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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775180/broadband-polarized-emission-from-p-ndi2od-t2-polymer
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Steve Ulrich, Tabitha Sutch, Greg Szulczewski, Matthias Schweizer, Newton Barbosa, Paulo Araujo
We investigate the P(NDI2OD-T2) photophysical properties via absorbance and fluorescence spectroscopy, in association with the experimental approach baptized Stokes Spectroscopy, which provides valuable material information through the acquisition and analysis of the fluorescence polarization degree. By changing solvents and using different samples such as solutions, thick, and thin films, it is possible to control the polarization degree spectrum associated to the fluorescence emitted by the polymer's isolated chains and aggregates...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775134/csf-inflammatory-biomarkers-responsive-to-treatment-in-progressive-multiple-sclerosis-capture-residual-inflammation-associated-with-axonal-damage
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Jeppe Romme Christensen, Mika Komori, Marina Rode von Essen, Rikke Ratzer, Lars Börnsen, Bibi Bielekova, Finn Sellebjerg
BACKGROUND: Development of treatments for progressive multiple sclerosis (MS) is challenged by the lack of sensitive and treatment-responsive biomarkers of intrathecal inflammation. OBJECTIVE: To validate the responsiveness of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) inflammatory biomarkers to treatment with natalizumab and methylprednisolone in progressive MS and to examine the relationship between CSF inflammatory and tissue damage biomarkers. METHODS: CSF samples from two open-label phase II trials of natalizumab and methylprednisolone in primary and secondary progressive MS...
May 1, 2018: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774902/pet-raft-polymerisation-towards-green-and-precision-polymer-manufacturing
#3
Jamie Phommalysack-Lovan, Yingying Chu, Cyrille Boyer, Jiangtao Xu
The necessity of sustainable development in the chemical industry has continuously drawn attention to find safe, environmentally friendly and atom-economic chemical processes, which is defined in the 12 principles of green chemistry. Merging photoredox catalysis and reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerisation, the photoinduced electron/energy transfer (PET)-RAFT process has opened up a new way of performing reversible deactivation radical polymerisation for well-defined polymer synthesis using light as an external stimulus...
May 18, 2018: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774770/high-neurofilament-levels-are-associated-with-clinically-definite-multiple-sclerosis-in-children-and-adults-with-clinically-isolated-syndrome
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Roos M van der Vuurst de Vries, Yu Yi M Wong, Julia Y Mescheriakova, E Daniëlle van Pelt, Tessel F Runia, Naghmeh Jafari, Theodora Am Siepman, Marie-José Melief, Annet F Wierenga-Wolf, Marvin M van Luijn, Johnny P Samijn, Rinze F Neuteboom, Rogier Q Hintzen
BACKGROUND: A promising biomarker for axonal damage early in the disease course of multiple sclerosis (MS) is neurofilament light chain (NfL). It is unknown whether NfL has the same predictive value for MS diagnosis in children as in adults. OBJECTIVE: To explore the predictive value of NfL levels in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) for MS diagnosis in paediatric and adult clinically isolated syndrome (CIS) patients. METHODS: A total of 88 adult and 65 paediatric patients with a first attack of demyelination were included and followed (mean follow up-time in adults: 62...
May 1, 2018: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774758/evaluation-of-natural-bv-as-a-novel-feed-additive-in-fast-growing-broilers
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Da Hye Kim, Sang Mi Han, Moung Cheul Keum, Sang Lee, Byoung Ki An, Sang-Rak Lee, Kyung-Woo Lee
1. The present study was designed to evaluate purified bee venom (BV) as an alternative to antibiotics in broiler chickens. The experimental treatment diets were formulated by adding BV into a maize-soybean meal-based diet to give 0, 10, 50, 100, and 500 μg BV per kg of diet. 2. Dietary BV quadratically improved (P<0.05) feed conversion ratio and increased body weight gain at 1-21 days as level in diet increased. Higher BV levels lowered relative weight of spleen (linear and quadratic, P<0.05), bursa of Fabricius (quadratic, P<0...
