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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532128/band-offset-measurements-in-atomic-layer-deposited-al2o3-zn0-8al0-2o-heterojunction-studied-by-x-ray-photoelectron-spectroscopy
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Baojun Yan, Shulin Liu, Yuekun Heng, Yuzhen Yang, Yang Yu, Kaile Wen
Pure aluminum oxide (Al2O3) and zinc aluminum oxide (Zn x Al1-x O) thin films were deposited by atomic layer deposition (ALD). The microstructure and optical band gaps (E g ) of the Zn x Al1-x O (0.2 ≤ x ≤ 1) films were studied by X-ray diffractometer and Tauc method. The band offsets and alignment of atomic-layer-deposited Al2O3/Zn0.8Al0.2O heterojunction were investigated in detail using charge-corrected X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. In this work, different methodologies were adopted to recover the actual position of the core levels in insulator materials which were easily affected by differential charging phenomena...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532097/influence-of-telopeptides-on-the-structural-and-physical-properties-of-polymeric-and-monomeric-acid-soluble-type-i-collagen
#2
Róisín Holmes, Steve Kirk, Giuseppe Tronci, Xuebin Yang, David Wood
Currently two factors hinder the use of collagen as building block of regenerative devices: the limited mechanical strength in aqueous environment, and potential antigenicity. Polymeric collagen is naturally found in the cross-linked state and is mechanically tougher than the monomeric, acid-soluble collagen ex vivo. The antigenicity of collagen, on the other hand, is mainly ascribed to inter-species variations in amino acid sequences of the non-helical terminal telopeptides. These telopeptides can be removed through enzymatic treatment to produce atelocollagen, although the effect of this cleavage on triple helix organization, amino acidic composition and thermal properties is often disregarded...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532091/design-and-fabrication-of-carbon-fibers-with-needle-like-nano-ha-coating-to-reinforce-granular-nano-ha-composites
#3
Xudong Wang, Xueni Zhao, Li Zhang, Wanying Wang, Jing Zhang, Fuzhen He, Jianjun Yang
Carbon fibers (CFs) with needle-like nano-hydroxyapatite (nHA) coating were first used as reinforcing materials named nHA-CFs to improve the mechanical properties of pure HA. A powder mixture containing nHA-CFs and granular nano-HA (gHA) was directly sintered by hot pressing at appropriate sintering pressure and temperature. A three-phase nHA-CFs/gHA composite was designed, fabricated, and used as an artificial bone. Results show that the bending strengths of the nHA-CFs/gHA composite are approximately 41.1% and 59...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532070/ribose-mediated-crosslinking-of-collagen-hydroxyapatite-hybrid-scaffolds-for-bone-tissue-regeneration-using-biomimetic-strategies
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Gopal Shankar Krishnakumar, Natalia Gostynska, Elisabetta Campodoni, Massimiliano Dapporto, Monica Montesi, Silvia Panseri, Anna Tampieri, Elizaveta Kon, Maurilio Marcacci, Simone Sprio, Monica Sandri
This study explores for the first time the application of ribose as a highly biocompatible agent for the crosslinking of hybrid mineralized constructs, obtained by bio-inspired mineralization of self-assembling Type I collagen matrix with magnesium-doped-hydroxyapatite nanophase, towards a biomimetic mineralized 3D scaffolds (MgHA/Coll) with excellent compositional and structural mimicry of bone tissue. To this aim, two different crosslinking mechanisms in terms of pre-ribose glycation (before freeze drying) and post-ribose glycation (after freeze drying) were investigated...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532023/influence-of-operating-parameters-on-the-suture-retention-test-for-scaffolds-in-ophthalmology
#5
Florian Küng, Dirk W Schubert, Piotr Stafiej, Friedrich E Kruse, Thomas A Fuchsluger
The strength of a suture used to attach a graft to a patient can be quantified using the suture retention test. In order to gain deeper insight on the influence of testing and application conditions testing parameters were varied. Different pull rates, suture and jaw positions, and suture materials were tested to show their influence on the result of the test. The results of the different states were analyzed using statistical tests. Based on the statistic analysis conditions for testing with a maximum of accuracy and as close as possible to in vivo conditions have been revealed...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532003/recent-development-in-cell-encapsulations-and-their-therapeutic-applications
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Jiang-Ze Wang, Zhen-Qi Ding, Feng Zhang, Wen-Bin Ye
Chronic and degenerative diseases are the main causes of death in the aging population worldwide. These diseases are currently maintained using long term administration of conventional drugs which are not curative and reduce the life quality of patients. It is urgent to develop new therapeutic approaches for the treatment of these diseases. Cell therapy that involves the injection of viable cell into patients is a promising therapeutic strategy in chronic and degenerative diseases. However, the survival of injected cells in host tissue is limited due to immunoresponse...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531844/development-of-an-uplc-ms-ms-method-for-simultaneous-quantitation-of-11-d-amino-acids-in-different-regions-of-rat-brain-application-to-a-study-on-the-associations-of-d-amino-acid-concentration-changes-and-alzheimer-s-disease
#7
Zhe Li, Yuping Xing, Xingjie Guo, Yan Cui
There are significant differences in d-amino acid concentrations between healthy people and Alzheimer's disease patients. In order to investigate the potential correlation between d-amino acids and Alzheimer's disease, a simple and sensitive ultra high performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS) method has been developed. The method was applied to simultaneous determination of 11 d-amino acids in different regions of rat brain. Rat brain homogenates were firstly pretreated with protein precipitation procedure and then derivatized with (S)-N-(4-nitrophenoxycarbonyl) phenylalanine methoxyethyl ester [(S)-NIFE]...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531804/protective-effect-and-mechanism-of-lycopene-on-endothelial-progenitor-cells-epcs-from-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-rats
#8
Yao-Chi Zeng, Li-Sheng Peng, Liyuan Zou, Shu-Fen Huang, Yi Xie, Gui-Ping Mu, Xue-Hui Zeng, Xi-Lin Zhou, Ya-Chi Zeng
Endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs), widely existing in bone marrow and peripheral blood, are involved in the repair of injured vascular endothelium and angiogenesis which are important to diabetic mellitus (DM) patients with vascular complications. The number and the function of EPCs are related to the advanced glycation end products (AGEs) generated in DM patients. Lycopene (Lyc) is an identified natural antioxidant that protects EPCs under the microenvironment of AGEs from damage. However, the underlying mechanism remains unclear...
