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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550295/effects-of-protein-corona-on-iapp-amyloid-aggregation-fibril-remodelling-and-cytotoxicity
#1
Emily H Pilkington, Yanting Xing, Bo Wang, Aleksandr Kakinen, Miaoyi Wang, Thomas P Davis, Feng Ding, Pu Chun Ke
Aggregation of islet amyloid polypeptide (IAPP), a peptide hormone co-synthesized and co-stored with insulin in pancreatic cells and also co-secreted to the circulation, is associated with beta-cell death in type-2 diabetes (T2D). In T2D patients IAPP is found aggregating in the extracellular space of the islets of Langerhans. Although the physiological environments of these intra- and extra-cellular compartments and vascular systems significantly differ, the presence of proteins is ubiquitous but the effects of protein binding on IAPP aggregation are largely unknown...
May 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548843/zwitterionic-nanocarrier-surface-chemistry-improves-sirna-tumor-delivery-and-silencing-activity-relative-to-polyethylene-glycol
#2
Meredith A Jackson, Thomas A Werfel, Elizabeth J Curvino, Fang Yu, Taylor Elizabeth Kavanaugh, Samantha M Sarett, Mary D Dockery, Kameron V Kilchrist, Ayisha N Jackson, Todd D Giorgio, Craig L Duvall
Although siRNA-based nanomedicines hold promise for cancer treatment, conventional siRNA-polymer complex (polyplex) nanocarrier systems have poor pharmacokinetics following intravenous delivery, hindering tumor accumulation. Here, we determined the impact of surface chemistry on the in vivo pharmacokinetics and tumor delivery of siRNA polyplexes. A library of diblock polymers was synthesized, all containing the same pH-responsive, endosomolytic polyplex core-forming block but different corona blocks: 5 kDa (benchmark) and 20 kDa linear PEG, 10 kDa and 20 kDa brush-like poly(oligo ethylene glycol) (POEGMA), and 10 kDa and 20 kDa zwitterionic phosphorylcholine-based polymers (PMPC)...
May 26, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543684/multiparity-modifies-contractile-properties-of-pelvic-muscles-affecting-the-genesis-of-vaginal-pressure-in-rabbits
#3
Rhode López-Juárez, René Zempoalteca, Dora Luz Corona-Quintanilla, Ismael Jiménez-Estrada, Francisco Castelán, Margarita Martínez-Gómez
AIMS: To characterize the contractile properties of the bulbospongiosus (Bsm), isquiocavernosus (Ism), and pubococcygeus muscles (Pcm), and their involvement in the genesis of vaginal pressure in nulliparous and multiparous rabbits. METHODS: Age-matched nulliparous and multiparous rabbits were used to record the isometric contractile responses of each muscle as well as the intravaginal pressure evoked by single square electrical pulses and stimulation trains of ascending frequency...
May 24, 2017: Neurourology and Urodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542473/stably-engineered-nanobubbles-and-ultrasound-an-effective-platform-for-enhanced-macromolecular-delivery-to-representative-cells-of-the-retina
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Sachin S Thakur, Micheal S Ward, Amirali Popat, Nicole B Flemming, Marie-Odile Parat, Nigel L Barnett, Harendra S Parekh
Herein we showcase the potential of ultrasound-responsive nanobubbles in enhancing macromolecular permeation through layers of the retina, ultimately leading to significant and direct intracellular delivery; this being effectively demonstrated across three relevant and distinct retinal cell lines. Stably engineered nanobubbles of a highly homogenous and echogenic nature were fully characterised using dynamic light scattering, B-scan ultrasound and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The nanobubbles appeared as spherical liposome-like structures under TEM, accompanied by an opaque luminal core and darkened corona around their periphery, with both features indicative of efficient gas entrapment and adsorption, respectively...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542235/environmental-persistence-of-porcine-coronaviruses-in-feed-and-feed-ingredients
#5
Michaela P Trudeau, Harsha Verma, Fernando Sampedro, Pedro E Urriola, Gerald C Shurson, Sagar M Goyal
Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV), Porcine Delta Corona Virus (PDCoV), and Transmissible Gastroenteritis Virus (TGEV) are major threats to swine health and contaminated feed plays a role in virus transmission. The objective of our study was to characterize inactivation of PEDV, PDCoV, and TGEV in various feed ingredient matrices. Samples of complete feed, spray dried porcine plasma, meat meal, meat and bone meal, blood meal, corn, soybean meal, and corn dried distillers grains with solubles were weighed (5 g/sample) into scintillation vials and inoculated with 1 mL of PEDV, PDCoV, or TGEV...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541833/novel-hybrid-composite-discharge-electrode-for-electrostatic-precipitator
#6
M Ali, K Alam, Y T A Al-Majali, M Kennedy
Over the last few decades, electrostatic precipitators (ESP) have emerged as effective air pollution control devices for treating Coal-fired power plant exhausts. Among the components of the ESP, the discharge electrodes are extremely important in determining the collection efficiency of the ESP. Typically, in wet electrostatic precipitators, the discharge electrodes used must be made of corrosion resistant alloys, which makes them extremely expensive and heavy. Hybrid composite discharge electrodes have the potential to be lightweight and corrosion resistant substitute for traditional metal alloy electrodes used in wet electrostatic precipitators (WESP)...
