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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911415/extraction-of-plant-based-capsules-for-microencapsulation-applications
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Michael G Potroz, Raghavendra C Mundargi, Jae Hyeon Park, Ee-Lin Tan, Nam-Joon Cho
Microcapsules derived from plant-based spores or pollen provide a robust platform for a diverse range of microencapsulation applications. Sporopollenin exine capsules (SECs) are obtained when spores or pollen are processed so as to remove the internal sporoplasmic contents. The resulting hollow microcapsules exhibit a high degree of micromeritic uniformity and retain intricate microstructural features related to the particular plant species. Herein, we demonstrate a streamlined process for the production of SECs from Lycopodium clavatum spores and for the loading of hydrophilic compounds into these SECs...
November 9, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911295/efficacy-and-safety-of-plasma-exchange-with-5-albumin-to-modify-cerebrospinal-fluid-and-plasma-amyloid-%C3%AE-concentrations-and-cognition-outcomes-in%C3%A2-alzheimer-s-disease-patients-a%C3%A2-multicenter-randomized-controlled-clinical-trial
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Mercè Boada, Fernando Anaya, Pilar Ortiz, Javier Olazarán, Joshua R Shua-Haim, Thomas O Obisesan, Isabel Hernández, Joan Muñoz, Mar Buendia, Montserrat Alegret, Asunción Lafuente, Lluís Tárraga, Laura Núñez, Mireia Torres, Joan Ramon Grifols, Isidre Ferrer, Oscar L Lopez, Antonio Páez
BACKGROUND: Studies conducted in animal models and humans suggest the presence of a dynamic equilibrium of amyloid-β (Aβ) peptide between cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and plasma compartments. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether plasma exchange (PE) with albumin replacement was able to modify Aβ concentrations in CSF and plasma as well as to improve cognition in patients with mild-moderate Alzheimer's disease (AD). METHODS: In a multicenter, randomized, patient- and rater-blind, controlled, parallel-group, phase II study, 42 AD patients were assigned (1 : 1) to PE treatment or control (sham) groups...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911064/-intestinal-stomas-are-they-as-simple-as-they-seem
#3
P Bragagnini Rodríguez, Y González Ruiz, R Fernández Atuán, N González Martínez-Pardo, P Burgués Prado, J Elías Pollina
OBJECTIVES: To examine the morbidity and mortality of the formation and closure of enterostomies. METHODS: Retrospective study between 2000-2014 of patients younger than 14 years old who underwent an enterostomy. We evaluated: surgical technique, underlying pathology, general and stoma complications, sex, age and weight at the time of formation. At the closure we evaluated: surgical technique, age, weight, hemoglobin, hematocrit and albumin, as well as complications...
January 25, 2016: Cirugía Pediátrica: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Cirugía Pediátrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910874/comprehensive-evaluation-of-molecular-enhancers-of-the-isothermal-exponential-amplification-reaction
#4
Ellie Mok, Eugene Wee, Yuling Wang, Matt Trau
The exponential amplification reaction (EXPAR) is an emerging isothermal nucleic acid amplification method with high potential for molecular diagnostics due to its isothermal nature and high amplification efficiency. However, the use of EXPAR is limited by the high levels of non-specific amplification. Hence, methods that can improve the specificity of EXPAR are desired to facilitate its widespread adoption in practice. Herein, we proposed a strategy to improve EXPAR performance by using molecular enhancers...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910760/immunomodulation-effect-of-aqueous-extract-of-the-artist-s-conk-medicinal-mushroom-ganoderma-applanatum-agaricomycetes-on-the-rainbow-trout-oncorhynchus-mykiss
#5
Azadeh Manayi, Mahdi Vazirian, Fereshteh Hassan Zade, Akram Tehranifard
It is well known that innate immunity in fish can be activated by many synthetic and natural immunos-timulants; several natural substances induced immunity in fish in previous surveys. This study discussed data regarding the effect of Ganoderma applanatum aqueous extract on the defense mechanisms of rainbow trout in feeding trials. Fish were fed 250, 500, and 1000 mg extract/kg diet 4 times daily. Growth, humoral parameters, lysozyme activity, and serum protein concentrations were assessed after a period of 45 days...
