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  1. Simulations of polymer brushes with charged end monomers under external electric fields (United States)

    Ding, Huanda; Duan, Chao; Tong, Chaohui


    Using Langevin dynamics simulations, the response of neutral polymer brushes with charged terminal monomers to external electric fields has been investigated. The external electric field is equivalent to the field generated by the opposite surface charges on two parallel electrodes. The effects of charge valence of terminal monomers on the structure of double layers and overall charge balance near the two electrodes were examined. Using the charge density distributions obtained from simulations, the total electric field normal to the electrodes was calculated by numerically solving the Poisson equation. Under external electric fields, the total electric field across the two electrodes is highly non-uniform and in certain regions within the brush, the total electric field nearly vanishes. The probability distribution of electric force acting on one charged terminal monomer was obtained from simulations and how it affects the probability density distribution of terminal monomers was analyzed. The response of polymer brushes with charged terminal monomers to a strongly stretching external electric field was compared with that of uniformly charged polymer brushes.

  2. Low temperature bonding of LD31 aluminum alloys by electric brush plating Ni and Cu coatings

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    Zhao Zhenqing; Wang Chunqing; Du Miao


    Soldering of LD31 aluminum alloys using Sn-Pb solder paste after electric brush plating Ni and Cu coatings was nvestigated. The technology of electric brush plating Ni and Cu was studied and plating solution was developed. The microstructure of the coatings, soldered joint and fracture face were analyzed using optic microscopy, SEM and EDX. The shear strength of soldered joint could reach as high as 26. 83 MPa. The results showed that reliable soldered joint could be obtained at 230℃, the adhesion of coatings and LD31 aluminum alloy substrate was high enough to bear the thermal process in the soldering.

  3. Insight into the electrical properties and chain conformation of spherical polyelectrolyte brushes by dielectric spectroscopy (United States)

    Guo, Xiaoxia; Zhao, Kongshuang


    We report here a dielectric study on three kinds of anionic spherical polyelectrolyte brush (SPBs, consisting of a polystyrene (PS) core and three different poly (acrylic acid) chains grafted onto the core) suspensions over a frequency ranging from 40 Hz to 110 MHz. The relaxation behavior of the SPB suspensions shows significant changes in the brush-layer properties when the mass fraction of SPBs and the pH of the suspensions change. Two definite relaxations related to the interfacial polarization are observed around 100 kHz and 10 MHz. A single-layer spherical-shell model is applied to describe the SPB suspensions wherein the suspended SPB is modeled as a spherical-shell composite particle in which an insulated PS sphere is surrounded by a conducting ion-permeable shell (the polyelectrolyte chain layer). We developed the curve-fitting procedure to analyze the dielectric spectrum in order to obtain the dielectric properties of the components of the SPBs, especially the properties of the polyelectrolyte brush. Based on this method and model, the permittivity and conductivity of the brush layer, ζ potential, etc are calculated. The ordered orientation of the water molecules in the layer leads to an additional electrical dipole moment; increasing pH causes the brush layer to swell. In addition, the repulsive force between the SPB particles are evaluated using the brush-layer thickness, which is obtained by fitting dielectric spectra, combined with relative theoretical formulas. Increasing PH values or SPB concentration would improve the stability of the SPBs dispersion.

  4. Electric double layer electrostatics of pH-responsive spherical polyelectrolyte brushes in the decoupled regime. (United States)

    Li, Hao; Chen, Guang; Das, Siddhartha


    Understanding the behavior and properties of spherical polyelectrolyte brushes (SPEBs), which are polyelectrolyte brushes grafted to a spherical core, is fundamental to many applications in biomedical, chemical and petroleum engineering as well as in pharmaceutics. In this paper, we study the pH-responsive electrostatics of such SPEBs in the decoupled regime. In the first part of the paper, we derive the scaling conditions in terms of the grafting density of the PEs on the spherical core that ensure that the analysis can be performed in the decoupled regime. In such a regime the elastic and the excluded volume effects of polyelectrolyte brushes (PEBs) can be decoupled from the electrostatic effects associated with the PE charge and the induced EDL. As a consequence the PE brush height, assumed to be dictated by the balance of the elastic and excluded volume effects, can be independent of the electrostatic effects. In the second part, we quantify the pH-responsive electrostatics of the SPEBs - we pinpoint that the radial monomer distribution for a given brush molecule exhibit a non-unique cubic distribution that decays away from the spherical core. Such a monomer distribution ensures that the hydrogen ion concentration is appropriately accounted for in the description of the SPEB thermodynamics. We anticipate that the present analysis, which provides possibly one of the first models for probing the electrostatics of pH-responsive SPEBs in a thermodynamically-consistent framework, will be vital for understanding the behavior of a large number of entities ranging from PE-coated NPs and stealth liposomes to biomolecules like bacteria and viruses.

  5. Polymer Brushes

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    Vos, de W.M.; Kleijn, J.M.; Keizer, de A.; Cosgrove, T.; Cohen Stuart, M.A.


    A polymer brush can be defined as a dense array of polymers end-attached to an interface that stretch out into the surrounding medium. Polymer brushes have been investigated for the past 30 years and have shown to be an extremely useful tool to control interfacial properties. This review is intended

  6. Water Soluble Responsive Polymer Brushes

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    Andrew J. Parnell


    Full Text Available Responsive polymer brushes possess many interesting properties that enable them to control a range of important interfacial behaviours, including adhesion, wettability, surface adsorption, friction, flow and motility. The ability to design a macromolecular response to a wide variety of external stimuli makes polymer brushes an exciting class of functional materials, and has been made possible by advances in modern controlled polymerization techniques. In this review we discuss the physics of polymer brush response along with a summary of the techniques used in their synthesis. We then review the various stimuli that can be used to switch brush conformation; temperature, solvent quality, pH and ionic strength as well as the relatively new area of electric field actuation We discuss examples of devices that utilise brush conformational change, before highlighting other potential applications of responsive brushes in real world devices.

  7. Anti-NMDA-R encephalitis: Should we consider extreme delta brush as electrical status epilepticus? (United States)

    Chanson, Eve; Bicilli, Élodie; Lauxerois, Michel; Kauffmann, Sophie; Chabanne, Russell; Ducray, François; Honnorat, Jérome; Clavelou, Pierre; Rosenberg, Sarah


    Seizures are common clinical manifestations in anti-N-methyl-d-aspartate receptor (anti-NMDA-R) encephalitis, among other neurological and psychiatric symptoms. During the course of the disease, some specific EEG patterns have been described: generalized rhythmic delta activity (GRDA) and extreme delta brush (EDB). In comatose patients, the association of these EEG abnormalities with subtle motor manifestations can suggest ongoing non-convulsive status epilepticus (NCSE). We report the case of a 28-year-old woman admitted for a clinical presentation typical of anti-NMDA-R encephalitis, which was confirmed by CSF analysis. She was rapidly intubated because of severe dysautonomia and disturbed consciousness. Clinical examination revealed subtle paroxysmal and intermittent myoclonic and tonic movements, correlated on video-EEG with GRDA and/or EDB. NCSE was then suspected, but electroclinical manifestations persisted despite many anti-epileptic drugs combinations, or reappeared when barbiturate anesthesia was decreased. In order to confirm or dismiss the diagnosis, intracranial pressure (ICP) and surface video-EEG monitoring were performed simultaneously and revealed no ICP increase, thus being strongly against a diagnosis of seizures. Sedation was progressively weaned, and clinical condition as well as EEG appearance progressively improved. Literature review revealed 11 similar cases, including 2 with focal NCSE. Of the nine other cases, NCSE diagnosis was finally excluded in 5 cases. NCSE diagnosis in association with anti-NMDA-R encephalitis is sometimes very difficult and its occurrence might be overestimated. Video-EEG is highly recommended and more invasive techniques may sometimes be necessary.

  8. Brushes and proteins

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    Bosker, W.T.E.


      Brushes and Proteins   Wouter T. E. Bosker         Protein adsorption at solid surfaces can be prevented by applying a polymer brush at the surface. A polymer brush consists of polymer chains end-grafted to the surface at such a grafting density that th

  9. Brush/Fin Thermal Interfaces (United States)

    Knowles, Timothy R.; Seaman, Christopher L.; Ellman, Brett M.


    Brush/fin thermal interfaces are being developed to increase heat-transfer efficiency and thereby enhance the thermal management of orbital replaceable units (ORUs) of electronic and other equipment aboard the International Space Station. Brush/fin thermal interfaces could also be used to increase heat-transfer efficiency in terrestrial electronic and power systems. In a typical application according to conventional practice, a replaceable heat-generating unit includes a mounting surface with black-anodized metal fins that mesh with the matching fins of a heat sink or radiator on which the unit is mounted. The fins do not contact each other, but transfer heat via radiation exchange. A brush/fin interface also includes intermeshing fins, the difference being that the gaps between the fins are filled with brushes made of carbon or other fibers. The fibers span the gap between intermeshed fins, allowing heat transfer by conduction through the fibers. The fibers are attached to the metal surfaces as velvet-like coats in the manner of the carbon fiber brush heat exchangers described in the preceding article. The fiber brushes provide both mechanical compliance and thermal contact, thereby ensuring low contact thermal resistance. A certain amount of force is required to intermesh the fins due to sliding friction of the brush s fiber tips against the fins. This force increases linearly with penetration distance, reaching 1 psi (6.9 kPa) for full 2-in. (5.1 cm) penetration for the conventional radiant fin interface. Removal forces can be greater due to fiber buckling upon reversing the sliding direction. This buckling force can be greatly reduced by biasing the fibers at an angle perpendicularly to the sliding direction. Means of containing potentially harmful carbon fiber debris, which is electrically conductive, have been developed. Small prototype brush/fin thermal interfaces have been tested and found to exhibit temperature drops about onesixth of that of conventional

  10. Insulated Fiber Brush. (United States)

    An insulated-strand fiber brush is provided for a DC motor /generator. The brush is comprised of a plurality of fiber segments which are insulated from one another near the contact surface of a rotor bar. In one embodiment, insulating spacers are fixed to a brush assembly and wear with the fibers, and in another embodiment insulation is provided by a separate shell. (Author)

  11. Cavitation during wire brushing (United States)

    Li, Bo; Zou, Jun; Ji, Chen


    In our daily life, brush is often used to scrub the surface of objects, for example, teeth, pots, shoes, pool, etc. And cleaning rust and stripping paint are accomplished using wire brush. Wire brushes also can be used to clean the teeth for large animals, such as horses, crocodiles. By observing brushing process in water, we capture the cavitation phenomenon on the track of moving brush wire. It shows that the cavitation also can affect the surface. In order to take clear and entire pictures of cavity, a simplified model of one stainless steel wire brushing a boss is adopted in our experiment. A transparent organic tank filled with deionized water is used as a view box. And a high speed video camera is used to record the sequences. In experiment, ambient pressure is atmospheric pressure and deionized water temperature is kept at home temperature. An obvious beautiful flabellate cavity zone appears behind the moving steel wire. The fluctuation of pressure near cavity is recorded by a hydrophone. More movies and pictures are used to show the behaviors of cavitation bubble following a restoring wire. Beautiful tracking cavitation bubble cluster is captured and recorded to show.

  12. Surface grafted polymer brushes: potential applications in dengue biosensors

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    Baratela, Fernando Jose Costa; Higa, Olga Zazuco, E-mail: [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil); Faria, Henrique Antonio Mendonca de; Queiroz, Alvaro Antonio Alencar de, E-mail: [Universidade Federal de Itajuba (UNIFEI), Itajuba, MG (Brazil). Instituto de Fisica e Quimica


    A polymer brush membrane-based ultrasensitive biosensor for dengue diagnosis was constructed using poly(hydroxyethyl methacrylate) (PHEMA) brushes immobilized onto low density polyethylene (LDPE) films. LDPE surface films were initially modified by Ar{sup +} ion irradiation to activate the polymer surface. Subsequently, graft polymerization of 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate onto the activated LDPE surface was carried out under aqueous conditions to create patterned polymer brushes of PHEMA. The grafted PHEMA brushes were characterized by Fourier transform-infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and contact angle analysis. The SEM observations showed that selective surface activation with Ar+ implantation and graft polymerization on the selectively activated surface had occurred. The PHEMA brushes were electrically characterized in the presence of concentrations of human immunoglobulin (IgG). The proposed amperometric biosensor was successfully used for determination of IgG in physiologic samples with excellent responses. (author)

  13. Functional Coatings with Polymer Brushes


    König, Meike


    The scope of this work is to fathom different possibilities to create functional coatings with polymer brushes. The immobilization of nanoparticles and enzymes is investigated, as well as the affection of their properties by the stimuli-responsiveness of the brushes. Another aspect is the coating of 3D-nanostructures by polymer brushes and the investigation of the resulting functional properties of the hybrid material. The polymer brush coatings are characterized by a variety of microscopic a...

  14. Endobiliary brush biopsy

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    Adamsen, Sven; Olsen, Marianne; Jendresen, Marianne Bille;


    OBJECTIVE: Obtaining cytological specimens by wire-guided endobiliary brushing at the time of endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) is a convenient way to reach a diagnosis. Sensitivity for malignant disease is generally around 50% and specificity around 100%. The present study wa...

  15. Ureteral retrograde brush biopsy (United States)

    ... biopsy URL of this page: // Ureteral retrograde brush biopsy To use ... minutes. A cystoscope is first placed through the urethra into the bladder. Cystoscope is a tube with a ... results may show cancer cells ( carcinoma ). This test is often used to ...

  16. Biomolecule-functionalized polymer brushes. (United States)

    Jiang, Hui; Xu, Fu-Jian


    Functional polymer brushes have been utilized extensively for the immobilization of biomolecules, which is of crucial importance for the development of biosensors and biotechnology. Recent progress in polymerization methods, in particular surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP), has provided a unique means for the design and synthesis of new biomolecule-functionalized polymer brushes. This current review summarizes such recent research activities. The different preparation strategies for biomolecule immobilization through polymer brush spacers are described in detail. The functional groups of the polymer brushes used for biomolecule immobilization include epoxide, carboxylic acid, hydroxyl, aldehyde, and amine groups. The recent research activities indicate that functional polymer brushes become versatile and powerful spacers for immobilization of various biomolecules to maximize their functionalities. This review also demonstrates that surface-initiated ATRP is used more frequently than other polymerization methods in the designs of new biomolecule-functionalized polymer brushes.

  17. Virtual instrument for monitoring process of brush plating

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    JING Xue-dong; XU Bin-shi; WANG Cheng-tao; ZHU Sheng; DONG Shi-yun


    A virtual instrument(Ⅵ) was developed to monitor the technological parameters in the process of brush plating, including coating thickness, brush-plating current, current density, deposition rate, and brush plating voltage. Meanwhile two approaches were presented to improve the measurement accuracy of coating thickness. One of them aims at eliminating the random interferences by moving average filtering; while the other manages to calculate the quantity of electricity consumed accurately with rectangular integration. With these two approaches, the coating thickness can be measured in real time with higher accuracy than the voltage-frequency conversion method. During the process of plating all the technological parameters are displayed visually on the front panel of the Ⅵ. Once brush current or current density overruns the limited values, or when the coating thickness reaches the objective value, the virtual will alarm. With this Ⅵ, the solution consumption can be decreased and the operating efficiency is improved.

  18. Electroosmotic Flow in Mixed Polymer Brush-Grafted Nanochannels

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    Qianqian Cao


    Full Text Available Mixed polymer brush-grafted nanochannels—where two distinct species of polymers are alternately grafted on the inner surface of nanochannels—are an interesting class of nanostructured hybrid materials. By using a coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulation method, we are able to simulate the electrokinetic transport dynamics of the fluid in such nanochannels as well as the conformational behaviors of the mixed polymer brush. We find that (1 the brush adopts vertically-layered and longitudinally-separated structures due to the coupling of electroosmotic flow (EOF and applied electric field; (2 the solvent quality affects the brush conformations and the transport properties of the EOF; (3 the EOF flux non-monotonically depends on the grafting density, although the EOF velocity in the central region of the channel monotonically depends on the grafting density.

  19. Transparent Aluminium Oxide Coatings of Polymer Brushes. (United States)

    Micciulla, Samantha; Duan, XiaoFei; Strebe, Julia; Löhmann, Oliver; Lamb, Robert N; von Klitzing, Regine


    A novel method for the preparation of transparent Al2O3 coatings of polymers is presented. An environmental-friendly sol-gel method is employed, which implies mild conditions and low costs. A thermoresponsive brush is chosen as a model surface. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy is used to characterize the samples during the conversion of the precursor Al(OH)3 into oxide and to prove the mildness of the protocol. The study evidences a relation between lateral homogeneity of alumina and the wettability of the polymer surface by the precursor solution, while morphology and elasticity are dominated by the polymer properties. The study of the swelling behavior of the underneath brush reveals the absence of water uptake, proving the impermeability of the alumina layer. The broad chemical and structural variety of polymers, combined with the robustness of transparent alumina films, makes these composites promising as biomedical implants, protective sheets and components for electric and optical devices.

  20. Why Is Brushing with Toothpaste Important? (United States)

    ... to your desktop! more... Why is Brushing With Toothpaste Important? Article Chapters Why is Brushing With Toothpaste ... mouth with a clean feeling. Is brushing with toothpaste enough to fight cavities and gum disease? No. ...

  1. Bottle-Brush Brushes: Cylindrical Molecular Brushes of Poly(2-oxazoline) on Glassy Carbon

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    Zhang, Ning


    We report on the synthesis of brushes of bottle-brushes of poly(2-oxazoline)s on polished glassy carbon (GC) substrates. First, homogeneous and stable poly(2-isopropenyl-2-oxazoline) (PIPOx) brush layers with thicknesses up to 160 nm were created directly onto GC by the self-initiated photografting and photopolymerization (SIPGP) of 2-isopropenyl-2-oxazoline (IPOx). Kinetic studies reveal a linear increase in thickness with the polymerization time. In a second reaction, the pendant 2-oxazoline ring of the PIPOx brushes were used for the living cationic ring-opening polymerization (LCROP) with different substituted 2-oxazoline monomers to form the side chains. Also for the second surface-initiatedLCROPfrom the surface-bound macroinitiator brushes, the thickness increase with the polymerization time was found to be linear and reproducible. Characterization of the resulting bottle-brush brushes by FTIR spectroscopy,contact angle, and AFM indicates a high side chain grafting density and quantitative reactions. Finally, we have demonstrated the possibility of functionalizing the bottle-brush brushes side chain end groups with sterically demanding molecules. © 2009 American Chemical Society.

  2. Ionizable polyelectrolyte brushes: brush height and electrosteric interaction

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    Biesheuvel, P.M.


    Semi-analytical scaling theory is used to describe quenched and annealed (weakly charged, ionizable, charge-regulating) polyelectrolyte brushes in electrolyte solutions of arbitrary salt concentration. An Alexander-De Gennes box model with homogeneous distribution of polymer segments and the free en

  3. Brush Seals for Improved Steam Turbine Performance (United States)

    Turnquist, Norman; Chupp, Ray; Baily, Fred; Burnett, Mark; Rivas, Flor; Bowsher, Aaron; Crudgington, Peter


    GE Energy has retrofitted brush seals into more than 19 operating steam turbines. Brush seals offer superior leakage control compared to labyrinth seals, owing to their compliant nature and ability to maintain very tight clearances to the rotating shaft. Seal designs have been established for steam turbines ranging in size from 12 MW to over 1200 MW, including fossil, nuclear, combined-cycle and industrial applications. Steam turbines present unique design challenges that must be addressed to ensure that the potential performance benefits of brush seals are realized. Brush seals can have important effects on the overall turbine system that must be taken into account to assure reliable operation. Subscale rig tests are instrumental to understanding seal behavior under simulated steam-turbine operating conditions, prior to installing brush seals in the field. This presentation discusses the technical challenges of designing brush seals for steam turbines; subscale testing; performance benefits of brush seals; overall system effects; and field applications.

  4. Nanotribology of charged polymer brushes (United States)

    Klein, Jacob

    Polymers at surfaces, whose modern understanding may be traced back to early work by Sam Edwards1, have become a paradigm for modification of surface properties, both as steric stabilizers and as remarkable boundary lubricants2. Charged polymer brushes are of particular interest, with both technological implications and especially biological relevance where most macromolecules are charged. In the context of biolubrication, relevant in areas from dry eye syndrome to osteoarthritis, charged polymer surface phases and their complexes with other macromolecules may play a central role. The hydration lubrication paradigm, where tenaciously-held yet fluid hydration shells surrounding ions or zwitterions serve as highly-efficient friction-reducing elements, has been invoked to understand the excellent lubrication provided both by ionized3 and by zwitterionic4 brushes. In this talk we describe recent advances in our understanding of the nanotribology of such charged brush systems. We consider interactions between charged end-grafted polymers, and how one may disentangle the steric from the electrostatic surface forces5. We examine the limits of lubrication by ionized brushes, both synthetic and of biological origins, and how highly-hydrated zwitterionic chains may provide extremely effective boundary lubrication6. Finally we describe how the lubrication of articular cartilage in the major joints, a tribosystem presenting some of the greatest challenges and opportunities, may be understood in terms of a supramolecular synergy between charged surface-attached polymers and zwitterionic groups7. Work supported by European Research Council (HydrationLube), Israel Science Foundation (ISF), Petroleum Research Fund of the American Chemical Society, ISF-NSF China Joint Program.

  5. Resisting protein adsorption on biodegradable polyester brushes. (United States)

    Hu, Xinfang; Gorman, Christopher B


    The protein adsorption and degradation behaviors of poly(lactic acid), poly(glycolic acid) (PGA) and poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) brushes and their co-polymer brushes with oligo(ethylene glycol) (OEG) were studied. Both brush structure and relative amount of OEG and polyester were found to be important to the protein resistance of the brushes. A protein-resisting surface can be fabricated either by using OEG as the top layer of a copolymer brush or by increasing the amount of OEG relative to polyester when using a hydroxyl terminated OEG (OEG-OH) and a methoxy terminated OEG (OEG-OMe) mixture as the substrate layer. The degradation of single polyester brushes and their co-polymer brushes using OEG-OH as a substrate layer or using OEG as a top layer was hindered. This phenomenon was rationalized by the inhibition of the proposed back-biting process as the hydroxy end groups of polyester were blocked by OEG molecules. Among these brushes tested, PGA co-polymer brushes using the methoxy/hydroxyl OEG mixture as the substrate layer proved to be both protein-resistant and degradable due to the relatively large amount of OEG moieties and the good biodegradability of PGA.

  6. BSA adsorption on bimodal PEO brushes

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    Bosker, WTE; Iakovlev, PA; Norde, W; Stuart, Martien A. Cohen


    BSA adsorption onto bimodal PEO brushes at a solid surface was measured using optical reflectometry. Bimodal brushes consist of long (N = 770) and short (N = 48) PEO chains and were prepared on PS surfaces, applying mixtures of PS29-PEO48 and PS37-PEO770 block copolymers and using the Langmuir-Blodg

  7. BSA adsorption on bimodal PEO brushes

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    Bosker, W.T.E.; Iakovlev, P.A.; Norde, W.; Cohen Stuart, M.A.


    BSA adsorption onto bimodal PEO brushes at a solid surface was measured using optical reflectometry. Bimodal brushes consist of long (N=770) and short (N=48) PEO chains and were prepared on PS surfaces, applying mixtures of PS 29-PEO48 and PS37-PEO770 block copolymers and using the Langmuir-Blodgett


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    The paper is devoted to investigations on nanomechanical behaviors of biochips in label-free biodetections. The chip consists of Si-layer, Ti-layer, Au-layer and single-strand DNA (ssDNA) molecular brush biolayer immobilized by self-assembly technology of thiol group. Unlike previous viewpoints, such as force-bending, entropy-bending and curvature electricity effect, etc.,the piezoelectric effect of the biopolymer brush layer is viewed as the main factor that induces nanomechanical bending of biochips, and a classical macroscopic piezoelectric constitutive relation is used to describe the piezoelectric effect. A new laminated cantilever beam model with a piezoelectric biolayer in continuum mechanics, the linearized Poisson-Boltzmann equation in statistical mechanics and the scaling method in polyelectrolyte brush theory are combined to establish a relationship between the nanomechanical deflection of DNA chips and the factors such as nanoscopic structural features of ssDNA molecules, buffer salt concentration, macroscopic mechanical/piezoelectric parameters of DNA chips etc. Curve fitting of experimental data shows that the sign of the piezoelectric constant of the biolayer may control the deflection direction of DNA chips during the packaging process.

  9. Interfacial Friction and Adhesion of Polymer Brushes

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    Landherr, Lucas J. T.


    A bead-probe lateral force microscopy (LFM) technique is used to characterize the interfacial friction and adhesion properties of polymer brushes. Our measurements attempt to relate the physical structure and chemical characteristics of the brush to their properties as thin-film, tethered lubricants. Brushes are synthesized at several chain lengths and surface coverages from polymer chains of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS), polystyrene (PS), and a poly(propylene glycol)-poly(ethylene glycol) block copolymer (PPG/PEG). At high surface coverage, PDMS brushes manifest friction coefficients (COFs) that are among the lowest recorded for a dry lubricant film (μ ≈ 0.0024) and close to 1 order of magnitude lower than the COF of a bare silicon surface. Brushes synthesized from higher molar mass chains exhibit higher friction forces than those created using lower molar mass polymers. Increased grafting density of chains in the brush significantly reduces the COF by creating a uniform surface of stretched chains with a decreased surface viscosity. Brushes with lower surface tension and interfacial shear stresses manifest the lowest COF. In particular, PDMS chains exhibit COFs lower than PS by a factor of 3.7 and lower than PPG/PEG by a factor of 4.7. A scaling analysis conducted on the surface coverage (δ) in relation to the fraction (ε) of the friction force developing from adhesion predicts a universal relation ε ∼ δ4/3, which is supported by our experimental data. © 2011 American Chemical Society.

  10. Electric drives

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    Boldea, Ion


    ENERGY CONVERSION IN ELECTRIC DRIVESElectric Drives: A DefinitionApplication Range of Electric DrivesEnergy Savings Pay Off RapidlyGlobal Energy Savings Through PEC DrivesMotor/Mechanical Load MatchMotion/Time Profile MatchLoad Dynamics and StabilityMultiquadrant OperationPerformance IndexesProblemsELECTRIC MOTORS FOR DRIVESElectric Drives: A Typical ConfigurationElectric Motors for DrivesDC Brush MotorsConventional AC MotorsPower Electronic Converter Dependent MotorsEnergy Conversion in Electric Motors/GeneratorsPOWER ELECTRONIC CONVERTERS (PECs) FOR DRIVESPower Electronic Switches (PESs)The

  11. Touch- and Brush-Spinning of Nanofibers. (United States)

    Tokarev, Alexander; Asheghali, Darya; Griffiths, Ian M; Trotsenko, Oleksandr; Gruzd, Alexey; Lin, Xin; Stone, Howard A; Minko, Sergiy


    Robust, simple, and scalable touch- and brush-spinning methods for the drawing of nanofibers, core-shell nanofibers, and their aligned 2D and 3D meshes using polymer solutions and melts are discussed.

  12. Preparation of gradient polyacrylate brushes in microchannels. (United States)

    Lee, Seongyeol; Youm, Sang Gil; Song, Yeari; Yi, Whikum; Sohn, Daewon


    Gradient poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) brushes were synthesized by surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) confined within a microfluidic system on a silicon wafer. For ATRP, surface initiator, 11-((2-bromo, 2-methyl) propionyloxy) undecyltrichlorosilane (BUC), was synthesized, and allowed to self-assemble in a monolayer on the Si wafer, as analyzed by XPS to confirm the presence of an ester group of BUC. A solution containing 2-hydroxyethylmethacrylate, Cu catalyst, and bipyridin was allowed to flow in a microchannel and polymerize, resulting in the brushes with a gradient of thickness on the Si wafer. Using ellipsometry and ATR-IR, we verified the gradients of well established brushes on the Si wafer. AFM and contact angle data showed that wettability of the brushes did not exhibit a linear relationship with hydrophilicity.

  13. Water driven turbine/brush pipe cleaner (United States)

    Werlink, Rudy J. (Inventor)


    Assemblies are disclosed for cleaning the inside walls of pipes and tubes. A first embodiment includes a small turbine with angled blades axially mounted on one end of a standoff support. An O-ring for stabilizing the assembly within the pipe is mounted in a groove within the outer ring. A replaceable circular brush is fixedly mounted on the opposite end of the standoff support and can be used for cleaning tubes and pipes of various diameters, lengths and configurations. The turbine, standoff support, and brush spin in unison relative to a hub bearing that is fixedly attached to a wire upstream of the assembly. The nonrotating wire is for retaining the assembly in tension and enabling return of the assembly to the pipe entrance. The assembly is initially placed in the pipe or tube to be cleaned. A pressurized water or solution source is provided at a required flow-rate to propel the assembly through the pipe or tube. The upstream water pressure propels and spins the turbine, standoff support and brush. The rotating brush combined with the solution cleans the inside of the pipe. The solution flows out of the other end of the pipe with the brush rotation controlled by the flow-rate. A second embodiment is similar to the first embodiment but instead includes a circular shaped brush with ring backing mounted in the groove of the exterior ring of the turbine, and also reduces the size of the standoff support or eliminates the standoff support.

  14. Solvent-induced immiscibility of polymer brushes eliminates dissipation channels

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    Beer, de S.; Kutnyanszky, E.; Schon, P.M.; Vancso, G.J.; Müser, M.H.


    Polymer brushes lead to small friction and wear and thus hold great potential for industrial applications. However, interdigitation of opposing brushes makes them prone to damage. Here we report molecular dynamics simulations revealing that immiscible brush systems can form slick interfaces, in whic

  15. Brushes and soap : Grafted polymers and their interactions with nanocolloids

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    Currie, E.P.K.


    Layers of polymer chains end-attached to a grafting plane at high densities, so-called brushes, are a curious state of matter. The (average) monomer density within the brush is as high as in a semi-dilute polymer solution, resulting in a high osmotic pressure in the brush. Due to the grafting, howev

  16. Scaling Relationships for Spherical Polymer Brushes Revisited. (United States)

    Chen, Guang; Li, Hao; Das, Siddhartha


    In this short paper, we revisit the scaling relationships for spherical polymer brushes (SPBs), i.e., polymer brushes grafted to rigid, spherical particles. Considering that the brushes can be described to be encased in a series of hypothetical spherical blobs, we identify significant physical discrepancies in the model of Daoud and Cotton (Journal of Physics, 1982), which is considered to be the state of the art in scaling modeling of SPBs. We establish that the "brush" configuration of the polymer molecules forming the SPBs is possible only if the swelling ratio (which is the ratio of the end-to-end length of the blob-encased polymer segment to the corresponding coil-like polymer segment) is always less than unity-a notion that has been erroneously overlooked in the model of Daoud and Cotton. We also provide new scaling arguments that (a) establish this swelling (or more appropriately shrinking) ratio as a constant (less than unity) for the case of "good" solvent, (b) recover the scaling predictions for blob dimension and monomer number and monomer concentration distributions within the blob, and

  17. Lubrication at physiological pressures by polyzwitterionic brushes. (United States)

    Chen, Meng; Briscoe, Wuge H; Armes, Steven P; Klein, Jacob


    The very low sliding friction at natural synovial joints, which have friction coefficients of mu lubrication is attributed primarily to the strong hydration of the phosphorylcholine-like monomers that make up the robustly attached brushes, and may have relevance to a wide range of human-made aqueous lubrication situations.

  18. Synthesis and characterization of metal oxide nanorod brushes

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    Kalyan Raidongia; M Eswaramoorthy


    Nanorod brushes of -Al2O3, MoO3 and ZnO have been synthesized using amorphous carbon nanotube (-CNT) brushes as the starting material. The brushes of -Al2O3 and MoO3 are made up of single crystalline nanorods. In the case of ZnO brushes, the nanorod bristles are made by the fusion of 15–25 nm size nanoparticles and are porous in nature. Metal oxide nanorod brushes thus obtained have been characterized by XRD, FESEM, TEM and Raman spectroscopy. Single crystalline ruby nanorods were obtained by introducing chromium ions during the synthesis of alumina rods.

  19. Fouling-resistant polymer brush coatings

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    Thérien-Aubin, Héloïse


    A major problem to be addressed with thin composite films used in processes such as coatings or water purification is the biofouling of the surface. To address this problem in a model system, functionalized polyaramide membranes containing an atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) initiator were synthesized as a versatile approach to easily modify the surface properties of the polyaramide. Poly(methacrylic acid) brushes were grown using surface initiated ATRP followed by the functionalization of the poly(methacrylic acid) brushes with different side-chains chosen to reduce adhesion between the membrane and foulant. The relation between membrane fouling and the physicochemical properties of the surface was investigated in detail. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  20. Dynamic Polymer Brush at Polymer/Water Interface (United States)

    Yokoyama, Hideaki; Inoue, Kazuma; Ito, Kohzo; Inutsuka, Manabu; Tanaka, Keiji; Yamada, Norifumi


    A layer of polymer chains tethered by one end to a surface is called polymer brush and known to show various unique properties such as anti-fouling. The surface segregation phenomena of copolymers with surface-active blocks should be useful for preparing such a brush layer in spontaneous process. We report hydrophilic polymer brushes formed at the interface between water and polymer by the segregation of amphiphilic diblock copolymers blended in a crosslinked rubbery matrix and call it ``dynamic polymer brush.'' In this system, the hydrophilic block with high surface energy avoids air surface, but segregates to cover the interface between hydrophobic elastomer and water. The structures of the brush layers at D2O/polymer interfaces were measured by neutron reflectivity. The dynamic polymer brush layer surprisingly reached 75% of the contour length of the chain and 2.7 chains/nm2. The brush density was surprisingly comparable to the polymer brush fabricated by the ``grafting-from'' method. We will discuss the dependence of the brush structure on molecular weight and block fraction of amphiphilic block copolymers. Such a surprisingly thick and dense polymer brush were induced by the large enthalpy gain of hydration of hydrophilic block.

  1. Novel Hyperbranched Polyurethane Brushes for Biomedical Applications

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    Ton; Loontjens; Bart; Plum


    1 Results The objective was to make hyperbranched (HB) polyurethane brushes with reactive end groups, to coat biomedical devices and to enable the introduction of various functionalities that are needed to fulfill biomedical tasks.Biomedical materials should fulfill at least three requirements: (1) good mechanical properties, (2) good biocompatibility and (3) provided with functionalities to perform the required tasks. Since polyurethanes are able to fulfill the first 2 requirements we focused in this w...

  2. Metastatic urachal carcinoma in bronchial brush cytology

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    Fatima Zahra Aly


    Full Text Available Urachal carcinoma is rare comprising less than 1% of all bladder carcinomas. Metastases of urachal carcinoma have been reported to meninges, brain, ovary, lung, and maxilla. Cytologic features of metastatic urachal carcinoma have not been previously reported. We present a case of metastatic urachal adenocarcinoma in bronchial brushings and review the use of immunohistochemistry in its diagnosis. A 47-year-old female was seen initially in 2007 with adenocarcinoma of the bladder dome for which she underwent partial cystectomy. She presented in 2011 with a left lung mass and mediastinal adenopathy. Bronchoscopy showed an endobronchial lesion from which brushings were obtained. These showed numerous groups of columnar cells with medium sized nuclei and abundant cytoplasm. The cells were positive for CK20 and CDX2 and negative for CK7. The cytomorphological findings were similar to those in the previous resection specimen and concurrent biopsy. This is the first case report of bronchial brushings containing metastatic urachal carcinoma. No specific immunohistochemical profile is available for its diagnosis. The consideration of a second primary was a distinct possibility in this case due to the lapse of time from primary resection, absence of local disease, and lack of regional metastases.

  3. Superhydrophilic Polyelectrolyte Brush Layers with Imparted Anti-Icing Properties

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    Chernyy, Sergey; Järn, Mikael; Shimizu, Kyoko;


    This work demonstrates the feasibility of superhydrophilic polyelectrolyte brush coatings for anti-icing applications. Five different types of ionic and nonionic polymer brush coatings of 25-100 nm thickness were formed on glass substrates using silane chemistry for surface premodification followed......(-), SO4(2-), and C12SO3(-) ions. By consecutive measurements of the strength of ice adhesion toward ion-incorporated polymer brushes on glass it was found that Li(+) ions reduce ice adhesion by 40% at -18 °C and 70% at -10 °C. Ag(+) ions reduce ice adhesion by 80% at -10 °C relative to unmodified glass....... In general, superhydrophilic polyelectrolyte brushes exhibit better anti-icing property at -10 °C compared to partially hydrophobic brushes such as poly(methyl methacrylate) and surfactant exchanged polyelectrolyte brushes. The data are interpreted using the concept of a quasi liquid layer (QLL...

  4. Improving the performance of microbial fuel cells by reducing the inherent resistivity of carbon fiber brush anodes (United States)

    Xie, Yang'en; Ma, Zhaokun; Song, Huaihe; Wang, Huiyao; Xu, Pei


    This study investigated the effect of carbon fibers as brush anode materials on the performance of microbial fuel cells (MFCs). Two types of carbon fibers with different electrical resistivity and functionality - polyacrylonitrile (PAN) (ρ: 28.0 μΩ m) and pitch (ρ: 2.05 μΩ m) were investigated. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis showed that the PAN- and pitch-based carbon fibers presented almost the same surface elements and functional groups, and there was no significant difference in microbial growth on the brush anodes. Current interrupt and steady discharging methods demonstrated the pitch-based carbon brush anodes had lower ohmic resistance and generated higher power density. After nitric acid treatment, the power density generated by the PAN- and pitch-based anodes increased by 29.3% and 26.7%, achieving 816 and 895 mW m-2, respectively. Using pitch-based carbon fiber brush as anode attained better performance than the widely used PAN-based carbon brush. The acid treated pitch-based carbon fibers provide a promising alternative to highly efficient anode materials for the extensive application of MFCs.

  5. An interdisciplinary approach to valuing water from brush control


    Lemberg, B.; Mjelde, J.; Conner, J; Griffin, R.; Rosenthal, W; Stuth, J


    Metadata only record This paper develops an integrated model to assess the viability of increasing water yields in the Frio River basin of Texas through brush control. The presented method accounts for the effect of brush control on forage productivity and water supply by incorporating ecological, hydrologic, and economic models. The simulation of water yields suggests that brush control would increase water yields on 35% of the land area, but the costs usually would exceed the financial b...

  6. Mechanisms for nano particle removal in brush scrubber cleaning (United States)

    Huang, Yating; Guo, Dan; Lu, Xinchun; Luo, Jianbin


    A model describing the nano particle (cleaning is presented based on experiment results and theoretical analysis. The forces on the particles in different situations are analyzed and discussed. The adhesion forces of the van der Waals force, the electrostatic force, the brush load and the static friction between the particle and the wafer are calculated. The contact elastic force, hydrodynamic drag force and friction between the brush and the particle are considered as removal forces and are evaluated. The porous structure and roughness surface of brush material are considered in the hydrodynamic model to describe the brush deformation and the flow field in the cleaning process. The porous structure will result in decrease of hydrodynamic drag force. There are four situations of the particles relative to the brush roughness asperities for which the forces on the particle are different. When the particle is in contact with a brush asperity or on the wafer surface and in a semi-infinite fluid flow field, the particle may be removed by hydrodynamic force and elastic force in the presence of surfactant. When the particle is embedded in the brush asperity, the remove will realized when the friction caused by adhesion between the brush and the particle overcome the adhesion force between particle and wafer surface. The removed particles will be in the flow field or adhered on the brush surface and may redeposit on the wafer surface.

  7. Morphological transformations in polymer brushes in binary mixtures: DPD study. (United States)

    Cheng, Jianli; Vishnyakov, Aleksey; Neimark, Alexander V


    Morphological transformations in polymer brushes in a binary mixture of good and bad solvents are studied using dissipative particle dynamics simulations drawing on a characteristic example of polyisoprene natural rubber in an acetone-benzene mixture. A coarse-grained DPD model of this system is built based on the experimental data in the literature. We focus on the transformation of dense, collapsed brush in bad solvent (acetone) to expanded brush solvated in good solvent (benzene) as the concentration of benzene increases. Compared to a sharp globule-to-coil transition observed in individual tethered chains, the collapsed-to-expanded transformation in brushes is found to be gradual without a prominent transition point. The transformation becomes more leveled as the brush density increases. At low densities, the collapsed brush is highly inhomogeneous and patterned into bunches composed of neighboring chains due to favorable polymer-polymer interaction. At high densities, the brush is expanded even in bad solvent due to steric restrictions. In addition, we considered a model system similar to the PINR-acetone-benzene system, but with the interactions between the solvent components worsened to the limit of miscibility. Enhanced contrast between good and bad solvents facilitates absorption of the good solvent by the brush, shifting the collapsed-to-expanded transformation to lower concentrations of good solvent. This effect is especially pronounced for higher brush densities.

  8. Entanglements of End Grafted Polymer Brushes in a Polymeric Matrix (United States)

    Grest, Gary S.; Hoy, Robert S.


    The entanglement of a polymer brush immersed in a melt of mobile polymer chains is studied by molecular dynamics simulations. A primitive path analysis (PPA) is carried out to identify the brush/brush, brush/melt and melt/melt entanglements as a function of distance from the substrate. The PPA characterizes the microscopic state of conformations of the polymer chain and is ideally suited to identify chain/chain entanglements. We use a new thin-chain PPA technique to eliminate spurious non-entangled inter chain contacts arising from excluded volume. As the grafting density of the brush increases we find that the entanglements of the brush with the melt decrease as the system crosses over from the wet to dry brush regime. Results are compared to brush/brush entanglements in an implicit solvent of varying solvent quality. Sandia is a multiprogram laboratory operated by Sandia Corp., a Lockheed Martin Company, for the United States Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration under Contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.

  9. Effect of Frequency of Brushing Teeth on Plaque and Calculus Accumulation, and Gingivitis in Dogs. (United States)

    Harvey, Colin; Serfilippi, Laurie; Barnvos, Donald


    The efficacy of brushing the teeth of beagle dogs in a randomized, controlled, blinded study design using a clearly-defined brushing technique was evaluated for 4 brushing frequencies: brushing daily, brushing every other day, brushing weekly and brushing every other week, compared with no brushing in a control group of dogs. All dogs were fed a standard dry kibble diet during the study. Standard plaque, calculus, and gingivitis indices were used to score the teeth. A 'clean tooth' model was used. No gingival or non-gingival lacerations or other signs of injury to oral tissues were found at the end of the 28 day trial period. Brushing more frequently had greater effectiveness in retarding accumulation of plaque and calculus, and reducing the severity of pre-existing gingivitis. Brushing daily or every other day produced statistically significant improved results compared with brushing weekly or every other week. Based on the results of this study, daily brushing is recommended.

  10. High surface area stainless steel brushes as cathodes in microbial electrolysis cells. (United States)

    Call, Douglas F; Merrill, Matthew D; Logan, Bruce E


    Microbial electrolysis cells (MECs) are an efficient technology for generating hydrogen gas from organic matter, but alternatives to precious metals are needed for cathode catalysts. We show here that high surface area stainless steel brush cathodes produce hydrogen at rates and efficiencies similar to those achieved with platinum-catalyzed carbon cloth cathodes in single-chamber MECs. Using a stainless steel brush cathode with a specific surface area of 810 m2/m3, hydrogen was produced at a rate of 1.7 +/- 0.1 m3-H2/m3-d (current density of 188 +/- 10 A/m3) at an applied voltage of 0.6 V. The energy efficiency relative to the electrical energy input was 221 +/- 8%, and the overall energy efficiency was 78 +/- 5% based on both electrical energy and substrate utilization. These values compare well to previous results obtained using platinum on flat carbon cathodes in a similar system. Reducing the cathode surface area by 75% decreased performance from 91 +/- 3 A/m3 to 78 +/- 4 A/m3. A brush cathode with graphite instead of stainless steel and a specific surface area of 4600 m2/m3 generated substantially less current (1.7 +/- 0.0 A/m3), and a flat stainless steel cathode (25 m2/m3) produced 64 +/- 1 A/m3, demonstrating that both the stainless steel and the large surface area contributed to high current densities. Linear sweep voltammetry showed that the stainless steel brush cathodes both reduced the overpotential needed for hydrogen evolution and exhibited a decrease in overpotential over time as a result of activation. These results demonstrate for the first time that hydrogen production can be achieved at rates comparable to those with precious metal catalysts in MECs without the need for expensive cathodes.

  11. Efficacy of oral brush cytology in the evaluation of the oral premalignant and malignant lesions


    Babshet, M; Nandimath, K; S K Pervatikar; V G Naikmasur


    Objective: In the present study, oral brush cytology of premalignant and malignant lesions was performed using tooth brush. The cytopathological diagnosis of brush cytology was compared with that of punch biopsy. The reliability of oral brush cytology using tooth brush was assessed in terms of sensitivity and specificity. Materials and Methods: A total of 67 patients, 32 premalignant lesions and other 35 frank oral carcinomas, were included in the study. All patients underwent oral brush ...

  12. 75 FR 39706 - Natural Bristle Paint Brushes From China (United States)


    ... the antidumping duty order on natural bristle paint brushes from China (75 FR 21347, April 23, 2010... revoke the order on June 16, 2010 (75 FR 34097). In light of these developments, the Commission is... COMMISSION Natural Bristle Paint Brushes From China AGENCY: United States International Trade...

  13. 16 CFR Figure 9 to Part 1610 - Brushing Device Template (United States)


    ... 16 Commercial Practices 2 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Brushing Device Template 9 Figure 9 to Part 1610 Commercial Practices CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION FLAMMABLE FABRICS ACT REGULATIONS STANDARD FOR THE FLAMMABILITY OF CLOTHING TEXTILES Pt.1610, Fig. 9 Figure 9 to Part 1610—Brushing...

  14. 16 CFR Figure 8 to Part 1610 - Brush (United States)


    ... 16 Commercial Practices 2 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Brush 8 Figure 8 to Part 1610 Commercial Practices CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION FLAMMABLE FABRICS ACT REGULATIONS STANDARD FOR THE FLAMMABILITY OF CLOTHING TEXTILES Pt.1610, Fig. 8 Figure 8 to Part 1610—Brush ER25MR08.007...

  15. 16 CFR Figure 7 to Part 1610 - Brushing Device (United States)


    ... 16 Commercial Practices 2 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Brushing Device 7 Figure 7 to Part 1610 Commercial Practices CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION FLAMMABLE FABRICS ACT REGULATIONS STANDARD FOR THE FLAMMABILITY OF CLOTHING TEXTILES Pt.1610, Fig. 7 Figure 7 to Part 1610—Brushing Device ER25MR08.006...

  16. Carbazole functionalized isocyanide brushes in heterojunction photovoltaic devices

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    Lim, E.; Gao, F.; Schwartz, E.; Cornelissen, J.J.L.M.; Nolte, R.J.M.; Rowan, A.E.; Greenham, N.C.; Do, L.M.


    In this work, carbazole-containing polyisocyanide (PIACz) brushes were used for photovoltaic devices. A photovoltaic device was fabricated on top of the brushes by spin-coating a suitable acceptor and evaporating an Al cathode. Devices with a poly(N-vinylcarbazole) (PVK) bulk polymer were also prepa

  17. Brush seal shaft wear resistant coatings (United States)

    Howe, Harold


    Brush seals suffer from high wear, which reduces their effectiveness. This work sought to reduce brush seal wear by identifying and testing several industry standard coatings. One of the coatings was developed for this work. It was a co-sprayed PSZ with boron-nitride added for a high temperature dry lubricant. Other coatings tested were a PSZ, chrome carbide and a bare rotor. Testing of these coatings included thermal shocking, tensile testing and wear/coefficient of friction testing. Wear testing consisted of applying a coating to a rotor and then running a sample tuft of SiC ceramic fiber against the coating. Surface speeds at point of contact were slightly over 1000 ft/sec. Rotor wear was noted, as well as coefficient of friction data. Results from the testing indicates that the oxide ceramic coatings cannot withstand the given set of conditions. Carbide coatings will not work because of the need for a metallic binder, which oxidizes in the high heat produced by friction. All work indicated a need for a coating that has a lubricant contained within itself and the coating must be resistant to an oxidizing environment.

  18. Virtual hairy brush for digital painting and calligraphy

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    XU Songhua; Lau Francis C. M.; XU Congfu; PAN Yunhe


    The design of user friendly and expressive virtual brush systems for interactive digital painting and calligraphy has attracted a lot of attention and effort in both computer graphics and human-computer interaction circles for a long time. Providing a digital environment for paper-less artwork creation is not only challenging in terms of algorithmic design, but also promising for its potential market values. This paper proposes a novel algorithmic framework for interactive digital painting and calligraphy based a novel virtual hairy brush model. The algorithms in the kernel of our simulation framework are built upon solid modeling techniques. Implementing the algorithms, we have developed a virtual hairy brush prototype system with which end users can interactively produce high-quality digital paintings and calligraphic artwork. (The latest progress of our virtual brush project is reported at the website "".)

  19. Nanoparticle organization in sandwiched polymer brushes. (United States)

    Curk, Tine; Martinez-Veracoechea, Francisco J; Frenkel, Daan; Dobnikar, Jure


    The organization of nanoparticles inside grafted polymer layers is governed by the interplay of polymer-induced entropic interactions and the action of externally applied fields. Earlier work had shown that strong external forces can drive the formation of colloidal structures in polymer brushes. Here we show that external fields are not essential to obtain such colloidal patterns: we report Monte Carlo and molecular dynamics simulations that demonstrate that ordered structures can be achieved by compressing a "sandwich" of two grafted polymer layers, or by squeezing a coated nanotube, with nanoparticles in between. We show that the pattern formation can be efficiently controlled by the applied pressure, while the characteristic length-scale, that is, the typical width of the patterns, is sensitive to the length of the polymers. Based on the results of the simulations, we derive an approximate equation of state for nanosandwiches.

  20. Comprehensive physical rehabilitation after injury brush

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    Kovalenko M.I.


    Full Text Available The influence of physical rehabilitation for patients after recovery efficiency injured hand. The study enrolled 36 patients after a hand injury, which was carried out surgery. Among patients were dominated women 66% and men 34% aged 25 to 50 years. To evaluate the effectiveness of rehabilitation programs used protractor Richter, centimeter tape, hand dynamometer, MHQ questionnaire and system of integral evaluation function brush. Survey of patients conducted at the clinical stage of rehabilitation for two weeks and before surgery. The efficiency effects of passive therapeutic exercises, massage and lymph drainage design for a hand operated device ARTROMOT-F. It is noted that physical rehabilitation for two weeks has greatly improved hand functions. Established to improve results core group of control by 21.8%, poor performance of the control group higher by 10.1% of the principal of, indicating the efficacy of the program.

  1. Quantifying Fluctuations/Correlations in Polymer Brushes (United States)

    Wang, Qiang; Zhang, Xinghua; Zhang, Pengfei; Li, Baohui


    Fast lattice Monte Carlo (FLMC) simulations with multiple occupancy of lattice sites and Kronecker δ -function interactions give orders of magnitude faster/better sampling of the configurational space of multi-chain systems than conventional lattice MC simulations with self- and mutual- avoiding walks and nearest-neighbor interactions. Using FLMC simulations with Wang-Landau -- Transition-Matrix sampling, we have studied polymer brushes in both an implicit and explicit solvent. The various quantities obtained from simulations (including the internal energy, Helmholtz free energy, constant-volume heat capacity, segmental distribution, and chain sizes) are compared with predictions from the corresponding lattice self-consistent field theory and Gaussian fluctuation theory that are based on the same Hamiltonian as in FLMC simulations (thus without any parameter-fitting) to unambiguously and quantitatively reveal the effects of system fluctuations and correlations neglected or treated only approximately in the theories. Q. Wang, Soft Matter, 5, 4564 (2009).

  2. A norbornene polymer brush for electro-optic applications

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    Jia, Yue; Spring, Andrew M.; Yu, Feng; Yamamoto, Kazuhiro [Institute for Materials Chemistry and Engineering, Kyushu University, 6–1 Kasuga Fukuoka 816–8580 (Japan); Aoki, Isao; Otomo, Akira [National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, 588–2 Iwaoka, Nishi-ku, Kobe 651–2492 (Japan); Yokoyama, Shiyoshi, E-mail: [Institute for Materials Chemistry and Engineering, Kyushu University, 6–1 Kasuga Fukuoka 816–8580 (Japan)


    Norbornene-dicarboximide derived polymer brushes containing Disperse Red 1 appended chromophores have been prepared by sequencial ring opening metathesis polymerization and atom transfer radical polymerization. This brush was then employed as an electro-optic polymer host for high molecular hyperpolarizability phenyl vinylene thiophene vinylene (FTC) bridge chromophores in a binary chromophore system. The r{sub 33} of the polymer brush/bi-chromophore network was evaluated via in situ poling and was measured as 94 pm/V compared to the benchmark polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) system of 76 pm/V with an identical chromophore. Furthermore, our polymer brush/bi-chromophore network exhibited an enhanced poling efficiency of 1.37 (nm/V){sup 2} as compared to a simple PMMA - FTC host - guest 0.70 (nm/V){sup 2}. - Highlights: • Synthesis of a norbornene polymer brush. • Use of this polymer brush as a host for electro-optic materials. • The polymer brush enables a large electro-optic coefficient r{sub 33}.

  3. Preparation of carbon brushes with thermosetting resin binder

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    Carbon brushes with a resin binder were prepared according to an industrial process and the effects of the molding pressure, grains size and cure temperature on the properties of brush samples were discussed. The results show that the bulk density,bending strength and Rockwell hardness increase, while resistivity decreases with increasing molding pressure. Cure temperature has much more influence on the properties of brushes than molding pressure and grains size. Isothermal differential scanning calorimetry(DSC) was used to estimate the degree of cure of resin binder and a novel method of using the true density to measure the degree of cure of resin binder was presented and discussed briefly. Based on optimal process parameters carbon brushes were manufactured, durability tests for brushes were carried out on an alternate current motor and scanning electron microscope(SEM)was adopted to observe the morphology of worn surface of brushes. The results show that a luster oxide film can be formed on the surface of brushes and their service life reaches 380 h.

  4. Brushing abrasion of luting cements under neutral and acidic conditions. (United States)

    Buchalla, W; Attin, T; Hellwig, E


    Four resin based materials (Compolute Aplicap, ESPE; Variolink Ultra, Vivadent; C&B Metabond, Parkell and Panavia 21, Kuraray), two carboxylate cements (Poly-F Plus, Dentsply DeTrey and Durelon Maxicap, ESPE), two glass-ionomer cements (Fuji I, GC and Ketac-Cem Aplicap, ESPE), one resin-modified glass ionomer cement (Vitremer, 3M) one polyacid-modified resin composite (Dyract Cem, Dentsply DeTrey) and one zinc phosphate cement (Harvard, Richter & Hoffmann) were investigated according to their brushing resistance after storage in neutral and acidic buffer solutions. For this purpose 24 cylindrical acrylic molds were each filled with the materials. After hardening, the samples were stored for seven days in 100% relative humidity and at 37 degrees C. Subsequently, they were ground flat and polished. Then each specimen was covered with an adhesive tape leaving a 4 mm wide window on the cement surface. Twelve samples of each material were stored for 24 hours in a buffer solution with a pH of 6.8. The remaining 12 samples were placed in a buffer with a pH of 3.0. All specimens were then subjected to a three media brushing abrasion (2,000 strokes) in an automatic brushing machine. Storage and brushing were performed three times. After 6,000 brushing strokes per specimen, the tape was removed. Brushing abrasion was measured with a computerized laser profilometer and statistically analyzed with ANOVA and Tukey's Standardized Range Test (p < or = 0.05). The highest brushing abrasion was found for the two carboxylate cements. The lowest brushing abrasion was found for one resin based material, Compolute Aplicap. With the exception of three resin-based materials, a lower pH led to a higher brushing abrasion.

  5. Antimicrobial penetration in a dual-species oral biofilm after noncontact brushing : an in vitro study

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    He, Y.; Peterson, B. W.; Ren, Y.; van der Mei, H. C.; Busscher, H. J.


    Oral biofilm is inevitably left behind, even after powered brushing. As a special feature, powered brushing removes biofilm in a noncontact mode. When the brushing distance becomes too large, biofilm is left behind. We hypothesize that biofilm left behind after brushing has different viscoelastic pr

  6. XPS study of the corrosion resisting composite alloying layer obtained by double glow plasma with the brush plating Ni interlayer

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    Jiang Xu; Xishan Xie; Zhong Xu; Wenjin Liu


    The Ni-Cr-Mo-Cu multi-element surface alloying with the electric brush plating Ni interlayer on the low carbon steel substrate has been investigated. By the electrochemical method in 3.5% (mass fraction) NaC1 solution, the corrosion resistance of the composite alloying layer and single alloying layer is determined. The experimental results show that the corrosion resistance of the composite alloying layer is obviously better than that of the single alloying layer. The structure and composition of passive films formed on the two kinds of alloyed layers after electrochemical tests in 3.5% NaC1 solution have been studied using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). It is concluded that the double glow plasma surface alloying of low carbon steel with the electric brush plating Ni interlayer is an appropriate technique to enhance the corrosion resistance compared with the single double glow surface alloying.

  7. Brushes and soap : Grafted polymers and their interactions with nanocolloids


    Currie, E.P.K.


    Layers of polymer chains end-attached to a grafting plane at high densities, so-called brushes, are a curious state of matter. The (average) monomer density within the brush is as high as in a semi-dilute polymer solution, resulting in a high osmotic pressure in the brush. Due to the grafting, however, this isotropic osmotic pressure results in an anisotropic stretching of the chains normal to the surface. This degree of stretching can be quite extensive; in this thesis PEO-chains of 700 mono...

  8. Effect of plaque control by electric toothbrush in orthodontic treatment


    山崎,剛志/吉田,秀治; ヤマザキ,ツヨシ/ヨシダ,ヒデハル; YAMAZAKI,Tsuyoshi/YOSHIDA,Hideharu


    In recent years the number of people using electric toothbrushes has increased rapidly in Japan, and a wide variety of electric toothbrushes with defferent features and prices are being marketed. Annual sales exceed 2 million electric toothbrushes. The most important point in orthodontic treatment is plaque control, and the report shows the results of the various brushing techniques with both regular tooth brushes and a variety of electric toothbrushes. It appears that the ability of individu...

  9. Polymer Brushes as Functional, Patterned Surfaces for Nanobiotechnology. (United States)

    Welch, M Elizabeth; Xu, Youyong; Chen, Hongjun; Smith, Norah; Tague, Michele E; Abruña, Héctor D; Baird, Barbara; Ober, Christopher K


    Polymer brushes have many desirable characteristics such as the ability to tether molecules to a substrate or change the properties of a surface. Patterning of polymer films has been an area of great interest due to the broad range of applications including bio-related and medicinal research. Consequently, we have investigated patterning techniques for polymer brushes which allow for two different functionalities on the same surface. This method has been applied to a biosensor device which requires both polymer brushes and a photosensitizer to be polymerized on a patterned gold substrate. Additionally, the nature of patterned polymer brushes as removable thin films was explored. An etching process has enabled us to lift off very thin membranes for further characterization with the potential of using them as Janus membranes for biological applications.

  10. Galectin-4 and small intestinal brush border enzymes form clusters

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    Danielsen, E M; van Deurs, B


    Detergent-insoluble complexes prepared from pig small intestine are highly enriched in several transmembrane brush border enzymes including aminopeptidase N and sucrase-isomaltase, indicating that they reside in a glycolipid-rich environment in vivo. In the present work galectin-4, an animal lectin...... lacking a N-terminal signal peptide for membrane translocation, was discovered in these complexes as well, and in gradient centrifugation brush border enzymes and galectin-4 formed distinct soluble high molecular weight clusters. Immunoperoxidase cytochemistry and immunogold electron microscopy showed...... by a nonclassical pathway, and the brush border enzymes represent a novel class of natural ligands for a member of the galectin family. Newly synthesized galectin-4 is rapidly "trapped" by association with intracellular structures prior to its apical secretion, but once externalized, association with brush border...

  11. Solid Phase Synthesis of Polymacromer and Copolymacromer Brushes (United States)


    REPORT Solid Phase Synthesis of Polymacromer and Copolymacromer Brushes 14. ABSTRACT 16. SECURITY CLASSIFICATION OF: We report a novel solid phase...form poly-macromer brushes wherein macromonomers are linked via triazole groups. After each addition step, the terminal alkyne group can be deprotected...Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-2211 15. SUBJECT TERMS Solid Phase Synthesis , polymers and copolymers Hernán R. Rengifo, Cristian Grigoras, Benjamin I

  12. Brush development for underwater ship hull coating maintenance (United States)

    Tribou, Melissa Eileen

    Ship hull grooming has been proposed as an environmentally friendly method of maintaining ship hull coatings in a fouling-free condition. It is defined as the frequent and gentle cleaning of a ship hull coating to prevent the establishment of fouling. This research investigated the grooming tool properties and operational requirements needed to implement the method. The grooming tool needs to provide sufficient force to remove incipient fouling without damaging the surface and consume minimal energy. Research showed that a vertical rotating brush design containing brushes filled with angled polypropylene bristles provided an effective method. This brush system was able to successfully prevent incipient fouling from becoming established on a copper ablative and two silicone fouling release coatings when groomed on a weekly basis; however, biofilm was not completely controlled. Brush design and operational parameters in relation to brush normal forces were investigated and models were developed to understand the relationship between bristle stiffness, dimensions, and angular velocity. A preliminary look at wear found that bristle stiffness has an effect on the degree of marring of the surface of a silicone fouling release coating. The knowledge gained by this research may be used to optimize grooming brush design and operational parameters that can be applied to the design and deployment of low power autonomous underwater vehicles that will groom the ship while in port.

  13. Polyelectrolyte brushes in mixed ionic medium studied via intermolecular forces (United States)

    Farina, Robert; Laugel, Nicolas; Pincus, Philip; Tirrell, Matthew


    The vast uses and applications of polyelectrolyte brushes make them an attractive field of research especially with the growing interest in responsive materials. Polymers which respond via changes in temperature, pH, and ionic strength are increasingly being used for applications in drug delivery, chemical gating, etc. When polyelectrolyte brushes are found in either nature (e.g., surfaces of cartilage and mammalian lung interiors) or commercially (e.g., skin care products, shampoo, and surfaces of medical devices) they are always surrounded by mixed ionic medium. This makes the study of these brushes in varying ionic environments extremely relevant for both current and future potential applications. The polyelectrolyte brushes in this work are diblock co-polymers of poly-styrene sulfonate (N=420) and poly-t-butyl styrene (N=20) which tethers to a hydrophobic surface allowing for a purely thermodynamic study of the polyelectrolyte chains. Intermolecular forces between two brushes are measured using the SFA. As multi-valent concentrations are increased, the brushes collapse internally and form strong adhesion between one another after contact (properties not seen in a purely mono-valent environment).

  14. Rotordynamic and leakage characteristics of a 4-stage brush seal (United States)

    Conner, K. J.; Childs, D. W.


    Experimental results are presented for the direct and cross-coupled stiffness and damping coefficients as well as the leakage performance for a 4-stage brush seal. Variable test parameters include the inlet pressure, pressure ratio, shaft speed, fluid prerotation, and seal spacing. Direct damping is shown to increase with running speed; otherwise, the rotordynamic coefficients are relatively insensitive to changes in the test parameters. Cross-coupled stiffness is generally unchanged by increasing the inlet tangential velocity to the seals, suggesting that the brush seal is not affected by inlet swirl. Direct stiffness is shown to increase with frequency; however, the magnitudes of direct stiffness are always positive. Cross-coupled stiffness increases slightly with frequency; yet not as drastically as direct stiffness. Comparisons of test results for the 4-stage brush seal with an 8-cavity labyrinth showed superior rotordynamics performance for the brush seal; viz., large values for direct stiffness and lower values for the (destabilizing) cross-coupled stiffness coefficient. The damping for brush seals is smaller, but comparable to labyrinth seals. The whirl-frequency ratio is always smaller for the brush seal.

  15. Synthesis and characterization of polypyrrole doped with anionic spherical polyelectrolyte brushes

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    N. Su


    Full Text Available The procedures for the synthesis of polypyrrole (PPy doped with anionic spherical polyelectrolyte brushes (ASPB (PPy/ASPB nanocomposite by means of in situ chemical oxidative polymerization were presented. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR and Raman spectroscopic analysis suggested the bonding structure of PPy/ASPB nanocomposite. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM was used to confirm the morphologies of samples. The crystallographic structure, chemical nature and thermal stability of conducting polymers were analyzed by X-ray diffraction (XRD, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS and Thermo-gravimetric analysis (TGA respectively. Investigation of the electrical conductivity at room temperature showed that the electrical conductivity of PPy/ASPB nanocomposite was 20 S/cm, which was higher than that of PPy (3.6 S/cm.

  16. The Frame and Function Analysis of the Non-Crystal Bonding Brushing Plating Ni-W-SiC Coat

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    ZHANG Yu-feng; XIANG wei-xiang; CAO Shou-liang


    The article discusses the electric brushing plating technology of the Ni-W-SiC non-crystal bonding coat.By the brushing plating technology it attains the non-crystal bonding coat which comprises 6.9% (wt) SiC. It analyzes the structure of the coat by the X-ray diffraction technology. Meantime, the hardness, abrasion resistance and resistance to the oxidation under high temperature of the coat are also discussed in this article. The conclusion demonstrates that the hardness, abrasion resistance and resistance to oxidation under high temperature of the non-crystal bonding coat obviously improve because of the age-hardening functionof the SiC particle.

