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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330162/evaluation-of-silver-nanoparticles-synthetic-potential-of-couroupita-guianensis-aubl-flower-buds-extract-and-their-synergistic-antibacterial-activity
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T Venkata Rajesh Kumar, J S R Murthy, Madamsetti Narayana Rao, Y Bhargava
The present investigation demonstrates Couroupita guianensis flower buds extract mediated synthesis of stable silver nanoparticles (AgNPs). Instant formation of AgNPs was primarily confirmed by the appearance of yellowish brown colour and characteristic silver SPR band in the UV-visible spectrum. Elemental and crystalline natures of the AgNPs were identified from EDX and XRD pattern, respectively. Spherical morphology and the mono-disparity were revealed from TEM and AFM images. The particle size ranged from 5 to 30 nm and average size of 17 nm was consistent in XRD, TEM and AFM measurements...
June 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327479/finger-printing-of-counterfeit-bevacizumab-and-identifying-it-before-clinical-use
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Thirumurthy Velpandian, Madhu Nath, Moksha Laxmi, Nabanita Halder
BACKGROUND: Bevacizumab is widely used for ophthalmic purposes. Recently, counterfeit bevacizumab has become a matter of concern. We analysed samples of suspected counterfeit formulations of bevacizumab and assessed the possibility of using simple tests in the clinic by ophthalmologists to prevent the use of counterfeit preparations in patients. METHODS: We did a protein analysis using Bradford assay and SDS-PAGE to confirm the presence of bevacizumab in 16 samples - 6 suspected and 10 others...
November 2016: National Medical Journal of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325291/systemic-rala-inos-nanoparticles-a-potent-gene-therapy-for-metastatic-breast-cancer-coupled-as-a-biomarker-of-treatment
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Cian M McCrudden, John W McBride, Joanne McCaffrey, Ahlam A Ali, Nicholas J Dunne, Vicky L Kett, Jonathan A Coulter, Tracy Robson, Helen O McCarthy
This study aimed to determine the therapeutic benefit of a nanoparticular formulation for the delivery of inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) gene therapy in a model of breast cancer metastasis. Nanoparticles comprising a cationic peptide vector, RALA, and plasmid DNA were formulated and characterized using a range of physiochemical analyses. Nanoparticles complexed using iNOS plasmids and RALA approximated 60 nm in diameter with a charge of 25 mV. A vector neutralization assay, performed to determine the immunogenicity of nanoparticles in immunocompetent C57BL/6 mice, revealed that no vector neutralization was evident...
March 17, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324728/hplc-ms-ms-method-for-quantification-of-paclitaxel-from-keratin-containing-samples
#4
Emily A Turner, Alexandra C Stenson, Saami K Yazdani
Local drug delivery of paclitaxel is becoming ever more prevalent. As complex drug/excipient combinations are being developed and tested, new high performance liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (HPLC-MS) techniques capable of quantifying paclitaxel from such formulations are needed. Here a method for quantifying paclitaxel from aqueous, protein and oil containing samples was developed and validated. Keratin, derived from human hair, is the protein component/paclitaxel excipient in the development and validation of said method...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322916/prediction-and-reduction-of-the-aggregation-of-monoclonal-antibodies
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Rob van der Kant, Anne R Karow-Zwick, Joost Van Durme, Michaela Blech, Rodrigo Gallardo, Daniel Seeliger, Kerstin Aßfalg, Pieter Baatsen, Griet Compernolle, Ann Gils, Joey M Studts, Patrick Schulz, Patrick Garidel, Joost Schymkowitz, Frederic Rousseau
Protein aggregation remains a major area of focus in the production of monoclonal antibodies. Improving the intrinsic properties of antibodies can improve manufacturability, attrition rates, safety, formulation, titers, immunogenicity and solubility. Here, we explore the potential of predicting and reducing the aggregation propensity of monoclonal antibodies, based on the identification of aggregation-prone regions (APRs) and their contribution to the thermodynamic stability of the protein. Although APRs are thought to occur in the antigen binding region to drive hydrophobic binding with antigen, we were able to rationally design variants that display a marked decrease in aggregation propensity while retaining antigen binding through the introduction of artificial aggregation gatekeeper residues...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322183/the-un-decade-of-nutrition-the-nova-food-classification-and-the-trouble-with-ultra-processing
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Carlos Augusto Monteiro, Geoffrey Cannon, Jean-Claude Moubarac, Renata Bertazzi Levy, Maria Laura C Louzada, Patrícia Constante Jaime
Given evident multiple threats to food systems and supplies, food security, human health and welfare, the living and physical world and the biosphere, the years 2016-2025 are now designated by the UN as the Decade of Nutrition, in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. For these initiatives to succeed, it is necessary to know which foods contribute to health and well-being, and which are unhealthy. The present commentary outlines the NOVA system of food classification based on the nature, extent and purpose of food processing...
