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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226247/biologically-active-filters-an-advanced-water-treatment-process-for-contaminants-of-emerging-concern
#1
Shuangyi Zhang, Stephen W Gitungo, Lisa Axe, Robert F Raczko, John E Dyksen
With the increasing concern of contaminants of emerging concern (CECs) in source water, this study examines the hypothesis that existing filters in water treatment plants can be converted to biologically active filters (BAFs) to treat these compounds. Removals through bench-scale BAFs were evaluated as a function of media, granular activated carbon (GAC) and dual media, empty bed contact time (EBCT), and pre-ozonation. For GAC BAFs, greater oxygen consumption, increased pH drop, and greater dissolved organic carbon removal normalized to adenosine triphosphate (ATP) were observed indicating increased microbial activity as compared to anthracite/sand dual media BAFs...
February 7, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225583/microfluidic-encapsulation-of-human-mesenchymal-stem-cells-for-articular-cartilage-tissue-regeneration
#2
Fanyi Li, Vinh X Truong, Helmut Thissen, Jessica Frith, John S Forsythe
Stem cell injections for the treatment of articular cartilage damage are a promising approach to achieve tissue regeneration. However, this method is encumbered by high cell apoptosis rates, low retention in the cartilage lesion and inefficient chondrogenesis. Here, we have used a facile, very low cost-based microfluidic technique to create visible light-cured hydrogel microparticles composed of gelatin norbornene (GelNB) and a polyethylene glycol (PEG) crosslinker. In addition, we have demonstrated that the process enables the rapid in situ micro-encapsulation of human bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (hBMSCs) under biocompatible microfluidic-processing conditions for long-term maintenance...
February 22, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224760/a-tree-parenchyma-coupled-model-for-lung-ventilation-simulation
#3
N Pozin, S Montesantos, I Katz, M Pichelin, I Vignon-Clementel, C Grandmont
In this article we develop a lung-ventilation model. The parenchyma is described as an elastic homogenized media. It is irrigated by a space-filling dyadic resistive pipe network, which represents the tracheo-bronchial tree. In this model the tree and the parenchyma are strongly coupled. The tree induces an extra viscous term in the system constitutive relation, which leads, in the finite element framework, to a full matrix. We consider an efficient algorithm that takes advantage of the tree structure to enable a fast matrix-vector product computation...
February 22, 2017: International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224349/mapping-the-health-information-landscape-in-a-rural-culturally-diverse-region-implications-for-interventions-to-reduce-information-inequality
#4
A Susana Ramírez, Erendira Estrada, Ariana Ruiz
The media is an important source of health information, especially critical in rural communities with geographically-dispersed populations that are harder to reach through other channels. Yet health information is unequally distributed; these information disparities are compounded in rural areas, which may contribute to health disparities. We identify and describe health-related news in a culturally-diverse rural California county characterized by high levels of poverty, unemployment, low educational attainment, and over half of Mexican-origin...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Primary Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223797/fabrication-and-in-vitro-in-vivo-evaluation-of-amorphous-andrographolide-nanosuspensions-stabilized-by-d-%C3%AE-tocopheryl-polyethylene-glycol-1000-succinate-sodium-lauryl-sulfate
#5
Hongzhi Qiao, Lihua Chen, Tianqi Rui, Jingxian Wang, Ting Chen, Tingming Fu, Junsong Li, Liuqing Di
Andrographolide (ADG) is a diterpenoid isolated from Andrographis paniculata with a wide spectrum of biological activities, including anti-inflammatory, anticancer and hepatoprotective effects. However, its poor water solubility and efflux by P-glycoprotein have resulted in lower bioavailability. In this study, ADG nanosuspensions (ADG-NS) were prepared using a wet media milling technique followed by freeze drying. d-α-Tocopheryl polyethylene glycol 1000 succinate (TPGS), a surfactant that inhibits P-glycoprotein function, and sodium lauryl sulfate were used as surface stabilizers...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221922/contribution-of-selective-conditions-to-microbial-competition-in-four-listeria-selective-enrichment-formulations
#6
Ashley L Keys, Anthony D Hitchins, R Derike Smiley
Microbial competition during selective enrichment negatively affects Listeria monocytogenes populations and may hinder the subsequent detection or recovery of this organism. Competition assays among 10 selected strains of Listeria and Citrobacter braakii were performed in buffered Listeria enrichment broth, 3-(N-morpholino)propanesulfonic acid-buffered Listeria enrichment broth, University of Vermont medium-modified Listeria enrichment broth, and Fraser broth. The individual contributions of each selective agent in these media were also assessed, as well as the contribution of incubation temperature...
