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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777869/subconjunctival-dendrimer-drug-therapy-for-the-treatment-of-dry-eye-in-rabbits-with-induced-autoimmune-dacryoadenitis
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Hui Lin, Ying Liu, Siva P Kambhampati, Chih-Chien Hsu, Rangaramanujam M Kannan, Samuel C Yiu
PURPOSE: To investigate the efficacy of a single subconjunctival injection of dendrimer-dexamethasone to treat dry eye in a rabbit model of induced autoimmune dacryoadenitis (AID). METHOD: Dendrimer biodistribution after subconjuntival injection in AID animals was evaluated using Cy5-labelled dendrimer (D-Cy5) and confocal microscopy. Diseased animals were treated with free dexamethasone (Free-Dex), dendrimer-dexamethasone (D-Dex), or saline via a single subconjunctival injection...
May 16, 2018: Ocular Surface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777691/improving-electrical-properties-of-ipsc-cardiomyocytes-by-enhancing-cx43-expression
#2
Valentin Sottas, Carl-Mattheis Wahl, Mihnea C Trache, Michael Bartolf-Kopp, Sidney Cambridge, Markus Hecker, Nina D Ullrich
The therapeutic potential of induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (iPSC-CMs) is limited by immature functional features including low impulse propagation and reduced cell excitability. Key players regulating electrical activity are voltage-gated Na+ channels (Nav 1.5) and gap junctions built from connexin-43 (Cx43). Here we tested the hypothesis that enhanced Cx43 expression increases intercellular coupling and influences excitability by modulating Nav 1.5. Using transgenic approaches, Cx43 and Nav 1...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777587/epidermal-growth-factor-receptor-egfr-density-may-not-be-the-only-determinant-for-the-efficacy-of-egfr-targeted-photoimmunotherapy-in-human-head-and-neck-cancer-cell-lines
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Wei Peng, Henriette S de Bruijn, Eric Farrell, Mouldy Sioud, Vida Mashayekhi, Sabrina Oliveira, Go M van Dam, Jan L N Roodenburg, Max J H Witjes, Dominic J Robinson
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of targeted photoimmunotherapy (PIT) in vitro on cell lines with various expression levels of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) using an anti-EGFR targeted conjugate composed of Cetuximab and IR700DX, phthalocyanine dye. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Relative EGFR density and cell binding assay was conducted in three human head & neck cancer cell lines (scc-U2, scc-U8, and OSC19) and one reference cell line A431...
May 19, 2018: Lasers in Surgery and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777047/in-vivo-confocal-microscopy-indicates-an-inverse-relationship-between-the-sub-basal-corneal-plexus-and-the-conjunctivalisation-in-patients-with-limbal-stem-cell-deficiency
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Manuel Caro-Magdaleno, Asunción Alfaro-Juárez, Jesús Montero-Iruzubieta, Ana Fernández-Palacín, Ana Muñoz-Morales, Manuel Alberto Castilla-Martino, Consuelo Spínola-Muñoz, Enrique Rodríguez-de-la-Rúa
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Limbal stem cell deficiency (LSCD) is characterised by a marked decrease in limbal stem cells. It is classified primarily using subjective slit-lamp observations. In vivo confocal microscopy (IVCM) can non-invasively provide objective information on the condition of the limbal niche, the corneal epithelial basal cell density and the corneal sub-basal nerve plexus density (SND). We here used IVCM to evaluate changes in SND to improve LSCD classification. METHODS: We evaluated and classified 38 patients (76 eyes, 44 with LSC and 32 control eyes) using the Rama, López-García and Deng (clinical and confocal) classifications and evaluated the concordance of the confocal and clinical classifications...
May 18, 2018: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776543/a-near-infrared-ratiometric-turn-on-fluorescent-probe-for-in-vivo-imaging-of-hydrogen-peroxide-in-a-murine-model-of-acute-inflammation
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Jingli Hou, Meng Qian, Huanhuan Zhao, Yingchun Li, Yongfang Liao, Guifang Han, Zhelong Xu, Feng Wang, Yuguang Song, Yangping Liu
Much attention has been paid to develop optical probes for noninvasive, quantitative, in vivo monitoring of hydrogen peroxide (H2 O2 ) due to its important roles in the initiation and development of numerous diseases. Motivated to meet this need, we herein report the synthesis of a near-infrared (NIR) fluorescent probe (AB1) for H2 O2 by modulating intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) process of the dye 9H-1,3-Dichloro-7-hydroxy-9,9-dimethylacridine-2-one (DDAO). The probe AB1 exhibits both a large NIR fluorescence turn-on and a ratiometric response to H2 O2 with high sensitivity and specificity...