  17. Effects of Geometry on Leakage Flow Characteristics of Brush Seal

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    Yuan Wei; Zhaobo Chen∗; Yinghou Jiao


    In order to better application of brush seal in rotating machinery, the leakage flow characteristics of the brush seal considering geometry effects are numerically analyzed using Reynolds⁃Averaged Navier⁃Stokes ( RANS) model coupling with a non⁃Darcian porous medium model. The reliability of the present numerical method is proved, which is in agreement with the experimental and numerical results from literatures. Three different bristle pack thicknesses, fence heights and initial clearances under different pressure ratios, rotational velocities and other operating conditions are utilized to investigate the effects of geometry modification on the brush seal leakage flow behaviors. It discusses the effectiveness of various geometry configurations outlining important flow features. The results indicate that the increase of fence height and clearance would lead to the increase of leakage rate. But the leakage is not linearly with respect to the bristle pack thickness, and the effect of rotational velocity is not obvious. Moreover, the detailed leakage flow fields and pressure distributions along the rotor surface, free bristle height, and fence height of the brush seals are also presented. The static pressure drop amplitude through the bristle pack and the pressure rise amplitude through the cavity would increase while the pressure differential increases. And the axial pressure is the main reason of bristle blow down. The results provide theoretical support for the brush seal structure optimal design.

  18. Protein adsorption in polyelectrolyte brush type cation-exchangers. (United States)

    Khalaf, Rushd; Coquebert de Neuville, Bertrand; Morbidelli, Massimo


    Ion exchange chromatography materials functionalized with polyelectrolyte brushes (PEB) are becoming an integral part of many protein purification steps. Adsorption onto these materials is different than that onto traditional materials, due to the 3D partitioning of proteins into the polyelectrolyte brushes. Despite this mechanistic difference, many works have described the chromatographic behavior of proteins on polyelectrolyte brush type ion exchangers with much of the same methods as used for traditional materials. In this work, unconventional chromatographic behavior on polyelectrolyte brush type materials is observed for several proteins: the peaks shapes reveal first anti-Langmuirian and then Langmuirian types of interactions, with increasing injection volumes. An experimental and model based description of these materials is carried out in order to explain this behavior. The reason for this behavior is shown to be the 3D partitioning of proteins into the polyelectrolyte brushes: proteins that fully and readily utilize the 3D structure of the PEB phase during adsorption show this behavior, whereas those that do not show traditional ion exchange behavior.

  19. A Nanosecond Pulsed Plasma Brush for Surface Decontamination (United States)

    Neuber, Johanna; Malik, Muhammad; Song, Shutong; Jiang, Chunqi


    This work optimizes a non-thermal, atmospheric pressure plasma brush for surface decontamination. The generated plasma plumes with a maximum length of 2 cm are arranged in a 5 cm long, brush-like array. The plasma was generated in ambient air with plasma chamber at a rate varying between 1 to 7 SLPM. Optimization of the cold plasma brush for surface decontamination was tested in a study of the plasma inactivation of two common pathogens, Staphylococcus aureus and Acinetobacter baumannii. Laminate surfaces inoculated with over-night cultured bacteria were subject to the plasma treatment for varying water concentrations in He, flow rates and discharge voltages. It was found that increasing the water content of the feed gas greatly enhanced the bactericidal effect. Emission spectroscopy was performed to identify the reactive plasma species that contribute to this variation. Additional affiliation: Frank Reidy Research Center for Bioelectrics

  20. Fabrication and Characterization of Brush-Printed p-Type Bi0.5Sb1.5Te3 Thick Films for Thermoelectric Cooling Devices (United States)

    Wu, Han; Liu, Xing; Wei, Ping; Zhou, Hong-Yu; Mu, Xin; He, Dan-Qi; Zhu, Wan-Ting; Nie, Xiao-Lei; Zhao, Wen-Yu; Zhang, Qing-Jie


    Bismuth telluride alloys are promising thermoelectric materials used for portable and wearable cooling devices due to their excellent thermoelectric properties near the ambient temperature. Here, a simple and cost-effective brush-printing technique, together with a subsequent annealing treatment, has been used to prepare Bi2Te3-based thick films and prototype devices. The composition, microstructure, and electrical properties of the brush-printed p-type Bi0.5Sb1.5Te3 thick films at different annealing temperatures are investigated. It is found that annealing temperature plays an important role in promoting densification and preventing the film from cracking, hence improving the electrical transport properties. The maximum power factor of the brush-printed thick films is 0.15 mW K-2 m-1 when annealed at 673 K for 4 h. A prototype thermoelectric device is manufactured by connecting the brush-printed p-type Bi0.5Sb1.5Te3 and n-type Bi2Te2.7Se0.3 thick films with Cu thick-film electrodes on an Al2O3 substrate. The cooling performance of the thermoelectric device is evaluated by measuring the temperature difference produced under applied currents.

  1. Study on Technology and Properties of Brush Plating Coatings

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    DI Ping


    A new brush plating process with a soluble anode of nickel was introduced. TDY112 brush plating solution was used on the No.20 carbon steel substrate. It has the higher deposit velocity, better properties and lower cost. Scanning electronic microscopy(SEM), optical microscope, microhardness test and wear test were adopted to detect the surface quality and the properties of the coating, such as micrograph, microstructure, micro-hardness wear resistance and adherence between the coating and the substrate. The experimental results showed that the suitable technological parameters to be used, the coatings had better the surface quality, higher hardness and wear resistance.

  2. Stimuli-Responsive Polyelectrolyte Brushes As a Matrix for the Attachment of Gold Nanoparticles: The Effect of Brush Thickness on Particle Distribution

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    Stephanie Christau


    Full Text Available The effect of brush thickness on the loading of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs within stimuli-responsive poly-(N,N-(dimethylamino ethyl methacrylate (PDMAEMA polyelectrolyte brushes is reported. Atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP was used to grow polymer brushes via a “grafting from” approach. The brush thickness was tuned by varying the polymerization time. Using a new type of sealed reactor, thick brushes were synthesized. A systematic study was performed by varying a single parameter (brush thickness, while keeping all other parameters constant. AuNPs of 13 nm in diameter were attached by incubation. X-ray reflectivity, electron scanning microscopy and ellipsometry were used to study the particle loading, particle distribution and interpenetration of the particles within the brush matrix. A model for the structure of the brush/particle hybrids was derived. The particle number densities of attached AuNPs depend on the brush thickness, as do the optical properties of the hybrids. An increasing particle number density was found for increasing brush thickness, due to an increased surface roughness.

  3. Enhanced stability of low fouling zwitterionic polymer brushes in seawater with diblock architecture

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    Quintana, Robert; Gosa, Maria; Janczewski, Dominik; Kutnyanszky, Edit; Vancso, G. Julius


    The successful implementation of zwitterionic polymeric brushes as antifouling materials for marine applications is conditioned by the stability of the polymer chain and the brush-anchoring segment in seawater. Here we demonstrate that robust, antifouling, hydrophilic polysulfobetaine-based brushes

  4. Homopolar Motor and Brush Development Studies (United States)


    adjacent conductors, whereas voids can result in open circuits Build a Wear Model- eg Use wear fragment mass and size distribution data Rabinowicz consultants and universities. The primary universities involved were MIT (Prof. Ernie Rabinowicz ), Syracuse (Prof. Richard Vook), North Carolina...The temperature rise at sliding electrical contacts .......................... 29 E. Rabinowicz (Cambridge, MA, U.S.A.) Thermal stability in graphite

  5. Nonwettable Thin Films from Hybrid Polymer Brushes can be Hydrophilic (United States)


    2006 Hybrid brushes composed of two liquid polymers, poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) and a highly branched ethoxylated polyethylenimine (EPEI), were...liquid polymers, poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) and a highly branched ethoxylated polyethylenimine (EPEI; Figure 1). We demonstrate here that hybrid... ethoxylated (highly branched, symmetrical polymer; about 80% of the primary and secondary amines are ethoxylated ), 37% solution in water (EPEI Mw

  6. Charge regulation and local dielectric function in planar polyelectrolyte brushes. (United States)

    Kumar, Rajeev; Sumpter, Bobby G; Kilbey, S Michael


    Understanding the effect of inhomogeneity on the charge regulation and dielectric properties, and how it depends on the conformational characteristics of the macromolecules is a long-standing problem. In order to address this problem, we have developed a field-theory to study charge regulation and local dielectric function in planar polyelectrolyte brushes. The theory is used to study a polyacid brush, which is comprised of chains end-grafted at the solid-fluid interface, in equilibrium with a bulk solution containing monovalent salt ions, solvent molecules, and pH controlling acid. In particular, we focus on the effects of the concentration of added salt and pH of the bulk in determining the local charge and dielectric function. Our theoretical investigations reveal that the dipole moment of the ion-pairs formed as a result of counterion adsorption on the chain backbones play a key role in affecting the local dielectric function. For polyelectrolytes made of monomers having dipole moments lower than the solvent molecules, dielectric decrement is predicted inside the brush region. However, the formation of ion-pairs (due to adsorption of counterions coming from the dissociation of added salt) more polar than the solvent molecules is shown to increase the magnitude of the dielectric function with respect to its bulk value. Furthermore, an increase in the bulk salt concentration is shown to increase the local charge inside the brush region.

  7. Organic monolayers and fluoropolymer brushes : functionalization, stability and tribology

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    Bhairamadgi, N.S.


    This thesis deals with the adhesion and friction properties of densely grafted and covalently bound fluoropolymer brushes on silicon surfaces with varying thickness and fluorine content. A novel surface-functionalizing method is described using the thiol-yne click (TYC) reaction. The TYC reaction is

  8. Modeling the structure of a polydisperse polymer brush

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    Vos, de W.M.; Leermakers, F.A.M.


    Numerical self-consistent field theory is used to study the structural characteristics of a polydisperse polymer brush. We consider the relevant case of a Schulz–Zimm distribution and find that even a small degree of polydispersity completely destroys the parabolic density profile. The first moment

  9. Badger hair in shaving brushes comes from protected Eurasian badgers

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    Domingo-Roura, X.; Marmi, J.; Ferrando, A.; López-Giráldez, F.; Macdonald, D.W.; Jansman, H.A.H.


    The Eurasian badger (Meles meles) is included in Appendix III of the Bern Convention and protected by national laws in many European countries. Badger hair is used to manufacture luxury shaving brushes, although it is frequently argued that the hog badger (Arctonyx collaris), which in Europe is an i

  10. Multifocal Rhizopus microsporus lung infection following brush clearing

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    Artsiom V. Tsyrkunou


    Full Text Available We report a case of pulmonary Rhizopus microsporus infection in a patient with untreated diabetes following brush clearing. The patient was successfully treated with a combined medical and surgical approach with complete resolution of the lung lesions and remains asymptomatic at 11-month follow-up.


    An analytical methodology utilizing models from three disciplines is developed to assess the viability of brush control for wate yield in the Frio River Basin, TX. Ecological, hydrologic, and economic models are used to portray changes in forage production and water supply result...

  12. Formation of surface-attached microstructured polyelectrolyte brushes

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    Hai Ning Zhang


    Surface-attached micropatterned polyelectrolyte brushes on planar solid surfaces are generated using free radical polymerization photo-initiated by self-assembled initiator monolayers. It is shown that the formed patterns can be either negative or positive with different patterning processes.

  13. Hydrologic Effects of Brush Management in Central Texas (United States)

    Banta, J. R.; Slattery, R.


    Encroachment of woody vegetation into traditional savanna grassland ecosystems in central Texas has largely been attributed to land use practices of settlers, most notably overgrazing and fire suppression. Implementing brush management practices (removing the woody vegetation and allowing native grasses to reestablish in the area), could potentially change the hydrology in a watershed. The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with several local, State, and Federal cooperators, studied the hydrologic effects of ashe juniper (Juniperus ashei) removal as a brush management conservation practice in the Honey Creek State Natural Area in Comal County, Tex. Two adjacent watersheds of 104 and 159 hectares were used in a paired study. Rainfall, streamflow, evapotranspiration (Bowen ratio method), and water quality data were collected in both watersheds. Using a hydrologic mass balance approach, rainfall was allocated to surface-water runoff, evapotranspiration, and groundwater recharge. Groundwater recharge was not directly measured, but estimated as the residual of the hydrologic mass balance. After hydrologic data were collected in both watersheds for 3 years, approximately 80 percent of the woody vegetation (ashe juniper) was selectively removed from the 159 hectare watershed (treatment watershed). Brush management was not implemented in the other (reference) watershed. Hydrologic data were collected in both watersheds for six years after brush management implementation. The resulting data were examined for differences in the hydrologic budget between the reference and treatment watersheds as well as between pre- and post-brush management periods to assess effects of the treatment. Preliminary results indicate there are differences in the hydrologic budget as well as water quality between the watersheds during pre- and post-treatment periods.

  14. Design optimization of a brush turbine with a cleaner/water based solution (United States)

    Kim, Rhyn H.


    Recently, a turbine-brush was analyzed based on the energy conservation and the force momentum equation with an empirical relationship of the drag coefficient. An equation was derived to predict the rotational speed of the turbine-brush in terms of the blade angle, number of blades, rest of geometries of the turbine-brush and the incoming velocity. Using the observed flow conditions, drag coefficients were determined. Based on the experimental values as boundary conditions, the turbine-brush flows were numerically simulated to understand first the nature of the flows, and to extend the observed drag coefficient to a flow without holding the turbine-brush.

  15. Comparison of bronchial brushing and sputum in detection of pediatric pulmonary tuberculosis. (United States)

    Chen, Qiao-Pei; Ren, Shi-Feng; Wang, Xin-Feng; Wang, Mao-Shui


    The retrospective study aimed to evaluate the diagnostic value of bronchial brushing and sputum using acid fast bacilli smear, mycobacterial culture and real-time PCR in detection of pediatric pulmonary tuberculosis, sensitivity and specificity of bronchial brushing and sputum examined by the three methods were calculated and compared to each other. Data showed there were no significant difference in sensitivity between bronchial brushing and matched sputum using each method. But the specificity of real-time PCR on bronchial brushing was lower than on sputum. Compared with bronchial brushing, sputum was better specimen in detection of pediatric pulmonary tuberculosis.

  16. Droplet: A Virtual Brush Model to Simulate Chinese Calligraphy and Painting

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    Xiao-FengMi; MinTang; Jin-XiangDong


    This paper proposes a virtual brush model based on droplet operation to simulate Chinese calligraph yand traditional Chinese painting in real time. Two ways of applying droplet model to virtual calligraphy and painting are discussed in detail. The second droplet model is more elaborated and can produce more vivid results while being slightly more time-consuming. The novel feature of the proposed droplet virtual brush model successfully enables the simulation painting system to overcome the poor expressional ability of virtual brush based on particle system and avoids the complex evaluation of physical brush with solid model. The model, derived from the actual calligraphy and painting experience, due to the simplicity of the droplet operation and its powerful expressive ability, considerably improves the performance of the simulation system and maintains painting effect comparable with real brush by supporting special Chinese brush effect such as dry brush, feng and stroke diffusion.

  17. Evaluation of multi-brush anode systems in microbial fuel cells

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    Lanas, Vanessa


    The packing density of anodes in microbial fuel cells (MFCs) was examined here using four different graphite fiber brush anode configurations. The impact of anodes on performance was studied in terms of carbon fiber length (brush diameter), the number of brushes connected in parallel, and the wire current collector gage. MFCs with different numbers of brushes (one, three or six) set perpendicular to the cathode all produced similar power densities (1200±40mW/m2) and coulombic efficiencies (60%±5%). Reducing the number of brushes by either disconnecting or removing them reduced power, demonstrating the importance of anode projected area covering the cathode, and therefore the need to match electrode projected areas to maintain high performance. Multi-brush reactors had the same COD removal as single-brush systems (90%). The use of smaller Ti wire gages did not affect power generation, which will enable the use of less metal, reducing material costs. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.

  18. Charge-driven and reversible assembly of ultra-dense polymer brushers: Formation and antifouling properties of a zipper brush

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    Vos, de W.M.; Meijer, G.; Keizer, de A.; Cohen Stuart, M.A.; Kleijn, J.M.


    We investigated a new type of polymer brushes: the zipper brush. By adsorbing a diblock-copolymer with one charged block and one neutral block to an oppositely charged polyelectrolyte brush, a neutral polymer brush is formed on top of an almost neutral complex layer of polyelectrolytes. This neutral

  19. A linear-field plasma jet for generating a brush-shaped laminar plume at atmospheric pressure (United States)

    Li, Xuechen; Li, Jiyuan; Chu, Jingdi; Zhang, Panpan; Jia, Pengying


    A linear-field plasma jet composed of line-to-plate electrodes is used to generate a large-scale brush-shaped plasma plume with flowing argon used as working gas. Through electrical measurement and fast photography, it is found that the plasma plume bridges the two electrodes for the discharge in the positive voltage half-cycle, which behaves like fast moving plasma bullets directed from the anode to the cathode. Compared with the positive discharge, the negative discharge only develops inside the nozzle and propagates much slower. Results also indicate that the gas temperature of the plume is close to room temperature, which is promising for biomedical application.

  20. Assessment of Pain Response in Capsaicin-Induced Dynamic Mechanical Allodynia Using a Novel and Fully Automated Brushing Device

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    Kristian G du Jardin


    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Dynamic mechanical allodynia is traditionally induced by manual brushing of the skin. Brushing force and speed have been shown to influence the intensity of brush-evoked pain. There are still limited data available with respect to the optimal stroke number, length, force, angle and speed. Therefore, an automated brushing device (ABD was developed, for which brushing angle and speed could be controlled to enable quantitative assessment of dynamic mechanical allodynia.

  1. Gelation threshold of cross-linked polymer brushes. (United States)

    Hoffmann, Max; Lang, Michael; Sommer, Jens-Uwe


    The cross-linking of polymer brushes is studied using the bond-fluctuation model. By mapping the cross-linking process into a two-dimensional (2D) percolation problem within the lattice of grafting points, we investigate the gelation transition in detail. We show that the particular properties of cross-linked polymer brushes can be reduced to the distribution of bonds which are formed between the grafted chains, and we propose scaling arguments to relate the gelation threshold to the chain length and the grafting density. The gelation threshold is lower than the percolation threshold for 2D bond percolation because of the longer range and broad distribution of bonds formed by the cross-linking process. We term this type of percolation problem star percolation. We observe a broad crossover from mean-field to critical percolation behavior by analyzing the cluster size distribution near the gelation threshold.

  2. Photoelectricalchemical characteristics of brush plated tin sulfide thin films

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    Subramanian, B.; Jayachandran, M. [Central Electrochemical Research Inst., Karaikudi (India); Sanjeeviraja, C. [Alagappa Univ., Karaikudi (India). Dept. of Physics


    Thin films of tin sulfide find wide applications in optoelectronic devices and window materials for heterojunction solar cells. Thin films of p-SnS were brush plated onto tin oxide coated glass substrates from aqueous solution containing SnCl{sub 2} and Na{sub 2}S{sub 2}O{sub 3}. Deposits have been characterized with XRD and SEM for structural analysis. Hot probe method showed invariably p-type nature for all the brush plated SnS films. The variation of space charge capacitance, C{sub sc} with applied potential, V, was recorded for the PEC cell with p-SnS/Fe{sup 3+}, Fe{sup 2+}/Pt system. The spectral response of the PEC cell formed with SnS photoelectrode was studied and reported. (author)

  3. Photoelectrochemical characteristics of brush plated tin sulfide thin films

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    Subramanian, B.; Jayachandran, M. [Central Electrochemical Research Institute, Karaikudi 630 006 (India); Sanjeeviraja, C. [Department of Physics, Alagappa University, Karaikudi 630 006 (India)


    Thin films of tin sulfide find wide applications in optoelectronic devices and window materials for heterojunction solar cells. Thin films of p-SnS were brush plated onto tin oxide coated glass substrates from aqueous solution containing SnCl{sub 2} and Na{sub 2}S{sub 2}O{sub 3}. Deposits have been characterized with XRD and SEM for structural analysis. Hot probe method showed invariably p-type nature for all the brush plated SnS films. The variation of space charge capacitance, C{sub sc}, with applied potential, V, was recorded for the PEC cell with p-SnS/Fe{sup 3+}, Fe{sup 2+}/Pt system. The spectral response of the PEC cell formed with SnS photoelectrode was studied and reported.

  4. Usage of polymer brushes as substrates of bone cells

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    Implant methcal research and hssue eagmeer-ing both target the design of novel biomaterials for the improvement of human health and clinical applications. In order to develop improved surface coatings for hard tissue (bone)replacement materials and implant devices,we are developing micropartemed coatings consisting of polymer brushes. These are used as organic templates for the mineralization of calcium phosphate in oraer to improve adhesion of bone cells. First we give a shortaccount of the current state-of-the-art in this particular field of blomaterial development,while in the second part the preliminary results of cell culture experiments are presented,in which the biocompatibility of polymer brushes are tested on human mesenchvmal stem cells.

  5. Cholinergic urethral brush cells are widespread throughout placental mammals. (United States)

    Deckmann, Klaus; Krasteva-Christ, Gabriela; Rafiq, Amir; Herden, Christine; Wichmann, Judy; Knauf, Sascha; Nassenstein, Christina; Grevelding, Christoph G; Dorresteijn, Adriaan; Chubanov, Vladimir; Gudermann, Thomas; Bschleipfer, Thomas; Kummer, Wolfgang


    We previously identified a population of cholinergic epithelial cells in murine, human and rat urethrae that exhibits a structural marker of brush cells (villin) and expresses components of the canonical taste transduction signaling cascade (α-gustducin, phospholipase Cβ2 (PLCβ2), transient receptor potential cation channel melanostatin 5 (TRPM5)). These cells serve as sentinels, monitoring the chemical composition of the luminal content for potentially hazardous compounds such as bacteria, and initiate protective reflexes counteracting further ingression. In order to elucidate cross-species conservation of the urethral chemosensory pathway we investigated the occurrence and molecular make-up of urethral brush cells in placental mammals. We screened 11 additional species, at least one in each of the five mammalian taxonomic units primates, carnivora, perissodactyla, artiodactyla and rodentia, for immunohistochemical labeling of the acetylcholine synthesizing enzyme, choline acetyltransferase (ChAT), villin, and taste cascade components (α-gustducin, PLCβ2, TRPM5). Corresponding to findings in previously investigated species, urethral epithelial cells with brush cell shape were immunolabeled in all 11 mammals. In 8 species, immunoreactivities against all marker proteins and ChAT were observed, and double-labeling immunofluorescence confirmed the cholinergic nature of villin-positive and chemosensory (TRPM5-positive) cells. In cat and horse, these cells were not labeled by the ChAT antiserum used in this study, and unspecific reactions of the secondary antiserum precluded conclusions about ChAT-expression in the bovine epithelium. These data indicate that urethral brush cells are widespread throughout the mammalian kingdom and evolved not later than about 64.5millionyears ago.

  6. Role of gastric brush cytology in the diagnosis of giardiasis

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    Varma Deepali


    Full Text Available Background: Giardiasis, common in developing countries, has mostly nonspecific clinical symptoms, resulting in a limited role for preliminary tests. Aims: The present study aims to highlight the utility of endoscopic brush cytology (EBC in the diagnosis of giardiasis in clinically unsuspected cases. Materials and Methods: Endoscopic brush smears (EBS are routinely obtained in all patients presenting with gastric symptoms. The present study is a retrospective analysis of EBS, consisting of 12 cases whose smears had revealed trophozoites of Giardia lamblia . Biopsy correlation was available in five cases. Results: The patients ranged in age from 15 to 78 years (mean age: 34.08 years with a 1:1 sex ratio. Stool examination in all 12 cases yielded negative results for giardiasis. Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy was normal in all these cases. EBS from these cases revealed Giardia trophozoites, which were identified by their typical morphology. Conclusions: Endoscopic brush cytology can be used as a reliable screening tool in the diagnosis of gastro-duodenal giardiasis in clinically unsuspected cases, especially in developing countries where parasitic infections are common.

  7. Structural analysis of paintings based on brush strokes (United States)

    Sablatnig, Robert; Kammerer, Paul; Zolda, Ernestine


    The origin of works of art can often not be attributed to a certain artist. Likewise it is difficult to say whether paintings or drawings are originals or forgeries. In various fields of art new technical methods are used to examine the age, the state of preservation and the origin of the materials used. For the examination of paintings, radiological methods like X-ray and infra-red diagnosis, digital radiography, computer-tomography, etc. and color analyzes are employed to authenticate art. But all these methods do not relate certain characteristics in art work to a specific artist -- the artist's personal style. In order to study this personal style of a painter, experts in art history and image processing try to examine the 'structural signature' based on brush strokes within paintings, in particular in portrait miniatures. A computer-aided classification and recognition system for portrait miniatures is developed, which enables a semi- automatic classification and forgery detection based on content, color, and brush strokes. A hierarchically structured classification scheme is introduced which separates the classification into three different levels of information: color, shape of region, and structure of brush strokes.

  8. Pericellular Brush and Mechanics of Guinea Pig Fibroblast Cells Studied with AFM. (United States)

    Dokukin, Maxim; Ablaeva, Yulija; Kalaparthi, Vivekanand; Seluanov, Andrei; Gorbunova, Vera; Sokolov, Igor


    The atomic force microscopy (AFM) indentation method combined with the brush model can be used to separate the mechanical response of the cell body from deformation of the pericellular layer surrounding biological cells. Although self-consistency of the brush model to derive the elastic modulus of the cell body has been demonstrated, the model ability to characterize the pericellular layer has not been explicitly verified. Here we demonstrate it by using enzymatic removal of hyaluronic content of the pericellular brush for guinea pig fibroblast cells. The effect of this removal is clearly seen in the AFM force-separation curves associated with the pericellular brush layer. We further extend the brush model for brushes larger than the height of the AFM probe, which seems to be the case for fibroblast cells. In addition, we demonstrate that an extension of the brush model (i.e., double-brush model) is capable of detecting the hierarchical structure of the pericellular brush, which, for example, may consist of the pericellular coat and the membrane corrugation (microridges and microvilli). It allows us to quantitatively segregate the large soft polysaccharide pericellular coat from a relatively rigid and dense membrane corrugation layer. This was verified by comparison of the parameters of the membrane corrugation layer derived from the force curves collected on untreated cells (when this corrugation membrane part is hidden inside the pericellular brush layer) and on treated cells after the enzymatic removal of the pericellular coat part (when the corrugations are exposed to the AFM probe). We conclude that the brush model is capable of not only measuring the mechanics of the cell body but also the parameters of the pericellular brush layer, including quantitative characterization of the pericellular layer structure.

  9. Comparison of Three types of Tooth Brushes on Plaque and Gingival Indices: A Randomized Clinical Trial (United States)

    Moeintaghavi, Amir; Sargolzaie, Naser; Rostampour, Mehrnoosh; Sarvari, Sara; Kargozar, Sanaz; Gharaei, Shideh


    Objective: To compare clinical results of three types of manual tooth brushes on plaque removal efficacy and gingivitis. Method: This study is a single blind randomized trial with crossover design which involved 30 periodontaly healthy individuals. Professional plaque removal and oral hygiene instruction were performed for all the participants in the first step of our study followed by asking them to avoid brushing for 2 days. Thereafter plaque and gingivitis scores were measured using plaque and gingival indices (PI and GI). Then subjects were instructed to use Pulsar tooth brush for a two-week period and then, GI and PI indices were assessed again. After passing one-week period for wash out, subjects didn't brush for 2 days and indices were recorded again. The same procedure was done for CrossAction, and Butler 411 tooth brushes respectively and at the end of the study these variables were analyzed using SPSS software ver.16. Repeated measurement ANOVA test was used to compare the scores between different brushes. Result: Finding of this study reveals that using all three types of tooth brushes resulted in significant plaque and gingivitis reduction compared to baseline levels. Pulsar tooth brush was significantly more effective in diminishing PI and GI than Butler tooth brush (p=0.044 and 0.031 respectively). Conclusion: According to our findings all 3 types of tooth brushes are effective in reduction of plaque and gingivitis and this reduction is significantly greater for Pulsar tooth brush compared to Butler and CrossAction tooth brushes. PMID:28357006

  10. Tooth brushing, tongue cleaning and snacking behaviour of dental technology and therapist students

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    Clement C. Azodo


    Full Text Available Objective: To determine the tooth brushing, tongue cleaning and snacking behaviour of dental technology and therapist students. Methods: A descriptive cross-sectional study of students of Federal School of Dental Therapy and Technology Enugu, Nigeria. Self-administered questionnaire was used to obtain information on demography, frequency, duration and technique of tooth brushing and tongue cleaning as well as information on consumption of snacks. Results: A total of 242 students responded. Dental technology students made up 52.5% of the respondents and dental therapist in training made up 47.5%. Majority (63.2% of the respondents considered the strength of tooth brush when purchasing a tooth brush and 78.9% use tooth brushes with medium strength. Seven-tenth (71.9% of the respondents brush their teeth twice daily and 52.1% brush for 3–5 minutes. About one-third (30.2% brush their teeth in front of a mirror. Chewing stick was used by 51.7% of respondents in addition to the use of tooth brush. Tongue cleaning was done by 94.2% with only 9.5% using a tongue cleaner. Only 20.2% reported regular snacks consumption. Nine-tenth (90.4% of respondents were previously involved in educating others, apart from their colleagues, on tooth brushing. Conclusion: This survey revealed that most of the dental therapy and technology students had satisfactory tooth-brushing behaviour. The zeal to educate others about proper tooth brushing revealed in this study suggests that the students may be helpful in oral health promotion.

  11. Synthesis and characterization of polymer brushes for controlled adsorption of proteins (United States)

    Hoy, Olha

    Performance of biomedical devices to a large extent depends on the interactions between the device surface and the biological liquids/protein molecules. To achieve controllable interactions between the device and biomolecules and still retain the required mechanical strength on the whole, modification of the surface is often done. In the present study surface properties were modified through a polymer brush approach. After the modification, surfaces gain tunability toward protein adsorption. Mixed polymer brushes consisting of protein repelling and protein attractive components were used, with a "grafting to" method employed for the synthesis of polymer layers. First, poly(ethylene glycol), the protein repelling component of the mixed polymer brush, was tethered to the surface. Then, polyacrylic acid-b-polystyrene (the protein attractive component) was grafted on top of the previous layer. As one part of this study, the temperature dependence of grafting of the mixed brush components was studied. Surface morphology and surface properties of the mixed polymer brush were altered by treating the brush with different organic solvents. Changes in surface morphology and properties resulting from the solvent treatment were studied in dry conditions and in aqueous media. Hydrophobic interactions of the mixed polymer brush in different pH environments were also estimated. Synthesized mixed polymer brushes demonstrated a clear dependency between the external stimuli applied to the brush and the amount of the protein adsorbed onto the brush surface, allowing an effective control of protein adsorption. Attraction forces between the protein molecules and surface of he mixed polymer brush were measured using AFM and these supported the findings from the protein adsorption studies. 2-D molecular imprinting of the polymer brush approach was used to synthesize a surface with controlled positioning of the protein molecules on the surface. Protein adsorption onto the surface of the

  12. Endocytic trafficking from the small intestinal brush border probed with FM dye

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    Hansen, Gert H; Rasmussen, Karina; Niels-Christiansen, Lise-Lotte;


    The small intestinal brush border functions as the body's main portal for uptake of dietary nutrients and simultaneously acts as the largest permeability barrier against pathogens. To enable this, the digestive enzymes of the brush border are organized in lipid raft microdomains stabilized by cross...... localized deeper into the cytoplasm of the enterocytes. Two major raft-associated brush border enzymes, alkaline phosphatase and aminopeptidase N, were excluded from endocytosis. We propose that the terminal web cytoskeleton, by inhibiting traffic from apical early endosomes further into the cell......, contributes to the overall permeability barrier of the gut. Key words: FM dye, small intestine, brush border, endocytosis....

  13. Analysis of carbon fiber brush loading in anodes on startup and performance of microbial fuel cells

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    Hutchinson, Adam J.


    Flat carbon anodes placed near a cathode in a microbial fuel cell (MFC) are adversely affected by oxygen crossover, but graphite fiber brush anodes placed near the cathode produce high power densities. The impact of the brush size and electrode spacing was examined by varying the distance of the brush end from the cathode and solution conductivity in multiple MFCs. The startup time was increased from 8 ± 1 days with full brushes (all buffer concentrations) to 13 days (50 mM), 14 days (25 mM) and 21 days (8 mM) when 75% of the brush anode was removed. When MFCs were all first acclimated with a full brush, up to 65% of the brush material could be removed without appreciably altering maximum power. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) showed that the main source of internal resistance (IR) was diffusion resistance, which together with solution resistance reached 100 Ω. The IR using EIS compared well with that obtained using the polarization data slope method, indicating no major components of IR were missed. These results show that using full brush anodes avoids adverse effects of oxygen crossover during startup, although brushes are much larger than needed to sustain high power. © 2011 Elsevier B.V.

  14. Interfacial properties of statistical copolymer brushes in contact with homopolymer melts. (United States)

    Trombly, David M; Pryamitsyn, Victor; Ganesan, Venkat


    We use polymer self-consistent field theory to quantify the interfacial properties of random copolymer brushes (AB) in contact with a homopolymer melt chemically identical to one of the blocks (A). We calculate the interfacial widths and interfacial energies between the melt and the brush as a function of the relative chain sizes, grafting densities, compositions of the random copolymer in the brush, and degree of chemical incompatibility between the A and B species. Our results indicate that the interfacial energies between the melt and the brush increase (signifying expulsion of the free chains from the brush) with increasing grafting density, chemical incompatibility between A and B components, and size of the free chains relative to the grafted chains. We also compare the interfacial energies of random copolymers of different sequence characteristics and find that, except for the case of very blocky or proteinlike chains, blockiness of the copolymer has only little effect on interfacial properties. Our results for interfacial energies are rationalized based on the concept of an "effective volume fraction" of the brush copolymers, f(eff), which quantifies the chemical composition of the brush segments in the interfacial zone between the brush and melt copolymers. Using this concept, we modify the strong-stretching theory of brush-melt interfaces to arrive at a simple model whose results qualitatively agree with our results from self-consistent field theory. We discuss the ramifications of our results for the design of neutral surfaces.

  15. Ionic Current Rectification in a pH-Tunable Polyelectrolyte Brushes Functionalized Conical Nanopore: Effect of Salt Gradient. (United States)

    Lin, Jeng-Yang; Lin, Chih-Yuan; Hsu, Jyh-Ping; Tseng, Shiojenn


    The behavior of ionic current rectification (ICR) in a conical nanopore with its surface modified by pH-tunable polyelectrolyte (PE) brushes connecting two large reservoirs subject to an applied electric field and a salt gradient is investigated. Parameters including the solution pH, types of ionic species, strength of applied salt gradient, and applied potential bias are examined for their influences on the ionic current and rectification factor, and the mechanisms involved are investigated comprehensively. The ICR behavior depends highly on the charged conditions of the PE layer, the level of pH, the geometry of nanopore, and the thickness of the double layer. In particular, the distribution of ionic species and the local electric field near the nanopore openings play a key role, yielding profound and interesting results that are informative to device design as well as experimental data interpretation.

  16. EUS-Guided Pancreatic Cyst Brushing: A Comparative Study in a Tertiary Referral Centre

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    Titus Thomas


    Full Text Available Context Fluid analysis obtained by EUS guided FNA is used to aid in diagnosis and management of cystic lesions in the pancreas. Complementing fluid aspiration with brushing of cyst wall may increase the cellular yield. Objective To compare cellular yield of pancreatic cyst FNA with and without wall brushing. Design Comparative study. Setting Tertiary referral centre. Patients Fifty-one patients with cystic pancreatic lesions referred for EUS-guided aspiration/sampling were included (median age 69 years; interquartile range: 49-77 years. Main outcome measures Comparing adequacy of cellular yield between EUS-guided aspiration alone vs. EUS-guided aspiration and cyst wall brushing. Intervention EUS-guided FNA and/or wall brushing (aspiration only: No. 27; brushing: No. 24. Results There was no significant difference in age (P=0.496 cyst size (P=0.084 or cyst location (P=0.227 between groups. Overall 29.5%; (15/51 of samples were acellular/insufficient with no significant difference between the two groups (22.2% in the aspiration only group vs. 37.5% in the brushing group; P=0.356. The remaining samples were adequate for cytological evaluation (77.8% vs. 62.5%; aspiration only vs. brushing groups. Seventeen cases were neoplastic (8 benign, 9 malignant. The diagnostic accuracy was 61.9% and 55.0% in aspiration only and brushing groups, respectively. Two out of 4 (50.0% patents were diagnosed as having cancer in the brushings group compared to 1/5 (20.0% in the FNA only group (P=0.524. Limitations Non-randomised series. Conclusions The cellular yield was similar in FNA and brushing group. Greater proportion of patients with malignant cystic pancreatic lesions diagnosed by EUS sampling was in the brushing group, but this did not reach statistical significance.

  17. Photoconductive Properties of Brush Plated Copper Indium Gallium Selenide Films


    Subiramaniyam, N. P.; P. Thirunavukkarasu; Murali, K. R.


    Copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) films were deposited for the first time by the brush electrodeposition technique. X-ray diffraction studies indicated the formation of single phase chalcopyrite CIGS. Lattice parameters, dislocation density, and strain were calculated. Band gap of the films increased from 1.12 eV to 1.63 eV as the gallium concentration increased. Room temperature transport parameters of the films, namely, resistivity increased from 0.10 ohm cm to 12 ohm cm, mobility decre...

  18. Automatic brush-plating technology for component remanufacturing

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    WU Bin; XU Bin-shi; JING Xue-dong; LIU Cun-long; ZHANG Bin


    An automatic brush-plating system was developed for component remanufacturing. With this system, Ni/nano-alumina composite coatings from an electrolyte containing 20 g/L nano-alumina particles were prepared.Microstructure, surface morphology, microhardness and wear resistance of automatically plated coatings and manu ally plated coatings were investigated comparatively. The results show that the automatically plated coatings are relatively dense and uniform and have lower friction coefficient of 0. 089 under lubricant condition, when compared with manually plated coatings with friction coefficient of 0. 14.

  19. Scaling features of the tribology of polymer brushes of increasing grafting density around the mushroom-to-brush transition (United States)

    Mayoral, E.; Klapp, J.; Gama Goicochea, A.


    Nonequilibrium coarse-grained, dissipative particle dynamics simulations of complex fluids, made up of polymer brushes tethered to planar surfaces immersed in a solvent yield nonmonotonic behavior of the friction coefficient as a function of the polymer grating density on the substrates, Γ , while the viscosity shows a monotonically increasing dependence on Γ . This effect is shown to be independent of the degree of polymerization, N , and the size of the system. It arises from the composition and the structure of the first particle layer adjacent to each surface that results from the confinement of the fluid. Whenever such layers are made up of as close a proportion of polymer beads to solvent particles as there are in the fluid, the friction coefficient shows a minimum, while for disparate proportions the friction coefficient grows. At the mushroom-to-brush transition (MBT) the viscosity scales with an exponent that depends on the characteristic exponent of the MBT (6/5) and the solvent quality exponent (ν =0.5 , for θsolvent), but it is independent of the polymerization degree (N ). On the other hand, the friction coefficient at the MBT scales as μ ˜N6 /5 , while the grafting density at the MBT scales as Γ ˜N-6 /5 when friction is minimal, in agreement with previous scaling theories. We argue these aspects are the result of cooperative phenomena that have important implications for the understanding of biological brushes and the design of microfluidics devices, among other applications of current academic and industrial interest.

  20. A Colorimetric Interdental Probe as a Standard Method to Evaluate Interdental Efficiency of Interdental Brush. (United States)

    Bourgeois, D; Carrouel, F; Llodra, J C; Bravo, M; Viennot, S


    The aim of this study is to evaluate the concordance between the empirical choice of interdental brushes of different diameters compared to the gold standard, the IAP CURAPROX(©) calibrating colorimetric probe. It is carried out with the aim of facilitating the consensus development of best practices. All the subjects' interproximal spaces were evaluated using the reference technique (colorimetric probe), then after a time lapse of 1.2 ± 0.2 hours, using the empirical clinical technique (brushes) by the same examiner. Each examiner explored 3 subjects. The order the patients were examined with the colorimetric interdental probe (CIP) was random. 446 sites were selected in the study out of 468 potential sites. The correspondence of scores between interdental bushes vs. colorimetric probe is 43.0% [95%-CI: 38.5-47.6]. In 33.41% of the 446 sites, the brush is inferior to the probe; in 23.54% of cases, the brush is superior to the probe. Among the discrepancies there is thus a tendency for the subjects to use brushes with smaller diameter than that recommended by the colorimetric probe. This review has found very high-quality evidence that colorimetric probes plus interdental brushing is more beneficial than interdental brushing alone for increase the concordance between the empirical choice of interdental brushes of different diameters compared to the gold standard. Uncertainties remain and further research is required to provide detailed data on user satisfaction.

  1. Bioconjugation of protein-repellent zwitterionic polymer brushes grafted from silicon nitride

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    Nguyen, A.T.; Baggerman, J.; Paulusse, J.M.J.; Zuilhof, H.; Rijn, van C.J.M.


    A new method for attaching antibodies to protein-repellent zwitterionic polymer brushes aimed at recognizing microorganisms while preventing the nonspecific adsorption of proteins is presented. The poly(sulfobetaine methacrylate) (SBMA) brushes were grafted from α-bromo isobutyryl initiator-function

  2. Bioconjugation of Protein-Repellent Zwitterionic Polymer Brushes Grafted from Silicone Nitride

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    Nguyen, A.T.; Baggerman, J.; Paulusse, J.M.J.; Zuilhof, H.; Rijn, van C.J.M.


    A new method for attaching antibodies to protein-repellent zwitterionic polymer brushes aimed at recognizing microorganisms while preventing the nonspecific adsorption of proteins is presented. The poly(sulfobetaine methacrylate) (SBMA) brushes were grafted from a-bromo isobutyryl initiator-function

  3. Small molecule pinocytosis and clathrin-dependent endocytosis at the intestinal brush border

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    Danielsen, Erik Michael; Hansen, Gert H


    compartments, indicating the existence of two different uptake mechanisms operating simultaneously at the brush border. CTB is internalized by clathrin-dependent receptor mediated endocytosis, but surprisingly the toxin also caused a rapid disappearance from the apical cell surface of two major brush border...

  4. Mixed brush of chemically and physically adsorbed polymers under shear: Inverse transport of the physisorbed species (United States)

    Pastorino, C.; Müller, M.


    We study mixed brushes under shear flow by molecular dynamics simulation with an explicit solvent. The primary brush is formed by chemically grafting polymers to a solid substrate, the secondary brush is comprised of shorter, physically end-adsorbed molecules that can laterally diffuse. By virtue of the immobility of the grafted end-points of the primary brush, its individual macromolecules perform a cyclic motion. If there is a well defined solvent-brush interface, this cyclic motion of the primary brush molecules will collectively result in the reversal of the flow inside of the primary brush. This backflow, linear in the shear rate, gives rise to the transport of the shorter, physically end-adsorbed molecules in the opposite direction of the solvent flow. We discuss which conditions are necessary to observe this counter-intuitive phenomenon. Comparing Poiseuille and Couette flow we demonstrate that the magnitude of the local shear rate at the brush-liquid interface dictates the cyclic motion and concomitant inversion of transport but that these universal effects are independent of the type of driving the flow.

  5. Synthesis and characterization of poly(3-sulfopropylmethacrylate) brushes for potential antibacterial applications. (United States)

    Ramstedt, Madeleine; Cheng, Nan; Azzaroni, Omar; Mossialos, Dimitris; Mathieu, Hans Jörg; Huck, Wilhelm T S


    This article describes the aqueous atom transfer radical polymerization synthesis of poly(3-sulfopropylmethacrylate) brushes onto gold and Si/SiO2 surfaces in a controlled manner. The effect of Cu(I)/Cu(II) ratio was examined, and a quartz crystal microbalance was used to study the kinetics of the brush synthesis. The synthesized brushes displayed a thickness from a few nanometers to several hundred nanometers and were characterized using atomic force microscopy, ellipsometry, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), contact angle measurements, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The as-synthesized sulfonate brushes had very good ion-exchange properties for the ions tested in this study, i.e., Na+, K+, Cu2+, and Ag+. FTIR and XPS show that the metal ions are coordinating to sulfonate moieties inside the brushes. The brushes were easily loaded with silver ions, and the effect of silver ion concentration on silver loading of the brush was examined. The silver-loaded brushes were shown to be antibacterial toward both gram negative and gram positive bacteria. The silver leaching was studied through leaching experiments into water, NaNO3, and NaCl (physiological medium). The results from these leaching experiments are compared and discussed in the article.

  6. The Weak Interaction of Surfactants with Polymer Brushes and Its Impact on Lubricating Behavior

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    Zhang, Ran; Ma, Shuanhong; Wei, Qiangbing; Ye, Qian; Yu, Bo; Gucht, Van Der Jasper; Zhou, Feng


    We study the weak interaction between polymers and oppositely charged surfactants and its effect on the lubricating behavior and wettability of polymer brush-covered surfaces. For cationic (PMETAC) and anionic (PSPMA) brushes, a gradual transition from ultralow friction to ultrahigh friction was

  7. Brush Seal Arrangement for the RS-68 Turbopump Set (United States)

    Nunez, D.; Ransom, D.; Prueger, G.


    The nature of the RS-68 turbopumps requires that the hydrogen seals separating the pump from the turbine must have extremely low levels of leakage and be contained in small packages. Conventional seal technologies are not able to reasonably satisfy such design requirements. A review of experimental measurements and analysis publications suggests that brush seals are well suited for the design requirements. Brush seals are shown to have less leakage than conventional labyrinth and damper seals and have no adverse effects on the rotordynamics of the machine. The bulk-flow analysis presented by Hendricks et al. is used as a guideline to create a spreadsheet that provides mass flow through the seal and heat generated by the rubbing contact of the bristles on the shaft. The analysis is anchored to published data for LN2 and LH2 leakage tests. Finally, the analysis is used to design seals for both applications. It is observed that the most important analysis parameter is the thickness of the bristle pack and its relationship to seal clearance, lay angle and pressure drop.

  8. DNA Polymer Brush Patterning through Photocontrollable Surface-Initiated DNA Hybridization Chain Reaction. (United States)

    Huang, Fujian; Zhou, Xiang; Yao, Dongbao; Xiao, Shiyan; Liang, Haojun


    The fabrication of DNA polymer brushes with spatial resolution onto a solid surface is a crucial step for biochip research and related applications, cell-free gene expression study, and even artificial cell fabrication. Here, for the first time, a DNA polymer brush patterning method is reported based on the photoactivation of an ortho-nitrobenzyl linker-embedded DNA hairpin structure and a subsequent surface-initiated DNA hybridization chain reaction (HCR). Inert DNA hairpins are exposed to ultraviolet light irradiation to generate DNA duplexes with two active sticky ends (toeholds) in a programmable manner. These activated DNA duplexes can initiate DNA HCR to generate multifunctional patterned DNA polymer brushes with complex geometrical shapes. Different multifunctional DNA polymer brush patterns can be fabricated on certain areas of the same solid surface using this method. Moreover, the patterned DNA brush surface can be used to capture target molecules in a desired manner.

  9. Highly uniform hole spacing micro brushes based on aligned carbon nanotube arrays (United States)

    Yang, Zhi; Zhu, Xingzhong; Huang, Xiaolu; Cheng, Yingwu; Liu, Yun; Geng, Huijuan; Wu, Yue; Su, Yanjie; Wei, Hao; Zhang, Yafei


    Highly uniform hole spacing micro brushes were fabricated based on aligned carbon nanotube (CNT) arrays synthesized by chemical vapor deposition method with the assistance of anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) template. Different micro brushes from CNT arrays were constructed on silicon, glass, and polyimide substrates, respectively. The micro brushes had highly uniform hole spacing originating from the regularly periodic pore structure of AAO template. The CNT arrays, serving as bristles, were firmly grafted on the substrates. The brushes can easily clean particles with scale of micrometer on the surface of silicon wafer and from the narrow spaces between the electrodes in a series of cleaning experiments. The results show the potential application of the CNT micro brushes as a cleaning tool in microelectronics manufacture field.

  10. Comparison between observed children's tooth brushing habits and those reported by mothers

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    Pordeus Isabela A


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Information bias can occur in epidemiological studies and compromise scientific outcomes, especially when evaluating information given by a patient regarding their own health. The oral habits of children reported by their mothers are commonly used to evaluate tooth brushing practices and to estimate fluoride intake by children. The aim of the present study was to compare observed tooth-brushing habits of young children using fluoridated toothpaste with those reported by mothers. Methods A sample of 201 mothers and their children (aged 24-48 months from Montes Claros, Brazil, took part in a cross-sectional study. At day-care centres, the mothers answered a self-administered questionnaire on their child's tooth-brushing habits. The structured questionnaire had six items with two to three possible answers. An appointment was then made with each mother/child pair at day-care centres. The participants were asked to demonstrate the tooth-brushing practice as usually performed at home. A trained examiner observed and documented the procedure. Observed tooth brushing and that reported by mothers were compared for overall agreement using Cohen's Kappa coefficient and the McNemar test. Results Cohen's Kappa values comparing mothers' reports and tooth brushing observed by the examiner ranged from poor-to-good (0.00-0.75. There were statistically significant differences between observed tooth brushing habits and those reported by mothers (p Conclusions In general, there was low agreement between observed tooth brushing and mothers' reports. Moreover, the different methods of estimation resulted in differences in the frequencies of tooth brushing habits, indicative of reporting bias. Data regarding children's tooth-brushing habits as reported by mothers should be considered with caution in epidemiological surveys on fluoridated dentifrice use and the risk of dental fluorosis.

  11. Intrinsic properties and mechanisms of spontaneous firing in mouse cerebellar unipolar brush cells. (United States)

    Russo, Marco J; Mugnaini, Enrico; Martina, Marco


    Neuronal firing patterns are determined by the cell's intrinsic electrical and morphological properties and are regulated by synaptic interactions. While the properties of cerebellar neurons have generally been studied in much detail, little is known about the unipolar brush cells (UBCs), a type of glutamatergic interneuron that is enriched in the granular layer of the mammalian vestibulocerebellum and participates in the representation of head orientation in space. Here we show that UBCs can be distinguished from adjacent granule cells on the basis of differences in membrane capacitance, input resistance and response to hyperpolarizing current injection. We also show that UBCs are intrinsically firing neurons. Using action potential clamp experiments and whole-cell recordings we demonstrate that two currents contribute to this property: a persistent TTX-sensitive sodium current and a ruthenium red-sensitive, TRP-like cationic current, both of which are active during interspike intervals and have reversal potentials positive to threshold. Interestingly, although UBCs are also endowed with a large I(h) current, this current is not involved in their intrinsic firing, perhaps because it activates at voltages that are more hyperpolarized than those associated with autonomous activity.

  12. Ultrasensitive ELISA using enzyme-loaded nanospherical brushes as labels. (United States)

    Qu, Zhenyuan; Xu, Hong; Xu, Ping; Chen, Kaimin; Mu, Rong; Fu, Jianping; Gu, Hongchen


    Improving the detection sensitivity of enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) is of utmost importance for meeting the demand of early disease diagnosis. Herein we report an ultrasensitive ELISA system using horseradish peroxidase (HRP)-loaded nanospherical poly(acrylic acid) brushes (SPAABs) as labels. HRP was covalently immobilized in SPAABs with high capacity and activity via an efficient "chemical conjugation after electrostatic entrapment" (CCEE) process, thus endowing SPAABs with high amplification capability as labels. The periphery of SPAAB-HRP was further utilized to bind a layer of antibody with high density for efficient capture of analytes owing to the three-dimensional architecture of SPAABs. Using human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG) as a model analyte, the SPAAB-amplified system drastically boosted the detection limit of ELISA to 0.012 mIU mL(-1), a 267-fold improvement as compared to conventional ELISA systems.

  13. The effectivity of toothpick tooth brushing method on plaque control

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    Chiquita Prahasanti


    Full Text Available Background: Periodontal diseases are associated with bacteria species which present in biofilms that colonize on dental surfaces. Several tooth brushing methods had been known and proved to be effective in maintaining oral hygiene. Among them, tooth pick technique was a relatively new method and its superiority in removing interproximal plaque was better than other methods. Purpose: The purpose of this study was to examine the effectivity of toothpick tooth brushing method to conventional method on periodontal health. Methods: This research was designed as an analytical observational study. Thirty samples selected from five hundred and twelve males Indonesian Air-force members in Malang, aged 18–40 yrs, with periodontal pockets (≤ 5 mm in upper or lower teeth, without crowding, gingival index minimal > 1 (moderate gingivitis, OHI-S score minimal ≥ 1.3 (moderate, without systemic diseases, do not undergone medical therapy/drug prescriptions, without using mouth rinse during study, and without prosthesis. There were thirty samples in this research and devided to two groups, fifteen samples easch. The groups were toothpick tooth brusing method and conventional method (control group. In this study oral hygiene index simplified (OHI-S, gingival index (GI, bleeding on probing (BOP and pocket depth were examined. Results: There were significant differences (p = .001 in OHI-S, GI, BOP, and PD before and after conducting each toothbrushing method, as well as differences between means (quarrel means, that were p = .003; p = .001; p = .001 and p = .001 consecutively. Conclusion: Toothpick brushing method was more effective in plaque control compared to conventional method.Latar belakang: Penyakit periodontal berhubungan dengan bakteri yang berkoloni dalam biofilm yang terdapat di permukaan gigi. Saat ini telah dikenal berbagai macam metode menyikat gigi tetapi masih belum ada penelitian tentang efek metode tersebut terhadap OHI-S. Penelitian in ingin

  14. Tooth brushing skills for the children aged 3-11 years

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    Das U


    Full Text Available Objectives: The objective of this study was to evaluate tooth brushing management and ability of children in relation to age and gender. Materials and Methods: The study population consisted of 45 children, who attended Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry at V.S Dental College and Hospital Bangalore. Children were divided into three groups according to age: Group I: 3-5 years, Group II: 6-8 years, and Group III: 9-11 years. Each child selected his/her favorite toothbrush and brushed his/her teeth under supervision of one instructor. The grip type during tooth brushing was recorded on a videotape and duration of tooth brushing also was noted. The data were analyzed in relation to the age and gender using the chi-square test. ANOVA was used to find if there is any significant difference between the mean brushing times in the different groups. Results: The results of statistical analysis showed that in all cases P> 0.05 for grip preferences and P < 0.001 between age groups 3-5 years and 9-11 years with respect to the mean brushing time. Conclusion: The required manual dexterity for tooth brushing was present in younger age groups.

  15. Tooth brushing among 11- to 15-year-olds in Denmark

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    Bast, L. S.; Nordahl, H.; Christensen, L. B.


    OBJECTIVE: Regular tooth brushing in adolescence predicts stable tooth brushing habits later in life. Differences in tooth brushing habits by ethnic background and socioeconomic position have been suggested. We investigated migration status and social class in relation to infrequent tooth brushing...... brushing. RESULTS: 10,607 respondents: a response rate of 88.3%. Boys of lower social class had higher odds ratio (OR) of infrequent tooth brushing than girls: 1.98 (95% confidence interval 1.62-2.41) vs 1.80 (1.53-2.24). Immigrants and descendants had higher odds compared to adolescents of Danish origin......: immigrant boys OR 1.39 (1.05-1.89), girls OR 1.92 (1.47-2.50); descendant boys OR 2.53 (1.97-3.27), girls OR 2.56 (2.02-3.35). Analyses of the combined effect of social class and migration status showed that the social gradient in tooth brushing habits observed among ethnic Danes cannot be found among...

  16. Modeling lower critical solution temperature behavior of associating polymer brushes with classical density functional theory. (United States)

    Gong, Kai; Marshall, Bennett D; Chapman, Walter G


    We study the lower critical solution temperature (LCST) behavior of associating polymer brushes (i.e., poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)) using classical density functional theory. Without using any empirical or temperature-dependent parameters, we find the phase transition of polymer brushes from extended to collapsed structure with increasing temperature, indicating the LCST behavior of polymer brushes. The LCST behavior of associating polymer brushes is attributed to the interplay of hydrogen bonding interactions and Lennard-Jones attractions in the system. The effect of grafting density and molecular weight on the phase behavior of associating polymer brushes has been also investigated. We find no LCST behavior at low grafting density or molecular weight. Moreover, increasing grafting density decreases the LCST and swelling ratio of polymer brushes. Similarly, increasing molecular weight decreases the LCST but increases the swelling ratio. At very high grafting density, a partial collapsed structure appears near the LCST. Qualitatively consistent with experiments, our results provide insight into the molecular mechanism of LCST behavior of associating polymer brushes.

  17. Synthesis and Biomedical Applications of Poly((meth)acrylic acid) Brushes. (United States)

    Qu, Zhenyuan; Xu, Hong; Gu, Hongchen


    Poly((meth)acrylic acid) (P(M)AA) brushes possess a number of distinctive properties that are particularly attractive for biomedical applications. This minireview summarizes recent advances in the synthesis and biomedical applications of P(M)AA brushes and brushes containing P(M)AA segments. First, we review different surface-initiated polymerization (SIP) methods, with a focus on recent progress in the surface-initiated controlled/living radical polymerization (SI-CLRP) techniques used to generate P(M)AA brushes with a tailored structure. Next, we discuss biomolecule immobilization methods for P(M)AA brushes, including physical adsorption, covalent binding, and affinity interactions. Finally, typical biomedical applications of P(M)AA brushes are reviewed, and their performance is discussed based on their unique properties. We conclude that P(M)AA brushes are promising biomaterials, and more potential biomedical applications are expected to emerge with the further development of synthetic techniques and increased understanding of their interactions with biological systems.

  18. Compression induced phase transition of nematic brush: A mean-field theory study

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    Tang, Jiuzhou [Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China); Zhang, Xinghua, E-mail: [School of Science, Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing 100044 (China); Yan, Dadong, E-mail: [Department of Physics, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875 (China)


    Responsive behavior of polymer brush to the external compression is one of the most important characters for its application. For the flexible polymer brush, in the case of low grafting density, which is widely studied by the Gaussian chain model based theory, the compression leads to a uniform deformation of the chain. However, in the case of high grafting density, the brush becomes anisotropic and the nematic phase will be formed. The normal compression tends to destroy the nematic order, which leads to a complex responsive behaviors. Under weak compression, chains in the nematic brush are buckled, and the bending energy and Onsager interaction give rise to the elasticity. Under deep compression, the responsive behaviors of the nematic polymer brush depend on the chain rigidity. For the compressed rigid polymer brush, the chains incline to re-orientate randomly to maximize the orientational entropy and its nematic order is destroyed. For the compressed flexible polymer brush, the chains incline to fold back to keep the nematic order. A buckling-folding transition takes place during the compressing process. For the compressed semiflexible brush, the chains are collectively tilted to a certain direction, which leads to the breaking of the rotational symmetry in the lateral plane. These responsive behaviors of nematic brush relate to the properties of highly frustrated worm-like chain, which is hard to be studied by the traditional self-consistent field theory due to the difficulty to solve the modified diffusion equation. To overcome this difficulty, a single chain in mean-field theory incorporating Monte Carlo simulation and mean-field theory for the worm-like chain model is developed in present work. This method shows high performance for entire region of chain rigidity in the confined condition.

  19. Assessment in vitro of brushing on dental surface roughness alteration by laser interferometry

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    Alessandra Miranda de Azevedo


    Full Text Available Noncarious cervical lesions (NCCLs are considered to be of multifactorial origin, normally associated with inadequate brushing. This study assessed the influence in vitro of simulated brushing on NCCL formation. Fifteen human premolars were submitted to brushing in the cementoenamel junction region, using hard-, medium- and soft-bristled brushes associated with a toothpaste of medium abrasiveness under a 200 g load, at a speed of 356 rpm for 100 minutes. The surface topography of the region was analyzed before and after brushing, by means of a laser interferometer, using "cut-off" values of 0.25 and considering roughness values in mm. The initial roughness (mm results for dentin (D / bristle consistency: 1 - soft, 2 - medium and 3 - hard were as follows: (D1 1.25 ± 0.45; (D2 1.12 ± 0.44; (D3 1.05 ± 0.41. For enamel (E / bristle consistency: 1 - soft, 2 - medium and 3 - hard, the initial results were: (E1 1.18 ± 0.35; (E2 1.32 ± 0.25; (E3 1.50 ± 0.38. After brushing, the following were the values for dentin: (D1 2.32 ± 1.99; (D2 3.30 ± 0.96; (D3 Over 500. For enamel, the values after brushing were: (E1 1.37 ± 0.31; (E2 2.15 ± 0.90; (E3 1.22 ± 0.47. Based on the results of the ANOVA and Tukey statistical analyses (a = .05 it was concluded that soft, medium and hard brushes are not capable of abrading enamel, whereas dentin showed changes in surface roughness by the action of medium- and hard-bristled brushes.

  20. 超低速直流电机电刷短路系数计算%Computation of brush short-circuit coefficients of DC machines for extremely low speed drives

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    张琪; 谢国栋; 黄苏融


    Short circuit due to the brushes over the commutator segments of DC machines causes reduction in the armature resistance and flux linkage, which is especially meaningful when the electric machine is running at zero or extremely low speed. In design computation of DC machines, usually the average values of the coefficients are used in consideration of the effects of the short circuit.However, the average values have complicated relationships with the parameters of electric machines, therefore, no usable mathematical model has been established yet for precise computation. In this paper, a relatively simple and generalized method for precise computation of the average values of the short-circuit coefficients is proposed. This method decouples some of the machine parameters and, therefore establishes a highly parameterized mathematical model and is convenient in formulation for computation. In addition, the computation data for one and two brush pairs, which are the most common cases, is provided.

  1. Complex polymer brush gradients based on nanolithography and surface-initiated polymerization. (United States)

    Lin, Xiankun; He, Qiang; Li, Junbai


    Confined surface gradients consisting of polymer brushes have great potential in various applications such as microfluidic devices, sensors, and biophysical research. Among the available fabrication approaches, nanolithographies combined with self-assembled monolayers and surface-initiated polymerization have became powerful tools to engineer confined gradients or predefined complex gradients on the nanometre size. In this tutorial review, we mainly highlight the research progress of the fabrication of confined polymer brush gradients by using electron beam, laser, and probe-based nanolithographies and the physical base for these approaches. The application of these polymer brush gradients in biomedical research is also addressed.

  2. Study on Microstructures and Properties of Electro Brush-plating Composite Coatings

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    GUZhuo-ming; HUANGWan-juan


    In this paper, composite coatings were prepared using improved electro brush plating, and the possibility and feasibility of obtaining of composite coatings with various hard dispersion paticles (Cr2O3, SiC, ZrO, Al2O3 etc.) were studied.The microstructure, constitution, microhardness and wear resistance w, ere examined. The results show that.electro brush-plating composite coatings have finner microstruetures and higher microhardness and wear-resistance than ordinary electro brush-plating coatings.The research results can he used in repairing and surface strengthening of worn machine parts,and have practical uses.

  3. Study on Microstructures and Properties of Electro Brush-plating Composite Coatings

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    GU Zhuo-ming; HUANG Wan-juan


    In this paper, composite coatings were prepared using improved electro brush-plating, and the possibility and feasibility of obtaining of composite coatings with various hard dispersion paticles (Cr2O3, SiC, ZrO, Al2O3 etc.) were studied.The microstructure, constitution, microhardness and wear resistance were examined. The results show that,electro brush-plating composite coatings have firner microstructures and higher microhardness and wear-resistance than ordinary electro brush-plating coatings.The research results can be used in repairing and surface strengthening of worn machine parts,and have practical uses.

  4. A sequence of calculation of the modes of dimensional combined processing by an electrode brush (United States)

    Ryazantsev, A. Yu; Kirillov, O. N.; Smolentsev, V. P.; Totay, A. V.


    In the article the way of calculation of the modes of dimensional processing by an electrode brush is considered. The choice of a liquid working environment is presented. A calculation of tension in electrodes and forces of the technological current realized during processing is given. A choice of a clip of wire bunches in a processing zone, feeding an electrode brush to a non-rigid work piece. The recommended technological indicators of the process of the finishing combined treatment by an electrode brush are presented.

  5. Surface Physics and Chemistry of Electrical Contact Phenomena. (United States)


    EVOLUIONS Fig. 2. Electrical contact resistances and coefficients of friction vs. number of slip ring revolutions under 1 atm of wet CO2 and a 30 A brush...number is in actual contact. However, the results especially at 50 A clearly point towards melting temperatures. Further, the ’AD-A12 2 i SURFACE

  6. Electric motors for robotics; Moteurs electriques pour la robotique

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    Maye, P.


    This book presents the technology of DC motors, DC brush-less motors and step by step motors as used in robotics. It describes also the speed and positioning servo-systems with their electronic circuits, the overheating problems and the selection criteria for a given electric motor. (J.S.)

