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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213406/mitochondria-regulated-formation-of-endothelial-extracellular-vesicles-shifts-the-mediator-of-flow-induced-vasodilation
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Julie K Freed, Matthew J Durand, Brian Robert Hoffmann, John C Densmore, Andrew S Greene, David D Gutterman
In order to examine the effect of endothelial-derived extracellular vesicles (eEVs) on the mechanism of flow-induced dilation (FID) composition, formation, and functional effects on the mechanism of FID were examined from two different eEV subtypes, one produced from ceramide, the other from plasminogen-activator inhibitor 1 (PAI-1). Using videomicroscopy, internal diameter changes in response to increases in flow were measured in human adipose resistance arteries acutely exposed (30min) to eEVs derived from cultured endothelial cells exposed to ceramide or PAI-1...
February 17, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211893/superior-adsorption-and-photoinduced-carries-transfer-behaviors-of-dandelion-shaped-bi2s3-mos2-experiments-and-theory
#2
Mengjiao Li, Junyong Wang, Peng Zhang, Qinglin Deng, Jinzhong Zhang, Kai Jiang, Zhigao Hu, Junhao Chu
The enhanced light-harvesting capacity and effective separation of photogenerated carriers in fantastic hierarchical heterostructures enjoy striking attention for potential applications in the field of solar cells and photocatalysis. A three-dimensional (3D) dandelion-shaped hierarchical Bi2S3 microsphere compactly decorated with wing-shaped few layered MoS2 lamella (D-BM) was fabricated via a facile hydrothermal self-assembly process. Especially, polyethylene glycol (PEG) has been proven as the vital template to form D-BM microsphere...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211688/functionalized-triptycene-derived-tripodal-ligands-privileged-formation-of-tetranuclear-cage-assemblies-with-larger-ln-iii
#3
Alexandra Vuillamy, Soumaila Zebret, Céline Besnard, Virginie Placide, Stéphane Petoud, Josef Hamacek
In this Article, we report the self-assembly of lanthanide complexes formed with two new tripodal ligands, L2 and L3, where binding strands are connected to a rigid triptycene anchor. The pyridine moieties are functionalized with methoxy and PEG groups to enhance ligand solubility and to evaluate the effect of these substituents on lanthanide coordination. These ligands were successfully synthesized and characterized, and their coordination properties were examined along the lanthanide series through speciation studies with NMR and ESI-MS...
February 17, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211679/site-directed-immobilization-of-bmp-2-two-approaches-for-the-production-of-innovative-osteoinductive-scaffolds
#4
Barbara Tabisz, Werner Schmitz, Michael Schmitz, Tessa Luehmann, Eva Heusler, Jens-Christoph Rybak, Lorenz Meinel, Juliane E Fiebig, Thomas D Mueller, Joachim Nickel
The regenerative potential of bone is strongly impaired in pathological conditions, such as nonunion fractures. To support bone regeneration various scaffolds have been developed in the past, which have been functionalized with osteogenic growth factors such as bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs). However, most of them required supra-physiological levels of these proteins leading to burst releases, thereby causing severe side effects. Site-specific, covalent coupling of BMP2 to implant materials might be an optimal strategy in order to overcome these problems...
February 17, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207824/evaluation-of-surgical-anti-adhesion-products-to-reduce-postsurgical-intra-abdominal-adhesion-formation-in-a-rat-model
#5
Long-Xiang Lin, Fang Yuan, Hui-Hui Zhang, Ni-Na Liao, Jing-Wan Luo, Yu-Long Sun
BACKGROUND: Adhesions frequently occur after abdominal surgery. Many anti-adhesion products have been used in clinic. However, the evidences are short for surgeons to reasonably choose the suitable anti-adhesion produces in clinical practice. This study provided such evidence by comparing the efficiency of five products to prevent abdominal adhesion formation in a rat model. METHODS: Fifty-six Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into seven groups: sham-operation group, adhesion group, and five product groups (n = 8)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207270/intracellular-delivery-colloidally-stable-core-crosslinked-triblock-copolymer-micelles-with-glutathione-responsive-enhanced-drug-release-for-cancer-therapy
#6
Jung Kwon Oh, Depannita Biswas, So Young An, Yijing Li, Xiangtao Wang
Design and development of amphiphilic block copolymer-based nanocarriers exhibiting enhanced colloidal stability upon dilution in the blood and cellular glutathione-responsive rapid drug release is highly desired for tumor-targeting chemotherapy. Herein, we report a novel ABA-type triblock copolymer consisting of a hydrophilic central poly(ethylene glycol) block and two terminal hydrophobic blocks of a polymethacrylate having pendant disulfides (PHMssEt), thus PHMssEt-b-PEG-b-PHMssEt (ssTP). Aqueous self-assembly and following disulfide-exchange reaction of the resulting ssTP allows for formation of core-crosslinked micelles (CCMs) through the formation of new disulfide linkages, retaining enhanced colloidal stability in physiological condition and in the presence of proteins...
