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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328538/hyperbranched-polyamine-assisted-synthesis-of-dual-luminescent-gold-composite-with-ph-responsive-character
#1
Zhiqin Yuan, Yi Du, Yan He
We present a facile one-pot, two-step strategy to prepare water-soluble dual-luminescent gold nanodots (AuNDs) and few-atom gold nanocluster composites simultaneously by using high molecular weight and hyperbranched polyethyleneimine (hPEI) as the protection ligand and stabilization agent. It was found that in the presence of hPEI, Au(III) ion can be reduced to a metastable Au(I) charge state in aqueous solution. Subsequently, adding 11-mercaptoundonioic acid induces parallel pathways of restricted Au(I) assembly, leading to the formation of both red-emitting hPEI stabilized AuNDs and blue-emitting hPEI-protected Au8 nanoclusters...
March 22, 2017: Methods and Applications in Fluorescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328194/self-assembly-of-large-gold-nanoparticles-for-surface-enhanced-raman-spectroscopy
#2
Guang Yang, Jagjit Nanda, Boya Wang, Gang Chen, Daniel T Hallinan
Performance of portable technologies from mobile phones to electric vehicles is currently limited by the energy density and lifetime of lithium batteries. Expanding the limits of battery technology requires in situ detection of trace components at electrode-electrolyte interphases. Surface-enhance Raman spectroscopy could satisfy this need if a robust and reproducible substrate were available. Gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) larger than 20 nm diameter are expected to greatly enhance Raman intensity if they can be assembled into ordered monolayers...
March 22, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327968/subjective-and-objective-taste-and-smell-changes-in-cancer
#3
L E Spotten, C A Corish, C M Lorton, P M Ui Dhuibhir, N C O'Donoghue, B O'Connor, T D Walsh
Context: Malnutrition is highly prevalent in cancer patients and an important predictor of morbidity, mortality, treatment response and toxicity. Taste and smell changes (TSCs) are common and may contribute to malnutrition. Research has previously focused on patients receiving chemotherapy (CT) or head and neck radiotherapy (RT). However, TSCs may occur pre-treatment, with other treatment modalities, and in cancer survivors. This review evaluates objective and subjective assessment of taste and smell, discusses the prevalence of TSCs in cancer, and reviews the clinical sequelae of TSCs in cancer patients...
March 7, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327531/porcine-dendritic-cells-as-an-in-vitro-model-to-assess-the-immunological-behaviour-of-streptococcus-suis-subunit-vaccine-formulations-and-the-polarizing-effect-of-adjuvants
#4
Léa Martelet, Sonia Lacouture, Guillaume Goyette-Desjardins, Guy Beauchamp, Charles Surprenant, Marcelo Gottschalk, Mariela Segura
An in vitro porcine bone marrow-derived dendritic cell (DC) culture was developed as a model for evaluating immune polarization induced by adjuvants when administered with immunogens that may become vaccine candidates if appropriately formulated. The swine pathogen Streptococcus suis was chosen as a prototype to evaluate proposed S. suis vaccine candidates in combination with the adjuvants Poly I:C, Quil A ®, Alhydrogel ®, TiterMax Gold ® and Stimune ®. The toll-like receptor ligand Poly I:C and the saponin Quil A ® polarized swine DC cytokines towards a type 1 phenotype, with preferential production of IL-12 and TNF-α...
