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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640993/locking-in-optimal-nanoscale-structure-induced-by-naphthalenediimide-based-polymeric-additive-enables-efficient-and-stable-inverted-polymer-solar-cells
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Kwang Hyun Park, Yujin An, Seungon Jung, Hyesung Park, Changduk Yang
Operational stability and high performance are the most critical issues that must be addressed in order to propel and advance the current polymer solar cell (PSC) technology to the next level such as manufacturing and mass production. Herein, we report a high power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 11.2% together with an excellent device stability in PTB7-Th:PC71BM-based PSCs in the inverted structure by introducing the n-type P(NDI2OD-T2) macromolecular additive (>75% PCE retention at high temperature up to 120 °C, >97% PCE retention after 6 months in inert conditions, >93% PCE retention after 2 months in air with encapsulation, and >80% PCE retention after 140 h in air without encapsulation)...
June 22, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640627/chemical-modification-of-n-type-material-naphthalene-diimide-on-ito-for-efficient-and-stable-inverted-polymer-solar-cells
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Zhendong Li, Yanfeng Liu, Kai-Cheng Zhang, Zhao-Wei Wang, Peng Huang, Dahua Li, Yi Zhou, Bo Song
In order to provide orthogonal solvent processible surface modification and improve device stability of bulk-heterojunction polymer solar cells (PSCs), n-type semiconducting material naphthalene diimide (NDI) was chemically introduced on ITO surface as cathode interlayer (CIL) using 3-bromopropyltrimethoxysilane (BrTMS) as coupling agent. After modification, the work function of ITO can be decreased from 4.70 eV to 4.23 eV. The modified ITO cathode was applied in inverted PSCs based on PTB7-Th:PC71BM. With the CIL modification, a champion power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 5...
June 22, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635586/gc-1-a-thyromimetic-with-multiple-therapeutic-applications-in-liver-disease
#3
Amedeo Columbano, Grazia Chiellini, Marta Anna Kowalik
Thyroid hormones, namely 3,5,3'-triiodo-L-thyronine (T3) and 3,5,3',5'-tetraiodo-L-thyronine (thyroxine or T4), influence a variety of physiological processes that have important implications in fetal development, metabolism, cell growth and proliferation. While THs elicit several beneficial effects on lipid metabolism and improve myocardial contractility, these therapeutically desirable effects are associated to a thyrotoxic state, that severely limits the possible use of THs as therapeutic agents. Therefore, several efforts have been made to develop T3 analogues that could retain the beneficial actions (triglyceride, cholesterol, obesity and body mass lowering), without the adverse TH-dependent side effects...
June 13, 2017: Gene Expression
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635548/th-17-regulatory-cytokines-il-21-il-23-and-il-6-enhance-neutrophil-production-of-il-17-cytokines-during-asthma
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Rabih Halwani, Asma Sultana, Alejandro Vazquez-Tello, Amer Jamhawi, Abeer A Al-Masri, Saleh Al-Muhsen
BACKGROUND: In a subset of severe asthma patients, chronic airway inflammation is associated with infiltration of neutrophils, Th-17 cells and elevated expression of Th-17-derived cytokines (e.g., interleukin [IL]-17, IL-21, IL-22). Peripheral neutrophils from allergic asthmatics are known to express higher IL-17 cytokine levels than those from healthy subjects, but the regulatory mechanisms involved are not well understood. We hypothesize that Th-17 regulatory cytokines could modulate IL-17 expression in neutrophils...
March 2, 2017: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635509/induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-dopaminergic-neurons-from-adult-common-marmoset-fibroblasts
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Scott C Vermilyea, Scott Guthrie, Michael Meyer, Kim Smuga-Otto, Katarina Braun, Sara Howden, James A Thomson, Su-Chun Zhang, Marina Emborg, Dr Thaddeus G Golos
The common marmoset monkey (Callithrix jacchus; Cj) is an advantageous nonhuman primate species for modeling age-related disorders, including Parkinson's disease, due to their shorter lifespan compared to macaques. Cj-derived induced pluripotent stem cells (Cj-iPSCs) from somatic cells are needed for in vitro disease modeling and testing regenerative medicine approaches. Here we report the development of a novel Cj-iPSC line derived from adult marmoset fibroblasts. The Cj-iPSCs showed potent pluripotency properties including development of mesodermal lineages in tumors after injection to immunocompromised mice, as well as ectoderm and endoderm lineages after in vitro differentiation regimens, demonstrating differentiated derivatives of all three embryonic layers...
