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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801072/irinotecan-chemotherapy-induced-intestinal-oxidative-stress-underlying-causes-of-disturbed-mucosal-water-and-electrolyte-transport
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Kaïs Rtibi, Slimen Selmi, Dhekra Grami, Hichem Sebai, Mohamed Amri, Lamjed Marzouki
Irinotecan, a chemotherapy drug, can cause acute diarrhea immediately after administration. Hence, the present study was designed to investigate the gastrointestinal (GI) disturbances after an intraperitoneal (IP) administration of irinotecan in rats.Twenty Wistar rats were separated into two groups of ten. Group A was considered as a control group (NaCl, 0.9%). Group B was treated with irinotecan at a single dose of 200mgkg(-1). The rats were observed for defecation. For the enteropooling test, the animals were sacrificed by decapitation 1h post-treatment...
July 23, 2017: Pathophysiology: the Official Journal of the International Society for Pathophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28772699/tracing-the-bioavailability-of-three-dimensional-graphene-foam-in-biological-tissues
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Tanveer A Tabish, Sakineh Chabi, Muhammad Ali, Yongde Xia, Farhat Jabeen, Shaowei Zhang
Graphene-based materials with a three-dimensional (3D) framework have been investigated for a variety of biomedical applications because of their 3D morphology, excellent physiochemical properties, volume stability, and their controllable degradation rate. Current knowledge on the toxicological implications and bioavailability of graphene foam (GF) has major uncertainties surrounding the fate and behavior of GF in exposed environments. Bioavailability, uptake, and partitioning could have potential effects on the behavior of GF in living organisms, which has not yet been investigated...
March 24, 2017: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699919/towards-sensitive-high-throughput-biomolecular-assays-based-on-fluorescence-lifetime
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Anastasia Ioanna Skilitsi, Timothé Turko, Damien Cianfarani, Sophie Barre, Wilfried Uhring, Ulrich Hassiepen, Jérémie Léonard
Time-resolved fluorescence detection for robust sensing of biomolecular interactions is developed by implementing Time Correlated Single Photon Counting in high-throughput conditions. Droplet microfluidics is used as a promising platform for the very fast handling of low-volume samples. We illustrate the potential of this very sensitive and cost-effective technology in the context of an enzymatic activity assay based on fluorescently-labeled biomolecules. Fluorescence lifetime detection by Time Correlated Single Photon Counting is shown to enable reliable discrimination between positive and negative control samples at a throughput as high as several hundred samples per second...
July 12, 2017: Methods and Applications in Fluorescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28667376/sexually-divergent-effect-of-comt-val-met-genotype-on-subcortical-volumes-in-schizophrenia
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Irene Bollettini, Marco Spangaro, Sara Poletti, Cristina Lorenzi, Adele Pirovano, Benedetta Vai, Enrico Smeraldi, Roberto Cavallaro, Francesco Benedetti
Structural and functional alterations of subcortical areas have been observed in schizophrenia. COMT Val108/158Met has been associated with schizophrenia and implicated in different cognitive and neurofunctional alterations. Recent studies suggested that COMT genotype influences neuronal growth. Genetic variations in COMT were associated with sexually dimorphic effects on enzymatic activity, brain anatomy and behavior suggesting that gender might be crucial in interpreting COMT-dependent effects. Based on these data, we investigated possible effects of the interaction between COMT Val108/158Met genotype and gender on subcortical volumes among 79 patients with schizophrenia...
June 30, 2017: Brain Imaging and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612562/-pancreatic-%C3%AE-cell-dysfunction-and-apoptosis-induced-by-elevated-free-fatty-acids-synergize-with-hyperglycemia
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Hui-Wen Tan, Nai-Qian Zhao, Ye-Rong Yu, Li-Na Han, Xiang-Xun Zhang
OBJECTIVES: To analysis the effects of glucoxicity and lipotoxicity on the function and apoptosis of pancreatic β-cells. METHODS: The levels of circulating glucose and free fat acids (FFAs) were elevated by infusion dextrose and fat emulsion in high-fat obese rats. The insulin resistance model obese rats were divided into four gourp: obese group with saline infusion (OB-NS group, n=7), obese group with glucose infusion (OB-GS group, n=9), obese group with Lipid emulsion infusion (OB-FFA group, n=8), obese group with glucose and lipid emulsion infusion (OB-FG group, n=9)...
