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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327735/reverse-micelle-based-water-soluble-nanoparticles-for-simultaneous-bioimaging-and-drug-delivery
#1
Ying Chen, Yong Liu, Yongchao Yao, Shiyong Zhang, Zhongwei Gu
With special confined water pools, reverse micelles (RMs) have shown potential for a wide range of applications. However, the inherent water-insolubility of RMs hinders their further application prospects, especially for applications related to biology. We recently reported the first successful transfer of RMs from organic media to an aqueous phase without changing the smart water pools by the hydrolysis of an arm-cleavable interfacial cross-linked reverse micelles. Herein, we employed another elaborate amphiphile 1 to construct new acrylamide-based cross-linked water-soluble nanoparticles (ACW-NPs) under much gentler conditions...
March 22, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327506/efficacy-and-safety-evaluation-of-a-chlorine-dioxide-solution
#2
Jui-Wen Ma, Bin-Syuan Huang, Chu-Wei Hsu, Chun-Wei Peng, Ming-Long Cheng, Jung-Yie Kao, Tzong-Der Way, Hao-Chang Yin, Shan-Shue Wang
In this study, a chlorine dioxide solution (UC-1) composed of chlorine dioxide was produced using an electrolytic method and subsequently purified using a membrane. UC-1 was determined to contain 2000 ppm of gaseous chlorine dioxide in water. The efficacy and safety of UC-1 were evaluated. The antimicrobial activity was more than 98.2% reduction when UC-1 concentrations were 5 and 20 ppm for bacteria and fungi, respectively. The half maximal inhibitory concentrations (IC50) of H1N1, influenza virus B/TW/71718/04, and EV71 were 84...
March 22, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318025/maternal-chronic-hypoxia-increases-expression-of-genes-regulating-lung-liquid-movement-and-surfactant-maturation-in-male-fetuses-in-late-gestation
#3
Erin V McGillick, Sandra Orgeig, Beth J Allison, Kirsty L Brain, Youguo Niu, Nozomi Itani, Katie L Skeffington, Andrew D Kane, Emilio A Herrera, Dino A Giussani, Janna L Morrison
Chronic fetal hypoxaemia is a common pregnancy complication that may arise from maternal, placental and/or fetal factors. Respiratory outcome of the infant at birth likely depends on the duration, timing and severity of the hypoxaemic insult. We have isolated the effect of maternal chronic hypoxia (MCH) for a month in late gestation on fetal lung development. Pregnant ewes were exposed to normoxia (21% O2 ) or hypoxia (10% O2 ) from 105-138 d gestation (term ∼145 d). At 138 d, gene expression in fetal lung tissue was determined by qRT-PCR...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317022/water-dispersible-silica-coated-upconverting-liposomes-can-a-thin-silica-layer-protect-tta-uc-against-oxygen-quenching
#4
Sven H C Askes, Vincent C Leeuwenburgh, Wim Pomp, Hadi Arjmandi-Tash, Stefania Tanase, Thomas Schmidt, Sylvestre Bonnet
Light upconversion by triplet-triplet annihilation (TTA-UC) in nanoparticles has received considerable attention for bioimaging and light activation of prodrugs. However, the mechanism of TTA-UC is inherently sensitive for quenching by molecular oxygen. A potential oxygen protection strategy is the coating of TTA-UC nanoparticles with a layer of oxygen-impermeable material. In this work, we explore if (organo)silica can fulfill this protecting role. Three synthesis routes are described for preparing water-dispersible (organo)silica-coated red-to-blue upconverting liposomes...
March 13, 2017: ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314903/diatoms-in-drowning-cases-in-forensic-veterinary-context-a-preliminary-study
#5
Nadia Fucci, Carlo P Campobasso, L Mastrogiuseppe, C Puccinelli, S Marcheggiani, L Mancini, L Marino, V L Pascali
In this preliminary study, a digestive method used in forensic context to extract diatoms has been applied in organs taken from ten wildlife animals belonging three species of mammals (a deer, a roe and five otters) and one species of birds (two magpies). Only four carcasses were recovered from aquatic environments (bath trough for animals, bathtub irrigation, river) and only in three cases out of ten that the cause of death was ruled out as drowning. In seven cases, the death was due to other causes: gunshot injuries for one otter, blunt trauma for a magpie, and traumatic injuries followed by motor vehicle collision in other four otters and a roe...
