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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813002/application-of-surfactant-micelle-entrapped-eugenol-for-prevention-of-growth-of-the-shiga-toxin-producing-escherichia-coli-in-ground-beef
#1
Tamra N Tolen, Songsirin Ruengvisesh, Thomas M Taylor
Beef safety may be compromised by O157 and non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) contamination. The capacity of surfactant micelles loaded with the plant-derived antimicrobial eugenol to reduce STEC on beef trimmings that were later ground and refrigerated for five days at 5 ± 1 °C was tested to determine their utility for beef safety protection. STEC-inoculated trimmings were treated with free eugenol, micelle-encapsulated eugenol, 2% lactic acid (55 °C), sterile distilled water (25 °C), or left untreated (control)...
August 16, 2017: Foods (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811480/formation-pathways-of-mesoporous-silica-nanoparticles-with-dodecagonal-tiling
#2
Yao Sun, Kai Ma, Teresa Kao, Katherine A Spoth, Hiroaki Sai, Duhan Zhang, Lena F Kourkoutis, Veit Elser, Ulrich Wiesner
Considerable progress in the fabrication of quasicrystals demonstrates that they can be realized in a broad range of materials. However, the development of chemistries enabling direct experimental observation of early quasicrystal growth pathways remains challenging. Here, we report the synthesis of four surfactant-directed mesoporous silica nanoparticle structures, including dodecagonal quasicrystalline nanoparticles, as a function of micelle pore expander concentration or stirring rate. We demonstrate that the early formation stages of dodecagonal quasicrystalline mesoporous silica nanoparticles can be preserved, where precise control of mesoporous silica nanoparticle size down to <30 nm facilitates comparison between mesoporous silica nanoparticles and simulated single-particle growth trajectories beginning with a single tiling unit...
August 15, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810752/rupturing-the-hemi-fission-intermediate-in-membrane-fission-under-tension-reaction-coordinates-kinetic-pathways-and-free-energy-barriers
#3
Guojie Zhang, Marcus Müller
Membrane fission is a fundamental process in cells, involved inter alia in endocytosis, intracellular trafficking, and virus infection. Its underlying molecular mechanism, however, is only incompletely understood. Recently, experiments and computer simulation studies have revealed that dynamin-mediated membrane fission is a two-step process that proceeds via a metastable hemi-fission intermediate (or wormlike micelle) formed by dynamin's constriction. Importantly, this hemi-fission intermediate is remarkably metastable, i...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810734/adsorption-and-depletion-regimes-of-a-nonionic-surfactant-in-hydrophilic-mesopores-an-experimental-and-simulation-study
#4
Dirk Müter, Gernot Rother, Henry Bock, Martin Schoen, Gerhard H Findenegg
Adsorption and aggregation of nonionic surfactants at oxide surfaces has been studied extensively in the past, but only for concentrations below and near the critical micelle concentration. Here we report an adsorption study of a short-chain surfactant (C6E3) in porous silica glass of different pore sizes (7.5 to 50 nm), covering a wide composition range up to 50 wt.-% in a temperature range from 20°C to the LCST. Aggregative adsorption is observed at low concentrations, but the excess concentration of C6E3 in the pores decreases and approaches zero at higher bulk concentrations...
August 15, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809962/nonlinear-behavior-and-fluctuation-induced-dynamics-in-the-photosensitive-belousov-zhabotinsky-reaction
#5
Valérie Voorsluijs, Ioannis G Kevrekidis, Yannick De Decker
The photosensitive Belousov-Zhabotinsky (pBZ) reaction has been used extensively to study the properties of chemical oscillators. In particular, recent experiments revealed the existence of complex spatiotemporal dynamics for systems consisting of coupled micelles (V < 10(-21) L) or droplets (V ≈ [10(-8)-10(-11)] L) in which the pBZ reaction takes place. These results have been mostly understood in terms of reaction-diffusion models. However, in view of the small size of the droplets and micelles, large fluctuations of concentrations are to be expected...