January 2017: Sichuan da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Sichuan University. Medical Science Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594350/micro-electromechanical-affinity-sensor-for-the-monitoring-of-glucose-in-bioprocess-media
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Lorenz Theuer, Micha Lehmann, Stefan Junne, Peter Neubauer, Mario Birkholz
An affinity-viscometry-based micro-sensor probe for continuous glucose monitoring was investigated with respect to its suitability for bioprocesses. The sensor operates with glucose and dextran competing as binding partner for concanavalin A, while the viscosity of the assay scales with glucose concentration. Changes in viscosity are determined with a micro-electromechanical system (MEMS) in the measurement cavity of the sensor probe. The study aimed to elucidate the interactions between the assay and a typical phosphate buffered bacterial cultivation medium...
June 8, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555028/study-of-zns-nanostructures-based-electrochemical-and-photoelectrochemical-biosensors-for-uric-acid-detection
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Yao Zhao, Xueyong Wei, Niancai Peng, Jiuhong Wang, Zhuangde Jiang
Uric acid (UA) is a kind of purine metabolism product and important in clinical diagnosis. In this work, we present a study of ZnS nanostructures-based electrochemical and photoelectrochemical biosensors for UA detection. Through a simple hydrothermal method and varying the ratio of reaction solvents, we obtained ZnS nanomaterials of one-dimensional to three-dimensional morphologies and they were characterized using field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). To fabricate the UA biosensor and study the effect of material morphology on its performance, ZnS nanomaterials were deposited on indium tin oxide (ITO) conducting glass and then coated with uricase by physical absorption...
May 28, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533970/a-comparison-of-freezing-damage-during-isochoric-and-isobaric-freezing-of-the-potato
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Chenang Lyu, Gabriel Nastase, Gideon Ukpai, Alexandru Serban, Boris Rubinsky
BACKGROUND: Freezing is commonly used for food preservation. It is usually done under constant atmospheric pressure (isobaric). While extending the life of the produce, isobaric freezing has detrimental effects. It causes loss of food weight and changes in food quality. Using thermodynamic analysis, we have developed a theoretical model of the process of freezing in a constant volume system (isochoric). The mathematical model suggests that the detrimental effects associated with isobaric freezing may be reduced in an isochoric freezing system...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525415/effects-of-collagenase-digestion-and-stromal-vascular-fraction-supplementation-on-volume-retention-of-fat-grafts
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Jonathan B Olenczak, Scott A Seaman, Kant Y Lin, Angela Pineros-Fernandez, Catherine E Davis, Lisa S Salopek, Shayn M Peirce, Patrick S Cottler
OBJECTIVE: The use of autologous fat as a soft tissue filler has increased over the past decade in both reconstructive and aesthetic surgeries. Enhancement of autologous fat grafts with the addition of the stromal vascular fraction (SVF) has been reported to improve long-term volume retention. Stromal vascular fraction is most commonly isolated using enzymatic digestion, but it is unknown what effect the digestion process has on the adipocytes and SVF cells that comprise the graft. Some clinicians have reported use of enzymatically digested fat grafts to alter the physical properties of the tissue in specialized applications...
June 2017: Annals of Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518050/acetylcholinesterase-provides-new-insights-into-red-blood-cell-ageing-in-vivo-and-in-vitro
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Joames K Freitas Leal, Merel J W Adjobo-Hermans, Roland Brock, Giel J C G M Bosman
BACKGROUND: During its 120 days sojourn in the circulation, the red blood cell (RBC) remodels its membrane. Acetylcholinesterase (AChE) is a glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI)-linked enzyme that may serve as a marker for membrane processes occurring this ageing-associated remodelling process. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Expression and enzymatic activity of AChE were determined on RBCs of various ages, as obtained by separation based on volume and density (ageing in vivo), and on RBCs of various times of storage in blood bank conditions (ageing in vitro), as well as on RBC-derived vesicles...