November 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220763/exfoliation-of-black-phosphorus-in-ionic-liquids
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Miyeon Lee, Arup Kumer Roy, Seongho Jo, Yujin Choi, Ari Chae, Bongsoo Kim, Sung Yong Park, Insik In
We report the characterization and formation of sonication-assisted liquid phase exfoliation of bulk black phosphorus (BP) crystals with the incorporation of two representative ionic liquids (ILs) ([Emim][Tf2N] and [Bmim][Tf2N]) as green dispersing media was attempted, which resulted in stable dispersion of multi-layer BP flakes with unsuspected high oxidation resistance and chemical/structural integrity due to the presence of IL layer on top of BP flakes. There are two unveiled issues for the generation of BP dispersion in ILs...
February 21, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220575/generation-of-storable-retinal-organoids-and-retinal-pigmented-epithelium-from-adherent-human-ips-cells-in-xeno-free-and-feeder-free-conditions
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Sacha Reichman, Amélie Slembrouck, Giuliana Gagliardi, Antoine Chaffiol, Angélique Terray, Céline Nanteau, Anais Potey, Morgane Belle, Oriane Rabesandratana, Jens Duebel, Gael Orieux, Emeline F Nandrot, José-Alain Sahel, Olivier Goureau
Human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) are potentially useful in regenerative therapies for retinal disease. For medical applications, therapeutic retinal cells, such as retinal pigmented epithelial (RPE) cells or photoreceptor precursors, must be generated under completely defined conditions. To this purpose, we have developed a two-step xeno-free/feeder-free (XF/FF) culture system to efficiently differentiate hiPSCs into retinal cells. This simple method, relies only on adherent hiPSCs cultured in chemically defined media, bypassing embryoid body formation...
February 20, 2017: Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219878/features-of-a-mobile-support-app-for-patients-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-literature-review-and-current-applications
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Drishty D Sobnath, Nada Philip, Reem Kayyali, Shereen Nabhani-Gebara, Barbara Pierscionek, Anouk W Vaes, Martijn A Spruit, Evangelos Kaimakamis
BACKGROUND: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a serious long-term lung disease in which the airflow from the lungs is progressively reduced. By 2030, COPD will become the third cause of mortality and seventh cause of morbidity worldwide. With advances in technology and mobile communications, significant progress in the mobile health (mHealth) sector has been recently observed. Mobile phones with app capabilities (smartphones) are now considered as potential media for the self-management of certain types of diseases such as asthma, cancer, COPD, or cardiovascular diseases...
February 20, 2017: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218903/macrophage-migration-inhibitory-factor-downregulation-a-novel-mechanism-of-resistance-to-anti-angiogenic-therapy
#10
B A Castro, P Flanigan, A Jahangiri, D Hoffman, W Chen, R Kuang, M De Lay, G Yagnik, J R Wagner, S Mascharak, M Sidorov, S Shrivastav, G Kohanbash, H Okada, M K Aghi
Anti-angiogenic therapies for cancer such as VEGF neutralizing antibody bevacizumab have limited durability. While mechanisms of resistance remain undefined, it is likely that acquired resistance to anti-angiogenic therapy will involve alterations of the tumor microenvironment. We confirmed increased tumor-associated macrophages in bevacizumab-resistant glioblastoma patient specimens and two novel glioblastoma xenograft models of bevacizumab resistance. Microarray analysis suggested downregulated macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) to be the most pertinent mediator of increased macrophages...
February 20, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218009/the-use-of-social-media-by-adults-with-acquired-conditions-who-use-aac-current-gaps-and-considerations-in-research
#11
Helen L Paterson
The global growth and development of social media has had a positive impact on many individuals who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), who use it to communicate and connect with others. Research evidence into the use of social media by adults with acquired conditions who use AAC is limited. These individuals are a heterogeneous population, who can present with a range of linguistic, cognitive and physical needs, some of which progress rapidly, making accessing social media a challenge. These issues warrant research focusing on developing interventions to support the use of social media and the impact of these interventions...
