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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798945/optogenetic-stimulation-and-recording-of-primary-cultured-neurons-with-spatiotemporal-control
#1
Jérémie Barral, Alex D Reyes
We studied a network of cortical neurons in culture and developed an innovative optical device to stimulate optogenetically a large neuronal population with both spatial and temporal precision. We first describe how to culture primary neurons expressing channelrhodopsin. We then detail the optogenetic setup based on the workings of a fast Digital Light Processing (DLP) projector. The setup is able to stimulate tens to hundreds neurons with independent trains of light pulses that evoked action potentials with high temporal resolution...
June 20, 2017: Bio-protocol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798846/characterization-and-analysis-of-real-time-capillary-convective-pcr-toward-commercialization
#2
Xianbo Qiu, Shiyin Zhang, Lanju Mei, Di Wu, Qi Guo, Ke Li, Shengxiang Ge, Xiangzhong Ye, Ningshao Xia, Michael G Mauk
Almost all the reported capillary convective polymerase chain reaction (CCPCR) systems to date are still limited to research use stemming from unresolved issues related to repeatability, reliability, convenience, and sensitivity. To move CCPCR technology forward toward commercialization, a couple of critical strategies and innovations are discussed here. First, single- and dual-end heating strategies are analyzed and compared between each other. Especially, different solutions for dual-end heating are proposed and discussed, and the heat transfer and fluid flow inside the capillary tube with an optimized dual-end heating strategy are analyzed and modeled...
March 2017: Biomicrofluidics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795697/perovskite-based-photodetectors-materials-and-devices
#3
REVIEW
Huan Wang, Dong Ha Kim
While the field of perovskite-based optoelectronics has mostly been dominated by photovoltaics, light-emitting diodes, and transistors, semiconducting properties peculiar to perovskites make them interesting candidates for innovative and disruptive applications in light signal detection. Perovskites combine effective light absorption in the broadband range with good photo-generation yield and high charge carrier mobility, a combination that provides promising potential for exploiting sensitive and fast photodetectors that are targeted for image sensing, optical communication, environmental monitoring or chemical/biological detection...
August 10, 2017: Chemical Society Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792208/fiber-coupled-substrate-integrated-hollow-waveguides-an-innovative-approach-to-mid-infrared-remote-gas-sensors
#4
Erhan Tütüncü, Vjekoslav Kokoric, Andreas WIlk, Felicia Seichter, Michael Schmid, William E Hunt, Anastacia M Manuel, Paul Mirkarimi, Jennifer B Alameda, J Chance Carter, Boris Mizaikoff
In this study, an innovative approach based on fiberoptically coupled substrate-integrated hollow waveguide (iHWG) gas cells for the analysis of low sample volumes suitable for remote broad- and narrow-band mid-infrared (MIR; 2.5-20 μm) sensing applications is reported. The feasibility of remotely addressing iHWG gas cells, configured in a double-pass geometry via a reflector, by direct coupling to a 7-around-1 mid-infrared fiber bundle is demonstrated, facilitating low-level hydrocarbon gas analysis. For comparison studies, two iHWGs with substrate dimensions of 50×50×12 mm (L × W × H) and geometric channel lengths of 138 mm and 58...
August 9, 2017: ACS Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782997/pathogen-decontamination-of-food-crop-soil-a-review
#5
Joshua B Gurtler
The purpose of this review is to delineate means of decontaminating soil. This information might be used to mitigate soil-associated risks of foodborne pathogens. The majority of the research in the published literature involves inactivation of plant pathogens in soil, i.e., those pathogens harmful to fruit and vegetable production and ornamental plants. Very little has been published regarding the inactivation of foodborne human pathogens in crop soil. Nevertheless, because decontamination techniques for plant pathogens might also be useful methods for eliminating foodborne pathogens, this review also includes inactivation of plant pathogens, with appropriate discussion and comparisons, in the hopes that these methods may one day be validated against foodborne pathogens...
