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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914368/highly-sensitive-fluorescence-detection-of-heparin-based-on-aggregation-induced-emission-of-a-tetraphenylethene-derivative
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Jiao Zheng, Tai Ye, Jinyang Chen, Li Xu, Xinghu Ji, Chuluo Yang, Zhike He
Tetraphenylethene derivatives were reported for sensitive "turn on" detection of heparin (Hep) based on the typical aggregation-induced emission (AIE). In the present strategy, three derivatives of tetraphenylethene (TPE) were designed,synthesized and compared the sensitivities for the detection of Hep. Furthermore, the (Z)-4,4'-(((1,2-diphenylethene-1,2-diyl) bis(4,1-phenylene))bis (oxy))bis(butan-1-aminium) (Z-TPE-5) was the most sensitive and chosen as the probe for Hep detection. Since Hep could be employed as a medium for inducing the aggregation of positively charged Z-TPE-5, the designed Z-TPE-5 shows excellent fluorescence response to Hep through multiple electrostatic interactions with a detection limit of 1...
November 26, 2016: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914331/fabrication-of-%C3%AE-carotene-nanoemulsion-based-delivery-systems-using-dual-channel-microfluidization-physical-and-chemical-stability
#2
Xiang Luo, Yanyan Zhou, Long Bai, Fuguo Liu, Yihui Deng, David Julian McClements
A considerable research effort is focused on developing effective delivery systems for hydrophobic nutraceuticals. β-carotene, a pro-vitamin A carotenoid, requires encapsulation to improve its water dispersibility and chemical stability in foods. In this study, β-carotene was encapsulated in oil-in-water nanoemulsions fabricated using high-pressure dual-channel microfluidization. Two types of natural emulsifier, quillaja saponins (Q-Naturale) and whey protein isolate (WPI), were capable of producing nanoemulsions (d32=0...
November 16, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914085/determining-platelet-activation-and-aggregation-in-response-to-bacteria
#3
Oonagh Shannon
Many pathogenic bacteria have been reported to interact with human platelets to mediate platelet activation and aggregation. The importance of these interactions to the immune response or pathogenesis of bacterial infection has not been clarified. It may therefore be valuable to assess platelet responses mediated by diverse strains of bacteria. Here, I describe a method to study platelet integrin activation and granule release using flow cytometry, and a complementary method to study platelet aggregation using a dedicated platelet aggregometer...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914060/a-protocol-for-the-design-of-protein-and-peptide-nanostructure-self-assemblies-exploiting-synthetic-amino-acids
#4
Nurit Haspel, Jie Zheng, Carlos Aleman, David Zanuy, Ruth Nussinov
In recent years there has been increasing interest in nanostructure design based on the self-assembly properties of proteins and polymers. Nanodesign requires the ability to predictably manipulate the properties of the self-assembly of autonomous building blocks, which can fold or aggregate into preferred conformational states. The design includes functional synthetic materials and biological macromolecules. Autonomous biological building blocks with available 3D structures provide an extremely rich and useful resource...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913906/synergistic-mitotoxicity-of-chloromethanes-and-fullerene-c60-nanoaggregates-in-daphnia-magna-midgut-epithelial-cells
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Mariana Seke, Milica Markelic, Arian Morina, Danica Jovic, Aleksandra Korac, Dragana Milicic, Aleksandar Djordjevic
Adsorption of non-polar compounds by suspended fullerene nanoaggregates (nC60) may enhance their toxicity and affect the fate, transformation, and transport of non-polar compounds in the environment. The potential of stable fullerene nanoaggregates as contaminant carriers in aqueous systems and the influence of chloromethanes (trichloromethane and dichloromethane) were studied on the midgut epithelial cells of Daphnia magna by light and electron microscopy. The size and shape of fullerene nanoaggregates were observed and measured using dynamic light scattering, transmission electron microscopy, and low vacuum scanning electron microscopy...