February 16, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206915/a-newly-developed-mask-facilitates-management-during-percutaneous-endoscopic-gastrostomy-introduction-in-patients-with-respiratory-compromise
#7
Hizuru Amano, Kazuhiro Imamura, Fumihiko Hatao, Toshio Shimizu, Shinsuke Tobisawa, Kentaro Hayashi, Jun Matsumoto, Kensuke Adachi
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 1, 2016: American Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206826/the-nine-hole-peg-test-as-a-manual-dexterity-performance-measure-for-multiple-sclerosis
#8
Peter Feys, Ilse Lamers, Gordon Francis, Ralph Benedict, Glenn Phillips, Nicholas LaRocca, Lynn D Hudson, Richard Rudick
Impaired manual dexterity is a frequently reported disability in people with multiple sclerosis (MS) and is increasingly prevalent with worsening disease. While various tests and patient-reported outcome measures are available, the Nine-Hole Peg Test (NHPT) is considered as a gold standard measure of manual dexterity and most frequently used in MS research and clinical practice. The MS Outcome Assessments Consortium (MSOAC) includes representatives from advocacy organizations, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), European Medicines Agency (EMA), National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), academic institutions, and industry partners along with persons living with MS...
February 1, 2017: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205003/antifungal-efficacy-of-an-intravenous-formulation-containing-monomeric-amphotericin-b-5-fluorocytosine-and-saline-for-sodium-supplementation
#9
Celeste Alvarez, David R Andes, Jeong Yeon Kang, Carmen Krug, Glen S Kwon
PURPOSE: Amphotericin B (AmB) and 5-fluorocytosine (5-FC) exhibit additive to synergistic activity against systemic mycoses. Incompatibility of prescribed formulations precludes concomitant IV administration, a route with distinct advantages. Previously, we used PEG-DSPE micelles to produce a reformulation of Fungizone (AmB-SD), AmB solubilized by sodium deoxycholate, called mAmB-90. Herein, we describe a second reformulation that facilitates co-delivery of mAmB-90 and 5-FC, and evaluate the effect of PEG-DSPE micelles on the combination's activity against Candida albicans...
February 15, 2017: Pharmaceutical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204979/one-year-swallowing-outcomes-in-patients-treated-with-prophylactic-gabapentin-during-radiation-based-treatment-for-oropharyngeal-cancer
#10
Heather M Starmer, WuYang Yang, Christine G Gourin, Rachit Kumar, Bronwyn Jones, Todd McNutt, Sierra Cheng, Harry Quon
Recent investigations by our study team have demonstrated patients using gabapentin for pain management during chemoradiotherapy (CRT) do well maintaining swallowing during treatment with less need for narcotic pain medication, PEG dependence, weight loss, and short-term swallowing morbidity. The purpose of this investigation was to characterize the long-term swallowing function of these patients 1-year following treatment. Sequential patients receiving CRT for oropharyngeal cancer and concurrent gabapentin were evaluated 1-year following treatment for swallowing outcomes...
