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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936507/a-pyrene-modified-cobalt-salophen-complex-immobilized-on-multiwalled-carbon-nanotubes-acting-as-a-precursor-for-efficient-electrocatalytic-water-oxidation
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Ting-Ting Li, Jinjie Qian, Qianqian Zhou, Jian-Li Lin, Yue-Qing Zheng
Immobilization of earth-abundant water oxidation catalysts (WOCs) on carbon supports to produce functional electrodes for electrochemical water splitting is a crucial approach for future clean energy production. Herein we report the non-covalent immobilization of a pyrene-bearing cobalt(ii) Schiff base complex (2) on the surface of multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) to form a hybrid anode for electrocatalytic water oxidation. The 2/MWCNT anode displayed excellent catalytic activity and durability in neutral aqueous solution, and a catalytic current density of 1...
September 22, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936479/surface-coating-of-nanoparticles-reduces-background-inflammatory-activity-while-increasing-particle-uptake-and-delivery
#2
Brittany A Moser, Rachel C Steinhardt, Aaron P Esser-Kahn
In the study of host-pathogen interactions, vaccines and drug delivery, particulate delivery system are widely used to mimic pathogen size, pattern recognition receptor agonist presentation, and target cells or organs. However, some of the polymeric systems used in particulate delivery have inherent inflammatory properties that are variable and nonspecific. These properties enhance their adjuvant activity, but confound the analysis of signaling mechanisms. Here, we present a method for particle coating with minimal background immune activation via passivation of the surface with silica-silane...
February 13, 2017: ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935257/tetrac-conjugated-polymersomes-for-integrin-targeted-delivery-of-camptothecin-to-colon-adenocarcinoma-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
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Mona Alibolandi, Rouhollah Rezvani, Sara Amel Farzad, Seyed Mohammad Taghdisi, Khalil Abnous, Mohammad Ramezani
In this study, we prepared tetraiodothyroacetic acid (tetrac) conjugated PEG-PLGA polymersomes for the targeted delivery of camptothecin to colon adenocarcinoma. Tetrac, which binds to integrin αvβ3 with high affinity and specificity, was covalently conjugated to the surface of the PEGylated polymersomal formulation of camptothecin (CPT). The hydrodynamic and morphological properties of the prepared system were evaluated using TEM (transmission electron microscopy), SEM (scanning electron microscopy) and DLS (dynamic light scattering) experiments...
September 18, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933689/galk-based-suicide-vector-mediated-allelic-exchange-in-mycobacterium-abscessus
#4
Stacy A Gregoire, Joel Byam, Martin S Pavelka
Mycobacterium abscessus is a fast-growing environmental organism and an important emerging pathogen. It is highly resistant to many antibiotics and undergoes a smooth to rough colony morphology change that appears to be important for pathogenesis. Smooth environmental strains have a glycopeptidolipid (GPL) on the surface, while certain types of clinical strains are often rough and lack this GPL, due to mutations in biosynthetic genes or the mmpL4b transporter gene. We report here the development and evaluation of an allelic exchange system for unmarked alleles in M...
September 21, 2017: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931721/neuropeptidergic-integration-of-behavior-in-trichoplax-adhaerens-an-animal-without-synapses
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Adriano Senatore, Thomas S Reese, Carolyn L Smith
Trichoplax adhaerens is a flat, millimeter-sized marine animal that adheres to surfaces and grazes on algae. Trichoplax displays a repertoire of different feeding behaviors despite the apparent absence of a true nervous system with electrical or chemical synapses. It glides along surfaces to find food, propelled by beating cilia on cells at its ventral surface, and pauses during feeding by arresting ciliary beating. We found that when endomorphin-like peptides are applied to an animal, ciliary beating is arrested, mimicking natural feeding pauses...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929003/fatal-cobalt-toxicity-after-a-non-metal-on-metal-total-hip-arthroplasty
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Rinne M Peters, Pax Willemse, Paul C Rijk, Mels Hoogendoorn, Wierd P Zijlstra
This case illustrates the potential for systemic cobalt toxicity in non-metal-on-metal bearings and its potentially devastating consequences. We present a 71-year-old male with grinding sensations in his right hip following ceramic-on-ceramic total hip arthroplasty (THA). After diagnosing a fractured ceramic liner, the hip prosthesis was revised into a metal-on-polyethylene bearing. At one year postoperatively, X-rays and MARS-MRI showed a fixed reversed hybrid THA, with periarticular densities, flattening of the femoral head component, and a pattern of periarticular metal wear debris and pseudotumor formation...
