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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740988/sandwiched-gold-pnipam-gold-microstructures-for-smart-plasmonics-application-towards-the-high-detection-limit-and-raman-quantitative-measurements
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R Elashnikov, D Mares, T Podzimek, V Švorčík, O Lyutakov
A smart plasmonic sensor, comprising a layer of a stimuli-responsive polymer sandwiched between two gold layers, is reported. As a stimuli-responsive material, a monolayer of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAm) crosslinked globules is used. A quasi-periodic structure of the top gold layer facilitates efficient excitation and serves as a support for plasmon excitation and propagation. The intermediate layer of PNIPAm efficiently entraps targeted molecules from solutions. The sensor structure was optimized for efficient light focusing in the "active" PNIPAm layer...
July 25, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739799/lgr5-receptor-promotes-cell-cell-adhesion-in-stem-cells-and-colon-cancer-cells-via-the-iqgap1-rac1-pathway
#2
Kendra S Carmon, Xing Gong, Jing Yi, Ling Wu, Anthony Thomas, Catherine M Moore, Ikuo Masuho, David J Timson, Kirill A Martemyanov, Qingyun J Liu
Leucine rich repeat containing G protein coupled receptor 5 (LGR5) is a bona fide marker of adult stem cells in several epithelial tissues, most notably in the intestinal crypts and is highly upregulated in many colorectal, hepatocellular, and ovarian cancers. LGR5 activation by R-spondin (RSPO) ligands potentiates Wnt/β-catenin signaling in vitro, yet deletion of LGR5 in stem cells has little or no effect on Wnt/β-catenin signaling or cell proliferation in vivo. Remarkably, modulation of LGR5 expression has a major impact on the actin cytoskeletal structure and cell adhesion in the absence of RSPO stimulation, but the molecular mechanism is unclear...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738584/production-of-stable-and-sensitive-sers-substrate-based-on-commercialized-porous-material-of-silanized-support
#3
Han Zhang, Lin Sun, Yuan Zhang, Yan Kang, Huilian Hu, Huirong Tang, Yiping Du
This paper reports accurate synthesis of a new type of surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) substrate based on gold nanoparticles decorated 201 red silanized diatomaceous supports. The developed SERS substrate is easy to fabricate, cost effective and offers sensitive rapid detection. The performance and stability of the SERS substrate was investigated and the results showed good SERS activity of substrate that can last for more than 6 months. Tiazophos and phosmet pesticides in aqueous solutions can be detected clearly at a low concentration of 0...
November 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738567/application-of-thermoresponsive-hydrogel-gold-nanorods-composites-in-the-detection-of-diquat
#4
Caiyun Jiang, Xiaoyuan Ma, Maoyun Xue, Hong-Zhen Lian
Gallic acid (GA) was employed as a reducing agent for facile in situ preparation of gold nanorods (GNRs) in thermoresponsive P(NIPAM-NVP) hydrogel films. Based on the surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) effect of GNRs and the enrichment effect of thermoresponsive hydrogel film on test molecules through a shrinkage process, the obtained P(NIPAM-NVP)/GNRs composites have been used as SERS substrate for the rapid detection of diquat. The influences of substrate pre-treatment, laser wavelength, and sample treatment method on diquat determination have been investigated comprehensively...
November 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737921/investigation-of-mass-produced-substrates-for-reproducible-surface-enhanced-raman-scattering-measurements-over-large-areas
#5
Andreas Reyer, Adrian Prinz, Stefano Giancristofaro, Johannes Schneider, Durval Bertoldo Menezes, Gregor Zickler, Gilles R Bourret, Maurizio E Musso
Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) is a versatile spectroscopic technique that suffers from reproducibility issues and usually requires complex substrate fabrication processes. In this article, we report the use of a simple mass production technology based on Blu-ray disc manufacturing technology to prepare large area SERS substrates (∼40 mm(2)) with a high degree of homogeneity (±7% variation in Raman signal) and enhancement factor of ∼6 × 10(6). An industrial high throughput injection molding process was used to generate periodic microstructured polymer substrates coated with a thin Ag film...