September 18, 2018: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775819/facile-synthesis-of-yolk-shell-structured-monodisperse-mesoporous-organosilica-nanoparticles-by-a-mild-alkalescent-etching-approach
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Jun Tao, Meng Dang, Xiaodan Su, Qing Hao, Junjie Zhang, Xiaobo Ma, Guangming Lu, Yunlei Zhang, Ying Tian, Lixing Weng, Zhaogang Teng, Lianhui Wang
In the work, yolk-shell structured mesoporous organosilica nanoparticles (YSMONs) are successfully prepared by a mild alkalescent etching approach. The method is very convenient, in which mesostructured organosilica nanospheres are directly transformed into yolk-shell structures after etching with mild alkalescent solution (e.g. sodium carbonate solution). The prepared YSMONs have ethane-bridged frameworks, a monodisperse diameter (320 nm), a large pore volume (1.0 cm3  g-1 ), a uniform mesopore (2.4 nm) and a high surface area (1327 m2  g-1 )...
May 15, 2018: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775816/understanding-the-role-of-hydrogen-bonding-in-the-aggregation-of-fumed-silica-particles-in-triglyceride-solvents
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Catherine P Whitby, Melinda Krebsz, Samuel J Booty
HYPOTHESIS: Fumed silica particles are thought to thicken organic solvents into gels by aggregating to form networks. Hydrogen bonding between silanol groups on different particle surfaces causes the aggregation. The gel structure and hence flow behaviour is altered by varying the proportion of silanol groups on the particle surfaces. However, characterising the gel using rheology measurements alone is not sufficient to optimise the aggregation. We have used confocal microscopy to characterise the changes in the network microstructure caused by altering the particle surface chemistry...
May 12, 2018: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775714/novel-bletilla-striata-polysaccharide-microneedles-fabrication-characterization-and-in-vitro-transcutaneous-drug-delivery
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Lingli Hu, Zhencheng Liao, Qiqi Hu, Katherine G Maffucci, Yan Qu
Dissolving microneedles (MNs) have been widely studied for their applications in effective transdermal drug delivery due to their ability to dissolve within the skin. This study details the first reported successful preparation of novel dissolving MNs using Bletilla striata polysaccharide (BSP), a natural glucomannan material, and investigates the potential for using such MNs as a transdermal drug delivery vector. The prepared dissolving Bletilla striata polysaccharide microneedles (BMNs) had excellent moldability and were easily detached from the mold...
May 15, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775703/ultrastructural-characterization-of-corticotropin-releasing-factor-and-neuropeptide-y-in-the-rat-locus-coeruleus-anatomical-evidence-for-putative-interactions
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Catherine C Theisen, Beverly A S Reyes, E L Sabban, Elisabeth J Van Bockstaele
As a neurochemical mediator of stress resilience, NPY has been shown to oppose excitatory effects of the pro-stress neuropeptide corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF). Previous studies have described the anatomical organization of NPY and CRF in the central nucleus of the amygdala, which sends CRF projections to the locus coeruleus (LC), activating LC norepinephrine release. However, the cellular substrates for interactions between NPY and CRF in the LC remain unknown. In this study, we investigated these anatomical substrates in the male rat LC, using immunocytochemistry, confocal microscopy, and immunoelectron microscopy to detect NPY and CRF, as well as CRF and Y1 or Y2 receptors (Y1R or Y2R)...
