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Stephanie Bath de Morais, Tatiana Arruda Campos Brasil de Souza, Ana Valeria Pereira Weiler, Mario Tyago Murakami
Aminotransferases are an important group of enzymes that catalyze the transfer of an amino group of an amino acid into a keto acid. Alanine aminotransferase from Trypanosoma cruzi (TcALAT) was cloned, overexpressed and purified. Far-UV Circular Dichroism (CD), Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS), Analytical Size Exclusion Chromatography (aSEC) and Small Angle X-ray Scattering (SAXS) provide data concerning TcALAT biophysical behavior. CD analysis displayed a typical spectrum of α-β proteins analogously as observed for other alanine aminotransferases...
October 25, 2016: Protein and Peptide Letters
Chuchu Huang, Qing Li, Jiamei Mo, Zheng Wang
We herein describe a novel method of hydride generation (HG) coupled to a newly designed atmospheric pressure solution-cathode glow discharge (SCGD) spectrometric technique for the ultratrace determination of tin, germanium, and selenium. In this novel SCGD process, gas introduction was permitted using a hollow titanium tube as both the anode and sampling port. In these experiments, the analytes were converted into volatile hydrides upon passing through the hydride generator, and were introduced into the near-anode region of the SCGD system, where they were detected directly by atomic emission spectrometry (AES)...
October 25, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Kenta Morita, Serika Miyazaki, Chiya Numako, Shinya Ikeno, Ryohei Sasaki, Yuya Nishimura, Chiaki Ogino, Akihiko Kondo
An induction of polyacrylic acid-modified titanium dioxide with hydrogen peroxide nanoparticles (PAA-TiO2/H2O2 NPs) to a tumor exerted a therapeutic enhancement of X-ray irradiation in our previous study. To understand the mechanism of the radiosensitizing effect of PAA-TiO2/H2O2 NPs, analytical observations that included DLS, FE-SEM, FT-IR, XAFS, and Raman spectrometry were performed. In addition, highly reactive oxygen species (hROS) which PAA-TiO2/H2O2 NPs produced with X-ray irradiation were quantified by using a chemiluminescence method and a EPR spin-trapping method...
October 25, 2016: Free Radical Research
K Anand, C Tiloke, A Phulukdaree, B Ranjan, A Chuturgoon, S Singh, R M Gengan
The biosynthesis of nanostructured biopalladium nanoparticles (PdNPs) from an aqueous solution of crystalline palladium acetate is reported. For the synthesised PdNPs in solution, an agroforest biomass waste petal of Moringa oleifera derived bis-phthalate was used as natural reducing and biocapping agents. Continuous absorption in the UV region and subsequent brown colour change confirmed the formation of PdNPs. A strong surface plasmon peak for PdNPs occurred at 460nm. PdNPs were characterized by SEM with EDX, FTIR, TEM and DLS...
September 29, 2016: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
Zahra Aghili, Saba Taheri, Hojjat Alizadeh Zeinabad, Leila Pishkar, Ali Akbar Saboury, Arash Rahimi, Mojtaba Falahati
Herein, the interaction of hen egg white lysozyme (HEWL) with iron nanoparticle (Fe NP) was investigated by spectroscopic and docking studies. The zeta potential analysis revealed that addition of Fe NP (6.45±1.03 mV) to HEWL (8.57±0.54 mV) can cause to greater charge distribution of nanoparticle-protein system (17.33±1.84 mV). In addition, dynamic light scattering (DLS) study revealed that addition of Fe NP (92.95±6.11 nm) to HEWL (2.68±0.37 nm) increases suspension potential of protein/nanoparticle system (51...
2016: PloS One
Mohammad Islamuddin, Garima Chouhan, Muzamil Yaqub Want, Hani A Ozbak, Hassan A Hemeg, Farhat Afrin
BACKGROUND: The therapy of visceral leishmaniasis (VL) is limited by resistance, toxicity and decreased bioavailability of the existing drugs coupled with dramatic increase in HIV-co-infection, non-availability of vaccines and down regulation of cell-mediated immunity (CMI). Thus, we envisaged combating the problem with plant-derived antileishmanial drug that could concomitantly mitigate the immune suppression of the infected hosts. Several plant-derived compounds have been found to exert leishmanicidal activity via immunomodulation...
October 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
E C Economou, S Marinelli, M C Smith, A A Routt, V V Kravets, H W Chu, K Spendier, Z J Celinski
Superparamagnetic iron oxide (Fe3O4) and highly anisotropic barium hexaferrite (BaFe12O19) nanoparticles were coated with an anti-inflammatory drug and magnetically transported through mucus produced by primary human airway epithelial cells. Using wet planetary ball milling, dl-2-amino-3-phosphonopropionic acid-coated BaFe12O19 nano-particles (BaNPs) of 1-100 nm in diameter were prepared in water. BaNPs and conventional 20-30-nm Fe3O4 nanoparticles (FeNPs) were then encased in a polymer (PLGA) loaded with dexamethasone (Dex) and tagged for imaging...
