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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779258/hyperpolarized-porous-silicon-nanoparticles-potential-theragnostic-material-for-%C3%A2-%C3%A2-si-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Hyeonglim Seo, Ikjang Choi, Nicholas Whiting, Jingzhe Hu, Quy Son Luu, Shivanand Pudakalakatti, Caitlin McCowan, Yaewon Kim, Niki Zacharias, Seunghyun Lee, Pratip Bhattacharya, Youngbok Lee
Porous silicon nanoparticles have recently garnered attention as potentially-promising biomedical platforms for drug delivery and medical diagnostics. Here, we demonstrate porous silicon nanoparticles as contrast agents for ²⁹Si magnetic resonance imaging. Size-controlled porous silicon nanoparticles were synthesized by magnesiothermic reduction of silica nanoparticles and were surface activated for further functionalization. Particles were hyperpolarized via dynamic nuclear polarization to enhance their ²⁹Si MR signals; the particles demonstrated long ²⁹Si spin-lattice relaxation (T₁) times (~ 25 mins), which suggests potential applicability for medical imaging...
May 20, 2018: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779071/steady-state-perg-adaptation-a-conspicuous-component-of-response-variability-with-clinical-significance
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P Monsalve, S Ren, G Triolo, L Vazquez, A D Henderson, M Kostic, P Gordon, W J Feuer, V Porciatti
PURPOSE: To investigate within-test variability of the steady-state PERG (SS-PERG). METHODS: SS-PERGs were recorded in response to black-white horizontal gratings (1.6 cycles/deg, 98% contrast, 15.63 reversals/s, LED display, 25 deg square field, 800 cd/sqm mean luminance) using skin electrodes. PERG and noise (± reference) signals were averaged over 1024 epochs (~ 2.2 min) and Fourier analyzed to retrieve SS-PERG amplitude and phase. SS-PERGs were split into 16 partial averages (samples) of 64 epochs each, and corresponding amplitudes and phases combined in polar coordinates to assess their dispersion (within-test variability)...
May 19, 2018: Documenta Ophthalmologica. Advances in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778974/metabolic-plasticity-during-transition-to-na%C3%A3-ve-like-pluripotency-in-canine-embryo-derived-stem-cells
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I C Tobias, R R Isaac, J G Dierolf, R Khazaee, R C Cumming, D H Betts
Pluripotent stem cells (PSCs) have been described in naïve or primed pluripotent states. Domestic dogs are useful translational models in regenerative medicine, but their embryonic stem cells (cESCs) remain narrowly investigated. Primed-like cESCs expanded in the presence of leukemia inhibitory factor and fibroblast growth factor 2 (LIF-FGF2) acquire features of naïve pluripotency when exposed to chemical inhibitors and LIF (2iL). However, proliferation of cESCs is influenced by the pluripotent state and is comparatively slower than human or mouse PSCs...
May 16, 2018: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778824/-gel-in-core-carbosomes-as-novel-ophthalmic-vehicles-with-enhanced-corneal-permeation-and-residence
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Mona A Moustafa, Wessam M El-Refaie, Yosra S R Elnaggar, Ossama Y Abdallah
Carbopol is a good bio-adhesive polymer that increases the residence time in the eye. However, the effect of blinking and lacrimation still reduce the amount of polymer and the incorporated drug available for bioadhesion. Gel-core liposomes are advanced systems offering benefits making it a good tool for improved ocular drug delivery and residence time. Incorporation of carbopol in gel-core liposomes and their potential in ocular delivery have not so far been investigated. Fluconazole (FLZ) was selected as a challenging important ocular antifungal suffering from poor corneal permeation and short residence time...
May 17, 2018: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778689/network-analysis-of-a-proposed-exit-pathway-for-protons-to-the-p-side-of-cytochrome-c-oxidase
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Xiuhong Cai, Kamran Haider, Jianxun Lu, Slaven Radic, Chang Yun Son, Qiang Cui, M R Gunner
Cytochrome c Oxidase (CcO) reduces O2 , the terminal electron acceptor, to water in the aerobic respiration electron transport chain. The energy released by O2 reductions is stored by removing eight protons from the high pH, N-side, of the membrane with four used for chemistry in the active site and four pumped to the low pH, P-side. The proton transfers must occur along controllable proton pathways that prevent energy dissipating movement towards the N-side. The CcO N-side has well established D- and K-channels to deliver protons to the protein interior...