December 3, 2016: Protoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913854/the-role-of-macromolecules-in-the-formation-of-kidney-stones
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REVIEW
Jeffrey D Rimer, Ann M Kolbach-Mandel, Michael D Ward, Jeffrey A Wesson
The formation of crystal aggregates, one of the critical processes in kidney stone pathogenesis, involves interactions between crystals (predominantly calcium oxalate monohydrate, COM) and urinary constituents (e.g., proteins), which serve as an adhesive "glue" between crystals in stones. To develop a better understanding of the protein-crystal interactions that lead to crystal aggregation, we have measured the effect of model proteins on bulk COM crystal properties as well as their adsorption on crystal surfaces using three synthetic polyanions: poly(aspartic acid) (polyD), poly(glutamic acid) (polyE), and poly(acrylic acid) (polyAA)...
December 2, 2016: Urolithiasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913744/effects-of-atorvastatin-on-adp-arachidonic-acid-collagen-and-epinephrine-induced-platelet-aggregation
#7
Lei Zhao, Demin Liu, Bin Liu, Haijuan Hu, Wei Cui
OBJECTIVE: Atorvastatin reduces the incidence of cardiovascular events. However, the effects of atorvastatin on platelet aggregation are unknown. METHODS: Blood samples were obtained from 126 healthy volunteers. Prepared isolated platelet suspensions were adjusted with saline to three different concentrations of 100 × 10(9), 300 × 10(9), and 600 × 10(9) platelets/L. Platelet samples were incubated with atorvastatin (10(-7 )mol/L, 10(-6 )mol/L or 10(-5 )mol/L), and stimulated with ADP (10 µmol/L), arachidonic acid (0...
December 2, 2016: Journal of International Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913742/frailty-assessment-in-hospitalized-older-adults-using-the-electronic-health-record
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Deborah A Lekan, Debra C Wallace, Thomas P McCoy, Jie Hu, Susan G Silva, Heather E Whitson
INTRODUCTION: Frailty, a clinical syndrome of decreased physiologic reserve and dysregulation in multiple physiologic systems, is associated with increased risk for adverse outcomes. PURPOSE: The aim of this retrospective, cross-sectional, correlational study was to characterize frailty in older adults admitted to a tertiary-care hospital using a biopsychosocial frailty assessment and to determine associations between frailty and time to in-hospital mortality and 30-day rehospitalization...
December 2, 2016: Biological Research for Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913673/structural-insights-into-functional-amyloid-inhibition-in-gram-ve-bacteria
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REVIEW
William Hawthorne, Sarah Rouse, Lee Sewell, Stephen J Matthews
Amyloids are proteinaceous aggregates known for their role in debilitating degenerative diseases involving protein dysfunction. Many forms of functional amyloid are also produced in nature and often these systems require careful control of their assembly to avoid the potentially toxic effects. The best-characterised functional amyloid system is the bacterial curli system. Three natural inhibitors of bacterial curli amyloid have been identified and recently characterised structurally. Here, we compare common structural features of CsgC, CsgE and CsgH and discuss the potential implications for general inhibition of amyloid...
December 15, 2016: Biochemical Society Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913545/what-have-we-learned-from-large-population-studies-of-von-willebrand-disease
#10
Robert R Montgomery, Veronica H Flood
Von Willebrand factor (VWF) is a critical regulator of hemostatic processes, including collagen binding, platelet adhesion, and platelet aggregation. It also serves as a carrier protein to normalize plasma factor VIII synthesis, release, and survival. While VWF protein measurements by immunoassay are reasonably comparable between institutions, the measurement of VWF ristocetin cofactor activity (VWF:RCo) has significant variability. Other tests of VWF function, including collagen binding or platelet glycoprotein IIb-IIIa binding, are not universally available, yet these functional defects may cause major bleeding even with normal VWF antigen (VWF:Ag) and VWF:RCo assays...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913241/evaluation-of-highly-branched-cyclic-dextrin-in-inhalable-particles-of-combined-antibiotics-for-the-pulmonary-delivery-of-anti-tuberculosis-drugs
#11
Kazunori Kadota, Arisa Senda, Hideaki Tagishi, John Oluwasogo Ayorinde, Yuichi Tozuka
This work aims to identify a suitable formulation for the pulmonary delivery of combinations of inhalational drugs using highly branched cyclic dextrin (HBCD) macromolecules. We compared the effectiveness between powders prepared from HBCD with those prepared from five alternative excipients (lactose, maltose, sucrose, β-cyclodextrin and methyl β-cyclodextrin) in the pulmonary delivery of a single-dosage form of two anti-tuberculosis drugs (isoniazid and rifampicin). Fine particles of untreated active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and combination products using excipients were prepared by spray drying...
