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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645918/phosphorylation-of-argonaute-proteins-affects-mrna-binding-and-is-essential-for-microrna-guided-gene-silencing-in%C3%A2-vivo
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Miguel Quévillon Huberdeau, Daniela M Zeitler, Judith Hauptmann, Astrid Bruckmann, Lucile Fressigné, Johannes Danner, Sandra Piquet, Nicholas Strieder, Julia C Engelmann, Guillaume Jannot, Rainer Deutzmann, Martin J Simard, Gunter Meister
Argonaute proteins associate with microRNAs and are key components of gene silencing pathways. With such a pivotal role, these proteins represent ideal targets for regulatory post-translational modifications. Using quantitative mass spectrometry, we find that a C-terminal serine/threonine cluster is phosphorylated at five different residues in human and Caenorhabditis elegans In human, hyper-phosphorylation does not affect microRNA binding, localization, or cleavage activity of Ago2. However, mRNA binding is strongly affected...
June 23, 2017: EMBO Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645154/alg-5-is-a-mirna-associated-argonaute-required-for-proper-developmental-timing-in-the-caenorhabditis-elegans-germline
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Kristen C Brown, Joshua M Svendsen, Rachel M Tucci, Brooke E Montgomery, Taiowa A Montgomery
Caenorhabditis elegans contains 25 Argonautes, of which, ALG-1 and ALG-2 are known to primarily interact with miRNAs. ALG-5 belongs to the AGO subfamily of Argonautes that includes ALG-1 and ALG-2, but its role in small RNA pathways is unknown. We analyzed by high-throughput sequencing the small RNAs associated with ALG-5, ALG-1 and ALG-2, as well as changes in mRNA expression in alg-5, alg-1 and alg-2 mutants. We show that ALG-5 defines a distinct branch of the miRNA pathway affecting the expression of genes involved in immunity, defense, and development...
June 22, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639348/cell-specificity-of-magnetic-cell-seeding-approach-to-hydrogel-colonization
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Raminder Singh, Anna Wieser, Supachai Reakasame, Rainer Detsch, Barbara Dietel, Christoph Alexiou, Aldo R Boccaccini, Iwona Cicha
Tissue-engineered scaffolds require an effective colonization with cells. Superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs) can enhance cell adhesion to matrices by magnetic cell seeding. We investigated the possibility of improving cell attachment and growth on different alginate-based hydrogels using fibroblasts and endothelial cells loaded with SPIONs. Hydrogels containing pure alginate (Alg), alginate dialdehyde crosslinked with gelatin (ADA-G) and Alg blended with G or silk fibroin (SF) were prepared...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639052/gentamicin-loaded-polysaccharide-membranes-for-prevention-and-treatment-of-post-operative-wound-infections-in-the-skeletal-system
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Urszula Cibor, Małgorzata Krok-Borkowicz, Monika Brzychczy-Włoch, Łucja Rumian, Krzysztof Pietryga, Dominika Kulig, Wojciech Chrzanowski, Elżbieta Pamuła
PURPOSE: To develop polysaccharide-based membranes that allow controlled and localized delivery of gentamicin for the treatment of post-operative bone infections. METHODS: Membranes made of gellan gum (GUM), sodium alginate (ALG), GUM and ALG crosslinked with calcium ions (GUM + Ca and ALG + Ca, respectively) as well as reference collagen (COL) were produced by freeze-drying. Mechanical properties, drug release, antimicrobial activity and cytocompatibility of the membranes were assessed...
