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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335554/complete-and-incomplete-hepatitis-b-virus-particles-formation-function-and-application
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REVIEW
Jianming Hu, Kuancheng Liu
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) is a para-retrovirus or retroid virus that contains a double-stranded DNA genome and replicates this DNA via reverse transcription of a RNA pregenome. Viral reverse transcription takes place within a capsid upon packaging of the RNA and the viral reverse transcriptase. A major characteristic of HBV replication is the selection of capsids containing the double-stranded DNA, but not those containing the RNA or the single-stranded DNA replication intermediate, for envelopment during virion secretion...
March 21, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335544/combination-effect-of-antituberculosis-drugs-and-ethanolic-extract-of-selected-medicinal-plants-against-multi-drug-resistant-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-isolates
#2
Prabasiwi Nur Fauziyah, Elin Yulinah Sukandar, Dhyan Kusuma Ayuningtyas
Adverse drug reaction and resistance to antituberculosis drugs remain the causes of tuberculosis therapeutic failure. This research aimed to find the combination effect of standard antituberculosis drugs with Hibiscus sabdariffa L., Kaempferia galanga L., and Piper crocatum N.E. Br against multi-drug resistant (MDR) Mycobacterium tuberculosis isolates. Two MDR strains (i.e., isoniazid/ethambutol resistant and rifampicin/streptomycin resistant) of M. tuberculosis were inoculated in Löwenstein-Jensen medium containing a combination of standard antituberculosis drugs and ethanolic extracts of H...
March 20, 2017: Scientia Pharmaceutica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335506/a-colorimetric-sensor-for-the-highly-selective-detection-of-sulfide-and-1-4-dithiothreitol-based-on-the-in-situ-formation-of-silver-nanoparticles-using-dopamine
#3
Lingzhi Zhao, Liu Zhao, Yanqing Miao, Chunye Liu, Chenxiao Zhang
Hydrogen sulfide (H₂S) has attracted attention in biochemical research because it plays an important role in biosystems and has emerged as the third endogenous gaseous signaling compound along with nitric oxide (NO) and carbon monoxide (CO). Since H₂S is a kind of gaseous molecule, conventional approaches for H₂S detection are mostly based on the detection of sulfide (S(2-)) for indirectly reflecting H₂S levels. Hence, there is a need for an accurate and reliable assay capable of determining sulfide in physiological systems...
March 20, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335503/synthesis-of-randomly-substituted-anionic-cyclodextrins-in-ball-milling
#4
László Jicsinszky, Marina Caporaso, Emanuela Calcio Gaudino, Cristina Giovannoli, Giancarlo Cravotto
A number of influencing factors mean that the random substitution of cyclodextrins (CD) in solution is difficult to reproduce. Reaction assembly in mechanochemistry reduces the number of these factors. However, lack of water can improve the reaction outcomes by minimizing the reagent's hydrolysis. High-energy ball milling is an efficient, green and simple method for one-step reactions and usually reduces degradation and byproduct formation. Anionic CD derivatives have successfully been synthesized in the solid state, using a planetary ball mill...
March 19, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335489/effects-of-the-mediterranean-diet-before-and-after-weight-loss-on-eating-behavioral-traits-in-men-with-metabolic-syndrome
#5
Élise Carbonneau, Marie-Michelle Royer, Caroline Richard, Patrick Couture, Sophie Desroches, Simone Lemieux, Benoît Lamarche
The objective of this study was to investigate the impact of the Mediterranean diet (MedDiet) consumed before and after weight loss on eating behavioral traits as measured by the Three-Factor Eating Questionnaire (TFEQ) in men with metabolic syndrome (MetS). In this fixed sequence study, 19 men with MetS (National Cholesterol Education Program-Adult Treatment Panel III (NCEP-ATPIII) criteria), aged between 24 and 62 years, first consumed a five-week standardized North American control diet followed by a five-week MedDiet, both under weight-maintaining controlled-feeding conditions...
