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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813918/how-to-prepare-a-person-with-complete-spinal-cord-injury-to-use-surface-electrodes-for-fes-trike-cycling
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Raymond K Y Tong, Xiaojun Wang, Kenry W C Leung, Ginny T Y Lee, Cathy C Y Lau, H W Wai, Peter M K Pang, H C Leung
Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) cycling could benefit people with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI). The FES cycling involves large muscle groups during the training, and thus improves the cardiovascular function, increases the muscle bulk and reduces the secondary complications. This study developed an outdoor FES exercise cycling system for complete SCI persons to exercise their lower limbs without putting extra load on upper extremities. The mechanical structure of the cycling system was specially redesigned to secure the SCI persons in the cycling system...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813598/functional-microcapsules-with-hybrid-shells-made-via-sol-gel-reaction-within-double-emulsions
#2
David G Moore, Jonathan V A Brignoli, Patrick Alberto Rühs, André R Studart
Microcapsules with organic-inorganic hybrid shells can be used as functionally-responsive delivery systems that are attractive for a broad range of applications. Hybrid-shell microcapsules have often been synthesized by the assembly of solid inorganic nanoparticles and polymers. Efforts to extend this approach to microfluidic emulsification have been hampered by problems with clogging and flow instabilities when utilizing dispersions of solid particles. In this work, hybrid shell microcapsules are synthesized through the reaction of liquid precursors, eliminating the use of solid dispersions...
August 16, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813019/grafting-modification-of-the-reactive-core-shell-particles-to-enhance-the-toughening-ability-of-polylactide
#3
Zhaokun Li, Shixin Song, Xuanchen Zhao, Xue Lv, Shulin Sun
In order to overcome the brittleness of polylactide (PLA), reactive core-shell particles (RCS) with polybutadiene as core and methyl methacrylate-co-styrene-co-glycidyl methacrylate as shell were prepared to toughen PLA. Tert-dodecyl mercaptan (TDDM) was used as chain transfer agent to modify the grafting properties (such as grafting degree, shell thickness, internal and external grafting) of the core-shell particles. The introduction of TDDM decreased the grafting degree, shell thickness and the Tg of the core phase...
August 16, 2017: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812874/three-dimensional-highly-stretchable-conductors-from-elastic-fiber-mat-with-conductive-polymer-coating
#4
Shasha Duan, Zhihui Wang, Ling Zhang, Jin Liu, Chunzhong Li
The manufacture of stretchable conductors with well-reserved electrical performance under large-degree deformations via scalable processes remains of great importance. In this work, a highly stretchable 3D conductive framework consisted of polyurethane fiber mat (PUF) and poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) is reported through facile approaches, electrospinning and in situ interfacial polymerization, which was then backfilled with poly(dimethylsiloxane) to obtain 3D conductors. The excellent stretchability of the 3D conductive network imparted the as-prepared electrode superior mechanical durability...
August 16, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812867/ultrasensitive-silicon-nanowire-sensor-developed-by-a-special-ag-modification-process-for-rapid-nh3-detection
#5
Yuxiang Qin, Diao Liu, Tianyi Zhang, Zhen Cui
Surface functionalization is very effective in enhancing sensing properties of a chemiresistive gas sensor. In this work, we develop a novel and cost-effective process to prepare Ag-modified silicon nanowire (SiNW) sensors and further suggest a resistance effect model to clarify the enhanced sensing mechanism of Ag-modified SiNWs. The SiNWs were formed via metal-assisted chemical etching (MACE), and the Ag nanoparticle (NP) modification was achieved in situ based on the MACE-produced Ag dendrites by involving a crucial anisotropic postetching of TMAH...
August 16, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812246/dna-tetrahedron-delivery-enhances-doxorubicin-induced-apoptosis-of-ht-29-colon-cancer-cells
#6
Guiyu Zhang, Zhiyong Zhang, Junen Yang
As a nano-sized drug carrier with the advantage of modifiability and proper biocompatibility, DNA tetrahedron (DNA tetra) delivery is hopeful to enhance the inhibitory efficiency of nontargeted anticancer drugs. In this investigation, doxorubicin (Dox) was assembled to a folic acid-modified DNA tetra via click chemistry to prepare a targeted antitumor agent. Cellular uptake efficiency was measured via fluorescent imaging. Cytotoxicity, inhibition efficiency, and corresponding mechanism on colon cancer cell line HT-29 were evaluated by MTT assay, cell proliferation curve, western blot, and flow cytometry...
