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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110201/influence-of-soil-types-and-osmotic-pressure-on-growth-and-137-cs-accumulation-in-blackgram-vigna-mungo-l
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Khin Thuzar Win, Aung Zaw Oo, Sonoko Dorothea Bellingrath-Kimura
A pot experiment was conducted to study the effects of soil types and osmotic levels on growth and (137)Cs accumulation in two blackgram varieties differing in salinity tolerance grown in Fukushima contaminated soils. The contamination levels of the sandy clay loam and clay soil were 1084 and 2046 Bq kg(-1) DW, respectively. The (137)Cs activity was higher in both plants grown on the sandy clay loam than on the clay soil regardless of soil (137)Cs activity concentration. No significant differences were observed in all measured growth parameters between the two varieties under optimal water conditions for both types of soil...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110184/structural-analysis-of-binding-functionality-of-folic-acid-peg-dendrimers-against-folate-receptor
#2
Diana Sampogna-Mireles, Ingrid D Araya-Durán, Valeria Márquez-Miranda, Jesús A Valencia-Gallegos, Fernando D González-Nilo
Dendrimers functionalized with folic acid (FA) are drug delivery systems that can selectively target cancer cells with folate receptors (FR-α) overexpression. Incorporation of polyethylene glycol (PEG) can enhance dendrimers solubility and pharmacokinetics, but ligand-receptor binding must not be affected. In this work we characterized, at atomic level, the binding functionality of conventional site-specific dendrimers conjugated with FA with PEG 750 or PEG 3350 as a linker. After Molecular Dynamics simulation, we observed that both PEG's did not interfere over ligand-receptor binding functionality...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110068/a-photoresponsive-soft-interface-reversibly-controls-wettability-and-cell-adhesion-by-conformational-changes-in-a-spiropyran-conjugated-amphiphilic-block-copolymer
#3
Di He, Yoshinori Arisaka, Kenichi Masuda, Mitsuya Yamamoto, Naoya Takeda
: The functionalities of soft interfaces including cell adhesion can be enhanced by dynamic conversion of polymer properties and movement via external stimuli. Light is a superior stimulus, and various surfaces modified with photoreactive molecules have been prepared. However, in most of these studies, the surface properties are irreversibly changed due to photo-degradation, and reversible adhesion and collection of cells is not feasible. In this study, we developed a photoresponsive polymer soft interface that was able to spatiotemporally control wettability, cell adhesion, and detachment in a reversible manner...
January 18, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108106/do-children-just-grow-out-of-irritable-bowel-syndrome
#4
Eleonora Giannetti, Marco Maglione, Elisa Sciorio, Vincenzo Coppola, Erasmo Miele, Annamaria Staiano
OBJECTIVE: Few data exist on natural history of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in children; therefore we investigated symptoms evolution over time in a cohort of children with IBS. STUDY DESIGN: In this observational, single-center study, we prospectively enrolled newly diagnosed children with IBS and reassessed them after 24 months. At both time points, patients completed a symptoms questionnaire, and a score of stool consistency was obtained. The therapeutic strategy adopted was also recorded...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107568/oral-immunoglobulin-treatment-improved-intestinal-permeability-in-children-with-active-crohn-s-disease
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Tommy Sundqvist, Lars Stenhammar, Bo Tjellström, Karl-Eric Magnusson, Tony Forslund, Lotta Högberg
AIM: Crohn's disease (CD) is a chronic mucosal inflammation that affects the intestinal barrier function, for example by altering the intestinal permeability. This pilot clinical study investigated the impact of oral human immunoglobulin (OHIG) treatment on permeability characteristics in children with active luminal Crohn's disease. METHODS: The study was performed at the Department of Paediatrics, Norrköping Hospital, Sweden. Intestinal permeability was studied in three boys aged 13, 15 and 18 years with active CD, before and after a six-week treatment programme with OHIG, using different-sized polyethylene glycols the test molecules...