March 19, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335469/comparison-of-the-pharmacokinetic-properties-of-hemoglobin-based-oxygen-carriers
#6
REVIEW
Kazuaki Taguchi, Keishi Yamasaki, Toru Maruyama, Masaki Otagiri
Hemoglobin (Hb) is an ideal material for use in the development of an oxygen carrier in view of its innate biological properties. However, the vascular retention of free Hb is too short to permit a full therapeutic effect because Hb is rapidly cleared from the kidney via glomerular filtration or from the liver via the haptogloblin-CD 163 pathway when free Hb is administered in the blood circulation. Attempts have been made to develop alternate acellular and cellular types of Hb based oxygen carriers (HBOCs), in which Hb is processed via various routes in order to regulate its pharmacokinetic properties...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Functional Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335458/in-vitro-antioxidant-activity-and-in-vivo-anti-fatigue-effect-of-sea-horse-hippocampus-peptides
#7
Zebin Guo, Duanquan Lin, Juanjuan Guo, Yi Zhang, Baodong Zheng
This study investigated changes the in vitro antioxidant activity of Hippocampus polypeptides during enzymatic hydrolysis, including the effects of enzyme species, enzyme concentration, material-liquid ratio, hydrolysis time, pH, and temperature of the reaction system. Its in vivo anti-fatigue activity was also studied. Hippocampus peptide prepared by papain digestion exhibited the highest 1,1-diphenyl-2-picryl-hydrazyl free radical scavenging rate (71.89% ± 1.50%) and strong hydroxyl radical scavenging rate (75...
March 18, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335441/dietary-intake-of-individual-free-and-intrinsic-sugars-and-food-sources-in-the-spanish-population-findings-from-the-anibes-study
#8
Emma Ruiz, Paula Rodriguez, Teresa Valero, José M Ávila, Javier Aranceta-Bartrina, Ángel Gil, Marcela González-Gross, Rosa M Ortega, Lluis Serra-Majem, Gregorio Varela-Moreiras
The consumption of total and individual sugars is controversial and little is known about consumption and dietary sources in Spain. The purpose was to examine free and intrinsic sugar intake and food and beverage sources. The ANIBES Study (Anthropometry, Intake and Energy Balance in Spain), a cross-sectional study of a representative sample of the Spanish population (9-75 years old; n = 2009) carried out in 2013, was used. Food and beverage records were obtained by a three-day dietary record by using a tablet device...
March 14, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335429/the-adverse-effect-of-hypertension-in-the-treatment-of-thyroid-cancer-with-multi-kinase-inhibitors
#9
REVIEW
Ole Vincent Ancker, Markus Wehland, Johann Bauer, Manfred Infanger, Daniela Grimm
The treatment of thyroid cancer has promising prospects, mostly through the use of surgical or radioactive iodine therapy. However, some thyroid cancers, such as progressive radioactive iodine-refractory differentiated thyroid carcinoma, are not remediable with conventional types of treatment. In these cases, a treatment regimen with multi-kinase inhibitors is advisable. Unfortunately, clinical trials have shown a large number of patients, treated with multi-kinase inhibitors, being adversely affected by hypertension...
March 14, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335416/supplementation-with-phycocyanobilin-citrulline-taurine-and-supranutritional-doses-of-folic-acid-and-biotin-potential-for-preventing-or-slowing-the-progression-of-diabetic-complications
#10
Mark F McCarty
Oxidative stress, the resulting uncoupling of endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS), and loss of nitric oxide (NO) bioactivity, are key mediators of the vascular and microvascular complications of diabetes. Much of this oxidative stress arises from up-regulated nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADPH) oxidase activity. Phycocyanobilin (PhyCB), the light-harvesting chromophore in edible cyanobacteria such as spirulina, is a biliverdin derivative that shares the ability of free bilirubin to inhibit certain isoforms of NADPH oxidase...
