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Heinrich Krobath, Tao Chen, Hue Sun Chan
Volumetric properties of proteins bear directly on their biological functions in hyperbaric environments and are useful in general as a biophysical probe. To gain insight into conformation-dependent protein volume, we developed an implicit-solvent atomic chain model that transparently embodies two physical origins of volume. First, a fundamental geometric term capturing the van der Waals volume of the protein and the particulate, finite-size nature of the water molecules, modeled together by the volume encased by the protein's molecular surface...
October 24, 2016: Biochemistry
Xueling Feng, Kaihuan Zhang, Peng Chen, Xiaofeng Sui, Mark A Hempenius, Bo Liedberg, G Julius Vancso
Highly swellable, dual-responsive hydrogels, consisting of thermo-responsive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM) and redox-responsive poly(ferrocenylsilane) (PFS) based poly(ionic liquid)s (PILs) are formed by photo-polymerization. PFS chains bearing cross-linkable vinylimidazolium (VIm) side groups are copolymerized with NIPAM in aqueous solutions under ultraviolet light (λ = 365 nm) in the presence of a photoinitiator. The PFS-PILs serve as a macro-cross-linker and also provide redox responsiveness. The swelling ratio, morphology, and lower critical solution temperature (LCST) of the hydrogels are studied as a function of the PNIPAM/PFS ratio...
October 24, 2016: Macromolecular Rapid Communications
Nor Hasrul Akhmal Ngadiman, Noordin Mohd Yusof, Ani Idris, Effaliza Misran, Denni Kurniawan
The use of electrospinning process in fabricating tissue engineering scaffolds has received great attention in recent years due to its simplicity. The nanofibers produced via electrospinning possessed morphological characteristics similar to extracellular matrix of most tissue components. Porosity plays a vital role in developing tissue engineering scaffolds because it influences the biocompatibility performance of the scaffolds. In this study, maghemite (γ-Fe2O3) was mixed with polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and subsequently electrospun to produce nanofibers...
January 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Keith J Stine, Kenise Jefferson, Olga V Shulga
Nanoporous gold (NPG) is a material of emerging interest for immobilization of biomolecules, especially enzymes. The material provides a high surface area form of gold that is suitable for physisorption or for covalent modification by self-assembled monolayers. The material can be used as a high surface area electrode and with immobilized enzymes can be used for amperometric detection schemes. NPG can be prepared in a variety of formats from alloys containing between 20 and 50 % atomic composition of gold and less noble element(s) by dealloying procedures...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Xingxing Zhou, Anneng Yang, Zhongbing Huang, Guangfu Yin, Ximing Pu, Juan Jin
Extracellular matrix (ECM) can promote peripheral nerve repair. In this study, a conductive fiber-film (CFF) with core-sheath structure and conductivity of ∼10Scm(-1) was prepared by electrospinning of aligned poly(l-lactide acid) (PLLA) fibers and electrochemical deposition of polypyrole (PPy) nanoparticles. Then the multiple components of ECM, including laminin, fibronectin and collagen, were coated on the surface of CFF by culturing and lysing L929 cells to fabricate the bioactive scaffold of ECM-linked CFF (ECM-CFF)...
October 11, 2016: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
Ke Yuan, Sang Soo Lee, Vincent De Andrade, Neil C Sturchio, Paul Fenter
The mobility of toxic elements, such as lead (Pb) can be attenuated by adsorption, incorporation, and precipitation on carbonate minerals in subsurface environments. Here, we report a study of the bulk transformation of single-crystal calcite (CaCO3) into polycrystalline cerussite (PbCO3) through reaction with acidic Pb-bearing solutions. This reaction began with the growth of a cerussite shell on top of calcite surfaces followed by the replacement of the remaining calcite core. The external shape of the original calcite was preserved by a balance between calcite dissolution and cerussite growth controlled by adjusting the Pb(2)(+) concentration and pH...
October 21, 2016: Environmental Science & Technology
Toshiko Harada, Yuko Nakamura, Kazuhide Sato, Tadanobu Nagaya, Shuhei Okuyama, Fusa Ogata, Peter L Choyke, Hisataka Kobayashi
Near-infrared photoimmunotherapy (NIR-PIT) is a highly cell-selective cancer therapy based on an armed antibody conjugated with a phthalocyanine-based photo-absorber, IRDye700DX (IR700). NIR-PIT can quickly kill target cells that express specific proteins on the cellular membrane but only when the antibody-IR700 conjugate binds to the cell membrane and is then exposed to NIR light. NIR-PIT is highly selective based on the specificity of the antibody. Galactosyl serum albumin (GSA) is composed of albumin decorated with galactose molecules conjugated to the carboxyl groups of albumin...
