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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821134/graphene-cyclodextrin-based-nanocomposite-hydrogel-with-enhanced-strength-and-thermo-responsive-ability
#1
Pang Zhu, Yonghong Deng, Chaoyang Wang
Dual crosslinked system has been proved to be an efficient method to obtain tough and high strength hydrogels. Herein, we synthesized a novel graphene oxide/p(acrylamide-co-poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate)/α-cyclodextrin (GO/P(AM-co-PEGMA)/CD) physical dual crosslinked hydrogel via copolymerization of AM and PEGMA in the α-CD/GO solution. The polymer main chains adsorb onto the GO surface resulting in the first crosslinked system and multiple hydrogen bonds between α-CDs that thread on the PEGMA side chains establish the second crosslinked system...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821132/the-effect-of-%C3%AE-cyclodextrin-on-poly-pseudo-rotaxane-nanoparticles-self-assembled-by-protoporphyrin-modified-poly-ethylene-glycol-for-anticancer-drug-delivery
#2
Taotao Xu, Junhua Li, Jun Cao, Wenxia Gao, Li Li, Bin He
Poly(pseudo)rotaxane (PPR) nanoparticles was facilely prepared using poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) modified with protoporphyrin (PpIX) and α-cyclodextrin (α-CD) via host-guest interaction, the effect of α-CD number on the nanoparticle properties was investigated. The PEG with protoporphyrin (PEG-PpIX) end capping was synthesized via coupling reaction and the poly(pseudo)rotaxane nanoparticles with different amount of α-CD were fabricated by host-guest interaction between mPEG-PpIX and α-CDs. The final product was characterized by nuclear magnetic spectrum ((1)H NMR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscope (AFM) and dynamic light scattering (DLS)...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821031/surface-deacetylated-chitin-nanofibers-reinforced-with-a-sulfobutyl-ether-%C3%AE-cyclodextrin-gel-loaded-with-prednisolone-as-potential-therapy-for-inflammatory-bowel-disease
#3
Ryo Tabuchi, Makoto Anraku, Daisuke Iohara, Takako Ishiguro, Shinsuke Ifuku, Tomone Nagae, Kaneto Uekama, Shoko Okazaki, Keizo Takeshita, Masaki Otagiri, Fumitoshi Hirayama
Surface-deacetylated chitin nanofibers (SDACNFs) reinforced with a sulfobutyl ether β-cyclodextrin (SBE-β-CD) (NFs-CDs) gel were developed to obtain a controlled release carrier of prednisolone (PD) for the treatment of colitis. PD was released slowly from the gel at both pH 1.2 and 6.8. The in vitro slow release of PD from the NFs-CDs gel was reflected in the in vivo absorption of the drug after oral administration to rats. These results suggest that a simple gel composed of a mixture of SDACNFs and SBE-β-CD has the potential for use in the controlled release of PD...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820990/relative-importance-of-humic-and-fulvic-acid-on-ros-generation-dissolution-and-toxicity-of-sulfide-nanoparticles
#4
Enxiang Shang, Yang Li, Junfeng Niu, Yijing Zhou, Tianyu Wang, John Charles Crittenden
In this study, the effect of natural organic matter (NOM) composition (humic acid (HA) or fulvic acid (FA)) on dissolution, reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation, and toxicity of sulfide nanoparticles (NPs) was investigated under UV irradiation. NOM acted as a UV filter or antioxidant, decreasing ROS (O2(-), OH, and (1)O2) generation by WS2 and MoS2 NPs. The higher light-absorbing fractions of HA in NP/HA mixtures and the faster reaction rate of HA with ROS resulted in higher inhibition effect of HA than FA on O2(-) and OH generation by WS2 and MoS2 NPs...
August 3, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820937/impact-of-shell-thickness-on-photoluminescence-and-optical-activity-in-chiral-cdse-cds-core-shell-quantum-dots
#5
Finn Purcell-Milton, Anastasia K Visheratina, Vera A Kuznetsova, Aisling Ryan, Anna O Orlova, Yurii K Gun'ko
Core/Shell quantum dots (QDs) are of high scientific and technological importance as these nanomaterials have found a number of valuable applications. In this paper, we have investigated the dependence of optical activity and photoluminescence upon CdS shell thickness in a range of core-shell structured CdSe/CdS QDs capped with chiral ligands. For our study, five samples of CdSe/CdS were synthesised utilizing successive ion layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) to vary the thickness of the CdS shell from 0...
