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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538687/on-forgotten-topological-indices-of-some-dendrimers-structure
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Yasir Bashir, Adnan Aslam, Muhammad Kamran, Muhammad Imran Qureshi, Adnan Jahangir, Muhammad Rafiq, Nargis Bibi, Nazeer Muhammad
A series of previously conducted experiments pertaining to various chemicals and drugs uncover a natural linkage between the molecular structures and the bio-medical and pharmacological characteristics. The forgotten topological index computed for the molecular structures of various chemical compounds and drugs has proven significant in medical and pharmaceutical fields by predicting biological features of new chemical compounds and drugs. A topological index can be considered as the transformation of chemical structure into a real number...
May 24, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538198/protein-and-metabolic-engineering-for-the-production-of-organic-acids
#2
Jingjing Liu, Jianghua Li, Hyun-Dong Shin, Long Liu, Guocheng Du, Jian Chen
Organic acids are natural metabolites of living organisms. They have been widely applied in the food, pharmaceutical, and bio-based materials industries. In recent years, biotechnological routes to organic acids production from renewable raw materials have been regarded as very promising approaches. In this review, we provide an overview of current developments in the production of organic acids using protein and metabolic engineering strategies. The organic acids include propionic acid, pyruvate, itaconic acid, succinic acid, fumaric acid, malic acid and citric acid...
April 14, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538098/two-dimensional-metal-organic-framework-nanosheets-as-an-enzyme-inhibitor-modulation-of-the-%C3%AE-chymotrypsin-activity
#3
Ming Xu, Shuai Yuan, Xin-Yu Chen, Yu-Jie Chang, Gregory Steven Day, Zhi-Yuan Gu, Hong-Cai Zhou
Two-dimensional metal-organic framework (MOF) nanosheets are utilized as effective enzyme inhibitors, providing an in-spiring means to enhance the control of cellular processes as well as improve our understanding of the surface chemistry between MOFs and enzymes. In this paper, we demonstrated that the activity of α-Chymotrypsin (ChT) can be effectively inhibited with 96.9% inhibition by the 2-D Cu(bpy)2(OTf)2 nanosheets, while the other Zn2(bim)4 nanosheets show no significant inhibition effect towards ChT...
May 24, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535471/graphene-oxide-supported-carbon-nanofiber-like-network-derived-from-polyaniline-a-novel-composite-for-enhanced-glucose-oxidase-bioelectrode-performance
#4
Zepeng Kang, Kailong Jiao, Xinping Xu, Ruiyun Peng, Shuqiang Jiao, Zongqian Hu
A three-dimensional architecture of PANI@GO hybrid was synthesized via in-situ polymerization of aniline monomers on the surface of graphene oxide (GO) and carbonized at 1600°C. The SEM images showed that surfaces of planar GO were covered by a compact nanofiber-like polyaniline (PANI) layer which presented an interconnected network. Nanofiber-like PANI on the GO surface was mostly preserved and became the carbon nanofibers (CNFs) after carbonization. The TEM images showed that the carbonized PANI grew seamlessly on the GO surface and served as conductive "network" between interlayers of GO...
May 12, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535437/comparative-evaluation-of-three-fda-approved-hiv-ag-ab-combination-tests-using-a-genetically-diverse-hiv-panel-and-diagnostic-specimens
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Xiaoxing Qiu, Lori Sokoll, Paul Yip, Debra J Elliott, Renu Dua, Phaedre Mohr, Xiao Yan Wang, Megan Spencer, Priscilla Swanson, George J Dawson, John Hackett
BACKGROUND: HIV Ag/Ab combination assays are recommended by CDC for routine screening and several HIV Ag/Ab combination tests are now FDA-approved. Maintaining high specificity and consistent sensitivity across diverse HIV strains is critical for these assays to accurately detect HIV infection and expedite delivery of patient results. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate performance of three FDA-approved HIV tests: ARCHITECT HIV Combo (Abbott), ADVIA Centaur HIV Combo (Siemens) and BioPlex HIV Ag-Ab (Bio-Rad)...
