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Sanna Björkegren, Lars Nordstierna, Anders Törncrona, Anders Palmqvist
Colloidal silica particles, functionalized with hydrophilic and hydrophobic groups, have been studied for utilization in particle-stabilized emulsions, so called Pickering emulsions. The amounts of attached groups have been characterized using NMR spectroscopy and elemental analysis. A range of particles were prepared, with sizes from around 13 to 70nm in diameter. Hydrophilic functionalization of the silica sols was achieved by attaching methyl poly(ethylene glycol) (mPEG) silane to the silica particle surface...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Gregory P Beehler, Kaitlin R Lilienthal
The Primary Care Behavioral Health (PCBH) model of integrated primary care is challenging to implement with high fidelity. The Primary Care Behavioral Health Provider Adherence Questionnaire (PPAQ) was designed to assess provider adherence to essential model components and has recently been adapted into a quality improvement toolkit. The aim of this pilot project was to gather preliminary feedback on providers' perceptions of the acceptability and utility of the PPAQ toolkit for making beneficial practice changes...
October 24, 2016: Psychological Services
Sara Crotti, Martina Piccoli, Flavio Rizzolio, Antonio Giordano, Donato Nitti, Marco Agostini
Colorectal cancer (CRC) whit more than a million of new cases per year is one of the most common registered cancers worldwide with few treatment options especially for advanced and metastatic patients. The tumor microenvironment is composed by extracellular matrix (ECM), cells and interstitial fluids. Among all these constituents, in the last years an increased interest around the ECM and its potential role in cancer tumorigenesis is arisen. During cancer progression the ECM structure and composition became disorganized, allowing cellular transformation and metastasis...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Cellular Physiology
Y Lu, K Wang, F-R Chen, W Zhang, M L Sui
It has been fundamentally important and technologically challenging to elucidate the migration behavior of solute atoms in solvents, which can help to understand the growth of nanoparticles. Recently, ascribed to the booming development of start-of-the-art liquid environmental transmission electron microscopes (LETEMs), it has become possible to disclose, in situ, the phase segregation mechanism of elementary units in a solvent at the nanoscale. In addition, bombardment with an electron beam can induce a locally positive potential, with the application of low-conductive Si3N4 and water in LETEMs...
October 24, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Jae-Wan Park, Cheol-Min Park
The development of new anode materials having high electrochemical performances and interesting reaction mechanisms is highly required to satisfy the need for long-lasting mobile electronic devices and electric vehicles. Here, we report a layer crystalline structured SnP3 and its unique electrochemical behaviors with Li. The SnP3 was simply synthesized through modification of Sn crystallography by combination with P and its potential as an anode material for LIBs was investigated. During Li insertion reaction, the SnP3 anode showed an interesting two-step electrochemical reaction mechanism comprised of a topotactic transition (0...
October 24, 2016: Scientific Reports
Xuewu Li, Tian Shi, Cong Liu, Qiaoxin Zhang, Xingjiu Huang
Aluminum alloys are vulnerable to penetrating and peeling failures in seawater and preparing a barrier coating to isolate the substrate from corrosive medium is an effective anticorrosion method. Inspired by the lotus leaves effect, a wetting alloy surface with enhanced anticorrosion behavior has been prepared via etch, deposition, and low-surface-energy modification. Results indicate that excellent superamphiphobicity has been achieved after the modification of the constructed hierarchical labyrinth-like microstructures and dendritic nanostructures...
October 24, 2016: Scientific Reports
Vera Krewald, Dimitrios A Pantazis
The pentanuclear Mn complex [Mn5(μ3-O)(bpp)6](n+) can access six consecutive total oxidation levels from Mn(ii)5 to Mn(iii)5. The electronic structure and redox behavior of this cluster are studied computationally and the results are compared with experimental data. The tunability of the redox potential span and of the absolute potential position is explored through systematic modifications of the 3,5-bis(pyridin-2-yl)-pyrazole (Hbpp) ligand. By substitutions with electron-donating and electron-withdrawing groups, the position of the redox events can be shifted by ca...
