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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535544/portuguese-recommendations-for-the-use-of-biological-therapies-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-2016-update
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Catia Duarte, Joana Sousa-Neves, Ana Águeda, Pedro Ribeiro, Alexandra Daniel, Gisela Eugénio, Sofia Serra, Filipe Araújo, Anabela Barcelos, Barcelos Filipe, Miguel Bernardes, Helena Canhão, Marcos Cerqueira, Susana Capela, Ana Cordeiro, Flavio Costa, Lucia Costa, Margarida Cruz, Luis Cunha Miranda, Catarina Duarte, Sandra Falcão, Daniela Faria, Ricardo Figueira, João Pedro Freitas, Maria João Gonçalves, João Madruga Dias, José Melo Gomes, Ana Filipa Mourão, Adriano Neto, Filipa Oliveira Ramos, Sofia Pimenta, Patricia Pinto, Joaquim Polido Pereira, Cristina Ponte, João Ramos, Ana Rodrigues, Helena Santos, Maria José Santos, Alexandre Sepriano, Candida Silva, José Tavares Costa, Filipa Teixeira, Vitor Teixeira, Paula Valente, Elsa Vieira-Sousa, Rita Barros, Pedro Abreu, João Eurico Fonseca
OBJECTIVE: To update the recommendations for the treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) with biological therapies, endorsed by the Portuguese Society of Rheumatology (SPR). METHODS: These treatment recommendations were formulated by Portuguese rheumatologists based on literature evidence and consensus opinion. At a national meeting the 10 recommendations were discussed and updated. The document resulting from this meeting circulated to all Portuguese rheumatologists, who anonymously voted online on the level of agreement with the recommendations...
May 4, 2017: Acta Reumatológica Portuguesa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535337/overall-structural-model-of-ns5a-protein-from-hepatitis-c-virus-and-modulation-by-mutations-confering-resistance-of-virus-replication-to-cyclosporin-a
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Aurelie Badillo, Veronique Brechot, Stephane Sarrazin, François-Xavier Cantrelle, Frederic Delolme, Marie-Laure Fogeron, Jennifer Molle, Roland Montserret, Anja Bockmann, Ralf Bartenschlager, Volker Lohmann, Guy Lippens, Sylvie Ricard-Blum, Xavier Hanoulle, Francois Penin
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) nonstructural protein 5A (NS5A) is a RNA-binding phosphoprotein composed of a N-terminal membrane anchor (AH), a structured domain 1 (D1) and two intrinsically disordered domains (D2 and D3). The knowledge of the functional architecture of this multifunctional protein remains limited. We report here that NS5A-D1D2D3 produced in a wheat germ cell-free system is obtained under a highly phosphorylated state. Its NMR analysis revealed that these phosphorylations do not change the disordered nature of D2 and D3 domains but increase the number of conformers due to partial phosphorylations...
May 23, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530191/green-synthesis-of-silver-nanoparticles-using-bovine-skin-gelatin-and-its-antibacterial-effect-on-clinical-bacterial-isolates
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Hosam I Salaheldin, Meshal H K Almalki, Gamal E H Osman
Nanoparticles are being increasingly used in day-to-day life. Therefore, concerns have been raised regarding their interactions with the surrounding environment. This study focused on a simple green method for synthesizing silver nanoparticles (Ag-NPs) in an autoclave at 15 psi (103 kPa) and 121°C. An aqueous solution of AgNO3 as a precursor of Ag-NPs and gelatin (type B) reducing and/or stabilizing (capping) agent were used. The effect of various AgNO3 concentrations of certain gelatin concentration and various gelatin concentrations at constant AgNO3 concentration, and autoclaving time, was studied...
June 2017: IET Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527412/early-stage-detection-of-ve-cadherin-during-endothelial-differentiation-of-human-mesenchymal-stem-cells-using-spr-biosensor
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Farzaneh Fathi, Aysa Rezabakhsh, Reza Rahbarghazi, Mohammad-Reza Rashidi
Surface plasmon resonance (SPR) biosensors are most commonly applied for real-time dynamic analysis and measurement of interactions in bio-molecular studies and cell-surface analysis without the need for labeling processes. Up to present, SPR application in stem cell biology and biomedical sciences was underused. Herein, a very simple and sensitive method was developed to evaluate human mesenchymal stem cells trans-differentiation to endothelial lineage of over a period of 14 days based on VE-cadherin biomarker...