July 24, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737374/an-integrated-sers-based-microdroplet-platform-for-the-automated-immunoassay-of-f1-antigens-in-yersinia-pestis
#6
Namhyun Choi, Jiyoung Lee, Juhui Ko, Jun Ho Jeon, Gi-Eun Rhie, Andrew J deMello, Jaebum Choo
The development of surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS)-based microfluidic platforms has attracted significant recent attention in the biological sciences. SERS is a highly sensitive detection modality, with microfluidic platforms providing many advantages over microscale methods, including high analytical throughput, facile automation and reduced sample requirements. Accordingly, the integration of SERS with microfluidic platforms offers significant utility in chemical and biological experimentation. Herein, we report a fully integrated SERS-based microdroplet platform for the automatic immunoassay of specific antigen fraction 1 (F1) in Yersinia pestis...
July 24, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736778/facile-synthesis-of-black-phosphorus-au-nanocomposites-for-enhanced-photothermal-cancer-therapy-and-surface-enhanced-raman-scattering-analysis
#7
Guangcun Yang, Zhiming Liu, Yi Li, Yuqing Hou, Xixi Fei, Chengkang Su, Songmao Wang, Zhengfei Zhuang, Zhouyi Guo
Black phosphorus (BP), a new type of two-dimensional nanomaterial, has attracted crucial attention in recent years owing to its excellent properties and great potential in various chemical, physical, and biological fields. In this study, BP nanosheets loaded with Au nanoparticles (BP-Au NSs) are obtained by a one-step facile synthetic method. The Au nanostructures can not only enhance the photothermal efficiency of the nanocomposites, but also endow BP-Au NSs with the potential to act as effective surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrates for Raman biodetection...
July 24, 2017: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736586/photothermal-microscopy-of-coupled-nanostructures-and-the-impact-of-nanoscale-heating-in-surface-enhanced-raman-spectroscopy
#8
Zhi-Cong Zeng, Hao Wang, Paul Johns, Gregory V Hartland, Zachary D Schultz
The optical properties of plasmonic nanoparticles are strongly dependent on interactions with other nanoparticles, which complicates analysis for systems larger than a few particles. In this work we examined heat dissipation in aggregated nanoparticles, and its influence on surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS), through correlated photothermal heterodyne imaging, electron microscopy and SERS measurements. For dimers the per particle absorption cross-sections show evidence of interparticle coupling, however, the effects are much smaller than those for the field enhancements that are important for SERS...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. C, Nanomaterials and Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736280/the-serine-threonine-protein-phosphatase-2a-controls-autoimmunity
#9
Amir Sharabi, Isaac R Kasper, George C Tsokos
Protein phosphatase 2A (PP2A) is the first Ser/Thr phosphatase recognized to contribute to human and murine lupus immunopathology. PP2A expression in SLE is controlled both epigenetically and genetically, and it is increased in patients with SLE, which contributes to decreased IL-2 production, decreased CD3ζ and increased FcRγ expression on the surface of T cells, increased CREMα expression, hypomethylation of genes associated with SLE pathogenesis, and increased IL-17 production. B regulatory subunit of PP2A regulates IL-2 deprivation-induced T cell death and is decreased in SLE patients...
July 20, 2017: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734354/determination-of-aqueous-antibiotic-solutions-using-sers-nanogratings
#10
Koh Yiin Hong, Carlos Diego Lima de Albuquerque, Ronei J Poppi, Alexandre G Brolo
The emergence of antibiotics and their active metabolites in aquatic ecosystem has motivated the development of sensitive and reliable sensors to monitor traces of antibiotics and metabolites in drinking water sources (i.e. surface water). The surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) technique, which is widely recognized as a high sensitivity method for molecular vibrational detection, is potentially a powerful tool for trace environmental contamination analysis. The main goal of this work is to demonstrate pharmaceutical and metabolite multiplexing detection using the SERS approach...
