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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532014/advanced-review-of-graphene-based-nanomaterials-in-drug-delivery-systems-synthesis-modification-toxicity-and-application
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REVIEW
Qi Zhang, Zhuona Wu, Ning Li, Yiqiong Pu, Bing Wang, Tong Zhang, Jiansheng Tao
The discovery of graphene, a notable achievement in the field of novel carbon nanomaterials, has triggered the worldwide exploration of the biomedical applications of this material since 2004 because of its unique properties. The two-dimensional planar structure, large surface area, chemical stability, mechanical stability, and good biocompatibility of graphene are promising for applications in drug delivery systems (DDSs). In this review, we briefly discuss the characteristics, synthesis, and modification of graphene...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531846/synthesis-characterization-and-nonlinear-optical-nlo-properties-of-truxene-cored-diphenylamine-derivatives
#2
Fusheng Li, Baodong Zhao, Yu Chen, Yufei Zhang, Tao Wang, Song Xue
Three star-shaped compounds based on a truxene core (FS11, FS12 and FS13) were prepared. The truxene core is incorporating with asymmetric diphenylamines, including one phenyl of diphenylamine substituted by methoxy group and the other phenyl substituted by tolyl, fluorophenyl and phenylethynyl for FS11, FS12 and FS13, respectively. Their one-photon, two-photon absorption, geometric structures, electrochemical behavior and thermal properties were investigated. The absorption maxima of charge transfer band for FS11, FS12 and FS13 are 375nm, 373nm and 383nm, and the corresponding molar extinction coefficients of FS11, FS12 and FS13 is 79,950M(-1)cm(-1), 67,220M(-1)cm(-1) and 108,780M(-1)cm(-1)...
May 15, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531813/immunomodulatory-function-of-whole-human-umbilical-cord-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells
#3
Hao Zhang, Yanling Tao, Haihui Liu, Saisai Ren, Bin Zhang, Hu Chen
Bone marrow derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) play a critical role in immune modulation. However, immunomodulatory function of whole human umbilical cord derived mesenchymal stem cells (UC-MSCs) remains unclear. In this study, UC-MSCs were separated from whole umbilical cord using a single enzyme digestion. UC-MSCs (CD73(+), CD90(+), CD105(+), and CD34(-), CD45(-), HLA-DR(-)) were differentiated into adipocytes, osteocytes and chondrocytes in vitro under specific stimulatory environments. UC-MSCs suppressed umbilical cord blood lymphocyte proliferation stimulated by mitogen, and ELISA showed that the secretion of INF-γ was downregulated, and the secretion of IL-4 was upregulated, with CD8(+) T cells markedly decreased and CD4(+) T cells changed lightly...
May 19, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531330/structural-basis-for-substrate-binding-and-catalytic-mechanism-of-a-human-rna-m5c-methyltransferase-nsun6
#4
Ru-Juan Liu, Tao Long, Jing Li, Hao Li, En-Duo Wang
5-methylcytosine (m5C) modifications of RNA are ubiquitous in nature and play important roles in many biological processes such as protein translational regulation, RNA processing and stress response. Aberrant expressions of RNA:m5C methyltransferases are closely associated with various human diseases including cancers. However, no structural information for RNA-bound RNA:m5C methyltransferase was available until now, hindering elucidation of the catalytic mechanism behind RNA:m5C methylation. Here, we have solved the structures of NSun6, a human tRNA:m5C methyltransferase, in the apo form and in complex with a full-length tRNA substrate...
May 22, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531325/up-regulated-microrna-299-corrected-with-poor-prognosis-of-glioblastoma-multiforme-patients-by-targeting-ell2
#5
Qian Huang, Xin-Wen Zhang, Yu-Shui Ma, Gai-Xia Lu, Ru-Ting Xie, Hui-Qiong Yang, Zhong-Wei Lv, Xiao-Ming Zhong, Tao Liu, Shi-Xiong Huang, Da Fu, Chun Xie
Background: An increasing understanding of the genes and molecular pathways of glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) can provide us a useful insight for the development of more effective targeted therapeutic. Methods: To investigate the expression and clinical significance of miR-299 and its target genes in GBM, the expression levels of miR-299 and its target gene in human normal brain tissues and GBM were analyzed in silico using genes microarray and hierarchical clustering analysis followed by validation with quantitative RT-PCR...