May 18, 2018: British Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774639/controlling-dual-molecular-pumps-electrochemically
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Cristian Pezzato, Minh T Nguyen, Dong Jun Kim, Ommid Anamimoghadam, Lorenzo Mosca, Fraser Stoddart
Artificial molecular machines can be operated using either physical or chemical inputs. Light-powered motors display clean and autonomous operations, whereas chemically-driven machines generate waste products and are intermittent in their motions. Herein, we show that controlled changes in applied electrochemical potentials can drive the operation of artificial molecular pumps in a semi-autonomous manner - that is, without the need for consecutive additions of chemical fuel(s). The electroanalytical approach described in this communication promotes the assembly of cyclobis(paraquat-p-phenylene) rings along a positively charged oligomeric chain, providing easy access to the formation of multiple mechanical bonds by means of a controlled supply of electricity...
May 18, 2018: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773990/atorvastatin-inhibits-inflammatory-response-attenuates-lipid-deposition-and-improves-the-stability-of-vulnerable-atherosclerotic-plaques-by-modulating-autophagy
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Shi Peng, Long-Wei Xu, Xin-Yu Che, Qing-Qing Xiao, Jun Pu, Qin Shao, Ben He
Atherosclerosis is a chronic disease comprising intima malfunction and arterial inflammation. Recent studies have demonstrated that autophagy could inhibit inflammatory response in atherosclerosis and exert subsequent atheroprotective effects. Our previous study also demonstrated the role of autophagy in the inhibition of inflammation by atorvastatin in vitro . Therefore, in the present study, we aimed to determine whether atorvastatin could upregulate autophagy to inhibit inflammatory cytokines secretion, lipid accumulation, and improve vulnerable plaque stability, both in vitro and in vivo ...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773864/igg-single-chain-trail-fusion-proteins-for-tumour-therapy
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Martin Siegemund, Felix Schneider, Meike Hutt, Oliver Seifert, Ines Müller, Dagmar Kulms, Klaus Pfizenmaier, Roland E Kontermann
Single-chain formats of TNF-related apoptosis inducing ligand (scTRAIL) can serve as effector components of tumour-associated antigen-targeted as well as non-targeted fusion proteins, being characterized by high tumour cell-specific induction of apoptosis through death receptor activation. We studied the suitability of immunoglobulin G as a scaffold for oligovalent and bispecific TRAIL fusion proteins. Thus, we developed novel targeted hexa- and dodecavalent IgG-scTRAIL molecules by fusing scTRAIL to the C-terminus of either light (LC-scTRAIL) or heavy immunoglobulin chain (HC-scTRAIL), or to both ends (LC/HC-scTRAIL) of the anti-EGFR IgG antibody hu225...
May 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773804/smooth-muscle-like-ca-2-regulation-of-actin-myosin-interaction-in-adult-jellyfish-striated-muscle
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Hiroyuki Tanaka, Shiori Ishimaru, Yasuhiro Nagatsuka, Keisuke Ohashi
Cnidaria is an animal phylum, whose members probably have the most ancestral musculature. We prepared and characterized, for the first time to our knowledge, native actomyosin from the striated myoepithelium of the adult moon jelly Aurelia sp. The actomyosin contained myosin, paramyosin-like protein, Ser/Thr-kinase, actin, and two isoforms of tropomyosin, but not troponin, which is known to activate contraction dependent on intracellular Ca2+ signaling in almost all striated muscles of bilaterians. Notably, the myosin comprised striated muscle-type heavy chain and smooth muscle-type regulatory light chains...
May 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773130/identification-of-emu-tegp11-an-ef-hand-domain-containing-tegumental-protein-of-echinococcus-multilocularis
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Yadong Zheng, Xiaola Guo, Meng Su, Xiaoqian Chen, Xiaoliang Jin, Juntao Ding, Zhengrong Wang, Xinwen Bo, Mazhar Ayaz, Ivan Kutyrev, Wanzhong Jia, Xichen Zhang, Jing Zhang
Tegumental proteins (TegPs) are a group of proteins that coat on the surface of worms, mainly being involved in ion uptake and immune evasion. Echinococcus species have many TegPs, but none of them have been characterized and their role remains unclear. The genome-wide analysis revealed that there were at least 14 tegp genes (tegp1 - 14) in Echinococcus species, the majority of which were found to contain an EF-hand domain or a dynein light chain-like domain or both. Despite low identity, all TegP11 proteins from 25 flatworms were conserved in structure...
