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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544598/from-extended-nano-fluidics-to-an-autonomous-solar-light-driven-micro-fuel-cell-device
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Yuriy Pihosh, Jin Uemura, Ivan Turkevych, Kazuma Mawatari, Yutaka Kazoe, Adelina Smirnova, Takehiko Kitamori
Autonomous micro/nano mechanical, chemical and biomedical sensors require persistent power sources scaled to their size. Realization of autonomous micro-power sources is a challenging task, as it requires combination of wireless energy supply, conversion, storage and delivery to the sensor. In this work, we realized solar light driven power source that consists of a micro fuel cell (μFC) and a photocatalytic micro fuel generator (μFG) integrated on a single microfluidic chip. The μFG produces hydrogen by photocatalytic water splitting under solar light...
May 23, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544425/free-standing-holey-ni-oh-2-nanosheets-with-enhanced-activity-for-water-oxidation
#2
Xiangkai Kong, Changlin Zhang, Sang Youp Hwang, Qianwang Chen, Zhenmeng Peng
Electrochemical water oxidation is the key technology in water-splitting reactions and rechargeable metal-air batteries, which is very attractive for renewable energy conversion and storage. Replacement of precious catalysts with cost-effective and highly active alternatives is still a great challenge. Herein, based on theoretical predictions, holey structures are designed and fabricated on the free-standing conventional 2D OER catalyst. By well-controlled defects engineering, uniform tiny holes are created on the free-standing Ni(OH)2 nanosheets via a sol-gel method, with the embedded Zn components as the template for holes production...
May 19, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541004/the-effect-of-peripheral-crf-peptide-and-water-avoidance-stress-on-colonic-and-gastric-transit-in-guinea-pigs
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Zahid Hussain, Hae Won Kim, Cheal Wung Huh, Young Ju Lee, Hyojin Park
Functional dyspepsia (FD) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are common gastrointestinal (GI) diseases; however, there is frequent overlap between FD and IBS patients. Emerging evidence links the activation of corticotropin releasing factor (CRF) receptors with stress-related alterations of gastric and colonic motor function. Therefore, we investigated the effect of peripheral CRF peptide and water avoidance stress (WAS) on upper and lower GI transit in guinea pigs. Dosages 1, 3, and 10 μg/kg of CRF were injected intraperitoneally (IP) in fasted guinea pigs 30 minutes prior to the intragastric administration of charcoal mix to measure upper GI transit...
July 2017: Yonsei Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540708/fast-real-time-pcr-method-for-detection-of-soy-in-foods
#4
Montserrat Espiñeira, Francisco J Santaclara
Soy is used as an additive in the manufacturing of diverse products, because of their ability of emulsification, water and fat absorption, contributing to the consistency of food products. Moreover, soy is recognized as a potential allergen, so its presence should be indicated in all the food products.These issues highlight the need for techniques that allow the detection of soy in foods. This work describes a real-time PCR method for the detection of soy in a wide range of foodstuffs. The main features of this technique are its reliability and sensitivity, allowing the detection of trace amounts of soybean in processed products...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540707/fast-real-time-pcr-for-the-detection-of-crustacean-allergens-in-foods
#5
Francisco J Santaclara, Montserrat Espiñeira
Crustaceans are one of the most common allergens causing severe food reaction. Hypersensitivity reactions associated with seafood intake are one of the most common food allergies in adults. Crustaceans including shrimps, prawns, crabs, lobster, and crayfish are a common cause of anaphylaxis or hypersensitivity, with shrimps and crabs being the most common causes of allergy. Symptoms occur most often when food or cooking water are ingested.These food allergens are a health problem, and they have become very important; as evidenced by the existence of several regulations that establish that labeling must be present regarding these allergens to warn consumers...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537747/examination-of-the-mechanism-of-the-yield-of-n2o-from-nitroxyl-hno-in-the-solution-phase-by-theoretical-calculations
