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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345887/from-detection-to-resection-photoacoustic-tomography-and-surgery-guidance-with-au-liposome-icg-nanoparticles-in-liver-cancer
#1
Tianpei Guan, Wenting Shang, Hui Li, Xin Yang, Chihua Fang, Jie Tian, Kun Wang
Conventional imaging methods encounter challenges in diagnosing liver cancer that is less than 10 mm and/or without typical hypervascular features. With deep penetration and high spatial resolution imaging capability, the emerging photoacoustic tomography may offer better diagnostic efficacy for non-invasive liver cancer detection. Moreover, near-infrared fluorescence imaging guided hepatectomy was proven to be able to identify nodules at millimeter level. Thus, suitable photoacoustic and fluorescence dual-modality imaging probe may benefit patients in early diagnosis and complete resection...
March 27, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345631/structure-of-the-cyanuric-acid-hydrolase-trzd-reveals-product-exit-channel
#2
Asim K Bera, Kelly G Aukema, Mikael Elias, Lawrence P Wackett
Cyanuric acid hydrolases are of industrial importance because of their use in aquatic recreational facilities to remove cyanuric acid, a stabilizer for the chlorine. Degradation of excess cyanuric acid is necessary to maintain chlorine disinfection in the waters. Cyanuric acid hydrolase opens the cyanuric acid ring hydrolytically and subsequent decarboxylation produces carbon dioxide and biuret. In the present study, we report the X-ray structure of TrzD, a cyanuric acid hydrolase from Acidovorax citrulli. The crystal structure at 2...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344646/comparative-insights-into-the-saccharification-potentials-of-a-relatively-unexplored-but-robust-penicillium-funiculosum-glycoside-hydrolase-7-cellobiohydrolase
#3
Funso Emmanuel Ogunmolu, Navya Bhatt Kammachi Jagadeesha, Rakesh Kumar, Pawan Kumar, Dinesh Gupta, Syed Shams Yazdani
BACKGROUND: GH7 cellobiohydrolases (CBH1) are vital for the breakdown of cellulose. We had previously observed the enzyme as the most dominant protein in the active cellulose-hydrolyzing secretome of the hypercellulolytic ascomycete-Penicillium funiculosum (NCIM1228). To understand its contributions to cellulosic biomass saccharification in comparison with GH7 cellobiohydrolase from the industrial workhorse-Trichoderma reesei, we natively purified and functionally characterized the only GH7 cellobiohydrolase identified and present in the genome of the fungus...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343746/preliminary-development-of-an-advanced-modular-pressure-relief-cushion-testing-and-user-evaluation
#4
Tyler Freeto, Steven J Mitchell, Kath M Bogie
STUDY AIM: Effective pressure relief cushions are identified as a core assistive technology need by the World Health Organization Global Cooperation on Assistive Technology. High quality affordable wheelchair cushions could provide effective pressure relief for many individuals with limited access to advanced assistive technology. MATERIALS: Value driven engineering (VdE) principles were employed to develop a prototype modular cushion. Low cost dynamically responsive gel balls were arranged in a close packed array and seated in bilayer foam for containment and support...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Tissue Viability
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343098/developmental-validation-of-qiagen-investigator-%C3%A2-24plex-qs-kit-and-investigator-%C3%A2-24plex-go-kit-two-6-dye-multiplex-assays-for-the-extended-codis-core-loci
#5
Melanie Kraemer, Anke Prochnow, Michael Bussmann, Mario Scherer, Ralf Peist, Carolyn Steffen
The original CODIS database based on 13 core STR loci has been overwhelmingly successful for matching suspects with evidence. In order to increase the power of discrimination, reduce the possibility of adventitious matches, and expand global data sharing, the CODIS Core Loci Working Group determined the expansion of the CODIS core loci to 20 STR plus three additional "highly recommended" loci (SE33, DY391, Amelogenin) Hares, 2015, 2012 [1,2]. The QIAGEN Investigator 24plex QS and Investigator 24plex GO! Kits are 6-dye multiplex assays that contain all markers of the expanded 23 CODIS core loci along with a unique internal performance control that is co-amplified with the STR markers...
