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Kamelia Afshinnia, Mithun Sikder, Bo Cai, Mohammed Baalousha
Nanomaterial (NM) aggregation is a key process determining their environmental, fate behavior and effects. Nanomaterials are typically engineered to remain kinetically stable; however, in environmental and toxicological media, NMs are prone to aggregation. The aggregation kinetics of NM is typically quantified by measuring their attachment efficiency (α) and critical coagulation concentration (CCC). Several studies measured α and CCC for Ag NMs with a major focus on investigating the effects of ionic strength, ion valency and natural organic matter, with few studies investigating other environmental factors such as light and dissolved oxygen and none investigating the effect of particle size, buffer type and concentration, or surface coverage by capping agent...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Campana Raffaella, Luca Casettari, Laura Fagioli, Marco Cespi, Giulia Bonacucina, Wally Baffone
Food safety is a fundamental concern for both consumers and the food industry, especially as the numbers of reported cases of food-associated infections continue to increase. Industrial surfaces can provide a suitable substrate for the development and persistence of bacterial organized in biofilms that represent a potential source of food contamination. The negative consumer perception of chemical disinfectants has shifted the attention to natural substances, such as plant extracts. The aim of this study was to investigate the possibility of using the essential oils (EOs) in the fight against S...
October 17, 2016: International Journal of Food Microbiology
Simone A A Romariz, Daisyléa S Paiva, Layla T Galindo, Gabriela F Barnabé, Vivian A Guedes, Cesario V Borlongan, Beatriz M Longo
AIMS: Medial ganglionic eminence (MGE) progenitors give rise to inhibitory interneurons and may serve as an alternative cell source for large-scale cell transplantation for epilepsy after in vitro expansion. We investigated whether modifications in the culture medium of MGE neurospheres affect neuronal differentiation and expression of MGE-specific genes. In vivo, we compared anticonvulsant effects and cell differentiation pattern among neurospheres grown in different culture media and compared them with freshly harvested MGE cells...
October 21, 2016: CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics
Joyeeta Mukherjee, Munishwar N Gupta
Protein-coated microcrystals (PCMC) are a high-activity preparation of enzymes for use in low-water media. The protocols for the preparation of PCMCs of Subtilisin Carlsberg and Candida antarctica lipase B (CAL B) are described. The combi-PCMC concept is useful both for cascade and non-cascade reactions. It can also be beneficial to combine two different specificities of a lipase when the substrate requires it. Combi-PCMC of CALB and Palatase used for the conversion of coffee oil present in spent coffee grounds to biodiesel is described...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Ipsita Roy, Joyeeta Mukherjee, Munishwar N Gupta
Extensive cross-linking of a precipitate of a protein by a cross-linking reagent (glutaraldehyde has been most commonly used) creates an insoluble enzyme preparation called cross-linked enzyme aggregates (CLEAs). CLEAs show high stability and performance in conventional aqueous as well as nonaqueous media. These are also stable at fairly high temperatures. CLEAs with more than one kind of enzyme activity can be prepared, and such CLEAs are called combi-CLEAs or multipurpose CLEAs. Extent of cross-linking often influences their morphology, stability, activity, and enantioselectivity...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Joel L Kaar
Widespread interest in the use of room-temperature ionic liquids (RTILs) as solvents in anhydrous biocatalytic reactions has largely been met with underwhelming results. Enzymes are frequently inactivated in RTILs as a result of the influence of solvent on the enzyme's microenvironment, be it through interacting with the enzyme or enzyme-bound water molecules. The purpose of this chapter is to present a rational approach to mediate RTIL-enzyme interactions, which is essential if we are to realize the advantages of RTILs over conventional solvents for biocatalysis in full...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Hung-Yi Liu, Tanja Greene, Tsai-Yu Lin, Camron S Dawes, Murray Korc, Chien-Chi Lin
: The complex network of biochemical and biophysical cues in the pancreatic desmoplasia not only presents challenges to the fundamental understanding of tumor progression, but also hinders the development of therapeutic strategies against pancreatic cancer. Residing in the desmoplasia, pancreatic stellate cells (PSCs) are the major stromal cells affecting the growth and metastasis of pancreatic cancer cells by means of paracrine effects and extracellular matrix protein deposition. PSCs remain in a quiescent/dormant state until they are 'activated' by various environmental cues...
