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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448818/pegylated-bilirubin-nanoparticle-as-an-anti-oxidative-and-anti-inflammatory-demulcent-in-pancreatic-islet-xenotransplantation
#1
Min Jun Kim, Yonghyun Lee, Sangyong Jon, Dong Yun Lee
Transplanted islets suffer hypoxic stress, which leads to nonspecific inflammation. This is the major cause of islet graft failure during the early stage of intrahepatic islet transplantation. Although bilirubin has shown potent anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory functions, its clinical applications have been limited due to its insolubility and short half-life. To overcome this problem, novel amphiphilic bilirubin nanoparticles are designed. Hydrophilic poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) is conjugated to the hydrophobic bilirubin molecule...
April 18, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448636/successful-vitrification-of-pronuclear-stage-pig-embryos-with-a-novel-cryoprotective-agent-carboxylated-%C3%AE%C2%B5-poly-l-lysine
#2
Maki Kamoshita, Tsubasa Kato, Katsuyoshi Fujiwara, Takafumi Namiki, Kazuaki Matsumura, Suong-Hyu Hyon, Junya Ito, Naomi Kashiwazaki
Vitrification is a powerful tool for the efficient production of offspring derived from cryopreserved oocytes or embryos in mammalian species including domestic animals. Genome editing technologies such as transcription activator-like effector nucleases (TALENs) and clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)/ CRISPR-associated (Cas)9 are now available even for domestic species, suggesting that the vitrification of embryos at the pronuclear stage (PN) will be more important because they could provide genomic host cells to be targeted by TALENs or CRISPR/Cas9...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448124/bioinspired-engineering-of-poly-ethylene-glycol-hydrogels-and-natural-protein-fibers-for-layered-heart-valve-constructs
#3
Qian Li, Yun Bai, Tao Jin, Shuo Wang, Wei Cui, Ilinca Stanciulescu, Rui Yang, Hemin Nie, Linshan Wang, Xing Zhang
Layered constructs from poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) hydrogels and chicken eggshell membranes (ESMs) are fabricated, which can be further crosslinked by glutaraldehyde (GA) to form GA-PEG-ESM composites. Our results indicate that ESMs composed of protein fibrous networks show elastic moduli ~3.3-5.0 MPa and elongation percentages ~47-56%, close to human heart valve leaflets. Finite element simulations reveal obvious stress concentration on a partial number of fibers in the GA-crosslinked ESM (GA-ESM) samples, which can be alleviated by efficient stress distribution among multiple layers of ESMs embedded in PEG hydrogels...
April 27, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448024/synthesis-of-hydrogels-with-antifouling-properties-as-membranes-for-water-purification
#4
Thien N Tran, Sankara N Ramanan, Haiqing Lin
Hydrogels have been widely utilized to enhance the surface hydrophilicity of membranes for water purification, increasing the antifouling properties and thus achieving stable water permeability through membranes over time. Here, we report a facile method to prepare hydrogels based on zwitterions for membrane applications. Freestanding films can be prepared from sulfobetaine methacrylate (SBMA) with a crosslinker of poly(ethylene glycol) diacrylate (PEGDA) via photopolymerization. The hydrogels can also be prepared by impregnation into hydrophobic porous supports to enhance the mechanical strength...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447883/c-h-infrared-absorption-and-solubility-of-ethylene-propyne-2-methyl-2-butene-and-2-methyl-1-3-butadiene-isoprene-in-liquid-argon-solutions
#5
Parashu R Nyaupane, Helena Diez-Y-Riega, Daniel Cordier, Carlos E Manzanares
The solubility of ethylene (H2C=CH2), propyne (CH3-C≡C-H), 2-methyl-2-butene (CH3-CH=C(CH3)2), and isoprene or 2-methyl-1, 3-butadiene (H2C=C(CH3)-CH=CH2) in liquid argon has been measured using mid-infrared and near-infrared (NIR) absorption. Spectra were recorded in the C-H infrared (IR) region. Spectra were obtained at increasing solution composition until the magnitude of the integrated absorption band reached a maximum value, indicating a saturated solution. The approximate experimental solubilities are: (600 ± 100) ppm at 92 K for ethylene, (22 ± 9) ppm at 100 K for propyne, (9 ± 5) ppm at 100 K for 2-methyl-2-butene, and (12 ± 2) ppm at 86 K for isoprene...