March 12, 2017: Forensic Science International. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342772/elucidating-the-structural-organization-of-a-novel-low-density-lipoprotein-nanoparticle-reconstituted-with-docosahexaenoic-acid
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Rohit S Mulik, Hui Zheng, Kumar Pichumani, James Ratnakar, Qiu-Xing Jiang, Ian R Corbin
Low-density lipoprotein nanoparticles reconstituted with unesterified docosahexaenoic acid (LDL-DHA) is promising nanomedicine with enhanced physicochemical stability and selective anticancer cytotoxic activity. The unique functionality of LDL-DHA ultimately relates to the structure of this nanoparticle. To date, however, little is known about the structural organization of this nanoparticle. In this study chemical, spectroscopic and electron microscopy analyses were undertaken to elucidate the structural and molecular organization of LDL-DHA nanoparticles...
March 22, 2017: Chemistry and Physics of Lipids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342753/evaluation-of-chitosan-as-a-wall-material-for-microencapsulation-of-squalene-by-spray-drying-characterization-and-oxidative-stability-studies
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Lekshmi R G Kumar, N S Chatterjee, C S Tejpal, K V Vishnu, K K Anas, K K Asha, R Anandan, Suseela Mathew
The present study was aimed at investigating the efficacy of chitosan as a wall material for microencapsulation of squalene by spray drying for functional food applications. Based on different core to wall material ratio (1:1, 0.5:1 and 0.3:1 on w/w basis), emulsions were prepared and evaluated in terms of emulsion stability, particle size, zeta potential, polydispersity Index (PDI), rheology and microstructure. The optimized emulsion combination was spray dried and characterized, physically and chemically...
March 22, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342691/indenocinnoline-derivatives-as-g-quadruplex-binders-topoisomerase-ii%C3%AE-inhibitors-and-antiproliferative-agents
#8
Grigoris Zoidis, Alice Sosic, Silvia Da Ros, Barbara Gatto, Claudia Sissi, Fausta Palluotto, Angelo Carotti, Marco Catto
DNA intercalating agents are a consolidated therapeutic option in the treatment of tumor diseases. Starting from previous findings in the antiproliferative efficacy of a series of indeno[1,2-c]cinnoline-11-one derivatives, we performed a suitable decoration of this scaffold by means of a simple and straightforward chemistry, aiming to a) enlarge the planar core to a pentacyclic benzo[h]indeno[1,2-c]cinnoline-13-one and b) introduce a basic head tethered through a simple polymethylene chain. In fluorescence melting and fluorescence intercalator displacement assays, these new compounds displayed fair to very good intercalating properties on different nucleic acid strands, with preference for G-quadruplex sequences...
March 11, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342377/live-cell-biosensing-platforms-using-graphene-based-hybrid-nanomaterials
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REVIEW
Tae-Hyung Kim, Donghyun Lee, Jeong-Woo Choi
A novel strategy to precisely detect or monitor various biomaterials in living cells poses paramount importance in understanding cellular processes. Graphene, a newly emerged two-dimensional carbon material, has been widely utilized for biosensors owing to its multifarious characteristics including mechanical, electrical, and optical properties (e.g. stability, conductivity, fluorescence quenching and photoluminescence). In addition, graphene derivatives and their innate characteristics, such as biocompatibility low cytotoxicity and water solubility have facilitated the use of graphene-based materials for live cell biosensing, wherein graphene is utilized as a core material by itself or in combination with other functional nanomaterials to load target-specific probes, fluorescent dyes, and other signaling molecules...
March 18, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341989/a-fully-validated-bioanalytical-method-using-an-uhplc-ms-ms-system-for-quantification-of-dna-and-rna-oxidative-stress-biomarkers
#10
Barbora Cervinkova, Lenka Kujovska Krcmova, Veronika Sestakova, Dagmar Solichova, Petr Solich
A new, rapid and effective ultra-high-performance liquid chromatography method with mass spectrometry detection is described for the separation and quantification of 8-hydroxy-2-deoxyguanosine, 8-hydroxyguanosine and creatinine in human urine. The present study uses an isotope-labelled internal standard ([(15)N]5-8-hydroxy-2-deoxyguanosine), a BIO core-shell stationary phase and an isocratic elution of methanol and water. Sample preparation of human urine was performed by solid-phase extraction (SPE) on Oasis HLB cartridges with methanol/water 50:50 (v/v) elution...
