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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437724/synthesis-of-zno-nanorod-based-materials-for-antibacterial-antifungal-activities-dna-cleavage-and-efficient-ultrasound-assisted-dyes-adsorption
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Ali Akbar Bazrafshan, Mehrorang Ghaedi, Shaaker Hajati, Reza Naghiha, Arash Asfaram
Undoped and Au-doped ZnO-nanorods were synthesized in the presence of ultrasound and loaded on activated carbon following characterization by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmittance electron microscopy (TEM), UV-vis spectrophotometry and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). The Au-doped ZnO-nanorod-loaded activated carbon (Au-ZnO-NRs-AC) was used for the simultaneous removal of methylene blue (MB) and auramine O (AO) from aqueous solutions. Central composite design (CCD) under response surface methodology (RSM) was applied to model and optimize the dyes removal versus adsorbent mass, pH, and initial dyes concentration and sonication time as well as to investigate the possible interaction between these variables...
April 21, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437626/recent-advances-in-co2-bubble-generating-carrier-systems-for-localized-controlled-release
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REVIEW
Yu-Jung Lin, Chieh-Cheng Huang, Wei-Lin Wan, Ching-Hua Chiang, Yen Chang, Hsing-Wen Sung
This article reviews recent progress in the development of carbon dioxide (CO2) bubble-generating drug carriers, including their designs and operating mechanisms; these carriers constitute an advanced class of stimuli-responsive delivery systems with considerable potential. The drug carriers contain stimuli-responsive agents, which are stable before they reach the target location, but enable rapid drug release that is triggered by the generation of CO2 bubbles, which are chemically inert, under certain stimuli...
April 12, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436959/peptide-mhc-based-nanomedicines-for-autoimmunity-function-as-t-cell-receptor-microclustering-devices
#3
Santiswarup Singha, Kun Shao, Yang Yang, Xavier Clemente-Casares, Patricia Solé, Antonio Clemente, Jesús Blanco, Qin Dai, Fayi Song, Shang Wan Liu, Jun Yamanouchi, Channakeshava Sokke Umeshappa, Roopa Hebbandi Nanjundappa, Pascal Detampel, Matthias Amrein, César Fandos, Robert Tanguay, Susan Newbigging, Pau Serra, Anmar Khadra, Warren C W Chan, Pere Santamaria
We have shown that nanoparticles (NPs) can be used as ligand-multimerization platforms to activate specific cellular receptors in vivo. Nanoparticles coated with autoimmune disease-relevant peptide-major histocompatibility complexes (pMHC) blunted autoimmune responses by triggering the differentiation and expansion of antigen-specific regulatory T cells in vivo. Here, we define the engineering principles impacting biological activity, detail a synthesis process yielding safe and stable compounds, and visualize how these nanomedicines interact with cognate T cells...
April 24, 2017: Nature Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435466/design-of-tumor-acidity-responsive-sheddable-nanoparticles-for-fluorescence-magnetic-resonance-imaging-guided-photodynamic-therapy
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Feng Fan, Yue Yu, Fei Zhong, Meng Gao, Tianmeng Sun, Jiaxin Liu, Huimao Zhang, Haisheng Qian, Wei Tao, Xianzhu Yang
Imaging-guided cancer therapy, which integrates diagnostic and therapeutic functionalities into a single system, holds great promise to enhance the accuracy of diagnosis and improve the efficacy of therapy. Specifically, for photodynamic therapy (PDT), it is highly desirable to precisely focus laser light onto the tumor areas to generate reactive oxygen species (ROS) that are cytotoxic tumor cells and avoid light-associated side effects. Herein, a distinct three-layer nanostructured particle with tumor acidity-responsiveness (S-NP) that encapsulates the photosensitizer chlorin e6 (Ce6) and chelates Gd(3+) is successfully developed for fluorescence/magnetic resonance (MR) dual-model imaging-guided precision PDT...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434994/transient-upregulation-of-nav1-6-expression-in-the-genu-of-corpus-callosum-following-middle-cerebral-artery-occlusion-in-the-rats
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Hongyan Zhu, Weide Lin, Yuxiao Zhao, Ziyi Wang, Wenwen Lao, Ping Kuang, Houguang Zhou
Focal ischemic stroke can lead to brain damage and cause human disability and death. Increased excitatory transmission and reduced neuronal inhibition are important pathological alterations in the cerebral ischemia, which can induce abnormal brain excitability. Nav1.6 is a key determinant of neuronal excitability in the nervous system. Here we investigate the expression of Nav1.6 at protein and mRNA levels in the rats subjected to middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO).Nav1.6 expression at mRNA levels in the ischemic and contralateral hemispheres of MCAO rats were persistently decreased at 6h, 12h and 24h after reperfusion compared to the sham-operated rats...
