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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549267/the-construction-of-a-novel-nucleic-acids-detection-microplatform-based-on-the-nset-for-one-step-detecting-tk1-dna-and-microrna-21
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Jian Zhang, Qian Zhao, Yudong Wu, Bo Zhang, Weipan Peng, Jiafang Piao, Yurui Zhou, Weichen Gao, Xiaoqun Gong, Jin Chang
Microbeads-based microchip technology has become the potential for a new generation of nucleic acids detection in a high-throughput and sensitive manner. However the specificity and operational complexity limit the microchip applied in nucleic acids detection. Herein, in this work, we designed a kind of gold-nanoparticles coated polystyrene microbeads as microplatform conjugating with the molecular beacons as probes. Due to the nanoparticle surface energy transfer of gold-nanoparticles, the fluorescence of dye on one end of molecular beacons was effectively quenched...
May 23, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549265/facile-screening-of-potential-xenoestrogens-by-an-estrogen-receptor-based-reusable-optical-biosensor
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Lanhua Liu, Xiaohong Zhou, Yun Lu, Didi Shan, Bi Xu, Miao He, Hanchang Shi, Yi Qian
The apparent increase in hormone-induced cancers and disorders of the reproductive tract has led to a growing demand for new technologies capable of screening xenoestrogens. We reported an estrogen receptor (ER)-based reusable fiber biosensor for facile screening estrogenic compounds in environment. The bioassay is based on the competition of xenoestrogens with 17β-estradiol (E2) for binding to the recombinant receptor of human estrogen receptor α (hERα) protein, leaving E2 free to bind to fluorophore-labeled anti-E2 monoclonal antibody...
May 18, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549003/noninvasive-thermometry-in-high-intensity-focused-ultrasound-ablation
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Yufeng Zhou
High-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) is emerging as an effective and promising treatment modality for the formation of coagulative necrosis inside the cancer/tumor noninvasively. To guarantee the efficacy and efficiency of HIFU ablation, the temperature field and consequent thermal dose should be monitored accurately in a high temporal and spatial resolution in real time. However, because of the significant variations of the tissue properties and deep penetration of HIFU beam, especially in the abdominal application, noninvasive thermometry is a very challenging topic, which may hamper the wide acceptance of HIFU by physicians worldwide...
May 25, 2017: Ultrasound Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548713/co-culture-systems-based-strategies-for-articular-cartilage-tissue-engineering
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REVIEW
Yu Zhang, Shuyun Liu, Weimin Guo, Mingjie Wang, Chunxiang Hao, Shuang Gao, Xueliang Zhang, Li Xu, Mingxue Chen, Li Penghao, Peng Jiang, Shibi Lu, Quanyi Guo
Cartilage engineering facilitates repair and regeneration of damaged cartilage using engineered tissue that restores the functional properties of the impaired joint. The seed cells used most frequently in tissue engineering, are chondrocytes and mesenchymal stem cells. Seed cells activity plays a key role in the regeneration of functional cartilage tissue. However, seed cells undergo undesirable changes after in vitro processing procedures, such as degeneration of cartilage cells and induced hypertrophy of mesenchymal stem cells, which hinder cartilage tissue engineering...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548483/nanoscale-junction-formation-by-gas-phase-monolayer-doping
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Peyman Taheri, Hossain M Fahad, Mahmut Tosun, Mark Hettick, Daisuke Kiriya, Kevin Chen, Ali Javey
A major challenge in transistor technology scaling is the formation of controlled ultra-shallow junctions with nanometer-scale thickness and high spatial uniformity. Monolayer doping (MLD) is an efficient method to form such nanoscale junctions, where the self-limiting nature of semiconductor surfaces is utilized to form adsorbed monolayers of dopant-containing molecules followed by rapid thermal annealing (RTA) to diffuse the dopants to a desired depth. Unlike ion implantation, the process does not induce crystal damage, thus making it highly attractive for nanoscale transistor processing...
May 26, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548462/neurocognitive-mechanisms-of-real-world-autobiographical-memory-retrieval-insights-from-studies-using-wearable-camera-technology
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REVIEW
Tiffany E Chow, Jesse Rissman
In recent years, investigation into the cognitive and neural mechanisms of autobiographical memory has been aided by the use of experimental paradigms incorporating wearable camera technology. By effortlessly capturing first-person images of one's life events, these cameras provide a rich set of naturalistic stimuli that can later be used to trigger the recall of specific episodes. Here, we chronicle the development and progression of such studies in behavioral and neuroimaging examinations of both clinical and nonclinical adult populations...