March 22, 2017: Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327467/automated-detection-of-epileptic-ripples-in-meg-using-beamformer-based-virtual-sensors
#5
Carolina Migliorelli, Joan Alonso, Sergio Romero, Rafal Nowak, Antonio Russi, Miguel Mananas
OBJECTIVE: In epilepsy, high-frequency oscillations (HFOs) are considered events highly linked to the seizure onset zone (SOZ). The detection of HFOs in noninvasive signals such as scalp EEG and MEG is still a challenging task. The aim of this study was to automatize the detection of ripples in MEG signals reducing the high-frequency noise using beamformer-based virtual sensors (VS) and applying an automatic procedure exploring the time-frequency content of the detected events. APPROACH: 200 seconds of MEG signals and simultaneous iEEG were selected in nine patients with refractory epilepsy...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326509/the-steroid-response-to-human-chorionic-gonadotropin-hcg-stimulation-in-men-with-klinefelter-syndrome-does-not-change-using-immunoassay-or-mass-spectrometry
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L Roli, D Santi, S Belli, S Tagliavini, S Cavalieri, M C De Santis, E Baraldi, F Fanelli, M Mezzullo, A R Granata, U Pagotto, R Pasquali, V Rochira, C Carani, M Simoni, T Trenti
PURPOSE: Liquid-chromatography tandem mass-spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) was developed in parallel to Immunoassays (IAs) and today is proposed as the "gold standard" for steroid assays. Leydig cells of men with Klinefelter syndrome (KS) are able to respond to human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) stimulation, even if testosterone (T) production was impaired. The aim was to evaluate how results obtained by IAs and LC-MS/MS can differently impact on the outcome of a clinical research on gonadal steroidogenesis after hCG stimulation...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Endocrinological Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326226/comparison-of-four-methods-for-the-biofunctionalization-of-gold-nanorods-by-the-introduction-of-sulfhydryl-groups-to-antibodies
#7
Xuefeng Wang, Zhong Mei, Yanyan Wang, Liang Tang
Introducing sulfhydryl groups to biomolecules to functionalize gold nanorods (GNRs) is an attractive method that involves the creation of a strong Au-S bond. Previously, we developed a facile method to functionalize GNR surfaces by thiolating antibodies using Traut's reagent. In the current study, we evaluated several methods for the introduction of thiol groups onto the surface of GNRs by using Traut's reagent, dithiotreitol (DTT), dithiolaromatic PEG6-CONHNH2, and thiol-polyethylene glycolamine (SH-PEG-NH2) combined with EDC reaction...
2017: Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324860/direct-detection-of-two-different-tumor-derived-extracellular-vesicles-by-sam-aunis-lspr-biosensor
#8
Abhimanyu Thakur, Guangyu Qiu, Siu-Pang Ng, Jintao Guan, Jianbo Yue, Youngjin Lee, Chi-Man Lawrence Wu
Extracellular vesicles (EVs) are abundant in various biological fluids including blood, saliva, urine, as well as extracellular milieu. Accumulating evidence has indicated that EVs, which contain functional proteins and small RNAs, facilitate intercellular communication between neighbouring cells, and are critical to maintain various physiological processes. In contrast, EV-derived toxic signals can spread out over the tissues adjacent to the injured area in certain diseases, including brain tumors and neurodegenerative disorders...
March 18, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323545/creation-of-a-bioengineered-skin-flap-scaffold-with-a-perfusable-vascular-pedicle
#9
Bernhard J Jank, Jeremy Goverman, Jacques P Guyette, Jon M Charest, Mark A Randolph, Glenn R Gaudette, Joshua R Gershlak, Martin Purschke, Emilia Javorsky, Rosalynn M Nazarian, David A Leonard, Curtis L Cetrulo, William G Austen, Harald Christian Ott
Full thickness skin loss is a challenging problem due to limited reconstructive options, demanding 75 million surgical procedures annually in the United States. Autologous skin grafting is the gold standard treatment, but results in donor site morbidity and poor aesthetics. Numerous skin substitutes are available on the market to date, however, none truly function as full thickness skin due to their lack of a vascular network. The creation of an autologous full thickness skin analogue with a vascular pedicle would result in a paradigm shift in the management of wounds and in reconstruction of full thickness skin defects...
March 21, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322514/strategies-to-improve-cancer-photothermal-therapy-mediated-by-nanomaterials
#10
REVIEW
Duarte de Melo-Diogo, Cleide Pais-Silva, Diana R Dias, André F Moreira, Ilídio J Correia
The deployment of hyperthermia-based treatments for cancer therapy has captured the attention of different researchers worldwide. In particular, the application of light-responsive nanomaterials to mediate hyperthermia has revealed promising results in several pre-clinical assays. Unlike conventional therapies, these nanostructures can display a preferential tumor accumulation and thus mediate, upon irradiation with near-infrared light, a selective hyperthermic effect with temporal resolution. Different types of nanomaterials such as those based on gold, carbon, copper, molybdenum, tungsten, iron, palladium and conjugated polymers have been used for this photothermal modality...
