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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335550/preparation-of-biodegradable-and-elastic-poly-%C3%AE%C2%B5-caprolactone-co-lactide-copolymers-and-evaluation-as-a-localized-and-sustained-drug-delivery-carrier
#1
Ji Hoon Park, Bo Keun Lee, Seung Hun Park, Mal Geum Kim, Jin Woo Lee, Hye Yun Lee, Hai Bang Lee, Jae Ho Kim, Moon Suk Kim
To develop a biodegradable polymer possessing elasticity and flexibility, we synthesized MPEG-b-(PCL-co-PLA) copolymers (PCxLyA), which display specific rates of flexibility and elasticity. We synthesize the PCxLyA copolymers by ring-opening polymerization of ε-caprolactone and l-lactide. PCxLyA copolymers of various compositions were synthesized with 500,000 molecular weight. The PCxLyA copolymers mechanical properties were dependent on the mole ratio of the ε-caprolactone and l-lactide components. Cyclic tensile tests were carried out to investigate the resistance to creep of PCxLyA specimens after up to 20 deformation cycles to 50% elongation...
March 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335495/brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-loaded-ps80-pbca-nanocarrier-for-in-vitro-neural-differentiation-of-mouse-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
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Chiu-Yen Chung, Martin Hsiu-Chu Lin, I-Neng Lee, Tsong-Hai Lee, Ming-Hsueh Lee, Jen-Tsung Yang
Brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) can induce neural differentiation in stem cells and has the potential for repair of the nervous system. In this study, a polysorbate 80-coated polybutylcyanoacrylate nanocarrier (PS80 PBCA NC) was constructed to deliver plasmid DNAs (pDNAs) containing BDNF gene attached to a hypoxia-responsive element (HRE-cmvBDNF). The hypoxia-sensing mechanism of BDNF expression and inductiveness of the nano-formulation on mouse induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) to differentiate into neurons following hypoxia was tested in vitro with immunofluorescent staining and Western blotting...
March 19, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335368/shape-evolution-of-hierarchical-w18o49-nanostructures-a-systematic-investigation-of-the-growth-mechanism-properties-and-morphology-dependent-photocatalytic-activities
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Guojuan Hai, Jianfeng Huang, Liyun Cao, Yanni Jie, Jiayin Li, Xing Wang
Hierarchical tungsten oxide assemblies such as spindle-like structures, flowers with sharp petals, nanowires and regular hexagonal structures are successfully synthesized via a solvothermal reduction method by simply adjusting the reaction conditions. On the basis of the experimental results, it is determined that the reaction time significantly influences the phase transition, microstructure and photocatalytic activity of the prepared samples. The possible mechanisms for the morphology evolution process have been systematically proposed...
December 14, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335270/review-of-recent-developments-on-using-an-off-lattice-monte-carlo-approach-to-predict-the-effective-thermal-conductivity-of-composite-systems-with-complex-structures
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REVIEW
Feng Gong, Hai M Duong, Dimitrios V Papavassiliou
Here, we present a review of recent developments for an off-lattice Monte Carlo approach used to investigate the thermal transport properties of multiphase composites with complex structure. The thermal energy was quantified by a large number of randomly moving thermal walkers. Different modes of heat conduction were modeled in appropriate ways. The diffusive heat conduction in the polymer matrix was modeled with random Brownian motion of thermal walkers within the polymer, and the ballistic heat transfer within the carbon nanotubes (CNTs) was modeled by assigning infinite speed of thermal walkers in the CNTs...
July 30, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335266/synthesis-of-p-co%C3%A2-o%C3%A2-n-tio%C3%A2-nanoparticles-for-overall-water-splitting-under-visible-light-irradiation
#5
Qiang Zhang, Zhenyin Hai, Aoqun Jian, Hongyan Xu, Chenyang Xue, Shengbo Sang
p-Co₃O₄/n-TiO₂ nanoparticles (~400 nm) for photocatalysis were prepared via carbon assisted method and sol-gel method in this work. The paper also studied the application of visible light illuminated p-Co₃O₄/n-TiO₂ nanocomposites cocatalyst to the overall pure water splitting into H₂ and O₂. In addition, the H₂ evolution rate of the p-Co₃O₄/n-TiO₂ nanocomposites is 25% higher than that of the pure Co₃O₄ nanoparticles. Besides, according to the results of the characterizations, the scheme of visible light photocatalytic water splitting is proposed, the Co₃O₄ of the nanocomposites is excited by visible light, and the photo-generated electrons and holes existing on the conduction band of Co₃O₄ and valence band of TiO₂ have endowed the photocatalytic evolution of H₂ and O₂ with higher efficiency...
