Bioactive Peptides from Ovotransferrin

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Ovotransferrin, a glycoprotein found in raw egg whites, comprises approximately 13% of total egg white proteins. Bioactive peptides are specific fragments of proteins latent in ovotransferrin, but can be released through in vitro or in vivo enzymatic hydrolysis. Bioactive peptides have an inhibitory effect on angiotensin converting enzymes (ACE); a blood pressure regulator. Hypertension can […]

Aptamers for the Detection of Hepatitis B

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Approx. 350 million people are chronically infected by hepatitis B virus (HBV), which is a major cause of liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinomas. Diagnostic tests for this virus are requried for two major purposes: the diagnosis of infected individuals and the screening of blood samples to prevent transmission during blood transfusion. Several serologic markers are […]

A Novel Receiver Structure for Time-Hopping UWB in Multiple Access Interference

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Ultra-wide bandwidth technology (UWB) is proving to be a promising solution for high capacity, wireless multiple access systems. Described as Bluetooth on steroids, UWB provides extremely high data rate performance in multiple user applications. It will replace wires and cabling in commercial, industrial, educational and residential applications. In local and personal area networks (LAN/PAN), UWB […]

Rapid Organization of Block Copolymers

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As computer chip manufacturers aim to make faster electronics, they must make chip components increasingly smaller (or conversely, pack more components per unit area). However, making smaller chip components raises issues, such as consistency and reliability, particularly with standard commercial microfabrication techniques involving photolithography. A possible solution lies in the small feature sizes that block […]

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Metallic Nanocomposite Films for NEMS Applications

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Most structural components in nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS) are synthesized from single crystal or polycrystalline silicon, carbide, nitride, or diamond films, with silicon being by far the most widely used. However, silicon has low fracture strength and poor wear characteristics and is poorly suited for electrically conductive and magnetic sensing applications. Metallic films can provide better […]

A New Experimental Technique in Measuring Contributions of Individual Components to Wear-Corrosion Synergism

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The damage to materials caused by corrosive wear is a complicated surface failure process that involves both the wear-accelerated corrosion and corrosion-accelerated mechanical failure. This synergistic attack that plagues many industrial facilities can cause severe material loss (e.g. erosion-corrosion of tailing pipes for slurry transfer). Although efforts have been made to resist corrosive wear, the […]

Predictive marker for taxane responsiveness of cancer patients

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University of Alberta researchers have identified a predictive marker to screen patients that are being considered for taxane-based chemotherapy. Elevated levels of this protein marker correlate with increased breast cancer patient survival after adjuvant-taxane treatment. In vitro experiments using siRNA to knock-down protein expression demonstrate that the marker is a critical effector molecule in the […]