May 17, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778389/resveratrol-improves-in-vitro-maturation-of-oocytes-in-aged-mice-and-humans
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Mei-Ju Liu, Ai-Gang Sun, Shi-Gang Zhao, Hui Liu, Shui-Ying Ma, Mei Li, Ying-Xue Huai, Han Zhao, Hong-Bin Liu
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effects of resveratrol on oocyte maturation in aged mice and humans. DESIGN: Experimental laboratory study. SETTING: University-based reproductive medicine center. PATIENT(S): A total of 64 women 38-45 years of age undergoing intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) and 48-52-week-old female C57BL/6J mice. INTERVENTION(S): In vitro culture in the presence of three different concentrations of resveratrol (0...
May 2018: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778079/advances-in-understanding-the-response-of-fish-to-linear-alcohols-in-the-environment
#7
Scott E Belanger, Jane M Rawlings, Ricky Stackhouse
Short to long chain alcohols have a range of ecotoxicity to aquatic life driven by hydrophobic interactions with biological membranes. Carbon chain length and octanol:water partitioning coefficients are surrogates for hydrophobicity and strongly relate to aquatic toxicity. In these investigations, the toxicity of ethanol to 1-n-dodecanol to juvenile fish in standard acute toxicity tests is reviewed. Toxicity tests employing fish embryos (zebrafish Danio rerio and fathead minnow Pimephales promelas) in the Fish Embryo Test (OECD 236) format were conducted from C2 to C10 to compare against standard juvenile fish toxicity...
April 25, 2018: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778021/the-homing-of-human-umbilical-cord-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-and-the-subsequent-modulation-of-macrophage-polarization-in-type-2-diabetic-mice
#8
Yaqi Yin, Haojie Hao, Yu Cheng, Jieqing Gao, Jiejie Liu, Zongyan Xie, Qi Zhang, Li Zang, Weidong Han, Yiming Mu
Umbilical cord-derived mesenchymal stem cells (UC-MSCs), with both immunomodulatory and pro-regenerative properties, are promising for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). As efficient cell therapy largely relies on appropriate homing to target tissues, knowing where and to what extent injected UC-MSCs have homed is critically important. However, bio-distribution data for UC-MSCs in T2DM subjects are extremely limited. Beneficial effects of UC-MSCs on T2DM subjects are associated with increased M2 macrophages, but no systemic evaluation of M2 macrophages has been performed in T2DM individuals...
May 15, 2018: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778003/highly-efficient-electrochemical-determination-of-propylthiouracil-in-urine-samples-after-selective-electromembrane-extraction-by-copper-nanoparticles-decorated-hollow-fibers
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Zeinab Tahmasebi, Saied Saeed Hosseiny Davarani, Ali Akbar Asgharinezhad
In this work, a novel, inexpensive and fast strategy was described for selective and effective extraction and determination of propylthiouracil (PTU) with a high polarity (log P = 1.2) based on electromembrane extraction (EME) followed by differential pulse voltammetry (DPV). For this purpose, copper nanoparticles (CuNPs)-decorated hollow fiber was used as the selective membrane for EME of PTU in urine samples. The influential parameters on extraction such as extraction solvent, pH, agitation speed, applied potential and extraction time were systematically investigated...
May 9, 2018: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777910/differentially-expressed-novel-alternatively-spliced-transcript-variant-of-tumor-suppressor-stk11-gene-in-mouse
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Hassan Mubarak Ishqi, Tarique Sarwar, Mohammed Amir Husain, Sayeed Ur Rehman, Mohammad Tabish
Serine/threonine kinase 11 (STK11) is a protein kinase that is encoded by Stk11 gene located on chromosome 19 and 10 in humans and mouse respectively. It acts as a master kinase of adenine monophosphate-activated protein kinase (AMPK) pathway that coordinates the regulation of cellular energy metabolism and cell division. STK11 exerts effect by activating more than 14 kinases including AMPK and AMPK-related kinases. It is also known to regulate cell polarity and acts as tumor suppressor. Alternative splicing of pre-mRNA is a mechanism which results in multiple transcript variants of a single gene...
