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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775717/temozolomide-loaded-nano-lipid-based-chitosan-hydrogel-for-nose-to-brain-delivery-characterization-nasal-absorption-histopathology-and-cell-line-study
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Anam Khan, Mohd Aqil, Syed Sarim Imam, Abdul Ahad, Yasmin Sultana, Asgar Ali, Khalid Khan
The present study was designed to develop and optimize Temozolomide nano lipid chitosan gel delivery (TMZNLCHG) to target the brain through nasal route. The formulation was developed using chitosan as a gelling agent and Vit E: gelucire 44/14 blend as lipid. The formulations were evaluated for particle size, drug loading, morphology, drug release, nasal diffusion, cell line study, and histopathology study. The average particle size, PDI, %EE, loading, drug release, and % permeation were found to be 134 nm, 0...
May 15, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775712/rheological-and-fracturing-characteristics-of-a-novel-sulfonated-hydroxypropyl-guar-gum
#2
Liewei Qiu, Yiding Shen, Tao Wang, Chen Wang
A series of sulfonated hydroxypropyl guar gum (SHG) samples with different degrees of substitution (DSs) were prepared, and the SHG solution and SHG fracturing fluid were prepared and analyzed. The SHG aqueous solutions with different DSs all exhibit shear thinning behavior, which is well correlated with the Ostwald-deWaele model. Owing to the electrostatic repulsion of SHG molecular chains, SHG solutions with a higher DS will exhibit weaker thixotropic performance and strong anti-salinity ability. In addition, the SHG fracturing fluids, which were formed by interactions between SHG and organic zirconium, exhibit good temperature- and shear-resistant properties, proppant suspension properties, and salt tolerance...
May 15, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775701/lithium-posttreatment-alleviates-blood-brain-barrier-injury-after-intracerebral-hemorrhage-in-rats
#3
Weishan Li, Rui Li, Sha Zhao, Cheng Jiang, Zhen Liu, Xiaobo Tang
Vasogenic cerebral edema formation after blood brain barrier (BBB) damage aggravates the devastating consequences of intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH). The present study aims to probe into a therapeutic method on BBB preservation after ICH with a glycogen synthase kinase-3β (GSK-3β) inhibitor, lithium. Intrastriatal infusion of semicoagulated autologous whole blood or sham surgery was performed on male Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats (n = 208).Experimental animals received administration of 4,6-disubstitutedpyrrolo-pyrimidine (TWS119), lithium alone or in combination with a phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase inhibitor, wortmannin, after ICH...
May 15, 2018: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775658/hydroxysafflor-yellow-a-protects-brain-microvascular-endothelial-cells-against-oxygen-glucose-deprivation-reoxygenation-injury-involvement-of-inhibiting-autophagy-via-class-i-pi3k-akt-mtor-signaling-pathway
#4
Guang Yang, Ning Wang, Sai Wang Seto, Dennis Chang, Huazheng Liang
The present study aimed to test whether Hydroxysafflor yellow A (HSYA) protects the brain microvascular endothelial cells (BMECs) injury induced by oxygen glucose deprivation/reoxygenation (OGD/R) via the PI3K/Akt/mTOR autophagy signaling pathway. Primary rat BMECs were cultured and identified by the expression of factor VIII-related antigen before being exposed to OGD/R to imitate ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) damage in vitro. The protective effect of HSYA was evaluated by assessing (1) cellular morphologic and ultrastructural changes; (2) cell viability and cytotoxicity; (3) transendothelial electrical resistance (TEER) of monolayer BMECs; (4) cell apoptosis; (5) fluorescence intensity of LC3B; (6) LC3 mRNA expression; (7) protein expressions of LC3, Beclin-1, Zonula occludens-1 (ZO-1), phospho-Akt (p-Akt), Akt, phospho-mTOR (p-mTOR) and mTOR...