May 19, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531796/spatially-explicit-modeling-of-multi-scale-drivers-of-aboveground-forest-biomass-and-water-yield-in-watersheds-of-the-southeastern-united-states
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Mukhtar Ahmed Ajaz Ahmed, Amr Abd-Elrahman, Francisco J Escobedo, Wendell P Cropper, Timothy A Martin, Nilesh Timilsina
Understanding ecosystem processes and the influence of regional scale drivers can provide useful information for managing forest ecosystems. Examining more local scale drivers of forest biomass and water yield can also provide insights for identifying and better understanding the effects of climate change and management on forests. We used diverse multi-scale datasets, functional models and Geographically Weighted Regression (GWR) to model ecosystem processes at the watershed scale and to interpret the influence of ecological drivers across the Southeastern United States (SE US)...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531563/what-do-individuals-with-morbid-obesity-report-as-a-usual-dietary-intake-a-narrative-review-of-available-evidence
#10
Cathy M Harbury, Elisabeth E Verbruggen, Robin Callister, Clare E Collins
BACKGROUND: In several developed countries, as obesity prevalence doubles it has quadrupled for morbid obesity (BMI ≥ 40 kgm(-2)). As more individuals with morbid obesity present for weight loss treatment there is a greater need to understand their dietary habits. No reviews were found in the literature, therefore this systematic review aims to identify and describe the existing evidence on the usual dietary intake of individuals with morbid obesity including those from a general population and those seeking treatment such as weight loss surgery...
June 2016: Clinical Nutrition ESPEN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531457/new-structural-insights-into-the-oligosaccharide-phosphate-fraction-of-pichia-hansenula-holstii-nrrl-y2448-phosphomannan
#11
Paul N Handley, Anthony Carroll, Vito Ferro
The oligosaccharide phosphate fraction (OPF) obtained from mild acid hydrolysis of P. holstii NRRL Y-2448 phosphomannan is the starting material for the preparation of the Phase III anticancer drug candidate PI-88. The OPF was for the first time successfully separated by preparative ion exchange chromatography and the major oligosaccharides isolated and characterized by NMR spectroscopy. The components were also acetylated and subjected to LC-MS analysis. These studies revealed that the OPF also contained all-α(1 → 3)-linked oligosaccharides in addition to the known α(1 → 3)/(1 → 2)-linked species, most likely formed by hydrolysis of the latter...
May 13, 2017: Carbohydrate Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531354/monomeric-polyglutamine-structures-that-evolve-into-fibrils
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David Punihaole, Ryan S Jakubek, Riley James Workman, Lauren E Marbella, Patricia Campbell, Jeffry D Madura, Sanford A Asher
We investigate the solution and fibril conformations and structural transitions of the polyglutamine (polyQ) peptide, D2Q10K2 (Q10), by synergistically using UV Resonance Raman (UVRR) spectroscopy and Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations. We show that Q10 adopts two distinct, monomeric solution conformational states, a collapsed β-strand and a PPII-like structure that do not readily interconvert. This clearly indicates a high activation barrier in solution that prevents equilibration between these structures...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531325/up-regulated-microrna-299-corrected-with-poor-prognosis-of-glioblastoma-multiforme-patients-by-targeting-ell2
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Qian Huang, Xin-Wen Zhang, Yu-Shui Ma, Gai-Xia Lu, Ru-Ting Xie, Hui-Qiong Yang, Zhong-Wei Lv, Xiao-Ming Zhong, Tao Liu, Shi-Xiong Huang, Da Fu, Chun Xie
Background: An increasing understanding of the genes and molecular pathways of glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) can provide us a useful insight for the development of more effective targeted therapeutic. Methods: To investigate the expression and clinical significance of miR-299 and its target genes in GBM, the expression levels of miR-299 and its target gene in human normal brain tissues and GBM were analyzed in silico using genes microarray and hierarchical clustering analysis followed by validation with quantitative RT-PCR...