May 10, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526626/longevity-and-healthy-ageing-genes-foxo3a-and-sirt3-serum-protein-marker-and-new-road-map-to-burst-oxidative-stress-by-withania-somnifera
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Rashmita Pradhan, Rahul Kumar, Shashank Shekhar, Nitish Rai, Akash Ambashtha, Joyita Banerjee, Mona Pathak, S N Dwivedi, Sharmistha Dey, Aparajit B Dey
BACKGROUND: Ageing process is characterized by a decline in function; different age related diseases and excessive age associated mortality. There has always been a quest for easily accessible biomarkers to monitor and identify the development of age-associated stress for providing new anti-ageing strategies. Forkhead box protein O3A (FOXO3A) and Sirtuin3 (SIRT3) are such potential markers which plays important role in a wide variety of cellular mechanisms and has been proposed to be an ideal candidate to study longevity and are potential candidate for healthy ageing by oxidative burst...
May 16, 2017: Experimental Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523851/identification-of-multiple-druggable-secondary-sites-by-fragment-screening-against-dc-sign
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Jonas Aretz, Hannes Baukmann, Elena Shanina, Jonas Hanske, Robert Wawrzinek, Viktor A Zapol'skii, Peter H Seeberger, Dieter E Kaufmann, Christoph Rademacher
DC-SIGN is a cell-surface receptor for several pathogenic threats, such as HIV, Ebola virus, or Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Multiple attempts to develop inhibitors of the underlying carbohydrate-protein interactions have been undertaken in the past fifteen years. Still, drug-like DC-SIGN ligands are sparse, which is most likely due to its hydrophilic, solvent-exposed carbohydrate-binding site. Herein, we report on a parallel fragment screening against DC-SIGN applying SPR and a reporter displacement assay, which complements previous screenings using (19) F NMR spectroscopy and chemical fragment microarrays...
May 19, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521291/ube2j2-promotes-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cell-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-and-invasion-in-vitro
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Shaopeng Chen, Ying Tan, Haihua Deng, Zhifa Shen, Yanhong Liu, Pan Wu, Chunyan Tan, Yuyang Jiang
Ubiquitin-conjugating enzyme E2 J2 (UBE2J2) is an ubiquitin proteasome component that responds to proteotoxic stress. We found that UBE2J2 was highly expressed in cellular protrusions of HCCLM3 metastatic hepatocellular carcinoma (HC) cells. Immunohistochemical analyses showed that UBE2J2 was expressed at higher levels in HC patient tissues than in corresponding non-tumor tissues. Because cellular protrusions are important for cell invasion, we hypothesized that UBE2J2 promotes HC cell invasion. We used chip-based surface plasmon resonance (SPR) to assess possible mechanisms of UBE2J2-regulated HCCLM3 cell invasion...
May 3, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520392/gold-nanostar-enhanced-surface-plasmon-resonance-detection-of-an-antibiotic-at-attomolar-concentrations-via-an-aptamer-antibody-sandwich-assay
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Suhee Kim, Hye Jin Lee
A new sandwich assay for tetracycline (TC) involving a DNA aptamer and antibody pair is demonstrated in conjunction with gold nanostar (GNS) enhanced surface plasmon resonance (SPR) to achieve detection in the low attomolar range. GNS particles were covalently functionalized with the antibody probe (antiTC) and integrated into a surface sandwich assay in conjunction with a SPR gold chip modified with the TC-specific aptamer. After it was demonstrated that both affinity probes can bind simultaneously to TC, optimization of the assay was performed using either antiTC only or GNS-antiTC conjugates to interact with aptamer/TC complexes present on the chip surface...
May 18, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518207/influence-of-particle-size-and-dielectric-environment-on-the-dispersion-behaviour-and-surface-plasmon-in-nickel-nanoparticles
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Vikash Sharma, Chanderbhan Chotia, Tarachand, Vedachalaiyer Ganesan, Gunadhor S Okram
Nickel nanoparticles (NPs) are promising candidates for various applications, including biomedical ones, as they have good magnetic properties as well as high thermal conductivity. We used well-characterized Ni NPs of average Scherrer sizes from 1.31 nm to 22.23 nm and investigated the effects of the primary particle size, size distribution and dielectric environments, and of separately adding non-ionic polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), cationic cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) and anionic ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) in ethanol, on their stability and agglomeration behaviour using atomic force microscopy (AFM), particle size analysis and zeta potential study through dynamic light scattering (DLS) combined with UV-visible spectroscopy data...
