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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212561/the-tlr7-agonist-imiquimod-induces-anti-cancer-effects-via-autophagic-cell-death-and-enhances-anti-tumoral-and-systemic-immunity-during-radiotherapy-for-melanoma
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Jeong Hyun Cho, Hyo-Ji Lee, Hyun-Jeong Ko, Byung-Il Yoon, Jongseon Choe, Keun-Cheol Kim, Tae-Wook Hahn, Jeong A Han, Sun Shim Choi, Young Mee Jung, Kee-Ho Lee, Yun-Sil Lee, Yu-Jin Jung
Toll-like receptor (TLR) ligands are strongly considered immune-adjuvants for cancer immunotherapy and have been shown to exert direct anti-cancer effects. This study was performed to evaluate the synergistic anti-cancer and anti-metastatic effects of the TLR7 agonist imiquimod (IMQ) during radiotherapy for melanoma. The pretreatment of B16F10 or B16F1 cells with IMQ combined with γ-ionizing radiation (IR) led to enhanced cell death via autophagy, as demonstrated by increased expression levels of autophagy-related genes, and an increased number of autophagosomes in both cell lines...
February 15, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212111/direct-determination-of-k-q-for-farmer-type-ionization-chambers-in-a-clinical-scanned-carbon-ion-beam-using-water-calorimetry
#2
J-M Osinga-Blättermann, S Brons, S Greilich, O Jäkel, A Krauss
Until now, the dosimetry of carbon ions with ionization chambers has not reached the same level of accuracy as that of high-energy photons. This is mainly caused by the approximately threefold larger uncertainty of the k Q factor of ionization chambers, which, due to the lack of experimental data, is still derived by calculations. Measurements of absorbed dose to water, D w, by means of water calorimetry have now been performed in the entrance channel of a scanned 6 cm  ×  6 cm radiation field of 429 MeV/u carbon ions, allowing the direct calibration of ionization chambers and thus the experimental determination of k Q...
February 17, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212053/transthoracic-echocardiography-pitfalls-and-limitations-as-delineated-at-cardiac-ct-and-mr-imaging
#3
Sachin B Malik, Natalie Chen, Rex A Parker, Joe Y Hsu
Transthoracic echocardiography ( TTE transthoracic echocardiography ) is a critical tool in the field of clinical cardiology. It often serves as one of the first-line imaging modalities in the evaluation of cardiac disease owing to its low cost, portability, widespread availability, lack of ionizing radiation, and ability to evaluate both anatomy and function of the heart. Consequently, a large majority of patients undergoing a cardiac computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance (MR) imaging examination will have a TTE transthoracic echocardiography available for review...
February 17, 2017: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212018/derivation-of-hydroperoxyl-radical-ho2-levels-at-an-urban-site-via-measurement-of-pernitric-acid-ho2no2-by-iodide-chemical-ionization-mass-spectrometry-i-cims
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Dexian Chen, L Gregory Huey, David J Tanner, Jianfeng Li, Nga Lee Ng, Yuhang Wang
Hydroperoxyl radical (HO2) is a key species to atmospheric chemistry. At warm temperatures, the hydroperoxyl radical (HO2) and NO2 come to a rapid steady state with pernitric acid (HO2NO2). This paper presents the derivation of HO2 from observations of HO2NO2 and NO2 in metropolitan Atlanta, US in winter 2014 and summer 2015. HO2 was observed to have a diurnal cycle with morning concentrations suppressed by high NO from the traffic. At night, derived HO2 levels were nonzero and exhibited correlations with O3 and NO3, consistent with previous studies that ozonolysis and oxidation by NO3 are sources of nighttime HO2...
February 17, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212000/radiation-hard-complementary-integrated-circuits-based-on-semiconducting-single-walled-carbon-nanotubes
#5
Julian J McMorrow, Cory D Cress, William A Gaviria Rojas, Michael L Geier, Tobin J Marks, Mark C Hersam
Increasingly complex demonstrations of integrated circuit elements based on semiconducting single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) mark the maturation of this technology for use in next-generation electronics. In particular, organic materials have recently been leveraged as dopant and encapsulation layers to enable stable SWCNT-based rail-to-rail, low-power complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) logic circuits. To explore the limits of this technology in extreme environments, here we study total ionizing dose (TID) effects in enhancement-mode SWCNT-CMOS inverters that employ organic doping and encapsulation layers...
