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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742318/development-of-a-virtual-cell-model-to-predict-cell-response-to-substrate-topography
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Tiam Heydari, Maziar Heidari, Omid Mashinchian, Michal Wojcik, Ke Xu, Matthew John Dalby, Morteza Mahmoudi, Mohammad Reza Ejtehadi
Cells can sense and respond to changes in the topographical, chemical, and mechanical information in their environment. Engineered substrates are increasingly being developed that exploit these physical attributes to direct cell responses (most notably mesenchymal stem cells) and therefore control cell behavior toward desired applications. However, there are very few methods available for robust and accurate modeling that can predict cell behavior prior to experimental evaluations and this typically means that many cell test iterations are needed to identify best material features...
July 25, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741643/self-reference-plasmonic-sensors-based-on-double-fano-resonances
#2
Yujia Wang, Chengwei Sun, Hongyun Li, Qihuang Gong, Jianjun Chen
High-sensitivity plasmonic refractive index sensors show great applications in the areas of biomedical diagnostics, healthcare, food safety, environmental monitoring, homeland security, and chemical reactions. However, the unstable and complicated environments considerably limit their practical applications. By employing the independent double Fano resonances in a simple metallic grating, we experimentally demonstrate a self-reference plasmonic sensor, which significantly reduces the error contributions of the light intensity fluctuations in the long-distance propagation and local temperature variations at the metallic grating, and the detection accuracy is guaranteed...
July 25, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741353/efficient-heterostructures-of-ag-cuo-batio3-for-low-temperature-co2-gas-detection-assessing-the-role-of-nanointerfaces-during-sensing-by-operando-drifts-technique
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Shravanti Joshi, Samuel J Ippolito, Selvakannan R Periasamy, Ylias M Sabri, Manorama V Sunkara
Tetragonal BaTiO3 spheroids synthesized by a facile hydrothermal route using Tween 80 were observed to be polydispersed with a diameter in the range ~15 to 75 nm. Thereon, BaTiO3 spheroids were decorated with different percentages of Ag@CuO by wet impregnation and their affinity towards CO2 gas when employed as sensitive layers in a microsensor was investigated. The results revealed that the metal-nanocomposite based sensor had an exceptional selectivity and sensitivity toward CO2 gas (6-fold higher response) with appreciable response and recovery times (<10 s), high repeatability (98%) and accuracy (96%) at a low operating temperature of 120oC, when compared with that of pure BaTiO3 and CuO...
July 25, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741351/ultralight-interconnected-graphene-amorphous-carbon-hierarchical-foam-with-mechanical-resiliency-for-high-sensitive-and-durable-strain-sensor
#4
Yuxiao Ma, Mei Yu, Jianhua Liu, Xinjie Li, Songmei Li
Ultralight graphene-amorphous carbon hierarchical foam (G-ACHF) was synthesized by chemical vapor deposition at 1065(o)C, close to the melting point of copper. The high temperature leads to hierarchical structure with an inner layer of graphene and an outer layer of amorphous carbon (AC). The inner graphene layer with high conductivity and integrity provides high sensitivity. The outer AC layer helps to enhance its durability and mechanical resiliency. The hierarchical structure recovers without damaging structural integrity after a large strain of 90%...
July 25, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735389/the-fundamental-role-of-reactive-oxygen-species-in-plant-stress-response
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Michael Liebthal, Karl-Josef Dietz
Chemical, physical, and biotic factors continuously vary in the natural environment. Such parameters are considered as stressors if the magnitude of their change exceeds the current acclimation norm of the plant. Activation of genetic programs allows for conditional expansion of the acclimation norm and depends on specific sensing mechanisms, intracellular communication, and regulation. The redox and reactive oxygen species (ROS) network plays a fundamental role in directing the acclimation response. These highly reactive compounds like H2O2 are generated and scavenged under normal conditions and participate in realizing a basal acclimation level...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734362/discrimination-of-bacteria-by-rapid-sensing-their-metabolic-volatiles-using-an-aspiration-type-ion-mobility-spectrometer-a-ims-and-gas-chromatography-mass-spectrometry-gc-ms
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Ileana Andreea Ratiu, Victor Bocos-Bintintan, Adrian Patrut, Victor Hugo Moll, Matthew Turner, C L Paul Thomas
The objective of our study was to investigate whether one may quickly and reliably discriminate different microorganism strains by direct monitoring of the headspace atmosphere above their cultures. Headspace samples above a series of in vitro bacterial cultures were directly interrogated using an aspiration type ion mobility spectrometer (a-IMS), which produced distinct profiles ("fingerprints") of ion currents generated simultaneously by the detectors present inside the ion mobility cell. Data processing and analysis using principal component analysis showed net differences in the responses produced by volatiles emitted by various bacterial strains...
