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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441551/treating-normal-early-gestation-placentae-with-preeclamptic-sera-produces-extracellular-micro-and-nano-vesicles-that-activate-endothelial-cells
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Xirong Xiao, Fengyi Xiao, Mingzhi Zhao, Mancy Tong, Michelle R Wise, Peter R Stone, Lawrence W Chamley, Qi Chen
OBJECTIVES: Preeclampsia is characterised by systemic endothelial cell dysfunction thought to be triggered by toxic/dangerous factors from the placenta, including placental extracellular vesicles (EVs). Why placental EVs become toxic is unknown. We previously reported that preeclamptic sera produced toxic/dangerous placental macrovesicles but whether small EVs are also toxic/dangerous in preeclampsia is unknown. STUDY DESIGN: First trimester placental explants were treated with 10% preeclamptic or control sera (n=10) for 24h...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Reproductive Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439897/platelet-lysate-obtained-via-plateletpheresis-performed-in-standing-and-awake-equine-donors
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Scarlett M Sumner, Maria C Naskou, Merrilee Thoresen, Ian Copland, John F Peroni
BACKGROUND: Platelet preparations containing growth factors, attachment factors, and enzymes are appealing to enhance healing of injured tissues and as an alternative to xenogenic serum in cell culture media. Plateletpheresis is commonly used to collect platelets in human medicine but has not been validated in horses. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: Plateletpheresis to collect platelet concentrate was performed on six female, mixed breed, chemically restrained horses using commercially available apheresis equipment...
April 25, 2017: Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438946/potassium-iodide-potentiates-antimicrobial-photodynamic-inactivation-mediated-by-rose-bengal-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-studies
#3
Xiang Wen, Xiaoshen Zhang, Grzegorz Szewczyk, Ahmed El-Hussein, Ying-Ying Huang, Tadeusz Sarna, Michael R Hamblin
Rose Bengal (RB) is a halogenated xanthene dye that has been used to mediate antimicrobial photodynamic inactivation for several years. While highly active against Gram-positive bacteria, RB is largely inactive in killing Gram-negative bacteria. We have discovered that addition of the non-toxic salt potassium iodide (100mM) potentiates green light (540nm)-mediated killing by up to six extra logs with Gram-negative bacteria Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Gram-positive methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus, and fungal yeast Candida albicans...
April 24, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437133/the-impact-of-the-centrifuge-characteristics-and-centrifugation-protocols-on-the-cells-growth-factors-and-fibrin-architecture-of-a-leukocyte-and-platelet-rich-fibrin-l-prf-clot-and-membrane
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David M Dohan Ehrenfest, Nelson R Pinto, Andrea Pereda, Paula Jiménez, Marco Del Corso, Byung-Soo Kang, Mauricio Nally, Nicole Lanata, Hom-Lay Wang, Marc Quirynen
L-PRF (leukocyte- and platelet-rich fibrin) is one of the four families of platelet concentrates for surgical use and is widely used in oral and maxillofacial regenerative therapies. The first objective of this article was to evaluate the mechanical vibrations appearing during centrifugation in four models of commercially available table-top centrifuges used to produce L-PRF and the impact of the centrifuge characteristics on the cell and fibrin architecture of a L-PRF clot and membrane. The second objective of this article was to evaluate how changing some parameters of the L-PRF protocol may influence its biological signature, independently from the characteristics of the centrifuge...
April 24, 2017: Platelets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436469/a-novel-method-to-evaluate-ribosomal-performance-in-cell-free-protein-synthesis-systems
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Noémie Kempf, Cristina Remes, Ralph Ledesch, Tina Züchner, Henning Höfig, Ilona Ritter, Alexandros Katranidis, Jörg Fitter
Cell-free protein synthesis (CFPS) systems were designed to produce proteins with a minimal set of purified components, thus offering the possibility to follow translation as well as protein folding. In order to characterize the performance of the ribosomes in such a system, it is crucial to separately quantify the two main components of productivity, namely the fraction of active ribosomes and the number of synthesizing cycles. Here, we provide a direct and highly reliable measure of ribosomal activity in any given CFPS system, introducing an enhanced-arrest peptide variant...
