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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29787037/effects-of-perinatal-exposure-to-dibutyltin-chloride-on-fat-and-glucose-metabolism-in-mice-and-molecular-mechanisms-in-vitro
#1
Raquel Chamorro-García, Bassem M Shoucri, Sigal Willner, Heidi Käch, Amanda Janesick, Bruce Blumberg
BACKGROUND: The organotin dibutyltin (DBT) is used in the manufacture of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastics, in construction materials, and in medical devices. Previous animal studies showed detrimental effects of DBT during in utero development at relatively high doses, but little was known about the effects of DBT exposure at environmentally relevant doses on endpoints such as obesity and metabolic disease. OBJECTIVES: We tested the potential obesogenic effects of DBT using in vitro and in vivo models...
May 2018: Environmental Health Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786742/a-novel-alendronate-functionalized-nanoprobe-for-simple-colorimetric-detection-of-cancer-associated-hypercalcemia
#2
Abhishek Sahu, Youngmin Hwang, Cristian Vilos, Jong-Min Lim, Sunghyun Kim, Won Il Choi, Giyoong Tae
The calcium (Ca2+) ion concentration in the blood serum is tightly regulated, and any abnormalities in the level of serum calcium ions are associated with many potentially dangerous diseases. Thus, monitoring of the Ca2+ ion concentration in the blood serum is of fundamental importance. Gold nanoparticle (GNP)-based colorimetric biosensors have enormous potential in clinical diagnostic applications due to their simplicity, versatility, and unique optical properties. In this study, we have developed an alendronate functionalized gold nanoparticle (GNP-ALD) system for the measurement of Ca2+ ion concentration in biological samples...
May 22, 2018: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786727/rational-design-of-multi-functional-gold-nanoparticles-with-controlled-biomolecule-adsorption-a-multi-method-approach-for-in-depth-characterization
#3
Isaac Ojea-Jiménez, Robin Capomaccio, Inês Osório, Dora Mehn, Giacomo Ceccone, Rohanah Hussain, Giuliano Siligardi, Pascal Colpo, François Rossi, Douglas Gilliland, Luigi Calzolai
Multi-functionalized nanoparticles are of great interest in biotechnology and biomedicine, especially for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. However, at the moment the characterization of complex, multi-functional nanoparticles is still challenging and this hampers the development of advanced nanomaterials for biological applications. In this work, we have designed a model system consisting of gold nanoparticles functionalized with two differentially-terminated poly(ethylene oxide) ligands, providing both "stealth" properties and protein-binding capabilities to the nanoparticles...
May 22, 2018: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785742/synthesis-and-characterization-of-a-new-bifunctionalized-fluorescent-and-amphiphilic-molecule-to-recruit-sh-containing-molecules-to-membranes
#4
Monique Mertens, Malte Hilsch, Ivan Haralampiev, Rudolf Volkmer, Pablo Wessig, Peter Mueller
The present study describes the synthesis and characterization of an amphiphilic construct which is aimed to recruit SH-containing molecules to membranes. The construct consists of (i) an aliphatic chain to enable the anchoring within membranes, (ii) a maleimide moiety to react with the sulfhydryl group of a soluble (bio)molecule, and (iii) a fluorescence moiety to follow the construct by fluorescence spectroscopy and microscopy. It is shown, that the construct can be incorporated into preformed membranes allowing the application of the approach with biological membranes...
May 22, 2018: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785487/rapid-monitoring-of-the-target-protein-expression-with-a-fluorescent-signal-based-on-a-dicistronic-construct-in-escherichia-coli
#5
Chang-Ye Hui, Yan Guo, Wen Zhang, Xian-Qing Huang
Real-time quantification of recombinant proteins is important in studies on fermentation engineering, cell engineering, etc. Measurement of the expression level of heterologous proteins in bacterial fermentation broth has traditionally relied on time-consuming and labor-intensive procedures, such as polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, immunoblot analysis, and biological activity assays. We describe a simple, fast, and high sensitive assay for detecting heterologous proteins production in bacteria either at the overall level (fluorescence spectrophotometry) or at the individual level (fluorescence microscopic image) in this study...