February 17, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211796/fluence-correction-factor-for-graphite-calorimetry-in-a-clinical-high-energy-carbon-ion-beam
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Ana Lourenco, Russell Thomas, Michael Homer, Hugo Bouchard, Severine Rossomme, James Renaud, Tatsuaki Kanai, Gary Royle, Hugo Palmans
The aim of this work is to develop and adapt a formalism to determine absorbed dose to water from graphite calorimetry measurements in carbon-ion beams. Fluence correction factors, <i>k</i><sub>fl</sub>, needed when using a graphite calorimeter to derive dose to water, were determined in a clinical high-energy carbon-ion beam. Measurements were performed in a 290 MeV/n carbon-ion beam with a field size of 11 x 11 cm<sup>2</sup>, without modulation. In order to sample the beam, a plane-parallel Roos ionization chamber was chosen for its small collecting volume in comparison with the field size...
February 17, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211728/electron-vortices-in-femtosecond-multiphoton-ionization
#7
D Pengel, S Kerbstadt, D Johannmeyer, L Englert, T Bayer, M Wollenhaupt
Multiphoton ionization of potassium atoms with a sequence of two counter-rotating circularly polarized femtosecond laser pulses produces vortex-shaped photoelectron momentum distributions in the polarization plane describing Archimedean spirals. The pulse sequences are produced by polarization shaping and the three-dimensional photoelectron distributions are tomographically reconstructed from velocity map imaging measurements. We show that perturbative ionization leads to electron vortices with c_{6} rotational symmetry...
February 3, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211563/cytotoxic-analysis-and-chemical-characterization-of-fractions-of-the-hydroalcoholic-extract-of-the-euterpe-oleracea-mart-seed-in-the-mcf-7-cell-line
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Dayanne da S Freitas, José A Morgado-Díaz, Adriana S Gehren, Flávia C B Vidal, Raquel Maria T Fernandes, Wanderson Romão, Lilian V Tose, Fabiola N S Frazão, Maria Célia P Costa, Dulcelena F Silva, Maria do Desterro S B Nascimento
OBJECTIVES: To analyse the antineoplastic activity of fractions derived from the hydroalcoholic extract of Euterpe oleracea Mart. seed in the MCF-7 cell line and to identify the compounds responsible for the antineoplastic action. METHODS: Cells were treated with 10, 20, 40 and 60 μg/ml with the hexane, chloroform and ethyl acetate fraction (EAF) of the hydroalcoholic extract of açaí seed, for 24 and 48 h. After treatment, cell viability was measured using MTT assay and cell death was assessed using the Annexin-Pi assay...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211013/electrostatic-forces-as-dominant-interactions-between-proteins-and-polyanions-an-esi-ms-study-of-fibroblast-growth-factor-binding-to-heparin-oligomers
#9
Burcu Baykal Minsky, Paul L Dubin, Igor A Kaltashov
The interactions between fibroblast growth factors (FGFs) and their receptors (FGFRs) are facilitated by heparan sulfate (HS) and heparin (Hp), highly sulfated biological polyelectrolytes. The molecular basis of FGF interactions with these polyelectrolytes is highly complex due to the structural heterogeneity of HS/Hp, and many details still remain elusive, especially the significance of charge density and minimal chain length of HS/Hp in growth factor recognition and multimerization. In this work, we use electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI MS) to investigate the association of relatively homogeneous oligoheparins (octamer, dp8, and decamer, dp10) with acidic fibroblast growth factor (FGF-1)...
February 16, 2017: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210984/effect-of-solution-ionic-strength-on-the-pka-of-the-nitroxide-ph-epr-probe-2-2-3-4-5-5-hexamethylimidazolidin-1-oxyl
#10
Kaleigh Margita, Maxim A Voinov, Alex I Smirnov
Spin probe and spin labeling Electron Paramagnetic Resonance methods are indispensable research tools for solving a wide range of bioanalytical problems-from measuring microviscosity and polarity of phase-separated liquids to oxygen concentrations in tissues. One of the emerging uses of spin probes are the studies of proton transfer-related and surface electrostatic phenomena. The latter Electron Paramagnetic Resonance methods rely on molecular probes containing an additional functionality capable of reversible ionization (protonation, in particular) in the immediate proximity to an Electron Paramagnetic Resonance-active reporter group, such as (N-O(•)) for nitroxides...
