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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527428/physicochemical-and-biological-interactions-between-cerium-oxide-nanoparticles-and-a-1-8-naphthalimide-derivative
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Gerardo Pulido-Reyes, Esperanza Martín, J L Gu Coronado, Francisco Leganes, Roberto Rosal, Francisca Fernández-Piñas
Cerium (Ce) oxide nanoparticles (CNPs) have attracted attention due to their high bioactivity and unique redox-chemistry. The oxygen vacancies at the surface of the nanoparticle explain the autocatalytic properties of CNPs in which the Ce(3+) atoms occupy the center of the oxygen vacancies surrounded by Ce(4+) atoms. Until now, CNPs have been associated with organic molecules at the synthesis stage to extend their applications or improve their stability. However, there is a lack of information regarding the post-synthesis interaction of CNPs and organic molecules that could enhance or induce new properties...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527427/photothermal-therapy-using-folate-conjugated-gold-nanoparticles-enhances-the-effects-of-6mv-x-ray-on-mouth-epidermal-carcinoma-cells
#2
Ali Neshastehriz, Mousa Tabei, Shayan Maleki, Samira Eynali, Ali Shakeri-Zadeh
The aim of this study was to develop an optimized method for preparation of folate conjugated gold nanoparticles (F-AuNPs) and to investigate its cytotoxic effects and cell apoptosis in combination with photothermal therapy (PTT) and radiotherapy (RT) for the treatment of mouth epidermal carcinoma cells KB. For this purpose, cells were treated with synthesized F-AuNPs at different concentrations for 6h and then irradiated them with laser beam (532nm, 0.5W/cm(2), 15min). After photothermal therapy, the cells were exposed to 6MV X-ray with a single dose of 2Gy...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527422/index-of-difficulty-and-side-of-space-are-accommodated-during-the-selection-and-planning-of-a-joint-action
#3
Matthew Ray, John de Grosbois, Timothy N Welsh
Co-actors can facilitate the achievement of a shared goal by accurately anticipating each other's needs and subsequently planning actions to accommodate those needs. The purpose of the present study was to determine if co-actors plan and execute their movements to accommodate the difficulty of their partners' action. We hypothesized that information derived from shared task representations could influence the simulation of other's actions and that motor experience would enhance the ability of co-actor's to anticipate their co-actor's needs...
May 17, 2017: Human Movement Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527394/elucidation-of-penetration-enhancement-mechanism-of-emu-oil-using-ftir-microspectroscopy-at-emira-laboratory-of-sesame-synchrotron
#4
Randa S H Mansour, Alsayed A Sallam, Imad I Hamdan, Enam A Khalil, Ibraheem Yousef
It has been proposed that Emu oil possesses skin permeation-enhancing effect. This study aimed to address its possible penetration enhancement mechanism(s) using IR microscopy, in accordance with LPP theory. The penetration of Emu oil through the layers of human skin was accomplished by monitoring oil-IR characteristic feature at 3006cm(-1). The unsaturated components of Emu oil accumulated at about 270μm depth of skin surface. The interaction of Emu oil with lipid and protein constituents of SC was investigated in comparison with a commonly used enhancer, IPM...
May 12, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527383/tributyltin-and-triphenyltin-exposure-promotes-in-vitro-adipogenic-differentiation-but-alters-the-adipocyte-phenotype-in-rainbow-trout
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Esmail Lutfi, Natàlia Riera-Heredia, Marlon Córdoba, Cinta Porte, Joaquim Gutiérrez, Encarnación Capilla, Isabel Navarro
Numerous environmental pollutants have been identified as potential obesogenic compounds affecting endocrine signaling and lipid homeostasis. Among them, well-known organotins such as tributyltin (TBT) and triphenyltin (TPT), can be found in significant concentrations in aquatic environments. The aim of the present study was to investigate in vitro the effects of TBT and TPT on the development and lipid metabolism of rainbow trout (Onchorynchus mykiss) primary cultured adipocytes. Results showed that TBT and TPT induced lipid accumulation and slightly enhanced peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPARγ) and CCAAT enhancer binding protein alpha (C/EBPα) protein expression when compared to a control, both in the presence or absence of lipid mixture...