May 15, 2018: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773009/cloning-and-characterization-of-promoters-of-the-fungal-immunomodulatory-protein-genes-from-ganoderma-spp-agaricomycetes-and-their-response-to-methyl-jasmonate-and-salicylic-acid
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Qi-Zhang Li, Yu-Zhou Chang, Kai-Qi Su, Xiao-Lei Wang, Xiao-Hui Bai, Xuan-Wei Zhou
Ganoderma mushrooms for medicinal use contain various bioactive compounds, but the genetic elements available for these medicinal mushrooms are still limited. In this study we cloned and analyzed the promoters of fungal immunomodulatory protein (FIP) genes from G. lucidum and G. atrum. FIP gene expression was induced by different concentrations of methyl jasmonate (MeJA) and salicylic acid (SA), and messenger RNA expression was detected by quantitative reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction. The results provided 5' upstream sequences of FIP genes from G...
2018: International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772805/ethyl-acetate-fraction-from-persimmon-diospyros-kaki-ameliorates-cerebral-neuronal-loss-and-cognitive-deficit-via-the-jnk-akt-pathway-in-tmt-induced-mice
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Jong Min Kim, Seon Kyeong Park, Jin Yong Kang, Su Bin Park, Seul Ki Yoo, Hye Ju Han, Chul-Woo Kim, Uk Lee, Sea-Hyun Kim, Ho Jin Heo
This study was conducted to assess the antioxidant capacity and protective effect of the ethyl acetate fraction from persimmon ( Diospyros kaki ) (EFDK) on H₂O₂-induced hippocampal HT22 cells and trimethyltin chloride (TMT)-induced Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) mice. EFDK had high antioxidant activities and neuroprotective effects in HT22 cells. EFDK ameliorated behavioral and memory deficits in Y-maze, passive avoidance and Morris water maze tests. Also, EFDK restored the antioxidant system by regulating malondialdehyde (MDA), superoxide dismutase (SOD) and reduced gluthathione (GSH), and the cholinergic system by controlling the acetylcholine (ACh) level and acetylcholinesterase (AChE) activity and expression...
May 17, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772755/temozolomide-enhances-triple-negative-breast-cancer-virotherapy-in-vitro
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Rodolfo Garza-Morales, Roxana Gonzalez-Ramos, Akiko Chiba, Roberto Montes de Oca-Luna, Lacey R McNally, Kelly M McMasters, Jorge G Gomez-Gutierrez
Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) is one of the most aggressive types of cancer, and treatment is limited to chemotherapy and radiation. Oncolytic virotherapy may be a promising approach to treat TNBC. However, oncolytic adenovirus (OAd)-based mono-therapeutic clinical trials have resulted in modest outcomes. The OAd potency could be increased by chemotherapy-induced autophagy, an intracellular degradation system that delivers cytoplasmic constituents to the lysosome. In this study, the ability of alkylating agent temozolomide (TMZ)-induced autophagy to increase OAd replication and oncolysis in TNBC cells was evaluated...
May 17, 2018: Cancers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772677/lambertianic-acid-sensitizes-non-small-cell-lung-cancers-to-trail-induced-apoptosis-via-inhibition-of-xiap-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-activation-of-caspases-and-death-receptor-4
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Deok Soo Ahn, Hyo Jung Lee, Jisung Hwang, Hyukgyu Han, Bonglee Kim, BumSang Shim, Sung-Hoon Kim
Lambertianic acid (LA) is a biologically active compound from the leaves of Pinus koraiensis. In the present study, apoptotic mechanisms of LA plus TNF-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) were elucidated in non-small cell lung cancer cells (NSCLCs). Cytotoxicity assay, flow cytometry, immunoprecipitation, and Western blotting were performed. Here, combined treatment of LA and TRAIL increased cytotoxicity, sub-G1 population, cleaved poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP), and caspase3/8/9 in A549 and H1299 cells compared to LA or TRAIL alone...
May 16, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772336/dynamic-light-scattering-and-electrophoretic-mobility-studies-of-starch-fatty-acid-complexes-in-solution
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Anna Marinopoulou, Stylianos N Raphaelides
Electrophoretic mobility and dynamic light scattering measurements were carried out to investigate the physical characteristics of amylose inclusion complexes with a series of long chain fatty acids, in alkaline solution (0.1 N or 0.01 N KOH). Amylose molecules exhibited lower values of electrophoretic mobility compared to those of the amylose-fatty acid complexes. The presence of amylopectin affected the electrophoretic mobility of starch-fatty acid complexes. Particle size distribution measurements of amylose-fatty acid complexes in aqueous suspension (pH 4...
