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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222529/progressive-motor-deficit-is-mediated-by-the-denervation-of-neuromuscular-junctions-and-axonal-degeneration-in-transgenic-mice-expressing-mutant-p301s-tau-protein
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Zhuoran Yin, Femke Valkenburg, Betty E Hornix, Ietje Mantingh-Otter, Xingdong Zhou, Muriel Mari, Fulvio Reggiori, Debby Van Dam, Bart J L Eggen, Peter P De Deyn, Erik Boddeke
Tauopathies include a variety of neurodegenerative diseases associated with the pathological aggregation of hyperphosphorylated tau, resulting in progressive cognitive decline and motor impairment. The underlying mechanism for motor deficits related to tauopathy is not yet fully understood. Here, we use a novel transgenic tau mouse line, Tau 58/4, with enhanced neuron-specific expression of P301S mutant tau to investigate the motor abnormalities in association with the peripheral nervous system. Using stationary beam, gait, and rotarod tests, motor deficits were found in Tau 58/4 mice already 3 months after birth, which deteriorated during aging...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222512/aqp4-association-with-amyloid-deposition-and-astrocyte-pathology-in-the-tg-arcswe-mouse-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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Jing Yang, Rui Zhang, Changhe Shi, Chengyuan Mao, Zhihua Yang, Zhenhe Suo, Reidun Torp, Yuming Xu
Amyloid-β deposition in senile plaques is one of the main pathological changes in Alzheimer's disease (AD). We previously reported that aquaporin-4 (AQP4) is redistributed within the astrocytes in cerebral amyloid angiopathy in the tg-ArcSwe mouse model of AD, suggesting that AQP4 may participate in amyloid-β deposition. However, the role of AQP4 in plaque formation is not currently clear. The objective of the current study was to explore the AQP4 distribution within plaques in the tg-ArcSwe mice in more depth by the combined application of immunofluorescence cytochemistry and immunogold electron microscopy...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222399/improved-yeast-delivery-of-fluconazole-with-a-nanostructured-lipid-carrier-system
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Hamid Reza Kelidari, Maryam Moazeni, Roghayeh Babaei, Majid Saeedi, Jafar Akbari, Parisa Islami Parkoohi, Mojtaba Nabili, Atefeh Abdollahi Gohar, Katayoun Morteza-Semnani, Ali Nokhodchi
Despite the growing trends in the number of patients at risk for invasive fungal infections, management with current antifungal agents results in complications due to changes in the epidemiology and drug susceptibility of invasive fungal infections. In the present research fluconazole-loaded nanostructured lipid carriers were prepared using probe ultrasonication techniques and investigated the efficacy of the optimal formulation on a large number of Candida species. The morphology of the obtained nanostructured lipid carriers was characterized by transmission-electron microscopy...
February 17, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222361/biological-and-catalytic-applications-of-green-synthesized-fluorescent-n-doped-carbon-dots-using-hylocereus-undatus
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Velusamy Arul, Thomas Nesakumar Jebakumar Immanuel Edison, Yong Rok Lee, Mathur Gopalakrishnan Sethuraman
In this work, a simple hydrothermal route for the synthesis of fluorescent nitrogen doped carbon dots (N-CDs) is reported. The Hylocereus undatus (H. undatus) extract and aqueous ammonia are used as carbon and nitrogen source, respectively. The optical properties of synthesized N-CDs are analyzed using UV-Visible (UV-Vis) and fluorescence spectroscopy. The surface morphology, elemental composition, crystallinity and functional groups present in the N-CDs are examined using high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM) with energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), selected area electron diffraction (SAED), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, respectively...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222303/organic-dye-removal-from-aqueous-solutions-by-hierarchical-calcined-ni-fe-layered-double-hydroxide-isotherm-kinetic-and-mechanism-studies
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Chunsheng Lei, Meng Pi, Panyong Kuang, Yingqing Guo, Fenge Zhang
Hierarchically porous nickel-iron-layered double hydroxide (NiFe-LDH) with a Ni(2+)/Fe(3+) molar ratio of 3 was successfully synthesised through a simple hydrothermal route. After calcination at 400°C, NiFe-LDH transformed into nickel-iron-layered double oxides (NiFe-LDO). The as-prepared samples were characterised through X-ray powder diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and nitrogen adsorption...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222261/enhanced-release-of-molecules-upon-uv-light-irradiation-from-photoresponsive-hydrogels-prepared-from-bifunctional-azobenzene-and-four-arm-poly-ethylene-glycol
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Shiva Kumar Rastogi, Hailee E Anderson, Joseph Lamas, Scott L Barrett, Travis Cantu, Stefan Zauscher, William J Brittain, Tania Betancourt
Advances in biosensors and drug delivery depend on hydrogels that respond to external stimuli. In this work we de-scribe the preparation and characterization of photoresponsive hydrogels prepared by crosslinking of di-NHS ester of azobenzoic acid and four-armed, amine-terminated poly(ethylene glycol). The porous structure and composition of the hydrogels were confirmed by scanning electron microscopy and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. The reversible photoisomerization of the azobenzene-containing hydrogel crosslinkers in the gels was confirmed by ab-sorption spectroscopy...
