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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732070/characterization-of-human-enterovirus71-virus-like-particles-used-for-vaccine-antigens
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Dandan Zhao, Bo Sun, Shiyang Sun, Bin Fu, Chuntian Liu, Dawei Liu, Yanfei Chu, Youlei Ma, Lu Bai, Yongge Wu, Yan Zhou, Weiheng Su, Ali Hou, Linjun Cai, Fei Xu, Wei Kong, Chunlai Jiang
Human enterovirus 71 (EV71) is a major causative pathogen of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) and has caused outbreaks with significant mortality among young children in the Asia-Pacific region in recent years. Towards developing a vaccine for this disease, we have expressed and purified EV71 virus-like particles (VLPs), which resemble the authentic virus in appearance, capsid structure and protein sequence, from insect cells (Sf9) using a multistep chromatography process. We demonstrated intracellular localization of the VLPs in host cells by in situ immunogold detection, electron microscopy and immunofluorescence...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731340/chemistry-of-sputter-deposited-lithium-sulfide-films
#2
Michael J Klein, Gabriel M Veith, Arumugam Manthiram
Lithium sulfide (Li2S) is under intense study because it is the insulating discharge product of ultra-high energy density lithium-sulfur (Li-S) batteries and a candidate cathode material for lithium metal-free Li-S cells. In this work, we report the fabrication of an apparatus for sputter deposition of Li2S films ranging in thickness from a few nanometers to several microns at rates over 2 nm min-1. High-temperature annealing of the films is shown to produce crystalline films of high chemical purity Li2S for the first time...
July 21, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731319/few-layered-mo-1-x-wxs2-hollow-nanospheres-on-ni3s2-nanorods-heterostructure-as-robust-electrocatalysts-for-overall-water-splitting
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Meiyong Zheng, Jing Du, Baopu Hou, Cai-Ling Xu
Owing to the unique optical, electronic and catalytic properties, MoS2 have received increasing interests in electrochemical water splitting. Herein, few-layered Mo(1-x)WxS2 hollow nanospheres modified Ni3S2 heterostructures are prepared through a facile hydrothermal method to further enhance the electro-catalytic performance of MoS2. The doping of W element optimizes the electronic structure of MoS2@Ni3S2, thus improves the conductivity and charge transfer ability of MoS2@Ni3S2. In addition, benefiting from the few-layered hollow structure of Mo(1-x)WxS2, the strong electronic interactions between Mo(1-x)WxS2 and Ni3S2, and the hierarchical structure of 1D nanorods and 3D Ni foam, massive active sites and fast ion and charge transportion are obtained...
July 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731046/pd-l1-expression-and-the-immune-microenvironment-in-primary-invasive-lobular-carcinomas-of-the-breast
#4
Elizabeth D Thompson, Janis M Taube, Rebecca J Asch-Kendrick, Aleksandra Ogurtsova, Haiying Xu, Rajni Sharma, Alan Meeker, Pedram Argani, Leisha A Emens, Ashley Cimino-Mathews
Tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes and immune checkpoint proteins such as PD-L1 are potential prognostic factors and therapeutic targets in breast cancer. Most studies characterizing the breast tumor immune microenvironment have focused on ductal carcinomas. Here we investigate the tumor microenvironment of primary invasive lobular carcinomas. Previously constructed tissue microarrays of 47 lobular carcinomas were labeled by immunohistochemistry for PD-L1, CD8, CD20, and FoxP3. The stromal immune infiltrate density was qualitatively scored as a percentage of tumor area: 1+ (<5%); 2+ (5-10%); 3+ (10-15%); or 4+ (>50%)...
July 21, 2017: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730833/short-term-administration-of-melatonin-or-ghrelin-on-diabetic-rats-effects-on-angiotensin-ii-and-vasopressin-induced-uterine-contractility
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D Sugár, R Agócs, E Tatár, G Tóth, P Horváth, E Sulyok, A J Szabó
The glycosaminoglycan (GAG) molecules are a group of high molecular weight, negatively charged polysaccharides present abundantly in the mammalian organism. By their virtue of ion and water binding capacity, they may affect the redistribution of body fluids and ultimately the blood pressure. Data from the literature suggests that the mitogens Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF)-A and VEGF-C are able to regulate the amount and charge density of GAGs and their detachment from the cell surface. Based on these findings we investigated the relationship between the level of dietary sodium intake, the expression levels of VEGF-A and VEGF-C, and the amount of the skin GAGs hyaluronic acid and chondroitin sulphate in an in vivo rat model...
