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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636255/recombinant-human-serum-albumin-for-corneal-preservation
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Mohit Parekh, Hossein Elbadawy, Gianni Salvalaio, Marie-Claude Amoureux, Enzo Di Iorio, Denis Fortier, Diego Ponzin, Stefano Ferrari, Alessandro Ruzza
PURPOSE: To study the performance of a completely synthetic organ culture (OC) preservation system containing recombinant human serum albumin (rHSA) for preservation of human donor corneas. METHODS: Twenty-four paired donor corneas were randomly collected, and one cornea from each donor was preserved in synthetic (experimental) and serum-based media (control). The tissues were assessed at day 0; after 6 days of preservation at room temperature (RT) in Cornea Trans(®) and Cornea Prep II(®) ; after 28 days at 31°C in Cornea Syn(®) [with rHSA] and Cornea Max(®) [with foetal calf serum (FCS)] and; 4-day post deswelling in Cornea Trans(®) and Cornea Jet(®) ...
June 21, 2017: Acta Ophthalmologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635550/peptide-grafted-and-self-assembled-poly-%C3%AE-glutamic-acid-phenylalanine-nanoparticles-targeting-camptothecin-to-glioma
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Hitesh Kulhari, Srinivasa R Telukutla, Deep Pooja, Ravi Shukla, Ramakrishna Sistla, Vipul Bansal, David J Adams
AIM: To synthesize cRGDfK peptide conjugated poly(γ-glutamic acid)-phenylalanine nanoparticles to improve the therapeutic efficacy of camptothecin (CPT) against glioblastoma multiforme. METHODS: Peptide-conjugated, drug-loaded nanoparticles (cRGDfK-conjugated camptothecin-loaded PGA-PA nanoparticles [RCPN]) were prepared and physico-chemically characterized using different techniques. Nanoparticles were evaluated for in vitro anticancer activity, cellular uptake, induction of apoptosis and wound healing cell migration against U87MG human glioblastoma cells...
June 21, 2017: Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634302/structure-of-human-fe-s-assembly-subcomplex-reveals-unexpected-cysteine-desulfurase-architecture-and-acyl-acp-isd11-interactions
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Seth A Cory, Jonathan G Van Vranken, Edward J Brignole, Shachin Patra, Dennis R Winge, Catherine L Drennan, Jared Rutter, David P Barondeau
In eukaryotes, sulfur is mobilized for incorporation into multiple biosynthetic pathways by a cysteine desulfurase complex that consists of a catalytic subunit (NFS1), LYR protein (ISD11), and acyl carrier protein (ACP). This NFS1-ISD11-ACP (SDA) complex forms the core of the iron-sulfur (Fe-S) assembly complex and associates with assembly proteins ISCU2, frataxin (FXN), and ferredoxin to synthesize Fe-S clusters. Here we present crystallographic and electron microscopic structures of the SDA complex coupled to enzyme kinetic and cell-based studies to provide structure-function properties of a mitochondrial cysteine desulfurase...
June 20, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633867/review-of-a-causal-role-of-fructose-containing-sugars-in-myocardial-susceptibility-to-ischemia-reperfusion-injury
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Gerald J Maarman, Amy E Mendham, Kim Lamont, Cindy George
In 2012, the World Health Organization Global Status Report on noncommunicable diseases showed that 7.4 million deaths were due to ischemic heart disease. Consequently, cardiovascular disease is a significant health burden, especially when partnered with comorbidities such as obesity, metabolic syndrome, and type 2 diabetes mellitus. Of note, these diseases can all be induced or exacerbated by diet. Carbohydrates, in particular, fructose and glucose, generally form the largest part of the human diet. Accumulating evidence from animal studies suggests that if large amounts of fructose are consumed either in isolation or in combination with glucose (fructose-containing sugars), myocardial susceptibility to ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury increases...
June 2017: Nutrition Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633525/use-of-dimethyl-pimelimidate-with-microfluidic-system-for-nucleic-acids-extraction-without-electricity
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Choong Eun Jin, Tae Yoon Lee, Bonhan Koo, Kyung-Chul Choi, Suhwan Chang, Se Yoon Park, Ji Yeun Kim, Sung-Han Kim, Yong Shin
The isolation of nucleic acids in the lab on a chip is crucial to achieve the maximal effectiveness of point-of-care testing for detection in clinical applications. Here, we report on the use of a simple and versatile single-channel microfluidic platform that combines dimethyl pimelimidate (DMP) for nucleic acids (both RNA and DNA) extraction without electricity using thin films system. The system is based on the adaption of DMP into non-chaotropic-based nucleic acids and the capture of reagents into a low-cost thin film platform for use as a microfluidic total analysis system, which can be utilized for sample processing in clinical diagnostics...
