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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149712/detection-of-perfluoroalkyl-acids-and-sulphonates-in-italian-eel-samples-by-hplc-hrms-orbitrap
#1
Luca Maria Chiesa, Maria Nobile, Elisa Pasquale, Claudia Balzaretti, Petra Cagnardi, Doriana Tedesco, Sara Panseri, Francesco Arioli
Perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) contain one or more carbon-bound hydrogens substituted by fluorine. Since the 1950s, these compounds have been used to manufacture fat- and water-resistant fabrics, paper and food containers, and to produce photographic films, firefighting foams, detergents and insecticides. The widespread use and global distribution of PFASs, have led to their accumulation in the environment. Food, particularly fish and other seafood, is considered the main route of human exposure to PFASs...
October 27, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149702/an-hplc-tandem-mass-spectrometry-for-quantification-of-et-26-hcl-and-its-major-metabolite-in-plasma-and-application-to-a-pharmacokinetic-study-in-rats
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Xu Chen, Wensheng Zhang, Sandy Rios, Miriam B Morkos, Xiaoli Ye, Gen Li, Xuehua Jiang, Zhijun Wang, Ling Wang
ET-26-HCl is a new analog of etomidate, a short-acting anesthetic drug, with less adrenal cortex inhibition. The pharmacokinetics of ET-26-HCl in rats needs to be determined for future clinical trials in human subjects. In order to facilitate the pharmacokinetic study, a liquid chromatography based tandem mass spectrometric (HPLC-MS/MS) method was developed and validated for quantification of ET-26-HCl and its major metabolite, ET-26-acid. These two compounds and gabapentin (internal standard) were extracted using a protein precipitation method with methanol and detected by Multiple Reaction Monitoring of m/z transition of 275...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148802/ppb-peptide-mediated-sirna-loaded-stable-nucleic-acid-lipid-nanoparticles-on-targeting-therapy-of-hepatic-fibrosis
#3
Zongxiang Jia, Yan Gong, Yufang Pi, Xueying Liu, Lipeng Gao, Liqing Kang, Jing Wang, Fan Yang, Jie Tang, Weiyue Lu, Qinghua Li, Wei Zhang, Zhiqiang Yan, Lei Yu
Hepatic fibrosis is a necessary process in the development of liver diseases such as hepatic cirrhosis and its complications, which has become a serious threat to human health. Currently, antifibrotic drug treatment is ineffective, and one of the reasons should be the lack of liver targeting ability. In this report, polypeptide pPB modified stable nucleic acid lipid nanoparticles (pPB-SNALP) were prepared to selectively deliver siRNAs against heat shock protein 47 (HSP47) to liver for targeted therapy of hepatic fibrosis...
November 17, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148771/an-qm-mm-study-of-the-reaction-catalyzed-by-alkyladenine-dna-glycosylase-examination-of-the-substrate-specificity-of-a-dna-repair-enzyme
#4
Stefan A P Lenz, Stacey D Wetmore
Human alkyladenine DNA glycosylase (AAG) functions as part of the base excision repair pathway to excise structurally diverse oxidized and alkylated DNA purines. Specifically, AAG uses a water molecule activated by a general base and a non-specific active site lined with aromatic residues to cleave the N-glycosidic bond. Despite broad substrate specificity, AAG does not target the natural purines (adenine (A) and guanine (G)). Using the ONIOM(QM:MM) methodology, we provide fundamental atomic level details of AAG bound to DNA-containing a neutral substrate (hypoxanthine (Hx)), a non-substrate (G), or a cationic substrate (7-methylguanine (7MeG)), and probe changes in the reaction pathway that occur when AAG targets different nucleotides...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148709/nir-emitting-nanoprobes-based-on-cyclic-rgd-motif-conjugated-pbs-quantum-dots-for-integrin-targeted-optical-bioimaging
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Nicoletta Depalo, Michela Corricelli, Ivan de Paola, Gianpiero Valente, Rosa M Iacobazzi, Emiliano Altamura, Doriana Debellis, Daniela Comegna, Elisabetta Fanizza, Nunzio Denora, Valentino Laquintana, Fabio Mavelli, Marinella Striccoli, Michele Saviano, Angela Agostiano, Annarita Del Gatto, Laura Zaccaro, Maria Lucia Curri
Here, silica coated PbS quantum dots (QDs) with photoluminesce emission properties in the near-infrared (NIR) region are proposed as potential effective single particle optical nanoprobes for future in vivo imaging of tumors. The dispersibility in aqueous medium of hydrophobic PbS QDs was accomplished by growing a silica shell on their surface by exploiting a base assisted water-in-oil microemulsion method. The silica coated PbS QDs were then conjugated with specifically designed cyclic arginine-glycine-aspartic acid (cRGD) peptide, that are able to specifically recognizes the αvβ3 integrins which is overexpressed in the angiogenic tumor induced vasculatures and on some solid tumours, in order to achieve a tumor-specific targeting...