March 2017: Augmentative and Alternative Communication: AAC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217558/the-scid-mouse-model-for-identifying-virulence-determinants-in-coxiella-burnetii
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Erin J van Schaik, Elizabeth D Case, Eric Martinez, Matteo Bonazzi, James E Samuel
Coxiella burnetii is an intracellular, zoonotic pathogen that is the causative agent of Q fever. Infection most frequently occurs after inhalation of contaminated aerosols, which can lead to acute, self-limiting febrile illness or more serve chronic infections such as hepatitis or endocarditis. Macrophages are the principal target cells during infection where C. burnetii resides and replicates within a unique phagolysosome-like compartment, the Coxiella-containing vacuole (CCV). The first virulence determinant described as necessary for infection was full-length lipopolysaccarride (LPS); spontaneous rough mutants (phase II) arise after passage in immuno-incompetent hosts...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216326/a-scalable-lysyl-hydroxylase-2-expression-system-and-luciferase-based-enzymatic-activity-assay
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Hou-Fu Guo, Eun Jeong Cho, Ashwini K Devkota, Yulong Chen, William Russell, George N Phillips, Mitsuo Yamauchi, Kevin N Dalby, Jonathan M Kurie
Hydroxylysine aldehyde-derived collagen cross-links (HLCCs) accumulate in fibrotic tissues and certain types of cancer and are thought to drive the progression of these diseases. HLCC formation is initiated by lysyl hydroxylase 2 (LH2), an Fe(II) and α-ketoglutarate (αKG)-dependent oxygenase that hydroxylates telopeptidyl lysine residues on collagen. Development of LH2 antagonists for the treatment of these diseases will require a reliable source of recombinant LH2 protein and a non-radioactive LH2 enzymatic activity assay that is amenable to high throughput screens of small molecule libraries...
February 16, 2017: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216268/dental-pulp-tissue-regeneration-using-dental-pulp-stem-cells-isolated-and-expanded-in-human-serum
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Evandro Piva, Susan A Tarlé, Jacques E Nör, Duohong Zou, Elizabeth Hatfield, Tyler Guinn, Emily J Eubanks, Darnell Kaigler
INTRODUCTION: Dental pulp-derived stem cells (DPSCs) have the potential to regenerate dentin and dental pulp tissue because of their differentiation capacity and angiogenic properties. However, for regenerative approaches to gain regulatory and clinical acceptance, protocols are needed to determine more feasible ways to cultivate DPSCs, namely, without the use of xenogeneic-derived components (animal sera) and exogenous growth factors. METHODS: In this study, human DPSCs were isolated from third molars and expanded in standard culture conditions containing fetal bovine serum (DPSCs-FBS) or conditions containing human serum (DPSCs-HS)...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Endodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215348/in%C3%A2-vitro-secretomic-analysis-identifies-putative-pathogenicity-related-proteins-of-sporisorium-scitamineum-the-sugarcane-smut-fungus
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Leonard Barnabas, N M R Ashwin, Kalimuthu Kaverinathan, Anna Rita Trentin, Micaela Pivato, Amalraj Ramesh Sundar, Palaniyandi Malathi, Rasappa Viswanathan, Paolo Carletti, Giorgio Arrigoni, Antonio Masi, Ganesh Kumar Agrawal, Randeep Rakwal
Sporisorium scitamineum, the sugarcane smut pathogen, relies predominantly on its secretome to successfully colonise its host, in accordance with other related smut fungi. Considering the significance of deciphering its secretome, we have examined alterations in the in vitro secretome of S. scitamineum in response to synthetic and sugarcane meristem tissue-amended growth media, so as to identify host signal responsive secretory proteins. Secretory proteins that were differentially abundant and exclusively secreted in response to host extract media were identified by two-dimensional gel electrophoresis coupled with MALDI-TOF/TOF MS...