May 15, 2018: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775655/confocal-raman-microspectroscopy-as-an-alternative-to-differential-scanning-calorimetry-to-detect-the-impact-of-emulsifiers-and-formulations-on-stratum-corneum-lipid-conformation
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Ziwei Zhang, Dominique Jasmin Lunter
The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of emulsifiers and formulations on stratum corneum (SC) lipid conformation and evaluate confocal Raman microspectroscopy (CRM) as an alternative method to differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) in this research context. To this end, four different formulations were used: three conventional creams that contained ionic and/or non-ionic emulsifiers and one surfactants-free emulsion stabilized by a polymeric emulsifier. Additionally, all emulsifiers were tested in aqueous solutions/dispersions in the respective concentrations as present in the formulations...
May 15, 2018: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775637/modified-resin-infiltration-of-non-micro-and-cavitated-proximal-caries-lesions-in-vitro
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H Askar, F Schwendicke, J Lausch, H Meyer-Lueckel, S Paris
OBJECTIVE: Infiltrant resin (IR) is currently indicated for non-cavitated caries lesions. However, modifying the technique might expand its indication spectrum to micro-cavitated lesions. The present study aimed to evaluate the penetration/filling ability of a newly developed micro-filled infiltrant resin (MFIR) in non-, micro- and cavitated natural caries lesions. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Proximal lesions in 120 extracted human teeth with ICDAS-2 (n = 30), 3 (n = 45) and 5 (n = 45) lesions were etched with 15% hydrochloric acid gel for 2 min and allocated to one of the following treatments; IR: lesions (ICDAS-2, 3 and 5; each n = 15) were treated with commercial infiltrant resin for 3 min...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775601/cells-stiffen-for-cytokines
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Richard Newton, Daniel J Müller
In this issue of Cell Chemical Biology, Knoops et al. (2018) use a novel approach in immunology: combining confocal microscopy and atomic force microscopy to unravel the specific interaction of oxidized peroxiredoxin-5 with Toll-like receptor 4 that leads to the release of interleukin-1β and the stiffening of mammalian cells.
May 17, 2018: Cell Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775571/effect-of-methylglyoxal-on-reactive-oxygen-species-ki-67-and-caspase-3-expression-in-mcf-7-cells
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Dyah Paramita, J D P Wisnubroto
BACKGROUND: Methylglyoxal (MG) is an extremely reactive α-ketoaldehyde endogenously produced by various metabolic pathways, including the dephosphorylation of glycolytic intermediates, metabolites of the polyol pathway, and aminoacetone metabolism. MG cytotoxicity occurs through the induction of apoptosis. There are multiple mechanisms by which MG can induce apoptosis, e.g., through the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS), induction of oxidative DNA damage, or accumulation of a specific MG-derived advanced glycation end product (AGE)...
May 15, 2018: Experimental and Molecular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775436/modelling-the-degree-of-porosity-of-the-ceramic-surface-intended-for-implants
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Sebastian Stach, Olga Kędzia, Żaneta Garczyk, Zygmunt Wróbel
The main goal of the study was to develop a model of the degree of surface porosity of a biomaterial intended for implants. The model was implemented using MATLAB. A computer simulation was carried out based on the developed model, which resulted in a two-dimensional image of the modelled surface. Then, an algorithm for computerised image analysis of the surface of the actual oxide bioceramic layer was developed, which enabled determining its degree of porosity. In order to obtain the confocal micrographs of a few areas of the biomaterial, measurements were performed using the LEXT OLS4000 confocal laser microscope...
May 18, 2018: Biomedizinische Technik. Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775115/immunofluorescent-localization-of-non-myelinating-schwann-cells-and-their-interactions-with-immune-cells-in-mouse-thymus
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Dailun Hu, Philip K Nicholls, Changfu Yin, Khama Kelman, Qionglan Yuan, Wayne K Greene, Zhongli Shi, Bin Ma
The thymus is innervated by sympathetic/parasympathetic nerve fibers from the peripheral nervous system (PNS), suggesting a neural regulation of thymic function including T-cell development. Despite some published studies, data on the innervation and nerve-immune interaction inside the thymus remain limited. In the present study, we used immunofluorescent staining of glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) coupled with confocal microscopy/three-dimensional (3D) reconstruction to reveal the distribution of non-myelinating Schwann cells (NMSC) and their interactions with immune cells inside mouse thymus...