2016: International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910732/binding-of-anti-cardiovascular-drug-to-serum-albumin-an-insight-in-the-light-of-spectroscopic-and-computational-approaches
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Tajalli Ilm Chandel, Gulam Rabbani, MohsinVahid Khan, Masihuz Zaman, Parvez Alam, Yasser Shahein, Rizwan Hasan Khan
Isoprenaline hydrochloride is a potential cardiovascular drug helps in the smooth functioning of the heart muscles. So, we have performed the binding study of ISO with BSA. This study was investigated by UV absorption, fluorescence, synchronous fluorescence, circular dichroism etc. The analysis of intrinsic fluorescence data showed the low binding affinity of ISO. The binding constant Kb was 2.8×103 M-1 and binding stoichiometry (n) was approximately one and the Gibb's free energy change at 310 K was determined to be -8...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910726/the-effect-of-deuterium-oxide-on-the-conformational-stability-and-aggregation-of-bovine-serum-albumin
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Mouhamad Reslan, Veysel Kayser
Protein aggregation is a significant problem affecting the integrity of proteins, and is a major hindrance to the development of biopharmaceutical products. Deuterium Oxide (D2O), widely used in protein characterization studies, has been shown to promote protein aggregation when used as a substitute for water in most buffered protein solutions; however, a few studies have reported minor improvements in melting point temperatures for some proteins. Our study aims to investigate the effect of D2O on protein stability, using bovine serum albumin (BSA) as a model...
December 2, 2016: Pharmaceutical Development and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909741/the-role-of-epigenetic-modifiers-in-extended-cultures-of-functional-hepatocyte-like-cells-derived-from-human-neonatal-mesenchymal-stem-cells
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M Cipriano, J C Correia, S P Camões, N G Oliveira, P Cruz, H Cruz, M Castro, J L Ruas, J M Santos, J P Miranda
The development of predictive in vitro stem cell-derived hepatic models for toxicological drug screening is an increasingly important topic. Herein, umbilical cord tissue-derived mesenchymal stem cells (hnMSCs) underwent hepatic differentiation using an optimized three-step core protocol of 24 days that mimicked liver embryogenesis with further exposure to epigenetic markers, namely the histone deacetylase inhibitor trichostatin A (TSA), the cytidine analogue 5-azacytidine (5-AZA) and dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO)...
December 1, 2016: Archives of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909730/a-sensitive-and-specific-indirect-competitive-enzyme%C3%A2-linked-immunosorbent-assay-for-the-detection-of-icariin
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Jinjun Cheng, Yue Zhang, Shuchen Liu, Baoping Qu, Meiling Zhang, Xiaoman Liu, Yan Zhao, Huihua Qu
In the present study, a novel monoclonal antibody (MAb) specific for icariin (ICA) was prepared and characterized. A hybridoma‑secreting MAb against icariin was produced by fusing splenocytes immunized with an ICA‑bovine serum albumin conjugate with a hypoxanthine‑aminopterin‑thymidine‑sensitive mouse myeloma SP2/0 cell line. The antibody showed high specificity for ICA with almost no cross‑reactivity against the majority of structurally‑related chemicals. Subsequently, an indirect competitive enzyme‑linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) for ICA was established and characterized...
November 30, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908905/mortality-hospitalization-and-quality-of-life-among-patients-with-hepatitis-c-infection-on-hemodialysis
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David A Goodkin, Brian Bieber, Michel Jadoul, Paul Martin, Eiichiro Kanda, Ronald L Pisoni
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is widely prevalent among patients on hemodialysis (HD), but very rarely treated. The aim of our study is to evaluate the burdens of HCV suffered by patients on HD. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS, & MEASUREMENTS: The Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study is an international, prospective, cohort study of patients on HD. We reviewed the HCV status of 76,689 adults enrolled between 1996 and 2015. We compared HCV-positive (HCV+) with HCV-negative (HCV-) patients for risk of mortality, hospitalization, decline in hemoglobin concentration <8...
