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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527623/automated-gold-particle-quantification-of-immunogold-labeled-micrographs
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Rune Enger
BACKGROUND: Immunogold cytochemistry is the method of choice for precise localization of antigens on a subcellular scale. The process of immunogold quantification in electron micrographs is laborious, especially for proteins with a dense distribution pattern. NEW METHODS: Here I present a MATLAB based toolbox that is optimized for a typical immunogold analysis workflow. It combines automatic detection of gold particles through a multi-threshold algorithm with manual segmentation of cell membranes and regions of interests...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524836/effect-of-histone-deacetylase-inhibition-on-the-expression-of-multidrug-resistance-associated-protein-2-in-a-human-placental-trophoblast-cell-line
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Hong-Yu Duan, Dan Ma, Kai-Yu Zhou, Tao Wang, Yi Zhang, Yi-Fei Li, Jin-Lin Wu, Yi-Min Hua, Chuan Wang
BACKGROUND: Placental multidrug resistance-associated protein 2 (MRP2), encoded by ABCC2 gene in human, plays a significant role in regulating drugs' transplacental transfer rates. Studies on placental MRP2 regulation could provide more therapeutic targets for individualized and safe pharmacotherapy during pregnancy. Currently, the roles of epigenetic mechanisms in regulating placental drug transporters are still unclear. This study aimed to investigate the effect of histone deacetylases (HDACs) inhibition on MRP2 expression in the placental trophoblast cell line and to explore whether HDAC1/2/3 are preliminarily involved in this process...
June 5, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524373/sialic-acids-regulate-microvessel-permeability-revealed-by-novel-in-vivo-studies-of-endothelial-glycocalyx-structure-and-function
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Kai Betteridge, Kenton Arkill, Chris Neal, Steve Harper, Becky Foster, Simon Satchell, David Bates, Andy Salmon
The endothelial glycocalyx forms a continuous coat over the luminal surface of all vessels, and regulates multiple vascular functions. The contribution of individual components of the endothelial glycocalyx to one critical vascular function, microvascular permeability, remains unclear. We developed novel, real-time, paired methodologies to study the contribution of sialic acids within the endothelial glycocalyx to the structural and functional permeability properties of the same microvessel in vivo. Single perfused rat mesenteric microvessels were perfused with fluorescent endothelial cell membrane and glycocalyx labels, and imaged with confocal microscopy...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522002/freeze-dried-cylinders-carrying-chitosan-nanoparticles-for-vaginal-peptide-delivery
#4
Marzia Marciello, Silvia Rossi, Carla Caramella, Carmen Remuñán-López
Recently nanoparticle-based vaginal drug delivery formulations have been acquiring great attention for the administration of peptide based-vaccines or microbicides to prevent or treat sexually transmitted diseases. In this work, a straightforward and efficient strategy for the vaginal application and release of peptide-loaded mucoadhesive nanoparticles was developed. This essentially consists of chitosan nanoparticles encapsulated in suitable hydrophilic freeze-dried cylinders. Chitosan nanoparticles are responsible for carrying the peptide drug and allowing adhesion to the vaginal mucosal epithelium...
August 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521987/coffee-grounds-as-filler-for-pectin-green-composites-with-competitive-performances-dependent-on-the-uv-irradiation
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Vincenzo Alessandro Cataldo, Giuseppe Cavallaro, Giuseppe Lazzara, Stefana Milioto, Filippo Parisi
Novel composite bioplastics were successfully prepared by filling pectin matrix with treated coffee grounds. The amount of coffee dispersed into the pectin was changed within a wide filler range. The morphology of the pectin/coffee hybrid films was studied by microscopic techniques in order to investigate their mesoscopic structure as well as the sizes distribution of the particles dispersed into the matrix. The micrographs showed that the coffee grounds are uniformly dispersed within the polymeric matrix. The morphological characteristics of the biocomposite films were correlated to their properties, such as wettability, water uptake, thermal behavior and mechanical performances...
