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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346844/inactivation-of-i-clostridium-difficile-i-spore-outgrowth-by-synergistic-effects-of-nisin-and-lysozyme
#1
Changhoon Chai, Kyung-Soo Lee, Goo-Sang Imm, Young Soon Kim, Se-Wook Oh
Inactivating <i>Clostridium difficile</i> spores is difficult, as they are resistant to heat, chemicals, and antimicrobials. However, this note describes inactivation of <i>C. difficile</i> spore outgrowth by incubation in a solution containing a germinant (1% w/v sodium taurocholate), co-germinants (1% w/v tryptose and 1% w/v NaCl), and natural antimicrobials (20 nM nisin and 0.2 mM lysozyme). <i>C. difficile</i> spores were resistant to nisin and lysozyme but became susceptible during germination and outgrowth triggered and promoted by sodium taurocholate, tryptose, and NaCl...
March 27, 2017: Canadian Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346840/fabrication-and-evaluation-of-phytomenadione-as-a-nanostructure-lipid-carrier-for-enhancement-of-bioavailability
#2
Bader Mubarak Aljaeid, Khaled Mohamed Hosny
Owing to its limited aqueous solubility, Phytomenadione (vitamin K) undergoes a low bioavailability (50%) with a large inter-individual variability after oral administration. Therefore, the aim of this work was to incorporate vitamine K into nanostructure lipid carrier systems to improve its aqueous solubility and bioavailability. Phytomenadione was used as a liquid lipid, Precirol ATO5, and Compritol ATO were used as solid lipids, Labrasol and Cremophore EL as water soluble surfactants, Capryol 90 and Lauroglycol as lipid soluble surfactants...
March 27, 2017: Pharmaceutical Development and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346782/%C3%AE%C2%BA-carrageenan-enhances-the-biomineralization-and-osteogenic-differentiation-of-electrospun-phb-and-phbv-fibers
#3
Nowsheen Goonoo, Behnam Khanbabaee, Marc Steuber, Archana Bhaw-Luximon, Ulrich Jonas, Ullrich Pietsch, Dhanjay Jhurry, Holger Schönherr
Novel electrospun materials for bone tissue engineering were obtained by blending biodegradable polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB) or polyhydroxybutyrate valerate (PHBV) with the anionic sulfated polysaccharide κ-carrageenan (κ-CG) in varying ratios. In both systems, the two components phase separated as shown by FTIR, DSC and TGA. According to the contact angle data, κ-CG was localized preferentially at the fiber surface in PHBV/ κ-CG blends in contrast to PHB/ κ-CG, where the biopolymer was mostly found within the fiber...
March 27, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346551/infrared-spectra-of-hscs-c-hscs-and-hcs2-produced-on-electron-bombardment-of-cs2-in-solid-para-hydrogen
#4
Masashi Tsuge, Yuan-Pern Lee
We report infrared (IR) spectra of HSCS(+), c-HSCS, HCS2(-), and other species produced on electron bombardment of a mixture of CS2 and para-hydrogen (p-H2) during deposition at 3.2 K. After maintenance of the deposited matrix in darkness for 12 h, the intensities of the absorption lines of HSCS(+) at 2477.2 (ν1), 1525.6 (ν2), and 919.6 cm(-1) (ν3) decreased through neutralization of HSCS(+) with trapped electrons. During this period, the intensities of the lines of HCS2(-) at 2875.7 (ν1), 1249.9 (ν5), 1003...
March 27, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346520/downregulation-of-mir-139-5p-contributes-to-the-antiapoptotic-effect-of-liraglutide-on-the-diabetic-rat-pancreas-and-ins-1-cells-by-targeting-irs1
#5
Jin Li, Lei Su, Ying-Ying Gong, Mei-Lin Ding, Shu-Bin Hong, Shuang Yu, Hai-Peng Xiao
Liraglutide is administered as glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonist for diabetic patients and can protect pancreatic β-cells by inhibiting their apoptosis. MicroRNA-139-5p (miRNA-139-5p) participates in the regulation of cancer cell apoptosis. However, it is not clear whether miR-139-5p contributes to the anti-apoptotic effect of liraglutide in β-cells. The objective of the present study was to investigate the role of miR-139-5p on apoptosis of pancreatic β-cells. MicroRNA levels in pancreatic tissue from diabetic rats and INS-1 cells treated with liraglutide were measured by real-time quantitative RT-PCR...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346456/sub-10-nm-patterning-via-directed-self-assembly-of-block-copolymer-films-with-a-vapour-phase-deposited-topcoat
#6
Hyo Seon Suh, Do Han Kim, Priya Moni, Shisheng Xiong, Leonidas E Ocola, Nestor J Zaluzec, Karen K Gleason, Paul F Nealey
Directed self-assembly (DSA) of the domain structure in block copolymer (BCP) thin films is a promising approach for sub-10-nm surface patterning. DSA requires the control of interfacial properties on both interfaces of a BCP film to induce the formation of domains that traverse the entire film with a perpendicular orientation. Here we show a methodology to control the interfacial properties of BCP films that uses a polymer topcoat deposited by initiated chemical vapour deposition (iCVD). The iCVD topcoat forms a crosslinked network that grafts to and immobilizes BCP chains to create an interface that is equally attractive to both blocks of the underlying copolymer...
