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Yuxin Liu, Ge Zhang, Quanwei Guo, Liyi Ma, Qi Jia, Lidong Liu, Jing Zhou
Multifunctional nanomaterials for cancer diagnosis and therapy have recently prompted widespread concern. To avoid nanotoxicity, the development of novel degradable functional materials must be our main focus. In this study, we firstly developed ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid calcium disodium salt (EDTA)- and bovine serum albumin (BSA)-capped Mn3O4 nanoparticles (MONPs-BSA-EDTA) as a novel inorganic nanomaterials for multifunctional imaging-guided photothermal therapy, which can be degraded in a progress-controlled way by artificially introduced ascorbic acid...
October 17, 2016: Biomaterials
Simon Felz, Salah Al-Zuhairy, Olav Andreas Aarstad, Mark C M van Loosdrecht, Yue Mei Lin
To evaluate and develop methodologies for the extraction of gel-forming extracellular polymeric substances (EPS), EPS from aerobic granular sludge (AGS) was extracted using six different methods (centrifugation, sonication, ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA), formamide with sodium hydroxide (NaOH), formaldehyde with NaOH and sodium carbonate (Na2CO3) with heat and constant mixing). AGS was collected from a pilot wastewater treatment reactor. The ionic gel-forming property of the extracted EPS of the six different extraction methods was tested with calcium ions (Ca(2+))...
September 26, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Giuseppe Lo Giudice, Angelo Lizio, Roberto Lo Giudice, Antonio Centofanti, Giuseppina Rizzo, Michele Runci, Angela Alibrandi, Marco Cicciù
Aim. Purpose of the present paper is to analyze the efficiency of different post-space irrigation protocols. Methods. 28 single rooted teeth were endodontically treated. After post-space preparation every sample was assigned to one of three experimental groups and to one control group. In each group different irrigation protocols were performed as follows: EDTA (Group A), 37% orthophosphoric acid (Group B), and EDTA + 37% orthophosphoric acid with ultrasounds activation (Group C). In the control group (Group D) the irrigate association was not activated by ultrasounds...
2016: International Journal of Dentistry
Visweshwar Regode, Sreeramulu Kuruba, Akbar S Mohammad, Hari C Sharma
Bacillus thuringiensis toxin proteins are deployed in transgenic plants for pest management. The present studies were aimed at characterization of gut bacterial proteases involved in activation of inactive Cry1Ac protoxin (pro-Cry1Ac) to active toxin in Helicoverpa armigera. Bacterial strains were isolated from H. armigera midgut and screened for their proteolytic activation toward pro-Cry1Ac. Among 12 gut bacterial isolates seven isolates showed proteolytic activity, and proteases from three isolates (IVS1, IVS2, and IVS3) were found to be involved in the proteolytic conversion of pro-Cry1Ac into active toxin...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
Sebastian Rahn, Anna Schuck, Mustafa Kondakci, Rainer Haas, Nicole Neuhausen, Klaus Pfeffer, Birgit Henrich
Fungal infections are recognized in an increasing number of patients with immunological deficits and are associated with high rates of mortality (Brown et al., 2012a). In this pilot-study, a rapid Real time PCR (fuPCR) was designed for the detection and differentiation of fungal pathogens in clinical specimens of haematological patients. The fuPCR, targeting the internal transcribed spacer region 2 (ITS2) of rDNA region, is comprised of seven multiplex reactions, which were shown to be specific and sensitive for a comprehensive spectrum of clinically relevant fungal species...
October 13, 2016: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
Y Sun, Y X Wang, J Zhang, X W Yu, S S Ge, H Wang, J Dong, X H Guo, W Wang
Objective: To analyze and compare the gender specific structure profiles of immunoglobulin G(IgG) N-glycans and provide evidence to understand the distribution of the structure of IgG N-glycans in general population. Methods: A cluster sampling was conducted to randomly select 669 participants from Beijing Xuanwu Hospital during January-June 2012. Venous blood sample (5 ml) was collected from each participant with vacuum negative pressure tube containing EDTA. Plasma IgG N-glycome was determined using ultra-performance liquid chromatography (UPLC) on Waters BEH Glycan chromatography column and mass spectrometry after the separation, purification and labeling...
