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Øistein Rønneberg Mjelva, Gard F T Svingen, Eva K R Pedersen, Reinhard Seifert, Jan Terje Kvaløy, Øivind Midttun, Per M Ueland, Jan E Nordrehaug, Ottar Nygård, Dennis W T Nilsen
Systemic fibrinogen and neopterin are related to inflammation. We investigated the prognostic utility and possible interactions of these biomarkers in stable coronary artery disease (SCAD) patients undergoing coronary angiography. We included 3,545 patients with suspected stable angina with a median follow-up of 7.3 and 10.2 years for incident acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and all-cause mortality, respectively. Prospective associations were explored by Cox regression. Potential effect modifications were investigated according to strata of fibrinogen, neopterin or high-sensitivity troponin T (hsTnT) below and above the median, as well as gender and smoking habits...
February 19, 2018: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
Sofia Raniolo, Giulia Vindigni, Alessio Ottaviani, Valeria Unida, Federico Iacovelli, Antonio Manetto, Mariangela Figini, Lorenzo Stella, Alessandro Desideri, Silvia Biocca
Selective targeting is a crucial property of nanocarriers used for drug delivery in cancer therapy. We generated biotinylated octahedral DNA nanocages functionalized with folic acid through bio-orthogonal conjugation chemistry. Molecular modelling indicated that a distance of about 2.5 nm between folic acid and DNA nanocage avoids steric hindrance with the folate receptor. HeLa cells, a folate receptor positive tumour cell line, internalize folate-DNA nanocages with efficiency greater than 40 times compared to cells not expressing the folate receptors...
February 16, 2018: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
Yuanyuan Liu, Lian Li, Lijia Li, Zhou Zhou, Fengling Wang, Xiaofeng Xiong, Rui Zhou, Yuan Huang
Requirements on drug delivery systems to surmount a complex series of pathophysiological barriers bear "cascading contradictions", especially size and hydrophilicity/hydrophobicity contradiction. Herein, a programmed drug delivery system (GNPs-Dox-Lac) based on optimized "size decrease and hydrophilicity/hydrophobicity transformation" was developed by combination the gelatin nanoparticle (GNPs) and prodrug Doxorubicin-Lactose (Dox-Lac). The results showed that GNPs-Dox-Lac (133.3 nm) were kinetically stable in blood circulation and inclined to accumulate at the tumor site...
February 16, 2018: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
Tanvi M Deshpande, Anisul Quadir, Sakae Obara, Stephen W Hoag
Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose acetate succinate (HPMCAS) has been widely used in amorphous solid dispersions and as an enteric coating polymer. Under aqueous coating conditions and at elevated coating temperatures, HPMCAS particles tend to aggregate and clog the spray-nozzle, hence interrupting the coating process. This research focused on how plasticizers and surfactants, excipients used for aqueous coating, affect the properties and stability of HPMCAS. This information would be useful in identifying suitable excipients for developing a stable HPMCAS aqueous enteric coating formulation...
February 16, 2018: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
Mohammad A M Momin, Ian G Tucker, Colin S Doyle, John A Denman, Shubhra Sinha, Shyamal C Das
High dose delivery of drugs to the lung using a dry powder inhaler (DPI) is an emerging approach to combat drug-resistant local infections. To achieve this, highly aerosolizable powders are required. We hypothesized that co-spray-drying kanamycin, a hydrophilic hygroscopic antibiotic, with rifampicin, a hydrophobic antibiotic, would produce inhalable particles with surfaces enriched in rifampicin. Such particles would have higher aerosolization than kanamycin alone, and minimise the mass of powder for inhalation avoiding use of non-active excipients...
February 16, 2018: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
Tanvi M Deshpande, Anisul Quadir, Sakae Obara, Ahmed Ibrahim, Stephen W Hoag
The purpose of this study was to use statistical design of experiments to develop a stable aqueous enteric coating formulation containing stabilizing excipients, such as polyethylene glycol that can minimize hydroxypropyl methylcellulose acetate succinate aggregation and minimize spray-nozzle clogging at elevated processing temperatures. The mechanisms of stabilization (i.e. charge stabilization and molecular interactions) were studied by performing zeta potential and FTIR studies. Electrostatic stabilization by sodium lauryl sulfate and hydrogen bonding by polyethylene glycol provided dispersion stability and yielded a stable aqueous coating formulation that prevented spray-nozzle clogging...
February 16, 2018: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
Kee Scholten, Ellis Meng
Closed-loop drug delivery promises autonomous control of pharmacotherapy through the continuous monitoring of biomarker levels. For decades, researchers have strived for portable closed-loop systems, capable of treating ambulatory patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes mellitus. After years of development, the first of these systems have left the laboratory and entered commercial use. This long-awaited advance reflects recent development of chronically stable implantable biosensors, able to accurately measure biomarker levels in vivo...
