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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549379/dynamically-tunable-plasmon-induced-transparency-in-on-chip-graphene-based-asymmetrical-nanocavity-coupled-waveguide-system
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Pingping Qiu, Weibin Qiu, Zhili Lin, Houbo Chen, Junbo Ren, Jia-Xian Wang, Qiang Kan, Jiao-Qing Pan
A graphene-based on-chip plasmonic nanostructure composed of a plasmonic bus waveguide side-coupled with a U-shaped and a rectangular nanocavities has been proposed and modeled by using the finite element method in this paper. The dynamic tunability of the plasmon-induced transparency (PIT) windows has been investigated. The results reveal that the PIT effects can be tuned via modifying the chemical potential of the nanocavities and plasmonic bus waveguide or by varying the geometrical parameters including the location and width of the rectangular nanocavity...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549372/pgpr-strain-paenibacillus-polymyxa-sqr-21-potentially-benefits-watermelon-growth-by-re-shaping-root-protein-expression
#2
Yaoyao E, Jun Yuan, Fang Yang, Lei Wang, Jinghua Ma, Jing Li, Xiaowei Pu, Waseem Raza, Qiwei Huang, Qirong Shen
Paenibacillus polymyxa (SQR-21) is not only a plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria, but also an effective biocontrol agent against Fusarium wilt disease of watermelon. For the better understanding and clarifying the potential mechanisms of SQR-21 to improve watermelon growth and disease resistance, a split-root methodology in hydroponic and LC-MS technology with the label free method was used to analyze the key root proteins involved in watermelon metabolism and disease resistance after the inoculation of SQR-21...
December 2017: AMB Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549369/safety-analysis-of-occupational-exposure-of-healthcare-workers-to-residual-contaminations-of-cytotoxic-drugs-using-fmeca-security-approach
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Laetitia Minh Mai Le, Delphine Reitter, Sophie He, Franck Té Bonle, Amélie Launois, Diane Martinez, Patrice Prognon, Eric Caudron
Handling cytotoxic drugs is associated with chemical contamination of workplace surfaces. The potential mutagenic, teratogenic and oncogenic properties of those drugs create a risk of occupational exposure for healthcare workers, from reception of starting materials to the preparation and administration of cytotoxic therapies. The Security Failure Mode Effects and Criticality Analysis (FMECA) was used as a proactive method to assess the risks involved in the chemotherapy compounding process. FMECA was carried out by a multidisciplinary team from 2011 to 2016...
May 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549360/-intercarpal-fusion-as-a-salvage-procedure-in-kienb%C3%A3-ck-disease
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M Puig-Zentella, J A Rivas-Montero, E Hernández-Méndez-Villamil, A J Espinosa-Gutiérrez
INTRODUCTION: Functional results of four surgical techniques to resolve the IIIB-IV Litchman's stage of the Kienböck disease were analyzed. We observed the evolution from 2000 to 2015. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Transversal retrospective study of 33 patients treated with different surgical techniques and evaluated with Quick-DASH scale, dynamometer and EVA. RESULTS: Less functional limitation was found in the patients who underwent the intercarpal fusion with or without neurotomy of the posterior interosseous...
November 2016: Acta Ortopédica Mexicana
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549353/crowding-visual-awareness-and-their-respective-neural-loci
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Kilho Shin, Susana T L Chung, Bosco S Tjan
In peripheral vision, object identification can be impeded when a target object is flanked by other objects. This phenomenon of crowding has been attributed to basic processes associated with image encoding by the visual system, but the neural origin of crowding is not known. Determining whether crowding depends on subjective awareness of the flankers can provide information on the neural origin of crowding. However, recent studies that manipulated flanker awareness have yielded conflicting results. In the current study, we suppressed flanker awareness with two methods: interocular suppression (IOS) and adaptation-induced blindness (AIB)...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Vision
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549345/a-novel-synthetic-derivative-of-quercetin-8-trifluoromethyl-3-5-7-3-4-o-pentamethyl-quercetin-inhibits-bladder-cancer-growth-by-targeting-the-ampk-mtor-signaling-pathway
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Ting Tao, Caimei He, Jun Deng, Yanjun Huang, Qiongli Su, Mei Peng, Meiling Yi, Kwame Oteng Darko, Hui Zou, Xiaoping Yang
Quercetin is a naturally existing compound and shows attractive anticancer properties for a variety of solid tumors including glioma, bladder cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma, breast cancer, hematological malignancies and prostate carcinoma. However, these anticancer properties have not been clinically approved due to unclear mechanistic information and its low bioactivity. In our previous study, we elucidated that quercetin activates AMPK pathway which is the major mechanism for its unique anticancer effect in bladder cancer...
