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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822261/revelation-of-susceptibility-differences-due-to-hg-ii-accumulation-in-streptococcus-pyogenes-against-cx-agnps-and-cefixime-by-atomic-force-microscopy
#1
Wasia Rasheed, Muhammad Raza Shah, Samina Perveen, Shakil Ahmed, Sami Uzzaman
Solution based method for the formation of chemically modified silver nanoparticles (CX-AgNPs) using Cefixime as stabilizing and reducing agent was developed. The CX-AgNPs were characterized by AFM, UV-visible, FT-IR and MALDI-TOF MS. Bactericidal efficiency of CX-AgNPs and Cefixime against Streptococcus pyogenes was evaluated. Afterwards, susceptibility differences of Streptococcus pyogenes due to accumulation of Hg(II) against CX-AgNPs and Cefixime were estimated and validated through Atomic force microscopy...
August 16, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820461/thermal-response-analysis-of-phospholipid-bilayers-using-ellipsometric-techniques
#2
Carmen M González-Henríquez, Vanessa A Villegas-Opazo, Dallits H Sagredo-Oyarce, Mauricio A Sarabia-Vallejos, Claudio A Terraza
Biomimetic planar artificial membranes have been widely studied due to their multiple applications in several research fields. Their humectation and thermal response are crucial for reaching stability; these characteristics are related to the molecular organization inside the bilayer, which is affected by the aliphatic chain length, saturations, and molecule polarity, among others. Bilayer stability becomes a fundamental factor when technological devices are developed-like biosensors-based on those systems...
August 18, 2017: Biosensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820255/discovery-of-a-potent-inhibitor-class-with-high-selectivity-towards-clostridial-collagenases
#3
Esther Schönauer, Andreas Martin Kany, Jörg Haupenthal, Kristina Hüsecken, Isabel Josephin Hoppe, Katrin Voos, Samir Yahiaoui, Brigitta Elsässer, Christian Ducho, Hans Brandstetter, Rolf W Hartmann
Secreted virulence factors like bacterial collagenases are conceptually attractive targets for fighting microbial infections. However, previous attempts to develop potent compounds against these metalloproteases failed to achieve selectivity against human metalloproteases such as MMPs. Using an SPR-based screening complemented with enzyme inhibition assays, we discovered an N-aryl mercaptoacetamide-based inhibitor scaffold that showed submicromolar affinities towards collagenase H (ColH) from the human pathogen Clostridium histolyticum...
August 18, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816036/surface-interface-carrier-transport-modulation-for-constructing-photon-alternative-ultraviolet-detectors-based-on-self-bending-assembled-zno-nanowires
#4
Zhen Guo, Lianqun Zhou, Yuguo Tang, Lin Li, Zhiqi Zhang, Hongbo Yang, Hanbin Ma, Arokia Nathan, Dongxu Zhao
Surface/interface charge carrier generation, diffusion and recombination/transport modulation are especially important in the construction of photodetectors with high-efficiency in the field of nanoscience. In the paper, a kind of ultraviolet (UV) detector is designed based on ZnO nanostructures considering photon-trapping, surface plasmonic resonance (SPR), piezophototronic effect, interface carrier trapping/transport control and collection. Through carefully optimized surface/interface carrier transport modulation, the designed device with detectivity as high as of 1...
August 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812125/recombinant-expression-and-biochemical-characterization-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-3fe-4s-ferredoxin-rv1786
#5
Yun Lu, Feng Qiao, Yue Li, Xiao-Hong Sang, Cong-Ran Li, Jian-Dong Jiang, Xin-Yi Yang, Xue-Fu You
Ferredoxins are iron-sulfur protein that mediate electron transfer in cytochrome P450 mono-oxygenase (CYP)-related catalytic reactions in a wide variety of organisms. Rv1786 is a putative ferredoxin, encoded by a gene located downstream of the gene encoding CYP143A1 in the Mycobacterium tuberculosis genome. However, the structure and function of Rv1786 have remained unclear. Here, the recombinant Mtb Rv1786 was expressed, purified as a His-tagged form and characterized with [3Fe-4S] clusters as its cofactors using a series of measurements including SDS-PAGE, western blot, UV/Visible, MALDI-TOF/TOF-MS, and electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopic analysis...
