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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532109/lactoferrin-modified-graphene-oxide-iron-oxide-nanocomposite-for-glioma-targeted-drug-delivery
#1
Meng-Meng Song, Huai-Liang Xu, Jun-Xing Liang, Hui-Hui Xiang, Rui Liu, Yu-Xian Shen
Targeting delivery of drugs in a specific manner represents a potential powerful technology in gliomas. Herein, we prepared a multifunctional targeted delivery system based on graphene oxide (GO) that contains a molecular bio-targeting ligand and superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles on the surface of GO for magnetic targeting. Superparamagnetic Fe3O4 nanoparticles was loaded on the surface of GO via chemical precipitation method to form GO@Fe3O4 nanocomposites. Lactoferrin (Lf), an iron-transporting serum glycoprotein that binds to receptors overexpressed at the surface of glioma cells and vascular endothelial cell of the blood brain barrier, was chosen as the targeted ligand to construct the targeted delivery system Lf@GO@Fe3O4 through EDC/NHS chemistry...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532024/the-effect-of-pore-size-and-porosity-on-mechanical-properties-and-biological-response-of-porous-titanium-scaffolds
#2
C Torres-Sanchez, F R A Al Mushref, M Norrito, K Yendall, Y Liu, P P Conway
The effect of pore size and porosity on elastic modulus, strength, cell attachment and cell proliferation was studied for Ti porous scaffolds manufactured via powder metallurgy and sintering. Porous scaffolds were prepared in two ranges of porosities so that their mechanical properties could mimic those of cortical and trabecular bone respectively. Space-holder engineered pore size distributions were carefully determined to study the impact that small changes in pore size may have on mechanical and biological behaviour...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531995/scavenging-free-radicals-and-soaring-osteoinduction-by-extra-cellular-matrix-protein-based-nanocomposites-on-degenerative-bone-treatments
#3
Kavitha Kandiah, Navaneethan Duraisamy, Vinoth Amirthalingam, Balagurunathan Ramasamy
A number of materials are now available to alleviate the ever-growing bone disruption. However, these are inadequate and inappropriate for addressing issues associated natural process of aging and degeneration of bone due to diseases. This study advances the existing material and offers more privileged and synergistically active remedy for these conditions. Here, they are three different nano-composites prepared such as nano-TiO2 with chitosan (TC), nano-TiO2 with chondroitin 4-sulfate (TG), and nano-TiO2 with chitosan and chondroitin 4-sulfate (TCG), whereas nano-TiO2 act as a control...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531986/biomimicking-synthesis-of-photoluminescent-molecular-lantern-catalyzed-by-in-situ-formation-of-nanogold-catalysts
#4
Yong Yu, Xin Ting Zheng, Boon Wei Yee, Yen Nee Tan
Bioluminescence has been widely recognized as a powerful imaging tool for biological investigations. Synthesis of molecular lanterns that mimic bioluminescence in nature is of great interest. Herein we report a synthesis of molecular lantern by utilizing the catalytic properties of ultrasmall (<2nm) gold nanoclusters (AuNC), which is inspired by the enzymatic light-up of luciferin in the biological system. Small molecules such as hydroquinone and Cys-Gly peptides are used to direct the synthesis of AuNC via a biotemplating approach, while the in-situ formation of AuNC simultaneously catalyze the formation of luciferin-like, brightly fluorescent dye (λem=520nm, QY=0...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531979/synthesis-and-characterization-of-glycyrrhizic-acid-coated-iron-oxide-nanoparticles-for-hyperthermia-applications
#5
Mostafa Saeedi, Omid Vahidi, Shahin Bonakdar
In the present study, iron oxide magnetic nanoparticles (IONPs) were synthesized using the oxidative precipitation method for biomedical applications. Glycyrrhizic acid (GA) extracted from the roots of licorice plant was used as the coating agent for the synthesized nanoparticles (GAIONPs). The crystal phase, morphology and size were investigated by XRD, FE-SEM and TEM. The saturation magnetization (ms) value of the nanoparticles was measured by VSM indicating lowered ms of the GAIONPs with respect to that of the IONPs due to the presence of GA...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531964/non-electron-transfer-chain-mitochondrial-defects-differently-regulate-hif-1%C3%AE-degradation-and-transcription
#6
Antonina N Shvetsova, Daniela Mennerich, Juha M Kerätär, J Kalervo Hiltunen, Thomas Kietzmann
Mitochondria are the main consumers of molecular O2 in a cell as well as an abundant source of reactive oxygen species (ROS). Both, molecular oxygen and ROS are powerful regulators of the hypoxia-inducible factor-1α-subunit (HIF-α). While a number of mechanisms in the oxygen-dependent HIF-α regulation are quite well known, the view with respect to mitochondria is less clear. Several approaches using pharmacological or genetic tools targeting the mitochondrial electron transport chain (ETC) indicated that ROS, mainly formed at the Rieske cluster of complex III of the ETC, are drivers of HIF-1α activation...