May 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549340/a-critical-assessment-of-the-in-vitro-measurement-of-cortical-bone-stiffness-with-ultrasound
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L Peralta, X Cai, P Laugier, Q Grimal
Elasticity assessment based on bulk wave velocity (BWV) measurements is the most popular technique to characterize the anisotropic stiffness tensor in cortical bone. Typically, a cuboid bone specimen is cut with its sides along the different anatomical directions. Then, the velocity of shear and longitudinal waves propagating along different directions are assessed, from which stiffness coefficients are calculated. Despite the importance of obtaining accurate elasticity values for bone research, there is no generally accepted protocol to measure BWV and the precision of the technique has been seldom investigated...
May 19, 2017: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549332/synthesis-and-characterization-of-fullerene-modified-znalti-ldo-in-photo-degradation-of-bisphenol-a-under-simulated-visible-light-irradiation
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Liting Ju, Pingxiao Wu, Xiaolin Lai, Shanshan Yang, Beini Gong, Meiqing Chen, Nengwu Zhu
In this study, ZnAlTi layered double hydroxide (ZnAlTi-LDH) combined with fullerene (C60) was fabricated by the urea method, and calcined under vacuum atmosphere to obtain nanocomposites of C60-modified ZnAlTi layered double oxide (ZnAlTi-LDO). The morphology, structure and composition of the nanocomposites were analyzed by Scanning Electron Microscopy, High-resolution transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction patterns, Fourier transform infrared and specific surface area. The UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectra indicated that the incorporation of C60 expanded the absorption of ZnAlTi-LDO to visible-light region...
May 23, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549326/electrochemical-decolorization-of-methyl-red-by-ruo2-iro2-tio2-electrode-and-biodegradation-with-pseudomonas-stutzeri-mn1-and-acinetobacter-baumannii-mn3-an-integrated-approach
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Kuppusamy Sathishkumar, Sivaji Sathiyaraj, Punniyakotti Parthipan, Agrawal Akhil, Kadarkarai Murugan, Aruliah Rajasekar
Textile effluent consists of enormous quantities of toxic dyes, which are being discharged into natural aqueous system and thus contaminate the water quality. Hence it is important to develop an eco-friendly and cost effective technology to treat the dyes contaminated wastewater. In this research, an integrated approach of electrochemical oxidation (EO) and biodegradation process (BP) was studied of methyl red (MR) dye. In EO, RuO2-IrO2-TiO2 is used as anode and titanium mesh electrode as cathode. This was followed by BP of the treated EO effluent...
May 15, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549317/frontal-and-subcortical-grey-matter-reductions-in-ptsd
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Daniel C M O'Doherty, Ashleigh Tickell, Will Ryder, Charles Chan, Daniel F Hermens, Maxwell R Bennett, Jim Lagopoulos
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is characterised by a range of debilitating psychological, physical and cognitive symptoms. PTSD has been associated with grey matter atrophy in limbic and frontal cortical brain regions. However, previous studies have reported heterogeneous findings, with grey matter changes observed beyond limbic/frontal areas. Seventy-five adults were recruited from the community, 25 diagnosed with PTSD along with 25 healthy and 25 trauma exposed age and gender matched controls. Participants underwent clinical assessment and magnetic resonance imaging...
May 19, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549316/method-for-assessment-of-stormwater-treatment-facilities-synthetic-road-runoff-addition-including-micro-pollutants-and-tracer
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Karin Cederkvist, Marina B Jensen, Peter E Holm
Stormwater treatment facilities (STFs) are becoming increasingly widespread but knowledge on their performance is limited. This is due to difficulties in obtaining representative samples during storm events and documenting removal of the broad range of contaminants found in stormwater runoff. This paper presents a method to evaluate STFs by addition of synthetic runoff with representative concentrations of contaminant species, including the use of tracer for correction of removal rates for losses not caused by the STF...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549303/end-of-life-eol-mobile-phone-management-in-hong-kong-households
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Wen-Jing Deng, John P Giesy, C S So, Hai-Long Zheng
A questionnaire survey and interviews were conducted in households and end-of-life (EoL) mobile phone business centres in Hong Kong. Widespread Internet use, combined with the rapid evolution of modern social networks, has resulted in the more rapid obsolescence of mobile phones, and thus a tremendous increase in the number of obsolete phones. In 2013, the volume of EoL mobile phones generated in Hong Kong totalled at least 330 tonnes, and the amount is rising. Approximately 80% of electronic waste is exported to Africa and developing countries such as mainland China or Pakistan for recycling...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549294/chiral-recognition-of-naproxen-enantiomers-based-on-fluorescence-quenching-of-bovine-serum-albumin-stabilized-gold-nanoclusters
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Marzieh Jafari, Javad Tashkhourian, Ghodratollah Absalan
A simple, fast and green method for chiral recognition of S- and R-naproxen has been introduced. The method was based on quenching of the fluorescence intensity of bovine serum albumin-stabilized gold nanoclusters in the presence of naproxen enantiomers. The quenching intensity in the presence of S-naproxen was higher than R-naproxen when phosphate buffer solution at pH7.0 was used. The chiral recognition occurred due to steric effect between bovine serum albumin conformation and naproxen enantiomers. Two linear determination range were established as 7...