May 20, 2017: Japanese Journal of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531122/microwave-assisted-synthesis-of-imidazo-4-5-f-1-10-phenanthroline-derivatives-as-apoptosis-inducers-in-chemotherapy-by-stabilizing-bcl-2-g-quadruplex-dna
#6
Li Li, Jie-Qiong Cao, Hui-Min Liu, Qiong Wu, Qiu-Hui Pan, Zhi-Ping Zeng, Yu-Tao Lan, Yu-Mei Li, Wen-Jie Mei, Xi-Cheng Wang, Wen-Jie Zheng
Herein, a series of imidazo[4,5-f][1,10] phenanthroline derivatives RPIP (PIP = imidazo [4,5-f][1,10] phenanthroline, R = NO₂, 1; CF₃, 2; Cl, 3; OH, 4) have been synthesized in yields of 82.3-94.7% at 100 °C under the irradiation of microwave. MTT assay has been utilized to evaluate the inhibitory activity (IC50) of these compounds against the growth of various tumor cells, and the results revealed that these compounds, especially 1, exhibited excellent inhibitory activity against the growth of A549 cells with IC50 of 15...
May 20, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530833/discovery-of-small-molecules-for-repressing-cap-independent-translation-of-human-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-hvegf-as-novel-anti-tumor-agents
#7
Shi-Ke Wang, Yue Wu, Xiao-Qin Wang, Guo-Tao Kuang, Qi Zhang, Shu-Ling Lin, Hui-Yun Liu, Jia-Heng Tan, Zhi-Shu Huang, Tian-Miao Ou
Angiogenesis is important in tumorigenesis and tumor progression. Human vascular endothelial growth factor (hVEGF) is an angiogenic growth factor that plays a crucial role in tumor progression. The G-rich region within the 5'-untranslated region (5'-UTR) of hVEGF mRNA can form a 'switchable' RNA G-quadruplex structure that is essential for a cap-independent translation initiation. We screened our small-molecule library for binders of this G-tract. One novel quinazoline derivative, compound 1, showed a significant specific interaction with the G-tract and destabilized the G-quadruplex structure...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530827/overexpression-of-the-squalene-epoxidase-gene-alone-and-in-combination-with-the-3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-coenzyme-a-gene-increases-ganoderic-acid-production-in-ganoderma-lingzhi
#8
De-Huai Zhang, Lu-Xi Jiang, Na Li, Xuya Yu, Peng Zhao, Tao Li, Jun-Wei Xu
The squalene epoxidase (SE) gene from the biosynthetic pathway of ganoderic acid (GA) was cloned and overexpressed in Ganoderma lingzhi. The strain that overexpressed the SE produced approximately 2 times more GA moleculars than the wild-type (WT) strain. Moreover, SE overexpression up-regulated lanosterol synthase gene expression in the biosynthetic pathway. These results indicated that SE stimulates GA accumulation. Then, the SE and 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A (HMGR) genes were simultaneously overexpressed in G...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530815/transfer-of-chirality-in-the-rhodium-catalyzed-chemoselective-and-regioselective-allylic-alkylation-of-hydroxyarenes-with-vinyl-aziridines
#9
Tao-Yan Lin, Hai-Hong Wu, Jian-Jun Feng, Junliang Zhang
By taking advantage of chirality-transfer strategy, a chemo- and regioselective allylic alkylation of naphthols and phenols with vinylaziridines provides an atom-economic and efficient method for the synthesis of enantioenriched 2-vinyl-2-arylethylamine derivatives. Use of readily available starting materials, a broad substrate scope, high selectivity, mild reaction conditions, as well as versatile functionalizations of the aromatic ethylamine products make this approach very practical and attractive.
May 22, 2017: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530814/reactive-molecular-dynamics-simulations-to-understand-mechanical-response-of-thaumasite-under-temperature-and-strain-rate-effects
#10
Shahin Hajilar, Behrouz Shafei, Tao Cheng, Andres Jaramillo-Botero
Understanding the structural, thermal, and mechanical properties of thaumasite is of great interest to the cement industry, mainly because it is the phase responsible for the aging and deterioration of civil infrastructures made of cementitious materials attacked by external sources of sulfate. Despite its importance, the effects of temperature and strain rate on the mechanical response of thaumasite have remained unexplored to date. In this study, the mechanical properties of thaumasite are fully characterized using the reactive molecular dynamics (RMD) method...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530730/evaluation-of-electronic-polarization-energy-in-oligoacene-molecular-crystals-using-the-solvated-supermolecular-approach
#11
Tao Xu, Wenliang Wang, Shiwei Yin, Yun Wang
The solvated supermolecular approach, i.e., block-localized wave function coupled with polarizable continuum model (BLW/PCM), was proposed to calculate molecular ionization potential (IP), electron affinity (EA) in the solid phase, and related electronic polarization. Via the calculations of a solvated supermolecule (5M), including four closest molecules, BLW/PCM overcomes the limitation in the calculation for the monomer PCM, that is, nearly same electronic polarization for cation (P+) and anion (P-). The solvated supermolecular approach successfully described asymmetric behaviors of P+ and P- for oligoacene crystals...
