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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098790/synthesis-structure-and-antimicrobial-properties-of-novel-benzalkonium-chloride-analogues-with-pyridine-rings
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Bogumił Brycki, Izabela Małecka, Anna Koziróg, Anna Otlewska
Quaternary ammonium compounds (QACs) are a group of compounds of great economic significance. They are widely used as emulsifiers, detergents, solubilizers and corrosion inhibitors in household and industrial products. Due to their excellent antimicrobial activity QACs have also gained a special meaning as antimicrobials in hospitals, agriculture and the food industry. The main representatives of the microbiocidal QACs are the benzalkonium chlorides (BACs), which exhibit biocidal activity against most bacteria, fungi, algae and some viruses...
January 13, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098741/does-familial-aggregation-of-chronic-low-back-pain-impact-on-recovery-a-population-based-twin-study
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J R Zadro, D Shirley, J F Sanchez-Romera, J R Ordoñana, P H Ferreira
STUDY DESIGN: Longitudinal twin-cohort study. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the impact familial aggregation of chronic low back pain (LBP) has on the recovery from chronic LBP. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: LBP is a worldwide problem, with pain and disability often becoming chronic. Genetics and familial behaviours could significantly impact the recovery from chronic LBP but have not been extensively investigated. METHODS: 624 Spanish twins from the Murcia Twin Registry reported experiencing chronic LBP within the past two years during the 2009/11 data collection wave and were followed up in 2013...
January 16, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098551/seroprevalence-and-transmission-of-human-influenza-a-h5n1-virus-before-and-after-virus-reassortment-cambodia-2006-2014
#3
Sowath Ly, Paul Horwood, Malen Chan, Sareth Rith, Sopheak Sorn, Kunthea Oeung, Kunthy Nguon, Siam Chan, Phalla Y, Amy Parry, Reiko Tsuyuoka, Sovann Ly, Beat Richner, Denis Laurent, Sirenda Vong, Philippe Dussart, Philippe Buchy, Arnaud Tarantola
Thirty-five human influenza A(H5N1) cases were reported in Cambodia during 2013-2014 after emergence of a clade 1.1.2 reassortant virus. We tested 881 villagers and found 2 cases of pauci- or asymptomatic infection. Seroprevalence after emergence of the reassortant strain (0.2%) was lower than the aggregate seroprevalence of 1.3% reported in earlier studies.
February 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098531/changing-epidemiology-of-human-brucellosis-china-1955-2014
#4
Shengjie Lai, Hang Zhou, Weiyi Xiong, Marius Gilbert, Zhuojie Huang, Jianxing Yu, Wenwu Yin, Liping Wang, Qiulan Chen, Yu Li, Di Mu, Lingjia Zeng, Xiang Ren, Mengjie Geng, Zike Zhang, Buyun Cui, Tiefeng Li, Dali Wang, Zhongjie Li, Nicola A Wardrop, Andrew J Tatem, Hongjie Yu
Brucellosis, a zoonotic disease, was made statutorily notifiable in China in 1955. We analyzed the incidence and spatial-temporal distribution of human brucellosis during 1955-2014 in China using notifiable surveillance data: aggregated data for 1955-2003 and individual case data for 2004-2014. A total of 513,034 brucellosis cases were recorded, of which 99.3% were reported in northern China during 1955-2014, and 69.1% (258, 462/374, 141) occurred during February-July in 1990-2014. Incidence remained high during 1955-1978 (interquartile range 0...
