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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636168/improved-hemodialysis-with-hemocompatible-polyethersulfone-hollow-fiber-membranes-in-vitro-performance
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Surendra Kumar Verma, Akshay Modi, Atul Kumar Singh, Rohit Teotia, Jayesh Bellare
We show that addition of nanozeolite (NZ) and vitamin E D-α-Tocopherol polyethylene glycol succinate (TPGS or T) considerably improves the performance of polyethersulfone (PES or P) hollow fiber membrane (HFM) for hemodialysis. Nanocomposite HFMs were manufactured using PES as a polymer, TPGS as an additive and NZ as a filler to give a composite membrane called PT-NZ. HFMs were spun by dry-wet spinning principle based on liquid-liquid phase separation. TPGS and NZ were successfully incorporated in HFMs, as confirmed by EDX elemental mapping...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636005/mass-mobility-and-ms-n-measurements-of-single-ions-using-charge-detection-mass-spectrometry
#2
Andrew G Elliott, Conner C Harper, Haw-Wei Lin, Evan R Williams
Charge detection mass spectrometry is used to measure the mass, charge, MS(n) and mobility of an individual ion produced by electrospray ionization of a 8 MDa polyethylene glycol sample. The charge detection mass spectrometer is an electrostatic ion trap that uses cone electrodes and a single tube detector and can detect ions for up to the full trapping time of 4.0 s. The time-domain signal induced on the detector tube by a single multiply charged ion can be complex owing to sequential fragmentation of the original precursor ion as well as increasing oscillation frequencies of the single ion owing to collisions with background gas that reduce the kinetic energy of the ion inside the trap...
June 21, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635628/identification-and-validation-of-reference-genes-for-seashore-paspalum-response-to-abiotic-stresses
#3
Yu Liu, Jun Liu, Lei Xu, Hui Lai, Yu Chen, Zhimin Yang, Bingru Huang
Seashore paspalum (Paspalum vaginatum) is among the most salt- and cadmium-tolerant warm-season perennial grass species widely used as turf or forage. The objective of this study was to select stable reference genes for quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) analysis of seashore paspalum in response to four abiotic stresses. The stability of 12 potential reference genes was evaluated by four programs (geNorm, NormFinder, BestKeeper, and RefFinder). U2AF combined with glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase (GAPDH) showed stable expression in Cd-treated leaves and cold-treated roots...
June 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633353/modulating-role-of-ros-in-re-establishing-desiccation-tolerance-in-germinating-seeds-of-caragana-korshinskii-kom
#4
Long Peng, Sirui Lang, Yu Wang, Hugh W Pritchard, Xiaofeng Wang
In close agreement with visible germination, orthodox seeds lose desiccation tolerance (DT). This trait can be regained under osmotic stress, but the mechanisms are poorly understood. In this study, germinating seeds of Caragana korshinskii Kom. were investigated, focusing on the potential modulating roles of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in the re-establishment of DT. Germinating seeds with 2 mm long radicles can be rendered tolerant to desiccation by incubation in a polyethylene glycol (PEG) solution (-1...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632911/polymer-functionalized-gold-nanoparticles-as-non-viral-gene-delivery-reagents
#5
M Mar Encabo-Berzosa, Maria Sancho-Albero, Victor Sebastian, Silvia Irusta, Manuel Arruebo, Jesus Santamaria, Pilar Martín Duque
BACKGROUND: In this study we investigated the ability of PEG functionalized gold nanoparticles as non-viral vectors in the transfection of different cell lines, comparing them with commercial lipoplexes. METHODS: Positively charged gold nanoparticles were synthesized using PEI as reducing and stabilizer agent and its cytotoxicity reduced by its functionalization with PEG. We bound the nanoparticles to three plasmids with different sizes (4-40 kpb). The vector internalization was evaluated by confocal and electronic microscopy...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Gene Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632139/peptide-functionalized-gold-nanoparticles-the-influence-of-ph-on-binding-efficiency
#6
Emma Harrison, Jeremy Hamilton, Manuel Montero, Dorian Dixon
We report herein on the synthesis of mixed monolayer gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) capped with both polyethylene glycol (PEG) and one of three peptides. Either a receptor-mediated endocytosis (RME) peptide, an endosomal escape pathway (H5WYG) peptide or the Nrp-1 targeting RGD peptide (CRGDK) labelled with FITC. All three peptides have a thiol containing cysteine residue which can be used to bind the peptides to the AuNPs. In order to investigate the influence of pH on peptide attachment, PEGylated AuNPs were centrifuged, the supernatant removed, and the nanoparticles were then re-suspended in a range of pH buffer solutions above, below and at the respective isoelectric points of the peptides before co-functionalization...