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Kaiqiang Zhang, Stefan T Thynell
The dimerization of HNO and subsequent yield of N2O in aqueous solution are studied based on the theoretical calculations and kinetic simulations. The initial dimerization reactions were computed at various levels of theory and large divergence was observed in the predictions of the gas-phase free energies. The T1 diagnostics at CCSD(T)/aug-cc-pVTZ suggests multireference characteristics of the HNO dimers and the transition states. The solution-phase free energies were obtained using the wB97XD method and the SMD solvation model...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536848/ion-sensor-properties-of-fluorescent-schiff-bases-carrying-dipicolylamine-groups-a-simple-spectrofluorimetric-method-to-determine-cu-ii-in-water-samples
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Elvan Vanlı, Miraç Nedim Mısır, Hakan Alp, Tuğba Ak, Nurhayat Özbek, Ümmühan Ocak, Miraç Ocak
Four fluorescent Schiff bases carrying dipicolylamine groups were designed and synthesized to determine their ion sensor properties in partial aqueous solution. The corresponding amine compound and the aldehyde compounds such as 1-naphthaldehyde, 9-anthraldehyde, phenanthrene-9-carboxaldehyde and 1-pyrenecarboxaldehyde were used to prepare the new Schiff bases. The influence of many metal cations and anions on the spectroscopic properties of the ligands was investigated in ethanol-water (1:1) by means of emission spectrometry...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Fluorescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536582/population-level-differentiation-in-growth-rates-and-leaf-traits-in-seedlings-of-the-neotropical-live-oak-quercus-oleoides-grown-under-natural-and-manipulated-precipitation-regimes
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Jose A Ramírez-Valiente, Alyson Center, Jed P Sparks, Kimberlee L Sparks, Julie R Etterson, Timothy Longwell, George Pilz, Jeannine Cavender-Bares
Widely distributed species are normally subjected to spatial heterogeneity in environmental conditions. In sessile organisms like plants, adaptive evolution and phenotypic plasticity of key functional traits are the main mechanisms through which species can respond to environmental heterogeneity and climate change. While extended research has been carried out in temperate species in this regard, there is still limited knowledge as to how species from seasonally-dry tropical climates respond to spatial and temporal variation in environmental conditions...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535303/a-novel-goldnano-carb-test-for-rapid-phenotypic-detection-of-carbapenemases-particularly-oxa-type-in-enterobacteriaceae-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-and-acinetobacter-spp
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Arpasiri Srisrattakarn, Aroonlug Lulitanond, Chotechana Wilailuckana, Nicha Charoensri, Jureerut Daduang, Aroonwadee Chanawong
Objectives: To develop a simple gold nanoparticle (AuNP)-based colorimetric test, GoldNano Carb (GoldC), for detecting carbapenemase production in Gram-negative bacteria, compared with updated Carba NP (CNP) and CarbAcineto NP (CAcNP) tests by using PCR methods as gold standard. Methods: Ninety-nine carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE), Pseudomonas spp. and Acinetobacter spp. isolates and 89 non-CPE isolates were tested by the GoldC and CNP. Additionally, the CAcNP was performed in the Acinetobacter spp...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535031/tunichrome-inspired-gold-enrichment-dispersion-matrix-and-its-application-in-water-treatment-a-proof-of-concept-investigation
#10
Amarendra Dhar Dwivedi, Rega Permana, Jitendra Pal Singh, Hakwon Yoon, Keun Hwa Chae, Yoon-Seok Chang, Dong Soo Hwang
Tunicate, a filter-feeder in seawater, is able to accumulate high amount of metals using intracellular polymer matrices. The woven pyrogallol structures of tunichrome, a small peptide contained in tunicate's blood cells, is believed to be responsible for selective metal sequestration in tunicates from seawater. However, the intriguing tunichrome matrix is difficult to harvest from the tunicate nor to synthesize massively due to the extreme oxidation sensitivity of the pyrogallol moiety which limits the study scope...