May 21, 2018: AMB Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785469/early-detection-of-cerebral-infarction-after-focal-ischemia-using-a-new-mri-indicator
#6
Yukako Nakajo, Qiang Zhao, Jun-Ichiro Enmi, Hidehiro Iida, Jun C Takahashi, Hiroharu Kataoka, Keiko Yamato, Hiroji Yanamoto
Prolongation of the T2 relaxation time, an increase in T2-weighted signal intensity (T2-SI), and a decrease in the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) calculated from diffusion-weighted images (DWI) on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are conventional indicators of the vasogenic (interstitial) or cytotoxic (cellular) cerebral edema that develops after ischemic stroke. However, these parameters obtained on stroke imaging have not given us a precise threshold at which we can determine the viability or vulnerability of the tissue, allowing us to decide on an intervention that will help reversible tissue in the acute phase...
May 21, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784964/high-speed-photothermal-off-resonance-atomic-force-microscopy-reveals-assembly-routes-of-centriolar-scaffold-protein-sas-6
#7
Adrian P Nievergelt, Niccolò Banterle, Santiago H Andany, Pierre Gönczy, Georg E Fantner
The self-assembly of protein complexes is at the core of many fundamental biological processes 1 , ranging from the polymerization of cytoskeletal elements, such as microtubules 2 , to viral capsid formation and organelle assembly 3 . To reach a comprehensive understanding of the underlying mechanisms of self-assembly, high spatial and temporal resolutions must be attained. This is complicated by the need to not interfere with the reaction during the measurement. As self-assemblies are often governed by weak interactions, they are especially difficult to monitor with high-speed atomic force microscopy (HS-AFM) due to the non-negligible tip-sample interaction forces involved in current methods...
May 21, 2018: Nature Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784926/clinical-utility-of-circulating-non-coding-rnas-an-update
#8
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Simone Anfossi, Anna Babayan, Klaus Pantel, George A Calin
Over the past decade, the amount of research and the number of publications on associations between circulating small and long non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs) and cancer have grown exponentially. Particular focus has been placed on the development of diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers to enable efficient patient management - from early detection of cancer to monitoring for disease recurrence or progression after treatment. Owing to their high abundance and stability, circulating ncRNAs have potential utility as non-invasive, blood-based biomarkers that can provide information on tumour biology and the effects of treatments, such as targeted therapies and immunotherapies...
May 21, 2018: Nature Reviews. Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784416/two-ratiometric-fluorescent-probes-for-hypochlorous-acid-detection-and-imaging-in-living-cells
#9
Xiang Han, Chang Tian, Jingjing Jiang, Mao-Sen Yuan, Shu-Wei Chen, Juan Xu, Tianbao Li, Jinyi Wang
Hypochlorous acid plays a very important role in living cells, because it can resist microorganism attack and has a lethal effect on pathogens. The unnormal generation of ClO- can cause tissue damage and corresponding diseases. Detection of ClO- is very necessary in biological systems. In this article, we respectively hybridized the two different water-soluble coumarin (7-hydroxycoumarin and 7-diethylaminocoumarin) fluorophores with a longer-wavelength emissive rhodamine fluorophore to construct an intergrant, and then isothiocyanate was modified with the intergrant to recognized ClO- ...
August 15, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784381/synthesis-of-a-selective-ratiometric-fluorescent-probe-based-on-naphthalimide-and-its-application-in-human-cytochrome-p450-1a
#10
Xiuxuan Zhang, Yan Zhou, Xiaofei Gu, Yu Cheng, Manxin Hong, Liqiang Yan, Fulong Ma, Zhengjian Qi
Cytochrome P450s have brought considerable attention to researchers for their significant correlations with metabolic behaviors of procarcinogenic chemicals. To better understand the roles of CYP1A in biological and physiological systems, we developed a novel ratiometric fluorescence probe N-((2-hydroxyl ethoxy) ethyl)- 4-methoxy-1, 8-naphthalimide (NEMN) allowing for selectively and sensitively monitoring the target enzymes under physiological conditions and living cells. The probe was designed based on substrate predilection of CYP1A and its outstanding O-dealkylation capacity, and 1, 8-naphthalimide was chosen as fluorophore on account of its desirable photophysical properties...
