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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747383/ischemia-reperfusion-induces-interferon-stimulated-gene-expression-in-microglia
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Ashley McDonough, Richard V Lee, Shahani Noor, Chungeun Lee, Thu Le, Michael Iorga, Jessica L H Phillips, Sean Murphy, Thomas Möller, Jonathan R Weinstein
Innate immune signaling is important in the pathophysiology of ischemia/reperfusion (stroke) induced injury and recovery. Several lines of evidence support a central role for microglia in these processes. Recent work has identified Toll-like receptors (TLRs) and type I interferon (IFN) signaling in both ischemia/reperfusion-induced brain injury and ischemic preconditioning-mediated neuroprotection. To determine the effects of 'ischemia/reperfusion-like' conditions on microglia we carried out genomic analyses on wild-type (WT) and TLR4(-/-) cultured microglia following sequential exposure to hypoxia/hypoglycemia and normoxia/normoglycemia (H/H-N/N)...
July 26, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28744093/origins-of-the-phototransduction-delay-as-inferred-from-stochastic-and-deterministic-simulation-of-the-amplification-cascade
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Alexander Yu Rotov, Luba A Astakhova, Michael L Firsov, Victor I Govardovskii
PURPOSE: To identify steps of the phototransduction cascade responsible for the delay of the photoresponse. METHODS: Electrical responses of fish (Carassius) cones and Rana ridibunda frog rods and cones were recorded with a suction pipette technique and as an aspartate-isolated mass receptor potential from isolated perfused retinas. Special attention was paid to sufficiently high temporal resolution (1-ms flash, 700 Hz amplification bandpass). Stochastic simulation of the activation steps from photon absorption to the formation of catalytically active phosphodiesterase (PDE) was performed...
2017: Molecular Vision
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742369/effect-of-curcumin-addition-on-the-adsorption-and-transport-of-a-cationic-dye-across-dppg-popg-liposomes-probed-by-second-harmonic-spectroscopy
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Gopal K Varshney, Srinivas R Kintali, Kaustuv Das
The effect of addition of Curcumin on the adsorption and transport characteristics of a cationic dye, (LDS+), across negatively charged bilayers composed of POPG and DPPG lipids were investigated by the interface selective Second Harmonic (SH) spectroscopic technique. Curcumin induced changes in the SH electric field signal of the LDS+ ions (E2ω (LDS+)) were observed to depend critically on the bilayer acyl chain saturation/un-saturation ratio (S/U). Following earlier works, the increase in the E2ω (LDS+) signal is attributed to the release of the Na+ counter-ions present in the head-group region of the bilayer by Curcumin and the decay of the E2ω (LDS+) signal is attributed to the bilayer intercalated state of Curcumin...
July 25, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737462/co-delivery-of-hydrophilic-and-hydrophobic-drugs-by-micelles-a-new-approach-using-drug-conjugated-peg-pcl-nanoparticles
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H Danafar, K Rostamizadeh, S Davaran, M Hamidi
Co-delivery strategy has been proposed to minimize the amount of each drug and to achieve the synergistic effect for cancer therapies. A conjugate of the antitumor drug, doxorubicin, with diblock methoxy poly (ethylene glycol)-poly caprolactone (mPEG-PCL) copolymer was synthesized by the reaction of mPEG-PCL copolymer with doxorubicin in the presence of p-nitrophenylchloroformate. The conjugated copolymer was characterized in vitro by (1)H NMR, FTIR, DSC and GPC techniques. Then, the doxorubicin conjugated mPEG-PCL(DOX-mPEG-PCL) was self-assembled into micelles in the presence of curcumin in aqueous solution...
