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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449542/estimation-of-the-number-of-quantum-dots-immobilized-on-an-ultra-flat-au-surface
#1
Hiroki Ito, Atsushi Iio, Katsutoshi Tokuhara, Hiroyuki Sakaue, Yutaka Kadoya, Hitoshi Suzuki
Quantum dots (QDs) were immobilized on an ultra-flat Au surface by using amide binding between the carboxyl groups on the QDs and the amino groups of the self-assembled monolayer on the surface. The number density of the QDs estimated by atomic force microscopy (AFM) agreed with the quantity of QDs estimated by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and fluorescence microscopy. QDs were also immobilized on dot patterns fabricated by e-beam lithography. AFM was able to identify clusters of just a few QDs on the dot patterns, whose minimum designed size was 50 nm × 50 nm per dot...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449430/poloxamer-surface-modified-trimethyl-chitosan-nanoparticles-for-the-effective-delivery-of-methotrexate-in-osteosarcoma
#2
Shenglong Li, Yuyuan Xiong, Xiaojing Zhang
The present work is an effort to explore the poloxamer-modified trimethyl chitosan (TMC) encapsulated MTX for osteosarcoma treatment in order to improve the therapeutic efficacy and minimize severe toxicity associated with the clinical usage of MTX. The methotrexate-loaded pluronic-chitosan nanoparticles (MTCN) was nanosized and exhibited a controlled release of drug from the carrier system. The MTCN showed higher accumulation in cell cytoplasm region evident by the high red fluorescence indicating its uptake through energy-dependent endocytosis process...
April 23, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449406/a-water-stable-dual-channel-luminescence-sensor-for-uo22-ion-based-on-an-anionic-terbium-iii-metal-organic-framework
#3
Junwei Ye, Raji Feyisa Bogale, Yangwei Shi, Yanzhen Chen, Xigang Liu, Yaoyao Yang, Siqi Zhang, Jianzhang Zhao, Guiling Ning
A stable 3D Tb(III)-based metal-organic framework [Tb(BPDC)2]*(CH3)2NH2 (DUT-101) was synthesized, and it is the first efficient dual-channel luminescence sensor for aqueous UO22+ ion. DUT-101 possesses an anionic three-dimensional framework and protonated dimethylamine molecules embedded within the channels. Intense green emission of DUT-101 could be highly selectively and sensitively quenched by UO22+ ions even in the coexistence of other competing metal ions. The possible sensing mechanism was proposed as well based on both suppression of luminescence resonance energy transfer and enhancement of intermolecular electronic transfer...
April 27, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449373/biophysical-analysis-of-the-dynamics-of-calmodulin-interactions-with-neurogranin-and-ca2-calmodulin-dependent-kinase-ii
#4
Christian Seeger, Vladimir O Talibov, U Helena Danielson
Calmodulin (CaM) functions depend on interactions with CaM-binding proteins, regulated by Ca2+. Induced structural changes influence the affinity, kinetics, and specificities of the interactions. The dynamics of CaM interactions with neurogranin (Ng) and the CaM-binding region of Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent kinase II (CaMKII290-309 ) have been studied using biophysical methods. These proteins have opposite Ca2+ dependencies for CaM binding. Surface plasmon resonance biosensor analysis confirmed that Ca2+ and CaM interact very rapidly, and with moderate affinity ( KDSPR=3μM)...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Molecular Recognition: JMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449314/characterization-of-the-anti-cd22-targeted-therapy-moxetumomab-pasudotox-for-b-cell-precursor-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
#5
Ichiko Kinjyo, Ksenia Matlawska-Wasowska, Xiaoru Chen, Noel R Monks, Patricia Burke, Stuart S Winter, Bridget S Wilson
Moxetumomab pasudotox is a second-generation recombinant immunotoxin against CD22 on B-cell lineages. Antileukemic activity has been demonstrated in children with chemotherapy-refractory B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia (BCP-ALL), with variable responses. Here, we report in vitro and in vivo evaluation of moxetumomab pasudotox treatment of human cell lines and patient-derived cells as a preliminary study to understand characteristics of sensitivity to treatment. Binding, internalization, and apoptosis were evaluated using fluorescently tagged moxetumomab pasudotox...