December 1, 2016: Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: CJASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908670/proteome-of-the-rete-testis-fluid-from-tropically-adapted-morada-nova-rams
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Mauricio Fraga van Tilburg, Solange Damasceno Sousa, Révila Bianca Ferreira de Melo, Frederico B Moreno, Ana Cristina Monteiro-Moreira, Renato A Moreira, Arlindo de Alencar Moura
The rete testis has a close relationship with sperm development and may have other functions besides serving as an intercalated channel. The aim of this study was to identify and characterize the proteins of rete testis fluid (RTF) from tropically-adapted Morada Nova rams. Testicles obtained from six Morada Nova rams were dissected and the head of the epididymis was separated to access the efferent ducts. Rete testis fluid was obtained by gentle massage of the testis. The fluid was centrifuged to remove cell debris and sperm...
November 22, 2016: Animal Reproduction Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908378/erratum-to-cigarette-smoke-induces-alterations-in-the-drug-binding-properties-of-human-serum-albumin-blood-cells-mol-dis-52-4-2014-apr-166-174
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M Clerici, G Colombo, F Secundo, N Gagliano, R Colombo, N Portinaro, D Giustarini, A Milzani, R Rossi, I Dalle-Donne
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 2016: Blood Cells, Molecules & Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907865/biophysical-characterization-and-antineoplastic-activity-of-new-bis-thiosemicarbazonato-cu-ii-complexes
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Elisa Palma, Filipa Mendes, Goreti Ribeiro Morais, Inês Rodrigues, Isabel Cordeiro Santos, Maria Paula C Campello, Paula Raposinho, Isabel Correia, Sofia Gama, Dulce Belo, Vítor Alves, Antero J Abrunhosa, Isabel Santos, António Paulo
Aiming to explore alternative mechanisms of cellular uptake and cytotoxicity, we have studied a new family of copper(II) complexes (CuL(1)-CuL(4)) with bis(thiosemicarbazone) (BTSC) ligands containing pendant protonable cyclic amines (morpholine and piperidine). Herein, we report on the synthesis and characterization of these new complexes, as well as on their biological performance (cytotoxic activity, cellular uptake, protein and DNA binding), in comparison with the parental Cu(II)ATSM (ATSM=diacetyl-bis(N4-methylthiosemicarbazonate) complex without pendant cyclic amines...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906675/preoperative-serum-pre-albumin-as-an-independent-prognostic-indicator-in-patients-with-localized-upper-tract-urothelial-carcinoma-after-radical-nephroureterectomy
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Jiwei Huang, Yanqing Wang, Yichu Yuan, Yong-Hui Chen, Wen Kong, Haige Chen, Jin Zhang, Yiran Huang
PURPOSE: To investigate the prognostic value of preoperative pre-albumin and albumin level in patients with localized upper tract urothelial carcinoma (UTUC) undergoing radical nephroureterectomy. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Between January 2003 and June 2013, we evaluated data on 425 patients with nonmetastatic UTUC (Ta-4N0/+M0) who underwent radical nephroureterectomy at our institution. Low pre-albumin level was defined as <20 mg/dl, while hypoalbuminemia was defined as albumin <35 g/L...
November 29, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905596/spectral-pointillism-of-enhanced-raman-scattering-for-accessing-structural-and-conformational-information-on-single-protein
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Jean-Emmanuel Clément, Aymeric Leray, Alexandre Bouhelier, Eric Finot
In this contribution, we provide new insights on the temporal fluctuations of surface enhanced Raman spectra (SERS) of large single molecules such as proteins. Because they can only fit partly into small active volume, SERS analysis is referred to spectral pointillism where only protein subdomains are shined and the whole protein landscape is built from the dynamics of successive individual spectra. By applying our approach on bovine serum albumin, we show that single protein subdomains are mostly comprised of three distinct amino acids...