May 8, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531942/target-signalling-pathways-of-natural-plant-derived-radioprotective-agents-from-treatment-to-potential-candidates-a-reverse-thought-on-anti-tumour-drugs
#7
REVIEW
Ke-Li Yun, Zhen Yu Wang
Radiation damage can occur in nuclear power plant workers when physical protections fail, which results in nuclear leakage through the protective layers. Alternatively, workers may be unable to use physical protection in time (in the case of a sudden nuclear weapons attack). In addition, patients who receive local radiotherapy and are not allowed to adopt local physical protection may experience radiation damage. Thus, protection against chemical radiation has become indispensable. In view of the side effects caused by synthetic radioprotective agents (such as amisfostine), searching for radioprotective agents from plant sources is an alternative strategy...
May 17, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531920/wound-healing-and-anti-inflammatory-activity-of-some-ononis-taxons
#8
Burçin Ergene Öz, Gülçin Saltan İşcan, Esra Küpeli Akkol, İpek Süntar, Hikmet Keleş, Özlem Bahadır Acıkara
Ononis species are used for their laxative, diuretic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, cytotoxic and antifungal effects as well as against skin diseases for wound healing activity. In the light of this information n-hexane, ethylacetate and methanol extracts prepared from Ononis spinosa L. subsp. leiosperma (Boiss.) Sirj., Ononis variegata L., Ononis viscosa L. subsp. brevifolia (DC) Nym. and Ononis natrix L. subsp. natrix L. were tested for their wound healing, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activities...
May 16, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531910/extracranial-carotid-disease-and-effect-of-intra-arterial-treatment-in-patients-with-proximal-anterior-circulation-stroke-in-mr-clean
#9
Olvert A Berkhemer, Jordi Borst, Manon Kappelhof, Albert J Yoo, Lucie A van den Berg, Puck S S Fransen, Debbie Beumer, Wouter J Schonewille, Paul J Nederkoorn, Marieke J H Wermer, Henk A Marquering, Hester F Lingsma, Yvo B W E M Roos, Robert J van Oostenbrugge, Diederik W J Dippel, Wim H van Zwam, Charles B L M Majoie, Bart J Emmer, Aad van der Lugt
Background: The presence of extracranial carotid disease (ECD) is associated with less favorable clinical outcomes a in patients with acute ischemic stroke caused by intracranial proximal occlusion. Acute intra-arterial treatment (IAT) in the setting of extracranial and intracranial lesions is considered challenging, and whether it yields improved outcomes remains uncertain. Objective: To examine whether the presence of ECD modified the effect of IAT for intracranial proximal anterior circulation occlusion...
May 23, 2017: Annals of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531652/lessons-learned-using-a-values-engaged-approach-to-attend-to-culture-diversity-and-equity-in-a-stem-program-evaluation
#10
Ayesha S Boyce
Evaluation must attend meaningfully and respectfully to issues of culture, race, diversity, power, and equity. This attention is especially critical within the evaluation of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educational programming, which has an explicit agenda of broadening participation. The purpose of this article is to report lessons learned from the implementation of a values-engaged, educative (Greene et al., 2006) evaluation within a multi-year STEM education program setting. This meta-evaluation employed a case study design using data from evaluator weekly systematic reflections, review of evaluation and program artifacts, stakeholder interviews, and peer review and assessment...
