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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723127/fluorescent-chemosensors-with-varying-degrees-of-intramolecular-charge-transfer-for-detection-of-a-nerve-agent-mimic-in-solutions-and-in-vapor
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Yuan-Chao Cai, Chen Li, Qin-Hua Song
Nerve agents are highly toxic organophosphorus compounds, and their possible use in terrorist attacks has led to increasing interest in the development of reliable and accurate methods to detect these lethal chemicals. In this paper, we have prepared six 6-aminoquinolines with various N-substituents as chemosensors for a nerve-agent mimic diethylchlorophosphate (DCP). The chemosensors with the nucleophilic pyridine-N atom as the active site detect DCP via a catalytic hydrolysis approach to form the protonated sensor...
June 23, 2017: ACS Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723064/doxorubicin-intracellular-remote-release-from-biocompatible-oegma-based-magnetic-nanogels-triggered-by-magnetic-hyperthermia
#2
Esther Cazares-Cortes, Ana Espinosa, Jean-Michel Guigner, Aude Michel, Nébéwia Griffete, Claire Wilhelm, Christine Menager
Hybrid nanogels, composed of thermoresponsive polymers and superparamagnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) are attractive nanocarriers for biomedical applications, being able - as polymer matrix - to uptake and release high quantities of chemotherapeutic agents and - as magnetic nanoparticles - to heat when exposed to an alternative magnetic field (AMF), better known as magnetic hyperthermia. Herein, biocompatible, pH-, magnetic- and thermo-responsive nanogels, based on oligo (ethylene glycol) methacrylate monomers (OEGMAs) and methacrylic acid co-monomer (MAA) were prepared by conventional precipitation radical co-polymerization in water, post-assembled by complexation with iron oxide magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) of maghemite (-Fe2O3) and loaded with an anticancer drug (doxorubicin - DOX), for remotely controlled drug release by "hot-spot", as an athermal magnetic hyperthermia strategy against cancer...
July 19, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722538/dispersed-synthesis-of-uniform-fe3o4-magnetic-nanoparticles-via-in-situ-decomposition-of-iron-precursor-along-cotton-fiber-for-sudan-dyes-analysis-in-food-samples
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Yassine Bentahir, Said Elmarhoum, Rachid Salghi, Manuel Algarra, Angel Ríos, Mohammed Zougagh
Fe3O4 magnetic nanoparticles, with a negative charge surface, are known to have efficient adsorbent properties, but they tend to be agglomerated into larger aggregates or flocs, which can cause loss of specific area. The addition of cotton fiber, as a stabilizer in preparation of the Fe3O4 nanoparticles, is able to efficiently reduce particle aggregation, and thus, effective particle size, resulting in much greater specific surface area and adsorption sites. Fe3O4 nanoparticles synthesis was accomplished by in-situ high temperature decomposition of the precursor ferric ion in the presence of cotton fiber and ethylene glycol solvent...
July 19, 2017: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part A, Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure & Risk Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722219/preparation-and-evaluation-of-tert-leucine-derivative-functionalized-polymeric-monoliths-for-micro-liquid-chromatography
#4
Meng Ruan, Qiqin Wang, Huihui Wu, Yuqiang Wang, Hai Han, Zhengjin Jiang
In the present study, a novel functional monomer N-[1-(α-naphthyl)ethylaminocarbonyl]-D-tert-leucine-[2-(methacryloyloxy)ethyl] amide (NA-D-tert-Leu-MA) was synthesized, and then employed to prepare polymeric monoliths (240 mm × 100 μm I.D.) functionalized with tert-leucine derivative through a single step thermo-initiated co-polymerization approach or a multi-step post-modification approach. The multi-step approach involves the post-modification of a thiol-containing monolith with NA-D-tert-Leu-MA via "thiol-ene" click reaction...