June 21, 2017: Stem Cells and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634588/antitumor-effect-of-kml-b-treated-dendritic-cells-via-induction-of-lymphocyte-activation
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Jong-Jin Kim, Yun-Ho Hwang, Kyung-Yun Kang, Sung-Ju Lee, Jong-Bae Kim, Jina Choi, Sung-Tae Yee
Lectins are carbohydrate-binding proteins with various biological activities, such as antitumor and immunomodulatory effects. Although lectins have various biological activities, they are still limited by cytotoxicity in normal cells. To overcome this problem, we used the noncytotoxic part of Korean mistletoe lectin B-chain (KML-B) to induce maturation of dendritic cells (DCs). A previous study reported that KML-B induces DC maturation by triggering TLR-4, including expression of costimulatory molecules (CD40, CD80, and CD86), MHC II, and secretion of cytokines in DCs...
2017: Journal of Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634033/nickel-sulfate-promotes-il-17a-producing-cd4-t-cells-by-an-il-23-dependent-mechanism-regulated-by-tlr4-and-jak-stat-pathways
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Rami Bechara, Diane Antonios, Hayat Azouri, Marc Pallardy
Allergic contact dermatitis, caused by nickel, is a delayed-type hypersensitivity reaction and 14.5% of the general population may be affected in Europe. Among a wide range of cytokines, the IL-12 family has unique structural and immunological characteristics. While IL-12p70 promotes T helper (Th) 1 cells polarization, IL-23 promotes Th17 cells development and both have been isolated from nickel-allergic patients. In this work, we were interested in understanding the mechanism behind nickel-induced Th17 cells development...
June 17, 2017: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631338/cross-linkable-and-dual-functional-hybrid-polymeric-electron-transporting-layer-for-high-performance-inverted-polymer-solar-cells
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Sheng Dong, Zhicheng Hu, Kai Zhang, Qingwu Yin, Xiaofang Jiang, Fei Huang, Yong Cao
A cross-linkable dual functional polymer hybrid electron transport layer (ETL) is developed by simply adding an amino-functionalized polymer dopant (PN4N) and a light crosslinker into a commercialized n-type semiconductor (N2200) matrix. It is found that the resulting hybrid ETL not only has a good solvent resistance, facilitating multilayers device fabrication but also exhibits much improved electron transporting/extraction properties due to the doping between PN4N and N2200. As a result, by using PTB7-Th:PC71 BM blend as an active layer, the inverted device based on the hybrid ETL can yield a prominent power conversion efficiency of around 10...
June 20, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631256/vulnerability-to-a-metabolic-challenge-following-perinatal-asphyxia-evaluated-by-organotypic-cultures-neonatal-nicotinamide-treatment
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R Perez-Lobos, C Lespay-Rebolledo, A Tapia-Bustos, E Palacios, V Vío, D Bustamante, P Morales, M Herrera-Marschitz
The hypothesis of enhanced vulnerability following perinatal asphyxia was investigated with a protocol combining in vivo and in vitro experiments. Asphyxia-exposed (AS) (by 21 min water immersion of foetuses containing uterine horns) and caesarean-delivered control (CS) rat neonates were used at P2-3 for preparing triple organotypic cultures (substantia nigra, neostriatum and neocortex). At DIV 18, cultures were exposed to different concentrations of H2O2 (0.25-45 mM), added to the culture medium for 18 h...
June 19, 2017: Neurotoxicity Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630384/modulation-of-cd4-t-cell-subsets-by-euphorbia-microciadia-and-euphorbia-osyridea-plant-extracts
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Haideh Namdari, Maryam Izad, Zahra Amirghofran
BACKGROUND: Euphorbia plants are traditionally used in folk medicine for infections, inflammation, and cancer. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the effects of the butanolic extracts of Euphorbia micorociadia and Euphorbia osyridea on specific transcription factors and cytokines expression of T cell subsets. METHODS: Activated mouse splenocytes were cultured in the presence of non-cytotoxic concentrations of the extracts. Cells were evaluated for the gene expressions of T cell transcription factors and cytokines of T helper (Th)1 [T-bet and interferon gamma (IFNγ)], Th17 [retinoic acid receptor related orphan receptor (RORγt) and interleukin (IL)-17], and T regulatory (Treg) cells [forkhead box P3(Foxp3), IL-10, and Transforming growth factor (TGF)-β] using real-time PCR...
