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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532117/optimization-for-extracellular-biosynthesis-of-silver-nanoparticles-by-penicillium-aculeatum-su1-and-their-antimicrobial-activity-and-cytotoxic-effect-compared-with-silver-ions
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Liang Ma, Wei Su, Jian-Xin Liu, Xiao-Xi Zeng, Zhi Huang, Wen Li, Zheng-Chun Liu, Jian-Xin Tang
The present study addresses an eco-friendly and energy-saving method for extracellular biosynthesis of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) using a cell free filtrate of the fungus strain Penicillium aculeatum Su1 as a reducing agent. Parametric optimization of the biosynthesis process demonstrated different effects on the size, distribution, yield, and synthesis rate of biosynthesized AgNPs. The transmission electron microscopy (TEM) measurements demonstrated that AgNPs were spherical or approximately spherical, with a size between 4 and 55nm...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532107/comparison-of-electrospun-and-solvent-cast-polylactic-acid-pla-poly-vinyl-alcohol-pva-inserts-as-potential-ocular-drug-delivery-vehicles
#2
Rajan Sharma Bhattarai, Amitesh Das, Rami M Alzhrani, Dongjin Kang, Sarit B Bhaduri, Sai H S Boddu
PURPOSE: The purpose of this work was to develop, characterize and compare electrospun nanofiber inserts (ENIs) and solvent cast polymeric inserts (SCIs) for ocular drug delivery. METHODS: ENI and SCI of 1%, 5% and 10% w/w dexamethasone were fabricated using a blend of poly-lactic acid (PLA) and poly-vinyl alcohol (PVA). Inserts were characterized for morphology, thickness, pH, drug content, drug crystallinity, in vitro drug release, sterility, dimethylformamide (DMF) and chloroform content, and cytotoxicity...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532028/newly-isolated-sporopollenin-microcages-from-platanus-orientalis-pollens-as-a-vehicle-for-controlled-drug-delivery
#3
Muhammad Mujtaba, Idris Sargin, Lalehan Akyuz, Talip Ceter, Murat Kaya
Sporopollenin microcages were produced from the pollens of Platanus orientalis. Paracetamol was loaded into the microcages. Pollen, sporopollenin, paracetamol and paracetamol-loaded sporopollenin microcages were characterized with FT-IR, TGA and SEM. The analytical analyses demonstrated that sporopollenin microcages were structurally intact, highly reticulated and thermally stable. The loading efficiency of the sporopollenin microcages was found to be 8.2% using the passive loading technique and 23.7% via evaporating loading technique...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531762/high-dose-testosterone-enanthate-supplementation-boosts-oxidative-stress-but-exerts-little-effect-on-the-antioxidant-barrier-in-sedentary-adolescent-male-rat-liver
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Ewa Sadowska-Krepaa, Barbara Klapcinępa, Barbara Kłapcińska, Sławomir Jagsz, Anna Nowara, Izabela Szołtysek-Bołdys, Małgorzata Chalimoniuk, Józef Langfort, Stanisław J Chrapusta
BACKGROUND: Anabolic-androgenic steroids abuse is on the rise among adolescent boys and young men, mostly in those seeking a 'shortcut' to an improved body image. This approach is associated with the risk of severe adverse health effects, some of which involve the liver and are linked to hepatic oxidative stress. Testosterone and its esters is a cornerstone of most anabolic-androgenic steroid stacking protocols. METHODS: We assessed and compared several hepatotoxicity and liver oxidative stress indices, as well as the contents of some components of the hepatic antioxidant barrier between sedentary adolescent male rats given a 6-week course of weekly im testosterone enanthate (TE, 8 or 80mg/kgBW/week) or vehicle (sesame oil) injections...
March 11, 2017: Pharmacological Reports: PR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531264/cariprazine-exhibits-anxiolytic-and-dopamine-d3-receptor-dependent-antidepressant-effects-in-the-chronic-stress-model
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Vanya Duric, Mounira Banasr, Tina Franklin, Ashley Lepack, Nika Adham, Béla Kiss, István Gyertyán, Ronald S Duman
Background: Cariprazine, a D3-preferring dopamine D2/D3 receptor partial agonist, is a new antipsychotic drug recently approved in the US for the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar mania. We recently demonstrated that cariprazine also has significant anti-anhedonic-like effects in rats subjected to chronic stress; however, the exact mechanism of action for cariprazine's antidepressant-like properties is not known. Thus, in this study we examined whether the effects of cariprazine are mediated by dopamine D3 receptors...