February 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222259/band-alignment-at-gan-single-layer-wse2-interface
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Malleswararao Tangi, Pawan Mishra, Chien-Chih Tseng, Tien Khee Ng, Mohamed Nejib Hedhili, Dalaver H Anjum, Mohd Sharizal Alias, Nini Wei, Lain-Jong Li, Boon S Ooi
We study the band discontinuity at the GaN/single-layer (SL) WSe2 heterointerface. The GaN thin layer is epitaxially grown by molecular beam epitaxy on chemically vapor deposited SL-WSe2/c-sapphire. We confirm that the WSe2 was formed as an SL from structural and optical analyses using atomic force microscopy, scanning transmission electron microscopy, micro-Raman, absorbance, and micro-photoluminescence spectra. The determination of band offset parameters at the GaN/SL-WSe2 heterojunction is obtained by high-resolution x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, electron affinities and the electronic bandgap values of SL-WSe2 and GaN...
February 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222258/a-simple-and-large-scale-strategy-to-prepare-flexible-graphene-tape-electrode
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Li Wang, Jie Yu, Yayun Zhang, Han Yang, Longfei Miao, Yonghai Song
A simple and large-scale strategy to prepare flexible graphene tape electrode (GTE) was proposed. The flexible GTE was prepared by a facile peeling method in which a piece of commercial graphite foil was firstly covered by a commercial acrylic transparent tape and then the transparent adhesive tape was quickly torn off from the graphite foil. Scanning electron microscopy results showed that some folded and wrinkled graphene layers stood up on the GTE surface to form three-dimensional (3D) porous graphene foam...
February 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222045/validation-of-scaffold-design-optimization-in-bone-tissue-engineering-finite-element-modeling-versus-designed-experiments
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Nicholas Uth, Jens Mueller, Byran Smucker, Azizeh-Mitra Yousefi
This study reports the development of biological/synthetic scaffolds for bone tissue engineering (TE) via 3D bioplotting. These scaffolds were composed of poly(L-lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA), type I collagen, and nano-hydroxyapatite (nHA) in an attempt to mimic the extracellular matrix of bone. The solvent used for processing the scaffolds was 1,1,1,3,3,3-hexafluoro-2-propanol. The produced scaffolds were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, microcomputed tomography, thermogravimetric analysis, and unconfined compression test...
February 21, 2017: Biofabrication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221979/influence-of-transportation-conditions-and-postharvest-disinfection-treatments-on-microbiological-quality-of-fresh-market-tomatoes-cv-nemo-netta-in-a-south-african-supply-chain
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M S Sibomana, L W Ziena, S Schmidt, T S Workneh
Postharvest microbial spoilage due to suboptimal transportation and packaging conditions is a key concern for the South African tomato industry. This study investigated the influence of washing with tap water or aqueous disinfectant solutions (chlorinated and anolyte water) on the microbiological quality of tomatoes during storage after transportation in nonrefrigerated trucks along two supply routes when packaged in crates and boxes. Route 1 was 1,093 km from field to storage site, while route 2 was 1,057 km...
