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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445743/egfr-targeted-micelles-containing-near-infrared-dye-for-enhanced-photothermal-therapy-in-colorectal-cancer
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Ying-Hsia Shih, Tsai-Yueh Luo, Ping-Fang Chiang, Cheng-Jung Yao, Wuu-Jyh Lin, Cheng-Liang Peng, Ming-Jium Shieh
The purpose of this research was to investigate the effectiveness of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) targeted micelles loaded with IR-780 (Cetuximab/IR-780/micelles) for generating tumor targeting, multimodal images, and photothermal therapy (PTT). We initially studied the cellular uptake of these micelles using the HCT-116 and SW-620 cell lines. HCT-116 (high expression of EGFR) and SW-620 (low expression of EGFR) cell lines were used to examine biodistribution and antitumor effects of Cetuximab/IR-780/micelles...
April 23, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441767/inhibitory-effect-of-triterpenoids-from-panax-ginseng-on-coagulation-factor-x
#2
Lingxin Xiong, Zeng Qi, Bingzhen Zheng, Zhuo Li, Fang Wang, Jinping Liu, Pingya Li
Enzymes involved in the coagulation process have received great attention as potential targets for the development of oral anti-coagulants. Among these enzymes, coagulation factor Xa (FXa) has remained the center of attention in the last decade. In this study, 16 ginsenosides and two sapogenins were isolated, identified and quantified. To determine the inhibitory potential on FXa, the chromogenic substrates method was used. The assay suggested that compounds 5, 13 and 18 were mainly responsible for the anti-coagulant effect...
April 24, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441010/a-new-instrumental-set-up-for-simultaneous-total-and-speciation-analysis-of-volatile-metal-loid-s-in-gas-and-liquefied-gas-samples
#3
Laura Freije-Carrelo, Mariella Moldovan, Jose Ignacio Garcia-Alonso, Thuy Diep Thanh Vo, Jorge Ruiz Encinar
Although analysis of metals and metalloids, such as arsenic, is widely spread in many different fields, their analysis in gas and liquefied gas samples is still a challenge. A new GC-ICP-MS set up has been developed for their simultaneous total and speciation analysis in gas and liquefied gas samples without the need of a preconcentration step. An arsine in nitrogen standard was used for optimization and evaluation of the system. Good linearity and detection limits in the very low ppt level for both total and speciation analyses were found...
April 25, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440895/the-relationship-between-rate-of-algometer-application-and-pain-pressure-threshold-in-the-assessment-of-myofascial-trigger-point-sensitivity
#4
L D Linde, D A Kumbhare, M Joshi, J Z Srbely
BACKGROUND: Pressure algometry is a commonly employed technique in the assessment of both regional and widespread musculoskeletal pain. Despite its acceptance amongst clinicians and scientists, the relationship between rate of pressure application (RoA) and pain pressure threshold (PPT) remains poorly understood. We set out to test the hypothesis that a strong, positive, linear relationship exists between the RoA and the PPT within the infraspinatus of young healthy subjects. METHODS: Thirty-three (n=33) participants were randomly recruited from the local university community...
April 25, 2017: Pain Practice: the Official Journal of World Institute of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440448/modified-panax-ginseng-extract-regulates-autophagy-by-ampk-signaling-in-a549-human-lung-cancer-cells
#5
Hwa-Seung Yoo, Jung Min Kim, Eunbi Jo, Chong-Kwan Cho, Seung-Yeul Lee, Hwan Su Kang, Min-Goo Lee, Pei-Ying Yang, Ik-Soon Jang
Panax ginseng has been used worldwide as a traditional medicine for the treatment of cancer and other diseases. The antiproliferative activity of ginseng has been increased after enzymatic processing of ginseng saponin, which may result in the accumulation of minor saponins, such as Rh2, Rg3, compound K and protopanaxatriol type (PPT) in modified regular ginseng extract (MRGX). In the present study, the anticancer activity and the associated mechanisms of MRGX were investigated using A549 human lung cancer cells...
