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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431321/atherogenicity-of-amino-acids-in-the-lipid-laden-macrophage-model-system-in-vitro-and-in-atherosclerotic-mice-a-key-role-for-triglyceride-metabolism
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Oren Rom, Claudia Grajeda-Iglesias, Mahmoud Najjar, Niroz Abu-Saleh, Nina Volkova, Dalit Esther Dar, Tony Hayek, Michael Aviram
Atherosclerosis-related research has focused mainly on the effects of lipids on macrophage foam cell formation and atherogenesis, whereas the role of amino acids (AAs) was understudied. The current study aimed to identify anti- or pro-atherogenic AA in the macrophage model system and to elucidate the underlying metabolic and molecular mechanisms. J774A.1 cultured macrophages were treated with increasing concentrations of each 1 of the 20 AAs. Macrophage atherogenicity was assessed in terms of cellular toxicity, generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and cellular cholesterol or triglyceride content...
April 6, 2017: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431216/synthesis-and-loading-dependent-characteristics-of-nitrogen-doped-graphene-foam-carbon-nanotube-manganese-oxide-ternary-composite-electrodes-for-high-performance-supercapacitors
#2
Tao Cheng, Baozhi Yu, Linli Cao, Huiyun Tan, Xinghua Li, Xinliang Zheng, Weilong Li, Zhaoyu Ren, Jinbo Bai
The ternary composite electrodes, nitrogen-doped graphene foam/carbon nanotube/manganese dioxide (NGF/CNT/MnO2), have been successfully fabricated via chemical vapor deposition (CVD) and facile hydrothermal method. The morphologies of the MnO2 nanoflakes presented the loading-dependent characteristics and the nanoflake thickness could also be tuned by MnO2 mass loading in the fabrication process. The correlation between their morphology and electrochemical performance was systematically investigated by controlling MnO2 mass loading in the ternary composite electrodes...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429831/one-step-fabrication-of-monolithic-electrodes-comprising-co9s8-particles-supported-on-cobalt-foam-for-efficient-and-durable-oxygen-evolution-reaction
#3
Dehua Xiong, Qingqing Zhang, Sitaramanjaneya Mouli Thalluri, Junyuan Xu, Wei Li, Xiuli Fu, Lifeng Liu
We report a very easy and cost-effective approach to the fabrication of monolithic Co9S8 water oxidation electrodes (Co@Co9S8), which is fabricated by one-step hydrothermal treatment of commercially available cobalt foam in the presence of thiourea. The morphology, crystal structure, microstructure, and composition of as-fabricated Co@Co9S8 electrodes are examined using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscope (TEM), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and their electrochemical properties are investigated by cyclic voltammetry (CV), chronopotentiometry (CP), chronoamperometry (CA), and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS)...
April 21, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429805/bio-inspired-large-scale-highly-scattering-films-for-nanoparticle-alternative-white-surfaces
#4
Julia Syurik, Radwanul Hasan Siddique, Antje Dollmann, Guillaume Gomard, Marc Schneider, Matthias Worgull, Gabriele Wiegand, Hendrik Hölscher
Inspired by the white beetle of the genus Cyphochilus, we fabricate ultra-thin, porous PMMA films by foaming with CO2 saturation. Optimising pore diameter and fraction in terms of broad-band reflectance results in very thin films with exceptional whiteness. Already films with 60 µm-thick scattering layer feature a whiteness with a reflectance of 90%. Even 9 µm thin scattering layers appear white with a reflectance above 57%. The transport mean free path in the artificial films is between 3.5 µm and 4 µm being close to the evolutionary optimised natural prototype...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429001/structure-property-relationships-of-cell-clusters-in-biotissues-2d-analysis
#5
Xiaohua Zhou, Erhu Zhang, Minggang Xia, Lei Zhang, Zhiqi Tian, Jianlin Liu, Shengli Zhang
Gaining insight into the relationships between the self-organized cell structures and the properties of biotissues is helpful for revealing the function of biomaterials and its designing principle. However, the traditionally used random foam model neglects several important details of the frameworks of cell clusters resulting in incomplete conclusions. Herein, we use a more complete model, the cell adhesion model, to investigate the mechanical and morphological properties of the two-dimensional (2D) dry cell foams...
