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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530650/multi-virion-infectious-units-arise-from-free-viral-particles-in-an-enveloped-virus
#1
José M Cuevas, María Durán-Moreno, Rafael Sanjuán
Many animal viruses are enveloped in a lipid bilayer taken up from cellular membranes. Because viral surface proteins bind to these membranes to initiate infection, we hypothesized that free virions may also be capable of interacting with the envelopes of other virions extracellularly. Here, we demonstrate this hypothesis in the vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV), a prototypic negative-strand RNA virus composed of an internal ribonucleocapsid, a matrix protein and an external envelope(1). Using microscopy, dynamic light scattering, differential centrifugation and flow cytometry, we show that free viral particles can spontaneously aggregate into multi-virion infectious units...
May 22, 2017: Nature Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530588/capillary-electrophoresis-coupled-to-mass-spectrometry-employing-hexafluoro-2-propanol-for-the-determination-of-nucleosides-and-nucleotide-mono-di-and-tri-phosphates-in-baby-foods
#2
María Mateos-Vivas, Javier Domínguez-Álvarez, Encarnación Rodríguez-Gonzalo, Rita Carabias-Martínez
The present work describes a method for the simultaneous determination of unmodified nucleosides and nucleotide mono-, di- and tri-phosphates by capillary electrophoresis coupled to mass spectrometry (CE-MS). The use of hexafluoro-2-propanol (HFIP) in the separation medium, and as an additive to the sheath liquid of the electrospray interface (ESI), generated a highly efficient and sensitive method. Instrumental limits of detection in the range of 14-53ngmL(-1) for nucleosides and 7-23, 20-49 and 64-124ngmL(-1) for nucleotide mono-, di-, and tri-phosphates, respectively, were found...
October 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530566/in-situ-quantification-of-%C3%AE-carotene-partitioning-in-oil-in-water-emulsions-by-confocal-raman-microscopy
#3
W A Fahmi Wan Mohamad, Roman Buckow, MaryAnn Augustin, Don McNaughton
Confocal Raman microscopy (CRM) was able to quantify the β-carotene concentration in oil droplets and determine the partitioning characteristics of β-carotene within the emulsion system in situ. The results were validated by a conventional method involving solvent extraction of β-carotene separately from the total emulsion as well as the aqueous phase separated by centrifugation, and quantification by absorption spectrophotometry. CRM also enabled the localization of β-carotene in an emulsion. From the Raman image, the β-carotene partitioning between the aqueous and oil phases of palm olein-in-water emulsions stabilized by whey protein isolate (WPI) was observed...
October 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530560/lactulose-production-from-efficient-isomerization-of-lactose-catalyzed-by-recyclable-sodium-aluminate
#4
Mingming Wang, Mohammed A A Gasmalla, Habtamu Admassu Tessema, Xiao Hua, Ruijin Yang
An efficient strategy for the synthesis of high-purity lactulose through chemical isomerization of lactose was developed using recyclable catalyst sodium aluminate. Maximum yield of 85.45±1.79% was obtained from 35% (w/v) of lactose using a 1:1M ratio of NaAlO2-lactose after reaction at 60°C and pH 12 for 50min, with a purity ratio (Pu) of approximately 95%. Al(OH)3 precipitation from lactulose syrup through pH adjustment showing a superior decolorizing efficiency was implemented, which simplified the removal of catalyst and provided a convenient approach to achieve catalyst recovery...
October 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530406/comparative-evaluation-of-small-molecular-additives-and-their-effects-on-peptide-protein-identification
#5
Jing Gao, Shaoyun Zhong, Yanting Zhou, Han He, Shuying Peng, Zhenyun Zhu, Xing Liu, Jing Zheng, Bin Xu, Hu Zhou
Detergents and salts are widely used in lysis buffers to enhance protein extraction from biological samples, facilitating in-depth proteomic analysis. However, these detergents and salt additives must be efficiently removed from the digested samples prior to LC-MS/MS analysis to obtain high-quality mass spectra. Although filter-aided sample preparation (FASP), acetone precipitation (AP), followed by in-solution digestion, and strong cation exchange-based centrifugal proteomic reactors (CPRs) are commonly used for proteomic sample processing, little is known about their efficiencies at removing detergents and salt additives...
