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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455984/hyaluronate-coating-enhances-the-delivery-and-biocompatibility-of-gold-nanoparticles
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Bedia Begum Karakocak, Jue Liang, Pratim Biswas, Nathan Ravi
For targeted delivery with nanoparticles (NPs) as drug carriers, it is imperative that the NPs are internalized into the targeted cell. Surface properties of NPs influence their interactions with cells. We examined the responses of retinal pigment epithelial cells, NIH 3T3 fibroblast cells, and Chinese hamster ovary cells to gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) in their nascent form as well as coated with end-thiolated hyaluronate (HS-HA). The grafting density of HS-HA on Au NPs was calculated based on total organic carbon measurements and thermal gravimetric analysis...
April 15, 2018: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455070/oral-engineered-bifidobacterium-longum-expressing-rhmnsod-to-suppress-experimental-colitis
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Mengge Liu, Shiyu Li, Qian Zhang, Zhenrui Xu, Jiajia Wang, Hanxiao Sun
In recent years, using genetic engineering and bioengineering techniques, Bifidobacterium as a carrier to express specific functions of the protein or polypeptide, has become a new treatment for disease. Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a type of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). Although the cause of this inflammatory disorder is still unknown, a large amount of evidence suggests that ulcerative colitis is associated with increased activity of reactive oxygen species (ROS), manganese superoxide dismutase (MnSOD) is a kind of superoxide dismutase (SOD) has been demonstrated to play a key role in the pathophysiology of colitis...
February 14, 2018: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29448561/electrical-and-optical-properties-of-in%C3%A2-o%C3%A2-thin-films-deposited-on-sapphire-substrate
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W Cui, X L Zhao, Y H An, G S Yao, Z P Wu, P G Li, L H Li, C Cui, W H Tang
In2O3 thin films were prepared on c-plane sapphire substrates using laser molecular beam epitaxy technique. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns revealed that the In2O3 thin films were highly oriented along the (111) direction. The intensity of (222) diffraction peaks mainly depend on growth temperature, and the crystallite sizes mainly depend on oxygen pressure. The carrier concentrations exhibit a decrease with increasing growth temperature and oxygen pressure, meantime, the resistivity increase. The red shift of In2O3 thin films respect to that of bulk In2O3 can be explained by defect energy levels formation, the blue shift of In2O3 thin films depends on carrier concentration, can be explained by Burstein-Moss band-filling effect...
February 1, 2018: Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29448516/mesoporous-ga-tio%C3%A2-role-of-oxygen-vacancies-for-the-photocatalytic-degradation-under-visible-light
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M Myilsamy, M Mahalakshmi, N Subha, V Murugesan
Gallium doped mesoporous TiO2 with different weight percentages were synthesized by sol-gel method using Pluronic P123 as the structure directing template. The physico-chemical properties of all the synthesized catalysts were determined by XRD, TEM, SEM-EDAX, N2 adsorption-desorption studies, XPS, UV-vis DRS, FT-IR and photoluminescence spectroscopy. 1.0 wt% Ga-TiO2 exhibited the highest photocatalytic efficiency among all the synthesized materials under visible light due to the high surface area, reduced band gap and suppressed electron-hole recombination...
February 1, 2018: Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29445276/redox-responsive-f127-folate-f127-disulfide-bond-d-%C3%AE-tocopheryl-polyethylene-glycol-1000-succinate-p123-mixed-micelles-loaded-with-paclitaxel-for-the-reversal-of-multidrug-resistance-in-tumors
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Jing Lin, Chaoyue Zhao, Cuijuan Liu, Shiyao Fu, Luying Han, Xinping Lu, Chunrong Yang
Introduction: The development of nanodrug carriers utilizing tumor microenvironment has become a hotspot in reversing multidrug resistance (MDR). Materials and methods: This study synthesized a redox-sensitive copolymer, Pluronic F127-disulfide bond-d-α-tocopheryl polyethylene glycol 1000 succinate (FSST), through the connection of the reduction-sensitive disulfide bond between F127 and d-α-tocopheryl polyethylene glycol 1000 succinate. This polymer could induce the elevation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) levels, ultimately resulting in cytotoxicity...
