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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528324/new-role-for-interleukin-13-receptor-%C3%AE-1-in-myocardial-homeostasis-and-heart-failure
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Uri Amit, David Kain, Allon Wagner, Avinash Sahu, Yael Nevo-Caspi, Nir Gonen, Natali Molotski, Tal Konfino, Natalie Landa, Nili Naftali-Shani, Galia Blum, Emmanuelle Merquiol, Danielle Karo-Atar, Yariv Kanfi, Gidi Paret, Ariel Munitz, Haim Y Cohen, Eytan Ruppin, Sridhar Hannenhalli, Jonathan Leor
BACKGROUND: The immune system plays a pivotal role in myocardial homeostasis and response to injury. Interleukins-4 and -13 are anti-inflammatory type-2 cytokines, signaling via the common interleukin-13 receptor α1 chain and the type-2 interleukin-4 receptor. The role of interleukin-13 receptor α1 in the heart is unknown. METHODS AND RESULTS: We analyzed myocardial samples from human donors (n=136) and patients with end-stage heart failure (n=177). We found that the interleukin-13 receptor α1 is present in the myocardium and, together with the complementary type-2 interleukin-4 receptor chain Il4ra, is significantly downregulated in the hearts of patients with heart failure...
May 20, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528255/molecular-structure-second-and-third-order-nonlinear-optical-properties-and-dft-studies-of-a-novel-non-centrosymmetric-chalcone-derivative-2e-3-4-fluorophenyl-1-4-1e-4-fluorophenyl-methylene-amino-phenyl-prop-2-en-1-one
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Shivaraj R Maidur, Parutagouda Shankaragouda Patil, Anusha Ekbote, Tze Shyang Chia, Ching Kheng Quah
In the present work, the title chalcone, (2E)-3-(4-fluorophenyl)-1-(4-{[(1E)-(4-fluorophenyl) methylene]amino}phenyl)prop-2-en-1-one (abbreviated as FAMFC), was synthesized and structurally characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The compound is crystallized in the monoclinic system with non-centrosymmetric space group P21 and hence it satisfies the essential condition for materials to exhibit second-order nonlinear optical properties. The molecular structure was further confirmed by using FT-IR and (1)H NMR spectroscopic techniques...
May 9, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525862/application-of-nirs-coupled-with-pls-regression-as-a-rapid-non-destructive-alternative-method-for-quantification-of-kba-in-boswellia-sacra
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Ahmed Al-Harrasi, Najeeb Ur Rehman, Fazal Mabood, Muhammaed Albroumi, Liaqat Ali, Javid Hussain, Hidayat Hussain, René Csuk, Abdul Latif Khan, Tanveer Alam, Saif Alameri
In the present study, for the first time, NIR spectroscopy coupled with PLS regression as a rapid and alternative method was developed to quantify the amount of Keto-β-Boswellic Acid (KBA) in different plant parts of Boswellia sacra and the resin exudates of the trunk. NIR spectroscopy was used for the measurement of KBA standards and B. sacra samples in absorption mode in the wavelength range from 700-2500nm. PLS regression model was built from the obtained spectral data using 70% of KBA standards (training set) in the range from 0...
May 10, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525775/the-association-between-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-and-bipolar-disorder%C3%A2-%C3%A2-a-big-data-analysis
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S Tiosano, Z Nir, O Gendelman, D Comaneshter, H Amital, A D Cohen, D Amital
BACKGROUND: Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a chronic, autoimmune disease that has a wide variety of physical manifestations, including neuropsychiatric features. Bipolar disorder (BD) is a chronic, episodic illness, that may present as depression or as mania. The objective of this study was to investigate the association between SLE and BD using big data analysis methods. METHODS: Patients with SLE were compared with age- and sex-matched controls regarding the prevalence of BD in a cross-sectional study...
April 4, 2017: European Psychiatry: the Journal of the Association of European Psychiatrists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525715/ultra-small-magnetic-cufese2-ternary-nanocrystals-for-multimodal-imaging-guided-photothermal-therapy-of-cancer
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Xinxin Jiang, Shaohua Zhang, Feng Ren, Lei Chen, Jianfeng Zeng, Mo Zhu, Zhenxiang Cheng, Mingyuan Gao, Zhen Li
Nanoscale ternary chalcogenides have attracted intense research interest due to their wealth of tunable properties and diverse applications in energy, environmental and biomedical fields. In this article, ultra-small magnetic CuFeSe2 ternary nanocrystals (< 5.0 nm) were fabricated in the presence of thiol functionalized poly(methacrylic acid) (PTMP-PMAA) by an environmentally friendly aqueous method under ambient conditions. The small band gap and the existence of intermediate bands lead to a broad NIR absorbance in the range of 500 - 1100 nm, and high photothermal conversion efficiency (82%) of CuFeSe2 nanocrystals...
