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Yuxin Liu, Ge Zhang, Quanwei Guo, Liyi Ma, Qi Jia, Lidong Liu, Jing Zhou
Multifunctional nanomaterials for cancer diagnosis and therapy have recently prompted widespread concern. To avoid nanotoxicity, the development of novel degradable functional materials must be our main focus. In this study, we firstly developed ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid calcium disodium salt (EDTA)- and bovine serum albumin (BSA)-capped Mn3O4 nanoparticles (MONPs-BSA-EDTA) as a novel inorganic nanomaterials for multifunctional imaging-guided photothermal therapy, which can be degraded in a progress-controlled way by artificially introduced ascorbic acid...
October 17, 2016: Biomaterials
Francisco X Nascimento, Margarida Espada, Pedro Barbosa, Márcio J Rossi, Cláudia S L Vicente, Manuel Mota
The aim of this study is to understand the biological role of Serratia quinivorans BXF1, a bacterium commonly found associated with Bursaphelenchus xylophilus, the plant parasitic nematode responsible for pine wilt disease. Therefore, we studied strain BXF1 effect in pine wilt disease. We found that strain BXF1 promoted in vitro nematode reproduction. Moreover, the presence of bacteria led to the absence of nematode chitinase gene (Bxcht-1) expression, suggesting an effect for bacterial chitinase in nematode reproduction...
October 21, 2016: Environmental Microbiology
Luisanna Cocco, Michele Marchesi
In January 3, 2009, Satoshi Nakamoto gave rise to the "Bitcoin Blockchain", creating the first block of the chain hashing on his computer's central processing unit (CPU). Since then, the hash calculations to mine Bitcoin have been getting more and more complex, and consequently the mining hardware evolved to adapt to this increasing difficulty. Three generations of mining hardware have followed the CPU's generation. They are GPU's, FPGA's and ASIC's generations. This work presents an agent-based artificial market model of the Bitcoin mining process and of the Bitcoin transactions...
2016: PloS One
Robinson L Contiero, Denis F Biffe, Jamil Constantin, Rubem S de Oliveira, Guilherme B P Braz, Felipe R Lucio, Jerome J Schleier
The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of nozzle types and 2,4-D formulations on spray deposition on different targets. Two field experiments were carried out in a completely randomized design, and treatments were arranged in a factorial scheme. Species in experiment 1 were Sumatran fleabane (Conyza sumatrensis) and Brazil pusley (Richardia brasiliensis) and in experiment 2 were soybeans (Glycine max) and Benghal dayflower (Commelina benghalensis). For both experiments, the first factor corresponded to spray nozzles with different settings (AD 110...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part. B, Pesticides, Food Contaminants, and Agricultural Wastes
Riccardo Toninato, Silvia Scuri, Vincenzo Tarzia, Gino Gerosa, Francesca M Susin
PURPOSE: The gold standard therapy for patients with advanced heart failure is heart transplant. The gap between donors and patients in waiting lists promoted the development of circulatory support devices, such as the total artificial heart (TAH). Focusing on in vitro tests performed with CardioWest™ TAH (CW) driven by the SynCardia Freedom® portable driver (FD) the present study goals are: i) prove the reliability of a hydraulic circuit used as patient simulator to replicate a quasi-physiological scenario for various hydrodynamic conditions, ii) investigate the hydrodynamic performance of the CW FD, iii) help clinicians in possible interpretation of clinical cases outcomes...
October 15, 2016: International Journal of Artificial Organs
Ronny Peri-Naor, Leila Motiei, David Margulies
Signal transduction pathways, which control the response of cells to various environmental signals, are mediated by the function of signaling proteins that interact with each other and activate one other with high specificity. Synthetic agents that mimic the function of these proteins might therefore be used to generate unnatural signal transduction steps and consequently, alter the cell's function. We present guidelines for designing 'chemical transducers' that can induce artificial communication between native proteins...
September 29, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Walter H Reinhart
The hematocrit (Hct) determines the oxygen carrying capacity of blood, but also increases blood viscosity and thus flow resistance. From this dual role the concept of an optimum Hct for tissue oxygenation has been derived. Viscometric studies using the ratio Hct/blood viscosity at high shear rate showed an optimum Hct of 50-60% for red blood cell (RBC) suspensions in plasma. For the perfusion of an artificial microvascular network with 5-70μm channels the optimum Hct was 60-70% for high driving pressures. With lower shear rates or driving pressures the optimum Hct shifted towards lower values...
