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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345313/a-microfluidic-chip-with-a-staircase-ph-gradient-generator-a-packed-column-and-a-fraction-collector-for-chromatofocusing-of-proteins
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Hoon Suk Rho, Alexander Thomas Hanke, Marcel Ottens, Han Gardeniers
A microfluidic device for pH gradient chromatofocusing is presented, which performs creation of a micro-column, pH gradient generation, and fraction collection in a single device. Using a sieve micro-valve, anion exchange particles were packed into a microchannel in order to realize a solid-phase absorption column. To fractionate proteins according to their isoelectric points, elution buffer solutions with a stepwise pH gradient were prepared in 16 parallel mixing reactors and flowed through the micro-column, wherein a protein mixture was previously loaded...
January 18, 2018: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344745/wet-milling-of-large-quantities-of-human-excision-adipose-tissue-for-the-isolation-of-stromal-vascular-fraction-cells
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Nadia Menzi, Rik Osinga, Atanas Todorov, Dirk Johannes Schaefer, Ivan Martin, Arnaud Scherberich
The isolation of stromal vascular fraction (SVF) cells from excised human adipose tissue, for clinical or research purposes, implies the tedious and time consuming process of manual mincing prior to enzymatic digestion. Since no efficient alternative technique to this current standard procedure has been proposed so far, the aim of this study was to test a milling procedure, using two simple, inexpensive and commercially available manual meat grinders, to process large amounts of adipose tissue. The procedure was assessed on adipose tissue resections from seven human donors and compared to manual mincing with scalpels...
January 17, 2018: Cytotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344708/treatment-of-combined-traumatic-brain-injury-and-hemorrhagic-shock-with-fractionated-blood-products-versus-fresh-whole-blood-in-a-rat-model
#3
Akiva Leibowitz, Evgeni Brotfain, Leonid Koyfman, Moti Klein, Shmuel Hess, Alexander Zlotnik, Matthew Boyko
INTRODUCTION: Treatment of combined traumatic brain injury and hemorrhagic shock, poses a particular challenge due to the possible conflicting consequences. While restoring diminished volume is the treatment goal for hypovolemia, maintaining adequate cerebral perfusion pressure and avoidance of secondary damage remains a treatment goal for the injured brain. Various treatment modalities have been proposed, but the optimal resuscitation fluid and goals have not yet been clearly defined...
January 17, 2018: European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery: Official Publication of the European Trauma Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343549/intracellular-vesicle-trafficking-plays-an-essential-role-in-mitochondrial-quality-control
#4
Mike Gerards, Giuseppe Cannino, Jose M González de Cózar, Howard T Jacobs
The Drosophila gene products Bet1, Slh and CG10144, predicted to function in intracellular vesicle trafficking, were previously found to be essential for mitochondrial nucleoid maintenance. Here we show that Slh and Bet1 co-operate to maintain mitochondrial functions. In their absence, mitochondrial content, membrane potential and respiration became abnormal, accompanied by mitochondrial proteotoxic stress, but without direct effects on mtDNA. Immunocytochemistry showed that both Slh and Bet1 are localized at the Golgi, together with a proportion of Rab5-positive vesicles...
January 17, 2018: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341918/asymmetric-flow-field-flow-fractionation-for-the-characterization-of-globule-size-distribution-in-complex-formulations-a-cyclosporine-ophthalmic-emulsion-case
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Haiou Qu, Jiang Wang, Yong Wu, Jiwen Zheng, Yellela S R Krishnaiah, Mohammad Absar, Stephanie Choi, Muhammad Ashraf, Celia N Cruz, Xiaoming Xu
Commonly used characterization techniques such as cryogenic-transmission electron microscopy (cryo-TEM) and batch-mode dynamic light scattering (DLS) are either time consuming or unable to offer high resolution to discern the poly-dispersity of complex drug products like cyclosporine ophthalmic emulsions. Here, a size-based separation and characterization method for globule size distribution using an asymmetric flow field flow fractionation (AF4) is reported for comparative assessment of cyclosporine ophthalmic emulsion drug products (model formulation) with a wide size span and poly-dispersity...
