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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452420/gut-microbiomics-a-solution-to-unloose-the-gordian-knot-of-biological-effects-of-ionizing-radiation
#1
Amy Zhang, Tomoko Y Steen
The Chernobyl and Fukushima nuclear accidents have called forth a growing body of research on their biological aftermaths. A variety of wild organisms, including primates, birds, fish, insects, and worms are being studied in the affected areas, with emerging morphological, physiological, and genetic aberrations ascribed to ionizing radiation. Despite the effort in surveying Chernobyl and Fukushima wildlife, little is known about the microorganisms associated with these radiation-contaminated animals. The microbiota, especially the gut commensal, plays an important role in shaping the metabolic reservoir and immune system of the host, and is sensitive to a wide array of environmental factors, including ionizing radiation...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452370/blood-cardioplegia-for-cardiac-surgery-in-acute-myocardial-infarction-rat-experiments-with-two-widely-used-solutions
#2
Andreas Boening, Lena Assling-Simon, Martina Heep, Kerstin Boengler, Bernd Niemann, Julia Schipke, Christian Mühlfeld, Philippe Grieshaber
OBJECTIVES: Blood cardioplegia (BCP) can be used in different ways to protect the heart from ischaemia-reperfusion injury during cardiac surgery. Because there could be differences between warm and cold intermittent cardioplegia with or without warm reperfusion, we investigated the influence of 2 blood cardioplegia solutions on cardiac function, metabolism and infarct size in stable and infarcted rat hearts. METHODS: The hearts of 32 male Wistar rats were excised and inserted into a blood-perfused isolated heart apparatus...
February 14, 2018: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452341/betadine-and-breast-implants
#3
Mark L Jewell, William P Adams
In the fourth quarter of 2017, the US FDA reviewed and approved a request by one of the breast implant manufacturers for a change in the Directions for Use (DFU) that removed warnings regarding the use of Betadine (povidone-iodine [PI] 10% solution, 1% available iodine [Purdue Frederick Company, Stamford, CT], also available in generic formulations [Aplicare, Inc., Meriden, CT]). Previously, in 2000, there were concerns by the FDA that PI would degrade the silicone elastomer shell. This change in the DFU represents an important advance that will benefit patients through the permitted use of PI to reduce the risk of bacterial contamination of implant surfaces...
February 14, 2018: Aesthetic Surgery Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452187/purification-of-extra-cellular-poly-%C3%AE-glutamic-acid-as-an-antibacterial-agent-using-anion-exchange-chromatography
#4
M Ijadi Bajestani, S M Mousavi, S B Mousavi, A Jafari, S A Shojaosadati
BLAST analysis of the 16S rRNA gene sequence for the newly isolated bacterium, revealed significant identity (99.5%) with Bacillus sonorensis [Ijadi Bajestani, M., et al., International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, 2017. 96: p. 100-110]. According to the literature review for closely related species of Bacillus sonorensis, the production of poly-γ-glutamic acid (γ-PGA) as an extra cellular biopolymer was investigated for the isolated bacteria which is deposited in IBRC (Iranian Biological Resource Center) as Bacillus sp...
February 13, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452182/mussel-inspired-fabrication-of-konjac-glucomannan-microcrystalline-cellulose-intelligent-hydrogel-with-ph-responsive-sustained-release-behavior
#5
Lin Wang, Yu Du, Yi Yuan, Ruo-Jun Mu, Jingni Gong, Yongsheng Ni, Jie Pang, Chunhua Wu
Intelligent hydrogels are attractive biomaterials for various applications, however, fabricating a hydrogel with both adequate self-healing ability and mechanical properties remains a challenge. Herein, a series of novel intelligent konjac glucomannan (KGM)/microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) hydrogels were prepared vis the mussel-inspired chemistry. MCC was firstly functionalized by the oxidative polymerization of dopamine, and the intelligent hydrogels were obtained by mixing aqueous solutions of KGM and functionalized MCC (PDMCC)...