July 19, 2017: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721043/preparation-of-exenatide-loaded-linear-poly-ethylene-glycol-brush-poly-l-lysine-block-copolymer-potential-implications-on-diabetic-nephropathy
#5
Fei Tong
The poly(ethylene glycol)-b-brush poly(l-lysine) polymer (PEG-b-(PELG50-g-PLL3)) was synthesized and evaluated as a nanocarrier for prolonging delivery of exenatide through the abdominal subcutaneous injection route. The isoelectric point of exenatide was 4.86, and exenatide could combine with PEG-b-(PELG50-g-PLL3) polymers via electrostatic interactions at pH 7.4. This polymer was a good candidate for achieving prolonged drug delivery for exenatide, considering its high molecular weight. Besides the physicochemical characterization of the polymer, in vitro and in vivo applications were researched as a sustained exenatide delivery system...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719863/evaluation-of-platelet-adhesion-and-activation-on-polymers-round-robin-study-to-assess-inter-center-variability
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S Braune, C Sperling, M F Maitz, U Steinseifer, J Clauser, B Hiebl, S Krajewski, H P Wendel, F Jung
The regulatory agencies provide recommendations rather than protocols or standard operation procedures for the hemocompatibility evaluation of novel materials e.g. for cardiovascular applications. Thus, there is a lack of specifications with regard to test setups and procedures. As a consequence, laboratories worldwide perform in vitro assays under substantially different test conditions, so that inter-laboratory and inter-study comparisons are impossible. Here, we report about a prospective, randomized and double-blind multicenter trial which demonstrates that standardization of in vitro test protocols allows a reproducible assessment of platelet adhesion and activation from fresh human platelet rich plasma as possible indicators of the thrombogenicity of cardiovascular implants...
July 3, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719648/oligo-ethylene-glycol-sidechain-microgels-prepared-in-absence-of-cross-linking-agent-polymerization-characterization-and-variation-of-particle-deformability
#7
Nicole Welsch, L Andrew Lyon
We present a systematic study of self-cross-linked microgels formed by precipitation polymerization of oligo ethylene glycol methacrylates. The cross-linking density of these microgels and, thus, the network flexibility can be easily tuned through the modulation of the reaction temperature during polymerization. Microgels prepared in absence of any difunctional monomer, i.e. cross-linker, show enhanced deformability and particle spreading on solid surfaces as compared to microgels cross-linked with varying amounts of poly(ethylene glycol diacrylate) (PEG-DA) in addition to self-crosslinking...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719220/egfr-targeted-cationic-polymeric-mixed-micelles-for-co-delivery-of-gemcitabine-and-mir-205-for-treating-advanced-pancreatic-cancer
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Goutam Mondal, Saud Almawash, Amit Kumar Chaudhary, Ram I Mahato
Gemcitabine (GEM), a first-line chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer undergoes rapid metabolism and develops chemoresistance after repeated administration. We previously demonstrated that the combination of GEM and miR-205 provides an effective therapeutic strategy to sensitize GEM-resistant pancreatic cancer cells. Since epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) is overexpressed in pancreatic cancer cells, in this study, we aimed to deliver mixed micelles containing GEM and miR-205 decorated with EGFR-targeting cetuximab (C225) monoclonal antibody for targeted therapy...
July 18, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716098/awakening-sleeping-beauty-production-of-propionic-acid-in-escherichia-coli-through-the-sbm-operon-requires-the-activity-of-a-methylmalonyl-coa-epimerase
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Ricardo Axayacatl Gonzalez-Garcia, Tim McCubbin, Annalena Wille, Manuel Plan, Lars Keld Nielsen, Esteban Marcellin
BACKGROUND: Propionic acid is used primarily as a food preservative with smaller applications as a chemical building block for the production of many products including fabrics, cosmetics, drugs, and plastics. Biological production using propionibacteria would be competitive against chemical production through hydrocarboxylation of ethylene if native producers could be engineered to reach near-theoretical yield and good productivity. Unfortunately, engineering propionibacteria has proven very challenging...
July 17, 2017: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716006/ethylene-induces-combinatorial-effects-of-histone-h3-acetylation-in-gene-expression-in-arabidopsis
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Likai Wang, Fan Zhang, Siddharth Rode, Kevin K Chin, Eun Esther Ko, Jonghwan Kim, Vishwanath R Iyer, Hong Qiao
BACKGROUND: Histone acetylation and deacetylation are essential for gene regulation and have been implicated in the regulation of plant hormone responses. Many studies have indicated the role of histone acetylation in ethylene signaling; however, few studies have investigated how ethylene signaling regulates the genomic landscape of chromatin states. Recently, we found that ethylene can specifically elevate histone H3K14 acetylation and the non-canonical histone H3K23 acetylation in etiolated seedlings and the gene activation is positively associated with the elevation of H3K14Ac and H3K23Ac in response to ethylene...
