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Beata Borowiak-Sobkowiak, Agnieszka Woźniak, Waldemar Bednarski, Magda Formela, Sławomir Samardakiewicz, Iwona Morkunas
The aim of this study was to investigate whether and to what extent oxidative stress is induced in leaves of one- and two-month-old plants of Asparagus officinalis L. cv. Argenteuil infested by Brachycorynella asparagi (Mordvilko) at a varied population size. The pest B. asparagi has been described as the most damaging species feeding on asparagus. Analyses using electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) demonstrated generally higher concentrations of semiquinone radicals with g-values of 2.0045 ± 0.0005 and 2...
October 20, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Anil K Deshantri, Sander A A Kooijmans, Sylvia A Kuijpers, Maria Coimbra, Astrid Hoeppener, Gert Storm, Marcel H A M Fens, Raymond M Schiffelers
Cancers are abundantly infiltrated by inflammatory cells that are modulated by tumor cells to secrete mediators fostering tumor cell survival and proliferation. Therefore, agents that interfere with inflammatory signaling molecules or specific immune cell populations have been investigated as anticancer drugs. Corticosteroids are highly potent anti-inflammatory drugs, whose activity is intensified when targeted by nanocarrier systems. Liposome-targeted corticosteroids have been shown to inhibit tumor growth in different syngeneic murine tumor models as well as human xenograft mouse models, which is attributed to a switch in the tumor microenvironment from a pro-inflammatory to an anti-inflammatory state...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
Kelly Souza Fernandes, Paulo Eduardo Narcizo de Souza, Miriam Leandro Dorta, Antonio Alonso
In this study, we combined electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy with an analysis of biophysical cellular parameters to study the mechanisms underlying the in vitro anti-leishmanial activity of miltefosine (MT). A thiol-specific spin label attached to membrane-bound proteins of Leishmania amazonensis and peritoneal macrophages indicated that MT may bind to plasma membrane proteins in large quantities via a detergent-like action and cause structural changes associated with a marked increase in dynamics and exposure to an aqueous environment...
October 20, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
G S Polymeris, V Giannoulatou, A Kyriakidou, I K Sfampa, G S Theodorou, E Şahiner, N Meriç, G Kitis, K M Paraskevopoulos
The current work exploits the effective application of thermoluminescence (TL), optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) and the possibility of applying Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) for the discrimination between different bioactive responses in the case of the 45S5 bioactive glass (SiO2 45, Na2O 24.5, CaO 24.5, P2O5 6 in wt%), which was synthesized through melting process. These techniques are suggested mainly due to their low spectroscopic detection thresholds. The original 45S5 in grain size range of 20-40μm was immersed in the Simulated Body Fluid (SBF) for various different immersion times ranging over one week...
January 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Ganesan Kumaravel, Natarajan Raman
Two novel imidazole derived Schiff bases, (Z)-1-(1H-benzo[d]imidazol-2-yl)-N-benzylidenemethanamine (L(1)) and 1-(1H-benzo[d]imidazol-2-yl)-N-(4-nitrobenzylidene) methanamine, and a series of their transition metal complexes of the types [M(L(1))2]Cl2 and [M(L(2))2]Cl2 where, M=Cu(II), Ni(II), Co(II) and Zn(II) have been designed and synthesized. These compounds were characterized by various spectral and physicochemical data. UV-Vis, magnetic susceptibility and molar conductivity data indicate that all the complexes adopt square planar geometry...
January 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Wenjing Liu, Rami Al-Oweini, Karen Meadows, Bassem S Bassil, Zhengguo Lin, Jonathan H Christian, Naresh S Dalal, A Martin Bossoh, Israël M Mbomekallé, Pedro de Oliveira, Jamshed Iqbal, Ulrich Kortz
The dichromium(III)-containing heteropoly-16-tungstates [Cr(III)2(B-β-Si(IV)W8O31)2](14-) (1) and [Cr(III)2(B-β-Ge(IV)W8O31)2](14-) (2) were prepared via a one-pot reaction of the composing elements in aqueous, basic medium. Polyanions 1 and 2 represent the first examples of Cr(III)-containing heteropolytungstates comprising the octatungstate unit {XW8O31} (X = Si, Ge). Magnetic studies demonstrated that, in the solid state, the two polyanions exhibit a weak antiferromagnetic interaction between the two Cr(III)centers with J = -3...
