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Liyuan Mao, Qiongyun Chen, Ke Gong, Xiaolin Xu, Yurou Xie, Wenqing Zhang, Hanwei Cao, Tianhui Hu, Xiaoting Hong, Yan-Yan Zhan
Hyperactivated glucose uptake and glycolytic metabolism are considered as a hallmark of cancer. Berberine, a natural alkaloid with tumor‑selective anticancer effects, has been shown to promote glucose uptake in metabolic tissues and cells. However, whether and how berberine regulates the glucose metabolism of cancer cells are still poorly understood. In the present study, we revealed that berberine, which suppressed the growth of colon cancer cell lines HCT116 and KM12C, greatly inhibited the glucose uptake and the transcription of glucose metabolic genes, GLUT1, LDHA and HK2 in these two cell lines as assessed by RT‑qPCR...
May 2018: Oncology Reports
Aristeidis Papagiannopoulos, Maria Karayianni, Stergios Pispas, Aurel Radulescu
The complexation of lysozyme with aggregates from two triblock amphiphilic polyelectrolytes of the same blocks but different topologies and block molar masses, namely PS-b-SCPI-b-PEO and SCPI-b-PS-b-PEO, is investigated by scattering and spectroscopy methods. Light scattering reveals that the interaction with lysozyme causes shrinkage of the self-assembled nanoparticles in the case of the hydrophobic-polyelectrolyte-hydrophilic sequence. In the polyelectrolyte-hydrophobic-hydrophilic sequence, the opposite trend is observed...
March 22, 2018: Soft Matter
Neeladri Sekhar Roy, Subrata Debnath, Abhijit Chakraborty, Prasenjit Chakraborty, Indrani Bera, Raka Ghosh, Nanda Ghoshal, Saikat Chakrabarti, Siddhartha Roy
Localized separation of strands of duplex DNA is a necessary step in many DNA-dependent processes, including transcription and replication. Little is known about how these strand separations occur. The strand-separated E.coli RNA polymerase-promoter open-complex structure showed four bases of the non-template strand, the master base -11A, -7, -6 and +2, in a flipped state and inserted into protein pockets. To explore whether any property of these bases in the duplex state pre-disposes them to flipping, NMR studies were performed on a wild-type promoter in the duplex state...
March 22, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Mojtaba Abdi-Jalebi, Zahra Andaji-Garmaroudi, Stefania Cacovich, Camille Stavrakas, Bertrand Philippe, Johannes M Richter, Mejd Alsari, Edward P Booker, Eline M Hutter, Andrew J Pearson, Samuele Lilliu, Tom J Savenije, Håkan Rensmo, Giorgio Divitini, Caterina Ducati, Richard H Friend, Samuel D Stranks
Metal halide perovskites are of great interest for various high-performance optoelectronic applications. The ability to tune the perovskite bandgap continuously by modifying the chemical composition opens up applications for perovskites as coloured emitters, in building-integrated photovoltaics, and as components of tandem photovoltaics to increase the power conversion efficiency. Nevertheless, performance is limited by non-radiative losses, with luminescence yields in state-of-the-art perovskite solar cells still far from 100 per cent under standard solar illumination conditions...
March 21, 2018: Nature
Yi Jhen Wu, Yu Chiuan Wu, I-Fen Chen, Yi-Lung Wu, Chin Wen Chuang, Han Hsiang Huang, Shyh Ming Kuo
Astaxanthin (Asta), a xanthophyll carotenoid, has been reported to be a strong antioxidative agent and has anti-inflammatory, antitumor and free radical-scavenging activities. However, inadequate stability and water solubility results in its low bioavailability. This study incorporated Asta into hydrophilic hyaluronan nanoparticles (HAn) to produce Asta-HAn aggregates (AHAna) using an electrostatic field system and investigated the restorative effects of AHAna on retrorsine-CCl₄-induced liver fibrosis in rats in vivo...
March 22, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Hong Gun Kim, Yong Sun Kim, Lee Ku Kwac, Su-Hyeong Chae, Hye Kyoung Shin
Carbon foams were prepared by carbonization of carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC)/waste artificial marble powder (WAMP) composites obtained via electron beam irradiation (EBI); these composites were prepared by mixing eco-friendly CMC with WAMP as the fillers for improved their poor mechanical strength. Gel fractions of the CMC/WAMP composites obtained at various EBI doses were investigated, and it was found that the CMC/WAMP composites obtained at an EBI dose of 80 kGy showed the highest gel fraction (95%); hence, the composite prepared at this dose was selected for preparing the carbon foam...
