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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535429/high-speed-video-analysis-of-forward-and-backward-spattered-blood-droplets
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P M Comiskey, A L Yarin, D Attinger
High-speed videos of blood spatter due to a gunshot taken by the Ames Laboratory Midwest Forensics Resource Center (MFRC) [1] are analyzed. The videos used in this analysis were focused on a variety of targets hit by a bullet which caused either forward, backward, or both types of blood spatter. The analysis process utilized particle image velocimetry (PIV) and particle analysis software to measure drop velocities as well as the distributions of the number of droplets and their respective side view area. The results of this analysis revealed that the maximal velocity in the forward spatter can be about 47±5m/s and for the backward spatter - about 24±8m/s...
May 1, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535373/a-molecular-switch-regulating-cell-fate-choice-between-muscle-progenitor-cells-and-brown-adipocytes
#2
Yitai An, Gang Wang, Yarui Diao, Yanyang Long, Xinrong Fu, Mingxi Weng, Liang Zhou, Kun Sun, Tom H Cheung, Nancy Y Ip, Hao Sun, Huating Wang, Zhenguo Wu
During mouse embryo development, both muscle progenitor cells (MPCs) and brown adipocytes (BAs) are known to derive from the same Pax7(+)/Myf5(+) progenitor cells. However, the underlying mechanisms for the cell fate control remain unclear. In Pax7-null MPCs from young mice, several BA-specific genes, including Prdm16 and Ucp1 and many other adipocyte-related genes, were upregulated with a concomitant reduction of Myod and Myf5, two muscle lineage-determining genes. This suggests a cell fate switch from MPC to BA...
May 22, 2017: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535061/sitting-phase-monolayers-of-polymerizable-phospholipids-create-dimensional-molecular-scale-wetting-control-for-scalable-solution-based-patterning-of-layered-materials
#3
Shi Wah Choong, Shane R Russell, Jae Jin Bang, Justin K Patterson, Shelley A Claridge
The use of dimensionally ordered ligands on layered materials to direct local electronic structure and interactions with the environment promises to streamline integration into nanostructured electronic, optoelectronic, sensing, and nanofluidic interfaces. Substantial progress has been made in using ligands to control substrate electronic structure. Conversely, using the exposed face of the ligand layer to structure wetting and binding interactions, particularly with scalable solution- or spray-processed materials, remains a significant challenge...
May 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534560/re-configurable-multi-mode-contained-electrospray-ionization-for-protein-folding-and-unfolding-on-the-millisecond-time-scale
#4
Colbert F Miller, Dmytro S Kulyk, Jongin W Kim, Abraham K Badu-Tawiah
A new reconfigurable contained-electrospray (ES) ion source is described that can be operated in three unique modes (Types I, II and III) and was applied to control the charge state of proteins for subsequent online characterization by mass spectrometry. Using this device, proteins prepared in 100% water were highly charged after exposure to hydrochloric acid vapor. For myoglobin, the shift to a higher charge state occurred faster than the heme cofactor could escape the unfolding protein. This effect reflected in the detection of highly charged holo-myoglobin intermediates (+26), which suggests the modification process occurred on a millisecond time scale (Type I mode)...
May 23, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534401/physical-and-oxidative-stability-of-flaxseed-oil-in-water-emulsions-fabricated-from-sunflower-lecithins-impact-of-blending-lecithins-with-different-phospholipid-profiles
#5
Li Liang, Fang Chen, Xing-Guo Wang, Qingzhe Jin, Eric A Decker, David Julian McClements
There is great interest in the formulation of plant-based foods enriched with nutrients that promote health, such as polyunsaturated fatty acids. This study evaluated the impact of sunflower phospholipid type on the formation and stability of flaxseed oil-in-water emulsions. Two sunflower lecithins (Sunlipon 50 and 90) with different phosphatidylcholine (PC) levels (59 and 90%, respectively) were used in varying ratios to form emulsions. Emulsion droplet size, charge, appearance, microstructure, and oxidation were measured during storage at 55 C in the dark...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534059/cryo-mesh-a-simple-alternative-cryopreservation-protocol
#6
B Funnekotter, E Bunn, R L Mancera
BACKGROUND: The continued development of new cryopreservation protocols has improved post-cryogenic success rates for a wide variety of plant species. Methods like the cryo-plate have proven beneficial in simplifying the cryopreservation procedure. OBJECTIVE: This study assessed the practicality of a stainless steel mesh strip (cryo-mesh) for cryopreserving shoot tips from Anigozanthos viridis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Shoot tips of A. viridis (Kangaroo Paw) were precultured on 0...
