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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088638/the-dlno-dlco-ratio-physiological-significance-and-clinical-implications
#1
J M B Hughes, A T Dinh-Xuan
DLNO/DLCO directly measures the ratio of the diffusing capacities of the lung for nitric oxide (NO) and carbon monoxide (CO). In terms of the Roughton and Forster, 1957; equation, 1/DL=1/Dm+1/θVc, where Dm is the membrane (Dm) and θVc is the red cell component of the overall diffusing conductance (DL), DLNO mostly reflects the Dm component and DLCO the θVc red cell component. The DLNO/DLCO ratio is positively related to the DmCO/Vc ratio and the CO red cell resistance (1/θCOVc) as a percentage of the total resistance (1/DLCO), independent of the absolute values of DLNO or DLCO...
January 11, 2017: Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088632/nanosized-complexation-assemblies-housed-inside-reverse-micelles-churn-out-monocytic-delivery-cores-for-bendamustine-hydrochloride
#2
Yuvraj Singh, Anumandla Chandrashekhar, Jaya Gopal Meher, K K Durga Rao Viswanadham, Vivek K Pawar, Kavit Raval, Komal Sharma, Pankaj K Singh, Animesh Kumar, Manish K Chourasia
OBJECTIVE: We explore a plausible method of targeting bendamustine hydrochloride (BM) to circulatory monocytes by exploiting their intrinsic endocytic/phagocytic capability. METHODS: We do so by complexation of sodium alginate and chitosan inside dioctyl sulfo succinate sodium (AOT) reverse micelles to form bendamustine hydrochloride loaded nanoparticles (CANPs). Dynamic light scattering, electrophoretic mobility and UV spectroscopy were used to detail intra-micellar complexation dynamics and to prove that drug was co-captured during interaction of carbohydrate polymers...
January 11, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088621/4-hydroxynonenal-causes-impairment-of-human-subcutaneous-adipogenesis-and-induction-of-adipocyte-insulin-resistance
#3
Mohamed Elrayess, Shamma Al-Muraikhy, Wael Kafienah, Afnan Al-Menhali, Fatima Al-Khalaifi, Moataz Bashah, Kamelija Zarkovic, Neven Zarkovic, Georg Waeg, Mohammed Alsayrafi, Morana Jaganjac
OBJECTIVE: Increased adipose production of 4-hydroxynonenal (4-HNE), a bioreactive aldehyde, directly correlates with obesity and insulin resistance. The aim of this study was to elucidate the impact of 4-HNE in mediating adipocyte differentiation and function in two metabolically distinct obese groups; the insulin sensitive (IS) and the insulin resistant (IR). METHODS: Subcutaneous (SC) adipose tissues were obtained from eighteen clinically well characterized obese premenopausal women undergoing weight reduction surgery...
January 11, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088608/gene-analysis-of-six-cases-of-congenital-protein-s-deficiency-and-functional-analysis-of-protein-s-mutations-a139v-c449f-r451q-c475f-a525v-and-d599tfster13
#4
Fumina Taniguchi, Eriko Morishita, Akiko Sekiya, Haruka Nomoto, Shiori Katsu, Shounosuke Kaneko, Hidesaku Asakura, Shigeki Ohtake
Congenital deficiency of protein S (PS), an anticoagulant factor, leads to venous thrombosis, with onset predominantly beginning in adolescence. In the present study, gene analysis of six unrelated Japanese families diagnosed with congenital PS deficiency identified five missense mutations in the PROS1 gene - c.757C>T (Ala139Val; A139V), c.1346 G>T (Cys449Phe; C449F), c.1352G>A (Arg451Gln; R451Q), c.1424G>T (Cys475Phe; C475F) and c.1574C>T (Ala525Val; A525V) - and one frameshift mutation, c.2135delA (Asp599ThrfsTer13; D599TfsTer13)...
