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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823057/fusobacterium-nucleatum-as-a-prognostic-marker-of-colorectal-cancer-in-a-japanese-population
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Yuko Yamaoka, Yutaka Suehiro, Shinichi Hashimoto, Tomomi Hoshida, Michiyo Fujimoto, Michiya Watanabe, Daiki Imanaga, Kouhei Sakai, Toshihiko Matsumoto, Mitsuaki Nishioka, Taro Takami, Nobuaki Suzuki, Shoichi Hazama, Hiroaki Nagano, Isao Sakaida, Takahiro Yamasaki
BACKGROUND: Accumulating evidence shows an overabundance of Fusobacterium nucleatum in colorectal tumor tissues. However, the correlation between the absolute copy number of F. nucleatum in colorectal cancer tissues and colorectal cancer progression is unclear from previous reports. Therefore, we performed a study to compare the abundance of F. nucleatum in colorectal tissues with clinicopathologic and molecular features of colorectal cancer. METHODS: We collected 100 colorectal cancer tissues and 72 matched normal-appearing mucosal tissues...
August 19, 2017: Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822960/loss-of-perilipin-2-in-cultured-myotubes-enhances-lipolysis-and-redirects-the-metabolic-energy-balance-from-glucose-oxidation-towards-fatty-acid-oxidation
#2
Yuan Z Feng, Jenny Lund, Yuchuan Li, Irlin K Knabenes, Siril S Bakke, Eili Tranheim Kase, Yun K Lee, Alan R Kimmel, G Hege Thoresen, Arild Christian Rustan, Knut Tomas Dalen
Lipid droplet (LD) coating proteins are essential for the formation and stability of intracellular LDs. Plin2 is an abundant LD coating protein in skeletal muscle, but its importance for muscle function is unclear. We show that myotubes established from Plin2-/- mice contain reduced content of LDs and accumulate less oleic acid in triacylglycerol (TAG), due to elevated LD hydrolysis compared to Plin2+/+ myotubes. The reduced ability to store TAG in LDs in Plin2-/- myotubes is accompanied by a shift in energy metabolism...
August 19, 2017: Journal of Lipid Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822290/freeze-dryable-lipid-vesicles-with-size-tunability-and-high-encapsulation-efficiency-prepared-by-the-multiple-emulsification-solvent-evaporation-method
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Akihiko Suzuki, Takashi Kuroiwa, Kaname Horikoshi, Akihiko Kanazawa, Sosaku Ichikawa
We investigated the extent of potential applicability of our recently developed method for preparing lipid vesicles [T. Kuroiwa et al., J. Am. Oil Chem. Soc., 93 (2016) 421], designated as the multiple emulsification-solvent evaporation method, with the intention of controlling the vesicle diameter and achieving high entrapment efficiency for water-soluble compounds. Using this method, the diameter of lipid vesicles could be varied by selecting the methods for preparing the primary water-in-oil emulsion, which contained water droplets as templates for the internal water phases of lipid vesicles...
August 1, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822289/assessing-differences-between-ostwald-ripening-and-coalescence-by-rheology-laser-diffraction-and-multiple-light-scattering
#4
J Santos, N Calero, L A Trujillo-Cayado, M C Garcia, J Muñoz
This contribution deals with the study of the influence of surfactant ratio, namely triblock copolymer (Pluronic PE9400) to polyoxyethylene glycerol fatty acid ester (Levenol C201), on the stability of emulsions formulated with a mixture of two biosolvents (N,N Dimethyl Decanamide and D-limonene), which find applications as carriers of agrochemicals. Emulsions containing Pluronic, regardless of the concentration studied, underwent Ostwald ripening while coalescence controlled the destabilization process of emulsions containing Levenol C201 as the only emulsifier...
