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Xueliang Jiang, Zhen Yang, Zhijie Wang, Fuqing Zhang, Feng You, Chu Yao
Barium titanate/nitrile butadiene rubber (BT/NBR) and polyurethane (PU) foam were combined to prepare a sound-absorbing material with an alternating multilayered structure. The effects of the cell size of PU foam and the alternating unit number on the sound absorption property of the material were investigated. The results show that the sound absorption efficiency at a low frequency increased when decreasing the cell size of PU foam layer. With the increasing of the alternating unit number, the material shows the sound absorption effect in a wider bandwidth of frequency...
March 22, 2018: Materials
Hong Gun Kim, Yong Sun Kim, Lee Ku Kwac, Su-Hyeong Chae, Hye Kyoung Shin
Carbon foams were prepared by carbonization of carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC)/waste artificial marble powder (WAMP) composites obtained via electron beam irradiation (EBI); these composites were prepared by mixing eco-friendly CMC with WAMP as the fillers for improved their poor mechanical strength. Gel fractions of the CMC/WAMP composites obtained at various EBI doses were investigated, and it was found that the CMC/WAMP composites obtained at an EBI dose of 80 kGy showed the highest gel fraction (95%); hence, the composite prepared at this dose was selected for preparing the carbon foam...
March 22, 2018: Materials
Adel Schwertani, Hong Y Choi, Jacques Genest
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Plasma levels of HDL cholesterol are a biomarker of cardiovascular health but not a therapeutic target, as demonstrated by the failure of pharmacological modulation of HDL cholesterol to prevent or treat atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. In health, HDL particles exert pleiotropic effects against atherosclerosis, including cholesterol removal from foam cells, vasodilatory effects through vascular endothelial cell nitric oxide production, decreased vascular inflammation and oxidative damage, endothelial cell proliferation and antiapoptotic effects...
March 19, 2018: Current Opinion in Cardiology
László Potor, Péter Nagy, Gábor Méhes, Zoltán Hendrik, Viktória Jeney, Dávid Pethő, Anita Vasas, Zoltán Pálinkás, Enikő Balogh, Ágnes Gyetvai, Matthew Whiteman, Roberta Torregrossa, Mark E Wood, Sándor Olvasztó, Péter Nagy, György Balla, József Balla
The infiltration of red blood cells into atheromatous plaques is implicated in atherogenesis. Inside the lesion, hemoglobin (Hb) is oxidized to ferri- and ferrylHb which exhibit prooxidant and proinflammatory activities. Cystathione gamma-lyase- (CSE-) derived H2 S has been suggested to possess various antiatherogenic actions. Expression of CSE was upregulated predominantly in macrophages, foam cells, and myofibroblasts of human atherosclerotic lesions derived from carotid artery specimens of patients. A similar pattern was observed in aortic lesions of apolipoprotein E-deficient mice on high-fat diet...
2018: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
Asokan Devarajan
The prevalence of kidney stones and cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are increasing throughout the world. Both diseases are chronic and characterized by accumulation of oxidized proteins and lipids in the renal tissue and arterial wall, respectively. Emerging studies have revealed a positive association between nephrolithiasis and CVDs. Based on preclinical and clinical evidences, this review discusses: (i) stone forming risk factors, crystal nucleation, aggregation, injury-induced crystal retention, and stone formation, (ii) CVD risk factors such as dyslipidemia, perturbation of gut microbiome, obesity, free radical-induced lipoprotein oxidation, and retention in the arterial wall, subsequent foam cell formation, and atherosclerosis, (iii) mechanism by which stone forming risk factors such as oxalate, calcium, uric acid, and infection contribute toward CVDs, and (iv) how CVD risk factors, such as cholesterol, phospholipids, and uric acid, contribute to kidney stone formation are described...
March 30, 2018: Clinical Science (1979-)
Kenta Hamada, Yoji Takeuchi, Chiaki Kubo, Yasuhiko Tomita, Masayasu Omori, Noriya Uedo, Ryu Ishihara, Yasushi Yamasaki, Sachiko Yamamoto, Tomofumi Akasaka, Noboru Hanaoka, Koji Higashino, Hiroyuki Okada, Hiroyasu Iishi
Pharyngeal xanthomas are considered rare, and no reports have described their endoscopic appearance under magnifying or image-enhanced endoscopy. We report three cases of asymptomatic sporadic pharyngeal xanthoma that were detected incidentally during routine esophagogastroduodenoscopy. All the patients were men and had a solitary lesion of about 1 mm in size. Two of the lesions were located in the oropharynx, while one was in the hypopharynx. Non-magnifying endoscopy showed yellowish lesions, and magnifying endoscopy showed an aggregation of minute yellowish nodules with tortuous microvessels on their surface...
