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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538980/downregulation-of-lysyl-oxidase-protects-retinal-endothelial-cells-from-high-glucose-induced-apoptosis
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Dongjoon Kim, Robert P Mecham, Philip C Trackman, Sayon Roy
Purpose: To investigate the effect of reducing high glucose (HG)-induced lysyl oxidase (LOX) overexpression and increased activity on retinal endothelial cell apoptosis. Methods: Rat retinal endothelial cells (RRECs) were grown in normal (N) or HG (30 mM glucose) medium for 7 days. In parallel, RRECs were grown in HG medium and transfected with LOX small interfering RNA (siRNA), scrambled siRNA as control, or exposed to β-aminopropionitrile (BAPN), a LOX inhibitor...
May 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538649/attenuation-of-hemorrhage-associated-lung-injury-by-adjuvant-treatment-with-c23-an-oligopeptide-derived-from-cold-inducible-rna-binding-protein-cirp
#2
Fangming Zhang, Weng-Lang Yang, Max Brenner, Ping Wang
BACKGROUND: Hemorrhagic shock (HS) is an important cause of mortality. HS is associated with an elevated incidence of acute lung injury (ALI) and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), significantly contributing to HS morbidity and mortality. Cold-inducible RNA-binding protein (CIRP) is released into the circulation during HS and can cause lung injury. C23 is a CIRP-derived oligopeptide that binds with high affinity to the CIRP receptor and inhibits CIRP-induced phagocyte secretion of TNF-α...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538574/sparing-a-craniotomy-the-role-of-intraoperative-methylene-blue-in-management-of-midline-dermoid-cysts
#3
Alannah L Phelan, Christine M Jones, Ashley S Ceschini, Cathy R Henry, Donald R Mackay, Thomas D Samson
BACKGROUND: Midline nasal dermoid cysts are rare congenital anomalies that extend intracranially in approximately 10 percent of cases. Cysts with intracranial extension require a craniotomy to avoid long-term complications, including meningitis, abscesses, and cavernous sinus thrombosis. Current guidelines recommend preoperative imaging with either magnetic resonance imaging or computed tomography to determine appropriate management. METHODS: Patients who underwent excision of a midline nasal dermoid cyst between January 1995 and September 2016 were identified using Current Procedural Terminology codes...
June 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538568/comparison-of-lymphovenous-shunt-methods-in-a-rat-model-supermicrosurgical-lymphaticovenular-anastomosis-versus-microsurgical-lymphaticovenous-implantation
#4
Ryohei Ishiura, Takumi Yamamoto, Takahumi Saito, Daisuke Mito, Takuya Iida
BACKGROUND: Lymphaticovenular anastomosis and lymphaticovenous implantation are the most popular lymphovenous shunt operations for the treatment of obstructive lymphedema. However, no study has been reported regarding direct comparison between lymphaticovenular anastomosis and lymphaticovenous implantation. This study aimed to compare postoperative patency of lymphaticovenular anastomosis and lymphaticovenous implantation using a rat model. METHODS: Twelve Wistar rats were used for the study...
June 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538196/self-assembly-of-gd-3-sds-hepes-complex-and-curcumin-entrapment-for-enhanced-stability-fluorescence-image-in-cellular-system
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Chonticha Sahub, Gamolwan Tumcharern, Prae Chirawatkul, Vithaya Ruangpornvisuti, Sanong Ekgasit, Supasorn Wanichweacharungruang, Thawatchai Tuntulani, Tanapat Palaga, Boosayarat Tomapatanaget
At present, strategies to disperse hydrophobic molecules in water without altering their chemical structures include conventional surfactant-based micellar and vesicular systems, encapsulation into water dispersible polymeric nanoparticles, and loading onto the surface of various metal nanoparticles. Here, we report a simple and low cost platform to incorporate hydrophobic molecules into a stable water dispersible nanostructure that can significantly increase the stability of the encapsulated materials. The platform is based on the incorporation of hydrophobic molecules into the self-assembled complex of gadolinium ion (Gd(3+)), sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS), and 4-(2-hydroxyethyl)-1-piperazineethanesulfonic acid (HEPES) called GdSH...