February 17, 2017: Cell Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210752/biodegradation-of-diesel-crude-oil-and-spent-lubricating-oil-by-soil-isolates-of-bacillus-spp
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Maddela Naga Raju, Rodriguez Leo, Sanaguano Salguero Herminia, Ricardo Ernesto Burgos Morán, Kadiyala Venkateswarlu, Scalvenzi Laura
Two species of Bacillus, B. thuringiensis B3 and B. cereus B6, isolated from crude oil-contaminated sites in Ecuador, were tested for their capability in degrading polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in diesel (shake-flask), and to remove total petroleum hydrocarbons (TPHs) from crude oil- or spent lubricating oil-polluted soils (plot-scale). TPHs and PAHs were analyzed by Gas chromatography-Flame ionization detector (GC-FID) and High performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), respectively. Degradation percentages of PAHs by strain B6 were in the range of 11-83 after 30 days...
February 16, 2017: Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210202/mechanisms-and-effects-of-transcranial-direct-current-stimulation
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James Giordano, Marom Bikson, Emily S Kappenman, Vincent P Clark, H Branch Coslett, Michael R Hamblin, Roy Hamilton, Ryan Jankord, Walter J Kozumbo, R Andrew McKinley, Michael A Nitsche, J Patrick Reilly, Jessica Richardson, Rachel Wurzman, Edward Calabrese
The US Air Force Office of Scientific Research convened a meeting of researchers in the fields of neuroscience, psychology, engineering, and medicine to discuss most pressing issues facing ongoing research in the field of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and related techniques. In this study, we present opinions prepared by participants of the meeting, focusing on the most promising areas of research, immediate and future goals for the field, and the potential for hormesis theory to inform tDCS research...
January 2017: Dose-response: a Publication of International Hormesis Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209515/cell-type-specific-role-of-the-rna-binding-protein-nono-in-the-dna-double-strand-break-response-in-the-mouse-testes
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Shuyi Li, Feng-Jue Shu, Zhentian Li, Lahcen Jaafar, Shourong Zhao, William S Dynan
The tandem RNA recognition motif protein, NONO, was previously identified as a candidate DNA double-strand break (DSB) repair factor in a biochemical screen for proteins with end-joining stimulatory activity. Subsequent work showed that NONO and its binding partner, SFPQ, have many of the properties expected for bona fide repair factors in cell-based assays. Their contribution to the DNA damage response in intact tissue in vivo has not, however, been demonstrated. Here we compare DNA damage sensitivity in the testes of wild-type mice versus mice bearing a null allele of the NONO homologue (Nono (gt))...
February 10, 2017: DNA Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208838/the-effect-of-metformin-and-gant61-combinations-on-the-radiosensitivity-of-prostate-cancer-cells
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Annelies Gonnissen, Sofie Isebaert, Chad M McKee, Ruth J Muschel, Karin Haustermans
The anti-diabetes drug metformin has been shown to have anti-neoplastic effects in several tumor models through its effects on energy metabolism and protein synthesis. Recent studies show that metformin also targets Hedgehog (Hh) signaling, a developmental pathway re-activated in several tumor types, including prostate cancer (PCa). Furthermore, we and others have shown that Hh signaling is an important target for radiosensitization. Here, we evaluated the combination of metformin and the Hh inhibitor GANT61 (GLI-ANTagonist 61) with or without ionizing radiation in three PCa cell lines (PC3, DU145, 22Rv1)...
February 13, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208747/multinucleated-giant-cancer-cells-produced-in-response-to-ionizing-radiation-retain-viability-and-replicate-their-genome
#15
Razmik Mirzayans, Bonnie Andrais, April Scott, Ying W Wang, Piyush Kumar, David Murray
Loss of wild-type p53 function is widely accepted to be permissive for the development of multinucleated giant cells. However, whether therapy-induced multinucleation is associated with cancer cell death or survival remains controversial. Herein, we demonstrate that exposure of p53-deficient or p21(WAF1) (p21)-deficient solid tumor-derived cell lines to ionizing radiation (between 2 and 8 Gy) results in the development of multinucleated giant cells that remain adherent to the culture dish for long times post-irradiation...
