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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821116/active-release-coating-of-multilayer-assembled-branched-and-ionic-%C3%AE-cyclodextrins-onto-poly-ethylene-terephthalate
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Leyre Pérez-Álvarez, Leire Ruiz-Rubio, Erlantz Lizundia, Estíbaliz Hernáez, Luis M León, Jose Luis Vilas-Vilela
Branched ionic cyclodextrins multilayers were assembled onto the surface of previously aminolyzed poly(ethylene terephthalate) in order to construct local drug delivery tailored platforms with potential applicability as materials for indwelling medical devices. The construction of the multilayers took place by the alternate deposition of ionic cyclodextrin derivatives and was characterized by surface zeta-potential measurements, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and, after fluorescent labeling of anionic branched cyclodextrins, by UV-vis spectroscopy and confocal fluorescence spectroscopy...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820941/a-photoactivatable-probe-for-super-resolution-imaging-of-enzymatic-activity-in-live-cells
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Elias A Halabi, Zacharias Thiel, Nils Trapp, Dorothea Pinotsi, Pablo Rivera-Fuentes
A dual-activatable, fluorogenic probe was developed to sense esterase activity with single-molecule resolution. Without enzymatic pre-activation, the diazoindanone-based probe has an electron poor core and, upon irradiation, undergoes Wolff rearrangement to give a ring-expanded xanthene core that is non-emissive. If the probe is pre-activated by carboxylesterases, the tricyclic core becomes electron-rich and the photoinduced Wolff rearrangement produces a highly emissive rhodol dye. Live-cell and solution studies confirmed the selectivity of the probe and revealed that the photoactivated dye does not diffuse away from the original location of activation because the intermediate ketene forms a covalent bond with surrounding macromolecules...
August 18, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820220/real-time-plasmon-spectroscopy-study-of-the-solid-state-oxidation-and-kirkendall-void-formation-in-copper-nanoparticles
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Mariano D Susman, Yishai Feldman, Tatyana A Bendikov, Alexander Vaskevich, Israel Rubinstein
Oxidation and corrosion reactions have a major effect on the application of non-noble metals. Kinetic information and simple theoretical models are often insufficient for describing such processes in metals at the nanoscale, particularly in cases involving formation of internal voids (nano Kirkendall effect, NKE) during oxidation. Here we study the kinetics of solid-state oxidation of chemically-grown copper nanoparticles (NPs) by in situ localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) spectroscopy during isothermal annealing in the range 110-170 °C...
August 18, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819924/dynamic-imaging-of-mitochondrial-membrane-proteins-in-specific-sub-organelle-membrane-locations
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Timo Appelhans, Karin B Busch
Mitochondria are cellular organelles with multifaceted tasks and thus composed of different sub-compartments. The inner mitochondrial membrane especially has a complex nano-architecture with cristae protruding into the matrix. Related to their function, the localization of mitochondrial membrane proteins is more or less restricted to specific sub-compartments. In contrast, it can be assumed that membrane proteins per se diffuse unimpeded through continuous membranes. Fluorescence recovery after photobleaching is a versatile technology used in mobility analyses to determine the mobile fraction of proteins, but it cannot provide data on subpopulations or on confined diffusion behavior...
