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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821107/relationship-between-multi-scale-structures-and-properties-of-photophobic-films-based-on-hydroxypropyl-methylcellulose-and-monosodium-phosphate
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Liang Zhang, Yan Zhao, Jian-Ya Qian, Shan Jiang, Jun Liu, Xiao-Long He
Photophobic (white) films were prepared with hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) and monosodium phosphate (NaH2PO4) to overcome the redox reaction induced by titanium dioxide photocatalysis of HPMC/TiO2 white film. What's more, HPMC/NaH2PO4 white film could overcome the drying temperature dependent property of white films based on HPMC and calcium salts. Attenuated total reflection Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, wide angel X-ray diffraction, small angle X-ray scattering, scanning electron microscope and texture analyzer were used to investigate the effect of NaH2PO4 on the short-range, supra-molecular structures and properties of HPMC film...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821092/the-effect-of-temperature-on-the-colligative-properties-of-food-grade-konjac-gum-in-water-solutions
#2
Joanna Kruk, Kacper Kaczmarczyk, Anna Ptaszek, Urszula Goik, Paweł Ptaszek
This research paper presents the results of tests on the colligative properties of konjac gum chains in water solutions. For this purpose, the measurements of osmotic pressure and intrinsic viscosity of aqueous solutions, in the function of konjac gum concentration and temperature were carried out. The applied methods allowed for the determination of the second osmotic virial coefficients B2, which raised with the increase of temperature. It indicate that increase of temperature causes higher affinity of polysaccharide's chains to water...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820895/identification-of-leishmania-donovani-antigen-in-circulating-immune-complexes-of-visceral-leishmaniasis-subjects-for-diagnosis
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Fauzia Jamal, Pushkar Shivam, Sarita Kumari, Manish Kumar Singh, Abul Hasan Sardar, Pushpanjali, Selvasankar Murugesan, Shyam Narayan, Anil Kumar Gupta, Krishna Pandey, V N R Das, Vahab Ali, Sanjiva Bimal, Pradeep Das, Shubhankar K Singh
The unreliability of most of the existing antibody-based diagnostic kits to discriminate between active and treated VL cases, relapse situation and reinfection are a major hurdle in controlling the cases of Kala-azar in an endemic area. An antigen targeted diagnostic approaches can be an attractive strategy to overcome these problems. Hence, this study was focused on identifying the Leishmania antigens, lies in circulating immune complex (CICs), can be used for diagnostic as well as prognostic purposes. The present study was conducted on peripheral blood samples of 115 human subjects, based on isolation of CICs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820579/site-specific-conjugation-to-native-and-engineered-lysines-in-human-immunoglobulins-by-microbial-transglutaminase
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Jared Spidel, Benjamin Vaessen, Earl Albone, Xin Cheng, Arielle Verdi, J Bradford Kline
The use of microbial transglutaminase (MTG) to produce site-specific antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs) has thus far focused on transamidation of engineered acyl donor glutamine residues in an antibody based on the hypothesis that the lower specificity of MTG for acyl acceptor lysines may result in transamidation of multiple native lysine residues, thereby yielding heterogeneous products. We investigated the utilization of native IgG lysines as acyl acceptor sites for glutamine-based acyl donor substrates. Of the approximately 80 lysines in multiple recombinant IgG monoclonal antibodies (mAbs), none were transamidated...
August 18, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820400/alteration-in-expressions-of-rhoa-and-rho-kinases-during-pregnancy-in-rats-their-roles-in-uterine-contractions-and-onset-of-labour
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D Domokos, E Ducza, G Falkay, R Gaspar
Activation of RhoA and Rho-associated kinases (ROCKs) is known to play a pivotal role in the regulation of smooth muscle contraction via phosphorylation of myosin-light chain and myosin phosphatase. There are few data on the RhoA and ROCKs expression levels in rat uteri. Therefore, our aim was to investigate the mRNA and protein concentration of RhoA and ROCKs in rat uterus during pregnancy, during parturition and post-partum using real time PCR and Western blot analysis. The other purpose was to evaluate the effects of the ROCK (Y-27632, fasudil and RKI 1441) and RhoA inhibitors (simvastatin) on uterine contractility in isolated organ bath experiments...
