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Micrornas sensitize cancers to therapy

The present invention concerns methods and compositions regarding one or more microRNAs or variants thereof that are provided to an individual for a variety of medical treatments, including sensitization to cancer therapy or prevention of a cancer to become sensitized to a cancer therapy. In specific embodiments, the microRNAs include... University Of Houston

Peptide inhibitors of calcium oxalate monohydrate crystallization and uses thereof

In an embodiment, the present disclosure pertains to a composition for inhibiting calcium oxalate monohydrate crystal growth comprising at least one isolated polypeptide comprising a plurality of amino acids that bind the surface of the calcium oxalate monohydrate crystal; and a plurality of amino acids spacers, wherein the amino acid... University Of Houston

Locally bioavailable drugs

Drugs have been designed and developed with a structural motif allowing local bioavailability in the target organ but that are not broadly distributed at a concentration sufficient to illicit toxic side effects in non-targeted organs. The structural motif subjects the compound to be rapidly metabolized by metabolic enzymes before reaching... University Of Houston

Doped n-type polycrystalline sn-se-s and methods of manufacture

Disclosed is a thermoelectric material according to various SSnSe-based formulas, and the systems and methods of manufacturing the thermoelectric, high performance material by hot pressing materials according to various formulas in order to obtain a figure of merit (ZT) suitable for thermoelectric applications at high (above 600K) temperatures. A disclosed... University Of Houston

Heating panels and systems and methods of using same

A system and method for heating structures to either prevent the build-up of freezing precipitation or eliminate freezing precipitation on an exposed outer surface of the structures. The system includes a heating assembly integrally formed with a structure to apply thermal energy to the exposed outer surface of the structure.... University Of Houston

Externally-strain-engineered semiconductor photonic and electronic devices and assemblies and methods of making same

Externally-strained devices such as LED and FET structures as discussed herein may have strain applied before or during their being coupled to a housing or packaging substrate. The packaging substrate may also be strained prior to receiving the structure. The strain on the devices enables modulation of light intensity, color,... University Of Houston

Blue emitting persistent phosphor compositions as diagnostic reporters

Disclosed are methods of detecting one or more analytes in a sample by: (1) associating the sample with a surface that includes an analyte binding agent to result in the immobilization of the analytes on the surface; (2) contacting the analyte with a composition that includes at least one phosphor... University Of Houston

Wood drying and preservation methods

The new methods for treating green wood discuss herein speed up air drying of common green wood, including both softwood and hardwood. This method involves treating and altering the green wood with a base solution, and subjecting the wood to an air drying process. The new methods require less time... University Of Houston

Liposomal formulations of polymyxin b and uses thereof

The present invention provides an intravenous liposomal formulation of a low dose polymyxin B or a pharmaceutical composition thereof. The present invention also provides methods utilizing the intravenous liposomal formulation or its pharmaceutical composition for increasing the therapeutic efficacy during treatment of a bacterial infection in a subject, for decreasing... University Of Houston

Wood drying and preservation methods

The new methods for treating green wood discuss herein speed up air drying of common green wood, including both softwood and hardwood. This method involves treating and altering the green wood with a base solution, and subjecting the wood to an air drying process. The new methods require less time... University Of Houston

Contacts for bi-te-based materials and methods of manufacture

Systems and methods of manufacturing thermoelectric devices comprising at least one electrical contact fabricated using hot-pressing to increase the bonding strength at the contact interface(s) and reducing the contact resistance. The hot pressed component may include a first and a second metallic layer each in contact with a thermoelectric layer,... University Of Houston

Cyclobenzoins

One-step cyanide-catalyzed benzoin condensations for synthesizing shape persistent cyclobenzoin macrocycles. Selected dialdehydes, and cyanide salts are reacted in aqueous solvents to form such cyclobenzoin macrocycles.... University Of Houston

Two stage cellularization strategy for the fabrication of bioartificial hearts

In some embodiments, the present disclosure pertains to a method of fabricating an artificial heart muscle (AHM) patch. In some embodiments, the method comprises obtaining and/or isolating cells from a subject. In some embodiments, the cells are primary cardiac cells. In some embodiments, the method further comprises forming a scaffold.... University Of Houston

Synthesis of n-type thermoelectric materials, including mg-sn-ge materials, and methods for fabrication thereof

Discussed herein are systems and methods for fabrication of MgSnGe-based thermoelectric materials for applications from room temperature and near room temperature to high temperature applications. The TE materials may be fabricated by hand or ball milling a powder to a predetermined particle size and hot-pressing the milled powder to form... University Of Houston

