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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528362/budesonide-fluticasone-propionate-and-azithromycin-do-not-modulate-the-membrane-vesicle-release-by-thp-1-macrophages-and-respiratory-pathogens-during-macrophage-infection
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Charlotte Volgers, Gert E Grauls, Pauline H M Hellebrand, Paul H M Savelkoul, Frank R M Stassen
Patients with more severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease frequently experience exacerbations and it is estimated that up to 50% of these exacerbations are associated with bacterial infections. The mainstay treatment for these infection-related exacerbations constitutes the administration of glucocorticoids, alone or in combination with antibiotics. A recent line of evidence demonstrates that many hormones including the steroid beclomethasone can also directly affect bacterial growth, virulence, and antibiotic resistance...
May 20, 2017: Inflammopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528161/functional-implication-of-mitral-annular-disjunction-in-mitral-valve-prolapse-a-quantitative-dynamic-3d-echocardiographic%C3%A2-study
#2
Alex Pui-Wai Lee, Chun-Na Jin, Yiting Fan, Randolph H L Wong, Malcolm J Underwood, Song Wan
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to assess the hypothesis that mitral annular disjunction (MAD) is associated with abnormal annular dynamics due to decoupling of annular-ventricular function. BACKGROUND: MAD, defined as a separation between the atrial wall-mitral valve (MV) junction and left ventricular (LV) attachment, is a structural abnormality occurring in MV prolapse (MVP). Few data exist on the 3-dimensional (3D) geometry of MAD and its functional implication...
May 11, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527243/-synthesis-of-antibiotic-loaded-polylactic-acid-nanoparticles-and-their-antibacterial-activity-against-escherichia-coli-o157-h7-and-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus
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Mónica Tatiana Herrera, Jhon Jhamilton Artunduaga, Claudia Cristina Ortiz, Rodrigo Gonzalo Torres
INTRODUCTION: Polymeric nanoparticles are promising nanotechnology tools to fight pathogenic bacteria resistant to conventional antibiotics. OBJECTIVE: To synthesize polylactic acid nanoparticles loaded with ofloxacin and vancomycin, and to determine their antibacterial activity against Escherichia coli O157:H7 and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). MATERIALS AND METHODS: We synthesized ofloxacin or vancomycin loaded polylactic acid nanoparticles by the emulsification-solvent evaporation method, and characterized them by dynamic light scattering, laser Doppler electrophoresis and scanning electron microscopy...
January 24, 2017: Biomédica: Revista del Instituto Nacional de Salud
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527126/polycaprolactone-based-nanoparticles-loaded-with-indomethacin-for-anti-inflammatory-therapy-from-preparation-to-ex-vivo-study
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Waisudin Badri, Karim Miladi, Sophie Robin, Céline Viennet, Qand Agha Nazari, Géraldine Agusti, Hatem Fessi, Abdelhamid Elaissari
PURPOSE: This work focused on the preparation of polycaprolactone based nanoparticles containing indomethacin to provide topical analgesic and anti-inflammatory effect for symptomatic treatment of inflammatory diseases. Indomethacin loaded nanoparticles are prepared for topical application to decrease indomethacin side effects and administration frequency. Oppositely to already reported works, in this research non-invasive method has been used for the enhancement of indomethacin dermal drug penetration...
May 19, 2017: Pharmaceutical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526868/chitosan-dextran-sulfate-coated-doxorubicin-loaded-plga-pva-nanoparticles-caused-apoptosis-in-doxorubicin-resistance-breast-cancer-cells-through-induction-of-dna-damage
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Sumit Siddharth, Anmada Nayak, Deepika Nayak, Birendra Kumar Bindhani, Chanakya Nath Kundu
To overcome the toxicity, pharmacokinetics and drug resistance associated with doxorubicin (DOX), a strategy was developed by encapsulating DOX- loaded-PLGA-PVA- nanoparticles within chitosan-dextran sulfate nanoparticles (CS-DS) [CS-DS-coated-DOX-loaded -PLGA-PVA-NP] and study the sensitivity against DOX- resistance- breast cancer cells (MCF-7-DOX-R). These CS-DS and PLGA-PVA double coated DOX are spherical, stable, polydispersed and have zeta potential +2.89 mV. MCF-7- DOX-R cells were derived by exposing increasing doses of DOX in MCF-7 cells...
