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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775813/hyaluronate-lactoferrin-layer-by-layer-coated-lipid-nanocarriers-for-targeted-co-delivery-of-rapamycin-and-berberine-to-lung-carcinoma
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Dalia M Kabary, Maged W Helmy, Kadria A Elkhodairy, Jia-You Fang, Ahmed O Elzoghby
The self-tumor targeting polymers, lactoferrin (LF) and hyaluronic acid (HA) were utilized to develop layer-by-layer (LbL) lipid nanoparticles (NPs) for dual delivery of berberine (BER) and rapamycin (RAP) to lung cancer. To control its release from the NPs, BER was hydrophobically ion paired with SLS prior to incorporation into NPs. Spherical HA/LF-LbL-RAP-BER/SLS-NPs 250.5 nm in diameter, with a surface charge of -18.5 mV were successfully elaborated. The NPs exhibited sequential release pattern with faster release of BER followed by controlled release of RAP which enables sensitization of lung tumor cells to the anti-cancer action of RAP...
May 15, 2018: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775725/anti-hepatitis-c-virus-activity-and-synergistic-effect-of-nymphaea-alba-extracts-and-bioactive-constituents-in-liver-infected-cells
#2
Sidra Rehman, Usman Ali Ashfaq, Bushra Ijaz, Sheikh Riazuddin
BACKGROUND: Without an effective vaccine, hepatitis C virus (HCV) remains a global threat, inflicting 170-300 million carriers worldwide at risk of cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Though various direct acting antivirals have been redeemed the hepatitis C treatment, a few restraints persist including possible side effects, viral resistance emergence, excessive cost which restricts its availability to a common person. HYPOTHESIS: There is no preventive HCV vaccine available today so the discovery of potent antiviral natural flora and their bioactive constituents may help to develop preventive cures against HCV infection...
May 15, 2018: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775716/ovalbumin-as-a-carrier-to-significantly-enhance-the-aqueous-solubility-and-photostability-of-curcumin-interaction-and-binding-mechanism-study
#3
Yujia Liu, Yanxue Cai, Danyang Ying, Yinlian Fu, Yahong Xiong, Xueyi Le
Egg ovalbumin (OVA) as a macromolecular carrier has the potential to improve the solubility and stability of insolubility bioactive molecules, however, their binding behavior and the mechanism is still ambiguous. In this work, the curcumin was selected as the target to study the interaction and binding mechanism between curcumin and OVA by thermodynamic titration technique in combination with molecular dynamic simulation. The results suggested that the binding included two steps: first, curcumin molecule entered into the hydrophobic pocket of OVA by hydrophobic interaction; and second the interaction was enhanced via hydrogen bonds, resulting in static fluorescence quenching and secondary structural change of OVA...
May 15, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775369/impact-of-many-body-effects-on-landau-levels-in-graphene
#4
J Sonntag, S Reichardt, L Wirtz, B Beschoten, M I Katsnelson, F Libisch, C Stampfer
We present magneto-Raman spectroscopy measurements on suspended graphene to investigate the charge carrier density-dependent electron-electron interaction in the presence of Landau levels. Utilizing gate-tunable magnetophonon resonances, we extract the charge carrier density dependence of the Landau level transition energies and the associated effective Fermi velocity v_{F}. In contrast to the logarithmic divergence of v_{F} at zero magnetic field, we find a piecewise linear scaling of v_{F} as a function of the charge carrier density, due to a magnetic-field-induced suppression of the long-range Coulomb interaction...
May 4, 2018: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775359/model-prediction-of-self-rotating-excitons-in-two-dimensional-transition-metal-dichalcogenides
#5
Maxim Trushin, Mark Oliver Goerbig, Wolfgang Belzig
Using the quasiclassical concept of Berry curvature we demonstrate that a Dirac exciton-a pair of Dirac quasiparticles bound by Coulomb interactions-inevitably possesses an intrinsic angular momentum making the exciton effectively self-rotating. The model is applied to excitons in two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides, in which the charge carriers are known to be described by a Dirac-like Hamiltonian. We show that the topological self-rotation strongly modifies the exciton spectrum and, as a consequence, resolves the puzzle of the overestimated two-dimensional polarizability employed to fit earlier spectroscopic measurements...