August 17, 2017: Biophysical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819458/focused-ultrasound-hyperthermia-mediated-drug-delivery-using-thermosensitive-liposomes-and-visualized-with-in-vivo-two-photon-microscopy
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Marc A Santos, David E Goertz, Kullervo Hynynen
The future of nanomedicines in oncology requires leveraging more than just the passive drug accumulation in tumors through the enhanced permeability and retention effect. Promising results combining mild hyperthermia (HT) with lyso-thermosensitive liposomal doxorubicin (LTSL-DOX) has led to improved drug delivery and potent antitumor effects in pre-clinical studies. The ultimate patient benefit from these treatments can only be realized when robust methods of HT can be achieved clinically. One of the most promising methods of non-invasive HT is the use of focused ultrasound (FUS) with MRI thermometry for anatomical targeting and feedback...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819245/fourier-ptychographic-microscopy-with-sparse-representation
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Yongbing Zhang, Pengming Song, Jian Zhang, Qionghai Dai
Fourier ptychographic microscopy (FPM) is a novel computational microscopy technique that provides intensity images with both wide field-of-view and high-resolution. By combining ideas from synthetic aperture and phase retrieval, FPM iteratively stitches together a number of variably illuminated, low-resolution intensity images in Fourier space to reconstruct a high-resolution complex sample image. Although FPM is able to bypass the space-bandwidth product (SBP) limit of the optical system, it is vulnerable to the various capturing noises and the reconstruction is easy to trap into the local optimum...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819224/the-role-of-rho-gtpases-and-actin-polymerization-during-macrophage-tunneling-nanotube-biogenesis
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Samer J Hanna, Kessler McCoy-Simandle, Veronika Miskolci, Peng Guo, Michael Cammer, Louis Hodgson, Dianne Cox
Macrophage interactions with other cells, either locally or at distances, are imperative in both normal and pathological conditions. While soluble means of communication can transmit signals between different cells, it does not account for all long distance macrophage interactions. Recently described tunneling nanotubes (TNTs) are membranous channels that connect cells together and allow for transfer of signals, vesicles, and organelles. However, very little is known about the mechanism by which these structures are formed...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819108/spag6-mutant-mice-have-defects-in-development-and-function-of-spiral-ganglion-neurons-apoptosis-and-higher-sensitivity-to-paclitaxel
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Xiaofei Li, Lei Xu, Gaoying Sun, Xianmin Wu, Xiaohui Bai, Jianfeng Li, Jerome F Strauss, Zhibing Zhang, Haibo Wang
Mammalian Sperm Associated Antigen 6 (SPAG6) is the orthologue of Chlamydomonas PF16, a protein localized in the axoneme central apparatus. Recent studies showed that Spag6 has a role in brain neuronal proliferation and differentiation. The mammalian spiral ganglion neurons (SGNs) are specialzed bipolar neurons in the inner ear. However, the role of SPAG6 in SGN has not been elucidated. Therefore, We hypothesized that a Spag6 knockout would affect the development and function of SGNs. We utilized Spag6-deficient mice and SGN explants to define the role of SPAG6...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818775/%C3%AE-bisabolol-improves-5-aminolevulinic-acid-retention-in-buccal-tissues-potential-application-in-the-photodynamic-therapy-of-oral-cancer
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Nathany Prado Quintanilha, Irina Dos Santos Miranda Costa, Mônica Freiman de Souza Ramos, Nádia Campos de Oliveira Miguel, Maria Bernadete Riemma Pierre
CONTEXT: 5-Aminolevulinic acid (5-ALA) is a prodrug used in photodynamic therapy (PDT) of tumors, including cancer of the oral mucosa. 5-ALA poorly penetrates oral tissues due to its high hydrophilicity, which impairs its local effects in PDT. OBJECTIVES: To examine whether α-bisabolol (α-Bis) influences the 5-ALA permeability in the porcine buccal mucosa, to an extent that improves its application in PDT (which requires low permeation and high retention in the buccal mucosa)...
August 8, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818391/role-of-capillary-pericytes-and-precapillary-arterioles-in-the-vascular-mechanism-of-betahistine-in-a-guinea-pig-inner-ear-model
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Mattis Bertlich, Friedrich Ihler, Bernhard G Weiss, Saskia Freytag, Michael Strupp, Mark Jakob, Martin Canis
AIMS: Betahistine is a histamine analogue that is used for the treatment of Menière's disease. Animal studies showed that it increases local blood flow in the stria vascularis. In terms of its mode of action, recent studies have prompted discussion of whether betahistine actively affects cochlear microcirculation by dilations of pericytes or of precapillary arterioles or by mere downstream effects. Hence, we investigated the effects of betahistine on cochlear capillary pericytes and precapillary arterioles...