March 21, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322024/au-nanoclusters-and-photosensitizer-dual-loaded-spatiotemporal-controllable-liposomal-nanocomposites-enhance-tumor-photodynamic-therapy-effect-by-inhibiting-thioredoxin-reductase
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Fuping Gao, Weiping Zheng, Liang Gao, Pengju Cai, Ru Liu, Yaling Wang, Qing Yuan, Yuliang Zhao, Xueyun Gao
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a minimally invasive therapeutic procedure of tumors with high selectivity and low side effect. However, it is usually not efficient in long-lasting tumor control. One of the main reasons is tumor cells develop some protective mechanisms that help them to deal with oxidative stress in the environment. The thioredoxin system in cancer is an important antioxidant defense system. Au nanoclusters could effectively inhibit thioredoxin reductase (TrxR) in tumor cell cytoplasm. Herein, Au nanoclusters and photosensitizer Chlorine 6 (Ce6) are co-loaded in spatiotemporal controllable liposomal nanocomposites...
March 21, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320789/-right-home-a-randomised-controlled-trial-of-sustained-nurse-home-visiting-from-pregnancy-to-child-age-2%C3%A2-years-versus-usual-care-to-improve-parent-care-parent-responsivity-and-the-home-learning-environment-at-2%C3%A2-years
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Sharon Goldfeld, Anna Price, Hannah Bryson, Tracey Bruce, Fiona Mensah, Francesca Orsini, Lisa Gold, Harriet Hiscock, Charlene Smith, Lara Bishop, Dianne Jackson, Lynn Kemp
INTRODUCTION: By the time children start school, inequities in learning, development and health outcomes are already evident. Sustained nurse home visiting (SNHV) offers a potential platform for families experiencing adversity, who often have limited access to services. While SNHV programmes have been growing in popularity in Australia and internationally, it is not known whether they can improve children's learning and development when offered via the Australian service system. The right@home trial aims to investigate the effectiveness of an SNHV programme, offered to women from pregnancy to child age 2 years, in improving parent care of and responsivity to the child, and the home learning environment...
March 20, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319040/modelling-plexcitons-of-periodic-gold-nanorod-arrays-with-molecular-components
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Bo Liu, Hongdan Yan, Rainer Stosch, Benedikt Wolfram, Martin Bröring, Andrey Bakin, Meinhard Schilling, Peter Lemmens
Plasmonic or exciton/plasmon (plexcitonic) systems are presently described based on electromagnetic models, ignoring the need for an improved microscopic understanding. This is based on the fact that a full quantum mechanical approach on a micrometer scale still represents a considerable challenge. In this paper we report on the experimental observation of plexcitons in 2D gold nanorod array systems coupled to dye molecules and we provide a description of the experimental data using a quantum model. We show that treating the collective behavior in the array as being represented by a single quasiparticle is a suitable approximation that offers the opportunity to avoid the complicated calculation of long-distance interactions between the individual nanoparticles of the plexcitonic, periodic system...
March 20, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304158/near-infrared-light-responsive-semiconductor-polymer-composite-hydrogels-toward-spatial-temporal-controlled-release-via-photothermal-sponge-effect
#14
Yingjie Wu, Kai Wang, Shuo Huang, Cangjie Yang, Mingfeng Wang
Near-infrared (NIR) light-responsive hydrogels are important for biomedical applications such as remotely controlled release, but the NIR agents previously used have been largely limited to heavy-metal inorganic materials such as gold nanoparticles. In this article, we report a new type of NIR photothermal responsive hydrogels, which could undergo structural changes in response to NIR light for biomedical applications in drug delivery and controlled release. The hydrogels synthesized by integrating a narrow bandgap semiconductor polymer poly(diketopyrrolopyrrole-alt-3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PDPPEDOT) with polymerization of N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAM) show rapid and reversible mechanical shrinkage upon NIR light irradiation and can serve as carriers for anticancer drug loading and spatial/temporal control of drug release...
March 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304023/peptide-functionalized-gold-nanoparticles-versatile-biomaterials-for-diagnostic-and-therapeutic-applications
#15
REVIEW
Jingyi Zong, Steven L Cobb, Neil R Cameron
Colloidal gold solutions have been used for centuries in a wide variety of applications including staining glass and in the colouring of ceramics. More recently, gold nanoparticles (GNPs) have been studied extensively due to their interesting size-dependent electronic and optical properties. GNPs can be functionalized easily with biomolecules that contain thiols, amines, or even phosphine moieties. For example, the reaction of thiol-containing peptides with GNPs has been used extensively to prepare novel hybrid materials for biomedical applications...