April 20, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434403/immunotherapy-in-genitourinary-malignancies
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REVIEW
Kathan Mehta, Keyur Patel, Rahul A Parikh
Treatment of cancer patients involves a multidisciplinary approach including surgery, radiotherapy, and chemotherapy. Traditionally, patients with metastatic disease are treated with combination chemotherapies or targeted agents. These cytotoxic agents have good response rates and achieve palliation; however, complete responses are rarely seen. The field of cancer immunology has made rapid advances in the past 20 years. Recently, a number of agents and vaccines, which modulate the immune system to allow it to detect and target cancer cells, are being developed...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434399/the-next-generation-of-immunotherapy-keeping-lung-cancer-in-check
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REVIEW
Ashwin Somasundaram, Timothy F Burns
Lung cancer is the deadliest malignancy with more cancer deaths per year than the next three cancers combined. Despite remarkable advances in targeted therapy, advanced lung cancer patients have not experienced a significant improvement in mortality. Lung cancer has been shown to be immunogenic and responsive to checkpoint blockade therapy. Checkpoint signals such as CTLA-4 and PD-1/PD-L1 dampen T cell activation and allow tumors to escape the adaptive immune response. Response rates in patients with pretreated, advanced NSCLC were much higher and more durable with PD-1 blockade therapy compared to standard-of-care, cytotoxic chemotherapy...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433745/hypoxia-augments-lps-induced-inflammation-and-triggers-high-altitude-cerebral-edema-in-mice
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Yanzhao Zhou, Xin Huang, Tong Zhao, Meng Qiao, Xingnan Zhao, Ming Zhao, Lun Xu, Yongqi Zhao, Liying Wu, Kuiwu Wu, Ruoli Chen, Ming Fan, Lingling Zhu
High altitude cerebral edema (HACE) is a life-threatening illness that develops during the rapid ascent to high altitudes, but its underlying mechanisms remain unclear. Growing evidence has implicated inflammation in the susceptibility to and development of brain edema. In the present study, we investigated the inflammatory response and its roles in HACE in mice following high altitude hypoxic injury. We report that acute hypobaric hypoxia induced a slight inflammatory response or brain edema within 24 h in mice...
April 19, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433470/daily-supplementation-of-dietary-protein-improves-the-metabolic-effects-of-glp-1-based-pharmacotherapy-in-lean-and-obese-rats
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Elizabeth G Mietlicki-Baase, Kieran Koch-Laskowski, Lauren E McGrath, Joanna Krawczyk, Tram Pham, Rinzin Lhamo, David J Reiner, Matthew R Hayes
Glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) is an incretin hormone released from intestinal L-cells in response to food entering into the gastrointestinal tract. GLP-1-based pharmaceuticals improve blood glucose regulation and reduce feeding. Specific macronutrients, when ingested, may trigger GLP-1 secretion and enhance the effects of systemic sitagliptin, a pharmacological inhibitor of DPP-IV (an enzyme that rapidly degrades GLP-1). In particular, macronutrient constituents found in dairy foods may act as potent secretagogues for GLP-1, and acute preclinical trials show that ingestion of dairy protein may represent a promising adjunct behavioral therapy in combination with sitagliptin...
April 19, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431469/enhanced-response-time-of-electrowetting-lenses-with-shaped-input-voltage-functions
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Omkar D Supekar, Mo Zohrabi, Juliet T Gopinath, Victor M Bright
Adaptive optical lenses, based on the electrowetting principle, are being rapidly implemented in many applications such as microscopy, remote sensing, displays, and optical communication. To characterize the response of these electrowetting lenses, the dependence on DC driving voltage functions was investigated in a low viscosity liquid system. Cylindrical lenses with inner diameter 2.45 and 3.95-mm were used to characterize the dynamic behavior of the liquids under DC voltage electrowetting actuation. By increasing the rise time of the input exponential driving voltage, the originally underdamped system response can be damped, enabling a smooth response from the lens...