May 22, 2017: International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531198/a-real-time-traffic-control-method-for-the-intersection-with-pre-signals-under-the-phase-swap-sorting-strategy
#6
Yiming Bie, Zhiyuan Liu, Yinhai Wang
To deal with the conflicts between left-turn and through traffic streams and increase the discharge capacity, this paper addresses the pre-signal which is implemented at a signalized intersection. Such an intersection with pre-signal is termed as a tandem intersection. For the tandem intersection, phase swap sorting strategy is deemed as the most effective phasing scheme in view of some exclusive merits, such as easier compliance of drivers, and shorter sorting area. However, a major limitation of the phase swap sorting strategy is not considered in previous studies: if one or more vehicle is left at the sorting area after the signal light turns to red, the capacity of the approach would be dramatically dropped...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531166/-epiafzelechin-protects-against-ovariectomy-induced-bone-loss-in-adult-mice-and-modulate-osteoblastic-and-osteoclastic-functions-in-vitro
#7
Ka-Chun Wong, Sisi Cao, Xiaoli Dong, Man-Chun Law, Tak-Hang Chan, Man-Sau Wong
The present study was designed to characterize the bone protective effects of (-)-epiafzelechin (EAF), a flavan-3-ol, in mature ovariectomized mice model and its ability to stimulate osteoblastic activity and inhibit osteoclastic activity. Mature C57BL/6 mice (three to four months old) were either ovariectomised (OVX) or sham-operated and subjected to treatment (vehicle, 17β-oestradiol (E2, 200 μg/kg/day) or EAF (500 μg/kg/day) orally for six weeks. EAF and E2 significantly reduced urinary calcium (Ca) excretion, serum osteocalcin (OCN), and urinary deoxy-pyridinoline (DPD); increased bone mineral density (BMD); and improved micro-architectural properties in OVX mice...
May 22, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531102/nanoparticles-as-theranostic-vehicles-in-experimental-and-clinical-applications-focus-on-prostate-and-breast-cancer
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REVIEW
Jörgen Elgqvist
Prostate and breast cancer are the second most and most commonly diagnosed cancer in men and women worldwide, respectively. The American Cancer Society estimates that during 2016 in the USA around 430,000 individuals were diagnosed with one of these two types of cancers, and approximately 15% of them will die from the disease. In Europe, the rate of incidences and deaths are similar to those in the USA. Several different more or less successful diagnostic and therapeutic approaches have been developed and evaluated in order to tackle this issue and thereby decrease the death rates...
May 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530781/an-unusual-etiology-in-cold-injury-liquefied-petroleum-gas
#9
Emin Kapı, Mehmet Bozkurt, Gaye Taylan Filinte, Samet Vasfi Kuvat, Celal Alioğlu
Cold injury is a condition that causes reversible and irreversible damage when tissues are exposed to cold. This injury occurs due to various etiologies, and the most commonly observed ones include contact with liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) used in households, vehicles, and industry. LPG is a type of gas stored in liquid state under high pressure within cylinders. LPG contains a mixture of propane and butane gases. Direct contact of these gases with the tissues has the potential to cause metabolic, toxic, and respiratory damage...
May 2017: Ulusal Travma Ve Acil Cerrahi Dergisi, Turkish Journal of Trauma & Emergency Surgery: TJTES
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530583/microencapsulation-structures-based-on-protein-coated-liposomes-obtained-through-electrospraying-for-the-stabilization-and-improved-bioaccessibility-of-curcumin
#10
Laura G Gómez-Mascaraque, Caroline Casagrande Sipoli, Lucimara Gaziola de La Torre, Amparo López-Rubio
Novel food-grade hybrid encapsulation structures based on the entrapment of phosphatidylcholine liposomes, within a WPC matrix through electrospraying, were developed and used as delivery vehicles for curcumin. The loading capacity and encapsulation efficiency of the proposed system was studied, and the suitability of the approach to stabilize curcumin and increase its bioaccessibility was assessed. Results showed that the maximum loading capacity of the liposomes was around 1.5% of curcumin, although the loading capacity of the hybrid microencapsulation structures increased with the curcumin content by incorporation of curcumin microcrystals upon electrospraying...
