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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821125/a-chitin-film-containing-basic-fibroblast-growth-factor-with-a-chitin-binding-domain-as-wound-dressings
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Yu Wang, Chuan Fu, Zhenxu Wu, Li Chen, Xuesi Chen, Yen Wei, Peibiao Zhang
Basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) can stimulate wound healing. However, consistent delivery of bFGF has many disadvantages. To decrease their instability and diffusible, we introduced chitin-binding domain (ChtBD) into bFGF. Two expression plasimids were constructed. The first one (named bFGF) contained bFGF (154 amino acids), the second (named ChtBD-bFGF) contained bFGF and the ChtBD (54 amino acids). ChtBD was derived from chitinase A1 (ChiA1) of Bacillus circulans WL-12. The recombinant protein ChtBD-bFGF had the same biological activity as bFGF in promoting fibroblast proliferation...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820889/altered-fetal-growth-placental-abnormalities-and-stillbirth
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Radek Bukowski, Nellie I Hansen, Halit Pinar, Marian Willinger, Uma M Reddy, Corette B Parker, Robert M Silver, Donald J Dudley, Barbara J Stoll, George R Saade, Matthew A Koch, Carol Hogue, Michael W Varner, Deborah L Conway, Donald Coustan, Robert L Goldenberg
BACKGROUND: Worldwide, stillbirth is one of the leading causes of death. Altered fetal growth and placental abnormalities are the strongest and most prevalent known risk factors for stillbirth. The aim of this study was to identify patterns of association between placental abnormalities, fetal growth, and stillbirth. METHODS AND FINDINGS: Population-based case-control study of all stillbirths and a representative sample of live births in 59 hospitals in 5 geographic areas in the U...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819743/halorubrum-salsamenti-sp-nov-a-novel-halophilic-archaeon-isolated-from-a-brine-of-salt-mine
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Shaoxing Chen, Jiao He, Jiao Zhang, Yao Xu, Jiao Huang, Li-Xia Ke
A non-motile, spherical or oval extremely halophilic archaeon, strain Y69(T), was isolated from a brine of the Yunnan salt mine, China. Colonies on JCM 168 agar plate were round (1-2 mm in diameter), moist, and orange-pigmented. Phylogenetic analysis of the almost-complete 16S rRNA gene sequence showed that the isolate belonged to the species of the genus Halorubrum, with a close relationship to Halorubrum aidingense 31-hong(T) (98.5%), Halorubrum lacusprofundi ATCC 49239(T) (98.2%), and Halorubrum kocurii BG-1(T) (98...
August 17, 2017: Current Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818774/a-quantum-dot-based-fluoroassay-for-detection-of-food-borne-pathogens
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Elaheh Mohamadi, Mohammadali Moghaddasi, Afshin Farahbakhsh, Abbass Kazemi
Evaluation of the distribution capability of food-borne pathogens existing in food products by taking the advantage of quantum dots (QDs) for their photoluminescence properties was carried out. Bacteria namely Escherichia coli (E. coli) labelled with CdSe-QDs were examined both on an Agar nutrient and ground fish substrates in order to observe their growth rate in different environments in the Lab. A sample with an appropriate concentration ratio 10(7)CFU/mL of bacteria/CdSe-QDs was empirically selected from the samples which were grown on the Agar containing plates...
August 7, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818159/effects-of-iron-administration-on-the-diameter-of-cells-of-growth-cartilage-of-rat-pups-during-pregnancy
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Faiza Umbreen, Khadija Qamar, Sadia Shaukat, Amna Tasawar
OBJECTIVE: To determine the effect of oral iron administration on pregnant rats on the diameter of cells of growth plate of rat pups. STUDY DESIGN: Experimental study. PLACE AND DURATION OF STUDY: Anatomy Department, Army Medical College, Rawalpindi in collaboration with National Institute of Health (NIH), Islamabad from March to November 2016. METHODOLOGY: Group Acontaining 8 pregnant rats was control group, and group B containing same number of pregnant rats was the study group...
