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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335550/preparation-of-biodegradable-and-elastic-poly-%C3%AE%C2%B5-caprolactone-co-lactide-copolymers-and-evaluation-as-a-localized-and-sustained-drug-delivery-carrier
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Ji Hoon Park, Bo Keun Lee, Seung Hun Park, Mal Geum Kim, Jin Woo Lee, Hye Yun Lee, Hai Bang Lee, Jae Ho Kim, Moon Suk Kim
To develop a biodegradable polymer possessing elasticity and flexibility, we synthesized MPEG-b-(PCL-co-PLA) copolymers (PCxLyA), which display specific rates of flexibility and elasticity. We synthesize the PCxLyA copolymers by ring-opening polymerization of ε-caprolactone and l-lactide. PCxLyA copolymers of various compositions were synthesized with 500,000 molecular weight. The PCxLyA copolymers mechanical properties were dependent on the mole ratio of the ε-caprolactone and l-lactide components. Cyclic tensile tests were carried out to investigate the resistance to creep of PCxLyA specimens after up to 20 deformation cycles to 50% elongation...
March 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335401/the-vital-dye-cdr10b-labels-the-zebrafish-mid-intestine-and-lumen
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Veronika Sander, Shantanu Patke, Jung Y Lee, Young-Tae Chang, Alan J Davidson
We describe the use of the fluorescent reporter compound CDr10b to label mid-intestinal structures in zebrafish larvae after simple immersion. CDr10b is deposited into the gut where it initially fills the lumen and is excreted. Using laser-mediated injury of the intestine, we show that CDr10b provides a useful readout of the integrity and repair of the epithelial cell barrier. In addition, CDr10b specifically labels the absorptive mid-intestine segment that is analogous to the mammalian small intestine. By perturbing retinoic acid signaling, which regulates the size of the mid-intestine segment, we show that CDr10b is a valuable tool to rapidly assess developmental malformations of the intestine in live animals...
March 13, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335357/the-assembly-of-dna-amphiphiles-at-liquid-crystal-aqueous-interface
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Jingsheng Zhou, Yuanchen Dong, Yiyang Zhang, Dongsheng Liu, Zhongqiang Yang
In this article, we synthesized a type of DNA amphiphiles (called DNA-lipids) and systematically studied its assembly behavior at the liquid crystal (LC)-aqueous interface. It turned out that the pure DNA-lipids at various concentrations cannot trigger the optical transition of liquid crystals from planar anchoring to homeotropic anchoring at the liquid crystal-aqueous interface. The co-assembly of DNA-lipid and l-dilauroyl phosphatidylcholine (l-DLPC) indicated that the DLPC assembled all over the LC-aqueous interface, and DNA-lipids prefer to couple with LC in certain areas, particularly in polarized and fluorescent image, forming micron sized net-like structures...
December 1, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335344/a-targeted-nanoprobe-based-on-carbon-nanotubes-natural-biopolymer-chitosan-composites
#4
Baoyan Wu, Na Zhao
A novel targeting theranostic nanoprobe based on single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs)-natural biopolymer chitosan composites was developed for cancer cell targeting imaging and fluorescence imaging-guided photodynamic therapy. First, chitosan was respectively conjugated with a tumor-homing molecule folic acid, or a photosensitizing drug pyropheophorbide a using a water-soluble carbodiimide coupling chemistry. Chitosan was fluorescently labeled by fluorescein isothiocyanate via the covalently linkage of the isothiocyanate group with the amino group...
November 17, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335320/cellular-interactions-and-formation-of-an-epithelial-nanocoating-like-barrier-with-mesoporous-silica-nanoparticles
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Xuan Li, Ka Yan Pang, Tsz Wing Ng, Ping Chung Leung, Cheng Fei Zhang, Ken Cham-Fai Leung, Lijian Jin
Oral mucosa as the front-line barrier in the mouth is constantly exposed to a complex microenvironment with multitudinous microbes. In this study, the interactions of mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs) with primary human gingival epithelial cells were analyzed for up to 72 h, and their diffusion capacity in the reconstructed human gingival epithelia (RHGE) and porcine ear skin models was further assessed at 24 h. It was found that the synthesized fluorescent mesoporous silica nanoparticles (RITC-NPs) with low cytotoxicity could be uptaken, degraded, and/or excreted by the human gingival epithelial cells...