March 17, 2017: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301612/anoxia-stimulates-microbially-catalyzed-metal-release-from-animas-river-sediments
#16
Casey M Saup, Kenneth H Williams, Lucía Rodríguez-Freire, José M Cerrato, Michael D Johnston, Michael J Wilkins
The Gold King Mine spill in August 2015 released 11 million liters of metal-rich mine waste to the Animas River watershed, an area that has been previously exposed to historical mining activity spanning more than a century. Although adsorption onto fluvial sediments was responsible for rapid immobilization of a significant fraction of the spill-associated metals, patterns of longer-term mobility are poorly constrained. Metals associated with river sediments collected downstream of the Gold King Mine in August 2015 exhibited distinct presence and abundance patterns linked to location and mineralogy...
March 16, 2017: Environmental Science. Processes & Impacts
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299689/extended-gate-field-effect-transistor-biosensors-for-point-of-care-testing-of-uric-acid
#17
Weihua Guan, Mark A Reed
An enzyme-free redox potential sensor using off-chip extended-gate field effect transistor (EGFET) with a ferrocenyl-alkanethiol modified gold electrode has been used to quantify uric acid concentration in human serum and urine. Hexacyanoferrate (II) and (III) ions are used as redox reagent. The potentiometric sensor measures the interface potential on the ferrocene immobilized gold electrode, which is modulated by the redox reaction between uric acid and hexacyanoferrate ions. The device shows a near Nernstian response to uric acid and is highly specific to uric acid in human serum and urine...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299678/an-electrochemical-dna-sensing-system-using-modified-nanoparticle-probes-for-detecting-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus
#18
Hiroaki Sakamoto, Yoshihisa Amano, Takenori Satomura, Shin-Ichiro Suye
We have developed a novel, highly sensitive, biosensing system for detecting methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). The system employs gold nanoparticles (AuNPs), magnetic nanoparticles (mNPs), and an electrochemical detection method. We have designed and synthesized ferrocene- and single-stranded DNA-conjugated nanoparticles that hybridize to MRSA DNA. Hybridized complexes are easily separated by taking advantage of mNPs. A current response could be obtained through the oxidation of ferrocene on the AuNP surface when a constant potential of +250 mV vs...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298731/magnetic-resonance-imaging-of-the-cirrhotic-liver-diagnosis-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-and-evaluation-of-response-to-treatment-part-1
#19
REVIEW
Miguel Ramalho, António P Matos, Mamdoh AlObaidy, Fernanda Velloni, Ersan Altun, Richard C Semelka
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is the modern gold standard for the noninvasive evaluation of the cirrhotic liver. The combination of arterial phase hyperenhancement and delayed wash-out allows a definitive diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in patients with liver cirrhosis or chronic liver disease, without the requirement for confirmatory biopsy. That pattern is highly specific and has been endorsed in Western and Asian diagnostic guidelines. However, the sensitivity of the combination is relatively low for small HCCs...
January 2017: Radiologia Brasileira
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298455/evaluation-of-quantiferon%C3%A2-tb-gold-plus-in-healthcare-workers-in-a-low-incidence-setting
#20
Hee-Won Moon, Rajiv L Gaur, Sara Shu-Hwa Tien, Mary Spangler, Madhukar Pai, Niaz Banaei
Background: Although launched in 2015, little is known about the accuracy of QuantiFERON-TB Gold-Plus (QFT-Plus) for diagnosis of latent M. tuberculosis infection (LTBI). Unlike its predecessor, QFT-Plus utilizes two antigen tubes to elicit an immune response from CD4+ and CD8+ T lymphocytes. We conducted a cross-sectional study in low-risk healthcare workers (HCWs) at a single U.S. center to compare QFT-Plus to QuantiFERON-TB Gold in-tube (QFT).Method: 989 HCWs were tested with both QFT and QFT-Plus. Risk factors for LTBI were obtained from a questionnaire...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
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