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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441321/a-cost-effective-relative-humidity-sensor-based-on-side-coupling-induction-technology
#1
Yingzi Zhang, Yulong Hou, Wenyi Liu, Huixin Zhang, Yanjun Zhang, Zhidong Zhang, Jing Guo, Jia Liu, Liang Zhang, Qiu-Lin Tan
A intensity-modulated optical fiber relative humidity (RH) sensor based on the side coupling induction technology (SCIT) is presented and experimentally demonstrated. The agarose gel and the twisted macro-bend coupling structure are first combined for RH sensing applications. The refractive index (RI) of the agarose gel increases with the increase of the RH and is in linear proportion from 20 to 80%RH. The side coupling power, which changes directly with the RI of the agarose gel, can strip the source noise from the sensor signal and improve the signal to noise ratio substantially...
April 25, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438863/the-role-of-p16-and-mdm2-gene-polymorphisms-in-prolactinoma-mdm2-gene-polymorphisms-may-be-associated-with-tumor-shrinkage
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Seda Turgut, Muzaffer Ilhan, Saime Turan, Ozcan Karaman, Ilhan Yaylim, Ozlem Kucukhuseyin, Ertugrul Tasan
AIM: Prolactinomas are thought to arise from clonal expansion of a single mutated cell which is subjected to growth stimuli of several permissive factors, although the pathogenetic mechanisms underlying tumorigenesis remain unclear. The present study aimed to investigate the role of p16 (540C→G and 580C→T) and mouse double minute 2 (MDM2) (SNP309T→G) gene polymorphisms in tumorigenesis and characteristics of prolactinoma. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A total of 74 patients with prolactinoma and 100 age- and gender-matched healthy individuals were enrolled in the study...
May 2017: In Vivo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435073/evaluation-of-a-rapid-detection-for-coxsackievirus-b3-using-one-step-reverse-transcription-loop-mediated-isothermal-amplification-rt-lamp
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A Monazah, M Zeinoddini, A R Saeeidinia
Coxsackievirus B3 (CVB3) is a member of the genus Enterovirus within the family Picornaviridae and is an important pathogen of viral myocarditis, which accounts for more than 50% viral myocarditis cases. VP1 is major capsid protein that this region has a low homology in both amino acid and nucleotide sequences among Enteroviruses. Therefore we have chosen this region for designed a set of RT-LAMP primers for CVB3 detection. For this the total RNA was extracted from 24-h post infected-HeLa cells with complete cytopathic effect (CPE), and applied to a one-step reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification reaction (RT-LAMP) using CVB3-specific primers...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Virological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433148/mechanics-and-transport-phenomena-in-agarose-based-hydrogels-studied-by-compression-relaxation-tests
#4
Diego Caccavo, Sara Cascone, Serena Poto, Gaetano Lamberti, Anna Angela Barba
Hydrogels are widespread materials, used in several frontier fields, due to their peculiar behavior: they couple solvent mass transport to system mechanics, exhibiting viscoelastic and poroelastic characteristics. The full understanding of this behavior is crucial to correctly design such complex systems. In this study agarose gels has been investigated through experimental stress-relaxation tests and with the aid of a 3D poroviscoelastic model. At the investigated experimental conditions, the agarose gels samples show a prevalent viscoelastic behavior, revealing limited water transport and an increase of the stiffness as well as of the relaxation time along with the polymer concentration...
July 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432337/agarose-spot-as-a-comparative-method-for-in-situ-analysis-of-simultaneous-chemotactic-responses-to-multiple-chemokines
#5
Mohaned Ahmed, Haneen A Basheer, Jose M Ayuso, Djevdet Ahmet, Marco Mazzini, Roshan Patel, Steven D Shnyder, Victoria Vinader, Kamyar Afarinkia
We describe a novel protocol to quantitatively and simultaneously compare the chemotactic responses of cells towards different chemokines. In this protocol, droplets of agarose gel containing different chemokines are applied onto the surface of a Petri dish, and then immersed under culture medium in which cells are suspended. As chemokine molecules diffuse away from the spot, a transient chemoattractant gradient is established across the spots. Cells expressing the corresponding cognate chemokine receptors migrate against this gradient by crawling under the agarose spots towards their centre...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425554/on-the-parallelism-between-the-mechanisms-behind-chromatography-and-drug-delivery-the-role-of-interactions-with-a-stationary-phase
#6
Filippo Rossi, Franca Castiglione, Matteo Salvalaglio, Monica Ferro, Marta Moioli, Emanuele Mauri, Maurizio Masi, Andrea Mele
A huge number of studies and work in the drug delivery literature are focused on understanding and modeling transport phenomena, the pivotal point for a good device design. The rationalization of all phenomena involved is fundamental, but several concerns arise leaving many issues unsolved. In order to change the point of view we decided to focus our attention on the parallelisms between two fields that seem to be very far from each other: chromatography and drug release. Taking advantages of the studies conducted by many researchers using chromatographic columns we decided to explain all the phenomena involved in drug delivery considering sodium ibuprofen (IP) molecules as analytes and hydrogel as a stationary phase...