April 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436161/dispersive-liquid-liquid-microextraction-as-an-effective-pre-analytical-step-for-the-determination-of-estradiol-in-human-urine
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Elena Kupcová, Katarína Reiffová
In this work, a fast and effective dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction was developed for the isolation and pre-concentration of free 17β-estradiol, the main human estrogen, from real human urine samples. To optimize the extraction technique, few important parameters such as type and volume of extraction and dispersive solvents, centrifugation conditions, effect of salt addition, and extraction time were studied. Optimal conditions were obtained when injecting 600 μL mixture of tetrachloromethane as extraction solvent and ethanol as dispersive solvent (1:5; v/v) into 2 mL of urine containing 8% NaCl and following centrifugation at 10 000 rpm, thus reaching enrichment factor 28 and extraction recovery 98% for estradiol...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Separation Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435908/development-of-a-japanese-encephalitis-virus-like-particle-vaccine-in-silkworms-using-codon-optimised-prm-and-envelope-genes
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Sayaka Matsuda, Reiko Nerome, Kenichi Maegawa, Akira Kotaki, Shigeo Sugita, Kazunori Kawasaki, Kazumichi Kuroda, Ryoji Yamaguchi, Tomohiko Takasaki, Kuniaki Nerome
We have successfully prepared a Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) - Nakayama virus like particle (NVLP) vaccine using synthetic codon-optimized prM and E genes. The expression of the recombinant JEV Nakayama-BmNPV (JEV-NNPV) virus was determined in infected silkworm Bm-N cells by fluorescence and Western blot analysis. The recombinant was inoculated into silkworm pupae and the yield of Nakayama VLP (NVLP) reached a peak in the homogenates after 3 days. Additionally, in the peptide analysis of infected pupae homogenate, it appeared approximately 300-500 μg E protein/pupa were produced...
April 2017: Heliyon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435198/association-between-udder-morphology-and-in-vitro-activity-of-milk-leukocytes-in-high-yielding-crossbred-cows
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Tripti Sharma, Pradip Kumar Das, Prabal Ranjan Ghosh, Dipak Banerjee, Joydip Mukherjee
AIM: The present investigation was conducted to study the association between udder morphology and in vitro activity of milk leukocytes in high yielding crossbred cows. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 48 healthy high yielding crossbred cows were selected for the study. The udder configuration and teat/udder morphology were recorded before milking. Milk samples (100 ml/cow) were collected aseptically. Milk somatic cell counts (SCC) and milk differential leukocyte counts were performed microscopically...
March 2017: Veterinary World
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434977/starch-fueled-microbial-fuel-cells-by-two-step-and-parallel-fermentation-using-shewanella-oneidensis-mr-1-and-streptococcus-bovis-148
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Megumi Uno, Nichanan Phansroy, Yuji Aso, Hitomi Ohara
Shewanella oneidensis MR-1 generates electricity from lactic acid, but cannot utilize starch. On the other hand, Streptococcus bovis 148 metabolizes starch and produces lactic acid. Therefore, two methods were trialed for starch-fueled microbial fuel cell (MFC) in this study. In electric generation by two-step fermentation (EGT) method, starch was first converted to lactic acid by S. bovis 148. The S. bovis 148 were then removed by centrifugation, and the fermented broth was preserved for electricity generation by S...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433861/c-reactive-protein-and-enzymatically-modified-ldl-cooperatively-promote-dendritic-cell-mediated-t-cell-activation
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Wei He, Yong Ren, Xiao Wang, Qiao Chen, Shifang Ding
BACKGROUND: Enzymatically modified low density lipoprotein (eLDL), C reactive protein (CRP), dendritic cells (DCs), and T cells were shown to be involved in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis. This study aimed to investigate whether eLDL and CRP could cooperatively promote DC-mediated T cell activation and proliferation. METHOD: Low density lipoprotein was isolated from healthy human plasma and treated with proteases and cholesterol esterase. CD14(+) monocytes were isolated from human peripheral blood by gradient centrifugation and enriched with CD14 Microbeads, which were then induced with recombinant human IL-4 and granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor before treated with eLDL and/or CRP...