May 8, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527375/surfactant-enhanced-remediation-of-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons-a-review
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Shanti Lamichhane, K C Bal Krishna, Ranjan Sarukkalige
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are toxic, mutagenic and carcinogenic organic compounds that are widely present in the environment. The bioremediation of PAHs is an economical and environmentally friendly remediation technique, but it is limited because PAHs have low water solubility and fewer bioavailable properties. The solubility and bioavailability of PAHs can be increased by using surfactants to reduce surface tension and interfacial tension; this method is called surfactant-enhanced remediation (SER)...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527358/improving-the-pharmacokinetics-and-tissue-distribution-of-pyrinezolid-by-self-assembled-polymeric-micelles
#7
Haiyue Long, Xiaoling Li, Zitai Sang, Lan Mei, Tao Yang, Zicheng Li, Liangxue Zhou, Yu Zheng, Gu He, Gang Guo, Zhenling Wang, Yong Deng, Youfu Luo
Antibiotic-resistance by bacteria is a growing global concern within the healthcare field, and it has provided an impetus for continued antimicrobial development. Pyrinezolid (PZ), a novel oxazolidinone compound, can effectively inhibit most gram-positive bacteria, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin-resistant Enterococci (VRE). Though PZ is a promising antimicrobial candidate, the druggability of PZ is limited by its poor water solubility. Therefore, the amphipathic mPEG-PLLA copolymer was used to prepare the pyrinezolid micelles (PZ-M)...
May 8, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527347/immunostimulatory-activity-of-plumieride-an-iridoid-in-augmenting-immune-system-by-targeting-th-1-pathway-in-balb-c-mice
#8
Jasvinder Singh, Arem Qayum, Rachna D Singh, Mytre Koul, Anpurna Kaul, N K Satti, Prabhu Dutt, Abid Hamid, Shashank Singh
Plumieride, an iridoid glucoside isolated from Plumieria acutifolia leaves was investigated for its immunostimulatory activity on humoral, cell mediated and intracellular cytokine levels in sensitized and unsensitised balb/c mice. Plumieride restores the suppressed cell mediated, humoral immune response and also enhances the release of TNF- α, IFN-γ, and IL-2 (Th-1) in immune compromised cyclosporine and cyclophosphamide treated balb/c mice. It does not stimulate the IL-4 (Th-2) expression. Plumieride demonstrates significant augmentation of Th-1 response in immunosuppressed balb/c mice...
May 17, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527340/induction-of-cell-death-by-tospoviral-protein-nss-and-the-motif-critical-for-cell-death-does-not-control-rna-silencing-suppression-activity
#9
Ajeet Singh, Vipin Permar, R K Jain, Suneha Goswami, Ranjeet Ranjan Kumar, Tomas Canto, Peter Palukaitis, Shelly Praveen
Groundnut bud necrosis virus induces necrotic symptoms in different hosts. Previous studies showed reactive oxygen species-mediated programmed cell death (PCD) resulted in necrotic symptoms. Transgenic expression of viral protein NSs mimics viral symptoms. Here, we showed a role for NSs in influencing oxidative burst in the cell, by analyzing H2O2 accumulation, activities of antioxidant enzymes and expression levels of vacuolar processing enzymes, H2O2-responsive microRNA 319a.2 plus its possible target metacaspase-8...
May 17, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527337/improved-stress-tolerance-and-productivity-in-transgenic-rice-plants-constitutively-expressing-the-oryza-sativa-glutathione-synthetase-osgs-under-paddy-field-conditions
#10
Seong-Im Park, Young-Saeng Kim, Jin-Ju Kim, Ji-Eun Mok, Yul-Ho Kim, Hyang-Mi Park, Il-Sup Kim, Ho-Sung Yoon
Reactive oxygen species, which increase under various environmental stresses, have deleterious effects on plants. An important antioxidant, glutathione, is used to detoxify reactive oxygen species in plant cells and is mainly produced by two enzymes: gamma-glutamylcysteine synthetase (γ-ECS) and glutathione synthetase (GS). To evaluate the functional roles of the glutathione synthetase gene (OsGS) in rice, we generated four independent transgenic rice plants (TG1-TG4) that overexpressed OsGS under the control of the constitutively expressed OsCc1 promoter...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527336/title-potassium-application-regulates-nitrogen-metabolism-and-osmotic-adjustment-in-cotton-gossypium-hirsutum-l-functional-leaf-under-drought-stress
#11
Rizwan Zahoor, Wenqing Zhao, Muhammad Abid, Haoran Dong, Zhiguo Zhou
To evaluate the role of potassium (K) in maintaining nitrogen metabolism and osmotic adjustment development of cotton functional leaves to sustain growth under soil drought and rewatering conditions, the plants of two cotton cultivars Siza 3 (low-K sensitive) and Simian 3 (low-K tolerant), were grown under three different K rates (K0, K1, and K2; 0, 150, and 300kgK2Oha(-1), respectively) and exposed to drought stress with 40±5% soil relative water content (SRWC). The drought stress was applied at flowering stage by withholding water for eight days followed by rewatering to a well-watered level (75±5% SRWC)...
