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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457734/role-of-nutrient-limitation-in-the-competition-between-uropathogenic-strains-of-klebsiella-pneumoniae-and-escherichia-coli-in-mixed-biofilms
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Guillermo E Juarez, Estela M Galván
Klebsiella pneumoniae and Escherichia coli form mixed species biofilms in catheter-associated urinary tract infections. Recently, a detrimental effect of K. pneumoniae over E. coli was observed in mixed species biofilms grown in an artificial urine medium. The mechanism behind this competitive interaction was studied. K. pneumoniae partially outcompeted E. coli in early-stage batch-fed biofilms, whereas both microorganisms co-exist at longer times (K. pneumoniae:E. coli ratio, 55:1), as shown by cell counts and confocal microscopy...
February 19, 2018: Biofouling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457262/handheld-reflectance-confocal-microscopy-dermatoscopy-and-histopathological-correlation-of-common-inflammatory-balanitis
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F Lacarrubba, A E Verzì, M Ardigò, G Micali
BACKGROUND: The term balanitis includes a variety of inflammatory skin diseases involving the glans penis whose clinical diagnosis may be challenging. A biopsy is often required to obtain a definitive diagnosis, although it is barely accepted by patients. Reflectance confocal microscopy (RCM), that provides a real-time, en face imaging of the epidermis and upper dermis, is currently utilized for the diagnosis of some neoplastic and inflammatory skin diseases. The aim of this study was to analyze the RCM handheld findings of some common balanitis and to correlate them with dermatoscopy and histopathological features...
February 18, 2018: Skin Research and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456673/full-thickness-conjunctival-flap-covering-surgery-combined-with-amniotic-membrane-transplantation-for-severe-fungal-keratitis
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Jing Zhong, Bowen Wang, Saiqun Li, Yuqing Deng, Haixiang Huang, Ling Chen, Jin Yuan
Fungal keratitis is a severe and common ocular infectious disease. The present study evaluated the efficiency of full-thickness conjunctival flap covering surgery with amniotic membrane transplantation (FCCS + AMT) as a transitional surgery for severe fungal keratitis. A total of 17 patients with severe fungal keratitis without corneal perforation underwent FCCS + AMT between January 2010 and December 2015. The pathogenic factors, preoperative diagnosis and postoperative prognosis of FCCS + AMT at 3 months were evaluated...
March 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456011/effect-of-retention-rate-of-fluorescent-cellulose-nanofibrils-on-paper-properties-and-structure
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Qijun Ding, Jinsong Zeng, Bin Wang, Wenhua Gao, Kefu Chen, Zhe Yuan, Jun Xu, Darong Tang
In this work, we report a new characterization method using fluorescent cellulose nanofibrils to analyze retention and loss rates in the papermaking process. Cellulose nanofibrils (CNF) were isolated from chemical pulp by enzymatic pretreatment and used as a strengthening additive in sheet forming. The aim of this paper was to investigate its effects on flocculation, retention and loss rate and the physical and mechanical properties. CNF was subjected to fluorescent labeling with RBITC (Rhodamine B isothiocyanate), and the retention of fluorescent cellulose nanofibrils (FCNF) was analyzed by elemental analysis and fluorescence intensity...
April 15, 2018: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455997/effect-of-dynamic-high-pressure-on-emulsifying-and-encapsulant-properties-of-cashew-tree-gum
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Bruna Castro Porto, Marcelo Cristianini
Dynamic high pressure (DHP) has been applied in the physical modification of biopolymers as polysaccharides, proteins and gums. It is known that DHP is able to promote degradation of polysaccharides (e.g. molecular weight reduction). However, few studies have assessed the effect of DHP on the emulsifying and encapsulating properties of polysaccharides. Thus, this study aimed to investigate the effect of DHP on the emulsifying (average droplet size and particle size distribution, optical and confocal scanning laser microscopy, rheology, zeta potential and electric conductivity, creaming index, and turbidity) and encapsulating (scanning electronic microscopy, flavor retention, average droplet size, and particle size distribution) properties of cashew tree gum (CG)...
