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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231498/bone-specific-poly-ethylene-sodium-phosphate-bearing-biodegradable-nanoparticles
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Yuya Hirano, Yasuhiko Iwasaki
Chemotherapy is the most reliable treatment for osteoporosis and osseous metastases. To facilitate better drug delivery for bone treatments, a novel preparation of polymeric nanoparticles with high affinity to bone has been prepared. Two-step synthesis of cholesteryl-functionalized poly(ethylene sodium phosphate) (Ch-PEPn·Na) was performed via ring-opening polymerization of cyclic phosphoesters and the demethylation. The molecular weight of Ch-PEPn·Na could be well controlled by changing the ratio of cholesterol and cyclic phosphoesters...
February 16, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231311/handwashing-and-ebola-virus-disease-outbreaks-a-randomized-comparison-of-soap-hand-sanitizer-and-0-05-chlorine-solutions-on-the-inactivation-and-removal-of-model-organisms-phi6-and-e-coli-from-hands-and-persistence-in-rinse-water
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Marlene K Wolfe, Karin Gallandat, Kyle Daniels, Anne Marie Desmarais, Pamela Scheinman, Daniele Lantagne
To prevent Ebola transmission, frequent handwashing is recommended in Ebola Treatment Units and communities. However, little is known about which handwashing protocol is most efficacious. We evaluated six handwashing protocols (soap and water, alcohol-based hand sanitizer (ABHS), and 0.05% sodium dichloroisocyanurate, high-test hypochlorite, and stabilized and non-stabilized sodium hypochlorite solutions) for 1) efficacy of handwashing on the removal and inactivation of non-pathogenic model organisms and, 2) persistence of organisms in rinse water...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231169/an-evaluation-of-alternatives-to-nitrites-and-sulfites-to-inhibit-the-growth-of-salmonella-enterica-and-listeria-monocytogenes-in-meat-products
#3
Alexandre Lamas, José Manuel Miranda, Beatriz Vázquez, Alberto Cepeda, Carlos Manuel Franco
In recent years, the use of nitrites and sulfites as food preservatives has been a cause for concern due to the health problems that these additives can cause in humans. Natural products have been studied as an alternative, but most of them have hardly been applied in the food industry for technological and economic reasons. In this sense, organic salts such as sodium acetate are a good alternative due to their affordability. Thus, this study evaluated the capacity of sodium nitrite, sodium sulfite, a sodium acetate product (TQI C-6000), and chitosan to inhibit two important foodborne pathogens, Salmonella enterica and Listeria monocytogenes...
October 31, 2016: Foods (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231050/original-research-paper-pulmonary-prophylactic-impact-of-melatonin-and-or-quercetin-a-novel-therapy-for-inflammatory-hypoxic-stress-in-rats
#4
Nouf M Al-Rasheed, Laila Fadda, Hala A Attia, Iman A Sharaf, Azza M Mohamed, Nawal M Al-Rasheed
The study aims to compare, through histological and biochemical studies, the effects of quercetin, melatonin and their combination in regulation of immuno-inflammatory mediators and heat shock protein expressions in sodium nitrite induced hypoxia in rat lungs. The results revealed that NaNO2 injection caused a significant decrease in Hb in rats, while serum levels of TNF-α, IL-6 and CRP, VEGF and HSP70 were elevated compared to the control group. Administration of melatonin, quercetin or their combination before NaNO2 injection markedly reduced these parameters...
March 1, 2017: Acta Pharmaceutica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230914/decorating-waste-cloth-via-industrial-wastewater-for-tube-type-flexible-and-wearable-sodium-ion-batteries
#5
Yun-Hai Zhu, Shuang Yuan, Di Bao, Yan-Bin Yin, Hai-Xia Zhong, Xin-Bo Zhang, Jun-Min Yan, Qing Jiang
To turn waste into treasure, a facile and cost-effective strategy is developed to revive electroless nickel plating wastewater and cotton-textile waste toward a novel electrode substrate. Based on the substrate, a binder-free PB@GO@NTC electrode is obtained, which exhibits superior electrochemical performance. Moreover, for the first time, a novel tube-type flexible and wearable sodium-ion battery is successfully fabricated.