2017: Case Reports in Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928840/a-cytokine-signal-inhibitor-for-rheumatoid-arthritis-enhances-cancer-metastasis-via-depletion-of-nk-cells-in-an-experimental-lung-metastasis-mouse-model-of-colon-cancer
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Hideki Shimaoka, Shinsuke Takeno, Kenji Maki, Takahide Sasaki, Suguru Hasegawa, Yuichi Yamashita
Current therapy for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) relies on global suppression of the immune response or specific blockade of inflammatory cytokines. However, it is unclear how immunosuppressants affect patients with cancer. Therefore, in the present study, the effect of three biological agents, tofacitinib, anti-mouse IL-6 receptor antibody (MR16-1) and etanercept, which are used for the treatment of RA diseases, on a tumor-bearing mouse model was investigated. The effect of the three agents was examined using a mouse lung-metastasis model with the murine colon 26 cancer cell line...
September 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928369/deformation-mechanics-of-non-planar-topologically-interlocked-assemblies-with-structural-hierarchy-and-varying-geometry
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Lee Djumas, George P Simon, Yuri Estrin, Andrey Molotnikov
Structural hierarchy is known to enhance the performance of many of Nature's materials. In this work, we apply the idea of hierarchical structure to topologically interlocked assemblies, obtained from measurements under point loading, undertaken on identical discrete block ensembles with matching non-planar surfaces. It was demonstrated that imposing a hierarchical structure adds to the load bearing capacity of topological interlocking assemblies. The deformation mechanics of these structures was also examined numerically by finite element analysis...
September 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928214/fishing-out-the-hidden-enemy-advances-in-detecting-and-measuring-latent-hiv-infected-cells
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Vinayaka R Prasad, Ganjam V Kalpana
The indomitable aspect of HIV-1 infection is not that HIV-1 proviral DNA is integrated into host DNA but that it can also turn itself off, remaining invisible to drug or immune surveillance. Thus, the goals of eradication include ways to precisely excise HIV-1 DNA or wake up the silent HIV-1 provirus and eliminate the infected cells thus identified. Methods to identify and fish out the latently infected cells or to delineate their characteristics are being rapidly developed. In 2016, Baxter et al. (A. E. Baxter, J...
September 19, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926929/response-characteristics-and-experimental-study-of-underground-magnetic-resonance-sounding-using-a-small-coil-sensor
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Shengwu Qin, Zhongjun Ma, Chuandong Jiang, Jun Lin, Yiguo Xue, Xinlei Shang, Zhiqiang Li
Due to its unique sensitivity to hydrogen protons, magnetic resonance sounding (MRS) is the only geophysical method that directly detects water and can provide nondestructive information on subsurface aquifer properties. The relationship between the surface MRS signal and the location and characteristics of aquifers using large-coil (typically 50-150 m) sensors has been discussed based on forward modelling and experiments. However, few researchers have studied underground MRS using a small-coil sensor. In this paper, a parametric study and a large-scale physical model test were conducted to shed light on the critical response characteristics of underground MRS using a small-coil sensor...
September 15, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924631/new-features-in-the-lipid-a-structure-of-brucella-suis-and-brucella-abortus-lipopolysaccharide
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Adriana C Casabuono, Cecilia Czibener, Mariela G Del Giudice, Ezequiel Valguarnera, Juan E Ugalde, Alicia S Couto
Brucellaceae are Gram-negative bacteria that cause brucellosis, one of the most distributed worldwide zoonosis, transmitted to humans by contact with either infected animals or their products. The lipopolysaccharide exposed on the cell surface has been intensively studied and is considered a major virulence factor of Brucella. In the last years, structural studies allowed the determination of new structures in the core oligosaccharide and the O-antigen of this lipopolysaccharide. In this work, we have reinvestigated the lipid A structure isolated from B...
