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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334106/economic-injury-level-and-demography-based-control-timing-projection-of-spodoptera-litura-lepidoptera-noctuidae-at-different-growth-stages-of-arachis-hypogaea
#1
Shu-Jen Tuan, Chung-Chieh Lee, Li-Chen Tang, Pavel Saska
Spodoptera litura (F.), one of the most devastating pests in many Asian countries, is normally controlled by relying on chemical insecticides. To encourage an integrated pest management approach, we determined the economic injury level (EIL) for S. litura on peanut, Arachis hypogaea L., by larval infestation with late instars at different crop growth stages. The cumulative consumption rate of the fifth- and sixth-instars was used as the relative unit for the "Spodoptera injury equivalent" (SIE). The yield of marketable pods significantly decreased from 6...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332829/impact-of-peg-chain-length-on-the-physical-properties-and-bioactivity-of-pegylated-chitosan-sirna-nanoparticles-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#2
Chuanxu Yang, Shan Gao, Frederik Dagnaes-Hansen, Maria Jakobsen, Jørgen Kjems
PEGylation of cationic polyplexes is a promising approach to enhance the stability and reduce unspecific interaction with biological components. Herein, we systematically investigate the impact of PEGylation on physical and biological properties of chitosan/siRNA polyplexes. A series of chitosan-PEG copolymers (CS-PEG2k, CS-PEG5k and CS-PEG10k) were synthesized with similar PEG mass content but with different molecular weight. PEGylation with higher molecular weight and less grafting degree resulted in smaller and more compacted nanoparticles with relatively higher surface charge...
March 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331317/cyclic-rgd-peptide-modified-liposomal-drug-delivery-system-for-targeted-oral-apatinib-administration-enhanced-cellular-uptake-and-improved-therapeutic-effects
#3
Zhiwang Song, Yun Lin, Xia Zhang, Chan Feng, Yonglin Lu, Yong Gao, Chunyan Dong
Apatinib is an oral tyrosine kinase inhibitor, which selectively targets vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 2 and has the potential to treat many tumors therapeutically. Cyclic arginylglycylaspartic acid (cRGD)- and polyethylene glycol (PEG)-modified liposomes (cRGD-Lipo-PEG) were constructed to act as a targeted delivery system for the delivery of apatinib to the human colonic cancer cell line, HCT116. These cRGD-modified liposomes specifically recognized integrin αvβ3 and exhibited greater uptake efficiency with respect to delivering liposomes into HCT116 cells when compared to nontargeted liposomes (Lipo-PEG), as well as greater death of tumor cells and apoptosis...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330961/reference-values-for-developing-responsive-functional-outcome-measures-across-the-lifespan
#4
Marnee J McKay, Jennifer N Baldwin, Paulo Ferreira, Milena Simic, Natalie Vanicek, Joshua Burns
OBJECTIVE: To generate a reference dataset of commonly performed functional outcome measures in 1,000 children and adults and investigate the influence of demographic, anthropometric, strength, and flexibility characteristics. METHODS: Twelve functional outcome measures were collected from 1,000 healthy individuals aged 3-101 years: 6-minute walk test, 30-second chair stand test, timed stairs test, long jump, vertical jump, choice stepping reaction time, balance (Star Excursion Balance Test, tandem stance eyes open and closed, single-leg stance eyes closed), and dexterity (9-hole peg test, Functional Dexterity Test)...
March 22, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330645/design-of-fixed-dose-combination-and-physicochemical-characterization-of-enteric-coated-bilayer-tablet-with-circadian-rhythmic-variations-containing-telmisartan-and-pravastatin-sodium
#5
Daoqi Luo, Joo Hee Kim, Chulhun Park, Euichaul Oh, Jun Bum Park, Jing-Hao Cui, Qing-Ri Cao, Beom-Jin Lee
The aim of this study was to investigate a fixed dose combination (FDC) of telmisartan (TEL) and pravastatin sodium (PRA) in enteric-coated bilayer tablets, which was designed for once-daily bedtime dose in order to match circadian rhythmic variations of hypertension and cholesterol synthesis and optimize the patient friendly dosing treatment. Due to the poor aqueous solubility of TEL, a ternary solid dispersions (SD) consisting of TEL, polyethylene glycol 6000 (PEG 6000) and magnesium oxide (MgO) were designed to enhance its dissolution rate in intestinal fluid...
