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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335208/the-influence-of-fluorination-on-nano-scale-phase-separation-and-photovoltaic-performance-of-small-molecular-pc71bm-blends
#1
Zhen Lu, Wen Liu, Jingjing Li, Tao Fang, Wanning Li, Jicheng Zhang, Feng Feng, Wenhua Li
To investigate the fluorination influence on the photovoltaic performance of small molecular based organic solar cells (OSCs), six small molecules based on 2,1,3-benzothiadiazole (BT), and diketopyrrolopyrrole (DPP) as core and fluorinated phenyl (DFP) and triphenyl amine (TPA) as different terminal units (DFP-BT-DFP, DFP-BT-TPA, TPA-BT-TPA, DFP-DPP-DFP, DFP-DPP-TPA, and TPA-DPP-TPA) were synthesized. With one or two fluorinated phenyl as the end group(s), HOMO level of BT and DPP based small molecular donors were gradually decreased, inducing high open circuit voltage for fluorinated phenyl based OSCs...
April 21, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334760/twin-primer-non-enzymatic-dna-assembly-an-efficient-and-accurate-multi-part-dna-assembly-method
#2
Jing Liang, Zihe Liu, Xi Z Low, Ee L Ang, Huimin Zhao
DNA assembly forms the cornerstone of modern synthetic biology. Despite the numerous available methods, scarless multi-fragment assembly of large plasmids remains challenging. Furthermore, the upcoming wave in molecular biological automation demands a rethinking of how we perform DNA assembly. To streamline automation workflow and minimize operator intervention, a non-enzymatic assembly method is highly desirable. Here, we report the optimization and operationalization of a process called Twin-Primer Assembly (TPA), which is a method to assemble polymerase chain reaction-amplified fragments into a plasmid without the use of enzymes...
February 23, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330340/cooperative-enhancement-of-the-nonlinear-optical-response-in-conjugated-energetic-materials-a-td-dft-study
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Andrew E Sifain, Loza F Tadesse, Josiah A Bjorgaard, David E Chavez, Oleg V Prezhdo, R Jason Scharff, Sergei Tretiak
Conjugated energetic molecules (CEMs) are a class of explosives with high nitrogen content that posses both enhanced safety and energetic performance properties and are ideal for direct optical initiation. As isolated molecules, they absorb within the range of conventional lasers. Crystalline CEMs are used in practice, however, and their properties can differ due to intermolecular interaction. Herein, time-dependent density functional theory was used to investigate one-photon absorption (OPA) and two-photon absorption (TPA) of monomers and dimers obtained from experimentally determined crystal structures of CEMs...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328682/early-tranexamic-acid-administration-ameliorates-the-endotheliopathy-of-trauma-and-shock-in-an-in-vitro-model
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Lawrence N Diebel, Jonathan V Martin, David M Liberati
BACKGROUND: Systemic vascular endothelial injury is a consequence of trauma-hemorrhagic shock (T/HS) which results in disturbances of coagulation, inflammation and endothelial barrier integrity. The effect of T/HS on the endothelium (Endotheliopathy of Trauma)[EoT] is of intense research interest and may lead to EoT directed therapies. Administration of tranexamic acid (TXA) in trauma patients is associated with a survival benefit and fewer complications if given early after injury. Mechanisms for this protective effect include the anti-fibrinolytic and anti-inflammatory effects of TXA...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324671/dose-de-escalation-of-intrapleural-tissue-plasminogen-activator-therapy-for-pleural-infection-the-adapt-project
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Natalia Popowicz, Oliver Bintcliffe, Duneesha De Fonseka, Kevin G Blyth, Nicola A Smith, Francesco Piccolo, Geoffrey Martin, Donny Wong, Anthony Edey, Nick Maskell, Y C Gary Lee
RATIONALE: Intrapleural therapy with a combination of tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) 10mg and deoxyribonuclease (DNase) 5mg administered twice daily has been shown in randomized and open-label studies to enable adequate drainage of over 90% of infected pleural effusions without surgery. Potential bleeding risks associated with intrapleural tPA and the drug costs remain important concerns. The ongoing ADAPT (Alteplase Dose Assessment for Pleural infection Therapy) project aims to investigate the efficacy and safety of dose de-escalation for intrapleural tPA...