May 4, 2018: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775185/bandgap-and-pseudohelicity-effects-over-conductance-in-gapped-graphene-junctures
#6
Jorge Andres Navarro-Giraldo, Carlos Jose Quimbay
We study the conductance in gapped single-layer graphene junctures as a function of bangap, pseudohelicity and charge carriers density. To do it, we first calculate the transmission coefficients of massive charge carries for p-n and n-p-n junctures of gapped single-layer graphene. Next, we calculate the conductance for these two systems using the Landauer formula. Only for the p-n juncture case and non-zero bandgap values, we find the existence of a contribution to the conductance from pseudohelicity inversion states, which is small compared to the contribution from pseudohelicity conservation states...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775046/solvent-assisted-surface-engineering-for-high-performance-all-inorganic-perovskite-nanocrystals-light-emitting-diodes
#7
Lin Wang, Baiquan Liu, Xin Zhao, Hilmi Volkan Demir, Haoshuang Gu, Handong Sun
All-inorganic cesium halide perovskite nanocrystals have attracted booming interests in optoelectronic applications for the sake of the readily adjustable bandgaps, high photoluminescence quantum yield, pure color emission and affordable cost. However, due to the ineluctable utilization of organic surfactants during the synthesis, the structural and optical properties of CsPbBr3 nanocrystals degrade upon transforming from colloidal solutions to solid thin films, which plagues the device operation. Here, we develop a novel solvent-assisted surface engineering strategy, producing high quality CsPbBr3 thin films for device applications...
May 18, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774926/an-anionic-shell-shields-a-cationic-core-allowing-for-uptake-and-release-of-polyelectrolytes-within-core-shell-responsive-microgels
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Arjan P H Gelissen, Andrea Scotti, Sarah K Turnhoff, Corinna Janssen, Aurel Radulescu, Andrij Pich, Andrey A Rudov, Igor I Potemkin, Walter Richtering
To realize carriers for drug delivery, cationic containers are required for anionic guests. Nevertheless, the toxicity of cationic carriers limits their practical use. In this study, we investigate a model system of polyampholyte N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAM)-based microgels with a cationic core and an anionic shell to study whether the presence of a negative shell allows the cationic core to be shielded while still enabling the uptake and release of the anionic guest polyelectrolytes. These microgels are loaded with polystyrene sulfonate of different molecular weights to investigate the influence of their chain length on the uptake and release process...
May 18, 2018: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774918/proximity-induced-magnetism-and-an-anomalous-hall-effect-in-bi-2-se-3-lacoo-3-a-topological-insulator-ferromagnetic-insulator-thin-film-heterostructure
#9
Shanna Zhu, Dechao Meng, Genhao Liang, Gang Shi, Peng Zhao, Peng Cheng, Yongqing Li, Xiaofang Zhai, Yalin Lu, Lan Chen, Kehui Wu
Inducing magnetism in a topological insulator (TI) by exchange coupling with a ferromagnetic insulator (FMI) will break the time-reversal symmetry of topological surface states, offering possibilities to realize several predicted novel magneto-electric effects. Seeking suitable FMI materials is crucial for the coupling of heterojunctions, and yet is challenging as well and only a few kinds have been explored. In this report, we introduce epitaxial LaCoO3 thin films on a SrTiO3 substrate, which is an insulating ferromagnet with a Curie temperature of TC ∼ 85 K, to be combined with TIs for proximity coupling...
May 18, 2018: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774833/pathogenic-leptospira-species-in-insectivorous-bats-china-2015
#10
Hui-Ju Han, Hong-Ling Wen, Jian-Wei Liu, Xiang-Rong Qin, Min Zhao, Li-Jun Wang, Li-Mei Luo, Chuan-Min Zhou, Ye-Lei Zhu, Rui Qi, Wen-Qian Li, Hao Yu, Xue-Jie Yu
PCR amplification of the rrs2 gene indicated that 50% (62/124) of insectivorous bats from eastern China were infected with Leptospira borgpetersenii, L. kirschneri, and several potentially new Leptospira species. Multilocus sequence typing defined 3 novel sequence types in L. kirschneri, suggesting that bats are major carriers of Leptospira.
