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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782001/a-simple-and-reproducible-method-to-prepare-membrane-samples-from-freshly-isolated-rat-brain-microvessels
#1
Hrvoje Brzica, Wazir Abdullahi, Bianca G Reilly, Patrick T Ronaldson
The blood-brain barrier (BBB) is a dynamic barrier tissue that responds to various pathophysiological and pharmacological stimuli. Such changes resulting from these stimuli can greatly modulate drug delivery to the brain and, by extension, cause considerable challenges in the treatment of central nervous system (CNS) diseases. Many BBB changes that affect pharmacotherapy, involve proteins that are localized and expressed at the level of endothelial cells. Indeed, such knowledge on BBB physiology in health and disease has sparked considerable interest in the study of these membrane proteins...
May 7, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781745/using-dextran-of-different-molecular-weights-to-achieve-faster-freeze-drying-and-improved-storage-stability-of-lactate-dehydrogenase
#2
Bjarke Strøm Larsen, Jeppe Skytte, Anna J Svagan, Helena Meng-Lund, Holger Grohganz, Korbinian Löbmann
Freeze-drying of protein formulations is frequently used to maintain protein activity during storage. The freeze-drying process usually requires long primary drying times because the highest acceptable drying temperature to obtain acceptable products is dependent on the glass transition temperature of the maximally freeze-concentrated solution (Tg '). On the other hand, retaining protein activity during storage is related to the glass transition temperature (Tg ) of the final freeze-dried product. In this study, dextrans with different molecular weight (1 kDa and 40 kDa) and mixtures thereof at the ratio 3:1, 1:1 and 1:3 (w/w) were used as cryo-/lyoprotectant and their impact on the stability of the model protein lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) was investigated at elevated temperatures (40 and 60°C)...
May 21, 2018: Pharmaceutical Development and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781175/translational-safety-biomarkers-of-colonic-barrier-integrity-in-the-rat
#3
Tim Erkens, Ruud Bueters, Marjolein van Heerden, Filip Cuyckens, Rob Vreeken, Nick Goeminne, Lieve Lammens
The intestinal barrier controls intestinal permeability, and its disruption has been associated with multiple diseases. Therefore, preclinical safety biomarkers monitoring barrier integrity are essential during the development of drugs targeting the intestines, particularly if starting treatment early after onset of disease. Classical toxicology endpoints are not sensitive enough and therefore our objective was to identify non-invasive markers enabling early in vivo detection of colonic barrier perturbation...
May 20, 2018: Journal of Applied Toxicology: JAT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779373/water-in-water-emulsion-gels-stabilized-by-cellulose-nanocrystals
#4
Emna Ben Ayed, Remy Cochereau, Cyrille Dechance, Isabelle Capron, Taco Nicolai, Lazhar Benyahia
Particle stabilized water-in-water emulsions were prepared by mixing dextran and poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) in water and adding cellulose nanocrystals (CNC). The CNC formed a layer at the surface of the dispersed droplets formed by the PEO rich phase. Excess CNC partitioned to the continuous dextran phase. Aggregation of CNC at different rates was induced by adding NaCl between 10 mM and 100 mM. In the presence of more than 2 g/L CNC, fast aggregation led to the formation of an emulsion gel showing no signs of creaming...
May 19, 2018: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779110/translocation-of-oligonucleotide-oligosaccharide-complexes-into-cells-of-the-brain
#5
N N Dygalo, T S Kalinina, D A Lanshakov
Irradiation of a mixture of oligonucleotides with dextran resulted in the formation of a complex that is detected by a decelerated migration of an irradiated sample in electrophoretic gel compared to a non-irradiated one. When injected into the brain of neonatal rats, the formed complex penetrated into the cells 3 times easier compared to the original oligonucleotide, thus indicating that the use of radiation crosslinking of oligonucleotides with oligosaccharides is promising to enhance the efficiency of delivery of gene-targeted oligonucleotide drugs into cells...
