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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353321/energy-expenditure-of-rugby-players-during-a-14-day-in-season-period-measured-using-doubly-labelled-water
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Deborah R Smith, R F G J King, L C Duckworth, L Sutton, T Preston, J P O'Hara, B Jones
Criterion data for total energy expenditure (TEE) in elite rugby are lacking, which prediction equations may not reflect accurately. This study quantified TEE of 27 elite male rugby league (RL) and rugby union (RU) players (U16, U20, U24 age groups) during a 14-day in-season period using doubly labelled water (DLW). Measured TEE was also compared to estimated, using prediction equations. Resting metabolic rate (RMR) was measured using indirect calorimetry, and physical activity level (PAL) estimated (TEE:RMR)...
January 20, 2018: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353082/3d-extrusion-printing-of-high-drug-loading-immediate-release-paracetamol-tablets
#2
Shaban A Khaled, Morgan R Alexander, Ricky D Wildman, Martin J Wallace, Sonja Sharpe, Jae Yoo, Clive J Roberts
The manufacture of immediate release high drug loading paracetamol oral tablets was achieved using an extrusion based 3D printer from a premixed water based paste formulation. The 3D printed tablets demonstrate that a very high drug (paracetamol) loading formulation (80% w/w) can be printed as an acceptable tablet using a method suitable for personalisation and distributed manufacture. Paracetamol is an example of a drug whose physical form can present challenges to traditional powder compression tableting...
January 15, 2018: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352977/paclitaxel-inhibited-lysozyme-fibrillation-by-increasing-colloidal-stability-through-formation-of-off-pathway-oligomers
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Ehsan Kachooei, Faroogh Mozaffarian, Fariba Khodagholi, Payam Sedeghi, Leila Karami, Atiyeh Ghasemi, Elham Vahdat, Ali Akbar Saboury, Nader Sheibani, Ali Akbar Moosavi-Movahedi
Protein fibrillation is a challenging issue in medicine, causing many diseases, and an impediment to pharmaceutics and protein industry. Many chemicals, especially polyphenol compounds and aromatic small molecules, have been widely used as an effective strategy to combat protein fibril formation. Hence, understanding mechanisms of fibrillation inhibition and contributing forces in this process are significant. In this study, the inhibitory effect of paclitaxel on lysozyme fibrillation was investigated with respect to thermal and colloidal stability...
January 15, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352260/effect-of-in-vitro-storage-duration-on-measured-mechanical-properties-of-brain-tissue
#4
Wei Zhang, Li-Fu Liu, Yue-Jiao Xiong, Yi-Fan Liu, Sheng-Bo Yu, Cheng-Wei Wu, Weihong Guo
Accurate characterization of the mechanical properties of brain tissue is essential for understanding the mechanisms of traumatic brain injuries and developing protective gears or facilities. However, how storage conditions might affect the mechanical properties of brain tissue remains unclear. The objective of this study is to investigate the effect of in vitro storage duration on the mechanical performance of brain tissue since measurements are usually carried out in vitro. Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) measurements and uniaxial compression mechanical experiments are carried out...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352252/towards-an-experimental-classification-system-for-membrane-active-peptides
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G D Brand, M H S Ramada, T C Genaro-Mattos, C Bloch
Mature proteins can act as potential sources of encrypted bioactive peptides that, once released from their parent proteins, might interact with diverse biomolecular targets. In recent work we introduced a systematic methodology to uncover encrypted intragenic antimicrobial peptides (IAPs) within large protein sequence libraries. Given that such peptides may interact with membranes in different ways, resulting in distinct observable outcomes, it is desirable to develop a predictive methodology to categorize membrane active peptides and establish a link to their physicochemical properties...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352204/local-structure-nucleation-sites-and-crystallization-behavior-and-their-effects-on-magnetic-properties-of-fe81si-x-b10p8-xcu1-x%C3%A2-%C3%A2-0-8