March 24, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341858/visualization-of-weak-interactions-between-quantum-dot-and-graphene-in-hybrid-materials
#11
Shuo Cao, Jingang Wang, Yong Ding, Mengtao Sun, Fengcai Ma
The mechanisms of the weak interactions within hybrid materials such as quantum dot (QD) and graphene (GR) have important implications for the design of related optoelectronic devices. We characterize the weak interactions in hybrid QD-GR systems using a non-covalent interactions approach. For a single Cd13Se13 QD with a core-cage structure, the intensity of the steric repulsive strain in every Cd-Se spatial four-atom ring of the cage surface is stronger than that of the inter-core-cage structure. Van der Waals (vdW) interactions occur within the cavity of the cage and within the six-atom rings of the cage surface...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340485/an-approach-for-liposome-immobilization-using-sterically-stabilized-micelles-ssms-as-a-precursor-for-bio-layer-interferometry-based-interaction-studies
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Jakob Wallner, Gabriele Lhota, Markus Schosserer, Karola Vorauer-Uhl
Non-fluidic bio-layer interferometry (BLI) has rapidly become a standard tool for monitoring almost all biomolecular interactions in a label-free, real-time and high-throughput manner. High-efficiency screening methods which measure the kinetics of liposomes with a variety of compounds require the immobilization of liposomes. In this work, a method is described for immobilizing liposomes for interaction studies, based on the biophysical principles of this biosensor platform. The immobilization approach includes the loading of DSPE-PEG(2000)-biotin containing sterically stabilized micelles (SSMs) which are restructured in a buffer change step, resulting in an accessible substrate for liposome immobilization...
March 12, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338731/purification-and-enzymatic-characterization-of-gallus-gallus-blm-helicase
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Jing Shi, Na-Nv Liu, Yan-Tao Yang, Xu-Guang Xi
Mutations in human BLM helicase give rise to the autosomal recessive Bloom syndrome, which shows high predisposition to types of malignant tumours. Though lots of biochemical and structural investigations have shed lights on the helicase core, structural investigations of the whole BLM protein are still limited due to its low stability and production. Here by comparing with the expression systems and functions of other BLM homologues, we developed the heterologous high-level expression and high-yield purification systems for Gallus gallus BLM (gBLM) in Escherichia coli...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338312/engineering-nanoscale-iron-oxides-for-uranyl-sorption-and-separation-optimization-of-particle-core-size-and-bilayer-surface-coatings
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Wenlu Li, Lyndsay D Troyer, Seung Soo Lee, Jiewei Wu, Changwoo Kim, Brandon J Lafferty, Jeffrey G Catalano, John D Fortner
Herein, we describe engineered superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (IONPs) as platform materials for enhanced uranyl (UO22+) sorption and separation processes under environmentally relevant conditions. Specifically, monodispersed 8-25 nm iron oxide (magnetite, Fe3O4) nanoparticles with tailored organic acid bilayered coatings have been systematically evaluated and optimized to bind, and thus remove, uranium, from water. The combined non-hydrolytic synthesis and bilayer phase transfer material preparation methods yield highly uniform and surface tailorable IONPs, which allow us to directly evaluate the size-dependent and coating-dependent sorption capacities of IONPs...
