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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911498/solvothermally-prepared-cu2o-electrocatalysts-for-co2-reduction-with-tunable-selectivity-by-the-introduction-of-p-block-elements
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Gastón O Larrazábal, Antonio J Martín, Frank Krumeich, Roland Hauert, Javier Pérez-Ramírez
The electroreduction of CO2 to fuels and chemicals is an attractive strategy for valorizing CO2 emissions. In this study, we show that a Cu2O electrocatalyst prepared by a simple and potentially scalable solvothermal route effectively targeted CO evolution at low to moderate overpotentials (CECO ca. 60% after 12 h at -0.6 V vs. RHE), and that the introduction of p-block elements (In, Sn, Ga, Al) into the catalyst can be employed to tune its selectivity. SEM, HRTEM, and voltammetric analyses revealed that the Cu2O catalyst undergoes extensive surface restructuring (favorable for CO evolution) under reaction conditions...
December 2, 2016: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911494/determining-functional-aptamer-protein-interaction-by-biolayer-interferometry
#2
Xinhui Lou, Martin Egli, Xianbin Yang
Short single-stranded nucleic acids called aptamers are widely being explored as recognition molecules of high affinity and specificity for binding a wide range of target molecules, particularly protein targets. In biolayer interferometry (BLI), a simple Dip-and-Read approach in which the aptamer-coated biosensors are dipped into microplate wells is used to study the interactions between an aptamer and its target protein. Here we describe the protocol for the analysis of the interaction between a well-characterized anti-thrombin RNA aptamer with thrombin (Basic Protocol)...
December 1, 2016: Current Protocols in Nucleic Acid Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911475/carboplatin-complexed-and-crgd-conjugated-unimolecular-nanoparticles-for-targeted-ovarian-cancer-therapy
#3
Yuyuan Wang, Liwei Wang, Guojun Chen, Shaoqin Gong
Platinum-based chemotherapy has been widely used to treat cancers including ovarian cancer; however, it suffers from dose-limiting toxicity. Judiciously designed drug nanocarriers can enhance the anticancer efficacy of platinum-based chemotherapy while reducing its systemic toxicity. Herein the authors report a stable and water-soluble unimolecular nanoparticle constructed from a hydrophilic multi-arm star block copolymer poly(amidoamine)-b-poly(aspartic acid)-b-poly(ethylene glycol) (PAMAM-PAsp-PEG) conjugated with both cRGD (cyclo(Arg-Gly-Asp-D-Phe-Cys) peptide and cyanine5 (Cy5) fluorescent dye as a platinum-based drug nanocarrier for targeted ovarian cancer therapy...
December 1, 2016: Macromolecular Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911473/enhancement-of-upconverted-fluorescence-by-interference-layers
#4
Janina Wirth, Kory K Green, Megan O'Connor, Shuang F Lim
Upconverting nanoparticles show potential applications in the field of photovoltaics and array-based detection devices. While fluorescence enhancement using interference of incident radiation is well known in Stokes-shift type systems such as fluorescent dyes; the effect of such interference geometry in nonlinear Anti-Stokes type emission, such as in upconversion rare earth photophysics is demonstrated for the first time. This work describes in detail the influence of the interference modulation on both the excitation (interion energy transfer) and radiative decay with nonradiative decay processes active between emissive levels...
December 2, 2016: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911472/solid-state-emission-of-the-anthracene-o-carborane-dyad-from-the-twisted-intramolecular-charge-transfer-in-the-crystalline-state
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Hirofumi Naito, Kenta Nishino, Yasuhiro Morisaki, Kazuo Tanaka, Yoshiki Chujo
The emission process of the o-carborane dyad with anthracene originating from the twisted intramolecular charge transfer (TICT) state in the crystalline state is described. The anthracene-o-carborane dyad was synthesized and its optical properties were investigated. Initially, the dyad had aggregation- and crystallization-induced emission enhancement (AIEE and CIEE) properties via the intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) state. Interestingly, the dyad presented the dual-emissions assigned to both locally excited (LE) and ICT states in solution...
