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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821155/simultaneous-influence-of-pectin-and-xyloglucan-on-structure-and-mechanical-properties-of-bacterial-cellulose-composites
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Monika Szymańska-Chargot, Monika Chylińska, Justyna Cybulska, Arkadiusz Kozioł, Piotr M Pieczywek, Artur Zdunek
The impact of the matrix polysaccharides on the cellulose microfibrils structure as well as on the mechanical properties of cell walls still remains an open question. Therefore, the aim of investigations was to determine the simultaneous influence of (i) different concentrations of pectins with constant concentration of xyloglucan, and (ii) different concentrations of xyloglucan with constant concentration of pectins on cellulose structure. Composites of bacterial cellulose (BC) produced by Komagataeibacter xylinus are considered to mimic natural plant cell walls...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821139/charge-functionalized-and-mechanically-durable-composite-cryogels-from-q-nfc-and-cs-for-highly-selective-removal-of-anionic-dyes
#2
Yufei Chen, Jing Ru, Biyao Geng, Haiying Wang, Congcong Tong, Chungui Du, Shengchun Wu, Hongzhi Liu
A composite cryogel was prepared from quaternized nanofibrillated cellulose (Q-NFC) and chitosan (CS) through a combination of freeze-drying and cross-linking with epichlorohydrin. The specific surface area of the composite cryogel was approximately two times that of Q-NFC cryogel. And the composite cryogel exhibited superior adsorption properties of anionic dyes than either the Q-NFC or CS cryogel controls. The adsorption isotherm well fitted the Langmuir model with the maximum theoretical adsorption capacity up to 473...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821085/dissolution-mechanism-of-cellulose-in-quaternary-ammonium-hydroxide-revisiting-through-molecular-interactions
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Chao Zhong, Fang Cheng, Yingkui Zhu, Zhen Gao, Honghua Jia, Ping Wei
Quaternary ammonium hydroxide (QAH) solution has been used to dissolve cellulose and made great progress in recent years. While, its cellulose dissolution mechanism is still in unclear. Here, series of QAH with varied cationic alkyl chains were chosen for the investigation. The solubility of cellulose in QAH was measured, which allowed us to study the effect of cationic structure on cellulose dissolution. Also, the Kamlet-Taft parameters as well as 1D and 2D NMR analyses of QAH-cellulose/cellobiose system were measured...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821063/development-and-characterization-of-banana-flour-film-incorporated-with-montmorillonite-and-banana-starch-nanoparticles
#4
Aungkana Orsuwan, Rungsinee Sothornvit
Banana flour film is an alternative biopolymer material but still needs improvement of its mechanical properties and water vapor permeability. Banana starch nanoparticles (BSNs), prepared using miniemulsion cross-linking, make an interesting reinforcing agent. The properties of plasticized banana flour film (PBF) were characterized incorporated with 5% (w/w) of either montmorillonite; MMT-Na(+) (PBF-M) or BSN (PBF-B), including a mixture of nanoparticles at 1:1 for 5% (PBF-MB5) and 10% (PBF-MB10). PBF-MB5 provided better improvement in the film mechanical and water barrier properties compared with PBF-B...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821013/rictor-positively-regulates-b-cell-receptor-signaling-by-modulating-actin-reorganization-via-ezrin
#5
Lu Huang, Yongjie Zhang, Chenguang Xu, Xiaomei Gu, Linlin Niu, Jinzhi Wang, Xiaoyu Sun, Xiaoming Bai, Xingtian Xuan, Qubei Li, Chunwei Shi, Bing Yu, Heather Miller, Gangyi Yang, Lisa S Westerberg, Wanli Liu, Wenxia Song, Xiaodong Zhao, Chaohong Liu
As the central hub of the metabolism machinery, the mammalian target of rapamycin complex 2 (mTORC2) has been well studied in lymphocytes. As an obligatory component of mTORC2, the role of Rictor in T cells is well established. However, the role of Rictor in B cells still remains elusive. Rictor is involved in B cell development, especially the peripheral development. However, the role of Rictor on B cell receptor (BCR) signaling as well as the underlying cellular and molecular mechanism is still unknown. This study used B cell-specfic Rictor knockout (KO) mice to investigate how Rictor regulates BCR signaling...
