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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231612/the-pro-inflammatory-cytokine-tnf-%C3%AE-inhibits-lymphatic-pumping-via-activation-of-the-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-inos-signaling-pathway
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Yingxuan Chen, Sonia Rehal, Simon Roizes, Hai-Lei Zhu, William C Cole, Pierre-Yves von der Weid
OBJECTIVE: Mesenteric lymphatic vessels pumping, important to propel lymph and immune cells from the intestinal interstitium to the mesenteric lymph nodes, is compromised during intestinal inflammation. The objective of this study was to test the hypothesis that the pro-inflammatory cytokine tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α), is a significant contributor to the inflammation-induced lymphatic contractile dysfunction, and to determine its mode of action. METHODS: Contractile parameters were obtained form isolated rat mesenteric lymphatic vessels mounted on a pressure myograph after 24-h incubation with or without TNF-α...
February 23, 2017: Microcirculation: the Official Journal of the Microcirculatory Society, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231504/effect-of-biochar-on-cadmium-bioavailability-and-uptake-in-wheat-triticum-aestivum-l-grown-in-a-soil-with-aged-contamination
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Tahir Abbas, Muhammad Rizwan, Shafaqat Ali, Muhammad Zia-Ur-Rehman, Muhammad Farooq Qayyum, Farhat Abbas, Fakhir Hannan, Jörg Rinklebe, Yong Sik Ok
Cadmium (Cd) is a well-known and widespread toxic heavy metal while the effects of biochar (BC) on Cd bioavailability and toxicity in wheat, especially in soils with aged contamination are largely unknown. In the present study, the effect of rice straw BC on Cd immobilization in soil and uptake by wheat in an agricultural contaminated-soil was investigated. Different levels of rice straw BC (0%, 1.5%, 3.0% and 5% w/w) were incorporated into the soil and incubated for two weeks. After this, wheat plants were grown in the amended soil until maturity...
February 20, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230996/a-facile-n-mercaptoethoxyglycinamide-mega-linker-ap-proach-to-peptide-thioesterification-and-cyclization
#3
Patrick M M Shelton, Caroline E Weller, Champak Chatterjee
The C-terminal selective electrophilic activation of polypeptides is essential for site-specific peptide mod-ification and conjugation techniques such as Native Chemi-cal Ligation (NCL). Peptide C-terminal α-thioesters are par-ticularly valuable precursors for NCL, due to their hydrolytic stability in aqueous buffers and reactivity toward thiol nucle-ophiles. The synthesis of peptide α-thioesters, however, re-quires harsh acidic conditions or complex chemical manipu-lations, which ultimately limits their functional group com-patibility and broad utility...
February 23, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230965/fluorine-functionalized-graphene-quantum-dots-as-inhibitor-against-hiapp-amyloid-aggregation
#4
Maryam Yousaf, Huan Huang, Ping Li, Chen Wang, Yanlian Yang
Fibrillar deposits of the human islet amyloid polypeptide (hIAPP) is considered as a root of Type II diabetes mellitus. Fluorinated graphene quantum dots (FGQDs) are new carbon nanomaterials with unique physicochemical properties containing highly electronegative F atoms. Herein we report a single step synthesis method of FGQDs with an inhibitory effect on aggregation and cytotoxicity of hIAPP in vitro. Highly fluorescent and water dispersible FGQDs, less than 3 nm in size were synthesized by the microwave-assisted hydrothermal method...
February 23, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230708/cell-derived-nanoparticles-are-endogenous-modulators-of-sepsis-with-therapeutic-potential
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Natalia Kunz, Brent T Xia, Kai-Uwe Kalies, Matthias Klinger, Timo Gemoll, Jens K Habermann, Brynne E Whitacre, Aaron P Seitz, Kathrin Kalies, Charles C Caldwell
Cell-derived nanoparticles (CDNPs) containing cytosolic proteins and RNAs/DNAs can be isolated from stressed eukaryotic cells. Previously, CDNPs isolated from cultured cells exerted immunomodulatory activities in different infections. Here, we sought to elucidate the role of CDNPs using a murine model of cecal ligation and puncture (CLP). We hypothesized that CDNPs influence the immune response at the site of infection, where severe cellular stress occurs. We observed early CDNP accumulation in the peritoneum after 4 h and continued CDNP presence 24 h after CLP...
