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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918600/morphology-and-size-of-blood-cells-of-rhinella-arenarum-hensel-1867-as-environmental-health-assessment-in-disturbed-aquatic-ecosystem-from-central-argentina
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Zulma Anahí Salinas, Mariana Baraquet, Pablo Raúl Grenat, Adolfo Ludovico Martino, Nancy Edith Salas
Four populations of Rhinella arenarum from aquatic environments with different degrees of disturbance in central Argentina were compared to assess the ability of cytomorphology and cytomorphometry of blood cells as a hematological biomarker. A total of 93 specimens of R. arenarum (adults sexually mature) were captured during the spring. From the analysis of cell, no variations were found in terms of morphology, whereas in nuclear and cell areas and Price-Jones curves, we observed a smaller size in erythrocytes of individuals inhabiting the site most altered, "Villa Dalcar," as well as for leukocytes, lymphocytes, neutrophils, and eosinophils for the same site...
September 16, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918563/development-and-validation-of-immortalized-bovine-mammary-epithelial-cell-line-as-an-in-vitro-model-for-the-study-of-mammary-gland-functions
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Ji-Xia Li, Abdelrahman Said, Xiu-Guo Ge, Wenxiu Wang, Yong Zhang, Tianming Jin
This study aimed to develop a bovine mammary epithelial (BME) cell line model, which provides a possibility to determine functional properties of the bovine mammary gland. The primary cell culture was derived from bovine mammary gland tissues and processed enzymatically to obtain cell colonies with epithelial-like morphology. The cultures of BME cells were purified and optimally cultured at 37 °C in DMEM/F12 medium supplemented with 10% fetal bovine serum. The BME cells were identified as epithelial cell line by the evaluating the expression of keratin-18 using immunofluorescence staining...
September 16, 2017: Cytotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918486/elastic-and-inelastic-light-scattering-spectroscopy-and-its-possible-use-for-label-free-brain-tumor-typing
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Edwin Ostertag, Mona Stefanakis, Karsten Rebner, Rudolf W Kessler
This paper presents an approach for label-free brain tumor tissue typing. For this application, our dual modality microspectroscopy system combines inelastic Raman scattering spectroscopy and Mie elastic light scattering spectroscopy. The system enables marker-free biomedical diagnostics and records both the chemical and morphologic changes of tissues on a cellular and subcellular level. The system setup is described and the suitability for measuring morphologic features is investigated. Graphical Abstract Bimodal approach for label-free brain tumor typing...
September 16, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918474/induction-of-immunogenic-cell-death-in-lymphoma-cells-by-wharton-s-jelly-mesenchymal-stem-cell-conditioned-medium
#4
Daniel Hao Lin, Arijit Biswas, Mahesh Choolani, Chui-Yee Fong, Ariff Bongso
Strategies that induce immunogenic cell death (ICD) or downregulate CD47 or PD-L1 expression have resulted in successful therapeutic options for tumor eradication. Several groups have reported the tumoricidal effects of human umbilical cord Wharton's jelly stem cells (hWJSCs) or its conditioned medium (hWJSC-CM) on certain cancers but the mechanisms have not been elucidated. Since hWJSCs possess immunomodulatory properties, we investigated whether one of the tumoricidal mechanisms was via ICD. We first concentrated hWJSC-CM into a 3 kDa concentrate and then exposed various concentrations of this concentrate to human lymphoma cells to find out which concentration had the greatest tumoricidal effect...
September 16, 2017: Stem Cell Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918321/extending-donor-size-in-d-a-%C3%AF-a-organic-dye-for-dye-sensitized-solar-cells-anti-aggregation-and-improving-electron-injection
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Yuan-Chun Hu, Wei-Lu Ding, Xing-Liang Peng, Ze-Sheng Li
We have theoretically designed two D-A-π-A dyes 3 and 4 based on the efficient references 1 and 2 by introducing an extra electron donor unit (D2). Via calculating the electronic structures of isolated dyes, we obtain that dyes 3 and 4 possess stronger light-harvesting efficiency imparted by the fluorescence energy transfer of D2 part, maintain comparable lifetime of excited states, and shorten the electron injection time significantly with regard to 1 and 2. Meanwhile, dye 3 positively shifts the edge of virtual states of TiO2 in a larger extent compared to its counterparts...
