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J Y Yang, H J Zhang, J Wang, S G Wu, H Y Yue, X R Jiang, G H Qi
Grape proanthocyanidins (GPCs) are a family of naturally derived polyphenols that have aroused interest in the poultry industry due to their versatile role in animal health. This study was conducted to investigate the potential benefits and appropriate dosages of GPCs on growth performance, jejunum morphology, plasma antioxidant capacity and the biochemical indices of broiler chicks. A total of 280 newly hatched male Cobb 500 broiler chicks were randomly allocated into four treatments of seven replicates each, and were fed a wheat-soybean meal-type diet with or without (control group), 7...
October 24, 2016: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
Shengnan Yin, Yiran Xia, Qi Jia, Zhao-Sheng Hou, Na Zhang
This study describes the preparation and properties of a novel aliphatic cost-effective segmented polyurethanes (SPUs) based on poly(ether ester) (poly-(ε-caprolactone-co-L-lactide)-poly(ethylene glycol)-poly-(ε-caprolactone-co-L- lactide), PECLA) and uniform-size diurethane diisocyanates (HDI-BDO-HDI). PECLA was synthesized via bulk ring-opening polymerization with poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) as an initiator and ε-caprolactone, L-lactide as monomers. By chain extension of PECLA diol with HDI-BDO-HDI, three SPUs with different hydrophilic segments content and hard segments content were obtained...
October 23, 2016: Journal of Biomaterials Science. Polymer Edition
Liping Feng, Yanping Cao, Duoxia Xu, Shaojia Wang, Jie Zhang
In this study, the effects of ultrasound with different ultrasonic frequencies on the properties of sodium alginate (ALG) were investigated, which were characterized by the means of the multi-angle laser light scattering photometer analysis (GPC-MALLS), rheological analysis, circular dichroism (CD) spectrometer and scanning electron microscope (SEM). It showed that the molecular weight (Mw) and molecular number (Mn) of the untreated ALG was 1.927×10(5)g/mol and 4.852×10(4)g/mol, respectively. The Mw of the ultrasound treated ALG was gradually increased from 3...
January 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
Thi Tram Chau Nguyen, Cuu Khoa Nguyen, Thi Hiep Nguyen, Ngoc Quyen Tran
In the study, four kinds of pluronics (P123, F68, F127 and F108) with varying hydrophilic-lipophilic balance (HLB) values were modified and conjugated on 4th generation of polyamidoamine dendrimer (PAMAM). The obtained results from FT-IR, (1)H NMR and GPC showed that the pluronics effectively conjugated on the dendrimer. The molecular weight of four PAMAM G4.0-Pluronics and its morphologies are in range of 200.15-377.14kDa and around 60-180nm in diameter by TEM, respectively. Loading efficiency and release of hydrophobic fluorouracil (5-FU) anticancer drug were evaluated by HPLC; Interesting that the dendrimer nanocarrier was conjugated with the highly lipophilic pluronic P123 (G4...
January 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Song Hee Lee, Bo Young Choi, Jin Hee Kim, A Ra Kho, Min Sohn, Hong Ki Song, Hui Chul Choi, Sang Won Suh
Choline alfoscerate (α-GPC) is a common choline compound and acetylcholine precursor in the brain, which has been shown to be effective in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease and dementia. α-GPC has been shown to enhance memory and cognitive function in stroke and Alzheimer's patients but currently remains untested in patients suffering from epilepsy. This study aimed to evaluate whether α-GPC treatment after seizure can ameliorate seizure-induced cognitive impairment and neuronal injury. The potential therapeutic effects of α-GPC on seizure-induced cognitive impairment were tested in an animal model of pilocarpine-induced seizure...
October 17, 2016: Brain Research
Bartosz Gląb, Mirela Beganovic, Sanket Anaokar, Meng-Shu Hao, Allan Rasmusson, Jana Patton-Vogt, Antoni Banaś, Sten Stymne, Ida Lager
Glycero-3-phosphocholine (GPC), the product of the complete deacylation of phosphatidylcholine (PC), was long thought to not be a substrate for reacylation. However it was recently shown that cell-free extracts from yeast and plants could acylate GPC with acyl groups from acyl-CoA. By screening enzyme activities of extracts derived from a yeast knock-out collection, we were able to identify and clone the yeast gene (GPC1) encoding the enzyme, named glycerophosphocholine acyltransferase (GPCAT). By homology search we also identified and cloned GPCAT genes from three plant species...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Catriona Syme, Simon Czajkowski, Jean Shin, Michal Abrahamowicz, Gabriel Leonard, Michel Perron, Louis Richer, Suzanne Veillette, Daniel Gaudet, Lisa Strug, Yun Wang, Hongbin Xu, Graeme Taylor, Tomáš Paus, Steffany Bennett, Zdenka Pausova
BACKGROUND: -Glycerophosphocholine (GPC) metabolites modulate atherosclerosis and thus risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD). Pre-clinical CVD may start during adolescence. Here, we used targeted serum lipidomics to identify a new panel of GPCs, and tested whether any of these GPCs are associated - in adolescence - with classical risk factors of CVD, namely excess visceral fat (VF), elevated BP, insulin resistance and atherogenic dyslipidemia. METHODS: -We studied a population-based sample of 990 adolescents (12-18 years, 48% male), as part of the Saguenay Youth Study...