April 7, 2017: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433719/isolation-and-characterization-of-monocyte-macrophage-from-peripheral-blood-of-half-smooth-tongue-sole-cynoglossus-semilaevis
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Zhenxia Sha, Linqing Wang, Luming Sun, Yadong Chen, Yuan Zheng, Mei Xin, Chen Li, Songlin Chen
In the present study, the peripheral blood cells of half smooth tongue sole (Cynoglossus semilaevis) were examined by blood smear under the light microscopy. The proportion of main types of blood cells are as following: erythrocyte occupied the majority (92.3%), followed by thrombocyte (4.15%), granulocyte (1.7%), lymphocyte (1.5%) and monocyte (0.3%), respectively. Meanwhile, the isolation method of monocytes was established, by density gradient centrifugation to isolate mononuclear leukocytes of peripheral blood...
April 19, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433611/preanalytical-variables-for-liquid-chromatography-mass-spectrometry-lc-ms-analysis-of-human-blood-specimens
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Gian Luca Salvagno, Elisa Danese, Giuseppe Lippi
The use of liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) for both diagnostics and research purposes is rapidly growing in clinical laboratories. As for more conventional areas of in vitro diagnostic testing, many preanalytical variables have an impact on these techniques and may hence jeopardize the quality of tests results. The leading preanalytical variables include patient preparation, the nature of the blood collection tubes and additives, interference from spurious hemolysis, sample handling and management, composition of blood tubes, contamination, as well as storage conditions...
April 19, 2017: Clinical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433021/to-kink-or-not-a-search-for-long-chain-cumulenones-using-microwave-spectral-taxonomy
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Michael C McCarthy, Luyao Zou, Marie-Aline Martin-Drumel
A systematic search for carbon-chain cumulenones beyond H2C4O has been undertaken using microwave spectral taxonomy in combination with a pulsed jet discharge source. No evidence was found for the C2υ isomer of H2C5O or its longer derivatives, but HC(O)C4H, the longer variant of propynal, HC(O)CCH, was identified instead. Its rotational and leading centrifugal distortion constants have been derived to high accuracy from detection of both a- and b-type lines; those below 40 GHz were measured using a Fabry-Perot cavity, while lines between 40 and 72 GHz were recorded by double resonance techniques...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432962/gc-ms-quantitative-analysis-of-black-market-pharmaceutical-products-containing-anabolic-androgenic-steroids-seized-by-the-brazilian-federal-police
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Diana Brito da Justa Neves, Eloisa Dutra Caldas
The use of counterfeit or substandard medicines can have an important health impact, resulting in therapeutic failure, be toxic or even cause death. Anabolic steroids are a frequent target for counterfeiters worldwide, being the second most frequent counterfeited class in Brazil. The aims of this work were to optimize and validate a GC-MS method for the quantitative determination of anabolic steroids in tablet, aqueous suspension and oil solution forms, and to analyze pharmaceutical products sent to Brazilian Federal Police (BFP) for forensic analysis...
April 5, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431315/effects-of-pm2-5-exposure-on-the-notch-signaling-pathway-and-immune-imbalance-in-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
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Xing-Yu Gu, Xu Chu, Xiao-Li Zeng, Hai-Rong Bao, Xiao-Ju Liu
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is associated with T lymphocytes subset (Th1/Th2, Th17/Treg) imbalance. Notch signaling pathway plays a key role in the development of the adaptive immunity. The immune disorder induced by fine particulate matter (PM2.5) is related to COPD. The aim of this study was to investigate the mechanism by which PM2.5 influences the Notch signaling pathway leading to worsening immune disorder and accelerating COPD development. A COPD mouse model was established by cigarette smoke exposure...