April 27, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449134/characterizing-exogenous-mrna-delivery-trafficking-cytoplasmic-release-and-rna-protein-correlations-at-the-level-of-single-cells
#6
Jonathan L Kirschman, Sushma Bhosle, Daryll Vanover, Emmeline L Blanchard, Kristin H Loomis, Chiara Zurla, Kathryn Murray, Blaine C Lam, Philip J Santangelo
The use of synthetic messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA) to express specific proteins is a highly promising therapeutic and vaccine approach that avoids many safety issues associated with viral or DNA-based systems. However, in order to optimize mRNA designs and delivery, technology advancements are required to study fundamental mechanisms of mRNA uptake and localization at the single-cell and tissue level. Here, we present a single RNA sensitive fluorescent labeling method which allows us to label and visualize synthetic mRNA without significantly affecting function...
April 26, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449039/polyphyllin-i-induces-g2-m-phase-arrest-and-apoptosis-in-u251-human-glioma-cells-via-mitochondrial-dysfunction-and-the-jnk-signaling-pathway
#7
Jiaxin Liu, Yueting Zhang, Li Chen, Fei Yu, Xiaojin Li, Dan Tao, Jianhua Zhao, Shuai Zhou
Glioblastoma is the most aggressive brain tumor, and its prognosis remains poor. Therefore, novel therapeutic strategies are needed for glioma therapy. Polyphyllin I (PPI), a bioactive constituent extracted from Paris polyphylla, was reported to have anti-tumor activity. However, the detailed mechanism for this activity remains unclear. Here, we investigated the inhibitory effects of PPI on glioma cells and its mechanisms in vitro. U251 cells were treated with various concentrations of PPI (2-9 μM) for 24 to 72 h...
April 26, 2017: Acta Biochimica et Biophysica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449038/real-time-imaging-of-single-neuronal-cell-apoptosis-in-patients-with-glaucoma
#8
Maria F Cordeiro, Eduardo M Normando, M Jorge Cardoso, Serge Miodragovic, Seham Jeylani, Benjamin M Davis, Li Guo, Sebastien Ourselin, Roger A'Hern, Philip A Bloom
Retinal cell apoptosis occurs in many ocular neurodegenerative conditions including glaucoma-the major cause of irreversible blindness worldwide. Using a new imaging technique that we have called DARC (detection of apoptosing retinal cells), which until now has only been demonstrated in animal models, we assessed if annexin 5 labelled with fluorescent dye DY-776 (ANX776) could be used safely in humans to identify retinal cell apoptosis. Eight patients with glaucomatous neurodegeneration and evidence of progressive disease, and eight healthy subjects were randomly assigned to intravenous ANX776 doses of 0...
April 26, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448956/concentration-dependent-switch-in-the-kinetic-pathway-of-lysozyme-fibrillation-spectroscopic-and-microscopic-analysis
#9
E Kiran Kumar, Deepak Kumar Prasad, N Prakash Prabhu
Formation of amyloid fibrils is found to be a general tendency of many proteins. Investigating the kinetic mechanisms and structural features of the intermediates and the final fibrillar state is essential to understand their role in amyloid diseases. Lysozyme, a notable model protein for amyloidogenic studies, readily formed fibrils in vitro at neutral pH in the presence of urea. It, however, showed two different kinetic pathways under varying urea concentrations when probed with thioflavin T (ThT) fluorescence...
April 17, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448854/the-combined-use-of-analytical-tools-for-exploring-tetanus-toxin-and-tetanus-toxoid-structures
#10
Caroline Bayart, Sébastien Peronin, Elisa Jean, Joseph Paladino, Philippe Talaga, Marc Le Borgne
Aldehyde detoxification is a process used to convert toxin into toxoid for vaccine applications. In the case of tetanus toxin (TT), formaldehyde is used to obtain the tetanus toxoid (TTd), which is used either for the tetanus vaccine or as carrier protein in conjugate vaccines. Several studies have already been conducted to better understand the exact mechanism of this detoxification. Those studies led to the identification of a number of formaldehyde-induced modifications on lab scale TTd samples. To obtain greater insights of the changes induced by formaldehyde, we used three industrial TTd batches to identify repeatable modifications in the detoxification process...
