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Andrea Fagagnini, Riccardo Montioli, Andra Caloiu, Marc Ribó, Douglas V Laurents, Giovanni Gotte
Bovine pancreatic ribonuclease A (RNase A) is the monomeric prototype of the so-called secretory 'pancreatic-type' RNase super-family. Like the naturally domain-swapped dimeric bovine seminal variant, BS-RNase, and its glycosylated RNase B isoform, RNase A forms N- and C-terminal 3D domain-swapped oligomers after lyophilization from acid solutions, or if subjected to thermal denaturation at high protein concentration. All mentioned RNases can undergo deamidation at Asn67, forming Asp or isoAsp derivatives that modify the protein net charge and consequently its enzymatic activity...
October 23, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Muna Sapkota, Kusum K Kharbanda, Todd A Wyatt
BACKGROUND: Reactive aldehydes such as acetaldehyde and malondialdehyde generated as a result of alcohol metabolism and cigarette smoke exposure lead to the formation of malondialdehyde-acetaldehyde-adducted proteins (MAA adducts). These aldehydes can adduct to different proteins such as bovine serum albumin and surfactant protein A or surfactant protein D (SPD). Macrophages play an important role in innate immunity, but the effect of MAA adducts on macrophage function has not yet been examined...
October 26, 2016: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
Huan He, Cheng Tang, Xinnuo Chen, Hua Yue, Yupeng Ren, Yan Liu, Bin Zhang
An enterovirus (EV) strain, designated as SWUN-AB001, was isolated in the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau from a yak with severe diarrheal disease. The complete genome of strain SWUN-AB001 was 7,382 bp in length and shared 35.1-68.5% nt identities with bovine EVs belonging to a candidate new type EV-F7. Using the sequence difference values in the VP1 gene as a criterion for demarcating a new serotype/genotype in the Enterovirus genus, strain SWUN-AB001 had only a 71.1% nt and a 79.2% aa identity, in the VP1 region, with the most closely matched EV, further indicating that a new type of EV had been identified...
October 25, 2016: Archives of Virology
Stefan Aufderklamm, Martin Vaegler, Alexandra Kelp, Sabine Maurer, Leon Gustafsson, Jens Mundhenk, Silke Busch, Lisa Daum, Arnulf Stenzl, Bastian Amend, Karl-Dietrich Sievert
PURPOSE: Urethral strictures are a common disease of the lower urinary tract in men. At present, the use of buccal mucosa is the method of choice for long or recurrent strictures. However, autologous tissue-engineered grafts are still under investigation for reconstructive urological surgery. The aim of this pilot study was to evaluate the use of human urothelial cells (HUC) seeded on bovine collagen type I-based cell carriers (CCC) in an animal model and to evaluate short-term outcome of the surgical procedure...
October 25, 2016: World Journal of Urology
Haiou Qu, Sean W Linder, Thilak K Mudalige
Capillary electrophoresis (CE) is considered as a versatile technique in the size-based separation and speciation of nanomaterials. The electrophoretic mobility is determined by charge and size of an analyte which are affected by the surface composition of nanomaterials. Size-dependent differential electrophoretic mobility is used as a mechanism for size-based separation of nanoparticles. Understanding the effect of surface chemistry on the electrophoretic mobility of nanomaterials in CE is critical in obtaining accurate results in retention-based size calculation...
October 25, 2016: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
Gerald D Dodd, Anthony C Lanctot, Kimberly E Lind
Purpose To investigate the effect of change in portal vein flow rates on the size and shape of ablations created by a bipolar radiofrequency (RF) ablation device. Materials and Methods This study was exempt from institutional animal care and use committee review. An in vitro bovine liver model perfused with autologous blood via the portal vein at three flow rates (60, 80, 100 mL/min per 100 g of liver) was used. Four ablations, two bipolar and two monopolar (control probe), were made in each of five livers perfused at each flow rate...
October 19, 2016: Radiology
Huanjun Ding, David Sennung, Hyo-Min Cho, Sabee Molloi
PURPOSE: The positive predictive power for malignancy can potentially be improved, if the chemical compositions of suspicious breast lesions can be reliably measured in screening mammography. The purpose of this study is to investigate the feasibility of quantifying breast lesion composition, in terms of water and lipid contents, with spectral mammography. METHODS: Phantom and tissue samples were imaged with a spectral mammography system based on silicon-strip photon-counting detectors...