April 15, 2018: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455984/hyaluronate-coating-enhances-the-delivery-and-biocompatibility-of-gold-nanoparticles
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Bedia Begum Karakocak, Jue Liang, Pratim Biswas, Nathan Ravi
For targeted delivery with nanoparticles (NPs) as drug carriers, it is imperative that the NPs are internalized into the targeted cell. Surface properties of NPs influence their interactions with cells. We examined the responses of retinal pigment epithelial cells, NIH 3T3 fibroblast cells, and Chinese hamster ovary cells to gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) in their nascent form as well as coated with end-thiolated hyaluronate (HS-HA). The grafting density of HS-HA on Au NPs was calculated based on total organic carbon measurements and thermal gravimetric analysis...
April 15, 2018: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455366/phospholipase-d%C3%AE-assists-to-cortical-microtubule-recovery-after-salt-stress
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Jindřiška Angelini, Stanislav Vosolsobě, Petr Skůpa, Angela Yeuan Yen Ho, Erica Bellinvia, Olga Valentová, Jan Marc
The dynamic microtubule cytoskeleton plays fundamental roles in the growth and development of plants including regulation of their responses to environmental stress. Plants exposed to hyper-osmotic stress commonly acclimate, acquiring tolerance to variable stress levels. The underlying cellular mechanisms are largely unknown. Here, we show, for the first time, by in vivo imaging approach that linear patterns of phospholipase Dδ match the localization of microtubules in various biological systems, validating previously predicted connection between phospholipase Dδ and microtubules...
January 24, 2018: Protoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454707/crystal-structure-of-the-capsid-protein-from-zika-virus
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Zifang Shang, Hao Song, Yi Shi, Jianxun Qi, George F Gao
Recently, Zika virus (ZIKV) emerged as a global public health concern, and is distinct from other flaviviruses in many aspects, e.g., causing transplacental infection, fetal abnormalities and vector-independent transmission through body fluids in humans. The capsid (C) protein is a multifunctional protein, since it binds to viral RNA in the process of nucleocapsid assembly and plays important roles in virus infection processes by interacting with cellular proteins, modulating cellular metabolism, apoptosis and immune response...
February 15, 2018: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454685/genes-involved-in-tolerance-to-osmotic-stress-by-random-mutagenesis-in-cronobacter-malonaticus
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Maofeng Zhang, Xiyan Zhang, Liaowang Tong, Yaping Wang, Dexin Ou, Jumei Zhang, Qingping Wu, Yingwang Ye
Cronobacter malonaticus is one of the opportunistic food-borne pathogens in powdered infant formula and has unusual abilities to survive under environmental stresses such as osmotic conditions. However, the genes involved in osmotic stress have received little attention in C. malonaticus. Here, genes involved in osmotic stress were determined in C. malonaticus using a transposon mutagenesis approach. According to the growth of mutants (n = 215) under 5.0% NaCl concentration, the survival of 5 mutants under osmotic stress was significantly decreased compared with that of the wild type strain...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454544/mapping-the-spatiotemporal-evolution-of-solute-transport-in-articular-cartilage-explants-reveals-how-cartilage-recovers-fluid-within-the-contact-area-during-sliding
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Brian T Graham, Axel C Moore, David L Burris, Christopher Price
The interstitial fluid within articular cartilage shields the matrix from mechanical stresses, reduces friction and wear, enables biochemical processes, and transports solutes into and out of the avascular extracellular matrix. The balanced competition between fluid exudation and recovery under load is thus critical to the mechanical and biological functions of the tissue. We recently discovered that sliding alone can induce rapid solute transport into buried cartilage contact areas via a phenomenon termed tribological rehydration...
