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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445728/blocking-surgically-induced-lysyl-oxidase-activity-reduces-the-risk-of-lung-metastases
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Chen Rachman-Tzemah, Shelly Zaffryar-Eilot, Moran Grossman, Dario Ribero, Michael Timaner, Joni M Mäki, Johanna Myllyharju, Francesco Bertolini, Dov Hershkovitz, Irit Sagi, Peleg Hasson, Yuval Shaked
Surgery remains the most successful curative treatment for cancer. However, some patients with early-stage disease who undergo surgery eventually succumb to distant metastasis. Here, we show that in response to surgery, the lungs become more vulnerable to metastasis due to extracellular matrix remodeling. Mice that undergo surgery or that are preconditioned with plasma from donor mice that underwent surgery succumb to lung metastases earlier than controls. Increased lysyl oxidase (LOX) activity and expression, fibrillary collagen crosslinking, and focal adhesion signaling contribute to this effect, with the hypoxic surgical site serving as the source of LOX...
April 25, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445035/characteristics-of-reduced-graphene-oxide-quantum-dots-for-a-flexible-memory-thin-film-transistor
#2
Yo-Han Kim, Eun Yeol Lee, Hyun Ho Lee, Tae Seok Seo
Reduced graphene oxide quantum dot (rGOQD) devices in formats of capacitor and thin film transistor (TFT) were demonstrated and examined as the first trial to achieve non-ambipolar channel property. In addition, through gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) layer embedded between the rGOQD active channel and dielectric layer, memory capacitor and TFT performances were realized by capacitance-voltage (C-V) hysteresis and gate program, erase, and reprogram biases. First, capacitor structure of the rGOQD memory device was constructed to examine memory charging effect featured in hysteretic C-V behavior with a 30 nm dielectric layer of crosslinked polyvinyl alcohol (PVA)...
April 26, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443925/the-effect-of-ligand-ligand-interactions-on-the-formation-of-photoluminescent-gold-nanoclusters-embedded-in-au-i-thiolate-supramolecules
#3
Hsiang-Yu Chang, Yu-Ting Tseng, Zhiqin Yuan, Hung-Lung Chou, Ching-Hsiang Chen, Bing-Joe Hwang, Meng-Che Tsai, Huan-Tsung Chang, Chih-Ching Huang
In this study, we prepared photoluminescent l-cysteine (Cys)-capped gold nanoclusters (Cys-Au NCs) via NaBH4-mediated reduction of aggregated coordination polymers (supramolecules) of -[Cys-Au(i)]n-. The -[Cys-Au(i)]n- supramolecules with interesting chiral properties were formed through simple reactions of chloroauric acid (HAuCl4) with Cys at certain pH values (pH 3-7). The -[Cys-Au(i)]n- polymers could self-assemble into -[Cys-Au(i)]n- supramolecules with irregular morphologies and diameters larger than 500 nm through stacked hydrogen bonding and zwitterionic interactions between Cys ligands and through Au(i)Au(i) aurophilic interactions in solutions with pH values ≤7...
April 26, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443878/influence-of-high-energy-electron-irradiation-on-the-network-structure-of-gelatin-hydrogels-as-investigated-by-small-angle-x-ray-scattering-saxs
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Emilia I Wisotzki, Paolo Tempesti, Emiliano Fratini, Stefan G Mayr
The impact of high energy crosslinking on the network structure of gelatin hydrogels was investigated in comparison to physically entangled gels by small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). Physically entangled gelatin of increasing concentration exhibited a nearly constant correlation length of several nanometers. These gels had scattering behavior close to that of polymer coils swollen in a good solvent, as evidenced by the Porod exponent of 1.8. The mass fractal dimension decreased towards 1, indicating increased formation of semiflexible gelatin triple helices and rod-like structures as a function of the gelatin concentration...
April 26, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443850/selective-adsorption-of-carbohydrates-and-glycoproteins-via-molecularly-imprinted-hydrogels-application-to-visible-detection-by-a-boronic-acid-monomer
#5
Takuya Kubo, Hayato Furuta, Toyohiro Naito, Tomoharu Sano, Koji Otsuka
Selective adsorption of carbohydrates and glycoproteins was effectively achieved by molecularly imprinted hydrogels (MIHs) with a poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG)-based crosslinker and 4-vinylphenylboronic acid. In addition, an MIH with a novel boronic acid monomer provided selective adsorption and enabled visible detection of fructose.