May 13, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538152/apoptotic-bax-at-oxidatively-stressed-mitochondrial-membranes-lipid-dynamics-and-permeabilization
#6
Artur Peter Günther Dingeldein, Šárka Pokorná, Martin Lidman, Tobias Sparrman, Radek Šachl, Martin Hof, Gerhard Gröbner
Mitochondria are crucial compartments of eukaryotic cells because they function as the cellular power plant and play a central role in the early stages of programmed cell death (apoptosis). To avoid undesired cell death, this apoptotic pathway is tightly regulated by members of the Bcl-2 protein family, which interact on the external surface of the mitochondria, i.e., the mitochondrial outer membrane (MOM), and modulate its permeability to apoptotic factors, controlling their release into the cytosol. A growing body of evidence suggests that the MOM lipids play active roles in this permeabilization process...
May 23, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537735/improved-superresolution-imaging-using-telegraph-noise-in-organic-semiconductor-nanoparticles
#7
Yifei Jiang, Muskendol Novoa, Teeranan Nongnual, Rhonda Powell, Terri F Bruce, Jason D McNeill
Small semiconductor structures often exhibit "telegraph noise". If the number of charge carriers is small, then spontaneous changes in the number of carriers can lead to abrupt switching between two or more discrete levels, leading to burst noise or popcorn noise in transistors. We have observed similar behavior in the fluorescence of organic semiconductor nanoparticles, where typical carrier populations are often less than ~10 carriers per nanoparticle. Spontaneous changes in the number of charges results in abrupt switching between 2 or more fluorescence intensity levels, since the charges act as highly efficient fluorescence quenchers...
May 24, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535481/graphene-oxide-enzyme-hybrid-nanoflowers-for-efficient-water-soluble-dye-removal
#8
Hui Li, Jingwei Hou, Linlin Duan, Chao Ji, Yatao Zhang, Vicki Chen
High efficient enzyme immobilization on carbon based conductive supports could provide wide applications in energy and environmental science. Here, we synthesized a 3D flower-like structured self-assembly hybrid nanocomposite with copper phosphate, laccase, graphite oxide (GO) and carbon nanotubes (CNTs) via a facile one-pot strategy under mild conditions. The prepared nanocomposite exhibited very high enzyme loading and improved laccase activity. During the formation of the nanocomposite, the copper phosphate-laccase petals were interwined by CNTs, and GO nanosheets were further coated on the petal surface...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535395/a-zinc-chloride-doped-adhesive-facilitates-sealing-at-the-dentin-interface-a-confocal-laser-microscopy-study
#9
Manuel Toledano, Raquel Osorio, Estrella Osorio, Inmaculada Cabello, Manuel Toledano-Osorio, Fátima S Aguilera
The aim of this study was to ascertain the effect of Zn-doping of dental adhesives and mechanical load cycling on the micromorphology of the resin-dentin interdiffusion zone (of sound and caries affected dentin). The investigation considered two different Zn-doped adhesive approaches and evaluated the interface using a doubled dye fluorescent technique and a calcium chelator fluorophore under a confocal laser scanning microscopy. Sound and carious dentin-resin interfaces of unloaded specimens were deficiently resin-hybridized, in general...
May 19, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534989/enhanced-cancer-stem-cell-properties-of-a-mitotically-quiescent-subpopulation-of-p75ntr-positive-cells-in-esophageal-squamous-cell-carcinoma
#10
Hirofumi Kojima, Tomoyuki Okumura, Tetsuji Yamaguchi, Takeshi Miwa, Yutaka Shimada, Takuya Nagata
Mitotically quiescent cancer stem cells (CSCs) possess higher malignant potential than other CSCs, indicating their higher contribution to therapeutic resistance than that of other CSCs. In esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC), p75 neurotrophin receptor (p75NTR) is expressed in a candidate CSC population showing high tumorigenicity and chemoresistance. In the present study, we isolated and characterized quiescent CSCs population in ESCC based on p75NTR expression and cell cycle status. Expression of p75NTR and Ki-67 in ESCC cell lines (KYSE cells) and surgically resected ESCC specimens was detected by performing immunocytochemical analysis...