May 14, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771443/decreased-expression-of-ferritin-light-chain-in-osteosarcoma-and-its-correlation-with-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition
#16
G-H Yu, L Fu, J Chen, F Wei, W-X Shi
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to detect ferritin light chain (FTL) expression level in osteosarcoma (OS), and to clarify whether FTL could offer additional help in diagnosis or therapy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: First, we assessed FTL level in OS tissues and cells through GEO dataset and tissue microarrays (TMAs). Then, we overexpressed FTL expression in MG-63 cell line. Lastly, we detected the expression of EMT-related signal pathway proteins to study its underlying molecular mechanisms...
May 2018: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770800/current-and-future-circulating-biomarkers-for-cardiac-amyloidosis
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Marco Luciani, Luca Troncone, Federica Del Monte
Cardiac amyloidosis (CA) comprises a heterogeneous group of medical conditions affecting the myocardium. It presents with proteinaceous infiltration with variable degrees of severity, prevalence and evolution. Despite this heterogeneity, erroneous protein folding is the common pathophysiologic process, yielding the formation of a single misfolded protein (monomer) that progressively evolves and ultimately forms amyloid fibers. Additionally, by seeding out from the organs of origin, intermediates called oligomers metastasize and restart the process...
May 17, 2018: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770545/simultaneous-modulation-of-magnetic-and-dielectric-transition-via-spin-crossover-tuned-spin-arrangement-and-charge-distribution
#18
Tao Liu, Hui Zheng, Yin-Shan Meng, Guang-Li Zhou, Chun-Ying Duan, Osamu Sato, Shinya Hayami, Yi Luo
It is formidable to simultaneously tune magnetic and dielectric properties by external stimuli with rapid and sensitive response, which is crucial to monitor magnetic state via capacitive measurement. Herein, positive charged FeII ions were linked via negative charged [FeIII(Tp)(CN)₃]¯ (Tp = hydrotris(pyrazolyl)borate) units to form a neutral chain. The spin-crossover (SCO) on FeII sites could be sensitively triggered via thermal treatment, light irradiation, and pressure. SCO switched spin state of FeII ions and antiferromagnetic interactions between FeIII and FeII ions, resulting in significant change in magnetization...
May 16, 2018: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770329/aeg-1-contributes-to-metastasis-in-hypoxia-related-ovarian-cancer-by-modulating-the-hif-1alpha-nf-kappab-vegf-pathway
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Xiaoyu Yu, Yan Wang, Huilei Qiu, Hongtao Song, Di Feng, Yang Jiang, Shuzhe Deng, Hongxue Meng, Jingshu Geng
Objective: Ovarian carcinoma represents one of the deadliest malignancies among female cancer patients. Astrocyte-elevated gene-1 (AEG-1) participates in the ontogenesis of multiple human malignant diseases. Here we evaluated AEG-1, hypoxia-inducible factor- (HIF-) 1 α , nuclear factor kappa-light-chain-enhancer of activated B cells (NF- κ B), and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) amounts in hypoxia induced ovarian carcinoma cells. This study aimed to explore the mechanism by which AEG-1 regulates metastasis in hypoxia induced ovarian carcinoma...
2018: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770111/chronic-caffeine-treatment-protects-against-%C3%AE-synucleinopathy-by-reestablishing-autophagy-activity-in-the-mouse-striatum
#20
Yanan Luan, Xiangpeng Ren, Wu Zheng, Zhenhai Zeng, Yingzi Guo, Zhidong Hou, Wei Guo, Xingjun Chen, Fei Li, Jiang-Fan Chen
Despite converging epidemiological evidence for the inverse relationship of regular caffeine consumption and risk of developing Parkinson's disease (PD) with animal studies demonstrating protective effect of caffeine in various neurotoxin models of PD, whether caffeine can protect against mutant α-synuclein (α-Syn) A53T-induced neurotoxicity in intact animals has not been examined. Here, we determined the effect of chronic caffeine treatment using the α-Syn fibril model of PD by intra-striatal injection of preformed A53T α-Syn fibrils...
2018: Frontiers in Neuroscience
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