2018: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29444156/protein-s-glutathionylation-lowers-superoxide-hydrogen-peroxide-release-from-skeletal-muscle-mitochondria-through-modification-of-complex-i-and-inhibition-of-pyruvate-uptake
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Robert M Gill, Marisa O'Brien, Adrian Young, Danielle Gardiner, Ryan J Mailloux
Protein S-glutathionylation is a reversible redox modification that regulates mitochondrial metabolism and reactive oxygen species (ROS) production in liver and cardiac tissue. However, whether or not it controls ROS release from skeletal muscle mitochondria has not been explored. In the present study, we examined if chemically-induced protein S-glutathionylation could alter superoxide (O2●-)/hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) release from isolated muscle mitochondria. Disulfiram, a powerful chemical S-glutathionylation catalyst, was used to S-glutathionylate mitochondrial proteins and ascertain if it can alter ROS production...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29439446/the-t2238c-human-atrial-natriuretic-peptide-molecular-variant-and-the-risk-of-cardiovascular-diseases
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Speranza Rubattu, Sebastiano Sciarretta, Simona Marchitti, Franca Bianchi, Maurizio Forte, Massimo Volpe
Atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP) is a cardiac hormone which plays important functions to maintain cardio-renal homeostasis. The peptide structure is highly conserved among species. However, a few gene variants are known to fall within the human ANP gene. The variant rs5065 (T2238C) exerts the most substantial effects. The T to C transition at the 2238 position of the gene (13-23% allele frequency in the general population) leads to the production of a 30-, instead of 28-, amino-acid-long α-carboxy-terminal peptide...
February 11, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29427926/cyclic-crgdfk-peptide-and-chlorin-e6-functionalized-silk-fibroin-nanoparticles-for-targeted-drug-delivery-and-photodynamic-therapy
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Baiping Mao, Caixia Liu, Wenwen Zheng, Xiaoheng Li, Renshan Ge, Haifa Shen, Xiaoling Guo, Qingquan Lian, Xian Shen, Chao Li
Regenerated silk fibroin (SF) is a natural biomacromolecule with excellent biocompatible and biodegradable properties. In this study, cyclic pentapeptide cRGDfk and Chlorin e6 (Ce6) were conjugated to SF polypeptides, and genipin was used to prepare 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) doped SF-based nanoparticles (NPs). The photodynamic therapy (PDT) potential and active targeting properties were systematically investigated in αvβ3 integrin receptor over-expressed MGC-803 cells in vitro. The results revealed that treatment with the multifunctional SF-based NPs and PDT, high level of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and cell death can be induced in MGC-803 cells...
February 3, 2018: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29425776/the-effects-of-hemoglobin-glutamer-200-and-ino-on-pulmonary-vascular-tone-and-arterial-oxygenation-in-an-experimental-acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome
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Maria Theresa Voelker, Andreas Bergmann, Thilo Busch, Nora Jahn, Sven Laudi, Katharina Noreikat, Philipp Simon, Sven Bercker
INTRODUCTION: Hemoglobin-based oxygen carriers (HBOC) have been developed as an alternative to blood transfusions. Their nitric-oxide-scavenging properties HBOC also induce vasoconstriction. In acute lung injury, an excess of nitric oxide results in a general vasodilation, reducing oxygenation by impairing the hypoxic pulmonary vasoconstriction. Inhaled nitric oxide (iNO) is used to correct the ventilation perfusion mismatch. We hypothesized that the additional use of HBOC might increase this effect...
February 6, 2018: Pulmonary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29419444/impact-of-the-mitochondria-targeted-antioxidant-mitoq-on-hypoxia-induced-pulmonary-hypertension
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Oleg Pak, Susan Scheibe, Azadeh Esfandiary, Mareike Gierhardt, Akylbek Sydykov, Angela Logan, Athanasios Fysikopoulos, Florian Veit, Matthias Hecker, Florian Kroschel, Karin Quanz, Alexandra Erb, Katharina Schäfer, Mirja Fassbinder, Nasim Alebrahimdehkordi, Hossein A Ghofrani, Ralph T Schermuly, Ralf P Brandes, Werner Seeger, Michael P Murphy, Norbert Weissmann, Natascha Sommer
Increased mitochondrial reactive oxygen species (ROS), particularly superoxide have been suggested to mediate hypoxic pulmonary vasoconstriction (HPV), chronic hypoxia-induced pulmonary hypertension (PH) and right ventricular (RV) remodelling.We determined ROS in acute, chronic hypoxia and investigated the effect of the mitochondria-targeted antioxidant MitoQ under these conditions.The effect of MitoQ or its inactive carrier substance, decyltriphenylphosphonium (TPP+), on acute HPV (1% O2 for 10 minutes) was investigated in isolated blood-free perfused mouse lungs...