April 26, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442758/an-amidase_3-domain-containing-n-acetylmuramyl-l-alanine-amidase-is-required-for-mycobacterial-cell-division
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Sibusiso Senzani, Dong Li, Ashima Bhaskar, Christopher Ealand, James Chang, Binayak Rimal, Chengyin Liu, Sung Joon Kim, Neeraj Dhar, Bavesh Kana
Mycobacteria possess a multi-layered cell wall that requires extensive remodelling during cell division. We investigated the role of an amidase_3 domain-containing N-acetylmuramyl-L-alanine amidase, a peptidoglycan remodelling enzyme implicated in cell division. We demonstrated that deletion of MSMEG_6281 (Ami1) in Mycobacterium smegmatis resulted in the formation of cellular chains, illustrative of cells that were unable to complete division. Suprisingly, viability in the Δami1 mutant was maintained through atypical lateral branching, the products of which proceeded to form viable daughter cells...
April 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441880/a-three-dimensional-collagen-fiber-network-model-of-the-extracellular-matrix-for-the-simulation-of-the-mechanical-behaviors-and-micro-structures
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Shoubin Dong, Zetao Huang, Liqun Tang, Xiaoyang Zhang, Yongrou Zhang, Yi Jiang
The extracellular matrix (ECM) provides structural and biochemical support to cells and tissues, which is a critical factor for modulating cell dynamic behavior and intercellular communication. In order to further understand the mechanisms of the interactive relationship between cell and the ECM, we developed a three-dimensional (3D) collagen-fiber network model to simulate the micro structure and mechanical behaviors of the ECM and studied the stress-strain relationship as well as the deformation of the ECM under tension...
April 26, 2017: Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441503/robust-uniform-and-highly-emissive-quantum-dot-polymer-films-and-patterns-using-thiol-ene-chemistry
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Markus Smith, Sidney T Malak, Jaehan Jung, Young Jun Yoon, Chun Hao Lin, Sunghan Kim, Kyung Min Lee, Ruilong Ma, Timothy J White, Timothy J Bunning, Zhiqun Lin, Vladimir V Tsukruk
This work demonstrates a facile and versatile method for generating low scattering crosslinked quantum dots (QD)-polymer composite films and patterned highly emissive structures with ultra-high QD loading, minimal phase-separation, and tunable mechanical properties. Uniform QD-polymer films are fabricated using thiol-ene chemistry, in which cross-linked polymer networks are rapidly produced in ambient conditions via fast UV polymerization in bulk to suppress QD aggregation. UV-controlled thiol-ene chemistry limits phase separation through producing highly QD loaded crosslinked composites with loading rate above majority of those reported in literature (<1%) and approaching 30%...
April 25, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441501/hooked-on-cryogels-a-carbamate-linker-based-depot-for-slow-drug-release
#9
Duygu Aydin, Mehmet Arslan, Amitav Sanyal, Rana Sanyal
Poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) based bulk hydrogels and cryogels containing activated carbonate groups as amine reactive handles to facilitate drug conjugations through carbamate linkages were fabricated and evaluated as slow releasing drug reservoirs. As an initial approach, photopolymerization of N-hydroxysuccinimide (NHS)-activated carbonate functional group containing monomer and PEG-methacrylate in the presence of a crosslinker was utilized to obtain bulk hydrogels with high gel conversions. The resultant hydrogels possessed moderate water uptake (170-340 %) which was dependent on the monomer ratios...
April 25, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441009/bisazide-cyanine-dyes-as-fluorogenic-probes-for-bis-cyclooctynylated-peptide-tags-and-as-fluorogenic-crosslinkers-of-cyclooctynylated-proteins
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Orsolya Demeter, Attila Kormos, Christine Koehler, Gábor Mezõ, Krisztina Németh, Eszter Kozma, Levente Takacs, Edward A Lemke, Peter Kele
Herein we present the synthesis and fluorogenic characterization of a series of double-quenched bisazide cyanine probes with emission maxima between 565-580 nm that can participate in covalent, two-point binding bioorthogonal tagging schemes in combination with bis-cyclooctynylated peptides. Compared to other fluorogenic cyanines these double-quenched systems showed remarkable fluorescence intensity increase upon formation of cyclic dye-peptide conjugates. Furthermore, we also demonstrated that these bisazides are useful fluorogenic crosslinking platforms that are able to form a covalent linkage between monocyclooctynylated proteins...
