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Lesley W Chan, Daniel E Morse, Michael J Gordon
Near- and sub-wavelength photonic structures are used by numerous organisms (e.g., insects, cephalopods, fish, birds) to create vivid and often dynamically-tunable colors, as well as create, manipulate, or capture light for vision, communication, crypsis, photosynthesis, and defense. This review introduces the physics of moth eye (ME)-like, biomimetic nanostructures and discusses their application to reduce optical losses and improve efficiency of various optoelectronic devices, including photodetectors, photovoltaics, imagers, and light emitting diodes...
March 16, 2018: Bioinspiration & Biomimetics
Xin-Jun Du, Yu-Xuan Zang, Hai-Bin Liu, Ping Li, Shuo Wang
Listeria monocytogenes is an important food-borne pathogenic bacterium that causes human disease, resulting in economic losses worldwide. The current detection methods for L. monocytogenes are not well suited for direct field testing because they involve complicated, time-consuming operations. A simple, efficient method is vital for L. monocytogenes detection. In this study, we combined isothermal recombinase polymerase amplification (RPA) with a lateral flow (LF) strip to rapidly and reliably detect L. monocytogenes...
March 10, 2018: Journal of Food Science
Scott W Ducharme, Joshua J Liddy, Jeffrey M Haddad, Michael A Busa, Laura J Claxton, Richard E A van Emmerik
Human locomotion is an inherently complex activity that requires the coordination and control of neurophysiological and biomechanical degrees of freedom across various spatiotemporal scales. Locomotor patterns must constantly be altered in the face of changing environmental or task demands, such as heterogeneous terrains or obstacles. Variability in stride times occurring at short time scales (e.g., 5-10 strides) is statistically correlated to larger fluctuations occurring over longer time scales (e.g., 50-100 strides)...
March 2, 2018: Human Movement Science
M Doser, S Aghion, C Amsler, G Bonomi, R S Brusa, M Caccia, R Caravita, F Castelli, G Cerchiari, D Comparat, G Consolati, A Demetrio, L Di Noto, C Evans, M Fanì, R Ferragut, J Fesel, A Fontana, S Gerber, M Giammarchi, A Gligorova, F Guatieri, S Haider, A Hinterberger, H Holmestad, A Kellerbauer, O Khalidova, D Krasnický, V Lagomarsino, P Lansonneur, P Lebrun, C Malbrunot, S Mariazzi, J Marton, V Matveev, Z Mazzotta, S R Müller, G Nebbia, P Nedelec, M Oberthaler, N Pacifico, D Pagano, L Penasa, V Petracek, F Prelz, M Prevedelli, B Rienaecker, J Robert, O M Røhne, A Rotondi, H Sandaker, R Santoro, L Smestad, F Sorrentino, G Testera, I C Tietje, E Widmann, P Yzombard, C Zimmer, J Zmeskal, N Zurlo
The efficient production of cold antihydrogen atoms in particle traps at CERN's Antiproton Decelerator has opened up the possibility of performing direct measurements of the Earth's gravitational acceleration on purely antimatter bodies. The goal of the AEgIS collaboration is to measure the value of g for antimatter using a pulsed source of cold antihydrogen and a Moiré deflectometer/Talbot-Lau interferometer. The same antihydrogen beam is also very well suited to measuring precisely the ground-state hyperfine splitting of the anti-atom...
March 28, 2018: Philosophical Transactions. Series A, Mathematical, Physical, and Engineering Sciences
Carmen Andrea Pfortmueller, Christian Meisel, Michaela Fux, Joerg C Schefold
In critically ill patients, organ dysfunctions are routinely assessed, monitored, and treated. Mounting data show that substantial critical illness-induced changes in the immune system can be observed in most ICU patients and that not only "hyper-inflammation" but also persistence of an anti-inflammatory phenotype (as in sepsis-associated immunosuppression) is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. Despite common perception, changes in functional immunity cannot be adequately assessed by routine inflammatory biomarkers such as C-reactive protein, procalcitonin, or numerical analysis of leukocyte (sub)-counts...
October 23, 2017: Intensive Care Medicine Experimental
Tess E Cooper, Emma Fisher, Brian Anderson, Nick Mr Wilkinson, David G Williams, Christopher Eccleston
BACKGROUND: Pain is a common feature of childhood and adolescence around the world, and for many young people, that pain is chronic. The World Health Organization guidelines for pharmacological treatments for children's persisting pain acknowledge that pain in children is a major public health concern of high significance in most parts of the world. While in the past, pain was largely dismissed and was frequently left untreated, views on children's pain have changed over time, and relief of pain is now seen as important...
