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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166046/fcc-hcp-coexistence-in-dense-thermo-responsive-microgel-crystals
#1
D Karthickeyan, R G Joshi, B V R Tata
Analogous to hard-sphere suspensions, monodisperse thermo-responsive poly (N-isopropyl acrylamide) (PNIPAM) microgel particles beyond a volume fraction (ϕ) of 0.5 freeze into face centered cubic (FCC)-hexagonal close packed (HCP) coexistence under as prepared conditions and into an FCC structure upon annealing. We report here FCC-HCP coexistence to be stable in dense PNIPAM microgel crystals (ϕ > 0.74) with particles in their deswollen state (referred to as osmotically compressed microgel crystals) and the FCC structure with particles in their swollen state by performing annealing studies with different cooling rates...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162478/liposomes-assembled-from-dimeric-retinoic-acid-phospholipid-with-improved-pharmacokinetic-properties
#2
Lu Lu, Yawei Du, Muhammad Ismail, Longbing Ling, Chen Yao, Zhenglin Fu, Xinsong Li
All-trans-retinoic acid (ATRA) exhibits potent cytotoxicities against different cancer cells by binding to retinoic acid receptors (RARs), which is regarded as the first example of targeted therapy in acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL). However, its extensive clinical applications have been limited because of poor aqueous solubility, short half-life time and side effects. In this report, dimeric ATRA phosphorylcholine prodrug (Di-ATRA-PC) was designed and assembled into nanoliposomes to improve its pharmacokinetic properties...
November 18, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161920/development-optimization-and-in-vitro-characterization-of-dasatinib-loaded-peg-functionalized-chitosan-capped-gold-nanoparticles-using-box-behnken-experimental-design
#3
Sandeep Kumar Reddy Adena, Mansi Upadhyay, Harsh Vardhan, Brahmeshwar Mishra
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this research study was to develop, optimize, and characterize dasatinib loaded polyethylene glycol (PEG) stabilized chitosan capped gold nanoparticles (DSB-PEG-Ch-GNPs). METHODS: Gold (III) chloride hydrate was reduced with chitosan and the resulting nanoparticles were coated with thiol-terminated PEG and loaded with dasatinib (DSB). Plackett-Burman design (PBD) followed by Box-Behnken experimental design (BBD) were employed to optimize the process parameters...
November 21, 2017: Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159144/thermoresponsive-graphene-oxide-starch-micro-nanohydrogel-composite-as-biocompatible-drug-delivery-system
#4
Mina Sattari, Marziyeh Fathi, Mansour Daei, Hamid Erfan-Niya, Jaleh Barar, Ali Akbar Entezami
Introduction: Stimuli-responsive hydrogels, which indicate a significant response to the environmental change (e.g., pH, temperature, light, …), have potential applications for tissue engineering, drug delivery systems, cell therapy, artificial muscles, biosensors, etc. Among the temperature-responsive materials, poly (N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAAm) based hydrogels have been widely developed and their properties can be easily tailored by manipulating the properties of the hydrogel and the composite material...
2017: BioImpacts: BI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158686/duodenal-and-jejunal-dieulafoy-s-lesions-optimal-management
#5
REVIEW
Tonguç Utku Yılmaz, Ramazan Kozan
Dieulafoy's lesions (DLs) are rare and cause gastrointestinal bleeding resulting from erosion of dilated submucosal vessels. The most common location for DL is the stomach, followed by duodenum. There is little information about duodenal and jejunal DLs. Challenges for diagnosis and treatment of Dieulafoy's lesions include the rare nature of the disease, asymptomatic patients, bleeding symptoms often requiring rapid diagnosis and treatment in symptomatic patients, variability in the diagnosis and treatment methods resulting from different lesion locations, and the risk of re-bleeding...