October 21, 2016: Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation
Delphine Mieulet, Sylvie Jolivet, Maud Rivard, Laurence Cromer, Aurore Vernet, Pauline Mayonove, Lucie Pereira, Gaëtan Droc, Brigitte Courtois, Emmanuel Guiderdoni, Raphael Mercier
Introduction of clonal reproduction through seeds (apomixis) in crops has the potential to revolutionize agriculture by allowing self-propagation of any elite variety, in particular F1 hybrids. In the sexual model plant Arabidopsis thaliana synthetic clonal reproduction through seeds can be artificially implemented by (i) combining three mutations to turn meiosis into mitosis (MiMe) and (ii) crossing the obtained clonal gametes with a line expressing modified CENH3 and whose genome is eliminated in the zygote...
October 21, 2016: Cell Research
Xuan Zhou, Wei Zhu, Margaret Nowicki, Shida Miao, Haitao Cui, Benjamin Holmes, Robert I Glazer, Lijie Grace Zhang
Metastasis is one of the deadliest consequences of breast cancer, with bone being one of the primary sites of occurrence. Insufficient 3D biomimetic models currently exist to replicate this process in vitro. In this study, we developed a biomimetic bone matrix using 3D bioprinting technology to investigate the interaction between breast cancer (BrCa) cells and bone stromal cells (fetal osteoblasts and human bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs)). A tabletop stereolithography 3D bioprinter was employed to fabricate a series of bone matrices consisting of osteoblasts/MSCs encapsulated in gelatin methacrylate (GelMA) hydrogel with nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite (nHA)...
October 21, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Xiaoran Duan, Yongli Yang, Shanjuan Tan, Sihua Wang, Xiaolei Feng, Liuxin Cui, Feifei Feng, Songcheng Yu, Wei Wang, Yongjun Wu
The purpose of the study was to explore the application of artificial neural network model in the auxiliary diagnosis of lung cancer and compare the effects of back-propagation (BP) neural network with Fisher discrimination model for lung cancer screening by the combined detections of four biomarkers of p16, RASSF1A and FHIT gene promoter methylation levels and the relative telomere length. Real-time quantitative methylation-specific PCR was used to detect the levels of three-gene promoter methylation, and real-time PCR method was applied to determine the relative telomere length...
October 20, 2016: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
A Schilimow, B Wiechens
In this article, a case of recurrent epithelial defects in neurotrophic keratopathy is described. Multiple abrasions of the corneal epithelium with a therapeutic contact lens, corneal stitches, and amniotic membrane transplantation in combination with artificial tears brought only short-term success. However, a botulinum toxin A induced protective ptosis could finally achieve permanent epithelial closure. As this case shows, protective ptosis can be a promising approach in spite of multiple previous ineffective therapeutic efforts...
October 20, 2016: Der Ophthalmologe: Zeitschrift der Deutschen Ophthalmologischen Gesellschaft
Abdul Akbar, Ananya Kuanar, Raj K Joshi, I S Sandeep, Sujata Mohanty, Pradeep K Naik, Antaryami Mishra, Sanghamitra Nayak
The drug yielding potential of turmeric (Curcuma longa L.) is largely due to the presence of phyto-constituent 'curcumin.' Curcumin has been found to possess a myriad of therapeutic activities ranging from anti-inflammatory to neuroprotective. Lack of requisite high curcumin containing genotypes and variation in the curcumin content of turmeric at different agro climatic regions are the major stumbling blocks in commercial production of turmeric. Curcumin content of turmeric is greatly influenced by environmental factors...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
Ji-Hee Ha, Jung-Eun Kim, Yong-Sung Kim
The monospecific and bivalent characteristics of naturally occurring immunoglobulin G (IgG) antibodies depend on homodimerization of the fragment crystallizable (Fc) regions of two identical heavy chains (HCs) and the subsequent assembly of two identical light chains (LCs) via disulfide linkages between each HC and LC. Immunoglobulin Fc heterodimers have been engineered through modifications to the CH3 domain interface, with different mutations on each domain such that the engineered Fc fragments, carrying the CH3 variant pair, preferentially form heterodimers rather than homodimers...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
Ling Qi, Hongquan Yu, Yu Zhang, Donghai Zhao, Peng Lv, Yue Zhong, Ye Xu
M2 tumor-associated macrophage has been found to play a supportive role in the progression of glioma. The underlying mechanism, nevertheless, has been largely unknown. In our study, to investigate how M2 macrophage played role in glioma, firstly we've analyzed the clinicopathological significance of M2 macrophage existence on clinical tissues of glioma using detection of CD163 expression with immunohistochemistry. Then, we've artificially induced M2 macrophage from human monocyte cell line THP-1, followed by co-culture with glioma cell lines in vitro...