January 13, 2018: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341439/therapeutic-benefits-of-cd90-negative-cardiac-stromal-cells-in-rats-with-a-30-day-chronic-infarct
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Deliang Shen, Miaoda Shen, Hongxia Liang, Junnan Tang, Bo Wang, Chuang Liu, Peiwen Wang, Jianzeng Dong, Ling Li, Jinying Zhang, Thomas G Caranasos
Cardiac stromal cells (CSCs) can be derived from explant cultures, and a subgroup of these cells is viewed as cardiac mesenchymal stem cells due to their expression of CD90. Here, we sought to determine the therapeutic potential of CD90-positive and CD90-negative CSCs in a rat model of chronic myocardial infarction. We obtain CD90-positive and CD90-negative fractions of CSCs from rat myocardial tissue explant cultures by magnetically activated cell sorting. In vitro, CD90-negative CSCs outperform CD90-positive CSCs in tube formation and cardiomyocyte functional assays...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341029/in-vitro-and-in-situ-absorption-and-metabolism-of-sesquiterpenes-from-petasites-hybridus-extracts
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Lucia Disch, Kristina Forsch, Beate Siewert, Jürgen Drewe, Gert Fricker
Petasites hybridus extract is used in the treatment of seasonal allergic rhinitis. The aim of this study was to evaluate the active constituent petasin and its isomers isopetasin and neopetasin (petasins) in the P. hybridus extract Ze 339 for liberation, dissolution, absorption, and metabolism. The determination of pH-dependent thermodynamic solubility was performed via the shake-flask method. Petasins exhibited a low solubility that was pH independent. In vivo, the concentration of solute drugs is decreased continuously by intestinal absorption...
January 16, 2018: Planta Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339281/bifidogenic-effects-of-cordyceps-sinensis-fungal-exopolysaccharide-and-konjac-glucomannan-after-ultrasound-and-acid-degradation
#8
Ang-Xin Song, Yu-Heng Mao, Ka-Chai Siu, Jian-Yong Wu
The bifidogenic effects of exopolysaccharide (EPS) of a medicinal fungus (Cordyceps sinensis) and a well-known food polysaccharide konjac glucomannan (KGM) with different molecular weight (MW) ranges were evaluated through in vitro experiments in liquid cultures of Bifidobacteria. Native EPS and KGM were partially degraded with power ultrasound (US) to improve the water solubility, and further hydrolysed with trifluoroacetic acid to much lower MW. The acid-hydrolysed fractions (EPS-AH and KGM-AH) supported the growth of all five tested bifidobacterial species, while the US-degraded high MW fractions, EPS-US and KGM-US, could only slightly supported the growth of some species...
January 12, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338871/likelihood-of-total-resolution-in-selective-comprehensive-two-dimensional-liquid-chromatography-with-parallel-processing-simulation-and-theory
#9
Joe M Davis, Dwight R Stoll
The probability Pr(sLC×LC) that all peaks are separated by a resolution of 1.5 or more in selective comprehensive two-dimensional liquid chromatography (sLC × LC) is computed for simple model systems of 5 to 60 peaks and first-dimension (1D) gradient times of 100 to 2000 s. The computations include mimics of a commercial instrument, whose fixed second-dimension (2D) gradient time and use of one cycle time for initialization reduces Pr(sLC×LC) relative to an earlier report. For serial sLC × LC, in which a single device collects and transfers 1D multiplets to the second dimension, Pr(sLC×LC) under practical conditions is predicted to be only slightly larger than the probability of total resolution in LC × LC for separations of the same duration in each case...
December 16, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338640/new-molecular-features-of-cowpea-bean-vigna-unguiculata-l-walp-%C3%AE-vignin
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Ederlan de Souza Ferreira, Jessica Capraro, Fabio Sessa, Chiara Magni, Aureluce Demonte, Alessandro Consonni, Valdir Augusto Neves, Eduardo Maffud Cilli, Marcello Duranti, Alessio Scarafoni
Cowpea seed β-vignin, a vicilin-like globulin, proved to exert various health favourable effects, including blood cholesterol reduction in animal models. The need of a simple scalable enrichment procedure for further studies for tailored applications of this seed protein is crucial. A chromatography-independent fractionation method allowing to obtain a protein preparation with a high degree of homogeneity was used. Further purification was pursued to deep the molecular characterisation of β-vignin. The results showed: (i) differing glycosylation patterns of the two constituent polypeptides, in agreement with amino acid sequence features; (ii) the seed accumulation of a gene product never identified before; (iii) metal binding capacity of native protein, a property observed only in few other legume seed vicilins...