May 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548457/on-the-research-of-time-past-the-hunt-for-the-substrate-of-memory
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REVIEW
Bridget N Queenan, Tomás J Ryan, Michael S Gazzaniga, Charles R Gallistel
The search for memory is one of the oldest quests in written human history. For at least two millennia, we have tried to understand how we learn and remember. We have gradually converged on the brain and looked inside it to find the basis of knowledge, the trace of memory. The search for memory has been conducted on multiple levels, from the organ to the cell to the synapse, and has been distributed across disciplines with less chronological or intellectual overlap than one might hope. Frequently, the study of the mind and its memories has been severely restricted by technological or philosophical limitations...
May 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547895/review-of-flexible-temperature-sensing-networks-for-wearable-physiological-monitoring
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REVIEW
Qiao Li, Li-Na Zhang, Xiao-Ming Tao, Xin Ding
Physiological temperature varies temporally and spatially. Accurate and real-time detection of localized temperature changes in biological tissues regardless of large deformation is crucial to understand thermal principle of homeostasis, to assess sophisticated health conditions, and further to offer possibilities of building a smart healthcare and medical system. Additionally, continuous temperature mapping in flexible and stretchable formats opens up many other potential areas, such as artificially electronic skins and reflection of emotional changes...
May 26, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547763/new-approaches-towards-the-understanding-of-integral-membrane-proteins-a-structural-perspective-on-g-protein-coupled-receptors
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REVIEW
Reinhard Grisshammer
Three-dimensional structure determination of integral membrane proteins has advanced in unprecedented detail our understanding of mechanistic events of how ion channels, transporters, receptors and enzymes function. This exciting progress required a tremendous amount of methods development, as exemplified here with G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs): Optimizing the production of GPCRs in recombinant hosts; increasing the probability of crystal formation using high-affinity ligands, nanobodies, and minimal G proteins for co-crystallization, thus stabilizing receptors into one conformation; using the T4 lysozyme technology and other fusion partners to promote crystal contacts; advancing crystallization methods including the development of novel detergents, and miniaturization and automation of the lipidic cubic phase crystallization method; the concept of conformational thermostabilization of GPCRs; and developing microfocus X-ray synchrotron technologies to analyze small GPCR crystals...
May 25, 2017: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546948/liquigroud-technique-a-new-concept-for-enhancing-dissolution-rate-of-glibenclamide-by-combination-of-liquisolid-and-co-grinding-technologies
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Leila Azharshekoufeh, Javad Shokri, Mohammad Barzegar-Jalali, Yousef Javadzadeh
Introduction: The potential of combining liquisolid and co-grinding technologies (liquiground technique) was investigated to improve the dissolution rate of a water-insoluble agent (glibenclamide) with formulation-dependent bioavailability. Methods: To this end, different formulations of liquisolid tablets with a wide variety of non-volatile solvents contained varied ratios of drug: solvent and dissimilar carriers were prepared, and then their release profiles were evaluated. Furthermore, the effect of size reduction by ball milling on the dissolution behavior of glibenclamide from liquisolid tablets was investigated...
2017: BioImpacts: BI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546911/graphene-based-polymer-bilayers-with-superior-light-driven-properties-for-remote-construction-of-3d-structures
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Zhenhua Tang, Ziwei Gao, Shuhai Jia, Fei Wang, Yonglin Wang
3D structure assembly in advanced functional materials is important for many areas of technology. Here, a new strategy exploits IR light-driven bilayer polymeric composites for autonomic origami assembly of 3D structures. The bilayer sheet comprises a passive layer of poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) and an active layer comprising reduced graphene oxides (RGOs), thermally expanding microspheres (TEMs), and PDMS. The corresponding fabrication method is versatile and simple. Owing to the large volume expansion of the TEMs, the two layers exhibit large differences in their coefficients of thermal expansion...
May 2017: Advanced Science (Weinheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546755/pediatric-ventricular-assist-devices-current-challenges-and-future-prospects
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REVIEW
Sarah Burki, Iki Adachi
The field of mechanical circulatory support has made great strides in the preceding 2 decades. Although pediatric mechanical circulatory support has lagged behind that of adults, the gap between them is expected to close soon. The only device currently approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for use in children is the Berlin Heart EXCOR ventricular assist device (VAD). The prospective Berlin Heart Investigational Device Exemption Trial demonstrated good outcomes, such as bridge to transplantation or recovery, in ~90% of children supported with this device...
2017: Vascular Health and Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546556/smelting-reduction-and-kinetics-analysis-of-magnetic-iron-in-copper-slag-using-waste-cooking-oil
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Bo Li, Xubin Wang, Hua Wang, Yonggang Wei, Jianhang Hu
To improve the recovery of copper, the viscosity of copper molten slag is decreased by the reduction of magnetic iron, which, in turn, accelerates the settling and separation of copper droplets from the slag. A new technology is proposed in which waste cooking oil is used as a reductant to reduce magnetic iron in the copper smelting slag and consequently reduce carbon emissions in the copper smelting process. A kinetic model of the reduction of magnetic iron in copper slag by waste cooking oil was built using experimental data, and the accuracy of the model was verified...