May 22, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530263/utricular-hypofunction-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
#6
K Jáuregui-Renaud, C Aranda-Moreno, A Herrera-Rangel
The aim of this study was to assess the function of the utricle and horizontal semicircular canals in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus receiving primary health care, with/without a history of falls. 101 patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus, 34 to 84 years old (26 with and 75 without a history of falls) and 51 healthy volunteers (40-83 years old) accepted to participate. They denied having a history of dizziness, vertigo, unsteadiness, hearing loss or neurological disorders. None of them were seeking care due to sensory or balance decline...
May 22, 2017: Acta Otorhinolaryngologica Italica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529414/comparison-of-efficacy-of-autologous-platelet-rich-fibrin-versus-saline-dressing-in-chronic-venous-leg-ulcers-a-randomised-controlled-trial
#7
Anirudh Somani, Reena Rai
BACKGROUND: Venous leg ulcer is a chronic condition, and various treatment modalities are available. Platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) is one of the newer modalities and it contains fibroblast growth factor (GF), vascular endothelial GF, angiopoitin and platelet-derived GF which enhances the wound healing. Hence, we conducted a randomised controlled trial to compare the efficacy of PRF versus saline dressing in chronic venous leg ulcers. AIM: This study aims to compare the efficacy of autologous PRF with saline dressing in patients with chronic venous leg ulcer and to compare the mean reduction in ulcer area at the end of 4 weeks...
January 2017: Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527466/highly-excited-electronic-image-states-of-metallic-nanorings
#8
Christian Fey, Henrik Jabusch, Johannes Knörzer, Peter Schmelcher
We study electronic image states around a metallic nanoring and show that the interplay between the attractive polarization force and a repulsive centrifugal force gives rise to Rydberg-like image states trapped several nanometers away from the surface. The nanoring is modeled as a perfectly conducting isolated torus whose classical electrostatic image potential is derived analytically. The image states are computed via a two-dimensional finite-difference scheme as solutions of the effective Schrödinger equation describing the outer electron subject to this image potential...
May 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527332/determination-of-parabens-in-human-urine-by-optimal-ultrasound-assisted-emulsification-microextraction-and-on-line-acetylation-gas-chromatography-mass-spectrometry
#9
Zhou Hui-Ting, Erica M C Ding, Wang-Hsien Ding
An effective and solvent-less method for the rapid determination of four commonly detected parabens (methyl-, ethyl-, propyl- and butyl-) in human urine samples is described. This method employed ultrasound-assisted emulsification microextraction (USAEME) before identification and quantitation of the parabens via on-line acetylation gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). Urine samples were enzymatically de-conjugated with β-glucuronidase and then extracted by an optimal USAEME procedure for the measurement of total concentrations of target analytes...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521602/dynamic-alterations-in-cerebral-celiac-and-renal-flows-resulting-from-ascending-aorta-subclavian-artery-and-femoral-artery-cannulations-of-extracorporeal-devices
#10
Sahin Iscan, Habib Cakir, Bortecin Eygi, Ismail Yurekli, Koksal Donmez, Pınar Unde Ayvat, Derya Sarıkaya Pekel, Mert Kestelli
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study was to assess the relationships among cardiac output, extracorporeal blood flow, cannulation site, right (RCa) and left carotid (LCa), celiac (Ca) and renal artery (Ra) flows during extracorporeal circulation. METHODS: A mock circulatory circuit was assembled, based on a compliant anatomical aortic model. The ascending aorta, right subclavian and femoral artery cannulations were created and flow was provided by a centrifugal pump (Cp); cardiac output was provided by a roller pump (Rp)...