May 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526863/potential-of-pedot-pss-as-a-hole-selective-front-contact-for-silicon-heterojunction-solar-cells
#6
Sara Jäckle, Martin Liebhaber, Clemens Gersmann, Mathias Mews, Klaus Jäger, Silke Christiansen, Klaus Lips
We show that the highly conductive polymer poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)-poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) can successfully be applied as a hole selective front contact in silicon heterojunction (SHJ) solar cells. In combination with a superior electron selective heterojunction back contact based on amorphous silicon (a-Si), mono-crystalline n-type silicon (c-Si) solar cells reach power conversion efficiencies up to 14.8% and high open-circuit voltages exceeding 660 mV. Since in the PEDOT:PSS/c-Si/a-Si solar cell the inferior hybrid junction is determining the electrical device performance we are capable of assessing the recombination velocity (v I ) at the PEDOT:PSS/c-Si interface...
May 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525416/is-there-a-preinterventional-mechanical-ventilation-time-limit-for-candidates-of-adult-respiratory-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation
#7
Meng-Yu Wu, Chung-Chi Huang, Tzu-I Wu, Yu-Sheng Chang, Chin-Liang Wang, Pyng-Jing Lin
Venovenous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VV-ECMO) is a useful life support in severe acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Although prolonged mechanical ventilation (MV) before institution of ECMO is known to be a poor prognostic factor for outcomes of VV-ECMO, a reasonable deadline for this period has not been defined yet. To discover the answer, we reviewed a 9 year institutional experience of adult respiratory ECMO in VV configuration and investigate the relationship between the MV time before ECMO and in-hospital mortality...
May 18, 2017: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524653/benzoate-acid-dependent-lattice-dimension-of-co-mofs-and-mof-derived-cos2-cnts-with-tunable-pore-diameters-for-supercapacitors
#8
Kang-Yu Zou, Yi-Chen Liu, Yi-Fan Jiang, Cheng-Yan Yu, Man-Li Yue, Zuo-Xi Li
Herein three novel cobalt metal-organic frameworks (Co-MOFs) with similar ingredients, [Co(bib)(o-bdc)]∞ (1), [Co2(bib)2(m-bdc)2]∞ (2), and {[Co(bib)(p-bdc)(H2O)](H2O)0.5}∞ (3), have been synthesized from the reaction of cobalt nitrate with 1,4-bis(imidazol-1-yl)benzene (bib) and structure-related aromatic acids (1,2-benzenedicarboxylic acid = o-bdc, 1,3-benzenedicarboxylic acid = m-bdc, and 1,4-benzenedicarboxylic acid = p-bdc) by the solvothermal method. It is aimed to perform systematic research on the relationship among the conformation of benzoate acid, lattice dimension of Co-MOF, and pore diameter of MOF-derived carbon composite...
May 19, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524651/electrodeposited-mo3s13-films-from-nh4-2mo3s13%C3%A2-2h2o-for-electrocatalysis-of-hydrogen-evolution-reaction
#9
Kuangzhou Du, Lirong Zheng, Tanyuan Wang, Junqiao Zhuo, Zhiwei Zhu, Yuanhua Shao, Meixian Li
Molybdenum sulfides are considered to be one kind of the promising candidates as cheap and efficient electrocatalysts for hydrogen evolution reaction (HER). But this is still a gap on electrocatalytic performance toward Pt. In order to further enhance electrocatalytic activity of molybdenum sulfides, in this work, Mo3S13 films with high ratio of sulfur to molybdenum were prepared by electrodeposition. The Mo3S13 films exhibit highly efficient electrocatalytic activity for HER and achieve a current density of 10 mA/cm2 at an overpotential of 200 mV with an onset potential of 130 mV vs...
May 19, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524027/-effect-of-chest-physiotherapy-in-patients-undergoing-mechanical-ventilation-a-prospective-randomized-controlled-trial
#10
Hui Zeng, Zhen Zhang, Yuan Gong, Miao Chen
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of chest physiotherapy (CPT) on patients undergoing mechanical ventilation (MV). METHODS: A prospective randomized controlled trial (RCT) was conducted. Sixty-eight adult patients undergoing invasive MV over 48 hours admitted to intensive care unit (ICU) of Affiliated Hospital of Zunyi Medical College from December 2014 to October 2016 were enrolled, and they were divided into CPT group (n = 37) and control group (n = 31) by random number table...