May 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546093/best-practice-guidance-for-the-use-of-strategies-improved-retention-in-randomised-trials-developed-from-two-consensus-workshops
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V Brueton, S P Stenning, F Stevenson, J Tierney, G Rait
OBJECTIVE: To develop best practice guidance for the use of retention strategies in randomised clinical trials (RCTs). DESIGN: Consensus development workshops. SETTING: Two UK Clinical Trials Units. PARTICIPANTS: 66 statisticians, clinicians, RCT coordinators, research scientists, research assistants, and data managers associated with RCTs. METHODS: The consensus development workshops were based on the consensus development conference method used to develop best practice for treatment of medical conditions...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546092/proteomics-in-commercial-crops-an-overview
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Boon Chin Tan, Yin Sze Lim, Su-Ee Lau
Proteomics is a rapidly growing area of biological research that is positively affecting plant science. Recent advances in proteomic technology, such as mass spectrometry, can now identify a broad range of proteins and monitor their modulation during plant growth and development, as well as during responses to abiotic and biotic stresses. In this review, we highlight recent proteomic studies of commercial crops and discuss the advances in understanding of the proteomes of these crops. We anticipate that proteomic-based research will continue to expand and contribute to crop improvement...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545961/pecc-correcting-contigs-based-on-paired-end-read-distribution
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Min Li, Binbin Wu, Xiaodong Yan, Junwei Luo, Yi Pan, Fang-Xiang Wu, Jianxin Wang
MOTIVATION: Cheap and fast next generation sequencing (NGS) technologies facilitate research of de novo assembly greatly. The reliability of contigs is critical to construct reliable scaffolding. However, contigs generated from most assemblers contain errors because of the limitation of assembly strategy and computation complexity. Among all these errors, the misassembly error is one of the most harmful types. RESULTS: In this paper, we propose a new method named "PECC" to identify and correct misassembly errors in contigs based on the paired-end read distribution...
May 1, 2017: Computational Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545918/recent-trends-in-high-spin-sensitivity-magnetic-resonance
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Aharon Blank, Ygal Twig, Yakir Ishay
Magnetic resonance is a very powerful methodology that has been employed successfully in many applications for about 70years now, resulting in a wealth of scientific, technological, and diagnostic data. Despite its many advantages, one major drawback of magnetic resonance is its relatively poor sensitivity and, as a consequence, its bad spatial resolution when examining heterogeneous samples. Contemporary science and technology often make use of very small amounts of material and examine heterogeneity on a very small length scale, both of which are well beyond the current capabilities of conventional magnetic resonance...
February 28, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545888/delivering-safer-immunotherapies-for-cancer
#18
Lauren Milling, Yuan Zhang, Darrell J Irvine
Cancer immunotherapy is now a powerful clinical reality, with a steady progression of new drug approvals and a massive pipeline of additional treatments in clinical and preclinical development. However, modulation of the immune system can be a double-edged sword: Drugs that activate immune effectors are prone to serious non-specific systemic inflammation and autoimmune side effects. Drug delivery technologies have an important role to play in harnessing the power of immune therapeutics while avoiding on-target/off-tumor toxicities...
May 22, 2017: Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545829/gut-microbiota-and-hepatitis-b-virus-induced-chronic-liver-disease-implications-for-faecal-microbiota-transplantation-therapy
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REVIEW
Y Kang, Y Cai
Hepatitis B is one of the most common infectious diseases globally. It has been estimated that there are 350 million chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) carriers worldwide. The liver is connected to the small intestine by the bile duct, which carries bile formed in the liver to the intestine. Nearly all of the blood that leaves the stomach and intestines must pass through the liver. Human intestines contain a wide diversity of microbes, collectively termed the 'gut microbiota'. Gut microbiota play a significant role in host metabolic processes and host immune modulation, and influence host development and physiology (organ development)...
April 15, 2017: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545665/astragaloside%C3%A2-against-cardiac-fibrosis-by-inhibiting-trpm7-channel
#20
Jun Lu, Quan-Yi Wang, Yang Zhou, Xiao-Chun Lu, Yong-Hui Liu, Yan Wu, Qiao Guo, Yun-Tian Ma, Yi-Qun Tang
BACKGROUND: Astragaloside Ⅳ (ASG-Ⅳ, (Fig. 1) is the most active component of Chinese sp. Astragalus membranaceus Bunge (Fabaceae) that has showed antioxidant, antiapoptotic and antiviral activities among others. It is reported to play an important role in cardiac fibrosis (CF), but the mechanism remains unclear. PURPOSE: To investigate the mechanism of ASG-Ⅳ on inhibiting myocardial fibrosis induced by hypoxia. STUDY DESIGN: We studied the relationship between anti-fibrotic effect of ASG-Ⅳ and transient receptor potential cation channel, subfamily M, member 7 (TRPM7) by in vivo and in vitro experiments...
July 1, 2017: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
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