September 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777969/method-validation-and-nanoparticle-characterization-assays-for-an-innovative-amphothericin-b-formulation-to-reach-increased-stability-and-safety-in-infectious-diseases
#6
Maraine Catarina Tadini, Ana Maria de Freitas Pinheiro, Daniel Blascke Carrão, Ana Luiza Scarano Aguillera Forte, Sofia Nikolaou, Anderson R M de Oliveira, Andresa Aparecida Berretta, Franciane Marquele-Oliveira
Drug Delivery Systems (DDS) of known drugs are prominent candidates towards new and more-effective treatments of various infectious diseases as they may increase drug bioavailability, control drug delivery and target the site of action. In this sense, the encapsulation of Amphotericin B (AmB) in Nanostructured Lipid Carriers (NLCs) designed with pH-sensible phospholipids to target infectious tissues was proposed and suitable analytical methods were validated, as well as, proper nanoparticle characterization were conducted...
July 8, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777743/origami-based-earthworm-like-locomotion-robots
#7
Hongbin Fang, Yetong Zhang, Kon-Well Wang
Inspired by the morphology characteristics of the earthworms and the excellent deformability of origami structures, this research creates a novel earthworm-like locomotion robot through exploiting the origami techniques. In this innovation, appropriate actuation mechanisms are incorporated with origami ball structures into the earthworm-like robot 'body', and the earthworm's locomotion mechanism is mim-icked to develop a gait generator as the robot 'centralized controller'. The origami ball, which is a peri-odic repetition of waterbomb units, could output significant bidirectional (axial and radial) deformations in an antagonistic way similar as the earthworm's body segment...
August 4, 2017: Bioinspiration & Biomimetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28775300/broadband-achromatic-optical-metasurface-devices
#8
Shuming Wang, Pin Chieh Wu, Vin-Cent Su, Yi-Chieh Lai, Cheng Hung Chu, Jia-Wern Chen, Shen-Hung Lu, Ji Chen, Beibei Xu, Chieh-Hsiung Kuan, Tao Li, Shining Zhu, Din Ping Tsai
Among various flat optical devices, metasurfaces have presented their great ability in efficient manipulation of light fields and have been proposed for variety of devices with specific functionalities. However, due to the high phase dispersion of their building blocks, metasurfaces significantly suffer from large chromatic aberration. Here we propose a design principle to realize achromatic metasurface devices which successfully eliminate the chromatic aberration over a continuous wavelength region from 1200 to 1680 nm for circularly-polarized incidences in a reflection scheme...
August 4, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774148/synthesis-and-structural-characterization-of-silver-nanoparticles-stabilized-with-3-mercapto-1-propansulfonate-and-1-thioglucose-mixed-thiols-for-antibacterial-applications
#9
Francesco Porcaro, Laura Carlini, Andrea Ugolini, Daniela Visaggio, Paolo Visca, Ilaria Fratoddi, Iole Venditti, Carlo Meneghini, Laura Simonelli, Carlo Marini, Wojciech Olszewski, Nitya Ramanan, Igor Luisetto, Chiara Battocchio
The synthesis, characterization and assessment of the antibacterial properties of hydrophilic silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) were investigated with the aim to probe their suitability for innovative applications in the field of nanobiotechnology. First, silver nanoparticles were synthetized and functionalized with two capping agents, namely 3-mercapto-1-propansulfonate (3MPS) and 1-β-thio-d-glucose (TG). The investigation of the structural and electronic properties of the nano-systems was carried out by means of X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) and X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (XAS)...
December 20, 2016: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28773913/photocatalytic-antimicrobial-and-biocompatibility-features-of-cotton-knit-coated-with-fe-n-doped-titanium-dioxide-nanoparticles
#10
Miruna Silvia Stan, Ionela Cristina Nica, Anca Dinischiotu, Elena Varzaru, Ovidiu George Iordache, Iuliana Dumitrescu, Marcela Popa, Mariana Carmen Chifiriuc, Gratiela G Pircalabioru, Veronica Lazar, Eugenia Bezirtzoglou, Marcel Feder, Lucian Diamandescu
Our research was focused on the evaluation of the photocatalytic and antimicrobial properties, as well as biocompatibility of cotton fabrics coated with fresh and reused dispersions of nanoscaled TiO₂-1% Fe-N particles prepared by the hydrothermal method and post-annealed at 400 °C. The powders were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Mössbauer spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The textiles coated with doped TiO₂ were characterized by scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray analyses, and their photocatalytic effect by trichromatic coordinates of the materials stained with methylene blue and coffee and exposed to UV, visible and solar light...