March 2018: Doklady. Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778476/glycation-of-whey-protein-with-dextrans-of-different-molar-mass-effect-on-immunoglobulin-e-binding-capacity-with-blood-sera-obtained-from-patients-with-cow-milk-protein-allergy
#6
Lei Xu, Yuansheng Gong, James E Gern, Shinya Ikeda, John A Lucey
A growing concern around the world is the number of people who are suffering from food protein allergies. One potential approach to decrease protein allergenicity is to block IgE-binding epitopes of the protein allergen by attachment of polysaccharides via the Maillard reaction (i.e., glycation). Protein glycation has been extensively studied to modify various functional properties. We wanted to examine whether glycates could reduce IgE binding in patients with cow milk protein allergy and to explore how the size (molar mass; MW ) of the polysaccharide affects this IgE-binding capacity...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778074/how-does-free-ammonia-based-sludge-pretreatment-improve-methane-production-from-anaerobic-digestion-of-waste-activated-sludge
#7
Dongbo Wang, Bowen Liu, Xuran Liu, Qiuxiang Xu, Qi Yang, Yiwen Liu, Guangming Zeng, Xiaoming Li, Bing-Jie Ni
Previous studies reported that free ammonia (FA) pretreatment could improve methane production from anaerobic digestion of waste activated sludge (WAS) effectively. However, details of how FA pretreatment improves methane production are poorly understood. This study therefore aims to reveal the underlying mechanisms of FA pretreatment affecting anaerobic digestion of WAS through a series of batch tests using either real sludge or synthetic media as the digestion substrates at different pH values. At pH 8.5 level, with an increase of FA level from 18...
May 10, 2018: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777964/protection-of-gnrh-analogue-by-chitosan-dextran-sulfate-nanoparticles-for-intravaginal-application-in-rabbit-artificial-insemination
#8
L Casares-Crespo, P Fernández-Serrano, M P Viudes-de-Castro
The present study was designed to prove new rabbit insemination extenders containing aminopeptidase inhibitors (AMIs) with or without chitosan (CS)-dextran sulfate (DS) nanoparticles entrapping the GnRH analogue. In addition, different hormone concentrations were tested in these extenders, evaluating their in vivo effect on rabbit reproductive performance after artificial insemination. A total of 911 females were inseminated with semen diluted with the four experimental extenders (C4 group: 4 μg buserelin/doe in control medium (Tris-citric acid-glucose supplemented with bestatin 10 μM and EDTA 20 mM), C5 group: 5 μg of buserelin/doe in control medium, Q4 group: 4 μg of buserelin/doe into CS-DS nanoparticles in control medium, Q5 group: 5 μg of busereline/doe into CS-DS nanoparticles in control medium)...
May 16, 2018: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777678/uva-riboflavin-collagen-crosslinking-stiffening-effects-on-anterior-and-posterior-corneal-flaps
#9
Hamed Hatami-Marbini, Sandeep M Jayaram
The UVA/riboflavin collagen crosslinking (CXL) is one of the treatment procedure for stopping the progression of keratoconus. The inclusion criterion for this procedure is a minimum corneal thickness of 400 μm, which is not often met in patients with advanced keratoconus. Preoperatively swelling of thin corneas was shown to stabilize the keratectasia without any postoperative endothelial damage. Recently, we have shown that swelling porcine corneas prior to the CXL treatment had no significant effect on the resulting improvement in their tensile properties...
May 16, 2018: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777169/difructose-dianhydride-improves-intestinal-calcium-absorption-wound-healing-and-barrier-function
#10
Sang In Lee, In Ho Kim
The gastrointestinal tract (GIT) is critical for nutrient absorption and is an important barrier against harmful pathogens and antigens. Difructose anhydrides (DFA)-IVs are nondigestible disaccharides that enhance calcium and iron absorption by affecting the intestinal epithelial tissue. However, their effects on intestinal functions are not fully understood. In this study, we performed a feeding trial and found that dietary DFA-IVs improved growth performance, relative breast muscle and liver weight, and digestibility and blood calcium and iron concentrations in broilers...
May 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776812/preservation-with-%C3%AE-1-antitrypsin-improves-primary-graft-function-of-murine-lung-transplants
#11
Jessica Götzfried, Natalia F Smirnova, Carmela Morrone, Brice Korkmaz, Ali Önder Yildirim, Oliver Eickelberg, Dieter E Jenne
BACKGROUND: Vascular damage and primary graft dysfunction increase with prolonged preservation times of transplanted donor lungs. Hence, storage and conservation of donated lungs in protein-free, dextran-containing electrolyte solutions, like Perfadex, is limited to about 6 hours. We hypothesized that transplanted lungs are protected against neutrophil-mediated proteolytic damage by adding α1 -anti-trypsin (AAT), a highly abundant human plasma proteinase inhibitor, to Perfadex. METHODS: A realistic clinically oriented murine model of lung transplantation was used to simulate the ischemia-reperfusion process...
