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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532123/origin-of-dislocation-luminescence-centers-and-their-reorganization-in-p-type-silicon-crystal-subjected-to-plastic-deformation-and-high-temperature-annealing
#1
Bohdan Pavlyk, Markiyan Kushlyk, Dmytro Slobodzyan
Changes of the defect structure of silicon p-type crystal surface layer under the influence of plastic deformation and high temperature annealing in oxygen atmosphere were investigated by deep-level capacitance-modulation spectroscopy (DLCMS) and IR spectroscopy of molecules and atom vibrational levels. Special role of dislocations in the surface layer of silicon during the formation of its energy spectrum and rebuilding the defective structure was established. It is shown that the concentration of linear defects (N ≥ 10(4) cm(-2)) enriches surface layer with electrically active complexes (dislocation-oxygen, dislocation-vacancy, and dislocation-interstitial atoms of silicon) which are an effective radiative recombination centers...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532106/hydrogel-loaded-with-self-assembled-dextran-sulfate-doxorubicin-complexes-as-a-delivery-system-for-chemotherapy
#2
Xiaoyun Niu, Zhiling Zhang, Yinghui Zhong
Standard clinical care for breast cancer includes lumpectomy followed by localized radiotherapy or chemotherapy. However, both therapies cause loss of normal, healthy tissue in addition to tumor tissue, leading to undesirable side effects. In this study, we found that low dose and prolonged treatment with anticancer drug doxorubicin (DOX) can completely eliminate MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells with low cytotoxicity to NIH 3T3 fibroblasts. We further developed a novel biomaterial-based drug delivery system for controlled and sustained release of low doses of DOX based on self-assembled dextran sulfate (DS)-DOX complexes...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532057/electrospun-polymer-scaffolds-modified-with-drugs-for-tissue-engineering
#3
Izabella Rajzer, Elżbieta Menaszek, Oscar Castano
The purpose of this paper was to fabricate nanofibrous scaffolds containing ossein-hydroxyapatite complex (osteogenon) to mimic the native bone extracellular matrix. Polylactide (PLDL) and polycaprolactone (PCL) were used to prepare scaffolds using electrospinning. Unfortunately, both of these biodegradable polymers have poor cell recognition sites leading to poor cell affinity and adhesion, therefore, based on our previous experience, osteogenon-drug was used at the stage of fibers forming by electrospinning...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532053/functionalized-fe3o4-graphene-oxide-nanocomposites-with-hairpin-aptamers-for-the-separation-and-preconcentration-of-trace-pb-2-from-biological-samples-prior-to-determination-by-icp-ms
#4
Mojtaba Shamsipur, Leila Farzin, Mahmoud Amouzadeh Tabrizi, Shahab Sheibani
Lead (Pb) as a topically poisonous metal represents a serious threat to the ecological environment and especially to human beings. Therefore, it is urgent to develop a rapid and reliable monitoring technique for this heavy metal in the environmental samples. In the present study, we have designed a selective and sensitive method for the determination of ultratrace contents of Pb(2+) in biological samples, based on the guanine (G)-quadruplex formed by the aptamer with hairpin structure and Pb(2+). For this purpose, Pb(2+) specific aptamer serving as affinity probe to capture and separate trace amounts of the analyte, was covalently linked to Fe3O4/graphene oxide (GO) surface by using a suitable cross-linking agent...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532047/porous-chitosan-microspheres-for-application-as-quick-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-hemostat
#5
Jixiang Li, Xiaowei Wu, Yanqing Wu, Zonghao Tang, Xun Sun, Meng Pan, Yufeng Chen, Juanjuan Li, Rongdong Xiao, Zhengchao Wang, Haiqing Liu
Controlling massive hemorrhage is of great importance to lower transfusional medical cost, and to reduce death and mobility rate in battlefield and civilian accidents. We reported the fabrication of porous chitosan microspheres (CSMS) with tunable surface pore size by microemulsion combined with thermally induced phase separation technique, and its application as a quick hemostat. Their hemostatic property was characterized by blood clotting kinetics, adherence interaction between red blood cells/platelets and CSMS, in vitro and in vivo hemostasis by rat tail amputation and liver laceration models, and histological analysis...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532031/screening-of-process-variables-to-enhance-the-solubility-of-famotidine-with-2-hydroxypropyl-%C3%AE-cyclodextrin-pvp-k-30-by-using-plackett-burman-design-approach
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Umakant Verma, Jitendra B Naik, Jayesh S Patil, Sunil K Yadava
In the present work, inclusion complex of famotidine (FMT) was prepared with (2-HydroxyPropyl)-β-Cyclodextrin (HP-β-CyD) and polyvinylpyrrolidone K-30 (PVP K-30) by spray drying technique to enhance the solubility of famotidine. FMT is a potent histamine H2-receptor antagonist having low solubility as well as oral bioavailability. In order to enhance the solubility of FMT, a quality by design (QbD) approach has been used by employing Plackett-Burman design (PBD). With the application of PBD, seven independent process variables were investigated and optimized for maximum solubility...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532025/new-tetrahedral-zinc-halide-schiff-base-complexes-synthesis-crystal-structure-theoretical-3d-hirshfeld-surface-analyses-antimicrobial-and-thermal-studies