July 24, 2017: Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735005/immobilization-of-antimicrobial-peptides-onto-cellulose-nanopaper
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Israel González, Helena Oliver-Ortega, Quim Tarrés, Marc Delgado-Aguilar, Pere Mutjé, David Andreu
In this work we report the production of cellulose nanopapers modified with alkyl ketene dimer (AKD) in order to allow the immobilization of antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) to produce surfaces with antimicrobial properties. Cellulose nanofibers (CNF) were prepared from softwood bleached pulp via high pressure homogenization after chemical pretreatment of fibers via TEMPO oxidation. Nanopapers were then prepared after a casting technique and functionalized with alkyl ketene dimer before AMPs were immobilized. The immobilization process was performed by submerging the samples into AMP aqueous solutions and then dried at room temperature...
July 19, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734664/ph-responsive-biodegradable-nanogels-for-sustained-release-of-bleomycin
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Prashant Sahu, Sushil K Kashaw, Varun Kushwah, Samaresh Sau, Sanyog Jain, Arun K Iyer
Site specific drug delivery with desired therapeutic effect still remains challenging task due to suboptimal release, tissue toxicity, low selectivity and meager therapeutic efficacy in skin cancers. The aim of the current study was to fabricate pH responsive, self-assembled, chemically cross-linked biodegradable chitosan nanogel loaded with bleomycin to target the dermal area of the skin. The nanogel synthesized by ion gelation technique and was characterized for drug loading, swelling and thermal stability followed by in vitro analysis...
June 27, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734209/new-insight-into-the-environmental-impact-of-two-imidazolium-ionic-liquids-effects-on-seed-germination-and-soil-microbial-activity
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J Salgado, J J Parajó, T Teijeira, O Cruz, J Proupín, M Villanueva, J A Rodríguez-Añón, P V Verdes, O Reyes
The next generation of ionic liquids must be synthetized taking into account structures that guarantee the suitable properties for a defined application as well as ecological data. Thus, searching of the right methodologies to know, quickly and efficiently, the ecological effects of these compounds is a preliminary task. The effects of two imidazolium based ionic liquids with different anions, 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate, [C4C1Im][BF4], and 1-propyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide, [C3C1Im][NTf2], on seedling emergence of six tree species and on the microbial behaviour of two soils were determined in this work...
July 14, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732909/optimization-synthesis-and-characterization-of-coaxial-electrospun-sodium-carboxymethyl-cellulose-graft-methyl-acrylate-poly-ethylene-oxide-nanofibers-for-potential-drug-delivery-applications
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Akbar Esmaeili, Mahsa Haseli
In this study, nanofiber drug carriers were fabricated via coaxial electrospinning, using a new, degradable core-shell nanofiber drug carrier fabricated via coaxial electrospinning. Fabrication of the shell was carried out by graft polymerization of sodium carboxymethyl cellulose (NaCMC) with methyl acrylate (TCMC) and poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO). Tetracycline hydrochloride (TCH) was used as a drug model incorporated within the nanofibers as the core, and their performance as a drug carrier scaffold was evaluated...
October 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731323/analyzing-liposomal-drug-delivery-systems-in-three-dimensional-cell-culture-models-using-maldi-imaging-mass-spectrometry
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Jessica K Lukowski, Eric M Weaver, Amanda B Hummon
Cancer chemotherapeutics often fail to reach all diseased cells. To help solve this problem, researchers are investigating novel drug delivery systems. Liposomes are an attractive option due to their low toxicity, high biocompatibility, and potential to carry a large amount of a drug to the tumor site, all while avoiding being eliminated from the body. This study evaluates the penetration of doxorubicin-encased liposomes into three-dimensional cell cultures, or spheroids. Liposomes composed of lipids containing head groups of phosphatidylcholine (PC), phosphatidylethanolamine (PE), and cholesterol were created by extrusion...
July 21, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730957/design-preparation-and-characterization-of-modular-squalene-based-nanosystems-for-controlled-drug-release
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Jiao Feng, Sinda Lepetre-Mouelhi, Patrick Couvreur
This article reviews the innovative and original concept the "squalenoylation", a technology allowing the formulation of a wide range of drug molecules (both hydrophilic and lipophilic) as nanoparticles. The "squalenoylation" approach is based on the covalent linkage between the squalene, a natural and biocompatible lipid belonging to the terpenoid family, and a drug, in order to increase its pharmacological efficacy. Fundamentally, the dynamically folded conformation of squalene triggers the resulting squalene-drug bioconjugates to self-assemble as nanoparticles of 100-300 nm...
