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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088751/chip-based-digital-surface-plasmon-resonance-sensing-platform-for-ultrasensitive-biomolecular-detection
#1
Ming-Yang Pan, Kuang-Li Lee, Likarn Wang, Pei-Kuen Wei
A chip-based ultrasensitive surface plasmon resonance (SPR) sensor in a checkerboard nanostructure on plastic substrates is presented for digital detection. The sensing elements on the checkerboard are composed of silver-capped nanoslit arrays, which were fabricated using the thermal-embossing nanoimprint method, to meet the demand for low-cost and rapid fabrication. Sharp Fano resonances in the optimized nanoslit arrays provide high-intensity sensitivities (20,000% per refractive index unit), with an element size of 12...
January 7, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088614/ccaat-enhancer-binding-protein-%C3%AE-promotes-pathogenesis-of-eae
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Michelle R Simpson-Abelson, Gerard Hernandez-Mir, Erin E Childs, J Agustin Cruz, Amanda C Poholek, Ansuman Chattopadhyay, Sarah L Gaffen, Mandy J McGeachy
The CCAAT/Enhancer Binding Protein β (C/EBPβ) transcription factor is activated by multiple inflammatory stimuli, including IL-17 and LPS, and C/EBPβ itself regulates numerous genes involved in inflammation. However, the role of C/EBPβ in driving autoimmunity is not well understood. Here, we demonstrate that Cebpb(-/-) mice are resistant to EAE. Cebpb(-/-) mice exhibited reduced lymphocyte and APC infiltration into CNS following EAE induction. Furthermore, MOG-induced Th17 cytokine production was impaired in draining LN, indicating defects in Th17 cell priming...
January 12, 2017: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088566/removal-of-salicylic-acid-as-an-emerging-contaminant-by-a-polar-nano-dendritic-adsorbent-from-aqueous-media
#3
M Arshadi, F Mousavinia, M K Abdolmaleki, M J Amiri, A Khalafi-Nezhad
A polar nano-dendritic adsorbent containing amine groups (SAPAMAA) was synthesized onto the nanoparticles of SiO2Al2O3 and its uptake of salicylic acid (SA) from the synthetic and real water was investigated. The synthesized nanomaterials were fully studied by nuclear magnetic resonance spectrum ((1)H NMR and (13)C NMR), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), zeta potential (ζ), inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-AES), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) and elemental analysis...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088456/development-of-a-predictive-model-for-the-long-term-stability-assessment-of-drug-in-adhesive-transdermal-films-using-polar-pressure-sensitive-adhesives-as-carrier-matrix
#4
Clémence Chenevas-Paule, Hans-Michael Wolff, Mark Ashton, Martin Schubert, Kalliopi Dodou
Drug crystallization in transdermal drug delivery systems (TDDS) is a critical quality defect. The impact of drug load and hydration on the physical stability of polar (acrylic) drug-in-adhesive (DIA) films was investigated with the objective to identify predictive formulation parameters with respect to drug solubility and long-term stability. Medicated acrylic films were prepared over a range of drug concentrations below and above saturation solubility; and were characterized by FTIR, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), polarized microscopy and Dynamic Vapor Sorption (DVS) analysis...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088417/milk-fat-threshold-determination-and-the-effect-of-milk-fat-content-on-consumer-preference-for-fluid-milk
#5
K S McCarthy, K Lopetcharat, M A Drake
Milk consumption in the United States has been in decline since the 1960s. Milk fat plays a critical role in sensory properties of fluid milk. The first objective of this study was to determine the change in percent milk fat needed to produce a detectable or just noticeable difference (JND) to consumers in skim, 1%, 2%, and whole milks. The second objective was to evaluate how milk fat affected consumer preferences for fluid milk. Threshold tests were conducted to determine the JND for each reference milk (skim, 1%, 2%, and whole milk), with a minimum of 60 consumers for each JND...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088360/hollow-porous-ionic-liquids-composite-polymers-based-solid-phase-extraction-coupled-online-with-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-for-selective-analysis-of-hydrophilic-hydroxybenzoic-acids-from-complex-samples
