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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650807/simultaneous-ultrasound-therapy-and-monitoring-of-microbubble-seeded-acoustic-cavitation-using-a-single-element-transducer
#1
Sophie V Heymans, Christine F Martindale, Andrej Suler, Antonios N Pouliopoulos, Robert J Dickinson, James J Choi
Ultrasound-driven microbubble activity is used in therapeutic applications such as blood clot dissolution and targeted drug delivery. The safety and performance of these technologies are linked to the type and distribution of microbubble activities produced within the targeted area, but controlling and monitoring these activities in vivo and in real-time has proven to be difficult. As therapeutic pulses are often ms-long, microbubble monitoring currently requires a separate transducer used in a passive reception mode...
June 22, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650469/a-compartmentalized-phosphoinositide-signaling-axis-at-cilia-is-regulated-by-inpp5e-to-maintain-cilia-and-promote-sonic-hedgehog-medulloblastoma
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S E Conduit, V Ramaswamy, M Remke, D N Watkins, B J Wainwright, M D Taylor, C A Mitchell, J M Dyson
Sonic Hedgehog (SHH) signaling at primary cilia drives the proliferation and progression of a subset of medulloblastomas, the most common malignant paediatric brain tumor. Severe side effects associated with conventional treatments and resistance to targeted therapies has led to the need for new strategies. SHH signaling is dependent on primary cilia for signal transduction suggesting the potential for cilia destabilizing mechanisms as a therapeutic target. INPP5E is an inositol polyphosphate 5-phosphatase that hydrolyses PtdIns(4,5)P2 and more potently, the phosphoinositide (PI) 3-kinase product PtdIns(3,4,5)P3...
June 26, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647274/sonic-hedgehog-pathway-suppression-and-reactivation-accelerates-differentiation-of-rat-adipose-derived-mesenchymal-stromal-cells-toward-insulin-producing-cells
#3
Dian Dayer, Mahmoud Hashemi Tabar, Eskandar Moghimipour, Mohammad Reza Tabandeh, Ata A Ghadiri, Elham Allah Bakhshi, Mahmoud Orazizadeh, Mohammad Ali Ghafari
BACKGROUND AIMS: Sonic hedgehog (Shh) is an intercellular signaling molecule that regulates pancreas development in mammals. Manipulation of Shh signaling pathway can be used as reliable approach to improve the generation of functional insulin-producing cells (IPCs) from mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs). METHODS: In the present study, a novel differentiation protocol was used to produce IPCs from adipose tissue-derived MSCs (ATDMSCs) based on sequential inhibition and reactivation of Shh pathway...
June 21, 2017: Cytotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646165/selective-inhibition-of-sterolo-acyltransferase-1-isozyme-by-beauveriolide-iii-in-intact-cells
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Taichi Ohshiro, Keisuke Kobayashi, Mio Ohba, Daisuke Matsuda, Lawrence L Rudel, Takashi Takahashi, Takayuki Doi, Hiroshi Tomoda
Beauveriolide III (BeauIII) inhibited sterol O-acyltransferases 1 and 2 (SOAT1 and SOAT2), which are endoplasmic reticulum (ER) membrane proteins, in an enzyme-based assay, and selectively inhibited SOAT1 in a cell-based assay using SOAT1-/SOAT2-CHO cells. This discrepancy in SOAT inhibition by BeauIII was investigated. In the enzyme-based assay, BeauIII inhibited SOAT1 and SOAT2 to a similar extent using microsomes prepared from cells disrupted under the strongest sonication condition. In semi-intact SOAT1-/SOAT2-CHO cells prepared by a treatment with digitonin (plasma membrane permeabilized), BeauIII selectively inhibited SOAT1 (IC50; 5...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645738/human-germline-hedgehog-pathway-mutations-predispose-to-fatty-liver
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Maria J Guillen Sacoto, Ariel F Martinez, Yu Abe, Paul Kruszka, Karin Weiss, Joshua L Everson, Ramon Bataller, David E Kleiner, Jerrold M Ward, Kathleen K Sulik, Robert J Lipinski, Benjamin D Solomon, Maximilian Muenke
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most common form of liver disease. Activation of hedgehog (Hh) signaling has been implicated in the progression of NAFLD and proposed as a therapeutic target; however, the effects of Hh signaling inhibition have not been studied in humans with germline mutations affecting this pathway. METHODS: Patients with holoprosencephaly (HPE), a disorder associated with germline mutations disrupting Sonic hedgehog (SHH) signaling, were clinically evaluated for NAFLD...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642943/aqueous-dispersions-of-nanostructures-formed-through-the-self-assembly-of-iminolipids-with-exchangeable-hydrophobic-termini
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Wen Li, Daryl McManus, Han Liu, Cinzia Casiraghi, Simon J Webb
The addition of amines to an aldehyde surfactant, which was designed to be analogous to didodecyldimethylammonium bromide, gave exchangeable "iminolipids" that self-assembled to give stable aqueous dispersions of nano-sized vesicles. For example, sonication of suspensions of the n-hexylamine-derived iminolipid gave vesicles 50 to 200 nm in diameter that could encapsulate a water-soluble dye. The iminolipids could undergo dynamic exchange with added amines, and the resulting equilibrium constants (Krel) were quantified by (1)H NMR spectroscopy...
