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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441775/progress-in-the-correlative-atomic-force-microscopy-and-optical-microscopy
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Lulu Zhou, Mingjun Cai, Ti Tong, Hongda Wang
Atomic force microscopy (AFM) has evolved from the originally morphological imaging technique to a powerful and multifunctional technique for manipulating and detecting the interactions between molecules at nanometer resolution. However, AFM cannot provide the precise information of synchronized molecular groups and has many shortcomings in the aspects of determining the mechanism of the interactions and the elaborate structure due to the limitations of the technology, itself, such as non-specificity and low imaging speed...
April 24, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441749/using-wavelet-packet-transform-for-surface-roughness-evaluation-and-texture-extraction
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Xiao Wang, Tielin Shi, Guanglan Liao, Yichun Zhang, Yuan Hong, Kepeng Chen
Surface characterization plays a significant role in evaluating surface functional performance. In this paper, we introduce wavelet packet transform for surface roughness characterization and surface texture extraction. Surface topography is acquired by a confocal laser scanning microscope. Smooth border padding and de-noise process are implemented to generate a roughness surface precisely. By analyzing the high frequency components of a simulated profile, surface textures are separated by using wavelet packet transform, and the reconstructed roughness and waviness coincide well with the original ones...
April 23, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441581/design-combinatorial-synthesis-and-biological-evaluations-of-novel-3-amino-1-1-aryl-1h-1-2-3-triazol-5-yl-methyl-2-oxospiro-benzo-a-pyrano-2-3-c-phenazine-1-3-indoline-2-carbonitrile-antitumor-hybrid-molecules
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Yuanyuan Lu, Linlin Wang, Xiaobing Wang, Tao Xi, Jianmin Liao, Zhixiang Wang, Feng Jiang
A combinatorial chemical library of fifty-nine novel 3-amino-1'-((1-aryl-1H-1,2,3-triazol-5-yl)methyl)-2'-oxospiro[benzo[a]pyrano[2,3-c]phenazine-1,3'-indoline]-2-carbonitrile, designed as hybrid molecules of phenazine, pyran, indole and 1,2,3-triazole pharmacophores, were constructed in this study. Cytotoxic evaluation indicated that some compounds exhibited moderate cytotoxicity against HCT116, MCF7, HepG2 and A549 cancer cell lines in vitro, in which compound 36 was found to have best antiproliferative activity against the A549 cancer cell line with IC50 value of 5...
April 18, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441413/langerhans-cells-prevent-subbasal-nerve-damage-and-upregulate-neurotrophic-factors-in-dry-eye-disease
#4
Eun Young Choi, Hyun Goo Kang, Chul Hee Lee, Areum Yeo, Hye Mi Noh, Nayeong Gu, Myoung Joon Kim, Jong Suk Song, Hyeon Chang Kim, Hyung Keun Lee
The functional role of Langerhans cells (LCs) in ocular surface inflammation and nerve damage in dry eye (DE) disease has yet to be determined. This study was performed to investigate this relationship through both clinical study on DE patients and in vivo mouse models with induced DE disease. In a cross-sectional case-control study (54 eyes of DE patients; 34 eyes of control patients), average cell density, area, and process length of LCs were measured using confocal microscopy. Data were analyzed to determine whether changes in LCs are correlated with subbasal nerve plexus (SNP) parameters (nerve density, beading, and tortuosity)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440713/glycinated-fullerenes-for-tamoxifen-intracellular-delivery-with-improved-anticancer-activity-and-pharmacokinetics
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Charu Misra, Manish Kumar, Gajanand Sharma, Rajendra Kumar, Bhupinder Singh, Om Prakash Katare, Kaisar Raza
AIM: Glycine-tethered C60-fullerenes were conjugated with N-desmethyl tamoxifen and evaluated for drug delivery benefits. MATERIALS & METHODS: C60-fullerenes were functionalized with glycine, and N-desmethyl tamoxifen was conjugated, employing a linker and characterized for micromeritics, drug loading, drug release and evaluated for cancer cell toxicity, cellular uptake and pharmacokinetics. RESULTS: The nanoconjugate with a drug entrapment efficiency of 82...
