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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779281/-effects-of-tumor-necrosis-factor-%C3%AE-on-osteogenic-differentiation-and-notch-signaling-pathway-in-human-periodontal-ligament-stem-cells
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Yu Ma, Shu-Hui Li, Xin-Xin Ding, Pei-Ling Wu
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effects of tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) on osteogenic differentiation and Notch signaling pathway of periodontal ligament stem cells (PDLSCs) and to investigate the regulatory role of Notch signaling pathway on the osteogenic differentiation of PDLSCs under the influence of TNF-α. METHODS: PDLSCs were obtained through enzyme digestion and tissue block method. The expression levels of stem cell surface markers CD105, CD90, CD146, CD45, and CD31 were detected by fluorescence activated cell sorter (FACS)...
April 1, 2018: Hua Xi Kou Qiang Yi Xue za Zhi, Huaxi Kouqiang Yixue Zazhi, West China Journal of Stomatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779268/variation-in-polyphenolic-profiles-antioxidant-and-antimicrobial-activity-of-different-achillea-species-as-natural-sources-of-antiglycative-compounds
#2
Mahvash Afshari, Mehdi Rahimmalek, Mehran Miroliaei
A comparative study was carried out on the methanolic extracts from six Achillea species and the examined polyphenols from these plants on the formation of advanced glycation end-products (AGE) in vitro. A. pachycephala which was richer in flavonoids (15 mg quercetin/g W) and phenolics (111.10 mg tannic acid/g DW) with substantial antioxidant activity (IC50 = 365.5 μg/ml) presented strong anti-AGE properties. Chlorogenic acid, luteolin, quercetin and caffeic acid were identified as the major polyphenols in the extracts by HPLC...
May 19, 2018: Chemistry & Biodiversity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779219/immunohistochemical-and-molecular-analysis-of-spitzoid-neoplasms-with-pulverocyte-subclones
#3
S M Amin, A M Haugh, J A Bubley, A E Verzì, E A Merkel, C Y Lee, V L Quan, E M Garfield, L M Sholl, B Zhang, P Gerami
BACKGROUND: Clonal naevi are characterized by a focal proliferation of pigmented melanocytes in an otherwise banal naevus. These subclones are often composed of aggregates of larger, epithelioid melanocytes with nuclear atypia and dusty-grey cytoplasmic pigmentation, which are referred to as 'pulverocytes', and this finding may lead to a misdiagnosis of malignant melanoma (MM). AIM: To characterize the significance of subclones of dusty-grey pigmented epithelioid melanocytes within spitzoid neoplasms...
May 20, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779163/discovering-simple-phenylboronic-acid-and-benzoxaborole-derivatives-for-experimental-oncology-phase-cycle-specific-inducers-of-apoptosis-in-a2780-ovarian-cancer-cells
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Mateusz Psurski, Agnieszka Łupicka-Słowik, Agnieszka Adamczyk-Woźniak, Joanna Wietrzyk, Andrzej Sporzyński
Objective The aim of the study was to evaluate the antiproliferative potential of simple phenylboronic acid and benzoxaborole derivatives as well as to provide preliminary insight into their mode of action in cancer cells in vitro. Methods The antiproliferative activity was assessed in five diverse cancer cell lines via the SRB method (sulforhodamine B) or MTT (3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide) method after 72 h of treatment. Further studies of the mechanism of action consisted of the influence of the compounds on cell cycle progression and apoptosis induction, which was assessed by flow cytometry, caspase-3 enzymatic activity, fluorescence microscopy and western blot analysis...
May 19, 2018: Investigational New Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779152/genetic-analysis-of-39-y-str-loci-in-a-han-population-from-henan-province-central-china
#5
Yanmei Huang, Liwei Guo, Mengge Wang, Cui Zhang, Lixia Kang, Kejie Wang, Yalei Ma, Huiyong Jiao, Xi Li, Hongyu Sun
A total of 39 Y-chromosomal short tandem repeat (Y-STR) loci included in the advanced commercial six-dye multiplex system (AGCU Database Y30 kit) and a custom-designed four-dye multiplex system were investigated in 259 unrelated healthy Chinese males residing in Henan Province, central China. The haplotype diversity (HD) values were 0.99997 and 1.0000 for the six and four fluorescent-multiplex amplification systems, respectively. The discrimination capacity (DC) values were 0.9961 and 1.0000, respectively. When the 39 Y-STR loci were considered, 259 unique haplotypes were obtained in Henan Han individuals with both the haplotype diversity and discrimination capacity being 1...
