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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806737/effectiveness-of-the-13-valent-pneumococcal-conjugate-vaccine-in-preventing-invasive-pneumococcal-disease-in-children-aged-7-59-months-a-matched-case-control-study
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Ángela Domínguez, Pilar Ciruela, Sergi Hernández, Juan José García-García, Núria Soldevila, Conchita Izquierdo, Fernando Moraga-Llop, Alvaro Díaz, Mariona F de Sevilla, Sebastià González-Peris, Magda Campins, Sonia Uriona, Johanna Martínez-Osorio, Anna Solé-Ribalta, Gemma Codina, Cristina Esteva, Ana María Planes, Carmen Muñoz-Almagro, Luis Salleras
BACKGROUND: The 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) was licensed based on the results of immunogenicity studies and correlates of protection derived from randomized clinical trials of the 7-valent conjugate pneumococcal vaccine. We assessed the vaccination effectiveness (VE) of the PCV13 in preventing invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) in children aged 7-59 months in a population with suboptimal vaccination coverage of 55%. METHODS: The study was carried out in children with IPD admitted to three hospitals in Barcelona (Spain) and controls matched by hospital, age, sex, date of hospitalization and underlying disease...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806700/a-large-raman-scattering-cross-section-molecular-embedded-sers-aptasensor-for-ultrasensitive-aflatoxin-b1-detection-using-cs-fe3o4-for-signal-enrichment
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Quansheng Chen, Mingxiu Yang, Xiaojing Yang, Huanhuan Li, Zhiming Guo, M H Rahma
With growing concern on oil safety problems, developing a simple and sensitive method to detect Aflatoxin B1 (AFB1), a common mycotoxin in peanut oil, is very necessary. In this study, Surface-enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) aptasensor was developed for ultrasensitive AFB1 detection using the amino-terminal AFB1 aptamer (NH2-DNA1); and thiol-terminal AFB1 complementary aptamer (SH-DNA2) conjugated magnetic-beads (CS-Fe3O4) as enrichment nanoprobe and AuNR@DNTB@Ag nanorods (ADANRs) as reporter nanoprobe respectively...
August 10, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806667/hydrophobic-boron-compound-loaded-poly-l-lactide-co-glycolide-nanoparticles-for-boron-neutron-capture-therapy
#3
Issei Takeuchi, Kensuke Nomura, Kimiko Makino
Poly(DL-lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) has been widely used and studied because of its biocompatibility and biodegradability. Recently, the usefulness of nanoparticles using poly(L-lactide-co-glycolide) (PLLGA) having a higher glass transition temperature than PLGA was suggested. In this study, we investigated the availability of boron compound-loaded PLGA and PLLGA nanoparticles for boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) by conducting biodistribution study using tumor-bearing mice. o-Carborane, a hydrophobic boron compound, was used as a boron carrier, and o-carborane-albumin conjugate was used as a control...
August 4, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806666/doxorubicin-loaded-environmentally-friendly-carbon-dots-as-a-novel-drug-delivery-system-for-nucleus-targeted-cancer-therapy
#4
Yifang Yuan, Bin Guo, Liying Hao, Na Liu, Yunfeng Lin, Wushuang Guo, Xiaoguang Li, Bin Gu
Chemotherapy is widely applied against various kinds of carcinoma. Generally, chemotherapeutic agents, such as Doxorubicin (DOX), Paclitaxel (PTX), 5-Fluorouracil (5-FU), Methotrexate (MTX), and Vinblastine (VLB) are combined with a view to maximizing their efficacy. Unfortunately, chemotherapeutics are indiscriminate and also kill normal healthy cells, resulting in serious side effects. This non-productive and destructive distribution of chemotherapeutics is regarded as one of the largest problems associated with chemotherapy...
July 10, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806513/intraperitoneal-delivery-of-cisplatin-via-a-hyaluronan-based-nanogel-in-situ-crosslinkable-hydrogel-hybrid-system-for-peritoneal-dissemination-of-gastric-cancer
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Seiichi Ohta, Shota Hiramoto, Yuki Amano, Shigenobu Emoto, Hironori Yamaguchi, Hironori Ishigami, Joji Kitayama, Taichi Ito
Intraperitoneal administration of chemotherapeutics is expected for the treatment of peritoneally disseminated gastric cancer, because of poor migration of the drugs from the systemic circulation to the peritoneal cavity. In this study, for intraperitoneal delivery of cisplatin (CDDP), we developed a hyaluronan (HA)-based hybrid system in which CDDP-loaded HA nanogels were either physically encapsulated in or chemically conjugated to injectable HA hydrogels. Physical encapsulation enabled sustained release of HA nanogels from the HA hydrogel matrix for over a week...