January 1, 2017: Applied Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447684/crystal-structure-nir-luminescence-and-x-ray-computed-tomography-of-nd-3-ba0-3lu0-7f2-7-nanospheres
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Daniel González-Mancebo, Ana Isabel Becerro, Eugenio Cantelar, Fernando Cussó, Arnaud Briat, Damien Boyer, Manuel Ocaña
Uniform, hydrophilic 50 nm diameter Nd(3+)-doped Ba0.3Lu0.7F2.7 nanospheres are synthesized at 120 °C using a singular one-pot method based on the use of ethylene glycol as solvent, in the absence of any additive. The composition and crystal structure of the undoped material are analyzed in detail using ICP and XRD, which reveals a BaF2 cubic crystal structure that is able to incorporate 70 mol% of Lu ions. This finding contrasts with the reported phase diagram of the system, where the maximum solubility is around 30 mol% Lu...
April 27, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446851/an-invitro-evaluation-of-the-accuracy-of-two-electronic-apex-locators-to-determine-working-length-in-the-presence-of-various-irrigants
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Ashwini B Prasad, Srivastava Harshit, Srivastava Arora Aastha, Raisingani Deepak
BACKGROUND: Cleaning and shaping of root canal system requires various irrigating solutions. The question is whether the presence of irrigation solution alters working length determination using apex locators. The purpose of this study was to compare the accuracy of Root ZX and i-Root apex locator for determining working length in the presence of different irrigating solution. MATERIALS AND METHOD: Eighty extracted single rooted human teeth were used. The teeth were sectioned at Cemento Enamel Junction (CEJ) and actual canal length determined...
September 2016: Ethiopian Journal of Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446830/bryophyllum-pinnatum-leaf-extracts-prevent-formation-of-renal-calculi-in-lithiatic-rats
#8
Mahendra Yadav, Vijay D Gulkari, Manish M Wanjari
BACKGROUND: Bryophyllum pinnatum, commonly known as Pattharcaṭṭa, is used traditionally in ethnomedicinal practices for the treatment of kidney stone and urinary insufficiency. AIM: The present study evaluated the effect of Bryophyllum pinnatum on ethylene glycol (EG)-induced renal calculi in rats. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Renal calculi were induced in rats by administration of 0.75% EG in drinking water and co-treated orally with standard drug, Cystone (750 mg/kg), or alcoholic and hydro-alcoholic extracts in doses of 100, 200 and 400 mg/kg for 28 days...
October 2016: Ancient Science of Life
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445804/nanoencapsulation-of-individual-mammalian-cells-with-cytoprotective-polymer-shell
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Jianmin Yang, Jingchao Li, Xiaomeng Li, Xinlong Wang, Yingjun Yang, Naoki Kawazoe, Guoping Chen
Nanoencapsulation of individual mammalian cells has great potential in biomedical, biotechnological and bioelectronic applications. However, existing techniques for cell nanoencapsulation generally yield short sustaining period and loose structure of encapsulation shell, which fails to meet the long-term cytoprotection and immunosuppression requirements. Here, we report a mild method to realize the nanoencapsulation of individual mammalian cells by layer-by-layer (LbL) assembly of gelatin inner layer and cross-linking of poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) outer layer through thiol-click chemistry...