October 24, 2016: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Roee Admon, Roselinde H Kaiser, Daniel G Dillon, Miranda Beltzer, Franziska Goer, David P Olson, Gordana Vitaliano, Diego A Pizzagalli
OBJECTIVE: Major depressive disorder is characterized by reduced reward-related striatal activation and dysfunctional reward learning, putatively reflecting decreased dopaminergic signaling. The goal of this study was to test whether a pharmacological challenge designed to facilitate dopaminergic transmission can enhance striatal responses to reward and improve reward learning in depressed individuals. METHOD: In a double-blind placebo-controlled design, 46 unmedicated depressed participants and 43 healthy control participants were randomly assigned to receive either placebo or a single low dose (50 mg) of the D2/D3 receptor antagonist amisulpride, which is believed to increase dopamine signaling through presynaptic autoreceptor blockade...
October 24, 2016: American Journal of Psychiatry
Barbara Jurczyk, Ewa Pociecha, Franciszek Janowiak, Dawid Kabała, Marcin Rapacz
According to predicted changes in climate, waterlogging events may occur more frequently in the future during autumn and winter at high latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere. If excess soil water coincides with the process of cold acclimation for plants, winter survival may potentially be affected. The effects of waterlogging during cold acclimation on stomatal aperture, relative water content, photochemical activity of photosystem II, freezing tolerance and plant regrowth after freezing were compared for two prehardened overwintering forage grasses, Lolium perenne and Festuca pratensis...
October 14, 2016: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
Hualei Qi, Jialin Cao, Yanjiao Xin, Xuan Mao, Deming Xie, Jianjun Luo, Bin Chu
Drug-loaded hydrogels have been paid increasing attentions in biomedical fields. As a sort of natural plant protein, zein generally cannot form hydrogel with high water retention because of its predominant hydrophobicity, which will limit its application as biomaterial. In this paper, zein electrospun fibrous membranes (ZEFM) are fabricated through a chemical modification of zein using citric acid and acetic anhydride. The resulting ZEFM can be totally soluble in neutral phosphate buffer solution. After being crosslinked by sodium hexametaphosphate, the ZEFM can form a hydrogel membrane and displays stimuli-responsive behavior towards pH and ionic strength...
January 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Hiroko Fujisato, Masaya Ito, Yoshitake Takebayashi, Hiroki Hosogoshi, Noriko Kato, Shun Nakajima, Mitsuhiro Miyamae, Yuki Oe, Satoshi Usami, Ayako Kanie, Masaru Horikoshi, Matthias Berking
BACKGROUND: The Emotion Regulation Skills Questionnaire (ERSQ) comprehensively assesses nine aspects of emotion regulation skills: awareness, clarity, sensation, understanding, compassionate self-support, modification, acceptance, tolerance, and readiness to confront. However, it is unknown about the levels of emotion regulation skills in various mental disorders, and its cross-cultural validity. We developed a Japanese version of the ERSQ, then examined its validity and reliability in clinical and non-clinical populations...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Affective Disorders
Enrique Gonzalez-Díaz, Camino Fernández Fernández, Maria Jose Fernández Galguera, Alfonso Fernández Corona
INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: The aim of this study was to describe perineum deformation during the final part of delivery and suggest a modification of the episiotomy cut to increase accuracy for obtaining a suitable angle (45°) for surgical wound suture. METHODS: This prospective study enrolled 45 primiparous women. The perineum at rest was marked with five lines (0°, 30°, 45°, 60°, 90°), and each line was marked with two dots (point A-B: to 2-3 cm from initial point in fourchette, respectively)...
October 21, 2016: International Urogynecology Journal
Carla Elena Sartori Oliveira, Marcel Henrique Marcondes Sari, Vanessa A Zborowski, Vinicius Costa Prado, Cristina Wayne Nogueira, Gilson Zeni
Depression and pain comorbidity represent a neuropsychiatric condition with substantial socioeconomic impact to society. The commonly used antidepressants and analgesics to treat this comorbidity have shown restricted clinical efficacy. In this way, the aim of this study was to investigate the behavioral, biochemical and neurochemical effects of a p,p'-methoxyl-diphenyl diselenide (OMePhSe)2 supplemented diet on pain-depression dyad induced by reserpine in rats. Adult Wistar rats were fed with 10mg (MeOPhSe)2 per kg of rat chow supplemented diet for 30 days...
October 18, 2016: European Journal of Pharmacology
Juliet Richetto, Renaud Massart, Ulrike Weber-Stadlbauer, Moshe Szyf, Marco A Riva, Urs Meyer
BACKGROUND: Prenatal exposure to infectious or inflammatory insults increases the risk of neurodevelopmental disorders. Using a well-established mouse model of prenatal viral-like immune activation, we examined whether this pathological association involves genome-wide DNA methylation differences at single nucleotide resolution. METHODS: Prenatal immune activation was induced by maternal treatment with the viral mimetic polyriboinosinic-polyribocytidylic acid in middle or late gestation...