February 1, 2018: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29408311/carrier-free-nanodrug-by-co-assembly-of-chemotherapeutic-agent-and-photosensitizer-for-cancer-imaging-and-chemo-photo-combination-therapy
#11
Ruirui Zhao, Guirong Zheng, Lulu Fan, Zhichun Shen, Kai Jiang, Yan Guo, Jing-Wei Shao
Nanosized drug delivery systems (NDDS) with photothermal therapy (PTT) and photodynamic therapy (PDT) have been extensively exploited to improve the therapeutic performance and bio-safety of chemotherapeutic drugs in cancer. In this work, a carrier-free nanodrug was developed by co-assembly of the anti-cancer agent ursolic acid (UA), an asialoglycoprotein receptor (ASGPR), which can recognize the target molecule lactobionic acid (LA), and the near-infrared (NIR) probe dye indocyanine green (ICG) to form UA-LA-ICG NPs by a simple and green self-assembly approach...
February 5, 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29404549/a-mineralized-cell-based-functional-platform-construction-of-yeast-cells-with-biogenetic-intracellular-hydroxyapatite-nanoscaffolds
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Xiaoming Ma, Peng Liu, Yuyang Tian, Guangshan Zhu, Ping Yang, Ge Wang, Lin Yang
A unique mineralized cell-based functional platform with biogenic intracellular hydroxyapatite nanoscaffolds (nHAP@yeasts) has been intelligently constructed using a biomimetic mineralization approach. Such a platform not only preserves the nature and functions of cells but also possesses intracellular nanoscaffolds, which endow the mineralized cells with novel functions in biological and nanotechnological applications. Benefiting from their unique organism shell and inorganic core, the nHAP@yeasts are biocompatible and have a large loading capacity for drugs...
February 6, 2018: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29403351/hemoglobin-mrna-changes-in-the-frontal-cortex-of-patients-with-neurodegenerative-diseases
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Silvia Vanni, Marco Zattoni, Fabio Moda, Giorgio Giaccone, Fabrizio Tagliavini, Stéphane Haïk, Jean-Philippe Deslys, Gianluigi Zanusso, James W Ironside, Margarita Carmona, Isidre Ferrer, Gabor G Kovacs, Giuseppe Legname
Background: Hemoglobin is the major protein found in erythrocytes, where it acts as an oxygen carrier molecule. In recent years, its expression has been reported also in neurons and glial cells, although its role in brain tissue remains still unknown. Altered hemoglobin expression has been associated with various neurodegenerative disorders. Here, we investigated hemoglobin mRNA levels in brains of patients affected by variant, iatrogenic, and sporadic forms of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD, iCJD, sCJD, respectively) and in different genetic forms of prion diseases (gPrD) in comparison to Alzheimer's disease (AD) subjects and age-matched controls...
2018: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29397693/synthetic-control-over-quantum-well-width-distribution-and-carrier-migration-in-low-dimensional-perovskite-photovoltaics
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Andrew H Proppe, Rafael Quintero-Bermudez, Hairen Tan, Oleksandr Voznyy, Shana O Kelley, Edward H Sargent
Metal halide perovskites have achieved photovoltaic efficiencies exceeding 22%, but their widespread use is hindered by their instability in the presence of water and oxygen. To bolster stability, low-dimensional perovskite analogues have been developed wherein bulky organic ligands terminate the perovskite lattice, forming quantum wells (QWs) that are protected by the organic layers. In thin films, the width of these QWs exhibits a distribution that results in a spread of bandgaps of the materials arising due to varying degrees of quantum confinement across the population...
February 3, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29397689/dual-roles-of-graphene-oxide-to-attenuate-inflammation-and-elicit-timely-polarization-of-macrophage-phenotypes-for-cardiac-repair
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Jin Han, Yong Sook Kim, Min-Young Lim, Han Young Kim, Saerom Kong, Mikyung Kang, Yeon Woong Choo, Ju Hee Jun, Seungmi Ryu, Hye-Yun Jeong, Jooyeon Park, Gun-Jae Jeong, Jong-Chan Lee, Gwang Hyeon Eom, Youngkeun Ahn, Byung-Soo Kim
Development of localized inflammatory environments by M1 macrophages in the cardiac infarction region exacerbates heart failure after myocardial infarction (MI). Therefore, the regulation of inflammation by M1 macrophages and their timely polarization toward regenerative M2 macrophages suggest an immunotherapy. Particularly, controlling cellular generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS), which cause M1 differentiation, and developing M2 macrophage phenotypes in macrophages propose a therapeutic approach. Previously, stem or dendritic cells were used in MI for their anti-inflammatory and cardioprotective potentials and showed inflammation modulation and M2 macrophage progression for cardiac repair...
