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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644380/adenosine-triphosphate-encapsulated-liposomes-with-plasmonic-nanoparticles-for-surface-enhanced-raman-scattering-based-immunoassays
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Xuan-Hung Pham, Eunil Hahm, Tae Han Kim, Hyung-Mo Kim, Sang Hun Lee, Yoon-Sik Lee, Dae Hong Jeong, Bong-Hyun Jun
In this study, we prepared adenosine triphosphate (ATP) encapsulated liposomes, and assessed their applicability for the surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS)-based assays with gold-silver alloy (Au@Ag)-assembled silica nanoparticles (NPs; SiO₂@Au@Ag). The liposomes were prepared by the thin film hydration method from a mixture of l-α-phosphatidylcholine, cholesterol, and PE-PEG2000 in chloroform; evaporating the solvent, followed by hydration of the resulting thin film with ATP in phosphate-buffered saline (PBS)...
June 23, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644025/a-mitochondria-targeted-cryptocyanine-based-photothermogenic-photosensitizer
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Hyo Sung Jung, Jae Hong Lee, Kyutae Kim, Seyoung Koo, Peter Verwilst, Jonathan L Sessler, Chulhun Kang, Jong Seung Kim
Cryptocyanine-based probes exhibit highly efficient photothermal conversion and represent a new class of photothermal agents for use in photothermal therapy (PTT). With the thermal susceptibility of mitochondria in mind, we have prepared a mitochondria-targeted, NIR-absorbing cryptocyanine probe (Mito-CCy) and evaluated its photophysical properties, photothermal conversion efficiency, biological compatibility, cytotoxicity, and mitochondrial localization in HeLa cells. Upon subjecting 0.5 mL of a PBS buffer solution (10 mM, pH 7...
June 23, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642923/the-influence-of-particle-size-and-curing-conditions-on-testing-mineral-trioxide-aggregate-cement
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William Nguyen Ha, Bill Kahler, Laurence James Walsh
Objectives: To assess the effects on curing conditions (dry versus submerged curing) and particle size on the compressive strength (CS) and flexural strength (FS) of set MTA cement. Materials and methods: Two different Portland cements were created, P1 and P2, with P1 < P2 in particle size. These were then used to create two experimental MTA products, M1 and M2, with M1 < M2 in particle size. Particle size analysis was performed according to ISO 13320. The particle size at the 90th percentile (i.e. the larger particles) was P1: 15...
December 2016: Acta Biomaterialia Odontologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642077/recovery-of-tin-from-metal-powders-of-waste-printed-circuit-boards
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Tianzu Yang, Pengchun Zhu, Weifeng Liu, Lin Chen, Duchao Zhang
To avoid the adverse effects of tin on the smelting process used to recover copper from metal powders of waste printed circuit boards, an effective process is proposed that selectively extracts tin and its associated metals. That impacts of alkaline pressure oxidation leaching parameters on metal conversion were systematically investigated. The results showed that Sn, Pb, Al and small amounts of Zn in the metal powders were leached out, leaving copper residue. By optimizing the conditions, leaching recovery of 98...
June 19, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640893/oroxylin-a-promotes-retinal-ganglion-cell-survival-in-a-rat-optic-nerve-crush-model
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Shu-Fang Lin, Jia-Ying Chien, Kishan Kapupara, Chi-Ying F Huang, Shun-Ping Huang
PURPOSE: To investigate the effect of oroxylin A on the survival of retinal ganglion cells (RGC) and the activation of microglial cells in a rat optic nerve (ON) crush model. METHODS: Oroxylin A (15mg/Kg in 0.2ml phosphate-buffered saline) or phosphate-buffered saline (PBS control) was immediately administered after ON crush once by subcutaneous injection. Rats were euthanized at 2 weeks after the crush injury. The density of RGC was counted by retrograde labeling with FluoroGold and immunostaining of retina flat mounts for Brn3a...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639380/bilayer-pbs-quantum-dots-for-high-performance-photodetectors
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Zhenwei Ren, Jiankun Sun, Hui Li, Peng Mao, Yuanzhi Wei, Xinhua Zhong, Jinsong Hu, Shiyong Yang, Jizheng Wang
Due to their wide tunable bandgaps, high absorption coefficients, easy solution processabilities, and high stabilities in air, lead sulfide (PbS) quantum dots (QDs) are increasingly regarded as promising material candidates for next-generation light, low-cost, and flexible photodetectors. Current single-layer PbS-QD photodetectors suffer from shortcomings of large dark currents, low on-off ratios, and slow light responses. Integration with metal nanoparticles, organics, and high-conducting graphene/nanotube to form hybrid PbS-QD devices are proved capable of enhancing photoresponsivity; but these approaches always bring in other problems that can severely hamper the improvement of the overall device performance...
