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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231544/ginsenoside-rg3-promotes-cytotoxicity-of-paclitaxel-through-inhibiting-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling-and-regulating-bax-bcl-2-expression-on-triple-negative-breast-cancer
#1
Zuguo Yuan, Hao Jiang, Xinhai Zhu, Xinge Liu, Jinhui Li
Taxane-based chemotherapy regimen is the most effective therapeutic strategy for triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) which is an aggressive subtype of breast cancer with high rate of recurrence and distant metastasis. Ginsenoside Rg3 is isolated from Panax ginseng with anti-cancer activity against carcinomas. We aim to evaluate the chemosensitizing effects of Ginsenoside Rg3 on TNBC cells and xenograft and explore the underlying mechanism. Human triple-negative breast cancer lines MDA-MB-231, MDA-MB-453 and BT-549 were used...
February 20, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231538/biochars-with-excellent-pb-ii-adsorption-property-produced-from-fresh-and-dehydrated-banana-peels-via-hydrothermal-carbonization
#2
Nan Zhou, Honggang Chen, Junting Xi, Denghui Yao, Zhi Zhou, Yun Tian, Xiangyang Lu
Fresh and dehydrated banana peels were used as biomass feedstock to produce highly effective sorbent biochars through a facile one-step hydrothermal carbonization approach with 20%vol phosphoric acid as the reaction medium. The elemental ratio of oxygen content of the two as-prepared biochars were about 20%, and the FT-IR analysis confirmed the existence of abundant surface functional groups such as hydroxyl and carboxyl which greatly enhanced the adsorption performance. The sorbents showed excellent lead clarification capability of 359mg·g(-1) and 193mg·g(-1) for dehydrated and fresh banana peels based biochars, respectively...
February 12, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231526/enhanced-identification-of-%C3%AE-lactamases-and-its-classes-using-sequence-physicochemical-and-evolutionary-information-with-sequence-feature-characterization-of-the-classes
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Abhigyan Nath, S Karthikeyan
β-lactamases provides one of the most successful means of evading the therapeutic effects of β lactam class of antibiotics by many gram positive and gram negative bacteria. On the basis of sequence identity, β-lactamases have been identified into four distinct classes- A, B, C and D. The classes A, C and D are the serine β-lactamases and class B is the metallo-lactamse. In the present study, we developed a two stage cascade classification system. The first-stage performs the classification of β-lactamases from non-β-lactamases and the second-stage performs the further classification of β-lactamases into four different β-lactamase classes...
February 14, 2017: Computational Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231486/coded-excitation-waveform-engineering-for-high-frame-rate-synthetic-aperture-ultrasound-imaging
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Bahman Lashkari, Kaicheng Zhang, Edem Dovlo, Andreas Mandelis
Coded excitation was initially introduced to ultrasound imaging as a method for enhancing the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). However, this method was also shown to be helpful in conjunction with synthetic aperture transmission for high frame rate imaging. Recently, we introduced two families of mismatched coded excitations based on frequency modulation chirp and combined frequency modulation and Golay code. Here "mismatched" indicates that the coded excitations generate very small cross-correlations among themselves while each has a very strong autocorrelation...
February 12, 2017: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231426/engineering-of-anti-cd133-tri-specific-molecule-capable-of-inducing-nk-expansion-and-driving-antibody-dependent-cell-mediated-cytotoxicity-adcc
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Jörg U Schmohl, Martin Felices, Felix Oh, Alexander J Lenvik, Aaron M Lebeau, Jayanth Panyam, Jeffrey S Miller, Daniel A Vallera
Purpose: The selective elimination of cancer stem cells (CSCs) in tumor patients is a crucial goal because CSCs cause drug refractory relapse. To improve the current conventional bispecific immune-engager platform, a 16133 BiKE, consisting of scFvs binding FcγRIII (CD16) on NK cells and CD133 on carcinoma cells, was first synthesized and a modified IL-15 crosslinker capable of stimulating NK effector cells was introduced. Materials and Methods: DNA shuffling and ligation techniques were used to assemble and synthesize the 1615133 trispecific NK cell engager (TriKE)...
