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Alondra Escudero-Castellanos, Blanca E Ocampo-García, Ma Victoria Domínguez-García, Jaime Flores-Estrada, Miriam V Flores-Merino
Hydrogels are suitable materials to promote cell proliferation and tissue support because of their hydrophilic nature, porous structure and sticky properties. However, hydrogel synthesis involves the addition of additives that can increase the risk of inducing cytotoxicity. Sterilization is a critical process for hydrogel clinical use as a proper scaffold for tissue engineering. In this study, poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG), poly(ethylene glycol)-chitosan (PEG-CH) and multi-arm PEG hydrogels were synthesized by free radical polymerization and sterilized by gamma irradiation or disinfected using 70 % ethanol...
December 2016: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
Eduardo Coriolano de Oliveira, Rodrigo Alves Soares Cruz, Nayanna de Mello Amorim, Marcelo Guerra Santos, Luiz Carlos Simas Pereira Junior, Eladio Oswaldo Flores Sanchez, Caio Pinho Fernandes, Rafael Garrett, Leandro Machado Rocha, André Lopes Fuly
Snake venoms are composed of a complex mixture of active proteins that induce toxic effects, such as edema, hemorrhage, and death. Lachesis muta has the highest lethality indices in Brazil. In most cases, antivenom fails to neutralize local effects, leading to disabilities in victims. Thus, alternative treatments are under investigation, and plant extracts are promising candidates. The objective of this work was to investigate the ability of crude extracts, fractions, or isolated products of Erythroxylum ovalifolium and Erythroxylum subsessile to neutralize some toxic effects of L...
October 11, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Chi-Sheng Wu, Fen-Chiung Lin, Shu-Jen Chen, Yung-Lung Chen, Wen-Jung Chung, Cheng-I Cheng
Background. Various microRNAs (miRNAs) are used as markers of acute coronary syndrome, in which heparinization is considered mandatory therapy. Nevertheless, a standard method of handling plasma samples has not been proposed, and the effects of heparin treatment on miRNA detection are rarely discussed. Materials and Method. This study used quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) analysis to investigate how storage temperature, standby time, hemolysis, and heparin treatment affect miRNA measurement in plasma samples from 25 patients undergoing cardiac catheterization...
2016: BioMed Research International
Fei Da, Lin Yao, Zhijie Su, Zhen Hou, Zhi Li, Xiaoyan Xue, Jingru Meng, Xiaoxing Luo
AIM: Community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) is commonly associated with non-nosocomial skin and soft tissue infections (SSTIs) due to its virulence, which is mainly controlled by the accessory gene regulator (agr) quorum sensing (QS) system. In this study (KFF)3 K peptide-conjugated Locked Nucleic Acids (PLNAs) targeting agrA mRNA were developed to inhibit agr activity and arrest the pathogenicity of CA-MRSA. METHODS AND RESULTS: Two PLNAs were designed, and synthesized, after predicting the secondary structure of agrA mRNA...
October 8, 2016: Journal of Applied Microbiology
Monika Rak, Anna Ochałek, Ewa Bielecka, Joanna Latasiewicz, Katarzyna Gawarecka, Jolanta Sroka, Jarosław Czyż, Katarzyna Piwowarczyk, Marek Masnyk, Marek Chmielewski, Tadeusz Chojnacki, Ewa Swiezewska, Zbigniew Madeja
BACKGROUND: One of the major challenges limiting development of gene therapy is absence of efficient and safe gene carriers. Among the non-viral gene delivery methods, lipofection is considered as one of the most promising. In this study a set of cationic polyprenyl derivatives (trimethylpolyprenylammonium iodides - PTAI) with different lengths of polyprenyl chains (from 7, 8 and 11 to 15 isoprene units) was suggested as a component of efficient DNA vehicles. METHODS: Optimization studies were conducted for PTAI in combination with co-lipid DOPE (dioleoylphosphatidylethanolamine) on DU145 human prostate cancer cells using: size and zeta potential measurements, confocal microscopy, fluorescein diacetate/ethidium bromide test, cell counting, time-lapse monitoring of cell movement, gap junctional intracellular coupling analysis, antimicrobial activity assay, red blood cell hemolysis test...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Gene Medicine
Meng Song, Li Li, Meng Li, Yonghong Cha, Xuming Deng, Jianfeng Wang
Streptococcus pneumoniae is an important human pathogenic bacterium that can cause various life-threatening infections. Pneumolysin (PLY), the pore-forming toxin that forms large pores in the cell membrane, is a key virulence factor secreted by S. pneumoniae that penetrates the physical defenses of the host and plays an important role in the pathogenesis of pneumococcal diseases, such as pneumonia, meningitis, bacteremia and otitis media. This study showed that apigenin, one of the bioflavonoids widely found in herbs, inhibits PLY-induced hemolysis by inhibiting the oligomerization of PLY and has no anti-S...
