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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821619/dsc-e3-ligase-localization-to-the-golgi-requires-the-atpase-cdc48-and-cofactor-ufd1-for-activation-of-sterol-regulatory-element-binding-protein-in-fission-yeast
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Risa Burr, Diedre Ribbens, Sumana Raychaudhuri, Emerson V Stewart, Jason Ho, Peter J Espenshade
Sterol regulatory element-binding proteins (SREBPs) in the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe regulate lipid homeostasis and the hypoxic response under conditions of low sterol or oxygen availability. SREBPs are cleaved in the Golgi through the combined action of the Dsc E3 ligase complex, the rhomboid protease Rbd2, and the essential ATPases Associated with diverse cellular Activities (AAA+) ATPase Cdc48. The soluble SREBP N-terminal transcription factor domain is then released in the cytosol to enter the nucleus and regulate gene expression...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821156/physicochemical-interactions-of-cycloamylose-with-phenolic-compounds
#2
Shin-Joung Rho, Saehun Mun, Jung Sun Hong, Young-Lim Kim, Ha V Do, Young-Wan Kim, Sang-Ik Han, Yong-Ro Kim
The complex formation capability of cycloamylose (CA), having a degree of polymerization of 23-45, with phenolic compounds (PCs) was investigated using various physicochemical techniques. The fluorescence intensity of PCs increased and then reached a plateau at 10-20mM cyclodextrin, while it continued to increase at up to 60mM CA. Thermodynamic data of CA complexes with PCs revealed that the binding process was primarily enthalpy-driven and spontaneous. CA favored to form the most stable complex with chlorogenic acid (CHA) among all PCs...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821113/fabrication-of-thermo-responsive-cotton-fabrics-using-poly-vinyl-caprolactam-co-hydroxyethyl-acrylamide-copolymer
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Min Xiao, Edurne González, Alexis Martell Monterroza, Margaret Frey
A thermo-responsive polymer with hydrophilic to hydrophobic transition behavior, poly(vinyl caprolactam-co-hydroxyethyl acrylamide) P(VCL-co-HEAA), was prepared by copolymerization of vinyl caprolactam and N-hydroxyethyl acrylamide via free radical solution polymerization. The resulting copolymer was characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), (1)H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), gel permeation chromatography (GPC), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA)...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821093/urea-free-synthesis-of-chitin-based-acrylate-superabsorbent-polymers-under-homogeneous-conditions-effects-of-the-degree-of-deacetylation-and-the-molecular-weight
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T G Liu, Y T Wang, B Li, H B Deng, Z L Huang, L W Qian, X Wang
In order to understand the chemical structure of chitin-based acrylate superabsorbent polymers (SAP), chitin was dissolved in NaOH aqueous solution via freezing-thawing cyclic treatment without urea, subsequently, a transparent hydrogel was prepared by copolymerizing the alkali-chitin solution and acrylic acid directly. The effects of the degree of deacetylation (DDA) and the molecular weight (Mw) of chitin on the properties of SAP were investigated in detail. With increasing the DDA and Mw, the yield improved while the water absorbency decreased, yet the effect of DDA is insignificant if the Mw is smaller enough...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821023/preparation-and-crystallization-behavior-of-poly-ethylene-2-5-furandicarboxylate-cellulose-composites-by-twin-screw-extrusion
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Amandine Codou, Nathanaël Guigo, Jesper Gabriël van Berkel, Ed de Jong, Nicolas Sbirrazzuoli
Poly(ethylene 2,5-furandicarboxylate) (PEF), an emerging biobased polyester, was compounded with cellulose via twin-screw extrusion. Different extrusion parameters such as mixing time, screw speed and temperature were employed. Composite thin films containing 1, 2 and 4% cellulose w/w were prepared and compared with neat PEF films. The morphology of PEF/cellulose composites was examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and the molecular weight after extrusion was controlled by means of size exclusion chromatography (SEC)...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820488/phase-behaviour-and-miscibility-studies-of-collagen-silk-fibroin-macromolecular-system-in-dilute-solutions-and-solid-state
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Ima Ghaeli, Mariana A de Moraes, Marisa M Beppu, Katarzyna Lewandowska, Alina Sionkowska, Frederico Ferreira-da-Silva, Maria P Ferraz, Fernando J Monteiro
Miscibility is an important issue in biopolymer blends for analysis of the behavior of polymer pairs through the detection of phase separation and improvement of the mechanical and physical properties of the blend. This study presents the formulation of a stable and one-phase mixture of collagen and regenerated silk fibroin (RSF), with the highest miscibility ratio between these two macromolecules, through inducing electrostatic interactions, using salt ions. For this aim, a ternary phase diagram was experimentally built for the mixtures, based on observations of phase behavior of blend solutions with various ratios...
