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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212490/vitamin-e-succinate-grafted-chitosan-oligosaccharide-rgd-conjugated-tpgs-mixed-micelles-loaded-with-paclitaxel-for-u87mg-tumor-therapy
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Yanzuo Chen, Shu Feng, Wenchao Liu, Zeting Yuan, Peihao Yin, Feng Gao
The poor therapeutic efficacy of hydrophobic chemotherapeutic drugs is an intrinsic limitation to successful chemotherapy. In the present study, a multi-task delivery system based on arginine-glycine-aspartic acid peptide (RGD) decorated vitamin E succinate (VES)-grafted-chitosan oligosaccharide (CSO)/RGD-conjugated D-alpha-tocopheryl polyethylene glycol 1000 succinate (TPGS-RGD) mixed micelles (VeC/T-RGD MM) was first prepared for targeted delivery of paclitaxel (PTX), a hydrophobic anticancer drug, to improve the efficacy of U87MG tumor therapy...
February 17, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212112/cancer-as-robust-intrinsic-state-shaped-by-evolution-a-key-issues-review
#2
Ruoshi Yuan, Xiaomei Zhu, Gaowei Wang, Site Li, Ping Ao
Cancer is a complex disease: its pathology cannot be properly understood in terms of independent players-genes, proteins, molecular pathways, or their simple combinations. This is similar to many-body physics of a condensed phase that many important properties are not determined by a single atom or molecule. The rapidly accumulating large 'omics' data also require a new mechanistic and global underpinning to organize for rationalizing cancer complexity. A unifying and quantitative theory was proposed by some of the present authors that cancer is a robust state formed by the endogenous molecular-cellular network, which is evolutionarily built for the developmental processes and physiological functions...
February 17, 2017: Reports on Progress in Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212034/observation-of-the-global-dynamic-collectivity-of-a-hydration-shell-around-apomyoglobin
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Yangzhong Qin, Luyuan Zhang, Lijuan Wang, Dongping Zhong
Protein surface hydration is critical to its structural properties and biological activities. However, it is still unknown whether the hydration shell is intrinsically connected and how its fluctuations dynamically interact with protein motions. Here, by selecting five site-specific locations with distinctly different environments around apomyoglobin surface, we used a tryptophan scan with femtosecond fluorescence spectroscopy and simultaneously detected hydration-water dynamics and tryptophan sidechain relaxations with temperature dependence...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211933/enhanced-bone-tissue-regeneration-using-a-3d-printed-microstructure-incorporated-with-a-hybrid-nano-hydrogel
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Dong Nyoung Heo, Nathan J Castro, Se-Jun Lee, Hanaul Noh, Wei Zhu, Lijie Grace Zhang
Three-dimensional (3D) functional constructs with biomimetic mechanical and chemical properties are ideal for various regenerative medicine applications. These properties of 3D fabricated constructs mainly depend on the intrinsic characteristics of the materials and fabrication method. In this respect, the current use of hydrogels for musculoskeletal tissue repair is not ideal due to the lack of suitable mechanical properties, as well as the high biomimetic requirement for success. To overcome this limitation, we developed a novel functionalized hydrogel with bioactive gold nanoparticles (GNPs), reinforcing a 3D printed microstructure via fused deposition modeling (FDM) for bone tissue regeneration...
February 17, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208767/alternative-cdep-design-to-facilitate-cell-isolation-for-identification-by-raman-spectroscopy
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Cynthia Hanson, Elizabeth Vargis
Dielectrophoresis (DEP) uses non-uniform electric fields to cause motion in particles due to the particles' intrinsic properties. As such, DEP is a well-suited label-free means for cell sorting. Of the various methods of implementing DEP, contactless dielectrophoresis (cDEP) is advantageous as it avoids common problems associated with DEP, such as electrode fouling and electrolysis. Unfortunately, cDEP devices can be difficult to fabricate, replicate, and reuse. In addition, the operating parameters are limited by the dielectric breakdown of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS)...