September 8, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918291/distinguished-cr-vi-capture-with-rapid-and-superior-capability-using-polydopamine-microsphere-behavior-and-mechanism
#6
Qingrui Zhang, Yixuan Li, Qinggang Yang, He Chen, Xinqing Chen, Tifeng Jiao, Qiuming Peng
Toxic heavy metal containing Cr(VI) species is a serious threat for ecological environment and human beings. In this work, a new mussel-inspired polydopamine microsphere (PDA-sphere) is prepared through in situ oxidative polymerization at air condition with controllable sizes. The adsorption of Cr(VI) ions onto PDA-sphere is highly pH dependent with the optimal pH ranging from 2.5 to 3.8. A rapid Cr(VI) removal can approach in 8min for equilibrium. More importantly, the prepared materials exhibit a remarkable sorption selectivity, coexisting SO4(2-), NO3(-) and Cl(-) ions at high levels; The applicability model further proves its effective performances with treated capacity of 42,000kg/kg sorbent, and the effluent can be reduced from 2000ppb to below 50ppb, which meets the drinking water criterions recommended by WHO...
August 26, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918285/controlling-cell-volume-for-efficient-phb-production-by-halomonas
#7
Xiao-Ran Jiang, Zhi-Hao Yao, Guo-Qiang Chen
Bacterial morphology is decided by cytoskeleton protein MreB and cell division protein FtsZ encoded by essential genes mreB and ftsZ, respectively. Inactivating mreB and ftsZ lead to increasing cell sizes and cell lengths, respectively, yet seriously reduce cell growth ability. Here we develop a temperature-responsible plasmid expression system for compensated expression of relevant gene(s) in mreB or ftsZ disrupted recombinants H. campaniensis LS21, allowing mreB or ftsZ disrupted recombinants to grow normally at 30°C in a bioreactor for 12h so that a certain cell density can be reached, followed by 36h cell size expansions or cell shape elongations at elevated 37°C at which the mreB and ftsZ encoded plasmid pTKmf failed to replicate in the recombinants and thus lost themselves...
September 13, 2017: Metabolic Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918269/excess-social-media-use-in-normal-populations-is-associated-with-amygdala-striatal-but-not-with-prefrontal-morphology
#8
Qinghua He, Ofir Turel, Damien Brevers, Antoine Bechara
This study aims to investigate the gray matter volume (GMV) of key neural systems possibly associated with Excess Social Media Use (ESMU) in the general user population. It employs a sex-balanced case (relatively high ESMU scores) - control (relatively low ESMU scores) design with 50 random university students who have reported varying levels of ESMU. The case and control groups included 25 subjects each. Brain volumes were calculated with Voxel-Based Morphometry techniques applied to structural MRI scans. Results based on voxel-wise and region-of-interest (ROI) analyses showed that the case group had reduced GMV in the bilateral amygdala and right ventral striatum...
September 9, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918138/characterizing-effects-of-feed-restriction-and-glucagon-like-peptide-2-administration-on-biomarkers-of-inflammation-and-intestinal-morphology
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S K Kvidera, E A Horst, M V Sanz Fernandez, M Abuajamieh, S Ganesan, P J Gorden, H B Green, K M Schoenberg, W E Trout, A F Keating, L H Baumgard
Inadequate feed consumption reduces intestinal barrier function in both ruminants and monogastrics. Objectives were to characterize how progressive feed restriction (FR) affects inflammation, metabolism, and intestinal morphology, and to investigate if glucagon-like peptide 2 (GLP2) administration influences the aforementioned responses. Twenty-eight Holstein cows (157 ± 9 d in milk) were enrolled in 2 experimental periods. Period 1 [5 d of ad libitum (AL) feed intake] served as baseline for period 2 (5 d), during which cows received 1 of 6 treatments: (1) 100% of AL feed intake (AL100; n = 3), (2) 80% of AL feed intake (n = 5), (3) 60% of AL feed intake (n = 5), (4) 40% of AL feed intake (AL40; n = 5), (5) 40% of AL feed intake + GLP2 administration (AL40G; 75 µg/kg of BW s...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918125/iodinated-chlorin-p6-copper-complex-induces-anti-proliferative-effect-in-oral-cancer-cells-through-elevation-of-intracellular-reactive-oxygen-species
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Paromita Sarbadhikary, Alok Dube
We investigated the anticancer chemotoxicity of previously reported iodinated chlorin p6 copper complex (ICp6-Cu), a novel chlorophyll derivative in which copper is attached to the side chain carboxylate groups via coordination. Human oral carcinoma cells NT8e, 4451 and the non-cancerous keratinocyte HaCaT cells were treated with ICp6-Cu for 48 h in dark and cell viability, proliferation and morphological alterations were examined. ICp6-Cu showed pronounced cytotoxicity in cancer cells with IC50 ∼40 μM, whereas, the viability of HaCaT cells was not affected...