December 1, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911464/two-successful-insertions-of-peripherally-inserted-central-catheter-in-a-super-elderly-patient-with-bilateral-pacemaker-placement
#6
Wenyan Sun, Yufen Ma, Bing Liu, Ruibing Ge, Kai Wang, Qi Song
Peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs) have been placed through the peripheral veins, and the best location for the tip of the PICCs is the lower third of the superior vena cava (SVC) and cavo-atrial junction. PICCs are commonly used in intravenous administration, parenteral nutrition therapy, chemotherapy, as well as in critical care units. The success rates in venipuncture are enhanced when ultrasonographic guides are used by the bedside PICC teams. There have been few reports of PICCs placed in super elderly patients with permanent cardiac pacemakers...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Vascular Access
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911460/retrospective-comparison-of-two-different-approaches-for-ultrasound-guided-internal-jugular-vein-cannulation-in-hemodialysis-patients
#7
Antonio Treglia, Dario Musone, Francesco Amoroso
BACKGROUND: Prevalent hemodialysis patients with vascular access consisting of a central venous catheter (CVC) are continuously increasing over the years. Improvement in evolution and CVC placement procedures represents therefore an essential tool to enhance performance and reduce intraoperative and long-term CVC complications. Internal jugular vein (IJV) catheterization techniques are different according to ultrasound probe position in relation to vein axis and to needle direction in relation to ultrasound beam...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Vascular Access
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911452/rationally-encapsulated-gold-nanorods-improving-both-linear-and-nonlinear-photoacoustic-imaging-contrast-in-vivo
#8
Fei Gao, Linyi Bai, Siyu Liu, Ruochong Zhang, Jingtao Zhang, Xiaohua Feng, Yuanjin Zheng, Yanli Zhao
Photoacoustic tomography has emerged as a promising non-invasive imaging technique that integrates the merits of high optical contrast with high ultrasound resolution in deep scattering medium. Unfortunately, the blood background in vivo seriously impedes the quality of imaging due to its comparable optical absorption with contrast agents, especially in conventional linear photoacoustic imaging modality. In this study, we demonstrated that two hybrids consisting of gold nanorods (Au NRs) and zinc tetra(4-pyridyl)porphyrin (ZnTPP) exhibited a synergetic effect in improving optical absorption, conversion efficiency from light to heat, and thermoelastic expansion, leading to a notable enhancement in both linear (four times greater) and nonlinear (more than six times) photoacoustic signals as compared with conventional Au NRs...
December 2, 2016: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911418/synthesis-and-characterization-of-fe-doped-aluminosilicate-nanotubes-with-enhanced-electron-conductive-properties
#9
Ehsan Shafia, Serena Esposito, Elnaz Bahadori, Marco Armandi, Maela Manzoli, Barbara Bonelli
The goal of the protocol is to synthesize Fe-doped aluminosilicate nanotubes of the imogolite type with the formula (OH)3Al2-xFexO3SiOH. Doping with Fe aims at lowering the band gap of imogolite, an insulator with the chemical formula (OH)3Al2O3SiOH, and at modifying its adsorption properties towards azo-dyes, an important class of organic pollutants of both wastewater and groundwater. Fe-doped nanotubes are obtained in two ways: by direct synthesis, where FeCl3 is added to an aqueous mixture of the Si and Al precursors, and by post-synthesis loading, where preformed nanotubes are put in contact with a FeCl3•6H2O aqueous solution...
November 15, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911379/rapid-acquisition-of-3d-images-using-high-resolution-episcopic-microscopy
#10
Haochuan Zhang, JunGang Huang, Xin Liu, Ping Zhu, Zhongrong Li, Xue Li
High-resolution episcopic microscopic (HREM) technology enables rapid acquisition of high-resolution digital volumetric and three-dimensional (3D) morphometric data. Here, we describe the detailed protocol to image the entire mouse embryo. The protocol consists of four major sections: sample preparation, embedding, image acquisition and finally, 3D visualization. The technology requires specimens to be stained with a fluorescent dye, which can be problematic for large or dense specimens. To overcome this limitation, we have improved the existing protocol to enhance tissue penetration of the dye by pretreating the specimen with a solution containing urea and sodium dodecyl sulfate...