June 2017: Iranian Journal of Immunology: IJI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630259/triacylglycerol-mimetics-regulate-membrane-interactions-of-glycogen-branching-enzyme-implications-for-therapy
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Rafael Alvarez, Jesús Casas, David J López, Maitane Ibarguren, Ariadna Suari-Rivera, Silvia Terés, Francisca Guardiola-Serrano, Alexander Lossos, Xavier Busquets, Or Kakhlon, Pablo V Escribá
Adult Polyglucosan Body Disease (APBD) is a neurological disorder characterized by adult-onset neurogenic bladder, spasticity, weakness, and sensory loss. The disease is caused by aberrant glycogen branching enzyme (GBE1-Y329S) yielding less branched, globular and soluble glycogen which tends to aggregate. We explore here whether, despite being a soluble enzyme, GBE1 activity is regulated by protein-membrane interactions. Since soluble proteins can contact a wide variety of cell membranes, we investigated the interactions of purified wild-type and Y329S GBE1 proteins with different types of model membranes (liposomes)...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Lipid Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630089/dynamic-balance-between-master-transcription-factors-determines-the-fates-and-functions-of-cd4-t-cell-and-innate-lymphoid-cell-subsets
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REVIEW
Difeng Fang, Jinfang Zhu
CD4 T cells, including T regulatory cells (Treg cells) and effector T helper cells (Th cells), and recently identified innate lymphoid cells (ILCs) play important roles in host defense and inflammation. Both CD4 T cells and ILCs can be classified into distinct lineages based on their functions and the expression of lineage-specific genes, including those encoding effector cytokines, cell surface markers, and key transcription factors. It was first recognized that each lineage expresses a specific master transcription factor and the expression of these factors is mutually exclusive because of cross-regulation among these factors...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630021/thyroid-hormone-signaling-and-deiodinase-actions-in-muscle-stem-progenitor-cells
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REVIEW
Raffaele Ambrosio, Maria Angela De Stefano, Daniela Di Girolamo, Domenico Salvatore
Thyroid hormone (TH) regulates such crucial biological functions as normal growth, development and metabolism of nearly all vertebrate tissues. In skeletal muscle, TH plays a critical role in regulating the function of satellite cells, the bona fide skeletal muscle stem cells. Deiodinases (D2 and D3) have been found to modulate the expression of various TH target genes in satellite cells. Regulation of the expression and activity of the deiodinases constitutes a cell-autonomous, pre-receptor mechanism that controls crucial steps during the various phases of myogenesis...
June 16, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628857/identification-of-b-and-t-cell-epitope-based-peptide-vaccine-from-igf-1-receptor-in-breast-cancer
#14
Manijeh Mahdavi, Violaine Moreau, Majid Kheirollahi
The insulin-like growth factor-1 receptor (IGF-1R) plays a key role in proliferation, growth, differentiation, and development of several human malignancies including breast and pancreatic adenocarcinoma. IGF-1R targeted immunotherapeutic approaches are particularly attractive, as they may potentially elicit even stronger antitumor responses than traditional targeted approaches. Cancer peptide vaccines can produce immunologic responses against cancer cells by triggering helper T cell (Th) or cytotoxic T cells (CTL) in association with Major Histocompatibility Complex (MHC) class I or II molecules on the cell surface of antigen presenting cells...
June 8, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628259/exercise-prior-to-but-not-concomitant-with-stress-reverses-stress-induced-delayed-skin-wound-healing
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Bianca O Saguie, Bruna Romana-Souza, Rayssa L Martins, Andréa Monte-Alto-Costa
Stress-induced prolonged inflammation impairs cutaneous wound healing. Exercise may inhibit this effect via an anti-inflammatory mechanism. Our aim was to investigate the effect of moderate exercise on skin wound healing in chronically stressed mice. Mice were trained five times per week on a treadmill or received no training. Mice underwent daily rotational stress from the 6(th) week until euthanasia. During the 8(th) week, two wounds were created in the dorsum and collected 10 days later. A control group only received wounds...
June 19, 2017: Wound Repair and Regeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627588/il%C3%A2-22-expression-is-increased-variedly-in-the-initial-phase-onset-and-chronic-phase-of-a-pristane%C3%A2-induced-arthritis-rat-model
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Weikun Hou, Bo Wang, Yan Zhou, Ke Xu, Liesu Meng, Wenhua Zhu, Congshan Jiang, Peng Xu, Shemin Lu
The aim of the present study was to investigate the expression pattern of T helper (Th) 17 and Th22 cell-related factors in a pristane‑induced arthritis (PIA) rat model. PIA rats were divided into the initial phase group [day (D) 6 post‑pristane injection], the onset of clinical arthritis group (D12), the acute arthritis group (D26) and the chronic arthritis group (D70). Rats injected with saline alone were used as the control group. The mRNA expression levels of interleukin (IL)‑17A, IL‑17F, interferon (IFN)‑γ, IL‑22, IL‑22 receptor (R) 1, IL‑22 binding protein (BP) and RAR‑related orphan receptor α were examined in the spleen and/or synovium of the various phases of PIA rats by reverse transcription‑quantitative polymerase chain reaction analysis...
