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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150867/near-infrared-diffuse-reflectance-signals-for-monitoring-spreading-depolarizations-and-progression-of-the-lesion-in-a-male-rat-focal-cerebral-ischemia-model
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Satoko Kawauchi, Izumi Nishidate, Hiroshi Nawashiro, Shunichi Sato
In ischemic stroke research, a better understanding of the pathophysiology and development of neuroprotection methods are crucial, for which in vivo imaging to monitor spreading depolarizations (SDs) and evolution of tissue damage is desired. Since these events are accompanied by cellular morphological changes, light-scattering signals, which are sensitive to cellular and subcellular morphology, can be used for monitoring them. In this study, we performed transcranial imaging of near-infrared (NIR) diffuse reflectance at ∼800 nm, which sensitively reflects light-scattering change, and examined how NIR reflectance is correlated with simultaneously measured cerebral blood flow (CBF) for a rat middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) model...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150547/the-tomato-della-protein-procera-acts-in-guard-cells-to-promote-stomatal-closure
#2
Ido Nir, Hagai Shohat, Irina Panizel, Neil E Olszewski, Asaph Aharoni, David Weiss
Plants employ stomatal closure and reduced growth to avoid water deficiency damage. Reduced levels of the growth-promoting hormone gibberellin (GA) lead to increased tolerance to water deficit, but the underlying mechanism is unknown. Here, we show that the tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) DELLA protein PROCERA (PRO), a negative regulator of GA signaling, acts in guard cells to promote stomatal closure and reduce water loss in response to water deficiency by increasing abscisic acid (ABA) sensitivity. The loss-of-function pro mutant exhibited increased stomatal conductance and rapid wilting under water-deficit stress...
November 17, 2017: Plant Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149695/rheo-optical-near-infrared-nir-spectroscopy-study-of-partially-miscible-polymer-blend-of-polymethyl-methacrylate-pmma-and-polyethylene-glycol-peg
#3
Hideyuki Shinzawa, Junji Mizukado
Tensile deformations of a partially miscible blend of polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) and polyethylene glycol (PEG) is studied by a rheo-optical characterization near-infrared (NIR) technique to probe deformation behavior during tensile deformation. Sets of NIR spectra of the polymer samples were collected by using an acousto-optic tunable filter (AOTF) NIR spectrometer coupled with a tensile testing machine as an excitation device. While deformations of the samples were readily captured as strain-dependent NIR spectra, the entire feature of the spectra was overwhelmed with the baseline fluctuation induced by the decrease in the sample thickness and subsequent change in the light scattering...
November 11, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149693/near-infrared-spectroscopy-based-monitoring-of-extraction-processes-of-raw-material-with-the-help-of-dynamic-predictive%C3%A2-modeling
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Haixia Wang, Tongchuan Suo, Xiaolin Wu, Yue Zhang, Chunhua Wang, Heshui Yu, Zheng Li
The control of batch-to-batch quality variations remains a challenging task for pharmaceutical industries, e.g., traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) manufacturing. One difficult problem is to produce pharmaceutical products with consistent quality from raw material of large quality variations. In this paper, an integrated methodology combining the near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) and dynamic predictive modeling is developed for the monitoring and control of the batch extraction process of licorice. With the spectra data in hand, the initial state of the process is firstly estimated with a state-space model to construct a process monitoring strategy for the early detection of variations induced by the initial process inputs such as raw materials...
November 10, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149423/structural-and-visible-near%C3%A2-infrared-optical-properties-of-cr-doped-tio2-for-colored-cool-pigments
#5
Le Yuan, Xiaolong Weng, Ming Zhou, Qingyong Zhang, Longjiang Deng
Chromium-doped TiO2 pigments were synthesized via a solid-state reaction method and studied with X-ray diffraction, SEM, XPS, and UV-VIS-NIR reflectance spectroscopy. The incorporation of Cr(3+) accelerates the transition from the anatase phase to the rutile phase and compresses the crystal lattice. Moreover, the particle morphology, energy gap, and reflectance spectrum of Cr-doped TiO2 pigments is affected by the crystal structure and doping concentration. For the rutile samples, some of the Cr(3+) ions are oxidized to Cr(4+) after sintering at a high temperature, which leads to a strong near-infrared absorption band due to the (3)A2 → (3) T1 electric dipole-allowed transitions of Cr(4+)...
