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Min Ma, Fuwei Pi, Jiasheng Wang, Jian Ji, Xiulan Sun
Humans are most likely to be exposed to microcystins (MCs) combined with other water pollutants rather than to individual compounds through the consumption of contaminated drinking water or through recreational activities, such as swimming. However, the combined effects of MC-LR, estradiol (EST), and ractopamine (RAC) have not been extensively researched. The goal of this study was to investigate the combined effects of these compounds. For this purpose, cytotoxicity was evaluated in HepG2 cells treated with single or combined doses of MC-LR, EST, and RAC based on concentration addition (CA), independent action (IA), and Chou-Talalay's combination-index (CI) methods...
October 23, 2016: Chemosphere
Ruoxi Wang, Dongju Zhang, Chengbu Liu
Polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins (PCDDs) and polychlorinated dibenzofurans (PCDFs) are highly toxic to humans and the environment. Developing efficient methods to detect or remove these pollutants is particularly important and urgent. Boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs) with low dimension and high surface-to-volume ratio might be one of promising materials for the adsorption of PCDD/Fs. Here we present a density functional theory (DFT) study on the interaction of the pristine and Ni doped (8,0) single-walled BNNTs with 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD), the most toxic congener among PCDD/F family...
October 21, 2016: Chemosphere
C Guillermo Bueno, Scott N Williamson, Isabel C Barrio, Ágústa Helgadóttir, David S HiK
In tundra ecosystems, bryophytes influence soil processes directly and indirectly through interactions with overstory shrub species. We experimentally manipulated moss cover and measured seasonal soil properties and processes under two species of deciduous shrubs with contrasting canopy structures, Salix planifolia pulchra and Betula glandulosa-nana complex. Soil properties (seasonal temperature, moisture and C:N ratios) and processes (seasonal litter decomposition and soil respiration) were measured over twelve months...
2016: PloS One
Patricio Lopez-Jaramillo
Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are major causes of death and illness worldwide. In recent decades an increased prevalence of CVD mortality has been reported in low-medium income countries, which has been associated with changes in life styles, deficiencies in health systems and the persistence of social inequities.The metabolic syndrome comprises a cluster of cardiometabolic risk factors, with insulin resistance and increased adiposity as its central features. Identifying individuals with metabolic syndrome is important due to its association with an increased risk of coronary heart disease and type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM2)...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Aaron F Cipriano, Amy Sallee, Myla Tayoba, Mayra C Cortez, Alan Lin, Ren-Guo Guan, Zhan-Yong Zhao, Huinan Liu
: Crystalline Mg-Zinc (Zn)-Strontium (Sr) ternary alloys consist of elements naturally present in the human body and provide attractive mechanical and biodegradable properties for a variety of biomedical applications. The first objective of this study was to investigate the degradation and cytocompatibility of four Mg-4Zn-xSr alloys (x = 0.15, 0.5, 1.0, 1.5 wt.%; designated as ZSr41A, B, C, and D respectively) in the direct culture with human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC) in vitro...
October 13, 2016: Acta Biomaterialia
Nicole Niehoff, Alexandra J White, Lauren E McCullough, Susan E Steck, Jan Beyea, Irina Mordukhovich, Jing Shen, Alfred I Neugut, Kathleen Conway, Regina M Santella, Marilie D Gammon
BACKGROUND: Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) have been linked to breast cancer in many, but not all, previous studies. PAHs are lipophilic and stored in fat tissue, which we hypothesized may result in constant low-dose exposure to these carcinogens. No previous studies have evaluated whether obesity modifies associations between multiple measures of PAHs and breast cancer incidence. METHODS: This population-based study included 1,006 postmenopausal women with first primary in situ or invasive breast cancer and 990 age-frequency matched controls...
October 11, 2016: Environmental Research
Karin Kornmueller, Bernhard Lehofer, Claudia Meindl, Eleonore Fröhlich, Gerd Leitinger, Heinz Amenitsch, Ruth Prassl
Self-assembling amphiphilic designer peptides have been successfully applied as nanomaterials in biomedical applications. Understanding molecular interactions at the peptide-membrane interface is crucial, since interactions at this site often determine (in)compatibility. The present study aims to elucidate how model membrane systems of different complexity (in particular single-component phospholipid bilayers and lipoproteins) respond to the presence of amphiphilic designer peptides. We focused on two short anionic peptides, V₄WD₂ and A₆YD, which are structurally similar, but showed a different self-assembly behavior...