March 21, 2017: Public Health Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322107/surface-modulation-of-polymeric-nanocarriers-enhances-the-stability-and-delivery-of-proteins-and-small-molecules
#7
Zohreh Amoozgar, Michael S Goldberg
AIM: We aimed to enhance the stability and therapeutic efficiency of protein-based therapeutic formulations. MATERIALS & METHODS: Proteins were immobilized on the surface of nanoparticles (NPs) to improve both protein stability and protein function, especially enzymatic activity. The modularity of the platform was demonstrated by coating proteins of varied molecular weights and functionalities on the surface of poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid)-based NPs. RESULTS: Coating proteins to the particle surface greatly enhanced the stability of the NPs, preventing particle aggregation and improving enzymatic potency, including in vivo...
March 21, 2017: Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321220/adjusted-particle-size-eliminates-the-need-of-linkage-of-antigen-and-adjuvants-for-appropriated-t-cell-responses-in-virus-like-particle-based-vaccines
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Ariane C Gomes, Anna Flace, Philippe Saudan, Franziska Zabel, Gustavo Cabral-Miranda, Aadil El Turabi, Vania Manolova, Martin F Bachmann
Since the discovery of the first virus-like particle (VLP) derived from hepatitis B virus in 1980 (1), the field has expanded substantially. Besides successful use of VLPs as safe autologous virus-targeting vaccines, the powerful immunogenicity of VLPs has been also harnessed to generate immune response against heterologous and even self-antigens (2-4). Linking adjuvants to VLPs displaying heterologous antigen ensures simultaneous delivery of all vaccine components to the same antigen-presenting cells. As a consequence, antigen-presenting cells, such as dendritic cells, will process and present the antigen displayed on VLPs while receiving costimulatory signals by the VLP-incorporated adjuvant...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319380/evaluation-and-characterization-of-trk-kinase-inhibitors-for-the-treatment-of-pain-reliable-binding-affinity-predictions-from-theory-and-computation
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Shunzhou Wan, Agastya P Bhati, Sarah Skerratt, Kiyoyuki Omoto, Veerabahu Shanmugasundaram, Sharan K Bagal, Peter Vivian Coveney
Optimisation of ligand binding affinity to the target protein of interest is a primary objective in small-molecule drug discovery. Until now, the prediction of binding affinities by computational methods has not been widely applied in the drug discovery process, mainly due to its lack of accuracy and reproducibility, as well as the long turnaround times required to obtain results. Herein, we report on a collaborative study that compares tropomyosin receptor kinase A (TrkA) binding affinity predictions using two recently formulated fast computational approaches - namely ESMACS (Enhanced Sampling of Molecular dynamics with Approximation of Continuum Solvent) and TIES (Thermodynamic Integration with Enhanced Sampling) - to experimentally derived TrkA binding affinities for a set of Pfizer pan-Trk compounds...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319364/a-new-spin-on-antibody-drug-conjugates-trastuzumab-fulvestrant-colloidal-drug-aggregates-target-her2-positive-cells
#10
Ahil N Ganesh, Christopher Mclaughlin, Da Duan, Brian K Shoichet, Molly S Shoichet
While the formation of colloidal aggregates leads to artifacts in early drug discovery, their composition makes them attrac-tive as nanoparticle formulations for targeted drug delivery as the entire nanoparticle is composed of drug. The typical tran-sient stability of colloidal aggregates has inhibited exploiting this property. To overcome this limitation, we investigated a series of proteins to stabilize colloidal aggregates of the chemotherapeutic, fulvestrant, including: bovine serum albumin, a generic human immunoglobulin G, and trastuzumab, a therapeutic anti-human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 anti-body...