May 19, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525285/development-of-plasmonic-cu2o-cu-composite-arrays-as-visible-and-near-infrared-light-driven-plasmonic-photocatalysts
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Kosuke Sugawa, Natsumi Tsunenari, Hideyuki Takeda, Saki Fujiwara, Tsuyoshi Akiyama, Jotaro Honda, Shuto Igari, Kyo Tokuda, Naoto Takeshima, Yasuhiro Watanuki, Satoshi Tsukahara, Kouichi Takase, Tetsuo Umegaki, Yoshiyuki Kojima, Nobuyuki Nishimiya, Nobuko Fukuda, Yasuyuki Kusaka, Hirobumi Ushijima, Joe Otsuki
We describe efficient visible- and near-infrared (Vis/NIR) light-driven photocatalytic properties of hybrids of Cu2O and plasmonic Cu arrays. The Cu2O/Cu arrays were prepared simply by allowing to stand a Cu half-shell array in oxygen atmosphere for 3 h, which were prepared by depositing Cu on two-dimensional colloidal crystals with diameters of 543 or 224 nm. The localized surface plasmon resonances (LSPRs) of the arrays were strongly excited at 866 and 626 nm, respectively at which the imaginary part of the dielectric function of Cu is small...
May 19, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524926/a-980-nm-laser-activated-upconverted-persistent-probe-for-nir-to-nir-rechargeable-in-vivo-bioimaging
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Zhenluan Xue, Xiaolong Li, Youbin Li, Mingyang Jiang, Guozhong Ren, Hongrong Liu, Songjun Zeng, Jianhua Hao
Long-lasting persistent luminescent nanoparticles (PLNPs) with efficient near-infrared (NIR) emission have emerged as a new generation of probes for in vivo optical bioimaging owing to their advantages of zero-autofluorescence benefited from the self-sustained emission after excitation, deep penetration depth, and a high signal-to-noise ratio. However, most of the PLNPs are charged by ultraviolet (UV) or visible light, remarkably limiting their applications for in vivo long-term bioimaging. Here we demonstrate 980 nm laser activated upconversion-PLNPs (UC-PLNPs) with efficient NIR emission...
May 19, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524850/a-high-quantum-yield-molecule-protein-complex-fluorophore-for-near-infrared-ii-imaging
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Alexander L Antaris, Hao Chen, Shuo Diao, Zhuoran Ma, Zhe Zhang, Shoujun Zhu, Joy Wang, Alexander X Lozano, Quli Fan, Leila Chew, Mark Zhu, Kai Cheng, Xuechuan Hong, Hongjie Dai, Zhen Cheng
Fluorescence imaging in the second near-infrared window (NIR-II) allows visualization of deep anatomical features with an unprecedented degree of clarity. NIR-II fluorophores draw from a broad spectrum of materials spanning semiconducting nanomaterials to organic molecular dyes, yet unfortunately all water-soluble organic molecules with >1,000 nm emission suffer from low quantum yields that have limited temporal resolution and penetration depth. Here, we report tailoring the supramolecular assemblies of protein complexes with a sulfonated NIR-II organic dye (CH-4T) to produce a brilliant 110-fold increase in fluorescence, resulting in the highest quantum yield molecular fluorophore thus far...
May 19, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524652/optical-characteristics-and-tumor-imaging-capabilities-of-near-infrared-dyes-in-free-and-nano-encapsulated-formulations-comprised-of-viral-capsids
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Yadir Guerrero, Sheela Singh, Turong Mai, Ravoori Murali, Leela Tanikella, Atta Zahedi, Vikas Kundra, Bahman Anvari
Near infrared (NIR) fluorescent molecules and nano-sized structures can serve as potential optical probes for image-guided removal of small tumor nodules (≈ < 1 mm diameter). While indocyanine green (ICG) remains as the only FDA-approved NIR dye, other organic dyes are under extensive development for enhanced imaging capabilities. One such dye is BrCy106-NHS where bromine is substituted for aromatic structures in cyanine dyes. Herein, we investigate the absorption and fluorescence characteristics of ICG and BrCy106-NHS, and quantitatively assess their tumor imaging capabilities in free (non-encapsulated) and a nano-encapsulated form that utilizes the capsid protein (CP) from genome-depleted plant-infecting brome mosaic virus as the encapsulating shell...
