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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334693/fabrication-of-human-hair-keratin-jellyfish-collagen-eggshell-derived-hydroxyapatite-osteoinductive-biocomposite-scaffolds-for-bone-tissue-engineering-from-waste-to-regenerative-medicine-products
#1
Yavuz Emre Arslan, Tugba Sezgin Arslan, Burak Derkus, Emel Emregul, Kaan C Emregul
In the present study, we aimed at fabricating an osteoinductive biocomposite scaffold using keratin obtained from human hair, jellyfish collagen and eggshell-derived nano-sized spherical hydroxyapatite (nHA) for bone tissue engineering applications. Keratin, collagen and nHA were characterized with the modified Lowry method, free-sulfhydryl groups and hydroxyproline content analysis, sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE), attenuated total reflectance-fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR) and thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA) which confirmed the success of the extraction and/or isolation processes...
March 18, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334006/assessing-various-infrared-ir-microscopic-imaging-techniques-for-post-mortem-interval-evaluation-of-human-skeletal-remains
#2
Claudia Woess, Seraphin Hubert Unterberger, Clemens Roider, Monika Ritsch-Marte, Nadin Pemberger, Jan Cemper-Kiesslich, Petra Hatzer-Grubwieser, Walther Parson, Johannes Dominikus Pallua
Due to the influence of many environmental processes, a precise determination of the post-mortem interval (PMI) of skeletal remains is known to be very complicated. Although methods for the investigation of the PMI exist, there still remains much room for improvement. In this study the applicability of infrared (IR) microscopic imaging techniques such as reflection-, ATR- and Raman- microscopic imaging for the estimation of the PMI of human skeletal remains was tested. PMI specific features were identified and visualized by overlaying IR imaging data with morphological tissue structures obtained using light microscopy to differentiate between forensic and archaeological bone samples...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332822/screening-of-wolbachia-endosymbiont-infection-in-aedes-aegypti-mosquitoes-using-attenuated-total-reflection-mid-infrared-spectroscopy
#3
Aazam Khoshmanesh, Dale Christensen, David Perez-Guaita, Iñaki Iturbe-Ormaetxe, Scott L O'Neill, Don McNaughton, Bayden R Wood
Dengue fever is the most common mosquito transmitted viral infection afflicting humans, estimated to generate around 390 million infections each year in over 100 countries. The introduction of the endosymbiotic bacterium Wolbachia into Aedes aegypti mosquitoes has the potential to greatly reduce the public health burden of the disease. This approach requires extensive PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) testing of the Wolbachia-infection status of mosquitoes in areas where Wolbachia-A. aegypti are released. Here we report the first example of small organism mid-infrared spectroscopy where we have applied Attenuated Total Reflection Fourier Transform Infrared (ATR-FTIR) spectroscopy and multivariate modelling methods to determine sex, age and the presence of Wolbachia (wMel strain) in laboratory mosquitoes and sex and age in field mosquitoes...
March 23, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331185/the-role-of-angiotensin-ii-in-glomerular-volume-dynamics-and-podocyte-calcium-handling
#4
Daria V Ilatovskaya, Oleg Palygin, Vladislav Levchenko, Bradley T Endres, Alexander Staruschenko
Podocytes are becoming a primary focus of research efforts due to their association with progressive glomeruli damage in disease states. Loss of podocytes can occur as a result of excessive intracellular calcium influx, and we have previously shown that angiotensin II (Ang II) via canonical transient receptor potential 6 (TRPC6) channels caused increased intracellular Ca(2+) flux in podocytes. We showed here with patch-clamp electrophysiology that Ang II activates TRPC channels; then using confocal calcium imaging we demonstrated that Ang II-dependent stimulation of Ca(2+) influx in the podocytes is precluded by blocking either AT1 or AT2 receptors (ATRs)...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329680/major-roles-for-pyrimidine-dimers-nucleotide-excision-repair-and-atr-in-the-alternative-splicing-response-to-uv-irradiation
#5
Manuel J Muñoz, Nicolás Nieto Moreno, Luciana E Giono, Adrián E Cambindo Botto, Gwendal Dujardin, Giulia Bastianello, Stefania Lavore, Antonio Torres-Méndez, Carlos F M Menck, Benjamin J Blencowe, Manuel Irimia, Marco Foiani, Alberto R Kornblihtt
We have previously found that UV irradiation promotes RNA polymerase II (RNAPII) hyperphosphorylation and subsequent changes in alternative splicing (AS). We show now that UV-induced DNA damage is not only necessary but sufficient to trigger the AS response and that photolyase-mediated removal of the most abundant class of pyrimidine dimers (PDs) abrogates the global response to UV. We demonstrate that, in keratinocytes, RNAPII is the target, but not a sensor, of the signaling cascade initiated by PDs. The UV effect is enhanced by inhibition of gap-filling DNA synthesis, the last step in the nucleotide excision repair pathway (NER), and reduced by the absence of XPE, the main NER sensor of PDs...