May 15, 2018: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775644/redox-signal-mediated-trpm2-promotes-ang-ii-induced-adipocyte-insulin-resistance-via-ca-2-dependent-camkii-jnk-cascade
#5
Min Gao, Yu Du, Jing-Wen Xie, Jing Xue, Yi-Ting Wang, Li Qin, Ming-Ming Ma, Yong-Bo Tang, Xiao-Yan Li
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Redox-sensitive transient receptor potential melastatin 2 (TRPM2) is a Ca2+ -permeable, nonselective cation channel which plays a crucial role in various physiological processes. However, little is known whether TRPM2 is involved in adipocyte dysfunction during hypertension. In the present study, we determined the role of TRPM2 in angiotensin II (Ang II)-induced insulin resistance in adipocytes and the underlying mechanisms. METHODS: Ang II-induced adipocyte insulin resistant model was conducted...
May 15, 2018: Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775418/prolonged-activation-of-camp-signaling-leads-to-endothelial-barrier-disruption-via-transcriptional-repression-of-rras
#6
Carole Y Perrot, Junko Sawada, Masanobu Komatsu
The increase in cAMP levels in endothelial cells triggers cellular signaling to alter vascular permeability. It is generally considered that cAMP signaling stabilizes the endothelial barrier function and reduces permeability. However, previous studies have only examined the permeability shortly after cAMP elevation and thus have only investigated acute responses. Because cAMP is a key regulator of gene expression, elevated cAMP may have a delayed but profound impact on the endothelial permeability by altering the expression of the genes that are vital for the vessel wall stability...
May 18, 2018: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774952/plant-roots-redesign-the-rhizosphere-to-alter-the-three-dimensional-physical-architecture-and-water-dynamics
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Sheikh M F Rabbi, Matthew K Tighe, Richard J Flavel, Brent N Kaiser, Chris N Guppy, Xiaoxian Zhang, Iain M Young
The mechanisms controlling the genesis of rhizosheaths are not well understood, despite their importance in controlling the flux of nutrients and water from soil to root. Here, we examine the development of rhizosheaths from drought-tolerant and drought-sensitive chickpea varieties; focusing on the three-dimensional characterization of the pore volume (> 16 μm voxel spatial resolution) obtained from X-ray microtomography, along with the characterization of mucilage and root hairs, and water sorption. We observe that drought-tolerant plants generate a larger diameter root, and a greater and more porous mass of rhizosheath, which also has a significantly increased water sorptivity, as compared with bulk soil...
May 18, 2018: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774638/loss-of-sirtuin-1-and-mitofusin-2-contributes-to-enhanced-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-in-aged-livers
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Sung Kook Chun, Sooyeon Lee, Joseph Flores-Toro, Rebecca Y U, Ming-Jim Yang, Kristina L Go, Thomas G Biel, Catherine E Miney, Schiley Pierre Louis, Brian K Law, Mary E Law, Elizabeth M Thomas, Kevin E Behrns, Christiaan Leeuwenburgh, Jae-Sung Kim
Ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury is a causative factor contributing to morbidity and mortality during liver resection and transplantation. Livers from elderly patients have a poorer recovery from these surgeries, indicating reduced reparative capacity with aging. Mechanisms underlying this age-mediated hypersensitivity to I/R injury remain poorly understood. Here, we investigated how sirtuin 1 (SIRT1) and mitofusin 2 (MFN2) are affected by I/R in aged livers. Young (3 months) and old (23-26 months) male C57/BL6 mice were subjected to hepatic I/R in vivo...
May 17, 2018: Aging Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774611/nanoporous-metallic-networks-fabrication-optical-properties-and-applications
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REVIEW
Racheli Ron, Emir Haleva, Adi Salomon
Nanoporous metallic networks are a group of porous materials made of solid metals with suboptical wavelength sizes of both particles and voids. They are characterized by unique optical properties, as well as high surface area and permeability of guest materials. As such, they attract a great focus as novel materials for photonics, catalysis, sensing, and renewable energy. Their properties together with the ability for scaling-up evoke an increased interest also in the industrial field. Here, fabrication techniques of large-scale metallic networks are discussed, and their interesting optical properties as well as their applications are considered...
May 17, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774132/natural-products-a-hope-for-glioblastoma-patients
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REVIEW
Raghupathy Vengoji, Muzafar A Macha, Surinder K Batra, Nicole A Shonka
Glioblastoma (GBM) is one of the most aggressive malignant tumors with an overall dismal survival averaging one year despite multimodality therapeutic interventions including surgery, radiotherapy and concomitant and adjuvant chemotherapy. Few drugs are FDA approved for GBM, and the addition of temozolomide (TMZ) to standard therapy increases the median survival by only 2.5 months. Targeted therapy appeared promising in in vitro monolayer cultures, but disappointed in preclinical and clinical trials, partly due to the poor penetration of drugs through the blood brain barrier (BBB)...