March 2017: Cryo Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534050/cryopreservation-of-lilium-martagon-l-meristems-by-droplet-vitrification-and-evaluation-of-their-physiological-stability
#7
M Urbaniec-Kiepura, A Bach
BACKGROUND: The aim of the present study was to compare different strategies for cryopreservation of martagon lily meristems and to evaluate the physiological status of the regenerants. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The bulblets were stored at 5 degree C or 20 degree C and pretreated with 3% or 6% sucrose prior to droplet-vitrification. The meristems were then assessed for their survival and regeneration. Their photochemical activity was investigated using a Photosynthesis Yield Analyzer MINI PAM 2000 Portable Chlorophyll Fluorometer and their photosynthesis oxygen production was evaluated with a Plant Vital 5030 device...
March 2017: Cryo Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533455/coevolution-of-coloration-and-colour-vision
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Olle Lind, Miriam J Henze, Almut Kelber, Daniel Osorio
The evolutionary relationship between signals and animal senses has broad significance, with potential consequences for speciation, and for the efficacy and honesty of biological communication. Here we outline current understanding of the diversity of colour vision in two contrasting groups: the phylogenetically conservative birds, and the more variable butterflies. Evidence for coevolution of colour signals and vision exists in both groups, but is limited to observations of phenotypic differences between visual systems, which might be correlated with coloration...
July 5, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533326/prostaglandin-e-receptor-subtype-4-regulates-lipid-droplet-size-and-mitochondrial-activity-in-murine-subcutaneous-white-adipose-tissue
#9
Fan Ying, Yin Cai, Yu Cai, Yu Wang, Eva Hoi Ching Tang
The purpose of this study was to investigate whether genetic ablation of prostaglandin E receptor subtype 4 (EP4) affects white adipose tissue (WAT) remodeling mediated by β3-adrenergic stimulation. The selective β3-adrenergic agonist, CL316243 (1 mg/kg/d, i.p.) caused a greater increase in metabolic rate in EP4-knockout mice. CL316243 fragmented the unilocular lipid droplet into multilocular lipid vacuoles and increased mitochondrial biogenesis and its activity. These changes were amplified in mice with EP4 deficiency and were selectively seen in subcutaneous WAT...
May 22, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532507/isoprenoid-biosynthesis-in-dandelion-latex-is-enhanced-by-the-overexpression-of-three-key-enzymes-involved-in-the-mevalonate-pathway
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Katharina M Pütter, Nicole van Deenen, Kristina Unland, Dirk Prüfer, Christian Schulze Gronover
BACKGROUND: Latex from the dandelion species Taraxacum brevicorniculatum contains many high-value isoprenoid end products, e.g. triterpenes and polyisoprenes such as natural rubber. The isopentenyl pyrophosphate units required as precursors for these isoprenoids are provided by the mevalonate (MVA) pathway. The key enzyme in this pathway is 3-hydroxy-methyl-glutaryl-CoA reductase (HMGR) and its activity has been thoroughly characterized in many plant species including dandelion. However, two enzymes acting upstream of HMGR have not been characterized in dandelion latex: ATP citrate lyase (ACL), which provides the acetyl-CoA utilized in the MVA pathway, and acetoacetyl-CoA thiolase (AACT), which catalyzes the first step in the pathway to produce acetoacetyl-CoA...