March 30, 2018: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776458/hydrocephalus-after-intrathecal-administration-of-dextran-to-rhesus-macaques-macaca-mulatta
#12
Jason P Dufour, Kasi E Russell-Lodrigue, Lara Doyle-Meyers, Kathrine P Falkenstein, Robert V Blair, Elizabeth S Didier, Nadia Slisarenko, Kenneth C Williams, Marcelo J Kuroda
Dextrans have been used extensively as medical therapies and labeling agents in biomedical research to investigate theblood-brain barrier and CSF flow and absorption. Adverse effects from dextrans include anaphylactic reaction and dilation ofthe cerebral ventricles due to administration into the subarachnoid space. This retrospective study describes 51 rhesus macaques(Macaca mulatta) that received dextran intrathecally. The purpose of intrathecal administration was to enable detection oflong-lived, dextran-labeled macrophages and to study monocyte-macrophage turnover in the CNS of SIV- or SHIV- infectedand uninfected animals by using immunofluorescence...
May 18, 2018: Comparative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775230/alcohol-enhances-symptoms-and-propensity-for-infection-in-inflammatory-bowel-disease-patients-and-a-murine-model-of-dss-induced-colitis
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Abigail R Cannon, Paulius V Kuprys, Adrienne N Cobb, Xianzhong Ding, Anai N Kothari, Paul C Kuo, Joshua M Eberhardt, Adam M Hammer, Niya L Morris, Xiaoling Li, Mashkoor A Choudhry
Over 1.4 million Americans have been diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and ulcerative colitis (UC) makes up approximately half of those diagnoses. As a disease, UC cycles between periods of remission and flare, which is characterized by intense abdominal pain, increased weight loss, intestinal inflammation, rectal bleeding, and dehydration. Interestingly, a widespread recommendation to IBD patients for avoidance of a flare period is "Don't Drink Alcohol" as recent work correlated alcohol consumption with increased GI symptoms in patients with IBD...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774568/effects-of-plasma-proteins-on-the-transport-and-surface-characteristics-of-polysulfone-polyethersulfone-and-asymmetric-cellulose-triacetate-high-flux-dialyzers
#14
Tae Ryung Kim, Mahsa Hadidi, Seyed Pouria Motevalian, Takashi Sunohara, Andrew L Zydney
Blood-membrane interactions can have a large impact on the performance of hemodialysis membranes, particularly for high flux membranes in which the membrane itself provides very low resistance to solute transport. The objective of this study was to examine the effects of exposure to serum on the solute clearance and convective sieving characteristics of high flux polysulfone (Optiflux F250NR), polyethersulfone (ELISIO-25H), and asymmetric cellulose triacetate (SOLACEA-25H) hemodialyzers using both vitamin B12 and a range of polydisperse dextrans...
May 17, 2018: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774026/critical-role-of-alternative-m2-skewing-in-mir-155-deletion-mediated-protection-of-colitis
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Jintao Li, Ji Zhang, Hongxia Guo, Shimin Yang, Weiping Fan, Nan Ye, Zhiqiang Tian, Tiantian Yu, Guoping Ai, Zigang Shen, Haiyang He, Ping Yan, Hui Lin, Xue Luo, Hongli Li, Yuzhang Wu
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is associated with dysregulation of both innate and adaptive immune response in the intestine. MicroRNA (miR)-155 is frequently expressed and functions in many immune cell types. Besides its function in adaptive immunity, miR-155 is a key regulator of the innate immune response in macrophages, dendritic cells, and even in epithelia cells. Although the roles of miR-155 within T and B lymphocytes in colitis have been reported, its function in innate immune cells has not been thoroughly examined...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774025/co-stimulation-impaired-bone-marrow-derived-dendritic-cells-prevent-dextran-sodium-sulfate-induced-colitis-in-mice
#16
Carl Engman, Yesica Garciafigueroa, Brett Eugene Phillips, Massimo Trucco, Nick Giannoukakis
Dendritic cells (DC) are important in the onset and severity of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Tolerogenic DC induce T-cells to become therapeutic Foxp3+ regulatory T-cells (Tregs). We therefore asked if experimental IBD could be prevented by administration of bone marrow-derived DC generated under conventional GM-CSF/IL-4 conditions but in the presence of a mixture of antisense DNA oligonucleotides targeting the primary transcripts of CD40, CD80, and CD86. These cell products (which we call AS-ODN BM-DC) have demonstrated tolerogenic activity in preventing type 1 diabetes and preserving beta cell mass in new-onset type 1 diabetes in the NOD mouse strain, in earlier studies...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773813/amelioration-of-experimental-autoimmune-encephalomyelitis-and-dss-induced-colitis-by-ntg-a-009-through-the-inhibition-of-th1-and-th17-cells-differentiation
#17
Suman Acharya, Maheshwor Timilshina, Liyuan Jiang, Sabita Neupane, Dong-Young Choi, Sang Won Park, Sang Yeul Lee, Byeong-Seon Jeong, Jung-Ae Kim, Tae-Gyu Nam, Jae-Hoon Chang
CD4+ T cells are the central for the mammalian adaptive immune system. Naïve CD4+ T cells mainly differentiate in to pro-inflammatory Th1, Th2 and Th17 cells upon antigenic stimulation. IFN-γ secreting Th1 cells and IL-17 secreting Th17 cells are found to play key roles in autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis (MS) and ulcerative colitis (UC). In this study we found NTG-A-009, 6-aminopyridin-3-ol, has great inhibitory effect on in vitro differentiation of Th1 and Th17 cells without affecting regulatory T cells...