March 17, 2017: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303960/the-immune-correlates-of-protection-for-an-avian-influenza-h5n1-vaccine-in-the-ferret-model-using-oil-in-water-adjuvants
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Sook-San Wong, Susu Duan, Jennifer DeBeauchamp, Mark Zanin, Lisa Kercher, Stephanie Sonnberg, Thomas Fabrizio, Trushar Jeevan, Jeri-Carol Crumpton, Christine Oshansky, Yilun Sun, Li Tang, Paul Thomas, Richard Webby
Because of the pathogenicity and low incidence of avian influenza virus infections in humans, the immune correlates of protection for avian influenza vaccines cannot be determined from clinical studies. Here, we used the ferret model to address this for an avian influenza H5N1 vaccine. Using oil-in-water adjuvants, we generated groups of ferrets with undetectable (geometric mean titer [GMT] < 10), low (GMT = 28.3), or high (GMT > 761.1) hemagglutination-inhibition (HAI) titers to the A/Viet Nam/1203/2004 (H5N1) virus...
March 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303733/bi-parametric-magnetic-resonance-imaging-applied-to-obstetrics
#7
Lucia Manganaro, Valeria Vinci, Antonella Giancotti, Sandro Gerli, Denis A Cozzi, Teresa Pusiol, Michele Scialpi, Luca Roncati
Foetal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) plays an increasingly important role in the diagnosis of foetal abnormalities. Over the years, we have successfully applied bi-parametric MRI (bp-MRI) to the following obstetric conditions: (1) neurologic vascular diseases; (2) assessment of lung parenchyma maturation; (3) renal pathologies, such as polycystic kidney, suspected renal infarction, unilateral or bilateral renal agenesis; (4) placental pathologies, as twin-twin transfusion syndrome or placenta accreta; (5) benignant and malignant congenital tumours or cysts of the liver, such as haemangioendothelioma, hepatoblastoma or metastatic neuroblastoma, of the kidney (e...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297432/difference-in-dose-volumetric-data-between-the-analytical-anisotropic-algorithm-the-dose-to-medium-and-the-dose-to-water-reporting-modes-of-the-acuros-xb-for-lung-stereotactic-body-radiation-therapy
#8
Wambaka A Mampuya, Mitsuhiro Nakamura, Yoshinori Hirose, Takashi Ishigaki, Takashi Mizowaki, Masahiro Hiraoka
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the difference in dose-volumetric data between the analytical anisotropic algorithms (AAA) and the two dose reporting modes of the Acuros XB, namely, the dose to water (AXB-Dw) and dose to medium (AXB-Dm) in lung stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT). Thirty-eight plans were generated using the AXB-Dm in Eclipse Treatment Planning System (TPS) and then recalculated with the AXB-Dw and AAA, using identical beam setup. A dose of 50 Gy in 4 fractions was prescribed to the isocenter and the planning target volume (PTV) D95%...
September 2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297303/experimental-evaluation-of-a-gpu-based-monte-carlo-dose-calculation-algorithm-in-the-monaco-treatment-planning-system
#9
Moti R Paudel, Anthony Kim, Arman Sarfehnia, Sayed B Ahmad, David J Beachey, Arjun Sahgal, Brian M Keller
A new GPU-based Monte Carlo dose calculation algorithm (GPUMCD), developed by the vendor Elekta for the Monaco treatment planning system (TPS), is capable of modeling dose for both a standard linear accelerator and an Elekta MRI linear accelerator. We have experimentally evaluated this algorithm for a standard Elekta Agility linear accelerator. A beam model was developed in the Monaco TPS (research version 5.09.06) using the commissioned beam data for a 6 MV Agility linac. A heterogeneous phantom representing several scenarios - tumor-in-lung, lung, and bone-in-tissue - was designed and built...
November 2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296309/characterization-and-evaluation-of-2-5-mv-electronic-portal-imaging-for-accurate-localization-of-intra-and-extracranial-stereotactic-radiosurgery
#10
Kwang Hyun Song, Karen Chin Snyder, Jinkoo Kim, Haisen Li, Wen Ning, Robert Rusnac, Paul Jackson, James Gordon, Salim M Siddiqui, Indrin J Chetty
2.5 MV electronic portal imaging, available on Varian TrueBeam machines, was characterized using various phantoms in this study. Its low-contrast detectability, spatial resolution, and contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR) were compared with those of conventional 6 MV and kV planar imaging. Scatter effect in large patient body was simulated by adding solid water slabs along the beam path. The 2.5 MV imaging mode was also evaluated using clinically acquired images from 24 patients for the sites of brain, head and neck, lung, and abdomen...