May 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533751/docetaxel-loaded-nanoparticles-assembled-from-%C3%AE-cyclodextrin-calixarene-giant-surfactants-physicochemical-properties-and-cytotoxic-effect-in-prostate-cancer-and-glioblastoma-cells
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Laura Gallego-Yerga, Inmaculada Posadas, Cristina de la Torre, Jesús Ruiz-Almansa, Francesco Sansone, Carmen Ortiz Mellet, Alessandro Casnati, José M García Fernández, Valentín Ceña
Giant amphiphiles encompassing a hydrophilic β-cyclodextrin (βCD) component and a hydrophobic calix[4]arene (CA4) module undergo self-assembly in aqueous media to afford core-shell nanospheres or nanocapsules, depending on the nanoprecipitation protocol, with high docetaxel (DTX) loading capacity. The blank and loaded nanoparticles have been fully characterized by dynamic light scattering (DLS), ζ-potential measurements and cryo-transmission electron microscopy (cryo-TEM). The data are compatible with the distribution of the drug between the nanoparticle core and the shell, where it is probably anchored by inclusion of the DTX aromatic moieties in βCD cavities...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530608/rapid-accurate-and-simultaneous-measurement-of-water-and-oil-contents-in-the-fried-starchy-system-using-low-field-nmr
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Long Chen, Yaoqi Tian, Binghua Sun, Jinpeng Wang, Qunyi Tong, Zhengyu Jin
Fried starchy food is rich in oil that may pose a risk to health. For controlling of the oil uptake, a rapid and accurate method for the determination of oil content in the fried starchy food is important. In this study, low-field nuclear magnetic resonance (LF-NMR) was applied to simultaneously determine water and oil contents in the model fried starchy system. The proton signals from oil and water were verified and distinguished by desiccation at 105°C. There was no superposition between oil and water signals in the fried starch, making it possible for quantitative analysis of water and oil in a single test...
October 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530278/synthesis-and-fast-transfer-of-monolayer-mos2-on-reusable-fused-silica
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Tao Liang, Shuang Xie, Weifei Fu, Yu Cai, Chinnathambi Shanmugavel, Hideo Iwai, Daisuke Fujita, Nobutaka Hanagata, Hongzheng Chen, Mingsheng Xu
Atomically thin, two-dimensional materials ranging from superconductors, metals, semiconductors to insulators are emerging as potential candidates for the next-generation digital electronics and optoelectronic applications. Their synthesis on a commonly used substrate and fast transfer to a plenty of desired substrates need to be addressed to meet the industrialization criteria for practical applications. In this study, fused silica, which is amorphous, transparent, and inexpensive, was examined as a substrate for MoS2 synthesis...
May 22, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529070/parameters-influencing-the-course-of-passive-drug-loading-into-lipid-nanoemulsions
#14
Katrin Göke, Heike Bunjes
Passive drug loading can be used to effectively identify suitable colloidal lipid carrier systems for poorly water-soluble drugs. This method comprises incubation of preformed carrier systems with drug powder and subsequent determination of the resulting drug load of the carrier particles. Until now, the passive loading mechanism is unknown, which complicates reliable routine use. In this work, the influence of drug characteristics on the course of passive loading was investigated systematically varying drug surface area and drug solubility...
May 18, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528311/rapid-screening-and-identification-of-chemical-hazards-in-surface-and-drinking-water-using-high-resolution-mass-spectrometry-and-a-case-control-filter
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Sarit L Kaserzon, Amy L Heffernan, Kristie Thompson, Jochen F Mueller, Maria Jose Gomez Ramos
Access to clean, safe drinking water poses a serious challenge to regulators, and requires analytical strategies capable of rapid screening and identification of potentially hazardous chemicals, specifically in situations when threats to water quality or security require rapid investigations and potential response. This study describes a fast and efficient chemical hazard screening strategy for characterising trace levels of polar organic contaminants in water matrices, based on liquid chromatography high resolution mass spectrometry with post-acquisition 'case-control' data processing...