October 18, 2016: Acta Biomaterialia
Ruinan Gu, Fali Zhang, Gang Chen, Chaojun Han, Jay Liu, Zhaoxiang Ren, Yi Zhu, John L Waddington, Long Tai Zheng, Xuechu Zhen
Clock (Clk)1/COQ7 is a mitochondrial hydroxylase that is necessary for the biosynthesis of ubiquinone (coenzyme Q or UQ). Here, we investigate the role of Clk1 in neuroinflammation and consequentially dopaminergic (DA) neuron survival. Reduced expression of Clk1 in microglia enhanced the LPS-induced proinflammatory response and promoted aerobic glycolysis. Inhibition of glycolysis abolished Clk1 deficiency-induced hypersensitivity to the inflammatory stimulation. Mechanistic studies demonstrated that mTOR/HIF-1α and ROS/HIF-1α signaling pathways were involved in Clk1 deficiency-induced aerobic glycolysis...
October 18, 2016: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
L Baila-Rueda, A Cenarro, I Lamiquiz-Moneo, R Mateo-Gallego, A M Bea-Sanz, S Perez-Calahorra, V Marco-Benedi, F Civeira
Some oxysterols are precursors of bile acid synthesis and play an important role in cholesterol homeostasis. However, if they are involved in the pathogeny of genetic hypercholesterolemia has not been previously explored. We have studied non-cholesterol sterol markers of cholesterol synthesis (lanosterol and desmosterol) and oxysterols (7α-hydroxy-4-cholesten-3-one, 24S-hydroxycholesterol and 27-hydroxycholesterol) in 200 affected subjects with primary hypercholesterolemia of genetic origin, negative for mutations in LDLR, APOB, PCSK9 and APOE genes (non-FH GH) and 100 normolipemic controls...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Gustavo José Leirós, Julieta María Ceruti, María Lía Castellanos, Ana Gabriela Kusinsky, María Eugenia Balañá
In androgenetic alopecia, androgens impair dermal papilla-induced hair follicle stem cell (HFSC) differentiation inhibiting Wnt signaling. Wnt agonists/antagonists balance was analyzed after dihydrotestosterone (DHT) stimulation in androgen-sensitive dermal papilla cells (DPC) cultured as spheroids or monolayer. In both culture conditions, DHT stimulation downregulated Wnt5a and Wnt10b mRNA while the Wnt antagonist Dkk-1 was upregulated. Notably, tissue architecture of DPC-spheroids lowers Dkk-1 and enhances Wnt agonists' basal expression; probably contributing to DPC inductivity...
October 18, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
A Reum Kim, Ki Bum Ahn, Hyun Young Kim, Ho Seong Seo, Cheol-Heui Yun, Seung Hyun Han
INTRODUCTION: Streptococcus gordonii is a predominant member of the oral microflora and has been isolated from root canals of teeth with refractory apical periodontitis. Biofilm formation is important for various dental diseases, and S. gordonii is involved in dental biofilm formation as an early colonizer. Although serine-rich repeat (SRR) adhesins of S. gordonii such as gordonii surface protein B (GspB) are associated with bacterial colonization, the role of GspB in biofilm formation is not clearly understood...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Endodontics
Gabriela Albuquerque, Milton Severo, Andreia Oliveira
OBJECTIVE: To assess early life characteristics associated with appetite-related eating behaviors in 7-year-old children. STUDY DESIGN: The participants are children from the population-based birth cohort Generation XXI. Data on sociodemographics, health, and lifestyles and anthropometrics were collected at birth, and 4- and 7-year-old evaluations. A Portuguese version of the Children's Eating Behavior Questionnaire was completed by mothers (n = 3562 children) with children aged 7 years old...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Pediatrics
Shu Wang, Baomin Liu, Dongxing Yuan, Jian Ma
Glyphosate (GLYP) is an important herbicide which is also used as the phosphorus source for marine organisms. The wide applications of GLYP can lead to its accumulation in oceans and coastal waters, thus creating environmental issues. However, there is limited methods for detection of GLYP and its degradation product, aminomethylphosphonic acid (AMPA) in saline samples. Therefore, a simple and fast method for the quantification of GLYP and AMPA in seawater matrix has been developed based on the derivatization with 9-fluorenylmethylchloroformate (FMOC-Cl), separation with high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and detection with fluorescence detector (FLD)...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Ilaria Degano, Jacopo La Nasa, Elisa Ghelardi, Francesca Modugno, Maria Perla Colombini
