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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906402/one-step-synthesis-of-ultrathin-ptxpb-nerve-like-nanowires-as-robust-catalysts-for-enhanced-methanol-electrooxidation
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Liang Huang, Yujie Han, Xueping Zhang, Youxing Fang, Shaojun Dong
Ultrathin PtxPb nerve-like nanowires (NNWs) with a diameter of only around 3.6 nm were synthesized by a one-step wet-chemical strategy, and they served as robust catalysts for greatly enhancing methanol electrooxidation both under acidic and alkaline conditions. Due to the high CO-poisoning tolerance, superior electrocatalytic activity and stability endowed by the Pt-Pb alloyed composition and the unique structure, the Pt3.5Pb NNWs showed the highest specific activity of 2.78 mA cm(-2) in acidic media and 6...
December 1, 2016: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906250/nonlocal-splitting-of-photons-on-a-nonlinear-chip
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Frank Setzpfandt, Alexander S Solntsev, Andrey A Sukhorukov
In spontaneous parametric downconversion (SPDC), a pump photon spontaneously splits into signal and idler photons in media with quadratic nonlinearity. This phenomenon is the most widely utilized source of entangled photons with multiple applications in quantum information technology. SPDC on a chip is usually treated as a local process, meaning that signal and idler photons are created in the same position at which the pump photon is destroyed. We reveal that this locality condition can be violated in an array of coupled waveguides...
December 1, 2016: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906055/mesenchymal-stem-cells-multipotent-stromal-cells-mscs-are-glycolytic-and-thus-glucose-is-a-limiting-factor-of-in-vitro-models-of-msc-starvation
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Austin Nuschke, Melanie Rodrigues, Albin W Wells, Kyle Sylakowski, Alan Wells
BACKGROUND: Mesenchymal stem/multipotent stromal cells (MSCs) contribute to tissue repair but are challenged during wound healing when the blood supply is disrupted, thereby limiting nutrient delivery. Survival mechanisms against 'starvation' include autophagy, which we previously found to enhance differentiation efficiency. MSC response to models of in vitro nutrient deprivation are of great interest for improving MSC survival and therapeutic efficacy; however, the rate-limiting nutrients are unknown...
December 1, 2016: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906009/current-trends-and-intricacies-in-the-management-of-hiv-associated-pulmonary-tuberculosis
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REVIEW
Narendran Gopalan, Padmapriyadarsini Chandrasekaran, Soumya Swaminathan, Srikanth Tripathy
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) epidemic has undoubtedly increased the incidence of tuberculosis (TB) globally, posing a formidable global health challenge affecting 1.2 million cases. Pulmonary TB assumes utmost significance in the programmatic perspective as it is readily transmissible as well as easily diagnosable. HIV complicates every aspect of pulmonary tuberculosis from diagnosis to treatment, demanding a different approach to effectively tackle both the diseases. In order to control these converging epidemics, it is important to diagnose early, initiate appropriate therapy for both infections, prevent transmission and administer preventive therapy...
September 26, 2016: AIDS Research and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905868/short-term-effects-of-low-let-radiation-on-the-endothelial-barrier-uncoupling-of-pecam-1-and-the-production-of-endothelial-microparticles
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Thomas Templin, Preety Sharma, Peter Guida, Peter Grabham
A significant target for radiation-induced effects is the microvascular system, which is critical to healthy tissue function and its pathology is linked to disrupted endothelial barrier function. Low-linear energy transfer (LET) ionizing radiation is a source of noncancer pathologies in humans and little is known about the early events that could initiate subsequent diseases. However, it is well known that gamma radiation causes a very early disruption of the endothelial barrier at doses below those required for cytotoxic effects...