April 25, 2017: Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440435/mitochondria-targeting-and-near-infrared-fluorescence-imaging-of-a-novel-heptamethine-cyanine-anticancer-agent
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Juewei Ning, Baozhan Huang, Zeliang Wei, Wen'en Li, Huajie Zheng, Limei Ma, Zhihua Xing, Hai Niu, Wen Huang
The future of personalized cancer treatments relies on the development of functional agents that have tumor-targeted anticancer activities and can be detected in tumors using imaging. However, application of these functional agents in the clinic has been limited due to inefficient drug delivery, low specificity for tumor imaging, development of drug resistance, low signal-to-noise ratio and safety concerns regarding potential toxicity. Currently, the most common strategy to develop these functional agents is to conjugate therapeutic agents with the appropriate fluorescent probe...
April 10, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440425/mitochondrial-transcription-factor-a-tfam-is-upregulated-in-glioma
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Hyunji Lee, Jisoo Park, Quangdon Tran, Dohoon Kim, Youngeun Hong, Hyeonjeong Cho, So Hee Kwon, Derek Brazil, Seon-Hwan Kim, Jongsun Park
Mitochondrial transcription factor A (TFAM), which was initially discovered as a transcription factor for mitochondrial DNA, has known to be critical for the regulation of mitochondrial DNA. However the possible involvement of TFAM in cancer is largely unknown. In this study, we have provided some evidence that TFAM may have a potential role in brain tumor. Western blot analysis with anti‑TFAM antibody indicated that TFAM is overexpressed in glioblastoma cell lines including U87MG and U251MG. Transcriptome profiling of U87MG and U251MG cells by using deep‑sequencing revealed that TFAM transcripts were upregulated in these cells compared to its of cerebral cortex...
April 12, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439869/studying-protein-protein-interactions-in-planta-using-advanced-fluorescence-microscopy
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Marc Somssich, Rüdiger Simon
The formation of protein complexes through direct protein-protein interaction is essential for virtually every biological process, and accordingly the ability to determine the interaction properties of specific proteins is important to understand these processes. Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) measurements are state-of-the-art confocal fluorescence microscopy- and imaging-based techniques that allow the analysis of protein interactions in vivo and in planta, in specific compartments of single cells or tissues...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439864/long-term-confocal-imaging-of-arabidopsis-thaliana-roots-for-simultaneous-quantification-of-root-growth-and-fluorescent-signals
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Delyana Stoeva, Christian Göschl, Bruce Corliss, Wolfgang Busch
Observing cellular and molecular processes in living organisms is key for understanding many important biological processes. Confocal microscopy is excellently suited for this as it enables the observation of molecules and cells in tissue layers of living organisms in three dimensions over time. However, in continuously growing organs, such as plant roots, observations over extended time spans become difficult as the specimen quickly grows out the field of view. Here, we provide a protocol that allows for the acquisition of confocal microscope time-lapse images of root tips spanning many hours, as the growing root tip is tracked and the microscopy is automatized to change the position of the stage...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439814/imaging-the-accumulated-intracellular-microalgal-lipids-as-a-response-to-temperature-stress
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Khaled N M Elsayed, Tatiana A Kolesnikova, Anja Noke, Gerd Klöck
Over the last few decades, many scientists considered microalgae as promising actors for future biofuels because of the high lipid productivity inside their cells. Moreover, much attention has been paid to algal lipids as they can be used in biodiesel production. In this study, we optimized the different suitable conditions such as incubation time, incubation temperature, Dimethylesulfoxide and Nile red concentrations of the lipophilic fluorescence dye Nile red as an excellent and fast vital stain to detect and quantify intracellular lipids...
