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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432339/multifunctional-substrate-of-label-free-electrochemical-immunosensor-for-ultrasensitive-detection-of-cytokeratins-antigen-21-1
#1
Huiqiang Wang, Xin Gao, Zhanfang Ma
Poly(thionine)-Au, a novel multifunctional substrate with excellent redox signal, enzyme-like activity, and easy antibody immobilisation, was synthesised using HAuCl4 as the oxidising agent and thionine as the monomer. The prepared poly(thionine)-Au composite exhibited an admirable electrochemical redox signal at -0.15 V and excellent H2O2 catalytic ability. In addition, gold nanoparticles in this composite were found to directly immobilise antibodies and further improve conductivity. In addition, a label-free electrochemical immunosensor was developed using poly(thionine)-Au as the sensing substrate for ultrasensitive detection of cytokeratin antigen 21-1 (CYFRA 21-1), an immunoassay found in human serum...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430517/small-particle-driven-chain-disentanglements-in-polymer-nanocomposites
#2
Erkan Senses, Siyam M Ansar, Christopher L Kitchens, Yimin Mao, Suresh Narayanan, Bharath Natarajan, Antonio Faraone
Using neutron spin-echo spectroscopy, x-ray photon correlation spectroscopy, and bulk rheology, we studied the effect of particle size on the single-chain dynamics, particle mobility, and bulk viscosity in athermal polyethylene oxide-gold nanoparticle composites. The results reveal a ≈25% increase in the reptation tube diameter with the addition of nanoparticles smaller than the entanglement mesh size (≈5  nm), at a volume fraction of 20%. The tube diameter remains unchanged in the composite with larger (20 nm) nanoparticles at the same loading...
April 7, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429183/label-free-okadaic-acid-detection-using-growth-of-gold-nanoparticles-in-sensor-gaps-as-a-conductive-tag
#3
Yuxiang Pan, Zijian Wan, Longjie Zhong, Xueqin Li, Qi Wu, Jun Wang, Ping Wang
Okadaic acid (OA) is a marine toxin ingested by shellfish. In this work, a simple, sensitive and label-free gap-based electrical competitive bioassay has been developed for this biotoxin detection. The gap-electrical biosensor is constructed by modifying interdigitated microelectrodes with gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) and using the self-catalytic growth of AuNPs as conductive bridges. In this development, the AuNPs growth is realized in the solution of glucose and chloroauric acid, with glucose oxidation used as the catalysis for growth of the AuNPs...
June 2017: Biomedical Microdevices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426445/small-dense-ldl-an-update
#4
Philipp A Gerber, Dragana Nikolic, Manfredi Rizzo
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: In this review, we summarize the latest findings on small, dense LDL (sdLDL) atherogenic particles, including their associations with other biomarkers. RECENT FINDINGS: Increased sdLDL levels have been reported not only in different metabolic disorders such as diabetes, obesity and metabolic syndrome, but also in patients with rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis as well as hypothyroidism. A wide range of lipid-lowering, as well as other drug classes, including novel antidiabetic agents and nutraceuticals, exert favourable effects on these atherogenic particles...
April 19, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425345/surrogate-marker-analysis-in-cancer-clinical-trials-through-time-to-event-mediation-techniques
#5
Sjouke Vandenberghe, Luc Duchateau, Leen Slaets, Jan Bogaerts, Stijn Vansteelandt
The meta-analytic approach is the gold standard for validation of surrogate markers, but has the drawback of requiring data from several trials. We refine modern mediation analysis techniques for time-to-event endpoints and apply them to investigate whether pathological complete response can be used as a surrogate marker for disease-free survival in the EORTC 10994/BIG 1-00 randomised phase 3 trial in which locally advanced breast cancer patients were randomised to either taxane or anthracycline based neoadjuvant chemotherapy...