May 1, 2018: Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry: Official Journal of the Histochemistry Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774897/development-of-highly-sensitive-fluorescent-probes-for-the-detection-of-%C3%AE-galactosidase-activity-application-to-the-real-time-monitoring-of-senescence-in-live-cells
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Mauro Safir Filho, Pascal Dao, Maéva Gesson, Anthony R Martin, Rachid Benhida
We report the development of four novel fluorescent probes to monitor the activity of the β-galactosidase enzyme (β-gal), in vitro and in living cells. The fluorophores are based on a 6-amino-styryl-benzothiazole push-pull core and display a strong ICT emission. The probes encompass the fluorescent motif that is connected to a β-d-galactopyranoside moiety through a self-immolative benzyl carbamate linker (βGal-1-4). The screening of four different fluorophores enabled us to access new light-up and two-band ratiometric reporters...
May 18, 2018: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774079/long-non-coding-rnas-ac026904-1-and-uca1-a-one-two-punch-for-tgf-%C3%AE-induced-snai2-activation-and-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-in-breast-cancer
#17
Guo-Yin Li, Wei Wang, Jian-Yong Sun, Bo Xin, Xiang Zhang, Ting Wang, Qian-Feng Zhang, Li-Bo Yao, Hua Han, Dai-Ming Fan, An-Gang Yang, Lin-Tao Jia, Lei Wang
Transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) has received much attention as a major inducer of epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) during cancer progression, mainly by activating a set of pleiotropic transcription factors including SNAI2/Slug. However, the involvement of long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) in TGF-β-induced Slug activation and EMT remains largely unknown. Methods: In this study, we used microarray analysis to compare lncRNA expression profiles between TGF-β treated and untreated breast cancer cells...
2018: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774078/targeting-intracellular-mmps-efficiently-inhibits-tumor-metastasis-and-angiogenesis
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Yaqi Lv, Xiangmei Zhao, Lidan Zhu, Sijia Li, Qingqing Xiao, Wei He, Lifang Yin
Treatment for metastatic cancer is a great challenge throughout the world. Commonly, directed inhibition of extracellular matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) secreted by cancer cells can reduce metastasis. Here, a novel nanoplatform (HPMC NPs) assembled from hyaluronic acid (HA)-paclitaxel (PTX) prodrug and marimastat (MATT)/β-casein (CN) complexes was established to cure a 4T1 metastatic cancer model via targeting CD44 and intracellular, rather than extracellular, MMPs. Methods: HPMC NPs were prepared by assembling the complexes and prodrug under ultrasonic treatment, which the interaction between them was evaluated by förster resonance energy transfer, circular dichroism and fluorescence spectra...
2018: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774066/caveolae-mediated-mesenchymal-stem-cell-labelling-by-pss-coated-plga-pfob-nano-contrast-agent-for-mri
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Hieu Vu Quang, Chi-Chih Chang, Ping Song, Ellen-Margrethe Hauge, Jørgen Kjems
Rationale: Non-invasive tracking of transplanted cells is critical in evaluating delivery, migration and prognosis of cell therapies. Methods: We formulated a nano-contrast agent consisting of a perfluorooctylbromide (PFOB) core within a shell of poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) followed by a coat of polystyrene sulfonate (PSS) for 19 F MRI. The nano-contrast agent (PSS-NP) was characterised by DLS and the uptake efficiency of the nano-contrast agent (PSS-NP) was tested using flow cytometry, in vitro MRI and confocal microscopy...
2018: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772836/soybean-hop-alleviates-estrogen-deficiency-related-bone-loss-and-metabolic-dysfunction-in-ovariectomized-rats-fed-a-high-fat-diet
#20
Dasom Noh, Yeni Lim, Hansol Lee, Hyejin Kim, Oran Kwon
Soybeans and hops have been traditionally used as a natural estrogen replacement therapy and their major active ingredients, isoflavones and prenylflavanones, are known to have estrogenic/antiestrogenic effects depending on the target organ. However, their potential benefits are still subject to controversies. The present study investigated the dual effect of soy isoflavones plus hop prenylflavanones (Soy-Hop) on bone loss and metabolic dysfunction under estrogen deficient condition. Rats were sham-operated ( n = 10) or ovariectomized (OVX; n = 40) and then fed a high-fat diet (HFD) to develop hyperlipidemia in OVX rats within the experimental period of 8 weeks...
May 17, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
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