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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102565/development-of-novel-sers-probe-for-selective-screening-of-healthy-prostate-from-malignant-prostate-cancer-cells-using-zn-ii
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Paresh Chandra Ray, Avijit Pramanik, Suhash Reddy Chavva, Bhanu Priya Viraka Nellore, Kelli May, Tejus Matthew, Stacy Jones, Aruna Vangara
Even in 21st century, prostate cancer remains the second leading cause of cancer death for men. Since normal prostate gland contains the most Zn(II) and there are huge differences in Zn(II) content between the healthy and malignant prostate cancer cells, mobile zinc can be used as a biomarker for prostate cancer prediction. Current article reports the design of novel and highly efficient surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) probe using p-(imidazole)azo) benzenethiol attached gold nanoparticle as a Raman reporter, which has the capability to identify prostate cancer cells based on Zn(II) sensing...
January 19, 2017: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102304/local-melatonin-application-induces-cold-tolerance-in-distant-organs-of-citrullus-lanatus-l-via-long-distance-transport
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Hao Li, Jingjing Chang, Junxian Zheng, Yuchuan Dong, Qiyan Liu, Xiaozhen Yang, Chunhua Wei, Yong Zhang, Jianxiang Ma, Xian Zhang
Melatonin is a ubiquitous chemical substance that regulates plant growth and responses to stress. Several recent studies show that exogenous melatonin confers cold tolerance to plants; however, the underlying mechanisms remain largely unknown. Here, we report that melatonin application at optimal dose, either on the leaves or the roots, not only induced cold stress tolerance in the site of application, but also systemically induced cold tolerance in untreated distant parts. Foliar or rhizospheric treatment with melatonin increased the melatonin levels in untreated roots or leaves, respectively, under both normal and cold stress conditions, whereas rhizospheric melatonin treatment increased the melatonin exudation rates from the xylem...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098825/optical-fibre-sensors-using-graphene-based-materials-a-review
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Miguel Hernaez, Carlos R Zamarreño, Sonia Melendi-Espina, Liam R Bird, Andrew G Mayes, Francisco J Arregui
Graphene and its derivatives have become the most explored materials since Novoselov and Geim (Nobel Prize winners for Physics in 2010) achieved its isolation in 2004. The exceptional properties of graphene have attracted the attention of the scientific community from different research fields, generating high impact not only in scientific journals, but also in general-interest newspapers. Optical fibre sensing is one of the many fields that can benefit from the use of these new materials, combining the amazing morphological, chemical, optical and electrical features of graphene with the advantages that optical fibre offers over other sensing strategies...
January 14, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098316/a-family-of-mechanically-adaptive-supramolecular-graphene-oxide-poly-ethylenimine-hydrogels-from-aqueous-assembly
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Chao Wang, Yipin Duan, Nicole S Zacharia, Bryan D Vogt
Composite hydrogels containing graphene oxide (GO) offer advantageous mechanical properties, but tuning these properties generally requires the synthesis of new hydrogels or if the hydrogel is thermally responsive, utilization of a chemistry determined temperature window. Here, we demonstrate a simple route to generate a family of GO-based hydrogels from aqueous solution based assembly of GO with polycationic poly(ethylenimine), PEI, without any secondary chemical crosslinking. Tuning the ratio of GO : PEI during the assembly produces a family of hydrogels that responds to mechanical compression by irreversibly altering their equilibrium water content and mechanical properties in a controllable manner...
January 18, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095496/opportunities-for-integrated-ecological-analysis-across-inland-australia-with-standardised-data-from-ausplots-rangelands
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Greg R Guerin, Ben Sparrow, Andrew Tokmakoff, Anita Smyth, Emrys Leitch, Zdravko Baruch, Andrew J Lowe
Australian rangelands ecosystems cover 81% of the continent but are understudied and continental-scale research has been limited in part by a lack of precise data that are standardised between jurisdictions. We present a new dataset from AusPlots Rangelands that enables integrative rangelands analysis due to its geographic scope and standardised methodology. The method provides data on vegetation and soils, enabling comparison of a suite of metrics including fractional vegetation cover, basal area, and species richness, diversity, and composition...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094501/artificial-cells-synthetic-compartments-with-life-like-functionality-and-adaptivity
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Bastiaan C Buddingh', Jan C M van Hest
Cells are highly advanced microreactors that form the basis of all life. Their fascinating complexity has inspired scientists to create analogs from synthetic and natural components using a bottom-up approach. The ultimate goal here is to assemble a fully man-made cell that displays functionality and adaptivity as advanced as that found in nature, which will not only provide insight into the fundamental processes in natural cells but also pave the way for new applications of such artificial cells. In this Account, we highlight our recent work and that of others on the construction of artificial cells...