June 21, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633112/perfluorinated-alkyl-substances-in-spanish-adults-geographical-distribution-and-determinants-of-exposure
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Mónica Bartolomé, Alejandrina Gallego-Picó, Francisco Cutanda, Olga Huetos, Marta Esteban, Beatriz Pérez-Gómez, Argelia Castaño
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are widely found in humans and the environment. Their persistence, bioaccumulation and toxicity make them a source of increasing public health concern. In this study, we analyzed the concentrations and geographical distribution of six PFAS in the serum of 755 Spanish adults aged 18-65. The geometric mean concentrations (and P95 values) for PFOS (perfluoroctane sulfonate), PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid), PFHxS (perfluorohexane sulfonate), PFNA (perfluorononanoic acid) and PFDA (perfluorodecanoic acid) were 7...
June 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632393/the-antinociceptive-agent-sbfi-26-binds-to-anandamide-transporters-fabp5-and-fabp7-at-two-different-sites
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Hao-Chi Hsu, Simon Tong, Yuchen Zhou, Matthew W Elmes, Su Yan, Martin Kaczocha, Dale G Deutsch, Robert C Rizzo, Iwao Ojima, Huilin Li
Human FABP5 and FABP7 are intracellular endocannabinoid transporters. SBFI-26 is an -truxillic acid 1-naphthyl monoester that competitively inhibits the activities of FABP5 and FABP7 and produces antinociceptive and anti-inflammatory effects in mice. The synthesis of SBFI-26 yields several stereoisomers, and it is not known how the inhibitor binds the transporters. Here we report co-crystal structures of SBFI-26 in complex with human FABP5 and FABP7 at a resolution of 2.2 Å and 1.9 Å, respectively. We found that only (S)-SBFI-26 was present in the crystal structures...
June 20, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632276/optimising-the-relaxivities-of-mn-2-complexes-by-targeting-human-serum-albumin-hsa
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Attila Forgács, Lorenzo Tei, Zsolt Baranyai, David Esteban-Gómez, Carlos Platas-Iglesias, Mauro Botta
We report two novel macrocyclic ligands based on the 1,4-DO2AM platform (1,4-DO2AM = 2,2'-(1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclododecane-1,4-diyl)diacetamide) and containing two benzyl groups attached either to the nitrogen atoms of the macrocyclic unit (1,4-BzDO2AM) or to the amide pendant arms (1,4-DO2AMBz). The protonation constants of the ligands and the stability constants of their Mn(2+) complexes were determined using pH potentiometry. The introduction of benzyl groups results in a slight decrease of the stability constants of the Mn(2+) complexes and a slight increase of their acid-catalysed dissociation reactions...
June 20, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629998/aloe-emodin-ae-nanoparticles-suppresses-proliferation-and-induces-apoptosis-in-human-lung-squamous-carcinoma-via-ros-generation-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
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Yuan-Yuan Wu, Jing-Hua Zhang, Jing-Hua Gao, Yong-Sheng Li
Human lung squamous cell carcinoma is a deadly cancer for which present therapeutic strategies are inadequate. And traditional chemotherapy results in severe systemic toxicity. Compounds from living organisms often exert a biological activity, triggering several targets, which may be useful for the improvement of novel pharmaceuticals. Aloe-emodin (AE), a well-known natural compound, is a primary component of anthraquinones in Aloe vera and exhibits anti-proliferative and apoptotic effects on various tumor cells...
June 16, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629112/european-demonstration-program-on-the-effect-based-and-chemical-identification-and-monitoring-of-organic-pollutants-in-european-surface-waters
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Zuzana Tousova, Peter Oswald, Jaroslav Slobodnik, Ludek Blaha, Melis Muz, Meng Hu, Werner Brack, Martin Krauss, Carolina Di Paolo, Zsolt Tarcai, Thomas-Benjamin Seiler, Henner Hollert, Sanja Koprivica, Marijan Ahel, Jennifer E Schollée, Juliane Hollender, Marc J-F Suter, Anita O Hidasi, Kristin Schirmer, Manoj Sonavane, Selim Ait-Aissa, Nicolas Creusot, Francois Brion, Jean Froment, Ana Catarina Almeida, Kevin Thomas, Knut Erik Tollefsen, Sara Tufi, Xiyu Ouyang, Pim Leonards, Marja Lamoree, Victoria Osorio Torrens, Annemieke Kolkman, Merijn Schriks, Petra Spirhanzlova, Andrew Tindall, Tobias Schulze
Growing concern about the adverse environmental and human health effects of a wide range of micropollutants requires the development of novel tools and approaches to enable holistic monitoring of their occurrence, fate and effects in the aquatic environment. A European-wide demonstration program (EDP) for effect-based monitoring of micropollutants in surface waters was carried out within the Marie Curie Initial Training Network EDA-EMERGE. The main objectives of the EDP were to apply a simplified protocol for effect-directed analysis, to link biological effects to target compounds and to estimate their risk to aquatic biota...