August 14, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817605/all-trans-retinoic-acid-suppresses-malignant-characteristics-of-cd133-positive-thyroid-cancer-stem-cells-and-induces-apoptosis
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Dan Mei, Bin Lv, Bo Chen, Shan Xiao, Jie Jiang, Yan Xie, Ling Jiang
Recently, diagnoses of radioiodine-refractory differentiated thyroid cancer (RAI-R DTC) have become more common; prognosis is poor. It has been suggested that cancer stem cells account for radiotherapy resistance. By flow cytometry, different expression percents of CD133 and OCT4 in thyroid cancer cell lines were detected. By real-time quantitative PCR, different mRNA expression of CD133, OCT4, GLUT1, thyroglobulin (TG), thyroperoxidase (TPO) and sodium iodine symporter (NIS) was analyzed; the localization of CD133, OCT4, and NIS expression was examined using immunofluorescence confocal microscopy...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816267/-nuclear-export-signal-of-androgen-receptor-regulated-of-androgen-receptor-stability-in-prostate-cancer
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Y Q Gong, C J Zhang, S M He, X S Li, L Q Zhou, Y L Guo
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the mechanisms of nuclear export signal of androgen receptor (NES(AR)) in the regulation of androgen receptor (AR) protein expression and stability in prostate cancer. METHODS: The green fluorescent protein fusion protein expression vectors pEGFP-AR(1-918aa), pEGFP-NES(AR) (743-817aa), pEGFP-NAR (1-665aa) and pEGFP-NAR-NES(AR), and lysine mutants of NES(AR) pEGFP-NES(AR) K776R, pEGFP-NES(AR) K807R and pEGFP-NES(AR) K776R/K807R, were transiently transfected into prostate cancer cell line PC3...
August 18, 2017: Beijing da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Peking University. Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815590/juxtanodin-in-retinal-pigment-epithelial-cells-expression-and-biological-activities-in-regulating-cell-morphology-and-actin-cytoskeleton-organization
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Fengyi Liang, Ji Hyun Hwang, Nicholas Weiwei Tang, Walter Hunziker
Juxtanodin (also known as ermin) was initially identified as an actin cytoskeleton-related oligodendroglial protein in the rat central nervous system. It was subsequently also found in the rat olfactory neuroepithelium, especially at the apical junctional belt of the sustentacular cells. We further examined juxtanodin expression and functional roles in the retina using fluorescence histochemistry, confocal microscopy, immuno-electron microscopy, molecular biology and cell culture. Prominent juxtanodin expression was found in the photoreceptor-supporting retinal pigment epithelium (RPE), especially in a zone corresponding to the apices of RPE cells, at the roots of the RPE microvilli, and at the base of RPE cells next to the Bruch's membrane...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815554/severe-disruption-and-disorganization-of-dermal-collagen-fibrils-in-early-striae-gravidarum
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F Wang, K Calderone, T T Do, N R Smith, Y R Helfrich, T R B Johnson, S Kang, J J Voorhees, G J Fisher
BACKGROUND: Striae gravidarum (SG), or stretch marks of pregnancy, begin as erythematous streaks, and mature into hypopigmented atrophic bands. OBJECTIVES: To investigate molecular alterations that may promote atrophy of SG, we investigated dermal type I collagen fibrils, which provide human skin with support. METHODS: We obtained skin samples of recently developed, erythematous abdominal SG from pregnant women. To examine the organization of collagen fibrils, second-harmonic generation imaging was performed using multiphoton microscopy...
August 17, 2017: British Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815395/identification-of-a-novel-envelope-protein-encoded-by-orf-136-from-cyprinid-herpesvirus-3
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Shucheng Zheng, Yingying Li, Qing Wang, Jiexing Wu, Yingying Wang, Weiwei Zeng, Sven M Bergmann, Yan Ren, Cunbin Shi
Cyprinid herpesvirus 3 (CyHV-3) is the pathogenic agent of koi herpesvirus disease (KHVD) afflicting common carp and koi (Cyprinus carpio L.) populations globally. As described previously, proteomic analyses of purified CyHV-3 particles have shown that at least 46 structural proteins are incorporated into CyHV-3 virions; among these ORF136 may encode a putative envelope protein. In this study, Western blotting analysis showed that a specific band with the predicted molecular weight of 17 kDa was detected both in purified virions and envelope components using a rabbit anti-ORF136 polyclonal antibody...
