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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719551/annulus-fibrosus-repair-using-high-density-collagen-gel-an-in-vivo-ovine-model
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Brenton Pennicooke, Ibrahim Hussain, Connor Berlin, Stephen R Sloan, Brandon Borde, Yu Moriguchi, Gernot Lang, Rodrigo Navarro-Ramirez, Jonathan Cheetham, Lawrence J Bonassar, Roger Härtl
STUDY DESIGN: Ovine in vivo study. OBJECTIVE: To perform lateral approach lumbar surgery in an ovine model to administer an injectable riboflavin (RF) cross-linked high-density collagen (HDC) gel and to assess its ability to mitigate intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration after induced annulus fibrosus (AF) injury. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Biological-based injectable gels have shown efficacy in restoring biomechanical, radiographic, and histological parameters in IVD-injured animal models...
July 17, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717975/development-of-a-novel-polymeric-nanocomposite-complex-for-drugs-with-low-bioavailability
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Mduduzi N Sithole, Yahya E Choonara, Lisa C du Toit, Pradeep Kumar, Thashree Marimuthu, Pierre P D Kondiah, Viness Pillay
Semi-synthetic biopolymer complex (SSBC) nanoparticles were investigated as a potential oral drug delivery system to enhance the bioavailability of a poorly water-soluble model drug acyclovir (ACV). The SSBCs were prepared from cross-linking of hydroxyl groups on hyaluronic acid (HA) with poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) resulting in ether linkages. Thereafter, conjugation of 2-hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin (HP-β-CD) onto HA-PAA was accomplished using a 1-ethyl-3-(3-dimethylaminopropyl) carbodiimide (EDC)/N-hydroxysuccinimide (NHS)-promoted coupling reaction...
July 17, 2017: AAPS PharmSciTech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696544/rheology-and-microstructure-of-gels-based-on-wheat-arabinoxylans-enzymatically-modified-in-arabinose-to-xylose-ratio
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Jorge A Marquez-Escalante, Elizabeth Carvjal-Millan, Madhav P Yadav, Madhuvanti Kale, Agustín Rascon-Chu, Alfonso A Gardea, Elisa Valenzuela-Soto, Yolanda L Lopez-Franco, Jaime Lizardi-Mendoza, Craig B Faulds
BACKGROUND: Arabinoxylans (AX) are polysaccharides constituted by a backbone of xyloses with arabinose substituents ester-linked to ferulic acid (FA). The arabinose to xylose ratio (A/X) in AX may vary from 0.3 to 1.1. AX form covalent gels by cross-linking of FA but physical interactions between AX chains also contribute to the network formation. The objective of this study was to investigate the rheological and microstructural characteristics of gels based on AX enzymatically modified in A/X...
July 11, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693487/apical-periodontitis-associates-with-cardiovascular-diseases-a-cross-sectional-study-from-sweden
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Eunice Virtanen, Tapio Nurmi, Per-Östen Söder, Stella Airila-Månsson, Birgitta Söder, Jukka H Meurman
BACKGROUND: Periodontal disease associates with systemic diseases but corresponding links regarding apical periodontitis (AP) are not so clear. Hence our aim was to study association between AP and the prevalence of systemic diseases in a study population from Sweden. METHODS: The subjects were 150 patients from a randomly selected epidemiological sample of 1676 individuals. 120 accepted to participate and their basic and clinical examination data were available for these secondary analyses where dental radiographs were used to record signs for endodontic treatments and AP...
July 11, 2017: BMC Oral Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692378/photosynthetic-activity-of-cotyledons-is-critical-during-post-germinative-growth-and-seedling-establishment
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Valle Ojeda, Victoria A Nájera, Maricruz González, Juan M Pérez-Ruiz, Francisco J Cejudo
Thioredoxins (Trxs) play a relevant role in thiol-dependent redox regulation, which allows the rapid adaptation of chloroplast metabolism to unpredictable environmental conditions. In chloroplasts, Trxs use reducing equivalents provided by photoreduced ferredoxin (Fdx) via the action of a ferredoxin-thioredoxin reductase (FTR), thus linking redox regulation to light. In addition, these organelles contain an NADPH-thioredoxin reductase, NTRC, with a Trx domain at the C-terminus. NTRC efficiently reduces 2-Cys peroxiredoxins (Prxs), hence having antioxidant function...