February 20, 2017: Cancer Research and Treatment: Official Journal of Korean Cancer Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231388/structural-characterization-and-antifatigue-effect-in-vivo-of-maca-lepidium-meyenii-walp-polysaccharide
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Weimin Tang, Lu Jin, Lianghua Xie, Juqing Huang, Nan Wang, Bingquan Chu, Xulin Dai, Yu Liu, Rui Wang, Ying Zhang
Maca (Lepidium meyenii Walp) polysaccharides (MP) with purity of 99.2% were obtained to investigate their structural characteristics and antifatigue effect in vivo. The physicochemical properties of MP were analyzed through high-performance gel filtration chromatography, IR, monosaccharide composition, methylation, GC-MS, and NMR analyses. The antifatigue effect of MP was evaluated by using a mouse weight-loaded swimming model. MP is an acidic heteropolysaccharide with an average molecular weight (Mw ) of 793...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231286/lexicon-enhanced-sentiment-analysis-framework-using-rule-based-classification-scheme
#7
Muhammad Zubair Asghar, Aurangzeb Khan, Shakeel Ahmad, Maria Qasim, Imran Ali Khan
With the rapid increase in social networks and blogs, the social media services are increasingly being used by online communities to share their views and experiences about a particular product, policy and event. Due to economic importance of these reviews, there is growing trend of writing user reviews to promote a product. Nowadays, users prefer online blogs and review sites to purchase products. Therefore, user reviews are considered as an important source of information in Sentiment Analysis (SA) applications for decision making...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231166/production-and-properties-of-a-thermostable-ph-stable-exo-polygalacturonase-using-aureobasidium-pullulans-isolated-from-saharan-soil-of-algeria-grown-on-tomato-pomace
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Leila Bennamoun, Serge Hiligsmann, Scheherazad Dakhmouche, Amel Ait-Kaki, Fatima-Zohra Kenza Labbani, Tahar Nouadri, Zahia Meraihi, Benedetta Turchetti, Pietro Buzzini, Philippe Thonart
Polygalacturonase is a valuable biocatalyst for several industrial applications. Production of polygalacturonase using the Aureobasidium pullulans stain isolated from Saharan soil of Algeria was investigated. Its capacity to produce polygalacturonase was assessed under submerged culture using tomato pomace as an abundant agro-industrial substrate. Optimization of the medium components, which enhance polygalacturonase activity of the strain Aureobasidium pullulans, was achieved with the aid of response surface methodology...
October 29, 2016: Foods (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230966/increasing-peak-capacity-in-non-targeted-omics-applications-by-combining-full-scan-field-asymmetric-waveform-ion-mobility-spectrometry-with-liquid-chromatography-mass-spectrometry
#9
Kayleigh L Arthur, Matthew A Turner, James C Reynolds, Colin S Creaser
Full scan field asymmetric waveform ion mobility spectrometry (FAIMS) combined with liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry (LC-FAIMS-MS) is shown to enhance peak capacity for omics applications. A miniaturized FAIMS device capable of rapid compensation field scanning has been incorporated into an ultra-high performance liquid chromatography (UHPLC) and time-of-flight (TOF) mass spectrometry analysis, allowing the acquisition of full scan FAIMS and MS nested data sets within the timescale of a UHPLC peak...
February 23, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230872/the-load-bearing-ability-of-a-particle-raft-under-the-transverse-compression-of-a-slender-rod
#10
Pingcheng Zuo, Jianlin Liu, Shanpeng Li
Liquid marbles and particle rafts are liquid interfaces covered with tiny particles, which are accompanied with many exotic behaviors. This study seeks to extend our understanding on the load-bearing ability of a particle raft under the transverse compression of a slender rod. At first, the interface morphologies of the particle raft and water are captured and compared with each other. Then the load-distance curves of the particle raft and water surface are measured using a self-developed device. For the particle raft, the hydrophobicity of the rod almost does not affect the interface morphology and the supporting load...