February 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221763/inactivation-clearance-and-functional-effects-of-lung-instilled-short-and-long-silver-nanowires-in-rats
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Kian Fan Chung, Joanna Seiffert, Shu Chen, Ioannis G Theodorou, Angela Erin Goode, Bey Fen Leo, Catriona M McGilvery, Farhana Hussain, Coen Wiegman, Christos Rossios, Jie Zhu, Jicheng Gong, Farid Tariq, Vladimir Yufit, Alexander J Monteith, Teruo Hashimoto, Jeremy N Skepper, Mary P Ryan, Junfeng Jim Zhang, Teresa D Tetley, Alexandra E Porter
There is a potential for silver nanowires (AgNWs) to be inhaled but there is little information on their health effects and their chemical transformation inside the lungs in vivo. We studied the effects of short (S-AgNWs; 1.5µm) and long (L-AgNWs; 10 µm) nanowires instilled into the lungs of Sprague-Dawley rats. S- and L-AgNWs were phagocytosed and degraded by macrophages; there was no frustrated phagocytosis. Interestingly, both AgNWs were internalized in alveolar Type II epithelial cells (ATII), with precipitation of Ag2S on their surface as secondary Ag2S nanoparticles...
February 21, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221757/cooperative-electron-phonon-coupling-and-buckled-structure-in-germanene-on-au-111
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Jincheng Zhuang, Nan Gao, Zhi Li, Xun Xu, Jiaou Wang, Jijun Zhao, Shi Xue Dou, Yi Du
Germanene, single-atom-thick germanium nanosheet in a honeycomb lattice, was proposed to be a Dirac-fermion material beyond graphene. We performed scanning tunneling microscopy and in-situ Raman spectroscopy studies combined with first-principles calculations on the atomic structures, and the electronic and phonon properties of germanene on Au(111). The low-buckled 1×1 germanene honeycomb lattice was determined to exist in an unexpected rectangular √7×√7 superstructure. Through in-situ Raman measurements, distinctive vibrational phonon modes were discovered in √7×√7 germanene, revealing the special coupling between Dirac fermion and lattice vibrations, namely, electron-phonon coupling (EPC)...
February 21, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221704/in-plane-2h-1t-mote2-homojunctions-synthesized-by-flux-controlled-phase-engineering
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Youngdong Yoo, Zachary P DeGregorio, Yang Su, Steven J Koester, James E Johns
The fabrication of in-plane 2H-1T' MoTe2 homojunctions by the flux-controlled, phase-engineering of few-layer MoTe2 from Mo nanoislands is reported. The phase of few-layer MoTe2 is controlled by simply changing Te atomic flux controlled by the temperature of the reaction vessel. Few-layer 2H MoTe2 is formed with high Te flux, while few-layer 1T' MoTe2 is obtained with low Te flux. With medium flux, few-layer in-plane 2H-1T' MoTe2 homojunctions are synthesized. As-synthesized MoTe2 is characterized by Raman spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy...
February 21, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221353/from-helical-to-planar-chirality-by-on-surface-chemistry
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Oleksandr Stetsovych, Martin Švec, Jaroslav Vacek, Jana Vacek Chocholoušová, Andrej Jančařík, Jiří Rybáček, Krzysztof Kosmider, Irena G Stará, Pavel Jelínek, Ivo Starý
The chirality of molecular structures is paramount in many phenomena, including enantioselective reactions, molecular self-assembly, biological processes and light or electron-spin polarization. Flat prochiral molecules, which are achiral in the gas phase or solution, can exhibit adsorption-induced chirality when deposited on surfaces. The whole array of such molecular adsorbates is naturally racemic as spontaneous global mirror-symmetry breaking is disfavoured. Here we demonstrate a chemical method of obtaining flat prochiral molecules adsorbed on the solid achiral surface in such a way that a specific adsorbate handedness globally dominates...
March 2017: Nature Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221348/self-assembly-of-nanoparticles-into-biomimetic-capsid-like-nanoshells
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Ming Yang, Henry Chan, Gongpu Zhao, Joong Hwan Bahng, Peijun Zhang, Petr Král, Nicholas A Kotov
Nanoscale compartments are one of the foundational elements of living systems. Capsids, carboxysomes, exosomes, vacuoles and other nanoshells easily self-assemble from biomolecules such as lipids or proteins, but not from inorganic nanomaterials because of difficulties with the replication of spherical tiling. Here we show that stabilizer-free polydispersed inorganic nanoparticles (NPs) can spontaneously organize into porous nanoshells. The association of water-soluble CdS NPs into self-limited spherical capsules is the result of scale-modified electrostatic, dispersion and other colloidal forces...