February 23, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230807/effect-of-reduction-of-redox-modifications-of-cys-residues-in-the-na-k-atpase-%C3%AE-1-subunit-on-its-activity
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Elena A Dergousova, Irina Yu Petrushanko, Elizaveta A Klimanova, Vladimir A Mitkevich, Rustam H Ziganshin, Olga D Lopina, Alexander A Makarov
Sodium-potassium adenosine triphosphatase (Na,K-ATPase) creates a gradient of sodium and potassium ions necessary for the viability of animal cells, and it is extremely sensitive to intracellular redox status. Earlier we found that regulatory glutathionylation determines Na,K-ATPase redox sensitivity but the role of basal glutathionylation and other redox modifications of cysteine residues is not clear. The purpose of this study was to detect oxidized, nitrosylated, or glutathionylated cysteine residues in Na,K-ATPase, evaluate the possibility of removing these modifications and assess their influence on the enzyme activity...
February 21, 2017: Biomolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230769/hypoallergenic-variant-of-the-major-egg-white-allergen-gal-d-1-produced-by-disruption-of-cysteine-bridges
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Pathum Dhanapala, Dulashi Withanage-Dona, Mimi L K Tang, Tim Doran, Cenk Suphioglu
Gal d 1 (ovomucoid) is the dominant allergen in the chicken egg white. Hypoallergenic variants of this allergen can be used in immunotherapy as an egg allergy treatment approach. We hypothesised that disruption of two of the nine cysteine-cysteine bridges by site-directed mutagenesis will allow the production of a hypoallergenic variant of the protein; Methods: Two cysteine residues at C192 and C210 in domain III of the protein were mutated to alanine using site-directed mutagenesis, to disrupt two separate cysteine-cysteine bridges...
February 21, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230754/green-hydroselenation-of-aryl-alkynes-divinyl-selenides-as-a-precursor-of-resveratrol
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Gelson Perin, Angelita M Barcellos, Eduardo Q Luz, Elton L Borges, Raquel G Jacob, Eder J Lenardão, Luca Sancineto, Claudio Santi
A simple and efficient protocol to prepare divinyl selenides has been developed by the regio- and stereoselective addition of sodium selenide species to aryl alkynes. The nucleophilic species was generates in situ, from the reaction of elemental selenium with NaBH₄, utilizing PEG-400 as the solvent. Several divinyl selenides were obtained in moderate to excellent yields with selectivity for the (Z,Z)-isomer by a one-step procedure that was carried out at 60 °C in short reaction times. The methodology was extended to tellurium, giving the desired divinyl tellurides in good yields...
February 20, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230740/application-of-chromatographic-and-spectroscopic-methods-towards-the-quality-assessment-of-ginger-zingiber-officinale-rhizomes-from-ecological-plantations
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Wojciech Koch, Wirginia Kukula-Koch, Zbigniew Marzec, Elwira Kasperek, Lucyna Wyszogrodzka-Koma, Wojciech Szwerc, Yoshinori Asakawa
The usefulness of ginger in the food industry and pharmacotherapy is strictly related to its content of various components. The study elucidates the chemical composition of Zingiber officinale rhizomes cultivated on ecological plantations on Shikoku Island (Japan). GC-MS analysis of terpene content, LC-MS determination of phenolic content, and the determination of 12 elements using AAS spectrometry were performed to give more detailed insight into the samples. Ninety-five percent of terpene composition was elucidated, with zingiberene as the most abundant sesquiterpene (37...
February 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230711/asperger-syndrome-and-early-onset-schizophrenia-associated-with-a-novel-mecp2-deleterious-missense-variant
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Aurore Curie, Gaëtan Lesca, Gérald Bussy, Sabine Manificat, Valérie Arnaud, Sibylle Gonzalez, Olivier Revol, Alain Calender, Daniel Gérard, Vincent des Portes
Methyl-CpG-binding protein 2 (MECP2) deleterious variants, which are responsible for Rett syndrome in girls, are involved in a wide spectrum of developmental disabilities in males. A neuropsychiatric phenotype without intellectual disability is uncommon in patients with MECP2 deleterious variants. We report on two dizygotic twins with an MECP2-related psychiatric disorder without intellectual disability. Neuropsychological and psychiatric phenotype assessments were performed, and a genetic analysis was carried out...