October 27, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335318/a-label-free-and-sensitive-fluorescent-qualitative-assay-for-bisphenol-a-based-on-rolling-circle-amplification-exonuclease-iii-combined-cascade-amplification
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Xia Li, Juan Song, Qing-Wang Xue, Fu-Heng You, Xia Lu, Yan-Cong Kong, Shu-Yi Ma, Wei Jiang, Chen-Zhong Li
Bisphenol A (BPA) detection in drinking water and food packaging materials has attracted much attention since the discovery that BPA can interfere with normal physiological processes and cause adverse health effects. Here, we constructed a label-free aptamer fluorescent assay for selective and sensitive detection of BPA based on the rolling circle amplification (RCA)/Exonuclease III (Exo III)-combined cascade amplification strategy. First, the duplex DNA probe (RP) with anti-BPA aptamer and trigger sequence was designed for BPA recognition and signal amplification...
October 21, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335292/a-tunable-photoluminescent-composite-of-cellulose-nanofibrils-and-cds-quantum-dots
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Qinwen Wang, Aimin Tang, Yuan Liu, Zhiqiang Fang, Shiyu Fu
The preparation of fluorescent nanocomposite materials with tunable emission wavelengths by combining cellulose nanofibrils (CNFs) with inorganic nanoparticles is important for promoting CNFs applications. A CNF/CdS nanocomposite was prepared via in situ compositing at room temperature on oxidized CNFs with CdS quantum dots. By controlling the -COOH/Cd(2+) ratio on the CNF, the feeding time of Na₂S and the ultrasonic maturing time, the size of the CdS quantum dots on the CNF surface could be adjusted so that to obtain the CNF/CdS nanocomposite material with different fluorescent colors...
September 7, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335271/distribution-of-iron-oxide-core-titanium-dioxide-shell-nanoparticles-in-vx2-tumor-bearing-rabbits-introduced-by-two-different-delivery-modalities
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Tamer Refaat, Derek West, Samar El Achy, Vamsi Parimi, Jasmine May, Lun Xin, Kathleen R Harris, William Liu, Michael Beau Wanzer, Lydia Finney, Evan Maxey, Stefan Vogt, Reed A Omary, Daniele Procissi, Andrew C Larson, Tatjana Paunesku, Gayle E Woloschak
This work compares intravenous (IV) versus fluoroscopy-guided transarterial intra-catheter (IC) delivery of iron oxide core-titanium dioxide shell nanoparticles (NPs) in vivo in VX2 model of liver cancer in rabbits. NPs coated with glucose and decorated with a peptide sequence from cortactin were administered to animals with developed VX2 liver cancer. Two hours after NPs delivery tumors, normal liver, kidney, lung and spleen tissues were harvested and used for a series on histological and elemental analysis tests...
August 3, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335258/nanostructures-derived-from-starch-and-chitosan-for-fluorescence-bio-imaging
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Yinxue Zu, Jingran Bi, Huiping Yan, Haitao Wang, Yukun Song, Bei-Wei Zhu, Mingqian Tan
Fluorescent nanostructures (NSs) derived from polysaccharides have drawn great attention as novel fluorescent probes for potential bio-imaging applications. Herein, we reported a facile alkali-assisted hydrothermal method to fabricate polysaccharide NSs using starch and chitosan as raw materials. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) demonstrated that the average particle sizes are 14 nm and 75 nm for starch and chitosan NSs, respectively. Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy analysis showed that there are a large number of hydroxyl or amino groups on the surface of these polysaccharide-based NSs...
July 5, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335230/fluorescent-nanocomposite-of-embedded-ceria-nanoparticles-in-crosslinked-pva-electrospun-nanofibers
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Nader Shehata, Soha Gaballah, Effat Samir, Aya Hamed, Marwa Saad
This paper introduces a new fluorescent nanocomposite of electrospun biodegradable nanofibers embedded with optical nanoparticles. In detail, this work introduces the fluorescence properties of PVA nanofibers generated by the electrospinning technique with embedded cerium oxide (ceria) nanoparticles. Under near-ultra violet excitation, the synthesized nanocomposite generates a visible fluorescent emission at 520 nm, varying its intensity peak according to the concentration of in situ embedded ceria nanoparticles...