February 8, 2018: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453567/phagocytosis-by-sertoli-cells-analysis-of-main-phagocytosis-steps-by-confocal-and-electron-microscopy
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Marina G Yefimova, Nadia Messaddeq, Annie-Claire Meunier, Anne Cantereau, Bernard Jegou, Nicolas Bourmeyster
Sertoli cells were discovered in the seminiferous tubules by Enrico Sertoli in 1865 (Morgagni 7:31-33, 1865). Intense phagocytosis is, in the context of spermatogenesis cycle, morphologically the most noticeable function of Sertoli cells. In this chapter the major principles of phagocytosis machinery and its specificities in the seminiferous tubules will be briefly reviewed, guidelines of analysis of main phagocytosis steps by confocal and transmission electron microscopy will be described, and a simplified method to assess phagocytosis rate in routine experiments will be given...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453564/identification-of-proliferative-and-apoptotic-sertoli-cells-using-fluorescence-and-confocal-microscopy
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Jesús Martínez-Hernández, Vicente Seco-Rovira, Ester Beltrán-Frutos, Victor Quesada-Cubo, Concepción Ferrer, Luis Miguel Pastor
Sertoli cells, the testicular somatic cells of the seminiferous epithelium, are vital for the survival of the epithelium. They undergo proliferation and apoptosis during fetal, neonatal, and prepubertal development. Apoptosis is increased in certain situations such as exposure to many substances, for example, toxics, or short photoperiod in the non-breeding season of some mammals. Therefore, it has always been considered that Sertoli cells that reach adulthood are quiescent cells, that is to say, nonproliferative, do not die, are terminally differentiated, and whose numbers remain constant...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452945/reduction-sensitive-fluorescence-enhanced-polymeric-prodrug-nanoparticles-for-combinational-photothermal-chemotherapy
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Yuanyuan Zhang, Dan Yang, Hongzhong Chen, Wei Qi Lim, Fiona Soo Zeng Phua, Guanghui An, Piaoping Yang, Yanli Zhao
In this study, a reduction-sensitive supramolecular polymeric drug delivery system was developed for combinational photothermal-chemotherapy of cancer. The multifunctional system was self-assembled by specific host-guest interactions between hydrophilic β-cyclodextrin functionalized hyaluronic acid and adamantane linked camptothecin/dye conjugate, where a near-infrared (NIR) absorbing dye IR825 was loaded. The hydrophilic hyaluronic acid shell endows the assembly with excellent colloidal stability and biocompatibility...
February 9, 2018: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452390/effects-of-storage-conditions-on-hatchability-embryonic-survival-and-cytoarchitectural-properties-in-broiler-from-young-and-old-flocks
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N Pokhrel, E Ben-Tal Cohen, O Genin, M Ruzal, D Sela-Donenfeld, Y Cinnamon
Storing eggs at low temperature prior to incubation is common practice in the broiler hatchery industry; however, prolonged storage (beyond 7 d) is known to increase early embryonic mortality and reduce chick quality and performance. To better understand the basis of this mortality, we previously published milestone criteria to evaluate morphological and cellular properties of the freshly laid embryo. Using these criteria, in the present study we checked the effects of storage at 18°C and 12°C for up to 28 d on hatchability and chick quality...
February 14, 2018: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451351/delphinidin-induces-apoptosis-and-inhibits-epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-via-the-erk-p38-mapk-signaling-pathway-in-human-osteosarcoma-cell-lines
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Hae-Mi Kang, Bong-Soo Park, Hyun-Kyung Kang, Hae-Ryoun Park, Su-Bin Yu, In-Ryoung Kim
Delphinidin is major anthocyanidin that is extracted from many pigmented fruits and vegetables. This substance has anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-angiogenic, and anti-cancer properties. In addition, delphinidin strongly suppresses the migration and invasion of various cancer cells during tumorigenesis. Although delphinidin has anti-cancer effects, little is known about its functional roles in osteosarcoma (OS). For these reasons, we have demonstrated the effects of delphinidin on OS cell lines. The effects of delphinidin on cell viability and growth of OS cells were assessed using the MTT assay and colony formation assays...
February 16, 2018: Environmental Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451337/eosinophil-derived-exosomes-contribute-to-asthma-remodelling-by-activating-structural-lung-cells
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José A Cañas, Beatriz Sastre, José M Rodrigo-Muñoz, Mar Fernández-Nieto, Pilar Barranco, Santiago Quirce, Joaquín Sastre, Victoria Del Pozo
BACKGROUND: Eosinophils, a central factor in asthma pathogenesis, have the ability to secrete exosomes. However, the precise role played by exosomes in the biological processes leading up to asthma has not been fully defined. OBJECTIVE: We hypothesised that exosomes released by eosinophils contribute to asthma pathogenesis by activating structural lung cells. METHODS: Eosinophils from asthmatic patients and healthy volunteers were purified from peripheral blood, and exosomes were isolated from eosinophils of asthmatic and healthy individuals...