August 18, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818803/polymorphic-characterization-and-bioavailability-of-20-r-25-methoxyl-dammarane-3%C3%AE-12%C3%AE-20-triol-a-novel-dammarane-triterpenoid-saponin-as-anticancer-agents
#7
Meng Ding, Lei Xu, Yumeng Zhang, Yuqing Zhao
This research, for the first time, obtained and reported three novel Form I, Form II, and Form III of 20(R)-25-methoxyl-dammarane-3β,12β,20-triol polymorphs, which were distinguished by PXRD, IR, DSC, and SEM. This study firstly exploited a rapid and feasible UHPLC-ESI-MS/MS method to determine plasma levels of 20(R)-25-OCH3-PPD within 4.5min. The composition of mobile phase was acetonitrile and 5mM ammonium acetate water (85:15, v/v) at a flow rate of 0.2mL/min on the BEH C18 Column (2.1mm×50mm, 1.7μm)...
August 8, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818729/characterization-of-citrus-pectin-films-integrated-with-clove-bud-essential-oil-physical-thermal-barrier-antioxidant-and-antibacterial-properties
#8
Tanzeela Nisar, Zi-Chao Wang, Xi Yang, You Tian, Muneeb Iqbal, Yurong Guo
The increasing demand for bio-based materials to be used in food packaging has stimulated the development of novel, environmentally-friendly edible films. Antimicrobial films were developed by incorporating different levels of clove bud essential oil (0.5%, 1.0%, and 1.5%) into the citrus pectin in order to modify the functional properties of the films. Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), differential scanning calorimetry analysis (DSC) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) were performed, together with the determination of physical, optical, mechanical, antioxidant and antimicrobial properties of pectin emulsified films...
August 14, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815472/comparison-of-pet-ct-and-whole-mount-histopathology-sections-of-the-human-prostate-a-new-strategy-for-voxel-wise-evaluation
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F Schiller, T Fechter, C Zamboglou, A Chirindel, N Salman, C A Jilg, V Drendel, M Werner, P T Meyer, A-L Grosu, M Mix
BACKGROUND: Implementation of PET/CT in diagnosis of primary prostate cancer (PCa) requires a profound knowledge about the tracer, preferably from a quantitative evaluation. Direct visual comparison of PET/CT slices to whole prostate sections is hampered by considerable uncertainties from imperfect coregistration and fundamentally different image modalities. In the current study, we present a novel method for advanced voxel-wise comparison of histopathology from excised prostates to pre-surgical PET...
August 17, 2017: EJNMMI Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815268/temporal-stability-of-the-healthy-human-skin-microbiome-following-dead-sea-climatotherapy
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Michael Brandwein, Garold Fuks, Avigail Israel, Ashraf Al-Ashhab, Deborah Rosenberg-Nejman, Ravid Straussman, Emmilia Hodak, Marco Harari, Doron Steinberg, Zvi Bentwich, Noam Shental, Shiri Meshner
Dead Sea climatotherapy (DSC) is a therapeutic modality for a variety of chronic skin conditions, yet there has been scarce research on the relationship between the cutaneous microbiota and disease states in response to DSC. We characterized the skin bacterial and fungal microbiome of healthy volunteers who underwent DSC. Bacterial community diversity remained similar before and after treatment, while fungal diversity was significantly reduced as a result of the treatment. Individuals showed greater inter-individual than temporal bacterial community variance, yet the opposite was true for fungal community composition...
