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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813593/ptni-nanocrystals-supported-on-hollow-carbon-spheres-enhancing-the-electrocatalytic-performance-through-high-temperature-annealing-and-electrochemical-co-stripping-treatments
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Chunmei Zhang, Ruizhong Zhang, Xiaokun Li, Wei Chen
PtNi nanoparticles have been proved to be a type of highly efficient electrocatalyst for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) among the Pt-based nanomaterials. However, how to improve the surface catalytic activity and stability of polymer-stabilized Pt-based nanocrystals is still a critical issue for their application in fuel cells. In this work, a one-step solvothermal process was used to synthesize PVP-stabilized PtNi nanocubes supported on hollow carbon spheres. With optimized metal precursor ratio (Pt/Ni=1:1) and solvothermal temperature (130 oC), PtNi nanocrystals with uniform size and cubic shape can be synthesized and highly dispersed on hollow carbon spheres...
August 16, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812747/identifying-the-charge-generation-dynamics-in-cs-based-triple-cation-mixed-perovskite-solar-cells
#2
Manuel Salado, Ramesh K Kokal, Laura Calio, Samrana Kazim, Melepurath Deepa, Shahzada Ahmad
Triple cation based perovskite solar cells offer enhanced moisture tolerance and stability compared to mixed perovskites. Slight substitution of methyl ammonium or formamidinium cation by cesium (Cs(+)), was also reported to eliminate halide segregation due to its smaller size. To elucidate the device kinetics and understand the role of the Cs, we undertook different modes of scanning probe microscopy and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) experiments. Kelvin probe force microscopy revealed that the incorporation of the Cs cation increases the contact potential difference (CPD), this CPD further increases when Spiro-OMeTAD is used as a hole transport material...
August 16, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812343/xanthohumol-suppresses-mylip-idol-gene-expression-and-modulates-ldlr-abundance-and-activity-in-hepg2-cells
#3
Shih-Fen Chen, Pei-Yi Chen, Hao-Jen Hsu, Ming-Jiuan Wu, Jui-Hung Yen
Xanthohumol, a prenylated flavonoid found in hops (Humulus lupulus L.), exhibits multiple biological activities such as anti-atherosclerosis and hypolipidemic activities. In this study, we aim to investigate the hypocholesterolemic effects and molecular mechanisms of xanthohumol in hepatic cells. We found that xanthohumol (10 and 20 μM) increased the amount of cell-surface low-density lipoprotein receptor (LDLR) from 100.0 ± 2.1% to 115.0±1.3% and 135.2±2.7%, and enhanced the LDL uptake activity from 100...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810580/connexin-43-enhances-paclitaxel-cytotoxicity-in-colorectal-cancer-cell-lines
#4
Siqi Wang, Shiwu Zhang, Zhenying Zhao, Chunze Zhang, Xiaoyun Yang, Yijia Wang
Colorectal cancer has a relatively low sensitivity to paclitaxel. The purpose of this study was to investigate the role of connexin 43 (Cx43), which is a structural component of gap junctional communication (GJC), in paclitaxel cytotoxicity in colorectal cancer cells. Three colorectal cancer cell lines (HCT106, HCT116 and LoVo) were transfected with Cx43 and used to examine paclitaxel cytotoxicity. A western blot assay was used to confirm Cx43 expression in transfected cell lines as well as the expression of several proteins that are associated with paclitaxel cytotoxicity...
August 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810520/studies-on-the-regulation-of-lipid-metabolism-and-the-mechanism-of-the-aqueous-and-ethanol-extracts-of-usnea
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Jiali Zhu, Xuemei Zhang, Xiu Chen, Yong Sun, Yaolan Dai, Chang Chen, Tiane Zhang, Zhiyong Yan
OBJECTIVES: Usnea is a lichen of Usnea diffracta Vain and Usnea longissima Ach, which belongs to the genus Usnea Adans of Usneaceae. Usnea exerts numerous pharmacological activities, while its lipid regulatory activities remain unreported. This study aims to evaluate the effects of aqueous and ethanol extracts of Usnea on the regulation of lipid metabolism and to explore the possible mechanism. METHODS: Hyperlipidemia rat model was established by feeding with high-fat diet for 45days...