August 15, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784321/iridoid-blue-based-pigments-of-genipa-americana-l-rubiaceae-extract-influence-of-ph-and-temperature-on-color-stability-and-antioxidant-capacity-during-in-vitro-simulated-digestion
#11
Iramaia Angélica Neri-Numa, Celio Fernando Figueiredo Angolini, Juliano Lemos Bicas, Ana Lucia Tasca Gois Ruiz, Glaucia Maria Pastore
Iridoid blue-based pigments (IBBP) extract of Genipa americana L. represents a natural alternative additive for food applications and also exerts desirable biological effects on human health. In this study the iridoids present in the extract were identified, the influence of pH and temperature on color difference (ΔE) of IBBP was evaluated using a central composite design (CCD) and finally the antioxidant capacity was monitored before and after its in vitro digestion. Ten glucoside iridoids were detected and the main compounds identified were genipin, genipin 1-β-gentiobioside and geniposide...
October 15, 2018: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782159/reduced-zebrafish-transcriptome-atlas-toward-understanding-the-environmental-neurotoxicants
#12
Kun Zhang, Yanbin Zhao
Transcriptomic approaches monitoring gene responses at genome-scale are increasingly used in toxicological research and help to clarify the molecular mechanisms of adverse effects caused by environmental toxicants. However, their applications for chemical assessment are hampered due to high expenses required and more importantly the lack of in-depth data mining and mechanistic perspectives. Here, we described a Reduced Transcriptome Atlas (RTA) approach which integrates transcriptomic datasets and a comprehensive panel of genes generated to represent neurogenesis and the early neuronal development of zebrafish, to determine the potential neurodevelopmental toxicities of environmental chemicals...
May 21, 2018: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782012/a-microfluidic-platform-for-longitudinal-imaging-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
#13
Kyung Suk Lee, Erel Levine
In the last decade, microfluidic techniques have been applied to study small animals, including the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans, and have proved useful as a convenient live imaging platform providing capabilities for precise control of experimental conditions in real time. In this article, we demonstrate live imaging of individual worms employing WormSpa, a previously-published custom microfluidic device. In the device, multiple worms are individually confined to separate chambers, allowing multiplexed longitudinal surveillance of various biological processes...
May 2, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781044/sleeve-gastrectomy-in-morbidly-obese-hiv-patients-focus-on-anti-retroviral-treatment-absorption-after-surgery
#14
Chloé Amouyal, Marion Buyse, Lea Lucas-Martini, Déborah Hirt, Laurent Genser, Adriana Torcivia, Jean-Luc Bouillot, Jean-Michel Oppert, Judith Aron-Wisnewsky
CONTEXT: Anti-retroviral therapy (ART) dramatically reduced AIDS development, thus enabling patients to live as long as the general population. New challenges have emerged particularly cardiometabolic diseases and weight gain, with some HIV patients seeking bariatric surgery (BS). However, BS outcomes during HIV remain poorly described, with scarce data on ART pharmacokinetic post-BS. OBJECTIVE: Describing sleeve gastrectomy (SG) results in HIV patients in terms of ART pharmacokinetic, HIV control, weight loss, and metabolic outcomes...
May 20, 2018: Obesity Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780480/on-chip-measurements-of-protein-unfolding-from-direct-observations-of-micron-scale-diffusion
#15
Yuewen Zhang, Emma V Yates, Liu Hong, Kadi L Saar, Georg Meisl, Christopher M Dobson, Tuomas P J Knowles
Investigations of protein folding, unfolding and stability are critical for the understanding of the molecular basis of biological structure and function. We describe here a microfluidic approach to probe the unfolding of unlabelled protein molecules in microliter volumes. We achieve this objective through the use of a microfluidic platform, which allows the changes in molecular diffusivity upon folding and unfolding to be detected directly. We illustrate this approach by monitoring the unfolding of bovine serum albumin in solution as a function of pH...