#6
Xingping Dai, Dongsheng Wang, Hui Li, Yanyi Chen, Zhicheng Gong, Haiyan Xiang, Shuyun Shi, Xiaoqing Chen
Polar and hydrophilic properties of hydroxybenzoic acids usually made them coelute with interferences in high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) analysis. Then selective analysis of them was necessary. Herein, hollow porous ionic liquids composite polymers (PILs) based solid phase extraction (SPE) was firstly fabricated and coupled online with HPLC for selective analysis of hydroxybenzoic acids from complex matrices. Hollow porous PILs were firstly synthesized using Mobil Composition of Matter No. 48 (MCM-48) spheres as sacrificial support, 1-vinyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride (VMIM(+)Cl(-)) as monomer, and ethylene glycol dimethacrylate (EGDMA) as cross-linker...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088160/photofragment-ion-imaging-from-mass-selected-mg-brch3-complex-dissociation-mechanism-following-photoinduced-charge-transfer
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Kenichi Okutsu, Kenichiro Yamazaki, Keijiro Ohshimo, Fuminori Misaizu
We have observed fragment ion images produced by ultraviolet photodissociation of Mg(+)BrCH3 complex ions using a reflectron time-of-flight mass spectrometer combined with an imaging detector. The BrCH3(+) fragment ion was produced after the 266-nm excitation of Mg(+)BrCH3. In the image of the BrCH3(+) ions, a split distribution was observed parallel to the polarization direction of the photolysis laser. In calculated potential energy curves, we found a repulsive potential correlated with a dissociation limit of Mg + BrCH3(+): The calculation results indicate that the dissociation and the charge transfer occurred via non-adiabatic process after the 5(2)A' ← 1(2)A' photoexcitation...
January 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088158/infrared-spectra-and-band-strengths-of-amorphous-and-crystalline-n2o
#8
R L Hudson, M J Loeffler, P A Gerakines
Infrared transmission spectra from 4000 to 400 cm(-1), and associated band strengths and absorption coefficients, are presented for the first time for both amorphous and crystalline N2O. Changes in the spectra as a function of ice thickness and ice temperature are shown. New measurements of density, refractive index, and specific refraction are reported for amorphous and crystalline N2O. Comparisons are made to published results, and the most-likely reason for some recent disagreements in the literature is discussed...
January 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088152/theoretical-description-of-circular-dichroism-in-photoelectron-angular-distributions-of-randomly-oriented-chiral-molecules-after-multi-photon-photoionization
#9
R E Goetz, T A Isaev, B Nikoobakht, R Berger, C P Koch
Photoelectron circular dichroism refers to the forward/backward asymmetry in the photoelectron angular distribution with respect to the propagation axis of circularly polarized light. It has recently been demonstrated in femtosecond multi-photon photoionization experiments with randomly oriented camphor and fenchone molecules [C. Lux et al., Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 51, 4755 (2012) and C. S. Lehmann et al., J. Chem. Phys. 139, 234307 (2013)]. A theoretical framework describing this process as (2+1) resonantly enhanced multi-photon ionization is constructed, which consists of two-photon photoselection from randomly oriented molecules and successive one-photon ionization of the photoselected molecules...
January 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088080/a-computer-based-simulator-for-intravascular-photoacoustic-images
#10
Sun Zheng, Yuan Yuan, Han Duoduo
Intravascular photoacoustic (IVPA) is a newly developed catheter-based imaging technique for the diagnosis of arterial atherosclerosis. A framework of simulating IVPA transversal images from a cross-sectional vessel model with given optical and acoustic parameters was presented. The light illumination and transportation in multi-layered wall and atherosclerotic plaque tissues were modeled through Monte Carlo (MC) simulation. The generation and transmission of photoacoustic (PA) waves in the acoustically homogeneous medium were modeled through the PA wave equation, which is solved explicitly with a finite difference time domain (FDTD) algorithm in polar coordinates...
