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Andrew B Rosenkrantz, Kent P Friedman, Fabio Ponzo, Roy A Raad, Kimberly Jackson, William C Huang, Arjun V Balar
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to conduct a prospective pilot study comparing the diagnostic performance of MRI alone and F-FDG simultaneous PET/MRI using a diuresis protocol in bladder cancer patients. METHODS: Twenty-two bladder cancer patients underwent F-FDG PET/MRI, using intravenous furosemide and oral hydration for bladder clearance. A radiologist scored probability of tumor in 3 locations (urinary bladder, pelvic lymph nodes, nonnodal pelvis) using 1- to 3-point scale (1 = negative, 2 = equivocal, 3 = definite tumor)...
October 21, 2016: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
Nuno Basílio, Sheiraz Al Bittar, Nathalie Mora, Olivier Dangles, Fernando Pina
3-Deoxyanthocyanidins and their O-β-d-glucosides are natural pigments abundant in black sorghum. O-glycosidation can perturb the acid-base properties of the chromophore and lower its electron density with a large impact on the distribution of colored and colorless forms in aqueous solution. In this work, the influence of O-glycosidation on color is systematically studied from a series of 3-deoxyanthocyanin analogs. The pH- and light-dependent reversible reactions of 7-β-d-glucopyranosyloxy-4'-hydroxyflavylium (P3) and 4'-β-d-glucopyranosyloxy-7-hydroxyflavylium (P5) were completely characterized in mildly acidic solution and compared with the parent aglycone 4',7-dihydroxyflavylium ion and the O-methylethers of P3 and P5...
October 20, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Akio Hayashi, Hiromi Ota, Xavier López, Norihito Hiyoshi, Nao Tsunoji, Tsuneji Sano, Masahiro Sadakane
Dipotassium cation (K(+))-encapsulated Preyssler-type phosphotungstate, [P5W30O110K2](13-), was prepared by heating monobismuth (Bi(3+))-encapsulated Preyssler-type phosphotungstate, [P5W30O110Bi(H2O)](12-), in acetate buffer in the presence of an excess amount of potassium cations. Characterization of the isolated potassium salt, K13[P5W30O110K2] (1a), and its acid form, H13[P5W30O110K2] (1b), by single crystal X-ray structure analysis, (31)P and (183)W nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, cyclic voltammetry (CV), high-resolution electrospray ionization mass spectroscopy (HR-ESI-MS), and elemental analysis revealed that two potassium cations are encapsulated in the Preyssler-type phosphotungstate molecule with formal D5h symmetry, which is the first example of a Preyssler-type compound with two encapsulated cations...
October 24, 2016: Inorganic Chemistry
Y Lu, K Wang, F-R Chen, W Zhang, M L Sui
It has been fundamentally important and technologically challenging to elucidate the migration behavior of solute atoms in solvents, which can help to understand the growth of nanoparticles. Recently, ascribed to the booming development of start-of-the-art liquid environmental transmission electron microscopes (LETEMs), it has become possible to disclose, in situ, the phase segregation mechanism of elementary units in a solvent at the nanoscale. In addition, bombardment with an electron beam can induce a locally positive potential, with the application of low-conductive Si3N4 and water in LETEMs...
October 24, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Shaghayegh Fathi, Adegboyega K Oyelere
Liposomes are biodegradable and biocompatible self-forming spherical lipid bilayer vesicles. They can encapsulate and deliver one or more hydrophobic and hydrophilic therapeutic agents with poor therapeutic indices to tumor sites. Properties such as lipid bilayer fluidity, charge, size and surface hydration can be modified to extend liposome circulation time in the bloodstream and enhance efficacy. The focus of this review is on ligand-conjugated liposomes and their potential application in tumor-targeted delivery...
October 24, 2016: Future Medicinal Chemistry
Chia-Chih Chang, Kristopher W Kolewe, Yinyong Li, Irem Kosif, Benny D Freeman, Kenneth R Carter, Jessica D Schiffman, Todd Emrick
Hydration is central to mitigating surface fouling by oil and microorganisms. Immobilization of hydrophilic polymers on surfaces promotes retention of water and a reduction of direct interactions with potential foulants. While conventional surface modification techniques are surface-specific, mussel-inspired adhesives based on dopamine effectively coat many types of surfaces and thus hold potential as a universal solution to surface modification. Here, we describe a facile, one-step surface modification strategy that affords hydrophilic, and underwater superoleophobic, coatings by the simultaneous deposition of polydopamine (PDA) with poly(methacryloyloxyethyl phosphorylcholine) (polyMPC)...
