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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778067/succession-of-bacterial-and-fungal-communities-within-biofilms-of-a-chlorinated-drinking-water-distribution-system
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I Douterelo, K E Fish, J B Boxall
Understanding the temporal dynamics of multi-species biofilms in Drinking Water Distribution Systems (DWDS) is essential to ensure safe, high quality water reaches consumers after it passes through these high surface area reactors. This research studied the succession characteristics of fungal and bacterial communities under controlled environmental conditions fully representative of operational DWDS. Microbial communities were observed to increase in complexity after one month of biofilm development but they did not reach stability after three months...
May 3, 2018: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778044/electrodeposited-styrylquinolinium-dye-as-molecular-electrocatalyst-for-coupled-redox-reactions
#2
Yolina Hubenova, Rumyana Bakalska, Mario Mitov
Modification of carbonaceous materials with different conductive coatings is a successful approach to enhance their electrocatalytic activity and thus to increase the electrical outputs when used as electrodes in biofuel cells. In this study, a methodology for electrodeposition of styrylquinolinium dye on carbon felt was developed. The produced dye electrodeposits were characterized by means of AFM, ESI-MS/MS and NMR spectroscopy. The obtained data reveal that the dye forms overlaid layers consisting of monomer molecules most likely with an antiparallel orientation...
May 10, 2018: Bioelectrochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778028/functional-lignocellulosic-material-for-the-remediation-of-copper-ii-ions-from-water-towards-the-design-of-a-wood-filter
#3
Selin Vitas, Tobias Keplinger, Nico Reichholf, Renato Figi, Etienne Cabane
In this study, the chemical modification of bulk beech wood is described along with its utilization as biosorbent for the remediation of copper from water. The material was prepared by esterification using anhydrides, and reaction conditions were optimized to propose a greener process, in particular by reducing the amount of solvent. This modification yields a lignocellulosic material whose native structure is preserved, with an increased amount of carboxylic groups (up to 3 mmol/g). We demonstrate that the material can remove up to 95% of copper from low concentration solutions (100- 500 ppm)...
May 9, 2018: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778027/influence-of-gastrointestinal-tract-on-metabolism-of-bisphenol-a-as-determined-by-in-vitro-simulated-system
#4
Yonghua Wang, Min Rui, Yang Nie, Guanghua Lu
Oral exposure is a major route of human bisphenol A (BPA) exposure. However, influence of gastrointestinal tract on BPA metabolism is unavailable. In this study, in vitro simulator of the human intestinal microbial ecosystem (SHIME) was applied to investigate the changes in bioaccessibility and metabolism of BPA in different parts of gastrointestinal tract (stomach, small intestine and colon). Then the human hepatoma cell line HepG2 was employed to compare toxic effects of BPA itself and effluents of SHIME system on hepatic gene expression profiles...
May 7, 2018: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778021/the-homing-of-human-umbilical-cord-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-and-the-subsequent-modulation-of-macrophage-polarization-in-type-2-diabetic-mice
#5
Yaqi Yin, Haojie Hao, Yu Cheng, Jieqing Gao, Jiejie Liu, Zongyan Xie, Qi Zhang, Li Zang, Weidong Han, Yiming Mu
Umbilical cord-derived mesenchymal stem cells (UC-MSCs), with both immunomodulatory and pro-regenerative properties, are promising for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). As efficient cell therapy largely relies on appropriate homing to target tissues, knowing where and to what extent injected UC-MSCs have homed is critically important. However, bio-distribution data for UC-MSCs in T2DM subjects are extremely limited. Beneficial effects of UC-MSCs on T2DM subjects are associated with increased M2 macrophages, but no systemic evaluation of M2 macrophages has been performed in T2DM individuals...
May 15, 2018: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778020/eosin-y-sensitized-core-shell-tio-2-zno-nano-structured-photoanodes-for-dye-sensitized-solar-cell-applications
#6
V S Manikandan, Akshaya K Palai, Smita Mohanty, Sanjay K Nayak
In the current investigation, TiO2 and TiO2 -ZnO (core-shell) spherical nanoparticles were synthesized by simple combined hydrolysis and refluxing method. A TiO2 core nanomaterial on the shell material of ZnO was synthesized by utilizing variable ratios of ZnO. The structural characterization of TiO2 -ZnO core/shell nanoparticles were done by XRD analysis. The spherical structured morphology of the TiO2 -ZnO has been confirmed through field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) studies...
