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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088017/co-delivery-of-ibuprofen-and-gentamicin-from-nanoporous-anodic-titanium-dioxide-layers
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Anna Pawlik, Magdalena Jarosz, Karolina Syrek, Grzegorz D Sulka
Although single-drug therapy may prove insufficient in treating bacterial infections or inflammation after orthopaedic surgeries, complex therapy (using both an antibiotic and an anti-inflammatory drug) is thought to address the problem. Among drug delivery systems (DDSs) with prolonged drug release profiles, nanoporous anodic titanium dioxide (ATO) layers on Ti foil are very promising. In the discussed research, ATO samples were synthesized via a three-step anodization process in an ethylene glycol-based electrolyte with fluoride ions...
January 8, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088015/transferrin-gated-mesoporous-silica-nanoparticles-for-redox-responsive-and-targeted-drug-delivery
#2
Xiaolu Chen, Hui Sun, Jun Hu, Xia Han, Honglai Liu, Ying Hu
This work reports on a targeted and controlled drug delivery system based on protein decorated mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs). In this system, transferrin (Tf), a naturally existing protein, is grafted on the surfaces of MSNs via redox-cleavable disulfide bonds, serving as both a capping agent and a targeting ligand simultaneously. The uniform particles with ordered mesoporous structures and the successful construction of the Tf/MSN hybrid nanocarriers can be confirmed through combined techniques. It is found that the model anticancer drug doxorubicin (DOX) can be efficiently encapsulated in the MSNs in the absence of glutathione (GSH), and a burst release of DOX is observed when the system is exposed to GSH, indicating good capping efficiency of Tf and redox-responsive release of DOX...
January 8, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088005/nicotine-hydrogen-tartrate-loaded-chitosan-nanoparticles-formulation-characterization-and-in-vitro-delivery-from-dry-powder-inhaler-formulation
#3
Hui Wang, Graeme George, Selena Bartlett, Changyou Gao, Nazrul Islam
This study reports the development of nanoparticles in the form of inhalable micro-aggregates of biodegradable chitosan (CS) loaded with nicotine hydrogen tartrate (NHT) for potential pulmonary delivery of nicotine from dry powder inhaler (DPI) formulations with prolonged release profile. The NHT-loaded CS particles were prepared using a water-in-oil emulsion crosslinking method. The prepared particles were characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) for morphological studies; Zetasizer and Mastersizer were applied for particle size analysis...
January 11, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087378/new-scaffolds-encapsulating-tgf-%C3%AE-3-bmp-7-combinations-driving-strong-chondrogenic-differentiation
#4
Jose Crecente-Campo, Erea Borrajo, Anxo Vidal, Marcos Garcia-Fuentes
The regeneration of articular cartilage remains an unresolved question despite the current access to a variety of tissue scaffolds activated with growth factors relevant to this application. Further advances might result from combining more than one of these factors; here, we propose a scaffold composition optimized for the dual delivery of BMP-7 and TGF-β3, two proteins with described chondrogenic activity. First, we tested in a mesenchymal stem cell micromass culture with TGF-β3 whether the exposure to microspheres loaded with BMP-7 would improve cartilage formation...
January 10, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086851/efficacy-of-intermittent-theta-burst-stimulation-itbs-and-10-hz-high-frequency-repetitive-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-rtms-in-treatment-resistant-unipolar-depression-study-protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-trial
#5
Samuel Bulteau, Veronique Sébille, Guillemette Fayet, Veronique Thomas-Ollivier, Thibault Deschamps, Annabelle Bonnin-Rivalland, Edouard Laforgue, Anne Pichot, Pierre Valrivière, Elisabeth Auffray-Calvier, June Fortin, Yann Péréon, Jean-Marie Vanelle, Anne Sauvaget
BACKGROUND: The treatment of depression remains a challenge since at least 40% of patients do not respond to initial antidepressant therapy and 20% present chronic symptoms (more than 2 years despite standard treatment administered correctly). Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) is an effective adjuvant therapy but still not ideal. Intermittent Theta Burst Stimulation (iTBS), which has only been used recently in clinical practice, could have a faster and more intense effect compared to conventional protocols, including 10-Hz high-frequency rTMS (HF-rTMS)...