October 14, 2016: Biomacromolecules
Prashant Pendyala, Harpreet Singh Grewal, Hong Nam Kim, Il-Joo Cho, Eui-Sung Yoon
Nanoscale patterns have dimensions that are comparable to the length scales affected by intermolecular and surface forces. In this study, we systematically investigated the individual roles of curvature, surface energy, lateral stiffness, material, pattern density on the characteristics of the adhesion and friction of nanopatterns. For this purpose, we used a combination of capillary force lithography and nanodrawing methods to fabricate cylindrical and mushroom-shaped pillars with flat- and round-top morphologies...
October 14, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Xianhui Qin, Jianping Li, J David Spence, Yan Zhang, Youbao Li, Xiaobin Wang, Binyan Wang, Ningling Sun, Fang Chen, Jingxuan Guo, Delu Yin, Liming Sun, Genfu Tang, Mingli He, Jia Fu, Yefeng Cai, Xiuli Shi, Ping Ye, Hong Chen, Shuiping Zhao, Mao Chen, Chuanyu Gao, Xiangqing Kong, Fan Fan Hou, Yining Huang, Yong Huo
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: We sought to determine whether folic acid supplementation can independently reduce the risk of first stroke associated with elevated total cholesterol levels in a subanalysis using data from the CSPPT (China Stroke Primary Prevention Trial), a double-blind, randomized controlled trial. METHODS: A total of 20 702 hypertensive adults without a history of major cardiovascular disease were randomly assigned to a double-blind daily treatment of an enalapril 10-mg and a folic acid 0...
October 11, 2016: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
Sabine Tejpar, Sebastian Stintzing, Fortunato Ciardiello, Josep Tabernero, Eric Van Cutsem, Frank Beier, Regina Esser, Heinz-Josef Lenz, Volker Heinemann
Importance: Metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) is heterogeneous, and primary tumors arising from different regions of the colon are clinically and molecularly distinct. Objective: To examine the prognostic and predictive value of primary tumor location in patients with RAS wild-type (wt) mCRC treated with first-line fluorouracil, leucovorin, and irinotecan (FOLFIRI) plus cetuximab in the Cetuximab Combined With Irinotecan in First-line Therapy for Metastatic Colorectal Cancer (CRYSTAL) trial and FOLFIRI Plus Cetuximab Versus FOLFIRI Plus Bevacizumab as First-Line Treatment For Patients With Metastatic Colorectal Cancer (FIRE-3) trial...
October 10, 2016: JAMA Oncology
Siwar Chibani, Mouheb Chebbi, Sébastien Lebègue, Laurent Cantrel, Michael Badawi
Silver modified zeolites with a mordenite structure can capture volatile iodine compounds (I2 and ICH3) which can be released during a severe nuclear accident. However under these particular conditions, molecules such as CO and H2O present in the containment atmosphere are expected to inhibit the adsorption of iodine compounds. In the present work, periodic density functional theory calculations have been carried out to investigate the interaction of I2, ICH3, H2O and CO molecules in silver-exchanged mordenite with various Si/Al ratios with the aim of finding values that favor a selective adsorption of I2 and ICH3...
September 14, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Malay Patra, Kristof Zarschler, Hans-Jürgen Pietzsch, Holger Stephan, Gilles Gasser
Tumour pretargeting is a promising strategy for cancer diagnosis and therapy allowing for the rational use of long circulating, highly specific monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) for both non-invasive cancer radioimmunodetection (RID) and radioimmunotherapy (RIT). In contrast to conventional RID/RIT where the radionuclides and oncotropic vector molecules are delivered as presynthesised radioimmunoconjugates, the pretargeting approach is a multistep procedure that temporarily separates targeting of certain tumour-associated antigens from delivery of diagnostic or therapeutic radionuclides...
September 27, 2016: Chemical Society Reviews
C Satriano, G Lupo, C Motta, C D Anfuso, P Di Pietro, B Kasemo
Hybrid nanoassemblies of ferritin and silica-supported lipid bilayers (ferritin-SLBs) have been prepared and tested for the adhesion, spreading and proliferation of retinal microvascular endothelial cells (ECs). Lipid membranes with varying surface charge were obtained by mixing cationic 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-glycero-3-ethylphosphocholine (POEPC) with zwitterionic 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (POPC) at increasing POPC/POEPC ratios. The supported bilayer formation and their subsequent interaction processes with ferritin were studied at the pH of 7...