Methods and apparatuses for authentication in quantum key distribution and/or quantum data communication

Systems and methods of authenticating and/or communicating key and/or data between communication parties using quantum channels are provided. In some embodiments, authentication may be provided during transmission (including at various stages), without transmission, before transmission, and/or without keys. Such systems and methods allow authentication to be performed on a bit-by-bit... University Of Houston

Therapeutic mirnas for treating heart and skeletal muscle diseases

The present disclosure describes the role for miR-322(424)/503 in the differentiation of cardiac precursor cells. Thus, the use of these molecules in the programming of resident stem/progenitor cells into cardiomyocytes, both in vitro and in vivo. Such methods find particular use in the treatment of patients post-myocardial infarction to prevent... University Of Houston

Systems and methods for medical procedure monitoring

Systems and methods for monitoring medical procedures. Particular embodiment's relate to monitoring medical procedures performed in operating room environments through the use of various types of sensors, including for example, wireless electroencephalography (EEG) monitoring systems. Presented are systems and methods directed to a monitor medical procedures, including in particular the... University Of Houston

Systems and methods for detection of chemiluminescent reactions

Methods, devices and kit for analyzing a sample comprising 1,5-anhydroglucitol and a first analyte via one or more chemiluminescent reactions. Certain embodiments include measuring a first light response resulting from a first chemiluminescent reaction and measuring a second light response resulting from a second chemiluminescent reaction. Certain embodiments also include... University Of Houston

Multi-filament superconducting composites

A configuration and a method of constructing a high-temperature superconductor tape including a plurality superconducting filaments sandwiched between a substrate and an overlayer comprising compliant material extending to the substrate through gaps between each superconducting filament thereby isolating each superconducting filament.... University Of Houston

Self-stressing shape memory alloy-fiber reinforced polymer patch

A self-stressing shape memory alloy (SMA)/fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composite patch is disclosed that can be used to repair cracked steel members or other civil infrastructures. Prestressed carbon FRP (CFRP) patches have emerged as a promising alternative to traditional methods of repair. However, prestressing these patches typically requires heavy and... University Of Houston

Scratch resistant flexible transparent electrodes and methods for fabricating ultrathin metal files as electrodes

Systems and methods of fabricating electrodes, including thin metallic films, include depositing a first metallic layer on a substrate and passivating the deposited layer. The processes of deposition and passivation may be done sequentially. In some embodiments, a plurality of substrates may be coated with a metallic layer and further... University Of Houston

Highly ordered titania nanotube arrays for phosphoproteomics

Titania nanotube arrays are useful for phosphopeptide enrichment and separation. These highly ordered titania nanotube arrays are a low cost and highly effective alternative to the use of liquid chromatography mass spectrometry (LC-MS) methods using meoporous titania beads or particles. The highly ordered Ti02 nanotubes are grown on surfaces coated... University Of Houston

Waterproof coating with nanoscopic/microscopic features and methods of making same

A process of fabricating the waterproof coating may include selecting a substrate, utilizing a sol-gel comprising a silane or silane derivative and metal oxide precursor to coat the substrate, and optionally coating the substrate with a hydrophobic chemical agent and/or other chemical agents to create a surface with nanoscopic or... University Of Houston

Graphitic nanocomposites in solid state matrices and methods for making same

A composition and method for fabricating graphitic nanocomposites in solid state matrices is presented. The process for fabricating graphitic nanocomposites in solid state matrices may include selecting one or a mixture of specific graphitic nanomaterials. The graphitic nanomaterial(s) may be functionalizing with a moiety similar to the building blocks of... University Of Houston

Adsorption of fluorinated anesthetics within the pores of molecular crystals

A method of delivering or sequestering anesthetic agents by adsorption of such agents by porous partially fluorinated compounds which display high weight adsorption capacities.... University Of Houston

Methods of controlling polymorphism in organic-free synthesis of na-zeolites and zeolite crystals formed therefrom

Methods of controlling crystal polymorphism in organic-free synthesis of Na-Zeolites and the zeolite crystals formed using those methods are provided. The methods disclosed herein create certain types of zeolite crystals more efficiently than other previously known methods. The methods also create certain types of zeolite crystals in a form and... University Of Houston

Systems and methods for rapidly fabricating nanopatterns in a parallel fashion over large areas

Nanopantography is a method for patterning nanofeatures over large areas. Transfer of patterns defined by nanopantography using highly selective plasma etching, with an oxide layer of silicon serving as a hard mask, can improve patterning speed and etch profile. With this method, high aspect ratio features can be fabricated in... University Of Houston