July 27, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334815/gcn5-mediated-rph1-acetylation-regulates-its-autophagic-degradation-under-dna-damage-stress
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Feng Li, Liang-De Zheng, Xin Chen, Xiaolu Zhao, Scott D Briggs, Hai-Ning Du
Histone modifiers regulate proper cellular activities in response to various environmental stress by modulating gene expression. In budding yeast, Rph1 transcriptionally represses many DNA damage or autophagy-related gene expression. However, little is known how Rph1 is regulated during these stress conditions. Here, we report that Rph1 is degraded upon DNA damage stress conditions. Notably, this degradation occurs via the autophagy pathway rather than through 26S proteasome proteolysis. Deletion of ATG genes or inhibition of vacuole protease activity compromises Rph1 turnover...
February 21, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334669/distribution-and-sea-to-air-flux-of-isoprene-in-the-east-china-sea-and-the-south-yellow-sea-during-summer
#7
Jian-Long Li, Hong-Hai Zhang, Gui-Peng Yang
Spatial distribution and sea-to-air flux of isoprene in the East China Sea and the South Yellow Sea in July 2013 were investigated. This study is the first to report the concentrations of isoprene in the China marginal seas. Isoprene concentrations in the surface seawater during summer ranged from 32.46 to 173.5 pM, with an average of 83.62 ± 29.22 pM. Distribution of isoprene in the study area was influenced by the diluted water from the Yangtze River, which stimulated higher in-situ phytoplankton production of isoprene rather than direct freshwater input...
March 20, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334643/dual-tail-approach-to-discovery-of-novel-carbonic-anhydrase-ix-inhibitors-by-simultaneously-matching-the-hydrophobic-and-hydrophilic-halves-of-the-active-site
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Zhuang Hou, Bin Lin, Yu Bao, Hai-Ning Yan, Miao Zhang, Xiao-Wei Chang, Xin-Xin Zhang, Zi-Jie Wang, Gao-Fei Wei, Mao-Sheng Cheng, Yang Liu, Chun Guo
Dual-tail approach was employed to design novel Carbonic Anhydrase (CA) IX inhibitors by simultaneously matching the hydrophobic and hydrophilic halves of the active site, which also contains a zinc ion as part of the catalytic center. The classic sulfanilamide moiety was used as the zinc binding group. An amino glucosamine fragment was chosen as the hydrophilic part and a cinnamamide fragment as the hydrophobic part in order to draw favorable interactions with the corresponding halves of the active site. In comparison with sulfanilamide which is largely devoid of the hydrophilic and hydrophobic interactions with the two halves of the active site, the compounds so designed and synthesized in this study showed 1000-fold improvement in binding affinity...
March 16, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334524/suppression-of-lithium-dendrite-formation-by-using-lagp-peo-litfsi-composite-solid-electrolyte-and-lithium-metal-anode-modified-by-peo-litfsi-in-all-solid-state-lithium-batteries
#9
Chunhua Wang, Yifu Yang, Xingjiang Liu, Hai Zhong, Han Xu, Zhibin Xu, Huixia Shao, Fei Ding
The formation of lithium dendrites is suppressed using a Li1.5Al0.5Ge1.5(PO4)3-poly(ethylene oxide) (LAGP-PEO) composite solid electrolyte and a PEO (lithium bis(trifluoromethane)sulfonimide) [PEO (LiTFSI)] modified lithium metal anode in all-solid-state lithium batteries. The effects on the anode performance of the PEO content in the composite solid electrolyte and the molecular weight of PEO used to modify the Li anode are studied. The structure, surface morphology, and stability of the composite solid electrolyte are examined by X-ray diffraction spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy and electrochemical tests...
March 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334183/comparative-transcriptional-analysis-of-the-host-specialized-aphids-aphis-gossypii-hemiptera-aphididae
#10
Yuan-Chen Zhang, Hai-Xia Lei, Ning-Hui Miao, Xiang-Dong Liu
Host specialization is an ubiquitous character in aphid populations. Many polyphagous aphid populations usually consist of several subpopulations that have strong fidelity to a specific host or a subset of host range. Host specialization is an evolutional result of food habit of insects. However, genetic basis and molecular mechanism of host specialization are still unclear. In this study, we presented a comparative analysis on global gene expression profiles of three lineages of Aphis gossypii Glover: cotton-specialized (CO), cucurbit-specialized (CU), and CU reared on cowpea (CU-cowpea), using RNA-Seq method...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334172/evaluation-of-neoseiulus-barkeri-acari-phytoseiidae-for-control-of-eotetranychus-kankitus-acari-tetranychidae
#11
Ya-Ying Li, Ming-Xiu Liu, Hai-Wei Zhou, Chuan-Bei Tian, Guo-Hao Zhang, Yi-Qing Liu, Huai Liu, Jin-Jun Wang
Eotetranychus kankitus Ehara (Acari: Tetranychidae) is an important pest in Chinese citrus orchards. In the present study, we aimed to evaluate the potential of Neoseiulus barkeri (Hughes) (Acari: Phytoseiidae) for the biological control of E. kankitus. A two-sex life table of E. kankitus and N. barkeri was constructed to estimate development and fecundity. The functional response and stage-specific predation rate were analyzed to evaluate predation capacity. In addition, a timing model was used to project populations of E...
