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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145158/vibrio-cholerae-ompu-induces-il-8-expression-in-human-intestinal-epithelial-cells
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Jae Seung Yang, Jun Ho Jeon, Mi Seon Jang, Seok-Seong Kang, Ki Bum Ahn, Manki Song, Cheol-Heui Yun, Seung Hyun Han
Although Vibrio cholerae colonizes the small intestine and induces acute inflammatory responses, less is known about the molecular mechanisms of V. cholerae-induced inflammatory responses in the intestine. We recently reported that OmpU, one of the most abundant outer membrane proteins of V. cholerae, plays an important role in the innate immunity of the whole bacteria. In this study, we evaluated the role of OmpU in induction of IL-8, a representative chemokine that recruits various inflammatory immune cells, in the human intestinal epithelial cell (IEC) line, HT-29...
November 13, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145151/vildagliptin-loaded-triangular-dna-nanospheres-coated-with-eudragit-for-oral-delivery-and-better-glycemic-control-in-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
#2
Mirza Muhammad Faran Ashraf Baig, Sara Khan, Muhammad Ahsan Naeem, Ghulam Jilany Khan, Muhammad Tayyab Ansari
Diabetes mellitus type 2 is a multidimensional disease associated with poor glycemic control through compromised sensitivity of pancreatic islet α and β cells against glucose and dwindled secretion of insulin which is linked with the quantity of incretin hormones that are abridged by dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) in diseased condition. Vildagliptin (VG) inhibits DPP-4 therefore regulates the incretins that conversely maintains glycemic control. The safe reach and absorption of VG from intestine was dubious...
November 13, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145085/analysis-of-microplastics-in-water-by-micro-raman-spectroscopy-release-of-plastic-particles-from-different-packaging-into-mineral-water
#3
Darena Schymanski, Christophe Goldbeck, Hans-Ulrich Humpf, Peter Fürst
Microplastics are anthropogenic contaminants which have been found in oceans, lakes and rivers. Investigations focusing on drinking water are rare and studies have mainly been using micro-Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (μ-FT-IR). A major limitation of this technique is its inability to detect particles smaller than 20 μm. However, micro-Raman spectroscopy is capable of detecting even smaller particle sizes. Therefore, we show that this technique, which was used in this study, is particularly useful in detecting microplastics in drinking water where particle sizes are in the low micrometer range...
November 6, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145019/ordered-cylindrical-micropatterned-petri-dishes-used-as-scaffolds-for-cell-growth
#4
Van-Tien Bui, Le Thi Thuy, Joon Sig Choi, Ho-Suk Choi
Three-dimensional (3D) culture dish patterned with a microwell structure demonstrates a great application potential in biotechnology. This study reports on the easy fabrication of an ordered customizable honeycomb microwell array on the surface of polymer substrates including the commercial Petri dish to create a biological platform for cell culture. The fabrication method is based on a very simple solvent dip-coating technique and the methanol accumulation-induced phase separation in which a binary mixture of chloroform and methanol is used to induce a ternary solution and to guarantee the formation of the ordered pore array on the substrate...
November 10, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144726/physalis-mottle-virus-like-particles-as-nanocarriers-for-imaging-reagents-and-drugs
#5
Hema Masarapu, Bindi K Patel, Paul L Chariou, He Hu, Neetu M Gulati, Bradley L Carpenter, Reza A Ghiladi, Sourabh Shukla, Nicole F Steinmetz
Platform technologies based on plant virus nanoparticles (VNPs) and virus-like particles (VLPs) are attracting the attention of researchers and clinicians because the particles are biocompatible, biodegradable, noninfectious in mammals, and can readily be chemically and genetically engineered to carry imaging agents and drugs. When the Physalis mottle virus (PhMV) coat protein is expressed in Escherichia coli, the resulting VLPs are nearly identical to the viruses formed in vivo. Here, we isolated PhMV-derived VLPs from ClearColi cells and carried out external and internal surface modification with fluorophores using reactive lysine-N-hydroxysuccinimide ester and cysteine-maleimide chemistries, respectively...