April 20, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423195/noninvasive-imaging-of-c-rgd-2-9r-as-a-potential-delivery-carrier-for-transfection-of-sirna-in-malignant-tumors
#7
Xue Qi Chen, Meng Liu, Rong Fu Wang, Ping Yan, Chun Li Zhang, Chao Ma, Qian Zhao, Lei Yin, Guang Yu Zhao, Feng Qin Guo
The purpose of our study was to develop and evaluate a novel integrin αv β3 -specific delivery carrier for transfection of siRNA in malignant tumors. We adopted arginine-glycine-aspartate (RGD) motif as a tissue target for specific recognition of integrin αν β3 . A chimaeric peptide was synthesized by adding nonamer arginine residues (9R) at the carboxy terminus of cyclic-RGD dimer, designated as c(RGD)2 -9R, to enable siRNA binding. To test the applicability of the delivery carrier in vivo, c(RGD)2 -9R was labeled with radionuclide of technetium-99 m...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Labelled Compounds & Radiopharmaceuticals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419134/development-of-mismatch-amplification-mutation-assays-for-the-differentiation-of-ms1-vaccine-strain-from-wild-type-mycoplasma-synoviae-and-ms-h-vaccine-strains
#8
Zsuzsa Kreizinger, Kinga Mária Sulyok, Dénes Grózner, Katinka Bekő, Ádám Dán, Zoltán Szabó, Miklós Gyuranecz
Mycoplasma synoviae is an economically significant pathogen in the poultry industry, inducing respiratory disease and infectious synovitis in chickens and turkeys, and eggshell apex abnormality in chickens. Eradication, medication and vaccination are the options for controlling M. synoviae infection. Currently there are two commercial, live, attenuated vaccines available against M. synoviae: the temperature sensitive MS-H vaccine strain and the NAD independent MS1 vaccine strain. Differentiation of vaccine strains from field isolates is essential during vaccination and eradication programs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416245/a-simple-and-efficient-method-for-crispr-cas9-induced-mutant-screening
#9
Yufeng Hua, Chun Wang, Jian Huang, Kejian Wang
The clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)/CRISPR-associated protein 9 (Cas9) system provides a technological breakthrough in mutant generation. Several methods such as the polymerase chain reaction (PCR)/restriction enzyme (RE) assay, T7 endonuclease I (T7EI) assay, Surveyor nuclease assay, PAGE-based genotyping assay, and high-resolution melting (HRM) analysis-based assay have been developed for screening CRISPR/Cas9-induced mutants. However, these methods are time- and labour-intensive and may also be sequence-limited or require very expensive equipment...
April 4, 2017: Journal of Genetics and Genomics, Yi Chuan Xue Bao
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415501/fabrication-of-new-magnetite-graphene-nanocomposite-and-comparison-of-its-laser-hyperthermia-properties-with-conventionally-prepared-magnetite-graphene-hybrid
#10
Ahmad Tayyebi, Shahab Moradi, Fatemeh Azizi, Mohammad Outokesh, Kamran Shadanfar, Seyed Sadjad Mousavi
A single step supercritical method was introduced for synthesis of "magnetite - reduced graphene oxide (M-rGO)" composite in supercritical methanol. Modified surface, smaller size, lesser cytotoxicity, and homogenous dispersion of Fe3O4 nanoparticles on the graphene surface were advantages of this new M-rGO composite in comparison to the materials synthesized by conventional wet chemical method (M-GO). Nanocomposites were injected in tissue equivalent phantoms of agarose gel in 10mg/g dosage, and were irradiated by a 1600mW laser beam at wavelength of 800-810nm...