Soil-resistant, stain-resistant coatings and methods of applying on textile or other flexible materials

A process of fabricating the composition coating may include selecting a textile material substrate, utilizing a sol-gel comprising a silane or silane derivative and metal oxide precursor to coat the substrate, and optionally coating the substrate with a hydrophobic chemical agent and/or other chemical agents to create a surface with... University Of Houston

Enhanced thermal stability on multi-metal filled cermet based spectrally selective solar absorbers

A spectrally selective solar absorber is described and comprises a substrate, double cermet layers comprising multi-metal nanoparticles embedded in a dielectrics matrix, and double antireflection layers deposited on cermet layers. The tungsten or titanium or tantalum infrared reflector layer suppressing the diffusion of substrate elements and multi-metal nanoparticles in the... University Of Houston

Weather-resistant, fungal-resistant, and stain-resistant coatings and methods of applying on wood, masonry, or other porous materials

A process for manufacturing the composition coating may include selecting a wood or masonry material substrate and utilizing a sol-gel comprising a silane or silane derivative and metal oxide precursor to coat the substrate. The process may utilize an all solution process or controlled environment for manufacturing a composition coating... University Of Houston

Soil-resistant, stain-resistant fluorine-free coatings and methods of applying on materials

A process of fabricating the waterproof coating may include selecting a textile material substrate, utilizing a sol-gel comprising a silane or silane derivative and metal oxide precursor to coat the substrate, and optionally coating the substrate with a hydrophobic chemical agent and/or other chemical agents to create a surface with... University Of Houston

System and acquiring and processing electromagnetic survey data in hydrocarbon exploration

Systems and methods for acquiring and processing electromagnetic data in subsurface formations. In one example, a system includes an electromagnetic source, a plurality of electromagnetic receivers, and an electromagnetic data processor. The electromagnetic source is configured to generate an electromagnetic pulse that induces electromagnetic energy in subsurface formations. The electromagnetic... University Of Houston

Flexible single-crystalline semiconductor device and fabrication methods thereof

Systems and methods herein relate to the fabrication of a single-crystal flexible semiconductor template that may be attached to a semiconductor device. The template fabricated comprises a plurality of single crystals grown by lateral epitaxial growth on a seed layer and bonded to a flexible substrate. The layer grown has... University Of Houston

Compositions and methods for inhibiting bmp

The present invention provides small molecule inhibitors of BMP signaling and compositions and methods for inhibiting BMP signaling. These compounds and compositions may be used to modulate cell growth, differentiation, proliferation, and apoptosis, and thus may be useful for treating diseases or conditions associated with BMP signaling, including inflammation, cardiovascular... University Of Houston

10/19/17 / #20170296617

Rho associated kinase (rock) inhibitors and their use in treating disease

The present disclosure describes peptide inhibitors of Rho-associtated-kinase (ROCK) and their use in treating disorders including heart failure, the leading cause of combined morbidity and mortality in the United States. An inhibitory polypeptide blocks ROCK1 activity in the presence of 1 mM ATP. The binding epitope on ROCK1 was mapped... University Of Houston

10/12/17 / #20170290503

Optical coherence elastography to assess biomechanics and detect progression of ocular and other tissues degenerative diseases

An excitation force (internal or external) and phase-sensitive optical coherence elastography (OCE) system, used in conjunction with a data analyzing algorithm, is capable of measuring and quantifying biomechanical parameters of tissues in situ and in vivo. The method was approbated and demonstrated on an example of the system that combines... University Of Houston

10/05/17 / #20170288112

Fabrication of stable electrode/diffusion barrier layers for thermoelectric filled skutterudite devices

Disclosed are methods for the manufacture of n-type and p-type filled skutterudite thermoelectric legs of an electrical contact. A first material of CoSi2 and a dopant are ball-milled to form a first powder which is thermo-mechanically processed with a second powder of n-type skutterudite to form a n-type skutterudite layer... University Of Houston

09/14/17 / #20170258714

Nanovectors for penetrating brain tumor tissues to conduct gene therapy

A method of selectively targeting a cell with a therapeutic agent, the method comprising: targeting a cell with a nanospear, puncturing the cell with said nanospear; releasing a therapeutic agent from said nanospear, wherein said therapeutic agent enters said cell, thereby effecting the efficacy of said cell.... University Of Houston

09/07/17 / #20170253488

Graft polymerization initiated on graphitic nanomaterials and their nanocomposite formation