April 24, 2018: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774064/tumour-homing-chimeric-polypeptide-conjugated-polypyrrole-nanoparticles-for-imaging-guided-synergistic-photothermal-and-chemical-therapy-of-cancer
#11
Mengmeng Sun, Jianwen Guo, Hanjun Hao, Tong Tong, Kun Wang, Weiping Gao
Near-infrared (NIR)-absorbing conjugated polymer nanoparticles are interesting for imaging-guided combination therapy, especially for synergistic photothermal therapy and chemotherapy; however, most of them target tumours passively through the enhanced permeability and retention (EPR) effect, leading to low utilization efficiency. To address this problem, we report an active tumour-targeting strategy of tumour-homing chimeric polypeptide-conjugated NIR-absorbing conjugated-polymer nanoparticles as a new class of drug nanocarriers for imaging-guided combination therapy of cancer...
2018: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774063/dual-target-gene-therapy-to-eml4-alk-nsclc-by-a-gold-nanoshell-based-system
#12
Siwen Li, Yuxi Liu, Yalan Rui, Liping Tang, Samuel Achilefu, Yueqing Gu
Although EML4-ALK transforming fusion gene is represented in only 8% of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) cases, its expression is partly responsive for the failure of current NSCLC treatments. Preventing secondary mutation of the ALK protein through direct gene manipulation could overcome NSCLC drug resistance. Method: In this study, we developed a gold nanoshell (HAuNs) drug carrier for delivery and selective photo-thermal release of genes that target ALK and microRNA-301 in NSCLC. Additionally, the densely-coated nanoshell adsorbed high amounts of the positively-charged anticancer drug doxorubicin (DOX), generating an exciting multidimensional treatment strategy that includes gene-, thermal- and chemo- therapy...
2018: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774038/altered-expression-of-the-malate-permeable-anion-channel-osalmt4-reduces-the-growth-of-rice-under-low-radiance
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Jie Liu, Muyun Xu, Gonzalo M Estavillo, Emmanuel Delhaize, Rosemary G White, Meixue Zhou, Peter R Ryan
We examined the function of OsALMT4 in rice ( Oryza sativa L.) which is a member of the aluminum-activated malate transporter family. Previous studies showed that OsALMT4 localizes to the plasma membrane and that expression in transgenic rice lines results in a constitutive release of malate from the roots. Here, we show that OsALMT4 is expressed widely in roots, shoots, flowers, and grain but not guard cells. Expression was also affected by ionic and osmotic stress, light and to the hormones ABA, IAA, and salicylic acid...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774019/long-term-effects-of-residual-chlorine-on-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-in-simulated-drinking-water-fed-with-low-aoc-medium
#14
Guannan Mao, Yuhao Song, Mark Bartlam, Yingying Wang
Residual chlorine is often required to remain present in public drinking water supplies during distribution to ensure water quality. It is essential to understand how bacteria respond to long-term chlorine exposure, especially with the presence of assimilable organic carbon (AOC). This study aimed to investigate the effects of chlorination on Pseudomonas aeruginosa in low AOC medium by both conventional plating and culture-independent methods including flow cytometry (FCM) and quantitative PCR (qPCR). In a simulated chlorinated system using a bioreactor, membrane damage and DNA damage were measured by FCM fluorescence fingerprint...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773801/lrrc8-vrac-anion-channels-enhance-%C3%AE-cell-glucose-sensing-and-insulin-secretion
#15
Till Stuhlmann, Rosa Planells-Cases, Thomas J Jentsch
Glucose homeostasis depends critically on insulin that is secreted by pancreatic β-cells. Serum glucose, which is directly sensed by β-cells, stimulates depolarization- and Ca2+ -dependent exocytosis of insulin granules. Here we show that pancreatic islets prominently express LRRC8A and LRRC8D, subunits of volume-regulated VRAC anion channels. Hypotonicity- or glucose-induced β-cell swelling elicits canonical LRRC8A-dependent VRAC currents that depolarize β-cells to an extent that causes electrical excitation...
