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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918575/optimum-spacing-between-electrodes-in-an-air-cathode-single-chamber-microbial-fuel-cell-with-a-low-cost-polypropylene-separator
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Sanath Kondaveeti, Jung Mi Moon, Booki Min
The performance of a single chamber microbial fuel cell (MFC) with a low-cost polypropylene separator was investigated at various electrode interspaces in a separator electrode assembly (SEA). The lag period was shortened (3.74-0.17 days) and voltage generation was enhanced (0.2-0.5 V) as electrode spacing was increased from 0 to 9 mm. Power density was increased from 220 to 370 mW/m(2) with increased spacing. The highest power density of 488 mW/m(2) was obtained in polarization analysis with 6 mm. The oxygen mass transfer coefficients with 0 mm (K o = 3...
September 16, 2017: Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918375/synthesis-of-fluorescent-dendrimers-with-aggregation-induced-emission-features-through-a-one-pot-multi-component-reaction-and-their-utilization-for-biological-imaging
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Weihua Luo, Ruming Jiang, Meiying Liu, Qing Wan, Jianwen Tian, Yuanqing Wen, Qian-Yong Cao, Junfeng Hui, Xiaoyong Zhang, Yen Wei
Hyperbranched polymers have attracted wide research attention owing to their unique topological structure, physicochemical properties and great potential for applications such asadditives, drug delivery, catalysts and nanotechnology. Among these, the polyamidoamine(PAMAM) dendrimers are some of the most important dendrimers. However, the synthesis and biomedical applications of fluorescent PAMAM dendrimers have received only limited attention. In this work, we present a rather effective and convenient approach for synthesis of fluorescent PAMAM dendrimers with aggregation-induced emission (AIE) properties through a one-pot catalyst-free Mannich reaction under rather mild experimental conditions (e...
September 9, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918329/an-integrated-strategy-for-rapid-discovery-and-identification-of-the-sequential-piperine-metabolites-in-rats-using-ultra-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-high-resolution-mass-spectrometery
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Zhanpeng Shang, Wei Cai, Yanfeng Cao, Fei Wang, Zhibin Wang, Jianqiu Lu, Jiayu Zhang
Piperine, one of the major bioactive constituents isolated from natural flavorings and medicinal-culinary herbs, possesses various biological activities. In the present study, an integrated strategy based on ultra high-performance liquid chromatography/high resolution mass spectrometry was established to reveal piperine metabolism in rats. First of all, post-acquisition data-mining methods, including high resolution extracted ion chromatograms (HREICs) and multiple mass defect filtering (MMDF), were used to screen piperine metabolite candidates in a full-scan HRMS(1) level...
September 9, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918028/human-dmbt1-derived-cell-penetrating-peptides-for-intracellular-sirna-delivery
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Martina Tuttolomondo, Cinzia Casella, Pernille Lund Hansen, Ester Polo, Luciana M Herda, Kenneth A Dawson, Henrik J Ditzel, Jan Mollenhauer
Small interfering RNA (siRNA) is a promising molecule for gene therapy, but its therapeutic administration remains problematic. Among the recently proposed vectors, cell-penetrating peptides show great promise in in vivo trials for siRNA delivery. Human protein DMBT1 (deleted in malignant brain tumor 1) is a pattern recognition molecule that interacts with polyanions and recognizes and aggregates bacteria. Taking advantage of these properties, we investigated whether specific synthetic DMBT1-derived peptides could be used to formulate nanoparticles for siRNA administration...
September 15, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918018/locked-nucleic-acid-gapmers-and-conjugates-potently-silence-adam33-an-asthma-associated-metalloprotease-with-nuclear-localized-mrna
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Hannah M Pendergraff, Pranathi Meda Krishnamurthy, Alexandre J Debacker, Michael P Moazami, Vivek K Sharma, Liisa Niitsoo, Yong Yu, Yen Nee Tan, Hans Michael Haitchi, Jonathan K Watts
Two mechanisms dominate the clinical pipeline for oligonucleotide-based gene silencing, namely, the antisense approach that recruits RNase H to cleave target RNA and the RNAi approach that recruits the RISC complex to cleave target RNA. Multiple chemical designs can be used to elicit each pathway. We compare the silencing of the asthma susceptibility gene ADAM33 in MRC-5 lung fibroblasts using four classes of gene silencing agents, two that use each mechanism: traditional duplex small interfering RNAs (siRNAs), single-stranded small interfering RNAs (ss-siRNAs), locked nucleic acid (LNA) gapmer antisense oligonucleotides (ASOs), and novel hexadecyloxypropyl conjugates of the ASOs...