February 23, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230717/imaging-performance-of-a-handheld-ultrasound-system-with-real-time-computer-aided-detection-of-lumbar-spine-anatomy-a-feasibility-study
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Mohamed Tiouririne, Adam J Dixon, F William Mauldin, David Scalzo, Arun Krishnaraj
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to evaluate the imaging performance of a handheld ultrasound system and the accuracy of an automated lumbar spine computer-aided detection (CAD) algorithm in the spines of human subjects. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study was approved by the institutional review board of the University of Virginia. The authors designed a handheld ultrasound system with enhanced bone image quality and fully automated CAD of lumbar spine anatomy...
February 22, 2017: Investigative Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230537/core-shell-znco2o4-tio2-nanowall-array-as-an-anode-for-li-ion-batteries
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Wei Shi, Haitao Zhao, Bingan Lu
In this paper, ZnCo2O4 nanowall arrays were firstly obtained through self-assembly followed by calcination. Then atomic layer deposition was used to fabricate core-shell ZnCo2O4@TiO2 nanowall arrays (NWAs) as anode materials for lithium ion batteries (LIBs). The hierarchical nanowall array nanostructure with fast ion diffusion and electron transport at electrode/electrolyte interface, while the shell of TiO2 with excellent chemical stability can protect the ZnCo2O4 nanowall arrays from volume expansion during charge and discharge processes...
February 23, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230377/tailoring-anisotropic-li-ion-transport-tunnels-on-orthogonally-arranged-li-rich-layered-oxide-nanoplates-towards-high-performance-li-ion-batteries
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Ming Xu, Linfeng Fei, Wei-Bing Zhang, Tao Li, Wei Lu, Nian Zhang, Yanqing Lai, Zhian Zhang, Jing Fang, Kai Zhang, Jie Li, Haitao Huang
High-performance Li-rich layered oxide (LRLO) cathode material is appealing for next-generation Li-ion batteries owing to its high specific capacity (>300 mAh g-1). Despite intense studies in past decade, the low initial Coulombic efficiency and unsatisfactory cycling stability of LRLO still remain great challenges for its practical application. Here, we report a rational design of the orthogonally arranged {010}-oriented LRLO nanoplates with built-in anisotropic Li+ ion transport tunnels. Such a novel structure enables fast Li+ ion intercalation and deintercalation kinetics and enhanced structure stability for LRLO...
February 23, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230349/exceptional-anti-icing-performance-of-self-impregnating-slippery-surfaces
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Christos Stamatopoulos, Jaroslav Hemrle, Danhong Wang, Dimos Poulikakos
A heat exchange interface at subzero temperature in a water vapor environment, exhibits high probability of frost formation due to freezing condensation, a factor that markedly decreases the heat transfer efficacy due to the considerable thermal resistance of ice. Here we report a novel strategy to delay ice nucleation on these types of solid-water vapor interfaces. With a process-driven mechanism, a self-generated liquid intervening layer immiscible to water, is deposited on a textured superhydrophobic surface and acts as a barrier between the water vapor and the solid substrate...
February 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230345/antibacterial-performance-of-a-pcl-pdmaema-blend-nanofiber-based-scaffold-enhanced-with-immobilized-silver-nanoparticles
#15
Fernanda Grandzolli Santos, Leticia Caroline Bonkovoski, Francielle P Garcia, Thelma Sley Pacheco Cellet, Maria Alice Witt, Celso Vataru Nakamura, Adley Forti Rubira, Edvani Curti Muniz
In the present study, nanofiber meshes (NFs), composed of polycaprolactone and poly[(2-dimethylamino) ethyl methacrylate] at 80/20 and 50/50 PCL/PDMAEMA blend ratios, were obtained through electrospinning. Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) formed in situ were then immobilized on NF surfaces through adsorption processes, at different pHs. It was possible to observe that the amount of NF-AgNPs can be tuned by changing the pH of AgNPs-immobilization and the PCL/PDMAEMA ratio in the blend. The neat NF and NF-AgNPs were characterized with respect to their morphology and mechanical properties...