April 25, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440746/dual-interaction-of-scaffold-protein-tim44-of-mitochondrial-import-motor-with-channel-forming-translocase-subunit-tim23
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See-Yeun Ting, Nicholas L Yan, Brenda A Schilke, Elizabeth A Craig
Proteins destined for the mitochondrial matrix are targeted to the inner membrane Tim17/23 translocon by their presequences. Inward movement is driven by the matrix-localized, Hsp70-based motor. The scaffold Tim44, interacting with the matrix face of the translocon, recruits other motor subunits and binds incoming presequence. The basis of these interactions and their functional relationships remains unclear. Using site-specific in vivo crosslinking and genetic approaches in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, we found that both domains of Tim44 interact with the major matrix-exposed loop of Tim23, with the C-terminal domain (CTD) binding Tim17 as well...
April 25, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439516/engineering-muscle-networks-in-3d-gelatin-methacryloyl-hydrogels-influence-of-mechanical-stiffness-and-geometrical-confinement
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Marco Costantini, Stefano Testa, Ersilia Fornetti, Andrea Barbetta, Marcella Trombetta, Stefano Maria Cannata, Cesare Gargioli, Alberto Rainer
In this work, the influence of mechanical stiffness and geometrical confinement on the 3D culture of myoblast-laden gelatin methacryloyl (GelMA) photo-crosslinkable hydrogels was evaluated in terms of in vitro myogenesis. We formulated a set of cell-laden GelMA hydrogels with a compressive modulus in the range 1 ÷ 17 kPa, obtained by varying GelMA concentration and degree of cross-linking. C2C12 myoblasts were chosen as the cell model to investigate the supportiveness of different GelMA hydrogels toward myotube formation up to 2 weeks...
2017: Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439061/-calcium-and-bone-metabolism-across-women-s-life-stages-bone-quality-and-treatment-of-osteoporosis-by-serm
#13
Mitsuru Saito, Keishi Marumo
Estrogen deficiency induces bone resorption and bone collagen crosslink abnormalities such as reductions in enzymatic cross-links and accumulation of Advanced glycation end products(AGEs). In this review, we described that the mechanism of poor bone quality in estrogen deficiency and how selective estrogen receptor modulators such as raloxifene and bazedoxifene improve bone structural and material properties.
2017: Clinical Calcium
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438703/multilayered-membranes-with-tuned-well-arrays-to-be-used-as-regenerative-patches
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Nádia I Martins, Maria P Sousa, Catarina A Custódio, Vânia C Pinto, Paulo J Sousa, Graça Minas, Franck Cleymand, João F Mano
Membranes have been explored as patches in tissue repair and regeneration, most of them presenting a flat geometry or a patterned texture at the nano/micrometer scale. Herein, a new concept of a flexible membrane featuring well arrays forming pore-like environments to accommodate cell culture is proposed. The processing of such membranes using polysaccharides is based on the production of multilayers using the layer-by-layer methodology over a patterned PDMS substrate. The detached multilayered membrane exhibits a layer of open pores at one side and a total thickness of 38 ± 2...
April 21, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438549/poly-methyl-vinyl-ether-co-maleic-acid-pectin-based-hydrogel-forming-systems-gel-film-and-microneedles
#15
Yusuf Kemal Demir, Ayşegül Ülkü Metin, Betül Şatıroğlu, Mehmet Ertuğrul Solmaz, Veysel Kayser, Karsten Mäder
Cross-linking of natural and synthetic polymers is widely explored to achieve the desired material properties (mechanical strength, drug loading capacity, swelling and erosion rates). However, the potential of polymers produced by crosslinking poly (methyl vinyl ether-co-maleic acid) (PMVE/MA) and pectin (PE) in pharmaceutics is mainly unexplored so far. We have investigated the effect of various esterification conditions and pectin content on the physicochemical properties. Materials have been characterized by fourier transform infrared, differential scanning calorimetry and scanning electron microscopy...