August 10, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809469/electrostatic-polysulfides-confinement-to-inhibit-redox-shuttle-process-in-the-lithium-sulfur-batteries
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Min Ling, Wenjun Yan, Ayako Kawase, Hui Zhao, Yanbao Fu, Vincent S Battaglia, Gao Liu
Cationic polymer can capture polysulfide ions and inhibit polysulfide shuttle effect in lithium sulfur (Li-S) rechargeable batteries, enhancing the Li-S battery cycling performance. The cationic poly[bis(2-chloroethyl) ether-alt-1,3-bis[3-(dimethylamino) propyl]urea] quaternized (PQ) with a high density quaternary ammonium cations can trap the lithium polysulfide through the electrostatic attraction between positively charged quaternary ammonium (R4N+) and negatively charged polysulfide (Sx2-). PQ binder based sulfur electrodes deliver much higher capacity and provide better stability than traditional polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) binder based electrodes in Li-S cells...
August 15, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808937/high-performance-biogas-upgrading-using-a-biotrickling-filter-and-hydrogenotrophic-methanogens
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Trisha L Dupnock, Marc A Deshusses
This research reports the development of a biotrickling filter (BTF) to upgrade biogas, which is achieved by adding H2 to reduce CO2. H2 and CO2 (80:20% vol.) were fed to a bench-scale BTF packed with polyurethane foam (PUF) and inoculated with hydrogenotrophic methanogens. Maximum CH4 production rates recorded were as high as 38 m(3)CH4 m(-3)reactor day(-1), which is 5-30 times faster than earlier reports with other kinds of bioreactors. The high rates were attributed to the efficient mass transfer and high density of methanogens in the BTF...
August 14, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808229/bioenergy-application-of-dunaliella-salina-sa-134-grown-at-various-salinity-levels-for-lipid-production
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Rajper Aftab Ahmed, Meilin He, Rajper Asma Aftab, Shiyan Zheng, Mostafa Nagi, Ramadan Bakri, Changhai Wang
The biofuels are receiving considerable attention as a substitute for petro diesel. For microalgae, the cell density or biomass and lipid contents are key components for biodiesel production. This study was conducted to develop favorable culture conditions for Dunaliella salina to maximize its biomass and lipid accumulation. The effect of salinity (0.5 to 2.5 M NaCl) on the cell population, biochemical composition, and lipid output of Dunaliella salina was examined under a controlled environment for 21 days...
August 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808191/shunts-channels-and-lipoprotein-endosomal-traffic-a-new-model-of-cholesterol-homeostasis-in-the-hepatocyte
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Robert Scott Kiss, Allan Sniderman
The liver directs cholesterol metabolism in the organism. All the major fluxes of cholesterol within the body involve the liver: dietary cholesterol is directed to the liver; cholesterol from peripheral cells goes to the liver; the liver is a major site of cholesterol synthesis for the organism; cholesterol is secreted from the liver within the bile, within apoB lipoproteins and translocated to nascent HDL. The conventional model of cholesterol homeostasis posits that cholesterol from any source enters a common, rapidly exchangeable pool within the cell, which is in equilibrium with a regulatory pool...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808039/preclincial-evaluation-of-intravesical-cisplatin-nanoparticles-for-non-muscle-invasive-bladder-cancer
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Max Kates, Abhijit Date, Takahiro Yoshida, Umara Afzal, Pranjali Kanvinde, Taarika Babu, Nikolai A Sopko, Hotaka Matsui, Noah M Hahn, David J McConkey, Alex S Baras, Justin Hanes, Laura Ensign, Trinity J Bivalacqua
PURPOSE: Prior clinical trials evaluating cisplatin for non-muscle invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC) were stopped due to local and systemic toxicity. Currently, there is still a need for improved intravesical therapies, and nanoparticle-based CDDP may be efficacious without the toxicity of free cisplatin observed in the past. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: Cisplatin nanoparticles (CDDP NP) were developed using biocompatible poly(L-aspartic acid sodium salt) (PAA), both with and without low and high grafting density of methoxy-polyethylene glycol (PEG)...