March 23, 2016: Advanced Materials Interfaces
Vaida Juozapaitienė, Brigita Bartkutė, Vilma Michailovienė, Audrius Zakšauskas, Lina Baranauskienė, Sandra Satkūnė, Daumantas Matulis
Human carbonic anhydrase XIV (CA XIV), a transmembrane protein, highly expressed in the central nervous system, is difficult to recombinantly express and purify in large scale for the measurements of inhibitor binding and drug design. CA XIV belongs to the family of twelve catalytically active CA isoforms in the human body. Disorders in the expression of CA XIV cause serious diseases and CA XIV has been described as a possible drug target for the treatment of epilepsy, some retinopathies, and skin tumors. In this study, the effect of different promoters, E...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Biotechnology
Jennifer Doucet, Hyun Kyung Lee, Daphne R Goring
While the molecular and cellular basis of self-incompatibility leading to self-pollen rejection in the Brassicaceae has been extensively studied, relatively little attention has been paid to compatible pollen recognition and the corresponding cellular responses in the stigmatic papillae. This is now changing because research has started to uncover steps in the Brassicaceae 'basal compatible pollen response pathway' in the stigma leading to pollen hydration and germination. Furthermore, recent studies suggest that self-incompatible pollen activates both the basal compatible pathway and the self-incompatibility pathway in the stigma, with the self-incompatibility response ultimately prevailing to reject self-pollen...
October 20, 2016: Trends in Plant Science
Van-Chien Bui, Thi-Huong Nguyen
Knowledge about the mechanism by which some antibodies can block HIV-1 entry is critical to our understanding of their function and may offer new avenues for controlling the adhesion of HIV-1 to the host cells. While much progress has been made, this mechanism remains unclear. Here, atomic force microscopy, isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC), and circular dichroism spectroscopy were used to measure some biophysical characteristics of the interaction of four-domains (D1-D4) membrane protein CD4 with anti-D3 antibody OKT4 and with HIV-1 entry blocking anti-D1 antibody Leu3a...
October 17, 2016: Immunobiology
Glen Andrew de Vera, Jurg Keller, Wolfgang Gernjak, Howard Weinberg, Maria José Farré
Ozonation is known to generate biodegradable organic matter, which is typically reduced by biological filtration to avoid bacterial regrowth in distribution systems. Post-chlorination generates halogenated disinfection byproducts (DBPs) but little is known about the biodegradability of their precursors. This study determined the effect of ozonation and biofiltration conditions, specifically ozone exposure and empty bed contact time (EBCT), on the control of DBP formation potentials in drinking water. Ozone exposure was varied through addition of H2O2 during ozonation at 1 mgO3/mgDOC followed by biological filtration using either activated carbon (BAC) or anthracite...
October 8, 2016: Water Research
D Sivaramakrishna, Musti J Swamy
N-Acyl-β-alanines (NABAs) are structural homologues of N-acylglycines (NAGs) and N-acyl-γ-aminobutyric acids (NAGABAs), and achiral isomers of N-acylalanines, which are all present in mammalian brain and other tissues and modulate activity of biological receptors with various functions. In the present study, we synthesized and characterized a homologous series of NABAs bearing saturated acyl chains (n=8-20) and investigated their supramolecular organization and thermotropic phase behavior. In differential scanning calorimetric (DSC) studies, most of the NABAs gave one or two minor transitions before the main chain-melting phase transition in the dry state as well as upon hydration with water, but gave only a single transition when hydrated with buffer (pH7...
October 19, 2016: Chemistry and Physics of Lipids
Joel L Kaar
Widespread interest in the use of room-temperature ionic liquids (RTILs) as solvents in anhydrous biocatalytic reactions has largely been met with underwhelming results. Enzymes are frequently inactivated in RTILs as a result of the influence of solvent on the enzyme's microenvironment, be it through interacting with the enzyme or enzyme-bound water molecules. The purpose of this chapter is to present a rational approach to mediate RTIL-enzyme interactions, which is essential if we are to realize the advantages of RTILs over conventional solvents for biocatalysis in full...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Kaouther Majouli, Assia Hamdi, Kamel Msaada, Abderraouf Kenani
This study was carried out with the objective to investigate the antibacterial activity of Hertia cheirifolia L. extracts against Gram-positive and Gram-negative strains including Staphylococcus aureus (ATCC 6538), Bacillus subtilis (ATCC 6633), Bacillus licheniformis, Esherichia coli (ATCC 8739), Pseudomonas aeruginosa (ATCC 9027), Salmonella enterica (CIP 8039) and Salmonella typhimirium. The results of this antibacterial screening showed that the ethyl acetate (EtOAc) extracts had the best activity against the tested microorganisms...