June 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415010/structure-and-biological-properties-of-mixed-ligand-cu-ii-schiff-base-complexes-as-potential-anticancer-agents
#11
Yi Gou, Jinlong Li, Boyi Fan, Bohui Xu, Min Zhou, Feng Yang
We synthesized two mixed-ligand Cu(II) complexes containing different aroylhydrazone ligands and a pyridine co-ligand, namely, [Cu(L1)(Py)] (C1) and [Cu(L2)(Py)(Br)] (C2) (L1 = (E)-2-hydroxy-N'-((2-hydroxynaphthalen-1-yl)methylene)benzohydrazide, Py = pyridine, L2 = (E)-2-hydroxy-N'-(phenyl(pyridin-2-yl)methylene)benzohydrazide), and assessed their chemical and biological properties to understand their marked activity. C2 showed better anticancer activity than C1 in various human cancer cell lines, including the cisplatin-resistant lung cancer cell line A549cisR...
April 12, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414616/biphasic-finite-element-modeling-reconciles-mechanical-properties-of-tissue-engineered-cartilage-constructs-across-testing-platforms
#12
Gregory R Meloni, Matthew B Fisher, Brendan D Stoeckl, George R Dodge, Robert L Mauck
Cartilage tissue engineering is emerging as a promising treatment for osteoarthritis, and the field has progressed toward utilizing large animal models for proof of concept and preclinical studies. Mechanical testing of the regenerative tissue is an essential outcome for functional evaluation. However, testing modalities and constitutive frameworks used to evaluate in vitro grown samples differ substantially from those used to evaluate in vivo derived samples. To address this, we developed finite element (FE) models (using FEBio) of unconfined compression and indentation testing, modalities commonly used for such samples...
April 14, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411637/armored-enzyme-nanohybrids-and-their-catalytic-function-under-challenging-conditions
#13
Omkar V Zore, Rajeswari M Kasi, Challa V Kumar
Synthesis and characterization of highly stable and functional bienzyme-polymer triads assembled on layered graphene oxide (GO) are described here. Glucose oxidase (GOx) and horseradish peroxidase (HRP) were used as model enzymes and polyacrylic acid (PAA) as model polymer to armor the enzymes. PAA-armored GOx and HRP covalent conjugates were further protected from denaturation by adsorption onto GO nanosheets. Structure and morphology of this enzyme-polymer-nanosheet hybrid biocatalyst (GOx-HRP-PAA/GO) were confirmed by agarose gel electrophoresis, zeta potential, circular dichroism, and transmission electron microscopy...
2017: Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411389/the-comet-assay-in-folsomia-candida-a-suitable-approach-to-assess-genotoxicity-in-collembolans
#14
Diogo N Cardoso, Ana Rita R Silva, Andreia Cruz, Joana Lourenço, Joana Neves, Catarina Malheiro, Sónia Mendo, Amadeu M V M Soares, Susana Loureiro
The present study shows the comet assay technique being successfully applied for the first time to one of the most widely used soil organisms in standardized ecotoxicological tests, Folsomia candida, providing a step forward in assessing the genotoxicity induced by xenobiotics. Because collembolans have a high content of chitin, a new methodology was developed in which the heads of the collembolans were separated from the rest of the body, allowing the hemolymph to leak out. This procedure allows the cells to be released, and after lysis the genetic material is available for the comet assay...
