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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097930/encapsulation-of-sesbania-grandiflora-extract-in-polymeric-micelles-to-enhance-its-solubility-stability-and-antibacterial-activity
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Siriporn Okonogi, Pimporn Anantaworasakul
Clinical applications of Sesbania grandiflora bark extract (SGE) are limited because of its poor water solubility and stability. SGE was loaded in micelles of Pluronics. In vitro and in vivo antibacterial and toxicity tests were investigated using broth dilution and silkworm model. Aqueous solubility of SGE was improved by these micelles. Activity and toxicity of SGE loaded micelles was depended on type and concentration of Pluronics. The micelles composed of 1:3 SGE to Pluronic F68 (SGE-PF68-13) showed small size (24...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Microencapsulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097231/protein-disulfide-isomerase-inhibition-blocks-thrombin-generation-in-humans-by-interfering-with-platelet-factor-v-activation
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Jack D Stopa, Donna Neuberg, Maneka Puligandla, Bruce Furie, Robert Flaumenhaft, Jeffrey I Zwicker
BACKGROUND: Protein disulfide isomerase (PDI) is required for thrombus formation. We previously demonstrated that glycosylated quercetin flavonoids such as isoquercetin inhibit PDI activity and thrombus formation in animal models, but whether extracellular PDI represents a viable anticoagulant target in humans and how its inhibition affects blood coagulation remain unknown. METHODS: We evaluated effects of oral administration of isoquercetin on platelet-dependent thrombin generation in healthy subjects and patients with persistently elevated anti-phospholipid antibodies...
January 12, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095734/entrapment-efficiency-of-pyridoxine-hydrochloride-in-unilamellar-liposomes-experimental-versus-model-generated-data
#3
Heba Abd-El-Azim, Alyaa Ramadan, Noha Nafee, Nawal Khalafallah
The present study investigates the effect of the preparation method (four methods) and formulation additives (propylene glycol (PG) and cholesterol (CH)) on the entrapment efficiency (EE) of pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6 (VB6)), representing hydrophilic water-soluble low permeable vitamins, in unilamellar liposomes. The main aim is to compare determined EE with predicted values generated using a web-published, computational model. Results showed that among the different preparation methods, modified film hydration showed significantly higher EE (p < 0...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Liposome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093469/assembly-of-the%C3%A2-elongated-collagen-prolyl-4-hydroxylase-%C3%AE-2%C3%AE-2-heterotetramer%C3%A2-around-a-central-%C3%AE-2-dimer
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Kristian Koski, Jothi Anantharajan, Petri Kursula, Prathusha Dhavala, Abhinandan Venkatesha Murthy, Ulrich Bergmann, Johanna Myllyharju, Rik K Wierenga
COLLAGEN PROLYL 4-HYDROXYLASE C-P4H, AN Α2Β2 HETEROTETRAMER, IS A CRUCIAL ENZYME FOR COLLAGEN SYNTHESIS THE Α SUBUNIT CONSISTS OF AN N TERMINAL DIMERIZATION DOMAIN, A CENTRAL PEPTIDE-SUBSTRATE-BINDING PSB DOMAIN, AND A C TERMINAL CATALYTIC CAT DOMAIN THE Β SUBUNIT ALSO KNOWN AS PROTEIN DISULFIDE ISOMERASE PDI ACTS AS A CHAPERONE, STABILIZING THE FUNCTIONAL CONFORMATION OF C-P4H C-P4H HAS BEEN STUDIED FOR DECADES, BUT ITS STRUCTURE HAS REMAINED ELUSIVE HERE, WE PRESENT : A THREE-DIMENSIONAL SMALL-ANGLE X-RAY SCATTERING SAXS MODEL OF THE ENTIRE HUMAN C-P4H-I HETEROTETRAMER C-P4H IS AN ELONGATED, BILOBAL, SYMMETRIC MOLECULE WITH A LENGTH OF 290 Å THE DIMERIZATION DOMAINS FROM THE TWO A SUBUNITS FORM A PROTEIN-PROTEIN DIMER INTERFACE, ASSEMBLED AROUND THE CENTRAL ANTIPARALLEL COILED-COIL INTERFACE OF THEIR N TERMINAL Α HELICES THIS REGION FORMS A THIN WAIST IN THE BILOBAL TETRAMER THE TWO PSB/CAT UNITS, EACH COMPLEXED WITH A PDI/Β SUBUNIT, FORM TWO BULKY LOBES POINTING OUTWARD FROM THIS WAIST REGION, SUCH THAT THE PDI/Β SUBUNITS LOCATE AT THE FAR ENDS OF THE ΒΑΑΒ COMPLEX THE PDI/Β SUBUNIT INTERACTS EXTENSIVELY WITH THE CAT DOMAIN THE ASYMMETRIC SHAPE OF TWO TRUNCATED C-P4H-I VARIANTS, ALSO CHARACTERIZED IN THIS STUDY, AGREES WITH THIS ASSEMBLY FURTHERMORE, DATA FROM THESE TRUNCATED VARIANTS SHOW THAT DIMERIZATION BETWEEN THE A SUBUNITS HAS AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN ACHIEVING THE CORRECT PSB-CAT ASSEMBLY COMPETENT FOR CATALYTIC ACTIVITY KINETIC ASSAYS WITH VARIOUS PROLINE-RICH PEPTIDE SUBSTRATES AND INHIBITORS SUGGEST THAT IN THE COMPETENT ASSEMBLY, THE PSB DOMAIN BINDS TO THE PROCOLLAGEN SUBSTRATE DOWNSTREAM FROM THE CAT DOMAIN...