March 27, 2017: Nature Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346354/anti-inflammatory-properties-of-irisin-mediator-of-physical-activity-are-connected-with-tlr4-myd88-signaling-pathway-activation
#7
Agnieszka Irena Mazur-Bialy, Ewa Pocheć, Marcin Zarawski
Irisin, an adipomiokine known as a mediator of physical activity, induces the browning of adipose tissue and it has potentially protective properties in the development of obesity-related states, such as insulin resistance, arteriosclerosis, and type 2 diabetes. Despite numerous studies conducted on this factor, still little is known about its impact on the functioning of immunocompetent cells, but its potential anti-inflammatory properties were previously suggested. In the current study we investigated the role of irisin (0-100 nM) in the downstream pathway activation of Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) in RAW 264...
March 25, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346138/dilation-of-fusion-pores-by-crowding-of-snare-proteins
#8
Zhenyong Wu, Oscar D Bello, Sathish Thiyagarajan, Sarah Marie Auclair, Wensi Vennekate, Shyam S Krishnakumar, Ben O'Shaughnessy, Erdem Karatekin
Hormones and neurotransmitters are released through fluctuating exocytotic fusion pores that can flicker open and shut multiple times. Cargo release and vesicle recycling depend on the fate of the pore, which may reseal or dilate irreversibly. Pore nucleation requires zippering between vesicle-associated v- and target membrane t-SNAREs, but the mechanisms governing the subsequent pore dilation are not understood. Here, we probed dilation of single fusion pores using v-SNARE-reconstituted ~23 nm diameter discoidal nanolipoprotein particles (vNLPs) as fusion partners with cells ectopically expressing cognate, 'flipped' t-SNAREs...
March 27, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345936/co-registered-molecular-logic-gate-with-a-co-releasing-molecule-triggered-by-light-and-peroxide
#9
Upendar Reddy Gandra, Jörg Axthelm, Patrick Hoffmann, Nandaraj Taye, Steve Glaeser, Helmar Görls, Samantha L Hopkins, Winfried Plass, Ute Neugebauer, Sylvestre Bonnet, Alexander Schiller
Co-registered molecular logic gates combine two different in- and outputs, such as light and matter. We introduce a biocompatible CO-releasing molecule (CORM A) as Mn(I) tricarbonyl complex with the ligand 5-(dimethylamino)-N, N-bis(pyridin-2-ylmethyl) naphthalene-1-sulfonamide (L). CO release is chaperoned by turn-on fluorescence and can be triggered by light (405 nm) as well as with hydrogen peroxide in aqueous phosphate buffer. Complex A behaves as a logic OR gate via co-registering the inputs of irradia-tion (light) and peroxide (matter) into the concomitant outputs fluorescence (light) and CO (matter)...
March 27, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345935/targeting-self-binding-peptides-as-a-novel-strategy-to-regulate-protein-activity-and-function-a-case-study-on-the-proto-oncogene-tyrosine-protein-kinase-c-src
#10
Zhengya Bai, Shasha Hou, Shilei Zhang, Zhongyan Li, Peng Zhou
Previously, we have reported a new biomolecular phenomenon spanning between protein folding and binding, termed as self-binding peptides (SBPs), where a short peptide segment in monomeric protein functions as molecular switch by dynamically binding to/unbinding from its cognate domain in the monomer (Yang C, Zhang S, He P, Wang C, Huang J, Zhou P. Self-binding peptides: folding or binding? J. Chem. Inf. MODEL: 2015, 55: 329-342). Here, we attempt to raise the SBP as a new class of druggable targets to regulate the biological activity and function of proteins...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345926/band-gap-opening-induced-by-the-structural-periodicity-in-epitaxial-graphene-buffer-layer
#11
Maya Narayanan Nair, Irene Palacio, Arlensiú Celis, Alberto Zobelli, Alexandre Gloter, Stefan Kubsky, Jean-Philippe Turmaud, Matthew Conrad, Claire Berger, Walter de Heer, Edward Henry Conrad, Amina Taleb-Ibrahimi, Antonio Tejeda
The epitaxial graphene buffer layer on the Si face of hexagonal SiC shows a promising band gap, which precise origin remains to be understood. In this work, we correlate the electronic to the atomic structure of the buffer layer by combining angle resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES), scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and high-resolution scanning transmission electron microscopy (HR-STEM). We show that the band structure in the buffer has an electronic periodicity related to the structural periodicity observed in STM images and published X-ray diffraction...