June 2017: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819333/expression-of-autophagy-related-proteins-in-h%C3%A3-rthle-cell-neoplasm-is-different-from-that-in-follicular-neoplasm
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Yoon Jin Cha, Hye Min Kim, Ja Seung Koo
PURPOSE: We aimed to evaluate expression of autophagy-related proteins in Hürthle cell neoplasm (HCN) and follicular neoplasm (FN) and assess the clinical implications. METHODS: 265 FNs (112 follicular carcinomas and 153 follicular adenomas) and 108 HCNs (27 Hürthle cell carcinomas and 81 Hürthle cell adenomas) were made into a tissue microarray. Immunohistochemical staining and Western blot for autophagy-related proteins (beclin-1, light chain (LC) 3A, LC3B, p62, and BNIP3) were performed, and the results were statistically analyzed...
2017: Disease Markers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819133/combined-transcriptome-and-metabolome-analyses-of-metformin-effects-reveal-novel-links-between-metabolic-networks-in-steroidogenic-systems
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Sameer S Udhane, Balazs Legeza, Nesa Marti, Damian Hertig, Gaëlle Diserens, Jean-Marc Nuoffer, Peter Vermathen, Christa E Flück
Metformin is an antidiabetic drug, which inhibits mitochondrial respiratory-chain-complex I and thereby seems to affect the cellular metabolism in many ways. It is also used for the treatment of the polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), the most common endocrine disorder in women. In addition, metformin possesses antineoplastic properties. Although metformin promotes insulin-sensitivity and ameliorates reproductive abnormalities in PCOS, its exact mechanisms of action remain elusive. Therefore, we studied the transcriptome and the metabolome of metformin in human adrenal H295R cells...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819122/anti-inflammatory-drugs-suppress-ultrasound-mediated-mesenchymal-stromal-cell-tropism-to-kidneys
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Scott R Burks, Ben A Nguyen, Michele N Bresler, Matthew E Nagle, Saejeong J Kim, Joseph A Frank
Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC) are potential renal therapeutics. Clinically, results are mixed partly because MSC tropism to kidneys is minimal following infusion. Ultrasound augmentation of the renal microenvironment is becoming increasingly-important in renal MSC therapies. We demonstrated pulsed-focused-ultrasound (pFUS) increases enhanced homing permeability and retention of MSC in mouse kidneys. Here, we characterized the temporal proteomic response to pFUS in mouse kidneys and its association with MSC tropism...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819009/the-aaa-atpase-p97-a-cellular-multitool
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Lasse Stach, Paul S Freemont
The AAA+ (ATPases associated with diverse cellular activities) ATPase p97 is essential to a wide range of cellular functions, including endoplasmic reticulum-associated degradation, membrane fusion, NF-κB (nuclear factor kappa-light-chain-enhancer of activated B cells) activation and chromatin-associated processes, which are regulated by ubiquitination. p97 acts downstream from ubiquitin signaling events and utilizes the energy from ATP hydrolysis to extract its substrate proteins from cellular structures or multiprotein complexes...
August 17, 2017: Biochemical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817468/longitudinal-associations-of-local-cigarette-prices-and-smoking-bans-with-smoking-behavior-in-the-multi-ethnic-study-of-atherosclerosis-mesa
#10
Stephanie L Mayne, Amy H Auchincloss, Mark F Stehr, David M Kern, Ana Navas-Acien, Joel D Kaufman, Yvonne L Michael, Ana V Diez Roux
BACKGROUND: Few studies have examined associations of geographically proximal cigarette prices with within-person changes in smoking outcomes, or assessed interactions between cigarette prices and smoking bans. METHODS: We linked neighborhood cigarette prices (inflation-adjusted) at chain supermarkets and drug stores and bar/restaurant smoking ban policies to cohort participants (632 smokers from the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis, 2001-2012, baseline mean aged 58) using geocoded retailer and participant addresses...