May 13, 2017: Journal of Clinical Virology: the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535422/detailed-characterization-of-bio-oil-from-pyrolysis-of-non-edible-seed-cakes-by-fourier-transform-infrared-spectroscopy-ftir-and-gas-chromatography-mass-spectrometry-gc-ms-techniques
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Vatsala Sugumaran, Shanti Prakash, Emmandi Ramu, Ajay Kumar Arora, Veena Bansal, Vivekanand Kagdiyal, Deepak Saxena
Bio-oil obtained from pyrolysis is highly complicated mixture with valued chemicals. In order to reduce the complexity for unambiguous characterization of components present in bio-oil, solvent extractions using different solvents with increasing polarity have been adopted. The fractions have been analyzed by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy for identifying the functional groups and Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS), for detailed characterization of components present in various fractions, thereby providing in-depth information at molecular level of various components in bio-oil...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535036/reversible-bond-cation-coupled-electron-transfer-on-phenylenediamine-based-rhodamine-b-and-its-application-on-electrochromism
#7
Xiaojun Wang, Shuo Wang, Chang Gu, Weiran Zhang, Hongzhi Zheng, Jingjing Zhang, Geyu Lu, Yu-Mo Zhang, Minjie Li, Sean Xiao-An Zhang
A bio-mimetic system on reversible bond coupled electron transfer (BCET) has been proposed and investigated in a switchable Rh-N molecule with redox active subunits. We discover that energy barrier of C-N bond breaking is reduced dramatically to less than 1/7 (from 40.4 kcal/mol to 5.5 kcal/mol), and 1/3 of the oxidation potential has been simultaneously lowered (from 0.67 V to 0.43 V) with the oxidation of Rh-N. The concept, cation coupled electron transfer (CCET), is highly recommended by analyzing existing proton coupled electron transfer (PCET) and metal coupled electron transfer (MCET) along with aforementioned BCET, which have same characteristic of transferring positive charges, such as proton, metal ion, and organic cation...
May 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534754/the-icvsie-a-general-purpose-integral-equation-method-for-bio-electromagnetic-analysis
#8
Luis J Gomez, Abdulkadir C Yucel, Eric Michielssen
An internally combined volume surface integral equation (ICVSIE) for analyzing electromagnetic (EM) interactions with biological tissue and wide ranging diagnostic, therapeutic, and research applications, is proposed. METHOD: The ICVSIE is a system of integral equations in terms of volume and surface equivalent currents in biological tissue subject to fields produced by externally or internally positioned devices. The system is created by using equivalence principles and solved numerically; the resulting current values are used to evaluate scattered and total electric fields, specific absorption rates, and related quantities...
May 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534412/exploration-of-biogenic-nano-chemobiotics-fabricated-by-sliver-nanoparticle-and-galactoxyloglucan-with-an-efficient-bio-distribution-in-solid-tumor-investigated-by-sers-fingerprinting
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Manu M Joseph, Jyothi B Nair, Ramya N Adukkadan, Neethu Hari, Raveendran Pillai, Ananthakrishnan J Nair, Kaustabh Kumar Maiti, Sreelekha Therakathinal T
An incredible exploration of a dual modality nano composite wherein, chemotherapy in fusion with antibacterial efficacy obtained in a biogenic fabrication, which transformed as a novel nano-chemobiotics (NCB) prevailing fundamental molecular level investigation by surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) platform. The nano composite is a facile, robust and eco-friendly constitution between silver nanoparticles (SNPs) and a naturally occurring galactoxyloglucan (PST001) denoted as SNP@PST which displayed biocompatibility with an upgraded selective cytotoxicity towards cancer cells...
May 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534049/bio-inspired-metal-coordinate-hydrogels-with-programmable-viscoelastic-material-functions-controlled-by-longwave-uv-light
#10
Scott C Grindy, Niels Holten-Andersen
Control over the viscoelastic mechanical properties of hydrogels intended for use as biomedical materials has long been a goal of soft matter scientists. Recent research has shown that materials made from polymers with reversibly associating transient crosslinks are a promising strategy for controlling viscoelasticity in hydrogels, for example leading to systems with precisely tunable mechanical energy-dissipation. We and others have shown that bio-inspired histidine:transition metal ion complexes allow highly precise and tunable control over the viscoelastic properties of transient network hydrogels...