June 21, 2017: Pharmaceutical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629068/a-novel-alginate-encapsulated-system-to-study-biological-response-to-critical-sized-wear-particles-of-uhmwpe-loaded-with-alendronate-sodium
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Yumei Liu, Feng Shi, Lin Bo, Wei Zhi, Jie Weng, Shuxin Qu
The aim of this study was to develop a novel alginate-encapsulated system (Alg beads) to investigate the cell response to critical-sized wear particles of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene loaded with alendronate sodium (UHMWPE-ALN), one of the most effective drugs to treat bone resorption in clinic. The extrusion method was used to prepare Alg beads encapsulating rat calvarial osteoblasts (RCOs) and critical-sized UHMWPE-ALN wear particles with spherical morphology and uniform size. The morphology, permeability and stability of Alg beads were characterized...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629006/a-colon-targeted-drug-delivery-system-based-on-alginate-modificated-graphene-oxide-for-colorectal-liver-metastasis
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Bin Zhang, Yayuan Yan, Qiujuan Shen, Dong Ma, Langhuan Huang, Xiang Cai, Shaozao Tan
A major problem associated with colon cancer is liver metastasis. A colon-targeted drug delivery system is one way to address this problem after the resection of colorectal cancer. However, traditional drug delivery systems face many challenges, such as an inability to control the release rate, inaccurate targeting, susceptibility to the microenvironment and poor stability. Here, we report the development of a graphene oxide (GO)-based, sodium alginate (ALG) functionalized colon-targeting drug delivery system, that is loaded with 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) as the anti-cancer drug (denoted as GO-ALG/5-FU)...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627052/influence-of-different-protein-sources-in-the-broiler-diet-on-the-presence-of-campylobacter-spp-in-excreta-and-caecal-content
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C F Visscher, A Abd El-Wahab, M F E Ahmed, J Hankel, V Taube, J Kamphues
The aim of the present study was to examine possible effects of a different protein supply on the presence of Campylobacter in excreta and caecal content of broiler chickens. Therefore, 220 one-day-old chickens were fed five different diets in the experimental period (day 8 onwards). In the control group (CON; n = 3 boxes), a soya bean-based industrially produced complete diet containing 5-10% whole wheat and coccidiostats was fed, whereas in the remaining groups, four own-made complete diets with four protein sources and combinations (4 × 2 boxes; soya bean meal-based diet = SBM; rapeseed meal-containing diet = RSM; haemoglobin meal-containing diet = HGP; algae-containing diet = ALG) were offered...
June 2017: Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612279/prevalence-and-clinical-outcomes-of-hepatitis-b-virus-infection-in-patients-with-aplastic-anemia
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Pan Zhao, Qing Gao, Qiulian He, Jing Tan
The association of HBV infection with other hematopoietic diseases has been discussed previously. However, the clinical significance and clinical outcomes of HBV infection in AA patients have not been clarified. In this study, we sought to investigate the prevalence and related events of HBV in patients with AA who received immunosuppressive therapy. We retrospectively analyzed 245 patients with acquired AA. The HBsAg positivity rate was 14.69% in this group of AA patients. No significant difference was observed in the severity of AA patients with HBV infection and in those without (P = 0...
June 13, 2017: International Journal of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600057/molecular-genetic-characterization-of-a-prenatally-detected-de-novo-interstitial-deletion-of-chromosome-20p-20p12-p13-encompassing-jag1-and-a-literature-review-of-prenatal-diagnosis-of-alagille-syndrome
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Chih-Ping Chen, Chang-Sheng Yin, Liang-Kai Wang, Schu-Rern Chern, Shin-Wen Chen, Shih-Ting Lai, Peih-Shan Wu, Wen-Lin Chen, Wayseen Wang
OBJECTIVE: We present prenatal diagnosis and molecular genetic characterization of a de novo interstitial deletion of chromosome 20p (20p12-p13) and a literature review of prenatal diagnosis of Alagille syndrome (ALGS). CASE REPORT: A 33-year-old woman underwent amniocentesis at 17 weeks of gestation because of an abnormal result of combined first-trimester screening. Her husband was 35 years old, and there was no family history of congenital malformations. Amniocentesis revealed a karyotype of 46,XY,del(20)(p12p13), and array comparative genomic hybridization analysis on uncultured amniocytes revealed a 3...
June 2017: Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578958/synthesis-and-characterization-of-alginic-acid-ester-derivatives
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Yusuke Matsumoto, Daisuke Ishii, Tadahisa Iwata
Esters derivatives of alginic acid (Alg) were prepared in carboxylic acid/carboxylic acid anhydrides system by using aqueous perchloric acid as the catalyst. Degree of substitution of hydroxyl group of Alg was estimated to be 2, showing that the hydroxyl group of Alg was fully esterified. Alg acid esters showed the solubility to common organic solvents such as acetone and chloroform. In particular, alginic acid hexanoate formed self-standing solvent-cast film, although the film showed brittle mechanical behavior...