August 14, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822030/ceramicines-m-p-from-chisocheton-ceramicus-isolation-and-structure-activity-relationship-study
#5
Alfarius Eko Nugroho, Akiyo Hashimoto, Chin-Piow Wong, Hiromasa Yokoe, Masayoshi Tsubuki, Toshio Kaneda, A Hamid A Hadi, Hiroshi Morita
Ceramicines are a series of limonoids which were isolated from the bark of Malaysian Chisocheton ceramicus (Meliaceae) and show various biological activities. Ceramicine B, in particular, has been reported to show a strong lipid droplet accumulation (LDA) inhibitory activity on a mouse pre-adipocyte cell line (MC3T3-G2/PA6). With the purpose of discovering compounds with stronger activity than ceramicine B, we further investigated the constituents of C. ceramicus. As a result, from the bark of C. ceramicus four new ceramicines (ceramicines M-P, 1-4) were isolated, and their structures were determined on the basis of NMR and mass spectroscopic analyses in combination with NMR chemical shift calculations...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Natural Medicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821794/a-twice-electrochemical-etching-method-to-fabricate-superhydrophobic-superhydrophilic-patterns-for-biomimetic-fog-harvest
#6
Xiaolong Yang, Jinlong Song, Junkai Liu, Xin Liu, Zhuji Jin
Superhydrophobic-superhydrophilic patterned surfaces have attracted more and more attention due to their great potential applications in the fog harvest process. In this work, we developed a simple and universal electrochemical-etching method to fabricate the superhydrophobic-superhydrophilic patterned surface on metal superhydrophobic substrates. The anti-electrochemical corrosion property of superhydrophobic substrates and the dependence of electrochemical etching potential on the wettability of the fabricated dimples were investigated on Al samples...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821407/recent-advances-in-lipid-droplet-biology
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EDITORIAL
Rosalind A Coleman, Matthijs Hesselink
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 15, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821349/advances-and-challenges-in-the-rheology-of-concentrated-emulsions-and-nanoemulsions
#8
REVIEW
Ha Seong Kim, Thomas G Mason
We review advances that have been made in the rheology of concentrated emulsions and nanoemulsions, which can serve as model soft materials that have highly tunable viscoelastic properties at droplet volume fractions near and above the glass transition and jamming point. As revealed by experiments, simulations, and theoretical models, interfacial and positional structures of droplets can depend on the applied flow history and osmotic pressure that an emulsion has experienced, thereby influencing its key rheological properties such as viscoelastic moduli, yield stress and strain, and flow behavior...
July 5, 2017: Advances in Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821011/the-photodynamic-action-of-pheophorbide-a-induces-cell-death-through-oxidative-stress-in-leishmania-amazonensis
#9
Nathielle Miranda, Hélito Volpato, Jean Henrique da Silva Rodrigues, Wilker Caetano, Tânia Ueda-Nakamura, Sueli de Oliveira Silva, Celso Vataru Nakamura
Leishmaniasis is a disease caused by hemoflagellate protozoa, affecting millions of people worldwide. The difficulties of treating patients with this parasitosis include the limited efficacy and many side effects of the currently available drugs. Therefore, the search for new compounds with leishmanicidal action is necessary. Photodynamic therapy has been studied in the medical field because of its selectivity, utilizing a combination of visible light, a photosensitizer compound, and singlet oxygen to reach the area of treatment...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820213/chip-scale-alignment-of-long-dna-nanofibers-on-a-patterned-self-assembled-monolayer
#10
J Xia, M Su
Controlled alignment of long DNA nanofibers is challenging. This communication reports a method to align human genomic DNA with nearly unlimited length using lithographically produced micro-patterns of self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) with positively charged terminal groups. The micro-patterns act as local DNA reservoirs to supply DNAs for nanofiber formation, and can also stretch and align DNA nanofibers to form an ordered array by controlling the dewetting profile. By reducing the size and inter-patch distance of a micro-patch, a nearly uniform array of long DNA nanofibers can be patterned over a large area...