May 16, 2017: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534628/exafs-ab-initio-molecular-dynamics-and-nicis-spectroscopy-studies-on-an-organic-dye-model-at-the-dye-sensitized-solar-cell-photoelectrode-interface
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Peng Liu, Viktor Johansson, Herri Trilaksana, Jan Rosdahl, Gunther G Andersson, Lars Kloo
The organization of dye molecules in the dye layer adsorbed on the semiconductor substrate in dye-sensitized solar cell has been studied using a combination of theoretical methods and experimental techniques. The model system is based on the simple D--A dye L0, which has been chemically modified to replace the acceptor group -CN by -Br (L0Br) in order to offer better X-ray contrast. Experimental EXAFS data based on the Br K-edge backscattering show no obvious difference between dye-sensitised titania powder and titania film samples, thus allowing model systems to be based on powder slurrys...
May 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534112/decolorization-of-textile-dye-rb19-using-volcanic-rock-matrix-immobilized-bacillus-thuringiensis-cells-with-surface-displayed-laccase
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Juan Wan, Xiaowen Sun, Cheng Liu, Mengjun Tang, Lin Li, Hong Ni
A triplicate volcanic rock matrix-Bacillus thuringiensis-laccase WlacD (VRMs-Bt-WlacD) dye decolorization system was developed. WlacD was displayed on the B. thuringiensis MB174 cell surface to prepare a whole-cell laccase biocatalyst by using two repeat N-terminal domains of autolysin Mbg (Mbgn)2 as the anchoring motif. Immunofluorescence microscopic assays confirmed that the fusion protein (Mbgn)2-WlacD was anchored on the surface of the recombinant B. thuringiensis MB174. After optimization by a single factor test, L 9(3(4))-orthogonal test, Plackett-Burman test, steepest ascent method, and Box-Behnken response surface methodology, the whole-cell specific laccase activity of B...
June 2017: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534001/frequency-of-acute-hepatitis-following-acute-paraphenylene-diamine-intoxication
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Rizwan Ishtiaq, Sadaf Shafiq, Ali Imran, Qazi Masroor Ali, Raheel Khan, Hassan Tariq, Daniyal Ishtiaq
INTRODUCTION: Paraphenylene diamine (PPD) ingestion is manifesting as one of the more common ways of committing suicide in Southern Punjab, Pakistan, especially Bahawalpur. PPD is an ingredient of a compound commonly known "Kala Pathar" which means "Black Stone" in Urdu. It is readily available in the market at low cost and is used to dye hair and fur. Its intoxication inhibits cellular oxidation and affects the muscles causing rhabdomyolysis. This leads to myoglobinuria followed by renal failure and edema of face and throat resulting in respiratory difficulty...
