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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531996/poly-epsilon-caprolactone-nanoparticles-enhance-ursolic-acid-in-vivo-efficacy-against-trypanosoma-cruzi-infection
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Juliana Palma Abriata, Josimar O Eloy, Thalita Bachelli Riul, Patricia Mazureki Campos, Marcelo Dias Baruffi, Juliana Maldonado Marchetti
Despite affecting millions of people worldwide, Chagas disease is still neglected by the academia and industry and the therapeutic option available, benznidazole, presents limited efficacy and side effects. Within this context, ursolic acid may serve as an option for treatment, however has low bioavailability, which can be enhanced through the encapsulation in polymeric nanoparticles. Therefore, herein we developed ursolic acid-loaded nanoparticles with poly-ε-caprolactone by the nanoprecipitation method and characterized them for particle size, zeta potential, polydispersity, encapsulation efficiency, morphology by scanning electron microscopy and thermal behavior by differential scanning calorimetry...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531660/carbon-black-aggregates-cause-endothelial-dysfunction-by-activating-rock
#2
Junyan Yan, Chia-Hsiang Lai, Shih-Chun Candice Lung, Wen-Cheng Wang, Chih-Ching Huang, Guan-Wen Chen, Guangli Suo, Cheng-Tai Choug, Chia-Hua Lin
Carbon black nanoparticles (CBNs) have been associated with the progression of atherosclerosis. CBNs normally enter the bloodstream and crosslink together to form agglomerates. However, most studies have used nano-sized CB particles to clarify the involvement of CBN exposure in CBN-induced endothelial dysfunction. Herein, we studied endothelial toxicity of CBN aggregates (CBA) to human EA.hy926 vascular cells. Cell viability, lactate dehydrogenase leakage, and oxidative stress were affected by the highest concentration of CBA...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531167/a-role-for-the-host-dna-damage-response-in-hepatitis-b-virus-cccdna-formation-and-beyond
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REVIEW
Sabrina Schreiner, Michael Nassal
Chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection puts more than 250 million people at a greatly increased risk to develop end-stage liver disease. Like all hepadnaviruses, HBV replicates via protein-primed reverse transcription of a pregenomic (pg) RNA, yielding an unusually structured, viral polymerase-linked relaxed-circular (RC) DNA as genome in infectious particles. Upon infection, RC-DNA is converted into nuclear covalently closed circular (ccc) DNA. Associating with cellular proteins into an episomal minichromosome, cccDNA acts as template for new viral RNAs, ensuring formation of progeny virions...
May 22, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529348/different-stationary-phase-selectivities-and-morphologies-for-intact-protein-separations
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REVIEW
A Astefanei, I Dapic, M Camenzuli
The central dogma of biology proposed that one gene encodes for one protein. We now know that this does not reflect reality. The human body has approximately 20,000 protein-encoding genes; each of these genes can encode more than one protein. Proteins expressed from a single gene can vary in terms of their post-translational modifications, which often regulate their function within the body. Understanding the proteins within our bodies is a key step in understanding the cause, and perhaps the solution, to disease...
2017: Chromatographia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529065/brown-adipose-tissue-and-lipid-metabolism-imaging
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Andreas Paulus, Wouter van Marken Lichtenbelt, Felix M Mottaghy, Matthias Bauwens
PURPOSE: Brown adipose tissue (BAT) research has evolved from an underestimated to a fast developing field. Its assumed curing properties for the world wide epidemic obesity, and its related diseases, makes this tissue an interesting target for a broad amount of non-invasive molecular BAT tracers. Apart from (18)F-FDG PET/CT there are several methods to detect BAT and measure its metabolism in a more appropriate way. Especially interesting is the measure of lipid turnover, because fatty acids comprise the main fuel for active BAT...