August 15, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809539/polymersomes-with-endosomal-ph-induced-vesicle-to-micelle-morphology-transition-and-a-potential-application-for-controlled-doxorubicin-delivery
#6
Turgay Yildirim, Anja Traeger, Pelin Sungur, Stephanie Hoeppener, Carolin Kellner, Ilknur Yildirim, David Pretzel, Stephanie Schubert, Ulrich S Schubert
A series of pH responsive block copolymers were synthesized via the reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization of 3,4-dihydro-2H-pyran (DHP) protected 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) (2-((tetrahydro-2H-pyran-2-yl)oxy)ethyl methacrylate (THP-HEMA)) and 2-(dimethylamino) ethyl methacrylate (DMAEMA) using p(THP-HEMA) as a macro chain transfer agent (mCTA). The degree of polymerization (DP) of the p(THP-HEMA) block was fixed to 35, whereas the DP of the p(DMAEMA) block was systematically varied from 21 to 50...
August 15, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807819/carrier-characteristics-influence-the-kinetics-of-passive-drug-loading-into-lipid-nanoemulsions
#7
Katrin Göke, Heike Bunjes
Passive loading as a novel screening approach is a material-saving tool for the efficient selection of a suitable colloidal lipid carrier system for poorly water soluble drug candidates. This method comprises incubation of preformed carrier systems with drug powder and subsequent determination of the resulting drug load of the carrier particles after removal of excess drug. For reliable routine use and to obtain meaningful loading results, information on the kinetics of the process is required. Passive loading proceeds via a dissolution-diffusion based mechanism, where drug surface area and drug water solubility are key parameters for fast passive loading...
August 11, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806698/fluorescence-and-electron-paramagnetic-resonance-studies-of-norfloxacin-and-n-donor-mixed-ligand-ternary-copper-ii-complexes-stability-and-interaction-with-sds-micelles
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Gabriel S Vignoli Muniz, Jimmy Llontop Incio, Odivaldo C Alves, Klaus Krambrock, Letícia R Teixeira, Sonia R W Louro
The stability of ternary copper(II) complexes of a heterocyclic ligand, L (L being 2,2'-bipyridine (bipy) or 1,10-phenanthroline (phen)) and the fluorescent antibacterial agent norfloxacin (NFX) as the second ligand was studied at pH7.4 and different ionic strengths. Fluorescence quenching upon titration of NFX with the binary complexes allowed to obtain stability constants for NFX binding, Kb, as a function of ionic strength. The Kb values vary by more than two orders of magnitude when buffer concentration varies from 0...
August 5, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806519/pluronic-p85-f68-micelles-of-baicalein-could-interfere-with-mitochondria-to-overcome-mrp2-mediated-efflux-and-offer-improved-anti-parkinsonian-activity
#9
Tongkai Chen, Ye Li, Chuwen Li, Xiang Yi, Ruibing Wang, Simon Ming Yuen Lee, Ying Zheng
Overexpression of the drug efflux transporter multidrug resistance-associated protein 2 (MRP2) in the gastrointestinal tract and blood-brain barrier compromises the oral delivery of drugs to the circulation system and brain in the treatment of Parkinson's disease (PD). In this study, we aim to develop small-sized Pluronic P85/F68 micelles loaded with baicalein (B-MCs) to overcome MRP2-mediated efflux and to investigate related mechanism, as well as the anti-Parkinsonian efficacy. Spherical and sustained-release B-MCs have a mean particle size of 40...
August 14, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806473/flavylium-polymethine-fluorophores-for-imaging-in-the-near-and-shortwave-infrared
#10
Emily D Cosco, Justin R Caram, Oliver T Bruns, Daniel Franke, Rachael A Day, Erik P Farr, Moungi G Bawendi, Ellen May Sletten
Bright fluorophores in the near infrared and shortwave infrared (SWIR) are essential for optical imaging in vivo. Herein, we utilize a 7-dimethylamino flavylium heterocycle to construct a panel of novel red-shifted polymethine dyes, with emission from 680 to 1045 nm. Photophysical characterization reveals that the 1- and 3-methine dyes display enhanced photostabilities and the 5- and 7-methine dyes exhibit exceptional brightness for their respective spectral regions. A micelle formulation of the 7-methine facilitates SWIR imaging in mice...