September 28, 2016: Oncotarget
Juan Manuel Bello-López, Facundo Hernández-Rodríguez, Julieta Rojo-Medina
INTRODUCTION: γ-radiation is a method that was originally designed for inactivation of T lymphocytes in blood and blood components in order to prevent transfusion associated-graft versus host disease (TA-GVHD). Klebsiella pneumoniae, Escherichia coli, Enterococcus faecium and Staphylococcus epidermidis strains are important pathogens in blood banks since they have been related to post-transfusional sepsis. This study was conducted to demonstrate that γ-radiation is effective in reducing the viability of bacteria in platelet concentrates (PC)...
September 29, 2016: Transfusion and Apheresis Science
Céline Pasian, Raymond Azar, Denis Fouque
Protein energy wasting (PEW) is an independent factor associated with morbi-mortality in chronic kidney disease. Wasting is particularly common in chronic diseases of organs such as kidney disease with a major impact at the stage of dialysis. It covers 20 to 70% of patients diagnosed with chronic kidney disease according to the degree of evolution of the disease and the diagnostic method used patients. Mechanisms of PEW are based mainly on anorexia and metabolic abnormalities caused by kidney disease. Nutritional treatment differs depending on the stage of the kidney disease acute or chronic treated whether or not by dialysis...
October 17, 2016: Néphrologie & Thérapeutique
Masahiro Iikubo, Takashi Nishioka, Shintaro Okura, Kaoru Kobayashi, Tsukasa Sano, Akitoshi Katsumata, Eiichiro Ariji, Ikuho Kojima, Maya Sakamoto, Takashi Sasano
OBJECTIVE: To determine the optimal scan settings (scan mode and position of field of view [FOV]) for cone beam computed tomography to reduce root fracture-like artifacts that are often observed in teeth filled with gutta-percha cones (GPCs). STUDY DESIGN: Fracture-like artifacts that appeared on cone beam computed tomography images of 9 extracted human mandibular premolars filled with GPCs were analyzed using I-mode (FOV, 102 mm; voxel size, 0.2 mm) and D-mode (FOV, 51 mm; voxel size, 0...
November 2016: Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology
Giulio Binetti, Laura Del Coco, Rosa Ragone, Samanta Zelasco, Enzo Perri, Cinzia Montemurro, Raffaele Valentini, David Naso, Francesco Paolo Fanizzi, Francesco Paolo Schena
The development of an efficient and accurate method for extra-virgin olive oils cultivar and origin authentication is complicated by the broad range of variables (e.g., multiplicity of varieties, pedo-climatic aspects, production and storage conditions) influencing their properties. In this study, artificial neural networks (ANNs) were applied on several analytical datasets, namely standard merceological parameters, near-infra red data and (1)H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) fingerprints, obtained on mono-cultivar olive oils of four representative Apulian varieties (Coratina, Ogliarola, Cima di Mola, Peranzana)...
March 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
P Han, X R Niu, X Y Du, Z C Chen, Y Xu, Y Cheng, Y Gao, Q Zhang, M Xu
Cochlear implant (CI) is an artificial electronic device which can provide a sense of sound to a patient with severe or profound hearing loss. Pathological changes have been observed after CI surgery, which might influence the effectiveness of the CI procedure. In this review, we divided the postoperative pathological changes of the temporal bone into two categories according to different stages: immediate trauma and delayed side effects. Immediate trauma might arise from traumatic insertion of the electrode during CI surgery, which included trauma at cochleostomy site, lateral wall trauma, basilar membrane injury, osseous lamina fracture and modiolar injury...
October 7, 2016: Zhonghua Er Bi Yan Hou Tou Jing Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
Jaime I Davila, Numrah M Fadra, Xiaoke Wang, Amber M McDonald, Asha A Nair, Barbara R Crusan, Xianglin Wu, Joseph H Blommel, Jin Jen, Kandelaria M Rumilla, Robert B Jenkins, Umut Aypar, Eric W Klee, Benjamin R Kipp, Kevin C Halling
BACKGROUND: RNA-seq is a well-established method for studying the transcriptome. Popular methods for library preparation in RNA-seq such as Illumina TruSeq® RNA v2 kit use a poly-A pulldown strategy. Such methods can cause loss of coverage at the 5' end of genes, impacting the ability to detect fusions when used on degraded samples. The goal of this study was to quantify the effects RNA degradation has on fusion detection when using poly-A selected mRNA and to identify the variables involved in this process...
October 20, 2016: BMC Genomics
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