April 18, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431025/1h-magnetic-resonance-spectroscopy-of-live-human-sperm
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S Reynolds, S J Calvert, M N Paley, A A Pacey
STUDY QUESTION: Can 1H Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS) be used to obtain information about the molecules and metabolites in live human spermatozoa? SUMMARY ANSWER: Percoll-based density gradient centrifugation (DGC) followed by a further two washing steps, yielded enough sperm with minimal contamination (<0.01%) from seminal fluid to permit effective MRS which detected significant differences (p < 0.05) in the choline/glycerophosphocholine, lipid and lactate regions of the 1H MRS spectrum between sperm in the pellet and those from the 40/80% interface...
April 18, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430303/echocardiographic-outflow-pump-ramp-test-in-centrifugal-flow-left-ventricular-assist-device
#17
Attilio Iacovoni, Claudia Vittori, Alessandra Fontana, Alessandra Carobbio, Carlo Fino, Emilia D'Elia, Amedeo Terzi, Michele Senni
This study sought to develop a novel echocardiogram outflow ramp test to detect device malfunctions in centrifugal-flow left ventricular assist devices (LVADs). This new ramp pump test is based on the direct analyses of systolic and diastolic ratio (S/D) Doppler velocity in the outflow cannula in the HeartWare LVAD during progressive increases in speed. The results showed that in patients with normal pump function, the Doppler velocity S/D ratio gradually decreased during LVAD speed increases. This test is easily performed and seems promising to detect normal pump function in patients assisted by a centrifugal flow LVAD...
April 18, 2017: International Journal of Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429120/the-influence-of-pump-rotation-speed-on-hemodynamics-and-myocardial-oxygen-metabolism-in-left-ventricular-assist-device-support-with-aortic-valve-regurgitation
#18
Kei Iizuka, Tomohiro Nishinaka, Yoshiaki Takewa, Kenji Yamazaki, Eisuke Tatsumi
Aortic valve regurgitation (AR) is a serious complication under left ventricular assist device (LVAD) support. AR causes LVAD-left ventricular (LV) recirculation, which makes it difficult to continue LVAD support. However, the hemodynamics and myocardial oxygen metabolism of LVAD support with AR have not been clarified, especially, how pump rotation speed influences them. An animal model of LVAD with AR was newly developed, and how pump rotation speed influences hemodynamics and myocardial oxygen metabolism was examined in acute animal experiments...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Artificial Organs: the Official Journal of the Japanese Society for Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429059/a-novel-method-to-recover-inclusion-body-protein-from-recombinant-e-coli-fed-batch-processes-based-on-phage-%C3%AE-x174-derived-lysis-protein-e
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Daniela Ehgartner, Patrick Sagmeister, Timo Langemann, Andrea Meitz, Werner Lubitz, Christoph Herwig
Production of recombinant proteins as inclusion bodies is an important strategy in the production of technical enzymes and biopharmaceutical products. So far, protein from inclusion bodies has been recovered from the cell factory through mechanical or chemical disruption methods, requiring additional cost-intensive unit operations. We describe a novel method that is using a bacteriophage-derived lysis protein to directly recover inclusion body protein from Escherichia coli from high cell density fermentation process: The recombinant inclusion body product is expressed by using a mixed feed fed-batch process which allows expression tuning via adjusting the specific uptake rate of the inducing substrate...
April 20, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429028/experimental-separation-steps-influence-the-protein-content-of-corona-around-mesoporous-silica-nanoparticles
#20
C Pisani, J C Gaillard, C Dorandeu, C Charnay, Y Guari, J Chopineau, J M Devoisselle, J Armengaud, O Prat
In order to direct nanocarriers to their targets efficiently, we have to understand the interactions occurring at the nano-bio interface between nanocarriers and human proteins, which forms the layer called the corona. However, experiments aiming to identify and quantify the proteins in the corona, especially critical steps in the separation of nanoparticles from biological media may affect the corona composition. Here, we used nano-LC MS/MS to compare the protein corona contents obtained after using two different separation methods...
April 21, 2017: Nanoscale
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