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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436077/neuroprotective-effect-of-epidermal-growth-factor-in-experimental-acrylamide-neuropathy-an-electrophysiological-approach
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H Perez-Saad, N Subiros, J Berlanga, L Aldana, D Garcia Del Barco
The neuroprotective effect of epidermal growth factor (EGF) has been documented in different contexts, but its potential benefits in peripheral neuropathies have been little studied. We investigated the neuroprotective action of EGF in experimental neuropathy induced by acrylamide (ACR). Mice and rats were treated chronically with acrylamide for 6 and 8 weeks, respectively. Concurrently they received EGF in daily doses of 1 and 5 mg/kg in mice and 3 mg/kg in rats, or saline (PBS). ACR severely affected the neurological score, the muscle strength, and the muscle potential M, in mice, as well as F-waves, sensory potentials (SP), and apomorphine-induced penile erection, in rats...
April 24, 2017: Journal of the Peripheral Nervous System: JPNS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435908/development-of-a-japanese-encephalitis-virus-like-particle-vaccine-in-silkworms-using-codon-optimised-prm-and-envelope-genes
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Sayaka Matsuda, Reiko Nerome, Kenichi Maegawa, Akira Kotaki, Shigeo Sugita, Kazunori Kawasaki, Kazumichi Kuroda, Ryoji Yamaguchi, Tomohiko Takasaki, Kuniaki Nerome
We have successfully prepared a Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) - Nakayama virus like particle (NVLP) vaccine using synthetic codon-optimized prM and E genes. The expression of the recombinant JEV Nakayama-BmNPV (JEV-NNPV) virus was determined in infected silkworm Bm-N cells by fluorescence and Western blot analysis. The recombinant was inoculated into silkworm pupae and the yield of Nakayama VLP (NVLP) reached a peak in the homogenates after 3 days. Additionally, in the peptide analysis of infected pupae homogenate, it appeared approximately 300-500 μg E protein/pupa were produced...
April 2017: Heliyon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435554/influence-of-soluble-fillers-in-improving-porosity-of-handmade-antibiotic-impregnated-polymethyl-methacrylate-pmma-beads-an-in-vitro-study
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H N Rasyid, S Soegijoko
There have been many investigations on non-biodegradable materials acting as an antibiotic carrier for local drug delivery systems based on polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) beads. However, the material is non-degradable and non-porous so that less than 5% of the encapsulated drug is released. In order to obtain better release of the antibiotics, greater porosity of the beads would be required. Adding fillers could increase the bead's porosity, thus improving the antibiotic release from the beads. The purpose of the study is to optimize release kinetics of gentamicin from handmade beads by adding fillers such as glycine and sodium chloride in different concentrations...
July 2016: Malaysian Orthopaedic Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435275/pathogenic-beliefs-among-patients-with-depressive-disorders
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Adam Neelapaijit, Tinakon Wongpakaran, Nahathai Wongpakaran, Kulvadee Thongpibul
INTRODUCTION: Pathogenic belief is a central construct within control-mastery theory, which is an integrated dynamic-cognitive-relational approach in psychotherapy. Pathogenic beliefs result from traumatic life experiences and are considered the root of any psychological disorders presented clinically. Nevertheless, how and what type of pathogenic beliefs are attributed to clinical depressive disorder is unknown. The present study aimed to examine this issue. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Thirty patients with depressive disorder, who came for psychotherapy at a psychotherapy clinic, were matched based on age and gender with healthy controls who were medical students...