February 9, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208697/hybrid-analytical-and-data-driven-modeling-for-feed-forward-robot-control-%C3%A2
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René Felix Reinhart, Zeeshan Shareef, Jochen Jakob Steil
Feed-forward model-based control relies on models of the controlled plant, e.g., in robotics on accurate knowledge of manipulator kinematics or dynamics. However, mechanical and analytical models do not capture all aspects of a plant's intrinsic properties and there remain unmodeled dynamics due to varying parameters, unmodeled friction or soft materials. In this context, machine learning is an alternative suitable technique to extract non-linear plant models from data. However, fully data-based models suffer from inaccuracies as well and are inefficient if they include learning of well known analytical models...
February 8, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208658/synthesis-and-transport-properties-of-novel-mof-pim-1-mof-sandwich-membranes-for-gas-separation
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Alessio Fuoco, Muhanned R Khdhayyer, Martin P Attfield, Elisa Esposito, Johannes C Jansen, Peter M Budd
Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) were supported on polymer membrane substrates for the fabrication of composite polymer membranes based on unmodified and modified polymer of intrinsic microporosity (PIM-1). Layers of two different MOFs, zeolitic imidazolate framework-8 (ZIF-8) and Copper benzene tricarboxylate ((HKUST-1), were grown onto neat PIM-1, amide surface-modified PIM-1 and hexamethylenediamine (HMDA) -modified PIM-1. The surface-grown crystalline MOFs were characterized by a combination of several techniques, including powder X-ray diffraction, infrared spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy to investigate the film morphology on the neat and modified PIM-1 membranes...
February 11, 2017: Membranes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207269/a-biocompatible-injectable-hydrogel-with-potent-wound-healing-and-antibacterial-properties
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Jiaul Hoque, Relekar G Prakash, Krishnamoorthy Paramanandham, Bibek R Shome, Jayanta Haldar
Two component injectable hydrogels that cross-link in-situ have been used as non-invasive wound-filling devices, i.e., sealants. These materials carry a variety of functions at the wound sites such as seal leaks, cease unwanted bleeding, bind tissues together, and assist in wound healing process. However, commonly used sealants typically lack antibacterial properties. Since bacterial infection at the wound site is very common, bioadhesive materials with intrinsic antibacterial properties are urgently required...
February 16, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207240/interfaces-in-heterogeneous-catalysts-advancing-mechanistic-understanding-through-atomic-scale-measurements
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Wenpei Gao, Zachary D Hood, Miaofang Chi
Developing novel catalysts with high efficiency and selectivity is critical for enabling future clean energy conversion technologies. Interfaces in catalyst systems have long been considered the most critical factor in controlling catalytic reaction mechanisms. Interfaces include not only the catalyst surface but also interfaces within catalyst particles and those formed by constructing heterogeneous catalysts. The atomic and electronic structures of catalytic surfaces govern the kinetics of binding and release of reactant molecules from surface atoms...
February 16, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206768/surface-energy-in-nanocrystalline-carbon-thin-films-effect-of-size-dependence-and-atmospheric-exposure
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Manish Kumar, Amjed Javid, Jeon Geon Han
Surface energy (SE) is the most sensitive and fundamental parameter for governing the interfacial interactions in nanoscale carbon materials. However, on account of the involved complexities of hybridizations states and surface-bonds, achieved SE values are often lesser in comparison to their theoretical counterparts and strongly influenced with stability aspects. Here, an advanced facing-target pulsed DC unbalanced magnetron sputtering process is presented for the synthesis of undoped and H/N doped- nanocrystalline carbon thin films...
February 16, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205437/surface-and-interface-engineering-of-noble-metal-free-electrocatalysts-for-efficient-energy-conversion-processes
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Yun Pei Zhu, Chunxian Guo, Yao Zheng, Shi-Zhang Qiao
Developing cost-effective and high-performance electrocatalysts for renewable energy conversion and storage is motivated by increasing concerns regarding global energy security and creating sustainable technologies dependent on inexpensive and abundant resources. Recent achievements in the design and synthesis of efficient non-precious-metal and even non-metal electrocatalysts make the replacement of noble metal counterparts for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER), oxygen evolution reaction (OER), and oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) with earth-abundant elements, for example, C, N, Fe, Mn, and Co, a realistic possibility...