December 24, 2016: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088567/simple-fabrication-of-zeolitic-imidazolate-framework-zif-8-polymer-composite-beads-by-phase-inversion-method-for-efficient-oil-sorption
#5
Zahra Abbasi, Ezzatollah Shamsaei, Xi-Ya Fang, Bradley Ladewig, Huanting Wang
Zeolitic imidazolate framework ZIF-8 beads of 2-3mm in diameter were prepared using a simple one-step phase inversion method. The beads were fabricated by different amounts of ZIF-8 to polyether sulfone (PES) ratios. ZIF-8 played the role of an adsorbent while PES acted as a binder in the composite matrix to keep the ZIF-8 particles. Since ZIF-8 is highly hydrophobic, the beads floated on water and adsorbed oil droplets successfully. This efficient oil adsorption is attributed to the hydrophobicity and high surface area of ZIF-8 particles which can effectively adsorb oil droplets...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088566/removal-of-salicylic-acid-as-an-emerging-contaminant-by-a-polar-nano-dendritic-adsorbent-from-aqueous-media
#6
M Arshadi, F Mousavinia, M K Abdolmaleki, M J Amiri, A Khalafi-Nezhad
A polar nano-dendritic adsorbent containing amine groups (SAPAMAA) was synthesized onto the nanoparticles of SiO2Al2O3 and its uptake of salicylic acid (SA) from the synthetic and real water was investigated. The synthesized nanomaterials were fully studied by nuclear magnetic resonance spectrum ((1)H NMR and (13)C NMR), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), zeta potential (ζ), inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-AES), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) and elemental analysis...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088541/secretory-pathway-optimization-of-cho-producer-cells-by-co-engineering-of-the-mitosrna-1978-target-genes-cers2-and-tbc1d20
#7
Lisa A Pieper, Michaela Strotbek, Till Wenger, Martin Gamer, Monilola A Olayioye, Angelika Hausser
Chinese Hamster Ovary (CHO) cells are the most commonly used host for the production of biopharmaceuticals. Although transcription and translation engineering strategies have been employed to generate high-producer cell clones, the secretory pathway still remains a bottleneck in cellular productivity. In this study we show that ectopic expression of a human mitochondrial genome-encoded small RNA (mitosRNA-1978) in an IgG expressing CHO cell line strongly improved specific productivity by functioning in a microRNA-like fashion...
January 11, 2017: Metabolic Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088532/comparison-of-an-anaerobic-feed-and-split-anaerobic-aerobic-feed-on-granular-sludge-development-performance-and-ecology
#8
Benjamin J Thwaites, Petra Reeve, Nirmala Dinesh, Michael D Short, Ben van den Akker
The retrofitting of existing wastewater sequencing batch reactors (SBRs) to select for rapid-settling aerobic granular sludge (AGS) over floc-based conventional activated sludge (CAS), could be a viable option to decrease reactor cycle time and increase hydraulic capacity. Successful CAS-to-AGS conversion has previously been shown to be highly dependent on having a dedicated anaerobic feed, which presents additional engineering challenges when retrofitting SBRs. In this study we compared the performance of a split anaerobic-aerobic (An-Aer) feed with that of a traditional dedicated anaerobic feed regarding AGS formation and stability, nitrogen removal performance and microbial ecology...
December 29, 2016: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088522/down-regulation-of-gja3-is-associated-with-lens-epithelial-cell-apoptosis-and-age-related-cataract
#9
Dongmei Su, Shanshan Hu, Lina Guan, Xinzhu Wu, Cuige Shi, Xiaobo Yang, Xu Ma
Lens epithelial cell apoptosis is regarded as the common molecular basis of the initiation and subsequent progression of cataract. Recent studies have shown that Oxidative radicals derived from H2O2 causes lens epithelial cell apoptosis, While much work still needs to be done to elucidate this important mechanism of lens epithelial cell apoptosis induced by H2O2. The present study investigated the effect of human lens epithelial cell (SRA01/04) apoptosis induced by H2O2 and the possible molecular mechanism involved...
January 11, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088520/palmitic-acid-increases-invasiveness-of-pancreatic-cancer-cells-aspc-1-through-tlr4-ros-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-mmp-9-signaling-pathway
#10
Makena J Binker-Cosen, Daniel Richards, Brenda Oliver, Herbert Y Gaisano, Marcelo G Binker, Laura I Cosen-Binker
Pancreatic cancer (PC) is an aggressive malady with proclivity for early metastasis. Overexpression of toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma, the most common type of pancreatic malignancy, correlates to tumor size, lymph node involvement, venous invasion and pathological stage. Lipopolysaccharides (LPS) are natural TLR4 ligands that have been shown to increase the invasive ability of PC cells. However, rapid inactivation of circulating LPS and low systemic absorption of inhaled LPS from the bronchoalveolar compartment make other agonists such as saturated fatty acids more suitable to be considered for TLR4-related cell invasiveness...