May 3, 2018: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778016/multiscale-reconstruction-of-a-synthetic-biomimetic-micro-niche-for-enhancing-and-monitoring-the-differentiation-of-stem-cells
#7
Rui Li, Jinming Li, Jianbin Xu, Dexter Siu Hong Wong, Xiaoyu Chen, Weihao Yuan, Liming Bian
Stem cells reside in a three-dimensional (3D) niche microenvironment, which provides specific cues, including cell-matrix interactions and soluble factors, that are essential to the differentiation of stem cells in vivo. Herein we demonstrate a general approach to the synthetic reconstruction of 3D biomimetic niche environment of stem cells by the multiscale combination of macroscopic porous hydrogels and a nanoscale upconversion nanoparticles (UCNP)-based nanocomplex. The porous biopolymeric hydrogels emulate the spongy bone microstructure and provide 3D environment conducive to the differentiation of seeded stem cells...
May 4, 2018: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778012/reactive-oxygen-species-ros-activity-of-ambient-fine-particles-pm-2-5-measured-in-seoul-korea
#8
Jieun Park, Eun Ha Park, James J Schauer, Seung-Muk Yi, Jongbae Heo
Substantial increase in level of particulate matter has raised concerns in South Korea recently. Ambient particulate matter is classified as Group I carcinogen (IARC, 2013) and multiple epidemiological studies has demonstrated adverse health effects due to exposure of particulate matter. Fine particulate matter (PM2.5 ) which has a diameter <2.5 μm is likely to penetrate deeply into lung and is known to be eliciting adverse health effects. A number of epidemiological studies have been conducted on adverse health effects of PM-related diseases and mortality rate, yet particulate matter (PM)-induced reactive oxygen species (ROS) activity at the cellular level has not been actively studied in Korea...
May 16, 2018: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778007/augmentation-of-the-expression-of-the-eotaxin-receptor-on-duodenal-neutrophils-by-il-21
#9
Yuji Takeda, Tomoyuki Kato, Nobuhito Nemoto, Akemi Araki, Mohammad Yeashin Gazi, Hidetoshi Nara, Hironobu Asao
Inflammation can occur via different mechanisms, such as via acute and chronic responses, on numerous occasions and function accordingly through various roles. There are more than five subsets of neutrophils; neutrophilic heterogeneity is modulated by the inflammatory condition. To understand the characteristics of inflammation, identification of atypical neutrophils is important. In this study, we found that the expression of eotaxin receptor (CD193) on atypical neutrophils in the duodenum is augmented in IL-21 isoform transgenic (Tg) mice...
May 16, 2018: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777999/targeted-delivery-of-cd44s-sirna-by-scfv-overcomes-de-novo-resistance-to-cetuximab-in-triple-negative-breast-cancer
#10
Wenyan Fu, Hefen Sun, Yang Zhao, Mengting Chen, Lipeng Yang, Xueli Yang, Wei Jin
The overexpression of EGFR often occurs in TNBC, and the anti-EGFR receptor antibody cetuximab is used widely to treat metastatic cancer in the clinic. However, EGFR-targeted therapies have been developed for TNBC without clinical success. In this study, we show that impaired EGFR degradation is crucial for resistance to cetuximab, which depends on the cell surface molecule CD44. To further investigate the role of CD44 in EGFR signaling and its treatment potential, we developed a targeting fusion protein composed of an anti-EGFR scFv generated from cetuximab and truncated protamine, called Ce-tP...
May 16, 2018: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777989/synthesis-antiproliferative-activity-and-mechanism-of-gallium-iii-thiosemicarbazone-complexes-as-potential-anti-breast-cancer-agents
#11
Jinxu Qi, Qian Yao, Kun Qian, Liang Tian, Zhen Cheng, Dongmei Yang, Yihong Wang
Five thiosemicarbazone ligands were synthesized and characterized by condensation with different aldehydes or ketones by 4-phenylthiosemicarbazone. The representative dichlorido[2-(Di-2-pyridinylmethylene)-Nphenylhydrazinecarbothioamide-N,N,S]-gallium(III) (Ga4) was characterized by X-ray single crystal diffraction, which was 1:1 ligand/Ga(III) complexes. The structure-activity relationship of these ligands and Ga (III) complexes have been investigated, and the results demonstrate that the formation of Ga (III) complexes have significant antiproliferative activity over the corresponding ligands...
