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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786968/p62-mediated-autophagy-affects-nutrition-dependent-insulin-receptor-substrate-1-dynamics-in-3t3-l1-preadipocytes
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Hirobumi Igawa, Akihiro Kikuchi, Hirofumi Misu, Kiyo-Aki Ishii, Shuichi Kaneko, Toshinari Takamura
AIMS/INTRODUCTION: Previous studies have shown that the organism's nutritional status changes the protein levels of insulin receptor substrate 1 (IRS-1) in a tissue-specific manner. Although the mechanisms underlying the regulation of IRS-1 in the nutrient-rich conditions associated with diabetes and insulin resistance have been well studied, those under nutrient-poor conditions remain unknown. The aim of this study was to investigate how IRS-1 protein levels change depending on the nutritional status of 3T3-L1 preadipocytes...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Diabetes Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786934/origin-of-photoluminescence-enhancement-of-gold-doped-silver-nanoclusters-importance-of-relativistic-effects-and-heterogeneous-gold-silver-interaction
#2
Xiao-Ying Xie, Pin Xiao, Xiaoyan Cao, Wei-Hai Fang, Ganglong Cui, Michael Franz Dolg
The weak photoluminescence of silver nanoclusters suppresses their broad applications as luminescent nanomaterials. Recent experiments however showed that Au-doping can significantly enhance the photoluminescence intensity of Ag_29 nanoclusters, whereas molecular and physical origins of this effect remain unknown. Therefore we have computationally explored geometric and electronic structures of Ag_29 and its Au-doped Ag_29-xAu_x (x=1-5) nanoclusters in the S_0 and S_1 states. We found that (1) relativistic effects mainly originating from the Au atoms play an important role in enhancing the fluorescence intensity, especially for highly doped Ag_26Au_3, Ag_25Au_4, and Ag_24Au_5; (2) heteronuclear Au-Ag bonds can increase stabilities and regulate fluorescence intensities of isomers of these Au-doped nanoclusters...
May 22, 2018: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786931/real-time-monitoring-of-prodrug-activation-by-direct-mode-of-chemiluminescence
#3
Doron Shabat, Samer Gnaim, Anna Scomparin, Sayantan Das, Ronit Satchi-Fainaro
The majority of theranostic prodrugs reported so far relay information through a fluorogenic response generated upon release of the active chemotherapeutic agent. A chemiluminescence detection mode offers significant advantages over fluorescence, mainly due to the superior signal-to-noise ratio of chemiluminescence. Here we report the design and synthesis of the first theranostic prodrug monitored by a chemiluminescence diagnostic mode. As a representative model we prepared a prodrug from the chemotherapeutic monomethyl auristatin E designed for activation by β-galactosidase...
May 22, 2018: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786788/transplantable-animal-studies-and-whole-body-optical-imaging-in-prostate-carcinoma
#4
Geertje van der Horst, Maaike van der Mark, Henry Cheung, Gabri van der Pluijm
Current treatments of advanced prostate cancer only marginally increase overall survival and can be regarded as predominantly palliative. Hence, there is an urgent need for novel therapeutic strategies for the treatment of primary tumors and, more importantly perhaps, for the prevention of tumor progression and metastasis formation. Clinically relevant preclinical models are therefore urgently needed. An ideal, clinically relevant preclinical model would mimic the genetic and phenotypic changes that occur at the different stages of human prostate cancer progression and subsequent metastasis...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786785/methods-to-study-angiogenesis-in-a-mouse-model-of-prostate-cancer
#5
Ana-Rita Pedrosa, Alexandre Trindade, António Duarte
Angiogenesis is one important hallmark of cancer progression which explains the relevance of developing methods to efficiently analyze the neo-angiogenic process. In this report we make use of the transgenic adenocarcinoma of the murine prostate (TRAMP) model, considered a good model for studying clinical prostate cancer progression, to describe in detail the methods used to study angiogenesis in this type of solid tumor development. In this report we provide step-by-step procedures on the basis of previous work in our laboratory for: the mouse urogenital sinus (UGS) collection; microdissection of the prostate; preparation of the prostatic samples for immunofluorescence (to analyze vascular density, morphology, maturation, functionality, hypoxia, and others); preparation of prostatic samples to histopathological analysis and/or immunohistochemistry; and endothelial and vascular mural cell sorting and isolation by fluorescent associated cell sorting (FACS) to further analysis (mRNA, protein, or other) or to maintain in culture...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786738/design-and-mechanistic-study-of-a-novel-gold-nanocluster-based-drug-delivery-system
#6
Qinzhen Li, Yiting Pan, Tiankai Chen, Yuanxin Du, Honghua Ge, Buchang Zhang, Jianping Xie, Haizhu Yu, Manzhou Zhu
Chemically-triggered drug delivery systems (DDSs) have been extensively studied as they do not require specialized equipment to deliver the drug and can deeply penetrate human tissue. However, their syntheses are complicated and they tend to be cytotoxic, which restricts their clinical utility. In this work, the self-regulated drug loading and release capabilities of peptide-protected gold nanoclusters (Pep-Au NCs) are investigated using vancomycin (Van) as the model drug. Gold nanoclusters (Au NCs) coated with a custom-designed pentapeptide are synthesized as drug delivery nanocarriers and loaded with Van - a spontaneous process reliant on the specific binding between Van and the custom-designed peptide...