2017: Clinical and Experimental Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157902/interaction-of-catecholamine-precursor-l-dopa-with-lysozyme-a-biophysical-insight
#6
Saima Nusrat, Aiman Masroor, Masihuz Zaman, Mohd Khursheed Siddiqi, Mohammad Rehan Ajmal, Nida Zaidi, Ali Saber Abdelhameed, Rizwan Hasan Khan
The current study comprises of an inclusive biophysical study, enlightening the binding of L-3, 4-dihydroxyphenylalanine (L-Dopa) with human lysozyme (HL) and hen egg white lysozyme (HEWL). Spectroscopic and molecular docking tools have been utilized to study the interaction of L-Dopa with both HL and HEWL. Spectrofluorimetric measurements exhibited that L-Dopa quenched the HL and HEWL intrinsic fluorescence. A binding constant (Kb) of ∼10(4)M(-1) for both HL and HEWL was obtained, asserting a significant binding...
November 17, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155773/dna-magnetic-particle-binding-analysis-by-dynamic-and-electrophoretic-light-scattering
#7
Yazan Haddad, Simona Dostalova, Jiri Kudr, Ondrej Zitka, Zbynek Heger, Vojtech Adam
Isolation of DNA using magnetic particles is a field of high importance in biotechnology and molecular biology research. This protocol describes the evaluation of DNA-magnetic particles binding via dynamic light scattering (DLS) and electrophoretic light scattering (ELS). Analysis by DLS provides valuable information on the physicochemical properties of particles including particle size, polydispersity, and zeta potential. The latter describes the surface charge of the particle which plays major role in electrostatic binding of materials such as DNA...
November 9, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155597/aggregation-and-rheological-behavior-of-the-lavender-oil-pluronic-p123-microemulsions-in-water-ethanol-mixed-solvents
#8
Oyais Ahmad Chat, Nighat Nazir, Parvaiz Ahmad Bhat, Puthusserickal Abdulrahiman Hassan, Vinod Kumar Aswal, Aijaz Ahmad Dar
The effect of lavender oil on aggregation characteristics of P123 in aqueous-ethanolic solutions is investigated systematically by DLS, SANS and Rheology. The solubilization capacity of the formulation increased by increasing P123 concentration. The study unveiled the importance of the short chain alcohol-ethanol, as solubilization enhancer. The apparent hydrodynamic radius (Rh) increased significantly with increase in lavender oil concentration up to maximum oil solubilization capacity of the copolymer at a particular ethanol concentration...
November 20, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155403/phyto-assisted-synthesis-of-bio-functionalised-silver-nanoparticles-and-their-potential-anti-oxidant-anti-microbial-and-wound-healing-activities
#9
Yugal Kishore Mohanta, Kunal Biswas, Sujogya Kumar Panda, Jaya Bandyopadhyay, Debashis De, Rasu Jayabalan, Akshaya Kumar Bastia, Tapan Kumar Mohanta
Bio- synthesis of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) was made by using the aqueous leaf extract of Ardisia solanacea. Rapid formation of AgNPs was observed from silver nitrate upon treatment with the aqueous extract of A. solanacea leaf. The formation and stability of the AgNPs in the colloidal solution were monitored by UV-visible spectrophotometer. The mean particle diameter of AgNPs was calculated from the DLS with an average size ∼4 nm and ∼65 nm. ATR-FTIR spectroscopy confirmed the presence of alcohols, aldehydes, flavonoids, phenols and nitro compounds in the leaf which act as the stabilizing agent...
December 2017: IET Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154878/nanogel-based-natural-polymers-as-smart-carriers-for-the-controlled-delivery-of-timolol-maleate-through-the-cornea-for-glaucoma
#10
Roya Ilka, Mojdeh Mohseni, Mehran Kianirad, Masood Naseripour, Khadijeh Ashtari, Bita Mehravi
Despite frequent scientific efforts, efficient ocular drug delivery is a major challenge for pharmaceutical scientists. Poor bioavailability of ophthalmic solutions can be overcome by using smart ophthalmic drug-delivery systems. In this research, loading and delivery of Timolol Maleate (TM) through the cornea by synthesized nanoparticles based on biopolymers (chitosan-alginate) were studied. The physico-chemical properties of these nanoparticles were characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and dynamic light scattering (DLS)...