August 14, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807683/nano-sized-drug-carriers-extravasation-intratumoral-distribution-and-their-modeling
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Joseph W Nichols, Yu Sakurai, Hideyoshi Harashima, You Han Bae
Navigating intratumoral drug distribution has proven to be one of the most challenging aspects of drug delivery. The barriers are significant and varied; increased diffusional distances, elevated interstitial fluid pressure, regions of dense extracellular matrix and high cell density, and overall heterogeneity. Such a long list imposes significant requirements on nano-sized carriers. Unfortunately, other capabilities are eclipsed by the distribution requirements. A drug can do no good until it reaches its target...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806488/serotonergic-5-ht2b-receptors-in-mitral-valvulopathy-bone-marrow-mobilization-of-endothelial-progenitors
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Estelle Ayme-Dietrich, Roland Lawson, Francine Côté, Claudia de Tapia, Sylvia Da Silva, Claudine Ebel, Béatrice Hechler, Christian Gachet, Jérome Guyonnet, Hélène Rouillard, Jordane Stoltz, Emily Quentin, Sophie Banas, François Daubeuf, Nelly Frossard, Bernard Gasser, Jean-Philippe Mazzucotelli, Olivier Hermine, Luc Maroteaux, Laurent Monassier
BACKGROUND: Valvular heart disease is highly prevalent in industrialized countries. Chronic use of anorexigens, amphetamine or ergot derivatives targeting the serotonin system has been associated with valvular heart disease. PURPOSE AND EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: Here, we investigated the contribution of serotonin receptors in a mouse model of valve degeneration induced by nordexfenfluramine, the main metabolite of the anorexigens dexfenfluramine and benfluorex. KEY RESULTS: Chronically activated 5-HT2B receptors by nordexfenfluramine in mice mimicked early steps of mitral valve remodelling attested by increased valve thickness, and cell density in a thick extracellular matrix...
August 14, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804699/all-inorganic-inverse-perovskite-solar-cells-using-zinc-oxide-nanocolloids-on-spin-coated-perovskite-layer
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Naoyuki Shibayama, Hiroyuki Kanda, Shin-Ichi Yusa, Shota Fukumoto, Ajay K Baranwal, Hiroshi Segawa, Tsutomu Miyasaka, Seigo Ito
We confirmed the influence of ZnO nanoparticle size and residual water on performance of all inorganic perovskite solar cells. By decreasing the size of the ZnO nanoparticles, the short-circuit current density (Jsc) and open circuit photovoltage (Voc) values are increased and the conversion efficiency is improved. Although the Voc value is not affected by the influence of residual water in the solution for preparing the ZnO layer, the Jsc value drops greatly. As a result, it was found that it is important to use the oxide nanoparticles with a small particle diameter and to reduce the water content in the oxide forming material in order to manufacture a highly efficient all inorganic perovskite solar cells...
2017: Nano Convergence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804559/microrna-1907-enhances-atherosclerosis-associated-endothelial-cell-apoptosis-by-suppressing-bcl-2
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Jin Zhao, Shu-Lin Ou, Wei-You Wang, Chang Yan, Lu-Xiang Chi
Injury and endothelial cell apoptosis are hall marks of atherosclerosis (AS). However, the mechanisms underlying its pathogenesis remain ill-defined. Recent evidence of a role for microRNAs in AS-associated endothelial cell apoptosis encouraged us to address this question. Here, AS was developed in ApoE (-/-) mice supplied with a high-fat diet (HFD), compared to ApoE (-/-) mice supplied with a normal diet (ND). Mouse endothelial cells were isolated from the aortic arch using flow cytometry based on their expression of CD31...
2017: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804540/restoration-of-bone-defects-using-modified-heterogeneous-deproteinized-bone-seeded-with-bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stem-cells
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Jun Li, Zeyu Huang, Liyan Chen, Xin Tang, Yue Fang, Lei Liu
The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of modified heterogeneous deproteinized bone combined with bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) in the restoration of a validated bone defect model. BMSCs were identified by flow cytometry and multilineage differentiation assay. The structural features of the modified heterogeneous deproteinized bone scaffold and biocompatibility between BMSCs and the scaffold were confirmed by scanning electron microscope (SEM) detection. The cytotoxicity of the modified heterogeneous deproteinized bone scaffolds were detected by 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenytetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay...