May 4, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527334/photo-protective-mechanisms-in-reed-canary-grass-to-alleviate-photo-inhibition-of-psii-on-the-qinghai-tibet-plateau
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Chao Zhang, Da-Wei Zhang, Yan-Ni Sun, Muhammad Arfan, Da-Xu Li, Jia-Jun Yan, Ming-Hong You, Shi-Qie Bai, Hong-Hui Lin
Due to its characteristic of high biomass yield potential, there is considerable interest in cultivating Phalaris arundinacea L. cv. 'chuancaoyin No.3' (reed canary grass) on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau where there is an abundance of alpine steppe meadow and a potential large market for animal husbandry. In this study, we 1) investigate whether reed canary grass exhibits superior productive capacity to Elymus nutans 'Aba' (E. nutans), ordinary common pasture, during the long warm days of summer at high-altitude; and 2) compare the cold tolerance between reed canary grass and E...
May 4, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527318/activating-analytic-thinking-enhances-the-value-given-to-individualizing-moral-foundations
#13
Onurcan Yilmaz, S Adil Saribay
Two central debates within Moral Foundations Theory concern (1) which moral foundations are core and (2) how conflict between ideological camps stemming from valuing different moral foundations can be resolved. Previous studies have attempted to answer the first question by imposing cognitive load on participants to direct them toward intuitive and automatic thought. However, this method has limitations and has produced mixed findings. In the present research, in two experiments, instead of directing participants toward intuitive thought, we tested the effects of activating high-effort, analytic thought on participants' moral foundations...
May 17, 2017: Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527317/fully-automatic-segmentation-of-left-ventricular-anatomy-in-3-d-lge-mri
#14
Tanja Kurzendorfer, Christoph Forman, Michaela Schmidt, Christoph Tillmanns, Andreas Maier, Alexander Brost
The current challenge for electrophysiology procedures, targeting the left ventricle, is the localization and qualification of myocardial scar. Late gadolinium enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (LGE-MRI) is the current gold standard to visualize regions of myocardial infarction. Commonly, a stack of 2-D images is acquired of the left ventricle in short-axis orientation. Recently, 3-D LGE-MRI methods were proposed that continuously cover the whole heart with a high resolution within a single acquisition. The acquisition promises an accurate quantification of the myocardium to the extent of myocardial scarring...
May 8, 2017: Computerized Medical Imaging and Graphics: the Official Journal of the Computerized Medical Imaging Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527302/aortic-adventitial-fibroblast-sensitivity-to-mitogen-activated-protein-kinase-inhibitors-depends-on-substrate-stiffness
#15
Rebecca A Scott, Prathamesh M Kharkar, Kristi L Kiick, Robert E Akins
Adventitial fibroblasts (AFs) are key determinants of arterial function and critical mediators of arterial disease progression. The effects of altered stiffness, particularly those observed across individuals during normal vascular function, and the mechanisms by which AFs respond to altered stiffness, are not well understood. To study the effects of matrix stiffness on AF phenotype, cytokine production, and the regulatory pathways utilized to interpret basic cell-matrix interactions, human aortic AFs were grown in 5%, 7...