August 15, 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811222/antitussive-antispasmodic-bronchodilating-and-cardiac-inotropic-effects-of-the-essential-oil-from-blepharocalyx-salicifolius-leaves
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Jehison Jiménez Hernández, María Inés Ragone, Patricia Bonazzola, Arnaldo L Bandoni, Alicia E Consolini
ETHOPHARMACOLOGY RELEVANCE: Blepharocalyx salicifolius (Kunth) O. Berg (Myrtaceae) is a tree native to Argentina and Uruguay that grows and is cultivated along the riverside of the Rio de la Plata. The leaves of this plant species, locally known as "anacahuita" are used in South America to prepare infusions for the empiric treatment of cough and bronchospasm, as well as diarrhoea and other intestinal disorders. Although previous phytochemical studies have been performed with the essential oil extracted from Blepharocalyx salicifolius, pharmacological evidence supporting its traditional use is still lacking...
August 12, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811202/aggregation-of-zein-in-aqueous-ethanol-dispersions-effect-on-cast-film-properties
#8
Lorina Bisharat, Alberto Berardi, Diego Romano Perinelli, Giulia Bonacucina, Luca Casettari, Marco Cespi, Hatim S AlKhatib, Giovanni F Palmieri
In this study, we evaluate the influence of zein aggregation in aqueous ethanol dispersions on the properties of zein films. The effects of zein concentration, ethanol content and temperature on transmittance of zein dispersions were investigated. Dynamic light scattering was used to measure the degree of zein aggregation in the dispersions. The results indicate that particle size of zein increased with higher zein concentration, lower ethanol level and at lower temperatures. Zein films were prepared by casting from 70% and 90% aqueous ethanol dispersions at different drying temperatures and were evaluated for appearance, thermomechanical and mechanical properties...
August 12, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810193/kinetics-and-mechanism-of-antibacterial-activity-and-cytotoxicity-of-ag-rgo-nanocomposite
#9
Marjan Moghayedi, Elaheh K Goharshadi, Kiarash Ghazvini, Hossein Ahmadzadeh, Laleh Ranjbaran, Raheleh Masoudi, Ralf Ludwig
Nowadays, nanomaterials with remarkable antibacterial activity and low cytotoxicity attract much interest in research. By considering the antibacterial activity of Ag and graphene oxide (GO), the Ag-RGO nanocomposite was prepared by a one-pot and facile technique and it was used to evaluate its antibacterial activity and cytotoxicity against Escherichia coli and glioblastoma cancer cells (U87MG), respectively. The antibacterial activity was studied by micro-dilution and colony counting methods to investigate cell viability...
August 4, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810164/catalytic-oxidation-of-soot-on-mesoporous-ceria-based-mixed-oxides-with-cetyltrimethyl-ammonium-bromide-ctab-assisted-synthesis
#10
Hongjian Zhu, Jing Xu, Yuge Yichuan, Zhongpeng Wang, Yibo Gao, Wei Liu, Henan Yin
Mesoporous ceria and transition metal-doped ceria (M0.1Ce0.9O2 (M=Mn, Fe, Co, Cu)) catalysts were synthesized via CTAB-assisted method. The physicochemical properties of the prepared catalysts were characterized by XRD, DLS analysis, SEM, BET, Raman, H2-TPR and in situ DRIFT techniques. The catalytic activity tests for soot oxidation were performed under tight contact of soot/catalyst mixtures in the presence of O2 and NO+O2, respectively. The obtained results show that mesoporous ceria-based solid solutions can be formed with large surface areas and small crystallite size...