March 27, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345900/fluorescence-and-radio-labeling-of-lys-4-nle-17-30-hpp-yields-molecular-tools-for-the-npy-y4-receptor
#12
Stefanie Dukorn, Timo Littmann, Max Keller, Kilian Konrad Kuhn, Chiara Cabrele, Paul Baumeister, Günther Bernhardt, Armin Buschauer
The neuropeptide Y (NPY) Y4 receptor (Y4R) is involved in energy homeostasis and considered as a potential drug target for the treatment of obesity. Only a few molecular tools, i. e., radiolabeled and fluorescent ligands, for the investigation of the Y4R were reported. Previously, [Lys(4)]hPP proved to be an appropriate full-length PP analog to prepare a fluorescent ligand by derivatization at the ε-amino group. To preclude oxidation upon long-term storage, we replaced the two methionine residues in [Lys(4)]hPP by norleucine and prepared the corresponding [(3)H]propionylated ([(3)H]12) and cyanine labeled (13) peptides, which were characterized and compared with a set of reference compounds in binding (Y1, Y2, Y4 and Y5 receptors) and functional (luciferase gene reporter, β-arrestin-1, -2) Y4R assays...
March 27, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345874/delivery-of-pesticides-to-plant-parasitic-nematodes-using-tobacco-mild-green-mosaic-virus-as-a-nanocarrier
#13
Paul L Chariou, Nicole F Steinmetz
Plant parasitic nematodes are a major burden to the global agricultural industry, causing a $157 billion loss each year in crop production worldwide. Effective treatment requires large doses of nematicides to be applied, putting the environment and human health at risk. Challenges are to treat nematodes that are located deep within the soil, feeding on the roots of plants. To attack the problem at its roots, we propose the use of tobacco mild green mosaic virus (TMGMV), an EPA-approved herbicide as a carrier to deliver nematicides...
March 27, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345873/impact-of-semiconducting-perylene-diimide-nanoparticle-size-on-lymph-node-mapping-and-cancer-imaging
#14
Zhen Yang, Rui Tian, Jinjun Wu, Quli Fan, Bryant C Yung, Gang Niu, Orit Jacobson, Zhantong Wang, Gang Liu, Guocan Yu, Wei Huang, Jibin Song, Xiaoyuan Chen
Semiconducting molecules of perylene diimide (PDI) with strong light absorption property in the near-infrared region and good biocompatibility have received increasing attention in the field of theranostics, especially as photoacoustic (PA) imaging agents. Herein, we report a series of [64Cu]-labeled PDI nanoparticles (NPs) of different sizes (30, 60, 100 and 200 nm) as dual positron emission tomography (PET) and PA imaging probes and photothermal therapy agents. The precise size control of the PDI NPs can be achieved by adjusting the initial concentration of PDI molecules in the self-assembly process, and the photophysical property of different sized PDI NPs was studied in detail...
March 27, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345781/apoptotic-pathways-of-macrophages-within-osteolytic-interface-membrane-in-periprosthestic-osteolysis-after-total-hip-replacement
#15
Guoyin Liu, Ting Guo, Yong Zhang, Naicheng Liu, Jiangning Chen, Jianmin Chen, Junfeng Zhang, Jianning Zhao
Macrophage apoptosis in interface membrane, which occurs through either death receptor, mitochondrion, or endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress pathways, has been suggested to play an important role in promoting osteolysis. However, how and why macrophage apoptosis originates and the correlation among these apoptotic pathways is not yet clear. The objective of this study was to identify the apoptotic mechanism of macrophages, and to explore the relationship between the apoptotic pathways and progression of osteolysis...