March 21, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328743/acetylcholine-atropine-interactions-paradoxical-effects-on-atrial-fibrillation-inducibility
#6
Yu Liu, Benjamin J Scherlag, Youqi Fan, Wenfang Xia, He Huang, Sunny S Po
Atropine (ATr) is well known as a cholinergic antagonist, however, at low concentrations ATr could paradoxically accentuate the parasympathetic actions of acetylcholine (ACh). In 22 pentobarbital anesthetized dogs, via a left and right thoracotomy, a leak proof barrier was attached to isolate the atrial appendages (AAs) from the rest of the atria. In Group 1(Ach+ATr+Ach), ACh, 100 mM, was placed on the AA followed by the application of ATr, 2mg/cc. The average AFdur was 17±7 minutes. After ATr was applied to the AA and ACh again tested, the AFdur was markedly attenuated (2±2 minutes, p<0...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327587/in-situ-characterization-of-the-initial-effect-of-water-on-molecular-interactions-at-the-interface-of-organic-inorganic-hybrid-systems
#7
Sven Pletincx, Lena Trotochaud, Laura-Lynn Fockaert, Johannes M C Mol, Ashley R Head, Osman Karslıoğlu, Hendrik Bluhm, Herman Terryn, Tom Hauffman
Probing initial interactions at the interface of hybrid systems under humid conditions has the potential to reveal the local chemical environment at solid/solid interfaces under real-world, technologically relevant conditions. Here, we show that ambient pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (APXPS) with a conventional X-ray source can be used to study the effects of water exposure on the interaction of a nanometer-thin polyacrylic acid (PAA) layer with a native aluminum oxide surface. The formation of a carboxylate ionic bond at the interface is characterized both with APXPS and in situ attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy in the Kretschmann geometry (ATR-FTIR Kretschmann)...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325772/tet3-mediated-dna-oxidation-promotes-atr-dependent-dna-damage-response
#8
Dewei Jiang, Shu Wei, Fei Chen, Ying Zhang, Jiali Li
An efficient, accurate, and timely DNA damage response (DDR) is crucial for the maintenance of genome integrity. Here, we report that ten-eleven translocation dioxygenase (TET) 3-mediated conversion of 5-methylcytosine (5mC) to 5-hydroxymethylcytosine (5hmC) in response to ATR-dependent DDR regulates DNA repair. ATR-dependent DDR leads to dynamic changes in 5hmC levels and TET3 enzymatic activity. We show that TET3 is an ATR kinase target that oxidizes DNA during ATR-dependent DNA damage repair. Modulation of TET3 expression and activity affects DNA damage signaling and DNA repair and consequently cell death...
March 21, 2017: EMBO Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325334/citric-acid-crosslinked-%C3%AE-cyclodextrin-carboxymethylcellulose-hydrogel-films-for-controlled-delivery-of-poorly-soluble-drugs
#9
Vishwajeet Sampatrao Ghorpade, Adhikrao Vyankatrao Yadav, Remeth Jacky Dias
Citric acid crosslinked β-cyclodextrin-carboxymethylcellulose (βCD-CMC) hydrogel films were prepared by esterification-crosslinking method for the controlled release of ketoconazole (model drug). The hydrogel films were evaluated for active βCD content, carboxyl content, swelling ratio, drug loading and release, and hemolytic activity. The structural characterization was carried out using solid state (13)C NMR, ATR-FTIR, TGA and DSC analysis. The βCD-CMC hydrogel films showed increase in active βCD content swelling ratio and drug loading with increase in the concentration of βCD in the feed...
May 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325323/in-depth-study-of-agave-fiber-structure-using-fourier-transform-infrared-spectroscopy
#10
Asma El Oudiani, Slah Msahli, Faouzi Sakli
FTIR spectroscopy is a powerful method to analyse materials and especially fiber structure. This technique is largely used to obtain quick information on the fiber composition and to detect possible transformations after physical and chemical treatments. Unlike other techniques, FTIR is a quick method which demands a reduced amount of fibers. Furthermore, it is a non destructive method especially for Attenuated Total Reflectance (ATR), and Near Infrared (NIR) spectroscopy which are nowadays widely used. In this work, FTIR spectrum of agave fiber has been thoroughly investigated...
