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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140711/probing-the-surface-charge-on-the-basal-planes-of-kaolinite-particles-with-high-resolution-atomic-force-microscopy
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Naveen Kumar, Martin Peter Andersson, Dirk van den Ende, Frieder Mugele, Igor Siretanu
High resolution Atomic Force Microscopy is used to map the surface charge on the basal planes of kaolinite nanoparticles in an ambient solution of variable pH and NaCl or CaCl2 concentration. Using DLVO theory with charge regulation we determine from the measured force-distance curves the surface charge distribution on both the silica-like and the gibbsite-like basal plane of the kaolinite particles. We observe that both basal planes do carry charge that varies with pH and salt concentration. The silica facet was found to be negatively charged at pH 4 and above, whereas the gibbsite facet is positively charged at pH below 7, and negatively charged at pH above 7...
November 15, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140701/the-hydrophobe-challenge-a-joint-experimental-and-computational-study-on-the-host-guest-binding-of-hydrocarbons-to-cucurbiturils-allowing-explicit-evaluation-of-guest-hydration-free-energy-contributions
#2
Khaleel I Assaf, Mara Florea, Jens Antony, Niel M Henriksen, Jian Yin, Andreas Hansen, Zheng-Wang Qu, Rebecca Sure, Dieter Klapstein, Michael K Gilson, Stefan Grimme, Werner M Nau
The host-guest complexation of hydrocarbons (22 guest molecules) with cucurbit[7]uril was investigated in aqueous solution by using the indicator displacement strategy. The binding constants (10(3)-10(9) M(-1)) increased with guest size, pointing to the hydrophobic effect and dispersion interactions as driving forces. The measured affinities provide unique benchmark data for the binding of neutral guest molecules. Consequently, a computational blind challenge, the HYDROPHOBE challenge, was conducted in order to allow a comparison with state-of-the-art computational methods for predicting host-guest affinity constants...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140134/a-nutrition-recovery-station-following-recreational-exercise-improves-fruit-consumption-but-does-not-influence-fluid-recovery
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Ben Desbrow, Katelyn Barnes, Caroline Young, Gregory R Cox, Chris Irwin
Immediate post-exercise access to fruit/fluid via a recovery "station" is a common feature of mass participation sporting events. Yet little evidence exists examining their impact on subsequent dietary intake. The aim of this study was to determine if access to fruit/water/sports drinks within a recovery station significantly alters dietary and fluid intakes in the immediate post-exercise period and influences hydration status the next morning. 127 (79 males) healthy participants (mean±SD, age=22.5±3.5y, body mass (BM)=73±13kg) completed two self-paced morning 10km runs separated by 1 week...
November 15, 2017: International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139129/reproductive-biology-of-female-striped-marlin-kajikia-audax-in-the-western-pacific-ocean
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H-Y Chang, C-L Sun, S-Z Yeh, Y-J Chang, N-J Su, G DiNardo
Length and mass data for 1260 (536 females, 683 males, 41 sex unknown) striped marlin Kajikia audax were collected at the fish markets of Tungkang, Singkang and Nanfangao from July 2004 to September 2010. Of these samples, 534 gonads (236 females and 298 males) ranging from 95 to 206 cm in eye-to-fork length (LEF ) and 8 to 88 kg in round mass (MR ), were collected. Chi-square tests indicated sex ratios were homogeneous among months in 2004 and 2006-2008, but not in 2005, 2009 and 2010; and there were significant differences in sex ratio by size...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Fish Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138987/optimized-ciclopirox-based-eudragit-rlpo-nail-lacquer-effect-of-endopeptidase-enzyme-as-permeation-enhancer-on-transungual-drug-delivery-and-efficiency-against-onychomycosis
#5
Abeer Khattab, Samia Shalaby
The aims of our investigation were to develop and optimize ciclopirox (CPX) nail lacquer using nonbiodegradable Eudragit RLPO (E-RLPO) as a film former and to assess its penetration efficiency across the human nail plate. Preliminary trials such as hydration enhancement factor (HEF), a retained drug in the nail plate, and SEM were studied to select the optimized permeation enhancer to be incorporated in the optimized lacquer formulation. A 3(3) full factorial design was built up to study the effect of three different factors, concentration of E-RLPO (10, 20, and 30%), Tween 80 (0...