September 18, 2017: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924159/live-bearing-without-placenta-physical-estimation-indicates-the-high-oxygen-supplying-ability-of-white-shark-uterus-to-the-embryo
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Taketeru Tomita, Ryo Nozu, Masaru Nakamura, Shohei Matsuzaki, Kei Miyamoto, Keiichi Sato
One of the mysteries of shark aplacental viviparity is the ability of the embryos to acquire oxygen from their mothers without a placental connection. It has been assumed that embryonic respiration in aplacental viviparous shark depends on oxygen from the uterine wall, although this hypothesis has not been confirmed quantitatively. Morphological observations of the uterine wall of white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) provided the first quantitative evidence to support the ability of the uterus to supply ample oxygen to the embryo of viviparous elasmobranchs...
September 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922155/phospho-tau-accumulation-and-structural-alterations-of-the-golgi-apparatus-of-cortical-pyramidal-neurons-in-the-p301s%C3%A2-tauopathy-mouse-model
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Alejandro Antón-Fernández, Jesús Merchán-Rubira, Jesús Avila, Félix Hernández, Javier DeFelipe, Alberto Muñoz
The Golgi apparatus (GA) is a highly dynamic organelle involved in the processing and sorting of cellular proteins. In Alzheimer's disease (AD), it has been shown to decrease in size and become fragmented in neocortical and hippocampal neuronal subpopulations. This fragmentation and decrease in size of the GA in AD has been related to the accumulation of hyperphosphorylated tau. However, the involvement of other pathological factors associated with the course of the disease, such as the extracellular accumulation of amyloid-β (Aβ) aggregates, cannot be ruled out, since both pathologies are present in AD patients...
September 8, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921909/first-natural-endocranial-cast-of-a-fossil-snake-cretaceous-of-patagonia-argentina
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Laura N Triviño, Adriana M Albino, María T Dozo, Jorge D Williams
In this study, we describe a natural endocranial cast included in a partially preserved medium-sized skull of the Upper Cretaceous South American snake Dinilysia patagonica. The endocast is composed of sedimentary filling of the cranial cavity in which the posterior brain, the vessels, the cranial nerves, and the inner ear surrounded by delicate semicircular canals, are represented. It is simple in form, with little differentiation between the three main areas (Forebrain, Midbrain and Hindbrain), and without flexures...
September 16, 2017: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919755/synthetic-high-density-lipoprotein-nanodisks-for-targeted-withalongolide-delivery-to-adrenocortical-carcinoma
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Rui Kuai, Chitra Subramanian, Peter T White, Barbara N Timmermann, James J Moon, Mark S Cohen, Anna Schwendeman
Adrenocortical carcinoma (ACC) is a rare endocrine malignancy and has a 5-year survival rate of <35%. ACC cells require cholesterol for steroid hormone production, and this requirement is met via expression on the cell surface of a high level of SRB1, responsible for the uptake of high-density lipoproteins (HDLs), which carry and transport cholesterol in vivo. Here, we describe how this natural lipid carrier function of SRB1 can be utilized to improve the tumor-targeted delivery of a novel natural product derivative - withalongolide A 4,19,27-triacetate (WGA-TA) - which has shown potent antitumor efficacy, but poor aqueous solubility...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919747/ge11-peptide-conjugated-nanoliposomes-to-enhance-the-combinational-therapeutic-efficacy-of-docetaxel-and-sirna-in-laryngeal-cancers
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Wei-Wei Xu, Da-Yu Liu, Ying-Chun Cao, Xiang-Yun Wang
In this study, dual therapeutic-loaded GE11 peptide-conjugated liposomes were developed and applied to enhance therapeutic efficacies of standard-of-care regimens for the treatment of laryngeal cancer. The therapeutic strategy used here was a combination treatment with the chemotherapeutic docetaxel (DTX) and siRNA against the ABCG2 gene that regulates multidrug resistance in many tumor types. Liposome-encapsulated DTX/ABCG2-siRNA molecules were targeted to recognize tumor cells of squamous morphology by conjugation to the EGFR-targeting ligand, GE11...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918299/the-prosthetic-rehabilitation-of-a-patient-with-a-lateral-postsurgical-defect-using-a-2-piece-magnet-retained-facial-prosthesis-a-clinical-report
#17
Kariem M Elhelow, Yasser E Al-Thobaiti, Abdurabu A Gomawi
Nonsurgical prosthetic interventions are often proposed after repeated grafts have failed to restore irradiated facial defects. This report describes a facial prosthetic reconstruction following ablative surgery for a sizable facial tumor by using a novel custom-made magnet-bearing substructure, which connected with an exposed part of the mandibular reconstruction plate. The defect involved the entire left lower part of the face and angle of the mentum. This reconstructive technique, together with an added surface texture with hair-like silicone strands, effectively addressed the cosmetic needs of the patient...