June 2018: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774745/interplay-between-copper-neprilysin-and-n-truncation-of-%C3%AE-amyloid
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Mariusz Mital, Wojciech Bal, Tomasz Frączyk, Simon C Drew
Sporadic Alzheimer's disease (AD) is associated with an inefficient clearance of the β-amyloid (Aβ) peptide from the central nervous system. The protein levels and activity of the Zn2+ -dependent endopeptidase neprilysin (NEP) inversely correlate with brain Aβ levels during aging and in AD. The present study considered the ability of Cu2+ ions to inhibit human recombinant NEP and the role for NEP in generating N-truncated Aβ fragments with high-affinity Cu2+ binding motifs that can prevent this inhibition...
May 18, 2018: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774739/reconstructing-supramolecular-aggregates-to-nitrogen-deficient-g-c3n4-bunchy-tubes-with-enhanced-photocatalysis-for-h2-production
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Guifang Ge, Xinwen Guo, Chunshan Song, Zhongkui Zhao
Developing a facile method to overcome the intrinsic shortcomings of g-C3N4 photocatalyst concerning its insufficient visible-light absorption and dissatisfactory separation efficiency of charge carriers is of great significance but remains a challenge. In this work, we report, for the first time, a sapiential strategy for preparing highly-efficient nitrogen deficient g-C3N4 featuring bunchy microtubes (R-TCN) via a KOH-assisted hydrothermal treatment of rodlike melamine-cyanuric acid supramolecular aggregates (RMCA) followed by heating the reconstructed RMCA, in which KOH serves as an all-rounder for breaking hydrogen bonds, accelerating hydrolysis of melamine and nitrogen defects forming...
May 18, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774664/the-lupus-associated-fc%C3%AE-riib-i232t-polymorphism-results-in-impairment-in-the-negative-selection-of-low-affinity-germinal-center-b-cells-via-c-abl
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Jyun-Pei Jhou, I-Shing Yu, Haw Hwai, Chih-Shan Chen, Pei-Lung Chen, Shiang-Jong Tzeng
OBJECTIVE: FcγRIIB is an essential negative regulator of B cells to block BCR signaling and to trigger c-Abl-dependent apoptosis of B cells. FcγRIIB-deficient mice display splenomegaly with expansion of B cells, leading to lupus. FcγRIIB-I232T is a hypo-functional polymorphism associated with lupus susceptibility in humans, an autoimmune disease linked to diminished deletion of autoreactive B cells. In the context of FcγRIIB-I232T polymorphism, we investigated the role of FcγRIIB in the deletion of low-affinity germinal center (GC) B cells, an important mechanism for preventing autoimmunity...
May 17, 2018: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774471/age-at-first-full-term-birth-and-breast-cancer-risk-in-brca1-and-brca2-mutation-carriers
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Joanne Kotsopoulos, Jacek Gronwald, Henry T Lynch, Andrea Eisen, Susan L Neuhausen, Nadine Tung, Peter Ainsworth, Jeffrey N Weitzel, Tuya Pal, William D Foulkes, Charis Eng, Christian F Singer, Leigha Senter, Ping Sun, Jan Lubinski, Steven A Narod
PURPOSE: In the general population, an early age at first full-term birth confers protection against the risk of developing breast cancer. The relationship between age at first birth and breast cancer risk is not clear for women with a mutation in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene. Thus, we undertook a case-control study of women with a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation to study the effects of age at first full-term birth matched for other reproductive factors. METHODS: Information about reproductive factors, including age at first birth as well as medical history, was collected from a routinely administered research questionnaire...
May 17, 2018: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774352/a-novel-efficient-g-c-3-n-4-bioi-p-n-heterojunction-photocatalyst-constructed-through-the-assembly-of-g-c-3-n-4-nanoparticles
#15
Zengyu You, Chenyan Wu, Qianhong Shen, Yang Yu, Hao Chen, Yuxuan Su, Hui Wang, Chunchun Wu, Fang Zhang, Hui Yang
An efficient and facile method to fabricate a surficial dispersive heterojunction based on the assembly of g-C3N4 nanoparticles was proposed. A p-n nano heterojunction composed of BiOI and g-C3N4 was constructed by simply loading g-C3N4 nanoparticles on flower-like BiOI nanosheets. The structure-dependent optical, electronic and photoelectric properties were investigated, and the structure-property relationship was discussed. The results show that the g-C3N4 nanoparticles are uniformly loaded on the surface of BiOI nanosheets and thus form a p-n heterojunction with an intimate interface...