November 14, 2017: AAPS PharmSciTech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138983/cloning-expression-analysis-and-enzyme-activity-assays-of-the-%C3%AE-carbonic-anhydrase-gene-from-chlamydomonas-sp-ice-l
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Changfeng Qu, Yingying He, Zhou Zheng, Meiling An, Lulu Li, Xixi Wang, Xiaodong He, Yibin Wang, Fangming Liu, Jinlai Miao
The α-carbonic anhydrase (α-CA) is a zinc ion-containing enzyme that catalyzes the hydration of carbon dioxide. In this paper, a full-length α-CA gene was cloned from Chlamydomonas sp. ICE-L using RT-PCR and RACE-PCR for bioinformatic analysis. The α-CA open reading frame obtained by PCR was cloned into a vector and transformed into Escherichia coli to generate α-CA-producing bacteria. The α-CA was highly expressed upon induction with isopropyl-β-d-thiogalactoside (IPTG) at a final concentration of 0...
November 14, 2017: Molecular Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137992/ir-spectroscopy-analysis-of-pancreatic-lipase-related-protein-2-interaction-with-phospholipids-3-monitoring-dppc-lipolysis-in-mixed-micelles
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Eduardo Mateos-Diaz, Priscila Sutto-Ortiz, Moulay Sahaka, Jorge A Rodriguez, Frédéric Carrière
Usual methods for the continuous assay of lipolytic enzyme activities are mainly based on the titration of free fatty acids, surface pressure monitoring or spectrophotometry using substrates labeled with specific probes. These approaches only give a partial information on the chemistry of the lipolysis reaction and additional end-point analyses are often required to quantify both residual substrate and lipolysis products. We used transmission infrared (IR) spectroscopy to monitor simultaneously the hydrolysis of phospholipids by guinea pig pancreatic lipase-related protein 2 (GPLRP2) and the release of lipolysis products...
November 11, 2017: Chemistry and Physics of Lipids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137881/comparison-between-chloral-hydrate-and-propofol-ketamine-as-sedation-regimens-for-pediatric-auditory-brainstem-response-testing
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Kamal Abulebda, Vinit J Patel, Sheikh S Ahmed, Alvaro J Tori, Riad Lutfi, Samer Abu-Sultaneh
INTRODUCTION: The use of diagnostic auditory brainstem response testing under sedation is currently the "gold standard" in infants and young children who are not developmentally capable of completing the test. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study is to compare a propofol-ketamine regimen to an oral chloral hydrate regimen for sedating children undergoing auditory brainstem response testing. METHODS: Patients between 4 months and 6 years who required sedation for auditory brainstem response testing were included in this retrospective study...
October 28, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Otorhinolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137624/compression-rate-dependent-nonlinear-mechanics-of-normal-and-impaired-porcine-knee-joints
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Marcel Leonardo Rodriguez, LePing Li
BACKGROUND: The knee joint performs mechanical functions with various loading and unloading processes. Past studies have focused on the kinematics and elastic response of the joint with less understanding of the rate-dependent load response associated with viscoelastic and poromechanical behaviors. METHODS: Forty-five fresh porcine knee joints were used in the present study to determine the loading-rate-dependent force-compression relationship, creep and relaxation of normal, dehydrated and meniscectomized joints...
November 14, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136913/direct-detection-of-fluoride-ions-in-aquatic-samples-by-surface-enhanced-raman-scattering
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Xueliang Li, Ming Zhang, Yue Wang, Xiaolei Wang, Hao Ma, Peng Li, Wei Song, Xiao Xia Han, Bing Zhao
Given the strong hydration propensity of fluoride ions, it is difficult to detect fluoride, especially inorganic fluoride, in aqueous samples. Resolving the issue of fluoride detection in aqueous samples is a scientific undertaking of great practical significance. Herein, we propose a new method for the sensitive and selective detection of fluoride in aqueous samples without the addition of organic solvents. The method involves surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy using 1,4-diketo-3,6-diphenylpyrrolo[3,4-c]pyrrole (DPP) compounds and Ag nanoparticles...
