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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103528/topical-vaccination-with-super-stable-ready-to-use-nanovesicles
#1
Ayelen Tatiana Caimi, Federico Parra, Marcelo Alexander de Farias, Rodrigo Villares Portugal, Ana Paula Perez, Eder Lilia Romero, Maria Jose Morilla
Ultradeformable archaeosomes (UDA) are nanovesicles made of total polar archaeolipids (TPA) from the archaea Halorubrum tebenquichense, soybean phosphatidylcholine and sodium cholate (3:3:1w/w). Fresh dispersions of UDA including different type of antigens are acknowledged as efficient topical vaccination agents. UDA dispersions however, if manufactured for pharmaceutical use, have to maintain colloidal stability upon liposomicidal processes such as sterilization and lyophilization (SLRUDA), needed to extend shelf life during storage...
December 26, 2016: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103296/production-of-fatty-acids-and-protein-by-nannochloropsis-in-flat-plate-photobioreactors
#2
Chris J Hulatt, René H Wijffels, Sylvie Bolla, Viswanath Kiron
Nannochloropsis is an industrially-promising microalga that may be cultivated for alternative sources of nutrition due to its high productivity, protein content and lipid composition. We studied the growth and biochemical profile of Nannochloropsis 211/78 (CCAP) in optimized flat-plate photobioreactors. Eighteen cultivations were performed at two nutrient concentrations. The fatty acid, protein content and calorific values were analyzed after 8, 12 and 16 days. Neutral lipids were separated and the changes in fatty acids in triglycerides (TAGs) during nutrient depletion were recorded...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103050/silane-induced-n-polarity-in-wires-probed-by-a-synchrotron-nanobeam
#3
Damien Salomon, Agnès Messanvi, Joel Eymery, Gema Martínez-Criado
Noncentrosymmetric one dimensional structures are key driving forces behind advanced nanodevices. Owing to the critical role of silane injection in creating nanosized architectures, it has become a challenge to investigate the induced local lattice polarity in single GaN wires. Thus, if axial and radial structures are well-grown by a silane-mediated approach, an ideal model to study their polar orientations is formed. By combining synchrotron X-ray fluorescence and X-ray excited optical luminescence, we show here experimental evidence of the role of silane to promote the N-polarity, light emission and elemental incorporation within single wires...
January 19, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102964/plasmonic-chirality-imprinting-on-nucleobase-displaying-supramolecular-nanohelices-by-metal-nucleobase-recognition
#4
Yiyang Lin, E Thomas Pashuck, Michael R Thomas, Nadav Amdursky, Shih-Ting Wang, Lesley W Chow, Molly M Stevens
Supramolecular self-assembly is an important process that enables the conception of complex structures mimicking biological motifs. Herein, we constructed helical fibrils through chiral self-assembly of nucleobase-peptide conjugates (NPCs), where achiral nucleobases are helically displayed on the surface of fibrils, comparable to polymerized nucleic acids. Selective binding between DNA and the NPC fibrils was observed with fluorescence polarization. Taking advantage of metal-nucleobase recognition, we highlight the possibility of deposition/assembly of plasmonic nanoparticles onto the fibrillar constructs...
January 19, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102691/thermodynamic-and-kinetic-stabilities-of-g-quadruplexes-in-apolar-solvents
#5
Elham Fadaei, Miguel Martín-Arroyo, Mohsen Tafazzoli, David González-Rodríguez
In contrast to more polar media, G-quadruplex assembly reveals remarkably high thermodynamic and kinetic stability in toluene solutions. Depending on the substituents installed at the lipophilic guanosine, either a dodecamer or an octamer complex is formed in the presence of K(+) or Na(+) salts that resist conditions of high dilution and elevated temperatures without exhibiting significant dissociation. Moreover, kinetic exchange between complexed and uncomplexed G is slow enough in NMR to monitor G-quadruplex formation along a day time scale...