August 18, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818777/algae-biomass-as-a-precursor-for-synthesis-of-nitrogen-and-sulfur-co-doped-carbon-dots-a-better-probe-in-arabidopsis-guard-cells-and-root-tissues
#6
Che Zhang, Yumei Xiao, Yongqiang Ma, Baoming Li, Zhidan Liu, Cheng Lu, Xue Liu, Yao Wei, Zhangbing Zhu, Yuanhui Zhang
The challenge of controlling algal blooms and reusing algal biomass remain unsolved worldwide. We introduce a facile method to reuse Nannochloropsis biocrude oil (NBO) for the synthesis of nitrogen and sulfur co-doped carbon dots (N-S-C-dots). N-S-C-dots can pass through the heavily thickened wall of mature Arabidopsis thaliana (A. thaliana) guard cells because of high solubility and excellent biocompatibility. N-S-C-dots exhibit multicolor luminescence and could effectively reduce the interference of autofluorescence in plant cells by changing filters...
July 3, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815144/a-clinical-decision-support-system-for-monitoring-post-colonoscopy-patient-follow-up-and-scheduling
#7
Roxanne Wadia, Mark Shifman, Forrest L Levin, Luis Marenco, Cynthia A Brandt, Kei-Hoi Cheung, Tamar Taddei, Michael Krauthammer
This paper describes a natural language processing (NLP)-based clinical decision support (CDS) system that is geared towards colon cancer care coordinators as the end users. The system is implemented using a metadata- driven Structured Query Language (SQL) function (discriminant function). For our pilot study, we have developed a training corpus consisting of 2,085 pathology reports from the VA Connecticut Health Care System (VACHS). We categorized reports as "actionable"- requiring close follow up, or "non-actionable"- requiring standard or no follow up...
2017: AMIA Summits on Translational Science Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815136/design-recommendations-for-pharmacogenomics-clinical-decision-support-systems
#8
Maher Khelifi, Peter Tarczy-Hornoch, Emily B Devine, Wanda Pratt
The use of pharmacogenomics (PGx) in clinical practice still faces challenges to fully adopt genetic information in targeting drug therapy. To incorporate genetics into clinical practice, many support the use of Pharmacogenomics Clinical Decision Support Systems (PGx-CDS) for medication prescriptions. This support was fueled by new guidelines to incorporate genetics for optimizing drug dosage and reducing adverse events. In addition, the complexity of PGx led to exploring CDS outside the paradigm of the basic CDS tools embedded in commercial electronic health records...
2017: AMIA Summits on Translational Science Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814549/cesarean-delivery-and-body-mass-index-at-6-months-and-into-childhood
#9
Rebecca Kofod Vinding, Tobias Steen Sejersen, Bo L Chawes, Klaus Bønnelykke, Thora Buhl, Hans Bisgaard, Jakob Stokholm
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The prevalence of cesarean delivery (CD) is rising worldwide, and so is childhood obesity. Studies have shown associations between these factors. We examined the development of BMI from birth through childhood to determine whether CDs were associated with differences in growth and obesity. METHODS: Term children from the birth cohorts Copenhagen Prospective Studies on Asthma in Childhood2000 (COPSAC2000) and COPSAC2010 were included. Height, length, and weight measurements were collected prospectively until 5 years in COPSAC2010 and until 13 years in COPSAC2000...
June 2017: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812258/chromosomal-flhb1-gene-of-the-alphaproteobacterium-azospirillum-brasilense-sp245-is-essential-for-correct-assembly-of-both-constitutive-polar-flagellum-and-inducible-lateral-flagella
#10
Yulia Filip'echeva, Andrei Shelud'ko, Alexei Prilipov, Elizaveta Telesheva, Dmitry Mokeev, Andrei Burov, Lilia Petrova, Elena Katsy
Azospirillum brasilense has the ability of swimming and swarming motility owing to the work of a constitutive polar flagellum and inducible lateral flagella, respectively. The interplay between these flagellar systems is poorly understood. One of the key elements of the flagellar export apparatus is the protein FlhB. Two predicted flhB genes are present in the genome of A. brasilense Sp245 (accession nos. HE577327-HE577333). Experimental evidence obtained here indicates that the chromosomal coding sequence (CDS) AZOBR_150177 (flhB1) of Sp245 is essential for the production of both types of flagella...
