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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088651/limitations-in-biexponential-fitting-of-nmr-inversion-recovery-curves
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Mohammed Salman Shazeeb, Christopher H Sotak
NMR relaxation agents have long been employed as contrast agents in MRI. In many cases, the contrast agent is confined to either (i) the vascular and/or extracellular compartment (EC), as is the case with gadolinium(III)-based agents, or (ii) the intracellular compartment (IC), as is the case with manganese(II) ions. The compartmentalization of contrast agents often results in tissue-water (1)H relaxation profiles that are well modeled as biexponential. It has long been recognized that water exchange between compartments modifies the biexponential relaxation parameters (amplitudes and rate constants) from those that would be found in the absence of exchange...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088573/heat-shock-proteins-and-cancer-how-can-nanomedicine-be-harnessed
#2
REVIEW
Félix Sauvage, Samir Messaoudi, Elias Fattal, Gillian Barratt, Juliette Vergnaud-Gauduchon
Heat shock protein (hsp90) is an interesting target for cancer therapy because it is involved in the folding and stabilization of numerous proteins, including many that contribute to the development of cancer. It is part of the chaperone machinery that includes other heat shock proteins (hsp70, hsp27, hsp40) and is mainly localized in the cytosol, although many analogues or isoforms can be found in mitochondrion, endoplasmic reticulum and the cell membrane. Many potential inhibitors of hsp90 have been tested for cancer therapy but their usefulness is limited by their poor solubility in water and their ability to reach the target cells and the correct intracellular compartment...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088406/short-communication-effects-of-vacuum-freeze-drying-on-inactivation-of-cronobacter-sakazakii-atcc29544-in-liquid-media-with-different-initial-inoculum-levels
#3
Rui Jiao, Jina Gao, Xiyan Zhang, Maofeng Zhang, Jiren Chen, Qingping Wu, Jumei Zhang, Yingwang Ye
Vacuum freeze-drying is an important food-processing technology for valid retention of nutrients and bioactive compounds. Cronobacter sakazakii has been reported to be associated with severe infections in neonates through consumption of contaminated powdered infant formula. In this study, effects of vacuum freeze-drying treatment for 12, 24, and 36 h on inactivation of C. sakazakii with different initial inoculum levels in sterile water, tryptic soy broth (TSB), skim milk, and whole milk were determined. Results indicated that the lethality rate of C...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087896/eag-channels-expressed-in-microvillar-photoreceptors-are-unsuited-to-diurnal-vision
#4
Esa-Ville Immonen, Andrew S French, Päivi H Torkkeli, Hongxia Liu, Mikko Vähäsöyrinki, Roman V Frolov
The principles underlying evolutionary selection of ion channels for expression in sensory neurons are unclear. Among species possessing microvillar photoreceptors the major ionic conductances have only been identified in Drosophila melanogaster. In Drosophila depolarization is provided by light-activated TRP channels with a minor contribution from TRPL channels, while repolarization is mediated by sustained voltage-gated K(+) (Kv) channels of the Shab family. Bright light stimulates Shab channels, further restricting depolarization and improving membrane bandwidth...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086911/enhanced-neuroinflammation-mediated-by-dna-methylation-of-the-glucocorticoid-receptor-triggers-cognitive-dysfunction-after-sevoflurane-anesthesia-in-adult-rats-subjected-to-maternal-separation-during-the-neonatal-period
#5
Yangzi Zhu, Yu Wang, Rui Yao, Ting Hao, Junli Cao, He Huang, Liwei Wang, Yuqing Wu
BACKGROUND: Mounting evidence indicates that children who experience abuse and neglect are prone to chronic diseases and premature mortality later in life. One mechanistic hypothesis for this phenomenon is that early life adversity alters the expression or functioning of the glucocorticoid receptor (GR) throughout the course of life and thereby increases sensitivity to inflammatory stimulation. An exaggerated pro-inflammatory response is generally considered to be a key cause of postoperative cognitive dysfunction (POCD)...