August 2, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Laura Tüshaus, Joshua Henk Balsters, Anthony Schläpfer, Daniel Brandeis, Ruth O'Gorman Tuura, Peter Achermann
In today's 24/7 society, sleep restriction is a common phenomenon which leads to increased levels of sleep pressure in daily life. However, the magnitude and extent of impairment of brain functioning due to increased sleep pressure is still not completely understood. Resting state network (RSN) analyses have become increasingly popular because they allow us to investigate brain activity patterns in the absence of a specific task and to identify changes under different levels of vigilance (e.g. due to increased sleep pressure)...
July 15, 2017: Brain Topography
Wymke Hormann, Melanie Hahn, Stefan Gerlach, Nicola Hochstrate, Kai Affeldt, Joyce Giesen, Kai Fechner, Jan G M C Damoiseaux
BACKGROUND: Antibodies directed against dsDNA are a highly specific diagnostic marker for the presence of systemic lupus erythematosus and of particular importance in its diagnosis. To assess anti-dsDNA antibodies, the Crithidia luciliae-based indirect immunofluorescence test (CLIFT) is one of the assays considered to be the best choice. To overcome the drawback of subjective result interpretation that inheres indirect immunofluorescence assays in general, automated systems have been introduced into the market during the last years...
November 27, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
R M Phillips, H R Hendriks, J B Sweeney, G Reddy, G J Peters
Apaziquone (also known as EO9 and Qapzola(TM)) is a prodrug that is activated to DNA damaging species by oxidoreductases (particularly NQO1) and has the ability to kill aerobic and/or hypoxic cancer cells. Areas covered: Whilst its poor pharmacokinetic properties contributed to its failure in phase II clinical trials when administered intravenously, these properties were ideal for loco-regional therapies. Apaziquone demonstrated good anti-cancer activity against non-muscle invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC) when administered intravesically to marker lesions and was well tolerated with no systemic side effects...
July 2017: Expert Opinion on Drug Metabolism & Toxicology
Lukasz Huminiecki, Jarosław Horbańczuk, Atanas G Atanasov
Curcumin is a natural plant-derived compound that has attracted a lot of attention for its anti-cancer activities. Curcumin can slow proliferation of and induce apoptosis in cancer cell lines, but the precise mechanisms of these effects are not fully understood. However, many lines of evidence suggested that curcumin has a potent impact on gene expression profiles; thus, functional genomics should be the key to understanding how curcumin exerts its anti-cancer activities. Here, we review the published functional genomic studies of curcumin focusing on cancer...
October 2017: Seminars in Cancer Biology
Dan Li, Yan Qian, Yu-Jia Tian, Shi-Meng Yuan, Wei Wei, Gang Wang
As new green solvents, ionic liquids (ILs) have been generally applied in the extraction and separation of natural product. In this study, microwave assisted extraction based on IL (IL-MAE) was firstly employed to extract total biflavonoids from Selaginella doederleinii. Based on single-factor experiment, microwave power (300-700 W), extract time (30-50 min) and extract temperature (40-60 °C) on total bioflavonoids and antioxidant activities of the extracts were further investigated by a Box-Behnken design of response surface methodology (RSM) selecting total bioflavonoids yields and IC50 of radical scavenging as index...
April 7, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Wolfram C M Dempke, Klaus Fenchel, Peter Uciechowski, Stephen P Dale
Recent success in cancer immunotherapy (anti-CTLA-4, anti-PD1/PD-L1) has confirmed the hypothesis that the immune system can control many cancers across various histologies, in some cases producing durable responses in a way not seen with many small-molecule drugs. However, only less than 25% of all patients do respond to immuno-oncology drugs and several resistance mechanisms have been identified (e.g. T-cell exhaustion, overexpression of caspase-8 and β-catenin, PD-1/PD-L1 gene amplification, MHC-I/II mutations)...
March 2017: European Journal of Cancer
Vincent Doublet, Yvonne Poeschl, Andreas Gogol-Döring, Cédric Alaux, Desiderato Annoscia, Christian Aurori, Seth M Barribeau, Oscar C Bedoya-Reina, Mark J F Brown, James C Bull, Michelle L Flenniken, David A Galbraith, Elke Genersch, Sebastian Gisder, Ivo Grosse, Holly L Holt, Dan Hultmark, H Michael G Lattorff, Yves Le Conte, Fabio Manfredini, Dino P McMahon, Robin F A Moritz, Francesco Nazzi, Elina L Niño, Katja Nowick, Ronald P van Rij, Robert J Paxton, Christina M Grozinger
BACKGROUND: Organisms typically face infection by diverse pathogens, and hosts are thought to have developed specific responses to each type of pathogen they encounter. The advent of transcriptomics now makes it possible to test this hypothesis and compare host gene expression responses to multiple pathogens at a genome-wide scale. Here, we performed a meta-analysis of multiple published and new transcriptomes using a newly developed bioinformatics approach that filters genes based on their expression profile across datasets...