September 2016: BioNanoScience
Bharat Baruah, Toni-Ann Miller
This article reports a surface modification of gold nanoparticles with water soluble polyoxometalate, V10O28(6-) (decavanadate, V10). Two sizes of citrate-capped gold nanoparticles AuNP-Citrate-S (∼11nm) and AuNP-Citrate-L (∼46nm) were modified with V10 in aqueous media to form AuNP-V10-S and AuNP-V10-L, respectively. Both AuNP-V10-S and AuNP-V10-L were found to be significantly better than their citrate counterparts in strengthening Raman vibrational signals of analyte molecule. All the nanoparticles were characterized by UV-visible and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopies, dynamic light scattering (DLS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) line analysis...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Ismail Omrani, Niloofar Babanejad, Hasan Kashef Shendi, Mohammad Reza Nabid
Polyurethanes are important class of biomaterials that are extensively used in medical devices. In spite of their easy synthesis, polyurethanes that are fully degradable in response to the intracellular reducing environment are less explored for controlled drug delivery. Herein, a novel glutathione degradable waterborne polyurethane (WPU) nanocarrier for redox triggered intracellular delivery of a model lipophilic anticancer drug, doxorubicin (DOX) is reported. The WPU was prepared from polyaddition reaction of isophorone diisocyanate (IPDI) and a novel linear polyester polyol involving disulfide linkage, disulfide labeled chain extender, dimethylolpropionic acid (DMPA) using dibutyltin dilaurate (DBTDL) as a catalyst...
January 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Luke Burke, Chris J Mortimer, Daniel J Curtis, Aled R Lewis, Rhodri Williams, Karl Hawkins, Thierry G G Maffeis, Chris J Wright
We demonstrate a facile, one-step process to form polymer scaffolds composed of magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (MNPs) contained within electrospun nano- and micro-fibres of two biocompatible polymers, Poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) and Poly(vinyl pyrrolidone) (PVP). This was achieved with both needle and free-surface electrospinning systems demonstrating the scalability of the composite fibre manufacture; a 228 fold increase in fibre fabrication was observed for the free-surface system. In all cases the nanoparticle-nanofibre composite scaffolds displayed morphological properties as good as or better than those previously described and fabricated using complex multi-stage techniques...
January 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
S Anandhakumar, G Krishnamoorthy, K M Ramkumar, A M Raichur
In recent years, nanoparticles (NPs) based on biopolymers or peptides are gaining popularity for the encapsulation and release of drug molecules, especially for cancer therapy, due to their ability for targeted and controlled release. The use of collagen peptide (CP) for the preparation of chitosan (CN) NPs is especially interesting as it results in NPs that are stable under physiological conditions. In this work, mono-dispersed pH responsive CPCN NPs of about 100nm were prepared via ionic gelation method by simple and mild co-precipitation of CN and CP...
January 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Veronika Némethová, Barbora Buliaková, Petra Mazancová, Andrea Bábelová, Michal Šelc, Daniela Moravčíková, Lucia Kleščíková, Monika Ursínyová, Alena Gábelová, Filip Rázga
Comprehensive characterization of nanoparticles associated with investigation of their cellular uptake creates the basis on which fundamental in vitro and in vivo studies can be built. In this work, a complex analysis of various surface-modified magnetite nanoparticles in biologically relevant environment is reported and the promotion of incorrect characterization into the results obtained from model biological experiments leading to false conclusions is demonstrated. Via a bottom-up approach from particle characterization by DLS towards interpretation of biological data based on cellular uptake, this work draws attention to the systematic propagation of errors stemming from inaccurate determination of input parameters for DLS, improper selection of particle size distribution, inadequate sampling, unknown colloidal behavior and the omission of fraction of particles complying with the internalization threshold...
January 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Maarten A Mees, Christiane Effenberg, Dietmar Appelhans, Richard Hoogenboom
Carbohydrates are important in signaling, energy storage and metabolism. Depending on their function, carbohydrates can be part of larger structures, such as glycoproteins, glycolipids or other functionalities (glycoside). To this end, polymers can act as carriers of carbohydrates in so-called glycopolymers, which mimic the multivalent carbohydrate functionalities. We chose a biocompatible poly(2-ethyl-2-oxazoline) (PEtOx) as the basis for making glycopolymers. Via the partial hydrolysis of PEtOx, a copolymer of PEtOx and polyethyleneimine (PEI) was obtained; the subsequent reductive amination with the linear forms of glucose and maltose yielded the glycopolymers...