June 20, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629978/dual-roles-of-tpgs-based-microemulsion-for-tacrolimus-enhancing-the-percutaneous-delivery-and-anti-psoriatic-efficacy
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Tao WanJingtong Pan, Yueming Long, Kaiyue Yu, Yixuan Wang, Wenhui Pan, Wenyi Ruan, Mengyao Qin, Chuanbin Wu, Yuehong Xu
In this study, we demonstrate for the first time the dual roles of Tocopheryl Polyethylene Glycol 1000 Succinate (TPGS) based microemulsion (ME) for tacrolimus (TAC) to enhance TAC percutaneous delivery and anti-psoriatic efficacy. The ME formulation was developed and optimized based on pseudo-ternary phase diagrams combined with in vitro permeation. The result of Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) demonstrated that TAC was completely solubilized in the TPGS-ME. In vitro permeation studies showed that TPGS-ME enhanced TAC permeation through and into the skin, and the enhanced deposition of TAC in the normal or psoriatic skin was further confirmed in vivo...
June 16, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629620/effects-of-inhibiting-vps4-support-a-general-role-for-escrts-in-extracellular-vesicle-biogenesis
#8
Charles E Jackson, Benjamin S Scruggs, Jean E Schaffer, Phyllis I Hanson
Extracellular vesicles (EVs) are proposed to play important roles in intercellular communication. Two classes of EVs can be distinguished based on their intracellular origin. Exosomes are generated within endosomes and released when these fuse with the plasma membrane, whereas ectosomes bud directly from the plasma membrane. Studies of EV function have been hindered by limited understanding of their biogenesis. Components of the endosomal sorting complex required for transport (ESCRT) machinery play essential roles in topologically equivalent processes at both the endosome and the plasma membrane and are consistently recovered in EVs, but whether they are generally required to produce EVs is still debated...
June 16, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629218/two-dimensional-plasmonic-nanoparticle-as-a-nanoscale-sensor-to-probe-polymer-brush-formation
#9
Assad Ullah Khan, Clayton Scruggs, David Hicks, Guoliang Liu
Conventional analysis and characterization of polymer brush formation relies on laborious methods that use quartz crystal microbalance, atomic force microscope, microcantilever, or other tools that measure concentration change of solutions. Herein we develop a simple and easy method that utilizes intrinsically-flat two-dimensional (2D) plasmonic nanoparticles as sensors for unveiling the mechanism of polymer brush formation on surfaces. Via ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy, the plasmonic nanoparticles can be used to determine the amount of polymers near the surface in situ...