May 16, 2018: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777776/distinct-roles-for-the-cell-adhesion-molecule-contactin2-in-the-development-and-function-of-neural-circuits-in-zebrafish
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Suman Gurung, Emilia Asante, Devynn Hummel, Ashley Williams, Oren Feldman-Schultz, Mary C Halloran, Vinoth Sittaramane, Anand Chandrasekhar
Contactin2 (Cntn2)/Transient Axonal Glycoprotein 1 (Tag1), a neural cell adhesion molecule, has established roles in neuronal migration and axon fasciculation in chick and mouse. In zebrafish, antisense morpholino-based studies have indicated roles for cntn2 in the migration of facial branchiomotor (FBM) neurons, the guidance of the axons of the nucleus of the medial longitudinal fascicle (nucMLF), and the outgrowth of Rohon-Beard (RB) central axons. To study functions of Cntn2 in later stages of neuronal development, we generated cntn2 mutant zebrafish using CRISPR-Cas9...
May 16, 2018: Mechanisms of Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777767/biglycan-is-a-new-high-affinity-ligand-for-cd14-in-macrophages
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Heiko Roedig, Madalina V Nastase, Helena Frey, Kristin Moreth, Jinyang Zeng-Brouwers, Chiara Poluzzi, Louise Tzung-Harn Hsieh, Christian Brandts, Simone Fulda, Malgorzata Wygrecka, Liliana Schaefer
Sterile inflammation is a therapeutic target in many diseases where it represents an important initiator of disease progression. However, the detailed mechanisms underlying its evolution and biological relevance are not yet completely elucidated. Biglycan, a prototype extracellular matrix-derived damage-associated molecular pattern, mediates sterile inflammation in macrophages through Toll-like receptor (TLR) 2 and/or TLR4-dependent signaling pathways. Here we discovered that soluble biglycan is a novel high-affinity ligand for CD14, a well-known GPI-anchored co-receptor for TLRs...
May 16, 2018: Matrix Biology: Journal of the International Society for Matrix Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777213/semaphorin-6d-reverse-signaling-controls-macrophage-lipid-metabolism-and-anti-inflammatory-polarization
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Sujin Kang, Yoshimitsu Nakanishi, Yoshiyuki Kioi, Daisuke Okuzaki, Tetsuya Kimura, Hyota Takamatsu, Shohei Koyama, Satoshi Nojima, Masayuki Nishide, Yoshitomo Hayama, Yuhei Kinehara, Yasuhiro Kato, Takeshi Nakatani, Tomomi Shimogori, Junichi Takagi, Toshihiko Toyofuku, Atsushi Kumanogoh
Polarization of macrophages into pro-inflammatory or anti-inflammatory states has distinct metabolic requirements, with mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR) kinase signaling playing a critical role. However, it remains unclear how mTOR regulates metabolic status to promote polarization of these cells. Here we show that an mTOR-Semaphorin 6D (Sema6D)-Peroxisome proliferator receptor γ (PPARγ) axis plays critical roles in macrophage polarization. Inhibition of mTOR or loss of Sema6D blocked anti-inflammatory macrophage polarization, concomitant with severe impairments in PPARγ expression, uptake of fatty acids, and lipid metabolic reprogramming...
May 18, 2018: Nature Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777173/physical-properties-and-field-induced-metamagnetic-transitions-in-uau-0-8-sb-2
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Wen Zhang, Chunyu Guo, Donghua Xie, Michael Smidman, Bingfeng Hu, Yuanhua Xia, Yi Liu, Shiyong Tan, Wei Feng, Xiegang Zhu, Yun Zhang, Qunqing Hao, Lizhu Luo, Huiqiu Yuan, Xinchun Lai
We have successfully synthesized single crystals of UAu0.8 Sb2 using a flux method and present a comprehensive study of its physical properties by measuring the magnetic susceptibility, electrical resistivity and specific heat. Evidence for at least three magnetic phases is observed in the field-temperature phase diagram of UAu0.8 Sb2 . In zero field, the system undergoes an antiferromagnetic transition at 71 K, and upon further cooling it passes through another antiferromagnetic phase with a ferromagnetic component, before reaching a ferromagnetic ground state...
May 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777143/polarization-independent-circulator-based-on-ferrite-and-plasma-materials-in-two-dimensional-photonic-crystal
#15
Xiang Xi, Mi Lin, Wenbiao Qiu, Zhengbiao Ouyang, Qiong Wang, Qiang Liu
We propose a type of polarization-independent circulator based on ferrite and plasma materials in a two-dimensional photonic crystal (PhC) slab. First, on the basis of analyzing the wave equations in ferrite and plasma materials, TE and TM circulators are realized with ferrite and plasma in PhCs, respectively. Then, by properly combining these two types of circulators together, a polarization-independent circulator is achieved and investigated. The results show that, for both polarizations, the insertion loss and isolation for the polarization-independent circulator are less than 0...