March 19, 2018: Head and Neck Pathology
Meiting Yang, Hanhan Zhao, Huihan Ai, Hongbin Zhu, Shuyue Wang, Yongli Bao, Yuxin Li
A high level of APOC3 expression is an independent risk factor for some lipid metabolism-related diseases, such as cardiovascular disease (CVD), nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and atherosclerosis (AS). This suggests that down-regulating APOC3 expression is a potential way of regulating lipid levels. In this study, we used luciferase reporter screening to identify a natural compound, alantolactone (ALA), that can inhibit the promoter activity of APOC3. ALA decreased APOC3 expression at both mRNA and protein levels...
March 16, 2018: European Journal of Pharmacology
Etienne Jambon-Puillet, Christophe Josserand, Suzie Protiere
Solid particles can modify the properties of liquid interfaces and are therefore widely used to coat drops, bubbles and stabilize emulsions and foams. Here we propose a new, easy and affordable method to produce millimetric to centimetric water-in-water capsules using solid particles. We prevent the coalescence of a water drop at an oil-water interface using a monolayer of large, dense and hydrophobic particles: a ``granular raft''. The capsule is then formed by a mechanical instability occurring when the interface collapses under the combined load of the floating drop and particle weight...
March 19, 2018: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Yao Dai, Xiaoqin Wu, Dongsheng Dai, Jun Li, Jawahar L Mehta
OBJECTIVE: Several miR/s that regulate gene/s relevant in atherogenesis are being described. We identified a miR (miR-98) that targets LOX-1, a receptor for ox-LDL, and speculated that it might be relevant in atherogenesis. APPROACH AND RESULTS: MicroRNA-98 was predicted by bioinformatics tools. The effects of miR-98 (by use of mimics and inhibitors) on LOX-1 expression and foam cell formation in mouse peritoneal macrophages were assessed. ApoE-/- mice fed by high fat diet were administered with mmu-agomiR-98 and mmu-antagomiR-98, and expression of LOX-1 and foam cell formation in aorta were quantified...
March 8, 2018: Redox Biology
Judith Stiefelmaier, Benjamin Ledermann, Michael Sorg, Angela Banek, Doris Geib, Roland Ulber, Nicole Frankenberg-Dinkel
Phycoerythrobilin (PEB) is an open-chain tetrapyrrole derived from heme and plays an important role as light-harvesting pigment in the phycobiliproteins of cyanobacteria and red algae. Furthermore, PEB can also function as an antioxidant with potential use as a natural acid stable food colorant. PEB is not commercially available and large, pure quantities can only be obtained by laborious methanolysis of red algae followed by liquid chromatography. Here we describe an improved method for high yield production and purification of PEB in Escherichia coli via heterologous expression where the two required enzymes heme oxygenase and PEB synthase subsequently convert the substrate heme provided by the host cell...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Biotechnology
Johan G Schnitzler, Geesje M Dallinga-Thie, Jeffrey Kroon
Over the last century, many studies have demonstrated that low-density lipoprotein (LDL) is a key risk factor of cardiovascular diseases (CVD) related to atherosclerosis. Thus, for these CVD patients, LDL lowering agents are commonly used in the clinic to reduce the risk for CVD. LDL, upon modification, will develop distinct inflammatory and pro-atherogenic potential, leading to impaired endothelial behavior and subsequent increased foam cell formation. LDL can also directly affect circulating monocyte composition, rendering them in a more favorable position to migrate and accumulate in the subendothelial space...
March 16, 2018: Current Medicinal Chemistry
Yuna Horiuchi, Shao-Jui Lai, Azusa Yamazaki, Ayaka Nakamura, Ryunosuke Ohkawa, Kouji Yano, Takahiro Kameda, Shigeo Okubo, Shitsuko Shimano, Michio Hagihara, Shuji Tohda, Minoru Tozuka
Estimation of the function as well as the amount of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) is required to predict the risk of cardiovascular disease development. Cholesterol efflux capacity (CEC) is the key metric for determining the anti-atherosclerotic function of HDL. However, the assay methods currently used to calculate CEC are not ideal for clinical use as they require the culture of cells. In the present study, we developed a novel CEC assay using immobilized liposome-bound gel beads (ILGs), containing fluorescently labelled cholesterol, as a substitute for cultured cells...
March 15, 2018: Bioscience Reports
Da Wei Zhang, Jing Wei Li, Jia Xian Luo, Pei Man Xu, Li Cheng Wei, Dan Zhou, Wei Ming Xu, Dingsheng Yuan
It is essential to synthesize low-cost, earth-abundant bifunctional electrocatalysts
 for both hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) and oxygen evolution reaction (OER) for
 water electrolysis. Herein, we present a one-step sulfurization method to fabricate
 Ni3S2 nanowires directly grown on Ni foam (Ni3S2 NWs/Ni) as such an electrocatalyst.
