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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636798/a-ccpe-based-xenon-biosensor-for-magnetic-resonance-imaging-of-claudin-expressing-cells
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Anna Piontek, Christopher Witte, Honor May Rose, Miriam Eichner, Jonas Protze, Gerd Krause, Jörg Piontek, Leif Schröder
The majority of malignant tumors originate from epithelial cells, and many of them are characterized by an overexpression of claudins (Cldns) and their mislocalization out of tight junctions. We utilized the C-terminal claudin-binding domain of Clostridium perfringens enterotoxin (cCPE), with its high affinity to specific members of the claudin family, as the targeting unit for a claudin-sensitive cancer biosensor. To overcome the poor sensitivity of conventional relaxivity-based magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agents, we utilized the superior sensitivity of xenon Hyper-CEST biosensors...
June 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636406/protective-effect-of-intravitreal-administration-of-exosomes-derived-from-mesenchymal-stem-cells-on-retinal-ischemia
#2
Elad Moisseiev, Johnathon D Anderson, Sharon Oltjen, Mayank Goswami, Robert J Zawadzki, Jan A Nolta, Susanna S Park
PURPOSE: Exosomes derived from human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) cultured under hypoxic conditions contain proteins and growth factors that promote angiogenesis. This study investigated the effect of intravitreal administration of these exosomes on retinal ischemia using a murine model. METHODS: Oxygen-induced retinopathy (OIR) was induced by exposing one-week-old male C57BL/6J mice to 5 days of 75% hyperoxic conditioning, and returning to room air. After hyperoxic conditioning, the right eye of each mouse was injected intravitreally with 1 µl saline or exosomes derived from hMSCs and compared to control mice of the same age raised in room air without OIR injected intravitreally with saline...
June 21, 2017: Current Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636236/assessment-of-silibinin-as-a-potential-antifungal-agent-and-investigation-of-its-mechanism-of-action
#3
Dae Gyu Yun, Dong Gun Lee
Silibinin, which is derived from Silybum marianum (milk thistle), has used as a traditional remedy for liver or biliary disorders and known to have superior antioxidant activity. In addition, silibinin was recently reported to have antifungal effect related to fungal apoptosis against Candida albicans and the interest in the therapeutic effect is increasing. In this study, we found another mode of antifungal action of silibinin and its antibiofilm activity on C. albicans. To investigate influence on fungal plasma membrane, propidium iodide and bis-(1, 3-dibutylbarbituric acid) trimethineoxonol [DiBAC4 (3)] assay were primarily carried out...
June 21, 2017: IUBMB Life
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635396/microrna-34a-inhibits-tumor-invasion-and-metastasis-in-osteosarcoma-partly-by-effecting-c-iap2-and-bcl-2
#4
Jie Wen, Yan-Kun Zhao, Yan Liu, Jin-Feng Zhao
Osteosarcoma is a common primary malignant bone tumor that occurs mainly in children and adolescents. Recent evidence has demonstrated that miR-34a is involved in the invasion and metastasis of osteosarcoma. This study aims to explore the effect of biological behavior of miR-34a on osteosarcoma. First, we collect osteosarcoma and adjacent specimens, and the relative expression of miR-34a and C-IAP2 messenger RNA was quantitated by real-time polymerase chain reaction. Furthermore, miR-34a stimulant is synthesized and transfected onto osteosarcoma MG-63 cells...
June 2017: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635314/fluorescent-labeled-bioconjugates-of-the-opioid-peptides-biphalin-and-dpdpe-incorporating-fluorescein-maleimide-linkers
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Azzurra Stefanucci, Wei Lei, Victor J Hruby, Giorgia Macedonio, Grazia Luisi, Simone Carradori, John M Streicher, Adriano Mollica
AIM: The conjugation of fluorescent labels to opioid peptides is an extremely challenging task, which needs to be overcome to create new classes of probes for biological assays. MATERIALS & METHODS: Three opioid peptide analogs of biphalin and [D-Pen2,5]-Enkephalin (DPDPE) containing a fluorescein-maleimide motif were synthesized. RESULTS & DISCUSSION: The biphalin analog 17 binds to opioid receptors with Ki(μ) = 530 ± 90 nM and Ki(δ) = 69...