June 1, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335211/noise-removal-with-maintained-spatial-resolution-in-raman-images-of-cells-exposed-to-submicron-polystyrene-particles
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Linnea Ahlinder, Susanne Wiklund Lindström, Christian Lejon, Paul Geladi, Lars Österlund
The biodistribution of 300 nm polystyrene particles in A549 lung epithelial cells has been studied with confocal Raman spectroscopy. This is a label-free method in which particles and cells can be imaged without using dyes or fluorescent labels. The main drawback with Raman imaging is the comparatively low spatial resolution, which is aggravated in heterogeneous systems such as biological samples, which in addition often require long measurement times because of their weak Raman signal. Long measurement times may however induce laser-induced damage...
April 29, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335209/dye-doped-fluorescent-silica-nanoparticles-for-live-cell-and-in-vivo-bioimaging
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Wen-Han Zhang, Xiao-Xiao Hu, Xiao-Bing Zhang
The need for novel design strategies for fluorescent nanomaterials to improve our understanding of biological activities at the molecular level is increasing rapidly. Dye-doped fluorescent silica nanoparticles (SiNPs) emerge with great potential for developing fluorescence imaging techniques as a novel and ideal platform for the monitoring of living cells and the whole body. Organic dye-containing fluorescent SiNPs exhibit many advantages: they have excellent biocompatibility, are non-toxic, highly hydrophilic, optically transparent, size-tunable and easily modified with various biomolecules...
April 27, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335206/cytotoxic-induction-and-photoacoustic-imaging-of-breast-cancer-cells-using-astaxanthin-reduced-gold-nanoparticles
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Subramaniyan Bharathiraja, Panchanathan Manivasagan, Nhat Quang Bui, Yun-Ok Oh, In Gweon Lim, Suhyun Park, Junghwan Oh
Astaxanthin, a kind of photosynthetic pigment, was employed for gold nanoparticle formation. Nanoparticles were characterized using Ulteraviolet-Visible (UV-Vis) spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and X-ray diffraction, and the possible presence of astaxanthin functional groups were analyzed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). The cytotoxic effect of synthesized nanoparticles was evaluated against MDA-MB-231 (human breast cancer cells) using a tetrazolium-based assay, and synthesized nanoparticles exhibited dose-dependent toxicity...
April 20, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335193/facile-synthesis-of-gd-functionalized-gold-nanoclusters-as-potential-mri-ct-contrast-agents
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Wenjun Le, Shaobin Cui, Xin Chen, Huanhuan Zhu, Bingdi Chen, Zheng Cui
Multi-modal imaging plays a key role in the earlier detection of disease. In this work, a facile bioinspired method was developed to synthesize Gd-functionalized gold nanoclusters (Gd-Au NCs). The Gd-Au NCs exhibit a uniform size, with an average size of 5.6 nm in dynamic light scattering (DLS), which is a bit bigger than gold clusters (3.74 nm, DLS), while the fluorescent properties of Gd-Au NCs are almost the same as that of Au NCs. Moreover, the Gd-Au NCs exhibit a high longitudinal relaxivity value (r1) of 22...
April 9, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335083/down-regulation-of-dab2ip-promotes-colorectal-cancer-invasion-and-metastasis-by-translocating-hnrnpk-into-nucleus-to-enhance-the-transcription-of-mmp2
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X H Zhu, J M Wang, S S Yang, F F Wang, J L Hu, S N Xin, H Men, G F Lu, X L Lan, D Zhang, X Y Wang, W T Liao, Y Q Ding, L Liang
DOC-2/DAB2 interacting protein (DAB2IP) is a RasGAP protein that shows a suppressive effect on cancer progression. Our previous study showed the involvement of transcription regulation of DAB2IP in metastasis of colorectal cancer (CRC). However, the molecular mechanisms of DAB2IP in regulating the progression of CRC need to be further explored. Here, we identified heterogeneous nuclear ribonucleoprotein K (hnRNPK) and matrix metalloproteinase 2 (MMP2) as vital downstream targets of DAB2IP in CRC cells by two-dimensional fluorescence difference gel electrophoresis and cDNA microassay, respectively...