January 11, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088511/brief-report-egfr-l858m-l861q-cis-mutations-confer-selective-sensitivity-to-afatinib
#11
Jamie A Saxon, Lynette M Sholl, Pasi A Jänne
INTRODUCTION: Tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) have been developed to treat patients with epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR)-mutant lung cancers. However, the therapeutic efficacy of TKIs in patients with uncommon EGFR mutations remains unclear. METHODS: Next-generation sequencing was performed on a patient's lung adenocarcinoma tumor sample, revealing rare combined in cis (on the same allele) EGFR mutations. Stable Ba/F3 and NIH-3T3 cell lines harboring the mutations were established to investigate the effect of first, second, and third generation EGFR TKIs on cell proliferation by MTS assay and EGFR phosphorylation by Western blotting...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Thoracic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088456/development-of-a-predictive-model-for-the-long-term-stability-assessment-of-drug-in-adhesive-transdermal-films-using-polar-pressure-sensitive-adhesives-as-carrier-matrix
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Clémence Chenevas-Paule, Hans-Michael Wolff, Mark Ashton, Martin Schubert, Kalliopi Dodou
Drug crystallization in transdermal drug delivery systems (TDDS) is a critical quality defect. The impact of drug load and hydration on the physical stability of polar (acrylic) drug-in-adhesive (DIA) films was investigated with the objective to identify predictive formulation parameters with respect to drug solubility and long-term stability. Medicated acrylic films were prepared over a range of drug concentrations below and above saturation solubility; and were characterized by FTIR, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), polarized microscopy and Dynamic Vapor Sorption (DVS) analysis...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088364/antibodies-from-novel-repertoires-to-defining-and-refining-the-structure-of-biologically-important-targets
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REVIEW
Paul J Conroy, Ruby H P Law, Tom Caradoc-Davies, James C Whisstock
Antibodies represent a highly successful class of molecules that bind a wide-range of targets in therapeutic-, diagnostic- and research-based applications. The antibody repertoire is composed of the building blocks required to develop an effective adaptive immune response against foreign insults. A number of species have developed novel genetic and structural mechanisms from which they derive these antibody repertoires, however, traditionally antibodies are derived from human, and rodent sources. Due to their high-value therapeutic, diagnostic, biotechnological and research applications, much innovation has resulted in techniques and approaches to isolate novel antibodies...
January 11, 2017: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088360/hollow-porous-ionic-liquids-composite-polymers-based-solid-phase-extraction-coupled-online-with-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-for-selective-analysis-of-hydrophilic-hydroxybenzoic-acids-from-complex-samples
#14
Xingping Dai, Dongsheng Wang, Hui Li, Yanyi Chen, Zhicheng Gong, Haiyan Xiang, Shuyun Shi, Xiaoqing Chen
Polar and hydrophilic properties of hydroxybenzoic acids usually made them coelute with interferences in high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) analysis. Then selective analysis of them was necessary. Herein, hollow porous ionic liquids composite polymers (PILs) based solid phase extraction (SPE) was firstly fabricated and coupled online with HPLC for selective analysis of hydroxybenzoic acids from complex matrices. Hollow porous PILs were firstly synthesized using Mobil Composition of Matter No. 48 (MCM-48) spheres as sacrificial support, 1-vinyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride (VMIM(+)Cl(-)) as monomer, and ethylene glycol dimethacrylate (EGDMA) as cross-linker...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088353/expansion-and-differentiation-of-igm-b-cells-in-the-rainbow-trout-peritoneal-cavity-in-response-to-different-antigens
#15
Rosario Castro, Beatriz Abós, Lucia González, Aitor G Granja, Carolina Tafalla
To date, intraperitoneal (i.p.) injection seems to be the most effective vaccination route in aquaculture, as many i.p. administered fish vaccines are capable of conferring strong and long-lasting immune responses. Despite this, how peritoneal leukocytes are regulated upon antigen encounter has only been scarcely studied in fish. Although, in the past, myeloid cells were thought to be the main responders to peritoneal inflammation, a recent study revealed that IgM(+) B cells are one of the main cell types in the teleost peritoneal cavity in response to pathogenic bacteria...
