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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110170/tailoring-polymeric-hybrid-micelles-with-lymph-node-targeting-ability-to-improve-the-potency-of-cancer-vaccines
#1
Qin Zeng, Hanmei Li, Hao Jiang, Jiao Yu, Ying Wang, Huan Ke, Tao Gong, Zhirong Zhang, Xun Sun
It has been widely accepted that lymph nodes (LNs) are critical targets of cancer vaccines and particles sized between 10 and 100 nm with a neutral or negative surface charge are preferred for lymphatic transfer after subcutaneous or intradermal injection. However their limited uptake by antigen presenting cells (APCs) and inadequate retention within LNs undoubtedly restrains their strength on activating T cell immunity. Here, we address this issue by tailoring the physicochemical properties of polymeric hybrid micelles (HMs), which are self-assembled from two amphiphilic diblock copolymers, poly-(ethylene glycol) phosphorethanolamine (PEG-PE) and polyethylenimine-stearic acid conjugate (PSA) via hydrophobic and electrostatic interactions...
January 11, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109233/communication-analytic-gradients-for-the-complex-absorbing-potential-equation-of-motion-coupled-cluster-method
#2
Zsuzsanna Benda, Thomas-C Jagau
The general theory of analytic energy gradients is presented for the complex absorbing potential equation-of-motion coupled-cluster (CAP-EOM-CC) method together with an implementation within the singles and doubles approximation. Expressions for the CAP-EOM-CC energy gradient are derived based on a Lagrangian formalism with a special focus on the extra terms arising from the presence of the CAP. Our implementation allows for locating minima on high-dimensional complex-valued potential energy surfaces and thus enables geometry optimizations of resonance states of polyatomic molecules...
January 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108409/sol-gel-synthesis-and-characterizations-of-hybrid-chitosan-peg-calcium-silicate-nanocomposite-modified-with-zno-nps-and-e102-for-optical-and-antibacterial-applications
#3
Ahmed M Youssef, Amany M El-Nahrawy, Ali B Abou Hammad
Hybrid Chitosan/Poly ethylene glycol/calcium silicate (CS/PEG/calcium silicate) nanocomposite modified with different two types, zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO-NPs) and tartrazine dye (E102) were prepared by sol gel method and the characterization of their structure and biological properties were carried out in order to evaluate the possible use in optical and biomedical fields. The hybrid CS/PEG/calcium silicate complex formations have been established by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopic analysis...
January 17, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107663/antibacterial-anti-oxidant-electroactive-injectable-hydrogel-as-self-healing-wound-dressing-with-hemostasis-and-adhesiveness-for-cutaneous-wound-healing
#4
Xin Zhao, Hao Wu, Baolin Guo, Ruonan Dong, Yusheng Qiu, Peter X Ma
Injectable self-healing hydrogel dressing with multifunctional properties including anti-infection, anti-oxidative and conductivity promoting wound healing process will be highly desired in wound healing application and its design is still a challenge. We developed a series of injectable conductive self-healed hydrogels based on quaternized chitosan-g-polyaniline (QCSP) and benzaldehyde group functionalized poly(ethylene glycol)-co-poly(glycerol sebacate) (PEGS-FA) as antibacterial, anti-oxidant and electroactive dressing for cutaneous wound healing...
January 11, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107624/tocilizumab-alendronate-conjugate-for-treatment-of-rheumatoid-arthritis
#5
Hwiwon Lee, Suk Ho Bhang, Jeong Ho Lee, Hyemin Kim, Sei Kwang Hahn
An autoimmune disease of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) causes severe inflammation on the synovial membrane, which results in the destruction of articular cartilage and bone. Here, Tocilizumab (TCZ) - Alendronate (ALD) conjugate is synthesized for the early intervention of RA. A humanized monoclonal antibody of TCZ shows an immunosuppressive effect, targeting interleukin-6 (IL-6) receptor in the RA pathogenesis. ALD is an anti-inflammatory bisphosphonate drug which can bind to the exposed bone surface. ALD is conjugated selectively to N-glycan on Fc region of TCZ using a chemical linker of 3-(2-pyridyldithio) propionyl hydrazide (PDPH) - poly(ethylene glycol) - N-hydroxysuccinimide (PDPH-PEG-NHS)...
