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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342185/nanocarrier-mediated-foliar-zinc-fertilization-influences-expression-of-metal-homeostasis-related-genes-in-flag-leaves-and-enhances-gluten-content-in-durum-wheat
#1
Paresh Deshpande, Ashwin Dapkekar, Manoj Oak, Kishore Paknikar, Jyutika Rajwade
BACKGROUND: Wheat is the staple food for most of the world's population; however, it is a poor source of zinc. Foliar fertilization of zinc via zinc loaded chitosan nanocarriers (Zn-CNP) post-anthesis has proved to be a promising approach for grain zinc enhancement in durum wheat as evidenced in our earlier study. However, the molecular mechanism of uptake of zinc via Zn-CNP remains unclear. METHODS/PRINCIPLE FINDINGS: Foliar application of Zn-CNP was performed at post anthesis stages in two durum wheat cultivars (MACS 3125 and UC1114, containing the Gpc-B1 gene), and expression levels of several metal-related genes were analyzed during early senescence...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341920/effect-of-structural-factors-on-release-profiles-of-camptothecin-from-block-copolymer-conjugates-with-high-load-of-drug
#2
Andrzej Plichta, Sebastian Kowalczyk, Ewa Olędzka, Marcin Sobczak, Marcin Strawski
The aim of the present work was the synthesis and study the kinetics and profiles of camptothecin (CPT) release form block co- and ter-polymer conjugates comprising polylactide (PLA) segments and CPT moieties, structurally diverse by degrees of branching, content of D-PLA units and poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate (PEGMA). Six PLA, non-toxic macroinitiators (MIs), terminated with α-bromoester were synthesized. MIs were subjected to polymerization of CPT methacrylic derivative (CPTMA) with PEGMA at various ratios...
January 13, 2018: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331781/a-step-wise-self-assembly-approach-in-preparation-of-multi-responsive-poly-styrene-co-methyl-methacrylate-nanoparticles-containing-spiropyran
#3
Fahimeh Khakzad, Ali Reza Mahdavian, Hamid Salehi-Mobarakeh, Mohammad Hossain Sharifian
HYPOTHESIS: Surfactant-free emulsion polymerization has become favorable due to circumventing instability issues reasonably. Incorporation of an appropriate hydrophilic macroRAFT, could provide controlled in-situ self-assembly via copolymerization with hydrophobic monomers into polymer particles. So far, this approach has mostly been studied in dispersion systems and further studies are needed in emulsions. Beside the corresponding mechanistic studies, the prepared latex particles would potentially exhibit smart behaviors by choosing stimuli-responsive monomers...
January 4, 2018: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329450/development-of-heterogeneous-proportional-counters-for-neutron-dosimetry
#4
Faezeh Forouzan, Anthony J Waker
The use of a custom-made cylindrical graphite proportional counter (Cy-GPC) along with a cylindrical tissue equivalent proportional counter (TEPC) for neutron-gamma mixed-field dosimetry has been studied in the following steps: first, the consistency of the gamma dose measurement between the Cy-TEPC and the Cy-GPC was investigated over a range of 20 keV (X-ray) to 0.661 MeV (Cs-137 gamma ray). Then, with both the counters used simultaneously, the neutron and gamma ray doses produced by a P385 Neutron Generator (Thermo Fisher Scientific) together with a Cs-137 gamma source were determined...