April 4, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448853/a-cluster-of-aspartic-residues-in-the-extracellular-loop-ii-of-par-4-is-important-for-thrombin-interaction-and-activation-of-platelets
#11
Daniel Sánchez Centellas, Sushanth Gudlur, Alejandro Vicente-Carrillo, Sofia Ramström, Tomas L Lindahl
Thrombin activates platelets via proteolytic cleavage of protease-activated receptors (PARs) 1 and 4. The two PARs have distinct but complementary roles. The mechanisms responsible for PAR1 activation by thrombin have been extensively studied. However, much less is known regarding thrombin activation of PAR4, especially the potential involvement of regions of PAR4 other than the N-terminal, which is bound to the catalytic site of thrombin. We have studied PAR4 in S. cerevisiae strain MMY12, an expression system in which the GPCR receptors are connected to a Lac Z reporter gene resulting in increased β-galactosidase activity...
April 13, 2017: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448672/correlation-between-the-inflammatory-marker-hla-dr-and-signs-and-symptoms-in-moderate-to-severe-dry-eye-disease
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Françoise Brignole-Baudouin, Luisa Riancho, Dahlia Ismail, Maëva Deniaud, Mourad Amrane, Christophe Baudouin
Purpose: To investigate correlations of the inflammatory HLA-DR marker with clinical signs and symptoms commonly used to assess dry eye disease (DED) severity. Methods: Baseline data were collected from three clinical studies conducted on moderate to severe DED patients. Characteristics of DED were analyzed and correlations were performed in 311 patients. Data were analyzed after treatment with 1 mg/mL cyclosporine (CsA) and vehicle. We quantified HLA-DR by flow cytometry in impression cytology specimens...
April 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448663/prame-as-a-potential-target-for-immunotherapy-in-metastatic-uveal-melanoma
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Gülçin Gezgin, Sietse J Luk, Jinfeng Cao, Mehmet Dogrusöz, Dirk M van der Steen, Renate S Hagedoorn, Daniëlle Krijgsman, Pieter A van der Velden, Matthew G Field, Gregorius P M Luyten, Karoly Szuhai, J William Harbour, Ekaterina S Jordanova, Mirjam H M Heemskerk, Martine J Jager
Importance: Uveal melanoma (UM) is an intraocular primary malignant neoplasm that often gives rise to metastatic disease for which there are no effective therapies. A substantial proportion of UMs express the cancer-testis antigen PRAME (preferentially expressed antigen in melanoma), which can potentially be targeted by adoptive T-cell therapy. Objective: To determine whether there may be a rationale for PRAME-directed T-cell therapy for metastatic UM. Design, Setting, and Participants: An experimental study using a retrospective cohort of 64 patients with UM (median follow-up, 62 months) was conducted from January 8, 2015, to November 20, 2016, at the Leiden University Medical Center...
April 27, 2017: JAMA Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448635/excited-state-dynamics-of-bis-dehydroxycurcumin-tert-butyl-ester-a-diketo-shifted-derivative-of-the-photosensitizer-curcumin
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Luca Nardo, Angelo Maspero, Andrea Penoni, Giovanni Palmisano, Erika Ferrari, Monica Saladini
Bis-dehydroxycurcumin tert-butyl ester (K2T23) is a derivative of the natural spice curcumin. Curcumin is widely studied for its multiple therapeutic properties, including photosensitized cytotoxicity. However, the full exploitation of curcumin phototoxic potential is hindered by the extreme instability of its excited state, caused by very efficient non radiative decay by means of transfer of the enolic proton to the nearby keto oxygen. K2T23 is designed to exhibit a tautomeric equilibrium shifted toward the diketo conformers with respect to natural curcumin...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448610/characterization-and-expression-analysis-of-galnts-in-developing-strongylocentrotus-purpuratus-embryos
#15
Amber L Famiglietti, Zheng Wei, Thomas M Beres, Adina L Milac, Duy T Tran, Divya Patel, Robert C Angerer, Lynne M Angerer, Lawrence A Tabak