July 2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291369/ultrashort-single-walled-carbon-nanotubes-insert-into-pulmonary-surfactant-monolayer-via-self-rotating-poration-and-mechanical-inhibition
#11
Tongtao Yue, Yan Xu, Shixin Li, Zhen Luo, Xianren Zhang, Fang Huang
It has been widely accepted that longer single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) exhibit higher toxicity by causing severe pneumonia once inhaled, yet relatively little is known regarding the potential toxicity of ultrashort SWCNTs, which are of central importance to their development as suitable vehicles for biomedical applications. Here, by combining coarse-grained molecular dynamics (CGMD), pulling simulations, and scaling analysis, we demonstrate that the inhalation toxicity of ultrashort SWCNTs (1.5 nm < l < 5...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288490/development-in-vitro-characterization-antitumor-and-aerosol-performance-evaluation-of-respirable-prepared-by-self-nanoemulsification-method
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Neda Naseri, Parvin Zakeri-Milani, Hamed Hamishehkar, Younes Pilehvar-Soltanahmadi, Hadi Valizadeh
Poor water solubility and low oral bioavailability limit the clinical application of Erlotinib as an anticancer. For this purpose, we encapsulated erlotinib in the solid lipid nanoparticles (SLN) and designed a spray-dried dry powder inhalable (DPI) formulation. Erlotinib-loaded SLNs were prepared using self-nanoemulsifying and characterized for physicochemical properties. Pulmonary deposition of spray-dried DPI formulation was performed using Next Generation Impactor. The particle size and zeta potential of Erlotinib-loaded SLNs were 300 to 800 nm and -18 to -32 mV, respectively...
March 13, 2017: Drug Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283478/annexin-a2-contributes-to-lung-injury-and-fibrosis-by-augmenting-factor-xa-fibrogenic-activity
#13
Michael Schuliga, Jade Jaffar, Asres Berhan, Shenna Langenbach, Trudi Harris, David Waters, Peter Vee Sin Lee, Christopher Grainge, Glen Westall, Darryl Knight, Alastair G Stewart
In lung injury and disease, including idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), extravascular factor X is converted into factor Xa (FXa), a coagulant protease with fibrogenic actions. Extracellular annexin A2 binds to FXa, augmenting activation of the protease activated receptor-1 (PAR-1). In this study, the contribution of annexin A2 in lung injury and fibrosis was investigated. Annexin A2 immunoreactivity was observed in regions of fibrosis, including associated with fibroblasts in lung tissue of IPF patients...
March 10, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283476/alveolar-non-selective-channels-are-asic1a-%C3%AE-enac-channels-and-contribute-to-afc
#14
Phi T Trac, Tiffany L Thai, Valerie Linck, Li Zou, Megan M Greenlee, Qiang Yue, Otor K Al-Khalili, Abdel A Alli, Amity F Eaton, Douglas C Eaton
A thin fluid layer in alveoli is normal and results from a balance of fluid entry and fluid uptake by transepithelial salt and water reabsorption. Conventional wisdom suggests the reabsorption is via epithelial Na(+) channels (ENaC), but if all Na(+) reabsorption was via ENaC, then amiloride, an ENaC inhibitor, should block AFC. But amiloride blocks only half of AFC. The reason for failure to block is clear from single channel measurements from alveolar epithelial cells: ENaC channels are observed, but another channel is present at the same frequency that is non-selective for Na(+) over K(+), has a larger conductance, and shorter open and closed times...
March 10, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272391/stabilizing-short-lived-schiff-base-derivatives-of-5-aminouracils-that-activate-mucosal-associated-invariant-t-cells
#15
Jeffrey Y W Mak, Weijun Xu, Robert C Reid, Alexandra J Corbett, Bronwyn S Meehan, Huimeng Wang, Zhenjun Chen, Jamie Rossjohn, James McCluskey, Ligong Liu, David P Fairlie
Mucosal-associated invariant T (MAIT) cells are activated by unstable antigens formed by reactions of 5-amino-6-D-ribitylaminouracil (a vitamin B2 biosynthetic intermediate) with glycolysis metabolites such as methylglyoxal. Here we show superior preparations of antigens in dimethylsulfoxide, avoiding their rapid decomposition in water (t1/2 1.5 h, 37 °C). Antigen solution structures, MAIT cell activation potencies (EC50 3-500 pM), and chemical stabilities are described. Computer analyses of antigen structures reveal stereochemical and energetic influences on MAIT cell activation, enabling design of a water stable synthetic antigen (EC50 2 nM)...