August 14, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805220/revival-of-the-nearly-extinct-fluorescence-of-coumarin-6-in-water-and-complete-transfer-of-energy-to-rhodamine-123
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Rajashree Banerjee, Pradipta Purkayastha
The nearly extinct fluorescence of coumarin 6 in water due to microcrystal formation is revived by micelles. Practically complete transfer of energy from coumarin 6 to rhodamine 123 through resonance energy transfer could be achieved.
August 14, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803731/purification-and-characterization-of-the-colicin-a-immunity-protein-in-detergent-micelles
#12
Ane Metola, Ana M Bouchet, Marian Alonso-Mariño, Tammo Diercks, Lena Mäler, Félix M Goñi, Ana R Viguera
The immunity proteins against pore-forming colicins represent a family of integral membrane proteins that reside in the inner membrane of producing cells. Cai, the colicin A immunity protein, was characterized here in detergent micelles by circular dichroism (CD), size exclusion chromatography, chemical cross-linking, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, cysteine accessibility, and colicin A binding in detergent micelles. Bile-salt derivatives induced extensive protein polymerization that precluded further investigation...
August 10, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803471/altering-the-peptide-binding-selectivity-of-polymeric-reverse-micelle-assemblies-via-metal-ion-loading
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Meizhe Wang, Bo Zhao, Jingjing Gao, Huan He, Laura J Castellanos, Sankaran Thayumanavan, Richard W Vachet
Supramolecular reverse micelle assemblies, formed by amphiphilic copolymers, can selectively encapsulate molecules in their interiors depending on the functional groups present in the polymers. Altering the binding selectivity of these materials typically requires the synthesis of alternate functional groups. Here, we demonstrate that the addition of Zr(IV) ions into the interiors of reverse micelles having phosphonate functional groups transforms the supramolecular materials from ones that selectively bind positively-charged peptides into materials that selectively bind phosphorylated peptides...
August 11, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802793/pickering-emulsions-stabilized-by-biodegradable-block-copolymer-micelles-for-controlled-topical-drug-delivery
#14
Faiza Laredj-Bourezg, Marie-Alexandrine Bolzinger, Jocelyne Pelletier, Yves Chevalier
Surfactant-free biocompatible and biodegradable Pickering emulsions were investigated as vehicles for skin delivery of hydrophobic drugs. O/w emulsions of medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil droplets loaded with all-trans retinol as a model hydrophobic drug were stabilized by block copolymer nanoparticles: either poly(lactide)-block-poly(ethylene glycol) (PLA-b-PEG) or poly(caprolactone)-block-poly(ethylene glycol) (PCL-b-PEG). Those innovative emulsions were prepared using two different processes allowing drug loading either inside oil droplets or inside both oil droplets and non-adsorbed block copolymer nanoparticles...
August 9, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802567/nano-sized-and-other-improved-reporters-for-magnetic-resonance-imaging-of-angiogenesis
#15
Simonetta Geninatti Crich, Enzo Terreno, Silvio Aime
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) enables to provide anatomical, functional and molecular information of pathological angiogenesis when used with properly tailored imaging probes. Functional studies have been the domain of Dynamic Contrast Enhancement (DCE) -MRI protocols from which it is possible to extract quantitative estimations on key parameters such as the volumes of vascular and extracellular compartments and the rates of the bidirectional exchange of the imaging reporters across the endothelial barrier...