January 7, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078254/achyranthes-japonica-nakai-water-extract-suppresses-binding-of-ige-antibody-to-cell-surface-fc%C3%A9-ri
#6
Sun Yup Shim, Mina Lee, Kyung Dong Lee
Achyranthes japonica Nakai (AJN) water extract has a variety of physiological properties, including anti-diabetic, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and anti-oxidative activities. In the present study, the inhibitory effects of AJN extract were investigated in high affinity immunoglobulin E receptor (FcɛRI)-mediated KU812F cells activation. AJN extract showed suppressive effects on histamine release and intracellular calcium [Ca(2+)]i elevation from anti-FcɛRI antibody (CRA-1)-stimulated cells in a dose-dependent manner...
December 2016: Preventive Nutrition and Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073559/characterization-of-total-retinoid-like-activity-of-compounds-produced-by-three-common-phytoplankton-species
#7
Eliška Sychrová, Jana Priebojová, Marie Smutná, Kateřina Nováková, Jiří Kohoutek, Klára Hilscherová
Phytoplankton can produce various bioactive metabolites, which may affect other organisms in the aquatic environment. This study provides the first information on the total retinoid-like activity associated with both intracellular and extracellular metabolites produced by selected phytoplankton species that could play a role in teratogenic effects and developmental disruption in exposed organisms. The studied species included a coccoid cyanobacteria (Microcystis aeruginosa), a filamentous cyanobacteria (Aphanizomenon gracile) and a green alga (Desmodesmus quadricauda), all of which commonly occur in freshwater bodies in Europe...
December 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073534/turbulence-increases-the-risk-of-microcystin-exposure-in-a-eutrophic-lake-lake-taihu-during-cyanobacterial-bloom-periods
#8
Jian Zhou, Boqiang Qin, Xiaoxia Han, Lin Zhu
Toxic cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms (CyanoHABs) have posed serious water use and public health threats because of the toxins they produce, such as the microcystins (MCs). The direct physical effects of turbulence on MCs, however, have not yet been addressed and is still poorly elucidated. In this study, a 6-day mesocosm experiment was carried out to evaluate the effects of wind wave turbulence on the competition of toxic Microcystis and MCs production in highly eutrophicated and turbulent Lake Taihu, China...
May 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073474/challenges-for-mapping-cyanotoxin-patterns-from-remote-sensing-of-cyanobacteria
#9
REVIEW
Richard P Stumpf, Timothy W Davis, Timothy T Wynne, Jennifer L Graham, Keith A Loftin, Thomas H Johengen, Duane Gossiaux, Danna Palladino, Ashley Burtner
Using satellite imagery to quantify the spatial patterns of cyanobacterial toxins has several challenges. These challenges include the need for surrogate pigments - since cyanotoxins cannot be directly detected by remote sensing, the variability in the relationship between the pigments and cyanotoxins - especially microcystins (MC), and the lack of standardization of the various measurement methods. A dual-model strategy can provide an approach to address these challenges. One model uses either chlorophyll-a (Chl-a) or phycocyanin (PC) collected in situ as a surrogate to estimate the MC concentration...
April 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072425/direct-microscale-measurement-of-mouse-oocyte-membrane-permeability-to-water-and-ethylene-glycol-at-subzero-temperatures-using-cryomicroscopy
#10
X Han
:   BACKGROUND: Investigation of cell osmotic behavior at subzero temperatures is of critical importance to the optimization of cooling procedures for cryopreservation. Based on established thermodynamic models, plasma membrane permeability coefficients for water and cryoprotectant agent (CPA) (Lcpa, Pp) and their activation energies (Ea(Lp), Ea(Pcpa)) are essential to predict the change of cell volume and composition of intracellular solutions corresponding to different cooling procedures...
November 2016: Cryo Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071889/enzyme-and-redox-dual-triggered-intracellular-release-from-actively-targeted-polymeric-micelles
#11
Lei Zhang, Yi Wang, Xiaobin Zhang, Xiao Wei, Xiang Xiong, Shaobing Zhou
Highly effective delivery of therapeutic agents into target cells using nanocarriers and subsequently rapid intracellular release are of great importance in cancer treatment. Here, we developed an enzyme and redox dual-responsive polymeric micelle with active targeting abilities to achieve rapid intracellular drug release. To overcome both its poor solubility in water and instability in the blood circulation, camptothecin (CPT) was chemically conjugated to monomethyl poly(ethylene glycol) (mPEG) via a redox-responsive linker to form polymeric prodrugs...