January 20, 2017: Acta Paediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106397/kinetics-of-detergent-induced-activation-and-inhibition-of-a-minimal-lipase
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Daniel Kuebler, Anna Bergmann, Lukas Weger, Kim Nadine Ingenbosch, Kerstin Hoffmann-Jacobsen
Detergents are commonly applied in lipase assays to solubilize the sparingly soluble model substrates. However, detergents affect lipases as well as substrates in multiple ways. The effect of detergents on lipase activity is commonly attributed to conformational changes in the lid region. This study deals with the effect of the non-ionic detergent, polyethylene glycol dodecyl ether, on a lipase that does not contain a lid sequence, lipase A from Bacillus subtilis (BSLA). We show that BSLA activity depends strongly on detergent concentration and the dependency profile changes with pH...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106257/limitations-of-polyethylene-glycol-induced-precipitation-as-predictive-tool-for-protein-solubility-during-formulation-development
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Melanie Hofmann, Matthias Winzer, Christian Weber, Henning Gieseler
OBJECTIVE: Polyethylene glycol (PEG)-induced protein precipitation is often used to extrapolate apparent protein solubility at specific formulation compositions. The procedure was used for several fields of application such as protein crystal growth but also protein formulation development. Nevertheless, most studies focused on applicability in protein crystal growth. In contrast, this study focuses on applicability of PEG-induced precipitation during high-concentration protein formulation development...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105392/in-vivo-long-term-biodistribution-excretion-and-toxicology-of-pegylated-transition-metal-dichalcogenides-ms2-m-mo-w-ti-nanosheets
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Jiali Hao, Guosheng Song, Teng Liu, Xuan Yi, Kai Yang, Liang Cheng, Zhuang Liu
With unique 2D structures and intriguing physicochemical properties, various types of transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) have attracted much attention in many fields including nanomedicine. Hence, it is of great importance to carefully study the in vivo biodistribution, excretion, and toxicology profiles of different TMDCs, and hopefully to identify the most promising type of TMDCs with low toxicity and fast excretion for further biomedical applications. Herein, the in vivo behaviors of three representative TMDCs including molybdenum dichalcogenides (MoS2), tungsten dichalcogenides (WS2), and titanium dichalcogenides (TiS2) nanosheets are systematically investigated...
January 2017: Advanced Science (Weinheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105110/wt1-shrna-delivery-using-transferrin-conjugated-peg-liposomes-in-an-in-vivo-model-of-melanoma
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Santiago Saavedra-Alonso, Pablo Zapata-Benavides, Ana Karina Chavez-Escamilla, Edgar Manilla-Muñoz, Diana Elisa Zamora-Avila, Moisés Armides Franco-Molina, Cristina Rodriguez-Padilla
The global incidence of melanoma is increasing. Mortality from melanoma is influenced primarily by metastasis in advanced stages of the disease. Current treatments are largely ineffective; thus, novel gene delivery approaches that target tumor-specific markers may be useful for the treatment of melanoma. Systemic administration of encapsulated RNA-interference plasmids targeted against tumor cells is a potential alternative therapy for cancer. Formulations of transferrin (Tf)-conjugated polyethylene glycol (PEG) liposomes loaded with short hairpin RNA (shRNA) against WT1 (Lip + RNAi + Tf), PEG liposomes loaded with shRNA against WT1 (Lip + RNAi), Tf-conjugated PEG liposomes loaded with pEGFP-N3 (Lip + GFP + Tf) and saline solution as negative control (untreated) were administered systemically to C57BL/6 mice implanted subcutaneously with a melanoma cell line...
December 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104586/synergy-of-glucagon-like-peptide-2-and-epidermal-growth-factor-co-administration-on-intestinal-adaptation-in-neonatal-piglets-with-short-bowel-syndrome
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David W Lim, Crystal L Levesque, Donna F Vine, Mitsuru Muto, Jacob R Koepke, Patrick N Nation, Pamela R Wizzard, Julang Li, David L Bigam, Patricia L Brubaker, Justine M Turner, Paul W Wales
BACKGROUND: Glucagon-like peptide-2 (GLP-2) and epidermal growth factor (EGF) treatment enhance intestinal adaptation. To determine whether these growth factors exert synergistic effects on intestinal growth and function, GLP-2 and EGF-containing media (EGF-cm) were administered, alone and in combination, in neonatal piglet with short bowel syndrome (SBS). METHODS: Neonatal Landrace/Large White piglets were block-randomized to 75% mid-intestinal (JI group) or distal-intestinal (JC group) resection or sham control, with 7-d infusion of saline (control), intravenous human GLP-2 (11 nmol/kg/day) alone, enteral EGF-cm (80 μg/kg/day) alone, or GLP-2 and EGF-cm in combination...