May 1, 2017: Perfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521152/an-improved-method-for-the-rapid-determination-of-90-sr-in-cow-s-milk
#11
Nicolas Guérin, Remi Riopel, Ray Rao, Sheila Kramer-Tremblay, Xiongxin Dai
An improved method was developed to rapidly determine strontium-90 ((90)Sr) in cow's milk samples in the event of a nuclear emergency. To perform this method, no heating or ashing steps were needed and all of the material used was disposable. Stable Sr tracer was added to each 40 mL milk sample. Hydrochloric acid (HCl) and trichloroacetic acid (TCA) were added to the sample to flocculate the suspended fat and proteins in the milk. The sample was centrifuged and the strontium in the supernatant was precipitated with carbonate...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521061/extracellular-camp-activates-molecular-signalling-pathways-associated-with-sperm-capacitation-in-bovines
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Carlos Agustín I Alonso, Claudia E Osycka-Salut, Luciana Castellano, Andreína Cesari, Nicolás Di Siervi, Adrián Mutto, Anders Johannisson, Jane M Morrell, Carlos Davio, Silvina Perez-Martinez
STUDY QUESTION: Is extracellular cAMP involved in the regulation of signalling pathways in bovine sperm capacitation? SUMMARY ANSWER: Extracellular cAMP-induced sperm capacitation through the activation of different signalling pathways that involve phospholipase C (PLC), PKC/ERK1-2 signalling and an increase in sperm Ca2+ levels, as well as soluble AC and cAMP/protein kinase A (PKA) signalling. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: In order to fertilize the oocyte, ejaculated spermatozoa must undergo a series of changes in the female reproductive tract, known as capacitation...
May 18, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520723/follicular-size-predicts-success-in-artificial-insemination-with-frozen-thawed-sperm-in-donkeys
#13
Joseph Saragusty, Alemayehu Lemma, Thomas Bernd Hildebrandt, Frank Göritz
In asses, semen collection, cryopreservation, and artificial insemination (AI) with frozen-thawed semen have been scarcely described and success rate, particularly following AI, is reportedly low. In the absence of reliable protocols, assisted reproductive technologies cannot support the conservation efforts aimed at endangered wild ass species and domestic donkey breeds. Two experiments were conducted in this study. In experiment 1 we evaluated freezing Abyssinian donkey (N = 5, 4 ejaculates each) spermatozoa using three freezing extenders (Berliner Cryomedium + glycerol, BC+G; BotuCrio, BOTU; INRAFreeze, INRA) and two cryopreservation techniques (liquid nitrogen vapour, LNV; directional freezing, DF)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515764/the-effect-of-epicatechin-on-oxidative-stress-and-mitochondrial-damage-induced-by-homocycteine-using-isolated-rat-hippocampus-mitochondria
#14
Fatemeh Shaki, Yaghoub Shayeste, Mohammad Karami, Esmaeil Akbari, Mahdi Rezaei, Ramin Ataee
Oxidative stress and mitochondrial dysfunction are the main suggested mechanisms for neurodegenerative diseases. In this study, we have evaluated the effects of epicatechin (EC) on mitochondrial damage induced by homocycteine (Hcy) using isolated rat hippocampus mitochondria in vivo. EC (50 mg/kg) was gavaged daily for a period of 10 days, starting 5 days prior to Hcy (0.5 μmol/μL) intra hippocampus injection in rats. Mitochondria were isolated from brain by different centrifuge techniques. Mitochondrial function was assayed by MTT test...
April 2017: Research in Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515450/microfluidic-sorting-of-cells-by-viability-based-on-differences-in-cell-stiffness
#15
Muhymin Islam, Hannah Brink, Syndey Blanche, Caleb DiPrete, Tom Bongiorno, Nicholas Stone, Anna Liu, Anisha Philip, Gonghao Wang, Wilbur Lam, Alexander Alexeev, Edmund K Waller, Todd Sulchek
The enrichment of viable cells is an essential step to obtain effective products for cell therapy. While procedures exist to characterize the viability of cells, most methods to exclude nonviable cells require the use of density gradient centrifugation or antibody-based cell sorting with molecular labels of cell viability. We report a label-free microfluidic technique to separate live and dead cells that exploits differences in cellular stiffness. The device uses a channel with repeated ridges that are diagonal with respect to the direction of cell flow...
