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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335356/refinement-of-magnetite-nanoparticles-by-coating-with-organic-stabilizers
#1
Monica Cîrcu, Alexandrina Nan, Gheorghe Borodi, Jürgen Liebscher, Rodica Turcu
Magnetite nanoparticles are of great importance in nanotechnology and nanomedicine and have found manifold applications. Here, the effect of coating of magnetite nanoparticles with organic stabilizers, such as O-phosphoryl ethanolamine, glycerol phosphate, phospho-l-ascorbic acid, phospho-d,l-serine, glycolic acid, lactic acid, d,l-malic acid, and d,l-mandelic acid was studied. Remarkably, this procedure led to an improvement of saturation magnetization in three cases rather than to an unfavorable decrease as usually observed...
November 29, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335215/rapamycin-loaded-solid-lipid-nanoparticles-as-a-new-tool-to-deliver-mtor-inhibitors-formulation-and-in-vitro-characterization
#2
Alice Polchi, Alessandro Magini, Jarosław Mazuryk, Brunella Tancini, Jacek Gapiński, Adam Patkowski, Stefano Giovagnoli, Carla Emiliani
Recently, the use of mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) inhibitors, in particular rapamycin (Rp), has been suggested to improve the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. However, as Rp is a strong immunosuppressant, specific delivery to the brain has been postulated to avoid systemic exposure. In this work, we fabricated new Rp loaded solid lipid nanoparticles (Rp-SLN) stabilized with polysorbate 80 (PS80), comparing two different methods and lipids. The formulations were characterized by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), wide angle X-ray scattering (WAXS), cryo-transmission electron microscopy (cryo-TEM), dynamic light scattering (DLS) and particle tracking...
May 9, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331977/role-of-plasma-membrane-associated-akaps-for-the-regulation-of-cardiac-ik1-current-by-protein-kinase-a
#3
Claudia Seyler, Daniel Scherer, Christoph Köpple, Martin Kulzer, Sevil Korkmaz, Panagiotis Xynogalos, Dierk Thomas, Ziya Kaya, Eberhard Scholz, Johannes Backs, Christoph Karle, Hugo A Katus, Edgar Zitron
The cardiac IK1 current stabilizes the resting membrane potential of cardiomyocytes. Protein kinase A (PKA) induces an inhibition of IK1 current which strongly promotes focal arrhythmogenesis. The molecular mechanisms underlying this regulation have only partially been elucidated yet. Furthermore, the role of A-kinase anchoring proteins (AKAPs) in this regulation has not been examined to date. The objective of this project was to elucidate the molecular mechanisms underlying the inhibition of IK1 by PKA and to identify novel molecular targets for antiarrhythmic therapy downstream β-adrenoreceptors...
March 22, 2017: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325685/a-positive-feedback-strategy-for-enhanced-chemotherapy-based-on-ros-triggered-self-accelerating-drug-release-nanosystem
#4
Jing-Jing Hu, Qi Lei, Meng-Yun Peng, Di-Wei Zheng, Yi-Xuan Chen, Xian-Zheng Zhang
Here, a positive feedback strategy was utilized to amplify the concentration of intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) and a ROS-triggered self-accelerating drug release nanosystem (defined as T/D@RSMSNs) was demonstrated for enhanced tumor chemotherapy. The mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs) based nanocarriers were gated by β-cyclodextrin (β-CD) through the ROS-cleavable thioketal (TK) linker to encapsulate the anticancer drug doxorubicin hydrochloride (DOX) and ROS producing agent α-tocopheryl succinate (α-TOS), whose surface was further anchored with adamantane conjugated poly(ethylene glycol) chain (AD-PEG) via host-guest interaction...