November 14, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151158/guidelines-to-reach-high-quality-purified-recombinant-proteins
#11
REVIEW
Carla Oliveira, Lucília Domingues
The final goal in recombinant protein production is to obtain high-quality pure protein samples. Indeed, the successful downstream application of a recombinant protein depends on its quality. Besides production, which is conditioned by the host, the quality of a recombinant protein product relies mainly on the purification procedure. Thus, the purification strategy must be carefully designed from the molecular level. On the other hand, the quality control of a protein sample must be performed to ensure its purity, homogeneity and structural conformity, in order to validate the recombinant production and purification process...
November 18, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149694/a-high-brightness-probe-of-polymer-nanoparticles-for-biological-imaging
#12
Sirong Zhou, Jiarong Zhu, Yaping Li, Liheng Feng
Conjugated polymer nanoparticles (CPNs) with high brightness in long wavelength region were prepared by the nano-precipitation method. Based on fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) mechanism, the high brightness property of the CPNs was realized by four different emission polymers. Dynamic light scattering (DLS) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) displayed that the CPNs possessed a spherical structure and an average diameter of ~75nm. Analysis assays showed that the CPNs had excellent biocompatibility, good photostability and low cytotoxicity...
November 11, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146135/multivalent-oleanolic-acid-human-serum-albumin-conjugate-as-nonglycosylated-neomucin-for-influenza-virus-capture-and-entry-inhibition
#13
Yang Yang, Hao-Jie He, Hao Chang, Yao Yu, Mei-Bing Yang, Yun He, Zhen-Chuan Fan, Suri S Iyer, Peng Yu
We report the synthesis of multivalent oleanolic acid (OA) protein conjugates as nonglycosylated neomucin mimic for the capture and entry inhibition of influenza viruses. Oleanolic acid derivatives bearing an amine-terminated linker were synthesized by esterification of carboxylic acid and further grafted onto the human serum albumin (HSA) via diethyl squarate method. The binding of hemagglutinin (HA) on the virion surface to the synthetic neomucin was evaluated by hemagglutination inhibition assay. The influenza virus capture ability of the PEGylated OA-HSA conjugate was further investigated by Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS), virus capture assay and Isothermal Titration Calorimeter (ITC) techniques...
October 28, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145649/single-molecule-compaction-of-megabase-long-chromatin-molecules-by-multivalent-cations
#14
Anatoly Zinchenko, Nikolay V Berezhnoy, Sai Wang, William M Rosencrans, Nikolay Korolev, Johan R C van der Maarel, Lars Nordenskiöld
To gain insight into the conformational properties and compaction of megabase-long chromatin molecules, we reconstituted chromatin from T4 phage DNA (165 kb) and recombinant human histone octamers (HO). The unimolecular compaction, induced by divalent Mg2+ or tetravalent spermine4+ cations, studied by single-molecule fluorescence microscopy (FM) and dynamic light scattering (DLS) techniques, resulted in the formation of 250-400 nm chromatin condensates. The compaction on this scale of DNA size is comparable to that of chromatin topologically associated domains (TAD) in vivo...
November 14, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144399/dna-g-wire-formation-using-an-artificial-peptide-is-controlled-by-protease-activity
#15
Kenji Usui, Arisa Okada, Shungo Sakashita, Masayuki Shimooka, Takaaki Tsuruoka, Shu-Ichi Nakano, Daisuke Miyoshi, Tsukasa Mashima, Masato Katahira, Yoshio Hamada
The development of a switching system for guanine nanowire (G-wire) formation by external signals is important for nanobiotechnological applications. Here, we demonstrate a DNA nanostructural switch (G-wire <--> particles) using a designed peptide and a protease. The peptide consists of a PNA sequence for inducing DNA to form DNA-PNA hybrid G-quadruplex structures, and a protease substrate sequence acting as a switching module that is dependent on the activity of a particular protease. Micro-scale analyses via TEM and AFM showed that G-rich DNA alone forms G-wires in the presence of Ca(2+), and that the peptide disrupted this formation, resulting in the formation of particles...