January 17, 2018: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337429/co-expression-of-orfcma-with-phb-depolymerase-phazcma-in-escherichia-coli-induces-efficient-whole-cell-biodegradation-of-polyesters
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Ming-Chieh Lee, En-Jung Liu, Cheng-Han Yang, Li-Jung Hsiao, Tzong-Ming Wu, Si-Yu Li
Whole-cell degradation of polyesters not only avoids the tedious process of enzyme separation, but also allows the degraded product to be reused as a carbon source. In this study, Escherichia coli BL21(DE3) harboring phaZCma , a gene encoding poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) (PHB) depolymerase from Caldimonas manganoxidans, was constructed. The extra-cellular fraction of E. coli/pPHAZ exhibited a fast PHB degradation rate where it only took 35 h to completely degrade PHB films, while C. manganoxidans took 81 h to do the same...
January 16, 2018: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336551/first-gut-instincts-are-always-right-the-resolution-required-for-a-mass-defect-analysis-of-polymer-ions-can-be-as-low-as-oligomeric
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Thierry Nicolas Jean Fouquet, Takaya Satoh, Hiroaki Sato
Its recent adaptation to low-resolution mass spectra of polymers using fractional base units raises the question of the minimal resolution needed for a Kendrick mass defect (KMD) analysis. Intuiting an oligomeric resolution since the mass of a repeat unit is the sole value to be known, it is challenged by the relative failure of the KMD plots computed from an isotopically resolved MALDI-TOF mass spectrum to display clear alignments in the high mass range. Another procedure based on the remainders of Kendrick mass (RKMs) overcomes this pitfall with oligomers perfectly aligned in a new RKM plot...
January 16, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336053/specific-modulation-of-vertebral-marrow-adipose-tissue-by-physical-activity
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Daniel L Belavy, Matthew J Quittner, Nicola D Ridgers, Adnan Shiekh, Timo Rantalainen, Guy Trudel
Marrow adipose tissue (MAT) accumulation with normal aging impacts the bone, hemopoiesis, and metabolic pathways. We investigated whether exercise was associated with lower MAT, as measured by vertebral marrow fat fraction (VFF) on magnetic resonance imaging. A total of 101 healthy individuals (54 females) aged 25 to 35 years without spine or bone disease but with distinct exercise histories were studied. Long-distance runners (67 km/wk, n = 25) exhibited lower mean lumbar VFF (27.9% [8.6%] versus 33...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334584/in-vitro-and-in-vivo-metabolite-identification-of-a-novel-benzimidazole-compound-zln005-by-lc-ms-ms
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Wenchao Sun, Khoa Dinh Nguyen, William L Fitch, Samuel D Banister, Hongxiang Tang, Xiaolan Zhang, Lewis Yu, Edgar G Engleman, Jayakumar Rajadas
RATIONALE: A novel benzimidazole compound ZLN005 was previously identified as a transcriptional activator of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ coactivator 1α (PGC-1α) in certain metabolic tissues. Upregulation of PGC-1α by ZLN005 has been shown to have beneficial effect in a diabetic mouse model and in a coronary artery disease model in vitro. ZLN005 could also have therapeutic potential in neurodegenerative diseases involving down-regulation of PGC-1α. Given the phenotypic efficacy of ZLN005 in several animal models of human disease, its metabolic profile was investigated to guide the development of novel therapeutics using ZLN005 as the lead compound...
January 15, 2018: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry: RCM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334574/improved-long-term-volume-retention-of-svf-gel-grafting-with-enhanced-angiogenesis-and-adipogenesis
#15
Yuteng Zhang, Junrong Cai, Tao Zhou, Yao Yao, Ziqing Dong, Feng Lu
BACKGROUND: The apoptosis of mature adipocytes after fat grafting can result in chronic inflammation, absorption, and fibrosis, leading to unpredictable outcomes. Selective elimination of mature adipocytes may result in better outcomes and a different underlying retention mode. We previously developed a mature-adipocyte-free product, SVF-gel, derived from lipoaspirate, which eliminates adipocytes while preserving the stromal vascular fraction. This study investigated the retention and regeneration mode of SVF-gel grafting...
