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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914345/biopolymer-matrix-for-nano-encapsulation-of-urease-a-model-protein-and-its-application-in-urea-detection
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Abhishek Saxena, Arpita Bhattacharya, Satish Kumar, Irving R Epstein, Rachana Sahney
Alginate microparticles and nanoparticles crosslinked with Ca(+2) ions are frequently employed in biomedical applications. Here we use microemulsion polymerization to prepare alginate nanoparticles (nanogels) using different crosslinking ions (Ca(+2), Sr(+2), Ba(+2)) to encapsulate a model protein, urease enzyme (jackbeans). With alginate concentrations of 0.2wt% in the aqueous phase, emulsion droplets showed good stability and narrow, monomodal distributions with radii ∼65±10nm. The size of the nanogel varies with the crosslinking cation and its affinity for the mannuronate and guluronate units in the linear alginate chain...
November 9, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914343/fluorescence-and-drug-loading-properties-of-znse-mn-zns-paclitaxel-sio2-nanocapsules-templated-by-f127-micelles
#2
Tingting Zhao, Xin Liu, Yuebin Li, Mingguang Zhang, Jian He, Xuewen Zhang, Hui Liu, Xingguo Wang, Haoshuang Gu
Hydrophobic ZnSe:Mn/ZnS core-shell fluorescence quantum dots (QDs) and anticancer drug paclitaxel (PTX) have been co-loaded into folate conjugated hybrid silica nanocapsules via F127 micelles based soft-template method in a mild aqueous environment at room temperature. The encapsulation of QDs shows a F127: QDs mass ratio dependent behavior, which impact much on the morphology and optical properties of composite nanocapsules. These as prepared composite nanocapsules also exhibit good photoluminescence stability under the temperature ranges from 19°C to 49°C...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914342/cu3-btc-2-catalyzed-dehydrogenative-coupling-of-dimethylphenylsilane-with-phenol-and-homocoupling-of-dimethylphenylsilane-to-disiloxane
#3
Nagaraj Anbu, Amarajothi Dhakshinamoorthy
Cu3(BTC)2 (BTC: 1,3,5-benzenetricarboxylic acid) showed to be an efficient and reusable heterogeneous solid catalyst for the formation of SiO bond through dehydrogenative coupling of dimethylphenylsilane (1) with phenol under mild reaction conditions. It is observed that Fe(BTC), MIL-101(Cr) and UiO-66(Zr) are not able to promote this cross coupling between 1 and phenol. Cu3(BTC)2 exhibits higher stability and activity compared to other MOFs studied here. Furthermore, Cu3(BTC)2 is reused for three consecutive cycles with a slight decay in its activity...
November 24, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914338/dopamine-conjugated-poly-lactic-co-glycolic-acid-nanoparticles-for-protein-delivery-to-macrophages
#4
Song Yi Lee, Hyun-Jong Cho
Poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid)-dopamine (PLGA-D)-based nanoparticles (NPs) were developed for the delivery of protein to macrophages. PLGA-D was synthesized via amide bond formation between the amine group of D and the carboxylic acid group of PLGA. Bovine serum albumin (BSA, model protein) was encapsulated in PLGA NPs and PLGA-D NPs, which had an approximately 200nm mean diameter, <0.2 polydispersity index, and negative zeta potential value. There was no increment in the mean diameters of BSA-loaded NPs after 24h of incubation in biological fluid-simulated media (i...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914335/studies-on-the-influence-of-%C3%AE-cyclodextrin-on-graphene-oxide-and-its-synergistic-activity-to-the-electrochemical-detection-of-nitrobenzene
#5
Murugan Velmurugan, Natarajan Karikalan, Shen-Ming Chen, Zi-Chi Dai
The impact of the β-cyclodextrin (β-CD) on the graphene oxide (GO) was considerably altered the activity of electrochemical sensors. Hence, the present study, we scrutinized the electrocatalytic determination of nitrobenzene (NB) by changing the different loading level of β-CD on GO modified electrodes. The composites were prepared by the simple ultrasonication method and characterized by UV-Visible spectroscopy, infrared spectroscopy and scanning electron microscope. Interestingly, the synergistic electrocatalytic activity was appeared for the 1...
