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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651006/application-of-laboratory-and-portable-attenuated-total-reflectance-infrared-spectroscopic-approaches-for-rapid-quantification-of-alpaca-serum-immunoglobulin-g
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Ibrahim Elsohaby, Jennifer B Burns, Christopher B Riley, R Anthony Shaw, J Trenton McClure
The objective of this study was to develop and compare the performance of laboratory grade and portable attenuated total reflectance infrared (ATR-IR) spectroscopic approaches in combination with partial least squares regression (PLSR) for the rapid quantification of alpaca serum IgG concentration, and the identification of low IgG (<1000 mg/dL), which is consistent with the diagnosis of failure of transfer of passive immunity (FTPI) in neonates. Serum samples (n = 175) collected from privately owned, healthy alpacas were tested by the reference method of radial immunodiffusion (RID) assay, and laboratory grade and portable ATR-IR spectrometers...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650005/sub-picomolar-label-free-detection-of-thrombin-using-electrochemical-impedance-spectroscopy-of-aptamer-functionalized-mos2
#2
Kai-Chun Lin, Badrinath Jagannath, Sriram Muthukumar, Shalini Prasad
An ultrasensitive aptasensor for the label free non-faradaic detection of thrombin has been demonstrated on molybdenum disulphide (MoS2) nanosheets. These nanosheets were physiochemically immobilized onto a silicon micro-electrode platform. Thrombin detection was achieved through the charge modulation of the electrical double layer due to the specific and dose dependent binding of thrombin to the surface of thiol terminated ssDNA aptamer functionalized MoS2 nanosheets. Electrical double layer charge modulation associated with thrombin binding was characterized using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy...
June 26, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648781/pp2a-controls-genome-integrity-by-integrating-nutrient-sensing-and-metabolic-pathways-with-the-dna-damage-response
#3
Elisa Ferrari, Christopher Bruhn, Marta Peretti, Corinne Cassani, Walter Vincenzo Carotenuto, Mohamed Elgendy, Ghadeer Shubassi, Chiara Lucca, Rodrigo Bermejo, Mario Varasi, Saverio Minucci, Maria Pia Longhese, Marco Foiani
Mec1(ATR) mediates the DNA damage response (DDR), integrating chromosomal signals and mechanical stimuli. We show that the PP2A phosphatases, ceramide-activated enzymes, couple cell metabolism with the DDR. Using genomic screens, metabolic analysis, and genetic and pharmacological studies, we found that PP2A attenuates the DDR and that three metabolic circuits influence the DDR by modulating PP2A activity. Irc21, a putative cytochrome b5 reductase that promotes the condensation reaction generating dihydroceramides (DHCs), and Ppm1, a PP2A methyltransferase, counteract the DDR by activating PP2A; conversely, the nutrient-sensing TORC1-Tap42 axis sustains DDR activation by inhibiting PP2A...
June 12, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648600/anticancer-antibacterial-and-pollutant-degradation-potential-of-silver-nanoparticles-from-hyphaene-thebaica
#4
Bello Aminu Bello, Shahid Ali Khan, Jalaluddin Awllia Khan, Fareeduddin Quadri Syed, Muqtadir Baig Mirza, Luqman Shah, Sher Bahadar Khan
We present here the biosynthesis of AgNps from the aqueous extract of H. thebaica fruit, and monitored through UV-Vis spectrophotometer. The functional group were characterized through ATR-FTIR spectroscopy, the particle size, morphologies and elemental composition of the nanoparticles were investigated by using TEM, FESEM and EDS. The anti-proliferation activity of the synthesized AgNps was carried out using MTT assay on human prostate (PC3), breast (MCF7) and liver (HepG2) cancer cell lines. The anti-proliferation assay showed that, the AgNps were able to inhibit the proliferation of the cancer cell lines in a dose depending manner...
June 22, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647204/return-to-competition-after-an-achilles-tendon-rupture-using-both-on-and-off-the-field-load-monitoring-as-guidance-a-case-report-of-a-top-level-soccer-player
#5
Maurizio Fanchini, Franco M Impellizzeri, Karin Grävare Silbernagel, Franco Combi, Franco Benazzo, Mario Bizzini
OBJECTIVES: To describe the Return to competition after Achilles Tendon rupture (ATR) in an elite soccer player. DESIGN: Case report. SETTING: Return to sport (RTS) of a professional soccer player who suffered an ATR during a match. The RTS phase started 15 weeks after surgery and specific on-field activities were gradually introduced. Criteria used to monitor the transition through the different phases were strength and endurance of the calf muscle and ability to sustain specific on-field training loads (TL) monitored with Global Positioning System and heart-rate system...