January 1, 2017: Statistical Methods in Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419942/nucleotide-directed-syntheses-of-gold-nanohybrid-systems-with-structure-dependent-optical-features-selective-fluorescence-sensing-of-fe-3-ions
#6
Ditta Ungor, Edit Csapó, Barbara Kismárton, Ádám Juhász, Imre Dékány
This study demonstrates a one-step synthesis for the preparation of both adenosine monophosphate (AMP)-stabilized colloidal gold nanoparticles (AMP-Au NPs) and fluorescent gold nanoclusters (AMP-Au NCs). The dominant role of AMP:AuCl4(-) molar ratios in the formation of diverse nanosized Au products was proved. The size, the structure and the unique structure-dependent optical properties of the NPs and NCs were determined based on the results of numerous spectroscopic (UV-vis, fluorescence, infrared, x-ray photoelectron), high resolution electron microscopy (HRTEM) and dynamic light scattering (DLS) techniques...
April 9, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417509/a-biomolecular-recognition-approach-for-the-functionalization-of-cellulose-with-gold-nanoparticles
#7
A Almeida, A M M Rosa, A M Azevedo, D M F Prazeres
Materials with new and improved functionalities can be obtained by modifying cellulose with gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) via the in situ reduction of a gold precursor or the deposition or covalent immobilization of pre-synthesized AuNPs. Here, we present an alternative biomolecular recognition approach to functionalize cellulose with biotin-AuNPs that relies on a complex of 2 recognition elements: a ZZ-CBM3 fusion that combines a carbohydrate-binding module (CBM) with the ZZ fragment of the staphylococcal protein A and an anti-biotin antibody...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Molecular Recognition: JMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416015/costs-and-health-related-quality-of-life-in-alpha-1-antitrypsin-deficient-copd-patients
#8
Florian M Karl, Rolf Holle, Robert Bals, Timm Greulich, Rudolf A Jörres, Annika Karch, Armin Koch, Stefan Karrasch, Reiner Leidl, Holger Schulz, Claus Vogelmeier, Margarethe E Wacker
BACKGROUND: Alpha-1-Antitrypsin Deficiency (AATD) is an economically unexplored genetic disease. METHODS: Direct and indirect costs (based on self-reported information on healthcare utilization) and health-related quality of life (HRQL, as assessed by SGRQ, CAT, and EQ-5D-3 L) were compared between 131 AATD patients (106 with, 25 without augmentation therapy (AT)) and 2,049 COPD patients without AATD participating in the COSYCONET COPD cohort. The medication costs of AT were excluded from all analyses to reveal differences associated with morbidity profiles...
April 17, 2017: Respiratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415425/-click-access-to-multilayer-functionalized-au-surface-a-terpyridine-patterning-example
#9
Flavia A Martin, Daniel Marconi, Silvia Neamtu, Teodora Radu, Monica Florescu, Rodica Turcu, Claudia Lar, Niculina D Hădade, Ion Grosu, Ioan Turcu
This work is focused on self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) fabrication, using two types of Au surfaces, by subsequent attachment of different layers in order to develop a stable platform consisting of covalent multilayer functionalized gold surfaces. The key step in the construction of SAMs is the covalent linkage to the gold surface, via an amino-thiol derivative, of a cyclooctyne unit exhibiting strained triple bonds which react fast (catalysts are not needed) and quantitatively with organic azides and enable the introduction of various chemical functionalized entities on the gold surface...
