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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342968/heterologous-expression-purification-and-characterization-of-three-novel-esterases-secreted-by-the-lignocellulolytic-fungus-penicillium-purpurogenum-when-grown-on-sugar-beet-pulp
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Gabriela Oleas, Eduardo Callegari, Romina Sepúlveda, Jaime Eyzaguirre
The lignocellulolytic fungus, Penicillium purpurogenum, grows on a variety of natural carbon sources, among them sugar beet pulp. Culture supernatants of P. purpurogenum grown on sugar beet pulp were partially purified and the fractions obtained analyzed for esterase activity by zymograms. The bands with activity on methyl umbelliferyl acetate were subjected to mass spectrometry to identify peptides. The peptides obtained were probed against the proteins deduced from the genome sequence of P. purpurogenum...
March 18, 2017: Carbohydrate Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342814/tear-cytokine-profile-of-glaucoma-patients-treated-with-preservative-free-or-preserved-latanoprost
#2
Jose M Martinez-de-la-Casa, Francisco Perez-Bartolome, Elena Urcelay, Jose L Santiago, Javier Moreno-Montañes, Pedro Arriola-Villalobos, Jose M Benitez-Del-Castillo, Julian Garcia-Feijoo
PURPOSE: To determine variations in cytokine levels of glaucoma patients treated either with preservative-free latanoprost or preserved latanoprost, relative to healthy individuals. METHODS: Tear samples were collected from 39 healthy subjects, 20 glaucoma patients treated with preserved latanoprost, and 20 patients treated with preservative-free latanoprost. A set of 27 inflammatory cytokines was analyzed in each group, including interleukin (IL)-1β, IL-1ra, IL-2, IL-4, IL-5, IL-6, IL-7, IL-8, IL9, IL-10, IL-12 (p70), IL-13, IL-15, IL-17, eotaxin, fibroblast growth factor (FGF) basic, granulocyte colony stimulating factor (G-CSF), granulocyte monocyte colony stimulating factor (GM-CSF), interferon (IFN)-γ, interferon gamma-induced protein (IP)-10, monocyte chemo attractant protein (MCP)-1MCAF, macrophage inflammatory protein (MIP)-1α, MIP-1β, platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF)-BB, regulated on activation, normal T cell expressed and secreted (RANTES), tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)...
March 22, 2017: Ocular Surface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342376/label-free-silicon-nanodots-featured-ratiometric-fluorescent-aptasensor-for-lysosomal-imaging-and-ph-measurement
#3
Yanan Zhang, Shan Guo, Shibo Cheng, Xinghu Ji, Zhike He
The homeostasis of lysosomal pH is crucial in cell physiology. Developing small fluorescent nanosensors for lysosome imaging and ratiometric measurement of pH is highly demanded yet challenging. Herein, a pH-sensitive fluorescein tagged aptamer AS1411 has been utilized to covalently modify the label-free fluorescent silicon nanodots via a crosslinker for construction of a ratiometric pH biosensor. The established aptasensor exhibits the advantages of ultrasmall size, hypotoxicity, excellent pH reversibility and good photostability, which favors its application in an intracellular environment...
March 22, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340139/assessment-of-acute-kidney-injury-in-rhabdomyolytic-mice-by-transcutaneous-measurement-of-sinistrin-excretion
#4
Aldo Moggio, Stefania Geraci, Alberto Boido, Carsten Sticht, Norbert Gretz, Benedetta Bussolati
Background: . Early and accurate assessment of renal function is required for the successful detection and treatment of acute kidney injury (AKI). However, only retention parameters such as plasma urea and creatinine, and the indirect estimation of glomerular filtration rate are commonly available. Methods.: Here, we measured the kinetics of plasma fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC)-sinistrin excretion to detect alterations of renal function over time in a murine model of rhabdomyolysis-induced AKI...