January 13, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081082/seedless-velocimetry-at-100%C3%A2-%C3%A2-khz-with-picosecond-laser-electronic-excitation-tagging
#6
Naibo Jiang, Jason G Mance, Mikhail N Slipchenko, Josef J Felver, Hans U Stauffer, Tongxun Yi, Paul M Danehy, Sukesh Roy
Picosecond-laser electronic-excitation tagging (PLEET), a seedless picosecond-laser-based velocimetry technique, is demonstrated in non-reactive flows at a repetition rate of 100 kHz with a 1064 nm, 100 ps burst-mode laser. The fluorescence lifetime of the PLEET signal was measured in nitrogen, and the laser heating effects were analyzed. PLEET experiments with a free jet of nitrogen show the ability to measure multi-point flow velocity fluctuations at a 100 kHz detection rate or higher. Both spectral and dynamic mode decomposition analyses of velocity on a Ma=0...
January 15, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080973/changes-in-interoceptive-processes-following-brain-stimulation
#7
Olga Pollatos, Beate M Herbert, Sandra Mai, Thomas Kammer
The processing and perception of individual internal bodily signals (interoception) has been differentiated to comprise different levels and processes involved. The so-called heartbeat-evoked potential (HEP) offers an additional possibility to examine automatic processing of cardiac signals. Knowledge on neural structures potentially supporting different facets of interoception is still sparse. One way to get insights into neuroanatomical function is to manipulate the activity of different brain structures...
November 19, 2016: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077620/mitogen-induced-distinct-epi-alleles-are-phosphorylated-at-either-h3s10-or-h3s28-depending-on-h3k27-acetylation
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Dilshad H Khan, Shannon Healy, Shihua He, Daniel Lichtensztejn, Ludger Klewes, Kiran L Sharma, Veronica Lau, Sabine Mai, Geneviève P Delcuve, James R Davie
Stimulation of the MAPK pathway results in mitogen- and stress-activated protein kinase 1/2 (MSK1/2)-catalyzed phosphorylation of histone H3 at serine 10 or 28 and expression of immediate-early (IE) genes. In 10T1/2 mouse fibroblasts, phosphorylation of H3S10 and H3S28 occurs on different H3 molecules and in different nuclear regions. Likewise, we show that mitogen-induced H3S10 and H3S28 phosphorylation occurs in separate pools in human primary fibroblasts. High-resolution imaging studies on both cell types have revealed that H3S10 and H3S28 phosphorylation events can be induced in a single cell but on different alleles, giving rise to H3S10ph and H3S28ph epi-alleles...
January 11, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077032/iodine-responsive-poly-hema-pvp-hydrogel-for-self-regulating-burst-free-extended-release
#9
Jinku Xu, Peili Zhao, Yongchun Zhang
Swollen hydrogels with extended iodine release kinetics is highly desirable for burn and scald treatment. In this paper semi-interpenetrating poly(HEMA-PVP) hydrogels were prepared by radical polymerization followed by thermo-treatment to crosslink its PVP component. Incorporation of PVP component endows the hydrogels responsive to loaded iodine undergoing a reversible shrunken/swollen volume transition. This resulted in a self-regulating iodine release model, in which shrunken hydrogel at high iodine loading decreased drug diffusion thereby reducing burst release,, and then gradually swollen hydrogel as drug release ensures rapid release of dissociated drug from strong affinity sites on hydrogel backbone, achieving a burst-free extended release...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Biomaterials Science. Polymer Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076651/controlled-release-of-chlorhexidine-from-a-mesoporous-silica-containing-macroporous-titanium-dental-implant-prevents-microbial-biofilm-formation
#10
K De Cremer, A Braem, E Gerits, K De Brucker, K Vandamme, J A Martens, J Michiels, J Vleugels, B P Cammue, K Thevissen
Roughened surfaces are increasingly being used for dental implant applications as the enlarged contact area improves bone cell anchorage, thereby facilitating osseointegration. However, the additional surface area also entails a higher risk for the development of biofilm associated infections, an etiologic factor for many dental ailments, including peri-implantitis. To overcome this problem, we designed a dental implant composed of a porous titanium-silica (Ti/SiO2) composite material and containing an internal reservoir that can be loaded with antimicrobial compounds...