March 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318590/supplementation-with-rumen-protected-methionine-or-choline-during-the-transition-period-influences-whole-blood-immune-response-in-periparturient-dairy-cows
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M Vailati-Riboni, Z Zhou, C B Jacometo, A Minuti, E Trevisi, D N Luchini, J J Loor
Methionine, together with Lys, is the most limiting AA for milk production in dairy cows. Besides its crucial role in milk production, Met and its derivate metabolites (e.g., glutathione, taurine, polyamines) are well-known immunonutrients in nonruminants, helping support and boost immune function and activity. In the present study, the effects of Met or choline, as its precursor, were investigated using an ex vivo whole blood challenge. The study involved 33 multiparous Holstein cows (from a larger cohort with a factorial arrangement of treatments) assigned from d -21 to +30 relative to parturition to a basal control (CON) diet, CON plus rumen-protected Met (MET, Smartamine M, Adisseo NA, Alpharetta, GA) at a rate of 0...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318583/effects-of-feeding-hull-less-barley-on-production-performance-milk-fatty-acid-composition-and-nutrient-digestibility-of-lactating-dairy-cows
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Y Yang, G Ferreira, C L Teets, B A Corl, W E Thomason, C A Griffey
The objectives of this study were to evaluate production performance, milk fatty acid composition, and nutrient digestibility in high-producing dairy cows consuming diets containing corn and hull-less barley (cultivar Amaze 10) in different proportions as the grain source. Eight primiparous and 16 multiparous Holstein cows were assigned to 1 of 4 diets in a replicated 4 × 4 Latin square design with 21-d periods. Cows were fed once daily (1200 h) by means of a Calan gate system (American Calan Inc., Northwood, NH)...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317862/biological-activity-of-masked-endotoxin
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Harald Schwarz, Jan Gornicec, Theresa Neuper, Maria Alejandra Parigiani, Michael Wallner, Albert Duschl, Jutta Horejs-Hoeck
Low endotoxin recovery (LER) is a recently discovered phenomenon describing the inability of limulus amebocyte lysate (LAL)-based assays to detect lipopolysaccharide (LPS) because of a "masking effect" caused by chelators or detergents commonly used in buffer formulations for medical products and recombinant proteins. This study investigates the masking capacities of different buffer formulations and whether masked endotoxin is biologically active. We show that both naturally occurring endotoxin as well as control standard endotoxin can be affected by LER...
March 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317768/effect-of-xanthan-gum-on-the-release-of-strawberry-flavor-in-formulated-soy-beverage
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Jiao Xu, Zhiyong He, Maomao Zeng, Bingbing Li, Fang Qin, Linxiang Wang, Shengfang Wu, Jie Chen
The effects of xanthan gum on the release of strawberry flavor compounds in formulated soy protein isolate (SPI) beverage were investigated by headspace gas chromatography (GC). Seven strawberry flavor compounds (limonene, ethyl hexanoate, (Z)-3-hexenyl acetate, ethyl 2-methylbutanoate, ethyl butanoate, (Z)-3-hexen-1-ol and diacetyl) could be detected by GC and hence analyzed the gas-matrix partition coefficients (K). The release of flavor compounds was restrained in SPI and/or xanthan gum solution. The retention of (Z)-3-hexen-1-ol, limonene and diacetyl significantly changed (p<0...
August 1, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316473/effect-of-black-rice-powder-on-the-quality-properties-of-pork-patties
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Sin-Young Park, Jong-Wan Lee, Gye-Woong Kim, Hack-Youn Kim
Physicochemical properties of pork patties formulated with black rice powder were investigated. Moisture contents of samples containing black rice powder were significantly higher than that of the control (p<0.05). Protein, fat, and ash contents increased with increasing black rice powder content. Uncooked and cooked pH values of samples increased with increasing black rice powder content. Lightness and yellowness of samples decreased with increasing concentration of black rice powder. Redness of cooked samples containing black rice powder was significantly lower than that of the control (p<0...
