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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532144/physically-targeted-intravenous-polyurethane-nanoparticles-for-controlled-release-of-atorvastatin-calcium
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Behnaz Sadat Eftekhari, Akbar Karkhaneh, Ali Alizadeh
Background: Intravenous drug delivery is an advantageous choice for rapid administration, immediate drug effect, and avoidance of first-pass metabolism in oral drug delivery. In this study, the synthesis, formulation, and characterization of atorvastatin-loaded polyurethane (PU) nanoparticles were investigated for intravenous route of administration. Methods: First, PU was synthesized and characterized. Second, nanoparticles were prepared in four different ratios of drug to polymer through two different techniques including emulsion-diffusion and single-emulsion...
May 23, 2017: Iranian Biomedical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532052/poly-%C3%AE%C2%B5-caprolactone-modification-via-surface-initiated-atom-transfer-radical-polymerization-with-bio-inspired-phosphorylcholine
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Liu He, Lei Huang, Songbai Zhang, Yuanwei Chen, Xianglin Luo
Bio-inspired phosphorylcholine modification on material surface has shown great promise in constructing biocompatible materials. In this study, poly(2-methacryloyloxyethyl phosphorylcholine) (PMPC) was grown on poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) surface in order to suppress protein adsorption and cells adhesion and to improve blood compatibility. The initiator for surface initiated atom transfer radical polymerization (SI-ATRP) was covalently tethered on PCL surface and then PMPC brushes with diverse graft amounts were grafted to PCL film...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531960/multiple-stress-response-of-lowland-stream-benthic-macroinvertebrates-depends-on-habitat-type
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Daniel Graeber, Tinna M Jensen, Jes J Rasmussen, Tenna Riis, Peter Wiberg-Larsen, Annette Baattrup-Pedersen
Worldwide, lowland stream ecosystems are exposed to multiple anthropogenic stress due to the combination of water scarcity, eutrophication, and fine sedimentation. The understanding of the effects of such multiple stress on stream benthic macroinvertebrates has been growing in recent years. However, the interdependence of multiple stress and stream habitat characteristics has received little attention, although single stressor studies indicate that habitat characteristics may be decisive in shaping the macroinvertebrate response...
May 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531947/shifts-in-the-relative-abundance-of-bacteria-after-wine-lees-derived-biochar-intervention-in-multi-metal-contaminated-paddy-soil
#4
Min Xu, Hongxia Xia, Jun Wu, Gang Yang, Xiaohong Zhang, Hong Peng, Xiaoyu Yu, Li Li, Hong Xiao, Hui Qi
The impact of biochar application on soil ecological functions depends on the diversity of soil conditions and of the feedstocks from which biochar is obtained. Moreover, little information is available on the effect of biochar on dynamic changes in microorganisms with the development of rice plants in multi-metal-contaminated paddy soil amended with wine-lees-derived biochar. In this paper, biochar obtained from the pyrolysis of wine lees at 600°C was used to investigate the potential role of biochar in maintaining soil ecological functions, with consideration of the alteration of the microbial population over periods of rice growth...
May 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531914/lineage-specific-expression-of-mir-200-family-in-human-embryonic-stem-cells-during-in-vitro-differentiation
#5
Yeji Kim, Nury Kim, Sang-Wook Park, Hyemin Kim, Han-Jin Park, Yong-Mahn Han
Although microRNAs have emerged as key regulators in diverse cellular processes, the roles of microRNAs are poorly understood in human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) during differentiation into specialized cell types. In this study, we used a microRNA array with 799 human microRNA probes to examine the expression profiles of microRNAs in hESCs during differentiation into endodermal and mesodermal lineages in vitro. Among the microRNAs analyzed, 7 and 20 microRNAs were enriched in the developmental process of hESCs into mesodermal and endodermal lineages, respectively...