October 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530557/improving-oxidative-stability-of-echium-oil-emulsions-fabricated-by-microfluidics-effect-of-ionic-gelation-and-phenolic-compounds
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Talita A Comunian, Raheleh Ravanfar, Inar Alves de Castro, Robin Dando, Carmen S Favaro-Trindade, Alireza Abbaspourrad
Echium oil is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are important because of their benefits to human health; it is, however, unstable. The objective of this work was the coencapsulation of echium oil and quercetin or sinapic acid by microfluidic and ionic gelation techniques. The treatments were analyzed utilizing optical and scanning electron microscopy, encapsulation yield, particle size, thermogravimetry, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, stability under stress conditions, and oil oxidative/phenolic compound stability for 30days at 40°C...
October 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530541/synthesis-of-new-antibacterial-cubane-based-nanocomposite-and-its-application-in-combination-cancer-therapy
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Elham Zakerzadeh, Roya Salehi, Mehrdad Mahkam
BACKGROUND: The need for therapeutically effective anticancer drug delivery systems constantly persuades researchers to explore novel strategies. OBJECTIVE: In this study a novel cubane based antibacterial nanocomposite was tailored as dual chemotherapy drug delivery vesicle in order to increase the therapeutic outcome in cancer therapy. METHOD: The physico-chemical characterization of engineered nanocarrier was assessed by Fourier transforms infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Hydrogen nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (1H NMR), Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), and Field emission scanning electron microscopy-energy dispersive using X-ray (FESEM-EDX)...
May 22, 2017: Anti-cancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530097/total-particle-number-emissions-from-modern-diesel-natural-gas-and-hybrid-heavy-duty-vehicles-during-on-road-operation
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Tianyang Wang, David Christopher Quiros, Arvind Thiruvengadam, Saroj Pradhan, Shaohua Hu, Tao Huai, Eon S Lee, Yifang Zhu
Particle emissions from heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs) have significant environmental and public health impacts. This study measured total particle number emission factors (PNEFs) from six newly-certified HDVs powered by diesel and compressed natural gas totaling over 6,800 miles of on-road operation in California. Distance-, fuel- and work-based PNEFs were calculated for each vehicle. Distance-based PNEFs of vehicles equipped with original equipment manufacturer (OEM) diesel particulate filters (DPFs) in this study have decreased by 355-3200 times compared to a previous retrofit DPF dynamometer study...
May 22, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529761/developing-and-evaluating-a-mobile-driver-fatigue-detection-network-based-on-electroencephalograph-signals
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Jinghai Yin, Jianfeng Hu, Zhendong Mu
The rapid development of driver fatigue detection technology indicates important significance of traffic safety. The authors' main goals of this Letter are principally three: (i) A middleware architecture, defined as process unit (PU), which can communicate with personal electroencephalography (EEG) node (PEN) and cloud server (CS). The PU receives EEG signals from PEN, recognises the fatigue state of the driver, and transfer this information to CS. The CS sends notification messages to the surrounding vehicles...