May 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324505/probing-the-telomere-damage-response
#11
Rekha Rai, Sandy Chang
Telomere dysfunctions, rendered through replicative attrition of telomeric DNA or due to the removal of shelterin components, are recognized as DNA double-stranded breaks (DSBs) by the DNA damage repair (DDR) pathway. This leads to the activation of DNA damage checkpoint sensors, including the Mre11-Rad50-Nbs1 (MRN) complex, γ-H2AX and 53BP1, the ATM and ATR signal-transducing kinases, and downstream effectors, including Chk1, Chk2, and p53. Robust DNA damage response signals at dysfunctional telomeres, achieved by the complete deletion of TRF2 or by expressing dominant-negative mutant TPP1ΔRD, can be detected by their association with γ-H2AX and 53BP1 forming "telomere dysfunction induced foci (TIFs)...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322061/potential-biomarkers-for-monitoring-the-toxicity-of-long-term-exposure-to-atrazine-in-rat-by-metabonomic-analysis
#12
Xiao-Feng Zhang, Chong-Hua Zhang, Jing Zheng, Long-Xue Li, Tian-Qi Geng, Yang Zhang
1. Herbicide atrazine (ATR) poses harmful effects on human health. The purpose of this study is to study potential biomarkers used for monitoring the toxic effects after chronic exposure to ATR by studying urine metabolites. 2. Rats were assigned into clinical chemistry and metabonomics arms, and each arm was divided into low-dose, high-dose and control groups. ATR was administered to rats along with their feed. At the end of 16, 20 and 24 weeks, clinical parameters and histopathologic changes was assessed to monitor the toxic effects...
March 21, 2017: Xenobiotica; the Fate of Foreign Compounds in Biological Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320736/arabidopsis-retinoblastoma-related-directly-regulates-dna-damage-responses-through-functions-beyond-cell-cycle-control
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Beatrix M Horvath, Hana Kourova, Szilvia Nagy, Edit Nemeth, Zoltan Magyar, Csaba Papdi, Zaki Ahmad, Gabino F Sanchez-Perez, Serena Perilli, Ikram Blilou, Aladár Pettkó-Szandtner, Zsuzsanna Darula, Tamas Meszaros, Pavla Binarova, Laszlo Bogre, Ben Scheres
The rapidly proliferating cells in plant meristems must be protected from genome damage. Here, we show that the regulatory role of the Arabidopsis RETINOBLASTOMA RELATED (RBR) in cell proliferation can be separated from a novel function in safeguarding genome integrity. Upon DNA damage, RBR and its binding partner E2FA are recruited to heterochromatic γH2AX-labelled DNA damage foci in an ATM- and ATR-dependent manner. These γH2AX-labelled DNA lesions are more dispersedly occupied by the conserved repair protein, AtBRCA1, which can also co-localise with RBR foci...
March 20, 2017: EMBO Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318785/biodegradation-of-polyester-polyurethane-by-aspergillus-tubingensis
#14
Sehroon Khan, Sadia Nadir, Zia Ullah Shah, Aamer Ali Shah, Samantha C Karunarathna, Jianchu Xu, Afsar Khan, Shahzad Munir, Fariha Hasan
The xenobiotic nature and lack of degradability of polymeric materials has resulted in vast levels of environmental pollution and numerous health hazards. Different strategies have been developed and still more research is being in progress to reduce the impact of these polymeric materials. This work aimed to isolate and characterize polyester polyurethane (PU) degrading fungi from the soil of a general city waste disposal site in Islamabad, Pakistan. A novel PU degrading fungus was isolated from soil and identified as Aspergillus tubingensis on the basis of colony morphology, macro- and micro-morphology, molecular and phylogenetic analyses...
March 15, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317844/subtle-effects-of-environmental-stress-observed-in-the-early-life-stages-of-the-common-frog-rana-temporaria
#15
Rebecca Strong, Francis L Martin, Kevin C Jones, Richard F Shore, Crispin J Halsall
Worldwide amphibian populations are declining due to habitat loss, disease and pollution. Vulnerability to environmental contaminants such as pesticides will be dependent on the species, the sensitivity of the ontogenic life stage and hence the timing of exposure and the exposure pathway. Herein we investigated the biochemical tissue 'fingerprint' in spawn and early-stage tadpoles of the Common frog, Rana temporaria, using attenuated total reflection-Fourier-transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) spectroscopy with the objective of observing differences in the biochemical constituents of the respective amphibian tissues due to varying water quality in urban and agricultural ponds...