May 22, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532147/development-of-a-bacterial-biosensor-for-rapid-screening-of-yeast-p-coumaric-acid-production
#11
Solvej Siedler, Narendar K Khatri, Andrea Zsohár, Inge Kjærbølling, Michael Vogt, Petter Hammar, Christian Førgaard Nielsen, Jan Marienhagen, Morten Otto Alexander O A Sommer, Haakan N Joensson
Transcription factor-based biosensors are used to identify producer strains, a critical bottleneck in cell factory engineering. Here, we address two challenges with this methodology: transplantation of heterologous transcriptional regulators into new hosts to generate functional biosensors and biosensing of the extracellular product concentration that accurately reflects the effective cell factory production capacity. We describe the effects of different translation initiation rates on the dynamic range of a p-coumaric acid biosensor based on the Bacillus subtilis transcriptional repressor PadR by varying its ribosomal binding site...
May 23, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532116/antibacterial-mechanical-and-surface-properties-of-ag-dlc-films-prepared-by-dual-pld-for-medical-applications
#12
P Písařík, M Jelínek, J Remsa, J Mikšovský, J Zemek, K Jurek, Š Kubinová, J Lukeš, J Šepitka
Silver doped diamond-like carbon layers were deposited by dual pulsed laser deposition using two KrF excimer lasers. The concentration of Ag, determined by XPS and WDS, moved from zero to ~10at%. We found that the sp(2)/sp(3) ratio, film roughness and the number of droplets (SEM and AFM) increased with increasing silver concentration. The sp(3) content measurement (XPS) was influenced by ion cluster surface sputtering and varied from 71.0% (undoped DLC) to 36.2% (for 9.3at% Ag). Transmission was measured on the scale from 200nm to 1100nm, and decreased with increasing silver content...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532115/the-effect-of-ratios-of-egg-white-to-yolk-on-the-shape-of-droplets
#13
Zhenchao Guo, Xianfeng Zhang, Tianzhu Zhang, Jilai Tian, Kun Fang, Ning Gu
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532049/co-delivery-of-cisplatin-and-doxorubicin-from-calcium-phosphate-beads-matrix-scaffolds-for-osteosarcoma-therapy
#14
Ulrike Hess, Shakiba Shahabi, Laura Treccani, Philipp Streckbein, Christian Heiss, Kurosch Rezwan
Bone substitute materials with a controlled drug release ability can fill cavities caused by the resection of bone tumours and thereby combat any leftover bone cancer cells. The combined release of different cytostatics seems to enhance their toxicity. In this study, calcium phosphate beads and matrix scaffolds are combined for a long-term co-delivery of cis-diamminedichloroplatinum (cisplatin, CDDP) and doxorubicin hydrochloride (DOX) as clinical relevant model drugs. Tricalcium phosphate/alginate beads as additional drug carrier are produced by droplet extrusion with ionotropic gelation and incorporated in scaffold matrix by freeze gelation without sintering...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530566/in-situ-quantification-of-%C3%AE-carotene-partitioning-in-oil-in-water-emulsions-by-confocal-raman-microscopy
#15
W A Fahmi Wan Mohamad, Roman Buckow, MaryAnn Augustin, Don McNaughton
Confocal Raman microscopy (CRM) was able to quantify the β-carotene concentration in oil droplets and determine the partitioning characteristics of β-carotene within the emulsion system in situ. The results were validated by a conventional method involving solvent extraction of β-carotene separately from the total emulsion as well as the aqueous phase separated by centrifugation, and quantification by absorption spectrophotometry. CRM also enabled the localization of β-carotene in an emulsion. From the Raman image, the β-carotene partitioning between the aqueous and oil phases of palm olein-in-water emulsions stabilized by whey protein isolate (WPI) was observed...
October 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530121/glucocorticoids-retain-bi-potent-fibroblast-progenitors-during-alveolar-septation-in-mice
#16
Stephen E McGowan, Diann M McCoy
Glucocorticoids have been widely used and exert pleiotropic effects on alveolar structure and function, but do not improve the long-term clinical outcomes for patients with bronchopulmonary dysplasia, emphysema, or interstitial lung diseases. Treatments which foster alveolar regeneration could substantially improve the long-term outcomes for such patients. One approach to alveolar regeneration is to stimulate and guide intrinsic alveolar progenitors along developmental pathways used during secondary septation...