February 16, 2018: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
Kumar Padmapriya, Ritu Barthwal
Plant derived small molecules, which interact with and stabilize G-quadruplex DNA, act as inhibitors of telomere elongation and oncogene expression in humans. The inhibition of telomerase enzyme has immense potential since it is over expressed in most cancer cells. Interaction of palmatine, an antitumor alkaloid, to parallel G-quadruplex DNA, [d(TTGGGGT)]4 and [d(TTAGGGT)]4 , has been investigated using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), fluorescence and Circular Dichroism (CD) spectroscopy. Titrations were monitored by1 H and31 P NMR spectra and solution structure of palmatine-[d(TTGGGGT)]4 complex was obtained by restrained Molecular Dynamics (rMD) simulations using distance restraints from 2D NOESY spectra...
February 16, 2018: Biochimie
Hongming He, Qi Sun, Wenyang Gao, Jason A Perman, Fuxing Sun, Guangshan Zhu, Briana Aguila, Katherine Forrest, Brian Space, Shengqian Ma
A majority of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) fail to preserve their physical and chemical properties after exposure to acidic, neutral, or alkaline aqueous solutions, therefore limiting their practical applications in many areas. The strategy demonstrated herein is the design and synthesis of an organic ligand that behaves as a buffer to drastically boost the aqueous stability of a porous MOF (JUC-1000), which maintains its structural integrity at low and high pH values. The local buffer environment resulting from the weak acid-base pairs of the custom-designed organic ligand also greatly facilitates the performance of JUC-1000 in the chemical fixation of carbon dioxide under ambient conditions, outperforming a series of benchmark catalysts...
February 19, 2018: Angewandte Chemie
Marcus Seiler, Peer W Kaemmerer, Michael Peetz, Amely Gundula Hartmann
The aim of this initial case report was to provide a new protocol for the clinical application of a patient-specific titanium lattice structure (Yxoss CBR®, ReOSS, Filderstadt, Germany) for customized bone regeneration. To obtain a 3-dimensional reconstruction of a posterior mandible segment in a 61-year-old woman, a patient-specific titanium customized lattice structure was used. As graft material autogenous bone tissue mixed with xenogenic alloplastic material (Bio Oss®, Geistlich Pharma, Wolhusen, Switzerland) was obtained for reconstruction...
February 19, 2018: Journal of Oral Implantology
Elodie Carbonnel, Xavier Pannecoucke, Tatiana Besset, Philippe Jubault, Thomas Poisson
Herein the synthesis of a novel and bench stable electrophilic reagent to construct the OCFHMe motif from O-nucleophiles has been described. This sulfonium salt, readily obtained in 5 steps, reacted with various phenols and alcohols. The resulting products, including complex molecules, were obtained in good yields. This reagent was also used for the functionalization of thiol derivatives.
February 19, 2018: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
Xiaojue Zhu, Roberto Verzicco, Xuehua Zhang, Detlef Lohse
Surface nanobubbles are nanoscopic spherical-cap shaped gaseous domains on immersed substrates which are stable, even for days. After the stability of a single surface nanobubble has been theoretically explained, i.e. contact line pinning and gas oversaturation are required to stabilize it against diffusive dissolution [Lohse and Zhang, Phys. Rev. E, 2015, 91, 031003(R)], here we focus on the collective diffusive interaction of multiple nanobubbles. For that purpose we develop a finite difference scheme for the diffusion equation with the appropriate boundary conditions and with the immersed boundary method used to represent the growing or shrinking bubbles...
February 19, 2018: Soft Matter
Guochun Jiang, Don Nguyen, Nancie M Archin, Steven A Yukl, Gema Méndez-Lagares, Yuyang Tang, Maher M Elsheikh, George R Thompson, Dennis J Hartigan-O'Connor, David M Margolis, Joseph K Wong, Satya Dandekar
Eradication of HIV-1 (HIV) is hindered by stable viral reservoirs. Viral latency is epigenetically regulated. While the effects of histone acetylation and methylation at the HIV long-terminal repeat (LTR) have been described, our knowledge of the proviral epigenetic landscape is incomplete. We report that a previously unrecognized epigenetic modification of the HIV LTR, histone crotonylation, is a regulator of HIV latency. Reactivation of latent HIV was achieved following the induction of histone crotonylation through increased expression of the crotonyl-CoA-producing enzyme acyl-CoA synthetase short-chain family member 2 (ACSS2)...