June 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629085/design-of-a-hybrid-biomaterial-for-tissue-engineering-biopolymer-scaffold-integrated-with-an-autologous-hydrogel-carrying-mesenchymal-stem-cells
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Caroline R Weinstein-Oppenheimer, Donald I Brown, Rodrigo Coloma, Patricio Morales, Mauricio Reyna-Jeldes, María J Díaz, Elizabeth Sánchez, Cristian A Acevedo
Biologically active biomaterials as biopolymers and hydrogels have been used in medical applications providing favorable results in tissue engineering. In this research, a wound dressing device was designed by integration of an autologous clot hydrogel carrying mesenchymal stem-cells onto a biopolymeric scaffold. This hybrid biomaterial was tested in-vitro and in-vivo, and used in a human clinical case. The biopolymeric scaffold was made with gelatin, chitosan and hyaluronic acid, using a freeze-drying method...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628859/structural-and-functional-effects-of-nucleotide-variation-on-the-human-tb-drug-metabolizing-enzyme-arylamine-n-acetyltransferase-1
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Ruben Cloete, Wisdom A Akurugu, Cedric J Werely, Paul D van Helden, Alan Christoffels
The human arylamine N-acetyltransferase 1 (NAT1) enzyme plays a vital role in determining the duration of action of amine-containing drugs such as para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA) by influencing the balance between detoxification and metabolic activation of these drugs. Recently, four novel single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) were identified within a South African mixed ancestry population. Modeling the effects of these SNPs within the structural protein was done to assess possible structure and function changes in the enzyme...
June 10, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628333/coupling-targeted-and-untargeted-mass-spectrometry-for-metabolome-microbiome-wide-association-studies-of-human-fecal-samples
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Alexey V Melnik, Pieter C Dorrestein, Ricardo R da Silva, Embriette R Hyde, Alexander A Aksenov, Fernando Vargas, Amina Bouslimani, Ivan Protsyuk, Alan Jarmusch, Anupriya Tripathi, Theodore Alexandrov, Rob Knight
Increasing appreciation of the gut microbiome's role in health motivates understanding the molecular composition of human feces. To analyze such complex samples, we developed a platform coupling targeted and untargeted metabolomics. The approach is facilitated through split flow from one UPLC, joint timing triggered by contact closure relays and a script to retrieve the data. It is designed to detect specific metabolites of interest with high sensitivity, allows for correction of targeted information, enables better quantitation thus providing an advanced analytical tool for exploratory studies...
June 19, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628292/an-environment-sensitive-turn-on-fluorescent-polyamino-acid-fingerprinting-protein-populations-with-post-translational-modifications
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Shunsuke Tomita, Sayaka Ishihara, Ryoji Kurita
The identification of post-translational modifications (PTMs) in proteins has been of particular interest in the elucidation of human diseases and the improvement of therapeutic proteins. Herein, we report a novel strategy toward the construction of fingerprint-based PTM sensing systems as an alternative to conventional specific recognition tools. Our strategy is based on poly-L-lysine (PLL) derivatives with two distinct properties suitable to fingerprint-based protein sensing: i) a "turn-on" fluorescent signal upon binding to proteins, and ii) condition-dependent cross-reactivity toward proteins and PTMs...
June 19, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627816/spectrophotometric-determination-of-selenium-through-triiodide-anion
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Otilia Bizerea-Spiridon, Radu Nartita, Alexandru F Rogobete, Adina Negrea, Ramona Stroescu, Teofana O Bizerea, Constantin Ilie, Otilia Marginean
BACKGROUND: Selenium is a chemical element found in the human body that plays a crucial role in its regulation. Depending on the concentration, it may have beneficial or have toxic effects. Selenium is incorporated as selenocysteine amino acid residue in selenoproteins which play an important role in many biological functions: anti-oxidant defense, regulation of the immune function and of the inflammatory response, metabolism of thyroid hormones, functioning of the central nervous system, biosynthesis of DNA and RNA, fertility, and reproduction...