January 16, 2017: Biochemical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090280/in-vitro-activity-of-linezolid-in-combination-with-photodynamic-inactivation-against-staphylococcus-aureus-biofilms
#5
Nasim Kashef, Mahboobeh Akbarizare, Mohammad Reza Razzaghi
BACKGROUND: Biofilm infections are a major challenge in medical practice. Bacteria that live in a biofilm phenotype are more resistant to both antimicrobial therapy and host immune responses compared to their planktonic counterparts. So, there is need for new therapeutic strategies to combat these infections. A promising approach [known as Photodynamic Inactivation (PDI)] to kill bacteria growing as biofilms uses light in combination with a photosensitizer to induce a phototoxic reaction which produces reactive oxygen species that can destroy lipids and proteins causing cell death...
January 2017: Avicenna Journal of Medical Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087725/neurodevelopmental-outcomes-of-extremely-low-birthweight-infants-randomised-to-different-pco2-targets-the-phelbi-follow-up-study
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Ulrich H Thome, Orsolya Genzel-Boroviczeny, Bettina Bohnhorst, Manuel Schmid, Hans Fuchs, Oliver Rohde, Stefan Avenarius, Hans-Georg Topf, Andrea Zimmermann, Dirk Faas, Katharina Timme, Barbara Kleinlein, Horst Buxmann, Wilfried Schenk, Hugo Segerer, Norbert Teig, Annett Bläser, Roland Hentschel, Matthias Heckmann, Rolf Schlösser, Jochen Peters, Rainer Rossi, Wolfgang Rascher, Ralf Böttger, Jürgen Seidenberg, Gesine Hansen, Maria Zernickel, Harald Bode, Jens Dreyhaupt, Rainer Muche, Helmut D Hummler
BACKGROUND: Tolerating higher partial pressures of carbon dioxide (PCO2) in mechanically ventilated extremely low birthweight infants to reduce ventilator-induced lung injury may have long-term neurodevelopmental side effects. This study analyses the results of neurodevelopmental follow-up of infants enrolled in a randomised multicentre trial. METHODS: Infants (n=359) between 400 and 1000 g birth weight and 23 0/7-28 6/7 weeks gestational age who required endotracheal intubation and mechanical ventilation within 24 hours of birth were randomly assigned to high PCO2 or to a control group with mildly elevated PCO2 targets...
January 13, 2017: Archives of Disease in Childhood. Fetal and Neonatal Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079731/midterm-radiographic-and-functional-outcomes-of-the-anterior-internal-pelvic-fixator-infix
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Rahul Vaidya, Adam Jonathan Martin, Matthew Roth, Frederick Tonnos, Bryant Oliphant, Jon Carlson
OBJECTIVE: To describe our experience using the anterior internal pelvic fixator (INIFX) for treating pelvic ring injuries. DESIGN: Case Series SETTING:: Level 1 Trauma Center PATIENTS:: Eighty-three patients with pelvic ring injuries treated with INFIX. Follow up avg. 35 months (range 12-80.33) INTERVENTION:: Surgical treatment of pelvic ring injuries included reduction, appropriate posterior fixation, and INFIX placement. OUTCOME MEASUREMENTS: Reduction using the pelvic deformity index (PDI) and pubic symphysis(PS) widening, Majeed functional scores, complications; infection, implant failure, heterotopic ossification (HO), nerve injury, and pain...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078361/infix-versus-plating-for-pelvic-fractures-with-disruption-of-the-symphysis-pubis
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Rahul Vaidya, Adam Jonathan Martin, Matthew Roth, Kerellos Nasr, Petra Gheraibeh, Frederick Tonnos
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to compare INFIX to plating in the treatment of unstable pelvic ring injuries with disruption of the symphysis. METHODS: Twenty-four patients treated with INFIX were compared to 28 patients fixed by plating. All patients had anterior and posterior fixation. Injuries were classified using the Young and Burgess and AO/OTA classification systems. Reductions of the pelvic ring were assessed using the pelvic deformity index (PDI) and symphyseal widening...