February 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098506/capsicum-annuum-var-grossum-bell-pepper-inhibits-%C3%AE-secretase-activity-and-%C3%AE-amyloid1-40-aggregation
#5
Omodesola Oluwafisayo Ogunruku, Ganiyu Oboh, Sabina Passamonti, Federica Trammer, Aline Augusti Boligon
The deposition of amyloid protein as senile plaques is the major signature of Alzheimer's disease (AD). It is produced by the sequential cleavage of the amyloid precursor protein by secretases. Moreover, peppers are noted for their antiaging and cognitive enhancing properties. Thus, in this study, the effects of polyphenol-rich extracts from bell pepper on amyloid production and aggregation in vitro were investigated. Bell pepper (ripe and unripe) was extracted with methanol-1 N HCl (1:1 v/v). Thereafter, the inhibitory potentials of the extracts on β-secretase and β-amyloid1-40 aggregation were determined...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Food
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098491/particle-sizing-methods-for-the-detection-of-protein-aggregates-in-biopharmaceuticals
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Akram Khodabandehloo, David Da Yong Chen
Protein aggregation is a common biological phenomenon which is responsible for degenerative diseases and is problematic in the pharmaceutical industry. According to the rules provided by regulatory agencies, industry is supposed to assess the product quality regarding the presence of subvisible particles. Also, they should evaluate the technologies that are used to measure these particles. Therefore, US FDA and industry have been looking for methods capable of accurately characterizing the protein products...
January 18, 2017: Bioanalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098464/clustering-of-uracil-molecules-on-ice-nanoparticles
#7
Andriy Pysanenko, Jaroslav Kocisek, Dana Nachtigallova, Viktoriya Poterya, Michal Farnik
We generate a molecular beam of ice nanoparticles (H2O)N, N ∼130 - 220, which pick up several individual gas phase uracil (U) or 5-bromouracil (BrU) molecules. The mass spectra of the doped nanoparticles prove that the uracil and bromouracil molecules coagulate to clusters on the ice nanoparticles. Calculations of U and BrU monomers and dimers on the ice nanoparticles provide theoretical support for the cluster formation. The (U)nH(+) and (BrU)nH(+) intensity dependencies on m extracted from the mass spectra suggest a smaller tendency of BrU to coagulate compared to U, which is substantiated by a lower mobility of bromouracil on the ice surface...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098460/sulfate-mediated-end-to-end-assembly-of-gold-nanorods
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Seyyed Mohammad Hossein Abtahi, Nathan D Burrows, Fred A Idesis, Catherine J Murphy, Navid B Saleh, Peter J Vikesland
There is interest in the controlled aggregation of gold nanorods (GNRs) for the production of extended nanoassemblies. Prior studies have relied upon chemical modification of the GNR surface to achieve a desired final aggregate structure. Herein, we illustrate that control of electrolyte composition can facilitate end-to-end assembly of cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) coated GNRs. By adjusting either the sulfate anion concentration or the exposure time it is possible to connect GNRs in chain-like assemblies...
January 18, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098411/an-efficient-basket-trial-design
#9
Kristen M Cunanan, Alexia Iasonos, Ronglai Shen, Colin B Begg, Mithat Gönen
The landscape for early phase cancer clinical trials is changing dramatically because of the advent of targeted therapy. Increasingly, new drugs are designed to work against a target such as the presence of a specific tumor mutation. Because typically only a small proportion of cancer patients will possess the mutational target, but the mutation is present in many different cancers, a new class of basket trials is emerging, whereby the drug is tested simultaneously in different baskets, that is, subgroups of different tumor types...
January 18, 2017: Statistics in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098405/shielding-engineered-islets-with-mesenchymal-stem-cells-enhance-survival-under-hypoxia
#10
Bhawna Chandravanshi, Ramesh Ramchandra Bhonde
In the present study we focused on the improvisation of islet survival in hypoxia.The Islet like cell aggregates (ICAs) derived from wharton's jelly mesenchymal stem cells (WJ MSC) were cultured with and without WJ MSC for 48h in hypoxia and normoxia and tested for their direct trophic effect on β cell survival. The WJ MSCs themselves secreted insulin upon glucose challenge and expressed the pancreatic markers at both transcription and translational level (C-peptide, Insulin,Glucagon and Glut 2). Direct contact of MSCs with ICAs facilitated highest viability under hypoxia as evidenced by fluorescein diacetate/propidium iodide and 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide(MTT) assay...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098315/a-ph-responsive-wormlike-micellar-system-of-a-noncovalent-interaction-based-surfactant-with-a-tunable-molecular-structure
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Wanli Kang, Pengxiang Wang, Haiming Fan, Hongbin Yang, Caili Dai, Xia Yin, Yilu Zhao, Shujun Guo
Responsive wormlike micelles are very useful in a number of applications, whereas it is still challenging to create dramatic viscosity changes in wormlike micellar systems. Here we developed a pH-responsive wormlike micellar system based on a noncovalent constructed surfactant, which is formed by the complexation of N-erucamidopropyl-N,N-dimethylamine (UC22AMPM) and citric acid at the molar ratio of 3 : 1 (EACA). The phase behavior, aggregate microstructure and viscoelasticity of EACA solutions were investigated by macroscopic appearance observation, rheological and cryo-TEM measurements...