2017: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804438/green-tea-extract-induces-genes-related-to-browning-of-white-adipose-tissue-and-limits-weight-gain-in-high-energy-diet-fed-rat
#16
Li-Han Chen, Yi-Wen Chien, Chung-Tiang Liang, Ching-Hung Chan, Meng-Han Fan, Hui-Yu Huang
Background: A wealth of research has reported on the anti-obesity effects of green tea extract (GTE). Although browning of white adipose tissue (WAT) has been reported to attenuate obesity, no study has disclosed the effects of GTE on browning in Sprague Dawley rats. Objectives: The aims of the study were to investigate the effects of GTE on anti-obesity and browning, and their underlying mechanisms. Methods: Four groups of rats (n=10/group) were used including a normal diet with vehicle treatment, and a high-energy diet (HED) with vehicle or GTE by oral gavage at 77...
2017: Food & Nutrition Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802697/the-insertion-of-polybia-mp1-into-phospholipid-monolayers-is-regulated-by-its-anionic-nature-and-phase-state
#17
Dayane S Alvares, Natalia Wilke, João Ruggiero Neto, Maria Laura Fanani
Polybia-MP1 or simply MP1 (IDWKKLLDAAKQIL-NH2) is a peptide with broad-spectrum bactericidal activity and a strong inhibitory effect against cancer cells. The aim of this work was to evaluate the effect of biophysical properties such as membrane texture and film thickness on MP1 interaction with neutral and anionic lipid membranes. For this purpose, we first explored the peptide's surface behavior. MP1 showed high surface activity, adsorbing onto bare air/aqueous interfaces up to higher surface pressures than the collapse pressure of MP1 Langmuir films...
August 9, 2017: Chemistry and Physics of Lipids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801532/activation-of-nkx2-5-calr-p53-signaling-pathway-by-hyperglycemia-induces-cardiac-remodeling-and-dysfunction-in-adult-zebrafish
#18
Sun Yanyi, Wang Qiuyun, Fang Yuehua, Wu Chunfang, Lu Guoping, Chen Zhenyue
Hyperglycemia is an independent risk factor for diabetic cardiomyopathy in humans; however, the underlying mechanisms have not been thoroughly elucidated. Zebrafish (Danio rerio) was used in this study as a novel vertebrate model to explore the signaling pathways of human adult cardiomyopathy. Hyperglycemia was induced by alternately immersing adult zebrafish in a glucose solution or water. The hyperglycemic fish gradually exhibited some hallmarks of cardiomyopathy such as myocardial hypertrophy and apoptosis, myofibril loss, fetal gene reactivation, and severe arrhythmia...
August 11, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801277/-pioglitazone-ameliorates-atherosclerosis-in-apoe-knockout-mice-through-transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-smad-signaling-and-adaptive-t-cell-immunity
#19
Yu-Ling Tian, Li-Jun Wang, Yue Wu, Wei-Ping Zhang, Xiao Liang, Zu-Yi Yuan
OBJECTIVE: To examine whether transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) pathway and adaptive T cell immunity play roles in the anti-atherosclerotic effects of pioglitazone (PIO) in ApoE(-/-) mice. METHODS: ApoE(-/-) mice with atherosclerosis induced by high-fat feeding were treated daily with PIO (20 mg/kg) or vehicle for 8 weeks. The protein expressions of TGF-β pathway in the atheromatous lesions of the aorta and the percentages of IFN-γ(+) and Foxp3(+) cells in the spleen of the mice were examined with immunohistochemical staining...
August 20, 2017: Nan Fang Yi Ke da Xue Xue Bao, Journal of Southern Medical University
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800557/predicting-and-experimental-evaluating-bio-electrochemical-synthesis-a-case-study-with-clostridium-kluyveri
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Christin Koch, Anne Kuchenbuch, Frauke Kracke, Paul V Bernhardt, Jens Krömer, Falk Harnisch
Microbial electrosynthesis is a highly promising application of microbial electrochemical technologies for the sustainable production of organic compounds. At the same time a multitude of questions need to be answered and challenges to be met. Central for its further development is using appropriate electroactive microorganisms and their efficient extracellular electron transfer (EET) as well as wiring of the metabolism to EET. Among others, Clostridia are believed to represent electroactive microbes being highly promising for microbial electrosynthesis...
July 25, 2017: Bioelectrochemistry
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