May 25, 2017: Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541666/unveiling-the-molecular-structure-of-pulmonary-surfactant-corona-on-nanoparticles
#7
Qinglin Hu, Xuan Bai, Guoqing Hu, Yi Y Zuo
The growing risk of human exposure to airborne nanoparticles (NPs) causes a general concern on the biosafety of nanotechnology. Inhaled NPs can deposit in the deep lung at which interacting with the pulmonary surfactant (PS). Despite the increasing study of nano-bio interactions, detailed molecular mechanisms by which inhaled NPs interact with the natural PS system remain unclear. Using coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulation, we studied the interaction between NPs and the PS system in the alveolar fluid...
May 25, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540995/cortical-thickness-and-white-matter-integrity-are-associated-with-ctg-expansion-size-in-myotonic-dystrophy-type-i
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Woo Kyoung Yoo, Yoon Ghil Park, Young Chul Choi, Sun Mi Kim
PURPOSE: Myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1) is characterized by progressive muscular weakness with symptoms caused by involvement of the brain. The aim of this study was to delineate global changes in cortical thickness and white matter integrity in patients with DM1, compared to age-matched healthy controls, and in brain areas highly correlated with CTG repeat size. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Cortical thickness and white matter integrity were compared in nine adult DM1 patients and age matched healthy controls using T1-weighted and diffusion tensor imaging...
July 2017: Yonsei Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540745/uvaria-angolensis-as-a-promising-source-of-inhibitors-of-hiv-1-rt-associated-rna-dependent-dna-polymerase-and-rnase-h-functions
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Alvine Ngoutane Mfopa, Angela Corona, Kodjo Eloh, Enzo Tramontano, Aldo Frau, Fabrice Fekam Boyom, Pierluigi Caboni, Graziella Tocco
Reverse transcriptase (RT)-associated DNA polymerase (RDDP) and ribonucleaser H (RNase H) functions are both essential for HIV-1 genome replication, and the identification of new inhibitors to block both of them is a goal actively pursued by the scientific community. In this field, natural extracts have shown a great potential as source of new antivirals. In the present work, we investigated the effect of Uvaria angolensis extracts on the HIV-1 reverse transcriptase-associated DNA polymerase and ribonuclease H activities...
May 25, 2017: Natural Product Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537609/nanoparticle-induced-oxidation-of-corona-proteins-initiates-an-oxidative-stress-response-in-cells
#10
Dhanya T Jayaram, Sabiha Runa, Melissa L Kemp, Christine K Payne
Titanium dioxide nanoparticles (TiO2 NPs), used as pigments and photocatalysts, are ubiquitous in our daily lives. Previous work has observed cellular oxidative stress in response to the UV-excitation of photocatalytic TiO2 NPs. In comparison, most human exposure to TiO2 NPs takes place in the dark, in the lung following inhalation or in the gut following consumption of TiO2 NP food pigment. Our spectroscopic characterization shows that both photocatalytic and food grade TiO2 NPs, in the dark, generate low levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS), specifically hydroxyl radicals and superoxides...