November 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147614/exploiting-a-new-strategy-to-induce-immunogenic-cell-death-to-improve-dendritic-cell-based-vaccines-for-lymphoma-immunotherapy
#6
B Montico, C Lapenta, M Ravo, D Martorelli, E Muraro, B Zeng, E Comaro, M Spada, S Donati, S M Santini, R Tarallo, G Giurato, F Rizzo, A Weisz, F Belardelli, R Dolcetti, J Dal Col
Although promising, the clinical benefit provided by dendritic cell (DC)-based vaccines is still limited and the choice of the optimal antigen formulation is still an unresolved issue. We have developed a new DC-based vaccination protocol for aggressive and/or refractory lymphomas which combines the unique features of interferon-conditioned DC (IFN-DC) with highly immunogenic tumor cell lysates (TCL) obtained from lymphoma cells undergoing immunogenic cell death. We show that treatment of mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) and diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) cell lines with 9-cis-retinoic acid and IFNα (RA/IFNα) induces early membrane exposure of Calreticulin, HSP70 and 90 together with CD47 down-regulation and enhanced HMGB1 secretion...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147021/genome-scale-modeling-and-transcriptome-analysis-of-leuconostoc-mesenteroides-unravel-the-redox-governed-metabolic-states-in-obligate-heterofermentative-lactic-acid-bacteria
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Lokanand Koduru, Yujin Kim, Jeongsu Bang, Meiyappan Lakshmanan, Nam Soo Han, Dong-Yup Lee
Obligate heterofermentative lactic acid bacteria (LAB) are well-known for their beneficial health effects in humans. To delineate the incompletely characterized metabolism that currently limits their exploitation, at systems-level, we developed a genome-scale metabolic model of the representative obligate heterofermenting LAB, Leuconostoc mesenteroides (iLME620). Constraint-based flux analysis was then used to simulate several qualitative and quantitative phenotypes of L. mesenteroides, thereby evaluating the model validity...
November 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146975/disturbance-in-plasma-metabolic-profile-in-different-types-of-human-cytomegalovirus-induced-liver-injury-in-infants
#8
Wei-Wei Li, Jin-Jun Shan, Li-Li Lin, Tong Xie, Li-Li He, Yan Yang, Shou-Chuan Wang
Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) infection in infants is a global problem and the liver is a target organ of HCMV invasion. However, the mechanism by which HCMV causes different types of liver injury is unclear, and there are many difficulties in the differential diagnosis of HCMV infantile cholestatic hepatopathy (ICH) and extrahepatic biliary atresia (EHBA). We established a non-targeted gas chromatography-mass spectrometry metabolomics method in conjunction with orthogonal partial least squares-discriminate analysis based on 127 plasma samples from healthy controls, and patients with HCMV infantile hepatitis, HCMV ICH, and HCMV EHBA to explore the metabolite profile of different types of HCMV-induced liver injury...
November 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146135/multivalent-oleanolic-acid-human-serum-albumin-conjugate-as-nonglycosylated-neomucin-for-influenza-virus-capture-and-entry-inhibition
#9
Yang Yang, Hao-Jie He, Hao Chang, Yao Yu, Mei-Bing Yang, Yun He, Zhen-Chuan Fan, Suri S Iyer, Peng Yu
We report the synthesis of multivalent oleanolic acid (OA) protein conjugates as nonglycosylated neomucin mimic for the capture and entry inhibition of influenza viruses. Oleanolic acid derivatives bearing an amine-terminated linker were synthesized by esterification of carboxylic acid and further grafted onto the human serum albumin (HSA) via diethyl squarate method. The binding of hemagglutinin (HA) on the virion surface to the synthetic neomucin was evaluated by hemagglutination inhibition assay. The influenza virus capture ability of the PEGylated OA-HSA conjugate was further investigated by Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS), virus capture assay and Isothermal Titration Calorimeter (ITC) techniques...