Lipid binders have traditionally been determined in paintings by using gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) to identify the characteristic profiles and ratios of fatty acids . However, the presence of mixtures in contemporary and modern oil paints makes the GC/MS determination of fatty acids insufficient to fully characterize the lipid binding media. In this study we prove that triacylglycerol (TAG) profiling by high-performance liquid chromatography with high-resolution tandem mass spectrometry, using ESI in positive and negative ionization modes is highly effective...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Xiangheng Niu, Jianming Pan, Fengxian Qiu, Xin Li, Yongsheng Yan, Libo Shi, Hongli Zhao, Minbo Lan
Enzyme-free electrochemical detection of glucose in alkaline media with favorable properties has been acquired by fabricating a robust and large-surface sensing platform, which is composed of anneal-shrinked Cu2O dendrites grown on porous Cu foam. On the one hand, the good compatibility of electrodeposited Cu2O architectures and Cu foam substrate, together with a post-deposition anneal at 200°C, offers a mechanically stable interface for glucose determination. On the other hand, the macropores of Cu foam that is decorated with unique Cu2O dendrites provide large active surface for electrocatalytic reaction and mass transport...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Yanhong Ma, Ziang Zhang, Yueling Xu, Ming Ma, Bo Chen, Lin Wei, Lehui Xiao
In this work, we demonstrated a convenient and green strategy for the synthesis of bright and water-soluble carbon dots (CDs) by carbonizing sodium citrate and glutathione together in a hydrothermal method for the first time. Without post surface modification, the as-synthesized CDs display fluorescence quantum yield (QY) as high as 21.03% and show superior stability not only in concentrated salt solutions but also in neutral and alkaline media. The probe exhibits selective and sensitive recognition capability towards mercury ion (Hg(2+)) in aqueous solution...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Man Wang, Ping Ma, Xiaonan Xi, Lei Liu, Yabin Wen, Kangning Liu, Liang Sun, Yaxin Lu, Zheng Yin
The bioanalysis and especially the sample preparation of nucleoside drugs in complex media, such as human plasma, has been challenging due to the high polarity and high solubility of these drugs in water. Online solid phase extraction (SPE) offers significant advantages, such as automation and timesaving. Thus, several types of SPE columns have been developed for compounds with different polarities. In this study, SPE was applied to overcome the issue of sample pretreatment of nucleoside drugs in human plasma, with the final aim of establishing a robust analytical platform for drugs with similar structures...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Jiankun Cao, Hongyuan Yan, Shigang Shen, Ligai Bai, Haiyan Liu, Fengxia Qiao
New hydrophilic molecularly imprinted melamine-urea-formaldehyde monolithic resin (MIMR) is synthesized using dopamine hydrochloride as a dummy template via in-situ polymerization directly within pipette tips and it presents special molecular recognition to plant growth regulators in aqueous matrices. Hydrophilic groups (such as hydroxyl groups, imino groups, and amino groups) can be introduced into MIMR by melamine- urea-formaldehyde resin, which make MIMR materials compatible with aqueous media and show their specific molecular recognition in aqueous sample solutions...
November 2, 2016: Analytica Chimica Acta
Fabrice Kwiatkowski, Pascal Dessenne, Claire Laquet, Jean-Pierre Daures, Mathilde Gay-Bellile, Yves-Jean Bignon
BACKGROUND: Young women exposed to a high hereditary breast and ovarian cancer (HBOC) risk are particularly vulnerable. They are ignored by health prevention measures but exposed to a stream of contradictory information (medicine, media, Internet). They may feel concerned about surgical prevention issues at a key moment of their identity construction (self, relationship, sexuality). We designed a special psychoeducational intervention to help these women cope better with these difficulties...
October 21, 2016: Trials
Whitney Marsh, Heith Copes, Travis Linnemann
BACKGROUND: Because of increased law enforcement and subsequent media attention, methamphetamine users appear in the public's imagination as diseased, zombie-like White trash. We explore methamphetamine users' perceptions about whether the images, people, and situations in anti-methamphetamine campaigns reflect their own lives and experiences using meth. METHODS: To explore these perceptions, we used photo-elicitation interviews with 47 people who used methamphetamine (30 former and 17 active)...
October 18, 2016: International Journal on Drug Policy
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