February 13, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452173/energy-intake-functions-and-energy-budgets-of-ectotherms-and-endotherms-derived-from-their-ontogenetic-growth-in-body-mass-and-timing-of-sexual-maturation
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Jan Werner, Nikolaos Sfakianakis, Alan D Rendall, Eva Maria Griebeler
Ectothermic and endothermic vertebrates differ not only in their source of body temperature (environment vs. metabolism), but also in growth patterns, in timing of sexual maturation within life, and energy intake functions. Here, we present a mathematical model applicable to ectothermic and endothermic vertebrates. It is designed to test whether differences in the timing of sexual maturation within an animal's life (age at which sexual maturity is reached vs. longevity) together with its ontogenetic gain in body mass (growth curve) can predict the energy intake throughout the animal's life (food intake curve) and can explain differences in energy partitioning (between growth, reproduction, heat production and maintenance, with the latter subsuming any other additional task requiring energy) between ectothermic and endothermic vertebrates...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452113/technological-innovation-strategies-for-the-specific-treatment-of-chagas-disease-based-on-benznidazole
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Leslie Raphael de Moura Ferraz, Alinne Élida Gonçalves Alves, Débora Dolores Souza da Silva Nascimento, Isabela Araújo E Amariz, Aline Silva Ferreira, Salvana Priscylla Manso Costa, Larissa Araújo Rolim, Ádley Antonini Neves de Lima, Pedro José Rolim Neto
Caused by Trypanosoma cruzi, Chagas disease is responsible for public health problems greater in magnitude than those attributed to malaria, schistosomiasis, or leishmaniasis. A factor in the socioeconomic development of poor countries, Chagas disease can cause death due to a high parasitic burden during its acute phase due and irreversible damage in organs such as the heart, esophagus, and colon during its chronic phase, even when the number of parasites is minimal. For treating Chagas disease, benznidazole (BNZ) remains the drug of choice and, in Latin America, the only drug on the market for treating the disease...
February 13, 2018: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452091/expression-profiles-and-clinical-value-of-plasma-exosomal-tim-3-and-galectin-9-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
#8
Jianwei Gao, Xiangyu Qiu, Xinying Li, Hang Fan, Fang Zhang, Tangfeng Lv, Yong Song
Exosomes are membrane-bound, virus-size vesicles present in circulating blood. Tumor cells are avid producers of exosomes, which are thought to mimic molecular features of parent tumor cells. T-cell Immunoglobulin- and Mucin-domain-containing molecule 3 (Tim-3) is one of the next generation immune checkpoints and can be activated by its ligand Galectin-9, negatively regulating anti-tumor immune response. However, the characteristics of plasma exosomal Tim-3/Galectin-9 (Exo-T/G) in cancer remained unknown. Our study aimed to investigate the expression patterns and clinical value of plasma exosomal total protein (Exo-pro) and Exo-T/G in non-small cell lung caner (NSCLC)...
February 13, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451979/neat-protein-polymer-surfactant-bioconjugates-as-universal-solvents
#9
Anasua Mukhopadhayay, Tarasankar Das, Anindya Datta, Kamendra P Sharma
Solvents particularly those having low-volatility are of great interest for the biocatalytic synthesis of utility chemicals and fuels. Here we show novel and universal solvent-like properties of a neat and water-less polymer surfactant-BSA conjugated material (WL-PSpBSA). This highly viscous, non-volatile material, behaves as a liquid above its solid-liquid transition temperature (≈ 25-27 °C), and can be used as a solvent for variety of completely dry solutes of different sizes, and surface chemistries. We show using a combination of optical microscopy, steady state and time-resolved fluoresence spectroscopy, that dry and powdered dyes (hydrophobic Coumarin 153; C153), enzymes (α-chymotrypsin; α-Chy), or even 2 μm microparticles (diffusion coefficient ca...
February 16, 2018: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451960/direct-measurement-of-charge-regulation-in-metalloprotein-electron-transfer
#10
Collin T Zahler, Hongyu Zhou, Alireza Abdolvahabi, Rebecca L Holden, Sanaz Rasouli, Peng Tao, Bryan Shaw
Quantifying how a protein regulates its net electrostatic charge during electron transfer (ET) is a means of directly measuring factors that contribute to either redox potential and/or reorganization energy. Charge regulation by proteins during ET has never been measured because few tools exist to measure the net charge of a folded protein in solution at different oxidation states. Here, by using protein charge ladders and capillary electrophoresis, we determined that the net charge of myoglobin, cytochrome c, and azurin changed by 0...