May 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515018/plasma-levels-of-the-endocannabinoid-anandamide-related-n-acylethanolamines-and-linoleic-acid-derived-oxylipins-in-patients-with-migraine
#16
Sandra Gouveia-Figueira, Kristina Goldin, Sanaz A Hashemian, Agneta Lindberg, Monica Persson, Malin L Nording, Katarina Laurell, Christopher J Fowler
There is evidence that patients with migraine have deficient levels of the endogenous cannabinoid receptor ligand anandamide (AEA). It is not known, however, if this is a localised or generalised phenomenon. In the present study, levels of AEA, related N-acylethanolamines (NAEs) and linoleic acid-derived oxylipins have been measured in the blood of 26 healthy women and 38 women with migraine (26 with aura, 12 without aura) who were matched for age and body-mass index. Blood samples were taken on two occasions: the first sample near the start of the menstrual cycle (when present) and the second approximately fourteen days later...
May 2017: Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes, and Essential Fatty Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515006/two-dimensional-multi-heart-cutting-centrifugal-partition-chromatography-liquid-chromatography-for-the-preparative-isolation-of-antioxidants-from-edelweiss-plant
#17
Léa Marlot, Magali Batteau, Marie-Claire Escofet, Sylvie Nuccio, Véronique Coquoin, René De Vaumas, Karine Faure
The Edelweiss plant has been recognized as a very valuable source of anti-aging principles due to its composition of antioxidants compounds: leontopodic acid A and 3,5-dicaffeoylquinic acid. In this work, off-line multi-heart cutting CPC-LC separation was set up at industrial scale in order to isolate and produce new high quality reference material of these two antioxidants from Edelweiss. For this purpose, CPC and HPLC methods were developed and optimized at laboratory scale and a comprehensive CPCxHPLC analysis of the crude extract was established...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513764/vulnerability-to-the-transmission-of-human-visceral-leishmaniasis-in-a-brazilian-urban-area
#18
Celina Roma Sánchez de Toledo, Andréa Sobral de Almeida, Sergio Augusto de Miranda Chaves, Paulo Chagastelles Sabroza, Luciano Medeiros Toledo, Jefferson Pereira Caldas
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the determinants for the occurrence of human visceral leishmaniasis linked to the conditions of vulnerability. METHODS: This is an ecological study, whose spatial analysis unit was the Territorial Analysis Unit in Araguaína, State of Tocantins, Brazil, from 2007 to 2012. We have carried out an analysis of the sociodemographic and urban infrastructure situation of the municipality. Normalized primary indicators were calculated and used to construct the indicators of vulnerability of the social structure, household structure, and urban infrastructure...
May 15, 2017: Revista de Saúde Pública
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513153/sensitive-analysis-of-protein-adsorption-to-colloidal-gold-by-differential-centrifugal-sedimentation
#19
Adam M Davidson, Mathias Brust, David L Cooper, Martin Volk
It is demonstrated that the adsorption of bovine serum albumin (BSA) to aqueous gold colloids can be quantified with molecular resolution by differential centrifugal sedimentation (DCS). This method separates colloidal particles of comparable density by mass. When proteins adsorb to the nanoparticles, both their mass and their effective density change, which strongly affects the sedimentation time. A straightforward analysis allows quantification of the adsorbed layer. Most importantly, unlike many other methods, DCS can be used to detect chemisorbed proteins ("hard corona") as well as physisorbed proteins ("soft corona")...
May 17, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513151/acoustophoretic-mobility-and-its-role-in-optimizing-acoustofluidic-separations
#20
Philip Stephen Williams, Michel Martin, Mauricio Hoyos
In the separation sciences, sample species are separated according to their physicochemical properties, the nature of the selective field, and, if present, the properties of the medium in which they are dissolved or suspended. Separations may be carried out on a continuous basis in microfluidic devices or split-flow thin channel (SPLITT) devices by selectively transporting species in a direction transverse to the direction of flow of the suspending fluid. Separation is achieved in the so-called transport mode according to relative differences in mobility of the species under the influence of the applied field...
May 17, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
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