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HongYing Mei, Wen Xu, Chao Wang, HaiFeng Yuan, Chao Zhang, Lan Ding, Jin Zhang, Chao Deng, YiFan Wang, Francois M Peeters
Magneto-optical (MO) properties of bi- and tri-layer graphene are investigated utilizing terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz TDS) in the presence of a strong magnetic fleld at room-temperature. In the Faraday conflguration and applying optical polarization measurements, we measure the real and imaginary parts of the longitudinal and transverse MO conductivities of difierent graphene samples. The obtained experimental data flt very well with the well-known MO Drude formula, from which we obtain key sample and material parameters of bi- and tri-layer graphene, such as the electron efiective mass, the
 electronic relaxation time and the electron density...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
R M Wang, B X Xu, C B Liu, Z W Guan, L P Fu, J M Zhang, F Li, L Sun, H Y Zhu
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January 14, 2018: Zhonghua Xue Ye Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Xueyexue Zazhi
Hiroko Tanaka, Keiichi Kumasawa, Aiko Kakigano, Kazuya Mimura, Masayuki Endo, Takuji Tomimatsu, Tadashi Kimura
Excessive soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase-1 (sFlt-1) has been strongly implicated in preeclampsia. An increase in the serum sFlt-1 level occurs before the onset of preeclampsia, and the sFlt-1 level is already higher in women who are predisposed to preeclampsia than in normotensive pregnant women. This study aimed to investigate the relation between arginase and sFlt-1 in the plasma of preeclamptic women and normotensive pregnant women. We suggested that a regulatory mechanism exists that suppresses the level of sFlt-1...
March 13, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Rafaella F Q Grenfell, Diana Taboada, Lucélia A Coutinho, Maria Luysa C Pedrosa, Jéssica V Assis, Matheus S P Oliveira, Renata R Cruz, Aureo Almeida, Vanessa Silva-Moraes, Naftale Katz, Paulo Marcos Z Coelho
Background: Prior to eliminating schistosomiasis, efforts must address accurate and fast individual diagnosis. Diagnosis is still inaccurate by parasitological and point-of-care circulating cathodic antigen (POC-CCA) in areas of low endemicity. Methods: Our group has optimized POC-CCA with a 30 min urine concentration step with no need for specialized technicians or equipment and with high accuracy. We evaluated this new method, called POC-CCA filter (FLT), in two Brazilian endemic areas with distinct profiles...
March 7, 2018: Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Ren Iwata, Claudio Pascali, Kazunori Terasaki, Yoichi Ishikawa, Shozo Furumoto, Kazuhiko Yanai
High specific activity is often a significant requirement for radiopharmaceuticals. To achieve that with18 F-labeled probes, it is mandatory to start from no-carrier-added fluoride and to reduce to a minimum the amount of precursor in order to decrease the presence of any pseudo-carrier. In the present study a feasible and efficient method for microscale one-pot radiosynthesis of18 F-labeled probes is described. It allows a substantial reduction in precursor, solvent and reagents, thus reducing also possible side reaction in the case of base-sensitive precursors...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Labelled Compounds & Radiopharmaceuticals
Nghi C Nguyen, Melissa K Yee, Abuzar M Tuchayi, John M Kirkwood, Hussein Tawbi, James M Mountz
Introduction: This pilot study aimed at exploring the utility of the proliferation tracer F-18 fluorothymidine (FLT) and positron-emission tomography (PET)/magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) (FLT-PET/MRI) for early treatment monitoring in patients with melanoma brain metastasis (MBM) who undergo targeted therapy or immunotherapy. Material and Methods: Patients with newly diagnosed MBM underwent baseline and follow-up FLT-PET/MRI scans at 3-4 weeks of targeted therapy or immunotherapy...
2018: Frontiers in Oncology
Hailian Wang, Wei Ge, Yong Zhuang, Jinqiu Fu, Dong Li, Xiuli Ju
Background: Cord blood transplantation (CBT) can be a life-saving procedure in the treatment of a broad variety of disorders, including hematologic, immune, and genetic diseases. However, delayed platelet recovery hinders the application of CBT. Purpose: The aim of this study was to determine the optimal combination of cytokines to amplify megakaryocyte (Mk). Methods: CB CD34+ cells were obtained by immunomagnetic isolation and amplified under four different cytokine combinations...
January 2018: Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics
Hinrich Wieder, Ambros J Beer, Jens Siveke, Tibor Schuster, Andreas K Buck, Ken Herrmann, Jens C Stollfuss
Purpose: The aim of this study was to correlate preoperative 3'-deoxy-3'-[18 F] fluorothymidine (FLT) uptake with the clinical outcome and survival in these patients after surgery. Materials and Methods: We performed a prospective analysis in 27 patients with adenocarcinoma of the pancreas (15 males, 12 females, mean age: 62 ± 13 years, range: 34 - 86 years). FLT PET (45 min p.i., 300 MBq FLT; ECAT HR+) images were acquired according to standard protocols. FLT uptake was quantified using standardised uptake values (SUV)...