February 16, 2018: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451859/harmonization-of-pcr-based-detection-of-intestinal-pathogens-experiences-from-the-dutch-external-quality-assessment-scheme-on-molecular-diagnosis-of-protozoa-in-stool-samples
#11
Theo A Schuurs, Rob Koelewijn, Eric A T Brienen, Titia Kortbeek, Theo G Mank, Bert Mulder, Foekje F Stelma, Lisette van Lieshout, Jaap J van Hellemond
BACKGROUND: Real-time PCR methods are increasingly used in routine patient care settings not only to determine the presence or absence of pathogens in patient materials, but also to obtain semiquantitative results to estimate the pathogen load. However, it is so far unknown how well these methods are harmonized among different laboratories. METHODS: Sets of stool samples were distributed three to four times per year to ca. 25-40 participating laboratories within the European Union as part of an external quality assessment scheme (EQAS) for the detection of gastrointestinal protozoa...
February 16, 2018: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451850/determination-of-14-aminoglycosides-by-lc-ms-ms-using-molecularly-imprinted-polymer-solid-phase-extraction-for-clean-up
#12
Marie-Claude Savoy, Pei Mun Woo, Pauline Ulrich, Adrienne Tarres, Pascal Mottier, Aurélien Desmarchelier
A LC-MS/MS method for screening fourteen aminoglycosides in foodstuffs of animal origin is presented. Its scope includes raw materials and processed ingredients but also finished products composed of milk, meat, fish, egg or fat. Aminoglycosides are extracted in an acidic aqueous solution, which is first recovered after centrifugation, then diluted with a basic buffer and finally purified by molecularly imprinted polymer-solid phase extraction (MIP-SPE). Analytes are detected within 8 min by ion-pair reversed phase LC-MS/MS...
February 16, 2018: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part A, Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure & Risk Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451803/fluoroethylene-carbonate-induces-ordered-electrolyte-interface-on-silicon-and-sapphire-surfaces-as-revealed-by-sum-frequency-generation-vibrational-spectroscopy-and-x-ray-reflectivity
#13
Yonatan Horowitz, Hans-Georg Steinrück, Hui-Ling Han, Chuntian Cao, Iwnetim Iwnetu Abate, Yuchi Tsao, Michael F Toney, Gabor A Somorjai
The cyclability of silicon anodes in lithium ion batteries (LIBs) is affected by the reduction of the electrolyte on the anode surface to produce a coating layer termed the solid electrolyte interphase (SEI). One of the key steps for a major improvement of LIBs is unraveling the SEI's structure-related diffusion properties as charge and discharge rates of LIBs are diffusion-limited. To this end, we have combined two surface sensitive techniques, sum frequency generation (SFG) vibrational spectroscopy and X-ray reflectivity (XRR), to explore the first monolayer and to probe the first several layers of electrolyte, respectively, for solutions consisting of 1M lithium perchlorate (LiClO 4 ) salt dissolved in ethylene carbonate (EC) or fluoroethylene carbonate (FEC) and their mixtures (EC:FEC 7:3 and 1:1 wt%) on silicon and sapphire surfaces...
February 16, 2018: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451789/solution-grown-sodium-bismuth-dichalcogenides-toward-earth-abundant-biocompatible-semiconductors
#14
Bryan A Rosales, Miles A White, Javier Vela
Many technologically relevant semiconductors contain toxic, heavily regulated (Cd, Pb, As) or relatively scarce (Li, In) elements, and often require high manufacturing costs. We report a facile, general, low-temperature, and size tunable (4-28 nm) solution phase synthesis of ternary APnE2 semiconductors based on Earth-abundant and biocompatible elements (A = Na, Pn = Bi, E = S or Se). The observed experimental band gaps (1.20-1.45 eV) fall within the ideal range for solar cells. Computational investigation of the lowest energy superstructures that result from 'coloring', caused by mixed cation sites present in their rock salt lattice agree with other better-known members of this family of materials...
February 16, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451786/the-catalytic-reaction-of-nitroxides-with-peroxyl-radicals-and-its-relevance-to-their-cytoprotective-properties
#15
Markus Griesser, Ron Shah, Antonius T Van Kessel, Omkar Zilka, Evan A Haidasz, Derek A Pratt
Sterically-hindered nitroxides such as 2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidin-N-oxyl (TEMPO) have long been ascribed antioxidant activity that is thought to underlie their chemopreventive and anti-aging properties. However, the most commonly invoked reactions in this context - combination with an alkyl radical to give a redox inactive alkoxyamine or the catalysis of superoxide dismutation - are unlikely to be relevant under (most) physiological conditions. Herein we characterize the kinetics and mechanisms of the reactions of TEMPO, as well as an N-arylnitroxide and a N,N-diarylnitroxide, with alkylperoxyl radicals, the propagating species in lipid peroxidation...