July 10, 2017: Plant Signaling & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687389/preparation-of-functional-chitosan-based-nanocomposite-films-containing-zns-nanoparticles
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Yeon-Hum Yun, Hyun-Gi Youn, Jin-Young Shin, Soon-Do Yoon
In this study, nanocomposite films were synthesized by chitosan (CH), PVA, ZnS, sulfosuccinic acid, and plasticizers. The nanocomposite films were cross-linked by the heat curing process. ZnS was synthesized by the reaction of Zn(CH3COO)2 and Na2S2O3·5H2O in aqueous solution via a template-free hydrothermal process. The prepared ZnS and CH/PVA nanocomposite films were characterized by X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform IR spectroscopy, and scanning electronic microscopy. The results of this study confirmed the presence of specific peaks of ZnS in the prepared nanocomposite films, and the intensity of these peaks increased with increasing ZnS contents...
July 4, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686736/higher-mineralized-bone-volume-is-associated-with-a-lower-plain-x-ray-vascular-calcification-score-in-hemodialysis-patients
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Teresa Adragao, Anibal Ferreira, Joao M Frazao, Ana Luisa Papoila, Iola Pinto, Marie-Claude Monier-Faugere, Hartmut H Malluche
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: In dialysis patients, there is an increasing evidence that altered bone metabolism is associated with cardiovascular calcifications. The main objective of this study was to analyse, in hemodialysis patients, the relationships between bone turnover, mineralization and volume, evaluated in bone biopsies, with a plain X-ray vascular calcification score. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS AND MEASUREMENTS: In a cross-sectional study, bone biopsies and evaluation of vascular calcifications were performed in fifty hemodialysis patients...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685537/effect-of-xianling-gubao-capsules-on-bone-mineral-density-in-osteoporosis-patients
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Z H Wu, X Zhu, C K Xu, Y J Chen, L Zhang, C L Zhang
This paper aimed to analyze the clinical effects of Xianling Gubao capsules on the bone mineral density (BMD) of 94 patients with osteoporosis. After reviewing and analyzing the clinical information in our hospital from January 2015 to January 2016, the patients were divided into a control group and a treatment group with 47 cases in each group. Patients in the control group were treated with routine Western medicine, while the treatment group received Xianling Gubao capsules. Both groups were treated continuously for 3 courses (30 days each course) and had their BMD analyzed and compared...
April 2017: Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684212/validation-of-a-new-2-d-technique-for-radiographic-wear-measurement-of-cemented-highly-cross-linked-polyethylene-acetabular-cups
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Brian Derbyshire, Bilal Barkatali
A new 2-D radiographic wear measurement system has been developed which enables the low wear of highly cross-linked polyethylene acetabular cups to be accurately and precisely measured from standard, pelvis radiographs. The software was validated using radiographic images of a measurement jig which could vary the cup orientation and simulate the effect of pelvic tilt/rotation. Wear was simulated using accurately measured plastic shims to vary the position of the femoral head relative to the cup. The effects of varying "wear" penetration, "wear" direction, cup orientation and X-ray focus position were assessed...
July 3, 2017: Medical Engineering & Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28682499/high-dose-dexamethasone-or-all-trans-retinoic-acid-restores-the-balance-of-macrophage-toward-m2-in-immune-thrombocytopenia
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Q Feng, M Xu, Y Y Yu, Y Hou, X Mi, Y X Sun, S Ma, X Y Zuo, L L Shao, M Hou, X H Zhang, J Peng
Immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) is an autoimmune disorder. Deficiency of immune-tolerance in antigen-presenting cells (APCs) and cross-communication between APCs and T cells are involved in the pathogenesis of ITP. Macrophages can polarize into pro-inflammatory M1 or anti-inflammatory M2 phenotypes in response to different environmental stimuli, and possess diverse immunological functions OBJECTIVES: To investigate the imbalance of M1/M2 in ITP and whether high-dose dexamethasone (HD-DXM) or all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA) could restore this imbalance METHODS: Numbers of M1 and M2 in the spleens of ITP patients and patients with traumatic spleen rupture were analyzed by immunofluorescence...
