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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532083/effects-for-rapid-conversion-from-abalone-shell-to-hydroxyapaptite-nanosheets-by-ionic-surfactants
#1
Shengnan Zhong, Zhenliang Wen, Jingdi Chen, Qian Li, Xuetao Shi, Shinnjyh Ding, Qiqing Zhang
Hydroxyapatite (HAP) has been widely used for repairing or substituting human hard tissues. In this paper, two typical ionic surfactants, cation hexadecyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) and anion sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS), were used for rapid conversion of HAP from abalone shell. From field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), the prepared HAP is flake-like structure. From X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and thermal analysis, these samples contain a small amount of calcium carbonate whose content gradually increases by increasing the surfactants...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532074/highly-effective-cu-zn-carbon-micro-nanofiber-polymer-nanocomposite-based-wound-dressing-biomaterial-against-the-p-aeruginosa-multi-and-extensively-drug-resistant-strains
#2
Mohammad Ashfaq, Nishith Verma, Suphiya Khan
Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P. aeruginosa) is the most prevalent bacteria in the infections caused by burn, surgery, and traumatic injuries. Emergence of the P. aeruginosa bacterial resistance against various clinical drugs for wound treatment is the major concern nowadays. The present study describes the synthesis of the polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and cellulose acetate phthalate (CAP) polymeric composite film (~0.2mm thickness) reinforced with the Cu/Zn bimetal-dispersed activated carbon micro/nanofiber (ACF/CNF), as a wound dressing material...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532064/encapsulation-of-lactobacillus-kefiri-in-alginate-microbeads-using-a-double-novel-aerosol-technique
#3
Christian Demitri, Leonardo Lamanna, Egidio De Benedetto, Fabrizio Damiano, Maria Stella Cappello, Luisa Siculella, Alessandro Sannino
Alginate micro beads containing Lactobacillus kefiri (the principal bacteria present in the kefir probiotic drink) were produced by a novel technique based on dual aerosols spaying of alginate based solution and CaCl2 as cross linking agent. Carboxymethylcellulose (CMC) has been also added to the alginate in order to change the physic-chemical properties (viscosity and permeability) of the microbeads. Calcium alginate and CMC are biopolymers that can be used for developing oral drug-delivery systems. These biopolymers have been reported to show a pH-dependent swelling behaviour...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532031/screening-of-process-variables-to-enhance-the-solubility-of-famotidine-with-2-hydroxypropyl-%C3%AE-cyclodextrin-pvp-k-30-by-using-plackett-burman-design-approach
#4
Umakant Verma, Jitendra B Naik, Jayesh S Patil, Sunil K Yadava
In the present work, inclusion complex of famotidine (FMT) was prepared with (2-HydroxyPropyl)-β-Cyclodextrin (HP-β-CyD) and polyvinylpyrrolidone K-30 (PVP K-30) by spray drying technique to enhance the solubility of famotidine. FMT is a potent histamine H2-receptor antagonist having low solubility as well as oral bioavailability. In order to enhance the solubility of FMT, a quality by design (QbD) approach has been used by employing Plackett-Burman design (PBD). With the application of PBD, seven independent process variables were investigated and optimized for maximum solubility...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532002/electrochemical-sensor-for-detection-of-hydrogen-peroxide-modified-with-prussian-blue-electrodeposition-on-nitrogen-phosphorus-and-sulfur-co-doped-porous-carbons-chitosan
#5
Xiurong Zhai, Yonghong Li, Jisen Li, Chengyang Yue, Xiaowu Lei
Nitrogen, phosphorus and sulfur co-doped porous carbons (N, P, S@PC) were well dispersed in the chitosan (CS) acid solution, in particular via covalently interaction, which could avoid the aggregation of N, P, S@PC in most solvents. Moreover, CS could also avoid N, P, S@PC leakage from the modified electrode. A novel electrochemical sensor was then developed through prussian blue (PB) was electrodeposited on the glass carbon (GC) electrode modified with N, P, S@PC-CS composite. Results with scanning electron microscopy image, illustrate that PB/N, P, S@PC-CS composite distributes very uniformly on the substrate surface, which is hoped to be very attractive for determination of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2)...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531998/reline-assisted-green-and-facile-synthesis-of-fluorapatite-nanoparticles
#6