May 22, 2018: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786719/energy-transfer-chemiluminescence-for-ratiometric-ph-imaging
#7
Weiwei An, Ralph P Mason, Alexander R Lippert
Chemiluminescence imaging offers a low background and high sensitivity approach to imaging analytes in living cells and animals. Intensity-based measurements have been developed, but require careful consideration of kinetics, probe localization, and fluctuations in quantum yield, all of which complicate quantification. Here, we report a ratiometric strategy for quantitative chemiluminescence imaging of pH. The strategy relies on an energy transfer cascade of chemiluminescence emission from a spiroadamantane 1,2-dioxetane to a ratiometric pH indicator via fluorescent dyes in Enhancer solutions...
May 22, 2018: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786715/cancer-cell-membrane-coated-magnetic-nanoparticles-for-mr-nir-fluorescence-dual-modal-imaging-and-photodynamic-therapy
#8
Jiong Li, Xuandong Wang, Dongye Zheng, Xinyi Lin, Zuwu Wei, Da Zhang, Zhuanfang Li, Yun Zhang, Ming Wu, Xiaolong Liu
Theranostic nanoprobes integrated with dual-modal imaging and therapeutic functions, such as photodynamic therapy (PDT), have exhibited significant potency in cancer treatments due to their high imaging accuracy and non-invasive advantages for cancer elimination. However, biocompatibility and highly efficient accumulation of these nanoprobes in tumor are still unsatisfactory for clinical application. In this study, a photosensitizer -loaded magnetic nanobead with surface further coated with a layer of cancer cell membrane (SSAP-Ce6@CCM) was designed to improve the biocompatibility and cellular uptake and ultimately achieve enhanced MR/NIR fluorescence imaging and PDT efficacy...
May 22, 2018: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786639/chemogenetic-enhancement-of-axon-regeneration-following-peripheral-nerve-injury-in-the-slick-a-mouse
#9
Poonam B Jaiswal, Olivia C Mistretta, Patricia J Ward, Arthur W English
The effects of chemogenetics on axon regeneration following peripheral nerve transection and repair were studied in mice expressing a Cre-dependent excitatory designer receptor exclusively activated by designer drugs (DREADD) and Cre-recombinase/yellow fluorescent protein (YFP) in a subset of motor and sensory neurons and cortical motoneurons (SLICK-A). Sciatic nerves were cut and repaired and mice were treated either once, at the time of injury, or five days per week for two weeks with clozapine N-oxide (CNO) (1 mg/kg, i...
May 22, 2018: Brain Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786602/microfluidic-system-for-modelling-3d-tumour-invasion-into-surrounding-stroma-and-drug-screening
#10
Zhichang Du, Shengli Mi, Xiaoman Yi, Yuanyuan Xu, Wei Sun
Tumour invasion into the surrounding stroma is a critical step in metastasis, and it is necessary to clarify the role of microenvironmental factors in tumour invasion. We present a microfluidic system that simulated and controlled multi-factors of the tumour microenvironment for three-dimensional (3D) assessment of tumour invasion into the stroma. The simultaneous, precise and continuous arrangement of two 3D matrices was visualised to observe the migration of cancer cell populations or single cells by transfecting cells with a fluorescent protein...