December 1, 2016: Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904683/rapamycin-targets-interleukin-6-il-6-expression-and-suppresses-endothelial-cell-invasion-stimulated-by-tumor-cells
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Oleksandr Ekshyyan, Alok R Khandelwal, Xiaohua Rong, Tara Moore-Medlin, Xiaohui Ma, Jonathan Steven Alexander, Cherie-Ann O Nathan
mTOR inhibitors have potent antiangiogenic and anti-lymphangiogenic effects in addition to their growth inhibitory effects in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). Lymphatogenous spread is much more predominant in HNSCC than hematogenous spread and significantly decreases survival. In this study we evaluated the effects of rapamycin on targeting tumor-stroma crosstalk in HNSCC. HNSCC tumor cells (FaDu) and human lymphatic endothelial cells (HMEC-1A) were co-cultured in various combinations using transwell cell culture inserts to study tumor-stroma crosstalk and the effects of mTOR inhibitor rapamycin...
2016: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904680/enhancement-of-early-cardiac-differentiation-of-dedifferentiated-fat-cells-by-dimethyloxalylglycine-via-notch-signaling-pathway
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Fuhai Li, Zongzhuang Li, Zhi Jiang, Ye Tian, Zhi Wang, Wei Yi, Chenyun Zhang
Background: Hypoxia has been reported to possess the ability to induce mature lipid-filled adipocytes to differentiate into fibroblast-like multipotent dedifferentiated fat (DFAT) cells and stem cells such as iPSCs (interstitial pluripotent stem cells) and ESCs (embryonic stem cells) and then to differentiate into cardiomyocytes. However, the effect of hypoxia on cardiac differentiation of DFAT cells and its underlying molecular mechanism remains to be investigated. Objective: To investigate the role of hypoxia in early cardiac differentiation of DFAT cells and the underlying molecular mechanism...
2016: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903444/design-of-an-elastin-layered-dermal-regeneration-template
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Suzanne M Mithieux, Anthony S Weiss
: We demonstrate a novel approach for the production of tunable quantities of elastic fibers. We also show that exogenous tropoelastin is rate-limiting for elastin synthesis regardless of the age of the dermal fibroblast donor. Additionally, we provide a strategy to further enhance synthesis by older cells through the application of conditioned media. We show that this approach delivers an elastin layer on one side of the leading dermal repair template for contact with the deep dermis in order to deliver prefabricated elastic fibers to a physiologically appropriate site during subsequent surgery...
November 26, 2016: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901089/a-silac-based-method-for-quantitative-proteomic-analysis-of-intestinal-organoids
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Alexis Gonneaud, Christine Jones, Naomie Turgeon, Dominique Lévesque, Claude Asselin, François Boudreau, François-Michel Boisvert
Organoids have the potential to bridge 3D cell culture to tissue physiology by providing a model resembling in vivo organs. Long-term growing organoids were first isolated from intestinal crypt cells and recreated the renewing intestinal epithelial niche. Since then, this technical breakthrough was applied to many other organs, including prostate, liver, kidney and pancreas. We describe here how to apply a SILAC-based quantitative proteomic approach to measure protein expression changes in intestinal organoids under different experimental conditions...
November 30, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900626/selection-of-chemically-defined-media-for-cho-cell-fed-batch-culture-processes
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Xiao Pan, Mathieu Streefland, Ciska Dalm, René H Wijffels, Dirk E Martens
Two CHO cell clones derived from the same parental CHO(BC®) cell line and producing the same monoclonal antibody (BC-G, a low producing clone; BC-P, a high producing clone) were tested in four basal media in all possible combinations with three feeds (=12 conditions) in fed-batch cultures. Higher amino acid feeding did not always lead to higher mAb production. The two clones showed differences in cell physiology, metabolism and optimal medium-feed combinations. During the phase transitions of all cultures, cell metabolism showed a shift represented by lower specific consumption and production rates, except for the specific glucose consumption rate in cultures fed by Actifeed A/B...