April 18, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445518/use-of-human-fat-grafting-in-the-prevention-of-perineural-adherence-experimental-study-in-athymic-mouse
#10
Mario Cherubino, Igor Pellegatta, Alessandro Crosio, Luigi Valdatta, Stefano Geuna, Rosalba Gornati, Pierluigi Tos
Perineural adherences represent a problem after surgery involving peripheral neural system. Fat-grafting with adipose derived stem cells (ASCs) with their pro-regenerative characteristics can be important to prevent the neural damage or to facilitate the neural regeneration. Our idea was to use the fat-grafting as an anti-adherence device and test its efficacy on a postsurgical scar animal model and comparing to an antiadhesive gel. 32 athymic mice were operated under magnification, we exposed both sciatic nerves...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444979/false-negative-single-antigen-bead-assay-is-it-always-an-effect-of-prozone
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Dharmendra Jain, Jui Choudhuri, Rajni Chauhan, Pranav Dorwal, Deepak Sharma, Aseem K Tiwari, Vimarsh Raina
BACKGROUND: Bead based flow cytometry and Luminex play a major role in identification of alloantibodies in renal transplant work-up. Strong sensitization events may lead to prozone phenomenon that can affect single antigen bead (SAB) assay and result in false negativity. However, this can also be due to high titer of other blocking antibodies. While methods like, heat inactivation, C1 inhibitor, Ethylene diamine tetra-acetic-acid and Dithio threitol treatment can remove interfering antibodies of complement and IgM, these methods are not optimal if false negativity is due to prozone effect, which is high titer of antibodies alone...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444854/analysis-of-organic-components-in-resin-modified-pulp-capping-materials-critical-considerations
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Bo W Nilsen, Einar Jensen, Ulf Örtengren, Vibeke B Michelsen
The purpose of this study was to elucidate the organic composition and eluates of three resin-based pulp-capping materials in relation to their indications and safety data sheets. Uncured samples of Theracal LC, Ultra-Blend Plus, and Calcimol LC were investigated using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) and ultra-performance liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS). Identification/quantification of 7-d leachables of cured samples was performed using GC-MS for 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA), 2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate (DMAEMA), camphorquinone (CQ), ethylene glycol dimethacrylate (EGDMA), ethyl-4-(dimethylamino)benzoate (DMABEE), and triethylene glycol dimethacrylate (TEGDMA)...
April 26, 2017: European Journal of Oral Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443850/selective-adsorption-of-carbohydrates-and-glycoproteins-via-molecularly-imprinted-hydrogels-application-to-visible-detection-by-a-boronic-acid-monomer
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Takuya Kubo, Hayato Furuta, Toyohiro Naito, Tomoharu Sano, Koji Otsuka
Selective adsorption of carbohydrates and glycoproteins was effectively achieved by molecularly imprinted hydrogels (MIHs) with a poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG)-based crosslinker and 4-vinylphenylboronic acid. In addition, an MIH with a novel boronic acid monomer provided selective adsorption and enabled visible detection of fructose.
April 26, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443121/hormonal-and-nutritional-features-in-contrasting-rootstock-mediated-tomato-growth-under-low-phosphorus-nutrition
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Cristina Martínez-Andújar, Juan M Ruiz-Lozano, Ian C Dodd, Alfonso Albacete, Francisco Pérez-Alfocea
Grafting provides a tool aimed to increase low-P stress tolerance of crops, however, little is known about the mechanism (s) by which rootstocks can confer resistance to P deprivation. In this study, 4 contrasting groups of rootstocks from different genetic backgrounds (Solanum lycopersicum var. cerasiforme and introgression and recombinant inbred lines derived from the wild relatives S. pennellii and S. pimpinellifolium) were grafted to a commercial F1 hybrid scion and cultivated under control (1 mM, c) and P deficient (0...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443119/parsing-the-regulatory-network-between-small-rnas-and-target-genes-in-ethylene-pathway-in-tomato
#15
Yunxiang Wang, Qing Wang, Lipu Gao, Benzhong Zhu, Zheng Ju, Yunbo Luo, Jinhua Zuo