March 27, 2017: APMIS: Acta Pathologica, Microbiologica, et Immunologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345715/ultralow-power-near-infrared-excited-neodymium-doped-nanoparticles-for-long-term-in-vivo-bioimaging
#16
Qing-Song Qin, Pei-Zhi Zhang, Ling-Dong Sun, Shuo Shi, Nai-Xiu Chen, Hao Dong, Xiao-Yu Zheng, Le-Min Li, Chun-Hua Yan
Lanthanide-doped luminescent nanoparticles with both emission and excitation in the near-infrared (NIR-to-NIR) region hold great promise for bioimaging. Herein, core@shell structured LiLuF4:Nd@LiLuF4 (named as Nd@Lu) nanoparticles (NPs) with highly efficient NIR emission were developed for high-performance in vivo bioimaging. Strikingly, the absolute quantum yield of Nd@Lu NPs reached as high as 32%. After coating with polyethylene glycol (PEG), the water-dispersible Nd@Lu NPs showed good bio-compatibility and low toxicity...
March 27, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345612/wafer-scale-fabrication-of-non-polar-mesoporous-gan-distributed-bragg-reflectors-via-electrochemical-porosification
#17
Tongtong Zhu, Yingjun Liu, Tao Ding, Wai Yuen Fu, John Jarman, Christopher Xiang Ren, R Vasant Kumar, Rachel A Oliver
Distributed Bragg reflectors (DBRs) are essential components for the development of optoelectronic devices. For many device applications, it is highly desirable to achieve not only high reflectivity and low absorption, but also good conductivity to allow effective electrical injection of charges. Here, we demonstrate the wafer-scale fabrication of highly reflective and conductive non-polar gallium nitride (GaN) DBRs, consisting of perfectly lattice-matched non-polar (11-20) GaN and mesoporous GaN layers that are obtained by a facile one-step electrochemical etching method without any extra processing steps...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345607/time-and-dose-dependent-actions-of-cardiotonic-steroids-on-transcriptome-and-intracellular-content-of-na-and-k-a-comparative-analysis
#18
Elizaveta A Klimanova, Artem M Tverskoi, Svetlana V Koltsova, Svetlana V Sidorenko, Olga D Lopina, Johanne Tremblay, Pavel Hamet, Leonid V Kapilevich, Sergei N Orlov
Recent studies demonstrated that in addition to Na(+),K(+)-ATPase inhibition cardiotonic steroids (CTSs) affect diverse intracellular signaling pathways. This study examines the relative impact of [Na(+)]i/[K(+)]i-mediated and -independent signaling in transcriptomic changes triggered by the endogenous CTSs ouabain and marinobufagenin (MBG) in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC). We noted that prolongation of incubation increased the apparent affinity for ouabain estimated by the loss of [K(+)]i and gain of [Na(+)]i...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345581/potential-of-biosynthesized-silver-nanoparticles-using-stenotrophomonas-sp-bhu-s7-mtcc-5978-for-management-of-soil-borne-and-foliar-phytopathogens
#19
Sandhya Mishra, Braj Raj Singh, Alim H Naqvi, H B Singh
Stenotrophomonas sp. is emerging as a popular microbe of global concern with various potential ecological roles. Biosynthesis of gold and silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) using this bacterial strain has shown promising applications in life sciences. However, there is no report on efficient agricultural applications of biosynthesized AgNPs using Stenotrophomonas sp. In this regard, successful biosynthesis of AgNPs using Stenotrophomonas sp. BHU-S7 (MTCC 5978) was monitored by Uv-visible spectrum showing surface plasmon resonance (SPR) peak at 440 nm...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345446/inter-species-comparative-antioxidant-assay-and-hptlc-analysis-of-sakuranetin-in-the-chloroform-and-ethanol-extracts-of-aerial-parts-of-rhus-retinorrhoea-and-rhus-tripartita
#20
Perwez Alam, Mohammad Khalid Parvez, Ahmed Hassan Arbab, Nasir Ali Siddiqui, Mohammed Salem Al-Dosary, Adnan Jathlan Al-Rehaily, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Mohd Abul Kalam, Mohammad Shamim Ahmad
CONTEXT: Extensive research on Rhus (Anacardiaceae) shows their antioxidant potential, which warrants further evaluation of its other species. OBJECTIVE: To perform a comparative antioxidant assay on extracts of R. retinorrhoea and R. tripartita, including sakuranetin quantification by a validated HPTLC method. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In vitro antioxidant assay was performed on chloroform and ethanol extracts of R. retinorrhoea Steud. ex Oliv...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
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