Mohammad Karimi, Majid Rastegar Ramsheh, Seyed Mohammad Ahmadi, Mohammad Reza Madani, Mehdi Shamsi, Reyhaneh Reshadi, Farahnaz Lotfi
A fast, simple and sustainable method based on choline chloride-urea deep eutectic solvent (known as Reline) was employed to synthesize nanosized fluorapatite (FA) particles. Using XRD, FESEM, TEM, EDS, and FTIR, the formation of FA nanoparticles with average crystal size of ~34nm, percent crystallinity of 93%, particle size of ~45nm, and high crystal, elemental, and structural purity was confirmed. The MTT cytotoxicity assay endorsed the non-toxicity of as-synthesized FA nanoparticles. The good biocompatibility, osteogenity and mineralization ability of as-synthesized FA nanoparticles were confirmed by Alizarin red staining, Acridine orange staining and ALP activity tests...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531922/protective-effect-of-averrhoa-bilimbi-l-fruit-extract-on-ulcerative-colitis-in-wistar-rats-via-regulation-of-inflammatory-mediators-and-cytokines
#7
Jagadish Kumar Suluvoy, Sakthivel K M, Guruvayoorappan C, Berlin Grace V M
Ulcerative Colitis (UC) is a lingering type of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) which affects the colon mucosa. Ulcerative colitis is majorly associated with oxidative stress and inflammation in colon tissue leading to damage. Averrhoa bilimbi L. fruit is rich in antioxidant phytochemicals including Vitamin C. In the current research, we have evaluated the defence mechanism of Averrhoa bilimbi L. on Ulcerative Colitis (UC). Male wistar rats were treated with Averrhoa bilimbi L. fruit extract (50mg/kg/bwt and 100mg/kg/bwt) and a standard drug Sulfasalazine (100mg/kg/bwt) for 6 consecutive days via intra peritoneally...
May 16, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531855/investigation-on-the-fast-co-pyrolysis-of-sewage-sludge-with-biomass-and-the-combustion-reactivity-of-residual-char
#8
Shuanghui Deng, Houzhang Tan, Xuebin Wang, Fuxin Yang, Ruijie Cao, Zhao Wang, Renhui Ruan
Gaining the valuable fuels from sewage sludge is a promising method. In this work, the fast pyrolysis characteristics of sewage sludge (SS), wheat straw (WS) and their mixtures in different proportions were carried out in a drop-tube reactor. The combustion reactivity of the residual char obtained was investigated in a thermogravimetric analyzer (TGA). Results indicate that SS and WS at different pyrolysis temperatures yielded different characteristic gas compositions and product distributions. The co-pyrolysis of SS with WS showed that there existed a synergistic effect in terms of higher gas and bio-oil yields and lower char yield, especially at the WS adding percentage of 80wt%...
April 21, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531843/rapid-ic-ms-ms-determination-of-methylphosphonic-acid-in-urine-of-rats-exposed-to-organophosphorus-nerve-agents
#9
Timur Baygildiev, Alexandra Zatirakha, Igor Rodin, Arkady Braun, Andrey Stavrianidi, Nadezhda Koryagina, Igor Rybalchenko, Oleg Shpigun
A direct approach for the determination of a specific hydrolysis product of organophosphorus nerve agents such as methylphosphonic acid (MPA) in urine by ion chromatography and tandem mass spectrometry (IC-MS/MS) has been developed. The first advantage of the proposed approach is a rapid and simple sample preparation, which does not require a large sample volume, complicated and laborious preconcentration and derivatization steps, and takes less than 7min per sample. The second advantage is the fast and selective IC determination of MPA carried out on a noncommercial anion exchanger based on a poly(styrene-co-divinylbenzene) (PS-DVB) substrate with a high degree of crosslinking and a covalently-bonded branched functional layer, which enables complete resolution of MPA from major urine matrix components and allows one to overcome matrix effects...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531784/gut-microbiota-mediated-benefits-of-barley-kernel-products-on-metabolism-gut-hormones-and-inflammatory-markers-as-affected-by-co-ingestion-of-commercially-available-probiotics-a-randomized-controlled-study-in-healthy-subjects
#10
Anne Nilsson, Elin Johansson-Boll, Jonna Sandberg, Inger Björck
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Barley kernel based products have been shown to induce benefits on blood glucose regulation, cardio-metabolic risk markers and appetite regulating hormones in a time perspective of 11-16 h after intake. The mechanisms have been assigned to gut fermentation of indigestible carbohydrates. The purpose of the present study was to evaluate if the modulatory effects of barley on markers of metabolic- and appetite regulation are affected by a dietary background including a mixture of commercially available probiotics...