March 2017: Nature Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220836/nucleobindin-1-binds-to-multiple-types-of-pre-fibrillar-amyloid-and-inhibits-fibrillization
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Alessandra Bonito-Oliva, Shahar Barbash, Thomas P Sakmar, W Vallen Graham
During amyloid fibril formation, amyloidogenic polypeptides misfold and self assemble into soluble pre-fibrillar aggregates, i.e., protofibrils, which elongate and mature into insoluble fibrillar aggregates. An emerging class of chaperones, chaperone-like amyloid binding proteins (CLABPs), has been shown to interfere with aggregation of particular misfolded amyloid peptides or proteins. We have discovered that the calcium-binding protein nuclebindin-1 (NUCB1) is a novel CLABP. We show that NUCB1 inhibits aggregation of islet-amyloid polypeptide associated with type 2 diabetes mellitus, a-synuclein associated with Parkinson's disease, transthyretin V30M mutant associated with familial amyloid polyneuropathy, and Aβ42 associated with Alzheimer's disease by stabilizing their respective protofibril intermediates...
February 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220757/photoexfoliation-of-two-dimensional-materials-through-continuous-uv-irradiation
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Wai-Chen Lin, Ming-Kai Chuang, Muchamed L Keshtov, Ganesh D Sharma, Fang-Chung Chen
This paper describes the preparation of fluorinated graphene nanosheets (FGNs) through photoexfoliation of fluorinated graphite (FG) in the liquid phase. We discovered that UV irradiation of FG dispersions in N-methyl-2-pyrolidone facilitated exfoliation to give FGNs. Transmission electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy revealed that the average thickness of the FGNs was approximately 3 nm; they were considerably thinner than the nanosheets prepared using a conventional sonication approach. Furthermore, when the FGNs were deposited uniformly onto substrates (through spin coating), they formed effective cathode interlayers for polymer solar cells (PSCs), the efficiency of which was 60% greater than that of PSCs containing FGNs prepared through ultrasonication...
February 21, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220383/removal-of-dde-by-exploiting-the-alcoho-phobic-interactions
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Kazım Köse, Dursun Ali Köse
DDE (1,1-bis-(4-chlorophenyl)-2,2-dichloroethene), which is a commonly used pesticides in agriculture, has harmful effects on human health. Therefore, the removal of this substance from the drinking water and the soil is essential. Since DDT (1,1″-(2,2,2-Trichloroethane-1,1-diyl) bis(4-chlorobenzene)) is derivation of DDE, the presence of DDT can be monitored by the detection of DDE present in the environment. Herein, we report on the development of aspartic acid-incorporated poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate-L-aspartic acid) [poly(HEMA-MAsp)] cryogel for the removal of DDE from aqueous solutions for the first time in the literature...
February 20, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220300/application-of-confocal-laser-scanning-microscopy-for-the-diagnosis-of-amyloidosis
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Chiara Castellani, Marny Fedrigo, Anna Chiara Frigo, Mila Della Barbera, Gaetano Thiene, Marialuisa Valente, Fausto Adami, Annalisa Angelini
We analysed specificity and sensitivity of confocal laser microscopy (CLSM) on tissue sections for a diagnosis of amyloidosis, in an attempt to reduce technical errors and better standardise pathological diagnosis. We first set up a protocol for the use of CLSM on this type of specimen, using a group of 20 amyloid negative and 20 positive samples. Of all specimens, 2, 4 and 8-μm sections were cut. Sections were stained with Congo red (CR) and thioflavin-T (ThT) and observed by cross-polarised light microscopy (CR-PL), epifluorescence microscopy (CRF-epiFM and ThT-epiFM) and CLSM (CRF-CLSM and ThT-CLSM)...
February 20, 2017: Virchows Archiv: An International Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220293/effects-of-bisphosphonates-on-osteogenesis-and-osteoclastogenesis-signaling-during-the-endochondral-ossification-of-growing-rats
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Eloiza Rezende, Vivian Bradaschia-Correa, Fabio Siviero, Lucas M B Ambrosio, Victor E Arana-Chavez
Osteoclasts and chondroclasts are necessary, during endochondral ossification, for the resorption of primary bone and calcified cartilage septa, respectively. The bisphosphonates inhibit mineralized tissue resorption by various mechanisms according to the different types of this drug, which can affect bone remodeling during skeletal growth. The objective of the present study is to analyze the way that alendronate (ALN) and etidronate (ETN) can affect osteoclastogenesis and bone formation during endochondral ossification of the long bones of growing rats...
February 20, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
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