January 10, 2018: Radiation Protection Dosimetry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318781/phosphonate-functionalized-poly-%C3%AE-amino-ester-macromers-as-potential-biomaterials
#5
Ece Akyol, Mirac Tatliyuz, Fatma Demir Duman, Melek Naz Guven, Havva Yagci Acar, Duygu Avci
Biodegradability, hemocompatibility, resistance to protein adsorption, and strong interactions with hydroxyapatite (HAP)-based tissues such as dentin, enamel, and bone are important properties of phosphorus-containing biomaterials. Here, novel phosphonate-functionalized poly(β-amino ester) (PBAE) macromers are synthesized through aza-Michael addition of various diacrylates [1,6-hexanediol diacrylate (HDDA), poly(ethylene glycol) diacrylate (PEGDA, Mn =575), 1,4-butanediol diacrylate (BDDA), 1,6-hexanediol ethoxylate diacrylate (HDEDA) and triethylene glycol diacrylate (TEGDA)] and a phosphonate-containing primary amine (diethyl 2-aminoethylphosphonate, A1) efficiently without any catalyst; where replacement of A1 with propyl amine (PA) served as control...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29303999/comparative-evaluation-of-u-s-brand-and-generic-intravenous-sodium-ferric-gluconate-complex-in-sucrose-injection-physicochemical-characterization
#6
Dajun Sun, Rodney Rouse, Vikram Patel, Yong Wu, Jiwen Zheng, Alokita Karmakar, Anil K Patri, Priyanka Chitranshi, David Keire, Jia Ma, Wenlei Jiang
The objective of this study was to evaluate physicochemical equivalence between brand (i.e., Ferrlecit) and generic sodium ferric gluconate (SFG) in sucrose injection by conducting a series of comparative in vitro characterizations using advanced analytical techniques. The elemental iron and carbon content, thermal properties, viscosity, particle size, zeta potential, sedimentation coefficient, and molecular weight were determined. There was no noticeable difference between brand and generic SFG in sucrose injection for the above physical parameters evaluated, except for the sedimentation coefficient determined by sedimentation velocity analytical ultracentrifugation (SV-AUC) and molecular weight by asymmetric field flow fractionation-multi-angle light scattering (AFFF-MALS)...
January 5, 2018: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29295909/lamp1-increases-the-efficiency-of-lassa-virus-infection-by-promoting-fusion-in-less-acidic-endosomal-compartments
#7
Christine E Hulseberg, Lucie Fénéant, Katarzyna M Szymańska, Judith M White
Lassa virus (LASV) is an arenavirus whose entry into host cells is mediated by a glycoprotein complex (GPC) comprised of a receptor binding subunit, GP1, a fusogenic transmembrane subunit, GP2, and a stable signal peptide. After receptor-mediated internalization, arenaviruses converge in the endocytic pathway, where they are thought to undergo low-pH-triggered, GPC-mediated fusion with a late endosome membrane. A unique feature of LASV entry is a pH-dependent switch from a primary cell surface receptor (α-dystroglycan) to an endosomal receptor, lysosomal-associated membrane protein (Lamp1)...
January 2, 2018: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29287681/alphavirus-vector-based-replicon-particles-expressing-multivalent-cross-protective-lassa-virus-glycoproteins
#8
Min Wang, Jenny Jokinen, Irina Tretyakova, Peter Pushko, Igor S Lukashevich
Lassa virus (LASV) is the most prevalent rodent-borne arenavirus circulated in West Africa. With population at risk from Senegal to Nigeria, LASV causes Lassa fever and is responsible for thousands of deaths annually. High genetic diversity of LASV is one of the challenges for vaccine R&D. We developed multivalent virus-like particle vectors (VLPVs) derived from the human Venezuelan equine encephalitis TC-83 IND vaccine (VEEV) as the next generation of alphavirus-based bicistronic RNA replicon particles. The genes encoding VEEV structural proteins were replaced with LASV glycoproteins (GPC) from distantly related clades I and IV with individual 26S promoters...
December 26, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29285611/process-induced-degradation-of-bioresorbable-pdlga-in-bone-tissue-scaffold-production
#9
H Little, S A Clarke, E Cunningham, F Buchanan
Process-induced degradation of clinically relevant resorbable polymers was investigated for two thermal techniques, filament extrusion followed by fused deposition modelling (FDM). The aim was to develop a clear understanding of the relationship between temperature, processing time and resultant process-induced degradation. This acts to address the current knowledge gap in studies involving thermal processing of resorbable polymers. Poly(DL-lactide-co-glycolide) (PDLGA) was chosen for its clinically relevant resorption properties...
December 28, 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29274526/tailoring-the-mechanical-and-biodegradable-properties-of-binary-blends-of-biomedical-thermoplastic-elastomer
#10
Hui Ying Ang, Jingni Chan, Daniel Toong, Subbu S Venkatraman, Sing Joo Chia, Ying Ying Huang
Blending polymers with complementary properties capitalizes on the inherent advantages of both components, making it possible to tailor the behaviour of the resultant material. A polymer blend consisting of an elastomer and thermoplastic can help to improve the mechanical integrity of the system without compromising on its processibility. A series of blends of biodegradable Poly(L-lactide-co-ɛ-caprolactone) (PLC) and Poly-(l,l-lactide-co-glycolic acid) (PLLGA), and PLC with Poly-(d,l-lactide-co-glycolic acid) (PDLLGA) were evaluated as a potential material for a biodegradable vesicourethral connector device...