August 12, 2016: Biological Psychiatry
Rosy, Rajendra N Goyal
A voltammetric sensor for the determination of 8-Hydroxydeoxyguanosine (8-OHdG); an important, sensitive and integral biomarker of oxidative stress and related pathological conditions like carcinogenesis, renal disorders, mental retardations, diabetes etc. has been fabricated. The synergistic behavior of two allotropic forms of carbon, which are electrochemically reduced graphene oxide (ErGO) and multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs), has been exploited for the surface modification. The resulting modified surface has been characterized using Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy, X-ray diffraction, Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy and voltammetric behavior...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Ademar Wong, Tiago Almeida Silva, Fernando Campanhã Vicentini, Orlando Fatibello-Filho
New insights into the design of highly sensitive, carbon-based electrochemical sensors are presented in this work by exploring the interesting properties of graphene oxide (GO) and ionic liquids (ILs). An electrochemical sensor based on the carbon paste electrode (CPE) modified with GO and IL was developed for the sensitive detection of ofloxacin using square-wave adsorptive anodic stripping voltammetry (SWAdASV). GO sheets were obtained from the acid treatment of graphene and characterized by scanning and transmission electronic microscopy (SEM and TEM) and selected area electron diffraction (SAED), and the electrochemical behavior of the modified GO-IL/CPE was explored by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy studies...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Nicole Mons, Daniel Beracochea
A prime mechanism that contributes to the development and maintenance of alcoholism is the dysregulation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis activity and the release of glucocorticoids (cortisol in humans and primates, corticosterone in rodents) from the adrenal glands. In the brain, sustained, local elevation of glucocorticoid concentration even long after cessation of chronic alcohol consumption compromises functional integrity of a circuit, including the prefrontal cortex (PFC), the hippocampus (HPC), and the amygdala (AMG)...
2016: Frontiers in Psychiatry
Silvia Dal Santo, Alberto Palliotti, Sara Zenoni, Giovanni Battista Tornielli, Marianna Fasoli, Paola Paci, Sergio Tombesi, Tommaso Frioni, Oriana Silvestroni, Andrea Bellincontro, Claudio d'Onofrio, Fabiola Matarese, Matteo Gatti, Stefano Poni, Mario Pezzotti
BACKGROUND: Grapevine (Vitis vinifera L.) is an economically important crop with a wide geographical distribution, reflecting its ability to grow successfully in a range of climates. However, many vineyards are located in regions with seasonal drought, and these are often predicted to be global climate change hotspots. Climate change affects the entire physiology of grapevine, with strong effects on yield, wine quality and typicity, making it difficult to produce berries of optimal enological quality and consistent stability over the forthcoming decades...
October 20, 2016: BMC Genomics
Tawandra L Rowell-Cunsolo, Nabila El-Bassel, Carl L Hart
Black Americans are incarcerated at disproportionate rates, largely due to racial differences in the application of drug laws. Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) prevalence rates among Black Americans are also disproportionately high. Moreover, availability of and access to HIV prevention services in correctional settings are limited. Recognizing that Blacks are at an elevated risk of contracting HIV, and that incarceration worsens health outcomes, this paper addresses the importance of implementing comprehensive prison-based HIV programs and prevention interventions to improve the health of this vulnerable population...
2016: Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Alexandre Guillot, Manuel Dauchez, Nicolas Belloy, Jessica Jonquet, Laurent Duca, Beatrice Romier, Pascal Maurice, Laurent Debelle, Laurent Martiny, Vincent Durlach, Stephanie Baud, Sebastien Blaise
Sialic acids (SA) are monosaccharides that can be located at the terminal position of glycan chains on a wide range of proteins. The post-translational modifications, such as N-glycan chains, are fundamental to protein functions. Indeed, the hydrolysis of SA by specific enzymes such as neuraminidases can lead to drastic modifications of protein behavior. However, the relationship between desialylation of N-glycan chains and possible alterations of receptor function remains unexplored. Thus, the aim of the present study is to establish the impact of SA removal from N-glycan chains on their conformational behavior...
October 19, 2016: Scientific Reports
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