January 18, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098305/phase-behaviour-and-temperature-responsive-properties-of-a-gemini-surfactant-brij-30-water-system
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Chuanhong Han, Yan Guo, Xiaoxiao Chen, Meihuan Yao, Yingtian Zhang, Qirui Zhang, Xilian Wei
The phase behaviour of a ternary system composed of cationic gemini surfactant 2-hydroxypropyl-1,3-bis(myristyldimethylammonium chloride) (14-3(OH)-14(2Cl)), nonionic surfactant polyoxyethylene laurel ether (C12H25(OCH2CH2)10OH, Brij-30) and H2O was studied and its phase diagram was determined. In several different phase regions identified in the phase diagram, the viscoelastic worm-like micellar solution region was investigated. The focus of the investigation was the increase in the viscosity of the micellar solution with the temperature and the Brij-30 content, as suggested by a partial region of the triangular phase diagram...
January 18, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098297/spontaneous-assembly-of-a-hybrid-crystal-liquid-phase-in-inverse-patchy-colloid-systems
#13
Silvano Ferrari, Emanuela Bianchi, Gerhard Kahl
Materials with well-defined architectures are heavily sought after in view of their diverse technological applications. Among the desired target architectures, lamellar phases stand out for their exceptional mechanical and optical features. Here we show that charged colloids, decorated on their poles with two oppositely charged regions possess the unusual ability to spontaneously assemble in different morphologies of (semi-)ordered, layered particle arrangements which maintain their structural stability over a surprisingly large temperature range...
January 18, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098282/b40-cluster-stability-reactivity-and-its-planar-structural-precursor
#14
Yang Yang, Zhuhua Zhang, Evgeni S Penev, Boris I Yakobson
We report a comprehensive first-principles study of the structural and chemical properties of the recently discovered B40 cage. It is found to be highly reactive and can exothermically dimerize, regardless of the orientation, by overcoming a small energy barrier ≃0.06 eV. The energy gap of the system varies widely with the aggregation of the increasing number of B40 cages, from 3.14 eV in a single B40, to 1.54 eV in the dimer, to 1.25 eV in the trimer. We also explore a recipe for protecting the B40 cage by sheathing it within a carbon shell and identify carbon nanotubes with a radius of ∼6 Å as optimal hosts for an isolated cage...
January 18, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098266/self-assembled-lipoprotein-based-gold-nanoparticles-for-detection-and-photothermal-disaggregation-of-%C3%AE-amyloid-aggregates
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P A T Martins, S Alsaiari, K Julfakyan, Z Nie, N M Khashab
We present a reconstituted lipoprotein-based nanoparticle platform comprising a curcumin fluorescent motif and an NIR responsive gold core. This multifunctional nanosystem is successfully used for aggregation-dependent fluorescence detection and photothermal disassembly of insoluble amyloid aggregates.