March 11, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325027/identifying-the-effects-of-visceral-interoception-on-human-brain-connectome-a-multivariate-analysis-of-covariance-of-fmri-data
#5
Behnaz Jarrahi, Dante Mantini
Sources of variations in the neural circuitry of the human brain and interrelationship between intrinsic connectivity networks (ICNs) are still a matter of debate and ongoing research. Here, we applied a multivariate analysis of covariance (MANCOVA) based on high-dimensional independent component analysis (ICA) to identify the effects of interoception and related variables on human brain connectome. Fifteen healthy right-handed subjects (all females, age range 21 - 48 years; mean age = 30.3, SD = 8.7 years) underwent a blood-oxygen-level-dependent (BOLD) functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) that included continuous intravesical saline infusion and drainage...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323870/contribution-of-sortase-srta2-to-lactobacillus-casei-bl23-inhibition-of-staphylococcus-aureus-internalization-into-bovine-mammary-epithelial-cells
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Renata F S Souza, Julien Jardin, Chantal Cauty, Lucie Rault, Damien S Bouchard, Luis G Bermúdez-Humarán, Philippe Langella, Vicente Monedero, Núbia Seyffert, Vasco Azevedo, Yves Le Loir, Sergine Even
Probiotics have been considered as a promising strategy to prevent various diseases in both humans and animals. This approach has gained interest in recent years as a potential means to control bovine mastitis. In a previous study, we found that several L. casei strains, including BL23, were able to inhibit the internalization of S. aureus, a major etiologic agent of mastitis, into bovine mammary epithelial cells (bMEC). This antagonism required a direct contact between L. casei and bMEC or S. aureus, suggesting the inhibition relied on interactions between L...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323513/transmembrane-tnf-dependent-uptake-of-anti-tnf-antibodies
#7
Arun Deora, Subramanya Hegde, Jacqueline Lee, Chee-Ho Choi, Qing Chang, Cheryl Lee, Lucia Eaton, Hua Tang, Dongdong Wang, David Lee, Mark Michalak, Medha Tomlinson, Qingfeng Tao, Nidhi Gaur, Bohdan Harvey, Shaun McLoughlin, Boris Labkovsky, Tariq Ghayur
TNF-alpha (TNF), a pro-inflammatory cytokine is synthesized as a 26 kDa protein, anchors in the plasma membrane as transmembrane TNF (TmTNF), and is subjected to proteolysis by the TNF-alpha converting enzyme (TACE) to release the 15 kDa form of soluble TNF (sTNF). TmTNF and sTNF interact with two distinct receptors, TNF-R1 (p55) and TNF-R2 (p75), to mediate the multiple biological effects of TNF described to date. Several anti-TNF biologics that bind to both forms of TNF and block their interactions with the TNF receptors are now approved for the treatment of a variety of immune-mediated diseases...
March 21, 2017: MAbs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323408/monodispersed-carbon-coated-cubic-nip2-nanoparticles-anchored-on-carbon-nanotubes-as-ultra-long-life-anodes-for-reversible-lithium-storage
#8
Peili Lou, Zhonghui Cui, Zhiqing Jia, Jiyang Sun, Yingbin Tan, Xiangxin Guo
In search of new electrode materials for lithium-ion batteries (LIB), metal phosphides that exhibit desirable properties such as high theoretical capacity, moderate discharge plateau and relative low polarization recently attract a great deal of attention as anode materials. However, the large volume changes and thus resulted collapse of electrode structure during long-term cycling are still the challenges for metal phosphide-based anodes. Here we report an electrode design strategy to solve these problems...
March 21, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321166/outcomes-of-gastrointestinal-defect-closure-with-an-over-the-scope-clip-system-in-a-multicenter-experience-an-analysis-of-a-successful-suction-method
#9
Hideki Kobara, Hirohito Mori, Shintaro Fujihara, Noriko Nishiyama, Taiga Chiyo, Takayoshi Yamada, Masao Fujiwara, Keiichi Okano, Yasuyuki Suzuki, Masayuki Murota, Yoshitaka Ikeda, Makoto Oryu, Mohamed AboEllail, Tsutomu Masaki
AIM: To demonstrate the clinical outcomes of a multicenter experience and to suggest guidelines for choosing a suction method. METHODS: This retrospective study at 5 medical centers involved 58 consecutive patients undergoing over-the-scope clips (OTSCs) placement. The overall rates of technical success (TSR), clinical success (CSR), complications, and procedure time were analyzed as major outcomes. Subsequently, 56 patients, excluding two cases that used the Anchor device, were divided into two groups: 14 cases of simple suction (SS-group) and 42 cases using the Twin Grasper (TG-group)...