August 22, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731314/desensitization-to-chemical-and-food-sensitivities-by-low-dose-immunotherapy-ascertained-by-provocation-neutralization-is-associated-with-reduced-influx-of-calcium-ions-into-lymphocytes
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Basant K Puri, John McLaren Howard, Jean A Monro
Background Food and chemical sensitivities have detrimental effects on health and the quality of life. The natural course of such sensitivities can potentially be altered through various types of allergen-specific immunotherapy, including low-dose immunotherapy. The molecular mechanism by which low-dose immunotherapy causes desensitization has not thus far been elucidated. While resting lymphocytes maintain a low cytosolic calcium ion concentration, antigen receptor signaling results in calcium ion influx, predominantly via store-operated calcium channels...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Complementary & Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730305/self-assembly-of-the-polymer-brush-grafted-silica-colloidal%C3%A2-array-for-recognition-of-proteins
#8
Wei Chen, Kenneth J Shea, Min Xue, Lili Qiu, Yunhe Lan, Zihui Meng
Three-dimensional photonic crystal sensors are attractive platforms for autonomous chemical sensing and colorimetric bioassays. At present, the photonic crystal sensors with inverse opal structure were extensively studied, which swells or shrinks in response to the analytes. However, the fabrication of inverse opal sensors still remains a major challenge. Herein, we propose a simple and versatile approach to fabricate 3D opal photonic sensors. This photonic crystal is fabricated via assembly of monodispersed silica particles grafted with linear polymeric ligands (SiO2@LPs)...
July 20, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729627/a-mechanism-based-qstr-model-for-acute-to-chronic-toxicity-extrapolation-a-case-study-of-antibiotics-on-luminous-bacteria
#9
Dali Wang, Yue Gu, Min Zheng, Wei Zhang, Zhifen Lin, Ying Liu
The determination of the chronic toxicity is time-consumed and costly, so it's of great interest to predict the chronic toxicity based on acute data. Current methods include the acute to chronic ratios (ACRs) and the QSTR models, both of which have some usage limitations. In this paper, the acute and chronic mixture toxicity of three types of antibiotics, namely sulfonamides, sulfonamide potentiators and tetracyclines, were determined by a bioluminescence inhibition test. A novel QSTR model was developed for predicting the chronic mixture toxicity using the acute data and docking-based descriptors...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728969/a-nanoporous-titanium-surface-promotes-the-maturation-of-focal-adhesions-and-the-formation-of-filopodia-with-distinctive-nanoscale-protrusions-by-osteogenic-cells
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Dainelys Guadarrama Bello, Aurélien Fouillen, Antonella Badia, Antonio Nanci
While topography is a key determinant of the cellular response to biomaterials the mechanisms implicated in the cell-surface interactions are complex and still not fully elucidated. In this context, we have examined the effect of nanoscale topography on the formation of filopodia, focal adhesions, and on gene expression of proteins associated with cell adhesion and sensing. Commercially pure titanium discs were treated for oxidative nanopatterning with a solution of H2SO4/H2O2 50:50 (v/v). Scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy characterizations showed that this facile chemical treatment efficiently creates a unique nanoporous surface with a root-mean-square roughness of 11...
July 17, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728836/chromosome-intermingling-mechanical-hotspots-for-genome-regulation
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REVIEW
Caroline Uhler, G V Shivashankar
Cells sense physical and chemical signals from their local microenvironment and transduce them to the nucleus to regulate genomic programs. In this review, we first discuss different modes of mechanotransduction to the nucleus. We then highlight the role of the spatial organization of chromosomes for integrating these signals. In particular, we emphasize the importance of chromosome intermingling for gene regulation. We also discuss various geometric models and recent advances in microscopy and genomics that have allowed access to these nanoscale chromosome intermingling regions...
July 17, 2017: Trends in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728814/a-tour-de-force-the-discovery-properties-and-function-of-piezo-channels
#12
P A Gottlieb
Mechanical transducers appear throughout cell biology and are used to convert mechanical stress into chemical or electrical signals that allow the cell to respond to environmental changes. In the past six years, a eukaryotic mechanical channel family with two members, Piezo1 and Piezo2, has been identified. Piezo1 was shown to be a cation-selective channel that does not require ancillary proteins for activity. Mouse Piezo1 is large, with over 2500 amino acids, and is not homologous to other ion channels. Both piezo channels have rapid voltage-dependent inactivation with a reversal potential near 0mV...
2017: Current Topics in Membranes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728754/copper-based-reactions-in-analyte-responsive-fluorescent-probes-for-biological-applications
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Ho Yu Au-Yeung, Chung Ying Chan, Ka Yan Tong, Zuo Hang Yu
Copper chemistry has been capitalized on in a wide spectrum of biological events. The central importance of copper in biology lies in the diverse chemical reactivity of the redox-active transition metal ranging from electron transfer, small molecule binding and activation, to catalysis. In addition to its many different roles in natural biological systems, the diverse chemical reactivity of copper also represents a rich opportunity and resource to develop synthetic bioanalytical tools for the study of biologically important species and molecules...
July 4, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728010/advances-in-point-of-care-technologies-for-molecular-diagnostics
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REVIEW
Mohammad Zarei
Advances in miniaturization, nanotechnology, and microfluidics, along with developments in cloud-connected point-of-care (POC) diagnostics technologies are pushing the frontiers of POC devices toward low-cost, user-friendly, and enhanced sensitivity molecular-level diagnostics. The combination of various bio-sensing platforms within smartphone-integrated electronic readers provides accurate on-site and on-time diagnostics based on various types of chemical and biological targets. Further, 3D printing technology shows a huge potential toward fabrication and improving the performance of POC devices...
