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Jonathan B Grimm, Brian P English, Heejun Choi, Anand K Muthusamy, Brian P Mehl, Peng Dong, Timothy A Brown, Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz, Zhe Liu, Timothée Lionnet, Luke D Lavis
Small-molecule fluorophores are important tools for advanced imaging experiments. We previously reported a general method to improve small, cell-permeable fluorophores which resulted in the azetidine-containing 'Janelia Fluor' (JF) dyes. Here, we refine and extend the utility of these dyes by synthesizing photoactivatable derivatives that are compatible with live-cell labeling strategies. Once activated, these derived compounds retain the superior brightness and photostability of the JF dyes, enabling improved single-particle tracking and facile localization microscopy experiments...
October 24, 2016: Nature Methods
Kalle Kipper, Ebba Gregorsson Lundius, Vladimir Curic, Ivana Nikic, Edward A Lemke, Manfred Wiessler, Johan Elf
Small synthetic fluorophores are in many ways superior to fluorescent proteins as labels for imaging. A major challenge is to use them for a protein-specific labeling in living cells. Here, we report on our use of noncanonical amino acids that are genetically encoded via the pyrrolysyl-tRNA/pyrrolysyl-RNA synthetase pair at artificially introduced TAG codons in a recoded E. coli strain. The strain is lacking endogenous TAG codons and the TAG-specific release factor RF1. The amino acids contain bioorthogonal groups that can be clicked to externally supplied dyes, thus enabling protein-specific labeling in live cells...
October 24, 2016: ACS Synthetic Biology
Joseph Lucisano, Timothy Routh, Joe Lin, David Gough
OBJECTIVE: The use of a fully implanted, first-generation prototype sensor/telemetry system is described for long-term monitoring of subcutaneous tissue glucose in a small cohort of people with diabetes. METHODS: Sensors are based on a membrane containing immobilized glucose oxidase and catalase coupled to electrochemical oxygen detection and telemetry systems, integrated as an implant. The devices remained implanted for up to 180 days, with signals transmitted every 2 minutes to external receivers...
October 19, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
Jiangping Xu, Jun Li, Yi Yang, Ke Wang, Nan Xu, Jingyi Li, Ruijing Liang, Lei Shen, Xiaolin Xie, Juan Tao, Jintao Zhu
Although high-boiling non-solvent induced macrophase separation in emulsion droplets has been widely applied for the fabrication of polymeric capsules, precise control of their structures remains a great challenge. Herein, block copolymer capsules with tunable shell structures were fabricated by employing a non-solvent as a liquid template in emulsion droplets. The properties of the non-solvents dictate the phase separation sequence in the droplets and the capsule formation mechanism. Two different pathways for capsule formation were observed, and could be applied to predict the shell structure...
October 24, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
Feng Wang, Minhuan Lan, Wai-Pong To, Kai Li, Chun-Nam Lok, Pengfei Wang, Chi-Ming Che
We report an amphiphilic macromolecule containing a cyclometalated gold(iii) complex that self-assembles into nano-sized micelles and also displays a long-lived emissive triplet excited state with a lifetime of 84 μs in degassed water. This amphiphilic Au(III) complex exhibits good biocompatibility and activity towards in vitro photo-toxicity, as well as enhanced permeability and retention effects in vivo.
October 24, 2016: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
Xiaobin Wang, Mingyong Sun, Bo Meng, Xiaoyao Tan, Jian Liu, Shaobin Wang, Shaomin Liu
Herein, we report the in situ synthesis of ZIF-8 membranes on the external surface of asymmetric ZnO-Al2O3 composite hollow fibers. The prepared ZIF-8 hollow fiber membrane exhibits exceeding performance for hydrogen separation and high reproducibility for an easy scale-up.
October 24, 2016: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
Fei Yan, Bin Su
Antioxidants are widely found or used in food, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries, thus rapid and sensitive detection of antioxidants is of great interest. The present work reports a simple and fast electrochemical method for direct analysis of antioxidants in fruit juices by modulating the permeability of mesochannels on the electrode surface. This goal was achieved by growing vertical silica mesochannel array (SMA) with a channel diameter of 2 ∼ 3 nm on the indium tin oxide (ITO) electrode surface using the cylindrical micelles (CMs) as the template...