January 11, 2017: European Cells & Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076421/oscillatory-dynamics-supporting-semantic-cognition-meg-evidence-for-the-contribution-of-the-anterior-temporal-lobe-hub-and-modality-specific-spokes
#11
Giovanna Mollo, Piers L Cornelissen, Rebecca E Millman, Andrew W Ellis, Elizabeth Jefferies
The "hub and spoke model" of semantic representation suggests that the multimodal features of objects are drawn together by an anterior temporal lobe (ATL) "hub", while modality-specific "spokes" capture perceptual/action features. However, relatively little is known about how these components are recruited through time to support object identification. We used magnetoencephalography to measure neural oscillations within left ATL, lateral fusiform cortex (FC) and central sulcus (CS) during word-picture matching at different levels of specificity (employing superordinate vs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075347/sdtcp-towards-datacenter-tcp-congestion-control-with-sdn-for-iot-applications
#12
Yifei Lu, Zhen Ling, Shuhong Zhu, Ling Tang
The Internet of Things (IoT) has gained popularity in recent years. Today's IoT applications are now increasingly deployed in cloud platforms to perform Big Data analytics. In cloud data center networks (DCN), TCP incast usually happens when multiple senders simultaneously communicate with a single receiver. However, when TCP incast happens, DCN may suffer from both throughput collapse for TCP burst flows and temporary starvation for TCP background flows. In this paper, we propose a software defined network (SDN)-based TCP congestion control mechanism, referred to as SDTCP, to leverage the features, e...
January 8, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075238/safety-of-stationary-grinding-machines-impact-resistance-of-work-zone-enclosures
#13
Detlef Mewes, Christian Adler
Guards on machine tools are intended to protect persons from being injured by parts ejected with high kinetic energy from the work zone of the machine. Stationary grinding machines are a typical example. Generally such machines are provided with abrasive product guards closely enveloping the grinding wheel. However, many machining tasks do not allow the use of abrasive product guards. In such cases, the work zone enclosure has to be dimensioned so that, in case of failure, grinding wheel fragments remain inside the machine's working zone...
January 11, 2017: International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics: JOSE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074913/auditory-localisation-biases-increase-with-sensory-uncertainty
#14
Sara E Garcia, Pete R Jones, Gary S Rubin, Marko Nardini
Psychophysical studies have frequently found that adults with normal hearing exhibit systematic errors (biases) in their auditory localisation judgments. Here we tested (i) whether systematic localisation errors could reflect reliance on prior knowledge, as has been proposed for other systematic perceptual biases, and (ii) whether auditory localisation biases can be reduced following training with accurate visual feedback. Twenty-four normal hearing participants were asked to localise the position of a noise burst along the azimuth before, during, and after training with visual feedback...
January 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074839/high-precision-non-invasive-anti-microvascular-approach-via-concurrent-ultrasound-and-laser-irradiation
#15
Zizhong Hu, Haonan Zhang, Aghapi Mordovanakis, Yannis M Paulus, Qinghuai Liu, Xueding Wang, Xinmai Yang
Antivascular therapy represents a proven strategy to treat angiogenesis. By applying synchronized ultrasound bursts and nanosecond laser irradiation, we developed a novel, selective, non-invasive, localized antivascular method, termed photo-mediated ultrasound therapy (PUT). PUT takes advantage of the high native optical contrast among biological tissues and can treat microvessels without causing collateral damage to the surrounding tissue. In a chicken yolk sac membrane model, under the same ultrasound parameters (1 MHz at 0...