October 28, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145498/antigenicity-of-the-2015-2016-seasonal-h1n1-human-influenza-virus-ha-and-na-proteins
#10
Amelia M Clark, Marta L DeDiego, Christopher S Anderson, Jiong Wang, Hongmei Yang, Aitor Nogales, Luis Martinez-Sobrido, Martin S Zand, Mark Y Sangster, David J Topham
Antigenic drift of the hemagglutinin (HA) and neuraminidase (NA) influenza virus proteins contributes to reduced vaccine efficacy. To analyze antigenic drift in human seasonal H1N1 viruses derived from the 2009 pandemic H1N1 virus (pH1N1-like viruses) accounts for the limited effectiveness (around 40%) of vaccination against pH1N1-like viruses during the 2015-2016 season, nasal washes/swabs collected from adult subjects in the Rochester, NY area, were used to sequence and isolate the circulating viruses. The HA and NA proteins from viruses circulating during the 2015-2016 season encoded eighteen and fourteen amino acid differences, respectively, when compared to A/California/04/2009, a strain circulating at the origin of the 2009 pandemic...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145169/a-zinc-schiff-base-complex-inhibits-cancer-progression-both-in-vivo-and-in-vitro-by-inducing-apoptosis
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Arpita Banerjee, Kaushik Banerjee, Abhinaba Sinha, Satyajit Das, Saikat Majumder, Subrata Majumdar, Soumitra Kumar Choudhuri
Cancer chemotherapy suffers from selectivity and undesired toxicity of the drugs. Since zinc is a biocompatible tracer element and cysteine derivatives are used in cancer chemoprevention, we intend to develop a complex of zinc and cysteine-derivatives as potent, non-toxic anticancer agents. Herein, we synthesized and characterized cysteine based ligand, 2-[(2-Hydroxy-3-methoxy-benzylidene)-amino]-3-mercapto-propionic acid and its Zn-complex, which are found to be non-toxic towards normal human PBMC. Data also revealed that only Zn-complex exhibited remarkable apoptosis in drug-sensitive CCRF-CEM and multidrug-resistant CEM/ADR5000 cancer cells as assessed by MTT, Cell cycle and AnnexinV binding assay...
November 6, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145142/is-ozonation-environmentally-benign-for-reverse-osmosis-concentrate-treatment-four-level-analysis-on-toxicity-reduction-based-on-organic-matter-fractionation
#12
Jingxia Weng, Huichao Jia, Bing Wu, Bingcai Pan
Ozonation is a promising option to treat reverse osmosis concentrate (ROC). However, a systematic understanding and assessment of ozonation on toxicity reduction is insufficient. In this study, ROC sampled from a typical industrial park wastewater treatment plant of China was fractionated into hydrophobic acid (HOA), hydrophobic base (HOB), hydrophobic neutral (HON), and hydrophilic fraction (HI). Systematic bioassays covering bacteria, algae, fish, and human cell lines were conducted to reveal the role of ozonation in toxicity variation of the four ROC fractions...
October 10, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145024/direct-analysis-of-ethylene-glycol-in-human-serum-on-the-basis-of-analyte-adduct-formation-and-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry
#13
Marek Dziadosz
The aim of this work was to develop a fast, cost-effective and time-saving liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) analytical method for the analysis of ethylene glycol (EG) in human serum. For these purposes, the formation/fragmentation of an EG adduct ion with sodium and sodium acetate was applied in the positive electrospray mode for signal detection. Adduct identification was performed with appropriate infusion experiments based on analyte solutions prepared in different concentrations...
November 12, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144729/an-optical-nanoantenna-for-single-molecule-based-detection-of-zika-virus-nucleic-acids-without-molecular-multiplication
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Sarah Elisabeth Ochmann, Carolin Vietz, Kateryna Trofymchuk, Guillermo P Acuna, Birka Lalkens, Philip Tinnefeld
Due to the limited signal-to-background ratio, molecular diagnostics requires molecular amplification of the target molecules or molecular signal amplification after target recognition. For direct molecular detection, we demonstrate a purely physical fluorescence enhancement process which can elevate the fluorescence signal of single fluorescent dyes by several orders of magnitude. To this end, DNA origami-based optical antennas with a height of around 125 nm are used, which utilize metallic nanoparticles to create a hotspot where fluorescence signals are enhanced by plasmonic effects...
November 16, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144603/hyaluronic-acid-based-micelles-as-ocular-platform-to-modulate-the-loading-release-and-corneal-permeation-of-corticosteroids
#15
Flavia Bongiovì, Giulia Di Prima, Fabio S Palumbo, Mariano Licciardi, Giovanna Pitarresi, Gaetano Giammona
The aim of this work is to prepare hyaluronic acid-based micelles as a platform to load corticosteroid drugs and to improve their corneal permeation after administration on the ocular surface. Three amphiphilic derivatives of hyaluronic acid (HA) are synthesized using different amounts of hexadecylamine (C16 -NH2 ). HAC16 a, HAC16 b, and HAC16 c derivatives are able to form micelles by the cosolvent evaporation method and to entrap corticosteroids (dexamethasone, triamcinolone, triamcinolone acetonide). HAC16 a and HAC16 b micelles show the best results in terms of drug loading and particle size...