October 24, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Hattan A Alharbi, Jane Alcorn, Ahmed Al-Mousa, John P Giesy, Steve B Wiseman
Oil sands process-affected water (OSPW) is generated during extraction of bitumen in the surface mining oil sands industry in Alberta, Canada. Studies were performed in vitro by use of Caco-2 cells, and in vivo with larvae of Japanese medaka (Oryzias latipes) to determine if organic compounds from the aqueous phase of OSPW inhibit ATP binding cassette protein ABCB1 (permeability-glycoprotein, P-gp). Neutral and basic fractions of OSPW inhibited activity of P-gp in Caco-2 cells by 1.9- and 2.0-fold, respectively, while the acidic fraction had the least effect...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Applied Toxicology: JAT
Marco Siccardi, Phillip Martin, Darren Smith, Paul Curley, Tom McDonald, Marco Giardiello, Neill Liptrott, Steve Rannard, Andrew Owen
Solid drug nanoparticles (SDNs) are a nanotechnology with favourable characteristics to enhance drug delivery and improve the treatment of several diseases, showing benefit for improved oral bioavailability and injectable long-acting medicines. The physicochemical properties and composition of nanoformulations can influence the absorption, distribution, and elimination of nanoparticles; consequently, the development of nanoparticles for drug delivery should consider the potential role of nanoparticle characteristics in the definition of pharmacokinetics...
September 2016: J Interdiscip Nanomed
Matteo Mori, Miguel Ponce-de-León, Juli Peretó, Francisco Montero
Bacterial communities may display metabolic complementation, in which different members of the association partially contribute to the same biosynthetic pathway. In this way, the end product of the pathway is synthesized by the community as a whole. However, the emergence and the benefits of such complementation are poorly understood. Herein, we present a simple model to analyze the metabolic interactions among bacteria, including the host in the case of endosymbiotic bacteria. The model considers two cell populations, with both cell types encoding for the same linear biosynthetic pathway...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
Samiha Mouftah, Mona M A Abdel-Mottaleb, Alf Lamprecht
Buccal delivery seems to be a very promising administration route for macromolecular drugs. Here, we explored the potential of cationic polymethacrylate nanoparticles (NPs) as a carrier system for the buccal delivery of low molecular weight heparin (LMWH). LMWH-loaded NPs were prepared by emulsification solvent diffusion method and the NPs were analyzed for their physiochemical properties, rheological evaluations and ex vivo transport studies across buccal mucosa. The prepared LMWH-loaded NPs showed a mean diameter between 400 and 500nm with unimodal size distribution with negative surface charge...
October 20, 2016: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
Yi Yong, Ammar Saleem, José A Guerrero-Analco, Pierre S Haddad, Alain Cuerrier, John T Arnason, Cory S Harris, Tim Johns
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Larix laricina, a native tree of North America, is a highly respected medicinal plant used for generations by Indigenous Peoples across its range, including the Cree of northern Québec who use the bark to treat symptoms of diabetes. This study investigates the antioxidant capacity and bioavailability of active constituents identified in L. laricina bark extracts. MATERIALS AND METHODS: (1) Oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) assay was employed to test antioxidant capacity of organic extracts (80% ethanol) from bark of L...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
E Vieira Dos Santos, C Sáez, P Cañizares, C A Martínez-Huitle, M A Rodrigo
This study demonstrates the application of reversible electrokinetic adsorption barrier (REKAB) technology to soils spiked with low-solubility pollutants. A permeable reactive barrier (PRB) of granular activated carbon (GAC) was placed between the anode and cathode of an electrokinetic (EK) soil remediation bench-scale setup with the aim of enhancing the removal of two low-solubility herbicides (atrazine and oxyfluorfen) using a surfactant solution (sodium dodecyl sulfate) as the flushing fluid. This innovative study focused on evaluating the interaction between the EK system and the GAC-PRB, attempting to obtain insights into the primary mechanisms involved...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Hazardous Materials
K Djabelkhir, C Lauvernet, P Kraft, N Carluer
Preferential flow contributes significantly to pesticide fast transfer from surface to groundwater. Modeling this process at several scales is an important challenge for improving the representation of this process which is often neglected. In this study, we developed a dual permeability approach in a hydrological modeling framework, CMF, which is a collaborative environment for developing spatially-integrated models of water fluxes. In the development we propose here, infiltration in macropores which are connected to the surface is activated when the first matrix layer reaches saturation...