February 16, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Allergy: Journal of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450934/imaging-proton-transport-in-giant-vesicles-through-cyclic-peptide-polymer-conjugate-nanotube-transmembrane-ion-channels
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Jason G Binfield, Johannes C Brendel, Neil R Cameron, Ahmed M Eissa, Sébastien Perrier
Since their discovery in 1993, interest in various aspects of cyclic peptides (CPs) has expanded rapidly. Of particular note is their potential to form artificial ion channels in lipid membranes, an attractive characteristic in supramolecular chemistry and biological research. The design and synthesis of cyclic peptide-polymer conjugates (CPPCs) that can self-assemble within lipid bilayers into nanotubes, mimicking naturally occurring membrane channels and pores, has been reported. However, methods that allow direct detection of the transport process with high levels of certainty are still lacking...
February 16, 2018: Macromolecular Rapid Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450740/perfluorocarbon-induces-alveolar-epithelial-cell-response-through-structural-and-mechanical-remodeling
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Sofia André Dias, Emmanuelle Planus, Christelle Angely, Luc Lotteau, Renaud Tissier, Marcel Filoche, Bruno Louis, Gabriel Pelle, Daniel Isabey
During total liquid ventilation, lung cells are exposed to perfluorocarbon (PFC) whose chemophysical properties highly differ from standard aqueous cell feeding medium (DMEM). We herein perform a systematic study of structural and mechanical properties of A549 alveolar epithelial cells in order to characterize their response to PFC exposure, using DMEM as control condition. Changes in F-actin structure, focal adhesion density and glycocalyx distribution are evaluated by confocal fluorescent microscopy. Changes in cell mechanics and adhesion are measured by multiscale magnetic twisting cytometry (MTC)...
February 15, 2018: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449907/electrospun-conjugated-polymer-fullerene-hybrid-fibers-photoactive-blends-conductivity-through-tunneling-afm-light-scattering-and-perspective-for-their-use-in-bulk-heterojunction-organic-solar-cells
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Zhenhua Yang, Maria Moffa, Ying Liu, Hongfei Li, Luana Persano, Andrea Camposeo, Rosalba Saija, Maria Antonia Iatì, Onofrio M Maragò, Dario Pisignano, Chang-Yong Nam, Eyal Zussman, Miriam Rafailovich
Hybrid conjugated polymer/fullerene filaments based on MEH-PPV/PVP/PCBM were prepared by electrospinning, and their properties were assessed by scanning electron, atomic and lateral-force, tunneling, and confocal microscopies, as well as by attenuated-total-reflection Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, photoluminescence quantum yield, and spatially resolved fluorescence. Highlighted features include the ribbon shape of the realized fibers and the persistence of a network serving as a template for heterogeneous active layers in solar cell devices...
February 8, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. C, Nanomaterials and Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449129/sub-minimum-inhibitory-concentrations-of-ceftazidime-inhibit-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-biofilm-formation
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Satoshi Otani, Kazufumi Hiramatsu, Kazuhiko Hashinaga, Kosaku Komiya, Kenji Umeki, Kenji Kishi, Jun-Ichi Kadota
Pseudomonas aeruginosa exhibits the biofilm mode of growth and causes chronic as well as acute infections in humans. Several reports have shown that the treatments with sub-minimum inhibitory concentrations (sub-MICs) of antimicrobial agents influence biofilm formation by P. aeruginosa. The antibiotic ceftazidime (CAZ) is used to treat P. aeruginosa infections, but few studies have examined the effects of β-lactams on biofilm formation by P. aeruginosa. In this study, we investigated the role of sub-MICs of CAZ in the formation of P...
February 12, 2018: Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy: Official Journal of the Japan Society of Chemotherapy
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