2017: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434752/effects-of-intrauterine-infusion-of-escherichia-coli-lipopolysaccharide-on-uterine-health-resolution-of-purulent-vaginal-discharge-and-reproductive-performance-of-lactating-dairy-cows
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João G N Moraes, Paula R B Silva, Luís G D Mendonça, Alexandre A Scanavez, Joseane C C Silva, Ricardo C Chebel
The objectives of the current experiment were to evaluate the effects of intrauterine infusion of Escherichia coli lipopolysaccharide (LPS) in cows diagnosed with purulent vaginal discharge (PVD) on intrauterine cell population, resolution of PVD, uterine health, and reproductive performance. Jersey cows (n = 3,084) were examined using the Metricheck device to diagnose PVD at 35 ± 6 d postpartum. Purulent vaginal discharge was defined as the presence of purulent (≥50% pus) discharge detectable in the vagina...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434729/effects-of-intrauterine-infusion-of-escherichia-coli-lipopolysaccharide-on-uterine-mrna-gene-expression-and-peripheral-polymorphonuclear-leukocytes-in-jersey-cows-diagnosed-with-purulent-vaginal-discharge
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João G N Moraes, Luís G D Mendonça, Paula R B Silva, Alexandre A Scanavez, Klibs N Galvão, Michael A Ballou, Milli Worku, Ricardo C Chebel
The objectives of the current experiment were to investigate the effects of intrauterine treatment of cows with purulent vaginal discharge (PVD) using lipopolysaccharide (LPS) from Escherichia coli on uterine mRNA expression of genes related to inflammatory responses, peripheral polymorphonuclear leukocyte (PMN) function, hematological parameters, and blood concentrations of cortisol, haptoglobin, and progesterone (P4). Jersey cows (n = 3,084) were examined for PVD at 35 ± 6 d postpartum using the Metricheck device (Simcro, Hamilton, New Zealand)...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433886/controlled-release-of-metformin-from-chitosan-based-nanocomposite-films-containing-mesoporous-mcm-41-nanoparticles-as-novel-drug-delivery-systems
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Zahra Shariatinia, Zahra Zahraee
Biocompatible nanocomposite films based on blended chitosan and poly(ethylene glycol)-block-poly(propylene glycol)-block-poly(ethylene glycol) (BP) polymers containing metformin (MET) drug and MCM-41 or MCM-41-APS (APS=aminopropylsilane) nanoparticles (NPs) were designed and fabricated in order to prepare novel drug delivery systems which are useful for controlled drug release purposes. The total pore volume and mesopore volume of MCM-41 were measured equal to 1.08 and 1.05 cm(3)/g but those of MCM-41-APS were 0...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432614/dual-activity-of-hydroxypropyl-%C3%AE-cyclodextrin-and-water-soluble-carriers-on-the-solubility-of-carvedilol
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Abdelmoumin Zoghbi, Tianjiao Geng, Bo Wang
Carvedilol (CAR) is a non-selective α and β blocker categorized as class II drug with low water solubility. Several recent studies have investigated ways to overcome this problem. The aim of the present study was to combine two of these methods: the inclusion complex using hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin (HPβCD) with solid dispersion using two carriers: Poloxamer 188 (PLX) and Polyvinylpyrrolidone K-30 (PVP) to enhance the solubility, bioavailability, and the stability of CAR. Kneading method was used to prepare CAR-HPβCD inclusion complex (KD)...
April 21, 2017: AAPS PharmSciTech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432348/white-spot-syndrome-virus-vp28-specific-double-stranded-rna-provides-protection-through-a-highly-focused-sirna-population
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Pål Nilsen, Marius Karlsen, Kallaya Sritunyalucksana, Siripong Thitamadee
Several studies have demonstrated that injection of double-stranded RNAs (dsRNA) homologous to mRNA for the white spot syndrome virus (WSSV) viral protein 28 (VP28) can induce protection in shrimp against WSSV through RNA interference (RNAi). In comparison to shrimp injected with either PBS or a green fluorescent protein (GFP) nonspecific dsRNA, we obtained nearly complete protection against WSSV infection in shrimp injected with VP28 dsRNA. Upregulation of host genes associated with small RNA silencing was measured 48 hours post treatment in groups injected with dsRNA, and although the VP28-treated group remained moderately upregulated after challenge with WSSV, many-fold higher induction was observed in both control groups reflecting the ongoing viral infection...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431329/stealth-recombinant-human-serum-albumin-nanoparticles-conjugating-5-fluorouracil-augmented-drug-delivery-and-cytotoxicity-in-human-colon-cancer-ht-29-cells
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Ankita Sharma, Amanpreet Kaur, Upendra Kumar Jain, Ramesh Chandra, Jitender Madan
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: 5-Fluorouracil (5-FU) is a first-line chemotherapeutic drug in colorectal cancer. However, intravenous administration of 5-FU at the dose of 7-12mg/kg exhibits curbs like short half-life (20min) and toxic side-effects on bone marrow cells. Therefore, in present investigation, 5-FU was conjugated to poly (ethylene glycol) anchored recombinant human serum albumin nanoparticles (5-FU-rHSA-PEG-NPs) to improve the pharmacokinetic and therapeutic profiles. METHODS AND RESULTS: The mean particle size of 5-FU-rHSA-NPs was measured to be 44...