August 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821005/anticonvulsant-effect-of-cannabidiol-in-the-pentylenetetrazole-model-pharmacological-mechanisms-electroencephalographic-profile-and-brain-cytokine-levels
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Luciano R Vilela, Isabel V Lima, Érica B Kunsch, Hyorrana Priscila P Pinto, Aline S de Miranda, Érica Leandro M Vieira, Antônio Carlos P de Oliveira, Marcio Flávio D Moraes, Antônio L Teixeira, Fabricio A Moreira
Cannabidiol (CBD), the main nonpsychotomimetic compound from Cannabis sativa, inhibits experimental seizures in animal models and alleviates certain types of intractable epilepsies in patients. Its pharmacological profile, however, is still uncertain. Here we tested the hypothesis that CBD anticonvulsant mechanisms are prevented by cannabinoid (CB1 and CB2) and vanilloid (TRPV1) receptor blockers. We also investigated its effects on electroencephalographic (EEG) activity and hippocampal cytokines in the pentylenetetrazole (PTZ) model...
August 15, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821000/simultaneous-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry-analysis-of-brominated-flame-retardants-tetrabromobisphenol-a-and-hexabromocyclododecane-diastereoisomers-in-french-breast-milk
#7
Chanthadary Inthavong, Frédéric Hommet, François Bordet, Virginie Rigourd, Thierry Guérin, Sylviane Dragacci
TBBPA and HBCDs are the two classes of flame retardants that are still allowed for use by the European Commission. In May 2013, HBCDs were listed as Persistent Organic Pollutants under the Stockholm Convention, and they were banned with an exemption on EPS/XPS for cavity wall insulation. This study describes the development and optimisation of a rapid LC-ESI-MS/MS method using isotopic dilution quantification including a simplified extraction step using a mixture of solvents and sulphuric acid hydrolysis followed by the one-shot analysis of TBBPA and each of the α-, β- and γ-HBCD diastereoisomers...
August 8, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820983/a-sensitive-method-for-the-separation-and-quantification-of-low-level-adenine-nucleotides-using-porous-graphitic-carbon-based-liquid-chromatography-and-tandem-mass-spectrometry
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Sonia Bustamante, Robert B Gilchrist, Dulama Richani
A liquid chromatography coupled to heated electrospray ionization/tandem mass spectrometry (LC-HESI-MS/MS) method was developed for the simultaneous quantitative analysis of low nanomolar level adenine nucleotides AMP, ADP, ATP, cyclic AMP (cAMP), and the nucleoside adenosine. For analyte retention and separation, reverse phase chromatography using porous graphitic carbon (PGC) was employed as it provided full resolution. The erratic chromatographic behaviour characteristic of PGC, including deterioration of analyte resolution and increased peak tailing (leading to decreased sensitivity), was mitigated by incorporating acidic equilibration within runs using a quaternary gradient...