April 21, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428482/triglyceride-rich-lipoprotein-lpl-vldl-receptor-and-lp-a-vldl-receptor-pathways-for-macrophage-foam-cell-formation
#6
Sadao Takahashi
Very low-density lipoprotein (VLDL) receptor is a member of the low-density lipoprotein (LDL) receptor family. It binds triglyceride rich lipoprotein (TGRL) but not LDL, because it recognizes apolipoprotein (apo)E only but not apoB. The VLDL receptor functions as a peripheral lipoprotein receptor in concert with lipoprotein lipase (LPL) in heart, muscle, adipose tissue and macrophages. In contrast to the LDL receptor, VLDL receptor binds apo E2/2 VLDL and apoE3/3 VLDL particles, and its expression is not down-regulated by intracellular lipoproteins...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428217/microrna-33-regulates-macrophage-autophagy-in-atherosclerosis
#7
Mireille Ouimet, Hasini Ediriweera, Milessa Silva Afonso, Bhama Ramkhelawon, Ragunath Singaravelu, Xianghai Liao, Rachel C Bandler, Karishma Rahman, Edward A Fisher, Katey J Rayner, John P Pezacki, Ira Tabas, Kathryn J Moore
OBJECTIVE: Defective autophagy in macrophages leads to pathological processes that contribute to atherosclerosis, including impaired cholesterol metabolism and defective efferocytosis. Autophagy promotes the degradation of cytoplasmic components in lysosomes and plays a key role in the catabolism of stored lipids to maintain cellular homeostasis. microRNA-33 (miR-33) is a post-transcriptional regulator of genes involved in cholesterol homeostasis, yet the complete mechanisms by which miR-33 controls lipid metabolism are unknown...
April 20, 2017: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427654/effect-of-high-intensity-ultrasound-on-the-technofunctional-properties-and-structure-of-jackfruit-artocarpus-heterophyllus-seed-protein-isolate
#8
J A Resendiz-Vazquez, J A Ulloa, J E Urías-Silvas, P U Bautista-Rosales, J C Ramírez-Ramírez, P Rosas-Ulloa, L González-Torres
The influence of high-intensity ultrasound (HIU) on the technofunctional properties and structure of jackfruit seed protein isolate (JSPI) was investigated. Protein solutions (10%, w/v) were sonicated for 15min at 20kHz to the following levels of power output: 200, 400, and 600W (pulse duration: on-time, 5s; off-time 1s). Compared with untreated JSPI, HIU at 200W and 400W improved the oil holding capacity (OHC) and emulsifying capacity (EC), but the emulsifying activity (EA) and emulsion stability (ES) increased at 400W and 600W...
July 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426294/the-interface-among-poverty-air-mattress-industry-trends-policy-and-infant-safety
#9
Jennifer J Doering, Trina C Salm Ward
Infants can suffocate on air mattresses, even when the mattress is fully inflated. The interfacing issues of poverty, the bedbug epidemic, and changes in the design and marketing of air mattresses may be increasing consumer use of air mattresses as primary sleep environments and thus increasing the potential for infant death. Despite recent changes to improve air mattress safety labeling, the National Child Death Review Case Reporting System found that between 2004 and 2015 across 24 states, an air mattress was the incident sleep place for 108 infants whose deaths were either during sleep or in a sleep environment...
April 20, 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424539/%C3%AE-3-adrenoceptor-activation-upregulates-apolipoprotein-a-i-expression-in-hepg2-cells-which-might-further-promote-cholesterol-efflux-from-macrophage-foam-cells
#10
Xia-Qing Gao, Yan-Fang Li, Zhi-Li Jiang
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to explore the effects of β3-adrenoceptor (β3-AR) activation on HepG2 cells and its influence on cholesterol efflux from macrophage foam cells. MATERIALS AND METHODS: HepG2 cells were cultured and treated with the β3-AR agonist, BRL37344, and antagonist, SR52390A, and the expression of apolipoprotein (Apo) A-I, ApoA-II, ApoB, and β3-AR in the supernatants and cells was determined. The expression of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR) γ and PPARα in the HepG2 cells was also assessed...