May 30, 2017: International Journal of Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531811/synthesis-of-novel-indole-derivatives-as-promising-dna-binding-agents-and-evaluation-of-antitumor-and-antitopoisomerase-i-activities
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Elizabeth Almeida Lafayette, Sinara Mônica Vitalino de Almeida, Renata Virginia Cavalcanti Santos, Jamerson Ferreira de Oliveira, Cezar Augusto da Cruz Amorim, Rosali Maria Ferreira da Silva, Maira Galdino da Rocha Pitta, Ivan da Rocha Pitta, Ricardo Olimpio de Moura, Luiz Bezerra de Carvalho Júnior, Moacyr Jesus Barreto de Melo Rêgo, Maria do Carmo Alves de Lima
Molecules bearing indole nucleus present diverse biological properties such as antitumor and anti-inflammatory activities that can be associated both to DNA and protein interactions. This study focused on the synthesis of new indole derivatives with thiazolidines and imidazolidine rings condensed as side chains as well as the evaluation of their ability to interact with the DNA and antitumor and topoisomerase inhibition activities. All derivatives were successfully synthesized and their structures were elucidated by mass spectrometry (MS), infrared (IR), spectroscopy (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR, COSY (1)H-(1)H and HSQC (1)H-(13)C...
May 4, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531796/spatially-explicit-modeling-of-multi-scale-drivers-of-aboveground-forest-biomass-and-water-yield-in-watersheds-of-the-southeastern-united-states
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Mukhtar Ahmed Ajaz Ahmed, Amr Abd-Elrahman, Francisco J Escobedo, Wendell P Cropper, Timothy A Martin, Nilesh Timilsina
Understanding ecosystem processes and the influence of regional scale drivers can provide useful information for managing forest ecosystems. Examining more local scale drivers of forest biomass and water yield can also provide insights for identifying and better understanding the effects of climate change and management on forests. We used diverse multi-scale datasets, functional models and Geographically Weighted Regression (GWR) to model ecosystem processes at the watershed scale and to interpret the influence of ecological drivers across the Southeastern United States (SE US)...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531794/binding-of-the-anticancer-drug-bi-2536-to-human-serum-albumin-a-spectroscopic-and-theoretical-study
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Jesús Fernández-Sainz, Pedro J Pacheco-Liñán, José M Granadino-Roldán, Iván Bravo, Andrés Garzón, Jaime Rubio-Martínez, José Albaladejo
BI-2536 is a potent Polo-like kinase inhibitor which induces apoptosis in diverse human cancer cell lines. The binding affinity of BI-2536 for human serum albumin (HSA) protein may define its pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic profile. We have studied the binding of BI-2536 to HSA by means of different spectroscopic techniques and docking calculations. We have experimentally observed that the affinity of BI-2536 for HSA is higher than that of other common HSA binding drugs. Therefore, it can be postulated that the drug dose should be increased to achieve a certain concentration of free drug in plasma, although BI-2536 could also reach tumour tissues by uptaking HSA/BI-2536 complex...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531654/seattle-s-law-enforcement-assisted-diversion-lead-program-effects-on-recidivism-outcomes
#9
Susan E Collins, Heather S Lonczak, Seema L Clifasefi
Drug users and dealers frequently cycle through the criminal justice system in what is sometimes referred to as a "revolving door." Arrest, incarceration and prosecution have not deterred this recidivism. Seattle's Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program was established to divert these individuals to case management and supportive services instead of jail and prosecution. A nonrandomized controlled evaluation was conducted to examine LEAD effects on criminal recidivism (i.e., arrests, criminal charges)...
May 10, 2017: Evaluation and Program Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531652/lessons-learned-using-a-values-engaged-approach-to-attend-to-culture-diversity-and-equity-in-a-stem-program-evaluation
#10
Ayesha S Boyce
Evaluation must attend meaningfully and respectfully to issues of culture, race, diversity, power, and equity. This attention is especially critical within the evaluation of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educational programming, which has an explicit agenda of broadening participation. The purpose of this article is to report lessons learned from the implementation of a values-engaged, educative (Greene et al., 2006) evaluation within a multi-year STEM education program setting. This meta-evaluation employed a case study design using data from evaluator weekly systematic reflections, review of evaluation and program artifacts, stakeholder interviews, and peer review and assessment...