May 24, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534760/minibrain-storm-cerebral-organoids-aren-t-real-brains-but-they-provide-a-powerful-platform-for-modeling-brain-diseases-like-zika-infection-alzheimer-s-and-even-autism
#11
Shannon Fischer
Floating in a Petri dish, they look like tiny tapioca pearls in peach broth, a couple dozen in number and none much larger than the tip of a ballpoint pen. But under a microscope, dense, lumpy bodies come into focus, outlined by wispy coronas.
May 2017: IEEE Pulse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529382/reversibly-manipulating-the-surface-chemistry-of-polymeric-nanostructures-via-a-grafting-to-approach-mediated-by-nucleobase-interactions
#12
Zan Hua, Robert Keogh, Zhen Li, Thomas R Wilks, Guosong Chen, Rachel K O'Reilly
"Grafting to" polymeric nanostructures or surfaces is a simple and versatile approach to achieve functionalization. Herein, we describe the formation of mixed polymer-grafted nanoparticles through a supramolecular "grafting to" method that exploits multiple hydrogen-bonding interactions between the thymine (T)-containing cores of preformed micelles and the complementary nucleobase adenine (A) of added diblock copolymers. To demonstrate this new "grafting to" approach, mixed-corona polymeric nanoparticles with different sizes were prepared by the addition of a series of complementary diblock copolymers containing thermoresponsive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM) to a preformed micelle with a different coronal forming block, poly(4-acryloylmorpholine) (PNAM)...
May 9, 2017: Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527950/the-building-blocks-of-drinking-experience-across-men-and-women-a-case-study-with-craft-and-industrial-beers
#13
Carlos Gómez-Corona, Héctor B Escalona-Buendía, Sylvie Chollet, Dominique Valentin
In today's market, every product seems to be marked by the label of "experience". It is expected that successful products give the consumer "extraordinary experiences". The research in consumption experience is growing, but much work still needs to be done to understand the food and beverage experience. A qualitative study was conducted using contextual focus groups to explore the building blocks of consumers' drinking experience of industrial and craft beers. The results show that drinking experience is shaped by our cognitive, sensory or affective systems, especially during the core consumption experience...
May 18, 2017: Appetite
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526922/advances-in-systemic-therapy-for-metastatic-breast-cancer-future-perspectives
#14
REVIEW
S P Corona, N Sobhani, A Ianza, G Roviello, G Mustacchi, M Bortul, F Zanconati, D Generali
Breast cancer (BC) is the most common cancer in women worldwide. One in eight women will develop the disease in her lifetime. Notwithstanding the incredible progress made in this field, BC still represents the second most common cause of cancer-related death in women. Targeted drugs have revolutionised breast cancer treatment and improved the prognosis as well as the life expectancy of millions of women. However, the phenomenon of primary and secondary pharmacological resistance is becoming increasingly evident, limiting the efficacy of these agents and calling for a better in-depth knowledge and understanding of the biology as well as the biochemical crosstalk underlying the disease...
July 2017: Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525262/serum-protein-adsorption-enhances-active-leukemia-stem-cell-targeting-of-mesoporous-silica-nanoparticles
#15
Michaela Beck, Tamoghna Mandal, Christian Buske, Mika Lindén
The functionalization of nanoparticles with a ligand targeting receptors overexpressed by the target cells is a commonly used strategy when aiming at nanoparticle-based, cell type-specific drug delivery.1-4 However, the influence of particle surface chemistry on the targetability has received much less attention. The surface charge is known to directly or indirectly affect the nanoparticle cellular uptake kinetics by influencing serum protein adsorption.5-7 Thus, it is fair to assume that both the specificity and cellular uptake kinetics of targeted nanoparticles are influenced by the nanoparticle charge, both of which are important parameters for controlling cell-specific drug delivery efficiency...
May 25, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524376/fluorinated-peg-polypeptide-polyplex-micelles-have-good-serum-resistance-and-low-cytotoxicity-for-gene-delivery
#16
Ting Wu, Longhai Wang, Shenggang Ding, Yezi You
A novel PEGylation polypeptide, poly(ethylene glycol)-b-poly(l-lysine)-b-poly(l-cysteine) (PEG-PLL-PCys) triblock copolymer is synthesized via the sequential ring-opening polymerization of amino acid N-carboxyanhydrides initiated by methoxypolyethylene glycol amine (mPEG-NH2 , Mw is 2 kDa). Subsequently, the obtained polypeptide is partially conjugated with fluorocarbon chains via disulfide exchange reaction. PLL segment can condense plasmid DNA through an electrostatic force to form a complex core, PEG segment surrounding the complex like a corona can prevent the complex from precipitation and reduce the adsorption of serum, while PCys segment with fluorocarbon can enhance the cellular uptake and the stability of the formed polyplex micelles in physiological conditions...