2017: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423914/current-views-on-neuropeptide-y-and-diabetes-related-atherosclerosis
#11
Wei-Wei Sun, Ping Zhu, Yan-Chuan Shi, Chen-Liang Zhang, Xu-Feng Huang, Shi-Yu Liang, Zhi-Yuan Song, Shu Lin
Diabetes-induced atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death of diabetic patients. Neuronal regulation plays a critical role in glucose metabolism and cardiovascular function under physiological and pathological conditions, among which, neurotransmitter neuropeptide Y has been shown to be closely involved in these two processes. Elevated central neuropeptide Y level promotes food intake and reduces energy expenditure, thereby increasing adiposity. Neuropeptide Y is co-localized with noradrenaline in central and sympathetic nervous systems...
April 1, 2017: Diabetes & Vascular Disease Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422239/electro-osmosis-at-surfactant-laden-liquid-gas-interfaces-beyond-standard-models
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Alexia Barbosa De Lima, Laurent Joly
Electro-osmosis (EO) is a powerful tool to manipulate liquids in micro and nanofluidic systems. While EO has been studied extensively at liquid-solid interfaces, the case of liquid-vapor interfaces, found e.g. in foam films and bubbles, remains to be explored. Here we perform molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of EO in a film of aqueous electrolyte covered with fluid layers of ionic surfactants and surrounded by gas. Following the experimental procedure, we compute the zeta potential from the EO velocity, defined as the velocity difference between the middle of the liquid film and the surrounding gas...
April 19, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422205/a-general-strategy-for-the-in-situ-decoration-of-porous-mn-co-bi-metal-oxides-on-metal-mesh-foam-for-high-performance-de-nox-monolith-catalysts
#13
Sixiang Cai, Jie Liu, Kaiwen Zha, Hongrui Li, Liyi Shi, Dengsong Zhang
Owing to their advantages of strong mechanical stability, plasticity, thermal conductivity and mass transfer ability, metal foam or meshes are considered promising monolith supports for de-NOx application. In this work, we developed a facile method for the decoration of porous Mn-Co bi-metal oxides on Fe meshes. The block-like structure was derived from in situ coating, and simultaneous nucleation and growth of the Mn-Co hydroxide precursor, while the porous Mn-Co oxides were formed via the calcination process...
April 19, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421988/composite-magnetic-nanoparticles-cufe2o4-as-a-new-microsorbent-for-extraction-of-rhodamine-b-from-water-samples
#14
Ali Roostaie, Farzad Allahnoori, Shokooh Ehteshami
In this work, novel composite magnetic nanoparticles (CuFe2O4) were synthesized based on sol-gel combustion in the laboratory. Next, a simple production method was optimized for the preparation of the copper nanoferrites (CuFe2O4), which are stable in water, magnetically active, and have a high specific area used as sorbent material for organic dye extraction in water solution. CuFe2O4 nanopowders were characterized by field-emission scanning electron microscopy (SEM), FTIR spectroscopy, and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy...
April 18, 2017: Journal of AOAC International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419883/feasibility-and-safety-of-foam-sclerotherapy-followed-by-a-multiple-subcutaneously-interrupt-ligation-under-local-anaesthesia-for-outpatients-with-varicose-veins
#15
Yan Sun, Xin Li, Zhong Chen, Xianlun Li, Shiyan Ren
PURPOSE: To prospectively evaluate the feasibility and safety of foam sclerotherapy and ligation (FSL) for outpatients with varicose veins under local anaesthesia. METHODS: 136 outpatients with varicose veins who were unwilling to be hospitalized underwent FSL. FSL is a technique in which the dilated varicose veins were ligated subcutaneously after foam sclerotherapy with an absorbable suture. Patients were reviewed at 1, 3, 6 and 12 months after FSL. Pain scores were recorded after FSL...