May 13, 2017: Evaluation and Program Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531368/molecular-phylogeny-of-loliginidae-inferred-from-mitochondrial-dna-sequence-variation
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Lisen Kang, Shuyi Zhang, Changwen Wu, Xiaoxu Liu, Mei Ying Xu, Lihua Jiang
Loliginidae includes many economically important species in trophic systems worldwide. Here, we investigated genetic relationships and diversity in this family. Sequence comparisons and phylogenetic analyses revealed considerable variations between mitochondrial 16 S rRNA gene and cytochrome coxidase subunit I gene among nine Loliginid species. We identified three similar non-coding regions in eight Loliginid species, but not in Sepioteuthislessoniana. We detected a single extended termination-associated sequence and three conserved sequence blocks among these eight species...
May 20, 2017: Mitochondrial DNA. Part A. DNA Mapping, Sequencing, and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531348/plant-derived-transcription-factors-for-orthologous-regulation-of-gene-expression-in-the-yeast-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
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Gita Naseri, Salma Balazadeh, Fabian Machens, Iman Kamranfar, Katrin Messerschmidt, Bernd Mueller-Roeber
Control of gene expression by transcription factors (TFs) is central in many synthetic biology projects where tailored expression of one or multiple genes is often needed. As TFs from evolutionary distant organisms are unlikely to affect gene expression in a host of choice, they represent excellent candidates for establishing orthogonal control systems. To establish orthogonal regulators for use in yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae), we chose TFs from the plant Arabidopsis thaliana. We established a library of 106 different combinations of chromosomally integrated TFs, activation domains (yeast GAL4 AD, herpes simplex virus VP64, and plant EDLL) and synthetic promoters harbouring cognate cis-regulatory motifs driving a yEGFP reporter...
May 22, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531326/relationship-among-establishment-durations-kin-relatedness-aggressiveness-and-distance-between-populations-of-eight-invasive-argentine-ant-hymenoptera-formicidae-supercolonies-in-japan
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K Sato, H Sakamoto, M Hirata, M Kidokoro-Kobayashi, M Ozaki, S Higashi, T Murakami
We investigated kin relatedness and kin-recognition abilities of the Argentine ant, Linepithema humile (Mayr), an invader from North America that has pervaded Japan for 20 yr, using genetic analyses and behavioral bioassays. From these data and interactions among factors, we formulated an eradication and management time-scale pattern diagram. Relatedness within a colony using microsatellite markers was effectively zero, whereas relatedness estimated by multilocus DNA fingerprinting markers was relatively high...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531296/a-new-computational-method-to-predict-transcriptional-activity-of-a-dna-sequence-from-diverse-datasets-of-massively-parallel-reporter-assays
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Ying Liu, Takuma Irie, Tetsushi Yada, Yutaka Suzuki
In recent years, the dramatic increase in the number of applications for massively parallel reporter assay (MPRA) technology has produced a large body of data for various purposes. However, a computational model that can be applied to decipher regulatory codes for diverse MPRAs does not exist yet. Here, we propose a new computational method to predict the transcriptional activity of MPRAs, as well as luciferase reporter assays, based on the TRANScription FACtor database. We employed regression trees and multivariate adaptive regression splines to obtain these predictions and considered a feature redundancy-dependent formula for conventional regression trees to enable adaptation to diverse data...