July 2017: Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons—Pakistan: JCPSP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817072/efficient-transdermal-delivery-of-alendronate-a-nitrogen-containing-bisphosphonate-using-tip-loaded-self-dissolving-microneedle-arrays-for-the-treatment-of-osteoporosis
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Hidemasa Katsumi, Yutaro Tanaka, Kaori Hitomi, Shu Liu, Ying-Shu Quan, Fumio Kamiyama, Toshiyasu Sakane, Akira Yamamoto
To improve the transdermal bioavailability and safety of alendronate (ALN), a nitrogen-containing bisphosphonate, we developed self-dissolving microneedle arrays (MNs), in which ALN is loaded only at the tip portion of micron-scale needles by a dip-coating method (ALN(TIP)-MN). We observed micron-scale pores in rat skin just after application of ALN(TIP)-MN, indicating that transdermal pathways for ALN were created by MN. ALN was rapidly released from the tip of MNs as observed in an in vitro release study...
August 17, 2017: Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816377/controlled-growth-of-metal-organic-frameworks-on-polymer-brushes
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Liman Hou, Mingdong Zhou, Xiaozhe Dong, Lei Wang, Zhigang Xie, Dewen Dong, Ning Zhang
Polymer brushes are for the first time used to induce the synthesis of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). The semi-fixed polymer chains provide a confined environment, which allows a mild growth of MOFs in-between polymer chains to give surface-attached spherical MOF nanoparticles, in contrast to the larger MOF cubics/plates formed simultaneously in solution. Polymer brushes bearing carboxylate acid functionalities are indispensible for the formation of surface bound MOFs, while no MOF nanoparticles are observed on neutral polymer brushes...
August 17, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812754/towards-well-defined-mos2-nanoribbons-on-a-large-scale
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Ruifeng Qi, Shanling Wang, Minxiang Wang, Wentao Liu, Zhihui Yan, Xiaofeng Bi, Qingsong Huang
High quality molybdenum dioxide plates are engineered as templates for epitaxial growth of well-defined MoS2 nanoribbons (MNRs). The obtained MNRs possess prominent ferromagnetism, suggesting edge zigzag topologies. Our findings have opened an alternative route to large-scale synthesis of well-defined 1D materials.
August 16, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811479/membrane-free-culture-and-real-time-barrier-integrity-assessment-of-perfused-intestinal-epithelium-tubes
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Sebastiaan J Trietsch, Elena Naumovska, Dorota Kurek, Meily C Setyawati, Marianne K Vormann, Karlijn J Wilschut, Henriëtte L Lanz, Arnaud Nicolas, Chee Ping Ng, Jos Joore, Stefan Kustermann, Adrian Roth, Thomas Hankemeier, Annie Moisan, Paul Vulto
In vitro models that better reflect in vivo epithelial barrier (patho-)physiology are urgently required to predict adverse drug effects. Here we introduce extracellular matrix-supported intestinal tubules in perfused microfluidic devices, exhibiting tissue polarization and transporter expression. Forty leak-tight tubules are cultured in parallel on a single plate and their response to pharmacological stimuli is recorded over 125 h using automated imaging techniques. A study comprising 357 gut tubes is performed, of which 93% are leak tight before exposure...
August 15, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809133/orientation-relationships-in-al0-7cocrfeni-high-entropy-alloy
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Leo T H de Jeer, Václav Ocelík, Jeff T M De Hosson
A detailed microstructural evaluation was executed on the crystallographic texture as well as the mechanisms for nucleation, phase transformation, and grain growth in a Al0.7CoCrFeNi high-entropy alloy. The microstructure and crystallographic orientations were characterized by electron backscatter diffraction, and the chemical composition variations by energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. The cast Al0.7CoCrFeNi alloy started in the BCC phase and partially transformed into the FCC phase. It was found that the Pitsch orientation relationship (OR) dominates the nucleation mechanism of the FCC phase; however, deviations with respect to the Pitsch OR are observed and are attributed to the differently sized atoms forming an ordered B2 phase in the alloy causing lattice distortions...