November 21, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911359/directed-protein-packaging-within-outer-membrane-vesicles-from-escherichia-coli-design-production-and-purification
#11
Nathan J Alves, Kendrick B Turner, Scott A Walper
An increasing interest in applying synthetic biology techniques to program outer membrane vesicles (OMV) are leading to some very interesting and unique applications for OMV where traditional nanoparticles are proving too difficult to synthesize. To date, all Gram-negative bacteria have been shown to produce OMV demonstrating packaging of a variety of cargo that includes small molecules, peptides, proteins and genetic material. Based on their diverse cargo, OMV are implicated in many biological processes ranging from cell-cell communication to gene transfer and delivery of virulence factors depending upon which bacteria are producing the OMV...
November 16, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911346/influence-of-pelvic-tilt-on-functional-acetabular-orientation
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Robert K Zahn, Sarah Grotjohann, Matthias Pumberger, Heiko Ramm, Stefan Zachow, Michael Putzier, Carsten Perka, Stephan Tohtz
BACKGROUND: Pelvic tilt influences acetabular orientation (AO). Anatomical AO can be measured in relation to the anterior pelvic plane (APP), functional AO can be calculated relative to table's plane. OBJECTIVE: To assess to what extent functional AO is determined by pelvic tilt and if APP and table plane give equal information for correct AO. METHODS: AO was evaluated by computed tomography (CT) scans of 138 patients. Pelvic tilt, anatomical and functional AO were measured, differences between the two reference planes were calculated...
November 25, 2016: Technology and Health Care: Official Journal of the European Society for Engineering and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911310/cholinergic-modification-of-neurogenesis-and-gliosis-improves-the-memory-of%C3%A2-a%C3%AE-ppswe-psen1de9-alzheimer-s-disease-model-mice-fed-a-high-fat-diet
#13
Takeshi Matsuda, Tatsuhiro Hisatsune
We previously reported that neuroinflammation contributes to the amnesia of AβPPswe/PSEN1dE9 Alzheimer's disease model mice fed a high-fat diet to induce type-2 diabetes (T2DM-AD mice), but the underlying mechanism for the memory decline remained unclear. Recent studies have suggested that cholinergic modulation is involved in neuroinflammatory cellular reactions including neurogenesis and gliosis, and in memory improvement. In this study, we administered a broad-spectrum cholinesterase inhibitor, rivastigmine (2 mg/kg/day, s...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911291/a-metal-free-method-for-producing-mri-contrast-at-amyloid-%C3%AE
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Silvia Hilt, Tang Tang, Jeffrey H Walton, Madhu Budamagunta, Izumi Maezawa, Tamás Kálai, Kálmán Hideg, Vikrant Singh, Heike Wulff, Qizhi Gong, Lee-Way Jin, Angelique Louie, John C Voss
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is characterized by depositions of the amyloid-β (Aβ) peptide in the brain. The disease process develops over decades, with substantial neurological loss occurring before a clinical diagnosis of dementia can be rendered. It is therefore imperative to develop methods that permit early detection and monitoring of disease progression. In addition, the multifactorial pathogenesis of AD has identified several potential avenues for AD intervention. Thus, evaluation of therapeutic candidates over lengthy trial periods also demands a practical, noninvasive method for measuring Aβ in the brain...
November 26, 2016: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911272/foxo4-expression-is-related-to-stem-cell-like-properties-and-resistance-to-treatment-in-diffuse-large-b-cell-lymphoma
#15
Kyung Ju Ryu, Chaehwa Park, Mineui Hong, Young Hyeh Ko, Won Seog Kim, Seok Jin Kim
Cancer stem cells are proposed to be responsible for resistance to chemotherapeutic agents, including doxorubicin. As phenylbutyrate enhances cancer stem cell properties, we analyzed surviving lymphoma cells after treatment with doxorubicin and phenylbutyrate. Human B-cell lymphoma cell lines, including Toledo, BJAB, Daudi, and Raji were incubated with IC90 concentrations of doxorubicin (300 nM) or phenylbutyrate (8 mM). After 48 h, live cells were sorted and analyzed for their resistance to treatment by examining gene expression profiles using cDNA microarray and biological characteristics...