July 17, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715434/engineered-extracellular-matrices-with-controlled-mechanics-modulate-renal-proximal-tubular-cell-epithelialization
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Jeffrey A Beamish, Evan Chen, Andrew J Putnam
Acute kidney injury (AKI) is common and associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Recovery from many forms of AKI involves the proliferation of renal proximal tubular epithelial cells (RPTECs), but the influence of the microenvironment in which this recovery occurs remains poorly understood. Here we report the development of a poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) hydrogel platform to study the influence of substrate mechanical properties on the proliferation of human RPTECs as a model for recovery from AKI...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715196/increasing-the-room-temperature-electric-double-layer-retention-time-in-two-dimensional-crystal-fets
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Erich W Kinder, Ashley Fuller, Yu-Chuan Lin, Joshua A Robinson, Susan K Fullerton-Shirey
Poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) and LiClO4, a solid polymer electrolyte with a glass transition temperature (Tg) of 80 °C, is used to electrostatically gate graphene field-effect transistors. The ions in PVA:LiClO4 are drifted into place by field-effect at T > Tg, providing n- or p-type doping, and when the device is cooled to room temperature, the polymer mobility and, hence ion mobility are arrested and the electric double layer (EDL) is "locked" into place in the absence of a gate bias. Unlike other electrolytes used to gate two-dimensional devices for which the Tg, and therefore the "locking" temperature, is well below room temperature, the electrolyte demonstrated in this work provides a route to achieve room-temperature EDL stability...
July 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715188/understanding-microscopic-behavior-of-the-mixture-of-ionic-liquid-ethylene-glycol-lithium-salt-through-time-resolved-fluorescence-nuclear-magnetic-resonance-nmr-and-electron-paramagnetic-resonance-epr-studies
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Ranu Satish Dhale, Prabhat Kumar Sahu, Moloy Sarkar
The present study has been undertaken with an aim to find out the suitability of a binary solvent system, comprising an ionic liquid, 1-(2-Hydroxyethyl)-3-methylimidazolium bis (trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide ([OHEMIM][NTf2]) and ethylene glycol (EG), towards lithium ion battery applications. For this purpose, the behavior in terms of structure, intermolecular interaction and dynamics of several solvent systems, [OHEMIM][NTf2], [OHEMIM][NTf2]-LiNTf2(lithium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide), [OHEMIM][NTf2]-EG and [OHEMIM][NTf2]-EG-LiNTf2 are investigated by carrying out steady state and time-resolved fluorescence, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) measurements...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715109/polymeric-monolith-column-composited-with-multiwalled-carbon-nanotubes-%C3%AE-cyclodextrin-for-the-selective-extraction-of-psoralen-and-isopsoralen
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Xu Ling, Li Zou, Zilin Chen
A polymeric column that contains a multiwalled carbon nanotubes-β-cyclodextrin composite was developed. The composite was wrapped into the poly(butyl methacrylate-ethylene dimethacrylate) monolith column (0.76 mm I.D. and 10 cm in length). The column was then applied for the online solid-phase microextraction of psoralen and isopsoralen from Fructus Psoraleae. Following microextraction, the coumarins were quantified by high-performance liquid chromatography with C18 separation column and UV detection. The effects of sample flow rate, sample volume and pH value were optimized...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Separation Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714880/upregulation-of-phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase-pi3k-enhances-ethylene-biosynthesis-and-accelerates-flower-senescence-in-transgenic-nicotiana-tabacum-l
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Mohd Sabri Pak Dek, Priya Padmanabhan, Sherif Sherif, Jayasankar Subramanian, And Gopinadhan Paliyath
Phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K) is a key enzyme that phosphorylates phosphatidylinositol at 3'-hydroxyl position of the inositol head group initiating the generation of several phosphorylated phosphatidylinositols, collectively referred to as phosphoinositides. The function of PI3K in plant senescence and ethylene signal transduction process was studied by expression of Solanum lycopersicum PI3K in transgenic Nicotiana tabacum, and delineating its effect on flower senescence. Detached flowers of transgenic tobacco plants with overexpressed Sl-PI3K (OX) displayed accelerated senescence and reduced longevity, when compared to the flowers of wild type plants...