September 15, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917990/glycerosomes-investigation-of-role-of-1-2-dimyristoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphatidycholine-dmpc-on-the-assembling-and-skin-delivery-performances
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Maria Letizia Manca, Maria Manconi, Marco Zaru, Donatella Valenti, Jose Esteban Peris, Pietro Matricardi, Anna Maria Maccioni, Anna Maria Fadda
Glycerosomes were formulated using 1,2-dimyristoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphatidycholine (DMPC), diclofenac sodium salt and 10, 20 or 30% glycerol in the water phase, while corresponding liposomes were prepared with the same amount of DMPC and diclofenac, without glycerol. The aim of the present work was to evaluate the effect of the used phospholipid on vesicle features and ability to favour diclofenac skin deposition by comparing these results with those found in previous works performed using hydrogenated soy phosphatidylcholine (P90H) and dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC)...
September 13, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917887/a-visible-and-controllable-porphyrin-poly-ethylene-glycol-%C3%AE-cyclodextrin-hydrogel-nanocomposites-system-for-photo-response
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Jie Liang, Xia Dong, Chang Wei, Guilei Ma, Tianjun Liu, Deling Kong, Feng Lv
The real-time controlling and tracking of the evolution and status of the hydrogel are important challenges for accurate and precise assessments. In this article, a visible and controllable hydrogel nanocomposites system for photo response was designed and developed based on a thermosensitive porphyrin-poly(ethylene glycol)/α-cyclodextrin hydrogel loaded with multi-walled carbon nanotubes (PPEG-MWNTs/α-CD). The PPEG-MWNTs/α-CD hydrogel was simply self-assembled with a carbon nanotubes dispersed porphyrin-poly(ethylene glycol) solution and an aqueous solution of α-cyclodextrin by homogeneous stirring...
November 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917885/magnetic-cellulose-nanocrystal-nanocomposites-for-the-development-of-green-functional-materials
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E Lizundia, A Maceiras, J L Vilas, P Martins, S Lanceros-Mendez
A magnetic cellulosic material composed of cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) and cobalt ferrite (CoFe2O4) nanoparticles was developed through evaporation-induced self-assembly (EISA). Nanoparticles demonstrated good dispersibility within the cellulose nanocrystal template. The addition of glucose to CNC network allows the development of homogeneous crack-free CNC-based films and does no modify neither the morphology nor the optical properties. In contrast, the introduction of CoFe2O4 nanoparticles produces a marked decrease in the amount of the transmitted light...
November 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917880/intercalated-chitosan-hydroxyapatite-nanocomposites-promising-materials-for-bone-tissue-engineering-applications
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Muhammad Anwaar Nazeer, Emel Yilgör, Iskender Yilgör
Preparation and characterization of chitosan/hydroxyapatite (CS/HA) nanocomposites displaying an intercalated structure is reported. Hydroxyapatite was synthesized through sol-gel process. Formic acid was introduced as a new solvent to obtain stable dispersions of nano-sized HA particles in polymer solution. CS/HA dispersions with HA contents of 5, 10 and 20% by weight were prepared. Self-assembling of HA nanoparticles during the drying of the solvent cast films led to the formation of homogeneous CS/HA nanocomposites...
November 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917867/nanocrystalline-cellulose-isolated-from-discarded-cigarette-filters
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Segun A Ogundare, Vashen Moodley, Werner E van Zyl
We report the isolation of nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC) produced from discarded cigarette filters (DCF). The DCF were processed into cellulose via ethanolic extraction, hypochlorite bleaching, alkaline deacetylation, and then converted into NCC by sulfuric acid hydrolysis. The morphological structures of the isolated NCC established with TEM showed that the nanocrystals were needle-like with a mean length of 143nm. FEGSEM showed the morphological transition of the micro-sized DCF to self-assembled NCC while EDX revealed the presence of Ti (as TiO2) in DCF, which was retained in the NCC...