March 3, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334141/distribution-of-antimicrobial-resistance-determinants-virulence-associated-factors-and-crispr-loci-in-isolates-of-enterococcus-faecalis-from-various-settings-and-genetic-lineages
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Iwona Gawryszewska, Katarzyna Malinowska, Alicja Kuch, Dorota Chrobak-Chmiel, Lucja Laniewska-Trokenheim, Waleria Hryniewicz, Ewa Sadowy
Enterococcus faecalis represents an important factor of hospital-associated infections (HAIs). The knowledge on its evolution from a commensal to an opportunistic pathogen is still limited, thus we performed a study to characterize distribution of factors that may contribute to this adaptation. Using a collection obtained from various settings (hospitalized patients, community carriers, animals, fresh food, sewage, water) we investigated differences in antimicrobial susceptibility, distribution of antimicrobial resistance genes, virulence-associated determinants and phenotypes, and CRISPR loci in the context of the clonal relatedness of isolates...
March 1, 2017: Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332769/oleanane-type-saponins-from-glochidion-hirsutum-and-their-cytotoxic-activities
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Nguyen Van Thang, Vu Kim Thu, Nguyen Xuan Nhiem, Duong Thi Dung, Tran Hong Quang, Bui Huu Tai, Hoang Le Tuan Anh, Pham Hai Yen, Nguyen Thi Thanh Ngan, Nguyen Huy Hoang, Phan Van Kiem
Five new oleanane-type saponins, hirsutosides A-E, were isolated from the leaves of Glochidion hirsutum (Roxb.) Voigt. Their structures were elucidated as 21β-benzoyloxy-3β,16β,23,28-tetrahydroxyolean-12-ene 3-O-β-D-glucopyranoside (1), 21β-benzoyloxy-3β,16β,23,28-tetrahydroxyolean-12-ene 3-O-β-D-glucopyranosyl-(1→3)-β-D-glucopyranoside (2), 21β-benzoyloxy-3β,16β,23,28-tetrahydroxyolean-12-ene 3-O-6-acetyl-[β-D-glucopyranosyl-(1→3)]-β-D-glucopyranoside (3), 21β-benzoyloxy-3β,16β,23,28-tetrahydroxyolean-12-ene 3-O-β-D-glucopyranosyl-(1→3)-α-L-arabinopyranoside (4), and 21β-benzoyloxy-3β,16β,23-trihydroxyolean-12-ene-28-al 3-O-β-D-glucopyranosyl-(1→3)-α-L-arabinopyranoside (5)...
March 23, 2017: Chemistry & Biodiversity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332768/separation-of-caffeoylquinic-acids-and-flavonoids-from-asteris-souliei-by-high-performance-counter-current-chromatography-and-their-anti-inflammatory-activity-in-vitro
#14
Qiang Zhang, He-Ying Pei, Kai Chen, Huan Tang, Bo Wu, Ming-Hai Tang, Ai-Hua Peng, Hao-Yu Ye, Li-Juan Chen
Eleven compounds were successfully separated from Asteris souliei by using a two-step high-performance counter-current chromatography method. The first step involved a reversed phase isocratic counter-current chromatography separation using hexane/ethyl acetate/methanol/water (1:0.8:1:1 v/v), which produced three fractions, the first two of which were mixtures. The second step used step-gradient reversed-phase counter-current chromatography with hexane/butanol/ethyl acetate/methanol/water (1:0.5:3.5:1:4 v/v) initially followed by hexane/ethyl acetate/methanol/water (1:2:1:2 v/v) to separate Fraction 1 into seven compounds; and hexane/ethyl acetate/methanol/water (1:1:1:1...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Separation Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332670/high-temperature-structural-phase-transition-coupled-with-dielectric-switching-in-an-organic-inorganic-hybrid-crystal-nh3-ch2-2br-3cdbr5
#15
Hai-Peng Chen, Zhong-Xia Wang, Cheng Chen, Yang Lu, Zi Yin, Xiao-Fen Sun, Da-Wei Fu
Molecular bistable switches (electrical switches "ON" and "OFF") represent a class of highly desirable intelligent materials due to their sensitive switchable responses, simple and environmentally friendly processing, light weight, and mechanical flexibility. In particular, these switches above room temperature with potential practical application are rarely reported. In this work, a new zigzag chained organic-inorganic hybrid compound [NH3(CH2)2Br]3CdBr5 (1), which displays rapidly sensitive dielectric switching reversibility and remarkable switching antifatigue, has been successfully synthesized...