March 21, 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322979/3-4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine-mdma-ecstasy-produces-edema-due-to-bbb-disruption-induced-by-mmp-9-activation-in-rat-hippocampus
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Mercedes Pérez-Hernández, María Encarnación Fernández-Valle, Ana Rubio-Araiz, Rebeca Vidal, María Dolores Gutiérrez-López, Esther O'Shea, María Isabel Colado
The recreational drug of abuse, 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA, ecstasy) disrupts blood-brain barrier (BBB) integrity in rats through an early P2X7 receptor-mediated event which induces MMP-9 activity. Increased BBB permeability often causes plasma proteins and water to access cerebral tissue leading to vasogenic edema formation. The current study was performed to examine the effect of a single neurotoxic dose of MDMA (12.5 mg/kg, i.p.) on in vivo edema development associated with changes in the expression of the perivascular astrocytic water channel, AQP4, as well as in the expression of the tight-junction (TJ) protein, claudin-5 and Evans Blue dye extravasation in the hippocampus of adult male Dark Agouti rats...
March 16, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322331/targeted-disruption-of-tc-ptp-in-the-proliferative-compartment-augments-stat3-and-akt-signaling-and-skin-tumor-development
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Hyunseung Lee, Mihwa Kim, Minwoo Baek, Liza D Morales, Ik-Soon Jang, Thomas J Slaga, John DiGiovanni, Dae Joon Kim
Tyrosine phosphorylation is a vital mechanism that contributes to skin carcinogenesis. It is regulated by the counter-activities of protein tyrosine kinases (PTKs) and protein tyrosine phosphatases (PTPs). Here, we report the critical role of T-cell protein tyrosine phosphatase (TC-PTP), encoded by Ptpn2, in chemically-induced skin carcinogenesis via the negative regulation of STAT3 and AKT signaling. Using epidermal specific TC-PTP knockout (K14Cre.Ptpn2(fl/fl)) mice, we demonstrate loss of TC-PTP led to a desensitization to tumor initiator 7,12-dimethylbenz[a]anthracene (DMBA)-induced apoptosis both in vivo epidermis and in vitro keratinocytes...
March 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322318/12-o-tetradecanoylphorbol-13-acetate-tpa-is-anti-tumorigenic-in-liver-cancer-cells-via-inhibiting-yap-through-amot
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Guoqing Zhu, Yan Chen, Xiao Zhang, Qi Wu, Yinghui Zhao, Yuxin Chen, Fenyong Sun, Yongxia Qiao, Jiayi Wang
TPA stimulates carcinogenesis in various types of cancers. However, we found that TPA inhibits transformative phenotypes in liver cancer cells via the translocation of YAP from the nucleus, where it functions as a transcriptional co-factor, to the cytoplasm. Such effects led to a separation of YAP from its dependent transcription factors. The inhibitory effects of TPA on YAP were AMOT dependent. Without AMOT, TPA was unable to alter YAP activity. Importantly, the depletion of YAP and AMOT blocked the TPA-reduced transformative phenotypes...
March 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319900/bipolar-electrochemiluminescence-on-thread-a-new-class-of-electroanalytical-sensors
#9
Rui Liu, Cuiling Liu, Huijie Li, Min Liu, Dan Wang, Chunsun Zhang
This paper introduces a new and simple concept for fabricating low-cost, easy-to-use capillary microchannel (CMC) assisted thread-based microfluidic analytical devices (CMCA-μTADs) for bipolar electrochemiluminescence (BP-ECL) application. The thread with patterns of carbon screen-printed electrodes and bare thread zones (BTZs) is embedded into a CMC. Such CMCA-μTADs can produce a strong and stable BP-ECL signal, and have an extremely low cost ($0.01 per device). Interestingly, the CMCA-μTADs are ultraflexible, and can be bent with a 135° bending angle at the BTZ or with a 150° bending angle at the middle of bipolar electrode (BPE), with no loss of analytical performance...