September 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28577461/gold-nanoparticle-and-graphene-oxide-incorporated-strontium-crosslinked-alginate-carboxymethyl-cellulose-composites-for-o-nitroaniline-reduction-and-suzuki-miyaura-cross-coupling-reactions
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Molly Thomas, Mehraj Ud Din Sheikh, Devendra Ahirwar, Mustri Bano, Farid Khan
Self-organized strontium ion crosslinked alginate/carboxymethyl cellulose composite materials with gold nanoparticles (Au-NPs) and graphene oxide (GO) were effectively fabricated using dissipative convective procedures followed by the freeze-drying method. Composite gels were characterized by using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy with Energy dispersive X-ray analysis (SEM-EDAX) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analysis. Moreover, thermal, mechanical and rheological properties were also performed to identify their strength and stability...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28577382/transport-retention-and-long-term-release-behavior-of-polymer-coated-silver-nanoparticles-in-saturated-quartz-sand-the%C3%A2-impact-of-natural-organic-matters-and-electrolyte
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Jun Hou, Mingzhi Zhang, Peifang Wang, Chao Wang, Lingzhan Miao, Yi Xu, Guoxiang You, Bowen Lv, Yangyang Yang, Zhilin Liu
This study investigated the transport and long-term release of stabilized silver nanoparticles (AgNPs), including polyvinylpyrrolidone-coated AgNPs (PVP-AgNPs) and bare AgNPs (Bare-AgNPs), in the presence of natural organic matters (NOMs; both humic acids (HA) and alginate (Alg)) and an electrolyte (Ca(2+)) in a sand-packed column. Very low breakthrough rate (C/C0) of AgNPs (below 0.04) occurred in the absence of NOM and the electrolyte. Increasing the concentration of NOM and decreasing the influent NOM solution's ionic strength (IS) reduced the retention of AgNPs...
May 31, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28572941/effect-of-psyllium-and-gum-arabic-biopolymers-on-the-survival-rate-and-storage-stability-in-yogurt-of-enterococcus%C3%A2-duransiw3-encapsulated-in-alginate
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Yousef Nami, Babak Haghshenas, Ahmad Yari Khosroushahi
Different herbal biopolymers were used to encapsulate Enterococcus durans IW3 to enhance its storage stability in yogurt and subsequently its endurance in gastrointestinal condition. Nine formulations of encapsulation were performed using alginate (ALG), ALG-psyllium (PSY), and ALG-gum Arabic (GA) blends. The encapsulation efficiency of all formulations, tolerance of encapsulated E. durans IW3 against low pH/high bile salt concentration, storage lifetime, and release profile of cells in natural condition of yogurt were evaluated...
May 2017: Food Science & Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559185/novel-dendritic-structure-of-alginate-hybrid-nanoparticles-for-effective-anti-viral-drug-delivery
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K S Joshy, Anne George, Jiya Jose, Nandakumar Kalarikkal, Laly A Pothen, Sabu Thomas
Lipid-polymer hybrid nanoparticles have recently gathered much attention as nanoplatforms for drug delivery applications due to their unique structural properties. In this study zidovudine (AZT) loaded hybrid nanoparticles of alginate (ALG) and stearic acid- poly ethylene glycol (SA-PEG) were synthesized. The structural characterization of drug loaded hybrid nanoparticles were studied using FT-IR spectroscopy, DLS and TEM analysis. These hybrid nanoparticles showed dendritic morphology and it can be used as an efficient carrier for zidovudine...
May 27, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551442/a-drug-release-system-induced-by-near-infrared-laser-using-alginate-microparticles-containing-melanin
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Min Ah Kim, Soon Do Yoon, Chang-Moon Lee
The photothermal effect is used in a new drug release system to control drug delivery in a specific region. Melanin absorbs near-infrared (NIR) light with a high photothermal conversion efficiency, and as a result, an NIR laser can be used to induced drug release from alginate microparticles containing melanin (ALG-Mel microparticles). The temperature of the ALG-Mel microparticle solution at a concentration of 5mg/mL increased to 38.1°C from 26.0°C after irradiation with 808nm NIR at 1.5W/cm(2) for 5min, and this increase in temperature was found to be independent of the ALG-Mel microparticle concentration...