January 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074430/the-monomeric-gtpase-raba2-is-required-for-progression-and-maintenance-of-membrane-integrity-of-infection-threads-during-root-nodule-symbiosis
#16
Virginia Dalla Via, Soledad Traubenik, Claudio Rivero, O Mario Aguilar, María Eugenia Zanetti, Flavio Antonio Blanco
Progression of the infection canal that conducts rhizobia to the nodule primordium requires a functional Rab GTPase located in Golgi/trans-Golgi that also participate in root hair polar growth. Common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) symbiotically associates with its partner Rhizobium etli, resulting in the formation of root nitrogen-fixing nodules. Compatible bacteria can reach cortical cells in a tightly regulated infection process, in which the specific recognition of signal molecules is a key step to select the symbiotic partner...
January 10, 2017: Plant Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073789/dynamics-of-convulsive-seizure-termination-and-postictal-generalized-eeg-suppression
#17
Prisca R Bauer, Roland D Thijs, Robert J Lamberts, Demetrios N Velis, Gerhard H Visser, Else A Tolner, Josemir W Sander, Fernando H Lopes da Silva, Stiliyan N Kalitzin
It is not fully understood how seizures terminate and why some seizures are followed by a period of complete brain activity suppression, postictal generalized EEG suppression. This is clinically relevant as there is a potential association between postictal generalized EEG suppression, cardiorespiratory arrest and sudden death following a seizure. We combined human encephalographic seizure data with data of a computational model of seizures to elucidate the neuronal network dynamics underlying seizure termination and the postictal generalized EEG suppression state...
January 10, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072471/the-negative-chronotropic-effect-in-rat-heart-stimulated-by-ultrasonic-pulses-role-of-sex-and-age
#18
Olivia C Coiado, William D O'Brien
OBJECTIVES: The goal of this study is to investigate the role of sex and age of the negative chronotropic effect after exposure of 3.5-MHz pulsed ultrasound (US) to the rat heart. METHODS: Forty F344 rats were exposed transthoracically to ultrasonic pulses at a duty factor of approximately 1.0% at 2.0-MPa peak rarefactional pressure amplitude. The transthoracic ultrasonic bursts were delivered consecutively in five 10-s intervals, that is, 10 s of 6-Hz pulse repetition frequency (PRF), 10 s of 5-Hz PRF, 10 s of 4-Hz PRF, 10 s of 5-Hz PRF, and 10 s of 6-Hz, for a 50-s total exposure duration...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071731/in-silico-experiments-of-zebrafish-behaviour-modeling-swimming-in-three-dimensions
#19
Violet Mwaffo, Sachit Butail, Maurizio Porfiri
Zebrafish is fast becoming a species of choice in biomedical research for the investigation of functional and dysfunctional processes coupled with their genetic and pharmacological modulation. As with mammals, experimentation with zebrafish constitutes a complicated ethical issue that calls for the exploration of alternative testing methods to reduce the number of subjects, refine experimental designs, and replace live animals. Inspired by the demonstrated advantages of computational studies in other life science domains, we establish an authentic data-driven modelling framework to simulate zebrafish swimming in three dimensions...
January 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069825/intravenous-anesthetic-propofol-binds-to-5-lipoxygenase-and-attenuates-leukotriene-b4-production
#20
Toshiaki Okuno, Sophia Koutsogiannaki, Mai Ohba, Matthew Chamberlain, Weiming Bu, Fu-Yan Lin, Roderic G Eckenhoff, Takehiko Yokomizo, Koichi Yuki
Propofol is an intravenous anesthetic that produces its anesthetic effect, largely via the GABAA receptor in the CNS, and also reduces the N-formyl-methionyl-leucyl-phenylalanine (fMLP)-induced neutrophil respiratory burst. Because fMLP-stimulated neutrophils produce leukotriene (LT)B4, we examined the effect of propofol on LTB4 production in vivo and in vitro Cecal ligation and puncture surgery was performed in mice, with or without exposure to propofol. Propofol attenuated the production of 5-lipoxygenase (5-LOX)-related arachidonic acid (AA) derivatives in the peritoneal fluid...
January 9, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
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