June 21, 2017: Future Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635138/snake-spectacle-vessel-permeability-to-sodium-fluorescein
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Roy W Bellhorn, Ann R Strom, Monica J Motta, John Doval, Michelle G Hawkins, Joanne Paul-Murphy
OBJECTIVE: Assess vascular permeability of the snake spectacle to sodium fluorescein during resting and shedding phases of the ecdysis cycle. ANIMAL STUDIED: Ball python (Python regius). PROCEDURES: The snake was anesthetized, and spectral domain optic coherence tomography was performed prior to angiographic procedures. An electronically controlled digital single-lens reflex camera with a dual-head flash equipped with filters suitable for fluorescein angiography was used to make images...
June 20, 2017: Veterinary Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634693/rhepo-enhances-cellular-anti-oxidant-capacity-to-protect-long-term-cultured-aging-primary-nerve-cells
#7
Huqing Wang, Jiaxin Fan, Mengyi Chen, Qingling Yao, Zhen Gao, Guilian Zhang, Haiqin Wu, Xiaorui Yu
Erythropoietin (EPO) may protect the nervous system of animals against aging damage, making it a potential anti-aging drug for the nervous system. However, experimental evidence from natural aging nerve cell models is lacking, and the efficacy of EPO and underlying mechanism of this effect warrant further study. Thus, the present study used long-term cultured primary nerve cells to successfully mimic the natural aging process of nerve cells. Starting on the 11th day of culture, cells were treated with different concentrations of recombinant human erythropoietin (rhEPO)...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630072/pseudomonas-quinolone-signal-pqs-induces-oxidative-stress-and-inhibits-heme-oxygenase-1-expression-in-lung-epithelial-cells
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Maher Y Abdalla, Traci Hoke, Javier Seravalli, Barbara L Switzer, Melissa Bavitz, Jill D Fliege, Peter J Murphy, Bradley E Britigan
Pseudomonas aeruginosa (PA) causes lung infection in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF). Pseudomonas Quinolone Signal (PQS) is a secreted PA virulence factor that contributes to the pathogenicity of PA. We were able to detect PQS in sputum samples from CF patients infected with PA, but not in samples from uninfected patients. We then tested the hypothesis that PQS induces oxidative stress in host cells by determining the ability of PQS to induce production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in lung epithelial cells (A549 and primary normal human bronchial epithelial (NHBE)) and macrophages (J774A...
June 19, 2017: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628504/morphology-and-function-of-meibomian-glands-and-other-tear-film-parameters-in-junior-high-school-students
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Takanori Mizoguchi, Reiko Arita, Shima Fukuoka, Naoyuki Morishige
PURPOSE: We measured tear film parameters, including the morphology and function of meibomian glands, in junior high school students at 15 years of age. METHODS: A total of 111 eyes of 111 students (56 males and 55 females) were enrolled in the study. The ocular symptom score (0-14), after-school study time, lipid layer thickness (LLT) of the tear film, partial blink rate, lid margin abnormalities (0-4), tear film breakup time, corneal and conjunctival epithelial damage (fluorescein staining score, 0-9), meiboscore as determined by noncontact meibography (0-6), Schirmer test value, and meibum grade (0-3) were determined...
June 14, 2017: Cornea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627341/-protective-effects-of-valproic-acid-on-gut-barrier-function-after-major-burn-injury-and-its-mechanism
#10
Hongmin Luo, Sen Hu, Huining Bian, Shaoyi Zheng, Bing Xiong, Zhifeng Huang, Zuan Liu, Chuanwei Sun, Lianghua Ma, Hanhua Li, Wen Yu, Minghua Du, Huade Chen, Wen Lai
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the potential protective effects of valproic acid (VPA) on gut barrier function after major burn injury in rats and its mechanism. METHODS: Forty male Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats were divided into sham + normal saline (NS), sham + VPA, scald + NS, and scald + VPA groups, with 10 rats in each group. Rat with 55% total body surface area (TBSA) third-degree severe-burns model was reproduced by immersing into 80 °C water, and the rats in sham groups were given sham-burns by immersing into 37 °C water...