August 9, 2017: Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802137/development-of-novel-polysulfone-membranes-with-embedded-zirconium-sulfate-surfactant-micelle-mesostructure-for-phosphate-recovery-from-water-through-membrane-filtration
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Kenji Furuya, Akira Hafuka, Miho Kuroiwa, Hisashi Satoh, Yoshimasa Watanabe, Hiroshi Yamamura
We prepared novel membranes that could adsorb phosphate from water through membrane filtration for use in a phosphate recovery system. Zirconium sulfate surfactant micelle mesostructure (ZS), which was the phosphate adsorbent, was embedded in a polysulfone matrix and flat sheet ultrafiltration membranes were made by nonsolvent induced phase separation. Scanning electron microscopy showed that the ZS particles existed on both the top surface and in the internal surface of the membrane. Increases in ZS content led to greater pure water flux because of increases in the surface porosity ratio...
August 5, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800686/functionality-of-surfactants-in-waste-activated-sludge-treatment-a-review
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Renpeng Guan, Xingzhong Yuan, Zhibin Wu, Hou Wang, Longbo Jiang, Yifu Li, Guangming Zeng
Proper treatment of waste-activated sludge (WAS) involves three pivotal processes, dewatering, anaerobic digestion, and pollutants removal, which need to be re-assessed urgently. Although many traditional sludge treatments have been developed, it is prudent to enhance the efficiency of sludge treatment using multifunctional, flexible, and environmentally friendly surfactants. With regard to sludge dewatering, surfactants can weaken the binding interaction between sludge flocs and promote the dissolution of extracellular polymeric substances (EPSs), resulting in the release of bound water...
August 7, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800463/combination-of-dexamethasone-and-avastin-%C3%A2-by-supramolecular-hydrogel-attenuates-the-inflammatory-corneal-neovascularization-in-rat-alkali-burn-model
#18
Jinhai Huang, Wenwen Wang, Jing Yu, Xinxin Yu, Qianqian Zheng, Fangli Peng, Zhifen He, Wenguang Zhao, Zhaoliang Zhang, Xingyi Li, Qinmei Wang
Corneal neovascularization (CNV) is one of the leading causes of vision loss and a high-risk factor for transplant rejection. The present study proposed a supramolecular hydrogel comprised of MPEG-PCL micelles and α-cyclodextrin (α-CD) for co-delivery of dexamethasone sodium phosphate (Dexp) and Avastin(®) (Ava), and further evaluated its therapeutic efficacy in rat alkali burn model. A physical mixing of Dexp/Ava, MPEG-PCL micelles, and α-CD aqueous solution leads to a spontaneous formation of the supramolecular hydrogel via a "host-guest" recognition between MPEG and α-CD...
July 25, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800224/ullmann-reaction-catalyzed-by-heterogeneous-mesoporous-copper-manganese-oxide-a-kinetic-and-mechanistic-analysis
#19
Kankana Mullick, Sourav Biswas, Chiho Kim, Ramamurthy Ramprasad, Alfredo M Angeles-Boza, Steven L Suib
A heterogeneous copper oxide supported on mesoporous manganese oxide (meso Cu/MnOx) was explored for Ullmann-type cross-coupling reactions. An inverse micelle-templated evaporation-induced self-assembly method with in situ addition of copper was adopted to synthesize the mesoporous catalyst. Broad substrate scope and excellent functional group tolerability in C-O, C-N, and C-S bond formation reactions were observed using the optimized reaction conditions. The catalytic protocol was ligand free, and the catalyst was reusable without any significant loss of activity...
August 11, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800071/fabrication-and-characterization-of-magnesium-ferrite-based-pcl-aloe-vera-nanofibers
#20
Zanshe Thompson, Shekh Rahman, Sergey Yarmolenko, Jagannathan Sankar, Dhananjay Kumar, Narayan Bhattarai
Composite nanofibers of biopolymers and inorganic materials have been widely explored as tissue engineering scaffolds because of their superior structural, mechanical and biological properties. In this study, magnesium ferrite (Mg-ferrite) based composite nanofibers were synthesized using an electrospinning technique. Mg-ferrite nanoparticles were first synthesized using the reverse micelle method, and then blended in a mixture of polycaprolactone (PCL), a synthetic polymer, and Aloe vera, a natural polymer, to create magnetic nanofibers by electrospinning...
August 11, 2017: Materials
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