October 2016: Medical Physics
Shigeyuki Okahara, Zu Soh, Satoshi Miyamoto, Hidenobu Takahashi, Hideshi Itoh, Shinya Takahashi, Taijiro Sueda, Toshio Tsuji
During cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB), blood viscosity conspicuously increases and decreases due to changes in hematocrit and blood temperature. Nevertheless, blood viscosity is typically not evaluated, because there is no technology that can provide simple, continuous, noncontact monitoring. We modeled the pressure-flow characteristics of an oxygenator in a previous study, and in that study we quantified the influence of viscosity on oxygenator function. The pressure-flow monitoring information in the oxygenator is derived from our model and enables the estimation of viscosity...
October 26, 2016: Artificial Organs
Bailiang Wang, Zi Ye, Qingwen Xu, Huihua Liu, Quankui Lin, Hao Chen, Kaihui Nan
Once a biomedical implant is implanted into a human body, proteins and bacteria can easily colonize the implant, and subsequently, a biofilm can grow on the surface. A biofilm can protect the inhabiting bacteria against macrophages and neutrophil cell attack from the host immune system. The most important issue for artificial antibacterial surfaces is the accumulation of the bacteria corpse after they are killed by contact, which promotes further adhesion of bacteria and biofilm formation. Therefore, we constructed a novel multifunctional bactericidal and fouling release antibacterial surface through the combination of temperature-responsive N-vinylcaprolactam (VCL), hydrophilic 2-methacryloyloxyethyl phosphorylcholine (MPC) and a bactericidal quaternary ammonium salt (2-(dimethylamino)-ethyl methacrylate (DMAEMA(+)))...
October 26, 2016: Biomaterials Science
Anna Pérez-Bosque, Lluïsa Miró, Concepció Amat, Javier Polo, Miquel Moretó
Spray-dried preparations from porcine and bovine plasma can alleviate mucosal inflammation in experimental models and improve symptoms in patients with enteropathy. In rodents, dietary supplementation with porcine spray-dried plasma (SDP) attenuates intestinal inflammation and improves the epithelial barrier function during intestinal inflammation induced by Staphylococcus aureus enterotoxin B (SEB). The aim of this study was to discern the molecular mechanisms involved in the anti-inflammatory effects of SDP...
October 22, 2016: Nutrients
Saket Kumar Singh, Bibhas Kumar Bhunia, Nandana Bhardwaj, Sween Gilotra, Biman B Mandal
Tunable repeated drug administration is often inevitable in number of pathological cases. Reloadable 3D matrices for sustained drug delivery are predicted as a prospective avenue to realize this objective. This study was directed towards sonication-induced fabrication of novel reloadable Bombyx mori silk fibroin (SF) (4, 6 and 8 wt%) hydrogel, injected within 3D porous (8 wt%) scaffolds. The focus was to develop a dual-barrier reloadable depot system for sustained molecular cargo-release. Both the varying SF concentration (4, 6 and 8 wt%) and the sonication time (30, 45 and 60 s) dictated the extent of cross-linking, β-sheet content and porosity (1-10 µm) influencing the release behavior of model molecules...
October 26, 2016: Molecular Pharmaceutics
Senija Selimovic-Hamza, Ilias G Bouzalas, Marc Vandevelde, Anna Oevermann, Torsten Seuberlich
European sporadic bovine encephalitis is a frequent diagnosis in neurologically diseased cattle, but its etiology remained unresolved. Using in situ hybridization, we have detected a recently discovered neurotropic bovine astrovirus in historical tissues in a high proportion of brain samples of affected cattle. Our results suggest that astroviruses were already involved in the pathogenesis of the disease several decades ago, but have gone undetected.
2016: Frontiers in Veterinary Science
Shuang Liang, Jing Guo, Jeong-Woo Choi, Nam-Hyung Kim, Xiang-Shun Cui
After reaching the metaphase II (MII) stage, unfertilised oocytes undergo a time-dependent process of quality deterioration referred to as oocyte aging. The associated morphological and cellular changes lead to decreased oocyte developmental potential. This study investigated the effect of exogenous melatonin supplementation on in vitro aged bovine oocytes and explored its underlying mechanisms. The levels of cytoplasmic reactive oxygen species and DNA damage response in bovine oocytes increased during in vitro aging...