May 14, 2018: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777986/predicting-of-the-refractive-index-of-haemoglobin-using-the-hybrid-ga-svr-approach
#12
Tajudeen A Oyehan, Ibrahim O Alade, Aliyu Bagudu, Kazeem O Sulaiman, Sunday O Olatunji, Tawfik A Saleh
The optical properties of blood play crucial roles in medical diagnostics and treatment, and in the design of new medical devices. Haemoglobin is a vital constituent of the blood whose optical properties affect all of the optical properties of human blood. The refractive index of haemoglobin has been reported to strongly depend on its concentration which is a function of the physiology of biological cells. This makes the refractive index of haemoglobin an essential non-invasive bio-marker of diseases. Unfortunately, the complexity of blood tissue makes it challenging to experimentally measure the refractive index of haemoglobin...
April 30, 2018: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777959/extracellular-matrix-expression-in-human-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-retinal-organoids-recapitulates-retinogenesis-in-vivo-and-reveals-an-important-role-for-impg1-and-cd44-in-the-development-of-photoreceptors-and-interphotoreceptor-matrix
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Majed Felemban, Birthe Dorgau, Nicola Claire Hunt, Dean Hallam, Darin Zerti, Roman Bauer, Yuchun Ding, Joseph Collin, David Steel, Natalio Krasnogor, Jumana Al-Aama, Susan Lindsay, Carla Mellough, Majlinda Lako
The extracellular matrix (ECM) plays an important role in numerous processes including cellular proliferation, differentiation, migration, maturation, adhesion guidance and axonal growth. To date, there has been no detailed analysis of the ECM distribution during retinal ontogenesis in humans and the functional importance of many ECM components is poorly understood. In this study, the expression of key ECM components in adult mouse and monkey retina, developing and adult human retina and retinal organoids derived from human pluripotent stem cells was studied...
May 16, 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777957/dual-ph-reduction-responsive-hybrid-polymeric-micelles-for-targeted-chemo-photothermal-combination-therapy
#14
Linhua Zhang, Yu Qin, Zhiming Zhang, Fan Fan, Chenlu Huang, Li Lu, Hai Wang, Xu Jin, Hanxue Zhao, Deling Kong, Chun Wang, Hongfan Sun, Xigang Leng, Dunwan Zhu
The combination of chemotherapy and photothermal therapy in multifunctional nanovesicles has emerged as a promising strategy to improve cancer therapeutic efficacy. Herein, we designed new pH/reduction dual-responsive and folate decorated polymeric micelles (FA Co-PMs) as theranostic nanocarrier to co-encapsulate doxorubicin (DOX) and indocyanine green (ICG) for targeted NIR imaging and chemo-photothermal combination therapy. The Co-PMs exhibited nano-sized structure (∼100 nm) with good monodispersity, high encapsulation efficiency of both ICG and DOX, triggered DOX release in response to acid pH and reduction environment, and excellent temperature conversion with laser irradiation...
May 16, 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777941/characterization-of-the-binding-of-a-novel-antitumor-drug-ibrutinib-with-human-serum-albumin-insights-from-spectroscopic-calorimetric-and-docking-studies
#15
Bin Tang, Peixiao Tang, Jiawei He, Hongqin Yang, Hui Li
Ibrutinib (IBR) is a novel Bruton's tyrosine kinase inhibitor and shows good efficacy for several B-cell malignancies. In the current study, the molecular mechanism of the interaction between IBR and the transport protein human serum albumin (HSA) was ascertained by spectroscopic, calorimetric, and docking studies. Detailed investigations on affinity parameter, binding model, conformational change, and site selectivity were implemented by receptor-based and ligand-based analysis. An unusual fluorescence co-quenching (mutual quenching) was observed in the binding of IBR to HSA, followed by a static mechanism...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777940/curcumin-attenuates-cerebral-ischemia-injury-in-sprague-dawley-rats-and-pc12-cells-by-suppressing-overactivated-autophagy
#16
Yan Zhang, Ming Fang, Yameng Sun, Ting Zhang, Nan Shi, Jinfeng Li, Lei Jin, Kangyong Liu, Jianliang Fu
The present study assessed whether the protective effects of curcumin against cerebral ischemia injury were due to the suppression of overactivated autophagy. Curcumin is a well-known natural polyphenolic compound that effectively counteracts oxidation, inflammation, and various types of cancer. Several studies have demonstrated the protective effects of curcumin against ischemia-reperfusion injury in tissues from the lungs, cardiomyocytes, and liver. The present study employed brain injury models induced by middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) in rats and PC12 oxygen-glucose-deprived (OGD) cells...