June 20, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629066/glucosamine-modified-polyethylene-glycol-hydrogel-mediated-chondrogenic-differentiation-of-human-mesenchymal-stem-cells
#10
Hang Yao, Jingchen Xue, Qunfang Wang, Renjian Xie, Weichang Li, Sa Liu, Jinglei Cai, Dajiang Qin, Dong-An Wang, Li Ren
Glucosamine (GA) is an important cartilage matrix precursor for the glycosaminoglycan biochemical synthesis, and has positive effects on cartilage regeneration, particularly in osteoarthritis therapy. However, it has not been used as a bioactive group in scaffolds for cartilage repair widely. In this study, we synthesized modified polyethylene glycol (PEG) hydrogel with glucosamine and then encapsulated human bone mesenchymal stem cells (hBMSCs) in the hydrogel to induce the differentiation of hBMSCs into chondrocytes in three-dimensional culture...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629065/preparation-and-characterization-of-in-situ-chitosan-polyethylene-glycol-fumarate-thymol-hydrogel-as-an-effective-wound-dressing
#11
Sepideh Koosehgol, Mehdi Ebrahimian-Hosseinabadi, Mehdi Alizadeh, Ali Zamanian
In the present study, polyethylene glycol fumarate (PEGF) was synthesized as a component of blend solutions via polycondensation polymerization and characterized by different tests in order to determine its functional groups and its physical properties included melting and crystallization temperature, enthalpy of fusion and average molecular weights. Wound dressing films based on chitosan (Ch), PEGF and thymol (Th) were fabricated by solvent casting method with different formulations contained 80%(w/w) chitosan and 20%(w/w) PEGF as polymeric components and different amounts of thymol consisted of 0, 0...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628997/preparations-of-hyperbranched-polymer-nano-micelles-and-the-ph-redox-controlled-drug-release-behaviors
#12
Liping Zhang, Yamin Zhou, Gang Shi, Xinxin Sang, Caihua Ni
Hyperbranched polymer nano micelles (NMs) were prepared through a nucleophilic ring opening polymerization between cystamine and polyethylene glycol diglycidyl ether, followed by a reaction of amino groups and dimethyl maleic anhydride. The NMs showed spheric morphologies with hydrodynamic diameters of 106-120nm. Doxorubicin was loaded in the NMs with loading rate as high as 15.38wt%; The NMs possessed negative zeta potentials in aqueous solutions of pH7.4 due to the carboxyl ions on the particle surfaces, but the zeta potentials were converted to positive ones due to the hydrolysis of amide bonds at pH5...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628996/pvp-and-peg-doped-cuo-nanoparticles-are-more-biologically-active-antibacterial-antioxidant-antidiabetic-and-cytotoxic-perspective
#13
Rabia Javed, Madiha Ahmed, Ihsan Ul Haq, Sobia Nisa, Muhammad Zia
Search for biologically active nanoparticles is prerequisite for biomedical applications. CuO nanoparticles synthesized by co-precipitation method are capped by polyethylene-glycol (PEG) and polyvinyl-pyrrolidone (PVP) on the surface by simple adsorption. Physical and chemical properties carried out by SEM, XRD and FTIR confirm nanometer in size and efficient capping of PVP and PEG on CuO NPs. Biological assays reveal higher activities of CuO-PEG and CuO-PVP as compared to the uncapped CuO nanoparticles. CuO-PEG shows better antitumor activity against Streptomyces as compared with CuO-PVP and CuO NPs...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628835/low-frequency-sonic-waves-assisted-cloud-point-extraction-of-polyhydroxyalkanoate-from-cupriavidus-necator
#14
Sivananth Murugesan, Regupathi Iyyaswami
Low frequency sonic waves, less than 10kHz were introduced to assist cloud point extraction of polyhydroxyalkanoate from Cupriavidus necator present within the crude broth. Process parameters including surfactant system variables and sonication parameters were studied for their effect on extraction efficiency. Introduction of low frequency sonic waves assists in the dissolution of microbial cell wall by the surfactant micelles and release of cellular content, polyhydroxyalkanoate granules released were encapsulated by the micelle core which was confirmed by crotonic acid assay...
June 6, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627454/synthesis-physiochemical-characterization-and-in-vitro-antitumor-activity-of-the-amide-and-ph-cleavable-hydrazone-conjugates-of-%C3%AE-tocotrienol-isomer-of-vitamin-e-with-methoxy-poly-ethylene-glycol
#15
Ahmed Abu-Fayyad, Sami Nazzal
The anticancer activity of water soluble methoxy polyethylene glycol (mPEG) derivatives of tocotrienol (T3) isomers of vitamin E was previously found to be reduced when compared to the parent free isomers. This could be due to the ester bond formation between the mPEG and the 6-OH group on the chroman moiety of the T3 isomer. To further investigate, the objectives of the current study were to (1) synthesize and characterize stable amide and cleavable hydrazone conjugates between mPEG and carbon-5 on the chroman moiety of T3, and (2) examine the cytotoxicity of the newly synthesized mPEG conjugates against breast (MCF-7 and MDA-MB-231) and pancreatic (BxPC-3 and PANC-1) cancer cells...