July 11, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728009/bridged-rebar-graphene-functionalized-aptasensor-for-pathogenic-e-coli-o78-k80-h11-detection
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Harmanjit Kaur, Munish Shorie, Manju Sharma, Ashok K Ganguli, Priyanka Sabherwal
We report a novel fabrication method of functionalised Bridged Rebar Graphene (BRG) onto newly designed nanostructured aptasensor for label free impedimetric sensing of pathogenic bacteria E. coli O78:K80:H11. The chemical facilitated unscrolling of MWCNT and subsequent bridging with terephthalaldehyde (TPA) to form 3D-hierarchical BRG nanoconstruct exhibited synergistic effect by combining enhanced electrical properties and facile chemical functionality for stable bio-interface. The bacteria-DNA interactions were captured on BRG nanostructured electrode by using specific anti-E...
July 5, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726895/a-fluorescence-electrochemical-study-of-carbon-nanodots-cnds-in-bio-and-photoelectronic-applications-and-energy-gap-investigation
#16
Zheng Zeng, Wendi Zhang, Durga M Arvapalli, Brian Bloom, Alex Sheardy, Taylor Mabe, Yiyang Liu, Zuowei Ji, Harish Chevva, David H Waldeck, Jianjun Wei
Carbon nanodots (CNDs) have attracted great attention due to their superior solubility, biocompatibility, tunable photoluminescence, and opto-electronic properties. This work describes a new fluorescence-based spectroelectrochemistry approach to simultaneously study the photoluminescence and wavelength dependent photocurrent of microwave synthesized CNDs. The fluorescence of CNDs shows selective quenching upon a reversible redox couple, ferricyanide/ferrocyanide, reaction during cyclic voltammetry. The CND modified gold slide electrode demonstrates wavelength dependent photocurrent generation during the fluorescence-electrochemical study, suggesting the potential application of CNDs in photoelectronics...
July 20, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724256/first-study-to-explore-the-feasibility-of-applying-microbial-fuel-cells-into-constructed-wetlands-for-cod-monitoring
#17
Lei Xu, Yaqian Zhao, Chuang Fan, Zhiren Fan, Fangchao Zhao
Chemical oxygen demand (COD) is one of the major targets to remove in constructed wetlands (CWs) system. Traditional method for COD measurement is a complex, time-consuming and highly toxic reagents participated procedure. In this study, microbial fuel cell (MFC) was successfully integrated into CW for indicating COD concentration. Results showed that there are two linear correlations between bioelectrical signals (output voltage from MFC) and COD concentration (acetate), which are COD from 0 to 500mg/L (101...
July 1, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724250/reuse-water-exposure-duration-seasonality-and-treatment-affect-tissue-responses-in-a-model-fish
#18
B J Blunt, A Singh, L Wu, M Gamal El-Din, M Belosevic, K B Tierney
Partially remediated gray (reuse) water will likely find increasing use in a variety of applications owing to the increasing scarcity of freshwater. We aimed to determine if a model fish, the goldfish, could sense reuse water using olfaction (smell), and if 30min or 7d (acute) and 60d (sub-chronic) exposures would affect their olfactory responses to natural odorants. We examined olfaction as previous studies have found that numerous chemicals can impair the olfactory sense, which is critical to carrying out numerous life-sustaining behaviors from feeding to mating...
July 15, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723222/extraction-of-2-phenylethanol-pea-from-aqueous-solution-using-ionic-liquids-synthesis-phase-equilibrium-investigation-selectivity-in-separation-and-thermodynamic-models
#19
Urszula Maria Domanska, Patrycja Okuniewska, Kamil Paduszyński, Marta Królikowska, Maciej Zawadzki, Mikolaj Wieckowski
This work presents some important issues and topics related to possible extraction of 2-phenylethanol (PEA) from aqueous phase "in situ" during the biosynthesis. It consist of a series of experimental phase equilibrium measurements in binary and ternary systems. Ionic liquids (ILs) are an important new media for imaging and sensing applications because of their solvation property, thermal stability and negligible vapor pressure. However, complex procedures and non-miscibility with water are often required in PEA extraction...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723210/bipolar-electrodes-with-100-current-efficiency-for-sensors
#20
Xiaowei Zhang, Qingfeng Zhai, Huanhuan Xing, Jing Li, Erkang Wang
A bipolar electrode (BPE) is an electron conductor that is embedded in the electrolyte solution without the direct connection with the external power source (driving electrode). When the sufficient voltage was provided, the two poles of BPE promote different oxidation and reduction reactions. During the past few years, BPEs with wireless feature and easy integration showed great promise in the various fields including asymmetric modification/synthesis, motion control, targets enrichment/separation, and chemical sensing/biosensing combined with the quantitative relationship between two poles of BPE...
March 24, 2017: ACS Sensors
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