October 10, 2016: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
Alberto Dagna, Giulia Gastaldo, Riccardo Beltrami, Claudio Poggio
This study evaluated the root canal dentine surface by scanning electron microscope (SEM) after shaping with two reciprocating single-file NiTi systems and two rotating single-file NiTi systems, in order to verify the presence/absence of the smear layer and the presence/absence of open tubules along the walls of each sample; Forty-eight single-rooted teeth were divided into four groups and shaped with OneShape (OS), F6 SkyTaper (F6), WaveOne (WO) and Reciproc and irrigated using 5.25% NaOCl and 17% EDTA. Root canal walls were analyzed by SEM at a standard magnification of 2500×...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Functional Biomaterials
Tuula Hölttä, Marjolein Bonthuis, Karlijn J Van Stralen, Anna Bjerre, Rezan Topaloglu, Fatih Ozaltin, Christer Holmberg, Jerome Harambat, Kitty J Jager, Franz Schaefer, Jaap W Groothoff
BACKGROUND: Congenital nephrotic syndrome (CNS) of the Finnish type, NPHS1, is the most severe form of CNS. Outcomes of renal replacement therapy (RRT) in NPHS1 patients in Europe were analysed using data from the ESPN/ERA-EDTA Registry. As NPHS1 is most prevalent in Finland and the therapeutic approach differs from that in many other countries, we compared outcomes in Finnish and other European patients. METHODS: NPHS1 mutations were confirmed in 170 children with CNS who initiated RRT (dialysis or renal transplantation) between 1991 and 2012...
October 20, 2016: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
Zen Yang Ang, Michael Boddy, Yandi Liu, Bruce Sunderland
Apomorphine in solution undergoes rapid autoxidation, producing greenish colored solutions, making it difficult to formulate as a stable pharmaceutical solution. To identify the optimum antioxidant agent/combination for apomorphine solution, a high performance liquid chromatography assay was used to study the stability of 50 μg/mL apomorphine HCI in 0.1% L-ascorbic acid (AA), 0.1% sodium metabisulfite (SMB), 0.1% EDTA, and in selected combinations at 25°C, 32°C, and 37°C over a period of 14 days. The stability of apomorphine HCl (10 mg/mL) in 0...
2016: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
Anders F Frellsen, Anders E Hansen, Rasmus I Jølck, Paul Kempen, Gregory W Severin, Palle H Rasmussen, Andreas Kjær, Andreas T I Jensen, Thomas L Andresen
By taking advantage of the ability of (64)Cu to bind non-specifically to gold surfaces, we have developed a new methodology to embed this radionuclide inside gold nanoparticles (AuNPs). (64)Cu enables the in vivo imaging of AuNPs by positron emission tomography (PET). AuNPs have a multitude of uses within health technology and are useful tools for general nanoparticle research. (64)Cu-AuNPs were prepared by incubating AuNP seeds with (64)Cu(2+), followed by the entrapment of the radionuclide by grafting a second layer of gold on the surface...
October 18, 2016: ACS Nano
Tamilmani Vairapperumal, Ariya Saraswathy, Jayasree S Ramapurath, Sreeram Kalarical Janardhanan, Nair Balachandran Unni
Tetragonal (t)-LaVO4 has turned out to be a potential host for luminescent materials. Synthesis of t-LaVO4 till date has been based on chelating effect of EDTA making it not ideal for bioimaging applications. An alternative was proposed by us through the use of catechin. In recent times there is interest for new MRI contrast agents that can through appropriate doping function both as MRI contrast and optical/upconversion materials. It is generally believed that under appropriate doping, t-LaVO4 would be a better upconversion material than monoclinic (m)-LaVO4...
October 18, 2016: Scientific Reports
Jiangbo Qiao, Huimin Sun, Xiuhua Luo, Wang Zhang, Shiny Mathews, Xianqiang Yin
Lead (Pb) and cadmium (Cd) contamination of soil and its harmful effects on human and environmental health have been one concern. In this study, batch and column leaching experiments were conducted to investigate the effects of two EDTA-assisted leaching methods, continuous and intermittent (dry-wet alternate), on the removal of Pb and Cd from contaminated soil. Total content and fractions of Pb and Cd at every 1 cm soil column depth were analyzed before and after the leaching. The results indicated that continuous leaching removed 75...
October 14, 2016: Chemosphere
Tamara Markovic, Saba Manzoor, Emma Humphreys-Williams, Guy Kirk, Ramon Vilar, Dominik Jakob Weiss
The stable isotope signatures of zinc are increasingly used to study plant and soil processes. Complexation with phytosiderophores is a key process and understanding the controls of isotope fractionation is central to such studies. Here, we investigated isotope fractionation during complexation of Zn2+ with the phytosiderophore 2'-deoxymugeneic acid (DMA) - which we synthesised - and with three commercially-available structural analogues of DMA: EDTA, TmDTA and CyDTA. We used ion exchange chromatography to separate free and complexed zinc, and identified appropriate cation exchange resins for the individual systems...