March 2, 2017: BMC Genomics
Hazem H Abdelmaksoud, Taryn M Guinan, Nicolas H Voelcker
Surface-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry (SALDI-MS) is a high-throughput analytical technique ideally suited for small-molecule detection from different bodily fluids (e.g., saliva, urine, and blood plasma). Many SALDI-MS substrates require complex fabrication processes and further surface modifications. Furthermore, some substrates show instability upon exposure to ambient conditions and need to be kept under special inert conditions. We have successfully optimized mesoporous germanium (meso-pGe) using bipolar electrochemical etching and efficiently applied meso-pGe as a SALDI-MS substrate for the detection of illicit drugs such as in the context of workplace, roadside, and antiaddictive drug compliance...
February 6, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Florian Wirsdörfer, Verena Jendrossek
Radiation-induced pneumonitis and fibrosis are dose-limiting side effects of thoracic irradiation. Thoracic irradiation triggers acute and chronic environmental lung changes that are shaped by the damage response of resident cells, by the resulting reaction of the immune system, and by repair processes. Although considerable progress has been made during the last decade in defining involved effector cells and soluble mediators, the network of pathophysiological events and the cellular cross talk linking acute tissue damage to chronic inflammation and fibrosis still require further definition...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
Vinay K Venishetty, Werner J Geldenhuys, Tori B Terell-Hall, Jessica I G Griffith, Gregory R Sondag, Fayez F Safadi, Paul R Lockman
BACKGROUND: Brain cancer from metastasized breast cancer has a high mortality rate in women. The treatment of lesions is hampered in large part by the blood-brain barrier (BBB), which prevents adequate distribution of anti-cancer compounds to brain metastases. METHOD: In this study we used a novel screening method to identify candidate molecules that are well-suited to utilizing the BBB choline transporter for distribution into the brain parenchyma. RESULTS: From our screen we identified two compounds, Ch-1 and Ch-2 that were able to reduce the brain tumor burden in a murine mouse model of brain metastasis of breast cancer...
2017: Current Cancer Drug Targets
Alessandra Decio, Raffaella Giavazzi
Epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) is the fifth commonest cancer-related cause of female death in the developed world. In spite of current surgical and chemotherapeutic options the vast majority of patients have widely metastatic disease and the survival rate has not much changed over the last years. The anti-angiogenic drugs are driving the field of agents targeting the tumor microenvironment in ovarian cancer. Preclinical models that accurately reproduce the molecular and biological features of ovarian cancer patients are a valuable means of producing reliable data on personalized medicine and predicting the therapeutic response in clinical trials...
2016: Methods in Molecular Biology
Xiao-Yan Zhao, Babu Subramanyam, Nenad Sarapa, Sven Golfier, Harald Dinter
ABSTRACT BACKGROUND: Monoclonal antibodies have become attractive clinical anti-cancer drugs in the last 3 decades due to their targeting specificity and suitable pharmacokinetic properties. Mesothelin is a tumor-associated antigen with limited expression in normal tissues. It is frequently over-expressed on the cell membrane of a number of epithelial malignancies (e.g. mesothelioma, pancreatic, ovarian, lung, triple negative breast and gastric cancers). METHODS: Mesothelin is validated as a suitable antibody target for cancer therapy...
October 2016: Clinical Cancer Drugs
Sang Min Ko, Kwangil Lee, Daeho Kim, Yong Gu Ji
Haptic technology is used in various fields to transmit information to the user with or without visual and auditory cues. This study aimed to provide preliminary data for use in developing a haptic interface for an antigravity (anti-G) suit. With the structural characteristics of the anti-G suit in mind, we determined five areas on the body (lower back, outer thighs, inner thighs, outer calves, and inner calves) on which to install ten bar-type eccentric rotating mass (ERM) motors as vibration actuators. To determine the design factors of the haptic anti-G suit, we conducted three experiments to find the absolute threshold, moderate intensity, and subjective assessments of vibrotactile stimuli...
January 2017: Applied Ergonomics
Thomas J Long, Patrick A Cosgrove, Robert T Dunn, Donna B Stolz, Hisham Hamadeh, Cynthia Afshari, Helen McBride, Linda G Griffith
Traditional in vitro human liver cell culture models lose key hepatic functions such as metabolic activity during short-term culture. Advanced three-dimensional (3D) liver coculture platforms offer the potential for extended hepatocyte functionality and allow for the study of more complex biologic interactions, which can improve and refine human drug safety evaluations. Here, we use a perfusion flow 3D microreactor platform for the coculture of cryopreserved primary human hepatocytes and Kupffer cells to study the regulation of cytochrome P450 3A4 isoform (CYP3A4) activity by chronic interleukin 6 (IL-6)-mediated inflammation over 2 weeks...
December 2016: Drug Metabolism and Disposition: the Biological Fate of Chemicals
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