January 19, 2017: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102411/defect-driven-shapes-in-nematic-droplets-analogies-with-cell-division
#6
Marco Leoni, Oksana V Manyuhina, Mark J Bowick, M Cristina Marchetti
Building on the striking similarity between the structure of the spindle during mitosis in living cells and nematic textures in confined liquid crystals, we use a continuum model of two-dimensional nematic liquid crystal droplets to examine the physical aspects of cell division. The model investigates the interplay between bulk elasticity of the microtubule assembly, described as a nematic liquid crystal, and surface elasticity of the cell cortex, modeled as a bounding flexible membrane, in controlling cell shape and division...
January 19, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102364/indefinitely-stable-iron-iv-cage-complexes-formed-in-water-by-air-oxidation
#7
Stefania Tomyn, Sergii I Shylin, Dmytro Bykov, Vadim Ksenofontov, Elzbieta Gumienna-Kontecka, Volodymyr Bon, Igor O Fritsky
In nature, iron, the fourth most abundant element of the Earth's crust, occurs in its stable forms either as the native metal or in its compounds in the +2 or +3 (low-valent) oxidation states. High-valent iron (+4, +5, +6) compounds are not formed spontaneously at ambient conditions, and the ones obtained synthetically appear to be unstable in polar organic solvents, especially aqueous solutions, and this is what limits their studies and use. Here we describe unprecedented iron(IV) hexahydrazide clathrochelate complexes that are assembled in alkaline aqueous media from iron(III) salts, oxalodihydrazide and formaldehyde in the course of a metal-templated reaction accompanied by air oxidation...
January 19, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102320/polarization-conversion-in-plasmonic-nanoantennas-for-metasurfaces-using-structural-asymmetry-and-mode-hybridization
#8
Peter R Wiecha, Leo-Jay Black, Yudong Wang, Vincent Paillard, Christian Girard, Otto L Muskens, Arnaud Arbouet
Polarization control using single plasmonic nanoantennas is of interest for subwavelength optical components in nano-optical circuits and metasurfaces. Here, we investigate the role of two mechanisms for polarization conversion by plasmonic antennas: Structural asymmetry and plasmon hybridization through strong coupling. As a model system we investigate L-shaped antennas consisting of two orthogonal nanorods which lengths and coupling strength can be independently controlled. An analytical model based on field susceptibilities is developed to extract key parameters and to address the influence of antenna morphology and excitation wavelength on polarization conversion efficiency and scattering intensities...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102310/coordinated-cell-motility-is-regulated-by-a-combination-of-lkb1-farnesylation-and-kinase-activity
#9
S Wilkinson, Y Hou, J T Zoine, J Saltz, C Zhang, Z Chen, L A D Cooper, A I Marcus
Cell motility requires the precise coordination of cell polarization, lamellipodia formation, adhesion, and force generation. LKB1 is a multi-functional serine/threonine kinase that associates with actin at the cellular leading edge of motile cells and suppresses FAK. We sought to understand how LKB1 coordinates these multiple events by systematically dissecting LKB1 protein domain function in combination with live cell imaging and computational approaches. We show that LKB1-actin colocalization is dependent upon LKB1 farnesylation leading to RhoA-ROCK-mediated stress fiber formation, but membrane dynamics is reliant on LKB1 kinase activity...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102296/surface-reconstructions-and-related-local-properties-of-a-bifeo3-thin-film
#10
L Jin, P X Xu, Y Zeng, L Lu, J Barthel, T Schulthess, R E Dunin-Borkowski, H Wang, C L Jia
Coupling between lattice and order parameters, such as polarization in ferroelectrics and/or polarity in polar structures, has a strong impact on surface relaxation and reconstruction. However, up to now, surface structures that involve the termination of both matrix polarization and polar atomic planes have received little attention, particularly on the atomic scale. Here, we study surface structures on a BiFeO3 thin film using atomic-resolution scanning transmission electron microscopy and spectroscopy. Two types of surface structure are found, depending on the polarization of the underlying ferroelectric domain...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102039/a-dispermic-chimerism-detected-in-a-taiwanese-potential-unrelated-hematopoietic-stem-cell-donor
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E K L Yang, S G E Marsh, P-Y Chen, C-P Chen, S-P Chen, P Y Lin
Chimerism is defined as the presence of 2 or more than 1 genetically distinct cell populations in an organism. Dispermic chimeras are derived from the fertilization of 1 or 2 matured nuclei by 2 sperms. We here report detection of a healthy and phenotypically normal female with normal ABO red blood cell typing in whom dispermic chimerism was suspected after 3 alleles were identified at multiple human leukocyte antigen (HLA) loci using molecular HLA analysis. Molecular HLA typing showed the donor to have 3 HLA-A, -B, -C, -DRB1, -DQB1 and -DPB1 alleles in blood, saliva and nail samples...