December 15, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29274420/multi-analysis-of-chemical-transformations-of-lignin-macromolecules-from-waterlogged-archaeological-wood
#11
Yan Xia, Tian-Ying Chen, Jia-Long Wen, Yi-Li Zhao, Jian Qiu, Run-Cang Sun
A large number of archaeological wooden building poles have been excavated from the Hai Menkou site (Yunnan province, China). Lignin can be transformed and altered accompanied with significant loss of carbohydrates during this process. Elucidation of chemical and structural transformations of lignin is of primary importance for understanding both the nature of degradation processes and the structure of waterlogged archaeological wood, and crucial for developing proper consolidation technology and restoring artifacts of historical and cultural value...
December 20, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29261293/biodegradable-pbat-pla-blend-with-bioactive-mcpa-phbv-conjugate-suppresses-weed-growth
#12
Iwona Kwiecień, Grazyna Adamus, Guozhan Jiang, Iza Radecka, Timothy C Baldwin, Habib R Khan, Brian Johnston, Valentina Pennetta, David Hill, Inna Bretz, Marek M Kowalczuk
The herbicide 2-methyl-4-chlorophenoxyacetic acid (MCPA) conjugated with poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate) (PHBV) was prepared via a melt transesterification route. The resultant bioactive oligomer was then mixed with a blend of polylactide (PLA) and poly(butylene adipate-co-terephthalate) (PBAT) with different loadings; to manufacture films to be used as a bioactive, biodegradable mulch to deliver the herbicide to target broadleaf weed species. The biological targeting of the MCPA-PHBV conjugate in the mulch film was investigated under glasshouse conditions using faba bean (Vicia faba) as a selective (non-target) model crop species having broadleaf morphology...
December 20, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29260110/surgical-treatment-outcome-of-medically-refractory-huge-giant-papillary-conjunctivitis
#13
Yien Lai, Gangadhara Sundar, Manotosh Ray
Purpose: To compare the surgical outcome of excision of giant papillae with and without amniotic membrane in a patient with bilateral medically refractory giant papillary conjunctivitis (GPC). Observations: 27-year-old Chinese lady presented with bilateral itchy eyes, discomfort and fullness of upper lids for past two years. She was a long-term contact lens user but stopped completely 2 years ago. Not a known atopic, she had unusually large giant papillae involving both upper tarsal conjunctiva...
December 2017: American Journal of Ophthalmology Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29250866/hyperbranched-aliphatic-polyester-via-cross-metathesis-polymerization-synthesis-and-postpolymerization-modification
#14
Fu-Rong Zeng, Ji-Mei Ma, Lin-Hao Sun, Zhen Zeng, Hong Jiang, Zi-Long Li
A novel postpolymerization modification methodology is demonstrated to achieve selective functionalization of hyperbranched polymer (HBP). Terminal and internal acrylates of HBP derived from cross-metathesis polymerization (CMP) are functionalized in a chemoselective fashion using the thiol-Michael chemistries. Model reactions between different thiols (benzyl mercaptan and methyl thioglycolate) and acrylates (n-hexyl acrylate and ethyl trans-2-decenoate) by using dimethylphenylphosphine or amylamine as the catalyst are investigated to optimize the modification protocol for HBP...
December 18, 2017: Macromolecular Rapid Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29248330/sect-clinical-practice-guideline-on-the-management-of-patients-with-spontaneous-pneumothorax
#15
Borja Aguinagalde, José Luis Aranda, Pablo Busca, Ivan Martínez, Iñigo Royo, Jon Zabaleta
This clinical practice guideline (CPG) emerges as an initiative of the scientific committee of the Spanish Society of Thoracic Surgery. We formulated PICO (patient, intervention, comparison, and outcome) questions on various aspects of spontaneous pneumothorax. For the evaluation of the quality of evidence and preparation of recommendations we followed the guidelines of the Grading of recommendations, Assessment, Development and Evaluation (GRADE) working group.