March 18, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330216/potential-application-of-waste-from-castor-bean-ricinus-communis-l-for-production-for-xylanase-of-interest-in-the-industry
#6
Polyanna Nunes Herculano, Keila Aparecida Moreira, Raquel Pedrosa Bezerra, Tatiana Souza Porto, Cristina Maria de Souza-Motta, Ana Lúcia Figueiredo Porto
Xylanases activity (XY) from Aspergillus japonicus URM5620 produced by Solid-State Fermentation (SSF) of castor press cake (Ricinus communis) on different conditions of production and extraction by PEG/citrate aqueous two-phase system (ATPS) were investigated. XY production was influenced by substrate amount (5-10 g), initial moisture (15-35 %), pH (4.0-6.0) and temperature (25-35 °C), obtaining the maximum activity of 29,085 ± 1808 U g ds(-1) using 5.0 g of substrate with initial moisture of 15 % at 25 °C and pH 6...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330169/investigating-the-effect-of-drought-stress-on-expression-of-wrky1-and-erebp1-genes-and-antioxidant-enzyme-activities-in-lemon-balm-melissa-officinalis-l
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Mehdi Rahimi, Mojtaba Kordrostami, Mahmood Maleki, Mohsen ModaresKia
Drought stress is a severe environmental constraint to plant productivity. In this study, gene expression of WRKY1 and EREBP1 genes and activity of two enzymes were investigated in two genotypes, G9 (as resistance) and G12 (as susceptible) of 10 days-old lemon balm seedlings. Experiments were done according to factorial design on the base of completely randomized design with three replications for expression analysis and enzyme assays. Seedlings were cultured in MS medium suspensions, including 0, 3, 6, 12 and 15 % w/v PEG 6000...
June 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330132/an-efficient-and-cost-effective-method-for-dna-extraction-from-athalassohaline-soil-using-a-newly-formulated-cell-extraction-buffer
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Avinash Narayan, Kunal Jain, Amita R Shah, Datta Madamwar
The present study describes the rapid and efficient indirect lysis method for environmental DNA extraction from athalassohaline soil by newly formulated cell extraction buffer. The available methods are mostly based on direct lysis which leads to DNA shearing and co-extraction of extra cellular DNA that influences the community and functional analysis. Moreover, during extraction of DNA by direct lysis from athalassohaline soil, it was observed that, upon addition of poly ethylene glycol (PEG), isopropanol or absolute ethanol for precipitation of DNA, salt precipitates out and affecting DNA yield significantly...
June 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329442/poly-ether-ester-ionomers-as-water-soluble-polymers-for-material-extrusion-additive-manufacturing-processes
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Allison M Pekkanen, Callie Zawaski, Andre Stevenson, Ross Dickerman, Abby Whittington, Christopher Bryant Williams, Timothy E Long
Water-soluble polymers as sacrificial supports for additive manufacturing (AM) facilitate complex features in printed objects. Few water-soluble polymers beyond poly(vinyl alcohol) enable material extrusion AM. In this work, charged poly(ether ester)s with tailored rheological and mechanical properties serve as novel materials for extrusion-based AM at low temperatures. Melt transesterification of poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG, 8k) and dimethyl 5-sulfoisophthalate afforded poly(ether ester)s of sufficient molecular weight to impart mechanical integrity...
March 22, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328033/effects-of-molecular-weight-and-cationization-agent-on-the-sensitivity-of-bi-cluster-secondary-ion-mass-spectrometry
#10
Makiko Fujii, Rie Shishido, Takaya Satoh, Shigeru Suzuki, Jiro Matsuo
RATIONALE: Bi cluster secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) is one of the most promising tools for precise analysis of synthetic polymers. However, the sensitivity in the high-mass region is still insufficient compared with matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOFMS). Accordingly, the effects of metal assistance (cationization agents) were investigated in this study. METHODS: To investigate the effects caused by varying the ionization agent, three different polyethylene glycol (PEG) samples were prepared, one with an Ag-deposited film, and two others mixed with Ag and Na, respectively...