November 17, 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149399/overcoming-hiv-stigma-a-qualitative-analysis-of-hiv-cure-research-and-stigma-among-men-who-have-sex-with-men-living-with-hiv
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Feng Wu, Alice Zhang, Andrew Babbitt, Qingyan Ma, Nir Eyal, Xin Pan, Weiping Cai, Fengyu Hu, Yu Cheng, Joseph D Tucker
Despite global progress in HIV stigma reduction, persistent HIV stigma thwarts effective HIV service delivery. Advances in HIV biomedical research toward a cure may shift perceptions of people living with HIV and HIV stigma. The purpose of this study was to examine how men who have sex with men (MSM) living with HIV in Guangzhou, China perceive HIV cure research and its potential impact on MSM and HIV stigma. We conducted in-depth interviews with 26 MSM living with HIV about their perceptions of HIV cure research and the potential impact of an HIV cure on their lives...
November 17, 2017: Archives of Sexual Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148951/reframing-consent-for-clinical-research-a-function-based-approach
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Neal W Dickert, Nir Eyal, Sara F Goldkind, Christine Grady, Steven Joffe, Bernard Lo, Franklin G Miller, Rebecca D Pentz, Robert Silbergleit, Kevin P Weinfurt, David Wendler, Scott Y H Kim
Although informed consent is important in clinical research, questions persist regarding when it is necessary, what it requires, and how it should be obtained. The standard view in research ethics is that the function of informed consent is to respect individual autonomy. However, consent processes are multidimensional and serve other ethical functions as well. These functions deserve particular attention when barriers to consent exist. We argue that consent serves seven ethically important and conceptually distinct functions...
December 2017: American Journal of Bioethics: AJOB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148891/hyperventilation-and-breath-holding-test-with-indocyanine-green-kinetics-predicts-cerebral-hyperperfusion-after-carotid-artery-stenting
#8
Ichiro Nakagawa, Shohei Yokoyama, Daisuke Wajima, Fumihiko Nishimura, Shuichi Yamada, Hiroshi Yokota, Yasushi Motoyama, Young Su Park, Takeshi Wada, Kimihiko Kichikawa, Hiroyuki Nakase
Cerebral hyperperfusion syndrome (CHS) is a serious complication following carotid artery stenting (CAS), but definitive early prediction of CHS has not been established. Here, we evaluated whether indocyanine green kinetics and near-infrared spectroscopy (ICG-NIRS) with hyperventilation (HV) and the breath-holding (BH) test can predict hyperperfusion phenomenon after CAS. The blood flow index (BFI) ratio during HV and BH was prospectively monitored using ICG-NIRS in 66 patients scheduled to undergo CAS. Preoperative cerebrovascular reactivity (CVR) and the postoperative asymmetry index (AI) were also assessed with single-photon emission computed tomography before and after CAS and the correlation with the BFI HV/rest ratio, BFI BH/rest ratio was evaluated...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148817/specific-recognition-of-g-quadruplexes-over-duplex-dna-by-a-macromolecular-nir-two-photon-fluorescent-probe
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Marco Deiana, Bastien Mettra, Lara Martinez-Fernandez, Leszek Mateusz Mazur, Krzysztof Pawlik, Chantal Andraud, Marek Samoc, Roberto Improta, Cyrille Monnereau, Katarzyna Matczyszyn
The implication of guanine-rich DNA sequences in biologically important roles such as telomerase dysfunction and the regulation of gene expression has prompted the search for structure-specific G-quadruplex agents for targeted diagnostic and therapeutic applications. To date, the number of two-photon absorbing fluorogenic dyes with intrinsically large two-photon absorption (TPA) cross-section (σ2) and quantum yield (φf), capable of specific detection of G-motifs over duplex DNAs is still limited. Herein, we report on a NIR two-photon poly(cationic) anthracene-based macromolecule able to selectively target G-quadruplexes (G4s) over genomic double-stranded DNA...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148805/near-infrared-quantum-dot-emission-enhanced-by-stabilized-self-assembled-j-aggregate-antennas
#10
Francesca S Freyria, José M Cordero, Justin R Caram, Sandra Doria, Amro Dodin, Yue Chen, Adam P Willard, Moungi G Bawendi
Enhancing photoluminescent emission (PL) in the near-infrared-infrared (NIR-IR) spectral region has broad applications from solar energy conversion to biological imaging. We show that self-assembled molecular dye J-aggregates (light-harvesting nanotubes, LHNs) can increase the PL emission of NIR PbS quantum dots (QDs) in both liquid and solid media more than 8-fold, promoted primarily by a long-range antenna effect and efficient Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) from donor to acceptor. To create this composite material and preserve the optical properties of the nanocrystals, we performed an in situ ligand substitution followed by a functionalization reaction using click-chemistry...
November 17, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148804/a-nanobionic-light-emitting-plant
#11
Seon-Yeong Kwak, Juan Pablo Giraldo, Min Hao Wong, Volodymyr Koman, Tedrick Lew, Jon Ell, Mark Weidman, Rosalie Sinclair, Markita P Landry, William A Tisdale, Michael S Strano
The engineering of living plants for visible light emission and sustainable illumination is compelling because plants possess independent energy generation and storage mechanisms and autonomous self-repair. Herein, we demonstrate a plant nanobionic approach that enables exceptional luminosity and lifetime utilizing four chemically-interacting nanoparticles, including firefly luciferase conjugated silica (SNP-Luc), D-luciferin releasing poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA-LH2), coenzyme A functionalized chitosan (CS-CoA) and semiconductor nanocrystal phosphors for longer wavelength modulation...