February 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136724/-expert-consensus-for-the-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-patients-with-renal-impairment-of-multiple-myeloma
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Renal impairment (RI) is a common complication of multiple myeloma (MM), which is presented as chronic kidney disease (CKD) or acute kidney injury (AKI). The typical pathological feature is cast nephropathy. Presently international system staging (ISS) is used in evaluating MM. Although the classic Durie-Salmon staging system could be still used in clinical practice, it may miss out some patients with renal impairment. For evaluations of RI in MM patients with CKD, it's recommended to assess the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) by creatinine based formula CKD-epidemiology collaboration (EPI) or modification of diet in renal disease(MDRD) and to stage the renal injuries according to 2013 Kidney Disease Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) CKD guidelines...
November 1, 2017: Zhonghua Nei Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Internal Medicine]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136473/structural-investigation-of-bulk-and-dispersed-inverse-lyotropic-hexagonal-liquid-crystalline-phases-of-eicosapentaenoic-acid-monoglyceride
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Anan Yaghmur, Sabah Al-Hosayni, Heinz Amenitsch, Stefan Salentinig
Recent studies demonstrated the potential therapeutic use of newly synthesized omega-3 (ω-3) polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) monoglycerides owing to their beneficial health effects in various disorders including cancer and inflammation diseases. To date, the research was mainly focused on exploring the biological effects of these functional lipids. However, to the best of our knowledge, there is no report on the hydration-mediated self assembly of these lipids that leads to the formation of nanostructures, which are attractive for use as vehicles for the delivery of drugs and functional foods...
November 14, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136192/assessing-the-hydration-status-of-children-with-chronic-kidney-disease-and-on-dialysis-a-comparison-of-techniques
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Caroline S Y Eng, Devina Bhowruth, Mark Mayes, Lynsey Stronach, Michelle Blaauw, Amy Barber, Lesley Rees, Rukshana C Shroff
Background: Fluid balance is pivotal in the management of children with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and on dialysis. Although many techniques are available to assess fluid status, there are only a few studies for children, of which none have been comparable against cardiovascular outcome measures. Methods: We performed a longitudinal study in 30 children with CKD5-5D and 13 age-matched healthy controls (71 measurements) to determine a correlation between optimal weight by bioimpedance spectroscopy (Wt-BIS) and clinical assessment (Wt-CA)...
November 9, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135256/improved-solution-state-properties-of-monoclonal-antibodies-by-targeted-mutations
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Alexander B Kuhn, Sebastian Kube, Anne R Karow-Zwick, Daniel Seeliger, Patrick Garidel, Michaela Blech, Lars V Schäfer
Monoclonal antibody (mAb) based therapeutics often require high concentration formulations. Unfortunately, highly concentrated antibody solutions often have biophysical properties that are disadvantageous for therapeutic development, such as high viscosity, solubility limitations, precipitation issues, or liquid-liquid phase separation. In this work, we present a computational rational design principle for improving the thermodynamic stability of mAb solutions through targeted point mutations. Two publicly available IgG1 monoclonal antibodies that exhibit high viscosity at high concentrations were used as model systems...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135005/hydration-of-iron-porphyrins-ab-initio-quantum-mechanical-charge-field-molecular-dynamics-simulation-study
#15
Syed Tarique Moin, Thomas S Hofer
The ab initio quantum mechanical charge field molecular dynamics (QMCF-MD) simulation approach was successfully applied to Fe(2+)-P and Fe(3+)-P in water to evaluate their structural, dynamical and energetic properties. Based on the structural data, it was found that Fe(2+)-P accommodates one water molecule in the first coordination sphere of the Fe(2+) ion including the four nitrogen atoms of the porphyrin system coordinating with central metal species. On the other hand, two water molecules were coordinated to Fe(3+)-P, thus forming a hexa-coordinated species...