February 27, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339681/on-tear-film-breakup-tbu-dynamics-and-imaging
#5
Richard J Braun, Tobin A Driscoll, Carolyn G Begley, P Ewen King-Smith, Javed I Siddique
We report the results of some recent experiments to visualize tear film dynamics. We then study a mathematical model for tear film thinning and tear film breakup (TBU), a term from the ocular surface literature. The thinning is driven by an imposed tear film thinning rate which is input from in vivo measurements. Solutes representing osmolarity and fluorescein are included in the model. Osmolarity causes osmosis from the model ocular surface, and the fluorescein is used to compute the intensity corresponding closely to in vivo observations...
February 20, 2017: Mathematical Medicine and Biology: a Journal of the IMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339615/viable-offspring-after-imaging-of-ca2-oscillations-and-visualization-of-the-cortical-reaction-in-mouse-eggs%C3%A2
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Yuhkoh Satouh, Kaori Nozawa, Kazuo Yamagata, Takao Fujimoto, Masahito Ikawa
During mammalian fertilization, egg Ca 2+ oscillations are known to play pivotal roles in triggering downstream events such as resumption of the cell cycle and the establishment of blocks to polyspermy. However, viable offspring have not been obtained after monitoring Ca 2+ oscillations, and their spatiotemporal links to subsequent events are still to be examined. Therefore, the development of imaging methods to avoid phototoxic damage while labeling these events is required. Here, we examined the usefulness of genetically encoded Ca 2+ indicators for optical imaging (GECOs), in combination with spinning-disk confocal imaging...
February 3, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339070/125i%C3%A2-seed-irradiation-induces-apoptosis-and-inhibits-angiogenesis-by-decreasing-hif-1%C3%AE-and-vegf-expression-in-lung-carcinoma-xenografts
#7
Gui-Ling Xiang, Xin-Hong Zhu, Cun-Zhi Lin, Li-Jun Wang, Yong Sun, Yi-Wei Cao, Fang-Fang Wang
The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of irradiation by 125I seeds in human lung cancer xenograft model and to determine the underlying mechanisms involved, with a focus on angiogenesis. A group of 40 mice bearing A549 lung adenocarcinoma xenografts was randomly separated into 4 groups: control group (n=10), sham seed (0 mCi) implant group (n=10), 125I seed (0.6 mCi) implant group (n=10) and 125I seed (0.8 mCi) implant group (n=10), respectively. The body weight and tumor volume, were recorded every four days until the end of the study...
March 23, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339048/agr2-ameliorates-tumor-necrosis-factor-%C3%AE-induced-epithelial-barrier-dysfunction-via-suppression-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-p65-mediated-mlck-p-mlc-pathway-activation
#8
Xiaolin Ye, Mei Sun
Intestinal epithelial barrier dysfunction plays a critical role in the pathogenesis of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Anterior gradient protein 2 homologue (AGR2) assists in maintaining intestinal homeostasis in dextran sulphate sodium-induced mouse ileocolitis; however, it is unclear whether it modulates intestinal barrier function. Our study aimed to investigate the protective role of AGR2 in tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α-induced intestinal epithelial barrier injury. Caco-2 cell monolayers were pre-transfected with an AGR2 plasmid and then exposed to TNF-α...
March 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339040/detection-assay-for-hpv16-and-hpv18-by-loop%C3%A2-mediated-isothermal-amplification-with-lateral-flow-dipstick-tests
#9
Ratchanida Kumvongpin, Patcharee Jearanaikoon, Chotchana Wilailuckana, Nattaya Sae-Ung, Prinya Prasongdee, Sakda Daduang, Metee Wongsena, Patcharee Boonsiri, Wansika Kiatpathomchai, Sukumarn Sanersak Swangvaree, Alisa Sandee, Jureerut Daduang
Cervical cancer is the third highest cause of death in developing countries and most commonly results from high‑risk human papillomavirus (HR‑HPV) infection. Among HR‑HPV genotypes, HPV16 and HPV18 are the most prevalent in cervical cancers. Therefore, the present study aimed to develop a detection assay for HPV16 and HPV18 infection using loop‑mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) with lateral flow dipstick (LFD) tests. This assay is a simplified, user‑friendly method for the visual detection of HPV genotypes...