May 22, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530649/thymidine-phosphorylase-promotes-metastasis-and-serves-as-a-marker-of-poor-prognosis-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Qiang Zhang, Yang Zhang, Xuejiao Hu, Yuan Qin, Weilong Zhong, Jing Meng, Ting Xiao, Chunhong Zhang, Meng Li, Shuang Chen, Huijuan Liu, Yanrong Liu, Tao Sun, Cheng Yang
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) ranks as one of the most common and lethal malignancies worldwide. A better understanding of the mechanism responsible for HCC metastasis will be helpful for the treatment of HCC patients. Thymidine phosphorylase (TP), a key enzyme that catalyzes the conversion of thymidine to thymine and deoxyribose-1-phosphate, was demonstrated to promote the invasion and metastasis of HCC in our study. Clinical retrospective analysis revealed that metastatic HCC tumor tissues have higher TP expression, and TP expression was significantly correlated with matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) 2 and 9 expression...
May 22, 2017: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530283/composite-cd-mof-nanocrystals-containing-microspheres-for-sustained-drug-delivery
#13
Haiyan Li, Nana Lv, Xue Li, Botao Liu, Jing Feng, Xiaohong Ren, Tao Guo, Dawei Chen, J Fraser Stoddart, Ruxandra Gref, Jiwen Zhang
Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), which are typically embedded in polymer matrices as composites, are emerging as a new class of carriers for sustained drug delivery. Most of the MOFs and the polymers used so far in these composites, however, are not pharmaceutically acceptable. In the investigation reported herein, composites of γ-cyclodextrin (γ-CD)-based MOFs (CD-MOFs) and polyacrylic acid (PAA) were prepared by a solid in oil-in-oil (s/o/o) emulsifying solvent evaporation method. A modified hydrothermal protocol has been established which produces efficiently at 50 °C in 6 h micron (5-10 μm) and nanometer (500-700 nm) diameter CD-MOF particles of uniform size with smooth surfaces and powder X-ray diffraction patterns that are identical with those reported in the literature...
May 22, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530278/synthesis-and-fast-transfer-of-monolayer-mos2-on-reusable-fused-silica
#14
Tao Liang, Shuang Xie, Weifei Fu, Yu Cai, Chinnathambi Shanmugavel, Hideo Iwai, Daisuke Fujita, Nobutaka Hanagata, Hongzheng Chen, Mingsheng Xu
Atomically thin, two-dimensional materials ranging from superconductors, metals, semiconductors to insulators are emerging as potential candidates for the next-generation digital electronics and optoelectronic applications. Their synthesis on a commonly used substrate and fast transfer to a plenty of desired substrates need to be addressed to meet the industrialization criteria for practical applications. In this study, fused silica, which is amorphous, transparent, and inexpensive, was examined as a substrate for MoS2 synthesis...
May 22, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530269/a-critical-comparison-of-coarse-grained-structure-based-approaches-and-atomic-models-of-protein-folding
#15
Jie Hu, Tao Chen, Moye Wang, Hue Sun Chan, Zhuqing Zhang
Structure-based coarse-grained Gō-like models have been used extensively in deciphering protein folding mechanisms because of their simplicity and tractability. Meanwhile, explicit-solvent molecular dynamics (MD) simulations with physics-based all-atom force fields have been applied successfully to simulate folding/unfolding transitions for several small, fast-folding proteins. To explore the degree to which coarse-grained Gō-like models and their extensions to incorporate nonnative interactions are capable of producing folding processes similar to those in all-atom MD simulations, here we systematically compare the computed unfolded states, transition states, and transition paths obtained using coarse-grained models and all-atom explicit-solvent MD simulations...