January 18, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098204/strain-specific-fibril-propagation-by-an-a%C3%AE-dodecamer
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Dexter N Dean, Pradipta K Das, Pratip Rana, Franklin Burg, Yona Levites, Sarah E Morgan, Preetam Ghosh, Vijayaraghavan Rangachari
Low molecular weight oligomers of amyloid-β (Aβ) have emerged as the primary toxic agents in the etiology of Alzheimer disease (AD). Polymorphism observed within the aggregation end products of fibrils are known to arise due to microstructural differences among the oligomers. Diversity in aggregate morphology correlates with the differences in AD, cementing the idea that conformational strains of oligomers could be significant in phenotypic outcomes. Therefore, it is imperative to determine the ability of strains to faithfully propagate their structure...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098196/enhanced-removal-of-as-v-from-aqueous-solution-using-modified-hydrous-ferric-oxide-nanoparticles
#17
Lijuan Huo, Xibai Zeng, Shiming Su, Lingyu Bai, Yanan Wang
Hydrous ferric oxide (HFO) is most effective with high treatment capacity on arsenate [As(V)] sorption although its transformation and aggregation nature need further improvement. Here, HFO nanoparticles with carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) or starch as modifier was synthesized for the purpose of stability improvement and As(V) removal from water. Comparatively, CMC might be the optimum stabilizer for HFO nanoparticles because of more effective physical and chemical stability. The large-pore structure, high surface specific area, and the non-aggregated nature of CMC-HFO lead to increased adsorption sites, and thus high adsorption capacities of As(V) without pre-treatment (355 mg·g(-1)), which is much greater than those reported in previous studies...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097871/redox-responsive-self-assembly-micelles-from-poly-n-acryloylmorpholine-block-2-acryloyloxyethyl-ferrocene-carboxylate-amphiphilic-block-copolymers-as-drug-release-carriers
#18
Feng Xu, He Li, Yan-Ling Luo, Wei Tang
Novel well-defined redox-responsive ferrocene-containing amphiphilic block copolymers (PACMO-b-PAEFC) were synthesized by ATRP, with poly(N-acryloylmorpholine) (PACMO) as hydrophilic blocks and poly(2-acryloyloxyethyl ferrocenecarboxylate) (PAEFC) as hydrophobic blocks. The copolymers were characterized by FTIR, 1H NMR, and gel permeation chromatography, and the crystalline behavior was determined by X-ray diffraction and small-angle X-ray scattering. The results showed that the size of the lamellar crystals and crystallinity vary with the systematic compositions while the periodic structure of the lamellar stacks has no obvious change...
January 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097868/development-of-phenothiazine-based-theranostic-compounds-that-act-both-as-inhibitors-of-%C3%AF-amyloid-aggregation-and-imaging-probes-for-amyloid-plaques-in-alzheimer-s-disease
#19
Pascal Dao, Feifei Ye, Yan Liu, Zhiyun Du, Kun Zhang, Chang-Zhi Dong, Bernard Meunier, Huixiong Chen
Early detection of Alzheimer's disease (AD) is imperative in enabling the understanding and clinical treatment of this disorder, as well as in preventing its progression. Imaging agents specifically targeting Aβ plaques in the brain and the retina may lead to the early diagnosis of AD. Among them, near infrared fluorescent imaging has emerged as an attractive tool to noninvasively identify and monitor diseases during the preclinical and early stages. In the present study, we report the design, synthesis and evaluation of a series of new near-infrared fluorescent probes...
January 18, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097791/alpha-thalassaemia-promotes-frequent-vaso-occlusive-crises-in-children-with-sickle-cell-anaemia-through-haemorheological-changes
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Céline Renoux, Philippe Connes, Elie Nader, Sarah Skinner, Camille Faes, Marie Petras, Yves Bertrand, Nathalie Garnier, Daniela Cuzzubbo, Lydia Divialle-Doumdo, Kamila Kebaïli, Cécile Renard, Alexandra Gauthier, Maryse Etienne-Julan, Giovanna Cannas, Cyril Martin, Marie-Dominique Hardy-Dessources, Vincent Pialoux, Marc Romana, Philippe Joly
BACKGROUND: Sickle cell anaemia (SCA) is a severe hereditary haemoglobinopathy characterised by haemorheological abnormalities, which play a role in the occurrence of several acute and chronic clinical complications. While β(S) -haplotypes and alpha-thalassaemia modulate SCA clinical severity, their effects on blood rheology have been incompletely described. The aim of this study was to test the effects of these genetic modifiers on the haemorheological properties and clinical complication of children with SCA...
January 18, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
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