January 10, 2018: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333927/comprehensive-characterization-of-hydrothermal-liquefaction-products-obtained-from-woody-biomass-under-various-alkali-catalyst-concentrations
#16
Hyewon Hwang, Jae Hoon Lee, In Gyu Choi, Joon Weon Choi
Hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) of lignocellulosic biomass has been widely investigated for the production of renewable and alternative bio-crude oil. In this study, catalytic hydrothermal processing of two biomasses (larch and Mongolian oak) was performed using different K2CO3 concentrations (0, 0.1, 0.5, 1.0wt% of solvent) to improve fuel yield and properties. HTL oil, hydrochar, water soluble fraction (WSF) and gas were characterized and carbon balance was investigated. As a result, the maximum yield of HTL oil, 27...
January 15, 2018: Environmental Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333391/analysis-of-antioxidant-and-anti-inflammatory-activities-of-solvent-fractions-from-rhynchosia-nulubilis-cultivated-with-ganoderma-lucidum-mycelium
#17
Mihye Park, Meera Kim
In this study, the crude ethanol Rhynchosia nulubilis cultivated with Ganoderma lucidum mycelium (RNGM) extract was solvent fractionated with organic solvents such as n-hexane, chloroform, ethyl acetate, and water. The anticancer activities, anti-inflammatory activity total polyphenols, total flavonoids, isoflavones, and β-glucan of the solvent fractions of RNGM were studied. The ethyl acetate fraction showed the highest 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl scavenging activity of 76.60% at 800 μg/mL. The ethyl acetate fraction also showed higher antioxidant activity in 2,2'-azino-bis(3-ethylbenzothiazoline-6-sulfonic acid) and ferric reducing ability of plasma assays compared to the other fractions...
December 2017: Preventive Nutrition and Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333047/assessment-of-nutritional-quality-and-global-antioxidant-response-of-banana-musa-sp-cv-nanjangud-rasa-bale-pseudostem-and-flower
#18
Ramith Ramu, Prithvi S Shirahatti, K R Anilakumar, Shivasharanappa Nayakavadi, Farhan Zameer, B L Dhananjaya, M N Nagendra Prasad
Background: The assessment of the nutritional composition and phytochemical screening of banana pseudostem (PB) and flower (FB) advocate this nonconventional food source for routine consumption, considering its various health benefits. Objectives: The aim is to assess the proximate nutrient composition, fatty acids, minerals, amino acid profile, and global antioxidant response (GAR) of PB and FB. Methods: Standard analytical procedures were used to determine the nutritional quality and GAR of PB and FB...
December 2017: Pharmacognosy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333046/development-and-validation-of-high-performance-thin-layer-chromatography-method-for-simultaneous-determination-of-polyphenolic-compounds-in-medicinal-plants
#19
C V Jayachandran Nair, Sayeed Ahamad, Washim Khan, Varisha Anjum, Rajani Mathur
Context: Quantitative standardization of plant-based products is challenging albeit essential to maintain their quality. Aims: This study aims to develop and validate high-performance thin-layer chromatography (HPTLC) method for the simultaneous determination of rutin (Ru), quercetin (Qu), and gallic acid (Ga) from Psidium guajava Linn. (PG) and Aegle marmelos (L.) Correa. (AM) and correlate with antioxidant activity. Materials and Methods: The stock solution (1 mg/mL) of standard Ru, Qu, and Ga in methanol: Water (1:1) was serially diluted and spotted (5 μL) on slica gel 60 F254 thin-layer chromatography plates...
December 2017: Pharmacognosy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332147/phosphorus-allocation-and-phosphatase-activity-in-grasses-with-different-growth-rates
#20
Leandro Bittencourt de Oliveira, Anderson Cesar Ramos Marques, Fernando Luiz Ferreira de Quadros, Júlia Gomes Farias, Rogério Piccin, Gustavo Brunetto, Fernando Teixeira Nicoloso
Different growth rates of grasses from South American natural grasslands are adaptations to soils of low fertility. Grasses with fast growth rate are species with an accumulation of nutrients in soluble forms, with a high metabolic rate. This work aimed to study whether grasses with different growth rates have different phosphorus (P) uptake and efficiency of P use with high and low P availability in soil, as well as whether phosphatase activity is related to the species growth rate and variations in P biochemical forms in the tissues...
January 13, 2018: Oecologia
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