November 10, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914331/fabrication-of-%C3%AE-carotene-nanoemulsion-based-delivery-systems-using-dual-channel-microfluidization-physical-and-chemical-stability
#6
Xiang Luo, Yanyan Zhou, Long Bai, Fuguo Liu, Yihui Deng, David Julian McClements
A considerable research effort is focused on developing effective delivery systems for hydrophobic nutraceuticals. β-carotene, a pro-vitamin A carotenoid, requires encapsulation to improve its water dispersibility and chemical stability in foods. In this study, β-carotene was encapsulated in oil-in-water nanoemulsions fabricated using high-pressure dual-channel microfluidization. Two types of natural emulsifier, quillaja saponins (Q-Naturale) and whey protein isolate (WPI), were capable of producing nanoemulsions (d32=0...
November 16, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914329/facile-synthesis-of-go-sno2-tio2-nanofibers-and-their-behavior-in-photovoltaics
#7
Ibrahim M A Mohamed, Van-Duong Dao, Ahmed S Yasin, Ho-Suk Choi, KhalilAbdelrazek Khalil, Nasser A M Barakat
Chemical doping is a widely-used strategy to improve the performance of TiO2 for the dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). However, the effect of two efficient dopants has been rarely investigated. We present the synthesis of GO@SnO2/TiO2 nanofibers (NFs) by a facile method using electrospinning and hydrothermal processes. The synthesized NFs are described in terms of morphology, crystallinity and chemistry through FESEM, TEM, HR-TEM, XRD, EDX, XPS, FT-IR and Raman spectra. As the results, the axial ratio and the average diameter of NFs decreased after the hydrothermal treatment and calcination process, respectively...
November 12, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914328/synthesis-and-stability-of-ir-820-and-fitc-doped-silica-nanoparticles
#8
Atul V Thorat, Tandra Ghoshal, Lan Chen, Justin D Holmes, Michael A Morris
Fluorescent silica nanoparticles (NPs) have potential in biomedical applications as diagnostics and traceable drug delivery agents. In this study, we have synthesized fluorescent dye grafted silica NPs in two step process. First, a stable method to synthesize various sizes of silica NPs ranging from 20 to 52, 95, 210 and 410nm have been successfully demonstrated. Secondly, as-synthesized silica NPs are readily grafted with some fluorescent dyes like IR-820 and fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC) dyes by simple impregnation method...
November 15, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914299/the-effects-of-fluorine-substitution-on-the-chemical-properties-and-inhibitory-capacity-of-donepezil-anti-alzheimer-drug-density-functional-theory-and-molecular-docking-calculations
#9
Azita Khosravan, Safora Marani, Mohammad Sadegh Sadeghi Googheri
Drug fluorination has the potential to reproduce useful drugs with decreasing the side effect of them. Identifying the effect of this improvement on the chemical properties and biological interactions of drug symbolizes a meaningful progress in drug design. Here the fluorination of Donepezil as an anti-Alzheimer drug, including 7 fluorinated derivatives of it, was investigated computationally. In the first part of our calculations, the most important chemical properties of drug that affects the drug efficiency were investigated by applying the M06/6-31g (d, p) and M062X/6-31g (d, p) levels of theories...
November 25, 2016: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914281/stability-of-smokeless-powder-compounds-on-collection-devices
#10
Regina Verena Taudte, Claude Roux, Alison Beavis
The current trend towards the implementation of organic gunshot residue (OGSR) analysis into gunshot residue (GSR) investigation protocols typically involves the sequential analysis of inorganic and organic GSR. However, to allow for the consecutive analysis of inorganic and organic GSR, specimens will often be stored for different lengths of time which may result in compounds of interest degrading. In order to optimise storage conditions, it is important to consider compound degradation on collection devices during storage...
