared, with concomitant hydrophobization, to create the microfluidic channel. Our method involves asymmetric mechanical modification of a paper surface using a rolling ball (ball-point pen) under a controlled amount of applied stress (σz) to ascertain that only one side is modified. A lubricating solvent (hexane) aids in the selective deformation...
January 2017: Biomicrofluidics
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