April 29, 2017: Physical Therapy in Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645761/beach-macro-litter-monitoring-and-floating-microplastic-in-a-coastal-area-of-indonesia
#6
Agung Dhamar Syakti, Rafika Bouhroum, Nuning Vita Hidayati, Chandra Joei Koenawan, Abdelaziz Boulkamh, Isdy Sulistyo, Stephanie Lebarillier, Syafsir Akhlus, Pierre Doumenq, Pascal Wong-Wah-Chung
Qualitative analysis of the structures of the polymers composing floating plastic debris was performed using attenuated total reflectance-Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR), and the aging of the debris was assessed by measuring carbonyl group formation on the particle surfaces. Plastic material made up >75% of the 2313 items collected during a three-year survey. The size, shape and color of the microplastic were correlated with the polymer structure. The most abundant plastic materials were polypropylene (68%) and low-density polyethylene (11%), and the predominant colors of the plastics were white, blue and green...
June 20, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643961/bioelectroventing-an-electrochemical-assisted-bioremediation-strategy-for-cleaning-up-atrazine-polluted-soils
#7
Ainara Domínguez-Garay, Jose Rodrigo Quejigo, Ulrike Dörfler, Reiner Schroll, Abraham Esteve-Núñez
The absence of suitable terminal electron acceptors (TEA) in soil might limit the oxidative metabolism of environmental microbial populations. Bioelectroventing is a bioelectrochemical strategy that aims to enhance the biodegradation of a pollutant in the environment by overcoming the electron acceptor limitation and maximizing metabolic oxidation. Microbial electroremediating cells (MERCs) are devices that can perform such a bioelectroventing. We also report an overall profile of the (14) C-ATR metabolites and (14) C mass balance in response to the different treatments...
June 23, 2017: Microbial Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643177/targeting-dna-repair-and-replication-stress-in-the-treatment-of-ovarian-cancer
#8
REVIEW
Junko Murai
Approximately half of high-grade serous epithelial ovarian cancers incur alterations in genes of homologous recombination (BRCA1, BRCA2, RAD51C, Fanconi anemia genes), and the rest incur alterations in other DNA repair pathways at high frequencies. Such cancer-specific gene alterations can confer selective sensitivity to DNA damaging agents such as cisplatin and carboplatin, topotecan, etoposide, doxorubicin, and gemcitabine. Originally presumed to inhibit DNA repair, PARP inhibitors that have recently been approved by the FDA for the treatment of advanced ovarian cancer also act as DNA damaging agents by inducing PARP-DNA complexes...
June 22, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640185/fourier-transform-infrared-spectroscopy-ft-ir-and-simple-algorithm-analysis-for-rapid-and-non-destructive-assessment-of-developmental-cotton-fibers
#9
Yongliang Liu, Hee-Jin Kim
With cotton fiber growth or maturation, cellulose content in cotton fibers markedly increases. Traditional chemical methods have been developed to determine cellulose content, but it is time-consuming and labor-intensive, mostly owing to the slow hydrolysis process of fiber cellulose components. As one approach, the attenuated total reflection Fourier transform infrared (ATR FT-IR) spectroscopy technique has also been utilized to monitor cotton cellulose formation, by implementing various spectral interpretation strategies of both multivariate principal component analysis (PCA) and 1-, 2- or 3-band/-variable intensity or intensity ratios...
June 22, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636803/atorvastatin-attenuates-testosterone-induced-benign-prostatic-hyperplasia-in-rats-role-of-peroxisome-proliferator-activated-receptor-%C3%AE-and-cyclo-oxygenase-2
#10
Ismail O Ishola, Habeeb K Tijani, Olufunke O Dosumu, Charles C Anunobi, Tolulope O Oshodi
Diabetes and obesity have been reported to alter sex steroid hormone metabolism. In this study, an attempt was made to investigate the protective effect of atorvastatin (ATR) in combination with celecoxib (CEL) or pioglitazone (PIO) on testosterone-induced BPH in rats. Male Wistar rats (200-250 g) were randomly divided into 9 groups (n=8) and orally treated as follows for 28 consecutive days; Group 1: vehicle (10 ml/kg), group 2: vehicle (10 ml/kg), groups 3 - 5: ATR (0.5, 2.5 and 5 mg/kg, respectively); group 6: CEL (20 mg/kg); Group 7: PIO (20 mg/kg); Groups 8-9: ATR 0...