October 2016: Clinical Nutrition ESPEN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531393/the-rs10401670-variant-in-resistin-gene-improved-insulin-resistance-response-and-metabolic-parameters-secondaries-to-weight-loss-after-a-hypocaloric-diet
#11
Daniel Antonio de Luis, Rocío Aller, Olatz Izaola, David Primo, R Bachiller
BACKGROUND: The SNP 3'UTR C/T (rs10401670), it is a polymorphism that has been associated with diabetes mellitus and it has been scarcely studied before. As far as we know, no studies on interaction among diet intervention, rs10401670 variant of RETN and metabolic response has been realized. OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to analyze the effects of the rs10401670 RETN gene polymorphism on insulin resistance response and metabolic changes secondary to weight loss after 3 months of a hypocaloric diet in adults obese patients without diabetes mellitus...
August 2016: Clinical Nutrition ESPEN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531318/agrp-expressing-adrenal-chromaffin-cells-are-involved-in-the-sympathetic-response-to-fasting
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Rajesh Gupta, Yunbing Ma, Manqi Wang, Matthew D Whim
Fasting evokes a homeostatic response that maintains circulating levels of energy-rich metabolites and increases the drive to eat. Centrally this reflex activates a small population of hypothalamic neurons that are characterized by the expression of AgRP, a neuropeptide with an extremely restricted distribution. Apart from the hypothalamus the only other site with significant expression is the adrenal gland but there is disagreement about which cells synthesize AgRP. Using immunohistochemistry, flow cytometry and RT-PCR we show AgRP is present in the mouse adrenal medulla and is expressed by neuroendocrine chromaffin cells that also synthesize the catecholamines and neuropeptide Y...
May 22, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531297/mechanisms-of-kappa-opioid-receptor-potentiation-of-dopamine-d2-receptor-function-in-quinpirole-induced-locomotor-sensitization-in-rats
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Angélica P Escobar, Marcela P González, Rodrigo C Meza, Verónica Noches, Pablo Henny, Katia Gysling, Rodrigo A España, José A Fuentealba, María E Andrés
Background: Increased locomotor activity in response to the same stimulus is an index of behavioral sensitization observed in preclinical models of drug addiction and compulsive behaviors. Repeated administration of Quinpirole (QNP), a D2/D3 dopamine agonist, induces locomotor sensitization. This effect is potentiated and accelerated by co-administration of U69593, a kappa opioid receptor agonist (KOR). The mechanism underlying KOR potentiation of QNP-induced locomotor sensitization remains to be elucidated...
May 22, 2017: International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531263/in-vivo-dynamics-of-the-cortical-actin-network-revealed-by-fast-scanning-atomic-force-microscopy
#14
Yanshu Zhang, Aiko Yoshida, Nobuaki Sakai, Yoshitsugu Uekusa, Masahiro Kumeta, Shige H Yoshimura
Together with lamellipodia and stress fibers, a dynamic network of actin filaments in the cell cortex plays a major role in the maintenance of cell morphology and motility. In contrast to lamellipodia, which have been well studied in various motile cells, the dynamics of actin filaments in the cell cortex have not yet been clarified due to a lack of proper imaging techniques. Here, we utilized high-speed atomic force microscopy for live-cell imaging and analyzed cortical actin dynamics in living cells. We successfully measured the polymerization rate and the frequency of filament synthesis in living COS-7 cells, and examined the associated effects of various inhibitors and actin-binding proteins...