May 19, 2017: Macromolecular Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523214/complex-regional-pain-syndrome-the-matter-of-white-matter
#17
Jaakko Hotta, Guangyu Zhou, Hanna Harno, Nina Forss, Riitta Hari
INTRODUCTION: Many central pathophysiological aspects of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) are still unknown. Although brain-imaging studies are increasingly supporting the contribution of the central nervous system to the generation and maintenance of the CRPS pain, the brain's white-matter alterations are seldom investigated. METHODS: In this study, we used diffusion tensor imaging to explore white-matter changes in twelve CRPS-type-1 female patients suffering from chronic right upper-limb pain compared with twelve healthy control subjects...
May 2017: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520647/altered-brain-structure-and-function-associated-with-sensory-and-affective-components-of-classic-trigeminal-neuralgia
#18
Yuan Wang, Dong-Yuan Cao, Bethany Remeniuk, Samuel Krimmel, David A Seminowicz, Ming Zhang
Classic trigeminal neuralgia (CTN) is a chronic neuropathic pain state characterized by intense, piercing spasms of the orofacial region, and may be attributable to abnormal pain processing in the central nervous system. Our study investigated neuronal alterations using voxel-based morphometry (VBM), diffuse tensor imaging (DTI), and resting state functional connectivity in 38 CTN patients and 38 matched healthy controls. For VBM analyses, CTN patients displayed gray matter volume (GMV) reductions in the anterior and mid cingulate cortex (ACC and MCC), insula, secondary somatosensory cortex (S2), primary motor cortex (M1), premotor area (PMA), and several regions in the temporal lobe...
May 16, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516869/recommendations-for-infectious-disease-screening-in-migrants-to-western-europe-with-inflammatory-arthropathies-before-starting-biologic-agents-results-from-a-multidisciplinary-task-force-of-four-european-societies-sir-ser-simet-semtsi-facing-the-lar
#19
Filippo Bartalesi, Carlo Scirè, Ana Requena-Méndez, Miguel Angel Abad, Dora Buonfrate, Roberto Caporali, Fabrizio Conti, Federico Diaz-Gonzalez, Cruz Fernández-Espartero, Carmen Martinez-Fernandez, Marta Mascarello, Elena Generali, Giovanni Minisola, Aldo Morrone, Jose Muñoz, Patricia Richi, Gariffalia Sakellariou, Joaquin Salas Coronas, Michele Spinicci, Francesco Castelli, Alessandro Bartoloni, Zeno Bisoffi, Francisco Gimenez-Sanchez, Santiago Muñoz-Fernandez, Marco Matucci-Cerinic
OBJECTIVES: Inflammatory arthritis needs infectious disease screening before starting a biologic agent, however, few data are known about migrant patients, who represent a peculiar population which requires a multidisciplinary approach among international health specialists and should also be considered by health authorities. For this reason, the Italian and Spanish Societies of Rheumatology (SIR and SER) and Tropical Medicine (SIMET and SEMTSI) promoted a multidisciplinary task force in order to produce specific recommendations about screening and advices to be considered in migrant patients with inflammatory arthritis candidate to receive biological therapy, according to their geographical origin...
May 8, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513153/sensitive-analysis-of-protein-adsorption-to-colloidal-gold-by-differential-centrifugal-sedimentation
#20
Adam M Davidson, Mathias Brust, David L Cooper, Martin Volk
It is demonstrated that the adsorption of bovine serum albumin (BSA) to aqueous gold colloids can be quantified with molecular resolution by differential centrifugal sedimentation (DCS). This method separates colloidal particles of comparable density by mass. When proteins adsorb to the nanoparticles, both their mass and their effective density change, which strongly affects the sedimentation time. A straightforward analysis allows quantification of the adsorbed layer. Most importantly, unlike many other methods, DCS can be used to detect chemisorbed proteins ("hard corona") as well as physisorbed proteins ("soft corona")...
May 25, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
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