October 4, 2016: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
R Preston Mason, Robert F Jacob, Sandeep Shrivastava, Samuel C R Sherratt, Amitabha Chattopadhyay
Cholesterol crystalline domains characterize atherosclerotic membranes, altering vascular signaling and function. Omega-3 fatty acids reduce membrane lipid peroxidation and subsequent cholesterol domain formation. We evaluated non-peroxidation-mediated effects of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), other TG-lowering agents, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and other long-chain fatty acids on membrane fluidity, bilayer width, and cholesterol domain formation in model membranes. In membranes prepared at 1.5:1 cholesterol-to-phospholipid (C/P) mole ratio (creating pre-existing domains), EPA, glycyrrhizin, arachidonic acid, and alpha linolenic acid promoted the greatest reductions in cholesterol domains (by 65...
October 5, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Xiaohuan Shi, Haijun Gao, Fengying Dai, Xuequan Feng, Wenguang Liu
Our team has previously reported a high strength thermoplastic supramolecular polymer hydrogel. However, the hydrogel required injection temperatures outside the physiological range therefore preventing its use in a living environment. In this article, we reported a thermoresponsive supramolecular copolymer hydrogel p(N-acryloyl glycinamide-co-acrylamide) (PNAGA-PAAm), which can be injected at temperatures within the physiological range. We used rheological measurements to demonstrate that the transition temperature (upper critical solution temperature) of both the moduli and gel-sol could be finely adjusted by controlling both the ratio and concentration of the monomer...
October 18, 2016: Biomaterials Science
Chaoyi Xu, Jinhong Zhu, Wen Fu, Zongwen Liang, Shujie Song, Yuan Zhao, Lihua Lyu, Anqi Zhang, Jing He, Ping Duan
Mouse double minute 4 (MDM4) is a p53-interacting oncoprotein that plays an important role in the p53 tumor suppressor pathway. The common rs4245739 A > C polymorphism creates a miR-191 binding site in the MDM4 gene transcript. Numerous studies have investigated the association between this MDM4 polymorphism and cancer risk, but have failed to reach a definitive conclusion. To address this issue, we conducted a meta-analysis by selecting eligible studies from MEDLINE, EMBASE, and Chinese Biomedical databases...
September 28, 2016: Oncotarget
Sandra Rabaça, Sandrina Oliveira, Isabel C Santos, Vasco Gama, Dulce Belo, Elsa B Lopes, Enric Canadell, Manuel Almeida
Electrocrystallization from solutions of the dissymmetrical ET derivative cyanobenzene-ethylenedithio-tetrathiafulvalene (CNB-EDT-TTF) in the presence of triiodide I3(-) affords two different polymorphs (β″ and κ) with the composition (CNB-EDT-TTF)4I3, both with a bilayer structure of the donors. These polymorphs differ in the packing patterns (β″- and κ-type) of the donor molecules in each layer, in both cases with bifurcated C-N···H interactions effectively coupling head-to-head donor molecules between layer pairs...
October 17, 2016: Inorganic Chemistry
Olga Arkova, Nikita Kuznetsov, Olga Fedorova, Ludmila Savinkova
It is known that only a single-nucleotide substitution (SNP: a single nucleotide polymorphism) in the sequence of a TATA box can influence the affinity of the interaction of TBP with the TATA box and contribute to the pathogenesis of complex hereditary human diseases and sometimes may be a cause of monogenic diseases (for instance, β-thalassemia).. In the present work, we studied the interaction of human TBP with a double-stranded oligodeoxyribonucleotide (ODN) 15 or 26 bp long identical to a TATA box of promoters of a real-life human gene, TPI or LEP, and labeled with fluorophores TAMRA and FAM...
September 25, 2016: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
Stéphane Abel, Nuno Galamba, Esra Karakas, Massimo Marchi, Ward H Thompson, Damien Laage
The structure and dynamics of phospholipid reverse micelles are studied by molecular dynamics. We report all-atom unconstrained simulations of 1,2-dioleoyl-sn-phosphatidylcholine (DOPC) reverse micelles in benzene of increasing sizes, with water-to-surfactant number ratios ranging from W0 = 1 to 16. The aggregation number, i.e., the number of DOPC molecules per reverse micelle, is determined to fit experimental light-scattering measurements of the reverse micelle diameter. The simulated reverse micelles are found to be approximately spherical...
October 4, 2016: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Jizhou Shi, Wanzhen Li, Xiping Ding
BACKGROUND: The protein encoded by ZBTB20 is a member of the POK family, whose members function as transcriptional repressors through interactions mediated by their conserved C2H2 Krüppel-type zinc finger and BTB/POZ domains. Polymorphisms in ZBTB20 appeared to be associated with gastric and esophageal cancer susceptibility in biological models, but the results of these studies were inconclusive. Therefore, we conducted a meta-analysis by pooling all available data to assess the exact association between the ZBTB20 rs9841504 polymorphism and gastric and esophageal cancer susceptibility...
September 9, 2016: International Journal of Biological Markers
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