May 22, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531291/a-novel-virus-vectored-respiratory-mucosal-vaccine-enhances-anti-tuberculosis-immunity-in-a-humanized-model-system
#15
Yushi Yao, Rocky Lai, Sam Afkhami, Siamak Haddadi, Anna Zganiacz, Fatemeh Vahedi, Ali A Ashkar, Charu Kaushic, Mangalakumari Jeyanathan, Zhou Xing
Background: The translation of pre-clinically promising novel tuberculosis (TB) vaccines to ultimate human applications has met with the challenge of lacking markedly improved animal models for vaccine testing with an immune system of human equivalent in its genetic diversity and level of susceptibility to TB. Methods: We have developed a humanized mice (Hu-mice) TB model system to investigate the clinical relevance of a novel virus-vectored (VV) TB vaccine administered via respiratory mucosal (RM) or parenteral route...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531280/effects-of-calorie-restriction-and-fiber-type-on-glucose-uptake-and-abundance-of-electron-transport-chain-and-oxidative-phosphorylation-proteins-in-single-fibers-from-old-rats
#16
Haiyan Wang, Edward B Arias, Carmen S Yu, Anthony R P Verkerke, Gregory D Cartee
Calorie restriction (CR; reducing calorie intake by ~40% below ad libitum) can increase glucose uptake by insulin-stimulated muscle. Because skeletal muscle is comprised of multiple, heterogeneous fiber types, our primary aim was to determine in 23-26 months-old rats the effects of CR (initiated at 14 weeks-old) and fiber type on insulin-stimulated glucose uptake by single fibers of diverse fiber types. Isolated epitrochlearis muscles from AL and CR rats were incubated with [3H]-2-deoxyglucose ±insulin. Glucose uptake and fiber type were determined for single fibers dissected from the muscles...
May 22, 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531262/biogeography-of-cryoconite-bacterial-communities-on-glaciers-of-the-tibetan-plateau
#17
Yongqin Liu, Trista J Vick-Majors, John C Priscu, Tandong Yao, Shichang Kang, Keshao Liu, Ziyuang Cong, Jingbo Xiong, Yang Li
Cryoconite holes, water-filled pockets containing biological and mineralogical deposits that form on glacier surfaces, play important roles in glacier mass balance, glacial geochemistry, and carbon cycling. The presence of cryoconite material decreases surface albedo and accelerates glacier mass loss, a problem of particular importance in the rapidly melting Tibetan Plateau. No studies have addressed the microbial community composition of cryoconite holes and their associated ecosystem processes on Tibetan glaciers...
May 20, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531233/in-silico-development-and-characterization-of-tri-nucleotide-simple-sequence-repeat-markers-in-hazelnut-corylus-avellana-l
#18
Gehendra Bhattarai, Shawn A Mehlenbacher
Plant genomes are now sequenced rapidly and inexpensively. In silico approaches allow efficient development of simple sequence repeat markers, also known as microsatellite markers, from these sequences. A search of the genome sequence of 'Jefferson' hazelnut (Corylus avellana L.) identified 8,708 tri-nucleotide simple sequence repeats with at least five repeat units, and stepwise removal of the less promising sequences led to the development of 150 polymorphic markers. Fragments in the 'Jefferson' sequence containing tri-nucleotide repeats were used as references and aligned with genomic sequences from seven other cultivars...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531228/cultural-values-and-cross-cultural-video-consumption-on-youtube
#19
Minsu Park, Jaram Park, Young Min Baek, Michael Macy
Video-sharing social media like YouTube provide access to diverse cultural products from all over the world, making it possible to test theories that the Web facilitates global cultural convergence. Drawing on a daily listing of YouTube's most popular videos across 58 countries, we investigate the consumption of popular videos in countries that differ in cultural values, language, gross domestic product, and Internet penetration rate. Although online social media facilitate global access to cultural products, we find this technological capability does not result in universal cultural convergence...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531227/different-microrna-profiles-reveal-the-diverse-outcomes-induced-by-ev71-and-ca16-infection-in-human-umbilical-vein-endothelial-cells-using-high-throughput-sequencing
#20
Jie Song, Yajie Hu, Jiaqi Li, Huiwen Zheng, Jingjing Wang, Lei Guo, Ruotong Ning, Hongzhe Li, Zening Yang, Haitao Fan, Longding Liu
Enterovirus 71 (EV71) and Coxsackievirus A16 (CA16) remain the predominant pathogens in hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD), but the factors underlying the pathogenesis of EV71 and CA16 infections have not been elucidated. Recently, the functions of microRNAs (miRNAs) in pathogen-host interactions have been highlighted. In the present study, we performed comprehensive miRNA profiling in EV71- and CA16-infected human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) at multiple time points using high-throughput sequencing...
2017: PloS One
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