May 18, 2017: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529001/a-single-intranasal-administration-of-virus-like-particle-vaccine-induces-an-efficient-protection-for-mice-against-human-respiratory-syncytial-virus
#6
Yue-Ying Jiao, Yuan-Hui Fu, Yi-Fei Yan, Ying Hua, Yao Ma, Xiu-Juan Zhang, Jing-Dong Song, Xiang-Lei Peng, Jiaqiang Huang, Tao Hong, Jin-Sheng He
Human respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is an important pediatric pathogen causing acute viral respiratory disease in infants and young children. However, no licensed vaccines are currently available. Virus-like particles (VLPs) may bring new hope to producing RSV VLP vaccine with high immunogenicity and safety. Here, we constructed the recombinants of matrix protein (M) and fusion glycoprotein (F) of RSV, respectively into a replication-deficient first-generation adenoviral vector (FGAd), which were used to co-infect Vero cells to assemble RSV VLPs successfully...
May 18, 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527664/a-new-hdv-mouse-model-identifies-mitochondrial-antiviral-signaling-protein-mavs-as-a-key-player-in-ifn-%C3%AE-induction
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Lester Suárez-Amarán, Carla Usai, Marianna Di Scala, Cristina Godoy, Yi Ni, Mirja Hommel, Laura Palomo, Víctor Segura, Cristina Olagüe, Africa Vales, Alicia Ruiz-Ripa, Maria Buti, Eduardo Salido, Jesús Prieto, Stephan Urban, Francisco Rodríguez-Frias, Rafael Aldabe, Gloria González-Aseguinolaza
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Studying hepatitis delta virus (HDV) and developing new treatments is hampered by the limited availability of small animal models. Here a description of a robust mouse model of HDV infection that mimics several important characteristics of the human disease is presented. METHODS: HDV- and HBV-replication competent genomes were delivered to the mouse liver using adeno-associated viruses (AAV) (AAV-HDV and AAV-HBV). Viral load, antigen expression and genomes were quantified at different time points after AAV injection...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526928/exosomes-in-cardiovascular-medicine
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REVIEW
Iain M Dykes
Exosomes are small, extracellular membrane-bound particles that mediate intercellular transport of a cytosolic cargo. Exosomal transfer of micro-RNA can modify gene expression in targeted cells. Exosome-based endocrine/paracrine signaling has been shown to be involved in a wide range of physiological processes including those associated with cardiovascular injury and disease, but remains relatively poorly understood. Exosomes offer great potential to the clinical field, with applications in both diagnostics and therapeutics...
May 19, 2017: Cardiology and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526306/reliability-of-n95-respirators-for-respiratory-protection-before-during-and-after-nursing-procedures
#9
Lorna K P Suen, Lin Yang, Suki S K Ho, Keith H K Fung, Maureen V Boost, Cynthia S T Wu, Cypher H Au-Yeung, Margaret O'Donoghue
BACKGROUND: The adequate fit of an N95 respirator is important for health care workers to reduce the transmission of airborne infectious diseases in the clinical setting. This study aimed to evaluate whether adequately sealed N95 respirators may provide consistent protection for the wearer while performing nursing procedures. METHODS: Participants were a group of nursing students (N = 120). The best fitting respirator for these participants was identified from the 3 common models, 1860, 1860S, and 1870+ (3M), using the quantitative fit test (QNFT) method...
May 16, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525615/embolic-foreign-material-in-the-central-nervous-system-of-pediatric-autopsy-patients-with-instrumented-heart-disease
#10
Matthew Torre, Mirna Lechpammer, Vera Paulson, Sanjay Prabhu, Audrey C Marshall, Amy L Juraszek, Robert F Padera, Elizabeth A Bundock, Sara O Vargas, Rebecca D Folkerth
Upon detection of foreign-body embolization to the central nervous system (CNS) following a specific invasive cardiovascular procedure in 1 autopsied child, we undertook a quality assurance analysis to determine whether other patients had had similar events. Autopsies of all infants and children with history of cardiac catheterization, heart surgery on cardiopulmonary bypass, and/or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation over a 5-year period at a single tertiary care institution were reviewed for light-microscopic evidence of foreign material...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524039/-prevention-of-traditional-chinese-medicine-gubiao-pixie-prescription-for-nosocomial-infection-in-elderly-population
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Wanxiang Zhang, Bochao Wang, Zhijun Li
OBJECTIVE: To observe the curative effect of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) Gubiao Pixie prescription on the prevention of nosocomial infection in elderly patients with susceptible factors. METHODS: A prospective observational study was conducted. The elderly patients aged over 70 years admitted to the Department of Integrated TCM and Western Medicine of Tianjin First Center Hospital from March 2015 to March 2016 were enrolled. The patients were divided into experiment group and control group by random number table...