April 20, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437507/effects-of-experimental-pain-and-lidocaine-on-mechanical-somatosensory-profile-and-face-perception
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Yuri Martins Costa, Eduardo E Castrillon, Leonardo Rigoldi Bonjardim, Paulo César Rodrigues Conti, Lene Baad-Hansen, Peter Svensson
AIMS: To assess the effects of experimental muscle pain and topical lidocaine applied to the skin overlying the masseter muscle on the mechanical somatosensory profile and face perception of the masseter muscle in healthy participants. METHODS: A total of 28 healthy participants received a 45-minute application of a lidocaine or placebo patch to the skin overlying the masseter muscle followed by one injection of 0.2 mL sterile solution of monosodium glutamate. Measurements were taken four times during each session of quantitative sensory testing (QST) (T0 = baseline, T1 = 45 minutes after patch application, T2 = immediately after glutamate injection, and T3 = 25 minutes after the glutamate injection), and the following variables were measured: mechanical detection threshold (MDT), mechanical pain threshold (MPT), pressure pain threshold (PPT), pain report (pain on palpation, pain spreading on palpation, and pain intensity), pain drawing, and perceptual distortion...
April 2017: Journal of Oral & Facial Pain and Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437080/comparison-of-tumor-penetration-of-podophyllotoxin-carboxymethylcellulose-conjugates-with-various-chemical-compositions-in-tumor-spheroid-culture-and-in-vivo-solid-tumor
#7
Yang Yang, Aniruddha Roy, Yucheng Zhao, Elijus Undzys, Shyh-Dar Li
Polymer conjugation is an attractive approach for delivering insoluble and highly toxic drugs to tumors. However, most reports in the literature only disclose the optimal composition without emphasizing rational design or composition optimization to achieve maximized biological effects. In this study, we aimed to demonstrate that composition of a polymer conjugate would determine its physiochemical characteristics, tumor penetration and, ultimately, the in vivo efficacy. We also aimed to examine whether the tumor spheroid model could generate comparable results with the in vivo tumor model in terms of tumor penetration and efficacy of the various polymer conjugates...
April 24, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427932/reciprocal-changes-in-noradrenaline-and-gaba-levels-in-discrete-brain-regions-upon-rapid-eye-movement-sleep-deprivation-in-rats
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Rachna Mehta, Sudhuman Singh, Mudasir Ahmad Khanday, Birendra Nath Mallick
Rapid eye movement sleep (REMS) plays important role in maintenance of normal brain functions. Neurons containing various neurotransmitters in different brain regions interact to regulate this complex phenomenon in health and diseases. The number of neuronal projections, their firing rates and neurotransmitter levels vary in different brain regions under various conditions leading to normal or altered patho-physio-behavioral states. In this study using high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) we quantified noradrenaline (NA) and gamma-amino butyric acid (GABA) levels in locus coeruleus (LC), dorsal raphe (DR), pedunculo-pontine tegmentum (PPT), frontal lobe (FL), cortex and hippocampus (Hippo) in control and after 96 h REMS deprivation (REMSD) rats...
April 17, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422485/fabrication-of-a-highly-sensitive-single-aligned-tio2-and-gold-nanoparticle-embedded-tio2-nano-fiber-gas-sensor
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Alireza Nikfarjam, Seyedsina Hosseini, Nahideh Salehifar
In this research, a single-aligned nanofiber of pure TiO2 and gold nanoparticle (GNP)-TiO2 were fabricated using a novel electro-spinning procedure equipped with secondary electrostatic fields on highly sharp triangular and rectangular electrodes provided for gas sensing applications. The sol used for spinning nanofiber consisted of titanium tetraisopropoxide (C12H28O4Ti), acetic acid (CH3COOH), ethanol (C2H5OH), polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), and gold nanoparticle solution. FE-SEM, TEM, and XRD were used to characterize the single nanofiber...
April 25, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420232/gas-phase-carboxylic-acids-in-a-university-classroom-abundance-variability-and-sources
#10
Shang Liu, Samantha L Thompson, Harald Stark, Paul J Ziemann, Jose L Jimenez
Gas-phase carboxylic acids are ubiquitous in ambient air, yet their indoor occurrence and abundance are poorly characterized. To fill this gap, we measured gas-phase carboxylic acids in real-time inside and outside of a university classroom using a high-resolution time-of-flight chemical ionization mass spectrometer (HRToF-CIMS) equipped with an acetate ion source. A wide variety of carboxylic acids were identified indoors and outdoors, including monoacids, diacids, hydroxy acids, carbonyl acids, and aromatic acids...