March 22, 2018: Materials
Xiaofeng Niu, Shidong Feng, Shaopeng Pan
Structural defects were investigated by a recently proposed structural parameter, quasi-nearest atom (QNA), in a modeled Zr50 Cu50 metallic glass through molecular dynamics simulations. More QNAs around an atom usually means that more defects are located near the atom. Structural analysis reveals that the spatial distribution of the numbers of QNAs displays to be clearly heterogeneous. Furthermore, QNA is closely correlated with cluster connections, especially four-atom cluster connections. Atoms with larger coordination numbers usually have less QNAs...
March 22, 2018: Materials
Mingna Liao, Qilun Zhang, Fengling Tang, Zhiwei Xu, Xin Zhou, Youpeng Li, Yali Zhang, Chenghao Yang, Qiang Ru, Lingzhi Zhao
The synthesis of nanosized CoO anodes with unique morphologies via a hydrothermal method is investigated. By adjusting the pH values of reaction solutions, nanoflakes (CoO-NFs) and nanoflowers (CoO-FLs) are successfully located on copper foam. Compared with CoO-FLs, CoO-NFs as anodes for lithium ion batteries present ameliorated lithium storage properties, such as good rate capability, excellent cycling stability, and large CoO nanoflakes; CoO nanoflowers; anodes; binder free; lithium ion batteriesreversible capacity...
March 22, 2018: Nanomaterials
Preeti Pandey, Mahfoozur Rahman, Prakash Chandra Bhatt, Sarwar Beg, Basudev Paul, Abdul Hafeez, Fahad A Al-Abbasi, Muhammad Shahid Nadeem, Othman Baothman, Firoz Anwar, Vikas Kumar
AIM: The present work describes the development of poly(lactic co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) nanoparticles (NPs) of rutin (RT) for the treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma in rats. MATERIALS & METHODS: RT-loaded PLGA NPs (RT-PLGA-NPs) were prepared by double emulsion evaporation method. Further these are optimized by Box-Behnken design. PLGA NPs were evaluated for size, polydispersity index, drug-loading capacity, entrapment, gastric stability, in vitro drug release, in vivo preclinical studies and biochemical studies...
March 22, 2018: Nanomedicine
Rosario Pignatello, Tiziana M G Pecora, Giuseppa G Cutuli, Alfio Catalfo, Guido De Guidi, Barbara Ruozi, Giovanni Tosi, Simona Cianciolo, Teresa Musumeci
Trans-resveratrol (RSV) was microencapsulated in Eudragit® RS100 and RL100 resin blends. Lyophilized microspheres were characterized in the solid state for their micromeritic properties and drug loading. FT-IR, PXRD and DSC analyses suggested that RSV formed an intimate microcrystalline dispersion within the polymer network, also confirmed by SEM analysis. This produced a reduced degradation of RSV after storage at 40°C, compared to the neat drug, and a protection of the drug from UV light-induced trans-cis isomerization (60% intact drug was found after 60 sec irradiation at 350 nm, compared to 37% for the pure drug)...
March 22, 2018: Pharmaceutical Development and Technology
Zahra Fakhroueian, Rouhollah Vahabpour, Mehdi Assmar, Alireza Massiha, Afshin Zahedi, Pegah Esmaeilzadeh, Fatemeh Katouzian, Sara Rezaei, Peyman Keyhanvar, Alireza Mozafari Dehshiri
Nanoformulations derived from fine porous ZnO quantum dot nanoparticles (QD NPs) can offer strong potential medical applications; especially in cancer therapy. ZnO QD NPs was synthesized by sol-gel hydrothermal process, fast cold quenching and further smart surface functionalization methods to obtain ultrasmall size (1-4 nm) NPs. ZnO nanopolymer, a wetting agent, PEG co-solvent and water/oil emulsion stabilizer were considered in our nanofluid formulation. The resulting nanofluid was characterized by SEM, FTIR, photoluminescence, band gap energy, zeta potential and UV-Vis spectroscopy...
March 22, 2018: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
Dorota Watrobska-Swietlikowska, Agnieszka Szlagatys-Sidorkiewicz, Ronan MacLoughlin
INTRODUCTION: Newborn infants and small children require large amounts of calcium and phosphate in a low volume of solution which can increase the risk of precipitation of calcium phosphate. Calcium gluconate is the predominant calcium salt form employed in parenteral nutrition (PN) compounding due to its solubility profile with phosphate. Unfortunately, calcium gluconate contains higher levels of aluminum contamination than calcium chloride, resulting in an increased potential for aluminum toxicity in patients receiving traditional PN...