May 13, 2017: Evaluation and Program Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531567/impact-of-body-composition-parameters-on-clinical-outcomes-in-patients-with-metastatic-castrate-resistant-prostate-cancer-treated-with-docetaxel
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Samantha J Cushen, Derek G Power, Kevin P Murphy, Ray McDermott, Brendan T Griffin, Marvin Lim, Louise Daly, Peter MacEneaney, Kathleen O' Sullivan, Carla M Prado, Aoife M Ryan
BACKGROUND: Body composition may influence clinical outcomes of certain chemotherapeutic agents. We examined the prognostic significance of skeletal muscle mass and adipose tissue on docetaxel toxicity and overall survival in patients with metastatic castrate resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC). METHODS: A retrospective review of patients medical records with mCRPC, treated with docetaxel was conducted. Body composition parameters (skeletal muscle mass, muscle attenuation [MA], visceral and subcutaneous adipose tissue) were measured at L3 by computed tomography (CT) and defined using previously established cut points...
June 2016: Clinical Nutrition ESPEN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531560/uneasy-encounters-youth-social-dis-comfort-and-the-autistic-self
#12
Edmund Coleman-Fountain
Notions of deficit and 'faultiness' shape depictions of the association between autism and uneasy social relationships. That framing has been the focus of critique by autistic activists and scholars who, exploring autistic people's sociality, reframe issues of social difficulty in terms of inequality and discomfort. Located within this set of debates, the article analyses data from a UK based study of mental health narratives derived from semi-structured interviews with 19 autistic young adults aged 23 to 24...
May 12, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531350/embedded-metal-electrode-for-organic-inorganic-hybrid-nanowire-solar-cells
#13
Han-Don Um, Deokjae Choi, Ahreum Choi, Ji Hoon Seo, Kwanyong Seo
We demonstrate here an embedded metal electrode for highly efficient organic-inorganic hybrid nanowire solar cells. The electrode proposed here is an effective alternative to the conventional bus and finger electrode which leads to a localized short circuit at a direct Si/metal contact and has a poor collection efficiency due to a nonoptimized electrode design. In our design, an Ag/SiO2 electrode is embedded into a Si substrate while being positioned between Si nanowire (SiNW) arrays underneath poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS), facilitating suppressed recombination at the Si/Ag interface and notable improvements in the fabrication reproducibility...
May 22, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531327/interstrand-cross-links-arising-from-strand-breaks-at-true-abasic-sites-in-duplex-dna
#14
Zhiyu Yang, Nathan E Price, Kevin M Johnson, Yinsheng Wang, Kent S Gates
Interstrand cross-links are exceptionally bioactive DNA lesions. Endogenous generation of interstrand cross-links in genomic DNA may contribute to aging, neurodegeneration, and cancer. Abasic (Ap) sites are common lesions in genomic DNA that readily undergo spontaneous and amine-catalyzed strand cleavage reactions that generate a 2,3-didehydro-2,3-dideoxyribose sugar remnant (3'ddR5p) at the 3'-terminus of the strand break. Interestingly, this strand scission process leaves an electrophilic α,β-unsaturated aldehyde residue embedded within the resulting nicked duplex...
May 22, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531323/effect-of-chemical-ratios-of-a-microbial-based-feeding-attractant-on-trap-catch-of-drosophila-suzukii-diptera-drosophilidae
#15
Dong H Cha, Peter J Landolt, Todd B Adams
Drosophila suzukii Matsumura, spotted wing drosophila, can be trapped with a feeding attractant based on wine and vinegar volatiles and consisting of acetic acid, ethanol, acetoin, and methionol. Using that four-component blend, we found that the catch of spotted wing drosophila increased with increases in the release rate of acetoin (from 0.5 mg/d to 34 mg/d) from polyethylene sachet dispensers, and with increases in the concentrations of acetic acid (from 0.25% to 4%) or ethanol (from 0.08% to 2%) when dispensed in the trap drowning solution...