September 13, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918113/regulation-of-mitochondrial-bioenergetics-by-the-non-canonical-roles-of-mitochondrial-dynamics-proteins-in-the-heart
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REVIEW
Wang Wang, Celia Fernandez-Sanz, Shey-Shing Sheu
Recent advancement in mitochondrial research has significantly extended our knowledge on the role and regulation of mitochondria in health and disease. One important breakthrough is the delineation of how mitochondrial morphological changes, termed mitochondrial dynamics, are coupled to the bioenergetics and signaling functions of mitochondria. In general, it is believed that fusion leads to an increased mitochondrial respiration efficiency and resistance to stress-induced dysfunction while fission does the contrary...
September 13, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918081/developmental-alcohol-exposure-impairs-synaptic-plasticity-without-overtly-altering-microglial-function-in-mouse-visual-cortex
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Elissa L Wong, Nina M Lutz, Victoria A Hogan, Cassandra E Lamantia, Helene R McMurray, Jason R Myers, John M Ashton, Ania K Majewska
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), caused by gestational ethanol (EtOH) exposure, is one of the most common causes of non-heritable and life-long mental disability worldwide, with no standard treatment or therapy available. While EtOH exposure can alter the function of both neurons and glia, it is still unclear how EtOH influences brain development to cause deficits in sensory and cognitive processing later in life. Microglia play an important role in shaping synaptic function and plasticity during neural circuit development and have been shown to mount an acute immunological response to EtOH exposure in certain brain regions...
September 13, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918028/human-dmbt1-derived-cell-penetrating-peptides-for-intracellular-sirna-delivery
#13
Martina Tuttolomondo, Cinzia Casella, Pernille Lund Hansen, Ester Polo, Luciana M Herda, Kenneth A Dawson, Henrik J Ditzel, Jan Mollenhauer
Small interfering RNA (siRNA) is a promising molecule for gene therapy, but its therapeutic administration remains problematic. Among the recently proposed vectors, cell-penetrating peptides show great promise in in vivo trials for siRNA delivery. Human protein DMBT1 (deleted in malignant brain tumor 1) is a pattern recognition molecule that interacts with polyanions and recognizes and aggregates bacteria. Taking advantage of these properties, we investigated whether specific synthetic DMBT1-derived peptides could be used to formulate nanoparticles for siRNA administration...
September 15, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917976/low-molecular-weight-fucoidan-ameliorates-hindlimb-ischemic-injury-in-type-2-diabetic-rats
#14
Zhiqiang Wang, Tiantian Liu, Xiaoping Chen, Hongjie You, Quanbin Zhang, Jingyi Xue, Yuanyuan Zheng, Dali Luo
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Low molecular weight fucoidan (LMWF), extracted from Laminaria japonica Areschoug, is a traditional Chinese medicine, commonly used to alleviate edema, particularly for feet with numbness and pain. AIM OF THE STUDY: Diabetic mellitus (DM) patients are at high risk of developing peripheral arterial disease (PAD). Individuals with DM and PAD co-morbidity have a much higher risk of critical limb ischemia. LMWF showed several beneficial effects, such as anti-inflammation, anti-thrombosis, and enhancing revascularization...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917944/tetrabromoethylcyclohexane-affects-gonadal-differentiation-and-development-in-the-frog-pelophylax-nigromaculatus
#15
Peng-Yan Liu, Tan Meng, Yuan-Yuan Li, Man Cai, Xing-Hong Li, Juan Chen, Zhan-Fen Qin
Tetrabromoethylcyclohexane (TBECH), an additive brominated flame retardant, has been shown to have an androgenic activity in vitro. In the present study, we aimed to investigate the effects of TBECH on gonadal differentiation and development in the frog Pelophylax nigromaculatus, an amphibian species sensitive to androgenic chemicals, and to assess the androgenic activity of TBECH in vivo. P. nigromaculatus tadpoles were exposed to TBECH (1, 10, 100nM) from Gosner stage 24 to complete metamorphosis, and to 5α-dihydrotestosterone (DHT) as a positive control...