February 2017: Healthcare Technology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529627/-18-f-ge-180-pet-detects-reduced-microglia-activation-after-lm11a-31-therapy-in-a-mouse-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
#15
Michelle L James, Nadia P Belichenko, Adam J Shuhendler, Aileen Hoehne, Lauren E Andrews, Christina Condon, Thuy-Vi V Nguyen, Vladimer Reiser, Paul Jones, William Trigg, Jianghong Rao, Sanjiv S Gambhir, Frank M Longo
Microglial activation is a key pathological feature of Alzheimer's disease (AD). PET imaging of translocator protein 18 kDa (TSPO) is a strategy to detect microglial activation in vivo. Here we assessed flutriciclamide ([(18)F]GE-180), a new second-generation TSPO-PET radiotracer, for its ability to monitor response to LM11A-31, a novel AD therapeutic in clinical trials. AD mice displaying pathology were treated orally with LM11A-31 for 3 months. Subsequent [(18)F]GE-180-PET imaging revealed significantly lower signal in cortex and hippocampus of LM11A-31-treated AD mice compared to those treated with vehicle, corresponding with decreased levels of TSPO immunostaining and microglial Iba1 immunostaining...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529594/an-active-molecule-from-pulsatilla-chinensis-pulsatilla-saponin-a-induces-apoptosis-and-inhibits-tumor-growth-of-human-colon-cancer-cells-without-or-with-5-fu
#16
Liming Xu, Guilian Cheng, Yi Lu, Shaofeng Wang
Colon cancer is one of the common types of digestive malignancy. The efficacy of the first-line chemotherapy drug for colon cancer, fluorouracil (5-FU), remains limited in clinical settings due to poor efficacy and significant side effects. In the present study, the anticancer activity of an active compound from Pulsatilla chinensis extracts, Pulsatilla saponin A (PsA), was isolated and examined in vitro and in vivo. It was demonstrated that PsA significantly inhibited the growth of human colon cancer HT-29 cells...
May 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529567/fuzheng-qingjie-granules-potentiate-the-anticancer-effect-of-cyclophosphamide-by-regulating-cellular-immune-function-and-inducing-apoptosis-in-hepatoma-22-tumor-bearing-mice
#17
Xu-Zheng Chen, Zhi-Yun Cao, You-Quan Zhang, Jin-Nong Li, Lian-Ming Liao, Jian Du
Fuzheng Qingjie (FZQJ) is a polyherbal Chinese medicine that has previously been implemented as an adjuvant therapy for gastrointestinal cancer. The present study investigated whether FZQJ is able to potentiate the anticancer effect of cyclophosphamide (CTX). Hepatoma 22 tumor-bearing mice were randomly divided into a vehicle group, CTX group, FZQJ group and combination (CTX+FZQJ) group. In addition, untreated mice without H22 cells served as blank controls. Seven days post-treatment, the mice were sacrificed and the tumors were weighed...
May 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529389/effects-of-greening-and-community-reuse-of-vacant-lots-on-crime
#18
Michelle Kondo, Bernadette Hohl, SeungHoon Han, Charles Branas
The Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation initiated a 'Lots of Green' programme to reuse vacant land in 2010. We performed a difference-in-differences analysis of the effects of this programme on crime in and around newly treated lots, in comparison to crimes in and around randomly selected and matched, untreated vacant lot controls. The effects of two types of vacant lot treatments on crime were tested: a cleaning and greening 'stabilisation' treatment and a 'community reuse' treatment mostly involving community gardens...
November 2016: Urban Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529142/gender-differences-in-the-effects-of-cathinone-and-the-interaction-with-caffeine-on-temperature-and-locomotor-activity-in-the-rat
#19
Hadeel A Alsufyani, James R Docherty
We have investigated gender differences in the effects of cathinone and the interaction with caffeine on temperature and movement activity in Wistar rats. Telemetry probes were implanted in rats under isoflurane anaesthesia, and 7 days later, temperature and activity were recorded in conscious unrestrained animals. Caffeine (10mg/lkg) or vehicle, and 30min later, cathinone (5mg/kg) or vehicle, were injected subcutaneously. Cathinone produced significant and marked increases in activity, and the response to cathinone was significantly greater in female animals...
May 18, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529012/the-epidemiology-and-hotspots-of-road-traffic-injuries-in-moshi-tanzania-an-observational-study
#20
Joseph M Reardon, Luciano Andrade, Julian Hertz, George Kiwango, Anneth Teu, Msafiri Pesambili, Deena El-Gabri, Michael Hocker, Mark Mvungi, João Ricardo N Vissoci, Catherine A Staton
Road traffic injuries (RTIs) continue to increase with the proliferation of motor vehicles, especially in low-income countries where safe road infrastructure is lacking. Knowing where and why RTIs occur would allow for increased safety and prevention planning. In this study, police records of 300 motor vehicle collisions which occurred between February 2013 and January 2014 in Moshi, Tanzania were reviewed. Analysis of variables including victim age, gender, type of collision, conditions, and use of safety equipment were analyzed...
May 3, 2017: Injury
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