February 19, 2018: Journal of Clinical Investigation
Qinglin Deng, Mengjiao Li, Junyong Wang, Kai Jiang, Zhigao Hu, Junhao Chu
Orthorhombic Nb$_2$O$_5$ (T-Nb$_2$O$_5$) has structural merit but poor electrical conductivity, limiting their applications in energy storage. Although graphene is frequently adopted to effectively improve its electrochemical properties, the ordinary modified methods cannot meet the growing demands for high-performance. Here, we demonstrate that different graphene modified routes play a vital role in affecting the electrochemical performances of T-Nb$_2$O$_5$. By only manual shaking within one minute, Nb$_2$O$_5$ nano-particles can be rapidly adsorbed onto graphene, then the free-anchored T-Nb$_2$O$_5$@graphene three-dimensional networks (NG-3D) can be successfully prepared based on hydrogel method...
February 19, 2018: Nanotechnology
Xiaocun Lu, Joshua S Katz, Adam Schmitt, Jeffrey S Moore
Compartmentalized structures widely exist in cellular systems (organelles) and perform essential functions in smart composite materials (microcapsules, vasculatures, and micelles) to provide localized functionality and enhance materials compatibility. An entirely water-free compartmentalization system is of significant value to the materials community as nonaqueous conditions are critical to packaging microcapsules with water-free hydrophilic payloads while avoiding energy-intensive drying steps. Few nonaqueous encapsulation techniques are known, especially when considering just the scalable processes that operate in batch mode...
February 19, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Xia Yang, Yan-Qing Yu, Ling-Zhi Peng, Yan-Mei Lei, Ya-Qin Chai, Ruo Yuan, Ying Zhuo
Sensitive and feasible electrochemiluminescence (ECL) bioassay relies on the achievement of the ECL signal tags with high and stable signal intensity. In this work, strong electrochemiluminescence (ECL) emission was achieved from metal organic framework (MOFs) accelerator enriched Quantum Dots (CdTe), which was applied as an efficient ECL signal tag for trace biomarker detection. It is particularly worth noting that a novel mechanism to drastically enhance the ECL intensity of CdTe is established because the isoreticular metal organic framework-3 (IRMOF-3) with 2-amino terephthalic acid (2-NH2-BDC) as organic ligand is not only devoted for loading large amount of CdTe via encapsulating effect and internal/external decoration, but also as a novel co-reactant accelerator for promoting the conversion of co-reactant S2O82- into the sulfate radical anion (SO4•-), further boosting the electrochemiluminescence (ECL) emission of CdTe...
February 19, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
Enrico Battiston, Maria C Salvatici, Alessandro Lavacchi, Antonietta Gatti, Stefano Di Marco, Laura Mugnai
BACKGROUND: The present study evaluates a biocompatible material for plant protection to reduce the amount of active substance applied. We used a synthetic hydroxyapatite (HA) that has been studied extensively due its bioactivity and biocompatibility. Aggregation between HA nanoparticles and four copper(II) compounds applied in Vitis vinifera L. leaves as pesticide was studied. Formulations were characterised by XRD, DLS, electron microscopy and applied in planta to verify the particle aggregation and efficiency in controlling the pathogen, Plasmopara viticola...
February 19, 2018: Pest Management Science
Kristie L Poole, Diane L Santesso, Ryan J Van Lieshout, Louis A Schmidt
Asymmetric frontal brain activity is thought to reflect individual differences in approach- and avoidance-oriented motivation and emotional experience. Using a prospective longitudinal design, the authors investigated whether trajectories of frontal electroencephalogram (EEG) asymmetry in children (Mage = 6.39 years at enrollment) predicted subjective, behavioral, and autonomic indices of socioemotional processes. Resting frontal EEG activity was measured across four separate repeated assessments spanning approximately 2 years...
February 19, 2018: Developmental Psychobiology
Ji-Hae Choi, Seung-Hoon Jhi
Group-VIIB transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) are known to be stabilized solely in a distorted 1T phase termed as 1T″ phase, which is compared to many stable or metastable phases in other TMDCs. Using first-principles calculations, we study the structural origin of 1T″ phase group-VIIB TMDCs. We find that quasi 1D Peierls-like instability is responsible for the transition to the 1T″ phase ReS2 monolayer from the 1T' phase, another distorted 1T phase. Two half-filled bands in 1T'-ReS2 make sharp peaks in the Lindhard function that prompt the charge density wave (CDW) phase with large band gap opening...
February 19, 2018: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
Dongdong Bi, Lei Zhao, Runqi Yu, Haowen Li, Yifei Guo, Xiangtao Wang, Meihua Han
One major challenge of current surface modification of nanoparticles is the demand for chemical reactive polymeric layers, such modification is always complicated, inefficient, and may lead the polymer lose the ability to encapsulate drug. To overcome this limitation, we adopted a pH-sensitive platform using polydopamine (PDA) as a way of functionalizing nanoparticles (NPs) surfaces. All this method needed to be just a brief incubation in weak alkaline solution of dopamine, which was simple and applicable to a variety of polymer carriers regardless of their chemical reactivity...
November 2018: Drug Delivery
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