May 2017: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439630/myriocin-treatment-of-cf-lung-infection-and-inflammation-complex-analyses-for-enigmatic-lipids
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Anna Caretti, Michele Vasso, Fabiola Tecla Bonezzi, Andrea Gallina, Marco Trinchera, Alice Rossi, Raffaella Adami, Josefina Casas, Monica Falleni, Delfina Tosi, Alessandra Bragonzi, Riccardo Ghidoni, Cecilia Gelfi, Paola Signorelli
Our aim was to use quantitative and qualitative analyses to gain further insight into the role of ceramide in cystic fibrosis (CF). Sphingolipid ceramide is a known inflammatory mediator, and its accumulation in inflamed lung has been reported in different types of emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and CF. CF is caused by a mutation of the chloride channel and associated with hyperinflammation of the respiratory airways and high susceptibility to ongoing infections. We have previously demonstrated that de novo ceramide synthesis is enhanced in lung inflammation and sustains Pseudomonas aeruginosa pulmonary infection in a CF murine model...
April 24, 2017: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438899/galectin-3-a-positive-regulator-of-leukocyte-recruitment-in-the-inflamed-microcirculation
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Beatrice R Gittens, Jennifer V Bodkin, Sussan Nourshargh, Mauro Perretti, Dianne Cooper
In vivo and ex vivo imaging were used to investigate the function of galectin-3 (Gal-3) during the process of leukocyte recruitment to the inflamed microcirculation. The cremasteric microcirculation of wild-type (C57BL/6), Gal-3(-/-), and CX3CR1(gfp/+) mice were assessed by intravital microscopy after PBS, IL-1β, TNF-α, or recombinant Gal-3 treatment. These cellular responses were investigated further using flow-chamber assays, confocal microscopy, flow cytometry, PCR analysis, and proteome array. We show that mechanisms mediating leukocyte slow rolling and emigration are impaired in Gal-3(-/-) mice, which could be because of impaired expression of cell adhesion molecules and an altered cell surface glycoproteome...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438532/kinetic-properties-and-adrenergic-control-of-trek-2-like-channels-in-rat-medial-prefrontal-cortex-mpfc-pyramidal-neurons
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W Ładno, M Gawlak, P Szulczyk, E Nurowska
TREK-2-like channels were identified on the basis of electrophysiological and pharmacological tests performed on freshly isolated and enzymatically/mechanically dispersed pyramidal neurons of the rat medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC). Single-channel currents were recorded in cell-attached configuration and the impact of adrenergic receptors (α1, α2, β) stimulation on spontaneously appearing TREK-2-like channel activity was tested. The obtained results indicate that noradrenaline decreases the mean open probability of TREK-2-like channel currents by activation of β1 but not of α1- and α2-adrenergic receptors...
April 21, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437916/multiband-selective-absorbers-made-of-1d-periodic-ag-sio-sub-2-sub-ag-core-shell-coaxial-cylinders-horizontally-lying-on-a-planar-substrate
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Yi Zhao, Ceji Fu
In this paper, we present a one-dimensional periodic microstructure for multiband selective absorbers of thermal radiation. The microstructure is made of Ag/SiO<sub>2</sub>/Ag core/shell coaxial cylinders horizontally lying on top of a SiO<sub>2</sub> dielectric spacer and an opaque silver substrate. The spectral-directional absorptivity of the proposed structure was numerically investigated with the finite element based Comsol Multiphysics software. Multiband selective absorption in the wavenumber range from 2500 to 20000 cm<sup>-1</sup> for TM-wave incidence was obtained...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437687/use-of-tourmaline-as-a-potential-petrogenetic-indicator-in-the-determination-of-host-magma-crs-xrd-and-ped-xrf-methods
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Bahattin Gullu, Yusuf Kagan Kadioglu
Tourmaline defines a group of complex borosilicate forms as accessory mineral in igneous and metamorphic rocks and they act an important role in the interpretation of the chemical composition changes of the composition of the host fluid of the magma. The variety of tourmaline can be identified by using optical microscopy, X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) and by determining its chemical composition through Polarized Energy Dispersive X-Ray Fluorescence (PED-XRF) methods. However, microscopic investigations and XRD analyses are not quite adequate for detailed determination of tourmaline sub-groups...