February 22, 2017: Psychiatric Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230360/capsaicin-reduces-blood-glucose-by-increasing-insulin-levels-and-glycogen-content-better-than-capsiate-in-streptozotocin-induced-diabetic-rats
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Shiqi Zhang, Xiaohan Ma, Zhang Lei, Hui Sun, Xiong Liu
Chili peppers exhibit anti-obesity, anti-cancer, anti-diabetic, and pain- and itchiness-relieving effects on animals and humans; these effects are due to capsaicin, which is the main pungent and biologically active component of pepper. Capsiate, a nonpungent capsaicin analogue and is similar to capsaicin in terms of structure and biological activity. In this study, we investigated whether capsaicin and capsiate exhibit the same hypoglycemic effects on rats with type 1 diabetes (T1D). Experimental rats were categorized into four groups: control, model, capsaicin, and capsiate groups...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230350/cyclic-voltammetry-probe-approach-curves-with-alkali-amalgams-at-mercury-sphere-cap-scanning-electrochemical-microscopy-probes
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Zachary J Barton, Joaquín Rodríguez-López
We report a method of precisely positioning a Hg-based ultramicroelectrode (UME) for scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM) investigations of any substrate. Hg-based probes are capable of performing amalgamation reactions with metal cations, which avoid unwanted side reactions and positive feedback mechanisms that can prove problematic for traditional probe positioning methods. However, prolonged collection of ions eventually leads to saturation of the amalgam accompanied by irreversible loss of Hg. In order to obtain negative feedback positioning control without risking damage to the SECM probe, we implement cyclic voltammetry probe approach surfaces (CV-PASs), consisting of CVs performed between incremental motor movements...
February 23, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230319/depletion-of-abundant-human-serum-proteins-by-per-se-imprinted-cryogels-based-on-sample-heterogeneity
#13
Chun Yang, Ya-Ru Liu, Yan Zhang, Jian Wang, Li-Li Tian, Ya-Nan Yan, Wei-Qin Cao, Yu-Yang Wang
Macroporous cryogels were prepared and used to deplete abundant proteins. It was accomplished based on the sample heterogeneity rather than any exogenous assistance. Human serum was added in monomer solutions to synthesize molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs); therein some abundant proteins were imprinted in the polyacrylamide cryogels. Meanwhile the rare components remained aqueous. Chromatography and electrophoresis showed that albumin, serotransferrin and most globulins were depleted by columns packed with the MIPs...
February 23, 2017: Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230199/activation-of-angiotensin-ii-type-1-receptors-increases-d4-dopamine-receptor-expression-in-rat-renal-proximal-tubule-cells
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Luxun Tang, Shuo Zheng, Hongmei Ren, Duofen He, Chunyu Zeng, Wei Eric Wang
Both the dopaminergic and renin-angiotensin systems play important roles in the regulation of blood pressure. Our previous study showed that the stimulation of dopaminergic D4 receptors reduced angiotensin II type 1 (AT1) receptor expression in renal proximal tubule (RPT) cells. In this study, we tested whether AT1 receptors, in return, would regulate D4 receptor expression and function in RPT cells. Expression of the D4 receptor from Wistar-Kyoto (WKY) or spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRs) RPT cells and renal cortex tissues were determined by western blot, and Na(+)-K(+) ATPase activity was determined using an enzyme assay...
February 23, 2017: Hypertension Research: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230180/assessment-of-chicken-carcass-microbiome-responses-during-processing-in-the-presence-of-commercial-antimicrobials-using-a-next-generation-sequencing-approach
#15
Sun Ae Kim, Si Hong Park, Sang In Lee, Casey M Owens, Steven C Ricke
The purpose of this study was to 1) identify microbial compositional changes on chicken carcasses during processing, 2) determine the antimicrobial efficacy of peracetic acid (PAA) and Amplon (blend of sulfuric acid and sodium sulfate) at a poultry processing pilot plant scale, and 3) compare microbial communities between chicken carcass rinsates and recovered bacteria from media. Birds were collected from each processing step and rinsates were applied to estimate aerobic plate count (APC) and Campylobacter as well as Salmonella prevalence...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230029/clinical-efficacy-and-safety-of-gemcitabine-plus-nedaplatin-in-the-treatment-of-advanced-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma
#16
Yan Hu, Jiang Tao Fu, Dongmei Shi, Biao Feng, Zhichao Shi
OBJECTIVE: The purpose was to explore the clinical effects and safety of gemcitabine plus nedaplatin in the treatment of advanced nasopharyngeal carcinoma. MATERIALS AND METHODS: From March 2014 to August 2015, we recruited 63 advanced nasopharyngeal carcinoma patients in our hospital. Moreover, the 62 cases were randomly divided into control group (n = 31) and treatment group (n = 32). Patients in the control groups were treated with 5-fluorouracil 500 mg/m 2 + 500 ml 0...
