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Free light chains

Jiajia Li, Chunlai Ding, Zhengbiao Zhang, Xiangqiang Pan, Na Li, Jian Zhu, Xiulin Zhu
Butyl acrylate is polymerized in the living way under the irradiation of purple light-emitting diode (LED) or sunlight without photocatalyst at ambient temperature. 2-((Phenoxycarbonothioyl)thio) ethyl propanoate) is exclusively added and acted as an initiator and a chain transfer agent simultaneously in the current system. Poly(butyl acrylate) with well-regulated molecular weight and relatively narrow molecular weight distribution (Ð < 1.30) is synthesized. High conversion (>95%) can be achieved within several minutes...
October 21, 2016: Macromolecular Rapid Communications
P K Prasanth Kumar, T Jeyarani, A G Gopala Krishna
Phytonutrients retained palm olein (PRPOL) was prepared and blended into butterfat at different ratios. The physicochemical characteristics and the phytonutrient composition of blends, as well as its utilization in the preparation of functional chocolate spread were evaluated. The results showed that the redness, yellowness, slip melting point, free fatty acids, peroxide value, iodine value, unsaponifiable matter, diacylglycerol and monoacylglycerol increased while lightness, saponification value, and triacylglycerol significantly decreased upon incorporation of increased quantities of PRPOL into butterfat...
July 2016: Journal of Food Science and Technology
P Fabbrini, K Finkel, M Gallieni, G Capasso, M Cavo, A Santoro, S Pasquali
Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a frequent complication of multiple myeloma and is associated with increased short-term mortality. Additionally, even a single episode of AKI can eventually lead to end-stage renal disease (ESRD), significantly reducing quality of life and long-term survival. In the setting of multiple myeloma, severe AKI (requiring dialysis) is typically secondary to cast nephropathy (CN). Renal injury in CN is due to intratubular obstruction from precipitation of monoclonal serum free light chains (sFLC) as well as direct tubular toxicity of sFLC via stimulation of nuclear factor (NF)κB inflammatory pathways...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Nephrology
Ping Chen, Fei-Mi Li, Yu-Fu Zhou, Christopher Qian, Juan Li, Li-Rong Jiang, Zhong-Ming Qian
BACKGROUND: The antioxidant properties of alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) are associated with its ability to reduce iron in cells and tissues, which is partly due to its inhibiting effect on iron uptake from transferrin and its promoting effect on iron deposition into ferritin. However, the relevant mechanisms are unknown. METHODS: We therefore investigated the effects of ALA on the expression of transferrin receptor 1 (TfR1), divalent metal transporter 1 (DMT1), ferroportin 1 (Fpn1) and ferritin in BV-2 microglia cells...
September 11, 2016: Pharmacological Reports: PR
Hyunbum Kang, Wonho Lee, Jiho Oh, Taesu Kim, Changyeon Lee, Bumjoon J Kim
All-polymer solar cells (all-PSCs), consisting of conjugated polymers as both electron donor (PD) and acceptor (PA), have recently attracted great attention. Remarkable progress has been achieved during the past few years, with power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) now approaching 8%. In this Account, we first discuss the major advantages of all-PSCs over fullerene-polymer solar cells (fullerene-PSCs): (i) high light absorption and chemical tunability of PA, which affords simultaneous enhancement of both the short-circuit current density (JSC) and the open-circuit voltage (VOC), and (ii) superior long-term stability (in particular, thermal and mechanical stability) of all-PSCs due to entangled long PA chains...
October 18, 2016: Accounts of Chemical Research
Peizhu Tan, Huan Liang, Junhui Nie, Yan Diao, Qi He, Baoyu Hou, Tingting Zhao, Hui Huang, Yanze Li, Xu Gao, Lingyun Zhou, Ying Liu
BACKGROUND: Alcoholic fatty liver disease (AFLD) defines an important stage in the progression of alcoholic liver disease (ALD), which is a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. OBJECTIVE: To establish a mouse model of AFLD. METHODS: Male C57BL/6 mice were divided into the following two groups: (i) a control group, which was allowed free access to food and water and (ii) an alcohol-treated group, which was administered a 15% (v/v) alcohol solution instead of water...
October 14, 2016: American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Deep Sankar Pal, Haridas Kar, Suhrit Ghosh
Photo-initiated supramolecular polymerization of a naphthalenediimide (NDI-1) derivative containing an ortho-nitrobenzyl (ONB)-protected amide group is demonstrated. In a hydrocarbon solvent (methylcyclohexane), it remains as monomer. Upon photo-irradiation, deprotection of the ONB group produces NDI-2 with a free amide group, which drives supramolecular polymerization by self-complementary H-bonding between the amide groups, leading to gelation. The polymerization rate can be controlled by tuning the energy of the light source...