August 16, 2017: Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817256/tailorable-exciton-transport-in-doped-peptide-amphiphile-assemblies
#11
Lee A Solomon, Matthew E Sykes, Yimin A Wu, Richard D Schaller, Gary P Wiederrecht, Harry Christopher Fry
Light-harvesting biomaterials are an attractive target in photovoltaics, photocatalysis, and artificial photosynthesis. Through peptide self-assembly, complex nanostructures can be engineered to study the role of chromophore organization during light absorption and energy transport. To this end, we demonstrate the one-dimensional transport of excitons along naturally occurring, light-harvesting, Zn-protoporphyrin IX chromophores within self-assembled peptide-amphiphile nanofibers. The internal structure of the nanofibers induces packing of the porphyrins into linear chains...
August 17, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817179/autophagy-induction-plays-a-protective-role-against-hypoxic-stress-in-human-dental-pulp-cells
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Sam-Young Park, Eun-Gene Sun, Yeonju Lee, Min-Seok Kim, Jae Hyung Kim, Won-Jae Kim, Ji-Yeon Jung
Human dental pulp exposed to hypoxic conditions induces cell death accompanied by autophagy. However, the role of hypoxia-induced autophagy in human dental pulp cells (HDPCs) is unclear. The present study aimed to investigate the role of autophagy in hypoxia-induced apoptosis of HDPCs. Cobalt chloride (CoCl2 ) treated HDPCs, to mimic hypoxic conditions, decreased cell viability. Also, apoptosis-related signal molecules, cleaved caspase-3 and PARP levels, were enhanced in CoCl2 -treated HDPCs. HDPCs exposed to CoCl2 also promoted autophagy, showing upregulated p62 and microtubule-associated protein 1 light chain 3 (LC3)-II levels, typical autophagic markers, and increased acidic autophagolysosomal vacuoles...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817177/the-n-terminal-ubiquitin-associated-domain-of-cezanne-is-crucial-for-its-function-to-suppress-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathway
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Yanxi Ji, Liu Cao, Lanyi Zeng, Zhen Zhang, Qiaoqiao Xiao, Penglin Guan, Shiyou Chen, Yu Chen, Min Wang, Deyin Guo
Cezanne, a deubiquitinating cysteine protease (DUB) belonging to A20 subgroup of ovarian tumor (OTU) protein superfamily, functions as a negative regulator of NF-κB to attenuate NF-κB activation and to restrain pro-inflammatory transcription in response to TNF receptor (TNFR) signaling. It is the first documented OTU DUB that preferably disassembles Lys11-linked polyubiquitin chains and has been shown to regulate multiple cellular events including immune signaling, cell survival and tumor progression. Previous studies showed that in response to TNF stimulation, Cezanne is recruited to the activated TNFR complex to suppress the build-up of polyubiquitinated RIP1 signal by removing Lys63 polyubiquitin from RIP1...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816001/plasma-and-cerebrospinal-fluid-tau-and-neurofilament-concentrations-in-rapidly-progressive-neurological-syndromes-a-neuropathology-based-cohort
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G G Kovacs, U Andreasson, V Liman, G Regelsberger, M I Lutz, K Danics, E Keller, H Zetterberg, K Blennow
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) tau and neurofilament light chain (NF-L) proteins have proved to be reliable biomarkers for neuronal damage; however, there is a strong need for blood-based tests. METHODS: The present study included 132 autopsy cases with rapidly progressive neurological syndromes, including Alzheimer disease (AD) (21), sporadic (65) and genetic (21) Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), 25 cases with vascular, neoplastic and inflammatory alterations, and additionally 18 healthy control individuals...
August 16, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815613/switching-off-photoprotection-of-photosystem-i-a-novel-tool-for-gradual-psi-photoinhibition
#15
Mikko Tikkanen, Steffen Grebe
Photosystem I (PSI) has evolved in anaerobic atmosphere conditions and until today remains susceptible to oxygen. To minimize the probability of damaging side reactions, plants have evolved sophisticated mechanisms to control electron transfer, and PSI becomes inhibited only when malfunctions of these regulatory mechanisms occur. Due to the complicated induction of PSI photoinhibition, a detailed investigation of the process and following reactions are still largely missing. Here we introduce the theoretical framework and a novel method for an easy and controlled induction of PSI photoinhibition in vivo...