January 10, 2018: Nutrición Hospitalaria: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Nutrición Parenteral y Enteral
Simone L Waite, Hua Li, Alister J Page
Deep eutectic solvents (DESs) are promising candidates as alternate media for industrial gas sequestration processes, such as denitrification via NO2 adsorption. Here, quantum chemical methods are employed to characterise NO2 solvation structure and the adsorption mechanism in choline chloride DES with urea, methylurea and thiourea hydrogen bond donors. Our results show that the solvation structure of NO2 in bulk choline chloride DES is determined by the type of hydrogen bond donor present. Changing the structure of the hydrogen bond donor not only changes its NO2 coordination mechanism, but also the coordination mechanism between NO2 and the choline and chloride ions in the DES as well...
March 22, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
Sudha Devi, Mayank Saraswat, Surbhi Grewal, Sugumar Venkataramani
The electronic and steric effects of aryl substituents, and the influence of hydrogen bonding in Z-isomer stability of phenylazopyrazole derivatives have been investigated. In this regard, 38 substituted phenylazopyrazole derivatives and six N-methyl phenylazopyrazole (with meta-substitutions) have been synthesized. Their photoswitching behavior, photostationary states (PSS) and kinetics of thermal reverse isomerization were evaluated experimentally using UV-Vis and NMR spectroscopic techniques. Furthermore, density functional theory (DFT) computations have been performed for more detailed insights...
March 22, 2018: Journal of Organic Chemistry
Valeria Pershina
Adsorption energies of superheavy elements (SHEs) Cn, Nh, and Fl and their lighter homologues Hg, Tl, and Pb, respectively, on a Au(111) surface at different adsorbate coverages are predicted via periodic relativistic DFT calculations with the aim of assisting the outcome of related "one-atom-at-a-time" gas-phase chromatography experiments. In agreement with previous DFT studies with the use of a cluster model, the present results for large supercells are indicative of high volatility of Cn. Thus, this element should not interact with the regular Au(111) surface at room temperature but should adsorb on it in a vacancy...
March 22, 2018: Inorganic Chemistry
S M Shiels, M Bouchard, H Wang, J C Wenke
BThe use of internal intramedullary nails for long bone fracture fixation is a common practice among surgeons. Bacteria naturally attach to these devices, increasing the risk for wound infection, which can result in non- or malunion, additional surgical procedures and extended hospital stays. Intramedullary nail surface properties can be modified to reduce bacterial colonisation and potentially infectious complications. In the current study, a coating combining a non-fouling property with leaching chlorhexidine for orthopaedic implantation was tested...
March 22, 2018: European Cells & Materials
Mingchun Gao, Rongxuan Ye, Weijia Shen, Bin Xu
Copper has been explored as an ideal candidate for replacing noble metals in organic synthesis, especially for practical large scale preparation. Recent decades have witnessed the renaissance and improvement of copper-catalyzed and copper-mediated organic reactions. Copper nitrate is a common inorganic copper salt which has been proved to be a ubiquitous reactant in organic synthesis due to its commercial availability, stability, inexpensiveness and environmentally benign nature. Copper nitrate could be used as a nitration reagent, oxidant, catalyst or promoter, and Lewis acid as well...
March 22, 2018: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
Michalina Błażkiewicz, Ida Wiszomirska, Katarzyna Kaczmarczyk, Andrzej Wit
BACKGROUND: Falls constitute an important health issue. They cause significant morbidity, mortality and have marked psychological effects on the individual, too. The aim of this study has been to determine parameters describing human movement strategies for balance and the reaction if balance is lost as a result of an unstable ground, and to attempt to describe the types of falls. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study group comprised 20 volunteers. Kinematic parameters of falling and dynamic stability were measured using the Vicon Motion System and the Biodex Balance System SD...
March 15, 2018: Medycyna Pracy
Danielle Pazzotti Borges, Edecio Cunha-Neto, Edimar A Bocchi, Vagner Oliveira Carvalho Rigaud
BACKGROUND: Circulating cell-free miRNAs hold great promise as a new class of biomarkers due to their high stability in body fluids and association with disease stages. However, even using sensitive and specific methods, technical challenges are associated with miRNA analysis in body fluids. A major source of variation in plasma and serum is the potential cell-derived miRNA contamination from hemolysis. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effect of the delayed whole blood processing time on the concentrations of miR-1 and -423-5p...
March 21, 2018: MicroRNA
Ankita Sharma, Monu, Sagarika Biswas
BACKGROUND: Transthyretin (TTR) is the transporter protein (55 kDA) that carries retinol binding protein and thyroxin (T4) in its functional tetramer form. Presence of mutation in this protein (TTR) may lead to the dissociation of tetramers to monomer which unfolds and self associates to form amyloid aggregates. Aggregation of this protein has been found to be associated with various life threatening disorders such as coronary artery disease (CAD) which is the major cause of mortality and morbidity worldwide...
March 20, 2018: Current Computer-aided Drug Design
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