October 13, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
Carsten Paul Bramlage, Britta Froelich, Manuel Wallbach, Joan Minguet, Clemens Grupp, Cornelia Deutsch, Peter Bramlage, Michael Koziolek, Gerhard Anton Müller
In patients with rheumatic diseases, reliable markers for determining disease activity are scarce. One potential parameter is the level of immunoglobulin free light chains (FLCs), which is known to be elevated in the blood of patients with certain rheumatic diseases. Few studies have quantified FLCs in urine, a convenient source of test sample, in patients with different rheumatic diseases. We carried out a retrospective analysis of patients with rheumatic disease attending the University hospital of Goettingen, Germany...
October 12, 2016: Clinical Rheumatology
Christoph Cobet, Jacek Gasiorowski, Reghu Menon, Kurt Hingerl, Stefanie Schlager, Matthew S White, Helmut Neugebauer, N Serdar Sariciftci, Philipp Stadler
Electron-phonon interactions of free charge-carriers in doped pi-conjugated polymers are conceptually described by 1-dimensional (1D) delocalization. Thereby, polaronic transitions fit the 1D-Froehlich model in quasi-confined chains. However, recent developments in conjugated polymers have diversified the backbones to become elaborate heterocylcic macromolecules. Their complexity makes it difficult to investigate the electron-phonon coupling. In this work we resolve the electron-phonon interactions in the ground and doped state in a complex push-pull polymer...
October 12, 2016: Scientific Reports
Thomas Dejoie, Jill Corre, Helene Caillon, Cyrille Hulin, Aurore Perrot, Denis Caillot, Eileen Boyle, Marie-Lorraine Chretien, Jean Fontan, Karim Belhadj, Sabine Brechignac, Olivier Decaux, Laurent Voillat, Philippe Rodon, Olivier Fitoussi, Carla Araujo, Lotfi Benboubker, Charlotte Fontan, Mourad Tiab, Pascal Godmer, Odile Luycx, Olivier Allangba, Jean-Michel Pignon, Jean-Gabriel Fuzibet, Laurence Legros, Anne-Marie Stoppa, Mamoun Dib, Brigitte Pegourie, Frederique Orsini-Piocelle, Lionel Karlin, Bertrand Arnulf, Murielle Roussel, Laurent Garderet, Mohamad Mohty, Nathalie Meuleman, Chantal Doyen, Pascal Lenain, Margaret Macro, Xavier Leleu, Thierry Facon, Philippe Moreau, Michel Attal, Herve Avet-Loiseau
Guidelines for monitoring multiple myeloma patients expressing light chains only (light chain multiple myeloma; LCMM) rely on measurements of the monoclonal protein in urine. Alternatively serum free light chain (sFLC) measurements have better sensitivity over urine methods, however, demonstration that improved sensitivity provides any clinical benefit is lacking. Here we compared the performance of serum and urine measurements in 113 (72κ, 41λ) newly diagnosed LCMM patients enrolled onto the IFM-2009 trial...
October 11, 2016: Blood
Mizuki Endo, Tomoya Fukui, Sung Ho Jung, Shiki Yagai, Masayuki Takeuchi, Kazunori Sugiyasu
The significant contribution of conventional living polymerization to polymer science assures that living supramolecular polymerization will also lead to a variety of novel phenomena and applications. However, the monomer scope still remains limited in terms of the self-assembly energy landscape; a kinetic trap that retards spontaneous nucleation has to be coupled with a supramolecular polymerization pathway, which is challenging to achieve by molecular design. Herein, we report a rational approach to address this issue...
October 11, 2016: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Yi Liu, Nathalie Claes, Bastian Trepka, Sara Bals, Peter R Lang
In this article we report on the synthesis and characterization of a system of colloidal spheres suspended in an aqueous solvent which can be refractive index-matched, thus allowing for investigations of the particle near-wall dynamics by evanescent wave dynamic light scattering at concentrations up to the isotropic to ordered transition and beyond. The particles are synthesized by copolymerization of a fluorinated acrylic ester monomer with a polyethylene-glycol (PEG) oligomer by surfactant free emulsion polymerization...
September 5, 2016: Soft Matter
Mathilde Bayard, Fernando Leal-Calderon, Maud Cansell
The effect of free fatty acids with different chain lengths or unsaturation degree on anhydrous milk fat (AMF) crystallization was evaluated. The impact of esterification was also studied using three triglycerides. Melted blends containing the additives at concentrations lower than 12wt.% were quenched at 25°C and isothermal crystallization was monitored by pulsed low-resolution nuclear magnetic resonance. In parallel, polarized light microscopy was used to observe the microstructure. Compounds based on long chain saturated fatty acids, i...