May 2017: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522842/cryo-electron-microscopy-structure-of-the-macrobrachium-rosenbergii-nodavirus-capsid-at-7-angstroms-resolution
#12
Kok Lian Ho, Chare Li Kueh, Poay Ling Beh, Wen Siang Tan, David Bhella
White tail disease in the giant freshwater prawn Macrobrachium rosenbergii causes significant economic losses in shrimp farms and hatcheries and poses a threat to food-security in many developing countries. Outbreaks of Macrobrachium rosenbergii nodavirus (MrNV), the causative agent of white tail disease (WTD) are associated with up to 100% mortality rates. There are no interventions available to treat or prevent MrNV disease however. Here we show the structure of MrNV virus-like particles (VLPs) produced by recombinant expression of the capsid protein, using cryogenic electron microscopy...
May 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522830/inhibition-of-endocytic-lipid-antigen-presentation-by-common-lipophilic-environmental-pollutants
#13
Manju Sharma, Xiang Zhang, Shuangmin Zhang, Liang Niu, Shuk-Mei Ho, Aimin Chen, Shouxiong Huang
Environmental pollutants as non-heritable factors are now recognized as triggers for multiple human inflammatory diseases involving T cells. We postulated that lipid antigen presentation mediated by cluster of differentiation 1 (CD1) proteins for T cell activation is susceptible to lipophilic environmental pollutants. To test this notion, we determined whether the common lipophilic pollutants benzo[a]pyrene and diesel exhaust particles impact on the activation of lipid-specific T cells. Our results demonstrated that the expression of CD1a and CD1d proteins, and the activation of CD1a- and CD1d-restricted T cells were sensitively inhibited by benzo[a]pyrene even at the low concentrations detectable in exposed human populations...
May 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518083/bronchoalveolar-lavage-of-murine-lungs-to-analyze-inflammatory-cell-infiltration
#14
Lien Van Hoecke, Emma Richelle Job, Xavier Saelens, Kenny Roose
Bronchoalveolar Lavage (BAL) is an experimental procedure that is used to examine the cellular and acellular content of the lung lumen ex vivo to gain insight into an ongoing disease state. Here, a simple and efficient method is described to perform BAL on murine lungs without the need of special tools or equipment. BAL fluid is isolated by inserting a catheter in the trachea of terminally anesthetized mice, through which a saline solution is instilled into the bronchioles. The instilled fluid is gently retracted to maximize BAL fluid retrieval and to minimize shearing forces...
May 4, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515719/production-of-japanese-encephalitis-virus-antigens-in-plants-using-bamboo-mosaic-virus-based-vector
#15
Tsung-Hsien Chen, Chung-Chi Hu, Jia-Teh Liao, Yi-Ling Lee, Ying-Wen Huang, Na-Sheng Lin, Yi-Ling Lin, Yau-Heiu Hsu
Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) is among the major threats to public health in Asia. For disease control and prevention, the efficient production of safe and effective vaccines against JEV is in urgent need. In this study, we produced a plant-made JEV vaccine candidate using a chimeric virus particle (CVP) strategy based on bamboo mosaic virus (BaMV) for epitope presentation. The chimeric virus, designated BJ2A, was constructed by fusing JEV envelope protein domain III (EDIII) at the N-terminus of BaMV coat protein, with an insertion of the foot-and-mouth disease virus 2A peptide to facilitate the production of both unfused and epitope-presenting for efficient assembly of the CVP vaccine candidate...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515581/castleman-s-disease-a-rare-indication-for-endovascular-therapy-for-hemoptysis
#16
Mohammad A Husainy, Farhina Sayyed, Simon J McPherson
Castleman's disease (CD) is a rare lympho-proliferative disorder due to faulty immune regulation resulting in proliferation of lymphatic tissue. The vascular supply to these lesions have been reported to arise from the bronchial, internal mammary and the intercostal arteries. We report a case of hemoptysis secondary to intrathoracic CD with vascular supply arising from the left inferior phrenic artery which was successfully embolised with polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) particles.