January 10, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068608/designing-of-carbon-based-fluorescent-nanosea-urchin-via-green-synthesis-approach-for-live-cell-detection-of-zinc-oxide-nanoparticle
#12
Raksha Choudhary, Santanu Patra, Rashmi Madhuri, Prashant K Sharma
The present work reports an eco-friendly and economic method for the preparation of different shaped (spherical, rod, and sea-urchin) heteroatom-doped fluorescent carbon nanoparticles (CNPs) by a unique combination of sonochemical, microwave and hydrothermal approach. Not only in terms of chemical, herein, we used the green precursors i.e. six members from solonaceae family for the synthesis of CNPs. Among the various shapes of CNPs, the sea-urchin shape CNPs (SU-CNPs) shows the high product and quantum yield with good photostability, excellent water dispersibility, narrow size distribution and high storage ability...
December 31, 2016: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068143/adaptations-to-excess-choline-in-insulin-resistant-and-pcyt2-deficient-skeletal-muscle
#13
Adrian Taylor, Laila Cigana Schenkel, Maiya Yokich, Marica Bakovic
It was hypothesized that choline supplementation in insulin resistant (IR) CTP:phosphoethanolamine cytidylyltransferase deficient (Pcyt2(+/-)) mice would ameliorate muscle function by remodeling glucose and fatty acid (FA) metabolism. Pcyt2(+/-) mice either received no treatment or were allowed access to 2 mg/mL choline in drinking water for 4 weeks. Skeletal muscle was harvested from choline treated and untreated mice. Lipid analysis and metabolic gene expression and signaling pathways were compared between untreated Pcyt2(+/-) mice, treated Pcyt2(+/-) mice, and Pcyt2(+/+) mice...
September 6, 2016: Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Biochimie et Biologie Cellulaire
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066141/dehydroevodiamine%C3%A2-hcl-enhances-cognitive-function-in-memory-impaired-rat-models
#14
Ki Young Shin, Ka Young Kim, Yoo-Hun Suh
Progressive memory impairment such as that associated with depression, stroke, and Alzheimer's disease (AD) can interfere with daily life. In particular, AD, which is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder, prominently features a memory and learning impairment that is related to changes in acetylcholine and abnormal β-amyloid (Aβ) deposition in the brain. In the present study, we investigated the effects of dehydroevodiamine·HCl (DHED) on cognitive improvement and the related mechanism in memory-impaired rat models, namely, a scopolamine-induced amnesia model and a Aβ1-42-infused model...
January 2017: Korean Journal of Physiology & Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064505/cisplatin-stitched-polysaccharide-vesicles-for-synergistic-cancer-therapy-of-triple-antagonistic-drugs
#15
Nilesh Umakant Deshpande, Manickam Jayakannan
New cisplatin-stitched polysaccharide vesicular nanocarrier is developed for combination therapy of three clinical important antagonistic drugs together to accomplish synergistic cancer therapy in breast cancer treatment. Carboxylic functionalized dextran was tailor-made for the chemical conjugation of cisplatin, and a renewable hydrophobic unit was anchored in the backbone to interdigitize the chains to self-assemble as cisplatin-stitched polysaccharide nanovesicles. Water-soluble DNA-intercalating drug doxorubicin·HCl (DOX) and water insoluble topoisomerase type I inhibitor drug camptothecin (CPT) were encapsulated in these vesicles to produce dual or triple drug-loaded vesicular nanocarrier...
January 9, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063504/the-metabolite-beta-aminoisobutyric-acid-and-physical-inactivity-among-hemodialysis-patients
#16
Alessio Molfino, Maria Ida Amabile, Thomas Ammann, Alessio Farcomeni, Luana Lionetto, Maurizio Simmaco, Silvia Lai, Alessandro Laviano, Filippo Rossi Fanelli, Maria Grazia Chiappini, Maurizio Muscaritoli
OBJECTIVE: Physical inactivity is frequent in patients on hemodialysis (HD), and represents a reliable predictor of morbidity and mortality. Beta-aminoisobutyric acid (BAIBA) is a contraction-induced myokine, the plasma levels of which increase with exercise and are inversely associated with metabolic risk factors. The aim of this study was to ascertain whether physical inactivity and clinical parameters relate to plasma BAIBA levels in this patient population. METHODS: Adult patients on HD were included, and the presence of physical inactivity was assessed...