April 12, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431206/phase-transfer-ligand-exchange-of-lead-chalcogenide-quantum-dots-for-direct-deposition-of-thick-highly-conductive-films
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Qianglu Lin, Hyeong Jin Yun, Wenyong Liu, Hyung-Jun Song, Nikolay S Makarov, Oleksandr Isaienko, Tom Nakotte, Gen Chen, Hongmei Luo, Victor I Klimov, Jeffrey M Pietryga
The use of semiconductor nanocrystal quantum dots (QDs) in optoelectronic devices typically requires post-synthetic chemical surface treatments to enhance electronic coupling between QDs and allow for efficient charge transport in QD films. Despite their importance to solar cells, and infrared (IR) light-emitting diodes and photodetectors, advances in these chemical treatments for lead chalcogenide (PbE, E = S, Se, Te) QDs have lagged behind those of, for instance, II-VI semiconductor QDs. Here, we introduce a method for fast and effective ligand exchange for PbE QDs in solution, resulting in QDs completely passivated by a wide range of small anionic ligands...
April 21, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431025/1h-magnetic-resonance-spectroscopy-of-live-human-sperm
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S Reynolds, S J Calvert, M N Paley, A A Pacey
STUDY QUESTION: Can 1H Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS) be used to obtain information about the molecules and metabolites in live human spermatozoa? SUMMARY ANSWER: Percoll-based density gradient centrifugation (DGC) followed by a further two washing steps, yielded enough sperm with minimal contamination (<0.01%) from seminal fluid to permit effective MRS which detected significant differences (p < 0.05) in the choline/glycerophosphocholine, lipid and lactate regions of the 1H MRS spectrum between sperm in the pellet and those from the 40/80% interface...
April 18, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429595/ultrasensitive-detection-of-micrornas-with-morpholino-functionalized-nanochannel-biosensor
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Tangbin Liao, Xiaorui Li, Qian Tong, Kai Zou, Hang Zhang, Lina Tang, Zhongyue Sun, Guo-Jun Zhang
Here we demonstrate a phosphorodiamidate morpholino oligos (PMO)-functionlized nanochannel biosensor for label-free detection of microRNAs (miRNAs) with ultrasensitivity and high sequence-specificity. PMO, as a capture probe, was covalently anchored on the nanochannel surface. Because of the neutral character and high sequence-specific affinity of PMO, hybridization efficiency between PMO and miRNAs was enhanced, thus decreasing background signals largely and improving the detection specificity and sensitivity highly...
April 21, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428541/tissue-engineered-cornea-constructed-with-compressed-collagen-and-laser-perforated-electrospun-mat
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Bin Kong, Wei Sun, Guoshi Chen, Song Tang, Ming Li, Zengwu Shao, Shengli Mi
While Plastic Compressed (PC) collagen technique is often used to fabricate bioengineered constructs, PC collagen gels are too weak to be sutured or conveniently handled for clinical applications. To overcome this limitation, electrospun poly (lactic-co-glycolide) (PLGA) mats, which have excellent biocompatibility and mechanical properties, were combined with PC collagen to fabricate sandwich-like hybrid constructs. By laser-perforating holes with different sizes and spacings in the electrospun mats to regulate the mechanical properties and light transmittance of the hybrid constructs, we produced hybrid constructs with properties very suitable to apply in corneal tissue engineering...
April 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427476/regeneration-of-full-thickness-skin-defects-by-differentiated-adipose-derived-stem-cells-into-fibroblast-like-cells-by-fibroblast-conditioned-medium
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Woojune Hur, Hoon Young Lee, Hye Sook Min, Maierdanjiang Wufuer, Chang-Won Lee, Ji An Hur, Sang Hyon Kim, Byeung Kyu Kim, Tae Hyun Choi
BACKGROUND: Fibroblasts are ubiquitous cells in the human body and are absolutely necessary for wound healing such as for injured skin. This role of fibroblasts was the reason why we aimed to differentiate human adipose-derived stem cells (hADSCs) into fibroblasts and to test their wound healing potency. Recent reports on hADSC-derived conditioned medium have indicated stimulation of collagen synthesis as well as migration of dermal fibroblasts in wound sites with these cells. Similarly, human fibroblast-derived conditioned medium (F-CM) was reported to contain a variety of factors known to be important for growth of skin...
