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Kamila Kočí, Ivana Troppová, Martin Reli, Lenka Matějová, Miroslava Edelmannová, Helena Drobná, Lada Dubnová, Anna Rokicińska, Piotr Kuśtrowski, Libor Čapek
Neodymium enriched TiO2 anatase-brookite powders were prepared by unconventional method via using pressurized hot fluids for TiO2 crystallization and purification. The photocatalysts were tested in the CH3 OH photocatalytic decomposition and they were characterized with respect to the textural (nitrogen adsorption), structural (XRD, XPS, and Raman spectroscopies), chemical (XRF), and optical (DR UV-Vis spectroscopy) and photoelectrochemical measurement. All prepared materials were nanocrystalline, had biphasic (anatase- brookite) structure and relatively large specific surface area (125 m2 ...
2018: Frontiers in Chemistry
C Guillot, C Le Reun, H Behal, J Labreuche, M Recher, A Duhamel, S Leteurtre
BACKGROUND: Viral bronchiolitis is the leading cause of hospitalization in children during the first 12 months of life. There is evidence to support the use of noninvasive ventilation in bronchiolitis. A recent respiratory management of bronchiolitis is the use of high-flow nasal cannula (HFNC) therapy. The primary objective of this study was to evaluate the use of HFNC as the first-line treatment for children with severe bronchiolitis and the secondary objective was to identify factors for HFNC therapy failure...
March 15, 2018: Archives de Pédiatrie: Organe Officiel de la Sociéte Française de Pédiatrie
Sònia Font Tellado, Silvia Chiera, Walter Bonani, Patrina S P Poh, Claudio Migliaresi, Antonella Motta, Elizabeth R Balmayor, Martijn van Griensven
The tendon/ligament-to-bone transition (enthesis) is a highly specialized interface tissue with structural gradients of extracellular matrix composition, collagen molecule alignment and mineralization. These structural features are essential for enthesis function, but are often not regenerated after injury. Tissue engineering is a promising strategy for enthesis repair. Engineering of complex tissue interfaces such as the enthesis is likely to require a combination of biophysical, biological and chemical cues to achieve functional tissue regeneration...
March 14, 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
Evgenios Agathokleous, Mitsutoshi Kitao, Edward J Calabrese
Lanthanum is a rare earth element (REE) which has been extensively studied due to its wide application in numerous fields with a potential accumulation in the environment. It has long been known for its potential to stimulate plant growth within a hormetic-biphasic dose response framework. This article provides evidence from a series of high resolution studies published within the last two decades demonstrating a substantial and significant occurrence of lanthanum-induced hormesis in plants. These findings suggest that hormetic responses should be built into the study design of hazard assessment study protocols and included in the risk assessment process...
March 14, 2018: Environmental Pollution
Ping-Hsien Yang, Shyh-Dar Shyur, Ming-Jer Liu, Hsin-Hui Chuang
Buckwheat anaphylaxis is commonly recognized in Europe and Asia, and there is only one case reported in Taiwan so far. Here, we report a case of biphasic buckwheat anaphylaxis in a 57 year-old male patient who lost consciousness twice in the same day after having buckwheat noodles. The serum test shows that Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus (Dp)immunoglobulin E (IgE) (42.4 kU/L) and buckwheat-specific IgE (81.5 kU/L) are unusually high. Although biphasic buckwheat anaphylaxis is rare, we should still be aware the second episode could be life-threatening and happen within a day after the exposure to the buckwheat antigen...
March 12, 2018: Asian Pacific Journal of Allergy and Immunology
Dafna Greitzer-Antes, Li Xie, Tairan Qin, Huanli Xie, Dan Zhu, Subhankar Dolai, Tao Liang, Fei Kang, Alexandre B Hardy, Yan He, Youhou Kang, Herbert Y Gaisano
The voltage-dependent K+ (Kv) channel Kv2.1 is a major delayed rectifier in many secretory cells, including pancreatic β-cells. In addition, Kv2.1 has a direct role in exocytosis at an undefined step, involving SNARE proteins and independent of its ion-conducting pore function. Here, we elucidated the precise step in exocytosis. We previously reported that syntaxin 3 (Syn-3) is the key syntaxin that mediates exocytosis of newcomer secretory granules that spend minimal residence time on the plasma membrane before fusion...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Simone B S P Terra, Scott W Aesif, Joseph J Maleszewski, Andrew L Folpe, Jennifer M Boland
Synovial sarcoma (SS), a translocation-associated sarcoma characterized by SS18-SSX1/2 fusion, presents most often in the extremities of young adults. While SS regularly occurs in the pleuropulmonary parenchyma, the mediastinum is an exceedingly rare primary site; the literature on this subject is predominantly composed of case reports and small series, mostly without molecular confirmation. Cases of mediastinal SS were selected from our institutional and consultation archives. Diagnoses were confirmed by either SS18 fluorescence in situ hybridization (n=6) or reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction for SS18-SSX1/2 (n=15)...
