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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534813/synthesis-and-characterization-of-dual-sensitive-fluorescent-nanogels-for-enhancing-drug-delivery-and-tracking-intracellular-drug-delivery
#1
Szu-Yuan Wu, Tilahun Ayane Debele, Yu-Chih Kao, Hsieh-Chih Tsai
Here, dual-sensitive fluorescent branched alginate-polyethyleneimine copolymer (bAPSC) nanogels were synthesized from thiolated alginate and stearoyl-derivatized branched polyethyleneimine. The formation of bAPSC conjugates was confirmed through proton nuclear magnetic resonance and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, whereas dynamic light scattering was used to measure the particle size and ζ potential of the nanogels. The fluorescent properties of the nanogels were confirmed through fluorescent spectroscopy and microscopy...
May 19, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533236/antibacterial-and-antibiofilm-activities-of-a-novel-synthetic-cyclic-lipopeptide-against-cariogenic-streptococcus-mutans-ua159
#2
Kyung R Min, Adriana Galvis, Brandon Williams, Ramanjaneyulu Rayala, Predrag Cudic, Dragana Ajdic
Despite continuous efforts to control cariogenic dental biofilms, very few effective antimicrobial treatments exist. In this study, we characterized the activity of a novel synthetic cyclic lipopeptide 4 (CLP-4), derived from fusaricidin, against the cariogenic pathogen Streptococcus mutans UA159. We determined CLP-4's minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC), minimum bactericidal concentration (MBC), spontaneous resistance frequency, and we performed time-kill assays. Additionally, we assessed CLP-4's potential to inhibit biofilm formation (MBIC) and eradicate pre-formed biofilms (MBEC)...
May 22, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532020/ph-responsive-drug-release-and-real-time-fluorescence-detection-of-porous-silica-nanoparticles
#3
Xu Zhang, Yamin Wang, Yanbao Zhao, Lei Sun
In this work, pH-sensitive "dual-switch" porous silica (pSiO2) nanoparticles (NPs) were constructed for drug delivery. Poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) was grafting onto the internal and external surfaces of amino groups functionalized porous silica (pSiO2-NH2) NPs by the amidation between the amino groups and the carboxyl groups of PAA for pH triggered drug release. The resultant pSiO2/PAA NPs have an average diameter of 50-60nm and high specific surface area (914m(2)·g(-1)). To improve the loading capacity, ZnO quantum dots (QDs) were used to block the partial pores of pSiO2/PAA and the loading capacity reached to 28% for methotrexate (MTX) model drug...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529509/a-novel-esat-6-secretion-system-secreted-protein-esxx-of-community-associated-staphylococcus-aureus-lineage-st398-contributes-to-immune-evasion-and-virulence
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Yingxin Dai, Yanan Wang, Qian Liu, Qianqian Gao, Huiying Lu, Hongwei Meng, Juanxiu Qin, Mo Hu, Min Li
The ESAT-6 secretion system (ESS) has been reported to contribute to the virulence and pathogenicity of several Staphylococcus aureus strains such as USA300 and Newman. However, the role of the ESS in community-associated S. aureus (CA-SA) lineage ST398 in China is not well understood. By comparing the ess locus of ST398 with the published S. aureus sequence in the NCBI database, we found one gene in the ess locus encoding a novel WXG superfamily protein that is highly conserved only in ST398. LC-MS/MS and Western blot analysis revealed that this protein is a novel secreted protein controlled by the ST398 ESS, and we named the protein EsxX...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528289/platelet-hyperactivation-apoptosis-and-hypercoagulability-in-patients-with-acute-pulmonary-embolism
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Samin Rezania, Michael A Puskarich, Daniela N Petrusca, Evandro M Neto-Neves, Matthew T Rondina, Jeffrey A Kline
Changes in systemic redox balance can alter platelet activation and aggregation. Acute pulmonary embolism (PE) is a systematic inflammatory disease associated with mechanical shear stress, increased thrombin, catecholamines, serotonin and hemolysis, which cumulatively can hyperactivate platelets and accelerate their turnover. We tested the hypothesis that platelets from patients with moderately severe PE will show hyperstimulation and a pre-apoptotic phenotype associated with microparticles (MPs) in plasma...