July 30, 2016: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry: RCM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328026/alternative-mass-reference-standards-for-direct-analysis-in-real-time-mass-spectrometry
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Robert B Cody, A John Dane
RATIONALE: Mass spectra were acquired with the Direct Analysis in Real Time (DART®) ion source for an amine-terminated polyether used as positive-ion mass reference standards and for several fluorinated materials commonly used as negative-ion reference standards for mass spectrometry. METHODS: A commercial time-of-flight mass spectrometer equipped with a DART ion source was used for all measurements. Mass reference standards deposited onto the sealed end of a glass melting point tube were suspended in the DART gas stream for analysis...
May 30, 2016: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry: RCM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327771/the-roles-of-surface-chemistry-dissolution-rate-and-delivered-dose-in-the-cytotoxicity-of-copper-nanoparticles
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Miao Shi, Karen L de Mesy Bentley, Goutam Palui, Hedi Mattoussi, Alison Elder, Hong Yang
The understanding of nanoparticle (NP) cytotoxicity is challenging because of incomplete information about physicochemical changes particles undergo once they come into contact with biological fluids. It is therefore essential to characterize changes in NP properties to better understand their biological fate and effects in mammalian cells. In this paper, we present a study on the effect of particle surface oxidation and dissolution rates of Cu NPs. Particle dissolution, cell-associated Cu doses, and oxidative stress responses in A549 luciferase reporter cells were examined for Cu NPs modified with mercaptocarboxylic acids with different carbon chain lengths and a thiotic acid appended-PEG ligand (TA)...
March 22, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326397/fracture-of-an-uncemented-tantalum-patellar-component
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Nathan L Grimm, Robert A Henderson, Joseph J Kavolus, Patrick D Millikan, Paul F Lachiewicz
A 62-year-old man presented with the acute, atraumatic onset of pain 3 years after uncemented right total knee arthroplasty. He complained of new mechanical locking with the knee held in extension on examination and unable to flex the knee. On the plain radiographs, the patellar component peg was fractured and the plate was dislocated. The knee was immobilized, and revision to a cemented 3-peg component was performed. Fracture of a single-peg, tantalum-backed uncemented patellar component has not been described...
June 2016: Arthroplasty Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326226/comparison-of-four-methods-for-the-biofunctionalization-of-gold-nanorods-by-the-introduction-of-sulfhydryl-groups-to-antibodies
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Xuefeng Wang, Zhong Mei, Yanyan Wang, Liang Tang
Introducing sulfhydryl groups to biomolecules to functionalize gold nanorods (GNRs) is an attractive method that involves the creation of a strong Au-S bond. Previously, we developed a facile method to functionalize GNR surfaces by thiolating antibodies using Traut's reagent. In the current study, we evaluated several methods for the introduction of thiol groups onto the surface of GNRs by using Traut's reagent, dithiotreitol (DTT), dithiolaromatic PEG6-CONHNH2, and thiol-polyethylene glycolamine (SH-PEG-NH2) combined with EDC reaction...
2017: Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326102/impacted-maxillary-canine-prevalence-and-its-association-with-other-dental-anomalies-in-a-mexican-population
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José Rubén Herrera-Atoche, María Del Rosario Agüayo-de-Pau, Mauricio Escoffié-Ramírez, Fernando Javier Aguilar-Ayala, Bertha Arelly Carrillo-Ávila, Marina Eduviges Rejón-Peraza
Objective. We quantified the prevalence of impacted maxillary canines (IMC) and their association with other dental anomalies (DAs). Materials and Methods. A retrospective study was done with 860 patients 12 to 39 years of age. The prevalence of IMC was calculated and compared by sex. The sample was divided into a control group and an impaction group, and the prevalence was calculated in both for a series of anomalies: agenesis, supernumerary teeth, shape anomalies of the upper laterals (microdontia, peg and barrel shape, and talon cusp), fusion, gemination, other impacted teeth, transposition, and amelogenesis imperfecta...