May 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773794/calreticulin-and-integrin-alpha-dissociation-induces-anti-inflammatory-programming-in-animal-models-of-inflammatory-bowel-disease
#18
Masayoshi Ohkuro, Jun-Dal Kim, Yoshikazu Kuboi, Yuki Hayashi, Hayase Mizukami, Hiroko Kobayashi-Kuramochi, Kenzo Muramoto, Manabu Shirato, Fumiko Michikawa-Tanaka, Jun Moriya, Teruya Kozaki, Kazuma Takase, Kenichi Chiba, Kishan Lal Agarwala, Takayuki Kimura, Makoto Kotake, Tetsuya Kawahara, Naoki Yoneda, Shinsuke Hirota, Hiroshi Azuma, Nobuko Ozasa-Komura, Yoshiaki Ohashi, Masafumi Muratani, Keiji Kimura, Ieharu Hishinuma, Akiyoshi Fukamizu
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), including ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, is a chronic intestinal inflammatory condition initiated by integrins-mediated leukocyte adhesion to the activated colonic microvascular endothelium. Calreticulin (CRT), a calcium-binding chaperone, is known as a partner in the activation of integrin α subunits (ITGAs). The relationship between their interaction and the pathogenesis of IBD is largely unknown. Here we show that a small molecule, orally active ER-464195-01, inhibits the CRT binding to ITGAs, which suppresses the adhesiveness of both T cells and neutrophils...
May 17, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773368/mutlifunctional-nanoparticles-prepared-from-arginine-modified-chitosan-and-thiolated-fucoidan-for-oral-delivery-of-hydrophobic-and-hydrophilic-drugs
#19
Chien-Ho Chen, Yung-Song Lin, Shao-Jung Wu, Fwu-Long Mi
Self-assembled nanoparticles (NPs) from arginine-modified chitosan (CS-N-Arg) and thiolated fucoidan (THL-fucoidan) were synthesized to enhance the transport of dextran and curcumin across intestinal epithelial cell layer. CS-N-Arg/THL-fucoidan NPs exhibited a pH-sensitive assembly-disassembly and drug release property. Evaluations of the NPs in enhancing the transport of a hydrophilic macromolecule (FITC-dextran) and a hydrophobic drug (curcumin) were investigated in Caco-2 cell monolayers. The cationic CS-N-Arg in the NPs induced disruption of intestinal epithelial tight junctions as indicated by the decrease of transepithelial electrical resistance (TEER)...
August 1, 2018: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772465/effect-of-temperature-on-production-of-oligosaccharides-and-dextran-by-weissella-cibaria-10-m
#20
Ying Hu, Michael G Gänzle
The formation of HoPS and oligosaccharides in sourdough fermentation improves bread quality but is dependent on the expression of glycansucrases by lactic acid bacteria. Data on the expression of dextransucrases by Weissella spp., however, are limited. This study therefore aimed to assess dextansucrase expression in W. cibaria 10 M, focusing on the effect of temperature. The effect of temperature on growth, oligosaccharide and dextran synthesis by W. cibaria 10 M was determined and the expression and activity of cell-associated dextransucrase from W...
May 8, 2018: International Journal of Food Microbiology
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