March 23, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332438/quantitative-structure-activity-relationship-analysis-and-virtual-screening-studies-for-identifying-hdac2-inhibitors-from-known-hdac-bioactive-chemical-libraries
#16
H Pham-The, G Casañola-Martin, K Diéguez-Santana, N Nguyen-Hai, N T Ngoc, L Vu-Duc, H Le-Thi-Thu
Histone deacetylases (HDAC) are emerging as promising targets in cancer, neuronal diseases and immune disorders. Computational modelling approaches have been widely applied for the virtual screening and rational design of novel HDAC inhibitors. In this study, different machine learning (ML) techniques were applied for the development of models that accurately discriminate HDAC2 inhibitors form non-inhibitors. The obtained models showed encouraging results, with the global accuracy in the external set ranging from 0...
March 2017: SAR and QSAR in Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332173/combined-ultrasound-with-fenton-treatment-for-the-degradation-of-carcinogenic-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons-in-textile-dying-sludge
#17
Jian-Hao Zhang, Hai-Yuan Zou, Xun-An Ning, Mei-Qing Lin, Chang-Min Chen, Tai-Cheng An, Jian Sun
To develop an effective method to remove the toxic and carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (CPAHs) from textile dyeing sludge, five CPAHs were selected to investigate the degradation efficiencies using ultrasound combined with Fenton process (US/Fenton). The results showed that the synergistic effect of the US/Fenton process on the degradation of CPAHs in textile dyeing sludge was significant with the synergy degree of 30.4. During the US/Fenton process, low ultrasonic density showed significant advantage in degrading the CPAHs in textile dyeing sludge...
March 22, 2017: Environmental Geochemistry and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331495/development-and-in-vitro-evaluation-of-liposomes-using-soy-lecithin-to-encapsulate-paclitaxel
#18
Thi Lan Nguyen, Thi Hiep Nguyen, Dai Hai Nguyen
The formulation of a potential delivery system based on liposomes (Lips) formulated from soy lecithin (SL) for paclitaxel (PTX) was achieved (PTX-Lips). At first, PTX-Lips were prepared by thin film method using SL and cholesterol and then were characterized for their physiochemical properties (particle size, polydispersity index, zeta potential, and morphology). The results indicated that PTX-Lips were spherical in shape with a dynamic light scattering (DLS) particle size of 131 ± 30.5 nm. Besides, PTX was efficiently encapsulated in Lips, 94...
2017: International Journal of Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331388/review-of-the-chinese-leucospidae-hymenoptera-chalcidoidea
#19
Xin-Hai Ye, Cornelis van Achterberg, Qi Yue, Zai-Fu Xu
The Chinese fauna of the family Leucospidae (Hymenoptera, Chalcidoidea) is reviewed and illustrated for the first time. Twelve species of Leucospis Fabricius, 1775 are recorded; of which two species are new to science: Leucospis aequidentatasp. n. and Leucospis shaanxiensissp. n. and one species is reported new for China: Leucospis intermedia Illiger, 1807. An identification key to Chinese species is included. A lectotype is designated for Leucospis aurantiaca Shestakov, 1923.
2017: ZooKeys
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331310/codelivery-of-doxorubicin-and-triptolide-with-reduction-sensitive-lipid-polymer-hybrid-nanoparticles-for-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-synergistic-cancer-treatment
#20
Bo Wu, Shu-Ting Lu, Liu-Jie Zhang, Ren-Xi Zhuo, Hai-Bo Xu, Shi-Wen Huang
Codelivery is a promising strategy to overcome the limitations of single chemotherapeutic agents in cancer treatment. Despite progress, codelivery of two or more different functional drugs to increase anticancer efficiency still remains a challenge. Here, reduction-sensitive lipid-polymer hybrid nanoparticles (LPNPs) drug delivery system composed of monomethoxy-poly(ethylene glycol)-S-S-hexadecyl (mPEG-S-S-C16), soybean lecithin, and poly(D,L-lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) was used for codelivery of doxorubicin (DOX) and a Chinese herb extract triptolide (TPL)...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
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