February 9, 2018: Oncotarget
Susie Choi, Hironori Uehara, Yuanyuan Wu, Subrata Das, Xiaohui Zhang, Bonnie Archer, Lara Carroll, Balamurali Krishna Ambati
Short-activating RNA (saRNA), which targets gene promoters, has been shown to increase the target gene expression. In this study, we describe the use of an saRNA (Flt a-1) to target the flt-1 promoter, leading to upregulation of the soluble isoform of Flt-1 and inhibition of angiogenesis. We demonstrate that Flt a-1 increased sFlt-1 mRNA and protein levels, while reducing VEGF expression. This was associated with suppression of human umbilical vascular endothelial cell (HUVEC) proliferation and cell cycle arrest at the G0/G1 phase...
2018: PloS One
Bianca A Trombetta, Becky C Carlyle, Aaron M Koenig, Leslie M Shaw, John Q Trojanowski, David A Wolk, Joseph J Locascio, Steven E Arnold
OBJECTIVE: Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a complex neurodegenerative disease driven by multiple interacting pathophysiological processes that ultimately results in synaptic loss, neuronal death, and dementia. We implemented a fit-for-purpose modeled approach to qualify a broad selection of commercially available immunoassays and evaluate the biotemporal stability of analytes across five pathophysiological domains of interest in AD, including core amyloid-β (Aβ) and tau AD biomarkers, neurodegeneration, inflammation/immune modulation, neurovascular injury, and metabolism/oxidative stress...
2018: PloS One
Zhonglin Xiao, Songjun Li, Yan Yu, Mengxia Li, Jie Chen, Feng Wang, Jian Zhang, Weifen Deng, Qing Yang, Xiujun Fan
Studies have shown that sFlt-1 overproduction stimulated by excess VEGF of deciduous origin in trophoblasts can cause preeclampsia. However, the mechanism underlying how VEGF regulates sFtl-1 expression in trophoblasts remains unknown. To address this issue, JEG3 and HTR-8/SV neo (HTR8) trophoblast cell lines were used to investigate the signaling pathways involved in the regulation of sFlt-1 production via VEGF overexpression in vitro. JEG3 (VEGF-GFP-JEG3, V-J) and HTR8 (VEGF-GFP-HTR8, V-H) cells overexpressing VEGF165 were established by infecting the JEG3 and HTR8 cell lines with lentivirus expressing VEGF165...
March 1, 2018: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
David W Brammer, Patrick J Gillespie, Mei Tian, Daniel Young, Muthuswamy Raveendran, Lawrence E Williams, Mihai Gagea, Fernando J Benavides, Carlos J Perez, Russell R Broaddus, Bruce J Bernacky, Kirstin F Barnhart, Mian M Alauddin, Manoop S Bhutani, Richard A Gibbs, Richard L Sidman, Renata Pasqualini, Wadih Arap, Jeffrey Rogers, Christian R Abee, Juri G Gelovani
Over the past two decades, 33 cases of colonic adenocarcinomas have been diagnosed in rhesus macaques ( Macaca mulatta ) at the nonhuman primate colony of the Keeling Center for Comparative Medicine and Research at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. The distinctive feature in these cases, based on PET/computed tomography (CT) imaging, was the presence of two or three tumor lesions in different locations, including proximal to the ileocecal juncture, proximal to the hepatic flexure, and/or in the sigmoid colon...
February 28, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Sonja Schelhaas, Lydia Wachsmuth, Sven Hermann, Natascha Rieder, Astrid Heller, Kathrin Heinzmann, Davina J Honess, Donna-Michelle Smith, Inga B Fricke, Nathalie Just, Sabrina Doblas, Ralph Sinkus, Christian Döring, Klaus Peter Schäfers, John R Griffiths, Cornelius Faber, Richard Schneider, Eric Ofori Aboagye, Andreas Hans Jacobs
Non-invasive monitoring of tumor therapy response helps in developing personalized treatment strategies. Here, we performed sequential positron emission tomography (PET) and diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (DW-MRI) to evaluate changes induced by a FOLFOX-like combination chemotherapy in colorectal cancer (CRC) xenografts, to identify the cellular and molecular determinants of these imaging biomarkers. Methods: Tumor bearing CD1 nude mice, engrafted with FOLFOX-sensitive Colo205 CRC xenografts, were treated with FOLFOX (5 fluorouracil, leucovorin and oxaliplatin) in weekly intervals...