April 19, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437591/fluorofenidone-attenuates-il-1%C3%AE-production-by-interacting-with-nlrp3-inflammasome-in-unilateral-ureteral-obstruction
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Linfeng Zheng, Jin Zhang, Xiangning Yuan, Juan Tang, Sisi Qiu, Zhangzhe Peng, Qiongjing Yuan, Yanyun Xie, Wenjuan Mei, Yiting Tang, Jie Meng, Gaoyun Hu, Lijian Tao
AIM: We explored whether Fluorofenidone reduced IL-1β production by interacting with NLRP3 inflammasome in unilateral ureteral obstruction (UUO). METHODS: UUO rats were treated with Fluorofenidone (500 mg · kg · d) for 3, 7 days. Morphologic analysis and leukocytes infiltration were assessed in ligated kidneys. Furthermore, plasmids of NLRP3, ASC, pro-Caspase-1, pro-IL-1β were co-transfected into 293 T cells, and then treated with Fluorofenidone (2 mM)...
April 24, 2017: Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437527/ocular-motor-nerve-development-in-the-presence-and-absence-of-extraocular-muscle
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Suzanne M Michalak, Mary C Whitman, Jong G Park, Max A Tischfield, Elaine H Nguyen, Elizabeth C Engle
Purpose: To spatially and temporally define ocular motor nerve development in the presence and absence of extraocular muscles (EOMs). Methods: Myf5cre mice, which in the homozygous state lack EOMs, were crossed to an IslMN:GFP reporter line to fluorescently label motor neuron cell bodies and axons. Embryonic day (E) 11.5 to E15.5 wild-type and Myf5cre/cre:IslMN:GFP whole mount embryos and dissected orbits were imaged by confocal microscopy to visualize the developing oculomotor, trochlear, and abducens nerves in the presence and absence of EOMs...
April 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437526/prominin-1-is-a-novel-regulator-of-autophagy-in-the-human-retinal-pigment-epithelium
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Sujoy Bhattacharya, Jinggang Yin, Christina S Winborn, Qiuhua Zhang, Junming Yue, Edward Chaum
Purpose: Prominin-1 (Prom1) is a transmembrane glycoprotein, which is expressed in stem cell lineages, and has recently been implicated in cancer stem cell survival. Mutations in the Prom1 gene have been shown to disrupt photoreceptor disk morphogenesis and cause an autosomal dominant form of Stargardt-like macular dystrophy (STGD4). Despite the apparent structural role of Prom1 in photoreceptors, its role in other cells of the retina is unknown. The purpose of this study is to investigate the role of Prom1 in the highly metabolically active cells of the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE)...
April 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437437/use-of-short-interfering-rna-delivered-by-cationic-liposomes-to-enable-efficient-down-regulation-of-ptpn22-gene-in-human-t-lymphocytes
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Valentina Perri, Marsha Pellegrino, Francesca Ceccacci, Anita Scipioni, Stefania Petrini, Elena Gianchecchi, Anna Lo Russo, Serena De Santis, Giovanna Mancini, Alessandra Fierabracci
Type 1 diabetes and thyroid disease are T cell-dependent autoimmune endocrinopathies. The standard substitutive administration of the deficient hormones does not halt the autoimmune process; therefore, development of immunotherapies aiming to preserve the residual hormonal cells, is of crucial importance. PTPN22 C1858T mutation encoding for the R620W lymphoid tyrosine phosphatase variant, plays a potential pathophysiological role in autoimmunity. The PTPN22 encoded protein Lyp is a negative regulator of T cell antigen receptor signaling; R620W variant, leading to a gain of function with paradoxical reduced T cell activation, may represent a valid therapeutic target...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437194/comparison-of-three-final-irrigation-activation-techniques-effects-on-canal-cleanness-smear-layer-removal-and-dentinal-tubule-penetration-of-two-root-canal-sealers
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Elmas Turkel, Emel Olga Onay, Mete Ungor
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to compare three final irrigation activation techniques with respect to their effects on debridement efficacy, smear layer removal, and dentinal tubule penetration of two different root canal sealers. BACKGROUND DATA: Different applications to improve the delivery of irrigating solutions within the root canal system are currently being investigated, as not all of the mechanisms and effects of these techniques have been clearly identified...
February 22, 2017: Photomedicine and Laser Surgery
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