June 22, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639145/in-vitro-and-in-vivo-activity-of-theaflavin-epicatechin-combinations-versus-multidrug-resistant-acinetobacter-baumannii
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Jonathan W Betts, Michael Hornsey, David W Wareham, Roberto M La Ragione
INTRODUCTION: Acinetobacter baumannii is an important human nosocomial pathogen; most clinical isolates are multidrug-resistant (MDR). Infections caused by A. baumannii often lead to high morbidity and mortality, with limited treatment options. Owing to the small number of anti-Gram-negative antibiotics in the development pipeline, researchers are looking to other natural compounds. The aim of this study was to determine the in vitro kill kinetics, in vivo efficacy and toxicity of theaflavin-epicatechin combinations against MDR A...
June 21, 2017: Infectious Diseases and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638344/the-beneficial-effects-of-bisphosphonate-enoxacin-on-cortical-bone-mass-and-strength-in-ovariectomized-rats
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Xuqiang Liu, Xinhua Qu, Tao Nie, Zanjing Zhai, Haowei Li, Zhengxiao Ouyang, An Qin, Shuhong Zhang, Shuangyan Zhang, Qiming Fan, Tingting Tang, Zhifeng Yu, Min Dai
Osteoporosis is a major age-related bone disease characterized by low bone mineral density and a high risk of fractures. Bisphosphonates are considered as effective agents treating osteoporosis. However, long-term use of bisphosphonates is associated with some serious side effects, which limits the widespread clinical use of bisphosphonates. Here, we demonstrate a novel type of bone-targeting anti-resorptive agent, bisphosphonate-enoxacin (BE). In this study, ovariectomized rat model was established and treated with PBS, zoledronate (50 μg/kg) and different dose of BE (5 mg/kg and 10 mg/kg), respectively...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638116/laser-ultrasonic-delivery-of-agents-into-articular-cartilage
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Heikki J Nieminen, Gonçalo Barreto, Mikko A Finnilä, Alejandro García-Pérez, Ari Salmi, Sanjeev Ranjan, Kari K Eklund, Kenneth P H Pritzker, Simo Saarakkala, Edward Hæggström
Research is ongoing to develop drug therapies to manage osteoarthritis (OA) and articular cartilage (AC) injuries. However, means to deliver drug to localized AC lesions are highly limited and not clinically available. This study investigates the capability of laser ultrasound (laser-induced plasma sound source) to deliver agents (methylene blue, MB, in PBS) into bovine AC. Treatment samples (n = 10) were immersed in MB solution simultaneously with LU exposure, while adjacent control 1 tissue (n = 10) was pre-treated with LU followed by immersion in MB and adjacent control 2 tissue (n = 10) was only immersed in MB...
June 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637723/impact-of-consumer-copayments-for-subsidised-medicines-on-health-services-use-and-outcomes-a-protocol-using-linked-administrative-data-from-western-australia
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Karla L Seaman, Frank M Sanfilippo, Elizabeth E Roughead, Max K Bulsara, Anna Kemp-Casey, Caroline Bulsara, Gerald F Watts, David Preen
INTRODUCTION: Across the world, health systems are adopting approaches to manage rising healthcare costs. One common strategy is a medication copayments scheme where consumers make a contribution (copayment) towards the cost of their dispensed medicines, with remaining costs subsidised by the health insurance service, which in Australia is the Federal Government.In Australia, copayments have tended to increase in proportion to inflation, but in January 2005, the copayment increased substantially more than inflation...