  7. Daylong Effect of Tooth Brushing or Combination Tooth Brushing and Tongue Cleaning Using Antiplaque®Toothpaste on Volatile Sulphur Compound Levels

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    Indriasti Indah Wardhany


    Full Text Available Objective: to determine the daylong effect of Antiplaque® toothpaste active copound and the effect of tooth brushing or combination of tooth brushing and tongue cleaning on Volatile Sulphur Compounds (VSC levels. Methods: Clinical experimental double blinded microbiological and clinical examination. Subjects mainly from dental faculty student with or without a chief complain of halitosis. One hundred and twenty subjects were divided into four groups that consist of thirty samples each group. Two group are treatment subjects were divided into four groups that consist thirty samples each group. Two groups are treatment groups using Antiplaque® toothpaste and two groups are control groups using placebo toothpaste. The daylong effects of VSC levels are measured by Halimeter and organoleptic. The intraoral status were measured including periodontal status and tongue index. Result: There are a reduction of VSC levels in both treatment and control group, but the reduction only significant in group using Antiplaque® toothpaste (Wilcoxon signed rank test, p<0.05. There are a reduction of VSC levels in both treatment using Antiplaque® toothpaste, but the combination of tooth brushing and tongue cleaning reduced VSC levels significantly lower than tooth brushing treatment (Mann Whitney U test, P,0.05. Conclusion: Tooth brushing and tongue cleaning using Antiplaque® toothpaste significantly reduced VSC levels.DOI: 10.14693/jdi.v16i2.95

  8. Brushes and picks used on nails during the surgical scrub to reduce bacteria: a randomised trial. (United States)

    Tanner, J; Khan, D; Walsh, S; Chernova, J; Lamont, S; Laurent, T


    Though brushes are no longer used on the hands and forearms during the surgical scrub, they are still widely used on the nails. The aim of this study was to determine whether nail picks and nail brushes are effective in providing additional decontamination during a surgical hand scrub. A total of 164 operating department staff were randomised to undertake one of the following three surgical hand-scrub protocols: chlorhexidine only; chlorhexidine and a nail pick; or chlorhexidine and a nail brush. Bacterial hand sampling was conducted before and 1h after scrubbing using a modified version of the glove juice method. No statistically significant differences in bacterial numbers were found between any two of the three intervention groups. Nail brushes and nail picks used during surgical hand scrubs do not decrease bacterial numbers and are unnecessary.

  9. Trends in Social Inequality in Tooth Brushing among Adolescents: 1991-2014

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    Holstein, Bjørn Evald; Bast, Lotus Sofie; Brixval, Carina Sjöberg;


    This study examines whether social inequality in tooth brushing frequency among adolescents changed from 1991 to 2014. The data material was seven comparable cross-sectional studies of nationally representative samples of 11- to 15-year-olds in Denmark with data about frequency of tooth brushing...... and occupation of parents. The total number of participants was 31,464, of whom 21.7% brushed their teeth less than the recommended 2 times a day. The absolute social inequality measured as prevalence difference between low and high social class increased from 7.7% in 1991 to 14.6% in 2014. The relative social...... inequality assessed by odds ratios for infrequent tooth brushing also increased from 1991 to 2014....

  10. Interferometry study of aqueous lubrication on the surface of polyelectrolyte brush. (United States)

    Kobayashi, Motoyasu; Tanaka, Hiroyoshi; Minn, Myo; Sugimura, Joichi; Takahara, Atsushi


    The water lubrication behavior of a polyelectrolyte brush was investigated by using double-spacer-layer ultra-thin-film interferometry to determine the thickness of the aqueous lubrication layer present at the interface between the brush and a spherical glass lens. A hydrophilic poly{[2-(methacryloyloxy)ethyl]trimethylammonium chloride} brush was prepared on an optical glass disk coated with layers of semireflective chromium and silica. The thickness of the hydrodynamic lubrication layer was estimated interferometrically. On increasing the sliding velocity from 10(-5) to 10(-1) m·s(-1), the gap between the rotating disk and loading sphere glass lens showed a marked increase to 130 nm at 2×10(-2) m·s(-1), and the friction coefficient simultaneously decreased to 0.01-0.02, indicating that the polyelectrolyte brush promoted the formation of a fluid lubrication layer that separates the rubbing surfaces, preventing direct contact and providing a low friction coefficient.

  11. Dermal Exposure during Filling, Loading and Brushing with Products Containing 2-(2-Butoxyethoxy)ethanol

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    Gijsbers, J.H.J.; Tielemans, E.; Brouwer, D.H.; Hemmen, J.J. van


    Introduction: Limited quantitative information is available on dermal exposure to chemicals during various industrial activities. Therefore, within the scope of the EU-funded RISKOFDERM project, potential dermal exposure was measured during three different tasks: filling, loading and brushing. DEGBE

  12. pH-regulated ionic current rectification in conical nanopores functionalized with polyelectrolyte brushes. (United States)

    Zeng, Zhenping; Ai, Ye; Qian, Shizhi


    Mimicking biological ion channels capable of pH-regulated ionic transport, synthetic nanopores functionalized with pH-tunable polyelectrolyte (PE) brushes have been considered as versatile tools for active transport control of ions, fluids, and bioparticles on the nanoscale. The ionic current rectification (ICR) phenomenon through a conical nanopore functionalized with PE brushes whose charge highly depends upon the local solution properties (i.e., pH and background salt concentration) is studied theoretically for the first time. The results show that the rectification magnitude, as well as the preferential rectification direction, is sensitive to the pH stimulus. The bulk concentration of the background salt can also significantly influence the charge of the PE brushes and accordingly affect the ICR phenomenon. The obtained results provide an insightful understanding of the pH-regulated ICR and guidelines for designing nanopores functionalized with PE brushes for pH-tunable applications.

  13. Preparing high-density polymer brushes by mechanically assisted polymer assembly (MAPA) (United States)

    Wu, Tao; Efimenko, Kirill; Genzer, Jan


    We introduce a novel method of modifying the surface properties of materials. This technique, called MAPA (="mechanically assisted polymer assembly"), is based on: 1) chemically attaching polymerization initiators to the surface of an elastomeric network that has been previously stretched by a certain length, Δx, and 2) growing end-anchored macromolecules using surface initiated ("grafting from") atom transfer living radical polymerization. After the polymerization, the strain is removed from the substrate, which returns to its original size causing the grafted macromolecules to stretch away from the substrate and form a dense polymer brush. We demonstrate the feasibility of the MAPA method by preparing high-density polymer brushes of poly(acryl amide), PAAm. We show that, as expected, the grafting density of the PAAm brushes can be increased by increasing Δx. We demonstrate that polymer brushes with extremely high grafting densities can be successfully prepared by MAPA.

  14. Well-defined polyethylene molecular brushes by polyhomologation and ring opening metathesis polymerization

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    Zhang, Hefeng


    A novel strategy using polyhomologation and ring opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) has been developed for the synthesis of well-defined polyethylene (PE) molecular brushes. Polyhomologation was used to afford an OH-terminated PE, which after transformation to the norbornyl PE macromonomer was subjected to ROMP. Kinetics of ROMP of the PE macromonomer was studied by in situ1H NMR monitoring. The brush structure was proved from HT-GPC, 1H NMR and DSC results.

  15. Uptake of pH-Sensitive Gold Nanoparticles in Strong Polyelectrolyte Brushes

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    Dikran Kesal


    Full Text Available The impact of electrostatic attraction on the uptake of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs into positively charged strong poly-[2-(Methacryloyloxy ethyl] trimethylammonium chloride (PMETAC polyelectrolyte brushes was investigated. In this work, PMETAC brushes were synthesized via surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization (Si-ATRP. PMETAC/AuNP composite materials were prepared by incubation of the polymer brush coated samples into 3-mercaptopropionic acid-capped AuNP (5 nm in diameter suspension. The electrostatic interactions were tuned by changing the surface charge of the AuNPs through variations in pH value, while the charge of the PMETAC brush was not affected. Atomic-force microscopy (AFM, ellipsometry, UV/Vis spectroscopy, gravimetric analysis and transmission electron microscopy (TEM were employed to study the loading and penetration into the polymer brush. The results show that the number density of attached AuNPs depends on the pH value and increases with increasing pH value. There is also strong evidence that the particle assembly is dependent on the pH value of the AuNP suspension. Incubation of PMETAC brushes in AuNP suspension at pH 4 led to the formation of a surface layer on top of the brush (2D assembly due to sterical hindrance of the clustered AuNPs, while incubation in AuNP suspension at pH 8 led to deeper particle penetration into the brush (3D assembly. The straightforward control of particle uptake and assembly by tuning the charge density of the nanoparticle surface is a valuable tool for the development of materials for colorimetric sensor applications.

  16. Flow and transport in brush-coated capillaries: A molecular dynamics simulation (United States)

    Dimitrov, D. I.; Klushin, L. I.; Milchev, A.; Binder, K.


    We apply an efficient method of forced imbibition to (nano-)capillaries, coated internally with a polymer brush, to derive the change in permeability and suction force, corresponding to different grafting densities and lengths of the polymer chains. While the fluid is modeled by simple point particles interacting with Lennard-Jones forces, the (end-grafted, fully flexible) polymers, which form the brush coating, are described by a standard bead-spring model. Our computer experiments reveal a significant increase in the suction force (by a factor of 4, as compared to the case of a capillary with bare walls) when the brush width approaches the tube radius. A similar growth in the suction force is found when the grafting density of the brush is systematically increased. Even though the permeability of the tube is found to decline with both growing brush width and grafting density, the combined effect on the overall fluid influx into the capillary turns out to be weak, i.e., the total fluid uptake under spontaneous imbibition decreases only moderately. Thus we demonstrate that one may transport the fluid in vertical brush-coated capillaries to a much larger height than in an equivalent capillary with bare walls. Eventually, we also study the spreading of tracer particles transported by the uptaking fluid in brush-coated capillaries with regard to the grafting density of the brush and the length of the polymers. The observed characteristic asymmetric concentration profiles of the tracers and their evolution with elapsed time are interpreted in terms of a drift-diffusion equation with a reflecting boundary that moves with the fluid front. The resulting theoretical density profiles of the tracer particles are found to be in good agreement with those observed in the computer experiment.

  17. Plaque-left-behind after brushing: intra-oral reservoir for antibacterial toothpaste ingredients


    Otten, Marieke P. T.; Busscher, Henk J.; Abbas, Frank; van der Mei, Henny C.; van Hoogmoed, Chris G.


    Objectives Plaque is never fully removed by brushing and may act as a reservoir for antibacterial ingredients, contributing to their substantive action. This study investigates the contribution of plaque-left-behind and saliva towards substantivity of three antibacterial toothpastes versus a control paste without antibacterial claims. Materials and methods First, volunteers brushed 2 weeks with a control or antibacterial toothpaste. Next, plaque and saliva samples were collected 6 and 12 h af...

  18. Hysteretic memory in pH-response of water contact angle on poly(acrylic acid) brushes. (United States)

    Yadav, Vivek; Harkin, Adrienne V; Robertson, Megan L; Conrad, Jacinta C


    We investigated the pH-dependent response of flat polyacid brushes of varying length and dispersity in the extended brush regime. Our model system consisted of poly(acrylic acid) brushes, which change from hydrophobic and neutral at low pH to hydrophilic and negatively charged at high pH, synthesized on silicon substrates using a grafting-from approach at constant grafting density. We observed three trends in the pH-response: first, the dry brush thickness increased as the pH was increased for brushes above a critical length, and this effect was magnified as the dispersity increased; second, the water contact angle measured at low pH was larger for brushes of greater dispersity; and third, brushes of sufficient dispersity exhibited hysteretic memory behavior in the pH-dependence of the contact angle, in which the contact angle upon increasing and decreasing pH differed. As a consequence, the pKa of the brushes measured upon increasing pH was consistently higher than that measured upon decreasing pH. The observed pH response is consistent with proposed changes in the conformation and charge distribution of the polyelectrolyte brushes that depend on the direction of pH change and the dispersity of the brushes.

  19. Protein adsorption can be reversibly switched on and off on mixed PEO/PAA brushes. (United States)

    Delcroix, M F; Laurent, S; Huet, G L; Dupont-Gillain, C C


    Adsorption of proteins on surfaces placed in biological fluids is a ubiquitous and mostly irreversible phenomenon, desirable or not, but often uncontrolled. Adsorption of most proteins on poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) brushes is very limited, while the amount of proteins adsorbed on poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) brushes varies with the pH and ionic strength (I) of the protein solution. Mixed brushes of PEO and PAA are designed here to reversibly adsorb and desorb albumin, lysozyme, collagen and immunoglobulin G, four very different proteins in terms of size, solubility and isoelectric point. Protein adsorption and desorption are monitored using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, as well as with quartz crystal microbalance for in situ and real-time measurements. Large amounts of protein are adsorbed and then nearly completely desorbed on mixed PEO/PAA brushes by a simple pH and I trigger. The mixed brushes thus nicely combine the properties of pure PAA and pure PEO brushes. These adsorption/desorption cycles are shown to be repeated with high efficiency. The high-performance smart substrates created here could find applications in domains as diverse as biosensors, drug delivery and nanotransport.

  20. Effects of brushing in a classifying machine on the cuticles of Fuji and Gala apples

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    Full Text Available The cuticle, a layer that covers the fruit epidermis, has a protective function against environmental stresses such as wind, temperature, chemicals and drought, not only when the fruit is attached to the plant, but also after harvest. Some postharvest procedures may influence the external layers of the fruit, like the cuticle. The objective of this work was to evaluate the effects of brushing in a classifying machine on the cuticles of apples under scanning electron microscopy (SEM. Two experiments were conducted to test brushing on the cultivars Fuji and Gala using heavy and smooth brushes. The experiments consisted of three replicates of three apples each, with three samples taken from the equatorial area of the fruit to be analyzed under SEM. The brushes of the classifying machine altered the cuticular layer, dragging it, modifying the structure and removing crystalloids of the cuticular wax layer, and forming cracks. There were no differences between the effects of the two types of brushes tested on the cuticles of the apples. The classifying machine used commercially is capable of producing similar effects to those encountered in the brushing experiments conducted on the prototype in the laboratory, removing partially the protective wax content of the apple’s cuticle.

  1. Endoscopic transpapillary brush cytology and forceps biopsy in patients with hilar cholangiocarcinoma

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    Andreas Weber; Claus van Weyhern; Falko Fend; Jochen Schneider; Bruno Neu; Alexander Meining; Hans Weidenbach; Roland M Schmid; Christian Prinz


    AIM:To evaluate the sensitivity of brush cytology and forceps biopsy in a homogeneous patient group with hilar cholangiocarcinoma.METHODS:Brush cytology and forceps biopsy were routinely performed in patients with suspected malignant biliary strictures.Fifty-eight consecutive patients undergoing endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) including forceps biopsy and brush cytology in patients with hilar cholangiocarcinoma between 1995-2005.RESULTS:Positive results for malignancy were obtained in 24/58 patients (41.4%) by brush cytology and in 31/58 patients (53.4%) by forceps biopsy.The combination of both techniques brush cytology and forceps biopsy resulted only in a minor increase in diagnostic sensitivity to 60.3% (35/58 patients).In 20/58 patients (34.5%),diagnosis were obtained by both positive cytology and positive histology,in 11/58 (19%) by positive histology (negative cytology) and only 4/58 patients (6.9%) were confirmed by positive cytology (negative histology).CONCLUSION:Brush cytology and forceps biopsy have only limited sensitivity for the diagnosis of malignant hilar tumors.In our eyes,additional diagnostic techniques should be evaluated and should become routine in patients with negative cytological and histological findings.

  2. Preparation of plasmonic vesicles from amphiphilic gold nanocrystals grafted with polymer brushes (United States)

    Song, Jibin; Huang, Peng; Chen, Xiaoyuan


    Gold nanovesicles contain multiple nanocrystals within a polymeric coating. The strong plasmonic coupling between adjacent nanoparticles in their vesicular shell makes ultrasensitive biosensing and bioimaging possible. In our laboratory, multifunctional plasmonic vesicles are assembled from amphiphilic gold nanocrystals (such as gold nanoparticles and gold nanorods) coated with mixed hydrophilic and hydrophobic polymer brushes or amphiphilic diblock co-polymer brushes. To fulfill the different requirements of biomedical applications, different polymers that are either pH=responsive, photoactive or biodegradable can be used to form the hydrophobic brush, while the hydrophilicity is maintained by polyethylene glycol (PEG). This protocol covers the preparation, surface functionalization and self-assembly of amphiphilic gold nanocrystals grafted covalently with polymer brushes. The protocol can be completed within 2 d. The preparation of amphiphilic gold nanocrystals, coated with amphiphilic diblock polymer brushes using a ‘grafting to’ method or mixed hydrophilic and hydrophobic polymer brushes using tandem ‘grafting to’ and ‘grafting from’ methods, is described. We also provide detailed procedures for the preparation and characterization of pH-responsive plasmonic gold nanovesicles from amphiphilic gold nanocrystals using a film-rehydration method that can be completed within ~3 d. PMID:27763624

  3. Polyphosphazene Based Star-Branched and Dendritic Molecular Brushes (United States)

    Henke, Helena; Posch, Sandra; Brüggemann, Oliver; Teasdale, Ian


    A new synthetic procedure is described for the preparation of poly(organo)phosphazenes with star-branched and star dendritic molecular brush type structures, thus describing the first time it has been possible to prepare controlled, highly branched architectures for this type of polymer. Furthermore, as a result of the extremely high-arm density generated by the phosphazene repeat unit, the second-generation structures represent quite unique architectures for any type of polymer. Using two relativity straight forward iterative syntheses it is possible to prepare globular highly branched polymers with up to 30 000 functional end groups, while keeping relatively narrow polydispersities (1.2–1.6). Phosphine mediated polymerization of chlorophosphoranimine is first used to prepare three-arm star polymers. Subsequent substitution with diphenylphosphine moieties gives poly(organo)phosphazenes to function as multifunctional macroinitiators for the growth of a second generation of polyphosphazene arms. Macrosubstitution with Jeffamine oligomers gives a series of large, water soluble branched macromolecules with high-arm density and hydrodynamic diameters between 10 and 70 nm. PMID:27027404

  4. Library of monoclonal antibodies against brush border membrane epithelial antigens

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    Behar, M.; Katz, A.; Silverman, M.


    A purified fraction of proximal tubule brush border membranes (BBM) was prepared from dog kidney and used to immunize mice. The standard technique of hybridoma production was followed as described by Kohler and Milstein. Production of antibodies was detected by indirect immunofluorescence on dog kidney slices and by immunodot against the purified fraction on nitrocellulose. Five hybrids exhibited anti BBM activity. These were cloned twice and yielded stable cell lines producing IgG type monoclonal antibodies against BBM. They were designated A/sub 1/, C/sub 7/, D/sub 3/, D/sub 7/ and H/sub 4/. As a family these five monoclonals have broad tissue specificity, i.e. positive staining of the surface mucosa of intestinal kidney proximal tubules. D/sub 3/ exhibits even broader specificity for epithelium reacting with bile canaliculi and choroid plexus. The authors have verified that at least 4/5 antibodies are directed against BBM protein as revealed by immunoprecipitation of solubilized BBM and detected by Coomassie blue staining or autoradiography of lactoperoxidase labelled BBM. Most interestingly all antibodies bind to the surface of LL CPK/sub 1/ cells, a continuous pig kidney cell line of undefined origin but exhibiting many characteristics of proximal tubule cells. The library of monoclonal antibodies obtained provide important probes with which to study membrane biogenesis and polarization in epithelial cells.

  5. Efficient drug delivery mechanisms of liposomes with tethered biopolymer brushes in aqueous solution using dissipative particle dynamics simulations

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    Goicochea, A Gama; Klapp, J; Pastorino, C


    We undertake the investigation of model liposomes covered with polyethylene glycol brushes as a case study for the mechanisms of efficient drug delivery in biologically relevant situations.Extensive non- equilibrium, coarse grained dissipative particle dynamics simulations of polymer brushes of various lengths and shear rates are performed, having in mind polymer brushes covering the surfaces of drug carrying liposomes in the human circulatory system.In particular, we calculate the viscosity and the friction coefficient for polymer brushes as functions of the shear rate and polymerization degree under theta solvent conditions, and find that the liposome brushes experience considerable shear thinning at large shear rates. The viscosity is shown to obey a scaling law at high shear rate irrespective of the brushes degree of polymerization. A new general scaling relation is obtained for the viscosity at high shear rates. These results reproduce very well trends in recent drug delivering experiments.

  6. Drilling Deeper into tooth brushing skills: Is proactive interference an under-recognized factor in oral hygiene behavior change? (United States)

    Thavarajah, Rooban; Kumar, Madan; Mohandoss, Anusa Arunachalam; Vernon, Lance T


    Proper tooth brushing is a seemingly simple motor activity that can promote oral health. Applying health theories, such as the Information-Motivation-Behavioral Skills (IMB) model, Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Integrated Health Coaching (IHC), may help optimize tooth brushing technique in those with suboptimal skills. Some motor activities, including tooth brushing, may over time become rote and unconscious actions, such that an existing habit can inhibit new learning, i.e., exert proactive interference on learning the new skill. Proactive interference may impede the acquisition of new tooth brushing skills; thus, in this report, we: (1) Review how the habit of tooth brushing is formed; (2) Postulate how proactive interference could impede the establishment of proper tooth brushing retraining; (3) Discuss the merits of this hypothesis; and (4) Provide guidance for future work in this topic within the context of an approach to behavior change that integrates IMB, MI and IHC methodology.

  7. Sulfate transport by chick renal tubule brush-border and basolateral membranes

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    Renfro, J.L.; Clark, N.B.; Metts, R.E.; Lynch, M.A.


    Brush-border and basolateral membrane vesicles (BBMV and BLMV, respectively) were prepared from chick kidney by a calcium precipitation method and by centrifugation on an 8% Percoll self-generating gradient, respectively. In BBMV a 100-mM Na gluconate gradient, out>in, caused concentrative (/sup 35/S) sulfate uptake approximately fivefold greater at 1 min than at 60 min (equilibrium) whether or not the membranes were short-circuited with 100 mM K gluconate, in=out, plus 20 valinomycin/mg protein. A 48-mM HCO/sub 3//sup -/ gradient, in>out, stimulated a 2.5-fold higher uptake at 1 min than at 60 min, and short circuiting as above had no effect on the magnitude of this response. Imposition of a H/sup +/ gradient caused concentrative uptake fourfold higher at 1 min than at equilibrium. Short circuiting as above or addition of 0.1 mM carbonyl cyanide m-chlorophenylhydrazone (CCCP) significantly inhibited the pH gradient effect. Creation of an inside positive electrical potential with 100 mM K gluconate, out>in, plus valinomycin, also caused concentrative sulfate uptake. Based on inhibitor/competitor effects, these are distinct sulfate transport processes. In chick BLMV, imposition of an HCO/sub 3//sup -/ gradient, in>out, produced concentrative sulfate uptake. 4-Acetamido-4'-isothiocyanostilbene 2,2'-disulfonic acid disodium at 0.1 mM was an effective inhibitor of BLMV bicarbonate-sulfate exchange.

  8. Quantitative evaluation of interaction force between functional groups in protein and polymer brush surfaces. (United States)

    Sakata, Sho; Inoue, Yuuki; Ishihara, Kazuhiko


    To understand interactions between polymer surfaces and different functional groups in proteins, interaction forces were quantitatively evaluated by force-versus-distance curve measurements using atomic force microscopy with a functional-group-functionalized cantilever. Various polymer brush surfaces were systematically prepared by surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization as well-defined model surfaces to understand protein adsorption behavior. The polymer brush layers consisted of phosphorylcholine groups (zwitterionic/hydrophilic), trimethylammonium groups (cationic/hydrophilic), sulfonate groups (anionic/hydrophilic), hydroxyl groups (nonionic/hydrophilic), and n-butyl groups (nonionic/hydrophobic) in their side chains. The interaction forces between these polymer brush surfaces and different functional groups (carboxyl groups, amino groups, and methyl groups, which are typical functional groups existing in proteins) were quantitatively evaluated by force-versus-distance curve measurements using atomic force microscopy with a functional-group-functionalized cantilever. Furthermore, the amount of adsorbed protein on the polymer brush surfaces was quantified by surface plasmon resonance using albumin with a negative net charge and lysozyme with a positive net charge under physiological conditions. The amount of proteins adsorbed on the polymer brush surfaces corresponded to the interaction forces generated between the functional groups on the cantilever and the polymer brush surfaces. The weakest interaction force and least amount of protein adsorbed were observed in the case of the polymer brush surface with phosphorylcholine groups in the side chain. On the other hand, positive and negative surfaces generated strong forces against the oppositely charged functional groups. In addition, they showed significant adsorption with albumin and lysozyme, respectively. These results indicated that the interaction force at the functional group level might be

  9. Effect of toothbrushes and denture brushes on heat-polymerized acrylic resins. (United States)

    de Freitas Pontes, Karina Matthes; de Holanda, Janaína Câncio; Fonteles, Cristiane Sa Roriz; Pontes, Cassio de Barros; Lovato da Silva, Cláudia Helena; Paranhos, Helena de Freitas Oliveira


    It is important to choose an appropriate brush for denture cleaning to prevent damage to the surface properties of prosthetic devices. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the abrasiveness of toothbrushes and denture brushes on boiled and microwave-processed acrylic resins. Specimens of 4 resin brands were prepared (n = 30). Five brands of brushes (n = 6) were used in a toothbrushing machine, first for 17,800 strokes and then for an additional 35,600 strokes (total of 53,400), at a load of 200 g. An analytical balance and a profilometer were used to assess the weight and surface roughness, respectively, before and after 17,800 and 53,400 strokes. Analysis of variance and Tukey tests were used for data analysis (α = 0.05). Weight loss increased with time, while surface roughness remained the same. There were no statistically significant differences among toothbrushes and denture brushes in the resulting weight loss (17,800 strokes, 1.83 mg; 53,400 strokes, 3.78 mg) or surface roughness (17,800 or 53,400 strokes, 0.14 µm). The weight loss values after 53,400 brush strokes indicated that Clássico (2.28 mg) and VIPI Wave (2.75 mg) presented significantly greater abrasion resistance than Lucitone 550 (3.36 mg) and Onda-Cryl (2.85 mg) (P < 0.05). The type of brush and the polymerization method did not influence resin wear after brushing.


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    Ceren Damla Özbek


    Full Text Available Purpose: As they grow, children develop their attitude and behavior related to tooth brushing by taking their parents’ oral-dental health behavior as an example. The purpose of this study was to assess whether there was a similarity in tooth brushing between primary school-age children and their parents presenting to the Department of Oral, Dental and Jaw Diseases and Surgery and the Department of Pedodontics, School of Dental Medicine, Istanbul University. Patients and Methods: The study included 126 children and their parents, as totally 252 subjects. The data on oral hygiene of the subjects were obtained using a questionnaire form including questions on the qualitative-quantitative tooth brushing habits of the children and their parents and the socio-demographic characteristics of their families. Results: In most of the cases, there was a similarity between children and their parents in terms of frequency of dentist visits, the therapy they underwent in their last dentist visit, the cause of caries, the frequency of tooth brushing, the material used for oral hygiene, the duration of tooth brushing, method of tooth brushing, and tooth sites most brushed, which showed a significant association between children and their parents (p<0.01. Conclusion: Correct knowledge given to the children by their families will positively affect the oral-dental health of the children. Thus, firstly, correct knowledge should be given to the parents so that they can successfully carry out their responsibility in being the correct model for their children in oral-dental health.

  11. Light-responsive polymer surfaces via postpolymerization modification of grafted polymer-brush structures. (United States)

    Dübner, Matthias; Spencer, Nicholas D; Padeste, Celestino


    Light-induced, spatially well-defined, reversible switching of surface properties enables the creation of remote-controlled smart surfaces. We have taken advantage of the unique high-resolution structuring capabilities of extreme ultraviolet (EUV) interference lithography to produce nanostructured photoresponsive polymer brushes. Patterns of poly(glycidyl methacrylate) (PGMA) and poly(methacrylic acid) (PMAA) were grafted from two different 100 μm thick fluoropolymer substrates by means of a radiation-initiated, grafting-from approach based on free-radical polymerization (FRP). Photochromic properties were introduced via novel one- or two-step postpolymerization modifications with spiropyran (SP) derivatives, which allowed us to control the number of photochromic groups on the polymer brushes. Depending on the degree of functionalization and the local chemical environment, the SP moieties can open upon UV-light exposure to form zwitterionic, deeply colored, and fluorescent merocyanines (MCs) and reclose to the colorless SP configuration via thermal or visible light-induced relaxation. Switching kinetics were studied by means of time-resolved fluorescence microscopy and compared with kinetic measurements of the SP moiety in solution. The results indicated the importance, for the intensity of the switching, of the local chemical environment provided by both the polymer brush and added solvents, and showed the predominant influence on the ring-closing kinetics of polar solvents, which stabilize the MC form. To allow further characterization of the polymer-brush arrangements on a macroscopic scale, similar, but unstructured brush systems were grafted from fluoropolymers after large-area activation using EUV radiation or argon plasma. All steps of the postpolymerization modification were characterized in detail using attenuated total reflection infrared (ATR-IR) spectroscopy. Furthermore, a light-induced reversible static-contact-angle switch with a range of up to 15

  12. Single-chain-in-mean-field simulations of weak polyelectrolyte brushes (United States)

    Léonforte, F.; Welling, U.; Müller, M.


    Structural properties of brushes which are composed of weak acidic and basic polyelectrolytes are studied in the framework of a particle-based approach that implicitly accounts for the solvent quality. Using a semi-grandcanonical partition function in the framework of the Single-Chain-in-Mean-Field (SCMF) algorithm, the weak polyelectrolyte is conceived as a supramolecular mixture of polymers in different dissociation states, which are explicitly treated in the partition function and sampled by the SCMF procedure. One obtains a local expression for the equilibrium acid-base reaction responsible for the regulation of the charged groups that is also incorporated to the SCMF sampling. Coupled to a simultaneous treatment of the electrostatics, the approach is shown to capture the main features of weak polyelectrolyte brushes as a function of the bulk pH in the solution, the salt concentration, and the grafting density. Results are compared to experimental and theoretical works from the literature using coarse-grained representations of poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) and poly(2-vinyl pyridine) (P2VP) polymer-based brushes. As the Born self-energy of ions can be straightforwardly included in the numerical approach, we also study its effect on the local charge regulation mechanism of the brush. We find that its effect becomes significant when the brush is dense and exposed to high salt concentrations. The numerical methodology is then applied (1) to the study of the kinetics of collapse/swelling of a P2VP brush and (2) to the ability of an applied voltage to induce collapse/swelling of a PAA brush in a pH range close to the pKa value of the polymer.

  13. Measurement of Tooth Brushing Frequency, Time of Day and Duration of Adults and Children in Jakarta, Indonesia

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    Anton Rahardjo


    Full Text Available Epidemiological study of tooth brushing is essential to evaluate dental health of a country. Objective: To obtain data on tooth brushing frequency, time of day and duration from adults and children in Jakarta, Indonesia. Methods: Toothbrushes containing data loggers were distributed to 120 random families in Jakarta to record how many times a day, when and for how long subjects brushed their teeth. The families were each composed of a mother, father and two children aged between 6 and 15 years. Results: The mean brushing frequency of the population was 1.27 times per day. The majority of the tooth brushing (46% was performed in the morning. The mean tooth brushing duration of this population was 57.29 seconds. The mothers’ tooth brushing frequencies tended to be higher than that of the other family members, and the fathers tended to brush their teeth longer. Conclusion: Effective education aimed at increasing both the duration and frequency of tooth brushing from once to twice per day is urgently required in Indonesia.DOI: 10.14693/jdi.v21i3.251

  14. Anti-glycosyl antibodies in lipid rafts of the enterocyte brush border: a possible host defense against pathogens

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    Hansen, Gert Helge; Pedersen, Esben D K; Immerdal, Lissi;


    The pig small intestinal brush border is a glycoprotein- and glycolipid-rich membrane that functions as a digestive/absorptive surface for dietary nutrients as well as a permeability barrier for pathogens. The present work was performed to identify carbohydrate-binding (lectinlike) proteins...... a major part of the immunoglobulins at the lumenal surface of the gut. The antibodies were associated with lipid rafts at the brush border, and they frequently (52%) coclustered with the raft marker galectin 4. A lactose wash increased the susceptibility of the brush border toward lectin peanut agglutin...... the lipid raft microdomains of the brush border against pathogens....

  15. Effects of carbon brush anode size and loading on microbial fuel cell performance in batch and continuous mode

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    Lanas, Vanessa


    Larger scale microbial fuel cells (MFCs) require compact architectures to efficiently treat wastewater. We examined how anode-brush diameter, number of anodes, and electrode spacing affected the performance of the MFCs operated in fed-batch and continuous flow mode. All anodes were initially tested with the brush core set at the same distance from the cathode. In fed-batch mode, the configuration with three larger brushes (25 mm diameter) produced 80% more power (1240 mW m-2) than reactors with eight smaller brushes (8 mm) (690 mW m-2). The higher power production by the larger brushes was due to more negative and stable anode potentials than the smaller brushes. The same general result was obtained in continuous flow operation, although power densities were reduced. However, by moving the center of the smaller brushes closer to the cathode (from 16.5 to 8 mm), power substantially increased from 690 to 1030 mW m-2 in fed batch mode. In continuous flow mode, power increased from 280 to 1020 mW m-2, resulting in more power production from the smaller brushes than the larger brushes (540 mW m-2). These results show that multi-electrode MFCs can be optimized by selecting smaller anodes, placed as close as possible to the cathode. © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  16. Contamination impact of station brush fire on cleanroom facilities (United States)

    Carey, Philip A.; Blakkolb, Brian K.


    Brush and forest fires, both naturally occurring and anthropogenic in origin, in proximity to space flight hardware processing facilities raise concerns about the threat of contamination resulting from airborne particulate and molecular components of smoke. Perceptions of the severity of the threat are possibly heightened by the high sensitivity of the human sense of smell to some components present in the smoke of burning vegetation. On August 26th, 2009, a brushfire broke out north of Pasadena, California, two miles from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The Station Fire destroyed over 160,000 acres, coming within a few hundred yards of JPL. Smoke concentrations on Lab were very heavy over several days. All Lab operations were halted, and measures were taken to protect personnel, critical hardware, and facilities. Evaluation of real-time cleanroom monitoring data, visual inspection of facilities, filter systems, and analysis of surface cleanliness samples revealed facility environments and hardware were minimally effected. Outside air quality easily exceeded Class Ten Million. Prefilters captured most large ash and soot; multi-stage filtration greatly minimized the impact on the HEPA/ULPA filters. Air quality in HEPA filtered spacecraft assembly cleanrooms remained within Class 10,000 specification throughout. Surface cleanliness was minimally affected, as large particles were effectively removed from the airstream, and sub-micron particles have extremely long settling rates. Approximate particulate fallout within facilities was 0.00011% area coverage/day compared to 0.00038% area coverage/day during normal operations. Deposition of condensable airborne components, as measured in real time, peaked at approximately 1.0 ng/cm2/day compared to 0.05 ng/cm2/day nominal.

  17. Modeling of polymer brush grafted nanoparticles for algal harvesting (United States)

    Goins, Jason

    Microalgae derived biofuel shows great potential as a replacement to petroleum based fuels. However, industrial scale and economical production of fuel from microalgae suffer from an expensive dewatering step brought on by the organism's specific cell properties. A retrievable, paramagnetic nanoparticle polyelectrolyte brush (NPPB) has been designed as a flocculation agent to provide a low cost method in collecting algal biomass in biofuel production. In conjunction with experiment, subsequent theoretical investigations have been conducted in order to understand experimental observations and inform future design. A strategy has been implemented to provide informative descriptions for the relationship between flocculation agent parameters and dewatering efficiency. We studied the effect altering the degree of polymerization and monomer charge fraction had on the harvesting efficiency by considering flocculation as the criteria for harvesting. As the number of charges on the polymer backbone of the NPPB is increased, less NPPB concentrations are required to achieve equal harvesting efficiencies. This is a result of needing less NPPB to completely screen the effective charge on the algae surface. However, the Debye length limits the amount of charge on the algae surface one NPPB can screen. Using the free energy calculations for the complete set of pair interactions between the NPPB and the algae, we determined how many adsorbed NPPB were required in order for the force between coated algae to become attractive at some algae surface separation. This corresponded to the NPPB bridging two algae surfaces. NPPB with higher monomer charge fractions and degree of polymerizations led to a stronger bridging bond and larger bridging gap that could outweigh the algae pair repulsion. Optimized structures maximize these effects.

  18. The synthesis of hydrogels with controlled distribution of polymer brushes in hydrogel network

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    Sun, YuWei; Zhou, Chao; Zhang, AoKai; Xu, LiQun; Yao, Fang [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Southeast University, Jiangning District, Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, 211189 (China); Cen, Lian, E-mail: [National Tissue Engineering Center of China, No.68, East Jiang Chuan Road, Shanghai, 200241 (China); School of Chemical Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology, No.130, Mei Long Road, Shanghai, 200237 (China); Fu, Guo-Dong, E-mail: [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Southeast University, Jiangning District, Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, 211189 (China)


    Highlights: • Many biological tissues are 3-dimensionally asymmetric in structure and properties, it would be desirable if hydrogels could bear such structural similarity with specialized surface and bulk properties. Moreover, gradual but continuous variation in spatial structural and property is also a common phenomenon in biological tissues, such as interfaces between bone and tendon, or between bone and cartilage. Hence, the development of a method to introduce well-defined functional polymer brushes on PEG hydrogels, especially with precisely controlled spatial structure in 3-dimensions, would impart the hydrogels with special functionalities and wider applications. Poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) hydrogels with 3-dimensionally controlled well-defined poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (poly(NIPAAm)) brushes were prepared by combined copper(I)-catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition (“Click Chemistry”) and atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP). The resulting hydrogels were presented as representatives with their detailed synthesis routes and characterization. H{sub PEG}-S-poly(NIPAAm) is a hydrogel with poly(NIPAAm) brushes mainly grafted on surface, whereas H{sub PEG}-G-poly(NIPAAm) has a gradiently decreased poly(NIPAAm) brushes in their chain length from surface to inside. On the other hand, poly(NIPAAm) brushes in H{sub PEG}-U-poly(NIPAAm) are uniformly dispersed throughout the whole hydrogel network. Successful preparation of H{sub PEG}-S-poly(NIPAAm), H{sub PEG}-G-poly(NIPAAm) and H{sub PEG}-U-poly(NIPAAm) were ascertained by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and water contact angle measurement. Hence, the flexibility and controllability of the synthetic strategy in varying the distribution of polymer brushes and hydrogel surface properties was demonstrated. Hydrogels with tunable and well-defined 3-dimensional poly(NIPAAm) polymer brushes could be tailor-designed to find potential applications in smart devices or skin dressing, such as for diabetics

  19. Pathogenesis of mucosal injury in the blind loop syndrome. Brush border enzyme activity and glycoprotein degradation. (United States)

    Jonas, A; Flanagan, P R; Forstner, G G


    The effect of intestinal bacterial over-growth on brush border hydrolases and brush border glycoproteins was studied in nonoperated control rats, control rats with surgically introduced jejunal self-emptying blind loops, and rats with surgically introduced jejunal self-filling blind loops. Data were analyzed from blind loop segments, segments above and below the blind loops, and three corresponding segments in the nonoperated controls. Rats with self-filling blind loops had significantly greater fat excretion than controls and exhibited significantly lower conjugated:free bile salt ratios in all three segments. Maltase, sucrase, and lactase activities were significantly reduced in homogenates and isolated brush borders from the self-filling blind loop, but alkaline phosphatase was not affected. The relative degradation rate of homogenate and brush border glycoproteins was assessed by a double-isotope technique involving the injection of d-[6-(3)H]glucosamine 3 h and d-[U-(14)C]glucosamine 19 h before sacrifice, and recorded as a (3)H:(14)C ratio. The relative degradation rate in both homogenate and brush border fractions was significantly greater in most segments from rats with self-filling blind loops. In the upper and blind loop segments from rats with self-filling blind loops, the (3)H:(14)C ratios were higher in the brush border membrane than in the corresponding homogenates, indicating that the increased rates of degradation primarily involve membrane glycoproteins. Incorporation of d-[6-(3)H]glucosamine by brush border glycoproteins was not reduced in rats with self-filling blind loops, suggesting that glycoprotein synthesis was not affected. Polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis of brush border glycoproteins from the contaminated segments indicated that the large molecular weight glycoproteins, which include many of the surface hydrolases, were degraded most rapidly. Brush border maltase, isolated by immunoprecipitation, had (3)H:(14)C ratios characteristic of

  20. Self-assembled alignment of nanorod by using DNA brush (Conference Presentation) (United States)

    Ijiro, Kuniharu; Nakamura, Satoshi; Mitomo, Hideyuki; Pike, Andrew; Matsuo, Yasutaka; Niikura, Kenichi


    Surface modification with polymer is widely applied to various kinds of applications. Recently, polymer brushes, which is a layer of polymers attached with one end to a surface, have attracted much attention as functionalized surfaces. In particular, ionic polymer brushes provide ultra-low friction or anti-fouling because they act as highly hydrated soft film. Almost ionic polymer brushes have been prepared from synthetic polymers. Few biopolymers have been investigated for polymer brush studies. DNA which is one of ionic biopolymers has unique functions and conformations which synthetic polymers don't have. We found that cationic gold nanorods (30 x 10 nm) were adsorbed to DNA bush (148 bp) prepared on a glass surface in an aqueous solution by observation using extinction spectra. When the cationic charge density of gold nanorods were decreased, nanorods were immobilized perpendicularly to the substrate by binding to DNA elongated. This indicates that self-assembled alignment of gold nanorods can be achieved by using DNA brush. Formed aligned gold nanorods can be used for plasmonic color analysis.

  1. Profilometric analysis of two composite resins′ surface repolished after tooth brush abrasion with three polishing systems

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    Mudit Uppal


    Full Text Available Aim: To evaluate the effect of three polishing protocols that could be implemented at recall on the surface roughness of two direct esthetic restorative materials. Materials and Methods: Specimens (n = 40 measuring 8 mm (length × 5 mm (width × 4 mm (height were fabricated in an acrylic mold using two light-cured resin-based materials (microfilled composite and microhybrid composite. After photopolymerization, all specimens were finished and polished with one of three polishing protocols (Enhance, One Gloss, and Sof-Lex polishing systems. The average surface roughness of each treated specimen was determined using 3D optical profilometer. Next all specimens were brushed 60,000 times with nylon bristles at 7200 rpm using crosshead brushing device with equal parts of toothpaste and water used as abrasive medium. The surface roughness of each specimen was measured after brushing followed by repolishing with one of three polishing protocols, and then, the final surface roughness values were determined. Results: The data were analyzed using one-way and two-factor analysis of variance (ANOVA and Tukey′s honestly significant difference (HSD. Significant difference (P < 0.05 in surface roughness was observed. Simulated brushing following initial polishing procedure significantly roughened the surface of restorative material (P < 0.05. Conclusion: Polishing protocols can be used to restore a smooth surface on esthetic restorative materials following simulated tooth brushing.

  2. Experimental determination of optimum gutter brush parameters and road sweeping criteria for different types of waste. (United States)

    Abdel-Wahab, Magd M; Wang, Chong; Vanegas-Useche, Libardo V; Parker, Graham A


    The removal ability of gutter brushes for road sweeping for various debris types and different sweeping parameters is studied through experimental tests. The brushing test rig used comprises two commercial gutter brushes, a concrete test bed, and an asphalt test road with a gutter of 0.25 cm width and 10° slope. The brush-surface contact area is determined by sweeping sand on the concrete test bed. Sweeping problems are identified and discussed, and sweeping criteria for the different debris types are suggested. Also, optimum sweeping parameters are proposed for each debris type. In addition, debris removal mechanisms are discussed and analysed. The results indicate that for large heavy debris such as stones and gravel, it is not difficult to achieve large removal forces, because the steel bristles are relatively stiff. Conversely, high removal forces are not needed for particles of millimetre or micron sizes, but bristle curvature has to be appropriate to remove particles from road concavities. Finally, it is found that mud, especially dry mud on a rough surface, is the hardest debris to sweep, requiring a brush with a large tilt angle and a very large penetration to produce large removal forces.

  3. Construction of 3D micropatterned surfaces with wormlike and superhydrophilic PEG brushes to detect dysfunctional cells. (United States)

    Hou, Jianwen; Shi, Qiang; Ye, Wei; Fan, Qunfu; Shi, Hengchong; Wong, Shing-Chung; Xu, Xiaodong; Yin, Jinghua


    Detection of dysfunctional and apoptotic cells plays an important role in clinical diagnosis and therapy. To develop a portable and user-friendly platform for dysfunctional and aging cell detection, we present a facile method to construct 3D patterns on the surface of styrene-b-(ethylene-co-butylene)-b-styrene elastomer (SEBS) with poly(ethylene glycol) brushes. Normal red blood cells (RBCs) and lysed RBCs (dysfunctional cells) are used as model cells. The strategy is based on the fact that poly(ethylene glycol) brushes tend to interact with phosphatidylserine, which is in the inner leaflet of normal cell membranes but becomes exposed in abnormal or apoptotic cell membranes. We demonstrate that varied patterned surfaces can be obtained by selectively patterning atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) initiators on the SEBS surface via an aqueous-based method and growing PEG brushes through surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization. The relatively high initiator density and polymerization temperature facilitate formation of PEG brushes in high density, which gives brushes worm-like morphology and superhydrophilic property; the tendency of dysfunctional cells adhered on the patterned surfaces is completely different from well-defined arrays of normal cells on the patterned surfaces, providing a facile method to detect dysfunctional cells effectively. The PEG-patterned surfaces are also applicable to detect apoptotic HeLa cells. The simplicity and easy handling of the described technique shows the potential application in microdiagnostic devices.

  4. Static and dynamic properties of polymer brush with topological ring structures: Molecular dynamic simulation (United States)

    Wan, Wu-Bing; Lv, Hong-Hong; Merlitz, Holger; Wu, Chen-Xu


    By defining a topological constraint value (rn), the static and dynamic properties of a polymer brush composed of moderate or short chains with different topological ring structures are studied using molecular dynamics simulation, and a comparison with those of linear polymer brush is also made. For the center-of-mass height of the ring polymer brush scaled by chain length h ˜ N ν , there is no significant difference of exponent from that of a linear brush in the small topological constraint regime. However, as the topological constraint becomes stronger, one obtains a smaller exponent. It is found that there exists a master scaling power law of the total stretching energy scaled by chain length N for moderate chain length regime, F ene ˜ Nρ ν , for ring polymer brushes, but with a larger exponent ν than 5/6, indicating an influence of topological constraint to the dynamic properties of the system. A topological invariant of free energy scaled by 5/4 is found. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11374243 and 11574256).

  5. Brushes of semiflexible polymers in equilibrium and under flow in super-hydrophobic regime

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    Speyer, Kevin


    We performed molecular dynamics simulations to study equilibrium and flow properties of a liquid in a nano-channel with confining surfaces coated with a layer of grafted semiflexible polymers. The coverage spans a wide range of grafting densities from essentially isolated chains to dense brushes. The end-grafted polymers were described by a bead spring model with an harmonic potential to include the bond stiffness of the chains. We varied the rigidity of the chains, from fully flexible polymers to rigid rods, in which the configurational entropy of the chains is negligible. The brush-liquid interaction was tuned to obtain a super-hydrophobic channel, in which the liquid did not penetrate the polymer brush, giving rise to a Cassie-Baxter state. Equilibrium properties such us brush height and bending energy were measured, varying the grafting density and the stiffness of the polymers. We studied also the characteristics of the brush-liquid interface and the morphology of the polymers chains supporting the liqui...

  6. In Situ Infrared Ellipsometry for Protein Adsorption Studies on Ultrathin Smart Polymer Brushes in Aqueous Environment. (United States)

    Kroning, Annika; Furchner, Andreas; Aulich, Dennis; Bittrich, Eva; Rauch, Sebastian; Uhlmann, Petra; Eichhorn, Klaus-Jochen; Seeber, Michael; Luzinov, Igor; Kilbey, S Michael; Lokitz, Bradley S; Minko, Sergiy; Hinrichs, Karsten


    The protein-adsorbing and -repelling properties of various smart nanometer-thin polymer brushes containing poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) and poly(acrylic acid) with high potential for biosensing and biomedical applications are studied by in situ infrared-spectroscopic ellipsometry (IRSE). IRSE is a highly sensitive nondestructive technique that allows protein adsorption on polymer brushes to be investigated in an aqueous environment as external stimuli, such as temperature and pH, are varied. These changes are relevant to conditions for regulation of protein adsorption and desorption for biotechnology, biocatalysis, and bioanalytical applications. Here brushes are used as model surfaces for controlling protein adsorption of human serum albumin and human fibrinogen. The important finding of this work is that IRSE in the in situ experiments in protein solutions can distinguish between contributions of polymer brushes and proteins. The vibrational bands of the polymers provide insights into the hydration state of the brushes, whereas the protein-specific amide bands are related to changes of the protein secondary structure.

  7. Efficient spin-coating-free planar heterojunction perovskite solar cells fabricated with successive brush-painting (United States)

    Lee, Jin-Won; Na, Seok-In; Kim, Seok-Soon


    To demonstrate fully brush-painted planar heterojunction perovskite solar cells (PeSCs), poly (3,4-ethylendioxythiophene): poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) hole transport layer (HTL), CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite photoactive layer, and [6,6]-phenyl C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) electron acceptor layer are successively brush-painted. In particular, correlation between morphology of perovskites and overall performance of PeSCs are investigated depending on the perovskites precursor. Devices with brush-painted perovskite using generally used N,N-dimethylformamide (DMF) solvent show poor performance and large deviation in cell-performance. However, PeSCs with brush-painted perovskite employing protic 2-Methoxyethanol (2-M) as DMF-alternative solvent exhibit comparable power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 9.08% to conventional spin-coated device and excellent reproducibility in device performance is observed as well. Furthermore, a fully brush-painted PeSC based on flexible substrates, showing PCE of 7.75%, is successfully demonstrated.

  8. Probing endocytosis from the enterocyte brush border using fluorescent lipophilic dyes

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    Danielsen, E Michael


    -toluenesulfonate), and CellMask Orange plasma membrane stain were used to study endocytosis from the enterocyte brush border of organ-cultured porcine mucosal explants. All the dyes readily incorporated into the brush border but were not detectably endocytosed by 5 min, indicating a slow uptake compared with other cell types....... At later time points, FM 1-43 clearly appeared in distinct punctae in the terminal web region, previously shown to represent early endosomes (TWEEs). In contrast, the other dyes were relatively "endocytosis resistant" to varying degrees for periods up to 2 h, indicating an active sorting of lipids...... in the brush border prior to internalization. For some of the dyes, a diphenylhexatriene motif in the lipophilic tail seemed to confer the relative endocytosis resistance. Lipid sorting by selective endocytosis therefore may be a process in the enterocytes aimed to generate and maintain a unique lipid...

  9. Streaming Potential and Energy Conversion in Nanochannel Grafted With Poly-Zwitterion Brushes (United States)

    Patwary, Jahin; Chen, Guang; Das, Siddhartha


    Here we study the streaming potential and electrochemomechanical energy conversion in nanochannels grafted with poly-zwitterion (PZ) brushes. PZs are polymer molecules consisting of negative and positive charge centres simultaneously; depending on the bulk pH, the extent of dissociation differs at each of these charge centres, yielding a particular net charge on the PZ molecule. This PZ charge, therefore, develops a pH dependent electrostatics of the PZ brushes grafted at the naochannel walls. We develop a self-consistent field theory model to calculate this electrostatics by appropriately accounting for the explicit hydrogen ion concentration. Secondly, we use this electrostatics to calculate the streaming potential and the resulting electrochemomechanical energy conversion in nanochannels grafted with poly-zwitterion (PZ) brushes. Our results indicate distinct influences of pH, bulk ion concentration, and the ionization parameters of the PZs in regulating the nanochannel energy conversion. Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship - LSAMP Committee.

  10. Grafting amphiphilic brushes onto halloysite nanotubes via a living RAFT polymerization and their Pickering emulsification behavior. (United States)

    Hou, Yifan; Jiang, Junqing; Li, Kai; Zhang, Yanwu; Liu, Jindun


    Amphiphilic brushes of poly(4-vinylpyridine)-block-polystyrene (P4VP-b-PS) and polystyrene-block-poly(4-vinylpyridine) (PS-b-P4VP) are grafted onto halloysite nanotubes (HNTs) via a surface reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) living polymerization through anchoring R group in RAFT agent S-1-dodecyl-S'-(R,R'-dimethyl-R″-acetic acid) trithiocarbonates (DDMAT). The characterization of TGA, TEM, and GPC show that amphiphilic brushes are successfully grafted onto HNTs in a living manner. To verify the amphiphilicity of HNTs grafted with block copolymers, their Pickering emulsification behavior in water/soybean oil diphase mixture is studied. The results show that modified HNTs can emulsify water/soybean oil diphase mixture and the emulsification performance is dependent on microstructure of amphiphilic brushes such as hydrophilic/hydrophobic segment size and sequence.

  11. Nanostructure of Cationic Polymer Brush at the Air/Water Interface

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    Full Text Available Cationic amphiphilic diblock copolymers were synthesized by RAFT polymerization and the nanostructure of their monolayers was investigated by π-A isotherm and X-ray reflectivity. Carpet layer (dense hydrophilic block layer formation under the hydrophobic layer was confirmed and a “brush” layer was found beneath the carpet layer. However, the thickness of brush layer was much thinner than that of the fully-stretched chain length. The critical salt concentration was found to be 0.01 M NaCl, which is much lower than that of the previous strongly anionic brush. These differences were probably caused by the low effective charge on the brush chains due to the hydrophobic nature of the quarternized ammonium cation.

  12. Post-translational suppression of expression of intestinal brush border enzymes by fructose

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    Danielsen, E M


    The two major dietary sugars, fructose and sucrose, were found to suppress effectively the biosynthetic renewal of brush border enzymes in the gut. When studied in cultured explants of pig small intestine mucosa, 10-50 mM concentrations of fructose completely prevented the expression of mature...... aminopeptidase N and severely reduced that of sucrase-isomaltase. The instantly occurring and reversible suppressive effect manifested itself as a leupeptin-sensitive degradation of newly synthesized brush border enzymes. The likely mechanism of action of the dietary sugar is by causing an abnormal...... cotranslational glycosylation that in turn triggers a rapid proteolytic breakdown. Our findings suggest that renewal of digestive brush border enzymes is transiently suppressed during intake of fructose- or sucrose-rich meals....

  13. Dietary free fatty acids form alkaline phosphatase-enriched microdomains in the intestinal brush border membrane

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    Hansen, Gert H; Rasmussen, Karina; Niels-Christiansen, Lise-Lotte;


    -linked enzyme is the membrane protein in the brush border with the highest affinity for lipid rafts, this implies that free fatty acids selectively insert stably into these membrane microdomains. We have previously shown that absorption of dietary lipids transiently induce a selective endocytosis of AP from...... the brush border, and from work by others it is known that fat absorption is accompanied by a rise in serum AP and secretion of surfactant-like particles from enterocytes. We propose that these physiological processes may be triggered by the sequestering of dietary free fatty acids in lipid raft......Free fatty acids released during intralumenal digestion of dietary fat must pass through the enterocyte brush border membrane before triacylglycerol reassembly and subsequent chylomicron delivery to the lymph system. In the present work fluorescent BODIPY fatty acid analogs were used to study...

  14. Brushing Your Spacecrafts Teeth: A Review of Biological Reduction Processes for Planetary Protection Missions (United States)

    Pugel, D.E. (Betsy); Rummel, J. D.; Conley, C. A.


    Much like keeping your teeth clean, where you brush away biofilms that your dentist calls plaque, there are various methods to clean spaceflight hardware of biological contamination, known as biological reduction processes. Different approaches clean your hardwares teeth in different ways and with different levels of effectiveness. We know that brushing at home with a simple toothbrush is convenient and has a different level of impact vs. getting your teeth cleaned at the dentist. In the same way, there are some approaches to biological reduction that may require simple tools or more complex implementation approaches (think about sonicating or just soaking your dentures, vs. brushing them). There are also some that are more effective for different degrees of cleanliness and still some that have materials compatibility concerns. In this article, we review known and NASA-certified approaches for biological reduction, pointing out materials compatibility concerns and areas where additional research is needed.

  15. A PET activation study of brush-evoked allodynia in patients with nerve injury pain

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    Witting, Nanna; Kupers, Ron; Svensson, Peter;


    in the cortical network involved in the sensory-discriminative processing of nociceptive pain is downregulated in neuropathic pain. Instead, there is an upregulation of activity in the orbitofrontal and insular cortices, which is probably due to the stronger emotional load of neuropathic pain and higher......Acute experimental brush-evoked allodynia induces a cortical activation pattern that differs from that typically seen during experimental nociceptive pain. In this study, we used positron emission tomography to measure changes in regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) in patients with clinical....... A direct post hoc comparison of brush -and allodynia-induced rCBF changes showed that allodynia was associated with significantly stronger activations in orbitofrontal cortex and ipsilateral insula whereas non-painful brushing more strongly activated SI and BA 5/7. These findings indicate that activity...

  16. Polymer brushes interfacing blood as a route toward high performance blood contacting devices. (United States)

    Surman, František; Riedel, Tomáš; Bruns, Michael; Kostina, Nina Yu; Sedláková, Zdeňka; Rodriguez-Emmenegger, Cesar


    In the current study, well-defined polymer brushes are shown as an effective surface modification to resist the adhesion of whole blood and its components. Poly[oligo(ethylene glycol)methylether methacrylate] (poly(MeOEGMA)), poly(hydroxyethyl methacrylate) (poly(HEMA)), poly[N-(2-hydroxypropyl) methacrylamide] (poly(HPMA)), and poly(carboxybetaine acrylamide) (poly(CBAA)) brushes were grown by surface initiated atom transfer radical polymerization (SI-ATRP) and subsequently characterized by Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), dynamic contact angle measurements, atomic force microscopy (AFM), and surface plasmon resonance (SPR) spectroscopy. All brushes decreased the fouling from blood plasma over 95% and prevented the adhesion of platelets, erythrocytes, and leukocytes as evidenced by SPR and SEM measurements.

  17. Inhibitory effect for proliferation of oral bacteria in dogs by tooth brushing and application of toothpaste (United States)

    WATANABE, Kazuhiro; KIJIMA, Saku; NONAKA, Chie; MATSUKAWA, Yuki; YAMAZOE, Kazuaki


    To investigate inhibitory effect for oral bacterial proliferation, we divided 12 dogs into 3 groups; scaling alone (C; control group), brushing (B) and application of toothpaste (P). Before scaling (Pre) and at 0 to 8 weeks after scaling (0–8 w), we collected oral bacteria from the dental surface every week and counted them using a bacterial counter. The results demonstrated a significant reduction in the number of oral bacteria for group B relative to Pre and group C, as well as for group P relative to group C at 5–7 w. Consequently, brushing may inhibit an increase in the number of oral bacteria, and toothpaste may be effective at a certain level, although not more than that of brushing. PMID:27062999

  18. Efficacy of three denture brushes on biofilm removal from complete dentures

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    Roseana Aparecida Gomes Fermandes


    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to compare the efficacy of three denture brushes (Bitufo-B; Medic Denture-MD; Colgate-C on biofilm removal from upper and lower dentures using a specific dentifrice (Corega Brite. The correlation between biofilm levels on the internal and external surfaces of the upper and lower dentures was also evaluated. A microbiological assay was performed to assess the growth of colony-formed units (cfu of Candida yeasts on denture surface. Thirty-three patients were enrolled in a 10-week trial divided in two stages: 1 (control - three daily water rinses within 1 week; 2 - three daily brushings within 3 weeks per tested brush. Internal (tissue and external (right buccal flange surfaces of the complete dentures were disclosed (neutral red 1% and photographed. Total denture areas and disclosed biofilm areas were measured using Image Tool 3.00 software for biofilm quantification. Dentures were boxed with #7 wax and culture medium (CHROMagarTM Candida was poured to reproduce the internal surface. Statistical analysis by Friedman's test showed significant difference (p0.01. Analysis by the Correlation test showed higher r values (B=0.78; MD=0.8341, C=0.7362 for the lower dentures comparing the surfaces (internal and external and higher r values (B=0.7861, MD=0.7955, C=0.8298 for the external surface comparing the dentures (upper and lower. The results of the microbiological showed no significant difference (p>0.01 between the brushes with respect to the frequency of the species of yeasts (chi-square test. In conclusion, all denture brushes evaluated in this study were effective in the removal of biofilm. There was better correlation of biofilm levels between the surfaces for the lower dentures, and between the dentures for the external surface. There was no significant difference among the brushes regarding the frequency of yeasts.

  19. Fatigue life improvements of the AISI 304 stainless steel ground surfaces by wire brushing (United States)

    Ben Fredj, Nabil; Ben Nasr, Mohamed; Ben Rhouma, Amir; Sidhom, Habib; Braham, Chedly


    The surface and subsurface integrity of metallic ground components is usually characterized by an induced tensile residual stress, which has a detrimental effect on the fatigue life of these components. In particular, it tends to accelerate the initiation and growth of the fatigue cracks. In this investigation, to deliberately generate compressive residual stresses into the ground surfaces of the AISI 304 stainless steel (SS), wire brushing was applied. It was found that under the experimental conditions selected in this investigation, while the surface roughness was slightly improved by the brushing process, the surface residual stress shifted from a tensile stress (σ‖=+450 MPa) to a compressive stress (σ‖=-435 MPa). On the other hand, the work-hardened deformation layer was almost two times deeper after wire brushing. Concerning the fatigue life, an improvement of 26% in terms of endurance limit at 2×106 cycles was realized. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) observations of the fatigue fracture location and size were carried out to explain the fatigue life improvement. It was found that the enhancement of the fatigue strength could be correlated with the distribution and location of the fatigue fracture nucleation sites. Concerning the ground surfaces, it was seen that the fatigue cracks initiated at the bottom of the grinding grooves and were particularly long (150-200 µm). However, the fatigue cracks at the brushed surfaces were shorter (20-40 µm) and appeared to initiate sideways to the plowed material caused by the wire brushing. The results of the wire-brushed surface characterization have shown that significant advantages can be realized regarding surface integrity by the application of this low-cost process compared to shot peening.

  20. Detection of Fungi in Hair-brushes in Beauty Salons at Jatinangor

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    Susanna Mitchelle Edward


    Full Text Available Background: Various beauty tools are used in beauty salons, among those is the hair-brush. The hair-brush can conceal various human skin pathogens although under harsh environmental conditions, most pathogens are killed; nevertheless, few microorganisms, such as the fungi can adapt and survive. Moreover, the moist conditions of the hair-brush predisposes the growth of fungi however the ability of these fungi to instigate disease in an individual is dependent on the portal of entry and the host immunological status. This study was conducted to determine the fungus that is present in the beauty salon’s hair-brushes. Methods: This study was conducted in beauty salons located in Jatinangor area during September–October 2013 using the descriptive laboratory method. Fifteen beauty salons were included in this study based on sample size calculation for dichotomous variable. The specimens from all the hair-brushes were collected after the owner’s informed consent, then cultured onto 30 sabouraud agar, two for each beauty salon (dermatophyte and non-dermatophyte agar. The fungi were detected macroscopically and microscopically. Results: Overall, 93% revealed to be culture positive, with 90% of them were found to be non-dermatophytes, most of which are saprophytic fungi. The remaining 3% were dermatophytes. Conclusions: Beauty salon’s hair-brushes contain a wide range of fungi distribution which may be a source of fungal colonization. However, most of the fungi found in the beauty salons are saprophytic fungi, therefore it is unnecessary to be anxious about a small amount of pathogenic fungi are found in humans.

  1. Molecular model of the microvillar cytoskeleton and organization of the brush border.

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    Jeffrey W Brown

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Brush border microvilli are approximately 1-microm long finger-like projections emanating from the apical surfaces of certain, specialized absorptive epithelial cells. A highly symmetric hexagonal array of thousands of these uniformly sized structures form the brush border, which in addition to aiding in nutrient absorption also defends the large surface area against pathogens. Here, we present a molecular model of the protein cytoskeleton responsible for this dramatic cellular morphology. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: The model is constructed from published crystallographic and microscopic structures reported by several groups over the last 30+ years. Our efforts resulted in a single, unique, self-consistent arrangement of actin, fimbrin, villin, brush border myosin (Myo1A, calmodulin, and brush border spectrin. The central actin core bundle that supports the microvillus is nearly saturated with fimbrin and villin cross-linkers and has a density similar to that found in protein crystals. The proposed model accounts for all major proteinaceous components, reproduces the experimentally determined stoichiometry, and is consistent with the size and morphology of the biological brush border membrane. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: The model presented here will serve as a structural framework to explain many of the dynamic cellular processes occurring over several time scales, such as protein diffusion, association, and turnover, lipid raft sorting, membrane deformation, cytoskeletal-membrane interactions, and even effacement of the brush border by invading pathogens. In addition, this model provides a structural basis for evaluating the equilibrium processes that result in the uniform size and structure of the highly dynamic microvilli.