August 15, 2017: Microscopy and Microanalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808261/atomic-force-microscopy-micro-rheology-reveals-large-structural-inhomogeneities-in-single-cell-nuclei
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Michael Lherbette, Ália Dos Santos, Yukti Hari-Gupta, Natalia Fili, Christopher P Toseland, Iwan A T Schaap
During growth, differentiation and migration of cells, the nucleus changes size and shape, while encountering forces generated by the cell itself and its environment. Although there is increasing evidence that such mechanical signals are employed to control gene expression, it remains unclear how mechanical forces are transduced through the nucleus. To this end, we have measured the compliance of nuclei by applying oscillatory strains between 1 and 700 Hz to individual nuclei of multiple mammalian cell-lines that were compressed between two plates...
August 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807101/examine-the-correlation-between-heat-shock-protein-ibpa-and-heat-tolerance-in-cronobacter-sakazakii
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Zhi Jing Zhao, Bin Wang, Jing Yuan, Hao Yu Liang, Si Guo Dong, Ming Zeng
We used a proteomic approach to identify IbpA in Cronobacter sakazakii (C. sakazaki), which is related to heat tolerance in this strain. The abundance of IbpA in C. sakazakii strains strongly increased after heat shock. C. sakazakii CMCC 45402 ibpA deletion mutants were successfully constructed. The C. sakazakii CMCC 45402 ΔibpA and wild-type strains could not be distinguished based on colony morphology on LB agar plates or biochemical assays. The growth of the C. sakazakii CMCC 45402 ΔibpA mutant in heat shock conditions was indistinguishable from that of the isogenic wild-type, but showed greater heat resistance than E...
August 2017: Biomedical and Environmental Sciences: BES
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806852/generation-of-oligodendrogenic-spinal-neural-progenitor-cells-from-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
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Mohamad Khazaei, Christopher S Ahuja, Michael G Fehlings
This unit describes protocols for the efficient generation of oligodendrogenic neural progenitor cells (o-NPCs) from human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs). Specifically, detailed methods are provided for the maintenance and differentiation of hiPSCs, human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived neural progenitor cells (hiPS-NPCs), and human induced pluripotent stem cell-oligodendrogenic neural progenitor cells (hiPSC-o-NPCs) with the final products being suitable for in vitro experimentation or in vivo transplantation...
August 14, 2017: Current Protocols in Stem Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806841/genetic-polymorphisms-as-predictive-markers-of-response-to-growth-hormone-therapy-in-children-with-growth-hormone-deficiency
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Anna Maria Jung, Martin Zenker, Christina Lißewski, Denny Schanze, Stefan Wagenpfeil, Tilman Robert Rohrer
Objective Growth hormone (GH) deficiency (GHD) is commonly treated with recombinant human GH (rhGH). Individual response to rhGH therapy varies widely and there is evidence that variations in growth-related genes, e. g. the GH receptor (GHR) gene, may impact treatment response. We aimed to identify genetic polymorphisms which could serve as predictive markers of response to rhGH therapy. Methods We conducted a genetic analysis of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and the GHR exon 3 deletion in 101 paediatric GHD patients receiving rhGH...
August 14, 2017: Klinische Pädiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805882/plant-array-chip-for-the-germination-and-growth-screening-of-arabidopsis-thaliana
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Youn-Hee Park, Nayoung Lee, Giltsu Choi, Je-Kyun Park
A screening process for the germination and growth of seed is generally required for plant research. Such a repetitive screening process is costly and time-consuming, and its bulky setup requires a lot of space. In particular, the control of the variables, such as light, nutrients, hormones and temperature, is difficult due to the limited space for incubation. In addition, small seeds such as Arabidopsis thaliana are difficult to handle as they are hundreds of microns in diameter and require a more precisely controllable screening environment...