June 21, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636206/retinal-vascular-injuries-and-intravitreal-human-embryonic-stem-cell-derived-haemangioblasts
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Jin-Da Wang, Ying An, Jing-Shang Zhang, Xiu-Hua Wan, Wei Zhang, Robert Lanza, Shi-Jiang Lu, Jost B Jonas, Liang Xu
OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether intravitreally applied haemangioblasts (HB) derived from human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) are helpful for the repair of vascular damage caused in animals by an oxygen-induced retinopathy (OIR), by an induced diabetic retinopathy (DR) or by an induced retinal ischaemia with subsequent reperfusion. METHODS: Human embryonic stem cell-derived HBs were transplanted intravitreally into C57BL/6J mice (OIR model), into male Wistar rats with an induced DR and into male Wistar rats undergoing induced retinal ischaemia with subsequent reperfusion...
June 21, 2017: Acta Ophthalmologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635343/primary-psychopathy-and-alcohol-pathology-in-college-students-the-role-of-protective-behavioral-strategies
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Matthew P Kramer, Brittany L Stevenson, Robert D Dvorak
OVERVIEW: Though not an official diagnosis, psychopathy has become an important area of research due to the litany of deleterious outcomes associated with this aspect of temperament. Psychopathy is composed of primary and secondary traits. Research consistently links psychopathy to alcohol pathology, though often only via secondary traits which are comprised of intractable aspects of behavior (e.g., poor impulse control). In contrast, primary psychopathy is comprised of behaviors that can be learned and thus may be more malleable (i...
February 13, 2017: American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632268/ball-in-ball-zro2-nanostructure-for-simultaneous-ct-imaging-and-highly-efficient-synergic-microwave-ablation-and-tri-stimuli-responsive-chemotherapy-of-tumors
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Dan Long, Meng Niu, Longfei Tan, Changhui Fu, Xiangling Ren, Ke Xu, Hongshan Zhong, Jingzhuo Wang, Laifeng Li, Xianwei Meng
Combined thermo-chemotherapy displays outstanding synergically therapeutic efficiency when compared with standalone thermotherapy and chemotherapy. Herein, we developed a smart tri-stimuli-responsive drug delivery system involving X@BB-ZrO2 NPs (X represents loaded IL, DOX, keratin and tetradecanol) based on novel ball-in-ball-structured ZrO2 nanoparticles (BB-ZrO2 NPs). The microwave energy conversion efficiency of BB-ZrO2 NPs was 41.2% higher than that of traditional single-layer NPs due to the cooperative action of self-reflection and spatial confinement effect of the special two-layer hollow nanostructure...
June 20, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631253/portal-branch-ligation-does-not-counteract-the-inhibiting-effect-of-temsirolimus-on-extrahepatic-colorectal-metastatic-growth
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Sebastian Senger, Jens Sperling, Barbara Oberkircher, Martin K Schilling, Otto Kollmar, Michael D Menger, Christian Ziemann
The mTor-inhibitor temsirolimus (TEM) has potent anti-tumor activities on extrahepatic colorectal metastases. Treatment of patients with advanced disease may require portal branch ligation (PBL). While PBL can induce intrahepatic tumor growth, the effect of PBL on extrahepatic metastases under TEM treatment is unknown. Therefore, we analyzed the effects of TEM treatment on extrahepatic metastases during PBL-associated liver regeneration. GFP-transfected CT26.WT colorectal cancer cells were implanted into the dorsal skinfold chamber of BALB/c-mice...
June 19, 2017: Clinical & Experimental Metastasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631252/synthesis-and-characterization-of-novel-carboxymethyl-assam-bora-rice-starch-for-the-controlled-release-of-cationic-anticancer-drug-based-on-electrostatic-interactions
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Sharmistha Mohapatra, Anees Ahmad Siddiqui, Mohammed Anwar, Neha Bhardwaj, Sohail Akhter, Farhan Jalees Ahmad
Carboxymethyl Assam Bora rice starch (CM-ABRS) was chemically synthesized in non-aqueous medium with the optimum degree of substitution (DS) of 1.23, and physicochemically characterized by FT-IR, DSC, XRD, and SEM analysis. Comparative evaluation of CM-ABRS with native starch (ABRS) for powder flow characteristics, swelling index, apparent solubility, rheological properties, textural properties, and mucoadhesive studies were carried out. The aim of the current work was to investigate the potential of CM-ABRS as a novel carrier for the water-soluble chemotherapeutic, doxorubicin hydrochloride (DOX)...