January 20, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107619/peptide-based-stealth-nanoparticles-for-targeted-and-ph-triggered-delivery
#6
Alessandro Ranalli, Melissa Santi, Luigi Capriotti, Valerio Voliani, David Porciani, Fabio Beltram, Giovanni Signore
Stealth agents are extensively investigated as means to prolong nanostructures residence time in the bloodstream by avoiding uptake by the reticuloendothelial system. Unfortunately, commonly used agents such as poly(ethylene glycol) can adversely impact on targeting efficiency and promote immune reaction by the host organism. Therefore, there is an increasing interest in developing biocompatible, non-PEGylated organic nanostructures able to perform targeted delivery, to increase the efficacy of liposomal technology...
January 20, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107616/superhydrophilic-antireflective-periodic-mesoporous-organosilica-coating-on-flexible-polyimide-substrate-with-strong-abrasion-resistance
#7
Jing Wang, Cong Zhang, Chunming Yang, Ce Zhang, Mengchao Wang, Jing Zhang, Yao Xu
Superhydrophilic antireflective periodic mesoporous organosilica (PMO) coating was prepared on flexible polyimide substrate via solvent-evaporation-induced self-assembly (SEISA) method, in which tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) and a special bridged silsesquioxane were used as reactants. The bridged silsesquioxane, EG-BSQ, was synthesized through the stoichiometric reaction between 3-glycidoxyporpyltrimethoxysilane (GPTMS) and ethylene diamine (EDA) at 60 (○)C with no catalyst. Under the influence of surfactant, TEOS and EG-BSQ co-condensed and enclosed the ordered mesporous in the coating...
January 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107018/structure-wettability-and-thermal-stability-of-organic-thin-films-on-gold-generated-from-the-molecular-self-assembly-of-unsymmetrical-oligo-ethylene-glycol-spiroalkanedithiols
#8
Pawilai Chinwangso, Han Ju Lee, Andrew C Jamison, Maria D Marquez, Chul Soon Park, T Randall Lee
Organic thin-films on gold were prepared from a set of new, custom-designed bidentate alkanethiols possessing a mixture of normal alkane and methoxy-terminated tri(ethyleneglycol) chains. The new unsymmetrical spiroalkanedithiol adsorbates were of the form [CH3O(CH2CH2O)3(CH2)5]-[CH3(CH2)n+1]C[CH2SH]2 where n = 3 and 14; designated EG3C7-C7 and EG3C7-C18, respectively. Their corresponding self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on gold were characterized and compared with monothiol SAMs derived from an analogous normal alkanethiol (C18SH) and an alkanethiol terminated with an oligo(ethylene glycol) (OEG) moiety (i...
January 20, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106388/mechanistic-studies-of-single-step-styrene-production-using-a-rhodium-i-catalyst
#9
Benjamin A Vaughan, Sarah K Khani, J Brannon Gary, James D Kammert, Michael S Webster-Gardiner, Bradley A McKeown, Robert J Davis, Thomas R Cundari, T Brent Gunnoe
The direct and single-step conversion of benzene, ethylene, and a Cu(II) oxidant to styrene using the Rh(I) catalyst ((Fl)DAB)Rh(TFA)(η(2)-C2H4) [(Fl)DAB = N,N'-bis(pentafluorophenyl)-2,3-dimethyl-1,4-diaza-1,3-butadiene; TFA = trifluoroacetate] has been reported to give quantitative yields (with Cu(II) as the limiting reagent) and selectivity combined with turnover numbers >800. This report details mechanistic studies of this catalytic process using a combined experimental and computational approach. Examining catalysis with the complex ((Fl)DAB)Rh(OAc)(η(2)-C2H4) shows that the reaction rate has a dependence on catalyst concentration between first- and half-order that varies with both temperature and ethylene concentration, a first-order dependence on ethylene concentration with saturation at higher concentrations of ethylene, and a zero-order dependence on the concentration of Cu(II) oxidant...
January 20, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106252/investigation-into-the-role-of-endogenous-abscisic-acid-during-ripening-of-imported-avocado-cv-hass
#10
Marjolaine D Meyer, Gemma A Chope, Leon A Terry
BACKGROUND: The importance of ethylene in avocado ripening has been extensively studied. In contrast, little is known about the possible role of abscisic acid (ABA). The present work studied the effect of 1-MCP (0.3 μL L(-1) ), e + (®) Ethylene Remover and the combination thereof on the quality of imported avocado cv. Hass fruit stored for 7 days at 12 °C. Ethylene production, respiration, firmness, colour, heptose (C7) sugars and ABA concentrations in mesocarp tissue were measured throughout storage...