April 21, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430184/the-ubiquitin-ligase-lin41-trim71-targets-p53-to-antagonize-cell-death-and-differentiation-pathways-during-stem-cell-differentiation
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Duong Thi Thuy Nguyen, Daniel Richter, Geert Michel, Sibylle Mitschka, Waldemar Kolanus, Elisa Cuevas, F Gregory Wulczyn
Rapidity and specificity are characteristic features of proteolysis mediated by the ubiquitin-proteasome system. Therefore, the UPS is ideally suited for the remodeling of the embryonic stem cell proteome during the transition from pluripotent to differentiated states and its inverse, the generation of inducible pluripotent stem cells. The Trim-NHL family member LIN41 is among the first E3 ubiquitin ligases to be linked to stem cell pluripotency and reprogramming. Initially discovered in C. elegans as a downstream target of the let-7 miRNA, LIN41 is now recognized as a critical regulator of stem cell fates as well as the timing of neurogenesis...
April 21, 2017: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428882/differential-phenotypes-of-memory-cd4-and-cd8-t-cells-in-the-spleen-and-peripheral-tissues-following-immunostimulatory-therapy
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Gail D Sckisel, Annie Mirsoian, Christine M Minnar, Marka Crittenden, Brendan Curti, Jane Q Chen, Bruce R Blazar, Alexander D Borowsky, Arta M Monjazeb, William J Murphy
BACKGROUND: Studies assessing immune parameters typically utilize human PBMCs or murine splenocytes to generate data that is interpreted as representative of immune status. Using splenocytes, we have shown memory CD4-T cells that expand following systemic immunostimulatory therapies undergo rapid IFNg-mediated activation induced cell death (AICD) resulting in a net loss of total CD4-T cells which correlates with elevated PD-1 expression. This is in contrast to CD8-T cells which expand with minimal PD-1 upregulation and apoptosis...
2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428631/an-overview-of-the-synergy-and-crosstalk-between-pentraxins-and-collectins-ficolins-their-functional-relevance-in-complement-activation
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REVIEW
Ying Jie Ma, Bok Luel Lee, Peter Garred
The complement system is an innate immune defense machinery comprising components that deploy rapid immune responses and provide efficient protection against foreign invaders and unwanted host elements. The complement system is activated upon recognition of pathogenic microorganisms or altered self-cells by exclusive pattern recognition molecules (PRMs), such as collectins, ficolins and pentraxins. Recent accumulating evidence shows that the different classes of effector PRMs build up a co-operative network and exert synergistic effects on complement activation...
April 21, 2017: Experimental & Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427998/nitric-oxide-regulated-proteolysis-of-human-cyp2b6-via-the-ubiquitin-proteasome-system
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Choon-Myung Lee, Shweta Tripathi, Edward T Morgan
We showed previously that rat cytochrome P450 CYP2B1 undergoes NO-dependent proteasomal degradation in response to inflammatory stimuli, and that the related human enzyme CYP2B6 is also down-regulated by NO in primary human hepatocytes. To investigate the mechanism of CYP2B6 down-regulation, we made several cell lines (HeLa and HuH7 cells) in which native CYP2B6 or CYP2B6 with a C-terminal V5 tag (CYP2B6V5) are expressed from a lentiviral vector with a cytomegalovirus promoter. Native CYP2B6 protein was rapidly down-regulated in HeLa cells within 3h of treatment with the NO donor (Z)-1-[2-(2-Aminoethyl)-N-(2-ammonioethyl)amino]diazen-1-ium-1,2-diolate, while its mRNA level was not down-regulated...
April 17, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427104/pharmacokinetics-and-pharmacodynamics-of-tofogliflozin-a-selective-sglt2-inhibitor-in-healthy-male-subjects
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Nahoko Kasahara-Ito, Hiroyuki Fukase, Yoichiro Ogama, Tomohisa Saito, Yasuhiro Ohba, Sumire Shimada, Yasuki Takano, Tomoko Ichihara, Kimio Terao, Noboru Nakamichi, Yuji Kumagai, Sachiya Ikeda
Tofogliflozin is a selective oral inhibitor of sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 for treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus. The pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and safety of tofogliflozin were investigated in healthy male subjects. Three studies were conducted: single-ascending dose study (10-640 mg) in 56 Japanese and 24 Caucasian subjects; multiple-ascending dose study (2.5-80 mg once daily for 7 days) in 24 Japanese subjects; and food-effect study (20-40 mg) in 30 Japanese subjects. Tofogliflozin was absorbed rapidly and eliminated from the systemic circulation with a t1/2 of 5-6 h...