April 18, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420180/synthesis-and-antiproliferative-activity-of-novel-all-trans-retinoic-acid-podophyllotoxin-conjugate-towards-human-gastric-cancer-cells
#11
Lei Zhang, Jing Wang, Lai Liu, Chengyue Zheng, Yang Wang
With the purpose of creating a multifunctional drug for gastric cancer treatment, a novel all-trans-retinoic acid (ATRA) conjugate with podophyllotoxin (PPT) was designed and synthesized, and its in vitro antiproliferative activity was evaluated against human gastric cancer cell lines using CCK-8 assay. The conjugate, P-A, exhibited significant anticancer activity against MKN-45 and BGC-823 cells with IC50 values of 0.419 ± 0.032 and 0.202 ± 0.055 μM, respectively. Moreover, P-A efficiently triggered cell cycle arrest and induced apoptosis in MKN-45 and BGC-823 cells due to modulation of cell cycle arrest- (CDK1, CDK2, CyclinA and CyclinB1) and apoptosis- (cleaved caspase-3, -8 and -9) related proteins, respectively...
April 17, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419379/central-sensitization-is-modulated-following-trigger-point-anesthetization-in-patients-with-chronic-pain-from-whiplash-trauma-a-double-blind-placebo-controlled-crossover-study
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N Ake Nystrom, Michael D Freeman
Objective. : Central sensitization (CS) with low peripheral pain thresholds (PPTs) is a common finding among patients with chronic pain after whiplash (CPWI). While it has been proposed that myofascial myofascial trigger points (MTrPs) may act as modulators of central sensitization, previously reported findings are conflicting and inconclusive. The present study was designed to investigate immediate responsiveness of CS to alterations in nociceptive input. Design.:  Controlled, double-blind, cross-over...
April 17, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409636/signal-on-photoelectrochemical-immunoassay-for-aflatoxin-b1-based-on-enzymatic-product-etching-mno2-nanosheets-for-dissociation-of-carbon-dots
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Youxiu Lin, Qian Zhou, Dianping Tang, Reinhard Niessner, Dietmar Knopp
Aflatoxin B1 (AFB1) monitoring has attracted extensive attention because food safety is a worldwide public health problem. Herein, we design a novel simultaneously visual and photoelectrochemical (PEC) immunosensing system for rapid sensitive detection of AFB1 in foodstuff. The immunoreaction was carried out on anti-AFB1 antibody-modified magnetic beads by using glucose oxidase (GOx)-labeled AFB1-bovine serum albumin (AFB1-BSA) conjugates as the tags with a competitive-type immunoassay format, while the visual and PEC evaluation was performed via carbon quantum dots (CQDs)-functionalized MnO2 nanosheets...
April 14, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407625/comparison-of-occlusive-and-open-application-in-a-psoriasis-plaque-test-design-examplarily-using-investigations-of-mapracorat-0-1-ointment-versus-vehicle-and-reference-drugs
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Walter Wigger-Alberti, Ragna Williams, Yi-Ling von Mackensen, Maciej Hoffman-Wecker, Ulrike Grossmann, Gerald Staedtler, Richard Nkulikiyinka, Kaweh Shakery
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Psoriasis plaque tests (PPTs) are important tools in the early phases of antipsoriatic drug development. Two distinct PPT design variants (open vs. occluded drug application) are commonly used, but no previous work has aimed to directly compare and contrast their performance. METHODS: We compared the antipsoriatic efficacy of mapracorat 0.1% ointment and reference drugs reported in 2 separate studies, representing open and occluded PPT designs. The drug effect size was measured by sonography (mean change in echo-poor band thickness), chromametry, and standardized clinical assessment...
April 14, 2017: Skin Pharmacology and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403351/short-term-transcutaneous-electrical-nerve-stimulation-reduces-pain-and-improves-the-masticatory-muscle-activity-in-temporomandibular-disorder-patients-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#15
Ana Paula de Lima Ferreira, Dayse Regina Alves da Costa, Ana Izabela Sobral de Oliveira, Elyson Adam Nunes Carvalho, Paulo César Rodrigues Conti, Yuri Martins Costa, Leonardo Rigoldi Bonjardim
Objective: To investigate the short-term effect of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) by examining pain intensity, pressure pain threshold (PPT) and electromyography (EMG) activity in patients with temporomandibular disorder (TMD). Material and Methods: Forty patients with myofascial TMD were enrolled in this randomized placebo-controlled trial and were divided into two groups: active (n=20) and placebo (n=20) TENS. Outcome variables assessed at baseline (T0), immediately after (T2) and 48 hours after treatment (T1) were: pain intensity with the aid of a visual analogue scale (VAS); PPT of masticatory and cervical structures; EMG activity during mandibular rest position (MR), maximal voluntary contraction (MVC) and habitual chewing (HC)...