October 17, 2016: Environmental Science & Technology
Ouarda Merdoud, Claudio Cameselle, Mohamed Oualid Boulakradeche, Djamal Eddine Akretche
The soil from an industrial area in Algeria was contaminated with Cr (8370 mg kg(-1)), Ni (1135 mg kg(-1)) and zinc (1200 mg kg(-1)). The electrodialytic remediation of this soil was studied using citric acid and EDTA as facilitating agents. 0.1 M citric acid or EDTA was added directly to the soil before it was introduced in an electrodialytic cell in an attempt to enhance the heavy metal solubility in the interstitial fluid. The more acidic pH in the soil when citric acid was used as the facilitating agent was not enough to mobilize and remove the metals from the soil...
October 14, 2016: Environmental Science. Processes & Impacts
Dorine Bouquet, Armelle Braud, Thierry Lebeau
Urban garden soils are a potential repository of heavy metal pollution, resulting from either anthropogenic or geogenic origin. The efficiency of phytoextraction was compared on two garden soils with the same texture and topsoil Pb concentration (170 mg kg(-1)) but not the same origin: one geogenic, the other anthropogenic. Two varieties of Brassica juncea were tested with citric acid (25 mmol kg(-1)) or Ethylene Diamine Tetraacetic Acid (EDTA, 2.5 mmol kg(-1)). Geogenic Pb was shown to be two times less available than anthropogenic Pb, with as a result the phytoextraction efficiency being reduced by 59%...
October 14, 2016: International Journal of Phytoremediation
Chu Gong, Caicai Lu, Bingqiang Li, Meng Shan, Guolin Wu
Hydrogel systems based on cross-linked polymeric materials with adhesive properties in wet environments have been considered as promising candidates for tissue adhesives. The 3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine (DOPA) is believed to be responsible for the water-resistant adhesive characteristics of mussel adhesive proteins. Under the inspiration of DOPA containing adhesive proteins, a dopamine-modified poly(α,β-aspartic acid) derivative (PDAEA) was successfully synthesized by successive ring-opening reactions of polysuccinimide (PSI) with dopamine and ethanolamine, and an injectable bioadhesive hydrogel was prepared via simply mixing PDAEA and FeCl3 solutions...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
David A Rubinos, María T Barral
The ability of red mud (RM) (bauxite residue) to remove Hg(II) from landfill leachate (LL) was assessed. The studied aspects comprised the effects of time, pH, Hg(II) concentration and the sorption isotherm, besides the influence of chloride and representative organic ligands. Hg(II) removal by RM exhibited a complex kinetics where initial rapid sorption was followed by desorption at longer times. The sorption of Hg(II) on RM was strongly pH-dependent. Outstanding maximum sorption was observed at pH∼4-5 (≥99...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part A, Toxic/hazardous Substances & Environmental Engineering
Raydsa Raíssa Moura Rosa, Francielle Karoline Santos Calazans, Ruchele Dias Nogueira, Ailla Carla Rocha Acosta Lancellotti, Luciano de Sousa Gonçalves, Vinícius Rangel Geraldo-Martins
The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of diode laser and a desensitizing dentifrice on dentin permeability. Fifty-two root dentin fragments were obtained (5 × 5mm) and treated with 24% EDTA gel. The samples were divided into 4 groups (n = 13): G1, control (no treatment); G2, diode laser (λ = 908 nm, 1.5 W, continuous mode, 20s); G3, application of abrasive dentifrice for 1 minute (Elmex Sensitive Professional (International Gaba); and G4, application of abrasive dentifrice for 1 minute followed by irradiation with diode laser...
October 10, 2016: Brazilian Oral Research
Luiz Alexandre Chisini, Marcus Cristian Muniz Conde, Jose Carlos Bernedo Alcázar, Adriana Fernandes da Silva, Jacques Eduardo Nör, Sandra Beatriz Chaves Tarquinio, Flávio Fernando Demarco
The aim of the present study was to evaluate the expression of transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1) and osteonectin (ON) in pulp-like tissues developed by tissue engineering and to compare it with the expression of these proteins in pulps treated with Ca(OH)2 therapy. Tooth slices were obtained from non-carious human third molars under sterile procedures. The residual periodontal and pulp soft tissues were removed. Empty pulp spaces of the tooth slice were filled with sodium chloride particles (250-425 µm)...
October 10, 2016: Brazilian Oral Research
Rajesh Chakraborty, Sandipan Sarkar, Siddhartha Pal, Pabitra Chattopadhyay
A new ion-exchanger having chemical formula [Me2NH2]3[Mo12O40S] and belonging to the class of Keggin type polyoxometalate was synthesized and characterized by single-crystal X-ray structure determination. The crystal of the exchanger is rhombohedral, space group R-3 with cell dimensions, a =16.504(18) Å, b =16.504(18)Å (1) Å, c =25.23(3)Å and α=90.00°, β=90.00°, γ=120.00° and Z =6, 3.284gcm(-3). The compound behaves as an ion-exchanger and it is significantly stable towards thermal, chemical environments and total radiation dose of 35...
September 28, 2016: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
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