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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458206/mucoadhesive-self-emulsifying-delivery-systems-for-ocular-administration-of-econazole
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Ibrahim A Elbahwy, Noemi Lupo, Hany M Ibrahim, Hatem R Ismael, Alaa A Kasem, Cagri Caliskan, Barbara Matuszczak, Andreas Bernkop-Schnürch
AIM: Development of mucoadhesive self-emulsifying drug delivery systems (SEDDS) providing a prolonged ocular residence time for poorly soluble active pharmaceutical ingredient. METHODS: L-Cysteine was covalently linked to 6-mercaptonicotinamide. The obtained ligand, Cysteine-6- mercaptonicotinamide (Cys-6-MNA) was attached to Eudragit® L100-55 via a carbodiimide mediated amide bond formation. The resulting entirely S-protected thiolated Eudragit® L100-55 was characterized regarding the degree of modification as well as stability toward oxidation in the presence of strong oxidizing agent (H2 O2 )...
February 16, 2018: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457726/a-robust-oil-in-oil-emulsion-for-the-nonaqueous-encapsulation-of-hydrophilic-payloads
#2
Xiaocun Lu, Joshua S Katz, Adam Schmitt, Jeffrey S Moore
Compartmentalized structures widely exist in cellular systems (organelles) and perform essential functions in smart composite materials (microcapsules, vasculatures, and micelles) to provide localized functionality and enhance materials compatibility. An entirely water-free compartmentalization system is of significant value to the materials community as nonaqueous conditions are critical to packaging microcapsules with water-free hydrophilic payloads while avoiding energy-intensive drying steps. Few nonaqueous encapsulation techniques are known, especially when considering just the scalable processes that operate in batch mode...
February 19, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457597/injectable-collagen-rgd-systems-for-bone-tissue-engineering-applications
#3
Fu-Chen Kung
Imbalance crosslink density and polymer concentration gradient is formed within the traditional alginate hydrogel using calcium chloride as a crosslinking agent in external gelation for instantaneously process. In this studying, type I collagen (Col I) blended calcium salt form of poly(γ-glutamic acid) (γCaPGA) was mixing with RGD-modified alginate with convenient gelation process and suitable for practical use. The hydrophilicity of the resulting hydrogels was evaluated through swelling tests, water retention capacity tests, and water vapor permeation tests...
2018: Bio-medical Materials and Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455998/cationic-xylan-2-methacryloyloxyethyl-trimethyl-ammonium-chloride-polymer-as-a-flocculant-for-pulping-wastewater
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Xiaoqian Chen, Chuanling Si, Pedram Fatehi
In this work, pulp mill wastewater was treated with a novel polymer flocculant, which was synthesized through polymerizing (2-methacryloyloxyethyl) trimethyl ammonium chloride (DMC) and xylan. Xylan-DMC polymer removed 94.5% of turbidity, 61.7% of chemical oxygen demand (COD), 45.0% of lignin, 65.7% of sugar and 73.5% of biological oxygen demand (BOD) from the wastewater at the polymer concentration of 500 mg/L. The flocculation mechanism was fundamentally assessed with determining hydrodynamic size and chord length of flocs in the wastewater at different dosages of xylan-DMC polymer in the system...
April 15, 2018: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455968/nanostructured-electrospun-nonwovens-of-poly-%C3%AE%C2%B5-caprolactone-quaternized-chitosan-for-potential-biomedical-applications
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Danilo Martins Dos Santos, Ilaiáli Souza Leite, Andrea de Lacerda Bukzem, Rachel Passos de Oliveira Santos, Elisabete Frollini, Natalia Mayumi Inada, Sérgio Paulo Campana-Filho
Blend solutions of poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) and N-(2-hydroxy)-propyl-3-trimethylammonium chitosan chloride (QCh) were successfully electrospun. The weight ratio PCL/QCh ranged in the interval 95/5-70/30 while two QCh samples were used, namely QCh1 (DQ¯ = 47.3%; DPv¯ = 2218) and QCh2 (DQ¯ = 71.1%; DPv¯ = 1427). According to the characteristics of QCh derivative and to the QCh content on the resulting PCL/QCh nonwoven, the nanofibers displayed different average diameter (175 nm-415 nm), and the nonwovens exhibited variable porosity (57...