July 19, 2017: Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728086/nanostructured-lipid-systems-modified-with-waste-material-of-propolis-for-wound-healing-design-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-evaluation
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Hélen Cássia Rosseto, Lucas de Alcântara Sica de Toledo, Lizziane Maria Belloto de Francisco, Elisabetta Esposito, Yunsook Lim, Giuseppe Valacchi, Rita Cortesi, Marcos Luciano Bruschi
Propolis, a natural compound that can accelerate the wound healing process, is mainly used as ethanolic extract. The extractive solution may also be obtained from the propolis by-product (BP), transforming this waste material into a pharmaceutical active ingredient. Even if propolis does not show toxicity, when used as an extract over harmed skin or mucosa, the present ethanol content may be harmful to the tissue recovering, besides hindering the drug release. This study describes the development of solid lipid nanoparticles (SLN) and nanostructured lipid carriers (NLC) as topical propolis delivery systems and the investigation of their in vitro and in vivo activities...
July 10, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725533/controllable-photodynamic-therapy-implemented-by-regulating-singlet-oxygen-efficiency
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REVIEW
Wenting Wu, Xiaodong Shao, Jianzhang Zhao, Mingbo Wu
With singlet oxygen ((1)O2) as the active agent, photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a promising technique for the treatment of various tumors and cancers. But it is hampered by the poor selectivity of most traditional photosensitizers (PS). In this review, we present a summary of controllable PDT implemented by regulating singlet oxygen efficiency. Herein, various controllable PDT strategies based on different initiating conditions (such as pH, light, H2O2 and so on) have been summarized and introduced. More importantly, the action mechanisms of controllable PDT strategies, such as photoinduced electron transfer (PET), fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET), intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) and some physical/chemical means (e...
July 2017: Advanced Science (Weinheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722011/accumulating-the-hydride-state-in-the-catalytic-cycle-of-fefe-hydrogenases
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Martin Winkler, Moritz Senger, Jifu Duan, Julian Esselborn, Florian Wittkamp, Eckhard Hofmann, Ulf-Peter Apfel, Sven Timo Stripp, Thomas Happe
H2 turnover at the [FeFe]-hydrogenase cofactor (H-cluster) is assumed to follow a reversible heterolytic mechanism, first yielding a proton and a hydrido-species which again is double-oxidized to release another proton. Three of the four presumed catalytic intermediates (Hox, Hred/Hred and Hsred) were characterized, using various spectroscopic techniques. However, in catalytically active enzyme, the state containing the hydrido-species, which is eponymous for the proposed heterolytic mechanism, has yet only been speculated about...
July 19, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721663/influence-of-direct-or-indirect-contact-for-the-cytotoxicity-and-blood-compatibility-of-spider-silk
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J W Kuhbier, V Coger, J Mueller, C Liebsch, F Schlottmann, V Bucan, P M Vogt, S Strauss
Spider silk became one of the most-researched biomaterials in the last years due to its unique mechanical strength and most favourable chemical composition for tissue engineering purposes. However, standardized analysis of cytocompatibility is missing. Therefore, the aim of this study was to investigate hemolysis, cytotoxicity of native spider silk as well as influences on the cell culture medium. Changes of cell culture medium composition, osmolarity as well as glucose and lactate content were determined via ELISA measurement...