May 19, 2018: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779121/a-comprehensive-comparable-study-of-the-physiological-properties-of-four-microalgal-species-under-different-light-wavelength-conditions
#6
Yu Zhong, Peng Jin, Jay J Cheng
Microalgae treated with blue light have potential for production of human nutrition supplement and biofuel due to their higher biomass productivity and favorable fatty acid composition. Chlorella vulgaris, Chlorella pyrenoidosa, Scenedesmus quadricauda and Scenedesmus obliquus are representative green microalgae which are widely reported for algal production. In this study, we provide a systematic investigation of the biomass productivity, photosynthetic pigments, chlorophyll fluorescence and fatty acid content of the four green microalgae...
May 19, 2018: Planta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779069/highly-sensitive-and-selective-detection-of-amoxicillin-using-carbon-quantum-dots-derived-from-beet
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Kunjie Wang, Qingjuan Ji, Jialin Xu, Hongxia Li, Deyi Zhang, Xiaoyu Liu, Yujuan Wu, Haiyan Fan
In the present work, we synthesized the carbon quantum dots (CQDs) by one step hydrothermal method using the dried beet powder as the carbon source without additional chemical reagents and functionalization. The as-prepared CQDs are quasi-spherical carbon nanoparticles with diameters of 4-8 nm as well as surface functional groups such as carboxyl and hydroxyl groups, and exhibit good water-solubility, biocompatibility, and strong fluorescence. It is confirmed that amoxicillin (AMO) could enhance the fluorescent intensity of CQDs, the I/I 0 showed a linear correlation between the intensity of fluorescence and the concentration of AMO in a broad range...
May 19, 2018: Journal of Fluorescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779060/three-way-dna-junction-based-platform-for-ultra-sensitive-fluorometric-detection-of-multiple-metal-ions-as-exemplified-for-cu-ii-mg-ii-and-pb-ii
#8
Wen Yun, Xiaoqing Du, Junsheng Liao, Ge Sang, Lin Chen, Ning Li, Lizhu Yang
A DNA-based fluorometric method is described for simultaneous determination of multiple metal ions. It is based on recycling cleavage of hairpins by using a three-way DNA junction structure. Three DNA sequences containing a binding region and an enzyme-strand (E-DNA) region are hybridized to form a three-way DNA junction. The enzyme strand regions at the end of the DNA sequence binds to the substrate sequence (S-DNA) at the loop of the hairpin to form typical DNAzyme structures. In the presence of analyte metal ions, the DNAzyme structure thus formed cleaves the loop of hairpins...
May 20, 2018: Mikrochimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778888/rapid-phenotyping-of-cancer-stem-cells-using-multichannel-nanosensor-arrays
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Yingying Geng, Hira L Goel, Ngoc B Le, Tatsuyuki Yoshii, Rubul Mout, Gulen Y Tonga, John J Amante, Arthur M Mercurio, Vincent M Rotello
Cancer stem cells (CSCs) contribute to multidrug resistance, tumor recurrence and metastasis, making them prime therapeutic targets. Their ability to differentiate and lose stem cell properties makes them challenging to study. Currently, there is no simple assay that can capture and trace the dynamic phenotypic changes on the CSC surface. Here, we report rapid discrimination of breast CSCs from non-CSCs using a nanoparticle-fluorescent-protein based sensor. This nanosensor was employed to discriminate CSCs from non-CSCs, as well CSCs that had differentiated in vitro in two breast cancer models...
May 17, 2018: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778883/hyaluronic-acid-modified-lipid-polymer-hybrid-nanoparticles-as-an-efficient-ocular-delivery-platform-for-moxifloxacin-hydrochloride
#10
Dan Liu, Yunfei Lian, Qiuyu Fang, Lu Liu, Jundong Zhang, Juan Li
To improve the ocular bioavailability of the strongly hydrophilic moxifloxacin hydrochloride, hyaluronic-acid-modified lipid-polymer hybrid nanoparticles (HA-LCS-NPs) were designed and characterized. An in vivo precorneal retention study in rabbits showed that the mean residence time (MRT) and area under the curve (AUC0-6h ) of HA-LCS-NPs were up to 6.74-fold and 4.29-fold higher than those of the commercial product. An in vitro corneal penetration study in rabbits demonstrated that the apparent permeability coefficient (Papp) of HA-LCS-NPs was increased by 3...