March 24, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338055/fully-printable-strain-engineered-electronic-wrap-for-customizable-soft-electronics
#15
Junghwan Byun, Byeongmoon Lee, Eunho Oh, Hyunjong Kim, Sangwoo Kim, Seunghwan Lee, Yongtaek Hong
Rapid growth of stretchable electronics stimulates broad uses in multidisciplinary fields as well as industrial applications. However, existing technologies are unsuitable for implementing versatile applications involving adaptable system design and functions in a cost/time-effective way because of vacuum-conditioned, lithographically-predefined processes. Here, we present a methodology for a fully printable, strain-engineered electronic wrap as a universal strategy which makes it more feasible to implement various stretchable electronic systems with customizable layouts and functions...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337321/prototypic-18-f-labeled-argininamide-type-neuropeptide-y-y1r-antagonists-as-tracers-for-pet-imaging-of-mammary-carcinoma
#16
Max Keller, Simone Maschauer, Albert Brennauer, Philipp Tripal, Norman Koglin, Ralf Dittrich, Günther Bernhardt, Torsten Kuwert, Hans-Jürgen Wester, Armin Buschauer, Olaf Prante
The neuropeptide Y (NPY) Y1 receptor (Y1R) selective radioligand (R)-N(α)-(2,2-diphenylacetyl)-N(ω)-[4-(2-[(18)F]fluoropropanoylamino)butyl]aminocarbonyl-N-(4-hydroxybenzyl)argininamide ([(18)F]23), derived from the high-affinity Y1R antagonist BIBP3226, was developed for imaging studies of Y1R-positive tumors. Starting from the argininamide core bearing amine-functionalized spacer moieties, a series of fluoropropanoylated and fluorobenzoylated derivatives was synthesized and studied for Y1R affinity. The fluoropropanoylated derivative 23 displayed high affinity (Ki = 1...
March 9, 2017: ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336039/the-antibiotic-nail-in-the-treatment-of-long-bone-infection-technique-and-results
#17
REVIEW
Kenneth L Koury, John S Hwang, Michael Sirkin
Antibiotic cement nails provide a useful and relatively simple technique to treat intramedullary osteomyelitis of the long bones. These devices provide stability as well as local, targeted antibiotics, which are both critical aspects of osteomyelitis management. Additionally, the use of a threaded core is a critical component of successful cement nail assembly. With adherence to the simple principles outlined in this review, surgeons can expect reliably good results using these drug-delivery implants.
April 2017: Orthopedic Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335356/refinement-of-magnetite-nanoparticles-by-coating-with-organic-stabilizers
#18
Monica Cîrcu, Alexandrina Nan, Gheorghe Borodi, Jürgen Liebscher, Rodica Turcu
Magnetite nanoparticles are of great importance in nanotechnology and nanomedicine and have found manifold applications. Here, the effect of coating of magnetite nanoparticles with organic stabilizers, such as O-phosphoryl ethanolamine, glycerol phosphate, phospho-l-ascorbic acid, phospho-d,l-serine, glycolic acid, lactic acid, d,l-malic acid, and d,l-mandelic acid was studied. Remarkably, this procedure led to an improvement of saturation magnetization in three cases rather than to an unfavorable decrease as usually observed...
November 29, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334881/random-pseuoduridylation-in-vivo-reveals-critical-region-of-escherichia-coli-23s-rrna-for-ribosome-assembly
#19
Margus Leppik, Aivar Liiv, Jaanus Remme
Pseudouridine is the most common modified nucleoside in RNA, which is found in stable RNA species and in eukaryotic mRNAs. Functional analysis of pseudouridine is complicated by marginal effect of its absence. We demonstrate that excessive pseudouridines in rRNA inhibit ribosome assembly. Ten-fold increase of pseudouridines in the 16S and 23S rRNA made by a chimeric pseudouridine synthase leads to accumulation of the incompletely assembled large ribosome subunits. Hyper modified 23S rRNA is found in the r-protein assembly defective particles and are selected against in the 70S and polysome fractions showing modification interference...
March 7, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330871/human-mitochondrial-cytochrome-c-oxidase-assembly-factor-cox18-acts-transiently-as-a-membrane-insertase-within-the-subunit-2-maturation-module
#20
Myriam Bourens, Antoni Barrientos
Defects in mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase or respiratory chain complex IV (CIV) assembly are a frequent cause of human mitochondrial disorders. Specifically, mutations in four conserved assembly factors impinging the biogenesis of the mitochondrion-encoded catalytic core subunit 2 (COX2) result in myopathies. These factors afford stability of newly-synthesized COX2 (the dystonia-ataxia syndrome protein COX20), a protein with two transmembrane domains, and maturation of its copper center CuA (cardiomyopathy proteins SCO1, SCO2 and COA6)...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
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