May 2017: Blood Transfusion, Trasfusione del Sangue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28470516/high-throughput-spheroid-screens-using-volume-resazurin-reduction-and-acid-phosphatase-activity
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Delyan P Ivanov, Anna M Grabowska, Martin C Garnett
Mainstream adoption of physiologically relevant three-dimensional models has been slow in the last 50 years due to long, manual protocols with poor reproducibility, high price, and closed commercial platforms. This chapter describes high-throughput, low-cost, open methods for spheroid viability assessment which use readily available reagents and open-source software to analyze spheroid volume, metabolism, and enzymatic activity. We provide two ImageJ macros for automated spheroid size determination-for both single images and images in stacks...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28467979/negative-effect-of-ellagic-acid-on-cytosolic-ph-regulation-and-glycolytic-flux-in-human-endometrial-cancer-cells
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Khalid N M Abdelazeem, Yogesh Singh, Florian Lang, Madhuri S Salker
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Key properties of tumor cells include enhanced glycolytic flux with excessive consumption of glucose and formation of lactate. As glycolysis is highly sensitive to cytosolic pH, maintenance of glycolysis requires export of H+ ions, which is in part accomplished by Na+/H+ exchangers, such as NHE1. The carrier is sensitive to oxidative stress. Growth of tumor cells could be suppressed by the polyphenol Ellagic acid, which is found in various fruits and vegetables. An effect of Ellagic acid on transport processes has, however, never been reported...
2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28466894/effect-of-ageing-on-the-properties-and-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbon-composition-of-biochar
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Gabriel Sigmund, Thomas D Bucheli, Isabel Hilber, Vesna Micić, Melanie Kah, Thilo Hofmann
The influence of ageing on biochar properties has been investigated by comparing three fresh biochars with biochars artificially aged by either H2O2 thermal oxidation or horseradish peroxidase enzymatic oxidation. In addition, a field-aged counterpart for one of the biochars was recovered from an agricultural field site, four years after application. Biochar properties, including surface areas and pore volumes (derived by N2 and CO2 physisorption) and elemental compositions, showed only minor changes following both artificial and field ageing, indicating high biochar stability...
May 24, 2017: Environmental Science. Processes & Impacts
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28459050/assessing-volumetric-absorptive-microsampling-coupled-with-stable-isotope-dilution-assay-and-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry-as-potential-diagnostic-tool-for-whole-blood-5-methyltetrahydrofolic-acid
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Markus Kopp, Michael Rychlik
Volumetric absorptive microsamplers (VAMS) have been developed recently as a promising tool for clinical blood sampling. Compared to dried blood spot samples analyzed by accurate stable isotope dilution assays (SIDAs), the new technique could provide further substantial miniaturizing of folate assays by eliminating hematocrit effects and uneven analyte distribution within the sample. Herein, we present a miniaturized SIDA coupled with LC-MS/MS measurement of 5-methyltetrahydrofolic acid as main folate vitamer in whole blood (WB) using [(13)C5]-5-methyltetrahydrofolic acid as internal standard...
2017: Frontiers in Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448897/a-performance-evaluation-of-nextera-xt-and-kapa-hyperplus-for-rapid-illumina-library-preparation-of-long-range-mitogenome-amplicons
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COMPARATIVE STUDY
Joseph D Ring, Kimberly Sturk-Andreaggi, Michelle A Peck, Charla Marshall
Next-generation sequencing (NGS) facilitates the rapid and high-throughput generation of human mitochondrial genome (mitogenome) data to build population and reference databases for forensic comparisons. To this end, long-range amplification provides an effective method of target enrichment that is amenable to library preparation assays employing DNA fragmentation. This study compared the Nextera XT DNA Library Preparation Kit (Illumina, San Diego, CA) and the KAPA HyperPlus Library Preparation Kit (Kapa Biosystems, Wilmington, MA) for enzymatic fragmentation and indexing of ∼8500bp mitogenome amplicons for Illumina sequencing...