 This synthetic strategy has several advantages including facile preparation, low cost
 and even can be expanded to large-scale preparation in the practical application...
March 15, 2018: Nanotechnology
Hyun-Joo Kim, Gil Sun Cha, Hyung-Joon Kim, Eun-Young Kwon, Ju-Youn Lee, Jeomil Choi, Ji-Young Joo
Purpose: The aim of this study was to evaluate the ability of Porphyromonas gingivalis ( P. gingivalis ) to induce oxidation of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) and to determine whether the oxidized HDL induced by P. gingivalis exhibited altered antiatherogenic function or became proatherogenic. Methods: P. gingivalis and THP-1 monocytes were cultured, and the extent of HDL oxidation induced by P. gingivalis was evaluated by a thiobarbituric acid-reactive substances (TBARS) assay...
February 2018: Journal of Periodontal & Implant Science
Lei Zhao, Z Varghese, J F Moorhead, Yaxi Chen, Xiong Z Ruan
Background: CD36 is a multi-functional class B scavenger receptor, which acts as an important modulator of lipid homeostasis and immune responses. Sources of data: This review uses academic articles. Areas of agreement: CD36 is closely related to the development and progression of atherosclerosis. Areas of controversy: Both persistent up-regulation of CD36 and deficiency of CD36 increase the risk for atherosclerosis...
March 9, 2018: British Medical Bulletin
Caixia Guo, Ru Ma, Xiaoying Liu, Tian Chen, Yang Li, Yang Yu, Junchao Duan, Xianqing Zhou, Yanbo Li, Zhiwei Sun
Oxidized low-density lipoprotein (oxLDL), a marker of hyperlipidemia, plays a pivotal role in the development of atherosclerosis through the induction of macrophage-derived foam cell formation and thereafter apoptosis. Previous studies have indicated that silica nanoparticle (SiNPs) may exert a proatherogenic role, which could induce endothelial dysfunction, and monocytes infiltration. However, little is known about SiNPs' effects on macrophage-derived foam cell formation and apoptosis in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis...
March 10, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
Chandu V V Muralee Gopi, Saurabh Singh, Araveeti Eswar Reddy, Hee-Je Kim
This paper reports an efficient and simple strategy for the synthesis of molybdenum copper selenide (MoCuSe) nanoparticles decorated with a combination of a carbon nanotube (CNT) network and reduced graphene oxide (rGO) nanosheets to form an integrated hybrid architecture (CNT@rGO@MoCuSe) using a two-step hydrothermal approach. The synthesized hybrid CNT@rGO@MoCuSe material onto the Ni foam substrate is applied successfully as an effective counter electrode (CE) in quantum dot-sensitized solar cells (QDSSCs)...
March 13, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Sovik Das, Pritha Chatterjee, M M Ghangrekar
Electrosynthesis of multi-carbon compounds from the carbon dioxide present in biogas is a nascent approach towards purification of biogas. Microbial electrosynthesis (MES) cells, fabricated using different electrode materials, were operated using different electrolytes and mixed anaerobic culture as biocatalysts in the cathodic chamber under an applied cathode potential of -0.7 V vs standard hydrogen electrode (SHE). The rate of production of acetate, isobutyrate, propionate and 2-piperidinone from reduction of CO2 in the cathodic chamber of the MES was 0...
March 2018: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
Chaliga Chiarathanakrit, Sa-Ad Riyajan, Kaewta Kaewtatip
In this work modified fish scale waste (FS) was used as a filler in order to improve the properties of starch foam prepared by a baking process. The FS was modified under two calcination conditions: at 500 °C for 5 h and at 700 °C for 3 h. The FS powder calcined at 700 °C for 3 h (FS700-3) had higher Ca content and lower protein content and was the filler chosen for experimental study of the effects of its addition on the properties of the starch foam. The addition of FS700-3 to the starch foam produced a more expanded structure due to FS700-3 efficiently supported the growth of existing cells during nucleation and bubble growth...
May 15, 2018: Carbohydrate Polymers
Chong Huang, Xiao-Hua Yu, Xi-Long Zheng, Xiang Ou, Chao-Ke Tang
Macrophage autophagy contributes to the hydrolysis of cholesteryl ester into free cholesterol mainly for ATP-binding cassette transporter A1 (ABCA1)-dependent efflux. Interferon-stimulated gene 15 (ISG15) has been shown to regulate autophagy in multiple types of cells. The present study aimed to examine the effects of ISG15 on autophagy and cholesterol efflux in THP-1 macrophage-derived foam cells and to explore the underlying molecular mechanisms. Our results showed that overexpression of ISG15 promoted autophagy and cholesterol efflux and inhibited lipid accumulation without impact on ABCA1 expression...
March 5, 2018: European Journal of Pharmacology
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