May 17, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778882/insight-into-the-interactions-of-proteinase-inhibitor-alpha-2-macroglobulin-with-hypochlorite-thermal-analysis-and-biophysical-approach
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Tooba Siddiqui, Mohammad Khalid Zia, Syed Saqib Ali, Haseeb Ahsan, Fahim Halim Khan
Hypochlorous acid, an active bleaching agent is one of the major oxidants produced by neutrophils under physiological conditions. It is a potent reactive oxygen species (ROS) which causes oxidation of biomolecules. Treatment of proteins with hypochlorite results in direct oxidative damage to proteins. Alpha-2-macroglobulin is a major proteinase inhibitor and it can inhibit proteinase of any kind regardless of specificity and catalytic mechanism. The proteinase-antiproteinase balance plays an important role in mediating inflammation associated tissue destruction...
May 17, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778781/fullerenol-c-60-oh-36-protects-human-erythrocyte-membrane-against-high-energy-electrons
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Jacek Grebowski, Paulina Kazmierska, Grzegorz Litwinienko, Anna Lankoff, Marian Wolszczak, Anita Krokosz
Fullerenols (polyhydroxylated fullerene C60 ) are nanomaterial with potentially broad applicability in biomedical sciences with high antioxidant ability, thus, we investigated the radioprotecting potential of fullerenol C60 (OH)36 on human erythrocytes irradiated by high-energy electrons of 6 MeV. The results demonstrate that C60 (OH)36 at concentration of 150 μg/mL protects the erythrocytes against the radiation-induced hemolysis (comparing to non-protected cells, we observed 30% and 39% protection for 0...
May 17, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778708/fluorescence-resonance-energy-transfer-of-caf-2-eu-2-tb-3-applied-to-dye-sensitized-solar-cells
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Lege Wang, Zijian Yang, You-Fen Li, Ru Yang, Zhigang Dai, Shuqiao Hu, Liangliang Sun, Yaoyao Tong
CaF2 : Eu2+ , Tb3+ introduced into dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) were studied to examine the influence of luminescent materials on photoanodes using a simple method. The emission spectra of CaF2 : Eu2+ , Tb3+ included the blue light of Eu2+ (4f → 5d) at 430 nm and green emission of Tb3+ (5 D4  → 7 F5 ) at 542 nm under the monitoring wavelengths at 398 nm, which matched well the absorption range of the N719 dye in DSSCs. Energy transfer (ET) was verified between Eu2+ and Tb3+ ions and the efficiency of ET found to increase with Tb3+ concentration...
May 4, 2018: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778702/theoretical-studies-on-electroluminescent-mechanism-of-a-series-of-thermally-activated-delayed-fluorescence-emitters-possessing-asymmetric-triazine-cored-triads
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Jinglai Zhang, Huijuan Yuan, Songyan Feng, Keke Wen, Xugeng Guo
A series of thermally activated delayed fluorescence (TADF) emitters using asymmetric-triazine-cored triad as the electron-accepting unit have been investigated theoretically. Based on two experimentally reported TADF molecules (TPXZ-as-TAZ and oDPXZ-as-TAZ), two new molecules (mDPXZ-as-TAZ and pDPXZ-as-TAZ) have been designed to explore the isomeric effect on their TADF properties. The present results reveal that the absorption and emission spectra calculated by the time-dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT) method at the M06-2X level are match well the available experimental findings, and mDPXZ-as-TAZ and pDPXZ-as-TAZ are found to exhibit the same yellow emission as their analogue oDPXZ-as-TAZ...