Small RNAs are a class of short non-coding endogenous RNAs that play essential roles in many biological processes. Recent studies have reported that microRNAs (miRNAs) are also involved in ethylene signaling in plants. LeERF1 is one of the ethylene response factors (ERFs) in tomato that locates in the downstream of ethylene signal transduction pathway. To elucidate the intricate regulatory roles of small RNAs in ethylene signaling pathway in tomato, the deep sequencing and bioinformatics methods were combined to decipher the small RNAs landscape in wild and sense-/antisense-LeERF1 transgenic tomato fruits...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443102/effect-of-hbdhn1-and-hbdhn2-genes-on-abiotic-stress-responses-in-arabidopsis
#16
Yuxin Cao, Xian Xiang, Mengting Geng, Qin You, Xi Huang
Dehydrin is a type of late embryogenesis abundant (LEA) protein. The dehydrin genes, HbDHN1 and HbDHN2, in Hevea brasiliensis were previously found to be induced at the wounding site of epicormic shoots, with local tissue dehydration identified as the key signal for laticifer differentiation. However, the exact role of the HbDHNs remains unknown. In this study, HbDHN1 and HbDHN2 expression was examined under multiple abiotic stresses; namely, cold, salt, drought, wounding, abscisic acid (ABA), ethylene (ET), and jasmonic acid (JA) treatment...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442598/ethylene-regulates-differential-growth-via-big-arf-gef-dependent-post-golgi-secretory-trafficking-in-arabidopsis
#17
Kristoffer Jonsson, Yohann Boutté, Rajesh Kumar Singh, Delphine Gendre, Rishikesh Bhalerao
During early seedling development, the shoot apical meristem is protected from damage as the seedling emerges from soil by the formation of apical hook. Hook formation requires differential growth across the epidermis below the meristem in the hypocotyl. The plant hormones ethylene and auxin play key roles during apical hook development by controlling differential growth. We provide genetic and cell biological evidence for the role of ADP-ribosylation factor 1 (ARF1)-GTPase and its effector ARF-guanine-exchange factors (GEF)s of the BFA-inhibited GEF (BIG) family and GNOM in ethylene- and auxin-mediated control of hook development...
April 24, 2017: Plant Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442427/neglected-antibacterial-activity-of-ethylene-glycol-as-a-common-solvent
#18
M Moghayedi, H Ahmadzadeh, K Ghazvini, E K Goharshadi
For the first time, the antibacterial activity of ethylene glycol (EG), a routine frequently used solvent against Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacterium, was assessed. The antibacterial activity of EG against E. coli was measured using colony counting and broth turbidity assays. The influence of EG concentration (1.5-25.0%v/v) and exposure time on the growth of E. coli was investigated. By increasing EG concentration, its antibacterial activity against E. coli increased so that for both 24.0% and 25.0% of EG, the bacteria growth was totally inhibited within 4 h...
April 22, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442414/inhibition-of-allogeneic-cytotoxic-t-cell-cd8-proliferation-via-polymer-induced-treg-cd4-cells
#19
Ning Kang, Wendy M Toyofuku, Xining Yang, Mark D Scott
T cell-mediated immune rejection remains a barrier to successful transplantation. Polymer-based bioengineering of cells may provide an effective means of preventing allorecognition and the proliferation of cytotoxic (CD8(+)) T lymphocytes (CTL). Using MHC-disparate murine splenocytes modified with succinimidyl valerate activated methoxypoly(ethylene glycol) [SVA-mPEG] polymers, the effects of leukocyte immunocamouflage on CD8(+) and CD4(+) alloproliferation and T regulatory (Treg) cell induction were assessed in a mixed lymphocyte reaction (MLR) model...
April 22, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442375/implication-of-hyperoxaluria-on-osteopontin-and-er-stress-mediated-apoptosis-in-renal-tissue-of-rats
#20
Rishi Bhardwaj, Ankita Bhardwaj, Chanderdeep Tandon, Devinder K Dhawan, Rakesh Kumar Bijarnia, Tanzeer Kaur
Hyperoxaluria is a stress that leads to calcium oxalate crystal deposition which further causes inflammation and renal cell necroptosis. Many studies have linked osteopontin expression with apoptosis and inflammation but so far its association with apoptosis with regard to hyperoxaluria is undiscovered. Moreover, a recent report has suggested that osteopontin induces endoplasmic reticulum stress and subsequently apoptosis in myocytes. In this study, the impact of hyperoxaluria on the modulation of osteopontin expression and endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress mediated apoptosis in rats is explored...
April 22, 2017: Experimental and Molecular Pathology
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