October 21, 2016: Biomacromolecules
H Kumon, Y Ariyoshi, K Sasaki, T Sadahira, M Araki, S Ebara, H Yanai, M Watanabe, Y Nasu
As the First-In-Human study of in situ gene therapy using an adenovirus vector carrying the human REIC (reduced expression in immortalized cell)/Dkk-3 gene (Ad-REIC), we conducted neoadjuvant intraprostatic injections in patients with high-risk localized prostate cancer undergoing radical prostatectomy (RP). Patients with recurrence probability of 35% or more within 5 years following RP, as calculated by Kattan's nomogram, were enrolled. Patients received two ultrasound-guided intratumoral injections at 2-week intervals, followed by RP 6 weeks after the second injection...
October 21, 2016: Cancer Gene Therapy
Sophie Laguesse, Nadege Morisot, Khanhky Phamluong, Dorit Ron
We previously reported that the kinase AKT is activated in the nucleus accumbens (NAc) of rodents in response to excessive consumption of alcohol. One of the important downstream targets of AKT is the mammalian Target Of Rapamycin in Complex 1 (mTORC1), which was also activated by alcohol intake. mTORC1 controls dendritic protein translation, and we showed that the mTORC1-dependent translational machinery is activated in the NAc in response to alcohol intake. Importantly, systemic or intra-NAc inhibition of the AKT/mTORC1 pathway attenuated alcohol-drinking behaviors...
October 20, 2016: Addiction Biology
Meizhen Yin, Baozhong Lü, Shusen You, Pengyu Li, Chen Li, Klaus Müllen
Supramolecular self-assembly has attracted increasing attention as a breakthrough methodology in the fields of nanoscience and nanotechnology. In this study, a perylene dianhydride derivative (TP-PDA) self-assembles into well-defined nanospheres through a nucleation-growth process. The mechanisms of this process are explored by spectral ananlysis, dynamic light scattering (DLS) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Both in-situ DLS and in-situ SEM reveal that the sizes of aggregated nanospheres increase with time until the formation of equilibrium H-aggregates...
October 20, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
Vinoth Lakshmanan
Flutamide (FLT) is a non steroidal antiandrogenic drug used to treat prostate cancer. Its poor aqueous solubility and toxicity are the major hindrance for oral drug delivery. The nanoformulation of flutamide increases its aqueous solubility thereby improves the therapeutic efficacy of the chemodrug. Poly (vinyl alcohol) (PVA) coated flutamide nanoparticles (PVA FLT NPs) were formulated by nanoprecipitation method and characterized by DLS, TEM and FTIR. The nanoparticles were about 300nm size and spherical in shape...
October 18, 2016: Current Drug Delivery
Jing Li, Tengfei Fan, Yong Xu, Xuemin Wu
Emulsifiers for pesticide microemulsions contain a part of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and ionic liquids (ILs) are becoming potential substitutes. In order to apply ILs in pesticide microemulsions, the study of interaction between ILs and surfactants is necessary. Therefore, the surface properties and aggregation of anionic surfactant sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) in ILs, including N-hexyl-N-methylmorpholinyl bromide ([C6mm][Br]), N-hexyl-N-methylpiperidyl bromide ([C6mp][Br]), N-hexyl-N-methylpyrrolidyl bromide ([C6mpyr][Br]), N-octyl-N-methylpyrrolidyl bromide ([C8mpyr][Br]), N-dodecyl-N-methylpyrrolidyl bromide ([C12mpyr][Br]) and N-hexadecyl-N-methylpyrrolidyl bromide ([C16mpyr][Br]), were investigated in terms of surface tension, conductivity, dynamic light scattering (DLS), viscosity, fluorescence, pseudo-ternary phase diagram and (1)H NMR measurements...
October 19, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Hamid Reza Kheiri Manjili, Parisa Ghasemi, Hojjat Malvandi, Mir Sajjad Mousavi, Elahe Attari, Hossein Danafar
Curcumin(CUR) has been associated with anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-amyloid, and antitumor effects, but its application is limited because of its low aqueous solubility and poor oral bioavailability.To progress thebioavailabilityand water solubility ofCUR, we synthesized five series of mono methoxy poly(ethylene glycol)-poly (ε-caprolactone) (mPEG-PCL)diblock copolymers. The structureof thecopolymerswas characterized by HNMR, FTIR, DSC and GPC techniques. In this study, CUR was encapsulated within micelles through a single-step nano-precipitation method, leading to formation of CUR-loaded mPEG-PCL (CUR/mPEG-PCL) micelles...
October 15, 2016: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
Catia Contado, Roberto Argazzi, Vincenzo Amendola
Many advanced industrial and biomedical applications that use silver nanoparticles (AgNPs), require that particles are not only nano-sized, but also well dispersed, not aggregated and not agglomerated. This study presents two methods able to give rapidly sizes of monodispersed AgNPs suspensions in the dimensional range of 20-100nm. The first method, based on the application of Mie's theory, determines the particle sizes from the values of the surface plasmon resonance wavelength (SPRMAX), read from the optical absorption spectra, recorded between 190nm and 800nm...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. A
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