February 16, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205171/synthesis-and-live-cell-imaging-of-fluorescent-sterols-for-analysis-of-intracellular-cholesterol-transport
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Maciej Modzel, Frederik W Lund, Daniel Wüstner
Cellular cholesterol homeostasis relies on precise control of the sterol content of organelle membranes. Obtaining insight into cholesterol trafficking pathways and kinetics by live-cell imaging relies on two conditions. First, one needs to develop suitable analogs that resemble cholesterol as closely as possible with respect to their biophysical and biochemical properties. Second, the cholesterol analogs should have good fluorescence properties. This interferes, however, often with the first requirement, such that the imaging instrumentation must be optimized to collect photons from suboptimal fluorophores, but good cholesterol mimics, such as the intrinsically fluorescent sterols, cholestatrienol (CTL) or dehydroergosterol (DHE)...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204816/antioxidant-and-cytoprotective-effects-of-morin-against-hydrogen-peroxide-induced-oxidative-stress-are-associated-with-the-induction-of-nrf-2%C3%A2-mediated-ho-1-expression-in-v79-4-chinese-hamster-lung-fibroblasts
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Moon Hee Lee, Hee-Jae Cha, Eun Ok Choi, Min Ho Han, Sung Ok Kim, Gi-Young Kim, Su Hyun Hong, Cheol Park, Sung-Kwon Moon, Soon-Jeong Jeong, Moon-Jin Jeong, Wun-Jae Kim, Yung Hyun Choi
Natural phytochemicals of plant origin, including flavonoids, have been found to be potent antioxidants providing beneficial effects against oxidative stress-related diseases. The present study was carried out to investigate the antioxidant properties of morin, a flavonoid originally isolated from the flowering plants of the Moraceae family. Superoxide dismutase (SOD)‑like activity and 2,2'‑azino‑bis‑(3‑ethylbenzothiazoline‑6‑sulfonic acid) (ABTS•+) radical scavenging activity were determined...
January 27, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202513/myeloid-cells-that-impair-immunotherapy-are-restored-in-melanomas-which-acquire-resistance-to-braf-inhibitors
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Shannon M Steinberg, Tamer Shabaneh, Peisheng Zhang, Viktor Martyanov, Zhenghui Li, Brian Malik, Tammara Wood, Andrea Boni, Aleksey Molodtsov, Christina V Angeles, Tyler J Curiel, Michael Whitfield, Mary Jo Turk
Acquired resistance to BRAFV600E inhibitors (BRAFi) in melanoma remains a common clinical obstacle, as is the case for any targeted drug therapy that can be developed given the plastic nature of cancers. While there has been significant focus on the cancer cell-intrinsic properties of BRAFi resistance, the impact of BRAFi resistance on host immunity has not been explored. Here we provide preclinical evidence that resistance to BRAFi in an autochthonous mouse model of melanoma is associated with restoration of myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSC) in the tumor microenvironment initially reduced by BRAFi treatment...
February 15, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199294/flow-induced-microvascular-network-formation-of-therapeutic-relevant-arteriovenous-av-loop-based-constructs-in-response-to-ionizing-radiation
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Volker J Schmidt, Jennifer M Covi, Christoph Koepple, Johannes G Hilgert, Elias Polykandriotis, Amir K Bigdeli, Luitpold V Distel, Raymund E Horch, Ulrich Kneser
BACKGROUND The arteriovenous (AV) loop model enables axial vascularization to gain a functional microcirculatory system in tissue engineering constructs in vivo. These constructs might replace surgical flaps for the treatment of complex wounds in the future. Today, free flaps are often exposed to high-dose radiation after defect coverage, according to guideline-oriented treatment plans. Vascular response of AV loop-based constructs has not been evaluated after radiation, although it is of particular importance...