May 19, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524354/an-aggregating-amphiphilic-squaraine-a-light-up-probe-that-discriminates-parallel-g-quadruplexes
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Vincenzo Grande, Filippo Doria, Mauro Freccero, Frank Würthner
G-quadruplexes (G4s) are peculiar DNA or RNA tertiary structures that are involved in the regulation of many biological events within mammalian cells, bacteria, and viruses. Although their role as versatile therapeutic targets has been emphasized for 35 years, G4 selectivity over ubiquitous double-stranded DNA/RNA, as well as G4 differentiation by small molecules, still remains challenging. Here, a new amphiphilic dicyanovinyl-substituted squaraine, SQgl, is reported to act as an NIR fluorescent light-up probe discriminating an extensive panel of parallel G4s while it is non-fluorescent in the aggregated state...
May 19, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523911/cup-shaped-nanoantenna-arrays-for-zeptoliter-volume-biochemistry-and-plasmonic-sensing-in-the-visible-wavelengths-range
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Rokas Drevinskas, Tomas Rakickas, Algirdas Selskis, Lorenzo Rosa, Ramunas Valiokas
Although three-dimensional shaping of metallic nanostructures is an important strategy for control and manipulation of localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR), its implementation in high-throughput, on-chip fabrication of plasmonic devices remains to be challenging. Here we demonstrate nanocontact-based large area fabrication of a novel, LSPR-active Au architecture consisting of periodic arrays of reduced symmetry nanoantennas having sub-50 nm, out-of-plane features. Namely, by combining nanosphere and molecular self-assembly processes we have patterned evaporated polycrystalline Au films for chemical etching of nanocups with controlled aspect ratios (an outer diameter d=100 nm, void volumes of 18 or 39 zeptoliters)...
May 19, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523228/resting-state-and-personality-component-bis-bas-predict-the-brain-activity-eeg-and-fnirs-measure-in-response-to-emotional-cues
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Michela Balconi, Maria E Vanutelli, Elisabetta Grippa
INTRODUCTION: The present study explored the role of resting state and personality component (BIS/BAS measure) on prefrontal cortical responsiveness to emotional cues. Indeed, we supposed that lateralized resting activity (right vs. left) and approach (BAS) versus avoidance (BIS) attitude may explain the successive emotional processing within the prefrontal cortex (PFC) based on the stimulus valence (positive and negative emotional cues). METHODS: Hemodynamic (functional near-infrared spectroscopy, fNIRS) and electroencephalographic (EEG) measures were considered...
May 2017: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522938/mucin-1-antibody-conjugated-mesoporous-silica-nanoparticles-for-selective-breast-cancer-detection-in-a-mucin-1-transgenic-murine-mouse-model
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Didier Dréau, Laura Jeffords Moore, Merlis P Alvarez-Berrios, Mubin Tarannum, Pinku Mukherjee, Juan L Vivero-Escoto
Mucin-1 (MUC1), a transmembrane glycoprotein is aberrantly expressed on ~90% of breast cancer and is an excellent target for nanoparticulate targeted imaging. In this study, the development of a dye-doped NIR emitting mesoporous silica nanoparticles platform conjugated to tumor-specific MUC1 antibody (ab-tMUC1-NIR-MSN) for in vivo optical detection of breast adenocarcinoma tissue is reported. The structural properties, the in vitro and in vivo performance of this nanoparticle-based probe were evaluated. In vitro studies showed that the MSN-based optical imaging nanoprobe is non-cytotoxic and targets efficiently mammary cancer cells overexpressing human tMUC1 protein...
December 2016: Journal of Biomedical Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522754/met-exon-14-mutation-encodes-an-actionable-therapeutic-target-in-lung-adenocarcinoma
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Xinyuan Lu, Nir Peled, John Greer, Wei Wu, Peter Choi, Alice H Berger, Sergio Wong, Kuang-Yu Jen, Youngho Seo, Byron Hann, Angela Brooks, Matthew Meyerson, Eric A Collisson
Targeting somatically activated oncogenes has revolutionized the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Mutations in the gene mesenchymal-epithelial transition (MET) near the exon 14 splice sites are recurrent in lung adenocarcinoma and cause exon skipping (METΔ14). Here we analyzed 4,422 samples from 12 different malignancies to estimate the rate of said exon skipping. METΔ14 mutation and transcript were most common in lung adenocarcinoma. Endogenously expressed levels of METΔ14 transformed human epithelial lung cells in a Hepatocyte growth factor (HGF)-dependent manner...