April 15, 2018: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455528/uranyl-to-uranium-iv-conversion-through-manipulation-of-axial-and-equatorial-ligands
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Nicola L Bell, Brian Shaw, Polly L Arnold, Jason B Love
The controlled manipulation of the axial oxo and equatorial halide ligands in the uranyl dipyrrin complex, UO2Cl(L) allows the uranyl reduction potential to be shifted by 1.53 V into the range accessible to naturally occurring reductants that are present during uranium remediation and storage processes. Abstraction of the equatorial halide ligand to form the uranyl cation causes a 780 mV positive shift in the UV/UIV reduction potential. Borane-functionalization of the axial oxo groups causes the spontaneous homolysis of the equatorial U-Cl bond and a further 750 mV shift of this potential...
February 18, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455227/the-clinical-features-of-patients-concurrent-with-guillain-barre-syndrome-and-myasthenia-gravis
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Junliang Yuan, Juan Zhang, Bingwei Zhang, Wenli Hu
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate all the coincidence cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS) and myasthenia gravis (MG). METHODS: We performed web-based research of the overlapping incidence of GBS and MG in studies occurring from 1982 to 2016 and restricted to the English language. RESULTS: Among 15 cases, an elevated CSF protein level without pleocytosis was found in 10 cases (66.7%); reduced nerve conduction was found in 13 cases (86.6%); a positive repetitive nerve stimulation test occurred in 11 cases (73...
January 2018: Neurosciences: the Official Journal of the Pan Arab Union of Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454827/development-of-thermostable-amylase-enzyme-from-bacillus-cereus-for-potential-antibiofilm-activity
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Ramalingam Vaikundamoorthy, Rajaram Rajendran, Ananth Selvaraju, Kaviyarasan Moorthy, Santhanam Perumal
The marine bacterial strain Bacillus cereus was used to produce amylase enzyme and has excellent alkali-stable and thermostable enzymatic activity. The combined effects of pH, temperature and incubation time on amylase activity were studied using response surface methodology. The amylase enzyme activity was also determined in the presence of various metal ions, chelating agents, detergents and the results showed that the maximum enzyme activity was observed in the presence of calcium chloride (96.1%), EDTA (63...
February 12, 2018: Bioorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454246/screening-of-physicochemical-treatment-processes-for-reducing-toxicity-of-hair-care-products-wastewaters
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Elisa Dias de Melo, Ann Mounteer, Eduarda Reis, Ellen Costa, Alana Vilete
Toxicity reduction in wastewaters from small hair care products manufacturing companies using coagulation/flocculation/sedimentation or flotation, membrane separation and powdered activated charcoal adsorption was evaluated. Raw wastewater composition varied widely within and especially between companies, but all exhibited high acute toxicity to Daphnia similis (EC(I)50; 48 h < 0.02-0.33%). Coagulation with aluminum sulfate and polyaluminum chloride aided by cationic or anionic polymers, as well as filtration on ultra (UF) and nanofiltration (NF) membranes efficiently removed turbidity (>99%) and oil and grease (>99%) and all treated samples exhibited similar dissolved organic matter contents...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453758/theoretical-study-on-the-optical-response-behavior-to-hydrogen-chloride-gas-of-a-series-of-schiff-base-based-star-shaped-structures
#10
Fei Wang, Tianhong Qi, Zhongmin Su, Yuzhong Xie
Schiff-base compounds have many applications in the field of optoelectronic materials and chemical sensing because of their appealing coordination ability, and simple and easily accessible use in structural modification. Herein, five kinds of star-shaped Schiff-base compounds were designed and their optical response behavior to hydrogen chloride (HCl) gas was studied using dependent/time-dependent density functional theory (DFT/TDDFT). Moreover, the relationship between structures and properties was investigated upon changing the benzene group into N atom or triazine group at the core-position and introducing a methoxyl (-OCH 3 ) or nitro (-NO 2 ) group into the star-shaped Schiff-bases at the tail of the branches...
