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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922597/core-shell-silver-nanoparticles-in-endodontic-disinfection-solutions-enable-long-term-antimicrobial-effect-on-oral-biofilms
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Elif Ertem Bekdemir, Beatrice Gutt, Flavia Zuber, Sergio Allegri, Benjamin Le Ouay, Selma Mefti, Kitty Formentin, Francesco Stellacci, Qun Ren
To achieve effective long-term disinfection of the root canals, we synthesized core-shell silver nanoparticles (AgNPs@SiO2) and used them to develop two irrigation solutions containing sodium phytate (SP) and ethylene glycol-bis(β-aminoethyl ether)-N,N,N',N'-tetraacetic acid (EGTA), respectively. Ex vivo studies with instrumented root canals revealed that the developed irrigation solutions can effectively remove the smear layer from the dentinal surfaces. Further in vitro experiments with single and multi-species biofilms demonstrated for the first time that AgNPs@SiO2 based irrigation solutions possess excellent antimicrobial activities for at least 7 days, whereas the bare AgNPs lose the activity almost immediately and do not show any antibacterial activity after 2 days...
September 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920057/amine-metabolism-is-influenced-by-dietary-protein-source
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Soumya K Kar, Alfons J M Jansman, Dirkjan Schokker, Leo Kruijt, Amy C Harms, Jerry M Wells, Mari A Smits
Growth in world population will inevitably leads to increased demand for protein for humans and animals. Protein from insects and blood plasma are being considered as possible alternatives, but more research on their nutritional quality and health effects is needed. Here, we studied the effect of dietary protein source on metabolism and metabolic amine profiles in serum and urine of mice. Groups of mice were fed semi-purified diets containing 300 g/kg of soybean meal, casein, partially delactosed whey powder, spray-dried plasma protein, wheat gluten meal, and yellow mealworm...
2017: Frontiers in Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919551/identification-of-potential-antigens-from-non-classically-secreted-proteins-and-designing-novel-multitope-peptide-vaccine-candidate-against-brucella-melitensis-through-reverse-vaccinology-and-immunoinformatics-approach
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Udayakumar S Vishnu, Jagadesan Sankarasubramanian, Paramasamy Gunasekaran, Jeyaprakash Rajendhran
Brucella melitensis is an intracellular pathogen resides in the professional and non-professional phagocytes of the host, causing zoonotic disease brucellosis. The stealthy nature of the Brucella makes it's highly pathogenic, and it is hard to eliminate the bacteria completely from the infected host. Hitherto, no licensed vaccines are available for human brucellosis. In this study, we identified potential antigens for vaccine development from non-classically secreted proteins through reverse vaccinology approach...
September 14, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919516/time-dependent-effects-of-perfluorinated-compounds-on-viability-in-cerebellar-granule-neurons-dependence-on-carbon-chain-length-and-functional-group-attached
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Hanne Friis Berntsen, Cesilie Granum Bjørklund, Jean-Nicolas Audinot, Tim Hofer, Steven Verhaegen, Esther Lentzen, Arno Christian Gutleb, Erik Ropstad
The toxicity of long chained perfluoroalkyl acids (PFAAs) has previously been reported to be related to the length of the perfluorinated carbon chain and functional group attached. In the present study, we compared the cytotoxicity of six PFAAs, using primary cultures of rat cerebellar granule neurons (CGNs). Two perfluoroalkyl sulfonic acids (PFSAs, chain length C6 and C8) and four perfluoroalkyl carboxylic acids (PFCAs, chain length C8-C11) were studied. These PFAAs have been detected in human blood and the brain tissue of mammals...
September 14, 2017: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919511/viscoelastic-properties-of-%C3%AE-keratin-fibers-in-hair
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Yang Yu, Wen Yang, Marc André Meyers
Considerable viscoelasticity and strain-rate sensitivity are a characteristic in α-keratin fibers, which can be considered a biopolymer. The understanding of viscoelasticity is an important part to the knowledge of the overall mechanical properties of these biological materials. Here, horse and human hairs are examined to analyze the sources of this response. The dynamic mechanical response of α-keratin fibers over a range of frequencies and temperatures is analyzed using a dynamic mechanical analyzer. The α-keratin fibers behave more elastically at higher frequencies while they become more viscous at higher temperatures...