November 17, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148732/photocontrolled-release-of-doxorubicin-conjugated-through-a-thioacetal-photocage-in-folate-targeted-nanodelivery-systems
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Pamela T Wong, Shengzhuang Tang, Jayme Cannon, Dexin Chen, Rachel Sun, Jennifer Lee, James Phan, Ke Tao, Kang Sun, Biqiong Chen, James R Baker, Seok Ki Choi
Despite their proven ability for precise and targeted release, nanoplatform systems for photocontrolled delivery often face formidable synthetic challenges, in part, due to the paucity of advanced linker strategies. Here we report on a novel linker strategy using a thioacetal ortho-nitrobenzaldehyde (TNB) cage, demonstrating its application for delivery of doxorubicin (Dox) in two nanoscale systems. This photocleavable linker, TNB(OH), which presents two identical arms, each terminated with a hydroxyl functionality, was prepared in a single step from 6-nitroverataldehyde...
November 17, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148709/nir-emitting-nanoprobes-based-on-cyclic-rgd-motif-conjugated-pbs-quantum-dots-for-integrin-targeted-optical-bioimaging
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Nicoletta Depalo, Michela Corricelli, Ivan de Paola, Gianpiero Valente, Rosa M Iacobazzi, Emiliano Altamura, Doriana Debellis, Daniela Comegna, Elisabetta Fanizza, Nunzio Denora, Valentino Laquintana, Fabio Mavelli, Marinella Striccoli, Michele Saviano, Angela Agostiano, Annarita Del Gatto, Laura Zaccaro, Maria Lucia Curri
Here, silica coated PbS quantum dots (QDs) with photoluminesce emission properties in the near-infrared (NIR) region are proposed as potential effective single particle optical nanoprobes for future in vivo imaging of tumors. The dispersibility in aqueous medium of hydrophobic PbS QDs was accomplished by growing a silica shell on their surface by exploiting a base assisted water-in-oil microemulsion method. The silica coated PbS QDs were then conjugated with specifically designed cyclic arginine-glycine-aspartic acid (cRGD) peptide, that are able to specifically recognizes the αvβ3 integrins which is overexpressed in the angiogenic tumor induced vasculatures and on some solid tumours, in order to achieve a tumor-specific targeting...
November 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148694/ambient-aqueous-synthesis-of-ultrasmall-ni0-85se-nanoparticles-for-non-invasive-photoacoustic-imaging-and-combined-photothermal-chemo-therapy-of-cancer
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Xianwen Wang, Fei Li, Xu Yan, Yan Ma, Zhaohua Miao, Liang Dong, Huajian Chen, Yang Lu, Zhengbao Zha
Big size induced long-term retention in the body has hampered the translational applications of many reported nanomedicine. Herein, we reported a multifunctional theranostic agent composed of ultrasmall polyacrylic acid functionalized Ni0.85Se nanoparticles (PAA-Ni0.85Se NPs), which were successfully obtained through a facile ambient aqueous precipitation strategy. Without exhibiting any noticeable toxicity, the as-prepared PAA-Ni0.85Se NPs (average diameter of 6.40 ± 1.89 nm) showed a considerable absorption in near-infrared (NIR) region and high photothermal conversion efficiency (PTCE) of 54...
November 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148553/rare-earth-metal-organic-complexes-constructed-from-hydroxyl-and-carboxyl-modified-arenesulfonate-syntheses-structure-evolutions-and-ultraviolet-visible-and-near-infrared-luminescence
#15
Ying-Hui Xiao, Zhao-Peng Deng, Zhi-Biao Zhu, Li-Hua Huo, Shan Gao
The reaction of 2-hydroxyl-4-carboxylbenzenesulfonic acid (H3L) and rare earth (RE) metal nitrates together with two N-heterocyclic ligands gives rise to the formation of 38 complexes, namely, [La(H2L)2(ox)0.5(H2O)4]n·2nH2O (1-La) (ox = oxalate), [RE2(H2L)2 (ox)(H2O)12]·2(H2L)·8H2O (2-RE) (RE = Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy), [RE(SO4)(H2O)7]·(H2L)·3H2O (3-RE) (RE = Ho, Er, Tm, Yb, Lu and Y), [RE(L)(H2O)3]n·nH2O (4-RE) (RE = Er, Tm, Yb and Lu), [RE(L)(2,2'-bipy)(H2O)]n (5-RE) (RE = La, Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho and Y, 2,2'-bipy = 2,2'-bipyridine), [RE(L)(1,10-phen)(H2O)]n (6-RE) (RE = La, Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, 1,10-phen = 1,10-phenanthroline), and [RE(L')(1,10-phen)2(H2O)]n (7-RE) (RE = Gd, Tb, Ho, Er, Yb and Lu, H3L' = 2-hydroxy-3-nitro-4-carboxybenzenesulfonic acid), which have been characterized by elemental analysis, IR, TG, PL, powder and single-crystal X-ray diffraction...