April 14, 2018: Chemical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780045/-screening-for-biological-marker-of-dose-optimization-in-cancer-radiotherapy
#16
Tatsuya Ueno, Satoru Monzen, Mitsuru Chiba, Yuki Morino, Yoichiro Hosokawa
PURPOSE AND METHODS: External radiotherapy of target regions using high-energy beams leads to excessive exposure along with individual variation in therapeutic and adverse effects. However, high-precision radiotherapy utilizes 3D-multi detector computed tomography to confirm both target position and administer radiation dose. To install the individual bioinformation in the radiotherapy plan (particularly, radiosensitivity into the target region and/or the around normal tissue), the investigation of biomarkers, which are able to estimate their radiosensitivity was performed...
2018: Nihon Hoshasen Gijutsu Gakkai Zasshi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779958/development-of-an-anti-epo-antibody-detection-kit-based-on-lab-on-a-chip-and-bridging-antibody-technologies
#17
Jin-Gyo Oh, Jihyun Seong, Sunmi Han, Tae-Hwe Heo
Immunogenicity is a major concern in the use of biological drugs. In particular, antibody-mediated pure red cell aplasia (PRCA) is a rare condition that is caused by administration of recombinant erythropoietin. There are numerous assay platforms for detect EPO anti-drug antibody (ADA), and most have appropriate assay sensitivity, but in need of improvement in terms of assay turnaround time and user accessibility. Here, the new method was developed based on lab-on-a-chip technology and bridging ELISA. The FREND™ Cartridge is equipped with a microfluidic lateral flow channel, enabling easy, fast and accurate immunoassays with small sample volumes...
May 17, 2018: Biologicals: Journal of the International Association of Biological Standardization
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778973/a-two-fatal-cases-of-poisoning-involving-new-cathinone-derivative-pv8
#18
Ewelina Pieprzyca, Rafał Skowronek, Małgorzata Korczyńska, Joanna Kulikowska, Małgorzata Chowaniec
α-Pyrrolidinoheptiophenone (PV8) is a representative of α-pyrrolidinophenone derivatives, a new group of synthetic cathinones. PV8 was first detected in illegal products in Japan in 2013. It is closely related to α-pyrrolidinovalerophenone (α-PVP), which was one of the most popular novel psychoactive substance (NPS) in Poland in years 2013-2015. The article presents two cases of fatal poisonings of 36-year-old man and 37-year-old woman, where a new cathinone derivative - PV8 was detected in biological material collected during medicolegal autopsies...
May 14, 2018: Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778398/antipsychotic-induced-disorders-reported-cases-and-prospective-study-on-muscle-biomarkers-after-high-exposure-to-haloperidol
#19
Abderrezak Khelfi, Mohammed Azzouz, Rania Abtroun, Mohammed Reggabi, Berkahoum Alamir
Antipsychotic drugs are known to induce neuromuscular effects. In this study, we review 13 years (2002-2014) of antipsychotic intoxications reported by the anti-poisoning center of Algiers (APCA). The most recorded symptoms were neuromuscular/muscular disorders, of which haloperidol was the most inducer among all antipsychotics. A prospective study was conducted between December 2012 and January 2017 to evaluate muscle effects generated after intentional or accidental ingestion of haloperidol. Fifty-one patients admitted in different emergency departments in Algiers were included in this study...
May 17, 2018: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777802/derivation-and-characterization-of-a-ucp1-reporter-human-es-cell-line
#20
Suranjit Mukherjee, Tuo Zhang, Lauretta A Lacko, Lei Tan, Jenny Zhaoying Xiang, Jason M Butler, Shuibing Chen
Interest in human brown fat as a novel therapeutic target to tackle the growing obesity and diabetes epidemic has increased dramatically in recent years. While much insight into brown fat biology has been gained from murine cell lines and models, few resources are available to study human brown fat in vitro, which makes the need for new ways to derive and study human brown adipocytes imperative. Human ES cell based reporter systems present an excellent tool to identify, mark, and purify cell populations of choice...
April 22, 2018: Stem Cell Research
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