May 1, 2017: Clinical Laboratory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627624/pro-oxidant-activity-of-sulforaphane-and-cisplatin-potentiates-apoptosis-and-simultaneously-promotes-autophagy-in-malignant-mesothelioma-cells
#16
Yoon-Jin Lee, Sang-Han Lee
Sulforaphane (SFN) is an isothiocyanate compound derived from glucoraphanin, which is found in cruciferous vegetables, and has been heralded as a chemopreventive and/or chemotherapeutic agent. The present study investigated the effects of SFN on enhancing the anticancer role of cisplatin (cis-dichlorodiammineplatinum; CDDP) in H‑28 malignant mesothelioma cells. At concentrations demonstrating limited toxicity in MeT‑5A normal human mesothelial cells, combination treatment with the two compounds exhibited synergistic growth‑inhibiting and apoptosis‑promoting activities, as demonstrated by a series of proapoptotic events, including reactive oxygen species accumulation, loss of mitochondrial membrane potential, upregulation of p53 expression, increased B‑cell lymphoma 2 (Bcl‑2) associated X protein/Bcl‑2 ratio, activation of caspase‑3, the occurrence of a sub‑G0/G1 peak and an increase in cells with pyknotic and fragmented nuclei, Annexin V‑phycoerythrin‑positive staining and G2/M phase‑transition delay in the cell cycle...
June 15, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626955/expression-profile-of-urothelial-transcription-factors-in-bladder-biopsies-with-interstitial-cystitis
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Kanya Kaga, Ken-Ichi Inoue, Mayuko Kaga, Tomohiko Ichikawa, Tomonori Yamanishi
OBJECTIVES: To characterize interstitial cystitis pathology based on the expression profile of urothelial tissue-specific master transcription factors. METHODS: Bladder carcinoma cell lines derived from the urothelial stem cells (epithelial or mesenchymal) were used to identify candidate urothelial master transcription factors. Gene expression was measured with quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction. From the initial screening of 170 transcription factors (human homologs of Drosophila segmentation genes and known master transcription factors from a database), 28 transcription factors were selected...
June 18, 2017: International Journal of Urology: Official Journal of the Japanese Urological Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626572/optical-control-of-a-receptor-linked-guanylyl-cyclase-using-a-photoswitchable-peptidic-hormone
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Tom Podewin, Johannes Broichhagen, Christina Frost, Dieter Groneberg, Julia Ast, Helena Meyer-Berg, Nicholas H F Fine, Andreas Friebe, Martin Zacharias, David J Hodson, Dirk Trauner, Anja Hoffmann-Röder
The optical control over biological function with small photoswitchable molecules has gathered significant attention in the last decade. Herein, we describe the design and synthesis of a small library of photoswitchable peptidomimetics based upon human atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP), in which the photochromic amino acid [3-(3-aminomethyl)phenylazo]phenylacetic acid (AMPP) is incorporated into the peptide backbone. The endogeneous hormone ANP signals via the natriuretic peptide receptor A (NPR-A) through raising intracellular cGMP concentrations, and is involved in blood pressure regulation and sodium homeostasis, as well as lipid metabolism and pancreatic function...
June 1, 2017: Chemical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626529/photoaffinity-labeling-of-the-human-a2a-adenosine-receptor-and-cross-link-position-analysis-by-mass-spectrometry
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Hideyuki Muranaka, Takaki Momose, Chiaki Handa, Tomonaga Ozawa
Photoaffinity labeling (PAL) is widely used for the identification of ligand-binding proteins and elucidation of ligand-binding sites. PAL has also been employed for the characterization of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs); however, a limited number of reports has successfully identified their cross-linked amino acids. This report is the first of its kind to determine the cross-link position of the human A2A adenosine receptor by PAL with the novel diazirine-based photoaffinity probe 9.
June 8, 2017: ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625989/rapid-high-throughput-identification-of-anthrax-causing-and-emetic-bacillus-cereus-group-genome-assemblies-using-btyper-a-computational-tool-for-virulence-based-classification-of-bacillus-cereus-group-isolates-using-nucleotide-sequencing-data
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Laura M Carroll, Jasna Kovac, Rachel A Miller, Martin Wiedmann
The Bacillus cereus group comprises nine species, several of which are pathogenic. Differentiating between isolates that may cause disease and those that do not is a matter of public health and economic importance, but can be particularly challenging due to the high genomic similarity of the group. To this end, we have developed BTyper, a computational tool that employs a combination of (i) virulence gene-based typing, (ii) multi-locus sequence typing (MLST), (iii) panC clade typing, and (iv) rpoB allelic typing to rapidly classify B...
June 16, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
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