January 6, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088072/microstructural-mechanical-and-corrosion-characteristics-of-heat-treated-mg-1-2zn-0-5ca-wt-alloy-for-use-as-resorbable-bone-fixation-material
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Hamdy Ibrahim, Andrew D Klarner, Behrang Poorganji, David Dean, Alan A Luo, Mohammad Elahinia
Mg-Zn-Ca alloys have grabbed most of the recent attention in research attempting to develop an Mg alloy for bone fixation devices due to their superior biocompatibility. However, early resorption and insufficient strength remain the main problems that hinder their use. Heat treatment has previously been thoroughly studied as a post-shaping process, especially after the fabrication of complex parts (e.g. porous structures) by 3D-printing or powder metallurgy. In this work, the effect of heat treatment on Mg-1...
January 5, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088061/galectins-emerging-regulatory-checkpoints-linking-tumor-immunity-and-angiogenesis
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REVIEW
Santiago P Méndez-Huergo, Ada G Blidner, Gabriel A Rabinovich
Immune checkpoints, a plethora of inhibitory pathways aimed at maintaining immune cell homeostasis, may be co-opted by cancer cells to evade immune destruction. Therapies targeting immune checkpoints have reached a momentum yielding significant clinical benefits in patients with various malignancies by unleashing anti-tumor immunity. Galectins, a family of glycan-binding proteins, have emerged as novel regulatory checkpoints that promote immune evasive programs by inducing T-cell exhaustion, limiting T-cell survival, favoring expansion of regulatory T cells, de-activating natural killer cells and polarizing myeloid cells toward an immunosuppressive phenotype...
January 11, 2017: Current Opinion in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088046/application-of-acid-modified-polyurethane-foam-surface-for-detection-and-removing-of-organochlorine-pesticides-from-wastewater
#13
E A Moawed, A M Radwan
The commercial polyurethane foam was acid modified to get an inexpensive adsorbent (AM-PUF) has highly surface polarity and sorption capacity. The elemental analysis, scanning electron microscopy, thermal analysis, ultraviolet/visible/infrared spectroscopies and X-ray diffraction were used for characterization of AM-PUF. The surface of AM-PUF has amorphous character (broadband at 2θ, 21.75°) and contains several active sites e.g. NH, OH, CO, CC and COC groups. The electrical conductivity (σ), iodine value and methylene blue index of AM-PUF are 1...
January 7, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087990/the-modification-of-onsager-reaction-field-and-its-application-on-spectral-parameters
#14
Xinyu Wang, Rina Dao, Jia Yao, De Peng, Haoran Li
Solvent polarity is an important solvent property. The Onsager's theory of reaction field was the most classic model to describe the solvent effects and was widely used in relating dielectric constant and other solvent polarity parameters. In this study, a modified semi-empirical reaction field was presented to relate electron transition energies or hyperfine coupling constants with the dielectric constants of solvents. In previous works, this relationship was well established by traditional Onsager reaction field for non-hydrogen bonding systems but failed for hydrogen bonding systems...
January 14, 2017: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087883/defining-genetic-and-chemical-diversity-in-wheat-grain-by-1h-nmr-spectroscopy-of-polar-metabolites
#15
Peter R Shewry, Delia I Corol, Huw D Jones, Michael H Beale, Jane L Ward
SCOPE: The application of high throughput 1H-NMR of unpurified extracts to determine to determine genetic diversity and the contents of polar components in grain of wheat. METHODS AND RESULTS: milled whole wheat grain was extracted with 80:20 D2O:CD3OD containing 0.05% d4- trimethylsilylpropionate (TSP). 1H-NMR spectra were acquired under automation at 300 °K using an Avance Spectrometer operating at 600.0528 MHz. Regions for individual metabolites were identified by comparison to a library of known standards run under identical conditions...