August 14, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806395/rad6-promotes-dna-repair-and-stem-cell-signaling-in-ovarian-cancer-and-is-a-promising-therapeutic-target-to-prevent-and-treat-acquired-chemoresistance
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R R Somasagara, S M Spencer, K Tripathi, D W Clark, C Mani, L Madeira da Silva, J Scalici, H Kothayer, A D Westwell, R P Rocconi, K Palle
Ovarian cancer (OC) is the most deadly gynecological cancer and unlike most other neoplasms, survival rates for OC have not significantly improved in recent decades. We show that RAD6, an ubiquitin-conjugating enzyme, is significantly overexpressed in ovarian tumors and its expression increases in response to carboplatin chemotherapy. RAD6 expression correlated strongly with acquired chemoresistance and malignant behavior of OC cells, expression of stem cell genes and poor prognosis of OC patients, suggesting an important role for RAD6 in ovarian tumor progression...
August 14, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806074/mechanical-bond-protected-air-stable-radicals
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Junling Sun, Zhichang Liu, Wei-Guang Liu, Yilei Wu, Yuping Wang, Jonathan C Barnes, Keith R Hermann, William A Goddard, Michael R Wasielewski, J Fraser Stoddart
Radical templation centered around a heterotrisradical tricationic inclusion complex DB(•+)⊂DAPQT(2(•+)), assembled from an equimolar mixture of a disubstituted 4,4'-bipyridinium radical cation (DB(•+)) and an asymmetric cyclophane bisradical dication (DAPQT(2(•+))), affords a symmetric [2]catenane (SC•7PF6) and an asymmetric [2]catenane (AC•7PF6) on reaction of the 1:1 complex with diazapyrene and bipyridine, respectively. Both these highly charged [2]catenanes have been isolated as air-stable mono-radicals and characterised by EPR spectroscopy...
August 14, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806066/thiol-mediated-synthesis-of-hyaluronic-acid-epigallocatechin-3-o-gallate-conjugates-for-the-formation-of-injectable-hydrogels-with-free-radical-scavenging-property-and-degradation-resistance
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Chixuan Liu, Ki Hyun Bae, Atsushi Yamashita, Joo Eun Chung, Motoichi Kurisawa
Hyaluronic acid (HA)-based biomaterials have demonstrated only limited in vivo stability as a result of rapid degradation by hyaluronidase and reactive oxidative species. The green tea catechin, (-)-epigallocatechin-3-O-gallate (EGCG), has received considerable attention because of its powerful antioxidant and enzyme-inhibitory activities. We describe here the synthesis of HA-EGCG conjugate using a thiol-mediated reaction and its use for the preparation of a long-lasting injectable hydrogel. HA-EGCG conjugates with tunable degrees of substitution were synthesized by the nucleophilic addition reaction between EGCG quinone and thiolated HA under mild conditions...
August 14, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806065/synthesis-characterization-and-selective-delivery-of-darpin-gold-nanoparticle-conjugates-to-cancer-cells
#9
Sergey Deyev, Galina Proshkina, Anastasiya Ryabova, Francesco Tavanti, Maria Cristina Menziani, Gennady Eidelshtein, Gabriel Avishai, Alexander B Kotlyar
We demonstrate that the designed ankyril repeat protein (DARPin) _9-29, which specifically targets human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER 2), binds tightly to gold nanoparticles (GNPs). Binding of the protein strongly increases the colloidal stability of the particles. The results of experimental analysis and molecular dynamics simulations show that approximately 35 DARPin _9-29 molecules are bound to the surface of a 5 nm GNP and that the binding does not involve the receptor-binding domain of the protein...