September 14, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919468/a-copper-based-enzyme-free-fluorescence-elisa-for-her2-detection
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Shiyu Tian, Ke Zeng, Aijun Yang, Qin Wang, Minghui Yang
We reported an enzyme-free ELISA to detect breast cancer biomarker human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) in human serum samples. Instead of enzymes (such as horseradish peroxidase) used in traditional ELISA, CuO nanoparticles were utilized as the signal probe. Compared to traditional enzymes, CuO nanoparticles have the advantages of low cost and good stability. After dissolving CuO nanoparticles with acid, the Cu (II) ions generated catalyzed the reaction of o-phenylenediamine with ascorbic acid to produce fluorescent quinoxaline derivative molecules...
September 14, 2017: Journal of Immunological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919002/x-linked-adrenoleukodystrophy-in-a-chimpanzee-due-to-an-abcd1-mutation-reported-in-multiple-unrelated-humans
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Julian Curiel, Steven Jeffrey Steinberg, Sarah Bright, Ann Snowden, Ann B Moser, Florian Eichler, Holly A Dubbs, Joseph G Hacia, John J Ely, Jocelyn Bezner, Alisa Gean, Adeline Vanderver
BACKGROUND: X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy (X-ALD) is a genetic disorder leading to the accumulation of very long chain fatty acids (VLCFA) due to a mutation in the ABCD1 gene. ABCD1 mutations lead to a variety of phenotypes, including cerebral X-ALD and adrenomyeloneuropathy (AMN) in affected males and 80% of carrier females. There is no definite genotype-phenotype correlation with intrafamilial variability. Cerebral X-ALD typically presents in childhood, but can also present in juveniles and adults...
September 1, 2017: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918301/mathematical-fundamentals-for-the-noise-immunity-of-the-genetic-code
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Elena Fimmel, Lutz Strüngmann
Symmetry is one of the essential and most visible patterns that can be seen in nature. Starting from the left-right symmetry of the human body, all types of symmetry can be found in crystals, plants, animals and nature as a whole. Similarly, principals of symmetry are also some of the fundamental and most useful tools in modern mathematical natural science that play a major role in theory and applications. As a consequence, it is not surprising that the desire to understand the origin of life, based on the genetic code, forces us to involve symmetry as a mathematical concept...
September 13, 2017: Bio Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918018/locked-nucleic-acid-gapmers-and-conjugates-potently-silence-adam33-an-asthma-associated-metalloprotease-with-nuclear-localized-mrna
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Hannah M Pendergraff, Pranathi Meda Krishnamurthy, Alexandre J Debacker, Michael P Moazami, Vivek K Sharma, Liisa Niitsoo, Yong Yu, Yen Nee Tan, Hans Michael Haitchi, Jonathan K Watts
Two mechanisms dominate the clinical pipeline for oligonucleotide-based gene silencing, namely, the antisense approach that recruits RNase H to cleave target RNA and the RNAi approach that recruits the RISC complex to cleave target RNA. Multiple chemical designs can be used to elicit each pathway. We compare the silencing of the asthma susceptibility gene ADAM33 in MRC-5 lung fibroblasts using four classes of gene silencing agents, two that use each mechanism: traditional duplex small interfering RNAs (siRNAs), single-stranded small interfering RNAs (ss-siRNAs), locked nucleic acid (LNA) gapmer antisense oligonucleotides (ASOs), and novel hexadecyloxypropyl conjugates of the ASOs...
September 15, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918015/a-microrna124-target-sequence-restores-astrocyte-specificity-of-gfaabc1d-driven-transgene-expression-in-aav-mediated-gene-transfer
#10
Grit Taschenberger, Julia Tereshchenko, Sebastian Kügler
Experimentally restricting transgene expression exclusively to astrocytes has proven difficult. Using adeno-associated-virus-mediated gene transfer, we assessed two commonly used glial fibrillary acidic protein promoters: the full-length version gfa2 (2,210-bp human glial fibrillary acidic protein [GFAP] promoter) and the truncated variant gfaABC1D (681-bp GFAP promoter). The capacity to drive efficient, but also cell-type specific, expression of the EGFP in astrocytes was tested both in vitro in rat primary cortical cultures as well as in vivo in the rat striatum...