January 11, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088351/neural-activity-reveals-perceptual-grouping-in-working-memory
#16
Laura R Rabbitt, Daniel M Roberts, Craig G McDonald, Matthew S Peterson
There is extensive evidence that the contralateral delay activity (CDA), a scalp recorded event-related brain potential, provides a reliable index of the number of objects held in visual working memory. Here we present evidence that the CDA not only indexes visual object working memory, but also the number of locations held in spatial working memory. In addition, we demonstrate that the CDA can be predictably modulated by the type of encoding strategy employed. When individual locations were held in working memory, the pattern of CDA modulation mimicked previous findings for visual object working memory...
January 11, 2017: International Journal of Psychophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088225/using-low-cost-drones-to-map-malaria-vector-habitats
#17
Andy Hardy, Makame Makame, Dónall Cross, Silas Majambere, Mwinyi Msellem
BACKGROUND: There is a growing awareness that if we are to achieve the ambitious goal of malaria elimination, we must compliment indoor-based vector control interventions (such as bednets and indoor spraying) with outdoor-based interventions such as larval source management (LSM). The effectiveness of LSM is limited by our capacity to identify and map mosquito aquatic habitats. This study provides a proof of concept for the use of a low-cost (< $1000) drone (DJI Phantom) for mapping water bodies in seven sites across Zanzibar including natural water bodies, irrigated and non-irrigated rice paddies, peri-urban and urban locations...
January 14, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088165/genomic-characterization-of-ensifer-aridi-a-proposed-new-species-of-nitrogen-fixing-rhizobium-recovered-from-asian-african-and-american-deserts
#18
Antoine Le Quéré, Nisha Tak, Hukam Singh Gehlot, Celine Lavire, Thibault Meyer, David Chapulliot, Sonam Rathi, Ilham Sakrouhi, Guadalupe Rocha, Marine Rohmer, Dany Severac, Abdelkarim Filali-Maltouf, Jose-Antonio Munive
BACKGROUND: Nitrogen fixing bacteria isolated from hot arid areas in Asia, Africa and America but from diverse leguminous plants have been recently identified as belonging to a possible new species of Ensifer (Sinorhizobium). In this study, 6 strains belonging to this new clade were compared with Ensifer species at the genome-wide level. Their capacities to utilize various carbon sources and to establish a symbiotic interaction with several leguminous plants were examined. RESULTS: Draft genomes of selected strains isolated from Morocco (Merzouga desert), Mexico (Baja California) as well as from India (Thar desert) were produced...
January 14, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088121/synthesis-of-ctab-intercalated-graphene-and-its-application-for-the-adsorption-of-ar265-and-ao7-dyes-from-water
#19
Mohammed Yusuf, Moonis Ali Khan, Marta Otero, E C Abdullah, Masaaki Hosomi, Akihiko Terada, Shohei Riya
Environmental applications of graphene (GN) are limited by the occurrence of aggregation. Herein, graphene oxide (GO) was synthesized, reduced to GN by ascorbic acid, and intercalated with cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB). GN-CTAB was characterized by Boehm's titration, N2 adsorption/desorption, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, Fluorescence spectrophotometry, X-ray diffraction and Scanning electron microscopy. Then, GN-CTAB was used for the adsorptive removal of acid red 265 (AR265) and acid orange 7 (AO7) dyes from water both under batch and column operation...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088120/3d-architecture-of-a-graphene-comoo4-composite-for-asymmetric-supercapacitors-usable-at-various-temperatures
#20
Yaru Jiang, Xin Zheng, Xiaoqin Yan, Yong Li, Xuan Zhao, Yue Zhang
Designing and optimizing the electrode materials and studying the electrochemical performance or cycle life of the supercapacitor under different working conditions are crucial to its practical application. Herein, we proposed a rational design of 3D-graphene/CoMoO4 nanoplates by a facile two-step hydrothermal method. Owing to the high electron transfer rate of graphene and the high activity of the CoMoO4 nanoplates, the three-dimensional electrode architectures achieved remarkable electrochemical performances with high areal specific capacitance (1255...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
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