March 2017: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626824/atypical-chronic-central-serous-chorioretinopathy-with-cystoid-macular-edema-therapeutic-response-to-medical-and-laser-therapy
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Jiun L Do, Lisa C Olmos de Koo, Hossein Ameri
PURPOSE: To describe an atypical case of chronic central serous chorioretinopathy (CSCR). METHODS: A 58-year-old man with longstanding, bilateral visual impairment was self-referred for a second opinion. RESULTS: Findings by direct ophthalmoscopy, optical coherence tomography, fluorescein angiography, and fundus autofluorescence (FAF) were suggestive of atypical, chronic CSCR. Treatment with oral anti-mineralocorticoids resulted in moderate improvement, and photodynamic therapy (PDT) had minimal effect...
June 2017: Journal of Current Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624658/optimisation-of-hpmc-ophthalmic-inserts-with-sustained-release-properties-as-a-carrier-for-thermolabile-therapeutics
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Arnout Everaert, Yannick Wouters, Eline Melsbach, Nadia Zakaria, Annick Ludwig, Filip Kiekens, Wim Weyenberg
A methodology was developed and optimised for the preparation of a new drug delivery system (DDS) with sustained release properties to allow ocular protein delivery and to limit destructive production steps during manufacturing. Elevated temperatures, shear forces and an oxidative environment should be avoided in order to prevent denaturation or oxidation of proteins. An aqueous HPMC solution was prepared using heat and casted into small semi-rod-shaped PVC blisters. The polymer solution was allowed to cool down and was partially dehydrated at room temperature...
June 15, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624056/evaluating-the-efficacy-of-different-types-of-stem-cells-in-preserving-gut-barrier-function-in-necrotizing-enterocolitis
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Christopher J McCulloh, Jacob K Olson, Yijie Wang, Jennifer Vu, Sarah Gartner, Gail E Besner
BACKGROUND: Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in premature infants. Increased intestinal permeability is central to NEC development. We have shown that stem cells (SCs) can reduce the incidence and severity of NEC. Our current goal was to investigate the efficacy of four different types of SC in preservation of gut barrier function during NEC. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We compared (1) amniotic fluid-derived mesenchymal SC, (2) bone marrow-derived mesenchymal SC, (3) amniotic fluid-derived neural SC, and (4) enteric neural SC...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620939/engineering-novel-targeted-boron-10-enriched-theranostic-nanomedicine-to-combat-against-murine-brain-tumors-via-mr-imaging-guided-boron-neutron-capture-therapy
#14
Naresh Kuthala, Raviraj Vankayala, Yi-Nan Li, Chi-Shiun Chiang, Kuo Chu Hwang
Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is a very common type of "incurable" malignant brain tumor. Although many treatment options are currently available, most of them eventually fail due to its recurrence. Boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) emerges as an alternative noninvasive therapeutic treatment modality. The major challenge in treating GBMs using BNCT is to achieve selective imaging, targeting, and sufficient accumulation of boron-containing drug at the tumor site so that effective destruction of tumor cells can be achieved without harming the normal brain cells...
June 16, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620652/visual-and-morphologic-outcomes-in-eyes-with-hard-exudate-in-the-comparison-of-age-related-macular-degeneration-treatments-trials
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Ebenezer Daniel, Juan E Grunwald, Benjamin J Kim, Maureen G Maguire, Glenn J Jaffe, Cynthia A Toth, Frederick L Ferris, Daniel F Martin, James Shaffer, Gui-Shuang Ying
PURPOSE: To compare baseline characteristics, visual acuity (VA) and morphological outcomes between eyes with baseline hard exudates (HE) and all other eyes among patients with neovascular age-related macular degeneration (NVAMD) treated with anti-vascular endothelial growth factors (anti-VEGF). DESIGN: Prospective cohort study within the Comparison of Age-Related Macular Degeneration Treatments Trials (CATT). PARTICIPANTS: Patients with NVAMD...