August 17, 2017: Acta Dermato-venereologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812999/synthesis-and-evaluation-of-a-sodium-alginate-4-aminosalicylic-acid-based-microporous-hydrogel-for-potential-viscosupplementation-for-joint-injuries-and-arthritis-induced-conditions
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Dharmesh R Chejara, Mostafa Mabrouk, Pradeep Kumar, Yahya E Choonara, Pierre P D Kondiah, Ravindra V Badhe, Lisa C du Toit, Divya Bijukumar, Viness Pillay
A microporous hydrogel was developed using sodium alginate (alg) and 4-aminosalicylic acid (4-ASA). The synthesized hydrogel was characterized using various analytical techniques such as Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Carbon-13 nuclear magnetic resonance ((13)C-NMR), X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). Additonal carboxyl and hydroxyl functional groups of 4-ASA provided significant lubrication and stress-triggered sol-gel transition to the conjugated hydrogel...
August 16, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812225/enhancement-of-ocular-efficacy-of-aceclofenac-using-biodegradable-plga-nanoparticles-formulation-and-characterization
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Rajesh Katara, Sameer Sachdeva, Dipak K Majumdar
In the present study, an effort was made to design poly (D, L-lactide-co-glycolide) acid nanoparticles of aceclofenac by direct precipitation method. The nanoparticles were found to have adequate particle size range for ocular administration of 162.6 to 244.13 nm with nearly spherical shape and with zeta potential of - 21.5 to - 25.5 mV. Drug entrapment efficiency of nanoparticle formulations ranged from 42.9 to 92.68%. Differential scanning calorimetric (DSC) and powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) studies depicted that the drug incorporated in nanoparticles was found to be in amorphous state...
August 15, 2017: Drug Delivery and Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811751/bioactive-potential-of-3d-printed-oleo-gum-resin-disks-b-papyrifera-c-myrrha-and-s-benzoin-loading-nanooxides-tio2-p25-cu2o-and-moo3
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Diogo José Horst, Sergio Mazurek Tebcherani, Evaldo Toniolo Kubaski, Rogério de Almeida Vieira
This experimental study investigates the bioactive potential of filaments produced via hot melt extrusion (HME) and intended for fused deposition modeling (FDM) 3D printing purposes. The oleo-gum-resins from benzoin, myrrha, and olibanum in pure state and also charged with 10% of metal oxide nanoparticles, TiO2, P25, Cu2O, and MoO3, were characterized by ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray microanalysis (EDXMA), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC)...
2017: Bioinorganic Chemistry and Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811130/comparative-study-on-stabilizing-ability-of-food-protein-non-ionic-surfactant-and-anionic-surfactant-on-bcs-type-ii-drug-carvedilol-loaded-nanosuspension-physicochemical-and-pharmacokinetic-investigation
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Tianjiao Geng, Parikshit Banerjee, Zhangdi Lu, Abdelmoumin Zoghbi, Tiantian Li, Bo Wang
Carvedilol (CAR) in its pure state has low aqueous solubility and extremely poor bioavailability which largely limit its clinical application. The aim of the study is to improve the dissolution rate and the bioavailability of CAR via preparing nanosuspensions with different stabilizers. Antisolvent precipitation-ultrasonication technique was used here. Attempts have been made to use food protein- Whey protein isolate (WPI) as a stabilizer in CAR loaded nanosuspension and also to compare its stabilizing potential with conventional nanosuspension stabilizers such as non-ionic linear copolymer-poloxamer 188 (PLX188) and anionic surfactant-sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS)...
August 12, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809967/stability-of-dye-sensitized-solar-cells-under-extended-thermal-stress
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Surendra K Yadav, Sandheep Ravishankar, Sara Pescetelli, Antonio Agresti, Francisco Fabregat-Santiago, Aldo Di Carlo
In the last few decades, dye-sensitized solar cell (DSC) technology has been demonstrated to be a promising candidate for low cost energy production due to cost-effective materials and fabrication processes. Arguably, DSC stability is the biggest challenge for making this technology appealing for industrial exploitation. This work provides further insight into the stability of DSCs by considering specific dye-electrolyte systems characterized by Raman and impedance spectroscopy analysis. In particular, two ruthenium-based dyes, Z907 and Ru505, and two commercially available electrolytes, namely, the high stability electrolyte (HSE) and solvent-free Livion 12 (L-12), were tested...