July 6, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28658645/bioresponsive-interfaces-composed-of-calmodulin-and-poly-ethylene-glycol-toggling-the-interfacial-film-thickness-by-protein-ligand-binding
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Süleyman Cinar, Claus Czeslik
Responsive interfaces are often realized by polymer films that change their structure and properties upon changing the pH-value, ionic strength or temperature. Here, we present a bioresponsive interfacial structure that is based on a protein, calmodulin (CaM), which undergoes a huge conformational change upon ligand binding. At first, we characterize the conformational functionality of a double Cys mutant of CaM by small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. The CaM mutant is then used to cross-link poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) chains, which are bound covalently to a supporting planar Si surface...
June 21, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28658107/pre-sarcopenia-is-associated-with-renal-hyperfiltration-independent-of-obesity-or-insulin-resistance-nationwide-surveys-knhanes-2008-2011
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Eugene Han, Yong-Ho Lee, Byung-Wan Lee, Eun Seok Kang, Bong-Soo Cha
Renal hyperfiltration is closely linked to cardiometabolic disorders, and it may increase the mortality risk of the general population. Despite the well-established association between cardiometabolic diseases and sarcopenia, the relationship between renal hyperfiltration and sarcopenia has not yet been assessed.This population-based, cross-sectional study used a nationally representative sample of 13,800 adults from the 2008 to 2011 Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Renal hyperfiltration was defined as the age- and sex-specific glomerular filtration rate above the 90th percentile in subjects with normal kidney function (>60 mL/min/1...
June 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652603/skeletal-dysplasia-mutations-effect-on-human-filamins-structure-and-mechanosensing
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Jonne Seppälä, Rafael C Bernardi, Tatu J K Haataja, Maarit Hellman, Olli T Pentikäinen, Klaus Schulten, Perttu Permi, Jari Ylänne, Ulla Pentikäinen
Cells' ability to sense mechanical cues in their environment is crucial for fundamental cellular processes, leading defects in mechanosensing to be linked to many diseases. The actin cross-linking protein Filamin has an important role in the conversion of mechanical forces into biochemical signals. Here, we reveal how mutations in Filamin genes known to cause Larsen syndrome and Frontometaphyseal dysplasia can affect the structure and therefore function of Filamin domains 16 and 17. Employing X-ray crystallography, the structure of these domains was first solved for the human Filamin B...
June 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652339/grc3-programs-the-essential-endoribonuclease-las1-for-specific-rna-cleavage
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Monica C Pillon, Mack Sobhany, Mario J Borgnia, Jason G Williams, Robin E Stanley
Las1 is a recently discovered endoribonuclease that collaborates with Grc3-Rat1-Rai1 to process precursor ribosomal RNA (rRNA), yet its mechanism of action remains unknown. Disruption of the mammalian Las1 gene has been linked to congenital lethal motor neuron disease and X-linked intellectual disability disorders, thus highlighting the necessity to understand Las1 regulation and function. Here, we report that the essential Las1 endoribonuclease requires its binding partner, the polynucleotide kinase Grc3, for specific C2 cleavage...
July 11, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649514/early-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation-in-a-patient-with-severe-mucopolysaccharidosis-ii-a-7%C3%A2-years-follow-up
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Anneliese L Barth, Tatiana S P C de Magalhães, Ana Beatriz R Reis, Maria Lucia de Oliveira, Fernanda B Scalco, Nicolette C Cavalcanti, Daniel S E Silva, Danielle A Torres, Alessandra A P Costa, Carmem Bonfim, Roberto Giugliani, Juan C Llerena, Dafne D G Horovitz
Mucopolysaccharidosis type II (MPS II - Hunter syndrome) is an X-linked lysosomal storage disorder caused by a deficiency in the enzyme iduronate-2 sulfatase (I2S), leading to the accumulation of the glycosaminoglycans, affecting multiple organs and systems. Enzyme replacement therapy does not cross the blood brain barrier, limiting results in neurological forms of the disease. Another option of treatment for severe MPS, hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) has become the treatment of choice for the severe form of MPS type I, since it can preserve neurocognition when performed early in the course of the disease...
September 2017: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647880/selective-removal-and-preconcentration-of-triclosan-using-a-water-compatible-imprinted-nano-magnetic-chitosan-particles
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Yuan Chen, Xin Lei, Rongni Dou, Yuancai Chen, Yongyou Hu, Zhiqi Zhang
A water-compatible magnetic triclosan (TCS) imprinted material (TCS-CTS-Fe(0)-MIPs) was synthesized for selective enrichment and detection of TCS in real complex water samples. The material was synthesized by using chitosan (CTS) as functional monomer, which has rich surface O- and N-containing functional groups. The TCS imprinted CTS was coated on Fe(0) surface and then cross-linked with glutaraldehyde. Scanning electron microscopy suggested that the imprinted material was covered with a layer of imprinted film, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy confirmed that the imprinted material had more functional groups (amino and hydroxyl groups) than that of non-imprinted material...