April 21, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437702/cascade-post-polymerization-modification-of-single-pentafluorophenyl-ester-bearing-homopolymer-as-a-facile-route-to-redox-responsive-nanogels
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Susita Noree, Varawut Tangpasuthadol, Suda Kiatkamjornwong, Voravee P Hoven
Poly(pentafluorophenyl methacrylate) (PPFPMA) was first subjected to post-polymerization modification with oligo(ethylene glycol) methyl ether amine (OEG-NH2) and yielded poly(pentafluorophenyl methacrylate)-co-poly(oligo(ethylene glycol methacrylamide)), PPFPMA-co-POEGMAM. These amphiphilic random copolymers can self-assemble into micellar nanoparticles in water having sizes less than 100nm. By tandemly reacting the pentafluorophenyl (PFP) groups in the copolymeric nanoparticles with a dithiol crosslinker, cystamine, redox-responsive nanogels can be formed...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437578/klrg1-impairs-treg-competitive-fitness-in-the-gut
#17
Holger Meinicke, Anna Bremser, Maria Brack, Klaudia Schrenk, Hanspeter Pircher, Ana Izcue
Immune homeostasis requires the tight, tissue-specific control of the different CD4(+) Foxp3(+) regulatory T cells (Treg) populations. The cadherin-binding inhibitory receptor KLRG1 is expressed by a subpopulation of Treg with GATA3(+) effector phenotype. Although such Treg are important for the immune balance, especially in the gut, the role of KLRG1 in Treg has not been assessed. Using KLRG1 KO mice, we found that KLRG1 deficiency does not affect Treg frequencies in spleen, mesenteric lymph nodes or intestine, or frequencies of GATA3(+) Treg in the gut...
April 24, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437331/do-the-position-and-orientation-of-the-crosslink-influence-the-stiffness-of-spinal-instrumentation
#18
Zhuo Wang, Toshihiko Sakakibara, Takamasa Yoshikawa, Tadashi Inaba, Yuichi Kasai
STUDY DESIGN: Biomechanical study of double-level pedicle screw constructs with or without crosslinks (CL) in an unstable model. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study is to investigate the optimal position and orientation of the CL. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Several reports have described biomechanical research on such CL, but no definite consensus has been reached regarding the effects. Very few studies have examined the position and orientation of the CL...
May 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437178/a-novel-injectable-recombinant-collagen-i-peptide-based-macroporous-microcarrier-allows-superior-expansion-of-c2c12-and-human-bone-marrow-derived-mesenchymal-stromal-cells-and-supports-deposition-of-mineralized-matrix
#19
Davide Confalonieri, Margherita La Marca, Elisabeth Marianna Wilhelmina Maria van Dongen, Heike Walles, Franziska Ehlicke
The development of scaffold formulations based on extracellular matrix-inspired synthetic materials constitutes an important resource for the advance of cell-based therapies in bone tissue engineering approaches, where both cell and scaffold implantation are often needed. Culturing cells on porous microcarriers (MCs) allows cell expansion in a three-dimensional microenvironment and constitutes a possible solution for minimally invasive cell and scaffold simultaneous delivery, but the reduced pore dimension and pore interconnection diameter of several commercially available microcarriers limits de facto cell ingrowth, and ultimately their suitability for in vivo cell delivery...
March 3, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437014/cyclodextrin-films-with-fast-solvent-transport-and-shape-selective-permeability
#20
Luis Francisco Villalobos, Tiefan Huang, Klaus-Viktor Peinemann
This study describes the molecular-level design of a new type of filtration membrane made of crosslinked cyclodextrins-inexpensive macrocycles of glucose, shaped like hollow truncated cones. The channel-like cavities of cyclodextrins spawn numerous paths of defined aperture in the separation layer that can effectively discriminate between molecules. The transport of molecules through these membranes is highly shape-sensitive. In addition, the presence of hydrophobic (cavity) and hydrophilic (ester-crosslinked outer part) domains in these films results in high permeances for both polar and nonpolar solvents...
April 24, 2017: Advanced Materials
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