May 13, 2017: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528118/calcium-supplementation-decreases-bcp-induced-inflammatory-processes-in-blood-cells-through-the-nlrp3-inflammasome-down-regulation
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Patricia Lagadec, Thierry Balaguer, Florian Boukhechba, Grégory Michel, Sébastien Bouvet-Gerbettaz, Jean-Michel Bouler, Jean-Claude Scimeca, Nathalie Rochet
Interaction of host blood with biomaterials is the first event occurring after implantation in a bone defect. This study aimed at investigating the cellular and molecular consequences arising at the interface between whole blood and biphasic calcium phosphate (BCP) particles. We observed that, due to calcium capture, BCP inhibited blood coagulation, and that this inhibition was reversed by calcium supplementation. Therefore, we studied the impact of calcium supplementation on BCP effects on blood cells. Comparative analysis of BCP and calcium supplemented-BCP (BCP/Ca) effects on blood cells showed that BCP as well as BCP/Ca induced monocyte proliferation, as well as a weak but significant hemolysis...
May 17, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527829/graphene-oxide-nanosheets-and-d-%C3%AE-tocopheryl-polyethylene-glycol-1000-succinate-tpgs-doping-improves-biocompatibility-and-ultrafiltration-in-polyethersulfone-hollow-fiber-membranes
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Akshay Modi, Surendra Kumar Verma, Jayesh Bellare
Novel graphene oxide (G)-and d-α-Tocopheryl polyethylene glycol 1000 succinate (T)-doped polyethersulfone (P) hollow fiber membranes (GTP HFMs) were efficiently prepared. GTP HFMs were found to be a desirable biocompatible substrate for attachment and proliferation of human embryonic kidney-293 (HEK-293) cells. Significantly high porosity (94.58±1.1%), low contact angle (61.1±2.5°), low hemolysis (0.58% in batch mode and 0.64% in continuous mode), low terminal complement complex activation (SC5b-9 marker level ∼6...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526694/measuring-osmosis-and-hemolysis-of-red-blood-cells
#8
Lauren K Goodhead, Frances M MacMillan
Since the discovery of the composition and structure of the mammalian cell membrane, biologists have had a clearer understanding of how substances enter and exit the cell's interior. The selectively permeable nature of the cell membrane allows the movement of some solutes and prevents the movement of others. This has important consequences for cell volume and the integrity of the cell and, as a result, is of utmost clinical importance, for example in the administration of isotonic intravenous infusions. The concepts of osmolarity and tonicity are often confused by students as impermeant isosmotic solutes such as NaCl are also isotonic; however, isosmotic solutes such as urea are actually hypotonic due to the permeant nature of the membrane...
June 1, 2017: Advances in Physiology Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526336/activation-of-na-h-exchanger-other-than-formation-of-transmembrane-pore-underlies-the-cytotoxicity-of-nematocyst-venom-from-chrysaora-helvola-brandt-jellyfish
#9
Lanlan Fan, Jun Luo, Xiaoyong Li, Ming Chen, Wei Shu, Xiaosheng Qu
We previously reported unexpected apoptosis-like cell death induced by nematocyst venom (NV) from Chrysaora helvola Brandt (C. helvola) jellyfish. To assess whether the pore formation mechanism underlay the action of NV, the change in cell membrane permeability was studied in both chicken erythrocytes and human CNE-2 cells. Initially, paradoxical results were derived from osmoprotectant protection assays. Polyethylene glycol (PEG)2000, which completely inhibited the NV induced hemolysis, failed to protect CNE-2 cells...
May 17, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525506/haptoglobin-administration-in-cardiovascular-surgery-patients-its-association-with-the-risk-of-postoperative-acute-kidney-injury
#10
Kenta Kubota, Moritoki Egi, Satoshi Mizobuchi
BACKGROUND: Acute kidney injury (AKI) often occurs after cardiac surgery. During cardiac surgery, plasma free hemoglobin (fHb) would increase due to hemolysis. Since plasma fHb is thought to be nephrotoxic, haptoglobin, which is an fHb scavenger, may have the potential to prevent postoperative AKI (pAKI). However, there have been few studies in which the association of intraoperative administration of haptoglobin with the incidence of AKI after cardiac surgery was assessed. METHODS: This study was a retrospective observational study to assess the independent association of intraoperative administration of haptoglobin with the incidence pAKI in cardiac surgery patients...