November 16, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144595/evaluation-of-405-nm-monochromatic-light-for-inactivation-of-tulane-virus-on-blueberry-surfaces
#6
David Kingsley, Rafael E Perez-Perez, Glenn Boyd, Joseph Sites, Brendan A Niemira
AIM: The study aim was to evaluate the potential of 405 nm light as a virus intervention for blueberries. METHODS AND RESULTS: Tulane virus-inoculated-blueberries were treated with 4.2 mW/sq cm of 405 nm light for 5 to 30 min. To mitigate thermal heating due to the intense light, a dry ice-chilled nitrogen-based cooling system was utilized. Blueberries were rotated to ensure exposure of all surfaces to 405 light. Five, 10, and 30 min treatments resulted in little or no inactivation of Tulane virus on blueberries (average log reductions of -0...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144554/a-sensitive-colorimetric-dna-biosensor-for-specific-detection-of-the-hbv-gene-based-on-silver-coated-glass-slide-and-g-quadruplex-hemin-dnazyme
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Yubin Li, Sheng Liu, Qiujuan Deng, Liansheng Ling
A sensitive colorimetric DNA biosensor for specific detection of single stranded oligonucleotide (ssDNA) is proposed in this paper. The biosensor is based on silver-coated glass (SCGS) and G-quadruplex-hemin DNAzyme. Capture DNA is immobilized on the surface of SCGS by Ag-S bond. Signal DNA can be used to hybridize with the target DNA which is selected from the Hepatitis B virus(HBV) gene as target HBV DNA, and the HRP-mimicking G-quadruplex-hemin DNAzyme can be formed through the function of a guanine-rich fragment from signal DNA to catalyze the oxidation of 2,2-azinobis(3-ethylbenzothiozoline)-6-sulfonicacid (ABTS(2-) ) by H2 O2 ...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Medical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144410/evaluation-of-different-single-walled-carbon-nanotube-surface-coatings-for-single-particle-tracking-applications-in-biological-environments
#8
Zhenghong Gao, Noémie Danné, Antoine Guillaume Godin, Brahim Lounis, Laurent Cognet
Fluorescence imaging of biological systems down to the single-molecule level has generated many advances in cellular biology. For applications within intact tissue, single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) are emerging as distinctive single-molecule nanoprobes, due to their near-infrared photoluminescence properties. For this, SWCNT surfaces must be coated using adequate molecular moieties. Yet, the choice of the suspension agent is critical since it influences both the chemical and emission properties of the SWCNTs within their environment...
November 16, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144197/evaluation-of-umelisa-%C3%A2-t4-neonatal-and-umelisa-%C3%A2-t4-using-polystyrene-plates-coated-with-anti-thyroxine-t4-monoclonal-antibodies
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Elisa M Castells, Ernesto C González, Pedro L Pérez, Lesley Del Río, Yileidis Tejeda, Yenitse Perea, Odalys Martín, Maryeris Espinosa, Jose A Rivero, Amarilys Frómeta
Congenital hypothyroidism is one of the most common preventable causes of mental retardation. The Center of Immunoassay has developed the UMELISA(®) T4 NEONATAL and UMELISA(®) T4 to determine neonatal T4 levels in dried blood and serum samples. Both reagent kits use the same polystyrene plates coated with anti- thyroxine (T4) polyclonal antibodies as solid phase. This work shows the re-standardization of the UMELISA(®) T4 NEONATAL and UMELISA(®) T4 using plates coated with anti-T4 monoclonal antibodies (T4Mabs)...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Immunoassay & Immunochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144144/structural-emergence-in-particle-dispersions
#10
Andrew Mulderig, Gregory Beaucage, Karsten Vogtt, Hanqiu Jiang, Yan Jin, Lisa Clapp, Donald Henderson
Particle dispersions, such as pigment-based inks, comprise weakly bound, milled nanoparticles. The properties of these pigments depend on both their chemical composition, as well as a rather complex structural hierarchy, which emerges from these dispersions. The emergence of structure under semi-dilute conditions is related to the structure of the dilute particles, the particle spacing (mesh size), processing history, and the interaction potential. Kinetic simulations could predict such emergence using these input parameters...