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C C Cao, Y G Wang, L Zhu, Y Meng, X B Zhai, Y D Dai, J K Chen, F M Pan
In this work, an attempt has been made to reveal critical factors dominating the crystallization and soft magnetic properties of Fe81Si x B10P8-xCu1 (x = 0, 2, 4, 6 and 8) alloys. Both melt spun and annealed alloys are characterized by differential scanning calorimetry, X-ray diffractometry, Mössbauer spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy and magnetometry. The changes in magnetic interaction between Fe atoms and chemical homogeneity can well explain the variation of magnetic properties of Fe81Si x B10P8-xCu1 amorphous alloys...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351348/interactions-of-2-o-methyl-oligoribonucleotides-with-the-rna-models-of-the-30s-subunit-a-site
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Maciej Jasiński, Marta Kulik, Monika Wojciechowska, Ryszard Stolarski, Joanna Trylska
Synthetic oligonucleotides targeting functional regions of the prokaryotic rRNA could be promising antimicrobial agents. Indeed, such oligonucleotides were proven to inhibit bacterial growth. 2'-O-methylated (2'-O-Me) oligoribonucleotides with a sequence complementary to the decoding site in 16S rRNA were reported as inhibitors of bacterial translation. However, the binding mode and structures of the formed complexes, as well as the level of selectivity of the oligonucleotides between the prokaryotic and eukaryotic target, were not determined...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351065/measurement-of-binding-strength-between-prey-proteins-interacting-with-toxoplasma-gondii-sag1-and-sag2-using-isothermal-titration-calorimetry-itc
#8
Meng-Yee Lai, Yee-Ling Lau
Following the outcome from a previously performed yeast two-hybrid experiment, the binding strength between T. gondii SAG1 and SAG2 and their respective prey proteins were further confirmed in this study. The sag1, sag2 and their prey genes were amplified and cloned into a pGEMT vector. To express the recombinant proteins, the fragments were then subcloned into a pRSETA vector and transformed into E. coli BL21 (DE3) cells. The recombinant proteins were expressed optimally at 37°C and 1mM of IPTG. The 6X His-tag fusion proteins were purified, dialyzed and concentrated...
March 26, 2018: Acta Parasitologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350229/aggregate-evolution-in-aqueous-solutions-of-a-gemini-surfactant-derived-from-dehydroabietic-acid
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Lin Feng, Danhua Xie, Binglei Song, Jiayu Zhang, Xiaomei Pei, Zhenggang Cui
Innovations in surfactant structure are a feasible way to probe molecular self-assembly principles. Herein, the solution behaviour of a newly synthesized Gemini surfactant derived from dehydroabietic acid, abbreviated R-(EO)-E-R, was investigated using surface tension, fluorescence, isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC), rheology, freeze-fracture transmission electron microscopy (FF-TEM) and cryogenic transmission electron microscopy (cryo-TEM) methods. R-(EO)-E-R has two large, rigid hydrophobic groups. At low concentrations, R-(EO)-E-R forms micelles with an aggregation number of approximately 10, which is smaller than those of Gemini surfactants containing flexible alkyl tails...
January 19, 2018: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350198/preparation-of-sub-3-nm-copper-nanoparticles-by-microwave-irradiation-in-the-presence-of-triethylene-tetramin
#10
Po-Hao Tseng, Yen-Zen Wang, Tar-Hwa Hsieh, Ko-Shan Ho, Cheng-Hsien Tsai, Kuan-Ting Chen
The preparation of sub 3 nm copper nanoparticles (CuNPs) in ethylene glycol (EG) using triethylene tetramine (TETA) as chelating and reducing agents via a rapid microwave (MW) irradiation is reported. The sub 3 nm CuNPs after MW irradiation are clearly seen from the electronic micrographs. The firm chelation of Cu2+ by TETA is illustrated by the dark blue color of Cu2+/TETA/EG solution and the redox reaction is confirmed by the appearance of red color of the mixtures. The optimal mole ratio of TETA/Cu 2+ is found to be 2...