#7
L Taghizadeh, M Montazerozohori, A Masoudiasl, S Joohari, J M White
A new bidentate Schiff base ligand named as N,N'-bis((E)-3-phenylallylidene)butane-1,4-diamine (L) and three its zinc halide complexes were synthesized and characterized by FT-IR, (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR and UV-Vis spectroscopy. The crystal structure of zinc bromide and iodide complexes were characterized using single crystal X-ray diffraction. The two structures are isomorphous, crystallizing in the monoclinic crystal system with space group C2/c with closely similar unit cell dimensions. In these complexes, the Zn(II) ion is in the center of a distorted tetrahedral environment completed by two iminic nitrogen atoms of Schiff base ligand and two halide anions...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531968/retention-of-metal-and-sulphate-ions-from-acidic-mining-water-by-anionic-nanofibrillated-cellulose
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Salla H Venäläinen, Helinä Hartikainen
We carried out an adsorption experiment to investigate the ability of anionic nanofibrillated cellulose (NFC) to retain metal and SO4(2-) ions from authentic highly acidic (pH3.2) mining water. Anionic NFC gels of different consistencies (1.1-%, 1.4-% and 1.8-% w/w) were allowed to react for 10min with mining water, after which NFC-induced changes in the metal and SO4(2-) concentrations of the mining water were determined. The sorption capacities of the NFC gels were calculated as the difference between the element concentrations in the untreated and NFC-treated mining water samples...
May 18, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531964/non-electron-transfer-chain-mitochondrial-defects-differently-regulate-hif-1%C3%AE-degradation-and-transcription
#9
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/28531958/unique-postglacial-evolution-of-the-hornbeam-carpinus-betulus-l-in-the-carpathians-and-the-balkan-peninsula-revealed-by-chloroplast-dna
#10
Dragoş Postolache, Flaviu Popescu, Ladislav Paule, Dalibor Ballian, Peter Zhelev, Sorina Fărcaş, Juraj Paule, Ovidiu Badea
The Balkan Peninsula is one of the largest and most important European glacial refugia. However, the evolutionary history and phylogeographic pattern of temperate tree species that survived in the Balkans glacial refugia and their contribution to the genetic structure of the current population in the Carpathian Mountains remains poorly understood. Using polymerase chain reaction - restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP), and extensive population sampling, we explored the phylogeographic pattern of Carpinus betulus in both the Balkan Peninsula and the Carpathian region...
May 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
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
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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/28531892/emery-dreifuss-muscular-dystrophy-associated-mutant-forms-of-lamin-a-recruit-the-stress-responsive-protein-ankrd2-into-the-nucleus-affecting-the-cellular-response-to-oxidative-stress
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Silvia Angori, Cristina Capanni, Georgine Faulkner, Camilla Bean, Giuseppe Boriani, Giovanna Lattanzi, Vittoria Cenni
BACKGROUND: Ankrd2 is a stress responsive protein mainly expressed in muscle cells. Upon the application of oxidative stress, Ankrd2 translocates into the nucleus where it regulates the activity of genes involved in cellular response to stress. Emery-Dreifuss Muscular Dystrophy 2 (EDMD2) is a muscular disorder caused by mutations of the gene encoding lamin A, LMNA. As well as many phenotypic abnormalities, EDMD2 muscle cells also feature a permanent basal stress state, the underlying molecular mechanisms of which are currently unclear...
May 25, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531845/artesunate-and-erythropoietin-synergistically-improve-the-outcome-of-experimental-cerebral-malaria
#13
Yunting Du, Guang Chen, Xuexing Zhang, Chunyun Yu, Yaming Cao, Liwang Cui
Cerebral malaria (CM) is a severe neurological syndrome in humans and the main fatal cause of malaria. In malaria epidemic regions, despite appropriate anti-malarial treatment, 10-20% of deaths still occur during the acute phase. This is largely attributable to poor treatment access, therapeutic complexity and drug resistance; thus, developing additional clinical adjunctive therapies is an urgent necessity. In this study, we investigated the effect of artesunate (AST) and recombinant human erythropoietin (rhEPO) using an experimental cerebral malaria (ECM) model-C57BL/6 mice infected with Plasmodium berghei ANKA (PbA)...
May 19, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531840/hydroxyl-radical-yields-in-the-fenton-process-under-various-ph-ligand-concentrations-and-hydrogen-peroxide-fe-ii-ratios
#14
Alexandra Fischbacher, Clemens von Sonntag, Torsten C Schmidt
The Fenton process, one of several advanced oxidation processes, describes the reaction of Fe(II) with hydrogen peroxide. Fe(II) is oxidized to Fe(III) that reacts with hydrogen peroxide to Fe(II) and again initiates the Fenton reaction. In the course of the reactions reactive species, e.g. hydroxyl radicals, are formed. Conditions such as pH, ligand concentrations and the hydrogen peroxide/Fe(II) ratio may influence the OH radical yield. It could be shown that at pH < 2.7 and >3.5 the OH radical yield decreases significantly...