June 23, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642332/morphine-worsens-the-severity-and-prevents-pancreatic-regeneration-in-mouse-models-of-acute-pancreatitis
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Usman Barlass, Raini Dutta, Hassam Cheema, John George, Archana Sareen, Ajay Dixit, Zuobiao Yuan, Bhuwan Giri, Jingjing Meng, Santanu Banerjee, Sulagna Banerjee, Vikas Dudeja, Rajinder K Dawra, Sabita Roy, Ashok K Saluja
BACKGROUND: Opioids such as morphine are widely used for the management of pain associated with acute pancreatitis. Interestingly, opioids are also known to affect the immune system and modulate inflammatory pathways in non-pancreatic diseases. However, the impact of morphine on the progression of acute pancreatitis has never been evaluated. In the current study, we evaluated the impact of morphine on the progression and severity of acute pancreatitis. METHODS: Effect of morphine treatment on acute pancreatitis in caerulein, L-arginine and ethanol-palmitoleic acid models was evaluated after induction of the disease...
June 22, 2017: Gut
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640708/medulloblastoma-from-myth-to-molecular
#8
Vijay Ramaswamy, Michael D Taylor
Current therapies for medulloblastoma were introduced primarily in the 1980s and consist of predominantly cytotoxic, nontargeted approaches. Mortality from medulloblastoma remains significant. In addition, many survivors suffer from severe treatment-related effects of radiation and cytotoxic chemotherapy. Further intensification of nonspecific therapy is unlikely to offer additional benefits, because survival rates have reached a plateau. Recent publications in medulloblastoma have revolved largely around the recognition that medulloblastoma per se does not exist, but rather, that there are a group of histologically similar but clinically and molecularly distinct entities that have been grouped under that rubric...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640388/electrostatic-driven-exfoliation-and-hybridization-of-2d-nanomaterials
#9
Guijian Guan, Jing Xia, Shuhua Liu, Yuan Cheng, Shiqiang Bai, Si Yin Tee, Yong-Wei Zhang, Ming-Yong Han
Here, direct and effective electrostatic-driven exfoliation of tungsten trioxide (WO3 ) powder into atomically thin WO3 nanosheets is demonstrated for the first time. Experimental evidence together with theoretical simulations clearly reveal that the strong binding of bovine serum albumin (BSA) on the surface of WO3 via the protonation of NH2 groups in acidic conditions leads to the effective exfoliation of WO3 nanosheets under sonication. The exfoliated WO3 nanosheets have a greatly improved dispersity and stability due to surface-protective function of BSA, and exhibit a better performance and unique advantages in applications such as visible-light-driven photocatalysis, high-capacity adsorption, and fast electrochromics...
June 22, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640337/thermodynamic-bounds-for-existence-of-normal-shock-in-compressible-fluid-flow-in-pipes
#10
Sergio Colle
The present paper is concerned with the thermodynamic theory of the normal shock in compressible fluid flow in pipes, in the lights of the pioneering works of Lord Rayleigh and G. Fanno. The theory of normal shock in pipes is currently presented in terms of the Rayleigh and Fanno curves, which are shown to cross each other in two points, one corresponding to a subsonic flow and the other corresponding to a supersonic flow. It is proposed in this paper a novel differential identity, which relates the energy flux density, the linear momentum flux density, and the entropy, for constant mass flow density...