September 21, 2016: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28772988/advances-in-photocatalytic-co%C3%A2-reduction-with-water-a-review
#11
REVIEW
Samsun Nahar, M F M Zain, Abdul Amir H Kadhum, Hassimi Abu Hasan, Md Riad Hasan
In recent years, the increasing level of CO₂ in the atmosphere has not only contributed to global warming but has also triggered considerable interest in photocatalytic reduction of CO₂. The reduction of CO₂ with H₂O using sunlight is an innovative way to solve the current growing environmental challenges. This paper reviews the basic principles of photocatalysis and photocatalytic CO₂ reduction, discusses the measures of the photocatalytic efficiency and summarizes current advances in the exploration of this technology using different types of semiconductor photocatalysts, such as TiO₂ and modified TiO₂, layered-perovskite Ag/ALa₄Ti₄O15 (A = Ca, Ba, Sr), ferroelectric LiNbO₃, and plasmonic photocatalysts...
June 8, 2017: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771028/multiple-target-centric-strategy-to-tame-inflammation
#12
Gaganpreet Kaur, Om Silakari
Single-target inhibition is an unsatisfactory therapeutic option to treat multifactorial pathologies, brought into limelight 'paradox of inflammation' beside dearth of innovation, rationalizes a shift toward 'multiple-target' design concept in anti-inflammatory research field. To improvise, two platform strategies, drugs mixture or multitarget drugs, are plausible. Dual cyclooxygenase/lipoxygenase inhibitor 'licofelone' developed after the backfire of rofecoxib due to safety concerns has fetched first light of triumph of the latter strategy...
August 3, 2017: Future Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28764544/pulsed-high-magnetic-field-measurement-with-a-rubidium-vapor-sensor
#13
S George, N Bruyant, J Béard, S Scotto, E Arimondo, R Battesti, D Ciampini, C Rizzo
We present a new technique to measure pulsed magnetic fields based on the use of rubidium in gas phase as a metrological standard. We have therefore developed an instrument based on laser inducing transitions at about 780 nm (D2 line) in rubidium gas contained in a mini-cell of 3 mm × 3 mm cross section. To be able to insert such a cell in a standard high-field pulsed magnet, we have developed a fibred probe kept at a fixed temperature. Transition frequencies for both the π (light polarization parallel to the magnetic field) and σ (light polarization perpendicular to the magnetic field) configurations are measured by a commercial wavemeter...
July 2017: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28759243/telecom-wavelength-bottom-up-nanobeam-lasers-on-silicon-on-insulator
#14
Hyunseok Kim, Wook-Jae Lee, Alan C Farrell, Akshay Balgarkashi, Diana L Huffaker
Semiconductor nanowire lasers are considered promising ultracompact and energy-efficient light sources in the field of nanophotonics. Although the integration of nanowire lasers onto silicon photonic platforms is an innovative path toward chip-scale optical communications and photonic integrated circuits, operating nanowire lasers at telecom-wavelengths remains challenging. Here, we report on InGaAs nanowire array lasers on a silicon-on-insulator platform operating up to 1440 nm at room temperature. Bottom-up photonic crystal nanobeam cavities are formed by growing nanowires as ordered arrays using selective-area epitaxy, and single-mode lasing by optical pumping is demonstrated...
August 2, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752174/transferrin-coated-magnetic-upconversion-nanoparticles-for-efficient-photodynamic-therapy-with-near-infrared-irradiation-and-luminescence-bioimaging
#15
Dan Wang, Lin Zhu, Yuan Pu, Jie-Xin Wang, Jian-Feng Chen, Liming Dai
In the present study, we devised a green-synthesis route to NaYF4:Gd(3+),Yb(3+),Er(3+) upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) by using eco-friendly paraffin liquid, instead of 1-octadecene, as a high boiling non-coordinating solvent. A multifunctional nanoplatform was then developed by coating UCNPs with biocompatible transferrin (TRF) for magnetically-assisted and near-infrared light induced photodynamic therapy and bioimaging. Protoporphyrin IX (PpIX), a clinically approved photodynamic therapy agent, was loaded into the shell layer of the TRF-coated UCNPs (UCNP@TRF nanoparticles), which can be efficiently taken up by cancer cells for photodynamic therapy...