November 29, 2016: Cytotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899339/engaging-moms-on-teen-indoor-tanning-through-social-media-protocol-of-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Sherry L Pagoto, Katie Baker, Julia Griffith, Jessica L Oleski, Ashley Palumbo, Barbara J Walkosz, Joel Hillhouse, Kimberly L Henry, David B Buller
BACKGROUND: Indoor tanning elevates the risk for melanoma, which is now the most common cancer in US women aged 25-29. Public policies restricting access to indoor tanning by minors to reduce melanoma morbidity and mortality in teens are emerging. In the United States, the most common policy restricting indoor tanning in minors involves parents providing either written or in person consent for the minor to purchase a tanning visit. The effectiveness of this policy relies on parents being properly educated about the harms of indoor tanning to their children...
November 29, 2016: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898404/prolonged-fasting-improves-endothelial-progenitor-cell-mediated-ischemic-angiogenesis-in-mice
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Bao Xin, Chun-Long Liu, Hong Yang, Cheng Peng, Xiao-Hui Dong, Chuan Zhang, Alex F Chen, He-Hui Xie
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Prolonged fasting (PF) was shown to be of great potency to promote optimal health and reduce the risk of many chronic diseases. This study sought to determine the effect of PF on the endothelial progenitor cell (EPC)-mediated angiogenesis in the ischemic brain and cerebral ischemic injury in mice. METHODS: Mice were subjected to PF or periodic PF after cerebral ischemia, and histological analysis and behavioral tests were performed. Mouse EPCs were isolated and examined, and the effects of EPC transplantation on cerebral ischemic injury were investigated in mice...
November 30, 2016: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896318/insulin-elevates-leptin-secretion-and-mrna-levels-via-cyclic-amp-in-3t3-l1-adipocytes-deprived-of-glucose
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Tomomi Tsubai, Yukihiro Noda, Kazuma Ito, Makoto Nakao, Yusuke Seino, Yutaka Oiso, Yoji Hamada
AIMS: Leptin plays an important role in the pathogenesis of obesity and diabetes, yet the regulatory mechanisms of this hormone have not been fully elucidated. In this study, we aimed to clarify the roles of insulin and glucose in leptin secretion and mRNA production using inhibitors of insulin signal transduction in adipocytes cultured under glucose-free or normal conditions. METHODS: Differentiated 3T3-L1 adipocytes were stimulated with insulin in combination with inhibitors for phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K), Akt, and phosphodiesterase 3B (PDE3B), as well as epinephrine and a cyclic AMP (cAMP) analog under glucose-free or normal conditions...
November 2016: Heliyon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895643/azithromycin-attenuates-pseudomonas-induced-lung-inflammation-by-targeting-bacterial-proteins-secreted-in-the-cultured-medium
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Teresinha Leal, Gabriella Bergamini, François Huaux, Nadtha Panin, Sabrina Noel, Barbara Dhooghe, Jeremy B Haaf, Pierluigi Mauri, Sara Motta, Dario Di Silvestre, Paola Melotti, Claudio Sorio
BACKGROUND: Pseudomonas aeruginosa airway infections are a major cause of morbidity and mortality in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF). Azithromycin improves the related clinical outcomes, but its mechanisms of action remain poorly understood. We tested the hypothesis that azithromycin downregulates P. aeruginosa-induced pro-inflammatory responses by modifying release of bacterial proteins. METHODS: We monitored inflammatory markers in lungs of CF mutant mice and their littermate controls in response to conditioned media (CM) collected from the reference P...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895000/severe-acute-otitis-media-and-acute-mastoiditis-in-adults
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Anu Laulajainen Hongisto, Jussi Jero, Antti Markkola, Riste Saat, Antti A Aarnisalo
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate and compare clinical and microbiological findings in adults hospitalized for acute otitis media (AOM) or mastoid infections (acute or latent). MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of all adults (≥17 years old) hospitalized (between 2003 and 2012) at a tertiary referral center for acute mastoid infections or AOM not responding to outpatient medical treatment. RESULTS: Of the 160 patients in the study sample, 19% had an infection caused by S...