September 9, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917915/synergistic-effect-of-chitosan-zinc-oxide-hybrid-nanoparticles-on-antibiofouling-and-water-disinfection-of-mixed-matrix-polyethersulfone-nanocomposite-membranes
#16
Iqra Munnawar, Sadia S Iqbal, Muhammad N Anwar, Mehwish Batool, Sheraz Tariq, Nosheen Faitma, Asim L Khan, Asad U Khan, Umair Nazar, Tahir Jamil, Nasir M Ahmad
Antifouling polyethersulfone (PES) membranes for water disinfection were fabricated by incorporating varying concentrations of carbohydrate polymer chitosan and Zinc oxide hybrid nanoparticles (CS-ZnO HNPS). The CS-ZnO HNPS were prepared using chemical precipitation method and were characterized using SEM, XRD and FTIR. The membranes were then fabricated by incorporating nanoparticles of CS-ZnO HNPS with three different concentrations of 5%, 10% and 15% w/w in the casting solution of PES through phase inversion method...
November 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917912/a-plant-based-reactive-ammonium-phytate-for-use-as-a-flame-retardant-for-cotton-fabric
#17
Yajuan Feng, Yang Zhou, Daikun Li, Shuai He, Fengxiu Zhang, Guangxian Zhang
A plant-based non-formaldehyde flame retardant containing high phosphorus ammonium phytate (APA) was synthesized for cotton fabric. The char length of treated cotton sample decreased to 31mm from the original 300mm. The LOI value of finished cotton fabric was as high as 43.2%, and after 30 laundering cycles, it still remained 30.5%, suggesting that APA could be used as an effective semi-durable flame retardant. The TG analysis in air demonstrated that the thermal oxidation stability of treated fabric was significantly improved...
November 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917911/injectable-glycosaminoglycan-protein-nano-complex-in-semi-interpenetrating-networks-a-biphasic-hydrogel-for-hyaline-cartilage-regeneration
#18
Janani Radhakrishnan, Anuradha Subramanian, Swaminathan Sethuraman
Articular hyaline cartilage regeneration remains challenging due to its less intrinsic reparability. The study develops injectable biphasic semi-interpenetrating polymer networks (SIPN) hydrogel impregnated with chondroitin sulfate (ChS) nanoparticles for functional cartilage restoration. ChS loaded zein nanoparticles (∼150nm) prepared by polyelectrolyte-protein complexation were interspersed into injectable SIPNs developed by blending alginate with poly(vinyl alcohol) and calcium crosslinking. The hydrogel exhibited interconnected porous microstructure (39...
November 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917909/development-of-poly-1-8-octanediol-citrate-chitosan-blend-films-for-tissue-engineering-applications
#19
Ehsan Zeimaran, Sara Pourshahrestani, Belinda Pingguan-Murphy, Daniel Kong, Sangeetha Vasudevaraj Naveen, Tunku Kamarul, Nahrizul Adib Kadri
Blends of poly (1, 8-octanediol citrate) (POC) and chitosan (CS) were prepared through solution casting technique. Films with different component fractions (POC/CS: 100/0, 90/10, 80/20, 70/30, 60/40, and 0/100) were successfully prepared and characterized for their mechanical, thermal, structural and morphological properties as well as biocompatibility. The incorporation of CS to POC significantly increased tensile strength and elastic modulus and presented limited influences on pH variation which is important to the biocompatibility of biomaterial implants...
November 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917903/carbon-dioxide-capture-and-conversion-by-an-environmentally-friendly-chitosan-based-meso-tetrakis-4-sulfonatophenyl-porphyrin
#20
Santosh Kumar, Joana de A E Silva, Mohmmad Y Wani, João M Gil, Abilio J F N Sobral
We have demonstrated the facile, environmentally friendly and sustainable preparation of chitosan based meso-tetrakis(4-sulfonatophenyl)porphyrin (CS-TPPS) for adsorption and catalytic conversion of carbon-dioxide (CO2). The ionic complexation between chitosan (CS) and meso-tetrakis(4-sulfonatophenyl)porphyrin (TPPS) is confirmed by ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). Physical properties, such as crystallinity, thermal stability, surface morphology and porosity were analyzed by X-ray diffraction, thermal analysis, scanning electron microscopy and BET isotherm analysis...
November 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
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