July 15, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714676/tunable-magnetization-dynamics-through-solid-state-ligand-substitution-reaction
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Long-Fei Wang, Jiang-Zhen Qiu, Jun-Yu Hong, Yan-Cong Chen, Quan-Wen Li, Jian-Hua Jia, Jesús Jover, Eliseo Ruiz, Jun-Liang Liu, Ming-Liang Tong
The dimeric molecule [Dy2(acac)6(MeOH)2(bpe)]·bpe·2MeOH (1, acac = acetylacetonate, bpe = 1,2-bis(4-pyridyl)ethylene) undergoes a solid-state ligand substitution reaction upon heating, leading to the one-dimensional chain [Dy(acac)3(bpe)]n (2). This structural transformation takes advantage of the potential coordination of the guest bpe molecules present in 1. In both complexes the Dy(III) ions adopt similar octacoordinated D4d geometries. However, the different arrangement of the negatively charged and neutral ligands alters the direction of magnetic anisotropy axis and the energy states, thus resulting in largely distinct magnetization dynamics, as revealed by the CASSCF/RASSI calculations...
July 17, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711629/randomized-comparison-of-3-high-level-disinfection-and-sterilization-procedures-for-duodenoscopes
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Graham M Snyder, Sharon B Wright, Anne Smithey, Meir Mizrahi, Michelle Sheppard, Elizabeth B Hirsch, Ram Chuttani, Riley Heroux, David S Yassa, Lovisa B Olafsdottir, Roger B Davis, Anastasiou Jiannis, Vijay Bapat, Kiran Bidari, Douglas K Pleskow, Daniel Leffler, Benjamin Lane, Alice Chen, Howard S Gold, Anthony Bartley, Aleah D King, Mandeep S Sawhney
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Duodenoscopes have been implicated in the transmission of multi-drug resistant bacteria (MDRO). We compared the frequency of duodenoscope contamination with MDRO or any other bacteria after disinfection or sterilization by 3 different methods. METHODS: We performed a single-center prospective randomized study in which duodenoscopes were randomly reprocessed by standard high-level disinfection (sHLD), double high-level disinfection (dHLD), or standard high-level disinfection followed by ethylene oxide gas sterilization (HLD/ETO)...
July 12, 2017: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711618/fabrication-of-bi-layer-scaffold-of-keratin-nanofiber-and-gelatin-methacrylate-hydrogel-implications-for-skin-graft
#18
Jong Wook Kim, Min Jin Kim, Chang Seok Ki, Hyun Jeong Kim, Young Hwan Park
Bi-layer scaffold composed of human hair keratin/chitosan nanofiber mat and gelatin methacrylate (GelMA) hydrogel was fabricated by using electrospinning and photopolymerization techniques. To prepare the nanofiber layer, the blend solution of human hair keratin and chitosan (mixture ratio: 5/5) was electrospun using formic acid as a solvent in the presence of poly(ethylene glycol), followed by cross-linking with glutaraldehyde. The tensile strength of the human hair keratin/chitosan nanofiber mat was much higher than that of pure human hair keratin nanofiber mat...
July 12, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711015/hydrophilic-surface-modification-of-poly-methyl-methacrylate-based-ocular-prostheses-using-poly-ethylene-glycol-grafting
#19
JaeSang Ko, Kanghee Cho, Sang Won Han, Hyung Kyung Sung, Seung Woon Baek, Won-Gun Koh, Jin Sook Yoon
Ocular prostheses are custom-made polymeric inserts that can be placed in anophthalmic sockets for cosmetic rehabilitation. Prosthetic eye wearers have reduced tear amount, and they often experience dry eye symptoms including dryness, irritation, discomfort, and discharge. Most modern ocular prostheses are made of poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), which is highly hydrophobic. Previous research has shown that improving the wettability of contact lens materials decreases its wearers discomfort by increasing lubrication...
July 8, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710924/identification-of-new-bace1-inhibitors-using-pharmacophore-and-molecular-dynamics-simulations-approach
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Anantha Krishnan Dhanabalan, Manish Kesherwani, Devadasan Velmurugan, Krishnasamy Gunasekaran
Inhibition of β-Secretase (BACE1) is crucial for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Availability of BACE1 crystal structures in both apo and complexed forms enables to find structure-based BACE1 inhibitors for controlling AD. There are two catalytic aspartates (ASP32 and ASP228) presents in the active domain of BACE1. In order to understand the binding mechanism and structure-activity relationship of amidine-containing BACE1 inhibitors, molecular docking, and pharmacophore and 3D-QSAR studies have been carried out with 34 amidine derivatives to develop a pharmacophore model...
June 8, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
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