May 17, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773368/mutlifunctional-nanoparticles-prepared-from-arginine-modified-chitosan-and-thiolated-fucoidan-for-oral-delivery-of-hydrophobic-and-hydrophilic-drugs
#16
Chien-Ho Chen, Yung-Song Lin, Shao-Jung Wu, Fwu-Long Mi
Self-assembled nanoparticles (NPs) from arginine-modified chitosan (CS-N-Arg) and thiolated fucoidan (THL-fucoidan) were synthesized to enhance the transport of dextran and curcumin across intestinal epithelial cell layer. CS-N-Arg/THL-fucoidan NPs exhibited a pH-sensitive assembly-disassembly and drug release property. Evaluations of the NPs in enhancing the transport of a hydrophilic macromolecule (FITC-dextran) and a hydrophobic drug (curcumin) were investigated in Caco-2 cell monolayers. The cationic CS-N-Arg in the NPs induced disruption of intestinal epithelial tight junctions as indicated by the decrease of transepithelial electrical resistance (TEER)...
August 1, 2018: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773195/measuring-zinc-in-biological-nanovesicles-by-multiple-analytical-approaches
#17
Francesco Piacenza, Antje Biesemeier, Marco Farina, Francesco Piva, Xin Jin, Eleonora Pavoni, Lorenzo Nisi, Maurizio Cardelli, Laura Costarelli, Robertina Giacconi, Andrea Basso, Elisa Pierpaoli, Mauro Provinciali, James C M Hwang, Antonio Morini, Andrea di Donato, Marco Malavolta
Exosomes are nanovesicles known to mediate intercellular communication. Although it is established that zinc ions can act as intracellular signaling factors, the measurement of zinc in circulating nanovesicles has not yet been attempted. Providing evidence of the existence of this zinc fraction and methods for its measurement might be important to advance our knowledge of zinc status and its relevance in diseases. Exosomes from 0.5 ml of either fresh or frozen human plasma were isolated by differential centrifugation...
July 2018: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773062/backbone-cyclized-peptides-a-critical-review
#18
Samuel J S Rubin, Nir Qvit
Backbone-cyclized peptides and peptidomimetics integrate the biological activity and pharmacological features necessary for successful research tools and therapeutics. In general, these structures demonstrate improved maintenance of bioactive conformation, stability and cell permeability compared to their linear counterparts, while maintaining support for a variety of side chain chemistries. We explain how backbone cyclization and cycloscan techniques allow scientists to cyclize linear peptides with retained or enhanced biological activity and improved drug-like features...
May 17, 2018: Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772491/calpain-inhibition-reduces-nmda-receptor-rundown-in-rat-substantia-nigra-dopamine-neurons
#19
Jerry Zhao, Michel Baudry, Susan Jones
Repeated activation of N-Methyl-d-aspartate receptors (NMDARs) causes a Ca2+ -dependent reduction in NMDAR-mediated current in dopamine (DA) neurons of the substantia nigra pars compacta (SNc) in one week old rats; however, a Ca2+ -dependent regulatory protein has not been identified. The role of the Ca2+ -dependent cysteine protease, calpain, in mediating NMDAR current rundown was investigated. In brain slices from rats aged postnatal day 7-9 ('P7'), bath application of either of the membrane permeable calpain inhibitors, N-Acetyl-L-leucyl-L-leucyl-L-norleucinal (ALLN, 20 μM) or MDL-28170 (30 μM) significantly reduced whole-cell NMDAR current rundown...
May 4, 2018: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772362/ventriculocisternal-shunt-redivivus-third-ventricle-cisterna-magna-intradural-shunt-a-technical-note-and-case-report
#20
Ioan Tefan Florian, Cristina Caterina Aldea
OBJECTIVE: To present a hitherto unreported modification of the classic Torkildsen procedure: passing a catheter intracranially, between the third ventricle and cisterna magna. METHODS: We applied our technique to a 56-year-old male who presented to our department for treatment of a pineal region mass. RESULTS: The patient was placed in sitting position and the mass was gross totally removed through a supracerebellar infratentorial approach...
May 14, 2018: World Neurosurgery
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