May 17, 2018: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778681/portable-x-ray-fluorescence-for-the-detection-of-pop-bfrs-in-waste-plastics
#15
Martin Sharkey, Mohamed Abou-Elwafa Abdallah, Daniel S Drage, Stuart Harrad, Harald Berresheim
The purpose of this study was to establish the efficacy of portable X-ray fluorescence (XRF) instrumentation as a screening tool for a variety of end of life plastics which may contain excess amounts of brominated flame retardants (BFRs), in compliance with European Union (EU) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) legislative limits (low POP concentration limits - LPCLs). 555 samples of waste plastics were collected from eight waste and recycling sites in Ireland, including waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), textiles, polyurethane foams (PUFs), and expanded polystyrene foams...
May 17, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778670/possible-role-of-iron-containing-proteins-in-physiological-responses-of-soybean-to-static-magnetic-field
#16
Sanaz Shokrollahi, Faezeh Ghanati, Reza H Sajedi, Mohsen Sharifi
Iron is a component of many proteins that have crucial roles in plant growth and development, such as ferritin and catalase. Iron also, as a ferromagnetic element, is assumed to be influenced by a static magnetic field (SMF). In the present study, we examined the relationship between ferrous content and gene expression and activity of ferritin and catalase in soybean plants under the influence of 0, 20, and 30 mT SMF for 5 day, 5 h each. Exposure to 20 mT decreased gene expression of Fe transporter, ferrous and H2 O2 contents and gene expression, content and activity of ferritin and catalase...
May 11, 2018: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778665/a-novel-system-to-quantify-intestinal-lipid-digestion-and-transport
#17
Øystein Sæle, Kari Elin L Rød, Vanessa H Quinlivan, Shengrong Li, Steven A Farber
The zebrafish larva is a powerful tool for the study of dietary triglyceride (TG) digestion and how fatty acids (FA) derived from dietary lipids are absorbed, metabolized and distributed to the body. While fluorescent FA analogues have enabled visualization of FA metabolism, methods for specifically assaying TG digestion are badly needed. Here we present a novel High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) method that quantitatively differentiates TG and phospholipid (PL) molecules with one or two fluorescent FA analogues...
May 17, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778664/gestational-diabetes-mellitus-modulates-cholesterol-homeostasis-in-human-fetoplacental-endothelium
#18
Yidan Sun, Susanne Kopp, Jasmin Strutz, Chaitanya Chakravarthi Gali, Martina Zandl-Lang, Elham Fanaee-Danesh, Andrijana Kirsch, Silvija Cvitic, Saša Frank, Richard Saffery, Ingemar Björkhem, Gernot Desoye, Christian Wadsack, Ute Panzenboeck
Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is associated with excessive oxidative stress which may affect placental vascular function. Cholesterol homeostasis is crucial for maintaining fetoplacental endothelial function. We aimed to investigate whether and how GDM affects cholesterol metabolism in human fetoplacental endothelial cells (HPEC). HPEC were isolated from fetal term placental arterial vessels of GDM or control subjects. Cellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) were detected by H2 DCFDA fluorescent dye. Oxysterols were quantified by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry analysis...
May 17, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778645/screening-and-selection-of-artificial-riboswitches
#19
Svetlana V Harbaugh, Jennifer Martin, Jenna Weinstein, Grant Ingram, Nancy Kelley-Loughnane
Synthetic riboswitches are engineered to regulate gene expression in response to a variety of non-endogenous small molecules, and a challenge to select this engineered response requires robust screening tools. A new synthetic riboswitch can be created by linking an in vitro-selected aptamer library with a randomized expression platform followed by in vivo selection and screening. In order to determine response to analyte, we developed a dual-color reporter comprising elements of the E. coli fimbriae phase variation system: recombinase FimE controlled by a synthetic riboswitch and an invertible DNA segment (fimS) containing a constitutively active promoter placed between two fluorescent protein genes...
May 17, 2018: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778118/erratum
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METHODS: …The systems were the Paracel/Vibex Xtra, comprising riboflavin 0.25% solution containing TRIS and ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid and an isotonic solution of riboflavin 0.25%, (Group 1) and the CXLO system (Group 2)…. RESULTS: The mean riboflavin fluorescence intensity grades in Group 2 (4 eyes) were 3.8, 4.8, and 4.8 at 10, 15, and 20 minutes, respectively. The mean grades in Group 1 (3 eyes) were 2.0, 2.3, and 2.0, respectively. The riboflavin distribution was uniform in Group 2 but not in Group 1...
April 2018: Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
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