May 12, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528267/using-mri-to-non-invasively-and-accurately-quantify-preoperative-hepatic-steatosis
#16
Callisia N Clarke, Haesun Choi, Ping Hou, Catherine H Davis, Jingfei Ma, Asif Rashid, Jean-Nicolas Vauthey, Thomas A Aloia
BACKGROUND: The obesity epidemic has significantly increased the incidence and severity of hepatic steatosis in liver surgery patients and liver donors, potentially impacting postoperative liver regeneration and function. Development of a non-invasive means to quantify hepatic steatosis would facilitate selection of candidates for liver resection and transplant donation. METHODS: An IRB-approved protocol prospectively enrolled 28 patients with liver tumors requiring hepatic resection...
May 17, 2017: HPB: the Official Journal of the International Hepato Pancreato Biliary Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528185/simvastatin-ameliorate-memory-deficits-and-inflammation-in-clinical-and-mouse-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease-via-modulating-the-expression-of-mir-106b
#17
Wenzhong Huang, Zhenyu Li, Liandong Zhao, Wei Zhao
BACKGROUND: Alzheimer's disease (AD) as a neurodegenerative brain disorder is a devastating pathology leading to disastrous cognitive impairments and dementia, and several studies have shown that AD is closely related to the inflammation, so anti-inflammatory treatment may provide therapeutic benefits. In this study, the effect of simvastatin on inflammation was investigated and the underlying mechanisms were explored. METHODS: First, we tested the effect of simvastatin on AD in clinical research...
May 18, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528002/iron-microencapsulation-in-gum-tragacanth-using-solvent-evaporation-method
#18
Elham Asghari-Varzaneh, Mohammad Shahedi, Hajar Shekarchizadeh
In this study iron salt (FeSO4·7H2O) was microencapsulated in gum tragacanth hydrogel using solvent evaporation method. Three significant parameters (ferrous sulfate content, content of gum tragacanth, and alcohol to mixture ratio) were optimized by response surface methodology to obtain maximum encapsulation efficiency. Ferrous sulfate content, 5%, content of gum tragacanth, 22%, and alcohol to mixture ratio, 11:1 was determined to be the optimum condition to reach maximum encapsulation efficiency. Microstructure of iron microcapsules was thoroughly monitored using scanning electron microscopy (SEM)...
May 17, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527155/status-of-laparoscopic-sleeve-gastrectomy-in-china-a-national-survey
#19
Shibo Lin, Wei Guan, Pankaj Hans, Hui Liang
BACKGROUND: Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) is a favorable bariatric procedure. This study evaluated the status of LSG in China. METHODS: During the 4(th) International Forum of Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery in May 2016, Nanjing China, an on-the-spot questionnaire was filled out by 105 attending surgeons with experience of LSG. The feedback data was collected and analyzed. RESULTS: For preoperative preparations, surgeons preferred blood glucose control with insulin (61...
May 19, 2017: Obesity Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527002/design-and-development-of-amperometric-biosensor-for-the-detection-of-lead-and-mercury-ions-in-water-matrix-a-permeability-approach
#20
Manju Bhargavi Gumpu, Uma Maheswari Krishnan, John Bosco Balaguru Rayappan
Intake of water contaminated with lead (Pb(2+)) and mercury (Hg(2+)) ions leads to various toxic effects and health issues. In this context, an amperometric urease inhibition-based biosensor was developed to detect Pb(2+) and Hg(2+) ions in water matrix. The modified Pt/CeO2/urease electrode was fabricated by immobilizing CeO2 nanoparticles and urease using a semi-permeable adsorption layer of nafion. With urea as a substrate, urease catalytic activity was examined through cyclic voltammetry. Further, maximum amperometric inhibitive response of the modified Pt/CeO2/urease electrode was observed in the presence of Pb(2+) and Hg(2+) ions due to the urease inhibition at specific potentials of -0...
May 20, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
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