January 2017: Indian Journal of Radiology & Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515133/development-of-a-novel-virus-like-particle-vaccine-platform-that-mimics-immature-form-of-alphavirus
#17
Akane Urakami, Atsuko Sakurai, Momoko Ishikawa, Moh Lan Yap, Yevel Flores-Garcia, Yasunari Haseda, Taiki Aoshi, Fidel P Zavala, Michael G Rossmann, Sachiko Kuno, Ryuji Ueno, Wataru Akahata
Virus-like particles (VLPs) are non-infectious multiprotein structures that are engineered to self-assemble from viral structural proteins. Here, we developed a novel VLP-based vaccine platform utilizing VLPs from the Chikungunya virus. We identified two regions within the envelope protein, a structural component of Chikungunya, where foreign antigens can be inserted without compromising VLP structure. Our VLP displays 480 copious copies of an inserted antigen on the VLP surface in a highly symmetric manner, thus capable of inducing strong immune responses against any inserted antigen...
May 17, 2017: Clinical and Vaccine Immunology: CVI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512791/peptide-functionalized-fluorescent-particles-for-in-situ-detection-of-nitric-oxide-via-peroxynitrite-mediated-nitration
#18
Jason Y H Chang, Lesley W Chow, W Michael Dismuke, C Ross Ethier, Molly M Stevens, W Daniel Stamer, Darryl R Overby
Nitric oxide (NO) is a free radical signaling molecule that plays a crucial role in modulating physiological homeostasis across multiple biological systems. NO dysregulation is linked to the pathogenesis of multiple diseases; therefore, its quantification is important for understanding pathophysiological processes. The detection of NO is challenging, typically limited by its reactive nature and short half-life. Additionally, the presence of interfering analytes and accessibility to biological fluids in the native tissues make the measurement technically challenging and often unreliable...
May 17, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512018/nanoencapsulation-of-a-glucocorticoid-improves-barrier-function-and-anti-inflammatory-effect-on-monolayers-of-pulmonary-epithelial-cell-lines
#19
Lucas A Rigo, Cristiane S Carvalho-Wodarz, Adriana R Pohlmann, Silvia S Guterres, Nicole Schneider-Daum, Claus-Michael Lehr, Ruy C R Beck
The anti-inflammatory effect of polymeric deflazacort nanocapsules (NC-DFZ) was investigated, and possible improvement of epithelial barrier function using filter grown monolayers of A549 and Calu-3 using as models was assessed. NC prepared from poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) had a mean size around 200 nm, slightly negative zeta potential (∼ - 8 mV), and low polydispersity index (< 0.10). Encapsulation of DFZ had an efficiency of 85%. No cytotoxic effects were observed at particle concentration of 9.85 x 10(11) NC/ml, which was therefore chosen to evaluate the effect of NC-DFZ at 1% (w/v) of PCL and 0...
May 13, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511651/high-resolution-mucociliary-transport-measurement-in-live-excised-large-animal-trachea-using-synchrotron-x-ray-imaging
#20
Martin Donnelley, Kaye S Morgan, Maged Awadalla, Nigel R Farrow, Chris Hall, David W Parsons
BACKGROUND: The Australian Synchrotron Imaging and Medical Beamline (IMBL) was designed as the world's widest synchrotron X-ray beam, enabling both clinical imaging and therapeutic applications for humans as well as the imaging of large animal models. Our group is developing methods for imaging the airways of newly developed CF animal models that display human-like lung disease, such as the CF pig, and we expect that the IMBL can be utilised to image airways in animals of this size. METHODS: This study utilised samples of excised tracheal tissue to assess the feasibility, logistics and protocols required for airway imaging in large animal models such as pigs and sheep at the IMBL...
May 16, 2017: Respiratory Research
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