  2. Non-biofouling property of well-defined concentrated polymer brushes. (United States)

    Yoshikawa, Chiaki; Qiu, Jun; Huang, Chih-Feng; Shimizu, Yoshihisa; Suzuki, Junji; van den Bosch, Edith


    The non-biofouling properties of polymer brushes of poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) (PHEMA), poly(2-hydroxyethyl acrylate) (PHEA), and poly(poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate) (PPEGMA) were comprehensively studied by varying graft densities (i.e., semi-dilute and concentrated regimes) and the thicknesses at the dry state of 2 and 10 nm. Semi-dilute polymer brushes (SDPBs) were prepared by grafting-to method and concentrated polymer brushes (CPBs) were prepared by surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization (SI-ATRP). The adsorptions of proteins with different sizes were investigated on the brushes by quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) from a view point of size-exclusion effect specific to the CPBs. We confirmed that due to the size exclusion effect, the CPBs of all the three much suppressed proteins adsorption and human umbilical vein endothelial cell (HUVEC) adhesion compared with the corresponding SDPBs. In order to investigate what type of proteins adsorbed on the brushes to trigger cell adhesion, we identified adsorbed proteins from fetal bovine serum on the brushes using a high-performance liquid chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). Proteins were only detected on the SDPBs. Interestingly, the number and type of identified proteins were different on the SDPBs, indicating that chemical composition of the SDPBs affects protein adsorption, hence the cell adhesion. The adsorption mechanism on the SDPBs could be due to the combination of protein-polymer interaction and physical inclusion, whereas CPBs exhibit size exclusion effect combined with neutral hydrophilic nature of polymer, thereby, that provides excellent non-biofouling property.

  3. Auditory stimuli mimicking ambient sounds drive temporal "delta-brushes" in premature infants.

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    Mathilde Chipaux

    Full Text Available In the premature infant, somatosensory and visual stimuli trigger an immature electroencephalographic (EEG pattern, "delta-brushes," in the corresponding sensory cortical areas. Whether auditory stimuli evoke delta-brushes in the premature auditory cortex has not been reported. Here, responses to auditory stimuli were studied in 46 premature infants without neurologic risk aged 31 to 38 postmenstrual weeks (PMW during routine EEG recording. Stimuli consisted of either low-volume technogenic "clicks" near the background noise level of the neonatal care unit, or a human voice at conversational sound level. Stimuli were administrated pseudo-randomly during quiet and active sleep. In another protocol, the cortical response to a composite stimulus ("click" and voice was manually triggered during EEG hypoactive periods of quiet sleep. Cortical responses were analyzed by event detection, power frequency analysis and stimulus locked averaging. Before 34 PMW, both voice and "click" stimuli evoked cortical responses with similar frequency-power topographic characteristics, namely a temporal negative slow-wave and rapid oscillations similar to spontaneous delta-brushes. Responses to composite stimuli also showed a maximal frequency-power increase in temporal areas before 35 PMW. From 34 PMW the topography of responses in quiet sleep was different for "click" and voice stimuli: responses to "clicks" became diffuse but responses to voice remained limited to temporal areas. After the age of 35 PMW auditory evoked delta-brushes progressively disappeared and were replaced by a low amplitude response in the same location. Our data show that auditory stimuli mimicking ambient sounds efficiently evoke delta-brushes in temporal areas in the premature infant before 35 PMW. Along with findings in other sensory modalities (visual and somatosensory, these findings suggest that sensory driven delta-brushes represent a ubiquitous feature of the human sensory cortex

  4. Examining Scientific and Technical Writing Strategies in the 11th Century Chinese Science Book "Brush Talks from Dream Brook" (United States)

    Zhang, Yuejiao


    This article examines the influential Chinese science book "Brush Talks from Dream Brook," written by Shen Kuo in the 11th century. I suggest that "Brush Talks" reveals a tension between institutionalized science and science in the public, and a gap between the making of scientific knowledge and the communication of such…

  5. Spatial inhomogeneity in spectra and exciton dynamics in porphyrin micro-rods and micro-brushes: Confocal microscopy

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    In an aqueous acidic solution, the porphyrin meso-tetra(4-sulfonatophenyl) porphyrin tetrasodium salt (TPPS) forms different kinds of assembly (micro-rods and micro-brush) depending on condition of evaporation. The exciton dynamics and emission spectra of the micro-rods and micro-brushes depend on spatialinhomogeneity. This is elucidated by time-resolved confocal microscopy.

  6. A corrosion resistant cerium oxide based coating on aluminum alloy 2024 prepared by brush plating

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    Tang Junlei; Han Zhongzhi [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing 100029 (China); Zuo Yu, E-mail: [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing 100029 (China); Tang Yuming [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing 100029 (China)


    Cerium oxide based coatings were prepared on AA2024 Al alloy by brush plating. The characteristic of this technology is that hydrogen peroxide, which usually causes the plating solution to be unstable, is not necessary in the plating electrolyte. The coating showed laminated structures and good adhesive strength with the substrate. X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis showed that the coatings were composed of Ce(III) and Ce(IV) oxides. The brush plated coatings on Al alloys improved corrosion resistance. The influence of plating parameters on structure and corrosion resistance of the cerium oxide based coating was studied.

  7. Efficient planar perovskite solar cell by spray and brush solution-processing methods (United States)

    Chilvery, Ashwith Kumar; Guggilla, Padmaja; Batra, Ashok K.; Gaikwad, Dyaneshwar D.; Currie, James R.


    Perovskite compounds have the potential to transform photovoltaics technology, as they are easy to fabricate, have better stability, and possess superior power conversion efficiency. In this research, a versatile solution-processing method called "spray+brush" (SB) has been adopted to achieve a power-conversion efficiency of 3.52% for pure organometal halide perovskite devices. It has been observed that this method is more efficient and cost effective than the perovskite devices fabricated by spray (1.95%) and brush (1.17%) methods alone. The SB method of solution processing can be promising for various other organic coatings.

  8. Polyelectrolyte Properties in Mono and Multi-Valent Ionic Media: Brushes and Complex Coacervates (United States)

    Farina, Robert M.

    Materials composed of polyelectrolytes have unique and interesting physical properties resulting primarily from their charged monomer segments. Polyelectrolytes, which exist in many different biological and industrial forms, have also been shown to be highly responsive to external environmental changes. Here, two specific polyelectrolyte systems, brushes and complex coacervates, are discussed in regards to how their properties can be tailored by adjusting the surrounding ionic environment with mono and multi-valent ions. End-tethered polyelectrolyte brushes, which constitute an interesting and substantial portion of polyelectrolyte applications, are well known for their ability to provide excellent lubrication and low friction when coated onto surfaces (e.g. articular cartilage and medical devices), as well as for their ability to stabilize colloidal particles in solution (e.g. paint and cosmetic materials). These properties have been extensively studied with brushes in pure mono-valent ionic media. However, polyelectrolyte brush interactions with multi-valent ions in solution are much less understood, although highly relevant considering mono and multi-valent counterions are present in most applications. Even at very low concentrations of multi-valent ions in solution, dramatic polyelectrolyte brush physical property changes can occur, resulting in collapsed chains which also adhere to one another via multi-valent bridging. Here, the strong polyelectrolyte poly(sodium styrene sulfonate) was studied using the Surface Forces Apparatus (SFA) and electrochemistry in order to investigate brush height and intermolecular interactions between two brushes as a function of multi-valent counterion population inside a brush. Complex coacervates are formed when polyanions and polycations are mixed together in proper conditions of an aqueous solution. This mixing results in a phase separation of a polymer-rich, coacervate phase composed of a chain network held together via

  9. On writing brush from Xuanzhou in the Tang Dynasty%唐代宣笔考辨

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    In the Tang Dynasty, writing brush from Xuanzhou was called violet pekoe pen because of its special manufacturing materials—violet pekoe. Xuancheng Zhuge family made pens for generations, which were all of high quality so as to have won high reputation, thus writing brush from Xuanzhou was also known as Zhuge pen. The violet pekoe pen and Zhuge pen became the representatives of writing brushes from Xuanzhou. Violet pekoe came from the middle mountain in Xuanzhou lishui, rather than from the Zhongshan Country in Han Dynasty. The writing brush from Xuanzhou was made excellent, people who used writing brush from Xuanzhou were very extensive, and evaluation about it was very high. Writing brushes from Xuanzhou were used tribute pen at least in the Tianbao years of Tang Dynasty. As a tribute pen, the writing brush from Xuanzhou had to meet more strict quality requirements. However, through the prosperity of the Tang and Northern Song Dynasties, the writing brush from Xuanzhou was in decline for a variety of reasons.%  唐代宣笔,因其使用特殊的制作材料——紫毫,而被称为紫毫笔;又有宣城诸葛氏世代做笔,且质量较高,远近闻名,因而宣笔又被称为诸葛笔。紫毫笔和诸葛笔成了宣笔的代名词。紫毫出自宣州溧水中山兔,而非汉赵之中山郡兔毫。宣笔的制作十分精良,使用宣笔的人群非常广泛,人们对其评价也很高。宣笔作为贡笔最晚当在唐玄宗天宝年间。作为贡笔的宣笔,在质量上有着更为严格的要求。然而,经历了唐北宋的繁华后,宣笔因种种原因走向衰落。

  10. Fabrication of protein-resistant blend based on PVDF-HFP and amphiphilic brush copolymer made from PMMA and PEGMA (United States)

    Hwangbo, Kyung-Hee; Kim, Yu-Jeong; Cho, Kuk Young


    Polymeric blends provide a facile route to obtaining materials with various synergistic properties arising from the individual components. Poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF-HFP), a hydrophobic polymer, is finding new applications in polymer electrolytes, membranes, and heat-resistant structural materials owing to its high thermal stability, mechanical strength, and weatherability. In this report, blends of PVDF-HFP and polymer brush were prepared with enhanced water uptake and protein resistance, which are important requirements for membranes used in food and biological applications. Polymer brush is composed of poly(methyl methacrylate) main chains, which are miscible with PVDF-HFP, and hydrophilic poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) brush chains. Incorporation of PEG chains through the polymer brush structure not only enhanced water uptake and protein adsorption resistance but also produced a well-distributed morphology of the blending components through the matrix as evidenced by observation of the morphology after selective extraction of polymer brush from the matrix.

  11. Miktoarms hyperbranched polymer brushes:One-step fast synthesis by parallel click chemistry and hierarchical self-assembly

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    Spherical molecular brushes with amphiphilic heteroarms were facilely synthesized by grafting the arms of hydrophobic 2-azidoethyle palmitate and hydrophilic monoazide-terminated poly(ethylene glycol) onto the core of alkyne-modified hyperbranched polyglycerol (HPG) with high molecular weight (Mn=122 kDa) via one-pot parallel click chemistry.The parallel click grafting strategy was demonstrated to be highly efficient (~100%),very fast (~ 2 h) and well controllable to the amphilicity of molecular brushes.Through adjusting the feeding ratio of hydrophobic and hydrophilic arms,a series of brushes with different arm ratios were readily obtained.The resulting miktoarms hyperbranched polymer brushes (HPG-g-C16/PEG350) were characterized by hydrogen-nuclear magnetic resonance (1H NMR),Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy,gel permeation chromatography (GPC),and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) measurements.The spherical molecular brushes showed high molecular weights up to 230 kDa,and thus could be visualized by atomic force microscopy (AFM).AFM and dynamic laser light scattering (DLS) were employed to investigate the self-assembly properties of amphiphilic molecular brushes with closed proportion of hydrophobic and hydrophilic arms.The brushes could self-assemble hierarchically into spherical micelles,and network-like fibre structures,and again spherical micelles by addition of n-hexane into the dichloromethane or chloroform solution of brushes.In addition,this kind of miktoarms polymer brush also showed the ability of dye loading via host-guest encapsulation,which promises the potential application of spherical molecular brushes in supramolecular chemistry.

  12. Effect of the hydrophobic basal layer of thermoresponsive block co-polymer brushes on thermally-induced cell sheet harvest. (United States)

    Matsuzaka, Naoki; Takahashi, Hironobu; Nakayama, Masamichi; Kikuchi, Akihiko; Okano, Teruo


    Thermoresponsive poly(benzyl methacrylate)-b-poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PBzMA-b-PIPAAm) block co-polymer brush surfaces were prepared by surface-initiated two-step reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer radical (RAFT) polymerization. PBzMA brushes were fabricated on azoinitiator-immobilized glass substrates in the presence of dithiobenzoate (DTB) compound as a RAFT agent. The amount of grafted polymer was regulated by initial monomer concentrations. The second thermoresponsive blocks were added to the RAFT-related DTB groups located at PBzMA termini through the propagation of PIPAAm chains, resulting in formation of PBzMA-b-PIPAAm brushes. Surface characteristics of the block co-polymer brushes and its influence on thermally regulated cellular behavior were investigated using bovine carotid artery endothelial cells (BAECs), compared with PIPAAm brush surfaces. Cell adhesion/detachment behavior on thermoresponsive polymer brush surfaces significantly depended on their individual polymer architectures and chemical compositions of grafted polymers. Low-temperature treatment at 20°C, below the phase-transition temperature of PIPAAm, induced the spontaneous detachment of adhering cells from the PBzMA-b-PIPAAm brush surfaces with a higher rate than that from PIPAAm brush surfaces. In addition, the cell-repellent effect of the hydrophobic basal layer successfully accelerated for harvesting BAEC sheets from the block co-polymer brush surfaces. Unique features of thermoresponsive block co-polymer brush architectures can be applied to control cell-adhesion strength for enhancing cell adhesion or accelerating cell detachment.

  13. Monitoring the Switching of Single BSA-ATTO 488 Molecules Covalently End-Attached to a pH-Responsive PAA Brush

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    Akkilic, Namik; Molenaar, Robert; Claessens, Mireille M.A.E.; Blum, Christian; Vos, de Wiebe M.


    We describe a novel combination of a responsive polymer brush and a fluorescently labeled biomolecule, where the position of the biomolecule can be switched from inside to outside the brush and vice versa by a change in pH. For this, we grafted ultrathin, amino-terminated poly(acrylic acid) brushes

  14. Enhancement of charge-transport characteristics in polymeric films using polymer brushes

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    Whiting, G.L.; Snaith, H.J.; Khodabakhsh, S.


    We show that charge-transporting polymer chains in the brush conformation can be synthesized from a variety of substrates of interest, displaying a high degree of stretching and showing up to a 3 orders of magnitude increase in current density normal to the substrate as compared with a spin-coated...

  15. Ultralow Friction with Hydrophilic Polymer Brushes in Water as Segregated from Silicone Matrix

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    Røn, Troels; Javakhishvili, Irakli; Hvilsted, Søren


    , as the hydrophilic polymer brushes are generated from an internal source of the material, excellent grafting stability and restoring capabilities are revealed even under harsh tribostress. The film can easily be applied to elastomers, metals, and ceramic substrates by spin- or drip-coating. Obtained sliding fric...

  16. Synergy of brushing mode and antibacterial use on in vivo biofilm formation

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    Jongsma, Marije A; Lagemaat, Marieke van de; Busscher, Henk J; Geertsema-Doornbusch, Geessien; Atema-Smit, Jelly; Mei, Henny C van der; Ren, Yijin


    OBJECTIVES: Orthodontic, multi-strand retention-wires are used as a generalized model for oral retention sites to investigate whether biofilm left-behind after powered toothbrushing in-vivo enabled better penetration of antibacterials as compared with manual brushing. METHODS: 2-cm multi-strand, sta

  17. Sand-wear resistance of brush electroplated nanocomposite coating in oil and its application to remanufacturing

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    DONG Shi-yun; XU Bin-shi; DU Ling-zhong; YANG Hua


    Sand-wear resistance of nano scale alumina particle reinforced nickel matrix composite coating (n-Al2O3/ Ni) prepared by brush electroplating technique was investigated via wear tests in sand-contaminated oil lubricant,comparing with that of AISI1045 steel and brush electroplated Ni coating. Effects of testing load, sand content and sand size on worn volume of the three materials, and also coating surface roughness on worn volume of the brush electroplated coatings were accessed. Results show that the worn volume of all the three materials increases with increasing of testing load, sand content and sand size. In the same conditions, n-Al2 O3/Ni composite coating has the smallest worn volume while AISI1045 steel has the largest because of the n-Al2 O3 particle effects. As to n-Al2 O3/Ni and Ni coatings, the surface-polished coatings have obviously lower worn volume than the as-plated coatings. The brush electroplated n-Als O3/Ni composite coating was employed to remanufacture the sand-worn bearing seats of a heavy vehicle and good results were gained.

  18. Improvement of hemocompatibility of polycaprolactone film surfaces with zwitterionic polymer brushes. (United States)

    Jiang, H; Wang, X B; Li, C Y; Li, J S; Xu, F J; Mao, C; Yang, W T; Shen, J


    Polycaprolactone (PCL) has been widely adopted as a scaffold biomaterial, but further improvement of the hemocompatibility of a PCL film surface is still needed for wide biomedical applications. In this work, the PCL film surface was functionalized with zwitterionic poly(3-dimethyl(methacryloyloxyethyl) ammonium propane sulfonate) (P(DMAPS)) brushes via surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) for enhancing hemocompatibility. Kinetics study revealed an approximately linear increase in graft yield of the functional P(DMAPS) brushes with polymerization time. The blood compatibilities of the modified PCL film surfaces were studied by platelet adhesion tests of platelet-rich plasma and human whole blood, hemolysis assay, and plasma recalcification time (PRT) assay. The improvement of hemocompatibility is dependent on the coverage of the grafted P(DMAPS) brushes on the PCL film. Lower or no platelet and blood cell adhesion was observed on the P(DMAPS)-grafted film surfaces. The P(DMAPS) grafting can further decrease hemolysis and enhance the PRT of the PCL surface. With the versatility of surface-initiated ATRP and the excellent hemocompatibility of zwitterionic polymer brushes, PCL films with desirable blood properties can be readily tailored to cater to various biomedical applications.

  19. Cosolvency-Induced Switching of the Adhesion between Poly(methyl methacrylate) Brushes

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    Yu, Y.; Kieviet, B.D.; Kutnyanszky, E.; Vancso, G.J.; Beer, de S.


    We present a simple method to reversibly switch the adhesive force between two surfaces that are decorated with poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) graft polymers. By employment of a PMMA/isopropanol/water or a PMMA/ethanol/water cosolvent system, we can tune the swelling of the brushes. In pure isopro

  20. Binary Mixed Homopolymer Brushes Tethered to Cellulose Nanocrystals: A Step Towards Compatibilized Polyester Blends. (United States)

    Mincheva, Rosica; Jasmani, Latifah; Josse, Thomas; Paint, Yoann; Raquez, Jena-Marie; Gerbaux, Pascal; Eyley, Samuel; Thielemans, Wim; Dubois, Philippe


    This article reports on the successful preparation and characterization of cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) surface-modified with polylactide (PLA) and poly(butylene succinate) (PBS) binary mixed homopolymer brushes. Their synthesis was designed as a three-step procedure combining polyester synthesis and surface-modification of CNCs with simultaneous polyester grafting via a heterogeneous copper(I)-catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition reaction. For comparison, single homopolymer brushes tethered to CNCs (PLLA-g-CNC and PBSBDEMPAM-g-CNC) were obtained applying the same procedure. The hairy nanoparticles were characterized in terms of chemical composition and thermal properties. Spectroscopic analyses suggested "rippled" microphase separation of both immiscible homopolyesters in the mixed brushes, while others showed impeded homopolyester crystallization after surface-grafting. A synergistic relationship between the polyesters and CNCs was also suggested, i.e., the polyester grafting increases the CNC thermal resistance, while CNC presence imparts char formation. The as-obtained binary homopolymer brushes tethered to nanoparticles makes these surface-modified cellulosic nanomaterials attractive as compatibilization/reinforcement agents for PLA/PBS blends.

  1. Brush seal leakage performance with gaseous working fluids at static and low rotor speed conditions (United States)

    Carlile, Julie A.; Hendricks, Robert C.; Yoder, Dennis A.


    The leakage performance of a brush seal with gaseous working fluids at static and low rotor speed conditions was studied. The leakage results included for air, helium, and carbon dioxide at several bristle/rotor interferences. Also, the effects of packing a lubricant into the bristles and also of reversing the pressure drop across the seal were studied. Results were compared to that of an annular seal at similar operating conditions. In order to generalize the results, they were correlated using corresponding state theory. The brush seal tested had a bore diameter of 3.792 cm (1.4930 in.), a fence height of 0.0635 cm (0.025 in.), and 1800 bristles/cm circumference (4500 bristles/in. circumference). Various bristle/rotor radial interferences were achieved by using a tapered rotor. The brush seal reduced the leakage in comparison to the annular seal, up to 9.5 times. Reversing the pressure drop across the brush seal produced leakage rates approximately the same as that of the annular seal. Addition of a lubricant reduced the leakage by 2.5 times. The air and carbon dioxide data were successfully correlated using corresponding state theory. However, the helium data followed a different curve than the air and carbon dioxide data.

  2. Abrasion of human enamel by brushing with a commercial dentifrice containing hydroxyapatite crystals in vitro. (United States)

    Kodaka, T; Kobori, M; Hirayama, A; Abe, M


    Automatic toothbrushing with a commercial dentifrice containing hydroxyapatite (HAP) crystals was performed on the tangential polished surfaces of sound human enamel, mainly consisting of biological apatite similar to HAP, for 10 min in vitro. The X-ray diffraction peaks of HAP, brushite (DCPD), and monetite (DCP) crystals were detected from the dentifrice. After brushing, the enamel surfaces were observed with a scanning electron and a confocal scanning laser microscope. The brushing caused larger abrasive loss and more remarkable roughness of the enamel surfaces following the broad traces of brush bristles and the exposure of prism structures than brushing with a dentifrice containing only DCPD, which we previously reported. We claim that the fine granular-shaped HAP crystals of the dentifrice indicated as an active ingredient for preventing enamel caries possess stronger abrasivity of sound enamel than the DCPD and DCP as abrasives on account of their Mohs hardness values rather than sizes and shapes. The HAP crystals of dentifrices may not occlude the small defects of early caries enamel, but erode them more strongly as an abrasive than the other abrasives.

  3. Involvement of detergent-insoluble complexes in the intracellular transport of intestinal brush border enzymes

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    Danielsen, E M


    %), and lactase-phlorizin hydrolase (EC was essentially fully soluble in detergent. In radioactively labeled, mucosal explants, the newly synthesized brush border enzymes began to associate with detergent-insoluble complexes while still in their transient, high mannose-glycosylated form...

  4. Synergy of brushing mode and antibacterial use on in vivo biofilm formation

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    Jongsma, Marije A.; de Lagemaat, Marieke van; Busscher, Henk J.; Geertsema-Doornbusch, Gesinda I.; Atema-Smit, Jelly; , van der Mei, Henny C.; Ren, Yijin


    Objectives: Orthodontic, multi-strand retention-wires are used as a generalized model for oral retention sites to investigate whether biofilm left-behind after powered toothbrushing in-vivo enabled better penetration of antibacterials as compared with manual brushing. Methods: 2-cm multi-strand, sta

  5. Comprehensive theory for star-like polymer micelles: combining classical nucleation and polymer brush theory

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    Sprakel, J.H.B.; Leermakers, F.A.M.; Cohen Stuart, M.A.; Besseling, N.A.M.


    A comprehensive theory is proposed that combines classical nucleation and polymer brush theory to describe star-like polymer micelles. With a minimum of adjustable parameters, the model predicts properties such as critical micelle concentrations and micellar size distributions. The validity of the p

  6. Urine versus brushed samples in human papillomavirus screening: study in both genders.

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    Hauwers, K.W.M. d'; Depuydt, C.; Bogers, J.P.; Stalpaert, M.; Vereecken, A.; Wyndaele, J.J.; Tjalma, W.


    AIM: To investigate whether urine is a good medium for screening and whether there is a correlation between the amount of extracted DNA and human papillomavirus (HPV)-positivity. METHODS: In the present study, 30 first-voided urine (FVU) specimens and 20 urethroglandular swabs using cervex-brushes f

  7. Mate choice in Australian brush-turkeys Alectura lathami : a preliminary report

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    Birks, S.


    Female brush-turkeys respond to several factors when choosing with whom they will mate and where they will lay their eggs. The most important factors seem to be mound condition (especially incubation stage and digging effort required), male presence at mounds (though not necessarily male quality), a

  8. Stable Protein-Repellent Zwitterionic Polymer Brushes Grafted from Silicon Nitride

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    Nguyen, Ai T.; Baggerman, Jacob; Paulusse, Jos M.J.; Rijn, van Cees J.M.; Zuilhof, Han


    Zwitterionic poly(sulfobetaine acrylamide) (SBMAA) brushes were grafted from silicon-rich silicon nitride (SixN4, x > 3) surfaces by atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) and studied in protein adsorption experiments. To this aim ATRP initiators were immobilized onto SixN4 through stable Si−C

  9. Clinical evaluation of an ionic tooth brush on oral hygiene status, gingival status, and microbial parameter

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    Deshmukh J


    Full Text Available It has long been recognised that the presence of dental plaque leads to gingivitis and periodontal disease, as well as dental caries. Today tooth brushing is the most widely accepted method of removing plaque. Hence this present clinical study was undertaken to evaluate the effectiveness of an ionic toothbrush on oral hygiene status. For this study, 20 dental students in the age group of 18-20 years were included. All the subjects after undergoing dental prophylaxis were then provided with ionic toothbrushes, either active (equipped with lithium battery or inactive (without lithium battery. Plaque index and gingival bleeding index were examined at 7th, 14th, and 21st day. Microbial assessment was done for detection of colony forming units (CFU from the plaque samples which were collected on 0 day and 21st day, both before brushing and after brushing. Results shown a significant reduction in all the parameters and the reduction was more significant in active and inactive ionic toothbrush users. It was concluded that both active and inactive ionic toothbrushes reduced the plaque index and gingival bleeding index scores significantly and active ionic tooth brushes were more effective as compared to inactive ionic toothbrushes. There was no soft tissue trauma following the use of both type of toothbrushes, which showed that ionic toothbrushes were equally safe for regular long-term use.

  10. Microbial adhesion to poly(ethylene oxide) brushes: Influence of polymer chain length and temperature

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    Roosjen, A.; Mei, van der H.C.; Busscher, H.J.; Norde, W.


    Glass surfaces were modified by end-grafting poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) chains having molecular weights of 526, 2000, or 9800 Da. Characterization using water contact angles, ellipsometry, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy confirmed the presence of the PEO brushes on the surface with estimated le

  11. Microbial adhesion to poly(ethylene oxide) brushes : Influence of polymer chain length and temperature

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    Roosjen, A; van der Mei, HC; Busscher, HJ; Norde, W


    Glass surfaces were modified by end-grafting poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) chains having molecular weights of 526,2000, or 9800 Da. Characterization using water contact angles, ellipsometry, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy confirmed the presence of the PEO brushes on the surface with estimated len

  12. A facile avenue to conductive polymer brushes via cyclopentadiene-maleimide Diels-Alder ligation. (United States)

    Yameen, Basit; Rodriguez-Emmenegger, Cesar; Preuss, Corinna M; Pop-Georgievski, Ognen; Verveniotis, Elisseos; Trouillet, Vanessa; Rezek, Bohuslav; Barner-Kowollik, Christopher


    Cyclopentadienyl end-capped poly(3-hexylthiophene) was employed to fabricate conductive surface tethered polymer brushes via a facile route based on cyclopentadiene-maleimide Diels-Alder ligation. The efficient nature of the Diels-Alder ligation was further combined with a biomimetic polydopamine-assisted functionalization of surfaces, making it an access route of choice for P3HT surface immobilization.

  13. The efficacy of interdental brushes on plaque and parameters of periodontal inflammation: a systematic review

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    D.E. Slot; C.E. Dörfer; G.A. van der Weijden


    Aim: The aim of the study was to asses the effect of the use of interdental brushes (IDB) in patients as an adjunct to toothbrushing compared with toothbrushing alone or other interdental oral hygiene devices on plaque and the clinical parameters of periodontal inflammation. Material and methods: ME

  14. Effect of a chlorhexidine-containing brush-on gel on peri-implant mucositis

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    Hallström, H; Lindgren, S; Twetman, S


    OBJECTIVE: The aim was to evaluate the effect of a chlorhexidine-containing brush-on gel when used as supplement to oral hygiene instructions and mechanical debridement, on peri-implant mucositis in adults. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study group consisted of 38 adults (48-87 years.) with peri-implant...... of peri-implant mucositis....

  15. Boundary lubrication by brushed salivary conditioning films and their degree of glycosylation

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    Veeregowda, Deepak H; van der Mei, Henderina; de Vries, Jacob; Rutland, Mark W; Valle-Delgado, Juan J; Sharma, Prashant K; Busscher, Hendrik


    Toothbrushing, though aimed at biofilm removal, also affects the lubricative function of adsorbed salivary conditioning films (SCFs). Different modes of brushing (manual, powered, rotary-oscillatory or sonically driven) influence the SCF in different ways. Our objectives were to compare boundary lub

  16. Stable Protein-Repellent Zwitterionic Polymer Brushes Grafted from Silicon Nitride

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    Nguyen, A.T.; Baggerman, J.; Paulusse, J.M.J.; Rijn, van C.J.M.; Zuilhof, H.


    Zwitterionic poly(sulfobetaine acrylamide) (SBMAA) brushes were grafted from silicon-rich silicon nitride (SixN4, x > 3) surfaces by atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) and studied in protein adsorption experiments. To this aim ATRP initiators were immobilized onto SixN4 through stable Si

  17. A modified box model including charge regulation for protein adsorption in a spherical polyelectrolyte brush

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    Biesheuvel, P.M.; Wittemann, A.


    Recent experiments showed significant adsorption of bovine serum albumin (BSA) in spherical polyelectrolyte brushes (SPB) consisting of polyacrylic acid, even for pH values above the isoelectric point of the protein, when both protein and polyion are negatively charged. To describe these experimenta

  18. The efficacy of powered toothbrushes following a brushing exercise: a systematic review

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    Rosema, N.A.M.; Slot, D.E.; van Palenstein Helderman, W.H.; Wiggelinkhuizen, L.; Van der Weijden, G.A.


    Aim: The primary objective was to determine, based on the available published evidence, the efficacy of powered toothbrushing following a brushing exercise and secondary to what magnitude this effect is dependent on the plaque index score, power supply and mode of action. Material and Methods: The P

  19. Plaque-left-behind after brushing : intra-oral reservoir for antibacterial toothpaste ingredients

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    Otten, Marieke P. T.; Busscher, Henk J.; Abbas, Frank; van der Mei, Henny C.; van Hoogmoed, Chris G.


    Plaque is never fully removed by brushing and may act as a reservoir for antibacterial ingredients, contributing to their substantive action. This study investigates the contribution of plaque-left-behind and saliva towards substantivity of three antibacterial toothpastes versus a control paste with

  20. Control of biofouling on reverse osmosis polyamide membranes modified with biocidal nanoparticles and antifouling polymer brushes

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    Rahaman, Md. Saifur


    Thin-film composite (TFC) polyamide reverse osmosis (RO) membranes are prone to biofouling due to their inherent physicochemical surface properties. In order to address the biofouling problem, we have developed novel surface coatings functionalized with biocidal silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) and antifouling polymer brushes via polyelectrolyte layer-by-layer (LBL) self-assembly. The novel surface coating was prepared with polyelectrolyte LBL films containing poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) and poly(ethylene imine) (PEI), with the latter being either pure PEI or silver nanoparticles coated with PEI (Ag-PEI). The coatings were further functionalized by grafting of polymer brushes, using either hydrophilic poly(sulfobetaine) or low surface energy poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS). The presence of both LBL films and sulfobetaine polymer brushes at the interface significantly increased the hydrophilicity of the membrane surface, while PDMS brushes lowered the membrane surface energy. Overall, all surface modifications resulted in significant reduction of irreversible bacterial cell adhesion. In microbial adhesion tests with E. coli bacteria, a normalized cell adhesion in the range of only 4 to 16% on the modified membrane surfaces was observed. Modified surfaces containing silver nanoparticles also exhibited strong antimicrobial activity. Membranes coated with LBL films of PAA/Ag-PEI achieved over 95% inactivation of bacteria attached to the surface within 1 hour of contact time. Both the antifouling and antimicrobial results suggest the potential of using these novel surface coatings in controlling the fouling of RO membranes. © The Royal Society of Chemistry 2014.

  1. Effects of Chairside Polishing and Brushing on Surface Roughness of Acrylic Denture Base Resins

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    Seung-Kyun Kim; Ju-Mi Park; Min-Ho Lee; Jae-Youn Jung; Shipu Li; Xinyu Wang


    The effects of 3 chairside polishing kits and mechanical brushing on the surface roughness of 3 different acrylic denture base resins were compared. Acrylic denture base resins (auto-polymerizing, heat-polymerizing, injected heat-polymerizing resins) were examined after a tungsten carbide bur, and after chairside polishing using 3 polishing kits and pumice. The specimens were subjected to mechanical brushing using a wear tester to simulate 30 000 strokes of brushing. The surface roughness of the acrylic denture base resin specimens was measured using a contact pro-filometer. After the test, the random polished acrylic resins were evaluated by scanning electron mi-croscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). Acrylic denture base resins polished using the 3 types of polishing kits had a smoother surface than those finished with the tungsten carbide bur (p <0.05). The surface of the resin polished by a TC cutter exceeded the Ra of 0.2 μm (p<0.05). The auto-polymerizing resin showed a significantly higher surface roughness than the heat-polymerizing resin and injected heat-polymerizing resin (p>0.05). In the case of polishing step wise, there was almost no change in surface roughness after brushing (p>0.05).

  2. High density hydrophilic and hydrophobic brush coatings using a polymeric primer layer

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    Cate, A.T. ten; Reinders, S.A.F.; Turkenburg, D.H.; Bruin, A.; D'Souza, F.; Donnelly, G.T.; Willemsen, P.R.; Maas, J.H.; Bommel, K.J.C. van


    Polymer brush coatings, consisting of polymer chains covalently attached to a surface and being less than a hundred nanometer thick, allow the creation of functional surfaces without altering the inherent bulk properties or appearance of a product. Surface properties depend on the type and length of

  3. Organic thin film transistors with polymer brush gate dielectrics synthesized by atom transfer radical polymerization

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    Pinto, J.C.; Whiting, G.L.; Khodabakhsh, S.


    Low operating voltage is an important requirement that must be met for industrial adoption of organic field-effect transistors (OFETs). We report here solution fabricated polymer brush gate insulators with good uniformity, low surface roughness and high capacitance. These ultra thin polymer films...

  4. Energy transfer, volumetric expansion, and removal of oral biofilms by non-contact brushing

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    Busscher, H. J.; Jager, D.; Finger, G.; Schaefer, N.; van der Mei, H. C.


    Non-contact removal of oral biofilms offers advantages beyond the reach of bristles, but it is unknown how energy transfer for removal from brush-to-biofilm occurs. In the present study we evaluated non-contact, oral biofilm removal by oscillating-rotating and sonic toothbrushes, and their acoustic

  5. Fabrication and Optimization of Brush-Printed n-type Bi2Te3 Thick Films for Thermoelectric Cooling Devices (United States)

    Liu, Xing; Zhao, Wen-yu; Zhou, Hong-yu; Mu, Xin; He, Dan-qi; Zhu, Wan-ting; Wei, Ping; Wu, Han; Zhang, Qing-jie


    A simple, efficient and rapid brush-printing method has been developed for preparation of n-type Bi2Te2.7Se0.3 films approximately 100-150 μm thick. X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, electron probe microanalysis, and four-point probe measurements were used to characterize the crystal structure, composition, microstructure, and electrical properties of the films. The results showed that all the n-type Bi2Te2.7Se0.3 thick films were composed of single-phase Bi2Te2.7Se0.3; the grains in the films were randomly distributed in the low-temperature-annealed samples and predominantly oriented along the (00 l) plane in samples annealed at temperatures >673 K. σ and the absolute value of α first increased substantially with increasing the annealing temperature in the range 573-673 K then decreased when the annealing temperature was increased further. The dependence of σ and α on annealing temperature may be reasonably explained on the basis of the change in the microstructure induced by annealing. The performance of a prototype cooling device containing n-type Bi2Te2.7Se0.3 thick films was evaluated for temperature differences produced by use of different DC currents.

  6. Lung malignancy: Diagnostic accuracies of bronchoalveolar lavage, bronchial brushing, and fine needle aspiration cytology

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    Rateesh Sareen


    Full Text Available Background: Early diagnosis of lung cancer plays a pivotal role in reducing lung cancer death rate. Cytological techniques are safer, economical and provide quick results. Bronchoscopic washing, brushing and fine needle aspirations not only complement tissue biopsies in the diagnosis of lung cancer but also comparable. Objectives: (1 To find out diagnostic yields of bronchioalveolar lavage , bronchial brushings, FNAC in diagnosis of lung malignancy. (2 To compare relative accuracy of these three cytological techniques. (3 To correlate the cytologic diagnosis with clinical, bronchoscopic and CT findings. (4 Cytological and histopathological correlation of lung lesions. Methods: All the patients who came with clinical or radiological suspicion of lung malignancy in two and a half year period were included in study. Bronchoalveolar lavage was the most common type of cytological specimen (82.36%, followed by CT guided FNAC (9.45% and bronchial brushings (8.19%. Sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive value for all techniques and correlation with histopathology was done using standard formulas. Results: The most sensitive technique was CT FNAC – (87.25% followed by brushings (77.78% and BAL (72.69%. CT FNAC had highest diagnostic yield (90.38%, followed by brushings (86.67% and BAL (83.67%. Specificity and positive predictive value were 100 % each of all techniques. Lowest false negatives were obtained in CT FNAC (12.5% and highest in BAL (27.3%. Highest negative predictive value was of BAL 76.95 % followed by BB 75.59% and CT FNAC 70.59%. Conclusion: Before administering antitubercular treatment every effort should be made to rule out malignancy. CT FNAC had highest diagnostic yield among three cytological techniques. BAL is an important tool in screening central as well as in accessible lesions. It can be used at places where CT guided FNAC is not available or could not be done due to technical or financial limitations

  7. Calcium competes with zinc for a channel mechanism on the brush border membrane of piglet intestine. (United States)

    Bertolo, R F.P.; Bettger, W J.; Atkinson, S A.


    Interactions between Ca(+2) and Zn(+2) at the intestinal brush border membrane occur via unclear mechanisms. We hypothesized that Zn(+2) and Ca(+2) are transported across the brush border membrane via a multidivalent metal channel. Using brush border membrane vesicles (BBMV) prepared from intestines of 8 sow-fed piglets, we sought to determine whether Ca(+2) competes with Zn(+2) for uptake. Extravesicular Zn(+2) was removed with ethylenediamine-tetraacetic acid. Time curves of Zn(+2) and Ca(+2) uptake by BBMV were conducted with increasing concentrations of Ca(+2) and Zn(+2), respectively. Saturation curves compared kinetic parameters of Zn(+2) uptake with and without Ca(+2). In addition, Zn(+2) uptake was measured in the presence of various classical Ca(+2) channel modulators. Over 20 min, a 0.4x concentration of Zn(+2) lowered Ca(+2) uptake by vesicles, whereas a 30x concentration of Ca(+2) was necessary to lower Zn(+2) uptake. These data suggest that Ca(+2) has lower affinity than Zn(+2) for a brush border membrane transport protein. Kinetic parameters showed higher K(m) values with 4 or 15 mM Ca(+2) but unchanged J(max), suggesting competitive inhibition. The Ca(+2) channel blocking agents, La(+3), Ba(+2), verapamil, and diltiazem, inhibited Zn(+2) uptake, whereas calcitriol, trans 1,2 cyclohexanediol, cis/trans 1,3 cyclohexanediol, and the L-type Ca(+2) channel agonist, Bay K8644, induced Zn(+2) uptake. These data were consistent with competition for a common transport mechanism on the brush border membrane, possibly a novel multimetal channel. Copyright 2001 Elsevier Science Inc.

  8. Evaluation of a brushing machine for estimating density of spider mites on grape leaves. (United States)

    Macmillan, Craig D; Costello, Michael J


    Direct visual inspection and enumeration for estimating field population density of economically important arthropods, such as spider mites, provide more information than alternative methods, such as binomial sampling, but is laborious and time consuming. A brushing machine can reduce sampling time and perhaps improve accuracy. Although brushing technology has been investigated and recommended as a useful tool for researchers and integrated pest management practitioners, little work to demonstrate the validity of this technique has been performed since the 1950's. We investigated the brushing machine manufactured by Leedom Enterprises (Mi-Wuk Village, CA, USA) for studies on spider mites. We evaluated (1) the mite recovery efficiency relative to the number of passes of a leaf through the brushes, (2) mite counts as generated by the machine compared to visual counts under a microscope, (3) the lateral distribution of mites on the collection plate and (4) the accuracy and precision of a 10% sub-sample using a double-transect counting grid. We found that about 95% of mites on a leaf were recovered after five passes, and 99% after nine passes, and mite counts from brushing were consistently higher than those from visual inspection. Lateral distribution of mites was not uniform, being highest in concentration at the center and lowest at the periphery. The 10% double-transect pattern did not result in a significant correlation with the total plate count at low mite density, but accuracy and precision improved at medium and high density. We suggest that a more accurate and precise sample may be achieved using a modified pattern which concentrates on the center plus some of the adjacent area.

  9. Increased photocatalytic activity of tube-brush-like ZnO nanostructures fabricated by using PVP nanofibers as templates

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    Chen, Xinying; Zhai, Yingjiao [School of Science, International Joint Research Center for Nanophotonics and Biophotonics, Changchun University of Science and Technology, 7089 Wei-Xing Road, Changchun 130022 (China); Li, Jinhua, E-mail: [School of Science, International Joint Research Center for Nanophotonics and Biophotonics, Changchun University of Science and Technology, 7089 Wei-Xing Road, Changchun 130022 (China); Fang, Xuan [School of Science, International Joint Research Center for Nanophotonics and Biophotonics, Changchun University of Science and Technology, 7089 Wei-Xing Road, Changchun 130022 (China); State Key Laboratory of High Power Semiconductor Laser, Changchun University of Science and Technology, 7089 Wei-Xing Road, Changchun 130022 (China); Fang, Fang; Chu, Xueying [School of Science, International Joint Research Center for Nanophotonics and Biophotonics, Changchun University of Science and Technology, 7089 Wei-Xing Road, Changchun 130022 (China); Wei, Zhipeng; Wang, Xiaohua [State Key Laboratory of High Power Semiconductor Laser, Changchun University of Science and Technology, 7089 Wei-Xing Road, Changchun 130022 (China)


    Highlights: • We obtained the tube-brush-like ZnO nanostructures. • We used polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) nanofibers used as templates by ALD and hydrothermal method to prepare tube-brush-like ZnO nanostructure. • The tube-brush-like ZnO nanostructures showed higher photocatalytic activity, the degradation of Rhodamine B (RhB) was up to 98% after 2 h of irradiation. - Abstract: The tube-brush-like ZnO nanostructures were synthesized by hydrothermal method using electrospinning polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) nanofibers as templates. The photocatalytic activity of as-grown samples was investigated by photo-degradation of Rhodamine B (RhB). The products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), UV/visible absorption spectroscopy (UV–vis) and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. It was found that the morphologies of the prepared ZnO were tube-brush-like nanostructures. With the grown time increasing, the crystal and the optical properties were improved. In the photocatalytic experiment, the tube-brush-like ZnO nanostructures photocatalytic activity was enhanced the degradation of RhB was up to 98% after 2 h of irradiation. The tube-brush-like ZnO nanostructures showed higher photocatalytic activity because of the special surface morphology.

  10. Development of plastic elongation in nanocrystalline and amorphous Ni–W dual phase alloys by brushing technique

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    Nakayama, S., E-mail:; Adachi, H., E-mail:; Yamasaki, T., E-mail:


    Highlights: • A novel agitation technique called the brushing technique is proposed. • A homogeneous material can be obtained with the brushing technique. • The brushed material exhibits large plastic elongation with work hardening. - Abstract: A novel agitation technique, referred to as the “brushing technique” is proposed to treat the surface of a Ni–W alloy film during electrodeposition. This technique was developed to directly remove hydrogen bubbles on the film surface and to apply Ni ions to the interfacial layer with the substrate. The intrinsic mechanical properties of the Ni–W electrodeposits are then evaluated with respect to application. High resolution transmission electron microscopy observations revealed that both treated and untreated films have nanocrystallites of approximately 5 nm in diameter and an amorphous phase. There was a compositional difference of about. 1.4 at% W between the face side and the reverse side of the film that was not subjected to the brushing technique, whereas this difference was absent in the film subjected to the brushing technique. In addition, the brushing technique reduced the surface roughness of the film and decreased the number of defects. As a result, a large plastic strain of about. 2.9% was observed with work hardening under tensile testing.

  11. Photo-induced in situ crosslinking of polymer brushes with dimethyl maleimide moieties for dynamically stimulating stem cell differentiation. (United States)

    Arisaka, Yoshinori; Nishijima, Yuka; Yusa, Shin-Ichi; Takeda, Naoya


    We designed photo-crosslinkable polymer brushes with dimethylmaleimide moieties, in order to demonstrate dynamic stimulation of cell differentiation in mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). The polymer brushes were synthesized by surface-initiated reversible addition fragmentation chain transfer polymerization using dimethylmaleimide ethyl methacrylate and methyl methacrylate on a chain transfer agent-immobilized glass surface. The polymer brushes were crosslinked by photodimerization of the dimethylmaleimide moieties within polymer chains with stem cells present on the surface. In order to evaluate the effects of in situ photo-induced crosslinking of the polymer brushes on gene expression of stem cells, human bone marrow MSCs were cultured under static and dynamic culture conditions for 7 days. Expression of the osteocalcin (Ocn) gene in MSCs was used as an indicator of osteoblast differentiation under dynamic culture conditions. Structural conversion from non-crosslinked polymer brushes to crosslinked polymer brushes increased the expression of Ocn by 1.4-fold in the presence of adhered cells, compared with non-crosslinked polymer brushes under static culture conditions. These results suggest that MSCs recognized surface conversion from non-crosslinked to crosslinked structures, which resulted in altered differentiation lineages. Therefore, photo-crosslinkable surfaces with dimethyl maleimide moieties are potential novel materials for dynamically stimulating MSC differentiation.

  12. A comparative study of the efficacy of four different bristle designs of tooth brushes in plaque removal

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    Sripriya N


    Full Text Available Background : The aim of the study was to compare the efficacy of four most commonly used bristle designs of toothbrushes in plaque removal. Materials and Methods : The study was a randomized 4 cell, examiner blind cross-over design assessing the plaque removal efficacy of all four brushes on a single occasion. Sixteen subjects aged 14-15 years participated in the study. On day 1 of each test period, the subjects were rendered plaque free and were asked to suspend oral hygiene practices for 24 hours. On day 2, the subjects were scored for plaque prior to brushing using the Turesky-Gilmore modification of Quigley-Hein plaque index. The subjects then brushed with the allocated toothbrush for 2 minutes and the post-brushing plaque scores were assessed. A wash-out period of 4 days was allowed between the test periods. Results : All the brushes showed a significant reduction in the post-brushing plaque scores ( p < 0.001. The mean reduction in the plaque scores for all the brushes was around 53%. The percentage plaque reduction was greater in the anterior surface than the posterior surface (59.6 ± 7.45% vs. 49.83 ± 4.35%. The percentage plaque reductions in the upper, lower, buccal and lingual surfaces were similar. No significant difference in the reduction of plaque scores between the four brushes was seen. Conclusion : The data derived from the study supports the contention of many researchers that there is no single superior design of manual toothbrush. Though minor and some site differences in favor of the brushes were seen, they were not statistically significant.

  13. The effect of food location, heat load, and intrusive medical procedures on brushing activity in dairy cows. (United States)

    Mandel, R; Whay, H R; Nicol, C J; Klement, E


    Animals allocate time and effort to a range of core (e.g., sleeping, feeding, drinking) and "luxury" (e.g., playing, exploring) activities. A luxury activity is characterized by low resilience and, as such, will be reduced when time or energy resources are limited, including under conditions of stress or discomfort. One seemingly luxurious activity available to cows on an increasing number of dairy farms is rubbing against an automated brush. The current study examined the effect of distance from food, heat load, and an intrusive medical procedure (i.e., artificial insemination and transrectal pregnancy examination) on the resilience of brush usage. The probability of using the brush decreased significantly when food was located distantly from the brush (mean=0.53) compared with days when food was located closer to the brush (mean=0.81). Brush usage also decreased at high temperature and humidity levels, with an average decrease of 0.062 brushing events for an increase of 1 temperature-humidity index unit (95% confidence interval=-0.93-0.030). In addition, a significant reduction of approximately 50% in brushing activity was observed on days of artificial insemination compared with the preceding 3d and the following 3d. These findings show that brush usage is a low resilience activity that reduces under a range of conditions. It may thus have the potential to be used as an indicator of a range of health and welfare problems in cows. Further research should be conducted to assess the sensitivity and specificity of this suggested tool and its possible contribution to the early detection of morbidity.

  14. Toothbrush abrasivity in a long-term simulation on human dentin depends on brushing mode and bristle arrangement (United States)


    Objective The aim of this study was to evaluate the susceptibility of dentin to brushing abrasion using four different toothbrushes (rotating-oscillating, sonic and two types of manual toothbrushes) with the same brushing forces. Methods Dentin samples (n = 72) were selected from 72 impacted third molars. Half of the surface of dentin samples was covered with an adhesive tape, creating a protected and a freely exposed area in the same specimen. Brushing was performed with either a: sonic (Sonicare PowerUp, Philips GmbH, Hamburg, Germany), b: oscillating-rotating (Oral B Vitality Precisions Clean, Procter & Gamble, Schwalbach am Taunus, Germany) or two different manual toothbrushes c: flat trim brush head toothbrush (Dr. Best: Original, Glaxo-Smith-Kline, Bühl, Germany) and d: rippled-shaped brush head toothbrush (Blend-a-Dent, Complete V-Interdental, Blend-a-med, Schwalbach, Germany) in a custom made automatic brushing machine. The brushing force was set to 2 N and a whitening toothpaste (RDA = 150) was used. The simulation period was performed over a calculated period to mimic a brushing behavior of two times a day brushing for eight years and six months. Dentin loss was quantitatively determined by profilometry and statistically analyzed by Wilcoxon and Mann-Whitney-U Test (p < 0.05). Results The mean (standard deviation) surface loss was 21.03 (±1.26) μm for the sonic toothbrush, 15.71 (±0.85) μm for the oscillating-rotating toothbrush, 6.13 (±1.24) μm for the manual toothbrush with flat trim brush head and 2.50 (±0.43) μm for the manual toothbrush with rippled-shaped brush head. Differences between all groups were statistically significant at p<0.05. Conclusion Using the same brushing force and a highly abrasive toothpaste, manual toothbrushes are significantly less abrasive compared to power toothbrushes for an 8.5—year simulation. PMID:28222156

  15. Freehand Brush in Fine Flowers and Birds Painting%谈工笔花鸟画的写意倾向

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    Xu Fang believes that freehand brush is the essence of fine flowers and birds painting ( Gongbi Huaniao Hua ) and is easier to express subject images based on the artist's mood than meticulous fine drawing which would limit minds and feelings.

  16. Chemical bath deposition of textured and compact zinc oxide thin films on vinyl-terminated polystyrene brushes (United States)

    Blumenstein, Nina J; Hofmeister, Caroline G; Lindemann, Peter; Huang, Cheng; Baier, Johannes; Leineweber, Andreas; Wöll, Christof; Schimmel, Thomas


    Summary In this study we investigated the influence of an organic polystyrene brush on the deposition of ZnO thin films under moderate conditions. On a non-modified SiOx surface, island growth is observed, whereas the polymer brush induces homogeneous film growth. A chemical modification of the polystyrene brushes during the mineralization process occurs, which enables stronger interaction between the then polar template and polar ZnO crystallites in solution. This may lead to oriented attachment of the crystallites so that the observed (002) texture arises. Characterization of the templates and the resulting ZnO films were performed with ζ-potential and contact angle measurements as well as scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). Infrared spectroscopy (IR) measurements were used to investigate the polystyrene brushes before and after modification. PMID:26925358

  17. Bottom-up/top-down high resolution, high throughput lithography using vertically assembled block bottle brush polymers (United States)

    Trefonas, Peter; Thackeray, James W.; Sun, Guorong; Cho, Sangho; Clark, Corrie; Verkhoturov, Stanislav V.; Eller, Michael J.; Li, Ang; Pavía-Jiménez, Adriana; Schweikert, Emile A.; Wooley, Karen L.


    We describe a novel deterministic bottom-up / top-down approach to sub-30 nm photolithography using a film composed of assembled block brush polymers of highly uniform composition and chain length. The polymer architecture consists of a rigid backbone of polymerized norbornene, each linked to flexible short side brush chains. The resultant `bottle brush' topology has a cylindrical shape with short brush chains arranged concentrically around the backbone, in which the cylinder radius is determined by the number of monomers within the brush fragment, while the cylinder length is determined by the degree of backbone polymerization. The modularity of the synthetic system allows a wide diversity of lithographically useful monomers, sequencing, dimension and property variation. Sequential grafting of pre-synthesized blocks allows for facile formation of either concentric or lengthwise block copolymers. Placement of brush chains of different compositions along different regions of the cylinder, along with variation of the relative concentric and lengthwise dimensions, provides mechanisms to align and control placement of the cylinders. These polymers are compatible with photoacid generators (PAGs) and crosslinker functionality. Our results are consistent with a model that the bottle brush polymers assemble (bottom-up) in the film to yield a `forest' of vertically arranged cylindrical block brush polymers, with the film thickness determined by the coherence lengths of the cylinders. Subsequent imaging via electron beam (EB or ebeam) or optical radiation yields a (top-down) mechanism for acid catalyzed crosslinking of adjacent cylinders. Uncrosslinked cylinders are removed in developer to yield negative photoresist patterns. Exposure doses are very low and throughputs are amenable to the requirements of Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) lithography. The limiting resolution with ebeam exposure is potentially about two cylinder diameters width (< 8 nm), with the smallest observed

  18. Bottom-up/top-down, high-resolution, high-throughput lithography using vertically assembled block bottle brush polymers (United States)

    Trefonas, Peter; Thackeray, James W.; Sun, Guorong; Cho, Sangho; Clark, Corrie; Verkhoturov, Stanislav V.; Eller, Michael J.; Li, Ang; Pavia-Sanders, Adriana; Schweikert, Emile A.; Wooley, Karen L.


    We describe a novel deterministic bottom-up/top-down approach to sub-30-nm photolithography using a film composed of assembled block brush polymers of highly uniform composition and chain length. The polymer architecture consists of a rigid backbone of polymerized norbornene, each linked to flexible short side brush chains. The resultant bottle brush topology has a cylindrical shape with short brush chains arranged concentrically around the backbone, in which the cylinder radius is determined by the number of monomers within the brush fragment, while the cylinder length is determined by the degree of backbone polymerization. The modularity of the synthetic system allows a wide diversity of lithographically useful monomers, sequencing, dimension, and property variation. Sequential grafting of presynthesized blocks allows for facile formation of either concentric or lengthwise block copolymers. Placement of brush chains of different compositions along different regions of the cylinder, along with variation of the relative concentric and lengthwise dimensions, provides mechanisms to align and control placement of the cylinders. These polymers are compatible with photoacid generators and crosslinker functionality. Our results are consistent with a model that the bottle brush polymers assemble (bottom-up) in the film to yield a forest of vertically arranged cylindrical block brush polymers, with the film thickness determined by the coherence lengths of the cylinders. Subsequent imaging via electron beam (e-beam) or optical radiation yields a (top-down) mechanism for acid catalyzed crosslinking of adjacent cylinders. Uncrosslinked cylinders are removed in developer to yield negative photoresist patterns. Exposure doses are very low and throughputs are amenable to the requirements of extreme ultraviolet lithography. The limiting resolution with e-beam exposure is potentially about two cylinder diameters width (<8 nm), with the smallest observed patterns approaching 10 nm.

  19. Regular Tooth Brushing is Associated with a Decreased Risk of Metabolic Syndrome According to a Medical Check-Up Database. (United States)

    Tsutsumi, Chiyo; Kakuma, Tatsuyuki


    Associations have been reported between periodontal disease and increased cardiovascular disease risk, as well as between healthy self-reported tooth brushing behavior and reduced cardiovascular disease risk. We examined the association between self-reported tooth brushing behavior and the risk of metabolic syndrome (MetS) using a large medical check-up database. A total of 12,548 medical checkup records from a medical screening center in a city in southwest Japan were assessed. Subjects were aged 30 to 59 years. As lifestyle is associated with both tooth brushing and MetS, many lifestyle variables were considered as potential confounders. Logistic regression model were employed with a list of 127 lifestyle variables. Twenty variables associated with both tooth brushing and MetS were selected for both males and females. Furthermore, final confounding variables were selected by principal component analysis to avoid collinearity problems. The association of tooth brushing and MetS was evaluated for males and females separately by calculating adjusted odds ratios (ORs) with selected confounders plus age. The association between daily tooth brushing frequency and MetS risk for both genders was significant after adjusting for confounders, with the risk of MetS decreasing with increased frequency of daily tooth brushing (adjusted OR = 0.57 (95%Cl:0.48-0.81), 0.50 (95%Cl:0.35-0.71), 0.42 (95%Cl: 0.29-0.61) for males and adjusted OR = 0.65 (95%Cl:0.48-0.87), 0.44 (95%Cl:0.32-0.62) for females). Therefore, oral hygiene, including the frequency of tooth brushing as a significant component, may be an important factor in preventing MetS.

  20. Direct passivation of hydride-terminated silicon (100) surfaces by free-radically tethered polymer brushes. (United States)

    Moran, Isaac W; Carter, Kenneth R


    A simple and effective means for passivating crystalline silicon is reported by the use of free-radical polymerization (FRP) to directly graft polymer chains to a hydride-terminated surface (Si-H). Complete surface coverage and passivation was achieved in approximately 24 h at 60 degrees C or 30 min at 90 degrees C. Mechanistic studies determined that chain attachment followed a hydride-transfer-based grafting-to mechanism. The grafting process is compatible with a variety of monomers and was used to assemble polymer brush layers (2-12 nm thick), with grafting densities ranging from 0.02 to 0.65 chains/nm2 rivaling densities typically obtained by grafting-from scenarios. This new passivation route provides a uniquely accessible means to covalently anchor dense polymer brushes to silicon surfaces without the need for functionalization of the polymer chain ends or the substrate.

  1. Gold nanoworms immobilized graphene oxide polymer brush nanohybrid for catalytic degradation studies of organic dyes (United States)

    Mogha, Navin Kumar; Gosain, Saransh; Masram, Dhanraj T.


    In the present work, we report gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) on poly (dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate) (PDMAEMA) brushes immobilized reduced graphene oxide (Au/PDMAEMA/RGO) as catalyst for degradation kinetic studies of Rhodamine B (RB), Methyl Orange (MO) and Eosine Y (EY) dyes, having an excellent catalytic activity, as evident by the apparent rate constant (kapp), which is found to be 21.8, 26.2, and 8.7 (×10-3 s-1), for RB, MO and EY respectively. Au/PDMAEMA/RGO catalyst is easy to use, highly efficient, recyclable, which make it suitable for applications in waste water management. Foremost, synthesis of PDMAEMA brushes on graphene oxide is accomplished by Atom transfer radical polymerization method (ATRP), whereas AuNPs are synthesized by simple chemical reduction method.

  2. Tailored Poly(2-oxazoline) Polymer Brushes to Control Protein Adsorption and Cell Adhesion

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    Zhang, Ning


    POx bottle-brush brushes (BBBs) are synthesized by SIPGP of 2-isopropenyl-2-oxazoline and consecutive LCROP of 2-oxazolines on 3-aminopropyltrimethoxysilane-modified silicon substrates. The side chain hydrophilicity and polarity are varied. The impact of the chemical composition and architecture of the BBB upon protein (fibronectin) adsorption and endothelial cell adhesion are investigated and prove extremely low protein adsorption and cell adhesion on BBBs with hydrophilic side chains such as poly(2-methyl-2-oxazoline) and poly(2-ethyl-2-oxazoline). The influence of the POx side chain terminal function upon adsorption and adhesion is minor but the side chain length has a significant effect on bioadsorption. © 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  3. Mixed brush made of 4-arm stars and linear chains: MD simulations (United States)

    Su, Chan-Fei; Merlitz, Holger; Wu, Chen-Xu; Sommer, Jens-Uwe


    We investigate the structural properties of binary polymer brushes, composed of functional 4-armed star polymers and chemically identical linear polymers of different molecular weights. The molecular dynamics simulations confirm recent self-consistent field studies, in which a considerable potential of these systems for the design of switchable surfaces has been claimed. The length of the linear chains serves as a control parameter, which, while passing over a critical value, induces a sharp transition of the molecular conformation. We investigate these transitions at different grafting densities and summarize our findings in a phase diagram. The temperature dependence of the brush structure is investigated in a non-selective solvent, and non-trivial variations of the surface composition are observed. The quantity of these latter effects would be insufficient to build switchable systems, and we argue that a minor quantity of solvent selectivity would suffice to enable the desired feature of an environment-responsive coating.

  4. Properties and strengthening mechanism of brush plated nanoparticle reinforced composite coatings

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    DONG Shi-yun; XU Bin-shi; MA Shi-ning; TU Wei-yi


    Nanoparticle reinforced nickel matrix composite coatings, such as n-Al2O3/Ni, n-SiO2/Ni, n-SiC/Ni and n-TiO2/Ni, were fabricated by brush plating technique. Hardness, wear resistance and contact-fatigue resistance of the composite coatings were determined, and strengthening mechanism of the composite coatings was discussed. Results show that the composite coatings have superior properties to the Ni metal coating. Compared with properties of brush plated Ni metal coating, the composite coatings have hardness over 1.5 times and wear resistance capability of about 2.5 times. The strengthening mechanism of the composite coatings mainly includes fine-crystal grain effect, nanoparticle dispersion effect and dislocation effect.

  5. Properties and Strengthening Mechanism of Brush Plated Nanoparticle Reinforced Composite Coatings

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    DONG Shi-yun; XU Bin-shi; MA Shi-ning; TU Wei-yi


    Nanoparticle reinforced nickel matrix composite coatings, such as n-Al2O3/Ni, n-SiO2/Ni, n-SiC/Ni and n-TiO2/Ni, were fabricated by brush plating technique. Hardness, wear resistance and contact-fatigue resistance of the composite coatings were determined, and strengthening mechanism of the composite coatings was discussed. Results showed that the composite coatings had superior properties to the Ni metal coating. Compared with properties of brush plated Ni metal coating, the composite coatings had hardness over 1.5 times and wear resistance capability of about 2.5 times. The strengthening mechanism of the composite coatings mainly included fine-crystal grain effect, nanoparticle dispersion effect and dislocation effect.

  6. Stable Poly(methacrylic acid Brush Decorated Silica Nano-Particles by ARGET ATRP for Bioconjugation

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    Marcello Iacono


    Full Text Available The synthesis of polymer brush decorated silica nano-particles is demonstrated by activator regeneration by electron transfer atom transfer radical polymerization (ARGET ATRP grafting of poly(tert-butyl methacrylate. ATRP initiator decorated silica nano-particles were obtained using a novel trimethylsiloxane derivatised ATRP initiator obtained by click chemistry. Comparison of de-grafted polymers with polymer obtained from a sacrificial initiator demonstrated good agreement up to 55% monomer conversion. Subsequent mild deprotection of the tert-butyl ester groups using phosphoric acid yielded highly colloidal and pH stable hydrophilic nano-particles comprising approximately 50% methacrylic acid groups. The successful bio-conjugation was achieved by immobilization of Horseradish Peroxidase to the polymer brush decorated nano-particles and the enzyme activity demonstrated in a conversion of o-phenylene diamine dihydrochloride assay.

  7. Removal of a Wire Brush Bristle from the Hypopharynx Using Suspension, Microscope, and Fluoroscopy

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    Matthew R. Naunheim


    Full Text Available Wire brush bristles are an increasingly recognized hazard that can present as a foreign body in the aerodigestive tract. Due to their small size and tendency to become embedded in surrounding tissue, these small metallic bristles present a unique operative challenge to otolaryngologists. Here we present a case of a 40-year-old woman who underwent endoscopic extraction of a wire bristle from the posterior pharyngeal wall using suspension, microscopy, and C-arm fluoroscopy. We believe this is the first published case of an endoscopic removal of a buried foreign body in the hypopharynx using these methods of localization concurrently. By leveraging multiple techniques for visualization, surgeons can avoid open exploration while ensuring complete removal of the object. Additionally, this case highlights the importance of regulatory oversight and consumer awareness of the hazards of grill brushes.