March 7, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319652/effect-of-freezing-rate-and-microwave-thawing-on-texture-and-microstructural-properties-of-potato-solanum-tuberosum
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David M Phinney, John C Frelka, Anita Wickramasinghe, Dennis R Heldman
Food freezing is a preservation process that works by lowering temperature while simultaneously decreasing water activity. It is accepted that although freezing preserves foods, it generally has a negative effect on textural quality. This research investigated the texture response of potatoes (Solanum tuberosum) as a function of time to freeze (defined as the time for the center temperature to reach -20 °C) and thawing process. Potatoes slices (6 mm) were blanched then frozen in an ethanol/carbon dioxide bath, a pilot scale high velocity air freezer (HVAF) and a still air freezer to achieve various times to freeze...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318954/computed-tomography-perfusion-based-decision-making-for-acute-ischemic-stroke-missing-the-mismatch
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J A Molad, M Findler, E Auriel
The emerging use of mechanical thrombectomy for acute ischemic stroke treatment focuses on the importance of patient selection. Computed tomography perfusion (CTP) is one of widely used techniques. However, the accuracy and reliability of this modality is in debate among vascular neurologists. We present a case of an 80-year-old man admitted because of acute ischemic stroke. CT angiography demonstrated left proximal M2 occlusion. As CTP demonstrated signs of large ischemic core with no significant penumbra, mechanical thrombectomy was not performed following tPA administration...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316421/immunophenotyping-of-blood-mononuclear-cells-from-p-berghei-nk-65-infected-and-immunized-balb-c-mice
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Vineet Kumar, Aruna Rakha, Ruchika Saroa, Upma Bagai
The present study demonstrates the alterations in the frequencies of helper, cytotoxic and suppressor T cells in blood of P. berghei infected and TPA immunized rodent host towards the induction of protective immune response. Statistically significant (p < 0.005) number of CD4(+) T cells was recorded on D9 [Post Challenge (PC)] meanwhile CD4(+) Treg cells were found to be declined in immunized mice as compared to infected. This increase in frequencies of T helper cells points towards the stimulation of strong Th2 immune response in immunized mice...
March 2017: Journal of Parasitic Diseases: Official Organ of the Indian Society for Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315997/trans-fatty-acids-suppress-tnf-%C3%AE-induced-inflammatory-gene-expression-in-endothelial-huvec-and-hepatocellular-carcinoma-hepg2-cells
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Marine S Da Silva, Pierre Julien, Jean-François Bilodeau, Olivier Barbier, Iwona Rudkowska
Trans fatty acids (TFA) intake has been linked to cardiovascular diseases and liver diseases; yet the effect of TFA on inflammation remains controversial. Accordingly, the objective of this paper was to determine the in vitro effects of TFA on inflammatory gene expression. Human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC) and human hepatocellular carcinoma (HepG2) cells were treated for 24 h with either trans-vaccenic acid (tVA), trans-palmitoleic acid (tPA) or elaidic acid (EA) at concentrations of 5-150 µM, or with a mixture of tVA and tPA (150/50 µM)...
March 18, 2017: Lipids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314516/impact-of-an-intrahospital-mobile-thrombolysis-team-on-3-month-clinical-outcomes-in-patients-benefiting-from-intravenous-thrombolysis-for-acute-ischemic-stroke
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B Hebant, A Triquenot-Bagan, E Guegan-Massardier, O Ozkul-Wermester, L Grangeon, D Maltête
INTRODUCTION/OBJECTIVE: The benefits of thrombolysis in patients presenting with acute ischemic stroke (IS) are highly time-dependent. The aim of our study was to evaluate the clinical benefit, after 3 months, of an intrahospital mobile thrombolysis team (MTT) for thrombolysis in IS. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A total of 95 consecutive patients treated with IV tPA for acute IS at the neurology department of Rouen University Hospital between 1 January and 31 December 2015 were retrospectively identified...
March 14, 2017: Revue Neurologique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303501/isoflurane-postconditioning-inhibits-tpa-induced-matrix-metalloproteinases-activation-after-hypoxic-injury-via-low-density-lipoprotein-receptor-related-protein-and-extracellular-signal-regulated-kinase-pathway
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So Yeon Kim, So Yeong Cheon, Eun Jung Kim, Jae Hoon Lee, Eun Hee Kam, Jeong Min Kim, Miran Park, Bon-Nyeo Koo
Tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) is the only recommended pharmacological treatment for acute ischemic stroke. However, tPA can induce intracerebral hemorrhage by blood-brain barrier breakdown through an increase in matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs). Previously, we showed that isoflurane postconditioning reduced intracranial hemorrhage following tPA treatment after cerebral ischemia. Here, we investigated the mechanism by which isoflurane postconditioning reduces tPA-induced MMP-2 and MMP-9 activation following hypoxia/reoxygenation (H/R) in brain endothelial cells...