April 2017: Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639704/genome-wide-association-analysis-identifies-potential-regulatory-genes-for-eumelanin-pigmentation-in-chicken-plumage
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L Yang, X Du, S Wei, L Gu, N Li, Y Gong, S Li
Plumage color in chicken is determined by the proportion of eumelanin and pheomelanin pigmentation. As the main ingredient in plumage melanin, eumelanin plays a key role in the dark black, brown and grey coloration. However, very few studies have been performed to identify the related genes and mutations on a genome-wide scale. Herein, a resource family consisting of one backcross population and two F2 cross populations between a black roster and Yukou Brown I parent stockbreed was constructed for identification of genes related to eumelanin pigmentation...
June 22, 2017: Animal Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638552/efficacy-of-three-methods-for-inserting-calcium-hydroxide-based-paste-in-root-canals
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Thales Galvão, Bernardo Camargo, Luciana Armada, Flávio Alves
BACKGROUND: To compare the quality of calcium hydroxide paste fillings performed by three different techniques. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Sixty extracted maxillary central incisors, with previous root canal treatment, were decoronated and the gutta-percha was completely removed from the root canals. Subsequently, the canals were filled with a calcium hydroxide-based paste composed of calcium hydroxide, bismuth carbonate, and glycerin. The study samples were divided into the following three groups on the basis of three insertion techniques (n = 20, each): conventional technique using a hand instrument (MAN), rotary Lentulo spiral (LEN) technique, and a combined technique combining conventional hand files with sonic activation through the EndoActivator device (EA)...
June 2017: Journal of Clinical and Experimental Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637687/inhibition-of-cdk4-6-by-palbociclib-significantly-extends-survival-in-medulloblastoma-patient-derived-xenograft-mouse-models
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Michelle L Cook Sangar, Laura A Genovesi, Madison W Nakamoto, Melissa J Davis, Sue E Knoblaugh, Pengxiang Ji, Amanda Millar, Brandon Wainwright, James M Olson
  <p>Bioinformatics analysis followed by in vivo studies in patient-derived xenograft models were used to identify and validate CDK 4/6 inhibition as an effective therapeutic strategy for medulloblastoma, particularly Group 3 MYC-amplified tumors which have the worst clinical prognosis.</p> <br />Experimental Design: <p>A protein interaction network derived from a Sleeping Beauty mutagenesis model of medulloblastoma was used to identify potential novel therapeutic targets.  The top hit from this analysis was validated in vivo using patient-derived xenograft models of medulloblastoma implanted subcutaneously in the flank and orthotopically in the cerebellum of mice...
June 21, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635509/induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-dopaminergic-neurons-from-adult-common-marmoset-fibroblasts
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Scott C Vermilyea, Scott Guthrie, Michael Meyer, Kim Smuga-Otto, Katarina Braun, Sara Howden, James A Thomson, Su-Chun Zhang, Marina Emborg, Dr Thaddeus G Golos
The common marmoset monkey (Callithrix jacchus; Cj) is an advantageous nonhuman primate species for modeling age-related disorders, including Parkinson's disease, due to their shorter lifespan compared to macaques. Cj-derived induced pluripotent stem cells (Cj-iPSCs) from somatic cells are needed for in vitro disease modeling and testing regenerative medicine approaches. Here we report the development of a novel Cj-iPSC line derived from adult marmoset fibroblasts. The Cj-iPSCs showed potent pluripotency properties including development of mesodermal lineages in tumors after injection to immunocompromised mice, as well as ectoderm and endoderm lineages after in vitro differentiation regimens, demonstrating differentiated derivatives of all three embryonic layers...
June 21, 2017: Stem Cells and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635276/dynamic-viscoelastic-functions-of-liquid-crystalline-chitin-nanofibril-dispersions
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Morihiko Yokoi, Reina Tanaka, Tsuguyuki Saito, Akira Isogai
The dynamic viscoelastic functions of aqueous chitin nanofibril (ChNF) dispersions are defined by their liquid-crystalline fibril arrangement. Four ChNF dispersions with different structures were prepared from squid-pen β-chitin, by sonication in aqueous acetic acid at pH 3 for 4‒40 min. Squid-pen β-chitin was disintegrated into randomly-oriented bundles of ChNFs during the initial stage of sonication, and then became more finely dispersed with further sonication up to 8 min. The additional sonication resulted in the individualization of the approximately 3-nm-wide ChNFs...
