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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925715/novel-carbon-dots-derived-from-schizonepetae-herba-carbonisata-and-investigation-of-their-haemostatic-efficacy
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Meiling Zhang, Yan Zhao, Jinjun Cheng, Xiaoman Liu, Yongzhi Wang, Xin Yan, Yue Zhang, Fang Lu, Qingguo Wang, Huihua Qu
Schizonepetae Herba Carbonisata (SHC) has been used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) to treat haemorrhagic diseases for more than 1000 years. However, little information is available on its haemostatic components and mechanism. In this study, we developed novel water-soluble carbon dots (CDs) in aqueous extracts of SHC for the first time and a modified pyrolysis method was used to prepare the SHC using Schizonepetae Herba (SH) as the sole precursor. The SHC-CDs were characterized using transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high-resolution TEM (HRTEM), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR), ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) and fluorescence spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC)...
September 19, 2017: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919707/quantum-mechanics-implementation-in-drug-design-workflows-does-it-really-help
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REVIEW
Olayide A Arodola, Mahmoud Es Soliman
The pharmaceutical industry is progressively operating in an era where development costs are constantly under pressure, higher percentages of drugs are demanded, and the drug-discovery process is a trial-and-error run. The profit that flows in with the discovery of new drugs has always been the motivation for the industry to keep up the pace and keep abreast with the endless demand for medicines. The process of finding a molecule that binds to the target protein using in silico tools has made computational chemistry a valuable tool in drug discovery in both academic research and pharmaceutical industry...
2017: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898510/multi-photon-absorption-in-metal-organic-frameworks
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Raghavender Medishetty, Lydia Nemec, Venkatram Nalla, Sebastian Henke, Marek Samoc, Karsten Reuter, Roland A Fischer
Multi-photon absorption (MPA) is among the most prominent nonlinear optical (NLO) effects and has applications, for example in telecommunications, defense, photonics and bio-medicines. Established MPA materials include dyes, quantum dots, organometallics and conjugated polymers, most often dispersed in solution. We demonstrate how metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), a novel NLO solid-state materials class, can be designed for exceptionally strong MPA behavior. MOFs consisting of zirconium- and hafnium-oxo-clusters and featuring a chromophore linker based on the tetraphenylethene (TPE) molecule exhibit record high two-photon absorption (2PA) cross section values, up to 3600 GM...
September 12, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28875970/-evaluation-of-selected-vascular-active-factors-in-patients-after-myocardial-infarction-subjected-to-cardiac-rehabilitation
#4
Joanna Kapusta, Anna Mejer-Barczewska, Edward Kowalczyk, Robert Irzmański, Jan Kowalski
Atherosclerosis is an inflammatory process that develops in the coronary arteries. Clinically active agents such as proinflammatory interleukins, TNF-α, tissue inhibitors of metalloproteinases (including TIMP-1), and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), are important factors in the development of acute coronary syndromes. AIM: The aim of the study was to evaluate the effect of cardiac rehabilitation (stage II) on the concentration of selected vascular active factors (IL- 1, IL-6, TIMP-1, VEGF)...
August 21, 2017: Polski Merkuriusz Lekarski: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28870210/hemostatic-bioactivity-of-novel-pollen-typhae-carbonisata-derived-carbon-quantum-dots
#5
Xin Yan, Yan Zhao, Juan Luo, Wei Xiong, Xiaoman Liu, Jinjun Cheng, Yongzhi Wang, Meiling Zhang, Huihua Qu
BACKGROUND: Pollen Typhae Carbonisata (PTC) is a type of calcined herb drug that has been used as a hemostatic medicine to promote hemostasis for thousands of years. In this study, we discovered and separated novel water-soluble carbon quantum dots (CQDs, named PTC-CQDs) from aqueous extracts of PTC. These PTC-CDs were characterized using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and high-resolution TEM, as well as Fourier transform infrared, ultraviolet-visible, and fluorescence spectroscopy...