March 14, 2017: Healthcare (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335414/inhibition-of-listeria-monocytogenes-on-ready-to-eat-meats-using-bacteriocin-mixtures-based-on-mode-of-action
#11
Paul Priyesh Vijayakumar, Peter M Muriana
Bacteriocin-producing (Bac⁺) lactic acid bacteria (LAB) comprising selected strains of Lactobacillus curvatus, Lactococcus lactis, Pediococcus acidilactici, and Enterococcus faecium and thailandicus were examined for inhibition of Listeria monocytogenes during hotdog challenge studies. The Bac⁺ strains, or their cell-free supernatants (CFS), were grouped according to mode-of-action (MOA) as determined from prior studies. Making a mixture of as many MOAs as possible is a practical way to obtain a potent natural antimicrobial mixture to address L...
March 14, 2017: Foods (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335412/ameliorative-effects-of-neutral-electrolyzed-water-on-growth-performance-biochemical-constituents-and-histopathological-changes-in-turkey-poults-during-aflatoxicosis
#12
Denise Gómez-Espinosa, Francisco Javier Cervantes-Aguilar, Juan Carlos Del Río-García, Tania Villarreal-Barajas, Alma Vázquez-Durán, Abraham Méndez-Albores
Different in vitro and in silico approaches from our research group have demonstrated that neutral electrolyzed water (NEW) can be used to detoxify aflatoxins. The objective of this investigation was to evaluate the ability of NEW to detoxify B-aflatoxins (AFB₁ and AFB₂) in contaminated maize and to confirm detoxification in an in vivo experimental model. Batches of aflatoxin-contaminated maize were detoxified with NEW and mixed in commercial feed. A total of 240 6-day-old female large white Nicholas-700 turkey poults were randomly divided into four treatments of six replicates each (10 turkeys per replicate), which were fed ad libitum for two weeks with the following dietary treatments: (1) control feed containing aflatoxin-free maize (CONTROL); (2) feed containing the aflatoxin-contaminated maize (AF); (3) feed containing the aflatoxin-contaminated maize detoxified with NEW (AF + NEW); and (4) control feed containing aflatoxin-free maize treated with NEW (NEW)...
March 14, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335380/vitamin-e-nicotinate
#13
REVIEW
Kimbell R Duncan, Yuichiro J Suzuki
Vitamin E refers to a family of compounds that function as lipid-soluble antioxidants capable of preventing lipid peroxidation. Naturally occurring forms of vitamin E include tocopherols and tocotrienols. Vitamin E in dietary supplements and fortified foods is often an esterified form of α-tocopherol, the most common esters being acetate and succinate. The vitamin E esters are hydrolyzed and converted into free α-tocopherol prior to absorption in the intestinal tract. Because its functions are relevant to many chronic diseases, vitamin E has been extensively studied in respect to a variety of diseases as well as cosmetic applications...
March 13, 2017: Antioxidants (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335318/a-label-free-and-sensitive-fluorescent-qualitative-assay-for-bisphenol-a-based-on-rolling-circle-amplification-exonuclease-iii-combined-cascade-amplification
#14
Xia Li, Juan Song, Qing-Wang Xue, Fu-Heng You, Xia Lu, Yan-Cong Kong, Shu-Yi Ma, Wei Jiang, Chen-Zhong Li
Bisphenol A (BPA) detection in drinking water and food packaging materials has attracted much attention since the discovery that BPA can interfere with normal physiological processes and cause adverse health effects. Here, we constructed a label-free aptamer fluorescent assay for selective and sensitive detection of BPA based on the rolling circle amplification (RCA)/Exonuclease III (Exo III)-combined cascade amplification strategy. First, the duplex DNA probe (RP) with anti-BPA aptamer and trigger sequence was designed for BPA recognition and signal amplification...