October 17, 2016: Oncotarget
Hongliang Liu, Lili Sang, Shuchai Xu, Bojian Chen
Osteoid osteomas are most likely to occur in the talar neck and can be classified as cortical, cancellous, or subperiosteal according to the position of the tumor nidus. However, cases located on the bearing surface of the talus are rare. Herein, the patient presented with an osteoid osteoma on the bearing surface of the talus and achieved good curative effects with arthroscopic resection associated with autologous iliac crest graft.
September 2, 2016: Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association
Man Kyu Shim, Hong Yeol Yoon, Ju Hee Ryu, Heebeom Koo, Sangmin Lee, Jae Hyung Park, Jong-Ho Kim, Seulki Lee, Martin G Pomper, Ick Chan Kwon, Kwangmeyung Kim
Recently, metabolic glycoengineering with bioorthogonal click reactions has focused on improving the tumor targeting efficiency of nanoparticles as delivery vehicles for anticancer drugs or imaging agents. It is the key technique for developing tumor-specific metabolic precursors that can generate unnatural glycans on the tumor-cell surface. A cathepsin B-specific cleavable substrate (KGRR) conjugated with triacetylated N-azidoacetyl-d-mannosamine (RR-S-Ac3 ManNAz) was developed to enable tumor cells to generate unnatural glycans that contain azide groups...
October 20, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
Ming Han Lincoln Liow, Young-Min Kwon
The potential advantages of contemporary MoM THA implants include less volumetric wear with subsequent reduction of polyethylene wear-induced osteolysis and greater component stability with use of large-diameter femoral heads. However, there have been concerns regarding significantly elevated revision rates in MoM THA due to MoM-related complications such as adverse local tissue reaction (pseudotumour) formation. The increased failure rate in MoM hip arthroplasty is associated with the generation of biologically active, nanometer sized metal particles from the MoM bearing surfaces and taper junctions, which result in the development of a localized, adverse periprosthetic soft tissue response...
October 20, 2016: International Orthopaedics
Chang Woo Kim, Young Min Rhee
Constructing a reliable potential energy surface (PES) is a key step toward computationally studying chemical dynamics of any molecular system. The interpolation scheme is a useful tool that can closely follow the accuracy of quantum chemical means at a dramatically reduced computational cost. However, applying interpolation for building a PES of a large molecule is not a straightforward black-box approach, as it frequently encounters practical difficulties associated with its large dimensionality. Here, we present detailed courses of applying interpolation toward building a PES of a large chromophore molecule...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
Marianne H Gillam, Nicole L Pratt, Maria C S Inacio, Elizabeth E Roughead, Sepehr Shakib, Stephen J Nicholls, Stephen E Graves
Background and purpose - It is unclear whether metal particles and ions produced by mechanical wear and corrosion of hip prostheses with metal-on-metal (MoM) bearings have systemic adverse effects on health. We compared the risk of heart failure in patients with conventional MoM total hip arthroplasty (THA) and in those with metal-on-polyethylene (MoP) THA. Patients and methods - We conducted a retrospective cohort study using data from the Australian Government Department of Veterans' Affairs health claims database on patients who received conventional THA for osteoarthritis between 2004 and 2012...
October 19, 2016: Acta Orthopaedica
Linan Wang, Ning Ma, Sachiko Okamoto, Yasunori Amaishi, Eiichi Sato, Naohiro Seo, Junichi Mineno, Kazutoh Takesako, Takuma Kato, Hiroshi Shiku
Carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) is a cell surface antigen highly expressed in various cancer cell types and in healthy tissues. It has the potential to be a target for chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-modified T-cell therapy; however, the safety of this approach in terms of on-target/off-tumor effects needs to be determined. To address this issue in a clinically relevant model, we used a mouse model in which the T cells expressing CEA-specific CAR were transferred into tumor-bearing CEA-transgenic (Tg) mice that physiologically expressed CEA as a self-antigen...
2016: Oncoimmunology
Lorenzo Calisti, Irene Benni, Matilde Cardoso Trabuco, Paola Baiocco, Barbara Ruzicka, Alberto Boffi, Elisabetta Falvo, Francesco Malatesta, Alessandra Bonamore
BACKGROUND: A set of engineered ferritin mutants from Archaeoglobus fulgidus (Af-Ft) and Pyrococcus furiosus (Pf-Ft) bearing cysteine thiols in selected topological positions inside or outside the ferritin shell have been obtained. The two apo-proteins were taken as model systems for ferritin internal cavity accessibility in that Af-Ft is characterized by the presence of a 45Å wide aperture on the protein surface whereas Pf-Ft displays canonical (threefold) channels. METHODS: Thiol reactivity has been probed in kinetic experiments in order to assess the protein matrix permeation properties towards the bulky thiol reactive DTNB (5,5'-dithiobis-2-nitrobenzoic acid) molecule...