November 14, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134613/dfd-01-reduces-transepidermal-water-loss-and-improves-skin-hydration-and-flexibility
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J Mark Jackson, Gary L Grove, Kent Allenby, Tim Houser
INTRODUCTION: In plaque psoriasis, the benefit of topical steroids is well established. The vehicle formulation of topical steroids may also provide benefit in addition to the effects of the steroid itself. DFD-01 (betamethasone dipropionate spray, 0.05%) is a formulation composed of a topical steroid in an emollient-like vehicle that enhances penetration to the target site of inflammation in the skin. The aim of this study was to assess the effect of DFD-01 and its vehicle on skin hydration and barrier function in compromised skin and to evaluate its effect on flexibility in healthy skin...
November 13, 2017: Dermatology and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134216/multiple-interaction-regulated-phase-transition-behavior-of-thermo-responsive-copolymers-containing-cationic-poly-ionic-liquid-s
#17
Yingna Zhang, Hui Tang, Peiyi Wu
The effect of multiple interactions including anion-macromolecule interaction, water-mediated ion-macromolecule interaction and hydrophobic interaction on the phase transition behaviors of random copolymers P(OEGMA-co-BVIm[X]) comprising oligo(ethylene glycol)methacrylate (OEGMA) and imidazolium-based ionic liquids is investigated in the present study. Temperature-variable (1)H NMR and FT-IR investigations demonstrated that the hydration of CH2 side chains in P(OEGMA-co-BVIm[SCN]) was enhanced due to the anion-dipole interaction between a chaotropic anion SCN(-) and CH2 groups, and dehydration of C[double bond, length as m-dash]O groups served as the driving force of phase transition...
November 14, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133980/tailored-nanostructured-platforms-for-boosting-transcorneal-permeation-box-behnken-statistical-optimization-comprehensive-in-vitro-ex-vivo-and-in-vivo-characterization
#18
Ibrahim Elsayed, Sinar Sayed
Ocular drug delivery systems suffer from rapid drainage, intractable corneal permeation and short dosing intervals. Transcorneal drug permeation could increase the drug availability and efficiency in the aqueous humor. The aim of this study was to develop and optimize nanostructured formulations to provide accurate doses, long contact time and enhanced drug permeation. Nanovesicles were designed based on Box-Behnken model and prepared using the thin film hydration technique. The formed nanodispersions were evaluated by measuring the particle size, polydispersity index, zeta potential, entrapment efficiency and gelation temperature...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133870/oxygen-evolution-reaction-at-microporous-pt-layers-differentiated-electrochemical-activity-between-acidic-and-basic-media
#19
Taejung Lim, Moonchang Sung, Jongwon Kim
Nanoporous electrodes have received great attention because of their unique electrochemical properties. Here, the electrocatalytic oxygen evolution reaction (OER) activities at porous Pt layers with pore dimensions in the microporous range were examined. The OER activity of the porous Pt layers in acidic media increased as the porosity of the Pt layers increased, and the highest OER activity possessed an overpotential that was 270 mV lower than that of a bulk flat electrode. The porous Pt layers did not exhibit electrocatalytic enhancement for OER in basic media, wherein the surface area of the pores was not utilized for OER...
November 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133387/insights-into-functions-of-the-h-channel-of-cytochrome-c-oxidase-from-atomistic-molecular-dynamics-simulations
#20
Vivek Sharma, Pablo G Jambrina, Markus Kaukonen, Edina Rosta, Peter R Rich
Proton pumping A-type cytochrome c oxidase (CcO) terminates the respiratory chains of mitochondria and many bacteria. Three possible proton transfer pathways (D, K, and H channels) have been identified based on structural, functional, and mutational data. Whereas the D channel provides the route for all pumped protons in bacterial A-type CcOs, studies of bovine mitochondrial CcO have led to suggestions that its H channel instead provides this route. Here, we have studied H-channel function by performing atomistic molecular dynamics simulations on the entire, as well as core, structure of bovine CcO in a lipid-solvent environment...
November 13, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
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