August 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710284/the-neuronal-protein-neurexin-directly-interacts-with-the-scribble-pix-complex-to-stimulate-f-actin-assembly-for-synaptic-vesicle-clustering
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Menglong Rui, Jinjun Qian, Lijuan Liu, Yihan Cai, Huihui Lv, Junhai Han, Zhengping Jia, Wei Xie
Synaptic vesicles (SVs) form distinct pools at synaptic terminals, and this well-regulated separation is necessary for normal neuro-transmission. However, how SV cluster in particular synaptic compartments to maintain normal neurotransmitter release remains a mystery. The presynaptic protein Neurexin (NRX) plays a significant role in synaptic architecture and function, and some evidences suggest that NRX is associated with neurological disorders, including autism spectrum disorders. However, the role of NRX in SV clustering is unclear...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709129/dissolution-assessment-of-allopurinol-immediate-release-tablets-by-near-infrared-spectroscopy
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Jelena Smetiško, Snežana Miljanić
The purpose of this study was to develop a NIR spectroscopic method for assessment of drug dissolution from allopurinol immediate release tablets. Thirty three different batches of allopurinol immediate release tablets containing constant amount of the active ingredient, but varying in excipients content and physical properties were introduced in a PLS calibration model. Correlating allopurinol dissolution reference values measured by the routinely used UV/Vis method, with the data extracted from the NIR spectra, values of correlation coefficient, bias, slope, residual prediction determination and root mean square error of prediction (0...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705112/pcl-tcp-wet-spun-scaffolds-carrying-antibiotic-loaded-microspheres-for-bone-tissue-engineering
#17
Elbay Malikmammadov, Tugba Endogan Tanir, Aysel Kiziltay, Vasif Hasirci, Nesrin Hasirci
Scaffolds produced for tissue engineering applications are proven to be promising alternatives to be used in healing and regeneration of injured tissues and organs. In this study, porous and fibrous poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) scaffolds were prepared by wet spinning technique and modified by addition of tricalcium phosphate (TCP) and by immobilizing gelatin onto fibers. Meanwhile, gelatin microspheres carrying Ceftriaxone sodium (CS), a model antibiotic, were added onto the scaffolds and antimicrobial activity of CS was investigated against Escherichia coli (E...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Biomaterials Science. Polymer Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705005/radiation-therapy-in-the-management-of-pancreatic-adenocarcinoma-review-of-current-evidence-and-future-opportunities
#18
Tyler P Robin, Karyn A Goodman
The role of radiation therapy for pancreatic cancer is rapidly evolving in every stage of this disease. In resectable disease, there is conflicting evidence for adjuvant therapy, but an ongoing randomized cooperative group trial is attempting to define the role of adjuvant chemoradiation with modern systemic therapies and radiation techniques with an emphasis on radiation quality assurance. In borderline resectable pancreatic cancer (BRPC), there is an emerging body of literature demonstrating the success of neoadjuvant stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) and a randomized cooperative group trial is actively accruing...
June 2017: Chinese Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698629/detecting-the-presence-of-fish-farm-derived-organic-matter-at-the-seafloor-using-stable-isotope-analysis-of-phospholipid-fatty-acids
#19
Daniel J Mayor, Nia B Gray, Giannina S I Hattich, Barry Thornton
The expansion of global aquaculture activities is important for the wellbeing of future generations in terms of employment and food security. Rearing animals in open-exchange cages permits the release of organic wastes, some of which ultimately reaches the underlying sediments. The development of rapid, quantitative and objective monitoring techniques is therefore central to the environmentally sustainable growth of the aquaculture industry. Here, we demonstrate that fish farm-derived organic wastes can be readily detected at the seafloor by quantifying sediment phospholipid fatty acids (PLFAs) and their carbon stable isotope signatures...
July 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698078/chitosan-nanofilm-and-electrospun-nanofiber-for-quick-drug-release-in-the-treatment-of-alzheimer-s-disease-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-evaluation
#20
Keshireddy AnjiReddy, Subramanian Karpagam
Chitosan micro sized ODF (CBF), chitosan nano sized ODF (CNF) and chitosan nanofiber (CNfib) were prepared to release the donepezil drug quickly for Alzheimer's disease. CNF and CNfib were prepared from ionic gelation technique and electro-spinning process which were further examined under in vitro and in vivo animal model studies. Good thermal stability of CNfib (450°C) when compared to CBF (325°C) and CNF (305°C). The particle size was below 150nm in diameter for CNfib and 250nm in diameter for CNF4 from TEM technique...
July 8, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
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