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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532070/ribose-mediated-crosslinking-of-collagen-hydroxyapatite-hybrid-scaffolds-for-bone-tissue-regeneration-using-biomimetic-strategies
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Gopal Shankar Krishnakumar, Natalia Gostynska, Elisabetta Campodoni, Massimiliano Dapporto, Monica Montesi, Silvia Panseri, Anna Tampieri, Elizaveta Kon, Maurilio Marcacci, Simone Sprio, Monica Sandri
This study explores for the first time the application of ribose as a highly biocompatible agent for the crosslinking of hybrid mineralized constructs, obtained by bio-inspired mineralization of self-assembling Type I collagen matrix with magnesium-doped-hydroxyapatite nanophase, towards a biomimetic mineralized 3D scaffolds (MgHA/Coll) with excellent compositional and structural mimicry of bone tissue. To this aim, two different crosslinking mechanisms in terms of pre-ribose glycation (before freeze drying) and post-ribose glycation (after freeze drying) were investigated...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532053/functionalized-fe3o4-graphene-oxide-nanocomposites-with-hairpin-aptamers-for-the-separation-and-preconcentration-of-trace-pb-2-from-biological-samples-prior-to-determination-by-icp-ms
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Mojtaba Shamsipur, Leila Farzin, Mahmoud Amouzadeh Tabrizi, Shahab Sheibani
Lead (Pb) as a topically poisonous metal represents a serious threat to the ecological environment and especially to human beings. Therefore, it is urgent to develop a rapid and reliable monitoring technique for this heavy metal in the environmental samples. In the present study, we have designed a selective and sensitive method for the determination of ultratrace contents of Pb(2+) in biological samples, based on the guanine (G)-quadruplex formed by the aptamer with hairpin structure and Pb(2+). For this purpose, Pb(2+) specific aptamer serving as affinity probe to capture and separate trace amounts of the analyte, was covalently linked to Fe3O4/graphene oxide (GO) surface by using a suitable cross-linking agent...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532040/design-synthesis-and-characterization-of-poly-methacrylic-acid-niclosamide-and-its-effect-on-arterial-function
#3
Rui Ma, Zhen-Gang Ma, Chang-Lin Zhen, Xin Shen, Shan-Liang Li, Li Li, Yu-Feng Zheng, De-Li Dong, Zhi-Jie Sun
We have found that niclosamide induced relaxation of constricted artery. However, niclosamide is insoluble, the low bioavailability and the resultant low plasma concentration limit its potential exertion in vivo. The aim of the present study is to synthesize a soluble poly (methacrylic acid-niclosamide) polymer (PMAN) and study the effects of PMAN on arterial function in vitro and the blood pressure and heart rate of rats in vivo. We synthesized the poly (methacrylic acid-niclosamide) polymer (PMAN), the chemical structure of which was identified by FTIR and (1)H NMR spectra...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532036/facile-fabrication-of-pan-pdms-core-shell-nanofibers-from-synchronous-photopolymerization
#4
Qijian Niu, Xiaolei Zhu, Yunhui Tang, Jun Nie, Guiping Ma
Different from the traditional method for fabricating core-shell structure nanofiber, the PAN/PDMS nanofibers with core-shell structure (PAN as the core layer and PDMS as the shell layer) have been illustrated, which combines with the synchronous photopolymerization during emulsion electrospinning process. The morphology and structure of as-fabricated PAN/PDMS nanofibers are characterized by SEM and TEM. The composition of PAN/PDMS nanofibers is characterized by FTIR, XPS, TG, and DTG, successfully. The photopolymerization process is characterized by UV-vis spectroscopy indirectly...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532035/honey-pva-hybrid-wound-dressings-with-controlled-release-of-antibiotics-structural-physico-mechanical-and-in-vitro-biomedical-studies
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Javad Tavakoli, Youhong Tang
Hydrogel/honey hybrids manifest an attractive design with an exclusive therapeutic property that promotes wound healing process. The greater the concentration of honey within the formulation, the better the biomedical properties that will be achieved. However, an increase in the percentage of honey can negatively affect the physico-chemical and mechanical properties of hybrid hydrogels. The need exists, therefore, to prepare wound dressings that contain high honey density with optimal biomedical, mechanical and physicochemical properties...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532025/new-tetrahedral-zinc-halide-schiff-base-complexes-synthesis-crystal-structure-theoretical-3d-hirshfeld-surface-analyses-antimicrobial-and-thermal-studies
