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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454155/efficient-terahertz-anti-reflection-properties-of-metallic-anti-dot-structures
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Kumar Neeraj, Samiran Choudhury, Debanjan Polley, Rakhi Acharya, Jaivardhan Sinha, Anjan Barman, Rajib Kumar Mitra
We report the use of micrometer-sized copper (Cu) anti-dot structures as a novel terahertz (THz) anti-reflection coating (ARC) material and their superior performance over conventionally used metallic (Cu) thin films. Cu anti-dot structures of two different thicknesses (7 and 10 nm) with varying anti-dot diameters (100, 200, and 300 μm, inter-anti-dot separation fixed at 100 μm) are deposited on silicon substrates by RF magnetron sputtering and e-beam evaporation. The anti-reflection performance of these samples is studied in the frequency range of 0...
May 1, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454058/identification-and-characterization-of-process-related-substances-and-degradation-products-in-apremilast-process-optimization-and-degradation-pathway-elucidation
#2
Yuting Lu, Xiaoyue Shen, Taijun Hang, Min Song
This study aims at investigating the separation, identification and characterization of related substances in apremilast by LC-MS hyphenated techniques, as well as the synthesis optimization and the degradation pathways elucidation. Forced degradation studies were conducted under the ICH prescribed stress conditions. The chromatographic separation was achieved on XBridge C18 column (4.6mm×150mm, 3.5μm) using a mobile phase consisting of water adjusted to pH 3.0 with formic acid as solvent A and acetonitrile as solvent B in linear gradient elution program...
April 2, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453970/on-chip-ultrasonic-manipulation-of-microparticles-by-using-the-flexural-vibration-of-a-glass-substrate
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Ryota Yamamoto, Daisuke Koyama, Mami Matsukawa
As biotechnology develops, techniques for manipulating and separating small particles such as cells and DNA are required in the life sciences. This paper investigates on-chip manipulation of microparticles in small channels by using ultrasonic vibration. The chip consists of a rectangular glass substrate with a cross-shaped channel (cross-section: 2.0×2.0mm(2)) and four lead zirconate titanate transducers attached to the substrate's four corners. To efficiently generate the flexural vibration mode on the chip, we used finite element analysis to optimize the configurations of the glass substrate and transducers...
December 15, 2016: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453914/the-shape-of-things-to-come-the-formation-of-modulated-nematic-mesophases-at-various-length-scales
#4
Richard J Mandle
The twist-bend nematic phase is a recently discovered liquid-crystalline phase that exhibits macroscopic chirality even when formed from achiral materials, and as such presents a unique testbed for studies concerning the spontaneous breaking of mirror symmetry in soft matter. It is primarily exhibited by materials whose molecular structure is composed of two rigid aromatic units (such as biphenyl connected by a flexible spacer). The local structure of the NTB phase is nematic-like - with molecules having an average orientational order but no positional order - with a nanoscale helix where the pitch is of the order of several nanometres...
April 28, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453309/combination-of-cyclodextrin-and-ionic-liquid-in-analytical-chemistry-current-and-future-perspectives
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Y H Boon, M Raoov, N N M Zain, S Mohamad, H Osman
The growth in driving force and popularity of cyclodextrin (CDs) and ionic liquids (ILs) as promising materials in the field of analytical chemistry has resulted in an exponentially increase of their exploitation and production in analytical chemistry field. Cyclodextrins belong to the family of cyclic oligosaccharides composing of α-(1,4) linked glucopyranose subunits and possess a cage-like supramolecular structure. This structure enables chemical reactions to proceed between interacting ions, radical or molecules in the absence of covalent bonds...