May 16, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549292/globally-supported-radial-basis-function-based-collocation-method-for-evolution-of-level-set-in-mass-segmentation-using-mammograms
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Kanchan Lata Kashyap, Manish Kumar Bajpai, Pritee Khanna
Computer-aided detection systems play an important role for the detection of breast abnormalities using mammograms. Global segmentation of mass in mammograms is a complex process due to low contrast mammogram images, irregular shape of mass, speculated margins, and the presence of intensity variations of pixels. This work presents a new approach for mass detection in mammograms, which is based on the variational level set function. Mesh-free based radial basis function (RBF) collocation approach is employed for the evolution of level set function for segmentation of breast as well as suspicious mass region...
May 15, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549283/the-use-of-foot-pumps-compression-devices-in-the-perioperative-management-of-ankle-fractures-systematic-review-of-the-current-literature
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Rachel Clarkson, Samer S S Mahmoud, Amar Rangan, William Eardley, Paul Baker
BACKGROUND: Ankle fractures account for 9% of all fractures seen in the United Kingdom. 15,000 of these fractures undergo operative fixation each year. Soft tissue swelling impacts on timing of fixation due to fears of infection and wound dehiscence. The use of arterio-venous foot pumps (AVFP) is increasing in this population although the evidence for their efficacy is unclear. In order to address this, we present an overview of the evidence for AVFP device use following ankle fracture...
March 10, 2017: Foot
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549280/protocols-for-the-analytical-characterization-of-therapeutic-monoclonal-antibodies-i-non-denaturing-chromatographic-techniques
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Alexandre Goyon, Valentina D'Atri, Balazs Bobaly, Elsa Wagner-Rousset, Alain Beck, Szabolcs Fekete, Davy Guillarme
Size-, charge- and hydrophobicity-related variants of a biopharmaceutical product have to be deeply characterized for batch consistency and for the assessment of immunogenicity and safety effects. Size exclusion chromatography (SEC) and ion exchange chromatography (IEX) are considered as the gold standard for the analysis of high molecular weight species (HMWS) and charge-related variants, respectively. Hydrophobic interaction chromatography (HIC) has drawn renewed attention to monitor the small drug payload distribution in the cysteine-linked antibody-drug conjugates (ADC)...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549271/the-association-between-the-early-motor-repertoire-and-language-development-in-term-children-born-after-normal-pregnancy
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Sahar Salavati, Christa Einspieler, Giulia Vagelli, Dajie Zhang, Jasmin Pansy, Johannes G M Burgerhof, Peter B Marschik, Arend F Bos
BACKGROUND: The assessment of the early motor repertoire is a widely used method for assessing the infant's neurological status. AIM: To determine the association between the early motor repertoire and language development. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective cohort study. SUBJECTS: 22 term children born after normal pregnancy; video recorded for the assessment of the early motor repertoire including their motor optimality score (MOS), according to Prechtl, at 3 and 5months post term...
May 23, 2017: Early Human Development
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/28549266/self-cascade-reaction-catalyzed-by-cuo-nanoparticle-based-dual-functional-enzyme-mimics
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Ai-Ling Hu, Hao-Hua Deng, Xiao-Qing Zheng, Yan-Yu Wu, Xiu-Ling Lin, Ai-Lin Liu, Xing-Hua Xia, Hua-Ping Peng, Wei Chen, Guo-Lin Hong
It is desirable but challenging to assemble various biomimetic properties into a functional catalytic cascade system. In this work, cupric oxide nanoparticles were investigated as oxidase mimics for the aerobic oxidation of cysteine to cystine with the generation of hydrogen peroxide. Coupling this property with the peroxidase-like activity of CuO nanoparticles, we constructed a self-organized cascade reaction system based on a single-component nanozyme, which includes the oxidation of cysteine to yield cystine and hydrogen peroxide and the hydrogen peroxide-mediated oxidation of terephthalic acid to produce a fluorescence change...
May 19, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549254/comparative-early-stage-assessment-of-multiproduct-biorefinery-systems-an-application-to-the-isobutanol-platform
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Jonathan Moncada, John A Posada, Andrea Ramírez
An early stage assessment method is applied to the production of isobutanol from lignocellulosic biomass, and to three multiproduct portfolios from the conversion of isobutanol: Case 1: production of isobutyl acetate and glycerol tert-butyl ether (GTBE), Case 2: production of isobutyl acetate and ketones, and Case 3: production of isobutyl acetate alkanes. The method screens and compares each route with its equivalent petrochemical counterpart. The method is composed by different indicators involving economic and environmental aspects...
May 15, 2017: Bioresource Technology
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