January 19, 2018: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345929/antihypertensive-effects-molecular-docking-study-and-isothermal-titration-calorimetry-assay-of-the-angiotensin-i-converting-enzyme-inhibitory-peptides-from-chlorella-vulgaris
#11
Jingli Xie, Xujun Chen, Junjie Wu, Yanyan Zhang, Yan Zhou, Lujia Zhang, Yajie Tang, Dong-Zhi Wei
The aim of this work is to explore angiotensin I-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitory peptides from Chlorella vulgaris (C. vulgaris) and discover the inhibitory mechanism of the peptides. After C. vulgaris proteins were gastrointestinal digested in silico, several ACE inhibitory peptides with C-terminal tryptophan were screened. Among them, two novel non-competitive ACE inhibitors, Thr-Thr-Trp (TTW) and Val-His-Trp (VHW), exhibited the highest inhibitory activity indicated by IC50 values, 0.61 ± 0.12 and 0.91 ± 0...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345928/physicochemical-properties-of-whey-protein-stabilized-astaxanthin-nanodispersion-and-its-transport-via-caco-2-monolayer
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Xue Shen, Changhui Zhao, Jing Lu, Mingruo Guo
Astaxanthin nanodispersion was prepared using whey protein isolate (WPI) and polymerized whey protein (PWP) through an emulsification-evaporation technique. The physicochemical properties of the astaxanthin nanodispersion were evaluated and the transport of astaxanthin was assessed using a Caco-2 cell monolayer model. The astaxanthin nanodispersions stabilized by WPI and PWP (2.5%, w/w) had a small particle size (121 ± 4.9 and 80.4 ± 5.9 nm), negative zeta potential (-19.3 ± 1.5 and -35.0 ± 2.2 mV), and high encapsulation efficiency (92...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342978/host-guest-interaction-of-cucurbit-8-uril-with-n-3-aminopropyl-cyclohexylamine-cyclohexyl-encapsulation-triggered-ternary-complex
#13
Yu Xia, Chuan-Zeng Wang, Mengkui Tian, Zhu Tao, Xin-Long Ni, Timothy J Prior, Carl Redshaw
The host-guest interaction of a series of cyclohexyl-appended guests with cucurbit[8]uril (Q[8]) was studied by ¹H NMR spectroscopy, isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC), and X-ray crystallography. The X-ray structure revealed that two cycloalkane moieties can be simultaneously encapsulated in the hydrophobic cavity of the Q[8] host to form a ternary complex for the first time.
January 15, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342894/crystallization-of-tio%C3%A2-nanotubes-by-in-situ-heating-tem
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Alberto Casu, Andrea Lamberti, Stefano Stassi, Andrea Falqui
The thermally-induced crystallization of anodically grown TiO₂ amorphous nanotubes has been studied so far under ambient pressure conditions by techniques such as differential scanning calorimetry and in situ X-ray diffraction, then looking at the overall response of several thousands of nanotubes in a carpet arrangement. Here we report a study of this phenomenon based on an in situ transmission electron microscopy approach that uses a twofold strategy. First, a group of some tens of TiO₂ amorphous nanotubes was heated looking at their electron diffraction pattern change versus temperature, in order to determine both the initial temperature of crystallization and the corresponding crystalline phases...
January 14, 2018: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341970/does-the-use-of-indirect-calorimetry-change-outcome-in-the-icu-yes-it-does
#15
Elisabeth De Waele, Patrick M Honoré, Manu L N G Malbrain
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To review the recent findings on metabolic monitoring and possible beneficial effects of an adequate nutrition therapy, based on indirect calorimetry as the golden standard to predict energy expenditure. RECENT FINDINGS: in the last decades, major steps are taken in the field of metabolism and nutrition, evolving from nutrition as a baseline support to a therapeutic intervention. The aspect of energy expenditure is of cardinal importance, and technical possibilities have impressively improved: from the first 'calorimetre' in 1789 to the new generation, clinical applicable indirect calorimeters and the high accuracy and easy use model reaching high technology readiness level [Oshima et al...