March 8, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271445/establishment-and-function-of-tissue-resident-innate-lymphoid-cells-in-the-skin
#16
REVIEW
Jie Yang, Luming Zhao, Ming Xu, Na Xiong
Innate lymphoid cells (ILCs) are a newly classified family of immune cells of the lymphoid lineage. While they could be found in both lymphoid organs and non-lymphoid tissues, ILCs are preferentially enriched in barrier tissues such as the skin, intestine, and lung where they could play important roles in maintenance of tissue integrity and function and protection against assaults of foreign agents. On the other hand, dysregulated activation of ILCs could contribute to tissue inflammatory diseases. In spite of recent progress towards understanding roles of ILCs in the health and disease, mechanisms regulating specific establishment, activation, and function of ILCs in barrier tissues are still poorly understood...
March 7, 2017: Protein & Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269088/an-analysis-of-sounds-for-lungs-with-excessive-water
#17
Kah Jun Hong, Wee Ser, David Chee-Guan Foo
Excessive lung water occurs when too much water accumulates in the lung, causing breathing difficulty. Current diagnosis methods include X-rays and CT-scans. However, because of their bulk and the need for trained professionals to operate, physicians rely on auscultation for preliminary diagnosis. Recent attempts have been made to automate the auscultation process and some degree of success has been reported. Thus, it would be useful to provide more analysis of such lung sounds. This paper attempts to study the characteristics of breathing sounds from lungs with excessive water and compare them with breathing sounds from healthy lungs...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267528/non-small-cell-lung-cancer-spectral-computed-tomography-quantitative-parameters-for-preoperative-diagnosis-of-metastatic-lymph-nodes
#18
Fengfeng Yang, Jie Dong, Xiuting Wang, Xiaojiao Fu, Tong Zhang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the application value of spectral computed tomography (CT)quantitative parameters for preoperative diagnosis of metastatic lymph nodes in patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSLC). METHODS: 84 patients with suspected lung cancer who underwent chest dual-phase enhanced scan with gemstone spectral CT imaging (GSI) mode were selected. GSI quantitative parameters including normalized iodine concentrations (NIC), water concentration, slope of the spectral Hounsfield unit curve (λHU) were measured...
April 2017: European Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265620/glycine-functionalized-copper-ii-hydroxide-nanoparticles-with-high-intrinsic-superoxide-dismutase-activity
#19
Karsten Korschelt, Ruben Ragg, Carmen S Metzger, Martin Kluenker, Michael Oster, Bastian Barton, Martin Panthöfer, Dennis Strand, Ute Kolb, Mihail Mondeshki, Susanne Strand, Jürgen Brieger, M Nawaz Tahir, Wolfgang Tremel
Superoxide dismutases (SOD) are a group of enzymes that catalyze the dismutation of superoxide (O2(-)) radicals into molecular oxygen (O2) and H2O2 as a first line of defense against oxidative stress. Here, we show that glycine-functionalized copper(ii) hydroxide nanoparticles (Gly-Cu(OH)2 NPs) are functional SOD mimics, whereas bulk Cu(OH)2 is insoluble in water and catalytically inactive. In contrast, Gly-Cu(OH)2 NPs form water-dispersible mesocrystals with a SOD-like activity that is larger than that of their natural CuZn enzyme counterpart...
March 7, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28262916/vitamin-e-supplementation-in-people-with-cystic-fibrosis
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REVIEW
Peter O Okebukola, Sonal Kansra, Joanne Barrett
BACKGROUND: People with cystic fibrosis are at an increased risk of fat-soluble vitamin deficiency including vitamin E. Vitamin E deficiency can cause a host of conditions such as haemolytic anaemia, cerebellar ataxia and cognitive difficulties. Vitamin E supplementation is widely recommended in cystic fibrosis and aims to ameliorate this deficiency. This is an updated version of the review. OBJECTIVES: To determine the effects of any level of vitamin E supplementation on the frequency of vitamin E deficiency disorders in people with cystic fibrosis...
March 6, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
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