August 22, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733621/semi-quantitative-analysis-of-multiple-chemical-mixtures-in-solution-at-trace-level-by-surface-enhanced-raman-scattering
#11
Sumeng Zou, Mengjing Hou, Jianghao Li, Lingwei Ma, Zhengjun Zhang
Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) technology combines with chemometric method of principal component analysis (PCA) was used to calculate the composition of chemical mixtures in solution. We reported here that there exists composition discrepancy between molecules in solution and molecules adsorbed on Ag@Al2O3 nanorods substrates due to difference in adsorption kinetics of each component. We proposed here a way to calculate the adsorption kinetics factor for each component using a standard sample as the reference, with which one could correct the predictions given by PCA...
July 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732179/kgf-enhances-oral-epithelial-adhesion-and-rete-peg-elongation-via-integrins
#12
G L Sa, X P Xiong, J G Ren, J Y Wang, H F Xia, Z K Liu, S G He, Y F Zhao
Oral epithelial adhesion to the lamina propria underlies the physiologic function of the oral mucosa and contributes to resisting bacterial invasion, preventing body fluid loss, and maintaining routine chewing; thus, understanding the factors that positively influence oral epithelial adhesion is a research topic of great interest. Rete pegs contribute to oral epithelial adhesion by enlarging the contact areas, whereas integrins are the major molecules that mediate epithelial cell adhesion to the basement membrane...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731405/pro-death-nmda-receptor-signaling-is-promoted-by-the-glun2b-c-terminus-independently-of-dapk1
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Jamie McQueen, Tomas J Ryan, Sean McKay, Katie Fm Marwick, Paul E Baxter, Sarah M Carpanini, Thomas M Wishart, Thomas H Gillingwater, Jean C Manson, David Ja Wyllie, Seth Gn Grant, Barry McColl, Noboru Komiyama, Giles E Hardingham
Aberrant NMDA receptor (NMDAR) activity contributes to several neurological disorders, but direct antagonism is poorly tolerated therapeutically. The GluN2B cytoplasmic C-terminal domain (CTD) represents an alternative therapeutic target since it potentiates excitotoxic signaling. The key GluN2B CTD-centred event in excitotoxicity is proposed to involve its phosphorylation at Ser-1303 by DAPK1, that is blocked by a neuroprotective cell-permeable peptide mimetic of the region. Contrary to this model, we find that excitotoxicity can proceed without increased Ser-1303 phosphorylation, and is unaffected by DAPK1 deficiency in vitro or following ischemia in vivo...
July 21, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731279/influence-of-l-amino-acids-on-aggregation-and-biofilm-formation-in-azotobacter-chroococcum-and-trichoderma-viride
#14
Velmourougane Kulandaivelu, Radha Prasanna
AIM: The effects of L-amino acids on growth and biofilm formation in Azotobacter chroococcum (Az) and Trichoderma viride (Tv) as single (Az, Tv) and staggered inoculated cultures (Az-Tv, Tv-Az) was investigated. METHODS AND RESULTS: A preliminary study using a set of twenty L-amino acids, identified six amino acids (L-Glu, L-Gln, L-His, L-Ser, L-Thr, and L-Trp) which significantly enhanced growth and biofilm formation. Supplementation of these amino acids at different concentrations revealed that 40 mmol l(-1) was most effective...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730725/targeting-nano-drug-delivery-to-cancer-cells-using-tunable-multi-layer-silver-decorated-gold-nanorods
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Zeid A Nima, Ahmed M Alwbari, Vijayalakshmi Dantuluri, Rabab N Hamzah, Natasha Sra, Pooja Motwani, Konstantinos Arnaoutakis, Rebecca A Levy, Amani F Bohliqa, Dmitry Nedosekin, Vladimir P Zharov, Issam Makhoul, Alexandru S Biris
Multifunctional nanoparticles have high potential as targeting delivery vehicles for cancer chemotherapy. In this study, silver-decorated gold nanorods (AuNR\Ag) have been successfully used to deliver specific, targeted chemotherapy against breast cancer (MCF7) and prostate carcinoma (PC3) cell lines. Doxorubicin, a commonly used chemotherapy, and anti-Epithelial cell adhesion molecule (anti-EpCAM) antibodies were covalently bonded to thiolated polyethylene glycol-coated AuNR\Ag, and the resultant system was used to deliver the drugs to cancer cells in vitro...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Applied Toxicology: JAT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730527/characterization-of-the-complete-mitochondrial-genome-of-acanthoscelides-obtectus-coleoptera-chrysomelidae-bruchinae-with-phylogenetic-analysis
#16
Jie Yao, Hong Yang, Renhuai Dai
Acanthoscelides obtectus is a common species of the subfamily Bruchinae and a worldwide-distributed seed-feeding beetle. The complete mitochondrial genome of A. obtectus is 16,130 bp in length with an A + T content of 76.4%. It contains a positive AT skew and a negative GC skew. The mitogenome of A. obtectus contains 13 protein-coding genes (PCGs), 22 tRNA genes, two rRNA genes and a non-coding region (D-loop). All PCGs start with an ATN codon, and seven (ND3, ATP6, COIII, ND3, ND4L, ND6, and Cytb) of them terminate with TAA, while the remaining five (COI, COII, ND1, ND4, and ND5) terminate with a single T, ATP8 terminates with TGA...