January 15, 2018: Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341910/isomalt-and-its-diastereomer-mixtures-as-stabilizing-excipients-with-freeze-dried-lactate-dehydrogenase
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Anna-Kaisa Tuderman, Clare J Strachan, Anne M Juppo
The purpose of this research was to study isomalt as a protein-stabilizing excipient with lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) during freeze-drying and subsequent storage and compare it to sucrose, a standard freeze-drying excipient. Four different diastereomer mixtures of isomalt were studied. The stability of the protein was studied with a spectrophotometric enzyme activity test and circular dichroism after freeze-drying and after 21 days of storage at 16% RH. Physical stability was analyzed with differential scanning calorimetry and Karl Fischer titration...
January 13, 2018: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339813/a-new-group-of-synthetic-phenolic-containing-amphiphilic-molecules-for-multipurpose-applications-physico-chemical-characterization-and-cell-toxicity-study
#17
Sampson Anankanbil, Bianca Pérez, Iva Fernandes, Katarzyna Magdalena Widzisz, Zegao Wang, Nuno Mateus, Zheng Guo
Nine synthetic amphiphilic phenolic lipids, varied in phenolic moiety (caffeoyl/dimethylcaffeoyl) and fatty acid chain lengths (8-18) were characterized by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), temperature-ramp Fourier transform infra-red spectroscopy (FT-IR) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). FT-IR and DSC results revealed that the physical state and lateral packing of synthetic molecules were largely governed by fatty acyls. The critical micelle concentrations (CMC) of synthetic lipids was in the range of 0...
January 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339288/hyaluronic-acid-in-pluronic-f-127-f-108-hydrogels-for-postoperative-pain-in-arthroplasties-influence-on-physico-chemical-properties-and-structural-requirements-for-sustained-drug-release
#18
M H M Nascimento, M K K D Franco, F Yokaichyia, E de Paula, C B Lombello, D R de Araujo
In this study, we reported the hyaluronic acid (HA) on supramolecular structure of Pluronic F-127 (PLF-127) and/or Pluronic F-108 (PLF-127) hydrogels, as well as their effects on release mechanisms, looking forward their application as lidocaine (LDC) drug-delivery systems in arthroplastic surgeries. We have studied the HA-micelle interaction using Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS), the micellization and sol-gel transition processes by Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) and Rheology., of PL-based hydrogels and...
January 12, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337688/interaction-of-the-middle-domains-stabilizes-hsp90%C3%AE-dimer-in-a-closed-conformation-with-high-affinity-for-p23
#19
Kamil Synoradzki, Przemyslaw Miszta, Egidijus Kazlauskas, Aurelija Mickevičiūtė, Vilma Michailovienė, Daumantas Matulis, Slawomir Filipek, Pawel Bieganowski
The human genome encodes two highly similar cytosolic Hsp90 proteins called isoforms Hsp90α and Hsp90β. Of the 300 client proteins for Hsp90 identified so far only a handful interact specifically with one Hsp90 isoform. Here we report for the first time that Hsp90 cochaperone p23 binds preferentially to Hsp90α and that this interaction is mediated by the middle domain of Hsp90α. Based on the homology modeling, we infer that the middle domains in the Hsp90α dimer bind stronger with each other than in the Hsp90β dimer...
June 27, 2017: Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337670/sustained-release-biodegradable-solid-lipid-microparticles-formulation-evaluation-and-statistical-optimization-by-response-surface-methodology
#20
Muhammad Hanif, Hafeez Ullah Khan, Samina Afzal, Asif Mahmood, Safirah Maheen, Khurram Afzal, Nabila Iqbal, Mehwish Andleeb, Nazar Abbas
For preparing nebivolol loaded solid lipid microparticles (SLMs) by the solvent evaporation microencapsulation process from carnauba wax and glyceryl monostearate, central composite design was used to study the impact of independent variables on yield (Y1), entrapment efficiency (Y2) and drug release (Y3). SLMs having a 10-40 μm size range, with good rheological behavior and spherical smooth surfaces, were produced. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry and X-ray diffractometry pointed to compatibility between formulation components and the zeta-potential study confirmed better stability due to the presence of negative charge (-20 to -40 mV)...
December 20, 2017: Acta Pharmaceutica
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