November 17, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148339/the-impact-of-irs-tax-policy-on-hospital-community-benefit-activities
#16
Valerie A Yeager, Alva O Ferdinand, Nir Menachemi
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently introduced tax code revisions requiring stricter oversight of community benefit activities (CBAs) conducted by tax-exempt, not-for-profit hospitals. We examine the impact of this tax requirement on CBAs among these hospitals relative to for-profit and government hospitals that were not subject to the new policy. We employed a quasi-experimental, difference-in-difference study design using a longitudinal observational approach and used secondary data collected by the American Hospital Association (years 2006-2010 including 20,538 hospital year observations)...
April 1, 2017: Medical Care Research and Review: MCRR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147000/stable-icg-loaded-upconversion-nanoparticles-silica-core-shell-theranostic-nanoplatform-for-dual-modal-upconversion-and-photoacoustic-imaging-together-with-photothermal-therapy
#17
Ruichan Lv, Depeng Wang, Liyang Xiao, Guanying Chen, Jun Xia, Paras N Prasad
We report here the design and multiple functions of a new hierarchical nanotheronostic platform consisting of an upconversion nanoparticle (UCNP) core: shell with an additional mesoporous silica (mSiO2) matrix load shell containing sealed, high concentration of ICG molecules. We demonstrate that this UCNP@mSiO2-ICG nanoplatform can perform the following multiple functions under NIR excitation at 800 nm: 1) Light harvesting by the UCNP shell containing Nd and subsequent energy transfer to Er in the Core to produce efficient green and red upconversion luminescence for optical imaging; 2) Efficient nonradiative relaxation and local heating produced by concentration quenching in aggregated ICG imbedded in the mesopourous silica shell to enable both photoacoustic imaging and photothermal therapy...
November 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146942/efficient-near-infrared-light-emitting-electrochemical-cell-nir-leec-based-on-new-binuclear-ruthenium-phenanthroimidazole-exhibiting-desired-charge-carrier-dynamics
#18
Babak Nemati Bideh, Hashem Shahroosvand
Near-infrared light-emitting electrochemical cell (NIR-LEEC) has emerged as a new and promising lighting sourcewhich could serve as low-cost alternatives in NIR light-emitting sources which are typically expensive. LECs were also shown advantages such as light weight, simplicity and low operation voltages. However, only a few examples of NIR-LEEC are reported in which external quantum efficiency(EQE) of devices limited to 0.1%. Here, we report, efficient NIR-LEEC based of two novel binuclear ruthenium phenanthroimidzole complex which differ by employing the type of ancillary ligand including 2, 2'bipyridine (bpy) (B1) and 4, 4' dimethyl bpy (B2) that realize maximum EQE of 0...
November 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146434/cerebral-hyperperfusion-syndrome-after-endovascular-reperfusion-therapy-in-a-patient-with-acute-internal-carotid-artery-and-middle-cerebral-artery-occlusions
#19
Tetsuya Hashimoto, Shoji Matsumoto, Mitsushige Ando, Hideo Chihara, Atsushi Tsujimoto, Taketo Hatano
BACKGROUND: Cerebral hyperperfusion syndrome (CHS) is known to be a rare but devastating complication of carotid artery revascularization. Because patients with acute ischemic stroke due to acute major cerebral and/or cervical artery occlusion treated with endovascular reperfusion therapy may have impaired autoregulation in the cerebral vasculature, these patients may also develop CHS. Despite the growing number of endovascular reperfusion procedures for acute ischemic stroke, this complication has only rarely been reported...
November 13, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146353/handheld-nir-device-a-non-targeted-approach-to-assess-authenticity-of-fish-fillets-and-patties
#20
Silvia Grassi, Ernestina Casiraghi, Cristina Alamprese
This study evaluates the reliability of a handheld NIR device in distinguishing fillets and patties of Atlantic cod (n = 80) from those of haddock (n = 90), in comparison with a FT-NIR benchtop spectrometer. The authentication issue was faced by Linear Discriminant Analysis (LDA) and Soft Independent Modelling of Class Analogy (SIMCA), pre-treating spectral data with different algorithms, and validating models both internally and externally. The best LDA models gave 100% correct classification in prediction...
March 15, 2018: Food Chemistry
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