May 22, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530218/visualization-of-penile-suspensory-ligamentous-system-based-on-visible-human-data-sets
#16
Xianzhuo Chen, Yi Wu, Ling Tao, Yan Yan, Jun Pang, Shaoxiang Zhang, Shirong Li
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to use a three-dimensional (3D) visualization technology to illustrate and describe the anatomical features of the penile suspensory ligamentous system based on the Visible Human data sets and to explore the suspensory mechanism of the penis for the further improvement of the penis-lengthening surgery. MATERIAL AND METHODS Cross-sectional images retrieved from the first Chinese Visible Human (CVH-1), third Chinese Visible Human (CVH-3), and Visible Human Male (VHM) data sets were used to segment the suspensory ligamentous system and its adjacent structures...
May 22, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530097/total-particle-number-emissions-from-modern-diesel-natural-gas-and-hybrid-heavy-duty-vehicles-during-on-road-operation
#17
Tianyang Wang, David Christopher Quiros, Arvind Thiruvengadam, Saroj Pradhan, Shaohua Hu, Tao Huai, Eon S Lee, Yifang Zhu
Particle emissions from heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs) have significant environmental and public health impacts. This study measured total particle number emission factors (PNEFs) from six newly-certified HDVs powered by diesel and compressed natural gas totaling over 6,800 miles of on-road operation in California. Distance-, fuel- and work-based PNEFs were calculated for each vehicle. Distance-based PNEFs of vehicles equipped with original equipment manufacturer (OEM) diesel particulate filters (DPFs) in this study have decreased by 355-3200 times compared to a previous retrofit DPF dynamometer study...
May 22, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529969/antioxidant-and-synergistic-antidiabetic-activities-of-a-three-plant-preparation-used-in-cameroon-folk-medicine
#18
Bruno Moukette Moukette, Vicky Jocelyne Ama Moor, Cacral Prosper Biapa Nya, Pauline Nanfack, Francine Tankeu Nzufo, Marcel Azabji Kenfack, Jeanne Yonkeu Ngogang, Constant Anatole Pieme
Introduction. Several plant preparations like a mixture of aqueous extracts of Spilanthes africana; Portulaca oleracea; and Sida rhombifolia are currently utilized in Foumban (West Cameroon) to manage diabetes. The aim of this study is to investigate the antidiabetic property of the aqueous mixture of three plant extracts (1 : 1 : 1) on streptozotocin induced diabetes rats. Methods. Diabetes was induced to rats by intraperitoneal (i.p.) injection of streptozotocin (STZ) at a dose of 50 mg/kg b.w...
2017: International Scholarly Research Notices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529730/effect-of-low-versus-high-frequency-stimulation-on-freezing-of-gait-and-other-axial-symptoms-in-parkinson-patients-with-bilateral-stn-dbs-a-mini-review
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REVIEW
Tao Xie, Mahesh Padmanaban, Lisa Bloom, Ellen MacCracken, Breanna Bertacchi, Abraham Dachman, Peter Warnke
Some studies have shown that low frequency stimulation (LFS, most commonly 60 Hz), compared to high frequency stimulation (HFS, most commonly 130 Hz), has beneficial effects, short-term or even long-term, on improving freezing of gait (FOG) and other axial symptoms, including speech and swallowing function, in Parkinson disease (PD) patients with bilateral subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation (STN DBS). However, other studies failed to confirm this. It seems not clear what determines the difference in response to LFS...
2017: Translational Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529641/multifunctional-nucleus-targeting-nanoparticles-with-ultra-high-gene-transfection-efficiency-for-in-vivo-gene-therapy
#20
Ling Li, Xia Li, Yuzhe Wu, Linjiang Song, Xi Yang, Tao He, Ning Wang, Suleixin Yang, Yan Zeng, Qinjie Wu, Zhiyong Qian, Yuquan Wei, Changyang Gong
Cancer stem cell-like cells (CSCL) are responsible for tumor recurrence associated with conventional therapy (e.g. surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy). Here, we developed a novel multifunctional nucleus-targeting nanoparticle-based gene delivery system which is capable of targeting and eradicating CSCL. These nanoparticles can facilitate efficient endosomal escape and spontaneously penetrate into nucleus without additional nuclear localization signal. They also induced extremely high gene transfection efficiency (>95%) even in culture medium containing 30% serum, which significantly surpassed that of some commercial transfection reagents, such as Lipofectamine 2000 and Lipofectamine 3000 etc...
2017: Theranostics
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