January 19, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103719/pegylated-nanoliposomal-clusterin-for-amyloidogenic-light-chain-induced-endothelial-dysfunction
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Diana Guzman-Villanueva, Raymond Q Migrino, Seth Truran, Nina Karamanova, Daniel A Franco, Camelia Burciu, Subhadip Senapati, Dobrin Nedelkov, Parameswaran Hari, Volkmar Weissig
Light chain (AL) amyloidosis is a disease associated with significant morbidity and mortality arising from multi-organ injury induced by amyloidogenic light chain proteins (LC). There is no available treatment to reverse the toxicity of LC. We previously showed that chaperone glycoprotein clusterin (CLU) and nanoliposomes (NL), separately, restore human microvascular endothelial function impaired by LC. In this work, we aim to prepare PEGylated-nanoliposomal clusterin (NL-CLU) formulations that could allow combined benefit against LC while potentially enabling efficient delivery to microvascular tissue, and test efficacy on human arteriole endothelial function...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Liposome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103014/reactive-oxygen-species-and-glutathione-dual-redox-responsive-supramolecular-assemblies-with-controllable-release-capability
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Yang Kang, Xin Ju, Li-Sheng Ding, Sheng Zhang, Bang-Jing Li
A dual redox and bio-relevant triggered supramolecular system is developed through the non-covalent host-guest interactions between the ferrocene (Fc) on camptothecin (CPT) and β-cyclodextrin (β-CD) at the end of methoxy polyethylene glycol (mPEG). The two segments can form a stable non-covalent supramolecular block copolymer mPEG-β-CD/Fc-CPT, which could further self-assemble into stable micelles in aqueous solution. Interestingly, these supramolecular micelles showed uniform sphere structure, high and constant drug loading content, hyper-fast redox-responsive drug release, and exhibited equal cellular proliferation inhibition toward A549 cancer cells, while the cytotoxicity evaluation of mPEG-β-CD indicated good biocompatibility...
January 19, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100051/basement-membrane-mimics-of-biofunctionalized-nanofibers-for-a-bipolar-cultured-human-primary-alveolar-capillary-barrier-model
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Akihiro Nishiguchi, Smriti Singh, Matthias Wessling, Charles James Kirkpatrick, Martin Moeller
In vitro reconstruction of an alveolar barrier for modeling normal lung functions and pathological events serve as reproducible, high-throughput pharmaceutical platforms for drug discovery, diagnosis, and regenerative medicine. Despite much effort, the reconstruction of organ-level alveolar barrier functions has failed due to the lack of structural similarity to the natural basement membrane, functionalization with specific ligands for alveolar cell function, the use of primary cells and biodegradability. Here we report a bipolar cultured alveolar-capillary barrier model of human primary cells supported by a basement membrane mimics of fully-synthetic bifunctional nanofibers...
January 18, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099525/polyethylene-glycol-camouflaged-earthworm-hemoglobin
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Vivek P Jani, Alborz Jelvani, Selamawit Moges, Parimala Nacharaju, Camille Roche, David Dantsker, Andre Palmer, Joel M Friedman, Pedro Cabrales
Nearly 21 million components of blood and whole blood and transfused annually in the United States, while on average only 13.6 million units of blood are donated. As the demand for Red Blood Cells (RBCs) continues to increase due to the aging population, this deficit will be more significant. Despite decades of research to develop hemoglobin (Hb) based oxygen (O2) carriers (HBOCs) as RBC substitutes, there are no products approved for clinical use. Lumbricus terrestris erythrocruorin (LtEc) is the large acellular O2 carrying protein complex found in the earthworm Lumbricus terrestris...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099518/evaluation-of-methods-for-the-concentration-and-extraction-of-viruses-from-sewage-in-the-context-of-metagenomic-sequencing
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Mathis Hjort Hjelmsø, Maria Hellmér, Xavier Fernandez-Cassi, Natàlia Timoneda, Oksana Lukjancenko, Michael Seidel, Dennis Elsässer, Frank M Aarestrup, Charlotta Löfström, Sílvia Bofill-Mas, Josep F Abril, Rosina Girones, Anna Charlotte Schultz
Viral sewage metagenomics is a novel field of study used for surveillance, epidemiological studies, and evaluation of waste water treatment efficiency. In raw sewage human waste is mixed with household, industrial and drainage water, and virus particles are, therefore, only found in low concentrations. This necessitates a step of sample concentration to allow for sensitive virus detection. Additionally, viruses harbor a large diversity of both surface and genome structures, which makes universal viral genomic extraction difficult...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097629/radiomitigation-and-tissue-repair-activity-of-systemically-administered-therapeutic-peptide-tp508-is-enhanced-by-pegylation
#16
Scott D McVicar, Kempaiah Rayavara, Darrell H Carney
TP508 is a synthetically derived tissue repair peptide that has previously demonstrated safety and potential efficacy in phase I/II clinical trials for the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers. Recent studies show that a single injection of TP508 administered 24 h after irradiation significantly increases survival and delays mortality in murine models of acute radiation mortality. Thus, TP508 is being developed as a potential nuclear countermeasure. Because of the short plasma half-life of TP508, we hypothesize that increasing the peptide bioavailability would increase TP508 efficacy or reduce the dosage required for therapeutic effects...