March 7, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320655/a-study-on-the-effects-of-release-area-on-the-quality-factor-of-contour-mode-resonators-by-laser-doppler-vibrometry
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Brian Gibson, Kamala Qalandar, Cristian Cassella, Gianluca Piazza, Kimberly L Turner
Through the use of a laser Doppler vibrometer it is shown that a 31% variation in quality factor can occur due to the effect of undercutting of the device layers outside of the anchors of a 220MHz aluminum nitride contour mode resonator. This undercutting is a result of the isotropic etch process used to release the device from the substrate. This paper shows that the variation in Q is a function of the release distance, L, between the active region of the resonator and the edge of this released region. This study also determined a design modification that eliminated this issue and achieved a Q of 3048 that is independent of L...
March 15, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319214/fabrication-of-a-mandibular-implant-supported-overdenture-with-a-new-attachment-system-a-review-of-current-attachment-systems
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Karnik Shah, Burak Yilmaz, Edwin McGlumphy
Since their introduction, implant-retained overdentures have represented a feasible, economical, and highly successful treatment option for completely edentulous patients. Different attachment systems have been effectively used to retain these implant overdentures, and each system has advantages and disadvantages. Locator attachment (Zest Anchors) is one system that has been widely used by clinicians, particularly, for two-implant-supported situations. Recently, Zest Anchors developed a new locator-style abutment, Locator R-Tx...
March 20, 2017: International Journal of Prosthodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316987/selective-removal-of-hemoglobin-from-blood-using-hierarchical-copper-shells-anchored-to-magnetic-nanoparticles
#12
Youxun Liu, Yaokun Wang, Mingyang Yan, Juan Huang
Hierarchical copper shells anchored on magnetic nanoparticles were designed and fabricated to selectively deplete hemoglobin from human blood by immobilized metal affinity chromatography. Briefly, CoFe2O4 nanoparticles coated with polyacrylic acid were first synthesized by a one-pot solvothermal method. Hierarchical copper shells were then deposited by immobilizing Cu(2+) on nanoparticles and subsequently by reducing between the solid CoFe2O4@COOH and copper solution with NaBH4. The resulting nanoparticles were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectrometry, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and vibrating sample magnetometry...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316246/uranium-tetrakis-aryloxide-derivatives-supported-by-tetraazacyclododecane-synthesis-of-air-stable-coordinatively-unsaturated-u-iv-and-u-v-complexes
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Julian Hümmer, Frank W Heinemann, Karsten Meyer
We present the synthesis, characterization, and one-electron oxidation of two uranium(IV) complexes, coordinated to the cyclen-anchored tetrakis(aryloxide) ligands tetrakis-hydroxybenzyl-1,4,7,10 tetraazacyclododecane, ((R,R)ArOH)4cyclen; R = (t)Bu, Me. The new uranium(IV) and (V) complexes exhibit an eight-coordinate, tetragonal ligand environment, effecting exceptional stability of the coordinatively unsaturated uranium compounds. Cyclic voltammetry studies reveal redox events ranging from tri- to hexavalent species, covering an electrochemical window of ∼4 V...
March 20, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315703/molecular-endocrinology-of-vitamin-d-on-the-epigenome-level
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Carsten Carlberg
The molecular endocrinology of vitamin D is based on the facts that i) its metabolite 1α,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 (1,25(OH)2D3) is the high affinity ligand of the nuclear receptor vitamin D receptor (VDR) and ii) the transcription factor VDR is the unique target of 1,25(OH)2D3 in the nucleus. Short-term alterations of the epigenome are primarily changes in the post-translational modification status of nucleosome-forming histone proteins, the consequences of which are i) a local increase or decrease in chromatin accessibility and ii) the activation or repression of gene transcription...
March 16, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306222/functionalizing-nanoemulsions-with-carboxylates-impact-on-the-biodistribution-and-pharmacokinetics-in-mice
#15
Mohamed F Attia, Sidy M Dieng, Mayeul Collot, Andrey S Klymchenko, Caroline Bouillot, Christophe A Serra, Marc Schmutz, Meriem Er-Rafik, Thierry F Vandamme, Nicolas Anton
Efficiency of drug administration is related to the inhibition of adverse effects, and can be improved by drug targeting through lipid nanocarriers encapsulation. Targeting technology generally goes along with the nanocarrier functionalization that can be surface modification and/or ligand grafting. The great advantage of nanoemulsions is their loading capability and the possibilities to encapsulate several entities in a single droplet, however, the decoration of the lipid droplets with strongly anchored reactive functions is challenging...