December 1, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904850/the-safety-and-risk-factors-of-major-hepatobiliary-pancreatic-surgery-in-patients-older-than-80-years
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Jong Hun Kim, Seog Ki Min, Huisong Lee, Geun Hong, Hyeon Kook Lee
PURPOSE: Recently, the number of elderly patients has increased due to a longer life expectancy. Among these elderly patients, more octogenarians will be diagnosed with major hepatobiliary pancreatic (HBP) diseases. Therefore, we need to evaluate the safety and risk factors of major HBP surgery in patients older than 80 years. METHODS: From January 2000 to April 2015, patients who underwent major HBP surgery were identified. The patients were divided into 2 groups according to their age at the time of surgery: Group O (≥80 years) and group Y (<80 years)...
December 2016: Annals of Surgical Treatment and Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904828/dent-s-disease-complicated-by-nephrotic-syndrome-a-case-report
#17
Guohua He, Hongwen Zhang, Shanshan Cao, Huijie Xiao, Yong Yao
Dent's disease is an X-linked recessive proximal tubular disorder that mostly affects male patients in childhood or early adult life. The condition is caused by mutations in the CLCN5 (Dent disease 1) or OCRL (Dent disease 2) genes located on chromosome Xp11.22 and Xq25, respectively. In most male patients, proteinuria is subnephrotic but may reach nephrotic levels. Here, we report the first case of Dent's disease complicated by nephrotic syndrome. Dent's disease should be considered in the differential diagnosis of nephrotic syndrome, and especially in male patients with early onset of nephrotic syndrome...
November 2016: Intractable & Rare Diseases Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904390/ascorbate-oxidase-based-amperometric-biosensor-for-l-ascorbic-acid-determination-in-beverages
#18
Gábor Csiffáry, Péter Fűtő, Nóra Adányi, Attila Kiss
A novel biosensor for l-ascorbic acid determination in different beverages was elaborated. The ascorbate oxidase enzyme (AAO) from Cucurbita sp., EC 1.10.3.3, was immobilized on a screen-printed carbon electrode with poly(ethylene glycol) (400) diglycidyl ether (PEGDGE) as a crosslinking agent. The standards and samples were measured first with a blank electrode. An inert protein, bovine serum albumin (BSA), was immobilized on the surface of this electrode with PEGDGE. The BSA mass was equivalent to the mass of 10 U of AAO enzyme immobilized on the electrodes (0...
March 2016: Food Technology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904154/circadian-rhythm-of-blood-pressure-and-the-renin-angiotensin-system-in-the-kidney
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Naro Ohashi, Shinsuke Isobe, Sayaka Ishigaki, Hideo Yasuda
Activation of the intrarenal renin-angiotensin system (RAS) has a critical role in the pathophysiology of the circadian rhythm of blood pressure (BP) and renal injury, independent of circulating RAS. Although it is clear that the circulating RAS has a circadian rhythm, reports of a circadian rhythm in tissue-specific RAS are limited. Clinical studies evaluating intrarenal RAS activity by urinary angiotensinogen (AGT) levels have indicated that urinary AGT levels were equally low during both the daytime and nighttime in individuals without chronic kidney disease (CKD) and that urinary AGT levels were higher during the daytime than at nighttime in patients with CKD...
December 1, 2016: Hypertension Research: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904076/amorphous-amorphous-phase-separation-of-freeze-concentrated-protein-and-amino-acid-excipients-for-lyophilized-formulations
#20
Ken-Ichi Izutsu, Hiroyuki Yoshida, Hiroko Shibata, Yukihiro Goda
The objective of this study was to elucidate the mixing state of proteins and amino acid excipients concentrated in the amorphous non-ice region of frozen solutions. Thermal analysis of frozen aqueous solutions was performed in heating scans before and after a heat treatment. Frozen aqueous solutions containing a protein (e.g., recombinant human albumin, gelatin) or a polysaccharide (dextran) and an amino acid excipient (e.g., L-arginine, L-arginine hydrochloride, L-arginine monophosphate, sodium L-glutamate) at varied mass ratios showed single or double Tg' (glass transition temperature of maximally freeze-concentrated solutes)...
2016: Chemical & Pharmaceutical Bulletin
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