May 20, 2017: Japanese Journal of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531307/following-instructions-in-patients-with-schizophrenia-the-benefits-of-actions-at-encoding-and-recall
#14
Simon S Y Lui, Tian-Xiao Yang, Chris L Y Ng, Peony T Y Wong, Jessica O Y Wong, Ulrich Ettinger, Eric F C Cheung, Raymond C K Chan
The ability to follow spoken instructions is important to everyday functioning but has seldom been studied in patients with schizophrenia (SZ). Recent evidence suggests that action-based processing may facilitate the ability to follow instructions, which relies largely on working memory. In this study, we tested the hypothesis that SZ patients may also benefit from action-based advantages in following instructions. Forty-eight clinically stable SZ patients and 48 demographic- and IQ-matched controls completed a following spoken instruction span task involving varied encoding and recall conditions...
May 22, 2017: Schizophrenia Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531304/replication-studies-of-carboxymethylated-dna-lesions-in-human-cells
#15
Jun Wu, Pengcheng Wang, Lin Li, Nicole L Williams, Debin Ji, Walter J Zahurancik, Changjun You, Jianshuang Wang, Zucai Suo, Yinsheng Wang
Metabolic activation of some N-nitroso compounds (NOCs), an important class of DNA damaging agents, can induce the carboxymethylation of nucleobases in DNA. Very little was previously known about how the carboxymethylated DNA lesions perturb DNA replication in human cells. Here, we investigated the effects of five carboxymethylated DNA lesions, i.e. O6-CMdG, N6-CMdA, N4-CMdC, N3-CMdT and O4-CMdT on the efficiency and fidelity of DNA replication in HEK293T human embryonic kidney cells. We found that, while neither N6-CMdA nor N4-CMdC blocked DNA replication or induced mutations, N3-CMdT, O4-CMdT and O6-CMdG moderately blocked DNA replication and induced substantial frequencies of T→A (81%), T→C (68%) and G→A (6...
May 22, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531287/bacterial-rna-polymerase-caps-rna-with-various-cofactors-and-cell-wall-precursors
#16
Christina Julius, Yulia Yuzenkova
Bacterial RNA polymerase is able to initiate transcription with adenosine-containing cofactor NAD+, which was proposed to result in a portion of cellular RNAs being 'capped' at the 5΄ end with NAD+, reminiscent of eukaryotic cap. Here we show that, apart from NAD+, another adenosine-containing cofactor FAD and highly abundant uridine-containing cell wall precursors, UDP-Glucose and UDP-N-acetylglucosamine are efficiently used to initiate transcription in vitro. We show that the affinity to NAD+ and UDP-containing factors during initiation is much lower than their cellular concentrations, and that initiation with them stimulates promoter escape...
May 22, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531279/mechanisms-governing-inflammasome-activation-assembly-and-pyroptosis-induction
#17
Sannula Kesavardhana, Thirumala-Devi Kanneganti
Inflammasomes are multimeric protein complexes that regulate inflammatory responses and pyroptotic cell death to exert host defense against microbes. Intracellular pattern-recognition receptors such as nucleotide-binding domain and leucine-rich repeat receptors (NLRs) and absent in melanoma 2 like receptors (ALRs) assemble the inflammasome complexes in response to pathogens and danger or altered-self signals in the cell. Inflammasome sensors, in association with an adaptor protein - apoptosis associated speck-like protein containing a caspase-activation and -recruitment domain (ASC) - activate inflammatory caspase-1 to enable the release of inflammatory cytokines and induce cell death, conferring host defense against pathogens...
May 20, 2017: International Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531275/molecular-envelope-and-atomic-model-of-an-anti-terminated-glyqs-t-box-regulator-in-complex-with-trnagly
#18
Bhaskar Chetnani, Alfonso Mondragón
A T-box regulator or riboswitch actively monitors the levels of charged/uncharged tRNA and participates in amino acid homeostasis by regulating genes involved in their utilization or biosynthesis. It has an aptamer domain for cognate tRNA recognition and an expression platform to sense the charge state and modulate gene expression. These two conserved domains are connected by a variable linker that harbors additional secondary structural elements, such as Stem III. The structural basis for specific tRNA binding is known, but the structural basis for charge sensing and the role of other elements remains elusive...
May 22, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531271/prevention-further-insights-on-age-and-lipids
#19
Thomas F Lüscher
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 21, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531265/utility-of-nonhuman-primates-in-substance-use-disorders-research
#20
Matthew L Banks, Paul W Czoty, Sidney S Negus
Substance use disorders (i.e., drug addiction) constitute a global and insidious public health issue. Preclinical biomedical research has been invaluable in elucidating the environmental, biological, and pharmacological determinants of drug abuse and in the process of developing innovative pharmacological and behavioral treatment strategies. For more than 70 years, nonhuman primates have been utilized as research subjects in biomedical research related to drug addiction. There are already several excellent published reviews highlighting species differences in both pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics between rodents and nonhuman primates in preclinical substance abuse research...
May 20, 2017: ILAR Journal
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