October 18, 2016: Circulation
Hamid Reza Kheiri Manjili, Parisa Ghasemi, Hojjat Malvandi, Mir Sajjad Mousavi, Elahe Attari, Hossein Danafar
Curcumin(CUR) has been associated with anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-amyloid, and antitumor effects, but its application is limited because of its low aqueous solubility and poor oral bioavailability.To progress thebioavailabilityand water solubility ofCUR, we synthesized five series of mono methoxy poly(ethylene glycol)-poly (ε-caprolactone) (mPEG-PCL)diblock copolymers. The structureof thecopolymerswas characterized by HNMR, FTIR, DSC and GPC techniques. In this study, CUR was encapsulated within micelles through a single-step nano-precipitation method, leading to formation of CUR-loaded mPEG-PCL (CUR/mPEG-PCL) micelles...
October 15, 2016: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
Elaheh Khozeimeh Sarbisheh, Jose Esteban Flores, Jianfeng Zhu, Jens Müller
A mixture of cis/trans isomers of phospha[1]ferrocenophanes equipped with one iPr group at the α position to the bridging PhP moiety was prepared. Both isomers (cis-4 and trans-4) were obtained as racemates and could be separated so that their thermal properties were investigated individually. The molecular structure of cis-4 was determined by single-crystal X-ray analysis showing a tilt angle α=26.35(8)°. Interconversion between both isomers occurred in the melt at elevated temperatures and revealed that the trans isomer is thermodynamically more stable...
October 18, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
Annelies Colliers, Roy Remmen, Marie-Luise Streffer, Barbara Michiels, Stefaan Bartholomeeusen, Koenraad G Monsieurs, Jef Goris, Samuel Coenen, Veronique Verhoeven, Hilde Philips
BACKGROUND: The implementation of general practitioner cooperatives (GPC) for out-of-hours (OOH) primary care, raises the question if the location of a GPC adjacent to a hospital reduces the OOH caseload of the emergency department (ED). METHODS: Two natural experiments were used in this before-after study, the effect of the implementation of two GPCs in two different regions on the out-of-hours caseload of the local EDs was compared. One GPC was located adjacent to the ED of a general hospital, the other was not...
October 17, 2016: Acta Clinica Belgica
Xiaohui Yang, Ning Li, Xuliang Lin, Xuejun Pan, Yonghong Zhou
The present study demonstrated that the concentrated lithium bromide (LiBr) solution with acid as catalyst was able to selectively cleave β-O-4 aryl ether bond and lead to lignin depolymerization under mild conditions (e.g., in 60% LiBr with 0.3 M HCl at 110 °C for 2 h). Four industrial lignins from different pulping and biorefining processes, including softwood kraft lignin (SKL), hardwood kraft lignin (HKL), softwood ethanol organosolv lignin (EOL), and acid corncob lignin (ACL), were treated in the LiBr solution...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Han Lu, Li Xiang, Xin Cui, Jing Liu, Yinan Wang, Ravin Narain, Hongbo Zeng
In this study, poly(2-lactobionamidoethyl methacrylamide) (PLAEMA) with various molecular weights (MW) were synthesized by conventional free-radical polymerization. The effect of molecular weight and polymer dosage on the settling rate of kaolin particles, the turbidity of supernatant, mud-line position, and solid content were investigated to determine the flocculation performance. The interaction forces, polymer conformation, particle sizes and molecular weights were determined by several techniques, including surface forces apparatus (SFA), atomic force microscopy (AFM), dynamic light scattering (DLS), and gel permeation chromatography (GPC)...
October 14, 2016: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Hanaa H Ahmed, Wafaa Gh Shousha, Hatem A El-Mezayen, Sayed A El-Toumy, Alaa H Sayed, Aesha R Ramadan
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the deadliest primary cancers, with a 5-year survival rate of 10% or less. This study was undertaken to elucidate the underlying biochemical and molecular mechanisms in favor of N-nitrosodiethylamine-induced hepatocellular carcinoma. Furthermore, the aim of this work was extended to explore the efficacy of Ginkgo biloba leaves extract in deterioration of HCC in rats. In the current study, HCC group experienced significant downregulation of ING-3 gene expression and upregulation of Foxp-1 gene expression in liver...