February 16, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451779/real-time-intrinsic-fluorescence-visualisation-and-sizing-of-proteins-and-protein-complexes-in-microfluidic-devices
#16
Pavan Kumar Challa, Quentin Peter, Maya A Wright, Yuewen Zhang, Kadi-Liis Saar, Jacqueline A Carozza, Justin L P Benesch, Tuomas P J Knowles
Optical detection has become a convenient and scalable approach to read out information from microfluidic systems. For the study of many key biomolecules, however, including peptides and proteins, which have low fluorescence emission efficiencies at visible wavelengths, this approach typically requires labelling of the species of interest with extrinsic fluorophores to enhance the optical signal obtained -- a process which can be time-consuming, requires purification steps, and has the propensity to perturb the behaviour of the systems under study due to interactions between the labels and the analyte molecules...
February 16, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451778/rapid-forming-and-self-healing-agarose-based-hydrogels-for-tissue-adhesives-and-potential-wound-dressings
#17
Zhuo Zhang, Xiaolin Wang, Yitong Wang, Jingcheng Hao
To meet the progressive requirements of advanced engineering materials with superior physicochemical performances, self-healing and injectable hydrogels (AD hydrogels) based on agarose with pH-response were prepared through dynamic covalent Schiff-base linkages by simply mixing nontoxic agarose-ethylenediamine conjugate (AG-NH2) and dialdehyde-functionalized polyethylene glycol (DF-PEG) solutions. The self-healing and injectable capabilities of the hydrogels without any external stimulus are ascribed to dynamic covalent Schiff-base linkages between the aldehyde groups of DF-PEG and amine groups on AG-NH2 backbone...
February 16, 2018: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451772/ultra-flexible-and-high-performance-multilayer-transparent-electrode-based-on-zno-ag-cuscn
#18
Yixiong Ji, Jun Yang, Wei Luo, Linlong Tang, Xiangxing Bai, Chongqian Leng, Chaoyan Ma, Xingzhan Wei, Jing Wang, Jun Shen, Shirong Lu, Kuan Sun, Haofei Shi
Driven by huge demand for flexible opto-electronic devices, high-performance flexible transparent electrodes are continuously sought. In this work, a flexible multilayer transparent electrode with structure of ZnO/Ag/CuSCN (ZAC) is engineered, featuring inorganic solution-processed cuprous thiocyanate (CuSCN) as a hole-transport antireflection coating. The ZAC electrode exhibits an average transmittance of 94% (discounting the substrate) in the visible range, a sheet resistance (Rsh) of 9.7 Ω/sq, a high mechanical flexibility without Rsh variation after bending 10,000 times, a long-term stability of 400 days in ambient environment and scalable fabrication process...
February 16, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451770/thermodynamic-and-kinetic-effects-in-the-crystallization-of-metal-organic-frameworks
#19
Anthony K Cheetham, G Kieslich, H H-M Yeung
The evolution of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) has been one of the most exciting aspects of materials chemistry over the last 20 years. In this Account, we discuss the development during this period in our understanding of the factors that control the crystallization of MOFs from solution. Both classical porous MOFs and dense MOF phases are considered. This is an opportune time at which to examine this complex area because the experimental tools now available to interrogate crystallization processes have matured significantly in the last 5 years, particularly with the use of in situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction...
February 16, 2018: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451741/non-invasive-optical-method-for-real-time-assessment-of-intracorneal-riboflavin-concentration-and-efficacy-of-corneal-cross-linking
#20
Giuseppe Lombardo, Valentina Villari, Norberto Liborio Micali, Nancy Leone, Cristina Labate, Maria Penelope De Santo, Marco Lombardo
Keratoconus is the primary cause of corneal transplantation in young adults worldwide. Riboflavin/UV-A corneal cross-linking may effectively halt the progression of keratoconus if an adequate amount of riboflavin enriches the corneal stroma and is photo-oxidated by UV-A light for generating additional cross-linking bonds between stromal proteins and strengthening the biomechanics of the weakened cornea. Here we reported a UV-A theranostic prototype device for performing corneal cross-linking with the ability to assess corneal intrastromal concentration of riboflavin and to estimate treatment efficacy in real time...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Biophotonics
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