May 18, 2018: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774285/molecular-prevalence-of-babesia-bigemina-in-rhipicephalus-microplus-ticks-infesting-cross-bred-cattle-of-punjab-india
#16
S A Bhat, N K Singh, H Singh, S S Rath
Babesiosis is an economically important tick-borne apicomplexan protozoan disease of cattle in tropical and subtropical regions. In the present study, Rhipicephalus microplus engorged female ticks were collected from 135 apparently healthy cattle from different agro-climatic zones of Punjab, India, to investigate the carrier status of Babesia bigemina infection in vector tick by using microscopy and PCR based assays. PCR when applied on DNA extracted from the egg masses harvested from ticks showed 1.48% (2/135) samples as positive, whereas 4...
August 2017: Parasite Epidemiology and Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774269/differences-in-the-utilization-of-gestational-surrogacy-between-states-in-the-u-s
#17
Kiran M Perkins, Sheree L Boulet, Aaron D Levine, Denise J Jamieson, Dmitry M Kissin
Gestational surrogacy policy in the USA varies by state, but information on state differences is lacking. This study used data from the National Assisted Reproductive Technology Surveillance System from 2010 to 2014 to calculate state differences in gestational carrier cycle characteristics. Of the 662,165 in-vitro fertilization cycles in the USA between 2010 and 2014, 16,148 (2.4%) used gestational carriers. Non-USA residents accounted for 18.3% of gestational carrier cycles, and 29.1% of gestational carrier cycles by USA residents were performed in a state other than the state of residence of the intended parent...
April 2018: Reproductive Biomedicine & Society Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774242/balancing-charge-carrier-transport-in-a-quantum-dot-p-n-junction-toward-hysteresis-free-high-performance-solar-cells
#18
Yuljae Cho, Bo Hou, Jongchul Lim, Sanghyo Lee, Sangyeon Pak, John Hong, Paul Giraud, A-Rang Jang, Young-Woo Lee, Juwon Lee, Jae Eun Jang, Henry J Snaith, Stephen M Morris, Jung Inn Sohn, SeungNam Cha, Jong Min Kim
In a quantum dot solar cell (QDSC) that has an inverted structure, the QD layers form two different junctions between the electron transport layer (ETL) and the other semiconducting QD layer. Recent work on an inverted-structure QDSC has revealed that the junction between the QD layers is the dominant junction, rather than the junction between the ETL and the QD layers, which is in contrast to the conventional wisdom. However, to date, there have been a lack of systematic studies on the role and importance of the QD heterojunction structure on the behavior of the solar cell and the resulting device performance...
April 13, 2018: ACS Energy Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774201/investigation-of-experimental-factors-that-underlie-brca1-2-mrna-isoform-expression-variation-recommendations-for-utilizing-targeted-rna-sequencing-to-evaluate-potential-spliceogenic-variants
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Vanessa L Lattimore, John F Pearson, Margaret J Currie, Amanda B Spurdle, Bridget A Robinson, Logan C Walker
PCR-based RNA splicing assays are commonly used in diagnostic and research settings to assess the potential effects of variants of uncertain clinical significance in BRCA1 and BRCA2 . The Evidence-based Network for the Interpretation of Germline Mutant Alleles (ENIGMA) consortium completed a multicentre investigation to evaluate differences in assay design and the integrity of published data, raising a number of methodological questions associated with cell culture conditions and PCR-based protocols. We utilized targeted RNA-seq to re-assess BRCA1 and BRCA2 mRNA isoform expression patterns in lymphoblastoid cell lines (LCLs) previously used in the multicentre ENIGMA study...
2018: Frontiers in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774063/dual-target-gene-therapy-to-eml4-alk-nsclc-by-a-gold-nanoshell-based-system
#20
Siwen Li, Yuxi Liu, Yalan Rui, Liping Tang, Samuel Achilefu, Yueqing Gu
Although EML4-ALK transforming fusion gene is represented in only 8% of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) cases, its expression is partly responsive for the failure of current NSCLC treatments. Preventing secondary mutation of the ALK protein through direct gene manipulation could overcome NSCLC drug resistance. Method: In this study, we developed a gold nanoshell (HAuNs) drug carrier for delivery and selective photo-thermal release of genes that target ALK and microRNA-301 in NSCLC. Additionally, the densely-coated nanoshell adsorbed high amounts of the positively-charged anticancer drug doxorubicin (DOX), generating an exciting multidimensional treatment strategy that includes gene-, thermal- and chemo- therapy...
2018: Theranostics
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