May 22, 2017: Environmental Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531228/cultural-values-and-cross-cultural-video-consumption-on-youtube
#16
Minsu Park, Jaram Park, Young Min Baek, Michael Macy
Video-sharing social media like YouTube provide access to diverse cultural products from all over the world, making it possible to test theories that the Web facilitates global cultural convergence. Drawing on a daily listing of YouTube's most popular videos across 58 countries, we investigate the consumption of popular videos in countries that differ in cultural values, language, gross domestic product, and Internet penetration rate. Although online social media facilitate global access to cultural products, we find this technological capability does not result in universal cultural convergence...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531176/stigma-of-addiction-and-mental-illness-in-healthcare-the-case-of-patients-experiences-in-dental-settings
#17
Mario A Brondani, Rana Alan, Leeann Donnelly
OBJECTIVE: To explore the ways in which stigma is experienced in healthcare and dental settings by patients with a history of addiction and mental illness. METHODS: Audio-recorded, semi-structured interviews with a purposefully selected convenience sample of residents from two community treatment centres in Vancouver, Canada were conducted. The interview guide contained questions about experiences while seeking health and dental care and was based on an existing framework of labeling, stereotyping, exclusion, discrimination, and power imbalance...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531141/eyes-of-things
#18
Oscar Deniz, Noelia Vallez, Jose L Espinosa-Aranda, Jose M Rico-Saavedra, Javier Parra-Patino, Gloria Bueno, David Moloney, Alireza Dehghani, Aubrey Dunne, Alain Pagani, Stephan Krauss, Ruben Reiser, Martin Waeny, Matteo Sorci, Tim Llewellynn, Christian Fedorczak, Thierry Larmoire, Marco Herbst, Andre Seirafi, Kasra Seirafi
Embedded systems control and monitor a great deal of our reality. While some "classic" features are intrinsically necessary, such as low power consumption, rugged operating ranges, fast response and low cost, these systems have evolved in the last few years to emphasize connectivity functions, thus contributing to the Internet of Things paradigm. A myriad of sensing/computing devices are being attached to everyday objects, each able to send and receive data and to act as a unique node in the Internet. Apart from the obvious necessity to process at least some data at the edge (to increase security and reduce power consumption and latency), a major breakthrough will arguably come when such devices are endowed with some level of autonomous "intelligence"...
May 21, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530803/red-phosphorus-nano-dots-on-reduced-graphene-oxide-as-a-flexible-and-ultra-fast-anode-for-sodium-ion-batteries
#19
Yihang Liu, Anyi Zhang, Chenfei Shen, Qingzhou Liu, Xuan Cao, Yuqiang Ma, Liang Chen, Christian Lau, Tian-Chi Chen, Fei Wei, Chongwu Zhou
Sodium-ion batteries offer an attractive option for potential low cost and large scale energy storage due to the earth abundance of sodium. Red phosphorus is considered as a high capacity anode for sodium-ion batteries with a theoretical capacity of 2596 mAh/g. However, similar to silicon in lithium-ion batteries, several limitations such as large volume expansion upon sodiation/de-sodiation and low electronic conductance have severely limited the performance of red phosphorus anodes. In order to address the above challenges, we have developed a method to deposit red phosphorus nano-dots densely and uniformly onto reduced graphene oxide sheets (P@RGO) to minimize the sodium ion diffusion length and the sodiation/de-sodiation stresses, and the RGO network also serves as electron pathway and creates free space to accommodate the volume variation of phosphorus particles...
May 22, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530790/polypyrrole-graphene-polyaniline-ternary-nanocomposite-with-high-thermoelectric-power-factor
#20
Yihan Wang, Jie Yang, Lingyu Wang, Kai Du, Qiang Yin, QinJian Yin
Polypyrrole/Graphene/Polyaniline (PPy/GNs/PANi) ternary nanocomposite with high thermoelectric power factor has been successfully prepared through the combination of in situ polymerization and solution process. FTIR, Raman spectra, XRD and SEM analyses show the strong π-π interactions existed among PPy, GNs and PANi, leading to the formation of more ordered regions in the composite. Both the in situ polymerization and solution process can enhance the dispersion homogeneity of graphene in the polymer matrix, bringing about increased nano-interfaces in the PPy/GNs/PANi composite...
May 22, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
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