March 23, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338557/ruthenium-106-brachytherapy-in-the-treatment-of-circumscribed-choroidal-hemangioma
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Masood Naseripour, Arash Maleki, Arezoo Astaraki, Ahad Sedaghat, Ramin Jaberi, Stacey Lee, Zohreh Azma, Sukhum Silpa-Archa
PURPOSE: To examine the efficacy and safety of Ruthenium-106 plaque radiotherapy in the treatment of circumscribed choroidal hemangioma. METHODS: Twenty-one eyes of 21 patients diagnosed with symptomatic circumscribed choroidal hemangioma who underwent Ruthenium-106 plaque radiotherapy were included in the study. Clinical response, ancillary tests finding improvement, and major side effects were evaluated. RESULTS: From the initial to the 1-year follow-up visits, vision improved in 12 eyes (57%), was stable in 7 eyes (33%), and became worse in 2 eyes (10%)...
March 23, 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338432/dual-labeling-with-5-aminolevulinic-acid-and-fluorescein-for-fluorescence-guided-resection-of-high-grade-gliomas-technical-note
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Eric Suero Molina, Johannes Wölfer, Christian Ewelt, André Ehrhardt, Benjamin Brokinkel, Walter Stummer
OBJECTIVE Fluorescence guidance with 5-aminolevulinic acid (5-ALA) helps improve resections of malignant gliomas. However, one limitation is the low intensity of blue light for background illumination. Fluorescein has recently been reintroduced into neurosurgery, and novel microscope systems are available for visualizing this fluorochrome, which highlights all perfused tissues but has limited selectivity for tumor detection. Here, the authors investigate a combination of both fluorochromes: 5-ALA for distinguishing tumor and fluorescein for providing tissue fluorescence of adjacent brain tissue...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337858/transdermal-protein-delivery-using-choline-and-geranate-cage-deep-eutectic-solvent
#12
Amrita Banerjee, Kelly Ibsen, Yasunori Iwao, Michael Zakrewsky, Samir Mitragotri
Transdermal delivery of peptides and other biological macromolecules is limited due to skin's inherent low permeability. Here, the authors report the use of a deep eutectic solvent, choline and geranate (CAGE), to enhance topical delivery of proteins such as bovine serum albumin (BSA, molecular weight: ≈66 kDa), ovalbumin (OVA, molecular weight: ≈45 kDa) and insulin (INS, molecular weight: 5.8 kDa). CAGE enhances permeation of BSA, OVA, and insulin into porcine skin ex vivo, penetrating deep into the epidermis and dermis...
March 24, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335999/model-for-porosity-changes-occurring-during-ultrasound-enhanced-transcorneal-drug-delivery
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Prasanna Hariharan, Marjan Nabili, Allan Guan, Vesna Zderic, Matthew Myers
Ultrasound-enhanced drug delivery through the cornea has considerable therapeutic potential. However, our understanding of how ultrasound enhances drug transport is poor, as is our ability to predict the increased level of transport for given ultrasound parameters. Described here is a computational model for quantifying changes in corneal porosity during ultrasound exposure. The model is calibrated through experiments involving sodium fluorescein transport through rabbit cornea. Validation was performed using nylon filters, for which the properties are known...
March 20, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335935/fluorescein-angiography-in-persistent-fetal-vasculature
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Karen W Jeng-Miller, Anthony Joseph, Caroline R Baumal
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2017: Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335344/a-targeted-nanoprobe-based-on-carbon-nanotubes-natural-biopolymer-chitosan-composites
#15
Baoyan Wu, Na Zhao
A novel targeting theranostic nanoprobe based on single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs)-natural biopolymer chitosan composites was developed for cancer cell targeting imaging and fluorescence imaging-guided photodynamic therapy. First, chitosan was respectively conjugated with a tumor-homing molecule folic acid, or a photosensitizing drug pyropheophorbide a using a water-soluble carbodiimide coupling chemistry. Chitosan was fluorescently labeled by fluorescein isothiocyanate via the covalently linkage of the isothiocyanate group with the amino group...