January 17, 2017: AAPS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097503/blended-chitosan-paste-for-infection-prevention-preliminary-and-preclinical-evaluations
#17
Joel M Berretta, Jessica A Jennings, Harry S Courtney, Karen E Beenken, Mark S Smeltzer, Warren O Haggard
BACKGROUND: Local drug delivery devices offer a promising method for delivering vancomycin and amikacin for musculoskeletal wounds. However, current local delivery devices such as beads and sponges do not necessarily allow for full coverage of a wound surface with eluted antibiotics and do not address the need for reducing the antibiotic diffusion distance to help prevent contamination by bacteria or other microorganisms. We blended chitosan/polyethylene glycol (PEG) pastes/sponges to increase biocompatibility and improve antibiotic coverage within the wound...
January 17, 2017: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095302/internal-evaluation-of-impregnation-treatment-of-waterlogged-wood-relation-between-concentration-of-internal-materials-and-relaxation-time-using-magnetic-resonance-imaging
#18
Yuki Kanazawa, Tetsuya Yamada, Aki Kido, Koji Fujimoto, Kyoko Takakura, Hiroaki Hayashi, Yasutaka Fushimi, Satoshi Kozawa, Koji Koizumi, Makiko Okuni, Naomi Ueda, Kaori Togashi
The purpose of this study is to clarify the degree of impregnation resulting from treatment of internal waterlogged wood samples using MRI. On a 1.5T MR scanner, T1 and T2 measurements were performed using inversion recovery and spin-echo sequences, respectively. The samples were cut waterlogged pieces of wood treated with various impregnation techniques which were divided into different concentrations of trehalose (C12H22O11) and polyethylene glycol (PEG; HO-(C2H4O)n-H) solutions. Then these samples underwent impregnation treatment every two weeks...
January 14, 2017: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094898/polyelectrolyte-oil-core-nanocarriers-for-localized-and-sustained-delivery-of-daunorubicin-to-colon-carcinoma-mc38-cells-the-case-of-polysaccharide-multilayer-film-in-relation-to-peg-ylated-shell
#19
Urszula Bazylińska, Jadwiga Pietkiewicz, Joanna Rossowska, Grzegorz Chodaczek, Andrzej Gamian, Kazimiera A Wilk
The authors examine properties of daunorubicin (DNR)-loaded oil-core multilayer nanocapsules prepared via layer-by-layer approach with different polyelectrolyte (PE) coatings such as a standard one (containing polysodium 4-styrenesulphonate/poly(diallyldimethyl-ammonium) chloride) and a polysaccharide-based shell (dextran/chitosan), in regard to the outer layer of poly-l-glutamic acid (PGA) grafted with polyethylene glycol (PGA-g-PEG). The nanocarriers are obtained on a cationic nanoemulsion template (stabilized by dicephalic-type surfactant, N,N-bis[3,30-(trimethylammonio)propyl]-dodecanamide dimethylsulfate) and layered with the PE shell of different thicknesses resulting in average size of 150 nm in diameter (as shown by dynamic light scattering, scanning electron microscopy and cryogenic-transmission electron microscopy, and atomic force microscopy)...
January 17, 2017: Macromolecular Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094352/star-shaped-copolymer-grafted-pei-and-redv-as-a-gene-carrier-to-improve-migration-of-endothelial-cells
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Juan Lv, Xuefang Hao, Qian Li, Mary Akpanyung, Abdelilah Nejjari, Agnaldo Luis Neve, Xiangkui Ren, Yakai Feng, Changcan Shi, Wencheng Zhang
In this work, a biodegradable star-shaped copolymer poly(lactide-co-3(S)-methyl-morpholine-2,5-dione)6 (Star-(PLMD)6) was synthesized via ring-opening polymerization (ROP), and subsequently a gene carrier Star-PLMD-g-PEI-g-PEG-CREDVW was prepared by grafting polyethyleneimine (PEI), polyethylene glycol (PEG) and targeting peptide REDV onto Star-(PLMD)6. This gene carrier could form stable micelles to condense pEGFP-ZNF580 through electrostatic interaction. The resulting complexes were biocompatible and showed high efficiency in gene delivery...
January 17, 2017: Biomaterials Science
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