September 28, 2016: Fitoterapia
Christina H Maglaras, Amie Koenig, Deanna L Bedard, Benjamin M Brainard
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether red blood cell (RBC) product age influences the occurrence of acute transfusion-related complications and mortality in dogs. The hypothesis was that acute transfusion-related complications and mortality would increase with age of product. DESIGN: Retrospective study (2010-2012). SETTING: University teaching hospital. ANIMALS: Two hundred and ten clinical canine patients. INTERVENTIONS: None...
September 26, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
Yue Hu, Yong Wang, Jianshuai Jiang, Baosan Han, Shengmin Zhang, Keshi Li, ShuXiong Ge, Yahui Liu
A folate-polyethylene glycol-chitosan derivative was synthesized and its structure was characterized. An optimal perfluorooctyl bromide nanocore template was obtained via utilizing the ultrasonic emulsification method combining with orthogonal design. The targeted nanoparticles containing targeted shell of folate-polyethylene glycol-chitosan derivative and perfluorooctyl bromide nanocore template of ultrasound imaging were prepared successfully by exploiting layer-by-layer self-assembly as contrast agent for ultrasound...
2016: BioMed Research International
Davinia Pla, Benjamin W Bande, Ronelle E Welton, Owen K Paiva, Libia Sanz, Álvaro Segura, Christine E Wright, Juan J Calvete, José María Gutiérrez, David J Williams
: The Papuan black snake (Pseudechis papuanus Serpentes: Elapidae) is endemic to Papua New Guinea, Indonesian Papua and Australia's Torres Strait Islands. We have investigated the biological activity and proteomic composition of its venom. The P. papuanus venom proteome is dominated by a variety (n≥18) of PLA2s, which together account for ~90% of the venom proteins, and a set of low relative abundance proteins, including a short-neurotoxic 3FTx (3.1%), 3-4 PIII-SVMPs (2.8%), 3 cysteine-rich secretory proteins (CRISP; 2...
September 17, 2016: Journal of Proteomics
A Batista-Duharte, M Lastre, B Romeu, D L Portuondo, D Téllez-Martínez, F A Manente, O Pérez, I Z Carlos
INTRODUCTION: Sporotrichosis is an emergent subcutaneous mycoses caused by species of the Sporothrix schenckii complex. Amphotericin B (AmB) remains the main antifungal drug for the treatment of systemic infections, but its use is limited by toxicity reasons. AFCo3 is a novel cochleate containing detoxified LPS, which exhibits drug delivery and immunomodulating properties. Here, AFCo3 was used as the vehicle for AmB to evaluate the immunomodulatory and antifungal efficacy against S. schenckii in vitro and in vivo...
September 15, 2016: International Immunopharmacology
Yu Liu, Jia Yang, Xin Wang, Ju Liu, Zhaobo Wang, Hongsheng Liu, Lijiang Chen
In this study, a controlled drug release system based on redox-responsive nanomicelles for drug delivery was described. The system was constructed by linking poly (acryic acid) (PAA) with D-α-tocopherol succinate (VES) via a disulfide bond linker (ss). This amphiphilic polymer (PAAssVES) was synthesized by coupling reaction and its chemical structure was confirmed by FT-IR and (1)HNMR analyses. PAAssVES was found to self-assemble into nanomicelles with diameter of about 130 nm, and a critical micelle concentration of about 6...
December 2016: Journal of Biomaterials Science. Polymer Edition
Jiao Wang, Yue Wang, Qiang Liu, Linnan Yang, Rongrong Zhu, Chengzhong Yu, Shilong Wang
Breast cancer is the primary reason for cancer-related death in women worldwide and the development of new formulations to treat breast cancer patients is crucial. Curcumin (Cur), a natural product, exerts promising anticancer activities against various cancer types. However, its therapeutic efficacy is hindered as a result of poor water solubility, instability, and low bioavailability. The aim of this work is to assess the curative effect of a novel nanoformulation, i.e., Cur-loaded and calcium-doped dendritic mesoporous silica nanoparticles modified with folic acid (Cur-Ca@DMSNs-FA) for breast cancer therapy...
October 12, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Mi-Gyeong Kim, Yuna Shon, Jinyoung Kim, Yu-Kyoung Oh
BACKGROUND: The tumor microenvironment has recently emerged as a new target of anticancer chemotherapy. Selective activation of anticancer chemotherapy in the tumor microenvironment would further reduce the toxicity of anticancer drugs toward normal tissues. Fibroblast activation protein (FAP) is known to be selectively overexpressed on cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs) in the tumor microenvironment. Here, we designed an anticancer chemotherapeutic system based on promelittin, a peptide toxin that is selectively converted from an inactive form to the pore-forming melittin upon cleavage by FAP in the tumor microenvironment...
January 2017: Journal of the National Cancer Institute
Hengquan Liu, Changjiang Pan, Shijie Zhou, Junfeng Li, Nan Huang, Lihua Dong
Bio-inorganic films and drug-eluting coatings are usually used to improve the hemocompatibility and inhibit restenosis of vascular stent; however, above bio-performances couldn't combine together with single materials. In the present study, we reported a simple approach to fabricate a metal film with the aim of imparting the stent with good blood compatibility and accelerating endothelialization. The films with various ratios of Cu and Ti were prepared through the physical vapor deposition. Phase structure and element composition were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), respectively...