November 24, 2016: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914270/surface-mediated-transfection-of-a-pdna-vector-encoding-short-hairpin-rna-to-downregulate-tgf-%C3%AE-1-expression-for-the-prevention-of-in-stent-restenosis
#11
He Zhang, Ke-Feng Ren, Hao Chang, Jin-Lei Wang, Jian Ji
In-stent restenosis is one of the most serious modes of failure of cardiovascular stent implant. Although drug-eluting stents have been proven to reduce in-stent restenosis, the nonspecific inhibitory effects of anti-proliferative drugs, such as rapamycin, result in delayed re-endothelialization and fatal late stent thrombosis. Although many studies have focused on promoting rapid re-endothelialization, a feasible method of reducing excessive extracellular matrix (ECM) production and cell proliferation might provide a promising way to efficiently inhibit the restenosis in vivo...
November 24, 2016: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914250/chitosan-nanoparticles-as-carrier-systems-for-the-plant-growth-hormone-gibberellic-acid
#12
Anderson Espirito Santo Pereira, Paula Mayara Silva, Jhones Luis Oliveira, Halley Caixeta Oliveira, Leonardo Fernandes Fraceto
This work concerns the development of nanocarriers composed of alginate/chitosan (ALG/CS) and chitosan/tripolyphosphate (CS/TPP) for the plant growth regulator gibberellic acid (GA3). ALG/CS nanoparticles with and without GA3 presented mean size of 450±10nm, polydispersity index (PDI) of 0.3, zeta potential of -29±0.5mV, concentrations of 1.52×10(11) and 1.92×10(11) nanoparticles mL(-1), respectively, and 100% encapsulation efficiency. CS/TPP nanoparticles with and without GA3 presented mean size of 195±1nm, PDI of 0...
November 23, 2016: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914246/tract-based-analysis-of-white-matter-integrity-in-psychotic-and-nonpsychotic-bipolar-disorder
#13
Andrew Ji, Douglass Godwin, Jerrel Rutlin, Sridhar Kandala, Joshua S Shimony, Daniel Mamah
BACKGROUND: At least 50% of individuals with bipolar disorder (BD) present with psychosis during their lifetime. Psychotic symptoms have sometimes been linked to specific genetic and phenotypic markers. This study aims to explore potential differences between bipolar disorder subtypes by measuring white matter integrity of the brain and relationships with clinical measures. METHODS: Diffusion tensor imaging and clinical measures were acquired from 102 participants, grouped as psychotic bipolar disorder (PBD) (n=48), non-psychotic bipolar disorder (NBD) (n=24), and healthy controls (n=30)...
November 27, 2016: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914234/food-gastrointestinal-ph-and-models-of-oral-drug-absorption
#14
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Ahmad Y Abuhelwa, Desmond B Williams, Richard N Upton, David J R Foster
This article reviews the major physiological and physicochemical principles of the effect of food and gastrointestinal (GI) pH on the absorption and bioavailability of oral drugs, and the various absorption models that are used to describe/predict oral drug absorption. The rate and extent of oral drug absorption is determined by a complex interaction between a drug's physicochemical properties, GI physiologic factors, and the nature of the formulation administered. GI pH is an important factor that can markedly affect oral drug absorption and bioavailability as it may have significant influence on drug dissolution & solubility, drug release, drug stability, and intestinal permeability...
November 30, 2016: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914219/immune-protection-duration-and-efficacy-stability-of-dna-vaccine-encoding-eimeria-tenella-ta4-and-chicken-il-2-against-coccidiosis
#15
Xiaokai Song, Xiaofang Zhao, Lixin Xu, Ruofeng Yan, Xiangrui Li
In our previous study, an effective DNA vaccine encoding Eimeria tenella TA4 and chicken IL-2 was constructed. In the present study, the immunization dose of the DNA vaccine pVAX1.0-TA4-IL-2 was further optimized. With the optimized dose, the dynamics of antibodies induced by the DNA vaccine was determined using indirect ELISA. To evaluate the immune protection duration of the DNA vaccine, two-week-old chickens were intramuscularly immunized twice and the induced efficacy was evaluated by challenging with E...