January 11, 2017: International Orthopaedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077305/in-utero-exposure-to-fluoride-and-cognitive-development-delay-in-infants
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L Valdez Jiménez, O D López Guzmán, M Cervantes Flores, R Costilla-Salazar, J Calderón Hernández, Y Alcaraz Contreras, D O Rocha-Amador
The objective of this study was to evaluate the association between in utero exposure to fluoride (F) and Mental and Psychomotor Development (MDI and PDI) evaluated through the Bayley Scale of Infant Development II (BSDI-II) in infants. The sample included 65 mother-infant pairs. Environmental exposure to F was quantified in tap and bottled water samples and F in maternal urine was the biological exposure indicator; samples were collected during the 1st, 2nd and 3rd trimester of pregnancy. The mean values of F in tap water for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd trimester were 2...
January 8, 2017: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068465/one-year-developmental-outcomes-for-infants-of-mothers-with-bipolar-disorder
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Aimee K Santucci, Lynn T Singer, Stephen R Wisniewski, James F Luther, Heather F Eng, Dorothy K Sit, Katherine L Wisner
OBJECTIVE: Few data about the development of infants born to women with bipolar disorder have been published. We hypothesized that infants of women with bipolar disorder (by DSM-IV criteria) treated with psychotropics (BD+) or untreated with psychotropics (BD-) would demonstrate poorer cognitive and behavioral development than infants of controls. On the basis of previous studies, we expected that psychotropic-exposed infants of women in the BD+ group would have poorer neuromotor performance during infancy...
January 3, 2017: Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064069/immunization-with-leishmania-donovani-protein-disulfide-isomerase-dna-construct-induces-th1-and-th17-dependent-immune-response-and-protection-against-experimental-visceral-leishmaniasis-in-balb-c-mice
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Ajay Amit, Vijayamahantesh, Manas R Dikhit, Ashish Kumar Singh, Vikash Kumar, Shashi S Suman, Ashu Singh, Akhilesh Kumar, Ajit Kumar Thakur, Vidyanand Ravi Das, Pradeep Das, Sanjiva Bimal
In the present study, the efficacy of Leishmania donovani protein disulfide isomerase (LdPDI) as a DNA vaccine was evaluated in BALB/C mice. Mice immunized with the LdPDI-DNA construct were found to be the most immuno-reactive, as the construct induced higher T-cell proliferation. The increased T-cell proliferation was associated with a substantial rise in Th1 and Th17+ CD4 cell response and triggered a higher proportion of CD8+ T cells for the release of interferon-gamma along with a reduced splenic parasite load on Days20 and 60 post challenge (PC)...
January 5, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063520/zeta-potential-of-artificial-and-natural-calcite-in-aqueous-solution
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REVIEW
Dawoud Al Mahrouqi, Jan Vinogradov, Matthew D Jackson
Despite the broad range of interest and applications, controls on calcite surface charge in aqueous solution, especially at conditions relevant to natural systems, remain poorly understood. The primary data source to understand calcite surface charge comprises measurements of zeta potential. Here we collate and review previous measurements of zeta potential on natural and artificial calcite and carbonate as a resource for future studies, compare and contrast the results of these studies to determine key controls on zeta potential and where uncertainties remain, and report new measurements of zeta potential relevant to natural subsurface systems...
December 26, 2016: Advances in Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063272/a-shell-crosslinked-polymeric-micelle-system-for-ph-redox-dual-stimuli-triggered-dox-on-demand-release-and-enhanced-antitumor-activity
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Lele Wang, Jing Zhang, Meijia Song, Baocheng Tian, Keke Li, Yan Liang, Jingtian Han, Zimei Wu
Based on targeted amphiphilic block copolymer N-acetyl glucosamine-poly (styrene-alt-maleic anhydride)58-b-polystyrene130 (NAG-P(St-alt-MA)58-b-PSt130), a pH/redox dual-triggered shell-crosslinked polymeric micelle system was constructed. The shell-crosslinked micelles (CLM) were prepared by post-crosslinking method to regulate drug release kinetics using cystamine as linkers between carboxy groups of the shell. Compared with non-crosslinked micelles (NCLM), CLM showed spherical shapes with little increased mean diameter of 102...
December 21, 2016: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054077/fullerene-free-polymer-solar-cells-processed-from-non-halogenated-solvents-in-air-with-pce-of-4-8
#14
Sergey V Dayneko, Arthur D Hendsbee, Gregory C Welch
Progress towards practical organic solar cells amenable to large scale production is reported. Fullerene-free organic solar cells with a PCE of ∼4.8% are achieved based upon an active layer composed of the standard donor polymer PTB7-Th and a highly soluble twisted PDI acceptor tPDI-Hex. All devices can be fabricated and tested in air with 'as-cast' active layers being processed from the greener solvents o-xylene (or trimethyl benzene) or the eco-friendly and bio-derived solvent 2Me-THF without loss in efficiency...