February 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230216/molecular-aggregation-of-naphthalimide-organic-semiconductors-assisted-by-amphiphilic-and-lipophilic-interactions-a-joint-theoretical-and-experimental-study
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I Arrechea-Marcos, P de Echegaray, M J Mancheño, M C Ruiz Delgado, M M Ramos, J A Quintana, J M Villalvilla, M A Díaz-García, J T López Navarrete, R Ponce Ortiz, J L Segura
Amphiphilic and lipophilic donor-acceptor naphthalimide-oligothiophene assemblies exhibiting almost identical intramolecular properties, but differing in their intermolecular interactions, have been synthesized. Here we analyze the effect of replacing the normally used lipophilic alkyl chains with hydrophilic ones in directing molecular aggregation from an antiparallel to a parallel stacking. This different molecular packing of the amphiphilic, NIP-3TAmphi, and lipophilic, NIP-3TLipo, systems is assessed by electronic spectroscopies, scanning electronic microscopy and DFT quantum-chemical calculations...
February 22, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230203/water-insoluble-photosensitizer-nanocolloids-stabilized-by-supramolecular-interfacial-assembly-towards-photodynamic-therapy
#17
Yamei Liu, Kai Ma, Tifeng Jiao, Ruirui Xing, Guizhi Shen, Xuehai Yan
Nanoengineering of hydrophobic photosensitizers (PSs) is a promising approach for improved tumor delivery and enhanced photodynamic therapy (PDT) efficiency. A variety of delivery carriers have been developed for tumor delivery of PSs through the enhanced permeation and retention (EPR) effect. However, a high-performance PS delivery system with minimum use of carrier materials with excellent biocompatibility is highly appreciated. In this work, we utilized the spatiotemporal interfacial adhesion and assembly of supramolecular coordination to achieve the nanoengineering of water-insoluble photosensitizer Chlorin e6 (Ce6)...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230035/a-meta-analysis-of-contrast-enhanced-ultrasound-for-small-hepatocellular-carcinoma-diagnosis
#18
Huadong Deng, Hongwei Shi, Jianming Lei, Yan Hu, Gang Li, Chaojun Wang
OBJECTIVE: To discuss the efficacy of contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) for diagnosis of small hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) by pooling the open published data. METHODS: A comprehensive publication electronic search was performed by reviewers in the databases of PubMed, Embase, Web of Science, and China National Knowledge Infrastructure. The open published studies about CEUS for small HCC diagnosis were collected. The sensitivity, specificity, positive likelihood ratio (+LR), negative likelihood ratio (-LR), and diagnostic odds ratio (DOR) were pooled by stata 12...
December 2016: Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229963/constitutively-activated-erk-sensitizes-cancer-cells-to-doxorubicin-involvement-of-p53-egfr-erk-pathway
#19
Ratna Kumari, Surbhi Chouhan, Snahlata Singh, Rishi Raj Chhipa, Amrendra Kumar Ajay, Manoj Kumar Bhat
The tumour suppressor gene p53 is mutated in approximately 50% of the human cancers. p53 is involved in genotoxic stress-induced cellular responses. The role of EGFR and ERK in DNA-damage-induced apoptosis is well known. We investigated the involvement of activation of ERK signalling as a consequence of non-functional p53, in sensitivity of cells to doxorubicin. We performed cell survival assays in cancer cell lines with varying p53 status: MCF-7 (wild-type p53, WTp53), MDA MB-468 (mutant p53, MUTp53), H1299 (absence of p53, NULLp53) and an isogenic cell line MCF-7As (WTp53 abrogated)...
March 2017: Journal of Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229956/development-of-a-thermosensitive-hama-containing-bio-ink-for-the-fabrication-of-composite-cartilage-repair-constructs
#20
Vivian Hilda Maria Mouser, Anna Abbadessa, Riccardo Levato, Wim Hennink, Tina Vermonden, Debby Gawlitta, Jos Malda
Fine-tuning of bio-ink composition and material processing parameters is crucial for the development of biomechanically relevant cartilage constructs. This study aims to design and develop cartilage constructs with tunable internal architectures and relevant mechanical properties. More specifically, the potential of methacrylated hyaluronic acid (HAMA) added to thermosensitive hydrogels composed of methacrylated poly[N-(2-hydroxypropyl)methacrylamide mono/dilactate] (pHPMA-lac)/polyethylene glycol (PEG) triblock copolymers, to optimize cartilage-like tissue formation by embedded chondrocytes, and enhance printability was explored...
February 23, 2017: Biofabrication
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