March 16, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408944/pc2-ovotransferrin-characterization-and-alternative-immunotherapeutic-activity
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Constantin Chiurciu, Viorica Chiurciu, Mariana Oporanu, Ionel Victor Pătrașcu, Iuliana Mihai, Mădălina Tablică, Romeo Teodor Cristina
Characterization and evaluation of immunotherapeutic potential of ovotransferrin PC2 (OTf PC2) were performed in this study. The ovoprotein was obtained from egg white from hens immunized with bacterial antigens, pathogenic for humans. For the negative control samples, OTf was extracted from eggs collected from Specific Pathogen-Free (SPF) hens and purified by affinity chromatography on Protein G-agarose column with two eluting peaks: I, representing ovalbumin, and II, ovotransferrin. The final apo-OTf form was reached by successive precipitation with ammonium sulfate and citric acid and the holo-OTf form by saturating the apo-form with FeCl3...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408910/new-hypervariable-ssr-markers-for-diversity-analysis-hybrid-purity-testing-and-trait-mapping-in-pigeonpea-cajanus-cajan-l-millspaugh
#16
Abhishek Bohra, Rintu Jha, Gaurav Pandey, Prakash G Patil, Rachit K Saxena, Indra P Singh, D Singh, R K Mishra, Ankita Mishra, F Singh, Rajeev K Varshney, N P Singh
Draft genome sequence in pigeonpea offers unprecedented opportunities for genomics assisted crop improvement via enabling access to genome-wide genetic markers. In the present study, 421 hypervariable simple sequence repeat (SSR) markers from the pigeonpea genome were screened on a panel of eight pigeonpea genotypes yielding marker validation and polymorphism percentages of 95.24 and 54.11%, respectively. The SSR marker assay uncovered a total of 570 alleles with three as an average number of alleles per marker...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401793/developing-a-customized-perfusion-bioreactor-prototype-with-controlled-positional-variability-in-oxygen-partial-pressure-for-bone-and-cartilage-tissue-engineering
#17
Poh Soo Lee, Hagen Eckert, Ricarda Hess, Michael Gelinsky, Derrick Rancourt, Roman Krawetz, Gianaurelio Cuniberti, Dieter Scharnweber
Skeletal development is a multi-step process that involves the complex interplay of multiple cell types at different stages of development. Besides biochemical and physical cues, oxygen tension also plays a pivotal role in influencing cell fate during skeletal development. At physiological conditions, bone cells generally reside in relatively oxygenated environment whereas the chondrocytes reside in hypoxic environment. However, it is technically challenging to achieve such defined, yet diverse oxygen distribution on traditional in vitro cultivation platforms...
April 12, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part C, Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401080/comparison-of-the-frequency-of-y-short-tandem-repeats-markers-between-sadat-and-non-sadat-populations-in-isfahan-province-of-iran
#18
Reihaneh Seyedebrahimi, Ebrahim Esfandiari, Bahman Rashidi, Rasoul Salehi, Ali Gholami Dahghi, Shahriar Dabiri, Majid Kheirollahi
BACKGROUND: Y chromosome is one of the two sex chromosomes and is male specific. Due to limited genetic exchange, the main part of that is passed virtually unchanged from one generation to next generation. The short tandem repeats (STRs) are almost constant on chromosomes that make them as an appropriate factor for use in population genetic studies. In this study, we used the STRs of Y chromosome markers in Sadat families and comparison with other families was investigated. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this study, sampling was done from fifty unrelated males of Sadat families and fifty unrelated males of non-Sadat families...
2017: Advanced Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401070/simple-and-easy-to-perform-preimplantation-genetic-diagnosis-for-%C3%AE-thalassemia-major-using-combination-of-conventional-and-fluorescent-polymerase-chain-reaction
#19
Rasoul Salehi, Sharifeh Khosravi, Mansour Salehi, Majid Kheirollahi, Hossein Khanahmad
BACKGROUND: Thalassemias are the most common monogenic disorders in many countries throughout the world. The best practice to control the prevalence of the disease is prenatal diagnosis (PND) services. Extensive practicing of PND proved effective in reducing new cases but on the other side of this success high abortion rate is hided, which ethically unfair and for many couples, especially with a previous experience of a therapeutic abortion, or moral concerns, is not a suitable choice...
2017: Advanced Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397607/sex-reversal-and-analyses-of-possible-involvement-of-sex-steroids-in-scallop-gonadal-development-in-newly-established-organ-culture-systems
#20
Ayano Otani, Tadaaki Nakajima, Tomomi Okumura, Shiro Fujii, Yasuhiro Tomooka
Many molluscs perform sex reversal, and sex hormones may be involved in the process. In adult scallops, Patinopecten yessoensis, gonadotropin releasing hormone and 17β-estradiol (E2) are involved in male sexual maturation, however, little is known about the effects of E2 and testosterone (T) on the gonadal differentiation in young scallops. In the present study, scallop gonadal development was analyzed to determine the sex reversal stage in Funka bay, and effects of E2 and T were examined. In Funka bay, almost all scallops were male at month 12...
April 2017: Zoological Science
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