October 26, 2016: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
F M C Caixeta, R V Sousa, A L Guimarães, L O Leme, J F W Sprícigo, S B Senna Netto, I Pivato, M A N Dode
This study aimed to evaluate the effect of meiotic arrest using phosphodiesterase type 3A (PDE 3A) inhibitors, cilostamide and C-type natriuretic peptide (NPPC), on pre-maturation (PM) of oocytes to be used in the production of cloned embryos. Nuclear maturation, in vitro embryo production (IVP), somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) and parthenogenetic activation (PA), and total cells number of cloned embryos were evaluated. The results were analysed by chi-squared and Kruskal-Wallis test with a P-value 0.05) between control and PM, both for cleavage (78...
October 26, 2016: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
Jong Phil Bak, Young Mi Cho, Inhye Kim, Dae Won Park, Jung Eun Kwon, Yong Joon Jeong, Jong Hwan Kwak, Se Chan Kang
Anemarrhena asphodeloides is known to suppress inflammation and lower various fevers. To determine the active component of A. asphodeloides, ethanol (EtOH) extract of A. asphodeloides rhizomes was fractionized. The compounds isolated from the dichloromethane (CH2Cl2) soluble fraction were identified as 4'-O-methylnyasol (1), nyasol (2), 3″-methoxynyasol (3), 3″-hydroxy-4″-methoxy-4″-dehydroxynyasol (4), 4-hydroxybenzaldehyde (5), and 4-hydroxyacetophenone (6). The four norlignans (1-4) potently inhibited the release of β-hexosaminidase from immunoglobulin E (IgE)/dinitrophenol-conjugated bovine serum albumin (DNP-BSA)-treated rat basophilic leukemia (RBL)-2H3 and A23187 plus phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate co-treated isolated rat primary mast cells, as markers of degranulation and histamine release...
October 22, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Liyan Kong, Jiaming Zhu, Wen Wang, Lehe Jin, Yanjiao Fu, Bohui Duan, Liang Tan
As an integral glycoprotein on the surface of endothelial cells, thrombomodulin (TM) has very high affinity for thrombin. TM has been regarded to be a marker of endothelial damage since it can be released during endothelial cell injury. In this work, a highly sensitive fluorescence method for the quantitative detection of TM was developed. TM antibody (Ab) and bovine serum albumin (BSA) were bound on gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) to construct BSA-AuNPs-Ab nanocomposites and they were characterized by transmission electron microscope and UV-vis spectrophotometry...
October 17, 2016: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
Lis Alban
Free movement of safe and wholesome food is an essential aspect of any society. This article contains an updated description of the regulatory issues associated with preharvest food safety within the European Union. Salmonella, Campylobacter, Trichinella, antimicrobial resistance, and bovine spongiform encephalopathy are dealt with in detail. Moreover, Cysticercus bovis/Taenia saginata, Toxoplasma, Yersinia, verotoxigenic/shigatoxigenic Escherichia coli, Listeria, and foodborne viruses are briefly covered. The article describes how the focus in the European Union is changing to involve a supply chain view with a focus on cost-effectiveness...
October 2016: Microbiology Spectrum
Saminathan Ramakrishnan, Sivaraman Subramaniam, Adrian Francis Stewart, Guido Grundmeier, Adrian Keller
DNA origami has become a widely used method for synthesizing well-defined nanostructures with promising applications in various areas of nanotechnology, biophysics, and medicine. Recently, the possibility to transfer the shape of single DNA origami nanostructures into different materials via molecular lithography approaches has received growing interest due to the great structural control provided by the DNA origami technique. Here, we use ordered monolayers of DNA origami nanostructures with internal cavities on mica surfaces as molecular lithography masks for the fabrication of regular protein patterns over large surface areas...
October 25, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Swati Sethi, S K Tyagi, Rahul K Anurag
Plant-based or non-dairy milk alternative is the fast growing segment in newer food product development category of functional and specialty beverage across the globe. Nowadays, cow milk allergy, lactose intolerance, calorie concern and prevalence of hypercholesterolemia, more preference to vegan diets has influenced consumers towards choosing cow milk alternatives. Plant-based milk alternatives are a rising trend, which can serve as an inexpensive alternate to poor economic group of developing countries and in places, where cow's milk supply is insufficient...
September 2016: Journal of Food Science and Technology
Said H Lubbad
Three monoliths based on poly(glycidyl methacrylate-co-divinylbenzene) were prepared in the confines of borosilicate glass columns (100 × 3 mm I.D.). The first monolith was applied for analysis of proteins by reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography. It furnished a fast base-line separation for four proteins (ribonuclease A, cytochrome c, α-lactalbumin and myoglobin) in <80 s, with optimum resolution range of 2.11-2.84, and extremely small values of peak width at half height with a range of 1...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Chromatographic Science
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