February 17, 2018: Journal of Molecular Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453693/exploiting-the-unique-phenotypes-of-the-earthworm-eudrilus-eugeniae-to-evaluate-the-toxicity-of-chemical-substances
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Beryl Vedha Yesudhason, Paulkumar Kanniah, Elaiya Raja Subramanian, Vasanthakumar Ponesakki, Veeraragavan Rajendiran, Sudhakar Sivasubramaniam
Both the evaluation and the determination of toxicity of chemical substances present in the environment have implications in human health. In this present study, the natural phenomenon named autotomy, a self-defense mechanism employed by several animals against the toxic chemical contaminants, was considered to assess the toxicity of different chemical substances. We investigated the effects of glucose, sodium chloride, kanamycin, mercuric chloride, arsenic trioxide, and lead oxide on the phenotypes of earthworm Eudrilus eugeniae...
February 16, 2018: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453576/monitoring-the-integrity-of-the-blood-testis-barrier-btb-an-in-vivo-assay
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Haiqi Chen, Wing-Yee Lui, Dolores D Mruk, Xiang Xiao, Renshan Ge, Qingquan Lian, Will M Lee, Bruno Silvestrini, C Yan Cheng
The blood-testis barrier is a unique ultrastructure in the mammalian testis, located near the basement membrane of the seminiferous tubule that segregates the seminiferous epithelium into the basal and the adluminal (apical) compartment. Besides restricting paracellular and transcellular passage of biomolecules (e.g., paracrine factors, hormones), water, electrolytes, and other substances including toxicants and/or drugs to enter the adluminal compartment of the epithelium, the BTB is an important ultrastructure that supports spermatogenesis...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453178/seasonal-dynamics-of-tetracycline-resistance-gene-transport-in-the-sumas-river-agricultural-watershed-of-british-columbia-canada
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Patricia L Keen, Charles W Knapp, Kenneth J Hall, David W Graham
Environmental transport of contaminants that can influence the development of antibiotic resistance in bacteria is an important concern in the management of ecological and human health risks. Agricultural regions are locales where practices linked to food crop and livestock production can introduce contaminants that could alter the selective pressures for the development of antibiotic resistance in microbiota. This is important in regions where the use of animal manure or municipal biosolids as waste and/or fertilizer could influence selection for antibiotic resistance in pathogenic bacterial species...
February 13, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453173/land-use-change-impacts-on-the-amount-and-quality-of-recharge-water-in-the-loess-tablelands-of-china
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Yanan Huang, Qingrui Chang, Zhi Li
Exploring how land use change (LUC) influences the amount and quality of recharge water is important for groundwater sustainability and land use planning. With loess of up to 200m in thickness and unsaturated zones up to 100m below the surface, the loess tablelands in China can store abundant groundwater resources. However, groundwater depletion and substantial LUC have been simultaneously observed. It is thus necessary to investigate the relationship between LUC and groundwater. We sampled 10-m soil profiles for three land use types (farmlands, apple orchards of 10 and 20years old)...
February 13, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453117/performance-of-integrated-ferrate-polyaluminum-chloride-coagulation-as-a-treatment-technology-for-removing-freshwater-humic-substances
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Mitsuru Amano, Jenyuk Lohwacharin, Alice Dubechot, Satoshi Takizawa
Ferrate-based technologies can play versatile roles in water treatment because of their potential for in situ production and because they do not form any harmful by-products. We compared the oxidative performance of Fe(VI) generated by an electrochemical process, with H 2 O 2 -UV irradiation (a standard oxidation process) for removing Suwannee River natural organic matter. It took only 5 min for Fe(VI) (Fe: 1.67 × 10 -4 M) to reduce the fluorescence intensity of a humic-like fluorophore by 36% of the original value; in contrast, it took 120 min of irradiation using H 2 O 2 -UV ([OH] ∼ 1...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453094/a-multidisciplinary-study-of-3-%C3%AE-d-glucopyranosyl-5-substituted-1-2-4-triazole-derivatives-as-glycogen-phosphorylase-inhibitors-computation-synthesis-crystallography-and-kinetics-reveal-new-potent-inhibitors
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Sándor Kun, Jaida Begum, Efthimios Kyriakis, Evgenia C V Stamati, Thomas A Barkas, Eszter Szennyes, Éva Bokor, Katalin E Szabó, George A Stravodimos, Ádám Sipos, Tibor Docsa, Pál Gergely, Colin Moffatt, Myrto S Patraskaki, Maria C Kokolaki, Alkistis Gkerdi, Vassiliki T Skamnaki, Demetres D Leonidas, László Somsák, Joseph M Hayes
3-(β-d-Glucopyranosyl)-5-substituted-1,2,4-triazoles have been revealed as an effective scaffold for the development of potent glycogen phosphorylase (GP) inhibitors but with the potency very sensitive to the nature of the alkyl/aryl 5-substituent (Kun et al., Eur. J. Med. Chem. 2014, 76, 567). For a training set of these ligands, quantum mechanics-polarized ligand docking (QM-PLD) demonstrated good potential to identify larger differences in potencies (predictive index PI = 0.82) and potent inhibitors with K i 's < 10 μM (AU-ROC = 0...