November 16, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143438/protective-effects-of-coenzyme-q10-nanoparticles-on-dichlorvos-induced-hepatotoxicity-and-mitochondrial-lysosomal-injury
#16
Aziz Eftekhari, Elham Ahmadian, Aida Azami, Mohammad Johari-Ahar, Mohammad Ali Eghbal
Development of biocompatible antioxidant nanoparticles for xenobiotic-induced liver disease treatment by oral or parenteral administration is of great interest in medicine. In the current study, we demonstrate the protective effects of coenzyme Q10 nanoparticles (CoQ10-NPs) on hepatotoxicity induced by dichlorvos (DDVP) as an organophosphate. Although CoQ10 is an efficient antioxidant, its poor bioavailability has limited the applications of this useful agent. First, CoQ10-NPs were prepared then characterized using dynamic light scattering (DLS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM)...
November 16, 2017: Environmental Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141403/lipogels-for-encapsulation-of-hydrophilic-proteins-and-hydrophobic-small-molecules
#17
Celia C Homyak, Ann Fernandez, Mollie A Touve, Bo Zhao, Francesca Anson, Jeanne A Hardy, Richard W Vachet, Nathan C Gianneschi, Jennifer L Ross, S Thayumanavan
Lipid-polymer hybrid materials have the potential to exhibit enhanced stability and loading capabilities in comparison to parent liposome or polymer materials. However, complexities lie in formulating and characterizing such complex nanomaterials. Here we describe a lipid-coated polymer gel (lipogel) formulated using a one-pot methodology, where self-assembling liposomes template a UV-curable polymer gel core. Using fluorescently-labeled lipids, protein, and hydrophobic molecules, we have characterized their formation, purification, stability, and encapsulation efficiency via common instrumentation methods such as dynamic light scattering (DLS), matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization-mass spectrometry (MALDI-MS), UV-Visible spectroscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy, and single particle total internal reflection fluorescence (TIRF) microscopy...
November 15, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137781/preparation-of-novel-ceo2-biochar-nanocomposite-for-sonocatalytic-degradation-of-a-textile-dye
#18
Alireza Khataee, Peyman Gholami, Dimitrios Kalderis, Eleni Pachatouridou, Michalis Konsolakis
The sonocatalytic performance of CeO2 nanoparticles synthesized by a hydrothermal method (CeO2-H) and CeO2@biochar (CeO2-H@BC) nanocomposite, were evaluated for the degradation of Reactive Red 84 (RR84) under ultrasonic irradiation. For comparison purposes the corresponding performance of bare biochar (BC) and commercial CeO2 (CeO2-C) samples were also assessed. A complementary characterization study, involving scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), dynamic light scattering (DLS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), N2 adsorption at -196°C (Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) method) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) was undertaken to gain insight into the structure-performance relationships...
March 2018: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137759/ultrasonic-assisted-production-of-starch-nanoparticles-structural-characterization-and-mechanism-of-disintegration
#19
Sami Boufi, Sihem Bel Haaj, Albert Magnin, Frédéric Pignon, Marianne Impéror-Clerc, Gérard Mortha
In this paper, the disintegration of starch (waxy and standard starch) granules into nanosized particles under the sole effect of high power ultrasonication treatment in water/isopropanol is investigated, by using wide methods of analysis. The present work aims at a fully characterization of the starch nanoparticles produced by ultrasonication, in terms of size, morphology and structural properties, and the proposition of a possible mechanism explaining the top-down generation of starch nanoparticles (SNPs) via high intensity ultrasonication...
March 2018: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136371/designing-dendron-polymer-conjugate-based-targeted-drug-delivery-platforms-with-a-mix-and-match-modularity
#20
Burcu Sumer Bolu, Bianka Golba, Nazli Boke, Amitav Sanyal, Rana Sanyal
Polymeric micellar systems are emerging as a very important class of nano-pharmaceuticals due to their ability to improve pharmacokinetics and bio-distribution of chemotherapy drugs, as well as to reduce related systemic toxicities. While these nano sized delivery systems inherently benefit from passive targeting through the enhanced permeation and retention effect leading to increased accumulation in the tumor, additional active targeting can be achieved through surface modification of micelles with targeting groups specific for over-expressed receptors of tumor cells...
November 14, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
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