February 2017: HLA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101960/effects-of-antegrade-accessory-pathway-conduction-on-qrs-terminal-vector-in-patients-with-pre-excitation-syndrome
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Renguang Liu, Q I Chen, Yang Chen, Yingjie Zhang, Zhaolong Xu, Gaopin Wang
BACKGROUND: Ventricle pre-excitation through accessory pathway changes QRS initial vector, and manifests as delta wave on ECG. However, QRS terminal vector can also be affected. METHODS: 158 patients who had single accessory pathway (AP) with antegrade conduction capacity were included and divided into 2 groups according to the ECG with or without delta wave. In 150 patients had delta wave (overt AP group) on ECG, classical pre-excitation syndrome was diagnosed before radiofrequency ablation (RFCA)...
January 19, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101692/the-assembly-and-function-of-perinuclear-actin-cap-in-migrating-cells
#13
Miloslava Maninova, Josef Caslavsky, Tomas Vomastek
Stress fibers are actin bundles encompassing actin filaments, actin-crosslinking, and actin-associated proteins that represent the major contractile system in the cell. Different types of stress fibers assemble in adherent cells, and they are central to diverse cellular processes including establishment of the cell shape, morphogenesis, cell polarization, and migration. Stress fibers display specific cellular organization and localization, with ventral fibers present at the basal side, and dorsal fibers and transverse actin arcs rising at the cell front from the ventral to the dorsal side and toward the nucleus...
January 18, 2017: Protoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101568/puerarin-inhibits-m2-polarization-and-metastasis-of-tumor-associated-macrophages-from-nsclc-xenograft-model-via-inactivating-mek-erk-1-2-pathway
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Honggang Kang, Jing Zhang, Baozhong Wang, Meirong Liu, Jun Zhao, Mengxiang Yang, Yingxue Li
Non-small cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC) metastasis is responsible for most of cancer-related mortality. The tumor associated macrophages (TAMs) are known to be crucial cells in lung cancer and are usually divided into two antagonistic types, M1 and M2. Puerarin has a wide spectrum of pharmacological properties. The present study explores puerarin on macrophage polarization and metastasis of NSCLC. The results demonstrated that puerarin inhibited tumor growth and tumor volumes in NSCLC xenograft model, increased M1 markers [CD197+, inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS)+, CD40+)] and reduced M2 markers (CD206+, Arg-1+ and CD163+)...
February 2017: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101465/nanostructured-lipid-carrier-for-topical-application-of-n-acetyl-glucosamine
#15
Lavin Aliasgharlou, Saeed Ghanbarzadeh, Hamideh Azimi, Mohammad Hossein Zarrintan, Hamed Hamishehkar
: Purpose: Hyperpigmentation occurs when melanin is overproduced in certain spots on the skin and is one of the most challenging skin conditions to treat. Although it is usually harmless, for cosmetic reasons, it is dreadfully bothersome to those who undergo it. It was reported that N-acetyl-glucosamine (NAGA) prevents melanin synthesis and alters the expression of numerous genes related to pigmentation. In spite of these advantages, NAGA cannot be employed in topical formulations due to its extremely polar characteristics...