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L Taghizadeh, M Montazerozohori, A Masoudiasl, S Joohari, J M White
A new bidentate Schiff base ligand named as N,N'-bis((E)-3-phenylallylidene)butane-1,4-diamine (L) and three its zinc halide complexes were synthesized and characterized by FT-IR, (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR and UV-Vis spectroscopy. The crystal structure of zinc bromide and iodide complexes were characterized using single crystal X-ray diffraction. The two structures are isomorphous, crystallizing in the monoclinic crystal system with space group C2/c with closely similar unit cell dimensions. In these complexes, the Zn(II) ion is in the center of a distorted tetrahedral environment completed by two iminic nitrogen atoms of Schiff base ligand and two halide anions...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531992/boronate-functionalized-hydrogel-as-a-novel-biosensing-interface-for-the-glycated-hemoglobin-a1c-hba1c-based-on-the-competitive-binding-with-signaling-glycoprotein
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Yong Duk Han, Ka Ram Kim, Yoo Min Park, Seung Yeon Song, Yong Ju Yang, Kangsun Lee, Yunhee Ku, Hyun C Yoon
According to recent increases in public healthcare costs associated with diabetes mellitus, the development of new glycemic monitoring techniques based on the biosensing of glycated hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c), a promising long-term glycemic biomarker, has become a major challenge. In the development of HbA1c biosensors for point-of-care applications, the selection of an effective biorecognition layer that provides a high reaction yield and specificity toward HbA1c is regarded as the most significant issue. To address this, we developed a novel HbA1c biosensing interfacial material by the integration of boronate hydrogel with glass fiber membrane...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531966/how-do-disturbances-and-climate-effects-on-carbon-and-water-fluxes-differ-between-multi-aged-and-even-aged-coniferous-forests
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Xuguang Tang, Hengpeng Li, Mingguo Ma, Li Yao, Matthias Peichl, Altaf Arain, Xibao Xu, Michael Goulden
Disturbances and climatic changes significantly affect forest ecosystem productivity, water use efficiency (WUE) and carbon (C) flux dynamics. A deep understanding of terrestrial feedbacks to such effects and recovery mechanisms in forests across contrasting climatic regimes is essential to predict future regional/global C and water budgets, which are also closely related to the potential forest management decisions. However, the resilience of multi-aged and even-aged forests to disturbances has been debated for >60years because of technical measurement constraints...
May 18, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531919/bupleurum-chinense-extract-ameliorates-an-ova-induced-murine-allergic-asthma-through-the-reduction-of-the-th2-and-th17-cytokines-production-by-inactivation-of-nf%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathway
#9
Thi Tho Bui, Chun Hua Piao, Chang Ho Song, Hee Soon Shin, Ok Hee Chai
Bupleurum chinense belongs to the Bupleurum spp. family that has been used in traditional herbal medicine for over thousand years. It has been reported to have anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, hepato-protective, antipyretic, analgesic, anti-fibrotic and immunomodulatory effect. However, the effect of B. Chinense on allergic asthma remains unclear. This study investigated the immunomodulatory effects of B. Chinense extracts (BCE) on airway inflammation in asthmatic mice model. In the ovalbumin (OVA)-induced allergic asthma model, we evaluated the number of total cells, differential inflammatory cells and the production of proinflammatory cytokines in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) and lung homogenate as well as histological structure...
May 16, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531878/effect-of-hierarchical-pore-structure-on-alp-expression-of-mc3t3-e1-cells-on-bioglass-films
#10
Cuixia Yu, Junjun Zhuang, Lingqing Dong, Kui Cheng, Wenjian Weng
Hierarchical porous bioglass films on the tantalum were designed to enhance osteointegration of metallic implants. The films were prepared by a sol-gel method using P123 as the mesopore template and polystyrene microsphere as the nanopore template. The films with 5.4nm mesopores and 100nm nanopores (MBG-100) elicited an obviously elongated morphology of the cultured MC3T3-E1 cells, as a result, a higher alkaline phosphatase level was expressed. It is suggested that the nanopores play an important role in regulating cellular behavior by initial protein adsorption through nanopore curvatures...