February 15, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197547/neural-progenitor-cells-promote-axonal-growth-and-alter-axonal-mrna-localization-in-adult-neurons
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Tanuja T Merianda, Ying Jin, Ashley L Kalinski, Pabitra K Sahoo, Itzhak Fischer, Jeffery L Twiss
The inhibitory environment of the spinal cord and the intrinsic properties of neurons prevent regeneration of axons following CNS injury. However, both ascending and descending axons of the injured spinal cord have been shown to regenerate into grafts of embryonic neural progenitor cells (NPCs). Previous studies have shown that grafts composed of glial-restricted progenitors (GRPs) and neural-restricted progenitors (NRPs) can provide a permissive microenvironment for axon growth. We have used cocultures of adult rat dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons together with NPCs, which have shown significant enhancement of axon growth by embryonic rat GRP and GRPs/NRPs, both in coculture conditions and when DRGs are exposed to conditioned medium from the NPC cultures...
January 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197292/chlorthalidone-plus-amiloride-reduces-the-central-systolic-blood-pressure-in-stage-1-hypertension-patients
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Leticia Aparecida Barufi Fernandes, Elizabeth do Espirito Santo Cestario, Luciana Neves Cosenso-Martin, Jose Fernando Vilela-Martin, Juan Carlos Yugar-Toledo, Flavio Danni Fuchs
BACKGROUND: Hypertension reduction strategies use blood pressure in the brachial artery as the primary endpoint. Individuals who achieve the target blood pressure reduction with antihypertensive treatment have residual cardiovascular risk attributed to the difference in pressure between the aorta and brachial artery. Antihypertensive treatment affects the intrinsic properties of the vascular wall and arterial stiffness markers and consequently the central pressure. Recent publications stress the importance of adequate control of the central compared to peripheral blood pressure...
December 2016: Cardiology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196297/targeting-invasive-properties-of-melanoma-cells
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Imanol Arozarena, Claudia Wellbrock
Melanoma is a skin cancer notorious for its metastatic potential. As an initial step of the metastatic cascade melanoma cells part from the primary tumour and invade the surrounding tissue, which is crucial for their dissemination and the formation of distant secondary tumours. Over the last two decades our understanding of both, general and melanoma specific mechanisms of invasion has significantly improved, but to date no efficient therapeutic strategy tackling the invasive properties of melanoma cells has reached the clinic...
February 14, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196126/oxidative-stress-and-apoptosis-induction-in-human-thyroid-carcinoma-cells-exposed-to-the-essential-oil-from-pistacia-lentiscus-aerial-parts
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Simona Catalani, Francesco Palma, Serafina Battistelli, Serena Benedetti
BACKGROUND: Essential oils from the aerial parts (leaves, twigs and berries) of Pistacia lentiscus (PLEO) have been well characterized for their antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties; however, poor information exists on their potential anticancer activity. METHODS: Increasing concentrations of PLEO (0.01-0.1% v/v, 80-800 μg/ml) were administered to a wide variety of cultured cancer cells from breast, cervix, colon, liver, lung, prostate, and thyroid carcinomas...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195725/theoretical-insight-into-the-conversion-mechanism-of-glucose-to-fructose-catalyzed-by-crcl2-in-imidazolium-chlorine-ionic-liquids
#20
Yaru Jing, Jun Gao, Chengbu Liu, Dongju Zhang
To better understand the efficient transformation of glucose to fructose catalyzed by chromium chlorides in imidazolium-based ionic liquids (ILs), density functional theory calculations have been carried out on a model system which describes the catalytic reaction by CrCl2 in 1,3-dimethylimidazolium chlorine (MMImCl) ionic liquid (IL). The reaction is shown to involve three fundamental processes: ring opening, 1,2-H migration, and ring closure. The reaction is calculated to exergonic by 3.8 kcal/mol with an overall barrier of 37...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
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