June 9, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627238/immune-responses-to-killed-reassorted-influenza-virus-supplemented-with-natural-adjuvants
#17
Mona Abdel Fattah Razin, Ahmed Osman, Mohamed Ahmed Ali, Mahmoud Mohamed Bahgat, Amany Sayed Maghraby
In this study, we investigated the immunomodulatory effects of a supplemented killed influenza virus (V) by Echinacea purpurea (E) and Nigella sativa (N) extracts and effect of changing the route of immunization from intramuscular (IM) to intraperitoneal (IP). At the 2(nd)-, 3(rd)- and 4(th)-week post-IM immunizations (WPIMI), the supplemented V with N (VN) induced the most significant IgM response unlike N alone. At the 2(nd) WPIMI, V or VN induced the highest significant IgG levels. At the 2(nd)-week post-IP immunization (WPIPI), E and VN induced the most significant IgG levels...
June 19, 2017: Acta Microbiologica et Immunologica Hungarica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624119/skin-infiltrating-interleukin-22-producing-t-cells-differentiate-pediatric-psoriasis-from-adult-psoriasis
#18
Kelly M Cordoro, Maria Hitraya-Low, Keyon Taravati, Priscila Munoz Sandoval, Esther Kim, Jeffrey Sugarman, Mariela L Pauli, Wilson Liao, Michael D Rosenblum
BACKGROUND: Evidence from adult psoriasis studies implicates an imbalance between regulatory and effector T cells, particularly TH-17-producing T cells, in the pathogenesis of psoriasis. Little is known about the immunopathology of psoriasis in children. OBJECTIVE: We sought to functionally characterize the inflammatory cell profiles of psoriatic plaques from pediatric patients and compare them with healthy, age-matched controls and adult psoriasis patients. METHODS: Skin samples from pediatric psoriasis patients and healthy controls were analyzed by multiparameter flow cytometry to determine the dominant immune cell subsets present and cytokines produced...
June 14, 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623086/the-transcription-factor-t-bet-limits-amplification-of-type-i-ifn-transcriptome-and-circuitry-in-t-helper-1-cells
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Shigeru Iwata, Yohei Mikami, Hong-Wei Sun, Stephen R Brooks, Dragana Jankovic, Kiyoshi Hirahara, Atsushi Onodera, Han-Yu Shih, Takeshi Kawabe, Kan Jiang, Toshinori Nakayama, Alan Sher, John J O'Shea, Fred P Davis, Yuka Kanno
Host defense requires the specification of CD4(+) helper T (Th) cells into distinct fates, including Th1 cells that preferentially produce interferon-γ (IFN-γ). IFN-γ, a member of a large family of anti-pathogenic and anti-tumor IFNs, induces T-bet, a lineage-defining transcription factor for Th1 cells, which in turn supports IFN-γ production in a feed-forward manner. Herein, we show that a cell-intrinsic role of T-bet influences how T cells perceive their secreted product in the environment. In the absence of T-bet, IFN-γ aberrantly induced a type I IFN transcriptomic program...
June 20, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622456/elevated-ccl25-and-ccr9-expressing-t-helper-cells-in-salivary-glands-of-primary-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome-patients-potential-new-axis-in-lymphoid-neogenesis
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Sofie L M Blokland, Maarten R Hillen, Aike A Kruize, Stephan Meller, Bernhard Homey, Glennda M Smithson, Timothy R D J Radstake, Joel A G van Roon
Introduction T follicular helper (Tfh)-cells play a critical role in germinal center formation and B-cell activation, both hallmarks of primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS). CCR9-expressing Th-cells have "Tfh-like" characteristics and are increased at mucosa-associated sites in several inflammatory conditions. Because of their unique characteristics and limited evaluation we investigated the local and systemic CCL25/CCR9-axis in pSS. Methods CCL25 protein and mRNA levels and CCR9+ Th-cells were assessed in labial salivary glands (LSG) of pSS and non-Sjögren's sicca (nSS) patients and their correlation with inflammatory and clinical parameters was evaluated...
June 16, 2017: Arthritis & Rheumatology
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