July 31, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810123/electrochemical-dissolution-of-iridium-and-iridium-oxide-par-ticles-in-acidic-media-transmission-electron-microscopy-electrochemical-flow-cell-coupled-to-inductively-coupled-plasma-mass-spectrometry-and-x-ray-absorption-spectros-copy-study
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Primož Jovanovič, Nejc Hodnik, Francisco Ruiz-Zepeda, Iztok Arcon, Barbara Jozinović, Milena Zorko, Marjan Bele, Martin Šala, Vid Simon Šelih, Samo B Hocevar, Miran Gaberscek
Iridium based particles as the most promising proton exchange membrane electrolyser electrocatalysts were investigated by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and by coupling of electrochemical flow cell (EFC) with online inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer (ICP-MS). Additionally, a thin-film rotating disc electrode (RDE), an identical location trans-mission and scanning electron microscopy (IL-TEM and IL-SEM) as well as an X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) studies have been performed. Extremely sensitive online time-and potential-resolved electrochemical dissolution profiles revealed that iridium particles dissolved already well below oxygen evolution reaction (OER) potentials, presumably induced by iridium surface oxidation and reduction processes, also referred to as transient dissolution...
August 15, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809843/tuning-in-the-hippocampal-theta-band-in-vitro-methodologies-for-recording-from-the-isolated-rodent-septohippocampal-circuit
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Frédéric Manseau, Sylvain Williams
This protocol outlines the procedures for preparing and recording from the isolated whole hippocampus, of WT and transgenic mice, along with recent improvements in methodologies and applications for the study of theta oscillations. A simple characterization of the isolated hippocampal preparation is presented whereby the relationship between internal hippocampal theta oscillators is examined together with the activity of pyramidal cells, and GABAergic interneurons, of the cornu ammonis-1 (CA1) and subiculum (SUB) areas...
August 2, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809779/application-of-solution-nmr-to-structural-studies-on-%C3%AE-helical-integral-membrane-proteins
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REVIEW
Dae-Won Sim, Zhenwei Lu, Hyung-Sik Won, Seu-Na Lee, Min-Duk Seo, Bong-Jin Lee, Ji-Hun Kim
A large portion of proteins in living organisms are membrane proteins which play critical roles in the biology of the cell, from maintenance of the biological membrane integrity to communication of cells with their surroundings. To understand their mechanism of action, structural information is essential. Nevertheless, structure determination of transmembrane proteins is still a challenging area, even though recently the number of deposited structures of membrane proteins in the PDB has rapidly increased thanks to the efforts using X-ray crystallography, electron microscopy, and solid and solution nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) technology...
August 15, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809555/electronic-magnetic-and-redox-properties-and-o2-reactivity-of-iron-ii-and-nickel-ii-o-semiquinonate-complexes-of-a-tris-thioether-ligand-uncovering-the-intradiol-cleaving-reactivity-of-an-iron-ii-o-semiquinonate-complex
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Peng Wang, Michelle M Killian, Mohamed R Saber, Tian Qiu, Glenn P A Yap, Codrina V Popescu, Joel Rosenthal, Kim R Dunbar, Thomas C Brunold, Charles G Riordan
The iron(II) semiquinonate character within the iron(III) catecholate species has been proposed by numerous studies to account for the O2 reactivity of intradiol catechol dioxygenases, but a well-characterized iron(II) semiquinonate species that exhibits intradiol cleaving reactivity has not yet been reported. In this study, a detailed electronic structure description of the first iron(II) o-semiquinonate complex, [PhTt(tBu)]Fe(phenSQ) [PhTt(tBu) = phenyltris(tert-butylthiomethyl)borate; phenSQ = 9,10-phenanthrenesemiquinonate; Wang et al...
August 15, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809471/3d-analysis-of-fuel-cell-electrocatalyst-degradation-on-alternate-carbon-supports
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Brian T Sneed, David A Cullen, Kimberly S Reeves, Ondrej E Dyck, David A Langlois, Rangachary Mukundan, Rodney L Borup, Karren L More
Understanding the mechanisms associated with Pt/C electrocatalyst degradation in proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) cathodes is critical for the future development of higher-performing materials; however, there is a lack of information regarding Pt coarsening under PEMFC operating conditions within the cathode catalyst layer. We report a direct and quantitative 3D study of Pt dispersions on carbon supports (high surface area carbon (HSAC), Vulcan XC-72, and graphitized carbon) with varied surface areas, graphitic character, and Pt loadings ranging from 5-40 wt...