May 8, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531876/photofunctionalization-of-dental-zirconia-oxide-surface-modification-to-improve-bio-integration-preserving-crystal-stability
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Marco Roy, Alfonso Pompella, Jerzy Kubacki, Adam Piosik, Bronisław Psiuk, Joanna Klimontko, Jacek Szade, Robert A Roy, Wieslaw Hedzelek
The use of zirconium oxide in dental implantology is rapidly increasing as it is regarded as being more aesthetical and biologically friendly than titanium oxide. The interaction of titanium oxide with cells and proteins has proven to be significantly affected by the inevitable atmospheric hydrocarbon contamination, defined as biological ageing. The latter has proven to be effectively reversed by UVC irradiation. Crystal structures of both Zr and Ti oxides are very similar, thus also ZrO2 is prone to contamination by hydrocarbons...
May 12, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531817/electronic-properties-and-gas-adsorption-behaviour-of-pristine-silicon-and-boron-doped-8-0-single-walled-carbon-nanotube-a-first-principles-study
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Mohd Asyadi Azam, Farizul Muiz Alias, Liew Weng Tack, Raja Noor Amalina Raja Seman, Mohamad Fariz Mohamad Taib
Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have received enormous attention due to their fascinating properties to be used in various applications including electronics, sensing, energy storage and conversion. The first principles calculations within density functional theory (DFT) have been carried out in order to investigate the structural, electronic and optical properties of un-doped and doped CNT nanostructures. O2, CO2, and CH3OH have been chosen as gas molecules to study the adsorption properties based on zigzag (8,0) SWCNTs...
May 5, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531814/targeting-egfr-her2-heterodimerization-with-a-novel-anti-her2-domain-ii-iii-antibody
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Xiaojie Yu, Lingfei Wang, Yafeng Shen, Chao Wang, Yajun Zhang, Yanchun Meng, Yang Yang, Beibei Liang, Bo Zhou, Huajing Wang, Huafeng Wei, Changhai Lei, Shi Hu, Bohua Li
HER2, a ligand-free tyrosine kinase receptor of the HER family, is frequently overexpressed in breast cancer. The anti-HER2 antibody trastuzumab has shown significant clinical benefits in metastatic breast cancer. Despite the effectiveness of trastuzumab, its efficacy remains variable and often modest. Thus, there is an urgent need to improve ErbB2-targeting therapy. Here, we describe a novel anti-HER2 antibody, 7C3, which was developed using hybridoma technique. Structural analysis confirms that the epitope of this antibody is in domain II/III of HER2...
May 19, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531809/multifocal-visual-evoked-potentials-in-optic-neuritis-and-multiple-sclerosis-a-review
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Gorm Pihl-Jensen, Mathias Falck Schmidt, Jette Lautrup Frederiksen
Multifocal visual evoked potential (mf-VEP) represents a new approach to the classical full field (ff-)VEP with separate responses from up to 60 sectors of the visual field. A thorough literature survey of the use of mf-VEP in optic neuritis (ON) and multiple sclerosis (MS) is presented (38 published studies were retrieved). Mf-VEP provides direct topographical information of specific lesions and facilitates investigations on structural-functional correlations thus providing new methods for exploring the interplay between demyelination, atrophy and remyelination in MS...
April 11, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531801/ace-2-ang1-7-mas-cascade-mediates-ace-inhibitor-captopril-protective-effects-in-estrogen-deficient-osteoporotic-rats
#15
Hatem M Abuohashish, Mohammed M Ahmed, Dina Sabry, Mahmoud M Khattab, Salim S Al-Rejaie
The local role of the renin angiotensin system (RAS) was documented recently beside its conventional systemic functions. Studies showed that the effector angiotensin II (AngII) alters bone health, while inhibition of the angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE-1) preserved these effects. The newly identified Ang1-7 exerts numerous beneficial effects opposing the AngII. Thus, the current study examines the role of Ang1-7 in mediating the osteo-preservative effects of ACEI (captopril) through the G-protein coupled Mas receptor using an ovariectomized (OVX) rat model of osteoporosis...