August 16, 2017: Physiologia Plantarum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814864/controlled-release-of-lovastatin-from-poly-lactic-co-glycolic-acid-nanoparticles-for-direct-pulp-capping-in-rat-teeth
#16
Hung-Pin Lin, Han-Ping Tu, Yu-Ping Hsieh, Bor-Shiunn Lee
Statin at appropriate concentrations has been shown to induce odontoblastic differentiation, dentinogenesis, and angiogenesis. However, using a carrier to control statin release might reduce toxicity and enhance its therapeutic effects. The aim of this study was to prepare poly(d,l-lactide-co-glycolide acid) (PLGA) nanoparticles that contain lovastatin for application in direct pulp capping. The PLGA-lovastatin particle size was determined using dynamic light scattering measurements and transmission electron microscopy...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813459/%C3%AE-2-microglobulin-gene-duplication-in-cetartiodactyla-remains-intact-only-in-pigs-and-possibly-confers-selective-advantage-to-the-species
#17
Thong Minh Le, Quy Van Chanh Le, Dung Minh Truong, Hye-Jeong Lee, Min-Kyeung Choi, Hyesun Cho, Hak-Jae Chung, Jin-Hoi Kim, Jeong-Tae Do, Hyuk Song, Chankyu Park
Several β2-microglobulin (B2M) -bound protein complexes undertake key roles in various immune system pathways, including the neonatal Fc receptor (FcRn), cluster of differentiation 1 (CD1) protein, non-classical major histocompatibility complex (MHC), and well-known MHC class I molecules. Therefore, the duplication of B2M may lead to an increase in the biological competence of organisms to the environment. Based on the pig genome assembly SSC10.2, a segmental duplication of ~45.5 kb, encoding the entire B2M protein, was identified in pig chromosome 1...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812276/arundic-acid-increases-expression-and-function-of-astrocytic-glutamate-transporter-eaat1-via-the-erk-akt-and-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathways
#18
Pratap Karki, Peter Hong, James Johnson, Edward Pajarillo, Deok-Soo Son, Michael Aschner, Eunsook Y Lee
Glutamate is the major excitatory neurotransmitter in the brain, but excessive synaptic glutamate must be removed to prevent excitotoxic injury and death. Two astrocytic glutamate transporters, excitatory amino acid transporter (EAAT) 1 and 2, play a major role in eliminating excess glutamate from the synapse. Dysregulation of EAAT1 contributes to the pathogenesis of multiple neurological disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease (AD), ataxia, traumatic brain injuries, and glaucoma. In the present study, we investigated the effect of arundic acid on EAAT1 to determine its efficacy in enhancing the expression and function of EAAT1, and its possible mechanisms of action...
August 15, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812233/synthesis-and-photophysical-study-of-new-green-fluorescent-tpa-based-poly-azomethine-s
#19
Naila Khalid, Asma Iqbal, Humaira Masood Siddiqi, O Ok Park
A series of poly(azomethine)s (PAMs) were synthesized from N(1)-(4-aminophenyl)-N(1)-(4-phenoxyphenyl)benzene-1,4-diamine (DA) and various dialdehydes to investigate the influence of structure of polymer chain and triphenylamine-based phenoxy pendant group on the optoelectronic properties. The structural characterization of the resulting poly(azomethine)s was carried out by solubility test, gel permeation chromatography, viscosity measurement, fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectral and CHN elemental analysis...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Fluorescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811269/point-of-sale-tobacco-advertising-and-display-bans-policy-evaluation-study-in-five-russian-cities
#20
Ryan David Kennedy, Ashley Grant, Mark Spires, Joanna E Cohen
BACKGROUND: The tobacco industry uses point-of-sale (POS) advertising, promotion, and product display to increase consumption of its products among current users, to attract new consumers, and to encourage former customers to resume tobacco use. As part of a comprehensive tobacco control effort, Russia-having one of the highest tobacco use prevalence rates in the world-enacted legislation that banned tobacco POS advertising, effective November 15, 2013, and banned the display of tobacco and the sale of cigarettes in kiosks, effective June 1, 2014...
August 15, 2017: JMIR Public Health and Surveillance
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