June 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523838/an-unsaturated-quinolone-n-oxide-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-modulates-growth-and-virulence-of-staphylococcus-aureus
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Dávid Szamosvári, Thomas Böttcher
The pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa produces over 50 different quinolones, 16 of which belong to the class of 2-alkyl-4-quinolone N-oxides (AQNOs) with various chain lengths and degrees of saturation. We present the first synthesis of a previously proposed unsaturated compound that is confirmed to be present in culture extracts of P. aeruginosa, and its structure is shown to be trans-Δ(1) -2-(non-1-enyl)-4-quinolone N-oxide. This compound is the most active agent against S.  aureus, including MRSA strains, by more than one order of magnitude whereas its cis isomer is inactive...
May 19, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522372/effective-antimicrobial-activity-of-a-peptide-mutant-cbf-14-2-against-penicillin-resistant-bacteria-based-on-its-unnatural-amino-acids
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Wei Kang, Hanhan Liu, Lingman Ma, Mengxiao Wang, Shanshan Wei, Pengbo Sun, Meiling Jiang, Min Guo, Changlin Zhou, Jie Dou
Broad spectrum activities, a unique mode of actions and rare resistant variants make antimicrobial peptide (AMP) a potential alternative to antibiotics. However, AMPs still have limitations in clinical development due to their physiological stability, toxicity and manufacturing costs. Cbf-14, derived from cathelicidin-BF has been proven to be effective against drug-resistant bacteria. Herein, a series of Cbf-14 mutants were designed to overcome these limitations. Design strategies included substitutions of lysine (Lys) or leucine (Leu) with similar residues such as ornithine (Orn) and norleucine (Ile), which are unnatural amino acids, to generate AMPs with enhanced therapeutic potential...
May 15, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521219/antifouling-zwitterionic-hydrogel-coating-improves-hemocompatibility-of-activated-carbon-hemoadsorbent
#13
Nana Cai, Qingsi Li, Jiamin Zhang, Tong Xu, Weiqiang Zhao, Jing Yang, Lei Zhang
Activated carbon has been widely used in hemoperfusion treatments. However, its performance has been significantly compromised by their poor hemocompatibility. In this work, we developed a novel antifouling adsorbent based on zwitterionic poly-carboxybetaine (PCB) hydrogel and powdered activated carbon (PAC) to improve hemocompatibility. We found this new adsorbent (PCB-PAC) was highly stable with negligible leakage of activated carbon debris. It could efficiently resist protein adsorption and avoid any hemolysis effect...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520084/renal-and-hematologic-side-effects-of-long-term-ivig-therapy-in-patients-with-neurologic-disorders
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Aidan A Levine, Todd D Levine, Kathie Clarke, David Saperstein
INTRODUCTION: For patients receiving intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG), renal and hemolytic side effects are well recognized. However, there is very little data on the effects of chronic IVIG therapy. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed laboratory data on 166 patients who received IVIG for 12 months with dosing from 0.441 gm/kg/month to 2.58 gm/kg/month, measuring changes in hematocrit and glomerular filtration rates (GFR) at 6 and 12 months. RESULTS: Of the 2,232 infusions, there were no incidents of clinical hemolysis...
May 18, 2017: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516093/iatrogenic-supravalvular-aortic-stenosis
#15
Paolo Bosco, Antonella Ferrara, Samer A M Nashef
We describe a case of hemolytic anemia and proximal anastomotic site stenosis following emergency repair of a Type A aortic dissection. This rare complication led to a reoperation to correct the iatrogenic aortic stenosis and cure the consequent hemolysis. A "sandwich" technique (with two Teflon strips on the outside and inside of the aortic wall) was used in the initial repair to reinforce the suture line and prevent bleeding from the aortic anastomoses. At the time of reoperation, the inner Teflon strip at the proximal aortic anastomosis was found to have inverted into the aortic lumen, as suggested by the preoperative magnetic resonance imaging...