May 7, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531815/chicken-interleukin-1%C3%AE-mutants-are-effective-single-dose-vaccine-adjuvants-that-enhance-mucosal-immune-response
#15
Wen-Ting Chen, Hao-Kai Chang, Cheng-Chung Lin, Shan-Min Yang, Hsien-Sheng Yin
The use of cytokines as adjuvants in poultry is promising because they may enhance immune responses to antigens. In this study, we created two mutants, chicken interleukin-1 beta (ChIL-1β) Q19A and R140A, which exhibited significantly increased in vivo biological activity compared with wild-type ChIL-1β. The potential mucosal adjuvant activity of the mutants Q19A and R140A was evaluated in chickens through the intranasal coadministration of a single dose of the Newcastle disease virus (NDV) vaccine with Q19A or R140A...
May 19, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531814/targeting-egfr-her2-heterodimerization-with-a-novel-anti-her2-domain-ii-iii-antibody
#16
Xiaojie Yu, Lingfei Wang, Yafeng Shen, Chao Wang, Yajun Zhang, Yanchun Meng, Yang Yang, Beibei Liang, Bo Zhou, Huajing Wang, Huafeng Wei, Changhai Lei, Shi Hu, Bohua Li
HER2, a ligand-free tyrosine kinase receptor of the HER family, is frequently overexpressed in breast cancer. The anti-HER2 antibody trastuzumab has shown significant clinical benefits in metastatic breast cancer. Despite the effectiveness of trastuzumab, its efficacy remains variable and often modest. Thus, there is an urgent need to improve ErbB2-targeting therapy. Here, we describe a novel anti-HER2 antibody, 7C3, which was developed using hybridoma technique. Structural analysis confirms that the epitope of this antibody is in domain II/III of HER2...
May 19, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531800/restoration-of-arpin-suppresses-aggressive-phenotype-of-breast-cancer-cells
#17
Yi Li, Jiliang Qiu, Ting Pang, Zhixing Guo, Yonghui Su, Qingan Zeng, Xuexia Zhang
Arpin, a negative regulator of the actin-related protein-2/3 (Arp2/3) complex, is downregulated and predicts poor prognosis in breast cancer patients. However, its biological relevance in breast cancer is still unclear. This study was conducted to investigate the roles of Arpin in breast cancer growth and invasion. We overexpressed Arpin expression in MCF-7 and MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells and examined the effects of restoration of Arpin on cell proliferation, colony formation, cell cycle distribution, invasion in vitro and tumorigenesis in vivo...
May 19, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531795/coherence-and-polarization-properties-of-laser-propagating-through-biological-tissues
#18
Duan Meiling, Zhang Chao, Li Jinhong
Based on the extended Huygens-Fresnel principle, the analytical expressions of the cross-spectral density matrix elements for random electromagnetic Gaussian Schell-model (GSM) beam propagating in biological tissues are derived, and used to study the changes in spectral degree of coherence μ and spectral degree of polarization P of random electromagnetic GSM beams with the propagation distance z propagating through the different biological tissues. It is shown that the changes closely depend on the species of the biological tissues, beam wave length, the interval between two field points and propagation distance...
May 9, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531794/binding-of-the-anticancer-drug-bi-2536-to-human-serum-albumin-a-spectroscopic-and-theoretical-study
#19
Jesús Fernández-Sainz, Pedro J Pacheco-Liñán, José M Granadino-Roldán, Iván Bravo, Andrés Garzón, Jaime Rubio-Martínez, José Albaladejo
BI-2536 is a potent Polo-like kinase inhibitor which induces apoptosis in diverse human cancer cell lines. The binding affinity of BI-2536 for human serum albumin (HSA) protein may define its pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic profile. We have studied the binding of BI-2536 to HSA by means of different spectroscopic techniques and docking calculations. We have experimentally observed that the affinity of BI-2536 for HSA is higher than that of other common HSA binding drugs. Therefore, it can be postulated that the drug dose should be increased to achieve a certain concentration of free drug in plasma, although BI-2536 could also reach tumour tissues by uptaking HSA/BI-2536 complex...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531656/biodegradation-of-phthalic-acid-esters-paes-and-in-silico-structural-characterization-of-mono-2-ethylhexyl-phthalate-mehp-hydrolase-on-the-basis-of-close-structural-homolog
#20
Neha Singh, Vikram Dalal, Jai Krishna Mahto, Pravindra Kumar
Three bacterial strains capable of degrading phthalates namely Pseudomonas sp. PKDM2, Pseudomonas sp. PKDE1 and Pseudomonas sp. PKDE2 were isolated and characterized for their degradative potential. These strains efficiently degraded 77.4%-84.4% of DMP, 75.0%-75.7% of DEP and 71.7%-74.7% of DEHP, initial amount of each phthalate is 500mgL(-1) of each phthalate, after 44h of incubation. GC-MS results reveal the tentative DEHP degradation pathway, where hydrolases mediate the breakdown of DEHP to phthalic acid (PA) via an intermediate MEHP...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
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