May 22, 2018: Biofabrication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786554/a-human-ipsc-line-capable-of-differentiating-into-functional-macrophages-expressing-zsgreen-a-tool-for-the-study-and-in-vivo-tracking-of-therapeutic-cells
#11
Martha Lopez-Yrigoyen, Antonella Fidanza, Luca Cassetta, Richard A Axton, A Helen Taylor, Jose Meseguer-Ripolles, Anestis Tsakiridis, Valerie Wilson, David C Hay, Jeffrey W Pollard, Lesley M Forrester
We describe the production of a human induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) line, SFCi55-ZsGr, that has been engineered to express the fluorescent reporter gene, ZsGreen, in a constitutive manner. The CAG-driven ZsGreen expression cassette was inserted into the AAVS1 locus and a high level of expression was observed in undifferentiated iPSCs and in cell lineages derived from all three germ layers including haematopoietic cells, hepatocytes and neurons. We demonstrate efficient production of terminally differentiated macrophages from the SFCi55-ZsGreen iPSC line and show that they are indistinguishable from those generated from their parental SFCi55 iPSC line in terms of gene expression, cell surface marker expression and phagocytic activity...
July 5, 2018: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786433/polymer-diffusion-in-the-interphase-between-surface-and-solution
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Lukas Weger, Monika Weidmann, Wael Ali, Marcus Hildebrandt, Jochen Stefan Gutmann, Kerstin Hoffmann-Jacobsen
Total internal reflection fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (TIR-FCS) is applied to study the self-diffusion of polyethylene glycol solutions in the presence of weakly attractive interfaces. Glass coverslips modified with aminopropyl- and propyl-terminated silanes are used to study the influence of solid surfaces on polymer diffusion. A model of three phases of polymer diffusion allows to describe the experimental fluorescence autocorrelation functions. Besides the two-dimensional diffusion of adsorbed polymer on the substrate and three-dimensional free diffusion in bulk solution, a third diffusion time scale is observed with intermediate diffusion times...
May 22, 2018: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786432/modular-design-of-fluorescent-dibenzo-and-naphtho-fluoranthenes-structural-rearrangements-and-electronic-properties
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Gavin S Mohammad-Pour, Richard T Ly, David C Fairchild, Alex Burnstine-Townley, Demetrius A Vazquez-Molina, Khang D Trieu, Andres D Campiglia, James K Harper, Fernando J Uribe-Romo
A library of twelve dibenzo- and naphtho- fluoranthene polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) with MW = 302 (C24H14) was synthesized via a Pd-catalyzed fluoranthene ring-closing reaction. By understanding the various modes by which the palladium migrates during the transformation, structural rearrangements were bypassed, obtaining pure PAHs in high yields. Spectroscopic and electrochemical characterization demonstrated the profound diversity in the electronic structures between isomers. Highlighting the significant differences in emission of visible light, this library of PAHs will enable their standardization for toxicological assessment and potential use as optoelectronic materials...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786414/uncovering-the-design-principle-of-amino-acid-derived-photoluminescent-bio-dots-with-tailored-made-structure-properties-and-application-for-cellular-bioimaging
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Hesheng Victor Xu, Xinting Zheng, Yanli Zhao, Yen Nee Tan
Natural amino acids possess side chains with different functional groups (R groups), which make them excellent precursors for programmable synthesis of biomolecule-derived nanodots (bio-dots) with desired properties. Herein, we reported the first systematic study to uncover the material design rules of bio-dots synthesis from 20 natural α-amino acids via a green hydrothermal approach. The as-synthesized amino acids bio-dots (AA-dots) are comprehensively characterised to establish a structure-properties relationship between the amino acid precursors and the corresponding photoluminescent properties of AA-dots...
May 22, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786166/a-label-free-fluorescence-method-for-detection-of-urec-gene-and-diagnosis-of-helicobacter-pylori-infection
#15
Leiyi Zhang, Ding Cao, Tenglong Tang, Zhongkun Zuo, Jiangsheng Huang, Lunxi Duan
The feasibility of using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based label-free DNA sensor for the detection of Helicobacter pylori is investigated. In particular, H. pylori ureC gene, a specific H. pylori nucleic acid sequence, was selected as the target sequence. In the presence of ureC gene, the target DNA could be amplified to dsDNA with much higher detectable levels. After added the SYBR green I (SGI), the sensing system could show high fluorescence. Thus, the target DNA can be detected by monitoring the change of fluorescence intensity of sensing system...