July 29, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820943/the-active-site-flexibility-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-isocitrate-lyase-in-dimer-form
#9
Yie-Vern Lee, Sybing Choi, Habibah Wahab, Yee Siew Choong
Tuberculosis (TB) still remains as global threat due to the emerging of drug resistant strain. Instead of focus on drug target of active stage TB, we are highlighting the isocitrate lyase (ICL) at the dormant stage TB. ICL is one of the persistent factors for Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) to survive during dormant phase. In addition, the absent of ICL in human has made ICL a potential drug target for TB therapy. However, the dynamics details of ICL which could give insights to the ICL-ligand interaction is yet to be solved...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820938/multi-scale-simulation-of-receptor-drug-association-kinetics-application-to-neuramidase-inhibitors
#10
Fabian Zeller, Manuel P Luitz, Rainer Bomblies, Martin Zacharias
A detailed understanding of the drug-receptor association process is of fundamental importance for drug design. Due to the long timescales of typical binding kinetics, the atomistic simulation of the ligand traveling from bulk solution into the binding site is still computationally challenging. In this work, we apply a multi-scale approach of combined molecular dynamics (MD) and Brownian dynamics (BD) simulations to investigate association pathway ensembles for the two prominent H1N1 neuraminidase inhibitors oseltamivir and zanamivir...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820896/a-strategy-for-scaling-up-access-to-comprehensive-care-in-adults-with-chagas-disease-in-endemic-countries-the-bolivian-chagas-platform
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Maria-Jesus Pinazo, Jimy Pinto, Lourdes Ortiz, Jareth Sánchez, Wilson García, Ruth Saravia, Mirko-R Cortez, Silvia Moriana, Enric Grau, Daniel Lozano, Joaquim Gascon, Faustino Torrico
BACKGROUND: Bolivia has the highest prevalence of Chagas disease (CD) in the world (6.1%), with more than 607,186 people with Trypanosoma cruzi infection, most of them adults. In Bolivia CD has been declared a national priority. In 2009, the Chagas National Program (ChNP) had neither a protocol nor a clear directive for diagnosis and treatment of adults. Although programs had been implemented for congenital transmission and for acute cases, adults remained uncovered. Moreover, health professionals were not aware of treatment recommendations aimed at this population, and research on CD was limited; it was difficult to increase awareness of the disease, understand the challenges it presented, and adapt strategies to cope with it...
August 18, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820894/short-term-apparent-brain-tissue-changes-are-contributed-by-cerebral-blood-flow-alterations
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Qiu Ge, Wei Peng, Jian Zhang, Xuchu Weng, Yong Zhang, Thomas Liu, Yu-Feng Zang, Ze Wang
Structural MRI (sMRI)-identified tissue "growth" after neuropsychological training has been reported in many studies but the origins of those apparent tissue changes (ATC) still remain elusive. One possible contributor to ATC is brain perfusion since T1-weighted MRI, the tool used to identify ATC, is sensitive to perfusion-change induced tissue T1 alterations. To test the hypothetical perfusion contribution to ATC, sMRI data were acquired before and after short-term global and regional perfusion manipulations via intaking a 200 mg caffeine pill and performing a sensorimotor task...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820754/sleep-apps-what-role-do-they-play-in-clinical-medicine
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Christopher P Lorenz, Adrian J Williams
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Today's smartphones boast more computing power than the Apollo Guidance Computer. Given the ubiquity and popularity of smartphones, are we already carrying around miniaturized sleep labs in our pockets? RECENT FINDINGS: There is still a lack of validation studies for consumer sleep technologies in general and apps for monitoring sleep in particular. To overcome this gap, multidisciplinary teams are needed that focus on feasibility work at the intersection of software engineering, data science and clinical sleep medicine...
August 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820751/importance-of-pcr-based-tumor-testing-in-the-evaluation-of-lynch-syndrome-associated-endometrial-cancer
#14
Amanda S Bruegl, Annessa Kernberg, Russell R Broaddus
Lynch syndrome (LS) is a hereditary cancer syndrome caused by a germline mutation in a DNA mismatch repair gene, usually MLH1, MSH2, MSH6, or PMS2. The most common cancers associated with LS are colorectal adenocarcinoma and endometrial carcinoma. Identification of women with LS-associated endometrial cancer is important, as these women and their affected siblings and children are at-risk of developing these same cancers. Germline testing of all endometrial cancer patients is not cost effective, and screening using young age of cancer diagnosis and/or presence of family history of syndrome-associated is underutilized and ineffective...