May 2017: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523734/synergistic-phase-and-disorder-engineering-in-1t-mose2-nanosheets-for-enhanced-hydrogen-evolution-reaction
#11
Ying Yin, Yumin Zhang, Tangling Gao, Tai Yao, Xinghong Zhang, Jiecai Han, Xianjie Wang, Zhihua Zhang, Ping Xu, Peng Zhang, Xingzhong Cao, Bo Song, Song Jin
MoSe2 is a promising earth-abundant electrocatalyst for the hydrogen-evolution reaction (HER), even though it has received much less attention among the layered dichalcogenide (MX2 ) materials than MoS2 so far. Here, a novel hydrothermal-synthesis strategy is presented to achieve simultaneous and synergistic modulation of crystal phase and disorder in partially crystallized 1T-MoSe2 nanosheets to dramatically enhance their HER catalytic activity. Careful structural characterization and defect characterization using positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy correlated with electrochemical measurements show that the formation of the 1T phase under a large excess of the NaBH4 reductant during synthesis can effectively improve the intrinsic activity and conductivity, and the disordered structure from a lower reaction temperature can provide abundant unsaturated defects as active sites...
May 19, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523174/rupture-of-gore-tex-neochordae-10-years-after-mitral-valve-repair
#12
Makoto Mori, Philip Y K Pang, Sabet W Hashim
The current non-resectional paradigm in mitral valve (MV) repair emphasizes the use of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) for artificial chordal replacement. While excellent long-term durability of repair using PTFE neochordae has been established, there have been rare reports of neochordal rupture at various times after surgery. We report a case of artificial chordal rupture 10 years after anterior mitral leaflet repair, necessitating reoperation. This complication may have been precipitated by maldistributed intracardiac tensile forces as a consequence of a malpositioned annuloplasty band...
April 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522841/near-infrared-heptamethine-cyanine-based-iron-oxide-nanoparticles-for-tumor-targeted-multimodal-imaging-and-photothermal-therapy
#13
Sejy Lee, Reju George Thomas, Myeong Ju Moon, Hyeong Ju Park, In-Kyu Park, Byeong-Il Lee, Yong Yeon Jeong
Near-infrared fluorescent (NIRF) imaging modality holds great promise for tumor detection and offers several advantages of bioimaging, such as high tissue penetration with less background scattering. The disadvantage of NIRF bioimaging is that it has very low spatial resolution. Thus, the combination of NIRF with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a good option because MRI can provide anatomical information with a higher resolution. Heptamethine cyanine dye (MHI-148) has been reported to have tumor-targeting capability which was used here as the NIRF agent...
May 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521809/role-of-mitral-valve-repair-in-active-infective-endocarditis-long-term-results
#14
Carlo Rostagno, Enrico Carone, Pier Luigi Stefàno
BACKGROUND: Although mitral valve repair is at present the technique of choice in mitral regurgitation (MR) due to degenerative valve disease, long term results in patients with active mitral infective endocarditis (IE) are still under evaluation. METHODS: In the study were included 34 consecutive patients (22 males; mean age, 60 years; range 32-84 years) referred to our institution between January 1, 2005 to December 31, 2011 who were treated with valve repair for mitral valve (MV) active infective endocarditis...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521752/synthesis-characterization-and-biological-verification-of-anti-her2-indocyanine-green-doxorubicin-loaded-polyethyleneimine-coated-perfluorocarbon-double-nanoemulsions-for-targeted-photochemotherapy-of-breast-cancer-cells
#15
Yu-Hsiang Lee, Yun-Ting Ma
BACKGROUND: Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer and the leading cause of cancer death among females worldwide. Among various types of breast cancer, the human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-overexpressing breast cancer is known to be more aggressive and often resistant to medicinal treatment, leading to an insufficient prognosis and poor susceptibility to chemotherapy and/or hormonal therapy in the current clinic. These circumstances implicate that developing an improved therapeutic strategy rather than persistently changing the anticancer drugs for trying is truly needed to successfully cure this type of breast cancer...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520412/identification-of-the-ferredoxin-binding-site-of-a-ferredoxin-dependent-cyanobacterial-nitrate-reductase
#16
Anurag P Srivastava, Emily P Hardy, James P Allen, Brian J Vaccaro, Michael K Johnson, David B Knaff
An in silico model for the 1:1 ferredoxin (Fd)/nitrate reductase (NR) complex, using the known structure of Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 Fd and the in silico model of Synechococcus sp. PCC 7942 NR, is used to map the interaction sites that define the interface between Fd and NR. To test the electrostatic interactions predicted by the model complex, five positively charged NR amino acids Arg43, Arg46, Arg197, Lys201 and Lys614; and a negatively charged amino acid, Glu219, were altered using site-directed mutagenesis and characterized by activity measurements, metal analysis and EPR studies...