October 21, 2016: Inorganic Chemistry
Joshua R Biller, Deborah G Mitchell, Mark Tseytlin, Hanan Elajaili, George A Rinard, Richard W Quine, Sandra S Eaton, Gareth R Eaton
We demonstrate a superior method of 2D spectral-spatial imaging of stable radical reporter molecules at 250 MHz using rapid-scan electron-paramagnetic-resonance (RS-EPR), which can provide quantitative information under in vivo conditions on oxygen concentration, pH, redox status and concentration of signaling molecules (i.e., OH(•), NO(•)). The RS-EPR technique has a higher sensitivity, improved spatial resolution (1 mm), and shorter acquisition time in comparison to the standard continuous wave (CW) technique...
September 26, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Julie S Jones-Diette, Marnie L Brennan, Malcolm Cobb, Hannah Doit, Rachel S Dean
BACKGROUND: Data extracted from electronic patient records (EPRs) within practice management software systems are increasingly used in veterinary research. The use of real patient data gives the potential to generate research that can readily be applied to clinical practice. The use of veterinary EPRs for research in the United Kingdom is hindered by the number of different Practice Management System (PMS) providers used by practices, as obtaining and combining data from different systems electronically can be problematic...
October 21, 2016: BMC Veterinary Research
Ali Garavand, Mohammah Mohseni, Heshmatollah Asadi, Manal Etemadi, Mohammad Moradi-Joo, Ahmad Moosavi
INTRODUCTION: The successful implementation of health information technologies requires investigating the factors affecting the acceptance and use of them. The aim of this study was to determine the most important factors affecting the adoption of health information technologies by doing a systematic review on the factors affecting the acceptance of health information technology. METHODS: This systematic review was conducted by searching the major databases, such as Google Scholar, Emerald, Science Direct, Web of Science, Pubmed, and Scopus...
August 2016: Electronic Physician
S Saeidpour, S B Lohan, M Anske, M Unbehauen, E Fleige, R Haag, M C Meinke, R Bittl, C Teutloff
The skin and especially the stratum corneum (SC) act as a barrier and protect epidermal cells and thus the whole body against xenobiotica of the external environment. Topical skin treatment requires an efficient drug delivery system (DDS). Polymer-based nanocarriers represent novel transport vehicles for dermal application of drugs. In this study dendritic core-multishell (CMS) nanoparticles were investigated as promising candidates. CMS were loaded with a drug (analogue) and were applied to penetration studies of skin...
October 15, 2016: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
Hongliang Yu, Jian He, Qian Lu, Da Huo, Shanmei Yuan, Zhengyang Zhou, Peipei Xu, Yong Hu
Emerging evidences suggest that introduction of Fas Ligand (FasL) can enhance the Fas-dependent apoptosis and induce durable immune responses against tumor. However, selective triggering of apoptosis in tumor cells while sparing normal cells remains a great challenge for the application of FasL based therapeutic strategies. Herein, smart nanoparticles (NPs) with sandwich structure were fabricated. These NPs consist of Matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) cleavable PEG outer layer, anti-Fas antibody middle layer and camptothecin (CPT) loaded inner core...
October 18, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Matvey V Fedin, Georgiy Yu Shevelev, Dmitrii V Pyshnyi, Victor M Tormyshev, Gunnar Jeschke, Maxim Yulikov, Elena G Bagryanskaya
Spin labels selectively attached to biomolecules allow high-accuracy nanoscale distance measurements using pulsed electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR), in many cases providing the only access to the structure of complex biosystems. Triarylmethyl (TAM) radicals have recently emerged as a new class of spin labels expanding the applicability of the method to physiological temperatures. Along with other factors, the accuracy of the obtained distances crucially relies on the understanding of interactions between biomolecules and spin labels...
October 17, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Qiang Hao, Xiuxiu Niu, Changshun Nie, Simeng Hao, Wei Zou, Jiangman Ge, Daimei Chen, Wenqing Yao
SiO2, an insulator, hardly has any photocatalytic acitivity due to its intrinsic property, and it is generally used as a hard template to increase the surface area of catalysts. However, in this work, we found that the surface state of the insulator SiO2 can promote the migration of photogenerated charge carriers, leading to the enhancement of the photooxidation ability of graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4). A one-pot calcination method was employed to prepare g-C3N4/SiO2 composites using melamine and SiO2 as precursors...