August 15, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809447/pulmonary-delivery-of-tea-tree-oil-%C3%AE-cyclodextrin-inclusion-complexes-for-the-treatment-of-fungal-and-bacterial-pneumonia
#16
Miao Li, Lifei Zhu, Tongtong Zhang, Boming Liu, Lina Du, Yiguang Jin
OBJECTIVES: Bacterial pneumonia is a common cause of death worldwide. Tea tree oil (TTO) is a potent antimicrobial natural product, which is formulated in dry powder inhalers (DPIs) for the treatment of fungal and bacterial pneumonia. METHODS: Tea tree oil-β-cyclodextrin inclusion complexes (TTO-β-CD) were prepared and characterized. Aerodynamic properties of TTO-β-CD powders were measured. The rat models of fungal (Candida albicans) and bacterial (Acinetobacter baumannii) pneumonia were prepared...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809413/tumor-targeted-nanoprobes-for-enhanced-multimodal-imaging-and-synergistic-photothermal-therapy-core-shell-and-dumbbell-gd-tailored-gold-nanorods
#17
Jinchang Yin, Deqi Chen, Shuangshuang Wu, Chaorui Li, Lizhi Liu, Yuanzhi Shao
Multifunctional nanoprobes, due to their unique nanocomposite structures, have prominent advantages that combine multimodal imaging of a tumor with photothermal therapy. However, they remain a challenge for constructing nanostructures via conventional approaches due to the peculiar environmental sensitivity of each component. Here, we report the design and synthesis of Gd-based nanoparticle-tailored gold nanorods with distinctive core-shell and dumbbell nanoarchitectures (NAs) by a specific synthesis technology...
August 15, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809000/post-translational-modification-profiling-functional-proteomics-for-the-analysis-of-immune-regulation
#18
Avital Eisenberg-Lerner, Ifat Regev, Yifat Merbl
Posttranslational modifications (PTMs) of proteins are an integral part of major cellular regulatory mechanisms dictating protein function, localization, and stability. The capacity to screen PTMs using protein microarrays has advanced our ability to identify their targets and regulatory role. This chapter discusses a unique procedure that combines functional extract-based activity assay with large-scale screening utilities of protein microarrays. This "PTM-profiling" system offers advantages in quantitatively identifying modifications in an unbiased manner in the context of specific cellular conditions...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808853/physicochemical-and-adsorptive-characteristics-of-activated-carbons-from-waste-polyester-textiles-utilizing-mgo-template-method
#19
Zhihua Xu, Daofang Zhang, Zhihang Yuan, Weifang Chen, Tianqi Zhang, Danqi Tian, Haixuan Deng
Activated carbons with high specific surface areas were produced, utilizing waste polyester textiles as carbon precursor by magnesium oxide (MgO) template method. Magnesium chloride (MgCl2), magnesium citrate (MgCi), and MgO were employed as MgO precursors to prepare activated carbons (AC-MgCl2, AC-MgCi, and AC-MgO). Thermogravimetry-differential scanning calorimetry was conducted to investigate the pore-forming mechanism, and N2 adsorption/desorption isotherms, XRD, SEM-EDS, TEM, FTIR and pHpzc were achieved to analyze physicochemical characteristics of the samples...
August 14, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808842/colonic-motor-dysfunctions-in-a-mouse-model-of-high-fat-diet-induced-obesity-an-involvement-of-a2b-adenosine-receptors
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Luca Antonioli, Carolina Pellegrini, Matteo Fornai, Erika Tirotta, Daniela Gentile, Laura Benvenuti, Maria Cecilia Giron, Valentina Caputi, Ilaria Marsilio, Genny Orso, Nunzia Bernardini, Cristina Segnani, Chiara Ippolito, Balázs Csóka, Zoltán H Németh, György Haskó, Carmelo Scarpignato, Corrado Blandizzi, Rocchina Colucci
Adenosine A2B receptors (A2BR) regulate several enteric functions. However, their implication in the pathophysiology of intestinal dysmotility associated with high-fat diet (HFD)-induced obesity has not been elucidated. We investigated the expression of A2BR in mouse colon and their role in the mechanisms underlying the development of enteric dysmotility associated with obesity. Wild-type C57BL/6J mice were fed with HFD (60% kcal from fat) or normocaloric diet (NCD; 18% kcal from fat) for 8 weeks. Colonic A2BR localization was examined by immunofluorescence...
August 14, 2017: Purinergic Signalling
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