February 22, 2017: Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230635/valproic-acid-modulates-platelet-and-coagulation-function-ex-vivo
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Ted Bambakidis, Simone E Dekker, Ihab Halaweish, Baoling Liu, Vahagn C Nikolian, Patrick E Georgoff, Patryk Piascik, Yongqing Li, Martin Sillesen, Hasan B Alam
Trauma-induced coagulopathy is associated with adverse patient outcome. Animal models demonstrate that histone deacetylase inhibitors, such as valproic acid (VPA), improve survival following injury. While in-vivo data suggest that improved survival may in part be because of an attenuation of coagulopathy, it remains unknown whether this is a direct effect of the drug, or the establishment of an overall prosurvival phenotype. We thus conducted an ex-vivo experiment to determine if VPA has an effect on coagulation and platelet function...
February 21, 2017: Blood Coagulation & Fibrinolysis: An International Journal in Haemostasis and Thrombosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230606/secretions-of-bifidobacterium-infantis-and-lactobacillus-acidophilus-protect-intestinal-epithelial-barrier-function
#7
Shuangshuang Guo, Tyler Gillingham, Yuming Guo, Di Meng, Weishu Zhu, W Allen Walker, Kriston Ganguli
OBJECTIVES: The secreted metabolites of probiotics are cytoprotective to intestinal epithelium and have been shown to attenuate inflammation and reduce gut permeability. The present study was designed to determine the protective effects of probiotic conditioned media (PCM) from Bifidobacterium infantis (BCM) and Lactobacillus acidophilus (LCM) on interleukin (IL)-1β-induced intestinal barrier compromise. METHODS: The epithelial barrier was determined by measuring the transepithelial electrical resistance (TER) across a Caco-2 cell monolayer using a Transwell model...
March 2017: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230534/knockdown-of-antiapoptotic-genes-in-breast-cancer-cells-by-sirna-loaded-into-hybrid-nanoparticles
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Leônidas Mello Júnior, Gabriela Rosa E Souza, Evelyn Winter, Adny Henrique Silva, Frederico Pittella, Tânia Beatriz Creczynski-Pasa
Tumorigenesis is related to an imbalance in controlling mechanisms of apoptosis. Expression of the genes BCL-2 and BCL-xL results in promotion of cell survival by inhibiting apoptosis. Thus, a novel approach to suppress antiapoptotic genes is the use of small interfering RNA (siRNA) in cancer cells. However, there are some limitations for the application of siRNA such as low bioavailability, requiring vectors as a strategy to achieve the nucleic acid transfection. In this study formulations containing CaP-siRNA-PEG-polyanion hybrid nanoparticles were developed to enhance siRNA delivery to cultured human breast cancer cells (MCF-7) in order to evaluate if the silencing of antiapoptotic genes BCL-2 and BCL-xL by siRNA would succeed in increasing cancer cells death...
February 23, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230479/ultrastructural-features-of-cells-following-incubation-with-metal-complexes-using-phenanthroline-based-ligands-the-influence-of-the-metal-center
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Fernanda Marques, António Pedro Matos, Cristina P Matos, Isabel Correia, João Costa Pessoa, Maria Paula Campello
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2017: Ultrastructural Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229946/multiwalled-carbon-nanotubes-for-drug-delivery-efficiency-related-to-length-and-incubation-time
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Niccolò Sciortino, Stefano Fedeli, Paolo Paoli, Alberto Brandi, Paola Chiarugi, Mirko Severi, Stefano Cicchi
Batches of oxidized multiwalled carbon nanotubes differing in length were adopted to prepare two drug delivery systems (DDS) loaded with doxorubicin. The different internalization of the two batches, verified by atomic emission spectroscopy onto cell lysates, was also confirmed by the different toxicity of the same DDS loaded with doxorubicin. In vitro experiments evidenced, after 48h of incubation, the superior efficacy of the shortest nanotubes. However, upon prolonging the incubation time up to 72h the difference in efficiency was minimized due to the spontaneous release of doxorubicin by the non-internalized long nanotubes...