October 18, 2016: Microbial Pathogenesis
Clare A Johnson, Diana S Goodwine, Ingrid Passier
We present a case of a 57-year-old man who fell while climbing a mountain in California and sustained severe facial trauma. Three firefighters and 2 emergency physicians witnessed the fall and resuscitated the patient. The patient ultimately required a surgical cricothyrotomy performed with a pocket knife and Platypus hydration pack. The physicians made a makeshift positive pressure airway device using the Platypus hydration pack. We believe this is the first case report describing an improvised cricothyrotomy performed in the wilderness using only hiking gear...
October 18, 2016: Wilderness & Environmental Medicine
Matthew S Palmer, George Jf Heigenhauser, MyLinh Duong, Lawrence L Spriet
This study determined whether mild dehydration influenced skeletal muscle glycogen use, core temperature or performance during high-intensity, intermittent cycle-based exercise in ice hockey players vs. staying hydrated with water. Eight males (21.6 ± 0.4 yr, 183.5 ± 1.6 cm, 83.9 ± 3.7 kg, 50.2 ± 1.9 mL·kg(-1)·min(-1)) performed two trials separated by 7 days. The protocol consisted of 3 periods (P) containing 10 x 45-second cycling bouts at ~133% VO2max, followed by 135 seconds of passive rest. Subjects drank no fluid and dehydrated during the protocol (NF), or maintained body mass by drinking WATER...
October 21, 2016: International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism
Daniel J Peart, Andy Hensby, Matthew P Shaw
The purpose of this study was to compare markers of hydration during sub-maximal exercise and subsequent time trial performance when consuming water (PW) or coconut water (CW). There was also a secondary aim to assess the palatability of CW during exercise and voluntary intake during intense exercise. 10 males (age 27.9 + 4.9 years, body mass 78.1 + 10.1kg, average max minute power 300.2 + 28.2W) completed 60-min of sub-maximal cycling followed by a 10-km time trial on two occasions. During these trials participants consumed either PW or CW in a randomised manner, drinking a 250 ml of the assigned drink between 10-15 min, 25-30 min and 40-45 min, and then drinking ad libitum from 55-min until the end of the time trial...
October 21, 2016: International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism
Giuseppe Lanza, Maria A Chiacchio
Exploration of interfacial hydration networks of zwitterion and non-ionized trialanine has been performed using DFT-M062X quantum chemical computations explicitly considering up to 41 water molecules. The step-by-step water molecules peptide surrounding, carried out for unfolded extended (β), polyproline II (PPII) conformations reveals the crucial importance of explicit solvent effects in stabilizing the zwitterion form and the left-handed PPII-helix ubiquitously found at room temperature for short polyalanines...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
Guoping Li, Pengfei Hao, Junju Shen, Tanlai Yu, Huihui Li, Yunlong Fu
Matched with 3,5-bis(pyridine-2-yl)-1,2,4-triazole (2-bpt), a new electron donor-acceptor-based chlorobismuthate(III) hybrid, [2-bpt]2[Bi2Cl10(H2O)]·5H2O was prepared solvothermally and characterized. The title compound (hydrated form) and its dehydrated form exhibit photo- and thermo-induced intermolecular electron transfer (ET), which correspond to dual ET photo/thermochromism for hydrated form, charge transfer thermochromism during dehydration, and simultaneously photoluminescent responses, respectively...
October 21, 2016: Inorganic Chemistry
Daria M Monti, Giuseppina De Simone, Emma Langella, Claudiu T Supuran, Anna Di Fiore, Simona M Monti
Carbonic anhydrases (CAs) III and VII are two cytosolic isoforms of the α-CA family which catalyze the physiological reaction of carbon dioxide hydration to bicarbonate and proton. Despite these two enzymes share a 49% sequence identity and present a very similar three-dimensional structure, they show profound differences when comparing the specific activity for CO2 hydration reaction, with CA VII being much more active than CA III. Recently, CA III and CA VII have been proposed to play a new role as scavenger enzymes in cells where oxidative damage occurs...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Enzyme Inhibition and Medicinal Chemistry
Aram Hong, Heeseon Jang, Changseop Jeong, Myoung Choul Choi, Jiyoung Heo, Nam Joon Kim
We obtained resonant two-photon ionization circular dichroism (R2PICD) spectra of jet-cooled phenylalanine (Phe) and its hydrated clusters (Phe(H2O)n, n=1-2) near the origin band of the S0-S1 transition. The R2PICD spectra of Phe exhibit well-resolved CD bands of six different conformers present in the jet, which vary in sign and magnitude depending on their conformations. We revised the previous structural assignments of the Phe conformers based on the comparison between the experimental and theoretical CD signs, infrared spectra, and rotational band contours...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
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