January 20, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106200/bright-conjugated-polymer-nanoparticles-containing-a-biodegradable-shell-produced-at-high-yields-and-with-tuneable-optical-properties-by-a-scalable-microfluidic-device
#11
T F Abelha, T W Phillips, J H Bannock, A M Nightingale, C A Dreiss, E Kemal, L Urbano, J C deMello, M Green, L A Dailey
This study compares the performance of a microfluidic technique and a conventional bulk method to manufacture conjugated polymer nanoparticles (CPNs) embedded within a biodegradable poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether-block-poly(lactide-co-glycolide) (PEG5K-PLGA55K) matrix. The influence of PEG5K-PLGA55K and conjugated polymers cyano-substituted poly(p-phenylene vinylene) (CN-PPV) and poly(9,9-dioctylfluorene-2,1,3-benzothiadiazole) (F8BT) on the physicochemical properties of the CPNs was also evaluated. Both techniques enabled CPN production with high end product yields (∼70-95%)...
January 20, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105396/a-solution-doped-polymer-semiconductor-insulator-blend-for-thermoelectrics
#12
David Kiefer, Liyang Yu, Erik Fransson, Andrés Gómez, Daniel Primetzhofer, Aram Amassian, Mariano Campoy-Quiles, Christian Müller
Poly(ethylene oxide) is demonstrated to be a suitable matrix polymer for the solution-doped conjugated polymer poly(3-hexylthiophene). The polarity of the insulator combined with carefully chosen processing conditions permits the fabrication of tens of micrometer-thick films that feature a fine distribution of the F4TCNQ dopant:semiconductor complex. Changes in electrical conductivity from 0.1 to 0.3 S cm(-1) and Seebeck coefficient from 100 to 60 μV K(-1) upon addition of the insulator correlate with an increase in doping efficiency from 20% to 40% for heavily doped ternary blends...
January 2017: Advanced Science (Weinheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102556/structurally-stable-attractive-nanoscale-emulsions-with-dipole-dipole-interaction-driven-interdrop-percolation
#13
Kyounghee Shin, Gyeonghyeon Gong, Jonas Cuadrado, Serim Jeon, Mintae Seo, Hong Sung Choi, Jae Sung Hwang, Youngbok Lee, Alberto Fernandez-Nieves, Jin Woong Kim
This study introduces an extremely stable attractive nanoscale emulsion fluid, in which the amphiphilic block copolymer, poly(ethylene oxide)-block-poly(ε-caprolactone) (PEO-b-PCL), is tightly packed with lecithin, thereby forming a mechanically robust thin-film at the oil-water interface. The molecular association of PEO-b-PCL with lecithin is critical for formation of a tighter and denser molecular assembly at the interface, which is systematically confirmed by T2 relaxation and DSC analyses. Moreover, our suspension rheology studies also reflect the interdroplet attractions over a wide volume fraction range of the dispersed oil phase; this results in a percolated network of stable drops that exhibit no signs of coalescence or phase separation...
January 19, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102524/heat-transfer-capability-of-ethylene-glycol-water-based-nanofluids-containing-graphene-nanoplatelets-design-and-thermophysical-profile
#14
D Cabaleiro, L Colla, S Barison, L Lugo, L Fedele, S Bobbo
This research aims at studying the stability and thermophysical properties of nanofluids designed as dispersions of sulfonic acid-functionalized graphene nanoplatelets in an (ethylene glycol + water) mixture at (10:90)% mass ratio. Nanofluid preparation conditions were defined through a stability analysis based on zeta potential and dynamic light scattering (DLS) measurements. Thermal conductivity, dynamic viscosity, and density were experimentally measured in the temperature range from 283.15 to 343.15 K and nanoparticle mass concentrations of up to 0...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101943/stability-of-color-in-spanish-style-green-table-olives-pasteurized-and-stored-in-plastic-containers
#15
Antonio Higinio Sánchez, Antonio López-López, Víctor Manuel Beato, Antonio de Castro, Alfredo Montaño
BACKGROUND: There is an increasing interest in the use of pasteurizable plastic packaging by the olive industry. In order to investigate the change from traditional glass or varnished can containers to plastic packaging, the proper plastic material that is compatible with fermented olives while maintaining color quality during pasteurization treatment and storage must be selected. This work is focused on color stability in two distinct pasteurizable plastic containers with different oxygen permeability...