June 13, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624218/targeted-multifunctional-lipid-eco-plasmid-dna-nanoparticles-as-efficient-non-viral-gene-therapy-for-leber-s-congenital-amaurosis
#16
Da Sun, Bhubanananda Sahu, Songqi Gao, Rebecca M Schur, Amita M Vaidya, Akiko Maeda, Krzysztof Palczewski, Zheng-Rong Lu
Development of a gene delivery system with high efficiency and a good safety profile is essential for successful gene therapy. Here we developed a targeted non-viral delivery system using a multifunctional lipid ECO for treating Leber's congenital amaurosis type 2 (LCA2) and tested this in a mouse model. ECO formed stable nanoparticles with plasmid DNA (pDNA) at a low amine to phosphate (N/P) ratio and mediated high gene transfection efficiency in ARPE-19 cells because of their intrinsic properties of pH-sensitive amphiphilic endosomal escape and reductive cytosolic release (PERC)...
June 16, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621774/mesoporous-polydopamine-nanoparticles-with-co-delivery-function-for-overcoming-multidrug-resistance-via-synergistic-chemo-photothermal-therapy
#17
Yuxin Xing, Jixi Zhang, Feng Chen, Junjie Liu, Kaiyong Cai
Theranostic agents for combined chemo-photothermal therapy have attracted intensive interest in the treatment of multi-drug resistance (MDR) in cancer therapy. However, the development of simple theranostic agents as dual hosts for both heat and a high payload of chemotherapeutic agents remains a big challenge. Herein, mesoporous polydopamine nanoparticles (MPDA) were successfully developed with properties of a high payload of DOX (up to 2000 μg mg(-1)) and the drug efflux inhibitor TPGS (d-α-tocopheryl polyethylene glycol 1000 succinate), as well as strong near-infrared absorption...
June 16, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620758/transcriptome-analysis-of-drought-responsive-genes-regulated-by-hydrogen-sulfide-in-wheat-triticum-aestivum-l-leaves
#18
Hua Li, Min Li, Xingliang Wei, Xia Zhang, Ruili Xue, Yidan Zhao, Huijie Zhao
Drought is an environmental factor that deeply impacts wheat yield and quality. Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is a known regulator of drought resistance in plants. To preliminarily elucidate the regulatory mechanisms of H2S on drought tolerance, the effects of H2S on drought-responsive genes were investigated by transcriptome analysis. As a result, a total of 7552 transcripts not only responded to drought stress but also exhibited differential expression relative to the polyethylene glycol (PEG) treatment (P) and the NaHS pretreatment with PEG treatment (SP)...
June 15, 2017: Molecular Genetics and Genomics: MGG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617495/thiol-ene-micropillar-array-electrospray-ionization-platform-for-zeptomole-level-bioanalysis
#19
K Lipponen, S Tähkä, T Sikanen, V Jokinen, A Tatikonda, S Franssila, R Kostiainen, T Kotiaho
A micropillar array electrospray ionization (μPESI) platform fabricated from thiol-enes with 56 individual polyethylene glycol coated μPESI chips for bioanalytical mass spectrometry is introduced. Bioanalysis capability is shown by measurement of a protein, a protein digest and a cell lysate sample. The thiol-ene polyethylene glycol (PEG) coated μPESI chip allows the use of a wide range of aqueous-organic solvent compositions and provides a detection limit at 60 zeptomole level (6 × 10(-20) mol) for a peptide standard...
June 15, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617063/matrix-metalloproteases-responsive-nanomaterials-for-tumor-targeting-diagnosis-and-treatment
#20
Jingyuan Xiong, Huile Gao
Tumor poses tremendous challenges to mankind. In various tumors, matrix metalloproteases (MMPs) are ubiquitously over expressed and participate throughout the process of tumor development. MMPs are commonly used as internal stimuli, and MMPs responsive nanomaterials are classified into three categories according to the drug delivery process: administration and distribution to tumor, intratumoral distribution and cell internalization, and specific drug release. Firstly, MMPs sensitive polyethylene glycol (PEG) de-shielding and activatable cell penetrating peptides were developed to improve the blood circulation time of drug delivery systems, thereby, enhancing tumor or stroma cells recognition and penetration...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Microencapsulation
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