March 2017: Journal of Applied Oral Science: Revista FOB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402092/ultrasound-determined-landmarks-decreases-pressure-pain-at-epidural-insertion-site-in-immediate-postpartum-period
#16
Denise Wilkes, Caroline Martinello, Felipe A Medeiros, Rovnat Babazade, Erin Hurwitz, Naveed Khanjee, Prashanth S Iyer, Paul Leary, Rakesh B Vadhera
BACKGROUND: Women have blamed epidurals for their post-partum back pain for decades. Survey-based studies have shown similar incidence of chronic back pain between women who delivered with epidurals compared to those who did not. However, epidural insertion site pain has yet to be evaluated by a quantitative measure: pressure pain threshold (PPT). Algometer measured PPT has been shown to be accurate and reproducible in acute, chronic, and post-operative pain studies. This study determines the effect of ultrasound-based landmarks on the PPT at the epidural insertion site in the postpartum period...
April 11, 2017: Minerva Anestesiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400249/similarity-of-osmoregulatory-capacity-in-coastal-and-inland-alligator-gar
#17
Peter J Allen, Alf Haukenes, Steve E Lochmann
The alligator gar Atractosteus spatula is a primitive fish species, occupying a wide range of temperature and salinity habitats. Long-distance movements are limited, leading to genetic differentiation between inland and coastal populations. Unknown is whether physiological capacity differs between geographically separated populations, particularly for traits important to osmoregulation in saline environments. Alligator gar from inland and coastal populations were reared in a similar environment and exposed to temperature (10, 30°C) and salinity (0, 20ppt) extremes to determine whether iono- and osmoregulatory ability differed between populations...
April 8, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part A, Molecular & Integrative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398739/precipitate-coacervate-transformation-in-polyelectrolyte-mixed-micelle-systems
#18
Fatih Comert, Duy Nguyen, Marguerite Rushanan, Peker Milas, Amy Y Xu, Paul L Dubin
The polycation/anionic-nonionic mixed micelle, poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride)-sodium dodecyl sulfate/Triton X-100 (PDADMAC-SDS/TX100), is a model polyelectrolyte-colloid system in that the micellar mole fraction of SDS (Y) controls the micelle surface charge density, thus modulating the polyelectrolyte-colloid interaction. The exquisite temperature dependence of this system provides an important additional variable, controlling both liquid-liquid (L-L) and liquid-solid (L-S) phase separation, both of which are driven by the entropy of small ion release...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395777/synthesis-of-a-novel-nitrogen-doped-carbon-dot-by-microwave-assisted-carbonization-method-and-its-applications-as-selective-probes-for-optical-ph-acidity-sensing-in-aqueous-nonaqueous-media-determination-of-nitrate-nitrite-and%C3%A2-optical-recognition-of-nox-gas
#19
Mohammad Mahdi Doroodmand, Mohsen Askari
A novel nitrogen-doped carbon dot (N-CD) was synthesized via carbonization of citric acid in the presence of triethylenetetramine as a nitrogen source. The average size of the N-doped CDs and also the quantum yield of the synthesized N-doped CDs were both estimated to be 9 ± 2 nm and 39.5%, respectively. The applications of the synthesized carbon nanostructure as a high quantum yield fluorescence probe were initially adopted in the fabrication of a novel optical pH (acidity) sensor in both aqueous and nonaqueous environments...
May 22, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389250/significance-and-novelty-effects-in-single-trial-erp-components-and-autonomic-responses
#20
Brett MacDonald, Robert J Barry
The phasic orienting reflex (OR) was investigated in two counterbalanced blocks of an auditory dishabituation paradigm differing in stimulus Significance (operationalised as tone counting). Twelve tones were presented at very long, randomly-varying interstimulus intervals (ISIs). Novelty and Significance were varied within subjects. Stimulus-response patterns were assessed to find ERP matches for autonomic measures. The phasic OR index was represented by the skin conductance response (SCR). SCR decremented over 10 standard trials, showed recovery on trial 11 (change trial), enhancement to re-presentation of the standard tone (trial 12: dishabituation), and a main effect of Significance over the first 10 trials - demonstrating the formal criteria for an OR index...
April 4, 2017: International Journal of Psychophysiology
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