May 18, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514955/label-free-biosensing-of-salmonella-enterica-serovars-at-single-cell-level
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Bin Wang, Bosoon Park, Bingqian Xu, Yongkuk Kwon
BACKGROUND: The emerging nanotechnologies have greatly facilitated the development of label-free biosensors. The atomic force microscopy (AFM) has been used to study the molecular mechanism of the reactions for protein and aptamers. The surface plasmon resonance (SPR) have been used in fast detections of various pathogens such as bacteria. This study used both AFM and SPR to investigate the complex reactions between aptamers and outer membrane proteins (OMPs) on the surface of S. typhimurium...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513847/transmission-characteristics-of-a-two-dimensional-antiscatter-grid-prototype-for-cbct
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Cem Altunbas, Brian Kavanagh, Timur Alexeev, Moyed Miften
AIM: High fraction of scattered radiation in cone-beam CT (CBCT) imaging degrades CT number accuracy and visualization of low contrast objects. To suppress scatter in CBCT projections, we developed a focused, two-dimensional antiscatter grid (2DASG) prototype. In this work, we report on the primary and scatter transmission characteristics of the 2DASG prototype aimed for linac mounted, offset detector geometry CBCT systems in radiation therapy, and compared its performance to a conventional one-dimensional ASG (1DASG)...
May 17, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512660/selective-protein-recognition-in-supported-lipid-bilayer-arrays-by-tailored-dual-mode-deep-cavitand-hosts
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Lizeth Perez, Magi Mettry, Samuel S Hinman, Samantha R Byers, Kristy S McKeating, Bethany G Caulkins, Quan Cheng, Richard J Hooley
Self-folding deep cavitands with variably functionalized upper rims are able to selectively immobilize proteins at a biomimetic supported lipid bilayer surface. The immobilization process takes advantage of the dual-mode binding capabilities of the hosts, combining a defined binding pocket with upper rim charged/H-bonding groups. A variety of proteins can be selectively immobilized at the bilayer interface, either via complementary charge/H-bonding interactions, cavity-based molecular recognition, or a combination of both...
May 17, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511110/determination-of-regional-relationships-among-salmonella-spp-isolated-from-retail-pork-circulating-in-the-chiang-mai-municipality-area-using-a-wgs-data-approach
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Prapas Patchanee, Thanaporn Eiamsam-Ang, Juntakarn Vanaseang, Phacharaporn Boonkhot, Pakpoom Tadee
Salmonella is recognized as a significant zoonotic foodborne pathogen, and pork products are involved in one-fifth of infections. Whole genome sequencing data of Salmonella isolated from retail's pork circulating in the Chiang Mai Municipality area between April 2013 and September 2014, were used to focus on genetic diversity and proven in pig-human transmission based on Multilocus Sequence Typing (MLST). Additionally, WGS data were used to investigate virulence genes, to assess the hazard or pathogenic potential transferred into the food production chain...
May 10, 2017: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511067/a-fuzzy-logic-based-tool-to-assess-beef-cattle-ranching-sustainability-in-complex-environmental-systems
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Sandra A Santos, Helano Póvoas de Lima, Silvia M F S Massruhá, Urbano G P de Abreu, Walfrido M Tomás, Suzana M Salis, Evaldo L Cardoso, Márcia Divina de Oliveira, Márcia Toffani S Soares, Antônio Dos Santos, Luiz Orcírio F de Oliveira, Débora F Calheiros, Sandra M A Crispim, Balbina M A Soriano, Christiane O G Amâncio, Alessandro Pacheco Nunes, Luiz Alberto Pellegrin
One of the most relevant issues in discussion worldwide nowadays is the concept of sustainability. However, sustainability assessment is a difficult task due to the complexity of factors involved in the natural world added to the human interference. In order to assess the sustainability of beef ranching in complex and uncertain tropical environment systems this paper describes a decision support system based on fuzzy rule-approach, the Sustainable Pantanal Ranch (SPR). This tool was built by a set of measurements and indicators integrated by fuzzy logic to evaluate the attributes of the three dimensions of sustainability...