November 16, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143785/waterborne-polyurethane-coatings-with-covalently-linked-black-dye-sudan-black-b
#11
Tao Wang, Wei Sun, Xingyuan Zhang, Haiyan Xu, Fei Xu
Colored waterborne polyurethanes have been widely used in paintings, leathers, textiles, and coatings. Here, a series of black waterborne polyurethanes (WPUs) with different ratios of black dye, Sudan Black B (SDB), were prepared by step-growth polymerization. WPU emulsions as obtained exhibit low particle sizes and remarkable storage stability at the same time. At different dye loadings, essential structural, statistical and thermal properties are characterized. FTIR (fourier transform infrared) spectra indicate that SDB is covalently linked into waterborne polyurethane chains...
October 28, 2017: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143771/doxorubicin-wrapped-zinc-oxide-nanoclusters-for-the-therapy-of-colorectal-adenocarcinoma
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Sungyun Kim, Song Yi Lee, Hyun-Jong Cho
Doxorubicin (DOX)-wrapped zinc oxide nanoclusters (ZnO NCs) were developed for the therapy of colorectal cancer. DOX was coated onto the agglomerates of ZnO nanoparticles using a facile coating process. DOX-ZnO NCs with a hydrodynamic size of 170 nm, narrow size distribution, and positive zeta potential were fabricated. The aggregated shape of developed DOX-ZnO NCs was observed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) imaging. The result of Fourier-transform infrared (FT-IR) analysis suggested the interaction between DOX and ZnO in DOX-ZnO NCs...
October 28, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143770/surface-relief-gratings-in-halogen-bonded-polymer-azobenzene-complexes-a-concentration-dependence-study
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Jelle E Stumpel, Marco Saccone, Valentina Dichiarante, Ossi Lehtonen, Matti Virkki, Pierangelo Metrangolo, Arri Priimagi
In recent years, supramolecular complexes comprising a poly(4-vinylpyridine) backbone and azobenzene-based halogen bond donors have emerged as a promising class of materials for the inscription of light-induced surface-relief gratings (SRGs). The studies up to date have focused on building supramolecular hierarchies, i.e., optimizing the polymer-azobenzene noncovalent interaction for efficient surface patterning. They have been conducted using systems with relatively low azobenzene content, and little is known about the concentration dependence of SRG formation in halogen-bonded polymer-azobenzene complexes...
October 28, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143656/does-evaluation-of-in-vitro-microfilarial-motility-reflect-the-resistance-status-of-dirofilaria-immitis-isolates-to-macrocyclic-lactones
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Mary J Maclean, Molly D Savadelis, Ruby Coates, Michael T Dzimianski, Corey Jones, Cynthia Benbow, Bobby E Storey, Ray M Kaplan, Andrew R Moorhead, Adrian J Wolstenholme
BACKGROUND: Several reports have confirmed that macrocyclic lactone-resistant isolates of Dirofilaria immitis are circulating in the United States; however, the prevalence and potential impact of drug resistance is unknown. We wished to assess computer-aided measurements of motility as a method for rapidly assessing the resistance status of parasite isolates. METHODS: Blood containing microfilariae (MF) from two clinical cases with a high suspicion of resistance was fed to mosquitoes and the resultant L3 injected into dogs that were then treated with six doses of Heartgard® Plus (ivermectin + pyrantel; Merial Limited) at 30-day intervals...
November 9, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143139/effect-of-protein-adsorption-layers-and-solution-treatments-on-hydroxyapatite-deposition-on-polystyrene-plate-surfaces-in-simulated-body-fluids
#15
Kazutoshi Iijima, Ayako Iizuka, Ryo Suzuki, Hitomi Ueno-Yokohata, Nobutaka Kiyokawa, Mineo Hashizume
We have developed a method to functionalize polystyrene (PS) cell culture plates with hydroxyapatite (HAp) via protein adsorption layers such as human serum albumin (HSA) in simulated body fluids (SBFs). In order to investigate the versatility the method, in this study the effect of protein adsorption layers on HAp deposition on PS plate surfaces in SBF was evaluated. Pretreatments with alternate soaking process (ASP) using solutions containing calcium ions and phosphate ions followed by incubation with SBF for 24 h resulted in HAp deposition on PS plates with adsorption layers of HSA, type I collagen, hen egg white lysozyme, and poly L-glutamic acid, an acidic protein analogue: the deposition behaviors were correlated with adsorption ability and charge state of proteins...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143038/optical-nonlinearity-engineering-of-a-bismuth-telluride-saturable-absorber-and-application-of-a-pulsed-solid-state-laser-therein
#16
Yi-Ran Wang, Peng Lee, Bai-Tao Zhang, Yuan-Hua Sang, Jing-Liang He, Hong Liu, Chao-Kuei Lee
Saturable absorbers (SAs) have interesting applications for the realization of pulsed lasers in various wavelengths of fiber and solid-state lasers. Topological insulators (TIs) have been recently discovered to feature saturable absorption due to their unique band structure. In this study, high-purity layers of Bi2Te3 thin film SA have been successfully prepared using the spin coating-coreduction approach (SCCA). Compared with the typical method of preparing SAs, the SCCA can be used to prepare topological insulator saturable absorbers (TISAs) with high optical quality, large area consistency, and controllable thickness, which is critical for pulsed lasers...