February 7, 2018: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29396396/revealing-hole-trapping-in-zinc-oxide-nanoparticles-by-time-resolved-x-ray-spectroscopy
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Thomas J Penfold, Jakub Szlachetko, Fabio G Santomauro, Alexander Britz, Wojciech Gawelda, Gilles Doumy, Anne Marie March, Stephen H Southworth, Jochen Rittmann, Rafael Abela, Majed Chergui, Christopher J Milne
Nanostructures of transition metal oxides, such as zinc oxide, have attracted considerable interest for solar-energy conversion and photocatalysis. Both applications are sensitive to the transport and trapping of photoexcited charge carriers. The probing of electron trapping has recently become possible using time-resolved element-sensitive methods, such as X-ray spectroscopy. However, valence-band-trapped holes have so far escaped observation. Herein we use X-ray absorption spectroscopy combined with a dispersive X-ray emission spectrometer to probe the charge carrier relaxation and trapping processes in zinc oxide nanoparticles after above band-gap photoexcitation...
February 2, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29393855/electronic-structure-of-stoichiometric-and-oxygen-deficient-ferroelectric-hf-sub-0-5-sub-zr-sub-0-5-sub-o-sub-2-sub
#17
Timofey T V Perevalov, Damir R Islamov, Vladimir A Gritsenko, Igor' P Prosvirin
The electronic structure of oxygen-deficient Hf<sub>0.5</sub>Zr<sub>0.5</sub>O<sub>2</sub> in the non-centrosymmetric orthorhombic (ferroelectric) phase was investigated by means of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and first-principle density functional theory calculations. It was established that a peak in photoelectron spectra observed at an energy above the valence band top of ferroelectric Hf<sub>0.5</sub>Zr<sub>0.5</sub>O<sub>2</sub> in ion-etched samples was due to oxygen vacancies...
February 2, 2018: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29392737/management-of-injured-patients-who-were-jehovah-s-witnesses-where-blood-transfusion-may-not-be-an-option-a-retrospective-review
#18
A Olaussen, J Bade-Boon, M C Fitzgerald, B Mitra
INTRODUCTION: Management of major haemorrhage as a result of trauma is particularly challenging when blood is not an option (BNAO). Evidence on therapeutic strategies in this situation is limited. The aim of this study was to evaluate the management and outcomes of patients who identified themselves as Jehovah's Witnesses (who usually refuse blood products) with traumatic haemorrhage at an Australian major trauma centre. METHODS: A retrospective review of patients from The Alfred Trauma Registry was conducted, including patients who were Jehovah's Witnesses presenting between January 2010 and January 2017...
February 2, 2018: Vox Sanguinis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29384729/one-step-oxidation-preparation-of-unfolded-and-good-soluble-graphene-nanoribbons-by-longitudinal-unzipping-of-carbon-nanotubes
#19
Xiaolin Hu, Yizhen Hu, Jindan Huang, Ning Zhou, Yuhan Liu, Lin Wei, Xin Chen, Naifeng Zhuang
A simple one-step method to prepare graphene nanoribbon (GNR) is reported in this paper. Comparing with the water steam etching, the oxidation and co-etching of dilute sulfuric acid can result in the more complete longitudinal unzipping of carbon nanotube although there is no other strong oxidant. As-prepared GNR are more flat and have more oxygenated functional groups along the edge. Moreover, they can steadily disperse in water system. These make them suitable as a carrier for supporting Pd nanoparticles...
January 31, 2018: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29384358/smoothing-surface-trapping-states-in-3d-coral-like-coooh-wrapped-bivo4-for-efficient-photoelectrochemical-water-oxidation
#20
Fumin Tang, Weiren Cheng, Hui Su, Xu Zhao, Qinghua Liu
Highly-efficient oxygen evolution driven by the abundant sunlight is a key to realize overall water splitting for large-scale conversion of renewable energy. Here, we report a strategy for the interfacial atomic and electronic coupling of layered CoOOH and BiVO4 to deactivate the surface trapping states and suppress the charge carrier recombination for high photoelectrochemical (PEC) water oxidation activity. The successful synthesis of a 3D ultrathin-CoOOH-overlayer-coated coral-like BiVO4 photoanode effectively tailors the migration route of photocarriers on the semiconductor/liquid interface to realize a great increase of ~200% in the photovoltage relative to bare BiVO4, consequently decreasing the corresponding onset potential of PEC water splitting from 0...
January 31, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
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