September 15, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917869/high-aspect-ratio-phospho-calcified-rock-candy-like-cellulose-nanowhiskers-of-wastepaper-applicable-in-osteogenic-differentiation-of-hmscs
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Mohsen Shahrousvand, Fatemeh Ahmadi Tabar, Ehsan Shahrousvand, Amir Babaei, Mohammad Mahdi Hasani-Sadrabadi, Gity Mir Mohamad Sadeghi, Hafez Jafari, Ali Salimi
The aim of this study was to prepare cellulose nanowhiskers (CNWs) from wastepaper powder (WPP), as an environmentally friendly approach for obtaining the source material, which is a highly available and low-cost precursor for cellulose nanomaterial processing. Acid hydrolysis and calcification treatments were employed for extraction of CNWs and preparation of novel phospho-calcified cellulose nanowhiskers (PCCNWs). CNWs and PCCNWs were analyzed through optical microscopy (OM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier-transformed infrared spectra (FTIR) and X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD)...
November 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917797/a-rapid-and-specific-colorimetric-method-for-free-tryptophan-quantification
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Yinan Wu, Tianmin Wang, Chong Zhang, Xin-Hui Xing
Tryptophan is one of the eight essential amino acids and plays an important role in many biological processes. For its interaction with human health, environment and relevant commercial interest in biotechnology-based production, rapid and specific quantification method for this molecule accessible to common laboratories is badly needed. We herein reported a simple colorimetric method for free tryptophan quantification with 96-well-plate-level throughput. Our protocol firstly converted tryptophan to indole enzymatically by purified tryptophanases and then used reactivity of indole with hydroxylamine to form pink product with absorption peak at 530nm, enabling the quantification of tryptophan with simple spectrometry in just two hours...
January 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917785/fluorescence-quenching-based-alkaline-phosphatase-activity-detection
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Yaqi Mei, Qiong Hu, Baojing Zhou, Yonghui Zhang, Minhui He, Ting Xu, Feng Li, Jinming Kong
Simple and fast detection of alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity is of great importance for diagnostic and analytical applications. In this work, we report a turn-off approach for the real-time detection of ALP activity on the basis of the charge transfer induced fluorescence quenching of the Cu(BCDS)2(2-) (BCDS = bathocuproine disulfonate) probe. Initially, ALP can enzymatically hydrolyze the substrate ascorbic acid 2-phosphate to release ascorbic acid (AA). Subsequently, the AA-mediated reduction of the Cu(BCDS)2(2-) probe, which displays an intense photoluminescence band at the wavelength of 402nm, leads to the static quenching of fluorescence of the probe as a result of charge transfer...
January 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917755/identification-of-trypanosomatids-by-detecting-single-nucleotide-fingerprints-using-dna-analysis-by-dynamic-chemistry-with-maldi-tof
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María Angélica Luque-González, Mavys Tabraue-Chávez, Bárbara López-Longarela, Rosario María Sánchez-Martín, Matilde Ortiz-González, Miguel Soriano-Rodríguez, José Antonio García-Salcedo, Salvatore Pernagallo, Juan José Díaz-Mochón
Protozoan parasites of the Trypanosomatidae family can cause devastating diseases in humans and animals, such as Human African Trypanosomiasis or Sleeping Sickness, Chagas disease and Leishmaniasis. Currently, there are molecular assays for detecting parasitic infections and their post-treatment monitoring based on nucleic acid amplification, but there are still certain limitations which limit the development of assays that can detect and discriminate between parasite infections with a single test. Here, we present the development of a novel molecular assay for the rapid identification of Trypanosomatids, integrating DNA analysis by dynamic chemistry in conjunction with Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization - Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry (MALDI-ToF)...
January 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917736/off-line-microextraction-by-packed-sorbent-combined-with-on-solid-support-derivatization-and-gc-ms-application-for-the-analysis-of-five-pyrethroid-metabolites-in-urine-samples
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Anna Klimowska, Bartosz Wielgomas
A novel, fast and eco-friendly analytical method using microextraction by packed sorbent coupled to large volume injection-gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (MEPS-LVI-GC-MS) was developed for the determination of five pyrethroid metabolites (cis-2,2-dimethyl-3-(2-chloro-3,3,3-trifluoro-1-propenyl)-cyclopropanecarboxylic acid, cis/trans-3-(2,2-dichlorovinyl)-2,2-dimethylcyclopropane-1-carboxylic acids, cis-(2,2-dibromovinyl)-2,2-dimethylcyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid and 3-phenoxybenzoic acid) in human urine...