August 17, 2017: Advances in Anatomic Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820675/on-the-role-of-situational-stressors-in-the-disruption-of-global-neural-network-stability-during-problem-solving
#15
Mengting Liu, Chad E Forbes, Rachel C Amey
When individuals are placed in stressful situations, they are likely to exhibit deficits in cognitive capacity over and above situational demands. Despite this, individuals may still persevere and ultimately succeed in these situations. Little is known, however, about neural network properties that instantiate success or failure in both neutral and stressful situations, particularly with respect to regions integral for problem-solving processes that are necessary for optimal performance on more complex tasks...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820649/targets-of-neuroprotection-in-glaucoma
#16
Shaoqing He, Dorota L Stankowska, Dorette Z Ellis, Raghu R Krishnamoorthy, Thomas Yorio
Progressive neurodegeneration of the optic nerve and the loss of retinal ganglion cells is a hallmark of glaucoma, the leading cause of irreversible blindness worldwide, with primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) being the most frequent form of glaucoma in the Western world. While some genetic mutations have been identified for some glaucomas, those associated with POAG are limited and for most POAG patients, the etiology is still unclear. Unfortunately, treatment of this neurodegenerative disease and other retinal degenerative diseases is lacking...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820575/mbg-modified-%C3%AE-tcp-scaffold-promotes-mesenchymal-stem-cells-adhesion-and-osteogenic-differentiation-via-fak-mapk-signaling-pathway
#17
Yutong Liu, Yifan Ma, Jing Zhang, Qing Xie, Zi Wang, Shuang Yu, Yuan Yuan, Changsheng Liu
β-TCP scaffold has been widely used as bone graft substitutes, but traditional PMMA molding method-induced undesirable mechanical strength and poor interconnectivity still have not addressed till now. In this study, a MBG-based PU foam templating method was developed to fabricate β-TCP scaffolds with desirable microtopography. The MBG gel, as both binder and modifier, prepared by modified sol-gel method with controlled viscosity is incorporated with β-TCP powder and thereafter is impregnated into PU foam...
August 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820569/selective-ru-ald-as-a-catalyst-for-sub-7-nm-bottom-up-metal-interconnects
#18
Ivan Zyulkov, Mikhail Krishtab, Stefan De Gendt, Silvia Armini
Integrating bottom-up area-selective building-blocks in microelectronics has a disruptive potential because of the unique capability of engineering new structures and architectures. Atomic layer deposition (ALD) is an enabling technology, yet understanding the surfaces and their modification is crucial to leverage area-selective ALD (AS-ALD) in this field. The understanding of general selectivity mechanisms and the compatibility of plasma surface modifications with existing materials and processes, both at research and production scale, will greatly facilitate AS-ALD integration in microelectronics...
August 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820533/actinomycetes-still-a-source-of-novel-antibiotics
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REVIEW
Olga Genilloud
Covering: 2006 to 2017Actinomycetes have been, for decades, one of the most important sources for the discovery of new antibiotics with an important number of drugs and analogs successfully introduced in the market and still used today in clinical practice. The intensive antibacterial discovery effort that generated the large number of highly potent broad-spectrum antibiotics, has seen a dramatic decline in the large pharma industry in the last two decades resulting in a lack of new classes of antibiotics with novel mechanisms of action reaching the clinic...
August 18, 2017: Natural Product Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820510/implementation-and-use-of-a-patient-symptom-diary-during-chemotherapy-a-mixed-methods-evaluation-of-the-nurse-perspective
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Annemarie Coolbrandt, Erika Bruyninckx, Chris Verslype, Ester Steffens, Ellen Vanhove, Hans Wildiers, Koen Milisen
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES: To gain a deeper understanding of nurses' experience working with a patient diary for tracking and treating side effects during chemotherapy.
. DESIGN: A mixed-methods design was used to learn about oncology nurses' use and perceptions of a symptom diary. 
. SETTING: Six oncology wards and two outpatient clinics at the University Hospitals Leuven, Belgium.
. SAMPLE: 79 nurses completed a survey, and 14 nurses participated in focus group discussions...
September 1, 2017: Oncology Nursing Forum
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