August 18, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820204/droplet-microfluidics-for-synthetic-biology
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REVIEW
Philip C Gach, Kosuke Iwai, Peter W Kim, Nathan J Hillson, Anup K Singh
Synthetic biology is an interdisciplinary field that aims to engineer biological systems for useful purposes. Organism engineering often requires the optimization of individual genes and/or entire biological pathways (consisting of multiple genes). Advances in DNA sequencing and synthesis have recently begun to enable the possibility of evaluating thousands of gene variants and hundreds of thousands of gene combinations. However, such large-scale optimization experiments remain cost-prohibitive to researchers following traditional molecular biology practices, which are frequently labor-intensive and suffer from poor reproducibility...
August 18, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819973/mobile-platform-for-multiplexed-detection-and-differentiation-of-disease-specific-nucleic-acid-sequences-using-microfluidic-loop-mediated-isothermal-amplification-and-smartphone-detection
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Weili Chen, Hojeong Yu, Fu Sun, Akid Ornob, Ryan Brisbin, Anurup Ganguli, Vinay Kumar Vemuri, Piotr Strzebonski, Guangzhe Cui, Karen J Allen, Smit A Desai, Weiran Lin, David M Nash, David Hirschberg, Ian Brooks, Rashid Bashir, Brian T Cunningham
New tools are needed to enable rapid detection, identification, and reporting of infectious viral and microbial pathogens in a wide variety of point-of-care applications that impact human and animal health. We report the design, construction, and characterization of a platform for multiplexed analysis of disease-specific DNA sequences that utilizes a smartphone camera as the sensor in conjunction with a handheld "cradle" that interfaces the phone with a silicon-based microfluidic chip embedded within a credit card-sized cartridge...
August 18, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819670/mimicking-wettability-alterations-using-temperature-gradients-for-water-nanodroplets
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Chirodeep Bakli, Sree Hari P D, Suman Chakraborty
A sessile droplet or a film usually moves from hotter regions to colder regions, due to variations in interfacial tension. This, known as the so-called Marangoni effect, is true for most pure liquids like water for which the surface tension decreases with an increase in temperature. In stark contrast to this existing understanding, we bring forth the coupled effect of wettability and temperature gradients on the dynamics of the three-phase contact line. By simultaneously tracking the dynamic evolution of the three-phase contact line due to the evaporation and diffusion of molecules through molecular dynamics simulations, we explore the coterminous effects of the change of surface tension coefficients and wetting parameters with temperature on sessile droplets residing on surfaces with different wettabilities...
August 18, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819662/chiral-amplification-of-disodium-cromoglycate-chromonics-induced-by-a-codeine-derivative
#14
F Berride, E Troche-Pesqueira, G Feio, E J Cabrita, T Sierra, A Navarro-Vázquez, M M Cid
Chromonic liquid crystals (CLC) are lyotropic phases formed by discotic mesogens in water. Simple chiral dopants such as amino acids have been reported to turn chromonic liquid crystals into their cholesteric counterparts. Here we report a chirality amplification effect in the nematic phase of a 9 wt% disodium cromoglycate (DSCG) lyotropic liquid crystal (LLC) upon doping with a water-soluble codeine derivative. The transition on cooling the isotropic to the nematic phase showed the presence of homochiral spindle-shaped droplets (tactoids)...
August 18, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819170/self-shedding-and-sweeping-of-condensate-on-composite-nano-surface-under-external-force-field-enhancement-mechanism-for-dropwise-and-filmwise-condensation-modes
#15
Jie Sun, Hua Sheng Wang
In this work, we propose the concept to use the hydrophilic or neutral surface for condensation heat transfer and to use the superhydrophobic surface for enhancement by self-shedding and sweeping of condensate. Molecular dynamics simulation results show that no matter the vapor condenses on the solid surface in dropwise or filmwise mode, the grown-up condensate self-sheds and falls off the superhydrophobic surface, sweeping the growing condensate on the condensing surface downstream. We characterize the dynamics of condensate that the continuous self-shedding and sweeping effectively remove the droplets from the solid surface in dropwise mode or thin the condensate film on the solid surface in filmwise mode, which significantly enhances the condensation heat transfer...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819146/liquid-liquid-phase-separation-of-the-microtubule-binding-repeats-of-the-alzheimer-related-protein-tau
#16
Susmitha Ambadipudi, Jacek Biernat, Dietmar Riedel, Eckhard Mandelkow, Markus Zweckstetter
The protein Tau aggregates into tangles in the brain of patients with Alzheimer's disease. In solution, however, Tau is intrinsically disordered, highly soluble, and binds to microtubules. It is still unclear what initiates the conversion from an innocuous phase of high solubility and functionality to solid-like neurotoxic deposits. Here, we show that the microtubule-binding repeats of Tau, which are lysine-rich, undergo liquid-liquid phase separation in solution. Liquid-liquid demixing causes molecular crowding of amyloid-promoting elements of Tau and drives electrostatic coacervation...