July 28, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28750602/mechanical-induction-of-bi-directional-orientation-of-primary-porcine-bladder-smooth-muscle-cells-in-tubular-fibrin-poly-vinylidene-fluoride-scaffolds-for-ureteral-and-urethral-repair-using-cyclic-and-focal-balloon-catheter-stimulation
#16
Volker Seifarth, Joachim O Grosse, Matthias Gossmann, Heinz Peter Janke, Patrick Arndt, Sabine Koch, Matthias Epple, Gerhard M Artmann, Aysegül Temiz Artmann
To restore damaged organ function or to investigate organ mechanisms, it is necessary to prepare replicates that follow the biological role model as faithfully as possible. The interdisciplinary field of tissue engineering has great potential in regenerative medicine and might overcome negative side effects in the replacement of damaged organs. In particular, tubular organ structures of the genitourinary tract, such as the ureter and urethra, are challenging because of their complexity and special milieu that gives rise to incrustation, inflammation and stricture formation...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Biomaterials Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747186/understanding-differences-between-summer-vs-school-obesogenic-behaviors-of-children-the-structured-days-hypothesis
#17
Keith Brazendale, Michael W Beets, R Glenn Weaver, Russell R Pate, Gabrielle M Turner-McGrievy, Andrew T Kaczynski, Jessica L Chandler, Amy Bohnert, Paul T von Hippel
BACKGROUND: Although the scientific community has acknowledged modest improvements can be made to weight status and obesogenic behaviors (i.e., physical activity, sedentary/screen time, diet, and sleep) during the school year, studies suggests improvements are erased as elementary-age children are released to summer vacation. Emerging evidence shows children return to school after summer vacation displaying accelerated weight gain compared to the weight gained occurring during the school year...
July 26, 2017: International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741701/dissecting-molecular-architecture-of-post-synaptic-density-at-excitatory-synapses-an-editorial-highlight-for-hierarchical-organization-and-genetically-separable-subfamilies-of-psd95-postsynaptic-supercomplexes-on-page-504
#18
EDITORIAL
Jinjun Chen, Hui-Lin Pan
This Editorial highlights a study by Frank and colleagues (2017) in the current issue of Journal of Neurochemistry. The authors report the genetic composition and stoichiometry of endogenous subfamilies of PSD95-containing supercomplexes in the mouse brain using an innovative strategy of combining gene-tagging knock-in, targeted mutations, and quantitative biochemical assays. Their findings shed new light on our understanding of the genetic hierarchy required for the assembly of distinct supercomplex subfamilies at excitatory synapses in the brain...
August 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741247/contaminants-of-emerging-concern-a-review-of-new-approach-in-aop-technologies
#19
REVIEW
Maryam Salimi, Ali Esrafili, Mitra Gholami, Ahmad Jonidi Jafari, Roshanak Rezaei Kalantary, Mahdi Farzadkia, Majid Kermani, Hamid Reza Sobhi
The presence of contaminants of emerging concern (CECs) such as pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs), endocrine-disrupting compounds (EDCs), flame retardants (FRs), pesticides, and artificial sweeteners (ASWs) in the aquatic environments remains a major challenge to the environment and human health. In this review, the classification and occurrence of emerging contaminants in aquatic environments were discussed in detail. It is well documented that CECs are susceptible to poor removal during the conventional wastewater treatment plants, which introduce them back to the environment ranging from nanogram per liter (e...
August 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737290/integration-of-ir-808-sensitized-upconversion-nanostructure-and-mos2-nanosheet-for-808-nm-nir-light-triggered-phototherapy-and-bioimaging
#20
Jiating Xu, Arif Gulzar, Yuhui Liu, Huiting Bi, Shili Gai, Bin Liu, Dan Yang, Fei He, Piaoping Yang
Near infrared (NIR) light triggered phototherapy including photothermal therapy (PTT) and photodynamic therapy (PDT) affords superior outcome in cancer treatment. However, the reactive oxygen species (ROS) generated by NIR-excited upconversion nanostructure is limited by the feeble upconverted light which cannot activate PDT agents efficiently. Here, an IR-808 dye sensitized upconversion nanoparticle (UCNP) with a chlorin e6 (Ce6)-functionalized silica layer is developed for PDT agent. The two booster effectors (dye-sensitization and core-shell enhancement) synergistically amplify the upconversion efficiency, therefore achieving superbright visible emission under low 808 nm light excitation...
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