March 16, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302915/sex-differences-in-ischaemic-stroke-potential-cellular-mechanisms
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Anjali Chauhan, Hope Moser, Louise D McCullough
Stroke remains a leading cause of mortality and disability worldwide. More women than men have strokes each year, in part because women live longer. Women have poorer functional outcomes, are more likely to need nursing home care and have higher rates of recurrent stroke compared with men. Despite continued advancements in primary prevention, innovative acute therapies and ongoing developments in neurorehabilitation, stroke incidence and mortality continue to increase due to the aging of the U.S. POPULATION: Sex chromosomes (XX compared with XY), sex hormones (oestrogen and androgen), epigenetic regulation and environmental factors all contribute to sex differences...
April 1, 2017: Clinical Science (1979-)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301720/terrylenediimide-based-intrinsic-theranostic-nanomedicines-with-high-photothermal-conversion-efficiency-for-photoacoustic-imaging-guided-cancer-therapy
#17
Shaobo Zhang, Weisheng Guo, Jie Wei, Chan Li, Xing-Jie Liang, Meizhen Yin
Activatable theranostic nanomedicines involved in photothermal therapy (PTT) have received constant attention as promising alternatives to traditional therapies in clinic. However, the theranostic nanomedicines widely suffer from instability and complicated nanostructures, which hamper potential clinical applications. Herein, we demonstrated a terrylenediimide-poly(acrylic acid) (TPA)-based nanomedicine (TNM) platform used as an intrinsic theranostic agent. As an exploratory paradigm in seeking biomedical applications, terrylenediimide (TDI) was modified with poly(acrylic acid)s (PAAs), resulting in eight-armed, star-like TPAs composed of an outside hydrophilic PAA corona and an inner hydrophobic TDI core...
March 16, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298139/emergent-carotid-stenting-and-intra-arterial-abciximab-in-acute-ischemic-stroke-due-to-tandem-occlusion
#18
Fawaz Al-Mufti, Krishna Amuluru, Nathan W Manning, Imad Khan, Lissa Peeling, Chirag D Gandhi, Charles J Prestigiacomo, Galyna Pushchinska, David Fiorella, Henry H Woo
OBJECTIVE: Acute occlusions of the extracranial internal carotid artery (ICA) and a major intracranial artery respond poorly to intravenous tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) and present an endovascular challenge. The aim of our study was to retrospectively delineate the feasibility of the combined use of emergent carotid stenting and intra-arterial (IA) Abciximab with intracranial revascularization in the setting of acute ischemic stroke and carotid occlusions at our institution. METHODS: Eleven patients with complete cervical carotid occlusion with or without concomitant intracranial ICA and/or MCA occlusion were identified from a single center, retrospective review of patients admitted to the Stroke unit...
March 15, 2017: British Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297656/the-long-chain-sphingoid-base-of-ceramides-determines-their-propensity-for-lateral-segregation
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Md Abdullah Al Sazzad, Tomokazu Yasuda, Michio Murata, J Peter Slotte
We examined how the length of the long-chain base or the N-linked acyl chain of ceramides affected their lateral segregation in 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (POPC) bilayers. Lateral segregation and ceramide-rich phase formation was ascertained by a lifetime analysis of trans-parinaric acid (tPA) fluorescence. The longer the length of the long-chain base (d16:1, d17:1, d18:1, d19:1, and d20:1 in N-palmitoyl ceramide), the less ceramide was needed for the onset of lateral segregation and ceramide-rich phase formation...
March 14, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296671/the-use-of-thrombolytic-therapy-in-the-treatment-of-frostbite-injury
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Allyson Wexler, Sarah Zavala
Frostbite can lead to severe consequences including loss of digits and limbs. One of the mechanisms of frostbite includes vascular thrombosis. The use of tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) in frostbite has been shown to be effective in case reports and small prospective studies. A retrospective chart review was performed on all patients admitted for frostbite between January 2008 and April 2015, and six patients were identified as having received treatment with intravenous tPA. Patients received an initial bolus dose followed by a 6-hour infusion of tPA...
March 3, 2017: Journal of Burn Care & Research: Official Publication of the American Burn Association
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