March 14, 2018: American Journal of Surgical Pathology
Helena Passos, Teresa B V Dinis, Emanuel V Capela, Maria V Quental, Joana Gomes, Judite Resende, Pedro P Madeira, Mara G Freire, João A P Coutinho
In the past decade, the remarkable potential of ionic-liquid-based aqueous biphasic systems (IL-based ABSs) to extract and purify a large range of valued-added biocompounds has been demonstrated. However, the translation of lab-scale experiments to an industrial scale has been precluded by a poor understanding of the molecular-level mechanisms ruling the separation or partition of target compounds between the coexisting phases. To overcome this limitation, we carried out a systematic evaluation of specific interactions, induced by ILs and several salts used as phase-forming components, and their impact on the partition of several solutes in IL-based ABSs...
March 15, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Haseeb Khaliq, Wang Jing, Xiao Ke, Yang Ke-Li, Sun Peng-Peng, Lei Cui, Qiu Wei-Wei, Lei Zhixin, Liu Hua-Zhen, Song Hui, Zhong Ju-Ming, Peng Ke-Mei
The nuclear-related factor 2 (Nrf2) pathway is the most important mechanism in antioxidant capacity, which regulates the cell's redox homeostasis. In addition, Nrf2 pathway also can inhibit cell apoptosis. The mechanism of boron actions on various organs is well documented. But, it is not known whether boron can also regulate the Nrf2 pathway in the kidneys. Therefore, in this research, the actions of boron on the kidneys of ostrich chicks, especially the antioxidant effects, have been studied. The ostrich chicks were divided into six groups and supplemented with boric acid (BA) (source of boron) in the drinking water (0, 40, 80, 160, 320, 640 mg respectively) to examine apoptotic, antioxidant, biochemical, and histochemical alterations induced by boron administration in the ostrich chick's kidney...
March 13, 2018: Biological Trace Element Research
Ralph J M Temmink, Sarah F Harpenslager, Alfons J P Smolders, Gijs van Dijk, Roy C J H Peters, Leon P M Lamers, Monique M L van Kempen
Azolla spp., a water fern often used for phytoremediation, is a strong phosphorus (P) accumulator due to its high growth rate and N2 fixing symbionts (diazotrophs). It is known that plant growth is stimulated by P, but the nature of the interactive response of both symbionts along a P gradient, and related changes in growth-limiting factors, are unclear. We determined growth, and N and P sequestration rates of Azolla filiculoides in N-free water at different P concentrations. The growth response appeared to be biphasic and highest at levels ≥10 P µmol l-1 ...
March 13, 2018: Scientific Reports
Ivo Iavicoli, Veruscka Leso, Luca Fontana, Edward J Calabrese
The concept of hormesis, as an adaptive response of biological systems to moderate environmental challenges, has raised considerable nano-toxicological interests in view of the rapid pace of production and application of even more innovative nanomaterials and the expected increasing likelihood of environmental and human exposure to low-dose concentrations. Therefore, the aim of this review is to provide an update of the current knowledge concerning the biphasic dose-responses induced by nanoparticle exposure...
March 10, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Etienne Duguet, Jiaji Cheng, Nicolas Mallet, Walid Baaziz, Ovidiu Ersen, Emilie Gombart, Valérie Alard, Jérôme Majimel, Marie-Hélène Delville, Mona Tréguer-Delapierre
Original titania nanocages are fabricated from sacrificial silica/polystyrene tetrapod-like templates. Here are described the template synthesis, titania deposition and nanocage development through polystyrene dissolution and subsequent silica etching. Discussion about the competitive deposition of titania on the biphasic templates is particularly emphasized. The morphology of the nanocages is investigated by TEM, STEM, EDX mapping and electron tomography.
March 13, 2018: Chemistry: a European Journal
Anne Bernhardt, Birgit Paul, Michael Gelinsky
BACKGROUND: Collagens of marine origin are applied increasingly as alternatives to mammalian collagens in tissue engineering. The aim of the present study was to develop a biphasic scaffold from exclusively marine collagens supporting both osteogenic and chondrogenic differentiation and to find a suitable setup for in vitro chondrogenic and osteogenic differentiation of human mesenchymal stroma cells (hMSC). METHODS: Biphasic scaffolds from biomimetically mineralized salmon collagen and fibrillized jellyfish collagen were fabricated by joint freeze-drying and crosslinking...