July 18, 2017: Physiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730786/clinical-significance-of-microvessel-density-and-proliferation-in-prostate-cancer-core-biopsy
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Stevan D Matic, Milena S Rakocevic, Tomislav T Jocic, Milos S Todorovic, Ljiljana M Vuckovic, Snezana A Jancic, Milan G Knezevic
PURPOSE: To investigate the microvessel density (MVD) and proliferation in prostate cancer (PC) core biopsies. METHODS: Core biopsy samples of PC tissue from 45 patients were routinely processed and embedded in paraffin. The samples of PC formed the investigated group (n=25), while samples of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) served as controls (n=20). From paraffin blocks, 3-5 μm-thick sections were made and routine hematoxylin-eosin method and immunohistochemical ABC method with Ki67 and CD34 antibodies were applied...
May 2017: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730338/jagged1-promotes-aromatase-inhibitor-resistance-by-modulating-tumor-associated-macrophage-differentiation-in-breast-cancer-patients
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Hang Liu, Jingxuan Wang, Minghui Zhang, Qijia Xuan, Zhipeng Wang, Xin Lian, Qingyuan Zhang
PURPOSE: Endocrine resistance limits the efficacy of anti-estrogen therapies. Notch signaling is involved in modulating tumor-associated macrophage (TAM) differentiation and is upregulated in endocrine-resistant breast cancer cells. Here, we analyzed the role of Jagged1 in the regulation of TAM polarization to investigate whether the Jagged1-Notch pathway promotes the acquisition of aromatase inhibitor (AI) resistance by upregulating TAM infiltration. METHODS: The Jagged1 expression levels and M2 TAM infiltration density, in 203 tumor samples from ER-positive postmenopausal patients, who received AI treatment, were evaluated by immunohistochemical staining and the results were compared with clincopathological parameters and survival...
July 20, 2017: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730232/implications-of-inflammation-and-remodeling-of-the-enteric-glial-cells-in-colorectal-adenocarcinoma
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Elena Anca Târtea, Cristina Florescu, IonuŢ Donoiu, Daniel Pirici, Alexandru Radu Mihailovici, Valeria Carmen Albu, Tudor Adrian Bălşeanu, Maria Iancău, Carmen Daniela Badea, Cristin Constantin Vere, Veronica Sfredel
AIM: The aim of our study was to assess glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) glial cell phenotype in the enteric nervous system (ENS) in colorectal adenocarcinoma of different tumor grading and, also, to establish correlations between these changes and the tumor proliferative activity and the tumor-infiltrating leukocytes. PATIENTS, MATERIALS AND METHODS: We ran an observational, prospective study on a group of 52 patients diagnosed with colorectal adenocarcinoma...
2017: Romanian Journal of Morphology and Embryology, Revue Roumaine de Morphologie et Embryologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730204/electronic-and-charge-transfer-properties-of-bio-inspired-flavylium-ions-for-applications-in-tio2-based-dye-sensitized-solar-cells
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Giuseppe Calogero, Ilaria Citro, Gaetano Di Marco, Stefano Caramori, Laura Casarin, Carlo Alberto Bignozzi, João Avó, A Jorge Parola, Fernando Pina
We present here a complete study on four synthetic environmentally friendly flavylium salts employed as sensitizers for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The effect of several donor groups on the molecular structure of flavylium ions was investigated by combining electrochemical, spectroscopic and computational means. The computational investigation indicated that these molecules can interact strongly with the TiO2 surface by a single OH group of the dihydroxybenzene moiety, and can efficiently inject electrons into the TiO2 following the excitation of their lowest singlet states exhibiting charge transfer (CT) character...
July 21, 2017: Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728866/deformability-and-size-based-microcapsule-sorting
#10
Doriane Vesperini, Oriane Chaput, Nadège Munier, Pauline Maire, Florence Edwards-Lévy, Anne-Virginie Salsac, Anne Le Goff
Biomedical applications often require to sort cells according to their physical properties, such as size, density or deformability. In recent years, microfluidics has provided a variety of tools to sort micro-objects. We present here a simple microfluidic device consisting of a channel containing a semi-cylindrical obstacle against which capsules are squeezed by the flow, followed by a diverging chamber where streamlines separate. We demonstrate that this basic system is capable of sorting elastic microcapsules according to their size at low flow strength, and according to the stiffness of their membrane at high flow strength...