August 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518090/flash-and-freeze-a-novel-technique-to-capture-membrane-dynamics-with-electron-microscopy
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Shuo Li, Sumana Raychaudhuri, Shigeki Watanabe
Cells constantly change their membrane architecture and protein distribution, but it is extremely difficult to visualize these events at a temporal and spatial resolution on the order of ms and nm, respectively. We have developed a time-resolved electron microscopy technique, "flash-and-freeze," that induces cellular events with optogenetics and visualizes the resulting membrane dynamics by freezing cells at defined time points after stimulation. To demonstrate this technique, we expressed channelrhodopsin, a light-sensitive cation channel, in mouse hippocampal neurons...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515763/poly-ethylene-co-vinyl-alcohol-based-polymeric-thermo-responsive-nanocarriers-for-controlled-delivery-of-epirubicin-to-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Farshid Hassanzadeh, Maryam Farzan, Jaleh Varshosaz, Ghadam Ali Khodarahmi, Sahar Maaleki, Mahboubeh Rostami
In this study, poly(ethylene-co-vinyl alcohol) (EVOH) as a novel biocompatible polymeric scaffold was surface modified by succinylation to get EVOHS and further pegylated to improve structural properties using methoxypolyethylene glycol (5000 Da) succinate (PEGS) along with targeting with retinoic acid (RA) to get final modified active and passive targeted conjugate (PEGS-EVOHS-RA) to evaluate its ability in carrying and delivery of epirubicin to hepatocellular carcinoma cell lines in response to varying temperatures...
April 2017: Research in Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510021/molecular-assembly-and-structure-of-the-bacteriophage-t4-tail
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Fumio Arisaka, Moh Lan Yap, Shuji Kanamaru, Michael G Rossmann
The tail of bacteriophage T4 undergoes large structural changes upon infection while delivering the phage genome into the host cell. The baseplate is located at the distal end of the contractile tail and plays a central role in transmitting the signal to the tail sheath that the tailfibers have been adsorbed by a host bacterium. This then triggers the sheath contraction. In order to understand the mechanism of assembly and conformational changes of the baseplate upon infection, we have determined the structure of an in vitro assembled baseplate through the three-dimensional reconstruction of cryo-electron microscopy images to a resolution of 3...
December 2016: Biophysical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509939/bioremoval-of-lead-using-pennisetum-purpureum-augmented-with-enterobacter-cloacae-vitpasj1-a-pot-culture-approach
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Anamika Das, Priyanka Belgaonkar, Aditya S Raman, Sofia Banu, Jabez W Osborne
Lead is a toxic heavy metal discharged into the ecosystem from various industries. Biological remediation strategies have been effective in the bioremoval of lead. In our current study, a phytobacterial system using Pennisetum purpureum along with lead-resistant bacterium (LRB) was employed for the uptake of lead. The LRB was obtained from lead-contaminated sites. The isolate VITPASJ1 was found to be highly tolerant to lead and was identified as an effective plant growth-promoting bacterium. The 16S rRNA sequencing revealed VITPASJ1 to be the closest neighbour of Enterobacter cloacae...
May 16, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507440/ocular-basal-cell-carcinoma-a-brief-literature-review-of-clinical-diagnosis-and-treatment
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Yingyun Shi, Renbing Jia, Xianqun Fan
Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is a common malignant tumor throughout the world. One of the known risk factors of BCC is intense exposure to ultraviolet radiation. More than 50% of BCCs of the eyelid initially occur on the lower lid. The gold standard of diagnosis of BCC is histopathology. Treatment options for BCC consist of surgery, vismodegib, radiotherapy and imiquimod. Surgical excision using Mohs micrographic surgery or wide surgical excision with frozen section margin control is the first consideration for treatment of periocular BCC...
2017: OncoTargets and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504319/biological-response-of-commercially-available-different-tricalcium-silicate-based-cements-and-pozzolan-cement
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Serhat Köseoğlu, Tuğba Pekbağr Yan K, Ebru Kucukyilmaz, Mehmet Sağlam, Sukru Enhos, Ayşe Akgün
This study evaluated four root repair materials for cytotoxicity and cell attachment in vitro. Cell viability was determined at 24 hr, 3 days and 7 days by using a 2,3-bis-(2-methoxy-4-nitro-5-sulfophenyl)-2H-tetrazolium-5-carboxanilide (XTT) assay with material extracts. Cell adhesion was examined with a scanning electron microscope on the surface of materials at 24 and 48 hr. Angelus MTA displayed the lowest cell viabilities at all-day incubations. Endocem had high biocompatibility on the first day. After culturing for 3 days and 7 days, the cell viabilities of Biodentine, Endocem and MM-MTA had similar results, and their cell viability was significantly higher than that of Angelus...