May 21, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529672/on-chip-density-based-purification-of-liposomes
#17
Siddharth Deshpande, Anthony Birnie, Cees Dekker
Due to their cell membrane-mimicking properties, liposomes have served as a versatile research tool in science, from membrane biophysics and drug delivery systems to bottom-up synthetic cells. We recently reported a novel microfluidic method, Octanol-assisted Liposome Assembly (OLA), to form cell-sized, monodisperse, unilamellar liposomes with excellent encapsulation efficiency. Although OLA provides crucial advantages over alternative methods, it suffers from the presence of 1-octanol droplets, an inevitable by-product of the production process...
May 2017: Biomicrofluidics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529631/theranostic-performance-of-acoustic-nanodroplet-vaporization-generated-bubbles-in-tumor-intertissue
#18
Yi-Ju Ho, Chih-Kuang Yeh
Solid tumors with poorly perfused regions reveal some of the treatment limitations that restrict drug delivery and therapeutic efficacy. Acoustic droplet vaporization (ADV) has been applied to directly disrupt vessels and release nanodroplets, ADV-generated bubbles (ADV-Bs), and drugs into tumor tissue. In this study, we investigated the in vivo behavior of ADV-Bs stimulated by US, and evaluated the possibility of moving intertissue ADV-Bs into the poorly perfused regions of solid tumors. Intravital imaging revealed intertissue ADV-B formation, movement, and cavitation triggered by US, where the distance of intertissue ADV-B movement was 33-99 µm per pulse...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529628/cross-platform-comparison-of-four-leading-technologies-for-detecting-egfr-mutations-in-circulating-tumor-dna-from-non-small-cell-lung-carcinoma-patient-plasma
#19
Ting Xu, Xiaozheng Kang, Xiaofang You, Liang Dai, Dequan Tian, Wanpu Yan, Yongbo Yang, Hongchao Xiong, Zhen Liang, Grace Q Zhao, Shengrong Lin, Ke-Neng Chen, Guobing Xu
Analysis of circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) is emerging as a powerful tool for guiding targeted therapy and monitoring tumor evolution in patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), especially when representative tissue biopsies are not available. Here, we have compared the ability of four leading technology platforms to detect epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutations (L858R, exon 19 deletion, T790M and G719X) in ctDNA from NSCLC patients. Two amplification refractory mutation systems (cobas-ARMS and ADx-ARMS), a droplet digital polymerase chain reaction (ddPCR) and a next-generation sequencing (Firefly NGS) platform were included in the comparison...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529033/high-throughput-characterization-of-hiv-1-reservoir-reactivation-using-a-single-cell-in-droplet-pcr-assay
#20
Robert W Yucha, Kristen S Hobbs, Emily Hanhauser, Louise E Hogan, Wildaliz Nieves, Mehmet O Ozen, Fatih Inci, Vanessa York, Erica A Gibson, Cassandra Thanh, Hadi Shafiee, Rami El Assal, Maja Kiselinova, Yvonne P Robles, Helen Bae, Kaitlyn S Leadabrand, ShuQi Wang, Steven G Deeks, Daniel R Kuritzkes, Utkan Demirci, Timothy J Henrich
Reactivation of latent viral reservoirs is on the forefront of HIV-1 eradication research. However, it is unknown if latency reversing agents (LRAs) increase the level of viral transcription from cells producing HIV RNA or harboring transcriptionally-inactive (latent) infection. We therefore developed a microfluidic single-cell-in-droplet (scd)PCR assay to directly measure the number of CD4(+) T cells that produce unspliced (us)RNA and multiply spliced (ms)RNA following ex vivo latency reversal with either an histone deacetylase inhibitor (romidepsin) or T cell receptor (TCR) stimulation...
May 4, 2017: EBioMedicine
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