October 17, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Ulrike Kulka, Andrzej Wojcik
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October 17, 2016: International Journal of Radiation Biology
Dwaipayan Dutta Gupta, Dandamudi Usharani, Shyamalava Mazumdar
Three stable copper complexes of peptides derived from the copper ion binding loop of the subunit II of cytochrome c oxidase have been prepared and characterized by various spectroscopic techniques. These stable copper complexes of peptides were found to exhibit cysteine, histidine and/or methionine ligation, which has predominant σ-contribution in the Cys-Cu charge transfer. The copper(ii) peptide complexes showed type-2 EPR spectra, which is uncommon in copper-cysteinate complexes. UV-visible spectra, Raman and EPR results support a tetragonal structure of the coordination geometry around the copper ion...
October 17, 2016: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Elham Ajorlou, Ahmad Yari Khosroushahi
PURPOSE: The dawn of the state-of-the-art methods of cancer treatments, nano-based delivery systems, has dispensed with the mainstream chemotherapy for being inadequate in yielding productive results and the numerous reported side effects. The popularity of this complementary approach in the course of the last two decades has been primarily attributed to its capacity to elevate the therapeutic index of anticancer drugs as well as removing the impassable delivery barriers in solid tumors with the minimal damage to the normal tissues...
October 15, 2016: Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology
G Meenakshi, A Sivasamy
Semiconductor zinc oxide nanorods (NRZnO) were prepared by sol-gel technique using zinc acetate as the precursor and ammonia as the precipitating agent. The prepared photocatalyst were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR), UV-Visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (UV-Vis-DRS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Field Emission-Scanning Electron Microscopy (FE-SEM), Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), High Resolution-Tunneling Microscope (HR-TEM), Brunauer, Emmett and Teller (BET) and electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy (EPR) analysis...
October 13, 2016: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
Xiaowen Feng, Jun-Liang Liu, Kasper S Pedersen, Joscha Nehrkorn, Alexander Schnegg, Karsten Holldack, Jesper Bendix, Marc Sigrist, Hannu Mutka, Dumitru Samohvalov, David Aguilà, Ming-Liang Tong, Jeffrey R Long, Rodolphe Clérac
The mononuclear complex (Bu4N)2[Re(IV)Cl4(CN)2]·2DMA (DMA = N,N-dimethylacetamide) displays intricate magnetization dynamics, implying Orbach, direct, and Raman-type relaxation processes. The Orbach relaxation process is characterized by an energy barrier of 39 K (27 cm(-1)) that is discussed based on high-field electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR), inelastic neutron scattering and frequency-domain THz EPR investigations.
October 14, 2016: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
Edoardo Torti, Stefano Protti, Daniele Merli, Daniele Dondi, Maurizio Fagnoni
The photochemical behavior of differently substituted N-arylsulfonimides was investigated. Homolysis of the S-N bond took place as the exclusive path from the singlet state to afford both N-arylsulfonamides and photo-Fries adducts, the amount of which depended on reaction conditions and aromatic substituents. Sulfinic and sulfonic acids were released upon irradiation under deaerated and oxygenated conditions, respectively. The nature of the excited states and intermediates involved were proved by laser flash photolysis and EPR experiments...
October 14, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
Nataliia Popovych, Pavlo Kyriienko, Sergiy Soloviev, Rafal Baran, Yannick Millot, Stanislaw Dzwigaj
Silver has been identified in the framework of AgxSiBEA zeolites (where x = 3-6 Ag wt%) by the combined use of XRD, (109)Ag MAS NMR, FTIR, diffuse reflectance UV-visible, EPR and XPS spectroscopy. The incorporation of Ag ions into the framework of SiBEA zeolite has been evidenced by XRD. The consumption of OH groups as a result of their reaction with the silver precursor has been monitored by FTIR and photoluminescence spectroscopy. The changes in the silver state as a function of Ag content and thermal and hydrogen treatment at 573 K have been identified by (109)Ag MAS NMR, EPR, DR UV-visible, TEM and XPS investigations...
October 14, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
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