June 25, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646756/protein-functionalization-of-zno-nanostructure-exhibits-selective-and-enhanced-toxicity-to-breast-cancer-cells-through-oxidative-stress-based-cell-death-mechanism
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Sailendra Mahanta, S Prathap, Deependra Kumar Ban, Subhankar Paul
Zinc oxide nanostructure (ZnONS) was chemically synthesized and functionalized (FZnONSBLA) with a small protein bovine α-lactalbumin (BLA) by chemical cross-linking methods. Both nano-structures were characterized using various techniques such as electron microscopy, dynamic light scattering (DLS), UV-Vis spectroscopy, FT-IR, photo-luminescence and X-ray diffraction. Electron microscopy and DLS analysis revealed their (ZnONS and FZnONSBLA) average size of 200nm and 450nm, respectively. When cytotoxicity of both the nanostructures were assessed in breast cancer cells MCF-7 and MDAMB231 by MTT assay and PI/Annexin V staining (FACS), FZnONSBLA demonstrated higher cell death than ZnONS primarily due to generation of intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS)...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643349/a-qm-mm-study-of-the-catalytic-mechanism-of-sam-methyltransferase-rlmn-from-escherichia-coli
#18
Chenxiao Zhao, Lihua Dong, Yongjun Liu
RlmN is a radical S-adenosylmethionine (SAM) enzyme that catalyzes the C2 methylation of adenosine 2503 (A2503) in 23S rRNA and adenosine 37 (A37) in several Escherichia coli transfer RNAs (tRNA). The catalytic reaction of RlmN is distinctly different from that of typical SAM-dependent methyltransferases that employs an SN 2 mechanism, but follows a ping-pong mechanism which involves the intermediate methylation of a conserved cysteine residue. Recently, the x-ray structure of a key intermediate in the RlmN reaction has been reported, allowing us to perform combined quantum mechanics and molecular mechanics (QM/MM) calculations to delineate the reaction details of RlmN at atomic level...
June 23, 2017: Proteins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613327/vegetable-oil-hybrid-films-cross-linked-at-the-air-water-interface-formation-kinetics-and-physical-characterization
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Antigoni Theodoratou, Laurent Bonnet, Philippe Dieudonné, Gladys Massiera, Pascal Etienne, Jean-Jacques Robin, Vincent Lapinte, Joël Chopineau, Julian Oberdisse, Anne Aubert-Pouëssel
Vegetable oil based hybrid films were developed thanks to a novel solvent- and heating-free method at the air-water interface using silylated castor oil cross-linked via a sol-gel reaction. To understand the mechanism of the hybrid film formation, the reaction kinetics was studied in detail by using complementary techniques: rheology, thermogravimetric analysis, and infrared spectroscopy. The mechanical properties of the final films were investigated using nano-indentation, whereas their structure was studied using a combination of wide-angle X-ray scattering, electron diffraction, and atomic force microscopy...
June 14, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611442/competing-factors-link-to-bone-health-in-polycystic-ovary-syndrome-chronic-low-grade-inflammation-takes-a-toll
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Shirin Kalyan, Millan S Patel, Elaine Kingwell, Hélène C F Côté, Danmei Liu, Jerilynn C Prior
Chronic inflammation predisposes to poor bone health. Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) experience androgen excess, ovulatory disturbances, insulin resistance, abdominal adiposity and chronic inflammation. Our objective was to investigate the relationships among bone health parameters, chronic subclinical inflammation and anthropometric measures in premenopausal women with and without PCOS. In 61 premenopausal women, 22 women with PCOS and 39 controls, we assessed bone parameters (total hip bone mineral density [BMD] by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry and radius strength-strain index [SSI] by peripheral quantitative computed tomography), inflammation (C-reactive protein/albumin), oxidative stress (leukocyte telomere length, urinary 8-hydroxydeoxyguanosine); hemoglobin A1c; anthropometric measures (body mass index, waist-to-height ratio, cross-sectional muscle area)...
June 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
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