January 2017: Ophthalmology retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618014/dual-mode-optical-sensing-of-histamine-at-nanomolar-concentrations-in-complex-biological-fluids-and-living-cells
#16
Santanu Bhattacharya, Nilanjan Dey, Asfa Ali, Santosh Podder, Shamik Majumdar, Dipankar Nandi
An easily synthesizable fluorescein-based luminescent dye has been utilized for dual-mode detection of histamine at a nanomolar concentration at pH 7.0 in water. The specific response with histamine was achieved by imidazole catalyzed 'imine' formation reaction. The protocol was subsequently applied for the estimation of histamine in complex biological milieu such as human blood serum and urine samples. Furthermore, the dose-dependent cellular uptake of histamine and de novo synthesis (by thapsigargin treatment) was visualized in RAW 264...
June 15, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617725/depth-profile-assessment-of-the-early-phase-deposition-of-lysozyme-on-soft-contact-lens-materials-using-a-novel-in-vitro-eye-model
#17
Han Qiao, Chau-Minh Phan, Hendrik Walther, Lakshman N Subbaraman, Lyndon Jones
OBJECTIVE: To characterize the location of fluorescently labeled lysozyme on commercial contact lenses (CLs) using an in vitro eye model that simulates tear volume, tear flow, air exposure, and mechanical wear. METHODS: One commercially available conventional hydrogel CL material (etafilcon A) and three silicone hydrogel CL materials (balafilcon A, lotrafilcon B, and senofilcon A) were evaluated in this study. The CLs were mounted on the in vitro eye model and exposed to artificial tear fluid containing fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC)-labeled lysozyme for 2 and 10 hrs...
June 14, 2017: Eye & Contact Lens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617335/zno-nano-rod-devices-for-intradermal-delivery-and-immunization
#18
Tapas R Nayak, Hao Wang, Aakansha Pant, Minrui Zheng, Hans Junginger, Wei Jiang Goh, Choon Keong Lee, Shui Zou, Sylvie Alonso, Bertrand Czarny, Gert Storm, Chorng Haur Sow, Chengkuo Lee, Giorgia Pastorin
Intradermal delivery of antigens for vaccination is a very attractive approach since the skin provides a rich network of antigen presenting cells, which aid in stimulating an immune response. Numerous intradermal techniques have been developed to enhance penetration across the skin. However, these methods are invasive and/or affect the skin integrity. Hence, our group has devised zinc oxide (ZnO) nano-rods for non-destructive drug delivery. Chemical vapour deposition was used to fabricate aligned nano-rods on ZnO pre-coated silicon chips...
June 15, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616359/bioactive-antimicrobial-peptides-as-therapeutics-for-corneal-wounds-and-infections
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Gina L Griffith, Anne Kasus-Jacobi, H Anne Pereira
Significance: More than 2 million eye injuries and infections occur each year in the United States that leave civilians and military members with reduced or complete vision loss due to the lack of effective therapeutics. Severe ocular injuries and infections occur in varied settings including the home, workplace, and battlefields. In this review, we discuss the potential of developing antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) as therapeutics for the treatment of corneal wounds and infections for which the current treatment options are inadequate...
June 1, 2017: Advances in Wound Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616258/the-comparison-of-multimodal-imaging-findings-of-central-serous-chorioretinopathy-patients-in-regard-to-the-early-anatomically-treatment-response-to-half-fluence-photodynamic-therapy-a-retrospective-case-control-study
#20
Abdullah Ozkaya, Ruveyde Garip, Zeynep Alkin, Muhittin Taskapili
BACKGROUND: To compare the multimodal imaging findings of chronic central serous chorioretinopathy (CSC) patients who are good or poor responders to low-fluence photodynamic therapy (PDT). METHODS: Retrospective, interventional comparative study. The CSC patients who were admitted to our clinic for the first time between January 2013 and December 2015 were included in the study. Patients were treated with PDT only if they did not show any sign of resolution after at least 6 months from the initial signs of the disease...
2017: International Journal of Retina and Vitreous
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