February 15, 2017: Dysphagia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204854/adsorption-of-dna-binding-proteins-to-functionalized-carbon-nanotube-surfaces-with-and-without-dna-wrapping
#11
Yu Ishibashi, Shusuke Oura, Kazuo Umemura
We examined the adsorption of DNA binding proteins on functionalized, single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs). When SWNTs were functionalized with polyethylene glycol (PEG-SWNT), moderate adsorption of protein molecules was observed. In contrast, nanotubes functionalized with CONH2 groups (CONH2-SWNT) exhibited very strong interactions between the CONH2-SWNT and DNA binding proteins. Instead, when these SWNT surfaces were wrapped with DNA molecules (thymine 30-mers), protein binding was a little decreased. Our results revealed that DNA wrapped PEG-SWNT was one of the most promising candidates to realize DNA nanodevices involving protein reactions on DNA-SWNT surfaces...
February 15, 2017: European Biophysics Journal: EBJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203075/co-delivery-of-paclitaxel-and-tos-cisplatin-via-tat-targeted-solid-lipid-nanoparticles-with-synergistic-antitumor-activity-against-cervical-cancer
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Bo Liu, Li Han, Junyan Liu, Shumei Han, Zhen Chen, Lixi Jiang
BACKGROUND: Cervical cancer is a major world health problem for women. Currently, cancer research focuses on improving therapy for cervical cancer using various treatment options such as co-delivery of chemotherapeutic agents by nanocarriers. PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to develop trans-activating transcriptional activator (TAT)-modified solid lipid nanoparticles (SLNs) for co-delivery of paclitaxel (PTX) and α-tocopherol succinate-cisplatin prodrug (TOS-CDDP) (TAT PTX/TOS-CDDP SLNs) in order to achieve synergistic antitumor activity against cervical cancer...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202839/cost-outcome-description-of-peg-ifn-%C3%AE-2b-rbv-for-hepatitis-c-results-based-on-the-interferon-database
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Maiko Akutagawa, Yohei Kawasaki, Atsuko Kawasaki, Kazuki Ide, Hiroshi Yamada, Naohiko Masaki
Economic evaluation of drugs is used in decision-making on medical care and public policy. Recently, real-world data (RWD) have been used in the analysis. In this study, we discuss the risk and benefits of using RWD for economic evaluation. We conducted a cost-outcome description with RWD from a nationwide registry providing information on hepatitis treatment in Japan and estimated the utility of the analysis. We evaluated the cost-outcome description of peginterferon plus ribavirin (PEG-IFN-α2b + RBV) treatment in hepatitis C virus (HCV)-infected patients...
February 15, 2017: Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202757/the-viral-gene-orf79-encodes-a-repressor-regulating-induction-of-the-lytic-life-cycle-in-the-haloalkaliphilic-virus-%C3%AF-ch1
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Regina Selb, Christian Derntl, Reinhard Klein, Beatrix Alte, Christoph Hofbauer, Martin Kaufmann, Judith Beraha, Léa Schöner, Angela Witte
In this study, we describe the construction of the first genetically modified mutant of a halovirus infecting haloalkaliphilic Archaea By random choice we targeted ORF79, a so far uncharacterized viral gene of the haloalkaliphilic virus φCh1. We used a PEG-mediated transformation method to deliver a disruption cassette into a lysogenic strain of the haloalkaliphilic archaeon Natrialba magadii bearing φCh1 as provirus. This approach yielded mutant virus particles carrying a disrupted version of the ORF79. Disruption of ORF79 did not influence morphology of the mature virions...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199034/hepatitis-b-surface-antigen-reduction-by-switching-from-long-term-nucleoside-nucleotide-analog-administration-to-pegylated-interferon
#15
Nobuharu Tamaki, Masayuki Kurosaki, Atsunori Kusakabe, Etsuro Orito, Kouji Joko, Yuji Kojima, Hiroyuki Kimura, Yasushi Uchida, Chitomi Hasebe, Yasuhiro Asahina, Namiki Izumi
Hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) reduction during nucleoside/nucleotide analog (NA) therapy is slow and an alternative strategy for patients receiving ongoing NA to facilitate HBsAg reduction is required. We investigated whether switching to pegylated interferon (PEG-IFN) after long-term NA administration enhances HBsAg reduction. Forty-nine patients who switched from long-term NA to 48 weeks of PEG-IFN alfa-2a were studied. The mean duration of previous NA was 48 months (sequential group). A total of 147 patients who continued NA and matched for baseline characteristics were analyzed for comparison (NA continuation group)...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Viral Hepatitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198606/sustained-release-of-brimonidine-from-a-new-composite-drug-delivery-system-for-treatment-of-glaucoma
#16
Jianguo Sun, Yuan Lei, Zhaoxing Dai, Xi Liu, Taomin Huang, Jihong Wu, Zhi Ping Xu, Xinghuai Sun
A novel layered double hydroxide (LDH) nanoparticle/thermogel composite drug delivery system (DDS) for sustained release of brimonidine (Bri) has been designed, prepared and characterized in this study for treatment of severe glaucoma. Brimonidine is first loaded onto LDH (Bri@LDH) nanoparticles, which are then dispersed in the thermogel consisting of plenty of micelles based on poly-(DL-lactic acid co-glycolic acid)-polyethylene glycol-poly-(DL-lactic acid co-glycolic acid) (PLGA-PEG-PLGA) copolymer. The Bri@LDH/Thermogel DDS containing 125...