September 5, 2017: Journal of Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28862621/flyscan-opportunities-in-medicine-the-case-of-quantum-rattle-based-on-gold-quantum-dots
#6
Emmanuel Esteve, Solenn Reguer, Cédric Boissiere, Corinne Chanéac, Gustavo Lugo, Chantal Jouanneau, Cristian Mocuta, Dominique Thiaudière, Nicolas Leclercq, Bernard Leyh, Jean François Greisch, Julien Berthault, Michel Daudon, Pierre Ronco, Dominique Bazin
The new rapid scan method, Flyscan mode, implemented on the DiffAbs beamline at Synchrotron SOLEIL, allows fast micro-X-ray fluorescence data acquisition. It paves the way for applications in the biomedical field where a large amount of data is needed to generate meaningful information for the clinician. This study presents a complete set of data acquired after injection of gold-cluster-enriched mesoporous silica nanospheres, used as potential theranostic vectors, into rats. While classical X-ray fluorescence investigations (using step-by-step acquisitions) are based on a limited number of samples (approximately one per day at the DiffAbs beamline), the Flyscan mode has enabled gathering information on the interaction of nanometer-scale vectors in different organs such as liver, spleen and kidney at the micrometer scale, for five rats, in only a single five-day synchrotron shift...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Synchrotron Radiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28852273/clinical-practice-in-community-medicine-challenges-and-opportunities
#7
Rajesh Kumar
Clinical practice with community health perspective makes community medicine a unique specialty. In their health centers, community physicians not only implement disease prevention programs, assess community health needs, manage healthcare teams and advocate for health promoting policies but also diagnose and treat diseases. However, participation of community medicine faculty in the delivery of clinical care varies from place to place due to administrative constraints. Health centers attached with medical college are not dependent on community medicine faculty for clinical service as these centers have their own medical and paramedical staff; whereas, other clinical departments in medical colleges depend on their faculty for delivery of clinical care in the hospital...
July 2017: Indian Journal of Community Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28842617/simultaneous-gene-delivery-and-tracking-through-preparation-of-photo-luminescent-nanoparticles-based-on-graphene-quantum-dots-and-chimeric-peptides
#8
Soroush Moasses Ghafary, Maryam Nikkhah, Shadie Hatamie, Saman Hosseinkhani
Designing suitable nano-carriers for simultaneous gene delivery and tracking is in the research priorities of the molecular medicine. Non-toxic graphene quantum dots (GQDs) with two different (green and red) emission colors are synthesized by Hummer's method and characterized by UV-Vis, Photoluminescence (PL), Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) and Raman spectroscopies, Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). The GQDs are conjugated with MPG-2H1 chimeric peptide and plasmid DNA (pDNA) by non-covalent interactions...
August 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28841747/-psychotherapy-quo-vadis
#9
Gunther Meinlschmidt, Marion Tegethoff
Background: The science and practice of psychotherapy is continuously developing. The goal of this article is to describe new impulses, guiding current advancements in the field. Methods: This paper provides a selective narrative review, synthesizing and condensing relevant literature identified through various sources, including MEDLINE, EMBASE, PsycINFO, and "Web of Science", as well as citation tracking, to elaborate key developments in the field of psychotherapy Results: We describe several dynamics: 1) Following up the so-called "third wave of cognitive behavioral therapy", new interventions arise that have at their core fostering interpersonal virtues, such as compassion, forgiveness, and gratitude; 2) Based on technological quantum leaps, new interventions arise that exploit current developments in the field of new media, information, and communication technologies, as well as brain imaging, such as digital interventions for mental disorders and new forms of neurofeedback; 3) Inspired by the field of positive psychology, there is a revival of the promotion of strength and resilience in therapeutic contexts; 4) In light of the new paradigm "precision medicine", the issue of differential and adaptive indication of psychotherapy, addressed with new methods, regains relevance and drives a new field of "precision psychotherapy"...
August 2017: Fortschritte der Neurologie-Psychiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777502/carbon-nanomaterials-in-biological-studies-and-biomedicine
#10
REVIEW
Nagappa L Teradal, Raz Jelinek
The "carbon nano-world" has made over the past few decades huge contributions in diverse scientific disciplines and technological advances. While dramatic advances have been widely publicized in using carbon nanomaterials such as fullerenes, carbon nanotubes, and graphene in materials sciences, nano-electronics, and photonics, their contributions to biology and biomedicine have been noteworthy as well. This Review focuses on the use of carbon nanotubes (CNTs), graphene, and carbon quantum dots [encompassing graphene quantum dots (GQDs) and carbon dots (C-dots)] in biologically oriented materials and applications...