April 21, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532075/can-pei-microgels-become-biocompatible-upon-betainization
#14
Nurettin Sahiner, Sahin Demirci
Polyethylene imine (PEI) microgels prepared via micro emulsion polymerization technique were treated with 1,3-propane sultone to obtained betainized PEI (b-PEI) microgels. The betainization reaction generated zwitterions on PEI microgel that are positive charges from quarternized amine groups of PEI, and the newly formed negative charges from SO3(-) groups from the modifying agent, 1,3-propane sultone offered interesting properties. The smaller size of b-PEI microgels that are obtained by simple filtration were increased with betainization from 512±14 to 1114±86nm...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532063/biodegradable-galactitol-based-crosslinked-polyesters-for-controlled-release-and-bone-tissue-engineering
#15
Janeni Natarajan, Sahitya Movva, Giridhar Madras, Kaushik Chatterjee
Various classes of biodegradable polymers have been explored towards finding alternates for the existing treatments for bone disorders. In this framework, two families of polyesters using an array of crosslinkers were synthesized. One was based on galactiol/adipic acid and the other based on galactitol/dodecanedioic acid. The structures of the polymers were confirmed by FTIR and further confirmed by (1)H NMR. DSC showed that the polymers were amorphous and the glass transition temperature increased with increase in crosslinking...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531986/biomimicking-synthesis-of-photoluminescent-molecular-lantern-catalyzed-by-in-situ-formation-of-nanogold-catalysts
#16
Yong Yu, Xin Ting Zheng, Boon Wei Yee, Yen Nee Tan
Bioluminescence has been widely recognized as a powerful imaging tool for biological investigations. Synthesis of molecular lanterns that mimic bioluminescence in nature is of great interest. Herein we report a synthesis of molecular lantern by utilizing the catalytic properties of ultrasmall (<2nm) gold nanoclusters (AuNC), which is inspired by the enzymatic light-up of luciferin in the biological system. Small molecules such as hydroquinone and Cys-Gly peptides are used to direct the synthesis of AuNC via a biotemplating approach, while the in-situ formation of AuNC simultaneously catalyze the formation of luciferin-like, brightly fluorescent dye (λem=520nm, QY=0...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531147/oriented-growth-of-%C3%AE-mno%C3%A2-nanorods-using-natural-extracts-from-grape-stems-and-apple-peels
#17
Lina Sanchez-Botero, Adriana P Herrera, Juan P Hinestroza
We report on the synthesis of alpha manganese dioxide (α-MnO₂) nanorods using natural extracts from Vitis vinifera grape stems and Malus domestica 'Cortland' apple peels. We used a two-step method to produce highly crystalline α-MnO₂ nanorods: (1) reduction of KMnO₄ in the presence of natural extracts to initiate the nucleation process; and (2) a thermal treatment to enable further solid-state growth of the nuclei. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) images provided direct evidence of the morphology of the nanorods and these images were used to propose nucleation and growth mechanisms...
May 22, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530821/exploring-the-reducing-ability-of-organic-dye-acr-mes-for-fluorination-and-oxidation-of-benzylic-c-sp-3-h-bonds-under-visible-light-irradiation
#18
Ming Xiang, Zhi-Kun Xin, Bin Chen, Chen-Ho Tung, Li-Zhu Wu
The excellent oxidizing capability of acridinium-based organic dye (Acr(+)-Mes) is fully studied in photoredox catalysis. However, its reducing ability is always considered weak for organic transformation. The reducing ability of Acr(+)-Mes is developed by Selectfluor to achieve effective fluorination and oxidation of benzylic C(sp(3))-H bonds under visible light irradiation, which is not available for the direct use of oxidizing ability of excited Acr(+)-Mes. Mechanistic insights provided strong evidence for the oxidative quenching of Acr(+)-Mes...
May 22, 2017: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530741/thionine-graphene-oxide-covalent-hybrid-and-its-interaction-with-light
#19
Ewelina Krzyszkowska, Justyna Walkowiak-Kulikowska, Sven Stienen, Aleksandra Wojcik
Graphene oxide sheets (GO) were covalently functionalized with thionine molecules. The obtained hybrid material, Th-GO, was characterized by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Auger electron spectroscopy (AES), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and Raman spectroscopy. Subsequently, the interaction of light with the free dye molecules and with dye molecules bound to the graphene oxide sheets was probed via UV-Vis spectroscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy and femtosecond pump-probe spectroscopy...
May 22, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530469/rapid-bacterial-detection-during-endodontic-treatment
#20
D B Herzog, N A Hosny, S A Niazi, G Koller, R J Cook, F Foschi, T F Watson, F Mannocci, F Festy
Bacteria present in the root canal (RC) space following an RC treatment (RCT) can lead to persistent infections, resulting in treatment failure and the need for reintervention or extraction. Currently, there are no standardized methods in use to clinically detect bacterial presence within RC spaces. The use of paper point sampling and fluorescence staining was shown to be a rapid method, able to detect residual bacteria following treatment. The study demonstrated that Calcein acetoxymethyl (AM) proved to be a suitable dye for detecting vital bacteria within mature endodontic biofilms, with an improved sensitivity over colony-forming unit counting in a stressed biofilm model...
June 2017: Journal of Dental Research
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