January 19, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100173/whole-genome-wide-transcript-profiling-to-identify-differentially-expressed-genes-associated-with-seed-field-emergence-in-two-soybean-low-phytate-mutants
#16
Fengjie Yuan, Xiaomin Yu, Dekun Dong, Qinghua Yang, Xujun Fu, Shenlong Zhu, Danhua Zhu
BACKGROUND: Seed germination is important to soybean (Glycine max) growth and development, ultimately affecting soybean yield. A lower seed field emergence has been the main hindrance for breeding soybeans low in phytate. Although this reduction could be overcome by additional breeding and selection, the mechanisms of seed germination in different low phytate mutants remain unknown. In this study, we performed a comparative transcript analysis of two low phytate soybean mutants (TW-1 and TW-1-M), which have the same mutation, a 2 bp deletion in GmMIPS1, but show a significant difference in seed field emergence, TW-1-M was higher than that of TW-1 ...
January 18, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100156/transcatheter-embolization-of-type-i-endoleaks-associated-with-endovascular-abdominal-aortic-aneurysm-repair-using-ethylene-vinyl-alcohol-copolymer
#17
Assaf Graif, Ansar Z Vance, Mark J Garcia, Kevin T Lie, Michael K McGarry, Daniel A Leung
PURPOSE: To evaluate the feasibility, safety, and outcome of transcatheter embolization using ethylene vinyl alcohol copolymer (EVOH) of type I endoleaks associated with endovascular abdominal aortic aneurysm repair. PATIENT POPULATION AND METHODS: Retrospective chart review was performed to identify 8 consecutive patients who had undergone EVOH embolization for type I endoleaks between 2012 and 2015. The primary approach used to access the endoleak was the perigraft technique, where the endoleak itself is catheterized at the anastomotic site...
January 2017: Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098414/integrated-photo-grafted-molecularly-imprinted-polymers-with-a-cellulose-acetate-membrane-for-the-extraction-of-melamine-from-dry-milk-before-hplc-analysis
#18
Behrouz Akbari-Adergani, Gholam-Hossein Sadeghian, Alireza Alimohammadi, Zahra Esfandiari
In this study, a new separation technique based on membrane extraction is described for the determination of melamine in dry milk. The water-compatible cellulose acetate membrane, which is photo-grafted by melamine imprinted nanospheres, was prepared by placing the membrane into the polymerization solution containing methacrylic acid as functional monomer, ethylene glycol dimethacrylate as cross-linker, acetonitrile as porogen and melamine as the template molecule. The characterization of the polymeric membrane was performed by Fourier transmission infrared spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Separation Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098263/a-lab-on-a-chip-for-monolith-based-preconcentration-and-electrophoresis-separation-of-phosphopeptides
#19
Monica Araya-Farias, Szymon Dziomba, Benjamin Carbonnier, Mohamed Guerrouache, Ichraf Ayed, Nacera Aboud, Myriam Taverna, N Thuy Tran
A microdevice combining online preconcentration and separation of phosphopeptides was developed in a glass microchip. An ethylene glycol methacrylate phosphate (EGMP), acrylamide (AM) and bisacrylamide (BAA) based monolith was synthesized within microchannels through a photo-driven process. Morphological investigations revealed a homogeneous monolithic structure composed of uniform nodules (∼0.8 μm), with a large pore volume (0.62 cm(3) g(-1)) and sufficiently high specific surface area (34.1 m(2) g(-1))...
January 18, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097084/the-calcium-dependent-protein-kinase-cdpk-and-cdpk-related-kinase-gene-families-in-hevea-brasiliensis-comparison-with-five-other-plant-species-in-structure-evolution-and-expression
#20
Xiao-Hu Xiao, Meng Yang, Jin-Lei Sui, Ji-Yan Qi, Yong-Jun Fang, Song-Nian Hu, Chao-Rong Tang
Calcium-dependent protein kinases (CDPKs or CPKs) play important roles in various physiological processes of plants, including growth and development, stress responses and hormone signaling. Although the CDPK gene family has been characterized in several model plants, little is known about this gene family in Hevea brasiliensis (the Para rubber tree). Here, we characterize the entire H. brasiliensis CDPK and CDPK-related kinase (CRK) gene families comprising 30 CDPK genes (HbCPK1 to 30) and nine CRK genes (HbCRK1 to 9)...
January 2017: FEBS Open Bio
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