2017: Korean Journal for Food Science of Animal Resources
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316471/combined-effects-of-wheat-sprout-and-isolated-soy-protein-on-quality-properties-of-breakfast-sausage
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Cheol-Won Lee, Tae-Kyung Kim, Ko-Eun Hwang, Hyun-Wook Kim, Young-Boong Kim, Cheon-Jei Kim, Yun-Sang Cho
The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of different concentrations of WSP (wheat sprout powder) and ISP (isolated soy protein) on the quality of breakfast sausage. Treatments were formulated as follows: Control, T1 (2.0% ISP), T2 (1.5% ISP + 0.5% WSP), T3 (1.0% ISP + 1.0% WSP), T4 (0.5% ISP + 1.5% WSP) and T5 (2.0% WSP). The treatments were analyzed for color, pH, cooking loss, emulsion stability, protein solubility, viscosity, texture properties and sensory evaluation. Lightness and redness were reduced and yellowness was increased as increased level of WSP, due to the dark green color of WSP (p<0...
2017: Korean Journal for Food Science of Animal Resources
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315407/controlled-delivery-of-platelet-derived-proteins-enhances-porcine-wound-healing
#17
Daniel W Long, Noah R Johnson, Eric M Jeffries, Hidetaka Hara, Yadong Wang
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is widely used for many clinical indications including wound healing due to the high concentrations of growth factors. However, the short half-life of these therapeutic proteins requires multiple large doses, and their efficacy is highly debated among clinicians. Here we report a method of protecting these proteins and releasing them in a controlled manner via a heparin-based coacervate delivery vehicle to improve wound healing in a porcine model. Platelet-derived proteins incorporated into the coacervate were protected and slowly released over 3weeks in vitro...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304022/altering-the-level-of-calcium-changes-the-physical-properties-and-digestibility-of-casein-based-emulsion-gels
#18
Irene McIntyre, Michael O Sullivan, Dolores O Riordan
Casein-based emulsion gels prepared with different types of lipid (i.e. milk fat or rapeseed oil) were formulated with high (774 mg Ca per 100 g) or low (357 mg Ca per 100 g) calcium levels by blending acid and rennet casein. Their physicochemical characteristics (i.e. composition, texture, microstructure & water mobility) and in vitro digestibility were compared to conventionally formulated high-calcium (723 mg Ca per 100 g) emulsion gels made from rennet casein with calcium chelating salts (CCS). CCS-free, high-calcium emulsion gels were significantly (p ≤ 0...
March 17, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303813/molecular-typing-of-chlamydia-trachomatis-an-overview
#19
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Jyoti Rawre, Deepak Juyal, Benu Dhawan
Urogenital infection due to Chlamydia trachomatis (CT) is one of the most common bacterial sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and is a major public health problem worldwide. Molecular characterisation of CT is important for understanding the pathophysiological mechanisms of chlamydial disease and its transmission dynamics in sexual networks. Traditionally, strain typing of CT was based on serotyping methods characterising the major outer membrane protein (MOMP). With the advent of polymerase chain reaction and sequencing the era of molecular typing began...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303250/predicting-presynaptic-and-postsynaptic-neurotoxins-by-developing-feature-selection-technique
#20
Hua Tang, Yunchun Yang, Chunmei Zhang, Rong Chen, Po Huang, Chenggang Duan, Ping Zou
Presynaptic and postsynaptic neurotoxins are proteins which act at the presynaptic and postsynaptic membrane. Correctly predicting presynaptic and postsynaptic neurotoxins will provide important clues for drug-target discovery and drug design. In this study, we developed a theoretical method to discriminate presynaptic neurotoxins from postsynaptic neurotoxins. A strict and objective benchmark dataset was constructed to train and test our proposed model. The dipeptide composition was used to formulate neurotoxin samples...
2017: BioMed Research International
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