June 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414740/cryopreserved-human-aortic-root-allografts-arterial-wall-structural-changes-occurring-during-thawing
#10
Robert Novotny, Dasa Slizova, Jaroslav Hlubocky, Otakar Krs, Jaroslav Spatenka, Jan Burkert, Radovan Fiala, Petr Mitas, Pavel Mericka, Miroslav Spacek, Zuzana Hlubocka, Jaroslav Lindner
BACKGROUND: The aim of our experimental work was to assess morphological changes of arterial wall that arise during different thawing protocols of a cryopreserved human aortic root allograft (CHARA) arterial wall. METHODS: The experiment was performed on CHARAs. Two thawing protocols were tested: 1, CHARAs were thawed at a room temperature at +23°C; 2, CHARAs were placed directly into a water bath at +37°C. MICROSCOPIC SAMPLES PREPARATION: After fixation, all samples were washed in distilled water for 5 min, and dehydrated in a graded ethanol series (70, 85, 95, and 100%) for 5 min at each level...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414450/fabrication-of-au-nanoparticle-embedded-lipid-bilayer-membranes-supported-on-solid-substrates
#11
Naotoshi Sakaguchi, Yasuo Kimura, Ayumi Hirano-Iwata, Toshio Ogino
We fabricated gold nanoparticle (Au-NP)-embedded supported lipid bilayers (SLBs) by two methods. In the vesicle-vesicle fusion method, vesicles with hydrophobized Au-NPs are ruptured and fused on SiO2/Si substrates. In the vesicle-membrane fusion method, SLBs without Au-NPs were preformed on the substrate and then vesicles with Au-NPs were fused into the preformed membranes. In the former method, Au-NP incorporation into the SLBs was observed as an increase in the membrane thickness in atomic force microscopy (AFM) images and directly observed by transmission electron microscopy...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413944/the-assessment-of-motor-fatigability-in-persons-with-multiple-sclerosis-a-systematic-review
#12
Deborah Severijns, Inge Zijdewind, Ulrik Dalgas, Ilse Lamers, Caroline Lismont, Peter Feys
BACKGROUND: Persons with multiple sclerosis (PwMS) are often characterized by increased motor fatigability, which is a performance change on an objectively measured criterion after any type of voluntary muscle contractions. This review summarizes the existing literature to determine which protocols and outcome measures are best to detect or study motor fatigability and the underlying mechanisms in MS. METHODS: Two electronic databases, PubMed and Web of Science, were searched for relevant articles published until August 2016 with a combination of multiple sclerosis, fatigability, muscle fatigue, and motor fatigue...
May 2017: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411630/an-immunochromatographic-assay-for-carcinoembryonic-antigen-on-cotton-thread-using-a-composite-of-carbon-nanotubes-and-gold-nanoparticles-as-reporters
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Xiaobo Jia, Tingting Song, Yan Liu, Lili Meng, Xun Mao
This paper describes a low-cost, sensitive, visual and rapid immunochromatographic assay method on cotton thread for carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) detection by using novel carbon nanotube/gold nanoparticles (CNT/GNPs) nanocomposite reporter probe. CEA, a lung cancer protein biomarker, was used as analyte to demonstrate the principle of the immunochromatographic assay on cotton thread biosensor. In the presence of target CEA, the decreasing aggregation amount of CNT/GNPs nanocomposite reporter probes on the test zone induced directly readout by naked eye...
May 29, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411590/effects-of-ordered-islands-on-surface-resistivity-ni-on-au-111
#14
Joshua I Cohen, R G Tobin
The change in surface resistivity due to the formation of nickel islands on gold(111) was studied by measuring the resistance of a thin film of Au as a function of Ni coverage, θ. Previous studies showed that the Au(111) herringbone reconstruction provides a template for the periodic growth of ordered islands. Ni islands grow radially until θ ≈ 0.3 ML, after which subsequent Ni atoms contribute primarily to a second layer. Since Ni atoms on Au(111) grow in ordered nanoclusters, a nonlinear dependence of resistance on θ might be anticipated...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410131/substance-use-disorder-a-bio-directional-subset-of-reward-deficiency-syndrome
#15
Kenneth Blum, Mark Gold, Zsolt Demetrovics, Trevor Archer, Panayotis K Thanos, David Baron, Rajendra D Badgaiyan
This commentary is to inform clinicians challenged with an increase in people seeking treatment for Substance Use Disorder (SUD), that the ninety percent revolving door, is, in part, due to post-withdrawal, untreated neurotoxicity. This impairment attenuates neurotransmitter signaling and compromises resting state functional connectivity, leading to unwanted sequelae including depression, sleep disturbances, sensation seeking, lack of satisfaction and impulsivity. Neuroimaging studies indicate that neurobiological recovery can take years...