March 23, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335009/open-chromatin-profiling-of-human-postmortem-brain-infers-functional-roles-for-non-coding-schizophrenia-loci
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John F Fullard, Claudia Giambartolomei, Mads E Hauberg, Ke Xu, Georgios Voloudakis, Zhiping Shao, Christopher Bare, Joel T Dudley, Manuel Mattheisen, Nikolaos K Robakis, Vahram Haroutunian, Panos Roussos
Open chromatin provides access to DNA binding proteins for the correct spatiotemporal regulation of gene expression. Mapping chromatin accessibility has been widely used to identify the location of cis regulatory elements (CREs) including promoters and enhancers. CREs show tissue- and cell-type specificity and disease-associated variants are often enriched for CREs in the tissues and cells that pertain to a given disease. To better understand the role of CREs in neuropsychiatric disorders we applied the Assay for Transposase Accessible Chromatin followed by sequencing (ATAC-seq) to neuronal and non-neuronal nuclei isolated from frozen postmortem human brain by fluorescence-activated nuclear sorting (FANS)...
March 14, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334872/hplc-dad-fld-method-for-simultaneous-determination-of-mycotoxins-in-wheat-bran
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Maria N Irakli, Adriana Skendi, Maria D Papageorgiou
Aflatoxins, deoxynivalenol, ochratoxin A and zearalenone are the most important mycotoxins that everyone on its own, in groups or simultaneously contaminate cereals. The external layers of cereal grains (bran) apart from health promoting ingredients are also the most contaminated part with reference to mycotoxin's presence. Therefore, consumption of a high fiber wheat-based diet represent an increased risk to consumer's health. The objective of this study was to develop a simple and reliable high performance liquid chromatography method for the simultaneous determination of these mycotoxins in wheat bran (WB)...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Chromatographic Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334855/slc30a9-mutation-affecting-intracellular-zinc-homeostasis-causes-a-novel-cerebro-renal-syndrome
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Yonatan Perez, Zamir Shorer, Keren Liani-Leibson, Pauline Chabosseau, Rotem Kadir, Michael Volodarsky, Daniel Halperin, Shiran Barber-Zucker, Hanna Shalev, Ruth Schreiber, Libe Gradstein, Evgenia Gurevich, Raz Zarivach, Guy A Rutter, Daniel Landau, Ohad S Birk
A novel autosomal recessive cerebro-renal syndrome was identified in consanguineous Bedouin kindred: neurological deterioration was evident as of early age, progressing into severe intellectual disability, profound ataxia, camptocormia and oculomotor apraxia. Brain MRI was normal. Four of the six affected individuals also had early-onset nephropathy with features of tubulo-interstitial nephritis, hypertension and tendency for hyperkalemia, though none had rapid deterioration of renal function. Genome wide linkage analysis identified an ∼18 Mb disease-associated locus on chromosome 4 (maximal logarithm of odds score 4...
February 9, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334762/missense-uros-mutations-causing-congenital-erythropoietic-porphyria-reduce-uros-homeostasis-that-can-be-rescued-by-proteasome-inhibition
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Jean-Marc Blouin, Ganeko Bernardo-Seisdedos, Emma Sasso, Julie Esteve, Cécile Ged, Magalie Lalanne, Arantza Sanz-Parra, Pedro Urquiza, Hubert de Verneuil, Oscar Millet, Emmanuel Richard
Congenital erythropoietic porphyria (CEP) is an inborn error of heme biosynthesis characterized by uroporphyrinogen III synthase (UROS) deficiency resulting in deleterious porphyrin accumulation in blood cells responsible for hemolytic anemia and cutaneous photosensitivity. We analyzed here the molecular basis of UROS impairment associated with twenty nine UROS missense mutations actually described in CEP patients. Using a computational and biophysical joint approach we predicted that most disease-causing mutations would affect UROS folding and stability...
February 21, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334756/measurements-of-translation-initiation-from-all-64-codons-in-e-coli
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Ariel Hecht, Jeff Glasgow, Paul R Jaschke, Lukmaan A Bawazer, Matthew S Munson, Jennifer R Cochran, Drew Endy, Marc Salit
Our understanding of translation underpins our capacity to engineer living systems. The canonical start codon (AUG) and a few near-cognates (GUG, UUG) are considered as the 'start codons' for translation initiation in Escherichia coli. Translation is typically not thought to initiate from the 61 remaining codons. Here, we quantified translation initiation of green fluorescent protein and nanoluciferase in E. coli from all 64 triplet codons and across a range of DNA copy number. We detected initiation of protein synthesis above measurement background for 47 codons...
February 21, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
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