August 15, 2017: Folia Microbiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812086/different-natures-of-surface-electronic-transitions-of-carbon-nanoparticles
#11
A Sciortino, A Cayuela, M L Soriano, F M Gelardi, M Cannas, M Valcárcel, F Messina
The photoluminescence behaviour of carbon-based nanodots is still debated. Both core and surface structures are involved in the emission mechanism, and the electronic transitions can be modified by external agents such as metal ions or pH, but the general relation between the structure and the optical function is poorly understood. Here, we report a comparative study on the effects of these variables, changing the core structure from crystalline to amorphous, and modifying the surface structure by different passivation procedures...
August 16, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811544/mutations-in-the-promoter-intron-and-cds-of-two-fad2-generate-multiple-alleles-modulating-linoleic-acid-level-in-yellow-mustard
#12
Fangqin Zeng, Vicky Roslinsky, Bifang Cheng
Linoleic acid (C18:2) is an important polyunsaturated fatty acid in the seed oil of many crops. Here, we report that mutations in the promoter, intron and CDS of the FAD2 genes SalFAD2.LIA1 and SalFAD2.LIA2 generate three alleles LIA (1a) , LIA (1b) and lia (1) and two alleles LIA (2) and lia (2), respectively, controlling the C18:2 variation (4.4-32.7%) in yellow mustard. The allelic effect on increasing C18:2 content is LIA (1a)  > LIA (1b)  > lia (1) , LIA (2) > lia (2), and LIA (1a)  > LIA (2)...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811129/microrna-29a-regulates-lipopolysaccharide-lps-induced-inflammatory-responses-in-murine-macrophages-through-the-akt1-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathway
#13
Bufu Tang, Xingchen Li, Yanling Ren, Jing Wang, Di Xu, Yiru Hang, Tingting Zhou, Feng Li, Ling Wang
Akt activation in macrophages enhances lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced inflammatory responses through upregulation of the NF-κB signal pathway. Akt phosphorylation via microRNA (miR) caused the downregulation of Akt1. Here, we evaluated the role of miR-29a in LPS-triggered inflammatory responses. LPS stimulation of primary macrophages and RAW264.7 cells gradually increased the levels of miR-29a and was dependent on the LPS concentration. Overexpression of miR-29a in macrophages enhanced the expression of proinflammatory cytokines including IL-1β and IL-6, but not TNF-α...
August 12, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809983/controllable-synthesis-of-inorganic-organic-zn1-xcdxs-deta-solid-solution-nanoflowers-and-their-enhanced-visible-light-photocatalytic-hydrogen-production-performance
#14
Jiali Lv, Jinfeng Zhang, Kai Dai, Changhao Liang, Guangping Zhu, Zhongliao Wang, Zhen Li
Sustainable photocatalytic hydrogen evolution (PHE) of water splitting has been utilized to solve the serious environmental pollution and energy shortage problems over the last decade. Inorganic-organic hybrid materials could combine the organic molecules and functional inorganic blocks into unique materials through complicated physical and chemical interactions. In this paper, diethylenetriamine (DETA) was used as an organic molecule template for the synthesis of inorganic-organic Zn1-xCdxS-DETA solid solution nanoflowers (NFs) at very low temperature...
August 15, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808633/comparing-the-effect-of-a-desensitizing-material-and-a-self-etch-adhesive-on-dentin-sensitivity-after-periodontal-surgery-a-randomized-clinical-trial
#15
Hila Hajizadeh, Atefeh Nemati-Karimooy, Sara Majidinia, Amir Moeintaghavi, Marjaneh Ghavamnasiri
OBJECTIVES: This double-blind randomized placebo-controlled clinical trial evaluated the ability of a desensitizing agent and a self-etch adhesive on cervical dentin sensitivity (CDS) after periodontal surgery. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Ninety hypersensitive teeth of 13 subjects were included in the study. After periodontal surgery, the teeth of each posterior sextant treated with one of the following materials: G1: Clearfil S(3) Bond (Kuraray Dental), G2: Gluma Desensitizer (Heraeus Kulzer), and G3: placebo (water)...