August 15, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811026/multiple-epitope-presentation-and-surface-density-control-enabled-by-chemoselective-immobilization-lead-to-enhanced-performance-in-ige-binding-fingerprinting-on-peptide-microarrays
#6
Alessandro Gori, Marina Cretich, Renzo Vanna, Laura Sola, Paola Gagni, Giulia Bruni, Marta Liprino, Furio Gramatica, Samuele Burastero, Marcella Chiari
Multiple ligand presentation is a powerful strategy to enhance the affinity of a probe for its corresponding target. A promising application of this concept lies in the analytical field, where surface immobilized probes interact with their corresponding targets in the context of complex biological samples. Here we investigate the effect of multiple epitope presentation (MEP) in the challenging context of IgE-detection in serum samples using peptide microarrays, and evaluate the influence of probes surface density on the assay results...
August 29, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810197/photochemical-formation-of-chitosan-stabilized-near-infrared-absorbing-silver-nanoworms-a-green-synthetic-strategy-and-activity-on-gram-negative-pathogenic-bacteria
#7
Sreekar Marpu, Samar S Kolailat, Daniel Korir, Brian L Kamras, Ratnesh Chaturvedi, Abel Joseph, Christopher M Smith, Misael C Palma, Jyoti Shah, Mohammad A Omary
A facile, single-step, non-seeded photochemical protocol for producing a new type of anisotropic silver nanostructure, "nanoworms", with curved longer dimensions and smooth, rounded edges. The nanoworms exhibit surface plasmon resonance (SPR) absorption in the near-infrared window (NIRW) region and are stabilized using biocompatible polymer chitosan, rendering biocompatibility and amplified safety for biological utility of the composition. Both NIRW-absorbing nanoworms and visible-absorbing nanospheres herein are attained exclusively by employing green chemistry principles...
August 4, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808381/characterization-antibacterial-and-antioxidant-properties-of-silver-nanoparticles-synthesized-from-aqueous-extracts-of-allium-sativum-zingiber-officinale-and-capsicum-frutescens
#8
Gloria Aderonke Otunola, Anthony Jide Afolayan, Emmanuel Olusegun Ajayi, Samuel Wale Odeyemi
BACKGROUND: Herbal drug delivery is limited by poor solubility and bioavailability which can be overcome with suitable nanomaterials that will enhance their pharmacokinetics and performance. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to analyze the synthesis, characterization, and biological activities of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) from three spices. MATERIALS AND METHODS: AgNPs were prepared using 0.1 M silver nitrate and aqueous extracts of Allium sativum L...
July 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806525/imaging-the-localized-plasmon-resonance-modes-in-graphene-nanoribbons
#9
F Hu, Y Luan, Z Fei, I Z Palubski, M D Goldflam, S Dai, J-S Wu, K W Post, G C A M Janssen, M M Fogler, D N Basov
We report a nanoinfrared (IR) imaging study of the localized plasmon resonance modes of graphene nanoribbons (GNRs) using a scattering-type scanning near-field optical microscope (s-SNOM). By comparing the imaging data of GNRs that are aligned parallel and perpendicular to the in-plane component of the excitation laser field, we observed symmetric and asymmetric plasmonic interference fringes, respectively. Theoretical analysis indicates that the asymmetric fringes are formed due to the interplay between the localized surface plasmon resonance (SPR) mode excited by the GNRs and the propagative surface plasmon polariton (SPP) mode launched by the s-SNOM tip...
August 18, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802648/designing-binding-kinetic-assay-on-the-bio-layer-interferometry-bli-biosensor-to-characterize-antibody-antigen-interactions
#10
Vishal Kamat, Ashique Rafique
The Octet biosensors provide a high-throughput alternative to the well-established surface plasmon resonance (SPR) and SPR imaging (SPRi) biosensors to characterize antibody-antigen interactions. However, the utility of the Octet biosensors for accurate and reproducible measurement of binding rate constants of monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) is limited due to challenges such as analyte rebinding, and mass transport limitation (MTL). This study focuses on addressing these challenges and provides experimental conditions to reliably measure kinetics of mAb-antigen interactions...