February 13, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229588/intra-and-inter-subunit-ion-pair-interactions-determine-the-ability-of-apolipoprotein-c-ll-mutants-to-form-hybrid-amyloid-fibrils
#11
Nevena Todorova, Courtney O Zlatic, Yu Mao, Irene Yarovsky, Geoffrey John Howlett, Paul R Gooley, Michael D W Griffin
The apolipoprotein family is structurally defined by amphipathic α-helical regions that interact with lipid surfaces. In the absence of lipid, human apolipoprotein (apo) C-II also forms well-defined amyloid fibrils with cross-β structure. Formation of this β-structure is accompanied by the burial of two charged residues, K30 and D69 that form an ion-pair within the amyloid fibril core. Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations indicate these buried residues form both intra- and inter-subunit ion-pair interactions that stabilize the fibril...
February 23, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229259/acidicapsa-ferrireducens-sp-nov-acidicapsa-acidiphila-sp-nov-and-granulicella-acidiphila-sp-nov-novel-acidobacteria-isolated-from-metal-rich-acidic-waters
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Carmen Falagán, Bärbel Foesel, Barrie Johnson
Four novel strains of Acidobacteria were isolated from water samples taken from pit lakes at two abandoned metal mines in the Iberian Pyrite Belt mining district, south-west Spain. Three of the isolates belong to the genus Acidicapsa (MCF9(T), MCF10(T), and MCF14) and one of them to the genus Granulicella (MCF40(T)). All isolates are moderately acidophilic (pH growth optimum 3.8-4.1) and mesophilic (temperature growth optima 30-32 °C). Isolates MCF10(T) and MCF40(T) grew at pH lower (<3.0) than previously reported for all other acidobacteria...
February 22, 2017: Extremophiles: Life Under Extreme Conditions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229177/advanced-glycation-end-product-3-age3-increases-apoptosis-and-the-expression-of-sclerostin-by-stimulating-tgf-%C3%AE-expression-and-secretion-in-osteocyte-like-mlo-y4-a2-cells
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Masakazu Notsu, Ippei Kanazawa, Ayumu Takeno, Maki Yokomoto-Umakoshi, Ken-Ichiro Tanaka, Toru Yamaguchi, Toshitsugu Sugimoto
Advanced glycation end products (AGEs) cause bone fragility due to deterioration in bone quality. We previously reported that AGE3 induced apoptosis and inhibited differentiation via increased transforming growth factor (TGF)-β signaling in osteoblastic cells. Additionally, we demonstrated that AGE3 increased apoptosis and sclerostin expression and decreased receptor activator of nuclear factor-κB ligand (RANKL) expression in osteocyte-like cells. However, it remains unclear whether TGF-β signaling is involved in the effects of AGEs on apoptosis and the expression of sclerostin and RANKL in osteocytes...
February 22, 2017: Calcified Tissue International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229135/the-colonic-metabolites-dihydrocaffeic-acid-and-dihydroferulic-acid-are-more-effective-inhibitors-of-in-vitro-platelet-activation-than-their-phenolic-precursors
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Gema Baeza, Eva-Maria Bachmair, Sharon Wood, Raquel Mateos, Laura Bravo, Baukje de Roos
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. The consumption of a healthy diet rich in polyphenols has been inversely associated with the development of CVD. This study evaluated the effects of green coffee bean extract (GCBE) and yerba mate phenolic extract (YMPE), the main phenolic and methylxanthine constituents (5-caffeoylquinic acid, 3,5-dicaffeoylquinic acid, caffeine, and theobromine), and their main metabolites (caffeic acid, ferulic acid, dihydrocaffeic acid (DHCA) and dihydroferulic acid (DHFA)) on platelet activation in vitro...
February 23, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228917/isolation-and-characterisation-of-a-molybdenum-reducing-and-metanil-yellow-dye-decolourising-bacillus-sp-strain-neni-10-in-soils-from-west-sumatera-indonesia
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Rusnam Mansur, Neni Gusmanizar, Muhamad Akhmal Hakim Roslan, Siti Aqlima Ahmad, Mohd Yunus Shukor
A molybdenum reducing bacterium with the novel ability to decolorise the azo dye Metanil Yellow is reported. Optimal conditions for molybdenum reduction were pH 6.3 and at 34°C. Glucose was the best electron donor. Another requirement includes a narrow phosphate concentration between 2.5 and 7.5 mM. A time profile of Mo-blue production shows a lag period of approximately 12 hours, a maximum amount of Mo-blue produced at a molybdate concentration of 20 mM, and a peak production at 52 h of incubation. The heavy metals mercury, silver, copper and chromium inhibited reduction by 91...