March 2017: Fungal Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215087/microwave-initiated-facile-formation-of-ni3se4-nanoassemblies-for-enhanced-and-stable-water-splitting-in-neutral-and-alkaline-media
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Sengeni Anantharaj, Jeevarathinam Kennedy, Subrata Kundu
Molecular hydrogen (H2) generation through water splitting with minimum energy loss has become practically possible due to the recent evolution of high performance electrocatalysts. In this study, we had fabricated, evaluated and presented such a high performance catalyst which is the Ni3Se4 nanoassemblies that can efficiently catalyze water splitting in neutral and alkaline media. A hierarchical nanoassemblies of Ni3Se4 was fabricated by functionalizing the surface cleaned Ni foam using NaHSe solution as Se source with the assistance of microwave irradiation (300 W) for 3 min followed by 5 h of aging at room temperature (RT)...
February 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215057/efficacy-of-human-platelet-rich-fibrin-exudate-vs-fetal-bovine-serum-on-proliferation-and-differentiation-of-dental-pulp-stem-cells
#17
Mahmoud A Saeed, Mohamed Abd El-Rahman, Mohamed E Helal, Ahmed R Zaher, Mohammed E Grawish
Background and Objectives: The imperative role of dental pulp stem cells (DPSCs) in regenerative therapy demands an in-vitro expansion which must deal with the safety and ethical problems associated with fetal bovine serum (FBS). The primary aim of this study was to compare the effects of human platelet rich fibrin (hPRF) exudate Vs FBS on proliferation and osteodifferentiation of human dental pulp stem cells (hDPSCs). The secondary one was to determine the optimum concentration of hPRF exudate inducing hDPSCs proliferation and osteodifferentiation...
February 28, 2017: International Journal of Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215034/transcription-factor-afmac1-controls-copper-import-machinery-in-aspergillus-fumigatus
#18
Yoko Kusuya, Daisuke Hagiwara, Kanae Sakai, Takashi Yaguchi, Tohru Gonoi, Hiroki Takahashi
Copper (Cu) is an essential metal for all living organisms, although it is toxic in excess. Filamentous fungus must acquire copper from its environment for growth. Despite its essentiality for growth, the mechanisms that maintain copper homeostasis are not fully understood in filamentous fungus. To gain insights into copper homeostasis, we investigated the roles of a copper transcription factor Afmac1 in the life-threatening fungus Aspergillus fumigatus, a homolog of the yeast MAC1. We observed that the Afmac1 deletion mutant exhibited not only significantly slower growth, but also incomplete conidiation including a short chain of conidia and defective melanin...
February 18, 2017: Current Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214603/the-impact-of-reduced-gastric-acid-secretion-on-dissolution-of-salts-of-weak-bases-in-the-fasted-upper-gastrointestinal-lumen-data-in-biorelevant-media-and-in-human-aspirates
#19
Chara Litou, Maria Vertzoni, Wei Xu, Filippos Kesisoglou, Christos Reppas
PURPOSE: To propose media for simulating the intragastric environment under reduced gastric acid secretion in the fasted state at three levels of simulation of the gastric environment and evaluate their usefulness in evaluating the intragastric dissolution of salts of weak bases. To evaluate the importance of bicarbonate buffer in biorelevant in vitro dissolution testing when using Level II biorelevant media simulating the environment in the fasted upper small intestine, regardless of gastric acid secretions...
February 15, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213978/estrogens-and-androgens-inhibit-association-of-rankl-with-the-pre-osteoblast-membrane-through-post-translational-mechanisms
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Anthony Martin, Jiali Yu, Jian Xiong, Aysha B Khalid, Benita Katzenellenbogen, Sung Hoon Kim, John A Katzenellenbogen, Suchinda Malaivijitnond, Yankel Gabet, Susan A Krum, Baruch Frenkel
We have recently demonstrated that RUNX2 promoted, and 17-β-Estradiol (E2) diminished, association of RANKL with the cell membrane in pre-osteoblast cultures. Here we show that, similar to E2, dihydrotestosterone (DHT) diminishes association of RANKL and transiently transfected GFP-RANKL with the pre-osteoblast membrane without decreasing total RANKL mRNA or protein levels. Diminution of membrane-associated RANKL was accompanied with marked suppression of osteoclast differentiation from co-cultured pre-osteoclasts, even though DHT increased, not decreased, RANKL concentrations in pre-osteoblast conditioned media...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
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