May 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777139/selective-equal-spin-andreev-reflection-at-vortex-core-center-in-magnetic-semiconductor-superconductor-heterostructure
#16
Chuang Li, Lun-Hui Hu, Yi Zhou, Fu-Chun Zhang
Sau, Lutchyn, Tewari and Das Sarma (SLTD) proposed a heterostructure consisting of a semiconducting thin film sandwiched between an s-wave superconductor and a magnetic insulator and showed possible Majorana zero mode. Here we study spin polarization of the vortex core states and spin selective Andreev reflection at the vortex center of the SLTD model. In the topological phase, the differential conductance at the vortex center contributed from the Andreev reflection, is spin selective and has a quantized value [Formula: see text] at zero bias...
May 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777121/magneto-absorption-spectra-of-hydrogen-like-yellow-exciton-series-in-cuprous-oxide-excitons-in-strong-magnetic-fields
#17
Sergey Artyukhin, Dmitry Fishman, Clément Faugeras, Marek Potemski, Alexandre Revcolevschi, Maxim Mostovoy, Paul H M van Loosdrecht
We study the absorption spectra of the yellow excitons in Cu2 O in high magnetic fields using polarization-resolved optical absorption measurements with a high frequency resolution. We show that the symmetry of the yellow exciton results in unusual selection rules for the optical absorption of polarized light and that the mixing of ortho- and para- excitons in magnetic field is important. The calculation of the energies of the yellow exciton series in strong and weak magnetic field limits suggests that a broad n = 2 line is comprized by two closely overlapping lines, gives a good fit to experimental data and allows to interpret the complex structure of excitonic levels...
May 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777033/sequential-binding-of-ezrin-and-moesin-to-l-selectin-regulates-monocyte-protrusive-behaviour-during-transmigration
#18
Angela Rey-Gallardo, Hannah Tomlins, Justin Joachim, Izajur Rahman, Phoebe Kitscha, Karen Frudd, Maddy Parsons, Aleksandar Ivetic
Leukocyte transendothelial migration (TEM) is absolutely fundamental to the inflammatory response, involving initial pseudopod protrusion and subsequent polarised migration across inflamed endothelium. Ezrin/radixin/moesin (ERM) proteins are expressed in leukocytes and mediate cell shape change and polarity. The spatio-temporal organisation of ERM with their targets, and their individual contribution to protrusion during TEM, has never been explored. Here we show that blocking PIP2 binding reduces C-terminal phosphorylation of moesin during monocyte TEM, and that on/off cycling of ERM activity is essential for pseudopod protrusion into the subendothelial space...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776615/a-new-and-efficient-culture-method-for-porcine-bone-marrow-derived-m1-and-m2-polarized-macrophages
#19
Jiye Gao, Maaike R Scheenstra, Albert van Dijk, Edwin J A Veldhuizen, Henk P Haagsman
BACKGROUND: Macrophages play an important role in the innate immune system as part of the mononuclear phagocyte system (MPS). They have a pro-inflammatory signature (M1-polarized macrophages) or anti-inflammatory signature (M2-polarized macrophages) based on expression of surface receptors and secretion of cytokines. However, very little is known about the culture of macrophages from pigs and more specific about the M1 and M2 polarization in vitro. METHODS: Porcine monocytes or mononuclear bone marrow cells were used to culture M1- and M2-polarized macrophages in the presence of GM-CSF and M-CSF, respectively...
June 2018: Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776551/integrated-atomic-layer-deposition-and-chemical-vapor-reaction-for-the-preparation-of-metal-organic-framework-coatings-for-solid-phase-microextraction-arrow
#20
Hangzhen Lan, Leo D Salmi, Tuukka Rönkkö, Jevgeni Parshintsev, Matti Jussila, Kari Hartonen, Marianna Kemell, Marja-Liisa Riekkola
New chemical vapor reaction (CVR) and atomic layer deposition (ALD)-conversion methods were utilized for preparation of metal organic frameworks (MOFs) coatings of solid phase microextraction (SPME) Arrow for the first time. With simple, easy and convenient one-step reaction or conversion, four MOF coatings were made by suspend ALD iron oxide (Fe2 O3 ) film or aluminum oxide (Al2 O3 ) film above terephthalic acid (H2 BDC) or trimesic acid (H3 BTC) vapor. UIO-66 coating was made by zirconium (Zr)-BDC film in acetic acid vapor...
September 18, 2018: Analytica Chimica Acta
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