October 2016: Aorta (Stamford, Conn.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515471/clinical-and-molecular-investigation-of-14-japanese-patients-with-complete-tfp-deficiency-a-comparison-with-caucasian-cases
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Ryosuke Bo, Kenji Yamada, Hironori Kobayashi, Purevsuren Jamiyan, Yuki Hasegawa, Takeshi Taketani, Seiji Fukuda, Ikue Hata, Yo Niida, Yosuke Shigematsu, Kazumoto Iijima, Seiji Yamaguchi
Mitochondrial trifunctional protein (TFP) deficiency is an inherited metabolic disorder of mitochondrial fatty-acid oxidation. Isolated long-chain 3-hydroxyacyl-CoA dehydrogenase deficiency is often reported in Caucasian countries due to a common mutation. However, the molecular and clinical basis of complete TFP deficiency has not been extensively reported. In this study, 14 Japanese cases (13 families) with complete TFP deficiency, including 9 previously reported cases, were analyzed to clarify the clinical and molecular characteristics of TFP deficiency...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514823/-fulminant-course-of-a-clostridium-perfringens-infection-with-pathognomonic-ct-finding
#17
Christoph Alexander Stückle, Christopher Sonntag, Magdalena Kulik, Thorsten Nitschke
History and clinical findings A 74-year old woman was accepted by the emergency room with severe chest and abdominal pain. She complained about regurgitation after ingestion of food followed by sharp pain in her breast. Investigations A first examination of the patient showed a tachypnoea und tachycardia up to 122 beats per minute, the body temperature measured on admission was 38.7 °C. Due to hemolysis only a few of the requested parameters could be evaluated. CRP was increased with 8.32 mg/dl. The hemoglobin dropped from 12...
May 2017: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511346/potential-therapeutic-action-of-nitrite-in-sickle-cell-disease
#18
Nadeem Wajih, Swati Basu, Anuj Jailwala, Hee Won Kim, David Ostrowski, Andreas Perlegas, Crystal A Bolden, Nancy L Buechler, Mark T Gladwin, David L Caudell, Elaheh Rahbar, Martha A Alexander-Miller, Vidula Vachharajani, Daniel B Kim-Shapiro
Sickle cell disease is caused by a mutant form of hemoglobin that polymerizes under hypoxic conditions, increasing rigidity, fragility, calcium influx-mediated dehydration, and adhesivity of red blood cells. Increased red cell fragility results in hemolysis, which reduces nitric oxide (NO) bioavailability, and induces platelet activation and inflammation leading to adhesion of circulating blood cells. Nitric Oxide inhibits adhesion and platelet activation. Nitrite has emerged as an attractive therapeutic agent that targets delivery of NO activity to areas of hypoxia through bioactivation by deoxygenated red blood cell hemoglobin...
May 10, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509134/two-cases-of-atypical-hemolytic-uremic-syndrome-ahus-and-eosinophilic-granulomatosis-with-polyangiitis-egpa-a-possible-relationship
#19
Mercedes Cao, Tamara Ferreiro, Bruna N Leite, Francisco Pita, Luis Bolaños, Francisco Valdés, Angel Alonso, Eduardo Vázquez, Juan Mosquera, María Trigás, Santiago Rodríguez
Atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS) is a rare disease characterized by hemolysis, thrombocytopenia, and renal failure. It is related to genetic mutations of the alternative complement pathway and is difficult to differentiate from other prothrombotic microangiopathies. Eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (EGPA) (Churg-Strauss syndrome, CSS) is a systemic ANCA-associated vasculitis and a hypereosinophilic disorder where eosinophils seem to induce cell apoptosis and necrosis and therefore, vasculitis...
May 2017: CEN Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509083/detection-of-csf-14-3-3-protein-in-sporadic-creutzfeldt-jakob-disease-patients-using-a-new-automated-capillary-western-assay
#20
A Fourier, A Dorey, A Perret-Liaudet, I Quadrio
Sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (sCJD) is a fatal rapidly progressive dementia. The detection of 14-3-3 protein in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is included in the WHO diagnostic criteria for the pre-mortem diagnosis of CJD. The aim of this study is to assess CSF 14-3-3 protein analytical and diagnostic performances using a new automated capillary Western technology (Simple Western technology-SW). For the validation of this assay, samples from a cohort of 268 patients suspected from sCJD were analyzed: 77 sCJD (including 40 definite sCJD) and 191 non-CJD samples were tested using both SW and the current Western Blot (WB) assays...
May 16, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
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