Mucin-type O-glycosylation is a ubiquitous posttranslational modification in which N-Acetylgalactosamine (GalNAc) is added to the hydroxyl group of select serine or threonine residues of a protein by the family of UDP-GalNAc:Polypeptide N-Acetylgalactosaminyltransferases (GalNAc-Ts; EC 2.4.1.41). Previous studies demonstrate that O-glycosylation plays essential roles in protein function, cell-cell interactions, cell polarity and differentiation in developing mouse and Drosophila embryos. Although this type of protein modification is highly conserved among higher eukaryotes, little is known about this family of enzymes in echinoderms, basal deuterostome relatives of the chordates...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448604/non-invasive-imaging-assessment-of-the-biodistribution-of-gsk2849330-an-adcc-and-cdc-optimized-anti-her3-mab-and-its-role-in-tumor-macrophage-recruitment-in-human-tumor-bearing-mice
#16
Hasan Alsaid, Tinamarie Skedzielewski, Mary V Rambo, Kristen Hunsinger, Bao Hoang, William Fieles, Edward R Long, James Tunstead, Danielle J Vugts, Matthew Cleveland, Neil Clarke, Christopher Matheny, Beat M Jucker
The purpose of this work was to use various molecular imaging techniques to non-invasively assess GSK2849330 (anti HER3 ADCC and CDC enhanced 'AccretaMab' monoclonal antibody) pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics in human xenograft tumor-bearing mice. Immuno-PET biodistribution imaging of radiolabeled 89Zr-GSK2849330 was assessed in mice with HER3 negative (MIA-PaCa-2) and positive (CHL-1) human xenograft tumors. Dose dependency of GSK2849330 disposition was assessed using varying doses of unlabeled GSK2849330 co-injected with 89Zr-GSK2849330...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448577/correction-selective-chemokine-receptor-usage-by-central-nervous-system-myeloid-cells-in-ccr2-red-fluorescent-protein-knock-in-mice
#17
Noah Saederup, Astrid E Cardona, Kelsey Croft, Makiko Mizutani, Anne C Cotleur, Chia-Lin Tsou, Richard M Ransohoff, Israel F Charo
[This corrects the article DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0013693.].
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448514/a-new-gtf2i-braf-fusion-mediating-mapk-pathway-activation-in-pilocytic-astrocytoma
#18
Tajana Tešan Tomić, Josefin Olausson, Annica Wilzén, Magnus Sabel, Katarina Truvé, Helene Sjögren, Sándor Dósa, Magnus Tisell, Birgitta Lannering, Fredrik Enlund, Tommy Martinsson, Pierre Åman, Frida Abel
Pilocytic astrocytoma (PA) is the most common pediatric brain tumor. A recurrent feature of PA is deregulation of the mitogen activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathway most often through KIAA1549-BRAF fusion, but also by other BRAF- or RAF1-gene fusions and point mutations (e.g. BRAFV600E). These features may serve as diagnostic and prognostic markers, and also facilitate development of targeted therapy. The aims of this study were to characterize the genetic alterations underlying the development of PA in six tumor cases, and evaluate methods for fusion oncogene detection...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448505/polyphenolic-extract-of-insp-5-ptase-expressing-tomato-plants-reduce-the-proliferation-of-mcf-7-breast-cancer-cells
#19
Mohammad Alimohammadi, Mohamed Hassen Lahiani, Diamond McGehee, Mariya Khodakovskaya
In recent years, by extensive achievements in understanding the mechanisms and the pathways affected by cancer, the focus of cancer research is shifting from developing new chemotherapy methods to using natural compounds with therapeutic properties to reduce the adverse effects of synthetic drugs on human health. We used fruit extracts from previously generated human type I InsP 5-ptase gene expressing transgenic tomato plants for assessment of the anti-cancer activity of established genetically modified tomato lines...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448452/a-wireless-sensor-network-for-growth-environment-measurement-and-multi-band-optical-sensing-to-diagnose-tree-vigor
#20
Shinichi Kameoka, Shuhei Isoda, Atsushi Hashimoto, Ryoei Ito, Satoru Miyamoto, Genki Wada, Naoki Watanabe, Takashi Yamakami, Ken Suzuki, Takaharu Kameoka
We have tried to develop the guidance system for farmers to cultivate using various phenological indices. As the sensing part of this system, we deployed a new Wireless Sensor Network (WSN). This system uses the 920 MHz radio wave based on the Wireless Smart Utility Network that enables long-range wireless communication. In addition, the data acquired by the WSN were standardized for the advanced web service interoperability. By using these standardized data, we can create a web service that offers various kinds of phenological indices as secondary information to the farmers in the field...
April 27, 2017: Sensors
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