April 15, 2017: International Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416855/production-and-characterization-of-functional-properties-of-protein-hydrolysates-from-egg-shell-membranes-by-lactic-acid-bacteria-fermentation
#16
Surangna Jain, Anil Kumar Anal
This study aimed to ferment the chicken eggshell membrane (ESM) using the lactic acid bacteria, Lactobacillus plantarum for preparation of functional and bioactive protein hydrolysates. Cultivation at an initial pH of 8.0 for 36 h resulted in maximum protein concentration (177.3 mg/g) and degree of hydrolysis (25.1%) of the hydrolysates. Fermentation resulted in the production of hydrolysates that demonstrated excellent solubility (90.7%), good foaming capacity (36.7%) and emulsification activity (94.6 m(2)/g)...
April 2017: Journal of Food Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415406/pcl-foamed-scaffolds-loaded-with-5-fluorouracil-anti-cancer-drug-prepared-by-an-eco-friendly-route
#17
Aurelio Salerno, Concepción Domingo, Javier Saurina
This study describes a new preparation method, which combines freeze drying and supercritical CO2 foaming approaches, for the preparation of drug delivery scaffolds of polycaprolactone loaded with 5-fluorouracil, an anti-cancer drug, with low solubility in scCO2. It is a principal objective of this work to design a scCO2 strategy to reduce 5-Fu solubility limitations in its homogeneous distribution into a PCL scaffold through the design of an innovative processing method. The design of this process is considered valuable for the development of clean technology in pharmacy and medicine, since most of the active agents have a null solubility in scCO2·Supercritical CO2 is used as a blowing agent to induce polymer foaming by means of the low temperature pressure quench process...
June 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414984/a-fully-synthetic-lung-model-for-wound-ballistic-experiments-first-results
#18
S A Bolliger, S A Poschmann, M J Thali, S Eggert
PURPOSE: Today, synthetic models have all but replaced animal and corpse models in examining damage to soft-tissues and skeletal structures by ballistic trauma. As, however, non-solid organs such as the lungs, have not been able to be replaced by a fully synthetic model we attempted to create such a model. MATERIAL AND METHODS: 20% ordnance gelatine was frothed with a household mixer and cooled to stable foam. Several of these foam blocks were then stuck together with liquid gelatine and placed between 10% gelatine blocks...
April 4, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414514/pickering-emulsions-in-foods-opportunities-and-limitations
#19
Christina Linke, Stephan Drusch
In order to critically discuss the potential of Pickering-type emulsions in food applications this review provides the theoretical background of the stabilizing mechanisms, the resulting requirements for particles to stabilize these systems and the limitations resulting from these fundamental considerations. Food grade particle systems investigated in the past are presented. It becomes obvious that with a proper choice of a particle, oil-in-water as well as water-in-oil emulsions can be achieved. For highly viscous products, products with a high internal phase volume and foams Pickering particles offer alternatives to commonly used surfactants...
April 17, 2017: Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414456/interfacial-rheology-of-sterically-stabilized-colloids-at-liquid-interfaces-and-its-effect-on-the-stability-of-pickering-emulsions
#20
Rob Van Hooghten, Victoria E Blair, Anja Vananroye, Andrew B Schofield, Jan Vermant, Job H J Thijssen
Particle-laden interfaces can be used to stabilize a variety of high-interface systems, from foams over emulsions to polymer blends. The relation between the particle interactions, the structure and rheology of the interface, and the stability of the system remains unclear. In the present work, we experimentally investigate how micron-sized, near-hard-sphere-like particles affect the mechanical properties of liquid interfaces. In particular, by comparing dried and undried samples, we investigate the effect of aggregation state on the properties of the particle-laden liquid interface and its relation to the stability of the corresponding Pickering emulsions...
April 17, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
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