May 23, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533368/bio-inspired-self-healing-structural-color-hydrogel
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Fanfan Fu, Zhuoyue Chen, Ze Zhao, Huan Wang, Luoran Shang, Zhongze Gu, Yuanjin Zhao
Biologically inspired self-healing structural color hydrogels were developed by adding a glucose oxidase (GOX)- and catalase (CAT)-filled glutaraldehyde cross-linked BSA hydrogel into methacrylated gelatin (GelMA) inverse opal scaffolds. The composite hydrogel materials with the polymerized GelMA scaffold could maintain the stability of an inverse opal structure and its resultant structural colors, whereas the protein hydrogel filler could impart self-healing capability through the reversible covalent attachment of glutaraldehyde to lysine residues of BSA and enzyme additives...
May 22, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533175/dendrimer-encapsulated-and-conjugated-delivery-of-berberine-a-novel-approach-mitigating-toxicity-and-improving-in-vivo-pharmacokinetics
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Lokesh Gupta, Ashok Kumar Sharma, Avinash Gothwal, Mohammed Shahid Khan, Mahaveer Prasad Khinchi, Arem Qayum, Shashank Kumar Singh, Umesh Gupta
Berberine (BBR) is a nitrogenous cyclic natural alkaloid with potential anticancer activity. However it has been less explored due to its poor pharmacokinetic profile. Dendrimers (e.g. PAMAM) have promising potential to deliver anticancer drugs/bio-actives because of their well-defined architecture, monodispersity and tailor-made surface functionality. In the present study it was attempted to deliver berberine through G4 PAMAM dendrimers by conjugation (BPC) as well as encapsulation (BPE) approach. The developed encapsulated and conjugated berberine formulations were found to have size in the approximate range of 100-200nm while zeta potential was almost same as PAMAM G4 dendrimer...
May 19, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533017/morphological-and-physicochemical-characterization-of-porous-starches-obtained-from-different-botanical-sources-and-amylolytic-enzymes
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Yaiza Benavent-Gil, Cristina M Rosell
Porous starches might offer an attractive alternative as bio-adsorbents of a variety of compounds. However, morphology and physicochemical properties of starches must be understood before exploring their applications. Objective was to study the action of different amylolytic enzymes for producing porous starches. Wheat, rice, potato and cassava starches were treated with Amyloglucosidase (AMG), α-amylase (AM) and cyclodextrin-glycosyltransferase (CGTase). Morphological characteristics, chemical composition, adsorptive capacity and pasting/thermal properties were assessed...
May 19, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533001/evaluation-of-the-rapidec%C3%A2-carba-np-and-%C3%AE-carba%C3%A2-tests-for-rapid-detection-of-carbapenemase-producing-enterobacteriaceae
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Stefano Mancini, Nicolas Kieffer, Laurent Poirel, Patrice Nordmann
The analytical performances of the RAPIDEC CARBA NP® (bioMérieux) and the β-CARBA® (Bio-Rad) tests were evaluated for the rapid detection of any known type of carbapenemases in Enterobacteriaceae. An international collection of 149 enterobacterial isolates comprising 111 Carbapenemase-Producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) and 38 non-carbapenemase producers was used. CPE included 32 carbapenemase producers of class A (18 KPC-2, 1 FRI-1, 5 SME and 8 IMI), 33 of class B (13 NDM, 11 VIM and 9 IMP) and 46 of class D (15 OXA-48, 14 OXA-181, 10 OXA-204, 3 OXA-232 and 4 OXA-162)...
May 13, 2017: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532983/towards-the-goal-of-achieving-a-normal-duration-and-quality-of-life-after-fontan-operation-creation-of-the-international-fontan-interest-group-i-fig-an-international-collaborative-initiative-dedicated-to-improving-outcomes
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Yves d'Udekem, Jack Rychik
A growing population of patients are now surviving the Fontan procedure and face an uncertain future and a clear burden of disease. The best medical therapy and follow-up modalities for these patients have not yet been identified, indications for transplantation are unclear and we have not been successful in mechanically supporting their circulation. There has only been a limited number of trials to address these issues. An international group has now been created to launch the large scale multi-centric research needed to provide the best future to this growing population: the International Fontan Interest Group (I-FIG)...