May 20, 2017: Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531190/real-time-cell-toxicity-profiling-of-tox21-10k-compounds-reveals-cytotoxicity-dependent-toxicity-pathway-linkage
#15
Jui-Hua Hsieh, Ruili Huang, Ja-An Lin, Alexander Sedykh, Jinghua Zhao, Raymond R Tice, Richard S Paules, Menghang Xia, Scott S Auerbach
Cytotoxicity is a commonly used in vitro endpoint for evaluating chemical toxicity. In support of the U.S. Tox21 screening program, the cytotoxicity of ~10K chemicals was interrogated at 0, 8, 16, 24, 32, & 40 hours of exposure in a concentration dependent fashion in two cell lines (HEK293, HepG2) using two multiplexed, real-time assay technologies. One technology measures the metabolic activity of cells (i.e., cell viability, glo) while the other evaluates cell membrane integrity (i.e., cell death, flor). Using glo technology, more actives and greater temporal variations were seen in HEK293 cells, while results for the flor technology were more similar across the two cell types...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531172/experimental-evaluation-of-cryopreservative-solutions-to-maintain-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-infectivity-of-p-berghei-sporozoites
#16
Naresh Singh, Samantha J Barnes, Sandra Kennedy, John H Adams
The rodent malaria parasite Plasmodium berghei is an excellent model organism for laboratory-based experimental evaluation of anti-malarial therapeutics prior to studies with human malaria parasites. The rodent model is especially important for evaluation of pre-erythrocytic (PE) stage therapies, especially as current efforts to develop new PE vaccines and drugs is limited by access to P. falciparum and P. vivax sporozoites. Developing a more effective method for cryopreservation of sporozoites would help improve access to sporozoites for laboratories lacking suitable insectary facilities...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531141/eyes-of-things
#17
Oscar Deniz, Noelia Vallez, Jose L Espinosa-Aranda, Jose M Rico-Saavedra, Javier Parra-Patino, Gloria Bueno, David Moloney, Alireza Dehghani, Aubrey Dunne, Alain Pagani, Stephan Krauss, Ruben Reiser, Martin Waeny, Matteo Sorci, Tim Llewellynn, Christian Fedorczak, Thierry Larmoire, Marco Herbst, Andre Seirafi, Kasra Seirafi
Embedded systems control and monitor a great deal of our reality. While some "classic" features are intrinsically necessary, such as low power consumption, rugged operating ranges, fast response and low cost, these systems have evolved in the last few years to emphasize connectivity functions, thus contributing to the Internet of Things paradigm. A myriad of sensing/computing devices are being attached to everyday objects, each able to send and receive data and to act as a unique node in the Internet. Apart from the obvious necessity to process at least some data at the edge (to increase security and reduce power consumption and latency), a major breakthrough will arguably come when such devices are endowed with some level of autonomous "intelligence"...
May 21, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531113/retrospective-evaluation-of-metformin-and-or-metformin-plus-a-new-polysaccharide-complex-in-treating-severe-hyperinsulinism-and-insulin-resistance-in-obese-children-and-adolescents-with-metabolic-syndrome
#18
Stefano Stagi, Franco Ricci, Martina Bianconi, Maria Amina Sammarco, Giovanna Municchi, Sonia Toni, Lorenzo Lenzi, Alberto Verrotti, Maurizio de Martino
Background: Pharmacological treatment of obesity and glucose-insulin metabolism disorders in children may be more difficult than in adults. Thus, we evaluate the effects of metformin in comparison with metformin plus a polysaccharide complex (Policaptil Gel Retard(®), PGR) on body weight and metabolic parameters in obese children and adolescents with metabolic syndrome (MetS). Patients and methods: We retrospectively collected 129 children and adolescents (67 girls, 62 boys; median age 12.6 years) treated for a minimum of two years with metformin and low glycemic index (LGI) diet...
May 20, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531090/fast-multicolor-photodetection-with-graphene-contacted-p-gase-n-inse-van-der-waals-heterostructures
#19
Faguang Yan, Lixia Zhao, Amalia Patane, Ping'an Hu, Xia Wei, Wengang Luo, Dong Zhang, Quanshan Lv, Qi Feng, Chao Shen, Kai Chang, Laurence Eaves, Kaiyou Wang
The integration of different two-dimensional materials within a multilayer van der Waals (vdW) heterostructure offers a promising technology for high performance opto-electronic devices such as photodetectors and light sources. Here we report on the fabrication and electronic properties of vdW heterojunction diodes composed of the direct band gap layered semiconductors InSe and GaSe and transparent monolayer graphene electrodes. We show that the type II band alignment between the two layered materials and their distinctive spectral response, combined with the short channel length and low electrical resistance of graphene electrodes, enable efficient generation and extraction of photoexcited carriers from the heterostructure even when no external voltage is applied...
May 22, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530893/diabetes-control-during-ramadan-fasting
#20
REVIEW
Raveendran A V, Abdul Hamid Zargar
For diabetic patients, fasting during Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, can cause wide fluctuations in blood sugar levels, posing a medical challenge for patients and physicians and increasing the risk of acute metabolic complications including hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia, diabetic ketoacidosis, dehydration, and thrombosis. Proper patient education, risk stratification, and modification of antidiabetic medications can reduce the risk of complications.
May 2017: Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine
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