January 13, 2017: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087776/seed-plant-specific-gene-lineages-involved-in-carpel-development
#16
Kai C Pfannebecker, Matthias Lange, Oliver Rupp, Annette Becker
Evolutionary innovations are important drivers of speciation and some are the defining characters of entire phyla. One such major innovation is the carpel, the unifying character and most complex plant organ, composed of many clearly distinct tissue types to ensure reproductive success. The origin of the carpel is unknown, but many components of the gene regulatory network (GRN) governing carpel development and their genetic interactions are known from the core eudicot Arabidopsis thaliana To unravel the evolution of the carpel GRN and to discriminate between "early" and "late" steps in carpel evolution we calculated thorough phylogeny reconstructions based on sequenced genomes...
January 12, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087759/separation-of-vitamin-e-on-a-100-%C3%A3-phenogel-column
#17
Salisa Chumsantea, Kornkanok Aryusuk, Supathra Lilitchan, Narumon Jeyashoke, Kanit Krisnangkura
The effect of π-electrons and hydroxyl group on the separations of vitamin E on a swelling-controlled polystyrene-divinylbenzene (Phenogel) column using toluene/isooctane as the mobile phase was investigated. The effect of the π-electrons was demonstrated in the baseline separation of α-tocopherol and α-tocotrienol on a 100-Å Phenogel column. In addition, baseline separation of α-, (β- + γ-)- and δ-tocopherol could be achieved on this column. The separation mechanism of these isomers are due to the difference in the interactions between the hydroxyl group on the chromanol ring of each tocopherol and the gel matrix caused by the steric hindrance of methyl group(s)...
February 2017: Journal of Chromatographic Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087714/dlg5-connects-cell-polarity-and-hippo-signaling-protein-networks-by-linking-par-1-with-mst1-2
#18
Julian Kwan, Anna Sczaniecka, Emad Heidary Arash, Liem Nguyen, Chia-Chun Chen, Srdjana Ratkovic, Olga Klezovitch, Liliana Attisano, Helen McNeill, Andrew Emili, Valeri Vasioukhin
Disruption of apical-basal polarity is implicated in developmental disorders and cancer; however, the mechanisms connecting cell polarity proteins with intracellular signaling pathways are largely unknown. We determined previously that membrane-associated guanylate kinase (MAGUK) protein discs large homolog 5 (DLG5) functions in cell polarity and regulates cellular proliferation and differentiation via undefined mechanisms. We report here that DLG5 functions as an evolutionarily conserved scaffold and negative regulator of Hippo signaling, which controls organ size through the modulation of cell proliferation and differentiation...
December 15, 2016: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087664/human-blood-cd1c-dendritic-cells-encompass-cd5high-and-cd5low-subsets-that-differ-significantly-in-phenotype-gene-expression-and-functions
#19
Xiangyun Yin, Haisheng Yu, Xiaoyang Jin, Jingyun Li, Hao Guo, Quanxing Shi, Zhao Yin, Yong Xu, Xuefei Wang, Rong Liu, Shouli Wang, Liguo Zhang
There are three major dendritic cell (DC) subsets in both humans and mice, that is, plasmacytoid DCs and two types of conventional DCs (cDCs), cDC1s and cDC2s. cDC2s are important for polarizing CD4(+) naive T cells into different subsets, including Th1, Th2, Th17, Th22, and regulatory T cells. In mice, cDC2s can be further divided into phenotypically and functionally distinct subgroups. However, subsets of human cDC2s have not been reported. In the present study, we showed that human blood CD1c(+) cDCs (cDC2s) can be further separated into two subpopulations according to their CD5 expression status...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087630/reconstitution-of-torso-signaling-in-cultured-cells-suggests-a-role-for-both-trunk-and-torsolike-in-receptor-activation
#20
Smita Amarnath, Leslie M Stevens, David S Stein
Formation of the Drosophila embryonic termini is controlled by the localized activation of the receptor tyrosine kinase, Torso. Both Torso and Torso's presumed ligand, Trunk, are expressed uniformly in the early embryo. Polar activation of Torso requires Torsolike, which is expressed by follicle cells adjacent to the ends of the developing oocyte. We find that Torso expressed at high levels in cultured Drosophila cells is activated by individual application of Trunk, Torsolike or another known Torso ligand, Prothoracicotropic Hormone...
January 13, 2017: Development
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