November 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917834/hexameric-assembly-of-membrane-fusion-protein-yknx-of-the-sporulation-delaying-efflux-pump-from-bacillus-amyloliquefaciens
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Yongbin Xu, Inseong Jo, Lulu Wang, Jinli Chen, Shengdi Fan, Yuesheng Dong, Chun-Shan Quan, Nam-Chul Ha
Membrane fusion proteins (MFPs) play an essential role in the action of the drug efflux pumps and protein secretion systems in bacteria. The sporulation delaying protein (SDP) efflux pump YknWXYZ has been identified in diverse Bacillus species. The MFP YknX requires the ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporter YknYZ and the Yip1 family protein YknW to form a functional complex. To date, the crystal structure, molecular function and mechanism of action of YknX remain unknown. In this study, to characterize the structural and biochemical roles of YknX in the functional assembly of YknWXYZ from B...
September 13, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917811/electrochemical-characterization-of-in-situ-functionalized-gold-organosulfur-self-assembled-monolayer-with-conducting-polymer-and-carbon-nanotubes-for-determination-of-rutin
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Majid Arvand, Mona Farahpour, Masoomeh Sayyar Ardaki
In this study, attempts were made to present a sensitive strategy for determining rutin. To reach the goal of the study, a poly(sulfosalicylic acid) film was electropolymerized on a gold electrode, which was modified by 2-mercaptobenzothiazole self-assembled monolayer and multi-walled carbon nanotubes (PSSA/CNTs/MBT/Au). The proposed sensor was characterized by different techniques including field emission scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy...
January 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917804/development-and-validation-of-a-maleimide-based-enzyme-linked-immunosorbent-assay-for-the-detection-of-tetrodotoxin-in-oysters-and-mussels
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Laia Reverté, Maria Rambla-Alegre, Sandra Leonardo, Carlos Bellés, Katrina Campbell, Christopher T Elliott, Arjen Gerssen, Mirjam D Klijnstra, Jorge Diogène, Mònica Campàs
The recent detection of tetrodotoxins (TTXs) in puffer fish and shellfish in Europe highlights the necessity to monitor the levels of TTXs in seafood by rapid, specific, sensitive and reliable methods in order to protect human consumers. A previous immunoassay for TTX detection in puffer fish, based on the use of self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) for the immobilization of TTX on maleimide plates (mELISA), has been modified and adapted to the analysis of oyster and mussel samples. Changing dithiol for cysteamine-based SAMs enabled reductions in the assay time and cost, while maintaining the sensitivity of the assay...
January 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917794/patterned-polycaprolactone-filled-glass-microfiber-microfluidic-devices-for-total-protein-content-analysis
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Gayan C Bandara, Christopher A Heist, Vincent T Remcho
Membrane based microfluidic devices have gained much popularity in recent years, as they make possible rapid, inexpensive analytical techniques that can be applied to a wide variety of areas. The ability to modify device hydrophilicity and hydrophobicity is critically important in fabricating membrane based microfluidic devices. Polar hydrophilic membranes, such as glass microfiber (GMF) membranes, hold great potential as they are inexpensive, chemically inert, and stable. Filling of these membranes with non-polar polymers such as polycaprolactone (PCL) converts the hydrophilic GMF into a hydrophobic medium...
January 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917752/facilely-self-assembled-magnetic-nanoparticles-aptamer-carbon-dots-nanocomposites-for-highly-sensitive-up-conversion-fluorescence-turn-on-detection-of-tetrodotoxin
#15
Hui Jin, Rijun Gui, Jie Sun, Yanfeng Wang
In this work, magnetic Fe3O4 nanoparticles (NPs) were modified with aptamer of tetrodotoxin (TTX) to form Fe3O4/aptamer complex. The self-assembling of carbon dots (CDs) and the aptamer generated Fe3O4/aptamer/CDs nanocomposites. The nanocomposites exhibited down-conversion fluorescence and up-conversion fluorescence (UCF) emissions simultaneously. When excited at a wavelength of 780nm, the UCF (peaked at 475nm) of nanocomposites increased regularly with the increase of TTX concentration [TTX]. In the [TTX] range from 0...