January 17, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094353/surfactant-free-synthesis-of-three-dimensional-nitrogen-doped-hierarchically-porous-carbon-and-its-application-as-an-electrode-modification-material-for-simultaneous-sensing-of-ascorbic-acid-dopamine-and-uric-acid
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Anaclet Nsabimana, Jianping Lai, Suping Li, Pan Hui, Zhongyuan Liu, Guobao Xu
Three-dimensional N-doped hierarchically porous carbon (3D NHPC) was synthesized successfully without using any surfactant or etching agent. This simple and effective synthesis method was accomplished by solvothermal synthesis followed by pyrolysis. The physical morphology and chemical composition of 3D NHPC were verified by scanning electron microscopy, nitrogen adsorption-desorption, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Its structural studies reveal that it exhibits a micro-mesoporous hierarchical structure and contains C, O and N atoms forming different functional groups...
January 17, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093675/solar-photocatalytic-degradation-of-textile-effluent-with-tio2-zno-and-nb2o5-catalysts-assessment-of-photocatalytic-activity-and-mineralization
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Renata P Souza, Elizangela Ambrosio, Maisa T F Souza, Thábata K F S Freitas, Ana M Ferrari-Lima, Juliana C Garcia
The photocatalytic degradation of textile effluent was investigated using TiO2, ZnO, and Nb2O5 catalysts under solar irradiation. The procedures were carried out at ambient conditions in April 2014, with pH 3.0 and catalyst concentration of 0.250 g L(-1). The photocatalytic activity of the oxides was evaluated by means of kinetic efficiency (rate constant and half-life time), chemical oxygen demand reduction, and absorbance reduction at 228, 254, 284, 310, 350, 500, and 660 nm (λmáx). Mineralization in terms of the formation of inorganic ions and toxicity reduction using bioassays with Artemia salina were performed...
January 16, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092831/dft-study-on-the-chemical-sensing-properties-of-b24n24-nanocage-toward-formaldehyde
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Zahra Rostami, Mansoureh Pashangpour, Reza Moradi
It has been previously shown that the toxic formaldehyde gas (H2CO) cannot be detected by pristine BC2N, carbon, and BN nanotubes, BC3 nanosheet and graphene. Herein, density functional theory calculations were employed to investigate the electronic and structural behavior of a pristine B24N24 nanocluster toward H2CO molecules. It was found that [4,6] BN bonds of the nanocluster are the most favorable sites for the H2CO adsorption, compared to the [4,8], and [6,8] ones. When an H2CO molecule is adsorbed on a [4,6] BN bond, an energy of about 16...
December 26, 2016: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092639/lithographic-patterning-of-antibodies-by-direct-lift-off-and-improved-surface-adhesion
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Sankalp Verma, Vivek Verma
The inherent property of antibodies binding to their antigen with high specificity makes them a strong candidate for sensing and detection applications. Microscale patterning of antibodies is desired for the miniaturization of sensors and fundamental cell biology studies. However, existing methodologies to pattern antibodies at the microscale are multi-step. In this work, we demonstrate microscale patterning of antibodies on a glass coverslip in a single step photolithography process. The microscale features of the photoresist were generated on the coverslip using photolithography, and the antibody solution was incubated...
January 16, 2017: Biofabrication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088852/plasmonic-imaging-of-surface-electrochemical-reactions-of-single-gold-nanowires
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Yixian Wang, Xiaonan Shan, Hui Wang, Shaopeng Wang, Nongjian Tao
Nanomaterials have been widely used in energy and sensing applications because of their unique chemical and physical properties, especially their surface reactions. Measuring the local reactions of individual nanomaterials, however, has been an experimental challenge. Here we report on plasmonic imaging of surface electrochemical reactions of individual gold nanowires (AuNWs). We coated a gold thin film (plasmonic sensing layer) with a dielectric layer (cytop) with refractive index close to water, and then a graphene layer for electrical contact...
January 15, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080210/pathogen-control-at-the-intestinal-mucosa-h2o2-to-the-rescue
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Ulla G Knaus, Rosanne Hertzberger, Gratiela G Pircalabioru, S Parsa M Yousefi, Filipe Branco Dos Santos
Intestinal infections are a global challenge, connected to malnutrition and inadequate hygiene in developing countries, and to expanding antibiotic resistance in developed countries. In general, a healthy host is capable of fighting off gut pathogens or at least to recover from infections quickly. The underlying protective mechanism, termed colonization resistance, is provided by indigenous commensal communities (microbiota) that are shaped and aided by the host's epithelial and innate immune system. (1) Commensal-pathogen interactions are governed by competition for a suitable niche for replication and stable colonization, nutrient availability, species-specific alterations of the metabolic environment, changes in oxygen tension and release of chemicals and proteinaceous toxins (bacteriocins)...
January 12, 2017: Gut Microbes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079365/twist-and-shout-single-molecule-mechanochemistry
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Hongbin Li, Gilbert C Walker
Chemical reactions can be accelerated by various means, including applied mechanical forces. If the direction of the force does not project well onto the desired reaction coordinate, then only poor acceleration is achieved. Recent developments in single polymer mechanics illustrate how to overcome this limitation, in a simple cis-trans isomerization reaction. Generalizing the approach, synthetic chemistry can be used to attach tethers to different parts of reacting molecular fragments to direct the force usefully...