February 23, 2018: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
Jimmy Ly, Noel S Ha, Shilin Cheung, R Michael van Dam
Miniaturized synthesis of positron emission tomography (PET) tracers is poised to offer numerous advantages including reduced tracer production costs and increased availability of diverse tracers. While many steps of the tracer production process have been miniaturized, there has been relatively little development of microscale systems for the quality control (QC) testing process that is required by regulatory agencies to ensure purity, identity, and biological safety of the radiotracer before use in human subjects...
February 22, 2018: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
Nikolaos A Trikalinos, Takashi Nihashi, Evangelos Evangelou, Teruhiko Terasawa
INTRODUCTION: Gliomas, the most commonly diagnosed primary brain tumours, are associated with varied survivals based, in part, on their histological subtype. Therefore, accurate pretreatment tumour grading is essential for patient care and clinical trial design. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: We will perform an individual-level data meta-analysis of published studies to evaluate the ability of different types of positron emission tomography (PET) to differentiate high from low-grade gliomas...
February 17, 2018: BMJ Open
Dorota Wójcik-Pastuszka, Iwona Golonka, Andrzej Drys, Jobst B Mielck, Maria Twarda, Witold Musiał
BACKGROUND: Gastric residence time is the key factor affecting the bioavailability of active pharmaceutical ingredients absorbed mainly through the gastric mucous membrane and influencing the local activity of some drugs. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was the development of a new composition of non-effervescent floating tablets and the evaluation of the effect of an anionic polymer and compressive force on the floating properties and release characteristics of tablets containing a model alkaline drug, chlorhexidine (CHX)...
December 2017: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
Shyam S Chaurasia, Rayne R Lim, Bhav H Parikh, Yeo Sia Wey, Bo Bo Tun, Tien Yin Wong, Chi D Luu, Rupesh Agrawal, Arkasubhra Ghosh, Alessandra Mortellaro, Elizabeth Rackoczy, Rajiv R Mohan, Veluchamy A Barathi
Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is a retinal microvascular disease characterized by inflammatory and angiogenic pathways. In this study, we evaluated NLRP3 inflammasome in a double transgenic mouse model, Akimba (Ins2 Akita xVEGF +/- ), which demonstrates hyperglycemia, vascular hyperpermeability and neovascularization seen in the proliferative DR. Retinal structural integrity, vascular leakage and function were examined by fundus photography, fluorescein angiography, optical coherence tomography, retinal flat mounts, laser speckle flowgraphy (LSFG), and electroretinography in Akimba and its parental strains, Akita (Ins2 Akita ) and Kimba (trVEGF029) mice...
February 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
Yanchao Deng, Yang Yang, Bei Yao, Lei Ma, Qipeng Wu, Zhicheng Yang, Luyong Zhang, Bing Liu
High expression of tumoral vascular endothelial growth factor C (VEGF-C) is correlated with clinical non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) metastasis and patient survival. Nevertheless, the comprehensive mechanisms accounting for VEGF-C-mediated cancer progression remain largely unclear. The present study found that VEGF-C expression was upregulated in various NSCLC cell lines. By utilizing transwell migration assay, we found that both recombinant VEGF-C protein and overexpression of VEGF-C in NSCLC cells (A549 and H441 cell lines) could efficiently enhance RAW264...
March 15, 2018: Experimental Cell Research
Linxiao Wang, Shan Xu, Xiaobo Liu, Xiuying Chen, Hehua Xiong, Shanshan Hou, Wensheng Zou, Qidong Tang, Pengwu Zheng, Wufu Zhu
Five series of N-methylpicolinamide moiety and thienopyrimidine moiety bearing triazole (21-26, 27-34, 35-41, 42-47 and 48-54) were designed and synthesized. And all the target compounds were evaluated for the IC50 values against three cancer cell lines (A549, HepG2 and MCF-7) and some selected compounds (43, 49 and 52) were further evaluated for the activity against c-Met, Flt-3, VEGFR-2, c-Kit and EGFR kinases. Moreover, SARs and docking studies indicated that thieno[3,2-d]pyrimidine bearing triazole moiety was privileged structure for the activity...
January 31, 2018: Bioorganic Chemistry
Katia Herz, Alexandra Becker, Chenyue Shi, Masatsugo Ema, Satoru Takahashi, Michael Potente, Michael Hesse, Bernd K Fleischmann, Daniela Wenzel
Endothelial cell proliferation is a key process during vascular growth but its kinetics could only be assessed in vitro or ex vivo so far. To enable the monitoring and quantification of cell cycle kinetics in vivo, we have generated transgenic mice expressing an eGFP-anillin construct under control of the endothelial-specific Flt-1 promoter. This construct labels the nuclei of endothelial cells in late G1, S and G2 phase and changes its localization during the different stages of M phase, thereby enabling the monitoring of EC proliferation and cytokinesis...
February 7, 2018: Angiogenesis
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