August 14, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806062/exploring-strategies-for-labeling-viruses-with-gold-nanoclusters-through-non-equilibrium-molecular-dynamics-simulations
#10
Emmi Pohjolainen, Sami Malola, Gerrit Groenhof, Hannu Häkkinen
Bio-compatible gold nanoclusters can be utilized as contrast agents in virus imaging. The labeling of viruses can be achieved non-covalently but site-specifically by linking the cluster to the hydrophobic pocket of a virus via a lipid-like pocket factor. We have estimated the binding affinities of three different pocket factors of echovirus 1 (EV1) in molecular dynamics simulations combined with non-equilibrium free energy calculations. We have also studied the effects on binding affinities with a pocket factor linked to the Au102pMBA44 nanocluster in different protonation states...
August 14, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805688/7-dialkylaminocoumarin-oximates-small-molecule-fluorescent-turn-on-chemosensors-for-low-level-water-content-in-aprotic-organic-solvents
#11
Marek Cigáň, Miroslav Horváth, Juraj Filo, Klaudia Jakusová, Jana Donovalová, Vladimír Garaj, Anton Gáplovský
The water sensing properties of two efficient two-component fluorescent "turn-on" chemo-sensors based on the 7-dialkylaminocoumarin oxime acid-base equilibrium were investigated. Interestingly, although simple frontier orbital analysis predicts an intramolecular photoinduced electron transfer quenching pathway in conjugated oximates, TD-DFT (Time-dependent density functional theory) quantum chemical calculations support non-radiative dark S₁ excited state deactivation as a fluorescence quenching mechanism...
August 12, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805662/clinical-and-immunological-responses-after-cd30-specific-chimeric-antigen-receptor-redirected-lymphocytes
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Carlos A Ramos, Brandon Ballard, Huimin Zhang, Olga Dakhova, Adrian P Gee, Zhuyong Mei, Mrinalini Bilgi, Meng-Fen Wu, Hao Liu, Bambi Grilley, Catherine M Bollard, Bill H Chang, Cliona M Rooney, Malcolm K Brenner, Helen E Heslop, Gianpietro Dotti, Barbara Savoldo
BACKGROUND: Targeting CD30 with monoclonal antibodies in Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) and anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) has had profound clinical success. However, adverse events, mainly mediated by the toxin component of the conjugated antibodies, cause treatment discontinuation in many patients. Targeting CD30 with T cells expressing a CD30-specific chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) may reduce the side effects and augment antitumor activity. METHODS: We conducted a phase I dose escalation study in which 9 patients with relapsed/refractory HL or ALCL were infused with autologous T cells that were gene-modified with a retroviral vector to express the CD30-specific CAR (CD30...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805551/bone-targeted-cabazitaxel-nanoparticles-for-metastatic-prostate-cancer-skeletal-lesions-and-pain
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Andrew S Gdowski, Amalendu Ranjan, Marjana R Sarker, Jamboor K Vishwanatha
AIM: The aim of this study was to develop a novel cabazitaxel bone targeted nanoparticle (NP) system for improved drug delivery to the bone microenvironment. MATERIALS & METHODS: Nanoparticles were developed using poly(D,L-lactic-co-glycolic acid) and cabazitaxel as the core with amino-bisphosphonate surface conjugation. Optimization of nanoparticle physiochemical properties, in vitro evaluation in prostate cancer cell lines and in vivo testing in an intraosseous model of metastatic prostate cancer was performed...
August 14, 2017: Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805395/a-strategy-for-the-co-assembly-of-co-axial-nanotube-polymer-hybrids
#14
Mingyang Ji, Mahesh B Dawadi, Alexandria R LaSalla, Yuan Sun, David A Modarelli, Jon Robert Parquette
Nanostructured materials having multiple, discrete domains of sorted components are particularly important to create efficient optoelectronics. The construction of multicomponent nanostructures from self-assembled components is exceptionally challenging due to the propensity of noncovalent materials to undergo structural reorganization in the presence of excipient polymers. This work demonstrates that polymer-nanotube composites comprised of a self-assembled nanotube wrapped with two conjugated polymers could be assembled using a layer-by-layer approach...