February 2017: Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060726/immunogenic-cancer-cell-death-selectively-induced-by-near-infrared-photoimmunotherapy-initiates-host-tumor-immunity
#17
Mikako Ogawa, Yusuke Tomita, Yuko Nakamura, Min-Jung Lee, Sunmin Lee, Saori Tomita, Tadanobu Nagaya, Kazuhide Sato, Toyohiko Yamauchi, Hidenao Iwai, Abhishek Kumar, Timothy Haystead, Hari Shroff, Peter L Choyke, Jane B Trepel, Hisataka Kobayashi
Immunogenic cell death (ICD) is a form of cell death that activates an adaptive immune response against dead-cell-associated antigens. Cancer cells killed via ICD can elicit antitumor immunity. ICD is efficiently induced by near-infrared photo-immunotherapy (NIR-PIT) that selectively kills target-cells on which antibody-photoabsorber conjugates bind and are activated by NIR light exposure. Advanced live cell microscopies showed that NIR-PIT caused rapid and irreversible damage to the cell membrane function leading to swelling and bursting, releasing intracellular components due to the influx of water into the cell...
January 2, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059515/fusogenic-liposomes-as-nano-carriers-for-delivery-of-intracellular-proteins
#18
Sarah Kube, Nils Hersch, Elena Naumovska, Thomas Gensch, Johnny Hendriks, Arne Franzen, Lisa Landvogt, Jan-Peter Siebrasse, Ulrich Kubitscheck, Bernd Hoffmann, Rudolf Merkel, Agnes Csiszár
Direct delivery of proteins and peptides into living mammalian cells has been accomplished using phospholipid liposomes as carrier particles. Such liposomes are usually taken up via endocytosis where the main part of their cargo is degraded in lysosomes before reaching its destination. Here, fusogenic liposomes, a newly developed molecular carrier system, were used for protein delivery. When such liposomes were loaded with water-soluble proteins and brought into contact with mammalian cells, the liposomal membrane efficiently fused with the cellular plasma membrane delivering the liposomal content into the cytoplasm without degradation...
January 6, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057718/calcium-mediated-oxidative-stress-a-common-mechanism-in-tight-junction-disruption-by-different-types-of-cellular-stress
#19
Ruchika Gangwar, Avtar Meena, Pradeep Shukla, Archana Nagaraja, Piotr Dorniak, Sandeep Pallikuth, Christopher Waters, Anil Sood, Radhakrishna Rao
The role of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in osmotic stress, dextran sulfate sodium (DSS) and cyclic stretch-induced tight junction disruption was investigated in Caco-2 cell monolayers in vitro , and restraint stress-induced barrier dysfunction in mouse colon in vivo Live cell imaging showed that osmotic stress, cyclic stretch and DSS triggered rapid production of ROS in Caco-2 cell monolayers, which was blocked by depletion of intracellular Ca(2+) by BAPTA. Knockdown of CaV1.3 or TRPV6 channels blocked osmotic stress and DSS-induced ROS production and attenuated tight junction disruption and barrier dysfunction...
January 5, 2017: Biochemical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054762/in-situ-growth-of-self-assembled-protein-polymer-nanovesicles-for-enhanced-intracellular-protein-delivery
#20
Xinyu Liu, Weiping Gao
We report a new and general method, in situ growth, for designing self-assembled protein-polymer nanovesicles for intracellular protein delivery. In situ polymerization of a water-soluble monomer from a protein attached with a polymerization initiator yields amphiphilic protein conjugates of a water-insoluble polymer. These conjugates can in situ self-assemble into nanostructures with tunable morphologies from spheres to vesicles. Interestingly, an exogenous protein can be in situ encapsulated inside protein-polymer nanovesicles for enhanced intracellular protein delivery...
January 5, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
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