November 28, 2016: Journal of International Advanced Otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892814/a-new-route-of-bioaugmentation-by-allochthonous-and-autochthonous-through-biofilm-bacteria-for-scod-removal-of-old-leachate
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Rashid Alijani Ardeshir, Sara Rastgar, Majid Peyravi, Mohsen Jahanshahi, Ali Shokuhi Rad
Landfill leachate contains environmental pollutants that are generally resistant to biodegradation. In this study, indigenous and exogenous bacteria in leachate were acclimated in both biofilm and suspension forms to increase the removal of SCOD (soluble chemical oxygen demand). The bacteria from the leachate and sewage were acclimated to gradually increasing leachate concentration prepared using a reverse osmosis membrane over 28 days. The SCOD removal was measured aerobically or nominally anaerobically. Biofilms were prepared using different carrier media (glass, rubber, and plastic)...
November 28, 2016: Environmental Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892655/3d-printed-polycaprolactone-carbon-nanotube-composite-scaffolds-for-cardiac-tissue-engineering
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Chee Meng Benjamin Ho, Abhinay Mishra, Pearlyn Teo Pei Lin, Sum Huan Ng, Wai Yee Yeong, Young-Jin Kim, Yong-Jin Yoon
Fabrication of tissue engineering scaffolds with the use of novel 3D printing has gained lot of attention, however systematic investigation of biomaterials for 3D printing have not been widely explored. In this report, well-defined structures of polycaprolactone (PCL) and PCL- carbon nanotube (PCL-CNT) composite scaffolds have been designed and fabricated using a 3D printer. Conditions for 3D printing has been optimized while the effects of varying CNT percentages with PCL matrix on the thermal, mechanical and biological properties of the printed scaffolds are studied...
November 28, 2016: Macromolecular Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892550/multifunctional-and-robust-composite-materials-comprising-gold-nanoparticles-at-a-spherical-polystyrene-particle-surface
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Samir A Belhout, Ji Yoon Kim, David T Hinds, Natalie J Owen, Jonathan A Coulter, Susan J Quinn
The preparation of a family of composite particles comprising gold nanoparticles (AuNP) assembled at a polystyrene (PS) surface is reported. Tunable loading is demonstrated for AuNP sizes (4.5-26 nm). The robust composites are stable to multiple centrifugation and dispersion cycles and to conditions of high ionic strength, physiological buffer and cell culture media. These properties provide potential for a variety of applications from cellular studies to catalysis.
November 28, 2016: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891209/feasibility-of-connecting-a-substance-abuse-prevention-program-for-foster-teens-and-their-caregivers
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Kevin P Haggerty, Susan E Barkan, Martie Skinner, W Ben Packard, Janice J Cole
OBJECTIVE: To test the feasibility, usability, and proximal outcomes of Connecting, an adaptation of a low-cost, self-directed, family-based substance use prevention program, Staying Connected with Your Teen, with foster families in a randomized, waitlist control pilot study. METHOD: Families (n = 60) fostering teens between 11 and 15 years of age were recruited into the study and randomly assigned into the self-administered program with telephone support from a family consultant (n = 32) or a waitlist control condition (n = 28)...
2016: Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891124/a-novel-cell-type-enables-b-subtilis-to-escape-from-unsuccessful-sporulation-in-minimal-medium
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Hervé Joël Defeu Soufo
Sporulation is the most enduring survival strategy developed by several bacterial species. However, spore development of the model organism Bacillus subtilis has mainly been studied by means of media or conditions optimized for the induction of sporogenesis. Here, I show that during prolonged growth during stationary phase in minimal medium, B. subtilis undergoes an asymmetric cell division that produces small and round-shaped, DNA containing cells. In contrast to wild-type cells, mutants harboring spo0A or spoIIIE/sftA double mutations neither sporulate nor produce this special cell type, providing evidence that the small round cells emerge from the abortion of endospore formation...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
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