August 15, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808833/long-acting-ionically-paired-embonate-based-nanocrystals-of-donepezil-for-the-treatment-of-alzheimer-s-disease-a-proof-of-concept-study
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Naresh Mittapelly, Maharshi Thalla, Gitu Pandey, Venkatesh Teja Banala, Shweta Sharma, Abhishek Arya, Sandeep Mishra, Kalyan Mitra, Shubha Shukla, Prabhat Ranjan Mishra
PURPOSE: The aim of the present study was to prepare a patient friendly long acting donepezil (D) nanocrystals (NCs) formulation, with a high payload for i.m administration. As the native D hydrochloride salt has high aqueous solubility it is necessary to increase its hydrophobicity prior to the NCs formation. METHODS: D was ionically paired with embonic acid (E) in aqueous media and was successfully characterized using techniques like DSC, PXRD, FT-IR, NMR etc...
August 14, 2017: Pharmaceutical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808709/phase-diagram-and-structural-evolution-of-tin-indium-sn-in-nanosolder-particles-from-a-non-equilibrium-state-to-an-equilibrium-state
#17
Yang Shu, Teiichi Ando, Qiyue Yin, Guangwen Zhou, Zhiyong Gu
A binary system of tin/indium (Sn/In) in the form of nanoparticles was investigated for phase transitions and structural evolution at different temperatures and compositions. The Sn/In nanosolder particles in the composition range of 24-72 wt% In were synthesized by a surfactant-assisted chemical reduction method under ambient conditions. The morphology and microstructure of the as-synthesized nanoparticles were analyzed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), selected area electron diffraction (SAED) and X-ray diffraction (XRD)...
August 15, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806613/automatic-blood-vessels-segmentation-based-on-different-retinal-maps-from-octa-scans
#18
Nabila Eladawi, Mohammed Elmogy, Omar Helmy, Ahmed Aboelfetouh, Alaa Riad, Harpal Sandhu, Shlomit Schaal, Ayman El-Baz
The retinal vascular network reflects the health of the retina, which is a useful diagnostic indicator of systemic vascular. Therefore, the segmentation of retinal blood vessels is a powerful method for diagnosing vascular diseases. This paper presents an automatic segmentation system for retinal blood vessels from Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography (OCTA) images. The system segments blood vessels from the superficial and deep retinal maps for normal and diabetic cases. Initially, we reduced the noise and improved the contrast of the OCTA images by using the Generalized Gauss-Markov random field (GGMRF) model...
August 7, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805393/disappearance-of-the-superionic-phase-transition-in-sub-5-nm-silver-iodide-nanoparticles
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Takayuki Yamamoto, Hirokazu Kobayashi, Loku Singgappulige Rosantha Kumara, Osami Sakata, Kiyofumi Nitta, Tomoya Uruga, Hiroshi Kitagawa
Bulk silver iodide (AgI) is known to show a phase transition from the poorly conducting β/γ-phases into the superionic conducting α-phase at 147 °C. Its transition temperature decreases with decreasing the size of AgI, and the α-phase exists stably at 37 °C in AgI nanoparticles with a diameter of 6.3 nm. In this Letter, we investigated the atomic configuration, the phase transition behavior, and the ionic conductivity of AgI nanoparticles with a diameter of 3.0 nm. The combination of pair distribution function (PDF) analysis and reverse Monte Carlo (RMC) modeling based on high-energy X-ray diffraction (XRD) revealed for the first time that they formed the β/γ-phases with atomic disorder...
August 14, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805042/fabrication-and-characterization-of-electrospun-laminin-functionalized-silk-fibroin-poly-ethylene-oxide-nanofibrous-scaffolds-for-peripheral-nerve-regeneration
#20
Mina Rajabi, Masoumeh Firouzi, Zahra Hassannejad, Ismaeil Haririan, Payam Zahedi
The peripheral nerve regeneration is still one of the major clinical problems, which has received a great deal of attention. In this study, the electrospun silk fibroin (SF)/poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) nanofibrous scaffolds were fabricated and functionalized their surfaces with laminin (LN) without chemical linkers for potential use in the peripheral nerve tissue engineering. The morphology, surface chemistry, thermal behavior and wettability of the scaffolds were examined to evaluate their performance by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and water contact angle (WCA) measurements, respectively...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
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