August 14, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799981/guided-growth-for-angular-correction-in-children-a-comparison-of-two-tension-band-plate-designs
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Muayad Kadhim, Luke Gauthier, Karl Logan, Ron El-Hawary, Benjamin Orlik
This retrospective cohort study examined 20 patients (48 physes), 11 boys and nine girls, who were treated with hinge-plate or eight-plate. The mean age of the patients at surgery was 11.9±2.6 years. The mean follow-up duration was 13±2.7 months. The radiographic measurement of both distal femoral and proximal tibial deformity showed significant correction, with no difference between the hinge-plate and the eight-plate. Both screw divergence angle and the hinge angle showed significant changes at the last follow-up...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics. Part B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799266/wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-during-early-vertebrate-neural-development
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David Brafman, Karl Willert
The vertebrate central nervous (CNS) is comprised of vast number of distinct cell types arranged in a highly organized manner. This high degree of complexity is achieved by cellular communication, including direct cell-cell contact, cell-matrix interactions, and cell-growth factor signaling. Among the several developmental signals controlling the development of the CNS, Wnt proteins have emerged as particularly critical and, hence, have captivated the attention of many researchers. With Wnts' evolutionarily conserved function as primordial symmetry breaking signals, these proteins and their downstream effects are responsible for simultaneously establishing cellular diversity and tissue organization...
August 11, 2017: Developmental Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798933/tumor-proteins-d52-and-d54-have-opposite-effects-on-the-terminal-differentiation-of-chondrocytes
#18
Chihiro Ito, Yoshiki Mukudai, Masakatsu Itose, Kosuke Kato, Hiromi Motohashi, Toshikazu Shimane, Seiji Kondo, Tatsuo Shirota
The tumor protein D (TPD) family consists of four members, TPD52, TPD53, TPD54, and TPD55. The physiological roles of these genes in normal tissues, including epidermal and mesenchymal tissues, have rarely been reported. Herein, we examined the expression of TPD52 and TPD54 genes in cartilage in vivo and in vitro and investigated their involvement in the proliferation and differentiation of chondrocytes in vitro. TPD52 and TPD54 were uniformly expressed in articular cartilage and trabecular bone and were scarcely expressed in the epiphyseal growth plate...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798903/anti-quorum-sensing-and-anti-biofilm-activity-of-delftia-tsuruhatensis-extract-by-attenuating-the-quorum-sensing-controlled-virulence-factor-production-in-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
#19
Vijay K Singh, Avinash Mishra, Bhavanath Jha
Multidrug-resistance bacteria commonly use cell-to-cell communication that leads to biofilm formation as one of the mechanisms for developing resistance. Quorum sensing inhibition (QSI) is an effective approach for the prevention of biofilm formation. A Gram-negative bacterium, Delftia tsuruhatensis SJ01, was isolated from the rhizosphere of a species of sedge (Cyperus laevigatus) grown along the coastal-saline area. The isolate SJ01 culture and bacterial crude extract showed QSI activity in the biosensor plate containing the reference strain Chromobacterium violaceum CV026...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798736/escherichia-coli-o157-h7-acid-sensitivity-correlates-with-flocculation-phenotype-during-nutrient-limitation
#20
Kathryn L Kay, Frederick Breidt, Pina M Fratamico, Gian M Baranzoni, Gwang-Hee Kim, Amy M Grunden, Deog-Hwan Oh
Shiga toxin producing Escherichia coli (STEC) strains vary in acid resistance; however, little is known about the underlying mechanisms that result in strain specific differences. Among 25 STEC O157:H7 strains tested, 7 strains flocculated when grown statically for 18 h in minimal salts medium at 37°C, while 18 strains did not. Interestingly, the flocculation phenotype (cells came out of suspension) was found to correlate with degree of acid sensitivity in an assay with 400 mM acetic acid solution at pH 3...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
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