October 21, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335280/pregnancy-vaccination-with-gold-glyco-nanoparticles-carrying-listeria-monocytogenes-peptides-protects-against-listeriosis-and-brain-and-cutaneous-associated-morbidities
#15
Ricardo Calderón-Gonzalez, Héctor Terán-Navarro, Elisabet Frande-Cabanes, Eva Ferrández-Fernández, Javier Freire, Soledad Penadés, Marco Marradi, Isabel García, Javier Gomez-Román, Sonsoles Yañez-Díaz, Carmen Álvarez-Domínguez
Listeriosis is a fatal infection for fetuses and newborns with two clinical main morbidities in the neonatal period, meningitis and diffused cutaneous lesions. In this study, we vaccinated pregnant females with two gold glyconanoparticles (GNP) loaded with two peptides, listeriolysin peptide 91-99 (LLO91-99) or glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase 1-22 peptide (GAPDH1-22). Neonates born to vaccinated mothers were free of bacteria and healthy, while non-vaccinated mice presented clear brain affections and cutaneous diminishment of melanocytes...
August 19, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335260/a-label-free-microelectrode-array-based-on-one-step-synthesis-of-chitosan-multi-walled-carbon-nanotube-thionine-for-ultrasensitive-detection-of-carcinoembryonic-antigen
#16
Huiren Xu, Yang Wang, Li Wang, Yilin Song, Jinping Luo, Xinxia Cai
Carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) has been an extensively used tumor marker responsible for clinical early diagnosis of cervical carcinomas, and pancreatic, colorectal, gastric and lung cancer. Combined with micro-electro mechanical system (MEMS) technology, it is important to develop a novel immune microelectrode array (MEA) not only for rapid analysis of serum samples, but also for cell detection in vitro and in vivo. In this work, we depict a simple approach to modify chitosan-multi-walled carbon nanotubes-thionine (CS-MWCNTs-THI) hybrid film through one-step electrochemical deposition and the CS-MWCNTs-THI hybrid films are successfully employed to immobilize anti-CEA for fabricating simple, label-free, and highly sensitive electro-chemical immune MEAs...
July 11, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335220/pde5-inhibitors-loaded-nanovesicles-physico-chemical-properties-and-in-vitro-antiproliferative-activity
#17
Roberta F De Rose, Maria Chiara Cristiano, Marilena Celano, Valentina Maggisano, Ada Vero, Giovanni Enrico Lombardo, Martina Di Francesco, Donatella Paolino, Diego Russo, Donato Cosco
Novel therapeutic approaches are required for the less differentiated thyroid cancers which are non-responsive to the current treatment. In this study we tested an innovative formulation of nanoliposomes containing sildenafil citrate or tadalafil, phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitors, on two human thyroid cancer cell lines (TPC-1 and BCPAP). Nanoliposomes were prepared by the thin layer evaporation and extrusion methods, solubilizing the hydrophilic compound sildenafil citrate in the aqueous phase during the hydration step and dissolving the lipophilic tadalafil in the organic phase...
May 18, 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
#18
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/28335213/biosynthesis-of-metal-nanoparticles-novel-efficient-heterogeneous-nanocatalysts
#19
REVIEW
Jose M Palomo, Marco Filice
This review compiles the most recent advances described in literature on the preparation of noble metal nanoparticles induced by biological entities. The use of different free or substituted carbohydrates, peptides, proteins, microorganisms or plants have been successfully applied as a new green concept in the development of innovative strategies to prepare these nanoparticles as different nanostructures with different forms and sizes. As a second part of this review, the application of their synthetic ability as new heterogonous catalysts has been described in C-C bond-forming reactions (as Suzuki, Heck, cycloaddition or multicomponent), oxidations and dynamic kinetic resolutions...
May 5, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335211/noise-removal-with-maintained-spatial-resolution-in-raman-images-of-cells-exposed-to-submicron-polystyrene-particles
#20
Linnea Ahlinder, Susanne Wiklund Lindström, Christian Lejon, Paul Geladi, Lars Österlund
The biodistribution of 300 nm polystyrene particles in A549 lung epithelial cells has been studied with confocal Raman spectroscopy. This is a label-free method in which particles and cells can be imaged without using dyes or fluorescent labels. The main drawback with Raman imaging is the comparatively low spatial resolution, which is aggravated in heterogeneous systems such as biological samples, which in addition often require long measurement times because of their weak Raman signal. Long measurement times may however induce laser-induced damage...
April 29, 2016: Nanomaterials
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