August 10, 2017: Analytical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801166/nuclear-factor-erythroid-derived-2-like-2-nrf2-drug-discovery-biochemical-toolbox-to-develop-nrf2-activators-by-reversible-binding-of-kelch-like-ech-associated-protein-1-keap1
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REVIEW
Alberto Bresciani, Antonino Missineo, Mariana Gallo, Mauro Cerretani, Paola Fezzardi, Licia Tomei, Daniel Oscar Cicero, Sergio Altamura, Alessia Santoprete, Raffaele Ingenito, Elisabetta Bianchi, Robert Pacifici, Celia Dominguez, Ignacio Munoz-Sanjuan, Steven Harper, Leticia Toledo-Sherman, Larry C Park
Mechanisms that activate innate antioxidant responses, as a way to mitigate oxidative stress at the site of action, hold much therapeutic potential in diseases, such as Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease and Huntington's disease, where the use of antioxidants as monotherapy has not yielded positive results. The nuclear factor NRF2 is a transcription factor whose activity upregulates the expression of cell detoxifying enzymes in response to oxidative stress. NRF2 levels are modulated by KEAP1, a sensor of oxidative stress...
August 8, 2017: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799653/kindlin-2-interacts-with-endothelial-adherens-junctions-to-support-vascular-barrier-integrity
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Elzbieta Pluskota, Kamila M Bledzka, Katarzyna Bialkowska, Dorota Szpak, Dmitry A Soloviev, Sidney Jones, Dmitriy Verbovetskiy, Edward F Plow
Endothelial cells (EC) establish a physical barrier between the blood and surrounding tissue. Impairment of this barrier can occur during inflammation, ischemia or sepsis and cause severe organ dysfunction. Kindlin-2, primarily recognized as a focal adhesion protein in EC, was not anticipated to have a role in vascular barrier. We tested the role of Kindlin-2 in regulating vascular integrity using several different approaches to decrease Kindlin-2 levels in EC. Reduced levels of Kindlin-2 in Kindlin-2(+/-) mice, aortic endothelial cells (MAECs) from these(-) mice, and human umbilical ECs (HUVEC) treated with Kindlin-2 siRNA showed enhanced basal and Platelet Activating Factor (PAF) or lipopolysaccharide-stimulated vascular leakage compared to wild-type (WT) counterparts...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796155/figure-of-merit-enhancement-of-a-surface-plasmon-resonance-sensor-using-a-low-refractive-index-porous-silica-film
#13
Qing-Qing Meng, Xin Zhao, Cheng-You Lin, Shu-Jing Chen, Ying-Chun Ding, Zhao-Yang Chen
In this paper; the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) sensor with a porous silica film was studied. The effect of the thickness and porosity of the porous silica film on the performance of the sensor was analyzed. The results indicated that the figure of merit (FOM) of an SPR sensor can be enhanced by using a porous silica film with a low-refractive-index. Particularly; the FOM of an SPR sensor with 40 nm thick 90% porosity porous silica film; whose refractive index is 1.04 was improved by 311% when compared with that of a traditional SPR sensor...
August 10, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791742/a-multispecific-monoclonal-antibody-g2-recognizes-at-least-three-completely-different-epitope-sequences-with-high-affinity
#14
Md Nuruddin Mahmud, Masayuki Oda, Daiki Usui, Yasuo Inoshima, Naotaka Ishiguro, Yuji O Kamatari
A monoclonal antibody (mAb) G2 possesses an unusual characteristic of reacting with at least three proteins (ATP6V1C1, SEPT3, and C6H10orf76) other than its original antigen, chicken prion protein (ChPrP). The epitopes on ChPrP and ATP6V1C1 have been identified previously. In this study, we identified the epitope in the third protein, SEPT3. Interestingly, there was no amino acid sequence similarity among the epitopes on the three proteins. These epitopes had high binding affinities to G2 (KD = ∼10(-7) M for monovalent binding and KD = ∼10(-9) M for divalent binding), as determined using a SPR biosensor...
August 9, 2017: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783167/toosendanin-demonstrates-promising-antitumor-efficacy-in-osteosarcoma-by-targeting-stat3
#15
T Zhang, J Li, F Yin, B Lin, Z Wang, J Xu, H Wang, D Zuo, G Wang, Y Hua, Z Cai
Signal transducer and activator of transcription 3(STAT3) is an emerging target for cancer therapy. In this study, we identify Toosendanin (TSN) is an effective inhibitor of STAT3, leading to the impediment of various oncogenic processes in osteosarcoma. TSN selectively inactivates phospho-STAT3 (Tyr-705); subsequent molecular docking and in vitro SPR analysis uncover TSN directly binds to the SH2 domain of STAT3. Consequently, TSN blocks STAT3 dimerization and impairs the complex formation of STAT3 and epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR)...