September 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28757813/a-qsar-study-based-on-svm-for-the-compound-of-hydroxyl-benzoic-esters
#11
Li Wen, Qing Li, Wei Li, Qiao Cai, Yong-Ming Cai
Hydroxyl benzoic esters are preservative, being widely used in food, medicine, and cosmetics. To explore the relationship between the molecular structure and antibacterial activity of these compounds and predict the compounds with similar structures, Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationship (QSAR) models of 25 kinds of hydroxyl benzoic esters with the quantum chemical parameters and molecular connectivity indexes are built based on support vector machine (SVM) by using R language. The External Standard Deviation Error of Prediction (SDEPext), fitting correlation coefficient (R(2)), and leave-one-out cross-validation (Q(2)LOO) are used to value the reliability, stability, and predictive ability of models...
2017: Bioinorganic Chemistry and Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735540/the-n%C3%A2-%C3%AF-interaction
#12
Robert W Newberry, Ronald T Raines
The carbonyl group holds a prominent position in chemistry and biology not only because it allows diverse transformations but also because it supports key intermolecular interactions, including hydrogen bonding. More recently, carbonyl groups have been found to interact with a variety of nucleophiles, including other carbonyl groups, in what we have termed an n→π* interaction. In an n→π* interaction, a nucleophile donates lone-pair (n) electron density into the empty π* orbital of a nearby carbonyl group...
August 15, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732982/sonochemical-green-reduction-to-prepare-ag-nanoparticles-decorated-graphene-sheets-for-catalytic-performance-and-antibacterial-application
#13
Sayan Ganguly, Poushali Das, Madhuparna Bose, Tushar Kanti Das, Subhadip Mondal, Amit Kumar Das, Narayan C Das
The emerging popularity and wide acceptance of green chemistry and environmentally benign/ecofriendly approaches have comprehensively considered for catalyst synthesis methods. Natural resource derived carbogenic quantum dots has been used in assistance with ultrasonic shock wave to graphene oxide (GO) aqueous dispersion in order to prepare reduced graphene oxide decorated with silver nanoparticles following the 'top-down' method. The total reduction process is done without using any toxic external reducing agents and any surfactants or stabilizers, thus it can be accepted as green method...
November 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729656/endolysosomal-targeting-of-a-clinical-chlorin-photosensitiser-for-light-triggered-delivery-of-nano-sized-medicines
#14
Elnaz Yaghini, Ruggero Dondi, Kunal M Tewari, Marilena Loizidou, Ian M Eggleston, Alexander J MacRobert
A major problem with many promising nano-sized biotherapeutics including macromolecules is that owing to their size they are subject to cellular uptake via endocytosis, and become entrapped and then degraded within endolysosomes, which can significantly impair their therapeutic efficacy. Photochemical internalisation (PCI) is a technique for inducing cytosolic release of the entrapped agents that harnesses sub-lethal photodynamic therapy (PDT) using a photosensitiser that localises in endolysosomal membranes...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28667269/novel-carbon-quantum-dots-from-egg-yolk-oil-and-their-haemostatic-effects
#15
Yan Zhao, Yue Zhang, Xiaoman Liu, Hui Kong, Yongzhi Wang, Gaofeng Qin, Peng Cao, Xingxing Song, Xin Yan, Qingguo Wang, Huihua Qu
In this study, the properties of egg yolk oil (EYO) were investigated. Water extraction, dialysis, and ultrafiltration were used to extract and purify EYO, and microscopy, spectrophotometry, and chromatography were used to identify carbon dots (CDs) present in EYO (EYO CDs). Morphology analyses demonstrated that CDs were almost spherical, with an average size of <10 nm, a lattice spacing of 0.267 nm, and a composition of mainly C, O, and Fe. The solution showed bright blue fluorescence at 365 nm. Tail haemorrhaging and liver haemorrhaging experiments showed that CD-treated mice had significantly shorter bleeding times than did control mice...