April 20, 2017: Drug Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427069/practical-lessons-from-protocol-i-for-the-management-of-diabetic-macular-edema
#16
Lekha Mukkamala, Neelakshi Bhagat, Marco A Zarbin
Protocol I, a multicenter randomized clinical trial, compared the visual outcomes of patients treated with 0.5 mg intravitreal ranibizumab with either prompt or deferred (by 24 weeks laser), 4 mg intravitreal triamcinolone with prompt laser, or sham injection with prompt laser for the treatment of center-involving diabetic macular edema (DME). A total of 854 adult patients with type I or II diabetes and any level of non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy or proliferative retinopathy with adequate panretinal photocoagulation, with best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) of 78 to 24 ETDRS letters (Snellen equivalent of 20/32 to 20/320) and visual loss attributed to macular edema, or retinal thickening with central subfield thickness of at least 250 µm by OCT were enrolled...
2017: Developments in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426958/elucidating-the-role-of-trem2-in-alzheimer-s-disease
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REVIEW
Jason D Ulrich, Tyler K Ulland, Marco Colonna, David M Holtzman
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and the most common cause of dementia in the elderly. Genetic factors, such as rare variants in the microglial-expressed gene TREM2, strongly impact the lifetime risk of developing AD. Several recent studies have described dramatic TREM2-dependent phenotypes in mouse models of amyloidosis that point to an important role for TREM2 in regulating the response of the innate immune system to Aβ pathology. Furthermore, elevations in the CSF levels of soluble TREM2 fragments implicate changes in inflammatory pathways as occurring coincident with markers of neuronal damage and the onset of clinical dementia in AD...
April 19, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426053/improved-spatial-resolution-for-spot-sampling-in-thermal-desorption-atomic-force-microscopy-mass-spectrometry-via-rapid-heating-functions
#18
Suhas Somnath, Stephen Jesse, Gary J Van Berkel, Sergei V Kalinin, Olga S Ovchinnikova
The key to advancing materials is to understand and control their structure and chemistry. However, thorough chemical characterization is challenging since existing techniques characterize only a few properties of the specimen, thereby necessitating multiple measurement platforms to acquire the necessary information. The multimodal combination of atomic force microscopy (AFM) and mass spectrometry (MS) transcends existing analytical capabilities for nanometer scale spatially resolved correlation of the chemical and physical properties of a sample surface...
April 20, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425695/reduced-graphene-oxide-containing-smart-hydrogels-with-excellent-electro-response-and-mechanical-property-for-soft-actuators
#19
Chao Yang, Zhuang Liu, Chen Chen, Kun Shi, Lei Zhang, Xiao-Jie Ju, Wei Wang, Rui Xie, Liang-Yin Chu
A novel reduced graphene oxide/poly(2-acrylamido-2-methylpropane sulfonic acid-co-acrylamide) (rGO/poly(AMPS-co-AAm)) nanocomposite hydrogel that possesses excellent electro-response and mechanical property has been successfully developed. The rGO nanosheets that homogeneously dispersed in the hydrogels could provide prominent conductive platforms for promoting the ion transport inside the hydrogels to generate significant osmotic pressure between the external and internal of such nanocomposite hydrogels. Thus, the electro-responsive rate and degree of the hydrogel for both deswelling and bending performances become rapid and remarkable...
April 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425472/label-free-single-cell-separation-and-imaging-of-cancer-cells-using-an-integrated-microfluidic-system
#20
Maria Antfolk, Soo Hyeon Kim, Saori Koizumi, Teruo Fujii, Thomas Laurell
The incidence of cancer is increasing worldwide and metastatic disease, through the spread of circulating tumor cells (CTCs), is responsible for the majority of the cancer deaths. Accurate monitoring of CTC levels in blood provides clinical information supporting therapeutic decision making, and improved methods for CTC enumeration are asked for. Microfluidics has been extensively used for this purpose but most methods require several post-separation processing steps including concentration of the sample before analysis...
April 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
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