June 21, 2017: Fundamental & Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636345/levels-of-organochlorine-pesticides-are-associated-with-amyloid-aggregation-in-apex-avian-brains
#11
Kelly A Heys, Richard F Shore, M Gloria Pereira, Francis Luke Martin
Organochlorine (OC) pesticides pose a significant environmental risk to wildlife and humans and have been associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD). This study aims to spectroscopically analyse brains from free-flying birds and link the results to OC exposure and consequent amyloid aggregation. As long-lived apex predators, predatory birds represent a sentinel species similar to humans. Therefore, the results have implications for both species and may also add to our understanding of the role OC pesticides play in the development of AD...
June 21, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635275/infrared-determination-of-the-protonation-state-of-a-key-histidine-residue-in-the-photosynthetic-water-oxidizing-center
#12
Shin Nakamura, Takumi Noguchi
Photosynthetic water oxidation is performed at the Mn4CaO5 cluster in photosystem II (PSII). The protonation structures of amino acid residues and water molecules around the Mn4CaO5 cluster are crucial in water oxidation reactions. In this study, we determined the protonation state of a key His residue in water oxidation, D1-H337, which is directly hydrogen bonded with the oxygen atom of the Mn4CaO5 cluster, using polarized attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) spectroscopy. Flash-induced polarized ATR-FTIR difference spectra upon the S1→S2 transition of oriented PSII membranes showed broad negative and positive features around 2600 and 2900 cm-1, respectively, with large dichroic ratios, accompanied with several minor peaks attributable to the Fermi resonance of a His NH vibration...
June 21, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634159/a-role-for-the-nonsense-mediated-mrna-decay-pathway-in-maintaining-genome-stability-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
#13
Víctor González-Huici, Bin Wang, Anton Gartner
Ionizing radiation (IR) is commonly used in cancer therapy and is a main source of DNA double-strand-breaks (DSBs), one of the most toxic forms of DNA damage. We have used Caenorhabditis elegans as an invertebrate model to identify novel factors required for repair of DNA damage inflicted by IR. We have performed an unbiased genetic screen, finding that smg-1 mutations confer strong hypersensitivity to IR. SMG-1 is a phosphoinositide-3 kinase (PI3K) kinase involved in mediating nonsense-mediated mRNA decay (NMD) of transcripts containing premature stop codons and related to the ATM and ATR kinases which are at the apex of DNA damage signalling pathways...
June 20, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631276/comparison-of-two-different-analysis-approaches-for-dti-free-water-corrected-and-uncorrected-maps-in-the-study-of-white-matter-microstructural-integrity-in-individuals-with-depression
#14
Maurizio Bergamino, Rayus Kuplicki, Teresa V Victor, Yoon-Hee Cha, Martin P Paulus
Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) has often been used to examine white matter (WM) tract abnormalities in depressed subjects, but these studies have yielded inconsistent results, probably, due to gender composition or small sample size. In this study, we applied different analysis pipelines to a relatively large sample of individuals with depression to determine whether previous findings in depression can be replicated with these pipelines. We used a "standard" DTI algorithm and maps computed through a free-water (FW) corrected DTI...