July 2017: Forensic Science International. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440054/a-new-approach-to-obtain-cellulose-nanocrystals-and-ethanol-from-eucalyptus-cellulose-pulp-via-the-biochemical-pathway
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Thalita J Bondancia, Luiz Henrique C Mattoso, José M Marconcini, Cristiane S Farinas
The feasibility of integration of cellulosic ethanol production with the manufacture of cellulose nanofibers and cellulose nanocrystals was evaluated using eucalyptus cellulose pulp as feedstock and employing the biochemical route alone. For the enzymatic hydrolysis step, experimental central composite design (CCD) methodology was used as a tool to evaluate the effects of solids loading (SL) and enzymatic loading (EL) on glucose release and cellulose conversion. Glucose concentrations from 45 to 125 g/L were obtained after 24 h, with cellulose conversions from 35 to 96%...
April 25, 2017: Biotechnology Progress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434790/short-n-terminal-galanin-fragments-are-occurring-naturally-in-vivo
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Robert Ihnatko, Elvar Theodorsson
The galanin family currently consists of four peptides, namely galanin, galanin-message associated peptide, galanin-like peptide and alarin. Unlike galanin that signals through three different G protein-coupled receptors; GAL1, GAL2, and GAL3, binding at its N-terminal end, the cognate receptors for other members of the galanin family are currently unknown. Research using short N-terminal galanin fragments generated either by enzymatic cleavage or solid-phase synthesis has revealed differences in their receptor binding properties exerting numerous biological effects distinct from galanin(1-29) itself...
April 7, 2017: Neuropeptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399444/reticulated-vitreous-carbon-as-a-scaffold-for-enzymatic-fuel-cell-designing
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Michal Kizling, Maciej Dzwonek, Bartłomiej Olszewski, Paweł Bącal, Łukasz Tymecki, Agnieszka Więckowska, Krzysztof Stolarczyk, Renata Bilewicz
Three - dimensional (3D) electrodes are successfully used to overcome the limitations of the low space - time yield and low normalized space velocity obtained in electrochemical processes with two - dimensional electrodes. In this study, we developed a three - dimensional reticulated vitreous carbon - gold (RVC-Au) sponge as a scaffold for enzymatic fuel cells (EFC). The structure of gold and the real electrode surface area can be controlled by the parameters of metal electrodeposition. In particular, a 3D RVC-Au sponge provides a large accessible surface area for immobilization of enzyme and electron mediators, moreover, effective mass diffusion can also take place through the uniform macro - porous scaffold...
September 15, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28375745/electric-fields-and-enzyme-catalysis
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REVIEW
Stephen D Fried, Steven G Boxer
What happens inside an enzyme's active site to allow slow and difficult chemical reactions to occur so rapidly? This question has occupied biochemists' attention for a long time. Computer models of increasing sophistication have predicted an important role for electrostatic interactions in enzymatic reactions, yet this hypothesis has proved vexingly difficult to test experimentally. Recent experiments utilizing the vibrational Stark effect make it possible to measure the electric field a substrate molecule experiences when bound inside its enzyme's active site...
June 20, 2017: Annual Review of Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345876/engineering-cellular-microenvironments-with-photo-and-enzymatically-responsive-hydrogels-toward-biomimetic-3d-cell-culture-models
#20
Roger Y Tam, Laura J Smith, Molly S Shoichet
Conventional cell culture techniques using 2D polystyrene or glass have provided great insight into key biochemical mechanisms responsible for cellular events such as cell proliferation, differentiation, and cell-cell interactions. However, the physical and chemical properties of 2D culture in vitro are dramatically different than those found in the native cellular microenvironment in vivo. Cells grown on 2D substrates differ significantly from those grown in vivo, and this explains, in part, why many promising drug candidates discovered through in vitro drug screening assays fail when they are translated to in vivo animal or human models...
March 27, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
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