July 17, 2017: Medical Engineering & Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728449/efficiency-and-cytotoxicity-analysis-of-cationic-lipids-mediated-gene-transfection-into-ags-gastric-cancer-cells
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Nasrin Gharaati-Far, Mohammad Reza Tohidkia, Alireza Dehnad, Yadollah Omidi
In this effort, we provided comparative study on optimization of transfection conditions for AGS human gastric cancer cell line using two commercial non-liposomal cationic lipids. Using reporter vector pEGFP-N1, transfection efficiency of Attractene™ and X-tremeGENE HP™ transfection reagents in terms of cell densities and DNA/reagent ratios was determined in AGS cells by flow cytometry and fluorescence microscopy. In addition, influence of transfection reagents on direct cytotoxicity and cell viability was respectively, measured using lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) leakage and MTT assays...
July 20, 2017: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727458/unraveling-the-high-voc-and-high-performance-of-integrated-perovskite-organic-bulk-heterojunction-solar-cells
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Shiqi Dong, Yongsheng Liu, Ziruo Hong, En-Ping Yao, Pengyu Sun, Lei Meng, Yuze Lin, Jinsong Huang, Gang Li, Yang Yang
We have demonstrated high performance integrated perovskite/bulk-heterojunction (BHJ) solar cells due to the low carrier recombination velocity, high open circuit voltage (Voc) and increased light absorption ability in near-infrared (NIR) region of integrated devices. In particular, we find that the Voc of the integrated devices is dominated by (or pinned to) the perovskite cells, not the OPV cells. A Quasi-Fermi Level Pinning Model was proposed to understand the working mechanism and the origin of the Voc of the integrated perovskite/BHJ solar cell, which following that of the perovskite solar cell and is much higher than that of the low bandgap polymer based organic BHJ solar cell...
July 20, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727179/overexpression-of-g%C3%AE-s-in-murine-osteoblasts-in-vivo-leads-to-increased-bone-mass-and-decreased-bone-quality
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Lucia Zhang, Kim S Sugamori, Colin Claridge, Ariana Dela Cruz, Marc D Grynpas, Jane Mitchell
GαS is a heterotrimeric G protein that transduces signals from activated G protein-coupled receptors on the cell surface to stimulate adenylyl cyclase/cyclic AMP signaling. GαS plays a central role in mediating numerous growth and maintenance processes including osteogenesis and bone turnover. Decreased GαS expression or activating mutations in GαS both affect bone suggesting that modulating GαS protein levels may be important for bone health and development. To examine the effects of increased osteoblastic GαS expression on bone development in vivo, we generated transgenic mice with GαS over-expression in osteoblasts (HOM-Gs mice) driven by the 3...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727079/detection-of-dietary-dna-protein-and-glyphosate-in-meat-milk-and-eggs
#14
A L Van Eenennaam, A E Young
Products such as meat, milk, and eggs from animals that have consumed genetically engineered (GE) feed are not currently subject to mandatory GE labeling requirements. Some voluntary "non-genetically modified organism" labeling has been associated with such products, indicating that the animals were not fed GE crops, as there are no commercialized GE food animals. This review summarizes the available scientific literature on the detection of dietary DNA and protein in animal products and briefly discusses the implications of mandatory GE labeling for products from animals that have consumed GE feed...
July 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726961/functional-single-walled-carbon-nanotubes-car-for-targeting-dopamine-delivery-into-the-brain-of-parkinsonian-mice
#15
Qing Guo, Huihui You, Xu Yang, Bencheng Lin, Zhihong Zhu, Zhisong Lu, Xiaoxiao Li, Yun Zhao, Lin Mao, Shiping Shen, Haoyan Cheng, Jiting Zhang, Lingfu Deng, Jianhua Fan, Zhuge Xi, Rui Li, Chang Ming Li
Current treatments for Parkinson's disease (PD) are limited, partly due to the difficulties posed by the blood brain barrier (BBB) when delivering drugs to the brain. Herein, we explore the feasibility and efficacy of functional single-walled carbon nanotubes 'CAR' (SWCNT-PEGs-Lf) which carry and target-deliver dopamine (DA) to the brain in PD mice for treatment. SWCNTs can penetrate the cell-membrane remarkably, with the characteristics including high drug-loading and pH-dependent therapeutic unloading capacities...