May 21, 2018: Luminescence: the Journal of Biological and Chemical Luminescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786124/evaluation-of-the-relationship-between-flap-tension-and-tissue-perfusion-in-implant-based-breast-reconstruction-using-laser-assisted-indocyanine-green-angiography
#16
Chae-Eun Yang, Soon Won Chung, Dong Won Lee, Dae Hyun Lew, Seung Yong Song
BACKGROUND: For implant-based breast reconstruction, inadequate tissue perfusion may cause devastating complications. Tissue tension by inadequate implant volume may reduce tissue perfusion by stretching and collapsing the capillaries. The SPY system is used to perform intraoperative fluorescence angiography with indocyanine green to assess visually the blood flow and evaluate tissue perfusion. However, there is no report yet about how mastectomy flap perfusion changes with the expander-filling volume...
May 21, 2018: Annals of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786089/spectral-analysis-of-fundus-autofluorescence-pattern-as-a-tool-to-detect-early-stages-of-degeneration-in-the-retina-and-retinal-pigment-epithelium
#17
Tatiana B Feldman, Marina A Yakovleva, Andrey V Larichev, Patimat M Arbukhanova, Alexandra Sh Radchenko, Sergey A Borzenok, Vladimir A Kuzmin, Mikhail A Ostrovsky
PURPOSE: The aim of this work is the determination of quantitative diagnostic criteria based on the spectral characteristics of fundus autofluorescence to detect early stages of degeneration in the retina and retinal pigment epithelium (RPE). METHODS: RPE cell suspension samples were obtained from the cadaver eyes with and without signs of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Fluorescence analysis at an excitation wavelength of 488 nm was performed. The fluorescence lifetimes of lipofuscin-granule fluorophores were measured by counting time-correlated photon method...
May 22, 2018: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785968/force-activatable-coating-enables-high-resolution-cellular-force-imaging-directly-on-regular-cell-culture-surfaces
#18
Anwesha Sarkar, Yuanchang Zhao, Yongliang Wang, Xuefeng Wang
Integrin-transmitted cellular forces are crucial mechanical signals regulating a vast range of cell functions. Although various methods have been developed to visualize and quantify cellular forces at the cell-matrix interface, a method with high performance and low technical barrier is still in demand. Here we developed force-activatable coating (FAC) which can be simply coated on regular cell culture apparatus's surfaces by physical adsorption, and turn these surfaces to force reporting platforms that enable cellular force mapping directly by fluorescence imaging...
May 22, 2018: Physical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785851/a-red-emitting-fluorescent-probe-for-detection-of-%C3%AE-glutamyltranspeptidase-and-its-application-of-real-time-imaging-under-oxidative-stress-in-cells-and-in-vivo
#19
Feiyan Liu, Zhen Wang, Wenli Wang, Jian-Guang Luo, Lingyi Kong
γ-Glutamyltranspeptidase (GGT) plays critical roles in regulating various physiological/pathophysiological processes including the intracellular redox homeostasis. However, an effective fluorescent probe for dissecting the relationships between GGT and oxidative stress in vivo remains largely unexplored. Herein, we present a light-up fluorescent probe (DCDHF-Glu) with long wavelength emission (613 nm) for the highly sensitive and selective detection of GGT using dicyanomethylenedihydrofuran derivative as the fluorescent reporter and γ-glutamyl group as the enzyme-active trigger...
May 22, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785792/gap-mode-surface-plasmon-enhanced-photoluminescence-and-photoresponse-of-mos-2
#20
Zhi-Qian Wu, Jing-Liang Yang, Nallappagar K Manjunath, Yue-Jiao Zhang, Si-Rui Feng, Yang-Hua Lu, Jiang-Hong Wu, Wei-Wei Zhao, Cai-Yu Qiu, Jian-Feng Li, Shi-Sheng Lin
2D materials hold great potential for designing novel electronic and optoelectronic devices. However, 2D material can only absorb limited incident light. As a representative 2D semiconductor, monolayer MoS2 can only absorb up to 10% of the incident light in the visible, which is not sufficient to achieve a high optical-to-electrical conversion efficiency. To overcome this shortcoming, a "gap-mode" plasmon-enhanced monolayer MoS2 fluorescent emitter and photodetector is designed by squeezing the light-field into Ag shell-isolated nanoparticles-Au film gap, where the confined electromagnetic field can interact with monolayer MoS2 ...
May 22, 2018: Advanced Materials
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