2017: International Journal of Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325900/pegylated-insulin-like-growth-factor-i-affords-protection-and-facilitates-recovery-of-lost-functions-post-focal-ischemia
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Kim Parker, Antonio Berretta, Stefanie Saenger, Manaswini Sivaramakrishnan, Simon A Shirley, Friedrich Metzger, Andrew N Clarkson
Insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) is involved in the maturation and maintenance of neurons, and impaired IGF-I signaling has been shown to play a role in various neurological diseases including stroke. The aim of the present study was to investigate the efficacy of an optimized IGF-I variant by adding a 40 kDa polyethylene glycol (PEG) chain to IGF-I to form PEG-IGF-I. We show that PEG-IGF-I has a slower clearance which allows for twice-weekly dosing to maintain steady-state serum levels in mice. Using a photothrombotic model of focal stroke, dosing from 3 hrs post-stroke dose-dependently (0...
March 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325685/a-positive-feedback-strategy-for-enhanced-chemotherapy-based-on-ros-triggered-self-accelerating-drug-release-nanosystem
#17
Jing-Jing Hu, Qi Lei, Meng-Yun Peng, Di-Wei Zheng, Yi-Xuan Chen, Xian-Zheng Zhang
Here, a positive feedback strategy was utilized to amplify the concentration of intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) and a ROS-triggered self-accelerating drug release nanosystem (defined as T/D@RSMSNs) was demonstrated for enhanced tumor chemotherapy. The mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs) based nanocarriers were gated by β-cyclodextrin (β-CD) through the ROS-cleavable thioketal (TK) linker to encapsulate the anticancer drug doxorubicin hydrochloride (DOX) and ROS producing agent α-tocopheryl succinate (α-TOS), whose surface was further anchored with adamantane conjugated poly(ethylene glycol) chain (AD-PEG) via host-guest interaction...
March 11, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325336/preparation-of-green-and-gelatin-free-nanocrystalline-cellulose-capsules
#18
Yapei Zhang, Qing Zhao, Huashan Wang, Xingyu Jiang, Ruitao Cha
The ambiguous source and uncontrolled solubility of gelatin make it crucial to develop gelatin capsule substitutes. Nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC) of excellent mechanical performance, good biocompatibility and green origin has drawn many attentions as a new class of biomaterials. In this work, NCC capsule was prepared by dipping method with PEG and glycerol as plasticizer. The effect of PEG and glycerol on the rheological property of NCC gel and the surface morphology of NCC capsule was evaluated. The disintegration time of NCC capsule meet the criteria in United States Pharmacopoeia (USP32-701)...
May 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324863/croconaine-nanoparticles-with-enhanced-tumor-accumulation-for-multimodality-cancer-theranostics
#19
Longguang Tang, Fuwu Zhang, Fei Yu, Wenjing Sun, Menglin Song, Xiaoyuan Chen, Xianzhong Zhang, Xiaolian Sun
A novel nanoparticle self-assembled by polyethylene glycol (PEG) modified croconaine dye (CR780) is presented for photoacoustic (PA)/near-infrared (NIR) fluorescence imaging-guided photothermal therapy (PTT). The simple PEGylation made CR780 amphiphilic, and led to their self-assembly into well-defined and uniform nanostructures with size tunable by controlling the assembly conditions. The CR780-PEG5K not only displayed the strength of small molecules (including rapid distribution to different organs, fast renal clearance and minimal accumulation to normal tissues), but also demonstrated the advantages of nanomaterials (including high physiological stability, multimodal theranostic ability, high tumor accumulation and retention)...
March 13, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323713/efficacy-of-poly-d-l-lactic-acid-co-glycolic-acid-poly-ethylene-glycol-poly-d-l-lactic-acid-co-glycolic-acid-thermogel-as-a-barrier-to-prevent-spinal-epidural-fibrosis-in-a-postlaminectomy-rat-model
#20
Xiangqian Li, Lin Chen, Hong Lin, Luping Cao, Ji'an Cheng, Jian Dong, Lin Yu, Jiandong Ding
STUDY DESIGN: Experimental animal study. OBJECTIVE: The authors conducted a study to determine the efficacy and safety of the poly(D,L-lactic acid-co-glycolic acid)-poly(ethylene glycol)-poly(D,L-lactic acid-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA-PEG-PLGA) thermogel to prevent peridural fibrosis in an adult rat laminectomy model. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Peridural fibrosis often occurs after spinal laminectomy. It might cause persistent back and/or leg pain postoperatively and make a reoperation more difficult and dangerous...
April 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
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