August 14, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805339/what-happens-in-the-pith-stays-in-the-pith-tissue-localized-defense-responses-facilitate-chemical-niche-differentiation-between-two-spatially-separated-herbivores
#15
Gisuk Lee, Youngsung Joo, Sang-Gyu Kim, Ian T Baldwin
Herbivore attack is known to elicit systemic defense responses that spread throughout the hostplant and influence the performance of other herbivores. While these plant-mediated indirect competitive interactions are well-described, and the co-existence of herbivores from different feeding guilds is common, the mechanisms of co-existence are poorly understood. In both field and glasshouse experiments with a native tobacco, Nicotiana attenuata, we found no evidence of negative interactions when plants were simultaneously attacked by two spatially separated herbivores: a leaf chewer Manduca sexta and a stem borer Trichobaris mucorea...
August 14, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805263/optical-limiting-properties-of-3-5-dithienylenevinylene-bodipy-dyes-at-532-nm
#16
Jessica Harris, Lizhi Gai, Gugu Kubheka, John Mack, Tebello Nyokong, Zhen Shen
The optical limiting properties of a series of near infrared absorbing 3,5-dithienylenevinylene BODIPY dyes (1-3) that contain donor and acceptor moieties in their π-conjugation systems were studied by using the z-scan technique at 532 nm in the nanosecond pulse range. A strong reverse saturable absorption RSA response was observed when the compounds are embedded into poly(bisphenol carbonate A) polymer thin films, which demonstrates that BODIPY dyes with this type of structure are suitable for use in optical limiting applications...
August 14, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805227/landscape-of-the-structure-o-h-bond-dissociation-energy-relationship-of-oximes-and-hydroxylamines
#17
Rina Dao, Xinyu Wang, Kexian Chen, Chenxuan Zhao, Jia Yao, Haoran Li
The relationship between the homolytic O-H bond dissociation enthalpies (BDEs) and the structures of N-oxyl radical precursors (i.e. hydroxylamines and oximes) is important to predict their reactivity. Yet several crucial facts remain hidden to complete the picture such as the substituent electronic effects on the BDEs of oximes. In this work, the O-H BDEs of 120 hydroxylamines and 120 oximes have been calculated. It was found that the majority of the iminoxyl radicals are σ radicals, except for some π radicals...
August 14, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805222/heme-isomers-substantially-affect-heme-s-electronic-structure-and-function
#18
Kasper P Kepp
Inspection of heme protein structures in the protein data bank reveals four isomers of heme characterized by different relative orientations of the vinyl side chains; remarkably, all these have been reported in multiple protein structures. Density functional theory computations explain this as due to similar energy of the isomers but with a sizable (25 kJ mol(-1)) barrier to interconversion arising from restricted rotation around the conjugated bonds. The four isomers, EE, EZ, ZE, and ZZ, were then investigated as 4-coordinate hemes, as 5-coordinate deoxyhemes, in 6-coordinate O2-adducts of globins and as compound I intermediates typical of heme peroxidases...
August 14, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805084/covalent-immobilisation-of-transglutaminase-stability-and-applications-in-protein-pegylation
#19
Antonella Grigoletto, Anna Mero, Hiroki Yoshioka, Oddone Schiavon, Gianfranco Pasut
Microbial transglutaminase enzyme (mTGase) is an extremely useful enzyme that is increasingly employed in the food and pharmaceutical industries and as a tool for protein modification and tagging. The current study describes how we immobilised mTGase (iTGase) on a solid support to improve its stability during the PEGylation process by which polyethylene glycol chains are attached to protein and peptide drugs. When the enzyme was immobilised at the N-terminal sequence on agarose beads, it retained more than 53% of its starting activity...
August 13, 2017: Journal of Drug Targeting
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805046/electroenhanced-antimicrobial-coating-based-on-conjugated-polymers-with-covalently-coupled-silver-nanoparticles-prevents-staphylococcus-aureus-biofilm-formation
#20
Salvador Gomez-Carretero, Rolf Nybom, Agneta Richter-Dahlfors
The incidence of hospital-acquired infections is to a large extent due to device-associated infections. Bacterial attachment and biofilm formation on surfaces of medical devices often act as seeding points of infection. To prevent such infections, coatings based on silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) are often applied, however with varying clinical success. Here, the traditional AgNP-based antibacterial technology is reimagined, now forming the base for an electroenhanced antimicrobial coating. To integrate AgNPs in an electrically conducting polymer layer, a simple, yet effective chemical strategy based on poly(hydroxymethyl 3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):polystyrene sulfonate (PEDOT-MeOH:PSS) and (3-aminopropyl)triethoxysilane is designed...
August 14, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
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