December 2016: Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229933/nuclear-lamins-and-progerin-are-dispensable-for-antioxidant-nrf2-response-to-arsenic-and-cadmium
#17
Kazunori Hashimoto, Rima Majumdar, Yoshiaki Tsuji
Lamins are important constituents of the nuclear inner membrane and provide a platform for transcription factors and chromatin. Progerin, a C-terminal truncated lamin A mutant, causes premature aging termed Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome (HGPS). Oxidative stress appears to be involved in the pathogenesis of HGPS, although the mechanistic role of progerin remains elusive. Here we examined whether nuclear lamins are important for a cellular antioxidant mechanism, and whether progerin compromises it. We investigated the activation of nuclear factor-E2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) which regulates various antioxidant genes including heme oxygenase-1 (HMOX1), following exposure to sodium arsenite or cadmium chloride in lamin knockdown human cell lines and primary HGPS human fibroblasts...
February 14, 2017: Cellular Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229641/food-additives-sodium-benzoate-potassium-sorbate-azorubine-and-tartrazine-modify-the-expression-of-nf%C3%AE%C2%BAb-gadd45%C3%AE-and-mapk8-genes
#18
B Raposa, R Pónusz, G Gerencsér, F Budán, Z Gyöngyi, A Tibold, D Hegyi, I Kiss, Á Koller, T Varjas
It has been reported that some of the food additives may cause sensitization, inflammation of tissues, and potentially risk factors in the development of several chronic diseases. Thus, we hypothesized that expressions of common inflammatory molecules - known to be involved in the development of various inflammatory conditions and cancers - are affected by these food additives. We investigated the effects of commonly used food preservatives and artificial food colorants based on the expressions of NFκB, GADD45α, and MAPK8 (JNK1) from the tissues of liver...
September 2016: Physiol Int
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229637/a-simple-standard-technique-for-labyrinthectomy-in-the-rat-a-methodical-communication-with-a-detailed-description-of-the-surgical-process
#19
G L Nádasy, G Raffai, E Fehér, G Schaming, E Monos
Aims Labyrinthectomized rats are suitable models to test consequences of vestibular lesion and are widely used to study neural plasticity. We describe a combined microsurgical-chemical technique that can be routinely performed with minimum damage. Methods Caudal leaflet of the parotis is elevated. The tendinous fascia covering the bulla is opened frontally from the sternomastoid muscle's tendon while sparing facial nerve branches. A 4 mm diameter hole is drilled into the bulla's hind lower lateral wall to open the common (in rodents) mastoid-tympanic cavity...
September 2016: Physiol Int
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229598/dipicolylamine-functionalized-polyfluorene-based-gel-with-lower-critical-solution-temperature-preparation-characterization-and-application
#20
Chunlan Xiang, Hao Wan, Mingjing Zhu, Yijing Chen, Juan Peng, Gang Zhou
A thermoresponsive fluorescent polymer gel with lower critical solution temperature (LCST) phase transition has been prepared by cooperating conjugated fluorene homopolymer poly(2,7-(9,9-di(8-di(2-picolyl)aminooctyl))fluorene) (PPAOF) and small organic dye sulforhodamine B (SRB) or its sodium salt (SRB-Na). The sol-gel phase transition originates from the electrostatic interactions between the protonated pyridyl/amino groups in PPAOF and the sulfonic groups in the organic dye molecules, as revealed by FTIR, variable-temperature 1H NMR spectroscopies, and cyclic voltammetry measurements...
February 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
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