May 13, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510609/spr-based-fragment-screening-with-neurotensin-receptor-1-generates-novel-small-molecule-ligands
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Sylwia Huber, Fabio Casagrande, Melanie N Hug, Lisha Wang, Philipp Heine, Lutz Kummer, Andreas Plückthun, Michael Hennig
The neurotensin receptor 1 represents an important drug target involved in various diseases of the central nervous system. So far, the full exploitation of potential therapeutic activities has been compromised by the lack of compounds with favorable physicochemical and pharmacokinetic properties which efficiently penetrate the blood-brain barrier. Recent progress in the generation of stabilized variants of solubilized neurotensin receptor 1 and its subsequent purification and successful structure determination presents a solid starting point to apply the approach of fragment-based screening to extend the chemical space of known neurotensin receptor 1 ligands...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510416/optical-asymmetry-and-nonlinear-light-scattering-from-colloidal-gold-nanorods
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Miao-Bin Lien, Ji-Young Kim, Myung-Geun Han, You-Chia Chang, Yu-Chung Chang, Heather J Ferguson, Yimei Zhu, Andrew A Herzing, John C Schotland, Nicholas A Kotov, Theodore B Norris
A systematic study is presented of the intensity-dependent nonlinear light scattering spectra of gold nanorods under resonant excitation of the longitudinal surface plasmon resonance (SPR). The spectra exhibit features due to coherent second and third harmonic generation as well as a broadband feature that has been previously attributed to multiphoton photoluminescence arising primarily from interband optical transitions in the gold. A detailed study of the spectral dependence of the scaling of the scattered light with excitation intensity shows unexpected scaling behavior of the coherent signals, which is quantitatively accounted for by optically induced damping of the SPR mode through a Fermi liquid model of the electronic scattering...
May 16, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510014/biosensor-binding-data-and-its-applicability-to-the-determination-of-active-concentration
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REVIEW
Robert Karlsson
Protein concentration data are required for understanding protein interactions and are a prerequisite for the determination of affinity and kinetic properties. It is vital for the judgment of protein quality and for monitoring the effect of therapeutic agents. Protein concentration values are typically obtained by comparison to a standard and derived from a standard curve. The use of a protein standard is convenient, but may not give reliable results if samples and standards behave differently. In other cases, a standard preparation may not be available and has to be established and validated...
December 2016: Biophysical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509571/numerical-study-of-novel-ratiometric-sensors-based-on-plasmon-exciton-coupling
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Yuankai Tang, Xiantong Yu, Haifeng Pan, Jinquan Chen, Benjamin Audit, Françoise Argoul, Sanjun Zhang, Jianhua Xu
We numerically studied the optical properties of spherical nanostructures made of an emitter core coated by a silver shell through the generalized Mie theory. When there is a strong coupling between the localized surface plasmon in the metallic shell and the emitter exciton in the core, the extinction spectra exhibit two peaks. Upon adsorption of analytes on these core-shell nanostructures, the intensities of the two peaks change with opposite trends. This property makes them potential sensitive ratiometric sensors...
January 1, 2017: Applied Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507699/polylysine-grafted-au144-nanoclusters-birth-and-growth-of-a-healthy-surface-plasmon-resonance-like-band
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Ivan Guryanov, Federico Polo, Evgeniy V Ubyvovk, Evgenia Korzhikova-Vlakh, Tatiana Tennikova, Armin T Rad, Mu-Ping Nieh, Flavio Maran
Poly(amino acid)-coated gold nanoparticles hold promise in biomedical applications, particularly because they combine the unique physicochemical properties of the gold core, excellent biocompatibility, and easy functionalization of the poly(amino acid)-capping shell. Here we report a novel method for the preparation of robust hybrid core-shell nanosystems consisting of a Au144 cluster and a densely grafted polylysine layer. Linear polylysine chains were grown by direct N-carboxyanhydride (NCA) polymerization onto ligands capping the gold nanocluster...
April 1, 2017: Chemical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505563/ultrasensitive-magnetic-field-assisted-surface-plasmon-resonance-immunoassay-for-human-cardiac-troponin-i
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Qiong Wu, Ying Sun, Di Zhang, Shuo Li, Yue Zhang, Pinyi Ma, Yang Yu, Xinghua Wang, Daqian Song
An ultrasensitive surface plasmon resonance (SPR) immunoassay was developed for the specific detection of human cardiac troponin I (cTnI), a principle diagnostic marker for myocardial damage. The thin gold film evaporated on a glass slate, which was employed as the SPR sensing film, was modified by hollow gold nanoparticles (HGNPs) and polydopamine (PDA) sequentially, and then was immobilized with antibodies for specific recognition of target analyte. Electronic coupling of the surface plasmon waves originating from the HGNPs and the gold film leads to the remarkable amplification of SPR response...
May 12, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
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