July 20, 2017: Genetica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729209/clonal-spread-of-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-t6065-cc5-sccmecv-agrii-in-a-libyan-hospital
#17
Monia Khemiri, Ali Akrout Alhusain, Mohamed Salah Abbassi, Houyem El Ghaieb, Sofia Santos Costa, Adriana Belas, Constança Pomba, Salah Hammami
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to characterize 32 MRSA isolates recovered from wound specimens of patients in a Hospital in Tripoli, Libya, during 2013. METHODS: MRSA isolates were characterized by determining their antibiotic susceptibilities, genes encoding antibiotic resistance and virulence factors, the SCCmec class, agr type, spa typing, PFGE and MLST. RESULTS: PFGE and MLST revealed that all isolates were clonal and belonged to the Clonal Complex 5 (CC5)...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727046/the-ileal-digestibility-of-most-amino-acids-is-greater-in-red-dog-than-in-wheat-middlings-when-fed-to-growing-pigs
#18
G A Casas, H H Stein
The objective of this experiment was to determine the apparent ileal digestibility (AID) and the standardized ileal digestibility (SID) of CP and AA in 10 sources of wheat middlings and in 1 source of red dog. Ten diets that each contained 1 of the 10 sources of wheat middlings and 1 diet that contained red dog as the only source of protein and AA were formulated. An N-free diet was used to determine basal endogenous losses of CP and AA. Chromic oxide (0.4%) was added to all diets as an indigestible marker...
June 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727034/standardized-ileal-digestible-amino-acid-contents-of-canola-meal-from-canadian-crushing-plants-for-growing-pigs
#19
D I Adewole, A Rogiewicz, B Dyck, C M Nyachoti, B A Slominski
Studies have shown that there are variations in the chemical and nutritive composition of canola meal (CM) produced in Canada, some of which may result from differences among the canola seed crushing plants. Therefore, it is necessary to determine the variability in the nutritive value of CM as its end users desire increased meal consistency and more information on any potential variability in AA digestibility. Thus, 18 ileal cannulated barrows (average initial BW = 23.3 kg) were used to determine the apparent (AID) and standardized (SID) ileal digestibility of N and AA and standardized ileal digestible N and AA contents in CM from 6 processing plants in Canada...
June 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726978/analysis-of-the-substrate-specificity-of-factor-vii-activating-protease-fsap-and-design-of-specific-and-sensitive-peptide-substrates
#20
Emrah Kara, Dipankar Manna, Geir Åge Løset, Eric L Schneider, Charles S Craik, Sandip Kanse
Factor VII (FVII) activating protease (FSAP) is a circulating serine protease that is likely to be involved in a number of disease conditions such as stroke, atherosclerosis, liver fibrosis, thrombosis and cancer. To date, no systematic information is available about the substrate specificity of FSAP. Applying phage display and positional scanning substrate combinatorial library (PS-SCL) approaches we have characterised the specificity of FSAP towards small peptides. Results were evaluated in the context of known protein substrates as well as molecular modelling of the peptides in the active site of FSAP...
July 20, 2017: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
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