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In this study three feed additives (hesperetin, naringenin and pectin) for laying hens were investigated on their influence on the egg yolk cholesterol, serum traits and antioxidant activities in hens. Additives were extracted from citrus and grapefruit peels and contained 31.5% crude hesperetin, 39% crude naringenin and 60% galacturonic acid (pectin).(More)
Molecular imaging of cells and cellular processes can be achieved by tagging intracellular targets such as receptors, enzymes, or mRNA. Seeking to visualize the presence of specific mRNAs by magnetic resonance (MR) imaging, we coupled peptide nucleic acids (PNA) with gadolinium-based MR contrast agents using cell-penetrating peptides for intracellular(More)
L-ascorbic acid 2-phosphate-6-palmitate (Asc2P6P) was synthesized and its effect on the damage of PC12 cells induced by H2O2 was investigated. 200 microM H2O2 in a treatment period of 4 hours in our experiment resulted in substantial cell loss. With the increasing concentration of antioxidants, such H2O2-induced cytotoxicity was significantly prevented and(More)
Coibamide A is a highly potent antiproliferative cyclodepsipeptide originally isolated from a Panamanian marine cyanobacterium. Herein we report an efficient solid-phase strategy for assembly of highly N-methylated cyclodepsipeptides, which is invaluable in generating coibamide A derivatives for structure-activity relationship studies. As a consequence of(More)
Peptide nucleic acid (PNA) is a DNA mimic consisting of the four common bases of DNA on a pseudopeptide backbone that makes it extremely stable in biological fluids. Antisense PNA is targeted against mRNA in cytoplasm in a sequence specific manner. However, the main hindrance to the effective use of PNAs has been their relatively poor uptake by cells.(More)
An antisense oligodeoxynucleotide-doxorubicin conjugate was synthesized by an aminocaproic acid linker. The synthetic conjugate was identified by HPLC analysis and UV-vis spectra. Properties of the conjugate in vitro conditions were investigated. The results demonstrated that the conjugate was remarkably stabilized by doxorubicin. When incubated in Dulbecco(More)
Peptide nucleic acids (PNAs) are DNA mimics with a neutral peptide backbone instead of the negatively charged sugar phosphates. PNAs exhibit several attractive features such as high chemical and thermal stability, resistance to enzymatic degradation, and stable binding to their RNA or DNA targets in a sequence-specific manner. Therefore, they are widely(More)
Traditional methods for the construction of nanoparticle arrays and lattices exploit Watson-Crick base pairing of single-stranded DNA sequences as a proxy for self-assembly. Although this approach has been utilized in a variety of applications in nanoassembly, diagnostics, and biomedicine, the diversity of this recognition lexicon could be considerably(More)
The bottom-up organization of functional materials with nanoscale precision is a central goal for the development of future sensors, machines, and devices. Underpinning these developments has been the rapid progression of DNA-guided processes, which uniquely provides an addressable template for the placement of molecular components in discrete one-, two-,(More)
Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC), an aggressive subtype of breast cancer with higher rates of early relapse and metastasis, is frequently associated with aberrant activation of epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT). Nonetheless, how EMT is initiated and regulated during TNBC progression is not well understood. Here, we report that NUMB is a negative(More)