August 2017: Restorative Dentistry & Endodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808308/on-the-potential-alternate-binding-change-mechanism-in-a-dimeric-structure-of-pyruvate-phosphate-dikinase
#16
Daniel Ciupka, Holger Gohlke
The pyruvate phosphate dikinase (PPDK) reaction mechanism is characterized by a distinct spatial separation of reaction centers and large conformational changes involving an opening-closing motion of the nucleotide-binding domain (NBD) and a swiveling motion of the central domain (CD). However, why PPDK is active only in a dimeric form and to what extent an alternate binding change mechanism could underlie this fact has remained elusive. We performed unbiased molecular dynamics simulations, configurational free energy computations, and rigidity analysis to address this question...
August 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806699/a-portable-synthesis-of-water-soluble-carbon-dots-for-highly-sensitive-and-selective-detection-of-chlorogenic-acid-based-on-inner-filter-effect
#17
Huan Yang, Liu Yang, Yusheng Yuan, Shuang Pan, Jidong Yang, Jingjing Yan, Hui Zhang, Qianqian Sun, Xiaoli Hu
In this work, a simple and facile hydrothermal method for synthesis of water-soluble carbon dots (CDs) with malic acid and urea, and were then employed as a high-performance fluorescent probe for selective and sensitive determination of chlorogenic acid (CGA) based on inner filter effect. The as-synthesized CDs was systematically characterized by Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), Energy disperse spectroscopy (EDS), UV-vis absorption spectroscopy, spectrofluorophotometry, and the results indicated that the sizes of CDs were mainly distributed in the range of 1...
August 1, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806666/doxorubicin-loaded-environmentally-friendly-carbon-dots-as-a-novel-drug-delivery-system-for-nucleus-targeted-cancer-therapy
#18
Yifang Yuan, Bin Guo, Liying Hao, Na Liu, Yunfeng Lin, Wushuang Guo, Xiaoguang Li, Bin Gu
Chemotherapy is widely applied against various kinds of carcinoma. Generally, chemotherapeutic agents, such as Doxorubicin (DOX), Paclitaxel (PTX), 5-Fluorouracil (5-FU), Methotrexate (MTX), and Vinblastine (VLB) are combined with a view to maximizing their efficacy. Unfortunately, chemotherapeutics are indiscriminate and also kill normal healthy cells, resulting in serious side effects. This non-productive and destructive distribution of chemotherapeutics is regarded as one of the largest problems associated with chemotherapy...
July 10, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806660/fluorescent-carbon-dot-gated-hollow-mesoporous-carbon-for-chemo-photothermal-synergistic-therapy
#19
Xiudan Wang, Yuanzhe Lin, Xian Li, Da Wang, Donghua Di, Qinfu Zhao, Siling Wang
An efficient and intelligent nano-carrier that combines cell imaging with near infrared (NIR) light and redox dual-responsive drug delivery was successfully prepared. The hollow mesoporous carbon (HMC) nanoparticles with high photothermal conversion ability were developed to increase the drug loading efficiency and realize chemotherapy and photothermal synergetic therapy. The photo-stable and luminescent carbon dots (CDs) were prepared from branched polyethyleneimine (PEI) by hydrothermal reaction. The PEI CDs (CDPEI) were grafted on the openings of HMC as the "gatekeepers" via disulfide units (HMC-SS-CDPEI) to prevent the premature release of doxorubicin (DOX)...
August 4, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806512/painkiller-isoxicam-and-its-copper-complex-can-form-inclusion-complexes-with-different-cyclodextrins-a-fluorescence-fourier-transform-infra-red-spectroscopy-and-nuclear-magnetic-resonance-study
#20
Sathi Goswami, Anupa Majumdar, Munna Sarkar
The interaction of a painkiller Isoxicam, belonging to the oxicam group of Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) and its copper complex with different cyclodextrins (β-CD, γ-CD, HPβCD and HPγCD ) has been investigated in both solution and the solid state. Steady state and time resolved fluorescence spectroscopy, fluorescence anisotropy, 1H NMR and FTIR spectroscopy are used. Both the drug and its copper complex form host-guest inclusion complex with all CDs. Fluorescence spectroscopy is used to determine binding constants and stoichiometries of the host-guest complex...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
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