November 17, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335258/nanostructures-derived-from-starch-and-chitosan-for-fluorescence-bio-imaging
#16
Yinxue Zu, Jingran Bi, Huiping Yan, Haitao Wang, Yukun Song, Bei-Wei Zhu, Mingqian Tan
Fluorescent nanostructures (NSs) derived from polysaccharides have drawn great attention as novel fluorescent probes for potential bio-imaging applications. Herein, we reported a facile alkali-assisted hydrothermal method to fabricate polysaccharide NSs using starch and chitosan as raw materials. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) demonstrated that the average particle sizes are 14 nm and 75 nm for starch and chitosan NSs, respectively. Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy analysis showed that there are a large number of hydroxyl or amino groups on the surface of these polysaccharide-based NSs...
July 5, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334625/magnetic-microspheres-based-cytometric-bead-array-assay-for-highly-sensitive-detection-of-ochratoxin-a
#17
Weijun Kong, Changbin Xiao, Guangyao Ying, Xiaofei Liu, Xiaohong Zhao, Ruilin Wang, Li Wan, Meihua Yang
Accurate and sensitive quantification of a specific class of mycotoxins at trace levels in complex matrices with greener approaches is of significant importance. In this study, a green and economical protocol of magnetic microspheres-based cytometric bead array (CBA) assay on indirect competitive principle was developed for sensitive and rapid detection of ochratoxin A (OTA) in malts with a small number of standard and sample solutions. The protocol included the competition of OTA in malt samples and that covalently coupled on the surface of microspheres with its monoclonal antibodies, the separation and aggregation of the magnetic microspheres, and the fluorescence detection of fluorescein isothiocyanate labeled goat anti-mouse immunoglobulin G probes...
March 14, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333854/presumed-retinal-pigment-epithelium-tumor-originating-from-unilateral-retinal-pigment-epithelium-dysgenesis
#18
Orly Gal-Or, Paul T Finger, Yale L Fisher, Lawrence A Yannuzzi, K Bailey Freund
PURPOSE: To describe a patient with a presumed retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) tumor originating from unilateral RPE dysgenesis. METHODS: Case report. RESULTS: A 30-year-old woman with an unremarkable medical and ocular history was referred for an evaluation of progressive central metamorphopsia in her left eye. Visual acuity was 20/20 in her right eye and 20/25 in her left eye. Funduscopic examination of the left eye revealed an elevated mass within an area of unilateral RPE dysgenesis showing hyperpigmentation and hypopigmentation with scalloped margins...
March 22, 2017: Retinal Cases & Brief Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333853/multimodal-imaging-in-vortex-vein-varices
#19
Chiara Veronese, Giovanni Staurenghi, Marco Pellegrini, Chiara Maiolo, Laura Primavera, Mariachiara Morara, Grayson W Armstrong, Antonio P Ciardella
PURPOSE: The aim of this study is to describe the clinical presentation of vortex vein varices with multimodal imaging. METHODS: The authors carried out a retrospective case series of eight patients (7 female, 1 male) with an average age of 60.2 years (min 8, max 84, median 68.5) presenting with vortex vein varices. All patients were evaluated at the Sant'Orsola-Malpighi Hospital, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy and at Luigi Sacco Hospital, University of Milan, Milan, Italy...
March 22, 2017: Retinal Cases & Brief Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333783/dome-shaped-macula-in-myopic-eyes-twelve-month-follow-up
#20
Daniel Lorenzo, Luis Arias, Netan Choudhry, Eduard Millan, Ignacio Flores, Marcos J Rubio, Estefanía Cobos, Pere García-Bru, Alejandro Filloy, Josep M Caminal
PURPOSE: To study the long-term clinical course of dome-shaped macula in myopic eyes and to evaluate treatment efficacy for subretinal fluid (SRF) as a related complication. METHODS: A retrospective, single-center consecutive case series study was conducted. The authors analyzed myopic eyes with dome-shaped macula in patients who presented for evaluation of decreased vision. Dome-shaped macula was defined as a convexity of the retina-choroidal macular complex seen on spectral domain optical coherence tomography images...
April 2017: Retina
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