February 15, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198100/enteroatmospheric-fistula-management-by-endoscopic-gastrostomy-peg-tube
#17
Luiz Ec Miranda, Ana Cg Miranda
Management of small-bowel fistulas which are in an open abdomen and have no soft tissue overlay or a fistula tract involves many complications and challenges. Controlling the local leakage of enteric contents has a central role in the success of medical treatment. There are several methods to deal with fistula discharge but unfortunately, the technical solutions only partially address such problems and a definitive management of fistula discharge still remains an insoluble challenge. We describe a simple and cheap method to control fistula leakage by using a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tube...
February 15, 2017: International Wound Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196300/omnidirectional-shape-memory-effect-via-lyophilization-of-peg-hydrogels
#18
Di Chen, Xuhui Xia, Tuck W Wong, Hao Bai, Marc Behl, Qian Zhao, Andreas Lendlein, Tao Xie
Device applications of shape memory polymers demand diverse shape changing geometries, which are currently limited to non-omnidirectional movement. This restriction originates from traditional thermomechanical programming methods such as uniaxial, biaxial stretching, bending, or compression. A solvent-modulated programming method is reported to achieve an omnidirectional shape memory behavior. The method utilizes freeze drying of hydrogels of polyethylene glycol networks with a melting transition temperature around 50 °C in their dry state...
February 14, 2017: Macromolecular Rapid Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195689/non-swelling-click-crosslinked-gelatin-and-peg-hydrogels-with-tunable-properties-using-pluronic-linkers
#19
Vinh X Truong, Kelly M Tsang, John S Forsythe
Swelling of hydrogels leads to a decrease in mechanical performance coupled with complications in solute diffusion. In addition, hydrogel swelling affects patient safety in biomedical applications such as compression of tissue and fluid blockage. A conventional strategy for suppressing swelling is to introduce a thermoresponsive polymer with a lower critical solution temperature (LCST) within the network structure to counter the water uptake at elevated temperature. However, altering the gels mechanical strength via modification of the network structure often affects the water uptake behavior and thus a non-swelling platform with tunable mechanical properties suitable for various biomedical applications is desirable...
February 14, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195425/carbon-nanotubes-disrupt-iron-homeostasis-and-induce-anemia-of-inflammation-through-inflammatory-pathway-as-a-secondary-effect-distant-to-their-portal-of-entry
#20
Juan Ma, Ruibin Li, Yin Liu, Guangbo Qu, Jing Liu, Wenli Guo, Haoyang Song, Xinghong Li, Yajun Liu, Tian Xia, Bing Yan, Sijin Liu
Although numerous toxicological studies have been performed on carbon nanotubes (CNTs), a few studies have investigated their secondary and indirect effects beyond the primary target tissues/organs. Here, a cascade of events are investigated: the initiating event and the subsequent key events necessary for the development of phenotypes, namely CNT-induced pro-inflammatory effects on iron homeostasis and red blood cell formation, which are linked to anemia of inflammation (AI). A panel of CNTs are prepared including pristine multiwall CNTs (P-MWCNTs), aminated MWCNTs (MWCNTs-NH2 ), polyethylene glycol MWCNTs (MWCNTs-PEG), polyethyleneimine MWCNTs (MWCNTs-PEI), and carboxylated MWCNTs (MWCNTs-COOH)...
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