April 20, 2017: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426809/denaturation-of-proteins-by-surfactants-studied-by-the-taylor-dispersion-analysis
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Aldona Jelińska, Anna Zagożdżon, Marcin Górecki, Agnieszka Wisniewska, Jadwiga Frelek, Robert Holyst
We showed that the Taylor Dispersion Analysis (TDA) is a fast and easy to use method for the study of denaturation proteins. We applied TDA to study denaturation of β-lactoglobulin, transferrin, and human insulin by anionic surfactant sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS). A series of measurements at constant protein concentration (for transferrin was 1.9 x 10-5 M, for β- lactoglobulin was 7.6 x 10-5 M, and for insulin was 1.2 x 10-4 M) and varying SDS concentrations were carried out in the phosphate-buffered saline (PBS)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426432/surface-as-a-motion-surrogate-for-gated-re-scanned-pencil-beam-proton-therapy
#17
Ye Zhang, Isabel Huth, Martin Wegner, Damien C Weber, Antony J Lomax
This simulation study investigated the dosimetric effectiveness and treatment efficiency of surface motion guided gating of pencil beam scanning (PBS) proton therapy for liver tumour treatments. Dedicated 4D dose calculations were performed for simulating gated treatments using 4DCT data for six patients derived from 4DMRI (4DCT(MRI)). Surface motion as a surrogate for tumour motion was extracted from the 4DMRI images and a linear internal-external correlation model applied to derive amplitude-based gating windows (GWs) of 10 and 5 mm...
April 20, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426365/moderators-of-the-effects-of-alcohol-protective-behavioral-strategies-three-attempts-of-replication-and-extension
#18
Matthew R Pearson, Mark A Prince, Adrian J Bravo
BACKGROUND: Protective behavioral strategies (PBS) can be used to reduce alcohol-related harm when drinking. Despite much research demonstrating that use of protective behavioral strategies (PBS) is associated with decreased alcohol use/problems, few studies have examined moderators of these associations. Moderation tests are important as they define the boundary conditions of the protective effects of PBS use (i.e., identify for whom and in what context PBS use reduces harm). OBJECTIVES: We aimed to replicate and extend the findings from three published studies that have examined putative moderators of PBS-alcohol associations: self-regulation, negative urgency, and drinking refusal self-efficacy...
June 7, 2017: Substance Use & Misuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425012/a-study-of-the-damage-of-the-intestinal-mucosa-barrier-structure-and-function-of-ctenopharyngodon-idella-with-aeromonas-hydrophila
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Wei-Guang Kong, Si-Si Li, Xiao-Xuan Chen, Yu-Qing Huang, Ying Tang, Zhi-Xin Wu
The aim of this study is to explore the effect of Aeromonas hydrophila on the intestinal mucosal barrier structure and intestinal permeability in grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella). Histopathological examinations showed that A. hydrophila induced severe intestinal lesions, including inflammatory cell infiltration and intestinal villus fusion and swelling. Messenger RNA (mRNA) expression of the inflammatory cytokines TNF-α, IL-1β, IL-8, IL-10 and MyD88 was significantly increased after infection with A. hydrophila...
April 19, 2017: Fish Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423733/nanocrystals-of-a-new-camptothecin-derivative-wcn-21-enhance-its-solubility-and-efficacy
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Jia You, Yuyuan Chen, Zubaeda M Mohamed Alsayeh, Xingyu Shen, Chun Li, Pengxuan Zhao, Fei Chen, Yingqian Liu, Chuanrui Xu
WCN-21 is a new camptothecin derivative we synthesized and has desirable anti-tumor efficacy, but its aqueous solubility is very low and hurdles the further evaluation and development. In this study, we prepared nanocrystals of WCN-21 through a bottom-up approach to enhance its solubility and obtained WCN-21 nanorods (WND) and nanospheres (WNP). We investigated the crystallization of WND and WNP in different temperature and solvents and found that both temperature and solvents affect the crystal shapes and sizes...
March 13, 2017: Oncotarget
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