An improved graft polymerization method from general graphitic structures with organic based monomers through the mechanism of Reversible Addition-Fragmentation Chain Transfer (RAFT) polymerization was developed. Organic hybrid nanoma erialls comprising graphitic structures are covalently bonded via chemically reactive groups on the outer walls of the structure, Methods for forming the... University Of Houston

08/31/17 / #20170247261

One-step the synthesis of high silica content zeolites in organic-free media

In an embodiment, the present disclosure pertains to a composition comprising a zeolite with high silica content. In some embodiments, the silica to aluminum ratio (SAR) for the zeolite is 2:1. In some embodiments, the zeolite comprises Zeolite HOU-2 (LTA-type). In some embodiments, the silica to aluminum ratio (SAR) for... University Of Houston

08/31/17 / #20170247288

Multifunctional compositions and material laminates with graphitic or other nanomaterials

Compositions and methods for improved materials and material laminates with graphitic or inorganic/organic nanomaterials are presented. Graphitic or inorganic/organic nanomaterials, such as carbon nanotubes, carbon nanofibers, graphenes or graphene oxides, are introduced into an aqueous composition as fillers to provide a graphitic or inorganic/organic nanocomposite. Such composition may be used... University Of Houston

08/17/17 / #20170233435

A molecular extraction in live cells

A method of extracting biomolecules from live cells comprising: introducing a plurality of magnetized carbon nanotubes (MCNTs) into a live cell, wherein the MCNTs penetrate the cell membrane under a magnetic force; spearing the MCNTs through the cell under the magnetic force, wherein a biomolecule attaches to at least a... University Of Houston

08/17/17 / #20170234860

Sequence and chiral selectivity of dna-drug interactions revealed by force spectroscopy

Methods of quantifying the efficiency of a drug molecule for its targeted receptor, using a differential binding force to quantify the efficiency of a drug molecule to its targeted receptor.... University Of Houston

08/10/17 / #20170224711

Compositions and methods for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases

In some embodiments, the present disclosure pertains to a composition for modulating the expression of at least one gene associated with neuronal cell survival or stability. In some embodiments, the present disclosure provides for compositions for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases comprising one or more phosphate complexes of platinum of... University Of Houston

07/13/17 / #20170197968

Compositions and methods for inhibiting bmp

The present invention provides small-molecule inhibitors of BMP signaling and compositions and methods for inhibiting BMP signaling. These compounds and compositions may be used to modulate cell growth, differentiation, proliferation, and apoptosis, and thus may be useful for treating diseases or conditions associated with BMP signaling, including inflammation, cardiovascular disease,... University Of Houston

07/06/17 / #20170194078

Superconductor article with directional flux pinning

A method and composition for doped HTS tapes having directional flux pinning and critical current.... University Of Houston

06/29/17 / #20170184476

Universal antigen retrieval compounds and methods of use

In some embodiments, the present disclosure pertains to a method for retrieving at least one molecular recognition element in a fixed tissue. In some embodiments the method comprises preparing a solution comprising at least one aldehyde-scavenging agent. In some embodiments, the method comprises contacting the fixed tissue with the solution.... University Of Houston

06/01/17 / #20170152549

Nanoporous gold and silver nanoparticles and substrates for molecular and biomolecular sensing

A methodology for assays and diagnostics utilizes a nanoporous or corrugated metal-containing surface, fiber or particle which enhances or suppresses the optical detectability of a label. The resulting optical, electromagnetic, or imaging signal signals the presence of a pathogen or analyte of interest. Preferred embodiments pertain to label-free, in situ... University Of Houston

05/18/17 / #20170135772

Robotic device for image-guided surgery and interventions

Provided herein are actuation transmission lines used for robotic systems, for example, MRI guided robots, for image-guided robot-assisted surgical and medical intervention procedures. This actuation transmission lines may include any of the following: one or more sections of a flexible channel; one or more sections of a rigid channel in... University Of Houston

04/27/17 / #20170113043

Accommodation stimulation and recording device

Embodiments described herein generally relate to devices and methods for stimulation or recording of accommodation of an eye. Accommodation of an eye naturally occurs through contraction of the ciliary muscle. Embodiments described herein can deliver electrostimulation to the ciliary muscle through a pair of electrodes which deliver power over an... University Of Houston

04/20/17 / #20170106088

Magnetic directed alignment of stem cell scaffolds for regeneration

The present disclosure relates to liposomal delivery vehicles comprising magnetic particles and their use in modifying stem cells for delivery to target sites such as neuronal tissues.... University Of Houston








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