November 29, 2016: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913239/strategy-for-assessment-of-the-colloidal-and-biological-stability-of-h1n1-influenza-a-viruses
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Frank Hämmerling, Oliver Lorenz-Cristea, Pascal Baumann, Jürgen Hubbuch
Current influenza vaccines are mostly formulated as liquids which requires a continuous cold chain to maintain the stability of the antigen. For development of vaccines with an increased stability at ambient temperatures, manifold parameters and their influences on the colloidal stability and activity of the antigen have to be understood. This work presents a strategy to examine both, the colloidal stability and the remaining biological activity of H1N1 influenza viruses under various conditions after an incubation of 40 days...
November 29, 2016: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913224/a-novel-cross-linked-enzyme-aggregates-cleas-of-papain-and-neutrase-production-partial-characterization-and-application
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Zhongqin Chen, Yanwei Wang, Wei Liu, Jingya Wang, Haixia Chen
The neutrase (EC 3.4.24.4) and papain (EC 3.4.22.2) were together immobilized ascross-linked enzyme aggregates (N-P-CLEAs) and their properties were characterized. The influence of the precipitant, cross-linking ratio of glutaraldehyde and cross-linking time were investigated. Ethanol was selected as the more efficient precipitant compared with ammonium sulfate. The proper cross-linking ratio of enzyme and glutaraldehyde was 1:5 (v/v) and the optimized cross-linking time was 4h. N-P-CLEAs showed obvious improvement in thermal stability and pH stability than the free enzyme (P<0...
November 29, 2016: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912185/sorption-of-vanadium-v-onto-natural-soil-colloids-under-various-solution-ph-and-ionic-strength-conditions
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Xiuhua Luo, Lin Yu, Changzhao Wang, Xianqiang Yin, Ahmed Mosa, Jialong Lv, Huimin Sun
Batch sorption kinetics and isothermal characteristics of V(V) were investigated on three natural soil colloids (manual loessial soil colloid (MSC), aeolian sandy soil colloid (ASC), and cultivated loessial soil colloid (CSC)) under various solution pH and ionic strength (IS) conditions. Colloids were characterized by atomic force microscopy (AFM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). AFM micrographs showed CSC with an aggregated shape with larger particle diameter as compared with ASC and MSC...
November 29, 2016: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912139/repair-of-calvarial-bone-defects-in-mice-using-electrospun-polystyrene-scaffolds-combined-with-%C3%AE-tcp-or-gold-nanoparticles
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Lisa Terranova, Diana Maria Dragusin, Romain Mallet, Eugeniu Vasile, Izabela-Cristina Stancu, Catherine Behets, Daniel Chappard
Non-biodegradable porous polystyrene (PS) scaffolds, composed of microfibers, have been prepared by electrospinning for the reconstruction of large bone defects. PS microfibers were prepared by incorporating β-TCP grains inside the polymer or grafting gold nanoparticles surface functionalized with mercaptosuccinic acid. Cytocompatibility of the three types of scaffolds (PS, β-TCP-PS and Au-PS) was studied by seeding human mesenchymal stem cells. Biocompatibility was evaluated by implanting β-TCP-PS and Au-PS scaffolds into a critical size (4mm) calvarial defect in mice...