June 30, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28656726/correlation-distance-dependence-of-the-resonance-frequency-of-intermolecular-zero-quantum-coherences-and-its-implication-for-mr-thermometry
#16
Le Zhang, Andrew McCallister, Karl M Koshlap, Rosa Tamara Branca
PURPOSE: Because the resonance frequency of water-fat intermolecular zero-quantum coherences (iZQCs) reflects the water-fat frequency separation at the microscopic scale, these frequencies have been proposed and used as a mean to obtain more accurate temperature information. The purpose of this work was to investigate the dependence of the water-fat iZQC resonance frequency on sample microstructure and on the specific choice of the correlation distance. METHODS: The effect of water-fat susceptibility gradients on the water-methylene iZQC resonance frequency was first computed and then measured for different water-fat emulsions and for a mixture of porcine muscle and fat...
June 27, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644616/importance-of-a-fully-anharmonic-treatment-of-equilibrium-isotope-fractionation-properties-of-dissolved-ionic-species-as-evidenced-by-li-aq
#17
Romain Dupuis, Magali Benoit, Mark E Tuckerman, Merlin Méheut
Equilibrium fractionation of stable isotopes is critically important in fields ranging from chemistry, including medicinal chemistry, electrochemistry, geochemistry, and nuclear chemistry, to environmental science. The dearth of reliable estimates of equilibrium fractionation factors, from experiment or from natural observations, has created a need for accurate computational approaches. Because isotope fractionation is a purely quantum mechanical phenomenon, exact calculation of fractionation factors is nontrivial...
June 23, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638470/bright-polymer-dots-tracking-stem-cell-engraftment-and-migration-to-injured-mouse-liver
#18
Dandan Chen, Qiong Li, Zihui Meng, Lei Guo, Ying Tang, Zhihe Liu, Shengyan Yin, Weiping Qin, Zhen Yuan, Xuanjun Zhang, Changfeng Wu
Stem cell therapy holds promise for treatment of intractable diseases and injured organs. For clinical translation, it is pivotal to understand the homing, engraftment, and differentiation processes of stem cells in a living body. Here we report near-infrared (NIR) fluorescent semiconductor polymer dots (Pdots) for bright labeling and tracking of human mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). The Pdots exhibit narrow-band emission at 775 nm with a quantum yield of 22%, among the highest value for various NIR probes. The Pdots together with a cell penetrating peptide are able to track stem cells over two weeks without disturbing their multipotent properties, as confirmed by the analyses on cell proliferation, differentiation, stem-cell markers, and immunophenotyping...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633990/cellular-gauge-symmetry-and-the-li-organization-principle-a-mathematical-addendum-quantifying-energetic-dynamics-in-physical-and-biological-systems-through-a-simple-geometric-tool-and-geodetic-curves
#19
REVIEW
Alexander Yurkin, Arturo Tozzi, James F Peters, Pedro C Marijuán
The present Addendum complements the accompanying paper "Cellular Gauge Symmetry and the Li Organization Principle"; it illustrates a recently-developed geometrical physical model able to assess electronic movements and energetic paths in atomic shells. The model describes a multi-level system of circular, wavy and zigzag paths which can be projected onto a horizontal tape. This model ushers in a visual interpretation of the distribution of atomic electrons' energy levels and the corresponding quantum numbers through rather simple tools, such as compasses, rulers and straightforward calculations...
June 17, 2017: Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608445/tailoring-the-volatility-and-stability-of-oligopeptides
#20
J Schätti, U Sezer, S Pedalino, J P Cotter, M Arndt, M Mayor, V Köhler
Amino acids are essential building blocks of life and fluorinated derivatives have gained interest in chemistry and medicine. Modern mass spectrometry has enabled the study of oligo- and polypeptides as isolated entities in the gas phase, but predominantly as singly or even multiply charged species. While laser desorption of neutral peptides into adiabatically expanding supersonic noble gas jets is possible, UV-VIS spectroscopy, electric or magnetic deflectometry as well as quantum interferometry would profit from the possibility to prepare thermally slow molecular beams...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Mass Spectrometry: JMS
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