  8. Treatment of enterococcus faecalis bacteria by a helium atmospheric cold plasma brush with oxygen addition (United States)

    Chen, Wei; Huang, Jun; Du, Ning; Liu, Xiao-Di; Wang, Xing-Quan; Lv, Guo-Hua; Zhang, Guo-Ping; Guo, Li-Hong; Yang, Si-Ze


    An atmospheric cold plasma brush suitable for large area and low-temperature plasma-based sterilization is designed. Results demonstrate that the He/O2 plasma more effectively kills Enterococcus faecalis than the pure He plasma. In addition, the sterilization efficiency values of the He/O2 plasma depend on the oxygen fraction in Helium gas. The atmospheric cold plasma brush using a proper ratio of He/O2 (2.5%) reaches the optimum sterilization efficiency. After plasma treatment, the cell structure and morphology changes can be observed by the scanning electron microscopy. Optical emission measurements indicate that reactive species such as O and OH play a significant role in the sterilization process.

  9. Treatment of enterococcus faecalis bacteria by a helium atmospheric cold plasma brush with oxygen addition

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    Chen Wei; Huang Jun; Wang Xingquan; Lv Guohua; Zhang Guoping [Key Laboratory of Soft Matter Physics, Beijing National Laboratory for Condensed Matter Physics, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Science, 100190 Beijing (China); Du Ning; Liu Xiaodi; Guo Lihong [Department of Oral Biology, Peking University School and Hospital of Stomatology, 100080 Beijing (China); Yang Size [Key Laboratory of Soft Matter Physics, Beijing National Laboratory for Condensed Matter Physics, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Science, 100190 Beijing (China); Fujian Key Laboratory for Plasma and Magnetic Resonance, Department of Aeronautics, School of Physics and Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Xiamen University, Xiamen 361005 (China)


    An atmospheric cold plasma brush suitable for large area and low-temperature plasma-based sterilization is designed. Results demonstrate that the He/O{sub 2} plasma more effectively kills Enterococcus faecalis than the pure He plasma. In addition, the sterilization efficiency values of the He/O{sub 2} plasma depend on the oxygen fraction in Helium gas. The atmospheric cold plasma brush using a proper ratio of He/O{sub 2} (2.5%) reaches the optimum sterilization efficiency. After plasma treatment, the cell structure and morphology changes can be observed by the scanning electron microscopy. Optical emission measurements indicate that reactive species such as O and OH play a significant role in the sterilization process.

  10. Lipid raft organization and function in the small intestinal brush border

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    Danielsen, E M; Hansen, Gert Helge


    The enterocyte brush border of the small intestine is a highly specialized membrane designed to function both as a high capacity digestive/absorptive surface of dietary nutrients and a permeability barrier towards lumenal pathogens. It is characterized by an unusually high content of glycolipids...... (approximately 30% of the total microvillar membrane lipid), enabling the formation of liquid ordered microdomains, better known as lipid rafts. The glycolipid rafts are stabilized by galectin-4, a 36 kDa divalent lectin that cross-links galactosyl (and other carbohydrate) residues present on membrane lipids...... proteinases, are protected from untimely release into the gut lumen. Finally, anti-glycosyl antibodies, synthesized by plasma cells locally in the gut, are deposited on the brush border glycolipid rafts, protecting the epithelium from lumenal pathogens that exploit lipid rafts as portals for entry...

  11. Intestinal alkaline phosphatase: selective endocytosis from the enterocyte brush border during fat absorption

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    Hansen, Gert Helge; Niels-Christiansen, Lise-Lotte; Immerdal, Lissi;


    Absorption of dietary fat in the small intestine is accompanied by a rise of intestinal alkaline phosphatase (IAP) in the serum and of secretion of IAP-containing surfactant-like particles from the enterocytes. In the present work, fat absorption was studied in organ cultured mouse intestinal...... clathrin-coated pits. By 60 min, IAP was seen in subapical endosomes and along membranes surrounding fat droplets. IAP is a well-known lipid raft-associated protein, and fat absorption was accompanied by a marked change in the density and morphology of the detergent-resistant membranes harboring IAP...... explants. By immunofluorescence microscopy, fat absorption caused a translocation of IAP from the enterocyte brush border to the interior of the cell, whereas other brush-border enzymes were unaffected. By electron microscopy, the translocation occurred by a rapid (5 min) induction of endocytosis via...

  12. Brush border peptidases and arylamidases in the experimental blind loop syndrome of the rat. (United States)

    Mazzacca, G; Musella, S; Andria, G; D'Agostino, L; Cimino, L; Budillon, G


    Peptidase and arylamidase activities were assessed in purified brush borders from jejunum of rats with surgically created blind loops. The blind loop segment and the jejunum proximal and distal to the blind loop were studied. Comparable jejunal segments from control rats were also studied. The blind loop syndrome was documented by presence of macrocytic anemia. Enzyme activities were determined on purified brush borders. In rats with the blind loop syndromes enzymatic activities hydrolizing sucrose, L-Leucyl-beta-naphthylamide, L-lysyl-beta-naphthylamide, alpha-L-glutamyl-beta-naphthylamide, L-phenylalanyl-alanine and L-leucyl-glycine were significantly reduced as compared to controls (P less than 0.001). After a short course of antibiotic therapy enzymatic activities returned to normal. Our findings suggest a reversible intestinal mucosa damage in the rat with blind loop syndrome.

  13. Spherical polyelectrolyte brushes as a nanoreactor for synthesis of ultrafine magnetic nanoparticles (United States)

    Zhu, Yan; Chen, Kaimin; Wang, Xiang; Guo, Xuhong


    Ultrafine magnetic nanoparticles (MNP, 1.4-5.8 nm) were generated within a nanoreactor of spherical polyelectrolyte brushes (SPB). SPB consist of a solid polystyrene (PS) core and densely grafted poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) chains. Due to strong chemical coordination between carboxyl groups in PAA and MNP surfaces, the obtained magnetic spherical polyelectrolyte brushes (MSPB) kept excellent stability and maintained pH sensitivity. The magnetic properties of MSPB were confirmed by a vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). The size and the size dispersion of MNP can be modulated by varying adding sequences (conventional coprecipitation or reverse coprecipitation), or nanoreactor structure (with or without crosslinking). MNP content in MSPB could be adjusted by multicycle reactions. This new strategy makes it possible to synthesize ultrafine inorganic nanoparticles with tunable size in SPB.

  14. Synthesis of polymer nano-brushes by self-seeding method and study of various morphologies by AFM (United States)

    Agbolaghi, S.; Abbaspoor, S.; Abbasi, F.


    Polymer brushes due to their high sensitivity to environmental changes are the best and newest means for developing the responsive materials. Polymer nano-brushes consisting various surface morphologies and uniformly distributed amorphous grafted chains were synthesized via single-crystal growth procedure. Poly(ethylene glycol)- b-polystyrene (PEG- b-PS) and poly(ethylene glycol)- b-poly(methyl methacrylate) (PEG- b-PMMA) block copolymers were prepared by atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP). On the basis of various height differences, phase regions were detectable through atomic force microscopy (AFM NanoscopeIII). The novelty of this work is developing and characterizing the random and intermediate single-co-crystals. Besides, some other sorts of brush-covered single crystals like homo-brush and matrix-dispersed mixed-brushes were involved just for comparing the distinct morphologies. The intermediate (neither matrix-dispersed nor random) single-co-crystals were detectable through their thickness fluctuations in AFM height profiles. On the contrary, the random single-co-crystals were verified through comparing with their corresponding homopolymer and homo-brush single crystals. The growth fronts of (120), (240), (200) and (040) were detected by electron diffraction of transmission electron microscope.


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    WuWenyue; HuangJinruo; QuJinxin; ShaoHesheng


    This paper studied the wear characteristics as well as the wear mechanismof the Ni-P alloy brush-plating coating by means of sliding-wear tests, SEM and X-Ray analyses. The results show that Ni-Palloy coating has excellent wear-ability inhigh temperature, and the wear mechanism of the coating is that both the adhesivewear and abrasive wear exist in a boundary lubrication condition. The wear model wasbuilt up.

  16. Temperature-Dependent Deicing Properties of Electrostatically Anchored Branched Brush Layers of Poly(ethylene oxide). (United States)

    Heydari, Golrokh; Tyrode, Eric; Visnevskij, Ceslav; Makuska, Ricardas; Claesson, Per M


    The hydration water of hydrophilic polymers freezes at subzero temperatures. The adsorption of such polymers will result in a hydrophilic surface layer that strongly binds water. Provided this interfacial hydration water remains liquidlike at subzero temperatures, its presence could possibly reduce ice adhesion, in particular, if the liquidlike layer is thicker than or comparable to the surface roughness. To explore this idea, a diblock copolymer, having one branched bottle-brush block of poly(ethylene oxide) and one linear cationic block, was electrostatically anchored on flat silica surfaces. The shear ice adhesion strength on such polymer-coated surfaces was investigated down to -25 °C using a homebuilt device. In addition, the temperature dependence of the ice adhesion on surfaces coated with only the cationic block, only the branched bottle-brush block, and with linear poly(ethylene oxide) was investigated. Significant ice adhesion reduction, in particular, at temperatures above -15 °C, was observed on silica surfaces coated with the electrostatically anchored diblock copolymer. Differential scanning calorimetry measurements on bulk polymer solutions demonstrate different thermal transitions of water interacting with branched and linear poly(ethylene oxide) (with hydration water melting points of about -18 and -10 °C, respectively). This difference is consistent with the low shear ice adhesion strength measured on surfaces carrying branched bottle-brush structured poly(ethylene oxide) at -10 °C, whereas no significant adhesion reduction was obtained with linear poly(ethylene oxide) at this temperature. We propose a lubrication effect of the hydration water bound to the branched bottle-brush structured poly(ethylene oxide), which, in the bulk, does not freeze until -18 °C.

  17. A CO2-switchable polymer brush for reversible capture and release of proteins. (United States)

    Kumar, Surjith; Tong, Xia; Dory, Yves L; Lepage, Martin; Zhao, Yue


    We report on a polymer brush that can be switched between extended (hydrated) and collapsed (dehydrated) chain conformational states just by passing CO(2) and an inert gas like N(2) in solution alternately. This conformational change allows for reversible adsorption and release of a protein. In contrast to adding acids and bases for pH change, using gases as the trigger makes it possible to repeat the switching cycle many times without salt accumulation.

  18. Deactivation of Enterococcus Faecalis Bacteria by an Atmospheric Cold Plasma Brush (United States)

    Chen, Wei; Huang, Jun; Du, Ning; Liu, Xiao-Di; Lv, Guo-Hua; Wang, Xing-Quan; Zhang, Guo-Ping; Guo, Li-Hong; Yang, Si-Ze


    An atmospheric cold plasma brush suitable for large area and low-temperature plasma-based sterilization is designed and used to treat enterococcus faecalis bacteria. The results show that the efficiency of the inactivation process by helium plasma is dependent on applied power and exposure time. After plasma treatments, the cell structure and morphology changes can be observed by scanning electron microscopy. Optical emission measurements indicate that reactive species such as O and OH play a significant role in the sterilization process.

  19. Prevalence of Anemia in Brush Painters of a South Indian City, Mysore

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    Sumanth Mallikarjuna Majgi


    Full Text Available Background: Painters are chronically exposed to lead based paints, which causes anemia by impairing heme biosynthesis and increasing the red cell destruction. The present study was conducted to assess the lead exposure and haematological effects of lead in brush painters as they are chronically exposed to lead based paints. Objective: To estimate prevalence of anemia among brush painters and lead exposure among them. Methodology: Community based cross-sectional study was conducted on 100 occupational residential brush painters of Mysore city of India during July 2012 and September 2012. Subjects were interviewed using standardized questionnaire, mainly, for lead toxicity symptoms and personal hygiene. Venous blood samples were drawn and haematological parameters were determined (n=100. The marker of anaemia was haemoglobin concentration. Through Systematic random sampling, 30 samples were selected for blood lead concentration (PbB estimation. Results: The prevalence of anemia among the subjects was 3%. The mean hemoglobin concentration was 15.5±1.4 g/dL and mean blood lead concentration (PbB was 12.9±10.9 µg/dL. There was no significant correlation found between the PbB and haematological parameters. There was a high prevalence of lead toxicity symptoms and the symptoms were more in the less hygienic subjects than the hygienic subjects. Conclusion: The blood lead concentration among painters is less than the threshold (PbB >50 µg/dL for hematological alterations. Hence lead induced anaemia is not a health risk among brush painters. The PbB is also less than the recommended threshold for occupational exposure (30 µg/dL. But the high prevalence of lead toxicity symptoms indicates the long term health effects of lead even at low levels of exposure. Fortunately, being hygienic is an easily achievable goal to decrease the lead exposure among the painters.

  20. Effect of lactation on the decline of brush border lactase activity in neonatal pigs.


    Kelly, D.; King, T P; McFadyen, M; Travis, A J


    It has been shown that during the early phase of lactation porcine milk contains high concentrations of hormones and growth factors. The aim of the present investigation was to examine the hypothesis that the temporal coordination of intestinal maturation in piglets can be extrinsically regulated through changes in the composition of milk during the suckling period. Gut morphology and the ontogeny of brush border lactase activity were investigated in piglets reared on two suckling regimens de...

  1. Predictive Model for the Design of Zwitterionic Polymer Brushes: A Statistical Design of Experiments Approach. (United States)

    Kumar, Ramya; Lahann, Joerg


    The performance of polymer interfaces in biology is governed by a wide spectrum of interfacial properties. With the ultimate goal of identifying design parameters for stem cell culture coatings, we developed a statistical model that describes the dependence of brush properties on surface-initiated polymerization (SIP) parameters. Employing a design of experiments (DOE) approach, we identified operating boundaries within which four gel architecture regimes can be realized, including a new regime of associated brushes in thin films. Our statistical model can accurately predict the brush thickness and the degree of intermolecular association of poly[{2-(methacryloyloxy) ethyl} dimethyl-(3-sulfopropyl) ammonium hydroxide] (PMEDSAH), a previously reported synthetic substrate for feeder-free and xeno-free culture of human embryonic stem cells. DOE-based multifunctional predictions offer a powerful quantitative framework for designing polymer interfaces. For example, model predictions can be used to decrease the critical thickness at which the wettability transition occurs by simply increasing the catalyst quantity from 1 to 3 mol %.

  2. Spin-Casting Polymer Brush Films for Stimuli-Responsive and Anti-Fouling Surfaces. (United States)

    Xu, Binbin; Feng, Chun; Hu, Jianhua; Shi, Ping; Gu, Guangxin; Wang, Lei; Huang, Xiaoyu


    Surfaces modified with amphiphilic polymers can dynamically alter their physicochemical properties in response to changes of their environmental conditions; meanwhile, amphiphilic polymer coatings with molecular hydrophilic and hydrophobic patches, which can mitigate biofouling effectively, are being actively explored as advanced coatings for antifouling materials. Herein, a series of well-defined amphiphilic asymmetric polymer brushes containing hetero side chains, hydrophobic polystyrene (PS) and hydrophilic poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG), was employed to prepare uniform thin films by spin-casting. The properties of these films were investigated by water contact angle, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and quartz crystal microbalance (QCM). AFM showed smooth surfaces for all films with the roughness less than 2 nm. The changes in water contact angle and C/O ratio (XPS) evidenced the enrichment of PEG or PS chains at film surface after exposed to selective solvents, indicative of stimuli- responsiveness. The adsorption of proteins on PEG functionalized surface was quantified by QCM and the results verified that amphiphilic polymer brush films bearing PEG chains could lower or eliminate protein-material interactions and resist to protein adsorption. Cell adhesion experiments were performed by using HaCaT cells and it was found that polymer brush films possess good antifouling ability.

  3. Cylindrical polymer brushes with dendritic side chains by iterative anionic reactions

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    Zhang, Hefeng


    We report in this paper an easy method for the synthesis of cylindrical polymer brushes with dendritic side chains through anionic reaction. The synthesis is accomplished by iteratively grafting a living block copolymer, polyisoprene-. b-polystyrenyllithium (PI-. b-PSLi), to the main chain and subsequently to the branches in a divergent way. PI segment is short and serves as a precursor for multifunctional branching unit. The grafting reaction involves two successive steps: i) epoxidation of internal double bonds of PI segments, either in main chain or side chains; ii) ring-opening addition to the resulting epoxy group by the living PI-. b-PSLi. Repeating the two steps affords a series of cylindrical polymer brushes with up to 3rd generation and extremely high molecular weight. The branching multiplicity depends on the average number of oxirane groups per PI segment, usually ca. 8 in the present work. The high branching multiplicity leads to tremendous increase in molecular weights of the cylindrical products with generation growth. Several series of cylindrical polymer brushes with tunable aspect ratios are prepared using backbones and branches with controlled lengths. Shape anisotropy is investigated in dilute solution using light scattering technique. Worm-like single molecular morphology with large persistence length is observed on different substrates by atomic force microscopy.

  4. A Novel Method for Sensorless Speed Detection of Brushed DC Motors

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    Ernesto Vazquez-Sanchez


    Full Text Available Many motor applications require accurate speed measurement. For brushed dc motors, speed can be measured with conventional observers or sensorless observers. Sensorless observers have the advantage of not requiring any external devices to be attached to the motor. Instead, voltage and/or current are measured and used to estimate the speed. The sensorless observers are usually divided into two groups: those based on the dynamic model, and those based on the ripple component. This paper proposes a method that measures the current of brushed dc motors and analyses the position of its spectral components. From these spectral components, the method estimates the motor speed. Three tests, performed each with the speeds ranging from 2000 to 3000 rpm either at constant-speed, at slowly changing speeds, or at rapidly changing speeds, showed that the average error was below 1 rpm and that the deviation error was below 1.5 rpm. The proposed method: (i is a novel method that is not based on either the dynamic model or on the ripple component; (ii requires only the measurement of the current for the speed estimation; (iii can be used for brushed dc (direct current motors with a large number of coils; and (iv achieves a low error in the speed estimation.

  5. Role of hydrogen bonding in solubility of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) brushes in sodium halide solutions

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    赵新军; 高志福


    By employing molecular theory, we systematically investigate the shift of solubility of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM) brushes in sodium halide solutions. After considering PNIPAM–water hydrogen bonds, water–anion hydro-gen bonds, and PNIPAM–anion bonds and their explicit coupling to the PNIPAM conformations, we find that increasing temperature lowers the solubility of PNIPAM, and results in a collapse of the layer at high enough temperatures. The combination of the three types of bonds would yield a decrease in the solubility of PNIPAM following the Hofmeister se-ries:NaCl>NaBr>NaI. PNIPAM–water hydrogen bonds are affected by water–anion hydrogen bonds and PNIPAM–anion bonds. The coupling of polymer conformations and the competition among the three types of bonds are essential for de-scribing correctly a decrease in the solubility of PNIPAM brushes, which is determined by the free energy associated with the formation of the three types of bonds. Our results agree well with the experimental observations, and would be very im-portant for understanding the shift of the lower critical solution temperature of PNIPAM brushes following the Hofmeister series.

  6. Polymer Brush Grafted Nanoparticles and Their Impact on the Morphology Evolution of Polymer Blend Films (United States)

    Chung, Hyun-Joong; Ohno, Kohji; Composto, Russell


    We present an novel pathway to control the location of nanoparticles (NPs) in phase-separating polymer blend films containing poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) and poly(styrene-ran-acrylonitrile) (SAN). Because hydrophobic polymer phases have a small interfacial energy, ~1 mJ/m2, subtle changes in the NP surface functionality can be used to guide NPs to either the interface between immiscible polymers or into one of the phases. Based on this idea, we designed a class of NPs grafted with PMMA brushes. These PMMA brushes were grown from the NP surface by atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP), which results in chains terminated with chlorine atoms. The chain end can be substituted with protons (H) by dehalogenation. As a result, the NPs are strongly segregated at the interface when grafted PMMA chains are short (Mn =1.8K) and the end group is Cl, whereas NPs partition into PMMA-rich phase when chains are long (Mn =160K) and/or when chains are terminated with hydrogen. The Cl end groups and shorter chain length cause an increase in surface energy for the NPs. The increase in surface energy of short-chained NPs can be attributed to (i) an extended brush conformation (entropic) and/or (ii) a high density of ``unfavorable'' end groups (enthalpic). Finally, the impact of NPs on the morphological evolution of the polymer blend films will be discussed. Ref: H.-J.Chung et al., ACS Macro Lett. 1(1), 252-256 (2012).

  7. Preparation of hydrazine functionalized polymer brushes hybrid magnetic nanoparticles for highly specific enrichment of glycopeptides. (United States)

    Huang, Guang; Sun, Zhen; Qin, Hongqiang; Zhao, Liang; Xiong, Zhichao; Peng, Xiaojun; Ou, Junjie; Zou, Hanfa


    Hydrazide chemistry is a powerful technique in glycopeptides enrichment. However, the low density of the monolayer hydrazine groups on the conventional hydrazine-functionalized magnetic nanoparticles limits the efficiency of glycopeptides enrichment. Herein, a novel magnetic nanoparticle grafted with poly(glycidyl methacrylate) (GMA) brushes was fabricated via reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization, and a large amount of hydrazine groups were further introduced to the GMA brushes by ring-opening the epoxy groups with hydrazine hydrate. The resulting magnetic nanoparticles (denoted as Fe3O4@SiO2@GMA-NHNH2) demonstrated the high specificity of capturing glycopeptides from a tryptic digest of the sample comprising a standard non-glycosylated protein bovine serum albumin (BSA) and four standard glycoproteins with a weight ratio of 50 : 1, and the detection limit was as low as 130 fmol. In the analysis of a real complex biological sample, the tryptic digest of hepatocellular carcinoma, 179 glycosites were identified by the Fe3O4@SiO2@GMA-NHNH2 nanoparticles, surpassing that of 68 glycosites by Fe3O4@SiO2-single-NHNH2 (with monolayer hydrazine groups on the surface). It can be expected that the magnetic nanoparticles modified with hydrazine functionalized polymer brushes via RAFT technique will improve the specificity and the binding capacity of glycopeptides from complex samples, and show great potential in the analysis of protein glycosylation in biological samples.

  8. After-brush rinsing protocols, frequency of toothpaste use: fluoride and other active ingredients. (United States)

    Parnell, C; O'Mullane, D


    The intra-oral retention or substantivity of active ingredients in toothpastes is important for their effectiveness, and this is influenced by product-related and user-related factors. Product-related factors include the formulation and the compatibility of active and other agents in the toothpaste and the concentration of the active ingredient. User-related factors include biological aspects such as salivary flow and salivary clearance, and behavioural aspects, such as frequency and duration of brushing, amount of toothpaste used and post-brushing rinsing behaviour. To date, product-related factors have dominated the research agenda for toothpastes, but user-related factors have the potential to significantly enhance or reduce the effectiveness of toothpaste. In this chapter, we will focus on two of the user-related factors that have been most widely studied: (1) frequency of toothbrushing and (2) post-brushing rinsing behaviour. We will then provide an overview of how evidence on these two behaviours has been used to produce guidance both for the profession and for the public, and make suggestions for the future direction of research in this area.

  9. Effectiveness of denture cleanser associated with microwave disinfection and brushing of complete dentures: in vivo study. (United States)

    Sesma, Newton; Rocha, Alessandra Lima; Laganá, Dalva Cruz; Costa, Bruno; Morimoto, Susana


    Complete dentures acts as a reservoir for microbial colonization, which may lead to systemic infections. Microwave irradiation has been used as an efficient method of denture disinfection. Even though current methods eliminate denture-base microorganisms, a recurrence rate of denture stomatitis (DS) is still observed among denture-wearing patients. It was hypothesized that microwave disinfection kills microorganisms but do not remove dead bacteria from the denture surface. To test this hypothesis, the biofilm found in the dentures of 10 patients with DS was evaluated. In addition, the effects of microwave irradiation plus brushing (MW+B) on the denture biofilm and the combination of denture cleanser with microwave irradiation and brushing (MW+DC+B) for the removal of denture-accumulating microorganisms were investigated. Microbiological data were analyzed statistically by nonparametric analysis (Friedman/Wilcoxon, α=0.05). MW+B and MW+DC+B were effective in reducing the rate of microorganisms (99.2% and 99.5% respectively), but without significant difference between them (p=0.553). However, it was observed that the complete removal of microorganisms from denture surface was only possible when all regimens were combined (MW+DC+B). Microwave irradiation in combination with soaking in denture cleanser and brushing effectively disinfected the dentures and removed denture biofilm.

  10. Structure of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) brushes and steric stability of their grafted cellulose nanocrystal dispersions. (United States)

    Hemraz, Usha D; Lu, Ang; Sunasee, Rajesh; Boluk, Yaman


    Thermo-responsive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (poly(NIPAAm)) brushes were grafted from the surface of cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) via living radical polymerization (LRP) using different initiator and monomer concentrations. The dry film thickness of the poly(NIPAAm) layer around CNC was calculated based on Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and dynamic light scattering (DLS) measurements. The wet film thicknesses of grafted poly(NIPAAm) brushes in water were calculated to be 15 and 9nm for NIPAAm-CNC-1 and NIPAAm-CNC-2, respectively. Grafted chain densities and wet film thicknesses at below and above the critical temperature (T=34°C) of polyNIPAAm were calculated by applying mean-field analytical theory. The non-ionic poly(NIPAAm) brushes screened the surface charges of CNC particles, leading to a significant decrease in the absolute zeta potential values for the poly(NIPAAm) grafted CNCs compared to the unmodified and initiator modified CNC samples. Nevertheless, the colloidal stability of poly(NIPAAm) grafted CNC particles were still maintained by steric stabilization below the critical temperature On the other side, hydrophobic attractions among poly(NIPAAm) grafted CNC rods above 34°C lead to coagulation and phase separation. While both poly(NIPAAm) grafted CNC samples showed thermo-responsive behavior, the reversibility of this temperature triggered property was dependent on grafting density.

  11. Controlled synthesis of photochromic polymer brushes by atom transfer radical polymerization.

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    Piech, Marcin; Bell, Nelson Simmons; Long, Timothy Michael


    This work reports on the grafting of methyl methacrylate polymer brushes containing spirobenzopyran pendant groups from flat silica surfaces and colloidal particles utilizing atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP). The reaction conditions were optimized with respect to the kind of surface bound initiator, the type of halide and ligand used in the catalytic complex, the presence/absence of untethered initiator, and solvent type. This enabled synthesis of coatings up to 80 {+-} 3 nm thick with controlled spirobenzopyran content. While polymerization kinetics indicate the presence of chain termination reactions, the 'living' character of the process is confirmed by controlled formation of block copolymer brushes. UV/vis spectroscopy was used to characterize the UV-induced isomerization of spirobenzopyran to zwitterionic merocyanine and the thermal back-reaction. Spectral and kinetic analyses of this latter bleaching process points to the existence of free and associated merocyanines in the polymeric brush in both tetrahydrofuran and toluene. However, stabilization of merocyanine species by the polymer matrix is considerably greater in toluene with thermal back-reaction rates approaching those determined for solid dry films.

  12. Isolation of epithelial cells from tooth brush and gender identification by amplification of SRY gene

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    A Vikram Simha Reddy


    Full Text Available Introduction: This study determines the importance of tooth brush from which DNA can be isolated and used for sex determination in forensic analysis. Materials and Methods: A total of 30 samples were collected and stored at room temperature for different periods of time interval. The epithelial cells adhered to the bristles of tooth brush were collected and genomic DNA was extracted and quantified using Nanodrop 1000 spectrophotometer. Results: Gender identification was done by amplification of sex determining region on Y chromosome (SRY gene using real-time polymerase chain reaction and minimal amount of DNA (in pico grams with 100% sensitivity and 73.3% specificity, i.e., all male samples showed positive results and out of 15 female samples 4 showed false positive results, i.e wrongly identified as males. Conclusion: With this study, we conclude that PCR is a valuable and sensitive procedure where minute contamination may cause alteration in the result, i.e, 4 females showed false positive result. Minute amount of DNA in picograms, which was collected at different intervals is enough for amplification of SRY gene and tooth brush can be used as one of the very valuable sources of gender identification.

  13. Experimental Study on Brush-Painted Passive RFID-Based Humidity Sensors Embedded into Plywood Structures

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    Erja Sipilä


    Full Text Available The integration of electronics and wood is an interesting research area due to the increasing interest to add functionality into various wooden products. The passive RFID-based humidity sensor tag prototype, presented in this paper, is fabricated directly on plywood substrate to be embedded into wooden structures, by using brush-painting and photonic sintering of cost-effective silver ink. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first demonstration of brush-painted antennas as sensor elements. The developed sensor tag is fully passive and small in size, meaning it can be permanently enclosed into wooden structures. In addition, the sensor tag has all the functionalities of an ordinary passive UHF RFID tag, and a peak read range of about 10 meters. The sensor performance was evaluated in normal room conditions, after two 100% relative humidity tests, and after drying in normal room conditions for 9 days. According to the results, the fabricated UHF RFID-based humidity sensor tags have a great potential to be utilized in humidity sensing applications, and also in normal automatic identification and supply chain control of various wooden products. In addition, the first results of more cost-effective brush-painted copper UHF RFID tags on plywood substrate are presented.


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    Zhi-bin Jiang; Rong Wang; Gi Xue


    Self assemblies of ABC triblock copolymer thin films on a densely brush-coated substrate were investigated by using the self-consistent field theory. The middle block B and the coated polymer form one phase and the alternating phase A and phase C occur when the film is very thin either for the neutral or selective hard surface (which is opposite to the brush-coated substrate). The lamellar phase is stable on the hard surface when it is neutral and interestingly, the short block tends to stay on this hard surface. The rippled structure forms when the cylindrical phase exists near the surface between grafted polymers and ABC block copolymers. Due to the existence of the hydrophilic brush-coated surface serving as a soft surface of the film, the energy fluctuation existing in the film confined by two hard surfaces disappears. The results are helpful for designing the nanopattern of the film and realizing the functional thin film, such as adding the functional short block A to the BC diblock copolymer.

  15. Stainless steel grafting of hyperbranched polymer brushes with an antibacterial activity: synthesis, characterization, and properties. (United States)

    Ignatova, Milena; Voccia, Samule; Gabriel, Sabine; Gilbert, Bernard; Cossement, Damien; Jerome, Robert; Jerome, Christine


    Two strategies were used for the preparation of hyperbranched polymer brushes with a high density of functional groups: (a) the cathodic electrografting of stainless steel by poly[2-(2-chloropropionate)ethyl acrylate] [poly(cPEA)], which was used as a macroinitiator for the atom transfer radical polymerization of an inimer, 2-(2-bromopropionate)ethyl acrylate in the presence or absence of heptadecafluorodecyl acrylate, (b) the grafting of preformed hyperbranched poly(ethyleneimine) onto poly(N-succinimidyl acrylate) previously electrografted onto stainless steel. The hyperbranched polymer, which contained either bromides or amines, was quaternized because the accordingly formed quaternary ammonium or pyridinium groups are known for antibacterial properties. The structure, chemical composition, and morphology of the quaternized and nonquaternized hyperbranched polymer brushes were characterized by ATR-FTIR reflectance, Raman spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and atomic force microscopy. The peeling test confirmed that the grafted hyperbranched polymer films adhered much more strongly to stainless steel than the nongrafted solvent-cast films. The quaternized hyperbranched polymer brushes were more effective in preventing both protein adsorption and bacterial adhesion than quaternary ammonium containing poly(cPEA) primary films, more likely because of the higher hydrophilicity and density of cationic groups.

  16. Synthesis of novel glycopolymer brushes via a combination of RAFT-mediated polymerisation and ATRP

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    Eric T.A. van den Dungen


    Full Text Available Glycopolymers (synthetic sugar-containing polymers have become increasingly attractive to polymer chemists because of their role as biomimetic analogues and their potential for commercial applications. Glycopolymers of different structures confer high hydrophilicity and water solubility and can therefore be used for specialised applications, such as artificial materials for a number of biological, pharmaceutical and biomedical uses. The synthesis and characterisation of a series of novel glycopolymer brushes, namely poly(2-(2-bromoisobutyryloxy ethyl methacrylate-g-poly(methyl 6-O-methacryloyl-α-D-glucoside (P(BIEM-g-P(6-O-MMAGIc, poly(2-(2-bromoisobutyryloxy ethyl methacrylate-co-methyl methacrylate-g-poly(methyl 6-O-methacryloyl-α-D-glucoside P(BIEM-co-MMA-g-P(6-O-MMAGIc, poly(2-(2-bromoisobutyryloxy ethyl methacrylate-b-methyl methacrylate-g-poly(methyl 6-O-methacryloyl-α-D-glucoside P(BIEM-b-MMA-g-P(6-O-MMAGIc and poly(4-vinylbenzyl chloride-alt-maleic anhydride-g-poly(methyl 6-O-methacryloyl-α-D-glucoside (P(Sd-alt-MAnh-g-P(6-O-MMAGIc are described in this paper. Reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT-mediated polymerisation was used to synthesise four well-defined atom transfer radical polymerisation (ATRP macroinitiators (the backbone of the glycopolymer brushes. These ATRP macroinitiators were subsequently used in the ‘grafting from’ approach (in which side chains are grown from the backbone to prepare high molar mass and low polydispersity index glycopolymer brushes with different grafting densities along the backbone. The number average molar mass of the glycopolymer brushes was determined using size exclusion chromatography with a multi-angle laser light

  17. Surface roughness and hardness of yttria stabilized zirconia (Y-TZP after 10 years of simulated brushing

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    Lucas Miguel Candido

    Full Text Available Introduction: The Y-TZP zirconia used for prosthetic infrastructure, in some clinical situations, can be exposed to the oral environment. In these situations, a polished surface without changes is extremely important. Objective: The aim of this study was to evaluate the mean roughness (Ra and Vickers hardness of Y-TZP zirconia (Lava™ after simulating ten years of brushing. Material and method: Thirty-six Y-TZP bar-shaped specimens (20mm X 4mm X 1.2mm were divided into three groups: storage in distilled water (DW, n=12, control; brushing with distilled water (BDW, n=12 and brushing with distilled water and fluoride toothpaste (BFT, n=12. Brushing was performed using a brushing machine with a soft-bristled toothbrush, simulating 10 years of brushing (878.400 cycles, 100gf. The mean roughness (Ra in μm and Vickers hardness (VHN of all specimens were measured twice: before and after the experimental treatment, in profilometer and microhardness tester (500gf, 30 seconds, respectively. Data were analyzed using the two-way ANOVA test (α = 0.05. Result: The interaction between groups was not significant for roughness (p = 0.701 nor for hardness (p = 0.928. The final averages for Ra (μm were equal to: DW - 0.63; BDW - 0.64; and, BFT - 0.68. The final averages for Vickers hardness (VHN were: DW - 1301.16; BDW - 1316.60; and, BFT - 1299.58. Conclusion: It was concluded that the brushing with distilled or fluoridated toothpaste was not able to change the roughness and hardness of Y-TZP zirconia used in this study.

  18. Temperature-sensitive swelling of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) brushes with low molecular weight and grafting density. (United States)

    Bittrich, Eva; Burkert, Sina; Müller, Martin; Eichhorn, Klaus-Jochen; Stamm, Manfred; Uhlmann, Petra


    Temperature-sensitive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAAm) brushes with different molecular weights M(n) and grafting densities σ were prepared by the "grafting-to" method. Changes in their physicochemical properties according to temperature were investigated with the help of in situ spectroscopic ellipsometry and in situ attenuated total reflection Fourier-transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) spectroscopy. Brush criteria indicate a transition between a brush conformation below the lower critical solution temperature (LCST) and an intermediate to mushroom conformation above the LCST. By in situ ellipsometry distinct changes in the brush layer parameters (wet thickness, refractive index, buffer content) were observed. A broadening of the temperature region with maximum deswelling occurred with decreasing grafting density. The brush layer properties were independent of the grafting density below the LCST, but showed a virtually monotonic behavior above the LCST. The midtemperature ϑ(half) of the deswelling process increased with increasing grafting density. Thus grafting density-dependent design parameters for such functional films were presented. For the first time, ATR-FTIR spectroscopy was used to monitor segment density and hydrogen bonding changes of these very thin PNIPAAm brushes as a function of temperature based on significant variations of the methyl stretching, Amide I, as well as Amide II bands with respect to intensity and wavenumber position. No dependence on M(n) and σ in the wavenumber shift of these bands above the LCST was found. The temperature profile of these band intensities and thus segment density was found to be rather step-like, exceeding temperatures around the LCST, while the respective profile of their wavenumber positions suggested continuous structural and hydration processes. Remaining buffer amounts and residual intermolecular segment/water interaction in the collapsed brushes above the LCST could be confirmed by both in situ methods.

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  20. Chain-brush method in delimbing and debarking of wood; Ketjuharja-menetelmae puun karsinnassa ja kuorinnassa

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    Aho, V.J.; Nikala, L.; Laitinen, H. [VTT Energy, Jyvaeskylae (Finland)


    The objective of this project is to study, develop and make an integrated method for production of wood fuels and industrial raw material, promoting the competitiveness of the refining and energy usage of felling residues based on chain-brush delimbing-debarking technology, operational. VTT Energy has tested different brush constructions and the thickness of chains using varying feeding speeds and rotation speeds of the brush-delimber. First thinning pine, spruce and birch have been tested as single trees. Different temperatures have been used in the summer, and frozen timber in the winter. A method has been developed for estimation of the bark content and the wood losses for pine. The method is based on the measurement of the areas covered by bark and the debarked areas of the timber, on the bark thickness values and dry substance content of the wood obtained from the literature, as well as on the calculation formulas obtained from these. Unscrambler software will be used to assist the planning of the tests, and for analysing of the results. The utilisation of the chain-brush method for different wood-species, and the effect of different chain adjustments will be simulated by the software. The chain-brush delimbing will be studied using the high-speed camera acquired to VTT Energy. (orig.)

  1. Evaluation of microbial fuel cell operation using algae as an oxygen supplier: carbon paper cathode vs. carbon brush cathode. (United States)

    Kakarla, Ramesh; Min, Booki


    Microbial fuel cell (MFC) and its cathode performances were compared with use of carbon fiber brush and plain carbon paper cathode electrodes in algae aeration. The MFC having carbon fiber brush cathode exhibited a voltage of 0.21 ± 0.01 V (1,000 Ω) with a cathode potential of around -0.14 ± 0.01 V in algal aeration, whereas MFC with plain carbon paper cathode resulted in a voltage of 0.06 ± 0.005 V with a cathode potential of -0.39 ± 0.01 V. During polarizations, MFC equipped with carbon fiber brush cathode showed a maximum power density of 30 mW/m(2), whereas the MFC equipped with plain carbon paper showed a power density of 4.6 mW/m(2). In algae aeration, the internal resistance with carbon fiber brush cathode was 804 Ω and with plain carbon paper it was 1,210 Ω. The peak currents of MFC operation with carbon fiber brush and plain carbon paper cathodes were -31 mA and -850 µA, respectively.

  2. In vitro evaluation of human dental enamel surface roughness bleached with 35% carbamide peroxide and submitted to abrasive dentifrice brushing. (United States)

    Worschech, Claudia Cia; Rodrigues, José Augusto; Martins, Luis Roberto Marcondes; Ambrosano, Gláucia Maria Bovi


    The aim of this in vitro study was to evaluate the surface roughness of human enamel bleached with 35% carbamide peroxide at different times and submitted to different superficial cleaning treatments: G1 - not brushed; G2 - brushed with fluoride abrasive dentifrice; G3 - brushed with a non-fluoride abrasive dentifrice; G4 - brushed without dentifrice. Sixty fragments of human molar teeth with 4 x 4 mm were obtained using a diamond disc. The specimens were polished with sandpaper and abrasive pastes. A perfilometer was used to measure roughness average (Ra) values of the initial surface roughness and at each 7-day-interval after the beginning of treatment. The bleaching was performed on the surface of the fragments for 1 hour a week, and the surface cleaning treatment for 3 minutes daily. The samples were stored in individual receptacles with artificial saliva. Analysis of variance and the Tukey test revealed significant differences in surface roughness values for G2 and G3, which showed an increase in roughness over time; G1 and G4 showed no significant roughness differences. The bleaching with 35% carbamide peroxide did not alter the enamel surface roughness, but when the bleaching treatment was performed combined with brushing with abrasive dentifrices, there was a significant increase in roughness values.

  3. Carbon nanotube surface modification with polyelectrolyte brushes endowed with quantum dots and metal oxide nanoparticles through in situ synthesis

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    Llarena, Irantzu; Romero, Gabriela; Moya, Sergio E [CIC biomaGUNE Paseo Miramon, 182 Edificio Empresarial C, E-20009 San Sebastian, Gipuzkoa (Spain); Ziolo, Ronald F, E-mail: [Centro de Investigacion en Quimica Aplicada, Blv. Enrique Reyna No. 140, Saltillo, Coahuila 25253 (Mexico)


    Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have been successfully coated with a covalently bonded polymer brush of negatively charged poly(3-sulfopropylamino methacrylate) (PSPM) by in situ polymerization employing atomic transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) from initiating silanes attached to the CNTs before the polymerization. The CNT-bonded brush forms a polymer layer or shell-like structure around the CNTs and provides colloidal stabilization for the CNTs in aqueous media. In situ syntheses of nanocrystalline CdS and magnetic iron oxide in the polymer brushes lead to the formation of hybrid nanocomposites consisting of nanoparticle-containing PSPM-coated CNTs that remain readily dispersible and stable in aqueous media. The hybrid nanostructures are synthesized by ion exchange with the cations of the sulfonate groups of the PSPM followed by precipitation and were followed by stepwise zeta potential measurements and TEM. Such structures could have applications in the design of more complex structures and devices. The general synthetic scheme can be extended to include other nanoparticles as brush cargo to broaden the utility or functionality of the CNTs. TEM data shows nanocrystalline CdS in the range of 5-8 nm embedded in the PSPM brush and nanocrystalline iron oxide with a size between 2 and 4 nm, with the former consistent with UV-vis spectroscopy and fluorescence measurements.

  4. In vitro evaluation of human dental enamel surface roughness bleached with 35% carbamide peroxide and submitted to abrasive dentifrice brushing

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    Worschech Claudia Cia


    Full Text Available The aim of this in vitro study was to evaluate the surface roughness of human enamel bleached with 35% carbamide peroxide at different times and submitted to different superficial cleaning treatments: G1 - not brushed; G2 - brushed with fluoride abrasive dentifrice; G3 - brushed with a non-fluoride abrasive dentifrice; G4 - brushed without dentifrice. Sixty fragments of human molar teeth with 4 x 4 mm were obtained using a diamond disc. The specimens were polished with sandpaper and abrasive pastes. A perfilometer was used to measure roughness average (Ra values of the initial surface roughness and at each 7-day-interval after the beginning of treatment. The bleaching was performed on the surface of the fragments for 1 hour a week, and the surface cleaning treatment for 3 minutes daily. The samples were stored in individual receptacles with artificial saliva. Analysis of variance and the Tukey test revealed significant differences in surface roughness values for G2 and G3, which showed an increase in roughness over time; G1 and G4 showed no significant roughness differences. The bleaching with 35% carbamide peroxide did not alter the enamel surface roughness, but when the bleaching treatment was performed combined with brushing with abrasive dentifrices, there was a significant increase in roughness values.

  5. Generation of stable lipid raft microdomains in the enterocyte brush border by selective endocytic removal of non-raft membrane. (United States)

    Danielsen, E Michael; Hansen, Gert H


    The small intestinal brush border has an unusually high proportion of glycolipids which promote the formation of lipid raft microdomains, stabilized by various cross-linking lectins. This unique membrane organization acts to provide physical and chemical stability to the membrane that faces multiple deleterious agents present in the gut lumen, such as bile salts, digestive enzymes of the pancreas, and a plethora of pathogens. In the present work, we studied the constitutive endocytosis from the brush border of cultured jejunal explants of the pig, and the results indicate that this process functions to enrich the contents of lipid raft components in the brush border. The lipophilic fluorescent marker FM, taken up into early endosomes in the terminal web region (TWEEs), was absent from detergent resistant membranes (DRMs), implying an association with non-raft membrane. Furthermore, neither major lipid raft-associated brush border enzymes nor glycolipids were detected by immunofluorescence microscopy in subapical punctae resembling TWEEs. Finally, two model raft lipids, BODIPY-lactosylceramide and BODIPY-GM1, were not endocytosed except when cholera toxin subunit B (CTB) was present. In conclusion, we propose that constitutive, selective endocytic removal of non-raft membrane acts as a sorting mechanism to enrich the brush border contents of lipid raft components, such as glycolipids and the major digestive enzymes. This sorting may be energetically driven by changes in membrane curvature when molecules move from a microvillar surface to an endocytic invagination.

  6. Artificial periodontal defects and frequency of tooth brushing in beagle dogs (II). Clinical findings after a period of healing. (United States)

    Corba, N H; Jansen, J; Pilot, T


    This investigation was designed to determine the influence of different frequencies of tooth brushing on artificial periodontal defects in the beagle dog after a period of healing. In 12 beagle dogs, periodontal defects were created using elastic bands placed in the sulci below the gingival margin after having cut the dento-gingival fibres to the level of the alveolar bone crest. This active phase of creating defects lasted for 6 weeks. After removal of the elastic bands, the created defects were left undisturbed during the remainder of the pre-experimental period (12 weeks). 6 premolars in the lower jaw were used (2P2, 3P3, 4P4). After the pre-experimental period, the 12 dogs were distributed into 3 groups of 4 dogs each. Each group was brushed with a certain frequency, i.e., 7 times, 3 times or once a week. Registrations of plaque index, gingival index and probing depth using a constant force probe were carried out on approximal surfaces. The experiment lasted for 24 weeks. A brushing effect was calculated for each dog to include information on all within-dog and between-dog variations. It was shown in relation to artificially-induced periodontal defects in beagle dogs that after a period of healing, brushing 7 times a week is superior to brushing 3 times a week in establishing and maintaining gingival health.

  7. Artificial periodontal defects and frequency of tooth brushing in beagle dogs (I). Clinical findings after creation of the defects. (United States)

    Corba, N H; Jansen, J; Fidler, V


    This investigation was designed to determine the influence of different frequencies of tooth brushing on artificial periodontal defects in the beagle dog shortly after creation. In 12 beagle dogs, periodontal defects were created using elastic bands placed in the sulci below the gingival margin after having cut the dento-gingival fibres to the level of the alveolar bone. This active phase of creating defects lasted for 6 weeks. 6 premolars in the lower jaw were used (2P2, 3P3, 4P4). After removal of the elastic bands, the 12 dogs were distributed into 3 groups of 4 dogs each. Each group was brushed with a certain frequency, i.e., 7 times, 3 times or once a week. Plaque index, gingival index and probing depth, using a constant force probe, were assessed interproximally. The experiment lasted for 24 weeks. For hypothesis testing, a brushing effect was calculated for each dog. Furthermore, an analysis was performed based on the absolute scores at week 24. From the statistical analysis, it was concluded that in artificially-induced periodontal defects in beagle dogs immediately after creation, brushing 7 times a week is superior to brushing 3 times a week to establish and maintain gingival health.

  8. Generation of stable lipid raft microdomains in the enterocyte brush border by selective endocytic removal of non-raft membrane.

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    E Michael Danielsen

    Full Text Available The small intestinal brush border has an unusually high proportion of glycolipids which promote the formation of lipid raft microdomains, stabilized by various cross-linking lectins. This unique membrane organization acts to provide physical and chemical stability to the membrane that faces multiple deleterious agents present in the gut lumen, such as bile salts, digestive enzymes of the pancreas, and a plethora of pathogens. In the present work, we studied the constitutive endocytosis from the brush border of cultured jejunal explants of the pig, and the results indicate that this process functions to enrich the contents of lipid raft components in the brush border. The lipophilic fluorescent marker FM, taken up into early endosomes in the terminal web region (TWEEs, was absent from detergent resistant membranes (DRMs, implying an association with non-raft membrane. Furthermore, neither major lipid raft-associated brush border enzymes nor glycolipids were detected by immunofluorescence microscopy in subapical punctae resembling TWEEs. Finally, two model raft lipids, BODIPY-lactosylceramide and BODIPY-GM1, were not endocytosed except when cholera toxin subunit B (CTB was present. In conclusion, we propose that constitutive, selective endocytic removal of non-raft membrane acts as a sorting mechanism to enrich the brush border contents of lipid raft components, such as glycolipids and the major digestive enzymes. This sorting may be energetically driven by changes in membrane curvature when molecules move from a microvillar surface to an endocytic invagination.

  9. Complex microstructures of ABC triblock copolymer thin films directed by polymer brushes based on self-consistent field theory. (United States)

    Jiang, Zhibin; Xu, Chang; Qiu, Yu Dong; Wang, Xiaoliang; Zhou, Dongshan; Xue, Gi


    The morphology and the phase diagram of ABC triblock copolymer thin film directed by polymer brushes are investigated by the self-consistent field theory in three dimensions. The polymer brushes coated on the substrate can be used as a good soft template to tailor the morphology of the block copolymer thin films compared with those on the hard substrates. The polymer brush is identical with the middle block B. By continuously changing the composition of the block copolymer, the phase diagrams are constructed for three cases with the fixed film thickness and the brush density: identical interaction parameters, frustrated and non-frustrated cases. Some ordered complex morphologies are observed: parallel lamellar phase with hexagonally packed pores at surfaces (LAM3 (ll) -HFs), perpendicular lamellar phase with cylinders at the interface (LAM(⊥)-CI), and perpendicular hexagonally packed cylinders phase with rings at the interface (C2 (⊥)-RI). A desired direction (perpendicular or parallel to the coated surfaces) of lamellar phases or cylindrical phases can be obtained by varying the composition and the interactions between different blocks. The phase diagram of ABC triblock copolymer thin film wetted between the polymer brush-coated surfaces is very useful in designing the directed pattern of ABC triblock copolymer thin film.

  10. Hydrogel brushes grafted from stainless steel via surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization for marine antifouling (United States)

    Wang, Jingjing; Wei, Jun


    Crosslinked hydrogel brushes were grafted from stainless steel (SS) surfaces for marine antifouling. The brushes were prepared by surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization (SI-ATRP) of 2-methacryloyloxyethyl phosphorylcholine (MPC) and poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate (PEGMA) respectively with different fractions of crosslinker in the feed. The grafted layers prepared with different thickness were characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), atomic force microscopy (AFM), ellipsometry and water contact angle measurements. With the increase in the fraction of crosslinker in the feed, the thickness of the grafted layer increased and the surface became smooth. All the brush-coated SS surfaces could effectively reduce the adhesion of bacteria and microalgae and settlement of barnacle cyprids, as compared to the pristine SS surface. The antifouling efficacy of the PEGMA polymer (PPEGMA)-grafted surface was higher than that of the MPC polymer (PMPC)-grafted surfaces. Furthermore, the crosslinked hydrogel brush-grafted surfaces exhibited better fouling resistance than the non-crosslinked polymer brush-grafted surfaces, and the antifouling efficacy increased with the crosslinking density. These hydrogel coatings of low toxicity and excellent anti-adhesive characteristics suggested their useful applications as environmentally friendly antifouling coatings.

  11. Biodegradable polymer brush as nanocoupled interface for improving the durability of polymer coating on metal surface. (United States)

    Bedair, Tarek M; Cho, Youngjin; Joung, Yoon Ki; Han, Dong Keun


    Metal-based drug-eluting stents (DESs) have severe drawbacks such as peeling-off and cracking of the coated polymer. To prevent the fracture of polymer-coated layer and improve the durability of DES, poly(l-lactide) (PLLA) brushes were synthesized onto cobalt-chromium (Co-Cr or CC) surface through atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) of 2-hydroxyethylmethacrylate (HEMA) followed by surface-initiated ring opening polymerization (SI-ROP) of l-lactide. The polymer brushes were then characterized by attenuated total reflection-Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR), water contact angle, ellipsometry, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). All of the unmodified and modified Co-Cr surfaces were coated with a matrix of poly(d,l-lactide) (PDLLA) and sirolimus (SRL). The in vitro drug release profile was measured for 70 days. The PLLA-modified Co-Cr showed a biphasic release pattern in the initial burst followed by a slow release. On the other hand, the unmodified Co-Cr showed fast drug release and detachment of the coated polymer layer due to the instability of the polymer layer on Co-Cr surface. In comparison, the PLLA-modified Co-Cr preserved a uniform coating without detachment even after 6 weeks of degradation test. The platelet morphology and low density of platelet adhered on the modified layer and the SRL-in-PDLLA coated Co-Cr surfaces demonstrated that these samples would be blood compatible. Therefore, the introduction of PLLA brush onto Co-Cr surface is proved to dramatically improve the durability of the coating layer, and it is a promising strategy to prevent the coating defects found in DESs.

  12. Novel lubricated surface of titanium alloy based on porous structure and hydrophilic polymer brushes

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    Wang, Kun; Xiong, Dangsheng, E-mail:; Niu, Yuxiang


    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Lubricated Ti6Al4V was fabricated by anodic oxidation and hydrophilic polymer grafting. • Surface composition and tribological properties were estimated. • Proper surface micropores formed at optimum voltage of 100 V. • Combined effect of porous structure and polymer brushes decreased friction coefficient and wear. • Hydrated lubricating layer and hydrodynamic lubrication contributed to lubricated surface. - Abstract: On the purpose of improving the tribological properties of titanium alloy through mimicking natural articular cartilage, porous structure was prepared on the surface of Ti6Al4V alloy by anodic oxidation method, and then hydrophilic polymer brushes were grafted onto its surface. Surface morphology of porous oxidized film was investigated by metalloscope and scanning electron microscope (SEM). The composition and structure of modified surface were characterized by Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy with attenuated total reflection (FTIR/ATR), and the wettability was also evaluated. Friction and wear properties of modified alloys sliding against ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) were tested by a pin-on-disc tribometer in physiological saline. The results showed that, the optimum porous structure treated by anodic oxidation formed when the voltage reached as high as 100 V. Hydrophilic monomers [Acrylic acid (AA) and 3-dimethyl-(3-(N-methacrylamido) propyl) ammonium propane sulfonate (DMMPPS)] were successfully grafted onto porous Ti6Al4V surface to form polymer brushes by UV radiation. The change of contact angle showed that wettability of modified Ti6Al4V was improved significantly. The friction coefficient of modified Ti6Al4V was much lower and more stable than untreated ones. The lowest friction coefficient was obtained when the sample was anodized at 100 V and grafted with DMMPPS, and the value was 0.132. The wear of modified samples was also obviously improved.

  13. Developmental changes of jejunal brush-border enzyme activity in growing Jinhua gilts

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    Guo-Wang Li


    Full Text Available The present study was aimed to investigate the developmental changes of small intestinal morphometry and jejunal brush-border enzyme activity in growing Jinhua gilts. The weight, length, and mucosa weight of the small intestine were measured at 35, 80 and 125 days of age, respectively. Sucrase, maltase, lactase and alkaline phosphatase (ALP activities of the jejunal brush-border membrane were determined at the respective stages. Body weights and body weight gains significantly increased with age (P<0.05. Weights of the small intestine and of the intestinal mucosa increased faster from 35 to 80 d than from 80 to 125 d (P<0.05. Weights of the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum, and mucosa from the respective sections increased with age (P<0.05. Mucosa weight relative to the weight of the section was greater (P<0.05 for the duodenum, jejunum than for the ileum. Jejunal maltase and sucrase activity increased with age (P<0.05, whereas, lactose and ALP activity decreased with age (P<0.05 during growth. There was a 15-fold increase in both total jejunal maltase and sucrase activity from 35 to 125 days of age, and a 5-fold increase in both total jejunal lactase and ALP activity; the greatest rate of increase occurred between 35 and 80 days of age. The results suggest increases in body weight of growing Jinhua gilts are accompanied by significant developmental changes in intestinal weight, length and mucosal weights as well as jejunal brush border maltase, sucrase, lactase and ALP activities.

  14. Polymer-nanocomposite brush-like architectures as an all-solid electrolyte matrix. (United States)

    Gowneni, Soujanya; Ramanjaneyulu, Kota; Basak, Pratyay


    Herein, we report on polymer-nanocomposites with brush-like architectures and evaluate their feasibility as an all-solid electrolyte matrix supporting Li(+)-ion conduction. Showcased as a first example in the domain of electrolyte research, the study probes several key factors, such as (i) core morphology, (ii) surface modifiers/functionality, (iii) grafting length, and (iv) density of the brushes, and determines their role on the overall electrochemical properties of these nanostructured organic-inorganic hybrids. Nanostructured titania was synthesized via wet-chemical approaches using either controlled hydrolysis or hydrothermal methods. Exercising suitable control on reaction parameters led to well-defined morphologies/phases, such as nanoparticles, nanospindles, nanourchins, nanorods or nanotubes, in either anatase, rutile or mixed forms. Covalent anchoring on titania nanostructures was achieved using dopamine, gallic acid and glycerol as small organic moieties. A one-pot process of priming the available surface functional groups postmodification with isocyanate chemistry was followed by grafting polyethylene glycol monomethyl ethers of desired chain lengths. Finally, complexation with lithium salt yielded electrolyte compositions where the ethylene oxide (EO) fractions aid in ion-solvation with ease. The synthesized materials were characterized in detail employing XRD, TEM, DRS-UV, FTIR, micro-Raman, TG-DTA and DSC at each stage to confirm the products and ascertain the physicochemical properties. Comprehensive evaluation using temperature-step electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) of these brush-like nanocomposites provided crucial leads toward establishing a plausible physical model for the system and understanding the mechanism of ion transport in these all-solid matrices. The preliminary results on ionic conductivity (σ) obtained for some of the compositions are estimated to be within the range of ∼10(-4) to 10(-5) S cm(-1) in the temperature

  15. Non-thermal atmospheric plasma brush induces HEMA grafting onto dentin collagen (United States)

    Chen, Mingsheng; Zhang, Ying; Dusevich, Vladimir; Liu, Yi; Yu, Qingsong; Wang, Yong


    Objective Non-thermal atmospheric plasma (NTAP) brush has been regarded as a promising technique to enhance dental interfacial bonding. However, the principal enhancement mechanisms have not been well identified. In this study, the effect of non-thermal plasmas on grafting of HEMA, a typical dental monomer, onto dentin collagen thin films was investigated. Methods Human dentin was sectioned into 10-um-thick films. After total demineralization in 0.5 M EDTA solution for 30 min, the dentin collagen films were water-rinsed, air-dried, treated with 35 wt% HEMA aqueous solution. The films were then subject to plasma-exposure under a NTAP brush with different time (1–8 min) / input power (5–15 w). For comparison, the dentin collagen films were also treated with the above HEMA solution containing photo-initiators, then subject to light-curing. After plasma-exposure or light-curing, the HEMA-collagen films were rinsed in deionized water, and then examined by FTIR spectroscopy and TEM. Results The FITR results indicated that plasma-exposure could induce significant HEMA grafting onto dentin collagen thin films. In contrast, light-curing led to no detectable interaction of HEMA with dentin collagen. Quantitative IR spectral analysis (i.e., 1720/3075 or 749/3075, HEMA/collagen ratios) further suggested that the grafting efficacy of HEMA onto the plasma-exposed collagen thin films strongly depended on the treatment time and input power of plasmas. TEM results indicated that plasma treatment did not alter collagen’s banding structure. Significance The current study provides deeper insight into the mechanism of dental adhesion enhancement induced by non-thermal plasmas treatment. The NTAP brush could be a promising method to create chemical bond between resin monomers and dentin collagen. PMID:25458523

  16. Endoscopic Removal of the Tooth Brush Which Was Impacted in Stomach: Case Report

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    Fevzi Cengiz


    Full Text Available Long, rigid and sharp foreign objects which are swallowed by accident can be impacted in gastrointestinal system causing complications like obstruction or perforation. Serious health problems like anorexia or schizophrenia should be considered in those cases which are seen rarely. The foreign objects which were impacted in gastrointestinal system must be removed immediately either surgically or endoscopically. 23 year old male patient arrived at emergency with the complaint of swallowing a toothbrush. In this report we present endoscopic removal of a tooth brush under sedation and using analgesics six hours after it was swallowed accidentally and impacted in stomach

  17. Implementation of Brushed DC Motor Control in LabVIEW FPGA

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    K. Lamár


    Full Text Available The paper introduces the fundamentals of motor control. It explains the basic equations and introduces the control diagram of the brushed DC motor. It introduces the four quadrant DC chopper circuit and the basic methods to operate it. After that, it explains the fundamentals of the current control of DC motors and its two basic methods: the pulse width modulation and the hysteresis current control. Finally it gives a short example of the practical implementation of the hysteresis current controller for the four quadrant DC chopper in LabVIEW FPGA.


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    Zeng, Guanghong; Ogaki, Ryosuke; Regina, Viduthalai R.;

    Polymer brush coatings of poly(ethylene glycol) are considered the gold standard for nonfouling surfaces, but nevertheless, a few bacteria manage to attach and initiate biofilm formation on these coatings. To achieve robust resistance against bacterial adhesion and biofilm formation, grafting...... density plays a critical role and we therefore investigated the antifouling properties of the poly(L-lysine)-graft-poly(ethylene glycol) (PLL-g-PEG) coating produced by the recently developed temperature-induced polyelectrolyte (TIP) grafting technique. The PLL-g-PEG coatings with higher density resulted...

  19. Self-restoring polymer brushes under tribological stress and the biomedical applications

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    Røn, Troels; Javakhishvili, Irakli; Hvilsted, Søren;


    ”, the hydrophilic polymer chains of amphiphilic diblock copolymers dispersed within a poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) network are selectively segregated upon exposure to aqueous solution. This allows formation of extremely stable brush-like polymer layers. Tribological application of inverted grafting-to approach......For biological and mechanical systems involving moving parts, surface slipperiness is often a critical attribute for their optimal functions. Surface grafting with hydrophilic polymers is a powerful means to render materials slippery in aqueous environment. In “inverted grafting-to approach...

  20. Faecal excretion of brush border membrane enzymes in patients with clostridium difficile diarrhoea

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    Katyal R


    Full Text Available PURPOSE: To look for the presence of intestinal brush border membrane (BBM enzymes in the faecal samples of patients with Clostridium difficile association. METHODS: One hundred faecal samples were investigated for C.difficile toxin (CDT. Simultaneous assays for faecal excretion of intestinal BBM enzymes viz., disaccharidases, alkaline phosphatase (AP and leucine aminopeptidase (LAP were also done. RESULTS: C.difficile toxin was detected in 25 (25% of the samples with a titre ranging from 10 to 160. No significant difference (p>0.05 was seen between the CDT positive and negative groups with any of the disaccharidases studied. However, significant increase (pC.difficile diarrhoea.

  1. Local direct and indirect reduction of electrografted aryldiazonium/gold surfaces for polymer brushes patterning

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    Hauquier, Fanny; Matrab, Tarik; Kanoufi, Frederic [Laboratoire Environnement et Chimie Analytique, CNRS UMR7121, ESPCI, 10 rue Vauquelin, 75231 Paris Cedex 05 (France); Combellas, Catherine [Laboratoire Environnement et Chimie Analytique, CNRS UMR7121, ESPCI, 10 rue Vauquelin, 75231 Paris Cedex 05 (France)], E-mail:


    The patterning of conductive substrates by polymer brushes may be achieved by using successively scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM) and atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP). After the surface functionalization by a brominated aryldiazonium initiator, SECM allows the local reduction at the micrometer scale of the initiator grafted layer. Different channels sizes involved in charge transport within the initiator layers are evidenced by combining SECM, CV and observation of the aryl-grafted layer transformation. ATRP is performed on the SECM patterned substrate. Inside the pattern, the lower density of initiator decreases the polymer thickness. The pattern resolution is enhanced when the direct mode of the SECM is used instead of the mediated indirect mode.

  2. Comprehensive theory for star-like polymer micelles; combining classical nucleation and polymer brush theory. (United States)

    Sprakel, Joris; Leermakers, Frans A M; Cohen Stuart, Martien A; Besseling, Nicolaas A M


    A comprehensive theory is proposed that combines classical nucleation and polymer brush theory to describe star-like polymer micelles. With a minimum of adjustable parameters, the model predicts properties such as critical micelle concentrations and micellar size distributions. The validity of the present theory is evidenced in direct comparison to experiments; this revealed that the proportionality constant in the Daoud-Cotton model is of the order of unity and that the star-limit is valid down to relatively short corona chains. Furthermore, we show that the predicted saddle points in the free energy correspond to those solutions that are accessible with self-consistent field methods for self-assembly.

  3. Ultrathin, freestanding, stimuli-responsive, porous membranes from polymer hydrogel-brushes (United States)

    Kang, Chengjun; Ramakrishna, Shivaprakash N.; Nelson, Adrienne; Cremmel, Clement V. M.; Vom Stein, Helena; Spencer, Nicholas D.; Isa, Lucio; Benetti, Edmondo M.