May 18, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516994/3d-ordered-porous-moxc-x-1-or-2-for-advanced-hydrogen-evolution-and-li-storage
#17
Hong Yu, Haosen Fan, Jiong Wang, Yun Zheng, Zhengfei Dai, Yizhong Lu, Junhua Kong, Xin Wang, Young Jin Kim, Qingyu Yan, Jong-Min Lee
3D ordered porous structures of MoxC are prepared with different Mo to C ratios and tested for two possible promising applications: hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) through water splitting and lithium ion batteries (LIBs). Mo2C and MoC with 3D periodic ordered structures are prepared with a similar process but different precursors. The 3D ordered porous MoC exhibits excellent cycling stability and rate performance as an anode material for LIBs. A discharge capacity of 450.9 mA h g(-1) is maintained up to 3000 cycles at 10...
May 18, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516982/colorimetric-and-electrochemical-quantification-of-global-dna-methylation-using-a-methyl-cytosine-specific-antibody
#18
Md Hakimul Haque, Ripon Bhattacharjee, Md Nazmul Islam, Vinod Gopalan, Nam-Trung Nguyen, Alfred K Lam, Muhammad J A Shiddiky
We report a simple colorimetric (naked-eye) and electrochemical method for the rapid, sensitive and specific quantification of global methylation levels using only 25 ng of input DNA. Our approach utilises a three-step strategy; (i) initial adsorption of the extracted, purified and denatured bisulfite-treated DNA on a screen-printed gold electrode (SPE-Au), (ii) immuno-recognition of methylated DNA using a horseradish peroxidase (HRP)-conjugated methylcytosine (HRP-5mC) antibody and (iii) subsequent colorimetric detection by the enzymatic oxidation of 3,3',5,5'-tetramethylbenzidin (TMB)/H2O2 which generated a blue-coloured product in the presence of methylated DNA and HRP-5mC immunocomplex...
May 18, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516064/a-novel-role-of-listeria-monocytogenes-membrane-vesicles-in-inhibition-of-autophagy-and-cell-death
#19
Svitlana Vdovikova, Morten Luhr, Paula Szalai, Lars Nygård Skalman, Monika K Francis, Richard Lundmark, Nikolai Engedal, Jörgen Johansson, Sun N Wai
Bacterial membrane vesicle (MV) production has been mainly studied in Gram-negative species. In this study, we show that Listeria monocytogenes, a Gram-positive pathogen that causes the food-borne illness listeriosis, produces MVs both in vitro and in vivo. We found that a major virulence factor, the pore-forming hemolysin listeriolysin O (LLO), is tightly associated with the MVs, where it resides in an oxidized, inactive state. Previous studies have shown that LLO may induce cell death and autophagy. To monitor possible effects of LLO and MVs on autophagy, we performed assays for LC3 lipidation and LDH sequestration as well as analysis by confocal microscopy of HEK293 cells expressing GFP-LC3...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515697/trpa1-channels-modify-trpv1-mediated-current-responses-in-dorsal-root-ganglion-neurons
#20
Takayoshi Masuoka, Makiko Kudo, Yuka Yamashita, Junko Yoshida, Noriko Imaizumi, Ikunobu Muramatsu, Matomo Nishio, Takaharu Ishibashi
The transient receptor potential vanilloid 1 (TRPV1) channel is highly expressed in a subset of sensory neurons in the dorsal root ganglia (DRG) and trigeminal ganglia of experimental animals, responsible for nociception. Many researches have revealed that some TRPV1-positive neurons co-express the transient receptor potential ankyrin 1 (TRPA1) channel whose activities are closely modulated by TRPV1 channel. However, it is less investigated whether the activities of TRPV1 channel are modulated by the presence of TRPA1 channel in primary sensory neurons...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
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