June 21, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635133/critical-role-of-glioma-associated-oncogene-homolog-1-in-maintaining-invasive-and-mesenchymal-like-properties-of-melanoma-cells
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I Ketut Gunarta, Rong Li, Ryota Nakazato, Ryusuke Suzuki, Jambaldorj Boldbaatar, Takeshi Suzuki, Katsuji Yoshioka
Cutaneous melanoma is the most aggressive form of skin cancer. This aggressiveness appears to be due to the cancer cells' ability to reversibly switch between phenotypes with non-invasive and invasive potentials, and microphthalmia-associated transcription factor (MITF) is known to play a central role in this process. The transcription factor glioma-associated oncogene homolog 1 (GLI1) is a component of the canonical and noncanonical sonic hedgehog pathways. Although GLI1 has been suggested to be involved in melanoma progression, its precise role and the mechanism underlying invasion remain unclear...
June 21, 2017: Cancer Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633858/effects-of-processing-parameters-in-the-sonic-assisted-water-extraction-sawe-of-6-gingerol
#17
Syaripah Zaimah Syed Jaapar, Noor Azian Morad, Yoshio Iwai, Mariam Firdhaus Mad Nordin
The use of water in subcritical conditions for extraction has several drawbacks. These include the safety features, higher production costs and possible degradation of the bioactive compounds. To overcome these problems, sonic energy and an entrainer were used as external interventions to decrease the polarity of water at milder operating conditions. The effect of low (28kHz) and high (800kHz) frequencies of sonication in the extraction of the main ginger bioactive compound (6-gingerol) were compared. Six parameters were studied: mean particle size (MPS, mm), time of extraction, applied power, sample to solvent ratio (w/v), temperature of extraction, and the percentage of entrainer...
September 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633855/nanocomposites-synthesis-characterization-and-its-application-to-removal-azo-dyes-using-ultrasonic-assisted-method-modeling-and-optimization
#18
Sima Porhemmat, Mehrorang Ghaedi, Ali Reza Rezvani, Mohammad Hossein Ahmadi Azqhandi, Ali Akbar Bazrafshan
S-doped and Cu- and Co-doped TiO2 was synthesized by a sol-gel method and characterized by FE-SEM, XRD, EDX and FTIR. The Co/Cu/S-TiO2 nanocomposite loaded on the activated carbon as new nanoadsorbent was used for simultaneous removal of methylene blue (MB) and sunset yellow (SY) from aqueous solution by ultrasonic-assisted adsorption method. In this work, central composite design (CCD) and adaptive neuro-fuzzy inference system (ANFIS) as a support tool for examining data and making prediction are used to recognize and predict the removal percentage in MB and SY dye solution of different concentrations...
September 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633854/an-investigation-of-lipase-catalysed-sonochemical-synthesis-a-review
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Sneha R Bansode, Virendra K Rathod
Ultrasonic irradiation has recently gained attention of researchers for its process intensification in numerous reactions. Earlier ultrasound was known for its application either to deactivate enzyme activity or to disrupt the cell. However, in recent years, practice of ultrasonic irradiation began to emerge as a tool for the activation of the enzymes under mild frequency conditions. The incorporation of ultrasound in any of enzymatic reactions not only increases yield but also accelerates the rate of reaction in the presence of mild conditions with better yield and less side-products...
September 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633848/novel-synthesis-of-nanocomposite-for-the-extraction-of-sildenafil-citrate-viagra-from-water-and-urine-samples-process-screening-and-optimization
#20
Arash Asfaram, Mehrorang Ghaedi, Mihir Kumar Purkait
A sensitive analytical method is investigated to concentrate and determine trace level of Sildenafil Citrate (SLC) present in water and urine samples. The method is based on a sample treatment using dispersive solid-phase micro-extraction (DSPME) with laboratory-made Mn@ CuS/ZnS nanocomposite loaded on activated carbon (Mn@ CuS/ZnS-NCs-AC) as a sorbent for the target analyte. The efficiency was enhanced by ultrasound-assisted (UA) with dispersive nanocomposite solid-phase micro-extraction (UA-DNSPME). Four significant variables affecting SLC recovery like; pH, eluent volume, sonication time and adsorbent mass were selected by the Plackett-Burman design (PBD) experiments...
September 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
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