March 17, 2017: Macromolecular Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304043/the-mechanism-of-aquaporin-inhibition-by-gold-compounds-elucidated-by-biophysical-and-computational-methods
#16
Andreia de Almeida, Andreia F Mósca, Darren Wragg, Margot Wenzel, Paul Kavanagh, Giampaolo Barone, Stefano Leoni, Graça Soveral, Angela Casini
The inhibition of water and glycerol permeation via human aquaglyceroporin-3 (AQP3) by gold(iii) complexes has been studied by stopped-flow spectroscopy and, for the first time, its mechanism has been described using molecular dynamics (MD), combined with density functional theory (DFT) and electrochemical studies. The obtained MD results showed that the most effective gold-based inhibitor, anchored to Cys40 in AQP3, is able to induce shrinkage of pores preventing glycerol and water permeation. Moreover, the good correlation between the affinity of the Au(iii) complex to Cys binding and AQP3 inhibition effects was highlighted, while no influence of the different oxidative character of the complexes could be observed...
March 17, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303418/action-of-fields-on-captive-disclination-loops
#17
Mallory Dazza, Rui Cabeça, Simon Čopar, Maria Helena Godinho, Pawel Pieranski
We report on two effects observed in experiments with captive disclination loops on polymeric fibers immersed in nematics and submitted to electric and/or magnetic fields. We show that the magnetic field oblique to a fiber with axial or helicoidal anchoring on its surface induces translation of disclination loops. Fields orthogonal to fibers with helicoidal anchoring make disclination loops rotate around the field direction. In the linear regime of this last chirogyral effect, the angle of rotation is proportional to the helix wave vector and its sense unveils the chirality of the helix...
March 2017: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302081/patient-reported-questionnaires-in-ms-rehabilitation-responsiveness-and-minimal-important-difference-of-the-multiple-sclerosis-questionnaire-for-physiotherapists-msqpt
#18
Nico Arie van der Maas
BACKGROUND: The Multiple Sclerosis Questionnaire for Physical Therapists (MSQPT) is a patient-rated outcome questionnaire for evaluating the rehabilitation of persons with multiple sclerosis (MS). Responsiveness was evaluated, and minimal important difference (MID) estimates were calculated to provide thresholds for clinical change for four items, three sections and the total score of the MSQPT. METHODS: This multicentre study used a combined distribution- and anchor-based approach with multiple anchors and multiple rating of change questions...
March 16, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301082/ch3nh3pbbr3-perovskite-nanocrystals-as-efficient-light-harvesting-antenna-for-fluorescence-resonance-energy-transfer
#19
Vijayakumar C Nair, Chinnadurai Muthu, Anuja Vijayan
Hybrid perovskites have created enormous research interest as a low-cost material for high-performance photovoltaic devices, light-emitting diodes, photodetectors, memories and sensors. Perovskite materials in nanocrystal form, show intense luminescence due to quantum confinement effect, were found to be particularly suitable for most of these applications. However, the potential use of perovskite nanocrystals as a light harvesting antenna for possible applications in artificial photosynthesis systems is not yet explored...
March 16, 2017: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300846/regulation-of-rhoa-activity-by-the-cellular-prion-protein
#20
Hee-Jun Kim, Hong-Seok Choi, Jeong-Ho Park, Mo-Jong Kim, Hyoung-Gon Lee, Robert Bob Petersen, Yong-Sun Kim, Jae-Bong Park, Eun-Kyoung Choi
The cellular prion protein (PrP(C)) is a highly conserved glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI)-anchored membrane protein that is involved in the signal transduction during the initial phase of neurite outgrowth. The Ras homolog gene family member A (RhoA) is a small GTPase that is known to have an essential role in regulating the development, differentiation, survival, and death of neurons in the central nervous system. Although recent studies have shown the dysregulation of RhoA in a variety of neurodegenerative diseases, the role of RhoA in prion pathogenesis remains unclear...
March 16, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
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