April 28, 2017: Critical Reviews in Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449543/nanoporous-cyanate-ester-resins-structure-gas-transport-property-relationships
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Kristina Gusakova, Alexander Fainleib, Eliane Espuche, Olga Grigoryeva, Olga Starostenko, Fabrice Gouanve, Gisèle Boiteux, Jean-Marc Saiter, Daniel Grande
This contribution addresses the relationships between the structure and gas transport properties of nanoporous thermostable cyanate ester resins (CERs) derived from polycyclotrimerization of 1,1'-bis(4-cyanatophenyl)ethane in the presence of 30 or 50 wt% of inert high-boiling temperature porogens (i.e., dimethyl- or dibutyl phthalates), followed by their quantitative removal. The nanopores in the films obtained were generated via a chemically induced phase separation route with further porogen extraction from the densely crosslinked CERs...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449378/analysis-of-toldimfos-in-porcine-muscle-and-bovine-milk-using-liquid-chromatography-triple-quadrupole-mass-spectrometry
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Dan Zhang, Jin-A Park, A M Abd El-Aty, Seong-Kwan Kim, Sang-Hyun Cho, Weijia Zheng, Jeong-Min Choi, Jae-Han Shim, Byung-Joon Chang, Jin-Suk Kim, Ho-Chul Shin
An analytical method was developed for the detection of toldimfos sodium residues in porcine muscle and bovine milk using liquid chromatography-triple quadrupole tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) analysis. The drug was extracted from muscle and milk using 10 mM ammonium formate in acetonitrile and then purified using n-hexane. The drug was well separated on a Luna C18 column using a mixture of 10 mM ammonium formate in ultrapure water (A) and acetonitrile (B) as the mobile phase. Good linearity was achieved over the tested concentration range (0...
April 27, 2017: Biomedical Chromatography: BMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449104/liquid-chromatographic-chemometric-techniques-for-the-simultaneous-hplc-determination-of-lansoprazole-amoxicillin-and-clarithromycin-in-commercial-preparation
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A Hakan Aktas, Ayse Mine Saridag
Two multivariate calibration-prediction techniques, principal component regression (PCR) and partial least-squares regression (PLSR) were applied to the chromatographic multicomponent analysis of the drug containing lansoprazole (LAN), clarithromycin (CLA) and amoxicillin (AMO). Optimum chromatographic separation of LAN, CLA and AMO with atorvastatin as the internal standard (IS) was obtained by using Xterra® RP18 column 5 μm 4.6 × 250 mm2, and 25 mM ammonium chloride buffer prepared ammonium chloride, acetonitrile and bidistilled water (45:45:10 v/v) as the mobile phase at flow rate 1...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Chromatographic Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448885/development-and-validation-of-a-liquid-chromatographic-method-for-the-analysis-of-squaric-acid-dibutyl-ester-and-its-impurities
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Marwa F Mansour, Peixi Zhu, Ann Van Schepdael, Erwin Adams
A simple, fast and selective stability indicating liquid chromatographic method has been described for the simultaneous determination of squaric acid dibutyl ester and its impurities. The chromatographic separation was achieved on a C2 column (250mm×4.6mm i.d., 5μm) using a mobile phase consisting of 0.15% phosphoric acid - acetonitrile - methanol (30:60:10, v/v/v). Isocratic elution was performed at a flow rate of 1.0mLmin(-1). The analytes were detected by UV at 252nm. The method was validated according to the ICH guidelines and satisfactory results were obtained...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448835/continuous-production-of-polymer-nanoparticles-using-a-membrane-based-flow-cell
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Zhengnan Yang, Dona Foster, Ali Dhinojwala
We demonstrate the surfactant-free production of polymer nanoparticles using a continuous membrane-based tangential flow cell. Co-current streams of water and polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA)/acetone/water solution were separated by a porous regenerated cellulose (RC) membrane. The water concentration in the PMMA solution was adjusted so that as additional water diffused through the RC membrane, the PMMA solution composition crossed the two phase boundary to precipitate PMMA nanoparticles. The size of these nanoparticles varied with the concentration of the PMMA feed and the amount of water diffusing across the membrane...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447696/photocatalytic-photosystem-i-pedot-composite-films-prepared-by-vapor-phase-polymerization
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M T Robinson, C E Simons, D E Cliffel, G K Jennings
Photosystem I (PSI) achieves photo-induced charge separation with outstanding internal quantum efficiency and has been used to improve the performance of various photoelectrochemical systems. Herein, we describe a fast and versatile technique to assemble composite films containing PSI and a chosen intrinsically conductive polymer (ICP). A mixture of PSI and a Friedel-Crafts catalyst (FeCl3) is drop cast atop a substrate of choice. Contact with ICP monomer vapor at low temperature stimulates polymer growth throughout PSI films in minutes...