June 1, 2017: Frontiers in Bioscience (Landmark Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408926/male-hypogonadism-and-osteoporosis-the-effects-clinical-consequences-and-treatment-of-testosterone-deficiency-in-bone-health
#16
REVIEW
Gary Golds, Devon Houdek, Terra Arnason
It is well recognized that bone loss accelerates in hypogonadal states, with female menopause being the classic example of sex hormones affecting the regulation of bone metabolism. Underrepresented is our knowledge of the clinical and metabolic consequences of overt male hypogonadism, as well as the more subtle age-related decline in testosterone on bone quality. While menopause and estrogen deficiency are well-known risk factors for osteoporosis in women, the effects of age-related testosterone decline in men on bone health are less well known...
2017: International Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408844/non-small-cell-lung-cancer-cell-lines-a549-and-nci-h460-express-hypoxanthine-guanine-phosphoribosyltransferase-on-the-plasma-membrane
#17
Michelle H Townsend, Michael D Anderson, Evita G Weagel, Edwin J Velazquez, K Scott Weber, Richard A Robison, Kim L O'Neill
In both males and females, lung cancer is one of the most lethal cancers worldwide and accounts for >30% of cancer-related deaths. Despite advances in biomarker analysis and tumor characterization, there remains a need to find suitable biomarker antigen targets for treatment in late-stage lung cancer. Previous research on the salvage pathway enzyme TK1 shows a unique relationship with cancer patients as serum levels are raised according to cancer grade. To expand this analysis, the other salvage pathway enzymes were evaluated for possible upregulation within lung cancer...
2017: OncoTargets and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402537/performance-assessment-and-translation-of-physiologically-based-pharmacokinetic-models-from-acslx%C3%A2-to-berkeley-madonna%C3%A2-matlab%C3%A2-and-r-language-oxytetracycline-and-gold-nanoparticles-as-case-examples
#18
Zhoumeng Lin, Majid Jaberi-Douraki, Chunla He, Shiqiang Jin, Raymond S H Yang, Jeffrey W Fisher, Jim E Riviere
Many physiologically based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) models for environmental chemicals, drugs, and nanomaterials have been developed to aid risk and safety assessments using acslXTM. However, acslXTM has been rendered sunset since November 2015. Alternative modeling tools and tutorials are needed for future PBPK applications. This forum article aimed to: (1) demonstrate the performance of four PBPK modeling software packages (acslXTM, Berkeley MadonnaTM, MATLAB®, and R language) tested using two existing models (oxytetracycline and gold nanoparticles); (2) provide a tutorial of PBPK model code conversion from acslXTM to Berkeley MadonnaTM, MATLAB®, and R language; (3) discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each software package in the implementation of PBPK models in toxicology, and (4) share our perspective about future direction in this field...
April 8, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402361/electronic-characterization-of-geobacter-sulfurreducens-pilins-in-self-assembled-monolayers-unmasks-tunnelling-and-hopping-conduction-pathways
#19
Krista M Cosert, Rebecca J Steidl, Angelines Castro-Forero, Robert M Worden, Gemma Reguera
The metal-reducing bacterium Geobacter sulfurreducens produces protein nanowires (pili) for fast discharge of respiratory electrons to extracellular electron acceptors such as iron oxides and uranium. Charge transport along the pili requires aromatic residues, which cluster once the peptide subunits (pilins) assemble keeping inter-aromic distances and geometries optimal for multistep hopping. The presence of intramolecular aromatic contacts and the predominantly α-helical conformation of the pilins has been proposed to contribute to charge transport and rectification...
April 12, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399985/immunosuppressive-treatment-of-non-infectious-uveitis-history-and-current-choices
#20
Zhao Chan, Zhang Meifen
Non-infectious uveitis is one of the leading causes of preventable blindness worldwide. Long-term immunosuppressive treatment is generally required to achieve durable control of inflammation in posterior and panuveitis. Although systemic corticosteroids have been the gold standard of immunosup- pressive treatment for uveitis since first introduced in 1950s, its side effects of long-term use often warrant an adjuvant treatment to reduce the dosage/duration of corticosteroids needed to maintain disease control...
April 10, 2017: Chinese Medical Sciences Journal, Chung-kuo i Hsüeh K'o Hsüeh Tsa Chih
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