October 15, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Yuki Sakamoto, Shuichi Fujita, Masaki Adachi, Hiroshi Sakamoto, Tomofumi Naruse, Souichi Yanamoto, Toru Ikeda, Masahiro Umeda
Carcinoma ex pleomorphic adenoma (CEPA) is a carcinoma that shows histologic evidence of arising in or from a benign pleomorphic adenoma. Carcinoma ex pleomorphic adenoma often occurs in parotid glands, but is extremely rarely in the tongue. A 53-year-old Japanese woman was referred to the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Nagasaki University Hospital, because of tumor of the right dorsum tongue. She had a history of surgery of breast cancer (invasive ductal carcinoma) and it was disseminated to the lung and bone...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
Jessica Bollyn, Mathias Nijsen, Stijn Baken, Iris J Joye, Nadia Waegeneers, Geert Cornelis, Erik Smolders
Iron oxyhydroxide nanoparticles (Fe-NPs) are natural vectors of phosphate (PO4) in the environment. Their mobility is determined by colloidal stability, which is affected by surface composition. This might be manipulated in engineered NPs for environmental or agricultural applications. Here, stability of PO4-Fe-NPs (HFO/goethite) was determined across contrasting environmental conditions (pH, Ca) and by using fulvates (FA) and polyphosphates as coatings. The PO4-Fe-NPs are unstable at Ca concentrations above 0...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Ruta Grinyte, Javier Barroso, Marco Möller, Laura Saa, Valeri Pavlov
Electrochemical detection strategies employing semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) open up new opportunities for highly sensitive detection of biological targets. We designed new a assay based on microbead linked enzymatic generation of CdS QDs (Microbead QD-ELISA) and employed it in optical and electrochemical affinity assays for the cancer biomarker superoxide dismutase 2 (SOD2). Biotinylated antibodies against SOD2 were immobilized on the surface of polyvinyl chloride microbeads bearing streptavidin. In order to prevent any non specific adsorption the microbeads were further blocked with bovine serum albumin...
October 18, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Ioanna Eleftheriadou, Ioannis Manolaras, Elaine E Irvine, Michael Dieringer, Antonio Trabalza, Nicholas D Mazarakis
OBJECTIVE: We have previously described the generation of coxsackievirus and adenovirus receptor (α CAR)-targeted vector, and shown that intramuscular delivery in mouse leg muscles resulted in specific retrograde transduction of lumbar-motor neurons (MNs). Here, we utilized the α CAR-targeted vector to investigate the in vivo neuroprotective effects of lentivirally expressed IGF-1 for inducing neuronal survival and ameliorating the neuropathology and behavioral phenotypes of the SOD1(G93A) mouse model of ALS...
October 2016: Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
H Chen, T Zhao, Y Wang, Y C Sun
OBJECTIVE: To establish a digital method for production of custom trays for edentulous jaws using fused deposition modeling (FDM) based on three-dimensional (3D) scans of primary jaw impressions, and to quantitatively evaluate the accuracy. METHODS: A red modeling compound was used to make a primary impression of a standard maxillary edentulous plaster model. The plaster model data and the primary impression tissue surface data were obtained using a 3D scanner. In the Gemomagic 2012 software, several commands were used, such as interactive drawing curves, partial filling holes, local offset, bodily offset, bodily shell, to imitate clinical procedures of drawing tray boundary, filling undercut, buffer, and generating the tray body...
October 18, 2016: Beijing da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Peking University. Health Sciences
Petr Porcal, Kristýna Frejlachová, Jiří Kopáček, Jiří Nedoma, Tereza Šavrdová
The photochemical transformation of terrestrial dissolved organic carbon (DOC) in surface waters exposed to UV radiation causes the precipitation of metal (Al and Fe) bearing complexes with high phosphorus sorption capacities. To better elucidate this process, a series of laboratory experiments was performed with stream and river waters with pH range from 3.5 to 8.2 and concentrations of dissolved reactive phosphorus from 2 to 142 μg L(-1). Samples were filtered (0.4 μm) and UV (350 nm) irradiated for 24 h at 68 W m(-2), i...
October 12, 2016: Chemosphere
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