January 12, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076995/biosurfactants-in-cosmetic-formulations-trends-and-challenges
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X Vecino, J M Cruz, A B Moldes, L R Rodrigues
Cosmetic products play an essential role in everyone's life. People everyday use a large variety of cosmetic products such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, skin care, perfume, make-up, among others. The cosmetic industry encompasses several environmental, social and economic impacts that are being addressed through the search for more efficient manufacturing techniques, the reduction of waste and emissions and the promotion of personal hygiene, contributing to an improvement of public health and at the same time providing employment opportunities...
January 12, 2017: Critical Reviews in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070588/a-silica-based-sers-chip-for-rapid-and-ultrasensitive-detection-of-fluoride-ions-triggered-by-a-cyclic-boronate-ester-cleavage-reaction
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Jian Zhang, Lifang He, Peirong Chen, Chao Tian, Jianping Wang, Bianhua Liu, Changlong Jiang, Zhongping Zhang
Chemical sensing for the convenient detection of trace aqueous fluoride ions (F(-)) has been widely explored with the use of various sensing materials and techniques. It still remains a challenge to achieve ultrasensitive but simple, rapid, and inexpensive detection of F(-) for environmental monitoring and protection. Here we reported a novel surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) nanosensor, fluorescein phenylboronic acid covalently linked to 1,4-dimercapto-2,3-butanediol modified Au@Ag NPs by a cyclic boronate ester (Flu-PBA-Diol-Au@Ag NPs), for the rapid and ultrasensitive detection of F(-)...
January 10, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070024/surface-area-controlled-synthesis-of-porous-tio2-thin-films-for-gas-sensing-applications
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Akash Katoch, Jae Young Park, Ho-Hyoung Kim, Dolly Rana, Deepika Jamwala
Surface area controlled porous TiO2 thin films were prepared via a simple sol-gel chemical route and their gas sensing properties were thoroughly investigated in the presence of typical oxidizing NO2 gas. The surface area of TiO2 thin films was controlled by developing porous TiO2 networked by means of controlling the TiO2-to-TTIP (titanium isopropoxide, C12H28O4Ti) molar ratio, where, TiO2 nanoparticles of size ~ 20 nm were used. The sensor's response was found to depend on the surface area of TiO2 thin films...
January 10, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069511/in-vivo-characterization-of-magnesium-alloy-biodegradation-using-electrochemical-h2-monitoring-icp-ms-and-xps
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Daoli Zhao, Tingting Wang, Keaton Nahan, Xuefei Guo, Zhanping Zhang, Zhongyun Dong, Shuna Chen, Da-Tren Chou, Daeho Hong, Prashant N Kumta, William R Heineman
: The effect of widely different corrosion rates of Mg alloys on four parameters of interest for in vivo characterization was evaluated: (1) the effectiveness of transdermal H2 measurements with an electrochemical sensor for noninvasively monitoring biodegradation compared to the standard techniques of in vivo X-ray imaging and weight loss measurement of explanted samples, (2) the chemical compositions of the corrosion layers of the explanted samples by XPS, (3) the effect on animal organs by histology, and (4) the accumulation of corrosion by-products in multiple organs by ICP-MS...
January 6, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068612/bacterial-mechanotransduction
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REVIEW
Alexandre Persat
Bacteria rapidly adapt to changes in their environment by leveraging sensing systems that permanently probe their surroundings. One common assumption is that such systems are responsive to signals that are chemical in nature. Yet, bacteria frequently experience changes in mechanical forces, for example as they transition from planktonic to sessile states. Do single bacteria actively sense and respond to mechanical forces? I here briefly review evidence indicating that bacteria actively respond to mechanical stimuli, and along concisely describe their intricate machinery enabling the transduction of force into biochemical activity...
January 6, 2017: Current Opinion in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067369/a-study-of-the-effect-of-sonication-time-on-the-catalytic-performance-of-layered-ws2-from-various-sources
#19
Shi Xuan Leong, Carmen C Mayorga-Martinez, Zdeněk Sofer, Jan Luxa, Shu Min Tan, Martin Pumera
WS2 is a transition metal dichalcogenide (TMD) with many potential applications from catalysis to sensing, and is of interest both in its bulk and monolayer forms. There is discrepancy in the literature on the reported electrocatalytic effect of layered WS2. In this study, we examine two issues: the influence of the WS2 source and the effect of a common agitation technique via ultrasonication on the observed electrocatalysis. Bulk WS2 from five different chemical providers demonstrated different HER electrocatalytic performances...
January 9, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066544/controlling-deposition-of-nanoparticles-by-tuning-surface-charge-of-sio2-by-surface-modifications
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Johnas Eklöf, Tina Gschneidtner, Samuel Lara-Avila, Kim Nygård, Kasper Moth-Poulsen
The self-assembly of nanoparticles on substrates is relevant for a variety of applications such as plasmonics, sensing devices and nanometer-sized electronics. We investigate the deposition of 60 nm spherical Au nanoparticles onto silicon dioxide (SiO2) substrates by changing the chemical treatment of the substrate and by that altering the surface charge. The deposition is characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Kelvin probe force microscopy (KPFM) was used to characterize the surface workfunction...
November 13, 2016: RSC Advances
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