May 10, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527298/enhanced-adsorption-performance-of-mos2-nanosheet-coated-mil-101-hybrids-for-the-removal-of-aqueous-rhodamine-b
#16
Cao Yang, Jianhua Cheng, Yuancai Chen, Yongyou Hu
A MoS2 nanosheet-coated chromium terephthalate MIL-101 octahedron hybrid (denoted as MoS2/MIL-101) was prepared via a simple hydrothermal reaction. The obtained MoS2/MIL-101 hybrid exhibited a significantly enhanced adsorption ability toward rhodamine B (RhB) as compared with pure MoS2, MIL-101, and the physical mixture of the two. The results demonstrate that the MoS2/MIL-101 hybrid had a high uptake capacity (Qm ≈ 344.8mgg(-1)) and fast adsorption rate for the removal of aqueous RhB. The excellent adsorption performance is likely related to the synergism of hydrogen bonding, π-π stacking interactions, and direct coordination between the MIL-101 substrate and RhB, as well as electrostatic interactions between MoS2 nanosheets and RhB...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527297/hyaluronic-acid-nanogels-prepared-via-ortho-ester-linkages-show-ph-triggered-behavior-enhanced-penetration-and-antitumor-efficacy-in-3-d-tumor-spheroids
#17
Guanqing Yang, Shengxiang Fu, Weijing Yao, Xin Wang, Qian Zha, Rupei Tang
A new type of pH-triggered hyaluronic acid nanogel system (HA-NGs) was successfully developed for tumor-targeted delivery of drugs. HA-NGs were obtained by copolymerization between methacrylate HA and a new cross-linker containing ortho ester groups in an aqueous solution. The therapeutic drug (DOX) was loaded into the HA-NGs (DOX@HA-NGs) and exhibited appropriate loading of about 17.3% with a size of around 200nm. Such new pH-triggered HA-NGs are found to be highly desirable for targeted cancer therapy because it could significantly minimize the amount of premature drug release in neutral pH, and also provide a sufficient amount of drug to effectively kill the cancer cells caused by the degradation of ortho ester groups at acid pH values...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527294/activation-of-hypoxia-signaling-in-stromal-progenitors-impairs-kidney-development
#18
Katharina Gerl, Dominik Steppan, Michaela Fuchs, Charlotte Wagner, Carsten Willam, Armin Kurtz, Birgül Kurt
Intrauterine hypoxia is a reason for impaired kidney development. The cellular and molecular pathways along which hypoxia exerts effects on nephrogenesis are not well understood. They are likely triggered by hypoxia-inducible transcription factors (HIFs), and their effects appear to be dependent on the cell compartment contributing to kidney formation. In this study, we investigated the effects of HIF activation in the developing renal stroma, which also essentially modulates nephron development from the metanephric mesenchyme...
May 17, 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527243/-synthesis-of-antibiotic-loaded-polylactic-acid-nanoparticles-and-their-antibacterial-activity-against-escherichia-coli-o157-h7-and-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus
#19
Mónica Tatiana Herrera, Jhon Jhamilton Artunduaga, Claudia Cristina Ortiz, Rodrigo Gonzalo Torres
INTRODUCTION: Polymeric nanoparticles are promising nanotechnology tools to fight pathogenic bacteria resistant to conventional antibiotics. OBJECTIVE: To synthesize polylactic acid nanoparticles loaded with ofloxacin and vancomycin, and to determine their antibacterial activity against Escherichia coli O157:H7 and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). MATERIALS AND METHODS: We synthesized ofloxacin or vancomycin loaded polylactic acid nanoparticles by the emulsification-solvent evaporation method, and characterized them by dynamic light scattering, laser Doppler electrophoresis and scanning electron microscopy...
January 24, 2017: Biomédica: Revista del Instituto Nacional de Salud
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527233/effect-of-expiratory-muscle-strength-training-intervention-on-the-maximum-expiratory-pressure-and-quality-of-life-of-patients-with-parkinson-disease
#20
Yu-Chi Kuo, Jomei Chan, Yu-Ping Wu, Jeffrey R Bernard, Yi-Hung Liao
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of 4-weeks expiratory muscle strength training (EMST) on the maximum expiratory pressure (PEmax) and quality of life (QoL) in patients with Parkinson disease (PD). METHODS: Thirteen outpatients diagnosed with PD participated in this study, and were assigned into either a 5DE training group (5DE group; n = 4; 75% PEmax for 5-d/wk), 3DE training group (3DE group; n = 5; 75% PEmax for 3-d/wk) and control group (3DC group; n = 4; 0% PEmax for 3-d/wk) by matching their Hoehn and Yahr scale, genders, and age...
May 13, 2017: NeuroRehabilitation
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