June 19, 2017: AAPS PharmSciTech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630868/serum-dried-samples-to-detect-dengue-antibodies-a-field-study
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Angelica Maldonado-Rodríguez, Othon Rojas-Montes, Guillermo Vazquez-Rosales, Adolfo Chavez-Negrete, Magdalena Rojas-Uribe, Araceli Posadas-Mondragon, Leopoldo Aguilar-Faisal, Ana Maria Cevallos, Beatriz Xoconostle-Cazares, Rosalia Lira
BACKGROUND: Dried blood and serum samples are useful resources for detecting antiviral antibodies. The conditions for elution of the sample need to be optimized for each disease. Dengue is a widespread disease in Mexico which requires continuous surveillance. In this study, we standardized and validated a protocol for the specific detection of dengue antibodies from dried serum spots (DSSs). METHODS: Paired serum and DSS samples from 66 suspected cases of dengue were collected in a clinic in Veracruz, Mexico...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630383/balb-c-mice-immunity-to-hydatidosis-induced-by-in-vitro-reared-echinococcus-granulosus-adult-worm-antigens
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Hamid Reza Rahimi, Tahereh Mohammadzadeh, Seyed Mahmoud Sadjjadi, Bahador Sarkari, Farzaneh Zahabiun
BACKGROUND: Echinococcosis is a zoonotic parasitic disease caused by the larval stage of Echinococcus granulosus. Several native and recombinant antigens, derived from different stages of E. granulosus life cycle, have been used for vaccine trials. In vitro reared adult worms are good candidates for vaccination as they do not produce fertile egg/s and do not have any risk of contamination for researchers. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate different antigens derived from in vitro reared E...
June 2017: Iranian Journal of Immunology: IJI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629893/a-new-nir-triggered-dox-and-icg-co-delivery-system-for-enhanced-multidrug-resistant-cancer-treatment-through-simultaneous-chemo-photothermal-photodynamic-therapy
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Yanna Yu, Zhipeng Zhang, Yun Wang, Hao Zhu, Fangzhou Li, Yuanyuan Shen, Shengrong Guo
It is a great challenge to combat multidrug resistant (MDR) cancer effectively. To address this issue, we developed a new near-infrared (NIR) triggered chemotherapeutic agent doxorubicin (DOX) and photosensitizer indocyanine green (ICG) co-release system by aid of NIR induced photothermal effect of gold nanocages (AuNCs) and temperature sensitive phase-change property of 1-tetradecanol at its melting point of 39°C, which could simultaneously exerted chemo/photothermal/photodynamic treatment on MDR human breast cancer MCF-7/ADR cells...
June 16, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629639/atp-synthesis-capacity-of-pulsed-light-exposed-bacteria
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B Kramer, J Wunderlich, P Muranyi
The ability of four different bacteria to synthesize new ATP upon exposure to different doses of pulsed-light (PL) irradiation was investigated. The bacterial cells were PL treated on a gel surface, resuspended in phosphate buffered saline (PBS) and subsequently incubated in Tryptic Soy Broth (TSB) at 37°C. Cellular ATP levels were monitored during a 2h incubation period and compared to the respective colony count data. Although PL affected ATP production in a dose dependent manner, the results showed that bacteria, which had rendered unculturable after PL exposure, are still capable of generating significant quantities of ATP...
June 7, 2017: Systematic and Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629081/optimized-composition-of-nanocomposite-scaffolds-formed-from-silk-fibroin-and-nano-tio2-for-bone-tissue-engineering
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N Johari, H R Madaah Hosseini, A Samadikuchaksaraei
Natural silk fibroin (SF) polymer has biomedical and mechanical properties as a biomaterial for bone tissue engineering scaffolds. Freeze-dried porous nanocomposite scaffolds were prepared from silk fibroin and titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles as a bioactive reinforcing agent by a phase separation method. In order to fabricate SF/TiO2 scaffolds, 5, 10, 15 and 20wt% of the TiO2 were added to the SF. The phase structure, functional groups and morphology of the scaffolds were evaluated using X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy techniques, respectively...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
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