March 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316594/power-and-time-dependent-microwave-assisted-fabrication-of-silver-nanoparticles-decorated-cotton-sndc-fibers-for-bacterial-decontamination
#16
Abhishek K Bhardwaj, Abhishek Shukla, Rohit K Mishra, S C Singh, Vani Mishra, K N Uttam, Mohan P Singh, Shivesh Sharma, R Gopal
Plasmonic nanoparticles (NPs) such as silver and gold have fascinating optical properties due to their enhanced optical sensitivity at a wavelength corresponding to their surface plasmon resonance (SPR) absorption. Present work deals with the fabrication of silver nanoparticles decorated cotton (SNDC) fibers as a cheap and efficient point of contact disinfectant. SNDC fibers were fabricated by a simple microwave assisted route. The microwave power and irradiation time were controlled to optimize size and density of silver nanoparticles (SNPs) on textile fibers...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314779/an-atr-dependent-function-for-the-ddx19-rna-helicase-in-nuclear-r-loop-metabolism
#17
Dana Hodroj, Bénédicte Recolin, Kamar Serhal, Susan Martinez, Nikolay Tsanov, Raghida Abou Merhi, Domenico Maiorano
Coordination between transcription and replication is crucial in the maintenance of genome integrity. Disturbance of these processes leads to accumulation of aberrant DNA:RNA hybrids (R-loops) that, if unresolved, generate DNA damage and genomic instability. Here we report a novel, unexpected role for the nucleopore-associated mRNA export factor Ddx19 in removing nuclear R-loops formed upon replication stress or DNA damage. We show, in live cells, that Ddx19 transiently relocalizes from the nucleopore to the nucleus upon DNA damage, in an ATR/Chk1-dependent manner, and that Ddx19 nuclear relocalization is required to clear R-loops...
March 17, 2017: EMBO Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314205/quantification-of-minerals-from-atr-ftir-spectra-with-spectral-interferences-using-the-mrc-method
#18
Francisco Bosch-Reig, José Vicente Gimeno-Adelantado, Francisco Bosch-Mossi, Antonio Doménech-Carbó
A method for quantifying the individual components of mineral samples based on attenuated total reflectance - Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR) is described, extending the constant ratio (CR) method to analytes absorbing in a common range of wavenumbers. Absorbance values in the spectral region where the analytes absorb relative to the absorbance of an internal standard absorbing at a wavenumber where the analytes do not absorb, permits the quantification of N analytes using measurements at N fixed wavenumbers...
February 7, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306162/analysis-of-the-effects-of-several-decalcifying-agents-alone-and-in-combination-with-sodium-hypochlorite-on-the-chemical-composition-of-dentine
#19
T Tartari, L Bachmann, R F Zancan, R R Vivan, M A H Duarte, C M Bramante
AIM: To investigate the effects of several decalcifying agents alone and in combination with sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl) on the organic and inorganic components of dentine using Attenuated Total Reflectance in Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR). METHODOLOGY: Dentine slices from bovine teeth were submitted to (n=5): 0.9% saline, 9% and 18% etidronic acid (HEDP), 5% and 10% tetrasodium EDTA (EDTANa4 ), 17% trisodium EDTA (EDTAHNa3 ), and 0.5% and 2...
March 17, 2017: International Endodontic Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300874/amniotic-membrane-as-an-option-for-treatment-of-acute-achilles-tendon-injury-in-rats
#20
Mariana de Castro Nicodemo, Lia Renó das Neves, Josafá Carvalho Aguiar, Flaviane de Souza Brito, Isabelle Ferreira, Luciana Barros Sant'Anna, Leandro José Raniero, Rodrigo Álvaro Lopes Martins, Paulo Roxo Barja, Emilia Angela Lo Schiavo Arisawa
PURPOSE: To evaluate the effect of human amniotic membrane (hAM) fragment on inflammatory response, proliferation of fibroblast and organization of collagen fibers in injured tendon. METHODS: Sixty rats were divided into 3 groups: C - surgical procedures without tendon lesion and with simulation of hAM application; I - surgical procedures, tendon injury and simulation of hAM application; T - surgical procedures, tendon injury and hAM application. These groups were subdivided into four experimental times (3, 7, 14 and 28 days)...
February 2017: Acta Cirúrgica Brasileira
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