November 8, 2016: Micron: the International Research and Review Journal for Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912130/acidity-triggered-charge-convertible-nanoparticles-that-can-cause-bacterium-specific-aggregation-in-situ-to-enhance-photothermal-ablation-of-focal-infection
#16
Chiranjeevi Korupalli, Chieh-Cheng Huang, Wei-Chih Lin, Wen-Yu Pan, Po-Yen Lin, Wei-Lin Wan, Meng-Ju Li, Yen Chang, Hsing-Wen Sung
Focal infections that are caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria are becoming an ever-growing challenge to human health. To address this challenge, a pH-responsive amphiphilic polymer of polyaniline-conjugated glycol chitosan (PANI-GCS) that can self-assemble into nanoparticles (NPs) in situ is developed. The PANI-GCS NPs undergo a unique surface charge conversion that is induced by their local pH, favoring bacterium-specific aggregation without direct contact with host cells. Following conjugation onto GCS, the optical-absorbance peak of PANI is red-shifted toward the near-infrared (NIR) region, enabling PANI-GCS NPs to generate a substantial amount of heat, which is emitted to their neighborhood...
November 24, 2016: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912124/highly-dispersed-ultrasmall-ni-oh-2-aggregated-particles-on-a-conductive-support-as-a-supercapacitor-electrode-with-superior-performance
#17
Yue Wang, Xianfeng Zhang, Xin Li, Xiaojun Li, Yong Zhao, Hang Wei, Yongguang Liu, Peng Jiang, Minghui Liang
To reduce the size of Ni(OH)2 aggregates is an effective way to improve their capacitive performance for the electrodes of supercapacitors. The ultrasmall Ni(OH)2 aggregates (1-2nm) on active carbon (AC) can be obtained by depositing the soluble precursor of Ni(OH)2 on AC at low temperature. The Ni(OH)2/AC samples were characterized by SEM, TEM, XRD and XPS. The specific capacitance of ultrasmall Ni(OH)2 aggregates in the Ni(OH)2/AC composite can reach 2949Fg(-1) at a scan rate of 20mVs(-1), which is higher than its theoretical specific capacitance (2382Fg(-1))...
November 21, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912066/cell-type-specific-optical-recording-of-membrane-voltage-dynamics-in-freely-moving-mice
#18
Jesse D Marshall, Jin Zhong Li, Yanping Zhang, Yiyang Gong, François St-Pierre, Michael Z Lin, Mark J Schnitzer
Electrophysiological field potential dynamics are of fundamental interest in basic and clinical neuroscience, but how specific cell types shape these dynamics in the live brain is poorly understood. To empower mechanistic studies, we created an optical technique, TEMPO, that records the aggregate trans-membrane voltage dynamics of genetically specified neurons in freely behaving mice. TEMPO has >10-fold greater sensitivity than prior fiber-optic techniques and attains the noise minimum set by quantum mechanical photon shot noise...
December 1, 2016: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912057/gut-microbiota-regulate-motor-deficits-and-neuroinflammation-in-a-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
#19
Timothy R Sampson, Justine W Debelius, Taren Thron, Stefan Janssen, Gauri G Shastri, Zehra Esra Ilhan, Collin Challis, Catherine E Schretter, Sandra Rocha, Viviana Gradinaru, Marie-Francoise Chesselet, Ali Keshavarzian, Kathleen M Shannon, Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown, Pernilla Wittung-Stafshede, Rob Knight, Sarkis K Mazmanian
The intestinal microbiota influence neurodevelopment, modulate behavior, and contribute to neurological disorders. However, a functional link between gut bacteria and neurodegenerative diseases remains unexplored. Synucleinopathies are characterized by aggregation of the protein α-synuclein (αSyn), often resulting in motor dysfunction as exemplified by Parkinson's disease (PD). Using mice that overexpress αSyn, we report herein that gut microbiota are required for motor deficits, microglia activation, and αSyn pathology...
December 1, 2016: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912020/biodiversity-increases-functional-and-compositional-resistance-but-decreases-resilience-in-phytoplankton-communities
#20
Jan M Baert, Frederik De Laender, Koen Sabbe, Colin R Janssen
There is now ample evidence that biodiversity stabilizes aggregated ecosystem functions, such as primary production, in changing environments. In primary producer systems, this stabilizing effect is found to be driven by higher functional resistance (i.e., reduced changes in functions by environmental changes) rather than through higher functional resilience (i.e., rapid recovery following environmental changes) in more diverse systems. The stability of aggregated ecosystem functions directly depends on changes in species composition and by consequence their functional contributions to ecosystem functions...
December 2016: Ecology
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