May 25, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539405/tumor-susceptibility-gene-101-tsg101-regulates-predisposition-towards-apoptosis-via-escrt-machinery-accessory-proteins
#16
Zenia Kaul, Oishee Chakrabarti
ESCRT proteins are implicated in myriad cellular processes, including endosome formation, fusion of autophagosomes/amphisomes with lysosomes and apoptosis. The role played by these proteins in either facilitating or protecting against apoptosis is still unclear. In this study, while trying to understand how deficiency of Mahogunin RING Finger 1 (MGRN1) affects cell viability, we uncover a novel role for its interactor, the ESCRT-I protein, TSG101 - it directly participates in mitigating ER stress mediated apoptosis...
May 24, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532069/photothermal-conversion-efficiency-and-cytotoxic-effect-of-gold-nanorods-stabilized-with-chitosan-alginate-and-poly-vinyl-alcohol
#17
M Almada, B H Leal-Martínez, N Hassan, M J Kogan, M G Burboa, A Topete, M A Valdez, J Juárez
Gold nanorods (GNR) use has been proposed in medical applications because of their intrinsic photothermal properties. However, the presence of CTAB molecules adsorbed onto the surface of GNRs results in a highly cytotoxic GNR system. In this work we replace the CTAB molecules with a thiolated chitosan. Once chitosan coated GNRs (Chi-SH-GNR) were attained, a film of alginate (Alg-Chi-SH-GNR) or polyvinyl alcohol (PVA-Chi-SH-GNR) was deposited onto the surface of Chi-GNR by a layer-by-layer process. The photothermal conversion efficiency for the GNR systems was determined irradiating the GNRs suspended in aqua media with a CW 808nm diode laser (CNI, China)...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530576/efficient-delivery-of-quercetin-after-binding-to-beta-lactoglobulin-followed-by-formation-soft-condensed-core-shell-nanostructures
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Seyedeh Fatemeh Mirpoor, Seyed Mohammad Hashem Hosseini, Abdo-Reza Nekoei
Nature-made inherent transporting property of beta-lactoglobulin (BLG) was exploited to develop delivery systems for quercetin. After binding to BLG, quercetin was nanoencapsulated within soft-condensed nanostructures of BLG and sodium alginate (ALG). Fluorimetry results revealed that quercetin could bind to BLG even at acidic conditions. The amounts of stoichiometry binding (n) were 1.24 and 1.62 at pH values of 4 and 7, respectively. Formation of core-shell type nanostructures was confirmed by transmission electron microscopy...
October 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530091/3d-bioprinting-of-highly-thixotropic-alginate-methylcellulose-hydrogel-with-strong-interface-bonding
#19
Huijun Li, Yu Jun Tan, Kah Fai Leong, Lin Li
A robust alginate/methylcellulose (Alg/MC) blend hydrogel, with a strategy to improve adhesion between printed layers, has been fabricated for the first time for three-dimensional (3D) bioprinting. The optimized Alg/MC blend hydrogel exhibits a highly thixotropic property, great extrudability, and stackability. With treatment by a trisodium citrate (TSC) solution, the interfacial bonding between the printed layers is significantly improved. The TSC solution acts as a chelating agent to remove the superficial calcium ions at each layer...
June 5, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493103/cellulose-derivatives-enhanced-stability-of-alginate-based-beads-loaded-with-lactobacillus-plantarum-lab12-against-low-ph-high-temperature-and-prolonged-storage
#20
Ismail M Fareez, Siong Meng Lim, Nurul Aida Ashyqin Zulkefli, Rakesh K Mishra, Kalavathy Ramasamy
The susceptibility of probiotics to low pH and high temperature has limited their use as nutraceuticals. In this study, enhanced protection of probiotics via microencapsulation was achieved. Lactobacillus plantarum LAB12 were immobilised within polymeric matrix comprised of alginate (Alg) with supplementation of cellulose derivatives (methylcellulose (MC), sodium carboxymethyl cellulose (NaCMC) or hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC)). L. plantarum LAB12 encapsulated in Alg-HPMC(1.0) and Alg-MC(1.0) elicited improved survivability (91%) in simulated gastric conditions and facilitated maximal release (∼100%) in simulated intestinal condition...
May 10, 2017: Probiotics and Antimicrobial Proteins
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