October 20, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
Ramiro Chavez-Montoya, Osvaldo Araujo-Ramírez, Irma Yolanda Castillo-López, Luis Humberto Govea-Camacho
BACKGROUND: Silent sinus or imploding antrum syndrome is a very rare condition, consisting of a usually asymptomatic spontaneous collapse of the sinus walls and floor of the orbit. It is associated with negative pressures, and when this occurs, it presents with manifestations such as enophthalmos, hypoglobus, and tilt flow orbital floor. As its incidence is very low, it is frequently missed as a diagnosis, and in fact there are currently fewer than 150 cases reported in the literature...
October 20, 2016: Cirugia y Cirujanos
Dongxiao Wang, Wanxian Luo, Ge Wen, Li Yang, Shaofu Hong, Shiyu Zhang, Jianxin Diao, Jianguo Wang, Hongqin Wei, Yingjia Li, Ying Wang
We have fabricated a negative-charged nanoparticle (Heparin-Folate-Tat-Taxol NP, H-F-Tat-T NP) with dual ligands, tumor targeting ligand folate and cell-penetrating peptide Tat, to deliver taxol presenting great anticancer activity for sensitive cancer cells, while it fails to overcome multidrug resistance (MDR) in MCF-7/T cells (taxol-resistant breast cancer cells). Ultrasound (US) can increase the sensitivity of positive-charged NPs thereby making it possible to reverse MDR through inducing NPs' drug release...
January 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
K Shikha Ojha, Timothy J Mason, Colm P O'Donnell, Joseph P Kerry, Brijesh K Tiwari
Fermentation processes involve the participation of enzymes and organic catalysts, generated by range of microorganisms to produce chemical transformations. Ultrasound can be used in such processes to either monitor the progress of fermentation or to influence its progress. High frequency ultrasound (>2MHz) has been extensively reported as a tool for the measurement of the changes in chemical composition during fermentation providing real time information on reaction progress. Low frequency ultrasound (20-50kHz) can influence the course of fermentation by improving mass transfer and cell permeability leading to improved process efficiency and production rates...
January 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
Lingling Zhang, Huan Qi, Zhengxu Yan, Yu Gu, Weiqiang Sun, Abraham Amenay Zewde
The present study evaluated inactivation efficiency of a sonophotocatalytic process using ZnO nanofluids including ultrasonic parameters such as power density, frequency and time. The result showed that inactivation efficiency was increased by 20% when ultrasonic irradiation was combined with photocatalytic process in the presence of natural light. Comparison of inactivation efficiency in photocatalytic, ultrasonic and sonocatalytic processes using Escherichia coli as a model bacteria identified that inactivation efficiencies are shown in the following order: ultrasonic irradiation<sonocatalysis<photocatalysis<sonophotocatalysis...
January 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
Ling Zhang, Li Zheng, Hong S Fan, Xing D Zhang
This study was undertaken to explore the synergistic effect of scaffold materials and a cartilage-like environment on the chondrogenic differentiation of stem cells. Because stem cells encapsulated in a cartilage scaffold will be induced by scaffold molecules as well as permeable molecules from the surroundings, it is impossible to optimize a chondro-inducible scaffold without considering environmental sensitivity. How do we know if a designed scaffold will be sufficient prior to implantation? In this study, bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (bMSCs) were seeded in various scaffolds, including collagen hydrogel, collage/sodium alginate hydrogel, collagen sponge and silk fibroin sponge...
January 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Mariela Arias-Hidalgo, Jan Hegermann, Georgios Tsiavaliaris, Fabrizio Carta, Claudiu T Supuran, Gerolf Gros, Volker Endeward
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Across the mitochondrial membrane an exceptionally intense exchange of O2 and CO2 occurs. We have asked, 1) whether the CO2 permeability, PM,CO2, of this membrane is also exceptionally high, and 2) whether the mitochondrial membrane is sufficiently permeable to HCO3- to make passage of this ion an alternative pathway for exit of metabolically produced CO2. METHODS: The two permeabilities were measured using the previously published mass spectrometric 18O exchange technique to study suspensions of mitochondria freshly isolated from rat livers...
October 24, 2016: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
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