April 27, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447397/an-lc-ms-ms-method-for-determination-of-bioactive-components-of-licorice-and-semen-strychni-in-rat-plasma-application-to-a-pharmacokinetics-study
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Min Zhang, Yang Deng, Chao Wang, Hua-Lin Cai, Jing-Wen, Ping-Fei Fang, Bi-Kui Zhang, Huan-De Li, Miao Yan
Semen Strychni is known for its treatment of rheumatic arthritis with a low therapeutic index. Licorice contributes a lot in herb detoxification according to the traditional Chinese medicine theory. A simple, rapid and sensitive liquid chromatography-mass spectrometric method was developed and validated for simultaneous determination of main bioactive ingredients in licorice and Semen Strychni in rat plasma. Using moclobemide and cyproterone acetate as the internal standards, the analytes were pretreated via protein precipitation with methanol...
April 26, 2017: Drug Testing and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447080/doping-of-nematic-cyanobiphenyl-liquid-crystals-with-mesogen-hybridized-magnetic-nanoparticles
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Ingo Appel, Hajnalka Nádasi, Christian Reitz, Nerea Sebastián, Horst Hahn, Alexey Eremin, Ralf Stannarius, Silke S Behrens
Magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) functionalized with (pro-)mesogenic ligands are implemented into a nematic liquid crystal (LC) and studied regarding both colloidal stability and magneto-optical behavior. In this study, the particle surface is specifically engineered to tune the MNP interactions with the LC host. For this purpose, four types of (pro-)mesogenic ligands (ML) are synthesized, which are composed of three structural parts, i.e., a rigid, LC motif (i.e., cyanobiphenyl) and a functional group for nanoparticle binding, both linked via a flexible spacer of different alkyl chain lengths...
April 27, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446948/characterization-of-nociceptive-behaviors-induced-by-formalin-in-the-glabrous-and-hairy-skin-of-rats
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Elaheh Erami, Hassan Azhdari-Zarmehri, Keiji Imoto, Hidemasa Furue
INTRODUCTION: Glabrous skin and hairy skin are innervated by different types of noxious fibers. However, the different nociceptive behaviors induced by formalin, a commonly used model of acute inflammatory pain, have not yet been systematically examined in the glabrous and hairy skin. METHODS: In this study, we compared nociceptive behaviors induced by formalin injections (2%, 4%, and 8%) into either glabrous skin (plantar surface) of the hind paw or hairy skin of the hind limb in adult rats...