February 2, 2018: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453071/degradation-of-dye-procion-red-mx-5b-by-electrolytic-and-electro-irradiated-technologies-using-diamond-electrodes
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Salvador Cotillas, Davide Clematis, Pablo Cañizares, Maria Paola Carpanese, Manuel A Rodrigo, Marco Panizza
This work focuses on the treatment of synthetic wastewater polluted with dye Procion Red MX-5B by different Electrochemical Advanced Oxidation Processes (EAOP) based on diamond anodes. The influence of the current density and the supporting electrolyte has been studied on dye removal and total mineralization of the organic matter. Results show that electrolysis with diamond electrodes is a suitable technology for an efficient degradation of dye. Nonetheless, the process efficiency increases when using chloride as supporting electrolyte because of the electrochemical generation of hypochlorite in wastewater which significantly contribute to dye removal...
February 3, 2018: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452577/polymerase-delta-interacting-protein-2-deficiency-protects-against-blood-brain-barrier-permeability-in-the-ischemic-brain
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Marina S Hernandes, Bernard Lassègue, Lula L Hilenski, Jonathan Adams, Ning Gao, Chia-Yi Kuan, Yu-Yo Sun, Lihong Cheng, Daniel S Kikuchi, Manuel Yepes, Kathy K Griendling
BACKGROUND: Polymerase δ-interacting protein 2 (Poldip2) is a multifunctional protein that regulates vascular extracellular matrix composition and matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) activity. The blood-brain barrier (BBB) is a dynamic system assembled by endothelial cells, basal lamina, and perivascular astrocytes, raising the possibility that Poldip2 may be involved in maintaining its structure. We investigated the role of Poldip2 in the late BBB permeability induced by cerebral ischemia...
February 17, 2018: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452370/blood-cardioplegia-for-cardiac-surgery-in-acute-myocardial-infarction-rat-experiments-with-two-widely-used-solutions
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Andreas Boening, Lena Assling-Simon, Martina Heep, Kerstin Boengler, Bernd Niemann, Julia Schipke, Christian Mühlfeld, Philippe Grieshaber
OBJECTIVES: Blood cardioplegia (BCP) can be used in different ways to protect the heart from ischaemia-reperfusion injury during cardiac surgery. Because there could be differences between warm and cold intermittent cardioplegia with or without warm reperfusion, we investigated the influence of 2 blood cardioplegia solutions on cardiac function, metabolism and infarct size in stable and infarcted rat hearts. METHODS: The hearts of 32 male Wistar rats were excised and inserted into a blood-perfused isolated heart apparatus...
February 14, 2018: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452205/impaired-cerebral-microcirculation-induced-by-ammonium-chloride-in-rats-is-due-to-cortical-adenosine-release
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Peter Nissen Bjerring, Esben Jannik Bjerrum, Fin Stolze Larsen
BACKGROUND: Liver failure results in hyperammonaemia, impaired regulation of cerebral microcirculation, encephalopathy and death. However, the key mediator that alters cerebral microcirculation remains unidentified. In this study we show that topical ammonium significantly increases periarteriolar adenosine tone on the brain surface of healthy rats and is associated with a disturbed microcirculation. METHODS: Cranial windows were prepared in anaesthetized Wistar rats...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Hepatology
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