June 20, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629071/hemostatic-kaolin-polyurethane-foam-composites-for-multifunctional-wound-dressing-applications
#15
Jeffrey G Lundin, Christopher L McGann, Grant C Daniels, Benjamin C Streifel, James H Wynne
There are numerous challenges associated with the acute care of traumatic limb injuries in forward military settings. A lack of immediate medical facilities necessitates that the wound dressing perform multiple tasks including exudate control, infection prevention, and physical protection of the wound for extended periods of time. Here, kaolin was incorporated into recently developed robust polyurethane (PU) hydrogel foams at 1-10wt% in an effort to impart hemostatic character. ATR-IR and gel fraction analysis demonstrated that the facile, one-pot synthesis of the PU hydrogel was unaffected by kaolin loading, as well as the use of a non-toxic catalyst, which significantly improved cytocompatibility of the materials...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629055/a-novel-kind-of-polysulfone-material-with-excellent-biocompatibility-modified-by-the-sulfonated-hydroxypropyl-chitosan
#16
Tian-Ming Liu, Jing-Jie Xu, Yun-Ren Qiu
In order to ameliorate the biocompatibility of polysulfone (PSf), sulfonated hydroxypropyl chitosan (SHPCS) was grafted from PSf membrane material by Schiff-Base reaction. The original and modified membranes were characterized by attenuated total reflectance-Fourier transform infrared spectroscope (ATR-FTIR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), water contact angle (WCA) measurement, tensile strength test and antibacterial test in vitro, and the results indicated that the PSf modified by SHPCS (PSf-SHPCS) was synthesized successfully, the hydrophilicity of PSf-SHPCS membrane was improved to a great extent, all the membranes possessed good stability in physiological condition and the PSf-SHPCS membrane had good antibacterial property...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629025/polycaprolactone-and-polycaprolactone-ceramic-based-3d-bioplotted-porous-scaffolds-for-bone-regeneration-a-comparative-study
#17
K K Gómez-Lizárraga, C Flores-Morales, M L Del Prado-Audelo, M A Álvarez-Pérez, M C Piña-Barba, C Escobedo
One of the critical challenges that scaffolding faces in the organ and tissue regeneration field lies in mimicking the structure, and the chemical and biological properties of natural tissue. A high-level control over the architecture, mechanical properties and composition of the materials in contact with cells is essential to overcome such challenge. Therefore, definition of the method, materials and parameters for the production of scaffolds during the fabrication stage is critical. With the recent emergence of rapid prototyping (RP), it is now possible to create three-dimensional (3D) scaffolds with the essential characteristics for the proliferation and regeneration of tissues, such as porosity, mechanical strength, pore size and pore interconnectivity, and biocompatibility...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629002/a-facile-synthesis-method-of-hydroxyethyl-cellulose-silver-nanoparticle-scaffolds-for-skin-tissue-engineering-applications
#18
Farah Hanani Zulkifli, Fathima Shahitha Jahir Hussain, Senait Sileshi Zeyohannes, Mohammad Syaiful Bahari Abdull Rasad, Mashitah M Yusuff
Green porous and ecofriendly scaffolds have been considered as one of the potent candidates for tissue engineering substitutes. The objective of this study is to investigate the biocompatibility of hydroxyethyl cellulose (HEC)/silver nanoparticles (AgNPs), prepared by the green synthesis method as a potential host material for skin tissue applications. The substrates which contained varied concentrations of AgNO3 (0.4%-1.6%) were formed in the presence of HEC, were dissolved in a single step in water. The presence of AgNPs was confirmed visually by the change of color from colorless to dark brown, and was fabricated via freeze-drying technique...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628186/knockdown-of-homeobox-containing-1-increases-the-radiosensitivity-of-cervical-cancer-cells-through-telomere-shortening
#19
Shuliang Zhou, Youde Xiao, Yafei Zhuang, Yinyin Liu, Hong Zhao, Hui Yang, Conghua Xie, Fuxiang Zhou, Yunfeng Zhou
Homeobox containing 1 (HMBOX1) modulates telomere length in various types of tumor cells by binding to double‑stranded telomeric DNA. There is a negative correlation between telomere length and radiosensitivity in tumor cells. In the present study, we aimed to investigate the relationship among HMBOX1, telomere and radiosensitivity in cervical cancer cells. Lentivirus-based shRNAs were used to establish stable transfected cell lines in which protein and mRNA levels of HMBOX1 were notably decreased. Knockdown of HMBOX1 increased the radiosensitivity of HeLa and C33A cells...
July 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627759/vibrational-biospectroscopy-characterises-biochemical-differences-between-cell-types-used-for-toxicological-investigations-and-identifies-alterations-induced-by-environmental-contaminants
#20
Kelly A Heys, Richard F Shore, M Glória Pereira, Francis L Martin
The use of cell-based assays is essential in reducing the number of vertebrates used in the investigation of chemical toxicities and in regulatory toxicology assessment. An important factor in obtaining meaningful results which can be accurately extrapolated is the use of biologically appropriate cell lines. In this preliminary study, ATR-FTIR spectroscopy with multivariate analysis was used to assess the fundamental biomolecular differences between a commonly used cell line, MCF-7 cells, and an environmentally relevant cell line derived from Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) dermal fibroblasts...
June 19, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
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