January 2017: Basic and Clinical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446580/entrainment-of-visual-steady-state-responses-is-modulated-by-global-spatial-statistics
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Thomas Nguyen, Karl Kuntzelman, Vladimir Miskovic
The rhythmic delivery of visual stimuli evokes large-scale neuronal entrainment in the form of steady-state oscillatory field responses. The spatio-temporal properties of stimulus drive appear to constrain the relative degrees of neuronal entrainment. Specific frequency ranges, for example, are uniquely suited for enhancing the strength of stimulus-driven brain oscillations. When it comes to the nature of the visual stimulus itself, studies have used a plethora of inputs ranging from spatially unstructured empty fields to simple contrast patterns (checkerboards, gratings, stripes) and complex arrays (human faces, houses, natural scenes)...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445874/erythropoietin-treatment-exacerbates-moderate-injury-after-hypoxia-ischemia-in-neonatal-superoxide-dismutase-transgenic-mice
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R Ann Sheldon, Christine Windsor, Byong Sop Lee, Olatz Arteaga Cabeza, Donna M Ferriero
The neonatal brain is highly susceptible to oxidative stress as developing endogenous antioxidant mechanisms are overwhelmed. In the neonate, superoxide dismutase (SOD) overexpression worsens hypoxic-ischemic injury due to H2O2 accumulation in the brain. Erythropoietin (EPO) is upregulated in 2 phases after HI, early (4 h) and late (7 days), and exogenous EPO has been effective in reducing the injury, possibly through reducing oxidative stress. We hypothesized that exogenous EPO would limit injury from excess H2O2 seen in SOD1-overexpressing mice, and thus enhance recovery after HI...
April 27, 2017: Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445544/pressure-flaking-to-serrate-bifacial-points-for-the-hunt-during-the-mis5-at-sibudu-cave-south-africa
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Veerle Rots, Carol Lentfer, Viola C Schmid, Guillaume Porraz, Nicholas J Conard
Projectile technology is considered to appear early in the southern African Middle Stone Age (MSA) and the rich and high resolution MSA sequence of Sibudu Cave in KwaZulu-Natal has provided many new insights about the use and hafting of various projectile forms. We present the results of a functional and technological analysis on a series of unpublished serrated bifacial points recently recovered from the basal deposits of Sibudu Cave. These serrated tools, which only find equivalents in the neighbouring site of Umhlatuzana, precede the Still Bay techno-complex and are older than 77 ka BP...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445211/polypoidal-choroidal-vasculopathy-associated-with-central-serous-chorioretinopathy-pachychoroid-spectrum-of-diseases
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George J Manayath, Vanee Sheth Shah, Veerappan R Saravanan, Venkatapathy Narendran
PURPOSE: To study multimodal imaging features of polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV) associated with central serous chorioretinopathy (CSC) in the same eye. METHODS: A retrospective observational study of cases of suspected PCV which underwent indocyanine green angiography, fundus fluorescein angiography and optical coherence tomography was done, to look for simultaneous typical CSC-like active leak in the same eye. The relevant history, best-corrected visual acuity, optical coherence tomography, fundus fluorescein angiography, and indocyanine green angiography findings were analyzed...
April 25, 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444354/easy-assessment-of-levofloxacin-and-minocycline-in-relevant-biomimetic-media-by-hplc-uv-analysis
#19
Ana C Matos, Rosana V Pinto, Ana F Bettencourt
Simple, economic and environmental friendly high-performance liquid chromatography methods for levofloxacin and minocycline quantification in biomimetic media were developed and validate including their stability at body temperature, an often neglected evaluation parameter. Both methods are similar only differing in the wavelength setting, i.e., for levofloxacin and minocycline quantification the UV detection was set at 284 and at 273 nm, respectively. The separation of both antibiotics was achieved using a reversed-phase column and a mobile phase consisting of acetonitrile and water (15:85) with 0...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Chromatographic Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442907/synthesis-of-magnetic-molecularly-imprinted-polymers-with-excellent-biocompatibility-for-the-selective-separation-and-inhibition-of-testosterone-in-prostate-cancer-cells
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Xiaoshuang Tang, Feng Li, Jing Jia, Chao Yang, Wei Liu, Ben Jin, Xinyang Wang, Ruixia Gao, Dalin He, Peng Guo
PURPOSE: Androgen plays an important role in the progression of prostate cancer. In the present study, novel magnetic molecularly imprinted polymers (MMIPs) with good biocompatibility were produced for the selective separation and inhibition of testosterone in prostate cancer cells. MATERIALS AND METHODS: MMIPs were prepared by using magnetic nanospheres, gelatin, and testosterone as the supporting materials, functional monomer, and the template molecule, respectively...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
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