May 18, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522192/overcoming-photodynamic-resistance-and-tumor-targeting-dual-therapy-mediated-by-indocyanine-green-conjugated-gold-nanospheres
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Wei Li, Xiaomeng Guo, Fenfen Kong, Hanbo Zhang, Lihua Luo, Qingpo Li, Chunqi Zhu, Jie Yang, Yongzhong Du, Jian You
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) and photothermal therapy (PTT) have captured much attention due to the great potential to cure malignant tumor. Nevertheless, photodynamic resistance of cancer cells has limited the further efficacy of PDT. Unfortunately, the resistance mechanism and efforts to overcome the resistance still have been rarely reported so far. Here, we report a nanosystem with specific tumor targeting for combined PDT and PTT mediated by near-infrared (NIR) light, which was established by covalently conjugating indocyanine green (ICG) and TNYL peptide onto the surface of hollow gold nanospheres (HAuNS)...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521274/detection-of-regulated-herbs-and-plants-in-plant-food-supplements-and-traditional-medicines-using-infrared-spectroscopy
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E Deconinck, C A Sokeng Djiogo, J L Bothy, P Courselle
The identification of a specific toxic or regulated plant in herbal preparations or plant food supplements is a real challenge, since they are often powdered, mixed with other herbal or synthetic powders and compressed into tablets or capsules. The classical identification approaches based on micro- and macroscopy are therefore not possible anymore. In this paper infrared spectroscopy, combined with attenuated total reflectance was evaluated for the screening of plant based preparations for nine specific plants (five regulated and four common plants for herbal supplements)...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521102/co2-delivery-to-accelerate-incisional-wound-healing-following-single-irradiation-of-near-infrared-lamp-on-the-coordinated-colloids
#17
Wei-Peng Li, Chia-Hao Su, Sheng-Jung Wang, Fu-Ju Tsai, Chun-Ting Chang, Min-Chiao Liao, Chun-Chieh Yu, Thi-Tuong Vi Tran, Chaw-Ning Lee, Wen-Tai Chiu, Tak-Wah Wong, Chen-Sheng Yeh
The traditional wound care methods include wound infection control, adequate nutritional supplements, education of changing position every 2-3 hours to avoid tissue hypoxia, vacuum assistant closure, debridement, skin graft and tissue flap. Electric current stimulation, ultrasound, laser and hydrotherapy have emerged as adjuvant therapies. However, most, if not all, of these therapies are expensive and the treatment results are variable. The development of the active methods to improve wound healing is mandatory...
May 18, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518078/non-invasive-in-vivo-fluorescence-optical-imaging-of-inflammatory-mmp-activity-using-an-activatable-fluorescent-imaging-agent
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Johannes Schwenck, Florian C Maier, Manfred Kneilling, Stefan Wiehr, Kerstin Fuchs
This paper describes a non-invasive method for imaging matrix metalloproteinases (MMP)-activity by an activatable fluorescent probe, via in vivo fluorescence optical imaging (OI), in two different mouse models of inflammation: a rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and a contact hypersensitivity reaction (CHR) model. Light with a wavelength in the near infrared (NIR) window (650 - 950 nm) allows a deeper tissue penetration and minimal signal absorption compared to wavelengths below 650 nm. The major advantages using fluorescence OI is that it is cheap, fast and easy to implement in different animal models...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28517927/stable-high-performance-flexible-photodetector-based-on-upconversion-nanoparticles-perovskite-microarrays-composite
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Jianbo Li, Yingli Shen, Yucheng Liu, Feng Shi, Xiaodong Ren, Tianqi Niu, Kui Zhao, Shengzhong Frank Liu
Methylammonium lead halide perovskite is emerged as a new class of low-temperature-processed high-performance semiconductors for optoelectronics, but with photoresponse limited to the UV-visible region and low environmental stability. Herein, we report a flexible planar photodetector based on MAPbI3 microarrays integrated with NaYF4:Yb/Er upconversion nanoparticles (UCns) that offers promise for future high performance and long-term stability operation. The promise derives from the confluence of several factors, including significantly enhanced photons absorption in the visible spectrum, efficient energy transition in the NIR region, and inhibition of water attack by the hydrophobic UCns capping layer...
May 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516761/a-facile-and-sensitive-near-infrared-fluorescence-probe-for-the-detection-of-endogenous-alkaline-phosphatase-activity-in-vivo
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Song-Jiao Li, Chunyan Li, Yongfei Li, Junjie Fei, Ping Wu, Bin Yang, Juan Ou-Yang, Shi-Xin Nie
Alkaline phosphatase (ALP) is an essential enzyme and widely distributes in a variety of tissues. To date, various nanomaterial and small-molecule fluorescent probes for ALP have been constructed successfully, but the emission wavelengths of these probes are in the ultraviolet or visible range, which is not beneficial for bioimaging. Herein, a merocyanine-based near-infrared (NIR) fluorescent probe named CyP is first synthesized and used to detect ALP activity. The characteristics of probe CyP are as follows: (1) The probe possesses a facile structure, which can be obtained by easy synthetic steps...
May 18, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
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