May 11, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532901/long-term-surveillance-of-zinc-implant-in-murine-artery-surprisingly-steady-biocorrosion-rate
#16
Adam Drelich, Shan Zhao, Roger J Guillory, Jaroslaw W Drelich, Jeremy Goldman
Metallic zinc implanted into the abdominal aorta of rats out to 6 months has been demonstrated to degrade while avoiding responses commonly associated with the restenosis of vascular implants. However, major questions remain regarding whether a zinc implant would ultimately passivate through the production of stable corrosion products or via a cell mediated fibrous encapsulation process that prevents the diffusion of critical reactants and products at the metal surface. Here, we have conducted clinically relevant long term in vivo studies in order to characterize late stage zinc implant biocorrosion behavior and products to address these critical questions...
May 19, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532691/bio-synthetic-materials-for-immunomodulation-of-islet-transplants
#17
Greg A Foster, Andrés J García
Clinical islet transplantation is an effective therapy in restoring physiological glycemic control in type 1 diabetics. However, allogeneic islets derived from cadaveric sources elicit immune responses that result in acute and chronic islet destruction. To prevent immune destruction of islets, transplant recipients require lifelong delivery of immunosuppressive drugs, which are associated with debilitating side effects. Biomaterial-based strategies to eliminate the need for immunosuppressive drugs are an emerging therapy for improving islet transplantation...
May 19, 2017: Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532660/bio-equivalent-doses-of-recombinent-hcg-and-recombinent-lh-during-ovarian-stimulation-result-in-similar-oestradiol-output-a-randomized-controlled-study
#18
Birgit Alsbjerg, Helle Olesen Elbaek, Rita Jakubcionyte Laursen, Betina Boel Povlsen, Thor Haahr, Claus Yding Andersen, Peter Humaidan
In nature, HCG is secreted by the implanting embryo from peri-implantation and onwards. In contrast, LH is mandatory for steroidogenesis and follicular development during the follicular phase, working in synergy with FSH. Moreover, LH is mandatory for the function of the corpus luteum. Although LH and HCG bind to the same receptor, significant molecular, structural and functional differences exist, inducing differences in bioactivity. This randomized controlled study compared the effect of recombinent FSH stimulation combined with daily either micro-dose recombinent HCG or recombinent LH supplementation in a 1:1 bioactivity ratio from day 1 of stimulation in a long gonadotrophin releasing hormone agonist down regulation protocol...
May 11, 2017: Reproductive Biomedicine Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532497/improving-the-production-of-22-hydroxy-23-24-bisnorchol-4-ene-3-one-from-sterols-in-mycobacterium-neoaurum-by-increasing-cell-permeability-and-modifying-multiple-genes
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Liang-Bin Xiong, Hao-Hao Liu, Li-Qin Xu, Wan-Ju Sun, Feng-Qing Wang, Dong-Zhi Wei
BACKGROUND: The strategy of modifying the sterol catabolism pathway in mycobacteria has been adopted to produce steroidal pharmaceutical intermediates, such as 22-hydroxy-23,24-bisnorchol-4-ene-3-one (4-HBC), which is used to synthesize various steroids in the industry. However, the productivity is not desirable due to some inherent problems, including the unsatisfactory uptake rate and the low metabolic efficiency of sterols. The compact cell envelope of mycobacteria is a main barrier for the uptake of sterols...
May 22, 2017: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532338/design-of-amphiphilic-pcl-peg-pcl-block-copolymers-as-vehicles-of-ginkgolide-b-and-their-brain-targeting-studies
#20
Xi-Qing Yan, Yong-Li Shi, Qing-Feng Jiang, Guan-Fang Ping, Zhi-Jian Deng
The amphiphilic PEG-b-PCL block copolymers were synthesized by ring-opening polymerization. The specific and selective antagonists of platelet activating factor, Ginkgolide B (GB), was successfully encapsulated in the synthesized PEG-PCL nanoparticles (NPs) with high Encapsulation Efficiency and Drug Loading. The synthesis of different PEG-PCL copolymers were confirmed with FTIR and (1)H NMR spectra. The morphology and particles size distribution of cargo-free PEG-PCL NPs were studied by transmission electron microscope (TEM) analysis and Malvern laser particle analyzer...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Biomaterials Science. Polymer Edition
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