    The fabrication of freestanding, sub-100 nm-thick, pH-responsive hydrogel membranes with controlled nano-morphology, based on modified poly(hydroxyethyl methacrylate) (PHEMA) is presented. Polymer hydrogel-brush films were first synthesized by surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization (SI-ATRP) and subsequently detached from silicon substrates by UV-induced photo-cleavage of a specially designed linker within the initiator groups. The detachment was also assisted by pH-induced osmotic forces generated within the films in the swollen state. The mechanical properties and morphology of the freestanding films were studied by atomic force microscopy (AFM). Inclusion of nanopores of controlled diameter was accomplished by performing SI-ATRP from initiator-coated surfaces that had previously been patterned with polystyrene nanoparticles. Assembly parameters and particle sizes could be varied, in order to fabricate nanoporous hydrogel-brush membranes with tunable pore coverage and characteristics. Additionally, due to the presence of weak polyacid functions within the hydrogel, the membranes exhibited pH-dependent thickness in water and reversible opening/closing of the pores.The fabrication of freestanding, sub-100 nm-thick, pH-responsive hydrogel membranes with controlled nano-morphology, based on modified poly(hydroxyethyl methacrylate) (PHEMA) is presented. Polymer hydrogel-brush films were first synthesized by surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization (SI-ATRP) and subsequently detached from silicon substrates by UV-induced photo-cleavage of a specially designed linker within the initiator groups. The detachment was also assisted by pH-induced osmotic forces generated within the films in the swollen state. The mechanical properties and morphology of the freestanding films were studied by atomic force microscopy (AFM). Inclusion of nanopores of controlled diameter was accomplished by performing SI-ATRP from initiator-coated surfaces that had

  4. Galectin-2 at the enterocyte brush border of the small intestine

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    Thomsen, Martha Kampp; Hansen, Gert H; Danielsen, E Michael


    boundary. Together with the membrane glycolipids these lectins form stable lipid raft microdomains that also harbour several of the major digestive microvillar enzymes. In the present work, we identified a lactose-sensitive 14-kDa protein enriched in a microvillar detergent resistant fraction as galectin-2......, these results show that the galectins are not simply redundant proteins competing for the same ligands but rather act in concert to ensure an optimal cross-linking of membrane glycolipids and glycoproteins. In this way, they offer a maximal protection of the brush border against exposure to bile, pancreatic...... enzymes and pathogens....

  5. Effect of Rare Earth Elements on Depositing Rate of Nickel Alloy Brush Plating Coating

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    The effect of four kinds of rare earth elements on the depositing rate of Ni-based alloy brush plating coatings was investigated. The results indicate that all of the selected rare earth elements increase the depositing rate of Ni-based alloy coatings, and Sm increases the depositing rate most obviously. There is an optimum amount of rare earth addition in the plating solution. With the change of plating voltage to a certain extent, the results reveal no differences. The mechanism of the increase of the depositing rate was analyzed.

  6. Experimental investigation of the flow near the ram element in the brush turbine

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    Schmirler M.


    Full Text Available The paper focuses on the investigating of the parameters of the fluid flow around the brush turbine ram element. The flow field was evaluated qualitatively by observing changes in density using a Schlieren method. It was also evaluated the influence of the element geometry on the total aerodynamic force of the element. The aerodynamic force was measured directly using a special aerodynamic balance. The aim of the project was to find the simplest element geometry with a maximum force effect and achieve an increase in overall efficiency and reduce the manufacturing costs.


    Söylemez, Elif; Güveli, Betül Tekin; Atakli, Dilek; Yatmazoğlu, Merve; Atay, Turan; Dayan, Cengiz


    Anti-N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor NMDA-R encephalitis is caused by antibodies against the NMDA-R and characterized by a severe encephalopathy with psychosis, epileptic seizures and autonomic disturbances. This disorder is often accompanied with malignancies, especially ovarian teratoma. Some patients' EEGs show a different pattern similar to the waveforms of premature infants and this pattern is specifically named as extreme delta brush (EDB). We report a 24-year-old female having anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis and EDB patern.

  8. Huge Differences in the Kinetics of Swelling Enhancement and De-enhancement of Permanently Charged Polyelectrolyte Brushes. (United States)

    Chu, Xiao; Yang, Jingfa; Zhao, Jiang


    As demonstrated previously (X. Chu et al., Soft Matter 2014, 10, 5568), permanently charged polyelectrolyte brushes can experience an enhancement of swelling by exposure to an external monovalent salt solution in moderate concentrations. Beyond the previous static measurements, the kinetics of the swelling enhancement and de-enhancement were investigated in the current study by using a quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation (QCM-D). By developing an effective approach to quantify the response in QCM-D, a vast difference in swelling enhancement and de-enhancement of a model permanently charged polyelectrolyte brush (sodium polystyrene sulfonate, NaPSS) was discovered. The results indicate new physics of the charged brushes: the difference in the attachment and detachment of counterions to the polyelectrolyte chains.

  9. Deep-apical tubules: dynamic lipid-raft microdomains in the brush-border region of enterocytes

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    Hansen, Gert H; Pedersen, Jens; Niels-Christiansen, Lise-Lotte


    microdomains. Deep-apical tubules were positioned close to the actin rootlets of adjacent microvilli in the terminal web region, which had a diameter of 50-100 nm, and penetrated up to 1 microm into the cytoplasm. Markers for transcytosis, IgA and the polymeric immunoglobulin receptor, as well as the resident...... lipid raft-containing compartments, but little is otherwise known about these raft microdomains. We therefore studied in closer detail apical lipid-raft compartments in enterocytes by immunogold electron microscopy and biochemical analyses. Novel membrane structures, deep-apical tubules, were visualized...... brush-border enzyme aminopeptidase N, were present in these deep-apical tubules. We propose that deep-apical tubules are a specialized lipid-raft microdomain in the brush-border region functioning as a hub in membrane trafficking at the brush border. In addition, the sensitivity to cholesterol depletion...

  10. Generation of stable lipid raft microdomains in the enterocyte brush border by selective endocytic removal of non-raft membrane

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    Danielsen, E Michael; Hansen, Gert H


    multiple deleterious agents present in the gut lumen, such as bile salts, digestive enzymes of the pancreas, and a plethora of pathogens. In the present work, we studied the constitutive endocytosis from the brush border of cultured jejunal explants of the pig, and the results indicate that this process...... major lipid raft-associated brush border enzymes nor glycolipids were detected by immunofluorescence microscopy in subapical punctae resembling TWEEs. Finally, two model raft lipids, BODIPY-lactosylceramide and BODIPY-GM1, were not endocytosed except when cholera toxin subunit B (CTB) was present....... In conclusion, we propose that constitutive, selective endocytic removal of non-raft membrane acts as a sorting mechanism to enrich the brush border contents of lipid raft components, such as glycolipids and the major digestive enzymes. This sorting may be energetically driven by changes in membrane curvature...

  11. From Self-Assembled Monolayers to Coatings: Advances in the Synthesis and Nanobio Applications of Polymer Brushes

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    Myungwoong Kim


    Full Text Available In this review, we describe the latest advances in synthesis, characterization, and applications of polymer brushes. Synthetic advances towards well-defined polymer brushes, which meet criteria such as: (i Efficient and fast grafting, (ii Applicability on a wide range of substrates; and (iii Precise control of surface initiator concentration and hence, chain density are discussed. On the characterization end advances in methods for the determination of relevant physical parameters such as surface initiator concentration and grafting density are discussed. The impact of these advances specifically in emerging fields of nano- and bio-technology where interfacial properties such as surface energies are controlled to create nanopatterned polymer brushes and their implications in mediating with biological systems is discussed.

  12. Bio-Inspired Design and Fabrication of Micro/Nano-Brush Dual Structural Surfaces for Switchable Oil Adhesion and Antifouling. (United States)

    Du, Tao; Ma, Shuanhong; Pei, Xiaowei; Wang, Shutao; Zhou, Feng


    The underwater superoleophobic surfaces play a significant role in anti-oil contamination, marine antifouling, etc. Inspired by the Gecko's feet and its self-cleaning property, a hierarchical structure composed of poly (acrylic acid) gel micro-brushes is designed by the liquid-infused method. This surface exhibits underwater superoleophobicity with very low oil adhesion. It is then modified with stimuli-responsive polymer nano-brushes via surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization from the embedded initiator. The micro/nano-brush dual structural surfaces can switch the underwater oil adhesion between low and high while keeping the superoleophobicity. The antifouling properties against algae attachment under different mediums are also investigated to show a strong link between oleophobicity and antibiofouling property. The model surface will be very useful in directing the design of marine self-cleaning coatings to both living and non-living species.

  13. Colloidal interactions of inorganic nanoparticles grafted with zwitterionic polymer brushes and gels by surface-mediated seeded polymerization. (United States)

    An, Soyoun; Choi, Sang Koo; Cho, Jang Woo; Kim, Hyun Tae; Kim, Jin Woong


    A robust and straightforward approach is introduced to synthesize inorganic nanoparticles chemically grafted with a zwitterionic poly(2-methacryroyloxyethylphosphorylcholine) (PMPC) thin layers. The synthesis method is based on the surface-mediated seeded polymerization. In order to observe how the polymer chain architectures affect colloidal interactions, the zinc oxide nanoparticles are grafted with linear brushes and with a thin hydrogel layer, respectively. The thickness of PMPC shell layers spans a few nanometers. The studies on suspension rheology for the nanoparticles show that the nanoparticles with PMPC brushes show the stronger repulsive force than those with the PMPC gel shell due to the entropic stabilization. When the shear force is applied to the Pickering emulsion produced by assembly of the nanoparticles, it is noticeable that the presence of PMPC brushes on the particles rather enhances the drop-to-drop attraction, which presumably stems from the entanglement of polymer chains between the contacted interfacial planes of the emulsion droplets during shearing.

  14. Ionic Surfactant Binding to pH-Responsive Polyelectrolyte Brush-Grafted Nanoparticles in Suspension and on Charged Surfaces. (United States)

    Riley, John K; An, Junxue; Tilton, Robert D


    The interactions between silica nanoparticles grafted with a brush of cationic poly(2-(dimethylamino) ethyl methacrylate) (SiO2-g-PDMAEMA) and anionic surfactant sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) is investigated by dynamic light scattering, electrophoretic mobility, quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation, ellipsometry, and atomic force microscopy. SiO2-g-PDMAEMA exhibits pH-dependent charge and size properties which enable the SDS binding to be probed over a range of electrostatic conditions and brush conformations. SDS monomers bind irreversibly to SiO2-g-PDMAEMA at low surfactant concentrations (∼10(-4) M) while exhibiting a pH-dependent threshold above which cooperative, partially reversible SDS binding occurs. At pH 5, SDS binding induces collapse of the highly charged and swollen brush as observed in the bulk by DLS and on surfaces by QCM-D. Similar experiments at pH 9 suggest that SDS binds to the periphery of the weakly charged and deswollen brush and produces SiO2-g-PDMAEMA/SDS complexes with a net negative charge. SiO2-g-PDMAEMA brush collapse and charge neutralization is further confirmed by colloidal probe AFM measurements, where reduced electrosteric repulsions and bridging adhesion are attributed to effects of the bound SDS. Additionally, sequential adsorption schemes with SDS and SiO2-g-PDMAEMA are used to enhance deposition relative to SiO2-g-PDMAEMA direct adsorption on silica. This work shows that the polyelectrolyte brush configuration responds in a more dramatic fashion to SDS than to pH-induced changes in ionization, and this can be exploited to manipulate the structure of adsorbed layers and the corresponding forces of compression and friction between opposing surfaces.

  15. Volume profile of α-chymotrypsin during adsorption and enzymatic reaction on a poly(acrylic acid) brush. (United States)

    Levin, Artem; Erlkamp, Mirko; Steitz, Roland; Czeslik, Claus


    Poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) brushes are known to provide a native-like environment for proteins. In this study, we explore this biocompatibility under high pressure conditions. Using α-chymotrypsin (α-CT) as a model enzyme, we report on the pressure dependencies of the enzymatic activity and the neutron scattering length density profile, when this enzyme is adsorbed on a PAA brush. From high pressure total internal reflection fluorescence spectroscopy, an increasing enzymatic activity has been observed up to 1000 bar, but a rather pressure independent enzymatic activity at higher pressures up to 2000 bar. This finding suggests a non-constant activation volume of α-CT on the PAA brush that is negative below 1000 bar. Thus, the compact nature of the transition state of α-CT is largely preserved upon adsorption. We have also performed high pressure neutron reflectivity experiments to determine the spatial distribution of α-CT inside the PAA brush. Apparently, the enzyme is strongly binding to the PAA chains with 2.3 mg m(-2) of adsorbed enzyme that is reduced to about 1.7 mg m(-2) at 1000-2000 bar. This change of adsorbed mass is consistent with a positive volume change of adsorption, which is probably reflecting electrostriction upon protein-PAA interaction. Thus, the performed high pressure experiments provide new insights into the volume profile of α-CT during adsorption and enzymatic activity on the PAA brush. They also demonstrate that the biocompatible properties of a PAA brush can even be enhanced by pressure.

  16. A novel approach for measuring the intrinsic nanoscale thickness of polymer brushes by means of atomic force microscopy: application of a compressible fluid model. (United States)

    Cuellar, José Luis; Llarena, Irantzu; Iturri, Jagoba J; Donath, Edwin; Moya, Sergio Enrique


    The thickness of a poly(sulfo propyl methacrylate) (PSPM) brush is determined by Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) imaging as a function of the loading force at different ionic strengths, ranging from Milli-Q water to 1 M NaCl. Imaging is performed both with a sharp tip and a colloidal probe. The brush thickness strongly depends both on the applied load and on the ionic strength. A brush thickness of 150 nm is measured in Millipore water when applying the minimal loading force. Imaging with an 8 μm silica particle as a colloidal probe results in a thickness of 30 nm larger than that measured with the tip. Increasing the ionic strength causes the well known reduction of the thickness of the brush. The apparent thickness of the brush decreases with increasing loading forces. An empirical model analogous to that of a compressible fluid is applied to describe the dependence of the apparent thickness of the brush with loading force. The model comprises three ionic strength dependent parameters for the brush: thickness at infinite compression, energy, and cohesive force. The meaning and significance of these parameters are discussed. A particular advantage of the model is that it allows for determination of the brush thickness at zero loading force.

  17. Temperature-modulated quenching of quantum dots covalently coupled to chain ends of poly(N-isopropyl acrylamide) brushes on gold

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    Tagit, Oya; Tomczak, Nikodem; Benetti, Edmondo M.; Cesa, Yanina; Blum, Christian; Subramaniam, Vinod; Herek, Jennifer L.; Vancso, G. Julius


    A thermo-responsive polymer/quantum dot platform based on poly(N-isopropyl acrylamide) (PNIPAM) brushes 'grafted from' a gold substrate and quantum dots (QDs) covalently attached to the PNIPAM layer is presented. The PNIPAM brushes are grafted from the gold surface using an iniferter-initiated contr

  18. Inhibition of adhesion of yeasts and bacteria by poly(ethylene oxide-)brushes on glass in a parallel plate flow chamber

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    Roosjen, A.M.; Kaper, H.J.; Mei, van der H.C.; Norde, W.; Busscher, H.J.


    Poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO)-brushes are generally recognized as protein-repellent surfaces, and although a role in discouraging microbial adhesion has been established for some strains and species, no study exists on the effects of PEO-brushes on a large variety of bacterial and yeast strains. In thi

  19. Caries-preventive effectiveness of fluoride varnish as adjunct to oral health promotion and supervised tooth brushing in preschool children

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    Agouropoulos, A; Twetman, S; Pandis, N


    in Athens were invited to this double-blind randomized controlled trial and 328 children completed the 2-year programme. All children received oral health education with hygiene instructions twice yearly and attended supervised tooth brushing once daily. The test group was treated with fluoride varnish (0......OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effect of biannual fluoride varnish applications in preschool children as an adjunct to school-based oral health promotion and supervised tooth brushing with 1000ppm fluoride toothpaste. METHODS: 424 preschool children, 2-5 year of age, from 10 different pre schools...

  20. Research on the Working Mechanism and Virtual Design for Cleaning Element in Brush Shape of the Sugarcane Harvester

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    The cleaning element is the key part to the small w ho le-stall sugarcane harvester, which is suitable to the highland. And it is the bottleneck of the design of the small sugarcane harvester. The working mechanism of centrifugal cleaning method of the cleaning element in brush shape is based on the high speed rotating cleaning element that push, scrub, and strike the sta lk to separate the leaves from the sugarcane. The paper elaborated the worki ng mechanism of cleaning element in brush shape of the ...

  1. Polymer Brushes that Mimic Repulsive Properties of the Boundary Lubricant Glycoprotein Lubricin (United States)

    Torres, Jahn; Jay, Gregory; Ni, Qian; Bello, David; Bothun, Geoffrey; Kim, Kyung-Suk


    This is a report on the design of tailored functional groups which mimic the repulsive forces at work in the natural-joint boundary lubricant known as lubricin. Lubricin, an amphiphilic polyelectrolyte biomolecule, decreases friction and cellular adhesion by exhibiting surface force fields based on steric hindrance, Debye electrostatic double layer repulsion and hydration repulsive forces. We have identified a physically and chemically stable candidate polymers for anti-fouling coatings that will mimic lubricin's repulsive properties. Synthetic polymer brushes mimicking lubricin have been produced using these polymers grafted onto a glass surfaces. The average adhesive forces for the polymer brushes measured through atomic force microscopy are as low (56.796 +/- 0.796 mN/m), similar to those exhibited by lubricin coated surfaces and on the same order of magnitude as superhydrophobic surfaces. This work was supported by the Coatings/Biofouling Program and the Maritime Sensing Program of the Office of Naval Research as well as the ILIR Program of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center DIVNPT.

  2. Stable and efficient loading of silver nanoparticles in spherical polyelectrolyte brushes and the antibacterial effects. (United States)

    Liu, Xiaochi; Xu, Yisheng; Wang, Xiaohan; Shao, Mingfei; Xu, Jun; Wang, Jie; Li, Li; Zhang, Rui; Guo, Xuhong


    A more efficient and convenient strategy was demonstrated to immobilize silver nanoparticles (NPs) with a crystalline structure into the spherical polyelectrolyte brushes (SPB) as an antibacterial material. The SPB used for surface coating (Ag immobilized PVK-PAA SPB) consists of a poly(N-vinylcarbazole) (PVK) core and poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) chain layers which are anchored onto the surface of PVK core at one end. Well-dispersed silver nanoparticles (diameter∼3.5 nm) then formed and were electrostatically confined in the brush layer. Ag content is controlled by a repeated loading process. Thin film coatings were then constructed by layer-by-layer depositions of positive charged poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (PDDA) and SPB. The multilayer composites display excellent stability as well as antibacterial performance but not for simple PVK-PAA coated surface. The results show that almost complete bacteria growth including both dispersed bacterial cells and biofilms was inhibited over a period of 24 h. This approach opens a novel strategy for stable and efficient immobilization of Ag NPs in fabrication of antibacterial materials.

  3. Chromatic and surface alterations in enamel subjected to brushing with desensitizing whitening toothpaste

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    Gabriela Queiroz de Melo Monteiro


    Full Text Available Aim: This study evaluated the chromatic and surface changes on enamel after toothbrushing with whitening and desensitizing toothpaste. Materials and Methods: Sixty enamel blocks were prepared, pigmented, and stratified according to initial Knoop microhardness and divided into six groups. The average roughness (Ra was determined from two readings. After 24 h in artificial saliva, 10,000 cycles of simulated brushing were applied. The Ra was measured after 5000 and 10,000 cycles, and tooth wear was determined. The mean roughness was evaluated, and tooth color was recorded before and after treatment. Results: Brushing with dentifrices increased the roughness of enamel in all groups. It was lower for Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief + Bleaching, Colgate maximum protection anti-caries, and the control group. Greater roughness was observed in dentifrices containing silica. Greater wear was found with Sensodyne bleaching extra fresh and in the control group. The best bleaching effect was found with Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief + Bleaching. Colgate Sensitive Whitening, Oral-B Pro-Health Whitening, and Sensodyne Whitening Extra Fresh showed major changes on surface roughness. Conclusion: The physical characteristics of the minerals of the toothpaste appear to be the major determinant of dental abrasion, not their quantity or whitening capacity, or rather their ability to remove enamel surface stains.

  4. Genetic Abnormalities in Biliary Brush Samples for Distinguishing Cholangiocarcinoma from Benign Strictures in Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (United States)

    Timmer, Margriet R.; Lau, Chiu T.; Meijer, Sybren L.; Fockens, Paul; Rauws, Erik A. J.; Ponsioen, Cyriel Y.; Calpe, Silvia; Krishnadath, Kausilia K.


    Background. Primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) is a chronic inflammatory liver disease and is strongly associated with cholangiocarcinoma (CCA). The lack of efficient diagnostic methods for CCA is a major problem. Testing for genetic abnormalities may increase the diagnostic value of cytology. Methods. We assessed genetic abnormalities for CDKN2A, TP53, ERBB2, 20q, MYC, and chromosomes 7 and 17 and measures of genetic clonal diversity in brush samples from 29 PSC patients with benign biliary strictures and 12 patients with sporadic CCA or PSC-associated CCA. Diagnostic performance of cytology alone and in combination with genetic markers was evaluated by sensitivity, specificity, and area under the curve analysis. Results. The presence of MYC gain and CDKN2A loss as well as a higher clonal diversity was significantly associated with malignancy. MYC gain increased the sensitivity of cytology from 50% to 83%. However, the specificity decreased from 97% to 76%. The diagnostic accuracy of the best performing measures of clonal diversity was similar to the combination of cytology and MYC. Adding CDKN2A loss to the panel had no additional benefit. Conclusion. Evaluation of MYC abnormalities and measures of clonal diversity in brush cytology specimens may be of clinical value in distinguishing CCA from benign biliary strictures in PSC. PMID:27127503

  5. Genetic Abnormalities in Biliary Brush Samples for Distinguishing Cholangiocarcinoma from Benign Strictures in Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis

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    Margriet R. Timmer


    Full Text Available Background. Primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC is a chronic inflammatory liver disease and is strongly associated with cholangiocarcinoma (CCA. The lack of efficient diagnostic methods for CCA is a major problem. Testing for genetic abnormalities may increase the diagnostic value of cytology. Methods. We assessed genetic abnormalities for CDKN2A, TP53, ERBB2, 20q, MYC, and chromosomes 7 and 17 and measures of genetic clonal diversity in brush samples from 29 PSC patients with benign biliary strictures and 12 patients with sporadic CCA or PSC-associated CCA. Diagnostic performance of cytology alone and in combination with genetic markers was evaluated by sensitivity, specificity, and area under the curve analysis. Results. The presence of MYC gain and CDKN2A loss as well as a higher clonal diversity was significantly associated with malignancy. MYC gain increased the sensitivity of cytology from 50% to 83%. However, the specificity decreased from 97% to 76%. The diagnostic accuracy of the best performing measures of clonal diversity was similar to the combination of cytology and MYC. Adding CDKN2A loss to the panel had no additional benefit. Conclusion. Evaluation of MYC abnormalities and measures of clonal diversity in brush cytology specimens may be of clinical value in distinguishing CCA from benign biliary strictures in PSC.

  6. Penanganan Gingivitis dengan Metoda "Toothpick Brushing" (Laporan kasus pada wanita pengguna kontrasepsi oral

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    Armasastra Bahar


    Full Text Available Gingivitis sebagai salah satu kelainan jaringan penyangga gigi telah diketahui disebabkan karena kebersihan mulut yang tidak baik dan berkaitan dengan kebiasaan dan cara menyikat gigi yang tidak memadai. Di samping itu telah banyak pula laporan yang mengatakan bahwa terjadinya gingivitis juga berhubungan dengan peningkatan hormon kelamin steroid darah seperti pada kehamilan, menstruasi dan pada pengguna kontrasepsi hormonal.Dalam pemeriksaan yang dilakukan pada beberapa wanita pengguna kontrasepsi oral di Puskesmas Serpong ditemukan kelainan gingivitis.Pada penderita tersebut dilakukan pemeriksaan intraoral dan Occult Blood Test untuk memperkuat pemeriksaan apakah keadaan gingivitisnya memerlukan terapi lebih lanjut. Setelah dilakukan penambalan gigi yang merupakan keluhan utama penderita datang ke BKIA, dilakukan usaha untuk menanggulangi gingivitis yang ada berupa penerangan tentang faktor-faktor yang menjadi penyebab gingivitis dan instruksi cara menyikat gigi dengan metoda "Toothpick brushing". Evaluasi yang dilakukan pada minggu II dan III, memperlihatkan hasil yang baik, nilai PI, PBI dan OBT menurun dibandingkan dengan nilai awal yang telah dilakukan.Pada kunjungan pada minggu III dilakukan pembersihan karang gigi. Menyikat gigi dengan metoda "Toothpick brushing" memperlihatkan hasil yang baik dalam memperbaiki kelainan gingivitis.

  7. The Secretion and Action of Brush Border Enzymes in the Mammalian Small Intestine. (United States)

    Hooton, Diane; Lentle, Roger; Monro, John; Wickham, Martin; Simpson, Robert


    Microvilli are conventionally regarded as an extension of the small intestinal absorptive surface, but they are also, as latterly discovered, a launching pad for brush border digestive enzymes. Recent work has demonstrated that motor elements of the microvillus cytoskeleton operate to displace the apical membrane toward the apex of the microvillus, where it vesiculates and is shed into the periapical space. Catalytically active brush border digestive enzymes remain incorporated within the membranes of these vesicles, which shifts the site of BB digestion from the surface of the enterocyte to the periapical space. This process enables nutrient hydrolysis to occur adjacent to the membrane in a pre-absorptive step. The characterization of BB digestive enzymes is influenced by the way in which these enzymes are anchored to the apical membranes of microvilli, their subsequent shedding in membrane vesicles, and their differing susceptibilities to cleavage from the component membranes. In addition, the presence of active intracellular components of these enzymes complicates their quantitative assay and the elucidation of their dynamics. This review summarizes the ontogeny and regulation of BB digestive enzymes and what is known of their kinetics and their action in the peripheral and axial regions of the small intestinal lumen.

  8. Sacrificial bonds in polymer brushes from rat tail tendon functioning as nanoscale velcro. (United States)

    Gutsmann, Thomas; Hassenkam, Tue; Cutroni, Jacqueline A; Hansma, Paul K


    Polymers play an important role in many biological systems, so a fundamental understanding of their cross-links is crucial not only for the development of medicines but also for the development of biomimetic materials. The biomechanical movements of all mammals are aided by tendon fibrils. The self-organization and biomechanical functions of tendon fibrils are determined by the properties of the cross-links between their individual molecules and the interactions among the cross-links. The cross-links of collagen and proteoglycan molecules are particularly important in tendons and, perhaps, bone. To probe cross-links between tendon molecules, we used the cantilever tip of an atomic force microscope in a pulling setup. Applying higher forces to rat tail tendon molecules with the tip led to a local disruption of the highly organized shell of tendon fibrils and to the formation or an increase of a polymer brush of molecules sticking out of the surface. The cross-linking between these molecules was influenced by divalent Ca2+ ions. Furthermore, the molecules of the polymer brush seemed to bind back to the fibrils in several minutes. We propose that sacrificial bonds significantly influence the tendon fibrils' self-organization and self-healing and therefore contribute to toughness and strength.

  9. Preparation of a thick polymer brush layer composed of poly(2-methacryloyloxyethyl phosphorylcholine) by surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization and analysis of protein adsorption resistance. (United States)

    Inoue, Yuuki; Onodera, Yuya; Ishihara, Kazuhiko


    The purpose of this study was to prepare a thick polymer brush layer composed of poly(2-methacryloyloxyethyl phosphorylcholine (MPC)) and assess its resistance to protein adsorption from the dissolved state of poly(MPC) chains in an aqueous condition. The thick poly(MPC) brush layer was prepared through the surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization (SI-ATRP) of MPC with a free initiator from an initiator-immobilized substrate at given [Monomer]/[Free initiator] ratios. The ellipsometric thickness of the poly(MPC) brush layers could be controlled by the polymerization degree of the poly(MPC) chains. The thickness of the poly(MPC) brush layer in an aqueous medium was larger than that in air, and this tendency became clearer when the polymerization degree of the poly(MPC) increased. The maximum thickness of the poly(MPC) brush layer in an aqueous medium was around 110 nm. The static air contact angle of the poly(MPC) brush layer in water indicated a reasonably hydrophilic nature, which was independent of the thickness of the poly(MPC) brush layer at the surface. This result occurred because the hydrated state of the poly(MPC) chains is not influenced by the environment surrounding them. Finally, as measured with a quartz crystal microbalance, the amount of protein adsorbed from a fetal bovine serum solution (10% in phosphate-buffered saline) on the original substrate was 420 ng/cm(2). However, the poly(MPC) brush layer reduced this value dramatically to less than 50 ng/cm(2). This effect was independent of the thickness of the poly(MPC) brush layer for thicknesses between 20 nm and about 110 nm. These results indicated that the surface covered with a poly(MPC) brush layer is a promising platform to avoid biofouling and could also be applied to analyze the reactions of biological molecules with a high signal/noise ratio.

  10. Role of Brushes and Peelers in Removal of Escherichia coli O157:H7 and Salmonella from Produce in Domestic Kitchens. (United States)

    Erickson, Marilyn C; Liao, Jean; Cannon, Jennifer L; Ortega, Ynes R


    Consumers are being advised to increase their consumption of fruits and vegetables to reduce their risk of chronic disease. However, to achieve that goal, consumers must be able to implement protocols in their kitchens to reduce their risk of consuming contaminated produce. To address this issue, a study was conducted to monitor the fate of Escherichia coli O157:H7 and Salmonella on produce (cantaloupe, honeydew melon, carrots, and celery) that were subjected to brushing or peeling using common kitchen utensils. Removal of similar levels of Salmonella from carrots was accomplished by peeling and by brushing, but significantly greater removal of E. coli O157:H7 from carrots was accomplished by peeling than by brushing under running water (P < 0.05). Brushing removed significantly fewer pathogens from contaminated cantaloupes than from other produce items (P < 0.05), suggesting that the netted rind provided sites where the pathogen cells could evade the brush bristles. A Sparta polyester brush was less effective than a scouring pad for removing Salmonella from carrots (P < 0.05). In all cases, brushing and peeling failed to eliminate the pathogens from the produce items, which may be the result of contamination of the utensil during use. High incidences of contamination (77 to 92%) were found among peelers used on carrots or celery, the Sparta brush used on carrots, and the scouring pad used on carrots and cantaloupe. Of the utensils investigated, the nylon brush had the lowest incidence of pathogen transference from contaminated produce (0 to 12%). Transfer of pathogens from a potentially contaminated Sparta brush or peeler to uncontaminated carrots did not occur or occurred only on the first of seven carrots processed with the utensil. Therefore, risk of cross-contamination from contaminated utensils to uncontaminated produce may be limited.

  11. Electric Power

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    @@ China Council for the Promotion of International Trade Electric Power Industry Office (CCPIT Electric Power), one of the pro-fessional industrial branches of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT), was established in 2006.

  12. Electricity economics

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    Hu, Zhaoguang


    Systematically analyzing for the first time the production output from electricity consumption for enterprises, sectors, and industries, this study uses the function of EAI (electricity as input), and includes national E-GDP figures for more than 20 countries.

  13. Permeability Changes of Manduca sexta Midgut Brush Border Membranes Induced by Oligomeric Structures of Different Cry Toxins

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    Muñoz-Garay, C.; Sánchez, J.; Darszon, A.; Maagd, de R.A.; Bakker, P.; Soberón, M.; Bravo, A.


    The pore-formation activity of monomeric and oligomeric forms of different Cry1 toxins (from Cry1A to Cry1G) was analyzed by monitoring ionic permeability across Manduca sexta brush border membrane vesicles. The membrane vesicles were isolated from microvilli structures, showing a high enrichment of

  14. 76 FR 70760 - Notice Pursuant to the National Cooperative Research and Production Act of 1993-American Brush... (United States)


    ... provisions limiting the recovery of antitrust plaintiffs to actual damages under specified circumstances... development activities are: To establish the rules and specifications for safety that apply in the design, use... guards and the rules for proper storage, handling mounting and use of brushes. Information on the...

  15. Surface plasmon resonance methodology for monitoring polymerization kinetics and morphology changes of brushes-evaluated with poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (United States)

    Emilsson, Gustav; Schoch, Rafael L.; Oertle, Philipp; Xiong, Kunli; Lim, Roderick Y. H.; Dahlin, Andreas B.


    Polymerization from surfaces and the resulting "brushes" have many uses in the development of novel materials and functional interfaces. However, it is difficult to accurately monitor the polymerization rate, which limits the use of polymer brushes in applications where control of thickness is desirable. We present a new methodology based on angular surface plasmon resonance (SPR) which provides real-time measurements of the thickness evolution during atom transfer radical polymerization, using poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) as an example. Our data analysis shows that the growth is linear with a rate of ∼20 nm/min in a water/methanol mixture up to ∼100 nm after which chain termination gradually reduces the growth rate. Further, we introduce an improved method in SPR which makes it possible to determine changes in brush height and refractive index during switching of responsive polymers. The ratio between heights in the coil to globule transition at 32 °C in water was found to be almost 5, independent of the initial absolute height up to ∼200 nm, in agreement with theory. Complementary quartz crystal microbalance and atomic force microscopy data confirm the accuracy of our results. With the methodology presented here the established SPR technique can be used for quantitative characterization of surface-initiated polymerization and responsive polymer brushes.

  16. The sensitivity of random polymer brush-lamellar polystyrene-b-polymethylmethacrylate block copolymer systems to process conditions. (United States)

    Borah, Dipu; Rasappa, Sozaraj; Senthamaraikannan, Ramsankar; Shaw, Matthew T; Holmes, Justin D; Morris, Michael A


    The use of random copolymer brushes (polystyrene-r-polymethylmethacrylate--PS-r-PMMA) to 'neutralise' substrate surfaces and ordain perpendicular orientation of the microphase separated lamellae in symmetric polystyrene-b-polymethylmethacrylate (PS-b-PMMA) block copolymers (BCPs) is well known. However, less well known is how the brushes interact with both the substrate and the BCP, and how this might change during thermal processing. A detailed study of changes in these films for different brush and diblock PS-b-PMMA molecular weights is reported here. In general, self-assembly and pattern formation is altered little, and a range of brush molecular weights are seen to be effective. However, on extended anneal times, the microphase separated films can undergo dimension changes and loss of order. This process is not related to any complex microphase separation dynamics but rather a degradation of methacrylate components in the film. The data suggest that care must be taken in interpretation of structural changes in these systems as being due to BCP only effects.

  17. pH-responsive one-dimensional periodic relief grating of polymer brush-gold nanoassemblies on silicon surface. (United States)

    Chen, Jem-Kun; Pai, Ping-Chun; Chang, Jia-Yaw; Fan, Shih-Kang


    In this work, we focus on the fabrication of the nanoassemblies consisting of the poly(2-dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate) (PDMAEMA) brushes and gold nanoparticles (AuNPs). The employed process involves grafting of the PDMAEMA chains on an underlying substrate in a brush conformation followed by the immobilization of surface functionalized AuNPs by means of physical interaction (electrostatic attraction, entanglement, and hydrogen bonding). Atomic force microscopy (AFM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and UV-vis spectroscopy have been employed to characterize the prepared PDMAEMA-AuNP nanoassemblies. Polymer brushes possessing various thicknesses have been found to suppress the nanoparticles' aggregation and, hence, facilitate the surface coverage. Furthermore, we patterned the PDMAEMA-AuNP nanoassemblies as an one-dimensional periodic relief grating (OPRG). The subwavelength structure of OPRG has the optical features including artificial refractive index, form birefringence and resonance and band gap effects. A mean refractive index of the PDMAEMA-AuNP nanoassemblies can be controlled by the filling factors of the OPRG structure, so that a desired distribution of refractive index of the polymer brushes-gold OPRG under various stimuli can be realized. The employed approach is simple and highly versatile for the modification of surfaces with a wide range of NPs.

  18. Dietary cholesterol induces trafficking of intestinal Niemann-Pick Type C1 Like 1 from the brush border to endosomes

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    Skov, Marianne; Tønnesen, Carina K; Hansen, Gert H


    early endosome antigen 1, whereas only a minor fraction was left in the brush border. Neither APN, lactase, nor sucrase-isomaltase was endocytosed in parallel, demonstrating that this is a selective cholesterol-induced endocytosis of NPC1L1. Conceivably either the induced internalization could be due...

  19. On the stability of the polymer brushes formed by adsorption of Ionomer Complexes on hydrophilic and hydrophobic surfaces

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    Brzozowska, A. M.; Spruijt, E.; de Keizer, A.; Stuart, M. A. Cohen; Norde, W.


    We have studied the effect of normal forces and shear forces on the stability and functionality of a polymer brush layer formed upon adsorption of polymeric micelles on hydrophilic and hydrophobic surfaces. The micelles consist of oppositely charged polyelectrolyte blocks (poly(acrylic acid) and pol

  20. The Impact of Dietary and Tooth-Brushing Habits to Dental Caries of Special School Children with Disability (United States)

    Liu, Hsiu-Yueh; Chen, Chun-Chih; Hu, Wen-Chia; Tang, Ru-Ching; Chen, Cheng-Chin; Tsai, Chi-Cheng; Huang, Shun-Te


    The daily oral activities may severely influence oral health of children with disabilities. In this survey, we analyzed the impact of dietary and tooth-brushing habits to dental caries in special school children with disabilities. This cross-sectional survey investigated 535 special school children with disabilities aged 6-12 years, 60.93% males,…

  1. Synthesis of dense poly(acrylic acid) brushes and their interaction with amine-functional silsesquioxane nanoparticles

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    Retsch, Markus; Walther, Andreas; Loos, Katja; Mueller, Axel H. E.; Müller, Axel H.E.


    Poly(acrylic acid) polyetectrolyte brushes were synthesized by surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization (SI-ATRP) of tert-butyl acrylate on planar gold surfaces and subsequent hydrolysis. Three types of monolayers with different numbers of thiol binding sites per initiating unit were u

  2. A Facile Method to Form a Densely Grafted PEO-b-P4VP Brush on Gold Surface

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    杨倩; 周常明; 陈旺; 方佳节; 陈道勇


    Here we report a facile method for the preparation of a PEO113-b-P4VP93 brush on gold surface with a grafting density as high as 1.32 chains/nm2; the P4VP blocks were physically adsorbed on gold surface forming an inner layer while the PEO blocks stretched towards the solution forming PEO brush. PEOl13-b-P4VPq3 micelles with P4VP core and PEO shell formed in methanol/water mixed solvents were used as the precursor. By adsorbing PEOII3-b-P4VP93 micelles from pure water, in which the density of the micelles is the largest, maximum amount of the micelles was adsorbed onto gold surface, and the adsorbed micelles existed as individual domains on the surface To prepare the polymer brush with a density as high as possible, we annealed the adsorbed micelles by metha- nol/water mixed solvent at the volume fraction of methanol (VF) of 20%, which was the proper proportion at which the core-forming P4VP chains began to be flexible but the integrity of the micelles was remained. At this volume fraction, almost all the adsorbed micelles originally existing as individual domains were transformed into a dense polymer brush.

  3. Environmental Impact Research Program. Brush Piles. Section 5.3.1, US Army Corps of Engineers Wildlife Resources Management Manual. (United States)


    cover is scarce (Burger 1973, Craven 1981, Mettler 1984). Honey mesquite ( Prosopis glandulosa) has been commonly used for brush pile construction in the...layers of stones and logs, and Shomon et al. (1966) described a structure consisting of large flat rocks, sheet iron , or roofing above a base layer

  4. Bacterial colonization of polymer brush-coated and pristine silicone rubber implanted in infected pockets in mice

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    Nejadnik, M.R.; Engelsman, A.F.; Fernandez, I.C.S.; Busscher, H.J.; Norde, W.; Mei, van der H.C.


    Curing biomaterial-associated infection (BAI) frequently includes antibiotic treatment, implant removal and re-implantation. However, revision implants are at a greater risk of infection as they may attract bacteria from their infected surroundings. Polymer brush-coatings attract low numbers of bact

  5. Comparison of the detection of periodontal pathogens in bacteraemia after tooth brushing by culture and molecular techniques (United States)

    Figuero, Elena; González, Itziar; O´Connor, Ana; Diz, Pedro; Álvarez, Maximiliano; Herrera, David; Sanz, Mariano


    Background The prevalence and amounts of periodontal pathogens detected in bacteraemia samples after tooth brushing-induced by means of four diagnostic technique, three based on culture and one in a molecular-based technique, have been compared in this study. Material and Methods Blood samples were collected from thirty-six subjects with different periodontal status (17 were healthy, 10 with gingivitis and 9 with periodontitis) at baseline and 2 minutes after tooth brushing. Each sample was analyzed by three culture-based methods [direct anaerobic culturing (DAC), hemo-culture (BACTEC), and lysis-centrifugation (LC)] and one molecular-based technique [quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR)]. With culture any bacterial isolate was detected and quantified, while with qPCR only Porphyromonas gingivalis and Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans were detected and quantified. Descriptive analyses, ANOVA and Chi-squared tests, were performed. Results Neither BACTEC nor qPCR detected any type of bacteria in the blood samples. Only LC (2.7%) and DAC (8.3%) detected bacteraemia, although not in the same patients. Fusobacterium nucleatum was the most frequently detected bacterial species. Conclusions The disparity in the results when the same samples were analyzed with four different microbiological detection methods highlights the need for a proper validation of the methodology to detect periodontal pathogens in bacteraemia samples, mainly when the presence of periodontal pathogens in blood samples after tooth brushing was very seldom. Key words:Bacteraemia, periodontitis, culture, PCR, tooth brushing. PMID:26946197

  6. The utility of toluidine blue staining and brush cytology as adjuncts in clinical examination of suspicious oral mucosal lesions. (United States)

    Güneri, P; Epstein, J B; Kaya, A; Veral, A; Kazandı, A; Boyacioglu, H


    The objective of this study was to investigate the utility of toluidine blue and brush cytology in patients with clinically detected oral mucosal lesions. Clinical examination of 35 patients was completed before toluidine blue application, oral brush cytology and scalpel biopsy. Lesions were photographed before and after stain application; followed by brush cytology. All findings were compared with histopathologic results. Severe dysplasia and carcinoma-in-situ were determined as 'positive'; no dysplasia and mild to moderate dysplasia were defined as 'negative'. The sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive values of clinical examination and toluidine blue were the same: 0.923, 0.433, 0.414, and 0.929, respectively. Those of brush cytology were 0.923, 0.517, 0.462, and 0.938. The concordance of all methods was 30% for benign and 61% for malignant lesions. Adjuncts identified 92% of carcinoma-in-situ and squamous cell carcinoma as confirmed by histopathology, in contrast to clinical findings alone in which 62% of these lesions were identified (p=0.046). In conclusion, adjunct diagnostic methods decreased the level of uncertainty for the diagnosis of oral malignancies and lichenoid dysplasias when applied as adjuncts to clinical examination.

  7. The Dynamics of Complex Formation between Amy lose Brushes on Gold and Fatty Acids by QCM-D

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    Cao, Zheng; Tsoufis, Theodoros; Svaldo-Lanero, Tiziana; Duwez, Anne-Sophie; Rudolf, Petra; Loos, Katja


    Amy lose brushes were synthesized by enzymatic polymerization with glucose-l-phosphate as monomer and rabbit muscle phosphorylase b as catalyst on gold-covered surfaces of a quartz crystal microbalance. Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectra confirmed the presence of the characteristic absorptio

  8. Clinical forensic sample collection techniques following consensual intercourse in volunteers - cervical canal brush compared to conventional swabs. (United States)

    Joki-Erkkilä, Minna; Tuomisto, Sari; Seppänen, Mervi; Huhtala, Heini; Ahola, Arja; Rainio, Juha; Karhunen, Pekka J


    The purpose of the research was to evaluate gynecological evidence collection techniques; the benefit of cervical canal brush sample compared to vaginal fornix and cervical swab samples and the time frame for detecting Y-chromosomal material QiAmp DNA Mini Kit(®) and Quantifiler Y Human Male DNA Quantification Kit(®) in adult volunteers following consensual intercourse. Eighty-four adult female volunteers following consensual intercourse were recruited for the study. By combining all sample collecting techniques, 81.0% of the volunteers were Y-DNA positive. Up to 60 h the conventional swab sampling techniques detected more Y-DNA positive samples when compared to the brush technique. However, after 60 h, the cervical canal brush sample technique showed its benefit by detecting 27.3% (6/22) of Y-DNA positive samples, which were Y-DNA negative in both conventional swab sampling techniques. By combining swab and brush techniques, 75% of the volunteers were still Y-DNA positive in 72-144 post-coital hours. The rate of measurable Y-DNA decreased approximately 3% per hour. Despite reported consensual intercourse, 6.8% (3/44) of volunteers were Y-DNA negative within 48 h. Y-DNA was not detected after 144 post-coital hours (6 days). In conclusion, the brush as a forensic evidence collection method may provide additional biological trace evidence from the cervical canal, although the best biological trace evidence collection can be obtained by combining all three sampling techniques. The time frame for gynecological forensic evidence sample collection should be considered to be at least a week if sexual violence is suspected.

  9. Bottom-up fabrication of zwitterionic polymer brushes on intraocular lens for improved biocompatibility (United States)

    Han, Yuemei; Xu, Xu; Tang, Junmei; Shen, Chenghui; Lin, Quankui; Chen, Hao


    Intraocular lens (IOL) is an efficient implantable device commonly used for treating cataracts. However, bioadhesion of bacteria or residual lens epithelial cells on the IOL surface after surgery causes postoperative complications, such as endophthalmitis or posterior capsular opacification, and leads to loss of sight again. In the present study, zwitterionic polymer brushes were fabricated on the IOL surface via bottom-up grafting procedure. The attenuated total reflection-Fourier transform infrared and contact angle measurements indicated successful surface modification, as well as excellent hydrophilicity. The coating of hydrophilic zwitterionic polymer effectively decreased the bioadhesion of lens epithelial cells or bacteria. In vivo intraocular implantation results showed good in vivo biocompatibility of zwitterionic IOL and its effectiveness against postoperative complications. PMID:28053528

  10. Design optimization of brushed permanent magnet D C motor by genetic algorithm

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    Amini, S


    Because of field winding replacement with permanent magnet in brushed permanent magnet D C (PMDC) motors, field losses are eliminated and the structure of the motor is more simple. Efficiency of these motors is therefore increased and the manufacturing process is simplified. Hence, these motors are commonly used in low power applications and their design and optimization is an important consideration. Genetic algorithms are proposed for design optimization of PMD motors because of their independence to objective function structure and its derivative. In this paper genetic algorithms are evaluated for PMDC motor design optimization. an introduction is first presented about PMDC motors, general design procedure and elements of their optimization. Genetic algorithms are then briefly described. Finally results of optimization by genetic algorithms are compared with the one obtained using a conventional method.

  11. Protein Compatible Polymer Brushes on Polymeric Substrates Prepared by Surface-Initiated Transfer Radica Polymerization

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    Fristrup, Charlotte Juel; Eskimergen, Rüya; Burkrinsky, J.T.


    as coating materials. ATR FTIR, water contact angle measurements, Thermal Gravimetric Analysis (TGA), and X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) confirmed that hydrophilic polymers have been grafted from the surface. The surface topography which was evaluated by Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) did not change......Materials for insulin containers and delivery systems should comply with requirements like compatibility with proteins, sterilisability, 'good barrier properties towards preservatives, and no toxic leachables. The number of commercially available polymer materials which can be u sed is rather...... limited. Therefore, a polymer coating containing some of the required properties may expand the use ofpolymers in medical devices. 'The approach was to graft polymer brushes from initiator-functionalized substrates using Surface-Initiated Atom TnlJlsfer Radical Polymerization (SI ATRP). Initial studies...

  12. Automated coating procedures to produce poly(ethylene glycol) brushes in fused-silica capillaries

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    Poulsen, Nicklas N.; Østergaard, Jesper; Petersen, Nickolaj J.


    . Flexible and reliable approaches for preventing unwanted protein adsorption in separation science are thus in high demand. We therefore present new coating approaches based on an automated in-capillary surface initiated atom transfer radical polymerization process (covalent coating) as well...... as by electrostatically adsorbing a pre-synthesized polymer leading to functionalized molecular brushes. The electroosmotic flow was measured following each step of the covalent coating procedure providing a detailed characterization and quality control. Both approaches resulted in good fouling resistance against...... the four model proteins cytochrome c, myoglobin, ovalbumin and human serum albumin in the pH range 3.4-8.4. Further, even samples containing 10% v/v plasma derived from human blood did not show signs of adsorbing to the coated capillaries. The covalent as well as the electrostatically adsorbed coating were...

  13. Development of Electronic Circulating Pump by Axial Air-gap Type Brush less Motor for Boiler

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    Kim, Sang Uk; Lee, Chang Eon; Kim, Young Seok; Yim, Chang Soon [Inha University (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Dong Chun [Pyung Taek Technical Junior College (Korea, Republic of); Suh, Sung Won [Bupyung Technical High School (Korea, Republic of)


    Canned type household circulating pump in the country almost depends on the act of imports, however it has disadvantage of low efficiency because an air gap of between rotor and stator is large and when the boiler is not used in a period of summer, a can and a rotor become adhered each other. Accordingly the pump is impossible to drive the initial state, and a lifetime of the pump gets shortening. To overcome these defects a electronic circulating pump by axial air-gap type brush less motor which is completely depart from the general idea for the conventional pump is developed. This paper is verified through experiments that the developed pump has good performance for reduction of size and noise, retrenchment of cost, and improvement of efficiency in comparison with the conventional pump. (author). refs., figs., tabs.

  14. 刷盒级进模设计%Design of Progressive Die for the Brush Box

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    分析了刷盒的成形工艺特点和技术难点,阐述了冲压级进模设计的结构要点和注意事项,通过认真分析提出了较为科学的对策,设计出实用的模具结构。该模具设计巧妙而且结构精简,产品稳定且生产效率较高,降低了劳动强度和生产成本。%Analyzed structure characteristics and technology difficult points of brush box, expounded design points and attentions of stamping progressive die. The die design is ingenious, and structure retrenches, the product is stable, and the efficacy is higher, reduced labor intensity and cost of production.

  15. Lipid rafts exist as stable cholesterol-independent microdomains in the brush border membrane of enterocytes

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    Hansen, Gert Helge; Immerdal, Lissi; Thorsen, Evy


    Glycosphingolipid/cholesterol-rich membranes ("rafts")can be isolated from many types of cells, but their existence as stable microdomains in the cell membrane has been elusive. Addressing this problem, we studied the distribution of galectin-4, a raft marker, and lactase, a protein excluded from...... rafts, on microvillar vesicles from the enterocyte brush border membrane. Magnetic beads coated with either anti-galectin-4 or anti-lactase antibodies were used for immunoisolation of vesicles followed by double immunogold labeling of the two proteins. A morphometric analysis revealed subpopulations...... of raft-rich and raft-poor vesicles by the following criteria: 1) the lactase/galectin-4 labeling ratio/vesicle captured by the anti-lactase beads was significantly higher (p

  16. Polymer brush and inorganic oxide hybrid nanodielectrics for high performance organic transistors. (United States)

    Li, Liqiang; Hu, Wenping; Chi, Lifeng; Fuchs, Harald


    A novel covalence-linked PMMA-SiO(2) hybrid nanodielectrics was prepared by grafting approximately 10 nm PMMA brush onto the SiO(2) (approximately 9 nm) surface, which effectively combines the respective merits of PMMA and SiO(2). As a result, the hybrid nanodielectrics exhibit excellent dielectric performance (e.g., low leakage density (<10(-7) A/cm(2) at 6 MV/cm), high breakdown voltage (7 MV/cm), high capacitance (142 nF/cm(2)), good operational stability, and good compatibility with organic semiconductors), and enable organic field-effect transistors (OFETs) to work with high performance and low voltage. These results may open a way to build ultrathin dielectrics for high performance transistor and circuit, as well as for microelectronics, nanoelectronics, and organic electronics.

  17. Grafting polymer brushes on biomimetic structural surfaces for anti-algae fouling and foul release. (United States)

    Wan, Fei; Pei, Xiaowei; Yu, Bo; Ye, Qian; Zhou, Feng; Xue, Qunji


    Sylgard-184 silicone elastomer negative replica and resorcinol-formaldehyde (RF) positive replica were made by biomimicking the patterns of natural Trifolium and three other kinds of leaves using the micromolding lithography. An effective antifouling (AF) polymer, poly(3-sulfopropyl methacrylate) (PSPMA), was then grafted on these replica surfaces via the surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization (SI-ATRP). The AF property of the modified biomimetic surfaces was tested via the settlement assay with two microalgae in different sizes, and their fouling-release (FR) property was evaluated by the removal assay. The results indicate that the structure of microspines on Trifolium leaf can inhibit settlement of microalgae and facilitate the cell release. The AF property was improved by modification with PSPMA brushes.

  18. Adaptive Input-Output Linearization Technique for Robust Speed Control of Brush less DC Motor

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    Kim, Kyeong Hwa; Baik, In Cheol; Kim, Hyun Soo; Youn, Myung Joong [Korea Advance Institute of Science and Technology, Taejon (Korea, Republic of)


    An adaptive input-output linearization technique for a robust speed control of a brush less DC (BLDC) motor is presented. By using this technique, the nonlinear motor model can be effectively linearized in Brunovski canonical form, and the desired speed dynamics can be obtained based on the linearized model. This control technique, however, gives an undesirable output performance under the mismatch of the system parameters and load conditions caused by the incomplete linearization. For the robust output response, the controller parameters will be estimated by a model reference adaptive technique where the disturbance torque and flux linkage are estimated. The adaptation laws are derived by the Popov`s hyper stability theory and positivity concept. The proposed control scheme is implemented on a BLDC motor using the software of DSP TMS320C30 and the effectiveness is verified through the comparative simulations and experiments. (author). 14 refs., 12 figs., 1 tab.

  19. Simulation of brush insert for leading-edge-passage convective heat transfer (United States)

    Hendricks, R. C.; Braun, M. J.; Canacci, V.; Mullen, R. L.


    Current and proposed high speed aircraft have high leading edge heat transfer (to 160 MW/sq m, 100 Btu/sq in/sec) and surface temperatures to 1370 K (2000 F). Without cooling, these surfaces could not survive. In one proposal the coolant hydrogen is circulated to the leading edge through a passage and returned to be consumed by the propulsion system. Simulated flow studies and visualizations have shown flow separation within the passage with a stagnation locus that isolates a zone of recirculation at the most critical portion of the passage, namely the leading edge itself. A novel method is described for mitigating the flow separation and the isolated recirculation zones by using a brush insert in the flow passage near the leading edge zone, thus providing a significant increase in heat transfer.

  20. Apolipoprotein A-1 (apoA-1) deposition in, and release from, the enterocyte brush border

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    Danielsen, E Michael; Hansen, Gert H; Rasmussen, Karina


    Transintestinal cholesterol efflux (TICE) has been proposed to represent a non-hepatobiliary route of cholesterol secretion directly "from blood to gut" and to play a physiologically significant role in excretion of neutral sterols, but so far little is known about the proteins involved in the pr......Transintestinal cholesterol efflux (TICE) has been proposed to represent a non-hepatobiliary route of cholesterol secretion directly "from blood to gut" and to play a physiologically significant role in excretion of neutral sterols, but so far little is known about the proteins involved...... transport (RCT), we propose that brush border-deposited apoA-1 in the small intestine acts in TICE by mediating cholesterol efflux into the gut lumen....

  1. Cascade enzymatic catalysis in poly(acrylic acid) brushes-nanospherical silica for glucose detection. (United States)

    Zhao, Yan; Wang, Ying; Zhang, Xiaobin; Kong, Rongmei; Xia, Lian; Qu, Fengli


    The ultrasensitive monitoring of glucose with a fast and accurate method is significant in potential therapeutics and optimizes protein biosynthesis. Incorporation of enzyme into matrix is considered as promising candidates for constructing highly sensitive glucose-responsive systems. In this study, three-dimensional poly(acrylic acid) brushes-nanospherical silica (PAA-nano silica) with high amplification capability and stability were used to covalently immobilize bienzymes for cascade enzymatic catalysis. The major advantages of PAA-nano silica-bienzyme co-incorporation is that the enzymes are proximity distribution, and such close confinement both minimized the diffusion of intermediates among the enzymes in the consecutive reaction and improve the utilization efficiency of enzymes, thereby enhancing the overall reaction efficiency and specificity. Thus, this present bienzymatic biosensor shows robust signal amplification and ultrasensitivity of glucose-responsive properties with a detection limit of 0.04μM.

  2. Effectiveness of Line communication application as a social media on changes in tooth brushing behavior of junior high school students in Banjarmasin

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    Full Text Available Background: There were only 10.7% of junior school students in Banjarmasin brushing their teeth before bedtime. Using Line (as one of the social media can be assumed as an effective strategy to spread information. Purpose: This study aimed to reveal changes in tooth brushing behavior before bedtime in students of class VII in all state junior high schools in Banjarmasin after receiving information disseminated through Line. Method: Pre and post test technique with control group design was used in this research. Result: One week before the treatment, the mean frequency of tooth brushing behavior before bedtime in the Line group was 1.90, while in the poster group was 1.93. During the treatment, the mean frequency of tooth brushing behavior before bedtime in the Line group was 4.78 in the first 7 days, 5.07 in the second week, and 5.67 in the third week. On the other hand, the mean frequency of tooth brushing behavior before bedtime in the poster group was 4.66 in the first 7 days, 4.61 in the second week, and 5.18 in the third week. Conclusion: Messages/ information disseminated through both of Line and poster can give a significant change in tooth brushing behavior before bedtime. Nevertheless, Line can trigger better effectiveness than poster in stimulating a change in tooth brushing behavior before bedtime.

  3. Preparation and characterization of V-shaped PS-b-PEO brushes anchored on planar gold substrate through the trithiocarbonate junction group. (United States)

    Wang, Zhao-Li; Xu, Jun-Ting; Du, Bin-Yang; Fan, Zhi-Qiang


    Trithiocarbonate group was introduced into the polystyrene-b-poly(ethylene oxide) (PS-b-PEO) block copolymers as the junction of the blocks through RAFT polymerization. Mixed PS and PEO brushes with a V-shape were prepared by anchoring the trithiocarbonate group on the planar gold substrate. The morphology of the V-shaped brushes was characterized by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and the surface composition responsive to solvent treatment was detected by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Different morphologies were observed for the V-shaped PS-b-PEO brushes, depending on the chain structure and solvent treatment. The highly selective solvent for PEO, ethanol, can intensify or induce microphase separation of the V-shaped brushes, leading to vertical microphase separation. When the V-shaped brushes are treated with the co-solvent, THF, miscible morphology, lateral microphase separation, and vertical microphase separation are observed as the PS block length increases. After treatment with the non-selective poor solvent, cyclohexane, the V-shaped PS(106)-b-PEO(113) brush, exhibits a laterally microphase-separated morphology, but the V-shaped PS(52)-b-PEO(113) and PS(253)-b-PEO(113) brushes are vertically microphase-separated.

  4. Electrical contracting

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    Neidle, Michael


    Electrical Contracting, Second Edition is a nine-chapter text guide for the greater efficiency in planning and completing installations for the design, installation and control of electrical contracts. This book starts with a general overview of the efficient cabling and techniques that must be employed for safe wiring design, as well as the cost estimation of the complete electrical contract. The subsequent chapters are devoted to other electrical contracting requirements, including electronic motor control, lighting, and electricity tariffs. A chapter focuses on the IEE Wiring Regulations an

  5. Plaque removal by manual and electric toothbrushing among children

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    COSTA Carolina Covolo da


    Full Text Available The purpose of this study was to compare the effectiveness of plaque control performed with electric and manual toothbrushes. Fifteen children with primary dentition and 14 children with mixed dentition were divided in two groups and randomly assigned to utilize a manual or an electric toothbrush. In the first session, professional plaque removal was performed, and the children spent 24 hours without brushing their teeth. In the second session, plaque was disclosed and assessed on all facial and lingual surfaces. After that, all children brushed their teeth with the predetermined toothbrush. The next procedure was the disclosure and measurement of residual plaque. After a period of 7 days, the children switched the kind of toothbrush, and the same procedures were repeated. According to the statistical analysis of the results, there were no significant differences concerning plaque removal when the toothbrushes were utilized by children with mixed dentition. On the other hand, the electric toothbrush promoted significantly greater plaque removal on the lingual surfaces of teeth from children with primary dentition.

  6. Influence of surface PMPC brushes on tribological and biocompatibility properties of UHMWPE

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    Xiong, Dangsheng, E-mail:; Deng, Yaling; Wang, Nan; Yang, Yuanyuan


    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Wettability and blood compatibility of PMPC-grafted UHMWPE were improved. • The friction properties including the short and long term under high contact stress were investigated. • The PMPC brushes were sheared off from the surface with the increase of sliding cycles. - Abstract: Extremely efficient lubrication has been observed between natural joint surfaces and the friction coefficients can reach as low as 0.001. However, attaining the ultra-low friction coefficients between articulating cartilage surfaces in any artificial joints remains a challenge for bio-tribologists. In order to obtain the ultra-low friction coefficients as in natural joints, a biomimetic zwitterionic monomer 2-methacryloyloxyethyl phosphorylcholine (MPC) was grafted on the ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) by UV radiation and self-polymerized to form brush-like structure. The results of total reflection (FT-IR/ATR) spectra and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) spectra indicated successful grafting of PMPC on to the UHMWPE surface (Polymerization of 2-methacryloyloxyethyl phosphorylcholine). The water contact angle of UHMWPE decreased from 80° to 15° after grafting PMPC for 45 min. Tribological properties were tested under high contact stress for a longer duration of time. The friction coefficient of the sample grafted with PMPC was found to be much lower than that of untreated UHMWPE at initial stage which increased gradually with the increase of the cycle till it attained the same level as that observed for untreated UHMWPE. The wear rate of modified samples was decreased by 37% and 46% in distilled water and saline, respectively. The highly hydrated PMPC layer provided efficient lubrication at the interface between the sliding couple leading to wear reduction of UHMWPE. Furthermore, blood compatibility of modified artificial joint materials was improved significantly, which has been attributed to the properties and

  7. Ligand conjugation to bimodal poly(ethylene glycol) brush layers on microbubbles. (United States)

    Chen, Cherry C; Borden, Mark A


    Using microbubbles as model systems, we examined molecular diffusion and binding to colloidal surfaces in bimodal poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) brush layers. A microbubble is a gaseous colloidal particle with a diameter of less than 10 mum, of which the surface comprises amphiphilic phospholipids self-assembled to form a lipid monolayer shell. Due to the compressible gas core, microbubbles provide a sensitive acoustic response and are currently used as ultrasound contrast agents. Similar to the design of long circulating liposomes, PEG chains are typically incorporated into the shell of microbubbles to form a steric barrier against coalescence and adsorption of macromolecules to the microbubble surface. We introduced a buried-ligand architecture (BLA) design where the microbubble surface was coated with a bimodal PEG brush. After microbubbles were generated, fluorescent ligands with different molecular weights were conjugated to the tethered functional groups on the shorter PEG chains, while the longer PEG chains served as a shield to protect these ligands from exposure to the surrounding environment. BLA microbubbles reduced the binding of macromolecules (>10 kDa) to the tethers due to the steric hindrance of the PEG overbrush while allowing the uninhibited attachment of small molecules (microbubbles compared to exposed-ligand architecture (ELA) microbubbles. The binding of SA-FITC to BLA microbubbles suggested a possible phase separation between the lipid species on the surface leading to populations of revealed and concealed ligands. Ligand conjugation kinetics was independent of microbubble size, regardless of ligand size or microbubble architecture. We observed, for the first time, streptavidin-induced surface structure formation for ELA microbubbles and proposed that this phenomenon may be correlated to flow cytometry scattering measurements. We therefore demonstrated the feasibility of postlabeling for small-molecule ligands to BLA microbubbles to generate

  8. Bronchial Brushing Increases the Diagnostic Yield of Fiberoptic Bronchoscopy in Bronchogenic Carcinoma

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    Recep Bedir


    Full Text Available Background: The importance of rapid and accurate cytopathological diagnosis in bronchial cancers is increasing due to advances in treatment modalities.Aims: We evaluated the diagnostic methods and cytologic subtypes of bronchial cancers to determine the diagnostic reliability of different bronchoscopic techniques.Material and methods: Retrospective data were obtained from the hospital files and pathological specimens of the patients with diagnosis of primary lung cancer from a period of 36 months. Cytological tumor typing was determined using histopathology of bronchoscopic forceps biopsy (FB, bronchial-bronchoalveolar lavage (BL, bronchial brushing (BB, transbronchial fine-needle biopsy. Computed tomography or ultrasonography guided transthoracic biopsy and surgical biopsies were used where the other interventional methods were inadequate for diagnosis.Results: A total of 124 patients were diagnosed during study period. 119 (96% of them were male. The median age was 68, ranging between 36 and 88 years. Histopathologic subtypes were determined as non-small cell carcinoma (NSCC in 104 (83.9%, squamous cell carcinoma in 64 (51.6%, adenocarcinoma in 16 (12.9%, NSCC not otherwise specified in 24 (19.3% and small cell carcinoma in 20 (16.1% patients. The combination of FB, BL and BB established the diagnosis of bronchogenic carcinoma in most of the cases (92.6%.Conclusions: Lung cancer is seen commonly in elderly male patients with smoking history and squamous cell carcinoma is the most common cytologic type. High diagnostic accuracy can be achieved by a combination of bronchoscopic FB, BB and BL procedures. Keywords: Bronchoscopy; Lung cancer; Bronchial brushing

  9. Chemical coding and chemosensory properties of cholinergic brush cells in the mouse gastrointestinal and biliary tract

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    Burkhard eSchütz


    Full Text Available The mouse gastro-intestinal and biliary tract mucosal epithelia harbor choline acetyltransferase (ChAT-positive brush cells with taste cell-like traits. With the aid of two transgenic mouse lines that express green fluorescent protein (EGFP under the control of the ChAT promoter (EGFPChAT and by using in situ hybridization and immunohistochemistry we found that EGFPChAT cells were clustered in the epithelium lining the gastric groove. EGFPChAT cells were numerous in the gall bladder and bile duct, and found scattered as solitary cells along the small and large intestine. While all EGFPChAT cells were also ChAT-positive, expression of the high-affinity choline transporter (ChT1 was never detected. Except for the proximal colon, EGFPChAT cells also lacked detectable expression of the vesicular acetylcholine transporter (VAChT. EGFPChAT cells were found to be separate from enteroendocrine cells, however they were all immunoreactive for cytokeratin 18 (CK18, transient receptor potential melastatin-like subtype 5 channel (TRPM5, and for cyclooxygenases 1 (COX1 and 2 (COX2. The ex vivo stimulation of colonic EGFPChAT cells with the bitter substance denatonium resulted in a strong increase in intracellular calcium, while in other epithelial cells such an increase was significantly weaker and also timely delayed. Subsequent stimulation with cycloheximide was ineffective in both cell populations. Given their chemical coding and chemosensory properties, EGFPChAT brush cells thus may have integrative functions and participate in induction of protective reflexes and inflammatory events by utilizing ACh and prostaglandins for paracrine signaling.