May 7, 2018: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777930/experimental-and-theoretical-study-of-fingerprint-spectra-of-2-4-fluorophenyl-benzimidazole-and-2-4-chlorophenyl-benzimidazole-in-terahertz-range
#17
Maojiang Song, Fei Yang, Liping Liu, Li Shen, Pengfei Hu, Caixia Su
Due to wide variety of biological and pharmacological activities of benzimidazole derivatives, the terahertz fingerprint spectra of 2-(4-fluorophenyl)benzimidazole and 2-(4-chlorophenyl)benzimidazole are researched by employing terahertz time-domain spectroscopy and density functional theory systematically. Although the substituent at the para position on the benzene moiety are the same family elements (F, Cl) in the periodic table, both experimental and theoretical results show that there are substantial differences in their fingerprint spectra in the range of 0...
May 10, 2018: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777921/comparison-of-heavy-metals-parasites-and-histopathology-in-sculpins-myoxocephalus-spp-from-two-sites-at-a-lead-zinc-mine-in-north-east-greenland
#18
Rasmus Dyrmose Nørregaard, Mai Dang, Lis Bach, Ole Geertz-Hansen, Kim Gustavson, Peter Aastrup, Pall S Leifsson, Jens Søndergaard, Barbara Nowak, Christian Sonne
The former lead-zinc mine at Mestersvig, Greenland, continues to contaminate the surrounding environment despite its operations ceasing over 50 years ago. Elevated concentrations of heavy metals are found in water, sediment and biota in the terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments. To shed light on the present contamination and its potential effects on local fish we investigated gill and liver histology of sculpins (Myoxocephalus spp.) around the former mining area. Two species of sculpins were caught; shorthorn sculpins (M...
May 16, 2018: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777912/a-super-enhancer-maintains-homeostatic-expression-of-regnase-1
#19
Riyun Yang, Yuanyuan Wu, Yue Ming, Yuanpei Xu, Shouyan Wang, Jianbo Shen, Chenlu Wang, Xia Chen, Yongming Wang, Renfang Mao, Yihui Fan
Regnase-1 is not only a key component in maintaining intracellular homeostasis but also a critical negative regulator in preventing autoimmune diseases and cancer development. To keep homeostatic state, Regnase-1 has to be maintained at a desired level in multiple cell types. However, the molecular mechanism of keeping a certain transcriptional level of Reganase-1 is largely unknown. In this study, we found a super-enhancer (Reg-1-SE) around Regnase-1 gene is able to control the homeostatic expression of Regnase-1...
May 16, 2018: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777910/differentially-expressed-novel-alternatively-spliced-transcript-variant-of-tumor-suppressor-stk11-gene-in-mouse
#20
Hassan Mubarak Ishqi, Tarique Sarwar, Mohammed Amir Husain, Sayeed Ur Rehman, Mohammad Tabish
Serine/threonine kinase 11 (STK11) is a protein kinase that is encoded by Stk11 gene located on chromosome 19 and 10 in humans and mouse respectively. It acts as a master kinase of adenine monophosphate-activated protein kinase (AMPK) pathway that coordinates the regulation of cellular energy metabolism and cell division. STK11 exerts effect by activating more than 14 kinases including AMPK and AMPK-related kinases. It is also known to regulate cell polarity and acts as tumor suppressor. Alternative splicing of pre-mRNA is a mechanism which results in multiple transcript variants of a single gene...
May 16, 2018: Gene
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