August 7, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783115/a-novel-surface-plasmon-resonance-biosensor-for-the-rapid-detection-of-botulinum-neurotoxins
#16
Kruti Patel, Shmuel Halevi, Paul Melman, John Schwartz, Shuowei Cai, Bal Ram Singh
Botulinum neurotoxins (BoNTs) are Category A agents on the NIAID (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) priority pathogen list owing to their extreme toxicity and the relative ease of production. These deadly toxins, in minute quantities (estimated human i.v. lethal dose LD50 of 1-2 ng/kg body weight), cause fatal flaccid paralysis by blocking neurotransmitter release. The current gold standard detection method, the mouse-bioassay, often takes days to confirm botulism. Furthermore, there are no effective antidotes known to reverse the symptoms of botulism, and as a result, patients with severe botulism often require meticulous care during the prolonged paralytic illness...
August 7, 2017: Biosensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28778061/studies-on-the-interaction-of-polylactid-based-planar-and-nanoparticular-biomaterials-with-serum-albumin-and-fibrinogen
#17
Katharina Wulf, Ulrike Tschierschky, Thomas Eickner, Niels Grabow, Ralf G Mundkowski
Knowledge about the interactions of biomaterials with biological matrices is still poor however crucial to future development in terms of how to cope with immunomodulatory adverse effects and to control the integration of implants into tissue or the targeting of nano devices. The appropriate design of a material depends on reliable data about the influence of oligomer or polymer configuration and dispersity as well as surface properties including chemical modifications. This work addressed the interaction of four polylactide (PLA) resomers, a well-established, biodegradable biomaterial, and two physiologically relevant proteins, which are ubiquitous in human serum - albumin (HSA) and fibrinogen (HFG)...
July 8, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776054/oxidation-stable-plasmonic-copper-nanoparticles-in-photocatalytic-tio2-nanoarchitectures
#18
Paul A DeSario, Jeremy J Pietron, Todd H Brintlinger, Monica McEntee, Joseph F Parker, Olga Baturina, Rhonda M Stroud, Debra R Rolison
Ultraporous copper/titanium dioxide (Cu/TiO2) aerogels supporting <5 nm diameter copper nanoparticles are active for surface plasmon resonance (SPR)-driven photocatalysis. The extended nanoscale Cu‖TiO2 junctions in Cu/TiO2 composite aerogels-which arise as a result of photodepositing copper at the surface of the nanoparticulate-bonded TiO2 aerogel architecture-stabilize Cu against oxidation to an extent that preserves the plasmonic behavior of the nanoparticles, even after exposure to oxidizing conditions...
August 4, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28773196/surface-plasmon-resonance-or-biocompatibility-key-properties-for-determining-the-applicability-of-noble-metal-nanoparticles
#19
REVIEW
Ana Maria Craciun, Monica Focsan, Klara Magyari, Adriana Vulpoi, Zsolt Pap
Metal and in particular noble metal nanoparticles represent a very special class of materials which can be applied as prepared or as composite materials. In most of the cases, two main properties are exploited in a vast number of publications: biocompatibility and surface plasmon resonance (SPR). For instance, these two important properties are exploitable in plasmonic diagnostics, bioactive glasses/glass ceramics and catalysis. The most frequently applied noble metal nanoparticle that is universally applicable in all the previously mentioned research areas is gold, although in the case of bioactive glasses/glass ceramics, silver and copper nanoparticles are more frequently applied...
July 21, 2017: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28772563/improved-margins-detection-of-regions-enriched-with-gold-nanoparticles-inside-biological-phantom
#20
Yossef Danan, Inbar Yariv, Zeev Zalevsky, Moshe Sinvani
Utilizing the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) effect of gold nanoparticles (GNPs) enables their use as contrast agents in a variety of biomedical applications for diagnostics and treatment. These applications use both the very strong scattering and absorption properties of the GNPs due to their SPR effects. Most imaging methods use the light-scattering properties of the GNPs. However, the illumination source is in the same wavelength of the GNPs' scattering wavelength, leading to background noise caused by light scattering from the tissue...
February 20, 2017: Materials
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