  10. Electric vehicles (United States)


    Quiet, clean, and efficient, electric vehicles (EVs) may someday become a practical mode of transportation for the general public. Electric vehicles can provide many advantages for the nation's environment and energy supply because they run on electricity, which can be produced from many sources of energy such as coal, natural gas, uranium, and hydropower. These vehicles offer fuel versatility to the transportation sector, which depends almost solely on oil for its energy needs. Electric vehicles are any mode of transportation operated by a motor that receives electricity from a battery or fuel cell. EVs come in all shapes and sizes and may be used for different tasks. Some EVs are small and simple, such as golf carts and electric wheel chairs. Others are larger and more complex, such as automobile and vans. Some EVs, such as fork lifts, are used in industries. In this fact sheet, we will discuss mostly automobiles and vans. There are also variations on electric vehicles, such as hybrid vehicles and solar-powered vehicles. Hybrid vehicles use electricity as their primary source of energy, however, they also use a backup source of energy, such as gasoline, methanol or ethanol. Solar-powered vehicles are electric vehicles that use photovoltaic cells (cells that convert solar energy to electricity) rather than utility-supplied electricity to recharge the batteries. These concepts are discussed.

  11. The comparison between the effectiveness of six different tooth brushing methods on removing dental bacterial plaque

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    Saghazadeh M.


    Full Text Available Statement of Problem: There are different tooth brushing methods for removing dental plaque from tooth surfaces. The effectiveness of these methods, and the time needed for instruction, learning and using seem to be different. Also, it is possible that the effectiveness of each method reduces with time, based on its difficulty level and the reduction of the patient s attention in following the given instructions. Purpose: The aim of this research was to compare the effectiveness of six different accepted tooth brushing methods on total and specific teeth, as well as on special tooth surfaces. The research also compared the time needed for instruction, learning and using the methods. Materials and Methods: The study was designed as a single blind randomised controlled trial protocol to compare the six accepted tooth brushing methods: Roll, Bass, Charters (C, Modified Stillman (MS, and Modified Bass in two ways (MB1-MB2. 15 volunteers were selected from the basic science level dental students at Tehran University of Medical Sciences. All the six methods were instructed to each volunteer, using a randomly selected sequence. Each participant should, therefore, pass six consequent courses, by the same sequences as follow: 1st Visit: After polishing the teeth, the participant was asked to abstain any kind of tooth cleaning. - 2nd visit (48-72 hours later: O Leary Plaque Index (PI was recorded and then the randomised selected method was instructed. Then, the participant brushed his/her teeth and PI was registered again. The time needed for instruction and using the method was registered too. The participant was then asked to use this newly learned tooth brushing method twice a day for 7±1 days. - 3rd visit (7±1 days later: PI was recorded. The teeth were polished. The participant was asked to abstain any kind of tooth cleaning for 48-72 hours, as washout period of the previous method and preparation period for the next method (2nd visit of the next

  12. Evidence that dirty electricity is causing the worldwide epidemics of obesity and diabetes. (United States)

    Milham, Samuel


    The epidemics of obesity and diabetes most apparent in recent years had their origins with Thomas Edison's development of distributed electricity in New York City in 1882. His original direct current (DC) generators suffered serious commutator brush arcing which is a major source of high-frequency voltage transients (dirty electricity). From the onset of the electrical grid, electrified populations have been exposed to dirty electricity. Diesel generator sets are a major source of dirty electricity today and are used almost universally to electrify small islands and places unreachable by the conventional electric grid. This accounts for the fact that diabetes prevalence, fasting plasma glucose and obesity are highest on small islands and other places electrified by generator sets and lowest in places with low levels of electrification like sub-Saharan Africa and east and Southeast Asia.

  13. Functionalization of magnetic nanoparticles with dendritic-linear-brush-like triblock copolymers and their drug release properties. (United States)

    He, Xiaohua; Wu, Xiaomeng; Cai, Xin; Lin, Shaoliang; Xie, Meiran; Zhu, Xinyuan; Yan, Deyue


    Novel water-soluble dendritic-linear-brush-like triblock copolymer polyamidoamine-b-poly(2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate)-b-poly(poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate) (PAMAM-b-PDMAEMA-b-PPEGMA)-grafted superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs) were successfully prepared via a two-step copper-mediated atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) method. The macroinitiators were immobilized on the surface of Fe(3)O(4) nanoparticles via effective ligand exchange of oleic acid with the propargyl focal point PAMAM-typed dendron (generation 2.0, denoted as propargyl-D(2.0)) containing four carboxyl acid end groups, following a click reaction with 2'-azidoethyl-2-bromoisobutylate (AEBIB). PDMAEMA and PPEGMA were grown gradually from nanoparticle surfaces using the "grafting from" approach, which rendered the SPIONs soluble in water and reversed aggregation. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report that describes the functionalization of magnetic nanoparticles with dendritic-linear-brush-like triblock copolymers. The modified nanoparticles were systematically studied via TEM, FT-IR, DLS, XRD, NMR, TGA, and magnetization measurements. DLS measurement confirmed that the obtained dendritic-linear-brush-like triblock copolymer-grafted SPIONs had a uniform hydrodynamic particle size of average diameter less than 30 nm. The dendritic-linear-brush-like triblock copolymer-grafted SPIONs possessed excellent biocompatibility by methyl tetrazolium (MTT) assays against NIH3T3 cells and hemolysis assays with rabbit erythrocytes. Furthermore, an anticancer drug, doxorubicin (Dox), was used as a model drug and loaded into the dendritic-linear-brush-like triblock copolymer-grafted SPIONs, and subsequently, the drug releases were performed in phosphoric acid buffer solution pH = 4.7, 7.4, or 11.0 at 37 °C. The results verify that the dendritic-linear-brush-like triblock copolymer-grafted SPIONs possess pH-responsive drug release behavior. The Dox dose

  14. Atmospheric electricity

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    Chalmers, J Alan


    Atmospheric Electricity brings together numerous studies on various aspects of atmospheric electricity. This book is composed of 13 chapters that cover the main problems in the field, including the maintenance of the negative charge on the earth and the origin of the charges in thunderstorms. After a brief overview of the historical developments of atmospheric electricity, this book goes on dealing with the general principles, results, methods, and the MKS system of the field. The succeeding chapters are devoted to some aspects of electricity in the atmosphere, such as the occurrence and d

  15. Electrical stator (United States)

    Fanning, Alan W.; Olich, Eugene E.


    An electrical stator of an electromagnetic pump includes first and second spaced apart coils each having input and output terminals for carrying electrical current. An elongate electrical connector extends between the first and second coils and has first and second opposite ends. The connector ends include respective slots receiving therein respective ones of the coil terminals to define respective first and second joints. Each of the joints includes a braze filler fixedly joining the connector ends to the respective coil terminals for carrying electrical current therethrough.




    The aim of this study was to know the success and differences of pit & fissure sealant materal penetration of composite resin type (UltraSeal XT Plus) into fissure by using syringe blue micro tips and syringe white mini brush tips in fissure closure efforts for caries prevention of permanent teeth. The study was conducted to 30 maxillary first premolar, using syring blue micro tips, and 30 maxilary first premolar using syringw white mini brush tips. The samples, then, were made smears and...


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    Full Text Available ABSTRACT: Oral hygiene as a means and an end is a relatively novel concept which has only attained tactic public recognition as a desirable co smetic endeavor during this last century. Numerous factors may affect the distribution of plaq ue and gingivitis in the mouth. Of considerable importance must be the oral hygiene hab its of each person, which will be influenced by compliance and dexterity with tooth cl eaning methods. Most people exercise some measure of oral hygiene, and tooth brushing se ems to be the method of choice providing thorough and regular cleaning. AIMS & OBJECTIVES: This present study was conducted to investigate the effect of different brushing habits on dental plaque accumulation and gingival health of children of Meerut district. RESULTS: The results of the study revealed that plaque index and modified gingival index was not affected by sex and residing status of the children. Toothbrush was observed to be the best brushing aid , followed by name datum and then finger. Further , it was found that children who used tooth paste as a dentifrice showed lesser degree of plaque and gingivitis as compared to children who use d toothpowder and those who used no dentifrice. The scores were the highest in children who were using raakh as a dentifrice. Brushing once or twice daily proved to be the best f requency of brushing, followed by alternate days, occasionally and the highest for children who did not brush. It was observed that plaque was found to be directly related to gingivitis irre spective of the sex, residing status, type of brushing aid, dentifrice used and frequency of brus hing. Therefore, it can be concluded that more school dental health education programs should be carried out, focusing on the need of tooth brushing using a suitable dentifrice at least once a day to maintain good oral hygiene.

  18. Electric machine (United States)

    El-Refaie, Ayman Mohamed Fawzi [Niskayuna, NY; Reddy, Patel Bhageerath [Madison, WI


    An interior permanent magnet electric machine is disclosed. The interior permanent magnet electric machine comprises a rotor comprising a plurality of radially placed magnets each having a proximal end and a distal end, wherein each magnet comprises a plurality of magnetic segments and at least one magnetic segment towards the distal end comprises a high resistivity magnetic material.

  19. Protein patterns of brush-border fragments in congenital lactose malabsorption and in specific hypolactasia of the adult. (United States)

    Freiburghaus, A U; Schmitz, J; Schindler, M; Rotthauwe, H W; Kuitunen, P; Launiala, K; Hadorn, B


    Brush-border membrane proteins of the small-bowel mucosa were separated on polyacrylamide gels from intestinal biopsy specimens obtained from four children with congenital lactose malabsorption and from two adults with specific hypolactasia. In three patients with the congenital type of lactase deficiency the protein band corresponding to brush-border lactase was reduced in intensity, but was never completely absent. No difference in gel patterns was detected when this pattern in congenital deficiency was compared to that obtained from the two patients with adult-type selective hypolactasia. In one patient with congenital lactose malabsorption the protein band corresponding to lactase activity was not detectable. The findings suggest that the mechanisms leading to low lactase activity in the congenital and adult forms of lactose intolerance are similar.

  20. Evaluation of surface roughness of a nanofill resin composite after simulated brushing and immersion in mouthrinses, alcohol and water

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    Ana Carolina de Carvalho Rocha


    Full Text Available This study investigated the alteration of surface roughness of the nanofill composite Filtek Z350 3M/ESPE®, caused by simulated brushing associated with the use of mouthrinses with or without alcohol. Sixty specimens were prepared and distributed into six groups: distilled water, ethylic alcohol, Listerine® Vanilla Mint, Plax® without alcohol, Oral B® without alcohol and a control group. Each group was submitted to two intercalary 5,000 simulated brushing cycles. At the end of each cycle, the specimens were washed in tap water and immersed for two cycles of six hours equivalent to one year of daily use of the solution for 2 minutes. It was possible to verify significant alteration in surface roughness of the composite influenced by ethylic alcohol. It was not significant for distilled water and the mouthrinses.

  1. Hairy polyelectrolyte brushes-grafted thermosensitive microgels as artificial synovial fluid for simultaneous biomimetic lubrication and arthritis treatment. (United States)

    Liu, Guoqiang; Liu, Zhilu; Li, Na; Wang, Xiaolong; Zhou, Feng; Liu, Weimin


    We report the fabrication of poly(3-sulfopropyl methacrylate potassium salt) (PSPMK) brushes grafted poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAAm) microgels and their potential as artificial synovial fluid for biomimetic aqueous lubrication and arthritis treatment. The negatively charged PSPMK brushes and thermosensitive PNIPAAm microgels play water-based hydration lubrication and temperature-triggered drug release, respectively. Under soft friction pairs, an ultralow coefficient of friction was achieved, while the hairy thermosensitive microgels showed a desirable temperature-triggered drugs release performance. Such a soft charged hairy microgel offers great possibility for designing intelligent synovial fluid. What is more, the combination of lubrication and drug loading capabilities enables the large clinical potential of novel soft hairy nanoparticles as synthetic joint lubricant fluid in arthritis treatment.

  2. Effects of brushing timing after erosive challenge on enamel loss in situ: White light interferometer and nanoindentation study. (United States)

    Tsuda, Yuka; Kitasako, Yuichi; Sadr, Alireza; Nakashima, Syozi; Tagami, Junji


    This in situ study aimed to evaluate effects of waiting periods after erosive challenge before toothbrushing on enamel abrasion and nanoindentation hardness. Ten subjects wore intraoral appliances each with a set of 4 bovine enamel blocks. The enamel blocks were subjected to 2 cycles a day for 3 days as follows; intraoral exposure to form acquired pellicle and extraoral erosion followed by either 0, 3, 30 or 60 min intraoral exposure and then brushing, which was performed using an automatic brushing machine. Abrasive loss was assessed by white light interferometry. Nanoindentation was performed to calculate relative hardness. Abrasion and relative hardness were statistically analyzed by ANOVA. Abrasive loss was significantly less in groups exposed to saliva compared with 0 min (p0.05). Relative hardness was statistically higher after intraoral exposure, but no differences existed among any intraoral exposure periods (p>0.05).

  3. Grafting of carboxybetaine brush onto cellulose membranes via surface-initiated ARGET-ATRP for improving blood compatibility. (United States)

    Wang, Miao; Yuan, Jiang; Huang, Xiaobo; Cai, Xianmei; Li, Li; Shen, Jian


    Grafting-from has proven to be a very effective way to create high grafting densities and well-controlled polymer chains on different kinds of surfaces. In this work, we aim to graft zwitterionic brush from cellulose membrane (CM) via ARGET-ATRP (Activator Regenerated by Electron Transfer ATRP) method indirectly for blood compatibility improvement. Characterization of the CM substrates before and after modification was carried out by attenuated total reflection Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR), water contact angle measurements, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis, and atomic force microscopy, respectively. The results demonstrated zwitterionic brushes were successfully grafted on the CM surfaces, and the content of the grafted layer increased gradually with the polymerization time. The platelet adhesion, hemolytic test and plasma protein adsorption results indicated the cellulose membrane had significantly excellent blood compatibility featured on lower platelet adhesion and protein adsorption without causing hemolysis. The functionalized cellulose substrate could have a great potential usage for biomedical applications.

  4. Scalable air cathode microbial fuel cells using glass fiber separators, plastic mesh supporters, and graphite fiber brush anodes

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    Zhang, Xiaoyuan


    The combined use of brush anodes and glass fiber (GF1) separators, and plastic mesh supporters were used here for the first time to create a scalable microbial fuel cell architecture. Separators prevented short circuiting of closely-spaced electrodes, and cathode supporters were used to avoid water gaps between the separator and cathode that can reduce power production. The maximum power density with a separator and supporter and a single cathode was 75±1W/m3. Removing the separator decreased power by 8%. Adding a second cathode increased power to 154±1W/m3. Current was increased by connecting two MFCs connected in parallel. These results show that brush anodes, combined with a glass fiber separator and a plastic mesh supporter, produce a useful MFC architecture that is inherently scalable due to good insulation between the electrodes and a compact architecture. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.

  5. Major vegetation types, climatological data, and solar radiation calculations for Colorado's Brush Creek valley

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    Whiteman, C.D.; Lambeth, R.; Allwine, K.J.


    In this report we present information on the vegetative cover, climate, and solar radiation for the Brush Creek valley. A brief vegetative survey was made on October 3, 1984, to identify the vegetation types in the lowest 8 km of the valley; the reader is cautioned that this included only a small part of the Brush Creek valley. The intent was to identify the principal vegetation types, with no attempt to use available scientific sampling techniques to determine accurate relative frequencies of the vegetation types. Nevertheless, the site survey has allowed us to identify the major species of vegetation, and to make reasonably accurate differentiations of both major vegetation types on valley surfaces (the valley floor, two sidewalls, and ridgetops) and the relative abundance of major vegetation types on each surface.

  6. Nonadhesive, silica nanoparticles-based brush-coated contact lens cases--compromising between ease of cleaning and microbial transmission to contact lenses. (United States)

    Qu, Wenwen; Hooymans, Johanna M M; Qiu, Jun; de-Bont, Nik; Gelling, Onko-Jan; van der Mei, Henny C; Busscher, Henk J


    Surface properties of lens cases are determinant for their cleanability and for microbial transmission from lens cases to contact lenses (CLs). PEG-polymer-brush-coatings are known to decrease microbial adhesion more than other surface-coatings. Here, we applied a robust, silica nanoparticles-based brush-coating to polypropylene cases to evaluate their ease of cleaning and probability of bacterial transmission to CLs. Adhesion forces of nine bacterial strains (Pseudomonas, Staphylococci, and Serratia) to rigid CLs, polypropylene, and silica nanoparticles-based brush-coated polypropylene were measured using atomic-force-microscopy and subjected to Weibull analyses to yield bacterial transmission probabilities. Biofilms of each strain were grown in coated and uncoated cases and rinsed with a NaCl or antimicrobial lens care solution. Residual, viable organisms were quantified. Bacterial adhesion forces of all strains were significantly, up to tenfold smaller on brush-coated than on uncoated polypropylene. This yielded, higher transmission probabilities to a CL, but mild-rinsing yielded 10-100 fold higher removal of bacteria from brush-coated than from polypropylene cases. Moreover, due to weak adhesion forces, bacteria on brush-coated cases were two-to-three fold more susceptible to an antimicrobial lens care solution than on polypropylene cases. Therewith, the design of lens case surfaces is a compromise between ease of cleaning and transmission probability to CLs.

  7. Calculation Method of Electromagnetic Torque of DC Motor with Wide Brushes%宽电刷直流电机电磁转矩算法

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    刘敏军; 罗会源; 叶春华


    Brush width has great effects on the electromagnetic torque of DC motor, so the calculation of the electro-magnetic torque without considering the brush width is not precise enough, which can not provide guidance for the design of DC motor, especially DC motor with wide brushes. This study discusses the effects of brush width on the electromagnetic torque of DC motor in details and proposes the calculation method of the electromagnetic torque of DC motor with wide brushes. The experiments show that the given calculation method is more accurate, and the calculation method for the design of DC motor with wide brushes is more instructive.%电刷宽度对直流电机电磁转矩的影响是很大的,因此,在未考虑电刷宽度的条件下所推导出的电磁转矩计算式不够精确,对直流电机尤其是宽电刷直流电机的设计缺乏指导意义。作者详细分析了电刷宽度对直流电机电磁转矩的影响,给出了直流电机电磁转矩的计算方法。实验证明该计算方法更精确、对直流电机设计更具有指导意义。

  8. Taurocholate transport by brush-border membrane vesicles from the developing rabbit ileum: Structure/function relationships

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    Schwarz, S.M.; Watkins, J.B.; Ling, S.C. (New York Medical College, Valhalla (USA))


    To examine the ontogenesis of bile acid transport in the rabbit ileum, brush-border membrane vesicles (12- to 20-fold purified) were prepared from 14- to 49-day-old animals. Taurocholate uptake was characterized by the emergence of secondary active, Na(+)-dependent transport at the start of weaning (21 days). Transient intravesicular accumulation (overshoot) of taurocholate occurred at 5-10 s of incubation, and the overshoot maximum increased significantly from 21 days (349.2 +/- 22.4 nmol/mg protein) to 35 days (569.0 +/- 84.3 nmol/mg protein; p less than 0.001), without further increase at maturity (49 days, not equal to 607.6 +/- 136.7 nmol/mg protein). No significant taurocholate active uptake component was noted at 14 days; however, ileal vesicles from sucklings showed carrier-mediated, Na+ D-glucose cotransport. In greater than or equal to 35-day-old rabbits, osmolarity studies at 20 s of incubation showed that only approximately 12% of (14C)taurocholate uptake was secondary to bile acid-to-membrane binding. Conversely, at 20 min, greater than 95% of radiolabel incorporation represented solute bound to the external and/or internal membrane surface. Arrhenius plots establish brush-border membrane taurocholate uptake as an intrinsic, lipid-dependent process, with a slope discontinuity between 24 and 28 degrees C, similar to the membrane lipid thermotropic transition region. Steady-state fluorescence polarization studies (1,6-diphenyl-1,3,5-hexatriene) demonstrate a temporal association between the maturation of taurocholate uptake and age-related decreases in ileal brush-border membrane fluidity. These data indicate that maturation of bile acid secondary active transport in the rabbit ileum may be regulated, at least in part, by changes in brush-border membrane lipid dynamics.

  9. Electric motors for robotics; Moteurs electriques pour la robotique

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    Maye, P.


    Thanks to the recent progresses made in the domain of small motors and of their electronic control systems, the electrical actuators have become preponderant among the actuators used in robotics and automation. This book presents the knowledge necessary to deal with the domain of electric actuators. The three main types of motors encountered today are described with their characteristics: DC motors, brush-less DC motors and step-by-step motors. The mechanisms and their influence on the choice of a motor, the speed and position servo-controls and the overheating phenomena are detailed. An important part is devoted to the electronic circuits, responsible for a large part of the performances of actuators. Content: general considerations; principle and technology of DC motors; operation regimes; electronic power supplies; brush-less DC motors and their power supplies; step-by-step motors and their power supplies; servomechanisms; motors overheating; measurement of motors parameters; speed and position control; appendixes; dictionary, bibliography, index. (J.S.)

  10. Nanochemistry in confined environments: polyelectrolyte brush-assisted synthesis of gold nanoparticles inside ordered mesoporous thin films. (United States)

    Calvo, Alejandra; Fuertes, M Cecilia; Yameen, Basit; Williams, Federico J; Azzaroni, Omar; Soler-Illia, Galo J A A


    A robust and straightforward strategy allowing the controlled confinement of metal nanoparticles within the 3D framework of mesoporous films is presented. The chemical methodology is based on the inner surface modification of mesoporous silica films with polyelectrolyte brushes. We demonstrate that the macromolecular building blocks significantly enhance the site-selective preconcentration of nanoparticle precursors in the inner environment of the mesoporous film. Then, chemical reduction of the preconcentrated precursors led to the formation of metal nanoparticles locally addressed in the mesoporous structure. We show that the synergy taking place between two versatile functional nanobuilding blocks (ordered mesocavities and polymer brushes) can produce stable embedded nanoparticles with tuned optical properties in a very simple manner. As a general framework, the strategy can be easily adapted to different sets of polymer brushes and mesoporous films in order to regulate the monomer-precursor interactions and, consequently, manipulate the site-selective character of the different chemistries taking place in the film. We consider that the "integrative chemistry" approach described in this work provides new pathways to manipulate the physicochemical characteristics of hybrid organic-inorganic advanced functional assemblies based on the rational design of chemistry and topology in confined environments.

  11. Morphological analysis of flowable resins after long-term storage or surface polishing with a mini-brush. (United States)

    Han, Linlin; Ishizaki, Hiroko; Fukushima, Masayoshi; Okiji, Takashi


    This study evaluated the surface roughness and morphological changes of various flowable resins after long-term storage in a phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) or surface polishing with a mini-brush. The tested products were Beautifil Flow BF02 and BF10, Clearfil Majesty LV, Filtek Supreme XT, and UniFil LoFlo Plus. A paste-type resin composite, Filtek Supreme, was used as a control. The prepared specimens were 10 mm in diameter and 1 mm in height. The standard surfaces were polished with #600-1200 diamond disks and kept in deionized water for 24 hours. Surface roughness was detected after storage in PBS (pH 7.4) for either 2 weeks or 6 months, or after polishing with a mini-brush. Results of this study demonstrated that the surface roughness of the standard specimens had a lower value as compared to those after storage in PBS for 2 weeks and 6 months, or after polishing with a mini-brush.

  12. Nonfouling capture-release substrates based on polymer brushes for separation of water-dispersed oil droplets. (United States)

    Tan, Khooi Y; Hughes, Trevor L; Nagl, Michaela; Huck, Wilhelm T S


    We have demonstrated capture and release of underwater-oil droplets based on fouling-resistant surfaces coated with pH-responsive polymer brushes. In response to the change of environmental pH, oil droplets were captured on the polymer brush-modified surfaces in the high adhesion state. As the droplet volume increased upon coalescence with other oil droplets in the aqueous phase, the captured droplets eventually self-released from the surfaces under the influence of buoyancy and rose to the air-water interface. The fact that the polymer brush surfaces were partially oil-wettable (high oil-in-water contact angles) enabled the adhesion but not the spreading of oil droplets. This allowed buoyancy release of oil droplets and led to fouling-resistant surfaces that could be reused for capture-release of more oil droplets. The practicality and versatility of this oil droplet capture-release system was demonstrated using monodisperse and polydisperse hydrocarbon oil compositions in purified water, tap water, and brines in which the salt concentration was as high as that of seawater.

  13. Diagnosis of pancreatic cancer by cytology and telomerase activity in exfoliated cells obtained by pancreatic duct brushing during endoscopy

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    Guo-Xiong Zhou; Jie-Fei Huang; Hong Zhang; Jian-Ping Chen


    BACKGROUND:Telomerase activity is reported to be speciifc and frequent in human pancreatic cancer. We conducted this study to assess the usefulness of monitoring telomerase activity in exfoliated cells obtained by pancreatic duct brushing during endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) for the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. METHODS:Exfoliated cells obtained by pancreatic duct brushing during ERCP from 21 patients (18 with pancreatic cancer, 3 with chronic pancreatitis) were examined. Telomerase activity was detected by polymerase chain reaction and telomeric repeat ampliifcation protocol assay (PCR-TRAP-ELISA). RESULTS:D450 values of telomerase activity were 0.446± 0.2700 in pancreatic cancer and 0.041±0.0111 in chronic pancreatitis. 77.8% (14/18) of patients with pancreatic cancer had cells with telomerase activity. None of the samples from patients with chronic pancreatitis showed telomerase activity, when the cutoff value of telomerase activity was set at 2.0. Cytological examination showed cancer cells in 66.7%(12/18) of the patients. CONCLUSIONS:Telomerase activity may be an early malignant event in pancreatic cancer development. Cytology and telomerase activity in cells obtained by pancreatic duct brushing may complement each other for the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.

  14. Hierarchical-Multiplex DNA Patterns Mediated by Polymer Brush Nanocone Arrays That Possess Potential Application for Specific DNA Sensing. (United States)

    Liu, Wendong; Liu, Xueyao; Ge, Peng; Fang, Liping; Xiang, Siyuan; Zhao, Xiaohuan; Shen, Huaizhong; Yang, Bai


    This paper provides a facile and cost-efficient method to prepare single-strand DNA (ssDNA) nanocone arrays and hierarchical DNA patterns that were mediated by poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) (PHEMA) brush. The PHEMA brush nanocone arrays with different morphology and period were fabricated via colloidal lithography. The hierarchical structure was prepared through the combination of colloidal lithography and traditional photolithography. The DNA patterns were easily achieved via grafting the amino group modified ssDNA onto the side chain of polymer brush, and the anchored DNA maintained their reactivity. The as-prepared ssDNA nanocone arrays can be applied for target DNA sensing with the detection limit reaching 1.65 nM. Besides, with the help of introducing microfluidic ideology, the hierarchical-multiplex DNA patterns on the same substrate could be easily achieved with each kind of pattern possessing one kind of ssDNA, which are promising surfaces for the preparation of rapid, visible, and multiplex DNA sensors.

  15. Treatment of carbon fiber brush anodes for improving power generation in air–cathode microbial fuel cells

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    Feng, Yujie


    Carbon brush electrodes have been used to provide high surface areas for bacterial growth and high power densities in microbial fuel cells (MFCs). A high-temperature ammonia gas treatment has been used to enhance power generation, but less energy-intensive methods are needed for treating these electrodes in practice. Three different treatment methods are examined here for enhancing power generation of carbon fiber brushes: acid soaking (CF-A), heating (CF-H), and a combination of both processes (CF-AH). The combined heat and acid treatment improve power production to 1370 mW m-2, which is 34% larger than the untreated control (CF-C, 1020 mW m-2). This power density is 25% higher than using only acid treatment (1100 mW m-2) and 7% higher than that using only heat treatment (1280 mW m-2). XPS analysis of the treated and untreated anode materials indicates that power increases are related to higher N1s/C1s ratios and a lower C-O composition. These findings demonstrate efficient and simple methods for improving power generation using graphite fiber brushes, and provide insight into reasons for improving performance that may help to further increase power through other graphite fiber modifications. © 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  16. Controlled grafting of comb copolymer brushes on poly(tetrafluoroethylene) films by surface-initiated living radical polymerizations. (United States)

    Yu, W H; Kang, E T; Neoh, K G


    Surface modification of poly(tetrafluoroethylene) (PTFE) films by well-defined comb copolymer brushes was carried out. Peroxide initiators were generated directly on the PTFE film surface via radio frequency Ar plasma pretreatment, followed by air exposure. Poly(glycidyl methacrylate) (PGMA) brushes were first prepared by surface-initiated reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer polymerization from the peroxide initiators on the PTFE surface in the presence of a chain transfer agent. Kinetics study revealed a linear increase in the graft concentration of PGMA with the reaction time, indicating that the chain growth from the surface was consistent with a "controlled" or "living" process. alpha-Bromoester moieties were attached to the grafted PGMA by reaction of the epoxide groups with 2-bromo-2-methylpropionic acid. The comb copolymer brushes were subsequently prepared via surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization of two hydrophilic vinyl monomers, including poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate and sodium salt of 4-styrenesulfonic acid. The chemical composition of the modified PTFE surfaces was characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.

  17. Potential applications of oral brush cytology with liquid-based technology: results from a cohort of normal oral mucosa. (United States)

    Kujan, Omar; Desai, Mina; Sargent, Alexandra; Bailey, Andrew; Turner, Andrew; Sloan, Philip


    Fifty healthy volunteers were studied to assess the potential applications of oral brush sampling using liquid-based cytology. Three specimens from the buccal mucosa and lateral border of tongue were collected from each subject by using cervical brushes and brooms. The brush was immersed in a preservative fluid. The sample in the preservative fluid was processed according to the manufacturer's directions (SurePath, UK). Slides were stained by the Papanicolaou method and assessed for squamous cell adequacy by the same criteria used for cervical cytology screening. Immunocytochemical staining for FHIT (Fragile Histidine Triad) was applied in liquid-based preparations following the streptavidin-biotin-peroxidase method. Human papillomavirus (HPV) detection was performed using the Hybrid Capture 2 assay (Digene) and the PCR-based Roche AMPLICOR HPV Test. LBC preparation slides showed good sample preservation, specimen adequacy and visualization of cell morphology. Interestingly, nine cases showed borderline cytological abnormalities from apparently normal oral mucosa. All cases showed good quality positive FHIT immunoreactivity staining. All studied cases were high-risk HPV negative using HC2 assay method. However, the AMPLICOR Roche Test detected four samples with positive results for high-risk HPVs. Liquid-based cytology has potential as a screening tool for oral cancer and precancer. The method may also have applications for research and practice in the field of oral cancer and precancer. However a special custom-designed oral cytobrush is required.

  18. Earliest Detection of Oral Cancer Using Non-Invasive Brush Biopsy Including DNA-Image-Cytometry: Report on Four Cases

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    Torsten W. Remmerbach


    Full Text Available Objective: We describe four patients presenting early oral cancers, detected cytologically on non‐invasive brush biopsies including DNA‐image cytometry as an adjunctive method before histology on scalpel biopsies confirmed the evidence of malignancy. Methods: Brush biopsies were performed and smears thereof investigated cytologically. After Feulgen restaining, DNA‐measurements were performed using a DNA‐Image‐Cytometer. Case reports: Oral squamous cell carcinomas were diagnosed cytologically in macroscopically suspicious lesions and malignancy confirmed by DNA‐cytometry. The initially performed scalpel biopsies did neither supply evidence of oral cancer nor of severe dysplasia. After at least one to 15 months the occurrence of cancer was finally proven histologically on a second scalpel biopsy each (three microinvasive and one in situ carcinoma. Conclusion: Non‐invasive brush biopsies are a suitable instrument for early cytologic detection of cancer of the mouth. DNA‐image‐cytometry, as an adjunctive method, can be used to confirm the cytologic diagnosis or suspicion of cancer in patients with doubtful lesions (dysplasias. DNA‐aneuploidy is a marker for (prospective malignancy in smears of the oral cavity, which may detect malignancy months prior to histology. In future this method could be used as a mass screening tool in dentists practise. Colour figures can be viewed on‐4/remmerbach.htm.

  19. Fabrication of a Self-Cleaning Surface via the Thermosensitive Copolymer Brush of P(NIPAAm-PEGMA). (United States)

    Ye, Yuansong; Huang, Jian; Wang, Xiaolin


    Surface hydrophilicity and the inherent washing force are two crucial factors for constructing an underwater self-cleaning surface. Following this self-cleaning mechanism, we fabricated thermosensitive copolymer brushes of N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAAm) and poly(ethylene glycol) methacrylate (PEGMA) on the polypropylene (PP) surface. Benefiting from the hydrophilic poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) side chains, the copolymer brushes with the PEGMA content exceeding 5 mol % exhibited good surface hydrophilicity, whenever at temperatures below or above the lower critical solution temperatures (LCST). Hence their underwater oleophobicity was greatly improved with oil contact angles higher than 141° and oil adhesive forces lower than 20 μN. In addition, the sharp volume-phase transition feature was reserved in their copolymer backbones, as proved by the AFM result. Self-cleaning evaluation of the modified surfaces was performed by a simple temperature-change water cleaning method, after which only 0.2 wt % of oil residues remained on the brush surface of P(NIPAAm-5PEGMA) (with 5 mol % of PEGMA contents). The excellent self-cleaning capability is believed to be ascribed to its balanced surface features in hydrophilicity and the sharper volume-phase transition, when a hydrophilic surface can facilitate oil desorption and an intense conformation change of chain stretching and shrinking can offer the strong washing force to assist oil detachment. This study contributes to development of the underwater self-cleaning surface based on a hydrophilic surface with the chain motion.

  20. Electric fields and electrical insulation

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    McAllister, Iain Wilson


    The adoption of a field-theoretical approach to problems arising in the framework of electrical insulation is discussed with reference to six main topics, which have been addressed over the last 30 years. These include uniform field electrodes, Green's differential equation, electrode surface......, it is amply demonstrated that such an approach can lead to significant progress in many areas of electrical insulation....

  1. Analysis of Investigation on Influence of Routine Tooth Brush Instruction of Brush Behavior in Patients with Periodontal Diseases%常规刷牙指导对牙周病患者刷牙行为影响的调查分析

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    安春青; 郭宏


    Objective Proof of individual participation type tooth brushing instruction is necessary to improve the periodontal disease patients brushing behavior,,the rate of correct tooth brushing questionnaire method cannot accurately reflect the correct brushing behavior, the oral hygiene of the deficiency in the tooth brushing instruction, need to pay attention to the interaction and participation, Methods Measurements were taken by Brushing method questionnaire method and model test, get the investigation object the awareness rate of brushing knowledge, awareness rate of knowledge questionnaire method and model method of brushing your teeth.. Correct brushing rate were compared between the know and don't know group whether there are differences. Results The rate of correct tooth brushing method (male 19.6%, female 12.5%) is far lower than the rate of correct tooth brushing method of questionnaire (male 89.1.1%, female 85.7%);The correct brushing rate had no significant difference (p=0.912, P=0.08) in the brush knowledge group and unaware of group, and questionnaire method the correct tooth brushing and incorrect brushing groups. Conclusion The Regular oral health propaganda people have limited impact on the correct brushing behavior;the correct rate of questionnaires can not represent the correct brushing brushing behavior;To carry out personalized, interactive, participatory oral hygiene instruction is necessary.%目的 证明个性化参与型刷牙指导对改善牙周病患者刷牙行为的必要性,表明问卷法获得的正确刷牙率不能准确反映正确刷牙行为,提示群众性口腔卫生宣传在刷牙指导方面存在不足,需要注重互动和参与.方法 对已接受常规刷牙指导、并自愿接受刷牙知识调查的牙周病复诊患者进行刷牙问卷调查,并用模型法测试其认为正确的刷牙方法(即实际刷牙方法),得到调查对象刷牙知识知晓率、问卷法正确刷牙率,模型法正确刷牙率.比较刷牙

  2. A Langevin dynamics simulation study of the tribology of polymer loop brushes. (United States)

    Yin, Fang; Bedrov, Dmitry; Smith, Grant D; Kilbey, S Michael


    The tribology of surfaces modified with doubly bound polymer chains (loops) has been investigated in good solvent conditions using Langevin dynamics simulations. The density profiles, brush interpenetration, chain inclination, normal forces, and shear forces for two flat substrates modified by doubly bound bead-necklace polymers and equivalent singly bound polymers (twice as many polymer chains of 12 the molecular weight of the loop chains) were determined and compared as a function of surface separation, grafting density, and shear velocity. The doubly bound polymer layers showed less interpenetration with decreasing separation than the equivalent singly bound layers. Surprisingly, this difference in interpenetration between doubly bound polymer and singly bound polymer did not result in decreased friction at high shear velocity possibly due to the decreased ability of the doubly bound chains to deform in response to the applied shear. However, at lower shear velocity, where deformation of the chains in the flow direction is less pronounced and the difference in interpenetration is greater between the doubly bound and singly bound chains, some reduction in friction was observed.

  3. β-Cyclodextrin polymer brushes decorated magnetic colloidal nanocrystal clusters for the release of hydrophobic drugs (United States)

    Lv, Shaonan; Zhao, Meiqin; Cheng, Changjing; Zhao, Zhigang


    β-Cyclodextrin (β-CD) polymer brushes decorated magnetic Fe3O4 colloidal nanocrystal clusters (Fe3O4@PG-CD) were fabricated by a combination of surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization on the surface of Br-anchored Fe3O4 colloidal nanocrystal clusters (Fe3O4-Br) and ring-opening reaction of epoxy groups. The resulted Fe3O4@PG-CD hybrid nanoparticles were characterized by several methods including Fourier transform infrared, transmission electron microscope, dynamic light scattering instrument, X-ray diffraction, thermogravimetric analysis, and vibrating sample magnetometer. Moreover, the potential of as-synthesized Fe3O4@PG-CD as a carrier of hydrophobic anticancer drug 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) was also investigated. The results showed that the prepared Fe3O4@PG-CD have core/shell structure and high saturated magnetism. 5-FU could be loaded into the Fe3O4@PG-CD via the formation of β-CD/5-FU inclusion complex. Furthermore, the Fe3O4@PG-CD displayed a high loading capacity and pH-dependent release behavior for 5-FU. The release behavior demonstrated a simple Fickian diffusion in the acidic environment (pH 2.0 and 4.0) but neither non-Fickian nor anomalous when neutral. The results reveal that this nanosystem seems to be a very promising vehicle for the hydrophobic drugs for pH-dependent controlled release.

  4. Integrated Multilayer Nanogenerator Fabricated Using Paired Nanotip-to-Nanowire Brushes

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    Xu, Sheng


    We present a new approach to a nanogenerator (NG) that is composed of integrated, paired nanobrushes made of pyramid-shaped metal-coated ZnO nanotip (NTP) arrays and hexagonal-prism-shaped ZnO nanowire (NW) arrays, which were synthesized using a chemical approach at <100 °C on the two surfaces of a common substrate, respectively. The operation of the NGs relies on mechanical deflection/bending of the NWs, in which resonance of NWs is not required to activate the NG. This largely expands the application of the NGs from low frequency (approximately the hertz range) to a relatively high frequency (approximately the megahertz range) for effectively harvesting mechanical energies in our living environment. With one piece of such a structure stacked in close proximity over another to form a layer-by-layer matched brush architecture, direct current is generated by exciting the architecture using ultrasonic waves. A four-layer integrated NG is demonstrated to generate an output power density of 0.11 μW/cm 2 at 62 mV. The layer-by-layer assembly provides a feasible technology for building three-dimensional NGs for applications where force or pressure variations are available, such as a shoe pad, an underskin layer for airplanes, and next to a vibration source such as a car engine or tire. © 2008 American Chemical Society.

  5. Analysis of airway epithelial regeneration and repair following endobronchial brush biopsy in sheep. (United States)

    Yahaya, B; Baker, A; Tennant, P; Smith, S H; Shaw, D J; McLachlan, G; Collie, D D S


    Understanding the fundamental processes involved in repairing the airway wall following injury is fundamental to understanding the way in which these processes are perturbed during disease pathology. Indeed complex diseases such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) have at their core evidence of airway wall remodeling processes that play a crucial functional role in these diseases. The authors sought to understand the dynamic cellular events that occur during bronchial airway epithelial repair in sheep. The injury was induced by endobronchial brush biopsy (BBr), a process that causes epithelial débridement and induces a consequential repair process. In addition, the current experimental protocol allowed for the time-dependent changes in airway wall morphology to be studied both within and between animals. The initial débridement was followed by evidence of dedifferentiation in the intact epithelium at the wound margins, followed by proliferation of cells both within the epithelium and in the deeper wall structures, notably in association with the submucosal glands and smooth muscle bundles. Seven days after injury, although the airway wall was thickened at the site of damage, the epithelial layer was intact, with evidence of redifferentiation. These studies, in demonstrating broad agreement with previous studies in small animals, indicate the wider relevance of this system as a comparative model and should provide a solid basis upon which to further characterize the critical cellular and molecular interactions that underlie both effective restitution and pathological repair.

  6. Functionalized layered double hydroxide nanoparticles conjugated with disulfide-linked polycation brushes for advanced gene delivery. (United States)

    Hu, H; Xiu, K M; Xu, S L; Yang, W T; Xu, F J


    Layered double hydroxides (LDHs) have aroused great attention as potential nanosized drug delivery carriers, but independent inorganic LDH wrapped with DNA shows very low transfection efficiency. To manipulate and control the surface properties of LDH nanoparticles is of crucial importance in the designing of LDH-based drug carriers. In this work, surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) of 2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate (DMAEMA) is employed to tailor the functionality of LDH surfaces in a well-controlled manner and produce a series of well-defined novel gene delivery vectors (termed as LDH-PDs), where a flexible three-step method was first developed to introduce the ATRP initiation sites containing disulfide bonds onto LDH surfaces. In comparison the pristine LDH particles, the resultant LDH-PDs exhibited better ability to condense plasmid DNA (pDNA) and much higher levels to delivery genes in different cell lines including COS7 and HepG2 cell lines. Moreover, the LDH-PDs also could largely enhance cellular uptake. This present study demonstrates that functionalization of bioinorganic LDH with flexible polycation brushes is an effective means to produce new LDH-based gene delivery systems.

  7. Flow path studies in forested watersheds of heatwater tributaries of Brush Brook, Vermont (United States)

    Ross, Donald S.; Bartlett, Richmond J.; Magdoff, Frederick R.; Walsh, Gregory J.


    An investigation was undertaken into how headwater tributaries of Brush Brook, Vermont, could have average pH differences of almost two units (4.75 and 6.7). Sampling along four tributaries revealed that most of one tributary, below an area of seeps, had consistently higher pH, Ca2+, Mg2+, and K+, and lower Al than other sites. Bedrock mapping showed numerous fractures in vicinity of the seeps. A portion of this tributary's watershed and a portion of an acid tributary's watershed were intensively mapped for soil depth. Sampling showed the widespread existence of dense basal till in the watershed of the acid tributary but none in that of the near-neutral stream. Lateral flow, found above the dense till, was chemically similar to that of the acid tributary and to solutions sampled from soil B horizons. There were no differences in the average pH of nonseep soils sampled from either watershed. Flow paths are hypothesized to be through the B horizons in the acid tributaries and from below the soil profile in the near-neutral tributary. The acid catchment should be more sensitive to environmental change.

  8. Nanospherical Brush as Catalase Container for Enhancing the Detection Sensitivity of Competitive Plasmonic ELISA. (United States)

    Huang, Xiaolin; Chen, Rui; Xu, Hengyi; Lai, Weihua; Xiong, Yonghua


    Plasmonic enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (pELISA) based on catalase (CAT)-mediated gold nanoparticle growth shows great potential for the determination of disease-related biomarkers at ultralow concentrations by using sandwich formats. However, the relatively low sensitivity of this strategy using competitive formats limits its adoption for hapten detection. Herein, we present an improved competitive pELISA for ultrasensitive detection of ochratoxin A (OTA), where silica nanoparticles carrying poly(acrylic acid) brushes (SiO2@PAA) were used to decrease the affinity of competing antigens to anti-OTA monoclonal antibodies and amplify the signal as a "CAT container" (SiO2@PAA@CAT). The developed competitive pELISA exhibits extremely high sensitivity for OTA with detection limits of 10(-18) and 5 × 10(-20) g/mL by the naked eye and microplate reader, respectively. These values are at least 7 orders of magnitude lower than that of competitive CAT-based pELISA (10(-11) g/mL by the naked eye) and 8 orders of magnitude lower than that of horseradish peroxidase-based conventional ELISA (10(-11) g/mL by the microplate reader), respectively. Reliability and robustness of the proposed method were evaluated using actual agricultural products and human serum samples. This study demonstrated the potential of this modified method in practical applications involving the ultrasensitive detection of mycotoxins or other haptens.

  9. Disinfection of Streptococcus mutans biofilm by a non-thermal atmospheric plasma brush (United States)

    Hong, Qing; Dong, Xiaoqing; Chen, Meng; Xu, Yuanxi; Sun, Hongmin; Hong, Liang; Wang, Yong; Yu, Qingsong


    This study investigated the argon plasma treatment effect on disinfecting dental biofilm by using an atmospheric pressure plasma brush. Streptococcus mutans biofilms were developed for 3 days on the surfaces of hydroxyapatite (HA) discs, which were used to simulate human tooth enamel. After plasma treatment, cell viability in the S. mutans biofilms was characterized by using 3-(4,5-dimethylazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyl-2H-tetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay and confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM). Compared with the untreated control group, about 90% bacterial reduction in the biofilms was observed after 1 min plasma treatment. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) examination indicated severe cell damages occurred on the top surface of the plasma treated biofilms. Confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM) showed that plasma treatment was effective as deep as 20 µm into the biofilms. When combined with antibiotic treatment using 0.2% chlorhexidine digluconate solution, the plasma treatment became more effective and over 96% bacterial reduction was observed with 1 min plasma treatment.

  10. Charged hydrophilic polymer brushes and their relevance for understanding marine biofouling. (United States)

    Yandi, Wetra; Mieszkin, Sophie; di Fino, Alessio; Martin-Tanchereau, Pierre; Callow, Maureen E; Callow, James A; Tyson, Lyndsey; Clare, Anthony S; Ederth, Thomas


    The resistance of charged polymers to biofouling was investigated by subjecting cationic (PDMAEMA), anionic (PSPMA), neutral (PHEMA-co-PEG10MA), and zwitterionic (PSBMA) brushes to assays testing protein adsorption; attachment of the marine bacterium Cobetia marina; settlement and adhesion strength of zoospores of the green alga Ulva linza; settlement of barnacle (Balanus amphitrite and B. improvisus) cypris larvae; and field immersion tests. Several results go beyond the expected dependence on direct electrostatic attraction; PSPMA showed good resistance towards attachment of C. marina, low settlement and adhesion of U. linza zoospores, and significantly lower biofouling than on PHEMA-co-PEG10MA or PSBMA after a field test for one week. PDMAEMA showed potential as a contact-active anti-algal coating due to its capacity to damage attached spores. However, after field testing for eight weeks, there were no significant differences in biofouling coverage among the surfaces. While charged polymers are unsuitable as antifouling coatings in the natural environment, they provide valuable insights into fouling processes, and are relevant for studies due to charging of nominally neutral surfaces.

  11. Transport of citrate across renal brush border membrane: effects of dietary acid and alkali loading

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    Jenkins, A.D.; Dousa, T.P.; Smith, L.H.


    Dietary acid or alkali loading was given to rats by providing 150 mM NH4Cl or 150 mM NaHCO3 in place of drinking water for 6 days; control animals received 150 mM NaCl. After 6 days, the citrate clearance was 0.04 +/- 0.01 ml/min (mean +/- SE) in the acid-loaded group, 0.9 +/- 0.1 ml/min in the control group, and 2.5 +/- 0.2 ml/min in the alkali-loaded group. At the end of the experiment, the rats were killed, and the Na gradient-dependent citrate uptake was measured in brush border membrane (BBM) vesicles prepared from each group. At 0.3 min, the ( UC)citrate uptake was 198 +/- 8 pmol/mg protein (mean +/- SE) in the acid-loaded group, 94 +/- 16 pmol/mg protein in the control group, and 94 +/- 13 pmol/mg protein in the alkali-loaded group. The rate of Na -independent (NaCl in medium replaced by KCl) ( UC)-citrate uptake by BBM vesicles was the same for acid-loaded, control, and alkali-loaded animals. Thus, the increased capacity of the proximal tubular BBM to transport citrate from the tubular lumen into the cell interior may be an important factor that contributes to decreased urinary citrate in the presence of metabolic acidosis induced by chronic dietary acid loading.


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    Sviridov L. T.


    Full Text Available Protective forest plantations, shelter belts and plantings along the highways of Central - Black Earth region and southern Russia are badly damaged, and in some areas destroyed. Therefore, they can not perform their functions and require major reconstruction or restoration. The most resistant and applicable trees and shrubs to create protective forest plantings are: maple, ash, elm species and three-thorned acacia, honey-locust, white and yellow acacia, and other legumes breeds with high drought tolerance, disease resistance, technogenic pollution and pest damage. For the creation and restoration of protective forest plantations we require seeds of these species containing pericarp. In Voronezh State Forestry Academy we have carried out a scientific research for creation of a machine for extracting seeds from the legumes. Analysis of the results of scientific research of prototyping machines showed that they were made without considered technological and mechanical properties of the legumes theoretical researches workflow machines for extracting seeds from the legumes and scientific basis of design parameters and operating modes. In this article we have a presentation of the experimental sample of the machine for extracting seeds from the legumes and theoretical investigation of the workflow in the batch hopper. According to the results of the study, we have obtained a mathematical expression, which allows you to define the parameters and modes of operation of a brush-grater device


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    吴晓红; 应可净; 张行


    Objective: To evaluate the clinical significance of telomerase activity particularly in terms of prognostic impact in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Methods: The exfoliated cells from fibrobronchoscopic brushing were studied using polymerase chain reaction based on a telomerase repeat amplification protocal assay. Samples were taken from 60 NSCLC and 20 pulmonary infection cases. Results: Telomerase activity was detected in 53 of 60(88.3%) NSCLC specimens from the lesion side and in 5 of 25(20.0%) from the contralateral side but only in 2 of 20 pulmonary infection samples (P<0.05). The telomerase activity levels in NSCLC (medium 0.109) were significantly higher than those in pulmonary infection (medium 0.018, U=4.95, P<0.05). The telomerase activity levels in tumor staged IIIb-IV (medium 0.173) were higher than those in staged I-IIIa (medium 0.132, U=1.899, P<0.05). Conclusion: Telomerase activity is one of the most important marker in patients with NSCLC. Telomerase activity increases with the advance of tumor stage and can be used as a prognostic indicator of advanced NSCLC.

  14. Neutral wetting brush layers for block copolymer thin films using homopolymer blends processed at high temperatures. (United States)

    Ceresoli, M; Palermo, M; Ferrarese Lupi, F; Seguini, G; Perego, M; Zuccheri, G; Phadatare, S D; Antonioli, D; Gianotti, V; Sparnacci, K; Laus, M


    Binary homopolymer blends of two hydroxyl-terminated polystyrene (PS-OH) and polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA-OH) homopolymers (Mn ∼ 16000 g mol(-1)) were grafted on SiO2 substrates by high-temperature (T > 150 °C), short-time (t layer was tested to screen preferential interactions of the SiO2 substrate with the different symmetric and asymmetric PS-b-PMMA block copolymers deposited on top of the grafted molecules. By properly adjusting the blend composition and the processing parameters, an efficient surface neutralization path was identified, enabling the formation, in the block copolymer film, of homogeneous textures of lamellae or cylinders perpendicularly oriented with respect to the substrate. A critical interplay between the phase segregation of the homopolymer blends and their grafting process on the SiO2 was observed. In fact, the polar SiO2 is preferential for the PMMA-rich phase that forms a homogeneous layer on the substrate, while the PS-rich phase is located at the polymer-air interface. During the thermal treatment, phase segregation and grafting proceed simultaneously. Complete wetting of the PS rich phase on the PMMA rich phase leads to the formation of a PS/PMMA bilayer. In this case, the progressive diffusion of PS chains toward the polymer-SiO2 interface during the thermal treatment allows tuning of the brush layer composition.

  15. Electrical Conductivity. (United States)

    Hershey, David R.; Sand, Susan


    Explains how electrical conductivity (EC) can be used to measure ion concentration in solutions. Describes instrumentation for the measurement, temperature dependence and EC, and the EC of common substances. (PR)

  16. Electricity derivatives

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    Aïd, René


    Offering a concise but complete survey of the common features of the microstructure of electricity markets, this book describes the state of the art in the different proposed electricity price models for pricing derivatives and in the numerical methods used to price and hedge the most prominent derivatives in electricity markets, namely power plants and swings. The mathematical content of the book has intentionally been made light in order to concentrate on the main subject matter, avoiding fastidious computations. Wherever possible, the models are illustrated by diagrams. The book should allow prospective researchers in the field of electricity derivatives to focus on the actual difficulties associated with the subject. It should also offer a brief but exhaustive overview of the latest techniques used by financial engineers in energy utilities and energy trading desks.

  17. Design of Control System Based on PLC for Brush Cleaning Machine Cleaning Metal Workpieces%基于 PLC 的金属工件毛刷清洗机控制系统设计

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    喻永康; 奚敏赟


    为了更高效地清洗圆柱形金属工件内表面,设计了此套毛刷清洗设备。毛刷清洗机主要执行元件有加热电阻、电磁阀、气缸和三相交流电动机。该电气控制系统以三菱FX2N系列PLC为核心控制器,通过对线圈和电磁阀的控制,能够方便地实现毛刷电机的转动、清洗篮的上下摆动、储液箱的循环加热以及清洗液的排放,从而完成对金属工件内表面的清洗。该设备投入使用后,表现出工作性能稳定、操作方便、经济适用等优点,能够很好地完成对金属工件的清洗工作。%In order to clean cylindrical metal workpiece surface more efficiently ,a brush cleaning machine is designed ,which is composed of the heating resistance ,electromagnetic valve ,cylinder and the three-phase AC motor .By controling the coil and the electromagnetic valve ,this electric control system with Mitsubishi FX2N series PLC as the core controller can realize the rotation of the brush motor ,the bobbing up and down of cleaning basket ,the circulation heating of the liquid tank and cleaning fluid emissions , to complete the cleaning of the metal workpiece surface .The equipment has been put into use ,which shows stable performance , convenient operation ,can meet the cleaning requirement of metal wordpieces .

  18. Quantification of Epstein-Barr virus DNA load in nasopharyngeal brushing samples in the diagnosis of nasopharyngeal carcinoma in southern China. (United States)

    Zheng, Xiao-Hui; Lu, Li-Xia; Li, Xi-Zhao; Jia, Wei-Hua


    Nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) is highly incident in southern China, where 40% of world's new cases arise each year. Detection of Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) DNA load in nasopharyngeal (NP) brush/swab samples has gradually been established as a method for diagnosis of NPC. However, its applicable value in NPC diagnosis has never been investigated in southern China. It is important to explore whether such a test could be applicable to our local population. A total of 245 consecutive participants undergoing NP brushing examination were recruited to obtain the NP brushing samples in this study. Quantitative PCR assays were used to obtain the EBV DNA load. Mann-Whitney, ANOVA and receiver operating characteristic tests were used to analyze its diagnostic value. NP brushing samples from NPC patients showed extremely high levels of EBV DNA load (mean = 46360 copy/ng DNA) compared to its expression from non-NPC control (mean = 28 copy/ng DNA) and high-risk control (mean = 50 copy/ng DNA) groups. It produced 96% sensitivity and 97% specificity, at the COV = 225 copy/ng DNA. Furthermore, EBV DNA load could reflect disease progress. Our data showed a better performance of EBV DNA load in NP brushing samples compared with an initial biopsy, immunoglobulin A (IgA) antibody titers to viral capsid antigen in serum and EBV DNA load in plasma. Detection of EBV DNA load in NP brushing samples could be an effective supplement for NPC diagnosis. Being minimally invasive and low cost, NP brush sampling combined with EBV DNA detection demonstrates great potential for screening high-risk populations for NPC.

  19. A study of usefulness of washes and brush cytology with respect to histopathology in diagnosis of lung malignancy by using fiberoptic bronchoscopy

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    Abhishek Bandyopadhyay


    Full Text Available Background: Examination of specimens obtained through flexible fiberoptic bronchoscope is important and often the initial diagnostic technique performed in patients with suspected malignant lung lesion. Aims: To evaluate the usefulness of cytological findings of bronchial washings (pre-and post-bronchoscopy and bronchial brushing in the diagnosis of lung malignancy with histopathology of bronchial biopsy, taking the latter as the confirmatory diagnostic test. Settings and Design: It was a cross-sectional observational study conducted in a tertiary care center. Subjects and Methods: A total of fifty patients with suspected lung malignancy (clinically and radiologically were included in this nonrandomized cross-sectional study. Bronchial brushings were obtained from all fifty cases. Prebiopsy bronchial washing (washing collected before the brushing and biopsy procedure and postbiopsy washing (washing at the end of the procedure were collected. Results: Prebiopsy (prebrushing and postbiopsy washing showed high specificity of 92.31%, but a very low sensitivity of 32.43% and 35.14%, respectively. Sensitivity and specificity of brushing were found to be 74.36% and 81.82%, respectively. Positive predictive value of prebiopsy (prebrushing washing, postbiopsy washing and brushing are 92.31%, 93.55%, and 92.86%, respectively. There was no significant difference in sensitivity between prebiopsy (prebrushing and postbiopsy washing (Fisher exact probability test; PA= 0.99. However, there was statistically significant difference between sensitivity of brushing with prebiopsy (prebrushing washing (Fisher exact probability test; PA = 0.0012793 and postbiopsy washing (Fisher exact probability test; PA = 0.00310282. Conclusions: Bronchial washing cytology in combination with brush cytology aids in the early diagnosis of lung malignancy in addition to histopathology.

  20. Ezetimibe Promotes Brush Border Membrane-to-Lumen Cholesterol Efflux in the Small Intestine. (United States)

    Nakano, Takanari; Inoue, Ikuo; Takenaka, Yasuhiro; Ono, Hiraku; Katayama, Shigehiro; Awata, Takuya; Murakoshi, Takayuki


    Ezetimibe inhibits Niemann-Pick C1-like 1 (NPC1L1), an apical membrane cholesterol transporter of enterocytes, thereby reduces intestinal cholesterol absorption. This treatment also increases extrahepatic reverse cholesterol transport via an undefined mechanism. To explore this, we employed a trans-intestinal cholesterol efflux (TICE) assay, which directly detects circulation-to-intestinal lumen 3H-cholesterol transit in a cannulated jejunal segment, and found an increase of TICE by 45%. To examine whether such increase in efflux occurs at the intestinal brush border membrane(BBM)-level, we performed luminal perfusion assays, similar to TICE but the jejunal wall was labelled with orally-given 3H-cholesterol, and determined elevated BBM-to-lumen cholesterol efflux by 3.5-fold with ezetimibe. Such increased efflux probably promotes circulation-to-lumen cholesterol transit eventually; thus increases TICE. Next, we wondered how inhibition of NPC1L1, an influx transporter, resulted in increased efflux. When we traced orally-given 3H-cholesterol in mice, we found that lumen-to-BBM 3H-cholesterol transit was rapid and less sensitive to ezetimibe treatment. Comparison of the efflux and fractional cholesterol absorption revealed an inverse correlation, indicating the efflux as an opposite-regulatory factor for cholesterol absorption efficiency and counteracting to the naturally-occurring rapid cholesterol influx to the BBM. These suggest that the ezetimibe-stimulated increased efflux is crucial in reducing cholesterol absorption. Ezetimibe-induced increase in cholesterol efflux was approximately 2.5-fold greater in mice having endogenous ATP-binding cassette G5/G8 heterodimer, the major sterol efflux transporter of enterocytes, than the knockout counterparts, suggesting that the heterodimer confers additional rapid BBM-to-lumen cholesterol efflux in response to NPC1L1 inhibition. The observed framework for intestinal cholesterol fluxes may provide ways to modulate the flux

  1. Activity retention after nisin entrapment in a polyethylene oxide brush layer. (United States)

    Auxier, Julie A; Schilke, Karl F; McGuire, Joseph


    The cationic, amphiphilic peptide nisin is an effective inhibitor of gram-positive bacteria whose mode of action does not encourage pathogenic resistance, and its proper incorporation into food packaging could enhance food stability, safety, and quality in a number of circumstances. Sufficiently small peptides have been shown to integrate into otherwise nonfouling polyethylene oxide (PEO) brush layers in accordance with their amphiphilicity and ordered structure, including nisin, and we have recently shown that nisin entrapment within a PEO layer does not compromise the nonfouling character of that layer. In this work we test the hypothesis that surface-bound, pendant PEO chains will inhibit displacement of entrapped nisin by competing proteins and, in this way, prolong retention of nisin activity at the interface. For this purpose, the antimicrobial activity of nisinloaded, PEO-coated surfaces was evaluated against the gram-positive indicator strain, Pediococcus pentosaceous. The retained antimicrobial activity of nisin layers was evaluated on uncoated and PEO-coated surfaces after incubation in the presence of bovine serum albumin for contact periods up to 1 week. Nisin-loaded, uncoated and PEO-coated samples were withdrawn at selected times and were incubated on plates inoculated with P. pentosaceous to quantify nisin activity by determination of kill zone radii. Our results indicate that nisin activity is retained at a higher level for a longer period of time after entrapment within PEO than after direct adsorption in the absence of PEO, owing to inhibition of nisin exchange with dissolved protein afforded by the pendant PEO chains.

  2. Selective effect of zinc on uphill transport of oligopeptides into kidney brush border membrane vesicles. (United States)

    Daniel, H; Adibi, S A


    Based on the involvement of zinc in hydrolysis of peptides, we hypothesized that Zn2+ may also play a role in peptide transport. To investigate this hypothesis, kidney brush border membrane vesicles (BBMV) were incubated for 30 min with different concentrations of ZnSO4 before use in uptake studies. This incubation increased by twofold the overshoot uptake of 3H-Gly-L-Gln, D-Leu-125I-Tyr and 3H-cephalexin (all high-affinity substrates for the oligopeptide/H+ symporter) without affecting passive and/or facilitated diffusion of these substrates. Zinc had no effect on the uptake of either glutamine or glucose by kidney BBMV. Among a group of metal ions (cobalt, iron, copper, cadmium, and manganese), only manganese and copper substantially stimulated the activity of the oligopeptide/H+ symporter. DTPA (a complexing agent) inhibited dipeptide uptake, which was reversed by the addition of zinc to the BBMV. Zinc treatment of BBMV reduced the EC50 value of inhibition of 3H-Gly-L-Gln uptake by unlabeled Gly-L-Gln by twofold (90 +/- 8 vs. 45 +/- 4 microM). Similarly, zinc treatment of BBMV reduced the EC50 value for inhibition of D-Leu-125I-Tyr uptake by bestatin from 80 +/- 4 to 40 +/- 3 mM. In conclusion, the data show that zinc has a selective effect on transport of nutrients into kidney BBMV. It stimulates uphill transport of oligopeptides by a modification of their affinity for the binding site of the membrane transporter.

  3. Sulfate-bicarbonate exchange in brush-border membranes from rat renal cortex

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    Pritchard, J.B.