October 14, 2016: Acta Biochimica Polonica
Hirokazu Nishikawa, Michinori Shirano, Yu Kasamatsu, Ayumi Morimura, Ko Iida, Tomomi Kishi, Tetsushi Goto, Saki Okamoto, Eiji Ehara
BACKGROUND: The detection of infectious bacteria in blood culture samples is important for diagnosis and treatment, but this requires 1-2 days at least, and is not adequate as a rapid test. Therefore, we have investigated the diagnostic ability and the optimal cutoff value of procalcitonin (PCT) and C-reactive protein (CRP) for predicting the bacteremias using receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves and relative cumulative frequency distribution (RCD) curves. METHODS: A case-control study was performed in inpatients (852 subjects: 426 positive cultures and 426 negative cultures) from January 1 to December 31, 2014...
October 14, 2016: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
Rajeev Soman, Neha Gupta, Mitesh Suthar, Jatin Kothari, Alan Almeida, Anjali Shetty, Camilla Rodrigues
BACKGROUND: Central-line-associated blood-stream infection (CLABSI) is a highly consequential nosocomial infection. The most effective management includes the removal of the infected catheter. Retention of the catheter and antibiotic lock therapy (ALT) along with systemic antibiotics may be attempted only if there are unusual extenuating circumstances. CLABSIs due to Gram-negative bacteria (GNB) is more common in our setting and the organisms are often highly resistant. Hence, there is a need to explore the use of novel antimicrobials for catheter lock solutions along with antibiofilm agents...
February 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Shuangkun Zhang, Shafqat Ali, Hanlin Ma, Liqun Zhang, Zhanpeng Wu, Dezhen Wu, Travis Shihao Hu
Poly(aryloxy)phosphazenes emerge as an important class of hybrid polymers for a whole range of potential applications. To date, however, little is known about the detailed reaction mechanisms during preparation. This draws a great deal of attention for developing well-defined and well-controllable synthesis methods. In this paper, poly(dichlorophosphazene) (PDCP) has been successfully synthesized, and subsequent reaction with sodium phenoxide or phenol in the presence of K2CO3 can produce poly(bis(phenoxy)phosphazene) (PBPP)...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
Xueli Sun, Zhiyong Qian, Lingqiong Luo, Qipeng Yuan, Ximin Guo, Lei Tao, Yen Wei, Xing Wang
Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) is a widely used biomaterial. But there is still a challenge facing its unwanted bacterial adhesion, because the subsequent biofilm formation usually leads to failure of related implants. Herein, we present a borneol-modified PMMA based on a facile and effective stereochemical strategy, generating antibacterial copolymer named as P(MMA-co-BA). It was synthesized by free radical polymerization and studied with different ratio between methyl methacrylate (MMA) and borneol acrylate (BA) monomers...
October 7, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Wenwen Yu, Xinle Tan, Wei Zou, Zhenxia Hu, Glen P Fox, Michael J Gidley, Robert G Gilbert
Correlations among barley protein, starch molecular structure and grain size were determined using 30 barley samples with variable protein contents. Starch molecular structure was characterized by fluorophore-assisted carbohydrate electrophoresis and by size-exclusion chromatography (SEC, also termed GPC). The chain-length distributions of amylopectin were fitted using a mathematical model reflecting the relative activities of starch branching enzymes and starch synthase enzymes. Increased protein content significantly and negatively correlated with higher amounts of amylose with longer chains (degree of polymerization, DP 1600-40000) while barley grain sizes positively associated with starch contents...
January 2, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
Zhuoming Ma, Shujun Li, Guizhen Fang, Nikhil Patil, Ning Yan
In this study, we have explored various ultrasound treatment conditions for structural modification of enzymatic hydrolysis lignin (EHL) for enhanced chemical reactivity. The key structural modifications were characterized by using a combination of analytical methods, including, Fourier Transform-Infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Proton Nuclear Magnetic Resonance ((1)H NMR), Gel permeation chromatography (GPC), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and Folin-Ciocalteu (F-C) method. Chemical reactivity of the modified EHL samples was determined by both 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) free radical scavenging activity and their reactivity towards formaldehyde...
September 28, 2016: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
A Ronca, S Ronca, G Forte, S Zeppetelli, A Gloria, R De Santis, L Ambrosio
A vinyl-terminated Polycaprolactone has been developed for tissue engineering applications using a one-step synthesis and functionalization method based on Ring Opening Polymerization (ROP) of ԑ-caprolactone, with Hydroxyl Ethyl Vinyl Ether (HEVE) acting both as the initiator of ROP and as photo-curable functional group. The proposed method employs a catalyst based on Al, instead of the most popular Tin(II) 2-ethylhexanoate, to reduce the cytotoxicity. Following the synthesis of the vinyl-terminated polycaprolactone, its reaction with Fumaryl Chloride (FuCl) results in a divinyl-fumarate polycaprolactone (VPCLF)...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
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