January 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917741/immobilization-of-cytochrome-c-and-its-application-as-electrochemical-biosensors
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Zahra Sadat Aghamiri, Mohsen Mohsennia, Hossain-Ali Rafiee-Pour
Cytochrome c (Cyt c) has been used as a model protein to investigate the characters of modified electrodes by many researchers. It has been also employed to construct biosensors to detect hydrogen peroxide, nitrate, superoxide, and etc. Cyt c immobilization techniques, including physical adsorption, entrapment in hydrogel or polymers, layer-by-layer assembly, Langmuir-Blodgett, and covalent attachment are discussed followed by various electrochemical methods applied in the electrode modification. The exploration of some modified protein electrodes, for example, screen printed, microperoxidase and engineered Cyt c are also presented...
January 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917731/chain-length-dependent-interfacial-immunoreaction-kinetics-on-self-assembled-monolayers-revealed-by-surface-enhanced-infrared-absorption-spectroscopy
#17
Wen-Jing Bao, Jian Li, Tian-Yuan Cao, Jin Li, Xing-Hua Xia
Self-assembled monolayer (SAM) has been extensively applied as ideal interface layer for construction of biosensors. Its chain length and end functional groups determine the physical and chemical properties of the modified surfaces, which will affect the performance of constructed biosensors. Herein, we studied the influence of chain length of n-alkanethiols SAMs on the immunoreaction kinetics employing attenuated total reflection surface-enhanced infrared absorption spectroscopy (ATR-SEIRAS). Antibody (rabbit immunoglobulin) is assembled on carboxyl terminated SAMs of n-alkanethiols with different chain lengths (n = 3, 6, 11, 16)...
January 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917537/hbcag-produced-in-transgenic-tobacco-triggers-th1-and-th2-response-when-intramuscularly-delivered
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Marcin Pyrski, Anna Rugowska, Kamil Robert Wierzbiński, Anna Kasprzyk, Maria Bogusiewicz, Piotr Bociąg, Sławomir Samardakiewicz, Marcin Czyż, Maciej Kurpisz, Tomasz Pniewski
Hepatitis B core Antigen (HBcAg) assembled into Capsid-Like Particles (CLPs) is investigated as a therapeutic vaccine in treatment of chronic hepatitis B (CHB) and in diagnostic tests or as a carrier for various epitopes. While the expression of HBcAg has been thoroughly clarified in E. coli and yeast, it has also been investigated in other expression systems. Stably transformed tobacco expressed HBcAg at a level of 110-250µg/g fresh weight, therefore in view of its large leaf biomass it offers a production platform comparable with transient expression systems regarding the final yield of HBcAg...
September 13, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917534/modeling-the-modified-drug-release-from-curved-shape-drug-delivery-systems-dome-matrix-%C3%A2
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D Caccavo, A A Barba, M d'Amore, R De Piano, G Lamberti, A Rossi, P Colombo
The controlled drug release from hydrogel-based drug delivery systems is a topic of large interest for research in pharmacology. The mathematical modeling of the behavior of these systems is a tool of emerging relevance, since the simulations can be of use in the design of novel systems, in particular for complex shaped tablets. In this work a model, previously developed, was applied to complex-shaped oral drug delivery systems based on hydrogels (Dome Matrix®). Furthermore, the model was successfully adopted in the description of drug release from partially accessible Dome Matrix® systems (systems with some surfaces coated)...
September 13, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917532/effects-of-tumor-microenvironments-on-targeted-delivery-of-glycol-chitosan-nanoparticles
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Ji Young Yhee, Sangmin Jeon, Hong Yeol Yoon, Man Kyu Shim, Hyewon Ko, Jiwoong Min, Jin Hee Na, Hyeyoun Chang, Hyounkoo Han, Jong-Ho Kim, Minah Suh, Hyukjin Lee, Jae Hyung Park, Kwangmeyung Kim, Ick Chan Kwon
In cancer theranostics, the main strategy of nanoparticle-based targeted delivery system has been understood by enhanced permeability and retention (EPR) effect of macromolecules. Studies on diverse nanoparticles provide a better understanding of different EPR effects depending on their structure, physicochemical properties, and chemical modifications. Recently the tumor microenvironment has been considered as another important factor for determining tumor-targeted delivery of nanoparticles, but the correlation between EPR effects and tumor microenvironment has not yet been fully elucidated...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
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