February 8, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208709/human-exposure-to-electromagnetic-fields-from-parallel-wireless-power-transfer-systems
#16
Feng Wen, Xueliang Huang
The scenario of multiple wireless power transfer (WPT) systems working closely, synchronously or asynchronously with phase difference often occurs in power supply for household appliances and electric vehicles in parking lots. Magnetic field leakage from the WPT systems is also varied due to unpredictable asynchronous working conditions. In this study, the magnetic field leakage from parallel WPT systems working with phase difference is predicted, and the induced electric field and specific absorption rate (SAR) in a human body standing in the vicinity are also evaluated...
February 8, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208665/effect-of-photon-hormesis-on-dose-responses-to-alpha-particles-in-zebrafish-embryos
#17
Candy Yuen Ping Ng, Shuk Han Cheng, Kwan Ngok Yu
Photon hormesis refers to the phenomenon where the biological effect of ionizing radiation with a high linear energy transfer (LET) value is diminished by photons with a low LET value. The present paper studied the effect of photon hormesis from X-rays on dose responses to alpha particles using embryos of the zebrafish (Danio rerio) as the in vivo vertebrate model. The toxicity of these ionizing radiations in the zebrafish embryos was assessed using the apoptotic counts at 20, 24, or 30 h post fertilization (hpf) revealed through acridine orange (AO) staining...
February 11, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208630/cocoa-and-grape-seed-byproducts-as-a-source-of-antioxidant-and-anti-inflammatory-proanthocyanidins
#18
María De La Luz Cádiz-Gurrea, Isabel Borrás-Linares, Jesús Lozano-Sánchez, Jorge Joven, Salvador Fernández-Arroyo, Antonio Segura-Carretero
Phenolic compounds, which are secondary plant metabolites, are considered an integral part of the human diet. Physiological properties of dietary polyphenols have come to the attention in recent years. Especially, proanthocyanidins (ranging from dimers to decamers) have demonstrated potential interactions with biological systems, such as antiviral, antibacterial, molluscicidal, enzyme-inhibiting, antioxidant, and radical-scavenging properties. Agroindustry produces a considerable amount of phenolic-rich sources, and the ability of polyphenolic structures to interacts with other molecules in living organisms confers their beneficial properties...
February 10, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208606/ustiloxin-g-a-new-cyclopeptide-mycotoxin-from-rice-false-smut-balls
#19
Xiaohan Wang, Jian Wang, Daowan Lai, Weixuan Wang, Jungui Dai, Ligang Zhou, Yang Liu
Ustiloxins were cyclopeptide mycotoxins from rice false smut balls (FSBs) that formed in rice spikelets infected by the fungal pathogen Ustilaginoidea virens. To investigate the chemical diversity of these metabolites and their bioactivities, one new cyclopeptide, ustiloxin G (1), together with four known congeners-ustiloxins A (2), B (3), D (4), and F (5)-were isolated from water extract of rice FSBs. Their structures were elucidated by analyses of their physical and spectroscopic data, including ultraviolet spectrometry (UV), infrared spectroscopy (IR), 1D and 2D nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), and high-resolution electrospray ionization-mass spectrometry (HR-ESI-MS)...
February 10, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208440/charge-segregation-in-weakly-ionized-microgels
#20
John S Hyatt, Alison M Douglas, Chris Stanley, Changwoo Do, Thomas H Barker, Alberto Fernández-Nieves
We investigate microgels synthesized from N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAM) copolymerized with a large mol% of acrylic acid, finding that when the acid groups are partially ionized at high temperatures, competition between ion-induced swelling and hydrophobic deswelling of poly(NIPAM) chains results in microphase separation. In cross-linked microgels, this manifests as a dramatic decrease in the ratio between the radius of gyration and the hydrodynamic radius to ∼0.2, indicating that almost all the mass of the microgel is concentrated near the particle center...
January 2017: Physical Review. E
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