July 20, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726934/clove-extract-functions-as-a-natural-fatty-acid-synthesis-inhibitor-and-prevents-obesity-in-a-mouse-model
#16
Yiran Ding, Zhennan Gu, Yihe Wang, Shunhe Wang, Haiqin Chen, Hao Zhang, Wei Chen, Yong Q Chen
Numerous medicinal plants have been reported to prevent various chronic diseases. In this study, we screened a new FASN inhibitor-alcohol extract of clove (AEC) using a fast microplate method developed in our laboratory. The major components of AEC were: eugenol (42.27%), acetyl eugenol (29.12%), caryophyllene (15.40%), and humulene (3.22%). Fatty acid synthase (FASN) is a key enzyme for de novo lipogenesis, and it has been suggested as a potential therapeutic target in cancer and obesity. We have tested the ability of AEC to inhibit FASN in mammalian cells and tissues...
July 20, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726914/3d-printed-smartphone-based-point-of-care-tool-for-fluorescence-and-magnetophoresis-based-cytometry
#17
Stephanie Knowlton, Ashwini Joshi, Philip Syrrist, Ahmet F Coskun, Savas Tasoglu
In developing countries, there are often limited resources available to provide important medical diagnostics, which severely limits our ability to diagnose conditions and administer proper treatment, leading to high mortality rates for treatable conditions. Here, we propose a multiplex tool capable of density-based cell sorting via magnetic focusing in parallel with fluorescence imaging to provide highly specific clinical assays. While many cell sorting techniques and fluorescence microscopes generally are costly and require extensive user training, limiting accessibility and usability in developing countries, this device is compact, low-cost, and portable...
July 20, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726884/lithium-dendrite-growth-mechanisms-in-polymer-electrolytes-and-prevention-strategies
#18
Pallab Barai, Kenneth Higa, Venkat Srinivasan
Future lithium-ion batteries must use lithium metal anodes to fulfill the demands of high energy density applications with the potential to enable affordable electric cars with 350-mile range. However, dendrite growth during charging prevents the commercialization of this technology. It has been demonstrated that the presence of a compressive mechanical stress field around a dendritic protrusion prevents growth. Several techniques based on this concept, such as protective layers, externally applied pressure and solid electrolytes have been investigated by other researchers...
July 20, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726876/bioceramic-nanocomposite-thiol-acrylate-polyhipe-scaffolds-for-enhanced-osteoblastic-cell-culture-in-3d
#19
Aaron Lee, Caitlin R Langford, Luis M Rodriguez-Lorenzo, Helmut Thissen, Neil R Cameron
Emulsion-templated (polyHIPE) scaffolds for bone tissue engineering were produced by photopolymerisation of a mixture of trimethylolpropane tris(3-mercaptopropionate) and dipentaerythritol penta-/hexa-acrylate in the presence of hydroxyapatite (HA) or strontium-modified hydroxyapatite (SrHA) nanoparticles. Porous and permeable polyHIPE materials were produced regardless of the type or incorporation level of the bioceramic, although higher loadings resulted in a larger average pore diameter. Inclusion of HA and SrHA into the scaffolds was confirmed by EDX-SEM, FTIR and XPS and quantified by thermogravimetry...
July 20, 2017: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726374/impact-of-thermal-annealing-on-organic-photovoltaic-cells-using-regioisomeric-donor-acceptor-acceptor-molecules
#20
Tao Zhang, Han Han, Yunlong Zou, Ying-Chi Lee, Hiroya Oshima, Ken-Tsung Wong, Russell J Holmes
We report a promising set of donor-acceptor-acceptor (D-A-A) electron-donor materials based on coplanar thieno[3,2-b]/[2,3-b]indole, benzo[c][1,2,5]thiadiazole, and dicyanovinylene, which are found to show broadband absorption with high extinction coefficients. The role of the regioisomeric electron-donating thienoindole moiety on the physical and structural properties is examined. Bulk heterojunction (BHJ) organic photovoltaic cells (OPVs) based on the thieno[2,3-b]indole-based electron donor NTU-2, using C70 as an electron acceptor, show a champion power conversion efficiency of 5...
July 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
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