September 14, 2017: Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916755/protein-o-fucosylation-in-plasmodium-falciparum-ensures-efficient-infection-of-mosquito-and-vertebrate-hosts
#18
Sash Lopaticki, Annie S P Yang, Alan John, Nichollas E Scott, James P Lingford, Matthew T O'Neill, Sara M Erickson, Nicole C McKenzie, Charlie Jennison, Lachlan W Whitehead, Donna N Douglas, Norman M Kneteman, Ethan D Goddard-Borger, Justin A Boddey
O-glycosylation of the Plasmodium sporozoite surface proteins CSP and TRAP was recently identified, but the role of this modification in the parasite life cycle and its relevance to vaccine design remain unclear. Here, we identify the Plasmodium protein O-fucosyltransferase (POFUT2) responsible for O-glycosylating CSP and TRAP. Genetic disruption of POFUT2 in Plasmodium falciparum results in ookinetes that are attenuated for colonizing the mosquito midgut, an essential step in malaria transmission. Some POFUT2-deficient parasites mature into salivary gland sporozoites although they are impaired for gliding motility, cell traversal, hepatocyte invasion, and production of exoerythrocytic forms in humanized chimeric liver mice...
September 15, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916583/a-balance-and-proprioception-intervention-programme-to-enhance-combat-performance-in-military-personnel
#19
Shany Funk, T Jacob, D Ben-Dov, E Yanovich, O Tirosh, N Steinberg
BACKGROUND: Optimal functioning of the lower extremities under repeated movements on unstable surfaces is essential for military effectiveness. Intervention training to promote proprioceptive ability should be considered in order to limit the risk for musculoskeletal injuries. The aim of this study was to assess the effect of a proprioceptive intervention programme on static and dynamic postural balance among Israel Defense Forces combat soldiers. METHODS: Twenty-seven male soldiers, aged 18-20 years, from a physical fitness instructor's course, were randomly divided into two groups matched by age and army unit...
September 14, 2017: Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916265/glycans-function-as-anchors-for-antibodies-and-help-drive-hiv-broadly-neutralizing-antibody-development
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Raiees Andrabi, Ching-Yao Su, Chi-Hui Liang, Sachin S Shivatare, Bryan Briney, James E Voss, Salar Khan Nawazi, Chung-Yi Wu, Chi-Huey Wong, Dennis R Burton
Apex broadly neutralizing HIV antibodies (bnAbs) recognize glycans and protein surface close to the 3-fold axis of the envelope (Env) trimer and are among the most potent and broad Abs described. The evolution of apex bnAbs from one donor (CAP256) has been studied in detail and many Abs at different stages of maturation have been described. Using diverse engineering tools, we investigated the involvement of glycan recognition in the development of the CAP256.VRC26 Ab lineage. We found that sialic acid-bearing glycans were recognized by germline-encoded and somatically mutated residues on the Ab heavy chain...
September 19, 2017: Immunity
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