May 19, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531796/spatially-explicit-modeling-of-multi-scale-drivers-of-aboveground-forest-biomass-and-water-yield-in-watersheds-of-the-southeastern-united-states
#16
Mukhtar Ahmed Ajaz Ahmed, Amr Abd-Elrahman, Francisco J Escobedo, Wendell P Cropper, Timothy A Martin, Nilesh Timilsina
Understanding ecosystem processes and the influence of regional scale drivers can provide useful information for managing forest ecosystems. Examining more local scale drivers of forest biomass and water yield can also provide insights for identifying and better understanding the effects of climate change and management on forests. We used diverse multi-scale datasets, functional models and Geographically Weighted Regression (GWR) to model ecosystem processes at the watershed scale and to interpret the influence of ecological drivers across the Southeastern United States (SE US)...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531650/positioned-substituent-effect-on-self-assembly-behaviors-of-perylene-diimide-derivatives-on-graphite
#17
Qian Wei, Wei Wang, Erjun Zhou, Xiao-Ping Liu, Ming-Hui Liang, Ke Deng, Jing-Kui Yang, Peng Jiang
Three kinds of π-conjugated perylenetetracarboxylic diimide (PTCDI)-based organic functional derivatives, i.e., N,N'-di(2-ethylhexyl)-3,4,9,10-perylene diimide (molecule 1), N,N'-di(2-ethylhexyl)-1,7-dithien-2-yl-3,4,9,10-perylene diimide (molecule 2), N,N'-di(2-ethylhexyl)-1,7-di(2-bromothien-5-yl)-perylene-3,4,9,10-perylene diimide (molecule 3), have been prepared and investigated by using a scanning tunneling microscopy under ambient conditions. All of them can form long-ranged ordered self-assembled monolayer (SAM) with two different phase structures on highly oriented pyrolitic graphite (HOPG) surface...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531277/genome-wide-discovery-of-viral-micrornas-based-on-phylogenetic-analysis-and-structural-evolution-of-various-human-papillomavirus-subtypes
#18
Shun-Long Weng, Kai-Yao Huang, Julia Tzu-Ya Weng, Fang-Yu Hung, Tzu-Hao Chang, Tzong-Yi Lee
In mammals, microRNAs (miRNAs) play key roles in controlling posttranscriptional regulation through binding to the mRNAs of target genes. Recently, it was discovered that viral miRNAs may be involved in human cancers and diseases. It is likely that viral miRNAs help viruses enter the latent phase of their life cycle and become undetected by the host's immune system, while increasing the host's risk for cancer development. Cervical cancer is typically related to the infection of human papillomavirus (HPV) through sexual transmission...
May 20, 2017: Briefings in Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531091/ab-initio-studies-of-coherent-spin-transport-in-fe-hbn-graphene-van-der-waals-multilayers
#19
Aniekan Ukpong
This paper presents the results of ab initio studies of the electronic spin manipulation, inversion, filtering and transport using a ferromagnetic multilayer heterostructure. Spin-polarized electronic structure calculations are performed based on van der Waals density functional theory to give unique insights to the generation, manipulation and transport of coherent spin conductance. By using an exact theory of the self-consistent ground state of the Fe-hBN/graphene multilayer as a model of the magnetic tunnel junction, this paper unravels the hidden asymmetries in the spin-resolved charge densities...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530904/wiring-variations-that-enable-and-constrain-neural-computation-in-a-sensory-microcircuit
#20
William F Tobin, Rachel I Wilson, Wei-Chung Allen Lee
Neural network function can be shaped by varying the strength of synaptic connections. One way to achieve this is to vary connection structure. To investigate how structural variation among synaptic connections might affect neural computation, we examined primary afferent connections in the Drosophila olfactory system. We used large-scale serial section electron microscopy to reconstruct all the olfactory receptor neuron (ORN) axons that target a left-right pair of glomeruli, as well as all the projection neurons (PNs) postsynaptic to these ORNs...
May 22, 2017: ELife
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