December 2016: Advanced Pharmaceutical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101419/posterior-rat-eye-during-acute-intraocular-pressure-elevation-studied-using-polarization-sensitive-optical-coherence-tomography
#16
Stanislava Fialová, Marco Augustin, Corinna Fischak, Leopold Schmetterer, Stephan Handschuh, Martin Glösmann, Michael Pircher, Christoph K Hitzenberger, Bernhard Baumann
Polarization sensitive optical coherence tomography (PS-OCT) operating at 840 nm with axial resolution of 3.8 µm in tissue was used for investigating the posterior rat eye during an acute intraocular pressure (IOP) increase experiment. IOP was elevated in the eyes of anesthetized Sprague Dawley rats by cannulation of the anterior chamber. Three dimensional PS-OCT data sets were acquired at IOP levels between 14 mmHg and 105 mmHg. Maps of scleral birefringence, retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) retardation and relative RNFL/retina reflectivity were generated in the peripapillary area and quantitatively analyzed...
January 1, 2017: Biomedical Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101376/atpase-activity-tightly-regulates-reca-nucleofilaments-to-promote-homologous-recombination
#17
Bailin Zhao, Dapeng Zhang, Chengmin Li, Zheng Yuan, Fangzhi Yu, Shangwei Zhong, Guibin Jiang, Yun-Gui Yang, X Chris Le, Michael Weinfeld, Ping Zhu, Hailin Wang
Homologous recombination (HR), catalyzed in an evolutionarily conserved manner by active RecA/Rad51 nucleofilaments, maintains genomic integrity and promotes biological evolution and diversity. The structures of RecA/Rad51 nucleofilaments provide information critical for the entire HR process. By exploiting a unique capillary electrophoresis-laser-induced fluorescence polarization assay, we have discovered an active form of RecA nucleofilament, stimulated by ATP hydrolysis, that contains mainly unbound nucleotide sites...
2017: Cell Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101015/m2-polarized-macrophages-compose-lupus-vulgaris-arising-from-a-bacillus-calmette-gu%C3%A3-rin-vaccination-site
#18
Yota Sato, Taku Fujimura, Sadanori Furudate, Aya Kakizaki, Osamu Iizawa, Setsuya Aiba
Since bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) is an attenuated strain of Mycobacterium bovis, lupus vulgaris (LV) is reported as one of the rare complications after BCG vaccination, correlating with immunosuppression in the lesional skin. In this report, we describe a case of LV arising from the BCG vaccination site 22 years after vaccination. Interestingly, in the present case, granuloma cells were composed of M2-polarized macrophages. Our case might explain the contribution of M2-polarized macrophages to the biology of LV arising from a BCG vaccination site...
May 2016: Case Reports in Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100885/quantitative-analysis-of-the-distribution-of-cis-eicosenoic-acid-positional-isomers-in-marine-fishes-from-the-indian-ocean
#19
Samanthika Senarath, Kazuaki Yoshinaga, Toshiharu Nagai, Akihiko Yoshida, Fumiaki Beppu, Chamila Jayasinghe, Chandravathany Devadawson, Naohiro Gotoh
This study investigated the occurrence and distribution of cis-eicosenoic acid (c-20:1) positional isomers in fishes from the Indian Ocean and compared to those from the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean. Lipids were extracted from the edible part of the fish and then methylated. The eicosenoic acid methyl ester fraction was separated from total fatty acid methyl esters by reversed-phase HPLC and quantitatively analyzed using a GC-FID fitted with the SLB-IL111 highly polar GC column. c14-20:1 was used as an internal standard...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Oleo Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100804/role-of-the-different-eyes-in-the-visual-odometry-in-the-wolf-spider-lycosa-tarantula-araneae-lycosidae
#20
Joaquin Ortega-Escobar, Miguel A Ruiz
The wolf spider Lycosa tarantula returns home by means of path integration. Previous studies demonstrated: (i) that the angular component of the outbound run is measured using a polarized-light compass associated with the anterior median eyes; (ii) changes in direction of the substratum are detected by the anterior lateral eyes (ALEs); and (iii) in relation to the linear component of the outbound run, an increase of optic flow, in either the lateral or ventral fields of view, caused spiders to search for the burrow at a point nearer to the goal...
January 15, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
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