December 13, 2017: Cirugía Española
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244630/epidemiology-and-outcomes-of-bloodstream-infections-in-patients-with-solid-tumors-in-a-central-american-population-at-mexico-hospital-san-jose-costa-rica
#16
Jorge Calvo-Lon, Denis U Landaverde, Allan Ramos-Esquivel, Juan M Villalobos-Vindas
Purpose Bloodstream infections (BSIs) are an important cause of mortality in patients with solid tumors. We conducted a retrospective study to evaluate the epidemiologic profile and mortality of patients with solid tumors who have BSIs and were admitted to Mexico Hospital. This is the first study in Costa Rica and Central America describing the current epidemiologic situation. Methods We analyzed the infectious disease database for BSIs in patients with solid tumors admitted to Mexico Hospital from January 2012 to December 2014...
December 15, 2017: Journal of Global Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29229245/fabrication-of-fluorescent-labeled-ginseng-polysaccharide-nanoparticles-for-bioimaging-and-their-immunomodulatory-activity-on-macrophage-cell-lines
#17
Kazi Farida Akhter, Md Abdul Mumin, Edmund M K Lui, Paul A Charpentier
Polysaccharides are a major active component of American ginseng root showing various biological activities including anti-carcinogenic, anti-aging, immunostimulatory and antioxidant effects. Although their biological activity has been reported by several groups, no research has explored their cellular uptake and biodistribution, owing to the lack of suitable detection techniques in living cells. This work examines a novel, simple and efficient fluorescent labeling procedure of ginseng polysaccharides (PS), in order to examine their cellular distribution using confocal microscopy...
December 8, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224149/nucleosome-occupancy-and-methylome-sequencing-nome-seq
#18
Fides D Lay, Theresa K Kelly, Peter A Jones
Various methodologies are available to interrogate specific components of epigenetic mechanisms such as DNA methylation or nucleosome occupancy at both the locus-specific and the genome-wide level. It has become increasingly clear, however, that comprehension of the functional interactions between epigenetic mechanisms is critical for understanding how cellular transcription programs are regulated or deregulated during normal and disease development. The Nucleosome Occupancy and Methylome sequencing (NOMe-seq) assay allows us to directly measure the relationship between DNA methylation and nucleosome occupancy by taking advantage of the methyltransferase M...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29219400/state-of-the-art-calculation-of-the-decay-rate-of-electroweak-vacuum-in-the-standard-model
#19
So Chigusa, Takeo Moroi, Yutaro Shoji
The decay rate of the electroweak (EW) vacuum is calculated in the framework of the standard model (SM) of particle physics, using the recent progress in the understanding of the decay rate of metastable vacuum in gauge theories. We give a manifestly gauge-invariant expression of the decay rate. We also perform a detailed numerical calculation of the decay rate. With the best-fit values of the SM parameters, we find that the decay rate of the EW vacuum per unit volume is about 10^{-554}  Gyr^{-1} Gpc^{-3}; with the uncertainty in the top mass, the decay rate is estimated as 10^{-284}-10^{-1371}  Gyr^{-1} Gpc^{-3}...
November 24, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29217383/detection-of-latino-virus-arenaviridae-mammarenavirus-naturally-infecting-calomys-callidus
#20
Jorlan Fernandes, Renata Carvalho de Oliveira, Alexandro Guterres, Débora Ferreira Barreto-Vieira, Ana Claudia Pereira Terças, Bernardo Rodrigues Teixeira, Marcos Alexandre Nunes da Silva, Gabriela Cardoso Caldas, Janice Mery Chicarino de Oliveira Coelho, Ortrud Monika Barth, Sergio Paulo D'Andrea, Cibele Rodrigues Bonvicino, Elba Regina Sampaio de Lemos
Mammarenavirus species are associated with a specific rodent host species, although an increasing number of virus has been associated to more than one host, suggesting that co-evolution is less robust than initially thought. There are few eco-epidemiological studies of South America mammarenaviruses in non-endemic areas of Arenavirus Hemorrhagic Fever, affecting specially our current knowledge about animal reservoirs and virus range and host-virus relations. In Brazil, seven arenavirus species were described in seven different rodent species...
December 4, 2017: Acta Tropica
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