November 29, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911265/mirna-543-promotes-osteosarcoma-cell-proliferation-and-glycolysis-by-partially-suppressing-prmt9-and-stabilizing-hif-1%C3%AE-protein
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Heng Zhang, Xiaofeng Guo, Xing Feng, Tingting Wang, Zhaohua Hu, Xiangyong Que, Qingsong Tian, Tianbo Zhu, Guixian Guo, Wei Huang, Xinzhi Li
Osteosarcoma (OS) is the most common primary bone tumor, occurring frequently in adolescents and possessing a high malignant severity. MicroRNAs play critical roles during OS development. Thus, elucidation of the involvement of specific microRNAs in the development of OS may provide novel therapeutic targets for OS treatment. Here, we showed that in the OS specimens from patients, the levels of miR-543 were significantly increased whereas the levels of PRMT9 were significantly decreased, compared to the paired normal bone tissue...
November 28, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911263/contrast-enhanced-us-guided-percutaneous-biopsy-of-anterior-mediastinal-lesions
#17
Dong Yi, Mao Feng, Wang Wen Ping, Ji Zheng Biao, Pei Li Fan
PURPOSE: We aimed to explore the value of contrast-enhanced ultrasonography (CEUS) in guidance of percutaneous biopsy of anterior mediastinal lesions. METHODS: Ninety patients with solitary anterior mediastinal lesions (55 males, 35 females; mean age, 46±4 years) were included. Patients were randomly divided into CEUS group (n=45) and conventional ultrasonography (US) group (n=45). Real-time US-guided core needle (16 G) percutaneous biopsies were performed in all lesions...
December 2, 2016: Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology: Official Journal of the Turkish Society of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911256/a-residue-located-at-the-junction-of-the-head-and-stalk-regions-of-measles-virus-fusion-protein-regulates-membrane-fusion-by-controlling-conformational-stability
#18
Yuto Satoh, Saeka Yonemori, Mitsuhiro Hirose, Hiroko Shogaki, Hiroshi Wakimoto, Yoshinori Kitagawa, Bin Gotoh, Tsuyoshi Shirai, Ken-Ichi Takahashi, Masae Itoh
The fusion (F) protein of measles virus (MV) performs refolding from the thermodynamically metastable prefusion form to the highly stable postfusion form via an activated unstable intermediate stage, to induce membrane fusion. Some amino acids involved in the fusion regulation cluster in the heptad repeat B (HR-B) domain of the stalk region, among which substitution of residue 465 by various amino acids revealed that fusion activity correlates well with its side chain length from the Cα (p<0.01) and van der Waals volume (p<0...
December 1, 2016: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911254/neutralizing-and-enhancing-antibody-responses-to-five-genotypes-of-dengue-virus-type-1-denv-1-in-denv-1-patients
#19
Atsushi Yamanaka, Meng Ling Moi, Tomohiko Takasaki, Ichiro Kurane, Eiji Konishi
Dengue virus has four distinct serotypes, DENV-1-4, with 4-6 genotypes in each serotype. The World Health Organization recommends tetravalent formulations including one genotype of each serotype as safe and effective dengue vaccines. Here, we investigated the impact of genotype on the neutralizing antibody responses to DENV-1 in humans. Convalescent sera collected from patients with primary infection of DENV-1 were examined for neutralizing antibody against single-round infectious particles of the five DENV-1 genotypes (GI-GV)...
December 2, 2016: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911136/a-functional-nanocarrier-that-copenetrates-extracellular-matrix-and-multiple-layers-of-tumor-cells-for-sequential-and-deep-tumor-autophagy-inhibitor-and-chemotherapeutic-delivery
#20
Yang Wang, Yue Qiu, Sheng Yin, Li Zhang, Kairong Shi, Huile Gao, Zhirong Zhang, Qin He
To further enhance the intensity of deep tumor drug delivery and integrate a combined therapy, we herein report on a core-shell nanocarrier that could simultaneously overcome the double barriers of the extracellular matrix (ECM) and multiple layers of tumor cells (MLTC). A pH-triggered reversible swelling-shrinking core and an MMP2 (matrix metallopeptidase 2) degradable shell were developed to encapsulate chemotherapeutics and macroautophagy/autophagy inhibitors, respectively. MMP2 degraded the shell, which was followed by the autophagy inhibitors release...
December 2, 2016: Autophagy
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