January 2017: Tropical Life Sciences Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228756/agonistic-anti-pdgf-receptor-autoantibodies-from-patients-with-systemic-sclerosis-impact-human-pulmonary-artery-smooth-muscle-cells-function-in-vitro
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Silvia Svegliati, Donatella Amico, Tatiana Spadoni, Colomba Fischetti, Doreen Finke, Gianluca Moroncini, Chiara Paolini, Cecilia Tonnini, Antonella Grieco, Marina Rovinelli, Armando Gabrielli
One of the earliest events in the pathogenesis of systemic sclerosis (SSc) is microvasculature damage with intimal hyperplasia and accumulation of cells expressing PDGF receptor. Stimulatory autoantibodies targeting PDGF receptor have been detected in SSc patients and demonstrated to induce fibrosis in vivo and convert in vitro normal fibroblasts into SSc-like cells. Since there is no evidence of the role of anti-PDGF receptor autoantibodies in the pathogenesis of SSc vascular lesions, we investigated the biologic effect of agonistic anti-PDGF receptor autoantibodies from SSc patients on human pulmonary artery smooth muscle cells and the signaling pathways involved...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228725/differential-effects-of-corm-2-and-corm-401-in-murine-intestinal-epithelial-mode-k-cells-under-oxidative-stress
#17
Dinesh Babu, Georges Leclercq, Roberto Motterlini, Romain A Lefebvre
Carbon monoxide (CO)-releasing molecules (CO-RMs) are intensively studied to provide cytoprotective and anti-inflammatory effects of CO in inflammatory conditions including intestinal inflammation. The water-soluble CORM-A1 reduced apoptosis and NADPH oxidase (NOX)-derived reactive oxygen species (ROS) induced by tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α/cycloheximide (CHX) in mouse MODE-K intestinal epithelial cells (IECs), without influencing TNF-α/CHX-induced mitochondrial superoxide anion ([Formula: see text]). The aim of the present study in the same model was to comparatively investigate the influence of lipid-soluble CORM-2 and water-soluble CORM-401, shown in vitro to release more CO under oxidative conditions...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228494/an-evaluation-of-rgm-medium-for-isolation-of-nontuberculous-mycobacteria-from-respiratory-samples-from-patients-with-cystic-fibrosis-in-the-united-states
#18
Rongpong Plongla, Clair L Preece, John D Perry, Peter H Gilligan
A novel selective agar (RGM medium) has been advocated for the isolation of rapidly growing mycobacteria from the sputum of cystic fibrosis (CF) patients. The aim of this study was to compare RGM medium with Burkholderia cepacia selective agar (BCSA) and a standard AFB culture method for the isolation of nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) from patients with CF. The applicability of matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) for identification of NTM isolated on RGM was also assessed...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228245/legionellosis-acquired-through-a-dental-unit-a-case-study
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C Schönning, C Jernberg, D Klingenberg, S Andersson, A Pääjärvi, E Alm, E Tano, B Lytsy
In 2012, an elderly immunocompromised man died from legionellosis at a hospital in Uppsala, Sweden. The patient had visited a dental ward at the hospital during the incubation period. Legionella spp. at a concentration of 2000 colony-forming units/L were isolated from the cupfiller outlet providing water for oral rinsing. Isolates from the patient and the dental unit were Legionella pneumophila serogroup 1, subgroup Knoxville and ST9. Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis and whole-genome sequencing strongly suggested that the isolates were of common origin...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228233/analyzing-complex-mixtures-of-drug-like-molecules-ion-mobility-as-an-adjunct-to-existing-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry-methods
#20
Jasper Boschmans, Filip Lemière, Frank Sobott
The use of traveling wave ion mobility mass spectrometry (TWIMS) is evaluated in conjunction with, and as a possible alternative to, conventional LC-MS(/MS) methods for the separation and characterization of drug-like compounds and metabolites. As a model system we use an in vitro incubation mixture of the chemotherapeutic agent melphalan, which results in more than ten closely related hydrolysis products and chain-like oligomers. Ion mobility as a filtering tool results in the separation of ions of interest from interfering ions, based on charge state and shape/size...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
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