March 13, 2018: Marine Drugs
Karan Lal, Travis J Morrell, Michael Cunningham, Patrick OʼDonnell, Nikki A Levin, Kristine M Cornejo
Cutaneous mixed tumor (chondroid syringoma) is the cutaneous counterpart of pleomorphic adenoma of salivary glands, comprised of both epithelial and mesenchymal components. Malignant transformation is exceptionally rare, with only a few cases reported. We report a case of a malignant cutaneous mixed tumor in an 86-year-old white man who presented with a pink indurated plaque on his left scapula. He had a history of nonmelanoma skin cancers, a stage IB malignant melanoma of a lower extremity and Gleason 4 + 3 prostate cancer treated with brachytherapy, external beam irradiation, and bicalutamide...
March 6, 2018: American Journal of Dermatopathology
Ji-Chang Wang, Xiong-Xiong Li, Xin Sun, Guang-Yue Li, Jing-Lan Sun, Yuan-Peng Ye, Long-Long Cong, Wei-Ming Li, Shao-Ying Lu, Jun Feng, Pei-Jun Liu
Substantial data from preclinical studies have revealed the biphasic effects of statins on cardiovascular angiogenesis. Although some have reported the anti-angiogenic potential of statins in malignant tumors, however, the underlying mechanism remains poorly understood. The aim of this study is to elucidate the mechanism by which simvastatin, a member of the statin family, inhibits tumor angiogenesis. Simvastatin significantly suppressed tumor cells-conditioned medium (TCM)-induced angiogenic promotion in vitro, and resulted in a dose-dependent anti-angiogenesis in vivo...
March 13, 2018: Cancer Science
Mouhannad M Sadek, Varsha Chaugai, Mark J Cleland, Timothy J Zakutney, David H Birnie, F Daniel Ramirez
BACKGROUND: The relevance of transthoracic impedance (TTI) to electrical cardioversion (ECV) success for atrial tachyarrhythmias when using biphasic waveform defibrillators is unknown. HYPOTHESIS: TTI is predictive of ECV success with contemporary defibrillators. METHODS: De-identified data stored in biphasic defibrillator memory cards from ECV attempts for atrial fibrillation (AF) or atrial flutter (AFL) over a two-year period at our center were evaluated...
March 13, 2018: Clinical Cardiology
Hongtao Yang, Xinhua Qu, Wenjiao Lin, Cong Wang, Donghui Zhu, Kerong Dai, Yufeng Zheng
Recent studies indicate that there is a great demand to optimize pure Zn with tunable degradation rates and more desirable biocompatibility as orthopedic implants. Metal matrix composite (MMC) can be a promising approach for this purpose. In this study, MMC with pure Zn as a matrix and hydroxyapatite (HA) as reinforcements were prepared by spark plasma sintering (SPS). Feasibility of novel Zn-HA composites to be used as orthopedic implant applications was systematically evaluated. After sintering, HA distributed in the Zn particle boundaries uniformly...
March 9, 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
Miusi Shi, Ruiwen Yang, Qin Li, Kangle Lv, Richard J Miron, Jie Sun, Mei Li, Yufeng Zhang
Since the discovery of osteoinduction in the early 20th century, innovative biomaterials with osteoinductive potential have emerged as candidates for bone repair. Recently, artificial protocell models have demonstrated great potential for tissue regeneration. Herein, we developed artificial bioactive proto-osteocells by self-assembly of biodegradable biphasic-phosphate particles in the form of aqueous-bone morphogenetic protein 2 (BMP2)-containing pickering emulsions in corn oil to fulfill the release of BMP2 with controlled and local efficacy...
March 12, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Purushottam R Lomate, Bryony C Bonning
Management of the brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae), an invasive, agricultural pest in the United States, has presented significant challenges. This polyphagous insect uses both extra-oral and gut-based digestion thwarting protein- or nucleotide-based control strategies. The objective of this study was to biochemically characterize the digestive enzymes (proteases and nucleases) from the saliva, salivary gland and the gut of H. halys. Enzyme profiles for the two tissues and saliva radically differ: The pH optimum for proteases in the gut was six, with cysteine proteases predominant...
March 12, 2018: Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology
Faiza H Waghu, Shaini Joseph, Sanket Ghawali, Elvis A Martis, Taruna Madan, Kareenhalli V Venkatesh, Susan Idicula-Thomas
Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are gaining attention as substitutes for antibiotics in order to combat the risk posed by multi-drug resistant pathogens. Several research groups are engaged in design of potent anti-infective agents using natural AMPs as templates. In this study, a library of peptides with high sequence similarity to Myeloid Antimicrobial Peptide (MAP) family were screened using popular online prediction algorithms. These peptide variants were designed in a manner to retain the conserved residues within the MAP family...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
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