January 5, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053149/employment-of-methylene-blue-irradiated-with-laser-light-source-in-photodynamic-inactivation-of-biofilm-formed-by-candida-albicans-strain-resistant-to-fluconazole
#15
Lucia Černáková, Stanislava Dižová, Helena Bujdáková
A promising approach for the eradication of biofilm formed by the yeast Candida albicans seems to be photodynamic inactivation (PDI). This work presents a use of methylene blue (MB, 1 mM) irradiated with a red laser (output power 190 mW/cm(2), wavelength 660 nm) for the eradication of a biofilm formed by the fluconazole-resistant (FLC-resistant) strain C. albicans CY 1123 compared to the standard strain C. albicans SC5314. The periods of irradiation corresponded to the fluence of 15, 23 and 57 J/cm(2) Effectiveness of PDI was evident with following percentage of survived biofilm cells: 24...
January 3, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049915/enhancing-the-solubility-and-oral-bioavailability-of-poorly-water-soluble-drugs-using-monoolein-cubosomes
#16
Md Ashraf Ali, Noriko Kataoka, Abdul-Hackam Ranneh, Yasunori Iwao, Shuji Noguchi, Toshihiko Oka, Shigeru Itai
Monoolein cubosomes containing either spironolactone (SPI) or nifedipine (NI) were prepared using a high-pressure homogenization technique and characterized in terms of their solubility and oral bioavailability. The mean particle size, polydispersity index (PDI), zeta potential, solubility and encapsulation efficiency (EE) values of the SPI- and NI-loaded cubosomes were determined to be 90.4 nm, 0.187, -13.4 mV, 163 µg/mL and 90.2%, and 91.3 nm, 0.168, -12.8 mV, 189 µg/mL and 93.0%, respectively, which were almost identical to those of the blank cubosome...
2017: Chemical & Pharmaceutical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046692/su-f-t-229-a-novel-method-for-epid-based-in-vivo-exit-dose-verification-for-intensity-modulated-radiotherapy
#17
Z Wu, J Wang, J Peng, J Wang, W Hu
PURPOSE: Electronic portal imaging device (EPID) can be used to acquire a two-dimensional exit dose distribution during treatment delivery, thus allowing the in-vivo verification of the dose delivery through a comparison of measured portal images to predicted portal dose images (PDI). The aim of this study was to present a novel method to easily and accurately predict PDI, and to establish an EPID-based in-vivo dose verification method during IMRT treatments. METHODS: We developed a model to determine the predicted portal dose at the same plane of the EPID detector location...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045527/characterization-of-excimer-relaxation-via-femtosecond-shortwave-and-mid-infrared-spectroscopy
#18
Catherine M Mauck, Ryan M Young, Michael R Wasielewski
Excimer formation plays a significant role in trapping excitons within organic molecular solids. Covalent dimers of perylene-3,4:9,10-bis(dicarboximide) (PDI) are useful model systems for studying these processes as their intermolecular geometries can be precisely tuned. Using femtosecond visible-pump infrared-probe (fsIR) spectroscopy in the shortwave- and mid-infrared regions, we characterize two PDI dimers with a cofacial and a slip-stacked geometry that are coupled through a triptycene bridge. In the mid-infrared region, fsIR spectra for the strongly coupled dimers are highly blue-shifted compared to monomeric (1*)PDI...
January 3, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28044432/from-structure-to-redox-the-diverse-functional-roles-of-disulfides-and-implications-in-disease
#19
REVIEW
Tyler J Bechtel, Eranthie Weerapana
This review provides a comprehensive overview of the functional roles of disulfide bonds and their relevance to human disease. The critical roles of disulfide bonds in protein structure stabilization and redox regulation of protein activity are addressed. Disulfide bonds are essential to the structural stability of many proteins within the secretory pathway and can exist as intramolecular or inter-domain disulfides. The proper formation of these bonds often relies on folding chaperones and oxidases such as members of the protein disulfide isomerase (PDI) family...
January 3, 2017: Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040601/a-novel-elastic-liposome-for-skin-delivery-of-papain-and-its-application-on-hypertrophic-scar
#20
Yan-Yan Chen, Ye-Hui Lu, Chun-Hua Ma, Wei-Wei Tao, Jing-Juan Zhu, Xu Zhang
This study aims to investigate the therapeutic effects of papain elastic liposomes (PEL) on hypertrophic scar through topical application. PEL were prepared using the reverse-phase evaporation method and optimized by response surface methodology. The transdermal absorption of optimized PEL was tested by vertical Franz diffusion cells in vitro. The effects of PEL were investigated in rabbit model of hypertrophic scar in vivo, histological analysis and scar-related proteins were detected to reveal potential scar repair mechanism...
December 29, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
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