August 16, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815272/gold-nanoparticle-based-localized-surface-plasmon-immunosensor-for-staphylococcal-enterotoxin-a-sea-detection
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Maroua Ben Haddada, David Hu, Michèle Salmain, Lu Zhang, Chen Peng, Yi Wang, Bo Liedberg, Souhir Boujday
We describe the engineering of stable gold nanoparticle (AuNP) bioconjugates for the detection of staphylococcal enterotoxin A (SEA) using localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR). Two types of AuNP bioconjugates were prepared by covalently attaching anti-SEA antibody (Ab) or SEA to AuNPs. This was achieved by reacting Traut's reagent with lysine residues of both proteins to generate thiol groups that bind to gold atoms on the AuNP surface. These bioconjugates were characterized in-depth by absorption spectroscopy, cryo-transmission electron microscopy, dynamic light scattering, and zeta potential measurements...
August 16, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815155/segmentation-of-phase-contrast-microscopy-images-based-on-multi-scale-local-basic-image-features-histograms
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N Jaccard, N Szita, L D Griffin
Phase contrast microscopy (PCM) is routinely used for the inspection of adherent cell cultures in all fields of biology and biomedicine. Key decisions for experimental protocols are often taken by an operator based on typically qualitative observations. However, automated processing and analysis of PCM images remain challenging due to the low contrast between foreground objects (cells) and background as well as various imaging artefacts. We propose a trainable pixel-wise segmentation approach whereby image structures and symmetries are encoded in the form of multi-scale Basic Image Features local histograms, and classification of them is learned by random decision trees...
September 3, 2017: Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering. Imaging & Visualization
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814796/crispr-cas9-mediated-labelling-allows-for-single-molecule-imaging-and-resolution
#18
Abdullah O Khan, Victoria A Simms, Jeremy A Pike, Steven G Thomas, Neil V Morgan
Single molecule imaging approaches like dSTORM and PALM resolve structures at 10-20 nm, and allow for unique insights into protein stoichiometry and spatial relationships. However, key obstacles remain in developing highly accurate quantitative single molecule approaches. The genomic tagging of PALM fluorophores through CRISPR-Cas9 offers an excellent opportunity for generating stable cell lines expressing a defined single molecule probe at endogenous levels, without the biological disruption and variability inherent to transfection...
August 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813193/local-detection-of-ptdins3p-at-autophagosome-biogenesis-membrane-platforms
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Anna Chiara Nascimbeni, Patrice Codogno, Etienne Morel
Phosphatidylinositol 3-phosphate (PtdIns3P) is a key player of membrane trafficking regulation, mostly synthesized by the PIK3C3 lipid kinase. The presence of PtdIns3P on endosomes has been demonstrated; however, the role and dynamics of the pool of PtdIns3P dedicated to macroautophagy/autophagy remains elusive. Here we addressed this question by studying the mobilization of PtdIns3P in time and space during autophagosome biogenesis. We compared different dyes known to specifically detect PtdIns3P by fluorescence microscopy analysis, based on PtdIns3P-binding FYVE and PX domains, and show that these transfected dyes induce defects in endosomal dynamics as well as artificial and sustained autophagosome formation...
August 16, 2017: Autophagy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812878/nanomechanical-imaging-of-the-diffusion-of-fullerene-into-conjugated-polymer
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Dong Wang, Ken Nakajima, Feng Liu, Shaowei Shi, Thomas P Russell
The large Young's modulus difference between chemically modified fullerene (PCBM) and a conjugated polymer was used to nanomechanically map the diffusion of PCBM into PTB7, a high efficiency low band gap conjugated polymer. The sharp tip in nanomechanical atomic force microscopy (AFM) ensures a high-resolution nanomechanical characterization of the diffusion front, with the intrinsic benefits of revealing the mechanical properties of the mixtures. Localized structure changes induced by diffusion were investigated by grazing incidence x-ray diffraction methods...
August 16, 2017: ACS Nano
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