January 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917728/fast-method-for-the-simultaneous-determination-of-monomethylmercury-and-inorganic-mercury-in-rice-and-aquatic-plants
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María Jiménez-Moreno, Miguel Ángel Lominchar, María José Sierra, Rocío Millán, Rosa Carmen Rodríguez Martín-Doimeadios
Recent investigations revealed that monomethylmercury (MMHg) can be absorbed and accumulated by plants, i.e. rice crops, thus becoming an important route of human exposure to MMHg through diet. The increasing concern about this fact makes that appropriate analytical methods for Hg speciation in these samples are urgently required. Therefore, the aim of this work has been the development of a fast and sensitive method which enables the simultaneous determination of MMHg and inorganic Hg in rice and aquatic plants...
January 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916816/striking-diflubenzuron-resistance-in-culex-pipiens-the-prime-vector-of-west-nile-virus
#17
Linda Grigoraki, Arianna Puggioli, Konstantinos Mavridis, Vassilis Douris, Mario Montanari, Romeo Bellini, John Vontas
Culex pipiens mosquitoes cause severe nuisance and transmit human diseases including West Nile. Vector control by insecticides is the main tool to prevent these diseases and diflubenzuron is one of the most effective mosquito larvicides used in many places. Here, high levels of resistance were identified in Cx. pipiens from Italy, with a Resistance Ratio of 128 fold. The phenotype was associated with mutations at amino acid I1043 (I1043M and I1043L) of the Chitin synthase gene, which showed significantly higher frequency in bioassay survivors...
September 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916564/modulation-of-the-gut-microbiome-a-systematic-review-of-the-effect-of-bariatric-surgery
#18
Yan Guo, Zhi-Ping Huang, Chao-Qian Liu, Lin Qi, Yuan Sheng, Da-Jin Zou
OBJECTIVE: Bariatric surgery is recommended for patients with obesity and type 2 diabetes. Recent evidence suggested a strong connection between gut microbiota and bariatric surgery. DESIGN: Systematic review. METHODS: The PubMed and OVID Embase were used and articles concerning bariatric surgery and gut microbiota were screened. The main outcome measures were alterations of gut microbiota after bariatric surgery and correlations between gut microbiota and host metabolism...
September 15, 2017: European Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915883/plasma-trans-fatty-acids-levels-and-mortality-a-cohort-study-based-on-1999-2000-national-health-and-nutrition-examination-survey-nhanes
#19
Haibo Li, Qian Zhang, Jiangen Song, Anshi Wang, Yunfei Zou, Lei Ding, Yufeng Wen
BACKGROUND: Trans-fatty acids (TFAs) occur in small amounts in nature but became widely produced by the food industry. The hazardous effects of different TFA subtypes to human health are controversial. We aimed to evaluate the association of plasma TFAs levels (elaidic acid, vaccenic acid, palmitelaidic acid, and linoelaidic acid) with mortality. METHODS: Utilizing 1999-2000 Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) and linked mortality data, we performed a cohort study with 1456 participants and used Cox proportional hazards models and penalized smoothing spline plots to elucidate the relationships between TFAs and all-cause, cardiovascular diseases (CVD) and cancer mortality...
September 16, 2017: Lipids in Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915615/expression-of-cd38-in-myeloma-bone-niche-a-rational-basis-for-the-use-of-anti-cd38-immunotherapy-to-inhibit-osteoclast-formation
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Federica Costa, Denise Toscani, Antonella Chillemi, Valeria Quarona, Marina Bolzoni, Valentina Marchica, Rosanna Vescovini, Cristina Mancini, Eugenia Martella, Nicoletta Campanini, Chiara Schifano, Sabrina Bonomini, Fabrizio Accardi, Alberto L Horenstein, Franco Aversa, Fabio Malavasi, Nicola Giuliani
It is known that multiple myeloma (MM) cells express CD38 and that a recently developed human anti-CD38 monoclonal antibody Daratumumab mediates myeloma killing. However, the expression of CD38 and other functionally related ectoenzymes within the MM bone niche and the potential effects of Daratumumab on bone cells are still unknown. This study firstly defines by flow cytometry and immunohistochemistry the expression of CD38 by bone marrow cells in a cohort of patients with MM and indolent monoclonal gammopathies...
August 22, 2017: Oncotarget
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