    Under Na/sup +/-free conditions /sup 35/SO/sub 4//sup 2 -/ uptake by rat renal brush-border membrane (BBM) vesicles could be driven by imposition of a HCO/sup -//sub 3/ gradient (in greater than out). The initial rate of /sup 35/SO/sub 4//sup 2 -/ uptake was stimulated 10-fold, and peak overshoot exceeded equilibrium uptake by 2-3 times. Cl/sup -/, SCN/sup -/, NO/sub 3//sup -/, I/sup -/, and OH/sup -/ were able to substitute for HCO/sub 3//sup -/. Divalent anions, including /sup 35/SO/sub 4//sup 2 -/ itself, were less effective as counterions. HCO/sub 3//sup -/-SO/sub 4//sup 2 -/ exchange was cis-inhibited by disulfonic stilbenes, ((SITS)(DIDS)), phloretin, Hg, and S/sub 2/O/sub 3//sup 2 -/. HCO/sub 3//sup -/-driven /sup 35/SO/sub 4//sup 2 -/ uptake was saturable, with an apparent K/sub m/ of 0.4 mM for SO/sub 4//sup 2 -/. Simultaneous imposition of Na/sup +/ and HCO/sub 3//sup -/ gradients produced approximately additive stimulation of /sup 35/SO/sub 4//sup 2 -/ uptake. The HCO/sub 3//sup -/-driven component of /sup 35/SO/sub 4//sup 2 -/ uptake, but not the component driven by Na/sup +/, was inhibited by SITS. Finally, Na/sup +/-driven SO/sub 4//sup 2 -/ accumulation could be reduced by imposing an out greater than in HCO/sub 3//sup +/ gradient, conditions accelerating exchange driven SO/sub 4//sup 2 -/ efflux. These findings indicate the presence of separate Na/sup +/-SO/sub 4//sup 2 -/ cotransport and SO /sub 4//sup 2 -/-anion exchange pathways in the same BBM vesicles.

  4. Ezetimibe Promotes Brush Border Membrane-to-Lumen Cholesterol Efflux in the Small Intestine.

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    Takanari Nakano

    Full Text Available Ezetimibe inhibits Niemann-Pick C1-like 1 (NPC1L1, an apical membrane cholesterol transporter of enterocytes, thereby reduces intestinal cholesterol absorption. This treatment also increases extrahepatic reverse cholesterol transport via an undefined mechanism. To explore this, we employed a trans-intestinal cholesterol efflux (TICE assay, which directly detects circulation-to-intestinal lumen 3H-cholesterol transit in a cannulated jejunal segment, and found an increase of TICE by 45%. To examine whether such increase in efflux occurs at the intestinal brush border membrane(BBM-level, we performed luminal perfusion assays, similar to TICE but the jejunal wall was labelled with orally-given 3H-cholesterol, and determined elevated BBM-to-lumen cholesterol efflux by 3.5-fold with ezetimibe. Such increased efflux probably promotes circulation-to-lumen cholesterol transit eventually; thus increases TICE. Next, we wondered how inhibition of NPC1L1, an influx transporter, resulted in increased efflux. When we traced orally-given 3H-cholesterol in mice, we found that lumen-to-BBM 3H-cholesterol transit was rapid and less sensitive to ezetimibe treatment. Comparison of the efflux and fractional cholesterol absorption revealed an inverse correlation, indicating the efflux as an opposite-regulatory factor for cholesterol absorption efficiency and counteracting to the naturally-occurring rapid cholesterol influx to the BBM. These suggest that the ezetimibe-stimulated increased efflux is crucial in reducing cholesterol absorption. Ezetimibe-induced increase in cholesterol efflux was approximately 2.5-fold greater in mice having endogenous ATP-binding cassette G5/G8 heterodimer, the major sterol efflux transporter of enterocytes, than the knockout counterparts, suggesting that the heterodimer confers additional rapid BBM-to-lumen cholesterol efflux in response to NPC1L1 inhibition. The observed framework for intestinal cholesterol fluxes may provide ways to

  5. electric vehicle

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    W. R. Lee


    Full Text Available A major problem facing battery-powered electric vehicles is in their batteries: weight and charge capacity. Thus, a battery-powered electric vehicle only has a short driving range. To travel for a longer distance, the batteries are required to be recharged frequently. In this paper, we construct a model for a battery-powered electric vehicle, in which driving strategy is to be obtained such that the total travelling time between two locations is minimized. The problem is formulated as an optimization problem with switching times and speed as decision variables. This is an unconventional optimization problem. However, by using the control parametrization enhancing technique (CPET, it is shown that this unconventional optimization is equivalent to a conventional optimal parameter selection problem. Numerical examples are solved using the proposed method.

  6. Quartz crystal microbalance study of ionic strength and pH-dependent polymer conformation and protein adsorption/desorption on PAA, PEO, and mixed PEO/PAA brushes. (United States)

    Delcroix, M F; Demoustier-Champagne, S; Dupont-Gillain, C C


    The conformation of polymer chains grafted on a substrate influences protein adsorption. In a previous study, adsorption/desorption of albumin was demonstrated on mixed poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO)/poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) brushes, triggered by solutions of adequate pH and ionic strength (I). In the present work, homolayers of PEO or PAA are submitted to saline solutions with pH from 3 to 9 and I from 10(-5) to 10(-1) M, and their conformation is evaluated in real time using quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring (QCM-D). Shrinkage/swelling of PAA chains and hydration and salt condensation in the brush are evidenced. The adsorption of human serum albumin (HSA) onto such brushes is also monitored in these different saline solutions, leading to a deep understanding of the influence of polymer chain conformation, modulated by pH and I, on protein adsorption. A detailed model of the conformation of PEO/PAA mixed brushes depending on pH and I is then proposed, providing a rationale for the identification of conditions for the successive adsorption and desorption of proteins on such mixed brushes. The adsorption/desorption of albumin on PEO/PAA is demonstrated using QCM-D.

  7. The influence of tooth brushing supervision on the dental plaque index and toothbrush wear in preschool children

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    Letícia Maíra Wambier

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effectiveness of tooth brushing supervision in one or more sessions on dental plaque removal and toothbrush wear. MATERIAL AND METHOD: 3- to 5-year-old children received new toothbrushes and attended a puppet theater about oral health. Forty-nine children were randomly selected and divided into 3 groups (GI=20; GII=14; GIII=14. Fones' brushing method was demonstrated to the GI and GII groups to evaluate the following: the professional direct supervision and tooth brushing training in five sessions (GI, the professional direct supervision and a one-training session (GII and the puppet theater influence only (GIII-control group. The dental plaque index (IPL was recorded at baseline (T0, after 24 days (T1 and after 46 days (T2 and toothbrush wear (ID was recorded on T1 and T2. The Kruskal-Wallis test and the Friedman test (IPL, as well as the one-way ANOVA and the paired Student's t-test (ID (p<0.05 were employed to analyze the data. RESULT: GI showed a significant difference from the others groups in T1 and T2 (p<0.01.The index of toothbrush wear increased (p<0.0001 from 24 days (0.52±0.35mm to 46 days (0.90±0.48mm, but there was no significant association between toothbrush wear and plaque index for T1 (r=0.230-p= 0.116 as well as for T2 (r=0.226-p=0.121. CONCLUSION: The multiple sessions of professional supervision were effective to reduce the dental plaque index, which was not influenced by toothbrush wear, showing continuous oral hygiene motivation needs.

  8. Squalamine, a novel cationic steroid, specifically inhibits the brush-border Na+/H+ exchanger isoform NHE3. (United States)

    Akhter, S; Nath, S K; Tse, C M; Williams, J; Zasloff, M; Donowitz, M


    Squalamine, an endogenous molecule found in the liver and other tissues of Squalus acanthias, has antibiotic properties and causes changes in endothelial cell shape. The latter suggested that its potential targets might include transport proteins that control cell volume or cell shape. The effect of purified squalamine was examined on cloned Na+/H+ exchanger isoforms NHE1, NHE2, and NHE3 stably transfected in PS120 fibroblasts. Squalamine (1-h pretreatment) decreased the maximal velocity of rabbit NHE3 in a concentration-dependent manner (13, 47, and 57% inhibition with 3, 5, and 7 micrograms/ml, respectively) and also increased K'[H+]i. Squalamine did not affect rabbit NHE1 or NHE2 function. The inhibitory effect of squalamine was 1) time dependent, with no effect of immediate addition and maximum effect with 1 h of exposure, and 2) fully reversible. Squalamine pretreatment of the ileum for 60 min inhibited brush-border membrane vesicle Na+/H+ activity by 51%. Further investigation into the mechanism of squalamine's effects showed that squalamine required the COOH-terminal 76 amino acids of NHE3. Squalamine had no cytotoxic effect at the concentrations studied, as indicated by monitoring lactate dehydrogenase release. These results indicate that squalamine 1) is a specific inhibitor of the brush-border NHE isoform NHE3 and not NHE1 or NHE2, 2) acts in a nontoxic and fully reversible manner, and 3) has a delayed effect, indicating that it may influence brush-border Na+/H+ exchanger function indirectly, through an intracellular signaling pathway or by acting as an intracellular modulator.

  9. Uptake of /sup 75/Se-selenite by brush border membrane vesicles from chick duodenum stimulated by vitamin D

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    Mykkanen, H.M.; Wasserman, R.H.


    Brush border membrane vesicles were isolated from mucosal homogenates of duodena from normal, rachitic and vitamin D-treated rachitic chicks using a discontinuous sucrose gradient, and further purified by glycerol gradient centrifugation. In vitro uptake of 75Se-selenite by purified brush border membrane vesicles was studied using a rapid filtration technique. The time course of 75Se uptake was non-linear; rapid initial binding was followed by a gradual decrease in the rate of uptake until an equilibrium value was reached at 60-120 min. The initial binding at 36 s was not affected by selenite concentration in the incubation buffer, while the fractional rate of uptake between the 36 s and 2 min time periods was clearly lower with 1 mM Se than with 4-100 microM Se. 75Se uptake did not show any dependency on the external Na-gradient, nor could it be inhibited by other anions (arsenate, phosphate). Treatment of rachitic chicks either with cholecalciferol (500 Iu, 72 h) or with 1,25(OH)2-cholecalciferol (0.5 microgram given 16 h prior to isolation of the vesicles) significantly enhanced 75Se uptake. A threefold excess of mannitol in the outside buffer reduced 75Se uptake by vesicles from vitamin D-deficient and D-treated chicks 60% and 35% respectively, but had no effect on vesicles from vitamin D-treated chicks preloaded with 75Se. Neither saponin treatment nor excess cold selenite could release the label from the vesicles preloaded with 75Se. These data are compatible with the hypothesis that selenite easily crosses the brush border membrane into the intravesicular space and, once inside, is tightly bound by the membrane.

  10. Modifications in the brush border enzymes of the small intestine after irradiation at different times of the day

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    Becciolini, A.; Lanini, A.; Giache, V.; Balzi, M.; Bini, R. (Florence Univ. (Italy). Ist. di Radiologia)


    The behaviour of the brush border enzyme activity of the intestinal epithelium after the same sublethal radiation dose to the abdomen at different times of the day was investigated. Three previously observed post-irradiation phases (initial increase of activity, reduction, and return to control values) were confirmed, although with some differences. A later return to normal of lactase was also confirmed. The same dose produced different behaviour of the enzyme activities both during the initial and the recovery phase, depending on the time of the day when irradiation was performed, i.e. on the functional condition of the epithelial cells.

  11. Poster: Brush, Lasso, or Magic Wand? Picking the Right Tool for Large-Scale Multiple Object Selection Tasks

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    Stenholt, Rasmus; Madsen, Claus B.


    Selection of multiple objects is a frequent interaction task in virtual environments. Accomplishing this task efficiently and intuitively is difficult, especially in cases where there are a very large number of objects to be selected. In this work, we seek to investigate two well-known techniques......, a spherical brush and a box-shaped lasso for multiple object selection (MOS), and compare them to a new MOS technique, which we have named the magic wand. This new technique automates a lot the work, which the user would normally have to do manually. The comparison is made through a user study, where users...

  12. Adaptive Speed Control Design for Brushed Permanent Magnet DC Motor Based on Worst-Case Analysis Approach

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    Sheng Zeng


    Full Text Available This paper presents the adaptive controller design for brushed permanent magnet DC motor used in velocity-tracking applications based on worst-case approach. We first formulate the robust adaptive control problem as a nonlinear H∞-control problem under imperfect state measurement, and then solve it using game-theoretic approach. The controller guarantees the boundedness of closed-loop signals with bounded exogenous disturbances, and achieves desired disturbance attenuation level with respect to the unmeasured exogenous disturbance inputs and the measured disturbance inputs. The strong robustness properties are illustrated by a simulation example.

  13. Influence of rare earths addition on residual stress of Fe-based coating prepared by brush plating technology

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    JIN Guo; LU Bingwen; HOU Dingding; CUI Xiufang; SONG Jiahui; LIU Erbao


    The effect of rare earths (La, Ce and Pr) addition on residual stress in iron coatings prepared by brush plating was investi-gated. The results showed that the addition of rare earth transformed the residual stress in the coating from tensile to compressive. To relieve the residual stress, on the one hand, RE elements segregated at the grain boundaries which restricted the coalescence of the grains and provided more capability of grain deformation. On the other hand, RE elements could purify detrimental element and ab-sorb hydrogen atoms in the coating. Among the three rare earths, elements lanthanum showed the most significant effect on surface morphology and residual stress.


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    Avy Permata Sari


    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to know the success and differences of pit & fissure sealant materal penetration of composite resin type (UltraSeal XT Plus into fissure by using syringe blue micro tips and syringe white mini brush tips in fissure closure efforts for caries prevention of permanent teeth. The study was conducted to 30 maxillary first premolar, using syring blue micro tips, and 30 maxilary first premolar using syringw white mini brush tips. The samples, then, were made smears and observed by optic microscope with 300 times magnification. The result of this stuy showed that mean of pit & fissure sealant material penetration of composite resin type into fissure by using blue micro tips was (67.93 ± 13.09%. By using syringe white mini brush tips was (92.96 ± 6.18%. With t-test, it showed a significant difference (t = 9.84, p<0,01.

  15. Simulation of streamflow and the effects of brush management on water yields in the Double Mountain Fork Brazos River watershed, western Texas 1994–2013 (United States)

    Harwell, Glenn R.; Stengel, Victoria G.; Bumgarner, Johnathan R.


    The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the City of Lubbock and the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board, developed and calibrated a Soil and Water Assessment Tool watershed model of the Double Mountain Fork Brazos River watershed in western Texas to simulate monthly mean streamflow and to evaluate the effects of brush management on water yields in the watershed, particularly to Lake Alan Henry, for calendar years 1994–2013. Model simulations were done to quantify the possible change in water yield of individual subbasins in the Double Mountain Fork Brazos River watershed as a result of the replacement of shrubland (brush) with grassland. The simulation results will serve as a tool for resource managers to guide brush-management efforts.

  16. Electric Propulsion (United States)

    Baggett, R.


    Next Generation Electric Propulsion (NGEP) technology development tasks are working towards advancing solar-powered electric propulsion systems and components to levels ready for transition to flight systems. Current tasks within NGEP include NASA's Evolutionary Xenon Thruster (NEXT), Carbon Based Ion Optics (CBIO), NSTAR Extended Life Test (ELT) and low-power Hall Effect thrusters. The growing number of solar electric propulsion options provides reduced cost and flexibility to capture a wide range of Solar System exploration missions. Benefits of electric propulsion systems over state-of-the-art chemical systems include increased launch windows, which reduce mission risk; increased deliverable payload mass for more science; and a reduction in launch vehicle size-- all of which increase the opportunities for New Frontiers and Discovery class missions. The Dawn Discovery mission makes use of electric propulsion for sequential rendezvous with two large asteroids (Vesta then Ceres), something not possible using chemical propulsion. NEXT components and thruster system under development have NSTAR heritage with significant increases in maximum power and Isp along with deep throttling capability to accommodate changes in input power over the mission trajectory. NEXT will produce engineering model system components that will be validated (through qualification-level and integrated system testing) and ready for transition to flight system development. NEXT offers Discovery, New Frontiers, Mars Exploration and outer-planet missions a larger deliverable payload mass and a smaller launch vehicle size. CBIO addresses the need to further extend ion thruster lifetime by using low erosion carbon-based materials. Testing of 30-cm Carbon-Carbon and Pyrolytic graphite grids using a lab model NSTAR thruster are complete. In addition, JPL completed a 1000 hr. life test on 30-cm Carbon-Carbon grids. The NSTAR ELT was a life time qualification test started in 1999 with a goal of 88 kg

  17. Calculation Method of Induced Electromotive Force of DC Motor with Wide Brushes%宽电刷直流电机感应电动势算法

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      电刷宽度对直流电机感应电动势的影响是很大的,因此,在未考虑电刷宽度的条件下所推导出的感应电动势计算式都不够精确,对直流电机尤其是宽电刷直流电机的设计缺乏指导意义。详细分析了电刷宽度对直流电机的感应电动势的影响,给出了宽电刷直流电机感应电动势的计算方法。分析了电刷宽度变化引起感应电动势和电枢电流变化情况,得出了电机在运行中经常出现烧损故障的原因。%The effect of brush width on induced electromotive force of DC motor is obvious. Therefore,the cal-culation of induced electromotive force without considering the brush width is not precise enough,which results in the lack of guiding significance for the design of DC motor,especially DC motor with wide brushes. This pa-per firstly analyzes the effects of the brush width on induced electromotive force of DC motor,and then pro-poses the algorithm for induced electromotive force of DC motor with wide brushes. Through the changes of in-duced electromotive force and armature current caused by the change of the brush width,the reason for burning fault during DC motor running is obtained.

  18. 虚拟毛笔建模研究现状与展望%Research and prospect of virtual brush modeling

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    侯增选; 杨广卿; 郭超; 郑栓柱


    Virtual brush modeling is a key technology in virtual painting.In order to truly reflect the characteristics of the real brush,enhance the reality of virtual painting,this paper reviewed the current research of virtual brush modeling.It summarised the basic idea,merits and demerits of typical modeling methods.It also discussed simulation effects of empirical-based modeling method and physical-based modeling method.Then,it briefly analyzed the interaction between brush and paper,paper and ink, human and computer,which had effects on virtual brush modeling.Finally,it analyzed the main difficulties and problems in vir-tual painting,and put forward the future research directions concerned with the virtual brush modeling.%为了真实地体现实际毛笔的特点,增强虚拟绘制真实感,通过对虚拟毛笔建模现状综述,归纳了典型建模方法的基本思想和优缺点,探讨了基于经验方法和基于物理方法的模拟效果;还简要分析了笔纸交互、纸墨交互及人机交互设备对虚拟毛笔建模的影响。最后分析了目前虚拟绘制中存在的主要难点和问题,指出了今后虚拟毛笔建模的研究方向。

  19. pH- and Electro-Responsive Properties of Poly(acrylic acid) and Poly(acrylic acid)-block-poly(acrylic acid-grad-styrene) Brushes Studied by Quartz Crystal Microbalance with Dissipation Monitoring. (United States)

    Borisova, O V; Billon, L; Richter, R P; Reimhult, E; Borisov, O V


    We report on the synthesis of novel pH- and electro-responsive polyelectrolyte brushes from a gold substrate by direct one-step nitroxide-mediated polymerization of acrylic acid (AA) or copolymerization of AA and styrene (S). In the latter case, amphiphilic brushes of block-gradient copolymers PAA-b-(PAA-grad-PS) comprising one PAA block and one block with the gradient sequence of AA and S were obtained. The block-gradient copolymers are initiated from the surface by the start of the PAA block. The brushes were characterized by XPS and ellipsometry. (1)H NMR confirmed the gradient sequence of the PAA-grad-PS copolymer block. The pH- and electro-responsive properties of the brushes were studied by quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring (QCM-D) in combination with electrochemistry. This method provides evidence of swelling of the PAA brushes proportional to the contour length of the chains at elevated pH, whereas the response functions of the block-gradient copolymers are more complex and point to intermolecular aggregation in the brush at low pH. Monitoring of the changes in resonance frequency and dissipation of the QCM-D also demonstrates that application of negative voltage to the substrate leads to swelling of the brush; application of a positive voltage provokes only a transient collapse of the brush in proportion to the applied voltage.

  20. Electricity unplugged (United States)

    Karalis, Aristeidis


    The judge was driving back late one cold winter night. Entering the garage, the battery-charging indicator in his wirelessly powered electric car came on. "Home at last," crossed his mind. He swiped his personal smartcard on the front-door detector to be let in. He heard a "charging" beep from his mobile phone. The blinking cursor on the half-finished e-mail on the laptop had been waiting all day on the side table. He picked the computer up and walked towards his desk. "Good evening, your honour. Your wirelessly heated robe," said the butler-robot as it approached from the kitchen. Putting on the electric garment, he sat on the medical desk chair. His artificial heart was now beating faster.

  1. Electric monopoly

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    Norton, C.


    A controversial proposal to deregulate a major part of the electric utility industry could transform how electric power is produced. The proposal involves one-third of US energy consumption and violates the classic economic theory that tightly regulated natural monopolies serve society's needs best. Supporters of the proposal suggest that free-market competition may now be valid because new technologies and new power-supply sources can introduce innovation and efficiency into cost control. Many states, for example, allow utilities to pass capital costs through to their users. Alternative energy sources could include small hydro, wind power, and industrial cogeneration. Opponents, who question whether there really is a free market in energy production, suggest better regulation to protect consumers. Some of the opposition will come from utilities wanting to keep their captive markets. (DCK)

  2. The synthesis and characterization of novel brush-type chiral stationary phase based on terpenoid selector for resolution of chiral drugs


    Wang Dao-Cai; Luo Jia; Yao Shun; Song Hang


    In the light of the chiral resolution mechanism and structures of brush-type CSP, a new chiral selector 4′-carboxyl-1′-ursolic methyl ester-3β-yl-benzoate has been prepared. Then the terpenoid chiral selector was covalently linked to 3-aminopropyl silica gel. Its structure identification data are provided by 1H NMR, MS and elementary analysis. The enantiodiscriminating capability of the brush-type CSP was evaluated by static adsorption experiment with methyl mandelate, aniline derivative of m...

  3. Electric Car (United States)


    NASA's Lewis Research Center undertook research toward a practical, economical battery with higher energy density. Borrowing from space satellite battery technology, Lewis came up with a nickel-zinc battery that promises longer life and twice the range of the lead-acid counterpart. Lewis researchers fabricated a prototype battery and installed it in an Otis P-500 electric utility van, using only the battery space already available and allowing battery weight equal to that of the va's conventional lead-acid battery

  4. Diversity of Cryptosporidium in brush-tailed rock-wallabies (Petrogale penicillata managed within a species recovery programme

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    Elke T. Vermeulen


    Full Text Available Host–parasite relationships are likely to be impacted by conservation management practices, potentially increasing the susceptibility of wildlife to emerging disease. Cryptosporidium, a parasitic protozoan genus comprising host-adapted and host-specific species, was used as an indicator of parasite movement between populations of a threatened marsupial, the brush-tailed rock-wallaby (Petrogale penicillata. PCR screening of faecal samples (n = 324 from seven wallaby populations across New South Wales, identified Cryptosporidium in 7.1% of samples. The sampled populations were characterised as captive, supplemented and wild populations. No significant difference was found in Cryptosporidium detection between each of the three population categories. The positive samples, detected using 18S rRNA screening, were amplified using the actin and gp60 loci. Multi-locus sequence analysis revealed the presence of Cryptosporidium fayeri, a marsupial-specific species, and C. meleagridis, which has a broad host range, in samples from the three population categories. Cryptosporidium meleagridis has not been previously reported in marsupials and hence the pathogenicity of this species to brush-tailed rock-wallabies is unknown. Based on these findings, we recommend further study into Cryptosporidium in animals undergoing conservation management, as well as surveying wild animals in release areas, to further understand the diversity and epidemiology of this parasite in threatened wildlife.

  5. Prevalence of vector-borne bacterial pathogens in riparian brush rabbits (Sylvilagus bachmani riparius) and their ticks. (United States)

    Schmitz, Kelly M; Foley, Janet E; Kasten, Rickie W; Chomel, Bruno B; Larsen, R Scott


    From June to October 2010, 48 endangered riparian brush rabbits (Sylvilagus bachmani riparius) were trapped at a captive propagation site in central California with the intention of release into re-established habitats. During prerelease examinations, ticks and blood samples were collected for surveillance for Rickettsia spp., Anaplasma phagocytophilum, Borrelia burgdorferi, and Bartonella spp. Ticks were identified, and DNA was extracted for PCR analysis. Serology was performed to detect exposure to Rickettsia spp., B. burgdorferi, and A. phagocytophilum. DNA was extracted from blood samples and analyzed for A. phagocytophilum using PCR assays. Rabbit blood samples were also cultured for Bartonella spp. Haemaphysalis leporispalustris ticks were detected on all rabbits except one. A total of 375 ticks were collected, with 48% of the rabbits (23 rabbits) having a burden ranging from 0 to 5 ticks, 15% (seven rabbits) from 6 to 10 ticks, 25% (12 rabbits) from 11 to 15 ticks, and 12% (six rabbits) with >15 ticks. There was no evidence of B. burgdorferi or R. rickettsii in tick or rabbit samples. There was also no evidence of Bartonella spp. in the rabbit samples. Four tick samples and 14 rabbits were weakly PCR positive for A. phagocytophilum, and six rabbits were antibody positive for A. phagocytophilum. These results suggest that there may be little risk of these tick-borne diseases in riparian brush rabbits or to the people in contact with them.

  6. Assembly and organization of poly(3-hexylthiophene) brushes and their potential use as novel anode buffer layers for organic photovoltaics. (United States)

    Alonzo, José; Kochemba, W Michael; Pickel, Deanna L; Ramanathan, Muruganathan; Sun, Zhenzhong; Li, Dawen; Chen, Jihua; Sumpter, Bobby G; Heller, William T; Kilbey, S Michael


    Buffer layers that control electrochemical reactions and physical interactions at electrode/film interfaces are key components of an organic photovoltaic cell. Here the structure and properties of layers of semi-rigid poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) chains tethered at a surface are investigated, and these functional systems are applied in an organic photovoltaic device. Areal density of P3HT chains is readily tuned through the choice of polymer molecular weight and annealing conditions, and insights from optical absorption spectroscopy and semiempirical quantum calculation methods suggest that tethering causes intrachain defects that affect co-facial π-stacking of brush chains. Because of their ability to modify oxide surfaces, P3HT brushes are utilized as an anode buffer layer in a P3HT-PCBM (phenyl-C₆₁-butyric acid methyl ester) bulk heterojunction device. Current-voltage characterization shows a significant enhancement in short circuit current, suggesting the potential of these novel nanostructured buffer layers to replace the PEDOT:PSS buffer layer typically applied in traditional P3HT-PCBM solar cells.

  7. High flux, positively charged loose nanofiltration membrane by blending with poly (ionic liquid) brushes grafted silica spheres

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    Yu, Liang [School of Chemical Engineering and Energy, Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou 450001 (China); Zhang, Yatao, E-mail: [School of Chemical Engineering and Energy, Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou 450001 (China); UNESCO Center for Membrane Science and Technology, School of Chemical Engineering, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052 (Australia); Wang, Yuanming; Zhang, Haoqin [School of Chemical Engineering and Energy, Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou 450001 (China); Liu, Jindun, E-mail: [School of Chemical Engineering and Energy, Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou 450001 (China)


    Highlights: • SiO{sub 2} spheres were modified by poly (ionic liquid) brushes via RATRP. • Positively charged NF membranes were fabricated by incorporation of SiO{sub 2}-PIL. • The membranes exhibited higher rejection for dyes and superior penetration for salts. - Abstract: Silica spheres modified by poly (ionic liquid) brushes, a novel positively charged nanomaterial is prepared by atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP). A high flux positively charged loose nanofiltration membrane is fabricated via “blending-phase inversion” method. The morphology structures, hydrophilicity, thermal and mechanical properties, permeation performance of these membranes are investigated in detail. The results reveal that the hybrid membranes have enhanced surface hydrophilicity, water permeability, thermal stability, and mechanical properties. Characterization of membrane separation properties shows that the hybrid membranes possess higher salt permeability and relatively higher rejection for reactive dyes, which may open opportunities for the recycling of reactive dyes wastewater. Moreover, such hybrid membranes have an outstanding operational stability and salts concentration showed little effect on the separation properties.

  8. Climate Action Benefits: Electricity (United States)

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  10. Influence of shear on microbial adhesion to PEO-brushes and glass by convective-diffusion and sedimentation in a parallel plate flow chamber

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    Roosjen, A; Boks, NP; van der Mei, HC; Busscher, HJ; Norde, W


    Microbial adhesion to surfaces often occurs despite high wall shear rates acting on the adhering microorganisms. In this paper, we compare the wall shear rates needed to prevent microbial adhesion to bare glass and poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO)-brush coated glass in a parallel plate flow chamber. Initi

  11. Effects of brush management on the hydrologic budget and water quality in and adjacent to Honey Creek State Natural Area, Comal County, Texas, 2001--10 (United States)

    Banta, J. Ryan; Slattery, Richard N.


    Woody vegetation, including ashe juniper (Juniperus ashei), has encroached on some areas in central Texas that were historically oak grassland savannah. Encroachment of woody vegetation is generally attributed to overgrazing and fire suppression. Removing the ashe juniper and allowing native grasses to reestablish in the area as a brush management conservation practice (hereinafter referred to as "brush management") might change the hydrology in the watershed. These hydrologic changes might include changes to surface-water runoff, evapotranspiration, or groundwater recharge. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with Federal, State, and local partners, examined the hydrologic effects of brush management in two adjacent watersheds in Comal County, Tex. Hydrologic data were collected in the watersheds for 3-4 years (pre-treatment) depending on the type of data, after which brush management occurred on one watershed (treatment watershed) and the other was left in its original condition (reference watershed). Hydrologic data were collected in the study area for another 6 years (post-treatment). These hydrologic data included rainfall, streamflow, evapotranspiration, and water quality. Groundwater recharge was not directly measured, but potential groundwater recharge was calculated by using a simplified mass balance approach. This fact sheet summarizes highlights of the study from the USGS Scientific Investigations Report on which it is based.

  12. Nonadhesive, silica nanoparticles-based brush-coated contact lens casesCompromising between ease of cleaning and microbial transmission to contact lenses

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    Qu, Wenwen; Hooymans, Johanna M. M.; Qiu, Jun; de-Bont, Nik; Gelling, Onko-Jan; van der Mei, Henny C.; Busscher, Henk J.


    Surface properties of lens cases are determinant for their cleanability and for microbial transmission from lens cases to contact lenses (CLs). PEG-polymer-brush-coatings are known to decrease microbial adhesion more than other surface-coatings. Here, we applied a robust, silica nanoparticles-based

  13. Clinical correlative study on early detection of oral cancer and precancerous lesions by modified oral brush biopsy and cytology followed by histopathology

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    Swati Gupta


    Conclusion: The results demonstrate that modified oral brush biopsy has higher efficacy than routine cytology and can be used as a potentially practical oral cancer screening tool in resource challenged settings. However, clinical judgment is of prime importance. Immediate biopsy is mandatory in highly suspicious lesions proposed under the diagnostic criteria of "clinically diagnosed carcinoma in situ".

  14. Comparative scanning electron microscopy evaluation of Canal Brushing technique, sonic activation, and master apical file for the removal of triple antibiotic paste from root canal (in vitro study

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    Deepa Ashoksingh Thakur


    Full Text Available Aims: To compare and evaluate the effectiveness of Canal Brushing technique, sonic activation, and master apical file (MAF for the removal of triple antibiotic paste (TAP from root canal using scanning electron microscopy (SEM. Materials and Methods: Twenty-two single rooted teeth were instrumented with ProTaper up to the size number F2 and dressed with TAP. TAP was removed with Canal Brush technique (Group I, n: 6, sonic (EndoActivator (Group II, n: 6, and MAF (Group III, n: 6. Four teeth served as positive (n: 2 and negative (n: 2 controls. The roots were split in the buccolingual direction and prepared for SEM examination (×1000 at coronal, middle, and apical third. Three examiners evaluated the wall cleanliness. Statistical Analysis: Statistical analysis was performed by Kruskal–Wallis test and Wilcoxon rank sum test. Results: Difference in cleanliness between three groups is statistically significant in cervical region only. Pairwise comparison in cervical region Canal Brush and sonic activation showed more removal of TAP than MAF. Conclusions: Canal Brush and sonic activation system showed better result than MAF in the cervical and middle third of canal. In the apical third, none of the techniques showed a better result. None of the techniques showed complete removal of TAP from the canal.

  15. Effects of mechanical cleaning by manual brushing and abrasive blasting on lime render coatings on Architectural Heritage

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    Iglesias-Campos, M. A.


    Full Text Available This research studies the effects of mechanical cleaning by brushing and by abrasive blasting on the lime render coating of a façade. After analysing the properties of the material, the deposits to be removed and their possible influence on the treatment, different cleaning tests were made by manual brushing and by blasting with three varieties of abrasives at 45° and 75° angles, keeping the other parameters constant. Taking the restorer’s perspective as a starting point, and in order to fulfil the practical requirements of an intervention, tests were evaluated with macro-photography, USB digital microscope and stereomicroscope with 3D visualization and measurement. From the results can be concluded that abrasives with low friability and greater grain size than the space between mortar aggregates blasted at a 75° angle reduce the differential erosion compared to other abrasives; although manual brushing has less impact on the surface.En este trabajo se estudian los efectos de las limpiezas mecánicas con cepillado y con proyección de abrasivos sobre un revestimiento exterior de cal. Tras documentar las propiedades del material, de los depósitos superficiales y de su posible influencia en el tratamiento, se realizaron diferentes catas de limpieza con cepillado manual y con proyección de tres abrasivos con ángulos de 45° y 75° manteniendo constantes el resto de parámetros. Partiendo de la visión del conservador-restaurador y de un carácter práctico según las necesidades reales de intervención, los ensayos se evaluaron con macrofotografía, microscopio digital USB y microscopio estereoscópico con visualización y medición en 3D. De los resultados se determina que los abrasivos de baja friabilidad y granulometría mayor que el espacio entre los áridos del mortero proyectados con un ángulo de 75° reducen la erosión diferencial en comparación a otros abrasivos, aunque el cepillado manual altera menos la superficie.

  16. Celestial polarization patterns sufficient for Viking navigation with the naked eye: detectability of Haidinger's brushes on the sky versus meteorological conditions. (United States)

    Horváth, Gábor; Takács, Péter; Kretzer, Balázs; Szilasi, Szilvia; Száz, Dénes; Farkas, Alexandra; Barta, András


    If a human looks at the clear blue sky from which light with high enough degree of polarization d originates, an 8-shaped bowtie-like figure, the yellow Haidinger's brush can be perceived, the long axis of which points towards the sun. A band of high d arcs across the sky at 90° from the sun. A person can pick two points on that band, observe the yellow brushes and triangulate the position of the sun based on the orientation of the two observed brushes. This method has been suggested to have been used on the open sea by Viking navigators to determine the position of the invisible sun occluded by cloud or fog. Furthermore, Haidinger's brushes can also be used to locate the sun when it is below the horizon or occluded by objects on the horizon. To determine the position of the sun using the celestial polarization pattern, the d of the portion of the sky used must be greater than the viewer's degree of polarization threshold d* for perception of Haidinger's brushes. We studied under which sky conditions the prerequisite d > d* is satisfied. Using full-sky imaging polarimetry, we measured the d-pattern of skylight in the blue (450 nm) spectral range for 1296 different meteorological conditions with different solar elevation angles θ and per cent cloud cover ρ. From the measured d-patterns of a given sky we determined the proportion P of the sky for which d > d*. We obtained that P is the largest at low solar elevations θ ≈ 0° and under totally or nearly clear skies with cloud coverage ρ = 0%, when the sun's position is already easily determined. If the sun is below the horizon (-5° ≤ θ sky conditions. Consequently, the sky-polarimetric Viking navigation based on Haidinger's brushes is most useful after sunset and prior to sunrise, when the sun is not visible and large sky regions are bright, clear and polarized enough for perception of Haidinger's brushes.

  17. A novel miniaturized zinc oxide/hydroxylated multiwalled carbon nanotubes as a stir-brush microextractor device for carbamate pesticides analysis

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    Makkliang, Fonthip; Kanatharana, Proespichaya [Trace Analysis and Biosensor Research Center, Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai, Songkhla 90112 (Thailand); Center of Excellence for Innovation in Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai, Songkhla 90112 (Thailand); Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai, Songkhla 90112 (Thailand); Thavarungkul, Panote [Trace Analysis and Biosensor Research Center, Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai, Songkhla 90112 (Thailand); Center of Excellence for Innovation in Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai, Songkhla 90112 (Thailand); Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai, Songkhla 90112 (Thailand); Thammakhet, Chongdee, E-mail: [Trace Analysis and Biosensor Research Center, Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai, Songkhla 90112 (Thailand); Center of Excellence for Innovation in Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai, Songkhla 90112 (Thailand); Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai, Songkhla 90112 (Thailand)


    A novel miniaturized “stir-brush microextractor” was prepared using a zinc oxide/hydroxylated multiwalled carbon nanotubes (ZnO/MWCNTs–OH) coated stainless steel brush connected to a small dc motor. The synthesized zinc oxide on each strand of stainless steel had a flower-like nanostructure when observed by a scanning electron microscope (SEM). This structure produced a large surface area before it was coated with the hydroxylated multiwalled carbon nanotubes sorbent. Under optimal conditions, the developed device provided a good linearity for the extraction of carbofuran and carbaryl, in the range of 25–500 ng mL{sup −1} and 50–500 ng mL{sup −1}, respectively, with low limits of detection of 17.5 ± 2.0 ng mL{sup −1} and 13.0 ± 1.8 ng mL{sup −1}. It also provided a good stir-brush-to-stir-brush reproducibility (% relative standard deviation < 5.6%, n = 6). The device was applied for the extraction and preconcentration of carbamate pesticides in fruit and vegetable samples prior to analysis with a gas chromatograph coupled with a flame ionization detector (GC–FID). Carbofuran was found at 9.24 ± 0.93 ng g{sup −1} and carbaryl was detected at 7.05 ± 0.61 ng g{sup −1} with good recoveries in the range of 73.7 ± 10.0% to 108.4 ± 2.6% for carbofuran and 75.7 ± 10.0% to 111.7 ± 5.7% for carbaryl. - Highlights: • A brush as the sampling tool was first introduced. • A novel miniaturized and portable stir brush microextractor was developed for carbamate pesticides extraction. • Large surface area of ZnO flower-like nanostructure coated with MWCNTs–OH on each brush fiber was observed.

  18. Immobilization of poly(MPC) brushes onto titanium surface by combining dopamine self-polymerization and ATRP: Preparation, characterization and evaluation of hemocompatibility in vitro

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    Ma, Wenyong; Yang, Ping; Li, Jingan; Li, Shiqi; Li, Peichuang; Zhao, Yuancong, E-mail:; Huang, Nan


    Graphical abstract: The functional surface containing rich amino and hydroxyl groups was obtained by simple and easily dopamine self-polymerization. Poly (MPC) brushes were successfully immobilized on titanium surface by combining acylation reaction and ATRP. This chemical and biomimetic modified titanium surface effectively inhibits platelet adhesion and activation. - Highlights: • Polydopamine coating provides amino and hydroxyl groups for second reactivity. • Poly(MPC) brushes covalently immobilized on coating by surface initiated ATRP. • In vitro hemocompatibility of biomimetic modified Ti was better than unmodified. - Abstract: Poly(2-methacryloyloxyethyl phosphorylcholine(MPC)) has been studied in many biomedical fields because of good biocompatibility, such as hemocompatibility, inhibiting protein adhesion, antifouling, and so on. To achieve good hemocompatibility of titanium (Ti) surface, bio-inspired poly(MPC) brushes were grafted from Ti substrate covalently. In this work, the surface of Ti was first coated with polydopamine, and got a surface bearing −NH{sub 2} and −OH groups which could be bridged with poly(MPC) via atom transfer radical polymerization. Water contact angle decreased to 51.3° when titanium grafted with poly(MPC) brushes. The data of Infrared Spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) indicated that poly(MPC) was successfully grafted onto the surface of titanium. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) adhesion test and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) assay showed that the number of platelets adhered on the surface of modified-titanium was much less than that of unmodified titanium and platelets did not aggregate and distort. Thus, the simple and chemical method of immobilization of poly(MPC) brushes has potential application for improving hemocompatibility for cardiovascular stent and some other biomaterials.

  19. Characterization of the airborne bacteria community at different distances from the rotating brushes in a wastewater treatment plant by 16S rRNA gene clone libraries

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    Yunping Han; Lin Li; Junxin Liu


    Biological risks of bioaerosols emitted from wastewater treatment processes have attracted wide attention in the recent years.However,the culture-based analysis method has been mostly adopted for detecting the bacterial community in bioaerosols,which may result in the underestimation of total microorganism concentration as not all microorganisms are cultivable.In this study,oligonucleotide fingerprinting of 16S rRNA genes was applied to reveal the composition and structure of the bacterial community in bioaerosols from an Orbal oxidation ditch in a Beijing wastewater treatment plant (WWTP).Bioaerosols were collected at different distances from the aerosol source,rotating brushes,and the sampling height was 1.5 m which is the common respiratory height of a human being.The bacterial communities of bioaerosols were diverse,and the lowest bacterial diversity was found at the sampling site just after the rotating brush rotating brush.A large proportion of bacteria in bioaerosols were affiliated with Proteobacteria and Bacteroidetes.Numerous bacteria present in the bioaerosols also emerged in water,indicating that the bacterial community in the bioaerosols was related to that of the aerosols' sources.The forced aeration of rotating brushes brought about observably distinct bacterial communities between sampling sites situated before and after the rotating brush.Isolation sources of closest relatives in bioaerosols done libraries were associated with the aqueous environment in the WWTP.Common potential pathogens in bioaerosols as well as those not reported in previous research were also analyzed in this study.Measures should be adopted to reduce the emission of bioaerosols and prevent their exposure to workers.

  20. Highly selective capture of nucleosides with boronic acid functionalized polymer brushes prepared by atom transfer radical polymerization. (United States)

    Cheng, Ting; Zhu, Shuqiang; Zhu, Bin; Liu, Xiaoyan; Zhang, Haixia


    The nucleoside or modified nucleoside level in biological fluids reflects the pathological or physiological state of the body. Boronate affinity absorbents are widely used to selectively extract nucleosides from complex samples. In this work, a novel functionalized absorbent was synthesized by attaching 4-mercaptophenylboronic acid to gold nanoparticles on modified attapulgite. The surface of the attapulgite was modified by poly(acryloyloxyethyltrimethyl ammonium chloride) by atom transfer radical polymerization, creating many polymer brushes on the surface. The resultant material exhibited superior binding capacity (30.83 mg/g) for adenosine and was able to capture cis-diol nucleosides from 1000-fold interferences. Finally, to demonstrate its potential for biomolecule extraction, this boronate affinity material was used to preconcentrate nucleosides from human urine and plasma.

  1. High flux, positively charged loose nanofiltration membrane by blending with poly (ionic liquid) brushes grafted silica spheres. (United States)

    Yu, Liang; Zhang, Yatao; Wang, Yuanming; Zhang, Haoqin; Liu, Jindun


    Silica spheres modified by poly (ionic liquid) brushes, a novel positively charged nanomaterial is prepared by atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP). A high flux positively charged loose nanofiltration membrane is fabricated via "blending-phase inversion" method. The morphology structures, hydrophilicity, thermal and mechanical properties, permeation performance of these membranes are investigated in detail. The results reveal that the hybrid membranes have enhanced surface hydrophilicity, water permeability, thermal stability, and mechanical properties. Characterization of membrane separation properties shows that the hybrid membranes possess higher salt permeability and relatively higher rejection for reactive dyes, which may open opportunities for the recycling of reactive dyes wastewater. Moreover, such hybrid membranes have an outstanding operational stability and salts concentration showed little effect on the separation properties.

  2. Eimeria pileata n. sp. (Apicomplexa: Eimeriidae) from the rufous-capped brush finch Atlapetes pileatus Wagler (Passeriformes: Emberizidae) in Mexico. (United States)

    Soriano-Vargas, Edgardo; Medina, Juan Pablo; Salgado-Miranda, Celene; García-Conejo, Michele; Galindo-Sánchez, Karla Patrícia; Janczur, Mariusz Krzysztof; Berto, Bruno Pereira; Lopes, Carlos Wilson Gomes


    A new coccidian species (Protista: Apicomplexa: Eimeriidae) collected from the rufous-capped brush finch Atlapetes pileatus Wagler in the Nevado de Toluca Natural Protected Area, Mexico. Oöcysts of Eimeria pileata n. sp. are ellipsoidal, measuring on average 16.5 × 14.1 μm, with a smooth, bi-layered wall. Micropyle and oöcyst residuum are absent, but a polar granule is present. Sporocysts are ellipsoidal, measuring on average 9.0 × 5.4 μm. Stieda and sub-Stieda bodies are both present. A sporocyst residuum is present as a compact mass of granules. This is the third description of an eimeriid coccidian infecting passerines.

  3. Fluorometric Measurement of Individual Stomata Activity and Transpiration via a “Brush-on”, Water-Responsive Polymer (United States)

    Seo, Minjeong; Park, Dong-Hoon; Lee, Chan Woo; Jaworski, Justyn; Kim, Jong-Man


    Much of atmospheric water originates from transpiration, the process by which plants release H2O from pores, known as stomata, that simultaneously intake CO2 for photosynthesis. Controlling stomatal aperture can regulate the extent of water transport in response to dynamic environmental factors including osmotic stress, temperature, light, and wind. While larger leaf regions are often examined, the extent of water vapor release from individual stomata remains unexplored. Using a “brush-on” sensing material, we can now assess transpiration using a water-responsive, polydiacetylene-based coating on the leaves surfaces. By eliciting a fluorometric signal to passing water vapor, we obtained information regarding the activity of individual stomata. In this demonstration, our results prove that this coating can identify the proportion of active stomata and the extent of transpirational diffusion of water in response to different conditions.

  4. Genetic evidence of an accessory activity required specifically for cubilin brush-border expression and intrinsic factor-cobalamin absorption. (United States)

    Xu, D; Kozyraki, R; Newman, T C; Fyfe, J C


    Cubilin is a high molecular weight multiligand receptor that mediates intestinal absorption of intrinsic factor-cobalamin and selective protein reabsorption in renal tubules. The genetic basis of selective intestinal cobalamin malabsorption with proteinuria was investigated in a canine model closely resembling human Imerslund-Gräsbeck syndrome caused by cubilin mutations. Canine CUBN cDNA was cloned and sequenced, showing high identity with human and rat CUBN cDNAs. An intragenic CUBN marker was identified in the canine family and used to test the hypothesis of genetic linkage of the disease and CUBN loci. Linkage was rejected, indicating that the canine disorder resembling Imerslund-Gräsbeck syndrome is caused by defect of a gene product other than cubilin. These results imply that there may be locus heterogeneity among human kindreds with selective intestinal cobalamin malabsorption and proteinuria and that normal brush-border expression of cubilin requires the activity of an accessory protein.

  5. Level II scour analysis for Bridge 30, (HUNTTH00220030), on Town Highway 22, crossing Brush Brook, Huntington, Vermont (United States)

    Burns, Ronda L.


    This report provides the results of a detailed Level II analysis of scour potential at structure HUNTTH00220030 on Town Highway 22 crossing Brush Brook, Huntington, Vermont (figures 1–8). A Level II study is a basic engineering analysis of the site, including a quantitative analysis of stream stability and scour (U.S. Department of Transportation, 1993). Results of a Level I scour investigation also are included in Appendix E of this report. A Level I investigation provides a qualitative geomorphic characterization of the study site. Information on the bridge, gleaned from Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTAOT) files, was compiled prior to conducting Level I and Level II analyses and is found in Appendix D.

  6. Nanostructure of polymer monolayer and polyelectrolyte brush at air/water interface by X-ray and neutron reflectometry

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    Matsuoka, H; Matsumoto, K


    The nanostructure of amphiphilic diblock copolymer monolayer on water was directly investigated by in situ X-ray and neutron reflectivity techniques. The diblock copolymer consists of polysilacyclobutane, which is very flexible, as a hydrophobic block and polymethacrylic acid, an anionic polymer, as a hydrophilic block. The polymers with shorter hydrophilic segment formed a very smooth and uniform monolayer with hydrophobic layer on water and dense hydrophilic layer under the water. But the longer hydrophilic segment polymer formed three-layered monolayer with polyelectrolyte brush in addition to hydrophobic and dense hydrophilic layers. The dense hydrophilic layer is thought to be formed to avoid a contact between hydrophobic polymer layer and water. Its role is something like a 'carpet'. An additional interesting information is that the thickness of the 'carpet layer' is almost 15A, independent the surface pressure and hydrophilic polymer length. Highly quantitative information was obtained about the nanost...

  7. Diabetes increases facilitative glucose uptake and GLUT2 expression at the rat proximal tubule brush border membrane. (United States)

    Marks, Joanne; Carvou, Nicolas J C; Debnam, Edward S; Srai, Surjit K; Unwin, Robert J


    The mechanism of renal glucose transport involves the reabsorption of filtered glucose from the proximal tubule lumen across the brush border membrane (BBM) via a sodium-dependent transporter, SGLT, and exit across the basolateral membrane via facilitative, GLUT-mediated, transport. The aim of the present study was to determine the effect of streptozotocin-induced diabetes on BBM glucose transport. We found that diabetes increased facilitative glucose transport at the BBM by 67.5 % (P < 0.05)--an effect that was abolished by overnight fasting. Western blotting and immunohistochemistry demonstrated GLUT2 expression at the BBM during diabetes, but the protein was undetectable at the BBM of control animals or diabetic animals that had been fasted overnight. Our findings indicate that streptozotocin-induced diabetes causes the insertion of GLUT2 into the BBM and this may provide a low affinity/high capacity route of entry into proximal tubule cells during hyperglycaemia.

  8. Intrinsic disorder of the bacterial cell division protein ZipA: coil-to-brush conformational transition. (United States)

    López-Montero, Iván; López-Navajas, Pilar; Mingorance, Jesús; Rivas, Germán; Vélez, Marisela; Vicente, Miguel; Monroy, Francisco


    The full-length ZipA protein from Escherichia coli, one of the essential elements of the cell division machinery, was studied in a surface model built as adsorbed monolayers. The interplay between lateral packing and molecular conformation was probed using a combined methodology based on the scaling analysis of the surface pressure isotherms and ellipsometry measurements of the monolayer thickness. The observed behavior is compatible with the one expected for an intrinsically disordered and highly flexible protein that is preferentially structured in a random coil conformation. At low grafting densities, ZipA coils organize in a mushroom-like regime, whereas a coil-to-brush transition occurs on increasing lateral packing. The structural results suggest a functional scenario in which ZipA acts as a flexible tether anchoring bacterial proto-ring elements to the membrane during the earlier stages of division.

  9. Preparation of end-grafted polymer brushes by nitroxide-mediated free radical polymerization of vaporized vinyl monomers. (United States)

    Li, Jun; Chen, Xiaoru; Chang, Ying-Chih


    In this work, we report a gas-phase polymerization approach to create end-grafted vinyl based polymer films on silicon oxide based substrates. The "surface-initiated vapor deposition polymerization" (SI-VDP) of vaporized vinyl monomers, via the nitroxide-mediated free radical polymerization mechanism, was developed to fabricate various homo- and block copolymer brushes from surface-bound initiators, 1-(4'-oxa-2'-phenyl-12'-trimethoxysilyldodecyloxy)-2,2,6,6-tetra-methylpiperidine ("TEMPO"). The resulting polymer thin films were characterized by the Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, ellipsometry, and contact angle goniometry, respectively, to identify the surface composition, film thickness, surface coverage, and water contact angles. Through the SI-VDP, end-grafted polymer films of polystyrene (PSt), poly(acrylic acid) (PAAc), poly(N-(2-hydroxypropyl) methacrylamide) (PHPMA), and poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAAm) with 10-200 nm thicknesses were fabricated. Furthermore, the block copolymer films of PAAc (1st block)-b-PSt (2nd block), PSt (1st block)-b-PAAc (2nd block), and a triblock copolymer film of PAAc (1st)-b-PSt (2nd)-b-PHPMA (3rd), were also fabricated, suggesting the "renewability" of the TEMPO-initiated polymerization in the SI-VDP scheme. It is also noticed that the SI-VDP is more efficient than the conventional solution phase polymerization in producing functional polymer brushes such as PNIPAAm, PAAc, or PAAc-b-PSt end-grafted films. In summary, our studies have shown clear advantages of the SI-VDP setup for the nitroxide-mediated polymerization scheme in controlling synthesis of end-grafted homo- and copolymer thin films.

  10. Effect of addition of Nano hydroxyapatite particles on wear of resin modified glass ionomer by tooth brushing simulation (United States)

    Poorzandpoush, Kiana; Jafarnia, Shiva H.; Golkar, Parisa; Atai, Mohammad


    Background Recently, incorporation of nanohydroxyapatite (NHA) has been suggested to improve the mechanical properties of glass ionomers (GIs). This study aimed to assess the effect of addition of NHA on wear of resin modified glass ionomer (RMGI) by tooth brushing simulation. Material and Methods In this in vitro, experimental study, NHA in 1, 2, 5, 7 and 10wt% concentrations was added to Fuji II LC RMGI powder, and 48 samples (5×5mm) in five experimental and one control group (n=8) were fabricated. After polishing, cleaning and incubation at 37°C for three weeks, the samples were weighed and subjected to tooth brushing simulation in a toothpaste slurry according to ISO14569-1. Then, they were weighed again and the weight loss was calculated. The data were analyzed using one-way ANOVA and Tukey’s test. Results The highest and the lowest weight loss was found in the 0% NHA (-1.052±0.176) and 5% NHA (-0.370±0.143) groups, respectively. Wear was significantly higher in 0% NHA group (P<0.05). No difference was detected in wear between 2 and 5wt% NHA or among 1, 7 and 10wt% NHA groups. Significant differences were noted in wear between 2 and 5wt% NHA and 1, 7 and 10wt% NHA groups (P<0.001). Conclusions Incorporation of up to 10wt% of NHA increases the wear resistance of Fuji II LC RMGI. This increase was the highest when 2 and 5wt% NHA were added. Key words:Glass ionomer, hydroxyapatites, nanoparticles, dental restoration wear. PMID:28298977

  11. The production of PEO polymer brushes via Langmuir-Blodgett and Langmuir-Schaeffer methods: incomplete transfer and its consequences. (United States)

    de Vos, Wiebe M; de Keizer, Arie; Kleijn, J Mieke; Cohen Stuart, Martien A


    Using fixed-angle ellipsometry, we investigate the degree of mass transfer upon vertically dipping a polystyrene surface through a layer of a polystyrene-poly(ethylene oxide) (PS-PEO) block copolymer at the air water interface (Langmuir-Blodgett or LB transfer). The transferred mass is proportional to the PS-PEO grafting density at the air-water interface, but the transferred mass is not equal to the mass at the air-water interface. We find that depending on the chain length of the PEO block only a certain fraction of the polymers at the air-water interface is transferred to the solid surface. For the shortest PEO chain length (PS36-PEO148), the mass transfer amounts to 94%, while for longer chain lengths (PS36-PEO370 and PS38-PEO770), a transfer of, respectively 57% and 19%, is obtained. We attribute this reduced mass transfer to a competition for the PS surface between the PEO block and the PS block. Atomic force microscopy shows that after transfer the material is evenly spread over the surface. However, upon a short heating of these transferred layers (95 degrees C, 5 min) a dewetting of the PS-PEO layer takes place. These results have a significant impact on the interpretation of the results in a number of papers in which the above-described transfer method was used to produce PEO polymer brushes, in a few cases in combination with heating. We briefly review these papers and discuss their main results in light of this new information. Furthermore, we show that, by using Langmuir-Schaeffer (LS, horizontal) dipping, much higher mass transfers can be reached than with the LB method. When the LB or LS methods are carefully applied, it is a very powerful technique to produce PEO brushes, as it gives full control over both the grafting density and the chain length.

  12. Electric Vehicle Charging Modeling


    Grahn, Pia


    With an electrified passenger transportation fleet, carbon dioxide emissions could be reduced significantly depending on the electric power production mix. Increased electric power consumption due to electric vehicle charging demands of electric vehicle fleets may be met by increased amount of renewable power production in the electrical systems. With electric vehicle fleets in the transportation system there is a need for establishing an electric vehicle charging infrastructure that distribu...

  13. Hair breakage by combing and brushing--a comment on: T. A. Evans and K. Park, A statistical analysis of hair breakage. II. Repeated grooming experiments, J. Cosmet. Sci., 41, 439-456 (2010). (United States)

    Kamath, Y K; Robbins, C


    Literature dealing with the mechanisms of hair breakage in combing and brushing published so far has been reviewed as a background for the critical evaluation of the method and data analysis of the paper "Statistical Analysis of Hair Breakage. II" by Evans and Park (1). Accumulated knowledge about hair breakage in these grooming processes indicates that hair breakage in combing and brushing results from tangling, looping, knotting, and impact loading. Fatiguing, though responsible for some weakening of the fiber in the grooming process, it is unlikely to be a significant factor in hair breakage in combing and brushing.

  14. Brushed-on flexible supercapacitor sheets using a nanocomposite of polyaniline and carbon nanotubes

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    Liu, Qiang; Yau, Siu-Tung [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cleveland State University, 2121 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115 (United States); Nayfeh, Munir H. [Department of Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL 61801 (United States)


    A simple, two-step method for constructing flexible sheets of supercapacitors is described. The construction is based on painting a sheet of flexible plastic electrolyte with a composite material made of a conducting polymer and carbon nanotubes. The total capacitance of the supercapacitor consists of pseudocapacitance produced by the polymer and electrical double-layer capacitance produced by carbon nanotubes. Stacks of the capacitor sheets were used to light up a system of three light-emitting diodes. The method suggests an inexpensive and potentially high-throughput approach for making flexible supercapacitors. (author)

  15. Brushed-on flexible supercapacitor sheets using a nanocomposite of polyaniline and carbon nanotubes (United States)

    Liu, Qiang; Nayfeh, Munir H.; Yau, Siu-Tung

    A simple, two-step method for constructing flexible sheets of supercapacitors is described. The construction is based on painting a sheet of flexible plastic electrolyte with a composite material made of a conducting polymer and carbon nanotubes. The total capacitance of the supercapacitor consists of pseudocapacitance produced by the polymer and electrical double-layer capacitance produced by carbon nanotubes. Stacks of the capacitor sheets were used to light up a system of three light-emitting diodes. The method suggests an inexpensive and potentially high-throughput approach for making flexible supercapacitors.

  16. Effect of tooth-brushing frequency and tooth-brushing time on periodontal attachment in type 2 diabetes patients%不同刷牙次数和刷牙时间对Ⅱ型糖尿病患者牙周附着水平的影响

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    师天鹏; 牛忠英; 汤楚华; 卢怡; 韩钰; 王恩琦


    AIM: To analyze the effect of tooth-brushin frequency and of tooth-brushing time on periodon- tal attachment level in patients with type 2 diabetes. METHODS: Three thousand nine hundred and seventy-two subjects diagnosed as Lype 2 diabetes were included in this study. All subjets filled a questionnaire inquiring the daily frequency of tooth-brushing and the time of tooth-brushing every time. The level of periodontal attachment was examined. RESULTS: In all age groups except the one over 75 years of age, patients who brushed teeth at least twice daily showed less periodontal attachment loss than those who brushed once daily or less. Moreover, patients who brushed teeth over two minutes each time also showed less periodontal attachment loss than those who brushed teeth less than two minutes. CONCLUSION: Brushing teeth at least twice daily over two minutes each time can slow down periodbn-tal attachment loss in patients with type 2 diabetes.%目的:分析不同刷牙次数和刷牙时间对Ⅱ型糖尿病患者牙周附着水平的影响.方法:选择Ⅱ型糖尿病患者3 972名为研究对象,对每天刷牙次数和每次刷牙时间进行问卷调查,并分析对牙周附着水平的影响.结果:除≥75岁组外,其余各年龄段每天刷牙≥2次者与<2次者相比,牙周附着丧失程度较轻,每天刷牙≥2次、每次≥2 min者与每天刷牙≥2次、每次<2 min者相比,牙周附着丧失程度较轻.结论:每天刷牙≥2次、每次≥2 min有助于减缓Ⅱ型糖尿病患者的牙周附着丧失程度.

  17. Numerical Investigations on the Hysteresis Characteristics of Brush Seals%刷式密封迟滞特性的数值研究

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    陈春新; 邱波; 李军; 丰镇平


    采用非线性接触模型对刷式密封的迟滞特性及其影响因素进行了研究.采用点-面接触、梁-梁相交接触和梁-梁平行接触模拟了刷式密封中刷丝端部与转子表面接触、刷丝与背板边缘接触以及刷丝之间的接触,建立了刷式密封的非线性接触模型,并通过试验研究的刷式密封迟滞特性的数据验证了所建立模型的有效性.研究分析了刷丝径向刚度一定时,刷丝直径、刷丝长度和刷丝角度对刷式密封迟滞特性的影响规律,结果表明,刷丝端部压力计算值与理论值的比值可以更好地评定刷式密封迟滞特性的强弱.当刷丝直径保持不变时,随着刷丝角度的增加和刷丝长度的减小,刷式密封的迟滞特性越来越弱;当刷丝长度一定时,随着刷丝角度和刷丝直径的增加,刷丝的迟滞特性越来越弱;当刷丝角度一定时,不同刷丝直径和刷丝长度的刷式密封表现出相近的迟滞特性;当刷丝径向刚度一定时,刷式密封的迟滞特性强弱主要由刷丝角度决定.%The hysteresis characteristics of brush seal and its effects were numerically investigated using nonlinear contact FEM model. A nonlinear contact model of brush seal was established using methods of node-to-surface contact, beam-to-beam contact (two beams cross each other)and beam-to-beam contact (two beams roughly parallel) simulating bristle-rotor contact, bristlebacking plate contact and inter-bristle contact respectively. The feasibility and effectiveness of the developed nonlinear contact model were demonstrated through comparison of the numerical results and measured data of the hysteresis characteristics of the experimental brush seal. The effects of bristle diameter, bristle length and bristle lay angle on hysteresis characteristics of brush seal were studied at the constant bristle radial stiffness. The obtained results show that the ratio between the numerical and theoretical data of the bristle tip

  18. Electricity supply contracts: Optimization

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    Rossi, G.; Vezzoni, M.; Grassani, E. (Sistemi Integrati per il Risparmio Energetico, Pavia (Italy) Necchi Compressori, Pavia (Italy))


    This paper presents a computer program, ACEE (Electrical Energy Consumption Analysis), developed to assist industrial firms in Italy to determine their electrical power consumption, optimize it through production process interventions, and then utilize the results to draft up optimum electricity supply contracts with ENEL (Italian National Electricity Board). The program also allows the user to properly budget future allocations for electricity costs.

  19. Reciprocating washing machine electric control system design%往复式全自动洗车机电气控制系统设计

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    王海祥; 薛峰


    First of all,this thesis illustrates the advantage of using reciprocating washing machine.Then the thesis analyzes the car washing procedure by the reciprocating washing machine.According to the procedure,the thesis gives us the mechanical structure design and the electrical setting of the key parts such as horizontal brush,large brush and wind outlet device.In the thesis,the typical electrical motor main circuit design is introduced.At the control part,PLC is used to control the external devices.The authors design the wiring diagram,and give the list of input and output according to the procedure.At last,the authors provide the control software of key parts such as horizontal brush,large brush and wind outlet device.Meanwhile,the authors explain the software de sign.%本文首先对使用往复式全自动洗车机的优点进行了阐述。然后,对往复式全自动洗车机的洗车工艺流程进行了分析,根据工艺流程对横刷、大刷、风口装置等重点部分的机械结构和电气设备设置进行了设计。本文介绍了典型的电机主电路设计。在控制部分,选择plc对外部设备进行控制。根据工艺流程要求,作者画出了plc外部接线图,列出了输入输出列表;最后,给出了横刷、大刷、风口装置这些重点部分控制软件图,并且对软件设计进行了说明。

  20. 学龄前儿童刷牙行为调查与分析%Investigation and analysis of brushing tooth behavior of preschool children

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    徐轶虹; 丁美华; 江长缨


    目的:了解学龄前儿童刷牙行为,探索适宜的口腔保健干预措施。方法:随机选取本社区某幼儿园3岁儿童62例,采用《学龄前儿童刷牙行为调查问卷》进行调查。结果:调查结果显示,坚持早晚刷牙、刷牙方法正确、刷牙持续时间>3 min、使用保健牙刷、2~3个月更换1次牙刷的儿童分别为38.71%、56.45%、19.35%、93.55%、66.13%。结论:必须加强对学龄前儿童口腔保健干预,改善儿童刷牙行为,预防儿童龋齿的发生。%Objective:To understand the brushing tooth behavior of preschool children,explore appropriate oral health care intervention measures.Methods:62 cases of 3 years old children of a kindergarten in this community were randomly selected.They were investigated by 《the questionnaire of brushing tooth behavior of preschool children》.Results:The survey result showed that persisting brushing tooth in the morning and evening,correct brushing tooth method,the duration of brushing tooth more than 3 minutes,using care toothbrush,replacing 1 toothbrush in 2~3 months were 38.71% ,56.45% ,19.35% ,93.55% ,66.13% . Conclusion:We should strengthen the oral health care intervention of preschool children,improve children's brushing tooth behavior,prevent the occurrence of dental caries in children.