March 1, 2017: Food Chemistry
Megan Dearnley, Nicholas P Reynolds, Peter Cass, Xiaohu Wei, Shuning Shi, A Aalam Mohammed, Tam Le, Pathiraja Gunatillake, Mark L Tizard, San H Thang, Tracey M Hinton
The translation of siRNA into clinical therapies has been significantly delayed by issues surrounding the delivery of naked siRNA to target cells. Here we investigate siRNA delivery by cationic acrylic polymers developed by Reversible Addition Fragmentation chain Transfer (RAFT) mediated free radical polymerization. We investigated cell uptake and gene silencing of a series of siRNA-star polymer complexes both in the presence and absence of a protein "corona". Using a multidisciplinary approach including quantitative nanoscale mechanical-atomic force microscopy, dynamic light scattering and nanoparticle tracking analysis we have characterized the nanoscale morphology, stiffness and surface charge of the complexes with and without the protein corona...
October 6, 2016: Biomacromolecules
Natalia Ermak, Thao Nguyen-Khoa, Marie-Alexandra Alyanakian
The diagnostics and follow-up of monoclonal gammopathies such as multiple myeloma require precise analysis of the monoclonal component as well as the other immunoglobulins isotypes, which might be limited by the sensitivity of standard laboratory methods. New serum biomarkers were developed for routine practice in the last decades, such as the free light chain assays and more recently the heavy/light chain assay<strike>s</strike>. Studies have shown that serum free light chain measurement was useful in the identification and follow-up of pauci or nonsecretory myeloma, free light-chain multiple myeloma and AL amyloidosis...
October 1, 2016: Annales de Biologie Clinique
Alfredo Gagliardi, Claudio Carbone, Angela Russo, Rosanna Cuccurullo, Anna Lucania, Paola Della Cioppa, Gabriella Misso, Michele Caraglia, Catello Tommasino, Lucia Mastrullo
Monoclonal gammopathies are characterized by serum monoclonal component (MC) plus an intact immunoglobulin and a free light chain (FLC), or a combination of both. The measurement of FLC with Freelite(®) is the standard practice recommended by International Myeloma Working Group guidelines. Recently, Hevylite(®) heavy/light chains (HLC) assays were introduced to specifically target junctional epitopes between the heavy and light chains of intact immunoglobulins, allowing the independent quantification of the involved (MC) and uninvolved (polyclonal immunoglobulin background) HLC isotype...
October 2016: Oncology Letters
Angela Dispenzieri, Giampaolo Merlini
Immunoglobulin light chain amyloidosis (AL) is a rare, complex disease caused by misfolded free light chains produced by a usually small, indolent plasma cell clone. Effective treatments exist that can alter the natural history, provided that they are started before irreversible organ damage has occurred. The cornerstones of the management of AL amyloidosis are early diagnosis, accurate typing, appropriate risk-adapted therapy, tight follow-up, and effective supportive treatment. The suppression of the amyloidogenic light chains using the cardiac biomarkers as guide to choose chemotherapy is still the mainstay of therapy...
2016: Cancer Treatment and Research
Yuuka Fukui, Daiki Sakai, Keiji Fujimoto
We carried out surface-grafting from proteins and their assembling into objects with unique nanostructured materials (nano-objects). To immobilize polymer-initiating sites, amino groups of bovine serum albumin (BSA) were allowed to react with iniferter groups (BSA-i). Then, graft polymerization of N-isopropyl acrylamide (NIPAM) was performed by light-initiated living radical polymerization from immobilized iniferter moieties of BSA-i. The polymer-grafted BSA (BSA-g-PNIPAM) was assembled into nano-objects through the precipitation of PNIPAM graft chains and their sizes and morphologies were tuned by the chain length, the density and the chemical structure of graft polymers in addition to the environmental conditions such as temperature and pH...
September 23, 2016: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
Kimberly A Curtis, Danielle Miller, Paul Millard, Saswati Basu, Ferenc Horkay, Preethi L Chandran
Linear PEI is a cationic polymer commonly used for complexing DNA into nanoparticles for cell-transfection and gene-therapy applications. The polymer has closely-spaced amines with weak-base protonation capacity, and a hydrophobic backbone that is kept unaggregated by intra-chain repulsion. As a result, in solution PEI exhibits multiple buffering mechanisms, and polyelectrolyte states that shift between aggregated and free forms. We studied the interplay between the aggregation and protonation behavior of 2...
2016: PloS One
Kanji Miyazaki, Kenshi Suzuki
Capillary electrophoresis/immunosubtraction (CE/IS) is a simple method for detecting and immunotyping serum or urine monoclonal proteins. To our knowledge, there are no previous reports of the use of CE/IS for characterizing patients with Immunoglobulin light chain (AL) amyloidosis, and there are no convincing data available to compare CE/IS with serum immunofixation electrophoresis (IFE) and free light chain (FLC) assay. The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical utility of CE/IS in patients with AL amyloidosis as a diagnostic accuracy study...
September 28, 2016: Amyloid: the International Journal of Experimental and Clinical Investigation
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