May 15, 2017: Microscopy Research and Technique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504176/eco-friendly-soluble-soybean-polysaccharide-nanoclay-na-bionanocomposite-properties-and-characterization
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Davoud Salarb Ashi, Mostafa Shahidi Noghabi, Bibi Sedigheh Fazly Bazzaz, Iman Shahabi-Ghahfarrokhi, Behrouz Jafari, Reza Ahmadi
The impact of montmorillonite (MMT) as a nanofiller at different concentrations (5, 10, 15wt.%) on the physicochemical and functional properties of nanocomposite film based on soluble soybean polysaccharide (SSPS) was investigated. The results showed that an increase in MMT concentration was accompanied by a decrease in water solubility, thickness, and elongation at break. Furthermore, tensile strength increased when MMT concentration was increased to 10wt.%. Atomic force and scanning electron micrographs showed a significant agglomeration at MMT 15wt...
August 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504138/hybrid-pectin-based-biosorbents-for-zinc-ions-removal
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Agata Jakóbik-Kolon, Joanna Bok-Badura, Krzysztof Karoń, Krzysztof Mitko, Andrzej Milewski
In this paper, a set of the hybrid biosorbents, made of pectin and polysaccharide additives (arabic, tragacanth, guar, karaya, xanthan, gellan, carob gums, agar-agar) or lecithin (phospholipid), was investigated and tested for zinc ions removal. The immobilization of the polysaccharides into the pectin matrix was proved by the IR spectroscopy. The structure of the working biosorbents was observed in SEM micrographs. The influence of the additive type and pH on the sorption properties and swelling index was investigated...
August 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498489/application-of-edible-films-containing-oregano-origanum-vulgare-essential-oil-on-queso-blanco-cheese-prepared-with-flaxseed-linum-usitatissimum-oil
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Cristhiam Gurdian, Alexander Chouljenko, Kevin Mis Solval, Charles Boeneke, Joan M King, Subramaniam Sathivel
Fortification of queso blanco (QB) with flaxseed oil (FO) containing omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids may provide a functional food with health benefits such as improved cell, brain, and retina functionality, and protection against cardiovascular and immune-inflammatory diseases. However, QB experiences a short shelf life because of the early development of yeasts and molds and addition of FO may increase susceptibility to lipid oxidation. Oregano essential oil (OEO) is known for its antimicrobial and antioxidant properties, but due to its intense flavor compounds it may not be suitable for direct incorporation into QB...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498203/superficial-cd34-positive-fibroblastic-tumor-successfully-treated-with-mohs-micrographic-surgery
#15
Aleksandra G Florek, Aleksandar L Krunic, Sapna M Amin, Joan Guitart
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 10, 2017: Dermatologic Surgery: Official Publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et Al.]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498116/preparation-of-crosslinked-chitosan-magnetic-membrane-for-cations-sorption-from-aqueous-solution
#16
Adnan Khan, Samina Begum, Nauman Ali, Sabir Khan, Sajjad Hussain, Maria Del Pilar Taboada Sotomayor
A chitosan magnetic membrane was prepared in order to confer magnetic properties to the membrane, which could be used for the removal of cations from aqueous solution. The crosslinked magnetic membrane was compared with pristine chitosan membrane in term of stability, morphology and cation adsorption capacity. The fabricated magnetic materials are thermally stable as shown by thermogravimetric curves. The membrane containing nickel magnetic particles (CHNiF-G) shows high thermal stability compared to the other membranes...
May 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497302/keys-for-the-morphological-identification-of-the-australian-paralysis-ticks-acari-ixodidae-with-scanning-electron-micrographs
#17
Mackenzie Lamont Kwak
The Australian paralysis ticks (Ixodes: Sternalixodes) are of considerable medical and veterinary importance within Australia. This is because of their ability to cause paralysis but also their capacity to transmit pathogens and induce allergic reactions. The available keys for the identification of the group (Ixodes holocyclus Neumann, Ixodes cornuatus Roberts, and Ixodes hirsti Hassall) are ambiguous and contain errors, making accurate identification of the group difficult. Illustrations of varying quality and accuracy of these species have been published in the past; however, they have never been collectively treated using scanning electron microscopy (SEM)...
May 11, 2017: Experimental & Applied Acarology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492934/mohs-micrographic-surgery-use-in-the-united-states-based-on-medicare-data-reply
#18
Adewole S Adamson, Stacie B Dusetzina
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 10, 2017: JAMA Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492845/a-simple-effective-analogy-to-elucidate-the-mohs-micrographic-surgery-procedure-the-peanut-butter-cup
#19
Elizabeth Lee, Jay E Wolverton, Ally-Khan Somani
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 10, 2017: JAMA Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492825/mohs-micrographic-surgery-use-in-the-united-states-based-on-medicare-data
#20
Jonathan Kantor
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 10, 2017: JAMA Dermatology
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