November 16, 2017: Macromolecular Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144569/-11-c-arachidonic-acid-incorporation-measurement-in-human-brain-optimization-for-clinical-use
#16
Francesca Zanderigo, Yeona Kang, Dileep Kumar, Anastasia Nikolopoulou, P David Mozley, Paresh J Kothari, Bin He, David Schlyer, Stanley I Rapoport, Maria A Oquendo, Shankar Vallabhajosula, J John Mann, M Elizabeth Sublette
Arachidonic acid (AA) is involved in signal transduction, neuroinflammation, and production of eicosanoid metabolites. The AA brain incorporation coefficient (K*) is quantifiable in vivo using [(11) C]AA positron emission tomography, although repeatability remains undetermined. We evaluated K* estimates obtained with population-based metabolite correction (PBMC) and image-derived input function (IDIF) in comparison to arterial blood-based estimates, and compared repeatability. Eleven healthy volunteers underwent a [(11) C]AA scan; five repeated the scan 6 weeks later, simulating a pre- and post-treatment study design...
November 16, 2017: Synapse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143997/epidermal-neural-crest-stem-cell-derived-glia-enhance-neurotrophic-elements-in-an-ex-vivo-model-of-spinal-cord-injury
#17
Sareh Pandamooz, Mohammad Saied Salehi, Mohammad Ismail Zibaii, Abolhassan Ahmadiani, Mohammad Nabiuni, Leila Dargahi
Growing evidence that cell-based therapies can improve recovery outcome in spinal cord injury (SCI) models substantiates their application for treatment of human with SCI. To address the effectiveness of these stem cells, potential candidates should be evaluated in proper SCI platform that allows direct real-time monitoring. In this study, the role of epidermal neural crest stem cells (EPI-NCSCs) was elucidated in an ex vivo model of SCI and valproic acid (VPA) was administered to ameliorate the inhospitable context of injury for grafted EPI-NCSCs...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143777/margination-of-fluorescent-polylactic-acid-polyaspartamide-based-nanoparticles-in-microcapillaries-in-vitro-the-effect-of-hematocrit-and-pressure
#18
Emanuela Fabiola Craparo, Rosa D'Apolito, Gaetano Giammona, Gennara Cavallaro, Giovanna Tomaiuolo
The last decade has seen the emergence of vascular-targeted drug delivery systems as a promising approach for the treatment of many diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases and cancer. In this field, one of the major challenges is carrier margination propensity (i.e., particle migration from blood flow to vessel walls); indeed, binding of these particles to targeted cells and tissues is only possible if there is direct carrier-wall interaction. Here, a microfluidic system mimicking the hydrodynamic conditions of human microcirculation in vitro is used to investigate the effect of red blood cells (RBCs) on a carrier margination in relation to RBC concentration (hematocrit) and pressure drop...
October 28, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143615/diagnostic-accuracy-of-tests-to-detect-hepatitis-c-antibody-a-meta-analysis-and-review-of-the-literature
#19
Weiming Tang, Wen Chen, Ali Amini, Debi Boeras, Jane Falconer, Helen Kelly, Rosanna Peeling, Olivia Varsaneux, Joseph D Tucker, Philippa Easterbrook
BACKGROUND: Although direct-acting antivirals can achieve sustained virological response rates greater than 90% in Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) infected persons, at present the majority of HCV-infected individuals remain undiagnosed and therefore untreated. While there are a wide range of HCV serological tests available, there is a lack of formal assessment of their diagnostic performance. We undertook a systematic review and meta-analysis to evaluate he diagnostic accuracy of available rapid diagnostic tests (RDT) and laboratory based EIA assays in detecting antibodies to HCV...
November 1, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143226/aligned-ovine-diaphragmatic-myoblasts-overexpressing-human-connexin-43-seeded-on-poly-l-lactic-acid-scaffolds-for-potential-use-in-cardiac-regeneration
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Carlos Sebastián Giménez, Paola Locatelli, Florencia Montini Ballarin, Alejandro Orlowski, Ricardo A Dewey, Milagros Pena, Gustavo Abel Abraham, Ernesto Alejandro Aiello, María Del Rosario Bauzá, Luis Cuniberti, Fernanda Daniela Olea, Alberto Crottogini
Diaphragmatic myoblasts (DMs) are precursors of type-1 muscle cells displaying high exhaustion threshold on account that they contract and relax 20 times/min over a lifespan, making them potentially useful in cardiac regeneration strategies. Besides, it has been shown that biomaterials for stem cell delivery improve cell retention and viability in the target organ. In the present study, we aimed at developing a novel approach based on the use of poly (L-lactic acid) (PLLA) scaffolds seeded with DMs overexpressing connexin-43 (cx43), a gap junction protein that promotes inter-cell connectivity...
November 15, 2017: Cytotechnology
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