August 17, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819142/development-and-inter-laboratory-assessment-of-droplet-digital-pcr-assays-for-multiplex-quantification-of-15-genetically-modified-soybean-lines
#17
Alexandra Bogožalec Košir, Bjørn Spilsberg, Arne Holst-Jensen, Jana Žel, David Dobnik
Quantification of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food and feed products is often required for their labelling or for tolerance thresholds. Standard-curve-based simplex quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) is the prevailing technology, which is often combined with screening analysis. With the rapidly growing number of GMOs on the world market, qPCR analysis becomes laborious and expensive. Innovative cost-effective approaches are therefore urgently needed. Here, we report the development and inter-laboratory assessment of multiplex assays to quantify GMO soybean using droplet digital PCR (ddPCR)...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818355/ar-v7-in-peripheral-whole-blood-of-patients-with-castration-resistant-prostate-cancer-association-with-treatment-specific-outcome-under-abiraterone-and-enzalutamide
#18
Anna Katharina Seitz, Silvia Thoene, Andreas Bietenbeck, Roman Nawroth, Robert Tauber, Mark Thalgott, Sebastian Schmid, Ramona Secci, Margitta Retz, Jürgen E Gschwend, Jürgen Ruland, Christof Winter, Matthias M Heck
BACKGROUND: It has been demonstrated that androgen receptor splice variant 7 (AR-V7) expression in circulating tumor cells (CTCs) predicts poor treatment response in metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) patients treated with abiraterone or enzalutamide. OBJECTIVE: To develop a practical and robust liquid profiling approach for direct quantification of AR-V7 in peripheral whole blood without the need for CTC capture and to determine its potential for predicting treatment response in mCRPC patients...
August 14, 2017: European Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817303/chrna7-deletions-are-enriched-in-risperidone-treated-children-and-adolescents
#19
Madelyn A Gillentine, Janson J White, Christopher M Grochowski, James R Lupski, Christian P Schaaf, Chadi A Calarge
OBJECTIVE: Aggression is among the most common indications for referral to child and adolescent mental health services and is often challenging to treat. Understanding the biological underpinnings of aggression could help optimize treatment efficacy. Neuronal nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs), specifically the α7 nAChR, encoded by the gene CHRNA7, have been implicated in aggressive behaviors in animal models as well as humans. Copy number variants (CNVs) of CHRNA7 are found in individuals with neuropsychiatric disorders, often with comorbid aggression...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817275/influence-of-sodium-chloride-on-the-formation-and-dissociation-behavior-of-co2-gas-hydrates
#20
Christine Carola Holzammer, Judith Maria Schicks, Stefan Will, Andreas Siegfried Braeuer
We present an experimental study on the formation and dissociation characteristics of carbon dioxide (CO2) gas hydrates using Raman spectroscopy. The CO2 hydrates were formed from sodium-chloride/water solutions with salinities of 0-10 wt-%, which were pressurized with liquid CO2 in a stirred vessel at 6 MPa and a subcooling of 9.5 K. The formation of the CO2 hydrate resulted in a hydrate gel where the solid hydrate can be considered as the continuous phase that includes small amounts of a dispersed liquid water-rich phase that has not been converted to hydrate...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
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