December 1, 2016: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Dharmaprakash Viszwapriya, Ganapathy Ashwinkumar Subramenium, Udayakumar Prithika, Krishnaswamy Balamurugan, Shunmugiah Karutha Pandian
The present study demonstrates the antivirulence potential of betulin, an abundantly available triterpenoid against Streptococcus pyogenes, a multi-virulent and exclusive human pathogen. Crystal violet assay and microscopic examination revealed that betulin (100 μg mL(-1)) exhibits surface independent antibiofilm activity and mitigates extracellular polymeric substance production. Betulin treatment enhanced the rate of auto-aggregation in liquid medium. Results of real-time PCR and biochemical assays demonstrated that, betulin suppresses the expression of ropB core regulon, sagA and dltA, which correspondingly affects SpeB production, hemolysis and cell surface hydrophobicity, for the observed impairment in virulence and biofilm formation...
September 4, 2016: Pathogens and Disease
Carlo Giuseppe Rizzello, Ilario Losito, Laura Facchini, Kati Katina, Francesco Palmisano, Marco Gobbetti, Rossana Coda
In spite of its positive repercussions on nutrition and environment, faba bean still remains an underutilized crop due to the presence of some undesired compounds. The pyrimidine glycosides vicine and convicine are precursors of the aglycones divicine and isouramil, the main factors of favism, a genetic condition which may lead to severe hemolysis after faba bean ingestion. The reduction of vicine and convicine has been targeted in several studies but little is known about their degradation. In this study, the hydrolysis kinetics of vicine and convicine and their derivatives during fermentation with L...
2016: Scientific Reports
Yajun Huang, Xiaokang Ding, Yu Qi, Bingran Yu, Fu-Jian Xu
There is an increasing demand in developing of multifunctional materials with good antibacterial activity, biocompatibility and drug/gene delivery capability for next-generation biomedical applications. To achieve this purpose, in this work series of hydroxyl-rich hyperbranched polyaminoglycosides of gentamicin, tobramycin, and neomycin (HP and SS-HP with redox-responsive disulfide bonds) were readily synthesized via ring-opening reactions in a one-pot manner. Both HP and SS-HP exhibit high antibacterial activity toward Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus...
November 2016: Biomaterials
Kou-Ray Lin, Hsin-Fang Yang-Yen, Huang-Wei Lien, Wei-Hao Liao, Chang-Jen Huang, Liang-In Lin, Chung-Leung Li, Jeffrey Jong-Young Yen
Tribbles homolog 2 (Trib2) is a member of Tribbles protein pseudokinases and involves in apoptosis, autoimmunity, cancer, leukemia and erythropoiesis, however, the physiological function of Trib2 in hematopoietic system remains to be elucidated. Here, we report that Trib2 knockout (KO) mice manifest macrocytic anemia and increase of T lymphocytes. Although Trib2 deficient RBCs have similar half-life as the control RBCs, Trib2 KO mice are highly vulnerable to oxidant-induced hemolysis. Endogenous Trib2 mRNA is expressed in early hematopoietic progenitors, erythroid precursors, and lymphoid lineages, but not in mature RBCs, myeloid progenitors and granulocytes...
2016: Scientific Reports
Rosi Bissinger, Elisabeth Lang, Mehrdad Ghashghaeinia, Yogesh Singh, Christine Zelenak, Birgit Fehrenbacher, Sabina Honisch, Hong Chen, Hajar Fakhri, Anja T Umbach, Guilai Liu, Rexhep Rexhepaj, Guoxing Liu, Martin Schaller, Andreas F Mack, Adrian Lupescu, Lutz Birnbaumer, Florian Lang, Syed M Qadri
Putative functions of the heterotrimeric G-protein subunit Gαi2-dependent signaling include ion channel regulation, cell differentiation, proliferation and apoptosis. Erythrocytes may, similar to apoptosis of nucleated cells, undergo eryptosis, characterized by cell shrinkage and cell membrane scrambling with phosphatidylserine (PS) exposure. Eryptosis may be triggered by increased cytosolic Ca(2+) activity and ceramide. In the present study, we show that Gαi2 is expressed in both murine and human erythrocytes and further examined the survival of erythrocytes drawn from Gαi2-deficient mice (Gαi2(-/-)) and corresponding wild-type mice (Gαi2(+/+))...
2016: Scientific Reports
J Ščerbová, A Lauková
Ostriches are bred especially for their high-quality meat. There is a lack of knowledge concerning the ostrich's microflora. Escherichia coli is a commensal microorganism of the poultry intestine, ostriches included. However, some strains may become pathogenic. This study was therefore undertaken to detect coliform bacteria in ostrich faeces and to test their antibiotic profile and sensitivity to enterocins. Faeces (n=54, 18 mixture samples from 3 different age groups of 140 ostriches) were sampled to isolate coliform bacteria...
2016: Polish Journal of Veterinary Sciences
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