November 16, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143037/measurement-of-long-range-attractive-forces-between-hydrophobic-surfaces-produced-by-vapor-phase-adsorption-of-palmitic-acid
#17
Namsoon Eom, Drew F Parsons, Vincent S J Craig
Extensive research into the surface forces between hydrophobic surfaces has produced experimentally measured interaction forces that vary widely in range and in magnitude. This variability is attributed to interference from surface nanobubbles and the nature of the hydrophobic surface. Whilst the effects of nanobubbles are now recognised and can be addressed, the precise nature of the surface remains a confounding factor in measurements between hydrophobic surfaces. Here we show that a monolayer coating with hydrophobic properties is formed by exposing metal oxide surfaces to palmitic acid vapour...
November 16, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142877/removal-efficacy-and-cytotoxicity-of-a-calcium-hydroxide-paste-using-n-2-methyl-pyrrolidone-as-a-vehicle
#18
Myung-Jin Lim, Hyun-Jin Jang, Mi-Kyung Yu, Kwang-Won Lee, Kyung-San Min
Objectives: This study investigated the removal efficacy and cytotoxicity of a newly developed calcium hydroxide paste (cleaniCal, Maruchi) using N-2-methyl-pyrrolidone (NMP) as a vehicle in comparison with ApexCal (Ivoclar Vivadent) and Calcipex II (Nishika), which use different vehicles such as polyethylene glycol and propylene glycol, respectively. Materials and Methods: Thirty maxillary premolars with oval-shaped canals were divided into 3 groups and the teeth were filled with one of the pastes...
November 2017: Restorative Dentistry & Endodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142780/molecular-mechanism-of-enzymatic-chlorite-detoxification-insights-from-structural-and-kinetic-studies
#19
Irene Schaffner, Georg Mlynek, Nicola Flego, Dominic Pühringer, Julian Libiseller-Egger, Leighton Coates, Stefan Hofbauer, Marzia Bellei, Paul G Furtmüller, Gianantonio Battistuzzi, Giulietta Smulevich, Kristina Djinović-Carugo, Christian Obinger
The heme enzyme chlorite dismutase (Cld) catalyzes the degradation of chlorite to chloride and dioxygen. Although structure and steady-state kinetics of Clds have been elucidated, many questions remain (e.g., the mechanism of chlorite cleavage and the pH dependence of the reaction). Here, we present high-resolution X-ray crystal structures of a dimeric Cld at pH 6.5 and 8.5, its fluoride and isothiocyanate complexes and the neutron structure at pH 9.0 together with the pH dependence of the Fe(III)/Fe(II) couple, and the UV-vis and resonance Raman spectral features...
November 3, 2017: ACS Catalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142644/repair-bond-strengths-of-non-aged-and-aged-resin-nanoceramics
#20
Meryem Gülce Subaşı, Gülce Alp
PURPOSE: To explore the influence of different surface conditionings on surface changes and the influence of surface treatments and aging on the bond strengths of composites to non-aged and aged resin nanoceramics. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Rectangular-shaped non-aged and aged (5000 thermocycles) resin nanoceramic specimens (Lava Ultimate) (n=63, each) were divided into 3 groups according to surface treatments (untreated, air abrasion, or silica coating) (n=21). The surface roughness was measured and scanning electron microscopy was used to examine one specimen from each group...
October 2017: Journal of Advanced Prosthodontics
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