November 25, 2016: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914120/effect-of-glycosylation-on-the-biocatalytic-properties-of-hydroxynitrile-lyase-from-the-passion-fruit-passiflora-edulis-a-comparison-of-natural-and-recombinant-enzymes
#16
Aem Nuylert, Yuko Ishida, Yasuhisa Asano
A hydroxynitrile lyase from the passion fruit, Passiflora edulis (PeHNL) was isolated from the leaves and showed high stability in biphasic co-organic solvent systems for cyanohydrin synthesis. Cyanohydrins are important building blocks for the production of fine chemicals and pharmaceuticals. Thus, to enhance production yields of PeHNL for industrial applications, we cloned and expressed recombinant PeHNL in E. coli BL21 (DE3) and P. pastoris GS115 cells without a signal peptide sequence. The aim of the present study is to determine the effect of N-glycosylation on enzyme stability and catalytic properties in microbial expression systems...
December 3, 2016: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914097/ruthenium-catalysts-supported-by-amino-substituted-nhc-ligands-for-olefin-metathesis-of-challenging-substrates
#17
Vincent César, Yin Zhang, Wioletta Kośnik, Adam Zieliński, Adam A Rajkiewicz, Mirko Ruamps, Stéphanie Bastin, Noël Lugan, Guy Lavigne, Karol Grela
N-Heterocyclic Carbene (NHC) ligands IMesNMe2 and IMes(NMe2)2 derived from the well-known IMes ligand by substituting the carbenic heterocycle for one and two dimethylamino groups, respectively, were employed for the synthesis of 2nd generation Grubbs- and Grubbs-Hoveyda-type ruthenium metathesis precatalysts. Whereas the stability of the complexes was found to be function of the degree of dimethylamino-substitution and of the type of complex, the backbone-substitution was shown to have a positive impact on their catalytic activity in RCM, with a more pronounced effect in the 2nd generation Grubbs-type series...
December 3, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914077/making-fluorescent-streptococci-and-enterococci-for-live-imaging
#18
Sarah Shabayek, Barbara Spellerberg
Since the discovery of the green fluorescent protein (GFP) from the jellyfish Aequorea victoria, outstanding fluorescent labeling tools with numerous applications in vastly different areas of life sciences have been developed. To optimize GFP for diverse life science applications, a large variety of GFP derivatives with different environmental characteristics have been generated by mutagenesis. The enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP) is a well-known GFP derivative with highly increased fluorescence intensity compared to the GFP wild-type molecule...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914074/common-challenges-in-studying-the-structure-and-function-of-bacterial-proteins-case-studies-from-helicobacter-pylori
#19
Daniel A Bonsor, Eric J Sundberg
Employing biophysical and structural methods is a powerful way to elucidate mechanisms of molecular recognition in bacterial pathogenesis. Such studies invariably depend on the production of pure, folded and stable proteins. Many proteins that can be expressed recombinantly ultimately fail to meet one or more of these criteria. The cag proteins from Helicobacter pylori form a secretion system that delivers the oncoprotein, CagA, into human gastric epithelial cells through an interaction between CagL and host cell integrins, where it can cause gastric adenocarcinoma...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914063/episweep-computationally-driven-reengineering-of-therapeutic-proteins-to-reduce-immunogenicity-while-maintaining-function
#20
Yoonjoo Choi, Deeptak Verma, Karl E Griswold, Chris Bailey-Kellogg
Therapeutic proteins are yielding ever more advanced and efficacious new drugs, but the biological origins of these highly effective therapeutics render them subject to immune surveillance within the patient's body. When recognized by the immune system as a foreign agent, protein drugs elicit a coordinated response that can manifest a range of clinical complications including rapid drug clearance, loss of functionality and efficacy, delayed infusion-like allergic reactions, more serious anaphylactic shock, and even induced auto-immunity...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
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